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2012 News Archive


December 2012

December 20 2012 The New Wave
Mary Sparacello - Tell me something, mister
New Orleans is a city filled with stories. Capturing them on camera, however, is no easy task. This fall, Tulane University undergraduates worked with New Orleans schoolchildren on projects that showcase local culture.

December 11 2012 The New Wave
Mary Sparacello - Trombone Shorty and Tulane to teach young musicians
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who started playing music at age 4, is working with Tulane University to create a corps of musician-mentors who will guide the next generation of New Orleans musical artists.

December 10 2012 The New Wave
Carol Schlueter - President Cowen: 'We can do better' on campus diversity
Finding ways to make significant improvements in diversity at Tulane University and foster an inclusive environment are priorities of President Scott Cowen, who told participants at a recent town hall meeting, “I think it’s the right thing for this institution.”

December 05 2012 The New Wave
Carol Schlueter - Here is a program for students who want to be changemakers
“It’s a lofty goal but an important one,” says Rick Aubry — developing an academic program to prepare Tulane students who want to bring about positive change in the world.

December 03 2012 The Advocate
New Orleans Bureau - Higher education briefs for Dec. 3, 2012
Tulane University theater students in the Shakespeare on the Road service-learning course introduced students at three schools to the themes of revenge, discrimination and relationships in the bard’s work — and to some swordplay, too.

November 2012

November 30 2012 The New Wave
Insider - Student helps organize local film festival
There’s no official tally, but it’s safe to assume that there are few college students who can add, “planned a film festival” to their resumes. For Peyton Smith, a Tulane University junior majoring in economics and a self-designed Middle Eastern Studies curriculum, this is a reality.

November 29 2012 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Prof brings classrooms to life through community partners
Communication professor Vicki Mayer received this year’s Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award at Tulane University. The award is presented each year to a faculty member who brings classrooms to life though engaged community partnerships.

November 29 2012 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - 'O this learning, what a thing it is!'
Although Shakespeare-speak sounds a bit different than the language that seventh-graders at John Dibert Community School in New Orleans are used to hearing, the young students have learned that many of the worldly issues addressed in William Shakespeare’s plays are relevant today.

November 26 2012 The New Wave
Fran Simon  - Rebuilding by the Golden Rule
Tulane University alumnus David J. Goodman (class of 1986), who lives and works as a certified public accountant in New Jersey, has brought 11 groups of volunteers to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. He now hopes to organize a group of New Orleanians to offer aid next spring to Hurricane Sandy’s survivors in their rebuilding.

November 07 2012 The New Wave
New Wave Staff  - Like daughter, like mother
First-year student Lauren Baker, left, and her mom, Jamie, pitch in at the Edible Schoolyard Garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School in uptown New Orleans.

October 2012

October 30 2012 The New Wave
Paula Burch-Celentano  - Photos: Fall Fest

October 25 2012 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin  - Internship fair brings community organizations to campus
Sarah Edwards has plans to become a doctor. To reach her career goals, she has turned to the Center for Public Service’s internship program to gain experience and put her Spanish-speaking skills to use.

October 01 2012 University of Massachusetts Boston News
Office of Communications  - Tulane Professor Honored at UMass Boston's First-Ever Lynton Colloquium
Throughout his life, Ernest Lynton worked to connect the academic progress made  by university faculty to communities that could benefit from the applied knowledge. Lynton, who served as vice president of academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, saw a lack of alignment, which he called a “crisis of purpose” when he first wrote about it in 1983.

September 2012

September 28 2012 The New Wave
Mary Ann Travis  - Symbiotic survival of rare birds and rain forests
On the coast of Ecuador, along the Pacific Ocean, on the western side of the Andes Mountains, lies the Choco rain forest. Here, Jordan Karubian, his students and local residents, whom he’s enlisted as “environmental ambassadors,” study an endangered species of bird — the long-wattled umbrellabird.

September 17 2012 The New Wave
Sally Asher - Photos: Serve with Outreach
First-year student Liv Jacobson (foreground) is among a number of Tulane students helping to refurbish a home that will be rented to a low-income family. Volunteering through the Outreach Tulane program on Saturday (Sept. 15), the students partnered with All Nations Fellowship church in uptown New Orleans to revamp the home, which is located not far from the uptown campus.

September 17 2012 The New Wave
Paula Burch-Celentano - Photos: Storytelling

September 12 2012
John Pope - Local schools lauded in annual report on America's top colleges
Several local colleges and universities, including Loyola, Tulane, the University of New Orleans and Xavier, were among those cited in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges.

