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The Passing of Civil Rights Activist Almena Lomax PDF Print E-mail
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almena-lomaxThe Dillard University community joins the nation in mourning the loss of Mrs. Almena Lomax, mother of former Dillard University President Michael Lomax. A pioneering journalist and civil rights activist, Mrs. Lomax founded the Los Angeles Tribune, and covered stories such as the Montgomery bus boycott, and the search for activist and revolutionary Angela Davis.

We extend our sincerest, most heartfelt condolences to the Lomax family on the loss of Almena, an amazing matriarch and a true national treasure.

Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the United Negro College Fund.

To learn more about Almena Lomax, please visit the Web site of the Los Angeles Times.

Honors Convocation 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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OsbeyWebDillard University's annual Honors Convocation will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. Those Dillard students who achieved exceptional academic marks this year will be recognized for their inclusion on the Dean's List and Honor Roll. The Dillard University Choir will also perform.

The keynote speaker will be poet Brenda Marie Osbey (pictured), a Dillard University alumna from the class of 1978. Osbey serves as a professional-in-residence at Louisiana State University. She was the first peer-selected poet laureate of the state of Louisiana (2005-07).

Champions of the American Dream Event to Honor Lundy, McKenna PDF Print E-mail
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Lundy_photoThe Dillard University College of Business will honor local entrepreneurs Beverly McKenna and Larry Lundy at the inaugural Champions of the American Dream event on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Beverly McKenna, publisher of the New Orleans Tribune, and Larry Lundy, owner of Lundy Enterprises and a Dillard alumnus, were chosen for their success and persistence in business pursuits, their history of philanthropy, and their service as role models for the New Orleans community.

At the ceremony, both honorees will lecture on business entrepreneurship and participate in an audience question-and-answer session. The event will be followed by a reception in the atrium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building on the Dillard campus.

BeverlyMcKennaWeb_copyChampions of the American Dream is a new initiative of the Dillard University College of Business designed to recognize local business leaders. Champions will be selected twice annually, in the fall and spring, and include one Dillard alum and one non-alum.

McKenna and Lundy were nominated by a committee consisting of Dr. Christian Fugar, dean of the College of Business, Mr. Ronald V. Burns Sr., chair of the college’s Corporate Advisory Committee, Dr. Walter Strong, executive vice president, and Ms. Kemberly Washington, assistant dean for student programs in the College of Business.
2011 Family Health and Sports Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Names Joyce Roche to Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
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roche250Dr. Pepper Snapple Group announced on Feb. 10 that Joyce Roche, chair of Dillard University's board of trustees and a Dillard graduate from the class of 1970, has joined the company's board of directors.

Ms. Roche, 63, most recently served as president and CEO of Girls Inc. until her retirement in 2010. Previously, she was president and chief operating officer of Carson Products Company and vice president of global marketing at Avon Products, Inc.

"Joyce's broad range of executive management and marketing experience makes her an asset to any board," said Wayne R. Sanders, chairman of the board of Dr Pepper Snapple. "She has a tremendous track record in the consumer packaged goods industry, and her nearly decade-long leadership in the nonprofit sector brings an important new perspective to the DPS board that will serve our company well."

In addition to a bachelor's degree from Dillard, Ms. Roche holds an MBA from Columbia University. She also is an alumnus of Stanford University's Senior Executive Program and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University and North Adams State College. In addition to the Dillard University and DPS boards, she currently sits on the boards of AT&T Inc., Tupperware Corp., Macy's Inc., and The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
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