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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.

Housing & Home Improvement Showcase PDF Print E-mail
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image005On Saturday, July 23, Dillard University's Community Development Corporation will host its fourth annual Housing and Home Improvement Showcase. The housing fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dent Hall on the Dillard campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Homeowners and potential homeowners are encouraged to come out and get the most up-to-date information on everything from insurance, lending and realtors to roofing, landscaping and pest control.

Workshop subjects include contractor fraud, insurance, asset building through homeownership, and more. Click here to learn more about the Homeownership Workshop series.

Business Owners: Exhibit space is still available at great prices. Click here to learn more or to fill out an exhibitor application. Exhibitors will include Capital One Bank, Entergy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and lots of local businesses. Call (504) 816-4704.


NASA Astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. to Address Students at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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Alvin_Drew-WebBenjamin Alvin Drew Jr., a NASA astronaut and retired Air Force colonel, will address Dillard University’s Pre-Freshman Engineering Program on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building. The Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (PREP), a four-week summer session for rising ninth and tenth grade students, is designed to increase the number of women and minorities who pursue careers in the science and engineering professions.

Drew, who was selected by NASA to be a mission specialist in 2000 and has logged more than 600 hours in space, will speak to students on the day of their white coat ceremony. The ceremony is a tradition inspired by medical schools that speaks to PREP students’ dedication to the study of science and engineering.

In February and March, Drew participated in the 39th and final mission of the space shuttle Discovery. On the mission, Drew became the 200th person to walk in space, and the crew delivered Robonaut 2, the first humanlike robot in space, to the International Space Station. In 2007, Drew flew on the 20th flight of the space shuttle Endeavour.

“Astronaut Drew’s presence and interaction with students can go a long way toward encouraging young men and women to excel in and complete college degrees in the sciences,” said Dr. Ruby Broadway, the founder of the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program and an associate professor of biology at Dillard University. “This is an extremely rare and wonderful opportunity for our students.”

Drew entered the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1984 and earned his pilot wings the following year. His initial assignment was as a combat rescue helicopter pilot. He later transitioned to special operations, and between 1989 and 1992, he flew in more than 60 combat missions over Panama, the Persian Gulf and Northern Iraq. He later served on the Air Force’s Air Combat Command staff. He has more than 3,500 hours flying experience and has piloted 30 different types of aircraft.

A native of Washington, D.C., Drew double majored in astronautical engineering and physics at the United States Air Force Academy and later earned a master’s in aerospace science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
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