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    Hamilton, Young, Butler appointed to rehab council

    Virginia Gay Young, of New Orleans, Tarj L. Hamilton, of Baton Rouge, and Glyn F. Butler, of Baker, were appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. Young is a project development manager with Lighthouse Louisiana. Hamilton is a licensed real estate agent and the owner of Clear2Close Realty, LLC. Young and Hamilton will serve as individuals with a disability on the council. . Butler is a client advocate with the Advocacy Center and will serve as a representative of the Client Assistance Program on the council. The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council’s duties include reviewing, analyzing, and advising the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services within the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

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    Brandon to serve on state ethics board

    Bishop L Lawrence Brandon, of Shreveport, was elected by the Louisiana House of Representatives to serve on the Louisiana Board of Ethics with 10 other members. Brandon will serve a five-year term with a two-term limit. He is responsible for administering and enforcing Louisiana’s conflict of interest legislations, campaign finance registration and reporting requirements, lobbyist registration, and disclosure laws in order to achieve compliance by officials and others. He has relinquisched postons on local and regional boards that may have caused a conflict of interest.

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    Kaweeda Green Adams selected NY superintendent

    Shreveport native Kaweeda Green Adams has been selected superintendent of the City School District of Albany, NY, a district with 9,700 students. She is a graduate of Caddo parish public schools and is pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoneics. She served in Nevada’s school district for 28 years with one position as school associate superintendent. In Albany, she will lead the district which has struggled to close the achievement gap and has been cited in recent years for disparities in suspension rates.

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    Batiste, a former FBI agent, to lead Xavier police force

    Jacques Battiste has been named the new chief of police at Xavier University of Louisiana, according to Joseph Byrd, vice president for student services.

    Battiste, a 1988 Xavier graduate, returns to his alma mater from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he accumulated more than 22 years of experience as a Supervisory Special Agent. During his tenure at the FBI, Battiste worked internationally to conduct investigations on terrorism suspects, responded to critical incidents such as the 1996 Centennial Park bombings in Atlanta, Georgia, and USS Cole attack, and served as lead agent on several national security special events in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

    Battiste brings wide-ranging experience. He served as a program manager in the FBI Counterterrorism Division Africa Fusion Cell, and oversaw intelligence analysts developing strategies to defeat terrorism in North and West Africa. He is a trained bomb technician, deploying to high-risk locations around the world to dismantle hazardous devices and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and has also served on the SWAT team. Read more at the Xavier Herald.

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    Southern University to honor eight football legends Sept 1

    Southern University Athletics will honor eight of the most highly decorated football players in the program’s history during the inaugural SU Football Kick-off Extravaganza on Friday, September 1 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

    The fundraising event will salute eight former SU football players who enjoyed extensive NFL careers, which garnered several All-Pro awards, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl appearances, Super Bowl wins, and Hall of Fame inductions.

    Aeneas Williams, Rufus Porter, Mel Blount, Ken Ellis, Harold Carmichael, Rich “Tombstone” Jackson, Isaiah “Butch” Robertson, and Frank Pitts will be recognized as Southern Football Legends and celebrated for their achievements on the Gridiron and as ambassador of Southern University.

    https://foundation.sus.edu/football-extravaganza/The event will serve as a precursor to a special on-field pregame ceremony during the Jaguars opening game against South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in A.W. Mumford Stadium on Sunday, September 3rd.

    Kickoff for the nationally televised season opener is slated for 1:35 p.m. on ESPN2.

    Blues recording artist Willie Clayton and Zydeco musician Keith Frank will headline a concert that will follow the ceremony honoring the former Southern University football legends.

    VIP tables, which include reserved seating with catered Louisiana cuisine and specialty drinks, are available for purchase. General admission tickets for the kick off extravaganza are $25 and are available now online at https://foundation.sus.edu/football-extravaganza/ or at the SU ticket office. Contact 225-771-3171.

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  • Morris named to Louisiana Housing Corporation

    Andreanecia M. Morris, of New Orleans, was appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Morris is the executive director of HousingNOLA. She will serve as the representative of the 2nd Congressional District. The Louisiana Housing Corporation assures that every Louisiana resident is granted an opportunity to obtain safe, affordable, and energy efficient housing.

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    Covington native serves in Japan aboard USS Germantown

    SASEBO, Japan – A 2016 Covington High School graduate and Covington native is serving in Japan in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Germantown.

    Seaman Recruit Nicholas Brumfield is an operations specialist aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan.

    A seaman recruit is the Navy’s entry-level enlisted position following graduation from boot camp. Brumfield graduated from the Navy’s Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois in July and has begun his apprenticeship training on the Germantown.

    “I decided to become an operations specialist because it sounded cool,” Brumfield said. “It sounded like I would be actually doing something, playing an active role in protecting the ship and my shipmates.”

    With more than 50 percent of the world’s shipping tonnage and a third of the world’s crude oil passing through the region, the U.S. has historic and enduring interests in this part of the world.

    “Our alliance is rooted in shared interests and shared values,” said Adm. Harry Harris, U.S. Pacific Command Commander. “It’s not hyperbole to say that the entire world has benefited from the U.S.-Japan alliance. While our alliance helped stabilize the region after the Second World War, it also enabled the Japanese people to bring about an era of unprecedented economic growth. And for the last six decades, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have worked side by side with the Japan Self Defense Force to protect and advance peace and freedom.”

    Commissioned in 1986, Germantown is the second Navy ship named after the Revolutionary War Battle of Germantown. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609 feet long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion small craft vessels, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

    “I like my chain of command, they really focus on us as junior sailors, helping us build up not only Navy-wise but far into the future about what we want to do when we leave the service. They genuinely care about us,” said Brumfield.

    Sea duty is inherently arduous and challenging but it builds strong fellowship and esprit de corps among members of the crew. The crew is highly motivated and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.

    “Serving in the Navy, not only does it have benefits for me but I’m doing something greater than myself,” Brumfield said. “Nothing is given to us, you have to work for everything you accomplish.”

    The Navy’s presence in Sasebo is part a long-standing commitment.

    “The U.S.-Japan alliance remains the cornerstone for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Harris.

    By Chief Petty Officer Bill Steele
    Navy Office of Community Outreach

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    Mackie appointed to LaSTEM Council

    Calvin Mackie, Ph.D., of Gretna, was appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the LaSTEM Council. Mackie holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and is the President and CEO of the Channel Zero Group. He formerly served on the faculty at Tulane University where he researched heat transfer, fluid dynamics, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Mackie is also the founder of STEM NOLA, an organization which serves to expose, inspire, and engage members in New Orleans and the surrounding communities about opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    The Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Advisory Council (LaSTEM) was established to coordinate and oversee the creation, delivery, and promotion of STEM education program; to increase student interest and achievement in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; to ensure the alignment of education, economic development, industry, and workforce needs; and to increase the number of women who graduate from a postsecondary institution with a STEM degree or credential.

    ONLINE: http://www.channelzro.com

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  • Jones picked for SU cheer squad

    Jumyria Jones, of Port Allen, is the first athlete on the West Side to be accepted on the Southern University Co-Ed Cheer Team. Jones has been a cheerleader since sixth grade and is a recent graduate of Port Allen High School. She cheered at PAHS all four years and was co-captain her senior year. She was also named Miss Black West Baton Rouge Parish last summer. Jones plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice and attend law school.

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    SU Lab coach Rebecca Marshall honored

    The Louisiana High School Athletic Association Coaches Convention recently honored Southern University Laboratory School head track coach Rebecca Marshall.

    Marshall has helped to cultivate a rich athletic history for the Southern University Laboratory School Kittens. She has a bountiful tradition of producing track stars who have ranked amongst the states top track leaders. Many former team members under her leadership have gone on to become elite athletes.

    She has won 21 Class 1-A State Championships and 15 of them were consecutive. She currently holds the position as Athletic Director but has worn many hats over the past years. During her 30 years at Southern University Laboratory School she has served as SGA Sponsor, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Cheerleader Coach, Dancing Doll Coach and Dean of Students.

    Submitted by Rene Marshall-Williams

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  • Baker High School Symphonic Band wins championship

    The Baker High School Symphonic Band will be performing at the Festival at Carnegie Hall: National Band and Orchestra Festival in New York City on March 31, 2018.  The Baker High Concert Band won multiple awards at the National 2016 Spring Music Festival competition in Orlando, Florida, including the High School Grand Champion Award for Instrumental Music. Baker also received a Superior Rating, 1st place in the High School Class A Concert Band category, and Overall Instrumental Grand Champions. Derrick Walker is the band director.  He earned a bachelor of arts in music from Southern University in Baton Rouge and a high school diploma from Meridian High School in Mississippi.

    Derrick Walker, Band Director

    Derrick Walker, Band Director

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  • Grande, Wilkerson named to NBA’s top 40

    Southern University Law Center Alumni Ashlei Gradney and Lacresha Wilkerson have been named 2017 National Bar Association’s Top 40 Under 40. Gradney is an attorney at Kastl Law, P.C. in Dallas. Her practice areas include business, criminal, family, personal injury, wills-trusts-probate, elder law, and juvenile law. Wilkerson is an assistant attorney general with the Louisiana Department of Justice.

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    EBRP Schools’ Michelle Clayton moves to online K-12 charter

    University View Academy Superintendent Lonnie Luce announced the appointment of Michelle Clayton, former deputy superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, as the new associate superintendent of innovation and interim K-8 principal for the online K-12 charter school.

    Clayton graduated of LSU and earned a Ph.D. from Southern University and A&M College. The former teacher also served as executive director of academics for the Zachary Community School District.

    Luce said Clayton is now part of his dream team of educators to lead University View Academy into being a K-12 charter school in which every student in every parish of the state has the opportunity to gain a quality public education from day one to graduation, and earn two years towards a college degree by graduation time if they so desire.

    She will direct implementation of the school’s new curriculum as K-8 Principal and assist the Superintendent with comprehensive data analysis and planning so that the staff and students unite to achieve greater academic performance in all subjects.

    Mandy LaCrete

    Mandy LaCrete

    Recently, the school added Mandy LaCerte from Baton Rouge Community College as its director of early college and workforce development to manage the school’s growing two-year associate’s degree program. LaCrete was also a founding board member of Apex Collegiate Academy in North Baton Rouge. Shana Corers was named interim high school principal.University View Academy starts the 2017-2018 school year as an independently managed statewide charter school, after being affiliated with Connections Education of Baltimore for six years.

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    Sims to lead Medical City Fort Worth

    Jyric Sims has been named chief executive officer for Medical City Fort Worth after a national search. The Baton Rouge native has more than 17 years of health care experience and began his career as a certified nursing assistant before being promoted to leadership and business development roles, including director of operations at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was also senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Tulane Health System in New Orleans. Sims earned a bachelor of science degree from Louisiana State University.

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    Dr. Vindell Washington named Blue Cross chief medical officer

    Dr. Vindell Washington has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana as chief medical officer. He brings to the state’s largest health insurer extensive experience in leading clinical teams and in health IT, most recently as the national coordinator for healthcare information technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Prior to that, Washington was at the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge for more than seven years, leaving as president of the medical group, which includes more than 500 medical providers and 1,400 employees. While at the health system, he also served as vice president of performance excellence and technology and chief medical information officer.

    Washington is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. Before coming to Baton Rouge, he served as chief executive officer of Piedmont Emergency Medicine Associates, a large private group in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He also received a Master of Science degree in healthcare management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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    Barthelemy named to SUS board

    John L. Barthelemy, of Braithwaite, was appointed to the Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. Mr. Barthelemy is a Plaquemines Parish Councilmember and former educator. Mr. Barthelemy was the principal of Phoenix High School for 30 years. After Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Isaac, he worked with FEMA to redevelop Phoenix High School. Mr. Barthelemy earned a Masters of Education degree and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Southern University. He will serve as a representative of the 1st Congressional District.

     

     

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    Small business, champions honored

    LED and SBA Honor 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award Winners

    Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners at an event honoring small business leaders who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana. The winners were honored in a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion, May 3.

    “We are pleased to recognize these enterprising and innovative business leaders, especially at this time in the middle of National Small Business Week,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “Small businesses account for more than 97 percent of all employers in Louisiana. They provide jobs to more than 900,000 of our state’s residents – more than half of our private-sector workforce – and they keep our communities vibrant. Small business success is vital to our state’s economy, and the business people we honor today are some of Louisiana’s best.”

    LED and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network served more than 13,475 small businesses and individuals last year, directly resulting in 1,022 new jobs, 1,587 retained jobs and the launch of 165 new businesses. The Small Business Award program recognizes top performers in a broad range of categories.

