Degrees conferred

Hyde announces new book

Students train as health coaches

Grads win top paper award

REC Sports to host camp

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

This is the last edition of ByLion of the year. ByLion will return Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Have a joyous holiday season.


Southeastern confers degrees on approximately 1,200
President's medal winnersSoutheastern conferred degrees on more than 1,200 graduates Saturday, Dec. 13, at the university's fall commencement exercises.
     At the ceremony held in the University Center, Southeastern honored one of Central America's most influential business leaders with an honorary doctorate. Jose Barrios Ng, who has led current efforts to modernize the Panama Canal, received the honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree and addressed the graduates at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     A native of Panama City, Barrios is known for his vision in helping the canal to remain the world's leading gateway for commerce through the investment of billions of dollars in modernization efforts. He is currently president and chief executive officer of ABCO Global, a consulting firm for maritime and supply chain management, and was recently appointed by the president of Panama to serve as president of the Board of Maritime Authority for the country.
     Barrios has worked with Southeastern and its Hispanic Business Institute in developing the Executive Commercial Mission to expand business relations between Louisiana and Panama. He has facilitated the canal's support of the state's efforts to develop the International Transfer Terminal that is expected to greatly enhance trade with Louisiana. Barrios holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from LSU, as well as master's degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and UCLA.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees were honored.
     In his welcome, President John L. Crain noted that the 1,217 individuals being recognized at commencement included 426 men and 791 women who were receiving 13 different degrees; and representatives from 18 states and 15 countries. Nine candidates received the doctorate in educational leadership.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to eight students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university's five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – criminal justice major Emily Lauren Dykes of Kentwood, 3.952 GPA.
College of Business – accounting major Hannah Christine Jones of Pearl River, 4.0 GPA; and Franklin Vazquez – accounting major of Baton Rouge, 4.0 GPA.
College of Education and Human Development – middle school education major Theresa Marie Kaaihue of Prairieville, 4.0 GPA.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences – nursing major Aryn Michael Marchand of Prairieville, 4.0 GPA; nursing major Ryan Ashley Vermilyea of Mandeville, 4.0 GPA; and social work major Fallon Frances Waguespack of Walker, 4.0 GPA.
College of Science and Technology – computer science major Ranjan Poudel of Covington, 4.0 GPA.


PRESIDENT'S MEDAL WINNERS – Southeastern awarded its highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence, to eight students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university's five colleges. Pictured front, from left, are Ranjan Poudel of Covington, Emily Lauren Dykes of Kentwood, Franklin Vazquez of Baton Rouge, and Hannah Christine Jones of Pearl River. Back row, from left, are Commencement Speaker Jose' Barrios Ng, President John L. Crain, Fallon Frances Waguespack of Walker, Aryn Michael Marchand of Prairieville, and Rep. Steve Pugh. Not pictured are Theresa Marie Kaaihue of Prairieville, and Ryan Ashley Vernilyea of Mandevllle.


Hyde announces new book on Civil War legacies
Sam Hyde

Southeastern Professor of History Samuel C. Hyde Jr. has announced the release of his newly edited book The Enigmatic South: Toward Civil War and Its Legacies.
     Published by Louisiana State University Press, the book includes 10 essays edited by Hyde, who currently holds the Leon Ford Chair of History. Chapters were included from Civil War authority and Pulitzer Prize winner James M. McPherson, the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University; LSU Professor of History Gaines M. Foster; and George C. Rable, the Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern History at the University of Alabama. McPherson provides the forward for the book, while chapters were written by other specialists in Civil War and Deep South history.
     "The authors are seeking to highlight some less revealed subjects that contributed to the South's movement toward secession, the implications of the Civil War, and the transformation of the South in its aftermath," explained Hyde, who is the director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern.
     Topics covered in the book include the roles of religion and education in fomenting secession sentiment, support for the South in the North during the war, and an article that challenges the old belief that it was a "rich man's war, but a poor man's fight," Hyde said.
     The book is intended to honor the retirement of LSU Boyd Professor of History William J. Cooper Jr., Civil War historian and author of numerous works on the war and the South.
     "A fitting tribute to William J. Cooper Jr., one of the leading historians of the 19th century South, these chapters exemplify the depth of research, clarity of writing and rigor of analysis that we associate with the honoree," said John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History at Rice University.
     The book includes an afterword by LSU's Foster, an expression of appreciation to Professor Cooper. It is available through the web site


