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Stephanie Akpapuna Garners Media Coverage With Unique Achievement PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Stephanie Akpapuna, a Theatre Arts major from Lagos, Nigeria, has been named valedictorian of the Dillard University Class of 2016.  Arin Ryan, a Film major from LaPlace, Louisiana, has been selected as class salutatorian.

Akpapuna delivered the valedictory address at Dillard’s Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 7. 

Akpapuna is part of a very unique family tradition at Dillard University.  Both of her older sisters, Jennifer, ’04, and Merrilyn, ’14 were valedictorians of their graduating classes.

“I’m proud and humbled by the fact that I could do my sisters proud and also keep the legacy they started going,” said Akpapuna.  “Dillard has been a wonderful experience.  I’ve enjoyed my stay here and I’ve learned so much. I would have been a number somewhere else, but at Dillard you are treated as an individual.  Here we’re so family oriented and it’s great to have that.”

After graduation, she will attend Carnegie Mellon University where she will pursue her Master of Fine Arts in stage and production management. 

Akpapuna has been named a Presidential Scholar and is a recipient of the Humanities Talent Scholarship, the Ray Charles Scholarship as well as the Denzel & Pauletta Washington Scholarship.

 She is a member of the Dean’s list and has been inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society. Akpapuna is also a participant in the Daniel C. Thompson/Samuel DuBois Cook Honors Program.

 As a member of the Theatre Department she was worked on or appeared in 14 theatrical productions.

A graduate of Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls Secondary School in Lagos, Nigeria, she is the daughter of Dr. Emmanuel and Rita Akpapuna.

 
Top Talents Visits PHI: 444 Class in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Jason Mitchell, an actor of “Straight Outta Compton” and “Keanu” fame, and Karen Civil, a digital media maven, were guest lecturers of #PHI 444: Hip Hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior., a class taught by Walter M. Kimbrough. Mitchell, a New Orleans native, has steadily built a reputation as an actor on the rise, over the last five years. Mitchell has achieved critical acclaim for his role portraying the iconic “Eazy-E” in Universal Studios’ “Straight Outta Compton,” the 2015 biopic on N.W.A., that was directed by F. Gary Gray. Starring opposite Paul Giamatti, Mitchell beat out competition from around the country for this coveted role. He won the African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as sharing nominations with his fellow castmates for Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics Choice Awards.

He shard his story of modest begginings in New Orleans and how his strong work ethic has helped him in Hollywood. 

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Civil, an Elizabeth, New Jersey native, learned  the power of digital media as a teen, after her fan sites led her to meeting the Backstreet Boys and Bodie from The Wire. She relocated to Los Angeles four years ago to become the social media manager for Beats by Dre and has crafted social media campaigns for artists and brands including lil Wayne. She runs websites including Live Civil, where's it's all about postivity and uses  self-motivation as a tool that the she often practices and pushes, and wrote about in her book, Live Civil: 5 Tools for Unlocking Your Potential and Living Your Purpose. 

She told the students: “When you actually believe in yourself and you’re fulfilling the life that you chose and that you want, there’s nothing more rewarding than that."

About #PHI 444

Kimbrough’s philosophy class, #PHI 444: Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior seeks to look at this sexual revolution through the lens of the musical art form which is arguably is the most sexual- hip hop. This course provides an opportunity for substantive reflection and review of ethical principles and their relevance today in light of the creation and growth of the hip hop culture. Join in on the class discussions on Twitter #PHI444.

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Central City Community Health Festival PDF Print E-mail
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 Office of Community Relations Central city Fest

For more than a decade, the Dillard University Office of Community Relations (OCR), under the guidance of Nick Harris, has been actively engaged in revitalizing neighborhoods in and around the Gentilly area. 

Last month, Dillard University along with its partners from Progressive Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, and Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, hosted a Community Health Festival at Progressive Baptist Church. 

The event featured health forums, diabetes testing, fitness and exercise, health insurance enrollment, and various screenings. The focus wasn't just on physical health; the event will also featured financial planners, cooking demonstrations, vegetable gardening activities, home and renters insurance enrollment, legal services, youth summer academic program information, homebuyers counseling, along with fire safety demonstrations as well as career opportunities.