    The 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners are:

    2017 SBA Champion Award winners

    8(a) Graduate of the Year:
    Tiya Scroggins
    Scroggins Consulting
    Shreveport

    Family-Owned Business of the Year:
    Tom Sawyer
    Automotive Alignment and Brake Service
    Lake Charles

    Green and Sustainable Business Award:
    Elizabeth Shephard
    LifeCity LLC
    New Orleans

    Veteran Small Business Champion:
    Carla Antoine
    Life Towne Center
    New Orleans

    Women in Business Champion:
    Klassi Duncan
    Urban League of Louisiana – Women’s Business Resource Center Contractor’s Resource Lab
    New Orleans

    Region VI Women’s Business Center of Excellence:

    Joyce James

    Joyce James

    Joyce D. James
    Southeast Louisiana Women’s Business Center
    Baton Rouge

    Region Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Center Award:
    William (Bill) Joubert and Sandy A. Summers
    Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University
    Hammond

    2017 LED Entrepreneur Awards

    LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year:
    Trudy R. Poret
    Tarpan Construction LLC
    Cottonport

    LED Small Business Innovation Award:
    Chris Meaux
    Waitr
    Lake Charles

    LED Most Outstanding Business Growth Award:
    Alex W. Reed
    Fluence Analytics
    New Orleans

     

    LED Resource Partner of the Year:
    Louisiana Small Business Development Centers Network

    Louisiana PTAC Contractor of the Year:
    Suzette Freeman
    Janet Berry
    Carrie Harper
    Advantage Personnel
    Baton Rouge

    MEPOL Small Manufacturing Award:
    Walerij Holack
    Gulf South Machine
    Ponchatoula

    NFIB Small Business Champion:
    Mike Coullard
    Panola Pepper Corp.
    Lake Providence

    USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year:
    Jeremy Gilpin
    Greater Nevada Credit Union

    USDA Rural Development Borrower of the Year:
    Rock Bordelon
    Central Louisiana Hospital Group, LLC
    Benton

    Small Business Person of the Year:
    Alejandro (Alex) Hernandez
    Hernandez Consulting
    New Orleans

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    AKA Debutante Cotillion presented ten maids, princesses, Miss Amity

    Ten beautiful young women were presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Nu Gamma Omega Chapter at its annual Debutante Cotillion and Spring Ball on April 8, 2017 at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. The warm welcome to all guests came from chapter President Jacqueline Nash Grant. Junior League of Baton Rouge president Kathy Fletcher Victorian served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening themed “An Elegant Array of Precious Pearls”.

    Joy Gustavia Trusclair was crowned as Queen of the Cotillion, the daughter of Donald and Joyce F. Trusclair. She was escorted by Raymond Vincent.

    Taylor Danielle Fields was acknowledged as the 2017 Miss Amity.

    Reigning as princesses were First Princess Cache’ Marchell Brown, daughter of Raymond and Calaundra Clarke and the late Marlon Brown, escorted by Darius Washington; Second Princess Peyton Lauryn Matthew, daughter of Torin Matthew and Veronica Matthew, escorted by Taylor Matthew; Third Princess Taylor Danielle Fields, daughter of John Fields and Brigitte Fields, escorted by Kendall Boults; Fourth Princess Sondra Alexis Williams, daughter of Robert and Carla Williams, escorted by Alvin McCrory III; Fifth Princess Desiree’ Nicole Jones, daughter of Ervin and Jennifer Jones, escorted by Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

    Honored as 2017 Cotillion Maids were First Maid Victoria Lauryn Clark, daughter of Darren Clark and  Sonceree Clark, escorted by Clayton Hunter; Second Maid Mia Geneice Gaines, daughter of Telfry and Melissa Gaines, escorted by Preston Gaines; Third Maid Shania Darnay Stewart, daughter of Shondel Stewart and Chastity Sanders, escorted by Devonte Landry; Fourth Maid Nia Simone Ross, daughter of Ike and India Ross, escorted by Keilen Ross.

    Ball captains for the event were: Nicholas Cloyd, Tristan Matthew, Derick Rheams, Jr., and Carter Tucker.

    Mary A. Darby, Kimberly McCants, Velena Johnson, Jacqueline N. Grant, Kathy F. Victorian, Errin W. Gaines, Danielle Staten, and Brandy Johnson

    Mary A. Darby, Kimberly McCants, Velena Johnson, Jacqueline N. Grant, Kathy F. Victorian, Errin W. Gaines, Danielle Staten, and Brandy Johnson

     

    Errin Gaines served as general debutante chairman, while Brandy Johnson, Kimberly McCants and Danielle Staten served as co-chairman. Other program participants included chapter Vice President Velena Johnson, Carla Harmon, Toyia Charles-Comminey, Joycelyn Green, Mary Alice Darby, Ellen McKnight and Brittnei Shelling.

    Submitted by Morgan Etienne

     

     

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    Baker High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team reaches state playoffs

    Because of their hard work and endurance and in spite of the loss of their school and/or homes as a result of the Great Flood of 2016, the Baker High School Boys Basketball Team participated in the 2017 Allstate Sugar  Bowl/LHSSA Basketball Tournament. With an overall season record of 25-12 and district record of 7-5, the team made it to the quarter finals of the tournament. We look forward to next year’s team making it all the way! Good luck to the team’s graduating seniors in their future endeavors. GO BUFFS!

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  • Molaison, Holt appointed to state judiciary commission

    Jefferson Parish Judge John J. Molaison Jr. and former labor union leader Sibal S. Holt were appointed by the state Supreme Court to serve four-year terms on the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana.

    Molaison has served as judge for Division E of the 24th Judicial District Court and is president of the Louisiana District Judges Association. He also worked for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office and with two private law firms.

    Holt, a citizen member, was nominated by the Louisiana District Judges Association. She is the former president of the Louisiana AFL- CIO and the first Black woman in the nation to be elected president of a state labor federation. After retiring, she become a licensed commercial general contractor and established S. Holt Construction Co., LLC, leading her to be the first Black female general contractor in Rapides Parish. She is co-owner of the We Care Residential Therapeutic Home, a facility which houses young men with limited cognitive skills and extreme behaviors.

    The commission is the nine-member body that examines allegations of judicial misconduct in Louisiana and recommends to the high court when it finds it appropriate that sanctions should be imposed on a judge.

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    Meet the Players; Louisiana’s longest known married couple

    Since January 27, 1935, Lawrence and Varrie Player, of Benton, La., have been together, making them Louisiana’s longest-known married couple. They have been married 82 years. Last year they were honored by the Louisiana Family Forum during a reception at their home.. The second-longest married couple is Will Henry and Virgina Teasley, of Bryceland, who have been married for 80 years.

    State Rep. Mike Johnson presents Lawrence and Varrie Player with an award as the Louisiana Family Forum's longest married couple during a special reception in their honor on Feb 12, 2016. Mike Johnson photo.

    State Rep. Mike Johnson presents Lawrence and Varrie Player with an award as the Louisiana Family Forum’s longest married couple during a special reception in their honor on Feb 12, 2016. Mike Johnson photo.

    “It is a true delight to honor these two great couples for their examples and their commitment,” State Rep. Mike Johnson said.  “In a day when the stability of so many marriages and families is in jeopardy, these folks stand out as exceptional models for all of us.”

    The longest-known married couples are honored by Louisiana Family Forum to encourage individual marriages, build a stronger marriage culture and to remind those in the state that lifelong marriages benefit everyone. Each couple was presented an official statement of special recognition from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. Their names also are entered into Louisiana Family Forum’s Marriage Hall of Fame.

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    Meet Renee Horton–another hidden figure

    Renee Horton, PhD, remembers spending many nights gazing at the stars as a child growing up in Baton Rouge, wondering if there was anything beyond our universe. Her interest in space was stimulated during family trips to Biloxi, Mississippi, to visit her uncle, who was in the Air Force. The family would stop at the rest area outside of the John Stennis Space Center — where a replica of the moon lander was located. “I played around it, pretending I was exploring space. One day, I decided I wanted to be an astronaut,” Horton wrote  in an online feature at NASA.gov.

    She joined the Air Force ROTC program and, during her physical, learned that she had significant hearing loss. Later, Horton was diagnosed with a hearing impairment which prevented her from applying to be an astronaut. But, she learned she could still play an important role in sending crews to space.

    The Space Launch System is the first flight program Horton worked on at NASA.  Many SLS parts — including the SLS core stage — are made of metal, including the largest rocket fuel tank ever built, and metallic materials and welding are my areas of expertise. As an engineer at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, she is helping build metal rocket parts that can withstand the extreme forces of launch and space travel, and will send astronauts farther away from Earth than they’ve ever traveled before. “Our team at Michoud is making history every day as we build this extraordinary new rocket. We’re moving one step closer to launching the most powerful rocket in the world, and it’s exciting to watch all of it come together,”  she wrote.

    At her father’s influence, Horton earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University. She loved math, and he thought engineering would be the best way for her to use her talents. She said she later switched to being a scientist because of her desire to learn and investigate. “Physics is my passion,” she wrote.  “I’m the first African American — and first in my family — to earn a doctorate in material science, with a concentration in physics, from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.”

    Horton enjoys photography, mentoring outside of work, writing poetry, and reading.

     

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    Officers installed on SU System Board

    The Southern University and A&M College System Board of Supervisors installed officers for 2017 and held a swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed members during its regular monthly meeting, Jan 6.

    Chairwoman Ann A. Smith and vice chairman Rev. Donald R. Henry, who were elected during the annual officers’ election in November 2016, were installed as the new officers for the governing board for the only historically black college and university system in America.

    Smith is a retired school educator and administrator in Tangipahoa Parish, member of the Louisiana School Board Association, and former member of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board.

    Henry represents the 2nd Congressional District. He is a planning and scheduling professional at Noranda Alumina, LLC; and co-owner of DRH Consulting Group, LLC in Gramercy.

    Taking the oath of office for the SU Board were two newly appointed members and three reappointed members named by Governor Edwards, December 30, 2016.

    “I salute the long-standing members of the Board for their great and unselfish service to the Southern University System and congratulate those members who have been reappointed who will continue in service. I genuinely look forward to working with you as we advance the mission of the Southern University System,” said SU System President Ray L. Belton.

    Sworn in on the 16-member board that serves to manage and supervise the SU System were:

    Leroy Davis, of Baker, is a retired professor and dean of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. Additionally, Davis is a former mayor and councilman of the City of Baker. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master of science degree from the University of Illinois, and a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. He will serve as a representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

    Richard T. Hilliard, of Shreveport, is a senior engineer and business consultant at the Maintowoc Company, Incorporated. Hilliard received a bachelor of science degree from Georgia Technological University and a master of science degree from Walsh College. He will serve as a representative of the 4th Congressional District.

    Domoine D. Rutledge, of Baton Rouge, is an attorney and general counsel of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. He is a former national president of the Southern University Alumni Federation and the current president and chairman of the Southern University System Foundation Board of Directors. Rutledge received a bachelor of arts degree and a juris doctorate from the Southern University Law Center. He will serve as an at-large member on the board.

    Smith, of Kentwood, received a bachelor of science degree and a master of science in education from Southern University. She will serve as a representative of the 5th Congressional District.

    Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., of Lake Charles, is the pastor of the Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Bishop College and a master of divinity from Payne Theological Seminary. He has also received an honorary doctorate of divinity from Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary and Christian Bible College and an honorary doctorate degree from Temple Bible College. Rev. Tolbert will serve as an at-large member on the board.

    The Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College is vested with the responsibility for the management and supervision of the institutions of higher education, statewide agricultural programs, and other programs which comprise the Southern University System. Members serve six-year terms appointed by the governor.

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    Celebrating 60 years of marriage

    Charles Clinton and Dolores Ada Poole Moore celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.

    They are natives of Mandeville, Louisiana and members Newell United Methodist Church in Mandeville, Louisiana. They contribute their faith in  God and family values as to why God bless them to stay together. They currently attend Winan United Methodist Church where their daughter is the Pastor Darlene A. Moore.

    They had Breakfast Gathering at Picadilly’s in Covington, Saturday, Jan. 7 and spent their honeymoon get-a-way at a Mandeville Bed and Breakfast provided as an anniversary gift from a special family friend. Most weeks they enjoy going to the Washington Parish Council on Aging Center or taking in movies and country drives with daughter. They also help to rear two grandsons Walter Donahue Jr and Joshua James II.

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    Gov. Edwards announces Board of Regents appointments 

    Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to the Board of Regents.

    “Our institutions of higher education continue to face financial challenges that make the work of the Board of Regents more critical than ever as we continue our efforts to stabilize the budget and provide more predictable funding for our colleges and universities,” said Gov. Edwards. “The appointees I have named to the board bring an array of professional and educational expertise from higher education institutions across Louisiana. I am looking forward to working with them to build a brighter future for Louisiana’s students.”

    The following appointments will be effective on January 1, 2017:

    Board of Regents
    The Board of Regents is responsible for planning, coordinating, and budgeting for all public higher education in the state.The Board administers the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund and formulates a master plan for higher education, including a formula for the equitable distribution of funds.

    Blake R. David, of Lafayette, is an attorney and founding partner of the Lafayette firm of Broussard & David, L.L.C. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College and a juris doctorate from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. David will serve as a representative of the 3rd Congressional District.

    Darren G. Mire, of New Orleans, is the director of valuation for the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office. Mire is a certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor and is a licensed real estate agent. He received a bachelor of science degree and a master of professional studies degree from Tulane. Mire will serve as a representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

    W. Clinton “Bubba” Rasberry, of Shreveport, is the managing partner for Crestview Woods, LP, Rasberry Commercial Properties, LP, and Rasberry Mineral Lands, LLC. Rasberry received a bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University and post-graduate studies and Louisiana State University Forestry School. He will serve as a representative of the 4th Congressional District.

    Jacqueline Vines Wyatt, of Prairieville, is the former senior vice president and regional manager for Cox Communications’ Southeast Region. Wyatt will serve as an at-large member on the board.

    T. Jay Seale III, of Hammond, is an attorney and founding partner of Seale & Ross, APLC. Seale received a bachelor of arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Juris doctorate from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Seale will serve as a representative of the 1st Congressional District.

    Charles R. McDonald, Ed.D., of Sterlington, is the president and owner of CMAC & Associates and the co-owner of Freedom Mobility, LLC, and a former member of the Louisiana State House of Representatives. While a state representative, he authored the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship bill and served on the Education Committee. He received his bachelor of science degree from Northeast Louisiana College, a master of education degree from Northeast Louisiana University, and doctor of education degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe. McDonald will serve as a representative of the 5th Congressional District.

