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Dillard University to Honor Community Leaders at 2016 “Champions of the American Dream” Best in Business Awards Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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April 11, 2016
NEW ORLEANS
– The Dillard University College of Business will honor local business leaders at its annual Champions of the American Dream Event on Thursday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom of The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel.

Business leaders in five categories will be recognized and receive a “Best in Business” award for their work and contributions to our community.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Chris Walker: Founder/President of CDC Services with the David Dillard                  Award for Excellence
  • Dr. Andre Perry: Commentator, Activist, and Educator with the Social Justice Award
  • Dr. Juan Gershinak: President, Neonatal Medical Group with the Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Jaqueline Vines: Senior Vice President, Cox Communications with the                Cultural Pioneer Award
  • Sandy Rosenthal: Founder/Executive Director, Levees.org with the Pioneer of Purpose Award

“Champions of the American Dream” is an initiative designed to recognize local and statewide business leaders and entrepreneurs for their success and persistence in their chosen careers, their history of philanthropy, and their service as role models in the community.

“Entrepreneurship coupled with ingenuity have been at the core of what has built America,” said Richard Harley, Regional Manager for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration and one of the event’s core committee members.  “Dillard University takes pride in honoring these local ‘Champions of the American Dream’ who have made their marks both on our community and our nation.

The keynote speaker for the event is Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs.

For complimentary tickets to the event, or for sponsorship inquiries, please call or email Erica Durousseau, Corporate Relations contact at Dillard University at 504-816-4669 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Additional Information Regarding Impact of Increase in Tuition/Fees for 2016-17 Academic Year PDF Print E-mail
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For the first time since the 2014-15 academic year, the Dillard University Board of Trustees has voted to increase tuition.  The increase is set to go into effect for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students on a meal plan will also see an additional three percent sales tax assessment effective July 1, 2016 due to recent changes to the Louisiana State Sales and Use Tax enacted by the State Legislature.

Per semester, continuing residential students will see an impact of $460 dollars as their overall cost of attendance increases from $13,172 to $13,632. Continuing commuter students will see their total cost rise by $406, making their estimated cost of attendance $8,532 compared to $8,126 the previous two years.

Based on data provided by The College Board, the increase in tuition is consistent with those made at private institutions nationally.

The decision to raise tuition reflects an effort by the university to remain fiscally responsible while ensuring the ability to provide both a high-level liberal arts education and a full collegiate experience.  The Financial Aid staff remains committed to assisting all students find scholarship and grant programs to help defray costs.  Please be sure to visit with your financial aid counselor.

Students and their families are encouraged to visit www.dillard.edu to review fee schedules, and to contact the University Bursar with questions at 504-283-8822.  


 
Dillard University to Host Open House for Evening Program PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Enrollment Management

WHAT:           Open House for Dillard University Evening Program

WHERE:         Dillard University Student Union, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard,

                      New Orleans, La., 70122

WHEN:           Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Intended for those who may have started working towards a college degree but did not complete it for whatever reason or who have received their Associates Degree and want to earn a bachelors degree, the Dillard University Evening Program is a pathway to get back on track to earning a degree on a schedule that may be better suited for working adults.

This Open House is an opportunity for potential students to meet with faculty and explore the program’s academic offerings and services.  Information regarding financial aid options and scholarship opportunities will also be available.

On-site admissions will be offered for those students who present with the necessary credentials to be admitted to Dillard University.

Refreshments will be served.

 
Dillard Theatre Continues 80th Season with THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Theatre Department premieres its fourth stage play of the season, The Gospel at Colonus, at the Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre on the Dillard campus from April 8–April 17, 2016.  The play is an adaptation created by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, of the classic Greek tragedy Oedipus at Colunus, written by Sophocles.  The play is directed by Ray Vrazel, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts and resident director for the DU Theatre.

“This production is the culmination of a three-year quest to bring it to the Dillard stage,” said Mr. Vrazel.  “After attending a symposium, I saw an exciting way to make the ancient plays relevant to today’s audience.  I have been obsessed with staging The Gospel at Colonus at Dillard since I was first introduced to it.”

The Gospel at Colonus takes the traditions of Greek theater and reimagines the timeless classic as a gospel musical within the framework of a Pentecostal church service.  In the story, Sophocles’ Oedipus is a king in exile, seeking a place for proper burial.  What made the story so innovative and highly regarded (Obie Award winner, 1984; Pulitzer Prize finalist, 1985; Tony Award nominee, 1988), was the giving of the storytelling duties to a Pentecostal preacher and the choir of his church.  They combine to enact the story of Oedipus’ torment and ultimate redemption as a modern parable.

Other casting innovations in the performance include multiple actors changing and sharing roles, such as when The Messenger is called upon to assume the role of Oedipus in tandem with the singer, the multiplicity of Oedipus's daughters and one son when the children of Oedipus appear collectively (Ismene, Antigone, Eteocles and Polynices), and with different portions of the cast, singly and in groups, assuming the duties of the traditional Greek chorus.

Mr. Vrazel continued, “This play seems like a perfect fit for the Dillard Theatre Program’s 80th season.  It is the ideal play for a college theatre production in that its mythological and literary content combined with its gospel musical form make it irresistible to young and old alike.”

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122

TICKETS:

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for Dillard faculty, staff, and senior citizens, and $5 for Dillard students with a valid ID.

BOX OFFICE:

504-816-4857

About the Dillard University Theatre Department
Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre in the country. The Theatre department provides professional training in a liberal arts context for future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals. The department is committed, through its full time, part time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

 
Dillard University Office of Community Relations helps sponsor Central City Community Health Festival PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Community Relations in partnership with Progressive Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, and Union Bethel A.M.E. Church

WHAT:           Central City Community Health Festival 

WHERE:         Progressive Baptist Church, 1214 S. Robertson Street, New Orleans, La. 70113

WHEN:           Saturday, April 9, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

For more than a decade, the Dillard University Office of Community Relations (OCR), under the guidance of Nick Harris, has been actively engaged in revitalizing neighborhoods in and around the Gentilly area. 

On Saturday, April 9, Dillard University along with its partners from Progressive Baptist Church, New Hope Baptist Church, and Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, will be hosting a Community Health Festival.  This festival is free and open to the public.

The event will have health forums, diabetes testing, fitness and exercise, health insurance enrollment, and various screenings will be available.  But the focus is not just on physical health; the event will also feature financial planners, cooking demonstrations, vegetable gardening activities, home and renters insurance enrollment, legal services, youth summer academic program information, homebuyers counseling, along with fire safety demonstrations as well as career opportunities.

Plus there will be music, food, and activities for children.

For more information contact Nick Harris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 504-473-1141.

 
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