Services for Sonja and Jonathan Anderson set for today, Monday

A constituents services coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, she died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a result of an accident.

She was 44, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Alexandria. Visiting at Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. Visiting continues at the church Monday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. John E. Montgomery II. Interment in Roselawn Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny Glenn Anderson; a son, Jonah Glenn Anderson; sisters, Linda P. Thomas, Janice P. and husband the Rev. Jerry Dailey, D. Elaine P. Paul and husband Michael, Debra P. Thomas, and Sabina P. and husband Clyde Irvin; brothers, David R. and wife Gayron Pullen, Craig S. Pullen, and Princeton C. Pullen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and devoted friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Glenn; parents, the Rev. Samuel Will and Bessie Roy Pullen; sister, Pamela Suerella; and three brothers, Jerald Paul Pullen, Samuel Will Pullen and Daniel Ray Pullen Sr. She was a 1983 graduate of Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria. She attended Northeast Louisiana State University and Southern University A&M College and was a member and founder of Greater King David Christian Couples Ministry and GKD Usher Ministry II.

A resident and native of Baton Rouge, he died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a result of an accident. He was 2. Visiting at Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. Visiting continues at the church Monday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. John E. Montgomery II.

He is survived by his father, Johnny Glenn Anderson; godparents, Mark and Letecia Miles; a brother, Jonah Glenn Anderson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who adored him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sonja Pullen Anderson; paternal and maternal grandparents, seven uncles and an aunt.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Jonah Glenn Anderson Scholarship Fund at Regions Bank or in the c/o Southern University Alumni Association.

Arrangements by Hall Davis & Son Funeral Services, (225) 778-1612.

Alexandria native Sonja Pullen, son drown in home swimming pool Tuesday

Alexandria native Sonja Pullen Anderson of Baton Rouge and her 2-year-old son, Jonathan, died Tuesday, May 25, as the result of a drowning in a swimming pool in the back yard of their Baton Rouge home, according to published reports.

Anderson was the wife of Johnny Anderson, former chairman of the Southern University System Board of Supervisors.

Johnny Anderson released the following statement:

“My son Jonah and I want to thank the community for their prayers and the incredible expression of  support in our grief stricken dawn following yesterday’s tragedy. We also want to thank the emergency responders, doctors and nurses who worked to save my wife, Sonja, and our son, Jonathan.

Sonja was the light of my life. Her world was filled with caring for our 2-year-old twin boys Jonathan and Jonah. Her actions yesterday were a true testament to a mother’s love. Jonathan was a happy and outgoing little boy with unlimited potential.

While my heart is broken, I will lean on my faith in God and devote myself fully to the care of our son Jonah. We ask for continued prayers and privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.

Southern University’s Wiltz named 2010 Women’s Player of the Year in tennis

ALEXANDRIA, LA – With the 2010 Tennis Championships getting underway on Friday, the Southwestern Athletic Conference officially announced its All-Conference teams for the men’s and women’s tennis season.

Southern’s Megan Wiltz was named the 2010 Women’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. From her #1 singles position, Wiltz posted a 4-1 record in conference play while helping her team to an undefeated 8-0 season in the SWAC.

Also from Southern, newcomer Demetria Woods was named the 2010 Freshman of the Year. Woods registered a perfect 6-0 record this season, playing at the #4, #5, and #6 singles positions. Woods was also one-half of the Lady Jaguars’ #3 doubles team that went 8-0.

For the men it was Alabama State’s Denys Alyeksyeyev garnering the 2010 Player of the Year honor. Alyeksyeyev was a perfect 5-0 from his #1 singles position and helped the Hornets clinch a tournament spot for the first time since 2008.

Jimmy Yates of Prairie View A&M was named the 2010 Freshman of the Year for the men. Yates recorded a 4-0 slate at the #6 slot for the Panthers and was part of the PV #1 doubles squad that went 4-1.

The complete list of honorees is below.

