Staff Excellence Award for Humanitarianism

March 14, 2011 | Article by Belinda Lacoste

Brett-Tribou-Scott-CowenHis friends and co-workers in the School of Science and Engineering might say Brett Tribou is a guy who knows how to make things happen. According to Tribou, Tulane University is a place where things are happening and he's thrilled to be a part of it.

Tribou's enthusiasm clearly extends beyond his work as an administrative secretary in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department. In December 2010 Tribou was chosen to receive the Tulane Staff Excellence Award for humanitarianism.

"This award was a surprise and it was overwhelming because I don't feel like I did anything extraordinary," Tribou says, "But to get this award you have to be nominated. It makes me realize my job really is very important to this department and my work doesn't go unseen."

Tribou not only received a unanimous nomination from his home department, but staff members from several other SSE departments and the dean's office submitted nominations.

"I've always been a team player," Tribou says. "What goes on in our department is not just ChemE, but it's SSE, it's the other schools—on up to Tulane. It doesn't take much when I go into the dean's office to give an extra hand and contribute to the school."

Tribou says he immediately felt a part of the team when he joined the department in the summer of 2008, as the purchasing coordinator and graduate student recruiting liaison.

When he heard of the job opening Tribou says he was ready to pack up his bags that day. He was a sociology student living on the North shore and believed it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

"It's Tulane—nuff said—I want, to be a part of that," Tribou recalls saying, "When I think of Tulane, I think of New Orleans, I think of home. Tulane is a landmark. It's just cool to be in this environment."

In addition to his full-time position at Tulane, Tribou is continuing his studies in sociology along with pursuing a minor in business development. He plans to continue his career with Tulane after graduation.

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