ByLion takes a break

Southeastern confers degrees

Lane elected to lead law group

Education program recognized

Student authors book

Turtle Cove receives donation

Non-credit courses

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

This is our final edition of ByLion for 2013. ByLion will return on January 22, 2014. Happy Holidays!


Southeastern confers degrees on approximately 1,200
Southeastern conferred degrees on more than 1,200 graduates Saturday at the university's fall commencement exercises.
     University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley 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 honored.
     In his welcome Southeastern President John L. Crain noted that the individuals being recognized at commencement included 468 men and 816 women who were receiving 15 different degrees; and representatives from 28 states and 15 countries. Seven candidates received the doctorate in educational leadership.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to 9 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university's five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – art major Louise Frances Johnson of Houma, 4.0 GPA.
     College of Business – accounting major Lidia Apostol of Moldova, 4.0 GPA; supply chain management major Sara B. Bardwell of Ponchatoula, 4.0 GPA; accounting major Dipanjali Budhathoki of Nepal, 4.0 GPA; marketing major Kailee Olivia Hughes Henslee of St. Francisville, 4.0 GPA.
     College of Education and Human Development – English education major Megan Victoria Larmann of Slidell, 4.0 GPA; middle school education major Cequila Burslem of Bush, 4.0 GPA.
     College of Nursing and Health Sciences –nursing major Emily Ann Bergeron of Destrehan, 3.984 GPA.
     College of Science and Technology – computer science major Travis Michael Overmier of Loranger, 3.941 GPA.

1)Sandra Woodley2)President's Medal Winners Fall 2013

1) UL SYSTEM PRESIDENT ADDRESSES SOUTHEASTERN GRADUATES – UL System President Sandra Woodley addresses students and guests at Southeastern 's fall commencement ceremony Saturday.


2) PRESIDENT'S MEDAL WINNERS – Southeastern awarded its highest academic honor, the Presidents Medal for Academic Excellence, to nine students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in the university's five colleges. Pictured on the front row, from left, are Megan Larmann, Emily Bergeron, Lidia Apostol, Dipanjali Budhathoki, and Louise Johnson. Back row, from left are Southeastern President John L. Crain, Sara B. Bardwell, Travis Overmier, Cequila Meyers, and University of Louisiana System Board Member Andre Coudrain. Not pictured is Kailee Hughes Henslee.


Lane elected president of education law group
Kenneth LaneKenneth E. Lane, professor of educational leadership and technology, has been elected president of the Education Law Association at its recent annual conference held in Denver.
     The association, based in the Cleveland State University Law Library, is the premier national organization that addresses legal issues in the K-12 grades and higher education. The group sponsors webinars, publications and both regional and national conferences.
     A resident of Covington, Lane will serve one year in his role as president. He has extensive experience in education law with more than 25 years in legal education activities, including service on the ELA board of directors, heading the association's Publications Committee for more than 10 years, and editing two editions of "The Principal's Legal Handbook." He has also presented on legal issues at conferences throughout the world.


Southeastern education program recognized with high ranking
Kaitlin KiselaSoutheastern's education program has been ranked second in the state for its production of new teachers by the web site Online College Database.
     The site's newly released ranking, "Top Colleges in Louisiana Shaping the Next Generation," listed 19 fully accredited, four-year programs in the state that had at least 10 graduates in education or teaching disciplines in 2012. Southeastern was cited for having 391 graduates in the field, second only to LSU, the largest institution in Louisiana.
     "Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs," said Doug Jones, founder of the College Database. "But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students."
     "We appreciate the ranking, but quantity of graduates is secondary to our goal of helping to prepare teacher candidates for the real world of education," said Shirley Jacobs, interim dean of the Southeastern College of Education. "We place tremendous emphasis on our students getting field experience and service-learning opportunities early in their educational experience, developing strong content knowledge, learning to apply data-proven techniques, and providing effective faculty mentoring in a student-centered learning environment."
     Southeastern offers undergraduate degrees in in early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education and special education. Graduate programs offer master's degrees in curriculum and instruction and special education and a doctoral program in educational leadership.
     Data sources used in the ranking included the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Carnegie Classification System.
     Information on the rankings can be found on the College Database's web site,


PREPARING NEW TEACHERS – Southeastern graduate student and teacher candidate Kaitlin Kisela of New Orleans reviews the work of one of her students during a field experience at Natalbany Elementary School. Southeastern was recently cited by Online College Database for its production of new teachers.


