The December 1 Issue of The Southern Digest
Graduation edition; SU official: H1N1 vaccinations safe; SU student saves up to create scholarship; Grambling pounds SU; and more!
STATE & NATION SPORTS VIEWPOINTS Authoritieslookformoreanswers. pg. 5 Warren’s 170 yards paces GSU. pg. 7 History warns of past misdeeds. pg. 11 grambling pounds su tragic wreck claims 5th child just think twice estABLished in 1928 WWW.SOUTHERNDIGEST.COM TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009 VOL. 54, ISSUE 18 Early returns Ofﬁcial: H1N1 vaccinations safe By mary daVis digest News editor Since the H1N1 vaccine has become available, many concerns have surfaced about risks that may develop after receiving the vaccination. Despite extreme efforts to persuade people that the vaccine is safe, health officials, local and national, have fallen short as citizens still question the safety of the vaccine. Contrary to media coverage, officials assure citizens that the vaccination is as safe as any other. “I myself took the first vaccination on campus to show that it is safe. However, the safety of the vaccination is in question because of myths and misconceptions or bad press,” said Shirley Wade, director/ nurse practicioner of the Baranco Student Health Center. “Some people have seen the video of the young woman walking backwards after receiving a flu vaccination, but fail to research the entire story to see that this happened after receiving the seasonal flu vaccination and not the H1N1 vaccination.” The woman Wade mentioned, 25-year-old Desiree Jennings, developed dystonia after receiving a seasonal flu shot. According to a FoxNews report, the former Washington Redskins cheerleader is suffering from the severe muscle disease that causes involuntary contractions and spasms. Jennings cannot walk or run forward without great difficulty as a result of the illness. “Second, the young population has a sense of it’s not going to happen to me and until someone close to them has an untoward response, many will resolve to do nothing,” Wade said. To reach more university students next semester, the health center will offer another campaign related to the vaccination. The underlying theme of this campaign will be “Its Not too Late to Vaccinate,” which will give students the opportunity to receive the vaccination in the SmithBrown Memorial Union and dormitories. See h1n1 vaccine page 3 SU student saves up to create scholarship By norman j. dotson jr. digest editor-iN-CHief photo By tony talBot/ap photo Nurse Margaret england of the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice draws some H1N1 vaccine during a swine flu clinic in Montpelier, Vt. Most college students dream of one day becoming big-money donors, lavishing their alma maters with boatloads of cash and scholarships. One Southern University student did not wait long to give back to her school. Mercy Ukpolo, the current Miss College of Business, used money gerated by herself and UKPoLo her mother to give the first Mercy Ukpolo College of Business Scholars scholarship. See returns page 4 Dortch tabbed as SU fall commencement speaker GRADUATES digest News serViCe Thomas W. Dortch Jr., chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, will serve as the commencement speaker for Southern University’s fall ceremony. The newest batch of Southern alumni will receive their degrees Friday, Dec. 11 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Commencement is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Thomas W. Dortch Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of TWD Inc., has established himself as a leader by diligently working to dismantle systemic barriers to empowerment. Under his guidance, The 100 Black Men of America expanded from 43 chapters in the U.S., which now include 102 chapters throughout the United States, Africa, England and the West Indies. Formed in 1986, the mission of the “100” is to improve the quality of life, and enhance the educational and economic RAIN HIGH 57° | 51° LOW Find out who’s walking across the stage at the Fall 2009 commencement ceremony. SEE PG 8 Friday, December 11 10:30 a.m. F.G. Clark Activity Center opportunities for African-Americans. Dortch launched his formal career in 1972 writing proposals and developing fund raising projects for the State of Georgia that sought to aid marginalized members of society. He became the associate Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 1974 where during his four-year tenure he assisted in the creation of the first charter for the state party and wrote the first Affirmative Action and Compliance Review Program INSIDE S O U T H E R N for the Party. In 1978, Dortch began working with U.S. Senator Sam Nunn by providing technical assistance at conferences, meetings and public hearings. In 1990, he became the State Director and served as Chief Administrator over five field offices and one state office. Mr. Dortch was the first African-American to serve in this capacity for a United States Senator. In 1994, Dortch chose to serve as chairman and chief executive officer of TWD Inc., president of South West Investment Group (SWIG); and chief executive officer of Atlanta Transportation Systems Inc. for Fulton County Government. Thirty-six years ago, Mr. Dortch wrote proposals and developed fund raising projects designed to empower single parents and communities to meet the needs of their children. More recently, he authored “The Miracles of Mentoring: How to Encourage and Lead Future Generations,” published by Doubleday Books. He is the Architect of the 100’s Four for the Future. He earned a bachelors degree in sociology and pre-professional social work from Fort Valley State University in 1972. He earned a masters of arts degree in criminal justice administration from Clark Atlanta University in 1986. He also attended Georgia State University as a Ford Fellow in the urban administration program. Dortch received honorary doctoral degrees from Fayetteville State University, Jarvis Christian College and FVSU. He is currently the chairman of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, a national effort founded by Susan Taylor, Editor Emeriti of Essence magazine to recruit one million black men and women to mentor one million black boys and girls. CAMPUS BRIEFS................2 STATE & NATION................5 VIEWPOINTS....................11 NEWS.................................3 SPORTS.............................7 U N I V E R S I T Y , B A T O N R O U G E , L A . CAMPUS BRIEFS Page 2 - Tuesday, December 1, 2009 www.southerndigest.com THE SOUTHERN DIGEST 4 - DAY WEATHER OUTLOOK WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2 partly cloudy HI - 59° / LO - 41° 20% CHANCE OF RAIN THURSDAY, DEC. 3 partly cloudy HI - 54°/ LO - 36° 0% CHANCE OF RAIN Classifieds Beep meetings The Southern University chapter of the legal serVices Black Executive Exchange DUI & criminal defense. 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Graduates assume a variety of careers in the food industry as research chefs or product developers as well as in food systems management as managers in the expanding FRIDAY, DEC. 4 SATURDAY, DEC. 5 partly cloudy mostly sunny HI - 53° / LO - 34° 10% CHANCE OF RAIN HI - 54° / LO - 39° 0% CHANCE OF RAIN hospitality industry. For more information, come to Room 109E P.E. Thrift Hall or call 225.771.4660, ext. 203. insurance licensing courses SU’s Division of Continuing Education and College of Business will sponsor insurance licensing courses on the Baton Rouge campus. The courses, which are open to anyone interested in becoming a licensed insurance agent, will include continuing learning classes for those who are already licensed Registration is ongoing for the classes. The starting date for the class will be determined at the end of registration. For more information about the courses or registration, call 225.771.2613. What’s the quickest way to get news and events to the student body? 