The Links to honor three from SU

Three Southern University officials will be among the eight Louisiana Role Models to be honored Saturday, Dec. 8, by the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links, Incorporated at its 7th annual “New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch.”


The event, “Celebrating the Successes of Louisiana Role Models,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center Hotel.


Those from SUBR to be honored include: Dr. Wanda Raby Spurlock, an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing; Dr. Diola Bagayoko, SU System Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Edward Pratt, Director of Media Relations and Publications. Others being recognized include: Everrett G. Parker, Audrey N. Jackson, Tonya G. Robertson, Alma C. Stewart and Willie S. King, Jr.


According to The Links press release:


A registered nurse for over 34 years, Dr. Wanda Ray Spurlock has dedicated her nursing career to improving the quality of life for older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s Disease. She has a long history of community-based service through volunteerism with organizations that share her mission of improving the quality of life of persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. To this end, Dr. Spurlock, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to her focus area of The Links Health and Human Services committee.


Dr. Diola Bagayoko has earned national and international acclaim for his research, teaching, and mentoring of K-16 youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He was selected as a 2012 Role Model for his innovative mentoring programming which exemplifies the focus of the Links’ Services to Youth committee. Much of his mentoring work is centered on the success of the Timbuktu Academy, the organization he began in 1990 and for which he continues to provide leadership.


Edward Pratt has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor at several newspapers, including The (Baton Rouge) Advocate.  Through his writings Pratt has focused on issues that reflect the challenges and problems of local communities.  He has achieved many “firsts,” most notable: the first African-American editor at the State-Times as Assistant City Editor; and at The Advocate as the Editor of the Saturday newspaper.  He served as press secretary for Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco and was a press secretary in Blanco’s gubernatorial campaign. 


For more information, visit The Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links website at


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