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Dillard University’s Educational Talent Search Students Garner Over $1 Million in Scholarships PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, LA) – In a recent ceremony graduating seniors of Dillard University’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program were met with thunderous applause as they entered the Georges’ Auditorium on the University’s campus. The occasion, akin to that of an athletic signing day, was an opportunity for family and friends of the soon-to-be graduates to join them in celebrating their academic achievements and pending entry into a two- or four-year college/university, the armed forces, or the workforce.

“This is a truly a dream come true,” said Program Director Joy Jamerson in a tearful farewell to students. Jamerson noted that very few things in life bring her more elation than knowing that through the efforts of the Educational Talent Search staff students will be able to further their education beyond high school. Not only will these graduates be furthering their education, but notably, some will do so with little to no debt thanks to over $1 million dollars in scholarships collectively garnered by graduates. Colleges and universities awarding scholarships to ETS students include Dillard University, Tulane University, Grinnell College, Morehouse College, Southern University of New Orleans, Xavier University and Howard University, to name a few.

Keynote speaker for the event was Saints wide-receiver Robert Meachem, who shared words of inspiration to an attentive crowd emphasizing the importance of attending college and making positive life decisions. Meachem, founder of the “Follow Your Dreams Foundation,” also stressed his personal desire to assist students in maintaining good health both physically and mentally as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

Dillard University's 9th Annual Housing & Home Improvement Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard's Valedictorian and Salutatorian are from New Orleans area Valedictorian Ariel Lucius is Denzel Washington Scholar PDF Print E-mail
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Dannielle Thomas, salutatorian (left) and Valedictorian Ariel Lucius (right) with Dillard University Commencement Speaker Denzel Washington

Dannielle Thomas, salutatorian (left) and Valedictorian Ariel Lucius (right) with Dillard University Commencement Speaker Denzel Washington

(New Orleans, LA) – Ariel Lucius, valedictorian and Dannielle Thomas, salutatorian, were recognized during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9 as the top graduates in Dillard University’s Class of 2015.

Valedictorian Ariel Dominique Lucius, a theatre performance major from New Orleans just completed her first feature film, “Rodeo and Juliet” and plans to eventually attend graduate school at Yale, New York University or Juilliard. Immediately after graduation, she will join Teach for America in South Louisiana.  

Lucius is the recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays-Samuel Dubois Cook Presidential Scholarship and is also a Denzel Washington scholar. She is a member of Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She also completed 190 hours of community service. Lucius is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School.

She is the daughter of Shelley and Oliver Lucius Jr.

Salutatorian Dannielle M. Thomas, an accounting major from Harvey, La., has accepted employment with the accounting firm of Postlewaite and Netterville (P&N). She is the recipient of The Michael L. Lomax Presidential Scholarship. Thomas said she came to Dillard because she felt she had reached the glass ceiling in her job as an office manager in an OB/GYN office where she also handled billing. She aspires to build a long-term career in accounting.

Thomas is the recipient of the Michael L. Lomax Presidential Scholarship. She has completed 120 hours of community service at the Louisiana Hospice. Thomas is a graduate of John Ehret High School. She is the daughter of Gerald and Audrey Thomas.

New Fee Structure Offers Decrease in Single Room Residency Rate, No Increase in Tuition, and Minimal Increases in Meal Plan and Graduation Fees PDF Print E-mail
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Effective Fall 2015, Dillard University is making several changes in its student fee structure that will bring its housing costs in line with current market rates, but will include minimal increases in meal plan and graduation fees.

Dillard University recognizes the ever-increasing cost of higher education, but is making every attempt to minimize the impact of those increases on our students and their families. To that end, the Board of Trustees has decided to not increase tuition for the 2015-2016 school year.

Like many other institutions, Dillard has recognized that students are challenged by the costs of tuition and raising tuition could perhaps provide a negative impact on the university especially its enrollment of new students and the continued enrollment of upper class students.  Our faculty and staff remain dedicated to providing the best education that will prepare our students to be tomorrow’s leaders. The quality of our education will not suffer by this decision. Moving forward the University will review its costs structure while keeping an eye on decisions made in Washington, DC that impact higher education like the elimination of the Federal Perkins Loan in October 2015.

Other fee changes include a reduction in the single room rate by 33% and the elimination of multiple deposits to one Dillard Deposit of $150 which covers the housing /tuition deposit for new students and elimination of the existing $150 housing deposit for continuing students.

Students at the university, however, will see a minimal increase in some fees. The graduation fee will increase by 2.79% ($12) and there will be a 5% ($86) increase in the meal plan making it $1,805 per semester. The meal plan is a result of rising costs of food and services by Sodexo.

Dillard is site of Department of Defense's "Pentagon to the People Technical Assistance Program" Conference PDF Print E-mail
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The event is Wednesday, April 15 – Thursday, April 16 

(New Orleans, LA) – The Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity will host its "Pentagon to the People Technical Assistance Program" in the Professionals Schools and Sciences Building on Dillard’s campus April 15-16.  The program is a wonderful opportunity for people to connect and network with DoD representatives and colleagues from other universities.  The event is free and open to the public and individuals from all disciplines are invited to attend.

"Taking the Pentagon to the People" is part of the DoD’s 2015 initiative to discuss critical White House initiatives as well as its continued support of a Presidential Executive Order that advances the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education." 

The primary focus is on the participation by historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in federally sponsored programs.  Particular emphasis is being placed on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability of these institutions as major resources for the DoD. The intent is to develop a comprehensive assessment of the areas of greatest opportunity in pipeline development, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and technical assistance needs for these institutions. 

DoD officials and representatives along with prime and small business contractors will make information available to administrators from HBCUs and MSIs regarding research, development, STEM, human capital and workforce development activities within the DoD. Subsequently, the DoD will develop a comprehensive suite of recommendations to enhance existing partnerships including infrastructure enhancement, sustainability, grants and contracting, STEM education, human capital and workforce development, and civilian career opportunities.

Conference times and locations are as follows.  Wednesday, April 15, the conference will be held 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursday, April 16, in the Professional Schools Building (PSB) Atrium, rooms 131-135 and 151 at 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Register at the following link:

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