Forensic Science Student Receives Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship

Sanj Powell scholarship recipientSanj Powell, a junior in the Forensic Science program, is this year’s Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship winner. Mr. Powell will receive $1,000 towards his educational pursuits. 

According to the Southwest Association of Forensic Scientists, Mr. Powell was selected from many qualified applicants across the country. stated, “We decided your desire, to fulfill a need of educated and skilled forensic scientists in Jamaica, [was] deserving of SWAFS’s support,” said Christina Coucke-Garza, the Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship Chairperson. “Your accomplishments and outstanding recommendations are truly impressive.”

The Floyd E. McDonald Scholarship was created to ease the financial burden of the awardee. The committee will announce Mr. Powell as the scholarship recipient at its annual board meeting, Monday, Oct. 19 and at the SWAFS business luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

State to Demolish SUNO’s Multi-Purpose Building

Multi-Purpose BuildingThe State of Louisiana, through the Office of Facilities Planning and Control (FP&C), has entered into a contract to demolish the Multi-Purpose Building.  Demolition is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.  Workers will begin fencing the project site Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Barring rain delays or unforeseen conditions, the demolition will take approximately 120 days.

University representatives have met with state officials, the architects for the project and the demolition contractor to express concerns for the safety, health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.

The state’s experts have examined the building for hazardous materials and have determined that the building is cleared and ready for demolition. If any hazardous materials are found in the building, they will be handled and disposed of in accordance with the Department of Environmental Quality’s procedures and best practices. The contractor will demolish the building using a process called “the wet method,” which involves the building being sprayed with water as it is demolished. This method minimizes dust that may become air borne during demolition.

In addition, the contractor will install an 8-foot-high fence with screening material on the perimeter of the project site. Parking restrictions are being coordinated with Campus Police to minimize parking around the demolition site. Those parking spaces temporarily will be relocated for the duration of the project.

“The University is working diligently to protect the SUNO community during the state’s demolition of the Multi-Purpose Building,” said SUNO Facilities Management Director Shaun Lewis. “We want to thank the SUNO community for its cooperation and patience as this state demolition project proceeds.”



Knights Out Against Crime

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will host a “Night out against Crime” event Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. on the Park Campus in front of Knight Dining Hall.

This event, hosted by all the student clubs and organizations at SUNO, will feature games, music, free food, face painting and more.

“Knights Out Against Crime” is an event initiated by “The Observer,” SUNO’s student newspaper. The primary focus of the event is to unite the student body, faculty, staff and administration to take a stand against violence within the city.  With one loud voice, the Southern University at New Orleans family proclaims “Enough is enough! Stop the Violence Now!”

“The students believe this stand is more necessary now than ever, because violence is an ongoing crisis that has plagued our city for too long,” said Observer Editor-in-Chief Crystal B. Harris. “We want to do our part to help in the fight.”


DSW Program Information Available in December

The Doctorate of Social Work Program is scheduled to begin classes in Fall 2016.  General program information will be posted on the Web site in December 2015.  Applications  will be available beginning in January 2016.

The three-year program will be inclusive of all course work, qualifying exam, capstone research project and oral defense.  For information, contact Dr. Harry Russell at 504- 286-5073.


Two Lady Knights Named Players of the Week

Lady Knight Volleyball players Ana Privrat (7) and Marija Stojijkovic (11) have been named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Players of the Week.

Ana Privrat

Ana Privrat

Marija Stojijkovic

Marija Stojijkovic

A senior, Ana won Defender of the Week for the third consecutive week. She had 67 digs in two victories. She also had a conference season-high with 49 digs in a victory over Philander Smith. She leads the GCAC with an average of 5.8 digs per set.

Marija, a freshman, also won her third straight Setter of the Week award. She had 66 assist and averaged 9.43 assists per set with a .263 attack percentage.

Lady Knights Continue Winning Streak

Coach Zipporah Washington at Concordia game for WEB

Zipporah Washington, center, coaches the Lady Knights to victory over Concordia College

With a 3-0 victory over Concordia College in the Castle Friday night, the Lady Knights continued their winning streak. The Volleyball team is 4-0 in conference play and 11-5 overall.

Next, the Lady Knights will face  Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival Edward Waters College (0-3, 6-11) in the Castle at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.


The BASH to Honor Ron Gardner’s Legacy

Vice Chancellor Ronald Gardner 1Community stalwart Ronald E. Gardner advised former U.S. presidents and mayors; led and sat on numerous committees and boards; and was recognized as an organizer and a role model. The Southern University at New Orleans Foundation will honor Gardner’s legacy during its annual BASH at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.

