Now that things have slowed down let me catch up on sharing some of the news from the past 2 months. Here is news from March.

  • Please take six minutes to watch this story about Dillard alumna Dr. Ruth Simmons. There are a lot of great nuggets of wisdom for all of us, especially students. FROM FIFTH WARD TO THE IVY LEAGUE: DR. RUTH SIMMONS’ HISTORIC CAREER

· For a really good overview of the importance of HBCUs, read this article from former Dillard president and current UNCF President Dr. Michael Lomax, “How to Launch the Next Great Era of Black Prosperity: Historically black colleges are the institution best positioned to deliver greater racial equality throughout America. They just need support.”

  • On March 20–21, Dillard University competed in the Honda Campus All-Star Sweet Sixteen Playoffs with the goal of advancing to the National Championship Tournament, April 17–20. This is the 20th year Dillard University has participated in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. Chad Fuselier ’22, Jared M. Ingram ’23, Precious Richardson ’21 Jala Hicks ’22 represented Dillard University. Terrica S. Watkins is the coach.
  • The College of Nursing partnered with several of its clinical affiliates to assist with the COVID-19 vaccine efforts. Students and faculty at all clinical levels helped at the following clinical affiliate sites Inclusive Care (seniors); Children’s Hospital (juniors); Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS; sophomores); and future partnerships with DePaul Community Health Clinics (sophomores) and Methodist Health System Foundation — Chalmette High School-Based Clinic (juniors).


  • Honour Williams was admitted to the master of science in chemistry program at North Carolina A&T.
  • Justin Baker and Kaelah Mundley were admitted to Penn State University’s Master of International Affairs within the School of International Affairs. Penn State believes they are the first Dillard students to be accepted into this program. In 20–24 months after graduation they will be US diplomats!
  • Grace Johnson was admitted to the Master of Public Health Program in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health.
  • Taiyler Mitchell was admitted to Claremont Graduate University (CA) for a masters in Applied Gender Studies with a concentration in Hemispheric and Transnational Studies.
  • Ronisha McCardell was admitted to the Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) Program at William Carey University
  • LydiaPaige Moffett was admitted into 5 law schools: North Carolina Central University, Loyola University, the University of Cincinnati, Southern University, and Suffolk University. She was offered a Merit Scholarship from Southern, the Thaddeus Alexander Kitchener Scholarship from Suffolk University, and a Lagniappe Scholarship award from Loyola.
  • Kira Reney was admitted to the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law.
  • Dierra Mize was admitted to 5 law schools: New York Law School (Dean’s scholarship), Texas Southern Thurgood Marshall School of Law, University of Miami School of Law, University of Memphis School of Law, and Loyola University School of Law (Dean’s scholarship).
  • Caitlin Barnes was admitted to the master of business administration program at Nicholls State University, as well as an internship this summer with United States Fire Insurance Company t/a Crum & Forster in Morristown, New Jersey.
  • Honour Williams was admitted to the master’s program in chemistry at Jackson State University.
  • Jaida Manuel was admitted to Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
  • Traelon Rodgers was admitted to Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Jadia Washington has been hired to teach English as a teachNOLA Fellow.
  • Damaris Shakesphere was admitted to 3 law schools: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (with the John Marshall Scholarship), Florida Coastal School of Law, and North Carolina Central University School of Law.
  • Cheryl Daniel was accepted to the master’s program in media advocacy at the College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University.


  • A great article about Dillard alum and trustee Ronnie Burns. Inspiring for students who want to be entrepreneurs. “Why the sale of this New Orleans East business is bittersweet for the Burns family: QCS Logistics grew from one-car outfit into regional service making 1,000 deliveries daily”
  • Dr. Kiki Barnes spoke with WDSU for the report on her event, “Virtual events aim to educate young girls, women interested in a career in athletics”
  • Dr. Robert Collins has been busy with a lot going on politically:

§ Roland Martin Unfiltered on February 17th discussing a bill for reparations.

