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Dillard Today - A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University - June 2012

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A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University

June 2012

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6/20-6/24 -- National Association of Black Journalists' 2012 Convention

6/27 -- A Farewell to Interim President James Lyons, 5-6:30 p.m., Kearny Hall

7/9-7/20 -- Summer Youth Leadership Institute (grades 10-12)

7/9-8/10 -- Dillard Theatre/Art Enrichment Camp (ages 5-13)

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Dillard Today
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122

Welcome to the June 2012 edition of the Dillard Today E-Newsletter. The weather is heating up here in New Orleans, and folks are setting their air conditioners to full blast. But even in the middle of summer, there's plenty happening here on the Avenue of the Oaks. We were especially happy to welcome students back to campus this week for the academic Summer Session. Read on for more news from Fair Dillard. Ex fide fortis!


Mona Duffel Jones
Senior Director, University Communications

A Farewell to Interim President James Lyons
The Dillard University community is invited to attend a farewell reception for Dr. James Lyons on Wednesday, June 27, as his interim presidency draws to a close. The reception will be held on the second floor of Kearny Hall from 5-6:30 p.m. A member of Dillard's board of trustees and a former president of three different universities, Dr. Lyons proudly represented Dillard throughout the 2011-2012 academic year while it searched for its next chief executive. As we look forward to July 1, when Dr. Walter Kimbrough will become the seventh president in Dillard's history, let us pause to thank Dr. Lyons and his wife Jocelyn for the leadership they brought to Dillard this year. We hope you will join us in congratulating them on a job well done.

Student Success: TFA, Public Health Leaders
Teach For America, the non-profit organization that enlists high-ranking college graduates to teach in poorly performing schools across the U.S., was the top employer of Dillard University's Class of 2012. Arielle Calloway, Markeecha Forcell, Ashely Leigh, Jasmine Preston, Juan Serrano (pictured) and Tess Williams have accepted offers from TFA to become corps members. They will participate in an intensive summer training institute and begin their two-year teaching commitments this fall. Congratulations to these six Dillard grads as they go out into the world and make a difference in communities around the country!

In other student news, Leatrice Wilson ('12) and Byron Caulton ('13) of Dillard's School of Public Health have been chosen to participate in the Future Public Health Leaders summer program at the University of Michigan. The program, funded by a $4.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control, aims to increase minority involvement in the field of public health. The program's first cohort arrived in Michigan earlier this month. Congrats to Leatrice and Byron! 

National Black Journalists' Convention

Dillard University is proud to be a part of the National Association of Black Journalists' 2012 convention this week in New Orleans.

On Tuesday, Dillard's School of Mass Communication hosted a public forum in the PSB to explore New Orleans' beleaguered public school system and seek solutions from panelists and residents. Norman Robinson of WDSU-TV moderated the discussion, and panelists included local parents, education activists, university professors and more.

On Friday, Kiki Baker-Barnes, Dillard's athletic director and head women's basketball coach, will speak at a panel called "A Brand New Game: 40 Years Since Title IX" about the impact of the landmark 1972 legislation that forever changed women's high school and collegiate athletics. Later in the day, Bernard Griffin, the Bleu Devils men's basketball coach, will be recognized at the convention's Sports Pioneer Awards Ceremony. Incoming Dillard President Walter Kimbrough will also address the convention on Friday at a panel called "In the Wake of No Child Left Behind, Where Do We Go From Here?" Fridays events will be held at the Hilton Riverside New Orleans hotel, and are only open to convention registrants. 

Theatre/Art Summer Camp, Ages 5-13

The Dillard University Department of Humanities will host its first Theatre/Art Summer Enrichment Camp for students ages 5 to 13 from July 9 to Aug. 10. The program will focus on theater, art and music and run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with options for after-camp care.

The program aims to assist parents during the period of summer when many camps have ended and they find themselves at an impasse - trying to find somewhere safe, affordable, enriching and easily accessible to place their children until school begins.

Campers will act, paint, write, draw, sing, dance and play musical instruments. They will also go swimming, watch movies, and take arts-related field trips. The camp will culminate with an event on its final day that will enable students to display their art, musicianship and acting abilities to their friends and families.

The five-week camp costs $250 per child (or just $10 per day), with $25 discounts for siblings. After-camp care is available for an additional cost.

Interested parents (and volunteers and donors) are encouraged to contact Zena Ezeb in the Department of Humanities at (504) 816-4450 or (504) 816-4689 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to learn more or to enroll their children. Voice messages will be returned promptly.

Alumni In Focus: Darryl Kilbert

In December 2006, Darryl Kilbert was appointed superintendent of the Orleans Parish Public School System. As chief academic/administrative officer, he is responsible for all operations of the district and for advising and making recommendations to the Board of Education. Under his direction, the school district has received an unprecedented four consecutive unqualified financial audits, achieved an average of 95 percent attendance, instituted model technology classrooms throughout the district, and reduced teacher-pupil ratios. Currently the Orleans Parish School Board has ranked first in state cohort graduation rates (students graduating in four years) for two straight years.

A retirement gala celebrating Mr. Kilbert will be held on June 30. To attend, contact Pearl Noel at (504) 304-4171 or Yolanda Johnson at (504) 330-4445.

