Sims Library is Talking Trash and Recycling, too
Recycle bins -- green ones and blue ones -- are located all around campus but do you
sometimes wonder what goes where or what’s recyclable? Then don’t miss “Talking Trash:
How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon, in room 252 of Sims
Bring your lunch, meet Southeastern’s recycling team, and learn how their efforts
are making the University more sustainable.
Sims Library and the Sustainability Center are leading a campus-wide campaign to
promote ecological awareness and education. The “lunch & learn” event is the first
in a series of spring semester talks focused on environmental literacy.
“The talks will last only 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session,”
said Sustainability Manager at Southeastern’s Physical Plant Alejandro Martinez. “We
hope this will accommodate Southeastern staff and students who wish to attend.”
At the event, Martinez will introduce “Think Before You Trash,” a project that
started in Sims Library to promote greener brown-bagging tips for on-campus breakrooms.
“We’re inviting everyone to bring your lunch, eat, and learn about Southeastern’s
exciting sustainability initiatives. Together we can all learn better stewardship
of campus resources through recycling, waste reduction, and sustainability initiatives,”
said Director of Sims Library Eric Johnson.
Future lunch & learn topics will include: “The Problem With Plastics,” “Renewable
Energy at Southeastern,” and “S.O.S. – Save Our Shorelines.”
For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at 549-3898 or
Southeastern to celebrate community, academics with Rock ‘n Roar on February 23
Southeastern’s annual “Rock ‘n Roar” is scheduled in the Student Union from 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and promises to be a fun-filled day for students
and local families. Held in conjunction each year with the District 8 Literary Rally,
Rock n’ Roar is free and open to the public.
In its 23rd year, Rock ‘n Roar showcases Southeastern’s academics and community
for over 3,400 students from more than 80 visiting high schools from the Southeast
and New Orleans districts.
“We are excited to show these top students what Southeastern has to offer,” said
Recreational Sports and Wellness Director Seth Thomas. “A group of faculty and staff
from across campus have worked to provide these students a Lion worthy experience
while they wait for tests to start or for their classmates to finish.”
Rock ‘n Roar will also include an art workshop at Clark Hall on Southeastern’s
campus at 8 a.m. for children ages 5-14. The cost is $10 and limited to the first
100 children. Visitors may register on site or at https://tinyurl.com/yxh3dkpj.
Computer Science to present speaker Feb. 26
The Computer Science Department is hosting a guest speaker for faculty, staff and
students on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m., in room 2025 of the Computer Science and
Dr. Doris Carver, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Distinguished Speaker, will discuss her current research in software engineering,
as well as opportunities for student research. Carver directs the Software Engineering
Laboratory at LSU, where her current research interests include conformance testing
distributed systems, requirement traceability, model-driven software development,
and reverse engineering. Her research has received funding from NSF, NASA and private
Carver received a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M and is a Dow Chemical
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at LSU. She has sat on the Editorial Board
of the Journal of Computing and Information since 1995, the Editorial Board of IEEE Computer since 2007 and the Board of Directors
of Computing Research Association since 2001.
She has served previously as Chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee, Editor-In-Chief
of IEEE Computer, President of the IEEE Computer Society, Associate Vice Chancellor
of Research and Economic Development and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at LSU,
Associate Commissioner of Sponsored Research and Development, and NSF Program Director
at the Board of Regents.
Carver has received innumerable awards, including the LSU Distinguished Teaching
Award, Graduate Teaching Award and the Esprit DeFemme Award. A former Southeastern
faculty member, she was Department Head of Computer Science and major professor to
Dr. Achee, Dr. Alkadi, and Dr. Burris.
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Author Bev Marshall to speak at Friends Members’ Tea
Author Bev Marshall will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Friends of Sims
Library Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea March 9, at 2 p.m. at Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library.
Sims Library Director Eric Johnson said guests will enjoy a variety of teas and
a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries. Unlimited mimosas will also be
available for $10, he said.
