Grad student wins scholarship

Black History Month schedule

Joubert earns certification

Nursing program seeks comments

RaceTrac sponsors contest

night, Mother  begins Feb. 15

Chefs Evening discounts tickets

Safe Space training Feb. 10

LaCAP sponsors President's Toast

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern grad student wins counseling association scholarship Erica Kelly
A Southeastern graduate student has been awarded the Louisiana School Counselor Association’s Graduate Student Scholarship.
     Erica Kelly of Ponchatoula was selected for the scholarship from a pool of statewide applications. The award is based on leadership, character and academic excellence in a graduate program.
     “Erica’s skills are second to none; she works with her students like someone who has been practicing for several years,” said Mary Ballard, Southeastern professor of counseling who nominated her for the award. “She is effective in working with teachers and administrators, counseling with parents and guardians and has earned the utmost respect from her teachers and peers.”
     Kelly received her undergraduate degree in sociology from LSU. She has performed internships at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville and Loranger High School. She expects to receive her master’s degree at Southeastern’s spring commencement.
     As a recipient of the award, she also serves on the LSCA Executive Board. The LSCA is the state affiliate of the American School Counselor Association and the largest division of the Louisiana Counseling Association.

Southeastern celebrates February Black History Month
Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern will host a month-long slate of activities in February in celebration of Black History Month.
     The month’s activities will be outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off, scheduled Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “The kick-off is a student-lead effort, which will feature a combination of skits, musical selections, and motivational address,” said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. “We think the event will help those who attend appreciate the contributions of African Americans and how those accomplishments impact our lives today.”
     Throughout February, Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library will highlight the contributions African Americans made in the American Civil War. A special exhibit will be on display throughout the month during regular business hours, and a film series is scheduled, as well. The exhibit highlights the efforts of African Americans as soldiers, caregivers, and workers during the Civil War. The film series begins on Feb. 8 and will highlight the role of the African American soldier throughout the Civil War.
     “We’re delighted to tie our Black History Month celebration into the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to show the important contribution that African Americans made in so many different roles,” said Library Director Eric Johnson. “Our exhibit and films are running concurrently with the grant-funded book discussion and lecture series on the Civil War that the library is presenting in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Parish Library.”
     In conjunction with Black History Month, the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science will sponsor its annual Black History and Politics Lecture, which is dedicated to Albert Doucette Jr., Southeastern’s associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and special assistant to the provost for recruitment of minority faculty and staff, who died in 2004.
     “Dr. Rob Alan Lawson will discuss his award-winning new book, ‘The Blues and Black Southerners 1890-1945’ at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Student Union Theatre,” said Bill Robison, History and Political Science department head. “Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing afterward.”
     Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. The Black History Month schedule includes:
Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Student Union Theatre, Kick-off: The Past is the Key to the Future a look at how past events define the future, sponsored by the NAACP and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
Feb. 6-29, Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: African American Efforts in the Civil War,” an exhibit highlighting African American contributions during the American Civil War, sponsored by Sims Memorial Library Diversity Committee. The library will be closed Feb. 18 21 for Mardi Gras.
Feb. 6, 6 p.m., The African American Heritage Museum, a trip to visit Hammond’s African American Heritage Museum, sponsored by the Black Student Union.
Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Sims Library, room 252, documentary “Royal Federal Blues: The Story of the African American Civil War,” sponsored by Sims Memorial Library Diversity Committee.
Feb. 9, 2 p.m., Sims Library, room 252, PBS Documentary “The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry,” a film series about the role of the African American soldier in the Civil War, sponsored by Sims Memorial Library Diversity Committee.
Feb. 13, 6 p.m., Sims Library, room 252, feature film “Glory,” the 1998 film about the Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry, sponsored by Sims Memorial Library Diversity Committee.
Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Student Union Theatre, Phenomenal Women an empowerment program honoring women of all nationalities, sponsored by the Effervescent Women of Confidence, Praise in Motion, Southeastern Gospel Choir, and Delta Psi Epsilon Christian Sorority.
