Southeastern Business Lecture to feature business professor, author and corporate
Noted author, award-winning professor and corporate trainer Christopher Neck will
be the featured speaker at Southeastern’s annual College of Business Lecture.
The lecture, titled “Self-Leadership: The Power of Self Talk,” is scheduled April
17, at 7 p.m., in the Student Union Grand Ballroom on the third floor. The presentation
is free and open to the public.
Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips said this year’s lecture
is presented in memory of John O. Batson, who established the Business Ethics lecture
series in 1984.
“The programmatic ancestor of the Business Lecture was the Ethics Lecture - for
many years the Livingston Ethics Lecture. John passed away this year and we gratefully
celebrate his family’s commitment to seeing that his history with the lecture series
is honored,” she said. “For this year’s lecture, Dr. Christopher Neck’s dynamic style
and his topic promise to be engaging for students, faculty, staff, and guests.”
An Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University, Neck is author
and/or coauthor of 22 books. His research specialities include employee/executive
fitness, self-leadership, leadership, group decision-making processes, and self-managing
teams. He has over 100 publications in the form of books, chapters, and articles in
Neck is the deputy editor of the “Journal of Leadership and Management.” Due
to his expertise in management, he has been cited in numerous national publications
including “The Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal,” The Los Angeles Times,”
“The Houston Chronicle,” and the “Chicago Tribune.”
In 2007, as the recipient of the Business Week Favorite Professor Award, Neck
was featured in businessweek.com as one of the approximately 20 professors from across
the world to receive the award.
Some of the organizations that have participated in Neck’s management development
training include GE/Toshiba, Busch Gardens, the United States Army, American Airlines,
Clark Construction, Dillard’s Department Stores, and Prudential Life Insurance.
For more information about the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2258.
Let's Talk: Art" Series features Van Gogh
The third lecture in the series "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's
Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held on
Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern's campus.
Morgan Methvien, graduating senior in art history, will present "Spiritual Connotations
and Symbols of Nature Cults in Vincent van Gogh's Works."
The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at 549-3962.
Honors convocations schedule announced
College honors convocations are scheduled the week of April 29. All faculty and staff
are invited to attend.
The schedule is as follows:
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Monday, April 29,
1 p.m., Alumni Center
College of Science and Technology: Tuesday, April 30, 3 p.m., Alumni Center
College of Education: Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m., Alumni Center
College of Business: Thursday, May 2, 4 p.m., Alumni Center
College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Thursday, May 2, 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services will sponsor a special job fair on May 2
to help students locate part-time or full-time jobs during the summer. Area employers
looking to hire multiple employees are invited to participate in the free event.
Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Student
“As the spring semester draws to a close, many students are in need of part-time
jobs and internship opportunities for the summer and upcoming fall semester,” said
Director of Career Services Ken Ridgedell. “The Summer 2019 Part-Time Job Fair is
a great opportunity for employers to recruit Southeastern students, and this particular
event has no registration fee, so it is free for employers to participate.”
Ridgedell said the part-time job fair is a casual dress event for students to
drop by between classes. Since the event is held outside in the Student Union breezeway,
Ridgedell encourages participants to dress comfortably.
Although the event is free, employers are encouraged to register as soon as possible
due to limited space. Registration is available at southeastern.edu/career, and the registration deadline is Friday, April 26.
For more information about the part-time job fair, email email@example.com or call 549-2121.
Southeastern student earns national OSH&E scholarship
A Southeastern senior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has
been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Tyler Sansone of Baton Rouge received the $5,000 award based upon his cumulative
grade point average, a submitted essay on why he entered the program, and his commitment
to obtaining professional certification upon his graduation.
In addition to his studies at Southeastern, Sansone is a student member of the
American Society of Safety Professionals and is involved in intramural sports, having
participated in both men’s softball and football.
When asked what first attracted him to the OSH&E field, Sansone cited his family’s
history with public safety.
“I have been around public safety my entire life with both my father and grandfather
being law enforcement officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department,” he said. “While
occupational safety, health, and environment is not the same type of public safety,
it gives me a platform to pursue a career in a different type of public safety field.”
The Southeastern OSH&E program was recently ranked among the top 20 best values
in OSHE programs in the country by the website collegevaluesonline.com. The ranking
is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and
financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the
success of students graduating from the program.
