Alumni Association seeks board member nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking energetic, action-oriented volunteers
to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit
their time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties
between the university, alumni and community.
“The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire
alumni base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting
the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs.
“They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve
traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
Biggs said in order to be eligible to serve on the board, individuals must be
dues paying members of the Southeastern Alumni Association in good standing; demonstrate
involvement, support and commitment to Southeastern; possess the ability and willingness
to give time and resources to support the association; possess the ability to effectively
collaborate in a team environment; have effective verbal and written communication
skills; and have a personal interest in Southeastern, its students, alumni and the
Alumni Association Board nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by March
1. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume,
CV, LinkedIn Profile, or similar professional summary; and optional letters of support
from individuals other than the nominator. Nomination forms are available at southeastern.edu/alumniboard.
Self-nominations are acceptable, Biggs said.
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Southeastern to host leadership conference for high school students
Recognizing the value of a smooth transition from the high school to university environment,
Southeastern will host its second leadership conference designed specifically for
high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors March 15.
“EvolveU” is a one-day conference of fun, interactive and educational experiences
where student leaders are able to develop, cultivate, and evolve their leadership
skills, said Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Excellence Kandace Formaggio.
“This conference will be a way for high school students to learn leadership skills
while interacting with college students,” said 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
the conference, which will be held in Southeastern’s Student Union. A full schedule
of sessions and events will be available closer to the March 15 conference date.
Formaggio said high schools from across the state have been invited to the conference.
“We have asked high school counselors or high school organization or club sponsors
to organize the registration process for their schools,” she said. “Each school is
encouraged to bring 20 high school students and two faculty and staff members.”
Registration for EvolveU is $30 per participant, whether students, faculty or
staff members, until Feb. 1. Registration will be $35 per participant Feb. 2 – 22.
The last day to register is Feb. 22.
For more information, visit southeastern.edu/evolveu or call 549-2120.
Champagne Bingo 2019
Champagne Bingo, held Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom,
was a blast for a good cause. Over 500 women attended the fundraiser for the Southeastern
athletics program. Attendees enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions,
door prizes and much more.
Reach students through newsletter
Launched last semester, What’s Up at Southeastern is a biweekly email newsletter sent
to all students with information on upcoming events, experiences and opportunities
What’s Up at Southeastern was developed based on feedback from students requesting
a single source for campus event information and is coordinated though a committee
directed by the Division for Student Affairs. Faculty and staff can access the newsletter
through a link on the MyDen page of southeastern.edu or at southeastern.edu/whatsup.
The submission process and deadline, as well as issue publication dates, can
be reviewed here.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern named “College with Great Television Station”
Southeastern is one of 40 universities nationwide and the only one in Louisiana to
earn inclusion among “Colleges with Great Television Stations,” an honor bestowed
by College Xpress, a college search website formerly known as Public and Private Colleges
and Universities Magazine.
The university’s selection was based on accomplishments of the Southeastern Channel,
the university’s educational cable television station. In only 15 years of existence,
the channel’s student and staff members have won 17 awards from the Emmys and 62 nominations
from the Emmy Suncoast Region.
“Whether it’s through airing student productions on the Charter network or providing
a chance for students to have their work reviewed for regional or national competitions,
the Southeastern Channel does a great job providing opportunities for students to
showcase their creativity and professionalism,” said Southeastern President John L.
Crain. “The quality of the student productions is evident by the numerous awards and
recognitions earned as well as by the industry demand for graduates.”
Channel submissions to College Broadcasters, Inc. have earned first place in
the categories of student news reporting, sportscast, documentary, public service
announcement and comedy show. Last year the channel saw four of its entries recognized as
CBI’s National Student Production Awards finalists with the student comedy show “College
Night” winning first place.
Overall, the Channel has won nearly 400 national, international and regional
“It’s quite an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious publication as one
of the elite college television stations in the nation,” said Southeastern Channel
General Manager Rick Settoon. “At the Southeastern Channel we have a stellar staff
and outstanding faculty instruction, along with tremendous support from the university
administration. Although we are younger than most other top programs across the country
that have been operating for much longer, we have proven that Southeastern is the
college of choice for students wanting a career in television, video or film.”
GREAT TV STATION - Southeastern has been named by the national publication College Xpress to its list
of “Colleges with Great Television Stations.” Southeastern was one of five colleges
in the southeast U.S. and the only college in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama
and Tennessee chosen for the list compiled for high school students to aid them during
their college search. Southeastern was recognized for the accomplishments of the Southeastern
Channel, its educational cable channel that has won a number of national awards from
College Broadcasters, Inc. and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,
Two Southeastern students selected for Advanced Leadership Institute
Southeastern Student Government Association President Richard Davis, Jr. of Slidell
and Southeastern 2018 Homecoming King Cedric Dent, Jr. of New Orleans were selected for this year’s Advanced Leadership Institute. The ALI provides seasoned
student leaders with in-depth leadership experiences and opportunities that will help
them become transformational leaders on their respective campuses and in their local
communities, said Coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs Marjorie
“There are many students from around the region who compete to be part of this institute,
and we are Lion Proud of Richard and Cedric’s selection.” Parker said.
Held each January at Texas A&M University, the conference unites hundreds of students
and advisors and features nationally renowned speakers, as well as a variety of corporations
from across the country.
Parker said SBSLC is dedicated to addressing and developing solutions to major issues,
as well as bringing a spirit of unity among students and leaders of all levels. The
conference presents a number of creative workshops that focus on relevant topics and
develop strong leadership skills.
