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Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture – 1st Annual Conference & Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 to Friday, April 17, 2015

Location: Dillard University, New Orleans, LA and the Whitney Plantation, Wallace, LA.

The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot 

The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture inaugural conference proudly presents,  “The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot,” to be held at Dillard University on Thursday, April 16, 2015 and Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Whitney Plantation. This year’s conference will focus on the history and contributions of African-Americans to the world famous New Orleans Creole Cuisine from it’s origins to the Civil Rights Movement.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, guest historians and lecturers, will present a full day of lectures, panel discussions, multimedia presentations and live performances. Culinary historian and historical interpreter, Michael Twitty will be the keynote speaker on Reading the West & Central African Presence in the Creole Culinary Repertoire. Twitty will also present a cooking demonstration at the oldest detached kitchen in Louisiana at the Whitney Plantation on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Topics and presenters include:  Memory Dishes from Gritsland and Riceland by Dr. Ibrahima Seck, Academic Director, Whitney Plantation; Feeding the Body and Soul - Louisiana Cuisine and its Relationship to Civil Rights Activism by A.P. Tureaud Jr., New Orleans Civil Rights Activist; The Ingenuity of the New Orleans Street Vendor by Barbara Trevigne, New Orleans Creole Historian; Before Martha Stewart there was  Lena Richard by Liz Williams, Director of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum; Uncovering the Culinary History of Dillard University: 1935-2014 by Zella Palmer, Director of the Dillard University Ray Charles Program; From Palm Fronds to Crawfish Bisque by Austin Sonnier, Educator, Master Gardener and Co-owner of Austin’s Gourmet to Go catering company.

The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture mission is to research, document, disseminate and preserve the culinary patrimony of African Americans and to celebrate African American culture through the study of food and foodways in the South. The scholarship that the program and its institute engender will serve as the culinary focal point for the African American communities of New Orleans, the South, the United States and the world-at-large.

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Endowed Professorship and Chair Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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The Division of Academic Affairs announces the appointment of faculty members to several endowed professorships and chairs.

Dr. Eric Buckles, an Associate Professor of Biology and Coordinator of the Biology Program, has been appointed the Conrad N. Hilton Biology Endowed Professor.

Mr. Richard Baucum, an Associate Professor of Accounting and Chair of the School of Accounting and Financial Economics, has been appointed the Edward Schlieder Professor in Accounting. 

Dr. Charlotte Hurst, an Associate Professor of Nursing, has been appointed the Gloria Kabacoff Endowed Professor in Nursing Research. 

Dr. Mohammed Hussain, an Associate Professor of Financial Economics and Coordinator of the Financial Economics Program, has been appointed the William Arceneaux Endowed Professor in Economics. 

Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, a Professor of Nursing and Chair of the School of Nursing, has been appointed the Gloria Kabacoff Endowed Nursing Professor in Teaching and Informatics. 

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, a Professor of English and Co-Coordinator of the English Program, has been appointed the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor in English. 

An aspect of the appointments is that the appointees will receive funds to support travel and research activities related to the goals and requirements of the endowment. Endowed Professorships and Chairs are partially funded by support from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Dillard University becomes first school in GCAC to launch athletics app; available on IOS and Android devices PDF Print E-mail
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Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 10.45.14 AM(New Orleans, La.) The Dillard University athletics department recently launched a new app for IOS and Android devices.  The app provides convenient access to all of the latest information regarding Bleu Devils and Lady Bleu Devils sports.

"This app advances our athletic programs even more by making it simple to connect our parents, fans and supporters to our student athletes with the touch of a finger on their phones," said Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, Dillard's Athletic Director.

"We encourage everyone to download this app to get real-time experiences and stats during games, but mostly to watch the great people involved in DU athletics."

Enjoy the latest headlines including game recaps, upcoming events, and more.  The scoreboard feature puts the latest results at your fingertips, and one-touch access to our live-event feed instantly links you to the video and/or audio broadcast we provide for most of the athletic events at Dillard University.

There is simply no better way to keep up with Dillard athletics than with the new app.  For more information regarding DU athletics, please visit the newly renovated athletics website at

To download the new DU athletics app from your Apple (IOS) device, click on the following link.

