SUNO Celebrates as FEMA Trailer Leaves

Last Trailer Leaves  Campus for the WEBChancellor Ukpolo leads second line for the WEB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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SUNO to Host Celebrity Basketball Game

Jacoby Jones Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver

Jacoby Jones
Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver

A pair of Super Bowl Champions will hit the hardwood in the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Gymnasium for the 6th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game Friday, May 30 at 6 p.m.

 

The event, co-sponsored by the Jacoby Jones Foundation and the Robert Meachem Follow Your Dreams Foundation, will featuring local celebrities going head-to-head on the basketball court for a good cause. The headliners are Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Jones, a New Orleans native and Abramson High School graduate, and New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Devery Henderson.

 

“SUNO takes a lot of pride regarding our role within the community,” Athletic Director Elston King said.  ”Jacoby Jones is someone who has been where our young people have been, has achieved tremendous success in his field, and comes back to his community to make it better through his foundation.  That is the type of student and citizen that we are trying to build here at SUNO and it’s great to host this event for that reason.”

 

The event will begin with a Dance/Cheer Competition preceding the game. The basketball game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students with IDs and for children aged 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available through the Southern University at New Orleans Athletic Department, located on the second floor of the SUNO Gym, 6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA 70126.

 

For information, call 504-286-5197.

SUNO Bids Farewell to FEMA Trailers

 

For seven years, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) operated out of 45 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers after its campus was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. On Monday, June 2 at 10 a.m., the University will celebrate the removal of the trailers with the event “Rising in Triumph: Farewell FEMA Trailers.”

The event will take place on the Lake Campus parking lot adjacent to the College of Business & Public Administration. The brief program will feature reflections from SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo and representatives from the state Facility Planning & Control office (FP&C), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP). The event will culminate with a Second Line led by the Young Prospect Brass Band as the last trailer is driven off the campus.

“We were grateful to receive the FEMA trailers in 2006 because they allowed us to start rebuilding our campus and serving our students,” Ukpolo said. “Their departure means that SUNO is back and our campus is bigger and stronger than ever. That is something to celebrate.”

While on the campus, the trailers housed all the University colleges, departments, classrooms and auxiliary offices. Over the years as refurbished buildings reopened and new buildings were brought online, the 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.

SUNO Raises Awareness About New Admission Requirements

With minimum admission requirements becoming more stringent this fall at state regional universities, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has intensified its efforts to get the word out to graduating high school students.

As approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents in April 2010 to take effect in Fall 2014, all four-year regional state universities, including SUNO, now require first-time freshmen to:

  • Graduate from high school with 19 credits in the Louisiana Core Four curriculum
  • Have a 2.0 or better overall high school GPA
  • Have a 2.0 or better Core 4 GPA OR an ACT Composite of at least 20
  • Have at least an 18 ACT English AND 19 ACT Math

For the past year, SUNO recruiters and administrators have been meeting with high school counselors and students to provide information regarding the new standards. With the summer session about two weeks away, they have taken the message to churches and community groups in the metropolitan area and nearby parishes to make sure students are prepared for the fall.

 

“We want students to know that if they don’t currently meet the Fall 2014 admission requirements, there are still options available,’’ said Leatrice Latimore, Assistant Vice  Chancellor of Enrollment Management. “For example, new freshmen may still qualify for summer admission and take college–prep English and Math courses. They also can begin their college careers on SUNO’s campus as a SUSLA Connect student.”

 

Through an agreement between SUNO and Southern University-Shreveport (SUSLA), a two-year community college, new freshmen admitted to SUSLA can take their classes while on the SUNO campus. They also are eligible to live in SUNO housing. After successfully completing 18 college-level hours, including freshman English and Math, they can seamlessly transfer to SUNO to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

 

“It is critical that we spread the word about the new admission requirements,” Latimore added.  “It is not too late for students to enroll under the new fall requirements, and there are options available for students who don’t currently meet them, but they must act now.”

SUNO Commencement Speaker Announces $100,000 Gift

Johnny C. Taylor at podium for WEBJohnny C. Taylor Jr., President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), not only delivered the keynote address Saturday, May 10 at the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) 2014 Commencement, but he also  delivered a $100,000 donation.

The TMCF gift, which will provide scholarships to deserving SUNO Students, capped off a year in which the University made tremendous progress in renovation projects on buildings damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

“We all know that getting to college is half the battle,” Taylor said. “However, education only pays off for those who actually graduate and TMCF is proud of the 498 SUNO graduates.”

SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said the TMCF donation is coming at a critical time for the University. “Hurricane Katrina was more than eight years ago, but many of our students still are feeling the financial and emotional effects from that storm,” Ukpolo said. “The TMCF donation will help those students faced with financial challenges complete their college education and achieve their career goals.”

