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  • SUNO alums’ victories featured in October 22nd elections
  • Dobard featured in The Times-Picayune and
  • Triplett selected to lead new charter school organization
  • Isom inspires FAMU community
  • Rev. Nancy Owens to lead Northeast Louisiana congregation
  • Alumni Association elects Honoré-Collins president


SUNO alums’ victories featured in October 22nd elections

October 25, 2011


Three graduates of Southern University at New Orleans posted victories in their respective political races. Regina Bartholomew won her bid for Orleans Judge of Civil District Court, Division B, Wesley Bishop won the Louisiana State Representative seat for District 99, and Thomas “T.J.” Smith won the St. Tammany Parish Council seat for District 14.


Bartholomew, an attorney who garnered multiple prominent endorsements, won with 63% of the vote. Bishop, who serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at SUNO, won decidedly with 82% of the vote. Smith, a businessman who has been a pioneer in St. Tammany Parish, won with 57% of the vote.


Dobard featured in The Times-Picayune and

September 14, 2011


“Recovery School District official draws upon local roots” by Andrew Vanacore


Triplett selected to lead new charter school organization

August 10, 2011



Dr. Vera Triplett, L.P.C., R.P.T. (’96) has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Capital One-New Beginnings Charter School Network. The network consists of Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Gentilly Terrace Charter School, Medard Nelson Charter School, and Lake Area New Tech Early College High School.


“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be in the thick of the great public education renaissance in New Orleans.  The bigger honor for me is to be able to work in my Gentilly community where we can really make special things happen for children from kindergarten all the way through their college careers,” said Dr. Triplett who received her undergraduate degree in Education from SUNO.


Previously Dr. Triplett served as Chief Operating Officer of the Capital One-University of New Orleans (UNO) Charter School Network, and became CEO of New Beginnings upon the restructuring of the UNO Network’s board of directors. She had also served as an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Our Lady of Holy Cross College and the Clinical Director of the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and Training Center. Dr. Triplett earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in School & Community Counseling and Counselor Education from the UNO.


Dr. Triplett also continues work in the areas of child abuse prevention and awareness and juvenile justice reform. She served on Governor Kathleen Blanco’s Children’s Cabinet Research Council and as the education committee chair for the Task Force on Child Sexual Abuse. A resident of Gentilly, Dr. Triplett a founder and former Vice President of the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association as well as an active member of the Milneburg Neighborhood Association.


Isom inspires FAMU community

August 10, 2011



Juanita Isom made a promise to her daughter, Leesa, that she would finish what she started. Isom kept her promise, and then some. On August 5th, Isom, who will be 70 this year, was one of the most popular degree recipients among Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) 450 candidates as she earned her master’s degree in history. She received her undergraduate degree in history from SUNO in 2008.


A grandmother of twelve, Isom’s journey began when her daughter transferred to SUNO to study history. What left Isom’s heart heavy, however, was Leesa’s death not long before she earned her first degree. Undeterred, Isom held on to the promise that she made with Leesa to complete her studies at SUNO. “She wanted me to do it, and I did just that!” exclaimed Isom.


Isom loves history. A native of Tampa, Florida, she is a decendent of the historic Rosewood community, whose story was told via the 1997 motion picture Rosewood. Her family, Isom says, still owns land in the area. Inspired by the infamous story of Rosewood, her love for history grew over time, and she recalls having long discussions about history with Dr. Felix James, Professor of History.


Upon receiving a degree from FAMU, it would seem that Isom will have a difficult decision to make when the Rattlers battle Southern University in the Atlanta Football Classic on September 24th. “Oh, I’m going for Southern! And I had the nerve to wear my blue and gold on campus (at FAMU) one day and I know they wanted to tell me something, but I was an older student so they left me alone,” she gleefully declared with a chuckle. All the same, Isom is grateful that Dr. Donna Grant, SUNO’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Services and a proud FAMU graduate, pointed her toward Tallahassee for graduate school.


When asked about the attention she has received at FAMU and throughout the Tallahassee community, Isom does not buy into the hooplah. “Everybody thought I had done something extraordinary, but I was just getting a degree,” she said. Isom plans to return to New Orleans to enjoy some rest and relaxation.


Rev. Nancy Owens to lead Northeast Louisiana congregation

August 3, 2011


The Rev. Nancy Owens has been appointed to serve the Crowville United Methodist Church as minister, according to an August 3rd report posted on, the web site for The Franklin Sun. The church is in Crowville, Louisiana, which is in Franklin Parish.


Rev. Owens was appointed lay pastor of the church by United Methodist Church District Superintendent Rev. Bob Burgess.

She is a native of West Monroe, Louisiana and received her Master of Social Work from SUNO as well as a Master of Religious Education from the New Orleans Theological Seminary.


Alumni Association elects Honoré-Collins president

June 22, 2011



The Southern University at New Orleans Alumni Association elected Cynthia Honoré-Collins, M.S.W., Ph.D. (B’99, M’01) its 2011-2012 president.  Dr. Honoré-Collins was elected on June 18th at the organization’s monthly meeting, and will take office on August 1st.  She currently serves as the Director of Community and Social Services with the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation/Director of the Mahalia Jackson Center and an Adjunct Professor at SUNO.


Dr. Honoré-Collins served on Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team Task Force for Youth & Families. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Secretary of the Central City Partnership, board member of the First Grace Community Alliance, and Louisiana Youth Enhancement Services.


She is a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and she serves on the Program Advisement Team for the Hagar’s House homeless shelter.  Dr. Honoré-Collins holds both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from SUNO, and she holds her Ph.D. in Social Work from Jackson State University.


The executive board of the alumni association also includes:

Bessie Vaughn First Vice President
Alice Craft-Kerney Second Vice President
Micaela Bowers Treasurer
Rachael Johnson Financial Secretary
Wonda L. Crawford Recording Secretary
Lisa Manning-Ambrose Corresponding Secretary
Nikkissha Napoleon Parliamentarian
Rev. Samuel Butler Sergeant-At-Arms
Beatrice Beauchamp Chaplain


The SUNO Alumni Association meets every fourth Saturday on the University’s Lake Campus at the Student Activities Center (7000 Press Dr.) 10 a.m.  For more information, call (504) 286-5341.