Arizona State Athletics Hires DU Alumna Deana Garner as a senior associate athletic director & senior women’s administrator.

Deana Garner Smith

Deana Garner Smith

Congratulations to Dillard University Daughter Deana Garner Smith on her appointment at Arizona State Athletics as the senior women’s administrator. The Dillard University National Alumni Association (DUNAA) is extremely proud of you and would like to wish you future success in all of your endeavors at Arizona State University. Please click on the link to learn more about Deana Garner Smith


DUNAA New York Tri State Chapter Presents a Day at the Races

The DUNAA New York Tri State Chapter is requesting the presence of all Dillard University Alumni & Supporters in the New York area at their annual chapter spring fundraiser.  June 20, 2015 at Belmont, Park in Elmont, NY!!

Please read the attached flyer and support this great event filled with fun, fellowship and fundraising.

6/20/2015 – Spring Fundraiser, Day-at-the Races, Belmont Park – Elmont, NY

DUNAA New York Day at the Races on June 20th

DUNAA New York Day at the Races on June 20th

DUNAA New York Tri State Chapter Monthly Meeting & Upcoming Events

                                   P.O. BOX 740146  l  REGO PARK, NEW YORK 11374
There will be a chapter meeting for the month of April:
DATE:  Saturday, April 25, 2015
TIME:  11:0OO A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
PLACE:  Teachers College of Columbia University
               Grace Dodge Hall, Room #541 (5th Floor)
               525 West 120th Street, bet Amsterdam Ave & Broadway  l  New York, NY 10027
We look forward to seeing everyone.
Don’t forget our upcoming Spring Fundraiser, Day-at-the Races at Belmont Park, Elmont, NY   (see attached flyer)
Phyllis L. Ball ’73
4/25/2015 – Chapter Monthly Meeting
4/26/2015 – UNCF ‘An Evening of Stars’ (AEOS) telecast, BET Network @ 10:00 p.m.
5/8-10/2015 – Reunion Weekend @ DU, Celebrating Classes ending in “0” & “5”
5/8/2015 – DUNAA Spring Meeting @3:30 p.m. DU
5/9/2015 – Commencement @ DU
5/16/2015 – NYSTDUAA Chapter Meeting @ Teachers College of Columbia University, Grace Dodge Hall, Rm 279,
                   2nd Floor, 525 W. 120th Street bet Amsterdam Ave & Bdway, NY, NY 10027
6/20/2015 – Spring Fundraiser, Day-at-the Races, Belmont Park – Elmont, NY
6/27/2015 – NYSTDUAA Chapter Meeting @ Teachers College of Columbia University, 525 W.120th St., 
                   bet Amsterdam Ave & Broadway, NY, NY 10027

DU Concert Choir Members will perform on UNCF an Evening of Stars Sunday

UNCF Performance
DU Alumni Family please watch the UNCF An Evening of Stars this Sunday, April 26, 2015 as current Dillard University Concert Choir Members will perform on stage with singers Estelle & Jussie Smollett. Learn more by clicking on the UNCF Website and Following the UNCF on Social Media @UNCF on Twitter

Dillard University Afro-American Arts Festival May Have Inspired the start of Jazz Fest

Dillard University Students Afro-American Arts Festival

Dillard University Students Afro-American Arts Festival

It is festival season in New Orleans. Festivals will be commonly held around the city of New Orleans until the late fall. Despite all of the success of these many festivals Jazz Fest holds the crown as the Queen of all festivals.
However, Mr. Michael Patrick Welch in his new article “Before Jazz Fest, there was the Afro-American Arts Festival” in the Louisiana Weekly reminds us of Dillard University influence and contribution to the heritage of New Orleans festivals. Continue reading

The Dillard University National Alumni Association (DUNAA) Election results are in!!

