Faculty to play benefit concert

New Student Union open house held

Economic impact of playoff games

Chefs Evening 2014 promises food, fun

Campus to be tobacco free by August 1

Dance concert scheduled March 12

Women's History Month begins March 12


Literary festival scheduled March 15

Southeastern to host composer

Right to address Legislature

Guitar Festival begins tonight

Two named to Nursing Hall of Fame

High school seniors offered scholarships


Students win awards at SEJC

Student Exhibition opens March 13

Non-credit courses offered

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Impaired Faculties to give benefit concert for Columbia Theatre, Fanfare
Impaired FacultiesWhat do college professors in the fields of communication, history, health studies, management and physics have in common?
     In the case of an odd-matched group of faculty members at Southeastern it's a love of music, as well as a desire to give back something to the arts.
     The new rock group, calling themselves "Impaired Faculties," consists of Southeastern's Bill Robison, guitarist and vocalist; Joe Burns, guitarist and vocalist; Ralph Wood, drummer; Randy Settoon, bassist and vocalist; and Dan McCarthy, keyboards and vocalist. They will play a concert to benefit Fanfare and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at the downtown Hammond theatre on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
     According to Robison – whose day job consists of serving as head of the Department of History and Political Science -- the group was born of the common desire for the five members to return to playing before live audiences, which they all did with various bands when they were considerably younger.
     Other members' academic credentials include McCarthy as dean of the College of Science and Technology; Settoon as former dean of the College of Business and now professor of management; Burns as a communication professor and founder of the popular KSLU radio show "Rock School;" and Wood, professor of health education and promotion.
     As for the name, Robison says it is, "an exercise in self-deprecating humor." While the band takes the music very seriously, they do not take themselves very seriously at all.
     "The 'faculties' part of the name is pretty obvious," he explained. "Impaired refers to what the budget has done to us in the last six years, which is also the reason why a benefit concert is necessary in the first place. 'Impaired Faculties' might also be a joke about our age, but it is not a reference to substance abuse, unless you count caffeine."
     Robison said he is having the time of his life playing in the most congenial and talented group of which he has ever have been a part.
     "The members' maturity, sobriety, and restrained egos combine with a shared enthusiasm to make every moment a joy," he added.
     In 2013, Robison approached Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood with the idea of a rock concert to benefit the Columbia and Fanfare featuring a band made up of entirely non-music faculty, and Blackwood accepted.
Robinson said they formed a group excluding music faculty for a specific reason.
     "The music faculty are, by definition, capable; thus, any excitement associated with one of their performances is a comfortable, complacent excitement based on the certainty they will be good," Robison explained. "With Impaired Faculties, there is an element of surprise. Will we be good or will the wheels come off onstage? The only way to find out is to come to the show."
     Burns shares Robison's enthusiasm for the group.
     "This is a project I think we're all proud to be part of.  People are going to be impressed when they hear it," he said. "The five of us started doing it just for kicks but it's gelled into something bigger than that. It rocks pretty good. You know what they say – it's only Rock and Roll, but we like it."
     Although the band will play cover songs for the benefit concert, they have written and recorded music and will begin work on original songs later this year to perform and record their own music.
Tickets for the concert are available at the Columbia Theatre box office from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 985-543-4371, or online at
     Tickets are $15 for loge seats, $12 for the orchestra and balcony, and $5 in the orchestra and balcony for students with a university ID.


IMPAIRED FACULTIES – A Southeastern faculty member band, "Impaired Faculties," will play a benefit concert for Fanfare and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond Theatre. Pictured from left are Randy Settoon, Dan McCarthy, Joe Burns, Bill Robison and Ralph Wood.


Student Union opens for community

1)Student Union Open House2)Student Union food at open house


1) Last Thursday,members of the community and Southeastern faculty and staff listened to President John L. Crain as he spoke about the services the new Student Union has to offer.


2) Attendees sample a myriad of foods prepared by Aramark, the university's food service provider.


