Dillard News

Dillard Student is 2nd Place Winner at New Orleans Film Festival: Pitch Perfect


Edward Buckles wins for “Katrina Babies” Documentary

(New Orleans) – Dillard University student Edward Buckles, a senior film major, faced the stiffest competition yet in the pressure-soaked documentary section of the PITCH PERFECT competition of the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival today at the Contemporary Arts Center.  Buckles won second place for his moving documentary “Katrina Babies,” which is a ‘where are they now’ film on his friends who succeeded and failed following the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Judges included Will French of Film Production Capital as well as the head of the KICKSTARTER Film Festival.

This is the fourth win over the three years that Dillard has entered the competition, according to Keith Alan Morris, film professor at Dillard. "I have never been so proud," said Morris.  "Edward really delivered and had the audience rooting for him--and the competition in the documentary (portion) has never been tougher,” he said.  “I liked that he gave Dillard Theatre credit in his acceptance speech as Dillard tries hard to be a holistic environment for creative students." Buckles also received $500 for his win.

Previous Dillard winners include: Ejaaz Mason (2nd place Narrative – 2012); Ernest Robertson (1st place Narrative -2011); and Christine Maiden (tie – 2nd place Narrative -2011).  Dillard did not have an entrant in 2013.


About Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is a contest that the New Orleans Film Festival holds for Southern film students, in which they are given the opportunity to pitch an idea for a narrative or documentary film to a panel of film industry professionals. Pitch Perfect was inaugurated in 2011, and has proven to be a great opportunity for students to practice the art of pitching, and get feedback from working filmmakers and producers.

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Dillard Theater will begin Its 79th Season with “The Lion and the Jewel”

(New Orleans, LA) Dillard University will begin its 79h season with a six-performance run of The Lion and the Jewel, a play by Woley Soyinka. The show opens on Friday,November 7 and runs through Sunday, November 16 in the Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.

The play is set in the village of Ilunjunle in Yoruba West Africa and is characterized by culture conflict, ribald comedy, and love. Characters include Baroka, the Lion, a 62-year-old chieftain and Sidi, the village belle, and Lakunle, a young suitor and teacher influenced by western society.   The play reveals the clash between culture and tradition in which uneducated people verses educated individuals.

In February, the theatre will feature a Black History Production to run Feb. 6-22, 2015.The second play of the season is written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, called Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a vivid snapshot of changing life in the ‘50’s.  The play considers how individual personalities are affected by segregated social conditions. Performances will run Mar. 20 -29, 2015. All performances are in the Cook Fine Arts Center Theatre and begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday performances, which are at 3 p.m.

Dillard University’s theater is the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Theater in the country. In 2013 it won the Big Easy Award for Best University Theater Production for “Two Trains Running”; and was nominated again in 2014 for the Big Easy Award for Best Theater Production for “Dream Girls.” To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.

Friday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.                      
Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.      
Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.  
Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.

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Dr. John Ruffin, retired director of the NIMHD to Deliver Keynote Address at Dillard’s Founders’ Day Convocation

(New Orleans)  - Dr. John Ruffin, founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Day Convocation set for Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The University will be celebrating its 145th anniversary. Founders’ Day is designed to acknowledge the founding of the university and its historical benchmarks.

Ruffin, a 1965 Dillard University alumnus, is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the number of minority scientists, physicians and health care professionals. The hallmark of his career has been his success in institutionalizing minority health and health disparities research within the organizational structure of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIMHD has been leading the way in facilitating cross-agency collaboration among federal government agencies and private partnerships and integrating science, policy, practice and community efforts towards eliminating disparities in underserved populations.

Ruffin earned a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in systematic and developmental biology from Kansas State University and post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.

A ‘Sunday Dinner’ – Bringing back a fading family tradition

Immediately following the convocation, The Ray Charles Program for African American Material Culture will host a ‘Sunday Dinner’ in an effort to celebrate and bring back the tradition of family meals.  The dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Kearny Dining Hall on Dillard’s campus.

The inaugural “Dillard University Sunday Dinner,” is a dining experience to fellowship and thank our most dedicated and valuable Alumni. This event will not only provide a unique dining experience for guests, giving them a tour of traditional New Orleans and Southern cooking from featured New Orleans chefs, but also reawaken the customary practice of Sunday dinner. The menu includes baked potato soup, shrimp & grits, walnut and rum pie and many other delicious options. Featured chefs include Gason Nelson, Christian Green and Dillard Dining Services’ own Joel Williams for a taste of New Orleans and Down Home Southern Cooking.

