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Game Changers

PUSH AND PULL Female studentathletes strive for excellence

WOMEN AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME Graduates make their mark

GREEN APPLE Environmentalist Lisa Jackson moves to technology giant

HOMEGIRL Designer Becky Vizard creates fancy pillows from antique textiles

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head of the class Taris Shenall leads his classmates in an Intro to Jazz Dance exercise during the last day of class in June. The course, taught by associate professor of dance Beverly Trask, explores the legacy of jazz dance: from its roots in African and Caribbean dance traditions to its assimilation into contemporary American dance culture. Shenall is a sophomore and a member of the Green Wave football team.

Recruitment Back cover: The Molly Marine statue looks out over Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. Commissioned by the Marine Corps to recruit women during World War II, it is the first monument of a woman in a U.S. service uniform. It was created by sculptor Enrique Alferez in 1943. The inscription on the base of the stature reads: “Free a Marine to Fight.� (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

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A Woman’s World Throughout its history, Tulane University has been defined by women. Evidence of this is everywhere. The university’s most famous buildings, in fact, testify to it—from Newcomb Hall, named for the daughter of Newcomb College founder Josephine Louise Newcomb, to the Lavin-Bernick Center, built by a family foundation headed by one of America’s leading female entrepreneurs, Carol Lavin Bernick. There’s also the Lindy Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology, which houses our School of Science and Engineering, and the Caroline Richardson Building, named for the Tulane graduate and English professor who headed the Newcomb Relief Unit, which served overseas with the YWCA after World War I. And, of course, there’s the Newcomb College Institute, which carries on the tradition of women-focused undergraduate education and leadership training begun by Josephine Louise Newcomb more than a century ago. The Mary Amelia Women’s Center, which seeks to improve health for women, children and families through community building, research and advocacy, is one of many university efforts that are woman-run, woman-focused and Tulane proud. These buildings and centers represent not only physical spaces where learning, discovery and living flourish, but also the power of women that continues to shape our university, our city and our world. From the arts (National Book Award–winning Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward) to Zika (vector-borne disease expert and Tulane professor Dawn Wesson), there are few aspects of today’s society that are not being shaped, informed, influenced or improved by Tulane women. It’s likely that even the clothes you are wearing as you read this have been improved by the genius of a Tulane woman. If you are wondering what I mean, remember that in 1964, Tulane graduate and one-time professor Ruth Benerito and her research team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture altered cellulose molecules to create wrinkle-resistant cotton. Wrinkle-free cotton was just one of the 55 patents held by Benerito, who also invented a method to deliver fat intravenously to wounded soldiers during the Korean War. Benerito, who entered Newcomb College when she was just 15 years old, is one of the many remarkable Tulane women to whom we all owe a debt. Besides their own achievements these pioneers provide inspiration to today’s Tulane students such as Lilith Winkler-Schor, a dual-degree major, who is earning a bachelor’s in studio art and a bachelor’s in social policy and political science, as well as a minor in social innovation (how’s that for Tulane grit?). Lilith has wandered far from the columned porticos of Newcomb Hall, and works with formerly incarcerated young adults as they re-enter their communities. Her experience on the ground largely informs her research, as she examines the intersection of poverty, incarceration and housing access in New Orleans.


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FEMALE INFLUENCES Tulane has long been and continues today to be an educational institution where women thrive and flourish.

Another high-achieving Tulane student who would make her predecessors proud is biomedical engineering major Anne Wolff. Anne has traveled to Rwanda, where she assisted locals in fixing difficult-toreplace medical equipment and wrote a compelling case study on the gendered consequences of the judicial processes following that country’s genocide. Borneo was one of the stops for Mikayla SternEllis, an ecology and evolutionary biology and anthropology double major, who has studied how raising awareness of the world’s dwindling population of orangutans can influence people’s decision in avoiding the consumption of palm oil. Her passion for primates brought Mikayla to Costa Rica this past semester to research the impact of limited natural resources on white-faced capuchin behavior in Santa Rosa National Park. Immigration, an issue currently at the forefront of the global conversation, is an area of keen interest for Hannah Dean, a Latin American studies and political science major, who has examined national immigration reform and its effects on Latino immigrants, public education reform in New Orleans and U.S.– Cuban relations. Hannah has also worked to strengthen relations between Tulane and local immigrant communities and has helped draft citywide immigrant integration policies as an intern with the New Orleans City Council. All these students are Newcomb Scholars, a program that provides Tulane women with an enriching and shared four-year adventure of research, seminars and experiential learning opportunities. Besides excelling in their studies and experiencing the true richness, depth and transformation of a Tulane education, these young scholars are part of a wave of amazing women coming (indeed rushing) in the wake of their predecessors to take their rightful position as leaders. They are eager to make changes here and now and destined to make history in the future. So as you read the stories of incredible Tulane women on the following pages, remember that the story does not end here. There is plenty more to come.

TUlane C O N T E N T S The Hand She's Dealt Jill Meyers (NC ’71) shows her cards at the American Contract Bridge League tournament in Washington, D.C., in July 2016. (See “Women at the Top of Their Game” on page 18.)

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2 PRESIDENT’S LETTER Distinguished women

14 Push and Pull Discipline and dedication—to their sport and their studies—shape the lives of women

6 NEWs First female • Doug Hertz, chair-elect of Tulane Board • In That Number • Who Dat? Rich Cohen • University of Value • Diabetes trials • Community Book Center remade • Cannabinoids: High blood pressure treatment? • Three Women of America by Elizabeth Catlett • Tania Tetlow

student-athletes. By Kaitlin Maheu, SLA ’16

13 SPORTS Sprinter Jasmine Blocker • Volleyball’s upcoming season

18 Women at the

Top of Their Game Seven powerful Tulane women graduates change the way the world works, overcoming obstacles and opening up opportunities in the fields of business, philanthropy, basketball, credit, health care, women-led organizations, equal rights and bridge. By Leslie Cardé

31 WHERE Y'AT! Class notes

2 4 Green Apple Lisa Jackson (E ’83) shifts her passion for a greener environment from government work to Apple, the behemoth technology company that is changing the world. By Faith Dawson

37 FAREWELL Tribute: John Weinmann 38 WAVEMAKERS Cowen Scholars • Endowment gifts

2 6 Homegirl It’s been a 20-year journey, but designer Becky Watson Vizard (NC ’81) is now at home with herself, her work and her community. By Nick Marinello

30 TULANIANS Matthew Cardinale • Football tailgating • Albert Ledner • KC Guidry • Cam Perron

40 NEW ORLEANS Navy vs. Tulane

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MORE TIFFANYS Robert Force, Niels F. Johnsen Professor of Maritime Law, notes that Tilton Hall also has Tiffany windows in addition to those in the June 2016 Tulane “Gallery.” They are called “Art & Literature.”


HUMAN INTEREST Kudos on the “Doctors of Discovery” article [Tulane, June 2016]. As a Newcomb grad (NC ’80), I have been scanning the Tulane magazine for quite a few years. Your article on the doctors and their discoveries stands out as both well written and fascinating. As a result of your article, I have ordered a copy of Dr. Doty’s book and I look forward to future articles on Tulane’s growing role in the field of neuroscience. As a 30-plusyear lawyer, I ordinarily don’t gravitate to medical articles, but this was not just medicine but human interest as well and fascinating. I hope you have more such articles in the future. Thanks for a job well done. Alice London, NC ’80 Austin, Texas COVER SURPRISE I just got around to catching up with a stack of recent magazine arrivals. Imagine my surprise to see Tulane magazine’s cover with a caduceus (Mercury’s staff, symbolizing commerce) with the words “Medical Innovators” when the proper staff for being a medical symbol is the rod of Asclepius. While many make this mistake, an institution of higher learning should not, especially not one with a large medical school as a part of its university system. Otherwise, a good issue per usual. Joe Samocha, A&S ’79 St. Louis CORRECT SYMBOL I am writing this note in response to the cover of the Tulane magazine, June 2016, which showed the bronze doors in the Rudolph Matas


W R I T E Library of Health Sciences. As you will note they depict the caduceus, which was the traditional symbol of Hermes, who was actually the god of trade and negotiations, rather than the correct rod of Asclepius, who was the god of medicine. In modern times this error came about when the Army Medical Corps adopted the caduceus, rather than the correct rod of Asclepius, as the

“While aware that the caduceus is the staff of the Greek god Hermes—and often mistaken for the rod of Asclepius, which is the correct symbol for medicine—because the bronze gates displayed in the Tulane University Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences depict the caduceus, I thought the image of the gates appropriate to use on the Tulane cover. The caduceus symbol is also associated with

symbol for the Army medical officers’ uniforms. Thank you for sending me your otherwise enjoyable magazine. David Guttman, G ’70 Tallahassee, Florida

Mercury, messenger to the gods, and commerce. The medical innovators profiled in the magazine have gone beyond the traditional practice of medicine. The bronze gates seem an apt symbol for them.”

APPROPRIATE F0R MEDICINE Please be cognizant of the “appropriate” medical symbol for our medical profession. ... Tulane Medical School used Asclepius when I was a student in the late ’50s. David R. Ewing, M ’60 Tucson, Arizona

BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS I was so excited when I opened the June 2016 issue and saw the gorgeous picture of my five favorite Tulane graduates. I wanted to identify them for you, they are, from the left: Jessica Gersh, Gena Gelb, Rachel Wolfe, Julie Abraham and Nicole Birnbaum (my daughter). These girls have been friends since their freshman year and this picture truly embraces the love, laughter and friendship that these beautiful girls share. I would like to thank the photographer for capturing this picture and

you for publishing it. Wendy Lehrer Birnbaum, NC ’86 Weston, Florida


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Editor’s note: Several more readers wrote us about the image on the cover of the June 2016 Tulane. Unfortunately, we do not have enough space to print all the letters. Graphic designer Marian Herbert-Bruno, who designed the cover, replies:


MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT Just finished reading the June 2016 Tulane magazine. Angus Lind’s reminiscence on the streaking craze brought back some fun memories. I was a junior the spring of the streaking craze. One item of note that was omitted was that the Tulane Band provided incidental music to accompany some of the more organized streaks. Several of us in the band were contacted by friends and asked if we could give a little Mardi Gras flavor, which we were glad to do. I remember accompanying a streak at JL House and one at Monroe to mention a few. Fun times and pretty harmless. After one streak we convened in the “Rat” for a beer and ran into A&S associate dean John McDowell, who allowed as how if he were younger he might have tried joining a streak! Mike DiCarlo, A&S ’75 Ruston, Louisiana STREAKERS BEWARE! What Angus Lind neglected to mention in his recent lighthearted article on “The Streaking Craze” is today the same behavior with an indecent exposure conviction can land someone on the sex offender registry and ruin their life. Now that’s foolishness. Scott Kirby, M ’75 Raleigh, North Carolina ________________________ DROP US A LINE! Email us at: tulanemag@tulane.edu or U.S. mail: Tulane, Office of Editorial & Creative Services, 200 Broadway, Suite 219, New Orleans, LA 70118

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EDITOR Mary Ann Travis

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melinda Whatley Viles EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Faith Dawson CONTRIBUTORS Keith Brannon Barri Bronston Bradley Charlesworth Catherine Freshley, ’09 Alicia Duplessis Jasmin Angus Lind, A&S ’66 Kirby Messinger Ryan Rivet, UC ’02 Mary Sparacello



A WOMAN’S ISSUE You may notice: A common thread runs through the stories in this Tulane. They are all about women. Besides simply their gender, though, the women featured here collectively share something else. They are all game changers. They have altered how the game is played in their respective fields. As Lisa Jackson (E ’83) said in “Green Apple” on page 24, “The reason you want more women in a profession is not so the profession can stay the same, it’s so it can actually change.” From the beginning of Newcomb College at Tulane University in 1886, when Josephine Louise Newcomb, with a “strong desire to advance the cause of female education” and a “request that the education given shall look to the practical side of life as well as to literary excellence,” gave her first gifts to the university, women have found opportunity at Tulane. And they have made the most of their education. Graduates like Ruth Benerito (NC ’35, G ’38) (pictured above) have changed the world.

Benerito led a team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create wrinkle-free cotton. So we can all thank her when we roll out of bed and get dressed in the morning without fussing with a hot iron to look presentable as we go about our business. How will Tulane women graduates change the game in the future? Time will tell. Perhaps it will be in digital innovation. Tulane now has a computer science faculty that is 50 percent female (four of eight faculty members are women), a quite unusual statistic in academia. Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering and interim provost at Tulane, said, “We’re intentionally building a department that women students are attracted to. That’s not only because the students have role models on the faculty, but also because women students are likely to be drawn to a program that is focused on applications of computer science.” The practical side of life, indeed, is still important. And games are waiting to be changed for the better. —MARY ANN TRAVIS

SENIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Sharon Freeman GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Tracey Bellina-Milazzo Marian Herbert-Bruno


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MUSIC MENDS Through its Arts in Medicine program, Tulane

School of Medicine volunteers, including students, faculty, staff and hospital employees, entertain patients at the Tulane Cancer Clinic with live, classical music.


Glass Ceiling If first-wave feminists (who focused on women getting the right to vote in the late 19th and early 20th century) time-traveled to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July—when Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated by a major political party for the presidency of the United States—what would they have thought? “I think they would be asking, why did it take so long?” said Celeste Lay, associate professor of political science at Tulane University. The U.S. Senate passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote on June 4, 1919. One reason that it’s taken so long for a woman to ascend to standardbearer of her party is that Americans have a mental picture of a president as “assertive,”“strong” and “tall”—all traits associated with men. The stereotypical image of a U.S. president also used to be of a white man. But that changed with the election of African-American Barack Obama to the presidency in 2008 and 2012. “A crack opened up, essentially,” said Lay. “There are people who are now open to the president looking different from the way that it had been up until Obama.” As women have slowly risen up through the political ranks to reach senatorial and gubernatorial offices, political scientists have found that gender, however, usually does not determine how people vote. When it’s time to pull a lever or mark a ballot, “partisanship tends to trump—no pun intended—gender in general elections,” Lay said. “Republicans will vote for the Republican candidate, and Democrats will vote for the Democratic candidate. “Women don’t vote for candidates because they are women,” said Lay. “And men don’t vote against them because they are women. In normal elections (and 2016 has been anything but normal), it comes down to partisanship.”—Mary Ann Travis



New York Suffragettes

Suffragettes petition for the right to vote in 1917. The first national election in which women voted was in November 1920, after the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women suffrage was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Douglas Hertz, who earned two degrees from Tulane, will succeed Darryl Berger as the chairman of the Board of Tulane.

