SUNO Mourns the Loss of Former Chancellor Spikes

Dr. Dolores R. Spikes served as SUNO Chancellor from   July 1987 to November 1988.

Dr. Dolores R. Spikes was
SUNO Chancellor from
July 1987 to November 1988.

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) mourns the loss of Dr. Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes, former SUNO chancellor and former president of the Southern University System (SUS), who died Jun 1 at age 78.

Dr. Spikes made history several times during her educational and professional career. In 1971, she became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University after earning a B.S. degree in mathematics in 1957 from Southern University and a M.S. degree in math from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.

She went on to serve as chancellor of SUNO from July 1987 to November 1988, becoming the first woman to be named chancellor of a public university in Louisiana.  In 1988, she was appointed president of the Southern University System and chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus, the first woman in the United States to head a university system.

During the same time, Dr. Spikes was appointed to the board of Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management in 1987. In 1994, President Bill Clinton named her to his board of advisors on historically black colleges and universities. Two years later, Dr. Spikes was named vice chair of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grand Universities. Later, in 1996, she became president of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore where she served until 2001. She was named SUS president emeritus in 1996, and later Southern University in Baton Rouge created the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College in her honor.

Most recently, SUNO created the Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Endowed Professor of Business Entrepreneurship, currently held by Dr. Frank Martin, professor and chair of Business Administration.

“The country, the state, the Southern University System and SUNO lost a treasure today,” SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo said of Dr. Spikes. “She left an indelible legacy as a remarkable educator and leader of our time. Dr. Spikes truly will be missed.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Small Business Incubator Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony June 3

A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Small Business Incubator Center at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 in the College of Business & Public Administration Building on the Lake Campus.

The $3-million facility, a part of the University’s Small Business Development & Management Institute, under the direction of Cynthia K. Beaulieu, will create an environment for cross-disciplinary learning and entrepreneurial collaboration between business majors and students from other disciplines, such as Social Work, Education and Natural Sciences. The building will have faculty and staff offices as well as meeting rooms for tenants and students.

“The completion of the Small Business Incubator Center represents another major achievement for Southern University at New Orleans,” said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. “This Incubator will not only benefit the University, but it will benefit the entire community as it becomes the New Orleans Metropolitan Area’s breeding ground for entrepreneurship.”

University administrators expect the Small Business Incubator to pay major academic dividends.

“The new facility will support the College of Business & Public Administration by allowing faculty to deliver practical teaching, research and community service,” said College of Business Dean Igwe Udeh. “It also will allow us to increase our support of job creation and a stronger tax base for the community.”

The University will continue to operate a business incubator, which houses 10 businesses, at 7240 Crowder Blvd., in eastern New Orleans. 

Warren Bell to Receive Asante Award Sunday

Warren Bell at Honore Orientation for WEB

Warren Bell Jr., director of the  Honoré  Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement, will receive an Asante Award for being a trailblazer broadcast journalist at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park.

A New Orleans native, Bell was already a regular radio presence before he graduated from St. Augustine High (1969) and attended Yale University on full scholarship majoring in Afro-American Studies. He returned home in 1974 and became an iconic presence in local media as an award-winning TV and radio news anchor and talk show host. In fact, Bell became New Orleans’ first African American weekday prime-time TV news anchor in 1977, reporting on most of the city’s milestone events for another two decades.
The talented native son also established a second career in higher education; first in the classroom for 17 years at Dillard University teaching Communications and Journalism courses, then as an associate vice president in University & Media Relations for seven years at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Since 2011, he has served as Director of the Honoré Center, a pilot program of the Southern University System and housed at SUNO that recruits young Black males with leadership potential from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive extra resources and other support to pursue Bachelor degrees, while requiring them to spend at least two years as local classroom teachers upon completion.

In addition, Bell sits on the board of the Medical Center of Louisiana Foundation and he is a longtime member the National Association of Black Journalists. Bell also is a past president of the Press Club of New Orleans.

Bell has received numerous local and regional awards for community service as well as his journalistic excellence. He and his family remain active at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church where he likes to say he began his “public speaking” career as a teenage lector, and where he continues to read the Word as a Lector today.

Applications for Math and Science Summer Camp Available Now

Robotics Camp for WEBSouthern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and Research on the Science and Engineering of Signatures (ROSES) will host two Mathematics and Science Camps (GEMS CAMP) for students completing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades by June 1, 2015. The Camp is intended to increase the interest of K-12 students in math and science.

There will be two sessions of the two-week camp on SUNO’s campus:

June 8 – 19, 2015                   2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders

July 6 – 17, 2015                    5th and 6th graders

Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Students will be engaged in hands-on math and science activities throughout except for a 30-minute lunch break at the end of each day’s activities. All materials and lunch will be provided free of charge.


