Hyde recognized for research

Free Little Lion event tonight

Chamber meeting on campus

Plants donated to university

Part-time job fair scheduled

Choral Society invites singers

Baraya selected for board

Rec Sports and Wellness news

Science on Tap series set

Alumni University Chapter to meet

University Police news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Sam Hyde recognized for research
Sam HydeWhen reporters need information, background or an interview on southeast Louisiana, Sam Hyde's name frequently pops up on their list of contacts.
     Over the years, Hyde, winner the Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Research, has earned a reputation as a prominent source for his volumes of knowledge about region, gained through various research projects on the south and especially the Florida Parishes. The Associated Press, New York Times, History Channel, Discovery Channel and A&E Network are among the many media entities that have worked with Hyde on stories that cover his wide range of research that has stimulated interest in the region.
     "I have always been impressed by the avalanche of new projects he regularly undertakes," said Department of History colleague and former student Keith M. Findley. "With Sam, the pace never seems to slacken."
     The author of seven professionally refereed books, Hyde is frequently asked to comment on the culture of the region. This is based largely on one of his earliest works stemming from his doctoral dissertation research, Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1810-1899.
     "Pistols and Politics provides an understanding of the forces that contributed to a collapse of the legal system amid the highest recorded rates of rural homicide in American history," said Hyde, a native of the region who earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, his master's from UNO and his doctorate from LSU. "It was a condition that retarded economic development in southeast Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries."
     In addition to his teaching duties as a professor of history, Hyde is director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and holds the position of Leon Ford Chair for Regional Studies.
     "Sam works in the broad field of southern history and, more specifically, in the history of the Florida Parishes of Louisiana before, during and after the Civil War," said LSU Professor Emeritus of History Paul Paskoff. "His writings and papers have helped to redefine both southern history and Louisiana history. The quality and volume of his publications put him in the first rank of historians who study the South."
     Hyde's latest book, The Enigmatic South: Toward Civil War and Its Legacies, is due out this fall. He has also branched out into video to further his expression of historical research. He received an Emmy Award nomination and other awards for his environmental video American Crisis, American Shame: The National Consequences of Coastal Erosion. His conservation documentary, The Manchac Swamp: Manmade Disaster in Search of Resolution, aired statewide on the Louisiana Public Network and helped increase funding for conservation efforts led by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. In addition, he has contributed his work as researcher, writer and narrator to the production of 15 episodes of the popular program The Florida Parishes Chronicles, produced by the Southeastern Channel.
     His eagerness to share knowledge with the general population is one item that sets him apart from many other scholars, explained Findley.
     "When someone produces an award-winning book, people take notice," Findley added. "When that same person produces multiple books, articles, and award-winning documentaries and television programs, a much wider audience is drawn in. What makes him especially unique among academics is his many initiatives to make the products of his scholarly research accessible to a broad general audience."
     And while he may be a popular figure with the public and media, his scholarly work is sound and well respected by his peers. In 2010, he was recognized by the Louisiana Legislature for his work that expanded understanding of the development of the Florida Parishes. Last year, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historic Preservation and Scholarship from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and was named a Fellow of the Gulf South Historical Association. He is asked to review scores of books and manuscripts being considered for publication and serves as editor of the journal Southeast Louisiana Review and guest editor of the Florida Historical Quarterly.
     Research is a major focus of Hyde's academic life, but he is no less an effective and sought-after teacher. He is one of only a handful of faculty members who have been honored with a President's Award for Excellence two times having won the same award in 2001.
     "Even with all that he does, Sam Hyde never neglects to share with his students his talents and skills as a researcher and historian. He always encourages his students to continue their development, to reach for the next plateau," said Findley.


Southeastern to partner with Louisiana Children's Discovery Center for special Monday event
RoomieSoutheastern Athletics will host a special event for their littlest Lions' fans on Monday, Aug. 25, in conjunction with the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center in downtown Hammond.
     Although the center is usually closed on Mondays, it will be open with free admission from 5-7 p.m. for these extra festive green and gold festivities.
     Football players, cheerleaders, Lionettes and, of course, Roomie the Lion will be on hand to greet guests. Lion-themed crafts, stories and games will abound with cheer, chant and dance lessons taking place, too.
     Learn how to 'Lion Up,' get autographs from the players, take plenty of pictures and win lots of fun prizes. Families are encouraged to get ready for the Lions' first home game of the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Strawberry Stadium.
     Family pack tickets start at $180 for a family of four, and are available for all home games. Go to or call 549-LION for details.


ROOMIE'S READY – Southeastern's mascot Roomie the Lion jumps for joy that the Southland Conference Champion Lions kickoff their return to football on Aug. 30 in Strawberry Stadium. Roomie will be at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center in Hammond on Monday, Aug. 25, from 5-7 to celebrate with the littlest Lion fans.


