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    Brazilian English teacher is São Gonçalo in the United States PDF Print E-mail
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    English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira, representing São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira


    English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira represents São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira

    On January 10, 11 and 12 a group of 540 Brazilian teachers left for the United States to attend the PDPI Program – a Development Program for Teachers of English. The 6-week intensive program seeks to train English teachers from public schools as well as to strengthen the bilateral relations between Brazil and the United States.  English teacher Edmilson Leal de Oliveira, representing São Gonçalo dos Campos and Conceição da Feira in Bahia, participated in the last cohort of the program. Edmilson Leal de Oliveira went to Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Edmilson says “this was a fantastic and rewarding experience - learning to use and practice the English language in loco and being able to experience the everyday life in America”. "I will continue to work and study so that sometime very soon I will be able to return. The Governments of Brazil and the United States are to be congratulated for the initiative.” The program was a partnership between the U.S and the Brazilian Governments, which provided the candidates with the necessary financial support so that they could travel to the United States and study at a university there. The following benefits were offered:

    Issuance of the J-1 visa by the U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil at no cost;

    Round trip airline tickets - domestic and international flights;

    Allowance in the amount of US $500;

    Health insurance;

    Transportation from the airport / university / airport;

    Accommodation on campus;



    All textbooks and material to be used in the courses.

    If Edmilson Leal were to fund this experience, he would have to spend approximately US $21,000 (twenty-one thousand dollars).

    “Playing properly with a Clean Environment”

    One of the papers presented by the teacher in the city of New Orleans was about a project called “Playing properly with the Environment”, also presented in his city of São Gonçalo dos Campos in 2010.

    For the project all schools – students and teachers - in the city participated in a big competition. The results obtained were satisfactory: about 1,000 tons of recyclable waste was removed from the city streets. The competition also managed to show the participants how hard it was to practice social responsibility and sustainability. “It is a shame that this work has been discontinued,” said Edmilson.

    Professor Beth Larkin showed great interest in the project and at the end of Edmilson’s presentation even joked with the teacher, asking if he would be interested in helping her to apply the same concept in the city of New Orleans.

    All teachers who participate in the program have to successfully pass the TOEFL ITP (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Institutional Testing Program), a test that measures the candidates’ level of English. Taking the TOEFL ITP is a requirement.

    The PDPI program takes place twice a year. Candidates take the examination in February to travel to the United States in June; and in August to travel in January.  Those interested in participating in the program must access the site - The site reports that there will be no calls for the program in June 2014. The next call is scheduled for the second semester of 2014, and the participants will travel in January 2015.

    São Gonçalo Now / Sandro Araújo

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    Dillard looks to raise dropping graduation rates for black men

    NEW ORLEANS -- At Dillard University, a discussion is happening on how to help get African American students, primarily men, stay in school and graduate on time.

    The latest numbers from the National Center For Educational Studies 35 percent of black males complete a bachelor's degree in six years or less, but in Louisiana, that number is far less.

    Shaun Harper, with the University of Pennsylvania, has studied this issue. She said it's time for colleges to take some of the blame.

    "What I argued in my keynote is there are institutional factors as well. There are faculty practices and other kinds of things the institution does and doesn't do to bolster student success."

    Admissions counselor, Christopher Stewart, has seen one of the factors that contribute to the low graduation rates. He said some students are not interested in what their parents or peers want them to study, thus they get bored and eventually drop out.

    Click here to read more at WWL News.

    Dillard summit aims to get black men to commit to higher education

    Click here to read more at WDSU News.

    Dillard nominated second year in a row for Best University Theater Production PDF Print E-mail
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    Dreamgirls Jennifer close upBEST UNIVERSITY PRODUCTION

    Troy R. Poplous, Dillard University

    Orestes 2.0
    Timothy O'Neal, University of New Orleans

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    C. Patrick Gendusa, Loyola University

    Dmitry Troyanovsky, Tulane University

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    Dillard University is now a 100% Tobacco-Free Campus PDF Print E-mail
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    (New Orleans – LA) The Dillard University Board of Trustees recently approved a Tobacco-Free Policy for the University’s campus, according to Dr. Wodajo Welldaregay, Interim Chair of the School of Public Health and head of the Tobacco-Free Initiative at Dillard.
    “I am really excited about this because we’ve been working on this since 2005,” Welldaregay said. “The initiative started out with three colleges Dillard, Xavier, and Grambling and eventually grew to include every college and university in Louisiana,” he added.
    The tobacco-free policy, which became effective as of Jan. 1, 2014, means that the use of any tobacco product in any form (smoking or chewing) is prohibited at all times on all university property and, as well as on campus grounds. Full enforcement starts August 2014 and any member of the Dillard University community may and is expected to identify violators of the Tobacco Free campus policy. As with any University policy, supervisors will support and play an active role in the enforcement of the policy.
    Welldaregay noted that, each year the University competed for funding in the form of Tobacco Control Prevention and Advocacy Grant to support our advocacy effort to become a tobacco free campus and create a “Healthy Learning, Living and Working Environment”; from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), a program of the Louisiana Cancer Research Center and the Louisiana Public Health Institute. TFL works with Louisiana’s colleges and universities to achieve 100% tobacco-free policies such as this. Its Fresh Campus program is a student-led campaign established to facilitate the empowerment of college students to create social change on their campus by focusing efforts on tobacco-free campus policies.
    Dillard has participated in the Fresh Campus Program since 2005. The University continues to use funding from the TFL grant to educate students, faculty, staff as well as visitors about the health risks of smoking and tobacco use and the University’s tobacco-free policy. Over the next six months there will be a promotional campaign to ensure that everyone on campus and visitors are aware of Dillard’s tobacco-free policy.  This will include permanent signage on campus and in all university facilities, as well as cessation workshops, informational materials, banners and other campus-wide events, including “Kick-Butts” Day on March 19.

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