Feb. 29, 7 p.m., Student Union Theatre, Culture Night a celebration of a unique American culture, sponsored by the Black Student Union.
     A complete list of Black History Month programs is available at For more information, call the MISA office at 549-3850.
Joubert certified as Global Business Professional William Joubert
William Joubert of Southeastern has been certified as a Global Business Professional, one of only five people in the state to pass the national exam taken in December.
Joubert is director of the Southeast Louisiana Business Center and the university’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center. The center also houses a business incubator and several area economic development agencies.
     The test, administered by NABSITE International (formerly the North American Small Business International Trade Educators), was formed to raise the level of practice in the field of international trade, provide professional development goals, and showcase competency through a rigorous certification process. Only 843 individuals in the United States and 1,052 people worldwide passed the most recent certification exam.
     “The Business Center is doing an increasing amount of work and consulting with clients who have international interests,” said Joubert. “This certification is an excellent component of the extensive expertise that we are able to offer our clients in southeast Louisiana.”
     Joubert holds an MBA degree from Southeastern and received his bachelor’s degree in economics and international trade and finance from LSU.
Comments on Southeastern Nursing program solicited
As part of Southeastern’s accreditation review for its undergraduate nursing program, comments are being solicited by the by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
     The purpose of the review is to assess the program’s compliance with CCNE standards. Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for continuing accreditation, according to CCNE.
     Individuals with pertinent and valid information about the program are invited to submit their comments by Feb. 5 in writing to CCNE. Only signed comments will be accepted by the agency.
     Information should be sent to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120.
Southeastern and RaceTrac partner to raise funds for Athletics
Southeastern and Hammond RaceTrac stores are partnering to raise funds for Southeastern Athletics, and Southeastern students, faculty and staff can help.
     The university is partnering with RaceTrac for a “Battle of the Sexes” contest for all students, faculty and staff from Feb. 1 through April 30, said Erin Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs. The contest will count all inside store purchases, gas not included, at all three Hammond locations.
     “It’s about bragging rights, but it’s also a fun way to garner much-needed funds for Southeastern’s athletics programs during these extremely tight budget times,” Cowser said.
     “Our local store teams are always looking for ways to support our guests and neighbors,” said Jason Kilpatrick, Louisiana regional community marketing manager for RaceTrac. “Partnering with Southeastern Athletics in the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ is our way of saying thanks to all the Lions alum and fans who’ve supported RaceTrac over the years.”
     Beginning Feb. 1, Cowser said, any Southeastern student, faculty or staff member can show their university ID when making purchases inside any of the three Hammond RaceTrac locations and those purchases will be tracked.
     “The gender that has the most sales at the end of the contest will receive $2,000 for that gender’s athletic programs, courtesy of RaceTrac, and also receive either a Southeastern males-only or females-only RaceTrac sponsored party in their honor,” Cowser said. “The runner up will receive $1,000 for their athletic programs.”
     For more information, contact Cowser at 549-5861.

night, Mother launches Southeastern spring theatre line-up
The Southeastern Louisiana University theatre program will stage its first production of the season, “night, Mother,” the week of Feb. 15 in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Written by American playwright Marsha Norman in 1983, the play will be performed from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
     Tickets are free for Southeastern students with their ID, $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students from other universities. The play is considered adult content.
The two-character production features a young woman who is physically unsteady, Jessie Cates, played by Chelsea Krause of Baton Rouge, and her mother, Thelma Cates, played by Veronica Gutierrez of New Orleans.
     The play begins with Jessie telling her mother she has devised a plan to end her own life. After the announcement, conflict erupts in a life and death struggle between the mother and daughter, said director Chad Winters, instructor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
     “It’s a play I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Winters. “The subject of suicide is very relevant to our society, and this play examines the subject from a unique perspective.”
     “night, Mother,” earned the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1983 and was later adapted for a film starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft.
     “I hope it will open up some minds to why someone would do something of this nature,” said Winters. “We can learn from it so we might better understand why and perhaps show more compassion to those suffering from depression.”
     For more information about the production, contact Winters at
Southeastern Faculty and Staff offered discounted Chefs Evening ticket prices

