Looking at my window, this afternoon in late May, it is obvious that we have passed another milestone. Few students are walking to the library or the LBC. Parents, family and friends have loaded the cars of their graduates and bid Tulane a final – and often teary – good-bye.
The contrast to the last few weeks could not be greater. As graduation approached, the campus buzzed with activity. Students were crammed into the library studying for the exams or completing their papers. Ceremonies abounded recognizing the outstanding scholarly achievements of our students, as well as acknowledging the accomplishments of our faculty and staff.
But with the celebration also comes some sadness. We will miss those who have spent the last few years here, mastering their chosen disciplines while contributing to the recovery of the city. As they heard many times during graduation, they were indeed a special class. Despite all they had seen on television, or read in the news, after Katrina, they still came to Tulane; they still believed in New Orleans. As such, they leave here not only as outstanding students but as extraordinary citizens of the world.
With the fall, of course, the cycle begins again. New students will take their first baby steps onto the campus, while those who came before them prepare for their final courses, wondering how their years at Tulane flew by so fast. Faculty will reassemble after a summer of research, teaching, and writing to be greeted by the dedicated and always hard-working staff.
And like many of our students, we too will say a short good-bye. Our newsletter will be on a brief hiatus until the beginning of September. Until that time, we wish you a wonderful summer and look forward to being back in touch in the fall.
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Il mio diario romano /
My Roman Diary
My sabbatical began in January with travel to conferences, giving a pair of talks for the Archaeological Institute of America (in Nashville and Edmonton), and conference on teaching Pompeii at Wabash College. However, the most interesting part of my leave began only near the end of the sabbatical period, when I arrived in Rome. I am staying in a small hotel on the Quirinal until June 14, when I will move to the American Academy on the Gianicolo. These are some of the highlights from my first 10 days in Rome...
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Staying On It
So some of you may recall that two years ago, I fell off a mountain, free fall for 10 m, with a hard stop at the bottom. I knocked myself out hitting a rock with my head. I have since conquered that mountain, reached the Mayan altar which was goal at the end of the trek, and got it all nicely documented. I had a moment of déjà vu or déjà senti on a “trail” today, but I get ahead of myself, a problem I was having on the trail too...
Dr. IAN BREMMER (Political Science Alum, 1989), just published a book The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? (Portfolio, May 13, 2010). Dr. Bremmer is founder and president of Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy and he has spoken twice in recent years at Tulane's Political Science Week.
TAE HONG PARK, assistant professor of Music, recently published a new book: Introduction to Digital Signal Processing: Computer Musically Speaking and was recently elected President of ICMA (International Computer Music Association), the most important and largest organization in the field of electro-acoustic music, computer music, and music technology.
REGEN FOLEY (Spanish & Portuguese undergraduate student, 2011) Co-authored the book Close To My Heart, A Guided Workbook for Children after a Loved One Dies along with her mother Susan Foley, MD. Available in bookstores or from the Tulane Library. Foley is now working on a Spanish Edition to be available later this year.
RAINA HEATON, a second-year Junior majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Dance, received a State Department scholarship to study Arabic this summer. The Critical Languages Scholarship is a competitive award designed to increase proficiency in languages deemed necessary to national security. Raina will be spending eight weeks in Cairo honing her language skills and immersing herself in the culture.
Professor NORA LUSTIG of the Department of Economics has received the 2010 Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher, which is awarded "For genuine interest in promoting undergraduate scholarship in Latin American Studies". This award was given by Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO).
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