Delgado Community College students, faculty and staff as well as business and community leaders and members of the public will have an opportunity this week to meet the three finalists in the ongoing search for a new chancellor.

On Wednesday, April 23, afternoon meetings with the candidates will be held in the City Park Campus Student Life Center on the 2nd floor in Bayou Lafourche, Bayou St. John and Lac Maurepas. Each candidate will be available for a forty-five minute session beginning at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The three candidates, selected by a comprehensive, nationwide search process, are Joan Davis, J.D.; Dr. John L. Graham; and Dr. Gordon May.


Joan Yvette Davis is Interim President of Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, AL. On leave from the position of the Montgomery/Selma Center Director of the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), she assumed the interim presidency of Shelton State on June 1, 2013. Prior to joining ATN, she was General Counsel and Vice-Chancellor for the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education. During her tenure with the Department, she also served as Interim Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.  Davis, who has practiced law for more than 20 years, engaged in private practice as well as governmental and higher-education law in the states of Alabama, Georgia and Florida.


Dr. John L. Graham serves as the Executive Director of the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC).  Funded by the State University of New York – University Center for Academic and Workforce Development and administered by the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the MEOC provides academic and career training programs for New York City residents.  Under  Graham’s leadership, the MEOC increased enrollment by expanding course offerings in strategic locations in the Manhattan to serve students from the community, including state and city government agencies, community based and economic development organizations, educational institutions, re-entry groups, allied health professions, veterans’ affiliation, senior citizens, clergy and civic organizations.


Dr. Gordon F. May is the immediate past president of the Auburn Hills Campus, Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, MI. He began his career in higher education in 1986.  During the latter part of his 15-year transportation management career, he taught Principles of Business Management at the Oakland Community College (OCC) Auburn Hills Campus. May served for two years (1996-1998) as Governmental Relations Liaison for Oakland Community College. From September 1998 through December 1999, May served as Interim President of the Auburn Hills Campus. In July 2000, he was named Executive Director of the Royal Oak/Southfield Campuses. On September 1, 2002, he was appointed to the Highland Lakes Campus presidency. During November and December 2012, he concurrently served as Interim President of the Auburn Hills Campus. On July 1, 2013, he was appointed to the Auburn Hills Campus presidency.

The April 23 meeting schedule is as follows:

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm


Meeting Location

Forum Participants

Joan Yvette Davis, J.D.

Student Life Center, Lac Maurepas

General Public

Dr. John Graham

Student Life Center, Bayou Lafourche


Dr. Gordon May

Student Life Center, Bayou St. John

Faculty and Staff

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm


Meeting Location

Forum Participants

Joan Yvette Davis, J.D.

Student Life Center, Bayou Lafourche


Dr. John Graham

Student Life Center, Bayou St. John

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Gordon May

Student Life Center, Lac Maurepas

General Public

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm


Meeting Location

Forum Participants

Joan Yvette Davis, J.D.

Student Life Center, Bayou St. John

Faculty and Staff

Dr. John Graham

Student Life Center, Lac Maurepas

General Public

Dr. Gordon May

Student Life Center, Bayou Lafourche


In addition to the public forums, each candidate will interview with Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan.

Chancellor Search Timeline:          

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Campus Forums and Search Committee Interviews with Finalists at Delgado

Week of April 28, 2014 

ACCT performs comprehensive reference checks for finalist candidates

May 14 , 2014

Board nominates finalist at May Board meeting

Week of May 18, 2014

System President negotiates contract and starting date with finalist

To be determined

New Delgado Chancellor assumes position

If you have questions concerning the search, please submit them via email to:   Your inquiries will be answered in a timely manner.

For many minority college students, entering law school and becoming an attorney may seem out of reach. Six years ago, Kean Miller LLP launched the Kean Miller Connection program to educate minority college students on the legal profession and inform them that becoming a lawyer is an attainable opportunity.

Kean Miller LLP will be hosting its annual Kean Miller Connection program this year on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in the firm’s New Orleans office (First Bank and Trust Tower, 909 Poydras Street, 36th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112).

