“Black Males: Defining Our Own Identity” is the theme of the Orientation and Welcome Ceremony of the Honore’ Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement (Honore’ CUSA), scheduled Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m. in the College of Business & Public Administration, Room 100.
Retired WDSU-TV News anchor Norman Robinson will be the keynote speaker at the event, during which eight New Orleans-area students will join the ranks of the program’s third cohort of young men.
Honore’ Center Director Warren A. Bell said the 2014 candidates were “very competitive from the standpoint of their ACT scores, high school GPA’s and their likelihood to succeed in a college environment. We believe they are those hidden stars in our communities waiting to be developed and groomed into future leaders after receiving extra guidance, monitoring and resources required to ensure their college success.”
The program is named after retired Lt.General Russel Honore’ (U.S. Army), a Southern University graduate who successfully commanded U.S. forces deployed to South Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It recruits NOLA-area male high school graduates who are Pell Grant eligible (to cover their tuition and related academic fees) but whose ACT scores and GPA’s may not qualify them for immediate acceptance into the state’s four-year colleges, yet they demonstrate the potential to succeed. In exchange for the support they receive, each candidate agrees to spend at least two years employed as either a certified classroom teacher or by providing other services at a school in New Orleans or the surrounding area, where a positive and well-informed Black male presence would be beneficial.
The pilot program initially was funded by the Louisiana Legislature with additional support from private foundations. It was envisioned by Southern University System president Ronald Mason Jr. and is endorsed by the White House Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).
“We provide these Honore’ men with a structured living and learning environment on the Southern University at New Orleans campus that includes a curfew, codes of conduct and appearance, plus extensive resources and support to help ensure their success,” Bell said.
“We are excited to share our strategies with other HBCU’s in hopes of inspiring similar centers to make sure more Black males are successful college students,” said Mason, who conceived the program and is a member of the White House Board of Advisers on HBCU’s. ”These young men will help us demonstrate that we CAN increase the number of young men completing college and returning to their communities as productive citizens and servant leaders.”
The young men, all 2014 high school graduates accepted as Honore’ Scholars are:
- JOHN BROWN – Sophie B. Wright High School
- RICHARD BROWN – Landry-Walker High School
- LAWRENCE CLOVIS – Landry-Walker High School
- KEITH DAVIS – SCI Academy
- MICHAEL HALE, JR. - Warren Easton High School
- DARRYLE L. JOHNSON – N.O. Charter Science & Math High School
- KERRY MCKINNEY III – St. Augustine High School
- JAMON WILLIAMS – Joseph S. Clark High School
For information about Saturday’s event contact, Warren A. Bell, at 504-235-8706.
For information about the Honore’ Center, including how to support its efforts, visit the Center’s Web site: honorecusa.sus.edu.
Members of the Southern University at New Orleans Volleyball Team were the victims. Joseph Thomas Jr., a Chemical Engineering sophomore, was the perpetrator. An alert went out that an active shooter was in the Maintenance Building. The next few moments were intense as Campus Police officers rushed to the scene to save the students and apprehend the shooter.
The scene looked and sounded authentic, but it was all an act — a scenario planned as part of the annual Active Shooter Training conducted by Campus Police Wednesday, August 6 from Noon to 4 p.m.
“This training is geared toward helping the officers hone their skill in this area,” Campus Police Chief Ira Thomas said. “We know that schools and universities are no longer the safe havens that they once were. Our effort here is to keep the campus safe.”
An active shooter is defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area. In most cases active shooters use firearm(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These incident locations have often been described as soft targets, such as schools and universities, because they are open to the general public and security is usually limited.
SUNO’s Campus Police is committed to providing its officers with training that will aid them in efforts to be proactive in deterring, preventing and responding to critical incidents on campus.
During the training, officers participated in simulated scenarios, and utilized police vehicles with overhead lights and sirens while entering and leaving the Multipurpose Building and the Campus Police Headquarters.
The University will accept financial aid appeals for Fall 2014 until Monday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m.
Those students unsure of their status should visit the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance in the Bashful Administration Building, Room 301 or call 504-286-5148 for verification.
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will host an ACT Compass Prep Camp July 7-22 for prospective college freshmen to receive tutoring in reading, writing and mathematics. Scheduled 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, the camp is designed to help students achieve a higher score in English and math on ACT Compass, which can be used for admission and enrollment to four-year colleges and universities.
Camp fees are waived for students who use their ACT Compass scores for admission to SUNO. Housing, extracurricular activities and meals are included for those who wish to stay on campus.
