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ABC-TV'S Robin Roberts to receive honorary doctorate at spring commencement ceremony May 17
Southeastern will honor its most acclaimed alumnus, ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, with an honorary doctorate at its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17.
Scheduled for 10 a.m. at the University Center, the institution will recognize approximately 1,200 students who are graduating with bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
The honorary degree for Roberts was approved last year by Southeastern's governing body, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
"Robin has been a tremendous treasure for Southeastern, and we are proud to confer upon her this honorary doctoral degree," said university President John L. Crain. "Her personal and professional achievements have made her a true role model. She is one of the university's foremost advocates and ambassadors."
A 1983 communication graduate and former basketball star, she learned her basic broadcasting skills as a student-athlete working at the university's KSLU radio station and as the part time sports director at Hammond's local radio stations. She entered the broadcasting field upon graduation and eventually joined ESPN, hosting SportsCenter and contributing regularly to NFL Primetime. She joined the Good Morning America team in 2005.
Named Southeastern's Distinguished Alumna of the Year in 1996, the Pass Christian, Miss., native has also been inducted into Southeastern's Athletics Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame by the WNBA. In 2006, she was named one of the NCAA's "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes" in conjunction with the NCAA Centennial Celebration. Southeastern Athletics retired her jersey in 2011 with a ceremony in the University Center.
Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, has been honored for her efforts to call attention to the disease, receiving awards from the Susan G. Koman Foundation and the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. She is the author of several books, including From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By and My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith, co-written with her late mother Lucimarian Roberts and Missy Bucanan.
In 2011, Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease also known as pre-leukemia. In her honor, Southeastern students embarked on a year-long program to educate the public and recruit potential bone marrow donors for patients diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases. The program, called "Swabbin' 4 Robin," recruited a university record number of potential bone marrow donors for the non-profit organization Be the Match.
Academic Honors Convocations scheduledSoutheastern's academic honors convocations have been scheduled. All convocations will be held in the Student Union Theatre on the following dates:
College of Science & Technology - 3:30 p.m.
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - 1 p.m.
College of Education and Human Development - 11 a.m.
College of Business - 2 p.m.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences - 6 p.m.
CPA Association President to present Southeastern's Business Ethics Lecture
The head of the American Institute of CPAs will present the annual Southeastern College of Business Ethics Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (April 30).
Bill Balhoff, managing director and chief executive officer at Postlethwaite & Netterville, will present the lecture, titled Professionalism – Quality – Integrity, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The free lecture is open to the general public.
Last year, Balhoff was elected chairman of the board of the AICPA, the world's largest member organization representing the accounting profession. He joined the Baton Rouge firm Postlethwaite & Netterville in 1976, shortly after graduating from LSU. The company then had 22 employees and has grown into a Top 100 firm with more than 600 staff members.
He also is a graduate of the National Banking School at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.
Balhoff has a lengthy service record to the AICPA, having served as vice chair and a past Executive Committee chair of the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section, which focuses on practice management. From 2003-2004 and again from 2008-2009, he served as a member-at-large of the AICPA'S Governing Council. From 2005-2007 he was a member of the organization's Board of Directors.
For more information on the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2258.
Southeastern's Wind Symphony sets concert for May 1
Southeastern's acclaimed Wind Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert on Thursday (May 1) at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
Titled "Classic and Noteworthy," the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of conductor Glen Hemberger, Southeastern director of bands. General admission tickets are $10; Southeastern students are admitted free with their student ID card. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St., at columbiatheatre.org, or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 543-4371 for ticket information.
The concert will feature a range of classical music, including "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" written by composer John Barnes Chance in 1965. The piece is based on music Chance heard in South Korea while serving in the U.S. Army.
Also on the program are "Second Suite in F" by English composer Gustav Holst; "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Wilcox Jenikins; "An American Elegy" by Louisiana native Frank Ticheli, now serving as professor of composition at the University of Southern California; "Symphony No. 4" by David Maslanka, who recently presented master classes at Southeastern; and "Canzona" by Peter Mennin.
