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Volume 2, Issue 1, Summer 2010

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President’s Message Dear Southernites:

These are 4mes of transi4on in public higher educa4on. Diminishing state support, underprepared high school graduates, the push of certain segments of the popula4on toward community colleges, compe44on on a global scale, and open ques4oning of the con4nuing relevance of historically Black universi4es are among the challenges of our 4mes.

Southern, as the only historically black university system in America, has an extraordinary responsibility. The University has been a leader in serving the underserved. At one 4me it was the largest ins4tu4on of its kind. It is s4ll the largest Black business in the State of Louisiana. However, like other universi4es, par4cularly HBCUs, much work is necessary to secure our future. We will have to redesign and redefine ourselves in order to compete in an increasingly compe44ve environment. Today, the compe44on is great even for the students who have been our tradi4onal enrollment base. They and their families are telling us that we have to be and be seen as be5er than we are. The process will not be easy. We must rebuild in the face of debilita4ng budget cuts. We must restore confidence in our business despite meager funds for opera4ons. We must increase enrollment in New Orleans and Baton Rouge despite be5er funded compe44on in both ci4es. We must raise money in the face of a teetering economy. In other words, we will have to rely on our ability to be twice as good with half as much. I believe that the history, tradi4on, and future of the Southern University System are of the highest importance, for Black people, for Louisiana, and for America. I believe that they are also of the highest importance to the Southern family and our community. If we are to emerge as a model for the next genera4on of higher educa4on, we will all--faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, have to share a common vision, serve a common cause, and a$er God and family, adopt as our highest priority the preserva4on and growing presence of Southern. If you have ideas, 4me, or resources that can help, please let me know. My e-mail is Ronald_Mason@sus.edu. I look forward to serving with you in this worthy cause. Sincerely, Dr. Ronald Mason Jr., J.D. President

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history, tradi4on, and future of the Southern University System are of the highest importance, for Black people, for Louisiana, and for America. I believe that they are also of the highest importance to the Southern family and our community.”


SUSLA CDC improving area

Meharry CEO inspires summer grads

“Today you are called to service as proud graduates of this historic university.”

Southern University at Shreveport held a press conference on July 29 to announce major efforts to revitalize the city’s Mar4n Luther King neighborhood through the campus’ Community Development Corpora4on (CDC). The SUSLA CDC is a nonprofit organiza4on created to enhance the quality of life of SUSLA students, faculty, and staff as well as the residents of the community in which the University resides. SUSLA announced during the press conference that two new businesses would be part of the CDC. The David Raines Community Health Centers will renovate its facility on David Raines Road and construct its new 5,200 squarefoot administra4ve complex on Mar4n Luther King Jr. Drive. Also Capital One will open a bank branch in SUSLA’s Community Development Corpora4on building on August 16--the first bank within a five-mile radius of SUSLA. This is the latest effort by SUSLA to aid in the revitaliza4on of the MLK neighborhood. In August 2009, SUSLA opened the Center for Business and Community Development on Hilry Huckaby Avenue across the street from the campus.

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) has expanded its technology resources through Web-based upgrades worth more than $1 million with CampusEAI Consor4um. The expansion allows the University to expand its intranet capabili4es through myCampus so$ware, which creates a campus portal and Web content management system for higher educa4on ins4tu4ons. The portal service will be provided in phases. SUNO will be able to offer its students a portal to serve as a one-stop shop for their virtual needs. The first phase of services, which was expected to go live in

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Riley explained that many of the great leaders like Mar4n L. King and Mahatma Gandhi are gone and it’s up to others to pick up the mantle of civic leadership. “You must have passion as you carry the torch of SU’s legacy.” Wayne J. Riley, M.D., president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, was featured speaker for SUBR’s Summer 2010 commencement ceremony July 30.

Southern University at Baton Rouge’s Summer 2010 commencement speaker Wayne J. Riley, M.D., encouraged graduates to “enjoy the day” and “seek to serve rather than be served.”

