“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.

SGA to Host Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Davon Leggett

Davon Leggett

Davon Leggett

A candlelight vigil is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 in the SUNO Quad (in front of Knight Dining Hall) to honor and remember Davon Leggett, who was shot and killed early Saturday, Aug. 29 on the Westbank.

Davon was entering his fourth year as an education major and was an original member of the Honore. Center.

The vigil, which is open to the public, will feature the Voices of SUNO, prayer and testimonials from students, faculty and staff about how Davon touched their lives.



SUNO Receives $2.4 million Federal Education Grant

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has received a five-year U.S. Department of Education grant totaling $2.4 million to fund the Student Support Services TRiO Program.

The Student Support Services Program is designed to increase academic performance, retention, and graduation rates of eligible SUNO students. The students are selected for the program based on certain federal guidelines regarding family income, parents’ educational background, disability, and/or need for academic support.

According to SUNO Director of Student Support Services Linda D. Frederick, who wrote the grant and serves as the principal investigator, the TRiO Program offers the following services: academic advising, course selection, instruction in the College Survival Skills Course, group and personal coaching, tutoring, academic workshops, assistance with admission to graduate school, financial and economic literacy sessions, assistance in completing FAFSA, cultural enrichment activities, grant aid, peer mentoring, VIP (Very Involved Peers) student organization, career assessment and more.


SUNO Mourns Loss of a Student



Warren Bell, left, and Davon Leggett after Davon's graduation from Carver Senior High in May 2012.

Warren Bell, left, and Davon Leggett after Davon’s graduation from Carver Senior High in May 2012.

SUNO student Davon Leggett, 22, was shot and killed early Saturday, Aug. 28, 2015 on the Westbank.

Devon was an original member of the 2012 cohort of the Honore’ Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement, and was entering his fourth year as a Education major.

“Although he left the Honore’ Center after four semesters, Davon never stopped coming by and we never stopped caring for him and encouraging him to complete his dream of getting a degree and making something of himself,” Program Director Warren Bell said. “This is a sad day for the  SUNO family and the Honore’ Center extended family.” 

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Grief counseling is available on campus. Please contact Mrs. Keishelle Jones-Reynaud at 504-286-5347 or kejones@suno.edu. Her office is located in the Bashful Administration Building, Room 218C.



Honda Awards SUNO a $4,000 Grant

2015 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team

2015 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team

The American Honda Motor Company recently awarded a $4,000 grant to Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to support the University’s Honda Campus All-Star team. 

During the annual national championship challenge in Torrance, Calif., various teams comprised of students from several historically black colleges and universities participate in academic competitions.  SUNO’s team won two awards at the 2015 event.  Coach Amelia Sellers was named Coach of the Year, and senior Jonah Leavell earned honors as the top scorer in the Louis Armstrong Division.

“SUNO thanks Honda for sponsoring this event for the past 25 years,” SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said. “It provides a unique opportunity for our students to demonstrate their knowledge and establish beneficial relationships. We look forward to continuing our partnership.”

SUNO’s Preliminary Fall Enrollment Shows a 6% Increase

Preliminary enrollment figures indicate that 2,836 students have enrolled for the 2015 fall semester. This represents a 6 percent increase from the 2,674 students who enrolled in fall 2014. Final enrollment figures will be released next month.

The 2,836 students include 215 new freshmen, a 48 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, more than 3,000 students are currently taking classes on both SUNO’s Park and Lake campuses.

“The current number of students enrolled bodes well for us to surpass last year’s overall total,” said Leatrice Latimore, SUNO’s assistant vice chancellor for enrollment management.  “We’re working hard to make sure their fees are paid. As for our new freshmen, we’re happy that more students are making SUNO their first choice to pursue higher education.”

Hurricane Preparedness Plan

Being prepared for emergencies can reduce the fear, panic, and inconvenience that surrounds a disaster. Students are encouraged to be ready to evacuate in the event New Orleans is threatened by a hurricane, by registering with SUNO’s Text Alert System. Email your home or cell phone numbers; and/or up to two email addresses to Service@suno.edu. Please put Text Alert in the subject line.   

