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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 .

    Dillard University is featured in Good News Magazine: Denzel Washington: ‘Put God First’ PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.10.27 AM“Put. God. First,” Denzel Washington said with punctuated emphasis. “Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything you think that I have — and I have a few things — everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift.”

    The Academy award winning actor’s May 9 commencement address was greeted with applause and amens at Dillard University, the historically black university in New Orleans. Washington’s advice to the young people dealt with passion, humility, materialism, and gratitude.

    Washington reminded the graduates that their personal accomplishment was a collaborative effort with supportive friends and family. As his acting career began to flourish, Washington’s mother reminded him, “If you only knew how many people have been praying for you.” In order to combat a potentially over-inflated ego, his mother recalled “how many prayer groups she put together, and how many prayer cloths she gave me, how many times she splashed me with holy water to save my sorry behind.”

    Washington admitted to the graduates that 40 years ago he was flunking out of college with a 1.7 GPA (“I hope that none of you can relate”). “I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor [in New York] and I’m looking in the mirror and I see this woman behind me under the dryer. Every time I looked up, she was looking at me right in the eyes,” recalled Washington who was a 20-year-old student at Fordam University at the time.

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