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Dillard Nursing Celebrates 70 Years! PDF Print E-mail
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Throughout 2012, Dillard University has celebrated the 70th anniversary of its School of Nursing. There have been roundtables and panel discussions to enrich the education of today’s nursing students. Commemorative banners have been hung across campus and on Gentilly Boulevard. And finally, a scholarship gala featuring dinner, dancing and memories will be held on Sunday, Nov. 11, following Founders’ Day, to benefit the program. Nursing alumna Dr. Mackie Norris will serve as the evening’s guest speaker.

A Brief History of Nursing

 In 1942 Albert Dent, a Morehouse graduate and Dillard's third president, sought to create a nursing program for blacks that would develop leaders in a field dominated by white women. It was important to him that students graduated not only as effective nurses, but also as better individuals then they had been when they arrived. He selected Rita E. Miller, a graduate of Columbia University and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, as the division’s first chair.

At the time, it was the only collegiate nursing school open to African-Americans in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, an area with nearly four million African-Americans, and it was one of only four such programs in the country. The nursing course at Dillard consisted of five years of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The first two years followed the pattern of liberal arts education conducted at Dillard for freshman and sophomore students, including music, the sciences, and literature. The final three years were devoted to clinical and professional education. The first class of four students graduated in 1945. Dillard University owned and operated Flint-Goodridge Hospital, and the 100-bed facility proved to be the perfect place to provide clinical training. Students worked at the Hume Child Development Center, too. They also traveled to other hospitals to gain experiences in a variety of nursing specialties, though societal constraints necessitated that they travel quite far in order to do so – all the way to the other side of the Mason-Dixon line, to Montefiore Hospital in New York and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. Later, in the 1950s, students went to the Tuskegee Mental Hospital in Alabama to work with black soldiers and civilians.

In 1952, the Dillard University Division of Nursing became the first accredited nursing program in the state of Louisiana. In the 1960s, the program adopted its current four-year curriculum. Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, Dillard nursing students provided care to African-American patients at Charity Hospital of New Orleans and the New Orleans Department of Health, in addition to Flint-Goodridge. Following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, students gained more opportunities and no longer had to travel out of state to New York for broader clinical experiences.

In May 1973, the program graduated its first white student, Tamzon D. Tuthill. Three years later, Louis V. Gregoire became the first male graduate. Over 1,200 students have successfully matriculated through the program. Today Dillard’s School of Nursing is based in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, which opened in 2010. Students have the benefit of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including nursing simulators – picture really fancy mannequins – that breathe, speak, sweat and exhibit a broad range of human functions conducive to training scenarios. A lot has changed since 1942. But the values upon which the program was founded – training better nurses, and better people – remain the same.

"To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse."
- Rawsi Williams


 
Hollywood Comes to Dillard University PDF Print E-mail
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Hollywood signA pair of renowned Hollywood filmmakers will speak at Dillard University in October. Kerwin DeVonish, who has served as Spike Lee’s cinematographer on films such as “Red Hook Summer” and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary “Bad 25,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. Sharon Seymour, who has served as production designer on films such as Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” will speak at 4 p.m. on Oct. 10. Both sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Georges Auditorium in Dillard’s Professional Schools Building.

Each session will include three parts: an interview conducted by Keith Alan Morris, assistant professor of mass communication at Dillard; clips from the artists’ films and accompanying discussion; and an audience Q&A. Both DeVonish and Seymour have recently worked on Spike Lee’s remake of the 2003 Korean film “Oldboy,” which has been shooting in New Orleans and is scheduled for release in 2013.

Hollywood touches even closer to home with the addition of several Dillard students to Director Spike Lee's film team for his latest production, "OLD BOY". 

"This is important," says Dillard film professor, Keith Alan Morris. "Most big filmmakers have closed sets, like Tarantino-- on his last film, many in his own crew weren't allowed on set. But, because Spike trusts Dillard students to know protocol and be of value, they will be allowed on set," he further explains.

Renowned Director Lee Daniels has also been shooting his film "The Butler" on Dillard campus as well.

For more information on the film speaker series, contact Keith Alan Morris at (504) 816-4548.


