Monday, November 30

Dr. Tiffany Franklin appointed to Governor Edwards Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

 

Dr. Tiffany W. Franklin was recently appointed to Governor John Bel Edwards Advisory Board of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
 

Baton Rouge, La. –  Tiffany W. Franklin, Ph.D., has been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve on his Advisory Board of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Dr. Franklin was initially appointed to serve on the board, which assists in the establishment of juvenile justice policy by providing advice and counsel to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, the Louisiana Legislature, and the Governor on ways to facilitate greater juvenile justice system effectiveness, in 2017. She was reappointed to the board by Governor Edwards on October 30, 2020.

“Being part of this advisory committee puts me in the position to propose effective policy changes to our state’s juvenile justice system, serving all youth, primarily those disproportionately incarcerated,” stated Franklin.

She is also a member of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ), serving in her second year.

Dr. Franklin is the Associate Youth Specialist and Program Leader of  4-H Youth Development at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. In this capacity, she also coordinates programming to develop School Gardens in food desert areas near Southern University, as well as Prison-Based programs serving those incarcerated, along with their families.

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Tuesday, November 24

Dr. Patricia McLean-Meyinsse Receives 2020 Frank Panyko Distinguished Service Award

 

Dr. Patricia McLean-Meyinsse, Professor of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences, has been awarded the 2020 Frank Panyko Distinguished Service Award by the Food Distribution Research Society.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Food Distribution Research Society (FDRS) held its virtual conference on October 13, 2020, where distinguished members of the society are honored for more than 10 years of service, and organizational leadership.  This year Dr. Patricia McLean-Meyinsse, Professor of Agricultural Economics (Southern University College of Agricultural, Family & Consumer Sciences) received the 2020 Frank Panyko Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes FDRS members how have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership within the organization, exhibited exemplary efforts in promoting the FDRS, provided outstanding training and guidance to incoming FDRS leadership, and provided outstanding support in mentoring FDRS members.

“I am exceeding grateful to the Society for recognizing my contributions and those of our graduates and for embracing diversity in the organization,” said Dr. Meyinsse. “I am also very proud of the fact that I am the first female from an 1890 institution and one of five women to receive this prestigious award since its inception in 1996.”

Since the mid-’90s, Dr. Meyinsse has served in many capacities for the Food Distribution Research Society and currently serves on the Editorial Review Board. She has been instrumental in recruiting many colleagues at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions to joining the society. FDRS essentially provides a forum for agricultural economists, nutritionists, and food scientists at 1890 institutions to present and publish their research results, to reach a global audience, to interact with practitioners in the United States, and to broaden understanding of some of the real-world issues facing food producers and distributors.

“Dr. Patricia, I know a lot of fine individuals that came through Southern University and you appear to be the connecting dot,” said VP of Logistics and Outreach, Dr. Ronald L. Rainey. “I just want to commend you for all of your support over the years and applaud with you your commitment over the years. You have been a shining light to a number of faculty and the honor is well deserved.”

Dr. Meyinsse stated that her only regret is that the pandemic prevented her from receiving the award in person.

She earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Economics from The University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Meyinsse also earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

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Friday, November 13

SU Ag Center’s Family & Human Development Unit goes Live to Reach Families

 

SU Ag Center Family and Consumer Sciences Parent Educator, Aryn Broussard discusses activities that stimulate development in children during a Facebook Live on October 9.

Baton Rouge, La. – Several months into the pandemic, Louisiana reported the highest number per capita of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country. To assist families within the state, the Southern University Ag Center’s Family and Human Development Unit provided individuals and families with information on “Maintaining Social Ties during the Coronavirus Quarantine." This information was presented to families in churches and organizations in the communities served by the Unit.

 

During this time of social distancing, the Unit utilized Facebook to expand its reach to families. Through this platform, the Unit held Facebook Lives on the topics of Communicating Good Health Practices, Reducing Sodium in your Diet, Budgeting, and Activities that Stimulate Sensory Development in Children.

