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The 2012 Dillard University Holiday Concert held in Lawless Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 2, was a rounding success.
Dillard to Host Annual Christmas Concert Dec. 2 PDF Print E-mail
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HOLIDAY CONCERT Program 2012 cover

The Dillard University Choir will perform its 76th annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in Lawless Chapel on the Dillard University campus. It will feature a 70-voice chorus with an orchestra. Narrated by anchor Norman Robinson and DU Alumna Gwendolyn M. Green '63, the concert will feature guest artists will include Dillard alumni Dr. Valerie Jones Francis, ’83, singing “O Holy Night,” and Rev. Cynthia Wilson, ’71, performing “Mary, Did You Know?”

Other highlights will include renditions of G.F. Handel’s “The Hallelujah Chorus” and Frank Kuykendall’s “Joy to the World.” As always, the Holiday Concert will be free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating, as this is a standing-room-only event. Longtime director S. Carver Davenport will lead the choir, which performed at the White House during the 2011 holiday season.

The Dillard University Choir will follow its Holiday Concert with a performance on Saturday, Dec. 8, at A Liberty Bank Christmas with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. This Christmas concert, which will feature performances from Irvin Mayfield, Kermit Ruffins, Leah Chase, Stephanie Jordan and more, will be held in Xavier University’s Convocation Center at 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Office of University Communications and Marketing at (504) 816-4024.

4th Annual Louisiana Women's Conference Held at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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DonnaB audienceA gathering of some of the most influential women in Lousiana was held at Dillard University on Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Professional Schools Building. The 4th Annual Louisiana Women's Conference presented by the Louisiana Diversity Council focused on "Finding Health, Wealth and Balance". Aimed at providing opportunities for discussion on how women can reach the highest points of success in their personal and professional lives, the conference "hoped to provide more skills that are essential to achievement", according to CEO & Founder, Dennis Kennedy.

After an opening session, an awards ceremony was held honoring the 2012 Most Powerful and Influencial Women including State Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Delgado Community College Chancellor Deborah R. Lea, Loyola University Dean Maria Pabon Lopez and many more distinguished guests.

Following a morning networking opportunity, attendees broke out into several specified sessions coverning topics such as work-life balance in the 21st century and entrepreneurship.

The highlight of the event was the keynote address by acclaimed author, Georgetown professor and political strategist, Donna Brazile. A New Orleans native, Brazile shared many fascinating stories about growing up in Louisiana. However, her focus of the address was on the need for cilivity and diversity especially in politics. Brazile, who was very active in the 2012 Presidential race, cited examples of partisan politics, bickering and grandstanding. 

Several more breakout sessions were held after the keynote address, with participants sharing information on managing career risks and sacrifices as well as the importance of good health and fitness in order to succeed.

Dillard Hosts Social Change Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
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scffi 2012 logo highres 2Dillard University will be one of several hosts for the 2012 Social Change Film Festival. Running from Wednesday, Nov. 28 - Saturday, Dec. 1, the four day event will include film screenings, workshops and presentations on the Dillard University campus.

The Social Change Film Festival & Institute (SCFFI) is a global community with a local presence, promoting transformative filmmaking & fostering social change. SCFFI features four days of films, panels, workshops, selected shorts and special events to inspire and build a global community focused on expanding the reach of conscious social change film and media.The Social Change Film Festival & Institute chooses an annual theme that is explored in festival films, workshops, panels, campaigns, and symposia in order to raise awareness about critical social, environmental, and political issues. The theme for the 2012 festival is Water: Challenges & Solutions.

The Social Change Film Festival selects a new global locality to host the festival each year. In taking award-winning social change films and an educational film institute across the world, it aims to foster a transnational network of filmmakers and activists. The inaugural festival was held in Ubud, Bali Indonesia.

Download the 2012 Festival Schedule here...

For more information, contact Professor Keith Morris at (504) 816-4548.

New Orleans University Produces Baseball Great PDF Print E-mail
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New Orleans University alum Dave Malarcher was a gentleman, a poet, and a brilliant baseball player

By Ryan Whirty

david malarcher uniformDavid Julius Malarcher was one of the greatest unheralded players and managers in baseball history. But he was also a passionate poet who used the language skills he learned at New Orleans University, one of Dillard’s parent institutions, to express his loves, longings and sorrows. Later in his life, Malarcher thanked NOU for his education in verse:

“Alma mater, alma mater!

-- You who gave me this new birth

To the world of priceless knowledge

Opening wide the doors of earth

You laid aside its mystery

And showed its treasures all to me”

While he attended New Orleans University from 1912-16 — first in the College Preparatory Department, and then for two years as an undergraduate — Malarcher nurtured his baseball talent, playing for and coaching the school’s hardball squad to an unbeaten record.

His gifts caught the eye of C.I. Taylor, who managed the Indianapolis ABCs, one of the best professional African-American teams at the time. When the squad stopped in New Orleans on its way back from a round of winter ball in Cuba, Taylor sought out Malarcher and signed him to a contract on the spot.

Thus began one of the most successful but unheralded careers in Negro League baseball history. After cutting his teeth and learning the game with Taylor and the ABCs, Malarcher inked a deal in 1920 with the Chicago American Giants, who were owned and managed by the great Andrew “Rube” Foster, founder of the first sustained black baseball league and a towering figure in Negro League history.

