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The Homecoming Town Hall is an opportunity for the Tulane community to ask President Fitts questions about the state of Tulane University and its future. People can submit questions ahead of time or, during the event, either online or in person. The event is live blogged and saved here.

Live Blog from the Tulane University Town Hall with President Fitts - October 28, 2016
 

  Tulane University Town Hall with President Fitts (10/28/2016) 
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Hi there, welcome to the 2016 Town Hall with Tulane President Michael A. Fitts.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:50 Host
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We will get started in just a few minutes.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:51 Host
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This is Homecoming weekend at Tulane and campus is buzzing with activity. This is just one of many activities……reunions and parties, academic panels and council meetings, and of course, tailgating and the big game on Saturday. (SMU vs Tulane Green Wave)

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:54 Host
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Check out http://homecoming.tulane.edu/ for all the activities

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:55 Host
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A little about how this works…..

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:57 Host
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There is a live audience of parents, students, alumni, and others filling up Dixon Hall. President Fitts will be on the stage along with one other person, our law professor Gabe Feldman, who will be moderating the event.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:57 Host
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We are taking questions for President Fitts in a few ways. We will of course take them from the audience, and we have been collecting questions online for a few weeks via email and Twitter. We will also take some questions from this live blog. Please feel free to start submitting now.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:58 Host
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Kathryn and Rachel from Tulane Web Communications are live blogging this event. Also, Keith from Public Relations is live tweeting the event from @TUFitts. You can follow along on Twitter at #TUtownhall

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 9:59 Host
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A little more about our moderator……

 
 
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Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program and Tulane University's associate provost for NCAA compliance, is one of the leading voices in the country in the growing field of sports law. Named the Paul and Abram B. Barron Associate Professor of Law in 2015, he also is co-founder and co-director of the Tulane Center for Sport.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:00 Host
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Follow him on Twitter @SportsLawGuy

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:00 Host
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President Fitts is backstage getting mic'd and will take the stage shortly

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:01 Host
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More about our president. Michael A. Fitts is the 15th president of Tulane University. He arrived at Tulane in July 2014, bringing with him a strong emphasis on heightening cross-disciplinary education and research. Previously, President Fitts served 14 years as dean of the Law School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:01 Host
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President Fitts is a native of Philadelphia. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University in 1975. Next, he attended Yale Law School. He was editor of the Yale Law Journal and received his juris doctorate in 1979.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:02 Host
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Follow him on Twitter @TUFitts. (During this live event, Keith from PR will be operating the Twitter handle!)

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:03 Host
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Feldman and Fitts walk on to the stage

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:05 Host
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The town hall is beginning.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:05 Host
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President Fitts is welcoming the crowd.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:05 Host
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Visitors have come from here in town and across the country.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:05 Host
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President Fitts notes that alumni haven't aged a bit.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:06 Host
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President Fitts mentions that much has changed on campus but Tulane's core values and mission have not changed.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:06 Host
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"We have an exciting football game tomorrow.... come and root for the team."

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:06 Host
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President Fitts thanks Gabe Feldban for being here today. He is "the guy" for sports law in the country

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:07 Host
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President Fitts points out that @sportslawguy has 41K followers

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:07 Host
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And he notes that Feldman was the Duke mascot as an undergrad

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:07 Host
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Gabe Feldman takes over as moderator.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:07 Host
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Gabe has been here at Tulane 11 years.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:08 Host
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Gabe explains the design of the Town Hall..... questions can be asked in a variety of ways. You can follow it online, on Twitter using #TUtownhall or follow @TUFitts

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:09 Host
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Also, questions can be asked on this live blog. We also took some questions in advance via View from Gibson emails.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:09 Host
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Gabe asks an easy one to get things started - he asks the president why it is such a particularly special time at Tulane

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:10 Host
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President Fitts: Thanks for that great question......let me give you a sense of where Tulane is

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:10 Host
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we are now coming up on 12 years past Katrina and the sense of energy here is palpable

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:10 Host
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The sense of community and great energy on campus is so high right now.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:10 Host
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We are called the happiest student body in the country

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:11 Host
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We are the #1 school for community service, the #1 College Town in the country

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:11 Host
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It is very important to understand what's attracting students here...

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:11 Host
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First... we welcome the most academically accomplished students. SAT scores going up, we are the most international and diverse class.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:11 Host
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Next, we offer an undergraduate experience that is second-to-none

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:12 Host
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The ability to engage across fields, professional schools, liberal arts and the sciences, is really unmatched by any other university.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:12 Host
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The business school expansion will improve the campus...

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:12 Host
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We just launched the Brain Institute, the Bywater Institute.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:12 Host
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We are positioning Tulane extremely well for the future.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:13 Host
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Now Gabe starts to ask questions from the View from Gibson

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:13 Host
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How do you balance academic excellence with the goal of increasing diversity?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:13 Host
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President Fitts: We want to attract the best and brightest from every part of society. We want our students to go forth into society and be leaders.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:13 Host
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If you just look over the past few years, the academic quality of our students has gone up, and the diversity of the class has gone up along with that

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:14 Host
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I am increasingly concerned about student safety on and off campus; also about the poor lighting in the neighborhoods around campus. What is Tulane doing to keep our students safe?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:14 Host
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President Fitts: Safety is on all our minds. Everyone who works at Tulane is involved in making sure our campus is safe.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:15 Host
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Let me just give you a few quick statistics: we have over 100 uniformed officers and 20 other security staff on top of that

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:15 Host
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We also subcontract security to patrol our neighborhoods. We have a very large force of officers.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:15 Host
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We have 600 cameras on the campus and are upgrading 800 lights on campus

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:15 Host
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That is really a commitment to insuring the safety of our constituents.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:15 Host
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The campus proper is very safe; there have been some incidents off campus recently. We are focusing on security and patrols off campus and are looking to put up increased lighting and cameras outside campus. We have to work with the city on those initiatives.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:16 Host
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Question: How serious is Tulane about reigning in the cost of a college education?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:17 Host
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President Fitts: very

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:17 Host
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President Fitts: every college president in the US is concerned about the high cost of higher education

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:17 Host
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Over the last few years, Tulane has increased its price less than it did over the previous 25 years.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:17 Host
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We are increasing financial aid at a higher rate so the amount that people are actually paying is lower

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:18 Host
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I take this very seriously. We are looking at reducing that even more going forward. We are going into a campaign in the near future that will provide some balance.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:18 Host
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We have to recognize that universities require a lot of labor to run, but are looking at ways to improve our efficiency

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:18 Host
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Question: What is Tulane doing to continue to strengthen its engineering programs?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:19 Host
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President Fitts: We live in a world where issues of tech are intertwined with everything we do in our society.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:19 Host
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We are putting resources to computer sciences and bioengineering. We just launched a program for students to get certificates in other areas of engineering.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:19 Host
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A bit of an unconventional question, but is having a college football team really beneficial to Tulane?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:20 Host
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President Fitts: I cannot believe the sports law guy is asking this question.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:20 Host
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President Fitts: on a weekend like this of homecoming for alumni, you can see the importance of football.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:20 Host
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There is great value to our athletics program in so many ways.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:20 Host
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We have moved into the American conference, which has given us more visibility....

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:21 Host
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We are looking froward over time to get more revenues from our Athletics program.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:21 Host
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I love athletics, and I am aware that must be measured against the importance of academics.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:21 Host
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Question: I think the faculty is too liberal and fail to offer opposing views. Can you comment on this?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:22 Host
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Diversity is very important to our institution

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:22 Host
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President Fitts: It's important for me to articulate value of dialogues on campus.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:23 Host
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I think Tulane does a very good job of diverse opinions compared to other institutions

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:23 Host
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Now for a mroe lighthearted quesstion: I am a freshman in Monroe and our doors lock automatically, so I have locked myself out a few times this semester. It costs $25 for a lock out code, which I think is too much. Isn’t the shame of walking to the front desk with nothing but boxers on and a toothbrush in hand punishment enough?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:23 Host
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President Fitts: You never know what you're going to hear! Inflation of lockout fees!

