SUNO to play Vanguard in NAIA first round

Senior Forward Jessica Savannah calls for a pass during the first round of the GCAC Championship Tournament in New Orleans.

Senior Forward Jessica Savannah calls for a pass during the first round of the GCAC Championship Tournament in New Orleans.

The Lady Knights Basketball Team is the 7th seed in the  2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, which is March 18-24  in Independence, MO.  The Lady Knights (21-4) will play the No. 2-seed Vanguard University Lions  (22-7) in the first round  at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. (Please see the bracket below.)

The Lady Knights earned the GCAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division I Championship by defeating Xavier 55-47 Sunday to win the 2015 GCAC Tournament Championship. This has been an exciting year for the Lady Knights. They set school records for the most conference victories (13), and this was the first season that the team claimed both the regular-season and tournament championships. SUNO last won the GCAC Tournament title in 2012.

In other sports news, SUNO and Xavier both represent the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference in the first set of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winter standings. SUNO has accumulated 121 points, placing the Unviersity in 58th place. Xavier is 75th with 89 points.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) and USA Today. The points are awarded on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s. The final NAIA winter standings will be released Thursday, March 26.

2015 NAIA Bracket

SUNO Track Team Competes in 2015 NAIA Indoor National Championships

Track Team at 2015 NAIA Championships for WEB

The SUNO Men’s Track Team finished 12th overall among 57 other universities with five athletes.

Alex Saunders, a sophomore,  finished second in the 800 Meter Dash (1:52.15);  Chadwayne Vidal, a junior, placed sixth in the 60 Meter Dash (6.875); and Brian Smith, a freshman, placed third in the 400 Meter Dash (47.81). In the Final 4×400 Meter Relay, SUNO Men’s Team placed fifth with a time of 3:13.914.

It’s worth noting that Saunders is the first athlete to make All-American in the 800 Meters in more than 25 years.

Not to be overshadowed by the men, our Women’s Track Team finished 17th overall of 48 universities. A performance by the women put SUNO in second place with a final time of 3:44.718 in the Women 4×400 Meter Relay.  In addition, Orenthia Bennett  placed third in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 54.76 and Leonie Robinson sixth place in the 60 Meter Dash.

SUNO received 14 All-American honors with only 10 (5 men/5 women) athletes. The Track Team coach is Yhann Plummer, and the assistant coach is Younne Reid.

Lady Knights Win GCAC Tournament Championship

Lady Knight 2015 Champs for WEB

The Lady Knights defeated Xavier 55-47 Sunday to win the 2015 GCAC Tournament Championship. With the victory, the team earns the GCAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship in Independence, Mo., beginning Wednesday, March 18. 

Senior Brandy Broome won the Tournament MVP;  and she, junior Rayvin Miller and senior Marquetta Stokes were named to the 2015 GCAC All-Tournament  Team.

This has been a record-setting year for the Lady Knights. They set school records for the most conference victories (13), and this was the first season that the team claimed both the regular-season and tournament championships. SUNO last won the GCAC Tournament title in 2012.

Marquetta Stokes, Rayvin Miller and Brandy Broome named to 2015 GCAC All-Tournament Team. Broome also was named Tournament MVP.

Marquetta Stokes, from left, Rayvin Miller and Brandy Broome were named to 2015 GCAC All-Tournament Team. Broome also was named Tournament MVP.

 

Elston King Named Coach of the Year

Coach Elston King

Coach Elston King

Lady Knights Coach Elston King has been named Coach of the Year, and Lady Knight Senior Guard/Forward Brandy Broome has been named Player the Year in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).

King led the Lady Knights to their first GCAC Championship since 2000, with a 19-4 record, including a 13-1 record in the GCAC. The Lady Knights have finished in the GCAC’s top-four in each of the past four seasons.

Broome led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals. An eight-time GCAC Player of the Week this season, Broome also finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots. In addition, she led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game. In her final regular season home game, she posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade. 

In addition to these honors, SUNO had three players named to the All-GCAC Women’s Basketball Team. Broome was named to the first team, and Junior Forward Rayvin Miller and Senior Forward Marquetta Stokes were named to the second team.

On SUNO’s men’s team, Will Bailey, a sophomore guard/forward, was named to the All-GCAC Men’s Basketball Team.

 

Broome on Track to Sweep Top Player Awards

Brandy Broome for WebLady Knight Senior Brandy Broome has had a phenomenal 2014-2015 season. She has been named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week nine times; co-winner of the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the month for February; and is a strong candidate for league Player of the Year.

The 5-9 forward’s stats speak for themselves. She led the Lady Knights to a 6-1 record in February, averaging 17.4 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 6.6 steals and 2.4 blocks. She also had four 20-point games and five double-doubles. But that’s not all. Broome celebrated her Senior Day on Feb. 23 by scoring a quadruple double with 23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals.

Broome leads the GCAC in scoring, steals and assists, and ranks second in rebounding and blocks. In addition, her steal average leads NAIA Division 1 by more than two steals per game, and she ranks 11th in rebounding in the nation.

