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Dillard to feature Michelle Guobadia at Greek 101 Anti- Hazing Workshop on Sept. 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Michelle Guobadia
(New Orleans) - The Office of President and the Pan Helenic Council of Dillard University are sponsoring a workshop featuring noted sorority/fraternity expert Michelle Guobadia on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium on Dillard’s campus.  Guobadia, who engages in frank talk about hazing, addresses the myths and misconceptions of how hazing adds value to a fraternity/sorority chapter.  The theme of the Greek 101 Workshop is “Hazing  Makes You a Better Greek, and Other Stupid Myths.”

According to her promotional flyer, Guobadia offers insight into Greek ritual, and says that tearing a person down or using ridicule and violence to make them feel they are part of a special community a life-long bond cannot build a life-long bond. The workshop is free and open to all college students and the general public. For more information call Hermine Jones at (504) 816-4837 or  go to or

Guobadia is the Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina where she advises 33 fraternities and sororities.

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The Saturday Science Academy (SSA) enrolls 200 students from grades 2-8 who are divided into two clusters by grade level for a 10-week program. The Academcy starts Oct. 1, 2016 and ends Dec 10, 2016. Classes run from 9 a.m. to Noon.

The SSA grants minority students access to potential careers in science and engineering. The project helps develop skills in the creative expression of scientific and mathematical ideas. It also provides activities in the technical use of computer to hone quantitative and analytical problem solving skills and also exposes students to the scientific method in a laboratory setting where discovery and heuristic methods are used in observing, classifying and analyzing physical phenomena. 

The program also motivates and develops positive attitudes towards science, mathematics and engineering through direct exposure to role models; and improves precision and power in oral and written communication skills. Students will establish coalitions between Dillard University and community organizations including the church to form a broad-based approach to solving problems associated with having few minorities working in science and technology fields.

Apply here, then contact Dr. Ruby Broadway at (504) 816-4725.

Daughters of Charity Health Center Celebrated Ribbon Cutting for its Gentilly Location on Dillard’s Campus PDF Print E-mail
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The Daughters of Charity held a ribbon cutting and dedication of its newest center located in the Student Union on Dillard’s campus Wednesday, Aug. 27.  President Kimbrough, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Councilman Jared Brossett (District D), New Orleans Health Department Director Charlotte Parent, other elected officials, health care providers, and members of the Gentilly community were in attendance.

The center, which is the Gentilly location, is accessed from 100 Warrington Drive.

According to Michael G. Griffin, president and CEO of Daughters of Charity, and former member of Dillard’s Board of Trustees, the opening of a health center at the University had always been part of Dillard’s vision in rebuilding the campus after Hurricane Katrina.

Until now, there was no full-service primary health care facility in the area. The Daughters of Charity Health Center provides women’s health (OB/GYN and prenatal services), primary care for children, adults and seniors, as well as dental services and behavioral health services.

Daughters of Charity Health Center in Gentilly is open to all members of the community Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The health care facility accepts most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC). A sliding fee scale also is available, as well as low-cost medications through a pharmacy assistance program for those who qualify.

Dillard’s 2014 Brain Food Lecture Series is a ‘Feast for All’ PDF Print E-mail
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First lecture with Michael Steele set for Sept. 18 

in Georges Auditorium



(New Orleans), LA – Conservative Republican, economic activist, award-winning ballet soloist, and noted civil rights attorney - Dillard University’s 2014 Brain Food Lecture Series promises to serve up a savory array of speakers guaranteed to feed the intellectual appetite of all who attend.


On Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, Michael Steele, first African American Chairman of the Republican National Committee, will deliver the first lecture in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Steele is recognized as an African American conservative Republican and has achieved unprecedented success in the political arena. He made history in 2003 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and again in 2009 as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), a position he held until 2011. During his tenure as lieutenant governor, Steele worked to reform the state’s Minority Business Enterprise Program and chaired the Governor’s Commission on Quality Education.   


As RNC Chairman, he led the party in record-setting fundraising and won more seats at the federal, state, and local levels since 1928. He is president and CEO of The Steele Group and co-founder of Purple Nation Solutions, a D.C.-based strategic communications and public affairs firm. Among other positions, Steele has served as Chairman of GOPAC, held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform.


Steele is a Political Analyst for MSNBC and has appeared as a contributor on a number of national broadcast media including Fox News and the Salem Radio Network’s Morning in America Show. He has also been a guest on cable talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.


As an author and writer, Steele writes a regular column for The Root and BET, and has articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and The Journal of International Security Affairs, to name a few.  


Released in 2010, his book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda, focuses on denouncing overall policies of the current administration and offering conservative solutions.

Steele received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins and earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.


Upcoming lectures:  


Oct. 14 – Maggie Anderson,

Author of Our Black Year and Founder of the Empowerment Experiment


Nov. 11 – Misty Copeland

Phenomenal ballet soloist with the American Ballet Theater

Author of Life in Motion


Dec. 2 – Revius Ortique Lecture on Law and Society – Benjamin Crump

Noted civil rights attorney; represented Trayvon Martin’s family and currently representing

family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

Jan. 26, 2015 – Jason L. Riley

Author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed


Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @BrainFood, visit or call 504.816.4800.  

Dillard to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Upward Bound. Event honoring the first summer prep program set for Sept. 20 PDF Print E-mail
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colaNEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Upward Bound Program during a breakfast on Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union. Founded in 1964, Dillard’s Upward Bound Program is one of 17 pilot programs in the country and is the first in Louisiana. Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program and was initially created as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” to assist students of color and low-income white students in attaining a college education.   

The breakfast will feature graduates of Dillard's Upward Bound program as well as the first director, Ms. Adrienne Tervalon, who will be honored along with Dr. Camacia Smith-Ross, who spearheaded the program after Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Monique G. Cola, alumna of Dillard’s Upward Bound Program and assistant to vice chancellor of student affairs/executive dean at Delgado Community College is the keynote speaker. Prior to her position at Delgado, Cola served as Director of the Biology Resource Center at Xavier University.  She also served as the first African American faculty member in Tulane University’s Neuroscience Program.  While at Tulane she taught the Neuroanatomy Laboratory for the Neuroscience Graduate Program and a course on the “Brain and Behavior.”  As a neuroanatomist, Cola has done clinical research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to measure regions of the brain in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), stroke, and healthy controls to better understand how dysfunctions in the brain occur.

As the only black female neuroscientists in Louisiana, Cola says her personal endeavor is to expose underrepresented minority students to careers in the sciences. “My goal is to eliminate the illusion that only the best and brightest can do science, “ she said. “ I want to demonstrate that scientists can be normal warm-blooded people from backgrounds and circumstances similar to theirs.”  Cola is known affectionately by local high school students for her “brain in the bucket” workshops from laboratory demonstrations she has done for budding STEM students.
Her awards include the prestigious Neuroscience Fellowship by the American Psychological Association (2005) and her selection in 2008 as a scholar by the African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium. Cola has also co-published a number of scientific articles that have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. Cola received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Tulane University; a M.S. degree in Pathology from Louisiana State University; and her B.A. in Biology and Chemistry (double major) from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.  

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