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    Dillard Theater Continues Its 79th Season With “HOMEGIRLS” PDF Print E-mail
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    homegirls flyer(New Orleans, LA) The Dillard University theater program will continue its 79th season with a six-performance run of “Homegirls,” a play by Karen L.B. Evans about student activists during the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s. The show opens on Friday, March 28 and runs throughSunday, April 6 in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.

    Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement five young college women - four black and one white - strive to maintain their friendships and find their way into adulthood. In the spirit of the movement, the characters in the play are an amalgamation of founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC (pronounced snick), the student-led organization most famous for the lunch counter sit-ins of the early 1960′s. SNCC was involved in nonviolent resistance to the injustices of segregation in America through Freedom Rides, marches, and voter registration drives and, by 1963, SNCC was a key player in organizing the monumental March on Washington.

     

    Dillard University’s theater is the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Theater in the country. Last year it won the Big Easy Award for Best University Theater Production for “Two Trains Running”; and has been nominated again this year for the Big Easy Award for Best Theater Production for “Dream Girls.”

     

    Ray Vrazel, assistant professor of theater at Dillard, directs the production of “Homegirls.” To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.

     

    “HOMEGIRLS”

    Dillard University’s Cook Theatre

    Box Office: (504) 816-4857

    Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m.

    Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.            Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m.

    Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m.       

    Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m.    

    Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m.


     
    Dr. Kimbrough' s article on hazing in Black Fraternities appears in The Atlantic.com PDF Print E-mail
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     MAR 17 2014, 12:28 PM ET

    I receive a Google news alert by e-mail every time the phrase “fraternity hazing” is mentioned in the press. As one who has studied fraternities and sororities for over two decades, worked in student affairs as a Greek advisor, now a college president, and an expert witness in hazing cases, it is important to stay current. As you can imagine, I get lots of news alerts. Lots.

    Last month I received an alert about The Atlantic’s article “The Dark Power of Fraternities.” This critique probably made a number of my colleagues in the inter-fraternal world crazy, as it set off new rounds of conversations about the relevance of fraternity and sorority life on college campuses. They, along with scores of young men and women who work earnestly to live the values espoused by their groups were no doubt disheartened by the latest in a long line of bad press for Greek Life.

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    Brazilian English teacher is São Gonçalo in the United States PDF Print E-mail
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    English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira, representing São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira

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    English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira represents São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira

    On January 10, 11 and 12 a group of 540 Brazilian teachers left for the United States to attend the PDPI Program – a Development Program for Teachers of English. The 6-week intensive program seeks to train English teachers from public schools as well as to strengthen the bilateral relations between Brazil and the United States.  English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira, representing São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira in Bahia, participated in the last cohort of the program. Edmilson Leal de Oliveira went to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Edmilson says “this was a fantastic and rewarding experience - learning to use and practice the English language in loco and being able to experience the everyday life in America”. "I will continue to work and study so that sometime very soon I will be able to return. The Governments of Brazil and the United States are to be congratulated for the initiative.” The program was a partnership between the U.S and the Brazilian Governments, which provided the candidates with the necessary financial support so that they could travel to the United States and study at a university there. The following benefits were offered:

    Issuance of the J-1 visa by the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil at no cost;

    Round trip airline tickets - domestic and international flights;

    Allowance in the amount of US $500;

    Health insurance;

    Transportation from the airport / university / airport;

    Accommodation on campus;

    Meals;

    Fees;

    All textbooks and material to be used in the courses.

    If Edmilson Leal were to fund this experience, he would have to spend approximately US $21,000 (twenty-one thousand dollars).

    “Playing properly with a Clean Environment”

    One of the papers presented by the teacher in the city of New Orleans was about a project called “Playing properly with the Environment”, also presented in his city of São Gonçalo dos Campos in 2010.

    For the project all schools – students and teachers - in the city participated in a big competition. The results obtained were satisfactory: about 1,000 tons of recyclable waste was removed from the city streets. The competition also managed to show the participants how hard it was to practice social responsibility and sustainability. “It is a shame that this work has been discontinued,” said Edmilson.

    Professor Beth Larkin showed great interest in the project and at the end of Edmilson’s presentation even joked with the teacher, asking if he would be interested in helping her to apply the same concept in the city of New Orleans.

    All teachers who participate in the program have to successfully pass the TOEFL ITP (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Institutional Testing Program), a test that measures the candidates’ level of English. Taking the TOEFL ITP is a requirement.

    The PDPI program takes place twice a year. Candidates take the examination in February to travel to the United States in June; and in August to travel in January.  Those interested in participating in the program must access the site - http://www.fulbright.org.br. The site reports that there will be no calls for the program in June 2014. The next call is scheduled for the second semester of 2014, and the participants will travel in January 2015.

    São Gonçalo Now / Sandro Araújo

     
    Dillard University Students Help Advertise UNCF Masked Ball PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard University Students Help Advertise UNCF Masked Ball


     
    Dillard's Black Male Summit in the News PDF Print E-mail
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    Dillard looks to raise dropping graduation rates for black men

    NEW ORLEANS -- At Dillard University, a discussion is happening on how to help get African American students, primarily men, stay in school and graduate on time.

    The latest numbers from the National Center For Educational Studies 35 percent of black males complete a bachelor's degree in six years or less, but in Louisiana, that number is far less.

    Shaun Harper, with the University of Pennsylvania, has studied this issue. She said it's time for colleges to take some of the blame.

    "What I argued in my keynote is there are institutional factors as well. There are faculty practices and other kinds of things the institution does and doesn't do to bolster student success."

    Admissions counselor, Christopher Stewart, has seen one of the factors that contribute to the low graduation rates. He said some students are not interested in what their parents or peers want them to study, thus they get bored and eventually drop out.

    Click here to read more at WWL News.


    Dillard summit aims to get black men to commit to higher education

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