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Dillard University will host an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new Professional Schools and Sciences Building. Registration for Spring Semester 2011 will take place on January 6 and 7, 2011. Classes begin January 10. For more information, contact Monica White at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (504) 816-4670.


Tickets Now Available for Attorney General Eric Holder's Lecture PDF Print E-mail
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Eric_HolderTickets for the Inaugural Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Lecture on Law and Society are now available for Dillard University faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends. The lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder (pictured) will keynote the lecture. After the lecture, there will be a dedication ceremony for the Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Mock Trial Center. A reception will follow.

Seating is limited, so please pick up your tickets by Wednesday, Nov. 10 in Rosenwald Hall, Room 230. Admission is free. Individuals unable to obtain seating in the PSB auditorium may view a simulcast of the event in the Cook Theater.

For more information, please click here, or contact Troy Baldwin or Brenda Reynolds at (504) 816-4423.

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Attorney General Eric Holder to Give Inaugural Revius Ortique Lecture On Law and Society PDF Print E-mail
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Revius_OrtiqueDillard University is proud to announce that the Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, will give the inaugural Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Lecture on Law and Society on Nov. 11, 2010. The lecture - and the dedication of the Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Mock Trial Center - will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the new Professional Schools and Sciences Building on the Dillard campus.

After graduating from Dillard University in 1947, Justice Revius O. Ortique, Jr. (left) served in World War II and earned a master's degree from Indiana University. He then earned his J.D. from Southern University Law School. He would serve on five national boards and commissions under five different presidents of the United States. He was the first African American elected to both the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

In 2006, Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes, Ph.D., bestowed upon Justice Ortique an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2008, following a stroke, Justice Ortique passed away and the citizens of New Orleans and the world mourned his loss. He is survived by his wife, Miriam Victorianne Ortique, his daughter and son-in-law, Alden and Rhesa McDonald, and three grandchildren, Heidi, Alden and Todd McDonald. Dillard University is honored to dedicate its new Mock Trial Center and Lecture on Law and Society in his name.

Eric_HolderEric H. Holder, Jr. earned a B.A. in American history from Columbia College in 1973 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1976. After graduation, he joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly-formed Public Integrity Section, where he investigated and prosecuted corruption involving officials in local, state and federal government. In 1988, President Reagan appointed Mr. Holder to serve as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Judge Holder to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Mr. Holder to serve as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, a position that he held until the end of the Clinton administration.

President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Holder to be Attorney General and his nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on Feb. 2, 2009. Mr. Holder began his service as the eighty-second Attorney General of the United States the next day.

Dr. John Ruffin to Speak at Founders' Day PDF Print E-mail
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John_RuffinDillard University is proud to announce that Dr. John Ruffin, '65, will be the keynote speaker at Founders' Day on Nov. 14, 2010. In June, Dr. Ruffin helped award Dillard University and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center a $6.5 million grant to develop a Minority Health Disparities Research Center on Dillard's campus.

Dr. John Ruffin is the Director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD). He oversees the NCMHD budget of approximately $210 million. In addition, he provides leadership for the minority health and health disparities research activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which constitutes an annual budget of approximately $2.8 billion.

He is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities. As an academician and a scientist, he has devoted his professional career to improving the health status of racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations in the United States. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the cadre of minority scientists, physicians, and other health professionals, as well as attract a diverse group of researchers to the health disparities field.

His success has been due in large part to his ability to motivate others and gain the support of key individuals and organizations, as well as to his expertise in strategic planning, administration, and the development of numerous collaborative partnerships. For almost 20 years, he has led the transformation of the NIH minority health and health disparities research agenda from a programmatic concept to an institutional reality. He has served as the Associate Director for Minority Programs, Office of Minority Programs; and the Associate Director for Research on Minority Health, Office of Research on Minority Health.

As the NIH federal official for minority health disparities research, through multifaceted collaborations, he has planned and brought to fruition the largest biomedical research program in the nation to promote minority health and other health disparities research and training. In his quest to eliminate health disparities, the hallmark of his approach is to foster and expand strategic partnerships in alliance with the NIH Institutes and Centers, various Federal and state agencies, community organizations, academic institutions, private sector leaders, and international governments and non-governmental organizations. Under his leadership, the NIH convened its first summit on health disparities, “The NIH Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit,” in December 2008. The summit showcased the work, progress, and challenges of the NIH Institutes and Centers and many of their federal and non-federal government partners involved in minority health and health disparities research around the theme of Integrating Science, Practice, and Policy. The summit attracted more than 4000 individuals from around the world representing various disciplines and sectors.

Dr. Ruffin is committed to conceptualizing, developing and implementing innovative programs that create new learning opportunities and exposure for individuals, communities, and academic institutions interested in eliminating health disparities. His efforts have impacted local, regional, national and international communities. He has established and continues to expand a growing portfolio of research, training, and capacity building programs to train health professionals and scientists from health disparity populations; conduct cutting-edge health disparities research; and build the capacity at academic institutions and within the community to support a promising health disparities research enterprise.

His lifelong commitment to academic excellence, improving minority health and promoting training and health disparities research, has earned him distinguished national awards. Dr. Ruffin has received an honorary doctor of science degree from Spelman College, Tuskegee University, the University of Massachusetts in Boston, North Carolina State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Meharry Medical College. He has been recognized by various professional, non-profit, and advocacy organizations including: the National Medical Association, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science; the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; the Society of Black Academic Surgeons; and the National Science Foundation. The John Ruffin Scholarship Program is an honor symbolic of his legacy for academic excellence bestowed by the Duke University Talent Identification Program. He has also received the Martin Luther King Jr., Legacy Award for National Service, the Samuel L. Kountz Award for his significant contribution to increasing minority access to organ and tissue transplantation; the NIH Director’s Award; the National Hispanic Leadership Award; Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society Award; the Department of Health and Human Services’ Special Recognition Award; and the U.S. Presidential Merit Award.

Dr. Ruffin received a B.S. in Biology from Dillard University, an M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in Systematic and Developmental Biology from Kansas State University, and completed post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.

He is married to Dr. Angela Ruffin, and together they have three children and five grandchildren.
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