Founders’ Day Convocation and the Sunday Dinner are open to the public. There is no charge to attend to the convocation; however, inaugural Sunday Dinner is reasonably priced at $10.15 excluding tax for individuals without a Dillard meal plan. For more information go to dillard.edu or call (504) 816-4800.

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Dillard to Host Domestic Violence Awareness Events

Acclaimed Political Activist and Author Kevin Powell

 to hold Workshops Oct. 22-23 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University will host more than a dozen events on and off campus in recognition of DomesticViolence Awareness during October. Workshops for students will range in topics from “Getting Rid of Negative Talk” to an “Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other,” and “Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips. ”  Other events include an international perspective on domestic violence to be presented during the Global Citizenship Conference currently underway at the University; a movie showing of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”; a poetry slam; as well as presentations to elementary and middle school children.

On Oct. 22 -23 Kevin Powell, who is well known for his political activism, literary and for his international humanitarian efforts, will lead workshops for male and female students, respectively, on domestic violence. Powell is the author of 11 books and his writings have appeared in The Washington Post, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Ebony, Esquire, and Vibe Magazine, to name a few. He is active in the movement to end violence against women and girls.

According to the September 2014 report by the Violence Policy Center, Louisiana has one of the highest rates ofdomestic violence in the country. The report ranks Louisiana in the No. 4 spot for homicide among female victims based on the FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data (2012). When race is considered, black females are murdered nearly two and half times higher than white females: 2.46 per 100,000 to 1.0 per 100,000, the report said. In addition, 93 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew.

“That’s why it is so important for us to have these workshops and conversations with our students,” said Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success at Dillard.  “We’re taking the month of October to bring about an awareness ofdomestic violence. We want to help students understand it, recognize the signs, and learn behavior that will prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators,” she added. 

The month began with a session called “Getting Rid of Negative Talk.” Highlights of the remainder of the month are as follows:

Friday, Oct. 3, 4 – 6 p.m.

Melton Global Citizenship Conference Springboard Session

Presentations by Tony Porter from A Call to Men and Emily May of Hollaback

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – Noon and 12 –1 p.m.

 “Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other,” Kearny Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 – 1:50 p.m.

“Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips,” Kearny Hall

Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 – 9 p.m.

“Black Love,” Georges Auditorium, Professional Schools Building (PSB)

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Workshop, Room 131-135, (PSB)

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m.

“Manhood: Changing Us, Changing the World” with Kevin Powell, (PSB)

Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m.                        

Women’s Workshop with Kevin Powell, (PSB)

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

“Take Back the Night” Poetry Slam, Will Alexander Library

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m.

“Take Back the Night” City-wide March with Loyola, SUNO, Tulane, and Xavier

Loyola University Campus

For more information and for a full schedule of events go to www.dillard.edu.

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INNOVATIVE, GLOBAL LEADERS BRING EXPERTISE TO NEW ORLEANS

Making a difference in education, human rights and gender equity, they will use their stories and work to inspire others

New Orleans, LA--On October 3, 2014, four dynamic speakers making an impact in the fields of education, human rights and gender equity will take residence at Dillard University for the Melton Foundation Springboard Sessions.  Open to the public, the sessions which will take place at the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Science Building (PSB) on the Dillard University Campus and will provoke action, thought and change around the world’s most challenging problems. 

On stage at the 2014 Springboard Sessions:

Begin to understand how, in the face of genocide, Joseph Sebarenzi, Former President of the Parliament of Rwanda, choseforgiveness and reconciliation over bitterness and revenge;

Hear Vicky Colbert describe how she  is empowering children in Colombia –and around the world—to be the real actors of change and reform in education through the world-renowned Escuela Nueva model;

Find out how Emily May, founder of Hollaback!, turned one experience coping with street harassment in New York into a global movement; and,

Re-envision the world with Tony Porter, Co-Founder and Co-Director of A CALL TO MEN: The Next Generation of Manhood, into a place “where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe".