Economic impact of Southeastern football playoff games estimated at more than $835,000 on Tangipahoa Parish
Playoff football crowdThe two post-season NCAA football playoff games held in Hammond in December 2013 and hosted by the Southland Conference championship team at Southeastern Louisiana University had an estimated total economic impact of more than $835,000 on Tangipahoa Parish, according to a study released Thursday (Feb. 27).
     Conducted by the Southeastern Business Research Center with assistance by the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, results of the study, which looked exclusively at outside spending by visiting teams and fans, were announced at the Hammond Chamber of Commerce's general meeting.
     Participating in a round table discussion on the study were Hammond Chamber Chair Donna Taylor; Stacey Neal, executive director of Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development and president of the Southeastern Alumni Association; Carla Tate, executive director of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster; and Jay Artigues, Southeastern director of athletics.
     "The Lions being in the NCAA playoffs provided an unexpected economic boost to to our local tourist industry at a great time for our local businesses," Tate said.
     After winning the Southland Conference Championship by defeating all seven conference opponents and recording a 10-2 regular season record, the Lions earned a bye in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. They won their first playoff game against Sam Houston State University (SHSU) on Dec. 7, and advanced to the quarter-finals, losing to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Dec. 14. The two games held in Southeastern's Strawberry Stadium, attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 fans each.
     The analysis used the input-output method commonly employed to estimate economic impacts, according to Business Research Center economist Herb Holloway. The method is based on economic linkages between various sectors and industries, which cause every dollar of expenditures to "ripple through" the local economy. This results in every dollar of expenditure being multiplied to various degrees, causing a larger economic effect than the original amount of the expenditure.
     To help ensure accuracy in the study, the Business Research Center estimated only "new" money coming into the parish from visitors – classified as either "day-trippers" or "overnight visitors" – and did not include money spent by local and area residents, assuming that money would be spent locally whether the events occurred or not. Overnight visitors typically tend to spend substantially more money in the local economy than day-trippers. Since no survey of attendees was conducted to collect spending estimates from visitors, data from other college football economic studies were used in making impact calculations.
     Day-trippers, who were assumed to be all ticket purchasers from Mississippi and Louisiana, excluding Tangipahoa Parish, were estimated at 3,122 for both games combined, while overnight visitors (ticket buyers from all states other than LA and MS) were estimated at 1,041 for both games combined. Day trippers were estimated to spend approximately $106 in Tangipahoa Parish, including the price of their ticket, while overnight visitors were estimated to spend $257 locally per game.
     The visiting teams brought an estimated 4,163 fans and 200 athletes and support personnel from outside Tangipahoa Parish. These fans and visiting teams spent an estimated $645,723 within the parish while attending the games, generating approximately 404 hotel room nights for the SHSU game and 175 for the UNH game, according to counts provided by the Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau.
     The estimated spending by all visitors for the Sam Houston game totaled approximately $363,000, with the largest amount – about 45 percent or $163,853 – in the eating and drinking category.
     For the UNH game, the estimated total spending was $282,704. Again, the largest category of spending was eating and drinking at approximately $130,164.
     It is remarkable to see the alumni and community that have become engaged as a result of our winning football team," said Neal of the Alumni Association. "We saw individuals who traveled despite the inclement weather and sat in the stands in the cold, rainy mist to cheer on the Lions. Their love for Southeastern really showed through when you saw them wearing green and gold, not just in the stands, but in the parish schools and in businesses. The success of Southeastern has a domino effect; as Southeastern succeeds so do the surrounding communities."
     "We're fortunate to have a loyal and enthusiastic fan base supporting the Lion football program," Artigues said. "We were privileged to provide the Lion Nation with a historic season and an entertaining playoff run. The Lions don't just belong to Southeastern, but to the whole region, so we're grateful our success on the field was beneficial to the area's economy."


Chefs Evening 2014 promises food, fun and more
First Guranty Bank sponsors Chefs EveningRegional restaurants are lining up for Southeastern's Chefs Evening on March 23 at the newly constructed Student Union Grand Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. Chefs Evening promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages, wine tastings, a silent auction and more for over 600 expected guests.
     This year's event will feature a "Farm to Table" concept that will pair regional farmers with participating restaurants to create a truly local and fresh "taste of the Northshore."
     Additionally, Chefs Evening is offering patron tables to enhance the experience.  These prestigious tables are $1,250 and include: eight tickets to Chefs Evening with a reserved table, eight tickets to the Presidents Toast, valet parking, eight wine glasses, two bottles of wine, personal wait staff and the patron business or name listed in the event program.
     Chefs Evening is the largest fundraiser for the university, and attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of scholarships and academic programming at Southeastern. Hundreds of alumni and friends are expected to take part in this Southern Louisiana dining experience.
     This year's sponsors include LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, First Guaranty Bank, Whitney Bank, Entergy, Holly & Smith Architects, Investar Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
     To order individual tickets, patron tables or for more information, please call 549-3771, email or visit


SUPPORT FOR CHEFS EVENING -- First Guaranty Bank is once again lending a hand to Chefs Evening, Southeastern's largest fundraiser, as a sponsor of this year's event, scheduled for Sunday, March 23. From left are Lynn Horgan, director of individual, corporate and foundation relations, First Guaranty Bank Chief Financial Officer Eric Dosch, and Southeastern Assistant Director of Annual Giving Tasha Cooper.


