May 17, 2013 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Graduation week continues in Baton Rouge this morning with hundreds of students receiving diplomas on the bluff at Southern University.
Southern's commencement ceremonies began at 10:30. The university awarded degrees to 714 graduates this year, and featured Chief Justice Bernice Johnson as its guest speaker. She's... more »
April 24, 2013 5:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- Marvin Stephens is hoping to make a good first impression with recruiters.
"I'm graduating on May 17 of next months and if figure it would be a good way to find a job when i graduate," he says.
He's one of dozens of graduating education majors... more »
April 16, 2013 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - IBM is staking its claim in Baton Rouge by recruiting students from Louisiana universities.
Today, IBM was at Southern University as part of its efforts to hire 800 people over the next four years for the new IBM Services Center in Baton Rouge. The company is... more »
April 16, 2013 12:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University announced this afternoon that head men's basketball coach Roman Banks agreed to a contract extension with the university.
"We have reached an agreement, in principle, to extend the contract of Head Coach Roman Banks as the leader of the Southern Jaguars Men's Basketball team,"... more »
April 16, 2013 10:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Huel D. Perkins, a longtime music professor and educator who authored Southern University's fight song, passed away last night according to a Southern spokesperson.
Perkins graduated from Southern in 1947 and served as a music professor there from 1951 to 1960. He later served as... more »
March 11, 2013 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Southern University discussed ways to increase enrollment and boost graduation rates at The Press Club this afternoon.
Albert Tezeno, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success, told reporters the university is working to increase partnerships with high schools and community colleges, a tactic echoed by Southern students.
... more »
February 28, 2013 10:16 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Human Jukebox will perform today during the installation ceremonies of new Louisiana Supreme Court Judge Bernette Johnson.
The university says the band will march down Royal Street to the steps of the Supreme Court building.
They will perform a trumpet fanfare, the National Anthem... more »
February 26, 2013 5:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Students and community members marched together at Southern University tonight in a show of solidarity against violence in the city.
Southern University's Black History Club, Criminal Justice Club, NCAAP and Student Government Association hosted the "Stop the Violence March."
The march comes one year after... more »
February 25, 2013 9:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Keith Beauchamp is back home in Baton Rouge, at Southern University to talk to students about following their dreams, and fighting racism.
"All these issues are relevant today, and my films encompass the whole spector of the civil rights era, past and current," said Beauchamp, who... more »
February 15, 2013 7:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University System President Ronald Mason spent the bulk of a Thursday faculty meeting fending off charges that he's recklessly negotiated a partnership with an online education service provider that will hurt the university in the long run. Members of Southern's Faculty Senate accused Mason of freezing... more »
February 13, 2013 8:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - After several consecutive years of decreased enrollment, Southern University is making an aggressive push to recruit new students by offering in-state tuition to out-of-state students. The university is reaching out to foreign countries and asking alumni nationwide to sell the school's attributes to prospective enrollees. Southern's enrollment... more »
February 12, 2013 8:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University police have arrested an 18-year-old student accused of raping a female student in her dorm room last September. Jeremy Williams of Baton Rouge faces one charge of forcible rape. According to the arrest warrant, the student arrived in the common area of her dormitory suite... more »
January 4, 2013 2:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Marching Band is headed back to the Super Bowl.
The band, nicknamed the "Human Jukebox," will perform in New Orleans during pre-game activities of Super Bowl XLVII being held Feb. 3 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
This will mark the fourth Super... more »
December 13, 2012 5:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of students from LSU and Southern Univeristy will be walking across the stage Friday to receive their diplomas.
As those students make the walk across stage things are looking good for them on the other side.
In Novermber, the U.S. economy added over 100,000 jobs,... more »
December 12, 2012 8:09 PM
WBRZ Sports 2 has learned Bethune-Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins has removed his name from the Southern University football coaching search.
Dr. Williams Broussard, Southern University's Athletics Director, will go through with his plan of presenting his recommended candidate to the Board of Supervisors Friday.
Three candidates were... more »
December 11, 2012 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Polite Stewart Jr. will graduate from college at the age most students leave high school. At just 18-years-old, Polite will graduate from Southern University with a degree in Physics.
He says, "it doesn't feel any different from graduating from anything else."
But his parents noticed... more »
December 4, 2012 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tuition at four-year universities could go up in Louisiana under a new proposal before the Board of Regents.
