Homecoming 2013 highlights

Alumni of the Year recognized

Faculty quiz bowl team recognized

Color Out Cancer Run scheduled

Student success strategies offered

Mad Science Experience

Tamale dinner fundraiser

American Civil War exhibit

Social Justice Speaker series

Hall receives award - Did you know?

Non-credit courses

This Week in FPA

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


Homecoming 2013 highlights

1)Homecoming 2013 Queen and King2)Tailgate winners


1) HOMECOMING ROYALTY - Ciara Reed of New Orleans and Jeremy Lloyd of Baton Rouge were elected by their peers as Homecoming Queen and King 2013. The announcement was made during halftime of the Southeastern versus Lamar football game in Strawberry Stadium.


2) SOUTHEASTERN TAILGATE WINNERS ANNOUNCED – The team headed by Kelly Wells of Hammond, second from left, won the Decorate Your Tailgate competition held Saturday (Oct. 26) at Southeastern's Homecoming celebration. Tailgaters were asked to use ideas taken from Dr. Seuss books in keeping with the general theme of the university's homecoming event. The second place award went to the Slew Krewe, comprised of the Himber, Sandifer and Rhodes families.


Former Facebook security chief recognized as Southeastern's Alumnus of the Year
Alumni of the Year 2013International security consultant Hamilton Mixon, who most recently served as chief of global security for Facebook, was recognized Friday (Oct. 25) as Southeastern's 2013 Alumnus of the Year.
     The Amite native and 1979 graduate with degrees in criminal justice, psychology and sociology credited his alma mater with providing him a network of classmates, mentors and others who have assisted him throughout a career that started as a trooper with the Louisiana State Police and led to high level security positions with the gaming and hospitality corporation Jazz Enterprises and international firms such as  Facebook, Oracle and Genentech, the world's largest biopharmaceutical company.
     "Southeastern helped prepare me for the road ahead," Mixon said at the Alumni Association's Awards Dinner. "Southeastern gave me the foundation, and I would not be where I am today were it not for that. I am humbled, overwhelmed and surprised by this honor."
     Southeastern history instructor and 2010 summa cum laude graduate Samantha Perez of Violet was recognized as the university's Young Alumna of the Year. Currently completing a doctoral program at Tulane University, Perez was cited for a documentary completed by her and her husband Josh Robin about their heritage in St. Bernard Parish. The film, Louisiana'a Lost Treasure: The Isleños, led to Perez authoring the book The Isleños of Louisiana: On the Water's Edge.
     Other awards announced at the Alumni Association's annual event included the Distinguished Service Award to Amite attorney Brad Stevens for his work as president of the North Tangi Alumni Chapter, in helping to organize the fall coaches caravans, and his service as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Lion Athletics Association.
     The L.E. Chandler Award, which goes to the faculty, staff or alumnus for their work in assisting students, went to Dawn Dottolo Starkey, who works in the office of the assistant dean of student affairs. The Director's Diamond Award, given to an individual who has gone above and beyond in their volunteerism to the association, was presented to Janet Moran of Hammond.
     Friendship Oak awards were presented to the following individuals and groups:
     Alpha Omicron Pi sorority on the occasion of their 50th anniversary;
     Rene Abadie, director of the Southeastern Office of University Marketing and Communications;
     Joseph Burns, professor of communication and creator of KSLU's popular "Rock School;"
     Danny Heitman of Baton Rouge for his work as an editorial writer for the Advocate and as a regular contributor of columns to the publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor.


ALUMNI HONORED - International security consultant Hamilton Mixon, second from right, was recognized Friday as Southeastern's Alumnus of the Year at the Alumni Association's annual awards dinner. Pictured at the event are, from left, Kathy Pittman, director of the Alumni Association; President John L. Crain; History instructor Samantha Perez, wh0o was named Young Alumna of the Year; Mixon; and Alumni Association President Stacey Neal.


