Dillard News

Dillard Athletics to Host Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala, Bleu Devil Classic Doubleheader vs. Xavier

Fundraiser and Rivalry Basket Ball Games set for Jan. 30 and 31

(New Orleans – LA) On Jan. 30  and 31, Dillard University’s athletic department will host the 7th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala  and the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic, the annual basketball doubleheader featuring men’s and women’s games versus crosstown rival Xavier University. The gala will be held in the atrium of the Professional Schools Building on Friday, Jan. 30 and the basketball games will be held on the “Battlefield” (Dent Hall) on Dillard’s campus.

This year’s gala honorees are Dr. Charles C. Teamer, vice president of First NBC and former vice president of Fiscal Affairs at Dillard and Eugene Lamb Jr., ’71, alumnus and former athlete. Both will receive Dillard’s “Legacy Award” for their outstanding long-term contributions to their respective communities.

Teamer, who is well known in New Orleans’ financial arena and for his service on numerous boards and civic organizations, served in a number of positions at Dillard including concurrent roles as athletic administrator and VP of Fiscal Affairs for more than 30 years. Under his leadership in athletics, the men and women’s basketball teams won nearly 20 championships in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), District 30 and placed third in the National Final Four Tournament in 1984. He has served in a variety of civic organizations, including Chair of the following boards: The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, World Trade Center, Urban League, Metropolitan Area Committee, Advisory Board Harrah’s Entertainment New Orleans.

Lamb, who was a member of the men’s basketball team during his undergraduate years at Dillard, returned to his hometown in Midway, Fla. where he taught Health and Physical Education, coached basketball, and worked with the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department for a combined 35 years.

Lamb also served on the city council and in 1986 as Mayor of the city of Midway. As a result of his dedication and civic involvement, Midway Recreation Center and Sports Complex for youth has been named in his honor.

New Orleans rhythm and blues band BRW will perform at the scholarship gala named for Hobley, the late Dillard basketball great who played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Tickets are $75, and all proceeds will go to athletic scholarships for Dillard students.

Starting times for the games on Saturday, Jan. 31 are as follows: Lady Bleu Devils basketball team will host Xavier at 3 p.m. on the “Battlefield” in Dent Hall Gymnasium, and the men’s game will follow at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are good for both games.

Tickets for the 7th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala and the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic are available through www.dillardbleudevils.com and the Dillard University cashier’s office on the first floor of Rosenwald Hall (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Limited quantities will also be available at the door to both events.

Join us for a celebration of Dillard athletics. Come out and show Bleu Pride!

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Book Signing - N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature

Nancy Dixon is an English professor at Dillard University in New Orleans and has been studying, teaching, and writing about Louisiana literature for over twenty years. Her first book, Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans(LSU Press, 1999), won the LEH Humanities Book of the Year, 2000. More recently, she is editor of the 2013 Lavender Ink book, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature

N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature is, quite simply, the most comprehensive collection of the literature of New Orleans ever. Designed as an introduction for scholars and a pleasure for everyone, this volume will set the standard for years to come.

Dixon has gathered some of the most prominent writers long associated with New Orleans, like Lafcadio Hearn, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and Eudora Welty, but perhaps more fascinating are the ones we can discover for the first time, like the writers of Les Cenelles, French Creoles of color who published the first anthology of African American literature in 1845, or Los Isleños, descendents of the 17th-century Spanish immigrants from the Canary Islands, still a close-knit community today. From the first play ever performed in New Orleans in 1809, through Tom Dent’s compelling 1967 drama of violence in the streets, Ritual Murder, this collection traces the city’s history through its authors.

Louisianians, and particularly New Orleanians, do tend to go on and on about the literary heritage of this deepest South of Deep South pieces of turf. And it is with justification, of course. In the past, however, books about said literary heritage have been piecemeal and have tended to concentrate on one author or one era of our history. It's with great pleasure that I recommend to readers therefore, the new and excellent book by Nancy Dixon, N. O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature. Nancy has presented pieces of this book in the past at the Faulkner Society's annual Words & Music festival and in her presentations she's always made her subject matter not only informative but accessible, entertaining. She's done the same thing with the book, starting with the oldest known play written and produced in New Orleans, Paul LeBlanc de Villeneufve’s TheFestival of the Young Corn, or The Heroism of Poucha-Houmma dated 1809. She relates themes of that play to the pervasive violence in New Orleans today, giving the play contemporary relevance. She leads us on through the 19th and 20th centuries and winds up with Fatima Shaik's story of desegregation in the 20th Century. It's 500-plus pages of great stuff and when you see it all together like this, it's impressive and will no doubt enforce our tendency to go on and on about our literary heritage.

