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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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  • Hayes hired as Grambling’s Admissions Director

    GRAMBLING, La.  — Grambling State University has hired Clarence Lavon Hayes as director of admissions and recruitment.

    “Dr. Hayes is a welcomed addition to the division of enrollment management,” said Gloria George, interim associate vice president for enrollment management. “His skills, knowledge and experience will enhance the delivery of services to our students, faculty, staff, alumni and the university community.”

    Hayes is an accomplished professional with over 16 years of education experience at Jackson State University, Hinds Community College, Coahoma Community College and the Clarksdale Municipal School District.  He earned a bachelor’s in public administration from Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Miss. At Jackson State, he earned a master’s in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in urban higher education at JSU’s executive Ph.D. program.

    Hayes has been the graduation coach at Clarksdale High School in Clarksdale, Miss., monitoring student progress and helping school staff to incorporate ACT standards into the curriculum. As a consultant he has been part of a team of professionals developing and implementing admissions strategies for JSU. The capital city four-year institution has about 9,000 students. GSU has about 5,000.

     

     

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  • Evans named “Detective of the Year”

    Detective Dwight Evans has been named “Detective of the year by the St.Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office. In 2013, he was as
    signed 186 cases with a solve rate of 36 percent. This far exceeds the national average of 19 percent by nearly
    double.
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  • Imprint Counseling Services opens in Hammond

    Imprint Counseling Services LLC, located at 204 E. Charles Street, in Hammond, celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce . Imprint provides counseling and mental health services to the greater Hammond community. Jolyn Patton Schexnydre is the owner.

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  • Grambling State University’s Band featured in ESPN Magazine

     

    ESPN, the world leader in sports and sports and sports entertainment, needed a band that would complete ESPN The Magazine’s music issue the editors reached out the Grambling State University’s marching band to make the issue complete. One week before December graduation, ESPN requested ten band members to travel to New Orleans  for a  photo shoot at Tipitina’s. ESPN provided band members and two faculty with a tour bus for the trip. The issue hits the stands this month.

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    Southeastern Football team ranked top 10 by FCS

    After setting a single season school record for victories, winning its first conference championship since 1961 and making its first-ever trip to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA FOOTBALL TEAM finished sixth in both of the final FCS national polls. Southeastern was picked No. 6 by the voters in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches’ polls. The ranking represented the season high for the Lions in both listings.

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  • Presenting Miss Tangipahoa

    Miss Tangipahoa, Kentwood High student Jamaria Martin, was all smiles when she was crowned queen in the senior division on December 5. Her parents are Eureka Martin and Charles Ginn. Tykeria Cohn, a Kentwood High School student, was runner up for queen in the senior division. Her parents are Natashan Cohn and Christopher McKnight.
    Charlisha Martin, O.W.Dillion Elementary School student, was named Miss Teen Tangipahoa. Her parents are Eureka Martin and Charles Davis. Doretha Pod was the Grand Marshal for the 2013 Tangipahoa Christmas Parade. A lifelong resident of the community. The mother grand mother and great grand mother work more than 20 years as a sack grader for Houston Sack House, a local business who doors closed years ago. Today she sings in her church choir and cook from scratch.

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  • LLBC Host Scholarship Brunch and Honor Southern and Grambling Alumni

     

    Vice Chairman Rep. Ed Price, Chairwoman Rep. Katrina Jackson, scholarship recipient Nakia Graham, and event co-chair, Rep. Regina Barrow.

    Vice Chairman Rep. Ed Price, Chairwoman Rep. Katrina Jackson, scholarship recipient Nakia Graham, and event co-chair, Rep. Regina Barrow.

    The La Legislative Black Caucus and LLBC Foundation hosted their 29th Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch.The event was  a collaborative effort , held  Saturday, November 30, 2013,  the legislative Caucus and its foundation to raise funds to grant scholarships to Louisiana students from elementary education through higher education.

