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Southern University Marks Founders’ Month with Diverse Lineup of Events

Baton Rouge, La. — Southern University, a historic institution in Louisiana, is set to commemorate its 144th anniversary throughout the month of March with a series of events and celebrations.

The university's Founders' Month, themed "Honoring our Legacy — Living our Mission," will feature an array of activities aimed at recognizing academic achievements, fostering community engagement, and celebrating the university's enduring legacy.

Among the highlights is the annual Founders’ Day Convocation, scheduled for Thursday, March 7, at 10 a.m. in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Dr. Russell J. Ledet is slated to deliver the convocation address.

The schedule of events for Founders’ Month includes:

  • Founders Day Exhibit: Running from March 1 to March 31 at the John B. Cade Library, offering a retrospective glimpse into the university's rich history.

  • SU Agricultural Research and Extension Center 81st Annual Livestock & Poultry Show: Taking place on March 2 at 14600 Scenic Hwy., showcasing the university's commitment to agricultural innovation.

  • Yoga on the Yard Sunset Edition: Scheduled for March 5 at The Bluff, providing a serene outdoor wellness experience for participants.

  • What the Hemp? Professional Development Webinar: Set for March 5, this online event will explore the burgeoning hemp industry.

  • Cafe LaCumba Opens: Launching on March 6 at Pinkie Thrift Hall – Room 161, offering a new culinary experience for the university community.

  • Window into Practice: A Fireside Chat with Two Foundation Leaders: Taking place on March 6 at 598 Harding Blvd., providing insights into philanthropic initiatives.

  • SU Lab School Pilgrimage to Clarks’ Gravesites: Scheduled for March 7, honoring the founders of the university.

  • Founders’ Day Convocation and Student Awards: Set for March 7 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center, recognizing academic excellence among students.

  • Panel Discussion: Black Creole History in Louisiana: Taking place on March 7 at the T.T. Allain Hall Auditorium, exploring the cultural heritage of the region.

  • SU Together: Move More, Eat Better: Happening on March 7 at Pinkie Thrift Hall Teaching Lab, Room 157, promoting health and wellness initiatives.

  • Southern University Alumni Federation: Gathering on March 7 at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy, fostering connections among alumni.

  • Sports Agent and Career Bootcamp: Scheduled for March 8-9 at the SU Law Center, offering valuable insights into sports industry careers.

  • Untie the Ribbons: Impact of Obesity on Breast and Colorectal Cancer in African-Americans: Taking place on March 9, addressing critical health disparities.

  • Garden Talks with a Professional: Smothered Okra: Set for March 18, offering gardening enthusiasts insights into cultivating this traditional Southern dish.

  • SU Employee Service Awards 2024: Scheduled for March 21, honoring the dedication and commitment of university staff.

  • Centered on Mental Health Virtual Seminar: Happening on March 21, addressing important mental health issues facing the community.

  • SU Athletics Jag-a-Thon Fundraiser: Set for March 22, supporting the university's athletic programs.

  • Second Annual Henrietta Lacks Symposium Cultural Reality: Taking place on March 22-23 at the Southern University Museum of Art Cultural and Heritage Center, exploring cultural and scientific themes.

  • SU Leading Ladies Luncheon: Scheduled for March 24, celebrating the contributions of women in leadership roles.

  • John B. Cade Library Patent and Trademark Resource Center Grand Opening and Panel: Set for March 27, highlighting innovation and intellectual property.

  • Cade Conversations: Women who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Happening on March 28, promoting dialogue on important social issues.

Through this diverse lineup of events, Southern University aims to honor its legacy while engaging the community in meaningful dialogue and celebration.

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