Riley, a New Orleans na4ve, is president and chief execu4ve officer of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and holds four degrees including a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Yale University, a master of public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a doctor of medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine, and a master of business administra4on degree from Rice. “These are serious 4mes,” said Riley. “Your response to how we survive them is to become leaders.”

July, includes campus email, Blackboard and a service desk. Other phases will range from a job hunt link to an iPhone applica4on to library database integra4on. “I commend SUNO’s Informa4on Technology Center for facilita4ng this partnership with CampusEAI and we are most apprecia4ve of being awarded this worthwhile grant. This type of support enhances several of the strategic goals that SUNO strives hard to attain and will greatly improve technology service offerings for our students,” said Victor Ukpolo, chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans.

“Pray for strength, guidance, and wisdom and always honor this great ins4tu4on by your ac4ons.” The summer gradua4ng class was led by chief student marshal Jennifer L. Hollingsworth. The rehabilita4on counseling major from Shreveport, had a 3.59 gpa. Hollingsworth also graduated at the top of her class from C.E. Byrd High School. Among the 200 summer graduates receiving degrees were 12 student-athletes.

Jennifer L. Hollingsworth of Shreveport was chief student marshall for SUBR summer 2010 commencement. Hollingsworth received a bachelor of science degree in rehabilita on counseling.

The CampusEAI Consor4um myCampus Portal Grants are designed to cover the costs of so$ware, hardware, and services associated with the implementa4on of a myCampus Portal solu4on, an intranet portal that integrates with online learning, administra4ve compu4ng, and student services systems. The grant offering includes hardware, so$ware, project management, installa4on, and training costs in the form of a grant.


SU among top producers of undergraduates, engineers In the area of engineering, the report said Southern awarded 58 undergraduate degrees to African-American students in engineering during 20082009, placing Southern in sixth place. That number placed Southern ahead of schools such as Florida A&M University, Howard University, Michigan State University, Jackson State University, and LSU.

According to a recent report by Diverse: Issues in Higher Educa4on magazine, SUBR is the sixth highest producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in engineering and the ninth highest producer o African Americans with bachelors degrees in the country.

Southern University and A&M College is the sixth highest producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in engineering in the country, according to a new report by Diverse: Issues in Higher Educa1on.

The a na4onal educa4on magazine also found that when all of the educa4on disciplines it surveyed are combined, Southern is the ninth highest producer of African Americans with bachelor degrees in the country. The results were published in the June 10 edi4on of Diverse. The informa4on, the magazine said, is based on bachelor’s degrees awarded to students of color in academic year 2008-2009. According to the Fairfax, Virginia-based magazine, the data for the analysis “are collected by the Na4onal Center for Educa4on Sta4s4cs from all U.S. postsecondary ins4tu4ons as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Educa4on Data Set.”

HBCUs, such as Southern, were five of the top six producers of African Americans with baccalaureates in engineering.

The report lists the standings of schools that are gradua4ng African Americans in a number of disciplines, such as social sciences, history, business management, marke4ng, and related support services, educa4on, and others. When all of the disciplines are combined, Southern graduated 852 African-American students during the 2008-2009 year, placing the University in ninth place among all schools in the na4on, according to the survey.

Southern’s ninth place ranking placed the school ahead of several HBCUs, including, Hampton University, Texas Southern University, Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, Prairie View University, and Morgan State University. “This, coupled with our Top Tier ranking among HBCUs by U.S. News and World Report magazine, illustrates that Southern University con4nues to be among the leaders in producing high quality, commi5ed, and capable graduates who go on to serve in leadership roles in Louisiana and through-

out the country,” said Kofi Lomotey, SUBR chancellor.

