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DILLARD Today: A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University - October 2012


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A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University

October 2012
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10/27 -- QuickBooks Workshop,
PSB Room 389, 1-3 p.m.

10/30 -- Bleu Pride Rising Tour Kickoff, Georges Auditorium, 6 p.m.

10/31 -- Message In the Middle w/ Rev. Olu Brown, Lawless Chapel, 12-1 p.m.

11/3 -- Tom Dent Literary Festival,
PSB Room 115, All Day

11/9-11/18 -- DU Theatre Presents "Two Trains Running," Cook Theatre

11/10 -- Fall Open House, PSB,
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

11/10 -- Homecoming Parade, Gentilly Community, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

11/10 -- National Alumni Association Luncheon, Kearny West, 12:30 p.m.

11/10 -- National Alumni Association Mtg., Georges Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.

11/10 -- Alumni/Pre-Alumni Tailgate, Kabacoff Plaza, 1-6 p.m.

11/10 -- Pan-Hellenic Probate Show, Dent Hall, 8 p.m.

11/10 -- QuickBooks Workshop,
PSB Room 389, 1-3 p.m.

11/11 -- Founders' Day Convocation, Lawless Chapel, 3:30 p.m.

11/11 -- Nursing Scholarship Gala: Celebrating 70 Years, PSB, 5 p.m.

11/14 -- Message In the Middle w/ Melech Thomas, Lawless, 12-1 p.m.

11/16 -- Coronation Ball, Dent Hall,
8 p.m.

11/17 -- Homecoming Basketball Games, Dent Hall

11/28 -- Ortique Lecture on Law and Society w/ Michelle Alexander, Georges Auditorium, 7-10 p.m.

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Welcome to the October 2012 edition of the Dillard Today E-Newsletter. Homecoming is just around the corner! That means Founders' Day, Coronation Ball, and a slew of other great Dillard traditions will soon be here. This month, we give you all the information on these events and more. We hope you can make it out to campus to take part in the festivities! Also, we have our Fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an important recruitment event to help boost enrollment and usher in the next generation of Dillard students. If you know someone who could benefit from a Dillard education, encourage them to come learn what we're all about. It could change their life forever. Ex fide fortis!
Mona Duffel Jones
Senior Director, University Communications
Founders' Day and Homecoming 2012
On Sunday, Nov. 11, Dillard will host its annual Founders' Day Convocation at 3:30 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. Dr. Cheryl Taylor, '77, (pictured) interim dean of Southern University and A&M College School of Nursing, will give the keynote address. This year's convocation will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Dillard's School of Nursing.

Founders' Day is one of the highlights in an exciting slate of Homecoming Week events. On Saturday, Nov. 10, Dillard's Homecoming Parade will roll through the Gentilly community from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. That afternoon, from 1-6 p.m., there will be an Alumni & Pre-Alumni Tailgate in Kabacoff Plaza on Dillard's campus (click here for tailgate rules). The following Saturday, Nov. 17, the Dillard Bleu Devils men's and women's basketball teams will host their homecoming doubleheader in Dent Hall Gymnasium. Those games will also be preceded by a tailgate in Kabacoff Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We hope you'll join us for Founders' Day and more Homecoming Week festivities!
Nursing Scholarship Gala: Sunday, Nov. 11

On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m., following the Founders' Day Convocation, Dillard's School of Nursing will host a Scholarship Gala to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The gala, which will be held in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, will feature a wine reception, dinner, live music from pianist Lucian Zidaru, and an address from Dr. Mackie Harper Norris, '60.

Throughout 2012, Dillard has celebrated the Year of the Nurse. There have been roundtables and panel discussions to enrich the education of today's nursing students, and commemorative banners have been hung across campus and on Gentilly Boulevard. Founded in 1942, Dillard's program was the first accredited nursing school in the state of Louisiana. To learn more about the history of the program, please click here. To purchase gala tickets ($70), please visit the cashier's office on the first floor of Rosenwald Hall during business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or contact Travis Chase at (504) 816-4713 or Thank you for supporting Dillard's School of Nursing!
Bleu Pride Rising Tour Kicks Off Oct. 30

New Orleans Alumni! You're invited to meet Walter M. Kimbrough, the seventh president of Dillard University, at the kickoff of his nationwide Bleu Pride Rising Tour. Dr. Kimbrough is heading out across the country to meet with local alumni chapters. Now you can be among the first to learn about his vision for Fair Dillard. The Bleu Pride Rising Kickoff will be held on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium in the PSB. To RSVP, contact Kathy Ancar at (504) 816-4304 or, or Brenda Reynolds at (504) 816-4423 or

National Alumni! Stay tuned for more information about the Bleu Pride Rising tour. It may be coming to your town soon!

Show your spirit. Bleu pride is rising!
DU Hosts Cultural Exchange w/ Matsue, Japan

Dillard University hosted a cultural exchange ceremony between New Orleans and its Japanese sister city, Matsue, on Oct. 19. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu welcomed to campus a group of Japanese delegates representing higher education and commerce. The delegates received a gift of okra seeds, while bestowing fig trees to New Orleans.

Those trees will be nurtured in Dillard's greenhouse by Dillard undergrads and students from nearby Langston Hughes Academy (LHA) as part of the From Seed To Table program, which brings LHA students to Dillard to garden, learn about nutrition, and work with DU students in a mentoring program.

To learn more about the cultural exchange with Matsue, and to view photos from the event, please
click here.
Hollywood Filmmakers Speak at Dillard
A pair of renowned Hollywood filmmakers spoke at Dillard this month. Kerwin DeVonish, who has served as Spike Lee's cinematographer on films such as the recent "Red Hook Summer" and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25," spoke on Oct. 5. Sharon Seymour, who has served as production designer on films such as Ben Affleck's "Argo" and George Clooney's "The Ides of March,"spoke on Oct. 10. Both sessions were free and held in the Georges Auditorium in the PSB.
Each session included three parts: an interview conducted by Keith Alan Morris, assistant professor of mass communication at Dillard; clips from the artists' films and accompanying discussion; and an audience Q&A. Both DeVonish and Seymour have recently worked on Spike Lee's remake of the 2003 Korean film "Oldboy," which has been shooting locally and is scheduled for release in 2013. To learn more about the lectures, and film at Dillard, click here.
Legal Eagles: Alumni Stewart, Jones Honored
Judge Carl E. Stewart, '71, became the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which hears appeals from federal courts in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, on Oct. 1. Stewart, a resident of Shreveport, is the second African-American appointed to the Fifth Circuit and the first to serve as Chief Judge. President William Clinton appointed him as U.S. Circuit Judge in 1994. As Chief Judge of the Circuit, Stewart will sit on the Judicial Conference of the United States, which establishes policies for federal courts nationwide. Stewart gave the Ortique Lecture on Law and Society at Dillard's Founders' Day Convocation in 2011.
Michael D. Jones, '82, a partner in the D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of Dillard's board of trustees, has been officially installed as co-chair of the board of trustees for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. As co-chair with Jane C. Sherburne, he will lead an influential board of over 200 members. His term officially began on Sept. 1 and a welcome reception was held in his honor on Sept. 18. Jones serves as co-chair of the university's Advantage Dillard! capital campaign.


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