Thursday, April 27

Southern University Land-Grant Campus Judges THRIVE Science Fair

THRIVE Academy Science Fair winners - Warner, Clark, and Ortega pose for a shot

L-r: Ms. Hollins, Dr. Ford and Dr. Mellieon observe student demonstration

Mellieon, Hollins and Ford from the SU Land-Grant Campus judge science fair
Baton Rouge, La - Members of the Southern University Land-Grant Campus were invited to  THRIVE Academy, a residential charter school for at-risk youth, on April 12 to judge the 6th grade science fair. Ms. Kelli Hollins, Extension Associate; Dr. Marlin Ford, Research Associate; and Dr. Harold Mellieon, Director of Livestock Programs, served as judges for 25 students’ completed projects in the areas of Informational, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Weather.
“The 6th graders have been learning the scientific method and how to apply it to research.  I think the communication part was the improvement across the board because they all had to give an oral presentation.” says, Mrs. Christie Monroe, 6th grade science teacher. The science fair was used in two folds. It allowed the students to explore science using their own ideas, and it also allowed them to apply what they have learned all year. The students worked very hard on their projects. Over all it was a great experience.

A garden has been placed on the THRIVE Campus for students to engage in learning activities outside of the classroom. Students are also given ownership of school garden to ensure easy access to fresh produce. The experiences and knowledge gained from this project played a major role in the science fair projects as well.

The project titled, “Using Agriculture as a Fast Track Vehicle for Change through Experiential Learning” has allowed us to collaborate and support THRIVE with many activities. Fast Track was introduced to students as a teaching mechanism which offers agricultural experiences and nutrition education as well as developing interpersonal skills and workforce development skills.
 “We are truly grateful to the SU Ag Center for their constant support of Thrive. We cannot thank you enough!” says Monroe.

The winners of the 2017 Science Fair were: A. Warner, J. Clark, and M. Ortega.
Started in 2011, THRIVE Academy serves to empower students from underserved Baton Rouge communities and prepare them academically and personally for success in college and beyond.

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Wednesday, April 19

SU Land-Grant Campus Shines at Annual Academic Honors Day Awards Program

Honoree Patrice Lazard receives award from SU System President-Chancellor Ray Belton

Patrice Lazard poses with President Belton, left and Land-Grant Campus Chancellor-Dean Bobby R. Phills

Patrice Lazard poses with Chancellor-Dean Phills and Adviser Dr. Patricia Meyinsse
Baton Rouge, La. - Southern University held its Annual Academic Honors Day Awards Program on April 19, 2017 in Baton Rouge. Parents, family, friends, students, faculty and staff were in attendance.

Students who earned a 3.0 GPA or better for the fall and/or spring 2016 semesters were honored. Among this year’s winners was Patrice Lazard, Agricultural Economics major advised by Dr. Patricia Meyinsse. Ms. Lazard won the Chancellor’s Scholar Award and the highest GPA honor in the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

The Southern University Land-Grant Campus comprises of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences. 

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Monday, April 17

Nearly four hundred participants, exhibits attend The Land-Grant Campus 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference


Baton Rouge, La.Nearly four hundred current and potential small business owners, major prime companies, along with federal, state and local government agencies attended the Land-Grant Campus’ 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference.
                                     
The event, which was held in Southern University’s Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on April 11, provides a venue for individuals to learn about the resources that are available through federal, state and local government agencies and prime companies.

This year’s conference featured a procurement panel discussion and several informative sessions on business tax strategies and financial management, employee and performance management, the anatomy of winning bids, the five P’s for more effective marketing, construction law and how to protect yourself, how to obtain and maintain a contractor’s license and transparency: a true story of a millennial business owner.
                                                                                                                                                             
SU alum and retired Lt. General Russel Honoré served as the guest speaker for the conference.

During his speech, Honoré touched on Hurricane Katrina, the Great Flood of 2016, business and family leadership, entrepreneurship, and resilience.

