August 14, 2014

 

Dear Faculty and Staff:

 

Welcome to the start of a new academic year.  The fall has always been my favorite semester because of its energy.  Faculty and students return from their summer respite renewed and ready to continue the business of the academic enterprise – instructing classes, matriculating in degree programs, etc.  This year, in addition to the “typical” business, we will also focus on constructing the university’s strategic plan. 

The focus of this year’s institute moves us from the “blueprint” to the “construction” phase. Last year President Kimbrough announced the four strategic cornerstones – renew, realize, refresh and reconnect – that will be used to construct the strategic plan. These cornerstones will guide us as we reconsider the way we recruit students, faculty and staff; retain students; obtain necessary resources; and reengage with each other, alumni and the community.  If we are going to create a better Dillard, it is imperative that each of us participates in the process.  A number of workgroups were created to move us through the strategic planning process. If you are not a member of one of them, let the president know that you are interested in joining a group.

As always, this institute has been planned to ensure information sharing as it relates to Dillard and the larger higher education community.  This summer, the federal government announced new requirements as it relates to the Violence Against Women Act, and is increasingly holding institutions accountable as it relates to the act and other Title IX infringements.  We want to make sure that Dillard remains compliant, so we will spend time ensuring that everyone is aware of the requirements.
 
Lastly, Dr. Jeff Gardere, “America’s psychologist,” should provide us all tremendous advice on how we can ensure a healthy mental state.

Thank you for all that you do for Dillard and best wishes for a successful Fall 2014 semester.

Sincerely,

Yolanda W. Page, Ph.D. 
Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

Dillard Mission and Vision

True to its heritage, Dillard University’s mission is to produce graduates who excel, become world leaders and are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition.  Through a highly personalized and learning-centered approach, Dillard’s students are able to meet the competitive demands of a diverse, global and technologically advanced society.

 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.          
Registration and Continental Breakfast
PSB Atrium
           
First Plenary Session

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              
Call to Order and Prayer

Dr. Yolanda W. Page, Vice President
Academic Affairs

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.        
Title IX and Violence Against Women Act 2014:  New Requirements and Ensuring Compliance

Presenters   
Ms. Gita Bolt, Legal Counsel
Loyola University, New Orleans

Dr. Denise Wallace, Vice President/Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs
                 
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.      
We Are Free:  Implementation of the Tobacco Free Policy and Building a Healthy Campus Environment

Presenter     
Dr. Wodajo Welldaregay, Chair
School of Public Health

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      
We Have Gone Google:  Navigating New Digital Connections

Presenters   
Mr. Terrence Long, Desktop & Server Support Manager
Information Technology & Telecommunications

Dr. Rona Tyger, Coordinator
Instructional Technology

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.        
Service Recognition Luncheon
Kearny Dining Hall

Presiding     
Mrs. Elionder Harmon, Human Resources Generalist
Office of Human Resources
                                   

Recognition of Employees with 20 – 25 Years of Service (As of August 2014)

Presenters   
Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President
                                               
Mr. Gerald Coleman, Vice President
Business and Finance/Interim Human Resources Director
                       
Second Plenary Session

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.          
Emergency Preparedness and Safety Update

Presenters   
Mrs. Mona Duffel-Jones, Director
University Communications and Marketing

Ms. Sheba Logan, Director
Office of Risk Management/Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Garry Williams, Chief
Dillard University Police Department

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          
State of the University Address

Presenter     
Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President

Adjourn                   

 

Professional Schools & Sciences Building
Georges Auditorium
(Faculty and Staff Attendance Required)

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.          
Sign-in and Continental Breakfast
PSB Atrium

Third Plenary Session

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.              
Call to Order and Prayer

Dr. Christopher Jeffries, Associate Vice President
Academic Affairs

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.        
Keynote Address

Speaker        
Dr. Jeff Gardere, America’s Psychologist

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.      
Division Updates

Presenters   
Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, Student Success
Mr. Marc Barnes, Institutional Advancement
Mr. Gerald Coleman, Business and Finance
Mr. David Page, Enrollment Management
Dr. Yolanda W. Page, Academic Affairs

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        
Lunch (On Your Own)*

*Note:  Dining Services is offering a discounted lunch for $6.00 (tax included) in Kearny Dining Hall.

Concurrent Sessions

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.          
Emerging Technologies in Higher Education (Faculty Only)*
Georges Auditorium

Presenter     
Dr. Robbie Melton
Tennessee Board of Regents

*Note:  Bring your mobile device

Concurrent Sessions (continued)

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.          
Title IX Training (Staff Only)
PSB Room 164

Presenters   
Ms. Sheba Logan, Director
Office of Risk Management/Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Denise Wallace, Vice President/Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.          
Tailgate Reception*
Student Union

Sponsor        
Dining Services

*Note:  Wear your favorite sports team apparel

Professional Schools & Sciences Building
Georges Auditorium
(Faculty and Staff Attendance Required)

Monday, August 18, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.        
College Meetings

Locations
College of Arts & Sciences                       
Cook Theater
         

College of Business                        
PSB 362M
                                                           

College of General Studies                      
DUICEF 202

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      
Blackboard Learn Competency Training
DUICEF Room 116/117

Presenter     
Dr. Rona Tyger, Coordinator
Instructional Technology

Title IX Training
DUICEF Room 106

Presenters   
Ms. Sheba Logan, Director
Office of Risk Management/Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Denise Wallace, Vice President/Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.        
Lunch (On Your Own)
*Note:  Dining Services is offering a discounted lunch for $6.00 (tax included) in Kearny Dining Hall.

