New Student Union opens

Connect to Success

Graduation application deadline today

Chefs Evening turns 30

Twelve Years a Slave lecture offered

Columbia Theatre receives donation

Rock 'n Roar set for Feb. 22

Nursing receives donation

Legislative Hob Nob set for Feb. 25

Let's Talk Art begins Feb. 26

Resident assistants win awards

Non-credit courses

Students attend ERA conference

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

New Student Union opens

The newly constructed Student Union opened first thing this morning, as students filed in for breakfast at The Mane Dish (second floor) and the Lion's Den (first floor). Renovations have begun on the older section of the union.


1)Stephanie Gardiner2)Aubrey Rost


1) FIRST CUSTOMER - Stephanie Gardiner, left, a senior English major from Baton Rouge, accepts her gift pack from Robin Parker, marketing coordinator for Auxiliary Services as the first patron of The Mane Dish, the union's large dining area, located on the second floor.

2) LION'S DEN OPENS - Aubrey Rost, a junior English major from Livingston, was the first customer at Chick-fil-A located in the Lion's Den on the first floor of the union.


Connect to Success program prepares NTCC students for university admission
Michael EldridgeWhen Michael Eldridge first entered Western Illinois University several years ago, he admits he was unprepared for the college experience.
     "At the time, school just wasn't right for me, or I wasn't mature enough to actually try," says the Bogalusa resident, now a sophomore at Southeastern. "There was lots of partying and skipping class. I ended up dropping out of college and joining the Army."
     After several years in the military – which included two combat deployments to Iraq between 2007 and 2010 – Eldridge attempted to enroll at Southeastern; his poor grades from Western Illinois, however, made him ineligible for admission. A friend suggested he enroll at Northshore Technical Community College, which now offers general education courses on Southeastern's campus.
     Eldridge was admitted into the Connect to Success program, a joint venture between NTCC and Southeastern that expands access and preparation of NTCC students who have the opportunity to eventually transfer to a baccalaureate program at Southeastern or some other university. The program was initiated in 2012 and allows NTCC students to take developmental and general education courses on Southeastern's campus in order to earn the credits necessary to be formally admitted to a four-year institution. Currently, approximately 200 students participate in the program.
     "Connect to Success was developed to provide post-secondary educational opportunities for students in our region who are seeking to attend a college or university, but don't yet meet admission criteria," said Southeastern President John L. Crain. "Admission standards at Southeastern have risen over the last several years, and some prospective students aren't eligible for admission. We want to provide these students an efficient and effective opportunity to meet those standards. Our partnership with NTCC is achieving that goal."
     "Access and student success are central to the design of the Connect to Success program, said NTCC Chancellor William Wainwright. "University and college faculty and staff cross-trained to assess students' needs and implement strategies for their success has led to the explosive growth of this most important program serving the greater northshore region."
     Crain and Wainwright agree the partnership is a win-win for both institutions and, most importantly, for their students.
Southeastern certifies faculty credentials and curricula for the courses offered through the program to ensure they are transferrable. Students enrolled in the program are entitled to use Southeastern's Textbook Rental program, which allows students to rent rather than purchase books used in their courses. They also have access to the university's computer labs, library and Student Union, as well as other amenities and services.
     Another benefit of Connect to Success is the joint admissions and registration process and academic and career counseling services offered through their enrollment.
     NTCC made enrolling in the program very simple, and the program helped me get back into the student mindset," said Eldridge, now a biology major with plans to eventually become a physician's assistant. "The classes are small, so the instructors had lots of time to deal with the students individually. Connect to Success made transitioning from solider to student incredibly easy."


CONNECT TO SUCCESS OPENS DOORS -- Michael Eldridge, a sophomore in biology at Southeastern, gained admission to the university after first enrolling in the Connect to Success program operated jointly by Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College.


Today is final day for students to apply for spring 2014 graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in spring 2014 is Feb. 17.
The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
     Candidates for associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the "Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation" option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link at; then click on "Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation" or call Southeastern's Office of the Registrar at 549-2066.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.