Atlanta businessman and nonprofit leader Douglas Hertz (A&S ’74, B ’76) has been named chair-elect of the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body. Hertz’s three-year term as chairman will begin July 1, 2017. “We are exceedingly fortunate to have Doug accept the role of chair-elect of the Board,” said current board chairman Darryl Berger. “He is a renowned and very highly respected business, philanthropic and civic leader who has deep connections to Tulane and broad experience in higher education. Doug is the perfect choice to continue the university’s tremendous momentum in the years ahead.” Hertz earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Tulane. He is president and chief executive officer of United Distributors, a privately held beverage distribution business. Under his leadership, it has grown to be listed as one of the top 25 private companies in Atlanta. “I’m flattered and humbled to be asked to lead the Board of Tulane,” Hertz said. “I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to lead both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, but there can be no greater honor than to be asked to lead one’s alma mater.” “I am excited about working with Doug in his new capacity,” said Tulane University President Michael Fitts. “I look forward to his leadership at Tulane.”—Keith Brannon



Board Chair-elect

In That Number Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane’s main library on the uptown campus, is moving more extensively toward digital resources with the addition of thousands of electronic books, journals and databases, as well as a growing collection of digital images, audio files and more. David Banush (left), dean of libraries and academic information resources, notes that this is part of a larger effort to bring scholarly resources to users wherever they are and on whatever device they use, whether laptop, tablet or cell phone.






There is no cost for Tulane alumni to obtain a library card.

The number of visits to the library increased by 25 percent in the 2016 spring semester over the same period in 2015.


The number of seats for study and research increased by 200 with the addition of the two new floors in the library.

“We’re about more than just physical objects,” said Banush. “Although books will always be an important part of our identity, it’s critical that we embrace the possibilities new technologies bring us.” On March 16, 2016, the library celebrated the completion of a postKatrina build-back and hazard mitigation project, which added two new floors to the top of the existing building.


The building that houses the current Howard-Tilton Memorial Library opened in 1968.

128.5 Doors to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library are open 128.5 hours each week during the semester.


4,519,565 The number of print volumes held by Howard-Tilton is 4,519,565.


Library patrons have access to 131,959 audio recordings.

984,362 The number of electronic books available from the library is 984,362 and growing.

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INSIDE STORYTELLER Rich Cohen (A&S ’90) was a student at Tulane when he went to see his lifelong favorite rock band, The Rolling Stones, play the Superdome during the Steel Wheels tour in 1989. At that point he was like any fan, only able to daydream about stepping into the world of those mythical figures rollicking on stage in a glory of sound and light. A few years later, all of that would change. Cohen the history major became Cohen the journalist, on assignment following The Stones. “For me it was like falling into the diorama,” he wrote in a Vanity Fair adaptation from his latest book, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones. “Just like that, I was on the other side of the glass with Mick, Charlie, Keith and Ronnie.” He was photographed with guitarist Keith Richards (above) shortly after he met the band in Toronto in 1994 during the

he said. “They kind of created the language and the shape and the look of your whole world view.” Cohen, now a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and a best-selling author, cultivated his love of storytelling at Tulane. He was fascinated by historic events and took as many creative writing classes as possible. One class introduced him to another of his future book subjects: Samuel Zemurray, whose banana importing empire gave him tremendous influence at Tulane, across Latin America and the world. That book, The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, was published in 2012. Cohen is also the author of Israel Is Real (2009), Sweet and Low (2006), Machers and Rockers (2004) Lake Effect (2002) and The Avengers (2000).—MARK WALLER


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Voodoo Lounge tour. He found the band practicing in the middle of the night in a school gymnasium, sending licks from the song “Brown Sugar” reverberating through the halls. Cohen interviewed Richards there for the first time. He calls it one of the best interviews of his life. Then, in another twist that fully transformed Cohen from a fan to an insider, his familiarity with The Stones led to a long collaboration with its iconic frontman Mick Jagger and the legendary film director Martin Scorsese on a film about the rock ’n’ roll business. Their hours of brainstorming eventually became the television series Vinyl, which ran in the spring on HBO. Though these experiences and relationships gave him a different perspective on the people behind the fame, Cohen says he maintains his youthful sense of awe regarding The Stones. “You never get over that,”

SOCIETY OF DARWIN Tulane ecology and evolutionary biology professor

David Heins has been inducted as a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active biological society and a leading forum for debate and discussion of natural history.



Diabetes Drug Trials

Worth the Cost

University of Value Institutions of higher education are in an era of rapid change in which providing value to students is exceedingly important.

HEART HELP FOR DIABETES PATIENTS Dr. Vivian Fonseca is the lead designer and guide of a major study on the effectiveness of the drug Liraglutide on cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes patients.


More change is on the way in higher education. That’s the message and the prediction of Richard Matasar, senior vice president for strategic initiatives and institutional effectiveness at Tulane. (See “Interview,” Tulane, December 2015.) For more than two decades, Matasar has been writing about the future of legal and higher education. The Syracuse Law Review organized a symposium on Matasar’s themes of change and then published a specially organized issue (June 2016, vol. 66, no. 3) with a transcript of the symposium along with more than a dozen essays by law school deans and professors around the country, all writing in response to Matasar’s scholarly work on where legal and higher education is going. The issue includes an article by Matasar, “Higher Education Evolved: Becoming the University of Value.” In his piece, he suggests that schools must be able to answer doubters who ask: “Is higher education worth its costs?” He explains that college applicants and their parents are “now acutely aware of the return on their investment” and that schools must have a clear vision of what they do that is distinctly valuable. He lays out proposals for how a university can become a University of Value. That’s the term he coined for institutions of higher learning that provide such great value that students and their families understand “that what they receive is worth what they are charged.” “The era of change in higher education is just beginning,” writes Matasar. “Whatever these changes may bring, I believe in one constant: we must seek and provide value to those we serve.”—Mary Ann Travis

When American Diabetes Association officials gathered in New Orleans in June, they announced results of a major international drug trial with the finding that the glucoselowering drug Liraglutide reduces cardiovascular events by 13 percent for high-risk type 2 diabetes patients. The trial—Liraglutide Effect and Action in Diabetes: Evaluation of Cardiovascular Outcome Results (LEADER)—showed a phenomenally high patient follow-up rate of 99.7 percent despite spanning five years, 410 sites in 32 countries and involving 9,340 patients. Roberta McDuffie, director of clinical research for Tulane University Clinical Translational Unit, said, “This is a new record for the smallest number of loss-to-follow-up ratio for a cardiovascular outcomes trial of this size. It’s particularly notable because the FDA puts such a value on this for the validity of your data in the study results.” McDuffie was the national study coordinator for all 118 sites in the United States and a member of the study’s International Panel for Recruitment and Retention. She worked directly with staff at all domestic sites to make sure everything possible was being done to reach patients who weren’t responding to check in. Tulane was also one of the largest sites for the LEADER trial with about 60 participants. Dr. Tina Thethi was the local investigator, and Dr. Vivian Fonseca, Tullis–Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes and professor of medicine, played a lead role in designing the study. — Keith Brannon

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PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE In New Orleans, families have a wider range of public

school options than in other cities that have similar student populations such as Atlanta, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi. This finding is from a new report by the Education Research Alliance at Tulane University.


Community Books When Vera Warren Williams enters her freshly renovated Community Book Center at 2523 Bayou Road in New Orleans, she can scarcely believe it is the same space that she has struggled to maintain since opening the Seventh Ward location in 2003. With its expanded children’s area, performance spaces, a gallery for artwork, contemporary shelving and African-inspired furnishings, she envisions the center as a hub for school and daycare center field trips. “Our focus has always been on children and young people but the new makeover will allow us to reach even more young people and address literacy at an even younger age,” Williams said. Williams is grateful to the Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center, the community design center that is part of the Tulane School of Architecture. As part of their final design build project, 14 students did the bulk of the work, from client and community interviews, to design, fabrication and installation. The process began last year when City Center, which provides highquality design assistance for nonprofit groups that are traditionally underserved by the design profession, put out its annual request for proposals. Williams’ proposal was one of over 20 project proposals submitted. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about this project,” said Emilie Taylor, design build manager and professor of practice. “Our goal was to create a space that reflects the center’s identity as an African-American–centered educational home, while becoming more accessible for new families and visitors coming to this rapidly changing neighborhood.”—Barri Bronston



Design Build At the Community Book Center in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward, fourth-year architecture student Cassidy Self puts the finishing touches on a renovation project that was designed, fabricated and installed by students working through the Small City Center.

Hypertension—or high blood pressure—is a long-term, high-risk condition for millions of people worldwide. At the moment, synthetic beta-blockers are one of the most common drugs prescribed to treat hypertension. But what if a natural drug, marijuana, which has been known for 5,000 years, could be used in the treatment of high blood pressure? Andrei Derbenev, associate professor of physiology in the Tulane School of Medicine, recently received a four-year, $1.5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how cannabinoids—the compounds of cannabis (another name for marijuana)—affect a brain stem area involved in blood pressure control. His research may have important clinical applications for the treatment of hypertension. He is identifying the cells in the sympathetic nervous system linked to the kidneys, a key organ in hypertension. (The sympathetic nervous system is the part of the autonomic nervous system that stimulates the body’s “fight or flight” response. Overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system is a cause of high blood pressure.) He is studying the effect of exogenous cannabinoids—from the marijuana plant—and endogenous cannabinoids—those naturally produced within the body. Cannabis “has lots of different chemicals inside,” said Derbenev. “Some of them are painkillers. Some of them, we don’t know what they are doing.”—Mary Ann Travis

HOW HIGH? The effect of cannabinoids on high blood pressure is the focus of a study by Andrei Derbenev, associate professor of physiology.



Cannabis Research

SCULPTING A BETTER FUTURE Three Women of America (pictured here) by Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) is a 30-inch-by-24inch serigraph that depicts the overlapping of three women of different ethnicities—white, black and Hispanic. The serigraph, purchased from Catlett in 1990 by the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University for its permanent collection, features bold colors and patterns that aid in emphasizing the similarities of the women pictured as opposed to their differences. The spectrum of skin tones ranges from pale to dark, and each face shares an eye with the next. Each woman’s eyes are of the same color and shape. Their hands are intertwined in a way that makes it difficult to tell to whom each limb belongs. They are one. A common characteristic among the work of feminist artists has been the use of the female body and sexuality to promote female strength and power. Instead of sexuality, in Three Women of America, Catlett shows the women in an embrace that exudes maternal warmth. In addition to being a painter and printmaker, Catlett also was a noted sculptor. In “The Sculpture of Elizabeth Catlett,” art curator Jeff Harrison wrote: “Throughout her career, Catlett has been a political progressive committed to improving the lives of African-American and Mexican women, and she has often used her art explicitly to advance their cause.” Born to parents who both worked in schools, Catlett, who was African-American, also made education part of her life. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. She later taught high school and college students in Durham, North Carolina; New York City; New Orleans; and Mexico City, Mexico. She moved to Mexico in the late 1950s, where she continued her passion for activism. According to her April 2012 obituary in The New York Times, she was arrested during a railroad workers strike


Gallery Elizabeth Catlett

in Mexico City and eventually “gave up her American citizenship and was declared an undesirable alien by the State Department.” She died at age 96 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Although women were the focus of many of Catlett’s pieces, her work was also known for highlighting the black experience in America—male and female—and for representing the lives of all working class men and women.—ALICIA DUPLESSIS JASMIN

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Interview Tania Tetlow, Chief of Staff and Vice President


How well is Tulane positioned in the face of the changing higher-education landscape? Perfectly. We are big enough to have the advantages of a major research university, but small enough to offer intensive teaching and a nimble approach to a quickly changing world. Our strengths are in areas that represent some of the most pressing problems—subjects like curing infectious disease, or balancing the extraction of energy with the preservation of the environment. Tulane is positioned well because it has always had an unusually international focus, from global health to civil law. While other universities are clamoring to find connections with Cuba, for example, Tulane has been running programs there for decades, in public health, medicine, law, international development, Latin American studies and business. Tulane faculty have helped Cuba write their environmental regulations and protect their historic architecture. Tulane has deep and abiding roots in Latin America and research offices across sub-Saharan Africa. And, of course, we have our deepest roots in New Orleans, the lifeblood of Tulane. The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South revels in the profoundness of our local culture, history and legacy.

TANIA TETLOW (NC ’92) graduated from Harvard Law School. She returned to Tulane in 2005 as a law professor at Tulane Law School where she directed the Domestic Violence Clinic. She has been a federal prosecutor. Her scholarship focuses on preventing discrimination by juries against both defendants and crime victims. Tulane President Mike Fitts tapped her to be chief of staff and vice president of the university in 2015. You have a long history with Tulane as an undergrad, faculty member and now an administrator. How would you define the university’s evolution during that time? We have become more engaged with New Orleans—in our teaching, our public service and our research. We have become more focused on innovation and social



entrepreneurship. Most of all, we have continued to grow our strengths: faculty committed to teaching, research on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and students who make Tulane and New Orleans their second home for life (or often their first). What can alums look forward to as that evolution continues? The best teaching allows students to engage with what they have learned in the classroom through experiential learning and public service. Tulane is becoming a place where every student will cement their knowledge by doing, where public service will teach them crucial skills impossible to internalize through lecture alone: ethics, cross-cultural understanding and a global perspective.

