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Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Names Joyce Roche to Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
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roche250Dr. Pepper Snapple Group announced on Feb. 10 that Joyce Roche, chair of Dillard University's board of trustees and a Dillard graduate from the class of 1970, has joined the company's board of directors.

Ms. Roche, 63, most recently served as president and CEO of Girls Inc. until her retirement in 2010. Previously, she was president and chief operating officer of Carson Products Company and vice president of global marketing at Avon Products, Inc.

"Joyce's broad range of executive management and marketing experience makes her an asset to any board," said Wayne R. Sanders, chairman of the board of Dr Pepper Snapple. "She has a tremendous track record in the consumer packaged goods industry, and her nearly decade-long leadership in the nonprofit sector brings an important new perspective to the DPS board that will serve our company well."

In addition to a bachelor's degree from Dillard, Ms. Roche holds an MBA from Columbia University. She also is an alumnus of Stanford University's Senior Executive Program and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University and North Adams State College. In addition to the Dillard University and DPS boards, she currently sits on the boards of AT&T Inc., Tupperware Corp., Macy's Inc., and The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
DU Theatre Presents "Homegirls" PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University Theatre Department is proud to present Karen Evens' "Homegirls" as part of its 75th Anniversary Season. "Homegirls," set in the midst of the civil rights movement, tells the story of five college women, four black and one white, who strive to maintain their friendships and find their way to adulthood. Ray Vrazel will direct.

The characters in the play are an amalgamation of founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC (pronounced snick), the student-led organization most famous for the lunch counter sit-ins of the early 1960s. SNCC protested the injustices of segregation in America through nonviolent resistance, Freedom Rides, marches, and voter registration drives, and by 1963, SNCC was a key player in organizing the monumental March on Washington. To learn more about the Freedom Riders and the civil rights movement, please click here.

The show will run in the Cook Theatre on February 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m., and February 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. There will also be school matinees on Ferbrary 9, 10, 16 and 17. For tickets, call the box office at (504) 816-4857. For more information, contact Kevin Perry, the Dillard University Theatre publicity manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


DU to Host Fourth Circuit Hearings and Pre-Trial Lecture PDF Print E-mail
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louisiana-state-seal-1_e9hsThe Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Center will hold its first official court activities with a pre-trial lecture by Appeals Court Justice Terri Love and oral arguments of the official docket of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at 4 p.m., Judge Terri Love’s lecture will give Dillard students interested in law an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about the legal profession and the myriad procedures involved in court hearings and the appellate process.

In addition, students are invited to the hearings on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. in which Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judges Dennis Bagneris Sr., Terri Love, and Max Tobias Jr. will hear oral arguments of the official court docket of cases at the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Center. “Justice Ortique was a judicial trailblazer, civil rights activist, and mentor to many judges and we are honored to hold oral arguments at a location that recognizes his contributions to Louisiana law and public service,” said Judge Love.

Thursday’s hearings will expose students and the community to real-time court hearings and educate them regarding the intricacies of trials in the appellate system. The Fourth Circuit has jurisdiction over civil and criminal appeals originating from the trial courts of Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes.

Students, faculty, and staff interested in attending the lecture and/or court hearings should contact Travis Chase at (504) 816-4713.
Black History Celebration 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University will host its opening activities for the 85th Annual National Black History Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Following greetings by Dillard President Dr. Marvalene Hughes, the Dillard University Concert Choir will perform under the direction of S. Carver Davenport. Dr. Alan Colón, Dillard’s National Endowment for the Humanities Eminent Scholar in African World Studies, will deliver the keynote address, “Celebrating Black History: Past, Present and Future.” A dialogue between the audience and a panel of students will follow. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building’s Georges Auditorium. For more information, call (504) 816-4701.
UNCF Tribute to Chaka Kahn PDF Print E-mail
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about.chaka.profileOn Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 the UNCF will present "An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Kahn," a two-hour entertainment special that honors the legendary soul singer while encouraging support for the UNCF. Fantasia, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Herbie Hancock, Bettye LaVette, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Ginuwine, Mo'Nique, Soledad O'Brien and many others will join the UNCF in promoting the Campaign for Emergency Student Aid (CESA). The campaign's mission is to increase funding for graduate-bound seniors who may have to drop out of school simply because they lack a few dollars.

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