ByLion--July 21


Campus to be tobacco free

Lions Roar earns media awards

Student awarded NBC internship

Non-credit courses offered

Southeastern in the news

Professional activities

Southeastern to be tobacco free by August 1
tobacco free campusBeginning August 1, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes will have no place on the Southeastern campus when the university officially becomes tobacco free.
     The move is in accordance with Act 211 from the 2013 Louisiana Legislative Session which calls for public post-secondary education institutions to develop smoke-free policies, university officials announced. Southeastern, along with many of its sister institutions in the University of Louisiana System, took an additional step, banning all tobacco products.
     "I am so proud for Southeastern to be a part of the 938 universities nationwide that have chosen a tobacco free policy for their campus," said Annette Baldwin, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and Louisiana Tobacco-Free College Initiative (LTFCI) grant coordinator at Southeastern. "I am even more proud that we are a part of the 176 universities that have included the use of e-cigarettes in our policy. We believe this to be a positive and health directed move forward for our faculty, students, staff and visitors."
     Baldwin is leading the university's marketing and information campaign on the new policy, which applies to all Southeastern students, faculty, staff, visitors and contractors. Tobacco use includes, but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookah-smoked products, electronic cigarettes, and oral tobacco products such as dips and chews.
     Baldwin said the university's Counseling Center will offer smoking cessation clinics, led by a certified cessation specialist for students struggling with quitting tobacco. The Pennington Student Activity Center will offer similar clinics for faculty and staff.
     "We recognize that many may want to discontinue use of tobacco, which for some people can be extremely difficulty. That's certainly a laudable goal that can have significant health benefits," Baldwin said. "We're trying to make it a bit easier and provide some peer support for those trying to quit."
     The campus community and its visitors are being informed of the new tobacco-free policy through a variety of means including signs posted throughout the campus, campus-wide email communications, social media campaigns, online and printed resources, website postings and institutional trainings and programs. The catch phrase is "we are tobacco free."
     The policy includes potential fines and other sanctions for violators.
     For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 549-3894 or visit the website


SOUTHEASTERN GOING TOBACCO FREE – Southeastern will be going tobacco free starting August 1 in accordance with state law. Students Caitlyn Hampton, left, of Hammond and Laura Brooks of Albany walk past one of the signs recently erected on campus to alert visitors to the new policy.


Southeastern's student newspaper earns media awards
Southeastern's student newspaper, The Lions Roar, earned several awards – including multiple first place honors -- from competitions sponsored by the Louisiana Press Association (LPA) and the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors.
The awards were presented at both organizations' annual conferences held recently in Biloxi, Miss.
     In the LPA competition, The Lion's Roar captured second place in the General Excellence Category and took two first place awards for photography. Recent graduate Chris Martin of Albany was awarded top honors for Best Sports Photo, while Melanie Mann of St. Francisville took first place for Best News Photo.
     "The staff works to put our best foot forward each week, so it is an honor to have our hard work recognized by the Louisiana Press Association," said Sara Patrick of Houma, editor in chief of The Lion's Roar. "We are always working to improve everyone's skills to produce a high quality newspaper for campus and the local community. We intend to continue improving our skills and the overall newspaper to better serve our readers."
     Martin also earned a third place award for the Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on a Single Page, while recent graduate and former editor Nick Bejeaux of Denham Springs was awarded third place for Best Regular Column.
     "It's an honor to receive these awards in photography and design. The LPA's collegiate division is filled with talented and dedicated student journalists from all over the state, and to have my work recognized among my peers is truly special," said Martin, former assistant editor. "I look forward to my professional career knowing that the experience I have gained while at Student Publications has given me the tools to succeed," said Chris Martin, former assistant editor.
     In the College Division of the AP competition, Martin took first and second place awards in the sports photo competition, and first place in feature photos.
     Allison Crady of Pleasant View, Tenn., took third place in the College Enterprise/Investigative Category for her feature "Rise in heroin deaths attributed to new laws."
     The staff of the newspaper, led by Editor Sara Patrick, was recognized with third place in the website competition.
     "It is an honor to have The Lion's Roar website recognized," said Patrick. "The website has undergone big changes, and we are working to make it an even easier and more visually-appealing way for people to get the latest campus news."
     Crady noted that she enjoyed doing the in-depth investigative report. "The article delves into the recent issues with heroin-related deaths," she said. "Through interviews with coroners, police officers and a detective, the story provides some possible answers for causes related to this increase."
     "Earning recognition from these well respected organizations reinforces what we already knew about our talented Southeastern students," said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. "They are bright, skilled and driven young men and women who are preparing to do great things after they graduate. We couldn't be prouder of their work and hard effort."
     The Lion's Roar can be found online at


