There is a downside to my social media fasts. I have to wait until Sunday to share all the news and stories from the week. This was a great week to be sure.

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On Tuesday I rented out a theater for current and past members of my PODUS team to see “Black Panther.” These are the students that during their freshman year help run the Brain Food lecture series. My group this year has been busy, handling big events with Issa Rae and Gabrielle Union. But they suggested this outing and I wanted to follow through.

I did an interview about our proposed trip on February 2nd- here is the interview:

A couple of years ago we decided to restructure our nursing program, and this week we received notice the new program has been approved and we’ll have a new cohort in the spring. While we restructured we still admitted RN to BSN students, but now our full nursing program is returning soon.

This weekend our Ray Charles program hosted an African American Material Culture conference. The Ray Charles program really does some interesting work around this aspect of our culture, and we have an awesome champion for the program in Zella Palmer.

Dr. Robert Collins provided some analysis as the Louisiana legislature begins a special session. We’ll all be watching as the fate of the TOPS program may be decided.

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In my class Thursday we hosted Paul Porter, 40 year music veteran of radio and TV who has a new book, “Blackout.” He really engaged the class as we wrestled with the issues of ethics in the entertainment industry and hip hop in particular. He gave his number to everyone, and challenged them to contact him (as of Saturday at least 3 had- he is a great contact for our music industry majors).

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On Friday I had a chance to hang out at Destrehan High School as their Culture Club presented their Black History Program where I was the speaker. LOTS of sharp students there; we definitely need to recruit even more. It was a well done program.

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This weekend, we sent a team of students to Atlanta to participate in a Google Hackathon. Dillard has a great partnership with Google and our students benefit from a Google engineer on campus teaching courses, plus events like this.

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And I don’t know if this is the first time this has happened, but I know if hasn’t happened at least since 2002. The women’s basketball team won the GCAC regular season title. They will be the #1 seed in the tournament next weekend.

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At the same time, with a 26 point victory against Edward Waters on Saturday, the men’s basketball team assured themselves a share of the conference title, their second regular season title in a row. On Monday Talladega plays at Xavier for the other share, but the Dillard men will be the #1 seed no matter who wins.

That’s 2 conference championships. One season.

It’s been that kind of year!

The Prez

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7th president of Dillard University

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