Woodley to address graduates

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UL System President Sandra Woodley to address Southeastern graduates
Sandra WoodleyUniversity of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley will serve as commencement speaker at Southeastern’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14.
     Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the University Center, the ceremony will recognize more than 1,250 students receiving bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.
     Woodley joined the system as its eighth president in early 2013. As the largest higher education system in the state, the UL System serves approximately 90,000 students with a total operating budget of more than $750 million. The system has nine universities under its governance, including Southeastern.
     “Dr. Woodley has really hit the ground running as leader of the UL System, and the initiatives she is spearheading have the potential to create a tremendous positive impact for students,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “I know our graduates will be inspired, not just by her vision for the schools in our system, but by her own personal story of hard work and achievement.”
     Woodley previously served as a chief financial officer and strategic planner in university systems in Texas, Arizona, Kentucky and Alabama. Most recently she was vice chancellor for Strategic Initiatives for the University of Texas System where she was responsible for strategic planning, policy research and accountability for the system, composed of 16 academic and health institutions.
     She began her education as a non-traditional student, starting out in a community college before earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Auburn University and a doctorate in business administration and management from Nova Southeastern University.
     Early in her career, she served as the fiscal analyst for the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office, where she was the senior financial analyst to the legislature regarding public community and technical colleges and universities, the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and the economic development agencies in the state. She has served on the faculties at Auburn University, where she taught economics, and at Midway College in Kentucky, teaching accounting and statistics.
     Woodley is leveraging her expertise in strategic planning and budgeting through the development of a strategic framework for the UL System that will provide a comprehensive picture of the system’s vision and clarify how existing university efforts and system initiatives can be connected to achieve the best outcomes for students, business and industry, and the state.


Holiday Open House is Wednesday, Dec. 11
President's residencePlease mark your calendar and plan to drop by the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House at the President's Residence on Wednesday, December 11, between 3:30 and 5 p.m.


Commencement traffic
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley will speak at the ceremony, where nearly 1,300 students will receive associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Carmen Bray, interim director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible, but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to be filled early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
      “Officers will begin directing traffic early in the morning,” said Bray. “We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Bray said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
     Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.


Southeastern student journalists recognized at ACP/CMA Convention
Four student journalists at Southeastern Louisiana University were recognized at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisors (ACP/CMA) National Fall Convention held in New Orleans recently.
     Yearbook editors Claire Babin and M.J. Dinino, both graphic design majors from Prairieville, were recognized for their work on the 2013 edition of Le Souvenir, Southeastern's annual yearbook. The pair of students garnered 4th place in the "Yearbook less than 300 pages" category of the "Best in Show" competition.
     Chelsee LaMarca, a spring 2013 kinesiology graduate from Ponchatoula who served as the editor of the 2012 yearbook, and Emily Melancon Moser, a spring 2013 special education graduate from Prairieville who served as assistant editor, were recognized with third place honors in "Cover Presentation" of the yearbook. A photo of the cover of the 2012 yearbook was featured in the Best of Collegiate Design 21 publication that was distributed nationally to College Media Association members this fall.
     Student advisors Lee Lind and Lorraine Favre attended the conference with four students – senior communication major and the new Le Souvenir editor Chris Martin of Albany; junior communication major and campus life editor for The Lion's Roar, Jasmine Tate of Franklinton; and reporters John Binder, junior communication major from Slidell, and Nicole Koster of LaPlace, senior communication major. All attendees had a variety of opportunities to attend workshops and training sessions during the five-day convention.
     The College Media Association's Best of Collegiate Design showcases the best work produced by student media designers. Student publications from across the country that are members of CMA are eligible to enter into the competition in 23 different categories for design, content, and photography. Publications range from newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and online publications.
     The Associated Collegiate Press is the largest and oldest national membership organization for college student media in the United States. The ACP is a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. It awards the newspaper, magazine, and online National Pacemaker Awards, which are considered the highest honors a student publication can receive.
     College Media Advisers (CMA), formerly known as National Council of College Publication Advisers, was established in 1956 and is a United States national association of higher education professionals which exists to promote established standards and practices in college media advising. – Did you know?
Social mediaSocial media highlights on home page

The new home page displays the most current status from the university’s Facebook page, as well as the four most recent photos from Southeastern’s Instagram account. The social media highlights can be found in the Campus News & Events section on the home page.


