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Student groups excel despite pandemic

Dillard University Mock Trial Team Member Renee Simien

Dillard University Mock Trial Team member Renee Simien '22 competes virtually at the University of Alabama Crimson Classic where the team came in first place. Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University.

    By Eddie Francis and Sabree Hill 
February 10, 2021

 

For Black History Month 2021, Dillard University is celebrating “History Made, History in the Making.” Everyday, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the University is posting #DUBlackFacts to celebrate Dillard’s contributions to society. Despite how COVID-19 has changed life at Dillard, student groups have lost neither their competitive edge nor their desire to be the best. As a different kind of academic year kicked off, Bleu Devils wasted no time making their mark. All photos are by Dillard's university photographer, Sabree Hill.

 

Competing for only their second year, the Dillard University Debate Team placed fifth in the East Coast Early Bird Speech and Debate Competition in September. Jerika Edwards ’23, advanced to the final round in the Open Division IPDA (International Public Debate Association) category and placed second out of 23 competitors. That same month, the Division of Student Success launched the Bleu Troop Public Health Ambassador program to address campus health and safety measures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group went to work immediately when they helped the Office of Community and Church Relations donate hand sanitizer, digital thermometers and over 600 face masks to the campus and surrounding communities.

  • Nick Harris rallies the Bleu Troop
  • Examining PPE
  • Examining PPE
  • Bleu partners with Blue
  • Ready to take temps
  • PPE ready for distribution
  • Bleu Troop Public Health Ambassadors

The Bleu Troop Public Health Ambassadors got off to a strong start at the beginning of a most unusual academic year by teaming up with the Office of Community and Church Relations to distribute PPE around the University and community.

Dillard’s Beta Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., also earned honors in September. At their Southwestern Province’s 84th Province Council Meeting, the chapter won the Chapter of the Year award for small chapters while also earning distinction as the chapter with the second highest GPA in the province. Traelon Rodgers had the highest GPA in the province. Currently Rodgers is competing for two of the fraternity’s national awards.

 

Another Dillard fraternity made their presence known outside of the University. The Beta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., earned honors at their district conference in January. The chapter won Chapter with Highest GPA and the district’s debate competition. Chad Fuselier ‘22, earned top honors as the Brother with the Highest GPA.

 

The Dillard Diamonds got a pleasant surprise on Instagram in October. Support Black Colleges, a retail company, featured the Diamonds one of the “10 Dope Dance Teams.”


The Dillard University Diamonds Dance Team
Image: @supportblackcollege on Instagram

In the midst of these achievements, one of the newest student groups began their philanthropic efforts. The New Wealth Society, an organization that focuses on financial literacy, awarded a fortunate fellow Dillard student with a scholarship.

 

Dillard’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is familiar with distinction. The chapter earned national recognition by being named a 2020 Outstanding Chapter Award. This marks an improvement from being named a Distinguished Chapter in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In addition, two chapter members, Jamaya Wilson '20 and Eboni Collins '21, wrote an article for the SPS website about how SPS adjusted their 2020 outreach efforts for the DU WISHES (Dillard University - Women in STEM High School Experience in Summer) program.

 

Never to be outdone is the award-winning Mock TrialTeam. The team got their first win in November at the Castagna Classic hosted by Pace University. Amaya Ronczyk ‘22 and Reneé Simien ‘22, won top attorney honors. LaJeanne Shelton ‘21, Chasity Washington ‘23 and Simien earned top ranking witness honors. A significant win came at the University of Alabama’s Crimson Classic in January where the Mock Trial Team bested institutions such as Florida State University, the University of South Carolina, Pennsylvania State Univer, Emory University, Wake Forest University, the University of Tennessee and Alabama. There, Ronczyk won the Top Attorney Award. Additionally, the team hosted its second Big Easy Invitational in January, making Dillard the first HBCU to ever host a mock trial tournament. Participating institutions included Gonzaga University, Penn State, Baylor University, the College of William and Mary, the University of South Dakota and Southern Methodist University.

  • Virtually competing at the Crimson Classic
  • A team member makes her argument
  • Locked in to win
  • In the spotlight
  • Feeling confident
  • Stating their case
  • Feeling good about the day
  • The victors, the Dillard University Mock Trial Team

In 2020, the Dillard University Mock Trial Team did not even place at the University of Alabama Crimson Classic. What a difference a year makes. Dillard was the smallest of the 21 institutions and the only HBCU. Of the victory, the Honorable Kern Reese, one of the team's coaches and Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge, said, "What Dillard accomplished was incredible and historic."