What challenges do you anticipate, and how are you looking to handle them? One of our biggest challenges is to improve the diversity of our student body. We must create a community that mirrors society, one in which students of color will not find themselves so outnumbered and where all of our students have the opportunity to learn from peers who are different from them, in race, class, culture and nationality. We need to better support students and faculty of color. Since my first day at this job, the president made clear to me that this was his top priority. We also work constantly to prevent violence against women at the university, to keep our students from being derailed in their lives and careers by sexual assaults that too frequently happen in the first few weeks of freshman year. Given my background writing about racial issues, directing our domestic violence clinic and serving as a federal prosecutor, I am eager to tackle all of this. Do you have a sense of what the hallmark of the Fitts era will be? Building on Tulane’s strengths to create the premier student experience and supporting faculty whose research will change the world.—RYAN RIVET

MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE The Bleacher Report listed Yulman Stadium on the

Tulane uptown campus among the Top 25 College Football Stadiums of 2016. Yulman opened in 2014 and has a seating capacity of 30,000.


The Green Wave volleyball team kicked off its inaugural season under head coach Jim Barnes looking to win, not just compete. Barnes, who came to Tulane from Baylor University, said his squad is improving, and he looks forward to playing in the American Athletic Conference, calling it a “very strong and competitive le ague.” “We have high expectations for our team, and one of them is to challenge for a conference championship this year,” Barnes said. “We look forward to seeing the Green Wave nation come out to our matches and being a part of this special time in Tulane Athletics history.” The road to that championship began Aug. 20 with the Olive and Blue scrimmage, followed by the kickoff of the regular season at the Southern Miss Tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Wave plays its first matchups at Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse in early September, hosting Sam Houston State, UT–Rio Grande Valley and Bethune-Cookman for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic. Following tournament play, Tulane opens its conference slate on Sept. 23 in Philadelphia versus Temple. AAC matchups include 2015 NCAA Tournament participant and reigning regular-season conference champion, Southern Methodist.—R.R.

All-American Banner Year Jasmine Blocker runs the 4x400 relay in January 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Green Wave team won first place.

COURTING WINS Green Wave volleyball is ready for conference play.



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Tulane sprinter Jasmine Blocker had a banner outdoor season in 2016, culminating in being named a First Team All-American by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after her performance in the 400-meter at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in June. Blocker, a senior transfer from Princeton University, placed seventh at the national meet, securing her All-American status with a time of 53.14 seconds for the quarter-mile distance. Eric Peterson, Tulane track and field director, praised Blocker for her determination and grit throughout season. “We are obviously so proud of Jasmine for the season she has had. She has worked so hard and competed so well to earn the opportunity to compete at the national level and experience success, both for herself and for our team,” said Peterson. Blocker also earned honors for the indoor season as well, making her the first Tulane sprinter to earn All-American status in the indoor and outdoor seasons in the same season since Gloria Asumnu did so in 2007. Blocker joins Asumnu, Merritt Grace Van Meter and Hanne Lyngstad as the only track-and-field athletes in Tulane history to earn All-American honors during the indoor and outdoor season. In July, Blocker wrapped up her season when she took part in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, hoping to make the U.S. Olympic squad. She placed 27th in the 400-meter trials, missing out on the opportunity to represent the United States in Brazil.—Ryan Rivet

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By Kaitlin Maheu, SLA ’16

Dual-Sport Athlete Sarah Strasner plays on the indoor and beach volleyball teams, with no offseason.



It’s a hot, sticky Monday morning in late August. Senior volleyball player Sarah Strasner rolls over in bed to silence the alarm set on her iPhone: 5:20 a.m. Today is the first day of her final year at Tulane, and though classes have barely begun, Strasner already has the first tournament of the season under her belt. Most days begin with a slap of the clock, but she can’t snooze too long: Workouts start in 20 minutes, and coach Jim Barnes doesn’t handle tardiness well. The schedule for any student-athlete can be tough to manage at best, grueling and disheartening at worst. Not many college students see 5 a.m. from this angle: Some are crawling into bed as Strasner’s alarm is going off. “You need a lot of perseverance and joy, because if you’re not happy doing it, you can’t do it,” Strasner said. “Time management and your work ethic have to be very good. You always have to be giving 100 percent every day for both school and sports. It’s so competitive.” EXCELLENCE ON THE PLAYING FIELD In the 2015–16 academic year, over 120 women donned the olive and blue to represent Tulane University on the NCAA scene, participating in nine varsity sports from August to June. These student-athletes brought home a slew of individual titles, breaking both personal and school records along the way and representing Tulane in an exemplary manner. Track and field stars Lilla McMillan and Jasmine Blocker [see “All-American,” page 13), who graduated from Tulane in May 2016, recently competed in trials for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The women of Tulane swimming and diving wrapped up their season with a second-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships, the program’s highest showing since 2005. Basketball also went out in style, advancing to the third round of WNIT play, while Tulane women’s golf came within strokes of their fourth consecutive trip to NCAA Nationals. The women of Tulane athletics are a force to be reckoned with. Women student-athletes possess a unique competitive drive to strive for excellence in all that they do. They are highly motivated to succeed as athletes—and in the classroom. And they form strong relationships with their teammates and coaches, having fun and forging memories along the way.


TIME MANAGEMENT Fast-forward a few hours (and a few reps in the weight room), and the time is 8:50 a.m. Junior bowler Michelle Ng is running up the stairs to the cafeteria, Bruff Commons, to grab a banana and a quick bowl of cereal before she starts her semester with a 9 a.m. business class lecture. Her hair is wet; she has finished morning workouts. She’ll have two more classes to attend, giving her enough time to grab lunch before afternoon practice starts at 3 p.m. The bowling team’s season is quickly approaching, and Ng’s coach, Hayley Veitch, wants everyone to be prepared. “It was difficult for me initially. The competition durations and the number of practices per week are different compared to back home in Singapore,” Ng said. “Time management is the most difficult thing.” Junior basketball standout Kolby Morgan doesn’t have a heavy practice this afternoon. (Her season doesn’t begin until November.) But she’s in the gym shooting baskets anyway, training alongside her brother and men’s basketball star, Malik Morgan. Last March, Kolby Morgan reached 1,002 career points, becoming the first player in Tulane history to cross over the 1,000-point plateau in her first two seasons. This year, she’s looking to add to that total, with a goal of making her second trip to the NCAA Tournament—all while doing well in public health courses for her major. Her plans are to attend pharmacy school after she finishes with basketball. Postseason runs like Morgan’s trips to the NCAA Tournament and the WNIT do wonders to strengthen the bonds between teammates.

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High Scorer Basketball player Kolby Morgan anticipates adding more points this year to her already record-breaking stats.

Most women student-athletes agree that the highlight of their time at Tulane has been the friendships they’ve formed. “We hang out a lot and do almost everything together,” Morgan said of her teammates. “They’re always there to support you and know how to pick you up if you need help with anything, on or off the court. We also enjoy going to other teams’ games, like volleyball and baseball. All the student-athletes talk a lot, whether it be in the cafeteria or going to and from class.” CLASS WORK It’s after dinnertime now, and Strasner is heading to her night class on the academic quad, quite a hike from her apartment in the Aron Residences, where she lives with her volleyball teammates. She has finished a three-hour practice and some rehab for a persistent shoulder injury, and it’s time to shift her focus from volleyball to academics. Keeping a balance between their sport and their studies is an ongoing struggle for these student-athletes, especially when the team is in season and constantly on the road.

“Whatever you’re working towards, you have to work hard to get there. We learn that through athletics.” —Kolby Morgan,


junior public health major and the first player in Tulane women’s basketball history to score more than 1,000 points in her first two seasons




For Strasner, a dual-sport athlete who plays both indoor and beach volleyball, the grind never stops. There is no offseason. “It’s hard scheduling classes and missing so much school,” Strasner said. “I had to learn how to study on the road and how to teach myself, since I miss almost every Friday.” At the start of the school year, Morgan isn’t in the middle of these struggles quite yet. But once basketball season is in full swing, she will have to balance the demands of home and road games with her commitment to her studies. Morgan said that she thrives on the touch-andgo pace of the season’s demands. “I like being on the road, but you end up with a lot of catching up to do,” Morgan said, echoing the concerns of her volleyball pal Strasner. “But to be honest, I think it’s easier for me when we have games because it’s a stress reliever. All this hard work and studying, now I get to play it off and have fun.” Even in the summertime, when most college students are vacationing at the beach or taking internships in their respective fields, the hard work doesn’t stop. Volleyball and women’s basketball players are scattered across the quiet campus in the hottest Louisiana months, taking summer courses and getting in extra workouts during the offseason. The slow time on campus brings them closer together before the season starts. “We got to go home for about a month, which is nice. But summer conditioning is hard, especially for the incoming freshmen,” Strasner said. “As a senior, it’s my job to encourage the new girls, because I know all the struggles when they’re going to hit the wall and get homesick. But we realize that there’s more growth during these times, especially as a team.” Spending so much time in New Orleans can be difficult for a lot of these student-athletes, with so many hailing from out of state. But their teammates step up and provide support for them to make it through difficult times. That’s especially important for student-athletes like Ng, whose family lives on the other side of the globe. “It was hard in the beginning,” Ng said. “I Skyped my family almost every day for the first semester. But it gets better once you adapt to the new culture, and my team feels like my family away from home, so it is a lot better now.” The upperclass women student-athletes inspire their younger counterparts. “For other women who are trying to get where we are, it’s an inspiration,” said Morgan. “We made it, so you can make it, too, if you put in the hard work. Other than that, it’s trying to get to what you want in life in the future. Whatever you’re working towards, you have to work hard to get there. We learn that through athletics.”

International Recruit Bowler Michelle Ng, far from her home in Singapore, relies on other bowling team members like family.

WORTH IT It’s 11 p.m., and Morgan, Ng and Strasner are about to hit the sack. While Morgan doesn’t have workouts until 8 a.m. the next morning, a luxury not afforded to her friends on other teams, she knows how important it is to get a good night’s sleep before another day at the office. Later this week, the girls will have an off day spent catching up with friends, schoolwork and Netflix before getting back to the athletics toil. They may even venture off campus to sample some of the food and culture that New Orleans has to offer. The journey may be difficult, but it isn’t without its rewards, and they wouldn’t trade their experiences at Tulane. “Playing two sports and being on two teams throughout college, I never saw myself doing that,” Strasner said. “It’s been stressful but worth it. I love it. It’s going to be weird saying goodbye when I graduate in May, but it’s been a good run.” Kaitlin Maheu graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts in May 2016.

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BUSINESS ACUMEN For Carol Lavin Bernick (NC ’74), her loving father was the first to question his daughter’s ambition to become part of the family-run business at Alberto-Culver. Bernick had hit the ground running in her quest to find a job, after graduating from Tulane with a degree in sociology. “I had gotten an offer from Bristol-Myers in marketing, but decided I wanted to work for my parents’ company. So, unbeknownst to my folks, I applied for a junior-level marketing assistant’s position, and was hired. My Dad initially tried to discourage me, as he didn’t want me to become tough, but within six months, I had developed Static Guard.” Static Guard took the company in a different direction, by laying the groundwork for a number of other innovative household products. Up to this point, the company’s mainstay had been VO5 hairdressing, a leading beauty product. Now, Bernick was creating trendsetters in the household division … Mrs. Dash, Molly McButter, and Baker’s Joy, jointly improving the company’s bottom line. With a slew of successes under her belt, Bernick moved on to increasingly challenging management positions, and in a move that garnered her national publicity, radically overhauled the company’s corporate culture, increasing morale and cutting turnover in half. “This involved a targeted process of turning our employees into maximum contributors, requiring that they think as businesspeople … making sure they understood the company’s goals, and were tuned in to how best to implement them, no matter what their particular job.” Thirty years from the time Bernick began at Alberto-Culver, and a lifetime of achievements later, she became executive chairman of the company. She spun off the company’s Sally Beauty unit, the largest retailer of professional beauty products, from its consumer products division. And, in 2011, she orchestrated the sale of Alberto-Culver to Unilever, PLC.



Now the CEO of Polished Nickel Capital Management, a privately held company, managing diversified investments, Bernick has straddled the heights of the corporate world while raising three successful children. This, above all, she considers to be her shining achievement. “My goal was to raise kind, caring, competent children. I worked 4 miles from the company headquarters, because it was important to be near my kids.” In fact, while Bernick was still at Alberto-Culver, she was named “Working Mother of the Year” by the Moms in Business Network. And since leaving the Chicago-based Fortune 500 company, her philanthropic work in both New Orleans, post-Katrina, and in Chicago, has been legendary. She recently completed two terms as chair of Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in the Windy City. Now with six grandchildren under age 2, Bernick is always looking for the next challenge. In fact, she’s creating a charity that will be an educational resource center. “And I’m also talking about writing a book. It’ll be 500 little bullet points about things I’ve learned during my crazy life. Tips for the next generation to weather the storms of their own lives and learn from my experiences.” BASKETBALL DREAMS Janell Burse (UC ’01) was already 6 feet, 2 inches tall and a proficient basketball player by age 14. When she graduated from Tulane, she was 6 feet, 5 inches, with an athletic scholarship under her belt. Her stellar college career as an All-American led her to be drafted in 2001 by the Minnesota Lynx, part of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Traded to the Seattle Storm in 2004, she retained her status as a starter, and as the team’s center, helped them win the 2004 WNBA title.



