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Daughters of Charity Health Center Celebrated Ribbon Cutting for its Gentilly Location on Dillardís 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


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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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.


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

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Dr. Richard Igwike, interim dean of the College of Business at Dillard University located in New Orleans, which nearly tripled its international student enrollment in the last two years, says the cost of these programs gives many of his students pause.

Igwike says nine Dillard students participated in study abroad programs last year. Of those students, six went to Ghana. He says that, in addition to paying their regular semester tuition and fees, these students have to cough up an additional $3,000 to cover the expense of traveling to the West African nation and staying there for a few weeks. Igwike notes the university is exploring the option of building this cost into students’ financial aid loan applications.

Schools’ challenges

But financial challenges are not just limited to students.

Recently, the American Council on Education conducted a study examining factors that “enhance and impede the internationalization process at HBCUs.” The study, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, looked at seven HBCUs — Howard, Dillard, Tuskegee, Lincoln University (Missouri), North Carolina A&T, Savannah State and Virginia State.

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EPA Names Dillard Dining Services it’s 1st Food Recovery Challenge (FRC) Partner in the State of Louisiana

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

Dillard Dining Services is proud to announce our partnership with the EPA as Louisiana’s first Food Recovery Challenge partner. The FRC program was developed by the EPA and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), as a measure to raise awareness of the environmental, health and nutrition issues created by food waste.

As you may have noticed, Dillard Dining began our Sustainability efforts back in April 2014 with our “Trayless Tuesday”, & “Green to Go” programs. Trayless dining is one of the leading efforts of a large number of dining services all across the country that reduce food, water, and energy waste. We are excited to bring this initiative to the Dillard campus!

As dining is a large part of the campus experience, our goal is to encourage all Faculty, Staff, and Students to support this “green” initiative. During our pre-launch in April 2014 in the Spring Semester, our records show that we collected an average of nine bags of food waste daily. That is over sixty 25lb bags of food waste a week! But our records show that on “Trayless Tuesdays,” our food waste is reduced by an average of four 25lb bags of waste. In this Summer 2014 session, we have found that our daily average food waste is five 25lb bags of waste - with an average “Trayless Tuesdays” waste of 2.5bags.

Rochester Institute of Technology implemented their Trayless Program a few years ago, and have reported that they have seen a marked drop in food waste. “With the trays, you come in and often your eyes are bigger than your stomach,” said Janet Olivieri - Manager at Rochester Institute of Technology. “This way they can only get what they can carry on one plate. If the customer wants more, they have to make a conscious decision to come back for it.” This program is a great vehicle to set the tone of encouraging dining guests to eat “healthier portions”, while supporting sustainability. In 2008 a study of 25 college campuses found that removing trays at dining halls results in as much as 25-30% less food wasted.

At Dillard, trayless dining is still in it’s initial stages. But we hope to make a bigger impact on waste reduction with the help of the campus community. Our dining program is now evolving to provide healthier options, as well as a healthier lifestyles. What you consume plays a role in your ability to function in daily life. Make the pledge to be a “Trayless
Champion” by dining without a tray. Let’s encourage others to help with our efforts of being more environmental friendly, as we all play a role in “going green” at Dillard University.

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2014 Faculty/Staff Institute

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Staff and Faculty were enlightened by Dr. Jeff Gardere during the 2014 Staff/Faculty Institute. Gardere shared his personality, skills as a psychologist and training in human behavior with professionals working to help make students' attending Dillard "whole" and healthy people.

This was one of the most uplifting and fulfilling trainings ever! Dr. Kimbrough expects to have Dr. Gardere return in January. 

Thank you, Dr. Gardere for shedding some on light on some dark spaces at Dillard University!

Also, staff and faculty with 20 plus years of service to the institution were recognized for their contributions and dedication to Dillard University.

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Dillard University to offer free job training in hazardous waste management

By Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on August 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM, updated August 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Beginning in September, Dillard University will offer free job training in hazardous-waste cleanup, green construction, mold remediation, lead abatement and asbestos abatement.

The training initiative, provided by Dillard's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, receives funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. It last from Sept. 2 until Nov. 14.

Beverly Wright, the director of the Deep South Center, said that 2014 marks the twentieth year that the job-training program has been available to residents of New Orleans. The program began at Xavier University in 1994, Wright said, and moved to Dillard after Hurricane Katrina.

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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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