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Construction Update March 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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constructionConstruction projects on the Dillard University (DU) campus continue in March, with much progress being made. Several buildings are in the restoration process, with new amenities such as lighting and cameras being installed as well.

STUDENT UNION PHASE II

The Student Union Phase II portion of work started in February. The contractor is Landis Construction with the partnership of Landmark Consulting and Vanir Construction Management (both DBE firms) serving as project managers for Dillard University. This project scope of work includes: landscaping, drainage, finalizing the parking lot concrete work, lighting, cameras and warranty issues. Completing the Warrington Drive was a requirement before starting the project. This $2 million project is funded via the HBCU fund and is schedule for completion in August 2012.

HARTZELL/CAMPHOR DORMITORY PROJECT

The scope of the project is to repair and restore the dormitories after the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The architect is a joint venture between Campo Architects and Sizeler, Thompson, Brown with Vanir Construction Management (Nationally Ranked in Top 25 and DBE Firm) as the project manager. Currently, the exterior scope of work is to restore the exterior façade of both dormitories by removing windows and the abatement of paint and other exterior issues at the site. The windows will be restored or replaced. Several new windows will be built to match the existing and installed. The National Park Service and FEMA grants are funding the majority of this project with the entire construction scheduled to be completed by the end of the year 2012.

Progress This Month: Removal of all window sashes was completed in January. Over 300 sashes have been stripped of paint and a progress site visit from Dr. Ali Miri- National Park Service. R. David Contractors has been contracted for the exterior scope of work.

STRAIGHT HALL

The scope of the project is to repair and restore Straight Hall after the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Currently, the exterior portion of the project is to restore the exterior façade of both dormitories by removing windows and the abatement of paint and other exterior issues at the site. The windows will be restored or replaced. Several new windows will be built to match the existing and installed. The demolition scope of work requires the removal of all interior walls. The demolition portion of work being conducted concurrently has a 25% DBE requirement. The National Park Service and FEMA grants are funding the majority of this project with the entire construction scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2012.

Progress This Month: The project is currently on schedule with both scopes of work that includes the exterior and demo portion of work. Construction Masters is the contractor for both packages scope of work. Dr. Ali Miri- National Park Service has conducted a progress site visit.

 
Spring Concert and Spring Tour 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Spring_Concert_2012_flyer1Following an extensive East Coast tour, the Dillard University Concert Choir will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4 p.m. Originally, the concert was to be held on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  The concert, to be held in Lawless Assembly Hall on the Dillard campus, is free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to arrive early to secure seating.

“I’ve often told my choir that a good musical composition makes the audience remember it,” said choir director S. Carver Davenport. “The Dillard Choir performance of ‘Come Sweet Death,’ composed by one of the greats, J.S. Bach, and set to contemporary choreography, has something novel that sets it apart. It really holds the audience’s attention.”

With the help of accompanist Lucian Zidaru, the 39-member choir will perform selections by Roland M. Carter, Victor Herbert, Moses G. Hogan and more.

The choir’s repertoire draws from a variety of musical styles, including classical masterpieces, folk and art songs, jazz tunes, and Negro spirituals such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “In Bright Mansions Above.”

Dillard University invites you to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music performed by talented, passionate young men and women.

And please see below the itinerary for the Dillard University Concert Choir's Spring Tour. Our students love to see Dillard alumni when they're out on the road. If you're in Louisiana, Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York or Alabama, come out and hear some wonderful music!

 


The Dillard University Concert Choir 2012 Tour

Thursday, March 8

Rose of Sharon Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00 p.m.

1401 Martin Luther King Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301

Contact: Chad Bailey (504) 373-7042

 

Friday, March 9

Warren United Methodist Church

Performance Time: 6:30 p.m.

1800 Orchid Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Contact: (337) 474-3009 (church)

 

Saturday, March 10 TBA


Sunday, March 11

First AME

Performance Time: 3:00 p.m.

2046 Richard Allend SE Ln, Atlanta, GA 30316

Contact: Dr. Eyvonne Whitman - (404) 241-5900 or Arlene Speagers (404) 314-3154

 

Monday, March 12

New Bethel Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00 p.m.

1739 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Contact: Dr. Sidney Green - (church) (201) 387-9100

 

Wednesday, March 14

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00  p.m.

212 Thompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Contact: Ms. Phyllis Ball - (718) 219-0920

 

Thursday, March 15

Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy

Performance Time: 11:00 a.m.