Southeastern to be tobacco free by August 1
With the deadline for a tobacco free campus looming large, Southeastern is encouraging its employees to quit smoking now. Louisiana House Bill 36 mandates that all Louisiana college campuses be smoke-tobacco free by August 1.
     Southeastern's Employee Wellness Committee will host a meeting every Monday from 12 to 12:45 in the Student Activity Center, room 108, beginning March 17 to encourage and support those employees who wish to stop smoking. Lunch will be served at the first meeting, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to subsequent meetings. Tammy Swindle of the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans will be the guest speaker.
     To reserve a spot for the meeting, call 549-5591.


Southeastern Dance Performance Project to present "We are the Dances" March 12

Noah GuitrozSoutheastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts' new dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present a concert directed by instructor Keith "Skip" Costa on March 12.
     Scheduled for two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., "We are the Dances" will take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall. General admission tickets are $5 and will be available one hour prior to the performance in the D Vickers lobby. For more information, contact Costa at
     "The concert features more than 20 dancers, 10 choreographers, and 13 choreographic works," Costa said. "It will showcase various styles of dance, which weave a range of stories as we collectively dance with our hearts and souls defining 'We are the Dances.'"
     Two of the 13 pieces to be presented during the concert were selected to be performed during the South Regional Conference of the 2014 American College Dance Festival in Little Rock in March. Costa's "There Will Be an Answer," featuring dancers Averi Harris and Crystal Schayot to the music "Let It Be" by Paul McCartney, was the first piece selected. "Mom," choreographed by Schayot and performed by dancers Faith Allen and Schayot to the music "Mama" by Beth Hart (Live at Paradiso version), was selected as the student representative work from Southeastern to be performed.
     In addition to Costa, choreographers for the concert include Allen and Christa Clement of Ponchatoula, Millenique Brown of Belle Chase, Summer Moore of Prairieville, Lindsy Brown and Leah Reeb of Slidell, Schayot of New Orleans, Harris of Slidell, and Hannah Waldron of Mandeville.
     Dancers performing in the concert include Alacia Arthur, Tyron'E Hawkins, and Katelyn Thomas, Baton Rouge; Jaquan Warren, Franklinton; Nadia Turner, Gretna; Joseph Matherne, Luling; Lacey Arthur, Sean Gilvey and Hannah Waldron, Mandeville; and Noah Guitroz (pictured above) and Shayot of New Orleans.
    Christa Clement Additional dancers include Allen, Stephanie Amerson, Joshua Austin and Clement, Ponchatoula; Brown, Harris, Arianna Hodge, Reeb, and Michaela Thanars, Slidell; Jaliyah Holly, St. Rose; and Andre'El Brown, Summit, Miss.


DEVOTION TO A SOLDIER– Christa Clement of Ponchatoula, left, has choreographed a piece titled "Devotion to a Soldier" to be included in the Dance Performance Project's "We are the Dances" on March 12 at Southeastern Louisiana University's Vonnie Borden Theatre. The piece is about the struggle of emotions military couples go through, such as happiness, anger and acceptance. Clement will also perform in additional pieces during the concert.


