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Dillard’s VP of Institutional Advancement Marc A. Barnes Named “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year” PDF Print E-mail
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award presented during 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Juli Smith Pattison presents award to Marc Barnes

(NEW ORLEANS) – The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) named Marc A. Barnes, vice president of advancement for Dillard University, the  “Outstanding 2015 Fundraiser of the Year.”

Barnes has served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement since February 2013. This is not his first stint with the university, having worked in Dillard’s Development Department in various positions from 2000-2009. Before his return to Dillard, Barnes served as Director of Development at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. (NOJHFF). At NOJHFF, he was responsible for the development of a major gifts fundraising operation and the launch of a major capital campaign designed to support the renovation of the Jazz & Heritage Center.  In his current role, he is responsible for all of the university’s fundraising efforts, alumni relations, marketing and communications and community outreach.

Helping to lead a fundraising campaign that yielded over $45 million dollars in four years at Dillard University highlights just one of many major financial contributions that Barnes has made over his 13 year career as a fundraiser.

A dedicated community servant, Barnes serves on the finance council at St. Peter Claver Church, where he is also a lector and co-coordinates the marriage ministry with his wife, Kiki.

He is immediate past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater New Orleans Chapter and is a member of the Louisiana Advisory Council for UNCF.  He serves on the Board of Directors at St. Augustine High School and the advisory board of St. Mary’s Academy.

Barnes was one of seven individuals and organizations recognized during the 31st annual National Philanthropy Day ® Luncheon held at the Audubon Tea Room on November 12.  The theme for the day was “Change the World with a Giving Heart.” The AFP has nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members in over 230 chapters throughout the world who raise over $100 billion annually.

 
Ortique Lecture on Law and Society to Feature Bryan Stevenson, Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and Author of “Just Mercy” Lecture set for Nov. 23 PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – On Monday, November 23, 2015, attorney and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson will deliver the next Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society in the Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. He is the recent author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Books of Nonfiction for 2014. The event is free and open to the public with a book signing following the lecture.

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and its Executive Director for 26 years, Stevenson is a devoted advocate opposed to the establishment of the death penalty, an advocate for unlawful imprisoned children, and an ideal American citizen at the forefront of discussing racism as reflected in the Judicial System.

As an extensively established public interest lawyer, Stevenson has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his supervision, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. He has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court, and recently won a historic ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Furthermore, Stevenson and his staff have won reversals that led to the release of over 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.

Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has won him countless awards including the American Bar Association’s Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, the Olaf Palme Prize in Stockholm, Sweden for international human rights, and the National Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union among others.

A 1985 graduate of Harvard University, with both a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a Doctor of Laws from Harvard Law School, Stevenson has received 14 honorary degrees including degrees from Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and Washington University.

Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @DUBrainFood, visit www.dillard.edu or call 504.816.4800

 
Edie Mukiibi of Slow Food International is Keynote Speaker at Dillard University November 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Edie Mukiibi Vice President of Slow Food International

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Edie Mukiibi, vice president of Slow Food International, will kickoff a speaker series for the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Mukiibi’s talk is a part of the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series in partnership with Dillard University’s Academic Center for Excellence and Slow Food New Orleans. His lecture is from 11a.m. to 12 p.m. on campus in the Georges Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

“An All You Can Eat Healthy Lunch,” immediately follows the program from 12 to 2 p.m., in Room 112, across from Georges auditorium. Chef Nicholas Adams of Careroots will prepare a locally sourced meal for $10.00 per person. The proceeds benefit the Slow Food Garden in Africa and the Dillard University Study Abroad Office to provide scholarships for students to explore culinary food ways.

The lunch is the result of collaboration between Slow Food New Orleans, Dillard Dining Services, the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture and the Study Abroad Office.

About Edie Mukiibi

Ugandan agronomist Edie Mukiibi’s lecture at Dillard is a stop during his five-city tour of the United States. He’s traversing stateside to raise awareness on food sovereignty work in Africa and meet with those in the US who also address the rights of communities to determine their food access. Mukiibi is the architect of the celebrated 1,000 Slow Food Gardens in Africa. The project was launched in 2010, with the goal of creating 1,000 gardens in schools and villages in 25 cities throughout Africa. Since reaching their goal of 1,000 gardens, Slow Food has announced an expanded effort to re-launch the project with a new target of creating 10,000 gardens in Africa.

 
Edie Mukiibi, VP of Slow Food International, is Keynote Speaker at Dillard University PDF Print E-mail
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Edie Mukiibi Vice President of Slow Food International

NEW ORLEANS, Edie Mukiibi, Vice President of Slow Food International will kickoff a speaker series for the Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Mukiibi’s talk is a part of the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series in partnership with Dillard University Academic Center for Excellence and Slow Food New Orleans. His lecture is from 11a.m., to 12 p.m., on campus in the Georges Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

“An All You Can Eat Healthy Lunch,” on campus in the Student Union Ballroom on the 2nd floor, immediately follows the program from 12 p.m., to 2 p.m. and features Chefs Dominique Adansi-Bona and Baba Ken Amen, who will prepare a locally sourced meal for $20.00 per person. The proceeds benefit the Slow Food Garden in Africa and the Dillard University Study Abroad Office to provide scholarships for students to explore culinary food ways, global learning and gain cultural awareness. The culinary experience includes a savory mix of Louisiana grown vegetables and a twist on a few local classics, including a tasty Louisiana Hot Sausage that is  completely vegetable based, seasoned to perfection and cooked until golden brown.

The day of food and giving is a collaboration with Slow Food New Orleans, Sodexo Dining Services, the Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture and the Study Abroad Office.

About Edie Mukiibi

Ugandan agronomist Edie Mukiibi’s lecture at Dillard is a stop during his five-city tour of the United States. He’s traversing stateside to raise awareness on food sovereignty work in Africa and meet with those in the US who also address the rights of communities to determine their food access. Mukiibi is the architect of the celebrated 1,000 Slow Food Gardens in Africa. The project was launched in 2010, with the goal of creating 1,000 gardens in schools and villages in 25 cities throughout Africa. Slow Food reached their 1,000 goal and also announced an expanded effort to re-launch the project with a new target of creating 10,000 gardens in Africa.


 
Dillard University names Zella Palmer Chair of the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture PDF Print E-mail
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10-29-2015 Head shots for Zella Palmer DU014New Orleans, LA - Dillard University is pleased to announce the appointment of Zella Palmer as Chair of the Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture. Palmer was selected after a national search. As chair, she will develop, implement and oversee the university’s African American Material Culture Program thatwill serve as the epicenter for the study, preservation and proliferation of culinary studies in the southeast United States.

Prior to being named chair, Palmer served as director of the program since 2014. Under her leadership a number of successful initiatives were implemented including the program’s inaugural conference, “The Story of New Orleans Creole Cooking: The Black Hand in the Pot,” whose keynote speaker was renowned culinary historian Michael Twitty; collaborative projects with Leah Chase, Chef Adolfo Garcia and other chefs and home cooks in New Orleans; a documentary cookbook entitled New Orleans con Sabor Latino: The History and Passion of Latino Cooking (2013), to name a few. 

Palmer has been featured in Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine and the University of Toronto Alumni Magazine and has made guest appearances on WWOZ Tiene Sabor with Yolanda Estrada, Tom Fitzmorris and Chef John Folse’s New Orleans radio shows as well as local television programs.  She has also presented in numerous symposiums as a guest lecturer in the United States, Canada and Nigeria.

Palmer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada. She also studied Cuban History and Spanish at the University of Havana, Cuba.

The Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture is funded by support from the Ray Charles Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

 
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