Employees invited to Appreciation Luncheon
In celebration of their dedication and service to Southeastern, all faculty and staff
are cordially invited to attend the Employee Appreciation Luncheon this Wednesday,
May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Held in the Mane Dish, located on the second floor east entrance of the Student
Union, the lunch is free to all employees who show their Southeastern ID card. The
event is sponsored by Auxiliary Services, Aramark, Liberty National, Southeastern
Human Resources, TIAA, Valic, VOYA, and United Health Care. Each employee will also
receive a free Southeastern t-shirt.
Additionally, Southeastern Athletics is showing its appreciation by offering
complimentary tickets to the Lions baseball game versus McNeese on May 1 at 6 p.m.
Employees will receive two free tickets to the game with their faculty/staff ID. Tickets
can be picked up on game day at the ticket booth; however, to avoid lines, tickets
may also be obtained at the Athletics Office prior to game day this Monday or Tuesday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KSLU holds Cutest Pet Photo Contest
Southeastern’s public radio station KSLU 90.9FM is holding its second annual Cutest
Pet Photo Contest open to Southeastern students, faculty, staff and community members.
Entries are currently being accepted through May 14, and there is no cost to enter.
The contest opens for voting May 15 and lasts through June 3. Individuals can
vote once per day until voting closes. The photo that receives the most votes from
website visitors wins.
“We are so happy with last year’s contest,” said Rachael Beard, underwriting
representative for KSLU. “With 252 entries and almost 9,300 votes, it was a huge success,
and we fully expect another great competition.”
Participants may enter their pets’ photos online at kslucontests.com for the
opportunity to win a pet prize pack. Thanks to this year’s sponsors Gnarly Barley
Brewery, College Town Apartments, La Carreta of Hammond, Salty Joe’s Restaurant, Royal
Pets Grooming Spa, Office Depot, and Ponchatoula Feed & Seed, one grand prize winner
will receive the following:
1) A gift basket from Camp Bow Wow in Covington loaded with toys and treats,
along with a gift certificate for the winner’s choice of five days of day camp and
a bath or three days of boarding and a bath.
2) A 30-minute photo shoot from J&A Photography, with 20 high-resolution digital
images valued at $250, for you and your pet pal.
3) A species appropriate gift basket of toys, treats, food and fun courtesy of
4) One pair of custom pet picture socks from DivvyUp.com.
KSLU offers a wide variety of programming, including music and live broadcasts
of sporting events, the award-winning and syndicated show “Rock School,” and the community
talk show “Point of View.” Named the No. 2 college radio station in the region by
the Southeast Journalism Conference, KSLU provides Southeastern students interested
in broadcasting with an intensive learning environment.
For more information, visit www.kslu.org.
Southeastern Channel named best in the nation
For the fifth time the work of students at the Southeastern Channel has been named
best in the nation.
A national first-place award for “Best Comedy Video” as selected by College Broadcasters,
Inc. was recently presented to the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s
cable television station, at the 2018 National Student Production Awards presented
at the National Student Electronic Media Convention.
The student comedy show “College Night,” produced by Jordan Reid of Luling, earned
the first place honors. The episode can be viewed by clicking here.
The Southeastern Channel also had four additional productions place in the top
four in the country as National Finalists out of over 950 entries from colleges and
universities across the nation.
“Mandeville Beach,” a news story by Amanda Kitch of Covington produced for the
student newscast “Northshore News,” won second place in the nation for “Best News
Reporting Video.” In 2017, Kitch won first place in the nation in the same news reporting
category. The news story can be viewed by clicking here.
The March 8, 2018 episode of “The Big Game” student sportscast, produced by Freddie
Rosario of Luling, won third place in the nation for “Best Sportscast Video.” Andrew
Scherer of New Orleans, Dylan Domangue of Houma, and Richie Solares of New Orleans
anchored the winning episode. Other key contributors were reporters Wesley Boone of
Alexandria and Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield. The sportscast can be viewed by clicking here.
