Student Success Snapshot


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“I have an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management.”

What would you name the movie of your life?  “Determined!”

If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?Early character Bokeem Woodbine, later character Charles S. Dutton.”

You spoke at one of the commencement ceremonies. Were you nervous?Never, always prepared for speaking, crowd size doesn’t matter.”

Were you involved in any extracurricular activities? “Yes. SGA.”

What role did you serve as a member of SGA? “Senator, VP of Policy, and President.”

Dee Shedrick

Dee Shedrick

What did you enjoy most about being in the SGA? “Being able to make change and facilitate events for students.”

What is something you learned in the last week? “Growth is always necessary.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done? “Come back to school.”

What do you want to be when you grow up? “A successful business owner.”

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Delgado Represented at AAUW Convention in The Big Easy

Dee Shedrick

Dee Shedrick


Picture of panelist: Delgado faculty and staff at AAUW’s National Convention banquet. From left to right: Melanie Deffendall, Raymonda Dennis, and Dee Shedrick.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) held its 47th National Convention at the Sheraton New Orleans hotel June 9-12. Director of the Irma Thomas Center for WISE Women Melanie Deffendall, Associate Professor of Sociology Raymonda Dennis, and Public Relations and Marketing Writer Dee Shedrick of Delgado Community College served as speakers during panel discussions at the conference. Deffendall and Dennis shared their thoughts and opinions in the “Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success” workshop, and Shedrick answered questions in “A View of Our Future: Stories from Young Women Leaders.”

The convention also awarded its Achievement Award to former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, its Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award to Linda T. Alpein, the founder of Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN), and its Alumnae Recognition Award to Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

This year AAUW celebrated 125 SAMSUNGyears of fellowships and grants, 50 years since the Equal Pay Act (requiring that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work), and 40 years of Title IX (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions).

AAUW has been empowering women and girls since 1881.

Louisiana Dialects, Lesson 1

Leslie Salinero

Leslie Salinero

You ain’t gonna find no dialec like dis nowheres else in na whirl!1

From Cajun to Yat and everything in between, numerous dialects were born and are thriving throughout Southeastern Louisiana. I’ve always been fascinated with such vernacular, especially in the New Orleans area. Here begins an attempt to catalog and explain the idioms, truncated syllables, random dropping and adding of “s,” local terminology, diphthongs2,and other inflections and infractions that make up the grammatical acid trip that is New Orleans dialect.

During my childhood, I began to notice that certain elderly family members and friends from Bywater had unique pronunciations of certain words. But this dialectal distinction was not just a geographic one—pronunciation varied according to gender, too.  For example, consider the word “church” in the following sound clips:

Choyich (male)

Cheurech (female)

Females pronounce the word with more of an “r” sound, while males virtually drop the “r.” I have yet to determine what causes this difference, but if anyone knows, please post a comment to this blog!

Homework: Learn how to speak the dialect! Practice saying the following other words according to the pronunciation in the sound bites above: first, third, world, dirty, purse.


Standard English translation: You aren’t going to find any dialect like this anywhere else in the world!

2  Diphthong: no, this is not an article of lingerie sold at Victoria’s Secret. It is a gliding monosyllabic speech sound (as the vowel combination at the end of toy) that starts at or near the articulatory position for one vowel and moves to or toward the position of another. Source: