Annual Review â€˘ 2016
Table of Contents “To continue our upward trajectory, we are continuing to focus on students’ success and upon their overall experience as undergraduates.”
Letter from the Dean
What is Newcomb-Tulane College?
Newcomb-Tulane College is Scholarship
Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Advisory Council 2015-2016
Duren Professor Andy Horowitz Teaches “The Katrina Disaster Now” Communism, Capitalism, and Contemporary Marketing in Cuba Unlocking the New Orleans City Insane Asylum Cancer Cell Research Begins with Grants Study Abroad Fosters Learning and Personal Growth
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—James M. MacLaren, PhD Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College
16 An Authentic Life: Patrick Godbey, 1968-2016 17 Newcomb-Tulane College is Giving Back Donor Honor Roll
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On the Cover: Joan Kay After 26 years as an academic advisor, Joan Kay (cover artist) retired from Tulane in January 2016. She told the New Wave that she will miss working with students whose “energy and enthusiasm” have made her “hopeful for the future.” Joan is likewise missed by her Academic Advising Center colleagues, including Sarah Montès, who described Joan as “a role model for all of us about what it means to have deep job satisfaction and a healthy work-life balance.” Joan looks forward to traveling, reviving her art practice, and keeping up an active lifestyle that includes weekly yoga classes on the Tulane campus with former colleagues.
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Jeff Turner, Chair Edana Desatnick, Vice Chair Amy and Larry Andelsman Chris Austin Kylene Beers Christy Brown AJ Cass Brodie Cobb Doug Ellin Greg Giangrande Jeffrey Godsick Russell Grossman Brendan Hayes Danny Hazel Nate Hole JP Hymel Scott Intagliata Mary Beth Jenkins Joe Kaplan Scott Katzmann Danny Kaufman Gerry Keefe Roberta and Rob Kitchenoff Stuart Klabin Lucy Klingenstein Jini Koh Lisa Kalin and Drew Kugler Steven Kushnick Molly and Chad Ludwig Elyse Luray Howard Margolis Steve Moffitt Amy Pasquariello Brian Pence Jeremy Perelman Lisa Rapkin Nancy Rebold Andi and Chris Richardson Ann and John Rossi Don Rothman Natalie Rowe Dawn Saunders Joe Schwartz Lori and Scott Seigal Larry Sibley Rebecca and J. Michael Smith Karen Sobel Richard Thal David Titlebaum Donna and Alan Weakland Katy Williamson Will Wyatt Yasmin Alexander and John Zotos
This year introduces a different format for The Collegian, which I hope you will enjoy. In this year's issue, we focus on what Newcomb-Tulane College, the single undergraduate college at Tulane, is all about, as well as information about what’s just around the corner. The past year has been an exciting one at Tulane, as the university community has been thinking strategically about our future. Last year I reported that during President Fitts’ first year he had convened two task forces—one on the undergraduate experience and the other on potential new academic collaborations. The task forces sought to maximize Tulane’s potential as a university committed to a first-rate undergraduate education that also offers comprehensive research-intensive programs in graduate and professional education. Many of our aspirations stem from the ideas presented in these two reports, which can be found online: Undergraduate Experience Task Force Report: bit.ly/taskforce-undergraduate Academic Collaborations Task Force Report: bit.ly/taskforce-collaborations Perhaps one of the most exciting achievements last year was Tulane’s dramatic rise in the U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings, as we reclaimed a spot in the top 50 by climbing an unprecedented 13 places to tie at #41. This achievement rests on the hard work of many faculty, staff, and administrators at Tulane. Recent improvements in graduation and retention rates have been instrumental in helping improve Tulane’s national standing. To continue our upward trajectory, we are continuing to focus on students’ success and upon their overall experience as undergraduates. New initiatives for next year include innovative Residential Learning Communities, a redesigned Honors Program, comprehensive advising and career services, and a new focus on crafting meaningful experiences tailored to first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students. One result of the improvement in our USNWR ranking has been an increase in our admissions yield. As a result, I am delighted to report that the incoming first-year class will again be the largest and most academically qualified in the university’s history. We believe it is critically important not only to support our students while they are undergraduates in NewcombTulane College, but also to help them plan for life after Tulane, whether that means attending graduate or professional programs, successfully competing for national fellowships, or landing that first job! Thanks to generous support from David Mussafer (B ’85), we will now have a state-of-the-art facility in which to execute this vision: Mussafer Hall, our new advising and career services building, scheduled to open in 2018. The building will also support innovative new initiatives like an Executive-in-Residence program that will host seniorlevel executives willing to spend time on campus mentoring our undergraduates. Tulane is also investing in the support and education of traditionally underrepresented and first-generation students as we continue to strive towards an undergraduate student population representative of society at large. Newcomb-Tulane College will lead many of these efforts, and this fall we will set up a new academic center to help achieve these goals. I write from Copenhagen, where I am once again teaching in one of our Summer Study Abroad programs. These programs allow students to experience a different culture by spending time studying and living abroad. I am delighted to report that Tulane is thriving and continuing to ensure we provide the best possible education. I am also optimistic about our future, despite the challenges higher education as a whole is facing. If your travels bring you back to New Orleans, please stop by my office in Cudd Hall to say hello. SALLY ASHER
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Founded in 2006 as part of Tulane’s post-Katrina Renewal Plan, NewcombTulane College is marking its tenth anniversary. As the college continues to build and strengthen its identity, we explore the question: what is NewcombTulane College? Here’s the official answer, as it was described in the Renewal Plan: Newcomb-Tulane College is the centerpiece of Tulane University and the home to all full-time undergraduate students across the university. As we move into the college’s second decade, we are fulfilling the promise of that definition. By allowing its students access to degrees and programs offered by all five undergraduate schools, Newcomb-Tulane College is uniquely positioned to fulfill President Fitts’ goal of increasing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship. President Fitts’ Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience outlined a number of recommendations for strengthening the overall undergraduate experience, and Newcomb-Tulane College is actively working to implement programs and resources strategically designed to further this goal. As we explore new ways to engage our students academically, the college is taking steps to create an undergraduate experience that educates the whole person, recognizes and supports each student, and fosters each student’s development in and out of the classroom. In part, Newcomb-Tulane College can be defined by the robust range of academic services and funding opportunities it provides for students—often thanks to the generosity of donors. The following pages define NewcombTulane College through scholarship, success, and giving back, and through some of the people and programs that best illustrate these values. Yet there’s one word in that original definition that seems to need clarification. What does it mean for Newcomb-Tulane College to be the “home” for all full-time undergraduates? The answer to that question may lie in a tradition that dates to the college’s founding: the Dean’s Coffee. Each Friday morning, students line up at Cudd Hall for free coffee and Blue Dot donuts, live music on the first Friday of the month, and sometimes an impromptu conversation with Dean MacLaren or other faculty and staff. For Newcomb-Tulane College students, home is not just where the heart is, it’s also where the head is... and where the donuts are.