A pair of public service announcements produced by Southeastern Channel students
also won National Finalist recognition. “Proud Dad,” produced by Jeremy Gaines of
New Orleans, and “Don’t Procrastinate,” produced by Jennifer Doss of Mandeville, placed
second and fourth in the nation, respectively, in the “Best PSA Video” category. “Proud
Dad” can be viewed by clicking here. “Don’t Procrastinate” can be viewed by clicking here.
“These awards show that students at the Southeastern Channel produce top quality
on a national scale in a variety of different shows and programs, from news and sports
to entertainment and PSA’s,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.
“I’m so happy that they’ve once again received this amazing national acclaim for their
creativity, talent and hard work. They couldn’t be more deserving.”
“College Night” is a Saturday Night Live-styled sketch comedy show written, produced,
directed, shot, edited and performed by students. In addition to Reid, other key contributors
to the first-place episode were Boone, Kitch, Gaines, Mason Dauphin of Luling, John
Sartori of Mandeville, Alliyah Sims of Kentwood, Tyler Rogers and Ryan Harrison of
Baton Rouge, Mallory Milton, Tyler Guidroz and Colton Vickers of Ponchatoula, and
Courtney Bruno, Jeremy Rhodes, Hope Ramirez, Josh Hodgeson and Dustin Arroyo of New
The winning episode features comedy sketches ranging from a parody of Reddit’s
“Roast Me” about students at the Southeastern Channel to a parody of the television
show “Chopped.” The show also includes sketches about moviegoers who annoy and offend
each other prior to a movie, a young lady jilted by her boyfriend who resorts to garish
lipstick and eating ice cream, and a skit about students on a summer vacation who
venture into an abandoned warehouse in the woods.
“Everyone created skits they considered entertaining, so there’s a little something
for everyone,” Reid said. “We had a funny group of writers. Because we worked together
nearly every day, I think it was easy to find our strengths and discover how to work
effectively together. That camaraderie made College Night successful, and I’m sure
it will carry through with future episodes.”
A Southeastern graduate in communication with a focus in TV, film and video,
Reid now works as news producer for KATC-TV Ch. 3 in Lafayette (ABC) where she produces
the 5 p.m. newscast. As a student worker at the Southeastern Channel, she produced
the national award-winning student newscast, “Northshore News.”
“I not only produced the show, but also served as a camera operator, editor,
and even anchored a couple of episodes,” Reid said. “That experience gave me a head
start to working as a news producer. I know how to work a camera, love directing,
and know how to edit. I am fortunate enough that I was able to continue learning about
my field with hands-on experience at the Southeastern Channel. That’s something that
not every student can say about their college education.”
“College Night” can be seen on the Southeastern Channel at 9:30 p.m. on Friday
and Sunday nights on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and
St. Helena parishes, and on demand at thesoutheasternchannel.com. The Southeastern
Channel has now won nearly 400 national, regional and local awards, including 17 awards
from the Emmys.
SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL STUDENT WORK RECOGNIZED - Southeastern Channel students Mason Dauphin of Luling (left) and Colton Vickers
of Ponchatoula (right) are shown producing a segment of the student comedy show “College
Night” that won first place in the nation for “Best Video Comedy” presented by College
Broadcasters, Inc. at its National Student Production Awards in Seattle. It is the
fifth time that the Southeastern Channel has been named first in the nation by College
Broadcasters, Inc. Four other Southeastern Channel productions were National Finalists.
“Back the Blue” raises money for Southeastern Police Department
Kappa Alpha Order fraternity at Southeastern held their 2nd annual “Back the Blue”
event to support the Southeastern Police Department.
This year the event raised over $2,600 donated directly to the University Police
The members of KA accomplished this by the sale of raffle tickets to the community.
The items raffled included an iPhone X, a Yeti ice chest, and two tickets on the suite
level for the LSU vs. University of Florida football game next fall. Numerous gift
cards and certificates were donated for the silent auction.
The fundraiser concluded with a celebration at the Student Union, where the Police
Department, fraternity members, students and local community enjoyed a shrimp etouffee
dinner. The event also featured games, and a live DJ from KSLU, and a silent auction
with numerous gift cards and certificates up for grabs.
