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Dillard’s Brain Food Lecture to Feature Award-winning Journalist and Domestic Violence Awareness Activist Sil Lai Abrams PDF Print E-mail
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sil-lai-abrams 1(New Orleans) – On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Sil Lai Abrams, National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) award-winning writer, inspirational speaker, and domestic violence awareness activist, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis.

Sil Lai Abrams is founder and CEO of Truth in Reality, a media advocacy organization dedicated to changing the manner in which women of color and violence are portrayed on reality television programs. Through public awareness and educational campaigns, including digital media, specifically her weekly #RealityTVCheck tweet chat, Abrams engages audiences in conversations about real-life social issues regarding gender-based violence. She also launched “Redefining HERstory, a campus-based educational and social action program that is currently in place on several college campuses. According to Abrams, the goal of the organization is to empower students with media literacy tools that will enable them to think critically about their media consumption; provide education on domestic violence, bullying and sexual violence; expose students to women of color who are models for redefining history. Ultimately, the organization seeks to mobilize individuals in a collective effort to changes the narratives and negative depiction of women of color on reality TV.

Abrams is a living testament of transformation through self-empowerment as she has overcome addiction, mental health issues and domestic violence to become a nationally recognized expert on relationships and domestic violence. She has appeared on a number of TV shows including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX, BET, and TruTV, to name a few. She has also been featured in national magazines such as Modern Woman, Oprah, Redbook, EBONY, Black Enterprise and Sister 2 Sister.

For more information go to @DUBrainFood, visit or call504.816.4800.

Note: There will not be a book signing after the lecture.

About Brain Food, The Dillard University President’s Lecture Series

President Walter Kimbrough launched his official lecture series, Brain Food, April 18, 2013. Brain Food is a seven-course meal of intellectual sustenance, providing information that feeds intellectual cravings. Lectures are a way to stimulate the intellectual discourse on the campus. These noted scholars, authors, politicians and public intellectuals expose not only the campus community to their ideas and concepts, but also the broader community in which Dillard resides. The lectures are of interest to parents, high school and college teachers, lawmakers, clergy, activists, and anyone interested in understanding contemporary issues. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Dillard University to Honor Business Leaders at “Champions of the American Dream” Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, LA)  The Dillard University College of Business will honor business leaders at their Champions of the American Dream event on Friday, April 10 at 11:30 in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom of The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel. Business leaders in six categories will be recognized and receive a “Best in Business” Award for their work and contributions in their respective communities. 

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

Richard Harley, regional manager for the Office of International Trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration, serves as a “Best in Business” core committee member. “Entrepreneurship coupled with ingenuity have been at the core of what has built America,” said Harley. “Dillard University takes pride in honoring some of our local Champions of the American Dream who have made their mark on our community and our nation,” he added.

The  “Best in Business Award” will be presented during the event to the following nominees for awards indicated: Rose Hudson, CEO, Louisiana Lottery - the David Dillard Award of Excellence; Dr. Blanca Rosa Maldonado, Ochsner Medical Center - Excellence in Innovation; John and Donna Cummings, philanthropists, curators of the African American Museum of Slavery - Social Justice Award; Rafael Saddy, Louisiana Executive Council Member and Latino activist-Pioneer of Purpose Award; Todd Chambers, general manager, Roosevelt Hotel - Cultural Pioneer Award; and Irvin Mayfield, entrepreneur, musician, and Cultural Ambassador for New Orleans - Virtuoso Award.

The keynote speaker for the event is Cindy Nuesslein, CEO of the Interim LSU Hospital (ILH) slated to open soon. “I’m proud to be a part of this year’s Champions of the American Dream - Best in Business Awards to honor the innovators, pioneers and leaders who are inspirations to us all. This is such an exciting time for our city, our region and state,” said Nuesslein.  “We are nationally recognized as a great place to live and do business, as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, and as one of the most amazing comeback stories ever. On behalf of LCMC Health, our board, academic partners, physicians and staff, congratulations to the honorees and thank you for your vision, persistence and leadership.”

For more information about the event, sponsorships and tickets, please call Dillard University at 504.816.4669.

Dillard Alumnus Warren Jones, ‘71 inducted into National Alumni Council Hall of Honor at UNCF Leadership Conference PDF Print E-mail
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unnamed(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Alumnus Warren Jones, MD, FAAFP,’71, endowed chair of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center at Dillard, was recently inducted into the UNCF National Alumni Council Hall of Honor during the 69th Annual National Alumni Council Leadership Conference in Charlotte, N.C. in late February.

Jones has over thirty years experience in health care.  Notably, he founded and established the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health and Health Disparities (MIGMH) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC).  Over the course of his tenure there, Jones secured approximately $38 million dollars for MIGMH and its constituent programs. 

Jones’ other professional experience includes directing the State of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program.  As program director, he was responsible for providing health care for over 768,000 Mississippians.   He also developed and implemented the Mississippi Medicaid Medical Home program that allowed for annual physical examinations and health assessments.