Prospective campers can apply in three ways:

  1. 1.     Fax: (504) 284-5475
  2. 2.     In person: New Science Building, Room 321
  3. 3.     Scan the completed application and e-mail it to

Applications without the third quarter transcript/report card will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Noon May 22, 2015

For information contact: Dr. Mostafa Elaasar

Phone: 504-286-5036              Fax: 504-284-5475



SUNO to Confer Degrees Saturday

Two graduates for WEB

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will confer degrees for 500 graduates during its 2015 Commencement Saturday, May 9 at 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena. Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is the Commencement speaker.

SUNO’s Class of 2015 consists of 58 honor graduates: four Suma Cum Laude, 11 Magna Cum Laude, 33 Cum Laude and 10 Honors. Child Development and Family Studies major Beverly Jean Woods will graduate with the highest grade-point average of 3.993.

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.

First Addictive Behaviors Counseling Class To Graduate Under New Name

The Addictive Behaviors Counseling and Prevention Program of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is celebrating its 2015 Graduates, the program’s first graduating class since it changed its name in 2014.

Formerly, the Substance Abuse Counseling Program, the name change reflects the public health perspective of the program, which is focused on the treatment and prevention of addictive behaviors.

Eighteen students will receive the Bachelor of Science degree and 29 students will receive the Associate of Arts degree. The presentation of the program’s first graduating class is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the SUNO Conference Center.

Among the graduates are registered addiction counselors and counselors-in training, who are certified by the Louisiana Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority (ADRA).

Brandy Broome Named Mid-Major Player of the Year

Brandy Broome for WEBLady Knight basketball player Brandy Broome has been named Mid-Major Player of the Year by “Inside The HBCU Huddle.” She also was named to the Women’s Mid-Major Division First Team HBCU All-American Team.

Here’s a list of Broome’s other accomplishments in the 2014-2015 season:

  • Named Gulf Coast GCAC Player of the Year.
  • Selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for February 2015.
  • ​Led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
  • Nine-time GCAC Player of the Week.
  • Finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
  • Led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
  • Posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.


SUNO Track & Field Team Competes in GCAC Outdoor Championships

Leonie Robinson (Center)

Leonie Robinson (Center)

Our SUNO Knights finished in third place overall with 103 points during the 2015 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday. With one of the smallest teams (seven men and five women) in Championships, SUNO competed in nine men’s and five women’s track events, and won all but one.

Chad Thomas and Alex Saunders in the 4X400m relay.

Chad Thomas and Alex Saunders in the 4X400m relay.

The SUNO men’s team gave an outstanding performance with Chadwayne Vidal and Alex Saunders finishing in first place in the men’s 100 meter dash (10.76) and the men’s 1500 meter run (4:12.08G) respectively. Alex Saunders broke a conference record held since 2014 (4:13.58). Yet another record, held in 2013 by SUNO student Rushian Murry (1:58.22), was broken by Sanj Powell in the 800 meters run.

The team also competed and won two relay races. The team, comprised of Chad Thomas, Alex Saunders, Chadwayne Vidal and Sanj Powell, pulled off a fantastic finish in the men’s 4×400 meter (3:20.90).  In the men’s 4×800 meter relay (8:36.68), the team consisted of Brian Smith, Chad Thomas, Sanj Powell and Alex Saunders. In both relay events, the team held the lead the entire race.

The SUNO Knights also finished second in the 4×100 meter relay (42.25) with Sanj Powell, Chad Thomas, Chadwayne Vidal and Roderick Owens.

Not to be outdone by the SUNO men’s team, the women finished in first place in the 4×100 meter relay (46.81), breaking last year’s record. The team comprised of Chantal Pennie, Shadae Hylton, Ashley Mylrea and Leonie Robinson pulled off an impressive win. They also competed and won the 4×400 relay, breaking that record with Orenthia Bennett as the lead runner. Orenthia Bennett (54.94) and Leonie Robinson (24.48) also broke records in the women’s 400 and 200 meter respectively.

In addition to breaking records on the track, 95% of the team are on the Dean’s List/Honor Roll, which was announced at the Honors and Awards Day ceremony this month. Majoring in biology, Leonie Robinson holds a 3.85 GPA. Others on the team have a 3.5 – 3.6 GPA, while carrying a full course load. 

Shadea Hylton, left, and Chantal Pennie in the 4X400m relay.

Shadea Hylton, left, and Chantal Pennie in the 4X400m relay.



Sanj Powell in the 4X400m relay.

Sanj Powell in the 4X400m relay.

