February
11

The Southern University System Foundation has commissioned artist Terrance Osborne to complete an original painting of Scott’s Bluff. The original artwork will be displayed at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy, and limited edition signed and/or numbered prints will be available for purchase. The silkscreen created prints, using archival UV protected inks, measure 18” x 32”.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Terrance Osborne, a native New Orleanian, grew up in the heart of his culturally rich city being inspired by his diverse and colorful social surroundings. Osborne always held an undercurrent interest in art, largely fueled by his mother and his older brother. while in high school, under the guidance of artist Richard Thomas, Osborne was able to paint with the passion and expression that he had been so avid about.

Osborne attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A.) and later graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Xavier University. For the following five years he taught art at Alice Harte Elementary until Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and he relocated his family to Georgia. From then on, with his wife Stephanie running the business end of his art career, Osborne decided to dedicate his time completely to art. After two years in Georgia, he moved his family back to New Orleans and because of his new works, depicting scenes of a colorful New Orleans saturated by Hurricane Katrina imagery, his work quickly became international recognized.

Over the years, Osborne would be been featured in a slew of public media for his vivid and delightfully dynamic works glorifying New Orleans culture. His 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018 Official Jazz & Heritage Festival Posters are a handful of the most collected posters in the world. In 2006, Osborne gained partnerships with Nike to design a poster and the first New Orleans Air Force 1 tennis shoe. Osborne’s partnerships continued over the years with companies like NBA, CocaCola, Heineken and Coup De Fondré winery. In 2017 he officially opened Terrance Osborne Gallery in uptown New Orleans. His gallery remains one of the top galleries in the city. Be it art connoisseur or causal collector, Terrance Osborne’s art continues a delight the eyes cross all divides.

Unsigned and Numbered Limited Edition Prints – $100 – Only 200 Prints Available
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Prints – $200 – Only 200 Prints Available
Numbered Original Sketch Remarque – Limited Edition Prints – $500 – Only 50 Prints Available
Worked Giclees – $3,500 – Only 10 Prints Available
Reworked Giclees – $5,500 – Only 10 Prints Available

February
11

Chevron has donated $1million to the Southern University College of Sciences and Engineering to support the Chevron Scholars program at the University. The program supports students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines who demonstrate knowledge and interest in Chevron and the energy industry.

The contribution was awarded on September 30, 2020 during SU GIVE DAY at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy located on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.

THE CHEVRON WAY

Vision
At the heart of The Chevron way is our vision … to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance.
Enabling Human Progress we develop the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward.

Values
Our company’s foundation is built on our values, which distinguish us and guide our actions to deliver results. we conduct our business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, respecting the law and universal human rights to benefit the communities where we work.

February
11

CareSouth Medical and Dental Health Center of Baton Rouge donated $1.4 million to the Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR) campus.

The five-year commitment will support the CareSouth/SU Employee wellness Clinic, the SU College of Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship, SU Athletic programs, SU Marching Band, and the Valdry Center for Philanthropy.

CareSouth Medical and Dental is a private, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides a comprehensive range of community-based medical, dental, and behavioral health services including primary care, pediatrics, HIV health testing and care, OB/GYN, immunizations, podiatry, chronic disease management, and individual, group, and family therapy. CareSouth also provides wIC services. Services are provided for the insured and the uninsured. Clinics are located in Baton Rouge, Plaquemine, Zachary, and Donaldsonville.
Medical and dental services are also offered at Iberville Charter Academy and South Baton Rouge Charter Academy.

February
11

The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, in partnership with Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Ilera Holistic), became the nation’s first historically Black university (HBCU) to launch its own THC medical cannabis products. The University holds one of two cannabis licenses in the state of Louisiana. The launch of this historic brand, called AYO, comes on the heels of Louisiana’s unprecedented extension in June, 2020, of its own medical marijuana program.

“This is yet another great and historic day for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center,” said Orlando McMeans, chancellor of the Ag Center. “The goal of this program is to provide quality medicine for the citizens of the state of Louisiana through education, research, and outreach, all of which are included in the mission of the Ag Center. The release of AYO, along with our CBD products, will enable us to help patients better manage their medical issues and improve their quality of life.”

The AYO line joins the ALAFIA product brand, a hemp-derived tincture developed by Southern and Ilera. ALAFIA launched on January 25, 2020, in the Louisiana market, making Southern University the first HBCU producer in both cannabis and hemp. ALAFIA was available online nationwide last summer.

“With the launch of both CBD and THC medical marijuana products, Southern continues to set precedents in innovation,” said Ray L. Belton, president of the Southern University System. “In addition to providing healthcare options for Louisiana residents, our valued partner, Ilera, is able to hire local talent. All of this impacts our state’s economy directly while expanding the Southern University brand”, Belton added.

