Homecoming: Bring Back the F.I.R.E

November 13 – 16th

COMEDY SHOW:

Deandre Corder, better known as “Dukk”, burst onto the scene as one of the most unpredictable comedic actors on the web and stage. Dukk debuted his talent on YouTube and was an instant success. Dukk’s YouTube series ,“Shhh Greeks Say”, that highlighted stereotypes in national Greek letter organizations, went viral within days – breaking records of 100,000 views!

You can call him Joe Cleezy. You can call him J.C. You can call him Mr. Clair. Whatever you call him it is undeniable that Joe Clair is 100%. Whether it is in the comedy game, the hosting thing or acting, this guy definitely gets it in.

 Larry Gordon is a multi-talented comedian and singer born and raised in Miami Florida. You name it, he does it all on one stage – he'll make you cry in laughter and he'll take you on a trip down memory lane grooving with his live performance and 6- piece band. Triple Threat barely scratches the surface when describing of the phenomenal talent of Comedian, Crooner and Band Leader LARRY GORDON A.K.A LARRY DOGG

 

Dillard Mission and Vision

L. Londell McMillan has been a guest and commentator on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today (NBC program) Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN. His clients include Prince, Lil' Kim, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and Michael Jackson before his death.

 

Dominique Sharpton is currently producing her father’s live radio broadcast every Saturday morning from 9‐11a.m. on WLIB‐1190 a.m. She is also very involved in The National Action Network and serves as the Director of Membership for over 45 chapters. Dominique Sharpton is also the board president for Education for a Better America (EBA). Education for a Better America seeks to promote, fund, organize and conduct activities that will build an educational support system that serves the needs of students in urban communities.

 

Describing her own music as “refreshing, young and relatable to her fans,” Brianna is restoring innocence to the female rap game and she refuses to compromise the femininity and the edge she needs to survive in today’s hip hop world.

 

Homecoming: Bring Back the F.I.R.E

November 13 – 16th

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Kim Roxie’s passion for what she does is evident through her explanation: I love enhancing women’s beauty by helping to build their self-esteem, making them feel good and giving them more than what they expected in terms of revealing their natural beauty.

 

Chris Curse is an international hair stylist, educator and brand ambassador. He brings a unique blend of artistry and expertise to the hair care industry.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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.