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Dillard Theater's Presentation of Dreamgirls PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University theater program will continue its 77th season with a six-performance run of “Dreamgirls,” the smash-hit Broadway musical that became an Oscar-winning motion picture. The show opens on Friday, April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 14 in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.

“Dreamgirls” captures the spirit and hope of the Motown era through the story of a Chicago girl group that makes it big. In a business controlled by men, this trio of women fights for recognition and and love while superstardom challenges their musical and cultural identity. A glowing spectacle about the price of showbiz success, “Dreamgirls” sizzles with sparkling dance and R&B soul.

Dillard University’s production of “Dreamgirls” is directed by Troy R. Poplous from Tom Eyen’s original book and Harry Krieger’s timeless music. Tickets are $20, and $15 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.

The Dreamgirls scheduled run:

Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.


 
Third Annual Champions of the American Dream, April 2, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University College of Business will honor local entrepreneurs Leah Chase and Preston J. Edwards Sr. at the third annual Champions of the American Dream program on Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Chase has been cooking at Dooky Chase's Restaurant since 1946. During the civil rights movement, some of the nation's leading activists gathered at her restaurant to eat and discuss plans for integrating facilities in New Orleans. Chase was named to the Lafcadio Hearn Hall of Honor at Nicholls State University's John Folse Culinary Institute. She has received the NAACP Human Understanding Award and the Times-Picayune Loving Cup. She is the author of "The Dooky Chase Cookbook."

Edwards is the founder of the IMDiversity, Inc. media group. The company operates several websites, including DiversityEmployers.com and BlackCollegian.com, and publishes Diversity Employers Magazine, which targets both entry-level and experienced jobseekers. The magazine’s predecessor was THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Magazine, which Edwards founded in 1970. Edwards holds a B.A. from Dillard, an M.B.A. from Atlanta University and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Livingstone College in Salisbury, S.C.

During the Champions of the American Dream program, the honorees will lecture on business entrepreneurship and participate in an audience Q&A session. A reception will follow in the atrium of the Professional Schools and Sciences Building.

Past honorees include Paul Flower, Dorothy Perrault, Larry Lundy and Beverly McKenna.

For more information, please contact Travis Chase at (504) 816-4713 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Dillard Hosts International Arts & Music Festival PDF Print E-mail
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International Festival FinalDillard University will launch a new event to celebrate global cultures on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The International Arts & Music Festival will be held on the Gentilly side of the campus, in front of Rosenwald Hall and Stern Hall. Initiated by Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith and the Office of International Students & Study Abroad Program, the day long event will feature entertainment, art and cuisine from a host of different countries around the world, to provide the community with a globally enhanced view of the world in which we live.

"The students were definitely ready for this," says Dr. Kimya Dawson-Smith. 

To aid in the effort to bring the world to the students, the Gentilly community and the city of New Orleans, the event will be infused with local community organizations that engage in and celebrate international communities and cultures. Featured performers include Casa Samba, Rock N Dopsie, Vivaz and Zulu Connection. Dillard Greeks will take part in a  Stroll-Off. 

The festival will be held the same day as the CDC's 7th Annual Health & Sports Festival, also taking place on the Dillard campus. Furthermore, the Dillard Department of Humanities is presenting "Dream Girls" beginning on April 6, 2013 in Cook Theater.

The International Arts & Music Festival is free and open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. For more information about the event, call (504) 293-2614.


 
National Intramural Association PDF Print E-mail
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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 .


 
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