Victory Belles ring at Columbia Theatre

Business Center notes 10th anniversary

Spooktacular III costume contest winners

Spring priority registration

New Miss Southeastern crowned

Dining Services to host job fair

Color Out Cancer fundraiser held

University Police news - Did you know?

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Victory Belles will ring at Columbia Theatre with singing trio
The Victory BellesSoutheastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the Victory Belles, the National WW II Museum's vocal trio, in a special Veteran's Day concert, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
     Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood said the Victory Belles are an elegant, charming trio who travel the globe delighting audiences with their spirited performances, which feature dazzling costumes and audience interaction. The group will perform hits that include "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," "Rum and Coca Cola," "God Bless America," and the "Service Medley."
     "The Victory Belles represent the patriotic fabric of World War II America in keeping the sentimental musical history of the 40s alive with regular performances every Wednesday at the National WWII Museum's Stage Door Canteen, as well as across the country and oversees," he said. "The Victory Belles are proud to serve as ambassadors of the National WW II Museum and are honored to salute our nation's veterans in song. Come celebrate Veteran's Day with us at the Columbia Theatre for this special concert."
     The vocal trio has performed at hundreds of military, veteran and civilian events around the world, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Ceremony, USO galas in Japan and Hawaii, the National Anthem at a Saints football game, the USO Guam Six Star Salute on board the USS WASP, and with several military bands across the country.
     Tickets range from $21 - $29 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 Special discounted tickets are available at $15 for veterans and active military with I.D.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the Victory Belles and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.


Southeastern's Business Center notes 10th anniversary
When Southeastern opened its off-campus business center 10 years ago, the event represented a first-of-its kind economic development initiative in the state.
     The Southeast Louisiana Business Center, located near the campus at 1514 Martens Drive, brought together elements of the university, the private sector and government and economic development agencies in a coordination of efforts designed to facilitate economic development in the five-parish region comprised of Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Washington parishes.
     "We launched this unique initiative with the intent of helping to strengthen the future of our region," said Southeastern President John L. Crain at the Hammond Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday (Oct. 31).
     The luncheon served as an opportune time to highlight the center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Crain said in 2002 the university determined it had an important role to play in assisting with the economic development of the region. In obtaining permission from the state to sell a parcel of surplus land near the airport, the university committed to use the proceeds to benefit economic development.
     "That investment has paid off handsomely," Crain said.
     He thanked the economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, municipalities and dozens of other partners who he said have contributed to the economic development successes across the region and the success of the Business Center.
     Noting that the center operates largely through grant funds, Crain said, "We would not have achieved the success we have without the strong support and shared vision of others who saw the potential strengths of building this one-stop shop for economic development," he added. "The Business Center has exceeded our expectations in all areas."
     Director William Joubert said since its opening in 2003, the Business Center has aided 5,793 clients, assisted 256 businesses in their start-ups, helped create more than 2,800 jobs, and worked with clients to secure more than $342 million in capitalization funds. In addition, the center has received 10,000 visitors, handled over 31,000 calls, and provided business-related training for more than 12,000 participants.
     Southeastern units operating in the Business Center include the grant-funded Louisiana Small Business Development Center, which provides programming for area businesses and direct one-on-one consulting to clients; the Business Research Center, which collects and publishes area economic and labor data and conducts feasibility and other business-related studies; and a business incubator that houses small startup businesses and provides them with the support they need to become established firms.
     "Our plan from the start was to develop a one-stop shop for businesses looking to locate or expand in our region," Joubert said. "We have tried to take a strong retail approach by providing a single point of contact for business to access the resources of the university and our partners."
     Joubert noted the center has been honored with numerous awards over its 10-year existence, including recognition in 2012 of the LSBDC as one of the top 10 in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Service Excellence and Innovation awards in 2010 and 2012 by the governor and Louisiana Economic Development. In addition, several staff members have been recognized with LED's Big Deal Award, State Consulting Award, Five Million Dollar Club and Jobs Generator Award.


Spooktacular III contest winners
Green ManAt Spooktacular III, the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra's concert Wednesday night (Oct. 30), "Green Man" (music major Chance Ragan from Gonzales) won the top prize in the 12 and older category, while "Baby Leprechaun" Ava Rowe, with her mom Assistant Professor of Voice Alissa Rowe and dad Adam, was first place in the 12 and under category.
     The annual concert held in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts features orchestra members in full costume in celebration of Halloween.


Spring Priority Registration
Southeastern students may register for spring 2014 classes Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22.
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, students recently accepted to the university, returning students, new transfer and graduate students. Students may check registration appointment times, class schedules, and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern's webpage,
     Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared.
     For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern's Office of the Registrar, 549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or


Crystal Gonzalez crowned Miss Southeastern 2014

Southeastern kinesiology major Crystal Gonzalez of Hammond has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2014.
     Gonzalez received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2013 Renee' Picou of Livingston at the annual pageant Saturday (Nov. 2) at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
     A junior, Gonzalez also received the Interview Award, the Lifestyle and Fitness Award and the "People's Choice" Award.
     First runner up was Erin St. Pierre, a senior kinesiology major from Larose. St. Pierre also received the Lifestyle and Fitness Award, GPA Award for highest cumulative grade point average with the most credit hours, and the Interview award.
     Hailee Weber of Destrehan, a sophomore special education major, was second runner-up. Weber received the Evening Gown Award.
     Jasmine Tate of Mount Hermon, a junior communications major, was third runner-up. She tied with Kate Fussell, a junior sports management major from Covington, for the Talent Award.
     Gonzalez will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.


1)Miss Southeastern 20142)Miss Southeastern 2014 winners


1) CRYSTAL GONZALEZ WINS 2014 MISS SOUTHEASTERN CROWN – Renee Picou, Miss Southeastern 2013, left, crowns Crystal Gonzalez of Hammond as she is named Southeastern's new Miss Southeastern 2014 Saturday night (Nov. 2).