Southeastern to celebrate Women's History Month

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Southeastern will host Women's History Month during March with a free lecture series.
     "As always, we in the Department of History and Political Science are happy to join with our colleagues in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in sponsoring the 2014 Women's History Month series," said Bill Robison, head of the department. "We have a diverse and interesting list of presentations this year that are offered at a variety of times. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Women's History."
     The schedule for Women's History Month includes:
     March 12, 2 p.m., Sims Library– Sarah Annunziato of the University of Virginia: "Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: Images of Italy in American News Coverage of the Amanda Knox Case." American Amanda Knox was convicted of murder in an Italian court in 2009, found innocent by an appellate court in 2011, then found guilty by Italy's highest court on the basis of a prosecutorial appeal in 2013. Annunziato will discuss stereotypes in American coverage of this story based on her analysis of over 400 news accounts. This is the latest installment in the 2013-14 Erna Delglmayr Lecture Series organized by Francesco Fiumara, associate professor, and sponsored by the Department of Languages and Communication and the Italian Club.
     March 17, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Suzanne Booth-Ledoux: "Having Their Cake and Eating It Too: Women at Home and Work." A member of the psychology faculty at Southeastern, Booth-Ledoux, will discuss work-family conflict, which is described as inter-role conflict between an individual's family and work lives and responsibilities. She will address the issue of how women can manage to have a successful home life while also advancing careers.
     March 20, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre – Caroline Armbruster, graduate student in history at LSU: "The Dowager and the Duchess: Comparing Historical Images of Catherine Parr and Ann Stanhope." Former Southeastern student Armbruster will examine the relationship between Parr and Stanhope. In 1547, the two women, who had been friends, allegedly fought over precedence at the Tudor Court. Essentially a myth, the quarrel created an image of Stanhope as vindictive and prideful, while Parr remains a celebrated and beloved figure. By examining why, Armbruster will raise questions about gender, historical perception, and myth versus reality in history.
     March 25, 11 a.m., Student Union Theatre – Catherine Loomis of UNO: "Queen Elizabeth's Knees: An Open and Shut Case." English Professor Loomis will discuss portraits of the queen in which she is sitting. In these images, the queen adopts what may now be called an unladylike pose, with her knees spread wide. Loomis will ask what these images of the seated Elizabeth reveal about the queen's efforts to keep and use royal power.
     For additional information about Southeastern's Women's History Month, contact Robison at 549-2413 or


Southeastern faculty, staff to participate in Hammond literary festival
Several members of Southeastern's faculty and staff will participate in the city of Hammond's literary event, "A Celebration of the Written Word," which will be held Saturday, March 15, at various downtown locations.
     Presented by the Hammond Regional Arts Center, the conference will feature over 20 local authors who will discuss their genre. The highlight of the event will be an appearance by Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane. Registration is $35 per attendee, which provides access to a day of workshops, panel discussions and masterclasses.
     Among the presenters are:
•    O'Neil de Noux, University Police Department investigator, novelist and short story writer, who will discuss the mystery story and novel, its sub-genres and the way the mystery is presented and written;
•    Southeastern graduate Donna Gay Anderson, former director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare, who will explore her process in writing her first play High and Mighty;
•    Associate Professor of Library Science Dayne Sherman, who writes political columns for several Louisiana newspapers, will discuss writing fiction, creative nonfiction, newspaper columns and conducting interviews;
•    Sociology Instructor Rebecca Hensley, who will share her Internet blogging experiences and how she has drawn nearly 300,000 page views over the  years in more than 200 countries;
•    Emeritus Professor of History Howard Nichols, who will discuss the art of writing history.
     For a complete listing of speakers, times and locations for the event, visit HRAC's website at


Southeastern to host composer Gwyneth Walker
Gwyneth WalkerWidely performed composer Gwyneth Walker of New Canaan, Conn., will be at Southeastern Friday, March 21, to conduct a masterclass and a workshop for the university's composition students and singers.
     A masterclass for solo singers will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and a choral workshop will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m., where the Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will sing selected pieces composed by Walker. Both will be conducted in the Pottle Music Annex Building Choir Room. A question and answer session with composition students and singers will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Pottle Music Annex Recital Hall.
     All events are free of charge and open to the public.
     "It is thrilling to have an internationally known composer visiting us," said Vocal Area Coordinator Alissa Rowe. "Our students will have an opportunity to sing for her and get to work one-on-one with her on their repertoire."
     Walker's compositions include over 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus and solo voice. Her special interest has focused on dramatic works that combine music with readings, acting and movement.
     Walker is a graduate of Brown University and the Hartt School of Music where she earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in music composition. She is a former member of the faculty at the Oberlin College Conservatory.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Employees' rights to address members of the Legislature
The 2014 Legislative Session begins Monday, March 10.
     As with every session, bills have been introduced that may impact state employees. While there are restrictions on some activities, state employees may communicate with their legislators and/or participate in certain activities associated with the passage or defeat of legislation.
     More information is available through the link