The concert will include the Louisiana premiere of "Everything Beautiful" by American composer Samuel R. Hazo.
For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
Southeastern's Business Honor Society named exemplary chapter
Southeastern's chapter of the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma has been named an exemplary chapter for the 11th year.
The award is presented annually to those chapters whose activities and programs during the previous year promoted the society's principles and purpose.
Members of Beta Gamma Sigma must be in the business field and rank in the top 10 percent of the junior or senior class or the top 20 percent in graduate school.
In addition to this honor, the chapter has qualified to participate in the annual scholarship program, which awards scholarships to deserving student members of the chapter.
BUSINESS CHAPTER HONORED – Displaying their certificate as an exemplary chapter are Kris Jones, left, faculty advisor, and Anna Bass, faculty president of the university's chapter.
Southeastern to train health coaches to help reduce hospital readmissions
Southeastern's College of Nursing and Health Sciences is initiating a program with North Oaks Medical Center intended to reduce the number of patient readmissions to the Hammond hospital.
Funded by a three-year $351,989 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Louisiana Delta Health Coach Program will train university students and health care professionals to work as health coaches with patients discharged from the hospital. Targeted patients will include those with diagnoses of heart attack, chronic obstructive lung disease, congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
"These are patients who are particularly prone to hospital readmissions, which can be extremely expensive for private insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid," said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and principal investigator for the grant. "We expect this program to reduce readmissions among this patient population by at least 10 percent."
Health coaches are individuals trained to provide follow-up consultation with patients after they are discharged. The coaches check to make sure these patients are following their physicians' instructions for home care, including taking medications, following a prescribed diet, using appropriate therapies and scheduling follow-up visits with their physicians.
Project coordinator Ralph Wood, a professor of health education and promotion, said under the grant, Southeastern will provide training for health coaches, drawing from the pool of students in the university's Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Department of Health and Human Sciences. After training, the students will participate in an internship at North Oaks. The first students to participate in the internship opportunities will students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Health Education and Promotion.
She said the program also will utilize registered nurses and additional health care professionals from North Oaks Health System and other area medical facilities to educate and support health coaches.
"Patient follow-up after discharge from the hospital with his or her primary care physician is critical," explained North Oaks Senior Vice President of Patient Services Shelly Welch. "Through this program, coaches and health care professionals will work together with the patient and his or her family to make sure the follow-up appointment happens. We also will be able to provide additional education, answer questions and link the patient to community resources that may help promote the healing process."
"Studies show that a significant number of patients need this kind of 'nudge' to keep them on track with their self-care," said Carruth. "Not following prescribed at-home care is one of the leading causes of hospital readmissions."
She said Medicare keeps careful track of patient readmissions and has started penalizing hospitals financially when readmission rates start to increase. Nationwide, nearly 20 percent of hospitalized Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their discharge, incurring additional testing and procedures. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid estimate readmissions cost an estimated $17 billion annually.
The grant includes the Livingston Economic Development Council and the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation as members of the consortium to address the readmission issue. The economic development agencies will help to demonstrate that the health coaching program could save millions in lost revenue, as well as create future employment positions in the field of health coaching.
Southeastern student named state's first top broadcaster by LAB
A news anchor/reporter at the Southeastern Channel has been named the first top student broadcaster in the state of Louisiana.
Erika Ferrando, a senior from Mandeville, was named Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters recently at its 2014 Prestige Awards luncheon in Baton Rouge.
"The Southeastern Channel has given me so many opportunities that give me real world experience," Ferrando said. "I have learned to produce news shows, anchor, report, conduct interviews, edit my video, and shoot my own work. I feel prepared to enter this industry because I have been taught exactly what it takes to work in this field."
The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters, or LAB, is made up of all television and radio stations in Louisiana. Ferrando was presented the award by Sandy Breland, general manager of FOX 8 News in New Orleans and former GM at both WWL-TV in New Orleans and WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge.
Ferrando, a communications major with a concentration in electronic media, was selected over all other college undergraduate, graduate and high school students in television and radio from throughout the state of Louisiana. It was the first time the LAB has bestowed the student award.
