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Dillard Alumnus, Dr. Warren A. Jones, ’71, Named Endowed Chair of Health Disparities Research PDF Print E-mail
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Warren JonesDillard University has appointed Warren A. Jones, MD, FAAFP to the position of Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research.  The Endowed Chair position is established as a central part of the University’s Health Disparities Research Endowment supported by the National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

As endowed chair, Jones will develop, implement and oversee the university’s health disparities research program supporting the institutional resources and research capacity building. The ultimate goal is to make the program and the university a premier institution for training and educating researchers to better understand and eliminate health disparities.

Jones has over thirty years experience in health care.  Notably, he founded and established the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health and Health Disparities (MIGMH) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).  Over the course of his tenure there, Jones secured approximately $38 million dollars for MIGMH and its constituent programs. 

"Serving as the Endowed Chair of Health Disparities Research affords me the opportunity to serve my Alma Mater, Fair Dillard, as she continues her long history of leading the way to healthier lives in New Orleans, the state of Louisiana and the entire United States,” Jones said. “Together, we will make tremendous strides in eliminating Health Disparities."

Jones’ other professional experience includes directing the State of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program.  As program director, he was responsible for providing health care for over 768,000 Mississippians.   He also developed and implemented the Mississippi Medicaid Medical Home program that allowed for annual physical examinations and health assessments.

Over the course of his career, Jones has been recognized for his pioneering efforts in the field of health as well as a distinguished educator. He was recognized as Outstanding Minority Educator in the State of Mississippi and was elected the first and only African American President of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  

He was also the first African American appointed as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Jones is Chair Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), Chair Emeritus of the National Medical Association’s Family Medicine Section and Immediate Distinguished Professor of Health Policy at UMC. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tougaloo College. 

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Jones is a 1967 graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School, a 1971 graduate of Dillard and a 1978 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  He is married to the former Gennie Lacy of Pickens, MS and is the father of six children: Aaron, Keith, Winston, Deanna, Cassandra and Madison.

More information on the program is available at: http://www.nimhd.nih.gov/our_programs/researchendowment.asp    


 
DU cheerleaders give back to NOLA community PDF Print E-mail
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DU cheerleaders give back


Written by Habtom Keleta, Director of Sports Information


(New Orleans) The Dillard University cheerleaders took time out during their finals week to give back to people who are less fortunate in the community. Nick Harris, Director of Office of Community Relations at Dillard, worked in conjunction with the cheerleaders as well as several local pastors in Gentilly and the Lower 9th Ward. The cheerleaders donated their time and money to provide healthy meals to some families, and also helped the elderly decorate for Christmas.

“I was just so excited about the young people through the cheerleader’s civic engagement and their understanding the need to help others out who are less fortunate by providing healthy meals for their family,” said Harris.

“It really meant a lot to me to see how much they enjoyed giving back to the community, and I think all of our students should be involved in this level of giving. I hope we can continue this tradition during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter,” said Harris. The various families were referred to by ministers from the community.

“It felt good to visit the lady whose husband died,” said Miss Sophomore Ashley Green. “I plan to go back and visit her next semester,” she stated.

The lady she is referring to is Ms. Clara James, who lives in the Gentilly community. James lost her husband earlier this year.

“As I contemplate about this time of the season, the things that Mr. Harris and Dillard have done for our community have been amazing,” said Rev. Lionel Davis, Pastor of Pentecost Baptist Church in the Pilotland neighborhood of New Orleans.

“I don’t know where we would be without Dillard’s personal hand. One thing I can truly say about the work that Dillard has done is that it means the future of our communities will continue to thrive as we all give back to the community.”


 
DILLARD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TO APPEAR ON MSNBC’S SUNDAY MORNING SHOW WITH MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY DEC. 8 PDF Print E-mail
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WMK 2-20122(New Orleans) – Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University will be interviewed on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show this Sunday, Dec. 8 during the 11 a.m. to Noon. Kimbrough will be discussing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hip Hop, sex, and women.

Appointed as Dillard’s president in July, 2012, Kimbrough fosters a forward-thinking, student-focused campus culture and Kimbrough is one of the most dynamic figures in higher education today. Frequently called upon to provide his thoughts on the value of HBCUs, Greek fraternities, and current trends in education, Kimbrough recently gave an insightful statement during the U.S. Department of Education’s forum on college affordability and a proposed new rating system for higher education at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.

