Black Friday Deal: Give The Gift of Education

As we head into Giving Tuesday, I want to share news about a great deal you can get on education. Dillard University. You can start reserve your gift today using this link:

To remind you of how great a deal this is, here are some of our highlights from October that I shared on campus in my Bleu Notes.

· The stats for DU23: 3.24 HSGPA and 21 ACT, both increases from last year; highest ever for a freshman class.

· Dillard University’s Educational Talent Search (TRiO program) has been funded $40,000.00 by the U.S. Department of Education to provide innovative tutoring in the area of STEM coursework, with a particular focus on Computer Science: Coding (Programming) for twenty-five (25) students. The students attend the following schools: Cohen College Prep, L.W. Higgins High School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology, and St. Augustine High School.

· Recently Dillard University employees John Kennedy, University Archivist, Robert Mitchell Jr., University Registrar, and Adrian Anderson, Director of Alumni Relations participated in the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast on the history of the university. You can listen to it here:

Dillard University is one of the 10 schools profiled (the other UNCF schools were Claflin, Xavier and Huston-Tillotson) in the new book, Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action

· Dillard University was approved as an alliance school with the Orlando International Film Festival (OIFF). The Festival will offer our students a fee waiver code with the agreement that Dillard students can submit films to the Orlando International Film Festival.

· Dillard was awarded $100,000 from the Kresge Foundation as part of a project to look for student transportation solutions.

· Career and professional development last spring won an Apple, Inc./ Thurgood Marshall College Fund, in partnership with The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, grant worth $75,000.00 that they recently used for NOLA STEM Fest, aimed toward students in K-12.

· The Dillard Pre Law program has been selected for an AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence Directed Grant for its Legal Education Advancing Diversity (LEAD) program. The grant is for $250,000, and follows the first grant which was $180,000.


o Kennedy Musgrave ’23 is quoted extensively in the article, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling to Opportunity” in IB World, the magazine of the international baccalaureate (based out of the UK). Ironically the feature picture is from a recent Dillard commencement. The article is on page 10:

o Dr. Robert Collins discussed the high early voting turnout for the gubernatorial election.

o Keith Morris was a featured guest on a podcast about the film industry where he was able to discuss the work of Dillard Film:

o Our participation in the Take Back the Night March was covered by Tulane:

o Dr. Marc Barnes wrote an editorial, “The Road to HBCU Self-Sustainability,” for Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

o Dillard mentioned in the article, “Could Water Management Be New Orleans Next Big Export?” regarding our water management program:

o Dr. Robert Collins was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City, a journal of the Urban Affairs Association, published by Taylor and Francis.

o Dr. Kiki Barnes was interviewed by College Athletics and the Law for an article, “Build athletics departments to stand strong even in the face of storms”


o Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy spoke at the Louisiana Book Festival:

o Alicia Hoey ’21 was named to the 2019–20 Leadership DELTA program. The Leadership DELTA Program is a distinctive national level leadership development program offered by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The program provides leadership and professional development opportunities and fortifies the career and leadership trajectory of our collegiate members. Alicia is one of 28 collegiate women selected (most from HBCUs).

o Dr. Robert Collins was invited by the Dutch Government to join a delegation of government officials from LA, FL, and TX to tour Water Management Infrastructure, and attend the International Water Conference, held in Amsterdam this November.

o On October 16, Dr. Nancy Dixon co-hosted an event on Dillard Campus funded by a grant from the Foundation for Louisiana: Education Summit: School to Prison Pipeline. The event opened with a staged reading of Tom Dent’s RITUAL MURDER, performed by Dillard Theatre and English students, Sterling Miller, Alexandria Lofton, Jaquez Chandler, Courtney Edwards, Zachary Paige-Westbrook, Elvin Stewart, and Andrew Dickerson, and directed by English instructor, Carolyn Nur Wistrand.

o Alumnus and trustee Judge Carl Stewart received the 2019 Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award in a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court.

o Alexis Pigg ’20 and Areion Washington ’22 presented at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) November 13–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Alexis’ abstract is entitled, “Synthesis and Characterization of Perovskite Nanocrystals with Modulated Electronic Structures,” and Areion’s abstract “Studies on the Effects of a Vacuolar H+-ATPase Mutation Linked to Distal Renal Tubular Acidosis Using Human Embryonic Kidney Cells.”

o 10 students participated in the UNCF Koch Scholars program.

o The Pre Law program and the Mock Trial team hosted the Big Easy Mock Trial Competition at the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Participants included LSU, UL Monroe, University of Houston, Mississippi Valley State University, Austin College, Baylor University, and the University of West Florida.

o Trustee Kim Boyle will be presented with Weiss Award presented by the New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ), founded as The National Conference of Christians and Jews.

o Dr. Eartha Johnson, Dr. Steve Buddington, and Dr. Ashraf Esmail recently published an article entitled “Adults’ and Mothers’ Perceived Level of Care: Adolescent Daughter’s Sexual Behavior” in the Fall 2019 issue of the Journal of Education and Social Justice.

o The following computer science students, Trent Dalcourt, Daylon Daye, Christopher Ingram, Aria Lowery, Deshawn Odom, Victor Somotun, Kennedy Stewart, Tyrese Triggs and Dale Williams were awarded the Ray Greenly Scholarship to connect computer science and supply chain students with careers in their field at global businesses that make a huge impact on the U.S. economy.

o Traelon Rodgers ’21 (SGA President) was appointed by the NAACP to represent them at a student loan debt advocacy summit held here in New Orleans October 29–30.

o Dr. Nia Hydel, Dr. Jeff Benjamin, and Dr. Ashraf Esmail attended and accompanied Criminal Justice students to the 2019 Symposium for Systematic Change: A Vision of Justice. Dr. Haydel and Dr. Benjamin led a breakout session on “Preparing Students for Civic Engagement.”

o Adria Kimbrough was one for the speakers for the AccessLex Legal Education Research Symposium in Orlando, FL.

o I was able to attend the launch of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s E Pluribus Unum program with 5 Dillard students: Tyler Racklin ’20, Taylor Gentry ’22, Khaelyn Jackson ’22, Kennedy Musgrave ’23, and Jaylah Richie ‘23.

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Walter M. Kimbrough

Walter M. Kimbrough

12th president of Philander Smith College. 7th president of Dillard University. Now in an Intermission.