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Dillard to Celebrate its Progress 10 years After Katrina PDF Print E-mail
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(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Ten years after the most catastrophic event in its 145-year history of Dillard University is set to commemorate as well as celebrate its progress and its future through an array of events to be held on campus August 26-30. After sustaining nearly $400 million in damages with its campus virtually destroyed, Dillard never lost faith but persevered and has built a better and stronger institution.

“While we will never forget what was lost in Hurricane Katrina and the impact that the storm had on all of us, we don’t want to dwell on the pain, we want to highlight what has been accomplished through hard work and resilience,” said Mona Duffel Jones, spokesperson for Dillard University.   “We have been through the flood and the fire, as several of our buildings burned while standing in flood waters,” she added. “Its time for us to highlight our achievements and continue moving forward.”

With that in mind, Dillard will host a number of events over the course of the week including an ecumenical convocation themed “Faith in Action,” which is in keeping with the University’s motto Ex Fide Fortis, meaning “Strength from Faith.” Former President Dr. Marvalene Hughes will be a guest speaker at the service. Hughes had only been at the university for six weeks when Hurricane Katrina devastated the campus.

Other events include literary presentations on Wednesday, August 26 at 6 p.m. by award-winning author and Dillard professor Mona Lisa Saloy and author Fatima Shaik; ecumenical service on Thursday, August 27 at 10:15 a.m. as well as a spoken word open mic event that evening at 6 p.m.; and on Friday, August 29 at 11 a.m. a jazz funeral will process down the Avenue of the Oaks to the rear of campus. The university will also participate in the citywide day of service in partnership with Hands on New Orleans on Saturday, August 29. On Sunday, August 30 at 4 p.m., there will be one-hour musical performance “What’s Goin’ On” featuring Tonya Boyd-Cannon, who recently appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.” Dillard students will also perform Motown hits and original compositions. Admission to the musical performance is $15. All other events are free and open to the public.

A detailed schedule of Dillard’s Katrina 10 commemorative events is attached. For more information call 816-4800. 

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Dillard Awarded $10.5 Million from National Institutes of health PDF Print E-mail
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(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Dillard University recently received a major grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Institute awarded the $10.5 million grant to Dillard’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), which will train individuals in asbestos, lead, construction, and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).  The award to Dillard was one of only 10 grants awarded nationwide to institutions including UCLA, Rutgers Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences, and the United Steelworkers. 

The worker training initiatives will occur at strategic sites across the Gulf Coast and throughout the country with training programs established in Houston, Detroit, Pensacola, Savannah and New Orleans. Dillard’s consortium of training sites will attract and provide training for over 500 participants. Through formal arrangements with HBCUs, community based organizations, unions and industry; Dillard’s program staff will provide environmental health and safety training for underserved populations as well as currently employed workers within environmental remediation and related fields.

In addition to training and outreach, Dillard’s DSCEJ programming also includes a research focus, which is spearheaded primarily by the Center’s project director and principal investigator, Dr. Beverly Wright. Under her leadership, the Center has produced a number of publications as well as regional and national conferences regarding environmental justice-related issues.

Dr. Wright and Dillard’s DSCEJ have managed a number of projects from NIH, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Labor, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the past 20 years.  The Center also led critical training and research efforts in the gulf coast region for small businesses, first responders, residents and hazardous waste industry workers following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010.  Additionally, following Hurricane Sandy, the DSCEJ was called on to lead clean up training efforts in New York and New Jersey. “We are extremely excited to be able to continue our work exhibiting excellence and developing sound practices which have advanced the quality of our training programs over the years. We are gratified and excited about the increased support from the NIEHS to do this most important work,” said Dr. Wright.

According to Theodore Callier, assistant vice president for Sponsored Programs, Dillardfaculty and researchers have consistently secured increased support from the NIH in recent years.  “Given the list of recipients, this latest NIEHS award demonstrates the level of confidence the agency continues to have in Dillard’s Center.”

Grant activities will begin later this month and continue through July of 2020.

 
The David Dillard $100,000 Founders' Day Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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We have a way to turn your dollar into two--but you have to give it to us. Seriously. David Dillard, the great grandson of James Hardy Dillard, the University’s namesake, has issued a $100,000 Challenge. Mr. Dillard, a University Board Member Emeritus, has agreed to match every dollar donated up to $100,000 with a matching gift to the Fair Dillard Fund. The only stipulation is the money must come from *new alumni donors.  

This past fiscal year, we increased new alumni dollars by 74 percent. But we always have room to grow. So, heading into this fiscal year, new alumni donors can double the impact of their gifts this fall with the 1:1 match to any donation made between now and October 18, 2015, the day Dillard traditionally celebrates its annual Founders’ Day. There is no minimum level of giving required, however matching corporate or foundation gifts are not eligible.

