Famous DU Alumnus Civil Rights Attorney Lolis Elie is now Beyond the Oaks


It saddens DUNAA to announce the passing of Dillard University alumnus & civil rights attorney Lolis Elie.

DUNAA request that the Dillard University Alumni family please pray for his family, friends, classmates and all who knew and loved him. Please read the article from the local newspaper.



Vote For Miss Dillard University Chelsea Bosley


My Fair Dillard Alumni Family,

I am vying for a spot in Ebony Magazine’s Top 10 HBCU Queens!! I need your help to achieve this goal. This is the perfect opportunity to support your alma mater in hopes that we grace the pages of Ebony Magazine in May. You may vote for me by clicking the link attached below. You can vote 3 times/day, everyday until January 15, 2017. This is our time!! #GeauxDU #GeauxVote


Yours Bleuly,

Chelsea D. Bosley

The 81st Miss Dillard University

Call for Nominations of New DU National Alumni Association Officers for 2017-2019

Welcome to DUNAA Official News Blog

Welcome to DUNAA Official News Blog

It is time to elect the new national officers for the alumni association. Please read the announcement from our Nomination Chair

My Fellow Dillard Alums:
This is a call-to-action. As we get closer to the new year, we will be electing new leaders to DUNAA’s National Executive Board.

We need the involvement of all alumni. That is, we need members to become ‘financial’ and “run” for office. We need those current financial alums to encourage other alumni to become both financially and active in DUNAA.

I’m asking each chapter president and every alumnus reading this to please encourage someone in your chapter to serve in an office, please consider ‘running’ for one of the offices yourself. The DUNAA Executive positions are listed below. Also, for your convenience please review the attachments including the nominations & elections timeline along with nomination forms.

*Please note: The new close of nominations date is: January 1, 2017 .

National Offices for 2017-19

Sergeant -at- arms
Nominations forms may be emailed to Bjulian 997@aol.com or mail to Barbara Julian  at 2006 S. Dunsmuir Ave. Los Angeles ,CA 90016-1222 We hope to receive a full slate by January 1st, 2017.

Dillard Forever

Your Nominating Committee

,Chair ,Barbara Julian 1956

Have a question about DUNAA? Please visit: http://www.dunaa.org

Please Click the link for Nomination Form






NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University is pleased to announce it is among 24 institutionsselected to receive a UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) implementation grant.  Made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., and will work with these select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to improve job placement outcomes for their graduates. Continue reading



NEW ORLEANS –Dillard University’s second-ever #GivingTuesday campaign raised a total of $61,676 for University programs, according to initial reports from the Dillard Office of Development. The amount raised represents 206 percent of the university’s initial $30,000 goal, and a nearly 514 percent increase over last year’s total of $12,010. Continue reading

Dillard University Homecoming 2016 “UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLEU”


NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Division for Student Success in conjunction with the University’s Student Activities Board revealed the theme for Homecoming 2016 today.  This year’s theme is “Unapologetically Bleu,” a reference to Dillard’s colors and an attitude of solidarity and strength between undergraduates and alumni.

“We are excited to see the campus’ reaction to the theme,” said Dr. Demetrius Johnson, Dean of Students.  “It certainly embodies the spirit of what it is to be a Dillard Bleu Devil and it should be something that everyone can relate to and rally around.”

One of the most important aspects of the theme is that it can mean something unique to each member of the Dillard family.

“Each student and each alum has their own experience during their time at Dillard,” added Dr. Johnson. “Everyone comes to Dillard from their own place and brings their own stories.  As they matriculate there is a growth both as an individual and as a part of the larger Dillard history.  Being “Unapologetically Bleu” allows us to revel in both of those aspects.”

Dillard Homecoming 2016 begins this Sunday, Nov. 6, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 13, culminating with the University Homecoming Parade at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, moving throughout the Gentilly area.

“The goal was to have a diverse program of activities throughout the week and I think we’ve accomplished that,” said Tevon Blair, Student Government Association president.  “There should be something for everyone to enjoy and we look forward to a great turnout at these events.”

Below find a complete listing of Homecoming Week events and activities:

Homecoming Events

Sunday, Nov. 6

Color DU! Powder Paint Party – Students will have a color blast as they paint each other bleu (and lots of other colors.)

2:00 p.m. – Dent Hall parking lot

Sunday Night Live – Featuring VisionQuest Gospel Chorale, Mime Ministry and Liturgical Dance Minisry

6:00 p.m. – Lawless Memorial Chapel

2nd Annual DU Night Lights – Dillard University’s student-led talent show returns for its second year.

9:00 p.m. – Professional Schools and Sciences Building (Georges Auditorium)

Monday, Nov. 7 

The Bleu Center: The First Take – The first official Dillard University Athletics press conference of the winter season.  DU coaches will update the campus on this year’s teams and players.

12:00 p.m. – Dent Hall (facing Kabacoff Plaza)

BLEU OUT 2016 – Students come together for a “spirit boost” as the whole campus wears bleu. There will be opportunities to pick up more Homecoming gear all afternoon.

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Student Union Patio

Bounce into Shape with S.K.I.R.T.S. – The women of Dillard will lead a fun and active get together that will promote healthy lifestyles for students.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Who’s Got Jokes? Comedy Show – Will “Spank” Horton, a member of Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boyz, will headline the show while DJ XMO provides music.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Professional Schools and Sciences Building (Georges Auditorium)

Midnight Breakfast – A special late-night meal for students after the comedy show.

9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Kearny Dining Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 8

March to the Polls: The Bleu Takeover – Dillard students will rally and then march to the polls as we help select our new local and national leaders.