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:23 Host
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President Fitts says he will look into it. "I feel your pain. I have a wonderful daughter. But she is more forgetful than any person I know. When she went off to college I got constant expenses so I feel your pain.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:24 Host
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Question via the live blog: How is the university working to increase faculty salaries in the humanities?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:24 Host
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President Fitts: Great universities are defined by the quality of their faculty.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:24 Host
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We have not been able to provide for salary support for faculty over the last few years. There have been low increases.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:25 Host
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We just went through a large-scale operational review and are expecting a balanced budget this year.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:25 Host
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That should put us in a position to really invest in the people of Tulane.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:25 Host
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Question: How important is raising Tulane's profile as a green, sustainable campus?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:25 Host
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President Fitts: Environmental issues are front and center across the US.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:26 Host
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Tulane has a special role because of our location in Louisiana

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:26 Host
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We look at the tradeoffs between the environment and energy production very closely because of our location.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:26 Host
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As a research matter, it is critical to be studying these areas. We just launched the ByWater Institute for that research

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:26 Host
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In terms as our role as an employer and as a steward of this property we make strides toward energy sustainability.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:27 Host
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Question: why is the business school getting renovated and not other schools?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:27 Host
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Fitts: We work in a system where schools identify their own needs and how to utilize their own resources.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:27 Host
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In the case of the business school, the business alumni committed major resources to this building

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:27 Host
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We have had an explosion in interest in business education, we really need to accommodate those students.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:28 Host
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Question: It is very surprising that an outstanding university like Tulane does not have a paid parental leave policy. Is it a possibility in the future?
#TUtownhall

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:28 Host
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Fitts: It's definitely a possibility. We are looking at it very carefully. Our new COO is investigating this issue now.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:28 Host
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Question: you have been here two years. how is Tulane different than you expect? #TuTownhall

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:29 Host
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President Fitts: I knew Tulane was an institution coming back from Katrina. I knew there was something special about the culture. What has entranced me is the culture of the warmth, the quirkiness, the feeling of community accepting all sorts of diversity,

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:29 Host
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Tulane and New Orleans are special.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:30 Host
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Gabe takes an audience question

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:30 Host
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A graduate student gives some background about accommodations for people with disabilities.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:31 Host
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The student says that Stern Hall has maintenance issues. There are lifts and doors that don't work.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:32 Host
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Who should we go to when we need help with these issues?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:33 Host
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President Fitts: My heart goes out to the employee who experienced these difficulties.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:33 Host
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President Fitts: In terms of this campus, you have to divide it into two areas: new buildings and old.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:33 Host
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We are trying to make new buildings accessible in all possible ways.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:33 Host
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When we think of old buildings, like Stern, it is architecturally challenged on a few levels.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:34 Host
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Reconfiguring current buildings goes to ongoing support which are covered by facilities renewal funds.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:34 Host
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Part of our entire financial re-engineering of the university is for adding to those funds.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:34 Host
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Fitts calls on Dr. Dusty Porter to stand...

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:35 Host
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This is the Dean of Students

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:35 Host
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Dusty says that they have brought in some consultants to look at these very issues and their report is being reviewed by them.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:35 Host
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People can also contact Deborah Love for assistance.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:35 Host
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Audience question: a question about the Primate Center on the north shore....

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:36 Host
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How in your view has the Primate Center done in the last two years?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:36 Host
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President Fitts: the Tulane Primate Center is probably the premiere primate center in the country

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:36 Host
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President Fitts: It does some of the most important research on issues like ebola, Zika, so many areas where it's at the cutting edge of working through medical discoveries.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:36 Host
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The fact that Tulane has a primate center and there are so many connections between it, the public health school and the medical school are a distinction for Tulane.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:37 Host
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Audience: As a parent of a junior, can you give us an overview on what is available for postgraduate/alumni assistance/career counseling?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:38 Host
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President Fitts: Let me start by saying Tulane covers liberal arts and sciences as well as professional education.....the ability to connect those fields is very special in higher ed.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:38 Host
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President Fitts: The fact that students can major across multiple fields is a huge advantage

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:39 Host
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We should provide first rate advising, and they need to think about how this will play out for the rest of their lives.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:39 Host
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That is why we just had the groundbreaking for the Mussafer Hall, which will be dedicated to advising and other student support services to enhance student success

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:40 Host
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We put extra resources across the board into expanding our advising services.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:40 Host
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Dusty Porter says that an undergrad task force recently looked at career development.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:40 Host
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We are in the process of taking a deeper dive into career development like internships and other opportunities

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:40 Host
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There is a lot happening around career development on campus and at events around the country. We are very excited about Mussafer... January 2018.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:41 Host
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Let Dean Maclaren or Dr. Porter know if you have any questions or suggestions

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:41 Host
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Question: My sophomore daughter has had a great experience. I want to note.... we are always concerned about physical security of our students but also, mental health.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:42 Host
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Mental health is a very important issue. This is not a question... it's a public plea that you continue to support and enhance mental health focus for our students.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:43 Host
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President Fitts: I can't agree with you more about the importance of mental wellness on campus. It is a national issue for students going away from home to college

