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SU System shines with nine nominations for HBCU Awards

 Southern University and A&M College System

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813


The Southern University System has nominations in nine categories for the 2016 HBCU Awards. HBCU Digest recently announced the finalists in 28 categories for the sixth installment of the national award ceremony that acknowledges and celebrates achievements at historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. 

The winners will be announced during the annual HBCU Awards Ceremony, July 15, 2016, at the University of the District of Columbia. 

Southern’s nominees include: Best Marching Band, Southern University Human Jukebox; Best Student Organization, SU Law Center (SULC) Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (SULC-NLG); Best Student Newspaper, Southern Digest, Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR); Best Research Center, Southern University - Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Center; Best Social Work Program, Southern University New Orleans (SUNO); National Alumni Association of the Year, Southern University Alumni Federation; Male Athlete of the Year, Devon Gales; Female Faculty Member of the Year, Wanda Spurlock, professor, nursing, SUBR; and Male Faculty Member of the Year, Stephen McGuire, professor, physics, SUBR. 

“We want to recognize and congratulate our outstanding finalists who represent the essence of the SU System. The vast number of SU finalists among a great field of nominees speaks volumes to the quality and dedication exhibited by SU System students, faculty, programs, and alumni,” said SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton. 

Finalists were selected from more than 600 submissions from colleges and individuals around the country, based upon media exposure and impact on institutional progress made during the 2015-16 academic year. 

“The purpose of the awards ceremony is to give our HBCUs an opportunity for national exposure in key areas of campus performance,” said Jarrett L. Carter Sr., founding editor of HBCU Digest

A panel of previous HBCU Award winners, presidents and chancellors, and media members that cover HBCUs, alumni, and students, will select winners. 

Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture, according to Carter. 

The full list of nominees is available at The event will highlight the HBCU Executive Media Training Institute presented by the University of the District of Columbia, July 14 - 16, 2016.

Ticket information and information about National HBCU Media Week and the awards ceremony are available at



MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                       

PRESS CONTACT: PHIL THURSTONMay 17, 2016                                                                                          (cell) 347-683-4105;


WHO:      National Minority Supplier Development Council

WHAT:    Leadership Awards, David Ushery, Master of Ceremonies

WHEN:    Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30 PM. Presentation of awards starts at7:30 PM.

WHERE:   Grand Ballroom, New York Hilton (1335 Avenue of the Americas)

WHY/DETAILS:     The NMSDC will recognize the dynamic corporate executives, minority business owners and affiliate council presidents for outstanding leadership that has a positive impact on their companies and resonates throughout the NMSDC network. David Ushery, co-anchor of NBC 4 New York’s weekday 5:30 newscast, will be Master of Ceremonies. The black-tie gala event at the New York Hilton will include dinner and a ceremony to present the honorees, with the festivities wrapping up at 10 PM. Major companies in attendance include: PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, Hilton, Honda, Ernst & Young, Pfizer, MetLife, Macy’s, Exxon-Mobil, Toyota, and more.

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. To meet the growing need for supplier diversity, NMSDC matches its more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to our network of more than 1,750 corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. NMSDC, a unique and specialized player in the field of minority business enterprise, is proud of its unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.           

According to President Joset Wright-Lacy of NMSDC, “Leadership is not easy to define, but it is an essential element in achieving success and inspiring others to maximize their potential. A leader establishes a vision, sets direction and provides the guidance needed to reach a goal. Leadership is about passion in pursuit of that vision, in service of others, not oneself.”

Coverage is invited; please contact Phil Thurston, NMSDC Publicist, at (cell) 347-683-4105


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