ByLion takes a break

Southeastern confers degrees

Circus troupe to perform

Compton re-appointed to board

ACT Prep Course offered

SAAC participates in toy drive

Classical guitarist to give class

After school program to be offered

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

ByLion takes a break
This will be the last edition of the ByLion before the holiday break. ByLion will return on Jan. 22, 2013.


Southeastern confers degrees on more than 1,200

Southeastern conferred degrees on nearly1,300 graduates Saturday, Dec. 8, at the university's fall commencement exercises.
Louisiana insurance executive C. Allen Bradley Jr. of DeRidder was the keynote speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center arena. Candidates for associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees were led into the arena by the Golden Graduates, alumni who graduated 50 or more years earlier.
     In his welcome Southeastern President John L. Crain noted that the 1,295 individuals being recognized at commencement included 449 men and 846 women who were receiving 16 different degrees; and representatives from 18 states and 16 countries. Five candidates received the doctorate in educational leadership and were hooded by their major professors.
Students receiving doctoral degrees were:
     Monica Lynne LeBlanc Breaux, Gray; Candace Standberry Robertson, Reserve; Julie Vincent Matte and Tina Tinney, Covington; and Joshua Barrett Yellen, Baton Rouge.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to seven students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university's five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – sociology major Deborah Marcelle Bettelli of Folsom, 4.0 GPA.
College of Business – business administration major Nagham Jihad Harmouch of Lebanon, 4.0 GPA; Lexy Kay Ray, a management major from Holden, 4.0 GPA.
College of Education and Human Development – social work major Catherine Lorraine Hardaway Gill of Ponchatoula, 4.0 GPA; Jennie Chantel Stewart, a Spanish education and English education major from Loranger, 4.0 GPA.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences – nursing major Amanda Day Bourgeois of Denham Springs, 3.990 GPA.
College of Science and Technology – industrial technology major Carlene Maria Pierce of Denham Springs, 3.949 GPA.

1)President's medal winners2)C. Allen Bradley Jr.

1) PRESIDENT'S MEDAL WINNERSSoutheastern awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to seven students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in the university's five colleges. Pictured on the front row, from left, are Nagham Jihad Harmouch of Lebanon, Deborah Marcelle Bettelli of Folsom, and Jennie Chantel Stewart of Loranger. Back row, from left, are President John L. Crain, Lexy Kay Ray of Holden, Catherine Lorraine Hardaway Gill of Ponchatoula, and University of Louisiana System Board Member Andre Coudrain. Not pictured are Amanda Day Bourgeois and Carlene Maria Pierce, both of Denham Springs.

2) AMERISAFE CEO ADDRESSES SOUTHEASTERN GRADUATESLouisiana insurance executive C. Allen Bradley Jr. of DeRidder addresses students and guests at Southeastern's fall commencement ceremony Saturday.

Columbia Theatre to present circus troupe from China
Cirque ChinoisOne of China's most acclaimed and influential circus troupes will perform its new production, "Cirque Chinois," at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
     For nearly six decades, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China has been performing its unique brand of circus, a style that has had a profound influence on the world circus society, including Cirque de Soleil. Renowned the world over for their signature acts, such as the Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, and Group Contortion, these performers have received numerous international awards and worldwide acclaim.
     "Cirque Chinois is a program filled with extraordinary acrobatic grace. Breathtaking movements performed on the flying Trapeze, interspersed with deft juggling and mouth-dropping body contortions, will mesmerize and astound," said C. Roy Blackwood, interim director of the Columbia Theatre. "Nearly 40 magnificent performers in gorgeous costumes will take Columbia's stage as an organic unit that will transport the audience to the Far East with delightful experiences in sound and movement. You won't want to miss this fabulous event."
     Tickets for Cirque Chinois range from $28 - $36 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at