Kean Miller Connection is a two-day law school preparatory program for college juniors and seniors from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in area law schools. The goal of the program is to “connect” students with information helpful in making the decision to attend law school and become a lawyer. Practicing attorneys from Kean Miller LLP, one of the largest law firms in Louisiana, along with other law-related faculty, provide an intense overview of the law school experience. The program provides information and guidance on law school admission standards, insight into opportunities in the legal field, speakers from all facets of the legal profession, and general information designed to encourage minorities to enter law school, and ultimately, the legal profession. Tuition is free.

For more information about the program or to access an application click here or contact    

The Covington-Mandeville branch of the American Association of University Women is offering a $1,500 scholarship for a local woman attending or planning to attend a community college.

AAUW’s scholarship committee invites applications from women who want to advance their education, no matter their age or circumstances; non-traditional students are strongly encouraged to apply. Community colleges often capture this demographic, according to branch president Eileen deHaro.

The $1,500 scholarship will help offset the cost of books and supplies for a woman attending Delgado Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, or Delta College. Although federal grants and financial aid programs help with tuition, these programs do not pay for everything.

Women living in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes are eligible to apply. In addition to three letters of recommendation, applicants must also submit a portfolio.

The portfolio can contain anything the applicant thinks will set her apart, giving the committee a glimpse of her life, her plans and her desires, said Ann Kungel, chair of the scholarship committee.

“This gives the applicant the opportunity to be resourceful and creative,” she said.

Applications and additional information are available on the AAUW website at The deadline for submission is May 26.

The winner will be announced in June.

The Department of Theatre at Delgado Community College announces its latest production, The Little Lamb Who Cried Wolf, written and directedby Michael Aaron Santos. The Little Lamb Who Cried Wolf will be performed by students from Delgado’s Theatre Program.

The Little Lamb Who Cried Wolf is the second installment in Santos’s Aesop Cycle, a project designed to adapt and reimagine five of Aesop’s famed fables into full-length plays for young audiences. The Race through Darkwood Forest, inspired by The Tortoise and the Hare, marked the first of this series and premiered in November 2011.

Inspired by Aesop’s fable with a similar title, The Little Lamb Who Cried Wolf tells the story of Savannah, a ewe that feels disenfranchised with being “just another sheep” in her village of Sheltered Skies. That all changes the day three strange sheep show up (who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing) claiming that a pack of wolves have ransacked their village atop Blissful Mountain, and have taken the rest of their “flock” as prisoners. Savannah’s uncle, Sampson, fooled by the canine commander, Voltaire, agrees to aid in a rescue attempt. Savannah, in a quest to find out the real truth, sets out with her fellow ewe, Sage, to save her fellow sheep from the danger they now face. A fantastical journey ensues, complete with activist deer, mind control machines, mischievous monkeys and a mad scientist albatross, all culminating into a climatic revelation of the truth.

The production staff includes: scene design by Jim Means, light and sound design by Tom Dawson, costume design by Veronica Russell, and choreography by Nicole Buckels.

Opening night is Tuesday, April 22, at the Delgado Drama Hall on the Delgado City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, third floor, in New Orleans.

The production will run for one week only: Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27. Curtain times for all performances except Sunday are at 7:00 p.m. Sunday’s performance will be a matinee at 3:00 p.m. There will be an additional matinee on Saturday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 for Delgado students, faculty and staff; $5 for children age 15 or under. For reservations or additional information, call 504-671-6360.

From left: John Gore, Edward Smith, Dwight Doughty, Anthony Coco, Steven Waldren, Jowharah Thompson, Tara Gehrkin.

From left: Miles Hendler, Chelsea Blunt, Olivia Ros.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Delgado Community College are hosting a special event for small business people in the greater New Orleans region: “Getting Back 2 Business: Small Business Community Outreach and Matchmaking Event.”

Become informed about the Federal contracting process and opportunities for contracts with HHS.

The event is scheduled on April 17, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Delgado City Park Campus, Student Life Center.