Southeastern schedules Annual Guitar Fest

Guitar EnsembleMusic from a variety of cultures and historical eras, as well as music from Louisiana composers, will be the focus of the 15th annual Southeastern Guitar Festival.
     "It is a testament to the university's mission that we have been able to present this festival for 15 consecutive years," said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor and festival coordinator. "The goal is to offer students and the community a venue which showcases the guitar's versatility and scope in our diverse modern music culture."
     Sponsored by the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, the Southeastern Guitar Club, Dr. Ted's Musician's Center of Hammond, and Jody Mayeux's Music Shop of Walker, the festival will launch March 10 with a performance by an acclaimed flamenco ensemble and will run through April 14. All events are free and open to the public.
     On March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium the exciting flamenco nuevo group Ven Pa Ca Flamenco Ensemble returns for its fourth engagement at the festival. The centuries' old quintessential Spanish folk art is married to the modern with a program featuring guitar, cajon (percussion), saxophone, and dance.
     Kerber will present a traditional solo recital featuring Spanish music written specifically for the guitar and its predecessors, the vihuela, and the Baroque guitar on March 17. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., the program will span four centuries of the rich, unique Spanish guitar repertoire, Kerber said.
     The High School Guitar Symposium is slated for March 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in Pottle Recital Hall. Area high school students will be offered instruction in guitar technique, fretboard theory, and the history of the guitar in an informal class setting. Interested students should contact Kerber at or at 549-2886.
     All Styles Night on the Circle is scheduled for April 7. Students and local musicians will perform a diverse program of guitar music under the April stars on the Pottle Performance Circle at 7:30 p.m. Kerber said the eclectic program will feature solos and groups performing jazz, classical, folk, bluegrass, and original music on classical, folk and electric guitars. Included will be banjos, singers, and other instrumentalists as well. In the case of inclement weather, the program will move to the Pottle Recital Hall.
     The festival will close on April 14 with the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble. Featuring music from Baroque to Contemporary for guitar and violin, two, three, four and 10 guitars, the concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     The program will feature music by Vivaldi, Granados, Malats, and Turina, including arrangements by Southeastern students, Kerber said. Guest artist Constanta Lungu, violinist, and guitarist Hristo Balev will be featured.
For further information contact Kerber at 549-2886, or


GUITAR ENSEMBLE - Southeastern hosts the 15th annual Guitar Festival with programs scheduled in March and April. The Southeastern Guitar Ensemble will close out the festival on April 14 featuring music from Baroque to Contemporary. All events are free and open to the public.


Two at Southeastern are named to Nursing Hall of Fame
Two nurses associated with the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences were named (Feb. 22) to the Louisiana Nurses Foundation Hall of Fame.
     Current dean of the college Ann Carruth of Hammond and retired nursing professor Cynthia Prestholdt of Baton Rouge were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 13th annual gala of the foundation and the Louisiana Nurses Association in Baton Rouge.   They join two retired faculty members named to the Hall of Fame: former Dean Donnie Booth and Interim Dean Barbara Moffett.
     After serving more than a year as Southeastern's interim dean, Carruth was named dean of the college two years ago. A professor of nursing, she is a member of the Board of Commissioners for North Oaks Medical Center, which nominated her for the recognition. Prestholdt, who served as interim department head of Southeastern's Baton Rouge Center and coordinator of the Graduate Nursing Program, retired from Southeastern in 2006, but continues to serve the nursing profession as a research consultant and mentor to nursing staff on clinical nursing research projects.
     Carruth earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southeastern, a master's degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the doctor of nursing science degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being selected a "Top Nurse" in 2011 by the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association. In 2003, she was the recipient of Southeastern's President's Award for Excellence in Research and a Nightingale Award as the Outstanding Nurse Researcher by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
     Much of Carruth's research work has focused on the safety and health of farm families and agricultural workers. She has also written for several professional journals on topics such as ethics, law, disciplinary actions and productivity in the practice of nursing.
     She serves as a volunteer with several civic and community organizations, including as a member of the board of the Northshore Healthcare Alliance. She has also served on the board of the American Heart Association of Tangipahoa Parish, chapter secretary for Phi Kappa Phi and several nursing associations.
     Prestholdt graduated with her undergraduate nursing degree and master of public health nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. She received her doctorate from LSU in the area of vocational education with a focus on adult education and in psychology and adult development and aging.
     Prestholdt has served over the years as a volunteer with community and professional groups. She has volunteered to perform vision and hearing screenings in school health centers. Following Hurricane Katrina, she worked nights at the Katrina Special Needs Center at the LSU Fieldhouse. She has served on the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program and as a board member of the HIV/AIDS Alliance in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State Nurses Association. A member of the League of Women Voters, she helped conduct the initial study that led to the establishment of East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services.
     Among her honors, Prestholdt has been recognized as one of the 100 Distinguished Alumnae of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Volunteer of the Year two times by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association's Helen Johnson Cremeens Excellence in Teaching Award and as one of 25 nurses recognized by the association for outstanding professional achievement in nursing.


