Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.


This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. Lisa Mims-Devezin, Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)

Dr. Lisa Mims-Devezin, Chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), has more than 20 years of experience in higher education.

Before being named Chancellor in 2016, she was the dean of SUNO’s College of Arts and Sciences. She served as the college’ associate dean for eight years. A SUNO alumna and professor of Biology, Dr. Mims-Devezin earner her Ph.D. in Science and Math Education in 2004. She decided to devote her career to education because of her love for teaching and attributes her success to hard work, dedication, commitment to excellence and a passion for her profession.

Dr. Mims-Devezin has served as the state articulation officer through the Louisiana Board of Regents for more than 20 years and is a member of the General Education Committee. She has assisted with the implementation of transfer degree policies and articulation agreements between SUNO and state institutions and has served as a mentor to numerous students and faculty over the years. Many of those students have completed graduate and professional schools or are currently enrolled in graduate programs.

In 2008, Dr. Mims-Devezin was inducted into the Cambridge Who’s Who Executive, Professional and Entrepreneurial Registry for showing dedication, leadership, and excellence in all aspect of higher education. In 2009, she received the Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Faculty Award. She also has been awarded numerous accolades and Certificates of Appreciation for successfully assisting the institution with SACS reaffirmation without recommendations, serving on the advisory board of the Honore’ Center, being a pioneer in online teaching and learning and, most importantly, writing the proposal for the Health Information Management Systems Program, which was accredited in 2013.

Dr. Mims-Devezin is affiliated with numerous organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Institute of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, American Society for Microbiology, Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. She is a past recipient of the university’s Most Outstanding Grant Writer Award, Most Funded Proposals, College of Science’s Mentor of the Year Award and the Award for Teaching Excellence.

A native of Long Beach, CA, Dr. Mims-Devezin and her husband, Jerome J. Devezin Jr., have one son, Joshua Jerome Devezin

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About Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)

Founded as a branch unit of Southern University and A&M College. On September 21, 1959, SUNO opened its doors on a 17-acre site located in historic Pontchartrain Park, a subdivision of primarily African American single-family residents in eastern New Orleans. Established as an open community of learners, classes began with 158 freshman, one building and a motivated faculty of 15. The University offered 10 courses in four academic disciplines: Humanities, Science, Social Science and Commerce. Today, SUNO’s mission is to be one of the American’s premier institutions of higher learning and to graduate students ready to contribute to the city and nation. For more information, visit www.suno.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

NEW ORLEANS –The Bayou Classic returns to New Orleans for its 45th year with its series of fan and family-friendly events throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Each year, this weekend of events brings together family, friends and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to see one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries and celebrate football, family and the traditions surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

“What we want everyone to hear as we go into this week-long schedule of events is – ONE ROAR.  We welcome fans, families, alumni and visitors to experience the best of the classics at this year’s 45th anniversary celebration of the Number One HBCU Classic in the nation,” says Dottie Belletto, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI), the management firm of the Bayou Classic.

HIGHLIGHTS IN 2018

SWAC West divisional champion: Alcorn State, Jackson State, Grambling State, and Southern University are the four remaining teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference still eligible to win a league championship and secure a spot in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 15. Grambling (6-4, 4-2 SWAC) will face Southern (6-3, 5-1 SWAC) in a contest that will declare the SWAC West divisional champion. The winner of this year’s Bayou Classic will advance to the SWAC championship game to be played December 1 on the campus of the SWAC institution with the highest ranking.

Celebrity Guest JB Smoove: Comedian and actor J.B. Smoove will be in attendance at this year’s Bayou Classic. Smoove is an American actor, writer, comedian, and voice actor. Starting his career off with the television series Def Comedy Jam in 1995, he is best known for his role as Leon on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also starred on the CBS sitcom The Millers.  He most recently portrayed a fictionalized version of himself on the BET improv-comedy reality television parody Real Husbands of Hollywood. Smoove will be part of many events throughout the weekend including doing a comedy skit at the Bayou Classic Greek Show & Battle of the Bands and attending the Bayou Classic Fan Festival.

World Record at Battle of the Bands: BET Networks, in partnering with the Bayou Classic along with National Artist Development Group, will coordinate the execution of the World’s Largest HBCU Soul Train dance line at Battle of the Bands in cooperation with the students and bands of Grambling and Southern Universities and the Bayou Classic. The Soul Train will be documented for the Guinness World Records organization.

