SUNO Receives $3.4 Million to Fund Title III Programs

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has been awarded nearly $ 3.4 million dollars for the 2015-2016 grant year to continue implementation of its Title III Programs.

Title III Programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and under the direction of Dr. Brenda Jackson, is the largest, university-wide federal program on SUNO’s campus. The University has received Title III funds since 1967 and has received vital financial assistance to establish and strengthen the University’s academic services, student development efforts, faculty development enhancements, information technology initiatives, physical plant improvements and financial management support.


Information Session for Sophomore Teacher Education Majors Sept. 23

Sophomore Sass: From College to the Classroom is an interactive, informational session for sophomores who are teacher education majors.  Students will learn the process to becoming a teacher candidate in the Department of Education, learn about Praxis, speak with student-teachers, and engage in a lively dialogue with principals who will share the characteristics they seek in first-year teachers.  The event will be Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in the College of Business Lecture Hall at 3 p.m. It is extremely important for aspiring teacher candidates who are sophomores to attend this event. Click here to sign up.

SUNO’s Final Enrollment Shows Increase Over Last Year’s Numbers

Final enrollment figures as of the official census date of Sept. 3 indicate that 2,704 students are enrolled at SUNO for the 2015 fall semester. This represents a 1.1 percent increase from the 2,674 students who enrolled in fall 2014.

The 2,704 students include 210 first-time freshmen, a 45 percent increase from the fall 2014 figure of 145. With the addition of 206 students enrolled at SUNO in a joint-program with Southern University at Shreveport, a two-year university and fellow member institution within the Southern University System, close to 3,000 students are currently taking classes on both SUNO’s Park and Lake campuses.

“I am happy to report that we met our enrollment goals this year,” said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. “The increase is the result of the hard work demonstrated by our faculty, staff and administrators to provide the best educational environment for incoming students.”

Women’s Basketball and Track & Field Tryouts Friday, Sept. 11

The SUNO Women’s Basketball Team and the Track & Field Team will have tryouts Friday, Sept. 11,

The basketball tryouts are scheduled 4-6 p.m. in the SUNO Gym. The track & field tryouts are scheduled 3-4 p.m. on the SUNO Activity Field.

To tryout, prospective athletes must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a current SUNO students with an overall 2.0 GPA or better
  • Must complete a physical to attend tryouts
  • Must have at least two years of playing experience (basketball players ONLY)
  • Must know events and times competed in high school (track & field ONLY)


For additional information regarding the basketball tryouts, contact Coach Roshaun Ambrose at

For additional information regarding the track & field tryouts, contact Coach Yhann Plummer at


More than 100 Gather to Remember Davon Leggett

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Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Quad in front of Knight Dining Hall to remember SUNO student Davon Leggett Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Davon was shot and killed early Saturday, Aug. 29 on the Westbank.

Davon’s family, friends and professors described him as an aspiring teacher who loved the Lord and had turned his life around.  ”He didn’t just want to be a teacher, he was a teacher,” said Ms. Celina Carson, assistant professor of Health, Nutrition and Physical Education. She said Davon taught small children who attended her summer program.

At 22, Davon was entering his fourth year as an education major. He also was an original member of the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement, named for retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré. Center Director Warren Bell announced Wednesday that the Southern University System Foundation Inc. and Honoré are establishing the Davon L. Leggett-Honoré Center Memorial Fund to support future Honoré  Center students.

Davon’s funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at  Marine Baptist Church, 3034 Andover St., Jefferson, LA  70121. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. A repast in the University Center will follow the service.



Davon L. Leggett-Honoré Center Memorial Fund Established

The Southern University System Foundation Inc. and retired Lt. General Russel Honoré are establishing today the Davon L. Leggett-Honoré Center Memorial Fund in honor of Davon Leggett, a SUNO student and original member of the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement who was shot and killed early Saturday, Aug. 29.

The sole purpose of the Memorial Fund is to provide extra resources and support for future Honoré Center students who have extra needs and/or face other challenges as they work to complete their education at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO).

All donations made via check or online giving will be tax deductible.

Additional information will be available at today’s 7 p.m. Candlelight Vigil Service on SUNO’s campus (6400 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA 70126) in front of the Knight Dining Hall.

Interested parties also may contact Honoré Center Director Warren A. Bell at 504-286-5065 or by e-mail at

“Do you support or oppose increasing the minimum wage?

Dr. Frank Martin is seeking SUNO students to participate in a debate about increasing the Minimum Wage for employees. Participants will be assigned to either a team for increasing the minimum wage or a team against increasing the minimum wage. There will be 16 students in the initial pool (8 FOR and 8 AGAINST). Participation is open to ALL SUNO students, regardless of major. Each team will be assigned a Debate Coach to prep them for the competition.

The debate will take place in 3 Rounds. Each winner in the First Round will receive $150. Each winner in the Second Round will receive $250. And the winners of the Final Round will receive $600 each. Each winner at each Round will receive a check for the amount of their award. Students could win as much as $1000 if their team prevails in each of the three rounds.

Debate Proposition: The U. S. Congress Should Increase the Minimum Wage

When: Week of November 2-5, 2015 (College of Business Week)

If you are interested in participating in this timely debate, contact Dr. Frank Martin, Chair of the Department of Business Administration:

Phone: 504-286-5028/5331

Office location: College of Business Building, Room 213.

SUNO Professor Receives $10,100 Grant to Fund a Minimum Wage Debate

Dr. Frank Martin

Dr. Frank Martin

Dr. Frank Martin, the Delores M.R. Spikes Endowed Professor of Business Entrepreneurship and chair of the Business Administration Department, has received a $10,100 grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund a Minimum Wage Debate this fall.

“There is a big push by President Obama to substantially increase the minimum wage. For many college students, increasing the minimum wage is considered “a good thing” that does not need to be debated,” Dr. Martin said. “However, there is a creditable opposing position on this issue. Therefore, the main purpose of this debate is to expose students to both the pro and con viewpoints.”

To assess the impact of the debate on the opinions of the participating audience, a survey of opinion will be given before and after the final debate, Dr. Martin added.

The debate is scheduled during College of Business Week, which will be the first week of November. Students across the University will be encouraged to participate. The debate question will be: “Should the U.S. Congress increase the minimum wage?” The winners of the three debate rounds will receive cash awards.

Founded in 1980, the Charles Koch Foundation gives to higher education, research and professional education programs to further a free society.

For details about the upcoming debate, contact Dr. Martin at 504-286-5028.