“With the staggering state budget cuts we have endured and s4ll face today, we will be challenged to maintain our standing in the educa4on community,” Lomotey said. “But Southern has faced daun4ng obstacles before and has succeeded. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni will get us through again.” Historically Black Colleges and Universi4es accounted for six of the top 10 producers of African-American undergraduates. The report also showed that Southern ranked: • 25th in the number of biological and biomedical sciences undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans. •33rd in business management, marketing, and related support services undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans. •29th in educa4on undergraduate degrees awarded to African Americans. Diverse: Issues in Higher Educa1on pointed out that the number of degrees conferred is closely related to the size of the ins4tu4ons. As such, the largest universi4es, such as Arizona State, Penn State, and The Ohio State universi4es and the universi4es in Central Florida, Florida, and Texas, top the overall numbers. “However, these ins4tu4ons generally do not lead our Top 100 counts for students of color. None of them appear in the top 10 for degrees conferred to African Americans.”

EXXONMOBIL SCIENCE CAMP RETURNS—Southern University and A&M College hosted 48 middle school students who constructed energy-genera1ng devices, built solar cars and wind turbines, studied the flow of energy in the environment, and produced usable fuel from biomass during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The two-week, residen1al camp themed, “Planet Earth ...in Crisis: Crea1ng Sustainable Energy Resources,” was held July 11-23. Par1cipants in the 2009 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at SUBR received a special visit from the program’s namesake, re1red NASA astronaut Bernard Harris Jr., M.D. Harris was the first black man to walk in space, on Feb. 9, 1995, as payload commander of STS-63, the first flight of the joint Russian-American space program. The SU camp is among the 30 Bernard Harris summer camps across the country. Harris, a medical doctor who is president of Harris Founda1on Incorporated, a nonprofit that offers math/science educa1on and crime preven1on programs for young people. The campers are chosen for the free program based on their grades, teacher recommenda1ons, and interest in math and science.

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SU Alumni Federa4on installs new president Dennis S. Brown of Houston, Texas, took the oath of office as na4onal president of the Southern University Alumni Federa4on (SUAF) during the organiza4on’s na4onal conference gala on July 10.

Brown was elected president a$er votes from na4onal balloting were tallied at the SU Alumni Federa4on’s Na4onal Alumni Conference in Washington, D.C., July 7-11. Dennis S. Brown

Brown, an honors graduate of Southern University at Baton Rouge with a degree in accoun4ng, is a na4onal mo4va4onal speaker and trainer, and is the author of, Change your A3tude, Change Your Life. Known by his peers as, “Mr. A6tude,” Brown has been ac4vely involved in the

SUAF since 1976. Prior to his elec4on as na4onal president, he served president of the SUAF Houston Chapter.

Brown is ac4vely involved in professional and community endeavors. He is a member of Brentwood Bap4st Church in Houston where he served as deacon board chairman and is currently church treasurer. He is vice president of the SU College of Business Advisory Council, member of the SUBR Chancellor’s Advisory Council, and is a member of the Buffalo Soldiers Advisory Board, Houston Chapter. Brown is married to the former Barbara Graves, SU Class of 1976, and has two daughters: Des4ny, SU Class of 2003, and Britany who is currently enrolled at SUBR. Highlights of the 2010 SUAF Na1onal Alumni Conference in Washington, D.C., will be featured in the next SU System Newsle5er.

Southern University Law Center Chancellor Freddie Pitcher Jr. was recently appointed to the State Police Commission by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Freddie Pitcher Jr.

The State Police Commission serves as the final authority over the administra4on of the State Police Service. Pitcher is a former city court, state district, and appeal court judge. Prior to his elec4on to the bench, Pitcher was the principal partner in the firm Pitcher, Tyson, Avery, and Cunningham. He has also served as a special counsel in the Office of the A5orney General for the State of Louisiana and as an assistant district a5orney for East Baton Rouge Parish.

Record enrollment in 2010 SULC Summer Abroad Program which offers ready access to all of London’s a5rac4ons, according to SULC professor Maurice Franks, director of the program.