Southeastern to host Hammond Chamber meeting Friday
The next Hammond Chamber general meeting is scheduled on Friday at noon in the Student Union Ballroom. Coach Ron Roberts and Athletics Director Jay Artigues will be the speakers.
     All faculty/staff are considered chamber members via the university's membership umbrella. With the first home game scheduled the very next day, this will be the final preview before the start of what will no doubt be another historic season for the Lions.
     Call 549-4457 or email to reserve your seat. Cost is $25 per person.


Southeastern receives plant donations from area nurseries
Plant donationsSoutheastern has received a sizeable donation of plants to be used in landscaping various parts of the Hammond campus.
     Donations of nearly 500 plants were recently collected from Bracy's Nursery in Amite, Windmill Nursery in Franklinton, and former nursery owner David Lowery.
     Southeastern Foundation Executive Board Member and Chairman-Elect Cynthia Hutchinson-Nesser was responsible for securing the donations. She says it all started with a tour of the Southeastern Sustainability Center, a facility that serves as the focus of the university's recycling and energy conservation efforts.
     "Byron Patterson (Physical Plant director) walked me through the Sustainability Center plans, the green houses and other areas where they keep and cultivate plants for use on the campus," Hutchinson-Nesser said. "I asked him about his plant material, and he said that with the budget cuts over recent years, he no longer had the funds to purchase landscaping material."
     Hutchinson-Nesser has nursery contacts through her own company and decided to reach out to them for help. She asked Patterson for a wish list of materials.
     "By getting a precise wish list together, Byron's team gave me something I could go after and, in turn, give the donors some specific options," she said. "If I would have written asking for just landscaping material in general, then there would have been a lot of wasted time going back and forth."
     Both Bracy's and Windmill Nurseries responded with enthusiastic willingness to help, she said. Additionally, Lowery, who used to own his own nursery but now works for Windmill, had plants of his own to donate as well.
     Carlos Doolittle, director of landscaping, grounds and recycling at Southeastern, said that even during budget constraints,   the landscape division has endeavored to continue improving campus outdoor spaces through student-generated funds.
     "We are grateful to the Student Government Association for their financial support of our projects," he said. "The recent generosity of local plant vendors expands our potential."
     Doolittle added that new students and visitors to campus are experiencing and forming first impressions of Southeastern long before they actually get to their destination or make a decision about applying.
     "They may have already driven through our campus, parked in our parking areas, and walked on our sidewalks," he said. "The responsibility for keeping and maintaining the beauty of our campus is something we take seriously. We have more work to do, and the generosity of these vendors places our goals a little closer to accomplishment."


PLANTING FOR A GREENER TOMORROW – Staff from the Southeastern Physical Plant and Services Department unload and organize some of the nearly 500 plants donated to the university by Bracy's Nursery in Amite, Windmill Nursery in Franklinton, and former nursery owner David Lowery. The plants will be used across campus to create more green spaces. From left are Carlos Doolittle, Clint Rushing and John Blackwell.


Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students
Southeastern's Office of Career Services will sponsor a special job fair on Aug. 28 to help students locate part-time jobs while they complete their studies. Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will take place at the new Student Union addition on the ground level.
     "The fair offers an opportunity for students to connect with approximately 25 local employers," said Direct of Career Services Ken Ridgedell. "Employers' representatives will be on hand to accept job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students."
     Career Fair 2014, Career Services' annual career fair for upper-class students and recent alumni looking for full-time placement, will be held Sept. 18 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     For additional information about the part time job fair, email or call 549-2121. For more information about Career Fair, visit or call 549-2121.


Community singers invited to join Northshore Choral Society
Singers from the campus and community are invited to join the Southeastern Northshore Choral Society and University Chorus.
Choral singing at Southeastern is enjoyed by music majors and non-majors alike in a variety of different ensembles.
     The Northshore Choral Society and University Chorus are non-auditioned ensembles of university students and community members. With more than 100 singers from majors throughout the university and a cross section of the community, these ensembles perform major works with a professional orchestra and soloists. Past repertoires have included such choral works as Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C minor, Fauré's Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, Schubert's Mass in G, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, and Bernstein's Chicester Psalms, in addition to many other masterworks.
     "The choirs allow members to experience diverse music as a group at very high standards and to use this music as a vehicle of our expression. Anyone who loves to sing should join us," said Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe. "Rehearsals are fun, invigorating and educational."
     Rehearsals begin Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room of the Pottle Music Building Annex. The ensemble meets each Tuesday night during the semester from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
     Rowe said the groups will perform a variety of choral works specifically chosen for the holiday season, highlighted by selections from Handel's Messiah. Brian Martinez, the University Chorus and Northshore Choral Society conductor, will direct the concert.
     "A Southeastern alumnus and current teacher/choral conductor in the St. Charles Parish school system, Mr. Martinez possesses the perfect combination of knowledge, skill and genuine enthusiasm necessary to engage our students and community members," said Kenneth Boulton, interim head of Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "All participants can anticipate another spectacular and exciting year of music-making."
     For more information about the University Chorus and Northshore Choral Society, contact Rowe at 549-2334 or For more information on the 2014-15 season events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, visit


