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Dillard University will Close Due to Severe Weather PDF Print E-mail
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Due to impending inclement weather, Dillard University’s campus will close today at 5 p.m., and will remain closed through tomorrow, March 11, 2016.

The Dillard University Police Department will begin securing the campus at 5 p.m. today. All nonresidential buildings except Kearny Hall will be locked. Members of the faculty, staff and students will not be allowed to enter those buildings once they are secured. The Dillard University Police Department will continue to have their regular 24-hour presence on campus and will respond to calls for service.

Students remaining on campus should monitor local weather reports until the storms have passed and should travel only if necessary.

Dillard University Announces Endowed Professorship and Chair Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS --The Division of Academic Affairs announces the appointment of Ms. Kemberley Washington to the Eben Hardie Jr., Finance Endowed Professorship and Mr. Cortheal Clark to the Rosamary Eminent Scholars Chair in Humanities and Fine Arts.


Kemberley Washington, CPA is an author, educator and personal finance news contributor.  She has authored The Ten Commandments to a Financial Healing, Are you wearing the B.A.D.G.E.? Financial Planner, 21 Days of Powerful Breakthroughs, and a host of other books.  Excerpts of her books are available on the YouVersion Bible App, and have received more than 160,000 downloads collectively. 

A Dillard University faculty member since 2006, Washington teaches personal finance and business courses. During her tenure at Dillard University, she has authored proposals and received funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents that she utilized to help small business owners in the community. Prior to joining the faculty at Dillard University, Washington  worked for the Internal Revenue Service as a Special Agent in its Criminal Investigation Division and a Revenue Agent for the Small Business and Self-Employed Division.

Washington often appears on many news outlets, including Fox 8 Morning News and WDSU News. She is frequently heard on iHeartRadio Stations, providing tips, “Kemcents,” to help individuals take control of their personal finances. Washington has contributed to US News & World Report, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, The New Orleans Agenda, Jet Magazine, The New Orleans Tribune, Smart Asset, The Street,, Upscale, Credit Karma, and Experian, among others.

Washington was a recipient of the 2015 First NBC Financial Millennial Award, Financial Service Professionals, Paul S. Mills Award, Dillard University’s Outstanding Teacher and Dean’s Awards, and the ING Summer Scholarship Award.  Recently, she was  named to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) National Financial Literacy Commission.  She was selected as only one of thirty CPAs to attend the AICPA 3rd Annual Leadership Institute, and is featured on This Way to CPA, a website designed to promote the CPA license designation. Washington was also instrumental in revitalizing the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) New Orleans chapter after Hurricane Katrina, where she served as president.

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Cortheal Clark, MFA, is Chair of the School of Humanities, Theatre Program Coordinator and Technical Director for Dillard University and its award winning Theatre Program. A native south Texas, he received his BA degree in Theatre from Prairie View A&M University and went on to earn an MFA in Technical Direction from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts – the Walt Disney Conservatory).

Over the last two decades Clark has worked on more than 200 productions in theatre and film in many capacities from actor, carpenter, technical director, production/tour manager, scenic designer, sound and lighting designer and theatre consultant.

Clark has been sought after for his extensive knowledge of theater management and production and has given seminars at the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) conferences.  

 He spent time working in the La Courneuve area of Paris, France mounting and touring a production of Aint’ Misbehavin’.  In addition, he has six feature films with a number of IDMB credits within production design. Moreover, he brings a wide range of professional experiences to Dillard’s productions. He’s traveled throughout the United States installing large-scale corporate scenery for Scenery West. He acted as production manager for Six Flags Theme Parks and has served as an audio/lighting engineer at events for BET, MTV, and Universal Studios Hollywood. Clark has also been a steward and stagehand for numerous live events under the jurisdiction of I.A.T.S.E. for artists Garth Brooks, Tina Turner, R.E.M. and Theatrical Tours.

The Eben Hardie Jr., Finance Endowed Professorship and the Rosamary Eminent Scholars Chair in Humanities and Fine Arts are partially funded by support from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

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2-17-2016 Staff Headshots El Cabrel Lee David Grubb  Sim Shattauck0202Dillard University continues its commitment to excellence by welcoming two new members to the Division of Institutional Advancement: David M. Grubb, Director of Communications & Marketing, and El Cabrel Lee, Director of Development. They are both charged with expanding the reach of university’s awareness and widening its fundraising base.

Marc A. Barnes, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, said he is excited by the additions to the team. “Mr. Grubb will provide excellent leadership in our efforts to ensure that everyone in the world knows about the excellent education provided at Dillard University,” Barnes said. He added that the university has made great strides in increasing private giving over the past few years. “Mr. Lee will help us build on that, particularly as it relates to alumni giving,” Barnes said.   

