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Chefs Evening a success
A full house of Southeastern family and friends enjoyed the tasty offerings of more than three dozen area restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers at Chefs Evening 2013 Sunday at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
During the popular annual food festival and fund raiser, sponsored by the Southeastern Foundation, guests also enjoyed a silent auction featuring items in a variety of price ranges. Proceeds from Chefs Evening benefit academic programs.
1) Chefs Evening guests browse the various tables of food and auction items at Sunday's event.
2) Cocoa Bean Pastry Chef and owner Anthony Delpedio prepares Bananas Foster for Chefs Evening guests.
3) Emcee and Lady Lions Basketball Coach Lori Davis Jones pauses for a moment to thank Southeastern Past President and UL System Head Sally Clausen for her tireless efforts in support of Southeastern and higher education.
More than 500 area students were offered more than $7 million in scholarships at Southeastern's Scholars Showcase held last Tuesday and Thursday at 12 Oaks. Students recognized had ACT scores ranging from 24 to 33. Following the event, students were able to browse the academic exhibits where they learned more about Southeastern's programs.
1) Bobby Cope, associate professor in the College of Business, talks with Mallory Patorno, center, of Northshore High in Slidell and her mother Pamela Patorno about various business degree programs at the Scholars Showcase last week.
2) Ken Boulton, head of the Department of Fine and Performing arts, right, talks with senior Corrine Kirkland of Hammond High Magnet School about degree offerings in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Listening in are Corrine's parents Jonathan and Cheryl Kirkland.
Southeastern master's program in nursing receives Nightingale Award
The Southeastern master's degree in nursing, which is offered in a consortium with three other state institutions, has been recognized by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as the Nursing School of the Year in Advanced Practice.
The Nightingale Award was presented to the consortium at the Foundation's meeting Feb. 16 in Baton Rouge. This is the first year the award was presented in this category, created to showcase successful graduate level programs.
Southeastern's program is offered in a consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State University in Lake Charles and Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux.
"The consortium has been recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents as model of collaboration, articulation and the wise use of scarce resources," said Ann Carruth, dean of the Southeastern School of Nursing. "Through a sharing of resources – including library materials and committed faculty – we are able to offer top quality, cost effective post-graduate education in an easily accessible online model.
"Our best assets are our faculty and students," she added. "Together we have graduated advanced practice nurses to meet the healthcare needs of the region, nurse leaders to solve complex health care management crises and nurse educators to train future nurses."
The program offers concentrations leading to a master of science degree in nursing in four different areas: family nurse practitioner, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, nurse executive, and nurse educator. The program is accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education.
"Since 1992, this program has helped prepare a steady number of professionals to meet the growing health and wellness needs of the state," Carruth said. "Most of our students work full time and require some degree of convenience and flexibility in their graduate program. By offering our courses online through web-based distance learning, the consortium is meeting the needs of these professionals and allowing them to learn at their own pace and time."
Southeastern's undergraduate nursing program has been recognized with the Nightingale Award three times in the past 10 years. The school also operates a completely online RN to BS degree program that allows registered nurses with an associate's degree or nursing diploma to complete courses leading to a bachelor of science degree.
Southeastern student accepted to prestigious school in New York
Jordan Leggett, a Southeastern vocal performance senior from Slidell, has been accepted for further studies by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, turning the young singer's dream into a reality.
Leggett says one of his friends once told him that he should go where he wants to work. Since performing on Broadway has been a dream of his, the Big Apple was a natural choice.
"AMDA was my first opportunity I saw that I could travel to New York. I paid my own way for a trip in April, and that's when I fell in love with the school," he said. "I knew New York was where I wanted to be, but to actually have my foot in the door now, it's a bit overwhelming, but mostly exciting."
While his dream is to perform on Broadway, that wasn't always the case.
"In my Kindergarten journal, I wrote that I wanted to be a singer like Michael Jackson and a basketball player like Michael Jordan," Leggett said laughing. "One of those things didn't work out, but the other did."
Coming from a musical family background, Leggett says he has been singing all his life, but it was his first musical in the sixth grade, "Into the Woods," that actually convinced him to pursue singing as a career. He was cast in the role of the "Baker" and fell in love with performing.
Leggett said he has had many supportive influences along the way, including his family and his Southeastern voice teacher.
"I'm the first in my family to actually pursue a career in singing, and I think my family is so supportive of me because of that," he said. "Also, my voice teacher, Kay Schepker, has been so much more than a teacher – she has been my mentor. I expressed that I wanted to do musical theater since my first semester at Southeastern. While she has been supportive of that, she has made sure that I have kept classical music my priority so I would get the technique I would need to progress in musical theater."
