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    Dillard Alumna Kathryn Townsend named civilian of the quarter by Naval Oceanographic Office PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 9.57.16 AMNAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE: Slidell residents Kathryn Townsend and Gus Michel were the civilians of the quarter for the first quarter of 2015 at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

    Townsend is the head of the international program coordination group in the plans, programs and requirements department, where she serves as the point of contact for technology transfer, foreign release, military sales and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    Townsend graduated from Dillard University with a bachelor’s degree and Alcorn State University with a master’s degree.

    Michel is the acting branch head of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Reachback Cell. He is being recognized for his excellence in ensuring on-time and accurate delivery of products while serving as branch head. Additionally, he was charged with overseeing the highly complex Undersea Warfare Decision Support System discussions, leading a combined product group and acting as lead on Maritime Operational Center engagement.

    Michel is an active participant in the Slidell High School Robotics Team. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics.

    NAVOCEANO, comprised of approximately 1,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, is responsible for providing oceanographic products and services to all elements within the Department of Defense.

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    2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year Honorees Announced PDF Print E-mail
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    Awards to Be Presented October 13 at the NACWAA National Convention in Tampa

    Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes wears many leadership hats. Currently, she is the president of the Gulf Coast Athletics Conference, Athletics Director at Dillard University, and until three years ago, was Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Dillard University—all while working on her Ph.D. focused on coaches and their influence on student-athlete engagement. She led a major rebranding effort at Dillard University, leading the department through the creation of a new logo and brand image, while launching a new website and a mobile application. As her nominator said, “she is the ultimate team player with great spirit and attitude.”

    Dillard University’s Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    AD-Barnes-SmallKiki Baker Barnes was chosen as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. Since 2006, Dr. Barnes has been the director of athletics at Dillard University in New Orleans.

    Dr. Barnes also serves as president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. She is currently conducting research on the relationship between coach’s influence, student engagement, and student-athlete success.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally. Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments.”

    Dr. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans. She also earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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    Dillard Athletic Director selected as 2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    (Kansas City, Mo.)  Dillard University’s Director of Athletics Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes has been selected as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). “I am humbled by this honor,” said Barnes.  “I also appreciate my colleagues who nominated me and the opportunity that Dillard University has given me to serve and lead the athletics department.”

    As Athletic Director (AD) at Dillard University, Barnes has distinguished herself as an outstanding professional, community servant and mentor.  She assumed the leadership role in Dillard’s athletic department in 2006.  She is currently the President of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) and also serves on the National Association of IntercollegiateAthletics’ (NAIA) Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors and is chair for the NAIA’s Conduct and Ethics Committee.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University.  “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally.  Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments."

    Within the last school year, Barnes has been selected as one of Girl Scout Louisiana East’s 2014 Women of Distinction, along with Gayle Benson, Mionne LaShe Gooch and Sally-Ann Roberts.  Barnes was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch Class of 2014” and GCAC AD of the Year twice, most recently in the 2013-14 school year.

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    “This award is not only about the influence that women have in athletics, but their impact in the community as well,” said Barnes.  “I have strived to be a servant leader.  My hope is that Dillard students and the entire NAIA will reap the benefits of my efforts,” Barnes added.  “To receive this honor going into my 10th year as the Athletic Director at Dillard University, which is synonymous with the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, makes this award even special to me.”

    Recent initiatives by Barnes and her staff include launching a new logo and website as well as iPhone and Android applications for the Dillard University athletics department.

    The NACWAA is the premier leadership organization that empowers, develops, assists, celebrates, affirms, involves and honors women working in college sports and beyond.  NACWAA takes a proactive role in advancing women into positions of influence and powerfully shapes the landscape of women leaders.

    Dillard’s Board Chair Michael Jones, ‘ 82 is Named “2015 Male Alumnus of the Year” at HBCU Digest National Media Awards Gala PDF Print E-mail
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    Jones MichaelNEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University’s Chair of the Board of Trustees Michael Jones, ’82 was recognized this past weekend as “Best Male Alumnus” during the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Digest Media Week’s award ceremony heldFriday at Hampton University in Virginia.

    Jones, a partner in one of America’s top ranked law firms Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, was recognized for his more than 20 years of support to his alma mater. The nomination stated that Jones not only gave of his time to Dillard University, but he has provided significant financial support through an endowed scholarship of more than $100,000. In addition, he provides funds for faculty excellence incentive awards and student law school admissions test prep courses; and he also leads the University’s Board in garnering financial support from other sources.

    Jones is well known for his outstanding legal work and most notably, the recent landmark $2 billion lawsuit against the state of Maryland on behalf of HBCUs (Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore). First filed in 2006 and then argued in 2013, the lawsuit has been a longstanding battle to end the lasting impact of racial segregation in higher education in that state. The decision by a federal court, ruling that the state of Maryland "violated its constitutional commitment" by allowing majority institutions to duplicate the academic programs already offered by the historically black institutions, was monumental for all HBCUs.  Most recently, Jones successfully represented NL Industries in a closely watched lead paint case in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that was the subject of national media attention. He was featured in theAmerican Lawyer's "Top Guns" article, naming Kirkland the"Litigation Department of the Year" in 2008.

    Jones has previously been recognized as Leading Lawyer (2007); one of the top 10 business litigation attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Legal Times; and one of the top 10 trial attorneys in the nation by The National Law Journal in their feature, "Winning: Successful Strategies From 10 of the Nation's Leading Litigators." He was also chosen as one of the 75 Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C., by Washingtonian magazine. In 2003, Michael was recognized as one of America's Top Black Litigators by Black Enterprise. Jones' cases have been covered by a number of media, including Court TV, The Associated Press, The American Lawyer, Forbes, and CBS News, to name a few.

    The HBCU Digest is a daily blog/news resource providing news synopsis, links and commentary on stories about America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities. Each year it sponsors the HBCU Awards Gala to honor, acknowledge and celebrate achievements at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

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