The Southern University System Foundation Jag Talker program provides talented SU students with a nine-month internship. During the nine-month internship, Jag Talkers learn and practice the techniques of fundraising and donor recognition, while sharing the impact of giving with current and prospective donors.
Kenner, LA native Robert Easly Jr., a senior agricultural and animal science major has discovered the importance of giving, the value of networking, and the results of hard work while serving as a Jag Talker.
My memory does not permit me to recall a more successful year in the life of our Foundation than 2014. Simply put, 2014 was a phenomenal year! The Foundation recorded $4.2 million dollars in cash fundraising revenue in 2014, versus $2.2 million dollars in recorded cash fundraising revenue in 2013, this represents a 100 percent increase in total fundraising revenue compared to the previous calendar year. We are indeed the beneficiaries of a dedicated staff and devoted volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of our University.
KELTRIN K. BURRELL, III
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Keltrin K. Burrell III, is among five students from the Southern University College of Engineering to receive an academic scholarship from Genesis Energy. The Southern University System Foundation partnered with Genesis Energy to create a $100,000 scholarship fund for Southern University students. The scholarship seeks to encourage students to explore opportunities in their chosen fields of study and to develop a relationship with Genesis Energy.
Major: English Education
St. Francisville native, Breanna R. Willis says she is proud to continue her family tradition and attend Southern University. As a freshman, she is well on her way to join the ranks of successful SU alumni, and credits the support that she received from the Southern University System Foundation’s Eighteen-Eighty Society and AT&T as a very important part of her journey to become a teacher.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Jeanerette native Taquincy Alexander is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at Southern University, Baton Rouge. Taquincy was valedictorian of Jeanerette High School in Iberia Parish and recipient of the Southern University Honors College Scholarship and the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students Performance Award. He is a member of the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council, Southern Regional Honors Council, Student Government Association, Men’s Federation, National Society of Black Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Applications Development Intern
Major: Computer Science
Leah Kight was ready to take on the challenges expected of her as an applications development intern at IBM Technology Services Center in Baton Rouge primarily due to the quality education and guidance she received as a student at Southern University.
Business Development Manager
Coca-Cola has been a supporting partner of Southern University since 1990. Since that time, the collaboration has yielded many projects and initiatives that have proven beneficial to SU System campuses, students, faculty, and staff.
JOHN G. DAVIES
President and CEO
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is a community foundation working in the capital region that connects philanthropists with nonprofits to make sure the needs of Baton Rouge area communities are met. John Davies has served as president and CEO since June 1988. During his tenure, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation has grown from $3 million to $608 million in assets.
Louisiana native Leon Valdry says, “people may come and go, but the University has remained for over 100 years.” The 1957 technical engineering graduate, believes that continued support of the University is the key to its success. “It is imperative that we give back to our University,” says Valdry. Philanthropy for Leon has been a way of life for over 50 years.
Baton Rouge native Tonyea McCaleb believes that Southern University has prepared her for a great future as a social worker. She has always wanted to attend Southern University and is certain that she made the right choice. “I want to make sure that other high school students know what Southern has to offer and choose Southern as I did.”