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Dillard to Host "Night at the Opera" PDF Print E-mail
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Four of the South's noted opera singers will perform at Dillard University's first opera concert on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. This performance is free and open to the public.

"A Night at the Opera" will feature:

  • Baritone Terrance Brown (pictured), a voice instructor at Dillard, whose appearance last fall at the Opera Louisiana Gala aired nationally on the Public Broadcasting System.
  • Soprano Susan Ruggiero (pictured), the district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in 2007 and 2009.
  • Soprano Tiffany Bostic, regional finalist in the Metropolitan National Council auditions for three years.
  • And Tenor Chauncey Parker, an artist renowned for his portryal of Sporting Life in "Porgy and Bess," who has performed at opera houses both European and American.

The Dillard University music department will also hold a master class with the four performers for area high school students and DU music majors at 11 a.m. on the day of the concert.

"We've planned this event to offer the community an opportunity to enjoy music that they don't always hear and to introduce a beautiful genre to high school music students," said Brown, who is organizing the events.

The performers will sing 12 songs from operas such as Charles-Francois Gounod's "Faust," Guiseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto," and Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme."

For more information, contact Terrance Howard at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (205) 999-4774.

Nikki Giovanni Named 2010 Commencement Speaker PDF Print E-mail
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Nikki_Giovanni_for_WebPoet, essayist, novelist and educator Nikki Giovanni will address the Dillard University class of 2010 as commencement speaker. Graduation will be held on May 8, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. on the university’s Avenue of the Oaks.

“I am in absolute awe of her prolific writing over an extended period of time,” Dillard University President Dr. Marvalene Hughes said of Giovanni. “She preserves unique, evolving cultures, with a special emphasis on the exceptional cultural evolution of young blacks and how they influence the world. She is one of the most thoughtful, dynamic speakers in today’s circles. We are honored to have her as our 2010 commencement speaker.”

Giovanni's work has spanned five decades and earned her numerous accolades. In 1968, her first book of poetry established her reputation as a revolutionary poet and the voice of her generation. Since then, Giovanni has written or edited over three dozen volumes of poetry and essays. “Gemini” earned her a National Book Award nomination, “Love Poems” and “Blues” garnered NAACP Image Awards, and “The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection” received a Grammy nomination for best spoken-word album. Giovanni has won the American Book Award and received over two dozen honorary degrees to date.

After Hurricane Katrina, Giovanni shipped her personal collection of books to Dillard for use in the Will W. Alexander Library. Last year, a section of the library was dedicated in Giovanni’s honor.
Week in Review: March 21-27 PDF Print E-mail
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Models of Success

Dorothy Perrault, '60, was honored on Wednesday, March 24, at the first Models of Success Reception at the Alumni House. Models of Success, a new program designed to recognize Dillard alums for success in their fields and for giving back to the community, will help bridge the gap between current students and alumni, says Adrian Guy, '01, the executive director of Alumni Relations. After graduating from Dillard's Division of Nursing, Perrault became the first registered black nurse at Sara Mayo Hospital in New Orleans. An entrepreneur, she has excelled in fields ranging from business and politics, to child care and catering. At the reception, DU President Marvalene Hughes gave her a proclamation, and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin gave her a miniature key to the city. (Photo: Dorothy Perrault, right, and Adrian Guy at the reception.)

National Institute of Science/Beta Kappa Chi ConferenceNIS_Conference

Dillard University and Southern University at New Orleans hosted the 67th Annual NIS/BKX Scientific Honor Society Conference from March 24-28 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. The conference's theme was "The Emergence of OMIC Technologies in Addressing Health Disparities" (OMIC refers to fields such as genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics). Between lectures and panel discussions, students and professionals networked, shared ideas, and even found some time to enjoy the Crescent City. Dillard University biology professor Dr. Ruby Broadway served as the chair of the conference's local organizing committee. (Photo: Conference participants gathered for a group shot on campus.)


Amiri Baraka Speaks in Lawless Chapel

Author and activist Amiri Baraka visited Dillard on the evening of Thursday, March 25. The renowned and controversial figure, author of works such as Black Magic and Blues People: Negro Music in White America, spoke and signed books in Lawless Memorial Chapel. Baraka's lecture was preceded by a performance from saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan. (Photo: Amiri Baraka speaking in Lawless Memorial Chapel.)


Scholarship Benefit Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University will host its 2010 Scholarship Benefit Concert on Thursday, May 6, at 8 p.m. on the Avenue of the Oaks, outside on Dillard's campus. The concert, titled "Timeless Voices," will feature performances from Eddie Levert of the O'Jays, Dennis Edwards of the Temptations, Gerald Alston of the Manhattans, and Johnny Gill of LSG and New Edition. Proceeds from this special event will go to the Dillard scholarship fund. We hope you will join us for an evening of music, food and fun to benefit a great cause!


Phone: Call (800) 745-3000 to order tickets over the phone via Ticketmaster.

In Person: Visit Dillard's Development Office on campus to purchase tickets in person.

Dillard University 2010 Scholarship Benefit Concert
"Timeless Voices"
Thursday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
Avenue of the Oaks, Outside On the Dillard Campus

Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70118
Commencement 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Thank you to all who attended Commencement 2010 for being a part of a wonderful Dillard weekend!

Welcome to Dillard University's Commencement 2010 page. Please use the menu on the left and the links below to browse information.

The Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2010 took place on Saturday, May 8, at 8 a.m. on the Avenue of the Oaks. Author, educator and poet Nikki Giovanni gave the Commencement Address.

Dillard University's 2010 Scholarship Benefit Concert, "Timeless Voices," was held on Thursday, May 6, at 8 p.m. on the Avenue of the Oaks.

Dillard University's 2010 Alumni Reunion took place May 6th-9th.

Thanks again to everyone who celebrated with us and the Class of 2010.

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