Chefs Evening header
Tickets are now on sale for Chefs Evening 2012. As a special thanks to our faculty and staff, the Southeastern Foundation is offering a discounted price to attend. Ticket prices and reserved table prices have increased this year, but faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend the event at the following prices:

Ticktet type Public price Faculty/Staff price
1 ticket to Chefs Evening $75 $50

1 ticket to Chefs Evening & 1 ticket to President's Toast

$125 $75
Reserved table for 6 guests not offered $350

Reserved table for 6 guests plus 6 tickets to President's Toast

not offered $500

Reserved table for 6 guests plus 6 tickets to President's Toast,

includes valet parking, wine glasses, 2 bottles of wine at table,

silverware, wait staff and more

$1,000 $750

Safe Space training on Feb. 10
Safe Space is a nationwide project through which certain university faculty and staff offices are designated as “safe zones,” where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can come and discuss any issues they might be facing at school.
     Southeastern’s Safe Space program, which is based in the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, was launched last fall, and forty faculty, staff and students assembled for training by Bruce Parker from LSU’s Safe Space program. Participants display a Safe Space sticker on their office door and serve primarily as a sounding board, referring students who need help to the proper authority.
     Another Safe Space training session will be offered Friday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon in room 223 of the Student Union for both current and new participants (faculty, staff and students). New participants will be trained from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; after that, current participants can share stories of helping students, and a special discussion of dealing with religious issues will follow.
     To attend all or part of the training, please contact Eric Johnson via email at or via telephone at 549-3962. For more information on Safe Space, contact either Johnson or Dr. Barbara Hebert at or 549-3894.
Chefs Eveningreceivessponsorshipfrom LaCAP From left, President John L. Crain, Ingrid Johnson, Monty Buckles

Southeastern will kick off its largest fundraiser with the President’s Toast, which has become a featured prelude to Chefs Evening, thanks to the exclusive sponsorship of La Capitol Federal Credit Union.
     Scheduled on Sunday, April 1, President John L. Crain will welcome guests to the president’s residence for the President’s Toast from 3:30 4:30 p.m. Guests will be escorted to Chefs Evening, which is set from 5 8 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     In addition to enjoying the traditional toast with Southeastern’s President, attendees will be offered hors d’oerves and wine pairings prepared by hosting Chef Phil O’Donnell.
     Proceeds from the event directly benefit Southeastern’s academic programs and, ultimately, Southeastern students. Chefs Evening tickets are $75 each and $10 for a wine glass to enter the wine tasting area. Tickets including the President’s Toast are $125 or $1,000 for a patron table including six tickets, reserved table, six tickets to president’s toast and much more.
     For tickets or additional information, contact Michelle Gallo, Chefs Evening event coordinator, at 985-634-6273. Chefs Evening information is also available online at

Above: The exclusive Diamond Sponsorship of Chefs Evening 2012, provided by La Capitol Federal Credit Union, will make possible special amenities for the President’s Toast, a pre-party hosted at the residence of Dr. John L. Crain. Pictured from left are President Crain, Ingrid Johnson, regional branch manager for La Capitol Federal Credit Union, and Monty Buckles, Hammond branch manager.

Southeastern in the news
Action 17 News
Comments on SLU nursing program solicited

Local authors follow different paths to publication

Joubert certified as global business professional

Green Marketing (web site)
Green businesses using RFID tags to help the environment

Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern announces activities (Black History Month)

Prof authors book on alternative medicine

McConnel stars in 'Hairspray' at Columbia

Time Magazine (Moneyland)
A physics professor asks: Are no-name batteries a better value than name brands?

