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    HBCU All-Star Helps Bring Michelle Obama to Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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    Nicole Tinson, political science major and senior class president of the graduating class of 2014

    by hbcudigest.com


    Dillard University today announced U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as its spring commencement speaker, but many at the New Orleans historically Black college are heralding the senior class president for the historic appearance.

    Nicole Tinson, a senior political science major and president of the graduating class of 2014, knew that it would take a special kind of commitment to make good on her promise of delivering a memorable commencement speaker on May 10. Tinson, named in February by the Department of Education as one of the nation’s 75 ‘HBCU All-Stars,’ wrote to the First Lady requesting that Dillard join the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Spelman College, North Carolina A&T State and Bowie State University among the FLOTUS’ HBCU graduation day stops.

    “I never allowed others doubt in getting a great commencement speaker to bother me,” said the Los Angeles native. “I told my story [and the Dillard story] in a letter to Mrs. Obama and kept my faith. As senior class president, I made a vow to our class that we would have someone amazing for commencement and we have the FLOTUS. I don’t think it gets any more amazing than that.”

    Dillard President Walter Kimbrough says that while the entire campus community is excited about Obama’s visit, Tinson deserves the credit.

    “We are so excited to host First Lady Michelle Obama as our commencement speaker. But I am more excited that our senior class president, Nicole Tinson, used her Dillard tenacity and grit to get Mrs. Obama here. Nicole did this on her own and I am so proud of her.”

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    Dr. Wright featured in Huffington Post as One of 5 Black Environmentalist Worth Celebrating PDF Print E-mail
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    Dr. Wright is the founder and director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), and is also a professor of Sociology at Dillard University in New Orleans. She has veteran advocate for environmental justice, committed DSCEJ to focusing on restoring the city of New Orleans and its residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. In 1994, her exemplary research and advisory to former President Bill Clinton landed her a place at the White House signing of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice.

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    DU Grad Millie Charles earns Loving Cup PDF Print E-mail
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    By John Pope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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    on April 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM, updated April 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM


    Don't let the spelling fool you. There is no "I" in Millie Charles.

    Whenever the legendary social worker talks about her long life, in which she has confronted the forces of segregation, taught generations of students and done as much as she could to ensure that poor people got a fair shake, it's always in terms of a group.

    "We always did things as a group," she said on a recent afternoon. "It was never an 'I'; it was always a 'we.' . . . I didn't do any of this by myself. Not any. . . . We had to work together to accomplish things. One person can't do it alone."

    That statement is typical of her attitude, said Ronald McClain, president and chief executive officer of Family Service of Greater New Orleans, who earned a master's degree in social work when Charles was dean of the School of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans.

    "It's never about her," he said.

    But this time, it is about her because Charles, 90, has been chosen to receive The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for 2013. The Loving Cup has been awarded since 1901 to men and women who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of public recognition or material reward.

    "I was really surprised" by the accolade, Charles said. "I appreciate that so much, but there were so many of us together. It wasn't just one person; it was the togetherness we had."

    Throughout Charles' career, "her commitment to children and families and vulnerable populations has been amazing," McClain said. "For a long, long time, she has been committed to being a change agent, to committing her life to changing things for the better."

    The New Orleans-born daughter of a Baptist preacher and a woman who believed in the value of education, Millie Ruth McClelland entered Dillard University when she was only 15 and graduated with a degree in secondary education.

    Click to read more at NOLA.com

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    First Lady Michelle Obama to Deliver Commencement Address at Dillard Saturday, May 10 PDF Print E-mail
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    First Lady Michelle Obama


    (New Orleans, LA) – First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 10, when 243 students of Dillard University’s Class of 2014 walk down the Avenue of the Oaks during the commencement ceremony at 10 AM.  

    A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.

    After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.

    In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university's first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.

    Promoting Service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interest. Continuing this effort now as First Lady, Mrs. Obama in 2010 launched Let’s Move!, a campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.

    As First Lady, Mrs. Obama continues to work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.

    Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters: Malia and Sasha. Like their mother, the girls were born on the South Side of Chicago.  Follow First Lady Michelle Obama on Twitter@FLOTUS.


     
    SAE bans pledging from its initiation process PDF Print E-mail
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    Nine students have died in events related to SAE since 2006 – more than any other fraternity. Bloomberg News has named SAE as the "deadliest" fraternity.

    As of Sunday, the Georgia Beta chapter of SAE could not be reached for comment.

    The University of Georgia has had a chapter of SAE since 1865. It was the first fraternity to be founded at the UGA. It has also initiated more members than any chapter in the nation.

    Hazing has been prohibited from all major social Greek organizations for decades, but, as the incident with UGA's chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. shows, hazing still occurs.

    Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, has done research on fraternities and on hazing. He said he does not think the SAE's pledge ban will be successful in stopping hazing.

    "Based on history, everybody who's gotten rid of [pledging] has still had hazing," Kimbrough said. "Does it limit it? The answer is no."

    Lambda Chi Alpha banned pledging in 1969. The fraternity has been accused of hazing since then, such as the suspension of UGA's chapter of Lambda Chi in 1999.

    Zeta Beta Tau and Historical Black Colleges and Universities have also banned pledging, said Kimbrough, but hazing is still a problem these organizations face.

    Kimbrough said it would be naïve to think a pledge ban would work.

    The SAE chapter at Cornell University had an allegedly hazing-related death in their fraternity house in 2011. David Skorton, Cornell's president, banned pledging on campus as a result.

    The ban on pledging was also put in place in order to eliminate class structure between new members and active members. Chapters of SAE have been treating their pledges as second-class citizens, Cohen said in the video.

    "We're going to make this change as a team, as a brotherhood, because it's the right thing to do and if we don't, we may simply just not exist in five years," Cohen said.

    Starting March 9, pledge programming was eliminated from the fraternity's operations and the classification of pledge no longer exists. All SAE chapters are required to implement the change immediately.

    SAE is one of the largest fraternities in the nation with chapters or colonies in more than 240 college campuses and about 14,000 undergraduate members.

    From now on, any student who accepts his invitation to join SAE has four days to complete the requirements for membership. There can be no activity or event in which a new member must pledge their commitment to the fraternity within that four-day timeframe. Members guilty of such activity will be held accountable.

    The changes to the initiation process are known as the True Gentleman Experience.

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