To qualify for the camp, students must have graduated from high school, completed the Louisiana Core 4 curriculum, have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have at least a 15 on the English and math sections of the ACT.
Interested students must complete a SUNO admissions application and submit ACT scores, final transcripts or STS Core 4 reports before registering for the camp. Students who successfully complete the camp and achieve qualifying scores on the ACT Compass will be admitted to SUNO and take part in New Student Orientation.
For details or to register, call 504-286-5279 or go online to www.suno.edu/test prep.
The College of Education & Human Development will host free PRAXIS Workshops this summer from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 607. Please see the schedule below for details. Click here to register.
Dr. William Belisle, Director for Grants and Sponsored Programs at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), has received his third patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The invention, entitled “Gulf Oil Spill Underwater Oleophilic Hydrophobic Oil-capturing Water Permeable Drag-net,” is made of a porous oil-capturing, water-repelling and water-permeable net that can be dragged vertically through oil spills to remove oil.
The mesh-like material is made from threads and wires knotted, twisted and woven to form a pattern with fine spaces between the threads. Each strand of the metal, plastic, wire and fiber net-type material is made and covered with organic and inorganic Oleophilic hydrophobic and superhydrophobic, oil-attracting and oil-bonding molecules, materials or sorbents. The drag-net collects large amounts of oil from spill areas and reduces the negative impact on the water and its shores.
“This is another patent-protected product to be marketed for procurement through the State of Louisiana and private companies in the near future,” Dr. Belisle said. “We envision this new ‘green’ technology to be considered for use in future oil-spill related situations. It will also be used in research and development, student training, and contribute to Louisiana economic development.”
Dr. Belisle previously received patents for the first patented motorcycle airbag system in 2000, and a device used to magnetically elevate and then manipulate floating objects in 2004.
Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said today’s action by President Barack Obama to sign an executive order allowing at least 5 million people to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income is not only good for the borrowers but for the economy as well.
“This is a great move by President Obama,” Chancellor Ukpolo said. “The 10 percent cap will allow students to increase their disposable income, which then can be channeled toward taking care of their families and other life expenditures.
“The ultimate benefactor of this move is the economy,” he added, “which will receive a jolt with the increase in the expenditures by the impacted graduates.”
The College of Education & Human Development will host a free Praxis I Series Workshop Saturday, June 7 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 607. This workshop, one of several planned for this summer, will examine three tests: Reading (5/0710) , Writing(5/0720), and Mathematics (5/0730).
Please click here for the registration form and see agenda below.
Torrential rain moved the “Rising in Triumph: Farewell FEMA Trailers” ceremony indoors Monday morning, but the sun came out just in time for Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to celebrate as the last Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer rolled off the campus.
SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo led students, faculty, staff, administrators and guests in a second line as the Young Prospect Brass Band played Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Forty-five balloons, each representing one of the FEMA trailers, also were released to commemorate the end of the seven-year trailer era and mark the beginning of a bigger and stronger SUNO.
SUNO’s recovery “is the definition of going through challenges and coming out smelling like roses,” Chancellor Ukpolo said. “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are excited about it.”
During the ceremony, Chancellor Ukpolo described the University’s journey since Hurricane Katrina devastated the campus in August 2005. He also thanked the local, state and federal officials who helped along the way.
Several officials also reflected on SUNO’s journey: New Orleans City Councilman Jared Brossett, District C; Steve Losavio, assistant director of the state Facility Planning & Control office; Mark Riley, deputy director for Disaster Recovery, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness; and SUNO Alumnus Eddie Williams, branch chief, FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office of Public Assistance Infrastructure.
The journey to recovery started with the Marriott Hotel providing 400 rooms to house SUNO employees who returned to reopen the campus. Next, the University operated out of the uptown Sophie B. Wright Middle School building.
In February 2006, SUNO dedicated the 45 FEMA trailers located on what is now known as the University’s Lake Campus. The trailers housed all the colleges, departments, classrooms and auxiliary offices. Over the years, as refurbished buildings reopened and new buildings were brought online, students, faculty, staff and administrators began to move into the permanent structures. The trailers began to be decommissioned in December 2013 with the opening of the Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex.
In addition to the removal of the FEMA trailers, SUNO will have more to celebrate in coming months. Renovations of the Emmett Bashful Administration Building, the Library and the University Center are expected to be complete in August. Four new buildings are currently in the design phase: the Millie Charles School of Social Work, the College of Education, Natural Sciences, and Arts & Social Sciences. These buildings are expected to be complete in two to three years.