Southern’s medical marijuana program is part of the Ag Center’s Southern Institute for Medicinal Plants, helmed by Janana Snowden, the institute’s director and an assistant professor of agriculture at Southern University Baton Rouge. The institute and Ag Center have long researched plants such as hibiscus in addition to cannabis.

“The very important research we conduct on medicinal plants helps us to address health problems that affect communities,” Snowden said. “Our products derived from medicinal plants offer patients another way to alleviate symptoms. we are proud that we can be part of many potential solutions.”

AYO launched at a time when Louisiana expanded laws to potentially allow more patients to choose medical marijuana for treatment. On June 11, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law ACT No 286, allowing any state-licensed physician to recommend medical marijuana to any of their patients to find relief for any condition.

February
11

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and the Valdry Center for Philanthropy (VCP) at Southern University have partnered to connect TMCF, the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community and its 47 member-schools, including the public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI), with VCP, the only such Center for Philanthropy at a HBCU. The partnership addresses capacity building programs, research initiatives, and HBCU, and PBI-specialized programming.

Partnership services will include postgraduate degree programs (MPA and Executive PhD), a specialized curriculum in philanthropy for undergraduate and graduate students; seminar, certificate, and CTE programs for faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and volunteers; student social entrepreneurship fellowships; knowledge-based research for member institutions; teaching opportunities for faculty and staff; and year-round access to scholars and experts in philanthropy and nonprofit management.

“TMCF is excited to collaborate with the VCP,” said Harry L. williams, president and CEO of TMCF. “we believe that this partnership will yield great results for our students and for the overall Black College community.”

Undergraduate students will be offered a specialized curriculum designed to integrate philanthropic education during their freshmen through senior year instruction, with the idea that giving back is a learned behavior. Seminar and certificate programs for advancement professionals, faculty, administrators, alumni, and volunteers will also be available.

In addition, postgraduate degree (MPA and Executive PhD) programs in public policy and philanthropic studies will be offered through the Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences at SU. The partnership also supports the social entrepreneurship fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students, through the SU Law Center’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

“we are thrilled about the programming and research that this partnership will facilitate with TMCF member institutions, as it seeks to activate new dimensions of philanthropic studies and volunteer services at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Alfred E. Harrell III, CEO, SU System Foundation and the Valdry Center for Philanthropy.

Pictured left to right: Alfred E. Harrell, III, Southern University System Foundation CEO and Harry L. Williams, Thurgood Marshall College Fund President and CEO.

February
11

Raegan Anderson
Classification: Freshman
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
1880 Society/Entergy Scholarship

“Technology is the way of the future, and I want to be a part of that competitive society as much as possible. Southern University makes that possible. There is an underrepresentation of African-American women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics industry, and it is my desire to decrease those numbers.”

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 8,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.

February
11

Ryan West
Classification: Senior
Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

“I have always been a problem solver, and I have always been infatuated with the design and structuring of roads and highways. I chose to major in civil engineering at Southern University because it is the best place to hone my skills. This is my last semester at the University and I’m proud to say that I have accepted a job offer from Entergy upon graduating. Earning a scholarship can change the lives of students, and create more opportunities for future success.”

TMCF Mission:

To ensure student success by promoting educational excellence and preparing the next generation of workforce talent through leadership
development.

February
11

The Southern University Innovation Center’s Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship provides education and support for local social entrepreneurs. The fellowship encourages young entrepreneurs to propose creative initiatives and/or organizations that will be designed to work on issues that are not being adequately addressed by existing nonprofits in the local community. The fellowship provides office space and business start-up support to assist two Southern University Baton Rouge campus student entrepreneurs launching their ventures.

Over a 24-month period, social entrepreneurs will receive training, coaching, mentorship, and various forms of capital support to help shape their ideas and turn them into viable efforts. Fellows will live on campus, attend Valdry Center seminars, take courses, and receive targeted assistance. They will receive a modest stipend in addition to having their living expenses and tuition and fees covered.

The Social Entrepreneur Fellowship provides office space and business start-up support to assist two Southern University Baton Rouge campus student entrepreneurs to develop and launch new ideas at the Innovation Center.

Fellowship Criteria:

Must be a full-time undergraduate SUBR student
Must be a campus resident
Must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
Must be a rising Junior (having completed at least 60 credit
hours and no more than 70 credit hours)

November
10

“Dialogue with Dow,” sponsored by the Southern University (SU) Career Services Center, viewed via Southern University Facebook Live on October 7, opened a discussion for the company to share its views on the importance of inclusion in the workforce. Panelists included Dow leadership, some who are graduates from Southern University who have contributed greatly to the company’s success in recruiting a diverse workforce, especially from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Teenie Raby, operations leader at Dow’s St. Charles operation center was recruited by Dow in 2002.