In 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the levees broke, and the Big Easy became a big disaster. “The house I grew up in, in the Lower Ninth Ward, was totally destroyed. I became the face of Katrina relief. We raised $100,000 for those in need.” Early on, Burse realized the dearth of opportunities for female basketball players who wanted to turn pro. Unlike their male counterparts, whose opportunities were abounding with multiple leagues and farm teams, female college players were relegated to opportunities in only one league, with only 12 teams, compared with the NBA’s 30. “In 2011, when I left professional basketball, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the athletes who were approaching that turning point in their lives, where they would either get picked up by the WNBA, or be forced into something else entirely as a career.” In 2015, the WMLBA (Women’s Minor League Basketball Association) was founded. Burse is the association’s first commissioner. It’s been the perfect storm of experience meets opportunity. “I have the training and experience to know which girls have potential to get into the WNBA, or the European leagues, while they’re getting great training. I’m so passionate about my job. I’m all about empowering women and supplying opportunities, so their dreams last a bit longer. That’s exciting!” CREDIT CARD We can all thank Emily Card (NC ’63, G ’66) for the fact that women are able to obtain credit. Believe it or not, prior to 1974, women could be denied credit based on gender. Card helped draft legislation preventing that form of discrimination. After she earned a PhD from Columbia University, Card was given an opportunity to do a fellowship under then U.S. Sen. Bill Brock. (Later,

Card received a master of public administration from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California.) The alliance with Brock was fortuitous, as he was on the Commission for Consumer Credit and the Senate Banking Committee, and Card was about to have her feathers severely ruffled at her neighborhood bank. “I had applied for a BankAmericard years earlier while living in California,” said Card, “and was told that my husband had to apply for the card, even though I was the breadwinner. Later, I wanted to buy a house on my own, but I was denied a mortgage because I was a woman. That time I hired a lawyer, and the bank acquiesced. “When I moved to Washington, D.C., and I went to open a checking account; ironically, there was a big sign on the bank wall, which pronounced that no one could be discriminated against based on race, religion, or creed … but it didn’t mention on the basis of sex.” Card had a conversation with Brock, who told her that if she could show him why there should be a federal mandate, he would consider bringing it to the Senate. Card began her quest to gather evidence and documented her findings of years of gender-based discrimination in a 25-page report. The senator was convinced, and it started the ball rolling on the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). “To get this bill through the Senate was absolutely amazing, because there were no female senators back then. The antiquated thinking was that if you were married, you could become divorced, and if you weren’t married, you were unstable. If you were a widow, you were viewed as helpless and in need of rescue. One woman was made to sign an agreement that stated if she were to become pregnant, she would have an abortion. After all, how could anyone be a good credit risk if they were also a mother?” Card pushed women’s rights light years ahead. Her complete notes on the passage of this landmark bill are now part of the permanent archives at the Newcomb College Institute, along with her book Staying Solvent, which includes the story of the ECOA. Card has written or cowritten seven books. SAVING LIVES For the girl who grew up watching “St. Elsewhere,” it’s no surprise that Dr. Karen DeSalvo (M ’92, PHTM ’92) became a physician. Wait-listed at Tulane University’s School of Medicine, back in 1988, someone finally decided to give her a chance. While in medical school, she did field work, set health policy and realized she wanted to work permanently in the public health sector. After doing a fellowship at Harvard University, DeSalvo returned to New Orleans as a professor in the schools of Medicine and Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Then came Hurricane Katrina, putting her clinical knowledge to the ultimate test … the streets. “We were building our wings, after we jumped off the cliff,” said DeSalvo. “It was Necessities of Life stressful, as so many people had lost evFacing page, left to erything. The clinics were being staffed right: Carol Lavin largely by volunteers, and it was a race Bernick led Albertoagainst the clock. The city was under marCulver in developing tial law, and one of the community clinics beauty and household we started was in a boys’ dorm. It wasn’t products while handicapped accessible so we used the successfully raising a downstairs. There were people living upfamily. Janell Burse stairs, even a dog. It was all makeshift, but had a stellar profesit was about saving lives.” sional basketball career Her ideas were transformative, so and is now creating much so that Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in opportunities for other 2011, tapped her to be his new health players. This page: commissioner for the city of New Orleans, Emily Card helped structuring an entire network of commuopen the world of nity health clinics. credit to women.

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Currently, in her position as acting assistant secretary for health, and the national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., she deals with problems on an even larger scale. She’s implementing better preventive medicine, the critical sharing of information through databases, and she’s tackling the broader determinants of health: infant mortality, neighborhood violence and obesity. Throw into that mix emerging pathogens, antibiotic-resistant superbugs and immunization hesitancy, and this doctor has her work cut out for her, albeit with her priorities well in place. “Too often, your ZIP code can be the most accurate determinant of your health.” DeSalvo often harkens back to the post-KaPlaying Their Cards Right trina madness, and the absolute importance This page, left to right: of coalescing. Karen DeSalvo works to “We were all in it together, and the rules deliver equitable health and the hierarchy went out the window, for care to all ZIP codes. the good of the patients. There’s an old AfriMarsha Firestone can proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone. If connects million-dollar you want to go far, go together.” women-led companies to each other. Facing page, left to right: Jill Meyers plays—and wins—master bridge tournaments and owns a music consulting business. Terry O’Neill advocates for feminist agendas.


WOMEN POWER There was a time when there would have been no need for an organization called the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO). Today, the number of women-owned and women-led companies is staggering. For Marsha Firestone (NC ’65), president and founder of WPO, the idea was hatched out of sheer frustration with the status quo.


“After Newcomb, I had applied to law school at Tulane, but the dean told me I wasn’t cut out for law school, as I had a boyfriend and was about to become engaged. Surely, I didn’t have time for both.” She moved to New York City and enrolled in Columbia University’s graduate school. Eventually, Firestone earned a PhD in communications and followed her dream of starting a company, composed of women presidents who owned and led $1 million-plus businesses. They would come together for entrepreneurial education on a worldwide basis. The first chapter opened in 1997. “Every year, we’ve published a book about the 50 fastest-growing women-led companies. It’s important because I wanted other women to see that these were substantial businesses across all platforms; that they were large, quickly growing; and certainly businesses that could, would and presently were competing with male-owned businesses.” With a maximum of 20 presidents in each chapter, WPO provides a peer advisory group where expertise is shared in a noncompetitive, collaborative environment. There are now over 130 chapters, on six continents. The total aggregate of the businesses represents $21.8 billion in annual revenues. “I’ve built a huge network of connections, which is ultimately very important in both your business and personal life.” Firestone is married and has one son, an attorney, whose wife has an MBA and runs a charter school. Firestone said that her 7-year-old granddaughter is definitely WPO material. As for her 3-year-old grandson? “Too early to predict his destiny, but we know one thing … he will treat women well.” BRIDGE MAESTRO Jill Meyers (NC ’71) is a World Grand Master bridge player, possesses a law degree, and is the successful owner of a music business that





engages in music consulting for TV shows like “The Voice,” “Lip Sync Battle” and “House of Cards,” to name just a few of the Hollywood productions with which her Santa Monica, California–based company, is actively engaged. Meyers presents a puzzling dichotomy as a competitive bridge player and a business dealmaker. But to hear her tell it, there are many overlaps in the brain functions involved in being facile in both arenas. “My music business is totally about solving problems. Music supervisors clear music (licensing the music for use in any given production), and I’m a lawyer, so I negotiate deals. Playing bridge at the tournament level requires a great deal of logic and problem-solving abilities, in being able to read one’s opponents and strategize accordingly.” Meyers learned to play bridge when she was 10 years old, but tournament bridge is dominated by men. “As a graduate of a women’s college, I was insulated from gender bias and was shocked when I found out it existed, particularly in the world of bridge. “Whether culturally or biologically, many men I compete against don’t like sharing the limelight with or losing to a woman. Many men don’t perceive women to be good bridge partners, therefore don’t use them; the women then get less experience, and it has the ripple effect.” The latest studies show that without early exposure to games like bridge and chess, one just cannot be as competitive at the higher echelons. It’s why Bill Gates (who will be playing in an upcoming Halloween tournament) and Warren Buffett have partnered to promote bridge in elementary schools. “Bridge attracts very smart people,” said Meyers, “but not necessarily social people, which is why I also love the music world, filled with hip, with-it, social people. But, I love my smart, nerdy friends, who after all, are running the world.”

FEMINISM TODAY If you’re Terry O’Neill (L ’80), president of the National Organization for Women since 2009, you’ve long been fighting for equal rights for women. “Today, far more millennials identify as feminists than baby boomer women,” said O’Neill, “and 85 percent of men now believe women should have equality.” Becoming a political activist in the early 1990s, when former Klansman David Duke was running for governor of Louisiana, O’Neill went door-to-door disseminating anti-Duke literature. “Whether one is a fan of Hillary Clinton, or not,” said O’Neill, “should she become president, the symbolism behind having a woman as the leader of the free world is profound.” Women have made it into combat, and are now CEOs in the boardroom, but economic disparity is still an issue. “As the glass ceiling gets broken,” said O’Neill, “(and people around here call it a sticky floor), 70 percent of wage workers are women. We need to start paying social workers and teachers—and other kinds of jobs that are predominantly done by females—the same salaries that we pay to those who repair bridges and pave roads … predominantly maledominated occupations. There is still a huge, gender wage gap, overall.” Considering the changes that have occurred, should the current generation of women appreciate the pioneers who preceded them? “Why would millennials be grateful for the work their predecessors have done? It’s a long time ago. What we do want from them is to be proactive. And, I think that’s happening. Just Google actress Emma Watson’s game-changing, impassioned speech before the United Nations, galvanizing young men to become advocates for ending the inequalities that women face globally,” said O’Neill. “I think she exemplified that this generation of women is still about advocacy. You cannot listen to that speech and not be impressed with where feminism is today.”

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By Faith Dawson

It’s a big and endless job responsibility to bear: “Leave the world better than you found it.” That’s one of the mantras and operating principles of Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, the multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California. While many workers might be daunted or even amused by such a directive, his employee of three years, Lisa Perez Jackson (E ’83), finds inspiration in the broad goal. Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, says she starts by breaking down the broad goal into more manageable pieces. “I almost look at it in classic engineering fashion, where you have to come in and say, what does that mean? How do you focus that into places where we can really change things?” she said, noting that Apple wants to espouse meaningful and impactful projects that actually make a difference in people’s lives. The company’s core values, all of which touch Jackson’s role, include accessibility of products (“so that everyone has a right to use technology”), education, environmental stewardship, inclusion and diversity, privacy, and supplier responsibility. ENGINEERING ROCK STAR Jackson, a New Orleans native and member of the Board of Tulane and the School of Science and Engineering’s Board of Advisors, returned to her hometown in late June to speak at the 4,000-attendee American Society for Engineering Education conference. Her arrival at the convention center that day was typical New Orleans: It was pouring rain and a brass band was playing in the background. But if the weather and the music disrupted her train of thought en route to an interview and then the day’s keynote speech, an onlooker would not have noticed. And yes, there were onlookers: Engineering rock stars have their fans, too. A chemical engineer by training—she earned an undergraduate degree in that field from Tulane—Jackson worked for 15 years at the Environmental Protection Agency (See Tulanian, winter 2010)



and later as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. In 2009 President Barack Obama tapped her as the first African-American administrator of the EPA, where she served for four years. Jackson is optimistic about effecting real change in her job. She’d like to see more and different types of people in tech careers. Using her own experience as an environmental advocate as an example, Jackson said that technology could be a conduit for finding a life’s work, especially for women. “I think passion is important. People are [at Apple] because they’re passionate about their belief that technology can be used to make the world better. … The technology might be the spark, but what keeps the flame going is you find your passion and you use technology to advance what you care about. Women have to see in the STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] professions an opportunity to make a difference on the issues they care about,” she said. “The reason you want more women in a profession is not so the profession can stay the same; it’s so it can actually change,” she added. She’s also hopeful about reaching out to minorities, especially since youngsters are growing up with more tech tools available to them. Elementary schoolchildren—Jackson mentioned the 9-yearold girl who attended Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference— almost instinctively know how to use those tools to express their individuality and find the pursuits that make them happy, a sentiment she echoed in her speech to the ASEE group. That science and technology can work hand-in-hand with professional happiness goes against what a lot of people think about science in the first place. Jackson pointed to Mr. Spock, the highly logical and seemingly unfeeling officer of the original “Star Trek” fame, compared with Deanna Troi, the even-keeled counselor of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and other series, who embraces science, acknowledges emotions and finds enjoyment in life’s little pleasures. Like Troi, Jackson is calm and thoughtful, soft-spoken but still exciting to be around in a well-controlled sort of way.

Advancement in Technology With a zeal for making the world a better place, Lisa Jackson leads Apple’s environ­


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BLENDING TECHNOLOGY AND LIBERAL ARTS Everyone thought she’d turn out be a doctor, Jackson told the ASEE group (if she had, she’d be possessed of excellent bedside manner). But engineering grabbed her attention instead. She recalled attending a high school engineering camp held on the Tulane campus, which was rewarding on its own, but participants received a coveted prize: an HP programmable calculator. She never veered off into medicine. Still, “I don’t think it’s an accident I ended up at Apple,” she said, “because it’s the only company I know of where that blending of technology and the liberal arts is actually encouraged.” Apple flexes a new muscle for Jackson. After years in Washington, D.C., moving to Silicon Valley was like going to a startup, she said. The long hours and extensive travel are the same, but Apple’s organizational structure is much flatter and more nimble. “Roadblock” is probably not uttered frequently in Cupertino. “What I love about the job is I can go from meeting with a room full

of hardcore engineers to a room full of marketing people to a room full of our lawyers to a room full of our sustainability experts, our energy team. It can be all those things in one day,” she said. Her long-standing passion, a clean environment, is at home at Apple. “We aspire to show that you can be a company that is profitable that is also green,” she said. “For us, a lot of those things go together well.” Designing phones or laptops that use less energy than previous generations, packaging products in recycled or sustainable materials, and using 100 percent renewable energy sources for their offices and U.S. stores are examples of how Apple reduces its environmental footprint. And Apple’s employees are challenged to innovate every day. “Innovation is what drives real, meaningful change … [but] it has to be focused, it has to be towards an end. One of the mantras around Apple is that you say ‘no’ to a lot of really great ideas,” she said, “because there’s something even greater out there.”

