ByLion--May 6


Guitar Quarter performs at summit

Northlake Community Band concert

Doing business while doing good

Early bird camp registration extended

Honors convocations this week

Alumni to host study hall

Late Night Breakfast

Commencement traffic changes

CPTP May and June programs

Southeastern in the news

CSD program hosts panel

Nursing co-hosts conference

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern Guitar Quartet performs at academic summit
Guitar QuartetFour Southeastern music students - Blake Guidry, West Lentz, Amon Straughter, and Shane Zeringue - performed at the University of Louisiana Academic Summit Performance Showcase held at the University of Louisiana at Monroe on April 12. Representing the university as the Southeastern Guitar Quartet, the group performed two movements of Gabriel Faure's, Dolly Suite.
     This was the second annual Academic Summit which featured academic participation in all of the disciplines from all of the University of Louisiana System's nine members, and the first year that a Performance Showcase was presented.
     "The event was essentially a collaborative formal concert which featured soloists, two ensembles, and a dramatic presentation all presented by undergraduates enrolled in our sister universities," said Patrick Kerber, the students' instructor and designated faculty advisor. "All of the schools in the ULS system were well represented, and our Guitar Quartet, which features members from every class, performed beautifully. We received numerous compliments from the audience, as the guys obviously made an impression.
     "I was very pleased with their preparation, and their ability to perform so well on a travel day – driving four hours, and performing without any real down time. It was an educational opportunity to operate in a situation that professional musicians often have to face, and it was definitely an artistic success. My hat's off to these students!"

Members of the Southeastern Guitar Quartet are, from left, senior Shane Zeringue, junior West Lentz, sophomore Blake Guidry, and freshman Amon Straughter.

Southeastern to present Northlake Community Band concert
Southeastern's Community Music School will present the Northlake Community Band concert on Tuesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The concert is free and will feature "American River Songs" by Pierre La Plante; "Toccata Marziale" by Vaughan Williams; "Salvation is Created" by Tschesnokoff; "Awake" R. Wagner; "Malaguena" by Ernesto Lecuona, arranged by John Cacavas; "My Fair Lady" by Frederick Loewe, arranged by Robert Russel Bennet and "Under the Double Eagle" by J.F. Wagner, arranged by L.P. Laurendeau.
     "The Northlake Community Band is an ensemble that unites musicians who come from various career fields and walks of life. Some of the band members are professional musicians, while other have recently picked up the instruments they played years ago in high school," said Jivka Jeleva, director of the Community Music School. "They come together under the direction of Dr. Jerry Voorhees, who has been the bassoon professor at Southeastern for many years. The Northlake Community Band is a valuable asset to our community's music life."
     Jeleva said the Northlake Community Band is always welcoming new members. For more information, contact the Community Music School at or call 549-5502.

Entrepreneur addresses doing business while doing good in annual ethics lecture
Tal DehtiarFinding ways to bring his business education in line with his own system of values has been a long sought goal of international businessman Tal Dehtiar, founder of the group MBAs Without Borders.
     The Canadian entrepreneur recently shared his experiences and insights with students and others at the annual Ethics in Business lecture, sponsored by the Southeastern College of Business.
     The latest venture for Dehtiar, 32, is Oliberte' Footwear, the first premium shoe company to manufacture its products in sub-Saharan Africa using local workers and materials. Although he is not against countries and others giving aid to developing nations, Dehtiar believes providing employment opportunities and building a lasting economy is a far more effective approach.
He told the story of a man he spoke with in Liberia who was selling shoes and sandals in the marketplace. Dehtiar asked how his business was going.
     "The man shook his head and said to me, 'How do I compete with free?''' he said. "Shoes were being given to people in the area by various aid organizations, so he didn't have any customers. This approach dries up local businesses so the people no longer have the opportunity to make a living for themselves."
     Dehtiar decided to develop a company that would approach manufacturing in a responsible way, employing local workers, using locally-sourced materials and following environmentally sound practices. Oliberte', started in 2009, has its factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and obtains materials and components from Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius and Liberia. Oliberte's goal is to help develop a thriving African middle class.
     "I knew there had to be a way that you can do business and do good," he said. "Business is what changes things, doesn't it? At Oliberte', we are about creating opportunities for people. Our shoes are made by people and for people who care about what they are doing and its impact in the world."
     Dehtiar readily admits that, at the outset, he knew nothing about manufacturing shoes or any other product.
     Why shoes? Because, he explained, "Shoes have always been around and will always be around." He noted that sometimes entrepreneurs are too occupied with finding the next new product or technology, but success can come from finding a new "hook" for products people already need.
     Dehtiar stressed the importance of being sensitive and respectful of local customs and culture of a country in which a company wants to do business, having learned to meld a number of different cultures within his own life. A Canadian, he is the son of a father born in Uzbekistan and who grew up in Ukraine, and a mother born in Siberia. His parents, he said, also provided his model for hard work and business savvy.
     "I believe there are three things in business you should always treat well and they will treat you well: your people, your product and your place," he said. "Our workers have never been under a system where people were offered fair pay, free speech and employee rights, so they don't trust us. The only way we've been able to build that trust is through time and action, showing them that we do what we say we will do."
     Prior to starting Oliberte', Dehtiar was co-founder of MBAs Without Borders, an international charity that has engaged hundreds of experienced MBAs from around the world to volunteer and help build small and social businesses in more than 25 developing countries. He has received numerous awards for his creativity, entrepreneurship and social consciousness efforts.

