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Kenneth Miles
Executive Director, LSU Academic Center for Student Athletes

Kenneth O. Miles lives his life according to the motto he adopted as a student at the all-male Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.: Be a man for others.

Miles was committed to the concept of being a well-round student-athlete, emphasizing the importance of academic prowess off the field as well as championship results during his time at the University of Virginia. He used his stature in those roles to be a positive influence on his teammates and the Charlottesville community by mentoring youths through the Big Brother program and befriending an elderly woman through the Adopt-A-Grandparent program.

“When you get involved, you develop strong relationships with people and share part of yourself with them,” Miles said. “I enjoy having an impact on people.”

Miles arrived at Syracuse University in 1997 as the Director for Academic Support. Under his academic direction, the SU football program notched a perfect 100 percent graduation rate in 2000 which lead the nation and earned the American Football Coaches Association Achievement Award. He also garnered a 93 percent rate during the 1999 and 2001 seasons and an 83 percent in 1998. Those marks earned honorable mention recognition within of American Football Coaches Association Achievement awards.

Miles joined the LSU family in October 2008 as the Executive Director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes. The Center continues to maintain certification from the prestigious College Reading and Learning Association [CRLA] under Miles.

In addition Miles has already created a formal media training program, designed a studio, implemented a digital signage plan, upgraded the main computer lab with iMacs and Dells, created the Student Learning Center, created advisory boards for Professional/Career Development, Student Learning, Health & Wellness, and Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement, developed a 3 year strategic plan, renovated the lifeskills office, and been instrumental in a complete overhaul in the Center’s website.

Miles earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and a Master's of Education in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. Miles also earned a Master of Science degree in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. Currently, he is completing his PhD in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University. Miles' research investigates how first generation Black students navigate post secondary education at traditionally white institutions.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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