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Duren Professor Andy Horowitz Teaches “The Katrina Disaster Now”
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who is regarded as one of the world’s foremost scholars of disaster. Horowitz says, “The support of the Duren Professorship transformed an already ambitious class into something truly extraordinary.” Students agreed, with 100% of student respondents rating the course with an “A,” the highest ranking available, in their anonymous, end-of-term course evaluations. One student wrote, “A course and experience like this is why I came to college,” while another added, “If every university seminar were like this one, I think our world would be a little different.”
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Imagine a class where students learn both inside and outside of a formal classroom setting, with supplemental experiences that include visiting lecturers, field work, or other multidisciplinary activities. Andy Horowitz, assistant professor of history, designed his class to be just that, and he achieved an impressive level of the integrative teaching strategies that are required of all professors selected for the William L. Duren ’26 Professorship Program. As a Duren Professor, Horowitz created “The Katrina Disaster Now,” a special course that he offered in fall 2015 as Tulane and New Orleans marked ten years since Hurricane Katrina. “Working across the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, and literature,” he said, “the class considers Katrina as a political, cultural, and environmental event in New Orleans, American, and transnational history,” as well as “one of the most important events in modern U.S. history.” The Duren endowment helped support a bus tour detailing the recovery process in various neighborhoods, led by Tulane professor and historical geography expert Richard Campanella. A second tour, led by Louisiana Lost Lands Environmental Tours, brought students out on the water— in kayaks—for a unique encounter with coastal Louisiana’s land loss crisis. Duren funds also enabled students to participate in informal workshops with experts such as Bob Marshall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered Louisiana’s environment for over three decades; Joshua Guild, associate professor of history and African American studies at Princeton University and author of The City Lives in You: The Black Freedom Struggle and the Futures of New Orleans; and sociologist Kai Erikson,
Below: Andy Horowitz, assistant professor of history, was selected for the William L. Duren ’26 Professorship Program.
HONORS Highlights “The Honors Program offers courses that are meant to guide students towards greater scholarly engagement.” —Tom Luongo Director, Honors Program
The Newcomb-Tulane College Honors Program begins a new era in Fall 2016,
with changes designed to provide students with a holistic model of intellectually engaged scholarship. First-year and sophomore Honors students will live in
Residential Learning Communities led by faculty-in-residence, who will serve as mentors and offer special programming and advising. This unique relationship
sets the stage for students to discover a wide variety of scholarly opportunities by connecting with faculty throughout their undergraduate career.
The program will also give first-year students an introduction to Tulane’s
intellectual landscape through new colloquium courses. All students who wish to enroll in the Honors Program must take one of two classes in their first semester: the first, a traditional great-books seminar that examines the human
experience through major works of literature and philosophy; the second, a multidisciplinary course called “Ways to Know” that combines lectures with discussion sessions to explore the different forms that scholarship takes in different disciplines. Honors Program Director Tom Luongo, a professor in the history department, notes that “our program is unique among Honors
Programs, in that we do not offer a separate curriculum—there is no reason
to do so at Tulane,” due to the rigor of Tulane’s standard curriculum. Instead, he explains, we “offer courses that are meant to guide students towards
greater scholarly engagement in whatever major or disciplinary direction
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they pursue, including pre-professional tracks.”
The Honors Program will still culminate in the Honors Thesis, a two-
semester project under the guidance of a faculty member that involves a
substantial amount of independent research and study. The resulting work
often has an impact well beyond the individual student. Alison Reip (NT ’16), who conducted a study of public charter school marketing in New Orleans,
Above: Members of the William Wallace Peery Society receive congratulatory applause at the 2016 Senior Awards Ceremony.
wrote a guest column for the New Orleans Advocate with her faculty advisor—
Top right: Michael J. Moore is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and faculty-in-residence at Weatherhead Hall.
experience that best prepares students for interesting careers.”
political science professor Celeste Lay—that provided valuable and original insight into the school reform debate. This example illustrates Luongo’s assertion that
“engagement in scholarship is in fact practical, since it’s the kind of undergraduate
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Jacob Cross used a Liberal Arts Research Award to study small business advertising in Havana since the government has lifted many travel restrictions.
Communism, Capitalism, and Contemporary Marketing in Cuba A Liberal Arts Research Award allowed him to conduct field research in Havana, documenting and photographing billboards and other advertising.