“With the support of the community, we were able to accomplish this worthy activity
for our University Police,” said Event Chairman, Peyton Cooper.
KA Alumni Advisor Gerard LaBorde said he looks forward to this continuing as
a yearly event.
“Kappa Alpha would like to thank the many generous donors and supporters that
made this event possible,” he said. “Special thanks go out to Olive Garden, Lamar
Advertising, KSLU radio, Michelle Gautreau, Russell Saloom MD, Hi-Nabor Foodstores,
Gerard LaBorde, Dr. Amber Narro, Bridgeway Hospice, Gnarly Barley Brewing, Blackened
Brew, Sweet Rolls Ice Cream, Red White and Brew, Cate Street Seafood and numerous
volunteers. Special recognition goes out to KA members Preston Gautreau and Andrew
McDonald for preparing the shrimp etouffee that everyone enjoyed.”
Southeastern institutes later class start times for summer courses
Southeastern is responding to student requests by modifying its Summer Smart programming
to reflect later class start times.
Now with course offerings at 8 a.m. or later, Summer Smart will continue to benefit
students by reducing the net cost for a three-credit course to less than $900 and
expanding high demand offerings with an increased number of online and hybrid courses.
The changes in the summer semester were implemented to help students advance progress
toward their degrees in a timelier manner, while reaping significant financial savings,
said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena Golding.
The idea of starting summer classes 30 minutes later came from focus groups and
individual discussions with students, she said.
“Many students felt 7:30 a.m. was just too early, especially in the summer, and
wondered why the first class could not start at 8 a.m., the same time as regular semesters,”
she said. “In addition, there was a concern for the students with child care needs.
It was difficult to get children to day care and be on time for a 7:30 a.m. class.
In some cases, students were paying an extra cost for early arrival at day care.”
Before officially making the change, Student Government Association President
Richard Davis, Jr. worked with SGA to survey students. The results confirmed that
students overwhelmingly agreed with the time change.
“When this potential change was brought to my attention, I worked with the SGA
to create a survey that went out to various student groups,” said Davis. “Out of the
80 students who completed the survey, 96 percent indicated they agreed with changing
the class start time for the summer semester from 7:30 to 8 a.m. I personally believe
that this change will be welcomed by most students as they choose to continue their
studies while being Summer Smart.”
Since Summer Smart’s inception in 2017, summer enrollment has been on the rise,
said Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin. Last year the
program enrolled 3,757 students.
“With offering a $300 Summer Smart scholarship for undergraduates, enrollment
grew by seven percent the first year and six percent the following year, equating
to a 13 percent increase over a two-year period,” she said.
Summer Smart savings result in reduced net cost of attendance for typical undergraduate
students. Summer semester terms range from four to eight weeks.
Hybrid courses combine face-to-face and online instruction for students, which
is embraced by traditional and non-traditional students alike who are able to schedule
their time around fewer physical trips to campus, Maurin added.
The early deadline to apply for summer semester is May 1 with an application
fee of $20. Students may also apply during the late application period that concludes
June 1 with an additional late fee of $50.
For more information on Southeastern’s summer sessions, visit southeastern.edu/summersmart or contact the Office of Records and Registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Counseling Center to host seminar on recognizing underground drug activity
Southeastern’s Counseling Center, in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes
for Community Change Coalition, will host a seminar on how to recognize the signs
of underground drug activity in area communities. Scheduled June 26 in the Southeastern
Teacher Education Building, the free seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
with attendees obtaining lunch on their own.
Internationally renowned drug and alcohol expert Jermaine Galloway, also known
as “The Tall Cop,” is returning to campus to train local law enforcement officials
and Southeastern faculty, staff and students, said University Counseling Assistant
Director Annette Baldwin. Galloway will share his experience and knowledge about the
world of the drug subculture through his program “High in Plain Sight.”
“Those taking part in the training will see first-hand examples of drug-related
apparel, complete with stash compartments, marijuana edibles of all kinds and physical
and emotional indicators of drug use,” said Baldwin. “Officer Galloway’s program ‘Tall
Cop Says Stop,’ was created from his more than 15 years of experience specializing
in underage drinking and drug enforcement as an Idaho law enforcement officer.”
