Lagniappe Letter Fall/Winter 2015

Dear Fellow SPHTM Alumni,

Elaine Ricketts Hicks

Elaine Ricketts Hicks

By the time you receive this issue of Global Health, several of the activities I’m sharing will be behind us. Please know that we always welcome and

I encourage your participation in these types of events. November is an especially busy month, starting off with APHA in Chicago, where we will host our annual alumni reception on November 2.

The following weekend, November 6-8, is Homecoming. Now that we have a growing population of BSPH graduates and an on-campus stadium, participation is important! The SPHTM Student Government Association hosts a tent on the quad with fun giveaways on the morning of the Big Game!

On Friday, November 6, the Alumni Association will repeat our mock interviews which pair students with alumni.This semester we have Naomi King Englar, communications coordinator for the Tulane Prevention Research Center, NancyKay Sullivan-Wessman (HEDC MPH ’89), Lori Hoepner (MCH MPH ’95), Stephanie Dopson (HEDC MPH ’99, HSM ScD ’13), and Sue Griffey (IHL MPH ’83, DrPH ’93).The day prior, Stephanie will discuss jobs at the CDC at the SGA-sponsored Speaker’s Bureau.

Our annual Alumni Association meeting is Saturday, November 7.The board meets and all alumni are welcome to participate! In fact, we are looking at ways to provide alumni with digital access to our meetings. Please take this survey to help us understand when/how you can participate. Here is the link

We have a number of initiatives to look forward in 2016, including

  • SGA-sponsored networking events and another Speaker’s Bureau
  • Tulane’s Women Making Waves conference, a women’s leadership conference
  • Presentation of the Alumni Association Student Recognition awards for both graduate and undergraduate students Margie Cartwright, director of Career Services, has planned Career Conversations on the uptown campus with the participation of several Tulane schools. This “speed dating”- style event provides career information to undergraduate students. If you would like to participate, contact Margie at Additionally, she is finding ways to include alumni in local events at Propeller, a social innovation incubator, and the on-air program “So What Do You Do?” on WHIV, a community radio station founded by Tulane infectious disease specialist Dr. MarkAlain Dery.

Most of the activities I’ve mentioned happen in New Orleans, but please make alumni connections wherever you are. We launched TUSPHTM Alumni Chapters in Atlanta and the Washington/Baltimore areas, and Jack Millaway (BSPH ’09, EPI MS ’11) is starting one in New Orleans. (Makes sense, right?) We would love to see chapters across the country and internationally. Contact Alumni Coordinator Marla Santiago de Jesus at if you would like to learn more.

Please join our LinkedIn group, listed on that site as Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Alumni Association, to post jobs or share information of interest.

I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to complete the Alumni Survey.The survey helps to give the school a picture of what our alumni are doing and is a requirement for our CEPH accreditation. You can find it at publichealth/alumni/alumni-survey.cfm. Thank you for your continued support of the school. Students highly value being connected with our alumni.


Elaine Ricketts Hicks (CHS MPH ’94) President
TUSPHTM Alumni Association Board of Directors