U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite to Speak at SUNO’s Honors and Awards Day Program

Kenneth Polite photo 3.6.14

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.

Applications for Honoré Center 2014 Class Now Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for admission into the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement, a pilot project of Southern University created to develop the potential among disadvantaged African American males.  The program, now entering its 3rd year on the SUNO campus at New Orleans, was designed to address two important challenges, namely to increase the numbers of Black males entering and completing college, also to increase the number of Black males serving as classroom teachers in the urban communities they came from. Young men graduating in 2014 from high schools in the metropolitan area may apply to become members of its 3rd cohort of student starting in the Fall of 2014..  

Each candidate accepted as an Honoré scholar agrees that, in return for the investment of resources in his education he will spend at least two years as a classroom teacher employed at a school in the metropolitan area.

Candidates enter a structured, holistic program environment that also provides each Honoré cohort member with substantial resources and support for up to five years to help ensure his COLLEGIATE success including:

1) On-campus apartment

2) Personal computer

3) All required textbooks for up to 5 years

4) Campus meal plan

5) Monthly stipend to assist living expenses

6) Academic advisement, counseling and tutoring as needed

7) Enrichment activities including speaker series, field trips, etc.

Eligibility requirements for applicants include:

A. Family income level at or below federal poverty guidelines,
B. Composite ACT scores in the 14-19 range, and
C. High school GPA above 2.0 minimum.

To learn more about the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Achievement and its requirements, applicants may contact the office #504-286-5107. To download the 2014 Admissions brochure and application form online, visit: http://honorecusa.sus.edu/about/apply/.

SUNO’s Spring Enrollment Holds Steady Westbank Campus Enrollment Nearly Doubles

Enrollment for the Spring 2014 semester at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) remains stable. According to final figures, 3,139 students are enrolled this Spring semester, compared to the 3,145 enrolled in Spring 2013.

On the Westbank Campus, Spring 2014 enrollment is 295, nearly double the 157 enrolled during Fall 2013. SUNO opened the Westbank Campus at Landry-Walker High School in Algiers last Fall semester, giving students who reside on the West Bank the opportunity to attend SUNO classes without crossing the river.

“The convenience of the Westbank campus has enticed more students to take classes there,” said Wesley Bishop, associate vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. “We are pleased with the community’s response to the University offering access to public higher education on the Westbank.”

SUNO administrators also are pleased that overall enrollment has stabilized. “This demonstrates that our institution continues to raise it stature as a viable higher education option for the Greater New Orleans region,” said Victor Ukpolo, SUNO’s chancellor. “Several construction projects at SUNO are nearing completion, which will make our institution even more attractive.  I’m excited regarding how our improved infrastructure will positively impact enrollment in the near future.”

According to Leatrice Latimore, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, the University’s Early Start Program helps to attract students to SUNO. “We have been successful working with area high schools through our Early Start Program. By sending SUNO faculty members out to the schools, we can work with students to help them earn college credit while still in high school.”

SUNO Celebrates Black History Month 2014

Civil Rights in America logo 2014

During the month of February, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is celebrating Black History Month with an array of events – lectures, dance, films, poetry, exhibits, musical performances and dramatic presentations.
Organized by SUNO’s Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) in collaboration with several units on campus and the community, the celebration provides an opportunity to reflect on a crucial part of America’s history, culture and heritage. The National Theme is “Civil Rights in America.”
All the Black History Month programs are free and open to the public.
A schedule of events follows:

 

Tuesday, February 4: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES—Promised Land — Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, the film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners. Running Time: 60 min.

 

Wednesday, February 5: Collge of Business & Public Administration-Room 100, Lake Campus 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: “What Does Testing of the DNA of Ramasses III and Other New Kingdoms Reveal?” This presentation will examine several pieces of evidence on the ethnicity/race of Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Presented by: Dr. Frank Martin, Chair, College of Business & Public Administration.

 

Thursday, February 6: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES —HERMAN’S HOUSE. This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell. Running Time: 90 min.

