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Tulane Honors Program

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Harry Potter's flying car vanishes - as if by magic

Not Honors news, but I felt the need to share the... well, tragedy is not the right word...the perplexity over the purloined vehicle.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Senior Honors Theses

This article has slipped back into the Archives so I wanted to bring a link up. If you are a senior who wants to write an Honors thesis this year please read this!

We will have two semesters this spring (Spring and Lagniappe) so you may opt to complete your thesis during the Lagniappe semester. This will make things easier for us in terms of setting up your course numbers (499 and 500H). Most of all Don't Panic (I just watched HHGG last night, good not great). So, Don't Panic. We will get it all sorted. Begin by reading the blog linked above and contacting me and then your TU thesis advisor.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Priority Registration Times

You may now see the specific day and time when you can register for classes in both Spring 2006 and the Lagniappe semester by going to the Registrar's home page and clicking on TOUR. Once you enter your Social Security number and PIN, you will see a menu of items. Click the "Register" button to see your individual priority time.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Rebuilding New Orleans - One Student at a Time

In Dr. Cowen's post he commented on something that I hadn't thought of: our very presence, especially yours as students and, let's be hones, consumers, will help NO rebound and rebuild.
Just as Tulane has changed, so has the City of New Orleans. As I have said previously, the recovery process for our city is going to be difficult. However, with this challenge is the opportunity to obtain a first-class education while helping to rebuild one of the world's most unique cities. When the university begins classes on January 17, thousands of our students will begin contributing to the rebirth of New Orleans, simply by being there.

What NO needs as much as anything is an infusion of funds. Businesses cannot start up again unless there are people to buy their goods, etc. So, one more reason to come back to Tulane! (Not that you needed another, I am sure! ;-)

Honors Efforts: I do not have details yet, but I did want to let the Honors community know that we will be coordinating projects for our Honors students (and others) to participate in the rebuilding of the community and city. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

NPR : New Orleans Colleges Struggle, Post-Katrina

An NPR story with Dr. Cowen.

Class Schedule and Course Audits Available Online

Class Schedules for Spring 2006 and Lagniappe Online

The courses being offered for Spring 2006 and the Lagniappe Session are now online. Both can be accessed by selecting the Registrar's Office link on the legacy home page and choosing the Course Offerings link.

Start planning your schedule now in preparation for priority registration which will take place November 9-18. Keep watching this website for information later this week about your individual registration time.

Degree Audits Available

To assist you in planning your schedule for this spring, you can now access your personal degree audit by selecting the Degree Audit: Students link on the Registrar's home page. Please remember that any courses in which you are enrolled at a host institution this fall will not show on the audit until they are transferred back to Tulane upon completion.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Free Admission to Tulane - Navy Game

Folks Annapolis is a beautiful town (once it was actually the capitol of these United States). If you in the area go enjoy the game, support the team, and enjoy a beautiful and historic part of our country.

The United States Naval Academy Athletic Association is generously offering Tulane students FREE admission to the Tulane vs. Navy game on Saturday, November 5 at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m.

Students should go to the North Ticket Booth at the Stadium and present a Tulane student ID, bill, or other proof of enrollment at Tulane University.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Registering for Classes - Honors Option

Honors Option

Because of the unique circumstances of the upcoming semester there are very few courses being offered as Honors only. (Course offerings will be posted by the end of this week.) This does not however mean that there are no Honors courses available to you! I encourage you to consider making one of your usual courses, particularly those in your major/field of interest. Below is the description of what H-Option is and as always please feel free to ask any questions via the comment function. This is a great way for you to customize your own Honors curriculum so please consider taking a course with an Honors option.

Honors students may also enhance their regular course offerings by requesting to add an “Honors Option” to a course they are currently taking. With the instructor’s approval the student will then engage in additional work that merits Honors credit that will also appear on their transcript.

If you would like to take a course as Honors Option there is a form that you can pick up in our office that must be filled out and submitted to the Honors Program. The course work will then be approved by the Director.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Priority Registration
Priority registration will be held on its originally scheduled dates, Nov. 9-18. TOUR will be available and that process will operate as usual. There will be no telephone registration process as that system is not available. Please continue to watch this website for individual registration dates and times.

UPDATE: Apparently you will be informed via email of your password. (Be sure to be checking your Tulane email! http://webmail.tulane.edu/)

Retrieval of Belongings on Campus

Please read this page regarding getting your stuff out of the dorms on campus.

Academic FAQs

Many of you have asked very pertinent questions regarding transfer of grades, etc. Here are the FAQs regarding academic issues. If you still have questions, please use the "comment" function of this blog and we can hold a conversation here since if you have thought of the question others most likely need the answer too!

Academic Matters

What about the undergraduate residency requirements?

Coursework completed at accredited institutions during this fall term can be used to satisfy the residency requirements.

How can I get a copy of Tulane's catalogue/schedule of classes?

The online catalogue is available on the web site.
We will provide the online course schedule for spring 2006 as soon as possible.

How do I get my credits from courses taken elsewhere applied to my Tulane academic record?

You should request an official transcript from your host institution.

Direct your host institution to send the transcript to:
Tulane University
1700 West Loop South, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77027

How do my grades transfer?

Tulane University will accept credit for all courses with a passing grade from regionally accredited universities provided the student paid Tulane tuition in the fall semester; such credit will be applied to a student's Tulane course of study. We encourage all Tulane students to enroll in courses that they might have enrolled in at Tulane, but equivalent or near equivalent courses will also count to degree progress.

Students enrolled in schools and colleges with accredited professional programs (for example: Business School, School of Social Work, Engineering School, and School of Architecture) should enroll in universities with programs that are also accredited.

I enrolled at an institution that follows the quarter system. How are these credits treated?

