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President Lyons and the Staff Task Force Recognize Employees Who Go Above and Beyond PDF Print E-mail
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In December, Interim President James Lyons and his Staff Task Force named Lynette Berry of business and finance the Employee of the Month, and gave You Got Caught Doing Something Good Awards to Cedric Warren and Vaughn Williams.

Also in attendance were Keith McKendall, assistant vice president of facilities, James Hobbs, assistant vice president of ITT, Kim Ramsey, chief accounting officer, Dr. Kevin Bastian, assistant vice president of student success, and Dianna Holliday Woods, chair of the President's Staff Task Force.

Dillard would like to thank all its employees who go the extra mile to make this university a special place to work and learn!

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Lynette Berry of Business & Finance was the Employee of the Month for Dec. 2011

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Cedric Warren of Facilities "Got Caught Doing Something Good"

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Vaughn Williams of Facilities "Got Caught Doing Something Good"

 
Ruth Simmons and Ronald Burns Appointed to Board of Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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RuthSimmons-WebDillard University has appointed two new members to its board of trustees: Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University, and Mr. Ronald V. Burns Sr., president and C.E.O. of BMG Enterprises.

“I am very excited to welcome these two stellar individuals to Dillard University’s board of trustees,” said Joyce Roche, the board’s chair. “Between their appointment and the recent announcement of Dr. Walter Kimbrough as our next president, it is a very exciting time at Dillard.”

Ruth J. Simmons has served as president of Brown University since July 3, 2001 and plans to step down from that position at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. She was president of Smith College from 1995 until the time of her appointment at Brown.

RonaldBurns-WebA native of Texas and a 1967 graduate of Dillard University, Simmons received her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures from Harvard University in 1973. She was recently appointed by President Obama as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. In 2001, Time Magazine named her America’s best college president. In 2007, she was named one of U.S. News & World Report’s top U.S. leaders.

Ronald V. Burns Sr. owns BMG Enterprises, a diverse corporation consisting of three different businesses. Burns graduated from Dillard University in 1973 with a B.S. in accounting. In 1974, he assumed the position of vice president and internal auditor with Liberty Bank and Trust Company, which he held until 1984.

In 1984, Burns founded Quick Courier Services, Inc., a same-day delivery and logistics service. In 1992, he started Burns Management Group, a consulting firm with an emphasis on business development and government relationships. In 1993, he founded Global Parking Systems, a parking management company whose clients include Louis Armstrong International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and the William Hobby and George W. Bush airports in Houston.
 
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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