Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled Wednesday
The annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House will be held at the President’s Residence
Wednesday, Dec. 6, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. We hope you will join us!
Southeastern’s OSHE program recognized for superior program accreditation
Southeastern’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program has once again
been recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as an exceptional program
holding superior program accreditation.
Southeastern’s OSHE bachelor’s degree is one of only a few of its kind in the
nation. Initiated in 2004 as a workforce demand-driven program that evolved from a
two-year associate degree program, Southeastern’s degree is designed to meet the needs
of industries in the region that demand properly prepared professionals to work in
the increasingly complex field of safety and health in the industrial setting.
BCSP recognizes qualified academic programs for outstanding service as a path
for students to earn CSP certifications and for their consistently high levels of
preparation for professional safety practice. Southeastern’s OSHE program is the only
one to receive this distinction in Louisiana and one of only 34 recognized nationwide.
BCSP is recognized as the leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health,
and environmental practitioners, which establishes standards for and verifies competency
in professional safety practice and evaluates certified applicants for compliance
with recertification requirements.
“The ABET re-accreditation is crucial to ensure the quality of the OSHE program.
It not only drives the continuous improvement of the program but also helps attract
more students to study the highly-promising field that has strong workforce demands
in our region right now,” said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department
of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “With the program producing quality
graduates to meet those demands, the employers also benefit tremendously by hiring
them and receiving their contributions as soon as they enter the workforce.”
Traffic changes planned for Southeastern commencement December 9
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies
on Saturday, Dec. 9, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University
Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
Kimberly Lewis Robinson, the Louisiana Secretary of Revenue, will address nearly
1,100 graduates who will receive associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees
at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
Harold Todd, 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.
Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill
early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted to main campus via North
General Pershing Street and SGA Drive. 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.
Enhancement Grants awarded
Thanks to several successful fundraising initiatives sponsored through the Office
of University Advancement, the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) was able to award
a record number of 28 Enhancement Grants for 2017-2018.
The grants, worth up to $700, are designed to increase faculty productivity and
effectiveness as scholars and teachers, while increasing student learning and student
For more information about the grant program, visit the CFE’s website at https://www.southeastern.edu/admin/cfe/funding_opp/index.html. Proposals are due on the first Monday in October of each year.
Grant recipients not pictured below include Janice Bossart, Lilly Brooks, Ahmad
Fayed, Lara Gardner, Debra Jo Hailey, Denise Hart, Erin Horzelski, Cristina Molina,
Rachael Morgan, Lisa Olson, Alison Pelegrin and Claire Procopio.
GRANT RECIPIENTS - Enhancement grant recipients include, from left, Minh Huynh, Tammy Bourg, Mary
White, Lily Stiegler, Erin Hoffman, Omer Soysal, Jennifer Austin, Mohamed Zeidan,
and Bing Athey.
GRANT RECIPIENTS - Enhancement grant recipients include, from left, Brian Williams, Dan Hollander,
Donna Thomas, Amber Narro, Deborah Dardis, John O'Riley, Janet Jones, and Holly Kihm.
Housing Residents represent Southeastern at SWACURH Conference
Eleven Southeastern students proudly displayed their school spirit and community building
skills at the 2017 SWACURH conference at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway,
Arkansas Nov. 9-12.
The conference, hosted by the Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence
Halls, was themed “The Big Picture.” The 37th annual conference was attended by colleges
and universities throughout Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
The Southeastern delegation, which included Residence Hall Association officers
and members, were recognized with a programming grant and two of the delegation’s
programs were awarded a “Top 10 Conference Program” award. The winning programs included
Kristen Calfee’s “FitLife 101” program and Kendra Hall’s “Tai Chi” program. DeQuaz
Humphries received a three year service pen for his third attendance at SWACURH.
The Southeastern representatives at the conference included Kristen Calfee, Kendra
Hall, Allie Fenerty, Amanda Costales, James Stillwell, Barbara Bach, Alexis Minor,
Georgette Williams, DeQuaz Humphries, Calyn Landaiche, and Advisor Matthew Daniels.
For more information about the Residence Hall Association and opportunities for
residential student leadership outreach, contact University Housing at email@example.com or visit our website at southeastern.edu/liveoncampus.
Addiction recovery to play a part in Southeastern’s Terrell Conference December 8
The University Counseling Center (UCC) at Southeastern will sponsor the inaugural
Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners Friday, Dec. 8. Scheduled from
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the university’s Student Union, the conference will highlight
addiction recovery efforts.
The conference invites professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers
to come together for a full day of networking and professional development.
“We are thrilled to host Dr. Jenny Hollander, who worked under Tom Terrell, the
conference’s namesake, when he was director of the UCC,” said Paige Moody, Southeastern
mental health counselor and conference co-chair. “These presenters are leaders in
their fields, and their collective wisdom challenges us all to make the most of our
Hollander and other speakers will share their expertise on a range of topics
including supervision, ethics, diagnostics with the DSM V, post-traumatic stress in
the military, neurobiology of addiction, counter transference in the treatment of
addiction and recovery and the 12 step model, according to Moody.