Compton re-appointed to State Dietetics and Nutrition Board
Terry ComptonTerry Compton, a diabetes educator on the faculty of Southeastern's School of Nursing, has been re-appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition.
     The seven-member board regulates the practice of dietitians and nutritionists by granting licenses to qualified applications. Compton was nominated for the position by the Louisiana State Nurses Association.
     Prior to joining the Southeastern faculty in 2006, Compton served as the diabetes nurse coordinator of inpatient and outpatient services at Children's Hospital in New Orleans for 16 years. She is a certified diabetes educator and insulin pump trainer and currently serves as president of the Southeast Louisiana Association of Diabetes Educators. She serves on the Professional Practice Committee of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
     A resident of Tickfaw, she holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Mississippi College in Clinton and a master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.


Southeastern to offer ACT Prep Course
Southeastern's Division of Extended Studies is offering an ACT Preparation Course on its main campus and regional locations.
     Designed to assist high school students in developing skills to improve their ACT scores, the prep course will emphasize mathematics and English.
     "This is a wonderful opportunity for students who want to get help with their math and English skills," said Tom Dawsey, recruiting and marketing manager. "Our instructors also do a great job of giving students tips on test taking skills that can help improve their scores."
     The five-week offerings will be held on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond, at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Boulevard in Walker, and the St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive, in Mandeville.
     In Hammond, three sessions of the ACT Prep Course will be offered. All sessions will consist of five Monday classes each. These courses will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. at a cost of $250 with all materials covered. Dates of the sessions include: Session 1- Jan. 7 – Feb. 4; Session 2- March 4– April 8; and Session 3- May 6 – June 3.
     The three sessions of the course in Walker will be taught on Thursdays. These courses will take place from 5 – 7 p.m. at a cost of $250 with all materials covered. Dates of the sessions include: Session 1- Jan. 10 – Feb. 7; Session 2- March 7 – April 11; and Session 3- May 9 – June 6.
     The Mandeville ACT course will also be held on Thursdays. All sessions will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. at a cost of $275, which includes the textbook. Dates of the sessions include: Session 1- Jan. 10 – Feb. 7; Session 2- March 7 – April 11; and Session 3- May 9 – June 6.
     To register or for more information about these or other Extended Studies courses, visit or call 985-549-2301 in Hammond, 985-893-6251 in Mandeville, or 225-665-3303 in Walker.


Southeastern SAAC participates in university's "Toys from the Heart" initiative
SAAC gives toys for driveThe Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee got into the Christmas spirit early by contributing to the university-wide "Toys from the Heart" program.
     2012 marks the seventh consecutive year the "Toys from the Heart" campaign has been a university-wide initiative. The Southeastern SAAC is partnering with Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Recreational Sports and Wellness and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs to help provide gifts to underprivileged children in the local community.
     Through donations collected from their teammates and a gift from the Hammond Kiwanis Club, members of the SAAC raised nearly $1,100, then bought and wrapped approximately 100 gifts at their monthly meeting on Dec. 3. The toy drive is expected to bring joy into the lives of nearly 400 underprivileged Hammond-area children this holiday season.
     Southeastern student-athletes are dedicated to serving the local community throughout the year. During the fall semester, the Lions and Lady Lions have visited local schools and nursing homes, while also assisting with the Relay for Life initiative dedicated to raising funds for cancer research.


Emmy-winning classical guitarist to give masterclass at Southeastern
Pepe RomeroWorld-renown, Emmy-winning classical guitarist Pepe Romero will give a masterclass for Southeastern guitar students on Jan. 7 in the Pottle Recital Hall from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
     Instructor and Coordinator of Guitar Activities Patrick Kerber said Maestro Romero is considered to be among the elite performing and recording artists in the world of classical guitar. His career has spanned five decades as he has produced over fifty recordings, and his international performing career has brought him to perform at major venues throughout the world as a soloist and as a founding member of the famous Los Romeros guitar quartet.
     "I am so pleased that our students will have the opportunity to study and interact with an artist of this stature," said Kerber. "He was very impressed with our students that played for him at USC a few years ago, and our current students are very much looking forward to this unique and priceless experience. On a personal note, I am very proud to present my students to my teacher to show him that his father's (Celedoniop Romero) legacy has continued beyond the success of the Romero family."
     Kerber added that Romero is a sought after pedagogue, routinely giving masterclasses at universities on a consistent basis in his travels, and as a distinguished artist at the University of Southern California. His students include the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, The Falla Trio, solo artists William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, and many other successful guitarists.
     The event is open to the public. For more information contact Kerber at


