SUNO Defeats Dillard in Thriller; Advances to Championship Match

SUNO defeats DillardIt came down to the wire Friday, Nov. 14, but the Lady Knights prevailed in the fifth game to defeat Dillard University 3-2. The victory sends the Lady Knights to the Championship match against Xavier University Saturday, Nov. 15 at noon at the Xavier Convocation Center.

Xavier advanced to the championship by defeating Talladega College 3-0 Friday, Nov. 14. Saturday’s match pits the the No. 1 seed Xavier (19-5)  against the No. 2 seed SUNO (25-9). During the season, Xavier defeated SUNO twice. Saturday’s match promises to be another nail biter.


Lady Knights Advance to Semi-Finals

Lady Knights at GCAC for WEBThe Lady Knights defeated Edward Waters College 3-0 in the first round of the 2014 GCAC Volleyball Championship Tournament.  The win allows the team to advance to the semi-finals and play Dillard University at 3 p.m. Friday , Nov. 14 in the Castle. Dillard defeated Toogaloo 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals.

If SUNO defeats Dillard, the team will advance to the Championship game scheduled at noon Saturday,  Nov. 15 at the Xavier Convocation Center.

5 SUNO Players Named to All-Conference Volleyball Teams

Senior Stephanie Buhl (9) and Christal Hollins (2)

Senior Stephanie Buhl (9) and Christal Hollins (2)

Seniors Stephanie Buhl and Christal Hollins, and juniors Jana ReininghausAna Privrat and Milica Golubovic  have been named to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball All-Conference teams.

Hollins is the only unanimous selection to the all-conference first team.  She finished third in the GCAC in hitting percentage (.280), second in kills per set (3.2), and fifth in digs per set (3.6).  Hollins also was named GCAC Player of the Week five times this season.  No other player was selected more than once.

Buhl and Reininghaus join Hollins on the first team.  Buhl lead the conference in assists for the third time in her four seasons (9.4 per set).  Jana Reininghaus is the conference leader in blocks per set (0.8) and finished second in total blocks (79).

Ana Privrat and Milica Golubovic are both first time selections to the all-conference second team.  Privrat finished second in the conference in digs per set (4.2) and total digs (444).  Golubovic posted 188 kills and 288 digs for the Lady Knights and finished among the league leaders in hitting percentage, kills per set, total kills, total blocks, digs and digs per set.

The Lady Knights return will play Friday at 10 a.m. in the first round of the 2014 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament. Second-seeded SUNO will face No. 7 Edward Waters in The Castle. The winner of the tournament recieves the GCAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Volleyball Championship.

Cross Country Team Competes

The SUNO Cross Country Team competed in the annual GCAC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 18.

Alex Saunders delivered the best individual performance by any male athlete in Cross Country in 10 years by placing 4th overall. The male team was 5th and the female team was 3rd overall with Orenthia Bennett and Leonie Robinson placing 11th and 12th respectively.


Christal Hollins Earns Third Consecutive Volleyball Player of the Week Award

Christal Hollins for the WEBSenior Outside Hitter Christal Hollins has earned GCAC Volleyball Player of the Week honors for games played Oct. 13-19. This is the third consecutive week and for the fourth time this season that Hollins has earned this honor.

She posted a double-double in SUNO’s only match last week, with 15 kills and 13 digs in a win over Edward Waters. Hollins has notched 11 double-doubles in her past 15 matches for the Lady Knights.

Players of the Week

Aug. 25           Jana Reininghaus, SUNO, Jr.

Sept. 1            Carla Novaes, Talladega, So.

Sept. 8            Mercades Chevis, Dillard, Sr.

Sept. 15          Chinedu Echebelem, Xavier, Sr.

Sept. 22          Christal Hollins, SUNO, Sr.

Sept. 29          Chassidy Harris, Tougaloo, Fr.

Oct. 7              Christal Hollins, SUNO, Sr.

Oct. 14            Christal Hollins, SUNO, Sr.

SUNO Reports 2,734 Students Enrolled for Fall 2014

Final enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is 2,734, an 8.5 percent decrease from the Fall 2013 enrollment of 2,989.


“The reduction in enrollment was expected due to the new stringent admission requirements that became effective this semester,” said Latrice Latimore, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. “SUNO is no longer an open admission University.  It is now highly selective as required by the Louisiana Board of Regents, which does not allow our institution to accept students who need to enroll in developmental coursework.”


