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Intramural groupIn 1950, on the campus of Dillard University, Dr. William Wasson a Physical Education Professor convened a meeting of 22 African-American men and women. The attendees were Intramural Directors from eleven Historically Black Colleges. This meeting sparked the first National Intramural Association (NIA) Conference. Dr. William Wasson organized and hosted that first meeting and then served as NIA president for the first five years.

In 1975, the NIA membership voted to change the name to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). Today, NIRSA is a non-profit, membership organization serving a Network of over 4,000 highly trained professional, student, and associate members in the collegiate recreation field throughout the United States, Canada, and beyond. As college and university students develop into future leaders, NIRSA members support their learning and growth by fostering lifelong habits of wellbeing.

NIRSA members value recreation because active lifestyles are fundamental to communities of wellbeing. Serving an estimated 7.7 million students who regularly participated in campus recreation programs, NIRSA members are actively engaged in many areas of campus life; student leadership development, personnel management, wellness and fitness programs, intramural sports, sports clubs, recreation facility operations, outdoor recreation; informal recreation, aquatic programs, and more.

Sixty three years after the first NIA Conference, Mr. Peter Stevenson, Director of Recreation, Health and Wellness at Dillard University had the opportunity to present at the National NIRSA Conference in Las Vegas, NV. His topic was “Million Dollar Programing on a Shoe String Budget: HBCU Style.” His presentation focused on creative solutions when faced with limited resources and funding. He shared creative methods when engaging students in collegiate recreation and wellness programs. In addition, he provided collaborate ideas on how to work with other colleges/universities, outside agencies, and local corporate sponsors.


 
Dillard Offers Weight Management Classes PDF Print E-mail
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weight mgmt classesThe statistics are staggering: Americans are getting fatter. One in five Americans is obese; three in five are either overweight or obese. Among African-Americans 20 years and older, more than two-thirds are overweight or obese—defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 pounds or more. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, arthritis, and some kinds of cancers. Obesity has more negative health consequences than smoking, drinking, or poverty.

Dillard University’s School of Public Health, Dillard Dining Services, and the Dillard University Community Development Corporation are collaborating to host a 4 week Weight Management class. The classes  began on Thursday, March 14 at 12:30 pm in the West Wing of Kearny Dining Hall. The classes are open to Dillard University faculty, staff, students, and community members free of charge. The classes will include discussions on why people gain weight, eight keys to successful weight management, learning new eating habits, positive reinforcement, increasing physical activity, positive self-esteem, stress management, and more.

"March is National Nutrition Month. The School of Public Health is offering the Free Weight Management classes to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits," says Dr German. "With over $70 billion a year spent by the United States health care system to treat obesity and the resulting medical conditions, a change in weight management education is drastically needed," she adds.

German realizes getting New Orleanians on board could be a struggle. "There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite New Orleans inspired dishes. We want to encourage the Dillard community to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and, of course, tastes," says the public health professor.

For more information, please contact Dr. Valandra German at 504-816-4401 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Dillard to Host the 7th Annual Health & Sports Festival PDF Print E-mail
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CDC logoDillard University’s Community Development Corporation will host its seventh annual Family Health and Sports Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Admission is free and open to the public and includes lunch.

Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson, who played for the Saints from 1981-1993, and former NBA player Jonathan Bender, a native of nearby Picayune, Miss. who spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, will give a lecture targeted at young people called “Choices” at 10 a.m. in Dent Hall Gymnasium.

Attendees will have access to free health care resources, including blood pressure screenings, diabetes tests, eye exams, rapid HIV tests, and dental screenings. Healthy cooking demonstrations and financial fitness workshops will also be held. The event will also consist of food booths, and live entertainment.

Athletics are another key component of the day. Students of all ages can participate in volleyball games, a tennis clinic, and a series of basketball games that begins at 11 a.m. in Dent Hall Gymnasium. The AARP Soul Steppers will lead a community walk at 10 a.m.

Over 40 health care exhibitors will be in attendance. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Dillard University’s School of Nursing, Daughters of Charity, Tulane Medical Center, Tulane School of Medicine, EXCELth, Inc., LSU School of Dentistry, and Iberia Bank are among the festival’s sponsors.


 
Dillard to Host "New Orleans in the 21st Century" Event PDF Print E-mail
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Andrew Young HeadshotThree of New Orleans’ native sons will discuss strategies for economic growth in the city when Dillard University hosts “New Orleans in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Making of Modern Atlanta” on March 12. The program, which will be held in the Georges Auditorium of Dillard’s Professional Schools Building, will include a reception at 5 p.m. and a panel discussion at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The panel will feature Andrew Young, the 14th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta; New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; and Marc Morial, the president and C.E.O. of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans. Norman Robinson, senior news anchor for WDSU-TV, will moderate.

The participants will examine the lessons learned during Young’s tenure as the mayor of Atlanta and seek to apply them to New Orleans today. Topics will include minority business joint ventures in city contracts; public-sector leverage of private-sector resources to preserve public institutions; and the role of education, sports, transportation and hospitality in creating a cycle of economic growth.

Young attended Dillard for one year and served on the university’s board of trustees.


 
Dillard Senior Organizes Dress Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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sweaterFor Dillard senior Jakarah Porter, dressing for success is an important part of being a student. Taking pride in her university is also important, which is why the Student Government Association president has organized a sweater campaign at Fair Dillard. For $25, students can order a cardigan as well as a Dillard patch to be sewn onto the sweater. Though it may seem inconsequential, for Porter it is symbolic of the attitudes of the student body and a way to unify the community.

"I want students here to take ownership of Dillard and have pride in their institution," says Porter. The future law school student wants all students to be ambassadors of Dillard everywhere they go, not just on campus. By wearing the sweaters around town, students will be recognized as Dillard attendees and spread a message of pride. "The time to do this is now," says Porter. "People don't always recognize the gift of their institution until it's all over. I don't want that to happen for us," she adds.

The Student Government Asoociation is co-­‐sponsoring the initiative with the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming. Several staff and students have ordered the cardigan already and Porter hopes to reach a minimum of 150 orders. Payment for the sweaters can be made at the cashier's office and turn around time is usually within five business days.

For more information on how to order a sweater, contact Jakarah Porter through the SGA office at (504) 816-4103.


 
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