 

Recently, families throughout Louisiana have endured the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricanes Delta and Laura. To educate the community, the Family and Human Development Unit shared hurricane preparedness tips from the Southern University Ag Center, Louisiana Department of Health, and Healthy Baton Rouge, as well as information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the proper way to wear and remove face masks.

 

The SU Ag Center’s Family and Human Development Unit provides research-based programs that address parenting, childcare, family economic stability, consumer education, and stress. Programs in this area work to strengthen the capacity of families to nurture, support, and guide their members throughout their lives. Programs managed within the Unit include Parents Preparing for Success, Full Circle of Parenting, Child Care, Family Resource Management, Second Chance 2 Recover, and Emergency Preparedness.

 

 

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Thursday, November 12

SU Ag Center set to host Virtual Fall Garden Workshop

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center will hold its virtual Fall Garden Workshop from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Monday, November 23 via Zoom and YouTube.

The workshop will highlight Urban/Community, Organic and Small Vegetable Farms, discuss harvesting techniques, Fall Vegetable Selections, and Garden Designing.

The virtual event is free and open to the public. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2JBN7wx.

For nine years, the SU Ag Center has held a Fall Garden Workshop to provide teachers, community garden coordinators, backyard gardens, and individuals interested in gardening with information on how to prepare their gardens for the Fall season.

The Ag Center and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program are co-sponsoring this event.

For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s Virtual Fall Garden Workshop, email Zanetta Augustine at zanetta_augustine@suagcenter.com.

 

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Wednesday, November 11

Join the SU Ag Center on Nov. 19 for the Great American Smokeout Day

 

Great American Smokeout Day
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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Communities of Color Network (CoC) will host a Facebook Live at 11 a.m. on Nov. 19 in observance of Great American Smokeout Day.

 

The virtual event will provide individuals with educational tips and resources to help them successfully quit smoking.

 

“The Great American Smokeout Day was established by the American Cancer Society in excess of 40 years ago to highlight one single day to encourage individuals to quit smoking or to make a plan to quit,” said Linda Early Brown, Director of the Communities of Color Network. “While most individuals are aware of the negative impact of tobacco usage, this day serves as a reminder to jumpstart making healthier choices.  More than ever, during these unprecedented times, an opportunity to improve your health would be most beneficial,” added Brown.  

The Great American Smokeout Day is observed on the third Thursday of November every year.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 32.4 million American adults still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.

 

“Join the Communities of Color Network at the Southern University Ag Center by quitting, setting a date to quit, or help influence others to be mindful of the importance of Great American Smokeout Day,” urged Brown.

 

The live stream will air on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page.

 

For additional information about the SU Ag Center’s Communities of Color Network, email linda_brown@suagcenter.com or visit https://www.suagcenter.com/page/communities-of-color-network.

 

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Friday, November 6

SU Ag Center set to hold a free Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

 

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Flyer.

Baton Rouge, La. – SU Ag Center will host a virtual Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course from November 16 - November 19, 2020. 

This course is ideal for fruit and vegetable growers and individuals interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires, ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’  

Course participants must be present for the entirety of the four-day course and have equipment with audiovisual capabilities (microphone and camera) to allow for class participation. 

The training is free, but registration is required and seating is limited. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3mXE8nW.

Registration will close on November 6.

The training is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, the Southern Center for Training, Education, Extension, Outreach and Technical Assistance to Enhance Produce Safety, the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, and the LSU AgCenter.

For additional information or questions, contact Chelsea Triche at chelsea_triche@suagcenter.com or Allison Dumas at adumas@ldaf.state.la.us.  

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Monday, November 2

Brunetta Gamble-Dillard named Vice Chancellor for Finance at SU Ag Center

 

Brunetta Gamble-Dillard has been named the Vice Chancellor for Finance at the SU Ag Center.

Baton Rouge, La. – Brunetta Gamble-Dillard has been appointed the Vice Chancellor for Finance at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Dillard has more than 21 years of higher education experience working with grant management, financial planning, policies and procedures, human resources and federal, state, and local fiscal matters.

As the Vice Chancellor for Finance, Dillard will provide oversight to the SU Ag Center’s Finance Unit and be responsible for managing the Center’s accounting and external reporting functions as well as establishing and managing the implementation of policies and procedures for the Unit.