Par4cipants in the program are law students from SULC, Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio; LSU Paul Hebert Law Center; Nova Southeastern University College of Law in Fort LauderdaleDavie, Florida; Texas Southern On the trading floor of Lloyd's of London, Mar1n Leach, re1red public reUniversity Thurgood Marshall la1ons director of Lloyd's of London, shows students the logbooks conSchool of Law in Houston, taining records of every known shipwreck for the last 300 years. Texas; and Walter F. George Fi$y-two students, represen4ng the School of Law at Mercer University in largest enrollment ever, enjoyed a once-inMacon, Georgia. a-life4me opportunity spending six weeks abroad in the 2010 Southern University Law The students took two three-hour courses Center Summer Program in London, Engsuch as, “Interna4onal Criminal Law,” “Euroland. pean Law,” “Private Interna4onal Law,” and “Compara4ve Cons4tu4onal Law,” taught by The program ran June 20-July 31 at Queen SULC faculty. Classes met each morning, Mary College of the University of London, four days a week. SU System News, page 4

This year as usual all 52 students visited the trading floor of Lloyd’s of London, where a re4red execu4ve of Lloyd’s explained the workings of the world’s largest insurance market. This year, a few of the students also had an opportunity to return to the trading floor, accompanied by three brokers from the Watkins Syndicate.

Most of the students also chose to make an op4onal trip to Amsterdam and The Hague to visit the Interna4onal Court of Jus4ce and the Interna4onal Criminal Court. The American Bar Associa4on (ABA) approved plans for SULC’s first summer abroad in 2005. The program was previously held at London City University located at the historic square mile known as the City of London. “The City” is the home of London’s financial district and is reminiscent of New York’s Wall Street. Enrollment was capped at 25 students that first year, but has slowly increased each year since.


Brian Johnson has been named interim head track and field coach at Southern University, Baton Rouge.

Brian Johnson

SUS introduces new iPhone app

“We are very pleased to be among the first universi4es in the na4on and in Louisiana to develop and launch an iPhone 'app' with diverse func4ons and features for the SU community, stakeholders, and anyone else who wants to connect to the Southern University System,” said Kassie Freeman, SU System vice president for academic and student affairs.

He takes over a$er the resigna4on of Tinnequo Ligh3ootRoss.

Johnson qualified for his first Olympic Team with his runner-up finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. He is currently the number two ranked long jumper in the U.S. and ninth worldwide.

“This latest technology is impac4ng higher educa4on in a posi4ve way in terms of accessibility and enhanced learning and we are excited to be part of this trend.”

The former two-sport athlete earned his degree in poli4cal science from Southern in 2003. His wife, Pamela, also is a SU graduate and they have a son, Kobe.

The new app is currently available only for iPhone but future mobile marke4ng will include availability for other mobile devices.

SUNO squad shines

The SUNO Golden Knights cheerleading squad grabbed several honors at the Universal Cheerleaders Associa4on/ Universal Dance Associa4on (UCA/UDA) Spirit Camp at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, July 23-25.

The team brought home two third place trophies in the Sideline and Cheer category, the Leadership Trophy, seven superior ribbons, and two excellent ribbons. The squad competed in the All-Girls Division II category; where there were four other teams. “Also may I add that they were compe4ng against squads that consisted of twenty or more people,” said Orion Prater, who serves as the cheer coach/advisor. The team consisted of Cyral Bryant (captain), CalBriell Williams (co-captain), Kala Brookin, Paige Aguillard, Bri5ney Harris, and Antoine5e Price.

The SU System mobile app, available for download through the iPhone AppStore, features campus maps and news stories, athle1cs informa1on, and more.

The SU System mobile app is now available for download through the iPhone AppStore.

“This app will serve to broaden the appeal of all of our campuses. We will provide con4nuous updates to ensure that our stakeholders are informed of what Southern is doing and what we have to offer,” said Alice Douzier, SU System Informa4on and Technology Resource Management assistant director.

The free app features campus maps, news stories, athle4cs informa4on, informa4on on the SU System and campuses, photos, an interac4ve poll, event calendars, videos from YouTube channels, the “SU Fight Song,” and links to alumni affairs, the SUS Founda4on, campus Web sites, and social media such as Twi5er, Facebook, and more. SU System President Ronald Mason Jr. said the Jag App will be a great way to communicate with Southern cons4tuents — parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff. The applica4on is part of enhanced communica4on efforts to provide alumni, faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders with the latest informa4on from all of the System’s campuses and units.