GCAC Basketball Tournament Tips Off Friday

SUNO-Athletics-LogoOur top-seeded Lady Knights will take on the eighth-seed Voorhees Lady Tigers at 7 p.m. Friday in Dillard’s Dent Hall. At 5 p.m. Friday, the No. 8 Knights will square off against the No. 1 Talladega Tornadoes in the Xavier Convocation Center.

The tournaments continue at 5 p.m. Saturday at Xavier, when the winner of the Lady Knights/Voorhees game plays the winner of the Talladega/Philander Smith game. The men’s semifinal round will tip off at 2 p.m. at Xavier with the winner of the Knights/Talladega game playing the Philander Smith/Edward Waters winner.

The GCAC Championship games will be played at Xavier Sunday: women at 3 p.m.; men at 5 p.m. Tournament winners will gain the GCAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division I National Championship.

Buy tickets online at http://www.GCACConf.com or at each game.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies Accepting Applications Saturday, March 7

The Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies Summer Camp at Southern University at New Orleans is scheduled 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 2 – July 24, 2015. Applications will be accepted Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. – noon at  the Treme Center, 900 Villere St.

 

The camp promotes healthy lifestyle behaviors across the lifespan to children and their families through quality sports and physical activity, health and nutrition, academic and cultural enrichment. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily.

 

The program fee is $20 per week and is due by June 1. There also is a $20 non-refundable application fee. Aftercare is available at an additional cost.

 

Parents or legal guardians should bring copies of the child’s report card, birth certificate and social security card, as well as a copy of their last pay stub and driver’s license.

 

Contact Celina Carson (ccarson@suno.edu) or Shatiqua Wilson (swilson@suno.edu) for information.

 

Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to Serve as 2015 Commencement Speaker

Mary Landrieu for WEB

Mary Landrieu, former U.S. senator, will serve as the speaker for the Southern University at New Orleans 2015 Commencement Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. in Kiefer Lakefront Arena.

 

Landrieu served in the United States Senate from 1996 to 2014. During her tenure, she became chair of the Senate’s Homeland Security Appropriation Subcommittee. She also chaired the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship from 2009-2014, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2014-2015.

 

In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu gained national attention for work she did to help the response effort, delivering tens of billions of dollars in aid for New Orleans and the surrounding region. Her work was instrumental in transforming FEMA to be a more able and reliable partner in the rebuilding process.

 

Her efforts directly benefitted SUNO, which in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina used a $44 million low-interest loan to construct a 699-bed student and faculty housing facility. This transformed SUNO from a commuter to a residential campus. In addition, the loan — thanks again to Landrieu — has been forgiven.

 

Born in Arlington, Va., Landrieu is the daughter of Verna and Moon Landrieu, a former mayor of New Orleans. She also is the sister of current New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. She was raised in New Orleans and attended Ursuline Academy. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1977, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Before entering politics, she worked as a real estate agent.

 

She is married to attorney Frank Snellings. They have two children and one grandchild.

Lady Knights Basketball Team Wins 2nd Title

Coach King and Lady KnightsThe Lady Knights (16-4, 11-1 GCAC) clinched the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference  regular-season women’s basketball championship — the second in the program’s history and the first since 1999-2000.

Marquetta Stokes scored 16 points and Rayvin Miller 12 for SUNO. Broome also had six assists, three blocked shots and three steals.

The GCAC Tournament will begin March 6 with women’s quarterfinal games at Dillard and the men’s quarterfinals at Xavier. All tournament games March 7-8 will be played at Xavier.

Graduate Student Curates Exhibit of SUNO’s African Art Collection

MA Museum Studies student Erika Witt holds her favorite mask in the SUNO African Art Collection.

MA Museum Studies student Erika Witt holds her favorite mask in the SUNO African Art Collection.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – February 23, 2015 – When flood waters inundated Southern University at New Orleans in 2005 as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the University’s vast African Art Collection was submerged in putrid water for weeks. As a result, 573 of the 894 artifacts needed stabilization and/or conservation treatment in order to be “exhibit ready.”

 

Starting this week, select works from the University’s African Art Collection will be on display in SUNO’s Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library as part of “Celebrating a Legacy,” an exhibit curated by MA Museum Studies student Erika N. Witt.  An opening reception is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Library from 5-7 p.m.

 

Sponsored by the MA Museum Studies Program, the Center for African and African American Studies and the Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library, the exhibit will feature spirit pieces   from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, textiles, drums, slit gongs, weaponry, masks, door posts and pottery representing the African continent. The mediums consist of wood, fibers and metals.

Erika Witt prepares an African pot for the exhibit in SUNO's Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library.

Erika Witt prepares an African pot for the exhibit in SUNO’s Leonard S. Washington Memorial Library.

 

Witt, who has a bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., expects to receive her Master’s degree in Museum Studies from SUNO in May. She has been working on the exhibit, which is her thesis project, for about year.  Once she has her graduate degree, she hopes to become a curator, Egyptologist or an African Art historian.

 

The SUNO African Art Collection has given her a great place to start.

 

“I want people to know about and be proud of this collection,” Witt said. “I want people to be proud of our ancestry. Let’s celebrate those people who came against their will to build this country. Let’s celebrate SUNO for having this collection. It’s something to celebrate.”