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This Week in Athletics
Fresh off one of the most dramatic victories in school history, the Southeastern football team will host another NCAA Division I Championship playoff game during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The fourth-seeded Lions (11-2) kept their national championship hopes alive with a 30-29 triumph over Sam Houston State Saturday night in Strawberry Stadium. That victory set up a quarterfinal matchup with New Hampshire (9-4), who will visit Hammond on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest.
     The game will be televised on ESPN3 and offered through ESPN Game Plan as a pay-per-view option. In addition to being broadcast on ESPN3, the quarterfinal matchup between the Lions and the UNH Wildcats of the Colonial Athletic Association will also air on KSLU 90.9 FM, the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, as well as Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM and The Joint 104.7 FM. Fans can listen online at, where live stats will also be available.  
     Southeastern was able to advance past the two-time defending national runner up Bearkats, despite trailing by five points late in the first quarter. After taking over at their own 15-yard line with 1:21 left and no timeouts remaining, junior quarterback Bryan Bennett and the Lions embarked on “The Drive to Stay Alive” – a six-play, 85-yard march that was capped when the Southland Conference Player of the Year found sophomore Jeff Smiley open in the right flat from a yard out for the winning score with just 36 seconds left on the clock.
     The win sets up a visit from New Hampshire, which has defeated Lafayette and No. 5 seed Maine to advance to Hammond. The two teams have not met previously.
     Season ticket holders who reserved tickets prior to last week’s game will automatically receive tickets, and those tickets will be able to be picked up beginning on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office located in the Dugas Center for Athletics on the corner of West Dakota Street and Galloway Drive. General admission and student tickets will be able to be purchased in person at the ticket office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. No phone orders will be taken for tickets, but fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets online at, beginning Monday.
     Fans are also to be aware that no parking passes will be pre-sold prior to game day with the exception of RV parking passes, which will be available beginning Wednesday. For information on RV parking, contact the Lions Athletic Association at 549-5226. The most up-to-date information concerning Southeastern’s run in the playoffs is available at   
     The men’s basketball team (3-4) will face its fourth Southeastern Conference opponent of the season on Friday. The Lions will head to Tupelo, Miss. to face Mississippi State at 7 p.m.
     The women’s basketball team (1-8) will play in its ninth in a string of 13 consecutive regular season games away from home on Sunday, when it travels to take on undefeated UTEP at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Friday, Dec. 13
Men’s Basketball, at Mississippi State, Tupelo, Miss., 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14
Football, vs. New Hampshire (NCAA Division I Championship – Quarterfinals), Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (ESPN3) (ESPN Game Plan) (Southeastern Radio Network)

Sunday, Dec. 15
Women’s Basketball, at UTEP, El Paso, Texas, 3 p.m.


Professional activities
Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and two of his research students (Suraj K. Ayer and Binit S. Poudel) published a paper titled: “Iodine-catalyzed cycloalkenylation of dihydroquinolines and arylamines through a reaction with cyclic ketones under neat conditions” in Tetrahedron Letters 54 (2013) 7069–7073, with a collaborator from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. The link to the paper is
     Dr. Michele Ellis (Nursing) presented a poster “Nurse Educators’ Beliefs about Learner-Centered Teaching” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference in New Orleans on Nov. 22.
     David Armand (English) was recently informed by the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his novel, Harlow, was named one of the Best Books of 2013. 

     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture, "Tudor Christmas: Yule, Misrule, Wassail, and Wonder," at the Alvar Street Branch of the New Orleans Public Library on December 3. He screened and discussed the film "High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music" and supplementary video materials at the monthly meeting of the Edward Livingston Historical Association in Springfield on Dec. 7.
     Dr. Kenneth E. Lane (Educational Leadership & Technology) was chosen as the President of the Education Law Association at its annual conference in Denver, Co., Nov. 13-16. The Education Law Association (ELA) is the premier national organization that addresses legal issues in K-12 and higher education through publications, webinars, and conferences both national and regional. The constituents in ELA include three major groups--attorneys in education law, K-12 and higher education administrators, and professors teaching education law.  Lane has an extensive career in education law comprising 25 years in legal education activities including service on the ELA Board of Directors, chairing the ELA Publications Committee for over 10 years, editing two editions of The Principal's Legal Handbook (best-selling publication in ELA history), and presenting on legal issues at conferences in the Bahamas, China, Mexico, and Thailand as well as in the United States. The Education Law Association recently relocated its office to the Cleveland State University Law Library. He will serve as President until the conclusion of the ELA conference in November 2014 in San Diego, Calif. At the conference, Lane also co-presented with Dr. David Peak, assistant superintendent in Colorado Springs, Co., on the legal issues impacting Value Added Measures (VAM) in K-12 education, particularly in Colorado and Louisiana.

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