“Gifts to the Fair Dillard Fund provide important dollars right away for student scholarships, faculty enrichment and innovative programs”, said Marc Barnes, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He added that these types of challenges also help boost the university’s alumni participation rate, which can increase the number of gifts from foundations and corporate donors.

A gift of any size by a *new alumni donor is always important; and now, because of this challenge, that significance will be doubled. So, what class, decade, greek organization, or alumni association chapter will lead the way in giving?

The David Dillard $100,000 Founders’ Day Challenge has been extended to 12/31/2015.

(*Alumni donors whose last gift was five years ago or more count as new as well for this challenge.)

For more information contact:

Marcel R. McGee

Annual Fund Officer

504-816-4696

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Dillard University Mourns the Loss of One Its Trailblazers PDF Print E-mail
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Dr. Barbara Guillory Thompson

guillorythompsonIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of Dillard’s trailblazing daughters, Dr. Barbara Guillory Thompson, who died on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Barbara Guillory Thompson served Dillard University in many capacities for 42 years. She retired from the university as chair of the Division of Social Sciences, chair of the sociology department, University Marshall, and chair of the tenure and promotions committee. Thompson also served as director of institutional research from 1974-1976. She is a native New Orleanian, a product of the public school system, and a cum laude sociology graduate from Dillard’s Class of 1957. She earned an M.A. in sociology from Louisiana State University in 1960. She was the first Black female student to live in the dormitory at LSU. She wrote a thesis on the “Career Patterns of Negro Lawyers in New Orleans.” By 1960 she was ready to challenge another educational barrier, and became a litigant in a class action suit against Tulane University. The court decision made possible the attendance of Black students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She completed the requirements for the Ph.D. degree by writing a dissertation on ”The Black Family: A Case for Change and Survival in White America.” Thompson made a tremendous impact outside the academy by advocating equity for voiceless government workers.

The City Council of New Orleans appointed her a member of the New Orleans Civil Service Commission from 1981-1992, and chair of the august body from 1989-1992. She was the first Black, the first woman, and the first non-attorney to be named chair. Thompson was active in numerous professional and learned societies, such as the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Association. She has numerous publications, some written independently and some co-authored with her late husband Daniel C. Thompson.

In 2004, Dillard University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and in 2013 she received a Presidential Citation. At that time, the University also replaced her honorary degree that was lost in Hurricane Katrina. She was the recipient of numerous other honors and awards ranging from membership in the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame, to citations from the governor, mayor, and UNCF. She was a board member for Chatham School for Girls, a consultant for Minority Issue with Innovations Consulting, Inc., and a proposal reader for the Department of Education. 

Funeral services will be held at Noon on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in Lawless Memorial Chapel on Dillard’s campus. Visitation is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 
Dillard Alumnus Donates $1 million for Endowed Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
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IMG 1025(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Jimmie Edwards, a 1970 graduate of Dillard University recently donated $1 million to his alma mater to establish an endowed scholarship for deserving students. This is one of the largest single contributions ever given by an alumnus and it establishes the largest endowed scholarship in Dillard’s history.

“I received a full scholarship in 1966 and without that I would not have been able to go to college,” Edwards said. “I felt like I owed Dillard a repayment for their investment because it gave me an opportunity to have a different life,” he added.

“Mr. Edwards’ enthusiasm for making this gift is amazing,” said Marc Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement.  “We are inspired, not only by his tremendous generosity, but also by his incredible desire to pay forward the assistance that he received as a student at Dillard,” Barnes noted.  “Edwards is truly a great example of the Dillard Difference.”

The eldest of five, Edwards recalled that his family was extremely poor and there was no way he would have been able to go to school without a full scholarship. Edwards says he always wanted to make a substantial gift to Dillard and when he saw a story about an alumnus who had given a million dollars to an HBCU he was inspired to do the same. “I’m just giving back and repaying Dillard for their investment,” he said.

Edwards pointed out that Dillard is an institution where many of its students are on financial aid and that the investment being made in them should be repaid once they have an opportunity to give back. With that said, he is challenging alumni to give and collectively match what he has given.

After graduating from Dillard with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Edwards worked as a research chemist in Akron, Ohio. While working full time as a chemist he also attended Kent State University where he obtained his MBA in 1974. He later joined the sales and marketing team at Amoco in Atlanta. He remained with the company through a succession of corporate changes, as Amoco became BP, then INESO, a $54 billion international petrochemical company. He retired in 2008 after nearly 40 years in the industry.

Edwards is currently employed during the summer season as a customer service agent with Delta airlines in Charlotte, N.C.


 
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