Meet the 2014 Lady Knights Volleyball Team

2014-2015 Lady Knights Volleyball Team: Standing from left, Edrielle Barrow, Nestaze' Bailey, Adriana "Niko" Titonea, Jana Reininghaus, Milica "Meci" Golubovic, Dh'creeion Glapion, Shannon Jones, Kiara Freeman. Front row from left, Jenny Pham, Stephanie Buhl, Christal "KK" Hollins, Ana Privrat

2014-2015 Lady Knights Volleyball Team: Standing from left, Edrielle Barrow, Nestaze’ Bailey, Adriana “Niko” Titonea, Jana Reininghaus, Milica “Meci” Golubovic, Dh’creeion Glapion, Shannon Jones, Kiara Freeman. Front row from left, Jenny Pham, Stephanie Buhl, Christal “KK” Hollins, and Ana Privrat.


The Lady Knights Volleyball Team kicks off its season  today at 6 p.m.  in The Castle against Texas College. On Friday at 6 p.m., the Lady Knights will play Faulkner University in The Castle, and then travel to Mobile, Ala., on Saturday to play the University of Mobile at 6 p.m.

Head Coach Naomi Washington is in her 5th season with a record of 70 wins and 48 losses. In the 2013 season, she was named Coach of the Year of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Former Lady Knight star Zipporah Washington will start her first year as assistant coach.

Please come out and support our team!

The team roster is below:

2014 Roster 7.29.14




Deadlines for ALL Appeals Extended

The deadlines for Financial Aid and Academic appeals have been extended to Friday, August 29, 2014.

For Financial Aid appeals, students are still required to submit completed packets to the Office of Administration and Finance. Questions are to be directed to 504-286-5117.

For Academic appeals, questions are to be directed to:

College of Business:                 Timotea Bailey                   504-286-5193

School of Social Work:              Tina Smith                         504-284-5557

College of Education:                Chandra Richardson             504-286-5072

College of Arts & Sciences:        Ashley Ojo                         504-286-5078

Mary Jackson                     504-286-5075


New Students Accepted as Honore’ Scholars

“Black Males: Defining Our Own Identity” is the theme of the Orientation and Welcome Ceremony  of the Honore’ Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement (Honore’ CUSA), scheduled Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m.  in the College of Business & Public Administration, Room 100.

Retired WDSU-TV News anchor Norman Robinson will be the keynote speaker at the event, during which eight New Orleans-area students will join the ranks of the program’s third cohort of young men.

Honore’  Center Director Warren A. Bell said the 2014 candidates were “very competitive from the standpoint of their ACT scores, high school GPA’s and their likelihood to succeed in a college environment. We believe they are those hidden stars in our communities waiting to be developed and groomed into future leaders after receiving extra guidance, monitoring and resources required to ensure their college success.” 

The program is named after retired Lt.General Russel Honore’ (U.S. Army),  a Southern University graduate who successfully commanded U.S. forces deployed to South Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  It recruits NOLA-area male high school graduates who are Pell Grant eligible (to cover their tuition and related academic fees) but whose ACT scores and GPA’s may not qualify them for immediate acceptance into the state’s four-year colleges, yet they demonstrate the potential to succeed. In exchange for the support they receive, each candidate agrees to spend at least two years employed as either a certified classroom teacher or by providing other services at a school in New Orleans or the surrounding area, where a positive and well-informed Black male presence would be beneficial.

The pilot program initially was funded by the Louisiana Legislature with additional support from private foundations. It was envisioned by Southern University System president Ronald Mason Jr. and is endorsed by the White House Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF).

“We provide these Honore’ men with a structured living and learning environment on the Southern University at New Orleans campus that includes a curfew, codes of conduct and appearance, plus extensive resources and support to help ensure their success,” Bell said.

“We are excited to share our strategies with other HBCU’s in hopes of inspiring similar centers to make sure more Black males are successful college students,” said Mason, who conceived the program and is a member of the White House Board of Advisers on HBCU’s. ”These young men will help us demonstrate that we CAN increase the number of young men completing college and returning to their communities as productive citizens and servant leaders.”

The young men, all 2014 high school graduates accepted as Honore’ Scholars are:


  • JOHN BROWN – Sophie B. Wright High School
  • RICHARD BROWN – Landry-Walker High School
  • LAWRENCE CLOVIS – Landry-Walker High School
  • KEITH DAVIS – SCI Academy
  • MICHAEL HALE, JR.  - Warren Easton High School
  • DARRYLE L. JOHNSON – N.O. Charter Science & Math High School
  • KERRY MCKINNEY III – St. Augustine High School
  • JAMON WILLIAMS – Joseph S. Clark High School


For information about Saturday’s event contact, Warren A. Bell, at 504-235-8706.

