Two SUNO professors received national recognition for their mentoring efforts in the sciences within a span of three years. Dr. Joe Omojola received the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Murty Kambhampatiwas honored with the 2008 Faculty Mentor Award from Minority Access, Inc.
First Time’s a Charm
In their debut in the Morehouse Business Plan Competition, SUNO’s team walked away with first place honors in the 2010 contest. Later that semester the SUNO Students in Free Enterprise team earnedRookie of the Year honors in their category.
Setting the Standard
With New Orleans becoming a laboratory for empowerment through entrepreneurship, SUNO is the first four-year institution in the Crescent City to offer an undergraduate degree in Business Entrepreneurship. The University also graduates more African-Americans in Business Entrepreneurship than any of its competitors in Louisiana.
The One and Only
The University’s cutting-edge Health Information Management Systems program is the only of its kind in the New Orleans area.
The Master of Arts program in Museum Studies is the only one of its kind in the region, and it is the only such program housed at an HBCU.
Southern University at New Orleans is the only institution of higher learning in the state of Louisiana which offers a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. SUNO offers both an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science.
The Southern University System is the only HBCU system in the United States.
SUNO Athletics accomplished a national championship “three-peat” in the 1970’s. As an NCAA Division III program, the SUNO Knights Outdoor Track & Field team won National Championships in 1975, 1976 and 1977. The Lady Knights won the NAIA National Championships in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field in 1995 and 1997. Those seven national titles gives SUNO the second most in the state of Louisiana.
SUNO Athletics boasts over 150 NAIA All-American honors and more than 6 Olympians since 1976. The athletics program also holds eleven Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships.
Beating the Odds
The total enrollment at SUNO has grown every year since Hurricane Katrina. Despite projections that the University’s enrollment would only reach between 1,200 and 1,500 students in the spring of 2006, more than 2,000 students returned to campus. As of the fall of 2009, SUNO’s enrollment has grown to more than 3,100 students.
Quite a Collection
It is estimated that SUNO has the largest, most significant authenticated African and African-American art collection in the entire Southern region. Artifacts from this collection have been borrowed for study and display by major museums in Louisiana and other states.
The late Dr. Louis Westerfield, J.D. (’71) was the first African-American dean of both the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Although women have represented Louisiana in the Miss Black USA pageant, Tiffany Magee (’97) took on the role as the first State Director of Miss Black Louisiana USA in 2008.
New Orleans’ first African-American Postmaster is SUNO alumnus Philip E. Holland (’75).
Arlanda J. Williams (B’03, M’06) is the first woman to serve as chair of the Terrebonne Parish Council. She is also the youngest person ever elected president of the Louisiana Police Jury Association’s Black Caucus.
Timolynn Sams (’98) was selected by the Utne Reader as one of their 2008 “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”.
From 2006 to 2010, the New Orleans Police Department was led by two SUNO graduates–Warren J. Riley (B’98, M’00) and Marlon Defillo (B’92, M’00).
In September 2009 Angela Sutton (’99) became the youngest Superintendent of the Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility for Women in Madison, Indiana when she was appointed at the age of 33.