SUNO administrators are encouraged by the 218 students enrolled in the SUSLA Connect Program, which allows students admitted to the two-year program at Southern University-Shreveport (SUSLA) to begin their collegiate careers taking SUSLA classes while on SUNO’s campus.


The expectation is that these students will transfer to SUNO once they earn the required 18 college credits for admission.  Inclusive of the SUSLA Connect program participants, all total, 2,952 students are currently taking courses at SUNO this semester.


Also, the University’s retention rate increased to 58.8 for its 2013 freshmen cohort.  This marks the second highest rate SUNO has amassed since the Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act (Grad Act) became a law in 2010.

Lady Knights To Face Edward Waters, Xavier

Volleyball flyer.9.29.14The Lady Knights (12-5) won two games over the weekend after losing to Loyola University on Thursday, Sept. 25. On Friday, the team defeated the University of Mobile 3-2 on Friday, Sept. 26 and defeated Voorhees College 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Tonight, the Lady Knights will face Edward Waters College (7-8) at 7 p.m. in the Castle. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Lady Knights will take on Xavier University (8-2) at 7 p.m. in the Castle. Both SUNO and Xavier are undefeated in Conference play.

The team wants Wednesday night’s game to be a “Blue Out.” Please wear blue to support the Lady Knights!


SUNO’s Proposed Nursing Program to Address Growing Need in Healthcare Industry

The Southern University System Board of Supervisors has approved Southern University at New Orleans’ (SUNO) Letter of Intent to develop a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN). The new program would contribute to the state’s workforce development in nursing, which is needed to fill the demand created by the construction of the Veterans Affairs Hospital, the University Medical Center and the New Orleans East Hospital, in addition to the national nursing shortage.

If approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the new nursing program would combine conventional training methods with hands-on, application-based laboratory experience. Some graduates of the program would join the healthcare workforce while others would pursue advanced degrees in various healthcare fields.

According to a recent article in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans could become a major center for the healthcare industry, but the vision might not materialize if the city does not have a sufficiently trained and available workforce. SUNO administrators believe the new nursing program would help to address that need in the industry.

“The BSN program would complement SUNO’s successful biology, mathematics and forensic science programs. Our students have been requesting a nursing program for some time,” Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said. “In addition, the employment opportunities for BSN graduates would be endless. Even without the city’s three new hospitals, there are ample job opportunities in the state.”

In a letter of support for the program, Charlotte M. Parent, the director of health for the City Of New Orleans, said her department will support all the proposed nursing program activities as well as offer academic and summer research internship opportunities to students. “Southern University at New Orleans is offering excellent opportunities in STEM fields and we are confident they will excel in the proposed nursing program, which is one of the needed programs to the serve the community,” she wrote.

Mario J. Garner, the president and chief executive officer of New Orleans East Hospital, also supports the program. “Preparing bachelor-trained registered nurses is important to enhance the delivery of healthcare for a community,” he wrote. “I look forward to a continuous collaboration with the department’s administrators and faculty.”

The BASH to Raise Funds for Scholarships

The Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Foundation will host its annual BASH celebration and fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 from 7-11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.

The BASH, which began in 2004, is named for SUNO’s chancellor emeritus and first chancellor, the late Emmett W. Bashful, the event’s first honoree. This year’s BASH co-chairs are SUNO alumni Constance W. Lavigne, Ed Robinson and Eric Wright. Frank Williams is the acting chair of the SUNO Foundation.

In addition to honoring SUNO students for their academic achievement, the BASH will raise money for University scholarships. Entertainment will be provided by the Renaissance Band.

“Scholarships play an important role in helping Southern University at New Orleans attract and retain the best qualified and most deserving students. As the cost of providing a quality college education continues to rise, and as federal and state dollars continue to shrink, scholarship support has become more crucial than ever,’’ said Gloria B. Moultrie, vice chancellor of Community Outreach/University Advancement. “We encourage the community to attend this year’s BASH to help more deserving students to achieve their academic goals.”

Tickets are available at the SUNO Office of Community Outreach/University Advancement in the Emmett W. Bashful Administration Building, Room 312, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA 70126. For information, call 504-286-5341.