Baraya selected for prestigious editorial board
Aristides R. BarayaAristides R. Baraya, director of the Southeastern Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute, has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the UNED Journal of Research from the National University for Distance Education of Costa Rica.
     Baraya was one of only 10 members worldwide asked to serve on the board. The  journal is considered one of the most advanced and prestigious research journals of Central America. It supported not only by the National University for Distance Education of Costa Rica, but for Elsevier BV Publisher.
     A resident of Hammond, Baraya was named one of Louisiana's top 100 successful Hispanic citizens by Vocero News of New Orleans. He was the first chairman of the board of directors of the Hispanic Business Resources and Technology Center in Kenner and also has helped develop cooperative agreements and business relations between Southeastern, the State of Louisiana and several Latin American nations.


Rec Sports and Wellness News
During the week of Aug. 26, Recreational Sports and Wellness invites you to treat yourself to a one hour massage for half of the price. Wellness Services' Angel Lester, LMT, MMT, will tailor your experience to your unique needs through Swedish Relaxation, Hot Stone and Myofascial Cupping techniques.
     All massages take place in the Wellness Suite of the Pennington Student Activity Center. To book a half-price massage, contact Angel Lester at (985) 634-6040. Then, email Megan Mast, assistant director of health and fitness, at for your client packet. Massage must take place during the week of Aug. 26.


Southeastern's Science on Tap lecture to feature 'Snakiest State in Nation'
Dave SeverFollowing a highly successful series of scientific lectures for the layman last year, the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences will sponsor another "Science on Tap" series throughout the 2014-15 academic year.
     The initial lecture, "Snakes in Your Louisiana Neighborhood," will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is free and open to all ages.
     The lecture will be presented by Dave Sever, former head of the Department of Biological Sciences, who was named last year as Herpetologist of the Year by the Herpetologist's League, an international association of scientists.
     Louisiana has more than 50 different species of snakes, making it one of the "snakiest states in the country," Sever said.
     The presentation will note the important roles snakes play in the natural landscape of Louisiana, including their crucial economic role in control of crop-destroying rodents, he explained.
     "Many people are afraid of snakes, have lots of misconceptions, and consider every water snake to be a venomous cottonmouth or water moccasin," he added. "Louisiana has seven species of venomous snakes, but most of them are not common and usually run away or hide when humans are detected."
     Sever is the co-editor of the textbook, Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes. He and his students have conducted a number of studies on snakes in Louisiana, particularly the venomous cottonmouth.
     The fall semester of Science on Tap lectures all will be held at Tope lá Catering. Scheduled lectures include:
     • Tuesday, Oct. 7: "Cybersecurity: Beyond the IT Department" by John Burris, Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology;
     • Tuesday, Nov. 4: Global Warming for Scientists ... and Others?" by physicist David Norwood, Department of Chemistry and Physics;
     • Tuesday, Dec. 2: "Hotter than the Core of the Sun: Fusion Energy on Earth," by Dan McCarthy, physicist and dean of the College of Science and Technology.
     For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences, 549-3740.


LECTURE TO FEATURE LOUISIANA SNAKES – Dave Sever, former head of the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences and an internationally recognized herpetologist, will present the department's first 2014-15 Science on Tap lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Tope lá Catering. Sever will talk on "Snakes in Your Louisiana Neighborhood."


Alumni Association University Chapter to meet
The next meeting of the University Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association is scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 12:15 p.m. Please join us at the Alumni Center for lunch and fun with your fellow alumni.