Southeastern student authors book for the newly married
Laura Fazio_Griffith and Kelli SmithKelli Smith is a busy Southeastern graduate student working to balance life with her husband and three year-old daughter, a full course load as a counselor education major, and maintain a blog on life, marriage and parenthood.
     With encouragement from readers, she turned her blog – -- into a book, Surviving the First Five: Insightful Encouragements for the Newly Married.
     The book, Smith said, gives realistic insights into what it takes to transition through the first five years of marriage, which she says are crucial because this is when couples are building their foundations.
     "The book utilizes personal testimony, practical techniques and spiritual encouragements to help readers deal with everyday issues in relationships," she said. "All of the stories are based on my personal experiences and what I have observed in other relationships."
     Some of the topics in Smith's book include communications, commitment to serving God, examining marriage vows, submission, trust, respect, fidelity, finances and more.
     "Each chapter includes sample prayers, reflections, and additional readings," said Smith, who is originally from Baton Rouge. "The book is designed to work as a tool to help readers identify areas in their lives and marriages that they want to change with God's help."
     It is no coincidence Smith is in graduate school studying counseling, specializing in marital, couple and family counseling. She says she has always felt destined to help people.
     Smith said the information she has learned through Southeastern coursework, class discussions and personal reflections helped her develop her skills as a counselor and writer and find her voice.
     "I've seen a lot happen in marriages, first hand and through observation," she said. "I wanted to show other married couples that they are not alone and that marriage is a process, not a pit stop. I chose the format because I don't tell people what to do, but instead offer them the opportunity to change and grow in every aspect of their marriage and lives."
     Smith wants to write another book. She has several ideas about parenting, blended families and working with children. She may even write and illustrate a book for children, she said.
     "Surviving the First Five: Insightful Encouragements for the Newly Married" is published by Crosslink Publishing.


SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT AUTHORS BOOK - Southeastern graduate student Kelli Smith, right, and Assistant Professor of Counseling Laura Fazio-Griffith, discuss Smith's book Surviving the First Five: Insightful Encouragements for the Newly Married.


American Truck donates to Turtle Cove
Turtle Cove donationSoutheastern biological sciences graduate student Amanda Normand presents a $2,500 check from American Truck Group of Gulfport, Miss., to Rob Moreau, director of the university's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station. Norman was representing her father, Louis Normand Jr., the founder and chief executive officer of American Truck Group. The funds will be used to support Turtle Cove's educational and community outreach programs, which provide information on the natural, socio-economic and cultural impacts of wetland loss and pollution.


Non-credit courses - give a gift of knowledge
Our spring classes are now open for registration. Christmas confirmation can be sent for gift giving. Be sure to email with "Gift Registration Request" to be certain we send the decoration confirmation for you to give. ACT Testing is early this year, so be sure to register before Christmas break. Stay tuned for more or check out our website for a full list.

ACT Test Preparation (Amy Gibson, Joe Carter, Eugenie Martin and Patricia Edmiston)
The ACT Review class is designed to help students prepare for the ACT college entrance exam. Students will review major concepts most commonly found on the ACT and will be provided test-taking tips and strategies. Students should use the information provided during class time as part of their overall test preparation strategy. Class space is limited.  Register early. Registration deadline is Dec. 17. See location for date details.

Acting for Kids' Konfidence (Instructor: Brandi Ehrhardt Saucier)
This program is a mixture of acting, drama and improvisation designed to create confidence and self-esteem in children. This course was designed with multiple objectives in mind: create a sense of confidence and self-esteem; promote quick thinking and healthy interactions with others; encourage students to be leaders amongst their peers; provide a healthy outlet for creativity and energy; and more. Dates for this course vary depending upon the location. Read more here

Next Step for your Career (Instructor: Craig A. Bialy, Feb. 4 - 18)
This is a course on how to reinvent or upgrade yourself in this tight job market. Review personal branding, explore new options, take the next step and begin the next chapter of your life. This class will include discussions on career planning, LinkedIn, other social media, and how to network appropriately. Be prepared to interact and bring experiences to this class on the changing career environment. Interactive activities will be interspersed with lecture and online resources. Learn more


Southeastern in the news

Action News
Lion fever rises in Hammond as ticket sales soar for Saturday's game

Southeastern students work in front of cameras, behind scenes at Superdome


Associated Press
NCAA lowers boom on SLU Lion athletics

SLU president delivers diploma to student's home

SLU confers more than 1,200 degrees


BR Advocate
Southeastern receives NCAA infraction penalties

UL System President will address SLU graduates

SLU President makes home delivery

SLU confers more than 1,200 degrees 


Hammond Daily Star
Informal poll finds mixed views on SLU fee hike

Fans line up for Lions tickets

Lion Nation, let's look more like it (editorial)

Sign of support

Clear message

Wetlands education


Monroe News Star
Tudor Christmas comes to Louisiana Tech


Son plans special graduation ceremony for ailing father.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will close out their respective pre-Christmas portions of their non-conference schedules on the road during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (3-6) will be back in action on Saturday. Southeastern will head to Martin, Tenn. for a 4 p.m. contest versus Tennessee-Martin.
     The Lady Lions (1-9) will continue its tough non-conference road slate on Friday. Southeastern will travel to Starkville, Miss. for a 7 p.m. contest at Mississippi State.
     Both of this week's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at


Friday, December 20
Women's Basketball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 7 p.m. (KSLU)

Saturday, December 21
Men's Basketball, at Tennessee-Martin, Martin, Tenn., 4 p.m. (KSLU)


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