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While studying abroad in Havana during his sophomore year, Jacob Cross (NT ’16), a Spanish major and Latin American Studies minor, became fascinated with the Cuban marketing industry, and its reflection of recent political and economic advances. He’d already learned that, with the passing of “Lineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolución” in 2011, there was an increase in private business and entrepreneurship in the country. As a result, the Cuban government no longer controlled most businesses. Not only did private advertising become legal, but there was also an increased need among competing businesses for more commercials to advertise their services. Cross decided he’d write his honors thesis on the evolution of advertising in Cuban small businesses from 2011 to the present. He applied for a grant to return to Havana to conduct first-hand research, since most of the information about the topic was only available in Cuban universities and bookstores. A Liberal Arts Research Award allowed him
to conduct field research in Havana during his 2015 winter break, documenting and photographing billboards and other advertising containing political propaganda. While there, Cross also conducted many interviews, which he had to set up prior to reaching the island due to the challenges of limited Internet access in Cuba. Meeting contacts such as Marlen Domínguez, an expert in linguistics and Cuban discourse analysis, also helped him to build upon his research while further developing his competency in spoken Spanish. He felt that the most interesting aspect of his research was seeing how Cuban vendors advertised online, despite severely limited Internet access. “Small business owners are creating their own forms of advertising to function within technology used by many Cubans, such as cell phones and tablets,” Cross says. He completed and wrote his thesis entirely in Spanish, and successfully defended it prior to graduating in spring 2016. He is working on translating it to English in order to submit the work to journals that focus on Latin American studies.
Unlocking the New Orleans City Insane Asylum Victoria King (NT ’16) graduated with a double major in sociology and history and a minor in public health. But the self-directed work she began as an undergraduate continues with the same excitement that she first felt while taking Dr. Patrick Rafail's “Introduction to Research Analysis.” “During that course, we had to set up a research project: find a topic, design the research, and lay out a plan to collect the data,” King says. “Through this, I found information about the New Orleans City Insane Asylum. Seeing hundreds of patients being diagnosed with things like ‘furious mania,’ ‘stupidity,’ and ‘paralytic insanity’ hooked me. It became more than just an assignment.” Sue Schoolfield Spellman (NC ’68) established the Liberal Arts Research Award Program in 2008 to support student research and scholarship in liberal arts disciplines. King received one of these awards to digitize microfilm of historical asylum records found at the New Orleans Public Library. “Using a digital copy of patient records for the asylum from 1882-1884, I coded the data and found a few incredible
things. The asylum was set up as a system of working incarceration, many physical illnesses were considered to be the tangible proof of a mental illness, and from the beginning, immigrants, women, and African Americans were over-incarcerated,” she says. This project not only put the historical context of 19th-century public health data into a sociological framework, but also ignited her passion for research. “The sharing and preservation of information is important to me, and I think that (this) history… needs to be available to the general public,” she says. “I used this grant to… ensure (that) this valuable information is… never lost. There was only one copy of each of the five rolls of entry and exit records for the asylum that I was able to digitize. If even one of these rolls was lost, an irreplaceable piece of New Orleans and medical history was lost. Now that they are digitized, this information can be more easily accessed and utilized.” King is currently writing about the information she collected using the materials she digitized, as well as other sources.
This project not only put the historical context of 19th-century public health data into a sociological framework, but also ignited her passion for research.
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Victoria King was able to digitize 19th-century records from the New Orleans City Insane Asylum through a Liberal Arts Research Award.
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Scholarship Cancer Cell Research Begins with Grants
“By studying the molecular mechanisms, our understanding of how and why this treatment works will be greatly advanced, potentially helping many patients in a clinical setting.” —Hakm Murad (NT ’16, SSE *16)
Hakm Murad (NT ’16, SSE *16), who earned simultaneous bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering, received a Georges Lurcy Grant to support his ongoing laboratory research on cancer cell physiology. This grant program, supported annually by the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, funds research and other special projects that foster collaboration between undergraduate students and faculty members. The Lurcy Grant also provided funding toward travel costs for him to present his research at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Annual Meeting in Tampa Bay, Florida. “My project utilized High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), which is a… technological approach being researched at all levels to give patients a safe and effective treatment option other than standard chemo or radiation therapy,” Murad says. “My project delves into the effects that one cancer cell would ‘feel’ postfocused ultrasound exposure. By studying the molecular mechanisms, our understanding of how and why this treatment works will be greatly advanced, potentially helping many patients in a clinical setting.”
He recently completed his project and hopes to publish the data in a top-tier research journal. “The data we obtained will have great impact in our field of study and overall understanding of cancer cell apoptosis/metastasis,” he says. “We also found unexpected changes in cell surface proteins that will be the highlight of future research.” His advisor, Dr. Damir Khismatullin, adds: “Thanks to [Murad’s] research, we ar very close to development of HIFU-based therapy against aggressive forms of cancer.” Newcomb-Tulane College grant programs also helped Murad to successfully complete five other related projects while at Tulane. “The joy of creating a research proposal with realistic deadlines and financial considerations, and then spending a semester to a year meticulously reaching end goals, is immensely satisfying,” he says. “Also the ability to fund travel aimed at spreading the great work we perform here at Tulane at national and international conferences is an amazing experience for any undergraduate. These grants have helped me feel [like] an ambassador of our university.”
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Hakm Murad received funding for laboratory research from the Georges Lurcy Grant Program, the NewcombTulane College Dean’s Grant Program, and the Oscar Lee Putnam Cultural and Intellectual Enrichment Program over the course of his Newcomb-Tulane College career.
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Cara Tenerelli furthered her neuroscience and psychology studies while studying in Copenhagen, thanks to the Ann and John Rossi Scholarship.