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Attorney De'Jonique Carter named pre-law advisor

Dillard joins IBM-HBCU Quantum Center

Dillard partners will Legacies of American Slavery Network

Dillard to participate in Deep South Economic Mobility Collaborative

Dillard announces 2021-2022 artist in residence PJ Morton

#weDUthis Wednesday, a call for Dillard brand ambassadors

Women's basketball temporarily pauses all activities until January 19

Rebecca Armstrong-English '04 named Alumni Relations director

Shana Broussard '91 makes history as first Black FEC commissioner

Dillard alumna, social work giant Millie M. Charles passes away at 97

Saloy on the state of Black feminism

Psychology senior's research published in journal

Students earn training in reproductive justice advocacy

Community and Church Relations makes PPE donations

Dillard Theatre alumni present Regina Taylor's "VOTE!"

James Beard Foundation appoints Zella Palmer to its leadership committee

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Baker '21 and Webber '23 win Coca-Cola internships

Center for Racial Justice to debut class on police brutality

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Alumna Johnson-Eanes appointed president of CUNY-York College


Senior Smith selected HBCU Competitiveness Scholar


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Dillard places first in National HBCU Stock Market Challenge


Fos, Kellum, LSU Health Sciences professor collaborate for journal article about diabetes and COVID


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Alumnus Jericho Brown wins 2020 Pulitzer Prize


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President Kimbrough: "We are a resilient community in a resilient city."

Three earn full law school scholarships

 

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Collins discusses Biden's attempt to work with Republicans

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Condoll discusses tighter gun laws with WWL-TV

Alumna Briana and sister Erica's business profiled by The Times-Picayune/The Advocate

University, JPAS agree to three-year partnership

Karsten Patrick among students to earn NASCAR Wendell Scott Sr. Scholarship

Profile on Ruth Simmons' success at Prairie View

Board Chair Jones leads Maryland HBCU lawsuit to final stages

AD Barnes discusses career and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association membership

History professor Baham among historians to explore renaming some of New Orleans' public schools

Alumnus Daigle tapped to be medical director in Chicago

Alumna Stacey Holman: “Know where you end, when someone begins”

Gary Clark talks super PAC backing Karen Carter Peterson

President Kimbrough shares "weekly wisdom" with Inside Higher Ed

President Kimbrough talks college hazing on the Scott Sands Show

Dillard Business announced as one of Intelligent.com's best business management programs

Psychology program coordinator Dr. Sean Gibbs serves as panelist on mental health with Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Art professor Bernstein profiled as co-house of in-house coronavirus talk show

Enrollment management VP Page named to NACAC commission to reform college admissions

Student engagement and leadership director Courtney Williams earns one of Gambit's Frontline People Awards 

Gary Clark on Second Congressional District race

Alumna Quibulah “Quib” Graham named Orlando Health's director of diversity and minority business development

Profile on alumnus Edward Agyekum Kufuor

Big Easy Magazine: Louisiana’s HBCUs Have a Lasting Impact

Alumna Ruth Simmons to deliver principal address at Harvard

Alumna Sylvia Taylor continues impact on local community with new business

Dillard part of Sodexo's $1M scholarship program

Board of Trustees chair, alumnus Michael D. Jones' historic HBCU settlement

Collins on Republicans and Cassidy censure

Collins discusses Trump acquittal on Turkey's A News

The importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Sheen Magazine profiles alumna Meme Kelly

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Alumna Dr. Jessica Harris named SIUE's first vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion

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VP Barnes visits the "RAISE Podcast" to talk about his career in advancement and his work at Dillard 

President Kimbrough appears on "The Tammi Mac Late Show" on Fox Soul to talk HBCUs

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AD Barnes announces sports leadership academic for teen girls

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President Kimbrough chats with Black Enterprise about HBCUs' legacy, culture and weathering the pandemic

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Collins discusses Trump supporters' reactions to Biden inauguration

Event celebrating Black White House culinary professionals to benefit Ray Charles program

Baham weighs in on WVUE-TV about historic nature of Kamala Harris' inauguration

VP Page expresses thoughts, excitement about Kamala Harris on WWL-TV inauguration day

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Center for Racial Justice director discusses the state of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream with WWL-TV

Condoll discusses rifts in Republican Party

Baham participates in Jefferson Performing Arts Society panel discussion about Paul Robeson