DOING GOOD BUSINESS – Business entrepreneur and founder of MBAs without Borders Tal Dehtiar presented Southeastern's annual Ethics in Business Lecture, sponsored by the College of Business.

Southeastern's Zoom into Careers extends early bird camp registration
The Division of Extended Studies at Southeastern has extended an early bird registration discount of $280 through May 10 for Zoom into Careers.
     Held from June 17 – 20 on the main campus in Hammond, in Mandeville at the St Tammany Center, and in Walker at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, Zoom into Careers offers 14 exciting career workshops that include Animation, Automotive, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Health Care, Industrial Technology and Engineering, Kinesiology, Movie Making, Photography, Radio, Television, Theatre, Web Design, and Welding.
     "Zoom into Careers is a wonderful way for junior high and high school students to explore career opportunities and experience Southeastern's beautiful campus or regional locations- Mandeville and Walker," said Charlotte Collins, director of Zoom into Careers for Extended Studies. "Extended Studies decided to give parents extra time to make summer plans during this hectic period as school starts to wind down."
     Thanks to generous sponsorships by Sheriff Jason Ard and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office for Zoom into Criminal Justice and AllStar Automotive, along with a partnership with the Northshore Community and Technical College, for Zoom into Automotive in Walker and Greensburg, the tuition for these workshops has been reduced to $55 for the four day workshop, added Collins.
     Zoom workshops are hands-on, using the latest technology in specialized labs to create an interactive experience in the career field of choice. Participants can receive a glimpse into college life with the overnight option in Southeastern's dorms which are offered to high school students participating in workshops on the main campus.
     On-line registration and workshop details are available at For more information, contact Extended Studies at 800-256-2771, 549-2301 or

Honors convocations scheduled this week
Honors convocations for each college will be held this week in the Student Union Theatre.
     The schedule is as follows:

     Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, May 6, 1 p.m.

     Education, May 7, 11 a.m.

     Science and Technology, May 7, 3 p.m.

     Business, May 9, 2 p.m.

     Nursing and Health Sciences, May 9, 6 p.m.

Alumni to host Study Hall May 13
The Southeastern Alumni will host a study hall open to all Southeastern students on Monday, May 13, at the Alumni Center from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Snacks will be provided.
     Please help spread the word among our students.

Late Night Breakfast scheduled
Campus Dining will be providing a Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, May 14, from 9 to 11 p.m. in Cayman Cafe. This is always a well-attended event and a great way to wish our students well on their final exams.
     If you are interested in participating as a volunteer server for Late Night Breakfast, please let us know if you are interested in the early shift (9-10), the late shift (10-11), or both shifts (9-11) by contacting Robin Parker at or at extension 2067.
     We hope you'll be able to join us on May 14 for this event!

