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GET A GRIP – Southeastern Associate Professor of Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Lu Yuan, right, instructs student Keaton Northington of Covington on the use of a hydraulic hand dynamometer while fellow student Alyssa Ybarra of Slidell records data. Both students are majoring in Occupational Safety, Health and Environment at Southeastern, which is instituting several new minor concentrations in the field.
Reception to honor retirees
There will be a reception to honor the 2013-2014 retirees on Tuesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Center.
The following retirees will be honored: Vivian Addison, Beatrice Baldwin, Joan Barron, Donald Bell, Diane Bergeron, Ramesh Bettagere, Charles Brumfield, Ralph Chandler, Paul Crawford, Jacqueline Didier, Cheryl Edwards, Ed Gautier, Jodie Green, Sid Guedry, Susan Guidroz, Karen Harper, Roxie Jones, Carl Keith, Elisabetta LeJeune, James Lloyd, Joyce Maynor, Cheryl McCrory, Joseph Monistere, Nick Norton, Jan Ortego, Joy Peterman, Gloria Pitts, Lynette Ralph, Elizabeth Richardson, Ralph Schnellenberger, Tecla Schillage, Joanne Showalter, Betty Smith, Linda Synovitz, Theresa Tageant, Debra Thompson, Margaret Webb, Joyce White, Marvin Whittington, Anne Wilbourne, Wendy Zhang and Betty Zinna.
Southeastern to host composer Gwyneth Walker
Widely performed composer Gwyneth Walker of New Canaan, Conn., will be at Southeastern Friday, March 21, to conduct a masterclass and a workshop for the university's composition students and singers.
A masterclass for solo singers will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and a choral workshop will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m., where the Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will sing selected pieces composed by Walker. Both will be conducted in the Pottle Music Annex Building Choir Room. A question and answer session with composition students and singers will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Pottle Music Annex Recital Hall.
All events are free of charge and open to the public.
"It is thrilling to have an internationally known composer visiting us," said Vocal Area Coordinator Alissa Rowe. "Our students will have an opportunity to sing for her and get to work one-on-one with her on their repertoire."
Walker's compositions include over 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus and solo voice. Her special interest has focused on dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting and movement.
Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music where she earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in music composition. She is a former member of the faculty at the Oberlin College Conservatory.
For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
Award winning writer Rich Cohen to be featured in Southeastern's 'Common Read' program
New York Times bestselling author Rich Cohen will visit Southeastern Monday, March 24, as part of the institution's spring Common Read program.
Sponsored by the Department of English, the Southeastern Writing Center, and the Student Government Association, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read the works of an important contemporary author and then actually meet the writer.
Events that day include student presentations on Cohen's work at 9:30 a.m. and an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author. At 7 p.m. Cohen will perform a reading of his own work, followed by a question and answer session, book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
Among his works is "The Fish that Ate the Whale," a biography of Samuel Zemurray, a Russian immigrant who came to New Orleans and rose from a fruit peddler to president of the United Fruit Co. The book details Zemurray's role as a powerbroker, working behind the scenes with mercenaries, CIA agents, Central American governments and American elected officials and statesmen.
A native of Chicago and a resident of Connecticut, Cohen has written 10 books and a host of magazine articles for publication such as "The New Yorker," "The Atlantic," "Harper's Magazine," and "Vanity Fair," where he is a contributing editor. He has won the Great Lakes Book Award and the Chicago Public Library's 21st Century Award, and his stories have been included in "The Best American Essays" and "The Best American Travel Writing."
"For several years now, we've sponsored a Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students," said Department of English Head David Hanson. "By meeting and talking with an author who they're studying intensively in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author's life of writing."
Silent auction items build excitement for Chefs Evening
Every year part of the excitement of Southeastern's Chefs Evening, surrounds the silent auction. Scheduled March 23 in the Grand Ballroom of the newly opened Student Union Theatre, this year's Chefs Evening Silent Auction promises adventure in the form of trips to exciting destinations.
"With a renewed effort on bringing in a greater variety of items, the auction is certain to have something for everyone," said Southeastern Assistant Director of Annual Giving Tasha Cooper. "With over 75 items to be auctioned, the options will range from gift cards to local businesses to a fully paid trip to the 2015 Super Bowl, including airfare and accommodations. The auction is reason enough to attend this year, so don't miss out and don't be late. And don't forget your checkbook."
Items up for auction this year include a Top Gun Experience-Fighter Pilot Mission; a Sonoma, Calif., spa trip of four-days/three-nights at Fairmont Sonoma Spa and Inn; an Oahu, Hawaii, vacation of seven days/six nights with lodging, flight, tour and gift card included; 2015 NFL Super Bowl trip that includes four days/ three nights hotel accommodations, two tickets, flights, souvenir package, lodging and breakfast; 2014 Kentucky Derby trip includes four days / three nights, two derby tickets, car rental, breakfast; and two badges to 2015 Masters Golf Tournament.
