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    Dillard University President Walter M. Kimbrough on his development as a man and the mentor who helped him PDF Print E-mail
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    NEW ORLEANS, La. — I’ve gotten to the age when I periodically receive those calls or texts with unexpected sad news.

    It is the wake-up call when you hear a high school or college classmate has died and you realize that you’re not as young as you think. More often though it is news of a relative or some beloved teacher. I received one of the messages recently.

    “Did you hear? Bro. Nunnally died.”

    Bro. Nunnally was none other than the Rev. David H. Nunnally of Athens.

    I met him early in 1986 as I attended the interest meeting for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia. Rev. Nunnally was introduced as the chapter’s advisor. Medium build with a pleasant demeanor, he was definitely an old school type of dude. Once I was selected to pledge, I ended up beginning a relationship with a man that lasted almost 30 years.

    Yes, he was the guide for our chapter. But reflecting on this Founder’s Day, not only did Bro. Nunnally teach me what it meant to be an Alpha, but he also unknowingly taught and reinforced values that would make me a good husband, father, and college president (which de facto is father for hundreds of students).

    In the spring of 1986, my line brothers and I spent time with Bro. Nunnally and his family on numerous occasions.

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    Crescent City college briefs for November 25, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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    DILLARD UNIVERSITY: The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named Marc A. Barnes, of Dillard University, its outstanding fundraiser of the year. Barnes has been vice president for institutional advancement at Dillard since February 2013. Before that, he was director of development at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Inc., where he was responsible for the development of a major gifts fundraising operation and the launch of a major capital campaign to support the renovation of the Jazz & Heritage Center. Barnes serves on the finance council at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, where he is also a lector and coordinates the marriage ministry with his wife, Kiki. He is immediate past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater New Orleans Chapter, and is a member of the Louisiana Advisory Council for UNCF. He serves on the board of directors at St. Augustine High School and the advisory board of St. Mary’s Academy.

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    Bryan Stevenson, 'Just Mercy' author, to speak at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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    Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and civil rights activist who wrote the New York Times bestseller "Just Mercy," will deliver the annual Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society at Dillard University in New Orleans on Nov. 23. Stevenson is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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    Digital MediaX: Meet Karynn Verrett, '14, founder of Toured PDF Print E-mail
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    By day, Karynn Verrett is a case manager working to get nurses injured on the job back to work. By night, she is building the travel app of her dreams.

    Verrett, 23, got her first taste of travel while studying nursing at Dillard University. She was young and experiencing New York, Miami, Chicago and other cities for the first time.

    Verrett hit all the tourist hotspots her Google searches recommended. But each trip also felt a bit hollow, like she was missing out on the real experiences just around the corner.

    "A lot of the places I was going to see for the first time," Verrett said. "I wouldn't know what to do, what to see, where to go to get the experience I desired."

    Earlier this year, Verrett decided to take the plunge and throw what she had into makingToured, a mobile app that uses an individual's preferences to curate travel experiences for them.

    Verrett said plenty of apps -- Yelp, TripAdvisor, Hipmunk to name a few -- help users find local eateries, things to see and places to stay. Verrett envisions a one-stop shop for travel info that uses location and user rating tools to make fast recommendations on what to do next.

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    Dillard researchers receive grant from National Science Foundation to study California and Gulf Oil Spills PDF Print E-mail
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    (NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Two Dillard University researchers received a $127,000 grant to undertake comparative studies regarding the effects and responses of the 2010 Gulf oil spill Seagate Backup Plus Drive:Press Releases:2015-PR:PR- selected DU photos:Rosenwald 2.JPG

    and the May 2015 oil spill in California. Biologist,

    Dr. Bernard Singleton, and Social Scientist, Dr. Robert Collins, will jointly conduct the comparative study, which will examine both environmental and public policy responses to the disasters.

    The project is in response to the May 19 event, when a severely corroded section of an oil pipeline ruptured along the coast in Santa Barbara County, California, spilling approximately 105,000 gallons of crude oil and created a nine- mile long oil slick in the Pacific Ocean and washing ashore onto nearby beaches forming tar balls as what happened on the Louisiana coastline with the BP Oil Spill.

    NSF awarded the $127,000 grant through its Rapid Response Research Grant (RAPID) program, which is used for projects having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters.

    The project, titled “Comparative Assessment of Environmental Stress Factors Associated with Aerosol Exposure to Oil Spill Impacted Shorelines-in California”, began in September and will run through August of 2016. Drs. Singleton and Collins will lead a team of researchers and students from Dillard, California, and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

    “This study will characterize a cohort of microbiological markers and toxic components associated with the oil spilled with additives on the California impacted shorelines and will make comparisons with the effects of the dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon oil releases into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010,” said Dr. Singleton, the project’s principal investigator.

    “This research is unique in that it is interdisciplinary between the natural and social sciences, combining the talents of the Biology and Urban Studies programs at Dillard,” added Collins.

    “The project will help lay the groundwork for the ecological and epidemiological survey of oil spill impacted regions, as well as comparing disaster preparedness and remediation efforts to examine best practices when responding to future oil spills.”

    Dr. Bernard Singleton can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Dr. Robert Collins can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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