Southeastern scholarships offered to high school seniors
Scholar from Livingston ParishMore than 220 area high school seniors and their guests attended two Southeastern's Scholars Showcase events last week (Feb. 26 and 28), where students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.
     In all, more than 720 Louisiana students with ACT scores ranging from 23 to 34 were offered guaranteed scholarships. The scholarships are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.
     Those students who are residents of Louisiana also qualify for the state's TOPS awards, which further increases their financial support to attend the university.
     At the two events, held in the university's new Student Union, the high school students and parents toured Southeastern's housing facilities and visited with faculty representing the university's colleges and academic offerings.
     The guests also heard from young alumni of the university who told of their experiences at Southeastern and encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.


SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARS SHOWCASE - Sang Lee, right, professor in the Southeastern Department of Management and Business Administration, talks with Tra Pinion of Denham Springs and Pinion's mother Brittany Parlor about degree programs in the College of Business. Pinion was attending the university's annual Scholars Showcase, where hundreds of high school seniors were awarded scholarships to Southeastern for the upcoming fall semester.


Southeastern students post successes at journalism conference
Recognition of the Best College TV Station, Best College Radio Station and other top awards went to Southeastern students in broadcast and print journalism at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) held at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Feb. 20-22.
     Southeastern students also claimed awards in the overall onsite competition at the annual college journalism conference that hosts 35 universities at a different location in the South each year.
     "The Southeast Journalism Conference offers our students the opportunity to challenge their skills against their peers from other universities. They also participate in workshops and discussions with professionals who enlighten them on current trends and expectations in the field of journalism," said Southeastern Communication Associate Professor Amber Narro.
"Southeastern consistently does well at this conference," she added. "We won last year and followed that up with a tie for second place this year in the onsite competition. Faculty nominate those who compete. These are our best and brightest, and they really have earned the respect they receive at SEJC."
     The Southeastern Channel, the university's educational television station, claimed the Best College TV Station in the South award for the fourth time in six years and first place in the Best College Video News Program category for its program "Northshore News." This is the third year in a row they have won the award for Best College Video News Program.
     "It's a tremendous honor for the Southeastern Channel and our television students to once again be recognized as the very best in the entire South," said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager. "This shows that our television program has maintained an elite status throughout the region and country, and our talented students have worked very hard to maintain that high standard of excellence."
     KSLU-90.9FM, the university's public radio station, was awarded first place for the Best College Radio Station in the South.
     "I'm thrilled and honored that the SEJC named KSLU the Best College Radio Station of the year. This award speaks to the dedication and passion that our students have for creating great radio," said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney. "Each day they take what they learn in the classroom, incorporate skills they develop at KSLU and put it all together on the air. You can tell they love what they do and their enthusiasm is infectious."
     Top student award winners from Southeastern in Best of the South competition included:
      Matthew Doyle of Mandeville, first place in Best Radio Hard News Reporter;
      Valerie Ponseti of Hammond, first place, Best Television Journalist;
      Erika Ferrando of Mandeville , second place, Best Television Hard News Reporter;
      Catherine Monica of LaPlace, second place, Best Journalism Research Paper;
      Christopher Martin of Albany, sixth place, Best News Page Layout Designer and eighth place, Best Press Photographer.
     The onsite competition involved individuals or teams working in 11 different categories within specified time limits to produce a specific product. Southeastern students won or placed in three of the 11 categories to finish in a tie for second place for best overall college journalism.
     Onsite Competition winners included:
      Sara Patrick of Houma, first place, Entertainment Writing;
      Santiago Rodriquez of Hammond, second place, Radio News Reporting;
      Martin, second place, Sports Photography.
     The SEJC is made up of universities, including the largest ones, in the eight-state southeast U.S. region, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. This year there were 440 entries from 35 different universities.