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Jackie Beauchamp, CEO of the entertainment company, said a few words before introducing the host, actor Darrin Henson. Henson then introduced the sororities and fraternities who performed in the show. Each organization had to place first or second in their Homecoming Step Show to participate in the Bayou Classic Step Show. The Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., spoofed the “Wendy Williams photo by norman j. dotson jr./digest Show” while the Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Southern University Marching Band members sing a rendition of “End of the Road” during Friday’s Nerjyzed Sorority Inc. donned futuristic Entertainment’s Battle of the Bands. outfits, both represented Southern University. Delta Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Gamma Psi Chapter of of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma stepped to an Egyptian theme Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Inc. placed second and received a $2,000 check. The Alpha Theta Sorority, Inc., and Psi while the Alpha Sigma Chapter represented GSU. The Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Beta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Sorority, Inc. represented Inc. donned band outfits both Sigma, Fraternity, Inc. placed Psi, Fraternity Inc. placed first represented SU. Xi Chapter of third and received a $1,000 and a $3,000 check. Grambling State University. The Psi Beta Chapter of Zeta The Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., check. The Beta Sigma Chapter h1n1 vaccine from page 1 “This (H1N1) is very different from seasonal influenza, where about 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations and 90 percent of flurelated deaths occur in people 65 years and older,” Wade said. “The proportion of younger people being impacted by 2009 H1N1 is much greater than what occurs during seasonal flu and people 65 and older are much less affected by this virus than what routinely occurs with seasonal influenza.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site, 26 percent of persons hospitalized for H1N1 were between the ages of 5-18 between August and October while 24 percent were between the ages of 25-49 in that same time span. “On Nov. 20, I was able to be involved in a White House conference call with representatives from the CDC, the secreatry of health and human services (Kathleen Sebellius) and Dr. Garth Graham ( of the Office of Minority Health) along with other HBCU representatives and the responses have been varied but for the most part turnout has been extremely low amongst college aged students,” Wade said. “It appears that older individuals who are not in the priority group are the ones seeking this out and not the younger population. This was across the board for most HBCUs. On the other hand, some have not received their vaccinations yet or in a very limited supply. It is vitally important that students receive the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination.” Estimating the number of swine flu (H1N1) related deaths in the United States has proven to be difficult, because many infected people do not seek medical attention and of those who do seek help, only a few are tested. However, CDC began reporting the number of laboratory-confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths associated with 2009 H1N1 flu in the United States. These initial case counts, and ongoing laboratory-confirmed reports of hospitalizations and deaths, represent an undercount of the actual number of 2009 H1N1 flu cases in the United States. As far as maintaining statistical configurations for on-campus outbreaks, Wade said H1N1 is a pandemic and measures are no longer in place to confirm cases. Everyone with influenza=like illnesses are treated with the protocol for H1N1. “The height of flu season will occur in January and many people are going to be very ill,” Wade said. “Vaccination continues to be the best form of prevention. This vaccination has proven to be safe and effective. It was manufactured with the same precautions as any other ones and the reason why it was produced as fast is because the red tape was eliminated because of how rapidly and widespread the disease was. It is important that our student body get the vaccination since they live in close quarters and it is free of charge.” Phi Beta, Sorority Inc. placed third and received a $1,000 check. The Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. placed second and received a $2,000 check. The Alpha Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. placed first and received a $3,000 check. After Henson announced the winners, bands from SU and GSU entered. Each band played songs from different genres such as 90s slow jams to current rap and R&B chart toppers. While playing Usher’s song, “Papers” a Human Jukebox band member walked across with divorce papers and taunted the Grambling State University band. The Grambling State University band also played chart toppers such as “Pretty Wings” by Maxwell. The audience could sing along to songs played by the SU band; this was not the case for the fastpaced songs played by the Tiger Marching Band. A crowd favorite was “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men played the Human Jukebox. Fans from GSU were even standing and belting out tunes while the band played. Page 4 - Tuesday, December 1, 2009 www.southerndigest.com Delpit shoots down education myths By billy washington digest staff writer The Chancellor Lecture Series for the Fall 2009 semester came to a close on Nov. 18 with guest speaker Lisa Delpit. Delpit is a renowned professor, author, and scholar of urban education. The Baton Rouge native has numerous awards within the realm of education, which include a Harvard University Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education. The theme of the lecture targeted and unraveled the myth of African American children incapacity to learn and being labeled as inferiors. She elaborated on the myth by juxtaposing statistics of Cuban children’s test scores to other Latin countries in Latin America. “Cuba is one of the poorest countries in Latin America”, informed Delpit. “The vast majority of the children in Cuba are of African descent and the Cuban education system is categorized by sustained and high level of investment education.” In Cuba when a mother gives birth, the government writes a thank you letter to the mother for contributing to the country, regardless of marital status or age. “What do our mothers get when they give birth?” asked Delpit. According to Delpit, societal and internalized racism is another aspect contributing to African American students low score achievement. Studies and research conducted by James Watson, a white geneticists and Nobel Prize winner, were exposed by Delpit. She discussed research and studies published in the 1920’s of the so-called Negro. Researchers believed the Negro would never be the mental equal of the white race. “One author said, ‘When you’re in LA you breathe smog. You don’t mean to breathe smog. You really can’t help it. It’s just all around you. When you’re in the U.S., you breathe racism. You don’t mean to breathe racism. You’re not trying to be racist. It just surrounds you that you can not help but to be affected by it’,” quoted Delpit. Delpit also analyzed the problem of racism by deciphering the negative connotation of the term “black” by reading an excerpt from Robert B. Moore’s poem, Racism in the English Language. The poem used the term black for everything bad or negative and white for everything good or positive. This assumption is proven to be false according to Delpit. “In Mali, things that are black are good. When the sun is setting at its highest, it is said to be nurturing which is called the Black sun, informed Delpit. “The soil is most productive when it is black,” continued Delpit. Delpit closed by providing solutions to the problems of African American children underachieving. She recalls her past and discussed the motivation and encouragement she, her family, and her community received during early childhood. “When I was in school we were told explicitly that we were intelligent and there was no reason for us to succeed,” recalled Delpit.” We saw that all our teachers looked like us and lived in our community and were told we were expected to achieve more than the white children,” continued Delpit. Follow the at www.twitter.com/SUDIGEST and facebook.com/southern.digest photo by john oubre/su office of publications Mercy Ukpolo along with Donald Andrews, Dean of the College of Business, and Beverly Wade, Dean of the Honors College, presenting Ashlee Forbes with a check of $700 from Ukpolo’s own earnings. This the first time Ukpolo has given this award out and hopes to give more next year. returns from page 1 The 21-year-old senior business management major presented junior accounting major Ashlee Forbes with the first scholarship on Nov. 20. The scholarship is a book scholarship to help business students by the necessary books and supplies for the year. “I am humbled to have been able to give my scholarship to such a deserving student,” Ukpolo said. “I plan on continuing to give back to SU for many years to come.” Ukpolo recalled how the scholarship began. She said saved money for months and stashed away $350 before telling her mother, Dr. Fawn Ukpolo, what she wanted to do with the money. Her mother told her that she would match the money already saved up if she was serious about starting a scholarship fund. The Ukpolos pooled together $700 for the fund. “I started the Mercy Ukpolo ‘COB Scholars’ scholarship because God has continued to bless me and it was my time to give back,” she said. The drive to help other students came from Ukpolo’s background. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Ukpolo came to the United States at the age of six. She said she worked hard to learn English upon arriving in the states. “Education has been my number one priority because I am a huge advocate for high scholastic efforts in every arena in life,” Ukpolo said. “Therefore I want to help students who are just as dedicated to achievement as I am.” Ukpolo earned scholarships from organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, NAACP and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She plans to earn a doctoral degree before she turns 26, Ukpolo said, and plans to continue to give back to Southern and her homeland. Other future plans include starting a tutoring company, writing children’s books, starting a charity and possibly starring in her own cooking show. And those dreams of becoming a big-money donor? Ukpolo said she hopes to become ExxonMobil’s first black chief executive officer and continue giving back to her scholarship fund. STATE & NATION Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - Page 5 www.southerndigest.com Storm season ends in whimper Wreck claims 5th child by the associated press NEW ORLEANS—A fifth child died Monday as a result of injuries sustained after a minivan carrying 15 people blew a tire and crashed on Interstate 10 over the weekend, authorities said. State police said 12-yearold Ariel Hines, of Harvey, died Monday at a Baton Rouge hospital. In all, six people have died as a result of the crash near Baton Rouge, including the driver and five children ranging in age from two to 14. The others in the van were injured, some, critically. State police have said none of the 13 children was wearing a seat belt and all were thrown from the vehicle. State police spokesman Russell Graham has said the van didn’t have enough seat belts for everyone and likely wasn’t built to carry that many people. He said the weight of the minivan “was probably more than it needed to be.” “I just saw the vehicle flip about three or four times and kids flying everywhere,” witness Tammy Hall told WAFB-TV. “It looked to be about 10 to 11 kids out of the car. ... You could tell By russ bynum associated press writer photo by heather mcclelland/AP PHOTO Louisiana State Police work the scene of an accident on Interstate 10 near Prairieville Saturday. State police spokesman Doug Cain said two vehicles were traveling side-by-side in the west bound lane of the interstate Saturday morning when a tire apparently blew out on a mini van carrying 13 people. the driver was dead instantly.” Police were still investigating and had spoken with family members, but it was unclear why there were so many in the van, said Graham, who indicated those details weren’t critical to the investigation. “As far as the why, that’s kind of outside the scope of our investigation,” he said. “We look at the facts: there were that many kids in the car.” Police identified the dead as the driver, 38-year-old Mona Hines; 2-year-old Ricky Hines Jr.; 12-year-old Lachante Floyd; 14-year-old Edward Barnes; and 14-year-old Ashley Hines. Climmie Hines told WWL- TV that the relatives were going to help his daughter, Mona, and her family move from Baton Rouge to a new home about 65 miles away in Waggaman. “You never forget and it hurts bad,” he said. “It’s bad enough for one to go. But you have five go at one time — that’s really hurting.” Authorities believe the tire blew, the van clipped a delivery truck and rolled. Officials were trying to determine how fast the vehicle was traveling. The driver of the truck was not injured and alcohol was not suspected as a factor, police said. Graham said authorities believed most of the people in the van were related. He said all were believed to be from the Harvey, La., area. Two numbers listed for Climmie Hines in Harvey were disconnected and efforts by The Associated Press to reach other family members were not immediately successful. Two other children and the GMC Safari’s adult passenger were in stable condition after the crash. The surviving children ranged from less than a year old to 14, police said. “What can we say about it? We can’t do nothing about it,” Climmie Hines said. “They’re just gone. Thank God for the ones who are living.” Brigade teams bring mental health to Fort Campbell By kristin m. hall Associated Press Writer FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. —Army brigade leaders at Fort Campbell have begun monthly meetings of officers, doctors and counselors to catch early signs of emotional or mental stress among their troops and intervene before soldiers hurt themselves or others. It’s a unique effort at this sprawling base on the Tennessee-Kentucky line that fits with broader Army initiatives to deal with a rise in suicides among troops. The Army has bolstered suicide prevention since February after a record 140 cases in 2008, but this month said the number may rise again this year. It had recorded 140 suspected cases as of Nov. 11. The brigade teams are part of Fort Campbell’s plans that also include moving counselors and social workers out of hospitals and clinics and embedding them in the brigades to break down barriers and overcome the stigma of seeking help. but psychiatrists and social workers are now also assigned to each brigade to foster a better relationship with commanders and soldiers. Schnellbacher said other Army posts may track issues like suicides or stress, but Fort Campbell’s initiative is different because it uses the teams to proactively help and treat soldiers. Under the new structure, each brigade has a team of doctors, chaplains, legal officers and social workers who meet regularly to discuss individual soldiers who have shown signs of trouble, such as a messy divorce or a recent arrest. They photo by jake lowary/AP PHOTO also track problem trends in In this Nov. 12, photo, 101st Airborne Division 3rd Brigade Combat the brigades, such as rates of Team soldiers march through tall grasses at Fort Campbell, Ky., during alcohol or substance abuse. The military is looking a training mission as the soldiers prepare for a year deployment to Afghanistan. carefully at risky behaviors like these that can be warning signs “Instead of making the soldiers of more severe problems. Fort It’s a decentralized approach to help soldiers become more come to us for care, we do whatever Campbell has had 18 confirmed resilient to stress after repeated we can to bring ourselves closer to or suspected suicides since the beginning of the year, while deployments over eight years the soldiers,” he said. Fort Campbell has several other installations are dealing of war, said Capt. Sebastian Schnellbacher, the 101st behavioral health clinics for with a rash of violent acts such Airborne Division’s psychiatrist. soldiers and family members, as homicide. SAVANNAH, Ga.