 

Friday, February 7, 2014: SUNO-GYMNASIUM, Park Campus 1 p.m.—2 p.m.: Jazzin At Lunch” – Sullivan Dabney’s Musik Jazz Band-Featuring Michael Pierce, Asst. Professor of Music at SUNO, will explore some of the “Greats of Jazz” and performance techniques of their music. Sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America.

 

Friday, February 7-9, 2014: LOUISIANA RECONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE

 

February. 7: Opening Reception -The McKenna Museum of African Art, 2003 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, 6 p.m.—10 p.m. The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) is an alliance of organizations and individuals that engage the public in discussions about the history of Slavery, Freedom, and Resistance. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum and CAAAS.

 

Saturday, February 8: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Auditorium: 9 a.m.—6 p.m.: The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) and CAAAS.

 

Sunday, February 9: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Auditorium: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference, BUS TOUR TO River Road African American Museum, Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum and CAAAS.

 

Monday, February 10: Business Building Lecture Hall—Room 100, Lake Campus 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.: The Last Days of President Kennedy and Dr. King. This multimedia presentation will focus on events occurring just prior to the assassinations of President Kennedy and Dr. King. Presented by: Dr. Jill E. Murray, School of Social Work.

 

Tuesday, February 11: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: OF CIVIL WRONGS AND RIGHTS-The Fred Korematsu Story—In 1942, Fred Korematsu was an average Californian working as a shipyard welder. But when he refused to obey Executive Order 9006, he became something extraordinary, a civil rights champion. Running Time: 60 min.

 

Wednesday, February 12: The Leonard S. Washington Library, SUNO, Park Campus, Multi-Purpose Building, Room 176, Screening of MALCOLM X, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Sponsored by Leonard S. Washington Library, Circulation Librarian, Angelique Carson. Running Time: 3 hrs. 20 min.

 

Thursday, February 13: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Room 100, Lake Campus 2 p.m.: “A Snapshot of Income and Wealth Patterns Among African-American Families” This presentation is an attempt to highlight some of the key statistics that reflect the wide income and wealth accumulation gaps between African-American families and the rest of the population. Presented by: Dr. Igwe Udeh, Dean, Professor of Business, College of Business Administration.

 

Friday, February 14: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES/PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Loving Story”— An interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, the turbulent Civil Rights era. Sponsored by Essence Edwards, Museum Attendant, New Orleans African American Museum. Running Time: 77 min.

 

Monday, February 17: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: Lecture/Presentation: “Comparative Strategy of Struggle between Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.” Presented by Mr. Wes. Johnson, “Our Story”, Producer.

 

Tuesday, February 18: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES-American Promise – A Rare and Compelling Exploration of Race, Class and Opportunity in America. Middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, document their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private school in the country, The Dalton School. Running Time: 2 hrs. 32 min. NOTE: This documentary will be shown in two parts.

 

Wednesday, February 19: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES-American Promise– PART II

 

Friday, February 21: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus Noon-1:30 p.m.: LECTURE: Who are the Moors: Civil Rights & Human Rights. This lecture will focus on the Post-Reconstruction Era to how the Black Race became a nation within a nation. Sponsored by Moorish Science Temple No. 34, Represented by Bro. Zachary Gremillion-El.

 

Friday, February 21: LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Reception: “Towards Advancing Civil Rights Through the Reshaping of Our Criminal Justice System: Revisiting the Past, Rescuing the Present, Reclaiming the Future.” A retrospective and prospective view of civil rights in American, the face of the “New Jim Crow of Mass Incarceration of African Americans. Sponsored by Dr. John Penny, Chair, SUNO-Department of Social Sciences.

 

Saturday, February 22: LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Symposium: “Towards Advancing Civil Rights Through the Reshaping of Our Criminal Justice System: Revisiting the Past, Rescuing the Present, Reclaiming the Future.” Sponsored by Dr. John Penny, Chair, SUNO-Department of Social Sciences.