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By Nick Marinello



It’s somewhere between seasons here on the banks of Lake Bruin, and the weather hasn’t made up its mind as to what it wants to do. Becky Watson Vizard (NC ’81) crouches in the garden planted by her husband, Michael, taking advantage of a respite in the rain to harvest arugula and baby kale for tonight’s dinner. “It’s what I’ve been telling people forever,” she says between snips. “The real story is about working from here.” You look around her comfortable, landscaped yard nestled between the back of her rustic two-story home and the wavering sheen of the lake and think you understand what she means by that, but you really don’t. Not yet. Four hours upriver from New Orleans in Tensas Parish, an hour north of Natchez, Mississippi, is Vizard’s tiny, dwindling hometown of St. Joseph, Louisiana. Her house is 8 miles outside of town and a million miles from anywhere Vizard thought she’d be at this point in her life. FASHIONABLE PILLOWS That B. Viz Design, Vizard’s small company run from a cramped little studio inside her home, is something of an economic engine in this neck of the woods tells you a bit about the greater metropolitan area of St. Joseph, population 1,176 and counting—down. Vizard employs five workers—four seamstresses and an office manager—in the unlikely rural enterprise of high-end interior accessories. More specifically, she incorporates rare, antique textiles into fashionable, hand-sewn pillows, which she sells across the globe mostly over the internet but also in a handful of exclusive retail outlets. In the 20 years she’s been at it, Vizard estimates she’s sold about 6,000 pillows, most priced between $800 and $2,400. Inside the studio, Belinda Prudhomme, an employee and friend for nearly 30 years, stands at a worktable using a pair of manicure scissors to delicately remove a floral pattern of gold metal-thread embroidery from a tattered fabric made sometime in the mid-19th century. It will take her about an hour of meticulous work to completely detach the pattern, after which it will either be filed away for future use or incorporated into a pillow design that Vizard is currently working on. While Vizard works with other kinds of materials, including early20th-century suzani from Central Asia and fabrics from the workshop of legendary Venetian designer Mariano Fortuny, it’s her use of antique gold thread embroidery that has made her a name. And there is only so much of it still around. Several times a year, she flies out of Jackson, Mississippi, on expeditions for vintage fabric to be discovered and purchased in Turkey, France, Holland and other far-flung locations. In between those trips, she travels to New York to cultivate designers who may be interested in her product for their clients. (Vizard caught the travel bug early in life from her late mother, Ruth Harper Watson [NC ’58], who took her a number of times to Europe when she was a child.) And lately, she’s squeezing in presentations around the country to support Once Upon a Pillow (Pointed Leaf Press), a coffee-table book on her work, which was published this past November. Never mind that House Beautiful will be deploying onto her grounds next month Rural Life for a photo shoot; about the same time she’s Facing page: Becky planning to move the distribution portion of Vizard savors life— her business into a store in St. Joseph as part making high-end of a revitalization effort stitched together by a designer pillows—in small group of concerned residents. rustic St. Joseph, LouiFair to say this is a busy time in her life. siana with her husband, And living in the boonies doesn’t make any of Michael Vizard. Right: it easier. Vizard and her father, “People from all over the world do beautiBill Watson, stroll with ful things,” says Vizard. “It is hard to do it from their dogs before dinner. here. Our internet goes out half the time. Our

electricity goes out. The phone goes out. You run out of ink for the printer, and it’s an hour drive to Vicksburg.” Sometimes, a designer from New York will call with an urgent need to have merchandise shipped overnight, which presents a problem most New Yorkers would find hard to fathom. “We call over to the grain elevator or the John Deere store,” says Vizard. “‘Has anyone seen the FedEx guy?’” A DRIVE THROUGH ST. JOSEPH The rain’s at it again, softly pelting the car as Vizard drives through St. Joseph, giving a homegrown tour of the place of her childhood. “This was my grandfather’s law office,” she says, as the car begins to lurch and rattle over a patch of uneven pavement. “Over there was a big, beautiful home that was purchased and moved out of town.” The memory of what was haunts the drive: an abandoned Catholic church, a burned-down grocery store, derelict houses to which she once rode her bike for cookies and lemonade. Vizard estimates the town is now about one-third the size of the one in which she grew up. The decline can be attributed to typical causes of rural blight: the consolidation of farm operations, loss of young people to urban areas, plummeting property values, and the general fallout from educational, cultural and social decay. And then there’s the brown water that flows from the city’s 90-year-old system. Tests show the town’s water has high levels of iron, which is not considered to be a health risk, but “if you wash your white clothes in it, they turn tan,” says Vizard. The hard binary of her world doesn’t escape her. “I am a person with one foot in this incredibly rich environment and one foot in this incredibly poor environment,” she says. It’s a duality that she has in the last several years worked to reconcile and make whole.

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Design Sense Top: The Vizards’ living room exudes an elegant and sumptuous, yet comfortable, style. Left: Belinda Prudhomme meticulously handles gold metal-thread embroidery. Above: Embroidery from an antique textile is prepared for incorporation into a future pillow.



THE THICK OF IT Credit Bill Watson (B ’56, L ’58), Becky Vizard’s father. He was the one who got Vizard and her then-fledgling family to move to the area back in 1987. At the time, Vizard was living with husband Michael and their first child in Shreveport, Louisiana, doing well in her first professional design endeavor of producing hand-painted socks. While the couple entertained thoughts of following Michael’s career to Atlanta, dad weighed in, convincing Michael that he needed help in the small, community bank he ran in St. Joseph. It was not what Vizard had in mind when she graduated from high school and came to New Orleans to attend Tulane. Then, she had aspirations of living in New York or perhaps Europe. “To my horror,” Vizard writes in her book, “as hard as I had worked to escape this really rural country life, I was back in the thick of it.” Vizard says she felt like a “failure” moving back to St. Joseph. This, despite the fact that her hand-painted socks were being sold at retailers such as J.C. Penney, Mervyn’s and Talbots. Vizard, who likes to say she comes from a family of “characters,” enjoys telling the next part of the story. After two years of living in town, she and Michael built a house on her family’s property on Lake Bruin. The new house is spacious and, because the Vizards are caught up in their respective whirlwind careers, remains for some time undecorated and under-furnished, which is great for their, by now, two kids who have the run of it and learn how to Rollerblade in the hallways and the living room. In time, Vizard does get around to designing the interior of her house and, it turns out, she’s pretty good at it. So much so that her friends ask her to come to New Orleans to consult on remaking their homes. Then friends of friends. And then she’s getting paid to do it and the whole thing explodes into a new line of work. Which is great because it allows her to get out of St. Joseph and into the larger world, which she so desperately wants. The sock business gradually falls aside as she does more and more custom, highend design for clients from Houston to Manhattan. And she’s at it for about seven years and it’s fun and chaotic and crazy and, eventually, finally—it gets to be too much. Too much running, too much time out of town and away from family. Here’s where the pillows come in, and this time you can credit Wilson Henley (UC ’83), an old Tulane friend living in Manhattan, who hired Vizard to redecorate his place. Which she did. Only problem was, she needed an antique pillow to complete the job and the only one she could find in the entirety of New York was too “froufrou.” So she made her own pillow out of 19th-century curtain panels she found at a flea market. (All girls in St. Joseph grew up sewing, she says.) And then she made additional pillows with the leftover fabric and began selling them to other clients. And gradually, working in her own home designing and making pillows seemed like a better idea than fussing with the homes of other folks. “I started trying to figure out a way to slow down the decorating and build up the pillow business,” she writes in her book. Funny thing—the more she was home, the more she began to feel at home and the more she began to get involved in the community. In 2009, Vizard hatched a plan to create a farmers market along the levee in St. Joseph. She drove around Lake Bruin with her son distributing flyers, inviting people who vacation there from Jackson, Monroe and other cities to drop by. Every Saturday during the summer, the market is now attracting not only locals but also wealthy visitors who flock to the lake. “The idea is to get the lake people to meet the local people, and perhaps some of them can get hired to do things and jobs can be generated,” says Vizard. Moving part of her operation to Plank Road in downtown St. Joseph will open up some studio space, and by decorating it with displays of antique fabrics and tapestries as well as educational material for visitors to enjoy, she’s also hoping to infuse the town with a little culture. She mentions like-minded friends and neighbors who are opening a pottery store, antiques gallery and art studio in what

were shuttered structures on the same block. The Council on Aging is also moving in, and Vizard is helping pick colors. Decorative Eventually, she says, the water problem Touches will get fixed. The town will come back. Reclaimed embroidery “I have been inspired by the Mississippi hangs at the ready in Delta because each town has something Vizard’s workroom. worth driving there for,” says Vizard. And those towns aren’t situated next to Lake Bruin or its adjacent state park. Turns out that living in the boonies may actually have some amenities. “That’s the beauty of where we are,” she can now admit. And, finally, there’s the beer-de-lier project, a sideline of sorts in which she fashions elaborate light fixtures out of strands of beer bottle caps. Vizard has involved local youngsters in assembling the strands, paying by the bottle cap. She sees them get excited about being paid to make art. “That’s what makes me happy,” she says. “I love making beautiful things, and I love seeing people prosper.” She also loves living in a place where everyone waves to everyone, she loves walking in the state park, she loves dinner with Michael (a gourmet cook), loves living next door to her father, loves sunsets over Lake Bruin, loves the people she works with and thinks she’s blessed to be able to employ them. She loves thinking that just maybe there is a future for her hometown. “It’s come full circle,” she says. “I love where I live.”

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LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES IN TEXAS Virginia Garrard-Burnett (G ’80, ’86), a professor at the University of Texas–Austin since 1990, has been named the new director of the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections. She is a professor in the departments of history and religious studies.



Party Starters

Housing Helper



Seeking Change Matthew Charles Cardinale promotes his affordable housing ordinance in cities nationwide, including New Orleans and his home base of Portland, Oregon.

GRILL ON The Tulane Alumni Association plans tailgate fun and fellowship at all Tulane football games this fall. PAULA BURCH-CELENTANO

The passion Matthew Charles Cardinale (TC ’03) brings to his work as an affordable housing advocate is personal. He spent three years as a homeless teenager in southern Florida before coming to Tulane on a full scholarship. Now Cardinale is the architect of a model ordinance called the Affordable Housing Impact Statement. The legislation requires a city or county government to provide detailed projections of how land use and development projects would affect the number of affordable housing units in the area. Cardinale said he’s noticed that even when residential developments aim to include affordable housing, they often produce a small number of units at prices that are still out of reach for some. “We’re spending millions of dollars to produce a few new units of affordable housing that aren’t really affordable,” Cardinale said. “We’re getting a frozen yogurt stand, maybe a Trader Joe’s and market-rate condos—and that’s not what we need.” Cardinale’s ordinance is already in effect in Atlanta, where he lived for eight years. New Orleans; Los Angeles; Pittsburgh; Albany, New York; and Portland, Oregon, also are considering adopting the idea. Cardinale was back in New Orleans in June to meet with city officials and discuss how implementing the impact statement law could help the city. Cardinale currently lives in Portland, where he runs a nonprofit organization that focuses on housing and the environment. He said his years at Tulane helped shape his attitudes about social justice. “It was a great place to be young and in the movement for social change,” he said. “Tulane was supportive and created a space for us to explore activism.”—Sonya Stinson

As a new era of Green Wave football begins and Coach Willie Fritz’s team prepares to take the field, the Tulane Alumni Association (TAA) is planning new tailgate parties to bring alumni together and share in the festivities. “With the opening of Yulman Stadium and now a new, dynamic head football coach, we’ve seen a wave of excitement growing among fellow alumni and fans for the upcoming season,” said Larry Connelley (TC ’97), alumni association president. This season, TAA will host festivities at all 12 Green Wave football games, including away games at Wake Forest, UMass, Central Florida, Tulsa, Houston and UConn. The parties will offer classic tailgating cuisine, drinks and visits from Tulane Green Wave Athletics staff. “We had hundreds of Green Wave faithful join us for a memorable tailgate and football game at SMU last fall,” said Greg Miller (SLA ’11), president of the Tulane Club of DallasFort Worth. “We’re excited to keep that highenergy level of support up for this year’s team with visits to Houston and New Orleans.” The star of the tailgate lineup will be the Homecoming, Reunion and Family Weekend celebration on campus on Oct. 29. With thousands of alumni, fans and family members in attendance, campus will be packed with old friends and Green Wave spirit before the SMU game. Information on the 2016 football tailgate schedule will be available on the TAA website, alumni.tulane.edu/tailgate16. —Bradley Charlesworth

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1950s JUDITH WOODALL HAUMAN DYE (NC ’58) was recently inducted into the Ottawa Hills Foundation Hall of Fame in Ottawa Hills, Ohio. She was honored for her achievements in her singing and teaching careers and for her community contributions in the arts. She is the author of An Extraordinary Year, the story of her junior year abroad from 1956 through 1957, published in 2015 by Tate Publishing. ADRIANNE BUCHOLTZ MAUTNER (NC ’58) recently reunited with her former college roommate to celebrate her 80th birthday in San Antonio. The pair then traveled to New Orleans to relive their time there.

MICHAEL M. WAHLDER (L ’58) was formerly the U.S. magistrate for the Western District of Louisiana, covering Lafayette, Monroe and Alexandria. He also served as chief judge for the U.S. Land Commission and as a judge for the Social Security Administration for the last 20 years. Wahlder is looking forward to seeing Tulane play football this year.

1960s RICHARD J. RICHARDSON (G ’61, ’67), former provost and vice chancellor of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, had a distinguished lecture series established in his honor. The inaugural Richardson Lecture will be given by Dr. Aziz Sancar, a recipient of the Nobel Prize. RUSSELL STEELE (M ’67) received this year’s most outstanding faculty member in pediatrics award from the Tulane University School of Medicine Owl Club. This is his second award in the last three years. Steele mentors a Tulane Learning Community group and has published more than 400 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Currently living in Los Angeles, PAUL GARSON (A&S ’68) has a 30-year background in journalism and photography that has produced approximately 2,500 magazine and periodical features. Garson recently published his latest book, entitled African Colonial Prisoners of the Germans: A Pictorial History of Captive Soldiers in the World Wars. Recording the fate of many French Colonial African soldiers during World War I and World War II, the book features a collection of never before published photos taken by German soldiers. WILLIAM KENNEDY (G ’68) was honored at the 68th annual meeting of the Florida Anthropological Society in May 2016. For more than three decades, Kennedy mentored undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Atlantic University.