—The Atlantic hurricane season ended Monday with barely a whimper: Not a single hurricane came ashore in the United States. Since June, when the season began, just nine named storms developed. Only three of them became hurricanes, and those stayed out at sea or weakened before passing over land. Two tropical storms made landfall in the U.S., causing little more than rain and some beach erosion. “We had a great, great year,” said Chris Vecsey, a salesman at Top Gun Tackle in Orange Beach, Ala., near where Tropical Storm Ida slogged ashore in November. “Last year we had Gustav and Ike and a couple of other storms that didn’t even hit here. And with all the hype, it ruined us. It just didn’t happen this year.” The 2009 season was on target with the lower end of forecasters’ predictions. Before the season began June 1, the National Hurricane Center had anticipated nine to 14 storms, with four to seven hurricanes — a prediction that the Miamibased center scaled back slightly in August before the arrival of the season’s first storm, Tropical Storm Ana. James Franklin, the center’s chief hurricane specialist, credited much of the quiet season to El Nino, the periodic warming of the central Pacific Ocean. El Nino, he said, produced strong winds in the Atlantic that cut down storms before they could develop into hurricanes. Franklin said forecasters also noticed drier conditions in the atmosphere, which limited the potential for storms. “Lately we’ve had busy seasons,” Franklin said. “To get a year this quiet, it’s a little bit unusual.” The 2009 hurricane season was the quietest since 2006, which also had nine total storms and five hurricanes, none of which made landfall in the U.S. To find a season with fewer storms, you have to look back to 1997. That year, there were just seven storms, including three hurricanes. One of them, Hurricane Danny, killed at least nine people as it stalled over the Alabama coast and flooded parts of the Carolinas, causing $100 million in damage. The 2009 season was not all mild. Tropical Storm Claudette poured up to 4.5 inches of rain when it made landfall at Fort Walton Beach on the Florida Panhandle in August, then quickly fizzled. Also in August, Hurricane Bill, a large Category 4 storm, was blamed for the deaths of two swimmers. Page 6 - Tuesday, December 1, 2009 www.southerndigest.com SPORTS Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - Page 7 www.southerndigest.com GSU pounds Jags By LARRY YOUNG digest SPORTS EDITOR NEW ORLEANS—Everything seemed to be going so well for Southern. For the first time in Bryant Lee’s record-setting career, the senior entered the Bayou Classic healthy. The offensive line had only given up nine sacks all year, and Lee had consistently been provided time to find his receivers. Yet, once the 36th State Farm Bayou Classic got under way inside the Louisiana Superdome, all of that changed, and things went terribly wrong as Grambling emerged with a 31-13 victory. “My worst nightmare came true,” SU coach Pete Richardson said. “We just couldn’t control them on the defensive line. They put a lot of pressure up front on us.” Indeed. Christian Anthony and his fellow defensive linemen wrecked Southern’s offense, stifled its run game and knocked out tight end Warren Matthews, its ever so valuable X-receiver. “They just rushed four guys, we couldn’t block them,” Richardson said. “They just outmanned us up front and Christian is everything they said he was. He gave us fits.” As it seemed, the Tigers’ defense appeared to spark its offense, in addition to holding Southern to 13 points, its lowest point total all season. They did so as Anthony and Co. held the Jaguars’ running game to only 95 yards, took standout receiver Juamorris Stewart out of the game with double and triple teams, and held Lee in check. By contrast, Southern seemed to bend and finally break in the latter stages of the game as Grambling running back Frank Warren galloped for a game high 170 yards and two scores on 24 carries. “They did a good job of getting us out of rhythm,” said Stewart, who finished with three for six yards. “That gave them a chance to peel back their ears and blitz us on third-and-long.” From the opening kick when Corey Cushingberry returned a kick 74 yards, setting the Jaguars up with first-and-goal at the Grambling 10-yard line, the game seemed it may go Southern’s way. But, three plays later, SU emerged scoreless. That trend repeated itself over and over as Southern went three-and-out repeatedly. “We weren’t on the same page,” Curry Allen said. “We weren’t focused and executing like we should.” Southern had four first half drives spilling into Grambling territory. Two resulted in touchdowns. Two, which stalled inside the Grambling red zone, ended without points. Once more, Southern’s first drive, kick-started by a 74-yard Corey Cushingberry kick return, setting the Jaguars up with first-and-10 at the Grambling 10-yard line, ended in a photo by april buffington/digest Grambling State defensive end Christian Anthony (90) and defensive back Nigel Copeland (8) help bring down Southern quarterback Bryant Lee during the 36th Annual State Farm Bayou Classic. The Tigers trampled the Jaguars 31-13 at the Louisiana Superdome. Josh Duran missed field goal. That said, the Jaguars struggled getting things right in the first half. But, when they did get them right (SU’s two scoring drives), Lee found receivers not named Juamorris Stewart. On Southern’s first score, Allen caught a 32-yard pass from Lee, where he used a double move to get behind free safety T.J. McCord. The next drive, Lee’s 37 yard pass to Cushingberry set up Gary Hollimon’s 3-yard score. “The defensive line pressure on us was so strong we couldn’t get anything started,” Lee said. “I’ve never seen anything like that this season. At first I thought it was linebackers blitzing, but it was their D-line getting in there, hitting me.” After stuffing the Tigers’ first two drives, Southern crumbled as Grambling went to its run attack. The change in philosophy allowed the Tigers to score on their next two drives and race out to a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter. From there, Grambling never looked back. The Tigers controlled time of possession (37:01 to 22:59), gained more first downs (28 to 11) and never trailed. Once more, every Grambling score, besides Ari Johnson’s 24-yard field goal, came by rush. GRADUATES Fall 2009 Page 8 - Tuesday, December 1, 2009 www.southerndigest.com This list was obtained from the Southern University Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School as of November 30, 2009. If you have any questions or discrepancies PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE or REGISTRAR’S OFFICE @ 225.771.5050 or THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OFFICE @ 225.771.5390. This is not the final official listing for the Spring 2009 candidates for graduation. The list will be updated daily in the Registrar’s office and Graduate school office. This list of graduates represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. The appearance of a name on this list and/or participation in the ceremonies is presumptive of graduation, but not conclusive. Southern University and A&M College Fall 2009 Candidates for Graduation COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, FAMILY, AND CONSUMER SCIENCES Dewitt Jones, Ph.D., Dean Onslow Keith Hall, Student Marshal Bachelor of Sciences Janelle Janae’ Akins, Baton Rouge Ashley Rochelle Alexis, Baker Justin Anderson, Opelousas Frederick W. Brown, Zachary Desiree Elizabeth Arvie, Spring, Texas Vanessa Benee Brown Baltazar, Baton Rouge LaQuantinee LaCastinique Beene, Haynesville Kisha Sadae Bradley, Donaldsonville Dawnielle Jewell Broussard, Baton Rouge DeMarcus Andre’ Chenier, Opelousas Cornelius D. Cole, Baker Keva Michelle Cox, Baton Rouge Yasmine J’ne Crump, St. Joseph Dequincy J. Gordon, Winnsboro DeNetra C. Griffin, Tallulah Layokey K. Grimes-Sims, Port Allen Onslow Keith Hall, Zachary Kielle Rochelle Harrison, Alexandria Candice O. Hawkins, Port Allen Elena Genee Herring, Baton Rouge Keoshia Monique Hornsby, Amite Khrystal Andrea London, Baton Rouge Cynthia McGhee, Gonzales Sonia A. Mitchell, Saint James Jewell Lee Ricard, Baton Rouge Tori Jacklyn Ringo, Baton Rouge Nikita Sanford, Baton Rouge Angela N. Thomas, Addis Jotoya Nicole Thomas, Shreveport Edmond Joseph Weber, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Urban Forestry Nikita Sanford, Baton Rouge COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES Joyce O’Rourke, Ph.D., Interim Dean Gabrielle Jerraena Ayers, Student Marshal Bachelor of Arts Phyllis Marie Alexander, Baton Rouge Brittany Michelle Anderson, Lacombe Amy M. Blackwell, Baton Rouge Rodney Wayne Brown, Bogalusa Qiana Wilson Bynum, Plaquemine Ashley N. Curry, Newton, Miss. Michael James Daniel, Baton Rouge Jonovan Devold, Baton Rouge Joshua Isaiah Gary, Baton Rouge Iriadne Necole Hester, Baker Tiffany La’Rae