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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.


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.
Homecoming 2013 Week Events PDF Print E-mail
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Homecoming Basketball Game

Nov. 8 - 16, 2013 

Friday, Nov. 8

Zooman and the Sign opens, 8 p.m. in the Cook Theater. 

Saturday, Nov. 9
Neophyte Show (Greeks Probate), 7 p.m. Dent Hall

Sunday, Nov. 10
Chapel; Theatrical Performance, Zooman and the Sign, 1:30 p.m. mantinee, Cook Theater

Monday, Nov. 11

Neophyte Monday, Kabacoff, 11 a.m.

Midnight Madness Pep Rally, 9p.m., Dent Hall (gym)

Tuesday, Nov. 12
Comedy Show, Professional Sciences and Building (PSB), 7 p.m., $2 tickets; non-DU student w/i.d., $1.

 Wednesday, Nov. 13
Message in the Middle, Lawless Chapel, Noon;

HBCU Talent Showcase, PSB Georges Auditorium, 7 p.m., $2 tickets

Thursday, Nov. 14
Convocation, "Respect My Roots", Lawless Chapel, 11 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 15
Shadow Day;

Coronation, Dent Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Open House, 8:30 to 4 p.m.,

Tailgate, Parade, 10 a.m.;

Women's basketball game, 3 p.m.; Men's game, 5 p.m.  against Wiley College

Sunday, Nov. 17
Worship Service, Sunday Night Live

Dillard Announces $25 Million NIH Grant to Benefit Health Disparities Research PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University has been awarded a $25 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to further expand its research infrastructure and initiatives regarding health disparities. The grant was formally announced on Oct. 24 in Dillard’s Professional Schools and Sciences Building by Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the NIH. The grant, which will be disbursed over a five-year period, will enable Dillard University to:

•    Recruit between five and seven additional tenure-track faculty with research emphases in epidemiology, bioinformatics, clinical research and other related disciplines to participate in health disparities research.
•    Expand its CORE (Capacity-Outreach-Research Endowment) health disparities program in the community and globally.
•    Recruit and support talented, underrepresented students to engage in health disparities and environmental research.
•    Recruit an internationally recognized scholar/researcher as an endowed chair to engage in and expand cross-disciplinary research.

Dillard’s president emerita, Dr. Marvalene Hughes, and a team of faculty and administrators began working on this initiative prior to her departure in June, and she is thrilled to see the project come to fruition. “This is a giant step for Dillard because it puts the university in a position of leadership in helping to address health inequities,” said Dr. Hughes, the grant’s principal investigator. “Not only will the university be able to grow its health and research programs, but the New Orleans community at large will significantly benefit as the city continues to expand its health and biomedical research infrastructure.”

The grant will provide $5 million for each of the next five years to the university’s research endowment. Earnings on the endowment funds will go to expand Dillard’s research capacity and infrastructure.

“We are excited and honored to have been selected for one of these awards,” said Dr. Lyons, Dillard’s interim president. “This affords us the opportunity to continue to build our infrastructure and greatly advance our capacity to engage in high-end health and health disparities research. By making this an endowment grant, the NIMHD has made a very significant and long-term commitment to Dillard’s efforts to address health inequities.”

The award will have a major impact on Dillard’s Schools of Nursing and Public Health and increase cross-disciplinary research between the Departments of STEM and Social Sciences, said Dillard provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, who is the grant’s other principal investigator. “What’s so exciting about this award is that it not only strengthens and advances current research activity, but it will also facilitate the hiring of additional stellar research faculty, including an endowed chair and a number of endowed research professors,” Dr. Dawkins said. “All of this dramatically advances undergraduate research by enabling us to recruit, support, and mentor additional students in health disparities and related research.”

In 2010 and 2011 Dillard was also awarded $6.5 million and $5.6 million grants from the NIH for university centers in health disparities research and environmental health sciences. According to the grant agreement for this new award, funds will be invested and investment earnings will be utilized to carry out the grant objectives, including research facility upgrades.

“The $25 million award for this grant represents the largest single grant award to the university in its history, and is the result of the hard work of a number of faculty and administrators,” said Theodore Callier, Dillard’s assistant vice president for research and sponsored programs. “This is an extraordinary award for the university, and it represents a multimillion-dollar investment in the area’s economy over the life of the grant.”

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