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Dillard University to produce live streaming video; games at Battlefield will be shown online PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, La.)  On Saturday, January 31, at the 2015 Allstate Sugarbowl Bleu Devil Classic, Dillard University will launch live streaming video for its home games at the Battlefield.  This is the first step in a major transformation for the school’s athletics department.

"Our goal is to transform Dillard University athletics to a world-class program,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes. This is one step toward that end.  We are proud of how far we've come. The live streaming program is consistent with our President's efforts to place Dillard as a national leader in major areas. My goal is to make athletics one of those areas."

“We want to be a leader in all aspects, including athletics,” said Dillard University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough.  “So being the first GCAC school this season to offer live streaming of games is natural to us.  But more importantly, the lessons we learn will share with the entire conference so that we will use the technology as we build the conference brand together.  It is cool being first, but it will be great if we all do this.”

After much deliberation, discussion, and debate, the University also will release a new logo for the athletics department.

“Our new logo effort was led by our athletic director, Dr. Kiki Barnes,” said Kimbrough.  “My only idea was that it had to be bold.  I think we have a strong word mark now that will replicate well.”

To complete the transformation, the University’s athletics website will soon undergo a complete makeover, adding several interactive modules, giving fans a closer way to connect with Bleu Devils and Lady Bleu Devils student-athletes.

To purchase tickets to the 2015 Allstate Sugarbowl Bleu Devil Classic when Dillard hosts Xavier in a doubleheader, click the following link;cid=30

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Dillard Athletics to Host Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala, Bleu Devil Classic Doubleheader vs. Xavier PDF Print E-mail
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Fundraiser and Rivalry Basket Ball Games set for Jan. 30 and 31


(New Orleans – LA) On Jan. 30  and 31, Dillard University’s athletic department will host the 7th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala  and the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic, the annual basketball doubleheader featuring men’s and women’s games versus crosstown rival Xavier University. The gala will be held in the atrium of the Professional Schools Building on Friday, Jan. 30 and the basketball games will be held on the “Battlefield” (Dent Hall) on Dillard’s campus.

This year’s gala honorees are Dr. Charles C. Teamer, vice president of First NBC and former vice president of Fiscal Affairs at Dillard and Eugene Lamb Jr., ’71, alumnus and former athlete. Both will receive Dillard’s “Legacy Award” for their outstanding long-term contributions to their respective communities.

Teamer, who is well known in New Orleans’ financial arena and for his service on numerous boards and civic organizations, served in a number of positions at Dillard including concurrent roles as athletic administrator and VP of Fiscal Affairs for more than 30 years. Under his leadership in athletics, the men and women’s basketball teams won nearly 20 championships in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), District 30 and placed third in the National Final Four Tournament in 1984. He has served in a variety of civic organizations, including Chair of the following boards: The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, World Trade Center, Urban League, Metropolitan Area Committee, Advisory Board Harrah’s Entertainment New Orleans.

Lamb, who was a member of the men’s basketball team during his undergraduate years at Dillard, returned to his hometown in Midway, Fla. where he taught Health and Physical Education, coached basketball, and worked with the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department for a combined 35 years.

Lamb also served on the city council and in 1986 as Mayor of the city of Midway. As a result of his dedication and civic involvement, Midway Recreation Center and Sports Complex for youth has been named in his honor.

New Orleans rhythm and blues band BRW will perform at the scholarship gala named for Hobley, the late Dillard basketball great who played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Tickets are $75, and all proceeds will go to athletic scholarships for Dillard students.

Starting times for the games on Saturday, Jan. 31 are as follows: Lady Bleu Devils basketball team will host Xavier at 3 p.m. on the “Battlefield” in Dent Hall Gymnasium, and the men’s game will follow at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are good for both games.

Tickets for the 7th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala and the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic are available through and the Dillard University cashier’s office on the first floor of Rosenwald Hall (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Limited quantities will also be available at the door to both events.

Join us for a celebration of Dillard athletics. Come out and show Bleu Pride!

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