Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
“I chose to attend Southern University because of the traditions and values the institution upholds. The University provides opportunities for new beginnings and a brighter future. I would like to thank the many donors and supporters who give to the Southern University System Foundation. I appreciate your generous support and for making this scholarship program possible. I strive to make a positive impact in the lives of others. As a nurse, I can do all this and more. I plan to pursue a master of science in nursing, and become a family nurse practitioner.”
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Raising Cane’s Founder and CEO Todd Graves announced that the Baton Rouge-based restaurant company has agreed to a $1 Million partnership with Southern University. Joined by, Ray L. Belton, Chancellor-President of the Southern University System, Graves made the announcement at a news conference on October 17, 2017.
The agreement includes an endowed academic scholarship, an athletics partnership and a sponsorship of The Southern University Marching Band.
Band members kicked off the news conference and Southern University Marching Band Director Nathan B. Haymer announced that Raising Cane’s is now the “official chicken of The Human Jukebox.” To show their appreciation for the partnership, the Southern University Marching Band spelled C-A-N-E-S during their performance at their final home game of the season against Prairie View A&M University on November 4, 2017.
“We have supported Southern University for years and we are excited to deepen our commitment with this partnership. Southern is a big part of our hometown and many of our customers and crew are affiliated with the university so this was a natural fit for us,” Graves says.
“The support we receive from Raising Cane’s will benefit our students through many facets of their Southern University experience; including academics, band and athletic programs. The partnership undoubtedly will help to advance our mission,” says Al Harrell, Chief Executive Officer, Southern University System Foundation.
Shreveport natives and Southern University (SU) alums Tony and Tina Williams donated $25,000 to Southern University Shreveport (SUSLA) to establish The Williams Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement. The new program, which is part of The Five-Fifths Agenda for America program (FFAA) will start in 2018, and will target underprivileged minority males who are driven and want to eventually achieve a four-year college degree. The donation took place during the 2017 Southern University Alumni Federation Leadership Summit at SUSLA.
“A lot of guys and gals I grew up with didn’t make it out, so we know this agenda is very important. Statistics show it’s important. That’s the reason we want to be a part of it,” said Tony Williams.
The Five-Fifths Agenda for America (FFAA), conceived by former SU System president Ronald Mason Jr., is 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. The initiative also serves to increase the number of black male degree graduates, increase the number of black male teachers or STEM graduates, establish HBCUs as institutional bases for long term systemic change, and to influence the national dialogue on the relationship between black men and America.
“We are certainly grateful for his generous donation that will contribute to the facilitation of the FFAA project on our campus,” said SUSLA Chancellor Rodney A. Ellis. “We also encourage other alumni and friends of the college to consider matching this gift.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.