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Wall Residential College

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Students Studying in the Wall Breezeway

Wall Residential College is Tulane’s freshman honors residence. It offers its residents a unique combination of community and intellectual involvement. Wall is also home to a faculty member and his or her family. This Professor in Residence will help the college residents to become more engaged in the intellectual and social activities at the University.

Programs:

1. Wall Societies – The faculty-led Societies, each of which has a specific theme or disciplinary focus, are designed to foster community among students and create the opportunity for informal interactions between faculty members and students with the support of the resident advisors.  Past Societies have taken students off campus to explore local and regional issues relevant to the New Orleans community, and sought to introduce students to opportunities for leadership and innovation in the local community.

The Current List of Societies is as follows:

Books and Reading Society
Wall Fellow: Mike Kuczynski, Associate Professor, English 

Food and Film Society
Wall Fellow: Karissa Haugeberg, Assistant Professor, History

Gray Matter
Wall Fellow: Gary Dohanich, Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

Larks and Owls Society
Wall Fellow: Donata Henry, Professor of Practice, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Life and Death in New Orleans Society
Wall Fellow: Emily Harville, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Running with Science
Wall Fellow: Walter Lee Murfee, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Science in the City:  Innovation in New Orleans
Wall Fellow: Michelle Lacey, Associate Professor, Math

US Government and Politics Society
Wall Fellow: Brian Brox, Associate Professor, Political Science

World Languages and Culture Society
Wall Fellow: Charles Mignot, Professor, French and Italian

More information on each of the Wall Fellows can be found here.

2. “What is College For?” – This series of talks and discussions, moderated by the Faculty Member in Residence, seeks to give students a more sophisticated understanding of the opportunities available to them at Tulane. It includes, for example, a discussion of academic majors and the relationship between the choice of major and career interests; an introduction to campus resources, centers, and institutes; and panels on study-abroad programs.  We also use this program to introduce an enhanced form of career exploration, including discussion of post-graduate scholarships and other opportunities available to them in future years.

3. New Orleans Arts and Intellectual Life — Contingent on available funding, Honors offers tickets and/or transportation to a variety ofcultural and intellectual events, for example New Orleans Ballet, LPO, the Second Saturday Art Walk–St. Claude Arts District, second-lines, etc., led by faculty with relevant expertise and interests.

4. Student Mentors – Honors and HRL harness the strong interest and energy of older Honors/TSP students in Weatherhead to mentor freshmen, beginning with their arrival on campus.  These interactions include individual and small group meetings as well as social and academic events. The Weatherhead community itself leads this program and to a large extent determines its direction, with Honors and HRL staff supporting.

Faculty-in-Residence: Carrie Wyland, Senior Professor of Practice, Psychology Department

More information on each individual Wall Society and other Faculty Programs can be found here.