The SU System app is currently available for iPhone users to download free of charge.

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A nonprofit group is the latest tenant to open for business in the Southern University at Shreveport Business and Community Development Center. ACCION Texas-Louisiana provides loans to startups and any legal business in Louisiana. ACCION mainly caters to businesses that do not have access to commercial credit. The city of Shreveport provided ACCION a $150,000 grant to be used over three years. The Beaird Founda4on also contributed $75,000 a year for two years. In addi4on to grants, ACCION relies on loan interest to pay for opera4ng expenses. ACCION works with people who have low credit scores or whose loan request is too small for banks or credit unions, Sandoval said. In a Shreveport Times ar4cle, Janie Barrera, president and CEO of ACCION TexasLouisiana, said they hope to help the area’s economic situa4on. “We see ourselves as part of this community and look forward to

being able to doing what we can to s4mulate the economy by suppor4ng small business.” Between 1994 and 2009, ACCION TexasLouisiana made $93.6 million in loans that produced $173.8 million in new economic ac4vity, a news release states. ACCION’s goal is to help businesses establish credit and grow their businesses so they can obtain future financing from larger lending ins4tu4ons. SUSLA opened the doors of its Business and Community Development Center in August 2009. The $2 million facility has the capacity to accommodate up to eight tenants and gives small businesses access to affordable lease space that includes Internet/phone service, office equipment, and clerical and technical support. This is SUSLA’s second facility developed to respond to the needs of small, minority, and women owned businesses. In 2004, the University opened the Small, Women, and Minority Business Incubator in Bossier City.

For the second consecu4ve year, Southern’s Derek Price has been named the SWAC Equipment Manager of the Year. Price was selected for the 2009-10 dis4nc4on by the conDerek Price ference office for his excep4onal efforts in maintaining the Jaguar equipment in the Department of Athle4cs. Now in his 27th year overall and 17th at Southern, Price’s office is responsible for the alloca4on and maintenance of uniforms, game gear, and proper equipment for student-athletes in all 16 SU sports. Price, a Baton Rouge na4ve, is a 1981 sociology and criminal law graduate of Southern and was a receiver and return specialist for the Jaguar football program. He also played baseball while in school at Southern.

SUBR receives $25k dona4on

Southern University and A&M College recently received a $25,000 dona4on from Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge as part of the casino’s commitment to the University and to higher educa4on in Louisiana.

SU STUDENTS IN ACTION--Southern University College of Educa1on students performed community service work by pain1ng at Crestworth Elementary School near Southern's Baton Rouge campus. As part of a community service project, Eva Kleinpeter, professor of educa1on, SUBR, organized a group of about 30 students in her children’s literature class this summer to paint the front of the school on June 25. The community service project was one of many for Kleinpeter, who incorporates community outreach into each of her classes and has partnered with Crestworth Elementary for the past 10 years. Kleinpeter and the students were featured in the Baton Rouge Advocate in an ar1cle highligh1ng their community service work. Kleinpeter told the The Advocate that over the years, her students have donated school supplies, computer equipment, and more than 20,000 books to the school, where nearly 80 percent of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program — an indicator of poverty.

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The dona4on was made July 7 during a check presenta4on at the downtown Baton Rouge facility by Hollywood Casino General Manager John Chaszar. Chancellor Kofi Lomotey said the money would go toward student scholarships and other educa4onal programs on the campus. Over the past 18 months, Southern has received $75,000 from Hollywood Casino. Chaszar said the dona4on is part of Hollywood Casino’s commitment to Southern and the cause of higher educa4on.


SUSLA’s ‘Cooking Classic’ a success

Owners of Wine County Bistro; City of Shreveport’s Chief of Police Henry Whitehorn; and the city’s Fire Chief Brian Crawford, as the evening’s “Southern Gentlemen.” John Hubbard, manager external affairs, AEP SWEPO served as chair, and Helen Godfrey-Smith, president and CEO of Shreveport Federal Credit Union was co-chair.

