POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 4:04pm
Baton Rouge, La — Southern University has been nominated in six categories, including Best Marching Band, in the competition for HBCU of the Year.
Southern is nominated for Best Marching Band, Best Nursing Program, Best Student Newspaper, Male Coach of the Year, Men’s Team of the Year, and Male Student of the Year.
The winners will be announced at the 2013 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awards’ Annual Celebration Recognizing HBCU Excellence event, at 7:00 p.m., June 28, at Jackson State University. The event is presented by Jackson State in partnership with HBCU Digest, an online magazine that focuses on historically black colleges and universities.
"The success of historically black colleges and universities are a direct reflection of the success of African-Americans and African-American communities nationwide," says Jarrett L. Carter, Sr., Founder and Executive Director of the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Inc.
"The HBCU Awards is a moment of celebration and recognition for scholars and supporters of HBCUs, but more than that, it is a chance for all Americans to cheer on institutions and individuals maintaining a legacy of enrichment for the nation and the world."
More than 600 entries submitted by administrators, students, alumni, faculty and supporters of HBCUs throughout the country were narrowed to the list of finalists, representing 45 public and private four-year HBCUs from around the nation.
Howard University leads with 10 nominations, among the finalists including the “2012 HBCU of the Year Winner” Alcorn State University, Hampton University and Winston-Salem State University. Finalists were selected by Center leadership based upon record of achievement and media coverage in local, regional or national outlets.
Southern’s nominees include: Men’s Basketball Head Coach Roman Banks; 18-year-old SU graduate Polite Stewart, Jr.; the SU ‘Human Jukebox’ Marching Band, Marching Band of the Year in 2012; the College of Nursing, nursing school of year in Louisiana twice in the past four years; The award-winning Digest student newspaper; and SWAC Tournament Champions and NCAA Tournament participant men’s basketball team.
The HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American Culture, according to organizers.