Acting Chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College Tapped as Young Alumnus
Daniel Roberts, acting chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College, has been
named Southeastern’s 2019 Young Alumnus of the Year. He will be officially recognized
at the Southeastern Alumni Association Awards Evening to be held this fall during
Roberts graduated from Southeastern in 2003 and 2005 with a bachelor’s degree
in communication and a master of business administration degree respectively. He contributed
to the creation of Connect to Success, a partnership between Southeastern and NTCC
that provides a seamless and supportive bridge program on Southeastern’s campus for
NTCC students. It is the largest two-year to four-year partnership in the state, and
is considered a national model for similar programs.
He is also a founding board member of Southeastern’s Lions Connected, a transition
and post-secondary program that provides young adults with intellectual disabilities
an inclusive college experience while preparing them to become contributing members
“We are pleased to honor Daniel Roberts as our Young Alumnus of the Year,” said
Alumni Association President Beth Carney Ebberman. “Dr. Roberts’ service and support
to Southeastern is evident in his work related to the Connect to Success and Lions
Connected programs and his dedication to student success in achieving educational
and career goals through transfer pathways to Southeastern.”
Roberts was recognized in 2016 by New Orleans CityBusiness as “Ones to Watch
in Education,” and was named the 2005 Southeastern “Outstanding Man of the Year” for
his demonstrated excellence in driving student success in his role as a transfer recruiter/admissions
Alumni Awards Evening will also include recognition of several Southeastern faculty
and staff and alumni, including Alumna of the Year for 2019 President and Chief Executive
Officer of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton.
Three ROTC candidates commissioned
Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Chisolm commissioned three Southeastern ROTC candidates
as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Army in a ceremony conducted by Captain Troy
The three new 2nd Lieutenants are Ian Alexander Fischer (B.A. in History), Christian
Owens Mozingo (B.A. in Criminal Justice), and Shannon Tekeru Stirling (B.S. in Physics).
ROTC CANDIDATES COMMISSIONED – From left, Christian Owens Mozingo of Hammond, Shannon Tekeru Stirling of Covington,
and Ian Alexander Fischer of Mandeville were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the
United States Army.
Northshore STEM Coalition selected to join Global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community
The Northshore STEM Coalition, of which Southeastern is a part, has been selected
to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice. In a highly competitive
process, Northshore STEM Coalition was named one of 15 new ecosystems selected to
join the global movement devoted to dramatic improvement in how students learn.
STEM Learning Ecosystems build meaningful regional connections among educators,
business and industry partners, afterschool and summer programs, to prepare students
for the opportunities and challenges of the future. Each ecosystem connects to counterparts
from across the country and world, enabling the exchange of best practices, information
The 15 ecosystems joining the SLECoP bring the number to 85 total, with most
in the United States but also extending to Canada, Mexico, Israel and Kenya. New ecosystems
to join the SLECoP range from the entire states of Iowa, Texas, South Carolina and
West Virginia to regions like Biloxi, Miss., Broward County, Fla., Central Massachusetts
and Lincoln, Neb.
“This was an incredibly competitive process, and we were only able to admit ecosystems
who would be capable of making immediate contributions to our thriving community of
practice,” said Jan Morrison, president and founding partner of TIES, the organization
that operates the SLECoP. “The ecosystems that we selected now have pulled together
diverse partners who no longer accept the status quo in education; they want to see
all students access high quality STEM education that will prepare them for life and
work in the next century.”
Forming STEM ecosystems was listed as the No. 1 priority for STEM education in
a December 2018 report by the Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The Northshore region is making great strides to offer the recommended rich,
meaningful STEM education and experiences to our youth,” said Wendy Conarro, Southeastern
assistant director of Math Science Upward Bound of the Northshore STEM Ecosystem.
“As a recognized STEM Learning Ecosystem, we can tailor quality STEM learning opportunities
to our specific needs in the region while leveraging the experiences of similar alliances
across the world.”
Members of the new Northshore STEM Coalition include: Livingston Parish School
System, St. Helena Parish School System, St. Tammany Parish School System, Tangipahoa
Parish School System, Washington Parish School System, Bogalusa City School District,
Southeastern Louisiana University, Northshore Technical and Community College, NASA
Stennis, Geaux Jobs Workforce Area 20, Tangipahoa Parish Libraries, and will include
other local industry, businesses, museums as the coalition grows.
SLECoP is a global initiative of innovators who know that thriving communities
are built through collaboration and a willingness to reimagine education and provide
opportunities to those commonly neglected.
The SLECoP was built on the fundamental belief that learning happens everywhere,
not just in traditional classrooms. Consequently, ecosystems are made up of partners
representing K-12 public and private education, business and industry, after-school
providers, non-profits, STEM-rich institutions, government and philanthropy.