    The LLBC and LLBCF also awarded the Avery C. Alexander Civil Rights Award to two recipients this year: Rev. Betty Claiborne; Pastor, Heard Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and to Rev. E. Edward Jones, Sr.; Pastor, Galilee Baptist Church of Shreveport, for their exemplary work in their communities; the Pinkie C. Wilkerson Humanitarian Award to  LafayeCarter Jackson; Memorial Funeral Home of Homer, LA the Charles I. Hudson Visionary Award to Erica McGeachy Crenshaw of Execute Now!.
    This year saw in inclusion of the Bayou Classic Legend Award, given to spectacular alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University. The inaugural winners were Willie Brown, administrator of the Oakland Raiders and Hall of Famer for Grambling, and Alecia Shields-Gadson, the athletic director at Coppin State University, for Southern. 
    Additionally, the LLBCF was able to grant scholarships to college students during the event based on their essay submissions, and they were: Leon Duncan, Jr., University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Nakia Nicole Graham, Northwestern State University; Justin Williams, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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    Southern Inducts New Members to Sports Hall of Fame

    Southern University Alumni Gary Magee and Greg C. Martin were inducted into the Southern University Athletics Hall of Fame. Magee, a 1960 Southern graduate, was a running back for the Jaguars from 1955-1959.Magee is currently victim assistance coordinator for Washington Parish.Martin, who played basketball at Southern from 1997-2000 is the academic coordinator for football at the University of Missouri.

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  • Oschner brings Dr. Gia Tyson, hepatologist, to transplant institute

    Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute recently welcomed new hepatologist, Dr. Gia Tyson, to their staff.

    Tyson, a native of Louisiana, earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and her fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  Most recently, Dr. Tyson completed an advanced Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology co-sponsored by Tulane University and Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA.  Dr. Tyson has contributed to numerous research publications focusing on Hepatitis C and liver cancer.

    She is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. She will be practicing general hepatology, transplant hepatology and gastroenterology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and Baton Rouge during the following days and time:  The Ochsner Liver Center – Baton Rouge Ochsner Health Center – Summa (Bluebonnet Blvd) 9001 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA  70809 Tuesdays and Fridays 8 am – 5pm Wednesdays 1:20 pm – 5 pm • The Ochsner Liver Center – New Orleans Ochsner’s Multi-Organ Transplant Institute   1514 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121 Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm  

     

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  • Frazier Appointed Parish Attorney of Caddo

    Donna Frazier has been appointed parish attorney of Caddo. Frazier is the first Black female in the history of the parish to serve in this position. She was assistant parish attorney for eight years and assistant Caddo district attorney and section chief of the drug session. Frazier is a graduate of University of Texas School of Law and LSU.

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  • Plaquemine Native Becomes No. 1 Slam Poet in the World

    Chancelier “xero” Skidmore has attempted to craft the perfect poem for over a decade.

    A teaching artist in Baton Rouge, Skidmore has competed nationally in team and individual poetry slams for 13 years, and each individual competition he attends has him vying for the opportunity to claim the number one spot.

    On Oct. 5 in Spokane, Wash., after three previous attempts, the Plaquemine native was victorious in his quest to become the number one ranked slam poet in the world, emerging as the 2013 champion of the Individual World Poetry Slam (iWPS).

    A poetry slam is an Olympic style poetry competition in which poets are scored 0-10 by five randomly selected judges for a possible high score of 30. The high and low scores of each round are then thrown out, and the middle three are added together for the final score.

    iWPS is a poetry slam festival created in 2004 by Poetry Slam, Inc. (PSi). It features four preliminary rounds with poems of one, two, three and four minute lengths. The top twelve of the 72 competing poets move on to grand slam finals, and spar in a possible three rounds of three-minute poems. In the end, four poets move on to the final round with a clean slate, hoping to become number one.

    His work published in the anthology, Spoken Word Revolution Redux by Sourcebooks mediaFusion and the Spring 2010 volume of the New Delta Review by LSU Press. Executive Director of Forward Arts, Inc. and works as Program Manager/lead teaching-artist of WordPlay.

    In addition to poetry, Xero also plays percussion for a few bands and loves to hang out with his daughter in her music studio.

    Online:www.xeroskidmore.com

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  • Will M. Campbell Jr., has been selected as 2013 “Louisiana’s State Star”

    Will M. Campbell Jr., has been selected as 2013 “Louisiana’s State Star” by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Campbell serves as the director of LSBDC at Southern and under his leadership the program become one of the top producing centers in the state.  Campbell was honored during a private awards reception in Orlando, held in conjunction with the 33rd America’s Small Business Development Center Network Annual Conference. He is among 63 “stars” that were  chosen nationwide.

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  • Judge Honored By State Bar Association

    Judge Sheva M. Sims, who provides over Division D of Shreveport City Court, was selected to receive a Louisiana State Bar Association Crystal Gavel Award. Judge Sims was recognized for outstanding volunteer efforts with local community groups.

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