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SUS Founders' Day events, March 9 - Friday, March 9, 2012
The Southern University System continues to observe its annual Founders' Day to commemorate 132 years of providing educational opportunities to students from across the globe. The theme for the 2012 commemoration is "Renaissance Southern University: Strengthening Our Gift of a Strong Foundation."

The University was founded in New Orleans in 1880 and relocated to Baton Rouge in 1914.

SU Law Center Founders' Day Exhibit

As part of the Southern University's 132nd Founders' Day celebration, the Southern University Law Center is hosting an exhibit on the first floor of A. A. Lenoir Hall.

The focus of the exhibit is the law school's founding faculty, A. A. Lenoir (who was also the first dean); Vanue B. Lacour; Edward L. Patterson; and Thomas S. E. Brown. The exhibit, which will run through Wednesday, March 14, also will highlight the first librarian and the first students. Posters, archival photographs, articles, video materials, and other artifacts will capture the spirit of the founding of the Law Center. Please join us as we pay tribute to these men and women who helped build Southern University into what it is today.

Founders' Day Charity Basketball Game

The SUBR Student Government Association has partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor the SU Founders' Day Charity Basketball Game on Friday, March 9 at noon in Seymour Gymnasium. The SGA seeks teams comprised of administration, faculty, and staff members. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Dontrail Dobison at, or 225.771.2585 to sign up. Admission is $2 or a non-perishable food item.

Alumni Federation 6th Annual Founders Day Gala

The Southern University Alumni Federation will host its 6th Annual Founders Day Gala, on Friday, March 9. To celebrate this milestone, the Federation will honor four outstanding alumni, and six organizations that support the University.

The gala event will begin with a wine reception at 6:30 p.m. with presentations following at 7:30 p.m. in the Royal Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union, Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.

The Alumni Federation's Founders Day Gala is an annual event that honors alumni and supporters who have been instrumental fulfilling the mission of Southern University. Begun in 2007, the gala also is a fundraising project that draws support and participation from alumni and friends across Louisiana and America. The proceeds benefit scholarships and alumni programs.

The 2012 honorees include:


Attorney Cleo Fields, former U.S. congressman and former state legislator
Dilcie Green, leader in alumni grassroots support
Louis Henry Jr., alumnus and owner of Franchise Food Systems of Minnesota
Irving Matthews, alumnus and owner of Prestige Ford of Florida


Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus
Quarterback Club
Sixth Man Club
SU Baseball Boosters Club
Blue and Gold Century Club
A Nation Of Dominance (ANOD)

Table sponsorships are available for $750 and include a table for 10 guests and recognition in the event program. Individual tickets are $75. Additional sponsorships opportunities are available. The attire is semi-formal.

The Southern University Alumni Federation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the goals and objectives of the University through financial support, recruitment, advocacy, public relations, community outreach, talent loyalty, dedication, and commitment to the highest standards. The Federation this year celebrates its 65th anniversary of service and support to the University.

Past Alumni Federation Founders' Day Gala honorees:

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, former Louisiana Governor
Lt. General Russel Honoré, retired U.S. Army General

Dolores Richard Spikes, Ph.D., SU System President emeritus
Bishop Joseph Walker, Alumnus and pastor of the10,000 plus-member Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, Tennessee

United States Senator Mary Landrieu
Leon Valdry, alumnus and businessman
Warren Valdry, Ph.D., Alum and civic leader

The late Emmett Bashful, Ph.D., alumnus and founding chancellor Southern University, New Orleans
Elton C. Harrison, Ph.D., alumnus and longtime Southern University academic administrator
W. L. Johnson, alumnus and leader in grassroots alumni support

Henry Baptiste, alumnus and longtime SU football network radio announcer
Pete Richardson, former SU head football coach
Joseph Stewart, alumnus and former Kellogg’s Corporation vice president
Jacqui Vines, Cox Communications senior VP and general manager
Tolor E. White, alumnus and longtime University finance administrator
Aeneas Williams, alumnus and former National Football League player