Chief Medical Officer Hébert to participate in panel discussion about vaccines and the Black community

Business Insider profiles alumna Broussard and historic accomplishment

Coraniquejuanae Jackson '23 featured in hometown L'Observateur

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Collins comments on electoral college vote

Alumna Kelly Nash among "1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America"

Alumnus G. Larry Lawrence appointed to ProPetro Board of Directors

Palmer discusses local chefs' struggles with Washington Post

Collins comments on Trump's refusal to accept Electoral College presidential results

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Kaylan Tanner named one of Seventeen's 2020 Voices of the Year

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Collins discusses Cedric Richmond leaving Congress for White House with WVUE

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Alum Ashle Mitchell celebrated as "Yardrunner" by Nike

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Urban studies and public policy junior Gentry featured in 2020 HBCU Digest Honors

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Alumnus James Williams named U.S. Venture's president of U.S. Lubricants Division

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Alumnus Carl Stewart delivers keynote for University of Notre Dame law school

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Alumna Paramore named executive director of Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans

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Senior Smith featured as "young superstar" by Charles Koch Foundation

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A.D. Barnes on the "Straight to the Point" sports show

Collins analyzes La. secretary of state's absentee voting tutorial

Alumna Leyte Winfield on HBCUs' preparing Black students for careers in science

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Alumnus Baker discusses how the Louisiana Weekly gives context to the Black experience in news

Saloy discusses resilience through words in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

Alumnus Floyd Wilson Jr. discusses 47-year-old police bill of rights with The Washington Post 

The New Orleans Tribune recounts legacies of Straight College's Walter L. Cohen and James Madison Vance Jr.

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President Kimbrough quoted by Los Angeles Times about Kamala Harris VP nomination

Ray Charles director Palmer talks Black chefs, program with Gambit

Alumna Benjamin awarded 2020 Laurel Award for Dedication to Community Service

A.D. Barnes talks leadership advancement as a Black woman with WGNO-TV

President Kimbrough joins local university presidents for equity in higher education discussion 

Sigur discusses Apple, Dillard coding partnership

Alumna Friedman to host "Chicago Tonight: Black Voices"

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Alumna Alves named Bradford & Barthel LLP chief diversity officer


Esmail talks race relations on Juneteenth


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The Washington Post quotes President Kimbrough on president's HBCU claims


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Alumna Kopylov named to Posse Foundation national board


Alumna Domingue-Glover talks actors' struggles amid COVID-19


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VP Barnes on police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death


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HBCUs after COVID-19: Sheen exclusive with President Kimbrough


Esmail discusses COVID-related financial difficulties for low-income workers


President Kimbrough talks fall 2020 amid COVID-19 with The Atlantic


Saloy comments on roots of jazz funerals as COVID-19 silences tradition


Alumna, DU 40 Under 40 recipient Mitchell selected MyNewOrleans.com Top Female Achiever


Hebert, Lesen, Fos named to COVID task force

Fos, Lesen discuss COVID racial disparities with columnist Sutton

AD Barnes discusses future of college athletics, institutions amid COVID

Columnist Sutton on COVID disparities: "Lesen...tried to warn us."

Alumnus Raj Smoove's online DJ sets create social connection

Hébert: "Protect La.'s vulnerable African Americans"

Lesen visits "CBS Evening News" to discuss COVID disparities

Nursing, Community Relations make PPE donations

Lesen: COVID disparities "produced by policy"

Environmental journalism professor cites Lesen

La. Budget Project cites Lesen

AD Barnes featured as P.O.W.E.R.ful women series

Collins discusses governor's COVID federal disaster declaration

Food Studies featured in USA Today's agriculture issue

Hébert: 10 things for African Americans to protect themselves from COVID

SAFE Fund featured example of how HBCUs try to minimize student debt

President Kimbrough examines Trump's claim to have saved HBCUs

Report: HBCUs produce higher income, more prosperity for students

President Kimbrough: "Missouri effect" part of HBCU enrollment increase

Alumnus Lynn leverages Facebook employment to help small businesses

AD Barnes on athletics' post-Katrina return: "Hiring, trust and relationships are everything."

Report: HBCUs produce more upwardly mobile graduates than PWIs 

Alumna Bolden recognized by National AfterSchool Association

AT&T donates $250,000 to College of Business

Kimbrough joins star-studded panel at Essence Fest to discuss HBCUs' helping close nation's economic divide

President Kimbrough featured on MyNewOrleans.com in style

University receives $1.25M for STEM research


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