 
Akpapuna continues family tradition as 3rd sister named valedictorian, Ryan selected as salutatorian PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANSStephanie Akpapuna, a Theatre Arts major from Lagos, Nigeria, has been named valedictorian of the Dillard University Class of 2016.  Arin Ryan, a Film major from LaPlace, Louisiana, has been selected as class salutatorian.

Akpapuna will deliver the valedictory address at Dillard’s Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 7.

Akpapuna is part of a very unique family tradition at Dillard University.  Both of her older sisters, Jennifer, ’04, and Merrilyn, ’14 were valedictorians of their graduating classes.

“I’m proud and humbled by the fact that I could do my sisters proud and also keep the legacy they started going,” said Akpapuna.  “Dillard has been a wonderful experience.  I’ve enjoyed my stay here and I’ve learned so much. I would have been a number somewhere else, but at Dillard you are treated as an individual.  Here we’re so family oriented and it’s great to have that.”

After graduation, she will attend Carnegie Mellon University where she will pursue her Master of Fine Arts in stage and production management.

Akpapuna has been named a Presidential Scholar and is a recipient of the Humanities Talent Scholarship, the Ray Charles Scholarship as well as the Denzel & Pauletta Washington Scholarship.

She is a member of the Dean’s list and has been inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society. Akpapuna is also a participant in the Daniel C. Thompson/Samuel DuBois Cook Honors Program.

As a member of the Theatre Department she was worked on or appeared in 14 theatrical productions.

A graduate of Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls Secondary School in Lagos, Nigeria, she is the daughter of Dr. Emmanuel and Rita Akpapuna.

4-28-2016-salutatorianArin Ryan has been named salutatorian of the Class of 2016.  She will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film.

She is the fourth member of her family to graduate from Dillard, following her mother, aunt, and sister.

Ryan is a four-year Dean’s Scholar and a winner of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Torchbearer’s Award.  She is a member of the Dillard University Producer’s Club.

She started her academic career at Dillard as a biology major, but found her calling in film. 

“I thought that I would enjoy what I was doing, but I wasn’t really into it,” said Ryan.  “I realized that I needed to do something that I loved.  I’ve always made movies and did photography, so I went to film.  I felt really welcome there and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

She has been recognized for her film work, as a crewmember of the film “The Cutoff” which was among the top twenty films at the Louisiana Film Prize contest, and she worked on the film “Cover Me,” which premiered at the 2015 International Film Festival.  She was also behind the scenes on the Big Easy Award Nominated play “Shine On.”

Ryan was part of the ensemble in the production of “The Lion and the Jewel”, where she also performed production work. Additionally, she was a member of the cast of the independent films “There’s a New World” and “The Dunning Man.” 

Ryan has several other credits to her resume in film, television, and stage production, including “Rodeo and Juliet” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

After taking a year off, Ryan plans to attend graduate school and then open her own film production company.

She is a graduate of A Beka Academy, where she was valedictorian of her class.  Arin Ryan is the daughter of Fontella Baker and Arnold Ryan.


 
Dillard to Conduct Assessment of its School of Nursing; New Admissions to be Suspended for 2017-18 Academic Year PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University has announced it will conduct a full internal assessment of its generic baccalaureate and LPN-BSN nursing programs.  As a result, the University will suspend admission of new students into the programs for the 2017-2018 academic year.  During the suspension, the program will continue to be evaluated and honed with a focus on the skill development and academic needs of its students.  The primary focus will be raising the performance of students on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

This suspension will not affect the status of those students currently enrolled in the program.

Dr. Yolanda W. Page, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated such an assertive approach  is necessary to allow administrators to thoroughly review all aspects of the program, including curriculum, staffing, and support mechanisms.

“Dillard University is home to Louisiana’s first BSN program,” said Dr. Page.  “We owe it to our alumni and current students to ensure that the Dillard legacy of excellence in nursing remains intact.”

While suspending the program was a difficult decision, this action serves as an indicator of the University’s commitment to ensuring the program’s viability in the future.

School of Nursing Chair, Dr. Sharon Hutchinson added: “The School of Nursing has been working with and will continue to work closely with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing in getting the program back to the lofty status it has had historically.” 

Because the suspension will affect students enrolling for Fall 2016, making the announcement at this time allows prospective freshmen and their families the opportunity to make a decision about selecting another major.

The baccalaureate nursing program currently has the conditional approval of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

 
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