Southeastern students honored by Associated Press
Southeastern students working at the Southeastern Channel won four awards at the 2018
Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters awards at the AP’s annual
The annual contest for colleges in both states was conducted by the Louisiana-Mississippi
AP Broadcasters and Media Editors. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing
thousands of U.S. newspapers and broadcasters.
The awards competition featured students from all universities in the two-state
region competing in television, radio and online categories where only first and second-place
honors were given. In addition to an awards luncheon, students attended panel discussions
and participated in one-on-one sessions with industry news professionals.
Andrew Scherer of New Orleans won first place in the “Best Sports Story” category
for his feature story on Southeastern basketball star Marlain Veal.
“Very good use of natural sound, and the reporter has a great delivery. This
was a great sports story,” judges said of Scherer’s work.
Scherer is now a TV news and sports reporter at WXXV-TV (FOX/NBC) Ch. 25 in Gulfport,
Miss. His story can be seen here.
Amanda Kitch of Covington won second place in the “Best TV Reporter” category
for her story on the St. Tammany Parish “Skeeterbomber,” a small, refurbished plane
used to spray mosquitos by the parish’s mosquito abatement department. She has won
“Best TV Reporter” honors for three straight years, including first place in 2017
and “Best of Show” the same year.
Kitch also won second place in the “Best Videography” category for a composite
of her videography of news stories for “Northshore News,” the channel’s award-winning
“This was good story telling with excellent use and placement of video,” judges
said of Kitch’s entry.
Kitch is set to graduate this month and has already been hired as a TV news reporter
for WAFB-TV (CBS) Ch. 9 in Baton Rouge. Her stories can be seen at here and here.
The Southeastern Channel student sportscast “The Big Game” took second place
in the “Best Sportscast or Sports Program” category for its March 8, 2018 episode.
Last year “The Big Game” won first place in the category. The story can be viewed here.
Among those contributing to the winning episode were co-anchor Scherer, co-anchor
Dylan Domangue of Houma, guest anchor Richie Solares of New Orleans, reporter Wesley
Boone of Alexandria, reporter Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield, and producer-director
Freddie Rosario of Luling.
Boone is currently a sports anchor-reporter for KALB-TV (NBC) Ch. 5 in Alexandria,
while Rosario is a director and videographer at the same station.
“We’re excited that our students have won these prestigious Associated Press
awards, several for the second or third year in a row,” said Southeastern Channel
General Manager Rick Settoon. “It reflects our high-quality and professional standards
in broadcast journalism training at the Southeastern Channel, evidenced not only by
these awards, but by the large number of students who have landed jobs and are succeeding
in the professional television industry. Judges stated that our students’ work looks
like it was done by professionals. That’s a tribute to their enterprise, creativity,
hard work, and editorial and technical talents.”
The Southeastern Channel has now won over 400 awards in the past 16 years, including
17 Emmy awards. It has also been named first place in the nation six times by College
Broadcasters, Inc. and first-place “Best College TV Station in the South” seven times
since 2007 by the Southeast Journalism Conference, made up of 40 universities in an
eight-state region in the southeast U.S.
The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston,
St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes. The live 24-7 webcast and video on demand archives
can be seen at thesoutheasternchannel.com. The channel is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL STUDENTS WIN FOUR AP AWARDS - Students at the Southeastern Channel recently brought home four top awards from
the 2018 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters. Award recipients
shown include members of “The Big Game” crew, including, from left, John Sartori of
Mandeville, Richie Solares of New Orleans, Dylan Domangue of Houma, Gabrielle Cox
of Hammond, and Lily Gayle of Greensburg.
University Police to participate in Traffic Safety Campaigns
The University Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway
Safety Commission (LHSC) to participate in the LHSC and the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
campaigns. The primary goal of the grant is to reduce crash-related fatalities and
injuries on Louisiana roadways.
“Our students and employees travel the parish roads every day and commute from
surrounding parishes,” said Patrick Gipson, police lieutenant at Southeastern. “We
want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. That’s why we conduct highway
The grant provides funding for officers to work overtime conducting day and night
occupant protection and impaired driving enforcement.
“Enforcement is only part of the effort,” explained Gipson. “We will also be
collaborating with local partners to educate about safe driving habits.”
Gipson listed partners including Tangipahoa – Reshaping Attitudes for Community
Change (TRACC), Hammond City Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office,
and Louisiana State Police.
“Our activities are part of a community-wide effort to save lives,” added Gipson.
“If everyone works together and encourages their friends to drive safely, we can make
our parish roadways some of the safest in Louisiana.”
ByLion begins summer publishing schedule
ByLion will begin the summer publishing schedule of every other week after today’s
edition. The next issue of ByLion will be distributed on June 4.