Newsletter: March 2018 – Funding the Future

Students perform The Old Maid and the Thief

Through the generous support of alum Gus Juneau (A&S '88), Gian Carlo Menotti's opera The Old Maid and the Thief (pictured above) was presented March 8 and 10 on Tulane's uptown campus. The fully staged opera-comedy was a collaborative effort of students and faculty from the Newcomb Department of Music and the Newcomb Department of Theatre and Dance. The Gus Juneau Fund for Voice not only created the foundation for this opera workshop but will no doubt inspire future Tulane students to find their voices. (Photo by Arynne Fannin)

Anonymous donor issues $250,000 matching challenge to fund professional music studio

The Newcomb Department of Music in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts will soon have its first professional level music recording studio and production space thanks to support from an anonymous donor and the Undergraduate Student Government.

Student talks about the benefits of the music studio.

Impact of Giving

Michael Bracci, Tulane University

Committed to the Success of the University

As a proponent of the liberal arts, Michael Bracci (A&S '87) reflects on his time at Tulane and speaks to the importance of supporting the university. "If you felt like Tulane had value and an impact on your life in a positive way," he declares, "you are well positioned to make sure the university is viable and has the resources available to be a world-class institution."

Annie Gosserand, Tulane University

The Gift of Travel Continues to Grow

When Tulane University junior Annie Gosserand traveled to a language immersion program in Tours, France last summer, the experience changed her life. Her experience was made possible by Jeff Klein (A&S '93), who created the Professor Beth Poe Travel Fund, named after a professor who proved instrumental to his own Tulane study abroad experience in France.

New SLA Development Director Named

Kassie Kissinger Cosgrove, Tulane University

On February 14th, Kassie Kissinger Cosgrove became the newest member of the SLA team and our next Director of Development. As a native New Orleanian, Kassie returned home after working several years in higher education administration. She most recently joins us from Ball State University where she served as the development director for the College of Sciences and Humanities. As the SLA Director of Development, she will report to Advancement but work hand in hand with the SLA's Dean's office, faculty, volunteers, alumni, donors and students to help uncover funding resources and secure major gifts for SLA's innovative programs and experiences. Kassie is excited to be back home and looking forward to representing the School of Liberal Arts!

SLA Welcomes New Grants Administrator

Cheryl Orticke Cosgrove, Tulane University

Congratulations to Cheryl Orticke named the new Grants Administrator/Manager for SLA. Orticke has previously worked at Tulane University in Grants & Contracts Accounting, but most recently came from Belle Chasse Academy, a military dependent elementary school, in the Finance Department. As a Grants Administrator for SLA, Orticke will serve as a liaison with Sponsored Project Administration, Office of Corporate Foundation Relations, and Grants and Contracts Accounting. She is excited to be a part of SLA, "I desire to develop working relationships with all faculty/staff to obtain our school research goals."

Message from the Dean Funding the Margin of Excellence

Carol Haber, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

It hardly needs to be said, but universities are extremely costly endeavors. The range of budgetary demands are great: faculty and staff require appropriate salaries; students need financial assistance; facilities and equipment must be renewed and maintained. But within the expense columns of accounting spreadsheets lies something essential and precious: the support of our donors that allows us to soar beyond the necessities into areas of excellence.

News from the Field:
Michael Brumbaugh Manufacturing Authority in Greek Egypt

Michael Brumbaugh at the Great Pyramid of Cheops

In the wake of Alexander the Great's death (323 BCE), his generals carved up the vast territory he had conquered and competed with one another to establish new kingdoms of their own. The most successful of these, King Ptolemy, came to rule over the rich territories of Egypt and Libya that lasted nearly three centuries until falling to the Romans during the reign of Kleopatra.

News from the Field:Tulane Service-Learning Project in French Goes National By Annette Sojic

Annette Sojic, Tulane University

Translation Theory and Practice, an advanced French course which I have taught regularly since 2010, is among my favorite service-learning classes. Over the years, with the help of the Center for Public Service staff, I've had the opportunity to build and develop long-lasting and rewarding partnerships with local entities. These partnerships have led to a number of creative service-learning projects with tangible outcomes, fostering a sense of purpose and usefulness in the students.

Bilingual poetry reading evokes the suffering of slaves in the New World

Students, faculty and staff gather around the Brazilian flag in recognition of its 4 million slaves.

The last Friday of Black History Month marked the first of a new annual tradition on Tulane's uptown campus: an emotive recognition of the legacy of slavery across the Americas.

The 2018 Dennis A. Georges Lecutre in Hellenic Culture

"Reading Greek and the Politics of the Human" featuring Dr. Emily Greenwood, Professor of Classics and African American Studies at Yale University

March 20, 2018 at 7:00PM
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Room 205

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