Chefs Evening turns 30
Chefs Evening logoSoutheastern's annual fundraising event, Chefs Evening, will celebrate its 30th year by taking traditions of old and adding new elegance. This year, the event moves to the newly constructed Student Union Grand Ballroom. Chefs Evening will be the first major event held in the ballroom-its inaugural event.
     The essence of the event will focus on fresh and local produce, highlighting the mouthwatering ingredients found in our area. Restaurants will be paired with regional farms that will supply accompaniments for the dishes.
     The silent auction will cap the evening with flair. This year, the focus of the auction will be to bring in new artisans, sponsors and vendors. Have your checkbooks ready, as items at the auction table will not disappoint.
     Chefs Evening is Sunday, March 23, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the new Student Union Grand Ballroom. The evening will kick off with the President's Toast at 4 p.m. at the President's Residence.
     Information for purchasing tickets to Chefs Evening and the President's Toast can be found on the Chefs Evening website by clicking here. Please like the event on Facebook to stay informed as more details develop.


Southeastern offers lecture on Twelve Years a Slave
The Southeastern Department of History and Political Science will present the 14th annual Black History and Politics Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     The speaker is the Rev. Stanley N. Helton of First Christian Church in Hammond who will will present a lecture on Twelve Years a Slave titled "The Gods of Slavery: The Theology of Solomon Northup."
     Sponsored by the History and Political Science Department and the Hammond Historic District Commission, the event is free and open to the public. The lecture is made possible by the generosity of Carol Doucette, and is dedicated to the memory of the late Southeastern faculty member Albert J. Doucette Jr.


Tangipahoa Tourism donates to Columbia Theatre
Columbia Theatre donationSoutheastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts (CTPA) received a $100,000 donation from the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors and Bureau last week. One year ago, the bureau made another sizable donation to CTPA, and late in the fall of 2013, they made it clear that they were pleased with the results of the 2013 investment in terms of programming innovations and CPTA's responsiveness to community interest, said Roy Blackwood, interim director of Columbia Theatre.
     "Of course I am thrilled with their continuing support and their endorsement of the broadening of our services," said Blackwood. "While it is our concept to continue bringing the highest quality entertainment to the North Shore area, we are equally committed to artistic merit in widening our scope as we deliver Columbia's mission.
     "The renewed commitment of Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau enables us to do just that, and we are extremely indebted to them. Without community partners such as this and others, we simply could not provide this area with high-quality entertainment needs."


TANGIPAHOA TOURISM DONATES TO THE COLUMBIA THEATRE - The Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau recently gave a $100,000 donation to the Columbia Theatre for programming. This is the second sizable donation the theatre has received from the bureau. From left are C. Howard Nichols,Columbia Theatre board member, Carla Tate, director of the Tangipahoa CVB, CVB Chairman Buddy Pugh, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood, and Director of Individual, Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynn Horgan.


Academics, camps, activities featured at Southeastern's Rock 'n Roar February 22
Approximately 2,800 high school students from 75 area schools will converge on Southeastern Saturday, Feb. 22, for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar, the university's annual campus-community festival.
     Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rock 'n Roar, now in its 18th year, will follow its predecessors' successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     "Rock 'n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and area high school students together to have fun while visiting and learning about our campus," said Pittman.
     Rock 'n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
At the Literary Rally, students will compete in 48 different academic subjects. When they finish their tests, students can gather information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and enjoy refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student organizations.
     KSLU 90.9 FM radio will be on hand with music and a D.J., while visual arts students will host a pottery sale and demonstration.
     Hungry festival goers can purchase a variety of snacks including pastalaya, nachos, hamburgers, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, corn dogs, curly fries, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cakes, fried oreos, baked goods and a variety of drinks.
     Families will find a multitude of children's activities, including face painting, an interactive football throw with members of the Lion football team, a rock climbing wall, jousting arena and slide.
     Rock 'n Roar will again sponsor its popular camps for local children. The dance camp for children ages 5-12, hosted by the Southeastern Lionettes dance team, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building.
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 6-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. (registration is at 8:30 a.m.). The camp, which costs $10, will take place in Clark Hall.
     The baseball camp is set for 8:30-11 a.m. at Alumni Field. Children ages 6-13 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball glove for a day of fun. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the camp fee is $10.
     Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at Pre-registration and payment for all camps is mandatory by Feb. 20 due to limited space.
     Pets are not allowed at the event. For additional information about Rock 'n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 549-2150 or visit


Nursing receives donation for Study Abroad
Nursing receives donationEileen Creel, third from left, head of the Southeastern School of Nursing receives a $2,500 donation from Pam Black, curriculum coordinator for Hurst Review Services, to support the College of Nursing and Health Sciences' study abroad program planned this spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Hurst provides study aids and review programs to prepare nursing students for the NCLEX licensing examination.
     Pictured at the presentation are, from left, Southeastern Senior Director of Development Katherine Rose, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth, Creel, Black, and Hurst Regional Directors Sicily Green and Charlie Dykes.


