Posted by Habtom Keleta - Sat, Aug. 25, 2012 - [ Men's Track and Field ] - Viewed 388 times
S.A.L.T. Participants Gather in the Auditorium
S.A.L.T. Participants Gather in the Auditorium
The Dillard University athletics staff, led by Athletic Director Kiki Baker Barnes, hosted its annual "Scholar-Athlete Leadership Training", otherwise known as or S.A.L.T., on Saturday. 

After a conventional breakfast, the scholar-athletes broke into four groups and attended special sessions throughout the morning.  Student-athletes from all of Dillard University's sports were present; men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball.    

In the first session, Dr. Dawn Williams, Chief Judicial Officer for Dillard, and Mr. Malik Bartholomew, Access Services and Work-Student Supervisor at the University, spoke about the University's judicial code and expectations of student-athletes on campus.  In the second session, Mr. Tony Converse, former Tulane football standout, spoke about drug and alcohol abuse, and gave his personal testimony which hit home with the students.

In the third session, Mr. Eddie Francis, Interim Director for Enrollment Management at Paul Quinn College, delivered a special presentation about social media "do's and don'ts", which really opened the eyes of the scholar-athletes.  In the fourth session, Mrs. Hermine Jones, Academic Skills Coordinator at Dillard, gave a presentation about time management.

Following the sessions, the student-athletes were honored for their achievements from the previous school year.  18 scholar-athletes were honored with plaques as they made the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Honor Roll.  There were also three athletes who were honored as Academic All-Americans.  Eight more students were presented with All-American awards, and the women's track and field team was honored for their GCAC championship last season.

To end the S.A.L.T. program, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President of the University, addressed the scholar-athletes and encouraged them on their journey through college.  Dr. Kimbrough discussed how preparation, persistence and perspective helped him survive during his collegiate years and assisted him in becoming the man he is today.  Dr. Kimbrough is in his first year as President of Dillard University.