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Southeastern participates in North Shore Focus
Southeastern participated last week in North Shore Focus, a regionally-hosted gathering with state legislators, held in the Louisiana Capitol's Memorial Hall.
This was the ninth year for the collaborative advocacy event, designed to provide area business leaders with an opportunity to visit with legislators from across the state and present the North Shore region's legislative priorities.
Above, right: Pictured from left are Representative Chris Broadwater, President John L. Crain, Larry Rase, executive director of the Northshore Business Council, Erin Moore Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs, and Representative Greg Cromer.
LSBDC at Southeastern wins Regional Excellence & Innovation Award
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern was recognized as the top center in a five-state region at an awards reception held at the Governor's Mansion May 15.
The SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award is given annually to the program that demonstrates excellence in improving value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
After being named the top center of the year out of 10 centers in the state, the Southeastern SBDC was nominated for the SBA Region VI Award. Region VI covers Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The achievement ranks the Southeastern center among the top 10 SBDCs in the nation for 2012.
"This is a well-deserved recognition of the entire team and exceptional work with small businesses and entrepreneurs in southeast Louisiana," said LSBDC State Director Mary Lynn Wilkerson.
She said the center's productivity, professionalism and dedication to entrepreneurship have been noted by the community, clients, resources partners, media and many others who have worked with the Southeastern group.
It is the second time the center received the top state award and its first regional award.
Southeastern President John L. Crain said the university is proud of the center's recognition.
"The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern has a long history of providing vital consulting services to individuals and organizations planning business start-ups or expansions," said Crain.
"The Northshore area is the fastest growing region in the state, and the SBDC, along with the services provided through the university's Southeast Louisiana Business Center, has created an environment that facilitates fast service to clients," he added. "The efforts of this team, with strong university support, have resulted in a model of private-university-public partnership that is proving to be highly successful in helping develop the economic potential of the region."
"We hired some great people and they have done great work," said Southeastern SBDC Director William Joubert. "This award is about our entire staff, the university and the LSBDC State Office all working together to better serve the business community and other Small Business Development Centers."
In addition to Joubert, other staff members recognized at the award ceremony were Assistant Director Sandy Summers and consultants Wayne Ricks, Steven Baham, Ginger Cangelosi and Scott Uffman.
The SBDC at Southeastern has been at the helm of economic development on the North Shore for more than 10 years. In 2001, Joubert proposed the university adopt an innovative plan to create a one-stop shop for regional economic development, with the SBDC as the linchpin. That vision became a reality in 2003 with the opening of the Southeast Louisiana Business Center. Located in its own building near the campus, the center houses the SBDC, a business incubator, the Business Research Center and various economic development organizations.
The center – which serves the five-parish region of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes – has assembled a team of high quality business consultants and assembled an deep network of resources. Since 2008, the center has served more than 1,760 clients and trained more than 4,200 individuals. The team helped clients create 2,027 jobs and save 612, secure more than $217 million in capital, start 108 new businesses and increase sales by $100 million.
Above: The Southeastern Small Business Development Center was recognized with the SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award. Serving on the Southeastern team are, from left, Ginger Cangelosi, business continuity consultant; Scott Uffman, sales consultant; Director William Joubert; Wayne Ricks, senior business consultant; Steven Baham, business consultant; and Assistant Director Sandy Summers.
Southeastern biologist named president-elect of International Sea Turtle Society
A Southeastern biologist has been named president-elect of the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS).
Roldán Valverde, associate professor of biology, has served on the board of directors of the organization for two years and as a member for more than 20. As president-elect, he will be a primary organizer of the ISTS Symposium to be held in New Orleans in April 2014. It is the first time the organization is meeting in New Orleans.
The ISTS is an organization of more than 1,200 scientists and others linked by their interest in sea turtle biology and their dedication to sea turtle conservation.
