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Southeastern offers new degree
School of Nursing celebrates 50 years
Geocent partnership benefits SLU
President's Award for Excellence in Service: Unclassified Staff – Connie Davis
Excellence in Service and Service Excellence are interchangeable, according to Connie Davis, the director of Auxiliary Services and this year's recipient for the President's Award for Excellence in Service - Unclassified Staff.
"Service to others has always been a priority in my life. Someone who provides excellent service does so in the same superior manner, whether it is for a paid position or a volunteer opportunity," she said. "It is what they do and they expect nothing less of themselves."
A member of the staff at Southeastern since 1994, Davis is active in various community and church organizations. She has served as a founding board member of the Octavian Foundation of the Arts, on many committees and in several capacities at St. Albert the Great Chapel and Catholic Student Center, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School and Holy Ghost Catholic School and Church.
In a university service capacity, she has served on numerous committees, including Institutional Effectiveness Support Services Assessment, Rock n' Roar, Homecoming, Pride Day, Shared Sick Leave, Relay for Life, Grad Fair, Aids Awareness Week, SGA Capital Outlay, Green 'S' Award, to name but a few.
"Service has been a part of my life since I was a child," Davis recalled. "The youngest of four daughters, I was introduced to the idea of doing for others from my parents and three older sisters. As a child, I spent 10 years at a Catholic school in New Orleans, which had a school motto of 'Serviam,' a Latin word which means "I will serve."
Upon entering college, Davis continued to get involved and find a way to work with others by becoming being a resident assistant in Housing. After graduation in 1994, she accepted her first position at Southeastern as an area coordinator for Housing while pursuing her master's degree.
"Connie has always placed students first, with a strong commitment to providing quality service to all of those we serve. She is an incredible team player who both encourages and welcomes collaboration across divisions," said Vice President for Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. "She has also taken on numerous leadership roles in professional organizations and shared the same vision, organization, and commitment to success that has served her so well at Southeastern. She will probably never truly know how many lives she has impacted as a result."
After receiving her MBA from Southeastern in 1996, Davis accepted the position of Assistant Director of Housing for one year and then was promoted to Associate Director of Housing.
"I enjoyed getting involved in the administration of University Housing and growing professionally in different aspects of management," she said. "Having the responsibility of the disciplinary process for students allowed me to have an influence in the developmental growth of students."
Drawing from her housing experience, Davis accepted the position of Director of the Student Union in 1999. There she worked under the supervision of former Director of Southeastern Auxiliary Services and now University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno.
Davis says the best professional development decision she ever made was to get involved in the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS), something Bruno encouraged her to do.
"He impressed upon me the benefits of getting involved in a professional association," Davis said. "I quickly learned that in order for a professional association to be successful with its mission, it must rely on the volunteer services of its members."
Bruno whole-heartedly agrees with Davis' sentiment.
"Connie Davis is respected in her field. Having served in various capacities in her professional association, The National Association of College Auxiliary Services, she has gained the confidence of her colleagues around the southern region, as well as the national association," he said. "Connie served as the president of the Southern region, confirming her colleagues' confidence and acknowledgment of her leadership."
After a brief stint in 2002 as associate director of Admissions for Recruitment and Orientation, Davis became the associate director of Auxiliary Services position until promoted to interim director in 2008. She was named director in 2009.
During her tenure in Auxiliary Services, Davis has overseen the off campus merchant program for Lion's Lagniappe, the request for proposal process for Textbook Rental Operations, the retail bookstore transition to a new business partner, the implementation of residential communities, and assisting in the introduction of new dining concepts and the Fresh Food Company in the new Student Union addition and managing the contract for Document Source Print and Mail Operations.
"There is no question that I consider Southeastern my family. I have enjoyed a 20 year professional career on campus," she said. "I simply cannot see myself anywhere else."
A Gaelic singer, two lectures and a film musical score premiere highlight Fanfare's
first two weeks
A film musical score premiere, an acclaimed Gaelic singer and a pair of lectures are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 29th season of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October arts festival.
On Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium the Department of History and Political Science's "Then and Now Lecture Series" officially kicks off its 14th presentation of free lectures. Michael Martin will present "Russell Long: A Life in Politics." The Cheryl Courrege Burguie/Board of Regents Professor of History and Director of the University of Lafayette's Center for Louisiana Studies, Martin will discuss his book about Long. The son of flamboyant U.S. Sen. and Gov. Huey P. Long, Russell Long made his own mark in history by serving in the U.S. Senate from 1948 to 1978 and as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
Oct. 8 – 10, international visual artist David Dubose will present a printmaking workshop for students. Dubose has been recognized for his use of paper to create original prints and mixed medium works. He is currently an assistant professor of drawing and foundations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Also on Oct. 8, a "Then and Now" lecture on "The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the Outbreak of World War I" will be presented by Southeastern Instructor of History Craig Saucier, at 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. On June 28, 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated with his wife. Saucier tells how the murder precipitated a month-long diplomatic crisis that culminated in the outbreak of World War I.
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A groundbreaking artist who entices new audiences worldwide, Fowlis pushes musical boundaries with adaptations of songs from her native Scottish Gaelic tradition. She is so well-known that when Disney Pixar ("Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "Up") was searching for the perfect voice to feature in the soundtrack to "Brave," their research led them to Fowlis. Tickets for the concert range from $20-$34.
The first two weeks of Fanfare culminate with the presentation of "Frankenstein: The Movie Score," performed by the Southeastern Wind Symphony under the direction of Guest Conductor Michael Shapiro at the Columbia Theatre on Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
One of Hollywood's classic horror films starring Boris Karloff, comes to the Columbia Theatre with a new score by Shapiro, music director of the Chappaqua Orchestra in New York's Westchester County. Shapiro has written the score for "Frankenstein" for wind symphonies, which makes its world premiere at the Columbia with the Southeastern Wind Symphony. Fans will have the rare opportunity to relive a classic movie with an original score. Tickets range from $20-34.
Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.
MARTIN OPENS THEN AND NOW LECTURE SERIES– Southeastern's Fanfare will present the first lecture in the 14th annual "Then and Now Lecture Series" on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Author Michael Martin will present "Russell Long: A Life in Politics." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Southeastern to offer Health Systems Management Degree
Southeastern will partner with McNeese State University in Lake Charles to offer a new bachelor of science degree in health systems management intended to fill increasing workforce needs, the university announced today (Sept. 15).
The HSM program recently received final approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Both institutions are expected to begin enrolling students in fall 2015.
The new program will include three separate academic concentrations designed to fill a wide variety of health-related workforce occupations, explained Southeastern Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg.
"The healthcare field has become one of the strongest growing sectors in the economy with an increasing demand for qualified professionals with specialized training," Bourg said. "Increased regulations, the demand for accountability in medical outcomes and influences such as the Affordable Care Act are some of the factors that are spurring this need by hospitals, clinics and other healthcare-related industries."
The program will be housed in the university's College of Nursing and Health Sciences specifically in its Department of Health and Human Sciences. Students interested in the program should contact Assistant Dean Ralph Wood at email@example.com.
Employment prospects for graduates of the program are with hospitals, clinics, insurance providers, home healthcare agencies and managed care companies among the industries expressing a strong need for HSM professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that healthcare employment is projected to have one of the fastest growth rates between 2010 and 2020.
The concentrations include healthcare management, healthcare quality improvement and care coordination. Each concentration will require students to complete capstone projects and supervised professional practice experiences.
"The three concentrations offered address many of the needs we heard expressed by hospital executives and human resource directors in the regions served by Southeastern and McNeese," said Ann Carruth, dean of the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
"Healthcare reform has opened up new and different job opportunities, and we anticipate that new jobs will evolve that are only now being developed."
Carruth said the program is also being offered in an accelerated option that allows students to complete their academic requirements by following a three-year, fast-track curriculum.
The degree will integrate healthcare principles, management, as well as organization and information systems designed to produce professionals who hold a blend of knowledge and skills related to the complex and ever-evolving healthcare industry.
Carruth explained that by partnering with McNeese, both institutions will be able to reduce costs associated with instruction.
"A number of the courses will be offered online, allowing us to share the instruction load, library holdings and other resources," she said.