Southeastern students receive training through partnership with North Oaks Health System
Health CoachesSoutheastern students are reaping the rewards of a program in partnership with North Oaks Health System. The students, as well as other area health care workers, are gaining valuable experience through the Health Transition Alliance program at North Oaks, where they are being prepared to work as health coaches.
     As part of the program, Southeastern students are being trained to provide follow-up consultation with patients after they are discharged with the intent of reducing the number of patient re-admissions to the hospital. They ensure that the patients are following physicians' instructions for home care, including taking medications, following a prescribed diet, using appropriate therapies and scheduling follow-up visits with their physicians.
     According to Ralph Wood, professor of health education and promotion, Southeastern is thought to be the only university in Louisiana providing this level of training to undergraduate students.
     The Health Transition Alliance program trains the health coaches to work with diagnoses of heart attack, chronic obstructive lung disease, congestive heart failure and pneumonia. The program is funded by a three-year $351,989 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
     Under Wood's guidance, Southeastern students enrolled in the Internship in Health Education and Promotion course are currently participating in the training opportunity. Students who are enrolled next semester in internships in exercise science, fitness, or sports management will have the same opportunity to participate in the program.
     "This internship has offered a wide variety of experience," said Bobijo Bode, a health education and promotion senior from Covington. "We have had the opportunity to view health care from the perspective of nurse, social worker, health coach and patient, both in the hospital setting and in the patient's home."
     "This internship opportunity is just another example of Southeastern setting the curve of innovative partnerships and training opportunities for our students," Wood said. "Students will learn the process of health coaching, as well as receive substantial training in motivational interviewing."


Recent communication grads win Top Paper recognition at national conference
Student winnersFour recent graduates of Southeastern's organizational communication master's program have been recognized with the Top Paper Award for a presentation made at the annual conference of the National Communication Association held in Chicago.
     The students, Mallory Lindsly and Megan Caldwell of Metairie, Piyawan Charoensap of Mandeville, Lauren Broussard of LaPlace, all earned their master's degree program last May. Theirs was one of four papers selected out of nearly 70 to be presented in the Training and Development Division of the NCA, the largest association of communication professionals in the United States.
     "We are extremely proud of the research and writing that our students did in preparing this paper," said Associate Professor of Communication Claire Procopio, who accompanied the team to the association meeting. "These students trumped professors and established scholars to earn this honor."
     The paper, "Evaluation of a Soft Skills Training Program," was prepared as part of the requirements for their course in research methods, said Procopio.
     "The students evaluated the effectiveness of a soft skills, face-to-face employee training program as opposed to one offered online a large area hospital," she explained. "They looked at the effectiveness of each form of training on the degree of learning, behavioral change and willingness to learn."
     Procopio said results of the study showed that neither the willingness to learn nor method of delivery affected degree of comprehension by the participants.
     "However both had major effects on the reported behavior change by the participants, with the People Style Model Training Method of training appearing to be more effective in teaching employees how to 'flex' their personal style and to improve their relationships with others. The research by these students suggests various implications and directions for future study."


COMMUNICATION GRADS TAKE TOP HONOR – Four recent graduates of Southeastern's organizational communication master's degree program won the Top Paper Award at the National Communication Association held recently in Chicago. Pictured are, from left, Mallory Lindsly and Megan Caldwell of Metairie, Associate Professor of Communication Claire Procopio, Piyawan Charoensap of Mandeville, and Lauren Broussard of LaPlace.


REC Sports and Wellness to host Christmas Camp
Rec Sports and Wellness is hosting a Christmas Camp for kids ages 5-12. Scheduled on Dec. 22 and 23, the camp will take place in the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at 1350 N. General Pershing St., from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. each day.
     The camp includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, physical activity, Christmas decorations, Christmas craft and more.
     The cost to attend is $35 per child each day and $25 per additional child per family. There must be a minimum of 20 children registered for the program to make.
     Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 19. Email or call 549-5591 to register.


