During the 44th Bayou Classic, two special announcements were made that would fiscally benefit the university for years to come.
Human Juke Box License Plates
At Friday evening’s Battle of the Bands, State Representative Edward “Ted” James presented the band director Nathan Haymer with the news that The Human Jukebox would be the first collegiate band in Louisiana to have its own personalized license plate.
James noted “Southern University Marching Band is the first in the state and more than likely the first HBCU band in the country to have its own official state license plate. We thought it was important to grant band supporters across the state the chance to show their pride for the Human Jukebox and assist financially as well.”
” As product of Southern, I’m honored to use my position as a legislator to support the Human Jukebox, ” said James, “I have vivid memories of watching the band from my fathers shoulders as a kid; dreaming of playing in the band as a high school student; and watching several of my closets friends join the band.”
The plates won’t be ready for order for a few months.
Attorney Tony Clayton donates 1.6 Million to Southern University
Southern University alumnus Antonio ” Tony ” Clayton gifted Southern University $1.1 million in conjunction with a $500,000 grant from Capital One, both presented during the SU System Board of Supervisors meeting during Bayou Classic.
With his recent gift, Clayton, a member of the SUS Board of Supervisors and a longtime SU supporter, will fund the construction of “Clayton Championship Plaza,” and establish an endowed chair, that will support athletic programming, and benefit the marching band and music department.
“The Clayton Championship Plaza gives us something to be proud about. This permanent legacy separates us and puts on another level of greatness. We appreciate it very much,” said director of Athletics Roman Banks.
Capital One Community Impact Grant
The Capital One Community Impact Grant is a one-time gift designed to help recipients execute on critical parts of their long-term strategic plan. Southern University has been a longtime partner of Capital One and will be awarded a $500,000 grant to help the University closely align its curriculum to current and future high skilled jobs, provide faculty externships with corporate partners, as well as support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camps for low income PreK-12 students.
“Capital One has been a friend and corporate partner to SU for a number of years. The company has been steadfast in its commitment to higher education and their appreciation for the value that Southern University brings to Louisiana and the rest of the world,” said SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton. “This gift really demonstrates Capital One’s commitment to SU over the years.”
The grant will focus on key areas throughout the SU System including student services development and workforce training; summer outreach programs and recruitment to provide pre-collegiate students with early exposure to college disciplines, especially in STEM and engage more prospective students; curriculum enhancement to align curriculum with workforce needs based on Louisiana 4-5 star jobs report; faculty professional development; and provide an opportunity to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in the energy workforce through an energy training consortium.