Tamara Foster-Montgomery, director of the SU Career Services Center, welcomes guests from Dow during opening remarks at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University.

“Southern University has had a connection with Dow since 1973. I was recruited as part of the Chancellor’s Scholarship Program, and I am proud to be a product of that partnership. Dow is a great place for SU graduates to have a place and a future in the industry,” said Raby.

Dow’s partnership with SU aligns with the company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company in the world.

Scott White, senior resonsible care director at Dow said, “This strategic partnership is very important because I belive in racial equality, and I want to do everything that I can to advance it. It’s time to end systemic racism, and I’m glad to be given the platform to do my very best to help make that happen. When we have an upper-level leadership team that looks like a representation of the population, we will be there. We know the great level of talent at SU, and recruiting great students can become a part of that solution.”

Dow’s University Partnership Initiative is a focused investment with strategic university partners, including SU, to develop multi-dimensional relationships to: create inclusive and diverse research environments to accelerate innovation, train a ready workforce for the next generation of chemical industry professionals, hire the best and brightest innovators for the future, advance cutting-edge science with the fresh and leading perspectives, participate in the use of unique, world-class facilities, and drive technology forward in the safest and most sustainable ways.

“We are elated to continue to build upon the existing relationship that Southern University has with Dow. Dow continues to be a proven partner that is dedicated to the institution and our students by providing job opportunities, co-ops, and internships,” said tama Foster-Montgomery, director of the SU Career Services Center.

“Dialogue with Dow” also included a corporate overview, open discussions with SU students, and virtual classroom visits.

Dow Senior Leadership panelists, Pictured left: Stephan Pierre, Project Execution Director; Pictured right: Scott White, Senior Responsible Care Director.

Walmart and Southern

March
5

Executives from Walmart Enterprise traveled from Bentonville, Arkansas and from local Walmart stores and Sam’s clubs, to meet with Southern University (SU) faculty and students to discuss the University’s curriculum alignment with new workforce trends. ”Walmart Day” at SU started with a panel discussion at the newly constructed Valdry Center for Philanthropy (VCP), where Walmart executives met with faculty and senior administrators from the University’s Baton Rouge campus to discuss how current curricula in the areas of business, merchandising, marketing, engineering, science, computer science, and data analytics could better prepare our students for the increasingly changing workforce.

Walmart executives visited 12 classrooms to engage with SU students during the afternoon to discuss career opportunities at the Fortune 1 Company. Walmart also provided the opportunity for SU students to apply for high-demand internships in the United States and provided guidance to SU international students on how to apply for intern and full time positions abroad.

“We were excited to have several of our students joining Walmart and becoming new associates this summer,” said Monique Picou, SU alumnus and senior vice president, Walmart Enterprise.

The visit by Walmart stages a new model for capacity building between corporate America and the University. This model provides a greater opportunity for customization and alignment between corporate segments and University programming.

The SU Office of Career Services, VCP, and the SU System Foundation hosted this event. The newly developed program model will be offered to multiple corporations and organizations throughout the year.
“We are truly excited about our partnership with Walmart. The corporation’s engagement during Walmart Day certainly had an impact on the administration, faculty, staff and students. Walmart executives and team members gave us a first-hand view of their organization’s technology and the skills that our students will need to be successful in the workforce,” said Tamara Foster-Montgomery, director, SU Career Services Center.

For more information about this program, please contact Montgomery at: tamara_montgomery@subr.edu.


Executives from Walmart and Sam’s Club stores:
Top row (left to right) Reggie Wells, Club Manager – Sam’s, Myron Frazier, VP DMM Bakery and Prepared Foods, Sam’s, Tony Rogers, SVP and Chief Member Officer, Sam’s, Jontray Anderson*, Walmart Market Manager, April Legere, Senior Director, People Partner, Sam’s, Maggie Watson, Sam’s Assistant Manager, Donald Roberts*, Sam’s General Merchandise Manager.
Bottom/front row (left to right) Kelvin Coney*, Director, Supply Chain Management, Walmart, Rosalyn
“Roz” Dedeaux, Walmart Store Manager, Lori Furnell, Director of Talent Acquisition, Supply Chain, Wal-mart, Monique Picou*, SVP Flow & Specialty Networks, Walmart, Anjannette ‘Anjie’ Robertson*, Walmart Store Manager, Derrick Edwards, Market Manager, Walmart, Marlon McDonald, Store Manager, Walmart, Gregory Rutherford, Walmart Store Manager, Cordell White, Territory Assets Protection Manager, Sam’s
* Southern University Alumnus