September 11 2012 Tulane News
Kathryn Hobgood Ray - Tulane University holds 22nd 'Outreach Tulane' event
More than 1000 volunteers are expected to participate in a community service event on Sept. 15 held in Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.

September 05 2012 The New Wave
Fran Simon - School's in.  Are you?
As I sit here blogging on my iPad, I’m thinking about the thousands of kids who are going back to school in Orleans Parish, needing pencils and wide-ruled notebook paper. Yes, those are the two “most needed” items mentioned for donation to the Tulane Staff Advisory Council drive.

September 04 2012 The New Wave
Michael Celone - Public health undergrad lends a hand in Ghana
Armed with vaccines, malaria prophylaxis, a mosquito net and minimal understanding of Ghana’s Twi language (“mente asee,” meaning “I don’t understand,” was the phrase I used the most), I set out for six weeks this summer to immerse myself in a new culture and gain firsthand experience in the health care of Ghana.

August 2012

August 09 2012 Forbes
- Rethinking the Ratings: Newsweek Left Out 3 Essential Metrics of a Top College
It's that time of year again.  Last week Newsweek released their annual college ratings report.  The publication, which analyzes universities and sorts them into Top 25 lists of various themes, inevitably generates a bunch of buzz in the higher education world.

August 06 2012 The New Wave
Insider - The Insider: Students opt for public internships
A summer job at a burger joint may benefit a student-sized budget, but internships offered through the Tulane Center for Public Service offer a whole lot more.

July 2012

July 30 2012 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Headed for college, thanks to Upward Bound
Paris Scott has an encouraging family. But it was the help she received through the Tulane University Upward Bound program that propelled her from the ranks of average students to class valedictorian at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans.

June 2012

June 27 2012 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - UGL Services offers community service scholarships
UGL Services has initiated a community service scholarship program available to Tulane University students. In its inaugural year, the program awarded $10,000, one-year scholarships to five students to recognize, encourage and support current and future community service projects and to increase students’ sense of civic engagement and social responsibility.

June 20 2012 The New Wave
Joseph Halm - India journey brings classroom to life
A group of 14 students is taking part in the Compassion in Action India Summer Program, which takes students to Dharamsala, India, and other places in Himachal Pradesh each summer for a month.

June 04 2012 The New Wave
Insider - The Insider: Creating a legacy of service
When Tulane alumna Devon Ponoroff accepted a job to lead the For The Children reading-assistance program, she sought advice from the woman who created it almost 18 years earlier — her mother.

May 2012

May 29 2012 The New Wave
Insider - The Insider: Have bike, will build
School is over, summer is nearly here and serious beach time or job hunting is ahead for lots of college grads. For several new Tulane grads like Michael Hoffman, summer means cycling 3,800 miles, coast to coast, and helping build homes along the way.

May 24 2012 The New Wave
Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo - Photos: Leaders in service
The Tulane Center for Public Service honored 24 graduating students at the 2012 leaders in service student awards luncheon on Thursday (May 17) at the Tulane president’s home during commencement week events.

May 24 2012 The New Wave
Michaela Gibboni - Two receive top public service award
Giving back to New Orleans is rewarding to many participants in Tulane’s public service programs, but having the opportunity to give back to your own community makes the experience even richer. Neuroscientist Monique Cola developed the service portion of her Brain and Behavior course to work with an organization with which she has a personal history: Upward Bound.

May 22 2012 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Two receive top public service award
Two graduates — Lea Bogner and Laura White — who have distinguished themselves by embodying the best practices in civic engagement have received the top award for public service at Tulane University: The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award.

May 15 2012 The New Wave
Michaela Gibboni - Nonprofits learn from each other
Technical skills are useful, but strategy and critical thinking are what determine success. This is exactly the idea that spawned the first-ever Nonprofit Strategy Institute, presented by the Tulane Center for Public Service (CPS).

May 07 2012 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Mural project opens avenues for discovery, service
Navigating scaffolds, Tulane students painted about 1,000 square feet of wall space at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in New Orleans. The design and colors for the mural were developed in collaboration with students attending the school, who were the university art students’ “clients” for the project.