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:43 Host
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It is incumbent on us to provide support in a community where students can connect on multiple levels

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:43 Host
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We expanded our ability for students to come in for emergency support and ways to promote mental wellness on campus.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:44 Host
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We really have taken a hard look over the last few years of what we are doing for students. We are doing a good job, and we are working proactively to support wellness on campus, and making students feel a culture of reaching out. It's a work in progress.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:44 Host
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Audience member wants to give the president an opportunity to reflect on his time here. What are you most proud of? and, how can we be helpful to you other than more money?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:45 Host
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President Fitts: While Giving is always important, Tulane University is unbelievably rich in a number of ways.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:46 Host
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I became president a decade after Katrina. It was a perfect moment for Tulane to look forward: what do we want to look like in 10, 20 years?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:47 Host
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We want to create an experience for students that is second to none in our country.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:47 Host
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President Fitts: The entire community has recognized that academic and community engagement is our strength and what makes us different.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:47 Host
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I want to invite all of you to get the word out. We want to recruit the best and brightest. We want the people who hire to know we have the best and brightest.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:48 Host
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Question: there has been a heightened focus on community service. Can you give examples of projects that you'd like to talk about?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:48 Host
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President Fitts: Community service is who we are. It's part of our identity,

 
 
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We commit our students to service as part of their education.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:49 Host
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We have a commitment to the society around us.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:49 Host
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President Fitts: It's also so important educationally for our students to get them involved with the community outside of the classroom

 
 
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There is no other major research university that has the level of community engagement paired with experiential learning.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:50 Host
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Question: Alumnus and parent: My question goes to the quality of teaching, which I believe is excellent.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:50 Host
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What tools are in place to guarantee that instructors in classroom are up to par?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:51 Host
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President Fitts: Our faculty are changing the world both with their research and their teaching.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:51 Host
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Faculty who are deeply involved in research also tend to be the best teachers.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:51 Host
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President Fitts: in terms of ensuring that teaching is first and foremost, we have regular evaluations of faculty

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:52 Host
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Love of teaching has to be part of a culture...we care deeply about teaching, we have to make sure it's front and center.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:52 Host
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Question from the audience about integrating student athletes with the student population. Are they now part of overall campus life?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:53 Host
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President Fitts: We want to create communities. Whethere it's Hillel, politics, athletics.... you want there to be bonding, in these groups, and you want there to also be a campus community spirit.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:53 Host
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President Fitts: We do not have separate facilities for athletes. They are part of our community and great citizens of Tulane

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:54 Host
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Question: My students are unclear on what are their security options are off campus?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:54 Host
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President Fitts: we have a shuttle service that you can request through an app

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:55 Host
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We have Rave Guardian, an app, so you can let people know where they are and where you are going. We have personal escorts.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:55 Host
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We have wide coverage outside the campus. We need to get the word out better on that.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:55 Host
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We are limited in what we can do outside of campus but are an effective police force for uptown.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:56 Host
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Question: In the last two years, Tulane has shot up in the rankings. What do you think is boosting us?

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:56 Host
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President Fitts: the wisdom of US News & World report ;-)

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:56 Host
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We have the most national student body and have made a lot of efforts in terms of retention, residential colleges and resources for them.

 
 
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I think the increase in selectivity of our student body is a reason.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:57 Host
10:57
Host: 

Looking forward, there is a lot of irrationality to these ranking so you can't focus on one particular moment in time or a year. But Tulane is definitely better now than we were.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:57 Host
10:58
Host: 

Gabe Feldman thanks the audience for coming, and is turning the floor to the president for closing remarks.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:58 Host
10:58
Host: 

President Fitts gives some final remarks....

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:58 Host
10:58
Host: 

The president again talks about how well respected Gabe is and thanks him for moderating

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:58 Host
10:59
Host: 

President Fitts talks about what an important moment this is for Tulane. You should be proud to be an alumnus or parent of a current student.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:59 Host
10:59
Host: 

The good thing about where be are and where we are going is palpable.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:59 Host
10:59
Host: 

Let's give Tulane University a round of applause!

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:59 Host
10:59
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Thanks everyone for watching along on this live blog.

 
 
Friday October 28, 2016 10:59 Host
 
 

Past Town Halls

October 28, 2016

November 6, 2015

November 14, 2014