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Mr. and Miss Dillard Participate in Leadership Conference PDF Print E-mail
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king and queen conference Students, Jerome Bailey and Johne’tra Trotter, 2012-2013 Mister and Miss Dillard, participated in the Leadership for Queens and King Konnection Conference held in Memphis, TN. Held annually in the summer, the leadership conference is designed to enhance and train young men and women to become outstanding campus kings and queens. It also exposes the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) campus royalties to etiquette and business skills that prepare them for executing platforms and their reign. There are also many notable celebrity speakers, scheduled seminars, collegiate competitions, and a culminating gala during the conference.

This was Dillard University’s first time to be in attendance at this national conference which is being represented by over 40 HBCUs. “I am so excited to represent Dillard University at this conference as well as network with so many other HBCU campus queens,” says Johne’tra Trotter (Miss Dillard). Her sentiments are echoed by Jerome Bailey (Mister Dillard), “We have an extensive list of community service projects prepared for the new school year and it is great to expose Dillard University on a national level.”

Mister and Miss Dillard were accompanied by Mr. Jerald Bowman (Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development) and are supported by Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, Vice President for Student Success and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment, Management, Dr. Alecia Cyprian.

Dr. Lyons' Farewell PDF Print E-mail
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Farewell smileDillard University faculty, staff, students, Board Members and Alumni gathered on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 to wish Interim President Dr. James E. Lyons Sr. and Mrs. Lyons , a fond farewell. With well wishes, gifts, and kind words, various members of the Dillard community shared their congratulations, thanks and praise for a job well done in 2011-2012. 

The office of University Communications & Marketing created a video presentation, "The Year of the Lyons".

Watch the video here...

Dillard Theater to Present James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner" PDF Print E-mail
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amenCorner1Dillard University will host a reading of “The Amen Corner,” a 1954 play by author and activist James Baldwin, on Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium. The reading is part of the second annual “One Voice, One Play, One Day” project, in which one significant work of black theater is read on the same day, at approximately the same time, in theaters across the country.


“One Voice, One Play, One Day” is an initiative of Project 1 Voice, a national performing arts organization dedicated to the preservation of black theater. Project 1 Voice will present the reading at Dillard University in conjunction with the American Theatre Project of New Orleans.


“The Amen Corner” tells the story of a family in Harlem in the mid-20th century trying to navigate its faith, relationships and careers amidst a backdrop of poverty and racism. The New Orleans reading will star Sherri Marina, former chair of Dillard University’s theater department, and Nicoye Banks (“Law & Order,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day”), as well as members of the Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company and the Anthony Bean Community Theater, which recently produced “The Amen Corner.” Ed Bishop, artistic director for the American Theater Project of New Orleans, will direct.


In 2011, the inaugural “One Voice, One Play, One Day” presentation featured readings of Alice Childress’s “Trouble In Mind” in 18 theaters across the U.S.


Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. To learn more, visit or, or contact Ed Bishop (504) 957-9283.


Dillard Oak Trees PDF Print E-mail
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oak debrisDillard University is known for its beautiful oak trees, which form the Avenue of the Oaks. The care and upkeep of the trees is a significant part of the grounds maintenance and a job that is handled with care and pride.

On Thursday, May 24, 2012 work began on taking down two sick oak trees on the Avenue. As much as the Dillard community is sad to see them go, these trees have become a risk to staff, faculty, students and guests. New oak trees will be planted to replace those that have been removed.

For more information, contact Facilities at (504) 816-4763

Reverend Gail Bowman Bids Farewell to Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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Sister 2 Sister Bowman1Dillard University's Chaplain, Reverend Gail Bowman, has resigned from Fair Dillard.  Her last day at Dillard will be Friday, May 18, 2012. Staff, faculty and students gathered in Lawless Chapel earlier in the week to bid her farewell and share how much she has meant to them. Reverend Bowman will begin a new position as Director of the Willis D. Weatherford, Jr. Campus Christian Center and College Chaplain at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Reverend Bowman has written a letter to the Dillard community, to address her departure.

Dear Dillard University Community--

So many questions have arisen regarding my departure I decided it was necessary and appropriate to speak up. Please know, first of all, that I was not ‘forced out,’ nor am I ‘retiring.’ I am going to another school, and let me explain why.

When I came to Dillard University in 1998 it was because I was quite sure I was called by God to be at Dillard. I was eager to be obedient in being where God asked me to be. There are not many who have been at Dillard long enough to remember, but I was considered a real outsider when I first came. I knew and understood so little of what Dillard, and New Orleans, were about. What I liked, right away though, was the pride, the joy and the God-centeredness of the University. I fell in love with the students first and, before I knew it, I came to love the faculty and staff-- the whole community of ‘Fair Dillard.’ I will take my leave at the end of this week because I am still called to be where God asks me to be, and God now asks me to be at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Dillard University, I have loved being your Chaplain. You have honored me by accepting my guidance and by requesting my prayers. Your trust has challenged me to examine The Word deliberately and daily, and to employ both care and courage in responding to difference among us. I have experienced the deepest and most profound blessing of Greater Than There Can Be None while journeying with you; I am forever grateful to God, and I am forever grateful to you.

Our office is putting together some suggestions on how our work might be continued and will leave those with Dr. Barnes-Teamer, who is our supervisor. We have little doubt, however, that Dr. Kimbrough will have some additional wisdom to add to this conversation when he arrives. It is good that he will have some freedom to reconfigure religious life at Dillard. He clearly understands the need to be thoughtful and prayerful in how we express and live our faith. The spirit of Dillard University is reinvigorated through our ability to welcome new people into our community and allow God to use them in our midst.

The spirit of Dillard University is enriched through our willingness to ask the best of ourselves in each present moment, and for each education-seeking young person who comes our way. Beloved, we are a grand manifestation and a holy celebration of the sustained faithfulness of Almighty God. May our words, our deeds and even our thoughts live up to that extraordinary awareness of Grace. God bless you always; you will continue in my prayers.

Gail E. Bowman (Rev.) University Chaplain

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