Southeastern Art Gallery to host student exhibition

Students in Southeastern's Visual Art + Design program will be exhibiting their works over several weeks at the annual Student Fine Art Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Strawberry Stadium.
     The opening ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held March 13 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 10.
     Representatives from The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, or NASAD, will be in attendance to evaluate the work and the gallery itself for the program's accreditation.
     Hosting over 500 pieces, the exhibition will display work of all class levels from the past several semesters. Dale Newkirk, director of the Contemporary Art Center, said the artwork will be hung salon style, floor-to-ceiling, similar to that of old European galleries.
     The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The gallery is closed on Fridays.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.


Non-credit courses

Next Step for Your Career
Craig Bialy, March 19 - April 2

This is a course on how to reinvent or upgrade yourself in a tight job market. Review personal branding, explore new options, take the next step and begin the next chapter of your life. This class will include discussions on career planning, LinkedIn, other social media, and how to network appropriately. Interactive activities will be interspersed with lecture and online resources. Register now.


Do-It-Yourself Desktop Publishing
Julie Nunenmacher, March 20 - April 3

Do you or your business need to save money on designing and printing expensive invitations or promotional material? What if you just run out of time to have them designed and printed? You have the ability to design, print, and publicize your business or special event without having to leave your home or office, and best of all, without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Read more.


Introduction to Screenwriting
James Winter, March 19 - April 16

This course provides an introductory knowledge base for those interested in pursuing screenwriting. Students will learn professional formatting and techniques, as well as how and where to submit their written screenplays for professional production. Sign up today.


Henry VIII & His Six Wives
William Robison, March 19 - April 30

This course will broaden and deepen your knowledge about Henry VIII and his six wives, early Tudor England, and the English Reformation in this six-week reading and discussion program. The class will meet two hours each week to discuss readings from Antonia Frase's 'The Wives of Henry VIII,' excerpts from films and television programs about the Tudor dynasty, and examples of period art (especially portraits) and music. Participants may take the class for personal enrichment or for career enrichment with CEU's.  Register now.


Digital Photography - Beginner
Chuck Billiot, March 19 – 26

This class will cover the basics of digital photography. Camera and technical skills will be covered. Start now.


Southeastern in the News

Action News
Chefs Evening 2014 promises food, fun and more


Southeastern to showcase new Student Union


Southeastern's football economic impact estimated at $1 million


Southeastern scholarships offered to high school seniors


Impaired Faculties to give benefit concert for Columbia Theatre, Fanfare


Southeastern to celebrate Women's History Month


Connect to Success program prepares NTCC students for university admission


Associated Press
Southeastern expands occupational safety program


BR Advocate
World of Chemistry - Middle schoolers get preview


SLU football success creates economic boost for Tangipahoa Parish


Students enjoy union addition

SLU faculty members take the stage as Impaired Faculties


College Planning & Management magazine
Green to Gold: Sustainability Center reaching maturity at Southeastern Louisiana University


Iberville Post South
Southeastern releases honors list


WVLA-TV (Baton Rouge)
Southeastern's successful football season benefits local economy


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men's basketball team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, while the baseball, softball and tennis teams host Southland Conference contests during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion basketball team (12-17) will open the tournament on Wednesday, facing Nicholls State at 5 p.m. at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Northwestern State awaits Wednesday's winner for a 5 p.m. quarterfinal contest on Thursday. Should the Lions get past the Demons, they would face top-seeded Stephen F. Austin in the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m. Saturday's championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
     The Southeastern baseball team (9-5) has five home games scheduled for this week. On Tuesday, Ole Miss comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. game, and the Rebels will stick around for a 4 p.m. matinee on Wednesday. The Lions open Southland play starting Friday, opening a three-game series with Lamar at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The softball team (4-7, 1-2 Southland) has four home games of its own this week, starting with a 6 p.m. contest versus Southern on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Lady Lions open up its Southland Conference home schedule with a 3 p.m. doubleheader versus Sam Houston State at North Oak Park. The series concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     The tennis team (6-1, 2-0 Southland) opens up its home schedule with three league matches this week. On Thursday, Abilene Christian makes its first visit to Hammond for a 1 p.m. match. Central Arkansas (Saturday) and Oral Roberts (Sunday) will be at the Southeastern Tennis Complex over the weekend with first serve for both matches set for 11 a.m.
     The golf team will be back in action for its third tournament of the spring. The Lions head to Lafayette on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Louisiana Classics.
     The men's and women's track and field teams will continue their outdoor seasons this week. The Lions and Lady Lions visit Lake Charles on Saturday to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Relays.
     All of this week's basketball games and Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Should the men's basketball team still be alive in the tournament on Friday, Friday's baseball game will be preempted.
     For the tournament, Wednesday and Thursday's games will be streamed live by the Southland Digital Network. Friday's semifinal round will air on ESPN3 with Saturday's championship game broadcast on ESPN2. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of all of this week's baseball and softball action at
     Tuesday (baseball), Wednesday (baseball and softball) and Sunday (baseball and softball) are Cane's Challenge Days at North Oak Park and Alumni Field. If the softball team scores three runs or more or the baseball team scores five runs or more on a Cane's Challenge Day, fans can take their ticket or student coupon to Hammond area Cane's to receive a free combo with the purchase of a combo.