Tangipahoa Legislative Hob Nob scheduled
All members of Tangipahoa chambers of commerce are invited to attend the Tangipahoa Legislative Hob Nob on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, the event is free and open to all chamber members.
     The gathering will provide an opportunity to the Chambers and Leaders Impacting Tomorrow's Tangipahoa (LITT) to present their Governmental Affairs priorities on behalf of the business community and hear from delegation members as they outline their plans in advance of the 2014 Legislative Session.
     Through Southeastern's membership in the Hammond Chamber, all Southeastern employees are invited to enjoy the benefits of Chamber membership, including attendance at this and other upcoming Chamber events. Go to to see what the chamber has coming up.


Southeastern's spring series 'Let's Talk:  Art' begins Feb. 26
Let's Talk ArtThe spring series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Memorial Library, kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas Street, across from the Columbia Theatre.
     Marianna Kunow, instructor in Foreign Languages, will speak on "Women of Silver: Mexico's Twentieth-Century Silver Renaissance."
     "Although Mexico has long been known for creative metalwork of all kinds, the Silver Renaissance of the early to mid-Twentieth Century was a unique period for the production and sales of jewelry," Kunow said. "This presentation focuses on the lives and work of some of the outstanding women designers of that time."
     Future talks are scheduled as follows:
     •Wednesday, March 26:  "Body Circuitry: Feminism and Technology in Art" by Assistant Professor of Media and New Animation Cristina Molina; 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery.
     •Wednesday, April 9:  "Charles Dickens and William Hogarth:  Image and Word" by Department Head and Professor of English David Hanson; 5 p.m., in Hammond Regional Arts Center.
     For more information, call the library at 549-3962.


Southeastern resident assistants win awards at state conference
Resident AssistantsA group of seven Southeastern resident assistants and two University Housing professional staff members traveled to the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers (LAHO) Equipping Resident Assistants (ERA) Conference outside of Alexandria, La.
     The group put in countless hours of cheer practicing, banner making, and planning before the trip on Feb. 7. The Southeastern Delegates in attendance were Brooke Adams, Caitlin Bueche, Aaron Johnson, Samuel Levy, Mikaela Ingalls, Shakyra Cooper, Mallory McKenzie, Assistant Director of Residential Life Amanda Robbins and Area Coordinator Ashley White.
     "As a professional staff member, I was proud to witness the level of enthusiasm and school spirit that our resident assistants exhibited during the conference," said White, area coordinator for University Housing. "They gained valuable information during the programming sessions, which were all student-lead, while having fun and making new friends from other schools around the state."
     This year's conference theme was "LAHOlympics" and included a torch-carrying ceremony to kick-off the events. A representative from each school carried an Olympic-like torch to the main stage, where the rest of their school joined them in a cheer to signify their presence at the event.
     Southeastern Resident Assistants won three awards at the conference. Hammond Hall's "Community Clusters" program won the award for Community Building Program of the Year. In addition, two resident assistants were recognized for their outstanding work. Jacob Currier, third-year resident assistant for Cardinal Newman Hall, was chosen as the 2014 Male Resident Assistant of the Year for the state of Louisiana. First year resident assistant for Taylor Hall Sarah Lepine was chosen as the 2014 Female Rising Star for the state. Southeastern students Caitlin Bueche, Johnson, and Ingalls came in third place for the Case Study competition, in which resident assistants from each school presented potential solutions for a fictional incident.
     Southeastern resident assistants presented two different programs during the conference. Levy and Johnson presented a session titled "Resident Assistants: Real Life Jugglers," during which attendants learned how to better prioritize being an RA with the countless other duties and activities they encounter daily as a student. Adams and McKenzie presented a "Building Community Session," in which attendants participated in several activities to teach them how to build community with residents in a more fun and original way, including exploring different ways to connect with residents and build a stronger sense of community.
     For more information, please contact the University Housing Office at 549-2118 or by email at


Non-credit courses

Web Design Part One
Allanagh Sewell (March 11 - April 8)

In the first session you 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, the student will be able to create a web page using Dreamweaver and (X)HTML and also incorporating Flash animation into the website. Begin now.


