ByLion--May 20


Southeastern confers degrees

Library provides exam stress relief

Student participates in Fashion Week

DeNoux authors new book

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

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Southeastern confers degrees on approximately 1,200
Southeastern conferred degrees on more than 1,200 graduates Saturday, May 18, at the university's spring commencement exercises.
     Retired Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals was the keynote speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center arena. Candidates for associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees were honored.
In his welcome Southeastern President John L. Crain noted that the 1,263 individuals being recognized at commencement included 446 men and 817 women who were receiving 16 different degrees; and representatives from 21 states and 13 countries. Seven candidates received the doctorate in educational leadership.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to 11 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university's five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – music major Sarah Bertrand of Covington, 4.0 GPA.
▪ College of Business – accounting major Abhishesh Acharya of Nepal, 4.0 GPA; accounting major Ashish Acharya of Nepal, 4.0 GPA; accounting major Yogesh Agrawal of Nepal, 4.0 GPA; management major Laura Lynn Blount of Holden, 4.0 GPA; and management major Blake Brupbacher of Covington, 4.0 GPA.
▪ College of Education and Human Development – Spanish education major Janis Urena of Lacombe, 4.0 GPA.
▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – family and consumer sciences major Amanda Hines of Mandeville, 4.0.
▪ College of Science and Technology – biological sciences major Michael Alvin Aucoin of Metairie, 4.0 GPA; computer science major Judson Clark II of Denham Springs, 4.0 GPA; and computer science major Bishwas Ghimire of Nepal, 4.0 GPA.

1)Retired Judge Burrell Carter2)President's medal winners


1) RETIRED JUDGE ADDRESSES SOUTHEASTERN GRADUATESRetired Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal addresses students and guests at Southeastern's spring commencement ceremony Saturday.

2) PRESIDENTS MEDAL WINNERSSoutheastern awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to 11 students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in the university's five colleges. Pictured on the front row, from left, are Abhishesh Acharya and Ashish Acharya of Nepal, Janis Urena of Lacombe, Michael Aucoin of Metairie, Amanda Hines of Mandeville, and Laura Blount of Holden. Back row, from left, are Southeastern President John L. Crain, Judson Clark, II of Denham Springs, Blake Brupbacher and Sarah Bertrand of Covington, Yogesh Agrawal and Bishwas Ghimire of Nepal, and commencement speaker Judge Burrell J. Carter.

Southeastern Library partners with Humane Society for exam stress relief
Erin St. Pierre and PintaStudents facing final exams this week at Southeastern flocked to Sims Memorial Library last Thursday (May 9) to de-stress with some furry friends, courtesy of the St. Tammany Humane Society and the library staff.
     The Humane Society brought in a variety of adoptable large and small people-friendly pooches for a few hours, giving students the opportunity to play with the pets in the library breezeway between studying for finals.
     Students were encouraged to interact with the animals as part of a popular stress relief method called dog therapy, a movement that libraries and schools around the nation are beginning to join.
     "The event went very well," said Beth West, reference/distance learning librarian who organized the event. "We had a lot of people stop by throughout the day. I think the students definitely benefited from this."
     The St. Tammany Humane Society also had information on internships and volunteer opportunities for interested students.


PLAYING WITH POOCHESSoutheastern student Erin St. Pierre of Larose gives kisses to "Pinta," a rescue dog brought to the university's campus Thursday as part of "Puppy Therapy," a program intended to help students de-stress before final exams.

Southeastern student making inroads into fashion industry
Jackie Didier and Angelle BurtFor Southeastern student Angelle Burt, fashion is her passion.
     Fully aware of the intensely competitive field of fashion merchandising, Burt is intent on pursuing a career in the highly charged, very visible arena of the fashion industry.
     The senior from Mandeville, a third generation student at Southeastern, took a major step into the business when she participated in New Orleans' Fashion Week, an event where local designers and boutiques can showcase their work.
     While it doesn't have the reputation for fashion that New York or Paris may offer, Fashion Week is an event held in various cities and features the work of local designers.
     "Vendors travelled from all over to see what New Orleans had to offer, so it's a pretty big deal for everyone involved," said Burt. "Fashion Week creates a lot of jobs within the fashion industry, and people don't have to move all the way to Los Angeles or New York to have a career in fashion; they can stay in New Orleans if they'd like."
     Burt was asked to submit a design for Fashion Week after she participated in itsCareer Day and entered a piece in the student design competition.
     "I entered a piece I designed for a fashion design class at Southeastern," Burt said "I went to Goodwill, found a dress from the 80s and completely redesigned it to look modern. I'm proud of how the dress turned out and was really excited to see it on the runway with photographers snapping shots of all the hard work I put into the dress."
     Burt said she has always been a huge fan of fashion from a young age, but became really interested in design when, years ago, she started watching Project Runway, the same reality television show on which Southeastern alumni Matt Arthur recently competed. She has wanted to design ever since.
     Burt credits Southeastern faculty with encouraging her throughout her academic journey.
     "The faculty at Southeastern really care about whether we are learning in our classes and want us to succeed in our future endeavors," she said. "They know what the real world is like and want us to be prepared."
     "Angelle is a creative thinker and a risk taker. She has a talent for transforming her thoughts into either actions or a tangible object," said Jackie Didier, instructor in the fashion merchandising program. "She also wisely uses her mistakes as a stepping stone to the next level of perfection. All of these attributes are essential to achieving success in the volatile and very fickle fashion industry.  I fully expect to see her name in the limelight in the future."
     Although Burt admits all her instructors at Southeastern have been helpful, she specifically cites Didier as one who has inspired her the most in her chosen career.
     "Jackie Didier is the most outstanding teacher in my opinion," she said. "To encourage and inspire us, she has guest speakers come and talk to the students about how they got started in their fashion careers, professionals like Northshore personal stylist Patti Beal and one of the QVC founding women, T.J. Reid.
     "She also keeps in contact with so many graduates and is more than happy to help them with any conflict they may come across," Burt added. "She literally does everything possible to give us the tools we need to succeed."
     Burt currently holds an internship with Tabitha and Miciah Bethune of New Orleans. The designers own and design for a men's wear company called The Wildlife Reserve, which focuses on bringing back styles and materials not often used today.
     Burt helped the company prepare for Fashion Week.
     "I helped sew dancer's costumes together, helped with model fittings and attended photo shoots to make sure everything ran smoothly," she said. "It was really demanding, but I absolutely loved every minute of it. They are keeping me on as an intern next semester."
     Burt acknowledges Southeastern and her experiences with her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha, for teaching her valuable life lessons as well.
     "I feel like I can leave Southeastern after graduation and accomplish anything I set my mind to," she added. "Southeastern has provided me with great lifelong friends and amazing teachers, and I believe that is the foundation for getting through life."
Burt is set to graduate Southeastern in December 2013.