There is an established formula for converting quarter hours to semester hours. Quarter hours are equal to two-thirds of a semester hour; therefore 12 quarter hours would be transferred as 8 semester hours.

A small number of institutions like Louisiana Tech at Ruston operate on a quarter calendar but award semester hours based on longer than usual class meeting times. If you are attending an institution such as Louisiana Tech, your hours will transfer to Tulane on a one for one basis.

The semester credits will then be posted to your Tulane transcript.

Can I graduate in December?

If you complete all of your degree requirements during the fall, you will be able to graduate with a Tulane degree. More details on graduation will follow.
Honors students: Please see this entry on the blog regarding December graduation!

Will online courses count?

Since there is considerable variation in the types of online courses, these courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Contact a college/school advisor via the call center as soon as possible to discuss your proposed online course.

Is there a difference between the classifications that host institutions use for students, such as visitor, guest, temporary, non-matriculating, etc.?

Tulane students attending colleges and universities may be classified in a variety of ways. Regardless of how you are classified you are considered a Tulane student by your host institution.

The terminology used is not particularly important. What is relevant is that Tulane students attending these classes are expected to return to Tulane for the spring semester and have their courses posted to their transcripts.

If I withdraw from Tulane, how do I reapply?

First time freshman should reapply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for the spring semester. All other undergraduates that have spent one semester at Tulane should apply through their respective Dean’s Office.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Transcripts - Good News!

This may be old news, but I just noticed it and many of you have been asking. You can now get transcripts. (This is another reason to keep visiting the Tulane website! :-)

Transcript Requests

Tulane University is now producing transcripts out of its temporary Houston home. The first priority will be to address those requests
which have come in since our systems were disrupted by Katrina. If you wish to request a transcript, please send a signed written
request to:

Tulane University
1700 West Loop South Suite 600
Houston, TX 77027

While we will try to fill all requests in a timely manner, please understand that our staff and facilities are both limited.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Register your Senior Thesis

If you are a senior and are currently working on a thesis (either formal or informal research) please fill out the form found here. Please fill this form out again, even if you already used the old form, since the new form puts the information into more useful format for me.
Thank you very much!

Pics of Howards Tilton Library

This was already posted at the Classics blog, but I thought a link here was not inappropriate. Please don't despair! Things are looking much better, but many docs have indeed been lost.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

December Honors Grads

For those who are completing their thesis this semester and are planning to graduate in December:

You must still complete your Honors thesis according to the guidelines posted here. You can also find all the forms necessary there.

The schedule will be as follows:

Friday, December 16
FINAL date for submitting your complete thesis to all three members of your committee. While this is not the final typed or printed copy, this version should incorporate all revisions your readers have suggested thus far. Schedule oral examination before December 30.

Friday, December 30
FINAL date for submitting results of oral examination. The students will be sent the oral examination form. However, the third reader reports the results of the examination to the Director of the Honors Program.

Friday, January 6
FINAL date to submit the original copy of your thesis, along with an extra copy of the title page and abstract to the Director of the Honors Program. Do not bind anything. See the Honors Thesis Style Sheet (the white sheets) for detailed information concerning the preparation and submission of the thesis.

Many of you are working with a scholar at your current location. We will include this individual as your second reader. You must have a Tulane faculty member in your discipline as your first reader. I will be your third reader. Obviously this means that you will need to submit copies of your thesis via email as either attached Word documents or, if there are special characters, etc., as a PDF.

Oral Exam
The oral exam will be scheduled via a teleconference. I will facilitate this (once I figure out the tech! ;-) so when you submit your draft and begin coordinating the exam we will work together to find a time that works best for everyone.

Please complete the forms found at the above link and submit them to me via email. Be sure to include the contact information for your readers (email and phone).

Note Bene: The Administration will make every effort to confer your degrees as soon as possible. This will, however, take longer than usual due to the large volume of work.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Getting old...

This is apropos to nothing or anyone in particular, but my wife and I quite like the XM radio station called "XM Cafe." It is alternative, sometimes U2, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews Band, Sting and so on. The old part... It turns out that XM describes the station as "soft alternative" and "a mellow approach to adult Alternative music." Ugh. That is the music that was played in the nurses office in elementary school! (Granted, in those days it was the Ray Conniff singers and Simon and Garfunkel, but still.)

I felt only slightly less hip when I read the description of my next favorite station "Fred" (and where did they come up with that descriptive name?):

Fred - XM 44
Until now, the Alternative sounds of the 70s and 80s didn't have a home on the radio. Fred brings you Depeche Mode, Bowie, The Clash, The Cure, The Smiths, liberally seasoned with Seattle Grunge and Punk.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Tulane Email is Back!

Although I would still suggest emailing me at cbrady@ tulanehonors.org as well as the old address until we are certain it is working. :-)

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Key Information: Thesis, Pre-Med/Law, JYA, and Colleges

I thought it would be good for me to put together links to previous posts with some key information. As details come out regarding scheduling for next semester I will post more on Honors courses and options as well.

Senior Thesis information:
Register Your Thesis Here
(Please reregister your thesis, even if you used the earlier form! It will only take a minute and this new form will give me yuor information in a much more usable format. Many thanks!)

Information regarding the Thesis is here

Kathleen Maier, our pre-med advisor, is now available online at kmmaier@cox.net.

Sig Bonner is now available at Sig Bonner sigbonner@gmail.com or sbonner@tulane.edu.

Dr. Mary Clark, the Director of our Center for International Studies, is currently visiting at LSU. If you have any questions regarding Junior Year Abroad feel free to email her at marygaz1@yahoo.com.

Information regarding the LAS Spring Schedule is here
A listing of faculty contact information is here and department Chairs are here

Advising links are here