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    Dillard University is featured in Good News Magazine: Denzel Washington: ‘Put God First’ PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.10.27 AM“Put. God. First,” Denzel Washington said with punctuated emphasis. “Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I’ve accomplished, everything you think that I have — and I have a few things — everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift.”

    The Academy award winning actor’s May 9 commencement address was greeted with applause and amens at Dillard University, the historically black university in New Orleans. Washington’s advice to the young people dealt with passion, humility, materialism, and gratitude.

    Washington reminded the graduates that their personal accomplishment was a collaborative effort with supportive friends and family. As his acting career began to flourish, Washington’s mother reminded him, “If you only knew how many people have been praying for you.” In order to combat a potentially over-inflated ego, his mother recalled “how many prayer groups she put together, and how many prayer cloths she gave me, how many times she splashed me with holy water to save my sorry behind.”

    Washington admitted to the graduates that 40 years ago he was flunking out of college with a 1.7 GPA (“I hope that none of you can relate”). “I remember sitting in my mother’s beauty parlor [in New York] and I’m looking in the mirror and I see this woman behind me under the dryer. Every time I looked up, she was looking at me right in the eyes,” recalled Washington who was a 20-year-old student at Fordam University at the time.

    - See more at: http://goodnewsmag.org/2015/06/denzel-washington-put-god-first/#sthash.CwWCnPHm.RSTlRucd.dpuf


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    Dillard Alumna Kathryn Townsend named civilian of the quarter by Naval Oceanographic Office PDF Print E-mail
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    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 9.57.16 AMNAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE: Slidell residents Kathryn Townsend and Gus Michel were the civilians of the quarter for the first quarter of 2015 at the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

    Townsend is the head of the international program coordination group in the plans, programs and requirements department, where she serves as the point of contact for technology transfer, foreign release, military sales and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    Townsend graduated from Dillard University with a bachelor’s degree and Alcorn State University with a master’s degree.

    Michel is the acting branch head of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Reachback Cell. He is being recognized for his excellence in ensuring on-time and accurate delivery of products while serving as branch head. Additionally, he was charged with overseeing the highly complex Undersea Warfare Decision Support System discussions, leading a combined product group and acting as lead on Maritime Operational Center engagement.

    Michel is an active participant in the Slidell High School Robotics Team. He graduated from the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physics.

    NAVOCEANO, comprised of approximately 1,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, is responsible for providing oceanographic products and services to all elements within the Department of Defense.


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    2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year Honorees Announced PDF Print E-mail
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    Awards to Be Presented October 13 at the NACWAA National Convention in Tampa

    Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes wears many leadership hats. Currently, she is the president of the Gulf Coast Athletics Conference, Athletics Director at Dillard University, and until three years ago, was Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Dillard University—all while working on her Ph.D. focused on coaches and their influence on student-athlete engagement. She led a major rebranding effort at Dillard University, leading the department through the creation of a new logo and brand image, while launching a new website and a mobile application. As her nominator said, “she is the ultimate team player with great spirit and attitude.” -dallasweekly.com



     
    Dillard University’s Kiki Baker Barnes Named Athletic Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    AD-Barnes-SmallKiki Baker Barnes was chosen as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. Since 2006, Dr. Barnes has been the director of athletics at Dillard University in New Orleans.

    Dr. Barnes also serves as president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. She is currently conducting research on the relationship between coach’s influence, student engagement, and student-athlete success.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally. Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments.”

    Dr. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of New Orleans. She also earned a master’s degree in communication and media studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

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    Dillard Athletic Director selected as 2015 NACWAA Administrator of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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    (Kansas City, Mo.)  Dillard University’s Director of Athletics Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes has been selected as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). “I am humbled by this honor,” said Barnes.  “I also appreciate my colleagues who nominated me and the opportunity that Dillard University has given me to serve and lead the athletics department.”

    As Athletic Director (AD) at Dillard University, Barnes has distinguished herself as an outstanding professional, community servant and mentor.  She assumed the leadership role in Dillard’s athletic department in 2006.  She is currently the President of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) and also serves on the National Association of IntercollegiateAthletics’ (NAIA) Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors and is chair for the NAIA’s Conduct and Ethics Committee.

    “Dr. Barnes is not just a leader at Dillard,” said Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University.  “She is a leader for our conference and for athletics nationally.  Her energy and initiative have been great, and we are proud of her accomplishments."

    Within the last school year, Barnes has been selected as one of Girl Scout Louisiana East’s 2014 Women of Distinction, along with Gayle Benson, Mionne LaShe Gooch and Sally-Ann Roberts.  Barnes was named one of New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch Class of 2014” and GCAC AD of the Year twice, most recently in the 2013-14 school year.

    Dillard Athletic Director is NCAA Administrator of the Year…2

    “This award is not only about the influence that women have in athletics, but their impact in the community as well,” said Barnes.  “I have strived to be a servant leader.  My hope is that Dillard students and the entire NAIA will reap the benefits of my efforts,” Barnes added.  “To receive this honor going into my 10th year as the Athletic Director at Dillard University, which is synonymous with the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, makes this award even special to me.”

    Recent initiatives by Barnes and her staff include launching a new logo and website as well as iPhone and Android applications for the Dillard University athletics department.

    The NACWAA is the premier leadership organization that empowers, develops, assists, celebrates, affirms, involves and honors women working in college sports and beyond.  NACWAA takes a proactive role in advancing women into positions of influence and powerfully shapes the landscape of women leaders.


     
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