Southeastern Channel student interning with NBC Nightly News
Kaitlyn MoralesA Southeastern student news reporter has been selected for a national internship with NBC Nightly News.
     Kaitlyn Morales of Covington, a reporter for the Southeastern Channel's award-winning student newscast Northshore News, was selected from a pool of over 100 applicants for the NBC Nightly News summer internship at the network's Washington, D.C. bureau.
     "Our internships provide excellent educational opportunities to learn the basics of reporting and production by observing and working with professionals at the NBC News Washington Bureau," said Sharon Spurrier, NBC News Washington Bureau internship coordinator.
     As an intern, Morales works with network news correspondents in research and fact-checking story ideas, attending editorial planning meetings, and setting up interviews. She also field produces shoots and interviews, assists in editing NBC news reports for broadcast and online, and contributes to print versions of reports posted on
     "Being selected for this internship is such an honor and a dream-come-true for me that I would not have been able to achieve if it weren't for Southeastern. Interning at Nightly News has been an aspiration of mine for a long time," Morales said. "The network's coverage of Hurricane Katrina is what first sparked my interest in journalism. I truly believe I would not be at NBC without the instruction and training I gained at the Southeastern Channel. My work with Northshore News has taught me all aspects of broadcast journalism, and it has given me real-world experience with skills that I am currently using."
     As a reporter for Northshore News, the junior has already received honorable mention Emmy recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Region in the "Writing" category for her story on "Causeway Safety." For the same story she won a second-place Mark of Excellence Award for "Television General News Reporting" given by the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 12 made up of all universities from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     "It's rare for a college student to receive such a prestigious national network internship as a sophomore, and it shows that Kaitlyn has a terrific future as a television news journalist," said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel.     "Her award-winning reporting, producing and videography work for Northshore News is outstanding, and NBC has rightly singled out her talents from a most competitive field of television students from throughout the country."


SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS INTERNSHIP- Southeastern student Kaitlyn Morales of Covington was selected from a pool of over 100 applicants for the NBC Nightly News summer internship at the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. The paid internship enables Morales to participate in the news story process starting with the concept and progressing through research to writing and editing in the network newsroom.


Non-credit courses offered

Professional Development Program
Steve Pereira and Steve Varnado
Track I - Sept. 23 - 25
Track II - Oct. 7 - 9

The Louisiana Department of Economic Development predicts a tremendous need for skilled craftsmen and women to address the $50 billion investments being made in Louisiana over the next five years. These men and women will need critical guidance and direction by qualified supervisors and team leaders. This five-module program was designed to address the fundamental skill sets needed to be an effective supervisor / team leader.

Track I Info
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You Are the Customer Experience
Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho, Sept. 9, 30, or Oct. 28

Learn how to excel in serving and managing customers. Participants will learn how business will enjoy a healthier bottom line with stellar customer management using the  book, Customer Management: The Kiisa Service Cycle. Start now.


Six Sigma Black Belt
Oct. 6–10, Nov. 3-6, Dec. 8-12 and Jan. 5-8

The Six Sigma Black Belt certification program includes Green Belt. There are no prerequisites for this course, but a Windows based laptop is required. The Green Belt course work will be completed in two weeks (online option 30 hours), and Black Belt training to be completed during an additional two-week training program. Each week of Black Belt is four days (Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Training locations can be determined by the student. Students may mix and match dates and locations, including Hammond, LA. Register now.


SHRM Essentials of HR Management
Danielle Riecke-Levy, Sept. 11 - Oct. 16

The SHRM Essentials of HR Management is a premier introductory course offering a comprehensive overview of the human resource functions. This course covers real-life HR issues and today's most vital and timely topics, including employment law, selecting qualified employees, compensation, orientation and training and the employee performance process. Materials for the course included. Participants can earn up to 1.2 CEUs or up to 12 re-certification hours and a certificate of completion. Register today.


Southeastern in the news

Action News
Recent Southeastern Grad explores drone technology, creates campus video


BR Advocate
Laitram, Southeastern partnership blooms

SLU recognizes 4,042 on 2014 honors list

Southeastern names Ascension students on honors list

Get up close with bugs, more at Insect Day


KSLA-TV (Shreveport)
Southeastern set to be tobacco free by Aug. 1


N.O. Times Picayune
Anti-smoking grants awarded to two Northshore organizations

With Walter Reed not running for sixth term, north shore will elect new DA for first time in 30 years


Southeastern set to be tobacco free August 1


Professional activities
David Armand (English) was recently invited to Southeast Missouri State University to be their visiting Fiction Writer for Fall 2014. It is a three-day appointment during which he will speak to classes and give a public reading. Additionally, Armand was also invited, along with 11 other writers from across the country, to participate in the 26th Annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium at the Mississippi College for Women in Columbus, Miss.
     Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry and Physics) has published a journal article entitled "Palladium-catalyzed ortho-halogenation of diaryl oxime ethers" in Tetrahedron Letters ( The co-authors include Southeastern graduates Bijay Bhattarai (now a second year chemistry graduate student at the University of Michigan), Sarju Adhikari (now a first year chemistry graduate student at Purdue University), and Elizabeth Kimball (now a first year chemistry graduate student at LSU). Additional co-authors include collaborators at the University of Alabama and LSU.


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