Southern University at Shreveport Founda1on’s (SUSF) 11th Annual Gentleman’s Cooking Classic (GCC), was held Saturday, June 26, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in the Red River Room. SUSF President Winzor Andrews (center) is pictured with honorees Jason and Michael Brady, owners of Wine Country Bistro.

Southern University at Shreveport Founda4on (SUSF) hosted the 11th Annual Gentleman’s Cooking Classic (GCC), Saturday, June 26, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in the Red River Room. Known for its fabulous cuisine, the GCC has become the largest gathering of diverse and excep4onally talented chefs in the Shreveport/Bossier area. This year’s theme was “Good Friends, Delicious Foods, and Fine Wine.” This year, the event honored local Celebrity Chefs Jason and Michael Brady,

In a Shreveport Times ar4cle Crawford said that the event’s goal was important not only for the par4cipants but for the community. This is the third year that the department has par4cipated in the event.

“(The event) helps provide opportuni4es for people without resources to go to college,” he said. "Educa4on provides leaders for the community.”

The GCC has hosted more than 70 chefs and thousands of patrons in the past including Mayor Cedric B. Glover, former Mayor Keith Hightower, former U.S. Congressman Jim McCrery, and Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator. The event raised nearly $12,000 for student scholarships for Southern University at Shreveport.

SU alumnus and re4red Lt. General Russel L. Honoré addressed 300 youth in the Royal Co4llion Ballroom of the SmithBrown Memorial Student Union who were a5ending the Family and Youth Expo, June 18. The expo, “Inspiring Youth with Tools for Achieving Excellence,” sponsored by the SU Ag Center, featured ac4vi4es, seminars, and workshops on technology, hand washing, juvenile jus4ce, 4-H, poultry, bullying, and making scent bars. “These youth are par4cipants of Southern University Ag Center’s Youth Educa4onal Support (YES) programs across the state,” said Wanda Burke, youth development specialist. Expo is the Ag Center’s culmina4ng youth development ac4vity Gen. Honoré also was interviewed several 4mes on June 23 by CNN on major na4onal news issues, including the General McChrystal and BP oil spill situa4ons. He was interviewed while standing on the bluff on the Baton Rouge campus.

CLASSICAL JAZZ ON THE BLUFF--Jazz singer Lamont O'Neil (le") kicked off the Second Annual Southern University Classical Jazz on the River Series on July 1 in the Royal Co1llion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union. The July concerts were preceded by workshops by the ar1sts. Violinist Michael Ward (middle) performed on July 23. The series concluded July 30 with a performance by Yolanda Windsay (right), one of New Orleans' leading jazz vocalists. Students in the Alvin Ba1ste Summer Jazz Camp performed as the opening entertainment on July 30. The concert series was funded through Title III funds and the SUBR Office of the Chancellor.

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that reflect the views of the majority of SAC members producing the report.

Michelle Ghe3

Nadia Nedzel

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has appointed SULC law faculty members Michelle Ghe6 and Nadia Nedzel among the 11-member Louisiana State Advisory Commi5ee (SAC) to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, effec4ve June 3. The Commission is an independent, bipar4san agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Congress directed the Commission to establish advisory commi5ees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to study issues and forward advisory reports to the commission on ma5ers within the agency’s jurisdic4on

Law students win wri4ng compe44on

The Louisiana SAC serves to advise the commission on civil rights concerning legal developments in Louisiana cons4tu4ng a denial of equal protec4on of the laws under the U.S. Cons4tu4on because of race, color, religion, sex, na4onal origin, age, or handicap, or in the administra4on of jus4ce. Major ac4vi4es of the advisory commi5ee include fact-finding mee4ngs, informa4on conferences, and inves4ga4ve studies on both local and na4onal civil rights issues. “The commission recently inves4gated the case of the Louisiana jus4ce of the peace who refused to perform mixed race marriages and is currently inves4ga4ng the alleged Black Panther Vo4ng Rights Act viola4ons,” Ghe6 noted. Ghe6, who is the Louisiana Outside Counsel Endowed Professor of Law, has focused her 20 year career in academia in four main areas: criminal prac4ce, freedom of religion, legal ethics, and domes4c violence. In addi-