Rec Sports and Wellness to offer after school program
Southeastern's Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is offering a unique after school program for youths three to 13. REC Kids is designed for children three to seven, while REC Stars is for kids eight to 13.
     "REC Kids/REC Stars Afterschool Program is designed to offer parents an after school experience that includes homework/tutoring, physical activity and nutrition lessons," said Dollie Hebert director of Recreational Sports and Wellness. "While REC Stars provides a conditioning component for ages nine and up, both programs were created to teach healthy eating habits, while addressing the decreasing amount of exercise during the school day."
     Scheduled Monday through Friday from 2:45 – 5:45 p.m., the program is supervised and implemented by Recreational Sports and Wellness professional and student staff, as well as Southeastern students majoring in areas such as education, kinesiology, nutrition, and sports management.
     The program begins Jan. 7, 2013. Registration fees are $20 per child and $40 per family for two or more children. The program cost is $5 per hour, with a snack included. A two-hour minimum stay for maximum program impact is recommended.
     To register a child or for more information, call (985) 549-5734.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (1-5) will return to action after taking all of last week off to concentrate on final exams. Southeastern will open the week's action on Monday with a 7 p.m. game at Louisiana-Monroe. On Sunday, the Lions will be at North Texas for a 1 p.m. contest.
     The Lady Lions (5-2) only have one game on tap this week. Southeastern will close out its non-conference home schedule with a 12 p.m. game versus UNO on Tuesday in the University Center. Southeastern will host "Lunch with the Lady Lions" on Tuesday and admission will be just $2. Jambalaya dinners will also be on sale for $5.
     Freshman guard Courtney Epting will be Tuesday's Spotlight Player of the Game, and fans will receive trading cards featuring the Jackson, Miss., native as available courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE.
     All three of this week's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Live stats and a live video stream will also be available via LionVision for Tuesday's game.

Monday, December 10
Men's Basketball, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, 7 p.m. (KSLU)

Tuesday, December 11
Women's Basketball, vs. UNO, University Center, 12 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)

Sunday, December 16
Men's Basketball, at North Texas, Denton, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)

Southeastern home events in bold

Professional activities
The ideas of Matt Rossano (Psychology) are referred to in the December 2012 issue of Smithsonian Magazine in an article entitled "Spark of Genius: Did Fire Influence the Evolution of the Human Mind." Smithsonian magazine is a publication of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
     David Armand (English) has just been informed that his second novel, Harlow, has been accepted for publication by Texas Review Press, a member of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium. The novel will be published in 2013.
     Lt. Patrick Gipson (University Police Department) was among the presenters at Louisiana's 9th Annual Conference on Sexual Assault and Family Violence in Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 26-29. Lt Gipson presented a session entitled "It IS a Big Deal: Stalking on a College Campus" addressing challenges faced and lessons learned identifying and addressing stalking behavior among college students.
     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) gave an invited talk entitled "Synthesis of Ellagic Acid and Dihydroquinoline Derivatives as potential Antiprotozoan Agents" at the University of Southern Mississippi on Nov. 30, 2012.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented "The British Are Not Coming: Prince Albert, Palmerston, and Civil War Diplomacy" to the Dec. 6 meeting of the Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana and "Tudor Christmas: Yule, Misrule, Wassail, and Wonder" at the Christmas Past Festival in Old Historic Mandeville on Dec. 8.


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