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.