Extended Studies news

ACT Test Preparaton
(Mondays, Feb. 27 - March 26, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This five week course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $250.

Microsoft Word (Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Thursday, March 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
This course is designed for individuals who have basic computer knowledge but would like to learn Microsoft Word. Students will learn to create, format, and modify Word documents, including using graphics and tables to enhance documents. The cost is $120.


How to Write a Novel
(Tuesdays, Feb. 28 - March 27, 7 to 8 p.m.)
This course will cover the basics of writing novel-length fiction, including story structure, plotting, character development, dialogue, description, and point of view. The cost is $150.

Introduction to Computers for Senior Citizens (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 to 5 p.m.)
In this four-hour workshop designed for seniors, students will learn the basic skills needed to get started with personal computers and work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows. The cost is $100.

To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern softball and women’s tennis teams open their 2012 schedules, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion softball team will host the three-day, 10-team Lion Classic beginning Friday at North Oak Park. On the opening day, Southeastern faces Southern at 3 p.m. and Akron at 5:30 p.m. Contests with Northern Colorado (12:30 p.m.) and Kansas (5:30 p.m.) highlight Saturday’s slate. The Lady Lions close the tournament with a 9 a.m. contest with Northern Illinois.
     The Southeastern women’s tennis team opens the 2012 portion of its schedule with two matches on Saturday. Southeastern faces Southern Miss at 12 p.m. and William Carey at 6 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss.
     The Lion basketball team (8-13, 2-7 Southland) will open the week with a 7 p.m. league contest at UTSA on Wednesday. On Saturday, Southeastern returns home to host Northwestern State at 6 p.m.
     The Southeastern women’s basketball team (7-14, 2-6 Southland) returns home on Wednesday, hosting UTSA at 7 p.m. Freshman guard Symone Miller will be Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a free training card featuring the Gonzales native courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE. On Saturday, the Lady Lions head to Natchitoches to take on Northwestern State at 2 p.m.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday’s women’s basketball game will be broadcast on the Internet only at No Southeastern broadcast will be available for Saturday’s women’s game in Natchitoches, but live audio and live statistics will be available at

Wednesday, February 8
Women’s Basketball, vs. UTSA, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

Friday, February 10
Softball, vs. Southern (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Akron (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 11
Men’s Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Northern Colorado (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 12:30 p.m.
Softball, vs. Kansas (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 5:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 12 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at William Carey, Hattiesburg, Miss., 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 12
Softball, vs. Northern Illinois (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 9 a.m.

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
Drs. Corie Hebert and Heidi Kulkin
(Counseling and Human Development) presented their paper entitled, “How do foster parents feel when a foster child leaves their home?” at the 10th Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
     Kenneth E. Lane (Educational Leadership and Technology) was elected to a three-year term for the sixth consecutive year as Executive Director of the International Academy of Educational Leaders (IAEL) at its annual conference held Jan. 27-28 in New Orleans. IAEL has as its membership professors of Educational Leadership--a think tank--who meet annually to present research and discuss issues related to Educational Leadership in both K-12 and higher education communities.
     The Physical Plant would like to recognize Ms. Gloria W. Pitts for receiving honorable mention for the 2011 Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award. She attended a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans in honor of the event and was accompanied by Ms. Barbara Bridgewater (supervisor) and Mr. Mark Whitmer (Physical Plant Assistant Director). The Physical Plant would like to thank Ms. Pitts for her hard work and dedication at Southeastern.
     William F. Font (Biological Sciences) has received funding for four years by the National Science Foundation for his research, “Biodiversity in the parasitic flude genus Alloglossidium: Evolutionary origins of changes in life cycle complexity.” Co-principal investigator for this study is Charles Criscione, assistant professor of biology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Criscione received his master of science degree from Southeastern in 2000.

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