§ Fox 8 discussion “Some Republicans criticize the censure of Sen. Cassidy; state GOP chairman denies there is a rift”

§ A Fox 8 interview, “Some members of City Council security are not eligible to perform security tasks”

  • Malik Bartholomew has been featured for one of the Black History segments done by Fox 8:
  • Alumnus and Board chairman Mike Jones featured in this piece, “12-year HBCU fight pays off for Kirkland’s Mike Jones: After 12 years of pro bono work representing historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Kirkland partner Mike Jones says they are close to solidifying a $577 million settlement with the state of Maryland, earning recognition as Jenna Greene’s Legal Action pro bono hero for the month.”
  • Zella Palmer was quoted in the (Nashville) Tennessean newspaper for the article, “Black chefs stirred the pots for New Orleans cuisine. But today, they are hard to find.”
  • Alumna and president of York College, CUNY, Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, was profiled in the New York Carib News.
  • Prof. Dennis Sigur and alumna Nicole Tinson ’14 (president of HBCU 20X20) are quoted in this article, “Google’s approach to historically Black schools helps explain why there are few Black engineers in Big Tech” in the Washington Post:
  • Here is another story about Dillard alum Mike Jones and his work on behalf of the Maryland HBCUs.
  • Dr. Gary Clark was quoted in the article, “Capitol ambitions: More than a dozen candidates hope to succeed Cedric Richmond in Congress.”


  • Amaya Ronczyk ’22 received an outstanding attorney award at the recent American Mock Trial Association regional tournament. It was her third such award this season. While the team did not advance to the national tournament they had a strong season with 2 tournament wins, one 3rd place finish, and one honorable mention.
  • Kaylan Tanner ’21 and Spencer Jones ’23 were panelists for the Urban League of Louisiana Voter Education and Engagement Panel. The panel was moderated by Dillard admissions officer J. Christopher Johnson ’19.
  • Carlos Pollard ’21 was a panelist for the Urban League of Louisiana Voter Education and Engagement Panel.
  • Theodore Callier presented in the Grants, Contracts, and Entrepreneurship Webinar hosted by the Minority Serving Institution Research Partnership Consortium.
  • David Page recently presented for the NASFAA Leadership Symposium on “Volunteerism, Diversity and Inclusion.”
  • Dr. Roland Bullard was selected as one of the participants in the 2021–2022 Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI).
  • John Barnes’ piece, “Doe Poppin’ II” is featured in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art exhibit, “BUILT” which will be on display from now until July 25th.
  • David Page was invited to serve on the NACAC-NASFAA thought leadership panel funded by the Lumina Foundation to reimagine the admission and financial aid processes through the lens of racial equity.
  • Alumna Quibulah “Quib” Graham, MSPH, BSN, LHRM was appointed by Orlando Health to the role of corporate director of diversity and minority business development.
  • Traelon Rodgers ’21 was elected assistant secretary for the NAACP Board of Directors. Traelon is the youngest person to be elected as a national officer of the NAACP.
  • Cheryl Daniel ’21 recently began an internship with the New Orleans Advocate/Times Picayune. She also is doing an internship with for Novitá, an Interior Design PR Firm.
  • If you saw the NBA All Star game you may have seen the piece featuring UNCF students, including our own Paulina Webber.
  • ACCULTURATION IS ASSOCIATED WITH DIET QUALITY AMONG HBCU STUDENTS has been selected for Podium Presentation during the virtual 14th Health Disparities Conference to convene April 7–8, 2021 at Xavier University. The research team is Ruby Broadway, Ph.D. (Distinguished Professor Endowed Chair), Dr. Henry Nuss (LSUHSC), Dallas Hutchinson, (DU) and Leigh-Ann Williams (LSUHSC). Thursday, April 8, 2021, 2:30 PM — 3:15 PM
  • Dr. Courtney Williams was recognized as one of Gambit’s Frontline People Awards winners.
  • Dillard artist in residence, R&B singer-songwriter and producer, PJ Morton, won a Grammy Award for his first-ever inspirational music album, Gospel According to PJ, in the category of Best Gospel Album.

The Prez

7th president of Dillard University