Study Abroad Fosters Learning and Personal Growth The Office of Study Abroad offers Newcomb-Tulane College students year-long, semester, and summer study abroad opportunities in 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Cara Tenerelli (NT ’16) took advantage of the chance to learn in a new cultural environment when she received an Ann (NC ’78) and John (G *78) Rossi Scholarship to spend the fall 2015 semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. “One of my favorite things about studying in New Orleans was having the chance to live in a unique city with its own culture and heritage,” she says. “These funds [to travel to Denmark] helped me to again experience more amazing cultures in new places.” While overseas, Tenerelli’s studies contributed to her degree program in neuroscience and psychology. While “traveling around Europe… (taking) breathtaking hikes in rural Sweden… (and) exploring beautiful markets in Germany,” among other activities, she learned about innovations in neuroscience by touring
labs, investigating current research, and experiencing different jobs in the field. However, her favorite memories came from her personal interactions and growth. “I made Danish friends that I will keep forever,” she says. “There were challenges throughout the journey, but I am a much stronger and more mature person due to the experience. I am so thankful for the entire opportunity and would recommend [studying abroad] to any student that is at all interested.” The Office of Study Abroad partners with top universities and organizations like the Danish Institute for Study Abroad to provide the highest quality overseas educational experiences for undergraduates. The office emphasizes that studying abroad “can be one of the most enriching, educationally stimulating, and fulfilling experiences of [a student’s] life.” Tenerelli would agree. “My four months in Copenhagen were a truly impactful, life-changing experience for me,” she says. “I am so thankful for the Rossi Scholarship, as it gave me the freedom to truly have the best experience possible!”
The Office of Study Abroad partners with top universities and organizations like the Danish Institute for Study Abroad to provide the highest quality overseas educational experiences for undergraduates.
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Mussafer Hall: A New Hub for Student Success
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Located in the heart of Gibson Quad, the planned Mussafer Hall will transform the Tulane undergraduate experience and the look of the uptown campus, and even positively impact student success well beyond graduation. The new project will dynamically combine key Newcomb-Tulane College services—career programming, academic advising, and success coaching—in one location for the first time ever. “All the resources that empower students to succeed will be together in one building,” says Newcomb-Tulane College Dean James MacLaren.
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Currently, staff for these services are scattered in separate places from the Diboll Complex on one side of campus to the Gibson Quad on the other side. Bringing their talents together will foster close collaboration among staff members, enabling them to deliver advising and support that best meets students’ academic needs. “Tulane is creating a more holistic undergraduate experience, and Mussafer Hall will express this in physical form,” says Tulane President Mike Fitts. “By placing academic advising and career counseling under one roof, we will give students
a cohesive view of their path through Tulane and after Tulane. Connecting these functions will provide a distinct advantage to Tulane students as they define their aspirations and map out their careers.” Mussafer Hall is made possible because of a $5 million gift from David Mussafer (B ’85) and his wife Marion. Mussafer and his father, Maurice Mussafer (A&S ’60), were inspired to make the gift because of their family’s long relationship with Tulane. “It struck a chord with us,” David Mussafer said. “Young people are looking to take their studies and careers to the next level, and how great it will be to have
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a central place in the heart of campus to showcase these very important services.” The 15,700-square-foot former School of Social Work building is currently being renovated, and a 7,600-square-foot extension will be added in 2017. Together, the two buildings will feature 57 private offices, a multipurpose room, a research room, conference and breakout rooms, flexible-use spaces, and an outdoor study space. Mussafer Hall will help meet the critical need for spaces for student study and collaboration because it will be open
during the evening, MacLaren says. Rooms used for one purpose during the day, such as job interviews, can be occupied outside office hours by students who want to work on projects or hold a study group. The new building will also provide space to develop additional programming, such as reinstating the diplomat-in-residence program, aimed at students interested in the State Department. Another new initiative, the Executive-in-Residence Program, started by Dean’s Advisory Council member Howard Margolis (B ’87), will attract senior-level executives to spend time on campus mentoring students. “This is a program that will be able to connect influential parents and alumni to our students,” MacLaren says.
Mussafer Hall will help recruit students because it shows prospective families how important Tulane considers academic, personal, and professional development— and how committed Tulane is to providing the space and resources to do it right, says MacLaren. “When space on campus is so tight, locating these services in one space is important,” he says. “It is essential to have the space, have the technology, have the facilities for one-on-one and group meetings, and have casual spaces like the technology room and roof patio—all of those spaces will lend themselves to meaningful interactions between students and support staff. And Mussafer Hall will give us room to grow in all areas.”
Above: Marion and David Mussafer are key players in the new addition on campus. Left: (From left to right) Maurice Mussafer, Tulane President Mike Fitts, and David Mussafer celebrate the announcement of Mussafer Hall on Gibson Quad.
“By placing academic advising and career counseling under one roof, we will give students a cohesive view of their path through Tulane and after Tulane.” —Mike Fitts President, Tulane University
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Success Preparing Students for Meaningful Careers
“Internships are a critical part of career preparation. We believe it’s important to provide access to internship opportunities for all students.”
Newcomb-Tulane College continues to enhance its career programs by developing new and exciting opportunities that position undergraduates for future success. New for the 2015-2016 academic year, the Tulane Career Center created the Senior Year Experience. The program pairs graduating seniors with a personalized career advisor who works intensely with them throughout the year. “The program provides students with a Senior Student and Employer Advisor who acts as an in-house recruiter and career coach at the same time. Their goal is to help connect the students with employers and job opportunities and facilitate the transition from college to work,” says Amjad Ayoubi, senior associate dean at Newcomb-Tulane College. Tulane is a trailblazer, using this proactive model to add even more value to the undergraduate experience. And it is only the latest in a multi-step approach that arms students with career education, career advising, and career information.
“What we’re trying to do is partner with students, providing them the resources, the connections, the tools and a structured environment to help them find the career they want.” Erin Weisman (NT ’16), who majored in psychology and education, credits Lesley Hollon, her Senior Year Experience advisor, with helping her land three job offers—in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. “Lesley was incredibly helpful,” says Weisman, who met with Hollon twice a month all year. “I was always prepared for the job interviews because Lesley advised me.” Weisman, a California native, will start as a lead pre-kindergarten teacher in Washington, D.C. in August. “It will be an adventure,” she says. The Senior Year Experience proved such a success that in the 2016-2017 academic year, juniors will be invited to begin intense individualized career coaching, as well, Ayoubi says.