After Foster began suffering from a crippling health crisis in the late 1920s, Malarcher took over as manager of the American Giants, whom he led to multiple Negro National League pennants and Negro World Series crowns.

But Malarcher never forgot the lessons he learned both on and off the baseball diamond at New Orleans University, which merged with Straight College in the 1930s to form Dillard University. Malarcher’s rich education earned him great respect among his baseball peers. His talent for poetry and modest, well-spoken demeanor led journalists and other players to call him “Gentleman Dave,” a sobriquet he carried with him until his death in May 1982.

“If you mentioned Aristophanes, Pericles, Sophocles, Thucydides, Euripides of Socrates, this scholar knew of their talents,” says Larry Lester, an author and researcher of Negro Leagues history. “Off the playing field, Julius was known for his prose and philosophy.

“Rube’s star student had the gentle demeanor of a lap dog, but had a Rottweiler appetite to win,” Lester adds.

Malarcher’s education began when he was a youngster growing up in Union Parish, La. “My mother educated all of her children to some degree,” he told author John Holway in a transcript for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After attending both public and private schools in rural Louisiana, he headed to the Big Easy to enroll in the New Orleans University Elementary Department. After graduating from the elementary institution and the preparatory department, he enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. He funded his education by working for a wealthy white family in return for room, board and clothing.

“I went to New Orleans University and worked for a rich family,” he told Holway. “I worked in the afternoons and morning, cleaning the yard, a yardman as we called it. I was living on the place, had all the food I could eat, and in the summer time they’d give me clothes. Most boys who went to college in those days lived right out in the rich neighborhood, with the rich white people. I was making $2.50 a week, but with food and clothing and a place to stay, and doctors’ bills if necessary, that kept me in school.”

Malarcher’s college experience included, of course, many hours on a baseball diamond, playing third base and serving as captain of the New Orleans University Tigers from 1912-16. In his interview with Holway, Malarcher revealed a quiet pride in his tenure with the Tigers, citing a written history of NOU.

“It says, ‘Between 1913 and 1916 the baseball team lost not a single game,’” he read to Holway. “That’s right. ‘The success was due to two stars, David Malarcher and Robert Williams.’ It says my nickname was Gentleman Dave.”

In addition to representing his school team, Malarcher also played second base for the semi-pro New Orleans Tigers before C.I. Taylor and the ABCs snagged him. A budding professional career, and his induction and service in the Army from 1918-19, ended his tenure at NOU after two years of college education.

Perhaps the greatest thing that happened to Malarcher in his time at NOU was meeting his future wife and lifelong love, Mabel Sylvester, a student and singer at Straight College. In a 1973 letter to former Dillard University librarian Carole Taylor, Malarcher described his instant infatuation with Mabel.

One night in 1914, when he was a student in NOU’s College Preparatory School, Malarcher attended a Flint-Goodridge Medical School graduation ceremony that was held in NOU’s chapel. That’s when he heard Sylvester sing for the first time.

“Hers was the most beautiful and sweet soprano voice I had ever heard,” he wrote to Taylor. “And she was beautiful! ... I shall never forget that night and the thrill of enjoyment which I experienced thereby.

“From time to time thereafter,” he added, “she came to our school to sing on musical programs and individually. I was always there. And on one occasion, when she had sung, I met her. And I fell in love with her; a fact from which I have never recovered.”

Malarcher and Sylvester wed in June 1920 and moved to Chicago soon after he joined Foster’s American Giants. They built a house in the city in 1927 and lived there together until her death in 1946. A year after her passing, Malarcher used his writing skills and feelings of love and loss to pen a book-length poem dedicated to his wife; he donated a copy of the work to the Dillard archives in 1973. Malarcher lived in the same house they constructed for the rest of his life. Although he never completed his bachelor’s degree, he attended night school and became a successful real-estate agent and appraiser.

He died in 1982, but not before leaving an impressive legacy as a Renaissance man. He was an intellectual who parlayed his academic and athletic education into a brilliant career as a fleet-footed, sure-handed, clutch-hitting third baseman and a crafty, tactically brilliant manager. Although not a member of the Hall of Fame, many Negro League experts believe he should be.

He expressed his passion for the game and his pride in the Negro Leagues in a 1974 letter to Joseph Molitor of Chicago’s Old Timers Baseball Association.

“It is to be remembered that the history of American Baseball is far vaster than merely the history of Organized Baseball,” he wrote. “It comprises the great game from the sandlots and campus, the backwoods and the city independent teams to the countless yet independent and un-organized teams through North and South America, Cuba, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Thus the Old Timers Association of Chicago is one representative of the beginning and continuation of what we so jubilantly describe as ‘The Great American National Game!’”

david malarcherBut Malarcher’s most worthy historical endowment might be his reputation as Gentleman Dave, a respected scholar who savored his educational experiences at one of Dillard’s founding schools. He brought the same passion to all the aspects of his life – his marriage, his poetry, and his university education – that he took to the baseball diamond throughout an historic career.

“Alma mater, alma mater! --

Parent of my progress all! --

You who bred my soul’s refining Stemming its primeval thrall --

O, temporal shrine of Godly love, Our God and you are all above!” --

David Julius Malarcher

This article was originally published in the Fall 2012 issue of the Dillard Today magazine.

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