Board of Regents Approves SUNO’s Plan to Develop Doctor of Social Work Program

The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a letter of intent from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to establish a Doctor of Social Work (DSW)  Program. The degree program would fulfill a need in the profession and the region for an on-site advanced practice doctoral program in social work. 

Three public universities — Grambling State University, Louisiana State University and SUNO – currently offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) in Louisiana, but only LSU offers a doctoral program. Statewide, the three universities produce an average of 238 MSW graduates a year, many of whom might seek opportunities for further study toward an advanced practice degree. Currently, many Louisiana residents seeking a DSW must leave the state or enroll in online programs. 

“Today’s approval from the Board of Regents allows us to develop a doctoral program to respond to the workforce need of the state and will be a better fit for applicants who are interested in an advanced practice degree in social work,” said SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo.

 The School of Social Work is one of the strongest units at SUNO. Since 1985, the School has produced more than 2,000 graduates. The accreditation of the Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work programs has been reaffirmed until 2020. 

“We look forward to successfully completing the next step in this process,” said Dr. Beverly Favre, dean of SUNO’s School of Social Work. Simply put, offering a Doctor of Social Work would have far-reaching effects on enhancing the profession locally, statewide and nationally.”

GMAT, GRE Prep Courses Offered

The Small Business Development & Management Institute at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has teamed with Bell Curves, a test preparation company, to offer GMAT and GRE test preparation courses to help individuals reach their graduate school goals.

Most business schools require applicants to submit GMAT scores for admission, and most graduate schools require GRE scores. Taking test preparation courses can help to improve scores, which will give applicants more options.

The courses, which begin Saturday, January 25 at the Institute on SUNO’s Lake Campus and online, offer 36 hours of instruction and four diagnostics. The cost of $600 covers all materials and diagnostic tests. Installment payment plans are available.

For information or to enroll, visit the Bell Curves Web site at bellcurves.com/suno or call 504-242-0006.

Local Officials Attend SUNO Ground Breaking

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Southern University at New Orleans administrators and local officials break ground Monday, January 13, 2014 for the new Small Business Incubator Center on the University’s Lake Campus. Pictured from left are Louis E. Livers Jr., president of Livers Construction; Jim Purcell, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education; Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans; Cynthia Hedge Morrell, New Orleans City Councilmember, District D; Victor Ukpolo, Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans; State Rep. Jared C. Brossett, D-New Orleans; Nathaniel O. Clark, founding partner, Chasm + Fusion Architecture; Igwe Udeh, Dean of the SUNO College of Business & Public Administration; and David Adegboye, SUNO’s Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Briscoe-Long, Southern University at New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, State Rep. Jared C. Brossett, D-New Orleans, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell and several other local officials joined Chancellor Victor Ukpolo at the ground breaking for the Small Business Incubator Center at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Monday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the College of Business & Public Administration Building on the University’s Lake Campus.

The ceremony marked the start of construction for the $3-million facility, a part of the University’s Small Business Development & Management Institute, under the direction of Cynthia K. Beaulieu. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the construction of the Business Incubator should be complete in two years. The new building, designed by Chasm + Fusion Architecture Inc., will allow interaction between classroom education and real-world entrepreneurs. Livers Construction is the general contractor.

“SUNO is growing into the university it has always been,” Mayor Landrieu said during his remarks Monday. The Small Business Incubator is coming at a perfect time, when the city is “moving to a knowledge-based economy — from brawns to brains,” he added.

Brossett agreed, saying SUNO’s Business Incubator will be “a breeding ground for new growth.”

New Orleans City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge Morrell said: “It was always a part of the plan as we rebuilt Pontchartrain Park that SUNO be a part of that process. SUNO will continue to grow.”

University administrators expect the Business Incubator to pay major academic dividends by creating 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 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 currently operates a business incubator that houses 10 businesses at 7240 Crowder Blvd. in eastern New Orleans.

 

 

The Deadline for Academic Appeals is Friday

Students seeking an academic appeal should drop off applications to their perceptive departments by Friday, January 10, 2014. Completed applications must contain the following: Application, unofficial transcripts, personal statements and any supporting documents.

 

For information, contact:

 

College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Jackson at 286-5075 Mjackson@suno.edu

Ashley Ojo at 286-5316   Aojo@suno.edu

 

School of Social Work

Tina Smith at 284-5557 Tsmith@suno.edu

College of Education

Chandra Richardson at 286-5072 Crichardson@suno.edu

 

College of Business and Public Administration

Office of Student Services

Timotea Bailey at 286-5193/286-5331/286-5141 tbailey@suno.edu

SUNO to Break Ground on Small Business Incubator Center

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will break ground on its Small Business Incubator Center during a ceremony Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. on the Lake Campus lot next to the current College of Business & Public Administration Building.

Several federal, state and local officials and dignitaries have been invited to attend the event, which will mark the start of construction for the $3-million facility, a part of the University’s Small Business Development & Management Institute, under the direction of Cynthia K. Beaulieu. The Business Incubator, which should be complete in two years, will allow interaction between classroom education and real-world entrepreneurs. In addition to space rented to entrepreneurs, the building will have faculty and staff offices as well as meeting rooms for tenants and students.

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

University administrators expect the Business Incubator to pay major academic dividends by creating 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 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 currently operates a business incubator that houses 10 businesses at 7240 Crowder Blvd. in eastern New Orleans.