The Bleu Review
Dillard University is launching a new segment on the website called The Bleu Review. The Bleu Review will serve as a depository for recent happenings on and off-campus involving Dillard people. The goal is to share photos with brief descriptions about events as they happen or from the previous week. The Office of Communications & Marketing will do its best to capture as many on-campus events as possible; however, we encourage the university community to share “good clear photos” (300 dpi or 12 -14 megapixels), along with a description and the name of your event. Please send photos and information to the
. Please know that we will select the best photos and all information is subject to editing to ensure it meets grammar standards and university branding guidelines.
Week of May 6- 12
Dillard seniors said goodbye with a flurry of activities! From a beach trip to a midnight buffet and a bull ride, the class of 2013 spent their last week on and off campus celebrating their time and friends they made at Fair Dillard.
On Thursday, May 9, 2013 a scholarship benefit was held in Lawless Chapel wih a production of Dreamgirls. Dillard was honored to have Broadway superstar Jennifer Holliday in attendance to sing with the cast and entertain the special guests.
From Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 12, 2013 many Dillard alumni returned to the Avenue of the Oaks to celebrate Reunion 2013. Golden Grads from the class of 1963 reunited over meals and planned events. A special dinner on Saturday saw classmates from recent years all the way to decades ago, sharing stories and breaking bread together.
The Reverend Otis Moss III was the guest speaker for Baccalaureate 2013. He brought the house down with his urging the Dillard community to go where no one has gone before and sent the graduating class off with courage and inspiration.
Commencement 2013 saw an interesting turn of events as inclement weather forced Dillard to hold its ceremonies at the UNO Lakefront Arena. On Saturday, May 11 Fair Dillard graduated 180 students with news journalist and commentator Jeff Johnson giving the commencement address.
Week of April 29 - May 3
The School of Public Health held their annual year-end celebration on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. It was also a time to say goodbye to Dr. Valandra German, Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Public Health who leaves Dillard for a position elsewhere. Students swapped stories and wished one another well.
Dillard President Dr. Walter Kimbrough announced a new scholarship at Dillard, honoring alumnus Dr. William Sutton. The award is made possible through the generosity of William I. Sizeler, a friend to Dillard University. Dr. Sutton's family, collgeaues and faculty, staff and students were on hand to witness this special event.
Dillard visual arts students showed their work in a public exhibit this week. The Dillard community was invited to tour inspiring creative work specializing in multiple medium and to meet students majoring in art.
The Leadership Institute hosts philosophical leadership training for all students of the DU family. Always talked about, but rarely seen, is the third and final level of the Leadership Institute. This session is reserved for graduating seniors only as we prepare them for the journey beyond the gleaming white and spacious green of Dillard. Level Three of the Leadership Institute this year was held at Longue Vue House & Gardens on Friday, May 3, 2013.
Week of April 22 - 28
Dillard University celebrated Environmental Earth Day on Monday, April 22, 2013 with festivities, games and events on the Avenue of the Oaks. Students from Medard H. Nelson Charter School joined Dillard students, faculty and local green organizations for games, face painting and fun. Staff from Lowe's helped students with plants for a future community garden. Thanks to Dr. Ruby Broadway for spearheading this project!
Nick Harris and the Office of Community Service continued the Earth Day celebrations with a special event held at Medard H. Nelson Charter School on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Staff from Coca-Cola helped students create rain barrels for future gardening plans.
The Office of the University Chaplain and the VisionQuest Program presented Message in the Middle, on Wednesday, April 25 , 2013 featuring guest speaker the Rev. Telley Gadson. MIM was held in the evening in Lawless Chapel.
Sunday Nite Live returned to Lawless Chapel on April 28, 2013 with a focus on The Story of the Prodigal Son. Rev. John B. Wingate led the congregation in prayer. Music, mime and dancing were all part of the lively evening.
Week of April 15 - 21
It was Alpha Phi Alpha Week on the Dillard campus and the Greek organization was busy with multiple events.
The Dillard University Library participated in the worldwide celebration of, "Letter from Birmingham Jail", on April 16th at 7pm. The library, a registered participant of the event in the Greater New Orleans area, showcased a reading of the letter along with displaying pictures from the historic event.
President Kimbrough launched his new speaker series, Brain Food, on Thursday, April 18, 2013 with special guest speaker, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. A book signing by Dr. Dyson followed the lecture in Lawless Chapel.
The Dillard University Choir presented their annual Spring Concert in Lawless Chapel on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Week of April 8 - 13
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Dillard University and the SGA hosted a special presentation entitled “Bury the Ratchet” with writer, stylist and image activist Michaela Angela Davis. The campaign is aimed to improve the depiction of African American women in media and to empower women to treat each other with dignity, respect and love.
The Dillard University Chapter of the African World Network Organization, Inc. welcomed Ahaji Umaru Audu Bida, CEO Universal Contractors Limited, from Kaduna, Nigeria to Dillard to discuss public-private partnerships in Nigeria and its impace on Nigerian development.