"It is a tremendous honor to win Student Broadcaster of the Year," Ferrando said. "The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters is an extremely prestigious organization. Being the only student awarded alongside the best professionals in the state made this award very meaningful. I am so thankful for this recognition because I have such a strong passion for news reporting. "
Ferrando is an anchor, reporter and producer for the Southeastern Channel's student newscast, "Northshore News," named one of the top four college television newscasts in the country by College Broadcasters, Inc. She recently won "Best in the South" recognition for "Television Hard News Reporting" given by the Southeast Journalism Conference made up of all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Ferrando also recently won honorable mention Emmy recognition for News Story-Serious News in the Suncoast Region (southeast U.S.) of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition, she won a Mark of Excellence Award for Television General News Reporting given by the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 12 (Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee).
ONE OF NATION'S BEST- Erika Ferrando, a Southeastern senior from Mandeville, was named Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters recently at its 2014 Prestige Awards luncheon in Baton Rouge. It was the first time the LAB has bestowed the student award.
Kinesiology and Health Studies hosts 2014 ASK KHS Symposium
On April 10, the Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies hosted the Annual ASK KHS Student Symposium. The event provides Kinesiology and Health Studies students and alumni an opportunity to participate in a professional conference where they get to see, hear from, and interact with professionals who work in fields associated with the KHS degree programs.
The speakers for this year's ASK KHS included Ray Castle, LSU Athletic Training; Gerald Drefahl, Functionally Integrated Training and Therapy; Johnny Braud, Louisiana Special Olympics; Donna Scales, Woman's Hospital, Center for Wellness; Lydia Kuykendal, Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program; Sean Brady and Lucais MacKay, SLU Track and Field; Frank Schneider, Albany High School; Darrell Cherry, North Cypress Fitness Center; Mack Chuilli, Traction Center for Sport Excellence; and Millie Naquin, SLU KHS Graduate Program.
The day was highlighted by a keynote address by Dr. Melinda Sothern, of the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health and an expert on childhood obesity. Sothern addressed the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and discussed the current status and consequences of childhood obesity evidenced by research she and colleagues have conducted. She closed by describing initiatives to promote healthy weight among children and the essential components of effective weight management programs.
In addition to speaker presentations, ASK KHS included an internship fair involving staff from internship sites and senior KHS interns. Students were able to talk to site representatives, get information about future internship opportunities, and interact with current interns about their experiences.
Students present research at UL System Academic Summit
Six Southeastern students presented the results of their undergraduate research at the third annual University of Louisiana System Academic Summit on April 11-12, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The students, the titles of their projects, and their faculty mentors were Sushovit Adhikari (Physics) "Evaluation of Thin Film Coating Adhesion with Michelson Interferometer," with Dr. Sanichiro Yoshida; Grace Chenevert (Computer Science) "Finger Tip Tracking using the Microsoft Kinect," with Dr. Sebastian van Delden; Amal de Alwis (Mathematics) "Fixed Point Theory of Matrix Families" with Dr. Tilak de Alwis; Elizabeth Kimball (Chemistry) "Ortho-alkoxylation of Diaryl Ketoxime Ethers" with Dr. Debra Dolliver; Hannah Matherne (Communication) "Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC: A Legal Analysis of Conglomerate Ownership of Radio Broadcasting" with Dr. Joe Mirando; and Banessa Umana (Business Management) "The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea" with Dr. David Wyld
The Academic Summit is an annual celebration of academic excellence at UL System universities. It encompasses a system-wide service-learning conference, an undergraduate student fine art exhibition, an undergraduate student performing art exhibition, and an undergraduate research conference. The Fourth Annual Academic Summit will take place in April 2015 on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.
STUDENT RESEARCH – Pictured at the academic summit are, front row from left, Sushovit Adhikari, Banessa Umana, Grace Chenevert, Hannah Matherne and Amal de Alwis. Back row, from left, are Gerard Blanchard and Elizabeth Kimball.
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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball, softball and track teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion baseball team (27-17, 12-9 Southland) will open the week with a home-and-home versus No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns visits Hammond on Tuesday, while SLU returns the trip on Wednesday. First pitch for both games will be 6 p.m.
