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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.)

 
Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium to Release Strategic Plan PDF Print E-mail
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The Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium will release its Strategic Plan for Community Wellness at an open meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Caffin Avenue International Seventh Day Adventist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward. Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, will attend the meeting to discuss the plan with community members and representatives from institutions that developed the plan. Dillard University was instrumental in the formation of the consortium.

The Strategic Plan for Community Wellness contains specific action pathways and recommendations regarding health and wellness, education and schools, recreation, economic development and jobs, housing, the environment, and community infrastructure in the Lower Ninth Ward. Representatives from the community have pledged to help make these recommendations a reality by promoting wellness and partnering with non-profits and government agencies.  

Leaders of community organizations, citizens of the Lower Ninth Ward, and representatives from the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (a partnership between Dillard University and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) met 21 times over a one-year period to develop the plan. The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham also assisted the effort. Meetings were open to all members of the community. Eighteen organizations came together to form the Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium, which will work to implement the plan and its recommendations.

Six years after Hurricane Katrina, the devastation of the Lower Ninth Ward remains evident in the community’s physical environment and the psyche of its residents. "Despite the prolonged trauma and the disproportional impact to this vulnerable population, the community is resilient in its efforts to rebuild and persistent in its pursuit of justice and equity in the rebuilding process," said Dr. Shelia Webb, who lead the survey research and community focus groups that informed the Strategic Plan for Community Wellness.   

To learn more about the Lower Ninth Ward Community Wellness Consortium and its Strategic Plan for Community Wellness, please contact Alice Craft-Kerney at (504) 259-8279.

 
Dillard Hosts National Association of Mathematicians for Annual Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University is hosting the National Association of Mathematicians for Undergraduate MATH-Fest XXI from Nov. 3-5, 2011. The conference, which is being held in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building (rooms 131 and 135), features lectures, panel discussions and student presentations with professors from dozens of colleges and universities from across the country. Click here to view the complete schedule of events.

Dillard University welcomes the National Association of Mathematicians!

 
Dillard to Compete in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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This year Dillard University will compete in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), the HBCU National Quiz Championship. HCASC is the first-ever academic quiz competition designed for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The questions cover traditional academic areas such as business, science, literature, history, geography, religion, philosophy, the social sciences and the arts, as well as current events, sports and pop culture. The competition also features African American history and culture.

Dillard University is among 89 HBCUs eligible for this year’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Competition at Dillard University begins with the Power Search, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at 12 p.m. on Kabacoff Plaza and at 6 p.m. in the Kearny Dining Hall. A Power Search is a quick 30 question quiz that students can take to see what type of information is asked in HCASC questions. The Power Search is used to recruit the best, brightest and fastest players for Dillard University’s HCASC team. All students who compete in the Power Search are eligible for selection as a member of the varsity squad. Our varsity squad could advance to the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles. The Nationals, featuring 48 HBCUs, is the academic competition version of March Madness.

Since 1989, pver 75,000 students have used their brainpower and buzzer-skills to earn over $6 million in grants from Honda via the HCASC. The competition is sanctioned by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and the Association of College Unions International. For more information, contact Dr. Valandra German at (504) 816-4477.

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Dillard Appoints Dr. Walter Kimbrough as University's Seventh President PDF Print E-mail
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Dr._K__photo_6Dillard University’s board of trustees has chosen Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D., to lead the university as its seventh president. Dr. Kimbrough will assume the post on July 1, 2012.

“We are thrilled to bring such an energetic, visionary leader to Dillard,” says board chair Joyce M. Roché. “Dr. Kimbrough is uniquely well-suited to help the university build on its strengths and chart a strategic course for the future.”

Kimbrough joins Dillard after serving for seven years as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark., where he orchestrated a remarkable revitalization effort. Under his leadership, the college dramatically increased student recruitment and graduation rate. The university also adopted a new mission and greatly raised its stature by focusing on its core values and history as an HBCU and a charter member of the United Negro College Fund.

Kimbrough, who is among the youngest college presidents in the nation, is known for his active use of social media to engage and stay connected with students. “The depth of Dr. Kimbrough’s dedication to students is inspiring,” says Dr. Roché. “He is successful because he puts students’ success above all else.”

Prior to beginning his tenure at Philander Smith, Kimbrough served for four years as the vice president for student affairs at Albany State University in Albany, Ga. He also served as director of student activities and leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and held administrative posts at Georgia State University and Emory University.

Kimbrough received a bachelor of science in agriculture with a major in biology from the University of Georgia. He earned a master of science in college student personnel services from Miami University and a doctor of philosophy in higher education from Georgia State University.

Kimbrough has written widely on the role of fraternities and sororities in education, particularly in the educational experiences of students of color. His book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, has won popular acclaim and is now in its tenth printing. He has also been recognized for his extensive research and writing on African-American men in college. “The Black Male Initiative” he created at Philander Smith College has become a model for similar programs nationwide.

Kimbrough has received numerous honors and awards. He was selected as a 2001 Nissan-ETS HBCU Fellow and a 2002 participant in the Millennium Leadership Initiative sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of “25 To Watch.” And in 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power list of the 100 doers and influencers in the African-American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, Richard Parsons, Tyler Perry, Debra Lee, Michael Jordan, and Tom Joyner.

Dr. Kimbrough and his wife Adria Nobles Kimbrough, associate general counsel with the University of Arkansas System, are the proud parents of two children: Lydia Nicole, 5, and Benjamin Barack, 2.
 
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