Final enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is 2,734, an 8.5 percent decrease from the Fall 2013 enrollment of 2,989.
“The reduction in enrollment was expected due to the new stringent admission requirements that became effective this semester,” said Latrice Latimore, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management. “SUNO is no longer an open admission University. It is now highly selective as required by the Louisiana Board of Regents, which does not allow our institution to accept students who need to enroll in developmental coursework.”
SUNO administrators are encouraged by the 218 students enrolled in the SUSLA Connect Program, which allows students admitted to the two-year program at Southern University-Shreveport (SUSLA) to begin their collegiate careers taking SUSLA classes while on SUNO’s campus.
The expectation is that these students will transfer to SUNO once they earn the required 18 college credits for admission. Inclusive of the SUSLA Connect program participants, all total, 2,952 students are currently taking courses at SUNO this semester.
Also, the University’s retention rate increased to 58.8 for its 2013 freshmen cohort. This marks the second highest rate SUNO has amassed since the Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act (Grad Act) became a law in 2010.
The Lady Knights (12-5) won two games over the weekend after losing to Loyola University on Thursday, Sept. 25. On Friday, the team defeated the University of Mobile 3-2 on Friday, Sept. 26 and defeated Voorhees College 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Tonight, the Lady Knights will face Edward Waters College (7-8) at 7 p.m. in the Castle. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Lady Knights will take on Xavier University (8-2) at 7 p.m. in the Castle. Both SUNO and Xavier are undefeated in Conference play.
The team wants Wednesday night’s game to be a “Blue Out.” Please wear blue to support the Lady Knights!
The Southern University System Board of Supervisors has approved Southern University at New Orleans’ (SUNO) Letter of Intent to develop a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN). The new program would contribute to the state’s workforce development in nursing, which is needed to fill the demand created by the construction of the Veterans Affairs Hospital, the University Medical Center and the New Orleans East Hospital, in addition to the national nursing shortage.
If approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the new nursing program would combine conventional training methods with hands-on, application-based laboratory experience. Some graduates of the program would join the healthcare workforce while others would pursue advanced degrees in various healthcare fields.
According to a recent article in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans could become a major center for the healthcare industry, but the vision might not materialize if the city does not have a sufficiently trained and available workforce. SUNO administrators believe the new nursing program would help to address that need in the industry.
“The BSN program would complement SUNO’s successful biology, mathematics and forensic science programs. Our students have been requesting a nursing program for some time,” Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said. “In addition, the employment opportunities for BSN graduates would be endless. Even without the city’s three new hospitals, there are ample job opportunities in the state.”
In a letter of support for the program, Charlotte M. Parent, the director of health for the City Of New Orleans, said her department will support all the proposed nursing program activities as well as offer academic and summer research internship opportunities to students. “Southern University at New Orleans is offering excellent opportunities in STEM fields and we are confident they will excel in the proposed nursing program, which is one of the needed programs to the serve the community,” she wrote.
Mario J. Garner, the president and chief executive officer of New Orleans East Hospital, also supports the program. “Preparing bachelor-trained registered nurses is important to enhance the delivery of healthcare for a community,” he wrote. “I look forward to a continuous collaboration with the department’s administrators and faculty.”
The Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Foundation will host its annual BASH celebration and fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 from 7-11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave.
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. This year’s BASH co-chairs are SUNO alumni Constance W. Lavigne, Ed Robinson and Eric Wright. Frank Williams is the acting chair of the SUNO Foundation.
In addition to honoring SUNO students for their academic achievement, the BASH will raise money for University scholarships. Entertainment will be provided by the Renaissance Band.
“Scholarships play an important role in helping Southern University at New Orleans attract and retain the best qualified and most deserving students. As the cost of providing a quality college education continues to rise, and as federal and state dollars continue to shrink, scholarship support has become more crucial than ever,’’ said Gloria B. Moultrie, vice chancellor of Community Outreach/University Advancement. “We encourage the community to attend this year’s BASH to help more deserving students to achieve their academic goals.”
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.
Christal Kay Hollins, a senior opposite side hitter from New Orleans, has been named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week.
Christal led the Lady Knights to an undefeated week as SUNO swept through the Pensacola Christian Lady Eagles Invitational 4-0. She collected three consecutive double-doubles, averaging 13.3 kills and 18.6 digs in wins over Robert Morris, Trinity Baptist and Pensacola Christian. She topped her career best in digs twice with 18 against Robert Morris and 21 against Pensacola Christian. Her 16 kills against Pensacola Christian were one of her career best.
Her attack percentage for the week was an impressive .576. This is her first Player of the Week award this season and the third of her career.
The Lady Knights (10-4) will travel to Loyola University (5-9) for its next match Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Then the team will play four straight home matches: Friday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. against the University of Mobile (13-1); Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. against Voorhees College (1-6); Monday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. against Edward Waters College (5-8); and Wednesday, Oct.1 at 7 p.m. against Xavier University (6-2).
Please mark your calendars and come out to support our Lady Knights!
After nine years, multiple moves, a building demolition, 45 FEMA trailers, three new buildings and three building renovations, Southern University at New Orleans is restored to full capacity for the first time since Hurricane Katrina inundated the campus with water.
The University will commemorate this milestone at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 on the front lawn of the Emmett. W. Bashful Administration Building.
State and local officials, including New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, are scheduled to attend the event, which marks the completion of renovations in the Bashful Building, the Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library and the University Center. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour each building and witness SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo roll the first ball in the University Bowling Alley since Hurricane Katrina.
“I am happy to report that SUNO is back and is bigger and stronger than ever,” Chancellor Ukpolo said. “Now that the University is whole again, we are focused on moving forward by introducing new degree programs in coming months and starting new construction projects. We hope everyone will help us celebrate this significant moment in our history.”
In June, the University celebrated as the last FEMA trailer was removed. While on campus, the trailers housed the colleges, departments, classrooms and auxiliary offices. As refurbished buildings reopened and new buildings were brought online, the students, faculty, staff and administrators moved into permanent structures. The trailers began to be decommissioned in December 2013 with the opening of the Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex.
Looking ahead, the University expects to open its new $3-million Small Business Incubator Center next spring. In addition, several new buildings are in the design phase: Natural Sciences, Art & Humanities, Education & Human Development and the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work. Bids are expected to go out on the Social Work building in November.
After a tough lost to Wiley College (6-10), the Lady Knights (6-4) are preparing for the Pensacola Christian College Invitational this weekend in Pensacola, FL.
The team will play Pensacola Christian at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and Robert Morris at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Lady Knights will face Trinity Baptist at 9 a.m. The Lady Knights also will play at 11 a.m. Saturday with the opponent determined according to the results of round-robin play. The matches will consist of the best of three of five sets.
The Lady Knights remain atop the early GCAC standings with a 2-0 record.
The Lady Knights Volleyball Team is on a four-game winning streak after defeating Talladega College 3-0 Saturday, Sept.6. The Lady Knights (5-3) are in second place behind Dillard University (2-0) in conference standings.
The team will face Philander Smith College (5-5) at 7 tonight in Little Rock, Ark. , before gearing up for its home game Tuesday, Sept. 9 against Wiley College. That game will begin at 5:30 p.m. in The Castle.
Please come out and support our Lady Knights!
Officers of the Student Government Association and other student organizations, as well as the the Royal Court will be installed Thursday, Sept. 6 from 2-4 p.m. in the University Conference Center.
Please come out to support our student leaders!