On Friday, Southeastern hosts Nicholls State at 6 p.m. to open a three-game series. The series then moves to Thibodaux for a 6 p.m. contest on Saturday. Sunday's series finale at 1 p.m. will be in Hammond.
The softball team (19-25, 10-14 Southland) closes its regular season this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern welcomes LSU for a 6 p.m. contest. The Lady Lions then will head to Natchitoches for a three-game series that opens with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday's series finale is set for 12 p.m.
Southeastern heads into the regular season's final week a game and a half out of the sixth and final spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. The league tournament is scheduled for May 8-10 in Hammond. Tickets are on sale now by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at 549-5466 or visiting LionSports.net.
The Southeastern men's and women's track and field team will close out its preparation for next week's Southland Conference Indoor Championships. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Black and Gold Invitational on Saturday in Hattiesburg, Miss.
All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of all of this week's baseball games and Wednesday's softball game at LionSports.net. Weather permitting, the Southeastern-LSU softball game will be televised on tape delay by the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18).
Tuesday and Sunday's baseball games, as well as Wednesday's softball game will be Cane's Challenge games. If the baseball team scores five runs or the softball team scores three runs on a Cane's Challenge Night, fans can take their ticket to either Hammond Raising Cane's by the end of the next business day to receive a free combo with the purchase of another.
The Southeastern Alumni Association will also host a meet and greet with the new head coaches of the Southeastern basketball teams on Monday from 4-6 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The event will give fans a chance to interact with new head men's basketball coach Jay Ladner and head women's basketball coach Yolanda Moore. Refreshments will also be served.
Tuesday, April 29
Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
- Cane's Challenge
Wednesday, April 30
Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, vs. LSU, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (Southeastern Channel)
- Cane's Challenge
Friday, May 3
Baseball, vs. Nicholls State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Saturday, May 4
Baseball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, at Northwestern State (DH), Natchitoches, 2 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Black and Gold Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
Sunday, May 5
Baseball, vs. Nicholls State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
- Cane's Challenge
Dr. Michael Bisciglia (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented "Types of Segregation and Location of Migration on Rates of Hispanic Homicide" at the 77th annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Charlotte, N.C., April 2-5.
Dr. John Boulahanis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award by the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. The award was presented to him at their induction ceremony on Sunday, April 13.
C. Roy Blackwood (Columbia Theatre and Fine and Performing Arts) served as a juror at ArtBreak on the 30th anniversary of the K through 12 Arts celebration in Shreveport, La., April 10 and 11. Beginning with the second year, Blackwood has served 25 of the 30 years and was honored at a dinner party/banquet along with other long-serving individuals.
Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Department of Teaching and Learning) teamed with Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson and Leslie Gregory Gruesbeck at the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit on April 12 to present "Reading on the River---A Community Collaboration to Promote Early Literacy." The event offers many ways to get students involved in service learning and the voices of several student participants were incorporated into the presentation in a variety of ways including brief presentations by Laura Gifford and Thomas Hailey.
Dr. Alan Cannon (Mathematics) visited the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith on April 10 - 12 to serve as an outside program reviewer for the Department of Mathematics. During the evaluation, he met with the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the mathematics department head, mathematics faculty, and students.
Dr. Lucia Guzzi Harrison and Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) were among the participants at the 2014 Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in Lexington, April 10-12. Dr. Harrison presented her paper "Films for the Italian Classroom: A Pedagogical Tool for Language and Culture." Dr. Fiumara presented: "'Con la musica alla radio': Boosting interactional and cultural competences in Italian by means of the radio booth." Additionally, Dr. Fiumara was invited to talk to the graduate students at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. The title of his talk was "Mambrino Roseo da Fabriano, Michele Tramezzino, and the popularization of Spanish chivalric romances in Counter-reformation Italy."
James D. Kirylo (Teaching and Learning) conducted a presentation at the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., in April. The title of his presentation was "The Unfinished Completed Life of Paulo Freire in Light of the Theological Virtues."
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