Gordon S. Massie, author of “The Whistleblower’s Dilemma: Confronting Fraud at AIG,” will be the keynote speaker at the Ethics Conference Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1. Massie will speak at 5:50 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. March 31, and at 11 a.m. April 1 in the College of Business & Public Administration on the University’s Lake Campus.
In 2005, Massie advised federal regulators of alleged fraud and malfeasance he said was routinely practiced by American International Group (AIG) executives to deceive the public, investors and the government. His book tells the tale of corporate greed, deceit and fraud inside AIG – the financial corporation that imploded in 2008 and received an $80 million bailout from the federal government.
Massie received his BA in Economics and MBA from the University of California Berkeley. He worked in the financial/investment business for 30 years with Texas Commerce Bancshares, Prudential Insurance Company, American General Corporation and AIG.
At AIG, he was head of the Leveraged Finance Group with management responsibility for 60 investment professionals and nearly $20 billion of investments, including high-yield bonds, bank loans, emerging market debt, and distressed/bankrupt assets.
A pair of Southern University at New Orleans players have been selected as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I Women’s Basketball Honorable Mention All-Americans, the NAIA announced. Sabrina Scott and Brandy Broome were recognized for their outstanding play during the 2013-14 season.
The duo helped lead SUNO to a 15-6 record this year; good enough for a second place finish in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference’s Western Division.
Brandy Broome, a junior guard/forward from Natchitoches, La., finished the season ranked in the GCAC top-10 in scoring (17.45 ppg), rebounding (9.40 rpg), steals (5.2 spg), assists (4.55 apg) and blocked shots (1.05 bpg), the only player to achieve that feat. Her 5.2 steals per game also led all Division I players. Broome scored in double figures in 18 of 20 contests for the Lady Knights, including 11 games of 20 or more points. She also led the Lady Knights with 9 double-doubles.
Sabrina Scott, a senior center from Tacoma, Wash., earned recognition for the second consecutive season as one of the top interior players in the nation. Sabrina led the nation in blocks, averaging 5.3 per game. She also averaged a double-double by scoring 10.9 points and collecting 10.4 rebounds per game. Sabrina collected her fourth career triple-double in a game against Wiley College with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 14 blocks.
“Both young ladies are very proud of being selected as Honorable Mention All-Americans,” said Women’s Basketball Head Coach Elston King. “They are both great student-athletes in the total sense of the word. Brandy is one of the most talented players I’ve come across. She has tremendous versatility and the ability to play just about every position on the court both offensively and defensively. Sabrina has grown so much as a player over the last few seasons and has remained a dominant presence even as opponents focused much more attention on her this year. This is a great reward for both players for the hard work they put into their games.”
Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), will serve as the speaker for the Southern University at New Orleans 2014 Commencement Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m. in Kiefer Lakefont Arena.
Named one of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine in its 2011 list of the 100 most influential African Americans, Taylor leads the only national organization representing nearly 300,000 students attending this country’s 47 public 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 robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders.
Prior to assuming the presidency of TMCF, Taylor worked as a senior executive for IAC/InterActiveCorp – first as its senior vice president of human resources and then as the president and chief executive officer of one of IAC’s operating subsidiaries, RushmoreDrive.com. Taylor’s career also spanned nearly 15 years as litigation partner and president of the human resources consulting business for the McGuireWoods law firm; executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Compass Group USA; general counsel and senior vice president of human resources for Viacom subsidiary, Paramount Pictures Live Entertainment Group; and associate general counsel and vice president of human resources for Viacom subsidiary, Blockbuster Entertainment Group.
Taylor, an Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholar and honors graduate of the University of Miami, earned a Master of Arts with Honors from Drake University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors from the Drake Law School. While at the law school, he served as research editor of the Drake Law Review and argued on the National Moot Court Team. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.
Taylor, who currently serves on the corporate board of Gallup, a leader in organizational consulting and public opinion research, also volunteers his time to several not-for-profit boards, including serving as former chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), one of the world’s largest professional associations with 250,000 members in more than 100 countries; a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the USA, the country’s largest social service agency; and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union, one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher learning dedicated to preparing students for the professions of art, architecture and engineering. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
The Mid-term Intervention Online Workshop is designed to help students continue good academic performance and or improve low performance. This workshop will provide valuable tips to improve study, test-taking and time-management skills. Most important, this workshop provides key insight to help students assess their academic standing during the current mid-term. In addition, this workshop will inform students about the proper procedure to drop a class, if necessary, after the mid-term. At the end of the workshop presentation, students are encouraged to take a short survey.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Southern University at New Orleans annual Honors and Awards Day Program Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the University Gymnasium.
Polite, nominated by President Barack Obama, oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and supervises an office of approximately 55 assistant U.S. attorneys.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Setting the Stage for Long-Term Success.” More than 700 students are slated to receive awards for exceptional scholarship, outstanding service and excellent leadership. The event is open to the public.
For information, contact Committee Chair Dr. Brenda Jackson at 504-286-5274.