Traffic changes planned for Southeastern commencement May 18
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Retired Chief Judge Burrell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals will speak at the ceremony, where approximately 1,200 students will receive associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Carmen Bray, interim director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible, but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     "I want to say 'thank you' to everyone for working with us to get this event organized," said Bray. "It takes several agencies and plenty of planning to make sure everyone can get where they need to go during commencement."
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to be filled early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
     "Officers will begin directing traffic early in the morning," said Bray. "We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m."
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Bray said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
     Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.

CPTP Programs on Campus in May and June
The following three professional development programs will be held on campus in May and June. To register for these classes, please email or call extension 5771 for more information.

CPTP Writing Performance Expectations (May 23, 8:15 – 11:30 a.m., University Center, Room 139)

This half-day class will allow participants to develop the skills needed to write performance expectations in order to identify responsibilities, priorities and measurable goals. The course will also allow supervisors to engage their employees in the expectations writing process and effectively link agency objectives with employee expectations of performance.

CPTP Clarifying Performance Expectations (May 23, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., University Center, Room 139)

This half-day class will assist participants in developing the skills needed to discuss performance expectations with staff in order to identify responsibilities, priorities, and measurable objectives, as well as to gain individual support and commitment to the goals of the agency.

CPTP Providing Quality Service (June 18, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University Center, Room 139)

This one-day class provides a foundation that will help participants address the basic service needs of their customers. Participants will learn how to assess individual situations to identify potential opportunities for providing good service. Participants will also learn specific strategies to help them meet the needs of customers working with state government. Additionally, participants will learn strategies for dealing with difficult and challenging customers.

Southeastern in the news
Action news
Southeastern celebrates Arbor Day

Albuquerque Express
What would it take to build a Death Star?

Amite Tangi Digest
Southeastern specialist helps catalog 600,000 health claims by nuclear workers in Cold War

How Southeastern graduation will affect traffic

Shoe maker describes success lessons in building business in Africa

BR Advocate
IBM makes recruiting stop at Southeastern

Hammond Daily Star
SLU student designs, creates memorial to fallen deputy

Crain: Be prepared for budget cuts

How many more cuts for higher education? (editorial)

Inside Northside
Coaching winners: Southeastern Lions' Rob Roberts

New Orleans Times Picayune
Northlake Community Band concert May 14 at Pottle

CSD program hosts annual Professional Panel
CSD panelThe CSD program, and its student organization, NSSLHA, held the annual Professional Panel on April 29.
     Five speech-language pathologists who are alumnae of the Southeastern's graduate program in CSD shared information about professional issues such as job hunting, patient care, and successfully collaborating with other professionals.

Participants in the Professional Panel were, from left, Dr. Lillian Stiegler, NSSLHA advisor, Amelia Major (home health), Sarah Thames (adult neuro outpatient rehab), Maria Burkett (Tangipahoa Schools), Willisia Tillery (pediatric outpatient services - North Oaks), Melanie Derry (Livingston Parish Schools).

School of Nursing co-hosts conference
Southeastern School of Nursing faculty and graduate nursing students were among regional nurse scholars who shared their work at the recent 2013 Dr. Connie S. Logan Research Day entitled "Transformational Change: Embracing Nurses Future with Unity."   The conference was co-hosted by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Chapter, Rho Zeta and the Southeastern School of Nursing. The conference is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Connie S. Logan of the Southeastern School of Nursing, and the luncheon is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Linda Corson Jones of the LSU Health Sciences Center.
     The purpose of the program is to provide nurses, nurse researchers, and nurse educators within the region the opportunity to network and explore current research findings. Featured speakers included Mary Ann Alexander, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and Barbara Morvant, MN, RN, Executive Director for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
     Southeastern School of Nursing faculty members who presented presentations included: Dr. Luanne Billingsley with Dr. Marsha Bennett (LSUHSC) "Engaging nurses, nursing faculty, and nursing students in a new pedagogy: Evaluating multiuser virtual environment technology in the delivery of cultural competent care during disasters training," and Dr. Ramona Kerner, "Creating a patient health literacy program for preoperative nurses."
     Special thanks to Dr. Kristin Whitty (School of Nursing), Connie Logan Research Day Planning Committee Chair, and the planning committee.