 

Monday, February 24: Information Technology Center-Room 102, Lake Campus 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.: AFRICANA FILM SERIES — HOMEGOINGS—Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Running Time: 60 min.

 

Wednesday, February 26, 201: SUNO-GYMNAISUM, Park Campus; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Black History Month Closing Program Celebration. Performances by Voices of SUNO; and Luther Gray/Bamboula 2000. KEYNOTE: “There IS Hope for Black Males” Brother Willie Muhammad. Special Guest: Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed Program Sponsors

 

  • Center for African and African-American Studies
  • Title III Programs
  • SUNO-College of Arts & Sciences
  • SUNO-College of Business Administration
  • SUNO-School of Social Work
  • SUNO-Leonard S. Washington Library
  • SUNO-LYCEUM
  • Jazz Foundation of Louisiana
  • The Louisiana Public History Forum
  • New Orleans African American Museum

 

Black History Month Planning Committee
Dr. Romanus Ejiaga, Chair
Linda Hill, Curator/Archivist, Center for African and African American Studies
Darlene Holmes, Administrative Assistant, CAAAS
Dr. George Amedee, Professor of Political Science
About the Center for African and African American Studies at SUNO
The Center was formally established in 1989 as a unit within the Office of the Chancellor as a Title III grant program. In 2003, the Center was transferred to the College of Arts and Social Sciences to enhance its academic capabilities. As part of the Southern University at New Orleans continuing and growing commitment to the international and cultural studies, the Center seeks to provide innovative African and African American Studies programs in teaching, research and public service. The Center brings together a wealth of undergraduate course offerings, cultural and intellectual programming, archival and library resources, and numerous public events to create a strong foundation in African and African American Studies. For information, please visit the University’s Web site at www.suno.edu.

SUNO to Host Reconstruction Conference Feb 7-9

The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference is the first in a series of public programs designed to educate the public about the people, events and landmarks associated with the era known as Reconstruction.
Sponsored by Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) and the Louisiana Public History Forum, the conference is scheduled Friday, February 7 through Sunday, February 9.
An opening reception is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, February 7 at the McKenna Museum of African Art, 2003 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Panel sessions are scheduled Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in SUNO’s College of Business & Public Administration. The conference will culminate with a Reconstruction tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 9.
The period of Reconstruction in Louisiana began immediately following Emancipation in 1865 and ended with the last Black Louisiana legislator holding office in 1895. The conference will dispel the myths surrounding this 30-year-period of history and advance the public’s knowledge about the advancements and contributions of people of African descent during this time.
For information, call the CAAAS at 504-284-5550.

LOUISIANA RECONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday, February 7: Opening Reception -The McKenna Museum of African Art, 2003 Carondelet Street, New Orleans 70130, 6 p.m.—10 p.m. The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) is an alliance of organizations and individuals that engage the public in discussions about the history of Slavery, Freedom, and Resistance. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum and CAAAS.

Saturday, February 8: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Auditorium: 9 a.m.—6 p.m.: The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum (LPHF) and CAAAS.

Sunday, February 9: SUNO College of Business & Public Administration, Auditorium: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Louisiana Reconstruction Conference, BUS TOUR TO River Road African American Museum, Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Departs from Le Musée de f.p.c., 2336 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 at 9 a.m. Sponsored by The Louisiana Public History Forum and CAAAS.

Board of Regents Approves SUNO’s Plan to Develop Doctor of Social Work Program

The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a letter of intent from Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) to establish a Doctor of Social Work (DSW)  Program. The degree program would fulfill a need in the profession and the region for an on-site advanced practice doctoral program in social work. 

Three public universities — Grambling State University, Louisiana State University and SUNO – currently offer the Master of Social Work (MSW) in Louisiana, but only LSU offers a doctoral program. Statewide, the three universities produce an average of 238 MSW graduates a year, many of whom might seek opportunities for further study toward an advanced practice degree. Currently, many Louisiana residents seeking a DSW must leave the state or enroll in online programs. 

