SU Board welcomes new member, recognizes achievements

Southern University alumnus John Barthelemy Jr. of Braithwaite, was sworn in as a member of the Southern University System Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting on the Baton Rouge campus, May 12, 2017.

Governor John Bel Edwards appointed Barthelemy April 28 for a term expiring December 31, 2022. He represents the First Congressional District, as required by statute.

Currently Plaquemines Parish Council chairman, Barthelemy is a former educator for 42 years who has served as a principal, supervisor, and school superintendent. He received a bachelor of arts in health, physical, and safety education, and a master of education + 30 from Southern University.

He is a lifetime member of the Pointe-a-la-Hache Volunteer Fireman’s Association and the SU Alumni Federation. Barthelemy was president of the Literary Rally Association of Greater New Orleans and director of the East Bank Football Recreation Program.

"I am honored to be here to be a part of this distinguished Board who will continue to provide leadership to young minds who will guide us in the future," said Barthelemy.

The 16-member Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College is vested with the responsibility for the management and supervision of the institutions of higher education, statewide agricultural programs, and other programs which comprise the Southern University System. Members serve six-year terms appointed by the governor.

Also at the May 12 meeting, the Board recognized the May "Above and Beyond" award recipient, SULC students who won a mock trial competition, the SUNO Championship track team, the SU Lab School Choir, and honored a long-time SU dean and chemistry professor.

Pictured (left-right): SU System President-Chancellor Ray Belton, SU Board of Supervisors Chair Ann A. Smith, June 2017 "Above and Beyond” Award recipient Curtis V. Chisley, and SU Ag Center Chancellor Bobby R. Phills. Curtis V. Chisley, SU Ag Center research associate was recognized as the "Above and Beyond" Award recipient for May 2017.

Chisley was nominated by Calvin Reuben Walker, chairman of the Department of Agricultural Sciences and SU Ag Center vice chancellor for research.

"He is assigned to the Organic Swine Farm, yet he helps out in many other facets of the SU Land-grant Campus. He wears many hats beyond his title of research associate. He is one of our top recruiters in the Department of Agricultural Sciences," said Walker.

According to Walker, the May 2017 Above and Beyond Award winner was part of a team that won the 2015-16 USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Award for Innovative Projects and Programs. He is affiliated with five active grants/projects totaling in excess $1,000,000. He is a co-author on at least 14 publications and conducted several international meat science workshops.

Chisely earned a B.S. degree in animal science from SU in 1974 and worked at the USDA and Agricultural Marketing for 27.5 years. At SU he manages three agricultural units (Meat Lab, Swine, and Poultry Farms). He led the effort in the development of a National FFA Meat Identification CD-ROM that is sold nationwide and has generated more than $20,000 for the Ag Center.

The Southern University New Orleans Track Team was recognized for its success at the 2017 Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee in March. The Team also performed well at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship in New Orleans last month.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, SULC students Jordan Franklin, Kywonna Drake, Damien Watt, and Tara Melancon claimed first place in the 2017 Intra-State Mock Trial Competition hosted by the Louisiana State Bar Association. The event was held at the LSU Law Center. Participating schools also included the LSU Law Center, the Mississippi College Law School, and the Tulane Law School.

Franklin, who served as SULC Student Bar Association president, also was the student member on the SU Board of Supervisors, 2016-17.

The Southern University Laboratory School Concert Band participated in the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Southwest Regional High School Instrumental Large Ensemble Performance Assessment, April 25 and 26, 2017. The SU Lab Concert Band, under the direction of Safiyy Abdel-Raoof, participated in the Instrumental Large Ensemble Performance Assessment. The students received an excellent rating on stage performance and a superior rating in sight-reading.

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