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Housing & Home Improvement Showcase PDF Print E-mail
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image005On Saturday, July 23, Dillard University's Community Development Corporation will host its fourth annual Housing and Home Improvement Showcase. The housing fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dent Hall on the Dillard campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Homeowners and potential homeowners are encouraged to come out and get the most up-to-date information on everything from insurance, lending and realtors to roofing, landscaping and pest control.

Workshop subjects include contractor fraud, insurance, asset building through homeownership, and more. Click here to learn more about the Homeownership Workshop series.

Business Owners: Exhibit space is still available at great prices. Click here to learn more or to fill out an exhibitor application. Exhibitors will include Capital One Bank, Entergy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and lots of local businesses. Call (504) 816-4704.


NASA Astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. to Address Students at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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Alvin_Drew-WebBenjamin Alvin Drew Jr., a NASA astronaut and retired Air Force colonel, will address Dillard University’s Pre-Freshman Engineering Program on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building. The Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (PREP), a four-week summer session for rising ninth and tenth grade students, is designed to increase the number of women and minorities who pursue careers in the science and engineering professions.

Drew, who was selected by NASA to be a mission specialist in 2000 and has logged more than 600 hours in space, will speak to students on the day of their white coat ceremony. The ceremony is a tradition inspired by medical schools that speaks to PREP students’ dedication to the study of science and engineering.

In February and March, Drew participated in the 39th and final mission of the space shuttle Discovery. On the mission, Drew became the 200th person to walk in space, and the crew delivered Robonaut 2, the first humanlike robot in space, to the International Space Station. In 2007, Drew flew on the 20th flight of the space shuttle Endeavour.

“Astronaut Drew’s presence and interaction with students can go a long way toward encouraging young men and women to excel in and complete college degrees in the sciences,” said Dr. Ruby Broadway, the founder of the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program and an associate professor of biology at Dillard University. “This is an extremely rare and wonderful opportunity for our students.”

Drew entered the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1984 and earned his pilot wings the following year. His initial assignment was as a combat rescue helicopter pilot. He later transitioned to special operations, and between 1989 and 1992, he flew in more than 60 combat missions over Panama, the Persian Gulf and Northern Iraq. He later served on the Air Force’s Air Combat Command staff. He has more than 3,500 hours flying experience and has piloted 30 different types of aircraft.

A native of Washington, D.C., Drew double majored in astronautical engineering and physics at the United States Air Force Academy and later earned a master’s in aerospace science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Dillard Hosts the 9th Annual New York Times Student Journalism Institute PDF Print E-mail
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While Dillard’s campus winds down from commencement and gears up for the start of the summer session in June, there is still a group of students on campus in and out of Cook at all hours of the night and eating breakfast regularly from Kearny Hall each morning to fuel up for their busy schedule for the day ahead of them.

These 22 students seen on campus, occupying the newsrooms from the Communications Department in Cook, belong to the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a two-week intensive training session for young journalists, held here on Dillard’s campus from May 15-30.

“Dillard has been so good to us over the years,” says Don R. Hecker, institute director and staffer from the New York Times. “That’s why we keep coming back.”

The Institute, in conjunction with the National Association of Black Journalists and the Black College Communication Association, selects “the best and brightest” undergraduate, recent graduate and graduate student journalists from around the country and Canada to participate in the program, Hecker says. NYT9_resized

While in New Orleans, the students get hands-on training about reporting, running a newsroom and field experience from writers, editors and photographers from the New York Times, the Boston Globe and regional newspapers of The Times Company. Each student has a focus and works closely with the professionals about reporting on daily stories, editing copy and video, designing pages, taking photos, but mostly writing. “The students have one-on-one personal attention,” says Dr. Cleo Joffrion Allen, chair of the DU School of Mass Communication.

“They are given constructive criticism; it’s very intensive, but nurturing,” adds Dr. Allen, who also serves as a mentor for the Institute along with Mark Raymond, DU media specialist and Dr. Jinx Broussard, formerly of Dillard, who now is an associate professor in the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

The students are given a brief history of the city upon their arrival, and then set off into New Orleans to report on their pre-approved story pitches about issues affecting the area, including the lack of supermarkets for a metro area this big, the public transit system in Jefferson Parish and the rising Mississippi River and how it’s affecting people along the Gulf Coast.

“It’s been a really great group of students,” Raymond says. “They’re really smart, dedicated young kids.”

Since 2003, the New York Times has funded this all expenses paid experience, including airfare, room and board at Dillard University, all newsgathering expenses, gas, food, and even a stipend for the students to buy souvenirs for their families.

“If you have the talent, we don’t want any barrier for you to come down here and participate,” Hecker says.

“This is a huge expense they do willingly,” Dr. Allen says. “Knowing that it’s a huge expense that they take on willingly, the DU Communications Department is so grateful that they chose Dillard as the site they use for this experience.”

NYT11_resizedAt the end of the program, students will enjoy a banquet in Kearny Hall on Sunday, to celebrate the newspaper that will be published containing the best materials created by the students. Right now, daily stories published by the students participating in the Institute can be read here: 

Dillard to Honor Michael Bruno, CPA and Students at Best in the Business PDF Print E-mail
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michaelbrunoThe Dillard University College of Business will honor Michael Bruno, CPA at the 2011 "Best in the Business" Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Bruno (pictured), managing and founding partner of Bruno & Tervalon, LLP Certified Public Accountants, was selected because of his exceptional community service, his commitment to New Orleans and his lifelong passion for increasing minority representation in the accounting profession. Since its founding in 1978, Bruno & Tervalon, LLP has become the largest minority-owned accounting firm in Louisiana and the second largest in Mississippi. Current services of Bruno & Tervalon, LLP include auditing, accounting, financial management consulting, and tax and technical assistance services.

“It is my great pleasure to honor Mr. Michael Bruno of Bruno & Tervalon, LLP,” said Dr. Christian Fugar, dean of the College of Business at Dillard University. “Mr. Bruno has been instrumental to our students at Dillard University in pursuit of their accounting degrees and certified public accounting licenses. He has always made himself available and shared his knowledge to ensure the success of our young accounting professionals.”

The theme of this year's the annual awards ceremony is “Best in the Business.” Each year the awards program showcases the accomplishments of one local business leader along with the College of Business’ faculty, staff and students. In recent years, Dillard business students have gone on to receive graduate degrees from universities such as Harvard and Columbia, and have been offered employment from Ernst and Young, Deloitte, Xerox, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the country's Big Four audit firms.

Trustee Pres Kabacoff to Lecture on Housing Market PDF Print E-mail
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Kabacoff250Mr. Pres Kabacoff, C.E.O. of HRI Properties and a member of the Dillard University board of trustees, will be the guest lecturer in professor Nchor Okorn’s Political Science 202 class, State & Local Government, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. The class runs from 10-10:50 a.m. in Dent Hall, Room 162.

Mr. Kabacoff's lecture is titled “The Housing Market in New Orleans in the Face of National Economic Meltdown.” All members of the Dillard University community are invited to attend.

To learn more about Pres Kabacoff and HRI Properties, please click here.

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