Prior to joining the Ag Center, Dillard served as the Associate Vice President for Business and Finance and the Interim Executive Director at West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation.

She also served as an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation and a Business Manager for NGK Spark Plug Manufacturing (USA) Inc.

Dillard is a member of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia State College and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Thursday, October 29

SU Ag Center & community partners to hold Hurricane Relief Distribution in Lake Charles

 

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Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center, its partner Ilera Holistic Healthcare, along with Medicis Pharmacy, Good360, Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, and the Louisiana Home & Foreign Missions Baptist Convention (LHFMBSC) Health Awareness Team (HAT) will hold a Hurricane Relief Distribution in Lake Charles, La.

 

The event will be held on Friday, October 30 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, 1401 Moeling Street.

 

Participants will receive free blood pressure screenings and health information along with a relief package which will include shampoo and conditioner, sanitary wipes, active apparel, hand sanitizer, diapers, deodorant, toothbrushes, children’s activity kits, CBD bath bombs, and storage containers. The relief package will be distributed while supplies last.

 

 

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Wednesday, October 21

SU Department of Urban Forestry hosts Virtual Administration & Park Management Training for students




Training will provide career readiness information to students

 

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources will host a virtual administration and park management training from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Oct. 21.

The training, which is a part of the Department’s Career Readiness Virtual Training Project, will be held via Zoom and will cover the topics of Urban Forestry Program Administration at the governmental level and at nonprofit organizations, as well as information on Park Management and Administration.

College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) alums Beattra Wilson, Lionel Bradford and Dr. RaHarold D. Lawson will serve as speakers during the training.

Wilson is the Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry and national lead for Urban and Community Forestry at the USDA Forest Service in Washington, D.C. She oversees program policy, budget, partnership development and strategic delivery of national, regional and state urban and community forestry programs. Wilson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.

Bradford is the President and Executive Director of The Greening of Detroit, a non-profit organization devoted to creating sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, healthy living, education, training, and job opportunities. He oversees strategic planning, program development and management, staff supervision, grant writing and acquisition, and management of the organization’s $3 million budget. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors at Wayne State (CURES at WSU) and The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Technical University. Bradford earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University.

Dr. Lawson is the Director of Park Operations for the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC).  He provides leadership in carrying out the mission of park operations, which is to efficiently and constantly maintain and provide exceptional parks and open spaces that are safe, functional, and esthetically pleasing.  He is responsible for over 180 parks located through the East Baton Rouge Parish landscape, including conservation lands, recreational grounds, sports fields, neighborhood parks, and BREC’s crown jewel, Community Parks.  Dr. Lawson is also tasked with the functional operation of the $13 million park operations budget.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry in 1999, a Master of Science Urban Forestry in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Urban Forestry in 2018, all from Southern University.

To participate in the training use Zoom Meeting ID: 895 6658 8241 with passcode: 6DMUT8.

 2020 Career Readiness Virtual Training Project

The “Career Readiness through Urban Forest Management and Leadership Skill Training” project is funded by the USDA Forest Service. The project is led by Dr. Zhu Ning, Department Chair of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources and Dr. Renita Marshall, Vice Chancellor/Associate Dean of the CAFCS. The project team members are Beattra Wilson, Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry and national lead for Urban and Community Forestry at USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC.; Dr. RaHarold Lawson, Director of Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC) and Dr. Brian Watkins, Assistant Director of Park Operations for BREC.

For additional information about the Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Career Readiness Virtual Training Project, contact Dr. Ning at zhu_ning@subr.edu.

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Tuesday, October 20

SU Ag Center to hold a ‘Virtual Livestock Experience’ due to COVID-19

 

SU Ag Center's statement regarding its 2021 Livestock Show.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center has released the following statement regarding its 2021 Livestock and Poultry Show.

Upon the recommendation of the administration, the Southern University Ag Center will host a Virtual Livestock Experience for 2021 instead of the traditional Livestock and Poultry Show.  Animals will not be a requirement to participate in this upcoming event.  To keep our exhibitors, supporters, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, this Virtual Experience is the best way to accomplish this goal.  We appreciate your willingness and cooperation with this matter and look forward to sharing more information soon. 

