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    By Jed Lipinski, | The Times-Picayune 
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    on August 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM, updated August 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Beginning in September, Dillard University will offer free job training in hazardous-waste cleanup, green construction, mold remediation, lead abatement and asbestos abatement.

    The training initiative, provided by Dillard's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, receives funding from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. It last from Sept. 2 until Nov. 14.

    Beverly Wright, the director of the Deep South Center, said that 2014 marks the twentieth year that the job-training program has been available to residents of New Orleans. The program began at Xavier University in 1994, Wright said, and moved to Dillard after Hurricane Katrina.

    "Following the 2001 anthrax attacks, we began training people in how to treat mold associated with anthrax," Wright said. "So when Katrina happened four years later, we were able to supply many young men and women trained in the techniques of mold remediation."

    Graduates of the program have worked in Jamaica, the West Indies, and throughout the U.S., assisting in cleanup efforts related to the BP oil spill and the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003, Wright said.

    Today, the program is available at universities in New York, New Jersey, Houston, Tex., Detroit, Mich., and Savannah, Ga. Dillard University is the only historically black college to offer it.

    Candidates must be at least 18 years old, though they need not have a high school diploma or GED. A stipend, bus tokens (if required) and lunch will be provided to participants. 

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    Helen Bougere and Dr. Ruby Broadway recognized at "Focus on Women" Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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    By Sue Strachan, | The Times-Picayune  
    on August 12, 2014 at 9:37 AM, updated August 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    What started in 1922 by seven young educators and expanded in 1929 to include the collegiate community (starting at Butler University), theSigma Gamma Rho Sorority is now an international service organization that still embraces its founding tenets of "Scholarship, Sisterhood and Service."

    For its 30th "Focus on Women Luncheon,"members of the local chapter, Epsilon Sigma, dressed in the sorority's signature royal blue and gold, which bolstered the sense of a united sisterhood.

    After the Young Marines from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office started the event by presenting the flag and MaiaRene Carter's performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the event agenda moved on to recognizing stellar members and women in the community.

    Honorees included: Mary Bailey, Past Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star;Mary Keller, Retired Nurse, USAR; and religious educator; Nikeyta Bornes, fiscal analyst, Chevron Oil Company; Helen Bougere, Director, Dillard University Volunteer Tax Assistance Program; Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, former New Orleans City Councilmember; Dr. Ruby Broadway, Associate Professor of Biology and STEM Director, Dillard University; Dr. Darlonda Reynaud, pediatrician, Tulane Medical Center; First Lt. Danielle Bullock, United States Coast Guard; Laverne Saulny, Regional Manager, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's Office; Dolores Berquist- Coyé, retired language arts educator and 50 year member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, President Emeritus of Epsilon Sigma Chapter; Dr. Suzanne Mayo, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Wiley College; Debra Edward, teacher, Jefferson Parish School System; Enchanté Franklin, forensic social worker, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health; Debra Williams, Principal, James Singleton Charter School; Dr. Brenda Hatfield, Louisiana State Volunteer President, AARP; Tiharana Williams, project manager, AKEA; Rosalind Kay,businesswoman, owner of Private Collections Boutique; and Alice Kennedy, retired business educator, University of New Orleans.

    N.O. university leaders discuss affordability, workforce development PDF Print E-mail
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    New Orleans university leaders -- Dr. Walter Kimbrough, of Dillard University, Dr. Peter Fos, of University of New Orleans, Dr. Victor Ukpolo, of Southern University at New Orleans, of Michael Fitts, Tulane University -- about affordability and workforce development.

    Dillard president looks to raise graduation rates for black men PDF Print E-mail
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    Dr. Walter Kimbrough talks about his plans to set out a clear mission for Dillard University and raise the graduation rates of black males. Mr. Michael Fitts talks about taking over Tulane University and the addition of the new, on-campus football stadium.

    Two articles making national headlines: PDF Print E-mail
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    Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

    This story is a national conversation and is appearing in the news across the country including ABC News, Portland Press, StarTribune, Progress Illinois, etc. It quotes President Kimbrough as he talks about how Dillard will use its portion of the Koch gift. 

    HBCUs across country face uncertain future

    This story is also appearing in publications across the country at the same time as the one above. It quotes a Dillard graduate, Payton Wilkins. Interesting....

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