Over the course of his career, Jones has been recognized for his pioneering efforts in the field of health as well as a distinguished educator. He was recognized as Outstanding Minority Educator in the State of Mississippi and was elected the first and only African American President of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  

He was also the first African American appointed as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jones is Chair Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC), Chair Emeritus of the National Medical Association’s Family Medicine Section and Immediate Distinguished Professor of Health Policy at UMC. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tougaloo College. 

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(New Orleans, LA) – Two-time Academy Award® and Tony Award-winning actor Denzel Washington will deliver the address at Dillard University on Saturday, May 9, when 247 students of Dillard University’s Class of 2015 walk down the Avenue of the Oaks during the commencement ceremony at 8 a.m. 

“We are excited to have Denzel Washington as our 2015 Commencement Speaker,” said Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard. “He has been a supporter of our Theater Program, which happens to be the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Theater Program in the country (now in its 79th season), for the past ten years,” he added. “Several Denzel Washington Scholars are candidates in this year’s graduating class and they will be ecstatic about having him as our speaker.”

From Trip, an embittered runaway slave in Glory, to South African freedom fighter Steven Biko in Cry Freedom; From Shakespeare's tragic historical figure Richard III, to the rogue detective, Alonzo in Training Day, Washington has amazed and entertained audiences with a rich array of characters distinctly his own. Washington most recently appeared in the film, The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua. Playing the role of Robert McCall, the thriller portrays a veteran covert operative who seeks redemption for his dark deeds. This past spring he appeared in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Kenny Leon.

A native of Mount Vernon, New York, Denzel Washington is one of the most versatile actors in the industry. The eldest of three children born to a Pentecostal minister and beauty shop owner, Washington had his career sights set on medicine when he attended Fordham University. During a stint as a summer camp counselor he appeared in one of their theatre productions; Denzel was bitten by the acting bug and returned to Fordham that year seeking the tutelage of Robinson Stone, one of the school's leading professors.

Upon graduation from Fordham, Washington was accepted into San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theater. Following an intensive year of study in their theater program, he returned to New York after a brief stop in Los Angeles.

His professional New York theater career began with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park and was quickly followed by numerous off-Broadway productions including "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men;" "When The Chickens Came Home to Roost (in which he portrayed Malcolm X);" "One Tiger to a Hill;" "Man and Superman;" "Othello;" "A Soldier's Play," for which he won an Obie Award.

Washington was 'discovered' by Hollywood when he was cast in 1979 in the television film Flesh and Blood. But it was Denzel's award-winning performance on stage in "A Soldier's Play" that captured the attention of the producers of the NBC television series, "St. Elsewhere," and he was soon cast in that long-running hit series as Dr. Phillip Chandler. His other television credits include "The George McKenna Story," "License to Kill," and "Wilma."

Appearing in more than 42 movies and theatrical productions, Washington has been nominated for 91 awards and has won 39 including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe awards, five Black reel Awards, 13 NAACP Image Awards, 12 Tony Awards, and 11 Film critic awards, among others.
Notable films in which Washington appeared include Crimson Tide (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996), The Hurricane (1999), Bone Collector (1999), Fallen (1998), He Got Game (1998), Remember the Titans (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), Inside Man (2006), American Gangster (2007), Fences (2010), and Flight (2012). He won Academy Awards® for Glory (Best Supporting Actor, 1989) and Training Day (Best Actor, 2001).

In addition to his accomplishments on screen, Washington took on a very different type of role in 2000. He produced the HBO documentary “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks,” which was subsequently nominated for two Emmy Awards. Also, he served as executive producer on "Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream," a biographical documentary for TBS which was nominated for an Emmy Award. Additionally, Washington's narration of the legend of "John Henry" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for Children and he was awarded the 1996 NAACP Image Award for his performance in the animated children's special "Happily Ever After: Rumpelstiltskin."

Dillard to Offer Registered Nurses Blended Program to obtain Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree PDF Print E-mail
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Applications now being accepted for Summer 2015

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) –Dillard University is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications from Registered Nurses (RNs) who want to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). The RN-BSN is a blended program format, that is, one in which classes are offered both online and face-to-face. 

Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, chair of Dillard’s School of Nursing, says that classes will begin this summer for the next cohort of registered nurses. Hutchinson explained that while the University has offered registered nurses the opportunity to enroll in the BSN program since 2001, this is the first time it is being offered through a blended and online delivery format. “We are changing the way we offer this program to keep up with current trends in education for registered nurses and to make our course offerings more accessible to professionals in the field,” said Hutchinson. “Blended delivery affords the professional RN both the flexibility of online learning and the personal interactions of face-to-face learning,” she added.

The RN-BSN program option at Dillard University is one of several programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  The RN-BSN program consists of 31 credit hours over three (3) consecutive semesters with entry to the program beginning in the summer. Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2015 entry.

A completed application consists of:
1) Complete a Dillard University application
2) Copy of ALL official transcripts for ALL institutions attended
3) Completed and signed Dillard University-School of Nursing application form RN BSN Application 2015

For further information, contact Dillard University School of Nursing at 504-816-4717 or visit us online at

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