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Dillard to Graduate Valedictorians and Salutatorian on Saturday, May 11, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University’s Class of 2013 graduates on May 11, with three students honored for their exceptional academic performances: valedictorians Lauren Lemonious and Ezinne Eziyi and salutatorian Rachel Williams.

Val laurenValedictorian Lauren Lemonious, an urban studies and public policy major from Detroit, will enroll at Harvard Law School in September. A graduate of Cass Technical High School, Lemonious pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha and tutored with Upward Bound during her four years at Dillard. As a member of the Melton Foundation, an international organization that unites students from across the globe, she traveled twice to Germany and once to Chile; she will visit India with the cohort in August. She completed summer internships with the law firm Hughes Hubbard and Reed in New York City. She plans to go into corporate law, entrepreneurship and consulting. Her parents are Shari Lemonious, a social worker, and Garfield Lemonious, an engineer.

val ezinneValedictorian Ezinne Eziyi was born and raised in Abia State, Nigeria. She came to the U.S. at age 16 and studied at the University of Iowa and Tallahassee Community College before settling at Dillard, where she majored in economics and minored in accounting for three years. On campus, she served as the vice president for revenue and finance of the Applied Business Laboratory Executive Program; the vice president of the Junior Class Council; and a peer consultant in the Writing Center. She logged 245 community service hours at Dillard. She interned last summer with the Brinker Capital investment firm in Berwyn, Penn., and plans to go into finance and consulting. She is the youngest of six children born to Ugo Iziyi.

sal rachelSalutatorian Rachel Williams, a psychology major from Baton Rouge, La., has been accepted into an education policy master’s program at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, she has served as a UNCF social entrepreneurship fellow, a Teach For America rising leaders fellow, a Southern Education Foundation leadership initiative fellow, and an external affairs intern for the Recovery School District. She received the Sutton Prize as the Class of 2013’s exceptional female student. She plans to develop education policy and work in the non-profit sector. Her father, Willie Williams, is a dentist, and her mother, Andrea Huff, works for the state of Louisiana.


 
Dillard Offers College Classes for High School Students PDF Print E-mail
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lousiana course choiceStarting in fall 2013, New Orleans students will have the opportunity to jumpstart their college careers at Dillard University. The Course Choice program, administered by the state of Louisiana, enables high school juniors and seniors to take undergraduate courses for both high school and college credit, free of charge, at Dillard.

The program covers the costs of textbooks and transportation. The College classes are free of charge. College credits earned through Dillard’s Course Choice classes can go toward an undergraduate degree – at Dillard as well as at other colleges and universities. Dillard will offer Course Choice students the following classes: Biology 101 and Lab; Fundamentals of Writing; Expository Writing; College Algebra; Pre-Calculus; Physical Science; and Introduction to Psychology.

Students will take their classes on Dillard's campus with undergrads from more than 40 states and 14 countries while building their resumes and experiencing university life. Students in the program will be eligible to participate in activities offered by the Student Activities Board and its 45 registered clubs and organizations.

To learn whether your high school qualifies, visit www.louisianacoursechoice.net.


 
Dillard to Host Screening of Documentary "Shell Shocked" PDF Print E-mail
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shell shocked docDillard University first-year students will host a screening of Shell Shocked, a new documentary about gun violence in New Orleans, on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building.

Following the screening, the film’s writer and director, John Richie, will participate in an audience Q&A. Dillard welcomes the public to attend the free screening, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  

Shell Shocked, produced by the New Orleans-based Scrub Brush Productions, captures opinions and testimonies from activists, community leaders, police, city officials, youth program directors, family and friends of victims, and the children who live in the midst of violent communities in New Orleans in an attempt to identify positive solutions.

After Dillard students watched the film earlier this year in a first-year seminar course, they arranged a screening for the community.

“Watching Shell Shocked really changed my perception of violence in New Orleans,” said Salimah Ali, a freshman mass communication major from Houston. “We want to screen it to draw attention to the problem and to get people talking about solutions.”

The film will be used to raise awareness and funding for anti-crime and violence prevention youth programs in New Orleans. To learn more about the film, visit ShellShockedDoc.com.

For more information about the screening, please contact Ms. Shannon Williamson at (504) 816-4520.