"ISTS is a very diverse organization, representing various cultures, national origins, professions and organizations," Valverde said. "We are united in our vision and knowledge of the importance sea turtles play in our environment and are dedicated to preserving their habitats and improving conservation measures for these endangered species."
A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2004, Valverde has worked for the Caribbean Conservation Corp. – now the Sea Turtle Conservancy – as a field leader of the green sea turtle tagging project in Costa Rica, the oldest sea turtle project in the world. He has led several summer tropical ecology and sea turtle study-abroad courses to Costa Rica. His lab at Southeastern fosters international collaborative programs, especially with Latin American institutions.
Above, right: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Roldán Valverde, shown in his lab at the university, has been named president-elect of the International Sea Turtle Society, an association of more than 1,200 scientists and others interested in sea turtle research and conservation.
The Lion's Roar honored with Associated Press Awards
The Lion's Roar, the student newspaper at Southeastern, was recently honored with two awards at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Managing Editors annual meeting in New Orleans.
The students competed in the college and university division, which recognizes student journalists for outstanding performance in college print journalism.
The newspaper took first place for its website, www.lionsroarnews.com in the digital-website portion of the competition.
"Winning this award means that our publication is moving in the right direction in terms of our web presence," said Social Media Editor Brooke Kimball of Walker, who manages the site. "It is especially meaningful since the site is relatively new, and we have been working to bring awareness to students about this new way to receive campus news."
Photography Editor Tony Romain of Slidell took first place in the college/university photography category.
"It's reassuring to be in the top ranks of others in our region and that I'm capturing special moments of the school's history in photography," said Romain. "I feel like I am living up to the legacy of photo editors before me."
Bloomberg Terminals an advantage for Southeastern students
When most people think of a laboratory, images of test tubes and beakers come to mind. However, a different kind of lab was recently installed at Southeastern Louisiana University—this one with special computer terminals linked to immediate stock quotes and related data needed for intense business analysis.
It's the same kind of equipment and access to data that high powered stock brokers are using to analyze fast moving markets, explained John Cresson, associate professor of finance.
"It's all about the students separating themselves from the competition, said Cresson, who is the director of Southeastern's Executive MBA program. "They can use this system for their projects – where they get real-time, up-to-the-minute data – or they can use the Internet, which is what was being used 15 years ago."
The new lab, located in a reconfigured portion in the College of Business' Garrett Hall, features 11 terminals that link to Bloomberg, a major global provider of 24-hour financial news and information, including real time and historic price data, financials data, trading news and analysis, as well as general news. Bloomberg services also offer analytic tools that are typically used by financial specialists.
The Bloomberg Lab, according to Cresson, gives Southeastern students valuable experience in working with one of the high-tech tools of the modern financial world.
"At a recent conference in New York, the participants using Bloomberg commented on how it helps separate them from other schools of business," Cresson said. "With our smaller class sizes, our students are getting more opportunities to work on these specialized terminals."
And with some of the terminals powered by laptop computers, EMBA students – who typically meet in class on Saturdays – will be able to periodically check the machines out of the university for work at home, Cresson said.
The new lab – which includes licenses and computers – was financed with self-generated funds by growing enrollments in the EMBA program, as well as a grant from the Southeastern Student Government Association.
The look and feel of a Bloomberg keyboard is similar to a standard computer keyboard, with the addition of several yellow "hot keys" that identify market sectors, such as government securities, money markets, preferred and equity shares, commodity markets and currency markets. The terminal functions as an application in the Windows environment.
While Bloomberg is known primarily in the financial world, it's not just used for finance. It's also used for business.
"There is supply chain management information, economics, accounting, and statistical data. Students can research a company they may be interested in working for in the future," Cresson said. "Bloomberg has in-house analysts. It's not a substitute for finance; it compliments it. It allows the students to take theory and put it into practice. We don't have to make up numbers or give them cases that happened five years ago. It's all current information. It's a tool that allows the students to put into practice what we teach in the classroom."
