SUNO Allowed to Test New Admission Standards

BY Elizabeth Crisp

ecrisp@theadvocate.com

After three meetings and hours of debate, the state Board of Regents on Wednesday agreed to test new admissions standards for some of Louisiana’s universities.

The new policy isn’t as far-reaching as some had been aiming for, but supporters say it could help more students go to college.

“The goal is to get more graduates,” said Regents chairman Roy Martin, of Alexandria.

Under the new policy, four-year regional institutions will be able to admit students who require a developmental, or remedial, course. Currently, a student who scores on the ACT below an 18 in English or a 19 in math can’t enroll at the state’s public universities without a waiver because he or she would have to take a remedial course at a two-year college. The standards are a minimum, so individually, colleges could opt out of the new provision.

Under the new policy, which is being tested for two years, remedial courses will still be offered on community college campuses — except for students of the state’s historically black colleges, Southern University, Southern University New Orleans and Grambling State University.

The HBCUs will be able to offer remedial courses on their own campuses.

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Dr. Kambhampati Meets President Obama

President Barack Obama meets with the 2012 winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) in the Oval Office, June 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with the 2012 winners (including Dr. Murty Kambhampati, third from left) of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) in the Oval Office, June 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

President Obama recently named Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Professor Murty S. Kambhampati and 13 other individuals and one organization as the newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). These mentors received their awards at a White House ceremony Wednesday, June 17.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields. By offering their expertise and encouragement, mentors help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers while ensuring that tomorrow’s innovators represent a diverse pool of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent throughout the United States.

Candidates for the award are nominated by colleagues, administrators, and students in their home institutions or through professional affiliations. Candidates also may self-nominate. Their mentoring can involve students at any grade level from elementary through graduate school and professional development mentoring of early career scientists. In addition to being honored at the White House, recipients received awards of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

 

NCATE Visit: Third-Party Testimony Requested

The College of Education & Human Development is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards this Fall.

Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the College of Education & Human Development (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

Third-Party Comments
CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by e-mail to: callforcomments@ncate.org

Correspondence, which must be received by CAEP by the end of July, will be submitted to the College of Education & Human Development for response via CAEP’s Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). CAEP will not upload anonymous comments to the site visit team or the College of Education & Human Development.

Belton Named SU System President and Chancellor

SU Presiden.Chancellort Ray_L_Belton for WEB

Dr. Ray L. Belton

 

After interviewing two finalists recommended by the Southern University System (SUS) President/Chancellor Search Committee, the SUS Board of Supervisors today named Ray L. Belton President and Chancellor of the SU System.

Belton and the other finalist, Ivory Toldson, participated in several listening sessions with faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, June 11, 2015, on the Southern Baton Rouge campus.

After interviewing Belton and Toldson, the SUS Board voted 13-1 to select the Shreveport native to lead the SU System and Baton Rouge campus.

In March 2015, the SUS Board made history when it voted to consolidate the System President and SU Baton Rouge Chancellor into one position.

Belton replaces SUS System President Ronald Mason Jr. who leaves June 30 to become president of the University of the District of Columbia.

The new president and chancellor, who will assume the position July 1, 2015, is familiar to Southern. He has served as chancellor of Southern University Shreveport (SUSLA) since 2000.

“It is an absolute honor to be afforded this occasion to serve this Board and to serve this institution to whom I remain indebted. As president and chancellor of the Southern University System, I will give my all,” said Belton.

The newly elected president and chancellor added, “We will build a leadership team that will advance the evolution of this enterprise [Southern University System]. This enterprise will be known for its contributions to this state and to this nation.”

Belton is a graduate of SUSLA and Southern University Baton Rouge. He has a master of arts in counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctor of philosophy in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

SU Board Chairman Leon R. Tarver II thanked the SUS Board, and the 15-member search committee chaired by surgeon and former Board of Regents member Albert Sam, M.D.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the search for the SU System president/chancellor. The search committee’s work was expedient and exemplary. Today we welcome Dr. Ray Belton whose tenure will signal the beginning of the next era for the only HBCU system in America,” Tarver said. 

Dr. Ray Belton’s Biography

 

SUS President/Chancellor Search Committee to Host Campus Sessions for Finalists

The Southern University System (SUS) Board of Supervisors’ President/Chancellor Search Committee will host listening sessions for the final candidates with faculty, staff, students, alumni and stakeholders Thursday, June 11 on the Southern Baton Rouge campus.

