Retiree reception held

Gibbs appointed to LPN board

SLU ranked for financial aid

First Technology Career Fair held

Astralis Duo to perform April 1

Names sought for Golden Silence

Bill Evans Fest scheduled

Marketing breakfast set

Library seeks books for sale

Delts host blood drive

String quartet featured

Doubt: A Parable opens April 8

Wind Symphony concert set

Non-Credit programs offered

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Retirees honored at reception

Retiree reception

RETIREES RECOGNIZED – President John L. Crain recognized 45 employees upon their retirement from the university on Tuesday, March 25. In total, the employees represented 943 years of service to Southeastern, with nine having served 35 or more years and 15 serving 20 or more years. Attending the ceremony were, front row, from left:  Roxie Jones and Vivian Addison, Financial Aid; Joy Peterman, Fine and Performing Arts; Betty Smith, Physical Plant; Sandra McKay, Marketing and Supply Chain Management; Joyce Maynor, Nursing; Elisabetta LeJeune, English; Donald Bell, Physical Plant; Elizabeth Foster, Controller's Office; and Jacqueline Didier, Health and Human Resources; second row, from left: Gloria Pitts, Physical Plant; Jodie Green, Chemistry and Physics; Tecla Schillage, Athletics; Cheryl  McCrory, Sponsored Research and Programs; Susan Guidroz, Mathematics;  Beatrice Baldwin, Educational Leadership and Technology; Linda Synovitz, Kinesiology and Health Studies; Paul Crawford, English; Anne Wilbourne, English; Ralph Schnellenberger, Client Services; Charles Brumfield, Physical Plant; Edward Gautier, Purchasing; and Dr. Crain. 


Southeastern nursing instructor named to LPN Board
Barbara GibbsSoutheastern Nursing Instructor Barbara Gibbs has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners.
     The appointment is for six years. The board reviews complaints regarding licensed practical nurses and decides on disciplinary actions that can range from suspensions, license revocations or other recommendations.
     A former instructor in practical nursing for three tears with Northshore Technical Community College, Gibbs joined the Southeastern faculty in January last year. She has served as a staff nurse at North Oaks Medical Center and as the nurse educator at Lallie Kemp Hospital in Independence.
     Gibbs holds both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing from Southeastern. She is a resident of Hammond.


Southeastern ranked among best colleges for financial aid
Southeastern has been ranked among the top 50 colleges in the country for the financial aid packages it offers to its students.
     The web site ranked the university 45th for its institutional scholarships that cover tuition and housing assistance for incoming freshmen based on their qualifications. The amount of a student's award varies according to the applicant's high school GPA and ACT scores.
     "The costs associated with higher education have certainly risen, especially over the last several years," said Enrollment Services Director Lori Fairburn. "We recognize that fact and are working in every way to help reduce the financial burden students are facing."
     She said most of these students also qualify for the state-sponsored TOPS scholarship program, which provides cash awards to be applied to tuition costs.
     Fairburn said that in addition to scholarships awarded to incoming freshman, Southeastern also awards scholarships to students transferring from other institutions if they meet certain criteria. The Sen. Ben Nevers Transfer Scholarship was established several years ago to assist those students transferring from community colleges or other institutions.
     Other scholarships and financial aid assistance are available to students through the university's work-study program.  Departmental scholarships are available to students according to their academic discipline and completer scholarships are available to students within one year of graduation. states that rankings are developed through the use of student and faculty surveys, independent research, other ranking systems and input from credible and authoritative sources, such as the U.S. Department of Education.
     The full report with a complete list of rankings is available online at