If approved, the proposal will give four-year institutions the same power to set tuition like two-year technical and community colleges have, in accordance with the Board of Regents... more »
November 23, 2012 2:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Bridget Dinvaut has been elected chairwoman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors. Dinvaut was elected Friday during the board's meeting in New Orleans. Patrick Bell of Thibodaux was elected vice chairman. Dinvaut is an honors graduate of the Southern University Law Center and an assistant district... more »
November 12, 2012 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - On Veterans Day at Southern University, servicemen and women got a high-flying tribute in the form a balloon release at the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union Courtyard.
"Veterans day, for us, is an opportunity to reflect upon what the military, and the sacrifices they've done, to support... more »
October 25, 2012 7:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Board of Regents has given Southern University permission to drop its master of arts in mass communication degree in a budget-cutting move that provoked the ire of faculty when the idea was first floated months ago.
Karen Denby, regents associate commissioner for academic affairs,... more »
October 13, 2012 9:19 PM
October 12, 2012 10:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Law Center has the most diverse faculty among any law school in the country. That's according to the Princeton Review, an education services company. The Advocate reports the law center is featured in the Princeton Review's 2013 edition of "The Best 168 Law Schools."... more »
September 28, 2012 8:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University in Baton Rouge got approval Thursday from the state's higher education management board to add new academic degree programs.
The Louisiana Board of Regents gave Southern permission to offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in the newly merged mathematics and physics program.
Karen... more »
September 27, 2012 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's colleges limp along after losing nearly half-a-billion dollars in state funding over the past four years, educations officials say Southern University may emerge as the model for how universities restructure themselves going forward. The Advocate reports representatives from the state's four public college systems appeared... more »
September 14, 2012 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University officials announced today that Stump Mitchell is out as the school's head football coach.
Mitchell was reassigned to other administrative duties for the remainder of the season. Defensive coordinator Dawson Odums will handle coaching duties.
Rumors swirled earlier today that some university leaders... more »
August 29, 2012 10:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University canceled all football activities for the remainder of week due to Hurricane Isaac.
However, the Jaguars still plans to fly out to Albuquerque, N. M. on Friday for this weekend's game.
The team is scheduled to take on the New Mexico Lobos Saturday... more »
August 20, 2012 9:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University Police Department celebrated safety on campus with an event for students the first night classes were back in session.
"We are going all out to make sure that they understand that we are here for them. That we are just a phone call... more »
July 26, 2012 10:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say a Southern University police officer accused of pointing a gun at someone three times following an argument earlier this month has resigned. The Advocate reports 29-year-old Randolph Jehucal Harrell was booked July 14 with aggravated assault. According to an arrest warrant, Harrell and the victim... more »
July 13, 2012 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top higher education board has agreed to let Southern University at Shreveport raise tuition by 10 percent this fall, joining nearly every other public college campus in the state. The Board of Regents had refused to approve the increase because officials said Southern's Shreveport campus fell... more »
July 4, 2012 10:59 AM
HOUSTON - Tony Harvey has resigned as Texas Southern University head men's basketball coach, effective immediately.
A TSU statement Tuesday says Harvey "determined that it was in his personal and professional interest to resign to pursue other goals." The resignation was first reported by KRIV-TV of Houston.
TSU... more »
June 28, 2012 7:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination and retaliation case against the Southern University System Board of Supervisors, a board member and a former interim president of the system. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady ruled Wednesday that Joseph Cedric Shelton, Southern's former alumni affairs administrator,... more »
May 18, 2012 6:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Thousands of college students graduated today in Baton Rouge and will soon make the move into the workforce.
Competition is tough with millions of people across the country still looking for work, but some grads already have jobs waiting for them.
Southern University engineering major Fate... more »
May 14, 2012 10:16 AM
BATON ROUGE - An audit of the Southern University System for the fiscal year that ended last June says there is no evidence students at the Southern Law Center and the New Orleans and Shreveport campuses were informed in a timely manner on how to apply for hardship fee waivers.... more »
March 7, 2012 2:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University School of Nursing has been recognized as the "Nursing School of the Year" in Louisiana for 2012. It is second time in the past three years that the nursing school has received the designation.