Marshall is the author of three award-winning novels: “Walking Through Shadows,”
“Right As Rain,” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.” She was the recipient of the Mississippi
Library Fiction of the Year Award, the New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Year Award, and was named the 2013 Southeastern College of Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences Distinguished Alumnus.
“Two of Bev’s novels have been translated into German, and she served as the
writer-in-residence at Southeastern prior to her retirement,” said Johnson. “A military
wife for 22 years, Bev recently published the memoir ‘Back Home,’ a deeply personal
account of her story, as well as those of other military wives, during the Vietnam
War. She will be signing copies of her book following the tea.”
The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library (FoSL). Non-members
may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FoSL.
Visit the FoSL website at southeastern.edu/library/about/friends/ to become a member. Non-members can reserve a seat for the tea or find out more about
FOSL by contacting Sims Library Head of Serials Janie Branham at 549-2186 or FOSL@southeastern.edu.
Southeastern student named Mango Student Ambassador
Madeline Rey Bartels, a psychology and Spanish student from Colombia, South America,
has joined a select group of her peers from across the country as a Mango Languages
Bartels was one of eight chosen nationwide for the program. The semester-long program
provides opportunities to build networking, communication and marketing skills, preparing
young professionals for the competitive job market.
Other applicants were chosen from Joliet Junior College, Washburn University,
Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Notre Dame, and Lebanon Valley College.
“I am very pleased to learn that Madeline has been accepted into the Mango Languages
Student Ambassador Program. She is the ideal person to fulfill the mission of promoting
foreign language learning and cross-cultural relationships on our campus,” said Department
Head, Languages and Communication and Director, International Initiatives Office Dr.
“Being an international student herself, Madeline understands that learning at
least one foreign language is fundamental in ones’ professional growth in a global
society, and leads to a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity.”
As an ambassador, Bartels will use Mango Languages (language-learning software)
through Sims Library to promote cross-cultural connections. This includes creating
awareness through campus events, presenting to classrooms and clubs, and distributing
promotional materials on the resource.
“I am so proud of Madeline! This is a huge accomplishment for both our department
and Southeastern as a whole,” said Instructor and Director, Foreign Language Resource
Center Jerry Parker. “Having her as a student ambassador will allow faculty members
and students from all departments to have more tools and resources to strengthen and
grow their knowledge in foreign languages and international cultures both in and outside
of the classroom.”
Black History Month events this week
Celebrate Black History Month with these campus events:
Monday, Feb. 18 from 6 - 10 pm - Rec Center 107-108
Enjoy an evening of intrigue!
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7 - 9 pm in the Student Union Annex 2203
This forum will cover the topic of mental health and its importance in our everyday
Sponsored by the University Counseling Center
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 - 9 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 105
Enjoy a night of laughter and fun by singing along to your favorite party music.
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
Black History Month Lecture by Dr. Peter Gratton: “African Philosophy: Past and Future”
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1 - 2 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium
Sponsored by Southeastern Department of History and Political Science
Young, Black & Gifted
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6-9 p.m., SLU Contemporary Art Gallery
This event aims to bring awareness to Black History Month through all forms of art.
Sponsored by MADE Men
Dance Class with Flipside
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Rec Center, room 107
Come learn some new moves as well as education on the important of dancing in African
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Ponchatoula Roller Rink, located at 22024 LA 22 in Ponchatoula
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
African American History Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30 - 11 a.m., CATE Teacher Education Center (KIVA)
The community is invited to this celebration of African American history, featuring
an essay contest, cultural music and speakers.
Sponsored by Sons of Promise and Daughters of Destiny
For more information about any of the above events, contact the Office of Multicultural
and International Student Affairs at 549-2120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swank recognized by National Resource Center
Southeastern’s Center for Student Excellence director (CSE) Lorett Swank has been
recognized by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students
in Transition. Swank is one of only 10 recipients nationally receiving the Outstanding
First-Year Student Advocate Award, which she will receive at the organization’s upcoming
Now in its 29th year, the award honors college faculty, administrators, staff
and students for outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact
their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions.
