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Mona Duffel Jones

Director, Dillard University's Communications and Marketing

November 24, 2014

(New Orleans) –Dillard University’s Center for Intensive Language (CIEL) welcomed a group of 20 participants from Mexico’s Proyecta program to study the English language over the course of four weeks during Fall 2014. The Proyecta 100,000 Program is an effort by the Mexican government to provide opportunities for its citizens, both students and teachers, to study at institutions of higher education in the United States. The group arrived on November 13 and will depart on Dec. 13.

Dillard is one of the 157 U.S. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that will host over 7,500 Mexican learners. "The goal of the Mexican Government is to send 100,000 college students and teachers to the U.S.," said Aurea Diab, interim director of the CIEL Program. "We hope this group is the first of many others who will come to Dillard throughout next year".

Over the past two years, Dillard has trained 106 learners in its CIEL program: 48 teachers and 55 students from Brazil and three students from Pakistan.

Dillard Choir to Host 78th Annual Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 5 PDF Print E-mail
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The New Orleans Chinese Choir and The Zion Harmonizers

 are among guest performers

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(New Orleans) – Usually held on the first Sunday in December, the Dillard University Choir will perform its 78th annual Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in Lawless Memorial Chapel on the Dillard University campus. Though the concert is free and open to the public, seating is limited and is on a first come basis. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The 65 voices of the Dillard University Concert Choir, under the direction of S. Carver Davenport, will be accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra and will perform many holiday favorites. Selections include Christmas favorites will be performed such as “O Holy Night” as well as popular selections such as Richard Smallwood's “Anthem of Praise,” and the ever-popular gospel selection “For Every Mountain.”

This year the New Orleans Chinese Choir (NOCC) will join the Dillard Choir in the singing a holiday classic, the “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah” by G. F. Handel.  The NOCC is under the direction of Dr. Wen Zhang, assistant professor of Vocal Music at Dillard.  Dr. Hong Dai, professor of Math at Dillard, also sings with the NOCC and serves as vice president of the group.

One of New Orleans’ favorite quartets, The Zion Harmonizers, is among the featured guests performing at the event. Also featured is the wonderfully talented Bridget Bazile, soprano, who will perform with the choir the rendition of its signature selection,  "How Great Thou Art” as well as “Mary Did You Know?” Other guest performers include Professor Wen Zhang, mezzo-soprano, Ebonee Davis, soprano, adjunct professor and Professor Hezekiah Brinson, pianist/organist. Rev. Earnest Salsberry,’06, interim chaplain, and Renee Miller Dolliole,’06, will serve as narrators for the concert and the Dillard University dance team, the DU Diamonds, will also perform under the direction of Dr. Jana Smith, assistant professor of physical education and choreographer.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating, as this is a standing-room-only event.  Doors open at 6:45 p.m. S. Carver Davenport director for the past 40 years, will lead the choir, which performed at the White House during the 2011 holiday season and performs in various states across the U.S. during their annual Spring Tour. For more information call 504.816.4800 or go to

Dillard eliminates Tougaloo for second straight year; advance to semi-final at 3p.m. vs. SUNO PDF Print E-mail
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image006(New Orleans, La.)  For the second straight year, (three seed) Dillard University eliminated (sixth seed) Tougaloo in the first round of the 2014 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship. The Lady Bleu Devils won the contest in three sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-12).

Freshman middle blocker Shelby Stewart led the game with 14 kills and one block assist.  Junior setterAstasia Williams had a game-high 16 assists in the victory for Dillard, and her teammate freshman setterChelsea Jolivette had 15 assists.

GCAC Freshman of the Year, Chassidy Harris, led the Lady Bulldogs with nine kills while her teammate Mariah Price had a team-high 14 assists.  As a team Dillard hit .212 while Tougaloo had a hitting percentage of .030.

Dillard advances to the semi-final round of the GCAC tournament and will face Southern University at New Orleans at 3 p.m. today at the Castle on the campus of SUNO.

Individual game tickets are free to students of GCAC schools with their valid student identification as well as children 12 years of age and younger.  General admission tickets are $5 for adults aged 13 and older.  Tickets are only available at the door.

For additional information regarding the 2014 GCAC Volleyball Championship, please visit


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Dillard’s Brain Food Lecture to Feature Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater soloist and Author of Life in Motion Lecture set for November 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Nov. 3, 2014

Note: Venue change from Georges Auditorium to Lawless Memorial Chapel

(New Orleans) – On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Misty Copeland, ballet soloist with the American Ballet Theater and author of Life in Motion, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Lawless Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. on Dillards campus. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Although Copeland began ballet at the late age of 13, she has excelled and had unprecedented success in her art. At 15, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was named American Ballet Theater’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000.


Copeland joined American Ballet Theater’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001 and in 2007 made history by becoming their third African American Female Soloist and first in two decades.


Performing a variety of classical and contemporary roles, one of Copeland’s most important roles was performing the title role of “The Firebird” in “Firebird”, created on her in 2012 with new choreography by much sought after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. In September 2014, she made history as the first black woman to perform the lead role of Odette/Odile with American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lakeduring the company’s first ever tour to Australia. In December 2014, Copeland is slated to perform the lead role of Clara in American Ballet Theatre’s production ofThe Nutcracker.

Copeland is passionate about giving back and has worked with charitable organizations in mentoring young girls and boys. In 2012, she was inducted into the National Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame and received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals that same year. She was also named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. In addition, Copeland received the Young, Gifted & Black honor at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! Awards.

She is author of two books, the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, co-written with award-winning journalist Charisse Jones and a picture book, Firebird, in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers. Both books were published in 2014. Her endorsements include American Express, COACH, and Diet Dr. Pepper and Under Armour.

Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @BrainFood, or call 504.816.4800.  Upcoming lectures: Tuesday, December 2 – The Revius Ortique Lecture on Law and Society, Benjamin Crump, noted civil rights attorney; represented Trayvon Martin’s family in the Zimmerman trial and the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Monday, January 26, 2015 –Jason L. Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

Dillard Students shine at NABA Southwest-Western Region Students Conference! PDF Print E-mail
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The 34th National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Southwest-Western Region Student Conference was held at the Dallas, Texas Westin Hotel on October 16 - 18, 2014. The conference proved to be a great opportunity for Dillard University’s 15 student participants to network, learn, and understand the significance and importance of the NABA brand.


President of the NABA Student Chapter at Dillard, Amanda Riley, who is also a graduating senior, interviewed with Chevron Corporation, Deloitte LLP, and Grant Thornton. Brittany Smith, also a graduating senior, interviewed for a full-time position with Grant Thornton. 

Junior Glenn Beverly was selected to interview with Dell, and was also invited by the finance director at Dell to sit at the Dell table during the scholarship luncheon. Tamara Johnson, a graduating senior, enjoyed networking with a hiring manager at Chevron Corporation for future opportunities.

Students were able to network with several recruiters and corporate executives. In fact, Albert Haynes was contacted for an interview with Enterprise just by following up with a contact he met at the conference. The conference was certainly the best way for Drew Jenkins, Whitney Maxwell, Jeffery Brooks, Temeka Lewis, Mbayame Ndoye, Wayne Maghett, Devin Fontenette, and Quayara Reed to move from their comfort zones to the networking zone.

"I truly enjoyed the Etiquette in Corporate America workshop, which taught valuable lessons beneficial to students," said Nicolette Hill following a session she participated in that focused on how to survive in corporate America. The students are already looking forward to next year’s NABA conference.  

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