The 15-member search committee announced finalists May 28 after interviewing six applicants for SUS president/chancellor at the Hilton Garden Inn in Baton Rouge.

Candidates for the next SU System leader who will be recommended to the SU Board of Supervisors are:

Ray Belton, chancellor, Southern University Shreveport (SUSLA), a graduate of SUSLA and Southern University Baton Rouge. He has a master of arts in counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctor of philosophy in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ivory Toldson, deputy director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in counselor education from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University.

A third candidate, Barrett Hatches of Chicago, withdrew his application.

Listening sessions are scheduled throughout the day:

 

10 a.m.

Listening Session – Staff

Location: T. H. Harris Hall Annex, Multipurpose Room, #118

Attendees: All staff is invited

 

11:30 a.m.

Lunch and Listening Session – Campus Chancellors

Attendees: Campus Chancellors are invited

 

1 p.m.

Listening Session – Students

Location: T. H. Harris Hall Annex, Multipurpose Room, #118

Attendees: All Students are invited

 

2:30 p.m.

Listening Session – Faculty

Location: Board of Supervisors’ Meeting Room

2nd Floor, J.S. Clark Administration Building

Attendees: All faculty are invited

 

4 p.m.

Listening Session – Alumni

Location: Board of Supervisors’ Meeting Room

2nd Floor, J.S. Clark Administration Building

Attendees: Alumni

The SUS Board of Supervisors will interview the final candidates during its regular meeting Friday, June 12, 2015. The new president/chancellor will be selected and announced during the meeting.

Dr. Belisle Receives 4th Patent from USPTO

Dr. William Belisle, Director for Grants and Sponsored Programs, has received his fourth patent from the U.S, Patent and Trademark Office, entitled “Method and apparatus for elevating and manipulating objects using electromagnetic fields only.”

The invention provides a mode of elevating and manipulating objects involving a dimension specific rectangular-shaped apparatus. The apparatus is capable of elevating a vertical electromagnet to various heights and horizontally repelling it from one position to the next. The heights of the electromagnet may vary depending on the voltage of the base electromagnets, the polarities and the desired height. 

The patent process for this invention began in 2004 and is now complete after nearly 11 years. Dr. Belisle’s intention is to sell or license the patent to organizations interested in Science and Physics Laboratory kits (for new studies involving electromagnetism and transportation), new modes of transportation (persons and objects), and controlled object movement in less than desirable environments (outer-space, toxic or hazardous environments, etc.). The invention also would be of interest to toy and outdoor entertainment manufacturers. 

This recent patent complements a simpler patent using a regular magnet (non-electromagnets), which Dr. Belisle received in 2004, entitled “Method and apparatus for elevating and manipulating objects using fields only.”

SUNO Track Team Competes in Gulf Shores

JBC0522_6458-6JBC0523_7322-6 tcb3The SUNO Knights received 10 All-American Honors at the 2015 National Outdoor Track & Field Championship May 21-23 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

The Lady Knights — Leonie Robinson, Chantal Pennie, Marquette Stokes and Shadae Hylton – finished third in the Women’s 4×100 Relay.  As individuals, Ms. Robinson finished 5th in the 100m, Ms. Pennie finished 5th in the 200m and Orenthia Bennett finished 3rd in the 400m. The women ranked 14th of the 65 teams that competed.

As for the Knights,  Chad Thomas finished 7th in the 400 hurdles, Brian Smith finished 6th in the 400m and Alex Saunders finished 6th in the 800m. The men ranked 32nd of 70 teams.

Recognizing that it takes more than the coaching staff to prepare athletes for championships, Track Coach Yhann Plummer wants to thank the Administration and Finance Department, Facilities Management Department, and the countless others who supported the team throughout the 2014-2015 season.

Article submitted by Tracey Braden

 

 

SUNO Hosts HBCU Business Deans Roundtable Summit

Members of the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable attend a reception in the SUNO College of Business & Public Administration Wednesday.

Members of the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable attend a reception in the SUNO College of Business & Public Administration Wednesday.

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), along with Southern University Baton Rouge and Xavier University of New Orleans, is hosting the 13th Annual Summit of the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. With the theme, “The Role of Energy and Human Capital in Economic Development from a Global Perspective,” the Summit will conclude Saturday, June 6.

The HBCU Business Deans Roundtable provides a forum for deans of Historically Black College and University business schools to address opportunities and challenges associated with enhancing business programs and initiatives.

