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New Student Orientation: Fall 2021

We’ve put together a full program of activities to bring you up to speed as a Tulane SPHTM student, including introductions to our deans and other key personnel, a tech workshop, a success fair, a virtual campus tour, department breakouts, and much more!

Click on the link to the right, Orientation Zoom Rooms, to access all the zoom links for today's events. 

Orientation Morning Session: 8:45–11:45 AM
Time Speakers & Topics
8:45–8:55 AM Join the Orientation!
8:55–9:15 Icebreaker
9:15–9:25 AM Welcome with Thomas A LaVeist, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Presidential Chair in Health Equity
9:25–10:15 AM Special Programming: Racism, Health Equity, and Social Justice 

Introduced by Alicia Battle, PhD, MCHES, Associate Dean for Online Programs 

10:15–10:25 AM Academic Policies and Procedures

Dr. Christine Arcari, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Introduced by Dr. Patty Kissinger, Epidemiology

10:25–10:35 Career Services

John B. Nonnamaker, PhD , Director, SPHTM Career Services
Abby Lukens, MEd, Career Advisor

Introduced by Erica Whitiker-Valenzuela, EdD, Assistant Dean for Student Experience

10:35–10:45 AM Break & Poll
10:45–11:00 AM Campus Health

An overview of the services provided by Campus Health

Shone Scretchings, BA, Clinic Manager

Introduced by Dr. Richard Oberhelman, MD, Dean of Global Health.

11:00–11:10  AM Online students should join:
  • Benny Dorris, MBA, Manager, Online Student Services

Overview of university level support for online students

Residential students should join:

  • Kyle Pearson, LMSW, AAC, ACC, Case Manager Case Management and Victim Support Services, Title IX

Introduced by Suzanna Chase, MS
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management

11:10–11:20  AM Tulane University Police Department (TUPD)

Lieutenant Roger Barnes, TUPD

Introduced by Susan Barrera, MBA, Assistant Dean of Finance

11:20–11:30 AM Donald Veals, Emergency Management, who will talk about Tulane's emergency planning strategies.  

Introduced by Dr. Joe Keating, PhD, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

11:30–11:45 AM COVID-19 Classroom Protocols

Admissions Survey | Your feedback helps shape our work!

Networking Lunch and Success Fair: 11:50 AM–1:00 PM

Eat some food and drop in to any of the info sessions below:

  • Student Government Association
  • Campus Health
  • Global Scholars
  • Career Services
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of Gender & Sexual Diversity
  • Office of International Student Services

Click on the link to the right, Orientation Zoom Rooms, to access all the zoom links for today's events. 

Virtual Campus Tour IT Orientation: 1:00–1:30 PM

Check out the video tour of Tidewater, the SPHTM's "vertical campus." SPHTM-IT have also put together a video on getting started with the many services available to you as a student. Click below to view the tour and the IT orientation video. 

1:00–1:30 PM

Virtual Campus Tour  | IT Orientation Video

Grey campus tour button linkt o zoom room blue button link for IT orientation video presentation
Departmental Breakouts for Residential, Online, and Doctoral Students: 1:30–2:30 PM

Departmental Breakouts for Residential, Online Programs, and Doctoral Students

The Online MHA, Online MPH and online environmental health sciences program students should attend the Online Programs Zoom Room, and doctoral students across all departments should join the Doctoral Students Breakout room.

Breakout rooms will feature SPHTM alumni and community speakers sharing information about how they're using their degrees and/or what it's like working in the public health sector. 

Departments or programs not represented here today are planning speaker sessions with field professionals working on the front lines. Please stay tuned to your department or program for more information! And remember, public health is flexible–if your program isn't represented there will be other opportunities to hear from those who took the same path you’re taking, and hopefully you’re inspired by the many possibilities!

Common Watch Discussion: 2:45-3:45 PM

For Fall 2021, the movie selected for the common watch experience is Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011 / PG-13). For more information about the common watch program, click on the link in the side menu: The Common Watch Program

Join the movie discussion with department chairs and faculty via the Orientation Zoom Rooms, Movie Discussion button.  Dean LaVeist will be moderating the discussion and will be joined byJohn Lefante, PhD (BIOS), Charles Miller, PhD (EHS),  Ronald Blanton, MD (TRMD), Lizheng Shi, PhD (HPM), Tanika Kelly, PhD (EPID), and David Hotchkiss, PhD (IHSD), and Alicia Battle, PhD (SBPS) to discuss the movie's themes from their unique department perspectives.