Crain honored with Patriot Award

Domiano appointed vice president

LSBDC staff honored with awards

Biology instructor recognized

Students win Emmy Awards

CMS receives sponsorship


Non-Credit Courses

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Professional activities

Southeastern President recognized with Patriot Award
Patriot AwardSoutheastern President John L. Crain has been honored with the Patriot Employer Award from the U.S. Department of Defense in recognition of support provided for military reservists and National Guardsmen.
     Larry L. Jones, retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and vice chairman of the Louisiana Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented the award to Crain, who was nominated by Southeastern English Instructor Alan Marsh.
     Jones said the award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
     "We appreciate this recognition by the Department of Defense," Crain said. "We believe in providing as much support as possible to our students, faculty and staff who may be called to duty in National Guard and Reserve units."
     A member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, Marsh was deployed to Iraq with other public affairs specialists to document the Louisiana Army National Guard's 256th Brigade Combat Team's participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
     "Southeastern made every accommodation possible to enable me to participate in this mission, and I wanted to ensure Dr. Crain and Southeastern were recognized for their support," said Marsh, who was also activated following Hurricane Katrina.
     Southeastern was previously recognized in 2011 by ESGR, an agency within the Department of Defense, with the Seven Seals Award for the institution's support of the National Guard and Reserve. The university has also been named a Military Friendly University for the past three consecutive years by "GI Jobs Magazine."


PATRIOT AWARD PRESENTED – Southeastern President John L. Crain, left, accepts the U.S Department of Defense Patriot Award from Larry L. Jones, vice chairman of the Louisiana Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Crain was nominated for the honor by Southeastern English Instructor Alan Marsh, center.


Domiano appointed vice president for administration and finance at Southeastern
Sam Domiano Jr.Southeastern has named Sam B. Domiano Jr., a staff employee at the university since 1995, as vice president for administration and finance.
     Domiano has been filling the position in an interim capacity since April 2012. His appointment follows a nationwide search and is subject to approval later this month by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, Southeastern's governing body.
     In the position, Domiano serves as the chief financial officer for the university, overseeing budgeting, the controller's office, purchasing and operational entities, including the physical plant, facility planning, safety, human resources and all auxiliary services.
     "We are pleased to appoint Mr. Domiano to this position," said Southeastern President John L. Crain. "His depth of experience in budgeting and finance has proven valuable in recent years as we struggled with reduced resources, and his previous management work in various operational capacities makes him well suited for this position."
     A resident of Hammond, Domiano worked from early 2008 to 2012 as assistant vice president for operations, where he assisted in arrangements for the university's $32 million expansion and renovation of the War Memorial Student Union and negotiated a long-term food service lease agreement.
     Prior to that, he was the university's director of new student enrollment and student aid, in which he developed and implemented a comprehensive student recruitment plan, oversaw the student aid program and helped establish partnerships with area community colleges. During his tenure, average ACT scores rose from 19.6 to 21.1, and the university achieved its largest freshman class in history.
     Among other positions held at Southeastern were assistant director of Auxiliary Services, director of the Office of Career Development Services, director of the War Memorial Student Union and area coordinator in Residential Life.
     Domiano earned his Master of Business Administration degree in 1995 and a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1989, both from Southeastern.


Southeastern LSBDC staff honored with awards
SBDC receives awardsStaff members at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern were recognized for stellar work performance at the state SBDC meeting held in Baton Rouge.
     Center Director Bill Joubert and Senior Business Consultant Wayne Ricks received the Million Dollar Club and Five Million Dollar Club awards respectively based on efforts to help achieve financial backing for multiple clients. Assistant Director/Training Coordinator Sandy Summers was acknowledged for exceptional performance in entrepreneurial training and development.
     Since 1984, the Southeastern LSBDC has provided the tools and resources needed to help businesses grow and compete in an increasingly competitive and challenging economic environment. Since 2003 the center has consulted with nearly 2,400 entrepreneurs, helped secure over $256 million in loans and equity capital, obtained funding for more than 80 percent of its projects, created over 2,000 jobs and provided more than 21,000 hours of training for businesses throughout the North Shore.


LSBDC STAFF HONORED - Staff members at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern were recognized for stellar work performance at the state SBDC meeting held in Baton Rouge. From left are, Senior Business Consultant Wayne Ricks, Assistant Director/Training Coordinator Sandy Summers, and Center Director Bill Joubert.