The award was presented by the Louisiana State Nurses... more »
February 6, 2012 2:17 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - Southern University's dance team known as the "Dancing Dolls" return home tonight from their performance in Sunday night's Super Bowl halftime show. The squad performed with pop music icon Madonna
Madonna discovered the girls after watching a video of one of their performances on the... more »
February 1, 2012 3:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in the Center for Social Research will be observing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
There will be lectures, demonstrations and powerful testimonials at the free event set for Tuesday, February 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Royal... more »
January 29, 2012 11:26 AM
BATON ROUGE -The financial emergency that Southern University declared in October is showing up now as the Baton Rouge university begins to lay off tenured faculty members and staff.
Chancellor James Llorens said Friday that the immediate layoffs include fewer than 10 staff employees and tenured architecture professor John... more »
January 18, 2012 10:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Houston jury found former Southern University Athletic Director Greg LaFleur not guilty of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute.
LaFleur's attorney Jed Silverman said a six-person jury listened to testimony from prosecutors and Greg LaFleur before acquitting LaFleur after deliberating... more »
December 16, 2011 10:35 AM
BATON ROGUE - Southern University's Faculty Senate President says he and other faculty members have raised $9,600 to file an injunction against their own university.
Nearly 75 professors have donated to the cause Sudhir Trivedi said.
Trivedi believes the university illegally declared a financial emergency (or "exigency") in... more »
December 15, 2011 6:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University is considering a reorganization plan that would lead to nearly 90 layoffs.
The proposal also outlines consolidations of the academic colleges and changes to the administrative structure.
As of now, the university does not plan to eliminate any academic programs.
The proposed... more »
December 12, 2011 7:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU and Southern University are expected to add new academic programs to their institutions following the end of the state's two-year suspension on degree creation.
The Advocate reports that the Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a new bachelor's degree in athletic training at LSU.
... more »
November 25, 2011 1:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Members of the Southern University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps took off on foot from the Baton Rouge campus this morning to deliver the Bayou Classic game ball to New Orleans.
Southern takes on Grambling Saturday in the annual rivalry at the Superdome.
Runners with... more »
November 9, 2011 3:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Avery Johnson, a former Southern University basketball star-turned NBA coach, is speaking to students throughout Baton Rouge about making positive choices.
Avery has been working for the organization "Just Say Yes". He explains, "It stands for youth equipped for success.
And we're trying to encourage... more »
November 3, 2011 6:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - Some faculty members at Southern University said the school owes them money. Education professor Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs is missing $1,200 from her checking account that she is owed.
"I was in shock when I saw all of these NSF charges," Jacobs said.
Jacobs isn't alone;... more »
November 3, 2011 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - Some yelled and others applauded as students pelted Southern University Chancellor Dr. James Llorens with questions for an hour and a half at a town-hall style meeting Thursday morning.
"Why has the money been mismanaged all this time," one student asked.
Llorens said the university's... more »
November 3, 2011 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Southern University faculty and students are learning more about the university's financial emergency today.
Faculty members are holding a meeting at this hour to ask questions and give suggestions as the university tries to pull itself out of a financial crisis.
Meanwhile, the school's... more »
October 31, 2011 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Southern University is going tobacco-free January 2. The Board of Supervisors voted Friday in favor of banning all tobacco on every campus in the state, including Baton Rouge's campus.
That means no snuff, no cigarettes, nothing.
Folks who pushed for the ban at SU's Ag Center... more »
October 31, 2011 3:03 PM
Baton Rouge, LA - The 21st Annual Southern University System Radiothon was held over the weekend, raising just over $103,000
"We are extremely pleased with the support that was provided for this year's Radiothon," said Ernie T. Hughes, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement.
We are even more excited because... more »
October 28, 2011 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Board members voted unanimously today to declare a financial emergency at Southern University, which gives administrators the power to make broad cuts to the budget and faculty.
The final count was 14-0 with two board members absent. The declaration lets administrators more easily fire tenured faculty... more »
October 21, 2011 2:57 PM
The Southern University Marching Band, a.k.a. "The Human Jukebox" need your help raising money.
Due to university budget cuts, the band is raising money to help with expenses.
The band will host a fundraiser called "Jag Fest", Saturday October 22, at 6 p.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity... more »
October 17, 2011 5:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- More than a dozen people in Louisiana died last year in train versus car collisions. The state ranks 4th in fatal railroad crossing crashes.
The latest fatal crash happened over the weekend on Scenic Highway north of Thomas Road in Baker.
