Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR), March 9, 2017, will
host its 137th Founders' Day with activities commemorating its history, honoring
employees celebrating 10, 20, 30, and 40 years of service, and recognizing Southern
University alumni who are elected officials throughout the state of Louisiana.
This year's observance of the annual recognition is themed, "Southern University: Positively
Impacting the Community, the State, the Nation, and the World."
The public SUBR Founders' Day celebration will begin with a
SU Laboratory School Commemoration at 8:30 a.m.
The Community Prayer Brunch/Founders’ Day Convocation begins
at 10 a.m. in the F. G. Clark
Activity Center, a voter registration drive will be held at the Clark Activity
Center service entrance during the convocation, and a SU
Founders' Day Birthday Party will be held from noon-1 p.m. in Jaguar
Square in front of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.
In keeping with the celebration of Baton Rouge's
Bicentennial, the 2017 Southern University Founders' Day observance is
scheduled as one of the University's events to commemorate the founding of
Baton Rouge. The
city in January celebrated 200 years since its incorporation.
highlight the special SUBR observance, Sharon Weston Broome, the first female
elected mayor-president of Baton Rouge-East Baton Rouge Parish, will serve as
the keynote speaker for a mid-morning combination Community Prayer Brunch and
Founders' Day Convocation in the Felton G. Clark Activity Center.
Prior to becoming mayor, Broome served as a Louisiana State
Representative (District 29) and a Louisiana State Senator (District 15). While
in the legislature, Broome became the first female to hold the leadership
position of pro tempore in the House and Senate.
Over the years, Mayor Broome has been recognized for her
service and leadership by a number of organizations including the Louisiana
Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Health Freedom Coalition, the
American Heart Association, Every Child Matters, Morehouse College - just to
name a few.
She holds a bachelor of arts in mass communication from the
University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse and a master of arts in communications from
Regent University. Broome has served as an adjunct instructor at the Manship
School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Community College, and Southern University. In addition, Broome served for five
years as a reporter for WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge.
"This Founders' Day commemoration is especially meaningful
as we honor the hope and perseverance
early public servants whose brave and historic efforts chartered what was
established 137 years ago in the city of New Orleans -- Southern University.
Their legacy is remembered as we recognize the continuing contributions of many
our officeholders whose education was made possible by our Founders," said Ray
L. Belton, SU System president-chancellor.