At the conference, Swank will participate in an advocates’ session, where she
will respond to questions about the challenges of teaching college success and share
“In her short time as director of the Center for Student Excellence, Dr. Lorett
Swank has completely revamped the first-year experience for Southeastern’s freshmen,”
said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena Golding. “Working with her
dedicated team of advisors, changes include a complete revision of Southeastern 101
to a freshman success course; enhancing orientation; embracing proactive advising,
early intervention strategies and academic coaching; creating a freshman academic
coaching course (SE 102) for freshmen on academic probation; and developing a freshman
seminar series to help freshmen establish campus connections.”
In addition to the activities for students, Golding said, Swank has strengthened
the CSE’s connections with faculty, academic departments, department heads and other
units on campus, such as Career Services, Alumni Association, Enrollment Services
and the Division for Student Affairs.
“Through numerous conversations, Dr. Swank has positioned the CSE as a recognized
and respected component essential to the success of our students,” she said. “With
the tremendous strides she has made in enhancing the first-year experiences for our
students and rallying campus around those experiences, I cannot imagine anyone more
deserving of an award that recognizes Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates.”
A resident of Covington, Swank received a bachelor of arts in psychology from
LSU, a master of education in counseling from Southeastern, and a doctorate in educational,
leadership, and research: higher education administration, as well as an education
specialist certification in educational leadership from LSU.
Three speakers featured at Southeastern leadership conference for high school students
“EvolveU,” Southeastern’s leadership conference for high school sophomore, junior
and senior students, will feature three guest speakers in ten- minute “UTalk” segments.
Southeastern alumna and Tangipahoa Parish School Superindendent Melissa Stilley,
Southeastern alumnus, Gold Council member and principal of Hammond Eastside Magnet
School Michael Kyles, and Southeastern senior marketing major, resident assistant,
and Youtube personality Kristen Calfee will each address conference attendees.
The theme of this year’s conference, which is scheduled March 15 in Southeastern’s
Student Union, is “Wild About Leadership,” a safari/jungle theme.
“EvolveU entails fun, interactive and educational experiences where student leaders
will be able to develop, cultivate, and evolve their leadership skills while interacting
with college students,” said Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Excellence
Kandace Formaggio. “Southeastern student leaders will facilitate workshops based on
the four main topics of the conference: leadership coaching, collaboration techniques,
communication, and achieving balance.”
Workshops will also be available for high school faculty and staff attending
Registration for EvolveU is $35 per participant. The last day to register is
For more information or to register, visit southeastern.edu/evolveu or call 549-2120.
EVOLVE U SPEAKER - Southeastern alumna and Tangipahoa Parish School Superindendent Melissa Stilley
is one of three speakers scheduled to address attendees of “EvolveU,” Southeastern’s
leadership conference for high school sophomore, junior and senior students.
Chefs Evening returns March 31
The 35th annual Chefs Evening, the Southeastern Foundation’s biggest event of the
year in support of student scholarships and academic programs, is scheduled Sunday,
March 31. The main event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Grand
Ballroom. The President’s Toast, a pre-gala event, will kick off the evening from
4 to 5 p.m. in the President’s Residence.
Attendees will experience a taste of the best of the region while dining on culinary
delights from 25 local restaurants and caterers, trying tasty concoctions or carefully
selected wine at the open bar, and placing their bids in the large silent auction.
Tickets for this great night out for a great cause are now available via southeastern.edu/chefsevening.
Reconnect Farmers Market
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front
of the Student Union on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event
features pies, produce, food, coffee, soaps, jewelry, live music and more.
Reconnect, a student environmental club, participates in the Real Food Challenge,
a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy
and sustainable food products.