Concurrent Sessions

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.          
Blackboard Learn Competency Training
DUICEF Room 116/117

Presenter     
Dr. Rona Tyger

Title IX Training
DUICEF Room 106

Presenters   
Ms. Sheba Logan

Dr. Denise Wallace

Various Locations
(Faculty Attendance Required)

Monday, August 19, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.        
School Meetings

Locations
School of Accounting & Financial Economics                      
PSB 380C

School of Business Administration                              
PSB 362M
                                                           

School of Humanities                                                      
PSB 168
                                                           

School of Nursing                                                             
PSB 102
                                                           

School of Public Health                                                   
PSB 110J     
                                                           

School of Social Sciences                                                 
DUICEF 207
                                                           

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math         
PSB 361

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      
Blackboard Learn Competency Training
DUICEF Room 116/117

Presenter     
Dr. Rona Tyger, Coordinator
Instructional Technology

Title IX Training
DUICEF Room 106

Presenters   
Ms. Sheba Logan, Director
Office of Risk Management/Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Denise Wallace, Vice President/Legal Counsel
Legal Affairs

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.        
Lunch (On Your Own)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.          
Blackboard Learn Overview*
DUICEF Room 116/117

Presenter     
Dr. Rona Tyger

*Note:  For Staff Interested in Learning Blackboard Learn

Title IX Training
DUICEF Room 106

Presenters   
Ms. Sheba Logan

Dr. Denise Wallace

Monday, August 19, 2014

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.                   
New Full-time and Part-time Faculty Orientation

Presiding                                                     
Dr. Eartha L. Johnson, President
Faculty Senate

Greetings                                                    
Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President

Introduction of Deans & Chairs            
Dr. Yolanda W. Page, Vice President
Academic Affairs
                                                                       
A Brief History of Dillard University 
Mr. Malik Bartholomew,
Access Services Assistant
Will Alexander Library  

Course Planning, Syllabi and Recordkeeping                                  
Dr. Christopher Jeffries,
Associate Vice President  
Academic Affairs
           
Classroom Logistics, Attendance         
Monitoring and Grade Reporting
Mr. Robert Mitchell, Registrar/Director of Records and Registration                                                                     
Office of Records and Registration

Blackboard Learn
Dr. Rona Tyger, Coordinator
Instructional Technology

Library Services                                       
Ms. Cynthia Charles, Director
Will Alexander Library

Compensation and Contracts                      
Dr. Yolanda W. Page, Vice President
Academic Affairs

Question and Answer Period

Adjourn

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Professional Schools & Sciences Building

Room 164
(New Full-time and Part-time Faculty Attendance Required)

 

Jeff Gardere, also known as “America’s Psychologist,” is among the most respected mental health professionals in the United States.  Born in Brooklyn, Dr. Jeff has a successful practice in Manhattan and is among the most highly sought-after media experts in the field of mental health. 


Dr. Jeff was most recently the relationship expert on Season 1 of VH1’s wildly successful reality show, “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” as well as the Bravo series, “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding.”


Dr. Jeff has garnered a reputation as being a top motivational and keynote speaker, empowerment and media coach.  He also makes regular guest appearances on “the NBC Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” CNN, MSNBC, and “Nancy Grace,” among.  In addition, Dr. Jeff has written several books, including “Practical Parenting,” which he co-authored with Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, Montell Williams, and the controversial “Love Prescription.”

 

Gita P. Bolt serves as General Counsel for Loyola University New Orleans. In this position, she is responsible for all legal matters relating to the University, its Board of Trustees, and Administration. Prior to Loyola, Bolt was with Texas Southern University fourteen (14) years, and served as General Counsel from 2004-2009. She also held the positions of Associate General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, and Director of NCAA Compliance in the Department of Athletics. Prior to joining Texas Southern, Bolt was an Assistant Attorney General for the Child Support Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General.  Bolt is a native Houstonian, who attended Howard University after graduating as Salutatorian and an All-American track athlete from M.B. Smiley H.S. She graduated from Howard University, cum laude, with a degree in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration in 1990, where she also competed on the track team and was an Academic All-American. Bolt earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from Tulane University School of Law. She also received her Sports Law Certification from Tulane. While attending Tulane Law, Bolt was honored in 1992 as the Best Orator of the Southern Region in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. She was also honored by the North Forest Independent School District in 2000 as a Distinguished Alumni.