During the forum, he pointed out that the rising cost of operations for security, technology, insurance and health care all impact the cost of education. Kimbrough also noted that the Parent Plus Loan fiasco has had a significant financial impact on students’ ability to continue in college. He compared the cost of incarceration with the cost of education stating that Louisiana is the “incarceration capital of the United States which itself is the incarceration capital of the world.” “We spend over $31,000 per inmate annually,” Kimbrough said. “If that were applied to Pell grants that would give every Louisiana Pell Grant recipient almost three times as much as they receive now.”

Kimbrough is currently participating in a special Twitter series #NPRBlacksinTech hosted by NPR’s Tell Me More show to engage the digital public in conversations with black innovators, scientists and tech thinkers. He participated in a roundtable on the show hosted by Michel Martin prior to launching the Twitter series which runs Dec. 2-20, 2013. He now has nearly 8,000 twitter followers as the Hip-Hop Prez. To tweet Kimbrough go to @HipHopPrez; for the Melissa Harris-Perry show go to @MHPshow.


 
Dillard Theater continues its 78th Season with “Zooman and the Sign” PDF Print E-mail
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Charles Fuller’s Zooman and the Sign
(New Orleans, LA) The Dillard University theater program will open its 78th season with a five-performance run of “Zooman and the Sign,” a Charles Fuller play about the impact of inner city violence on the streets of New Orleans. The show opens on Friday, November 8 and runs through Sunday, November 17 in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.
 
“Zooman and the Sign” captures the psyche of a young boy, Zooman, who grows up without a structured family and is ingrained in a life of violence with no sense of remorse. During a shootout on a crowded street, Zooman accidentally kills Jinny Tate, a young girl sitting on her stoop.  No one in the neighborhood admits to seeing anything, but Jinny’s father hangs a sign on his house in an effort to shame his neighbors into reporting what they know about the murder. Fuller depicts Zooman as a stereotypical thug without hope and is characteristic of a growing generation of boys with missing fathers who are doomed to a life of crime and a tragic end.
 
Dillard University’s production of “Zooman and the Sign” is directed by Lawrence Weber, a recent Dillard alumnus. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.
 
Zooman and the Sign
Dillard University’s Cook Theatre
Box Office: (504) 816-4857
 
Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.                                                                                        
Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
 
Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.                                                                                                     
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.                                                                                                  
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

 
Three Dillard Students Mark Historical Day with Martial Arts Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Unknown-8(New Orleans, LA – On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, two historical events occurred for Dillard University. Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, the 7th President was installed during the 144th Anniversary of the University’s Founders Day ceremony, and the White Tiger Martial Arts Club of Dillard University attended its first Mixed Martial Arts competition.
 
Three Dillard University students Adam Berry, Briana Birchmore, and Trenell Williams went to the Battle of the Belts Mixed Martial Arts competition in Baton Rouge, La. The students competed like champions, winning five first-place titles, one Grand Championship and a second place trophy in the adult 18 and up age group.
 
Williams, a junior, won first place in Women’s Weapons, first place in Women’s Sparring, and the Grand Champion (Best of the Best) by scoring a 9.99 by all judges. Berry, a sophomore, won first place in Men’s Traditional Forms and first place in Men’s Sparring. Birchmore, a junior, won first place in Women’s Self-Defense and second place in Traditional Forms. The team received several invitations to compete in future Mixed Martial Arts competitions such as “The Big Show” in Extension Opelousas, La., and Louisiana PRO-AM Karate & Kung Fu Nationals in New Orleans. Nov. 2 - 3, 2013, White Tiger Martial Arts of Kenner, La. and the DU Club will host their first ever United States Korean Martial Arts Championship and Seminar on campus in Henson Hall. The championship will feature Chief Master Steve Seo of Korea.
 
Congratulations to Dillard University’s White Tiger Martial Arts Club, Norward Sears, Instructor and 2nd Degree Black Belt and Peter Stevenson, Director of Recreation, Health and Wellness and 1st Degree Black Belt for a job well-done.
 
“The accomplishment of your team represents the leadership and commitment of your program. Congratulations and keep up the good work,” said Larry Billingslea, Tournament Director and 5th Degree Black Belt. For more information on Dillard’s martial arts program contact Peter Stevenson at (504) 816-4656.

 
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