Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent to Serve as Honors and Awards Day Speaker

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Dr. Henderson Lewis Jr., Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent and Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) graduate, will serve as the guest speaker for the University’s annual Honors And Awards Day Program at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Gymnasium.

Dr. Lewis, who graduated from SUNO in 1996, is an accomplished educator and administrator with more than 20 years of progressive experience in providing quality instruction, educational leadership, governance and school administration. He was chosen and unanimously approved as Orleans Parish Schools Superintendent on March 17, 2015.

The purpose of Honors and Awards Day is to encourage, recognize and applaud academic excellence among students. More than 700 students are slated to receive awards for exceptional scholarship, outstanding service and excellent leadership.  The theme for this year’s program is “Inspired to Excel.”

The program is open to the public. For information, contact Dr. Brenda Jackson, committee chair, at 504-286-5274.

SUNO Professor Receives Presidential Award for Excellence

Murty S. Kambhampati

Murty S. Kambhampati

President Obama has 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 will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

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 receive awards of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. The mentors and organizations announced today represent the winners for 2012 and 2013.

“These educators are helping to cultivate America’s future scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” President Obama said. “They open new worlds to their students, and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That’s transforming those students’ futures, and our nation’s future, too.”

SUNO’s Kambhampati holds a Ph.D. from Jackson State University in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. from Andhra University, India in Ecology. Over the years, he established excellent collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York; Dowling College, Tulane University, Louisiana State University’s Louisiana Biomedical Network, and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Cocodrie, LA to place students for summer internships and ecological field trips. He is an active research mentor for undergraduates; and serves as the PI and Co-PI on funded state and federal grants and is SUNO’s Beta Kappa Chi/National Institute of Science chapters’ sponsor.

He has won several awards for his work as a mentor, including the National Role Model Faculty Award from Minority Access, Inc., in 2008. His research interests are Phytoremediation, Environmental Toxicology, ecological studies on coastal ponds, and Environmental Biotechnology.

 

The other individuals and organizations receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring are:

 

• Sheila M. Humphreys, University of California, Berkeley

• Raymond L. Johnson, University of Maryland, College Park

• Gary S. May, Dean, Georgia Institute of Technology

• Elizabeth A. Parry, North Carolina State University

• Tilak Ratnanather, The Johns Hopkins University

• John Brooks Slaughter, University of Southern California

• GeoFORCE Texas, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin

• Luis Colón, State University of New York at Buffalo

• Anne E. Donnelly, University of Florida

• Lorraine Fleming, Howard University

• John Matsui, University of California, Berkeley

• Beth Olivares, University of Rochester

• Sandra Petersen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

• Julio Soto, San Jose State University

MSW Application Deadline Extended

The School of Social Work has extended the MSW application deadline for  Summer 2015 (advanced standing) and Fall 2015 (part-time and full-time). The new deadline is Tuesday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

All information should be delivered to:

Graduate Studies

Bashful Administration Building, Room 133

Southern University at New Orleans

6400 Press Drive

New Orleans, LA  70126

For information, call 504-286-5453 or 504-286-5486.

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team Wins Awards

While competing in the National Championship Tournament in Torrance, CA, the Southern University at News Orleans Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team won two awards.

Coach Amelia Sellers was named Coach of the Year, and New Orleans senior Jonah Leavell was the top scorer in the Louis Armstrong Division.

SUNO’s team won two of the five games in the Round Robin of the 26th annual tournament. SUNO defeated Shaw and Hampton universities, but lost to Alabama State, Grambling and North Carolina A&T State universities. SUNO’s 2-3 record landed the team in fourth place in its division.

Jonah Leavell, Top Division Scorer

Jonah Leavell, Top Division Scorer

Amelia Sellers, Coach of the Year

Amelia Sellers, Coach of the Year

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team Wins 2 Games

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team: Coach Amelia B. Sellers, from left,  Joshua E. Leavell, Jonah E. Leavell, Chante’ Galman and Kevis Q. King, captain.