Last year’s Springboard Sessions attendees found themselves inspired to take action:

“As with most experiences with the Melton Foundation, the Springboard sessions in Bangalore were especially impressive,” said Lauren Lemonius, a Dillard University Melton Fellow.  “For me, the most relevant takeaway was seeing how the speakers transformed their emotions, ideas, and desires into workable, impactful projects. They demonstrated that strong feelings coupled with the ability to 'do something' about them really do change things.

“The work of others always serves as inspiration as we all take steps and build systems to tackle the global problems that are felt worldwide, no matter where you call home,” said Melton Foundation Executive Director Winthrop Carty. “The Springboard Sessions provide a way for us to not only learn how others have seen a problem and acted but to also connect with the communities surrounding our GCC as we all seek to bring about sustainable change.”

The sessions will begin at 3 p.m. CST in the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Science Building on the Dillard University Campus, and are open to the public.  Please visit the Melton Foundation website (http://bit.ly/1p72Agi) to register your attendance by October 3. For additional information or for interview requests, please contactMona Duffel-Jones at the Dillard University Office of Communications at mduffeljones@dillard.edu or (504) 816-4024. Additional testimonials from the five Melton Foundation countries are available on request.

The Melton Foundation is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives. The Melton Foundation recruits potential global citizens from partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India, the United States, and most recently Ghana, trains the Fellows and supports them to act as global citizens in their spheres of influence for the rest of their lives. www.meltonfoundation.org

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Dillard to Partner with St. Augustine High School to Host Black Male Summit Event set for Monday, October 13 in Dent Hall

(New Orleans)  On Monday, October 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., Dillard University is partnering with St. Augustine High School to host a Black Male Summit in Dent Hall on Dillard’s campus. In view of the recent incidents in Florida, Missouri, New York, and other areas of the country involving law enforcement and black males, the summit will provide an opportunity for officials and students to have face-to-face conversations about the broader issues impacting black male success in New Orleans and beyond.

“For the past few years our nation has witnessed high profile tragedies involving Black men, like Trayvon Martin and now, Mike Brown,” said Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard. “Black men have had a complex history with not only law enforcement, but each other. So we hope this forum can be a way to improve these relationships so that we can avoid unarmed Black men from being killed, by anyone,” Kimbrough added.

In addition to Dillard and St. Augustine High School, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is lending support to this initiative by participating as a panelist and as part of NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive strategy to reduce the murder rate in the city.

“Since taking office in 2010, we made changing the culture of violence our top priority,” said Mayor Landrieu. “Through NOLA FOR LIFE, we are implementing a strategy that focuses on prevention and helping young people in our city succeed. We value and recognize the importance of young black males to the future of New Orleans. Chief Harrison and I are committed to improving interactions with the NOPD and providing pathways to prosperity.”

The summit will feature a panel of local officials and experts who will engage in a dialogue with young African American and minority males regarding the challenges and misconceptions that exist among law enforcement, black males, and the community at large.

Panelists include: Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Interim Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison, Criminal Court Judge Benedict Willard, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, and Dr. Robert Collins, professor of Urban Studies at Dillard University.

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis. For more information visit www.dillard.edu or call 504.816.4800.

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DILLARD UNIVERSITY TO HOST GLOBAL CITIZENS CONFERENCE INNOVATIVE, GLOBAL LEADERS BRING EXPERTISE TO NEW ORLEANS

Making a difference in education, human rights and gender equity, they will use their stories and work to inspire others.

 New Orleans, LA--On October 3, 2014, four dynamic speakers making an impact in the fields of education, human rights and gender equity will take residence at Dillard University for the Melton Foundation Springboard Sessions.  Open to the public, the sessions, which will take place at the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building (PSB) on the Dillard University Campus and will provoke action, thought and change around the world’s most challenging problems.

On stage at the 2014 Springboard Sessions: 

Global Leaders bring Expertise to New Orleans…2

Last year’s Springboard Sessions attendees found themselves inspired to take action:

“As with most experiences with the Melton Foundation, the Springboard sessions in Bangalore were especially impressive,” said Lauren Lemonius, a Dillard University Melton Fellow.  “For me, the most relevant takeaway was seeing how the speakers transformed their emotions, ideas, and desires into workable, impactful projects. They demonstrated that strong feelings coupled with the ability to 'do something' about them really do change things.