Spring Fest 2013 saw a host of exciting events and concerts during the week, with a culminating show featuring R&B sensations Brandy & Elle Varner and rap singer, Curren$y in Dent Hall on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The standing room only event was a highlight for students as they celebrated the end of another semester at Dillard.
Week of April 1 - 5
During Undergraduate Research Week students presented what they have learned through their research and creative experiences to a larger audience. The focus was on discussions, performances and presentations of student work from all disciplines. Awards were handed out for research and creative work. Additionally, an Algebra Relay was held, with some of the brightest minds participating.
Dillard University's College of Business honored local entrepreneurs Leah Chase and Preston Edwards, a Dillard alumnus, at the Third Annual Champions of the American Dream program, held Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Georges Auditorium.
Dillard hosts its first ever International Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Hundreds of attendees enjoyed special performances, arts and crafts vendors, and food from around the world. The Office of International Students & Study Abroad Programs organized the event.
Also on Saturday, April 6, 2013 was the 7th Annual Health & Sports Festival. Coordinated by the Office of Community Relations, the event hosted health and wellness vendors from the community as well as offered games, sports and other fun activities.
Week of March 25 - 29
Women's Week and Miss Dillard 2013 Tiffany Scott, presented a special workshop entitled "The Miseducation of a Woman's Worth" on Monday, March 25, 2013. Held in Georges Auditorium, the event gave students, staff and faculty the opportunity to learn about the importance of supporting one another.
Dillard honored those students who achieved academic excellence at the 2013 Honors Convocation held in Lawless Chapel on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Dillard alumnus and Louisiana State Representative Patrick Jefferson gave the Honors Convocation address.
The beloved "Message in the Middle" series continues, with the renowned Pastor Fred Luter Jr. sharing a message of inspiration on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Lawless Chapel. Pastor Luter is the first African American President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Senior Pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church.
Staff, faculty and alumni donned their best Easter bonnets and hats on Thursday, March 28, 2013 and strutted along the Avenue of the Oaks accompanied by a marching band, in celebration of Easter Week. The event was organized by the President's Staff Task Force.
Week of March 17 - 23
Giving Back the DU Way - Dillard University nursing students and Professor Green shared the Dillard Spirit of giving back to the community during Spring Break at the Kidney Foundation community screening on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Girard Playground. The all day event went from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM and was a huge success, with many students participating.
Dillard Competes with Top Schools in Major Tack Event- Dillard students Kermit Buggage and Wendell Collins were among several athletes who competed in the Victor Lopez Classic on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Lady Bleu Devils 4x1 relay team finished 13th overall with a time of 47.86 (Courtney Henry, Jonquil Griffin, Monique Waiters & Dominique Hardin. Dillard competed against several top notch NCAA Division 1 schools such as Harvard University and even Notre Dame! Buggage finished 16th in the Men’s 100 Meter Dash with a time of 11.15 and Wendell finished 39th in the same event with a time of 11.64. They both were also a part of the Bleu Devils 4x1 relay team and they finished 7th overall with a time of 41.53, which is an “A” standard.
Dillard Welcomes Civil Leaders for Special Violence Reducation Meeting - Dillard Vice President Marc Barnes welcomed Professor David Kennedy, the Director of The Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and others from the City of New Orleans, for a meeting on violence gun reduction strategies on Friday, March 22, 2013.
Dillard Hosts Spring 2013 Open House & Auditions - Dillard University hosted its Spring 2013 Open House & Auditions, welcoming prospective students to the campus to learn more about Fair Dillard. The event took place on the DU campus on Saturday, March 23, 2013 and included classroom demonstrations, information sessions and a campus tour.
Week of March 10 - 16
New Orleans in the 21st Century - New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu was joined by former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young to discuss ways to make New Orleans a more viable city. The event took place on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in the Georges Auditorium.
Tyler Perry's Temptation HBCU Takeover - A panel of Dillard students discussed ideas of fidelity, temptation, respect and relationships in conjunction with the new movie release "Temptation", from producer and director Tyler Perry. The event took place on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in the Professional Studies Building. Dillard student Delesia Daniels won an iPad at the event.
Dillard Begins Weight Management Classes -Dillard University’s School of Public Health, Dillard Dining Services, and the Dillard University Community Development Corporation are collaborating to host a 4 week Weight Management class, free for Dillard students, staff and faculty. The classes will be held every Thursday, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Dillard Celebrates "Kick Butts Day" - In an effort to promote a smoke-free campus, Dillard public health students and faculty hosted a special "Kick Butts Day" with events such as a rock climbing wall, video game competitions, pledge wall and a flash mob. The event took place on Friday, March 15 in the Kearny Lounge and Kabacoff Plaza.
Dillard Greeks Stroll Off - Students from Dillard's different Greek organizations held a "Stroll Off" in Kearny Lounge on Thursday, March 14. Part of the DU Dawg Week, the Stroll Off brought a large crowd of spectators and participants to support their fellow students.