May
5

Louis has benefactored more than $250,000 to the Southern University System over his lifetime. He is a member of the Southern University System Foundation University Club, and a founding member of the 1880 Society. Louis is owner/operator of nine McDonald’s restaurants in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan area.

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May
5

IBM Impact Grants provide consulting expertise and software specifically designed to support educational and not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to serve our communities. The diversity of these grants allows IBM to deliver services and technology that meet the ever changing needs of the not-for-profit sector.

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May
5

The Southern University and A & M College System established the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement (CUSA) with funding from the State of Louisiana, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation to undertake an important challenge to reverse the trend of fewer African-American males graduating from college, while also increasing the number of male classroom teachers in urban settings. Embedded on the SUNO campus, the Honoré Center is the centerpiece and pilot initiative of the Five-Fifths Agenda for America (FFAA), conceived by former SU System president Ronald Mason Jr., a national effort with the dual goals of increasing the number of college degrees among black men and increasing the ranks of black male classroom teachers.

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May
5

VALDRY CENTER FOR PHILANTHROPY AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

The Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University seeks to educate the socially conscious student, volunteer, and practitioner in the emerging field of philanthropic studies, through exploring the economic, historical, and philosophical rationales for voluntary action in the local, national, and international arenas.

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May
5

Matthews Plaza is an extension of the Jaguar Park project sponsored by the SU System Foundation. Jaguar Park is a three-phase construction project launched to support the construction of a $1.2 million urban sport complex located on the University’s Baton Rouge campus.

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May
5

ExxonMobil presented a check for $58,950 to the Southern University Foundation as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. The gift, announced during an on-campus reception on June 9, represents the ExxonMobil Foundation 3:1 match of 26 employees’, retirees’ and surviving spouses.

“Southern graduates bring with them strong, practical, analytical and conceptual skills that are of high value to employers. Historically, Southern University has been instrumental in providing those type of graduates,” said Claudette Bradford, security safety health and environmental supervisor, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Plastics Plant.

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February
1

On Friday, November 27, 2015, the Southern University System Foundation held its second annual TrueBLUE Donor Appreciation Gala at he Hyatt Regency Hotel Empire Ballroom in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event celebrated and honored donors who generously make philanthropic contributions to the System and its campuses. Musician and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell and jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins performed during the Southern University TrueBLUE Donor Appreciation Gala.

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February
1

“I chose to be a psychology major and minor in music because I have always held a passion for both music and helping people in need. As a recipient of the 1880 Society scholarship, I am able to pay my tuition, and purchase needed supplies to meet the high costs of a college education and concentrate on achieving my goals.”

Naja Webb, 1880 Scholar
Sophomore
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February
1

A $31,000 grant awarded from the Southern University System Foundation, to the SU Alumni Federation and SU Office of Admissions and Recruitment help spark the implementation of a successful recruitment campaign at the Baton Rouge campus. As a result of this collaborative endeavor the Baton Rouge campus has increased enrollment by 31 percent for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.

Grant funds were used to enhance marketing and advertising endeavors, and to assist with the purchase of printed and electronic materials that would support the recruitment drive.

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Pictured left to right: Rev. James Brown, SUS Foundation board member; Leroy Edmond, SU alum and major gift donor; and Rev. Ted Major, SU alum and 1880 Society member.

August
6

Pictured left to right: Rev. James Brown, SUS Foundation board member; Leroy Edmond, SU alum and  major gift donor; and Rev. Ted Major, SU alum and 1880 Society member.

 

Retired BASF executive Leroy Edmond says that his philanthropic efforts to support Southern University stems from the opportunities he received as a student at the University. The 1975 grad and political science major says that attending Southern changed his life. Recalling his humble beginnings in Morganza, Louisiana, he says “I came from one of the poorest parishes in the state. When I entered Southern University I had the opportunity to better myself. It was a means to escape extreme poverty and move to middle class. I’m glad I made the decision to attend Southern University,” said Edmond.

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