Results Summary (Men)

Alex Saunders ▪ 400m and 1500m (record)

Sanj Powell ▪ 800m (record)

Chad Thomas ▪ 400m hurdles (1st place) ▪ Roderick Owens (2nd place)

Chadwayne Vidal ▪ 100m and the 200m (2nd place)

Brian Smith, Chad Thomas, Alex Saunders, Sanj Powell ▪ 4x800m relay (1st place)

Alex Saunders, Chad Thomas, Chadwayne Vidal and Sanj Powell ▪ 4x400m relay (1st place)

Chad Tomas, Roderick Owens, Sanj Powell & Chadwayne Vidal ▪ 4x100m relay (2nd place)

Results Summary (Women)

Leonie Robinson ▪ 100m and 200m (record)

Orenthia Bennett ▪ 400m (record)

Chantal Pennie ▪ 200m (2nd place) and 100m (3rd place)

Leonie Robinson, Chantal Pennie, Ashley Mylrea and Shadea Hylton ▪ 4x100m relay (record)

Oshin Brooks-Gillings, Chantal Pennie, Leonie Robinson and Shadea Hylton ▪ 4x400m relay (record)

Pressure BioSciences to Collaborate with SUNO on Improving and Extending the Use of PBI’s PCT Platform for the Detection of DNA in Forensic

SamplesCollaboration Also Will Support the New Forensic Science Program at SUNO,

One of Only Four Programs in Historically Black Colleges and Universities Nationwide


Dr. Pamela Marshall

Dr. Pamela Marshall

SOUTH EASTON, Mass., April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO) (“PBI” and the “Company”) today announced it has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to focus on improving and extending the applications of the Company’s unique and patented pressure cycling technology (PCT) platform for the detection of DNA in forensic samples. The program will be under the direction of Dr. Pam Marshall, Interim Director, Forensic Science Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences at SUNO.

While a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Bruce Budowle (a recognized key opinion leader in forensic science) at theUniversity of North Texas’ UNT Health Science Center, Dr. Marshall and her colleagues showed that incorporating PCT into the testing protocol for poor quality bone enabled more DNA to be detected as compared to standard methods. As part of the collaboration, Dr. Marshall will continue this pioneering work. She and her team also will investigate other important areas in which PCT might enhance forensic sample testing.

“A critical yet often difficult task in forensic analysis is the extraction of high quality DNA from challenged or inhibited samples,” stated Dr. Marshall. “My previous work with the PCT platform gave me an appreciation for this powerful and enabling technology. My published research established that improved quality and quantity of DNA could be extracted from human bone samples with PCT, as compared to bones not treated with PCT.”

Dr. Marshall added she believes that several projects undertaken during the collaboration could help establish PCT as a standard method in forensic science. For example, in an effort to reduce poaching, the extraction of DNA from seized African Elephant ivory samples is an important yet very difficult challenge at the present time. “We believe PCT might enable the recovery of greater amounts of DNA compared to current methods,” she said. “If successful, this could lead to the use of PCT for the extraction of DNA from a variety of difficult samples. This will be one of the first projects undertaken.”

Dr. Nate Lawrence, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for PBI, said, “We are pleased to support Dr. Marshall and her team in their development of new, improved, and expanded applications of the PCT platform in the testing of forensic samples. We believe their efforts will result in commercially profitable PCT-based products for PBI, possibly before the end of 2015.”

“In addition to the possible development of new PCT-based products, we are pleased that the collaboration also will support the Forensic Science program at SUNO,” said Mr. Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI. “This program provides students with the course work, skills and experience necessary for success as a forensic scientist. This role is critical to our criminal justice system, since investigators, courts, and the public depend on forensic scientists for accurate and timely information.”

Mr. Schumacher continued: “Our country needs well educated, professionally-trained, forensic scientists.  “The Bureau of Labor Statistics currently estimates an approximate 20% increase in job growth in the forensic science field over the next six years. However, although the number of forensic science graduates nationwide is high, the number of graduates among underrepresented minorities is highly inadequate. That is why we are pleased to support educators like Dr. Marshall and universities like SUNO who are at the forefront of developing the next generation of highly skilled forensic scientists, with a vast majority from underrepresented populations.”

About Pressure BioSciences, Inc.

Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (“PBI”) (OTCQB: PBIO) develops, markets, and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the estimated $6 billion life sciences sample preparation market. Our products are based on the unique properties of both constant (i.e., static) and alternating (i.e., pressure cycling technology, or PCT) hydrostatic pressure. PCT is a patented enabling technology platform that uses alternating cycles of hydrostatic pressure between ambient and ultra-high levels to safely and reproducibly control bio-molecular interactions. To date, we have installed over 250 PCT systems in approximately 160 sites worldwide. There are over 100 publications citing the advantages of the PCT platform over competitive methods, many from key opinion leaders. Our primary application development and sales efforts are in the biomarker discovery and forensics areas. Customers also use our products in other areas, such as drug discovery & design, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil & plant biology, vaccine development, histology, and forensic applications.


Brandy Broome Selected as Amateur Athlete of the Month

Brandy Broome for WEB

Lady Knight Brandy Broome recently was selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for February 2015. The award is voted on by leading local media members of the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Selection Committee. Broome earned the honor for her exceptional skill and leadership on and off the court.

Here’s a list of Broome’s accomplishments during the 2014-2015 season:

  • Named Gulf CoastGCAC Player of the Year.
  • ​Led the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists and steals.
  • Nine-time GCAC Player of the Week 
  • Finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots.
  • Led the nation in steals, averaging 6.27 per game.
  • Posted the first quadruple-double (23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals) in NAIA Division I in a decade.

Broome will receive her most recent award this summer at the annual Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony.