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NEW ORLEANS– Dillard University will hold an Open House on Saturday, November 12, featuring a tour of Dillard’s historic Gentilly campus, financial aid information, an introduction to academic programs, and guidance through the admissions process.

The Open House begins with a 9:00 a.m. check-in at the Professional Schools and Sciences Building.  It is free and open to all high school students.

“Open House is a unique opportunity for students and families interested in Dillard to come and see what we have to offer, meet with members of our faculty and staff, and ask questions.” said Monica White, Director for Recruitment, Admissions and Programming.  “Whether someone is on the verge of making a decision on where they will enroll next fall, or if they are just starting to gather information, Open House is a great way to explore the University in a fun and informative setting.” 

Attendees will also watch the Dillard Homecoming Parade and tailgate prior to a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader in Dent Hall.

For more information please call the Office of Admissions at 504-816-4670 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Students can also register by visiting

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October 13, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Toya Wright, author of the New York Times bestseller Priceless Inspirations and her recently released memoir In My Own Words…My Real Reality, will speak at 4:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21, in Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building at Dillard University.

Wright, a New Orleans native, will discuss her wide-ranging career, which has taken her from reality television, to fashion, to becoming a successful author, in the next installment of Brain Food: The Dillard University President’s Lecture Series.

The event is free and open to the public.  A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

A Brief History of the Dillard Presidential Lecture Series

Beginning with the University’s first official president, William Stuart Nelson in the 1930s, public intellectual discourse has been a part of Dillard’s heritage. In the 1950s, Albert Dent organized the Edwin R. Embree Memorial Lecture Series whose guests included Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson. Subsequently, Dillard presidents have assembled lectures that reflected their sensibilities. During Samuel DuBois Cook’s tenure, he established a lyceum series and built a fine arts center to provide a new venue for lectures, theater and music. Walter M. Kimbrough launched Brain Food in 2013, and has continued the tradition with speakers such as Michael Eric Dyson, Misty Copeland, Benjamin Crump and Michael Steele.  

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NEW ORLEANSDillard University will celebrate its annual Founders’ Day Convocation at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Lawless Memorial Chapel.  This year marks the 147th anniversary of the University.

Dillard University traces its roots back to the formation of Straight University and New Orleans University in 1869.  Those two institutions merged in 1935 to form what is now Dillard.  The University is named in honor of James Hardy Dillard, a distinguished academician who dedicated his life to the education of African Americans.

Founders’ Day has become a staple of Dillard tradition, representing an opportunity for the University to look back on those that have shaped the institution while also serving as the first formal event of the year to acknowledge the graduating class of 2017.

Terese Badon

“Founders’ Day is particularly important at Dillard because of just how far we’ve come and the challenges we’ve conquered,” said Dr. Yolanda W. Page, vice president for Academic Affairs.  “This is a reminder to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the enduring spirit of Dillard University and our commitment to preserving our heritage while building upon it.”

The keynote speaker will be Dillard alumna Therese Badon, ’87, Vice President for Development for United Negro College Fund (UNCF) New Orleans.

Dillard president Walter M. Kimbrough to receive AFA Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – For more than two decades, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough has made student engagement one of the cornerstones of his career in education.  One area of particular interest to Dr. Kimbrough has been Greek life on collegiate campuses.

Since 1986, when he was initiated into the Zeta Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Kimbrough has remained deeply involved in Black Greek Letter Organizations. Kimbrough was named the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the Southern Region assistant vice president.

Author of the book Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities, Kimbrough has given more than 500 speeches on the issues that affect fraternities and sororities.

In recognition of those efforts, Dr. Kimbrough has been named this year’s recipient of the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award, given by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). The Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award is presented annually to a senior college/university administrator who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to fraternities and sororities.

Dr. Gardner couldn’t have been happier with Kimbrough being named this year’s honoree.  “I was so happy to hear that Walter was to receive the Dr. Kent L. Gardner award.  I have known Walter for many years, going back to a Greek telethon we did together from Oregon State University.”

“Walter was a young man we all knew that was special,” Gardner added.  “He is and will be a great leader in higher education for many years to come.”

“My association with AFA goes back almost 25 years now,” said Dr. Kimbrough, “as I have been committed to making sure this experience is available for students in the future.”

“While at times it is a tough task, I have never doubted the resolve of colleagues on campuses and in headquarters working to better the fraternal experience.  It is in that spirit that I dedicate this award to the late Dr. Will Keim, who in 1991 gave me a national platform as a speaker on his Greek Life teleconference when I was a graduate student.  He was one of my key mentors along the way, and this award is due to people like Will who have been constant supporters.”

Awards will be presented at the 40th AFA Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, December 3.

For more information on the 2016 AFA Awards visit

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NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University Theatre opens its 81st season with Hands Up: Seven Playwrights, Seven Testaments.  Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on October 28 and 29 and November 4 and 5, with 3:00 p.m. matinee performances on October 30 and November 6.  All performances will be held at the Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre located on the campus of Dillard University.

Tickets are available at the Dillard Theatre box office with prices ranging from $5 for Dillard students to $15 for general admission.  For more information call (504) 816-4857.

In light of the police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among many others, The New Black Fest of Brooklyn, N.Y., commissioned seven emerging black playwrights to write 10-15 monologues that explored their feelings about the well-being of blacks in a culture of institutional racism.  Hands Up combines each of these monologues into an evening of dramatic experiences that illuminate and explore the state of black consciousness that is being shaped by the present social and racial environment in America.

The Playwrights

Nathan James, Nathan Yunberberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi Kelley, Glenn Gordon, Dennis Allen II, and Eric Holmes

Ray Vrazel, Assistant Professor of Theatre, returns for his 10th season to direct this imminently relevant production.  Vrazel has directed a number of award winning productions, including August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, which won the Big Easy Award for Best University Production.  This is the first production of Hands Up in the South.

Following each performance there will be guided discussions about the production as well as the protests and debates that have arisen in the climate created by these police shootings.

About the Dillard University Theatre Department

Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre company in the United States.  The Theatre department provides professional training within a liberal arts context to develop future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals.  The department is committed, through its full-time, part-time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

For more information about the plays visit testaments. You can contact The New Black Fest directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or The New Black Fest, P.O. Box 381179, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

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