The Freeman School brought its yearlong centennial observation to a close on Tuesday (Oct. 21) with a special party and time capsule ceremony for students, faculty and staff.
The Freeman School capped off its yearlong centennial observation with a party and time-capsule ceremony in front of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall on Oct. 21.
Scheduled to coincide with the date of the business school’s very first class in October 1914, the event represented one last chance to highlight and honor the Freeman School’s 100-year history of business education.
The party kicked off at noon with food and refreshments — including kettle corn, Lucky Dogs and Roman Candy — in front of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall. At 3 o’clock, Dean Ira Solomon recalled some of the issues in the world, like the opening of the Panama Canal, that led the city’s business leaders to support the founding of a state-of-the-art business college at Tulane University.
“The more foresightful folks here in New Orleans decided that the game needed to be picked up, that business skills and knowledge in the business arena needed to be elevated if New Orleans was going to continue to thrive,” Solomon said. “And the rest, as they say, is history. As I like to tell people, the best is yet to come. You’re with us here today for the end of the first hundred years as well as the beginning of the next hundred years.”
The party featured a ceremony announcing the contents of Freeman School time capsule that will be sealed with instructions to open in 50 years..
After remarks from Freeman Student Government President Andrew Duplessie (BSM ’16) and Graduate Graduate Business Council President David Dowty (MBA ’15), Associate Dean Peggy Babin took the lectern to present the contents of a Freeman School time capsule that will be sealed and put into storage for 50 years.
Over the last 12 months, the Freeman School solicited ideas from alumni for items to put into the time capsule. Among the 50 items of memorabilia ultimately selected for inclusion were a copy of the school’s centennial commemorative book, A Century of Business Education, a Freeman School T-shirt, Freeman koozies, a bottle of Tulane-branded hot sauce, copies of the Times-Picayune and the New Orleans Advocate, menus from neighborhood restaurants popular with students, a 2014 Arthur Hardy Mardi Gras Guide, Jazz Fest programs, a campus parking ticket and even an iPhone 5 to show future generations the ancient technology used by students circa 2014
The ceremony wrapped up with a group photo in front of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall, and with that photo, the Freeman School’s Centennial Celebration, which began in September 2013 with a kick-off event for students on the Lavin-Bernick Center quad, officially came to an end.
It was advertised as the “Party of the Century,” and for the more than 650 alumni, faculty and staff members, and guests who turned out, the Freeman School’s Centennial Celebration just might have lived up to that billing.
After more than a year of planning, the long-awaited celebration took place on Friday (May 2) at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans’ City Park. Festive spirits, a gorgeous setting and spectacular spring weather combined for a very special evening honoring the Freeman School’s 100 years of business education.
In attendance were alumni from across the U.S. as well as Great Britain, Mexico and Colombia. Classes represented at the party, which also honored alumni celebrating milestone graduation anniversaries, spanned 1956 to 2013.
A 100th anniversary only comes around once in most people’s lives, so nothing was spared to make the celebration a memorable event. The evening featured an incredible menu of New Orleans classics — including oysters en brochette, crab cakes, turtle soup, crawfish pasta, mini roast beef debris po-boys, sno balls and more — as well as an open bar serving beer, wine, cocktails and the Freeman Centini, a custom-crafted cocktail — in Freeman School blue — created especially for the centennial by “Cocktail Chick” Ti Martin (MBA ’84), co-proprietor of the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, which includes Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide and SoBou in New Orleans and Brennan’s of Houston.
Attendees danced to music from the Boogie Men, a nine-piece band whose repertoire spans six decades, and enjoyed special attractions including a giant outdoor screen showing vintage Freeman School photos, a timeline display highlighting significant events in school history, life-size cardboard cutouts of favorite Freeman professors, and a photo booth for friends and alumni to take souvenir pictures.
During a brief program, Dean Ira Solomon greeted alumni and guests and introduced Centennial Co-chair Jay Lapeyre (MBA/JD ’78), who announced that he and co-chair Frank B. Stewart Jr. (BBA ’57) had helped raise $520,000 for the Freeman Centennial Scholarship Initiative. Next, Jenny Kottler (A&S ’83, MBA ’84), speaking on behalf of this year’s reunion chairs, presented a check for $112,000, representing the collective gifts of this year’s reunion classes, which included the graduate classes of ’09, ’04, ’99, ’94, ’89, ’84, ’79, ’74, ’69 and ’64.
But fundraising wasn’t the focus of this special evening. Before leading guests in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” and cutting the cake, Solomon thanked everyone in attendance and proclaimed that with their support and engagement, the Freeman School’s next 100 years promises to be even more exciting than its first.
The first Bachelor of Business Administration class of Tulane University’s College of Commerce.
The year 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. In recognition of this historic milestone, the Freeman School is rolling out a host of special events and activities during the 2013-2014 academic year to celebrate the history of business education at Tulane. The yearlong celebration begins this Friday (Sept. 13) with a Centennial Kickoff for students on the LBC Quad.
“I’m proud to announce the start of what promises to be a very exciting centennial year,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “Tulane University has a long history of business education, scholarship and community impact. In the coming months, we hope to highlight some of the people, events and achievements that have helped to make the Freeman School what it is today.”
“For 100 years, the Freeman School of Business has combined an international focus with deep roots in the New Orleans community,” added Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein. “As we celebrate its centennial, it’s exciting to see that the business school’s global perspective and local commitment remain as strong as ever.”
Friday’s festivities will start at 3 p.m. with music from the Hot 8 Brass Band and a student centennial photo on the Monroe Quad. The fun then shifts to the LBC Quad at 4 p.m. for a kickoff celebration featuring live music, games and food from local restaurants.
Earlier this year, the Freeman School’s Centennial Committee hosted a contest in which students, faculty, staff and alumni were invited to submit suggested taglines for the centennial. Larry Merington, an adjunct lecturer at the Freeman School, submitted the winning entry, “Celebrating a brilliant century, building an even brighter future.”
“The centennial represents a great opportunity for us to look back at our past, but it’s also an occasion to celebrate our present and look forward to our future,” said Peggy Babin, associate dean for external relations and chair of the committee. “We thought Larry’s tagline perfectly captured the message we’d like to share with all our stakeholders.”
In conjunction with the celebration, the Freeman School has created a centennial website featuring a school timeline, archival photos, profiles of faculty and alumni, school trivia and more. Alumni can submit photos and stories and add their memories to the site and even suggest items for a Freeman School time capsule. The website, freemancentennial.tulane.edu, also features information on upcoming events, including the Alumni Centennial Celebration, which will take place on May 2, 2014, at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park.
For more information about the Freeman School’s centennial, visit http://freemancentennial.tulane.edu. For information about Friday’s Centennial Kickoff and other upcoming events, contact Rhonda Brown at 504-864-8470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.