Southeastern in the news

Hammond Daily Star
Ramping up
Degrees conferred on 1200

Welders in demand 

N.O. Times Picayune
Southeastern receives $10,000 traffic enforcement grant


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (2-7) will open the week on the road, traveling to UTEP for an 8 p.m. contest on Tuesday. On Friday, SLU will return home to host Winthrop at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     The Lady Lions (3-6) will also be at home this week. SLU hosts Florida A&M on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest. Sophomore guard Bre' Warren will be Saturday's Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Slidell, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     All three of this week's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Friday and Saturday's games.


Tuesday, December 16
Men's Basketball, at UTEP, El Paso, Texas, 8 p.m. (KSLU)


Friday, December 19
Men's Basketball, vs. Winthrop, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)


Saturday, December 20
Women's Basketball, vs. Florida A&M, University Center, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Bre' Warren – Spotlight Player of the Game


Southeastern home events in bold


Professional activities
Dr. Robert Martin (Sociology and Criminal Justice) co-authored the article "Ensuring Liberties: Understanding State Restrictions on Religious Freedoms." It is being published this month in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
     Lusine Nahapetyan (Kinesiology and Health Studies) has co-authored two papers with researchers in the University of Georgia. "Marijuana Use from Middle to High School: Co-occurring Problem Behaviors, Teacher-rated Academic Skills and Sixth-Grade Predictors" was published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence with H. Ehrenreich. "Gender Differences in Trajectories of Relational Aggression Perpetration and Victimization from Middle to High School" was published with P. Orpinas and C. McNicholas, in Aggressive Behavior. This article was first featured in a University of Georgia press release (, after which it received extensive media coverage and was featured in the New York Times opinion pages, CBS news, Daily Mail and multiple social media sites such as Buzzfeed.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) and Dr. David Wyld (College of Business) collaborated on a recent article titled "How Does Radio Frequency Identification Technology Impact Nursing Practice?" The article was published in the December issue of The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (JCEN). Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can save nurses time, improve quality of care, enhance patient and staff safety, and decrease costs. However without a better understanding of these systems and their benefits to patients and hospitals, nurses may be slower to recommend, implement, or adopt them into practice. The purpose of this article was to increase awareness of RFID and its potential uses and benefits for nurses.
     Angela Dunnington (Library) received a Large Project Proposal Student Technology Fee grant in the amount of $13,445 to sustain the laptop loan program at Sims Library. The grant funding will provide 10 laptop computers with wireless capability and a multi-bay battery-charging unit to circulate new devices to students.    

     Seven faculty members and 19 graduate and undergraduate students from the CSD program in the HHS department recently presented the following papers in November at the 2014 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Orlando, Fla.

Otto Mazzoni, Nina Simmons-Mackie, Roxanne Stoehr, "For the Sake of Naturalness: A Novel Application of PACE Scoring to One-on-One Conversation Therapy."
Lillian Stiegler, Mazzoni, "Virtual Field Trip: Bringing a Unique Clinical Environment into the University Classroom."
Ashley Meaux, Meghan Savage, "Interactive Syllabi: How Interactive Are They?"
Lauren Schembre Maestri, Savage, "Comparing the Effects of Two Types of Aphasia Therapy on Impairment-Based Tasks."
Jacqueline Guendouzi, Savage, "Cultural and Clinical Competency in the Case of Changing Parameters of Selfhood in Dementia."
Danelle Blue, Stoehr, "Pragmatic Articulation Carryover: A Holistic Therapeutic Approach for a Unique Case."
Meaux, "SLPs and the CCSS in Early Elementary Language-Literacy Instruction."
Meaux, "Using RTI to Appropriately Identify Speech & Language Disorders in Schools: From Teachers to SLPs."
Stiegler, "Dignifying the Art of Practice by Speech and Language Clients."
Donna Thomas, "Common Core, Collaboration, Language & Literacy."
Paula Currie, "Using Journal Clubs to Facilitate Interprofessional Collaboration & Interprofessional Professional Behaviors Across Curricula & Practice."
Simmons-Mackie, "Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (A-FROM)."
Simmons-Mackie, "A conceptualization of the formal assessment process within a biopsychosocial framework of aphasia rehabilitation."
Simmons-Mackie, "A set of measures related to supported conversation with adults with aphasia (SCA)."


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