Leggett also credits Southeastern with helping him prepare for life outside of college.
"Many of the things I will take with me are things I learned outside of the classroom in extra- curricular activities," he said. "The opportunities I have had, such as being an Orientation Leader and a member of a fraternity, have really prepared me to deal with the different types of personalities I will encounter in the real world."
After graduation, Leggett is looking forward to furthering his education and pursuing his dream in the big city.
"Now is the time that I get to focus on strictly acting, singing and dancing. I'll have a degree in May, so I don't have to worry about the other core curriculum classes that you have to take to get a degree," he said. "I get to focus on doing what I love to do."
A two-year program, AMDA helps prepare their students for the musical theater industry, Leggett added.
"The final semester, they actually let you audition during the day, and they schedule classes in the afternoon," he said. "The faculty members at AMDA are in the industry, so while I'm working and studying, I'm also networking as well.
"My dream is to be on Broadway, and now I'm going to be in New York," he added. Hopefully I will develop the right contacts so that I can establish a life there."
Leggett begins his journey in New York at AMDA on a partial scholarship in October.
Five students from Tangipahoa Parish public schools were named the top winners Friday
(Feb. 22) in the You Be the Chemist Challenge, sponsored by the Tangipahoa Parish
School System, the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Chemistry and Physics,
and Bercen, Inc., a chemical manufacturer based in Denham Springs.
Pictured are, front row, from left: students Reed Roberts, Southeastern Lab School, fifth place; Corey King, Southeastern Lab School, first; Meah Sims, Sumner Middle School, fourth; Chris Crawford, third, Sumner Middle School; Mallory Matthews, Loranger Middle School, second place; and Tiffany Adkins of Bercen, Inc.; back row, from left: Gerard Blanchard, head of the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics; TPSS Assistant Superintendent Lionel Jackson; chemist Joey Harrell of Bercen; Dan McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology; and Valerie Massie-Boyer, Bercen. At the event, held at Southeastern's University Center, science supplies courtesy of the vendor Ward's Natural Science were presented to teachers as door prizes.
Southeastern students post successes at journalism conference
At the Southeast Journalism Conference held at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., Feb. 21-23, Southeastern students in broadcast and print journalism and crisis communications claimed several top awards, including first place in the overall onsite competition.
The onsite competition involved individuals or teams working in 11 different categories within specified time limits to produce a specific product. Southeastern students won or placed in five of the 11 categories to earn their first place overall onsite award.
The Southeastern Channel, the university's educational television station, claimed the Best College TV Station in the South award and first place in the Best College Video News Program category for its program "Northshore News." This is the second time in the past four years the channel has been named Best Station.
Top student award winners from Southeastern included:
Kelsey Humble of Mandeville, first place in Entertainment Writing;
Jessica LeBlanc, a reporter with the Southeastern Channel, first place in TV News Reporting;
Christopher Martin, assistant editor and graphic designer with the student newspaper, The Lions Roar, first place in Best News Graphic Design.
Other winners included:
Chrissy Carter of LaPlace, reporter with the Southeastern Channel, second place for Best TV Hard News Reporter, second place for Best College TV Journalist, and third place for Best Overall College Journalist;
Lindory Dyson of Tickfaw, second place in Communication Law;
Adrienne Rousse of Cutoff, Jasmine Tate of Mount Herman, and Claire Salinas of Hammond, second place, Public Relations Campaign Competition; Rachel Montoya of Baton Rouge, Crystal Schayot of Slidell, and Catherine Monica of LaPlace, third place in Public Relations Crisis Communications.
More than 300 students attended the conference representing 30 universities in the eight-state region of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
CMS student wins GNOYO Concerto Competition
A Southeastern Community Music School student has won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) contest.
Ten-year-old violinist Umika Kuroda of Mandeville won the competition held in New Orleans and will be rewarded with a solo performance with the GNOYO on March 24.
A student at Pontchartrain Elementary School, Kuroda has studied violin for four years under the direction of Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva.
"Umika is one of the most talented and self-motivated students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. For such a young violinist, she possesses a remarkable discipline in her practice routine and a great desire to succeed," Jeleva said. "We at the Community Music School are very proud of her accomplishments."
The GNOYO concert will be held at Loyola University at Roussel Hall at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 VIP; $15 adults; $5 students; and free for those five and under. For tickets call 504-865-2074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the CMS, call (985) 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at www.southeastern.edu/cms.