“The work of others always serves as inspiration as we all take steps and build systems to tackle the global problems that are felt worldwide, no matter where you call home,” said Melton Foundation Executive Director Winthrop Carty. “The Springboard Sessions provide a way for us to not only learn how others have seen a problem and acted but to also connect with the communities surrounding our GCC as we all seek to bring about sustainable change.”

The sessions will begin at 3 p.m. CST in the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Science Building on the Dillard University Campus, and are open to the public.  Pleasevisit the Melton Foundation website (http://bit.ly/1p72Agi) to register your attendance by September 28. For additional information or for interview requests, please contact Mona Duffel-Jones at the Dillard University Office of Communications atmduffeljones@dillard.edu or (504) 816-4024. Additional testimonials from the five Melton Foundation countries are available on request.

The Melton Foundation is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives. The Melton Foundation recruits potential global citizens from five partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India and the United States (and expanding to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014), trains the Fellows and supports them to act as global citizens in their spheres of influence for the rest of their lives. www.meltonfoundation.org.

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DILLARD BRAIN FOOD LECTURE TO FEATURE MAGGIE ANDERSON, AUTHOR OF OUR BLACK YEAR AND FOUNDER OF THE EMPOWERMENT EXPERIMENT

Dr.Walter M. Kimbrough will appear on The 504 TV discussing DU with Sheba Turk tonight at 9 PM.

(New Orleans) – On Thursday, October, 14, 2014, author of Our Black Year and founder of the Empowerment Experiment, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Georges Auditorium at   7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. 

Maggie Anderson and her family made history and dominated national media when they supported black businesses exclusively for one year. Anderson’s year of living using only black-owned and black-made products and services was a real-life case study in self-help economics in the black community.  It resulted in a groundbreaking study called the Empowerment Experiment (EE) conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Subsequently, Anderson has become the voice of American consumers of all backgrounds who want to ensure their buying power impacts struggling minority communities in a positive way.  

According to the Library Journal, her book, Our Black Year, illuminates the challenges and roadblocks faced by black business owners as well as the racial division that still persists in the U.S. economy. Anderson’s message is that everyone, especially African Americans, can help counter the social crises that disproportionately impact black people and underserved urban neighborhoods by simply supporting quality black-owned businesses daily. 

Anderson has appeared on a number of nation television and radio shows including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, C-Span, PBS Newshour, and CBS Morning News, to name a few.

An accomplished business professional, while at McDonald’s Corporate headquarters, Anderson presented and implemented growth strategies and venture plans in the areas of diversity, global markets, market segmentation, communications, corporate responsibility, among others. 

Maggie Anderson has a BA in political science from Emory University and earned both her Juris Doctor and MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @BrainFood, visitwww.dillard.edu or call 504.816.4800.  


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HBCU HONOREES | HISTORICALLY BLACK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI | NBCA UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS: DR. RUTH SIMMONS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, DILLARD UNIVERSITY

Born on July 3, 1945, in Grapeland, TX; Simmons was the youngest of 12 children born to sharecroppers Isaac and Fannie Stubblefield in Grapeland, Texas. Sharecropping was on the wane, and when Ruth was seven years old the family moved to the fifth ward of Houston, a poverty-stricken neighborhood. There Isaac Stubblefield became a factory worker and later the minister of the Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church, while Fannie Stubblefield scrubbed floors in the homes of well-to-do white families. Simmons admitted that while the family was poor, the poverty made her recognize those things of true value in life, such as love and intellect. She also learned to negotiate, as her parents allowed her and her siblings to end their own disputes with a minimum of interference.

Career

Radcliffe College, admissions officer, 1970-72; University of New Orleans, assistant professor of French, 1973-77; assistant dean in college of liberal arts, 1975-76; California State University at Northridge, administrative coordinator for National Endowment for the Humanities studies project, 1978-79, acting director of international programs and visiting associate professor of Pan-African studies, 1978-79; University of Southern California at Los Angeles, assistant dean, 1979-82, associate dean of the graduate school, 1982-83; Princeton University, director of Butler College, 1983-85, acting director of Afro-American studies program and assistant dean 1986-87, associate dean, 1987-90; Spelman College, provost, 1990-92; Princeton University, vice-provost, 1992; Smith College, president, 1995-00; Brown University, president, 2001-.