Johnson, Baton Rouge Tiffany Jade Pelton, Atlanta Lauren Cherie Sanford, Baker Jamal Anthony Taylor, Lafayette Damario Thomas, Monroe Whitney N. Washington, Zachary Candace Michele Wilson, New Orleans Devionne Nikki Wren, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Gabrielle Jerraena Ayers, Mognolia, Texas Eugene Dennis Bentley, Baker Ovey Daniel Brackins, Baton Rouge Erin Rochelle Braxton, Columbia, Mass. Brittany D. Coverson, Baton Rouge Tia Nicole Early, Baton Rouge Lisa Laverne East, Baton Rouge Willean Estella Guiden, Shreveport Keyontae Tyriel Hamilton, Baton Rouge Allison N. Hill, Baton Rouge Bobby Lynn Holmes Jr., Baton Rouge Derra Lafaye Howard, Houma Jeremy Issac Jason, Waggaman Danielle Nicole Johnson, Baton Rouge Mighan Elizabeth Johnson, Mansfield Jarmel Jeffery Matthews, Baton Rouge Rashaan Denice Oubre, Vacherie LaTara Charlayna Riley, Orlando, Fla. Cory N. Stewart, Clinton Brittany Monique Taylor, Independence Jennifer Marie Taylor, Shreveport Byron Terrell Wade, Baton Rouge Cedric Antwon Walker, Eight Mile, Ala. Pamela Michelle Watson, Baton Rouge Patrick Louis Wilson, Baton Rouge Larry Young Jr., Baton Rouge Bachelor of Music Jonathan Pierre Metoyer, Alexandria COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Donald R. Andrews, Ph.D., Dean Christopher Hitchens, Student Marshal Bachelor of Science in Accounting LaKeshia C. Adams, Ethel Brittany Ambrose, Baton Rouge Donald Batiste, Baton Rouge Chakera Bell, Donaldsonville Jeremy Buffington, Baton Rouge Michelle Davis, Baton Rouge Charis R. Diggs, Shreveport Uduak Edemeka, Baton Rouge Brittany Gibson, Baker Jennifer Hodrick, Carson, Calif. Tamara Mosely, Zachary Breanna Pittman, Angie Michelle Scott, Baton Rouge Toi Varmall, Baton Rouge Brian K. Williams, Ville Platte Yaskitha Williams, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Economics David Robertson, Lake Charles Bachelor of Science in Electronic Business Shameka Jackson, Plaquemine Tasheba Jackson, Baton Rouge Bachlor of Science in Finance Shadawnya Ceaser, Sulphur Jonathan Etuk, Baton Rouge Paris Sade Flowers, Mer Rouge Bachelor of Science in Business Management Raymond H. Bridges, Baton Rouge JaVonnie Bryant, Pomona, Calif. Jesse Patrick Butler, Baton Rouge Brandon Caston, New Orleans Leon Citizen, Baton Rouge Joshua Combs, Baton Rouge E’Lon Common, Harvey Mitchell Conner, Baton Rouge Rosa DeJean, Baton Rouge Tyeshia Dillard, Atlanta Robert Gainer III., Oakland, Calif. Tanesha M. Gobert, Lafayette Leroy Griffin III, Baton Rouge Sharelle Handy, Baton Rouge Christopher Hitchens, Baton Rouge Keldric Jolla, Baton Rouge Ashley Marshall, Baton Rouge Gene McGowan, Hitchcock, Texas Ava Miles, Baker Dusty Pittman, Bogalusa Jerdona Rhodes, Minden Sharie Robinson, Baton Rouge Jasmine Ross, Monroe Angella Sanders, Baton Rouge Shondra M. Steib, Slaughter Janelle Williams, St. Petersburg, Fla. Russell Winfield, Baton Rouge Allison Nicole Woods, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Marketing Apollonia Colbert, DeRidder Erin Colvin, St. Louis Chayla Daniels, Baton Rouge Kavon Davis, Baton Rouge Marquis Martin, Corpus Christi, Texas Tiffany Pounds, New Orleans Damien Savage, Baton Rouge Blake Thomas, Washington COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Verjanis Peoples, Ph.D., Dean Ashley M. Parker, Student Marshal Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Ashley M. Parker, Baton Rouge Sharon C. Thomas, Baton Rouge Brandi Cassandra Turner, Roseland Crystal St. Junious, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Brandon L. Brumfield, Kentwood Lerone Walker, Baton Rouge Keyanna Washington-Mason, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Corey Ellis Allen, Marrero Christina C. Archie, Missouri City, Texas Ashley S. Batieste, Baton Rouge Sherrard Dalerale Brooks, Texarkana, Texas Jeremy Dewayne Gradney, Baton Rouge Ronald Kenneth Moore Jr., Jeanerette Natishia Shanta O. Thanni, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Special Education Susie Shepherd Campbell, Baton Rouge Tommy Hillard, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science Kendall D. Addison, Baton Rouge Desmond Shakeem Alexander, Baton Rouge Brice D. Bates, Baton Rouge Charles Booker, Baker Alvin E. Fosselman, Woodville, Miss. Tarishi Aziza Franklin, Baton Rouge Cierra India Gabriel, LaPlace Courtney Majetta Jacobs, Baker Prentiss D. Jenkins, Baton Rouge Christopher Kinsey, Baton Rouge Edmond James Morton, Vacherie Keyonia S. Reese, Bastrop Aisha LaNeek Richardson, Baton Rouge Lyntrice Dominique Scott, Vacherie Chasity Patricia Smith, Baker Diamonel Keichelle Smith, Harvey Tonnisha Nicole Spotsville, Baton Rouge Jyandria Q.Terrell, Zachary Dwayne Tibbs, Baton Rouge Roman L. Warren, Franklinton Elizabeth Jane Waters, Lafayette Evelyn Jeneh Wells, Baker Bachelor of Music Education Jeremy Nathaniel Conner, New Iberia COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Habib Mohamadian, Ph.D., Dean Terry Leon McCullum, Student Marshal Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Trevis Pete Bentley, Phoenix Kahli Cohran, Baton Rouge Kilton Shane Hayes, Glenmora Milton Duane Hayes, Glenmora Desmond Holloway, Baker Shametrea Marissa Gaulden Dana Kendall, Baton Rouge Rafael Octave Louis, Erwinwille Jonathan Dimitri May, Delhi Charlotte Marica Peterson, Plaquemine Bobby Poche, Vacherie Courtney Jermaine Rome, Plaquemine Earl David Washington, Cypress, Texas Leonard Charles White Jr., Zachary Derwin LeRone Young, Marrero Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Tyechia T. Bailey, Bastrop Cedric Chukwueloka Erinne, Natchez, Miss. P. Jihan Goodly, New Orleans Darnell Jerome Parker, Baton Rouge Tikisha Monique Slan, New Orleans Cynthia Marie Thomas, Ethel Trentin Deman Thomas, Beaumont, Texas Mark P. Walton, Houston Dion Rafael Wilson, Baton Rouge Steffon J. Wiley, Dallas Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Harold Lee Chambliss, New Orleans Phillip Russel Charles, Youngsville Matthew Kade Chermin, Denham Springs Nana-Kwaku Danquah, Baton Rouge Jeremy Tryell Gilmore, Baton Rouge Pierre O. Johnson, Gramercy Jamie L. Lewis, Baton Rouge Terry Leon McCullum, Baton Rouge Jeremy D. Perkins, Baton Rouge Jeremy Damontrae Swan, St. Francisville SCHOOL OF NURSING Janet Rami, Ph.D., Dean Shynequa Powell, Student Marshal Bachelor of Science in Nursing Danielle Link Anderson, Plaquemine Alkieza Nicole Angrum, Baton Rouge Kyron LaKeith Anthony, Baton Rouge Katherine Ballard, Denham Springs Brittany Nicole Bell, Baton Rouge Brittany I. Bickham, Baton Rouge Huda Dalya Blair, Denham Springs Andrea Danielle Connerson, Baton Rouge Candace Crow, Baton Rouge Susan Jones Harden Blanchard, Slaughter Sherita Nicole Brown, Schriever Meaghan Hand Burk, Clinton Shetila Carzettie Burrell, Baton Rouge Angelle Dominque Bush, Lebeau Keyla Janay Campbell, Baton Rouge LaToya Denise Campbell, Baton Rouge Alexis Jette Amber Coco, Baton Rouge Deon’ Shay Collins, Baton Rouge Sonda Chinnal Cummings, Baton Rouge Yacheka Semond Cyprian, Baker Darrell Davis, Arnavdville Sandra Delaney, Prairieville Chantell Lynette Dixon, New Roads Henrietta Uchechukwuka Esedo, Baton Rouge Leidy Maria Etheridge, Pride Curtrell Latrice Gordon, Zachary Brunisha Grant, LaPlace Lindsey Hargroder, Baton Rouge Servine Hayes, Natchitoches Cassandra Hill, Baton Rouge Stephanie Hyden, Baton Rouge Ashley Johnson, Plaquemine Brittany Johnson, Port Allen Brittany Johnson, Baton Rouge Shannon Jones, Hattiesburg, Miss. Carl Bertrand Judson Jr., Brusly Keith Kaiser, Plaquemine Christina Kelson, LaPlace Ashante’ Legard, Baton Rouge Danielle Marie Link, Plaquemine Val Malveaux, Baton Rouge Gabrielle Mansfield, Loranger Doneisha McDonald, Monroe Sarah Parnell, Baker Shynequa Powell, Lake Providence Whitney Reed, Thibodaux Noel Reimonenq, Baton Rouge Davon Roberson, Jackson Roxetta Roberts, Baton Rouge Danisha Robertson, Baton Rouge Serena Robertson, St. Martinville Nicole Scott, Baker Arian Snell, Baton Rouge LaTawnya B. Stevenson, Prairieville Laketra Trinette Thomas, Prairieville Jaime Williams, New Orleans Octavia Wilson, Monroe Joshua Wood, Baton Rouge NELSON MANDELA SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY AND URBAN AFFAIRS Mylon Winn, Ph.D., Dean Kristen Lois Miller, Student Marshal Bachelor of Arts Timothy T. Banda, Baton Rouge Derrick Alex Cavazos, Lake Charles Shanerika Monique Flemings, Shreveport Shenara Tierra Darzell Hadley, Thibodaux Derek Dartez Dupre, Eunice