2010 SWAC Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Year

Southern – Demetria Woods

2010 SWAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year

Southern – Megan Wiltz

2010 First-Team Doubles All-SWAC

Jackson State – Paulina Vargas & Victoria Guevez

Southern – Carlista Mohammed & Jo’Vonna Gaines

Southern – Demetria Woods & Janelle Mosley

First-Team Singles All-SWAC

Alcorn State – Arielle Buchman

Alcorn State – Katherine Hoepelman

Southern – Carlista Mohammed

Southern – Kathryn Curtis

Southern – Demetria Woods

Southern – Jo’Vonna Gaines

2010 Second-Team Doubles All-SWAC

Alcorn State – Arielle Buchman & Katherine Hoepelman

Jackson State – Angela Rose & Britney Shy

Jackson State – Geneva Warren & Valentina Prado

Second –Team Singles All-SWAC

Southern – Megan Wiltz

Southern – Janelle Mosley

Jackson State – Paulina Vargas

Alabama A&M – Brittany Jelks

Alcorn State – Claudia Gonzales

Jackson State – Valentina Prado

2010 SWAC Men’s Tennis Freshman of the Year

Prairie View A&M – Jimmy Yates

2010 SWAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year

Alabama State – Denys Alyeksyeyev

2010 First-Team Doubles All-SWAC

Grambling State – Nicolas Rufyikiri & Ceron Rolle

Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Hugo Gomez & Eduardo Luque

Prairie View A&M – Christopher Jordan & Jose Garcia

First Team Singles All-SWAC

Alabama State – Denys Alyeksyeyev

Jackson State – Vishesh Bhatia

Alcorn State – Diego Gonsalvez

Jackson State – Sergio Salinas

Prairie View A&M – Kristen Powell

Alcorn State – Pushpendra Rajpurohit

2010 Second-Team Doubles All-SWAC

Alcorn State – Anton Krutkin & Alexandor Lidzar

Prairie View A&M – Kudakwashe Nyatoti & Ronald Chidzikwe

Alcorn State – Winfried Weinbeer & Pushpendra Rajpurohit

Second-Team Singles All-SWAC

Grambling State – Nicolas Rufyikiri

Alcorn State – Alexandor Lidzar

Jackson State – Navaneetha Bhaskaran

Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Bruno Hurtado

Alcorn State – Yanick Shearron-Hawkins

Prairie View A&M – Jimmy Yates

The Blind Side of the Southern University Ag Center

Submitted by Southern University Ag Center

The blockbuster movie, The Blind Side, gives an intimate, telling account of what really are human compassion and community.  It is the story of how the Touhy family takes in Michael Oher, a boy who is practically homeless, nurtures him and brings him to a point where he is successful academically, athletically, and socially. The story truly captures how the desire to make a difference can supersede barriers of race, illiteracy, and class difference. The directors marketed The Blind Side as an “extraordinary” true story.

And, extraordinary is a great way to describe this story, which epitomizes the everyday, ongoing work of the Southern University Ag Center in 33 parishes across the state. Like the Touhy family, the Southern University Ag Center’s cooperative extension agents go straight to the need of the community and work with them to bring residents multiple opportunities to succeed.

For example, our annual livestock show—now in its 67th year—doesn’t begin and end with this one weekend event. It is the culminating show for the Ag Center’s livestock programs where young herdsmen who have raised an animal for at least one year can exhibit animal husbandry and begin or continue on the path to farming. The result? Diverse, young, active farm population for Louisiana.

Southern University Ag Center’s “Blind Side” spans the gamut with similar programs and everyday tasks of educating parents, training and certifying day care centers, conducting business development and first time homebuyers consultations, teaching farm management and diversification to small, disadvantaged farmers, and researching new strategies and solutions to alleviate poverty, obesity farm loss and illiteracy.

The result again is not a $105 million blockbuster. The results are:

•       Community gardens and greening neighborhoods

•       Technology centers for business development

•       Improved literacy, parental involvement, and school attendance

•       Competitive edge for small farmers

•       Farmer mediation for Pigford v. Glickman (Black farmer lawsuit)

•       Improved training for prisoners re-entering communities

•       Expanded education on emergency preparedness

•       Parents reconnected with children through mandated parent training

•       Volunteer alliances with in-school and after school reading and math programs like Everybody Reads and Everybody Counts

When walking away from The Blind Side, moviegoers have said they feel compelled to find someone to help and “pay it forward”.  Well, we are “paying it forward”. We are planting the seeds of success, educating, nurturing, and providing for the social, technological, intellectual, and physical needs of Louisiana citizens.

We are pushing our communities farther away from the poverty line and illiteracy towards opportunities for success. What’s the return on this land-grant university’s investment? Self-sufficient, productive citizens, businesses and farms. This isn’t unique to the Southern University System or its Ag Center and it’s not unique to many other educational systems. What is unique is that Southern has not lost sight nor connection to the underserved people of the state, and through its outreach arm—the Ag Center—Southern continues to serve well the state of Louisiana.

House of Java’s library location closes

The House of Java recently closed its operation located in the Westside Regional Library at 5416 Provine Place.

The coffee shop, owned and operated by Horatio Isadore, opened at the library in April 2009 when the parish’s newest library open its doors.

Isadore had operated coffee shops in downtown Alexandria and on Jackson Street. The Jackson Street location closed during the summer.

Isadore has one other location at Southern University that remains in operation.