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Professor to Host Radio Show Promoting Financial Preparation for Hurricane Season PDF Print E-mail
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Kemberley_Washington_smDillard University accounting instructor Kemberley Washington willhost a new talk radio show designed to help New Orleans residents prepare financially for the threat of a hurricane. The show, called “Disaster Finance,” will debut on WBOK-AM 1230 on Monday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m., and air weekly for the next three months. August 29 marks the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“Oftentimes we are warned about evacuating, storing canned goods or protecting our homes, but rarely are we provided with much needed advice to prepare financially for a natural disaster,” said Washington, a certified public accountant.

The show, which is sponsored by the Capital One Financial Corporation, will feature Washington and other financial analysts discussing topics such as disaster tax credits, insurance coverage, dealing with the IRS, and documents to bring during an evacuation.

“Our goal is to educate the community so that, in the event of a hurricane or another emergency, New Orleanians can remain financially solvent,” said Washington, who writes a weekly personal finance column for The New OrleansTribune called “Money, Power, Respect.”

To listen live to the show online, visit on Mondays at 1 p.m. To learn more about the program, follow Kemberley Washington on Twitter @kemwashcpa.
24th Annual UNCF Walk for Education PDF Print E-mail
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uncfwalkThe United Negro College Fund will host its 24th annual Walk for Education in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 5K run/walk will start in the Audubon Park Riverview area behind the zoo.

Every year Dillard and Xavier universities compete to see which school has the best turnout and raises the most funds. Help Dillard come out on top!

A minimum pledge of $30 through Sep. 28 entitles you to a race number, official race day T-shirt, free food and drinks, and admission to Audubon Zoo. Click here to learn more and to register. And remember to join Dillard University's team!

For more information, please contact Dillard University's Travis Chase at (504) 816-4713 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Dr. Lyons Appointed to Board of Regents' Education Commission PDF Print E-mail
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LyonsDillard University Interim President James Lyons has been appointed to serve on a new commission to study the governance, management and supervision of public postsecondary education in Louisiana. The commission, created by the Board of Regents in accordance with House Concurrent Resolution 184 of the 2011 Legislative Session, includes 18 educators, politicians and business leaders from across the state.

The commission will examine the higher education governance structure and its affect on resource efficiency, student success, tuition, transfer students, historically black colleges and universities, and more. The commission, which will hold its first monthly meeting in Baton Rouge on Aug. 19, will submit a plan for the reorganization of the management of postsecondary education to the Legislature by Jan. 12, 2012.

“I am truly honored to accept this appointment, and look forward to working with the Board of Regents and the House and Senate Committees on Education to reorganize the governance, management, and supervision of postsecondary education in Louisiana,” said Dr. Lyons.

“This is a very critical time for higher education,” Lyons said. “President Obama has challenged us to lead the world in the number of citizens receiving some post-high school education; college costs continue to rise and threaten to put higher education out of reach of many deserving students; and the achievement gap along racial and ethnic lines continues to grow.

“I hope that one outcome of our work will be to ensure that every student in the state of Louisiana who is desirous of a college education will be given that opportunity.”

Other members of the commission include: Robert Levy, district attorney for the Third Judicial District; Jacqui Vines, senior vice president and general manager for Cox Louisiana; Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana; Raymond Lasseigne, petroleum engineer; Patrick Bell, deputy commissioner for minority affairs with the Louisiana Department of Insurance; Winfred Sibille, chair of the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System; N.J. Ogé, director of business affairs for Ingalls Shipbuilding-Avondale Operations; Camille Conaway, consultant for SSA; Greg Davis, director of the Cajundome; Ann Duplessis, deputy chief administrative officer for the city of New Orleans; Sean Reilly, chief executive officer of Lamar Advertising; Phillip Rozeman, president of Cardiovascular Consultants; Senate Education Chairman Ben Nevers; House Education Chairman Austin Badon; Sen. Eric LaFleur; Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith; and Charles Moniotte, chairman of the Workforce Investment Council.
DU Partners with Texas Chiropractic College PDF Print E-mail
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TCC-Dillard_signingDillard University and Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas recently entered into a 3+3 articulation agreement. Student participants will complete three years of coursework at Dillard, followed immediately by three years at TCC. Those who complete the combined curriculum will hold a bachelor of science degree from Dillard and a doctor of chiropractic degree from TCC.

"We are very excited to launch this partnership with our new friends at Dillard University," said Dr. Clay McDonald, TCC provost. "One of the shared goals of our schools is to assist our students in achieving their educational goals as quickly and economically as possible, and this agreement will help us further that cause. This is a great benefit to the institutions, but more importantly, to our students."
Dillard Introduces New Men's Basketball Coach Bernard Griffith PDF Print E-mail
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CoachGriffithWebThe Dillard University athletics department introduced Bernard Griffith as the new coach of its men's basketball team at a press conference in Dent Hall on Thursday, July 28 at 1 p.m.

"This is one of those jobs you look forward to," said Griffith. "We've got a good nucleus, a good staff, and we're in the process of changing the culture."

Griffith has compiled a 694-204 (.772) record over a decorated career that has included coaching stints at St. Augustine High School, Southern University at Baton Rouge, Xavier University and Jesuit High School. At St. Augustine, Griffith’s teams won 11 district titles, and made 13 consecutive playoff appearances and eight Final Four appearances.

“Bernard Griffith will bring our men’s basketball program proven success, leadership and integrity,” said Athletic Director Kiki Baker Barnes. “He will be able to establish a solid foundation for our program with regards to community involvement, awareness and recruiting.”

Following Hurricane Katrina, Griffith coached at the professional level. With Griffith as an assistant, the 2006 Dallas Mavericks finished with the best overall record in the NBA and reached the NBA Finals.

Griffith has also coached several former NBA players when they were at the high school level, including Kerry Kittles, Pointer Williams, Torry Andrews, Hollis Price, and New Jersey Nets Head Coach Avery Johnson.

At the press conference, Griffith addressed the importance of recruiting locally and getting the community excited about the Dillard Bleu Devils again. In return, he said his players will be active in the community; Griffith said he has already made plans for his players to volunteer at a local elementary school and hospital.

Griffith also noted the importance of academics for student athletes. "Plan A is to get a Dillard degree with the best possible GPA," he said.


Griffith with players from the Dillard Bleu Devils basketball team.

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