Dillard University | 2601 Gentilly Boulevard | New Orleans | LA | 70122


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Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Commentary: Latest Assault on Black Studies Reaffirms Its Relevance

June 15, 2012

by Dr. Brandon E. Gamble

In April, Naomi Schaefer Riley penned two controversial blogs about eliminating Black studies programs. She wrote a blog post about abolishing Black studies for, of all things, poorly-written and irrelevant dissertations. What she did not let her readers know is that is the case for nearly all dissertations. The first offering of a doctoral candidate is often a hodge-podge of sound and fury, only signifying that the candidate can take feedback and psychological pain well and, under that duress, write anything that pleases the three people on the committee. There are exceptions, but I would dare to venture that most of the outstanding dissertations are from people with full fellowships or who work at the university full-time. As William Germano wrote in his 2005 book, From Dissertation to Book, “what makes a dissertation outstanding to a publisher isn’t exactly the same thing that makes it outstanding to the scholarly community.”

Black issues are not designed to help White people feel safer. Black studies were not designed to focus on White people’s interests, but to discuss issues of relevance to the Black community. Schaefer Riley asserts that Blacks fail to acknowledge any progress over the last 50 years, pointing to the election of the nation’s first Black president as evidence to the contrary. The reason the Black scholars may be stuck in 1963 is because the problems have become worse since Dr. King died, especially in the area of education.

One step forward with integration has equaled two steps back in education and economics for Blacks, and no conservative or liberal policy has done much to change that. Four hundred years of momentum of White supremacist policy via COINTELPRO, Jim Crow laws, and slavery vs. 40 years of “progress” is a hard arc to bend towards justice.

Black people are a perceived liability, yet we actually have the highest levels of education via continental African immigrants of first or second generations in the U.S. We are in the midst of a holocaust of the mind via gang violence and poverty, and we experience disproportionate incarceration numbers. Sure, having a Black president has some benefits, but for even powerful Black people, they have yet to fully materialize. Minority populations, such as Hispanics and Blacks, are even less likely to access the health care system.

The lack of critical attention to the needs of all Americans — not just those that support the conservative cause — obscures the ability of some to see how studying ways to make the lives of Black people better may actually help all people. There are different ways of thinking besides about and for Euro-American interests. The ignorant mentality that suggests that the election of the nation’s first Black president represents significant progress is the same that underscores the continued need for Black studies programs.

If the Africana studies or Black studies department dies while fighting, like the Civil Rights martyrs of the 1960s, they will at least inspire people to open their eyes. It is incredible that opponents of Black studies programs come at graduate students with a vengeance, unprovoked, like Bull Connor with dogs and hoses attacking defenseless people. It is ironic that the most privileged Blacks can catch some of the most hell for not staying in line. Sorry, but you don’t get to pick our heroes or villains, let alone give us advice.

The three major complaints Schaefer Riley cites in rebuttal, following the huge public outcry and her firing from her position with the Chronicle of Higher Education, are the facts that she is not Black and is therefore perceived as a racist, the idea that she is picking on people who are too young and inexperienced to defend themselves and the fact that she is not qualified to comment on the subject matter at all, given her lack of a Ph.D. She is right in saying these complaints are irrelevant. Calling her racist does nothing for me or for Black people, but doing something about actual racism does. I let White people of good will who do not fear a Black planet or losing their privilege deal with her as a racist. Her not having a Ph.D. might actually help her in this case, because she knows nothing of the pain and submission that people have to go through in order to earn a Ph.D.

It must be noted that Black studies programs have as many challenges as any other department in a university. Black studies scholars need to get off of their Ph.D. statues and do more in the community. I am all the more convinced they should move all the Black studies programs to independent Black universities, not state-run schools. Either way, Africana and Black studies faculty, please stand your ground and fight for Africana and Black studies departments.

— Brandon E. Gamble, Ed.D., is an assistant professor within the school psychology program at California State University Long Beach.


Dillard University Summer 2012 Official Attendance Rosters are Due Friday, June 22nd

To:        Faculty
From:    Pam England, Registrar/Director of Records & Registration
Date:     June 21, 2012
Re:        Official Class Rosters are Due Friday, June 22nd at 5pm
Official attendance rosters should be administered by Faculty in class beginning on Tomorrow, Friday, June  22, 2012.
Those students who have not completed the clearance process have been purged.  Please print an updated roster from myDU.
Please do not make copies of your roll book.
If you have been assigned to a class you can access your class roster via myDU.  If you have not been assigned to your class or if you cannot access myDU please contact the Office of Records and Registration located in Rosenwald 116 or respond to this email.
Reminder:  Checking Attendance is mandatory.
Please indicate “NS” for No Show by the student’s name if they have not been attending class.
Return the printed rosters stating the status of each student along with your signature certifying the rosters are accurate to the Office of Records Registration by 5:00pm, Friday, June 22nd.
Check your rosters carefully! Please do not allow anyone to remain in your class who is not on your roster! Send them to the Office of Records and Registration immediately!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email.
Thanks so much!
Pam England
Registrar/Director of Records and Registration
Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70122
504.816.4705 (Office)
504.816.4391 (Fax)
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