501 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611

Contact: Walter Larkins - (585) 750-4968


Asbury First UMC

Performance Time: 6:30 p.m.

10050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Contact: (585) 271-1050 (church)

 

Sunday, March 18

Living Stones Temple

Performance Times: 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

1009 Walker Avenue, Fultondale, AL 35217

Contact: Netra Young, Choir Director - (205) 475-1754 or Willie Gilford - Dillard Aumnus - (205) 908-7980

 

6th Ave. Baptist Church

Performance Time: 11:00 a.m.

1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Birmingham, AL

Contact: (205) 251-5173

 

Crumbley Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

Performance Time: 4:00 p.m.

444 58th Street, Fairfield, AL 35064

Contact: (205) 533-0374

 
Dillard to Host "Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a 'Post-Racial' (?) United States," March 20-22 PDF Print E-mail
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turnerFrom March 20-22, Dillard University will host Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a “Post-Racial” (?) United States, a symposium designed to explore problems of crime and incarceration in the U.S. today, their outsized impact on the black community, and the dubious concept of our society as “post-racial.” Criminal justice in New Orleans will also be addressed throughout three days of seminars and panel discussions.

Public officials, students, community organizers, current and former inmates, crime victims, criminologists and other scholars have been invited to take part in this dialogue, which aims to define problems of crime and incarceration; explore their root causes; illuminate their societal context; examine attempts at education and crime prevention; and offer suggestions to help justice and rehabilitation prevail for the common good.

Dr. James Turner (pictured), founding director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, will deliver the symposium’s opening lecture, “From Mass Enslavement to Mass Segregation to Mass Incarceration.” Dr. Michael Tillotson of the University of Pittsburgh will give a lecture entitled “A Post-Racial United States Society: Fact or Fantasy?” Dillard University’s Dr. Alan Colón, professor of African world studies, and Dr. Carroll Wiltz, professor of sociology, will convene the symposium.

All events will be held in the Georges Auditorium of the PSB on Dillard’s campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a Post-Racial (?) United States
Schedule of Events


Tuesday, March 20

I. The St. Clair Drake Lecture: “From Mass Enslavement to Mass Segregation to Mass Incarceration.” 3 p.m.

II. Lecture: “A Post-Racial United States Society: Fact or Fantasy?” 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

III. Roundtable Discussion: “Crime and Punishment in African-American Communities.” 
3 p.m.

IV. Panel Discussion: “The Incarceration Experience: Inmates from Angola State Prison.”
7 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

V. Students’ Panel Discussion: “Mass Incarceration and Colorblindness.” 10 a.m.

VI. Roundtable Discussion: “The Struggle Continues: Where Do We Go From Here?” 7 p.m.
 
2012 Spring Auditions/Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Perspective Dillard University (DU) students will have to bring their game to the DU campus on Saturday, Mar. 24 for the 2012 Spring Auditions and Open House. Auditions will be held for music, theater and visual arts talent-based scholarships. Students are requested to bring any necessary items to audition.

In addition to auditions, students will have the opportunity to complete the admissions process, speak to admissions and financial aid counselors, tour the campus, and speak with current students and faculty members.

For more details, please contact the admissions office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

follow the Registration Link: http://duspringopenhouse.eventbrite.com

 

Date:  Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012

Time:  Check in starts at 10 am

Location for Check In:  PSB Lobby

  

 

 
Local School Students Shine at Showcase PDF Print E-mail
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paint brushesOn Friday, March 2, 2012 many local school students' lights will be shining as they share their talents with the public at the Orleans Parish School Board's Performing & Visual Arts Showcase 2012. With vocal and instrumental performances, skits and a multi-media visual arts presentation, the afternoon-long event promises talent on every level. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the showcase with students from Eleanor McMain Secondary School, McDonogh #35, Bethune Elementary and Ben Franklin Elementary represented.

Beginning at 1 p.m. in the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center on the Dillard University campus, highlights include vignettes of "Hold Me" by Jules Feifer presented by theatre students from McDonogh #35 and monologues from "The Colored Museum" performed by theatre students from McMain. Musical selections from both the McMain and McDonogh #35 choirs will be presented, as well as classical pieces from various students.

"We hope the public as well as the Dillard community will consider attending this event, which spotlights the incredible talent of local public school students," says Beverly Cook of  New Orleans Public Schools. Contact Ms. Cook ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Natalie Maloney ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information about the event.
 
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