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team: Coach Amelia B. Sellers, from left, Joshua E. Leavell, Jonah E. Leavell, Chante’ Galman and Kevis Q. King, captain.

The Southern University at New Orleans Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team won two of five games in the Round Robin of the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament in Torrance, CA., until Wednesday, March 25. SUNO defeated Shaw and Hampton universities, but lost to Alabama State, Grambling and North Carolina A & T State universities. SUNO’s 2-3 record landed the team in fourth place in its division.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition.

SUNO’s 2015 team members are Kevis King Sr., captain, a junior from Marrero; Chante Galman, a senior from New Orleans; Jonah Leavell, a senior from New Orleans; and Joshua Leavell, a senior from New Orleans. Amelia Sellers  is the coach. Chancellor Victor Ukpolo accompanied the team.

 

Super Season Comes to An End

The Lady Knights played hard, but Montana State-Northern came out on top Friday, March 20 with a final score of 73-54.

Despite the tough loss, the Lady Knights had many great accomplishments this season:​

  • Won the first NAIA Championship Tournament Game in team history.
  • Claimed both the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) regular-season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time.
    • Won the first GCAC Championship since 2000 with a 19-4 record, including a 13-1 record in the GCAC​.
    • ​Set school records for the most conference victories (13).​
  • Coach Elston King was named GCAC Coach of the Year.
  • Senior guard/forward Brandy Broome was named GCAC Player of the Year.
    • ​Broome led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
    • An eight-time GCAC Player of the Week this season, Broome also finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
    • She led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
    • In her final regular season home game, she posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.
  • ​Three players were named to the All-GCAC Women’s Basketball Team: Broome was named to the first team, and junior forward Rayvin Miller and senior forward Marquetta Stokes were named to the second team.

Lady Knights Claim First-ever Win in Three Trips to the NAIA National Championship

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo – Seventh-seeded Southern at New Orleans became the second team Wednesday to win its first-ever game at the national championship, as the Lady Knights upset perennial powerhouse and No. 2-seed Vanguard (Calif.), 84-56, in the final day-one game of the 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City.

 

With the win, SUNO advances to play No. 3 Montana State-Northern Friday at 2:15 p.m. The Lady Knights entered the championship 0-2 in two previous trips and join fellow seven-seed Great Falls (Mont.) as the lowest seeds so far to punch a ticket into the round of 16.

SUNO found its rhythm on offense early and often against the Lions. A steal and score by Marquetta Stokes gave the Lady Knights their first double-digit lead of the night 30-20 at the 8:49 mark of the first half. Vanguard pulled as close as seven points, but SUNO quickly answered with another layup. The trend continued in the second half, eventually reaching a 33-point spread with four minutes remaining before a couple of baskets by Vanguard cut the deficit to the final spread of 28.

Junior Rayvin Miller and Senior Marquetta Stokes led the Lady Knights in scoring. Miller tallied 23 points – 21 of which came in the first half – on 10-of-12 shooting, including a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point range. Stokes scored 21 points. As a team, SUNO shot 56.1 percent (37-of-66) from the floor and 40 percent (6-for-15) from beyond the arc. They also had a 38-33 advantage in rebounding and forced a season-high tying 19 turnovers.

Vanguard was led in scoring by Amber Alexander’s 24 points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds en route to her 11th double-double of the season. The loss is the first for the Lions in the opening round of the championship since falling to Georgetown (Ky.), 70-68, in 2012. Vanguard ends the year with a 22-8 record and is now 26-16 all-time at the championship.

 

SUNO to compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team: Coach Amelia B. Sellers, from left,  Joshua E. Leavell, Jonah E. Leavell, Chante’ Galman and Kevis Q. King, captain.

SUNO Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team: Coach Amelia B. Sellers, from left, Joshua E. Leavell, Jonah E. Leavell, Chante’ Galman and Kevis Q. King, captain.