Stacy M. Jackson, Baton Rouge Shanisha Deadra January, Stockton, Calif. Jerry W. Jones, Alexandria Crishauna R. Lloyd, Baton Rouge Chernika Lanay McCoy, Houma Kristen Lois Miller, Sunrise, Fla. Chad Rochon Morton, Marrero Claudia Laverne Carter Randolph, Baton Rouge Timothy Daniel Randolph, Baton Rouge Monchel Robinson, Baton Rouge Shameka Renee’ Wright, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Adrian Jerome Banks, Houston Steven Cartell Edwards Brown, Shreveport Donna Marie Bruce, Kenner Craig Burrell Jr., Kankakee, Ill. Shameka Marion, Clayton, Baton Rouge Brittaney Renee Dorsey, Gretna Urgent Earl Douzier, Baton Rouge Dante’ T. Godine, Houston Evette D. Hill, Birmingham, Ala. Lakedra S. Honore, Zachary Leary Louis Hughes Jr., New Orleans Tu’Kira Shevon Humphrey, Hialeah, Fla. Earnest R. Jones Jr., Slidell Willie Richardson Joseph, Baton Rouge Robert Legardy Kearse, Lake Charles Christopher B. McDavid, Zachary Jeremy Ramon Metoyer, Alexandria Derrick Darnell Moore, Baton Rouge Daniel Ray Pennywelll, Baton Rouge Charletta Denise Sheffield, Denham Springs Brittnei Collette Shelling, Monroe Jonathan P. Smith, Baton Rouge Latoya Smith, Alexandria Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - Page 9 www.southerndigest.com This list was obtained from the Southern University Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School as of November 30, 2009. If you have any questions or discrepancies PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE or REGISTRAR’S OFFICE @ 225.771.5050 or THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OFFICE @ 225.771.5390. This is not the final official listing for the Spring 2008 candidates for graduation. The list will be updated daily in the Registrar’s office and Graduate school office. This list of graduates represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. The appearance of a name on this list and/or participation in the ceremonies is presumptive of graduation, but not conclusive. Tanes`ha Lashelle Tate, Baton Rouge Amy N. Turner, Campti Parris Lael Turner, Rogers, Alaska Raishawn Washington, Baton Rouge Adrian Watkins, Houston Reyna Nicole Witt, Baton Rouge COLLEGE OF SCIENCES Robert H. Miller Jr., Ph.D., Dean Alicia Nicole McDonald, Student Marshal Bachelor of Science Olasunbo M. Adeagbo, Baton Rouge Shakita Renee Anderson, Baton Rouge Shalida Alvelyn Anderson, Baton Rouge Jarmica LaShane Andrews, LaPlace Justin Anthony August, Lafayette DeForest Leonard Augustus, Baton Rouge Desiree Banks, Hammond Cortney Shantel Bibby, Monroe Shante’ Lanae Bradford, Baton Rouge Tashia Javon Bracken, White Castle D’Licia Rayshawn Brown, Baton Rouge Shawanda Lachelle Brown, Baker Brittney Nicole Brumfield, Bogalusa Ni’Ja Mikel Bryant, Baton Rouge Erykah Denet Butler, Oakland, Calif. Bridgette Lyneal Burns, Geismar Niesha Shavon Carter, Westwego Alicia Mane Celestine, Breaux Bridge Courtney Morrisa Chappell, Gardena, Calif.. Cyra Chardai Charles, Baton Rouge Jerusha Jade Robinson Chatman, Gonzales Deitra Latrice Chisley, Monroe Jarod Clayton, Baton Rouge Bridget Brendnette Cooper, Baton Rouge Shayla Janeese Crockett, Baton Rouge Molika Shawne Ingram Day, Baton Rouge Edward George Delone, Baton Rouge Lauren Elizabeth Dodd, Sugar Land, Texas Shavondria Lynette Dillon, New Orleans Darrell Sentell Dudley, Baton Rouge Eric Dunbar, Baton Rouge La’Faye Antoinette Dunn, Clinton Zakiya Shomari Dunn, Baton Rouge Chike Ekweozor, Spring Valley, Calif. Chantel Monique Ellis, Baton Rouge Jeremy Micheal Esteves, New Orleans Whitney Nicole Fears, Bossier City Nichole Amanda Francis, Bronx, N.Y. Katherine Sade Frank, Baton Rouge Rochelle Renee Grant, Zachary Dominique Green, Marrero April Nicole Guidry, Abbeville Brittany Santrell Guillory, Zachary Crystal Nicole Haile, Zachary Ashley Bianca Hall, Houston Yoki Yolanda Hampton, Baton Rouge Rebecca Sue Henry, New Roads Richard Lenard Hill, Baton Rouge Garrett Roger Holmes, Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooke Kendall Hughes, Baton Rouge Chancell Ontario Hymes, Port Sulphur Brittany Alexis Jean, Lake Charles Jovanni Jenkins, Killeen, Texas Ashley Janell Johnson, Plaquemine Breona Ta’nae Johnson, Alexandria D’Laika Lynn Johnson, Baker Roselyn Rechelle Johnson, Baton Rouge Caitlin Marie Jones, Baton Rouge Cassandra Yvette Jones, Baton Rouge Jamecia Shante Quintrell Jones, Port Allen Margaret Elaine Jones, Clinton Veonka M. Kennard, Westwego Jherica Louise Kelly, Slaughter Marcus Lee, Baton Rouge Oscar Matthew Lee II., Baton Rouge Brittani Linder, Los Angeles DeCarlo Anthony Lyles, Baton Rouge Leslie Denise Manadier, Baton Rouge Brittani Fashionne Mandigo, Shreveport Gentri Marshall, Baton Rouge Geerrick Darnelle Matthews, Baton Rouge Latasha Danielle McCaleb, Baton Rouge Juanita Darlene McCray, Baton Rouge Christopher Ryan McCurnin, Port Allen Alicia Nicole McDonald, Los Angeles Kenyell S. McLean, Baker Christopher William Madison, Shreveport Laura Danielle Minor, Baton Rouge Cheryl Lynette Morris, Baton Rouge LaKricha Marie Murray, Baton Rouge Kortney Amelia Myles, Baton Rouge Ladetrick Denise Provo, Baton Rouge Karen Lachelle Ramsey, Baton Rouge Wade J. Reimonenq, Lacompte Angel Celeste Renter, Shreveport William George Richardson, Gonzales Bernard Butler Riley Jr., Baton Rouge Marquarius Delmontae Roberts, Tallahassee, Fla. Carmen LaJuan Robinson, Waterproof Kai A Rodney, New Orleans Clyde Daniel Scott, Baton Rouge LaDrika LaChelle Scott, Baton Rouge Shannon M. Sibley, Baton Rouge Kourtney Rena’ Signater, Baton Rouge Taja Ranee Singleton, Zachary Airee Renee’ Smith, Baton Rouge Ashley J. Smith, Baton Rouge Iris Yvonne Smith, Gonzales Candace Denise Southall, Baytown, Texas Penny Shavel Sterling, Baton Rouge Rache Alyce Stevenson, Yorktown JaCarrie Regina Taylor, Lafayette Edna Lorraine Tennessee, Marrero Wayne Carl Thomas Jr., New Orleans Yolande Eileen Archie Thomas, Baton Rouge Chenise Latoya Thompson, Baton Rouge Megann Lelia Thompson, Baton Rouge Jessica La’Mile Tilson,Baton Rouge Courtney S Variet, Baton Rouge LaTocia Renee’ Walker, Baton Rouge Ortadius D’Kendrae White, Monroe Clevan White Jr., Napoleonville Roshawn Denise Holmes White, Baton Rouge Kenyall Shardae Williams, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Tyrone Leroy Curtis, Washington, D.C. LaTisha Michelle Davis, Baton Rouge Marlon Gichie, Baton Rouge James Earnest Halley Jr., Lake Providence Jarell Johnson, Port Allen Kevric Da’Mario Lewis, Alexandria Telethia D. Mitchell, Shreveport Kresten Irenette Pitcher, Baton Rouge Shirley Ann Turner, Zachary Cedric Jerome Wilson, Baton Rouge Joseph Nyeche Wopara, Baton Rouge Sonia Marie York, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Social Work Shalither Shantell Cushenberry, St. Gabriel Quentin Maurice Dabney, Baton Rouge Patricia Ann Simmons Dunn, Baton Rouge A’Donna Delores Faciane, Baton Rouge DeAndra Chante Malone, Shreveport Michelle Antionette Ramsey, Baton Rouge Justin Kendrall Rogers, Zachary Shervonda LaShay Smith, Baton Rouge Shamone Virginia St. Cyr, Baton Rouge Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology & Audiology Earniece Levette Freeman, Marksville Julius Hamilton, Baton Rouge Tenatia India Hargrove, Stone Mountain, Ga. Torie Norshae Johnson, Pineville Chastity LaMaya Variste, Baton Rouge Marcia Lachae’ Watson, Opelousas DOLORES MARGARET RICHARD SPIKES HONORS COLLEGE Beverly Wade, Ph.D., Dean Pierre Omar Johnson B.S., Mechanical Engineering Thesis: Armed and ready: Design of an automated robotic manipulator arm for serving and maintaining telescopes in space Thesis Advisor: Edgar R. Blevins, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering Kristen Lois Miller B.A., Political Science Thesis: The dispute over illegal immigration and the impact it has on policy making in the United States of America Thesis Advisor: Albert Samuels, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Charlotte Marica Peterson B.S., Civil Engineering Thesis Title: Detemining residual stress in concrete cubes using strain gauges Thesis Advisor: Hak-Chul Shin, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSION Fall 2009 United States Navy Ensign Ashley J. Johnson Bethesda Naval Hospital Bethesda, Md. HONOR GRADUATES Summa Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.86 to 4.00 Terry L. McCullum Kristen Lois Miller Magna Cum Laude: Cum. GPA of 3.70 to 3.85 Gabrielle Jerraena Ayers Nana Kwaku A. Danquah Craig Burrell