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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.

Inauguration Events for Dr. Walter Kimbrough PDF Print E-mail
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A host of events planned to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough begin on Thursday, Oct. 17, with a 7 p.m. speaker featured in the Brain Food Lecture Series. The Rev. Jim Wallis, a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life will be speaking in the Georges Auditorium. No tickets or reservations are required. On Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m., come sample "A Taste of New Orleans" concert, featuring vocalist, Ledisi, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra of the Marsalis Quartet and the Dillard University Choir, also in the Georges Auditorium. The actual investiture service takes place Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Lawless Memorial Chapel. On Sunday, Oct. 20, a 10 a.m. worship service will be presided over by the Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough, pastor of the Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA, and father of our new president. These events are free and open to the public.

Dillard to host “FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963”on September 15th PDF Print E-mail
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The Performance is part of Project 1Voice’s nation-wide readings

Admission is Free and Open to the Public

four-lil-girls(New Orleans) – As part of the American Theatre Project of New Orleans, Dillard University, Project 1Voice, and Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center  will present a staged reading of  Christina Ham’s FOUR LITTLE GIRS: Birmingham 1963. The reading on September 15th at Dillard, in the Samuel DuBois Cook Theater, will take place simultaneously in theaters nationwide.

Prior to the Dillard reading, the show will be performed at the Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center on September 13 and 14 at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., N.O.  All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 was written by internationally known playwright Christina Ham and directed by Ed Bishop, award-winning producer/director. The readings commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombings that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  The readings capture the turbulence of the civil rights movement and the climate of racial tension and discrimination of the time. Four little girls – Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley – share their future aspirations about “what they want to be when they grow up,” in the volatile  environment of the Civil Rights Movement.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on Project 1Voice and “FOUR LITTLE GIRLS,” please see link below.

Dillard University Receives Historic Number of Brazilian Students PDF Print E-mail
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Teachers to Study English as a Second Language

brazilian teachers(New Orleans, LA) –Dillard University’s Center for Intensive English Language (CIEL) in the Office of International Students and Study Abroad Programs (OISSAP) became the first language program at an HBCU to receive 24 public school teachers from Brazil to study English as a second language through the Professional Development Program for Teachers of English Language in the USA (PDPI). 

The teachers arrived on June 23
rd and will remain in the program for six weeks. While in the program, they will strengthen their written and oral fluency, learn new teaching methodologies and assessment approaches, and gain an understanding of online resources, and other tools in the continuing education of teachers. 

The summer program is a continuation of a joint agreement between the HBCU Alliance and the Brazilian Government, an initiative created by President Barrack Obama and Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil in a commitment to send more than 100,000 Brazilian students abroad. 

At least a dozen students from Brazil arrived at Dillard last spring.  "The 12 students who arrived in the Spring of 2013 were successful at meeting their English language goals and are now eligible to receive academic training at Dillard University and a host of other Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, according to Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith, director of CIEL and OISSAP at Dillard.  "We are truly proud of these students and the faculty and staff who have worked hard to ensure the success of our program"

The CIEL Program is excited to have these students and is looking forward to receiving 28 new students in the fall, as well as additional students and teachers in the spring of 2014.

Rain Plan for 2013 Baccalaureate and Commencement Services PDF Print E-mail
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Due to inclement weather, President Kimbrough has advised, the University will implement its rain plan for the 2013 Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises.

Baccalaureate will take place in Lawless Chapel at 6 p.m.

Commencement will be at the UNO Arena and will begin at 9 a.m. Please follow the link with a map indicating where faculty, students, staff and the golden grads should park for entrance to the robing area in the auxiliary gym.

For directions to the arena, click here. Remember, please share with your guests. 


Details of Rain Plans:


Baccalaureate: Lawless Chapel, 6 p.m.

Timeline for Baccalaureate

Arrival time:

4:45 p.m. - Students- robe Will Alexander Library, 1st floor

5:15 p.m. - Faculty and professional staff; robe in Rosenwald Hall first floor and Room 114

5:15 p.m. - Platform party; robe in Lawless social room

5:30 p.m. Lineup

5:35 p.m. Pre-Ceremonial begins

5:45 p.m. Procession begins

6:00 p.m. Program begins

7:15 p.m. Program ends

Robing for Baccalaureate: [Graduates will be given umbrellas if needed to process from library to Chapel]

· President, cabinet, trustees, speaker, platform marshals- Lawless Social Room

· Choir – room in chapel next to sanctuary

· Class of 2013 and student marshals –1st floor Will Alexander library

· Faculty/staff and faculty/staff marshals– Rosenwald 114 and main hall

Commencement: UNO Arena, 9 a.m.

Timeline for Commencement

Arrival time: 7:45 a.m.

President to address graduates: 8:15 a.m.

Lineup: 8:30 a.m.

Procession: 8:45 a.m.

Program begins: 9 a.m.

Program ends: 11:15 a.m. ·

. Continental Breakfast will be served on campus: 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

· Platform members- President’s conference

· Graduates and Choir - Kearny main dining hall

· Golden Graduates – First floor Kearny

· Faculty and staff – Kearny West Wing


Shuttle service will be provided for graduates residing on campus who need transportation as well as for Golden Graduates who need transportation.

Robing at UNO Arena:

· Platform – Privateer Room

· Graduates- Gym

· Faculty and staff – Gym (there will be a partition in the gym for these areas)


Dillard security will still be needed at UNO but must inform the UNO police

Ushers and Logistics Volunteers

More will be needed at the arena EMS Will be advised of rain plan and location at UNO

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