Faculty team recognized as Quiz Bowl winners
Faculty Quiz Bowl WinnersThe faculty team Mens Sana in Corpore Sana (A healthy mind in a healthy body) won Southeastern's annual Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl held on Tuesday (Oct. 22) as part of the university's annual Homecoming Week.
     Denise Holland Lee, right, a member of the Alumni Association Chapter FeLions, recognized the members of the team, from left, Dane Bounds of the Center for Faculty Excellence, Bovorn Sirikul, Charlotte Humphries and Greg Reeves of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
     FeLions co-sponsored the competition with Phi Kappa Phi.


Southeastern to host 'Color Out Cancer' run Nov. 2
Southeastern's Division of Administration and Finance is hosting a 5K fun run/walk to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on Saturday, Nov. 2.
     Scheduled to begin at Cate Square at 9 a.m., Color Out Cancer is a run/walk where participants are doused in different colors. All ages are invited to attend, but participants should be able to complete the three-mile course, said event co-captains Mary Imbraguglio and Pam Hoover.
     "We invite the community to celebrate health, happiness and individuality while supporting the fight against cancer," Hoover said. "Participants should wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color. Be sure to have the word cancer written on you somewhere, and we will do our best to color-it-out."
     Hoover said the colors are basically powder made of natural food grade cornstarch and will be thrown from four stations on the route. While most of the color will wash out, participants may want to wear clothing that they won't mind getting colorful, just in case.
     "While color throwers will aim low to avoid the eyes and mouth, participants may want to bring glasses or goggles or use a bandana or dust mask for their mouth," she said.
     Hoover added that blowers will be provided at the conclusion of the route to blow off any excess color powder, but participants may want to bring towels for the inside of their cars just in case.
     Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $30, while event day registration is $35. Registration applications can be obtained from the Human Resources office on Southeastern's North Campus, by calling 549-5773 or 549-3811, or by emailing event co-captains Hoover at or Imbraguglio at
Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. Payment is also available online at
     Relay for Life's purpose is to raise the public's awareness of cancer and the work of the American Cancer Society. The main celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 9, at Southeastern's North Oak Park.
     For more information about Color Out Cancer, contact Imbraguglio at 549-5773.


Southeastern offers students strategies to succeed
Writing CenterBased on an evaluation of data, Southeastern's Student Retention and Progression Task Force is examining some very specific strategies designed to identify and help students early on who may be experiencing problems academically. Faculty, staff and administrators are working with students using a variety of options and best practices that enhance the freshman experience, with a special focus on helping students succeed in the classroom and progress in their selected fields of study.
     While Southeastern has resources for such students readily available, the task force is working on determining additional data-based strategies that can be implemented to further help students perform and succeed academically.
     At nearly every university, many freshmen face difficulties associated with the transition from high school. Retaining those students while maintaining academic rigor has become an increasingly important concern. A large part of the evaluation of the success of an institution has been placed on its freshmen retention and overall graduation rates.
     "Over recent years, our retention and graduation rates have trended upwards, so we were a little concerned when the fall semester showed a downward tick in our freshmen to sophomore retention numbers," said President John L. Crain. "We're looking at expanding what has worked for us in the past, as well as implementing new short-term and long-term strategies that positively impact student retention."
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PROVIDING HELP – In Southeastern's Writing Center Julia McCurdy of Amite gets some assistance on a writing project from English graduate assistant Ryan Branton. The Writing Center is one of a number of resources at the university that students can turn to for assistance in their academics.


Science Department contributes to "Mad Science Experience" in Sumner
Mad Science ExperienceSumner Middle School held its First Annual "Mad Science Experience," Oct. 22. With nearly 400 people in attendance, parents and students were able to participate in over 20 hands-on science experiments. The only admission fee for the event was a canned good to help community families in need.
     Lots of exit prizes and over 40 door prizes were given. Sumner Science Department shirts were sold, home chemistry sets were raffled off, and a kid's corner was provided for small children whose parents and older siblings were busy experimenting. Southeastern's Science Department, equipped with liquid nitrogen, provided a variety of demonstrations.
     LOPA was also in attendance to provide organ donation education. Also present were the Famous Albert Einstein & Ms. Frizzle (from The Magic School Bus). It was a great night of food, family, and fun for all.


Pictured from left are Hayley Lott, physics (cut in half); Amelia Sands, physics; Amanda Triay, physics; and Brandon Mobley (goggles), chemistry.