Names sought for Southeastern’s March 13 Golden Silence Memorial
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host “Golden Silence,” a program that honors deceased Southeastern alumni, students and faculty and staff or their family members, on Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union Park.
“We encourage the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern family, such as students, faculty and staff or graduates, has passed away during the past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence,” said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
Pittman added that the association also initiated its Eternal Chapter last year, which memorializes all deceased alumni on an ongoing basis. The Web site can be accessed at www.southeastern.edu/alumni.
To include a name in the Golden Silence program or for information on the Eternal Chapter, contact the Alumni Association by March 7, at 985-549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or email@example.com. The event is free and open to the public.
Southeastern to host First Circuit Court of Appeal March 19-20
The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal will hold oral arguments March 19-20 on the Southeastern campus.
Scheduled at 10 a.m., the hearings will be held in the Student Union Theatre located in the university’s War Memorial Student Union.
While domiciled in Baton Rouge where hearings are normally held, the First Circuit occasionally travels to other locations within the district as part of its educational outreach, explained Judge James E. Kuhn of Ponchatoula, a 1968 graduate of Southeastern.
The practice of “riding circuit” was reinstated by the First Circuit in the early 1990s. The court has met several times in the past at Southeastern, as has the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
Judge Kuhn is serving as chief of the three judge panel that also includes Judges John T. Pettigrew and J. Michael McDonald. He said students from area schools and Southeastern, as well as the general public, are invited to attend the hearings, where they can see the judicial proceedings.
The hearings will also allow the judges and their staffs to meet with members of the local bar and the community.
“These judicial sessions provide a truly great learning opportunity for our students and individuals in the surrounding communities to see justice in action,” said William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science and one of the coordinators of the visit. “While it is especially relevant for those studying for a career in law enforcement and those planning to attend law school, it should be of interest to anyone who is a concerned citizen of our state and our nation.”
Copies of the court’s docket will be available on the court’s website, www.la-fcca.org.
Reconnect students attend conference
Once again the members of the environmental sustainability student organization, Reconnect, are looking forward to a busy and exciting semester. Three members recently traveled to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., for the Real Food Challenge Breaking Ground 2013 National Summit. Seniors Amy Edwards and Erin Uzee and freshman Austin Cradic had the opportunity to represent Reconnect and Southeastern at the Summit.
These Reconnect members joined over 230 students coming from 70 different universities nationwide to be part of the nationwide Real Food Challenge campaign with the goal of shifting 20% of the national university food purchasing budget to more local, sustainable, humane, and fair food by 2020. Students gathered in Baltimore to not only celebrate small campaign victories, but to network and continue working with other students from across the country.
Students were given time to meet students from other universities and share campaign stories and strategies. Various workshops were offered with topics ranging from learning to work with school administrators and facilitate student organization meetings to learning about the negative impacts of the current food industry. Students also listened to a panel of leaders in the food justice movement talk about their experiences and work in the movement.
Edwards, Uzee, and Cradic returned to campus to help prepare for Reconnect’s various other projects, which include Reconnect’s Farmers Markets on February 27 and April 25; participating in The Big Event; and working to create educational programs for elementary school children discussing the importance of supporting local farmers and taking care of the environment.
Women Mean Business Conference to present engaging speakers, panel of experts, vendor
expo, silent auction and more
A variety of speakers and a panel of experts will highlight the Women Mean Business conference scheduled Thursday, March 14, at Southeastern.
Sponsored by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern and Tangipahoa Professional Women (TPW), the conference will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Twelve Oaks Reception Hall on Texas Avenue.
“This full day event will be jam packed with knowledge, tools, resources and connections to help women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC. “Leaders and those aspiring to be leaders, professional service providers, small business owners or managers, sales and marketing professionals, business to business companies, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and any woman than means business should attend this conference.”
Women Mean Business presenters include Judge Grace Gasaway of the 7th City Ward Court of Tangipahoa Parish, who will present “Face Life and Move Forward;” Kim Walker, “Queen of Connections,” at 5 Stones Media, who will present “So Much Social Media, So Little Time;” and Tina Thomas, author and national personality expert, who will present “Maximizing Leadership by Understanding Personality.”
The event will also feature an informative panel of experts who will address the top wellness issues for women in 2013. Panelists include Dr. Dwan Mabry with North Oaks Obstetrics and Gynecology; Julie Day, corporate wellness director of Spoga Studio in Hammond; and Paige LeBleu Moody, licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist at Southeastern.
Additional highlights of the conference include a silent auction, a vendor expo throughout the day, door prizes, and “Women Mean Fashion,” an exclusive showcase of spring and summer looks, Summers added.