During his speech at the Lakefront Arena, Taylor told the graduates that the degrees they received are not theirs. “At the end of the day, that degree belongs to a whole group of people who brought you here. You may possess it, but the state of Louisiana helped pay for your education. Then there were the people who prepared you: your K-12 teachers … the SUNO faculty and staff … and your families,” he said. “I want you to use ‘our’ degree to make this world a better place.”

Taylor leads the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country’s 47 publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With approximately 80 percent of all HBCU students attending TMCF member-schools, the organization is responsible for providing this country with a diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.

SUNO’s Class of 2014 consists of 54 honor graduates: five Suma Cum Laude, 10 Magna Cum Laude, 27 Cum Laude and 12 Honors. Business Administration Major Bruce O. McLean graduated with the highest grade-point average of 3.975. The University also granted a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems to David Perryman posthumously. Perryman, 42, was killed in an auto accident Sept. 18, 2013.

Chancellor Ukpolo speaks out against kidnapping of Nigerian Girls

Chancellor Ukpolo w BringBackOurGirls Sign for WEBDr. Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, issued the following statement regarding  the April 14 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls:

“On behalf of the students at Southern University at New Orleans, I join the world in the outrage being expressed about the abduction of these girls. As a native Nigerian and leader of a higher-learning institution in the United States, I personally condemn Boko Haram for committing this horrendous act.

“The group’s name means ‘Western education is sinful’ in the local Hausa language, and it opposes the education of women: two issues that are in direct conflict with everything I stand for.

“I implore the United States and other nations to do everything possible to rescue these girls and bring this terrorist group to justice.”

Lott Carey Foundation Donates $10,000 to Help Retain SUNO Students

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has received a $10,000 grant from the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention to help retain first-time freshmen admitted to the University in 2011 and 2012. By providing this financial assistance to these students, the grant is expected to have a positive impact on the SUNO’s graduation rate.

Many students have families to support and other life situations that prevent them from having access to needed dollars to finish their college education within a six-year period, which is the benchmark used for determining universities’ graduation rates. The Lott Carey grant will provide needed resources to 65 students.

Several people played an important role in the University being selected to receive the grant.  The Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., a member of the Southern University Board of Supervisors, worked with Dr. Brandon K. Dumas, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at Southern University and A&M College, and Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, executive secretary-treasurer of Lott Carey, to determine which Southern University System campus would best benefit from the $10,000 grant.

“Because of Dr. Dumas’ experience with home and foreign missions through this church, we were able to receive his valuable guidance and input,” Tolbert said. “Through collective wisdom and effort, SUNO was selected as the recipient of the funds.”

In addition to helping the 2011 and 2012 students, the grant will help College of Education students defray 50 percent of the registration fees for PRAXIS 1, the licensure exam they are required to pass before graduation.

This grant comes at a critical time for the University. “Our retention efforts have been enhanced to assist students in meeting their targeted graduation dates to increase our graduation rate,” SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said. “Gifts, such as the $10,000 from the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, are very important to our students. Even a small amount of assistance can determine whether a student stays in college or withdraws without receiving a degree.”

 

SUNO Commencement Saturday, May 10 at Lakefront Arena

Bruce O. McLean 2014 Top Graduate

Bruce O. McLean
2014 Top Graduate

 

 Johnny C. Taylor Jr. TMCF President & CEO

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.
TMCF President & CEO

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will confer degrees for 498 graduates during its 2014 Commencement Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), is the Commencement speaker.

 

SUNO’s Class of 2014 consists of 54 honor graduates: five Suma Cum Laude, 10 Magna Cum Laude, 27 Cum Laude and 12 Honors. Business Administration major Bruce O. McLean will graduate with the highest grade-point average of 3.975. The University also will grant a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems to David Perryman posthumously. Perryman, 42, was killed in an auto accident Sept. 18, 2013.

 

TMCF’s Taylor leads the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country’s 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Approximately 80 percent of all HBCU students attend TMCF member-schools.

 

An Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, he earned a Master of Arts with Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors from the Drake Law School. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. He serves on the corporate board of Gallup and volunteers at several not-for-profit boards.  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Hooding and Medallion Ceremony Friday, May 9

A Hooding and Medallion Ceremony for graduate students receiving their masters degrees in Social Work, Criminal Justice, Management Information Systems and Museum Studies is scheduled Friday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.  in the University Gymnasium. The ceremony will be followed by the Chancellor’s Reception.

Graduates should line up for the ceremony at 4:45 p.m. on the second floor of the gym. They should wear their caps and gowns, and carry their medallions and hoods. During the ceremony, graduates will be asked to put on their medallions and will be formally hooded. They should wear their medallions and hoods on Saturday, May 10 to march for Commencement at the Lakefront  Arena.

For information, call the School of Graduate Studies at 504-284-5484.