Today is Founder’s Day! On November 9, 1886, the Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund solemnly accepted Josephine Louise Newcomb’s gift of $100,000 to establish the first degree-granting women’s coordinate college in the country.
Founded in memory of Mrs. Newcomb’s daughter, Harriott Sophie, who died at the age of 15 of diphtheria, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College continued as Mrs. Newcomb intended for almost 120 years, superbly educating women to be bright and effective leaders in their changing world. Tulane needlessly dissolved Newcomb College on June 30, 2006; we still mourn the loss of our cherished alma mater. Those of us who were lucky enough to enjoy the Newcomb experience will never forget it and will always be grateful to Mrs. Newcomb for her most generous gifts.
Brava, Mrs. Newcomb!
TULANE’S NEXT PRESIDENT
Who should be the next president of Tulane University? Is it time for a woman to lead? An academic with a particular background? Someone with leadership experience beyond academia? A proven fundraiser? Who would be your preferred candidate?
While Tulane’s search committee works to find a candidate to lead the university, we hear from many of you asking — what could this mean for women’s education at Tulane? We do not have answers yet, but the questions themselves reflect alumnae concerns and should be heard.
Please send us your thoughts and ideas for the next TU president–either specific individuals or credentials and philosophical approaches you think the university’s leader should possess. We will gather your ideas–not your names–and send them along to the search committee. Our voice matters. Think creatively and let us hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE DAISY CHAINS?
We believe that this moment of change at Tulane and of the celebration of another Founder’s Day is a good time to reach out and ask if you like receiving the DaisyChain. Perhaps, by getting back in touch and sharing our news and thoughts, we can make a difference in each other’s lives and in the world. Let us know what you think. Send this newsletter on to others in the Newcomb Community. Help us refresh our database with current names and addresses to interconnect the community. Email us at email@example.com.
We would like to hear from you.