Additional auction items include a New York Fashion Week trip – three days /two nights with accommodations; a 2014 CMA Awards trip - two tickets plus lodging and breakfast; a shopping trip to New York – four days/three nights at the Plaza Hotel, two $1,000 gift cards and flight included; two cruise vouchers for the Steamboat Natchez and cocktail walking tour for two; a pie a month for a year; five days/four nights in Cancun; four one-day passes to Disney World; portrait session and one 16x20 photo; two subscriptions to the 2014-2015 Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert series at the Columbia Theatre; a pontoon boat ride on Pass Manchac; four Gulf States PGA Golf Passes; a meat basket; and a one-night stay at L'auberge Casino with dinner at Bon Temps Buffet.
The auction items were donated by Blue Tree Marketing, Gray Line Tours, Blue Ribbon Pies, Premier Cancun Vacations, Disney, Phillip Colwart Photography, LPO, Turtle Cove, PGA, E4C Farms and L'auberge Casino. Other items have been donated by Mignon Faget, the New Orleans Zephyrs, Blythewood Plantation, Sweetwater Riding Stables, Panera Bread, La Carretas, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Childrens Discovery Center, Perfectly Fit, N'Tinis, Hammond Florist, Dallas Stars, Canvas On Demand, Whole Foods, RedBox Movies, Tinder Box, White Oak, and many more.
Chefs Evening is the largest fundraiser for the university, and attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of scholarships and academic programming at Southeastern. Hundreds of alumni and friends are expected to take part in this Southern Louisiana dining experience.
This year's sponsors include LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, First Guaranty Bank, Whitney Bank, Entergy, Holly & Smith Architects, Investar Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
To order individual tickets, patron tables or for more information, please call 549-3771, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southeastern.edu/chefsevening.
SUPPORT FOR CHEFS EVENING -- Investar Bank is lending a hand to Chefs Evening, Southeastern's largest fundraiser, as a sponsor of this year's event, scheduled for Sunday, March 23. From left are Lynn Horgan, director of individual, corporate and foundation relations, Investar Regional President Cordell White, and Southeastern Assistant Director of Annual Giving Tasha Cooper.
The brothers of Delta Tau Delta are sponsoring a replacement blood drive on behalf
of two year old Emma Romsky. Emma has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of the
muscles and is scheduled for a stem cell transplant as soon as possible.
The blood drive will take place at the Vera Thomason Health Center, 1200 Infirmary Drive, on Monday, March 24, from 2 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you would like to schedule your donation time in advance, please email Gene Pregeant at email@example.com.
The goal is 50 donations.
Southeastern students spread community spirit through 'The Big Event'
More than 500 Southeastern students spread their good will and thanks to area communities and organizations by volunteering their Saturday morning (March 15) to service projects in the region.
Moving heavy furniture, cleaning, landscaping, painting and other activities occupied the students as they went from site to site as part of the Student Government Association-sponsored The Big Event. This is the fourth year Southeastern students are participating in The Big Event, a nationwide effort to involve students in community service.
"I think The Big Event is a really great thing we have at Southeastern. It gives us a chance to thank the community that we call home while we attend the university," said Taylor Petit, a marketing major from Luling, who served as co-director of the service day. "We are grateful for what the community does for us and are very willing to give back when we can.
"It's so awesome that in a few hours we can make such great connections to the people in our community," she added. "A few internships were actually given out Saturday to some of our volunteers."
Mark Goree, associate pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hammond, was high in his praise of the work done around the church facilities by students from Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, Delta Tau Delta and Kappa Sigma.
"These are good kids and they all did a great job," Goree said. "The girls cleaned windows, and the guys moved some very large, heavy pieces of furniture from upstairs. It was a tremendous amount of work that would have taken us weeks to accomplish, and they knocked it out in a few hours. We're an older congregation, and our members physically just aren't able to do this kind of work."
1) LION UP FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE – Some of the nearly 600 Southeastern students 'Lion Up' as they prepare to go out to work sites in Hammond and the surrounding area as part of The Big Event, the university's annual day of community service. This was the fourth year the Student Government Association sponsored The Big Event, which has now become a national event.
2) PAINTING FOR A CAUSE – Participating in The Big Event, Cierra McDaniel, a Southeastern sophomore from Kentwood, paints a wall in the offices of Child Advocacy Services in Hammond
Southeastern announces summer - fall priority registration
Southeastern students may register for summer and fall 2014 classes Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28.