Southeastern and McNeese have a long history of cooperating on academic programs, said Carruth, especially in the field of healthcare. The two institutions were among the initial developers of the long-standing Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing Program, which also includes the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Nicholls State University.
Renowned pianist Willis Delony to perform at Southeastern tonight
Willis Delony, considered one of the nation's leading classical/jazz crossover artists, will perform a recital at Southeastern on Monday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the concert – entitled "Out of Character – Classical and Jazz Connections," is free and open to the public.
Delony will perform a wide range of selections by composers, including classical pieces by Chopin and jazz pieces by the late Bill Evans, a seven-time Grammy Award winning musician who earned his degrees in music from Southeastern. He will also perform some of his own work.
In a career spanning three decades, Delony has appeared as piano soloist, guest pianist, arranger or conductor with more than 20 American orchestras. He has also performed with international orchestras including the Toronto Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the National Orchestra of Moldova and the Shanghai Symphony. He has performed classical and jazz concerts throughout the nation as well as in France, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
Delony is the Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Jazz Studies at LSU, where he serves as co-host and pianist for the university's popular concert series "Hot Summer Nights – Cool Jazz." He has been a member of the LSU music faculty since 2000. Previously he served on the music faculty at Southeastern.
A recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he has been honored with the Edith Kirkpatrick Arts Leadership Award given by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
Master class offered for Southeastern students
Christa Van Alstine (clarinet) and Michael McCurdy (percussion) will be giving a masterclass to Southeastern students on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Pottle Auditorium at 3 p.m. Both Van Alstine and McCurdy are performing at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 9.
For more info, contact Philip Schuessler at Philip.Schuessler@southeastern.edu.
Southeastern School of Nursing 50th anniversary celebration news
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the School of Nursing, in cooperation with the Southeastern Alumni Association, is sponsoring a gala celebration on Friday, Oct. 10, in the Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the Student Union. A social hour at 5 p.m. will start the evening followed by a short program and an evening of celebration ending at 9 p.m.
"We would like to invite all Southeastern faculty and staff to join us as we look back over the past 50 years," said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and a 1984 graduate of the school.
The event will start with a social hour from 5-6 p.m. followed by a short program and an evening of celebration. Included in the evening will be a silent auction featuring items from various donors, a unique painting commemorating the anniversary, a commemorative poster of the painting, special t-shirts, gift items, a photo booth and an illustrated history of the nursing program. It will also feature heavy h'orderves, music from across the five decades and a cash bar.
Tickets are $40 per person and $25 for students. More information can be obtained by calling the office of the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at 549-5179 or on the School of Nursing website, southeastern.edu/nursing.
Nursing School seeks memorabilia, nominations, stories
Southeastern's School of Nursing is seeking memorabilia from its graduates to display at its upcoming 50th anniversary celebration scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10.
Uniforms, caps, pins and other items associated with graduates' time in the school will be displayed at the event, to be held in the university's Student Union Grand Ballroom from 6 to 9 p.m.
"Nursing apparel and other items have changed over the past half century, and we want to display those pieces of memorabilia at our gala celebration," said Eileen Creel, head of the School of Nursing. "Items can be given to the school on loan or as a donation."
Creel said the School of Nursing will also announce "50 for 50," a recognition of 50 prominent graduates of the school's undergraduate and graduate programs who will be honored at the celebration.
"We're also seeking any stories or memories our graduates would like to share with their colleagues," Creel added. Stories can be sent to Creel via email at Eileen.Creel@southeastern.edu.
Southeastern computer science teams benefit from Geocent partnership
Southeastern plans to continue assembling championship caliber and highly competitive computer science student teams with the help of a sponsorship from Geocent, a leading software and technology company headquartered in Metairie.
Sebastian van Delden, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, said Geocent President Rick Gremillion indicated his commitment to be the team's sole sponsor, committing $5,000 annually to assist in preparing for and traveling to additional competitions.
Last spring, Southeastern entered five teams in the Deloitte Consulting Programming Competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Southeastern's top team, the Void Avengers, took the championship with its other teams placing fifth, eighth, ninth and 17th. The competition involved teams from eight universities from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and included such teams as LSU, Tulane, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of South Alabama.
