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HBCU Media Summit Addresses Branding, Fund Raising and Exposure at Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities PDF Print E-mail
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(NEW ORLEANS - July 3, 2014) - The HBCU Media Summit presented by the HBCU Digest the national news resource of record for historically black colleges and universities, will be holding its annual panel and discussion-style event at Dillard University, July 10-12. The Summit is designed to engage the national HBCU community in media literacy and development and provide best practices in media culture building for HBCU communities from around the nation. Through dialog with practicing journalists, administrators, public relations professionals, and student media leaders, the Summit assists in providing a focused, national media strategy for HBCUs.

Among this year’s panelists and topics are:

 #GiveLoveXavier – A Case Study in Social Media Campaigning for HBCU Philanthropy
Lacrecia James, Whitney Grandpre, Kimberly Reese; Alumni Relations
Xavier University of Louisiana

Winning Coverage Strategies for Small Sports Information Staffs

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
Xavier University of Louisiana

Building Public and Private Partnerships for HBCU Media Ownership – Florida A&M and the Black Television News Network
Dr. Ann Wead Kimbrough, Dean
Florida A&M University School of Journalism and Graphic Communication

The Media-Minded HBCU Presidency
Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President
Dillard University

Positioning Research for Media Coverage
Dr. Tiffany Jones, Postdoctoral Research and Policy Analyst
Southern Education Foundation

And plenary speakers: Dottie Belletto, CEO, New Orleans Convention Company and Craig Melvin, host of the Craig Melvin Show, MSNBC.

An awards banquet will be held Friday, July 11, at 6 p.m. Dillard University is a finalist in eight categories honoring “Best Practices” for the school year 2013-14. Proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy (CHMA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the mission, culture and development of America’s historically black colleges and universities through new media exposure, training and education.

Online registration for the HBCU Digest 2014 Media Week Summit is still open. Click on the link below to register or contact Jarrett Carter, at (443) 242-HBCU (4228).

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Dillard University is a private four-year liberal arts historically black university with a legacy dating back to 1869. It is located on a picturesque 55-acre campus in New Orleans which boasts an “Avenue of Oaks,” spacious greens and white buildings of both Jeffersonian and modern architectural styles. Academically, it ranks among the top in a number of areas including Forbes’ 2013 list of Top Colleges and Universities in the U.S.; top 60 liberal arts institutions by the Washington Monthly (2013); consistently ranked as one of U.S News and World Report top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); American Institute of Physics’ top producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in physics (2012); and according to the National Science Foundation (2013), among the top 50 colleges whose graduates earn doctorates in the sciences. It has an enrollment of 1,200.

Dillard's Athletic Director, Kiki Barnes, named GCAC AD of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, La.)  The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference announced that Kiki Baker Barnes is the 2013-14 GCAC Athletics Director of the Year.  Barnes recently completed her eighth year in the position at Dillard University, and she also serves as GCAC President.  She first won the award back in 2010-11.

“I believe in not being afraid to fail, not worrying about what other people have to say, doing your best, working hard, having integrity,” said Barnes.

Her immediate boss seems to have noticed the hard work, long hours and tireless dedication Barnes has put forth, especially this year as it proved to be her first year as the full time athletic director.

“As President of the GCAC, she took the lead in the hiring of our new commissioner,” said Dillard University President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough.  “They have formed a great team that helped produce a fantastic basketball tournament.  Her leadership has been also noted by the chair of the council of presidents.”

Some of her important achievements throughout the academic calendar year include:

-Wrote a grant to help fund the DUFIT Summer Fitness Camp

-Led and completed facility renovation of athletics weight room, which included installing a new floor and purchasing new weight and training equipment

-Had student-athletes create a Live 5 hand gesture that was featured at 2014 NAIA National Convention

-Dillard University athletics received Five Star Champions of Character Award for the 6th year in a row

-For the 2nd year in a row, Dillard University won conference student of character award (2013-Jonquil Griffin; 2014 Amber Tramel) as well as conference coach of character award (2014-Bobby Williams)

-Men’s 4x4 meter relay team finished 3rd in the nation at the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Meet

-2014 GCAC Men’s Track Champions

-2014 GCAC Women’s Track and Cross Country teams both 1st runner-up

-Named to Gambit’s Top 40 under 40 list of New Orleans young professionals who are making a difference in the community

“Mrs. Barnes has been a pioneer in athletics as a coach, athletic director and conference president,” said Steven Martin, GCAC Commissioner.  “Her vision and tireless work has been a catalyst in developing the strategic plan for the growth of athletics at Dillard University and the GCAC.”

Barnes is close to finishing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans.  Her anticipated graduation date is December 2014.

When asked about how she was able to become so successful at such a young age, Barnes responded confidently.

“I try to use the talents that God has blessed me with and I try to be a visionary leader.  I am grateful for his blessings and will continue to try to affect positive change in my career and community.”