The OSH&E program is nationally accredited by the Applied and Natural Science
Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s
degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input
from managers at area industries who reported a significant need for safety, health
and environmental professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions,
including roles of environmental safety and health specialists and safety supervisors.
ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be distributed the week of April 22 due to spring break. ByLion will
return the week of April 29. Enjoy the break!
Faculty, staff invited to view student presentations
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff to visit the
Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy the research,
creative, and scholarly activities being featured by Southeastern students.
There will be a music performance starting at 11:15 a.m. followed by a dance
performance at noon.
Farmers Market to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect is celebrating the 50th anniversary
of Earth Day with a farmers market on April 17 in front of the Student Union from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsored by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, the market will feature
locally grown produce, pies, food, coffee, soaps, jewelry, live music and more.
In addition to the farmers market vendors, representatives from various student
and community organizations will be on hand to celebrate Earth Day, including the
Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, the Sustainability Center, biology graduate
students, Dining Services, Reconnect, the Sierra Club, and the Citizens Climate Lobby.
The first 300 participants will receive a free reusable water bottle.
A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge,
a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy
and sustainable food products.
For more information, contact Associate Professor of Sociology David Burley at
Bestselling author Robert W. Fieseler to speak at Sims Library
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library will present guest speaker Robert W. Fieseler,
author of the 2018 book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Southeastern
Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the free lecture is scheduled April
29, at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Library.
“In June 1973, an arson fire at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay nightclub in New
Orleans, claimed the lives of 32 people. Robert W. Fieseler’s book details the horrors
of the fire and its aftermath,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson.
“Unlike the 2016 mass shooting in the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, which became
instant news with national and world figures expressing words of sympathy and condolence,
the story of the Up Stairs Lounge received scant notice and had disappeared willfully,
hushed by a nation not ready to look,” Fieseler said. “The Up Stairs Lounge fire received
no political attention or investigative stories from a national newspaper. The mainstream
reaction to the fire ranged from silence and avoidance to trivialization and demonization.”
Why this was so, and what caused the change, said Sims Library Director Eric
Johnson, is part of the story told in this fascinating talk.
Fieseler’s debut book was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Library
Journal, and Shelf Awareness, and is a finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay
Nonfiction and the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Fieseler graduated co-valedictorian
from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a recipient of the
Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives in New Orleans with his husband.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Fieseler will sign books following
For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.
Photo credit: Ryan Leitner
Southeastern to host Lion’s Coding Camp
Southeastern is hosting a summer computer science camp for students entering ninth
through 12th grades this fall. The Lion’s Code Summer Coding Camp is open to students
with any level of coding experience.
Sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Computer Science, the camp is scheduled
July 15-26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Computer Science and Technology Building,
located at the southeast corner of the campus at North Oak and Dakota streets in Hammond.
The cost is $100 per attendee and includes lunch each day.
“The Lion’s Code Camp introduces students to computer science through an easy-to-learn
program that allows them to create their own stories and games in 3D computer animation,”
said Instructor of Computer Science and Camp Coordinator Bonnie Achee. “Using drag
and drop programming, which means no syntax errors, students will convert ideas to
code quickly and see it in action.”
Achee said students will be introduced to the visual programming language, Alice.
“Students will use Alice to code 3D animations or games with ease,” she said.
“Alice comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort.”
Camp participants will create 3D worlds, make live action stories, design their
own computer games, and develop impressive projects for school, all while learning
computer and basic programming, Achee said. Each participant will receive a certificate
of completion at the end of the camp.
Visit southeastern.edu/registerlionscodecamp to register. The camp is limited
to 100 students on a first come, first served basis, with a registration and payment
deadline of July 1.
For more information, contact Achee at 549-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UL System Day highlights
Last week the University of Louisiana System hosted its largest UL System Day at the
Capitol yet with over 1200 participants.
Students from Southeastern’s Nursing and Child Life programs presented interactive
displays, the Spirit of the Southland Band and student singer Jody Bennett performed
the National Anthem, and SGA President/UL System Student Board Member Richard Davis,
Jr. was a speaker and introduced UL System President Jim Henderson.
BASEBALL PLAYERS HONORED FOR HEROIC ACTIONS - The Louisiana House of Representatives and Representative Steve Pugh, far right,
honored Southeastern current and former baseball players, from left, Kyle Schimpf,
Trey Morgan, and Evan Pace for the bravery they displayed while rescuing a woman from
a burning car last summer. Read more about their heroic actions here.