"With the growth that Geocent is continuing to experience and our commitment to supporting the communities we serve, partnering with Southeastern's computer science program to support their programming team is a win-win situation," Gremillion said. "This unique program will foster top-notch software engineering talent that will experience competition that rewards hard work and success. Geocent will fill more of its jobs with these high performers and allow local students to work for a growing Louisiana technology company that performs exciting work. We are honored that the Southeastern programming team will be 'Powered by Geocent.'"
In addition to Metairie, Geocent also maintains offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the Stennis Space Center in Mississsippi, Huntsville, Ala., Charleston, S.C., and Tulsa, Okla.
van Delden said Geocent has been a valuable partner with Southeastern in recent years, providing educational and internship opportunities for students, resulting in the company hiring multiple program graduates.
"Thanks to Geocent's support, we will be able to implement a sustainable comprehensive programming team initiative that includes monthly meetings and competitions, internal programming competitions, a regional high school competition and competition in at least one external regional or national competition each year," said Assistant Professor John Burris and team coach.
Phi Kappa Phi news
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its Fall General Membership meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in 319 D Vickers.
Among topics discussed will be the upcoming Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl, the Annual Spring Induction and Banquet, the recent National Convention, applications for various awards and fellowships, and plans to sponsor a Princeton Review session for students. We will also vote for new members. Please join us.
Auxiliary Services news
Amanda Robbins, Blake Thomas, Bevann McCartney, and Ashley White just returned from LACUSPA (Louisiana Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators) and the Louisiana Housing Officers (LAHO).
Robbins, Thomas, and White were elected to the LAHO executive board for this year: Robbins as research coordinator, Thomas as newsletter editor, and White as ERA coordinator elect for 2016 (She will plan the state wide Resident Assistant Conference in 2016.) Southeastern now has the most representation of any school in the state on the board.
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Do you enjoy meeting new friends and faculty for stimulating conversation? Then come to Wondrous Wednesday - a program premiering the Emmy Award-Winning Film for Best Documentary, Journey of the Universe.
This documentary tells an epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation from The Big Bang to today. Evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and Yale historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker have crafted an elegant narrative that both illuminates and celebrates the profound role humans play in the flourishing of the Earth. For more information visit the website at http://www.journeyof theuniverse.org/.
The series began on Sept. 17 and will be held every Wednesday throughout the semester (excluding October 15). Sessions will be held in Tinsley, room 103, from 12-1 p.m. The format of all sessions will be a 30-minute video followed by free-flowing discussion.
The Wondrous Wednesday series is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Sims Memorial Library. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Cookies, tea and coffee will be supplied by the Center. Call the Center at 549- 5791 to reserve a spot.
Proposals are now being accepted for both Enhancement Grants and the Orr Research Endowment. Visit the Center's web page for additional information and guidelines. Deadline for Enhancement Grants and Orr Research Endowment proposals is Monday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.
Click here to link to the Center's Funding Opportunities. Please contact the Center if you have difficulty accessing the grant information.
Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity
Mark your calendar for a Homecoming celebration to showcase the work of our faculty at Southeastern's Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 2 - 4 p.m., in Tinsley Hall, room 103.
The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty.
Primavera P6 Introduction
Trey Miller, October 6 - 8
This course provides hands-on training for Primavera P6, leading participants through
the entire project life cycle from planning to execution. Students will gain experience
building a new schedule (including creating a WBS, adding activities/milestones, calendars,
logic, resources, costs, etc.) updating/monitoring the project schedule, and generating
reports. Participants will also gain a thorough background in the concepts of planning
Also offering Virtual Primavera P6 Courses. Learn more.
Winning Through Customer Service
James Gilmore, dates vary depending on location
Winning Through Customer Service trains sales, service, and administrative personnel to demonstrate professionalism, communicate effectively, assess customer behaviors, and use a structured customer service transaction model, as well as handle difficult customer service situations. Participants will prepare for a nationally accredited certification test in customer service. Register today.
Investing Fundamentals and Strategies
Tom Meyer, dates vary depending on location
The course begins with the fundamentals of investments, including advantages and disadvantages of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Use of investment strategies that consider risk management, asset allocation and maximizing tax-deferral are explored. Discover the advantages of IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401ks and other options to help meet your goals. Finally gain insight to the challenges that families may encounter as they pursue building retirement savings and strategies to protect wealth. Attendees will be offered a complementary written financial strategy. Register now.