Jr. Cum Laude: Cum. GPA of 3.44 to 3.69 Susan Jones Harden Blanchard Sherrard Dalerale Brooks Erin Colvin Tia Nicole Early Shanerika Monique Flemings Denetra C. Griffin Onslow Keith Hall Christopher Hitchens Ashley Johnson Margaret Elaine Jones Leslie Denise Manadier Alicia Nicole McDonald Ashley M. Parker Shynequa Powell Candace Denise Southall Janelle Williams Sonia Marie York Honors: Cum. GPA of 3.00 to 3.39 Janelle Janae’ Akins Desiree Elizabeth Arvie Tyechia T. Bailey Desiree Banks Eugene Dennis Bentley Susan H. Blanchard Dawnielle Jewell Broussard LaQuantinee LaCastinique Beene Susie Shepherd Campbell Shadawnya Ceaser Courtney Morrisa Chappell DeMarcus Andre’ Chenier Shameka Marion Clayton Lauren Sharrell Collins Darrell Davis Kavon Davis Lauren Elizabeth Dodd Whitney Nicole Fears Alvin E. Fosselman Earniece Levette Freeman Robert Gainer III Marlon Gichie Curtrell Latrice Gordon Jeremy Dewayne Gradney Lindsey Hargroder Tommy Hillard Lakedra S. Honore Courtney Majetta Jacobs Jovanni Jenkins Brittany Johnson D’Laika Lynn Johnson Mighan Elizabeth Johnson Pierre O. Johnson Roselyn Rechelle Johnson Earnest R. Jones Jr. Carl Bertrand Judson Jr. Christina Kelson Danielle Marie Link Crishauna R. Lloyd Cynthia McGhee Alicia Nicole McDonald Gabrielle Mansfield Chernika Lanay McCoy Christopher Ryan McCurnin Ava Miles Tiffany Jade Pelton Kresten Irenette Pitcher Keyonia S. Reese Aisha LaNeek Richardson Davon Roberson Carmen LaJuan Robinson Monchel Robinson Jasmine Ross Angella Sanders Lyntrice Dominique Scott Charletta Denise Sheffield Airee Smith Chasity Patricia Smith Diamonel Keichelle Smith Latoya Smith Shamone Virginia St.Cyr Penny Shavel Sterling Jamal Anthony Taylor Jyandria Q.Terrell Natishia Shanta O. Thanni Cynthia Marie Thomas Megann Lelia Thompson Jerusha Robinson Tyler Elizabeth Jane Waters Marcia Lachae’ Watson Octavia Wilson Roshawn Denise Holmes White THE GRADUATE SCHOOL Joseph A, Meyinsse, Ph.D., Interim Dean MASTER OF ARTS Counselor Education Shlinda Nichelle Armwood, Zachary Doris Holmes Augustus, Baton Rouge Tamara Square Knighten, Zachary Shavon Marie Savoy, Baker Mass Communication Oonarissa Shantell Brown, Baton Rouge Kristina A. Jackson, Prairieville Wilbert Norwood Jr., Baton Rouge Bobby T. Taylor, Zachary Mental Health Counseling Vereta Tanner Lee, Baton Rouge Joelle Mary Nixon, Abbeville Crystal Gayle Snowden, Zachary Elizabeth Diane Walters, Baton Rouge Monique Bynum West, Brusly Staci K. Williams-Whiteside, Slidell Social Sciences Evita Chimere Brown, Baton Rouge Thesis: Parental involvement: the effects of student achievement Thesis Advisor: Christopher N. Hunte, Ph.D. Ciera Terese Hearn, Baton Rouge Thesis: Educational reform: Problems and solutions Thesis Advisor: Albert Samuels, Ph.D. Ashley J. Lewis, Garyville Thesis: Who has a right to public education: the ethics of educating the children of illegal aliens in the Jefferson Parish public school system? Thesis Advisor: Kingsley Esedo, Ph.D. Jacqueline Bell Mills, Baton Rouge Thesis: A history of the legal assault on the Jim Crow system in the State of Louisiana Thesis Advisor: Raymond J. Locket, Ed.D. Ta’Sheba Joella Pratt, Miami Thesis: Felton Clark: Great educator or Uncle Tom Thesis Advisor: Raymond J. Lockett, Ed.D. Shern G. Wheeler Sanders, Baton Rouge Thesis: The impact of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, and the Italian-Ethiopian War to African American solidarity Thesis Advisor: Raymond J. Lockett, Ed.D. Adrian L. Reynolds, Baton Rouge Thesis: African American females in the Louisiana legislature: A study of leadership Thesis Advisor: Albert Samuels, Ph.D. MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Ravena C. Budwine, Baton Rouge Ashley Elizabeth Edwards, Baton Rouge Vashti Aneke Grace, Baton Rouge Prashant Nigam, Baton Rouge Nonica O. Morgan, Baton Rouge MASTER OF EDUCATION Educational Leadership Jessica Janae’ Dominique, Baton Rouge Thesis: The relationship between student performance on the DIBELS and ILeap at the first and third grade levels: Implications for instructional leadership Thesis Advisor: Roy L. Jacobs, Ph.D. Kellye Delicia Robvais, Baton Rouge Donald J. Sanders, Centerville Elementary Education Makeba T. Guidry, Port Barre Ashley N. McMeller, Gonzales Courtney Sade’ Turner, Baton Rouge Secondary Education Derrick W. Barrow, Baton Rouge Monica Battley Fabre, New Roads Chavada Theresa Taylor, Baton Rouge MASTER OF ENGINEERING Tiffany Andre’ Augustine, Baton Rouge Thesis: Nanoparticulate – functionally gradient syntactic foam composites Thesis Advisor: Eyassu Woldesenbet, Ph.D. James A. Chavis, Lafayette Neeharika Davuluri, Baton Rouge Thesis: Development of miniature li-lon battery for multi-sensor chip Thesis Advisor: Pradeep Bhattacharya, Ph.D. Page 10 - Tuesday, December 1, 2009 www.southerndigest.com This list was obtained from the Southern University Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School as of November 30, 2009. If you have any questions or discrepancies PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE or REGISTRAR’S OFFICE @ 225.771.5050 or THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OFFICE @ 225.771.5390. This is not the final official listing for the Spring 2009 candidates for graduation. The list will be updated daily in the Registrar’s office and Graduate school office. This list of graduates represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. The appearance of a name on this list and/or participation in the ceremonies is presumptive of graduation, but not conclusive. Chorondalette Denise Moore, Baton Rouge Thesis: Nanoclay vinyl ester foam composite structures Thesis Advisor: Eyassu Woldesenbet, Ph.D. Terryn Jeanine Webster, Baton Rouge Tenesha Tyette Wilson, Zachary Krupabathi Mukkura, Port Arthur, Texas Mathis M. Tate, Baton Rouge Thesis: Wavelet domain communication system (WDCS): spectral estimation using dual-tree complex wavelet transform Thesis Advisor: Ernest Walker, Ph.D. Naveen Uppu, Baton Rouge Thesis: 3-D confined thermomechanical characterization of shape memory polymer based syntactic foam Thesis Advisor: Samuel Ibekwe, Ph.D. Computer Science Divya Avirneni, Baton Rouge Shirisha Dendi, Baton Rouge Susmitha Dodla, Baton Rouge Keldric D. Emery, Baton Rouge Thesis: Co-channel interference reduction of wireless communication systems Thesis Advisor: Mohammad Abdus Salam, Ph.D. Vamshi K. Etikala, Andhrapradesh, India Houman Kamran Habibkhani, Baton Rouge Jacques L. Kado, Baton Rouge Haripriya Kanchanakuntla, Baton Rouge Usha R. Kondamadugula, Baton Rouge Swapna Reddy Koppula, India Parvathy Maddi, Baton Rouge Sadque Ali Mohammed, Baton Rouge Pintu Thore, Baton Rouge MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Sadairea Mikel August, Baton Rouge Erika Kristina Augustus, Baton Rouge D’Andra Evette Bradford, Jonesboro T’Meshia Wanaee’ Burns, Alexandria Mequan D. Cage, Kenner Carlesia Carmena-Bibbins, Baker Yoursheka Danielle George, Clinton April Dawn Hawthorne, Zachary Crystal L. Manuel, Baton Rouge Iesha Danielle Moungle, Lake Charles Kalvin Damon Price, Baton Rouge Deborah Batiste Riley, Lutcher Agnes Harris Robins, Baker Anitra J. Robinson, Natchitoches Naimata C. Saucer, St. Joseph, Mich. Lawanda L. Selders, Baton Rouge Thesis: Geographic distribution of crime and social disorganization in East Baton Rouge Parish: public policy implications Thesis Advisor: Eric Horent, Ph.D. Courtney Denise Skidmore, Port Allen Lurtisha C. Wade, Baton Rouge Anita Renee Washington, Baton Rouge Leslie Ann Washington, White Castle MASTER OF SCIENCE Criminal Justice Gregory G. Burnstine, Alexandria Tony Chaney, Lancaster, Calif. Jacqueline-Nicole Z. Garcia, New Orleans Terrance Michael Hinton, Baton Rouge Erica Renee Jefferson, Shreveport Jomaica Georgette Johnson, Prairieville Tarchia D. Rankins, Baton Rouge Alberta Booth Robertson, Baton Rouge Monteque Robinson, West Helena, Ark. Michelle Monique Small, Gonzales Kara Dionne Thomas, Baton Rouge Ashley Rochelle Valentine, Carville Ricardo Antoine Williams, Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Counseling Lindsay M. Allen, Baton Rouge Reynold W. Barco, Elizabeth City, N.C. Susan M. Barco, Elizabeth City, N.C. Mary P. Easley, Greenville, N.C. follow the DIGEST @ Michele Lea Keim, Vancouver, Wash. Lisa J. Kiser, Charlotte, N.C. Caneshia R. McAllister, Greenville, N.C. Janet F. Riese, Manchester, N.H. Stephanie Turbiville, Harmony, N.C. Scott