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Thank you Dillard University Alumni – YOU DID IT! PDF Print E-mail
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4th-of-july-thxThe faculty, staff and students of Dillard University would like to thank the greatest alumni family in the world for their support this past year!

Through your passion and dedication, our alumni participation rate was doubled from last year to this year! For the first time in nearly a decade, we can boast a 10% alumni participation rate (and rising.)

Our committed National Alumni Leadership, local chapter presidents and alumni from coast to coast and beyond, answered the call and made an amazing push in the final 48 hours to achieve this goal. Thank you #BleuPrideRising

Dillard Alum presents "The Love of a Family" stage play by Shar Sams during Essence Festival Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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unnamed-1NEW ORLEANS - Shar's Enterprise Corporation presents the stage play "The Love of a Family" during the Essence Music Festival at the Marriott Hotel at the Convention Center, 859 Convention Center Blvd. on 3:00 P.M. on July 4, 5, and 6, 2014.  Directed, written and produced by Dillard University Alum Shar Sams; a twenty-three year veteran educator who has worked in all areas of the educational arena.

"The Love of a Family" features guest speakers Mary-Pat Hector, National Youth Director for National Action Network Civil Rights Organization; Overseer Ray Neal, Faith Memorial Church of the United Churches of God & Christ in Morrow, Georgia; and Praises Dancers from Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, New Orleans.

"The Love of a Family" talks about the importance of loving your children. Based on a family of four; a mother, father, and a set of twins; a daughter and a son; the play takes an in depth view concerning the tribulation of parents undergoing a divorce while trying to maintain a relationship with their children.

While the children think they have the perfect family and the "most terrific" parents in the world, they are totally naive of the turmoil taking place behind closed doors with mom and dad.  After 25 years of marriage, mom and dad have decided to divorce but are unsure of how to break the news to their children.  They don't want their pending separation and divorce to have an adverse effect on their honor roll children in a negative way.

The problem is that both parents love their children unconditionally and they both want custody and despise having to separate them because of the divorce.  Therefore, both parents mutually agreed to let the twin siblings live with their mother and have visitation rights with their father. The play dialogues about the different affects a divorce can have on each child and how family issues can extend into a child's classroom, personal friendships and relationships outside of the home. Even, if the children are raised in the same household and by the same parents.  The message to remember is never forget that your sons and daughters are the future doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders of the world.

Will the parents reconcile for the sake of their children? How will the children handle the divorce? How will the children react to their parents after finding out their parents are divorcing? Will both children mutually agree to live with the mother? Will the divorce affect the children's daily, personal, school or religious life?

"If you are looking for great entertainment, inspiration, motivation, great gospel music and a strong message that pertains to issues families face, throughout America on a daily basis? If you're wondering what really goes on behind closed doors in a classroom setting! What goes on in the mind of the so-called "At-Risk Child?" If you're wondering how a divorce can affect the entire family?  Then it's a must that your entire family see "The Love of a Family!"

July 5, 2014 has been designated as Red & White Day for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  There will also be outstanding, Comedians, Poetess, Dancers, Speakers and more.  Tickets are available via the web at  

A portion of the proceeds will go to Dillard University New Orleans, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated Scholarship Fund.

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Dillard University Names Alumnus Michael Jones, Board Chair and Announces New Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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Untitled(New Orleans) – Longtime Board member and Dillard alumna Joyce Roché, ’71, turned over the reigns of the Dillard University Board of Trustees to fellow alumnus Michael Jones,’82, effective May 9, 2014.  Roché, who has served on the board for nearly 30 years and as chairperson since 2005, led the university through one of its most challenging decades in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Under her leadership, Dillard restored its campus facilities, including the construction of two new buildings - the Professional Schools and Sciences Building and a Student Union, Recreation, Health and Wellness Center.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my alma mater and to lead its reconstruction efforts,” Roché said. “Even in the darkest hour, I never gave up hope that Dillard would be back stronger than ever, ”she added. “We are forging forward and I am confident that the newly appointed chair will continue moving the University to higher levels,” Roché said.

Joyce Roché has been a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years, as Avon's first African-American female vice president; Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, now part of L'Oreal; the former Chief Executive Officer of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated; and a board member of five Fortune 500 companies.

Roché is the author of The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013). In it she shares her life-long struggle with the impostor syndrome which can stifle one’s achievements and continued success. Learn more at

Dillard alumnus Michael D. Jones,’82, is a partner in the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, LLP, in Washington, D.C. and has been a member of Dillard’s Board of Trustees since 2006. He has a national trial practice that has ranged from New York to Hawaii.  Jones serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) and is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He has been recognized by the Legal Times as a “Champion of Justice” and Georgetown University with the outstanding alumni award.