Southeastern hosts first Technology Career Fair

Tech Connect 2014Southeastern hosted its first-ever career fair for technology on Wednesday (March 26), attracting more than 20 area employers looking to fill numerous positions in high-demand tech fields.
     A collaborative effort between the Office of Career Services and the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, "Tech-Connect 2014" was an opportunity specifically for the university's computer science, engineering and industrial technology, and occupational, safety, health and environment (OSHE) majors to learn about job availability in their fields of study.
     "We held this special career fair because of the very high demand for these graduates in this region," said Computer Science and Industrial Technology Department Head Sebastian van Deldan. "It made sense to offer this new technology-specific recruiting event in order to provide employers interested in recruiting with an opportunity to do so face-to-face in a career fair setting."
     And Tiffany Cressionnie, licensing and compliance manager for Smitty's Supply, Inc., could not have been more pleased with the opportunity.
     "The Southeastern students that come to us are very qualified, prepared and ready for the workforce. They have had a lot of exposure and experience while in school," she said. "We work closely with the instructors and professors at Southeastern to provide tours of our facility to the students to show them what actually happens day in and day out in our facility – what a real job in their field is like."
     According to Director of Career Services Kenneth Ridgedell, Tech-Connect offered two main components for employers deciding to participate – a mini career fair from 9 a.m. to noon and optional, same-day on-campus interviews for employers. The fair had approximately 250 students who participated, with at least 30 students being interviewed in the afternoon by potential employers.
     "In addition to the regular Southeastern Career Fair held each September, this one allows tech companies an opportunity to interact with our students every six months," he said. "Moving forward, our plan is to continue to offer the annual, university-wide career fair in the fall and this technology-specific career day in the spring."
     Southeastern student Joseph Naquin was happy to take advantage of Tech Connect.
     "Since I'm a senior, I came to see what jobs are available in my field," said Naquin, a computer science major from Mandeville. "Currently, Blue Cross has 15 jobs available. I would not have known that if it had not been for the fair today."
     For more information about Tech Connect or Career Fair, contact Ridgedell at 549-2121, or


CONNECTING WITH TECHNOLOGY – Joseph Naquin, left, and John Song, both computer science majors from Mandeville, speak with Adriane Allen of Blue Cross Blue Shield about job opportunities with the company. Blue Cross was one of more than 20 area companies that  participated in the first annual Tech Connect Career Day held at Southeastern on March 26.


Astralis Duo guest artist recital scheduled
On Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m., the Astralis Duo, comprised of soprano Stephanie Aston and pianist Katalin Lukács, will present an evening of haunting and beautiful 20th and 21st century voice and piano music accompanied by live video projection by video artist Peter Leonard.
     The program will include Olivier Messiaen's "Poèmes pour Mi," along with three compositions by young American composers including: Nicholas Deyoe's "5 McCallum Songs," Kari Besharse's (Southeastern faculty member) "Four Songs," and a new work by Rick Snow (faculty at Tulane) commissioned by the duo for their Louisiana tour.
     For more information please visit the duo's website:


Names sought for Southeastern's April 3 Golden Silence Memorial
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host its annual Golden Silence, a ceremony that honors deceased Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and staff or their family members, on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Park.
     "We encourage the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern family, such as students, faculty and staff or graduates, has passed away during the past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence," said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     Pittman added that the association has also initiated its Eternal Chapter, which memorializes all deceased alumni on an ongoing basis. The web site can be accessed at
     To include a name in the Golden Silence program or for information on the Eternal Chapter, contact the Alumni Association by March 31, at 549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or The event is free and open to the public.


Southeastern presents 13th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival
Marcus PrintupSoutheastern will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with its annual festival in his honor this month.
     The 13th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate, considered the most influential jazz pianist of his generation.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year's festival is expanded to include a high school jazz band festival and a performance by Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra trumpeter Marcus Printup.
     Printup was discovered by Marcus Roberts at the University of North Florida in 1991. Printup started on trumpet in the fifth grade, played funk as a teenager, and in college was part of a 10-piece band called Soul Reason for the Blues. Since that time, he has toured and recorded with Roberts, played with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, recorded with Carl Allen, performed with Betty Carter, and cut a number of albums as a leader for Blue Note.
     This year's festival will include:
        The Southeastern Alumni Band will perform Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Admission is free.
        Adjudication of high school bands begins Friday, April 4, from 2 – 4 p.m. Also on Friday, the Southeastern Jazz Combos and Marcus Printup Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
        Adjudication of high school bands continues on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the awards ceremony scheduled at 1:45 p.m. At 2 p.m., the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert in Pottle Auditorium with Printup as special quest.
     For more information, email Southeastern Director of Bands Paul Frechou at


Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management to host first marketing breakfast
Daniel MonistereSoutheastern's Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and the Southeastern Marketing Association will host their first ever Marketing Breakfast on Monday, April 7.
     Scheduled for 7:30 a.m. in Southeastern's Twelve Oaks, the breakfast will feature Senior Vice President of Nielsen Media Research Daniel Monistere as guest speaker.
     Monistere, a two-time Southeastern alumnus, will present "From the Internet to Social Media: Local Implications of Global Technology and Trends."
     After earning his bachelor's in Marketing in 1987 and MBA in 1988, both from Southeastern, Monistere started his career in 1988 as research manager for VNU's Birch/Scarborough Research. He now has over 25 years of marketing experience, including serving as product manager for International Demographics and vice-president of research and methodology for ADcom Cable Ratings.
     Since joining Nielsen in 2001 as vice president of quality, Monistere has held positions of increasing responsibility. Past positions include senior vice president, product leader for television audience measurement and senior vice president, product leader for enabling technologies.
     Monistere served on the Board of Advisors for Southeastern's College of Business from 2002 to 2009 and was the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the College of Business. From 2007 to 2011 he served as a mentor with the University of South Florida's mentoring program and participated on USF's Board of Advisors.
     Tickets for the breakfast are $9 in advance for non-students and $6 in advance for students. Tickets at the door will be $10 for everyone.
     Those interested in attending should preregister/prepay by calling the Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department at 549-2277. Registration is also available on line at
     For more information on the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2277.


Books Needed for National Library Week book sale
Sims Memorial Library is asking for donations of popular reading material, non-fiction books, and recent textbooks for the Library's annual book sale, to be held April 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
     In addition to books, the Library will also accept DVDs and CDs.  Please do not bring magazines or journals, or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise unsalable.
     Donations may be delivered to the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of the Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through April 14.
     For more information, contact Paul Kelsey at 549-3954, or via email at


Delta Tau Delta hosts blood drive
Delta Tau Delta holds blood driveSoutheastern nursing sophomore Channing Maumus of New Orleans bravely gives blood for the first time at a replacement drive held on campus Monday (March 24) and sponsored by the fraternity Delta Tau Delta. Assisting is technician Jamie McClay with the Blood Center.
     The drive was held on behalf of two-year-old Emma Romsky of Jefferson, who is awaiting a stem cell transplant for treatment of a cancerous tumor of her muscles. The fraternity helped collect 54 blood donations, going over its goal of 50.


Student String Quartet featured in New Orleans performances
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts presented two free concerts in the New Orleans area this month.
     The first concert, held on March 26, was part of the Music at Midday Series at Newcomb College and featured the Southeastern Student String Quartet, graduate student clarinetist Aaron Turnipseed, and Associate Professor of Piano Henry Jones. Southeastern string students featured in the concert are Constanta Lungu, violin; Sinae Baek, violin; Sungkyung Woo, violin; Yuliya Vlasova, viola; and Eunsil Cho, cello. The concert was performed in the Dixon Hall Music Building.
     The program included "String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110" by Dmitri Shostakovich and "Suite from 'L'Histoire du Soldat' for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano" Igor Stravinsky.
     The concert was repeated on March 30 as part of the Trinity Artist Series at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Southeastern Theatre to present "Doubt: A Parable"
Doubt: A ParableSoutheastern's theatre program will present the award-winning play "Doubt: A Parable" April 8 – 11.
     The performance will take place at Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with ID.
     Written by John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt" debuted off-Broadway in 2004 before transferring to Broadway the next year and closing in 2006 after 525 performances and 25 previews.
     Southeastern Instructor of Acting and Directing Chad Winters, who directs the play, said "Doubt" follows the story of Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a strict, conservative nun at a fictional Catholic church and school in the Bronx. After hearing a rumor from a fellow nun about possible sexual misconduct by the parish pastor, Father Brendan Flynn, she initiates her own investigation into the matter.
     "Doubt" won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play. It was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn.
     The production stars Dani deMontluzin of New Orleans as Sister Aloysius, Matthew Carona of Independence as Father Flynn, Felicity Prosperie of Houma as Sister James, and Kayla Turner of Hammond as Mrs. Muller.
     For more information, contact Southeastern Theatre at 549-2115.