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—Karen and Steven Sisselman (Parents, LA ’15 and LA ’17), who support career programs and internship grants through their endowed fund at the Tulane Career Center
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Left: Academic Advisor Heather Cooper conducts a mock interview with a student. Above: Steve Moffitt (TC ’99), managing director at Goldman Sachs, speaks with students after a panel at Tulane Takeover: New York.
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Another initiative to prepare students for future careers took place over fall break. The inaugural Tulane Takeover: New York attracted 239 Tulane undergraduates to New York City’s Time Warner Center. This partnership between NewcombTulane College and the A. B. Freeman School of Business provided students who are considering working in New York after graduation with an opportunity for a full day of career programming. The day featured industry panels, presentations by executives like Greg Giangrande, a current parent and Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Time Inc., and a focused networking event where over 250 alumni and parents spoke with students about their industries, companies, and experiences. Tulane Takeover grew out of Freeman Days, a successful event in years past created by the Freeman School’s Career Management Center for business school students, says Byron Kantrow, of Tulane’s New York Regional Office and director of Career Wave programming.
Lisa Ehrlich Rapkin, a Tulane parent, spoke at Tulane Takeover as a television and event producer. “Tulane Takeover was such an incredible event,” Rapkin says. The program was both specific—because it focused on New York City—and inclusive because all five undergraduate schools were included. Because it was held in New York, a large number of busy and high-powered professionals were able to attend. “Students had access to really great talent. It’s another example of the great success that the career programming at Tulane has had by combining what students find most interesting with what industry professionals are telling us makes them most prepared for the job market.” The event was the first of Newcomb-Tulane College’s Career Wave major programs to take place off campus, and it won’t be the last. Future career development events will occur in cities where large numbers of Tulane graduates settle, including Los Angeles, Boston, and Dallas. In another first, 25 Tulane undergraduates attended a week-long “Startup Intensive” boot camp in San Francisco over Tulane’s spring break in March. The event, presented by global education leader General Assembly on their campus in downtown San Francisco, provided students with enhanced skills related to entrepreneurship, business, design, and technology. Newcomb-Tulane College provided partial scholarships for all students who attended. “This was a phenomenal program for our students,” says Kantrow. “We got great feedback, and it also gave us a reason to host a networking reception of alumni and parents in the Bay Area and introduce them directly to our students and to each other. Based on the success of this program, we are currently working on similar General Assembly boot camps in New York over winter break and in New Orleans next summer.”
PROFILE: Oliver Grigg In the summer of 2015, Oliver Grigg (NT ’17) secured an internship with
the New York Mets, working with their
Stadium Operations and Venue Services department. To help him cover his
expenses, Newcomb-Tulane College
awarded him a Katharine B. and Robert M. Devlin ‘64 Internship Grant.
As Print Sports Editor for the Tulane
Hullabaloo, Grigg has enjoyed inside
access to Tulane’s athletics department,
along with the opportunity to integrate his love for writing with his love for
sports. Grigg's Mets internship allowed him to develop skills that will help him pursue a career in venue services and
sports management. The only down side
to the internship? Grigg is a Yankees fan.
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An Integrated Approach to Student Success Newcomb-Tulane College is working to teach undergraduates the importance of resilience—how to turn failure into a learning experience that strengthens and shapes character. “Students entering college might encounter challenges that are different than they have ever faced before,” says Krista Casale, a success coach with the Tulane Academic Success Center (TASC). “When students experience setbacks, it’s imperative they learn to cultivate a sense of resilience. Failure is actually an important part of the learning process.” This focus on resilience is one important aspect of Newcomb-Tulane College’s mission of holistic student development. Additional TASC initiatives including success coaching, peer tutoring, and writing instruction also enhance student engagement. Casale heads Tulane’s Resilience Cooperative, and she coordinated a campus-wide panel discussion on resilience called Trials and Triumphs. At the well-attended February 2016 event, five of Tulane’s most popular and well14 NEWCOMB-TULANE COLLEGE • The Collegian 2016
known professors talked not only about their successes, but also about how they conquered their fears. Moderated by Peter Ricchiuti, assistant dean and clinical professor at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, four faculty members – Michael Cohen, Michael Cunningham, Rebecca Mark, and Latha Rajan – shared their personal struggles. “It was an attempt to normalize failure,” says Casale. The event was a rousing success. The vast majority of students who attended Trials and Triumphs said in post-event surveys that they felt more empowered to be resilient in the face of adversity. One student who had been struggling with homesickness wrote, “It is really nice to hear [from] all of the professors that they have also had the same struggle in their lives or at Tulane. I feel much less alone.” In spring 2016, Tulane was accepted into the Resilience Consortium, an association of colleges working to facilitate resilience in students. Resilience was also a major theme in last year’s Tulane Reading Project. This initiative asks all first-year undergraduates
to read the same book and facilitates a campus-wide dialogue on its themes. In the 2015-2016 academic year, students read Men We Reaped, by Tulane English professor Jesmyn Ward. In her 2013 memoir, Ward writes honestly and poetically about her brother’s death and the deaths of four other young men from her Mississippi hometown. As she examines the deaths, Ward realizes that the men died because of the realities of their lives—being poor, black, and Southern. “Ward’s memoir is a deeply personal look at the interplay of poverty, gender, and resilience in her community, and at the tragic results that can follow when resilience is worn away by limited resources,” says Trina Beck, assistant dean of Newcomb-Tulane College Programs. “The [Reading Project] committee felt that it was a powerful, beautifully written, relevant book, and that we’re lucky to have the author on Tulane’s faculty,” Beck says. This was the first time the Reading Project has featured a faculty author. NewcombTulane College offered several events featuring Ward, including the annual
From left to right: "Trials and Triumphs," an event sponsored by Forum Tulane, the Academic Advising Center, and the Tulane Academic Success Center, brought together Tulane faculty members to share their stories of disappointment, resilience, and achievement; a student poses questions to the panel; author and associate professor Jesmyn Ward's memoir, Men We Reaped, was selected for the 2015 Tulane Reading Project.