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    La. legislators appointed to national caucus

    State Senator Regina Ashford Barrow, of Baton Rouge, has been elected secretary of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. State Senator Wesley Bishop, of new Orleans, and State Representative Pat Smith, of Baton Rouge, has been appointed member-at-large of the NBSL executive board. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James has been named regional co-chair.

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    Perkins named ULSystem chair

    Alejandro Raeshod Perkins has been elected to chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. The ULSystem is the largest higher education system in the state with more than 90,000 students and nine universities: Louisiana Tech, Grambling, University of Louisiana at Monroe, University of  Louisiana Lafayette, McNeese University, Nicholls State University, University of New Orleans, Northwestern State University and Southeastern Louisiana University. Jim Henderson, Ph.D., was elected System President.

    Perkins is a law partner at Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, and Guice, LLC. He was recently appointed by the National Bar Association as Deputy General Counsel. He is a Louisiana Arts and Science Museum Board Member, National Annual Fund Chair for Xavier University, and Vice President of the Xavier University Alumni Association-Baton Rouge Chapter.

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    Smith, Simmons honored for deeds

    John Frederick Smith and Joseph Gottlieb Simmons were recently recognized as the 2016 Brotherhood Sisterhood Honorees for their decades of dedication to equity, serving the community, leading and inspiring others, and breaking personal barriers.

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    Richard promoted to peace officer

    Slidell police officer Christopher Richard has been promoted to administrative corrections peace officer in the Slidell Police Department’s Corrections Division. He is a 10-year veteran and has been a field training officer, training new jailors at the Slidell police department. He was the Corrections Officer of the Year in 2011, was awarded a Letter of Commendation in 2012, and was awarded a unit Citation in 2015.  He had 11 years of experience with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office as a corporal prior to joining the Slidell department. 

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    Toldson named ‘most influential’

    Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., has been named one of the 30 Most Influential Forensic Psychologists by Emergency Management Degree Program Guide. He completed a doctorate in counseling psychology from Temple University and later became a forensic psychologist at the United States Penitentiary. His dissertation focused on black men in the criminal justice system. His ongoing work includes research regarding misled media statistics and the link between Black males to crime and their ability to learn. The Baton Rouge native is executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is also editor of the Journal of Negro Education.

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  • Spurlock inducted as Louisiana’s only AAN fellow

    Southern University Baton Rouge School of Nursing professor Wanda Spurlock was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. The only inductee from Louisiana, Spurlock was one of 162 fellow elected from across the world who are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing, healthcare, and society.

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  • Baranco, LaVergne honored as LSU Legends

    11 DrumRoll Luke LavergneJuanita Powell Baranco, of Atlanta, Georgia, and retired Judge Luke A. LaVergne, of Baton Rouge, were recently honored by the LSU Alumni Association A. P. Tureaud Sr. Black Alumni Chapter as 2016 LSU Legends. LaVergne, retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court bench, is chair of the Louisiana Judicial Council and executive director of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. Baranco, a 1973 graduate of LSU and a 1977 graduate of the LSU Law School, is executive vice president, chief operating officer, and co-owner of the Baranco Company LLC, consisting of Mercedes Benz of Buckhead and smart Center Buckhead in Atlanta.

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    Kamrie Dillard earns Monsanto Company scholarship

    SU student Kamrie Dillard on receiving the 1890s Student Scholarship from Monsanto Company. Dillard was one of 10 students from eight Universities to receive the $10,000 scholarship.

    “I am honored to be an example of how corporations like Monsanto invest in diverse students, ensuring that we have access to the resources required to receive a valuable education, and to develop as professionals and leaders along the way. I have learned a lot from Monsanto and their continuous advancements in diversity and inclusion, and as a company recognized for their technological innovations I can only hope to pay it forward as I grow in my career,” said Dillard.

    In 2015, Southern University received a grant from Monsanto Company that provided 10 Southern students pursuing a bachelors degree in STEM or agriculture discipline, the opportunity to apply for the 1890s Student Scholarship. Dillard was selected by Monsanto to receive the scholarship, representing Southern University.

    Dillard said that it is great to be selected and to be representing Southern University. She says Southern has prepared her for her accomplishment, “by connecting me with unique opportunities and preparing me for those through programs like Career Services, national conferences, and internships.”

    “The supportive atmosphere and willingness of faculty and staff to help out has tremendously shaped my academic experiences and accomplishments,” said Dillard.

     

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    Harris, Hogan to serve on state’s domestic violence commission; others named to boards

    Gov. John Bel Edwards has made new appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Announced through a news release Oct 10, the appointees are:

    Fredrick H. Miller Jr., of Kenner, was reappointed to the Kenner Naval Museum Commission. Prior to retiring, Miller worked as a bay foreman for the Northrop Grumman Shipyard in Avondale. He will represent the commission as a resident of Kenner. The Kenner Naval Museum Commission was created to acquire, lease, transport, berth, renovate, equip, operate, maintain and exhibit the aircraft carrier USS Cabot-Dedalo and any other property acquired for use as a permanent naval museum and to adopt rules and regulations for the use of such museum and its properties.

    Leslie J. Hill, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Hill works for the Louisiana Department of Education. She will serve the commission as a designee of the Superintendent of Education. The Volunteer Louisiana Commission serves to encourage community service as a means of community and state problem-solving, promote and support citizen involvement in government and private programs, develop a long-term comprehensive vision and plan for action for community service initiatives in Louisiana, act as the state’s policy-making body for the Corporation on National and Community Service, and serve as the state’s liaison to national and state organizations that support its mission.

    Daphne Y. Washington

    Daphne Y. Washington

    Daphne Y. Washington, of Grambling, was reappointed to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Washington works as a speech-language pathologist and professional in residence for Louisiana Tech University. She will serve the board as a practicing speech-language pathologist, as required by statute. The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, created by the legislature, provides regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public in order to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare; to protect the public from incompetent, unscrupulous and unauthorized persons; and from unprofessional conduct by speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech-language pathology assistants.

    Robert N. Harwell, of Mangham, was reappointed to the Tensas Basin Levee District. Harwell is the former mayor of Mangham. He will represent Richland Parish. The Tensas Basin Levee District provides flood protection for a large portion of Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana. The district serves to construct, operate and maintain flood control structures including 434 miles of levee, 361 miles of flood control channels, 135 floodgates, 7 storm water pumping stations and 15 dams (weirs). The district also regulates and permits all activity on or near these flood control works, performs maintenance including mowing levees, repairing levees with earth moving equipment, dredging channels, spraying channels for brush control, performing mechanical repairs to pumping plants, flood gates and heavy equipment.

    Gerald S. LaCour, of Cloutierville, was reappointed to the State Plumbing Board. LaCour works for Bilfinger Industrial Services, Inc. He will represent the board as a journeyman plumber. The State Plumbing Board is responsible for protecting all persons who use and rely upon plumbing and medical gas piping systems for personal or commercial needs, and for affording protection against incompetent, inexperienced or unlawful acts by persons who perform work on plumbing and medical gas piping systems. The board qualifies and examines applicants for plumbers’ licenses and serves, licenses and enforces the law.
    Tamiara L. Wade, Ph.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District. Wade is a NCAS program manager and Astro Camp program lead at the NASA Stennis Space Center and will serve as a representative of East Baton Rouge Parish. As required by statute, she was nominated by a legislator representing East Baton Rouge Parish.
    The Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District serves as a multi-parish authority to mitigate flood damage in the Amite River Basin. The Commission works to accomplish flood control measures by facilitating cooperation between federal, state, and local governing bodies to foster floodplain management, maintaining and operating structures built under the auspices of the Commission, and coordinating river management within the basin.

    James R. Corley, D.V.M., of Sunset, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Corley is the president and owner of Acadiana Equine Hospital. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine is responsible for examining and determining the qualifications and fitness of applicants for licenses to practice veterinary medicine in the state. The Board investigates complaints against licensees and disciplines licenses.

     

    Twahna Harris

    Twahna Harris

    Lila Hogan

    Lila Hogan

    Twahna P. Harris, of Baton Rouge, and Lila T. Hogan, of Hammond, were appointed to the Domestic Violence Prevention Commission. Harris is the founder and director of The Butterfly Society Domestic Violence Organization and a membership executive with Girl Scouts of Louisiana East.

    Hogan is an attorney and partner at Hogan Attorneys and was the first director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in Hammond. The Domestic Violence Prevention Commission assists local and state leaders in developing and coordinating domestic violence programs. The Commission makes recommendations with respect to domestic violence prevention and intervention and develops a state needs assessment and a comprehensive and integrated service delivery approach that meets the needs of all domestic violence victims.

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    ​SU student musician studies opera in Italy

    Bryant Harris spent three weeks in Italy studying Italian music over the summer at the Italian-American Vocal Operatic Program for Young Americans. 

    The Southern University junior was one of three students from the United States to participate in the program that allows American students to travel to Italy to learn the culture and to get a gist of the music and scenery of the country. The program involved students taking a master class taught by local Italian professors and professional singers. It is funded by the Italian government, which invites and encourages young Americans to study Italian vocal music (primarily opera) for three weeks. 

    “I basically toured the city and on certain days I took on master classes where I learned the music or I took over singing the music,” said Harris, a music major.  “It was my first time out of the country. But it was great and I would go back. The food was real good and everything is beautiful.”

    Harris who studies voice, but is officially a trumpet major, learned about the opportunity and held his audition all in one afternoon while hanging out downtown Baton Rouge. It was an impromptu audition when Harris met the gentleman that was over the program, Antonio Moretti. 

    “We started talking about the vocal aspect of music and about Italian music. I mentioned that I sing Italian opera, such as Madamina from Don Giovanni. He wanted to hear me sing so I sung the first section of the song,” said Harris. The next thing Harris knew he was being offered the opportunity to go to Italy to display his talents and to learn about the Italian culture and language. 

    Being able to be a part of this program was about leaving the United States and learning a more diverse culture said Harris. “From a musical aspect, I got the basis of how to further project myself as a musician and how to use my musical talent and figure out how can I expand my music further and push myself pass the boundary of the walls that were built behind all musicians. That is a challenge. Some musicians like to stay in their comfort zone in music and never really go outside of that and expand and travel to see what they can do outside their comfort zone,” said Harris.

    “This opportunity provides an impact on the University in that Southern has been talked about for many things like the football team, the Band, however the music department, the choir, the jazz band, you don’t really hear about it when Southern is mentioned,” said Harris. 

    Harris said that he hopes more people will recognize the music department and the potential that is there. He would like to see the music department grow as a whole so that others can migrate and learn the joys of what it is like to embrace yourself in music and be a musician, said Harris. 

    The Chicago native came to Southern in 2013 as a trumpet player for the Southern University Marching Band. He marched for two years with the ‘Human Jukebox’ before discovering his singing voice. He also decided to focus more of his time on his academics. 

    “When I first got here my mindset wasn’t fully developed as it is today. When I first came I was scared, and shy on the aspect of new city and state. I kept to myself. After awhile, the city, the people, the culture started to grow on me and now I have this new developed mindset that anything comes about I am ready for it, “ said Harris.

    Harris suggest for any one who would like to make experiences like his a reality, “just work and craft and focus more on the things that got you to the point you are at right now and take that and expand that to a further aspect of life and expand your thinking and knowledge of the real world and what it has to offer.”

    By Southern University Media Relations

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    SU professors receive state appointments

    Southern University Baton Rouge professors Revathi I. Hines and Leslie T. Grover will serve as advisors to Governor John Bel Edwards through separate recent panel appointments

    Hines, an Alphonse Jackson Professor of Political Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed by Governor Edwards to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. The Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission is comprised of members appointed by the Governor to serve during his term of office. Duties of the commission include advising the governor, through the executive director of women’s policy, on the particular hardships, concerns, economic, educational, and health needs that challenge women in Louisiana and their possible policy solutions. The commission is charged with submitting a detailed annual report to the governor.

    Hines’s research and on-the-field focus is on community development, homeless women, gender based disaster management policy, environmental racism and justice movements, and discrimination in public housing.  She currently is involved in coordinating donation to homeless women in Baton Rouge through her project, Red Stick Bras and All Project. She also serves on the boards of Volunteer in Public Schools, the Butterfly Society of Domestic Violence, Baton Rouge, and the Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center/UpLIFTD, Baton Rouge. 

    “I am honored to be appointed to the Commission. I look forward to being a part of this administration’s efforts to examine the determinants of well-being of women in Louisiana and engage in the development of meaningful and viable policy solutions that elevate the status of women, across the spectrum, in our great state,” said Hines.

    Grover has been appointed to the Governor’s Council on Homelessness that serves to advise the Governor on issues of concern to Louisiana citizens concerning homelessness. The council will review, update, and monitor implementation of Louisiana’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The council serves as a resource for information about access to available services for the homeless population, including housing and transportation options for the homeless.

    “What an honor to serve the people of this state through addressing issues of homelessness and poverty. Addressing these issues through policy and research improves the quality of life for all of us in the state,” said Grover.

    Grover is a tenured associate professor in public administration and public policy. She does extensive work with low income and impoverished populations, and has unlisted extensively in her field. Her previous government experience includes working for NASA as a management analyst; executive director of the Emerging Scholars program in South Carolina; and grant writing for the City of Starkville, Mississippi.

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    Hardy named Southwest CEO

    The board of directors for the $95 million Southwest Louisiana Credit Union has appointed president/CEO Ronaldo Hardy of the Lake Charles-based cooperative that serves more than 17,000 members.

