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    Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 10.30.03 AMNew Orleans, LA, April 25, 2016– As lead R&D Scientist for Golden Leaf Energy, Kevin Roberson, Ph.D., develops LA-7000®, a drilling fluid lubricant for oil and gas exploration.  LA 7000® is a bio-based lubricant designed to reduce the coefficient of friction (CoF) in high-performance water-based muds (HPWBM).  As high-angle, extended reach wells continue to increase, rotational torque and drag have become critical challenges for water-based muds.  LA 7000® raises the bar for 

    WBMs CoF to those only achievable in oil-based muds. LA 7000® out performs industry standard offerings in friction reduction between the drill pipe and casing and between the drill-pipe and the wellbore. LA 7000® has no hydrocarbons, is non-toxic, ultimately biodegradable, and is stable at high temperatures. This product was launched spring 2016.

    Golden Leaf Energy and Roberson used the LA-7000® development process as an opportunity to expose Dillard University (DU) students to corporate level, industrial R&D. The students enrolled in “Chemical Research” gained hands-on experience in a corporate research lab. Research goals for the students included synthesizing active ingredients and measuring the efficacy of proprietary formulas in reducing the CoF.

    Strategic partnerships with industry is reported to increase retention and graduation rates, comprehension of STEM curriculum, and workforce development among minority students. “STEM fields are essential to US competitiveness and economic growth, and according to US News, the lack of minorities in the STEM workforce is primarily due to the lack of access. It is my goal to create career pathways for students by integrating career related experiences into the curriculum. I found GLE to be an excellent gateway as these opportunities make DU students more competitive and better prepared for careers in the STEM field.” said Roberson. Students found this opportunity unique and an exciting shift from the traditional university laboratory setting. “This was a very appreciable experience because I gained knowledge of what it feels like to conduct research in an [industrial] lab. Conducting research at Golden Leaf Energy was a very beneficial experience that I will never forget!” said Ms. Aundriana Burtley, a senior chemistry major at DU set to graduate in May 2016.

    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kevin Roberson at 478-278-1077 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Dillard University Alumnus Ayo Davis Named Head of Casting for ABC PDF Print E-mail
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    Ayo Davis

    ABC LogoAyo Davis has been named the Head of Talent and Casting for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios. Davis, a 13-year ABC veteran, had been the interim head of casting for both the network and studio since November, when longtime ABC casting chief Keli Lee relocated to London where she serves  as a managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group. Davis has now been named a permanent replacement.

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    Dillard alumna Rose Hudson, President/CEO of the Louisiana Lottery Company is featured in the Executive Spotlight Q&A in the Baton Rouge Business Report.  To see the entire article and her interview please click here.

    Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough on his development as a man and the mentor who helped him PDF Print E-mail
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    NEW ORLEANS, La. — I’ve gotten to the age when I periodically receive those calls or texts with unexpected sad news.

    It is the wake-up call when you hear a high school or college classmate has died and you realize that you’re not as young as you think. More often though it is news of a relative or some beloved teacher. I received one of the messages recently.

    “Did you hear? Bro. Nunnally died.”

    Bro. Nunnally was none other than the Rev. David H. Nunnally of Athens.

    I met him early in 1986 as I attended the interest meeting for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia. Rev. Nunnally was introduced as the chapter’s advisor. Medium build with a pleasant demeanor, he was definitely an old school type of dude. Once I was selected to pledge, I ended up beginning a relationship with a man that lasted almost 30 years.

    Yes, he was the guide for our chapter. But reflecting on this Founder’s Day, not only did Bro. Nunnally teach me what it meant to be an Alpha, but he also unknowingly taught and reinforced values that would make me a good husband, father, and college president (which de facto is father for hundreds of students).

    In the spring of 1986, my line brothers and I spent time with Bro. Nunnally and his family on numerous occasions.

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    Crescent City college briefs for November 25, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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    DILLARD UNIVERSITY: The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named Marc A. Barnes, of Dillard University, its outstanding fundraiser of the year. Barnes has been vice president for institutional advancement at Dillard since February 2013. Before that, he was director of development at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Inc., where he was responsible for the development of a major gifts fundraising operation and the launch of a major capital campaign to support the renovation of the Jazz & Heritage Center. Barnes serves on the finance council at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, where he is also a lector and coordinates the marriage ministry with his wife, Kiki. He is immediate past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New Orleans Chapter, and is a member of the Louisiana Advisory Council for UNCF. He serves on the board of directors at St. Augustine High School and the advisory board of St. Mary’s Academy.

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