Thomas Hall, a former Southern... more »
October 14, 2011 3:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- Southern University has named retired police Capt. Ronald L. Stevens as the new chief of police on the Baton Rouge campus.
Chancellor James L. Llorens publicly announced the selection today. He said he made the choice based on a recommendation of a campus search committee and interviews... more »
October 5, 2011 6:16 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Dianne Woods and her family have been tailgating in the same spot between Harding Boulevard and the F.G. Clark Arena on Southern's campus for 18 years. That tradition is nearing the end, and Woods is frustrated.
Five years ago, a traffic officer told Woods she and her... more »
September 18, 2011 2:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department say 21-year-old Maurice C. Francis, of Baton Rouge, is wanted for the murder of 22-year-old Lawrence King, of Baker.
Police say the two men were having an argument at the corner of Scenic Highway and Swan Street when Francis shot... more »
September 18, 2011 9:52 AM
BATON ROUGE- A man died after he was shot yesterday evening near Southern University. The shooting happened in 1100 block of Swan Street.
According to Baton Rouge Police, several officers were working traffic for the Southern University football game when they heard a single gun shot. Police say a... more »
September 16, 2011 2:17 AM
BATON ROUGE- Following a News 2 report on some Southern University faculty members rethinking their signatures on furlough agreements, Chancellor James Llorens issued the following statement:
"The Southern University -Baton Rouge campus faculty agreed to participate in a voluntary furlough plan to help the SUBR campus with its 2011-2012... more »
September 15, 2011 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE-- About 20 Southern University faculty members who signed furlough agreements to keep the university from a financial crisis are rethinking their signatures.
Some say they believed the furlough agreements would only go into effect if 90 percent of faculty signed them. Instead, 60 percent of tenured faculty... more »
September 6, 2011 6:23 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Southern University's Board of Supervisors were split down the middle: six in favor of a financial crisis, and six against it. Four didn't vote, which meant the majority needed to declare a financial crisis failed.
Southern University will not face financial exigency. Instead, deep cuts will spread... more »
September 6, 2011 3:09 PM
The Board of Supervisors at Southern University. have shot down an effort to declare a state of financial emergency.
The Board voted 6-6 after faculty and students spoke out against approving a financial exigency.
Southern's administration had hoped to get 90 percent of the faculty members to agree... more »
September 6, 2011 12:04 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Southern University Faculty Senate leaders spent Tuesday morning in overdrive. They have less than an hour to collect 240 signatures from faculty that would stop a financial crisis.
The Southern University Board of Supervisors meets at 1:00 to vote on whether the University will declare a financial... more »
September 6, 2011 2:44 AM
BATON ROUGE- The Board of Supervisors for the Southern University System are expected to vote today on whether to declare a financial emergency at the system's main campus in Baton Rouge.
A previous vote on the declaration was postponed last week while school leaders tried to broker a compromise... more »
September 2, 2011 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Faculty at Southern University's main campus persuaded the university governing board Friday to again delay a vote on whether to declare a financial emergency for the Baton Rouge school.
Southern leaders say "financial exigency" can be avoided if 90 percent of the 282 permanent professors agree... more »
September 2, 2011 11:17 AM
BATON ROUGE-- A handful of professors signed furlough agreements at Southern University Friday morning, hoping the agreement will keep the university out of financial exigency.
In the agreement, about 20 faculty members volunteered to take up to ten percent unpaid time off over the next two years to save... more »
August 29, 2011 7:02 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Southern faculty failed Monday afternoon to reach an agreement on whether they will agree to furloughs. Now the decision is up to Senate Faculty President Dr. Sudhir Trivedi.
The Board voted down the proposed budget Friday afternoon in Shreveport. In that budget, administrators proposed declaring a financial... more »
August 29, 2011 10:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University professors will meet Monday afternoon to figure out how they will contribute to making the university's ends meet.
The proposed budget was not approved by the Board of Supervisors Friday in Shreveport. It included 10 percent faculty furloughs, something the Faculty Senate voted against... more »
August 24, 2011 6:11 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Southern's University is balanced... almost. First, the university's board will have to approve a financial exigency, or in plainer terms, a financial emergency.