    Hardy began his career in the financial services industry in 2001 at a community bank. In 2004, he became a part of the La Capitol Federal Credit Union team. During his tenure there, he served as a phone center supervisor, member service supervisor, loan underwriter, electronic services dupervisor, branch manager, business development officer, and sales manager. In 2011, Hardy was named runner up in the Credit Union Executives Society’s (CUES) nationwide search for the Next Top Credit Union Executive. This allowed him to attend the CEO Institute I at the Wharton School of Business. In 2007, he married Cristian Carroll Hardy, and together they have three children, Raynah, Josiah, and Laylah. 

    Hardy will start his new job on Oct. 3. He succeeds Jim Giffin who resigned in March 2016 for a financial advisor position with Edward Jones.

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    McGuire, leader in student education, wins national chemical award

    For more than 46 years, Saundra Yancy McGuire, PhD. has been helping students realize their academic potential. A nationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer, she has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. In recognition of her work and the thousands of students she has impacted, McGuire has been awarded the 2017 American Chemical Society, or ACS, Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences, sponsored by the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

    “I’m very humbled to be the recipient of the ACS Dreyfus Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. I gratefully accept this honor on behalf of all of the individuals who made it possible. They include my nominator, LSU Professor Isiah Warner, and all of the colleagues and students who supported the nomination,” said McGuire, director emerita of LSU’s Center for Academic Success and retired assistant vice chancellor and professor of chemistry. “When I look at the previous winners of this award, I am very honored to join this distinguished group, and I am even more determined to ensure that all students, especially disadvantaged students, are encouraged to pursue and reach their dreams.”

    As a chemistry major at Southern University and A&M College, McGuire learned early on that the right support can make the difference between failure and success. She enrolled at Southern University with plans to major in chemistry despite the fact that she had not taken chemistry in high school (she skipped her senior year).

    “I was successful because of wonderful faculty members and supportive peers who helped me overcome the gaps in my preparation and excel,” said McGuire.

    Later in graduate school, McGuire decided to give extra support to the students in the introductory chemistry course for which she was a teaching assistant during her first year at Cornell University.

    “I knew that these underprepared students were capable of success, but I doubted they would excel without someone working with them to help them learn how to understand the concepts and develop effective problem solving strategies,” said McGuire.

    McGuire is the author of “Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation.” She spent 11 years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She joined LSU in 1999, and has delivered her widely acclaimed faculty-development workshops on teaching students how to learn at more than 250 institutions in 43 states and eight countries.

    “My effectiveness with students increased exponentially while at LSU. I learned so much from Sarah Baird and other learning strategists at the Center for Academic Success, and I developed what we now refer to as the metacognitive approach to learning,” McGuire said.

    Metacognition allows students to analyze their own learning and take control of their study behaviors. This approach has proved to be a remarkably successful way of helping students make the transition from being memorizers who regurgitate information to being critical thinkers who can solve novel problems. 

    “I’ve always found student transformation intoxicating, and I love celebrating student success,” said McGuire. “My inspiration comes from the reactions of students when they see that they can succeed and that they don’t have to give up their dreams.”

    McGuire earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, magna cum laude, from Southern University in 1970, and her master’s degree in chemical education from Cornell University in 1971. She earned her PhD in chemical education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1983. Her many other honors and awards include the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the 2002 Dr. Henry C. McBay Outstanding Chemical Educator Award from the same organization. In January, she was awarded the Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.

    McGuire has been very active in the ACS for over 40 years beginning as a member of the ACS student organization during her senior year at Southern University. She was named an ACS Fellow in 2010, chaired the ACS Committee on Minority Affairs from 2002-2004 and was a member of the committee from 1999 to 2004.

    McGuire will be honored at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in conjunction with the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

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    Rhone attends White House summit

    SHREVEPORT, LA — Cheredith Rhone ’17 has taken Centenary College’s motto “Do More” and run with it all the way to the White House. This summer, she was nominated as a change maker and was invited to attend The United State of Women Summit this summer. She also had the privilege of serving as the youngest secretary ever on the Shreveport Mayor’s Women’s Commission, a committee dedicated to supporting women by addressing citywide concerns and implementing programs to alleviate them.

    No stranger to the political arena, Rhone started getting involved in politics and in her community while still in junior high. At the age of 13, she worked on State Representative Cedric B. Glover’s campaign when he ran for Mayor. Since then, she has earned several prestigious internships and joined organizations that have helped her form connections and further her involvement.

    At the Summit, which was the first of its kind, Rhone had the opportunity to hear from speakers such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, and several other world leaders. The conference provided a platform for political leaders to celebrate their successful steps towards gender equality and also to discuss ways to keep improving it. Speakers covered issues on a wide variety of topics such as education, economics, health, and violence.

    “My most memorable experience was sitting and talking with Ms. Wanda Durant, NBA’s Kevin Durant’s mother,” said Rhone. “She talked about the difficulties she had living and raising Kevin in an underprivileged community and how she overcame those challenges.”

    After the summit, Rhone returned to Shreveport and continued working for Mayor Ollie Tyler as part of both her 2016 Summer Internship Program and the Shreveport Women’s Commission. As the commission’s secretary, she contributes by recording the board meetings that take place and logging their minutes.
    “Working for Mayor Ollie Tyler is an honor and a blessing,” says Rhone. “Working alongside her and many other qualified and influential women, helping to promote and further economic status, health, education, and leadership opportunities for women and youth in the city is a rewarding experience.”

    It is no coincidence that Rhone has involved herself in projects and organizations centered around the progression of women. She said she feels a strong calling to support those who are struggling and to be a force of positive change in their lives.

    “I believe that gender equality is necessary for the advancement of our society as a whole,” said Rhone. “Secretary Tom Perez said it best at the White House Summit, ‘When you educate a woman, you educate a generation.’”

    Studying at Centenary has played a large role in Rhone’s career choices, giving her unique opportunities and allowing her to make lasting connections. As a business major, she has not only become adept at financing and accounting, but has also picked up invaluable abilities such as networking and communication skills.

    “Attending Centenary has been a remarkable experience,” said Rhone. “I’m truly grateful for all of the opportunities that I’ve encountered by attending Centenary, from working in the president’s office to traveling across the world to Paris, France. My advice for my fellow peers is to always remain humble as you elevate in your career and life and remember to thank and appreciate the people that help you along the way. Never forget to pay it forward and help others along the way.”

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    Baton Rouge Black journalists group wins national award

    The National Association of Black Journalists presented the Professional Chapter of the Year Award to the Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists, this week during the association’s annual meeting in Washington DC.The NABJ Chapter of the Year Award is presented to a professional affiliate chapter for its accomplishments during the eligibility period. The criteria include but is not limited to the number of new members who have joined the chapter and NABJ, the chapter’s community activities and programs and the number and size of scholarships awarded by the chapter.

    The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists has worked tirelessly to ensure that both local journalists and the community at large are engaged in an ongoing basis. The chapter hosted a breakfast meeting with New York TimesExecutive editor Dean Baquet, the first Black American to hold that position. There was also a very successful “Secrets to Accessing the Media” workshop, designed to help nonprofits and small business owners be successful in getting their events covered by the press, learn how to write a news release and how to conduct themselves during an interview. The event has drawn more than 70 people each year. To engage students, there was a mentoring workshop with students from both Southern University and Louisiana State University.  The community has also turned out in force for the chapter’s annual scholarship luncheon in April, where they honored pioneering journalists and raised money for student scholarships. This year they raised nearly $14,000.

    “Local chapters are the backbone of NABJ and help keep its mission alive. The chapter’s talented members form a vital fellowship for black journalists across the country,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Local chapters help working journalists identify allies and advocates who live and work in the same market, formulating an indispensable network.”

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    Meet Derrick Warren the new SUAF executive director

    Growing up in a small, close-knit community in Bastrop, Louisiana, taught Derrick Warren the importance of relationships and results. 

    “From a young age, I understood that education was key and that you can learn something from everyone you meet,” he said. Now, this self-described “Global Life Learner” drives positive transformation for the Southern University System utilizing engagement, analytic research, science, strong communication strategies and innovation. 

    This analytic research, grounded in technology/Big Data, unlocks new possibilities that Warren said will help Southern and Southerns’ stakeholders rapidly succeed, thus leading to more informed, predictive and accurate decisions. Warren advises alumni on the University, targeted initiatives, new ways of working, speed to market concepts and creative strategies to differentiate themselves in today’s highly competitive marketplace resulting in accelerated business value and growth.

    His specialty is stakeholder engagement, services productization and helping Southern alumni, administration, faculty, staff, students and stakeholders tap into leading practices, techniques and talent.

    Over the course of his 32-plus year corporate career at IBM, Warren was responsible for the overall client satisfaction, financials, and delivery execution of large accounts ranging in size from several hundred million to multi-billions in total contract value. This included developing compelling value propositions, creating innovative tactical/strategic plans, executing the roadmaps for effective execution, resolving complex escalated issues/disputes as well as guiding the participation of all IBM Lines of Business. He also served as a member of the IBM Technical Leadership Team and was featured in the company’s’ “On Demand” Thinker Ad Campaign which appeared globally in business publications including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, The Economist, Money Magazine, Barron’s, CIO, CFO as well as other international business publications.

    In recent years, Warren achieved success living abroad leading teams that provided complex technology solutions for corporations in Asia Pacific and Africa including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa, Nigeria and other countries across Africa and The Middle East. While overseas, he established IBM’s Project Executive Competency improved certifications by more thab 300%, rapidly drove positive double digit grew C-Suite references and engineered a marked enhancement to client satisfaction year to year. He has also published articles in industry magazines and is an accomplished speaker at business symposiums, conferences, and universities around the world.

    Warren is a cum laude honor graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, with a bachelor of science degree in computer science. While on campus, he served as Student Government Association President, Junior Class President and a member of the University’s Famed “Human Jukebox” Marching Band. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity, Kappa Phi Kappa Fraternity and a Charter member of the John G. Lewis Masonic Lodge.

    Warren was also honored to deliver Southern’s Fall 2011 Commencement Address. He earned an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa as part of the school’s Executive MBA Program. He and his wife, Anita, currently reside in Roswell, Georgia. They are the proud parents of two sons, Derrick II and Dillon, daughter, Dhalyn, and granddaughter Emersyn.

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    Former Senator Gallot named Grambling president

    The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors announced that the tenth president of Grambling State University will be former Louisiana Senator and State Representative Richard J. Gallot Jr.

    Gallot is a 1987 GSU graduate where he earned a bachelor of arts in arts history and a 1990 Southern University Law Center graduate.  

    From 2000 to 2012, Gallot held the District 11 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. He served three terms in the house before winning his first term in the senate.

    “My lifelong roots in the Grambling community, combined with my record of serving this university and community as an attorney, city councilman, state representative, and state senator provide the type of leadership needed at this critical time. I do believe the core and brand of GSU remain strong and with the right leadership, we can achieve the stability and growth that we all know is possible. Higher education in Louisiana faces challenges unlike any time in our past.”
    Gallot and wife, Christy, have four sons. He is the son of former Grambling mayor, Richard Gallot Sr., and Dr. Mildred Gallot.

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    Scotlandville Alumni and Vanderbuilt star center Damian Jones makes history.

    Scotlandville Magnet High Alumni Damian Jones was chosen by the Golden State Warriors as the 30th pick of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft. With this, Jones is the first player from Scotlandville to enter the NBA Draft. In preparation for the draft, Jones, a Vanderbilt University star center, practiced with the pheonix suns, San Antonio Spurrs, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, and Orlando Magic teams.

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    US Express Track Club makes huge gains in lew of national competition

    The United Southern Express track club’s 4x400m relay has punched their tickets to the AAU National Junior Olympic Championships in Humble, Texas next month.
    In the image you have the members of the winning 17-18 boys 4x400m relay: Heisman Woods, Yusef Davis, Keiveo Chandler, amd Kyshawn Dominique. Out of the 104 athletes who competed in 300 events at the AAU Qualifier in Covington, LA, there were three meet record breakers and 77 athletes to qualify for the AAU National junior Olympics in 119 events.

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  • Brumfield named AMAC president

    Krystal J. Brumfield, ’07, has been named the president/CEO of the Airport Minority Advisory Council headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Brumfield, who was recognized as a 2015 SULC Distinguished Alumna during the annual Alumni Round-Up, formerly served as the vice president and chief operating officer of the DC Chamber of Commerce, where she provided leadership to the Chamber’s strategic planning process and implemented new programmatic strategic initiatives.

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  • Ardoin elected to The Recording Academy

    Lake Charles musician Sean Ardoin has been elected to the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy, the premier organization responsible for honoring achievement in music with the Grammy Awards.

    The distinction is one Ardoin, a member of the First Family of Creole and Cajun Music, had been seeking for eight years. As a governor of the Memphis Chapter, Ardoin joins a group responsible for the financial health of the Recording Academy and trustees who develop policy at the national level.

    Ardoin is an international touring artist, who has entertained in several countries and the entire continental United States. He has performed professionally since the age of 12, giving him 35 years experience in the entertainment business. He is a descendant of Amedee Ardoin, who is credited by Louisiana music scholars with laying the groundwork for Creole and Cajun music in the early 20th century, and was also the first artist to record the music of the Acadiana region.

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    Reed becomes deputy under secretary

    Kim Hunter Reed has been appointed by President Barack Obama as deputy under secretary of education.

    Reed will be a member of the senior leadership team at the Department of Education that oversees higher education in the United States. She is the former chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and the former executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System. Earlier, she served on the faculty at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge and was executive assistant to the president and interim vice president of student affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

    Reed earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and master of public administration degree at Southeastern Louisiana University. She holds a doctorate in public policy from Southern University.
     