University Police news
The officers of the University Police Department would like to welcome everyone to campus for the new semester and encourage you to report any security concerns, even if you feel they are minor. Though something might seem like a minor issue to you, it could be the link the department needs to solve a much larger case or prevent something more serious from occurring. You can provide us information on an anonymous basis through our website
     Our department has experienced some changes since last spring. We welcomed new Director of University Police Harold Todd and filled some of our other vacant spots with new employees. We are happy to have Ms. Sandra Fancher as a new dispatcher. Sandra came to us from a large public safety department in Alabama, and her cheerfulness has been contagious. Our new officers, Elliot Barcelona, Gary Tullis, and Vince Smith, are from varied backgrounds and all have committed to working to keep Southeastern safe. They have been busy finding their way around campus, meeting members of our community, and learning about Southeastern's unique style. Please feel free to talk with any of our employees and ask questions when you see them.
     Registration is open for a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14. RAD is a comprehensive basic self-defense course taught by the University Police Department at Southeastern. For more details and information about the RAD system, visit or send an e-mail to The class is for women only and is free for current Southeastern students and employees, but space is limited so sign-up early if you are interested.
     We would like to remind everyone of the new university policy banning the use of tobacco and other products on campus. Every student should read the Tobacco Free policy ( to be sure they know what is not allowed on campus and the results of a citation. The University Police Department has been tasked with enforcement of the new policy and will be writing warnings and citations for violations.
     The first weeks of the semester take place during a national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement wave. University police officers will be participating in this special wave so be sure to act responsibly and get a designated driver. For more details about this campaign, check our Facebook page – Southeastern University Police Department – or
     Anyone needing the assistance of a police officer should visit us in Pride Hall or call 549-2222 any time of the day or night. More information about our department, officers, and campus is available at You can also keep up to date by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter @SLU_Police.
     We are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to work with our community to help keep everyone safe.


Southeastern in the news
Action News
Lion's 'Move-In Mania' welcomes students to new semester at SLU

Southeastern bestows emeritus honors at convocation

Faculty Senate president challenges fellows to speak out against 'new normal' of higher ed


BR Advocate
SLU honors excellence among faculty, staff

History professor offers five noncredit courses

SLU grad student selected as ESPNU reporter

Southeastern Channel to replay NCAA playoffs


Hammond Daily Star
Home Away from Hahnville

University students fly drone for research, education purposes

New SLU building to be discussed


N.O. Times Picayune
Five vying for open north shore district attorney spot


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football, volleyball and cross country teams will open up their respective 2014 seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The defending Southland Conference champions return to Strawberry Stadium on Saturday, as the No. 3 Lion football team hosts Jacksonville out of the Pioneer Football League at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the flagship station of Southeastern Football, KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH). LionVision subscribers will also access a live video stream at
     The first 200 students at Saturday's game will receive free t-shirts and fans are encouraged to wear green. From 4-6 p.m., former American Idol contestant and Ponchatoula native Lindsey Cardinale will provide a pregame concert in Friendship Circle. The Storm30 initiative will return for the second season, as fans are encouraged to enter the stadium 30 minutes prior to kickoff to enjoy pregame entertainment and pack the stands for the entrance of the Lions.
     Fans wishing to hear head coach Ron Roberts preview the season opener can listen live to the Ron Roberts Radio Show on Monday at 7 p.m. on Kajun 107.1 FM and The Highway 104.7 FM. The show will be recorded every Monday during the football season at its new home for the 2014 season – Buddies Bar and Grill (1236 S. Morrison Blvd.) in Hammond.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team will also open its 2014 schedule this week. Fans can get a preview of the 2014 roster on Tuesday with the Green and Gold intra-squad match at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The Lady Lions open the campaign proper on Friday and Saturday, competing in the UAB/Samford Challenge in Birmingham, Ala.
     The tournament opens with SLU facing host UAB at 10 a.m. on Friday. Later in the day, Southeastern faces Michigan State at 2 p.m. The Lady Lions close tournament play on Saturday, facing Jacksonville State at 4 p.m.
     The men's and women's cross country teams will open the 2014 season on Friday. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the UNO Relays in New Orleans.
     The Southeastern soccer team (2-0) will look to continue its undefeated start to the 2014 season. On Thursday, the Lady Lions head to Alcorn State for a 4 p.m. match. Southeastern travels to Texas Southern on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.


Monday, August 25
Football, Ron Roberts Radio Show, Buddies Bar and Grill, 7 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1) (WJSH 104.7)


Tuesday, August 26
Volleyball, Green and Gold Match, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)


Thursday, August 28
Soccer, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 4 p.m.


Friday, August 29
Volleyball, at UAB (UAB/Samford Challenge), Birmingham, Ala., 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Michigan State (UAB/Samford Challenge), Birmingham, Ala., 2 p.m.
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at UNO Relays, New Orleans, All Day


Saturday, August 30
Football, vs. Jacksonville, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (KAJUN 107.1) (WJSH 104.7) (LionVision)
Volleyball, vs. Jacksonville State (UAB/Samford Challenge), Birmingham, Ala., 4 p.m.


Sunday, August 31
Soccer, at Texas Southern, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold


Professional activities
Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented "Keeping the traditional principal preparation program competitive with the online program" at the annual conference of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (NCPEA) in Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA on Aug. 7. The paper was co-authored with Evan Mense (Educational Leadership & Technology).
     Professor Emeritus Dr. William F. Font (Biological Sciences) coauthored with colleagues from Oklahoma and Arkansas an article titled "Helminth parasites of the banded sculpin, Cottus carolinae (Scorpaeniformes: Cottidae), from northern Arkansas, U.S.A." that was published in the current issue of Comparative Parasitology.


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