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Tulane Honors Program

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Future of Tulane Honors Program


It is with very mixed feelings that I am writing to inform the Tulane Honors community that I will be leaving Tulane University at the end of the month. I have been selected to be the next Dean of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College. This position was not something that I initially sought, believing that we needed to return to New Orleans and Tulane to offer what help we could to rebuild. When the position was reopened this spring it presented an opportunity that I would have been remiss had I not pursued it.
Tulane University has afforded me great opportunities and it is my experience directing the Honors Program and working with you all that has prepared me for this new role. I will always be grateful to the Tulane community and remember you all with great affection.
I want to add a few words about the future of the honors program at Tulane. Dr. James MacLaren, Dean of the Newcomb-Tulane College will soon announce a new director of the program. He has asked me to invite all students to feel free to contact him and let him know your thoughts about the program and how you think it might best move forward. Tulane University is and remains an outstanding school and the honors program is an integral part of the whole. For those of you who are getting ready to arrive for the first time and especially those of you with whom I met in the spring, I am deeply sorry that I will not be here to greet you; it is my loss. There are wonderful faculty and staff here who are committed to aiding you in your educational journey. (And this blog will continue as well! See be sure to keep checking it for updates.) For those of you who are graduating, or will be shortly, please know that even though I will no longer be at Tulane I am eager to help you as you move forward and I can always be reached by email (cbrady@targuman.org).
Finally, thank you all once again. I wish you all the very best and I encourage you to strive not only for the honors you deserve, but to be an honorable person as well.

Yours,
Cb

Friday, July 07, 2006

Registering for Courses & Orientation










Freshmen Registration starts next week, July 11. Be sure to check TOUR for your specific registration date and time for the Fall semester. The Honors Courses offered for this fall are on the Registrar's website. You may not find an Honors course listed that appeals to you but Don't Panic®, more courses are being added. So please be sure to check back regularly, even after you have registered, to see if another H course that you might want has been offered.
Don't forget, Honors Option is still available for courses at any level. 600 level courses also often count as Honors courses. Email me if you are unsure.







New Courses Added:









HISU 694: Black and White Women in Early America
will be taught by Emeritus Professor Sylvia Frey. This is an upper level course, so it is unlikely to be suitable for a freshmen, but you upperclassmen (especially History majors!) should give it serious consideration.




For the Freshmen, be sure to check out


COLQ 101-01 Ways to Know
. This is a colloquium of five (5!) of our best faculty from various disciplines (Math, Sociology, History, French, and Physics) who will lead you in considering "What does it mean to know?" (Rather appropriate for college, don't you think?) Each will explore the concept of knowledge in their respective disciplines. A great way to being the intellectual pursuit that is higher education!
UPDATE: Dr. Kalka has provided us with a description and syllabus of the Ways to Know course! Thank yuo Dr. Kalka!











Plans for Orientation are in place and their website is a great resource. Be sure to check out the "Summer Must Do" list and their "Tips and Checklist." The schedule of events is up as a Word.doc as well.




We will have our annual Honors Tie Dye Party on Sunday evening, August 27th at 8 pm in the quad behind Butler House. Be sure to be there! We will provide the t-shirt (but be careful not to get the dye on the clothes you wear).

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Theses Online!

First theses available! We will obviously have to find a better method of presenting the theses and storing them online (the Library is considering how to do this and that is who needs to be in charge of this), but several scholars have decided to be the first to put their work up for all to see! For those who are interested in reading any Honors thesis produced at Tulane they housed in the Special Collections in the University Archives.





So here are our first theses for you to view online:




  • Bowers, Erin - SPECIFIC ION EFFECTS ON ß-GLUCOSIDASE KINETICS









  • Carden, Amy - The Effects of High School Student Service on Active Citizenship






  • Hedden, Wesley - LATINOS IN NEW ORLEANS POST-KATRINA: A CASE STUDY IN SOCIAL NETWORK DEVELOPMENT IN A LUTHERAN CHURCH









  • Keeline, Tom - ANGER IN CLASSICAL ATHENIAN LAW COURTS






  • Murphy, Alan - INFERRED RELIGION IN J. K. ROWLING’S HARRY POTTER






  • Sparks, Evan - ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY AND POLITICAL THEOLOGY: SOURCES OF THE POLITICAL THOUGHT OF SAMUEL RUTHERFORD IN LEX, REX










  • UPDATE: Thank you to those of you who have sent me your thesis and permission to post them online! I hope to get them up in some form or other later this week.
    Stay tuned! -Cb








    For those of you seniors, past and present, who wrote a thesis (and still have it on your computer): Would you be willing to share it to the world at large? The bound copies are going into the library, but it occurs to me that many would be of great value to the broader public and we ought to try and make them available. If you are willing and can provide a pdf of your thesis, please send it along and I will work to get them up on the web.
















    (Along these same lines, if any of you are whizzes at programming we will also then need a way to provide access and, ideally, search ability to these theses. Please send all offers to help to my email!)
















    Thanks and congratulations again to all our recent Honors graduates!

    Monday, July 03, 2006

    TU Biological Sciences Departments in the Top 100!



    A recent study from the NSF found Tulane to be in the top 100 by research expenditures in the biological sciences.



    Big caveat: This was passed along to me by one of our colleagues here and I must admit to not being clear on how to read the table. That being said, there we are! Number 100 with Stanford, Princeton, and Brandeis not so far above us (Stanford is, in fact, 96).