4on to teaching and wri4ng, she has served on numerous policy making commi5ees, boards, and task forces, is a frequent speaker at local and na4onal conferences, and has wri5en and tes4fied about numerous pieces of legisla4on. Professor Nedzel’s scholarly interests include interna4onal and compara4ve commercial law, policy, and jurisprudence, specifically the interrela4onship among market economy, technology, the rule of law, and personal autonomy. She is currently a Visi4ng Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for Interna4onal Law at the University of Cambridge in England. She is the author of a book on legal wri4ng for interna4onal graduate students and a chapter in a book on immigra4on legal issues. Individual members of the advisory commi5ee are recommended by the regional director of their area for a two-year term, approved by the staff director, and voted upon at a regular mee4ng of the commissioners.

Third-year student Keith Anderson and Channe5e Lewis, ‘10, have been named the winners of the 2010 SULC Nathan Burkan Memorial Wri4ng Compe44on. This compe44on is sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Students write scholarly papers on any aspect of copyright law. Anderson’s paper, “Copyright and Computer-Generated Speech, or The Curious Case of the Kindle,” won first prize. The St. Francisville na4ve will receive a check from ASCAP for $600. Lewis’s paper, “Are the Protec4ons Under the Visual Ar4sts Rights Act (VARA) Sufficient to Protect Ar4sts from Infringement?” won the $250 second prize. Lewis is a resident of Hephibah, Georgia.

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2010 SULC ALUMNI RECEPTION--More than 30 Washington, D.C., area alumni were treated to a gala affair and the latest news about the Law Center during a recep1on held during the 2010 SU Alumni Federa1on Na1onal Conference. Pictured front row, from le": Reshawna L. Banks, ‘01; Krystal Brumfield, ‘07; Cynthia N. Reed, ‘90, director of CLE and alumni affairs; Tamesha Bendaw, ‘08; Daphne Trevathan, ‘08; Murphy Bell, Jr., ‘97, SU Board of Supervisors; and Charles D. Smith, ‘97. Back row, from le": Chancellor Pitcher, ‘73; Sean Varnado, ‘06; James Short, ‘06; Tracey Lee, ’06; Jacqueline Williams, ’92; and Vice Chancellor John Pierre. Students with summer clerkships in D.C., who a2ended the recep1on, were Nelson Allen, Nicholas Giles, Keisha Hardley, and J. Ashley Mitchell.


Upcoming Events

Registrar's, Admission's, Financial Aid, and Bursar’s offices will extend hours to 7 p.m. to assist students with registra4on/financial ma5ers, through August 5

Recep4on hosted by SULC alum, Jonathan H. Cox, ‘97, of The Cox Pradia Law Firm PLLC, and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, at the 85th Na4onal Bar Associa4on Annual Conven4on and Exhibits 5:30 p.m. House of Blues, 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans

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85th Annual Na4onal Bar Associa4on Conference and Exhibits, through August 13 Marrio5 New Orleans, 555 Canal Street

SUBR Fall Registra4on, through August 13 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. F. G. Clark Ac4vity Center Seymour Gymnasium

August 2

10 SU Ag Center – Center for Rural and Small Business Development’s 2010 Computer Security Workshop for Small Business Owners sponsored by Na4onal Ins4tute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Small Business Administra4on, and Federal Bureau of Inves4ga4on 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Southern University Ag Center Room 191 -- 181 B A Li5le Drive Registra1on Required 504-589-2756

SULC Alumni Breakfast at the 85th Na4onal Bar Associa4on Annual Conven4on and Exhibits 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Marrio5 New Orleans, 555 Canal Street 12

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