Baldwin said the seminar is open to the community and is designed for parents,
educators and school administrators, prevention and treatment providers, law enforcement
personnel, counselors, probation officers and coalition members.
Topics to be covered include alcohol and drug clothing, signs and symptoms, alcoholic
energy drinks and alcopops, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, synthetic drugs,
including opioids, popular party drugs, e-cigarettes, inhalants, concentrates, and
over the counter drugs.
Baldwin said attendees will also learn about alcohol/drug containers and concealment
methods, drug paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, new alcohol/drug-related
technology, youth party tendencies, party games, and social networking sites.
“We are glad to partner with TRACC on this project,” Baldwin said. “The university
has had representation on the TRACC Coalition for the past ten years. The coalition
is working to improve the safety and quality of life for the citizens of Tangipahoa
Parish by recognizing substance abuse as a serious social and public health issue
and addressing the dangers and risks to our youth.”
The workshop features more than 120 visual aids, Baldwin added. As part of the
seminar, Galloway will conduct a “community scan,” that involves visiting convenience
stores and other retail locations to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the local drug
Although the workshop is free, registration is required through Tangipahoa Parish
Prevention Safety Coordinator Katy Ernest at Kernest@tangipahoa.org or https://conta.cc/2Dg4hZI.
For more information, contact Baldwin at 549-3894 or go to www.tallcopsaysstop.com.
STEM awareness increased through ‘Brain Food Truck’
Area students now have the opportunity to feed their minds with hands-on STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math) activities through a new “vehicle.” The Tangi STEM
Coalition, of which Southeastern Louisiana University is a member, developed the “Brain
Food Truck,” or mobile STEM lab, to increase accessibility to STEM activities for
youth in underserved communities.
Areas to be served by the new mobile STEM lab include Livingston, St. Helena,
Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Tammany parishes, said Southeastern Assistant Director
of Math Science Upward Bound high school program and project co-chair Wendy Conarro.
The purpose of the truck, she said, is to present enriching STEM activities by providing
content for summer camps, after school and Saturday programs.
“Thanks to the dedication of many volunteers and donors, the Brain Food Truck
was introduced to the public at the 2019 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, where Hammond
High Torbotics Team members took a break from preparing for World Competitions in
Houston to serve up STEM activities to families,” she said. “On the menu were Strawberry
DNA extraction, building and testing magnetometers and Keva Plank contraptions, commanding
a Dashbot, and creating paper circuit art.”
To help supply the Brain Food Truck, Southeastern Instructor of Industrial Technology
Ed Rode led a work group of student volunteers during Southeastern’s The Big Event
to assemble shelving to store supplies for over 40 STEM activities.
“We would not be this far along without the expertise of partners such as Mr.
Rode who took the lead in assembling the intricately designed shelving provided to
our project by the Nebraska Children’s Foundation, which has 20 such trailers rolling
through their rural communities.”
The Brain Food Truck was funded by United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Intralox/Laitram,
and Ponchatoula Kiwanis in honor of late engineer, Lee West. The project was also
made possible by dozens of volunteers and hundreds of volunteer hours over the past
nine months, Conarro said.
“Events such as the Strawberry Festival and the upcoming Hammond Community STEM
Cafe will give us time to test the system while also providing enriching activities
at a few local events,” said Troy Williams, project co-chair. “Ultimately, the Brain
Food Truck will bring tested, standards-based, student-centered activities to communities
who lack such opportunities.”
Conarro said the Brain Food Truck is being piloted this summer, after which they
plan to secure funding for a fleet of mobile STEM labs to serve the Northshore region.
For more information or to make a reservation for the Brain Food Truck, visit
www.brainfoodtruck.org. Priority will be given to communities currently without summer STEM enrichment opportunities,
THE ART OF CONSTRUCTION – Southeastern Instructor of Industrial Technology Ed Rode leads a work group of
student volunteers during Southeastern’s The Big Event to assemble shelving to store
activity supplies for the Brain Food Truck. Volunteers included students from Math
Science Upward Bound, Hammond High Torbotics and Southeastern.