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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.

DU to Host Institute for Promoting Social Responsibility PDF Print E-mail
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2008-11-12-15-3B_Dr_LynchThe African World Studies Program at Dillard University will host the Institute for Promoting Social Responsibility on April 18-20 and 25-28, 2011. The purpose of the institute is to explore and expand current and future opportunities for students to serve in underserved communities and challenged populations. The theme of the institute is “Finding Answers to the Future.”

The institute will begin with a rhythm and blues performance by The Mike Baptiste Soul Review at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, in the Kearny Hall Recreation Lounge. On Tuesday, April 19th, the film “Bastards of the Party” will be screened and discussed at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Center Theater.

Dr. Michael Tillotson of the University of Houston will lecture from his new book, “Invisible Jim Crow:  Contemporary Ideological Threats to the Internal Security of African Americans,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Hall Amphitheater. Panelists will respond to the presentation.

The institute continues at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, with a mini-lecture, “Jazz as America’s Classical Music,” by Dr. Acklyn Lynch (pictured), emeritus professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A performance by Donald Harrison Jr. and Friends will follow.

The institute’s keynote lecture, “Scholarship, Activism and Social Responsibility,” will be given by Dr. Lynch at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in Stern Hall Amphitheater. A panel discussion will follow.

On Wednesday, April 27, Dr. Anthony James Ratcliff of California State University, Northridge will speak about “Hip Hop and Social Responsibility” at 3:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building, and he will be followed by a panel of respondents.

The institute will conclude on Thursday, April 28, with a daylong retreat highlighted by an intergenerational dialogue about scholarship, activism and community development.

Ms. Fabienne Snowden of the City University of New York will facilitate the retreat. Dr. Alan Colón of Dillard University, Dr. Lynch, Ms. Barbara Major of Citizens United for Economic Equity, and Dr. James Turner of Cornell University will serve as consultants. Invited participants will produce a personal plan for exercising social responsibility and develop an outline for a manifesto of student responsibility to the Black community.

Admission to all activities is free.  For more information, contact Dr. Alan Colón at (504) 816-4701.

Click here to download the institute's program.

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