David Grubb has been a communications and public relations professional for nearly 17 years. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 1997, he launched his career in front of the camera; first as a reporter for KLAX-TV in Alexandria, La., then at a WGGB-TV in Springfield, Mass. From there he returned to his native New Orleans, where he worked in political communications on several local and state campaigns. He also served as account executive and lead copywriter with Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald, one of the city’s top advertising/public relations agencies.

In 2006, Grubb was named Director of Communications for the Algiers Charter School Association (ACSA), one of the largest charter management organizations in Louisiana. His successful tenure there led to him taking the same position with the Louisiana Department of Education in 2008. Since leaving state government in 2009, Mr. Grubb has worked as an independent communications consultant, focusing primarily on non-profit organizations. From 2012 to 2013, he was Director of Communications and the Sports Information Director for Southern University at New Orleans. Since 2014 he has worked as the Sports Information Director for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, as a regular contributor to and as a host on WBOK radio.  

2-17-2016 Staff Headshots El Cabrel Lee  David Grubb 0039 copyEl Cabrel Lee is a fund development professional with 17 years of executive level experience in strategic planning and resource development. Lee, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, has generated over $17,000,000 in funding for various United Way programs and private and public institutions. Prior to joining the Office of Development, Lee was the statewide coordinator for the Louisiana 2-1-1 community information and referral service that connected five independent centers to work as a statewide system. Lee served as the lead government liaison for the Seminole County Health Department in Florida, where he leveraged funding and spearheaded the development of the Office of Men’s Health.  He also served as the Director of Community Relations and Resource Development for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Florida, where he was responsible for the direction and execution of three annual signature educational projects and several fundraising campaigns that raised millions of dollars for Early Childhood Education and literacy initiatives.

Lee is an Illinois native, who is actively involved in several civic and community organizations, including but not limited to: Under the Scope Foundation, C.L.A.S.S. Inc., the Greater New Orleans Alumni Chapter for C.A.U. and the Bridge Builder Foundation.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Talked About her 34 Years in the Foreign Service PDF Print E-mail
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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a native of nearby Baker, La., has a 34-year and counting, Foreign Service career. Photo by L. Kasimu Harris  

The Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield gave a talk on "A Well-Traveled Life: My Career in The Foreign Service on Monday, February 29, 2016. She shared her experiences of growing up in Baker, Louisiana, and how she's worked with both President George Bush and President Barack Obama. Thomas-Greenfield also discussed how she’s used food as diplomacy, and her gumbo has always been a great way to get people around the table.

The event was in Kearny West Dining Hall, on Dillard University's campus and was sponsored by the Division of Student Success Center for Career and Professional Development as a part of their “Real World/Real Talk” a special lunch and learn series.

Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs since 2013. In this capacity, she leads the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team of approximately 400 employees who handled the full range of personnel functions for the Department of State’s 70,000-strong workforce -- from recruitment and hiring, to evaluations, promotions and retirement.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s 34-year Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-20120), and foreign postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. In addition to the Bureau of Human Resources, her Washington postings include the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008), where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2004-2006), where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs in recognition of her work with refugees. She has received several Superior, Meritorious, and Performance awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. She was a 2010 inductee into the Louisiana State University Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.

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Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson’s Sausage Company Talks About New Orleans PDF Print E-mail
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Vance Vaucresson, a sausage maker, talking about his craft during a cooking demo in the Dillard University Ray Charles Program Center. Photo by L. Kasimu Harris.

New Orleans Creole Sausage Maker, Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson’s Sausage Company discussed the history of his family’s business, the 7th Ward, and New Orleans from the 19th century to the present on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in Dillard University’s Georges Auditorium. The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture tapped Vaucresson in partnership with the Center for First Year Experience as a speaker for the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series.

Vaucresson gave insight to the changing landscape of the 7th Ward community and New Orleans overall and how those shifts have impacted culture. After the talk, he then gave a cooking demo where attendees had a chance to learn ‘How to Make Creole Sausage and Crawfish Boudin’ in the Dillard University Ray Charles Program Center.

About the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series

The late Dr. Rudy Lombard was a civil rights leader, an oral historian and the co-author of “Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets.” The book was first published in 1978, and was edited by Toni Morrison. The lecture series began in the fall of 2014, with a lecture by Dr. Howard Conyers, a NASA rocket scientist and a pitmaster. The series is an opportunity to carry on Dr. Lombard’s legacy and his work that highlighted contributions of African American chefs in New Orleans and the south to the culinary repertoire. Moreover, the mission is to engage the Dillard campus and the New Orleans community to learn more about African American foodways, both past and present. To date other lecturers have been Michael Twitty and Edie Mukiibi. Bryant Terry is scheduled for the spring

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