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    Emergency-room doctor to deliver Brain Food Lecture at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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    Dr. Sampson Davis


    By John Pope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 


    Dr. Sampson Davis, who overcame poverty to become an emergency room physician and author, will speak Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. in Dillard University's Georges Auditorium.

    Davis' speech in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, which will be free and open to the public, will be this year's first Brain Food Lecture, part of Dillard's Presidential Lecture Series of 2014.

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    Dillard University student to compete for $100,000 tuition prize during AT&T Cotton Bowl PDF Print E-mail
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    By Anthony Cave, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    on January 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM, updated January 03, 2014 at 8:12 AM


    Ne'tra Trotter has done the math. The Dillard University senior built a replica goal, PVC piping, cement, bucket and all, in order to practice throwing footballs. 

    It might win her $100,000 in tuition from Dr. Pepper. 
    The New Orleans native will need to beat out another college student by throwing footballs into a two-foot hole inside an oversized replica Dr. Pepper can during halftime of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Friday in Arlington, Texas.
    Trotter, a physics major, calculated the amount of time it would take her to pick up a football and throw it in the goal as "accurate and as fast as possible." Her average is about eight makes for every 10 footballs. 
    "I came up with a technique for throwing the ball," Trotter said.
    Trotter became a finalist for the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway by submitting an online video entry explaining why she deserved to win college tuition. Besides paying off college debt, if she wins the $100,000 grand prize, Trotter wants to start a non-profit for disadvantaged young women interested in science.
    At a young age, Trotter herself faced challenges in a male-dominated science sphere. In her senior year of high school, her physics teacher didn't want her in a group project with a bunch of boys. 
    Even in college, she said while "it can be intimidating" being the only female physics major in most of her classes, she uses the adversity to "boost her confidence." And, Trotter has already started doing speaking engagements for the non-profit. 
    "I really want to use this as a platform, to pay it forward to the community," she said.
    Even she doesn't win, Trotter will receive $20,000 in tuition money as a runner-up.  
    She joked that there might be a slight margin of error with her football throwing calculations. It might take her longer to bend down and pick up a football Friday. 
    "I kind of haven't calculated it just yet," Trotter said. 
     
    Five Gifts that won’t Break the Budget! PDF Print E-mail
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    FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

    Dillard University's Kemberley Washington talks to Fox8 News about not breaking your budget for the holidays.


     
    Guest commentary: Common Core is for the common good PDF Print E-mail
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    By Johne’tra Trotter - DU Student, The Advocate
    December 05, 2013


    dt.common.streams.StreamServerAs a graduate of Louisiana public schools, I believe it is time to raise our academic standards. High K-12 standards ensure every child receives a quality education, no matter his or her neighborhood or socioeconomic background. High standards help give children the tools they need to succeed today so they may achieve all of their dreams tomorrow.

    I graduated from a rural high school in Louisiana in 2009 with what I thought was a great grade point average and ACT score. However, when I applied to colleges as a first-generation student, I was denied or waitlisted because I could not compete with other applicants across the country. It did not seem to matter that I was a high-performing and curious student capable of much more than the “busy work” assigned to me in high school. Without a track record of success in college-level classes, admissions officers did not consider me college-ready. Ultimately accepted to Dillard University, I became one of the few from my class to attend college, while most of my peers either did not go at all or did not complete their undergraduate studies due to disinterest or unpreparedness.

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    Dillard University Student Nicole Tinson Helps Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail
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    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Sheba Turk / Eyewitness News


    NEW ORLEANS -- Many homeless people spent their Thanksgiving holiday at the New Orleans Mission, and there were dozens of volunteers to make sure they had a hot meal.

    Hard Rock hosted dinner at the Mission where dozens of volunteers served the guests restaurants-style to make them feel special for the holiday.

    Over at the convention center, Sheriff Marlin Gusman and hundreds of volunteers created one large dining room. Local favorites like Charmaine Neville and Irvin Mayfield performed.

    The sheriff's office was prepared to provide nearly 3,000 people with a warm meal.

    At both events, volunteers said they were grateful to be able to help the less fortunate, and those who came for a meal were more than appreciative of the help.

    The struggle to find a decent meal doesn't end for many of these people after thanksgiving that’s why New Orleans Mission feeds the homeless all year round. It is located at 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.


     
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