Bleu Notes: Highlights from February 2020

Class of 2020 news!

  • Marley Lee was admitted to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine
  • Tyler Racklin has been offered a position as a KIPP Crescent Teaching Resident at KIPP East Academy.
  • Bria Jones has also been admitted to Howard University School of Law.
  • Andrew Dickerson has been recommended for admission into the Master of Arts in English program at Georgetown University.
  • Glenae Guidry has accepted an offer to work for Northrop Grumman as a Software Engineer.
  • Kennedy Stewart has accepted an offer to work for American Airlines as an Associate Developer/Developer, IT Applications.
  • Daizha Norris has accepted an offer to work for American Airlines as an Associate Developer/Developer, IT Applications.
  • Elliott Hudson has been accepted to Tennessee State University (Full Ride) Graduate Program in Computer and Information Systems Engineering.
  • Alexis Pigg has been recommended for admission to the Department of Materials Science & Engineering to the Master of Science program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign beginning with the Fall of 2020.
  • Alexcia Pugh was accepted into Keck Graduate Institute (Masters of Business and Science Program)
  • Dazjah Samuels was accepted into Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program)
  • Tyson Moss was admitted to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern and a scholarship offer letter from Southern University Law Center
  • Devontre Parker was admitted to the University of New Orleans into their Masters of Science in Health Administration

· Chef Elle Simone of America’s Test Kitchen was a guest in our Introduction to Food Studies. Chef Elle talked about her life as a food stylist, recipe and product tester and working in culinary media. She also encouraged students to apply for a paid three month internship as production assistants in Boston at America’s Test Kitchen. The students also attended the Resistance Served Symposium February 3–5.

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  • Langston Carter-Price ’22 serves as a Lina McCord ambassador for the United Methodist Church. Here is an editorial he recently wrote:
  • Great coverage of Cyntoia Brown-Long on WDSU with several students interviewed.
  • The pre-law program strategies are mentioned in a new UNCF white paper targeted toward K-12 and HBCU partnerships.
  • Dr. Robert Collins commented on the city’s dispute with the NOFD.
  • A number of Dillard students are featured in this GOTV Campaign Report
  • Zella Palmer and the Ray Charles program were featured in a USA Today story this week:


  • Dillard students were recognized at the recent UNCF Pre Alumni Council conference in Charlotte. 21 students attended.

— Devontre Parker,’20 won the William “Bill” McGill Male Scholarship Award.

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— Sydney Pelichet,’20 and Ja’Leah Murphy,’22 was recipients of UNCF gift cards.

  • · Criminal Justice major Emiia Charles conducted a presentation entitled “The Impact of Music on Culture and Identity” at Xavier Univ. Symposium of Scholars-What is Identity?
  • · Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy presented at The Louisiana Center for the Book, “Gather at the River: A Tribute to Ernest J. Gaines” on February 19th at the State Library in Baton Rouge.
  • Andrew Saarah ’22, & Ciara Brothers ’23 have accepted an offer for Google’s STEP (Student Training in Engineering Program) internship.
  • Dr. Abdalla Darwish has been invited by the National Academies’ Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine to speak about his important work at Dillard supporting women in physics at a symposium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.
  • Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes hosted the “So You Want A Career in Athletics™” with the Pelicans staff, and is featured on their website:
  • Miss Dillard Brianna Thomas came in 3rd in the Footaction/Pensole Design Academy No1Way Design Program. Only 5 finalists were invited to participate.
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  • Our newly reconstituted Debate Team saw its first win as Kyle Steib was awarded an octofinalist last weekend in Bossier City, LA.
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  • At the regional mock trial tournament racked up 3 individual awards- best attorney (LydiaPaige Moffett and DeAndre Bell), and outstanding witness Aria Lowery.
  • Brittney Richardson will be a panelist at the 2020 American Association for Blacks in Higher Education Annual Conference this March in Charleston, SC. The panel is “New Models for Creating Career Pathways in Higher Education: Issues and Trends”
  • The DU Martial Arts Club came away from the Louisiana Pro AM Tournament at DU with 18 awards on February 15th.
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  • Professor Carolyn Nur Wistrand’s book review, “50 years of solo Performing Art in Nigerian Theatre 1966–2016,” edited by Greg Mbajiorgu and Amanze Akputahas, has been accepted for publication in AFRICAN LITERATURE TODAY, the oldest international journal of African Literature in the world.
  • Dillard alumna Rose Hudson was the first African American queen for the Karnival Krewe de Louisiane’s in Baton Rouge:
  • Congrats to everyone recognized at the Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Luncheon, including the new Rachel Washington Mercadel Spirit of Commitment Award, won by the namesake and Hermine Jones. This includes 3 students who received the Billy Ray Hobley scholarship: Cody Branch, Amara Edwards, and Elisabeth Gallon.
  • Dr. Ashraf Esmail recently published a book entitled “Old Problem, New Paradigms: The Tragedies of Human Trafficking and Exploitation”. The following Dillard University students published a chapter in the book.

Mikyala Moore — The Influence of Faith Based Organizations on the Institution of Human Trafficking

— Shannon Haynes — How the Use of Land Shapes the Use of Humans: Land Use Policy as a Tool to Predict Opportunities for Exploitation.

— Allison Thomas- The Roles of Social Media and the Internet.

  • I wrote a chapter, “The Role of Campus Leaders in Eliminating Hazing,” for the new book, “Dismantling Hazing in Greek-Letter Organizations: Effective Practices for Prevention, Response, and Campus Engagement” which will be released in March.

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7th president of Dillard University

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