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Dillard Partners With U.S. Coast Guard PDF Print E-mail
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DUCoastGuardWebThe U.S. Coast Guard and Dillard University entered into a formal partnership when Capt. Edwin M. Stanton, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, and Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes signed a memorandum of agreement on Dillard’s campus on Friday, April 8. The partnership is designed to support the Coast Guard’s recruiting efforts while providing additional tuition-saving choices and academic options for Dillard students and professors.

The four-year partnership will enable Dillard to establish a new forum for addressing environmental issues in the Gulf Coast region, and provide opportunities for Dillard students to partake in the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) scholarship program, which bears similarities to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Dillard students will benefit from internship opportunities with the Coast Guard in areas such as engineering, operations, logistics and information services, as well as the potential for internships with the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard will also work with Dillard’s Environmental Sustainability Program to provide student research opportunities in maritime transportation management and security areas. Career mentorship for students will be another element of the partnership.

“We are incredibly proud to be joining forces with an organization like the United States Coast Guard,” said President Hughes. “This joint venture will provide exciting research, internship and job opportunities for our students, and bolster the important work of our Environmental Sustainability Program. We look forward to working with Captain Stanton and the Coast Guard for years to come.”

To view the Coast Guard's official photo release, click here.

 
Spring Concert 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Spring_Concert_2011_PosterThe Dillard University Concert Choir will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15, 2011 at 4 p.m. The concert, to be held in Lawless Assembly Hall on the Dillard campus, is free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to arrive early to secure seating.

“I’ve often told my choir that a good musical composition makes the audience remember it,” said choir director S. Carver Davenport. “The Dillard Choir performance of ‘Come Sweet Death,’ composed by one of the masters, J.S. Bach, and set to contemporary choreography, has something novel that sets it apart. It really holds the audience’s attention.”

With the help of accompanist Lucian Zidaru, the 39-member choir will perform selections by J. Rosamond Johnson, Richard Smallwood, Moses G. Hogan and more.

“Moses was a member of the Dillard faculty for 13 years, and I had the honor and privilege of being in the very first chorale that he started in 1980, the New World Ensemble, as well as the last chorale he directed before passing in 2003,” said Davenport. “Good compositions reflect the conscious design of their composer or arranger, and in the spirituals that the choir will perform, the audience will certainly hear the musical genius of my dear friend, Moses Hogan.”

The choir’s repertoire draws from a variety of musical styles, including classical masterpieces, folk and art songs, jazz tunes, and Negro spirituals such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “In Bright Mansions Above.”

Dillard University invites you to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music performed by talented, passionate young men and women.

 
The Passing of Civil Rights Activist Almena Lomax PDF Print E-mail
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almena-lomaxThe Dillard University community joins the nation in mourning the loss of Mrs. Almena Lomax, mother of former Dillard University President Michael Lomax. A pioneering journalist and civil rights activist, Mrs. Lomax founded the Los Angeles Tribune, and covered stories such as the Montgomery bus boycott, and the search for activist and revolutionary Angela Davis.

We extend our sincerest, most heartfelt condolences to the Lomax family on the loss of Almena, an amazing matriarch and a true national treasure.

Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the United Negro College Fund.

To learn more about Almena Lomax, please visit the Web site of the Los Angeles Times.

 
Honors Convocation 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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OsbeyWebDillard University's annual Honors Convocation will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. Those Dillard students who achieved exceptional academic marks this year will be recognized for their inclusion on the Dean's List and Honor Roll. The Dillard University Choir will also perform.

The keynote speaker will be poet Brenda Marie Osbey (pictured), a Dillard University alumna from the class of 1978. Osbey serves as a professional-in-residence at Louisiana State University. She was the first peer-selected poet laureate of the state of Louisiana (2005-07).

 
Champions of the American Dream Event to Honor Lundy, McKenna PDF Print E-mail
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Lundy_photoThe Dillard University College of Business will honor local entrepreneurs Beverly McKenna and Larry Lundy at the inaugural Champions of the American Dream event on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Beverly McKenna, publisher of the New Orleans Tribune, and Larry Lundy, owner of Lundy Enterprises and a Dillard alumnus, were chosen for their success and persistence in business pursuits, their history of philanthropy, and their service as role models for the New Orleans community.

At the ceremony, both honorees will lecture on business entrepreneurship and participate in an audience question-and-answer session. The event will be followed by a reception in the atrium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building on the Dillard campus.

BeverlyMcKennaWeb_copyChampions of the American Dream is a new initiative of the Dillard University College of Business designed to recognize local business leaders. Champions will be selected twice annually, in the fall and spring, and include one Dillard alum and one non-alum.

McKenna and Lundy were nominated by a committee consisting of Dr. Christian Fugar, dean of the College of Business, Mr. Ronald V. Burns Sr., chair of the college’s Corporate Advisory Committee, Dr. Walter Strong, executive vice president, and Ms. Kemberly Washington, assistant dean for student programs in the College of Business.
 
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