JOHN A. MIPRO (B ’58), an original charter member for the National World War II Museum, has been inducted into the museum’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. Mipro started volunteering at the museum in April 2000 (two months before it opened) and has since volunteered approximately 9,000 hours. Mipro is married to the former Linda Arceneaux of New Orleans and has four wonderful children and nine grandchildren.

ORGANIC MODERNIST For over six decades, Albert Charles Ledner (A ’48) has practiced architecture in New Orleans. This past year, his extensive career and life became the subject of a documentary filmed by his daughter, Catherine Ledner, and her cousin, Roy Beeson. Set for release next year, the documentary highlights some of Ledner’s best-known buildings in New Orleans and New York. Through interviews, commentary and behindthe-scenes tours of the buildings given by Ledner himself, Catherine Ledner said, “We want to expose people to Dad’s work and his philosophy of life.” Having graduated from the School of Architecture, Ledner is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of organic modernism in New Orleans. He spent time learning the style from Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin before beginning his own practice in 1949. Beginning his career by designing homes for New Orleanians, Ledner often experimented with unusual structural forms while catering to each client’s interests. (He famously used Cointreau bottles as decorative elements for a cocktail enthusiast on Park Island in New Orleans.) In the 1960s and ’70s, Ledner acted as the architect for the National Maritime Union, designing hiring halls across the country and the union’s headquarters in New York City. During that same time, he taught at the Tulane School of Architecture. Ledner has designed over 100 buildings throughout his career, and in 2009, he won the AIA Medal of Honor from the Louisiana Chapter recognizing his lifetime of contributions. The idea for the documentary hatched in 2010 when Beeson met Albert Ledner for the first time. Both filmmakers, for whom the project is deeply personal, hope to reach a wide audience and shed light on Ledner’s unique and prolific career. Filming continues through the summer. For his part, Albert Ledner, now 92, is “thrilled and very happy” about being the subject of this upcoming documentary.—LINDSAY McCOOK

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Dispatch KC Guidry ARTHUR WRIGHT (A&S ’68), an attorney at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Who’s Who Legal 100.

1970s MARGARET ESKEW (G ’70), an English professor at Mercer University’s Penfield College, received the Joe and Jean Hendricks Excellence in Teaching Award at the May commencement ceremony. The award recognizes a full-time teacher who best exemplifies qualities that distinguished Joe and Jean Hendricks as mentors to generations of Mercer students. The Therapist’s Answer Book: Solutions to 101 Tricky Problems in Psychotherapy, the third book by JEROME S. BLACKMAN (M ’71), has recently been translated into Chinese. Blackman continues practicing and teaching as a professor of clinical psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School, as well as consulting at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. In May, he gave the faculty presentation at the graduation of fellows of the New York Freudian Society. MICHAEL KHOURI (A&S ’71) was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a new five-year term as commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in Washington, D.C. He has served with the FMC since 2010.


SHIRLEY SPARKS-GREIF (G ’71) co-wrote the article “A Family-Centered Approach as Prevention for Substance Abuse” for the February 2016 issue of Counselor Magazine. She is also a volunteer for Celebrating Families, a program that aims to break the cycle of addiction in families.

CRESCENT CITY CONNECTIONS As manager of Crescent Park, a public space running 1.4 miles along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Katherine Campbell “KC” Guidry (NC ’08) wears many hats, handling programming, social media and community relations, and more, down to the smallest but crucial details like overseeing weedpulling by her landscaping team. What started as an internship with the French Market Corp. in 2014 ended up as a job in 2015, largely due to Guidry’s independent research and development plan for the park. Guidry gathered input from community members on how the park could best serve their needs. Crescent Park officially opened in July 2015 with breathtaking city views, green space rich with native landscaping, bike paths, a dog run and multiuse pavilions. The park represents “connection,” according to Guidry. It reconnects locals and visitors physically and visually to the river as well as provides a corridor that connects the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods to the riverfront. A California native, Guidry was a sophomore when Hurricane Katrina hit. When she returned to campus, Tulane administrators organized a day of service that helped stoke her compassion and solidified her relationship with the city. “To really serve New Orleans, I think you have to understand New Orleans,” Guidry said. “This is a place that isn’t quite like anywhere else. Being a student at Tulane taught me to love New Orleans. It also taught me how to have a good time. In my job I get to develop events with the sole purpose of providing a great experience to our community.” One of those “good-times” events Guidry helped organize is the Crescent Park Bazaar, a seasonal art market featuring local artisans, food trucks and more on the Mandeville Wharf in Crescent Park.—SALLY ASHER



JOSEPH V. TRAHAN III (A&S ’76), of Trahan and Associates in the Atlanta area, has been inducted into the Southern Public Relations Federation Hall of Fame, which recognizes professionals who have brought honor to the field. LEONARD VERGES (A&S ’77, M ’81) was awarded the revered Platinum Scalpel Award at the Duke Urology graduation ceremony in June. Verges teaches Duke residents rotating through the VA Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. His wife, LISA B. VERGES (M ’81), is a geriatric psychiatrist at MemoryCare, a nonprofit dementia clinic. They have two children (one is a new urologist) and a beloved new grandson.

1980s JOHN GREGORY BROWN (A&S ’82) had his fourth novel, A Thousand Miles From Nowhere, published by Little, Brown & Co. under the Lee Boudreaux Books imprint. Among others, Brown’s honors include a Lyndhurst Prize, the Lillian Smith Award and the John Steinbeck Award. He is currently the Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he lives with his wife, the novelist Carrie Brown.

SOUTHERN WRITER Frank Turner Hollon (L ’88) published his 10th novel, Jamestown, Alaska, in June. Hollon’s books have enjoyed commercial and critical success, drawing comparisons to William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren and other Southern authors. Two of his books have been made into films.

W H E R E LEE W. SMITHSON (A&S ’84) was selected by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant as executive director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Smithson served for more than 31 years in the U.S. Army and Mississippi National Guard; during that time, he supported disaster response operations during Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and deployed to Iraq in 2004 and to Bosnia in 2001. Smithson is married to the former ELIZABETH BLACK (NC ’85). BARRI RAFFERTY (NC ’85) has been appointed as the worldwide president of Ketchum, one of the world’s top communications consultancies. Rafferty joined Ketchum in 1994. “GeoCities,” a painting and sculpture exhibition by CINDY BUTLER RASCHE (G ’85), was displayed at the Galeria Regina in Houston this summer. Rasche describes the works as colorful, geometric abstractions of cities and structures in landscapes. A chapter, “Ancient Trepanation From the Perspective of Modern Neurosurgery,” by DAVID S. KUSHNER (A&S ’86, M ’89) was published in the book Holes in the Head: The Art and Archaeology of Trepanation in Ancient Peru. The book’s editor, Tulane anthropology professor John W. Verano, invited Kushner to write the chapter. EDWARD R. PETKEVIS (L ’86) was elected president of the board of trustees of the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey. The foundation’s charitable responsibilities include awarding annual scholarships and developing a retirement community and nursing home. ANTHONY RECASNER (G ’86, ’88), CEO of the advocacy organization Agenda for Children, was awarded Loyola University Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Adjutor Hominum Award, at the organization’s annual jazz brunch in the spring. Recasner was a key player in the city’s charter school movement and co-founded FirstLine Schools.

JOSEPH O. BILLIG (E ’87) recently moved from Vail, Colorado, to Denver. As the area medical director for Colorado Permanente Medical Group, he is currently responsible for 150 physicians and oversees quality, service and affordability for five departments, including neonatology and emergency medicine. Billig also enjoys fly fishing and reading about classmates in this magazine. ANN HIPPENSTEEL FITZGERALD (E ’87) accepted a position as a research attorney with the Hon. Kathryn J. Gardner on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Her husband, ROB FITZGERALD (B ’87), is an investigator with the Employee Benefit Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. Idea Village founder and CEO TIM WILLIAMSON (B ’87) has been named president of NOLA Media group. Williamson has received both national and local awards for his work with Idea Village, including a Heroes of the Storm award in 2008 and induction into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2015. ALOKE GHOSH (G ’88, ’93), a professor of accountancy at Baruch College, City University of New York, earned the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award for research in Finland. This summer, he conducted research, gave lectures and held seminars for doctoral students and faculty at Aalto University. STEPHEN TILBROOK (A&S ’88) was appointed to Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board. Tilbrook is a shareholder in GrayRobinson, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, law firm. He focuses his practice on complex land use, development and environmental matters throughout the state. DANIEL GROSS (A&S ’89) is president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Gross recently gave a TED Talk discussing the common ground that exists on the gun issue.

ALUMNI AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Our alumni, equipped with a powerful education, a passion for service and a commitment to excellence, are the pride of Tulane University. If you know a great Tulane alumnus, consider nominating them for the university’s annual Alumni Awards. The Tulane Alumni Association created these awards to recognize alumni for their hard work and dedication to the university and their communities.

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1990s MICHAEL RUBENSTEIN (B ’90, L ’93) has been appointed by the president of the American Bar Association (ABA) as the chair of the ABA’s Death Penalty Representation Project. The project is the association’s resource for issues related to the defense effort in death penalty cases and aims to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for persons facing possible death sentences. Rubenstein is a shareholder in the Houston office of Liskow & Lewis, where he serves as a managing partner. DAVID GAUS (M ’92, PHTM ’92) recently received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for his innovative hospital training model in rural Ecuador and for his critical effort in earthquake relief. CATHERINE BENTIVEGNA ADAMI (NC ’93) attended New York University five years ago to study creative writing. Her article, “The Epitome of Cool,” about her late father, Freddy “the Beard” Bentivegna, and Pulitzer Prize– winner David Mamet, appeared in Billiards Digest Magazine. Her debut novel, On Elizabeth Street, was published this summer through her company, Pool Hustler’s Daughter Press. The comedy is about two Tulane graduates meeting in the Nolita neighborhood of New York City to connect with one another for a summer weekend. LANCE STUKE (A&S ’93, PHTM ’96, M ’02) has been named program director of the general surgery residency at the LSU Department of Surgery in New Orleans. He practices general surgery and trauma at University Medical Center in New Orleans.

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Find more information at alumni.tulane.edu/nominate. The nomination deadline is Oct. 15, 2016.

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Dispatch Cam Perron RICHARD HARVEY (UC ’95) is one of 15 members of the Pascagoula, Mississippi, Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2016 class; he was previously inducted into the Tulane Hall of Fame in 1999. Harvey, CEO of the sports marketing firm Breakout Football Academy, is married and the father of seven children—Richard, Tiffany, Daniel, Elizabeth, Amber, Joshua and James. He lives in Denver. PHILIP LAWRENCE (L ’96) completed the 56-mile 2016 Comrades Marathon in South Africa. The race is known as the world’s oldest ultramarathon and was Lawrence’s 131st marathon. NICHOLAS TSOUDIS (L ’96) joined Invesco Ltd. as chief compliance officer of WL Ross & Co. and Invesco Private Capital in 2016. His principal duties include overseeing and administering the day-to-day operations of the compliance programs for the two registered investment advisers. He is directly responsible for developing, implementing, managing and testing the compliance programs to meet both regulatory and business needs. He is located in New York.


BRADLEY EGENBERG (TC ’98, L ’04) has been inducted as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The forum acknowledges excellence in trial advocacy. Members must have been lead counsel in a case in which they achieved a verdict or nonstructured settlement of more than $1 million. Egenberg is the founder of Egenberg APLC in New Orleans, a plaintiff’s law firm focusing on catastrophic personal injury, interstate trucking accidents and disaster-related litigation.

TEAM PLAYER It’s not every middle-schooler who sees his childhood hobby snowball into an appearance on HBO and an article on the Major League Baseball website. But that’s what happened when Cam Perron (B ’16) began collecting baseball cards at age 12. Later he started accumulating memorabilia and autographs from MLB stars. However, he soon realized that he got a more enthusiastic response at collectibles shows from former players in the Negro Leagues, the African-American teams and organizations that existed parallel to organized baseball in the decades before integration. Perron (pictured above with William Wyndham) also received many more responses, and much more personal ones, from Negro Leaguers when he wrote to them. He soon developed friendships with many of the former “blackball” stars. So Perron, still a teenager in suburban Boston, picked up the mantle of educating the public about the influence and importance of the Negro Leagues, as well as garnering the players recognition and other benefits he felt they had been denied, such as pensions. “I was so blown away that they would just call me up and tell me about their careers and introduce me to their friends and other players,” Perron said. “I was just sucked in.” Soon after he arrived at Tulane in 2013, Perron appeared on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.” The attention from the show led to an article on MLB.com and other media outlets, and he toured the country giving speaking engagements to raise awareness of the Negro Leagues. “It was pretty cool,” he said. “I never sought out [media] attention. It just blew up nationally at some point.” Now, as he embarks on a career at a talent agency in Los Angeles, Perron still tries to do what he can to promote the lives and legacies of his baseball friends. “It’s obviously something I have a passion for,” he said. “There are times when I have less time to dedicate to it, so I go in streaks, but I’m always interested in staying involved. It’s about making contacts and reaching out [to the players] so they can get more recognition in their communities. When you get to know them, you want to tell more people about them.”—RYAN WHIRTY



VALERIE SASAKI (NC ’98), a partner at the Samuels Yoelin Kantor law firm in Portland, Oregon, was honored as a Rising Star in the 2016 issue of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. The publication identifies the most outstanding attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through the research of Super Lawyers, which is a Thomson Reuters business.

