Lady Knights Win GCAC Tournament Championship

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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.

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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 ( or Shatiqua Wilson ( for information.


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

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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.”

Southern University to host 1890 Wellness Walk

BATON ROUGE –Southern University and the Southern University Ag Center are celebrating 125 years as an 1890 Land-Grant institution in 2015 with a variety of events. One of the events set to honor the occasion will be the “1890 Wellness Walk” on Thursday, April 23 at 9 a.m.


The walk will honor the year of 1890 by having participants walk for 1,890 seconds (31.5 minutes) from Pinkie Thrift Hall, through campus and conclude at the Southern University Ag Center. The event will be the second walk hosted by SU College of Agricultural, Family & Consumer Sciences.


Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Agriculture, Dr. Doze Butler said, “The 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act provides a great opportunity for us to reflect on the significance of 1890 Land-Grant Universities.  Southern University and the other 18 Land-Grant institutions have a history of providing access and enhancing opportunities for an underserved population.”


“Simply put, these institutions have helped to create America’s middle class.  The 1890 Wellness Walk will help us to continue the legacy.  Proceeds from the $18.90 registration fee will go toward the campus’ Justin Morrill Scholarship Fund,” said Butler.


The SU community and the city of Baton Rouge are encouraged to participate in the nationwide 1890 Wellness Walk. All other 1890 Land-Grant institutions will participate in walks around the country on April 23.


The First Morrill Act, named after Vermont Sen. Justin Morrill, the father of the Land-Grant Institutions, was established in 1862 to help provide education for all social classes and a shift from predominantly classical studies to applied studies, preparing students for the real world and advancing the nation by providing opportunity to educate all classes of its citizenry.


In 1890 the Second Morrill Act was established to include the four million hard working, but primarily illiterate, African Americans, who were free from slavery. The Second Morrill Act of 1890 was to include the stipulation that African Americans were to be included in the U.S. Land-Grant University Higher Education System without discrimination.


Again, the registration fee is $18.90 and the proceeds will go toward the University’s Justin Morrill Scholarship Fund. For more information on the walk visit the event page on Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge Facebook page.


To register and for more information contact registration forms to


SUNO to Participate in the 50-Year Selma Celebration

Edmund Pettis Bridge

By Dr. George L. Amedee

Professor of Political Science


Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) students will travel to Selma Friday, March 6 to participate in the 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the Edmund Pettis Bridge Crossing in Selma and the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. These events generated the national support that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Nine SUNO students and Dr. George L. Amedee, advisor of the University’s Addison C. Carey Political Science Club (ACCPSC), will participate from March 6 to March 9. The club organized the trip.

SUNO has a long history of involvement in advocating voter education and rights in the New Orleans community.  In 1977, the Voter Education Project Inc. in Atlanta, Ga., which came out of the Selma-Montgomery events and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, funded voting registration projects in the nine states covered under the Act. Under the leadership of its executive director, the late Vivian Malone Jones; Carl Galmon, vice president of the Louisiana Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and board member of the Voter Education Project Inc. of Louisiana; and the late Rev. Avery C. Alexander, board member of SCLC and the Voter Education Project, Inc. of Louisiana, were charged with setting up neighborhood registration centers in New Orleans.

These centers were set up throughout the 9th Ward, including Desire, Florida, Gentilly, Pontchartrain Park and the Lower Ninth Ward areas with the assistance of SUNO alums State Representative Johnny Jackson Jr.; Betty Washington, executive director of the Desire Florida Neighborhood Center; the late Vernon Shorty, executive director of the Desire Drug Abuse Clinic; and Sidney Duplessis, director of the Desire Recreation Center. Centers also were set up in the St. Bernard Project area and in Central City with the assistance of SUNO alums Larry Jones and Michael Williams (now Endesha Jukali) of the St. Bernard Project‘s Black Youth for Progress (BYP) organization and with Alexander, also a SUNO alum.

Over a 10-month period, SUNO students under the leadership of Dr. Addison C. Carey, professor of political science, worked tirelessly in these communities to help add some 22,000 new registered voters. The addition of these new voters contributed greatly to the election of the first black mayor, the late Ernest “Dutch” Morial, and the first black city councilman at large, Sidney Barthelemy.  In 1987, SUNO students, largely from the School of Social Work led by Susan Sutton, a Social Work major, helped add some 6,000 new voters to the rolls. This effort by SUNO students made it possible for the Orleans Parish voting rolls to go from majority white to majority black, making it possible to elect more blacks to public office.

In recognition of SUNO’s proud history in voter education, registration and advocacy, the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in 2005 invited SUNO students to participate in the parade in Selma and in the re-enactment of the March to Montgomery in conjunction with the national effort to extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965. SUNO faculty members Dr. Lenus Jack, professor of history, and Amedee, professor of political science, SUNO students, local civil rights activists and community leaders went to Selma by bus to participate in efforts that led to the extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Five years later, Amedee, SUNO faculty member Darrell Brown, professor of English, and another group of SUNO students went back to Selma to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” with the support of the SUNO Alumni Association and its President Randolph Scott.

This year’s 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” Selma to Montgomery March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will give students an opportunity to attend workshops on the impact of the Supreme Court changes to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and how guarantees can be put back in place. On Saturday, March 7, there will be a parade and Jubilee Festival in Selma with the Annual Freedom Flame Award Banquet that evening. The bridge re-enactment will take place Sunday, March 8, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March re-enactment will be Monday, March 9.