Cost to attend the event is $50 with breakfast and lunch included; discounts will be given to members of TPW and Southeastern students can attend free of charge. To register or for more information about table sponsorships, visit www.TangiPW.org or contact the LSBDC at 985-549-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern to host Grad Fair March 13 and 14
Southeastern will host “Grad Fair,” the university’s “one-stop shopping” opportunity for graduating seniors, March 13-14 at the Alumni Center.
Co-sponsored by Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the Southeastern Alumni Association, the annual event gives graduating seniors the opportunity to take care of a variety of graduation-related tasks and requirements.
Grad Fair hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 13, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 14.
Students who expect to graduate in May can order caps and gowns, class rings and Southeastern memorabilia. They also can take a graduation photo, obtain graduation and alumni information, complete financial aid and student exit surveys, and visit a variety of booths offering services to prepare them for commencement.
Southeastern Career Services will also host an “ER Resume Clinic” with professionals on hand to critique student resumes.
For additional information, email Amanda Robbins email@example.com.
Southeastern announces summer - fall priority registration
Southeastern students may register for summer and fall 2013 classes Monday, March 18 through Friday, March 22.
The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, students recently accepted to the university, returning students, new transfer and graduate students. Students may check registration appointment times, class schedules, and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage, www.southeastern.edu.
Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared.
For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern’s Office of Records and Registration, 985-549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Money Works: Budgeting on a Teacher’s Salary
Thursday, March 7, 4 to 5 p.m.; no cost
How Money Works: Saving & Investing on a Teacher’s Salary
Monday, March 18, 4 to 5 p.m.; no cost
Shielded Metal Arc Welding- Stick Welding
Wednesdays, March 20 – April 17, 6 to 9 p.m.; cost $325
ACT Test Preparation
Thursdays, March 7 – April 11, 5 to 7 p.m.; cost $250
Basic Video Editing: An Introduction to Post-Production Film
Tuesday/Thursdays, March 12 – 21, 2 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m.; cost $150
Digital Photographer: Beginner
Wednesdays, March 20 – March 27, 6 to 9 p.m.; cost $150
Microsoft Project 2010
Monday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; cost $299
Project Management Fundamentals
Tuesday, March 26 – Thursday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; cost $695
Bookkeeping Level 1: QuickBooks 2012
Tuesdays, March 19 – April 23, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; cost $375
Robert’s Rules of Order
Friday, March 22, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; cost $50
How Money Works: Saving & Investing Basics
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; cost $20
To register, or for full descriptions of these or other courses that are available please visit: www.southeastern/es.
Action News 17
Cuts to SLU deep, more coming (video)
Amite Tangi News Digest
Southeastern Alumni invities names of deceased grads for Golden Silence
Speakers offer advice on careers, networking, leadership, health, fashion
Southeastern Grad Fair includes ER Resume Clinic
SLU’s Chefs Evening benefit tickets on sale
SLU police detective finishes sixth novel
Youths try on role of chemists
Women Mean Business conference
Tuition increase approved for 90,000 students
Hammond Daily Star
Chemistry winners named
Team places tops in the south
Hammond is IT
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern basketball teams celebrate Senior Day, the softball and tennis programs open Southland Conference play, while the baseball, golf and track and field teams will also be in action during a busy week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion basketball team (10-17, 8-8 Southland) will look to secure a fourth-place finish and a first-round bye in next week's Southland Conference Tournament this week. On Thursday, the Lions face McNeese State at 7:15 p.m. Southeastern seniors Brandon Fortenberry, Roosevelt Johnson, Todd Nelson and Jan Petrovic will be honored in conjunction with Saturday's 4 p.m. regular season finale versus Lamar.
The Lady Lion basketball team (11-16, 4-12 Southland) will be attempting to close the season on a high note. On Thursday, Southeastern welcomes McNeese State to the University Center for a 5:15 p.m. league contest. Seniors Brandi Simmons and Cierra Morris will be honored in conjunction with Saturday's 2 p.m. season finale versus Lamar.
Thursday will also see Southeastern Athletics and Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen partner for the Pack the House promotion. Southeastern students will receive free t-shirts and free Popeye's chicken as available, while the first 500 fans will be entered for a chance to win $100 cash. It will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night for the women's game, as Southeastern faculty and staff, as well as their guests will receive free admission and Popeye's chicken and be honored during the women's contest. Junior forward Aja Gibson will be Thursday's Spotlight Player of the Game and fans will receive a trading card featuring the Somerville, Tenn. native as available courtesy of PRIDE. During the men's game on Thursday, fans will be treated to a performance by the student dance group Flipside.