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    Dixon promoted to Public Relations Colonel

    LSU Cadet Todd Dixon, a New Orleans native, has been selected to serve as the Regimental Commanding Officer for the 17th Regional area of the National Society of Pershing Rifles.  Dixon’s range of responsibility includes eight Pershing Rifles chapters at universities across the South in Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. He will also maintain his responsibilities and current position as Commander of Pershing Rifles at LSU.

    Since 2011, this will be the first time the Regimental Headquarters for this area will be located at LSU.  It is a huge accomplishment, and is reflective of the tremendous efforts and hard work of Dixon and Pershing Rifles at LSU. At their national convention, Dixon was promoted to the rank of Public Relations Colonel effective on March 12, 2016. 

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    Pierre named Law Center chancellor

    The Southern University System Board of Supervisors named John K. Pierre to become the seventh chancellor of the Southern University Law Center, on March 18.

    Pierre, who is serving as interim SULC chancellor, was one of four finalists selected by a 14-member search committee to replace Freddie Pitcher Jr. who stepped down last June.

    “First I want to acknowledge the diligence of the Law Center Search Committee members for their considerable efforts in bringing forth four outstanding candidates,” said SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton.

    “After interviewing the final candidates and reviewing their qualifications along with committee and constituent feedback, I am happy to recommend John Pierre who is ably prepared to lead the SU Law Center,” said Belton.

    Pierre became interim chancellor of the Southern University Law Center effective July 1, 2015, and has been on the faculty of the Southern Law Center since 1990. He was promoted to associate vice chancellor for special projects in 2003, and to vice chancellor of institutional accountability and evening division, on October 1, 2006. Additionally, he teaches commercial law, tax law, contracts, and property.

    For seven years, Pierre was involved in the Baton Rouge school desegregation case as co-counsel for the Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP in Davis v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He was also co-counsel in the landmark case  McWaters v. FEMA.

    Pierre is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, and the Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.

    He has previous teaching experience as a visiting and adjunct professor at California State University, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Loyola University Law School, Southern University College of Business, Saint Leo’s College, Webster University, and Northwestern State University.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University and A&M College in 1980, a master’s degree in tax accounting from Texas Tech University in 1982, and a juris doctor degree from the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, in 1985.

    Pierre has published numerous articles on tax law, sales and contracts, real estate and commercial law, ranging from magazine features and law review articles.

    “I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity presented to me,” said the chancellor-elect. “Thank you for your confidence in me.”

    Pierre acknowledged his wife, family members, and faculty and staff from the SU Law Center who he says share much of the credit for his success.

    “I think of my mother and my father on a day like this and I am grateful they gave me the spirit I have to serve. I will work hard to propel the SU Law Center to be the institution you want it to be,” said Pierre.

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    Ellis named seventh SU Shreveport chancellor

    The Southern University System Board of Supervisors named Rodney Ellis to become the seventh chancellor of Southern University Shreveport during the board’s Feb. 19th meeting.

    Ellis was one of three finalists selected by a 14-member search committee chaired by Willie C. White III, chief executive officer, David Raines Community Health Centers, to replace the previous chancellor Ray L. Belton who was named SU System President-Chancellor last June.

    “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ellis who is a distinguished educator and administrator to the Southern University System family. His professional experience and knowledge along with his commitment to student achievement will align nicely with our mission and goals for our Shreveport campus,” said Belton.

    SU Board of Supervisors Chairman Leon R. Tarver II offered congratulations as well to the chancellor-elect who will lead the SU System’s Shreveport campus.

    Ellis, a higher-education consultant, is the former chancellor of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC). Ellis previously served as executive vice president at Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, Georgia. Ellis worked at Atlanta Technical College for nearly 13 years where he also served as vice president of IT, planning and development and director of institutional development. Prior to his service at Atlanta Technical College, Ellis served as institutional effectiveness specialist at the Technical College System of Georgia and senior research specialist at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

    Ellis earned his doctorate in higher education administration, with a specialization in community and technical college leadership, from the University of Georgia; a master of science in judicial administration from Auburn University at Montgomery; and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Alabama.

    He has served on the Board of Directors for the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Re-Entry Solutions, and the Rapides Parish Workforce Investment Board. He has also been an active member of the Rotary Club of Alexandria, getting recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He previously served as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, the Atlanta Tech Civitan Club, the Atlanta Airport Chamber of Commerce, and the Atlanta Business League. He was also a member of the Atlanta Media and Film Community Jobs Task Force, the Atlanta Emerald Cities Green Jobs Task Force, and the Atlanta Beltline Employment Working Group.

    “I am very excited and humbled for this honor. I look forward to leading the Southern University Shreveport campus and thank Board Chairman Leon Tarver, all Board members, and President-Chancellor Ray Belton for this wonderful opportunity,” said Ellis.

    “This Board has taken a great deal of effort in its deliberations in selecting a chancellor for the SUSLA campus. The search committee did an excellent job in recommending three very capable candidates to interview. We look forward to Dr. Ellis bringing his expertise and energy in leading our Shreveport campus,” said Tarver.

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  • Lockett to participate in New Leaders Council

    The Louisiana Chapter of New Leaders Council has selected Terrance Lockett of Baton Rouge as a 2016 Fellow. As a progressive training program,
    the New Leaders Council Institute is a leadership development program for young professionals. Lockett is  president of Axis Strategies, a public and
    governmental affairs firm. He served on U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s state staff as the capital region manager and education liaison. He joins 21 other professionals in this year’s class.

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    Capital Area CASA selects Brown to chair board

    Reginald Brown has been selected to chair the Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association 2016 board of directors. Also selected were Kristen Hogan as vice chair, Katie Ruiz as secretary, and Allyson Sadler as treasurer. Newly elected to the board are Joy Michelle Boyd, Ryan Curtis, Joana Hernandez Edwards, Carlton Jones, Paulette Porter LaBostrie, Munzer Qaddourah, Lea Seelbach and Robin Toups. Returning members include David Faulk, Shirley Lewis, Jennifer Racca McDonough, Nicki Skelton, Holly Sides, Amanda Stout, Mary Thompson, Stephen Whalen and Robert Woosley. CASA volunteers speak up for abused and neglected children in need of safe, permanent homes.

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  • Jackson, Chisley recognized for outstanding service

    The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center presented its first Outstanding Customer Service Award to Angela R.
    Jackson, administrative assistant in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension, and Curtis Chisley, research associate and interim Livestock Show Director. Jackson has been employed by the SU Ag Center since 2004, and Chisley since 2006.

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    Pickens named TSU vice president

    Eva K. Pickens was named vice president for university advancement at Texas Southern University in Houston. She has served in this role on an interim basis since September 2015. Pickens has been on the university’s staff for 25 years.

    Pickens is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she completed her journalism degree in three years.

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    Hilton named chief of staff at GSU

    Adriel A. Hilton, Ph.D., has been named chief of staff and executive assistant to the president at Grambling State University in Louisiana. He previously served as an assistant professor of higher education student affairs and director of the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Western Carolina University.

    Hilton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College, in Atlanta. He earned a master’s of applied social science from Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore.

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    Saul takes top engineering prize

    Industrial engineering senior Briana Saul recently received first place at the LSU Undergraduate Research Conference for Engineering Level 2 Researchers.

    “The first year I presented, as a Level 1 researcher, I didn’t win anything,” Saul said. “It’s funny to see how everything has turned around. It was definitely my goal to my push myself further, and it paid off.”

    Saul’s award-winning presentation featured research on the handoff process, the passing of information between two professionals during a shift change, in the community paramedic program in the East Baton Rouge Parish.

    This research project is the result of a grant application Saul was introduced to during a conference. In December 2014, she applied for the Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grant, a grant supported by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The SURE grant requires applicants to conceptualize their own research interests and projects, collect and analyze data and report the findings.

    “The community paramedic program is different from most handoff programs. With other occupations you complete a 12-hour shift, handoff off your information within 10 minutes and you’re one,” Saul said. “With the paramedic program, you’re handing off information after one month of completing a shift.”

    With her research, Saul aimed to answer the questions: How are they handing off this information after one full month of a shift? How much are they handing off? How much of this information is retained?

    Though Saul was unable complete the implementation process of program, she was able to collect the necessary feedback and data.

    “One phase of data collection focused on how prepared the paramedic was before going on a shift or visit,” Saul said.

    Saul collected data through multiple practices, including ride-along sessions with community paramedics, surveys and general observations. The next set of data was to measure the amount of information that was shared and then retained.

    “They had meetings where they would discuss what went on throughout the month, and I’d ask the ongoing paramedic the five things I was looking for. I’d then follow up with looking at the agreement percentage between what was said by the previous paramedic.”

    The Austin, TX native also received an honorable mention the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Fall Regional Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, for her paramedic research the day after she received her first place recognition.

    Much of Saul’s campus involvement included NSBE, a student-led organization of which she was a member of for six years.

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  • Lacy receives award for work with abused and neglected children

    Leslie Lacy, an attorney with the Child Advocacy Program of Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Services, received the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award at the Together We Can Conference, Oct. 13-15 in Lafayette, La.

    Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray, left, presents attorney Leslie Lacy with the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award

    Orleans Parish Juvenile Judge Ernestine Gray, left, presents attorney Leslie Lacy with the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children & Families Award

    Lacy’s long-term commitment to improving the lives of children is evident in her seven years representing abused and neglected children in foster care in East Baton Rouge Parish. She zealously advocates for her clients’ best interests, ensures their voices are heard and goes above and beyond to help them reach safe, permanent homes.

    The staff of Capital Area CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association nominated Lacy for the award. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who serve as advocates for children in foster care. Lacy often works with Capital Area CASA’s staff and volunteers to strategize and further advance her clients’ best interests.

    The award was created in memory of Catherine Lafleur, an attorney and law professor who worked to protect abused and neglected children in Louisiana. She lost her battle with cancer in 2006.

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    Quinton Jason turned love of the Web into a life-changing career

    Quinton Jason was first drawn to the instant gratification of coding in a high school computer literacy class. What started as an interest grew to a passion, which eventually led him to graduate with a computer science degree. However, in the years that followed, Quinton drifted away from the industry. Instead, he dabbled in retail work, the food industry, and telemarketing, but continually found himself uninspired and unfulfilled.

    When a position as a customer support technician led Quinton back to the keyboard, he made the decision to return to his original career path and chose the East Baton Rouge Parish Library and Treehouse to help him accomplish that. Before long, Quinton had gained a solid foundation of skills and was ready to embark on a career in the web industry.

    Today, Quinton is the interactive director at Xdesign in Baton Rouge. He has also taken his love for the web one step further by speaking at tech conferences, including Future Insights Live 2015. Quinton is proud of his new career path and is embracing the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion for the industry he’d always dreamed of being a part of.

    Read Faye Bridge’s interview with Quinton on TeamTreehouse.com

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    Brown named SU Executive VP, provost

    The Southern University System has selected M. Christopher Brown II as the new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Brown has more than 10 years of experience in higher education administration including serving as president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and as executive vice president and provost at Fisk University in Tennessee.

    Brown, who is currently senior fellow, Division of Academic Leadership and Change, for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC, was chosen from a pool of candidates after a nationwide search to fill the new SUS cabinet position. The search committee, co-chaired by retired SU chemistry professor William E. Moore and Sonya Hester, Southern University Shreveport Faculty Senate president, was comprised of SU faculty from each campus, students, staff, alumni, and community stakeholders.

    Prior to serving as the18th president of Alcorn State University and before his appointment at Fisk, he served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, vice president for programs and administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, director of social justice and professional development for the American Educational Research Association, as well as executive director and chief research scientist of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund. Brown has held faculty appointments at Pennsylvania State University, George Mason University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bowie State University, West Virginia University, Indiana University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    “We are pleased that Dr. Brown will join the SUS team,” said Ray L. Belton, SU System president-chancellor. “He is a dynamic and innovative administrator who has demonstrated a high level of engagement working productively with faculty and staff in higher education. Dr. Brown’s extensive academic background and his executive leadership qualities are commensurate with our immediate vision to sustain and enlarge the SU System.”

    Brown is the author/editor of 17 books and monographs. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and publications related to education and society.  Regarded as an international scholar, he has lectured and/or presented research in various countries on six of seven continents – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

    “I am humbled by this honor. I look forward to working with President-Chancellor Belton to help realize his vision for the SU System,” said Brown.

    He was the recipient of the 2001 Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, the 2002 AERA Committee on Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award, the 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, the 2008 Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence 2013 Distinguished Service Award. He also was recognized with a 2013 Trofeu Raca Negra (Black Race Trophy) from the Honors Council of the Society of Afro-Brazilian Socio-Cultural.

    A former member of the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees, Brown is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the 100 Black Men of America, Rotary International, a 33rd degree Free and Accepted Mason Prince Hall Affiliation, and an ordained Baptist minister.  

    The Charleston, South Carolina native holds a Ph.D. in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University, a master of science in education policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from South Carolina State University.

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  • Henry added to hall of fame

    Southern University’s acclaimed art professor, Randell Henry, has been inducted into the Scotlandville High School Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. A mid-term January 1976 Scotlandville grad, Henry is among the first 12 persons selected by the Scotlandville High School Alumni Association to go into the Hall of Fame.

    Henry  said his high school’s hall of fame selection tops the honor he received recently when one of his paintings was cited by the New York Times chief art critic, Roberta Smith, as her favorite piece at the recently held New York art show, “60 Americans.”

    “I never thought I would be in a hall of fame. This is more than lagniappe from Scotlandville,” he said.

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    Wheeler leaves for Kentucky State University

    Erin Wheeler, Ph.D., has been appointed assistant vice president for academic support services at Kentucky State University. She was a biology instructor at Southern University and A&M College, an adjunct biology instructor at American InterContinental University Online, and a STEM learning strategy consultant with the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University.