Mr. Gardner, who died Tuesday, Sept. 22 after a long illness, was the vice chancellor for Administrative, Community & Security at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. He graduated from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. The list of his contributions to this community and beyond is endless. For these reasons, the SUNO Foundation will proudly honor Mr. Gardner at this year’s BASH, and will raise scholarship dollars to help biology students achieve their academic goals.

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. The 2015 BASH co-chairs are SUNO alumni Michael Bruno and Dr. Louvinia E. Wallace. The honorary co-chairs are SUNO alumni Patrick Dobard, Recovery School District superintendent; and Dr. Henderson Lewis, Orleans Schools Superintendent.

In addition to a Silent Auction, the night will feature entertainment by New Orleans singer Kayla Jasmine.

“When we lost Ron, we lost a gem,” said SUNO Foundation Chair Frank Williams. “Like Dr. Bashful, for which this event is named, Ron represents the best of SUNO and New Orleans. We want to take this opportunity to honor him, and to help raise scholarship funds for the future Ron Gardners out there.”

This year’s BASH is expected to have the same magic as the first one, according to Gloria B. Moultrie, vice chancellor of SUNO’s Office of Community Outreach/University Advancement. “We encourage the community to come out to honor Ron, and to help future students. It’s a great way to celebrate Ron’s life and legacy.”

Sponsorship opportunities and 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.

Lady Knights Beat Xavier and Dillard in weekend matches

SUNO vs. Xavier 001 for WEB

The Lady Knights Volleyball Team beat Xavier University (3-2) Friday and Dillard University (3-0) Saturday to take first place in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).  With an overall record of 9-5 and a conference record of 3-0, SUNO will play second-place Philander Smith (7-8, 2-0)  Monday at 6 p.m.

In Friday’s math, the Lady Knights broke Xavier’s 63-match win streak. Xavier had not lost a volleyball match to a conference opponent since the 2010 GCAC Volleyball Tournament.

On Saturday night, the Lady Knights held off a surge by Dillard in the third set to take the match 3-0. Dillard is on a three-match losing streak.


SUNO Approved to Offer Its First Doctorate Program

The Louisiana Board of Regents today approved Southern University at New Orleans’ (SUNO) proposal to offer a Doctor of Social Work program (DSW), the University’s first doctoral program.

The new program will fill a state and national need for social workers in the areas of health care, social services, mental health and school social services. It also will alleviate a projected severe shortage of doctoral-trained social workers to expand the ranks in academia in the coming years.

The 2014-15 edition of Occupational Outlook Handbook expects social workers to grow by 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

“The primary objective of the DSW program is to prepare students for leadership roles to perform advanced practice as professional social workers with knowledge and skills of evidence-based practice models within three specializations: pedagogy, practice, and administration,” Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said.These specializations will prepare graduates of the program to function as leaders of the social work profession locally, nationally, and globally.  Graduates would fill workforce needs as social workers, academicians, administrators and applied researchers.”

Expected to launch in fall 2016, the DSW program is a three-year program.  Accepted students will be required to have a master’s degree in social work, two years of post-MSW practice experience, and social work licensure.

“The DSW program comes as a result of the combined efforts of faculty and professionals in the community,” said Dr. Beverly Favre, former dean of SUNO’s School of Social Work. “This passage will be an asset to New Orleans, our state and nation by the employment of qualified professionals at a higher level.”

Prior to her recent retirement from SUNO, Dr. Favre led the School of Social Work’s efforts in preparing the initial DSW program proposal.

The School of Social Work is one of the strongest, most productive units at SUNO. Since 1985, the School has produced more than 2,000 graduates. In addition to the new doctoral program, SUNO offers master’s programs in Social Work, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice and Museum Studies.




3 SUNO Volleyball Players Named GCAC Players of the Week

Adriana Titonea

Adriana Titonea

Ana Privrat

Ana Privrat

Three SUNO Volleyball players were named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Players of the Week for the fourth week of the 2015 season.

Adriana Titonea, a senior won her first Attacker of the Week award. During the week, she averaged 3.83 kills per set with a .591 attack percentage.

As Defender of the Week, senior Ana Privrat  had 84 digs in the team’s past three wins. She averaged seven digs per set for the week.

Freshman Marija Stojijkovic won the Setter of the Week award after totaling 109 assists in three matches this week.


Marija Stojijkovic

Marija Stojijkovic