Retired Gen. Russel Honoré will be the guest speaker at “Leadership in the New Normal” awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. today. At 9 a.m. Saturday, SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo and Dillard University’s Vice President of Master Facilities Planning Edgar L. Chase III will serve on a panel entitled, “Leadership Under Fire – New Orleans 10 years After Katrina.”

SUNO kicked off the Summit Wednesday with a reception in the atrium of the College of Business & Public Administration on the University’s Lake Campus. During the two-day Summit, the 65 deans will discuss the following topics: “The Role of State Government in Business, Education and Energy Development in Louisiana,” “Human Capital Development for the Corporate and Public Sectors,” “Human Capital Development for Graduate Education,” “Global Commerce and the Role of Ports in Economic Development,” and “Human Capital Development Opportunities for Building Business and STEM Relations.” 

SUNO Officially Opens Its Small Business Incubator Center

Pictured from left: Cynthia Beaulieu, director of the Small Business Development & Management Institute; Jarred Brossett, New Orleans City Council member, District D; Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of SUNO; Bessie Vaughn, president of the SUNO Alumni Association; Igwe Udeh, dean of the College of Business & Public Administration; Marlin Gusman, sheriff of Orleans Parish; the Rev. Sonya Lars, pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church; and Brenda Jackson, director of Title III Programs.

Pictured from left: Cynthia Beaulieu, director of the Small Business Development & Management Institute; Jarred Brossett, New Orleans City Council member, District D; Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of SUNO; Bessie Vaughn, president of the SUNO Alumni Association; Igwe Udeh, dean of the College of Business & Public Administration; Marlin Gusman, sheriff of Orleans Parish; the Rev. Sonya Lars, pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church; and Brenda Jackson, director of Title III Programs.

Dr. Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), cut the ribbon today, officially opening the Small Business Incubator Center. The Center is located on the University’s Lake Campus next to the current College of Business & Public Administration Building.

 New Orleans City Council members Nadine Ramsey and Jared Brossett, and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman attended the 10 a.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the new Center, which is designed to become the New Orleans Metropolitan Area’s breeding ground for entrepreneurship. The $3-million building houses rental space for entrepreneurs, faculty and staff offices, as well as meeting rooms for tenants and classrooms for students.

In his remarks, Ukpolo thanked federal, state and local officials for pushing through legislation and funding to construct the Center. “This Center would not have been possible without the help and determination of many people dedicated to entrepreneurship and Southern University at New Orleans,” Ukpolo said.

Igwe Udeh, dean of the College of Business & Public Administration, echoed those sentiments as he explained the Center’s mission.  “Our passion is to grow more businesses,” Udeh said. “This building will house up to 10 different small businesses for up to three years. We also intend for our students to use this Center as a lab to practice the skills they will need when they enter the business world.”

The Center falls under the leadership of Cynthia Beaulieu, director of the Small Business Development & Management Institute. The University will continue to operate the Small Business Incubator located at 7240 Crowder Blvd. in eastern New Orleans. It currently houses 10 businesses.

SUNO Mourns the Loss of Former Chancellor Spikes

Dr. Dolores R. Spikes served as SUNO Chancellor from   July 1987 to November 1988.

Dr. Dolores R. Spikes was
SUNO Chancellor from
July 1987 to November 1988.

Dr. Spikes made history several times during her educational and professional career. In 1971, she became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University after earning a B.S. degree in mathematics in 1957 from Southern University and a M.S. degree in math from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.

She went on to serve as chancellor of SUNO from July 1987 to November 1988, becoming the first woman to be named chancellor of a public university in Louisiana.  In 1988, she was appointed president of the Southern University System and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus, the first woman in the United States to head a university system.

During the same time, Dr. Spikes was appointed to the board of Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management in 1987. In 1994, President Bill Clinton named her to his board of advisors on historically black colleges and universities. Two years later, Dr. Spikes was named vice chair of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grand Universities. Later, in 1996, she became president of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore where she served until 2001. She was named SUS president emeritus in 1996, and later Southern University in Baton Rouge created the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College in her honor.

Most recently, SUNO created the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Endowed Professor of Business Entrepreneurship, currently held by Dr. Frank Martin, professor and chair of Business Administration.

“The country, the state, the Southern University System and SUNO lost a treasure today,” SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said of Dr. Spikes. “She left an indelible legacy as a remarkable educator and leader of our time. Dr. Spikes truly will be missed.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.