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    Crump to keynote national asset building conference

    The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition (SRABC) will hold its eighth annual conference Oct. 8-9 in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the Beau Rivage Resort. The featured keynote speaker is Maxine Crump, the executive director of Dialogue on Race Louisiana.

    Crump made history when she became the first Black woman to live in a residence hall on LSU’s campus, then again in 1975 by becoming Baton Rouge’s WAFB Channel-9 News’ first Black reporter. She’s been inspiring others to make history ever since, through her work in television, radio, humanitarian efforts and community development. She also plays an important role in working to eliminate race discrimination in Baton Rouge with the  Dialogue on Race Louisiana, which aims to educate the community on ways to make their future free from “a vivid racial divide that still exists in Louisiana.” In February earlier this year, she took the TEDxLSU stage with her message “Using Talk to Create Action”.

    “The public is especially invited to join this dynamic network at the 8th annual conference and become engaged in making concrete steps to ensure economic inclusion and wealth building for all,” said Gena McClendon, SRABC project director.

    Since 2007, the SRABC conference has brought together 250 advocates and experts from 18 states to collaborate on specific strategies and efforts that increase financial security for communities across the nation.

    With special emphasis on defining policies and programs that support low-income families and communities, this year’s conference provides participants with provide opportunities to collaborate utilizing the latest research and innovative ways to assist low- to moderate-income families in building wealth.

    SRABC is a partnership of state coalitions dedicated to the advocating for and the development of asset-building policies and programs for low-income families and rural communities.

    ONLINE: www.srabcoalition.org

     

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  • Brown to lead SU Ag center

    The Southern University Board of Supervisors has named Adell Brown Jr., Ph.D., interim chancellor for the SU Ag Center effective July 1, 2015.  Brown served as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, and currently as Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Vice-Chancellor.

    Brown has more than 42 years of experience in higher education and agriculture, with 39 of those years at Southern University.
    He has held several positions within the SU Ag Center and the SU Baton Rouge (SUBR) campus. These positions included Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance in the College of Business; Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the SU Ag Center; Associate Specialist and Specialist/Extension Economist; Assistant Administrator and Specialist for Agriculture; Acting Administrator and Assistant County Agent for the Cooperative Extension Program at SUBR. He also served as Small Farm Coordinator for the College of Agriculture at SUBR.

    Apart from of his employment with the Southern University System, Brown has been Vice President for Research, Planning, Community and Economic Development and Tenured Associate Professor in Business for the College of Business at Mississippi Valley State University;  Program Manager for the USDA’s Cooperative State Research Services Office of Small-Scale Agriculture in Washington D.C.; USDA visiting professor for Farmer Home Administration and  Research/Teaching Assistant for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University.
    He is also the immediate past president/chair of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Baton Rouge, a non-profit organization where African-American males assume roles of community leadership, responsibility, and guidance to enhance the lives of youth.
    Brown earned a bachelor of science in agricultural business from Northeast Louisiana University, a master of business administration with a concentration in management and finance from the University of Southwest Louisiana and a doctorate in agricultural dconomics with concentrations in Production Economics, Statistics and Management from Louisiana State University.
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    SUBR set to win four HBCU Digest Awards

    Southern University is a finalist in four categories in the 2015 HBCU Digest national awards competition.

    SU’s College of Nursing and Allied Health is a finalist in the Best Nursing School category and the Human Jukebox Marching Band is among the top Marching Bands.

    Southern scored in the Top Alumnus category with National Alumni Federation President Preston Castille. The SU Alumni Federation also finished among the top National Alumni Association of the Year Category.

    The winners will be announced and receive their awards at a ceremony July 10 at Hampton University in Virginia. The ceremony is part of the HBCU National Media Summit being held at Hampton from July 9-11.

    According to HBCU Digest, finalists are annually selected based on the impact of nominees’ achievement on institutional development, and for media coverage earned for the institution by way of the nominee.

    The Marching Band category includes: Southern, Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets, Florida A&M University Marching 100 and Albany State University Marching Rams Show Band.

    Schools in Best Nursing School category, include: Southern, Prairie View A&M University and Tougaloo College.

    The Alumnus of the Year category, includes: Castille; Adriel Hilton of Morehouse, FAMU, and Morgan State University; Michael Jones, of Dillard University; and John Thompson, FAMU.

    The National Alumni Association category includes: Southern, FAMU, South Carolina State University, Tuskegee University, Xavier University of Louisiana and Clafin University.

    Winners are selected by an academy of former HBCU Awards winners, former and current HBCU presidents, alumni, faculty, students and journalists covering HBCU issues for local or national outlets.

    Created in 2011 by HBCU Digest Founding Editor Jarrett L. Carter Sr., the HBCU Awards is the first national awards event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

    The SU Alumni Federation previously won the HBCU Digest’s inaugural National Alumni Association of the Year award in 2012.

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    Dillard finalist for six HBCU Digest Awards

    Dillard University ranks among the finalists in six “Best Of” categories sponsored by the HBCU Digest annual awards ceremony that will be held this week on Dillard’s campus. The HBCU Digest is a daily blog/news resource providing news synopsis, links and commentary on stories about America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities.

    Each year it sponsors the HBCU Awards event to honor, acknowledge and celebrate achievements at historically black colleges and universities throughout the country.

    Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

    The HBCU Awards ceremony will be held July 10 during the HBCU National Media Summit, which is July 9-11 at Hampton University in Virginia.

    From a pool of 430 nominations, Dillard University was selected as a finalist in the following areas: Best Choir; Best Fine Arts Program – (Film and Theater); Best Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics STEM Program (Physics); Female Faculty of the Year – Kemberley Washington; Male Alumnus of the Year – Michael Jones, ’82; and Male President of the Year – Dr. Walter Kimbrough.

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    McKnight receives LDA Distinguished Service Award

    Hugh V. McKnight, DDS, of Baton Rouge, has been named this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award that was presented during the 135th House of Delegates of the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) on April 11, 2015, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.

    The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the LDA and is given annually to individual members who exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct in dentistry and make extraordinary contributions in organized dentistry and their community.

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    Dr. McKnight has been a member of the LDA, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Greater Baton Rouge Dental Association (GBRDA) for 36 he was the 1992 president and has served on LDA committees.

    He was the 1979-81 president of the Pelican State Dental Association and has been the assistant treasurer of the National Dental Association since 1992. He is a life member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and a fellow in the International College of Dentists and the Academy of General Dentistry. He has served in consultant roles for the EBR Parish School Board, the Head Start Program, Earl K. Long Medical Center and the EPSDT Dental Medicaid Program. He’s currently a member of MCNA’s Dental Medicaid Advisory Committee.

    Dr. McKnight is a firm believer in giving back to the community. He is active with Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church (at 9700 Scenic Hwy. pastored by Rev. Jesse B. Bilberry, Jr.) in various capacities including Sunday school teacher and chairman of the Deacon Board (ministry). He is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America Board (Istrouma Area Council).

    He is married to Audrey McKnight, and they have three children Sheletha Yvette, Hugh, Jr. and Yolanda.

    The LDA is the largest professional health organization for dentists in Louisiana. It is a statewide grassroots organization whose purpose is to promote, advocate, and protect the dental professional. The LDA has over 1,900 members. For more information, visit www.ladental.org.

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    Tierra Smith named national student journalist of the year

    The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is proud to announce the selection of Tierra Smith of Grambling State University as the association’s 2015 Student Journalist of the Year. The award recognizes a full-time collegiate journalist who displays a commitment to NABJ’s goal of outstanding achievement within the field of journalism.

    It isn’t often that a historically Black college or university has a campus newspaper willing to dig deeply – even when a powerful administration is watching and questioning nearly every move. It’s with this approach that Smith has led the campus newspaper with tenacity comparable to some of the nation’s top editors, just on a college campus. Under her leadership, The Gramblinite, GSU’ s campus newspaper, has been diligent in holding GSU’s administration accountable, from questions on salaries of top administrators, to spending, and lack of resources for the school’s football program, Smith has continuously been unafraid to ask the hard questions.

    “We couldn’t be more proud of Tierra. She is clearly off to a great start, and we wait with anticipation to see what will be next as she begins her journalism career,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “Tierra is an aggressive and passionate journalist which will serve her well as she continues to pursue her passion.”

    A native of Milwaukee, Smith became fascinated with the media when she was accidentally enrolled in a journalism course at her high school in Houston.

    “If they never put me in that class, I would have never been exposed to journalism,” Smith said, in a piece written last year for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She was a 2014 participant in The Times program at Dillard University and she was a 2014 student journalist with the NABJ Student Multimedia Projects.

    Her high school journalism teacher was going to remove her from the class because she did not have the necessary prerequisites, but she saw her passion and decided to let her stay. A few months into the class, Smith was named an editor of the high school’s newspaper and yearbook.

    Now a graduating senior, Smith, 22, is majoring in mass communications with a concentration in sports journalism. Smith was also a participant in the 2014 Class of the Sports Journalism Institute, a program geared toward creating a pipeline of more women and minorities in sports journalism. Additionally, Smith was the recipient of the 2014 NABJ Sports Task Force, Larry Whiteside Scholarship.

    Smith is a talented student journalist, and a strong NABJ student member. She’s been a part of NABJ since 2012, attending three national conventions, a regional conference and restarting the GSU student chapter as founding president. She has grown her chops at Grambling State along with internships at Gannett’s The News-Star and the Gannett Content Production Center in Monroe, Louisiana. In Summer 2014, she was a sports intern at the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah.

    Smith was most recently named a Dow Jones News Fund business reporting intern for Summer 2015. She will be working for NABJ’s Greg Moore at the Denver Post. She also has an active role in the GSU chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and she maintains a 3.6 GPA. Smith will start the next chapter of her journey as a graduate student at Louisiana State University this Fall.

    Smith will be honored along with other honorees at NABJ’s Annual Convention and Career Fair this summer in Minneapolis.

    An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, and provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide.

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    SUNO researcher partners with PBI to continue DNA forensic research

    Pressure BioSciences, Inc. announced it has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Southern University at New Orleans to focus on improving and extending the applications of the Company’s unique and patented pressure cycling technology platform for the detection of DNA in forensic samples.

    Pam Marshall,Ph.D., interim director, Forensic Science Program SUNO is an expert on sexual assault kit examination and collection practices and will lead the program with Pressure BioScience Inc.

    While a graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Bruce Budowle (a recognized key opinion leader in forensic science) at the University of North Texas’ UNT Health Science Center, 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, Marshall will continue this pioneering work. She and her team at Southern University 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,” said 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.”

    Marshall said 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.”

    “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,” said Nate Lawrence, vice president of marketing and sales for PBI.

    “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.”

    Southern University at New Orleans was founded in 1956 to expand academic opportunities for Blacks. Today, SUNO still serves as a beacon for those looking for educational advancement in an environment that provides the personal attention some students need for success. With our mission in mind, we plan to be America’s premier urban institution of higher learning in the field of Forensic Science, providing educational access to students ready to contribute to our city and nation. In 2013, SUNO successfully implemented the Forensic Science Bachelor of Science degree program. SUNO is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Louisiana to offer this degree and one of four nationwide. The BS in Forensic Science degree program is committed to producing technically knowledgeable and skilled graduates equipped with the basic foundational science and laboratory problem solving skills necessary for success in the crime laboratory. Upon completion of the Forensic Science program, graduates will be prepared to function as forensic scientists, or for advanced study in such areas as forensic science, biomedical research, medicine and law. Please visit the University’s Web site at www.SUNO.edu.

    Pressure BioSciences Inc. develops, markets, and sells proprietary laboratory instrumentation and associated consumables to the estimated $6 billion life sciences sample preparation market. PCT customers also use our products in other areas, such as drug discovery and design, bio-therapeutics characterization, soil and plant biology, vaccine development, histology, and forensic applications.

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    Turner takes 3rd at state science fair

    Tyler Turner

    Tyler Turner

    Lake Forest Charter School 8th grade student Tyler Turner won 3rd place at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair in the environmental science category. Tyler’s project was titled “Alternative Roofs” and studied the most cost effective and energy efficient ways of roofing. His results found that grass covered roofs absorbed less energy than tile and wood. The fair was held March 23-25 in the LSU Union.

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    Stewart named La. House communications director

    The Louisiana House of Representatives has promoted Cory Stewart to director of communications. Having previously served as public information specialist and deputy director of communications for the House of Representatives, Stewart has 13 years of legislative, communications and organizational leadership experience. His work has received local, state, and national recognition and awards. Stewart is the Chairman of the National Association of Legislative Information and Communications Staff and is the recent recipient of the national Legislative Staff Achievement Award given by the National Conference of State Legislatures. A graduate of Southern University and A&M College, Stewart began his career in public service with the Louisiana House as an intern in 2002 and joined the full-time staff in 2006.

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  • Three named Southern University Agricultural Legends

    Three individuals were recognized as Louisiana Living Legends during the fifth annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center on March 20.

    They are Bobby R. Phills,Ph.D., program director for the Science Center and professor in the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee; Freddie Johnson, a retired Southern University food and nutrition professor, of Baton Rouge; and Elvadus Fields, former county agent and farm management specialist at Southern, now retired, of St. Joseph.

    These three join 15 others who have been honored with this distinction since 2005.

    “The Louisiana Living Legends Award is an opportunity to honor heroes with ties to the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center for their years of selfless service,” said Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., agricultural specialist and organizer of the small farmer conference.

    Phills is the former dean and research director of the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences at Southern. In this role he created the Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunities Unlimited (BAYOU) Summer Enrichment Program, which exposed hundreds of high school students across Louisiana to the broad array of careers in the agricultural sciences.