PROFILE: Alex Itin Some of the hardest subjects come easily to Thomas “Alex” Itin
(NT ’15, SE *16), and as a supplemental instructor, he shared his
knowledge, along with firsthand classroom experience and study strategies, with fellow Tulane students.
Itin became a supplemental instructor during the program’s
initial semester at Tulane, providing supplemental instruction for
courses including General Physics, Statics, and Introduction to Cell
& Molecular Biology. He ultimately became a team captain, leading
other supplemental instructors who support challenging subjects such as calculus, chemistry, economics, psychology, and cellular biology.
—Krista Casale Success Coach, Tulane Academic Success Center
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized
academic support program for historically difficult classes. Study
sessions are facilitated by peers who have successfully completed
the course. SI is an important facet of Tulane’s peer
learning support and has become ever more popular since it launched in fall 2012. According to the most recent statistics, 75 percent more students attended
sessions in the 2015-2016 academic year compared to 2014-2015. A gift from Tulane parents Peter and
Hilary Blum allowed Tulane to create the peer educator program in 2012, and the program has grown exponentially since then.
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“When students experience setbacks, it’s imperative they learn to cultivate a sense of resilience. Failure is actually an important part of the learning process.”
Itin saw his role leading study sessions not only as
being a lecturer but also as giving students the skills to
become independent learners.
“Every student learns differently,” says Itin. “I tried to be adaptable
to the way that students learn and help them on their own journey. I
shared my experience about how I learned the material. I would say, ‘It
Kylene & Bradley Beers lecture, a lunchtime discussion for students, a “Lunch and Learn” event for parents during Family Weekend, and dinner at Commander’s Palace for the lucky student winners of the Creative Response Contest (which Professor Ward judged). Teaching students to be resilient when faced with challenges empowers undergraduates to succeed not only at Tulane— but beyond. “We hope these students take these skills they learn in college to their careers one day,” says Casale.
might not work for you, but let’s find a way for you to be successful in this course, too.’”
Itin graduated in May with a master’s degree in biomedical
engineering, and in June he began a new job at Medpace, a Cincinnati
company that monitors clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies.
Working as a supplemental instructor was one of the most worthwhile experiences of his time at Tulane.
“It’s rewarding to see the light bulbs turn on in a student’s
mind when you can help them understand something they’ve been struggling with.”
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Advisor Patrick Godbey works with a student on his academic plan in 2011.
“His ability to be present, thoughtful, and kind in his personal interactions inspired me. As a lifelong learner, he inspired the same passion and curiosity for knowledge in his students.” —Michele Oelking Director, Tulane Academic Success Center
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An Authentic Life: Patrick Godbey, 1968-2016 The Newcomb-Tulane College community lost a dear friend and colleague when academic advisor Patrick Godbey passed away suddenly in May. A native of Houston, Texas, Patrick had been a dedicated member of the Academic and Career Advising team since 2007. As an advisor with the Exploratory Studies program, Patrick worked closely with the Tulane Academic Success Center (TASC) to help undecided students chart their path through Tulane, and he championed the needs of students with learning differences. Patrick also served as a mentor for students in the Posse and College Track programs. His lasting impact on many of these students is difficult to overstate. Upon learning of Patrick’s passing, a parent of one of his students wrote, “He has gone over and above in so many ways… We are devastated by this loss.” Patrick was an accomplished musician, as well as a poet who held two master’s degrees in creative writing. He was a founding member of the punk band Dresden 45, and he found later success as a rock’n’roll singer-songwriter in the Patrick Godbey Band and My Man Godbey. Many
of his students were inspired by the way he combined the continued pursuit of his artistic passions with a meaningful career in higher education. In 2014, Patrick married his wife Tori, and he found tremendous joy as a devoted husband and as a father to children Michael and Leah. His loss is deeply felt by his family, his students, and his colleagues at Tulane. TASC director Michele Oelking reflected, “His ability to be present, thoughtful, and kind in his personal interactions inspired me. As a lifelong learner, he inspired the same passion and curiosity for knowledge in his students.” In Patrick’s final Facebook post—a Mother’s Day message honoring his wife, his mother, and mothers everywhere—he paraphrased a message he took to heart from poet Marvin Bell. This message serves well to encompass Patrick’s life philosophy, as well as his legacy: “Your art comes from your life— not the other way around— don’t get it twisted—go live rich authentic lives. Now!”
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Left: Praveena Fernes (NT ’18), Hannah Altman (NT ’18), and Preston Mills (NT ’16) received a Liberal Arts Research Award to present their work developing diversity and community engagement workshops at a Harvard University conference. Bottom Left: In 2015-16, Newcomb-Tulane College provided $60,000 in grant funding to students conducting laboratory research.
COURTESY GRACE AND F. CHAPMAN TAYLOR
PROFILE: F. Chapman Taylor
Each year, thanks to the generosity of donors, Newcomb-Tulane College awards nearly $200,000 in grant funding to students. Whether they’re presenting at conferences, researching in the laboratory, or traveling abroad, student grant recipients add depth to their academic experience.
F. Chapman Taylor’s (A&S ’82) transformative undergraduate
experience at Tulane prompted him to provide opportunities to
today’s students through his support of the Honors Program and its Summer Research Grant Program.
“We wanted to assist high performing Tulane students to have an
even greater understanding of their chosen subject matter through dedicated, in-depth research supported by Tulane’s outstanding professors,” says Chapman, who earned physics and theology
degrees before receiving his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
At Tulane, Chapman participated in Junior Year Abroad and was
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a resident assistant. He is currently a global emerging market equity portfolio manager at the Capital Group in Washington, DC.