2000s JONATHAN WACHMAN (B ’00) and MELISSA WACHMAN (NC ’03) would like to announce the arrival of their daughter, Chloe Meadow, born May 17, 2016. She is welcomed by her 22-monthold brother, Evan Rex. DEREK D. BARDELL (G ’01, ’02) was recognized by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana for his unyielding service as chairman of the board of directors for the “A” rated Audubon Charter School. SHANNON SPRINKLE (L ’01), partner and general counsel at Carlock, Copeland & Stair in Atlanta, was honored as one of 25 “2016 On the Rise” lawyers by the Daily Report. Sprinkle also accepted a position as a part-time adjunct professor at the Georgia State University College of Law and enjoys a thriving commercial litigation, professional liability defense and risk management practice. She is married to BRIAN SPRINKLE (L ’01); they have two children.

F A R E W E L L SUSANNE VETERS (L ’01) was appointed as honorary consul for the Federal Republic of Germany in Louisiana in April. Members help promote German-American relations and provide consular services, including assisting U.S. and German citizens in legal issues. She is one of the few honorary consuls in the United States that processes passport applications.

Ralph Pedersen, Tulane basketball coach, of Culver, Indiana, on June 15, 2016.

Robert L. Smith (PHTM ’48) of Lewisburg, West Virginia, on March 27, 2016.

Mary Lou Lanier Fife (NC ’30) of Dallas on April 27, 2016.

William A. Watson Jr. (A&S ’48) of New Orleans on April 21, 2016.

Aline Nobile Thompson (NC ’41, L ’43) of Mandeville, Louisiana, on April 2, 2016.

Natalie Walker Watters (NC ’48) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, on June 14, 2016.

CARNEY ANNE NASSER (L ’03) was recently honored as a 2016 “Top Female Achiever” by New Orleans Magazine. She is a senior counsel for wildlife and regulatory affairs at the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Her practice focuses on rescuing big cats and other endangered and exotic animals from exploitative and inhumane conditions of captivity.

Gayle Marschall Cosgrove (NC ’42) of Midlothian, Virginia, on June 6, 2016.

Ivan S. Altman (M ’49) of Lake Oswego, Oregon, on April 5, 2016.

Richard L. Gates Jr. (B ’42) of Boyce, Louisiana, on June 4, 2016.

Norman J. Bergeron Jr. (B ’49) of Arabi, Louisiana, on May 3, 2015.

Irma Villarrubia Henderson (UC ’42) of Alexandria, Louisiana, on Sept. 24, 2014.

Frank J. Dalia (E ’49, ’52, G ’64) of New Orleans on April 25, 2016.

Mary Elaine Leverich Mears Collenberg (NC ’42) of New Orleans on June 27, 2016.

Charles S. Pique Jr. (A&S ’49) of Tucson, Arizona, on May 10, 2016.

Elaine Dicks Flowerree (NC ’44) of Portland, Oregon, on April 24, 2016.

Frank W. Roccaforte (A&S ’49) of Covington, Louisiana, on April 24, 2016.

Thomas N. Poulos (A ’44) of Winnsboro, Louisiana, on June 22, 2014.

Betty Martinez Thibodaux (B ’49) of Metairie, Louisiana, on May 11, 2016.

Katherine Saunders Pratt (NC ’44) of Houston on June 9, 2016.

Paquita Arrache (NC ’50) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 5, 2015.

Mary Mathews Brion (NC ’45) of West Hartford, Connecticut, on Dec. 18, 2015.

E.C. Beck (G ’50, ’52) of Mount Prospect, Illinois, on June 1, 2016.

Lawrence C. French (B ’45) of Corpus Christi, Texas, on March 27, 2016.

Henry L. Blust (E ’50) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on May 3, 2016.

Philip H. Roach Jr. (A&S ’45, A ’49) of Hauula, Hawaii, on April 28, 2016.

Ernest E. Deshautreaux (A&S ’50, M ’53) of Mandeville, Louisiana, on April 7, 2016.

Muriel Fournet Crane (NC ’46) of Metairie, Louisiana, on May 17, 2016.

James R. Keeton (A&S ’50) of Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2016.

Jean Lambou Doerries (NC ’46) of Houston on May 22, 2016.

John K. Laberteaux (E ’50) of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 2016.

Clarence C. Laster Jr. (A&S ’46) of San Antonio on March 27, 2015.

Ivan R. Leopold (A&S ’50) of Metairie, Louisiana, on June 8, 2016.

Henry F. LeMieux (E ’46, ’49) of Houston on April 29, 2016.

Violet Whitehead Walker (NC ’50) of Southaven, Mississippi, on April 20, 2016.

Harvey J. Fitzpatrick (A&S ’47, G ’50) of Houston on April 12, 2016.

John G. Weinmann (A&S ’50, L ’52) of Metairie, Louisiana, on June 9, 2016.

Edwin G. Hays (E ’47) of Irving, Texas, on March 26, 2016.

William F. Becker Jr. (E ’51) of River Ridge, Louisiana, on April 6, 2016.

Norman J. Kauffmann Jr. (E ’47) of Pebble Beach, California, on Jan. 9, 2014.

Philip J. Centanni (A&S ’51) of Kenner, Louisiana, on June 14, 2016.

George C. Battalora Jr. (A&S ’48) of Covington, Louisiana, on April 6, 2016.

Deborah Berry Crosby (NC ’51) of Metairie, Louisiana, on April 1, 2016.

Edward W. Hess (A&S ’48) of Fullerton, California, on March 28, 2016.

Roberto Gonzalez (A&S ’51) of San Antonio on Feb. 11, 2016.

Thomas W. Howard (A&S ’48, G ’50, ’53) of Long Beach, Mississippi, on April 8, 2016.

Jerald M. Honeycutt (A&S ’51) of Wayne, New Jersey, on April 8, 2016.

Douglas P. Levey (B ’48) of Mandeville, Louisiana, on May 7, 2016.

John L. Lopez Jr. (A&S ’51) of New Orleans on June 18, 2016.

2010s Gleason, a documentary depicting the family life of former New Orleans Saints player STEVE GLEASON (B ’11) and his ongoing battle with ALS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January. DAVID KUNIAN (G ’13) is the new music curator at the Louisiana State Museum. Kunian aims to open a New Orleans Jazz Museum on the U.S. Mint’s second floor in the fall of 2017. He is a radio documentarian and a longtime DJ on the community radio station WWOZ. EVAN REUTER (SSE ’14, ’15) spent the last year working for Kaplan Test Prep, tutoring students for the MCAT. He recently returned from a 300-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail and a Birthright Israel trip. Reuter is back in New Orleans and is excited to have started medical school this fall. Tulane University golfer EMILY PENTTILA (B ’16) and head coach Lorne Don were honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the 2016 Louisiana Golfer and Coach of the Year. The organization also named Penttila to the all-state first team. KEY TO SCHOOLS SLA (School of Liberal Arts) SSE (School of Science and Engineering) A (School of Architecture) B (A. B. Freeman School of Business) L (Law School) M (School of Medicine) SW (School of Social Work) PHTM (School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine) SCS (School of Continuing Studies) A&S ( College of Arts & Sciences, the men’s liberal arts and sciences college that existed until 1994) TC ( The College of Arts & Sciences changed its name to Tulane College in 1994 and existed until 2006) NC ( Newcomb College. Women liberal arts and sciences students graduated from Newcomb College until 2006) E (School of Engineering) G (Graduate School) UC ( University College, the school for part-time adult learners. The college’s name was changed to the School of Continuing Studies in 2006.)

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PATH TO SUCCESS Patrick David Godbey, senior academic adviser and assistant director of exploratory studies with the Academic Advising Center, died in New Orleans on March 9, 2016. Dedicated to helping students discover their academic path, he was also an accomplished guitar player, songwriter and poet.

F A R E W E L L Norman C. Nelson (A&S ’51, M ’54) of Brandon, Mississippi, on April 21, 2016.

Carl E. Sills (M ’58) of Cuthbert, Georgia, on June 17, 2014.

Carlos L. Krumdieck-Boit (G ’64) of Hoover, Alabama, on May 6, 2016.

Ruth Jordan Baxter (B ’52) of West Carrollton, Ohio, on April 23, 2016.

Arthur J. Axelrod (M ’59) of New Orleans on May 1, 2016.

John H. Faulds (PHTM ’65) of Phoenix on April 25, 2016.

Eugene T. Glankler Jr. (A ’52) of Alexandria, Louisiana, on April 5, 2016.

Paul M. Kraemer (PHTM ’59, ’61) of Los Alamos, New Mexico, on March 24, 2016.

David J. Lewis (SW ’65) of Port Saint Joe, Florida, on May 25, 2016.

Robert M. Tollman (B ’52) of Dunwoody, Georgia, on June 1, 2016.

Samuel S. Danese (UC ’60) of Slidell, Louisiana, on April 21, 2016.

Frederick A. Marchman (G ’65) of Fairhope, Alabama, on April 19, 2016.

Marshall I. Alperin (A&S ’53, M ’56) of Belleville, Illinois, on Feb. 11, 2015.

Beau Fly Jones Davis (NC ’60) of Tucson, Arizona, on June 1, 2016.

Jeffrey S. Seligman (A&S ’65, L ’68) of New Orleans on April 2, 2016.

Thomas F. Haran (E ’53) of Santa Rosa, California, on June 2, 2016.

Karen Bailey Drew (NC ’60) of Paducah, Kentucky, on May 27, 2016.

James E. Huggins Jr. (A&S ’53) of Haughton, Louisiana, on May 19, 2016.

Michael Ellis (M ’60) of Mineola, Texas, on April 8, 2016.

Betty Woodward McHale (SW ’53) of New Orleans on June 23, 2016.

Betty Field (NC ’60, G ’69, ’73) of Lake Charles, Louisiana, on June 15, 2016.

L. Diane Bernard (SW ’54) of Lafayette, Louisiana, on March 3, 2016.

Francine Foreman (NC ’60) of Slidell, Louisiana, on May 19, 2016.

Joseph E. Lavarine (UC ’54) of Fleming Island, Florida, on Dec. 1, 2015.

W.P. Hawley II (B ’60, L ’65) of Lafayette, Louisiana, on May 31, 2015.

Edward J. Hinman (M ’55) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on March 18, 2016.

Numa L. Marquette Jr. (E ’60) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on May 10, 2016.

Andrew J. Tivnan (UC ’55) of Clinton, Massachusetts, on June 20, 2016.

Robert E. Westfall (M ’60) of Phoenix on Dec. 21, 2015.

Joseph J. Barone (A&S ’56) of Metairie, Louisiana, on June 19, 2016.

Elise Gifford (UC ’61, SW ’69) of Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 25, 2016.

M.D. Keller (E ’56, ’61) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Feb. 15, 2015.

Gisela Spieker (UC ’61) of Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 1, 2016.

Theodore F. Mehrtens (E ’56) of Kenner, Louisiana, on June 23, 2016.

Paul J. Ussery (SW ’61) of San Antonio on Jan. 16, 2016.

Charles M. Moore (M ’56) of Houston on April 17, 2016.

Louis T. Maumus (G ’62, M ’62) of Diamondhead, Mississippi, on April 1, 2016.

Edward M. Rubenstein (B ’56) of Frisco, Texas, on April 12, 2016.

William W. Pendleton Jr. (G ’62, ’65) of Salem, South Carolina, on Nov. 29, 2015.

Susan Roberts Chadwick (NC ’57) of Alexandria, Louisiana, on June 23, 2014.

Leon A. Szyller (UC ’62, SW ’88) of Covington, Louisiana, on April 27, 2016.

John A. Coleman Jr. (A&S ’57, M ’60) of Winter Park, Florida, on June 20, 2016.

Hugh A. Thompson (E ’62, ’64) of Menlo, Georgia, on May 1, 2016.

Philip Gensler Jr. (A&S ’57) of Mandeville, Louisiana, on June 10, 2016.

Mary Chance (SW ’63) of Sardis, Georgia, on June 5, 2016.

Lloyd O. Bingham (E ’73) of New Orleans on May 8, 2016.

Harriet Hall Murrell (SW ’57) of New Orleans on April 15, 2016.

George G. Janis (A&S ’63, L ’65) of New York on May 22, 2016.

Beth Marx (NC ’73) of Oakland, California, on April 6, 2016.

Edmond H. Fitzmaurice Jr. (B ’58) of Covington, Louisiana, on June 3, 2016.

Linda Woods Nicholas (NC ’63) of Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 9, 2016.

Barry Pelofsky Mnookin (NC ’73) of Chicago on May 28, 2015.

Joyce Jerawski (SW ’58) of Warren, Michigan, on April 27, 2015.

Harry F. Snapp (G ’63) of Denton, Texas, on Oct. 12, 2015.

James W. Bingham (G ’74) of Tremonton, Utah, on May 4, 2016.

Lucille Millsaps (NC ’58) of Madison, Mississippi, on March 20, 2016.

Ronald J. Voth (SW ’63) of Salem, Oregon, on April 29, 2016.

William H. Peterson III (A&S ’74) of El Paso, Texas, on May 27, 2016.



Evelyn Lloyd Berges (NC ’66) of Houston on March 29, 2016. Robert B. Fisher Jr. (A&S ’66, L ’73) of New Orleans on April 25, 2016. Paul Muehlemann Jr. (A&S ’66) of Metairie, Louisiana, on May 29, 2016. Loren A. Anderson (PHTM ’67) of Pittsburgh on Sept. 10, 2015. Olivia Davis Fitzgerald (NC ’67) of Laredo, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2016. Rose Mary Martine Coerver (PHTM ’68) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on June 27, 2016. James W. Gravely (G ’68, ’74) of Matthews, North Carolina, on April 29, 2016. Michael Hice (A&S ’68) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on April 28, 2016. Michael L. Hughes (UC ’68, L ’71) of St. Francisville, Louisiana, on April 9, 2016. Mickey W. Via (G ’69) of Denton, Texas, on April 24, 2016. Deidre White Lee (NC ’72) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, on March 29, 2016. Craig A. Winkel (M ’72) of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on May 26, 2016. Henry J. Berthelot (L ’73) of Metairie, Louisiana, on May 16, 2016.