    “This program was responsible for placing hundreds of student interns at major research universities, in private industry and with the USDA,” Mellion-Patin said.

    Johnson served for 36 years in the Department of Human Nutrition and Food at Southern. Before that she was supervisor of food service for the state Department of Education. Her activities included sensory evaluation and establishing a staff sensory panel, design of a food research sensory evaluation area and a home economics space utilization study. Her research included the palatability of “rabbit nuggets” and other alternative food products for limited resource families.

    Fields was a county agent for the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service for 32 years and then became a farm management specialist for Southern. He has been a supporter of the SU Livestock Show and was responsibility for bringing more than 150 youth to show animals for more than 50 years. He was a founding member of the Delta Livestock Enterprise and Northeast Louisiana Black Farmers and Landowners Association.

    During this year’s small farmer conference, the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the 1890 land-grant universities was also celebrated, said Gina E. Eubanks,Ph.D., vice chancellor for extension at the Southern Ag Center and program leader for nutrition and food sciences at the LSU AgCenter.

    Southern University is one of 19 universities across the country with 1890 land-grant status. In 1890, Congress passed the Second Morrill Act with the stipulation that Blacks were to be included in the land-grant university system. The first Morrill Act was signed into law by Pres. Abraham Lincoln in 1862. There is an 1862 land-grant university in every state including LSU in Louisiana.

    The other 15 Living Legends include Bernestine McGee, Floyd Jenkins, Elsie Cyrus, Samuel Donald, Alonzo Chappell, Sara Sims, Pecola Scott, Willie T. Sensley, Owusu Bandele, Leodrey Williams, James McNitt, James Archie, Solon Marshall, Kirkland Mellad and Wesley Crawford.

    By Linda Foster Benedict
    LSU AgCenter

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  • Llorens named private school’s founding president

    James L. Llorens has been confirmed by the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey Baton Rouge to serve as founding president. The board held its launch meeting March 3, 2015, and is currently completing its feasibility study. Although no facility has been located for the Catholic, college prep school, it is scheduled to open in Fall 2016. The high school will be private but only enroll low-income students. Llorens formerly served as chancellor of Southern University and A&M College and a former aide to East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden. In the Cristo Rey model, students participate in a corporate work-study program.  Local businesses sponsor a full time job that is shared by a team of four students who each work one full day per week at the business. The job salary is paid to the school to offset tuition costs for students. The jobs provide students with hands on experience to prepare them for future careers. The Cristo Rey network is made up of 28 schools serving 9,000 students in 26 cities. The network has a 96% graduation rate, a 100% college acceptance rate, and a 90% college enrollment rate.

    ONLINE: http://www.cristoreybatonrouge.org/

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  • McCollum named head of Ed Department

    Sharon McCollum, Ed.D., will soon head the Virgin Islands Education Department following the Virgin Island government committee approval of her nomination late February. The New Orleans native McCollum has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern University and A&M College, a master’s in sociology from the University of California-Davis, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.McCollum, who has worked her way up through the ranks of the Education Department and served as principal at Ivanna Eurdora Kean High School for more than a decade, was tapped by Gov. Kenneth Mapp in December 2014 to be the territory’s Education commissioner.

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    Bagayoko secures $500k for SU research

    Southern University System’s Distinguished Professor of Physics Diola Bagayoko,Ph.D., has received a three-year, $503,931 federal research grant to help develop new methods and processes in the field of materials and energy science.

    The grant is from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration. The newly funded project is a major component of the Consortium for Materials and Energies Studies (CMaES) led by Florida A&M University.

    The first year funding for Southern University at Baton Rouge is $153,931 and the funding for each of the following two years is $175,000 for a total of $503,931.

    CMaES is a collaborative effort among seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and two national laboratories of the DOE. Some of the other key objectives include the production of new knowledge, and the training of the next generation of scientists and engineers in areas of interest to DOE.

    Besides SUBR and FAMU, other collaborating organizations include: Prairie View A&M University, Tuskegee University, Tennessee State University, Benedict College, Morehouse College, Allen University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    Tommy Rockward, who received his Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in Physics from SUBR, is the lead scientist for the collaboration at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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    Student chemists advance to state competition

    PLAQUEMINE–More than 200 parents, teachers, students and community members assembled at the Math, Science & Arts Academy West in Plaquemine for the second annual Dow Westside You Be the Chemist Challenge® on Feb. 11.

    Thirty-three 6th – 8th grade students from Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes competed against one another through numerous rounds of multiple-choice questions that tested their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries, and chemical safety awareness.

    Sponsored locally and nationally by Dow, the Challenge is an academic competition created by the Chemical Education Foundation (CEF). The Challenge aims to engage middle school students in chemistry through a dynamic event that partners members of the chemical industry with schools and organizations in the communities in which they operate.

    “At Dow we are committed to supporting the next generation of scientists, engineers, chemists and innovators for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields,” said Abby Cook, Public Affairs Manager, Dow Louisiana Operations. “We are proud to collaborate with organizations like the Chemical Education Foundation to do the important work of changing lives through quality education.”

    After six rounds of competition at the Dow Westside Challenge, the Champion, First Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up and Third Runner-up from both West Baton Rouge and Iberville Parishes were decided. Alex Gautreaux, student in Cynthia West’s class at Devall Middle, took first place for the second consecutive year! Erin Stephens of Janell Albarez’s class at Brusly Middle achieved First Runner-Up. Hanna Prather, also a student of Cynthia West’s class at Devall Middle, placed Second Runner-Up and Naturi Scott of Delky Arbuckle’s class achieved Third Runner-Up for West Baton Rouge Parish.

    Kristopher Cayette, a student in Tanya Taylor’s class at MSA West achieved Champion for Iberville Parish. Lucas Sanchez, a student from Tyne Courville’s class at MSA West took First Runner-Up. Second Runner-Up was achieved by Emily Deslatte of Pam Mechana’s class at St. John and Alixes Bouvay of Dorothy Trusclair’s class at Plaquemine High received Third Runner-Up.

    Champion, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up recipients from both Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes will advance to the You Be the Chemist State Challenge, April 25 at Louisiana State University. The winner of the state competition will move on to compete in the National Challenge held Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June.

    Participating schools in the local Dow Westside Challenge included: Devall Middle, Port Allen Middle, Holy Family, Brusly Middle, MSA West, MSA East, St. John School, Plaquemine High, and White Castle High.

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    Poised to be the next big thing in music industry

    An interview with gospel artist Anita Jarrell-Robertson

    About 17 years ago, music executive Vivian Scott Chew told me in a telephone interview to be on the lookout for a gifted singer who very few people had heard of but one who was about to take the world by storm with her music. The songstress Chew was referring to was R&B sensation and acclaimed actress Jill Scott.

    It was around 1998 when Chew predicted how big Scott would get. And in 2000, Scott’s debut album — Who is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Vol. 1 — was released. That album made it to the Top 20 of the Billboard albums chart. Scott, also a songwriter, had earned three Grammy nominations for the project, which included the hit “Gettin’ in the Way.”

    Now, nearly 20 years after Chew — who has long provided direction and musical support for new and emerging artists — spoke of Scott’s imminent rise from obscurity to stardom, there is another gifted singer who is on the verge of an accomplishment that’s reminiscent of Scott’s dynamic ascension to prominence in the entertainment industry.

    Her name? Anita Jarrell-Robertson. And she has a voice and a stage presence that command attention. Jarrell-Robertson in July of 2014 released her contemporary gospel album “God is There,” a CD filled with tracks that minister to the core of people’s hearts. The title track — “God is There” — speaks directly to the listener whose life has been thrown into a tailspin by one personal calamity after another.

    On that track, Jarrell-Robertson shares that the Lord is always present, especially in times when He seems most distant.

    “The song, ‘God is There,’ was written during a very tumultuous time in our lives (my husband and my children). At that time we were fighting cancer with my daughter, Jessica. She was only about a year old and she had relapsed with leukemia for the second time, and her doctor had informed us that she probably would not make it,” Jarrell-Robertson said.

    “So, we were facing a lot, we were facing her (conceivably) passing. She was our first child, we already had a second child with a third one on the way. And we were going through tough times in our marriage because of all the stress,” Jarrell-Robertson said. “We had issues with outside family members and friends with their opinions and their judgments, and we just felt alone.

    “We actually had a pastor at that time to tell us that our daughter was going to die, and that we needed to let her go because she was going to die and that’s what (he said) God had told him,” recalls Jarrell-Robertson, whose family moved to Carrollton, Texas, from Baton Rouge, La. “We were told a lot of things during that season but when all that stuff was happening, it was like we were in a whirlwind and I was like, ‘Where are You? What’s going on?’ I remember being in the hospital room by myself one day with my daughter, and I looked around and I looked up and asked, ‘Where are You?’ And He answered me and He said, ‘I am there.’ ”

    God’s response, Jarrell-Robertson admits, didn’t exactly soothe the pain she was feeling as her child faced such a life-threatening disease.

    Jarrell-Robertson couldn’t understand how she could be serving God as passionately as she was at that time and, yet, sill be faced with such a harsh reality.

    “I just didn’t understand,” states Jarrell-Robertson, who said her experience caused her to feel somewhat like Job, whose family was hit with disaster that claimed the lives of his 10 children. “And so the song actually came about because God gave me the song. The whole song was written like a conversation.”

    From her dialogue with the Lord, Jarrell-Robertson said she learned that trusting God and walking by faith don’t come without trials from time to time. She learned that sometimes people go through difficult times as preparation for the places God is sending them in some cases and so that they could have testimonies to help edify other people in other cases. Jarrell-Robertson and her husband, Jesse, now share the profound testimony of their daughter being cancer-free.

    The 12-track album has so many songs on it that are more than capable of capturing and suspending the attention of listeners. One such track is “Even Me,” which is perhaps Jarrell-Robertson’s most widely recognized song.

    “Even Me” sends the message that regardless of how unworthy of God’s grace and mercy a person may feel he is, the Lord’s love is strong enough to cover him.

    “I came to this realization that I can come to the cross even with this, in whatever mess that I’m in, I can still come to the cross with it,” said Jarrell-Robertson, who, with her husband, started Harvest Music, a record label for independent Gospel artists. “Basically, God was not surprised about the condition of my heart. I was, but He wasn’t. His blood was powerful enough to save and deliver ‘even me.’ ”

    The song “God is There” earned Jarrell-Robertson the top 2014 Chosen Voice Awards honor for “Best Contemporary Song.”

    Jarrell-Robertson’s music, which has crossover appeal, can be purchased on her official website, http://www.anitaworships.com. Other places it can be found include: Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart Radio.

    By Donald Lee
    Guest Columnist

    Donald Lee is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center of Dallas. E-mail him at pastordonjlee@yahoo.com.

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  • Caught You: Praying

    The nonprofit group, Answering the Call, hosted a prayer vigil for the youth of the City of Donaldsonville and surrounding areas, Monday, Jam. 26, 2015, at the Louisiana Square on Railroad Ave.

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    Caught You: Lions celebrate 65 years

    The Capitol Senior High Class of 1967 members celebrate their 65th birthday at their annual Christmas gathering in style with a formal affair at Lake House Reception Center on December 20, 2014. During the event Beverly R. Pitcher was crowned Queen and Frank James crowned King. Pictured left to right are: Bottom row: Queen Beverly R. Pitcher, King Frank James Upper row: Raymond Johnson, Gwendolyn M. Guillory, Deloris R. Gray, Patsy F. Parker, Lyndell C. Brown, Willie White. (Photographer: Cleveland Brown)

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    SU Board elects Tarver, Braxton for 2015

    NEW ORLEANS–The Southern University Board of Supervisors elected Leon R. Tarver II as chairman and Calvin W. Braxton Sr. as vice chairmen for 2015, during it’s regular meeting held in New Orleans, Nov. 28.

    Tarver, a Shreveport native and resident of Baton Rouge, is SU System president emeritus and is the retired executive administrator of the Center of Cultural Heritage and International Programs at the Southern University System. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Tarver to the SU Board in January 2013. He serves as an at-large member.

    “Thanks to my colleagues for their support. I want to do a lot to make Southern a finer institution for all,” said Tarver.

    The newly elected chairman holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Southern University Baton Rouge, a master’s of public administration from Harvard University (John K. Kennedy School of Government), and a doctor of philosophy from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Tarver has held academic and administrative positions at the national, state, and local levels.

    The former SU System president has conducted international development activities in Egypt, England, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Haiti, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa, and founded two museums on African and African-American art within the Southern University System.

    Braxton, of Natchitoches, is the president and chief executive officer of Braxton Land Company and president of Natchitoches Ford-Lincoln-Mercury.  Governor Jindal appointed Braxton in June 2011.

    Calvin W Braxton Sr

    Calvin W Braxton Sr

    “SU is my heart. I want to do what we need to do to move forward to make a better SU,” said Braxton.

    The new officers will replace Bridget A. Dinvant, chairwoman for the past two years, and the Rev. Joe R. Gant, vice chairman for the past year, who both continue to serve on the board.  The Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College serve to manage and supervise the Southern University System.

     

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    BR NAACP recognizes leaders

    NAACP Annual AwardThe Baton Rouge Chapter of the NAACP hosted its annual Freedom Fund Brunch, Oct. 4, honoring four community leaders and public servants. Chapter president Michael McClanahan (pictured at left) and chapter members recognized Markita Sweet with the President’s Award, Ronald Marshall with the Public Sevice Award, State Senator Sharon Weston Broome with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Howard White with the Entrepreneurship Award. The event took place at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church and Darrin Goss, president of the Capital United Way was the keynote speaker.