Dillard names new Board Chair and Trustees…add one

Jones graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 where he also received the Thurgood Marshall Award.  He received his B.A. from Dillard University, in New Orleans, LA, graduating summa cum laude.   He is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

In addition, the University has recently appointed five new members to its Board of Trustees:  Kim M. Boyle, partner with Phelps Dunbar, LLP; CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin; Charles Rice, president and CEO - Entergy New Orleans, Inc.; Carol A. Solomon, CEO – Peoples Health; and Matthew M. Wisdom, director and CEO - Turbo Squid, Inc.

“I am very excited and humbled to be appointed as Chair of Dillard’s Board,” Jones said. “I welcome the opportunity to serve in this new capacity and I welcome these stellar individuals who are joining the board of trustees,” he added. “With their appointment and the new administration, it is a very exciting time at Dillard.”

Kim M. Boyle, partner with Phelps Dunbar, LLP; practice areas include labor and employment, civil rights, constitutional law, commercial, tort, and general litigation. Boyle earned a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Princeton University.

Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, is an attorney and multi-platform journalist. As legal analyst for CNN’s “American Morning,” she is known for her detailed analysis of high-profile trials and legal issues. Hostin earned an undergraduate degree in Communications from Binghamton University and her juris doctorate from Notre Dame Law School.

Charles Rice is president and CEO - Entergy New Orleans, Inc., a $750 million a year electric and gas utility. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Howard University, a juris doctorate from Loyola University’s School of Law and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.

Carol A. Solomon, CEO – Peoples Health Network, has held leadership positions at other Louisiana-based healthcare organizations, serving as CEO for MedFirst Health Plans, and directing the development of a pilot managed care project at LSU Medical Center.

Matthew M. Wisdom, CEO, Director, and Chief Technology Officer of Turbo Squid, Inc.. He is also a founding partner and senior producer of 3Dvisual effects for Chimera Digital Imaging. Wisdom is a graduate of Brown University.

Other members of the Dillard University Board of Trustees include: Frank Mason, owner of FranGlo, Linden, NJ, who serves as vice chair of the board; Ronnie V. Burns, Sr., president and CEO-BMG Enterprises, New Orleans, LA, secretary; M. Cleland Powell, III, executive vice president, Iberiabank, New Orleans, LA, treasurer; Dr. Victoria H. Barbosa, dermatologist, Chicago, IL; The Honorable Ruth Carter, Detroit, MI; Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA; Pamela Francois, Dillard University National Alumni Association, Gonzales, LA; Dathel C. Georges, New Orleans, LA; Orim Graves, CFA, executive director, National Association of Securities Professionals, Philadelphia, PA; Pres Kabacoff, president, Historic Restoration, Inc., New Orleans, LA; Dr. James E. Lyons, (retired) interim president (Dillard), Conyers, GA; and Walter M. Kimbrough, president-Dillard University.

2014 GCAC Track and Field Champions-Bleu Devils PDF Print E-mail
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Bleu Devils 2014 GCAC Track champs

Dillard's track team takes first place in the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference "Meet of the Champs", Saturday, April 12! Congratulations to the 2014 Conference Champions!

(New Orleans)  The Dillard Bleu Devils track and field team scored 178 points en route to a 2014 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Track and Field Championship at Tad Gormley Stadium.  The win marked the second GCAC Track and Field Championship in the last four years for the men’s team.

Junior runner Jevonte Ezzard kicked things off with a first place finish in the Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 11:02.78, a personal best, as Dillard proceeded to have runners finish third, fourth and fifth respectively in the same event.  The men’s 4x100 meter relay team also earned a first place finish, posting a time of 42.06.  Seniors Matt Jones, Wendell Collins, and juniors Tobyus Simmons and Kermit Buggagerounded out Dillard’s relay team.

“I’m blessed,” said Simmons, who earned his first collegiate ring.  “It’s more of a relief than anything.”

Jones also finished first place overall in the Men’s 400 Meter Dash with a time of 49.32 while Simmons finished second in the men’s 100 Meter Dash, posting a time of 10.66, virtually tying the first place finisher (Stanley Johnson-Voorhees) who also produced a time of 10.66.

Edward Waters College finished second overall with 153 points while GCAC newcomer Voorhees College finished in third with 106 points.  In the previous two seasons, the Bleu Devils ended up on the short end of the stick with two second place finishes as Edward Waters earned back to back championships.

For Dillard, senior Sean Wilson finished first in the Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 16.41 while junior Rudy Garza placed second with a time of 17.32.  Senior Emory Nash finished first place overall in the Men’s 800 Meter Run, posting a time of 2:01.00.

The Bleu Devils will now participate in Friday’s track meet at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond as they prepare for NAIA Nationals in Gulf Shores, AL, which begin on May 22.

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.

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