Chapman and his wife Grace named an endowed fund, the
Dr. Karlem “Ducky” Reiss Endowment for Undergraduate Honors
Curriculum, in honor of his former physics professor. Their support has led to the development of a number of Honors colloquia and
has given undergraduates the remarkable opportunity to conduct research with Tulane professors.
“My professors provided me a great foundation for continued
learning and engaging with global issues, which has well served
me in my life after Tulane. We are thrilled to give today’s students important opportunities that will prepare them for their futures.”
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Donor Honor Roll
ewcomb-Tulane College is grateful to all of our generous donors who make the
undergraduate experience at Tulane possible. The following individuals, companies, and foundations made gifts of $750 or more in fiscal year 2016.
Lynn Abramowitz and Craig Abramowitz Lynn Adams and David Adams Julie Albert and N. Erick Albert Amy Andelsman and Lawrence Andelsman Elsa Angrist Anonymous Donors Elena Aria and Alan Aria Kristin Aria Doris Arieven and Yoram Arieven Sarah Asher and Lee Asher John Atkins Ruth Atkins Wanyong Lai Austin and Chris Austin Michelle Baldwin and Drew Baldwin Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund Lynn Baron and Kenneth Baron
Marcia Barr and Cameron Barr Stacey Beck and Frank Beck Meredith Beers Wendy Berk and Howard Berk Rose Bernstein and George Bernstein Gloria Bertucci and David Bertucci Virginia Besthoff and Nancy Aronson Boston Foundation Carole B. and Kenneth J. Boudreaux Foundation Carole Boudreaux and Kenneth Boudreaux Karen Brenner Christy Brown R. Lawson Bryan Donald Burch Lillie Burch Mary Burch and Robert Burch
“In a competitive job environment we need to make sure Tulane grads can access the best opportunities.” —Russell Grossman (A&S ’91), who with his wife Davina endowed a fund to support new and innovative career programs
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Erika Carter and William Carter Cass Family Foundation Susan Cass and AJ Cass Castaways Foundation Jonathan Ching Dolly Chisholm Anne Christian Melissa Christian and Mark Christian Frances Cobb and Brodie Cobb Marilyn Cohen and Jay Cohen Jan Coleman and Ronald Coleman Erin Collier Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee The Community Foundation of South Alabama Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Larry Connelley Todd Cooper Sandra Cordiano and William Cordiano Allison Covert and Rick Covert Kevin Cross Pauline Crowley and John Crowley Bradley Crown Jenni Daniel Frank Daspit Sharon Jacobs and Leonard Davis Laura Davis and Robert Davis Deloitte Foundation Edana Desatnick and Lloyd Desatnick Anne Devereux and David Mills Mary Helen Dillard and William Dillard Caryl Donnellan and William Donnellan E. Catlin Donnelly and Guyton Watkins Kathryn Drew and Patrick Drew ExxonMobil Foundation
Shirley Fachilla and Frank Fachilla Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Monica Foster Friezo Family Foundation Jorgelina Friezo and David Friezo Leslie Frost and Jeffrey Frost Kris Fuchs GE Foundation Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust Laurie Gershkowitz and Paul Gershkowitz Virginia Gibbs and John Gibbs Burdine Giese and Lester Giese Clare Glassell Jill Glazer and Avie Glazer Pamela Godsick and Jeffrey Godsick Stacey Goldbaum and Andrew Goldbaum Jill Goldberg and Michael Goldberg Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund Goldman, Sachs and Company Alex Gonzalez Alyssa Greenberg and Cliff Greenberg Jane Grimshaw Elizabeth Gross and Phillip Gross Elisabeth Cohen and Robert Grossman Davina Grossman and Russell Grossman Karen Gruzen and Alexander Gruzen Halliburton Foundation, Incorporated Kathleen Hawk and Malcolm Hawk Ainsley Hayes and Brendan Hayes Jo-Ellen Hazan and Ira Hazan Jennie Hazan Lisa Henry and Scott Henry Sharmelle Highbloom and David Highbloom
Nancy Hoffman and Phillip Hoffman Samantha Tenicki and Nate Hole Lee Hollis Amy Hollub and Harry Hollub Louise Horn Charlotte Hubbell and Fred Hubbell Carmen Hudson Meriel Hughes Leigh Hull Katherine Hummel Nancy Stark and Stanley Iezman Kathleen Dunne and Scott Intagliata Dorothy Jacobs Kelly Jacobs and Jay Jacobs Mary Beth Jenkins and Bill Jenkins Alison Johnston and Stuart Johnston Joseph and Sheila Thal Foundation Byron Kantrow and Matthew Slosar Cindy Kaplan and Joe Kaplan Jennifer Kaplan-Knepper Elizabeth Kappelman and Paul Kappelman Janice Katz and Peter Katz Kathleen Katzmann and Scott Katzmann Faylyn Kaufman and Danny Kaufman Tracy Keefe and Gerry Keefe Sharon Keegan and Vincent Keegan Sonia Kenwood Rachel Kilpatrick and John Kilpatrick Rosemary Kozar and Brent King Barbara Klabin and Stuart Klabin Ricki Kleinberg and Steven Kleinberg Elise Dadourian-Kline and Steven Kline Lucy Klingenstein
Jini Koh Sheryl Kornfeld Diane Burstein and John Kosner Lisa Kalin and Drew Kugler Susan Kurz Snyder Carol Kushnick and Steven Kushnick Kate Lavelle and Joseph Lavelle David Ledbetter DeeDee Lee and Jim Lee Leo Rosner Foundation, Inc. Krista Levitan Molly Ludwig and Chad Ludwig Jamie Lunder and Marc Lunder Mary Lupo and Robert Lupo Elyse Luray Gina MacLaren and James MacLaren Lisa Madden and David Madden Maureen Manion Maxine Mar and Calvin Mar Marcia Sue Spellman Family Foundation Sylvia Margolies and Lawrence Margolies Donna Margolis and Howard Margolis Mark and Sylvia Foster Charitable Remainder Unitrust Pinet McBride and James McBride Melissa McCarthy Kris McGee and Richard McGee Valerie McKeever and Michael McKeever Katherine McLean Claire McVadon and M. Wayne McVadon Martha Morenstein and Gary Meltzer Florence Midlo and Maury Midlo Jeffrey Miller Patricia Mitchell and Ronald Mitchell Andrea Moffitt and Steve Moffitt