SOUTHEASTERN PRESENTS 'DOUBT' – Dani deMontluzin of New Orleans, left, playing the role of Sister Aloysius, talks with Kayla Turner of Hammond in a rehearsal for the play "Doubt" to be presented by Southeastern Louisiana University's theatre program April 8-11.


Acclaimed music composer to serve as artist-in-residence, perform with Wind Symphony in concert 'Give Us This Day'
David MaslankaSoutheastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host acclaimed music composer David Maslanka as artist in-residence April 8-10.
     During his three-day visit, Maslanka, a composer of more than 40 works for wind ensembles and bands, will lecture to several music classes, conduct masterclasses in percussion and saxophone, and meet with students.
     Maslanka's visit will include his supervision of a concert titled "Give Us This Day" by the university's Wind Symphony and the St. Amant High School Band to be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. The performance is free and open to the public.
     "We are extremely pleased to host world-renowned composer David Maslanka for this residency," said Director of Bands and Wind Symphony Conductor Glen J. Hemberger. "His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in many places throughout the world. Both our faculty and our students should benefit from meeting and learning from this master composer."
     Originally from New Bedford, Mass., Maslanka began his musical training on the clarinet. He attended Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and earned his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University. He has served on the faculties of State University of New York-Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. Since 1990 he has been an independent composer and currently resides in Missoula, Mont.
     The concert program Thursday includes Johann Sebastian Bach's "Little Fugue in G Minor," Charles Ives' "Country Band March," Maslanka's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone – Movement I; Song: Fire in the Earth" featuring Southeastern senior Jonathan Lyons, and Maslanka's "Symphony No. 4." The concert will conclude with Maslanka's "Give Us This Day."
Maslanka is widely known for his "Symphony No. 4," which has become a major composition in the wind band repertoire, Hemberger explained.
     "The symphony was written for only the most advanced music ensembles to perform, as evidenced by its demanding technique, style, range and duration," he added. "It has been viewed by many as one of the hardest pieces penned for band and necessitates the highest level of musicianship."
     "Give Us This Day," he said, premiered in 2006 and has literally taken off in popularity. While the title is based upon the Lord's Prayer, Maslanka's inspiration for the music comes from a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, whose premise is that the earth's future lies in individuals becoming deeply mindful of themselves.
     "Give Us This Day" will be performed with the St. Amant High School Band.
     "For many years, the St. Amant Band has been considered at the top of the list of high school band programs in Louisiana," Hemberger said. "They regularly achieve regional and national recognition for high standards of musical expectations and accomplishment. Southeastern has a number of St. Amant graduates in our band program, and we benefit from the outstanding musical training these young musicians receive there."


Non-Credit programs offered

Intrigue of the Internet
Julie Nunenmacher, May 21 - June 4

This course gives an introduction to how the Internet works and all the education and entertainment it can provide. Learn about some of the most common websites for news, shopping, and research, as well as guidelines for protecting financial information and your family from inappropriate websites. Learn more.


Intro to computers
Julie Nunenmacher, April 30 - May 7

Participating in this course will help students understand the uses of computers from the mundane to the amazing. Participants will learn the major parts of the computer and  have an opportunity to become familiar with using the computer at their own pace in a low-pressure environment. Read more.


ACT Test Prep
Dates Vary Depending 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 can use the information provided during class time as part of their overall test preparation strategy. Don't miss out.


Creating your Social Media Marketing Plan
Joan Gunter , May 9 - 23

When people think of social media, they often jump right into thinking about the tools, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. To be truly effective and efficient with your resources, you need a plan to guide you through making the best decisions for you and your organization. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• determine their target audience and goals for their social media strategy;
• understand the importance of listening to online conversations;
• know the different social media tools available to them.
And more.


You are the Customer Experience
Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed & David Kiviaho, April 29

This course will improve the frontline staff members on job performance through the exploration of the nine principles of customer management, as outlined in the business book, Customer Management: The Kiisa Service Cycle. Start now.


