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  • tive energy into positive energy. He told the group that he did so by getting past the negative comments that had been made about him throughout his life. The only way to fail is to not try, said the Hornets guard. Its not the problem. Its how you address the problem. James encouraged the students to pay attention to what they think of themselves as a means to building self-esteem.

    March 11th was Hornets Day at SUNO it seemed. The Office of Retention invited representatives of the New Orleans Hornets to speak to SUNOs freshmen as a part of the Universitys retention strategy. The office is doing this in an effort to keep freshmen motivated to complete their programs of study at SUNO. SUNO was fortunate enough to receive a visit from two Hornets

    representatives. Gil McGregor, TV analyst for the team, and Mike James, a recent acquisition from the Houston Rockets. The 68 McGregor opened with a fiery speech about the impor-tance of social self-responsibility and self-discipline. Most notably he encouraged students to see their SUNO education through in order to take advantage of billions of dollars that will be poured into rebuilding the Gulf Coast. The star of the show was Mike James. James who made it a point to mention that he gradu-ated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh talked about the importance of perseverance. The child psychology graduate shared the stories of his trials and tribulations in trying to fulfill his dreams of becoming an NBA player. James told the audience that persevering is all about figuring out how to turn nega-

    SUNO Students Enjoy Inspiration from NBA Elite

    Womens History Month Celebration On March 31st SUNO pre-sented ceremonies in honor of Womens History Month. The day was separated into two events designed to honor those women in the community who have had an impact on moving New Or-leans forward. The day began in the Health & Physical Education Build-ing with Unforgettable Heroines: Knowledgeable, Professional, Persistent and

    Confident. The following ladies were honored for the role they play in serving the best interests New Orleans. Continued on next page

    Special points of interest:

    > NBA Elite Inspire SUNO Students

    > Womens History Month Celebration

    > Executive Director of HBCU Capital Financ-ing Program Visits SUNO

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    Unforgettable Heroines: Knowledgeable, Professional, Persistent, and Confident

  • Ms. Millie Charles, Former Dean, SUNO School of Social Work Ms. Sharon Clark, Principal, Sophie B. Wright Charter School Mrs. Alice Craft-Kerney, Ex-ecutive Director, Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic Louisiana Senator Ann Du-plessis, District 2 Louisiana Senator Cheryl Gray, District 5 New Orleans Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, Dis-trict D Ms. Loretta Harrison, Foun-der/Owner Lorettas Authentic Pralines Ms. Paulette L. Hills, Mrs. Irene C. Howard, Ms. Ursula B. Johnson, Dr. Stella Pinkney Jones,

    Founder/Owner, Stella Jones Gallery U. S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Louisiana Representative Charmaine Marchand, District 99 Ms. Frances Moore, Ms. Sally Ann Roberts, News Anchor, WWL TV Mrs. Gwendolyn Washington, New Orleans Councilmember Cynthia Willard-Lewis, Dis-trict E Mrs. Vera Warren-Williams, Founder/Owner, Community Book Center Later that night, Womens History Month devotees were treated to an arts and crafts exhibit celebrating the month. Women in the Arts was held

    in the Knights Caf and fea-tured art by women who have their own businesses. Among those featured was SUNOs own Cynthia Ramirez, Profes-sor of Fine Arts. She pre-sented her Day of the Dead exhibit, which educated atten-dees on the Mexican celebra-tion of deceased loved ones. Another featured exhibitor was master quilter Cely Pedes-cleaux. Pedescleauxs quilts depicted those quilts that were used in the Underground Rail-road.

    cilitated by Dr. Mason. Dr. Mason states, "My under-graduate students were en-thralled by the customs and history of the treatment of women during this global women's forum. I was im-pressed by their attention, questions, and reactions dur-ing the forum. They responded to the panel by drawing com-parisons between the presenta-tions and their own experi-ences and by continuing the discussion beyond the forum itself. Further, it was powerful to hear them ask for similar future forums on SUNO's campus to address women's issues."

    Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, As-sistant Professor of Speech, and Mrs. Melonee Griggs, Program Coordinator for the Center for African and African American Studies, developed a program for Womens His-tory Month entitled Global Womens Forum: Women Creating a Connection Through Global Dialogue. The panel held April 1 at 12:30 pm in Building 43 con-sisted of Mrs. Melonee Griggs, Dr. Sudipta Das, Pro-fessor of History, and Dr. Xiongya Gao, Associate Pro-fessor of English and was fa-

    Contd Womens History Month Celebration

    Global Womens Forum: Creating a Connection through Global Dialogue

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  • Don Watson, executive director of the HBCU Capital Financing Pro-gram and one of his asso-ciates, Derek Hansel, vis-ited SUNO in March to assess the progress the University is making to-ward returning to the original campus (Park Campus). In June 2007, SUNO received a $44 million low-interest loan to construct student hous-ing. Tony Pollatta from the Louisiana Office of Facilities, Planning & Control also attended meeting. Chancellor Vic-

    tor Ukpolo and Vice Chancellors Gerald Wil-liams, Gloria B. Moultrie and Janice Winder, Asso-ciate Vice Chancellor Robert Cannon and SGA President Jamal Amedee represented SUNO. In addition to discussing the progress of rebuilding, Richard A. Brown from Bani, Carville & Brown Architects presented a slide presentation on the design of the student housing facility.

    Don Watson, Executive Director of HBCU Capital Financing Program Visits SUNO

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  • Articulation Agreement Meeting with Delgado The administration from En-rollment Services, Deans and faculty members from the various colleges that will pro-vide courses at Delgado met to review the degree plan for Early Childhood Education and Criminal Justice. Faculty members from both Delgado and Southern University at New Orleans collaborated and selected appropriate courses to offer on Delgados campus. The Director of Admissions and some of the recruiters are remaining visible on Delgados campus weekly. Institute on Race, Criminal Justice & Education Academic Affairs has ac-cepted the responsibility to develop a committee of fac-ulty members who are in-volved with scholarly work addressing race, criminal jus-tice and education to create a committee entitled Institute on Race, Criminal Justice and Education. This was one of the requests of the Southern System level Council of Vice Chancellors of Academic Af-fairs and the System Vice Chancellor of Academic Af-fairs. Strategic Plan The Strategic Planning Com-mittee is making progress in terms of conducting an analy-sis of the data submitted by all academic units with sugges-tions for improvement and recommendations for includ-ing information that will strengthen the fiber of the 2006-2011 Strategic Plan. The Executive Committee is

    developing a summary of the progress made thus far and an articulation of the anticipated next step in the process. Quality Enhancement Plan The QEP is a critical part of the SACS preparation process and it is evolving into a very meaningful document. We have had total campus in-volvement on numerous occa-sions through the Town Hall meetings and the yearly sur-vey, providing an opportunity for vast input from everyone throughout the University. Womens History Month The Womens History Month program was excellent. Retir-ees of the University were acknowledged from adminis-trators to faculty and staff members. Many of the honor-ees had a number of years, 29 to 47, that they had served and contributed to the growth process of this university. It was a very joyous occasion and an opportunity to embrace our forbearers in a way that helps them to know that their contributions and legacies at Southern University at New Orleans are still respected, admired and held near and dear to all of our hearts. This is another way to improve the image of the University and identify positive advocates in the community who love and respect this institution. College of Arts and Sciences Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 of Great Britain, Gordon Brown , Prime Minis-ter of the United Kingdom, and the Prince of Wales, Charles have replied to Dr.

    Mokosso's letter sent to the Queen in November, 2007 on the situation in Cameroon. Dr. Mokosso's letter to the Queen was a panoramic view of the state of affairs in Cameroon. Cameroon is the only country in Africa with a triple colonial legacy-German, British and French. After the defeat and expulsion of the Germans from Cameroon in the First World War, the territory was partitioned between France and Britain. Since independ-ence and unification of former British and French Cameroons in 1961, the majority French Cameroonians have promul-gated policies aimed at domi-nation and "Frenchification" of English speaking Cameroo-nians. Although France con-stantly meddles in Cameroon's affairs with impunity, the Brit-ish attitude is one of "benign neglect". Dr. Mokosso's letter was therefore a polite indictment of Her Majesty's government for abandoning its former trust territory to the whims and caprices of an arrogant and pompous French govern-ment and an over-bearing and viscous Franco-phone cohort. The Cameroon" problem" comes up for discussion in the British Parliament this month.

    Academic Affairs Highlights

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