The only way to cut $2 million from faculty salaries is for the faculty to agree to ten percent furloughs or to declare a... more »
August 19, 2011 6:30 AM
BATON ROUGE- A former director of information technologies at Southern University has pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud that cost the school $157,366. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Walt Green tells The Advocate a second defendant, a tenured mechanical engineering professor, remains a fugitive. Scott D. Woodall of Denham... more »
August 18, 2011 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Southern University's Faculty Senate voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a letter sent to them asking for furloughs and more. The University is facing a budget shortfall of 10 million dollars.
If faculty sign the letter, they also agree that they can be terminated at any time without... more »
August 15, 2011 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- Students gearing up for classes at Southern University can register and pay for classes online rather than waiting in line.
The school is now using an online system known as Banner. It's the first semester students have not been required to register in-person.
"Pretty much you... more »
July 22, 2011 6:18 PM
BATON ROUGE-- Furloughs are on the way for everyone at Southern University in Baton Rouge, according to new chancellor Dr. James Llorens.
It's part of an effort to fix the $10 million shortfall in the university's budget. Llorens said over the past two weeks, he's found all but $800,000... more »
July 19, 2011 12:58 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jackson State is the favorite to win its division despite being ineligible to play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.
League coaches picked Jackson State to win the East Division and Grambling State to win the West in balloting released Tuesday at SWAC media day.... more »
June 16, 2011 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University is working with the Corps of Engineers to keep a campus road from falling into a local ravine. Changes in water levels, a close road bank and the direction of the water's flow are causing erosion on the banks of the ravine. If it continues,... more »
June 9, 2011 3:59 PM
HOUSTON - The Southwestern Athletic Conference has voted to ban Jackson State and Southern from competing in the league's 2011 football championship game.
The NCAA already hit both schools with a postseason ban because of low APR scores, which were released last month. But the SWAC football championship did... more »
June 1, 2011 5:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - It's not unusual to find a snake or two on Southern University's campus, but since the Mississippi River has risen and filled nearby ravines campus police say the number of snakes has doubled.
They estimate the number of raccoons is up by 20 percent, foxes by... more »
May 24, 2011 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bad grades has put some sports programs at Southern University on punishment.
The NCAA has banned eight teams at Southern University, including football and men's basketball, from post-season play for one year. And, the football program lost 9 of it's 63 scholarships. The university has been warned... more »
May 24, 2011 1:35 PM
INDIANAPOLIS - Men's college basketball champion Connecticut is one of six BCS schools facing academic penalties from the NCAA and Southern has become the first university to get postseason bans in two sports for poor performance in the classroom.
Southern will be ineligible for postseason tourneys in football and... more »
May 9, 2011 4:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Opponents of a proposal to merge Southern University at New Orleans with the University of New Orleans have lost another bid to stall the consolidation effort.
The House Appropriations Committee backed the merger bill in a 17-4 vote Monday, over criticism that financial questions remain unanswered.... more »
May 5, 2011 11:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - After more than two years with the Mayor Kip Holden's office, Jim Llorens is stepping down after he was selected to be the next chancellor of Southern University.
He sat down with 2une In's Whitney Vann to reflect on his time with the Mayor's office and... more »
April 30, 2011 4:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- Southern University will pay former basketball coach Ron Spivery an undisclosed amount of money for the last year on his contract after firing him last month.
Southern University System president Ronald Mason Jr. said that the figure will be more than $50,000, but less than Spivery's $125,000... more »
April 29, 2011 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE -Southern University's Board of Supervisors voted Dr. James Llorens in as the new chancellor of Southern University Friday morning, but it wasn't without a fight.
President Dr. Ronald Mason told the board he needed more time.
"We want to make sure our impressions from the interviews... more »
April 29, 2011 10:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - Southern University's interim athletic director announced that Freda Allen and Frazier Hall had been chosen as the school's 2011 Athletes of the Year this morning.
Allen, a senior, is a forward for the women's basketball team. She was named SWAC Freshmen of the Year in '07-'08.... more »
April 27, 2011 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Board of Regents cut or consolidates hundreds of degree programs today that weren't producing the minimum number of required graduates.
The board voted to cut 109 programs, consolidate 189, and maintain 107 programs only if they can show improvement. The cuts come from universities across... more »
April 25, 2011 1:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - A state audit raises questions about more than $60,000 in expenses by a former director of the public school run by Southern University in Baton Rouge.
The Legislative audit says Derek Morgan made disbursements from a Southern University Laboratory School account totaling more than $60,000 that... more »