“Thanks to a professor in the English department, I learned how to combine simple declarative sentences to produce paragraphs that told a story. Having learned a basic skill that helped me succeed as a lawyer, I am committed to helping Tulane students prepare for a world in which the ability to write well will be critical to their success as well.” —Jeff Turner (A&S ’77), chair of the Dean's Advisory Council, who supports academic support and advising initiatives through his endowed fund
Lori Montana and Jim Montana Hussain Moosajee Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust Inc. Frank Murphy, Attorney at Law, PC Mary Murphy and Frank Murphy Marion Mussafer and David Mussafer Leslie Nathan and Robert Nathan Melanie Nathanson National Philanthropic Trust The New York Community Trust Suzanne O’Brien and Charles O’Brien Jeanne Olivier and Robert Dineen The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation Debra Pager and Clark Pager Peter Palandjian Amy Pasquariello and Anthony Pasquariello Leigh Pence and Brian Pence
Leslie Perelman and Jeremy Perelman Clara Perry and Michael Schwartz Lucy Platek and Richard Platek Maria Pollack and Kenneth Pollack Meryl Poster The Prior Family Trust Nancy Prior and Gary Prior Lisa Rapkin and Cory Rapkin Ieva Rasmussen and James Rasmussen Raymond James Financial, Inc. Nancy Rebold and Matt Rebold Lynn Redd and Lewis Redd Beth Redlich Andi Richardson and Chris Richardson RJKB Family Charitable Foundation Inc. Kathryn Roberts and John Roberts Joseph Roberts Jacquelyn Robinson Elizabeth Rodbell and Mitchell Rodbell
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Donor Honor Roll (cont’d) Dana Rogers and Gregory Rogers Gabriela Rojas and Javier Rojas Sonja Romanowski Elizabeth Rosen and Stephen Rosen Marie Ross and John Ross Ann Rossi and John Rossi Christine Rothman and Don Rothman Elizabeth Routman and Daniel Routman Carole Rowe and David Rowe Natalie Rowe and Matthew Rowe Peter Rubnitz Sachs Family Foundation Allison Sachs and David Sachs Angela Sall and Steven Sall Debbie Schiller and Howard Schiller Sally Schnuck and Terry Schnuck Schwab Charitable Fund Lili Schwartz and Joe Schwartz Selati Family Foundation Jill Selati and Robin Selati Cynthia Sewell and Bruce Sewell Helene Sheena and Ronnie Sheena Hope Sheffield and Jeffrey Sheffield The Shoulberg Family Foundation, Inc. Mindy Shoulberg and David Shoulberg Randi Siegel and Andrew Siegel Elliot Siegel Kelley Siemon and Jeff Siemon
Jennifer Simmons and Michael Dunn Pamela Sislen and David Sislen Karen Sisselman and Steven Sisselman Christine Smith and Charles Smith Rebecca Smith and J. Michael Smith Orin Snyder Robert & Karen Sobel Charitable Foundation Karen Sobel Ellen Sorkin and Ira Sorkin Sue Spellman Mildred Sperling Jill Hunter and Robert Sperling Yvonne Stohlman SUEZ Energy Resources NA, Inc. Nancy Sundheim and Stephen Sundheim Celia Sutherland and Eric Sutherland Danielle Sweeney and Kevin Sweeney Allison Tally and Campbell Tally Monica Tanenbaum and Myron Tanenbaum Nisa Tannenbaum and Jeffrey Tannenbaum Lori Thal and Richard Thal The Community Foundation of North Louisiana Jeffrey Thomases Michelle Titlebaum and David Titlebaum Travis Torrence Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Cheryl Verlander and Charles Bracht Rae Victor
“My junior year abroad was an amazing experience that left an indelible mark on my life. It taught me to view the world as my classroom, broadened my perspective, and set me on the path to becoming a global citizen. I created a study abroad scholarship to honor those who made my year abroad possible and to enable others to experience the wonderful opportunity of study abroad.” —Jacquelyn Smiley Robinson (NC ’85), who supports study abroad scholarships through her endowed fund
Sheryl Wachtel and Jeffrey Wachtel Wesley Waggoner Heidi Wagman and Peter Bensinger Walker Family Foundation Debra Walker and Ian Walker Julie Walner and Jon Walner Virginia Walther and Robert Walther Donna Weakland and Alan Weakland Kathy Weil and Gordon Weil Riki Weinstein and Daniel Morrison Weissman Family Charitable Foundation
Robert Weissman Melanie Wells and Andrew Wells Andrew Werth Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, Inc. Katy Williamson and Greg Williamson Maria Wisdom and Andrew Wisdom Karen Wolter and Chuck Wolter Women In Film Jason Young Nell Young and Robert Young E. Richard Yulman Tracy Zirin and David Zirin
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by the Numbers 53 Recipients of the William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence since
3785 students were served by
Different TIDES (Tulane
the Tulane Academic Success
Center, marking a 27% increase
Seminars) course topics
from the previous year
its founding in 1965
Number of undergraduates who participated in a Career Wave
program last year
Students who completed an honors thesis in 2016
Total amount of grant funding awarded to students by Newcomb-Tulane College in 2015-16
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Joan Kay, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav & Ike, 2009, mixed media, beads, twist ties, wire, plastic fencing, 12” H x 8” W (detail). Artist’s statement: “This body of work is based on data from the daily weather page in the newspaper, hurricane tracking information on the internet, and the purchase and results of buying Lotto, Powerball, and Pick 4 tickets.”
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