Wednesday, March 31

Ethnic Awareness Day celebrates Nigeria

Southern University's division of Family and Consumer Sciences at held its 9th Annual Ethnic Awareness Day featuring Nigeria, Africa. The highlights of the day included art, culture, dance, food, and music. 

“Today, I’m going to learn about the culture and try a little bit of everything on the menu,” said Jennifer Nwafulume, a mass communication student, referring to a table behind her covered with different Nigerian dishes. 

The presentation was given by Oscar Udoh, PhD, coordinator for planning and evaluation, SU Ag Center. He was born and raised in Nigeria. 
Other presenters were Anthony Igiede, assistant professor, sociology, and Justin Egbe, research associate, SU Ag Center. 

Heather Williams from the Southern University Center for International Education, spoke on behalf of the dean who was abroad at the time. She spoke about important lessons she has learnt from 

Nigerians in the U.S. One in particular taught her the value of reading. 
Doze Y. Butler, associate dean, division of Family and Consumer Sciences, said “our college is rich in ethnic diversity,” mentioning that students and faculty were ex-posed to the cultures and customs of South America last year. The College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences sponsors Ethnic Awareness Day each year. “The plan is to bring back all past nine countries together next year for the 10th year celebration,” said Butler. 

When asked about the most interesting part of the event, Nwafulume said it was learning about the different cultures and foods from her father’s homeland. She intends to visit Nigeria some day. 

Tuesday, March 30

Timbuktu Blue wins Quiz Bowl

The Southern University Ag Center hosted the 16th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl, February 18. The Quiz Bowl began in the College of Agricultural Family and Consumer Sciences and has been organized each year by Owusu Bandele, professor emeritus, horticulture, SU Ag Center, since the inception of the Center. This year, Timbuktu Blue took first place. All eight participating teams had an opportunity to select from an impressive array of books by African-American authors. 

Friday, March 19

Tune in Sunday

Tune in this Sunday, March 21, to 94.1FM at 6pm to hear about the upcoming Connecting Businesses with Contracts Procurement Conference hosted by the Center for Rural and Small Business Development and U.S. Small Business Administration. The conference begins at 8am on March 23 at the Southern University Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union. 

Market Champions named during 67th Livestock Show

Officials from the Southern University 67th Annual State Livestock Show announced the following grand champions, reserved champions, and buyers of the March 12-13 show:


Grand Champion & LA Bred Champion Market Steer
Dalacey Jackson
Mt. Zion 1st BC
Reserve Champion Market Steer
Henri Carroll
Reserve Champion LA Bred Market Steer
Allante South
Southern University Support Group
Grand Champion Market Hog
Makayla Conner
US Ret. (Army) General Honore
Reserve Champion Market Hog
Brody Hebert
Southern University Support Group
Grand Champion Market Lamb
Blake Shamise
Joe Delpit
Reserve Champion Market Lamb
Kalee Wich
Whole Foods
Grand Champion Market Goat
Hayden  Holtzclaw
Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church
Reserve Champion Market Goat
Sam Balentine
Henley Davidson
View photos from the 67th Annual Livestock Show at

Thursday, March 18

Patrons, CoC coordinator speak out

Paula Jordan, Communities of Color Network Regional Coordinator, speaks out in Lets Be Totally Clear LA video on the impact of second-hand smoke on bar and casino patrons. Visit to see the work of Southern University Ag Center's CoC Network.

Ag Center leaves mark at Special Olympics

The 2010 Winter Special Olympics opened Friday, March 13, to the Southern University Ag Center's Danielle Coleman singing the national anthem to kick off the state's largest athletic competition for people with disabilities. 

Coleman, along with Justine Egbe, assistant researcher, and Kenyetta Nelson-Smith, Ph.D., community and economic development assistant specialist, greeted and encouraged athletes during the opening and closing ceremonies. 

“Special Olympics Louisiana is very fortunate to have Dr. Kenyetta Smith as a volunteer in our organization. For the past few years she has helped with the State Indoor Games event. She originally assisted with the Healthy Athletes program and now serves on the Games Management Team.  Kenyetta focuses on the Opening Ceremonies portion of the games which includes recruiting volunteers, honorary guests and speakers as well as setting up and organizing the parade of athletes. Overall she has done a wonderful job and been very beneficial to our organization,“ said Kevin Collins, Director of Sports and Competition.

This is the second year Nelson-Smith has involved Southern University Ag Center employees in Louisiana Special Olympics.

Monday, March 15

Retired Lt. Gen. Honore visits SU Livestock Show

Retired Army Lt. General Russel Honore stops by the 67th Annual Livestock and Poultry Show, March 13, and purchases the Grand Champion Market Hog from Makayla Conner of Calcasieu Parish.