Biology instructor named to national 'Top 40 under 40' list
Jerrie R. HanibleSoutheastern Biology Instructor Jerrie R. Hanible of Hammond has been named to the inaugural list of "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire," published by the financial aid website NerdScholar.
     The only professor selected from Louisiana, Hanible has taught at Southeastern for 14 years, having earned her bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a master's from Tulane University.
     NerdScholar cites Hanible's ability to distill complex biology concepts into an easily digestible lecture. "She has been able to strike quite a rapport with her students who flock to her. Her enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious," the site states in her profile.
     "Jerrie has that rare teaching ability: able to perform objective self-reflection," said Department of Biological Sciences Department Head Chris Beachy. "She always asks, 'How can I better communicate this complex topic?'  She's smart; students know it. She knows the material; students know it. She cares deeply about how much they learn; students know it. The result is they trust Jerrie, and her level of rapport with students is amazing. She demands much of the students; because they trust her, they work hard to reach her high expectations."
     Her profile can be found on NerdScholar's website at
     The professors included in the list were nominated based on their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, as well as interaction with students and collaboration on research. Nominees were collected through student and faculty recommendations, articles such as the Princeton Review of Best Professors and student review sites such as RateMyProfessors and CourseRank.
     NerdScholar is a financial literacy website designed to assist students in making smart financial decisions as they maneuver the process of choosing a best-fit college and applying for financial aid.


Southeastern Channel students win two Emmy Awards
Student Emmy AwardsTwo student-produced television programs for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational access station, have been recognized with Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Suncoast Region.
     McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival, a documentary by Nick Brilleaux of Hammond and Scott Caro of Mandeville, and "The Riddle," a music video by Nick Authement of Mandeville, both won Emmys in the Photography category.
     McCrea 1971 is a 30-minute documentary about the "Celebration of Life," Louisiana's disastrous attempt at its own Woodstock festival near McCrea, La., during June of 1971. Brilleaux and Caro collaborated in writing, producing, directing, shooting and editing the documentary, which they've also screened at Louisiana film festivals.
     "It's a huge honor to win an Emmy, and to win has been the icing on the cake after months of successful screenings around the state," said Brilleaux.
     "The Emmy name obviously carries immense prestige," Caro said.  "It's an honor that may only come around once in a lifetime. It validates the entire filmmaking process and justifies the work and time we invested in the project."
     Their Emmy-winning cinematography featured interviews with festival participants shot in captivating locations along the Atchafalaya River in the rural crossroads town of McCrea near New Roads in Upper Pointe Coupee Parish.
     The Riddle, a music video produced, directed, shot and edited entirely by Authement, is based on the popular song by original artist Five for Fighting.
     Authement used images focusing on baseball to symbolize the bond between father and son through the generations.
     "The very first few lines of the song, an old man is mentioned with his son and is said to be passing on some piece of wisdom before passing away," Authement said.  "That brought me to the idea of the baseball being used to pass down the meaning of being here, and the bond shared between the passer and the receiver, in this case the father and son."
     The documentary and music video were also awarded honorable mention recognition in other categories. McCrea 1971 won honorable mentions for both Long Form: Non-Fiction and Editing, while The Riddle won an honorable mention for Directing.
     Two other Southeastern Channel student programs won Emmy honorable mentions. Northshore News reporter-anchor Erika Ferrando of Mandeville won in the News Story-Serious News category for her story "Improved Levees." Ferrando was recently named the state's first Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
     Northshore News reporter Kaitlyn Morales of Covington won an honorable mention in Writing for her story, "Causeway Safety."
     The two productions were recognized in the NATAS Suncoast Region comprised of television stations and production entities in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
     NATAS awards after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions. Categories with nominees often have no winner.
     "The Emmy is the highest honor you can receive in television," said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.  "We're ecstatic that Nick Authement, Nick Brilleaux and Scott Caro are joining an elite group with this highest reward for their talent, creativity and hard work."
     The Southeastern Channel has won 11 Emmys with 41 nominations in the past nine years. It has won over 200 national, international and regional awards during that span. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at


SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WIN EMMY AWARDS - Southeastern Channel students were recently honored with prestigious Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Suncoast Region. Pictured, from left, are Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon, Erika Ferrando of Mandeville, Nick Brilleaux of Hammond, Nick Authement of Mandeville, Scott Caro of Mandeville, and Kaitlyn Morales of Covington.