How Money Works
Liz Reno and Shannon Bernard, April 7

Are you an educator or future educator ready to take control of your financial success? Financial success on a teacher salary can happen if you take charge. This course will introduce students to major concepts necessary to make informed decisions regarding finances. There are no technology requirements or prerequisites for this class, and no charge to attend. Start now.


Jason DeGraw
Level Two - April 29 - June 10
Level Three - June 14

Employees and business owners currently using QuickBooks for financial accounting who want to increase their knowledge or advance their career through certification would benefit from Level Two. Level Three is for experienced QuickBooks users interested in obtaining an Industry-Based Certification for Intuit QuickBooks Certified User. Learn more.


Zoom registration is now open
For rising 7th - 12th graders, Zoom summer program registration is open now. Register before May 8 for the early bird price.
Courses include Emergency Response, Animation, Creative Writing, Industrial & Engineering Technology, Photography, Criminal Justice, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Web Design, Television, Movie Making, Radio, and Theatre. Register now.


Southeastern in the news
Action News
Hammond, Ponchy natives appointed officers of North Oaks Board of Commissioners

Southeastern ranks "Top 50" of best colleges offering financial aid to students

Southeastern's Barbara Gibbs named to LPN board


Associated Press
Southeastern honors pianist Evans at jazz fest in April

Southeastern offers business incentives seminar


BR Advocate
SLU adds three minors to degree program

SLU computer science students win top awards

SLU students win singing awards

Dancers sought for SLU performance

SLU student registration period ends Friday

'Hot Zone' bioterrorism expert to speak at Southeastern


NO Times Picayune

SLU to offer seminar on business incentives

Golden Silence will memorialize deceased SLU alumni 


Technology News/
Southeastern hosts first technology career fair


Southeastern ranks among top colleges for financial aid


Southeastern students head to marsh to help stop salt water erosion


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball, softball and tennis teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (16-11, 5-4 Southland) has a busy week ahead, starting with a 6 p.m. home contest versus South Alabama on Tuesday. Alcorn State comes to town on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest. Southeastern returns to Southland play over the weekend, heading to Conway, Ark. for a three-game series that opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. The series continues with a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     The softball team (9-15, 3-9 Southland) also has a full schedule this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions host Jackson State at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. Southeastern then heads to Alcorn State for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday in Lorman, Miss. The Lady Lions will then welcome new league member Incarnate Word for a three-game series. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday and concludes with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     The Lion tennis team (11-3, 5-2 Southland) will hit the road for a pair of Southland Conference matches. Southeastern heads to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday and Northwestern State on Sunday. First serve for both matches is at 12 p.m.
After strong performances at the Texas Relays and the Tulane Team Challenge, the Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will be in Nacogdoches, Texas on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Skecher's Carl Knight Invitational, hosted by SFA.
     All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Tuesday's baseball and softball games, Wednesday's baseball game and the Incarnate Word softball series.


Tuesday, April 1
Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Jackson State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)


Wednesday, April 2
Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, at Alcorn State (DH), Lorman, Miss., 1 p.m.


Friday, April 4
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Incarnate Word, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Skecher's Carl Knight Invitational, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day


Saturday, April 5
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 4 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Incarnate Word (DH), North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Tennis, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Skecher's Carl Knight Invitational, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day


Sunday, April 6
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women's Tennis, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 12 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference event


Professional activities
Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Boys Hope Girls Hope: A Parent Partnership Program," coauthored with Dr. Lisa Taylor, director of Boys Hope Girls Hope, New Orleans chapter. She also coauthored "Characteristics of the Principal as Change Agent" with lead author Suzanne Harris, a doctoral student in ELT department at the Louisiana Education Research Association's annual conference in Lafayette, La., March 13-14. Campbell was also elected Program Chair/President-Elect of the LERA for 2014.
     Heidi Mayeux (Criminal Justice major) was awarded a Women in Archaeology Scholarship through the Center for American Archeology. The scholarship will be used to fund Heidi's participation in an archaeology field school this summer in Illinois. She will be excavating and processing "The Buried Gardens at Kampsville," a Middle Woodland period settlement.


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