 
25th Annual UNCF Walk for Education PDF Print E-mail
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2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education! UNCF invites everyone to celebrate this milestone in order to raise funds to help Louisana students get to and through college. The event takes place on Saturday, October 13, 2012, with the race beginning at the Audubon Park Riverview, 8 a.m.

Each year, the Walk for Education attracts thousands of students, parents, educators and community members who believe that education is a priority for everyone. This year the Dillard University (DU) staff, faculty and students, and the DU Alumni have formed teams. Both groups have been added to the UNCF Team Honor Roll. The competition between Dillard and Xavier Universities to raise the most money is legendary and continues this year as well. Dillard's goal is to raise $16,000.

"This cause is important to the members of our team because it will make education accessible to everyone by eliminating financial barriers for deserving students," says Dillard team organizer, Travis Chase.

Walkers, supporters and participants are asked to register for the DU team by clicking on this link. For more information, contact Travis Chase at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Dillard Medical Director Creates Black Health TV PDF Print E-mail
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corey hebert2128Dr. Corey Hebert is a very busy man. Along with being the Medical Director for Dillard University, the Medical Director for the Louisiana Recovery School District, the Chief Medical Editor at WDSU-NBC and an Asst. Professor at Tulane University Medical Center, he has found time to create an important new media outlet - Black Health TV.

The first ever academically based, health information website for African Americans in the world, Black Health TV is unique in that it is predominantly online video. Black Health TV’s mission is to become the brand of choice for African-American health consumers by empowering as many people as possible with the best health information. The foundation of this vision is to use online health video to visually capture the attention of African-American viewers seeking to improve their health care outcomes.

"We all need to make the entire African American population aware of this innovative new health source that can save lives daily", says Dr. Hebert.

Hebert counts on his academic partners, Harvard University School of Medicine and Morehouse Schoolof Medicine, among others to share resources, information and offer data for segments. With topics ranging from women's health, understanding diabetes and the health benefits of breastfeeding, readers are sure to find solutions and suggestions to many of their health concerns and questions.

"Black Health TV has identified an all-star staff of experienced health journalists and television producers who specialize in taking complex medical topics and explaining them in an easy-to-understand manner", says the multi-tasker. "We produce the most compelling and reliable online health videos of unparalleled quality and credibility for the body, mind and spirit", he adds.

Viewers are encouraged to not only watch helpful videos, but to join featured online support groups as well. By following Black Health TV on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, African Americans are certain to receive a multitude of health tips and health news updates.

For more information, visit the Black Health TV website

or read more about the creation of Black Health TV on The Network Journal


 
Elizabeth Catlett Memorial and Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
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Catlett-1Celebrated artist and former Dillard faculty member Elizabeth Catlett will be honored at a special engagement and exhibit held at Dillard University (DU), on October 6, 2012. Created in conjunction with Stella Jones Gallery, the show will feature many special pieces on display on the DU campus.

Elizabeth Catlett’s refined, sensual sculptures of wood, bronze, and marble, as well as a prolific body of expressionistic, often politically charged prints, have made her one of the most celebrated American artists. During a career that spanned more than seventy years, Catlett has been featured in more than sixty solo exhibitions of her work. Since 1946, she resided largely in Mexico and continued to produce art until her death in April of 2012 at the age of ninety-six.

Catlett was born in Washington, D.C. to Mary Carson Catlett and John Catlett, a professor of mathematics at Tuskegee Institute who died before she was born. Though trained as a teacher, following her husband’s death, Elizabeth’s mother worked a series of jobs to support the family. Observing her mother’s strategies for survival and hearing narratives about her enslaved grand-parents’ lives, Catlett would later discuss the impact of their strength and perseverance on her own life and career.

 Artist and art historian Samella Lewis, Catlett’s biographer and former student, has written of Catlett’s tenure as head of the art department at Dillard University from 1940-1942: “Elizabeth Catlett was a commanding and fascinating individual... She stood up to everybody…Her immersion in the civil rights movement, labor movements, and human rights in general was a threat to the status quo and an embarrassment to the conservative officials of the university, but she persisted until her departure in the spring of 1942…She confronted police brutality, bus drivers on segregated seating, and college administrators on curriculum.” Such experiences would result in a recurrence of socially progressive themes in her work.

For more information about the tribute, please contact John Barnes at (504) 816-4448.


 
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