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, 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, 549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 27, 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. – 2:30 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 who means business should attend this conference."
Women Mean Business presenters include Mari Ann Callais, the director of development for The Center for Living, Learning, Leading for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, who will present "Stepping Up and Leaning In: A Woman's Guide to Living and Leading;" Michelle Cullison, president of Daystar New Media, who will present "Developing Your Professional Presence Online;" and TJ Reid, QVC personality, fashion accessory designer, author and journalist, who will present "What Mother Never Told Ya About Life."
The event will also feature an informative panel of experts who will address the top wellness issues for women in 2014.
Additional highlights of the conference include a silent auction, a vendor expo throughout the day, door prizes, and an exclusive showcase of spring and summer looks sponsored by Hammond Square, Summers added.
Table, vendor and ad sponsorships are available for businesses interested in participating in the event.
Cost to attend the event is $35 in advance or $45 on event day with breakfast and lunch included; Southeastern students may attend free of charge.
To register or for more information about table sponsorships, visit www.tangipw.org or contact the LSBDC at 549-3831 or email@example.com.
Southeastern vocal performance students earn top spots in Louisiana singing competition
Four Southeastern vocal performance students collected first place awards in singing at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) state competition held Saturday (March 8) at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Winning the competitions in their particular categories were Benjamin Vollentine of Covington, in the category of Sophomore Men; Kimberly Dupre of Luling, first place, Advanced Women category; Stephen Dale of Covington, first place, Music Theatre over 21 Years of Age; Kristina Temple of Amite, first place, Senior Women, and second place, Music Theatre over 21 Years of Age. Also recognized was Alyssa Hernandez of Metairie, third place, Junior Women.
"Our students showed considerable expertise and poise in a very competitive atmosphere against students of the same length of vocal training and age," said Joy Ratliff, Southeastern associate professor of voice. "They performed beautifully under the stress of competition. These talented students represented Southeastern very well."
Ratliff and Voice Professor Stephen Rushing attended the conference with the students and judged singers from other institutions during the competition.
Twelve music and voice majors from Southeastern participated in the state NATS competition.
SOUTHEASTERN SINGERS SCORE BIG – Several voice majors at Southeastern earned honors at the recent conference of the Louisiana chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette March 8. Pictured, from left, are Kristina Temple of Amite, first place, Senior Women and second place, Music Theatre over 21 Years of Age; Kimberly Dupre of Luling, first place, Advanced Women; Alyssa Hernandez of Metairie; third place, Junior Women; and Benjamin Vollentine of Covington, first place, Sophomore Men. Not shown is Stephen Dale of Covington, first place, Music Theatre over 21 Years of Age.
Student nominations requested
The annual Southeastern Division for Student Affairs Awards Convocation recognizes outstanding student leaders each year. The Office for Student Engagement is coordinating the awards ceremony and requests your help in recognizing those students who have made and are making contributions to the university by nominating them for awards.
All members of Southeastern's administration, faculty, staff and/or student organization presidents and student organization advisors are requested and encouraged to nominate those students they feel are deserving. Each award has different requirements, but all nominations are due Wednesday March 19, by 5 p.m.
The nomination packet, which consists of all forms needed to nominate students for each award, is available on the Office for Student Engagement's website: www.southeastern.edu/admin/ose/how_do_i/dsa_awards_packet.
The awards ceremony will be held April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. For additional information, please contact the Office for Student Engagement at 549-2120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Southeastern's Zoom into Careers expands programs, locations for junior high and
high school students this summer
Junior high and high school students can choose from an expanding list of exciting career fields at Southeastern this summer through "Zoom into Careers" workshops at all three Southeastern locations plus Northshore Technical Community College's Greensburg campus.
New to this year's Zoom lineup of 13 programs are emergency management and creative writing and publishing. Favorite programs from previous years to be offered include animation, automotive technology, culinary arts, criminal justice, industrial and engineering technology, moviemaking, photography, radio, television, theatre and web design.
"Our four-day workshops are designed to explore the variety of career paths available in each of these exciting fields. Participants attending Zoom workshops are exposed to a real work environment that focuses on teamwork and project completion," said Charlotte Collins, director of Non-Credit Programs at Southeastern. "At the end of the week, Zoom participants demonstrate what they have learned to family and friends."
Workshops are open to all rising 7th through graduating 12th grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond, the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, as well as NTCC's Greensburg campus.
"To celebrate our sixth year," Collins said, "the program has partnered with area high schools and NTCC to provide a taste of work in various fields. In NTCC workshops, both two and four-year degrees and certifications will be introduced, as appropriate to each discipline. Registration will be limited in each workshop to small groups, some as low as six participants."
