Judge Bartholomew Woods to Deliver Address at UMW Service

The United Methodist Women of Cornerstone United Methodist Church will host their UMW annual Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the church, 5276 Bullard Ave.

The special guest speaker will be Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Reginal Bartholomew Woods.

The theme of the service is “Caring for our Father’s World.”

SUNO Dedicates Millie M. Charles School of Social Work Building

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) dedicated the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work Building on Sunday, Jan. 14 in the School of Social Work Auditorium at the Press Drive campus.

The building is named in honor of Millie Charles, the social worker pioneer, educator, civil rights, community and social justice activist who founded the SUNO School of Social Work in 1983, serving as its dean until her retirement in 2006.

As a graduate of Dillard University and the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work, Charles dedicated her career to advocating for those who could not advocate for themselves. Her commitment to social work education is evident by her advocacy to establish a nationwide bachelor’s of social work degree (BSW) in the early 1970’s and her contributions as a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accreditation reviewer. She also is a founding member of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW).

She has received numerous awards, such as the 2013 Times Picayune “Loving Cup Award,” the 1995 National Association of Social Workers’ Pioneer Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dillard University in 1993, Founders’ Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers in 1979, and the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Social Worker of the Year in 1975. The Millie M. Charles Endowed Chair of Human Rights and Social Work Endowed Chair was established in 2008.

The University broke ground on the $10.2-million Millie M. Charles School of Social Work Building in November 2015.

Dillard University Celebrates 10th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala

A Harlem Globetrotter, a NBA Champion and the gala’s namesake are among the inductees of the inaugural class of the Dillard University Sports Hall of Fame “Best of the Best.” The ceremony will take place during the 10th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala that takes place Friday, Jan. 19, in the Georges Auditorium on campus. The Gala is a part of week of activities that also includes the Bleu Devil Classic on Saturday, Jan. 20, when Dillard basketball teams faces off against their crosstown rival, Xavier University. Annually, this classic brings together family, friends, students and alumni featuring men’s and women’s basketball matchups against Dillard’s longtime crosstown rival, Xavier University. Both games will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Dent Hall beginning at 3 p.m.

The Gala is one of Dillard University’s signature events and the proceeds provide financial assistance to deserving student-athletes who may not otherwise be able to attend Dillard. The Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala raises thousands of dollars for Dillard University student athletes.

The honorees include Ariel “Mighty” Mitchell, the second basketball player from Dillard and one of only 11 women to become a Harlem Globetrotter; Melanie Davis, the first woman to officiate a NCAA Division 1; New Orleans native and international basketball player Alfredo J. Ott Davis; and George Johnson, who played 13 NBA seasons and won a championship in 1975 with the Golden State Warriors.

Each year, the Dillard Athletics Department in conjunction with the ASK Billy Ray Hobley Foundation recognizes people who demonstrate a commitment to community service as well as represent the ideals of Hobley, who played on the Dillard basketball team in the 1970s and for the Harlem Globetrotters for 22 years. He then coached the Dillard Bleu Devils and remained civically engaged until he passed in 2002.

WBOK Announces New Morning Lineup

WBOK 1230 AM is launching a new morning lineup on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The new programming kicks off weekday mornings with The Morning Cup, a magazine news show, hosted by veteran news anchor Warren Bell. The show airs weekdays from 6am to 7am.

“Revamping our morning programming has been on the horizon for some time. We have considered the feedback from our listeners and used it to strategically create a schedule that would give them more of what they want,” says Robert Bocage, program director at WBOK 1230 AM.

Following the The Morning Cup with Warren Bell, the station will feature its flagship morning show, The Good Morning Show, hosted by the New Orleans legend, Oliver “OT” Thomas. the morning show has been extended and will air weekdays from 7am to 10am.

“We get calls every day asking for ‘more OT,” says WBOK general manager Susan Henry. “His breadth of knowledge and authentic passion for helping community has made our morning drive a sweeping success. Oliver has created his own lane in urban talk radio and that is truly remarkable.”

Thomas will pass the microphone to poet and activist, Chuck Perkins, host of The Conscious Hour. The Conscious Hour is two hours of intellectually stimulating conversation with Mr. Perkins and weekly special guests. The “Chuck Wagon” will board at 10am and Chuck will drive the listeners into the mid-day.

The new morning lineup begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Tune into WBOK 1230 AM or listen to the live stream on the WBOK website or on the mobile app available on iTunes or Google Market.

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