Executive MBA Program named 9th in nation
Southeastern’s Executive Master of Business Administration Program has earned recognition
as one of the top 30 programs in the nation. The only Louisiana university among those
selected, Southeastern ranked ninth, ahead of such schools as Brown University, University
of Alabama, Kent State University, University of Missouri, and Howard University.
Southeastern earned its ranking based on finances, academic rigor and student
“We are pleased that our program is ranked among the top 30,” said Dean of the
College of Business Antoinette Phillips. “Our students are motivated, accomplished
professionals seeking to build their skills. We’re happy to provide relevant curricula
taught by involved, caring faculty who help them achieve their goals.”
Southeastern offers an EMBA online program for working professionals seeking
convenient online education mixed with weekend face-to-face classes, Phillips said.
The program is 60 percent face-to-face, 40 percent online, and is accredited by the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Students can choose from a general curriculum or a concentration in health care
management. Classes include accounting for business decisions, business law and negotiations,
business policy and strategy, and statistical methods in business and economics. The
program can be completed in 17 months with classes on Saturdays only. For more information
on Southeastern’s Executive MBA Program, visit southeastern.edu/emba.
The full rankings for 2019 by bestmastersdegrees.com can be accessed at https://www.bestmastersdegrees.com/top/online-executive-mba.
Call for Nominations – 2019-20 Universities of Louisiana Management & Leadership Institute
Plans are currently underway for the 2019-20 Management and Leadership Institute (M&LI),
a program created by the University of Louisiana System to develop a deeper pool of
leadership talent for each of the nine System campuses. Two participants from each
institution will be selected to participate in the Class of 2019-20.
Through this communication, nominations are sought for the 2019-20 M&LI program.
Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations must include a current vita, letter of interest
that is no longer than two pages, and one letter of recommendation. Individuals interested
in the M&LI program also must commit to participating in all aspects of the program
as described at this link.
A screening committee that will include Southeastern’s prior M&LI participants
will make a recommendation to the President, who will submit the final two nominees.
One nominee will hold faculty rank and one will not.
Individuals potentially interested in participating may want to seek additional
insight into the program from Southeastern’s prior representatives, Dr. Dan McCarthy
(email@example.com), Ms. Connie Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mr. John Paul Domiano (email@example.com), or Dr. Mohammad Saadeh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nominations should be submitted no later than Thursday, May 23, to Ranetta Marshall
in the Office of the President (email@example.com or room 106, Dyson Hall Administration Building).
Volunteers needed for Late Night Breakfast
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the semester but with final exams quickly approaching
that means it’s time for Late Night Breakfast!
Dining Services will be hosting a student appreciation Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday,
May 14 from 9 until 11 p.m. in the Mane Dish located on the 2nd floor of the Student
This is always a well-attended event and a great way to wish our students well
on their final exams.
If you are interested in participating as a volunteer server for Late Night Breakfast,
please contact Robin Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate preference of the early shift (9-10), late shift (10-11) or both shifts
We hope you, your faculty and your staff will be able to join us on May 14.
Southeastern Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank sponsorship
First Guaranty Bank is once again providing support to the Southeastern Community
“Over the past several years, many students from our community have benefited
from the bank’s sponsorship of the program,” said Community Music School Director
Jivka Duke. “Due to First Guaranty Bank’s generosity, during the fall 2019 and the
spring of 2020 semesters, CMS will again provide tuition assistance to students who
Duke said that partners like First Guaranty Bank play an important role in preserving
the quality of programs, such as the Community Music School, and in making them accessible
and affordable to everyone.
The Community Music School, located on the Southeastern campus and its two satellite
locations the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker and Northshore
Technical Community College in Lacombe, offers music instruction on various instruments
and voice for children and adults of all ages.
In addition to private music lessons, Duke said, the Community Music School offers
a number of programs that allow for children and adults on the northshore and the
surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Such programs include
the Middle School Band Camp, as well as guitar, orchestra and chamber music workshops
taking place during the second and third weeks of June. Registration is now open,
and information about the programs is available at www.southeastern.edu/cms.
For more information about the Community Music School’s year-round program, visit
www.southeastern.edu/cms or call 549-5502.