Relay for Life Fundraiser - Tamale Dinner
The Department of Human Resources, in the Division of Administration & Finance's Relay for Life Team, announces the return of the popular tamale dinners on Monday, Nov. 4.  Orders will be available for pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
     Dinners will include three tamales, Mexican rice and beans, with chips and salsa for $7. Tamales will also be sold at $15 a dozen or $8 for ½ dozen and can be purchased hot or packaged ready to freeze.
     Please call Mae Everett at 549-5431 to place order by Wednesday, Oct. 30. Bake sale items will be available for purchase when you pick up your tamales. Your support of this very worthy cause is appreciated.


Sims Library to host American Civil War exhibit
American Civil WarSims Memorial Library will host Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War, from Sunday, Nov. 3 through Friday, Dec. 13 during regular library hours.
     This traveling exhibit was curated by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine. It explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.
Contact Ladonna Guillot at or Beth Stahr at for additional information.
     This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.


Southeastern to host upcoming Social Justice Speaker Series Event
The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice will host its 9th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series event Nov. 6, in Pottle Auditorium at 2 p.m.
     Speaking this year is Lee Shull of Sandy Hook Promise. Following the tragedy at   Sandy Hook Elementary School, Shull, a resident of Newtown, Conn., rallied friends and neighbors to create the organization.
     The event is free and open to the public.
     Sandy Hook Promise engages lobbyists to advocate for stronger gun safety legislation, resulting in the toughest gun safety laws in the country, said Assistant Professor of Sociology David Burley. Shull and Sandy Hook Promise work to help communities heal by advocating for change.
     "We encourage everyone to see for themselves the importance and the possibility of activism and community involvement," Burley added.
     For more information on the event, visit For more information on Sandy Hook Promise, visit


Hall receives service award from SAIR
At the recent Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR) conference, Oct. 5-8, Michelle Hall received the James R. Montgomery Outstanding Service Award.
     The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to SAIR over an extended period of time. Nominees must have been a SAIR member for over five years and cannot be a member of nor a candidate for the Board of Directors during the year nominated.
     In addition, two of the following criteria must be met: have been a member of the Board of Directors or a chair of a conference, or a presidentially appointed committee; have been an officer of or a recognized leader in the establishment of a state or special interest group which has been associated with SAIR; have made a professional contribution to SAIR by being actively involved in a combination of the following: presented contributed papers at the SAIR conference; organized, offered, or acted as a primary participant in workshops at the SAIR conference or workshops sponsored by an affiliated SAIR organization or group; or contributed in some other specific significant way that has advanced the professionalism of SAIR. - Did you know?

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New audience pages were created to communicate specific information to future students, current students, and faculty and staff. These pages are updated often with fresh, engaging content.


Southeastern non-credit courses
ACT Test Preparation
Amy Gibson, Joe Carter, Eugenie Martin & 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.


Beginner's Web Design, part 1 (Nov. 13 - Dec. 11)
Allanagh Sewell

Beginners Web DesignIn the first session students will learn basic (X)HTML to begin the process of designing a web page. The second session will cover the basics of the web-authoring software, Adobe Dreamweaver, and the third session will cover the basics of Adobe Flash. After the completion of all three sessions, students will be able to create a web page using Dreamweaver and (X)HTML and also incorporating Flash animation into the website.




QuickBooks 2013 Level 3 (Dates vary depending on location)
QuickBooks 2013 Level 3Jason DeGraw, Danny Allday

This course is for experienced QuickBooks users interested in obtaining an Industry-Based Certification for Intuit QuickBooks Certified User. Participants can earn up to 0.5 CEUs for Level III, and combine CEUs with Levels I & III.


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This Week in Fine and Performing Arts

October 10 through November 11
Signs of Our Times: Text-Based Art in the 21st Century, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery


October 29
Joshua Williams, junior tenor recital, Pottle Auditorium, 5 p.m.
Harry Morter, junior trumpet recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.


October 30
Southeastern Chamber Orchestra presents:  Halloween Spooktacular III, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. For information and tickets, call 543-4371.


November 1
Kayla Blanchard, mezzo-soprano and Kristina Temple, soprano, joint vocal junior recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.