For information about the Honore’ Center, including how to support its efforts, visit the Center’s Web site:

Campus Police Conducts Active Shooter Training

Active Shooter Training for WEB

Members of the Southern University at New Orleans Volleyball Team were the victims. Joseph Thomas Jr., a Chemical Engineering sophomore, was the perpetrator. An alert went out that an active shooter was in the Maintenance Building. The next few moments were intense as Campus Police officers rushed to the scene to save the students and apprehend the shooter.

The scene looked and sounded authentic, but it was all an act — a scenario planned as part of the annual Active Shooter Training conducted by Campus Police Wednesday, August 6 from Noon to 4 p.m.

“This training is geared toward helping the officers hone their skill in this area,” Campus Police Chief Ira Thomas said. “We know that schools and universities are no longer the safe havens that they once were. Our effort here is to keep the campus safe.”

An active shooter is defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area. In most cases active shooters use firearm(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. These incident locations have often been described as soft targets, such as schools and universities, because they are open to the general public and security is usually limited.

SUNO’s Campus Police is committed to providing its officers with training that will aid them in efforts to be proactive in deterring, preventing and responding to critical incidents on campus.

During the training, officers participated in simulated scenarios, and utilized police vehicles with overhead lights and sirens while entering and leaving the Multipurpose Building and the Campus Police Headquarters.

Click here for the report.

Financial Aid Appeals Accepted Until Aug. 18

The University will accept financial aid appeals for Fall 2014 until Monday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m.

Those students unsure of their status should visit the Office of  the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance in the Bashful Administration Building, Room 301 or call 504-286-5148 for verification.

SUNO to Offer ACT Compass Prep Camp

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will host an ACT Compass Prep Camp July 7-22 for prospective college freshmen to receive tutoring in reading, writing and mathematics. Scheduled 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, the camp is designed to help students achieve a higher score in English and math on ACT Compass, which can be used for admission and enrollment to four-year colleges and universities.

Camp fees are waived for students who use their ACT Compass scores for admission to SUNO. Housing, extracurricular activities and meals are included for those who wish to stay on campus.

To qualify for the camp, students must have graduated from high school, completed the Louisiana Core 4 curriculum, have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have at least a 15 on the English and math sections of the ACT.

Interested students must complete a SUNO admissions application and submit ACT scores, final transcripts or STS Core 4 reports before registering for the camp. Students who successfully complete the camp and achieve qualifying scores on the ACT Compass will be admitted to SUNO and take part in New Student Orientation.

For details or to register, call 504-286-5279 or go online to prep.

SUNO Director Receives Third Patent

Dr.  William Belisle

Dr. William Belisle

Dr. William Belisle, Director for Grants and Sponsored Programs at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), has received his third patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The invention, entitled “Gulf Oil Spill Underwater Oleophilic Hydrophobic Oil-capturing Water Permeable Drag-net,” is made of a porous oil-capturing, water-repelling and water-permeable net that can be dragged vertically through oil spills to remove oil.

The mesh-like material is made from threads and wires knotted, twisted and woven to form a pattern with fine spaces between the threads. Each strand of the metal, plastic, wire and fiber net-type material is made and covered with organic and inorganic Oleophilic hydrophobic and superhydrophobic, oil-attracting and oil-bonding molecules, materials or sorbents. The drag-net collects large amounts of oil from spill areas and reduces the negative impact on the water and its shores.

“This is another patent-protected product to be marketed for procurement through the State of Louisiana and private companies in the near future,” Dr. Belisle said.  “We envision this new ‘green’ technology to be considered for use in future oil-spill related situations. It will also be used in research and development, student training, and contribute to Louisiana economic development.”

Dr. Belisle previously received patents for the first patented motorcycle airbag system in 2000, and a device used to magnetically elevate and then manipulate floating objects in 2004.

Chancellor Ukpolo Supports President Obama’s Plan to Cap Student Loan Payments


Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said today’s action by President Barack Obama to sign an executive order allowing at least 5 million people to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income is not only good for the borrowers but for the economy as well.

“This is a great move by President Obama,” Chancellor Ukpolo said. “The 10 percent cap will allow students to increase their disposable income, which then can be channeled toward taking care of their families and other life expenditures.

“The ultimate benefactor of this move is the economy,” he added, “which will receive a jolt with the increase in the expenditures by the impacted graduates.”