A. Vittner, Meredith, N.H. David R. Walsworth, Penacook, N.H. Speech-Language Pathology Lryshawn Bell, Ferriday Terryn A. Bergeron, Houma Chena A. Bertrand, Carencro Antonia L. Brazier, Baton Rouge Lakedra L. Crockett, Baton Rouge Heidi G. Davis, Baton Rouge Lakita Janae Johnson, Lafayette Tracy N. Thibodeaux, Scott Therapeutic Recreation Patricia A. Henderson, Baton Rouge Ebony Chavis Lewis, Baton Rouge Clarissa S. Thierry, Baton Rouge Urban Forestry Keylonda M. Armwood, Pride Brian K. Johnson, Baton Rouge Janelle K. Price, Baton Rouge Joseph L. Varnado, Amite DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Environmental Toxicology Xueli, Gao, Baton Rouge Dissertation: Cytotoxicity and inflammatory potential of cholesterol secoaldehyde: a cell-based, mechanistic study of a putative ozone-specific oxysterol with implications for cardiovascular disease Major Professor: Rao M. Uppu, Ph.D. Nursing Mary Thomas Brown, Natchez, Miss. Dissertation: Perceived stress, social support, and health promoting behaviors among African American and Caucasian women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes living in a rural community in Southwest Mississippi Major Professor: Enrica Singleton, D.PH Shondra Griffin Williams, Harvey Dissertation: African American mother’s knowledge, attitude, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control as predictors of intent to vaccinate their daughters against human papilloma virus (HPV) Major Professor: Sandra C. Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC Public Policy Elizabeth A. Berzas, Covington Dissertation: Louisiana nonprofits: do they contribute to the number of uninsured? Major Professor: James S. Larson, Ph.D. Glenn Alan Miller, Denham Springs Dissertation: Evaluation regarding natural disasters intergovernmental relations, response, and management under incident command system in the United States: case study on Hurricane Katrina/Rita responses and management in Louisiana Major Professor: James S. Larson, Ph.D. Science and Mathematics Education Jyotibala A. North, Zachary Dissertation: The effects of discrepant events as motivational strategies on academic achievement and concept retention in physical science Major Professor: Juanita Bates, Ph.D. Special Education Kimberley Me’shelle Davis, Baton Rouge Dissertation: Teachers’ perceptions of the effects of school-wide positive behavior support on the social competence of students with mild disabilities Major Professor: Vera I. Daniels, Ph.D. twitter.com/SUDIGEST and facebook.com/southern.digest VIEWPOINTS Friday, December 1, 2009 - Page 11 www.southerndigest.com SPEAK OUT Think twice I’m a fond lover of history because history shows us events in the past that usually recur today. History also shows us as a people how not to be bamboozled and become victims of being okey-doked. We have all heard of the saying “history repeats itself.” This saying has motivated me to analyze and rethink about the acceptance of the swine flu (H1N1) vaccinations. In the past, vaccinations were administered to people for experimentation. For example, in the 1950s there was a spread of polio. The media influenced and manipulated people into receiving the polio vaccinations because the polio disease was displayed in front of every newspaper and flashed on television screens everyday constantly. On a large scale, many people did not die from polio. According to Beth Sokol, author of “The Fear of Polio in the 1950s,” in 1952 only BILLY WASHINGTON 3,000 people died from polio. That’s a small amount of people considering it was the 50s because this period was considered the baby boomer epoch. This period of time, to me, was a time for scientists to experiment on people. They invented a vaccine, but it didn’t work initially. The vaccination killed some people, mostly children. Even when the polio vaccinations went through the correction process, theorists believe the creation of AIDS was introduced to the African community by vaccinating 90 million Africans in the Belgian Congo (presentday Democratic Republic of the Congo) with the virus x-contaminated vaccine, which was supposed to be the corrected polio vaccine. People, to this day, still wonder why Africa is heavily infected with AIDS. It’s because of corruption within the medical and scientific field. History also illustrates the maligned experiments conducted on African Americans from 1932 to 1972. The African American community, including war veterans, of Tuskegee, Ala., was treated for a disease called “bad blood” when in fact scientists only wanted to conduct research. This research lasted for four decades! Instead of curing and creating a vaccine for “bad blood,” doctors infected African Americans with syphilis! Some people weren’t even sick! This shows how freely we as a people put our trust into doctors and anyone of so called “higher authority.” Seldom do we hear of these experiments, which were designed to eradicate our people. So, history shows us two instances in recent American history of how corrupt the scientific community can be. We seldom ask ourselves questions about vaccinations and the side effects associated with it. When the truth is brought to light, we become afraid and automatically believe the research to be a conspiracy. Ask yourselves the following questions: • How many people have died from the swine flu? •Is the media blowing this out of proportion? •Are scientists creating this so called H1N1 vaccination to conduct experimental studies? My brothers and sisters of the Jaguar Nation, I just want each of you to do further research on this so called H1N1 vaccination. Peace & Light! Now that you are graduating, what is your most memorable experience as a Jaguar? BY wil norwood Digest Photo editor cedric walker mobile, ala. senior mass communication walker derra howard houma senior mass communication “My most memorable howard experience was running for Miss Southern University.” devionne wren Saying my goodbyes Goodbyes have never been easy for me, whether writing or saying it. So, instead, I’ll stick to what I am good at and tell the story straight. This is the last “From the Press Box” you will ever read. This is my final column for The Southern Digest. That’s three years worth of Digest stories and columns, and over 30 articles published in The Advocate. Not to mention countless hours spent in front of my laptop. During my time here, I’ve covered the Southwestern Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, four Bayou Classics, the tennis teams’ undefeated season a year ago and have been selected for three internship programs. Looking back on it all, it’s clear it was worth every LARRY YOUNG JR. second. But all good things must come to an end, and it’s time. Up until and after graduation, my busy, yet eventful life continues on. Before graduation, there are several finals to prepare for. After, however, real life begins. Or what I’ve been told. Given the state of the journalism industry, I’m fortunate to have a job offer on the table and be in the running for several internships. Though, dark, slow and hard to figure out at the moment, the journalism industry is where I want to be. Working with student media the past three years has allowed me to go places I never would have dreamed. I’ve attended conferences across the country and met people you see every night on CNN and ESPN. Some of them have become friends, often offering guidance whenever I need it. That’s the part of my college career, believe it or not, I’ll always cherish the most. Special thank you to the ever so helpful professors and advisors I met along the way. Without you always being there, helping me refine my writing style and offering your advice, I wouldn’t be “Becoming section leader of the percussion section in the band.” baton rouge senior english liberal arts writing this column. Special thank you to writers and editors I met while working for The Advocate. I picked up many good work habits from you all. Special thank you to all of the players, coaches, athletic directors and sports information directors of the world. You all were instrumental in giving me what I needed to pen those stories. Special thank you to my friends, the past four years wouldn’t have been memorable without you. Thank you all for this great run of education, writing, awards and internships that was my college career. 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