We hope that as we overcome this global pandemic, we will all be together in person celebrating our 79th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show in 2022. 

Participants are encouraged to visit the SU Ag Center’s Livestock Show page for up-to-date information about the virtual event.

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Tuesday, October 13

Join Chancellor- Dean Dr. Orlando F. McMeans during the Louisiana Land-Grant Coffee Chat

 

Join Chancellor-Dean Dr. Orlando McMeans during the  Louisiana Land-Grant Coffee Chat. The coffee chat will be the concluding event during the CAFCS Virtual Ag Career Prep Week.

 

Baton Rouge, La. – SU Ag Center Chancellor and Dean of the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) Dr. Orlando F. McMeans is inviting all Agricultural students, faculty, staff, alumni and prospective students to join him during the Louisiana Land-Grant Coffee Chat at 9 a.m. on Oct. 16.

 

The Coffee Chat will be the concluding event during the Virtual Louisiana Land-Grant Ag Career Prep Week, which is co-hosted by the CAFCS and the LSU College of Agriculture.

 

Dr. Philip H. Elzer, Executive Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Department Head of Animal Sciences at LSU, will serve as a panelist along with Dr. McMeans.

 

The virtual Louisiana Land-Grant Ag Career Prep Week will be held October 13-16, 2020 and will provide the agricultural students from the state’s two Land-Grant Institutions with an opportunity to gain professional development skills and network with potential employers.

 

The week will also include a Virtual Agriculture Career Fair, Roundtable discussions on Ag Careers and a Virtual Speed Networking Social.

 

To register for the Coffee Chat or other events occurring during the Virtual Louisiana Land-Grant Ag Prep Week visit, https://bit.ly/3iUJ5Mu.

 

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SU Ag Center continues its Virtual Training Sessions on the Dangers of Tobacco Use

 

The Communities of Color Network will extend its 'Conversation with Communities of Color Network...Tobacco and You' Facebook Live Series until December
The Communities of Color Network will extend its 'Conversation with Communities of Color Network...Tobacco and You' Facebook Live Series until December.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Communities of Color Network will continue its Facebook Live Series, ‘Conversation with Communities of Color Network…Tobacco and You.’

 

The goal of the series is to explain the effects of tobacco use on the body as well as provide tips to help individuals kick the habit.  The live streams will be broadcasted on the Southern University Ag Center’s Facebook page at 11 a.m. on the following dates:

 

·       Oct. 13            Are Toes Really Necessary?

·       Oct. 15            Beauty Mark! Smoking Is Not That Pretty!

·       Oct. 20            Cost of Tobacco!

·       Oct. 22            Recovery, It Can Happen!

·       Oct. 27            Don’t Trash Your Smile!

·       Oct. 29            Recipe for a Cigarette!

·       Nov. 3             How Your Tobacco Use Impacts Those Around Them!

·       Nov. 5             Trust, What?

·       Nov. 10           Fire in Your Bones!

·       Nov. 12           Black Lungs Matter!

·       Nov. 17           Components Added to Tobacco!

·       Nov. 19           But, There’s No Smoke!

·       Nov. 24           Coughing and Don’t Have a Cold!

·       Dec. 1              Types of Tobacco Products

·       Dec. 3              We Have Come a Long Way, But Still Have Far to Go!

·       Dec. 8              How Do I Stop the Cravings?

·       Dec. 10            How Do you Like Your Air?

·       Dec. 15            Too High to Smoke!

 

The Communities of Color Network provides support and technical assistance to African-American communities to ensure they are well-informed about the dangers of tobacco, and understand how to protect themselves from unhealthy exposure.

 

Its mission is to eliminate health inequalities caused by or related to tobacco use among Louisiana communities of color by building coalitions, increasing awareness of the dangers of tobacco, and reducing tobacco consumption and secondhand smoke exposure.

 

For additional information about the Communities of Color Network or to find a representative in a region near you, email linda_brown@suagcenter.com.

 

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