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Tom Joyner Foundation Names SUNO February 'School of the Month'

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


NEW ORLEANS, LA – February 6, 2017 – Southern University of New Orleans (SUNO) has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation “School of the Month” for February 2017 as part of a month-long campaign to raise money for scholarships to help students at the Historically Black College and University.

The university opened its doors Sept. 21, 1959. It now has more than 2,435 students on its 17-acre campus.

“We’re excited to have SUNO as one of our partner schools,” said Tom Joyner, founder and chairman of the Foundation and host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. “You know we’re all about making sure our students at HBCUs are able to complete their education.”

“On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Southern University at New Orleans, I want to thank the Tom Joyner Foundation for selecting SUNO as the “School of the Month” for February,” SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin said. “We hope everyone will dig deep and give as much as possible to help SUNO students reach their educational and career goals.”

The campaign co-chairs are Naaman Stewart, president of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and Bessie Vaughn, president of the Southern University at New Orleans Alumni Association. They are planning events and other opportunities for individuals, businesses or organizations to make contributions. The Kick-off Celebration, which was Jan. 31 at Zulu’s Roy E. Glapion Building, helped to get the campaign off to a great start by generating more than $12,000 in contributions.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation “Schools of the Month,” SUNO will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs locally on Old School 106.7/KMEZ. The University will receive funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties this month. The show, airs in 105 markets around the country, reaching nearly eight million listeners every week.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, 214.448.3765 or or go to

About Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at New Orleans, founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as an SREB Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Master’s College and University I, and as a SACSCOC Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the master’s degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs. For information, please visit the University’s Web site at
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The Southern University System was the first HBCU system in the United States.