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.

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) mourns the loss of Dr. Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes, former SUNO chancellor and former president of the Southern University System (SUS), who died Jun 1 at age 78.

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.

 

Small Business Incubator Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony June 3

A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Small Business Incubator Center at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 in the College of Business & Public Administration Building on the Lake Campus.

The $3-million facility, a part of the University’s Small Business Development & Management Institute, under the direction of Cynthia K. Beaulieu, will create an environment for cross-disciplinary learning and entrepreneurial collaboration between business majors and students from other disciplines, such as Social Work, Education and Natural Sciences. The building will have faculty and staff offices as well as meeting rooms for tenants and students.

“The completion of the Small Business Incubator Center represents another major achievement for Southern University at New Orleans,” said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. “This Incubator will not only benefit the University, but it will benefit the entire community as it becomes the New Orleans Metropolitan Area’s breeding ground for entrepreneurship.”

University administrators expect the Small Business Incubator to pay major academic dividends.

“The new facility will support the College of Business & Public Administration by allowing faculty to deliver practical teaching, research and community service,” said College of Business Dean Igwe Udeh. “It also will allow us to increase our support of job creation and a stronger tax base for the community.”

The University will continue to operate a business incubator, which houses 10 businesses, at 7240 Crowder Blvd., in eastern New Orleans. 

Warren Bell to Receive Asante Award Sunday

Warren Bell at Honore Orientation for WEB

Warren Bell Jr., director of the  Honoré  Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement, will receive an Asante Award for being a trailblazer broadcast journalist at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park.

A New Orleans native, Bell was already a regular radio presence before he graduated from St. Augustine High (1969) and attended Yale University on full scholarship majoring in Afro-American Studies. He returned home in 1974 and became an iconic presence in local media as an award-winning TV and radio news anchor and talk show host. In fact, Bell became New Orleans’ first African American weekday prime-time TV news anchor in 1977, reporting on most of the city’s milestone events for another two decades.
The talented native son also established a second career in higher education; first in the classroom for 17 years at Dillard University teaching Communications and Journalism courses, then as an associate vice president in University & Media Relations for seven years at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Since 2011, he has served as Director of the Honoré Center, a pilot program of the Southern University System and housed at SUNO that recruits young Black males with leadership potential from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive extra resources and other support to pursue Bachelor degrees, while requiring them to spend at least two years as local classroom teachers upon completion.

In addition, Bell sits on the board of the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation and he is a longtime member the National Association of Black Journalists. Bell also is a past president of the Press Club of New Orleans.

Bell has received numerous local and regional awards for community service as well as his journalistic excellence. He and his family remain active at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church where he likes to say he began his “public speaking” career as a teenage lector, and where he continues to read the Word as a Lector today.

Applications for Math and Science Summer Camp Available Now

Robotics Camp for WEBSouthern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and Research on the Science and Engineering of Signatures (ROSES) will host two Mathematics and Science Camps (GEMS CAMP) for students completing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades by June 1, 2015. The Camp is intended to increase the interest of K-12 students in math and science.

There will be two sessions of the two-week camp on SUNO’s campus:

June 8 – 19, 2015                   2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders

July 6 – 17, 2015                    5th and 6th graders

Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Students will be engaged in hands-on math and science activities throughout except for a 30-minute lunch break at the end of each day’s activities. All materials and lunch will be provided free of charge.

CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION.

Prospective campers can apply in three ways:

  1. 1.     Fax: (504) 284-5475
  2. 2.     In person: New Science Building, Room 321
  3. 3.     Scan the completed application and e-mail it to melaasar@suno.edu.

Applications without the third quarter transcript/report card will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Noon May 22, 2015

For information contact: Dr. Mostafa Elaasar

Phone: 504-286-5036              Fax: 504-284-5475

e-mail: melaasar@suno.edu

 

SUNO to Confer Degrees Saturday

Two graduates for WEB

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will confer degrees for 500 graduates during its 2015 Commencement Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is the Commencement speaker.

SUNO’s Class of 2015 consists of 58 honor graduates: four Suma Cum Laude, 11 Magna Cum Laude, 33 Cum Laude and 10 Honors. Child Development and Family Studies major Beverly Jean Woods will graduate with the highest grade-point average of 3.993.

Landrieu served in the United States Senate from 1996 to 2014. During her tenure, she became chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Appropriation Subcommittee. She also chaired the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship from 2009-2014, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2014-2015.

In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu gained national attention for work she did to help the response effort, delivering tens of billions of dollars in aid for New Orleans and the surrounding region. Her work was instrumental in transforming FEMA to be a more able and reliable partner in the rebuilding process.

Her efforts directly benefitted SUNO, which in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina used a $44 million low-interest loan to construct a 699-bed student and faculty housing facility. This transformed SUNO from a commuter to a residential campus. In addition, the loan — thanks again to Landrieu — has been forgiven.

