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New Student Orientation: Spring 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 discussion of how COVID-19 will impact the semester, a success fair,  a virtual campus tour, department breakouts, and much more!

The schedule follows below with details about the sessions. To get links to all of the zoom rooms, use the navigation on the right that says Orientation: Zoom Sessions.

Orientation Morning Session: 8:45–11:45 AM
Time Speakers & Topics
8:45–9:00 AM Join the Orientation!
  • Welcoming new students is Leslie Bayonne, head of Student Affairs, and she will share a few "Zoom housekeeping" announcements for the orientation day. 
  • Meet Susan Cantrell, from the Office of Student Experience, who will be your Zoom moderator for the day. 
9:00–9:10 AM Thomas A LaVeist, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Presidential Chair in Health Equity
9:10–10:00 AM Racism, Health Equity and Social Justice 

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

10:00–10:10 AM LuAnn White, PhD, DABT, Senior Associate Dean

Introduced by Dean Erica Whitiker for Tonette Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH Associate Provost for the Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Graduate 

10:10–10:40 AM Technology Workshop

Oscar Davila, Director of SPHTM Information Technology and Kathy Carneiro, MPH, Director of Online Programs, will host a brief Technology Workshop highlighting the tools and services students will frequently use.

•    Canvas
•    Interactive Tools
•    Emergency Communication 
•    Help Desk

Introduced by Patricia (Patty) Kissinger, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development 

10:40 - 11:00  AM Elaine Broussard and Shone Scretchings from TU Campus Health, who will discuss the services offered by Campus Health.

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

11:00-11:10 AM Break
11:10–11:20 AM Kyle Pearson, LMSW, AAC, ACC, Case Manager Case Management and Victim Support Services, Title IX

Introduced by Dean Erica Whitiker for Mollye Demosthenidy, JD, MHA, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives.

11:20–11:30 AM Lieutenant Roger Barnes, from TU Police Department to discuss campus safety

Introduced by Assistant Dean of Finance, Susan Barrera, MBA.

11:30–11:40 AM Donald Veals from Emergency Management, who will talk about Tulane's emergency planning strategies.  

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

11:35–11:45 AM Break
Networking Lunch and Success Fair: 11:45 AM–1:00 PM

Visit as many Zoom rooms as you are interested in during the lunch break! Ask questions about student organizations, campus health, international student concerns, the Global Scholars Program, get career networking tips, or learn what it takes to get inducted into Delta Omega, the national public health honorary society.

Time Zoom Rooms
11:45 AM–1:00 PM
  • SGA and Student Organizations
  • Campus Health (Presentations "on the 15s," but jump in any time and stick around for the start of the next 15 minute go time)
  • Global Scholars
  • Career Services (offering 3–minute networking tips “on the 15s” in this break–out room)
  • Delta Omega, Eta Chapter
Virtual/Live Campus Tour: 1:00–1:30 PM

Check out the video tour of Tidewater, the SPHTM's "vertical campus."

Grey Button for Campus Tour

Departmental Breakouts for On–ground Students OR Online Student Breakouts: 1:30–4:00 PM

On–ground students: every department has its own breakout Zoom room; just click on the button for your department on the Zoom Room Schedule

Time Activities
1:30–4:00 PM Discussion Topics for On–Ground Departmental Breakouts 
  • Faculty and Staff Introductions
  • Flipped Classroom Demonstration
  • Common Watch Discussion: Contagion
  • Practicum
  • Individual Faculty Advising

Online students: click on the Online MPH button the Zoom Room Schedule
Note: Both online MPH and online environmental health sciences program students should attend the Online MPH Zoom Room. 

Time Activities
1:30–4:00 PM Discussion Topics for Online Breakouts 
  • Academic Residency Program
  • Practicum
  • Mentor Programs with Lacey Allen
  • Faculty and Staff Introductions
  • Common Watch Discussion: Contagion
  • Flipped Classroom Demonstration with Dr. Ho
  • Online MPH Team Building
  • Rudolph Matas Library, with Elaine Hicks
Share Out from Department Movie Discussions: 4:00–4:45 PM

Gather back together for a share out moderated by Dean LaVeist on the common watch movie, Contagion.

Introduced by David Chae, ScD, Associate Dean for Research, with faculty panelists: Charles Miller, PhD (Interim Chair of Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences); John Lefante, PhD (Dept. of Biostatistics and Data Science);  Lizheng Shi, PhD, MsPharm, MA, (Interim Chair of Dept. of Health Policy and Management); Susan Hassig, DrPH, MPH (Dept. of Epidemiology);  Ronald Blanton, MD, MS (Chair of Dept. of Tropical Medicine); and, Alicia Battle, PhD, MPH (Associate Dean for Online programs, Dept. of Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences). 

Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Networking Reception: 4:45–5:30 PM

Close the day with a networking reception, and meet SPHTM alumni, faculty, and staff!