Ruth Simmons has made an illustrious career of serving students in higher education for more than two decades. Rising through the administrative ranks of various institutions of higher learning, Simmons made history in 1995 when she became the first African American to be inaugurated president of Smith College, an elite all-women college in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 2001, making history once again, she became the president of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, thus becoming the first black woman to reside over an Ivy League institution. Simmons's many talents are acclaimed by her peers. She is known for her intellect, empathy, and ability to achieve her goals. In the words of Princeton University president, Harold T. Shapiro, quoted in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE), "Ruth Simmons represents quality, Ruth Simmons represents integrity, and Ruth Simmons has a vision of how higher education can serve the society that supports it."

While Simmons was still at Dillard, a year-long exchange program gave her the opportunity to study at Wellesley, a prestigious all-women college in the Northeast. The experience further cemented Simmons's belief in her abilities when she compared herself favorably to the students from privileged backgrounds.

After graduating summa cum laude from Dillard in 1967 Simmons spent a year studying French at the university in Lyons, France, on a Fulbright fellowship. For the next decade Ruth Simmons' career decisions hinged on those of her husband. When her husband's work took the couple to New Orleans, Simmons hired on as an assistant professor of French at the University of New Orleans, where she later became the assistant dean of the college of liberal arts. Other administrative positions followed. In the late 1970s the Simmons and their two children made their home in Southern California, where Ruth administered a grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities, acted as visiting associate professor of Pan-African studies at California State University at Northridge, and held positions as assistant and associate dean at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles.

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Dillard to host speakers on genocide, domestic violence as part of Global Citizens Conference

Dillard University will host four experts in the fields of education, human rights and gender equality on Oct. 3 as part of the Melton Foundation Springboard Series. The sessions, which are open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. inside Dillard's Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences building. The speakers will include Joseph Sebarenzi, the former president of the parliament of Rwanda; Vicky Colbert, the founder of a revolutionary model for rural education in Colombia; Emily May, the founder of Hollaback!, a global movement to end street harassment; and Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call To All Men, an organization that addresses domestic violence against women. The Melton Foundation is a global fellowship program that brings together 450 fellows from around the world to address local and global challenges. The foundation recruits potential fellows from five partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India and the U.S., and then trains them to act as "global citizens" in their spheres of influence. For more information, visit the Melton Foundation website.

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DILLARD UNIVERSITY’S PHILOSOPHY COURSE TO HOST A LECTURE ON THE STATE OF HIP-HOP BY 2 LIVE CREW MEMBER, LUTHER UNCLE LUKE CAMPBELL SEPT. 25

Dr.Walter M. Kimbrough will appear on The 504 TV discussing DU with Sheba Turk tonight at 9 PM.

WBOK-Radio Interview with Uncle Luke

(New Orleans, La.) -  Dillard University’s Philosophy #444 course to host an open lecture by Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Cook Center Theater on Dillard’s campus. The lecture is one of the opening events of the course taught by President Kimbrough and MC Lyte and is free and open to the public.

Uncle Luke will discuss the state of hip-hop, as it has changed so much. During the mid-1980s 2 Live Crew was considered controversial with lyrics that included discussions or descriptions of sexuality compared to lyrics today most discuss and/or describe sex.

Philosophy #444: “I Cram to Understand: Hip-hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior” seeks to look at this sexual revolution through the lens of the musical art form which is arguably is the most sexual- hip hop. This course provides an opportunity for substantive reflection and review of ethical principles and their relevance today in light of the creation and growth of the hip hop culture. Join in on the class discussions on Twitter #PHI444.

Uncle Luke is the second influential rapper to host a lecture on campus as apart of the philosophy course.  MC Lyte hosted a lecture on empowerment on Sept. 17 on Dillard’s campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call (504) 816-4800.

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DILLARD UNIVERSITY TO HOST COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH FOX MASTERCHEF CONTESTANT CHRISTIAN GREEN

Demo is one in a series planned by the Ray Charles Program
 for African American Material Culture

Dr.Walter M. Kimbrough will appear on The 504 TV discussing DU with Sheba Turk tonight at 9 PM.

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Former Dillard student and Fox-Television cooking series Master Chef contestant Christian Green will be featured in a cooking demonstration Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. in Kearny Dining Hall on Dillard’s campus.