Pre-registration is required. There is a limit of two representatives per company. There is no cost to register.

Online registration is available at:

If you have questions, contact Linda Waters:, (202) 690-8457.

Achieve financial literacy at a boot camp scheduled April 21 at Delgado.

Here are some of the Delgado musicians who are performing at the 2014 French Quarter Festival.

Thursday, April 10:

5:30 pm           Delgado Music Faculty members Peter Cho, Jay Hagan, David Phy, and Ray Moore will be performing with the National WWII Museum’s Victory Big Band on the Jackson Square Stage

8:00 pm           Faculty Member Peter Cho will be performing with the James Rivers Movement at the Royal Sonesta Hotel at Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse Presents Stage

Saturday, April 12:

11:00 am         Faculty Member Corinne Walters will be performing with the Universe Jazz Band on the 700 Bourbon Street Stage

11:00 am         Faculty Member Steven Edwards and members of the Delgado Chorus will be performing with the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans on the Classical Music Stage

12:45 pm         Faculty Member Michael Skinkus performs with the Honey Island Swamp Band on the Abita Beer Stage

3:15 pm           Faculty Members Corinne Walters and David Phy will be performing with Lena Prima on the Riverfront “Louis Louis” Stage

3:45 pm           Faculty Member Jesse Boyd will be performing with Charmaine Neville at the Jackson Square Stage

7:15 pm           Alumnus Keiko Komaki will be performing with the Brassaholics on the Louis Louis Stage

7:30 pm           Faculty Member Wayne Maureau will be performing with Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters on the Abita Beer Stage

Sunday, April 13:

12:30 pm         Faculty Member Jesse Boyd will be performing with Jeremy Davenport at the Jackson Square Stage

1:45 pm           Jazz Ensemble members Rhodes Spedale, Carl Meyer, Frank Wagner, and Rene Coman will be performing with Rhodes Spedale and Cool Breeze at the Rick’s 315 Stage

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Delgado Community College History Instructor Alan G. Gauthreaux, of the West Bank Campus, has represented the college at a variety of events surrounding the release of his new book, Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage, and Tradition.  

On March 12, Gauthreaux made a presentation before receptive audiences at Louisiana’s State Old Capitol building, where members of the Italian population crowded the theater to hear the author speak.

He also appeared at the Jefferson Parish Library’s East Bank Regional Branch on April 2, where he shared with the audience, which included members of the East Jefferson Italian American Society, the history of the Italian struggle to assimilate into Louisiana society after the American Civil War.

In addition to book signings around the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Hammond and Mandeville areas in the coming weeks, Gauthreaux will soon appear on WRBH radio in New Orleans for a book discussion forum.

The author credits a colleague, Delgado Professor of Criminal Justice Daryl Hippensteel, Ph.D., for his contributions to the success of the book and his encouragement with future projects.

For a complete, updated schedule of events where Gauthreaux will be speaking or signing his work, follow him on Twitter @Italian_Louisia or on Facebook at Italian Louisiana.

"Friday Night Fastball" starts on April 4. Don’t miss the debut of this new sports program brought to you by WGNO/WNOL and Delgado Community College!

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Delgado Community College was well represented during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), March 22-28. Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of LCTCS, moderated an alumni roundtable lunch discussion with Amos Winbush III at the Ruby Slipper Café, which is owned by program alumnus Erich Weishaupt. Sullivan and Winbush also participated in a Fireside Chat at Gallier Hall. Both events were also attended by three representatives from Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program alumni pictured at the Ruby Slipper event on March 26 (left to right): Paul Irons, Elite Property Management & Investment; Joaneane Smith, Global Commerce & Services; Marques Celestine, Jackson-Noble; Dr. Monty Sullivan; Amos Winbush III; Angelica Rivera, Comex Construction; Erich Weishaupt, the Ruby Slipper Café; Iam Tucker, Integrated Logistical Support, Inc.; and Malin Matrejean, Malin Construction Company.