For more information on this or any initiative of Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural
and International Student Affairs, call 549-2120.
Register for Emergency Alert System
For those who haven’t yet registered for the Southeastern Emergency Alert System,
a new semester is the perfect opportunity to sign up to receive notices via phone,
text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which are automatically
Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty
and staff can register for the system by visiting southeastern.edu/about/safe_campus/alert/.
The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but
otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus
Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency
preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information
on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at southeastern.edu/safecampus.
Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that
will sound in the event of an emergency.
“If you hear the sirens, check your device for information on the current situation,”
said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will
come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those
additional delivery methods.”
The southeastern.edu homepage is also a source of information for situations
developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that
may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple
instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus
Go to southeastern.edu/safecampusapp on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You’ll be prompted how to
save the app to your device’s home screen.
The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen
and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the
app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus,
bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses
procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury,
sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
“We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But
we also want our campus community to be prepared.”
Emergency departmental flip guides as well as emergency pocket guides are available
in the Dean of Students Office, located in the Student Union, room 2409.
Northwestern Mutual commits $100,000 to Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program
Students in Southeastern’s new Professional Sales Program will soon benefit from a
state-of-the-art training room thanks to a $100,000 donation from Northwestern Mutual.
Pending University of Louisiana System Board approval, the new Northwestern Mutual
Sales Training Room will be located in Garrett Hall on Southeastern’s campus, with
renovations to existing space set to begin in early 2019.
Steven Dugal, managing partner of the Mississippi and Louisiana offices, as well
as Paul Hodge, managing director of the Mandeville and Gulfport offices, are supporting
“We are excited to get involved in Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program.
From our experience at other universities, sales students ramp up faster than non-sales
students, have lower turnover, and are more prepared for the workforce” said Dugal,
noting that Northwestern Mutual has been instrumental in donating to other similar,
successful programs at universities.
Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program was created to draw high-ability students
toward selling as a career, better prepare those students for early success in professional
selling careers, and connect them with sales professionals in the region. According
to research conducted by the Sales Education Foundation, more than 50 percent of business
school graduates enter the workforce in a sales-oriented position.
Dean of the College of Business Toni Phillips said the core sales curriculum
consists of courses in personal selling, advanced professional selling and sales management
and is supported with other marketing courses in consumer behavior, marketing research,
and marketing strategy. With the current goal to prepare students for success in the
sales profession, the program has been developed for marketing majors with a future
goal of including those majoring in areas outside of business who wish to pursue a
“We know that professional sales is not only a starting point for careers, but
is becoming more and more important across all sectors of the economy,” said Phillips.
“The Southeastern Professional Sales Program will help train the next generation of
sales leaders and the investment that Northwestern Mutual is making demonstrates that
the program is on the right track. We are really appreciative of Northwestern Mutual.”
An important objective of the program, Phillips added, is to connect sales program
students with sales professionals and organizations through role-play competitions,
internships, guest speakers, panel discussions and career opportunities.
For more information about Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program or how businesses
can get involved, contact Instructor of Marketing April Kemp at April.Kemp@southeastern.edu, 549-2277, or visit southeastern.edu/sales.
STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW TRAINING ROOM - Pending University of Louisiana System Board approval, students in the new Professional
Sales Program will soon benefit from a state-of-the-art training room thanks to a
$100,000 donation from Northwestern Mutual. Seated, from left, are Northwestern Mutual
Managing Director/Financial Advisor Paul Hodge and Northwestern Mutual Managing Partner
of Louisiana and Mississippi Steven Dugal. Standing, from left, are Southeastern Instructor
of Marketing Tara’ Lopez; Brian Jones, Northwestern Mutual college unit director/financial
advisor; Kolby Hodge; Lisa Dugal; Katy Simpson, chief marketing officer; Michael Bazile,
chief operating officer; April Kemp, instructor of marketing; and Vice President for
University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.
The Big Event seeks businesses, organizations for service projects
Students at Southeastern are looking to add area businesses, churches, and organizations
to their list of job sites for the annual community service day called The Big Event.
The registration deadline for organizations to be included in The Big Event is March
1, and there is no charge to register as a job site.
Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sponsors teams
of students who participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and
the surrounding area. Now in its ninth year, The Big Event is scheduled Saturday,
March 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather on March 30,
a make-up rain date of April 6 has been reserved.
Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities are the typical jobs
handled by hundreds of students who participate in The Big Event each year.
Since students provide their own transportation, job sites should be within 25
minutes of the Hammond campus. Job sites must also have a contact person on location
to supervise the work.
Organizations can get more information or sign up to provide a job site by visiting
the web site www.southeastern.edu/bigevent.
Community Music School names Outstanding Musicians
Southeastern’s Community Music School announced pianist Charlie Byrd, violinist Jonah
Blades, pianist Natalie Fulks, bassoonist and pianist Katie Miranda and violinist
and pianist Alana Saenz as its Fall 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final fall
“We congratulate our Fall 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians. We have big hopes and
dreams for all of our students and love to share their accomplishments with the community,”
said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We look forward to an exciting spring
2019 semester when we will be launching our career track program. In addition to orchestra
and individual lessons on various instruments and voice, we will also be hosting our
annual Spring Festival and Concerto Competition.”
SOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS - Southeastern’s Community Music School recently announced its Fall 2018 Outstanding
Musicians. The musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final fall 2018
recitals. Pictured front row, from left, are Alana Saenz, Natalie Fulks, and Jonah
Blades. Back row, from left, are Charlie Byrd and Katie Miranda.