 

Robbie Melton is Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technologies at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).  As TBR’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technology, Melton’s innovative and ground-breaking work touches the daily lives of more than two hundred thousand students and educators served by Tennessee’s statewide education system. She oversees the system’s mission and initiatives for strategic mobilization planning; quality assurances; educational use of mobile devices related to teaching and learning; and the coordination of research, product testing, and pilots.

In addition to her examination of the effectiveness and transformative value of mobilization in education, Melton offers numerous practical resources for strategic planning, rubrics for mobile devices, and links to a mobile app resource center she developed for TBR that points to extensive collections for education: 70,000 apps and counting.


Melton has published and presented extensively on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as the world’s first “appologist”—a reference to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, her work on quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and her creation of a massive Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center.


A nationally and internationally recognized authority on the transformation of education with technology, Melton currently serves the education community on the Sloan-C Board of Directors, on the WCET Executive Board, as Tennessee’s MERLOT Project Director, as IMS Global Learning Solution Higher Education Co-Chair, HETL Advisory Board, and as Co-Chair of the Global Educational Center. Most recently, she was selected to present at the United Nations Mobile Summit in Paris and Mobile Learning Conference in Spain. Melton was recently selected as one of the 2013 Apple Distinguished Educators and one of the Top 50 Innovators in Education for 2012 by the Center for Digital Education-Converge.

 

Denise Wallace joined Dillard University in 2013 as Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel.  Prior to joining Dillard, she served as General Counsel for Palm Beach State College, Assistant City Attorney, City of Miami; Assistant Attorney General, Illinois; Sr. Assistant Attorney General, Florida; Assistant School Board Attorney, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Director of Policy and Legislation for the City of Miami Mayor’s office.  She also gained extensive experience as a commercial litigator with the Miami law firm of Steel Hector & Davis.  


Wallace has represented state colleges and universities in labor and employment matters. She has presented workshops at regional and national educational conferences on First Amendment, student code of conduct and diversity issues. Denise is a skilled "train the trainer" in the areas of diversity leadership, conflict resolution and gender equity and disability issues. She received her B.A. degree in Journalism/English from the University of Massachusetts –Amherst, and her M.A. degree in Intercultural Leadership & Management from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT. Her J.D. is from Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA, where she graduated cum laude. She received her Masters of Laws (LLM) from St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, FL, graduating summa cum laude and valedictorian. In November 2012, she successfully defended her dissertation for her J.S.D. degree in Intercultural Human Rights/International Law at St. Thomas, focusing on human rights and transnational corporation, graduating magna cum laude.

 

 

Service Recognition Honorees
Dillard University proudly recognizes the following individuals who have been employees for 20-25 years as of August 2014.

Hadi Alkahby                                              
20 years
Academic Affairs

Kevin Bastian                                              
24 years
Student Affairs

Helen R. Bougere                                       
21 years
Academic Affairs

Gary M. Clark                                              
23 years
Academic Affairs

Louis Ellis                                                    
23 years
Dining Services

Christian V. Fugar                                      
25 years
Academic Affairs

Beverly Harris                                             
23 years
Academic Affairs

Nick L. Harris                                             
24 years
Institutional Advancement

Errol Jackson                                              
30 years
Dining Services

Eartha Lee Johnson                                            
24 years
Academic Affairs

Dianne Lane                                                
23 years
Information Technology
& Telecommunications

Rachel Mercadel                                         
24 years
Legal Affairs/Internal Audit

Nchor B. Okorn                                          
23 years
Academic Affairs

Ridell G. Rose                                              
23 years
Student Success

Mona Lisa Saloy                                         
22 years
Academic Affairs

Reginald Stanton                                        
25 years
Academic Affairs

Norma “Jeannie” Stewart                         
28 years
Dining Services

Laranza “Rennie” Williams                      
25 years
Information Technology
& Telecommunications

 

Faculty/Staff Institute Planning Committee

Dr. Yolanda W. Page, Chair
Ms. Barbara Albert, Academic Affairs
Dr. Steve Buddington, Academic Affairs
Mr. Cortheal Clark, Academic Affairs
Ms. Mona Duffel-Jones, Communications & Marketing
Ms. Elionder Harmon, Human Resources
Ms. Yolanda Holland, Dining Services
Dr. Christopher Jeffries, Academic Affairs
Dr. Eartha Johnson, Academic Affairs
Ms. Sheba Logan, Auxiliary Services
Ms. Michelle Matthew, Auxiliary Services
Mr. Keith McKendall, Facilities Management
Mr. Mark Raymond, Academic Affairs
Mr. Nathan Ruger, Dining Services
Dr. Rona Tyger, Academic Affairs
Dr. Garry Williams, Dillard University Police Department
Ms. Robin Hawkins-Ulmer, Dining Services

Acknowledgments

A special thank you is extended to the following for their assistance: Shawn Bosby, Cynthia Carter, Cortheal Clark, Dillard University Dining Services, DocuMart, Dugue Graphics, Weldon Frazier, Stephanie Jones, Michelle Matthew, Mona’s Accents, New Orleans Pelicans, Office of Communications & Marketing, Office of the President and Mark Raymond.