Bayou Classic Halftime Show: This year’s Bayou Classic Halftime Show is presented by Procter & Gambel/Crest. This always electrifying performance is one of the highlights of the weekend each year and the presenting sponsor is bringing special surprises to this year’s performance.

QUICK FACTS

Economic impact: Bayou Classic provides a $50 million economic impact to the City of New Orleans.

Visitors to New Orleans: Bayou Classic brings more than 200,000 visitors to New Orleans annually.

Hotel occupancy: Bayou Classic annually delivers a total citywide occupancy of more than 90 percent.

Ticket sales: Ticket sales for the 45th Annual Bayou Classic to date are higher than final totals of last year’s ticket sales.

Bayou Classic rankings: The Grambling State University Tigers lead the series with 23 wins

to Southern University Jaguars 21 wins in the Bayou Classic.

Bayou Classic Telecast: The 45th Annual Bayou Classic will be televised live on NBC Sports Network starting at 4 pm CST on Saturday, November 24. The Bayou Classic has been nationally televised since 1991.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, November 23

Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge: 11:00 am

Presented by GE in partnership with NexusLA

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Honoring Bayou Classic’s commitment to technology, the Bayou Classic BizTech Challenge is back for the third year in a row. Out of 14 registered teams from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities, five finalists will present their comprehensive business plans on Friday at 1:00 pm. The winning team, selected by a panel of expert judges will be presented with a cash prize of $10,000 before the Bayou Classic kicks-off on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Battle of the Bands and Greek Show: 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm

Greek Show presented by Be the Match; Battle of the Bands presented by USMC

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Approximately 25,000 people will be at the show, as the Southern and Grambling’s historic marching bands strut across the Superdome in a colorful showdown that is the highlight of The Bayou Classic weekend for many attendees. In addition, the Greek show will feature creative skits from traditionally black Greek organizations across Louisiana.

Again this year, fans’ votes will play a role in scoring the Greek Show teams, with the results being displayed live. Fans can vote for their favorite performance via the Bayou Classic App.

The Battle of the Bands will also have a special appearances by the US Marine Corps Band and a special skit by comedian and actor J.B. Smoove.

The Battle of the Bands will conclude this year with BET Networks coordinating the execution of the World’s Largest HBCU Soul Train dance line documenting it for the Guinness World Records organization.

Saturday, November 24

Doc Grigg’s 2x Around the Dome: 8:00 am

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The Doc Griggs 2X’s Around the Dome Family Fitness Fun Walk encourages the community to “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!” by walking twice around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome while showcasing historical landmarks in New Orleans. The event demonstrates to more than 500 attendees that exercise can be fun while highlighting the importance of health, fitness and wellness through a variety of exercises such as Zumba, Hula Hooping, Second Line Dancing instruction and bicycling.

Annual Bayou Classic Parade:  9:30 am start time

Presented by Cricket Wireless, in partnership with the French Market District

The Annual Bayou Classic Parade continues this year in traditional, New Orleans fashion with twelve floats and more than 45 total units.

The Grand Marshall for this year’s Annual Bayou Classic Parade is Mayor of the City of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell. Miss Louisiana Holli Conway will also be in the parade this year. Parade goers will also be able to catch commemorative 45th Anniversary Bayou Classic cups and medallion beads.

Route details: Parade begins on Elysian Fields Avenue at N. Peters Street; proceeds down N. Peters St onto Decatur Street; turns right on Canal Street; turns left on St Charles Avenue; turns right on Poydras Street; turns right on Loyola Avenue; parade ends at Duncan Plaza located on Loyola Avenue at Perdido Street.

Bayou Classic Fan Festival: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Presented by Cox

Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

An extremely popular pre-game celebration where live musical performances and entertainment get the crowd warmed up for the game. Schedule of performances for this year include:

  • Xeno MoonFlower
  • Assatay
  • Kevin Stylez
  • Daniel Heartless
  • Kennedy Drum Line
  • Metro and Honey Jack
  • Keedy Black
  • Tonya Boyd Cannon
  • 5th Ward Weebie
  • Choppa
  • Tweeday
  • Neno
  • Jay Jones
  • DJ Mannie Fresh
  • Juvenile

Fan Fest will also have a special appearance by the United States Army Band. Fan Fest attendees will also enjoy sponsor activations and special giveaways throughout the event.

