Dillard News

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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(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


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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