 
2013 Pre-Commencement Scholarship Benefit PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University is pleased to present the Broadway sensation Dreamgirls performed by Dillard University students with a special guest appearance by Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday. Ms. Holliday has been proclaimed by both critics and fans alike as one of history’s greatest Broadway legends. Over 25 years ago, Miss Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. The event will be  staged in Lawless Chapel & Assembly Center at 8:00 p.m. on May 9, 2013. Individual tickets are $25.00 each.

In previous years, this annual fundraiser has featured Grammy-winning talent such as Nancy Wilson, Roberta Flack, the Four Tops, Patti LaBelle, and the Chi-Lites, as well as members of the O’Jays, the Manhattans, the Temptations, and New Edition. It has blossomed into a great family event and a staple of New Orleans’ spring entertainment calendar. Most significantly, important scholarship funds have been raised to assist deserving and highly motivated students.

The Dillard University Theater, now in its 77th season is one of the oldest HBCU theater programs in the country. The theater program provides rigorous professional training in a liberal arts context for future actors, directors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre occupations. Committed to the aesthetics of Black theatre and creating globally aware artists, the Dillard theatre program perpetuates the highest standards possible as evidenced by its nomination and subsequent recognition during the 25th Annual Big Easy Theater Awards in New Orleans.  Their production of “Two Trains Running” was the winner of a 2012 Big Easy Theater Award for Best University Production.  The awards were announced by the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) which provides grants to support arts and education.

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Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday has been proclaimed by both critics and fans alike as one of history’s greatest Broadway legends.  Over 25 years ago, Miss Holliday’s show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie “Melody” White, a role which she co-created, not only brought theatergoers to their feet for 8 performances a week, but also garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist. 

 Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Holliday went straight from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Choir to the Broadway stage in the Big Apple. One Sunday, while singing in the church choir, she was discovered by dancer Jamie Patterson who was touring in the national company of A Chorus Line.  Jamie not only set up an audition for Jennifer in New York for the show Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God, but he also bought her an airline ticket and made arrangements for her to stay with his aunt.   During the audition with the show’s creator and director, Vinnette Carroll, Jennifer sang her favorite hymn, “God Will Take Care Of You.”  And that He did.  She was hired for the show that same day. 

Jennifer considers herself to be a Broadway Baby and theater continues to be a significant part of her career. Her recent theater credits include Sing Mahalia Sing: The Mahalia Jackson Story, Downhearted Blues: The Bessie Smith Story, Harlem Suite (with Aretha Franklin), Chicago (starring as “Mama Morton”), Grease (starring as “Teen Angel”) and Black Nativity (starring as the “Angel of God”).  Jennifer also reprised her role as Effie to sold-out crowds and rave reviews in the 2007 Theater of the Stars production of Dreamgirls at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. 

 Jennifer’s arrangement and powerful recording of “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” remains her biggest chart-topping success to date.  The song was #1 on the R&B Charts for four consecutive weeks and a Top 40 hit on the Pop Charts. From 1985 to 1992 she has enjoyed solid public support with five Top 10 singles on the R&B and Dance Charts.  The millennium brought her not one, but two “Best of Jennifer Holliday” CD Collections, which have received favorable response.

Jennifer has sung all over the world and continues to perform concert dates regularly with her 14 piece band. Her current repertoire showcases new songs, jazz classics, pop standards, show tunes and much more. She is thrilled to perform live with many of America’s most distinguished symphony and philharmonic orchestras, among them: The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, The San Diego Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, The Rochester Philharmonic with Jeffrey Tyzik, the Philadelphia Symphony with Peter Nero, and the Cincinnati Pops with Eric Kuntzel, just to name a few! 

This production is sponsored by:

BP Foundation, AT &T, Sodexo, and Pel Hughes


 
Michaela Angela Davis at Dillard - Springfest 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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On Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Dillard University and the SGA will host a special presentation entitled “Bury the Ratchet”  with writer, stylist and image activist Michaela Angela Davis. The campaign, aimed to improve the depiction of African American women in media,  specifically targets Black women who live in Atlanta, Ga., because of reality shows such as “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

According to Davis, when people encounter African-American women from Atlanta, “the first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like. Which is why Davis is starting this campaign, “The goal is to get the spotlight off the ratchetness and on the successful women in Atlanta.”

The event, part of SpringFest 2013, is free and open to the public and will take place in the PSB, in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Read more about "Bury the Ratchet" here...


 
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