Southeastern in the news

Action News
Hyde named fellow of historical association

Southeastern highlights music, lectures, film for Fanfare finale

Security executive named SLU's Alumnus of the Year

SLU Homecoming parade


BR Advocate
College funding spiked; maintenance deferred

SLU to host regional Future City student engineering competition

Wine tasting event benefits Sims Library

SLU Homecoming has plenty for little fans


Hammond Daily Star
Sandy Hill activist to visit Southeastern

Color out run benefits Relay for Life


NO Times Picayune
UL System announces honorary degree recipients, including Robin Roberts


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team looks to claim sole possession of the Southland Conference lead, the soccer team celebrates Senior Day and the cross country teams compete in the Southland Championships during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (6-2, 3-0 Southland) will head to Lake Charles to face McNeese State (7-1, 3-0 Southland) for the outright league lead. Southeastern extended its win streak to five games with a 56-34 victory over Lamar, while the Cowboys also remained unbeaten in league play with a 55-30 win at Nicholls State.
     Southeastern's showdown with McNeese will be broadcast 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. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream, provided by McNeese State, at
     Already with its eighth consecutive Southland Conference Tournament berth secure, the Lady Lion soccer team (13-3-1, 8-2 Southland) will close out the regular season this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions will be in Thibodaux for a 4 p.m. contest. The Lady Lions then return home to host Houston Baptist for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday. Seniors Salcido and Shanyce Shaw will be honored for Senior Day prior to Sunday's regular season finale.
     The Southeastern cross country teams will compete in the league meet this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles on Friday to compete with its league foes. The women's race will start at 8:30 a.m. with the men's race slated for 9:30 a.m. at the Ward 3 Complex.
     The volleyball team (9-16, 3-10 Southland) will look for its third straight league victory this week. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will host UNO for a 2 p.m. match in the University Center. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of the match at
     Fans will have an opportunity to get their first look at the Southeastern basketball teams on Tuesday, as Southeastern hosts Full Court Fest at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Admission is free. The event will open with player autographs at 6:30 p.m. Full Court Fest will officially begin at 7 p.m. and feature a dunk contest, special performances and student on-court contests.    Members of the Southeastern cheerleaders, Lionettes and band will be performing as well.
     500 free t-shirts will be handed out to Southeastern students throughout the event. Free pizza will also be served to students as available. Four lucky students will have the opportunity to participate in the Crawl for Prizes with an opportunity to win prizes including a Tablet, Beats by Dre headphones and a Best Buy gift card.

Tuesday, October 29
Men's and Women's Basketball, Full Court Fest, University Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 1
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Southland Championships, Lake Charles, 8:30/9:30 a.m.
Soccer, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 4 p.m.*

Saturday, November 2
Football, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (Southeastern Radio Network) (LionVision)*
Volleyball, vs. UNO, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*

Sunday, November 3
Soccer, vs. Houston Baptist (Senior Day), Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Ann Carruth participated as a CCNE site evaluator at the University of West Florida Oct. 16-18. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
     Dr. Kellen Gilbert (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been chosen to receive the Woman's Hospital Endowed Professorship in Humanities. This endowed professorship rewards outstanding faculty in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences whose research, teaching, and/or public service has uniquely contributed to the mission of Southeastern. The professorship is awarded for a three-year period.
     Ashley Bowers (Kinesiology and Health Studies) received word that her article "I Feel Pressure: Exploring the Phenomenon of Body Image Formation in Collegiate Female Athletes within the Context of Social Comparison Theory" has been accepted for publication in Volume 6, Number 2 of the Fall 2013 Journal of Coaching Education. Co-authors include Christina L. Martin and John Miller (both of Troy University), Brent Wolfe (Georgia Southern University), and Nancy Magee Speed (The University of Southern Mississippi).
     Gary Keown (Fine and Performing Arts) will be presenting a paper titled "Loi sur la liberté de la presse ...poster design after 1881," for the session, "Do Post Bills: A Historic and Contemporary Dialog on Poster Design," which Keown is also chairing. The session will take place at the Southeastern Collage Art Conference in Greensboro, NC from Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.


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