Welcome to DUNAA Official News Blog

Welcome to DUNAA Official News Blog

The Dillard University National Alumni Association (DUNAA) Election results are in!!
National President – Dr. Sidney Green
National 1st Vice President – Trina Stewart
National 2nd Vice President – John Bossier
National Corresponding Secretary – Malik Bartholomew
National Financial Secretary – Andrew Webber
National Chaplain – Rev. Dr. Bernice Wms. Kirkland
National Parliamentarian – Dr. James Alford
National Treasurer – Cheryl Reid
National Recording Secretary – Dr. Roderick Stevenson
National Sergeant at Arms – Eric Harris
Congratulations to the new Dillard University National Alumni Association (DUNAA) Executive Board members 2015- 2017. The new executive board will be sworn into office on May 08, 2015 on the campus of Dillard University during the annual reunion activities at the national alumni association meeting. All alumni are invited to attend. The new executive board members will start their tenure on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Sidney Green - Dillard University National Alumni Association President Elect 2015-2017

Dr. Sidney Green – Dillard University National Alumni Association President Elect 2015-2017

DUNAA Houston Chapter Crawfish Boil/ Local Reunion


The DUNAA Houston Chapter Crawfish boil will be Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Cullen Park Phase IV Pavilion B!!! $20 Presale & 25 day of Contact  DUNAA Houston Chapter President Mtangulizi Sanyika, Class of 63 @ for tickets or Mr. Nate Welch.


The Cullen Park Address: 19008 Saums Rd, Houston, TX 77084

DU Alumnus Jericho Brown’s New Poetry Book Wins National Award

jericho-brownJericho Brown new poetry book The New Testament was recently awarded  the 80th Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Past awardees include Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes and Toni Morrison. Jericho Brown is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.  Please click the following link for more information

DU Alum Pastor Lawrence L. Young 2015 Baccalaureate Speaker

Pastor Lawrence L. Young

Pastor Lawrence L. Young

Pastor Lawrence L. Young is a native of Varnado, Louisiana.  His proud parents are Climel and the late, beloved Dorothy Young.  He is a graduate of Dillard University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science.  Pastor Young then attended Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree.  He has also completed extensive study and practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling through the Doctoral Program at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.  He was ordained as a Deacon of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990 and as an Elder in 1992.

Pastor Lawrence Young was the founding pastor of Abundant Life United Methodist Church in Lufkin, Texas where he served for 12 years.  While serving in Lufkin, Pastor Young focused on serving youth and children of the low-income community.  He established a community-wide Summer Camp which provided daily supervision and activities for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.  Pastor Young also served as mentor and counselor for the Middle and High schools of Lufkin.

In June of 2003, Pastor Young was appointed Senior Pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, where he served for 5 years.  While at Jones Memorial UMC, Pastor Young and his congregation moved from “Holloway to A Higher Way” by successfully completing the first phase of their new building project, the Jones Memorial “Higher Way” Church Multi-purpose Center.  He also established Jones Memorial’s 501C(3) for The Sunnyside Community Development Corporation.  He was featured in The Book of Alzheimer’s for African-American Churches as one of the first African-American pastors to help address issues and create awareness on Alzheimer’s in the African-American Church.  An Alzheimer’s support group was established at Jones Memorial under his leadership.

In September 2008, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie appointed Pastor Young to serve the Central South District of the Texas Conference as District Superintendent.  Out of his own experiences growing up in rural Louisiana, Pastor Young began to emphasize “The Open Refrigerator” policy throughout the Central South District.  Under his leadership, this spirit of open sharing has led to many partnerships and collaborations among the churches in the Central South District.  It has also yielded positive growth and significant changes throughout the district and conference in the development of Legacy Churches.  Two successful, new church starts were also established–one of which specialized in ministry to families who have been affected by incarceration.  Pastor Young became known as a ‘Pastor’s Pastor’ as he mentored, listened, encouraged and advocated on their behalf.

In June 2014, Pastor Young was appointed by Bishop B. Michael Watson, as the proud Senior Pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he became a member of the North Georgia Conference in full connection.  He is a humble servant of God’s people.  His vision is to impact the entire community through effective ministry.  He truly has a pastor’s heart as he teaches and models to all with his giving, loving spirit and Christian life style that will draw others to Christ.

Pastor Young is happily married to his devoted wife, Karen L. Young.  He has two sons, Blair and Jeremy.