Southern University at New Orleans

Southern University in New Orleans has reached an agreement to exchange students and faculty members with a university in the West African nation of Ghana.

SUNO Chancellor Victor Ukpolo tells The Advocate the long-distance partnership will create opportunities for students to pursue international study.

Officials of SUNO and Central University College of Ghana signed the agreement this past week.

The pact allows the universities to begin working out details of the exchange program.

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina's wind and water wrecked the library at Southern University at New Orleans, restoration of the three-story structure is to begin.

The library has been operating out of temporary quarters in the Multipurpose Building.

The Times-Picayune reports that a ceremony in front of the library building will launch the $4.3 million project.

SUNO spokesman David Grubb said the architecture firm for the restoration is Jerry Campbell & Associates of Baton Rouge. Work is expected to be complete by next summer.