Monday, January 27, 2014

Jordan C. Johnson

Yesterday my wife and I attended St. Matthew UMC on the West Bank for Friends and Family Sunday. The speaker was our freshman class president, Jordan C. Johnson. At 17, Jordan finished high school in 3 years and has been setting DU on fire!
So we were not disappointed as we saw all that energy on display. Definitely headed to seminary (and law school), and already like a preacher with his singing, dancing, little hoop, and saying "as I take my seat" about 3 times! I laughed when he said his grandma was in the back telling him to sit down!
This is what the small university experience is about. It means your students invite you to events special to them-  and you go! In fact this is the hallmark of the HBCU experience as well, and I am trying to continue that legacy.
The Prez

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

King Week for Peace

The week begins Friday night and goes through Monday. Excited to see Minnijean Brown Trickey on Saturday morning.
The Prez

Monday, January 13, 2014

Congrats to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Dillard University

This past weekend our campus chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Alpha chapter, won a number of awards at their Gulf Coast Regional conference. They won:

Best Collegiate Level 3 chapter

Best Collegiate chapter report

Avery Ellis, Collegiate Sigma of the Year

Mallacus White, Advisor of the Year

This is great for our groups to be seen as the best in their organizations for a region or nationally. A great way to show the excellence at DU.

The Prez

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Selfie Instinct

This morning I spoke for the Alpha Foundation of Howard County (Kappa Phi Lambda, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) for their 39th Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. The theme was "Where Do We Go From Here," the title of a speech given by King in 1967 to SCLC and the title of a book published that year as well.
My point was in order to go anywhere, and most of the ills King mentioned in 1967 are just as real today, we've got to deal with the modern day version of the Drum Major Instinct, which I called the Selfie Index.
So I used that speech to deal with the theme of another speech. In the end, The Drum Major Instinct was a call to serve (Mark 10:35-45 is the scriptural reference). If we would all just help someone we see right in front of us, in our own communities, we could chip away and these issues.
So I used a number of examples to make my point. Hopefully I can get people to do #servies as well as #selfies.
The Prez