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.
Financial support is one of the best ways graduates can show appreciation for the education and development they have received from their alma mater. One such graduate is Celeste A. Clark, Ph.D., who through her affiliation with the W.K. Kellogg Company, has directed more than $100,000 in philanthropic support to Southern University. Clark’s efforts have led to the establishment of the Human Nutrition and Food Departmental Scholarship and the Bayou Classic Scholarship.
Pictured from left to right: Southern University System Foundation honorees, Leon E. Valdry ’57, Joseph M. Stewart ’65, and Irving J. Matthews ’70
The Southern University System Foundation (SUSF) honored Southern University alums Irving J. Matthews ’70, Joseph M. Stewart ’65, and Leon E. Valdry ’57, on Friday, May 15, 2015, during a ceremony at the Donald C. Wade House on the campus of Southern University Baton Rouge. Collectively, over the course of the past two years, Matthews, Stewart, and Valdry have made philanthropic contributions to (SUSF) totaling $1.2 million.
The event celebrated the honorees as pillars of leadership and applauded the impact of their personal investments to their alma mater.
On April 24, 2015, James and Betty Brown hosted a donor reception at their home in Pearland, Texas. The reception generated more than $30,000 in philanthropic support for Southern University campuses and departments. James and Betty also presented the Southern University System Foundation with a planned gift, naming the Felton Grandison Clark Endowed Fellowship Fund as its beneficiary.
The Southern University System Foundation recently broke ground to launch the construction of a new urban sport complex located on the Baton Rouge campus. The project will transform the east side of AW Mumford Stadium into JaguarPARK, an attractive addition to the campus that will enhance the SU soccer and football practice fields. JaguarPARK will boast a lighted NCAA regulation soccer game field and football practice field, a soccer field-house, and coaching observation tower, along with javelin and discus runways. The two-phase project is being paid for by private donations, Southern University System Foundation executive director Alfred E. Harrell III, said. (more…)
As a trustee of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Joe Stewart recently directed a $500,000 contribution to the Southern University System Foundation. In recognition of this gift and his long standing commitment to the University, we will recognize Joe for his sizable support toward the advancement of the University’s mission on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Donald Wade House on the Baton Rouge campus of Southern University and A&M College.
The Southern University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic trains future professionals in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology while providing quality care to persons with speech, language and hearing problems. To help enhance it’s services to the Southern University and Greater Baton Rouge communities, the SU System Foundation recently awarded an 1880 Society grant to the on-campus clinic.
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.