“Today’s approval from the Board of Regents allows us to develop a doctoral program to respond to the workforce need of the state and will be a better fit for applicants who are interested in an advanced practice degree in social work,” said SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo.

 The School of Social Work is one of the strongest units at SUNO. Since 1985, the School has produced more than 2,000 graduates. The accreditation of the Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work programs has been reaffirmed until 2020. 

“We look forward to successfully completing the next step in this process,” said Dr. Beverly Favre, dean of SUNO’s School of Social Work. Simply put, offering a Doctor of Social Work would have far-reaching effects on enhancing the profession locally, statewide and nationally.”

GMAT, GRE Prep Courses Offered

The Small Business Development & Management Institute at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has teamed with Bell Curves, a test preparation company, to offer GMAT and GRE test preparation courses to help individuals reach their graduate school goals.

Most business schools require applicants to submit GMAT scores for admission, and most graduate schools require GRE scores. Taking test preparation courses can help to improve scores, which will give applicants more options.

The courses, which begin Saturday, January 25 at the Institute on SUNO’s Lake Campus and online, offer 36 hours of instruction and four diagnostics. The cost of $600 covers all materials and diagnostic tests. Installment payment plans are available.

For information or to enroll, visit the Bell Curves Web site at bellcurves.com/suno or call 504-242-0006.

Local Officials Attend SUNO Ground Breaking

Shovels in Ground 1.13.14

Southern University at New Orleans administrators and local officials break ground Monday, January 13, 2014 for the new Small Business Incubator Center on the University’s Lake Campus. Pictured from left are Louis E. Livers Jr., president of Livers Construction; Jim Purcell, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education; Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans; Cynthia Hedge Morrell, New Orleans City Councilmember, District D; Victor Ukpolo, Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans; State Rep. Jared C. Brossett, D-New Orleans; Nathaniel O. Clark, founding partner, Chasm + Fusion Architecture; Igwe Udeh, Dean of the SUNO College of Business & Public Administration; and David Adegboye, SUNO’s Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Briscoe-Long, Southern University at New Orleans.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, State Rep. Jared C. Brossett, D-New Orleans, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell and several other local officials joined Chancellor Victor Ukpolo at the ground breaking for the Small Business Incubator Center at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Monday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the College of Business & Public Administration Building on the University’s Lake Campus.

The ceremony marked the start of construction for the $3-million facility, a part of the University’s Small Business Development & Management Institute, under the direction of Cynthia K. Beaulieu. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the construction of the Business Incubator should be complete in two years. The new building, designed by Chasm + Fusion Architecture Inc., will allow interaction between classroom education and real-world entrepreneurs. Livers Construction is the general contractor.

“SUNO is growing into the university it has always been,” Mayor Landrieu said during his remarks Monday. The Small Business Incubator is coming at a perfect time, when the city is “moving to a knowledge-based economy — from brawns to brains,” he added.

Brossett agreed, saying SUNO’s Business Incubator will be “a breeding ground for new growth.”

New Orleans City Councilmember Cynthia Hedge Morrell said: “It was always a part of the plan as we rebuilt Pontchartrain Park that SUNO be a part of that process. SUNO will continue to grow.”

University administrators expect the Business Incubator to pay major academic dividends by creating 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 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 currently operates a business incubator that houses 10 businesses at 7240 Crowder Blvd. in eastern New Orleans.

 

 

The Deadline for Academic Appeals is Friday

Students seeking an academic appeal should drop off applications to their perceptive departments by Friday, January 10, 2014. Completed applications must contain the following: Application, unofficial transcripts, personal statements and any supporting documents.

 

For information, contact:

 

College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Jackson at 286-5075 Mjackson@suno.edu

Ashley Ojo at 286-5316   Aojo@suno.edu

 

School of Social Work

Tina Smith at 284-5557 Tsmith@suno.edu

College of Education

Chandra Richardson at 286-5072 Crichardson@suno.edu

 

College of Business and Public Administration

Office of Student Services

Timotea Bailey at 286-5193/286-5331/286-5141 tbailey@suno.edu