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Tulane Honors Program

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Courses, Talks, and Business, oh my!

Dear Students,

I’m writing early this week because I wanted to alert you to a couple of events and exciting changes to the program. So, please, read on!

On Monday, October 30, 2006, there will be an informal meeting in the Butler lounge from 4:30 – 5:30 to discuss Spring Honors course offerings AND to discuss scholarship opportunities. Concerning courses, we have a lot of new and interesting offerings (some of which have not yet appeared on the registrar list) and I wanted to take the time to provide you with some of the more salient details about the courses and the faculty. As for scholarships, we’ll talk about a series of upcoming deadlines for scholarships of interest to sophomores through seniors, but freshmen – we’ll also talk generally about what prestigious scholarship committees are looking for in a candidate and believe me when I say that you want to know in your freshmen year!

On Wednesday, November 1, 2006, we’ll continue with the round table tradition but with a twist – we’re always trying to keep you on your toes! This time, two faculty members : Professor Joel Dinerstein, English, and Professor Javier Leon, Music, will discuss “Black & Latin Music on Film: Representations and Repercussions” from 4:30 – 5:30. There will certainly be lots of music, images, and questions. We promise to keep the refreshments close to the Latin theme!

Finally, for our freshmen in Business, you will be happy to know that you’re in business! The Freeman School of Business now provides the freshmen class and thereafter the opportunity to participate in the Honors Program and to graduate with full university Honors. Beginning next year the School will offer sophomore-level Honors courses to enhance the Liberal Arts and Science and Engineering offerings. In lieu of a Senior Honors Thesis, Business Honors students will do a case study project. This project will place the student in the role of a manager required to address a variety of issues facing a hypothetical company. Students will be required to support their decisions with outside research to complement classroom acquired knowledge. As for non-Business school majors, you will be delighted to hear that many of the School’s offerings will also be open to non-majors.

All the best,
Dr. M.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Taking stock

It was a busy week with lots of great events and fabulous participation on the part of Honors students.

Once again our round table was a success, in large part because of the vocal participation of so many of you. You impress every faculty member who walks into Butler lounge with your ease in asking questions and your intellectual curiosity!

On the Sophie B Wright front, we are moving forward with our various activities geared toward helping the teaching faculty there provide students with many rich learning opportunities. Both the Vice Principal and the primary science teacher met with us this week to start setting up first a Science Club and then a Science Fair – the first ever at Sophie B. Wright. Thanks so much for those who turned out for the meeting. We hope that there are many more of you who will come forward to participate. It will take a large and committed group to help these students learn basic science skills and create large-scale projects, but the rewards will certainly be worth the hard work. In addition, Neil Conrad has started introducing debate skills to SB Wright students and Steven Sullivan is getting materials together as we speak to begin work on his Senior Honors Project – a mural at SB Wright. One thing is certain: the Honors Program has an exciting and positive role in the education of those middle school students! Don’t miss being a part of the experience.

Honors course offerings have been coming in to the office on a daily basis this week and I’m certain that you will all be thrilled with the choices. We have some of the very best faculty on campus dedicated to working with you in the spring and their courses are without question among the most exciting offerings available. You can see many of the titles of these courses on the registrar’s website (check under Newcomb-Tulane/Honors Courses), but in the coming weeks, we will provide detailed summaries of the Honors course offerings on our website for your benefit. So keep a look out!

Dr. M.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Get geared up for a charged Honors week!

Not a day will go by this week that you won’t have a reason to think of the Honors Program and if you stick with us, you surely won’t be bored.
Grab a calendar, print this out, do what you need to not forget the following events! Since the week will fly, let me start at the end and work back:

Thursday, October 19 at 4:30 in Butler Lounge: SPIES, LIES & SCIENCE – unquestionably at the top of the list of cool titles!!! Professor Karen Taylor of the Department of Communication will lead the fourth round table of the year. To give you a taste of what you’re about to hear, here is Professor Taylor in her own words:

“I grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Los Alamos is famous primarily for being the birthplace of the atomic bomb. It was the top-secret mountain hideaway where the best scientists in the U.S. were sequestered for about three years during World War II in a desperate race to be the first to develop the "ultimate weapon," thereby attempting to beat the Germans and ensure victory in the war. Today Los Alamos is no longer quite as isolated, but the Los Alamos National Lab continues to be the primary employer. LANL's dominance means that the city, at 7500 feet above sea-level (Denver, the so-called mile-high city, is at 5000, if you want a comparison), has the highest concentration of Ph.D.'s in the country. The city also continues to be one of only two sites in the U.S. where top-secret nuclear weapons research is conducted. I grew up therefore surrounded by secrecy and science, and keenly aware of the tensions between those two powerful enemies. The community of Los Alamos continues to be relatively isolated, and as a teenager I was troubled by what I saw as a communication gap between the scientists and surrounding communities. So I went off to college determined to try to bridge that gap.”

Guess where she went! --- Tulane University!
And refreshments? Of course. What exactly, you ask? Well, of course, IT’S A SECRET. You’ll have to come on by to find out….. You know it's going to be good...

Wednesday, October 18 at 4:30 in the Honors Program office, 105 Hebert: It’s official! Sophie B. Wright will have its very own, first time ever science club!!!! Your outpouring of interest was very exciting news at the school and the Vice Principal is coming to campus to meet with all interested parties to make plans for the upcoming Science Fair. IF you want to be involved, PLEASE don’t miss this important meeting.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 4:30 in Butler Lounge: Because of the vibrant debate and discussion that will undoubtedly pour over from Monday evening’s talk (see below!), our own Stephen Richer (Class of 07’) has offered to lead a discussion on Israel/Palestinian relations.
Pizza and soft drinks provided, you bring the opinions.

Monday, October 16, 2006 at 7pm in McAlister: The Honors Program is part sponsor of Avraham Burg, the youngest speaker ever in the history of the Israeli Knesset (1999-2003) and a staunch supporter of peace in the Middle East will give us an “Update on the Middle East." Involved in the pro-peace initiatives known as the Geneva Accords, Burg seeks a negotiated peace between the Israeli and Palestinian people. He’ll talk for about 45 minutes and then the floor will be open to discussion and debate.