Physics Professor Abdalla Darwish Named Presidential Professor PDF Print E-mail
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Picture clipping 2Dr. Abdalla Darwish, a professor of physics, was recently named Dillard University’s first Presidential Professor.  The award is a non-renewable four-year appointment that recognizes and honors outstanding faculty scholars who have records of significant and sustained research, creative artistic work, or a history of securing grant/external funding, and who have achieved national or international reputation by virtue of accomplishments in their fields.

Darwish obtained his BS in Nuclear Engineering from University of Alexandria, MS in Solid State Physics and PhD in optics and laser physics from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He has been a Dillard University faculty member for sixteen years and has  served the university in numerous administrative roles, including chair of the physics department, chair of the School of STEM, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

Darwish is an expert in thin film fabrication using the Pulse Laser Deposition technique and ion implantation. He has authored over 80 publications in the areas of nonlinear optical materials, magnetic resonance, waveguides, thin film fabrication and optical sensors.  Over the course of his tenure at Dillard, Darwish has been able to secure over $13 million in grant funds as a PI or CoPI to establish many programs and research enterprises in physics and the School of STEM such as the summer bridge program, LA-LAMP, GAELA, TESSE, GAMP, AGAP, NASA- LA SPACE consortium, NASA-NORC for STEM retention, and PLD of materials. These projects were funded by research grants from the Air Force Office of Scientific research, Air Force, Navy, Army, NASA, NSF, NASA EPSCoR and most recently HBCUs as leaders and teachers in STEM from the University of Pennsylvania.  Darwish has also received multiple Louisiana Board of Regents grants.  

Darwish has established a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art laser ablation lab on the Dillard University campus. Earlier this year he filed for patent on his new invention of double laser ablation, and he is in the process of filing his second patent. According to the Composites B Engineering journal, his most recent publication about the invention of double laser ablation was downloaded over 296 times in just three months. This critical paper springs lots of scientific interactions and collaboration internationally through many countries: Japan, Malaysia, England, and China which changes the way the pulse laser deposition is done around the world.

Thank you Dillard University Alumni – YOU DID IT! PDF Print E-mail
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4th-of-july-thxThe faculty, staff and students of Dillard University would like to thank the greatest alumni family in the world for their support this past year!

Through your passion and dedication, our alumni participation rate was doubled from last year to this year! For the first time in nearly a decade, we can boast a 10% alumni participation rate (and rising.)

Our committed National Alumni Leadership, local chapter presidents and alumni from coast to coast and beyond, answered the call and made an amazing push in the final 48 hours to achieve this goal. Thank you #BleuPrideRising

Dillard Alum presents "The Love of a Family" stage play by Shar Sams during Essence Festival Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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unnamed-1NEW ORLEANS - Shar's Enterprise Corporation presents the stage play "The Love of a Family" during the Essence Music Festival at the Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd. on 3:00 P.M. on July 4, 5, and 6, 2014.  Directed, written and produced by Dillard University Alum Shar Sams; a twenty-three year veteran educator who has worked in all areas of the educational arena.

"The Love of a Family" features guest speakers Mary-Pat Hector, National Youth Director for National Action Network Civil Rights Organization; Overseer Ray Neal, Faith Memorial Church of the United Churches of God & Christ in Morrow, Georgia; and Praises Dancers from Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, New Orleans.

"The Love of a Family" talks about the importance of loving your children. Based on a family of four; a mother, father, and a set of twins; a daughter and a son; the play takes an in depth view concerning the tribulation of parents undergoing a divorce while trying to maintain a relationship with their children.

While the children think they have the perfect family and the "most terrific" parents in the world, they are totally naive of the turmoil taking place behind closed doors with mom and dad.  After 25 years of marriage, mom and dad have decided to divorce but are unsure of how to break the news to their children.  They don't want their pending separation and divorce to have an adverse effect on their honor roll children in a negative way.

The problem is that both parents love their children unconditionally and they both want custody and despise having to separate them because of the divorce.  Therefore, both parents mutually agreed to let the twin siblings live with their mother and have visitation rights with their father. The play dialogues about the different affects a divorce can have on each child and how family issues can extend into a child's classroom, personal friendships and relationships outside of the home. Even, if the children are raised in the same household and by the same parents.  The message to remember is never forget that your sons and daughters are the future doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders of the world.

Will the parents reconcile for the sake of their children? How will the children handle the divorce? How will the children react to their parents after finding out their parents are divorcing? Will both children mutually agree to live with the mother? Will the divorce affect the children's daily, personal, school or religious life?

"If you are looking for great entertainment, inspiration, motivation, great gospel music and a strong message that pertains to issues families face, throughout America on a daily basis? If you're wondering what really goes on behind closed doors in a classroom setting! What goes on in the mind of the so-called "At-Risk Child?" If you're wondering how a divorce can affect the entire family?  Then it's a must that your entire family see "The Love of a Family!"

July 5, 2014 has been designated as Red & White Day for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  There will also be outstanding, Comedians, Poetess, Dancers, Speakers and more.  Tickets are available via the web at  

A portion of the proceeds will go to Dillard University New Orleans, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Scholarship Fund.

Click here for Ticket Information

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