To ensure participation, Collins encourages interested students to register early. Participants can take advantage of early bird discounts of 15 percent by registering before May 8. Registration will continue through June 5 and is available online at www.southeastern.edu/zoom.
Investing Fundamentals and Strategies
Tom Meyer, April 3 - 10
The course begins with the fundamentals of investments including advantages and disadvantages of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Use of investment strategies that consider risk management, asset allocation and maximizing tax-deferral are explored. Attendees will be offered a complementary written financial strategy. Learn more.
QuickBooks Level II
Jason DeGraw, April 27 - June 10
Employees and business owners currently using QuickBooks for financial accounting who want to increase their knowledge or advance their career through certification would benefit from this course. Read more.
Adobe Photoshop for Beginners
Chuck Billiot, April 9 - 16
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to set up a work space, use the Photoshop Browser, explain basic tools and filters, crop and rotate, create vignettes, eliminate dust and scratches, correct red eye defect in images, perform image color correction, basic retouching, use adjustment layers and much more. Don't miss out.
SHRM Essentials of HR Management
Danielle Riecke-Levy, April 10 - May 8
The SHRM Essentials of HR Management is a premier introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the human resource functions. If you are new to human resources or simply want to strengthen your employee management skills, this program is for you. This cost effective course covers real-life HR issues and today's most vital and timely topics. Learn more.
You are the Customer Experience
Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed & David Kiviaho, April 29
Learn how to excel in serving and managing customers. The course will increase the frontline staff members on the job performance through the exploration of the nine principles of customer management, as outlined in the business book, Customer Management: "The Kiisa Service Cycle." Start now.
Zoom registration is now open
For rising 7th - 12th graders, Zoom summer program registration is open now. Register before May 8 for the Early Bird price.
Courses include Emergency Response, Animation, Creative Writing, Industrial & Engineering Technology, Photography, Criminal Justice, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Web Design, Television, Movie Making, Radio, and Theatre.
SLU offering junior high and high school students summer courses at 4 locations
Southeastern vocal performance students ear top spots in Louisiana singing competition
'Harlow' among writer's favorites of '13
Hammond Daily Star
French professors settle case
Southeastern computer science students win top honors at regional competition
Inside Northside (March/April)
Go Green! Keep it Clean! Southeastern goes green
Southeastern's program with recycled trees helps prevent shoreline erosion
The Southeastern baseball, softball and tennis teams all hit the road in Southland
Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion baseball team (11-8, 2-1 Southland) opens the week with a trip to in-state foe Tulane on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest. Southeastern will open up its Southland Conference road schedule on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. contest at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The series continues with a 7:30 p.m. contest on Saturday and the series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
The softball team (7-8, 3-3 Southland) will be at home to start the week, hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday at North Oak Park. Wednesday will be a Cane's Challenge night. If the Lady Lions score three or more runs in either game, fans can take their ticket to a Hammond Raising Cane's by the close of business on Thursday and receive a free combo with the purchase of another.
The Lady Lions will then open a seven-game road swing with a weekend league series at Houston Baptist. The three-game set opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, before closing with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
The Southeastern tennis team (8-2, 4-1 Southland) will look for its third straight victory on Tuesday, when it hosts Rutgers at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. Southeastern students attending the match will receive free food courtesy of Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions.
The Lions will then hit the road for a pair of Southland Conference matches. The road trip opens on Thursday evening with a 6 p.m. match at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Incarnate Word awaits Southeastern on Sunday for a 12 p.m. match in San Antonio.
The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Alabama Relays, which are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. LionVision subscribers will also be able to access a live video stream of Wednesday's softball doubleheader at LionSports.net.
Tuesday, March 18
Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Women's Tennis, vs. Rutgers, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
Free food for Southeastern students
Wednesday, March 19
Softball, vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
Cane's Challenge Night
Thursday, March 20
Women's Tennis, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 6 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala., All Day
Friday, March 21
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala., All Day
Saturday, March 22
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU) *
Softball, at Houston Baptist (DH), Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala., All Day
Sunday, March 23
Baseball, at. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Professor Hye-Young Kim (Physics) and Dr. Eric Booth (Chemistry) have coauthored an article titled "Contribution of Chirality to the Adsorption of a Kr Atom on a Single Wall Carbon Nanotube," in the Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Vol. 175, 590-603 (2014) in collaboration with researchers at Howard University.
Joan Gunter (Livingston Literacy and Technology Center) was nominated and elected to the Board of the Louisiana Council for Economic Education. In addition to serving on the board, Gunter hopes to help with PR/recruiting for Southeastern and internship opportunities.
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