 

Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament.  HBCU students, including a team from SUNO, have spent the school year diligently preparing and qualifying to compete in the national championship March 21-25 on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, CA.

This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition.

“Every one of the students that qualifies for the ‘Great 48’ is a champion in their own right,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda.  “Honda is proud to welcome this year’s class into an exceptional community of HCASC alumni that comes together each year to celebrate academic excellence.”

SUNO 2015 team members are Kevis King Sr., captain, a junior from Marrero; Chante Galman, a senior from New Orleans; Jonah Leavell, a senior from New Orleans; and Joshua Leavell, a senior from New Orleans. Amelia Sellers  is the coach. Chancellor Victor Ukpolo will accompany the team.

HBCU alumni in the Los Angeles area are invited to attend the Round Robin Games Sunday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the South Bay Marriott.  Click for HCASC NCT Guest Information.

The 2015 finals will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23 starting at 11 a.m. on HCASC.com and other websites.

For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.  Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HCASC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/HCASC), using #HCASC.

About Honda Campus All-Star Challenge:
Celebrating HBCU excellence, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States.  Since 1989, the program has awarded more than $7.5 million in grants to participating HBCUs, impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students across 22 states.  HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors.  A number of high profile former HCASC participants have been inducted into the HCASC Hall of Fame, including Clark Atlanta University alumnus and ESPN anchor, Bomani Jones, who participated in two HCASC competitions between 1999 and 2001, serving as team captain in 2001.

SUNO to play Vanguard in NAIA first round

Senior Forward Jessica Savannah calls for a pass during the first round of the GCAC Championship Tournament in New Orleans.

Senior Forward Jessica Savannah calls for a pass during the first round of the GCAC Championship Tournament in New Orleans.

The Lady Knights Basketball Team is the 7th seed in the  2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, which is March 18-24  in Independence, MO.  The Lady Knights (21-4) will play the No. 2-seed Vanguard University Lions  (22-7) in the first round  at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. (Please see the bracket below.)

The Lady Knights earned the GCAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division I Championship by defeating Xavier 55-47 Sunday to win the 2015 GCAC Tournament Championship. This has been an exciting year for the Lady Knights. They set school records for the most conference victories (13), and this was the first season that the team claimed both the regular-season and tournament championships. SUNO last won the GCAC Tournament title in 2012.

In other sports news, SUNO and Xavier both represent the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in the first set of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winter standings. SUNO has accumulated 121 points, placing the Unviersity in 58th place. Xavier is 75th with 89 points.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) and USA Today. The points are awarded on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s. The final NAIA winter standings will be released Thursday, March 26.

2015 NAIA Bracket

SUNO Track Team Competes in 2015 NAIA Indoor National Championships

Track Team at 2015 NAIA Championships for WEB

The SUNO Men’s Track Team finished 12th overall among 57 other universities with five athletes.

Alex Saunders, a sophomore,  finished second in the 800 Meter Dash (1:52.15);  Chadwayne Vidal, a junior, placed sixth in the 60 Meter Dash (6.875); and Brian Smith, a freshman, placed third in the 400 Meter Dash (47.81). In the Final 4×400 Meter Relay, SUNO Men’s Team placed fifth with a time of 3:13.914.

It’s worth noting that Saunders is the first athlete to make All-American in the 800 Meters in more than 25 years.

Not to be overshadowed by the men, our Women’s Track Team finished 17th overall of 48 universities. A performance by the women put SUNO in second place with a final time of 3:44.718 in the Women 4×400 Meter Relay.  In addition, Orenthia Bennett  placed third in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 54.76 and Leonie Robinson sixth place in the 60 Meter Dash.

SUNO received 14 All-American honors with only 10 (5 men/5 women) athletes. The Track Team coach is Yhann Plummer, and the assistant coach is Younne Reid.