2) MISS SOUTHEASTERN 2014 WINNERS – A new Miss Southeastern was crowned Saturday night (Nov. 2) at the annual pageant. Award winners in the pageant included, from left, Hailee Webber second runner-up, Miss Southeastern 2014 Crystal Gonzalez, Jasmine Tate third runner-up, and Erin St. Pierre, first runner-up. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America pageant system.



Dining Services to host Job Fair
Southeastern's Dining Services is hosting a job fair on Friday, Nov. 8. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Twelve Oaks Dining Hall, the fair is for both part-time and full-time positions. Jobs available include cashiers, food service workers and supervisors, cooks, sous chefs, and banquet servers.
     All jobs require strong communication skills, as well as a criminal background check. The dress is business casual, and students should bring their resumes.
For more information, contact Dining Services at 549-2286.


Color Out Cancer

Color Out CancerMore than 100 participants turned out Saturday for "Color Out Cancer," the Southeastern-sponsored 5K run/walk to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Participants were hit at four different stations with powder made from food-grade cornstarch. The fundraising event was sponsored by the Division of Administration and Finance.


University Police Department news
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     No person is authorized to solicit on campus without permission from the university and the proper license. This includes persons who distribute credit card applications, magazine vendors, and anyone else asking for money or trying to sell you anything. We do our best to keep frauds and scam-artists out of our community, but we need your help.
     Let's work together to keep our community safe. Contact the University Police Department at 549-2222 if you are approached by an individual on campus regarding magazine sales, credit card applications, or other sales proposals so we can verify their identity and legitimacy. – Did you know?
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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern basketball season opens, the soccer team competes in the Southland Conference Tournament, the football team looks to remain undefeated in league play and volleyball celebrates Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The men's basketball team will open the season on the road, facing Southeastern Conference member Missouri on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on the Mizzou Sports Network.
     The women's basketball team will also open the 2013-14 campaign on Friday, hosting Mobile at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring sophomore guard Erica Hernandez, courtesy of the PRIDE. The game will be broadcast on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers can enjoy a live video feed.
     The soccer team (13-3-3, 8-2-2 Southland) will be the No. 3 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament this week in Lake Charles. The Lady Lions will open the tournament with a 4:30 p.m. match versus Central Arkansas on Thursday. Should it win, Southeastern will face Oral Roberts in the semifinals on Friday at 4:30 p.m. with Sunday's final set for 1 p.m. Live stats and video for the tournament will be available at, while the tournament championship match will be on ESPN3.
     The Lion football team (7-2, 4-0 Southland) will close out the road portion of its regular season schedule this week. The No. 25 Lions will look to extend its six-game win streak and remain alone atop the Southland standings when it faces No. 18/15 Central Arkansas on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Conway, Ark. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The game 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 or on their smart phone using the TuneIn Radio app.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (10-16, 4-10 Southland) will close out its home schedule this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions host Jackson State at 7 p.m. before Stephen F. Austin comes to town on Thursday for a 7 p.m. league match. On Saturday, Northwestern State visits for a 2 p.m. match. Prior to Saturday's match, Cherish Krohn, Megan McMillin and Jessica Rauch will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony. All three matches can be viewed by LionVision subscribers at
     The Southeastern men's golf team will close out its fall schedule this week. The Lions will be in Jacksonville, Fla. on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate.


Monday, November 4
Men's Golf, at Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate, Jacksonville, Fla., 8 a.m.


Tuesday, November 5
Volleyball, vs. Jackson State, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
Men's Golf, at Eagle/Osprey Intercollegiate, Jacksonville, Fla., 8 a.m.


Thursday, November 7
Women's Soccer, vs. Central Arkansas (SLC Tournament), Lake Charles, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*


Friday, November 8
Men's Basketball, at Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 7 p.m.
Women's Basketball, vs. Mobile, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Women's Soccer, vs. Oral Roberts (SLC Tournament), Lake Charles, 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, November 9
Football, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (Southeastern Radio Network)*
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State (Senior Day), University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*


Sunday, November 10
Women's Soccer, SLC Tournament Finals, Lake Charles, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "The Role of Mixed Methods in the Future of School Effectiveness and School Improvement Research Paper" at the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teacher Effectiveness Oct. 10-12 in Atlanta.
     Paul Goodwin (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Diversity in Public Education" at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration 54th Annual Conference Oct. 24-27, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
     Shari Hoffman (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Building Alliances – A Crucial Educational Leadership Skill" and "Look at the State I Am In – Corporate Reform's Debilitating Effects on the Louisiana Public School System" at the 27th Annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference in October in Lincoln, Neb. She also presented "Seminal Moments in History of Leadership Research" at the 15th Annual International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference in October in Montreal, Canada.
     Jennifer Sughrue (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "The Legal Issues Associated with School Resources Officers in US Public Schools" at the Australia New Zealand Education Law Association, October 2-5.
     JC Stringer (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Alternate Route Certification: Developing People to Solve Mississippi's Teacher Shortage" at the International Conference of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research on Oct. 15 in New Orleans.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) presented "A Pilot Study Using Peer Storytelling in a Multiuser Virtual Environment for Oncology Nurses' Grief Support" at the 5th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Research Conference in New Orleans. The presentation highlighted the robust qualitative data captured during the facilitated oncology nurse grief support sessions using a virtual environment. The manuscript describing this study and its findings is in peer review.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) attended the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Oct. 24-27, where he presented a paper titled "Rival Queens on Screen: Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots on Film and Television" and participated in a separate roundtable discussion called "Ruff Sex: Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age."


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