“Going into business should be about solving other peoples’ problems. Using that strategy will result in several streams of income.  You must be prepared to qualify for contracts with the government,” said Honoré. 

“They do not pick people from the street to receive contracts when disaster strikes. In business, doing what has value rather than what is cheap ensures that you will get repeat business from a client. Treat your clients like your patients, connected with a lifeline,” he added.

The procurement conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the Land-Grant Campus; the U. S. Small Business Administration; America’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University; Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Goodwork Network.

Photos from the procurement conference are available here.

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SU Land-Grant Campus to host joint Small Ruminant Field Day

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Baton Rouge, LA – The Southern University Ag Center, and the LSU AgCenter, will host a joint small ruminant field day on April 29 from 8:00 am - 2:30 p.m. at Maurice A. Edmond Livestock Arena, 14600 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA.

The event is free to the public!

Scientists from the SU Ag Center will present information on the newly established Master Small Ruminant Certification Program and share updates on the research they are conducting on small ruminants.

Producers can also participate in a FAMACHA certification course, which is used to treat and control Barber’s Pole worms and other parasites in goats and sheep, for an additional $10.

Small ruminant experts from both the SU and LSU Ag Centers will make presentations on forage management, nutrition and health interaction; distiller grains; infectious and parasitic diseases; small ruminant reproduction and drug use/ off label issues.

Topics of discussion will include: Herd Health and new guidelines; Mobile Technology and Marketing; Alternative Forages; Feed Supplementation; Food Safety, and more.

Demonstrations & Hands-On Activities: Wet Lab (Fecal Egg Count); Goat Meat Product Development & Tasting; Practical Animal Husbandry Techniques; and Soil and Forage sampling.

For information on the SU Ag Center’s Master Small Ruminant Certification Program, contact Dr. Sebhatu Gebrelul at
Sebhatu_Gebrelul@suagcenter.com or at 225.771.3841.

For more information on the field day, contact: Sebhatu Gebrelul (225) 771-3841; sebhatu_gebrelul@suagcenter.com; Renita Marshall (225) 771-0252; Renita_marshall@suagcenter.com
                                                                                                                                                      
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Thursday, April 13

SU Land-Grant Campus’ Urban Forestry Professor Receives Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award, Students Recognized at Conference

Dr. Yadong Qi with her Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award.

Standing from left (front row) are Brittany Benjamin, Asia Rubin, and Patrice Lazard. Standing from left on the second row are student mentors Drs. Zhu Ning, Renita Marshall, Patricia Meyinsse and Chancellor-Dean Bobby R. Phills.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Yadong Qi, Ph.D., received the distinguished Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award for 2017 from the Association of 1890 Research Directors’ (ARD) at its biennial symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, April 1 – 4.  Qi is Interim Department Chair and Director of the Urban Forestry Graduate Program, a professor of Urban Forestry with the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences and a research scientist in the SU Ag Center.

What makes this even more impressive is that she is only the second Southern University scientist to ever receive the award!   The first Southern University recipient was in 1989. Nominees were submitted for selection from the 1890 Institutions and Qi emerged the sole winner of the prestigious award.

The ARD biennial symposium honors one outstanding scientist from the 19 intuitions based on established criteria. The theme of this year’s symposium was “1890 Research: Meeting the 21st Century Challenges Through Innovation.”  

“I feel extremely honored to receive this prestigious award, it is like a dream coming true,” said Qi. “This honor belonging to not only me but the entire Southern University System and The Land-Grant Campus.”

Qi went on to express her appreciation to Dr. Bobby R. Phills, Chancellor-Dean of the Land-Grant Campus, for nominating her for the award and for his visionary leadership to establish the nation’s first urban forestry BS degree program at Southern University 25 years ago.

She also thanked all of her administrators, colleagues, postdoctoral students, visiting scholars, undergraduate and graduate students; long-time collaborators from the USDA Forest Service, the USDA UV-B Monitoring and Research Program at Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, Rutgers University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Maryland, College Park and international partners and the many funding agencies that have supported her research throughout her tenure at Southern University.

Undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster presentation competitions were also held during the symposium. Land-Grant Campus students Brittany Benjamin, Patrice Lazard and Asia Rubin placed in the oral competition. Benjamin, an Urban Forestry graduate student from New Orleans, La., won third in the graduate student category of Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Lazard, an Agricultural Economics undergraduate student from Lawtell, La. won first place in the undergraduate student category of Family, Youth, Community and Economic Development; and Asia Rubin, an Animal Science undergraduate student from Lafayette, La., won third place in the undergraduate student category of Animal Health and Production and Animal Products.

About the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award
The Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award is named in honor of Dr. Richard D. Morrison, President Emeritus, of Alabama A&M University and Congressman Frank E. Evans of Colorado. Dr. Morrison and Mr. Evans provided leadership in seeking research and extension funds for the 1890 Institutions under the Second Morrill Act of 1890.


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Tuesday, April 11

Southern University Land-Grant Campus Hosts Inaugural National ‘Diversity in Wildfire Summit’


SU partners with USDA and the U.S. Forest Service to welcome HBCU students to learn about opportunities in the wildfire industry, April 19-20.

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Land-Grant Campus is hosting its first ‘Diversity in Wildfire Summit’ for agricultural sciences majors from 1890 Land-Grant colleges and universities nationwide to inform them of career options and opportunities in the wildfire industry.

The two-day event will expose students to viable careers in the wildfire sector, from hands-on operations to business administration. They will also have the opportunity to network with representatives from various governmental agencies and gain insight on pertinent wildfire management topics. Attendees will hear from top industry experts to include those in real estate and urban planning, conservation and effects of fire on natural resources.

“Our primary goal at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus is to provide our students with quality education in agriculture through research and by introducing them to opportunities for success during their matriculation as well as after graduation,” says Chancellor-Dean Bobby R. Phills, Ph.D. “We’re excited to expand our reach to students at our sister 1890 Land-Grant institutions through the Diversity in Wildfire Summit.”

Students from over 22 universities will attend the summit including Tennessee State University, the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore and West Virginia State University.

About the Southern University Land-Grant Campus

The Land-Grant Campus of the Southern University and A&M College System embraces a mission consistent with the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and extension/public service. Our Land-Grant role is to educate, train and mentor a cadre of highly skilled students and professionals to prepare them for a highly technological and globalized workforce.

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Thursday, April 6

The Land-Grant Campus is set to hold its 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference


Baton Rouge, La.Hundreds of current and potential small business owners will gather at Southern University’s Smith-Brown Memorial Union on April 11 for the Land-Grant Campus’s 13th Annual ‘Connecting Businesses with Contracts’ Procurement Conference.

The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., will feature a session for millennial business owners and sessions on business tax strategies and financial management, employee and performance management, the anatomy of winning bids, the five P’s for more effective marketing, construction law and how to protect yourself, and how to obtain and maintain a contractor’s license.

The conference provides a venue for potential and existing business owners, contractors, non-profits, small towns, and municipalities to learn about the resources that are available through federal, state and local government agencies and prime companies.
                                                                                                                                                                    Retired Lt. General Russel Honore` will serve as the guest speaker for the conference.

Honore` is a native of Louisiana and graduate of Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture. He is best known for leading the Joint Task Force Katrina, in which he led the Department of Defense’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit to name only a few awards he has received.

General Honore` retired from the United States Army in 2008 with 37 years of service. He currently speaks and consults on Building a Culture of Preparedness.

The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, visit http://crsbd.com/events/. On-site participant registration will be available on the day of the conference.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Rural and Small Business Development at the Land-Grant Campus; the U. S. Small Business Administration; America’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University; Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Goodwork Network.

For more information about the Procurement Conference or to obtain registration forms, contact Eual Hall at 225-771-4105 or via e-mail at eual_hall@suagcenter.com.

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