Southeastern Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank Sponsorship
First Guaranty Bank sponsors CMSFirst Guaranty Bank is once again providing support to the Southeastern Community Music School.
     Over the past four years, a great number of music students have benefitted from the bank's sponsorship of the program.
     "Due to the First Guaranty Bank's generosity during the fall 2014 and the spring of 2015 semesters, CMS will be able to provide need-based tuition assistance to students who qualify," said Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva. "Partners like First Guaranty Bank play a crucial role in preserving the quality and tradition of vital community-based programs such as the Community Music School."
     The Community Music School, located on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University and its two satellite locations at the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, offers music instruction on various instruments and voice for children and adults of all ages. The program is set up on a three semester basis with 13-week fall and spring semesters and a seven-week summer semester.
     In addition to private music lessons, the Community Music School offers a number of programs that allow for children and adults in the Northshore and surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Such programs include the Middle School Band Camp, Piano Duet, Guitar and Chamber Music workshops taking place during the month of July, Double Reed Workshop taking place in January, and the Northlake Community Band having sessions year round.
     For more information about the Community Music School program, visit, or call 549-5502.


FIRST GUARANTY BANK LENDS A HAND– Danielle Willie, far right, of First Guaranty Bank Banking Academy, presents Southeastern Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva, center, with a check to support scholarships for potential CMS students. With them is Southeastern President John L. Crain.


Non-credit courses
Zoom Into Careers
June 16 - 19

Southeastern offers a series of exciting career workshops for junior high and high school students. In hands-on courses, participants explore a career and gain knowledge of the competencies required to succeed in their field of interest. These summer workshops will introduce students to career opportunities available in Louisiana and compatible higher education programs within Southeastern's college curriculum. Learn more.


America's Music: A Film History
William B. Robison, June 9 - July 14

This course is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music, made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It uses documentary films and text to engage the public in a study of some of America's most enduring popular music. The series consists of six sessions built around a different genre of American music. Sessions feature either a complete documentary film or excerpts from longer documentaries followed by discussion led by the presenter. Register now.


America's Holidays and History
William B. Robison, June 25 - July 30

At each two-hour session the presenter will offer introductory remarks, but emphasis will be on discussion of what art, film, music, and readings reveal about American holidays, as well as the times when the works were produced. Inexpensive used books can be purchased online. Read more.


You are the Customer Experience
Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed & David Kiviaho, June 17

Participants will learn how to excel in serving and managing customers and how business can enjoy a healthier bottom line through stellar customer management. This course will increase frontline staff members' on the job performance through the exploration of the principles of customer management, as outlined in the business book, Customer Management: The Kiisa Service Cycle. Start now.


Southeastern in the news
Action News
Southeastern President recognized with Patriot Award

SLU biology instructor Jerrie Haanible makes inaugural list '40 under 40 Professors Who Inspire'

Southeastern Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank sponsorship


Associated Press
Domiano named to vice president post at Southeastern

Seminar focuses on business use of Facebook


BR Advocate
Bill to cut state government contracts advances

ABC's Robin Roberts gets honorary doctorate from alma mater SLU

Facebook business seminar set for Thursday

SLU Science on Tap focuses on flowers


Hammond Daily Star

Four area legislators to attend meeting on session


N.O. CityBusiness
Laitram announces workforce development partnership with UNO


N.O. Times Picayune
Bechtel National to hold small business outreach event June 17 at Greater Covington Center

Students from River Parishes earn degrees at Southeastern


Professional activities
Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) led "These are the Times that Try Men's Souls: George Washington's War from Boston to Valley Forge," part two of an independently designed six weeks directed readings and discussion session funded by grants from the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville and "I'll Be Seeing You: America and World War Two," a six-week directed readings and discussion session funded by grants from the State of Louisiana and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) project sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Louisiana Library Association, and Ascension Parish, at the Ascension Parish Public Library's Gonzales Branch.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) and Bijay Shrestha (physics freshman) attended the 3rd Annual LONI HPC Parallel Programming Workshop June 2-4 at LSU. Two physics freshmen, Bijay Shrestha and Eli Allen, also gave a poster presentation titled "Microscopic Structure of Self-Assemblies Composed of VECAR Molecules."
     Dr. Hye-YoungKim (Physics) gave an invited talk at the 3rd LSU-HPC User Symposium held at LSU on June 5, titled "Theoretical and Computational Physics Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institution."


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