In addition to Senior Day festivities on Saturday, Southeastern Athletics will sponsor Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day for the men's game and Southeastern faculty and staff will receive free admission. Students volunteering with the Big Event on Saturday morning will receive free food at Saturday's contest. Seniors Morris and Simmons will be Saturday's Spotlight Players of the Game and fans will receive trading cards featuring the pair as available courtesy of PRIDE. Saturday will also be a Swabbin' for Robin Event in conjunction with the women's basketball game.
The Southeastern softball team (10-5) has five home games on the schedule this week. The Lady Lions open the week on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader versus Jackson State at North Oak Park. Wednesday will be Nurse Night at the games, as Southeastern nursing students will receive free food courtesy of Southeastern Athletics. All Southeastern nursing faculty and staff will get free admission, while their guests and nurses in the community can enter at a reduced $2 admission. Former Lady Lion and three-time All-Southland Conference pitcher Rachel Ray Fitzgerald, the school's career strikeout leader and a registered nurse at North Oaks, will throw out Wednesday's first pitch prior to the 4 p.m. game.
On Saturday, the Lady Lions will open Southland Conference play, welcoming Sam Houston State to town for a three-game series. The series opens with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with Sunday's 12 p.m. series finale.
The undefeated Southeastern tennis team (9-0) will also open Southland Conference play this week. The Lions open the week with a 1 p.m. match at Oral Roberts on Friday. On Saturday, Southeastern heads to Conway, Ark. to face Central Arkansas at 12 p.m.
The Southeastern baseball team (8-2) will be riding high into a five-game week after sweeping Texas Southern over the weekend. In Sunday's 9-0 victory to complete the sweep, senior Jordan Hymel tossed the fourth no-hitter in school history, while junior first baseman Aaron Haag paced the Lion offense with seven RBI. The Lions will open the week with two midweek games at Ole Miss. Southeastern will face the Rebels on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and again on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Southeastern then heads to Troy, Ala. for three weekend contests. On Saturday, the Lions face Hartford at 1 p.m. The Lions then come back to face Hartford at 10 a.m. and host Troy at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The men's golf team will compete in its second tournament of the spring this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions head to Lafayette to participate in the Louisiana Classics.
The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams are set for their second meet of the outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions travel to Lake Charles on Saturday to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Relays – Bob Hayes Louisiana Challenge.
All of this week's basketball action, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday's baseball games can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. LionVision subscribers will have access to a live video feed of all of this week's basketball and softball action, as well as Saturday and Sunday's baseball games.
The Southeastern football team will also continue spring practice with workouts scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Season tickets for the 2013 season, which includes six home games in Strawberry Stadium are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or at www.LionSports.net.
Monday, March 4
Men's Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
Tuesday, March 5
Baseball, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 5 p.m. (KSLU)
Men's Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
Wednesday, March 6
Softball, vs. Jackson State (DH), North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)
- Nurse Night
Baseball, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 11 a.m. (KSLU)
Thursday, March 7
Men's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7:15 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
- Halftime Entertainment – Student Dance Group: Flipside
Women's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 5:15 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
- Pack the House sponsored by Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen
- Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night
- Aja Gibson Spotlight Player of the Game
Friday, March 8
Women's Tennis, at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Okla., 1 p.m.*
Saturday, March 9
Men's Basketball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 4 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
- Senior Day
- Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night
Women's Basketball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
- Senior Day
- Brandi Simmons/Cierra Morris Spotlight Players of the Game
- Swabbin' for Robin
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)*
Baseball, vs. Hartford, Troy, Ala., 1 p.m. (LionVision)
Women's Tennis, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 12 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at McNeese Cowboy Relays, Lake Charles, All Day
Sunday, March 10
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
Baseball, vs. Hartford, Troy, Ala., 10 a.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Baseball, at Troy, Troy, Ala., 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Dr. Luanne Billingsley (Graduate School of Nursing) recently presented "Using Avatars in an Online Virtual Community to Facilitate Peer Storytelling Among Grieving Oncology Nurses" at the 2013 Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) in Little Rock, Ark. This presentation disseminated results to research study questions: 1. How do oncology nurses express grief surrounding patients' deaths through peer storytelling in Second Life (an Internet-accessed 3D virtual multi-user virtual environment)? 2. Do oncology nurses report a benefit of using Second Life in dealing with grief related to patients' deaths? Billingsley was also invited to participate in a panel discussion during the SNRS Doctoral Pre-Conference to examine collaborations and partnerships among nurse scientists (PhD) and advanced practice nurses (DNP) in a variety of settings.
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