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    Dillard University's Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, L. Kasimu Harris Examines Post Hurricane Katrina Life in Second Solo Photography Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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    NEW ORLEANS - L. Kasimu Harris's second photography solo exhibition, "The 10-Year Journey:Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans" is his visual narrative of life following Hurricane Katrina. The exhibition will be held at the George and Leah McKenna Museum (2003 Carondelet St. New Orleans, La 70130) and runs from August 9 to October 10, 2015. The opening reception is Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9p.m., and will feature a special performance by Grammy nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Harris's documentation began in August 2005 when he first processed his confusion, hurt and rage in the pages of his journal, as the weary winds of Hurricane Katrina finally reached the University of Mississippi, where he was a journalism graduate student. Harris returned to New Orleans, his hometown, 45 days later and, even then, sought images beyond the destruction.

    "During the months after Katrina, I saw so many haunting pictures of New Orleans, with its battered people and places. While, I thought those were important-eventually, I wanted to explore another story through words and images of perseverance," Harris said. He continued returning to New Orleans and explored his family's and the city's strides to normalcy. He examined those efforts through photographs of the displaced family reunited in New Orleans for Thanksgiving in 2006. That same year, he documented residents casting ballots in the mayoral election. His work has continued to tell stories of New Orleans in the decade since Katrina.


    In 2014, Harris's first solo exhibit, "Dreams Do Come True", investigated his dreams and subconscious thoughts, garnered national and international attention. The title photograph was included in the opening credits of season four for HBO's Treme. "All Tied Up", a print featuring Malcolm Jenkins, former New Orleans Saint, was exhibited by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreover, The Multi Media Museum in Moscow featured his "7th Ward Chess Club" print in its New Orleans Culture in Photographs exhibition curated by Frank Relle. This print later received an Honorable Mention in the Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Harris is also currently in both The Rising and Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden. He was recently in the Dandy Lion (Re) Articulating Black Masculinity exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago that is now traveling to the Silvereye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    About L. Kasimu Harris
    Harris graduated with a B.B.A. in entrepreneurship from Middle Tennessee State University and earned a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. He furthered his studies at the Fellowship for Young Journalists at the Poynter Institute and the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. Learn more by visitingwww.lkasimuharris.com.

     
    Dillard University is featured in Good News Magazine: Denzel Washington: ‘Put God First’ PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.10.27 AM“Put. God. First,” Denzel Washington said with punctuated emphasis. “Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything you think that I have — and I have a few things — everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift.”

    The Academy award winning actor’s May 9 commencement address was greeted with applause and amens at Dillard University, the historically black university in New Orleans. Washington’s advice to the young people dealt with passion, humility, materialism, and gratitude.

    Washington reminded the graduates that their personal accomplishment was a collaborative effort with supportive friends and family. As his acting career began to flourish, Washington’s mother reminded him, “If you only knew how many people have been praying for you.” In order to combat a potentially over-inflated ego, his mother recalled “how many prayer groups she put together, and how many prayer cloths she gave me, how many times she splashed me with holy water to save my sorry behind.”

    Washington admitted to the graduates that 40 years ago he was flunking out of college with a 1.7 GPA (“I hope that none of you can relate”). “I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor [in New York] and I’m looking in the mirror and I see this woman behind me under the dryer. Every time I looked up, she was looking at me right in the eyes,” recalled Washington who was a 20-year-old student at Fordam University at the time.

    - See more at: http://goodnewsmag.org/2015/06/denzel-washington-put-god-first/#sthash.CwWCnPHm.RSTlRucd.dpuf


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    Dillard Alumna Kathryn Townsend named civilian of the quarter by Naval Oceanographic Office PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 9.57.16 AMNAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE: Slidell residents Kathryn Townsend and Gus Michel were the civilians of the quarter for the first quarter of 2015 at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

    Townsend is the head of the international program coordination group in the plans, programs and requirements department, where she serves as the point of contact for technology transfer, foreign release, military sales and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    Townsend graduated from Dillard University with a bachelor’s degree and Alcorn State University with a master’s degree.

    Michel is the acting branch head of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Reachback Cell. He is being recognized for his excellence in ensuring on-time and accurate delivery of products while serving as branch head. Additionally, he was charged with overseeing the highly complex Undersea Warfare Decision Support System discussions, leading a combined product group and acting as lead on Maritime Operational Center engagement.

    Michel is an active participant in the Slidell High School Robotics Team. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics.

    NAVOCEANO, comprised of approximately 1,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, is responsible for providing oceanographic products and services to all elements within the Department of Defense.


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    2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year Honorees Announced PDF Print E-mail
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    Awards to Be Presented October 13 at the NACWAA National Convention in Tampa

    Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes wears many leadership hats. Currently, she is the president of the Gulf Coast Athletics Conference, Athletics Director at Dillard University, and until three years ago, was Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Dillard University—all while working on her Ph.D. focused on coaches and their influence on student-athlete engagement. She led a major rebranding effort at Dillard University, leading the department through the creation of a new logo and brand image, while launching a new website and a mobile application. As her nominator said, “she is the ultimate team player with great spirit and attitude.” -dallasweekly.com



     
    Dillard University’s Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    AD-Barnes-SmallKiki Baker Barnes was chosen as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. Since 2006, Dr. Barnes has been the director of athletics at Dillard University in New Orleans.

    Dr. Barnes also serves as president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. She is currently conducting research on the relationship between coach’s influence, student engagement, and student-athlete success.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally. Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments.”

    Dr. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans. She also earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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