April 2012

April 23 2012 The New Wave
Paula Burch-Celentano - Photos: Hope rising
The Hope Gardens community service project in the Lower Ninth Ward became a scholarship opportunity for junior Ophir Haberer, one of the student leaders of the volunteer effort. Tulane students, working with the community-driven organization Sankofa Community Development Corp., have been working alongside children in the neighborhood to build sustainable gardens that will promote healthy lifestyles.

April 19 2012
Eva Jacob Barkoff - Tulane students put on Shakespeare plays for Metairie students
Dressed casually and seated quietly in the library of a Metairie middle school, 12 college students soon took center stage, speaking eloquently about unrequited love, revenge, death, rivalries and discrimination. Some even participated in a sword fight.

April 09 2012 The New Wave
Fran Simon - A passion for public service
In recognition of his leadership and dedication to Tulane University, Vincent Ilustre, executive director of the Tulane Center for Public Service, received the highest honor the university gives to a staff member, the Yvette Milner Jones Award.

March 2012

March 27 2012 The New Wave
Kathryn Hobgood Ray - Tulane University's Service Honored Nationally for Sixth Straight Year
Tulane University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the sixth consecutive year that Tulane has received the honor.

March 21 2012 Tulane News
Kathryn Hobgood Ray - Tulane University's Service Honored Nationally for Sixth Straight Year
Tulane University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This is the sixth consecutive year that Tulane has received the honor.

March 21 2012 The New Wave
New Wave Staff - Green Wave alumnus vs. robots at regional contest
Johnny Arthurs, a former Green Wave player whose basketball jersey (#31) was retired in 1993, joined the FIRST Robotics Bayou Regional on March 16 to test his skill against robots designed by high school students as part of the FIRST Robotics program supported by the Tulane School of Science and Engineering. Arthurs won.

March 20 2012 The New Wave
Michaela Gibboni - Toolkits for community partners
Word of the day: reciprocity.  Community partners play an important role at Tulane University, providing venues for Tulane students to get involved in service to the city they love. But with the Nonprofit Toolkit Series presented by the Tulane Center for Public Service, the university is now able to give even more back to the community partners they hold dear.

March 19 2012 The New Wave
Paula Burch-Celentano - Photos: Giving a hand to City Park
Green-shirted Tulane faculty and staff members, nearly 500 strong, boarded buses on a foggy morning on Friday (March 16) to head to New Orleans City Park for the Wave of Green service day. They fanned out across the park in teams to plant trees, do landscaping, push wheelbarrows of mulch, paint benches and lend a hand anywhere it was needed.

March 13 2012 The New Wave
Ryan Rivet - MediaNOLA preserves and connects cultural heritage
Before Hurricane Katrina, few people were worried about the way New Orleans’ cultural heritage was being preserved. It didn’t occur to people that it was in any kind of danger. Katrina snapped that issue into focus for many, including one Tulane professor, who decided to do something about it.

March 12 2012 Global Health Magazine
Dee Boling - Article: Service Learning Beyond the Great Wall
Six Tulane undergraduate students combined the classroom with world travel and service last summer, learning firsthand about global health while providing support in several Chinese health centers.

March 06 2012 The New Wave
Paula Burch-Celentano - Photos: Custom-made
A standing support system for a child with cerebral palsy, a guitar-playing aid for a person affected by stroke, a one-hand wheelchair lock for a nursing home resident — these are the kinds of devices developed by Tulane biomedical engineering students to help individuals with disabilities.

March 05 2012 The New Wave
The Insider: Make your spring break count
Since 2007, the Tulane Center for Public Service has partnered volunteers with local organizations through its HelpNOLA program. In today’s Insider, Theodore Nathan, senior program coordinator of campus and community partnerships, explains how the program works and how you can get involved.

February 2012

February 29 2012 The New Wave
Fran Simon - Wave of Green to volunteer at City Park
Katie Houck of the Tulane Center for Public Service is working hard to organize the Wave of Green day of service that will roll through City Park in New Orleans on Friday, March 16. Friday (March 2) is the deadline for faculty and staff members to sign up for the day of service. Houck, assistant director of student training and leadership development at the Center for Public Service, hopes to marshal 600 volunteers to plant, mulch, weed and paint in different areas of the park. Among the activities in which the volunteers will participate are clearing trails in the park’s Couturie Forest.

February 27 2012 The New Wave
Michael Celone - Healthy picking: Abundant fruit for needy families
Some New Orleans households with limited resources may not be able to afford the healthier foods that contribute to a balanced diet. Tulane alumna Megan Nuismer is trying to change that by making fruit accessible through the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project.

