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Thanksgiving Baskets and Bibles PDF Print E-mail
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Many thanks to everyone who contributed to Dillard's Thanksgiving baskets and Bibles drive for 2011. You made it a huge success! All donations went to churches and agencies in the New Orleans metropolitan area and members of the Dillard University community. Please reach out and bless someone less fortunate than yourself during this holiday season.


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DU Choir to Host 75th Annual Holiday Concert, Perform at the White House PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University Choir will perform its 75th annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, entitled “A Child Is Born,” will be held in Lawless Chapel on the Dillard University campus. As always, the Holiday Concert will be free and open to the public.

"The choir has endured many long hours in preparation for this concert,” said choir director S. Carver Davenport. “We will perform selections with orchestra that will portray this wonderful time of the year, such as "Hallelujah Chorus," arguably the most celebrated musical selection ever written. In addition, we will perform selections such as "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by Felix Mendelssohn, "You Raise Me Up" as sung by Josh Groban, and Kurt Carr's "For Every Mountain," on which Jonte Landrum Thomas ("Sunday's Best" finalist on BET) will be the lead singer with the choir.”

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Just three days later, on Dec. 7, the Dillard University Choir will travel to Washington, D.C. and sing at the White House. They will perform in the East Wing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for guests touring the White House and viewing its holiday decorations.

"I am truly blessed to be the choir director for such wonderful young people who are passionate about cultivating their voices and their performances,” said Davenport.

 
Students Participate in Community Emergency Response Training PDF Print E-mail
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In October 2011, Dillard University’s Class of 2015 became the largest group ever to complete Louisiana’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), a 20-hour, hands-on course that teaches individuals to prepare for disasters and form effective neighborhood teams to assist others. Citizen Corps, a national service program coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, administered the training.

Dillard students began their training on Wednesday evening, Oct. 19, and finished it the following day. The university hosted a sleepover with movies and games for commuter students participating in the course.

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The CERT program educates citizens about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. The course focuses on wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods and other emergencies. By becoming CERT members, over 300 of Dillard’s first-year students can now provide immediate services in their communities during a disaster until professionals can arrive on the scene.

Dillard’s Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) partnered with the Louisiana Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of higher education institutions committed to civic engagement, to facilitate the CERT course. The CFYE hopes this year’s project will serve as a model to other colleges and universities of how service learning can provide lifelong skills that make a tangible impact on the community.

Dillard students are required to complete 120 hours of community service before graduation. This spring the university was inducted into the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in service that achieves measurable results.

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Open House: November 19, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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The Office of International Students and Study Abroad Travels to China PDF Print E-mail
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The Office of International Students and Study Abroad Programs (OISSAP) traveled to Beijing, China in October 2011 to reestablish a memorandum of understanding with Communications University of China (CUC). During the Dillard presidency of Dr. Marvalene Hughes, the universities formed a relationship and facilitated a student exchange agreement. However, in 2010 CUC experienced a change in administration. Consequently, OISSAP Director Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith took responsibility for renewing the ties that had been formed between the schools.

Dr. Phyllis Dawkins, Dillard’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president of student success, Dr. Hong Dai, mathematics professor and native Chinese speaker, and Dr. Dorothy Smith, dean of general education, all accompanied Dr. Dawson-Smith on the trip. As a result of their efforts, the new administration of CUC agreed to reestablish the institutional memorandum of understanding.

The Dillard administrators also traveled to Guangzhou and Shanghai, China to recruit students, examine global studies practices, and study student engagement practices.

OISSAP is currently working on a memorandum of understanding with CUC. They hope to have an exchange program in place – wherein students majoring in mass communications will have the opportunity to travel to China – by summer or fall of 2012.

(Pictured: Dr. Dawson-Smith meets with a student at a recruiting event in China.)

 
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