Green’s passion for cooking began when he started watching his mother cook in the kitchen. His craft was perfected during teen and young adulthood working at various New Orleans restaurants and retirement home dining facilities.

The Fox-Television cooking series MasterChef held an open call in New Orleans and Green was selected to compete against 29 other chefs selected nationwide for Season 5 episodes taped in Los Angeles. Green was among the top five remaining contenders. Green’s culinary skills and knack for well-seasoned and beautifully cooked meat entrees helped him succeed on the show.

Green attended Dillard University between 2006 and 2009, majoring in business and finance. He left school before graduating in order to provide for his son, Caiden, who was born in 2007.

The demonstration is open to the public with a cost of $8 (without a meal card) for lunch that includes the entrée that Chef Green will demonstrate in honor of Chef Leah Chase, matriarch of New Orleans’ creole cuisine. For more information call Zella Palmer at
(504) 816-4091; @Dillard_Ray; and @du1869.

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Dillard University to Host “An Evening with MC Lyte” Wednesday, September 17

(New Orleans) – MC Lyte will spend an evening discussing her new release “Dear John” and the #EducateOurMen initiative by the Hip Hop Sister Foundation on Dillard University’s campus at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

WHAT: “An Evening with MC Lyte”

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Georges Auditorium, Professional Schools Building Dillard University 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122

OTHER: “Dear John” featuring Common is the first single from MC Lyte’s LP, her first studio album in 11 years. MC Lyte will be available for interviews and photos following the event.   

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Dillard University office of Communications and Marketing at 504-816-4800.

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Dillard International Arts & Music Festival Set for September 13


African and Brazilian Dance Groups to perform

(New Orleans) Dillard University will host its second annual International Arts and Music Festival on the university’s campus on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by the University’s Office of International Students and Study Abroad Programs and will include performances by Casa Samba Brazilian dance and music group, Bamboula 2000, Zion Trinity, and singer Michaela Harrison, to name a few.

The International Arts and Music Festival is a fund-raiser event for the Office of International Students and Study Abroad Programs that aims to promote cultural awareness among students, according to Re’Shawn Rayford, office coordinator. “We hope to raise money from this event to encourage students to study abroad as well as recruit internationally,” Rayford said.

In addition to a stellar entertainment lineup the festival will offer attendees a variety of international cuisine provided by variety of vendors including Sodexo, Boswell Jamaican Grill, Lil Dustin Italian Ice, and Crepes a la Cart. Arts and crafts vendors will also offer unique and eclectic items. 

The International Arts & Music Festival is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rayford at rrayford@dillard.edu or call 816-4926.

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DILLARD ALUMNA THERESE BADON, ‘87 AND VP FOR STUDENT SUCCESS DR. TOYA BARNES-TEAMER NAMED 2014 WOMEN OF THE YEAR

(New Orleans) – New Orleans CityBusiness recently named two Dillard University women to the 2014 class of “Women of the Year.” Therese Badon, vice president for development for the UNCF and Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer are among 50 women being recognized for their career and business accomplishments as well as their contributions to the New Orleans community.

Badon, who graduated from Dillard University in 1987 with a B.A. in Business Administration and Management, has more than 12 years experience in fundraising administration. In 2008, she joined the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to minority and low-income students. She has held several positions with increasing responsibility including regional development director and her current position as vice president for development. Previously, Badon served as executive director of alumni relations and annual giving at Dillard University.

“I am humbled and honored by being selected for a second time as a City Business Woman of the Year, ” said Badon. “An honor like this speaks to the personal commitment I have made in serving the community and region in which I live.  I believe that in order to truly affect change, you must be rooted in the community and working towards making it a better place for all to live, work and play.”

Dr. Barnes-Teamer has more than 20 years experience in higher education administration. As vice president for student success at Dillard, Barnes-Teamer is responsible for student affairs, student support services, public safety as well as campus and residential life. Prior to joining the executive staff at Dillard, she served as senior vice president for academic and student affairs for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTS) and has held positions at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans. She earned both a B.A. degree in Visual Arts/Communications and M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola University in New Orleans.  Barnes-Teamer received her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans.

“I am thankful and appreciative of this recognition by New Orleans CityBusiness, said Barnes-Teamer.  “It is humbling to be among such a special group of women, many of whom I've admired close-up and from afar. I extend congratulations to all honorees.”