Tribute John Weinmann Louis K. Rothbard (B ’74) of New Orleans on May 1, 2016. Robert F. Layton Jr. (E ’75) of Pasco, Washington, on April 21, 2016. Thomas D. Saunders (A ’75) of Fulton, Mississippi, on April 12, 2016. Robert W. Swasey (G ’75) of Hammond, Indiana, on April 14, 2016. Willis L. Thornsberry Jr. (G ’75) of Phoenix on Feb. 21, 2016. Robert J. Kainz (PHTM ’77, ’81) of Ladson, South Carolina, on June 16, 2016. David G. Mazorol (G ’78, ’80) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on May 9, 2016. Anna Boudreaux (PHTM ’79) of Metairie, Louisiana, on June 4, 2016. Stephen C. Brennan (G ’79) of Kenner, Louisiana, on May 30, 2016.

David D. Willis (A&S ’81) of Roanoke, Virginia, on May 17, 2016. Markus S. Kryger (M ’83) of Forsyth, Missouri, on April 16, 2016. Paul A. Gregoli (A&S ’84) of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on May 28, 2016. Joyce Adema (B ’85) of New Orleans on Jan. 21, 2016. David L. Weaver Sr. (UC ’86) of Sandy Spring, Maryland, on April 8, 2016. Bruce W. Boudreaux (UC ’90, ’94) of Metairie, Louisiana, on June 18, 2016. Larry V. Caldwell (M ’90, PHTM ’90) of New Orleans on April 16, 2016. E.B. Kemp III (G ’91) of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, on May 15, 2016. Jeffrey T. Halpern (A&S ’93) of Chicago on March 26, 2015. Heidi Nelson Hochenedel (G ’93, ’96) of Portland, Oregon, on Jan. 9, 2016. Daniel S. Carrus (E ’01) of Jackson Heights, New York, on Oct. 6, 2015. Amber Huffman Watt (L ’05) of New Orleans on May 7, 2016. Anthony J. Pijerov (L ’06) of Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 8, 2016.


Dennis L. Falcetti (G ’79) of Manchester, Maryland, on May 8, 2016.

DEDICATED FRIEND The back of a garbage truck might seem an unlikely place to find John Giffen Weinmann (A&S ’50, L ’52). But, during a garbage strike in 1946, there he was, the future diplomat and king of Carnival, hanging on for dear life as the truck careened through the narrow streets of the French Quarter, pausing every so often outside bars and night spots so he could heave a mountain of rotting rubbish into it. In his freshman year at Tulane, Weinmann and a group of classmates had rallied to the mayor’s call for volunteers to clean up the streets and keep the city working. The episode captured his essential traits: good humor, a taste for adventure and a passion for service. Time and again, Jack Weinmann reached the pinnacle in a dizzying range of pursuits: Tulane student body president, respected lawyer and longtime general counsel of The Times-Picayune, president of a successful oil company, U.S. ambassador to Finland, White House chief of protocol, king of Rex. But he was always grounded by a down-to-earth loyalty—a fierce love of family, of country, of Tulane—and an abiding desire to serve. His dedication to Tulane was total. He was chair of the Board of Tulane and of its development committee. He counseled a succession of law school deans and for decades was one of the school’s strongest supporters, ultimately lending his name to Weinmann Hall, the law school’s home since 1995. Jack and Virginia Eason Weinmann, his beloved wife of 61 years, were not only generous benefactors, but visionary partners in building the law school’s global reach. He and Virginia endowed the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law and supported it personally, hosting dinners for visiting scholars and faculty candidates at their lovely Old Metairie home and faithfully attending each year’s Eason-Weinmann Lecture. Throughout his extraordinary, improbably full life, Jack Weinmann was many things to many people: diplomat, lawyer, businessman, civic leader, king of Carnival and, to his 16 devoted grandchildren, simply “Pop.” To the countless Tulanians he counseled, supported and championed, he was, above all, a true and dedicated friend who will be very dearly missed.—DAVID D. MEYER David D. Meyer is dean of Tulane Law School and the Mitchell Franklin Professor of Law.

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GIFT ESTABLISHES CHAIR AT STONE CENTER A gift from an anonymous donor endowed the Thomas F. and Carol M. Reese Distinguished Chair in Latin American Studies for future executive directors of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Tom Reese, professor of art history and executive director of the Stone Center, was formally installed as the first chair in April.

Scholarly Doctors Give Back Pursuits The Center for Scholars brings well-known scholars, artists and political leaders to campus for lectures, conferences, symposia and classroom visits through the School of Liberal Arts. Now an endowment from Alan Lawrence (A&S ’87) will insure the vibrancy of the center. His gift will provide funds to support travel, lodging and honoraria for visiting scholars. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing the continued growth of the university and its continued support of excellence,” said Lawrence, a partner with New York City law firm Arnold & Porter. “Tulane’s always taken its task of providing a top undergraduate and graduate education seriously. Being a part of that is important to me.” A member of School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council and an advocate for liberal arts education, he believes that it prepares students well for life after Tulane. “Being able to think clearly and communicate clearly and learn quickly is more important than ever,” he said. Thanks to the gift, “the Center for Scholars will continue to connect Tulane’s students and faculty to the scholarly world,” said School of Liberal Arts dean Carole Haber. —Mary Sparacello



A pair of new scholarships will support Tulane medical students and encourage them to give back to society. Dr. Dexter Louie (M ’69) and his wife, Patricia, have established the Dr. and Mrs. Dexter Louie Scholarship Endowed Fund, which will provide support for medical students interested in social justice and health equity. “When you finish medical school, your focus is on being a great doctor,” said Louie. “But after 20 years of practice, I thought, what else can I do?” An otolaryngologist in private practice in San Francisco, Louie decided to donate time to his local community. He found serving on the local school board and the free medical clinic board and chairing the California Medical Association Foundation immensely gratifying. “My mentor once told me, ‘You need to replenish the well,’” said Louie. “That’s why I created this scholarship. These students will be taking my place.” Dr. Rouzbeh Kordestani (M ’94, PHTM ’94), who describes his Tulane education as “bigger than life,” has created an endowed scholarship for future generations of medical students. His training at “Tulane and Charity Hospital were unique experiences,” said Kordestani, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice in Texas. “The breadth, depth and complexity of cases seen in New Orleans … prepared us for almost anything out in the real world.” Kordestani said that he wanted to remember the faculty members who helped him financially as a medical student. A scholarship makes an incredible impact because it not only affects the lives of students but those of future patients as well. Kordestani has crossed the globe donating his medical skills during mission trips to Kenya, Tanzania, Moldova and the Dominican Republic. “Giving back is a passion for physicians,” he added.—Kirby Messinger

Next Generation

Two new scholarships endowed by alumni will help School of Medicine students who ultimately want to give back to society.


Alumnus Alan Lawrence's passion for liberal arts education ensures the vibrancy of the Center for Scholars.



ALUMNI RECOGNIZED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP The A. B. Freeman School of Business honored Chris Papamichael (B ’96) and Matt Schwartz (B ’99) as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneurs of the Year at the 2016 Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards Gala in April. Papamichael and Schwartz are co-founders of the Domain Cos., a real estate development, investment and management firm.


Cowen’s Class


Enrichment seminars with President Emeritus Scott Cowen will be a highlight of the Cowen Scholars program. The first class of Cowen Scholars was awarded in summer 2016.

Values Drive Scholarship Fund Twenty-nine undergraduate and graduate students make up the first group of Cowen Scholars for the 2016–17 academic year. The program, a fund of endowed scholarships, recognizes President Scott Cowen’s leadership, passion and service to Tulane and to the New Orleans community, and espouses his values and principles. Lead gifts from Jill H. (NC ’85) and Avram A. Glazer, Louellen and Darryl (L ’72) Berger, and Valerie and Michael (A&S ’87) Corasaniti provided the basis for the scholarships; those families agreed to match follow-up gifts of $50,000 or $100,000 each from other donors. The scholarships support students meeting a variety of criteria, which may include financial need, or enrollment in a specific school, such as the School of Science and Engineering, School of Liberal Arts or NewcombTulane College.

“As a longtime volunteer at the university, I have a lot of respect and admiration for Scott and everything that he did for the university,” said Rusty Pickering (E ’91), who contributed to the fund.

“We wanted to endow a scholarship in honor of the scholarship I had been given.” —Rusty Pickering For Scott Sullivan (E ’87), good timing allowed him to give to the program. Sullivan, a reconstructive breast surgeon in New Orleans, wanted to create a biomedical engineering scholarship because of his admiration for Tulane’s engineering programs.

“I appreciated the renaissance of the engineering program after Katrina,” said Sullivan, who also serves as a speaker and mentor to Tulane biomedical engineering students. “The BME department is on the forefront of technology, and it’s an exciting part of science. I think the skills that these students can acquire from it will allow them an opportunity to make significant changes and contributions in society.” Pickering, a former Deans’ Honor Scholar, says his own undergraduate scholarship “meant a tremendous amount to me, and it’s changed my life.” Now general counsel of a technology company in Atlanta, Pickering and his father wanted to build on their giving. “We knew that we wanted to endow a scholarship in honor of the scholarship I had been given,” he said, adding that he recently spoke at a university scholarship event and met students and President Mike Fitts. “It was meaningful to me.”—Faith Dawson

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ANGUS LIND A 1966 graduate of Tulane, Angus Lind spent more than three decades as a columnist for The Times-Picayune.



Football Rivalry by Angus Lind It was “Wheels up!”—not “Anchors aweigh!”—as we headed to Annapolis, Maryland, last October for Navy’s homecoming game against Tulane. After a short ride from Baltimore to our rented house conveniently located a pitching wedge from both the alluring Annapolis Historic District and waterfront and the awe-inspiring U.S. Naval Academy, we headed to the epicenter— McGarvey’s Saloon. My wife and I traveled with two New Orleans couples, all good friends. One husband was Rick Navarro, a 1974 Naval Academy graduate who flew a P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft on three different deployments to the Far East and had a lengthy career as a Delta Air Lines pilot. Nothing like having an insider tour guide. Annapolis had long been high on my bucket list, and I always thought a Tulane-Navy rivalry would be terrific. I had first seen Navy play Tulane in New Orleans in 1956, when I was 12, and more recently have followed the Middies because of Rick. Both schools have storied football history, and with Navy coming into the American Athletic Conference in 2015, the timing was perfect. Not to mention that Navy comes to Yulman Stadium this fall and their athletic director is former Tulane AD Chet Gladchuk Jr. On Friday night McGarvey’s was crowded and noisy. At one point, someone called my name, but the voice was not familiar. I searched the faces and was surprised to see a fellow Orleanian who had graduated from Tulane with me in 1966—Hank Corder. Corder attended Tulane on a Navy ROTC scholarship and played golf for the Wave along with the likes of Wally Blessey, Ray Fontenot and Steve Bellaire, among others. A surface-warfare officer, he was stationed on two destroyers during his five years in the U.S. Navy. His ships were deployed overseas, including once to Vietnam. We learned Hank—retired from his career in investments—and his wife, Porter, were frequent visitors to Annapolis. Why? Daughter Sarah Corder played volleyball for Duke. After she graduated, she moved to Washington, D.C., to get a job. On a double blind date with midshipmen, she met her future husband, Mike Heary, who was not her date that night. Heary, it turns out, was a 6-foot-5-inch All-Conference point guard for Navy basketball teams. They were married in New Orleans; he served his five years’ active duty. They began a family in Annapolis and, away from his full-time job, for the last seven years he has been the color commentator for the Navy basketball broadcast team. The Corders visit regularly to see their three grandchildren and Navy football. By the end of the night, Heary, a gregarious, funny guy, had invited our party of six to their tailgate the next day. Earlier Friday, tour guide Navarro had led us to the visually stunning 338acre campus for a tour of Bancroft Hall and the viewing of the traditional



SOUVENIR PROGRAM Tradition lives on at the Tulane-Navy game. The author kept his original football program from the first time he attended the matchup in New Orleans in 1956. Last year, he traveled to Annapolis to witness the game’s pageantry there.

Friday dress parade and pass in review on the parade grounds. Watching the seemingly never-ending companies of spit-polished midshipmen emerge from Bancroft Hall —the largest single dormitory in the world—and march in lockstep to the parade grounds, along with the Naval Academy Band and the academy’s Drum & Bugle Corps with bagpipes, was impressive. Classes from 50 and 60 years ago looked on. The next day, these future Navy and Marine Corps officers—4,000 strong—marched into Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and formed up on the football field where they sang songs (“Anchors Aweigh”) and led cheers—part of the pregame spectacle for homecoming and all home games. Then the Navy Glee Club sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” finishing as fighter planes flew overhead. “The pageantry is so impressive. If you don’t feel patriotic watching that, then you don’t have a red, white and blue bone in your body,” said Corder. Inside the stadium, there are no displays of names, teams or retired numbers. Instead, famous battles— Guadalcanal, Midway, Iwo Jima, Bataan, Saipan, Corregidor. When Lou Holtz brought his Notre Dame team there, he is credited with saying: “Wow! Navy plays a tough schedule.” We indeed tailgated with the Heary crowd, who earlier had driven their cars into the lot in formation, with the car in the middle armed with music for the day, flanked by others with food, drink, cookout gear, tables and chairs. We were served red beans and rice, jambalaya and muffulettas, a nice touch for the visitors from Tulane. Tailgaters completely circle the stadium, which seats around 34,000 and has superb sightlines. Watching the freshmen dash from the stands to the end zone where they do pushups after every Navy score is highly anticipated. Thirty points means 30 pushups. Here’s the message: Put Annapolis on your bucket list for a Tulane game weekend. On the banks of the Severn River, it’s an incredible experience. “Annapolis is absolutely enchanting,” said Corder. “It draws you in. It’s a comfortable, cozy place to be with quality bars and great oysters and seafood—the same characteristics New Orleans has.”


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