Drilling Down to the Core
Margaret Rodrigue (March 12 - April 16)

This course will help parents and students in the 'New' Math we are seeing this year! Parents will learn how to help their children at home with their homework. Students will get that extra boost they need to feel confident in their math studies. Learn more.


How to Write a Novel
Robin Wells (March 11 - April 8)

This course will cover the basics of writing novel-length fiction, including story structure, plotting, character development, dialogue, description, and point of view. Sign up today.


ACT Test Preparation
Dates and instructors vary on location.

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.  Register now.


Athletic training students attend conference
SEATA groupA group of students and faculty associated with the bachelor's program in athletic training (Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies) attended two conferences organized by the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association in Atlanta Feb. 6-8.
     Students attended the SEATA Student Symposium, and attended sessions focusing on prevention and evaluation of injuries, therapeutic exercise, treatment modalities, and professional development. Faculty attended the SEATA Educator's Conference and Accreditation Workshop.


Southeastern in the news

Action News
LaCap to sponsor SLU presidents toast at chefs evening


Associated Press
Graduation deadline Monday for SLU

Black history lecture Tuesday at SLU


Hammond Daily Star
Rock 'n Roar coming up Saturday 


New Orleans Advocate
New Orleans woman gets 33 months for financial aid scam 


N.O. CityBusiness
Woman sentenced for scamming colleges for financial aid


N.O. Times Picayune

Learn to start, finance business ideas at free seminar in Slidell

Free northshore seminar to teach how to sell to government

Novel writing course offered at Koop Drive in Mandeville


Southeastern hosting seminar on how to finance business idea

Koresh Dance Company


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball team will open up its home schedule with four games at Alumni Field, including a midweek visit from No. 3 LSU during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (2-1) will welcome the Tigers to town on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. George Washington comes to Hammond for a three-game series that opens on Friday at 1 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday at 2 p.m. before Sunday's 1 p.m. series finale.
     Wednesday's baseball game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television. Fans outside of CST's viewing area can access the game on ESPN3.
     The Southeastern men's and women's basketball team will head to UNO for a doubleheader on Thursday. The Lady Lions (7-17, 6-6 Southland) open the evening's action with a 5:30 p.m. contest versus the Lady Privateers, with the Lions (11-13, 6-7 Southland) facing UNO in the nightcap at 7:45 p.m.
     All of this week's baseball and basketball action will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of the George Washington baseball series and the UNO basketball doubleheader.
     The Southeastern softball team (2-2), which had six games canceled last week due to weather, will travel to Jackson, Miss. to compete in the Jackson State Tournament this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions face Kansas at 1:30 p.m. and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 6:30 p.m. Southeastern takes on SIU-E again on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., before closing out the tournament versus Eastern Illinois at 7:30 p.m.
     The women's tennis team (2-1) will be back in action this week with three road matches versus in-state opponents on tap. The Lions will open the week on Wednesday with a 2 p.m. match at Louisiana-Lafayette. Southern awaits Southeastern on Friday for a 1 p.m. match, before Xavier (N.O.) hosts the Lions on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will look for a strong showing heading into next week's Southland Conference Indoor Championships. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Friday to compete in the LSU Twilight meet.


Wednesday, February 19
Baseball, vs. LSU, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (KSLU)
Women's Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 2 p.m.


Thursday, February 20
Men's Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 7:45 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Women's Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 5:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*


Friday, February 21
Baseball, vs. George Washington, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Kansas (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 1:30 p.m.
Softball, vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 6:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 1 p.m.
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Twilight, Baton Rouge, All Day


Saturday, Feb. 21
Baseball, vs. George Washington, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 12:15 p.m.
Softball, vs. Eastern Illinois (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, Feb. 22
Baseball, vs. George Washington, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Women's Tennis, at Xavier (N.O.), New Orleans, 1 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented an updated version of "Hell Hound on My Trail: The Life, Legend, and Legacy of Bluesman Robert Johnson" at the Dutchtown Branch of the Ascension Parish Library on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Currently he also is conducting the six-week library program "America's Music: A History of Our Popular Music From Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" (sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Tribeca Film Institute) at the Napoleonville Branch of the Assumption Parish Library (Jan. 31-March 14)  and his own six-week library program, "Henry VIII and His Six Wives," at the South Regional Branch of the Lafayette Parish Library (Jan. 22-March 5).


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