FASHION PASSION – Jackie Didier, left, instructor in Southeastern's fashion marketing program, makes an adjustment to the dress worn by senior Angelle Burt of Mandeville. Burt is pursuing a career in the fashion industry and credits Didier with inspiring her in her career choice.

De Noux authors new post-Katrina police novel

Southeastern police detective O'Neil De Noux has released his latest police novel, a thriller set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
     "City of Secrets," tells the story of a fractured New Orleans Police Department struggling to hold things together two months after the hurricane devastated the city, left police stations destroyed, and saw the mass desertion of officers, explained De Noux.
     "The gradual influx of transient workers destined to help rebuild the city begins, along with new criminals eager to fill the void left when most of the hometown thugs evacuated," he said
     The book is a follow up to De Noux's award-winning novel "John Raven Beau," named the 2011 Police Book of the year by It continues the series of the half-Cajun, half-Sioux NOPD homicide detective who has appeared in more than 20 of De Noux's published stories.
     A resident of Covington and an investigator with Southeastern's police department since 2006, De Noux has served with the sheriff's offices in Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. He has also worked as a private investigator, criminal intelligence analyst and creative writing instructor. He has been writing professionally since 1988.

Southeastern in the news

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Drastic budget cuts hit Southeastern; Dr. Crain prepares for more

Science-tech students honored at Southeastern

SELU students get some heartwarming stress relief

BR Advocate
SLU students befriend people with disabilities

Dogs ease stress before SLU finals

SLU's Lion's Roar staff earns LPA accolades

Retired judge to address SLU graduates

Eight students honored for work on yearbook

Southeastern fraternity listed among top 10

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, while nine members of the track and field teams will compete in the NCAA East Regional during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (33-22) will open conference tournament play in Sugar Land, Texas on Wednesday. Fourth-seeded Southeastern will face No. 5 seed Lamar to open tournament play with a 7 p.m. contest. The tournament runs through Saturday with the winner earning the league's automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
     All of this week's Southeastern baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and The Southland Conference will provide a free video and audio stream of the tournament online via the Southland Digital Network. The championship game of the tournament will air exclusively on ESPN3.
     Five Lions and four Lady Lions will head to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the NCAA Track and Field Preliminary Championships at the East Regional meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Representing Southeastern will be Derek Hampton (men's javelin), Jonathan Kinchen (men's hammer throw), Phillippe Moore (men's long jump), Jeffrey Milliron (men's discus), Casey Revere (men's javelin), Jenna Baker (women's javelin), Misha Frazier (women's javelin), Alicia Noel (women's 400-meter hurdles) and Brittany Pfantz (women's pole vault). The top 12 athletes in each event in both the east and west regionals will qualify for the finals competition, June 5-8, in Eugene, Ore.

Wednesday, May 22
Baseball, vs. Lamar (Southland Conference Tournament), Sugar Land, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (SLC Digital)

Thursday, May 23
Baseball, Southland Conference Tournament, Sugar Land, Texas, 12/7 p.m. (KSLU) (SLC Digital)
Men's and Women's Track and Field, NCAA East Regional, Greensboro, N.C., All Day

Friday, May 24
Baseball, Southland Conference Tournament, Sugar Land, Texas, 12/7 p.m. (KSLU) (SLC Digital)
Men's and Women's Track and Field, NCAA East Regional, Greensboro, N.C., All Day

Saturday, May 25
Baseball, Southland Conference Tournament, Sugar Land, Texas, 1/5 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN3)
Men's and Women's Track and Field, NCAA East Regional, Greensboro, N.C., All Day

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