Dr. Monty Sullivan with Amos Winbush III at the Fireside Chat at Gallier Hall.

For more information about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, go to

The Delgado Community College Foundation held the 2014 Roast of the Town fundraising event on Friday, March 28, at the Harrah’s New Orleans Theatre in downtown New Orleans. Educators and civic leaders from the greater New Orleans region and around Louisiana enjoyed a gourmet dinner provided by top local restaurants, as they came together to promote and support Delgado while experiencing an evening of comedic entertainment.

The event roasted Dr. Joe May, former President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Roasters included Robert Adley, Senator, District 36; Leon L. Giorgio Jr., President and CEO of Select Properties Ltd., and Vice Chairman of the Delgado Foundation Board; John Young, President of Jefferson Parish; and Dr. Monty Sullivan, President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Delgado Interim Chancellor Deborah Lea gave remarks as well.

Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV News was the emcee.

Eric Paulsen with Dr. Joe May.

Dr. Joe May, left, with Foundation Board members Woody Oge, center, and William Sizeler.

Chef Vance Roux of Delgado Culinary arts prepares an appetizer.

Items for the silent auction on display.

Fine Arts students from Delgado Community College locations in New Orleans, the West Bank and the Northshore are presenting their work to the public in an exhibition opening on April 10 and continuing through April 24 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the City Park Campus of Delgado Community College.

There will be an opening reception of the Fine Arts Student Exhibition on Thursday, April 10, 6 – 8 p.m.

The Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery is located at 615 City Park Avenue in New Orleans, Building 1, third floor. Gallery hours are Monday – Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. For further information contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at 504-671-6377,

Head Coach Joe Scheuermann of Delgado Baseball will join WGNO-TV Sports Director Ed Daniels on a new high school baseball show starting this Friday, April 4.

Ever wondered if you have what it takes to be on TV or radio, or to work in media? Delgado Community College public relations students are offering a chance for high school and college students to find out April 9. 

Discover Delgado Student Media Day will be Wednesday, April 9, in the City Park Campus Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  WGNO’s Tyler Wing will emcee with celebrity guest Trombone Shorty at 11 a.m. 

Students will have the chance to be on camera with Delgado TV, record for radio with Dolphin Radio, and play Pictionary and trivia with The Dolphin newspaper staff. 

Students will spin for a prize if they participate in media events to test their skills. Prizes include gift certificates for movies and  restaurants, USB car chargers and more.

This event is in conjunction with Discover Delgado Day for visiting high school seniors sponsored by the Delgado Office of Admissions. In addition to helping showcase what Delgado’s programs have to offer new students, it is a way to let current students know about Delgado student media.

“When we conducted a survey of Delgado students two years ago, we found that most did not know we have a radio station, TV production or student newspaper,” Dolphin Editor Seth Mattei said.  “We launched a campaign to raise awareness of our three student media outlets.  We have an online live portal for the newspaper at and a scavenger hunt with online clues to promote followers for the online paper, and you can listen to Dolphin Radio online at”

Students at Delgado can get immediate hands-on experience writing for the newspaper, hosting a radio show or working with state-of-the-art TV production.  There are even opportunities to be a news anchor or sports commentator for live Delgado sports events.

Students from the Public Relations Issues and Strategies (MSCM 242) class are conducting the awareness campaign for Delgado student media as a service-learning project.  Service learning teaches course material through hands-on activities.

“This is the best way to learn PR concepts, since the book won’t provide answers to what you run into with real-life situations,” public relations student Mel Benyahia said. “You learn more by doing than by just reading about it.”

For more information, contact Susan Hague at (504) 491-5315.

Forty years ago today, April 1, 1974, Hank Aaron hit a home run at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, home of the Delgado Dolphins. Two games later, in Atlanta, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record for the most home runs in Major League Baseball history! Read about it on Delgado’s Community blog: Hammerin’ Hank & Kirsch-Rooney…40 Years Later.

When you’re on Facebook, be sure to like Delgado’s Community Blog! Thank you.

Hank Aaron, courtesy Times Picayune