Both women will be honored during the 16th annual “Women of the Year” luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Hyatt Regency hotel, where an overall “Woman of the Year” will be announced. Badon and Barnes-Teamer will also be spotlighted in a special insert in the Nov. 28 issue of CityBusiness.  

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Dillard to feature Michelle Guobadia at Greek 101 Anti- Hazing Workshop on Sept. 10 Dr.Walter M. Kimbrough will appear on The 504 TV discussing DU with Sheba Turk tonight at 9 PM.


Michelle Guobadia
(New Orleans) - The Office of President and the Pan Helenic Council of Dillard University are sponsoring a workshop featuring noted sorority/fraternity expert Michelle Guobadia on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium on Dillard’s campus.  Guobadia, who engages in frank talk about hazing, addresses the myths and misconceptions of how hazing adds value to a fraternity/sorority chapter.  The theme of the Greek 101 Workshop is “Hazing  Makes You a Better Greek, and Other Stupid Myths.”

According to her promotional flyer, Guobadia offers insight into Greek ritual, and says that tearing a person down or using ridicule and violence to make them feel they are part of a special community a life-long bond cannot build a life-long bond. The workshop is free and open to all college students and the general public. For more information call Hermine Jones at (504) 816-4837 or  go to www.dillard.edu or campuspeak.com/guobadia.

Guobadia is the Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina where she advises 33 fraternities and sororities.

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Apply Now for Saturday Science Academy

The Saturday Science Academy (SSA) enrolls 200 students from grades 3-8 who are divided into two clusters by grade level for a 10-week program. The first session starts Oct. 4 and the final session is held Dec. 13. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to Noon.

The SSA grants minority students access to potential careers in science and engineering. The project helps develop skills in the creative expression of scientific and mathematical ideas. It also provides activities in the technical use of computer to hone quantitative and analytical problem solving skills and also exposes students to the scientific method in a laboratory setting where discovery and heuristic methods are used in observing, classifying and analyzing physical phenomena. 

The program also motivates and develops positive attitudes towards science, mathematics and engineering through direct exposure to role models; and improves precision and power in oral and written communication skills. Students will establish coalitions between Dillard University and community organizations including the church to form a broad-based approach to solving problems associated with having few minorities working in science and technology fields.

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Daughters of Charity Health Center Celebrated Ribbon Cutting for its Gentilly Location on Dillard’s Campus

Dr.Walter M. Kimbrough will appear on The 504 TV discussing DU with Sheba Turk tonight at 9 PM.

The Daughters of Charity held a ribbon cutting and dedication of its newest center located in the Student Union on Dillard’s campus Wednesday, Aug. 27.  President Kimbrough, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Councilman Jared Brossett (District D), New Orleans Health Department Director Charlotte Parent, other elected officials, health care providers, and members of the Gentilly community were in attendance.

The center, which is the Gentilly location, is accessed from 100 Warrington Drive.

According to Michael G. Griffin, president and CEO of Daughters of Charity, and former member of Dillard’s Board of Trustees, the opening of a health center at the University had always been part of Dillard’s vision in rebuilding the campus after Hurricane Katrina.

Until now, there was no full-service primary health care facility in the area. The Daughters of Charity Health Center provides women’s health (OB/GYN and prenatal services), primary care for children, adults and seniors, as well as dental services and behavioral health services.

Daughters of Charity Health Center in Gentilly is open to all members of the community Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The health care facility accepts most private insurances, Medicaid, Medicare and the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC). A sliding fee scale also is available, as well as low-cost medications through a pharmacy assistance program for those who qualify.

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Dillard University gathers to pray for peace in memory of Michael Brown