Claiborne, Natchitoches youth win most showmanship champions

The 67th Annual State Livestock Show
Showmanship Champions

2010 Beef Breeding Division

Category:  Brahman Influence – Heifer
Champion: MacKenzie Scriber, Claiborne Parish
Reserve Champion: Austin McCurry, Claiborne Parish
Category:  Non-Brahman Influence – Heifer
Champion:  Taylor Dobson, Natchitoches Parish
Reserve Champion: Taylor Dobson, Natchitoches Parish
Category:  Brahman Influence – Bull
Champion: Jake LaCaze, Natchitoches Parish
Reserve Champion: Ashlyn Turner, Claiborne Parish
Category:  Non-Brahman Influence – Bull
Champion: Chloe Thompson, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Mitchell Miles, Winn Parish
Category:  Commercial Heifer
Champion: Mitchell Miles, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: Jesse Magee, Jackson Parish
                            Category:  Beef Showmanship
Champion: Megan Hammons, Jackson Parish
Reserve Champion: MacKenzie Scriber, Claiborne Parish

2010 Junior Dairy Division
 Dairy Champion and Showmanship
Eugene Runles, Superintendent
Category: Supreme Champion
Champion: Ann Robinson, Webster Parish
Reserve Champion: Baylse Salley, Sabine Parish

2010 Commercial Dairy Division
Category: Supreme Commercial Champion
Champion: Stefanie Ferguson, Winn Parish
Reserve Champion: Baylse Salley, Sabine Parish                       
          Category:  Dairy Showmanship
Champion: Katherine Rashall, Caddo Parish

2010 Market Goat Division
Goat Showmanship Only 
Mary McMahon, Superintendent

Category:  Goat Showmanship
Champion: Kyle Curtis, Beauregard Parish
Reserve Champion: Hayden Holtzclaw, Webster Parish

2010 Market Lamb Division     
 Lamb Showmanship Only
Terrance Marshall, Superintendent
Category:  Lamb Showmanship
Champion: Maggie Brakeville, Bossier Parish
Reserve Champion: Thomas Bearden, Bossier Parish

2010 Market Hog Division
Swine Showmanship Only
Terry Washington, Superintendent
Category:  Swine Showmanship
Champion: Makayla Conner, Calcasieu Parish
Reserve Champion:Parker Bevel, Caddo Parish

Contact: Livestock Show Programs, Southern University Ag Center, 225-771-2242 

Show dedicated to Turnley, Quebedeaux

This weekend's 67th Annual State Livestock Show was dedicated to former Rep. Richard “Dick” Turnley Jr., a native of Plaquemine, and to the memory of Danny Quebedeaux, an educator, mentor, and teacher in Thibodaux.

Richard “Dick” Turnley Jr.
Turnley became CEO and Treasurer of the Southern Teachers and Parents Federal Credit Union in 1959, the oldest black-owned financial institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1972, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives where he served until 1984 when he was elected to the Louisiana Senate. While in the senate, Mr. Turnley played a key role in organizing the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. His public service was not limited to his immediate area as he served as a volunteer consultant for the World Council of Credit Unions for the South Africa Credit Union Movement, where he was very instrumental in the development of credit unions there. Under Mr. Turnley’s leadership, the Southern University Teachers and Parents Federal Credit Union has supported the Southern University Ag Center's Livestock Show Programs by purchasing the Grand Champions and Reserve Champions. (Eldridge Etienne, assistant manager, Southern University Teachers and Parents Federal Credit Union, accepts recognition)

Danny Quebedeax
Quebedeax spent more than 34 years teaching agriculture and sponsoring the FFA organization and other programs at his school. In his years of teaching, he touched many lives in and out of the classroom. Working with students brought him tremendous joy and that passion was evident throughout his career. Most students, who enrolled in the agricultural program, had no idea what it was about. He prepared junior high students to compete against high school students. His students, in many of the contest, came back home to Thibodaux with championship trophies. He trained these students to be winners and would not accept anything less. (Quebedeax's family accepts recognition)

Friday, March 12

They are here!

Louisiana’s young farmers and ranchers are exhibiting animals this morning at 8am until 7pm at the 67th Annual State Livestock and Poultry Show hosted by the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The two-day competition is happening at the Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Show Arena on Highway 61N in Alsen, LA. Judges will name the state champions in various breeds of beef and dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, lamb, and goats.  The show features animals that have been showcased or have won in parish competitions.

The all-time favorite mini-farm, featuring a variety of small farm animals, will open today at 9 am to 1 pm. Tour guides will discuss different animals, their food sources, farming and how agriculture affects everyone’s lives. The show will also have face painting, food, craft booths, and the Hall of Louisiana Agriculture, for local school groups.

Winners will receive premiums, rosettes, ribbons, and silver platters. An awards presentation for exhibitors of champion market animals in the show will be held Saturday, March 13, at 8 am and will be immediately followed by the Junior Auction Sale at 10:30 am. Prize meats (beef, lamb, pork, and goat) are available for sale.