11:00 a.m. – Starting at Kabacoff Plaza to the Will Alexander Library

The Bleu Connect – A special event designed specifically for Dillard’s off-campus students to come and get involved in the Homecoming festivities.  Snacks and gear will be provided.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A.F.R.O. (Admirable. Fashionable. Respected. Optimistic.) Fashion Show – Black Ivy Couture and Phi Gamma Nu: The Beta Gamma Chapter will display the latest fashions on the plaza.

7:00 p.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Election Watch Party – After the fashion show, all are invited to go to the Student Union Movie Theater as we watch history unfold with the election of our next President.

8:00 p.m. – Student Union Movie Theater

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Lit University: Homecoming Concert – The annual Dillard Homecoming concert features nation hip-hop recording artist Rich Homie Quan along with some special guests.  DJ Mike Styles runs the turntables. The event is free to all Dillard students with their valid Student ID.  General Admission tickets are $15 each.  There is no presale for this event.

8:00 p.m. (Doors open with the show scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m.) – Dent Hall

Thursday, Nov. 10

Black Market: The New Era – Local vendors will come to campus to sell food, clothes, and crafts.

11:00 a.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Bleu Battlefield Basketball Game

5:00 p.m. – Dent Hall

Official DJ Battle: DJ Snipe vs. DJ Mizzle – The two DJs will battle for supremacy to be named the “King of the 1s and 2s.”

10:00 p.m. – Dillard Tennis Courts

Friday, Nov. 11

Flash Back Friday – An “Old School” music party featuring DJ Wizzard Kelly

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Alpha Probate Showcase – The Beta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., will celebrate their Dillard University founding with a performance by their newest members.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door; $5 for Dillard Students with a valid ID, $10 for general admission.  Dillard Greeks will be admitted free of charge.

6:00 p.m. (Doors open; show to begin at 7:00 p.m.) – Dent Hall

The Aftermath Party – After the show it’s the after party…featuring DJ Snipe, DJ Mizzle, and DJ XMO.

10:30 p.m. – Dent Hall

Saturday, Nov. 12

Dillard Homecoming Parade – The Dillard University official Homecoming Parade will proceed through the Gentilly neighborhood; featuring the Dillard Royal Court, student groups, faculty and staff, local officials and high school bands from throughout the city.

10:00 a.m. – Gentilly (Starting on Gentilly Blvd., down Elysian Fields, turning left onto Fillmore Ave., left on St. Anthony Ave., and ending back at the Dillard campus)

OakFest – The official after party for the Homecoming Parade.  There will be food, games, bull rides, activities and more. Open to the public.

12:00 p.m. (following parade) – Kabacoff Plaza

Homecoming Basketball Doubleheader – Come out and enjoy the first men’s and women’s hoops doubleheader of the season.  Dillard students are admitted for free with a valid Student ID with General Admission seating available for $5. Both games played at The Battlefield at Dent Hall.

3:00 p.m. – Dillard Lady Bleu Devils vs. University of St. Thomas

5:00 p.m. – Bleu Devils vs. Texas Wesleyan University

Sunday, Nov. 13

Mister Dillard and Miss Dillard Social: “The Jazzy Jeans Affair”– A Dillard tradition; come and meet with the 2016-17 Dillard Royal Court as they host a jazzy kick back for the entire campus.

11:30 a.m. – Kabacoff Plaza

Sunday Worship – We close the week with a moment of reflection and praise.

6:00 p.m. – Lawless Memorial Chapel

For more information on homecoming, please call the Office of Student Affairs at 504-816-4685.




NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University Theatre opens its 81st season with Hands Up: Seven Playwrights, Seven Testaments.  Performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. on October 28 and 29 and November 4 and 5, with 3:00 p.m. matinee performances on October 30 and November 6.  All performances will be held at the Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre located on the campus of Dillard University.

Tickets are available at the Dillard Theatre box office with prices ranging from $5 for Dillard students to $15 for general admission.  For more information call (504) 816-4857.

In light of the police shootings of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, among many others, The New Black Fest of Brooklyn, N.Y., commissioned seven emerging black playwrights to write 10-15 monologues that explored their feelings about the well-being of blacks in a culture of institutional racism.  Hands Upcombines each of these monologues into an evening of dramatic experiences that illuminate and explore the state of black consciousness that is being shaped by the present social and racial environment in America.

The Playwrights

Nathan James, Nathan Yunberberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi Kelley, Glenn Gordon, Dennis Allen II, and Eric Holmes

Ray Vrazel, Assistant Professor of Theatre, returns for his 10th season to direct this imminently relevant production.  Vrazel has directed a number of award winning productions, including August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, which won the Big Easy Award for Best University Production.  This is the first production of Hands Up in the South.

Following each performance there will be guided discussions about the production as well as the protests and debates that have arisen in the climate created by these police shootings.

About the Dillard University Theatre Department

Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre company in the United States.  The Theatre department provides professional training within a liberal arts context to develop future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals.  The department is committed, through its full-time, part-time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

For more information about the plays visit http://www.TheNewBlackFest.org/hands-up-6-playwrights-6 testaments. You can contact The New Black Fest directly atnewblackfestival@gmail.com or The New Black Fest, P.O. Box 381179, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

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NEW ORLEANS – The coronation of Mister and Miss Dillard University 2016-17 will be held this Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Dent Hall on the University’s campus.  The theme for this year’s coronation is “Royal Enchantment: An Evening of Elegance.”  Mr. Darren J. Scioneaux Jr. and Miss Chelsea D. Bosley will begin their reigns as ambassadors for Dillard for the remainder of this academic year. Please click the link and learn more about these two great Dillard University students.