Southeastern MBA student and Bloomberg lab graduate assistant Wayne Crawford couldn't agree more.
"Although I am not a finance major, I believe this is a great way for our students to gain an advantage," he said. "The students who use the Bloomberg lab for projects or research and dedicate the extra time are definitely gaining an advantage."
"We have the resources that major private institutions offer, but at a considerably lower tuition," he said. "We have the best of both worlds because we have professors and people with real-world experience, not just graduate assistants, teaching our students."
Above: Southeastern EMBA Director John Cresson observes senior Toni Bonura of Madisonville as she works at a Bloomberg terminal, in a new, highly specialized computer laboratory in the College of Business. The new lab gives business students a competitive edge by exposing them to one of the modern tools used in business today.
Ricks certified as Global Business Professional
Wayne Ricks, a business consultant with Southeastern's business center has been certified as a Global Business Professional.
Ricks works in 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.
He is the second member of the center to be certified. Director William Joubert received the certification earlier this year.
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.
"An increasing number of our clients at the center are coming to us with international concerns, and that spurred our interest in earning such certifications," said Joubert. "It provides another dimension of the extensive services we offer through the business center and the LSBDC."
A consultant with the business center since 2005, Ricks works with start-up businesses, existing business owners and local economic development agencies. He holds an MBA degree and bachelor's degree in finance, both from Southeastern.
Human Resources news
Quality Service and Self-Motivation Workshops
The Human Resources Office and the Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) are sponsoring two upcoming workshops, "Providing Quality Service" on Wednesday, June 20, and "Self-Motivation in the Workplace" on Tuesday, July 17.
Both classes will be held in the University Center, room 139 and will run from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration for these classes is required, and space is limited.
For more information and to find out how to register, contact Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@southeastern.edu or at extension 5771.
Ethics Education Requirement
Effective January 1, 2012, LA Revised Statute mandates that all public employees are required to take one hour of training each calendar year on the Code of Governmental Ethics. It is the individual's responsibility to comply with this mandate. In addition to faculty and staff, the requirement applies to student workers, graduate assistants and university contractors as well.
Below you will find a link to the video training which consists of three twenty minute classes presented in video format. It is possible to bookmark the video and return to your place so that all three parts of the class may be taken at the same time or independently.
Toward the bottom third of the linked page below, at the words Register (New User), is where you log in with your email address and "create a NEW Password for this site only." From there it is self-explanatory.
At the conclusion of the video presentation, individuals may print out a certificate of completion. Please print and send a copy of the certificate to HR, SLU 10799 to have the class added to your training record. Click on the following link to begin the training: http://eap.ethics.la.gov/EthicsTraining/login.aspx.
Contact Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@southeastern.edu or at extension 5771 for more information.
Action 17 News
SLU announces spring grads
SLU students, faculty inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Southeastern College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences honors top students
Southeastern faces additional $16.5 million cut
LSBDC at Southeastern wins regional excellence and innovation awards
Southeastern students use Bloomberg terminals to join Wall Street
Student-athletes get free physicals
Special Olympics held at SLU
SLU center offers business seminar
Hammond Daily Star
Legislators, public allow insane justice (Letter to the editor)
Talk about the South: Gut check time for professors (Column)
Enemy within (Column)
Minden Press Herald
Exhibit sets up at Dorcheat (Charles Elliott)
Dan Hollander and Robert Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) recently published a book chapter with Oxford University Press in the Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology, entitled "The Psychology of Resistance Exercise." This chapter covers over four decades of research and is meant to be a reference for libraries, graduate students and scholars as a definitive source of information in this line of inquiry.
Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented "The Louisiana Purchase: Impact and Legacy," a six-week directed readings and discussion session funded by grants from the State of Louisiana and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the Readings in Literature and Culture project (RELIC) sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Library Association; Main Branch (Goodwood) East Baton Rouge Parish Library, April 12-May 27.
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