FIRST GUARANTY BANK LENDS A HAND – Southeastern Community Music School Director Jivka Duke, center, receives a donation
from First Guaranty Bank representatives Jane Wear, left, and Danielle Willie. First
Guaranty Bank has helped support Southeastern’s Community Music School over the last
Summer work schedule begins Monday, May 20
Effective May 20, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days.
The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The University
will resume the four and a half day (4 1/2) workweek on August 12, 2019.
It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be
varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to
special circumstances. The University has a Flexible Schedule Policy to facilitate such requests which can be found on the University’s website. An approved
flexible work schedule must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the beginning
of the semester.
Time reports for classified employees are to reflect actual hours worked during
the workweek. In the event an employee is required to work in excess of their officially
recognized schedule, a request for approved overtime/k-time must be processed in advance
through regular channels.
It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which
are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension
2282 or Khalli Hagan at extension 2088 as the need arises.
Kemp, Ranatza featured in The Daily Star’s Future 40
Southeastern Marketing Instructor April Kemp and Director of Admissions Anthony Ranatza
were among the Hammond Daily Star’s 2019 “Future 40 under Forty Leaders.”
The Future 40 recognizes young professionals across Tangipahoa Parish who best
represent the next generation of leadership in the public and private sectors. Community
leaders nominate future leaders based on excellence in business practices or spirit
of the community.
Kemp was recognized for her involvement with several initiatives in the College
of Business, including implementing an Ambassador Program, new course concentrations,
getting alumni and professionals involved in their advisory boards, a College of Business
Career Fair, and a new Professional Sales Program.
Ranatza was recognized for his work in admissions, including producing events,
cultivating partnerships and creating new ways to engage community partners for admission
events and orientation to help new students and parents become acclimated with Hammond.
Enhancements continue for Southeastern commencement guests
Guests at Southeastern’s spring commencement scheduled May 18 should expect several
endeavors designed to enhance the overall event experience. Updates include an increased
number of attendants to assist guests with directions and seating, live streaming
of the ceremony on the Southeastern Channel, and the addition of bag checks and alterations
to the list of allowed items to enhance security.
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin said, for security
purposes, all commencement attendees are asked to limit handbags, camera bags, and
tote bags to only those that are necessary. All articles brought into the facility
will be subject to search, she added, and this may increase the amount of time it
will take for some attendees to enter the University Center. The doors to the University
Center will open at 8 a.m. to allow extra time for bag checks.
“The safety of our graduates, faculty, staff, and guests is our top priority,”
said Maurin. “Our bag check team will offer expedited entrances for anyone not carrying
a bag while all others will be subject to quick searches. We encourage guests to arrive
early and with their groups in order to go through bag check and enter the arena together
as quickly as possible.”
To ensure a safe and comfortable commencement, Maurin said, the following items
are strictly prohibited from being brought into the University Center: beverage containers,
aerosol and spray cans, animals (except for service animals for persons with a disability)
balloons and beach balls, alcoholic beverages, weapons, signs, banners, flags, laser
pointers, noisemakers (including but not limited to whistles, air horns, bull horns,
sirens, thunder sticks) strollers, drones, confetti, glitter, streamers, silly string,
fireworks, party poppers and sparklers.
Guests are asked to refrain from saving seats out of consideration for other
guests. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis, so groups should
plan to arrive early to find seats together.
“Commencement is a ceremonious occasion honoring our students’ impressive accomplishments.
Decorum and courtesy are important to our guests, the candidates and their families,”
said Maurin. “Guests and graduates are encouraged to remain for the duration of the
ceremony so that each graduate and their family can share their moment without interruptions.
Applause should be kept to a minimum so that each graduate’s name can be heard as
it is called.”
As part of commencement decorum, Maurin added, guests should silence cell phones
and other electronic devices. Candidates should plan to meet their guests outside
the University Center, as guests are not allowed on the arena floor or stage.
For those who are unable to attend commencement or simply wish to enjoy it from
the comfort of their own homes, the Southeastern Channel will live stream the event
for the first time. The live stream can be accessed by logging on to thesoutheasternchannel.com/programs/graduation/.
“Many graduates have family and friends who are unable to travel to Hammond to
attend graduation. We are now live streaming the ceremony so those family members
and friends can see their loved ones cross the stage in cap and gown to the receive
their diplomas,” Maurin said.
For more information about commencement, visit southeastern.edu/commencement.