Exclusive to conference attendees is a conference expo where attendees can have
one-on-one dialogue with local mental health agencies about prevention programs and
substance abuse treatment centers. Several UCC collaborative partners will participate,
including but not limited to Florida Parishes Human Service Authority, The Grove,
Lakeview Health, and River Oaks Hospital.
Children, teens can audition for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Gulliver’s Travels”
will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the
A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been
a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s fall
“Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Executive
Director of Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood. “Approximately 50-60 local students will
be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast
the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging,
songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with
professionally designed costumes and scenery.”
Students wishing to audition must arrive by 4 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour
session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition
and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
“Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile
never hurts,” said Blackwood. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good
Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Friday from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Columbia
Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
ULS President to speak at December 12 luncheon
Jim Henderson, president and CEO of the University of Louisiana System, will be featured
at the Tuesday, Dec. 12, Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Southeastern’s
Student Union Ballroom.
Henderson will share the tenets of the recently-released “ULS Strategic Framework,”
in which the system’s nine campuses collectively pledge to graduate an additional
150,000 students by the year 2020. This aggressive agenda can create the most highly-educated
Louisiana population in history and will poise the state for unsurpassed success.
The Chamber encourages regional participation in the luncheon as the University
of Louisiana System’s nine higher education institutions are vital partners in our
communities continued growth. ULS universities include Southeastern, Grambling State
University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University,
Northwestern State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of
Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.
Tickets for the luncheon are $30 and reserved tables of eight are $390. Pre-registration
is required. The luncheon is open to the general public and will begin at 11:15 a.m.
Click here to register.
For more information, contact the Greater Hammond Chamber at 345-4457.
Southeastern Laboratory School earns ‘Top Gains,’ ‘A’ rating
The Southeastern Laboratory School was recently designated as a ‘Top Gains’ school
for improving from an ‘A’ rating of 110 last year to a 118 ‘A’ rating in school performance
scores for 2016-17 as determined by the Louisiana Department of Education. As the
only ‘A’-rated school within the Tangipahoa Parish Public School system, the elementary
school’s score is based on students’ mastery of key content for their grade levels,
and their successful transition into 9th grade.
“The faculty and I are extremely excited that our school performance score improved
to allow us to be recognized as a ‘Top Gains’ school,” said Interim Lab School Director
Pat Williams. “The continued effort of our teachers to provide an optimum learning
environment for our students is to be applauded. And, of course, the cooperation,
collaboration and commitment to learning by our parents, along with that learning
environment, have assisted us in reaching such recognition.”
Located on Southeastern’s campus in the Cate Teacher Education Center, the Lab
School is a tuition-based school that offers a small school setting. It houses kindergarten
through eighth grade with only one class per grade and is a specifically-designed
learning facility that includes both open and traditional instructional classroom
“The teachers and staff at the Lab School have created a learning environment
with a family-like atmosphere that promotes excellence in education,” said Williams.
“While at the same time students also have the opportunity to earn high school credits
in keyboarding, computer literacy, health, English I, algebra I, and journeys to careers,”
Fulfilling its specialized role in partnership with Southeastern’s College of
Education, the Lab School currently enrolls eight teacher candidates in full-year
classroom residency positions. Learning alongside an experienced mentor teacher, coupled
with a competency-based curriculum, provides knowledge and skills needed for the first
day of teaching school.
“These young teachers bring enthusiasm and vitality to the classroom, along with
new learning techniques and technologies,” she said. “They are a true asset to our
Toys needed for foster children
Southeastern’s Department of Health and Human Sciences and College of Business, along
with the Association of Latin American Students and the Louisiana Child Welfare Training
Academy, are sponsoring a toy drive for children in the foster care system from infant
to 16 years of age.
Donations will be accepted at the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, located
in White Hall, room 28-131, and in the College of Business in Garrett Hall, room 75,
Dec. 4-6. Drop off times are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gabriela Pacheco, training/grants coordinator at the Louisiana Child Welfare
Training Academy, said there are 836 children in foster care in the region, and 192
children are managed through Tangipahoa Parish.
“We want to make a difference this Christmas and bring joy,” said Pacheco. “Please
help us collect new, unwrapped toys to bring Christmas to children in the foster care
system and give them a toy for a smile.”
Suggested gifts, Pacheco added, include dolls, bikes, popular board games, gift
cards, hand held computer games, perfumed body lotions or soaps, skooters, jewelry
and craft kits, video games, diaries, Lil Ponies, drawing and sketching kits, or any
hand held type toys, such as rubix cubes, match box cars, trucks, and trains.
For more information, contact Pacheco at firstname.lastname@example.org.