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic Game: 4:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

More than 200,000 people come to New Orleans for the Bayou Classic weekend, and 50,000 – 60,000 make their way to the Bayou Classic game. The Bayou Classic commemorates historically black colleges and universities, academic achievement, tradition, sportsmanship, marching bands, and friendly competition. The “Classic” is an exhibition of the high standards of academic achievement deeply embedded in the traditions of the two institutions – Grambling State University and Southern University.

Other game highlights:

National anthem: Miss Louisiana Holli Conway will perform the National Anthem at this year’s Bayou Classic.

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic Halftime Show

Presented by Procter & Gamble / Crest

The electrifying halftime show will feature the Grambling State University’s World Famed Marching Band and Southern University’s Human Jukebox and Dancing Dolls.

Tickets still available

Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster or the Bayou Classic official website, www.mybayouclassic.com.

For more information, download the official Bayou Classic Mobile App, follow Bayou Classic on social media or visit www.mybayouclassic.com.

About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic ( www.mybayouclassic.com ) features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation. The 45th Annual Bayou Classic will be played on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

The 45th Annual Bayou Classic is supported by the following organizations – Procter & Gamble/ Crest; MillerCoors; The Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Office of Culture Recreation & Tourism and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; US Marine Corps; The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation; New Orleans & Company; US Army; Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board; Be The Match; BET; MetroPCS; The Coca-Cola Company; AARP; Republic National Distributing Company/Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey; Cracker Barrel; French Market District; Cox; GE; UBER; New Orleans Plantation Country; FINRA; Entergy; Parish of Caddo – Shreveport, Louisiana; National Wildlife Federation; Visit Baton Rouge; Cricket Wireless; NOMTN – New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network; Mignon Faget; Downtown Development District; Essence; Louisiana Highway Safety Council – LHSC; Black Women’s Health Imperative; McDonald’s; Metro Disposal; Sheen Magazine; Sony Pictures – Spider Man; ULS.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Xavier University of Louisiana has announced the formation of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit, an intellectual and physical convening place for research, teaching, community engagement, and debate on issues related to race-based inequities, social identity production and power relations.

According to an press release by the university, the mission of the Center, to be housed on the University campus, will be to engage in, support, and promote innovative thinking in a multiplicity of contexts and across disciplines regarding race, class, systemic inequities, and a faith that does justice toward a better understanding of issues impacting modern societies and vexing the human spirit.

“We are pleased to announce the creation of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit which will serve as an anchor, a magnet, and a beacon reflecting and furthering our calling, as a Historically Black and Catholic university, to help create a more just and humane society,” said Dr. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University. “We envision that it will become a cornerstone for individuals and groups seeking to elaborate new theories and verify others by studying and advocating and beyond, engaging in empirically verifiable social change work.”

Verret also announced that Dr. David Robinson-Morris, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research from LSU, will serve as director of the Center. Robinson-Morris will concurrently continue to serve as Xavier’s Director or Corporate and Foundation Relations and as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling.

“The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier will be a vibrant and critical research, teaching, and public engagement space,” said Robinson-Morris. “Though it we will explore issues in society that are embedded in our intellectual programs and across academic disciplines such as political, social, and systemic inequities in public health/health equities, crime and social justice, bioethics, Black Catholic Studies, African and African-American Diaspora Studies, urban policies, education policy studies, socially responsible entrepreneurship, and community health.”

“At this moment in our history, the Center of Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier is a vital catalyst and conduit of critical dialogue, research, policy advocacy, and community convening and agent of social change aimed at raising awareness of systemic injustices, inequities, and issues that vex the human spirit,” he added. “As the only historically Black and Catholic institution of higher learning in the country, we are aptly poised to addresses the issues of day through the lends of a faith tradition that seeks always to do justice, which is how love shows itself in the public sphere.”

In keeping with the mission of Xavier, the Center will organize conferences, seminars, lectures, and community assemblies that bring together area experts, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and in the community with diverse interest and backgrounds.

ABOUT XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA

Xavier of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and human society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service. For more information, visit www.xula.edu.