Born in Arlington, Va., Landrieu is the daughter of Verna and Moon Landrieu, a former mayor of New Orleans. She also is the sister of current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. She was raised in New Orleans and attended Ursuline Academy. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1977, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Before entering politics, she worked as a real estate agent.

She is married to attorney Frank Snellings. They have two children and one grandchild.

First Addictive Behaviors Counseling Class To Graduate Under New Name

The Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention Program of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is celebrating its 2015 Graduates, the program’s first graduating class since it changed its name in 2014.

Formerly, the Substance Abuse Counseling Program, the name change reflects the public health perspective of the program, which is focused on the treatment and prevention of addictive behaviors.

Eighteen students will receive the Bachelor of Science degree and 29 students will receive the Associate of Arts degree. The presentation of the program’s first graduating class is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the SUNO Conference Center.

Among the graduates are registered addiction counselors and counselors-in training, who are certified by the Louisiana Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority (ADRA).

Brandy Broome Named Mid-Major Player of the Year

Brandy Broome for WEBLady Knight basketball player Brandy Broome has been named Mid-Major Player of the Year by “Inside The HBCU Huddle.” She also was named to the Women’s Mid-Major Division First Team HBCU All-American Team.

Here’s a list of Broome’s other accomplishments in the 2014-2015 season:

  • Named Gulf Coast GCAC Player of the Year.
  • Selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for February 2015.
  • ​Led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
  • Nine-time GCAC Player of the Week.
  • Finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
  • Led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
  • Posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.

 

SUNO Track & Field Team Competes in GCAC Outdoor Championships

Leonie Robinson (Center)

Leonie Robinson (Center)

Our SUNO Knights finished in third place overall with 103 points during the 2015 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday. With one of the smallest teams (seven men and five women) in Championships, SUNO competed in nine men’s and five women’s track events, and won all but one.

Chad Thomas and Alex Saunders in the 4X400m relay.

Chad Thomas and Alex Saunders in the 4X400m relay.

The SUNO men’s team gave an outstanding performance with Chadwayne Vidal and Alex Saunders finishing in first place in the men’s 100 meter dash (10.76) and the men’s 1500 meter run (4:12.08G) respectively. Alex Saunders broke a conference record held since 2014 (4:13.58). Yet another record, held in 2013 by SUNO student Rushian Murry (1:58.22), was broken by Sanj Powell in the 800 meters run.

The team also competed and won two relay races. The team, comprised of Chad Thomas, Alex Saunders, Chadwayne Vidal and Sanj Powell, pulled off a fantastic finish in the men’s 4×400 meter (3:20.90).  In the men’s 4×800 meter relay (8:36.68), the team consisted of Brian Smith, Chad Thomas, Sanj Powell and Alex Saunders. In both relay events, the team held the lead the entire race.

The SUNO Knights also finished second in the 4×100 meter relay (42.25) with Sanj Powell, Chad Thomas, Chadwayne Vidal and Roderick Owens.

Not to be outdone by the SUNO men’s team, the women finished in first place in the 4×100 meter relay (46.81), breaking last year’s record. The team comprised of Chantal Pennie, Shadae Hylton, Ashley Mylrea and Leonie Robinson pulled off an impressive win. They also competed and won the 4×400 relay, breaking that record with Orenthia Bennett as the lead runner. Orenthia Bennett (54.94) and Leonie Robinson (24.48) also broke records in the women’s 400 and 200 meter respectively.

In addition to breaking records on the track, 95% of the team are on the Dean’s List/Honor Roll, which was announced at the Honors and Awards Day ceremony this month. Majoring in biology, Leonie Robinson holds a 3.85 GPA. Others on the team have a 3.5 – 3.6 GPA, while carrying a full course load. 

Shadea Hylton, left, and Chantal Pennie in the 4X400m relay.

Shadea Hylton, left, and Chantal Pennie in the 4X400m relay.

 

 

Sanj Powell in the 4X400m relay.

Sanj Powell in the 4X400m relay.

Results Summary (Men)

Alex Saunders ▪ 400m and 1500m (record)

Sanj Powell ▪ 800m (record)

Chad Thomas ▪ 400m hurdles (1st place) ▪ Roderick Owens (2nd place)

Chadwayne Vidal ▪ 100m and the 200m (2nd place)

Brian Smith, Chad Thomas, Alex Saunders, Sanj Powell ▪ 4x800m relay (1st place)

Alex Saunders, Chad Thomas, Chadwayne Vidal and Sanj Powell ▪ 4x400m relay (1st place)

Chad Tomas, Roderick Owens, Sanj Powell & Chadwayne Vidal ▪ 4x100m relay (2nd place)

Results Summary (Women)

Leonie Robinson ▪ 100m and 200m (record)

Orenthia Bennett ▪ 400m (record)

Chantal Pennie ▪ 200m (2nd place) and 100m (3rd place)

Leonie Robinson, Chantal Pennie, Ashley Mylrea and Shadea Hylton ▪ 4x100m relay (record)

Oshin Brooks-Gillings, Chantal Pennie, Leonie Robinson and Shadea Hylton ▪ 4x400m relay (record)