  • Create a plan in advance with family members on what to do, who to call or where to go, if you are told to evacuate. Contact Services for Students with Disabilities (ymims@suno.edu) for updated information once you are settled. Students should choose several places to go. Reliable transportation should be considered. Keep telephone numbers of these destinations.
  • The University’s primary concern is safety in the event of a hurricane threat during school hours. Students are advised to adhere to instructions from Campus Police. Check www.suno.edu for instructions regarding closure and re-opening.
  • For more information regarding hurricane evacuation by the city of New Orleans, please sign up for text alerts atwww.nolaready.info. Anyone needing assisting, people with disabilities, evacuating can call the city hotline 311 or 504-658-2299. City officials are stressing the fact that there will be no shelters of last resort for mandated evacuations and the Smoothie King Arena will be an evacuation processing center to move residents without transportation to trains and buses at the Union Passenger station.
  • Safety experts recommend that your personal emergency plan include a printable contra-flow map (www.dotd.louisiana.gov).
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio or television stations for evacuation instructions.

Emergency Alert radio and TV stations for New Orleans area are WWL/870 AM or WLMG/101.9 FM

WWL TV- Channel 4;  WDSU TV –Channel 6; WVUE TV- Channel 26; WVUE TV- Channel 8; WLAE TV- Channel 32; WUPN TV- Channel 54, WYES TV- Channel 12.


Have an emergency disaster kit on hand:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Emergency food and water.
  • Non-electric can opener.
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Sturdy shoes.
  • Books, flash drives, laptops and other school supplies.

Maintain a list of the following important items and store it with the emergency supplies. Give a copy to another family member and a friend.

Special equipment and supplies, e.g., hearing aid batteries

  • Current prescriptions names and dosages
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of doctors and pharmacist.
  • Detailed information about the specifications of your medication regime.

Create a self-help network of relatives, friends or colleagues to assist in an emergency.

If you think you may need assistance in a disaster, discuss your disability with relatives, friends, and colleagues and ask for their help. For example, if you need help moving or require special arrangements to receive emergency messages, make a plan with friends. Make sure they know where you keep emergency supplies.

Many local emergency management offices maintain registers of people with disabilities so they can be located and assisted quickly in a disaster. City of New Orleans encourages special needs persons and students with disabilities to register with them by calling 311 or 504-658-2299.

Wearing medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability may help in case of an emergency.

Know the location and availability of more than one facility if you are dependent on a dialysis machine or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.

If you have a severe speech, language, or hearing disability:

  • When you dial 9-1-1, tap space bar to indicate TDD call.
  • Store a writing pad and pencils to communicate with others.

SUNO to Host Behavioral Health Roundtable

Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 flooding created a catastrophic event that had serious mental health consequences for the people of the New Orleans and surrounding areas.  This traumatic impact is widespread on all those affected, but is particularly burdensome on low income and African American families resulting in unique mental health and disparity issues.  Repeated traumatic exposure also has critical impact on youth development.

These and other issues will be discussed during the Katrina10 Commemorative Behavioral Health Roundtable at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 in the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Conference Center, 6400 Press Drive.

Cheryll Bowers-Stephens, the Louisiana Behavioral Health Director for Anthem Blue Cross, will be the roundtable keynote presenter. Ms. Bowers-Stephens is the former chief medical officer for AmeriHealth Caritas. She also served as assistant secretary for the Office of Mental Health during Hurricane Katrina, and as medial director for Infant, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Programs.

The respondents will be as follows:

  • Gilda Armstrong-Butler, former director of Children’s Services for the Office of Behavioral Health
  • Almarie Ford, former cultural competence officer for the Office of Behavioral Health
  • Ronald McClain, leader of the Institute for Mental Hygiene, a children’s mental health foundation
  • Mary Ambrose, senior vice president of Community Impact at the United Way of Southeast Louisiana
  • Dr. Lisa Mims-Devezin, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at  SUNO
  • Dr. Rebecca Chaisson, associate professor of Social Work at SUNO, will serve as moderator.


For information, call the SUNO School of Social Work at 504-286-5376.

SUNO Receives Funding to Replace Air-Handling Units

University Center for WEBThe Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget has approved funding for Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to replace the air-handling units on the second and third floors of the University Center.

The project, which has an estimated cost of $179,025, will include the demolition and replacement of chilled water air-conditioning/heating units on the second and third floor as well as the replacement of a direct expansion unit on the second floor.

The units on the second and third floor were not part of the first floor renovation project funded by FEMA.

Upon completion, this project will allow all student services offices to move into the University Center.