Project Management Professional
October 13 - 17
The goal of Project Management Professional is to prepare project managers and others planning on pursuing a career in project management with test knowledge and tools to successfully pass the PMP Certification Exam. The course is based on Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge. Register now.
SLU Nursing School seeks memorabilia, nominations, stories for 50th anniversary
New children's book for SLU fans: 'Let's Lion up with Roomie'
Southeastern to offer health systems management degree
Southeastern, McNeese team for degree program
SLU Career Fair set Thursday
Sweeney Todd to be presented in Hammond
Career Fair opens for young job seekers
Desiree Dokey to head Hammond Recreation
SLU drum majors bring friendship onto the field
College & Planning Management
Sustainability Center reaching maturity at Southeastern
Education majors need more time in classroom
Hammond Daily Star
New degree at Southeastern: health systems management
Southeastern School of Nursing seeks memorabilia
Sweeney Todd cast announced
Free speech at SLU challenged
All Fanfare: October touts arts, music, politics
Insurance News Net
Southeastern to offer health systems management degree
Northshore Technical Community College sees record enrollment
Class to help merchants cash in on Small Business Saturday to be held in Mandeville
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football and volleyball teams will host Southland Conference opponents, while the soccer, golf, cross country, tennis and softball teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The No. 11 Lion football team (3-2, 1-0 Southland) returns home for the first time in nearly a month when it hosts Northwestern State at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Strawberry Stadium. The game will be televised on the Southland Television Network (WUPL – Charter Channel 16 in the Hammond area). The contest will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the flagship station of Southeastern Football, KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH).
The game will also see SLU and Raising Cane's partner to support the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center's Geaux Pink initiative. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. The first 200 students will receive free t-shirts and Impaired Faculties – a band made up of SLU faculty - will provided entertainment from 12-2 p.m. in Friendship Circle.
The Lady Lion volleyball team (4-10, 2-1 Southland) opens the week on the road with a 7 p.m. match at Jackson State on Thursday. On Saturday, Southeastern returns home to host Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas at 11 a.m. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Saturday's match at LionSports.net.
The soccer team (10-2, 3-1 Southland) will close out a three-match road swing this week. The Lady Lions will be in Beaumont, Texas on Sunday for a 1 p.m. league match at Lamar.
The Lion golf team has two tournaments on tap this week. SLU will start the week in Birmingham, Ala., where it will compete in the Graeme McDowell/Shoal Creek Invitational. On Saturday and Sunday, the Lions will defend their title at the David Toms Intercollegiate in Baton Rouge. Last season, SLU won by 16 strokes at the University Club.
The Southeastern men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions compete in the Watson Ford Invitational on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Clinton, Miss.
The SLU tennis team will also return to action this week. The Lions will head to Lafayette to compete in the Ragin' Cajun Fall Classic, which runs from Friday through Sunday.
The softball team will continue its fall schedule this week, hosting Baton Rouge Community College at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Wednesday's game at LionSports.net.
Monday, September 29
Golf, at Graeme McDowell/Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, Birmingham, Ala., 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 30
Golf, at Graeme McDowell/Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, Birmingham, Ala., 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 1
Softball, vs. Baton Rouge CC, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
Thursday, October 2
Volleyball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Watson Ford Invitational, Clinton, Miss., 4:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis, at Ragin' Cajun Fall Classic, Lafayette, All Day
Saturday, October 4
Football, vs. Northwestern State, Strawberry Stadium, 3 p.m. (SLC TV – WUPL) (KSLU) (WHMD) (WJSH)*
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 11 a.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Tennis, at Ragin' Cajun Fall Classic, Lafayette, All Day
Sunday, October 5
Soccer, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, at Ragin' Cajun Fall Classic, Lafayette, All Day
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) was invited to give the 2014 Forman Lecture in the Vanderbilt University Department of Physics and Astronomy. The title of his talk was "Real vs. Fake Videos: The Physics of Video Analysis." He also has an article in the Institute of Physics publication, Physics World. The title of Allain's article is "Lessons of the Angry Birds Universe" and appeared in the September issue.
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