Value: A Free Event 
Donations to the Women's Center are always appreciated

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at (985) 892-8111 or  info@womenscenterforhealing.org
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Held in the Great Room
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KIPP Now Has 65 College Partners with Dillard University being One of Them

One out of every 5 KIPP alumni in college is now enrolled at an official college partner, up from 1 in 8 just one year ago. Our growing number of college partners means there are more schools committed to building programs to support first-generation students all the way through graduation day. And, consider how this changes our students’ college experience: we now have groups of KIPPsters going off to colleges together – arriving on campus and forming support systems for each other. So that means that the 82 KIPPsters at San Jose State University, the 34 at the University of Texas at Austin, the 28 KIPPsters at Dillard University in New Orleans, the 25 KIPPsters at University of Arkansas, the 21 at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the 16 at Spelman College, and the 29 KIPPsters at the University of Pennsylvania can support each other on the climb to and through.

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Dillard to Offer Curriculum in Medical Physics

Written by:

Mona Duffel Jones

Director, Dillard University's Communications and Marketing

November 24, 2014

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) –Dillard University is proud to announce the opening of the Medical Physics concentration under the Physics and Pre-Engineering Program. As a response to the dire need of the city of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana for qualified and well-trained medical physicists, the curriculum of Medical Physics will prepare students for graduate school and work in several areas of medical physics, including Imaging Medical Physics and Nuclear Medical Physics, according to Dr. Abdalla Darwish, professor of physics at Dillard.

"To my knowledge, Dillard is the only private four-year college in the state to offer a concentration in medical physics," Darwish said. "The skills learned in the Medical Physics Concentration will provide students with the training to safely and properly operate and maintain diagnostic imaging devices, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs), Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMRs), ultrasound, and X-rays as well as the ability to analyze the resulting images," Darwish explained. He further noted that Medical Imaging and Ionization Radiation Laboratory Courses will strengthen the already well-established physics curriculum at Dillard and will give students basic hands-on introduction to imaging equipment in the new ionization radiation laboratory.

The Medical Imaging course is a general introduction to the tools and techniques used in medical imaging, the typical imaging devices currently in use, and the underlying Physics involved. In the Ionization Radiation Laboratory Course, radiation, radioisotope techniques, and radioactive tracers will be studied, with emphasis on the safe handling and storage of radioisotopes, in accordance to the various local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

According to the American Institute of Physics, Dillard is ranked as a top producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in physics (2012); and according to the National Science Foundation (2013), among the top 50 colleges whose graduates earn doctorates in the sciences.

For more information on this cutting edge concentration in Medical Physics, please contact Dr. Abdalla Darwish at 504 816 4877.

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Written by:

Mona Duffel Jones

Director, Dillard University's Communications and Marketing

November 24, 2014

(New Orleans) –Dillard University’s Center for Intensive Language (CIEL) welcomed a group of 20 participants from Mexico’s Proyecta program to study the English language over the course of four weeks during Fall 2014. The Proyecta 100,000 Program is an effort by the Mexican government to provide opportunities for its citizens, both students and teachers, to study at institutions of higher education in the United States. The group arrived on November 13 and will depart on Dec. 13.

Dillard is one of the 157 U.S. English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that will host over 7,500 Mexican learners. "The goal of the Mexican Government is to send 100,000 college students and teachers to the U.S.," said Aurea Diab, interim director of the CIEL Program. "We hope this group is the first of many others who will come to Dillard throughout next year".

Over the past two years, Dillard has trained 106 learners in its CIEL program: 48 teachers and 55 students from Brazil and three students from Pakistan.

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Dillard president: TOPS drives inequality more than opportunity, should have income-level cap

The Louisiana Board of Regents recently released a report analyzing the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students from 2003 to 2014. The program, initiated in 1998, had four major objectives. They include promoting success and providing financial incentives. But a key point is to “promote access and success” in postsecondary education. Sadly, TOPS is more of an engine of inequality than it is of opportunity. 

The report analyzes recipients based on a range of demographic factors. The most telling demographic factor impacting TOPS is family income. Most recipients come from families whose household incomes are “significantly higher” than the state median average. The state median average is listed at about $44,000, while the incomes of most recipients range from $70,000 to $100,000.

This is the most important fact of the report because it proves that TOPS rewards students based on the family they were born into rather than the need for an opportunity to attend college. I can’t fathom why we refuse to acknowledge decades of data proving standardized test scores are best correlated by family income.

In July, the ACT released its latest report on college readiness and low-income families. When examining college readiness as measured by ACT scores, in each of the four categories (English, reading, math and science), low-income students, defined by ACT as those from families earning less than $36,000 a year, scored 17 to 20 points below the all-student average in each area. Only 26 percent of all takers were deemed college-ready by ACT, a figure that drops to 11 percent for low-income students.

The report further disaggregated the data by income levels. Sixty-two percent of students from $100,000-plus families and 48 percent of students from $60,000 to $100,000 (the TOPS profile) met three of the four benchmarks for college readiness. The low-income students? Only 20 percent met that level of performance.

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