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  • Rutledge to lead SUS Foundation

    domoine rutledgeAttorney Domoine D. Rutledge, general counsel for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and former National President of the Southern University Alumni Federation, has been elected president and chairman Southern University System Foundation during the Foundation’s annual meeting on October 23. He will replace Anna M. Jones, owner and operator of State Farm Insurance Agency located in Baton Rouge, as president. During her tenure, Jones increased the Foundation’s revenue by 44 percent and the awards to system campuses by 35 percent.

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  • Lukongo joins Ag Center

    Ben O. Lukongo, Ph.D., was named assistant professor of agricultural economics. In this position, Lukongo provides leadership in the establishment of economic and community programs, serves as an economist for the sequential and mixed species grazing and hibiscus projects, research collaborator for existing and future research projects, and proposal developer in the areas of economic and community development. Lukongo served as a lecturer of economics and research associate for the Department of Finance and Economics in the College of Business at Mississippi State University. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa, native earned a doctorate in applied economics from the College of Business at Mississippi State University.

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    Political strategist, Donna Brazile, donates papers to LSU

    Though she has made her name and home in Washington D.C. for the past three decades, distinguished LSU alumna, veteran political strategist and commentator, author and Democratic Party official Donna Brazile makes no secret of her pride in being a native of Louisiana and an LSU graduate.

    Now an important piece of Brazile’s personal history has returned to her home state with the recent donation of her papers to the LSU Libraries Special Collections.

    Donna Brazile

    Photographs, correspondence and speeches, as well as other writings, memoranda, reports and analyses, campaign management and research files, and memorabilia comprise the collection.

    Together, the 32 boxes of materials document Brazile’s involvement in Democratic politics and the Democratic National Committee; her interest in and efforts to mobilize Black voters, elect women to office and advocate for voting rights; her public speaking and teaching; her work with the Louisiana Recovery Authority; and her participation in every presidential campaign between 1976 and 2000, including as manager of the Gore-Lieberman bid for the White House.

    Brazile, who was the first Black American to lead a major presidential campaign, said, “LSU was an indispensable part of my education, as a person and as a political operative.”

    “From taking classes with life-changing professors to writing opinion pieces in the Daily Reveille to weekly Friday discussions on campus about the social justice issues of the day, LSU engrained in me a lifelong love of learning and shaped me as a political organizer. Because LSU gave me so much, I am humbled to give LSU Libraries Special Collections my papers and grateful to share my life’s work to encourage and inspire the next generation of political activists to take their seats at the table.”

    A native of Kenner, La., Brazile graduated from LSU in 1981, and the university awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2005. In the early years of her career, she was involved in grassroots efforts to establish a holiday celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and she organized the 20th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. She then worked as chief of staff and press secretary to Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressional Delegate for the District of Columbia. She went on to be an advisor to the Clinton-Gore presidential campaigns and, as noted above, to manage Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid. A significant figure in Democratic politics, Brazile currently serves as vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee, and formerly served as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee and chaired its Voting Rights Institute.

    She is an adjunct professor in the Women’s Studies Program at Georgetown University who has also taught at the University of Maryland and has been a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

    Brazile is also a nationally syndicated columnist, a political commentator for CNN and ABC News and a contributing writer to Ms. Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine. In 2004 she published Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics (Simon and Schuster), a memoir of her life and her 30 years in politics.

    In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco tapped Brazile to serve on the Louisiana Recovery Board. Brazile is also the founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates, a political consulting and grassroots-advocacy firm based in Washington, D.C. “On behalf of the LSU family, we enthusiastically accept Donna’s papers with the utmost gratitude in doing so,” said LSU Executive Vice President and Provost Stuart Bell, “A pioneer for many, future generations will cherish the rich history that abounds in these treasured documents; those that detail her journey and someone with Louisiana beginnings who has achieved such great impact. We are extremely proud of Donna Brazile, her many contributions to society and are humbled that she is sending her papers home to her LSU alma mater.”

    “Donna Brazile’s longtime involvement in presidential politics and policy making, her status as a trailblazer for women and African Americans, her close and ongoing identification with Louisiana and LSU and the profile she has built in the public arena through her writings, television commentary and service to the DNC all combine to make her papers a welcome and important addition to our political collections,” said LSU Libraries Curator of Manuscripts Tara Laver.

    Brazile’s papers are part of the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections in the LSU Libraries Special Collections, located in Hill Memorial Library.

    Follow Brazile on Twitter @donnabrazile

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    SU Director promoted to VP for Advancement at Winona State

    Winona State University in Minnesota has appointed Ernie Hughes to the position of vice president for advancement and executive directorrector of the WSU Foundation.

    He most recently served as director of community economic development for the Southern University System in Baton Rouge, La. Prior to this appointment, he served in roles as vice president for advancement, special assistant to the president, and executive director of the Southern University System Foundation; and associate vice chancellor for advancement and community development specialist for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Hughes holds a Ph.D. in human resource development from Louisiana State University, an M.B.A. with specialization in marketing from Mississippi State University, and a B.A. in finance and logistics from Mississippi State University.

    “Dr. Hughes brings with him with more than 20 years of experience in higher education,” said WSU President Scott R. Olson. “His reputation for fostering collaboration and sustainable partnerships is well-suited to our mission in the Advancement Office and for the university at large.”

    Hughes describes WSU as a student-focused, community-responsive university and said he is excited to spend time getting to know the campus and community while helping to develop and instill strategic institutional vision and values.

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  • Tolbert now national Baptist president

    The Reverend SAM TOLBERT of Lake Charles has been named president-elect of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Tolbert is pastor of Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church and also serves as vice president of the North American Baptist Fellowship

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  • Collins performs with 300 thespians

    Zachary High School theater student TONY COLLINS was one of 300 student thespians around the country to be accepted into the Summer Conservatory at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New York City. The program is an intense two-week course to strengthen acting, vocal, and dance ability and provide students the chance to work with Broadway professionals.

     

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  • High schoolers win nationally with local 100 Black Men

    The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Ltd., had winning entries in three areas of competition at the annual convention of 100 Black Men of America this summer in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Financial Literacy Team, including SUNDAE-MARIE BRUMFIELD of Capitol High School and GODIS JACKSON and LOVEIS JACKSON of Baton Rouge Magnet High School won top prize in the State Farm sponsored Dollars & $ense Competition, scoring 99.7 out of a possible 100 points. Baton Rouge Magnet High School students Justin Jackson and Daniel Joseph represented won second place  of the African American History Challenge. JALEN LEWIS (pictured) of  Glen Oaks High School, was selected as the 2014-15 International Mentee of the Year.

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  • Southern receives charter bus

    SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY now has its own touring bus. The Office of Student Affairs purchased the bus for $45,000 – it cost $264,000 new – from the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency. The bus has been rebuilt from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. Among the changes include, new seating, televisions, Wi-Fi access along with a new restroom facility. The touring bus is believed to be the first of its kind in the univer- sity’s history.

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  • Coaxum to be honored by McDonald’s

    Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., a New Orleans business executive and civic leader, is one of this year’s recipients of the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.   The national awards salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the Black community.

    Coaxum will be honored at the awards ceremony which will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during the 20th anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca Cola®  in New Orleans.

    This year’s honorees also include: civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton; music executive and entrepreneur Kevin Liles; film producer Will Packer; inspirational leader Iyanla Vanzant; and former NFL athlete Dhani Jones.  Additionally, artist Skyler Grey and entrepreneur Gabrielle Jordan Williams will be recognized alongside this lineup with the first-ever McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award.

    Coaxum, president of Coaxum Enterprises, Inc., is the owner/operator of seven McDonald’s restaurants in New Orleans. 

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  • Lewis named Mentee of the Year

    JALEN N. LEWIS has been selected as the 100 Black Men of America Inc.’s Mentee of the Year. Lewis is Glen Oaks High School senior, member of the ROTC, and a drummer in the school’s marching band. He was nominated by the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge president Michael W. Victorian. Lewis will be honored by the national organization later this summer.

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  • Deruise receives award from Governor’s office

    ARIANNE DERUISÉ received this year’s highest honor of the Director’s Award at the annual Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Deruisé received this honor for her specialized roles of meteorological operations officer and state hurricane program manager during normal work days, and in times of activation for emergen- cies and events. Deruisé has been instrumental in the success of many of the state’s responses, including 2013’s Tropical Storm Karen and this year’s uncommon winter storms

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  • Barnes elected to COSBP

    Louisiana State University School of Law student KENNETH BARNES JR. has been elected vice-chair of the Council of Student Body Presidents. COSBP is a state entity that comprises Student Government Presidents from public in- stitutions of higher learning. Universities, Coleges, Community Colleges, as well as Technical Colleges are represented within COSBP. Barnes will serve as the liaison between the COSBP’s committees and COSBP, as well as fulfill other duties of COSBP’s Executive Board.

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  • Komunyakka receives honorary Doctorate

    Pulitzer Prize winning poet YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at Centenary College’s May 3 graduation alongside Moonbot creator WILLIAM JOYCE. A Bogalusa native, Komunyakaa is veteran of the Vietnam War as well as a lifelong poet and educator.

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  • Richardson chosen for ‘Mr. Hammond High’

    Hammond High Senior CHASE RICHARDSON was chosen as Mr. Hammond High. He is a four-year letterman of the Robotics Team and serves as the Interact Club President, Beta Club Treasurer, and as the Vice-President of the HHMS Chapter of the National Honor Society. He is also a member of the Chess Club. Richardson plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall taking pre- engineering courses before transferring to LSU to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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  • Rutledge named Principal of the Year

    Sharmayne Rutledge was named East Baton Rouge Parish School system Principal of the year. She is principal Greenbrier Elementary. She is also a semi finalist for the Louisiana State Principal of the year.

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  • America needs to save hurting Nigerian girls

    I WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE than to hear on the news that our FBI or Navy Seals have found and saved the 276 kidnapped girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram. There are reports that some of the girls have already died or are sick due to poisonous snakebites. They and their families are suffering. They need help.

    Boko Haram has led a five-year Islamic uprising in Nigeria that has taken the lives of thousands of people, both Muslimand Christian. Just this week an attack on Gamboru, which is on the border of Cameroon, took the lives of 300 people.

    In recent weeks Boko Haram’s regime has been responsible for the kidnapping of 276 young girls and is threatening to sell them into slavery. This year alone, at least 1,500 people have been killed by this terroristic group. Nigeria is a nation of approximately170 million people. The country is half Muslim and half Christian. The religious regime feels that Western influences are corrupting Nigeria and that a Muslim state must be enforced.

    Abubakar Shekau is the leader of Boko Haram which means, western education is a sin. Shekau has been in hiding with his ruthless and depraved army in the Sambisa Forest. The forest is reportedly 23,000 square miles of thick, tall vegetation filled with poisonous snakes, lions and monkeys. It is extremely

    difficult to navigate. There is no place in our world for this kind of ideology car- ried out in the name of religion. Shekau and his militant blood- thirsty supporters are deranged psychos who wreak misery on any- one with whom they

    come into contact. America cannot run to every nation and put out every fire. Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and many other places are filled with serious problems and could use our help. I do not believe we are the world’s police.

    Nigeria is considered a very poor country but their economy is growing. They are Af- rica’s largest oil pro- ducer with billions of dollars in oil sales. Unfortunately most of the Nigerian wealth is in the hands of a few people and corruption abounds from busi- ness to government.

    They seriously need to utilize some of their oil money to develop a stronger military and police force to protect them.

    America cannot take care of every- body. However, try- ing to help Nigeria develop a better de- fense is something we should do and I hope we can be successful. This shouldn’t require five thousand troops. However, it may require our government sending FBI, Navy Seals, or whoever to locate and deal with Abubakar Shekau. Surely we have one drone just for him.

    by Glenn Mollette

     a national columnist 

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  • New UREC leaders appointed

    The Board of Directors for Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation ,UREC, has appointed two Baton Rouge community and business leaders to key board offices. CATHY DENSON, assistant vice president of Commercial Banker Bank at Red River Bank, has been appointed chair of the board, while GIRARD J. MELANCON, PH.D., executive director for adult and continuing education at Baton Rouge Community College, has been appointed vice chair.

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  • Artists unveil school mural

    THE VISUAL ART DEPARTMENT of Central High School recently unveiled a completed mural of a Louisiana landscape scene. The mural was designed by the tal- ented art senior students of and painted by talented art seniors MATTHEW GUIDRY and OR’RON CLARK.

    The Talented Art Program in the Central School District provides instructional services to students who have been identified by state assessment as having artistic commitment, possessing above average creativity, and advanced artistic skills

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  • Wells named the Teacher of the Year

    Mrs. Paula Wells was named the Teacher of the Year for Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School.  Mrs. Wells was selected by her colleagues for her professionalism, dedication to her students, and knowledge.

    Mrs. Wells exhibits a positive attitude, which is reflected in the way in which her students treat one another.  She inspires her students to work to their potential.  Mrs. Wells’ strong content knowledge and effective lesson delivery lead to her students’ success.

    Mrs. Wells serves as a mentor teacher and provides support to her grade level team. She also serves on the school’s leadership team

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  • Southern University Ag Center pays tribute to ‘Heroes’

    The Louisiana Living Legend Banquet, highlighting three award recipients as “heroes with ties and connections to Southern University” for their years of selfless service. The 2014 Louisiana Living Legends were WESLEY CRAWFORD, retired agricultural extension agent and mentor who served in Monroe, Morehouse and Franklin parishes for 33 years; SOLON MARSHALL, retired vocational agriculture teacher who taught in Richland and Franklin Parishes for 37 years; and KIRKLAND E. MELLAD, PH.D., retired vice chancellor for research, with 39 years of service at Southern University

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