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    WGNO-Denzel Washington to deliver commencement address at Dillard University PDF Print E-mail
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    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Two-time Academy Award and Tony Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will deliver the commencement address at Dillard University this May.

    “We are excited to have Denzel Washington as our 2015 Commencement Speaker,” said Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard.

    “He has been a supporter of our Theater Program, which happens to be the oldest Historically Black College and University Theater Program in the country, for the past ten years,” he added. “Several Denzel Washington Scholars are candidates in this year’s graduating class and they will be ecstatic about having him as our speaker.”

    In 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the address.

    The commencement ceremony will be Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8 a.m.

     
    Dillard, United Way seek chefs for cook-off PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard University and United Way of Southeast Louisiana are seeking chefs and home cooks to compete in the “Taste of Dillard Cook-Off, which will held from noon to 5 p.m. March 7 on the university’s campus.

    Proceeds will go to scholarships for Dillard students.

    Erica Durousseau, development officer for corporate relations at Dillard, said cooks will be competing for more than $1,000 in cash and prizes.

    Entry fees cover registration, tables and chairs for booth set-up.

    All submissions are due by Feb. 20. Cook time begins between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Judging for the competition as well as service to the public will begin at noon. Each contestant must have enough food to provide 150-200 samples.

    The March 7 event will also feature music performances and entertainment, celebrity chefs, a silent auction and raffle.

    For a full list of rules and regulations, visit https://give.dillard.edu/taste-of-dillard. For more information about the cook-off or corporate sponsorship, contact Durousseau at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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    IHeart Radio's 'This Day in Quiztory' featured a Narrative written by DU Student Kristin Livingston PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard's Film Dept. Shines in "Runaway Hearts" PDF Print E-mail
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    UNION GAP, Wash. -- It's a story about strangers who extend a helping hand and the miracle that occurs with every decision made. A fitting plot, especially since it's written in Yakima and required some leaps of faith from investors to make it a reality. The crew, visiting the Majestic Theater in Union Gap, finally got to preview their finished piece. 

    "Even as I watch it now, having written it, I still kind of welt up," said Scott Sandsberry, writer and producer of "Runaway Hearts. "Even though these are fictional characters, these are real life situations that happen." 

    "Runaway Hearts" wouldn't have seen any screen time without the help from local support. Yakima-area supporters was the difference needed to make the movie a reality. 

    "You can really see why this is referred to as Yakima's film, or Yakima's movie, because again the love and everything that's behind it really shows on the big screen," said Cortheal Clark, "Runaway Hearts" Production Designer. 

    They feel blessed for the money raised locally -- they reached out to friends, colleagues and acquaintances who invested time and resources into the project. Although it was filmed in New Orleans, Sandsberry pictured houses along Tieton Road when he wrote the story. The plot was inspired by a dinner conversation Sandsberry had with his wife. 

    The story caught the attention of a New Orleans director, who was struck by the selfless nature of the characters -- a trait Director Keith Allan Morris says is rare in the competitive movie industry.

    "It's a brutal business sometimes, and we wanted to be sweet to the kids, I think they had such a positive experience out of it. That's what really mattered most to me," said Morris. 

    They spent two months filming in New Orleans where the crew became family, living together in the buildings of Dillard University with big-name actors such as John Schneider, Wendell Pierce, and Jay Kenneth Johnson. 

    Sandsberry feels blessed the cast was just as supportive behind the scenes as they were on camera. 

    "If we aren't reaching out our hands, if we're turning away, we're missing the boat," said Sandsberry. 

    There were many helping hands along the way.

     
    KIPP Now Has 65 College Partners with Dillard University being One of Them PDF Print E-mail
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    One out of every 5 KIPP alumni in college is now enrolled at an official college partner, up from 1 in 8 just one year ago. Our growing number of college partners means there are more schools committed to building programs to support first-generation students all the way through graduation day. And, consider how this changes our students’ college experience: we now have groups of KIPPsters going off to colleges together – arriving on campus and forming support systems for each other. So that means that the 82 KIPPsters at San Jose State University, the 34 at the University of Texas at Austin, the 28 KIPPsters at Dillard University in New Orleans, the 25 KIPPsters at University of Arkansas, the 21 at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the 16 at Spelman College, and the 29 KIPPsters at the University of Pennsylvania can support each other on the climb to and through.



     
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