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Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar to Visit Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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pearlOn Friday, Oct. 15, topiary artist Pearl Fryar will visit Dillard University for a morning of inspired programming. Fryar's story begins in 1984, when he and his wife sought to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, S.C. They were discouraged by residents who said, “Black people don’t keep up their yards,” but Fryar responded by transforming his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland, filled with topiary sculptures that express his vision of peace, love and goodwill. His garden stands to this day, and has been visited by travelers from across the globe.

On Friday morning at 9 a.m., Dillard University will host a screening of A Man Named Pearl, the 2006 documentary that details Fryar’s remarkable story. The screening will be followed at 10:15 a.m. by a topiary sculpture demonstration by Fryar himself. Then, at 11 a.m., Loyola University jazz scholar Janna Saslaw will moderate a panel discussion titled “The Nature of Improvisation: Plants + Food + Jazz,” featuring Fryar, culinary artist Leah Chase, and jazz saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan. All events will be held on the Dillard campus in Lawless Memorial Chapel. All events are free and sponsored by Longue Vue House and Gardens, the National Historic Landmark in New Orleans.

Dillard University invites you to do something out of the ordinary with your Friday morning and participate in this trio of special events.

Friday, October 15, 2010
Dillard University
Lawless Memorial Chapel

9 a.m.  A Man Named Pearl Screening

10:15 a.m.  Topiary Sculpture Demonstration by Pearl Fryar

11 a.m.  Panel Discussion: “The Nature of Improvisation: Plants + Food + Jazz”pearl_fryar_garden_600x

To learn more about Pearl Fryar, visit

To learn more about Longue Vue House and Gardens, visit

For more information on Friday's events, please contact:

Hilairie Schackai
Community Projects Manager
Longue Vue House and Gardens
(504) 488-5488
(ext. 401)
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2010 New Orleans UNCF Walk for Education PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the UNCF 23rd Annual Walk for Education in Audubon Park on Saturday, Oct. 2. A great time was had by all, and we raised a great deal of money for a wonderful cause. Thanks again. We'll see you next year!

Please enjoy this photo gallery of the UNCF 23rd Annual Walk for Education.

Kudos To Trustee Glenda McNeal PDF Print E-mail
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mcneal250Dillard University would like to congratulate Glenda McNeal (pictured), First Vice Chair of the Dillard University Board of Trustees, on her promotion from Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, at the American Express Company to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Global Client Group within Merchant Services Americas. In more than 20 years with American Express, Glenda McNeal has demonstrated the highest levels of talent and vision, developing global merchant relationships representing over $150 billion in charge volume.

She has brought the same tireless energy and goal-oriented approach to her work on the Dillard University Board of Trustees, and for that we are grateful.

Please join us in congratulating a distinguished Dillard alumna, Glenda McNeal, ’82, on her well-deserved promotion.

Marvalene Hughes, Ph.D.
DU Partners With Recovery School District for Teacher Training Program PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University has partnered with the Louisiana Recovery School District to develop an innovative new teacher training program that they believe will revolutionize teacher education in New Orleans and, perhaps, serve as a model for programs across the country.

“This is the most creative partnership we have ever entered,” said Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes. “It offers enormous and unlimited opportunities to the student population at Dillard.”

On August 17, Dillard University Provost David Taylor revealed new details of the program. Dillard sophomores, juniors and seniors of any major with a GPA above 3.00 will be invited to participate in the program, which involves student teaching and paid internships. After graduating, interested students will partake in an intensive six-week training program that will certify them to teach in the Recovery School District.

“It’s another way of trying to entice, particularly, students of color to think about education as a career option by giving them early exposure,” Taylor said.

Dr. Joyce Roche, chair of the Dillard University board of trustees, and Dr. Paul Vallas, superintendent of the Recovery School District, first announced the initiative in April.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Dillard in this unprecedented program,” Vallas said. “It will not only allow us to bolster our already strong alternative pathways for teachers, but will also bring greater diversity to our efforts, which is always important in a district such as ours."

Housing and Home Improvement Fair 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University will host the 2010 Housing and Home Improvement Fair on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dillard's Community Development Corporation launched the Housing Fair in 2008 and over 750 people attended. This year, the third annual Housing Fair is going to be bigger and better than ever, with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and more than 100 other exhibitors on hand to help the residents of New Orleans build a positive future.

Attend workshops and learn what you need to know about:

  • Safe Borrowing Practices
  • Repairing Your Credit
  • Finding Affordable Insurance
  • Hurricane Preparedness
  • Pest Control
  • And much, much more.

Come out and join us for a fun, educational day!

Interested in presenting at the 2010 Housing Fair? It's not too late! Click here for details.


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