February 26 2012
Tom Eblen - Post-Katrina Tulane provides lessons for UK
Hurricane Katrina almost wiped out Tulane University. Then, the disaster gave the 178-year-old New Orleans institution an exciting new vision.

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February 24 2012 The New Wave
Alicia Duplessis Jasmin - Students delve into New Orleans' Irish history
Laura Kelley’s Hidden History of New Orleans course is uncovering the story of the city using its Irish roots as a roadmap. As her students learn, community resources such as the St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center are receiving much-needed assistance.

February 23 2012 The New Wave
Nick Marinello - Construction under way on 7th URBANbuild house
After a brief respite for Mardi Gras, construction has resumed at 1909 Toledano St. in New Orleans as a cadre of students begin roofing and Sheetrocking the seventh house to be designed and built through the Tulane School of Architecture’s URBANbuild program.

February 13 2012 AACSB eNewsline
Ira Solomon - Dean's Corner: Doing Well by Doing Good: Public Service in Business Education
When I was appointed dean of the business school here at Tulane University, I thought it would be helpful to enhance my knowledge of the history of business education. My research led me to a biography of Joseph Wharton, the prominent Philadelphia industrialist and philanthropist who in 1881 donated 100,000 USD to the University of Pennsylvania to establish the world's first collegiate school of business.

February 13 2012 The New Wave
Nick Marinello - Higher education at ‘crucible moment’?
Noting that a “socially cohesive and economically vibrant U.S. democracy” requires an informed and engaged citizenry, a report released by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement is urging colleges to make civic learning an essential part of students’ education. According to Tulane provost Michael Bernstein, this call to arms is not a new one.

February 13 2012 The New Wave
Carol J. Schlueter - Job one for service day: City Park beautification
City Park, the 1,300 acre park in the heart of New Orleans, is one of Scott Bernhard’s favorite places. “I love to work out there,” says the associate professor of architecture. So on March 16, he will join hundreds of Tulane employees at City Park for the Wave of Green Service Day.

February 09 2012 Uptown Messenger
Robert Morris - Hollygrove activists tout neighborhood’s reduction in crime at Tulane forum
From suffering though shootings on a nightly basis in years past, the Hollygrove neighborhood has evolved into a tight-knit network of neighbors whose efforts to target problem properties have made substantial progress in the fight against crime, neighborhood leaders said Thursday night.

February 07 2012 The New Wave
Julia Gautreaux - Students team up for neighborhood project
Tulane students got down and dirty (literally!) by participating in the “Catch the Basin” event on Sunday (Feb. 4). The citizen-led initiative was part of an effort by the administration of New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu to reduce residential-street flooding by removing debris from catch basins.

February 05 2012 FOX 8 News New Orleans
VIDEO: Watch Tulane students launch the city's "Clean the Catch Basin" program!

February 02 2012
Michelle Krupa - Mayor Mitch Landrieu to ask residents to clean catch basins
A day after a broken water main flooded a Lakeview street because the catch basins were clogged, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will ask residents to do their part to keep debris out of curb-level drainage grates in their neighborhoods. The effort, dubbed “Catch the Basin,” aims to harness the elbow grease of residents to handle a task that technically is the responsibility of City Hall. While the Sewerage & Water Board maintains most of New Orleans’ underground drainage infrastructure, the city’s Public Works Department is charged with keeping catch basins clear.


January 2012

January 27 2012 Tulane Office of Development News
Michael Ramos - Newcomb alumna gives for the children
Daisy Meriwether VanDenburgh (NC ’55) never realized her community service would be recognized by the president as Air Force One landed in New Orleans in January 2006. For nearly 20 years, VanDenburgh quietly made an impact on dozens of lives through Tulane’s For The Children reading program. Earning recognition for her service and generosity not only from grateful students and teachers, but also from President George W. Bush, VanDenburgh has proven an inspiring example for the Tulane and New Orleans communities.

January 12 2012 The New Wave
Kirby Messinger - Students give year of service before med school
Most third-year students heading to medical school can’t volunteer on a full-time basis, but Adil Yousuf, Adrienne Roth and Brian Templet can because they are part of the Tulane Accelerated Physician Training Program. The program allows these students to participate in a year of service that is aiding the New Orleans community.

January 11, 2012 The New Wave
Arther Nead - Students work together to rebuild wetlands
Undergraduate students at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine have partnered with science students at Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish, La., for a service-learning project focused on coastal restoration.


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