Monday, March 11
Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day


Tuesday, March 12
Baseball, vs. Ole Miss, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Cane's Challenge
Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day


Wednesday, March 13
Men's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State (SLC Tournament), Katy, Texas, 5 p.m. (KSLU) (SLCDN)
Baseball, vs. Ole Miss, Alumni Field, 4 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Cane's Challenge
Softball, vs. Southern, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Cane's Challenge


Thursday, March 14
Men's Basketball, vs. Northwestern State (SLC Tournament), Katy, Texas, 5 p.m. (KSLU) (SLCDN)
Women's Tennis, vs. Abilene Christian, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*


Friday, March 15
Men's Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin (SLC Tournament), Katy, Texas, 5 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN3)
Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*#


Saturday, March 16
Men's Basketball, SLC Tournament Finals, Katy, Texas, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2) (KSLU)
Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Tennis, vs. Central Arkansas, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at McNeese Cowboy Relays, Lake Charles, All Day


Sunday, March 17
Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
     -Cane's Challenge
Women's Tennis, vs. Oral Roberts, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
# - Game will not air on KSLU if men's basketball still alive in Southland Tournament 


Professional activities
Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching Learning) presented "Bridging Home and School Environments: Working with Parents to Help Young Children Achieve Common Core Standards" at the Louisiana Family and Consumer Sciences Conference held at Louisiana Tech University on February 21.
     Dr. William F. Font (Department of Biological Sciences) has published a paper titled "Alloglossidium floridense n. sp. from a spring run in north central Florida" in the current issue of the Journal of Parasitology. The paper was coauthored with colleagues from Texas A&M and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory based upon research supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) gave a presentation at the SCALA (Scientific Computing Around Louisiana) workshop held at LSU Feb. 21-22, titled "Undergraduate Research in Computational and Theoretical Physics at Southeastern."
     Dr. Rhett Allian (Chemistry and Physics) was an invited seminar speaker at University of Massachusetts Lowell on Feb. 26.  The title of his talk was "Internet Inspired Physics Models."
     Several accounting faculty members from the Department of Accounting and Finance presented papers at the annual conference of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences held February 20-23 in Las Vegas. Dr. Harold E. Davis presented a paper co-authored with Kris Jones titled "An Evaluation of Withdrawals in Progression and Retention Policies;" Dr. Joseph Morris presented a paper titled "The Economic Consequences of the Proposed Lease Accounting Rules: Reaction from Stakeholders;" Dr. Pierre Titard presented a paper co-authored with James DeFranceschi titled "Does the Timing of Computerized On-Line Homework Deadlines Affect Exam Scores?"; and Dr. Rick Simpson presented a paper titled "Reasonable Compensation for an S Corporation's Shareholder-Employee: Eighth Circuit Court Upholds Watson Decision."

     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) presented "Engaging Nurses in a New Pedagogy: Evaluation of a 3D Multiuser Virtual Environment (MUVE) Technology to Enhance Culturally Competent Care During Disasters" at the 2014 National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist (NACNS), in Orlando. Nurses and students who participated in this study reported a benefit in using a MUVE as a venue, and when asked to compare to traditional class-type venues, nurses reported similar gains in knowledge and skill acquisition and their ability to engage in critical thinking discussions using a MUVE versus traditional venues. This study will be published in the Journal for Advanced Practice Nursing.


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