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern softball and track teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships, the Lion baseball team will celebrate Senior Day and the Southeastern golf team will find out its destination for NCAA Regionals during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion softball team (31-20) will me making its first trip since 2008 to the Southland Conference Tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Natchitoches. Southeastern will be the No. 6 in the tournament and will face Sam Houston State in Thursday's first round at 1:30 p.m. The winner of the tournament will receive the league's automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. Adult all-tournament tickets are available for $17 and $12 for youth. Tickets will also be available for each day of the tournament. A single day pass is $9 and $7 for youth. To purchase tickets, call the Northwestern State Ticket Office at (318) 357-4268.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will also compete for Southland Conference championships this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles to compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which run Friday through Sunday.
     The Southeastern baseball team (30-18, 13-8 Southland) will open its week on Tuesday, facing South Alabama at 6:30 p.m. in Mobile, Ala. On Friday, Southeastern will open a three-game Southland Conference series with league leader Sam Houston State with a 6 p.m. contest at Alumni Field. The series continues with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday and concludes with Sunday's 1 p.m. contest. Prior to Sunday's home finale, the Lions will honor the 2013 senior class of Harry Slade, Ben Hernandez, Alex Marse, Ladd Rhodes, Jordan Hymel, Buck Bernard and Kaleb Manuel in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.
     Several promotions will also be held in conjunction with the series versus the Bearkats. Friday will be $5 Friday, as general admission tickets and a concession combo are both available for $5 each. In addition, following Friday's game, Southeastern Athletics and the Southeastern SGA will offer free from Cane's Chicken Fingers and study packs for students preparing for final exams. After the game, Southeastern Athletics and the Campus Activities Board will offer a special on-field screening of the classic baseball movie, The Sandlot. All fans are welcome to stay and enjoy the movie.
     Saturday, we'll be playing Bingo at the Ballpark, as 20 fans will walk away with prizes courtesy of Southeastern Athletics. Sunday is Academy Family Sunday in the Park, sponsored by Academy Sports and Outdoors. Children ages 12 and under can enjoy Roomie's Kid Zone and will have the opportunity to join the Lions on the field for the national anthem. After the game, kids can run the bases and receive autographs from the Lion baseball team.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will find out where it will travel to for its fourth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this week. The Lions earned a spot in the May 16-18 regional round after winning last month's Southland Conference Championships. The NCAA will announce the field on Monday at 8 p.m. on Updates will be available at and
     Southeastern Athletics will also offer Lunch with the Lions on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Students will receive free food as it lasts in the Student Union Park.
     All of this week's Southeastern baseball and softball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and Friday and Saturday's baseball broadcasts may possibly be preempted if they conflict with softball at the Southland Conference Tournament. LionVision subscribers will be able to access live video of all of this week's home games at, where live video provided by the Southland Conference of the league softball tournament will be available. Saturday's championship game will be available exclusively on

Monday, May 6
Men's Golf, NCAA Regional Announcement,, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7
Baseball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)

Wednesday, May 8
Athletics, Lunch with the Lions, Student Union Park, 11 a.m.
   - Free food for students until it runs out

Thursday, May 9
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State (Southland Tournament), Natchitoches, 1:30 p.m. (KSLU)

Friday, May 10
Softball, Southland Conference Tournament, Natchitoches, TBA (KSLU)
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, Lake Charles, All Day
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*#
   - $5 Friday
   - Free food and study packs for students as available
   - Screening of the Sandlot after the game

Saturday, May 11
Softball, Southland Conference Tournament, Natchitoches, TBA (KSLU) (ESPN3)
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, Lake Charles, All Day
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*#
   - Bingo at the Ballpark

Sunday, May 12
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, Lake Charles, All Day
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
   - Senior Day
   - Academy Family Sunday in the Park

* - Southland Conference contest
# - Radio broadcast will be preempted if conflicts with softball
Southeastern home events in bold

Professional activities
Dr. Lolita Boykin (Health and Human Sciences) was recognized as one of 75 Distinguished Honorees at the LSU School of Social Work 75th Anniversary Celebration in appreciation for her commitment to and excellence in social work profession. The event was held at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on April 18.
     Dr. Michael Bisciglia (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented his paper "The Impact of Segregation on Rates of Hispanic Homicide: An Analysis of Ethnic Segregation, Minority to Minority, Minority to Majority, and Within Ethnicity Segregation" at the 76th annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, April 24-27 in Atlanta.


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