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Brown... The unarmed black teen shot and killed after a confrontation with a ferguson police officer earlier this month. Following the funeral at a st. Louis church, a procession took place to a cemetery where michael brown was laid to rest. On a campus of students who say they identify with 18-year-old michael brown... A moment of silence for the tragic loss. As the teen's family laid him to rest... Dillard university paused to pray for peace. Wdsu's casey ferrand shows us why for one student... This was a chance to join with friends and family in missouri. On the first day of classes here at dillard university, students gathered at the flag pole praying for peace in honor of mike brown, an 18 year old who will not have the chance to go to college. 10 We pray for the families and the children who have been slain by gun violence. A sound that's heard in every city. A sound that's heard loudly in ferguson, missouri... Which is only miles away from the suburb where dillard senior quentin worth grew up. He left home to return to campus the day michael brown was shot and killed by an officer. I felt it here because i have younger siblings and they have to grow up amongst this type of police brutality and things of that nature also i've had to look back on my past experiences with police in st. Louis. He's only been able to watch the unrest and violence from afar... Keeping in touch with family through hourly phone calls. I couldn't do much from here but my family is out there protesting and i'm worried he says he's seen the tension between police and young men in st. Louis grow in recent years... He was even pulled over by police this summer. It's just a lot that goes into the aggression between the young males and the police. It's a lot of division between the two sides. Monday, quentin joined with students at dillard... Hands up, don't shoot. Hands up don't shoot as they call for justce and pray for peace. We shall overcome the activities that have been occuring haven't been i assume what the family would want. All the riots going on in ferguson. We don't need that we need a time of peace. We need a time for justice. We need a time for accountability. On a campus of mostly black students... These young people understand that on any day... Ferguson missouri could easily be new orleans, louisiana. As a black male we are labeled, and it frightens me sometimes but you just have to be motivated, you have to pray, you have to remain calm and just do the right thing. Officials say there are about 12-hundred students here, 30 percent of them are black men. On your side casey ferrand wdsu news.

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DILLARD TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF UPWARD BOUND

Event honoring the first summer prep program set for Sept. 20

Neuroscientist Dr. Monique Cola,
 Alumna of program to deliver the keynote address

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Upward Bound Program during a breakfast on Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union. Founded in 1964, Dillard’s Upward Bound Program is one of 17 pilot programs in the country and is the first in Louisiana. Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program and was initially created as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” to assist students of color and low-income white students in attaining a college education.   

The breakfast will feature graduates of Dillard's Upward Bound program as well as the first director, Ms. Adrienne Tervalon, who will be honored along with Dr. Camacia Smith-Ross, who spearheaded the program after Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Monique G. Cola, alumna of Dillard’s Upwa rd Bound Program and assistant to vice chancellor of student affairs/executive dean at Delgado Community College is the keynote speaker. Prior to her position at Delgado, Cola served as Director of the Biology Resource Center at Xavier University.  She also served as the first African American faculty member in Tulane University’s Neuroscience Program.  While at Tulane she taught the Neuroanatomy Laboratory for the Neuroscience Graduate Program and a course on the “Brain and Behavior.”  As a neuroanatomist, Cola has done clinical research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to measure regions of the brain in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), stroke, and healthy controls to better understand how dysfunctions in the brain occur.

As the only black female neuroscientists in Louisiana, Cola says her personal endeavor is to expose underrepresented minority students to careers in the sciences. “My goal is to eliminate the illusion that only the best and brightest can do science, “ she said. “ I want to demonstrate that scientists can be normal warm-blooded people from backgrounds and circumstances similar to theirs.”  Cola is known affectionately by local high school students for her “brain in the bucket” workshops from laboratory demonstrations she has done for budding STEM students.
           
Her awards include the prestigious Neuroscience Fellowship by the American Psychological Association (2005) and her selection in 2008 as a scholar by the African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium. Cola has also co-published a number of scientific articles that have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. Cola received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Tulane University; a M.S. degree in Pathology from Louisiana State University; and her B.A. in Biology and Chemistry (double major) from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.  

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Dykema Attorney Named Dillard University Graduate, Bonnie Mayfield, to Diversity Committee

Dr.Walter M. Kimbrough will appear on The 504 TV discussing DU with Sheba Turk tonight at 9 PM.


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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bonnie Mayfield, a Bloomfield Hills-based member at the law firm Dykema, was named vice chair of Diversity Initiatives for the Diversity Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Mayfield has been a longstanding member of the IADC, which is dedicated to actively increasing the participation and involvement of diverse attorneys in the organization through membership strategies and professional programming that identifies the strength that inclusion and diversity bring to the practice of law.  

Mayfield represents clients in labor and employment, product liability, and commercial matters. She is a member of Dykema’s newly launched National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken more than 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict. She also organized a client/trial team that received recognition for its diversity and inclusiveness.

Mayfield received her BA from Dillard University in New Orleans and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

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