Coudrain honored as ambassador

SBDC named top center in nation

Employee Appreciation sponsors

Clarinet recital scheduled

Baseball tailgate a success

Strawberry Jubilee highlights

Earth Day highlights

Theatre design concentration offered


Nepalese students to collect donations

Rec Sports & Wellness news

Students receive journalism awards

Choral concert set for April 28

Let's Talk: Art April 29

Financial Literacy Night scheduled

Chamber Orchestra concert May 4

Science on Tap set for May 5

Athletes honored for academics

Zoom into Careers gets sponsorship

Phi Kappa Phi news

Study Abroad news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern honors Hammond attorney Andre Coudrain as Golden Ambassador
President John L. Crain and Andre CoudrainHammond attorney Andre Coudrain was awarded Southeastern's Golden Ambassador Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows, on Tuesday (April 21) in a ceremony at the President's Residence.
     "We give this award very infrequently, which speaks to its significance," said Southeastern President John L. Crain.
     The award honors alumni, community leaders and friends of the university who have brought distinction to themselves and to the university through service, outstanding achievements or humanitarian efforts. The first award was presented to the late Louisiana Sen. John J. Hainkel Jr.
     "For as long as I have known Andre, I have never met anyone – and this is absolutely true – who said something negative about him," Crain said. "Over the years I have called on him frequently for advice and direction about something pertaining to the university, and the discussion always turned back to what is best for the students."
     Former Southeastern and University of Louisiana System President Randy Moffett praised Coudrain's wise counsel and calmness in handling any problems that arise.
     "He leads in his own humble way and always goes above and beyond what is asked of him," Moffett said. "He truly is an ambassador for Southeastern and all university students."
     "Southeastern has done so much for me, from the time I was a student here, where I met my wife Kelly, to today," said Coudrain, who served as the Student Government President and graduated with a bachelor's degree in government in 1979. "I always encourage students to come to Southeastern, to study here and graduate. I thank the faculty, staff and administration of Southeastern and encourage our community to participate in the university's activities, to come to events here, to buy tickets, to be involved in their university and donate when possible."
     Coudrain served on the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System from 1996 to 2014, during which time he served as both vice chair and chair of the board. Over the years, he also chaired several board committees, including Finance, Legislation and Academic and Student Affairs.
     After attending graduate school at Southeastern, he enrolled in Loyola University Law School, receiving his juris doctorate in 1983. He has served as the Hammond City Attorney since 2003 and maintains a private practice of general civil law with the firm Cashe, Coudrain and Sandage. He currently serves on the Diocese of Baton Rouge School Board for Catholic Schools, on the board of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School and as a trustee and member of the Holy Ghost Parish Finance Council.


COUDRAIN HONORED – Hammond attorney Andre Coudrain, right, accepts the Golden Ambassador Award from Southeastern President John L. Crain in a ceremony held Tuesday. The award is one of the highest honors offered by the university and recognizes service, achievement, and humanitarian efforts.


Southeastern SBDC named top center in nation
SBDC receives awardThe Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern has been selected to receive the 2015 SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award, making it the top center in the United States.
     The award will be presented at the White House by the U.S. Small Business Administration on May 8 during National Small Business Week.
     "Over the years, our SBDC has provided invaluable advice and assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in the region we serve," said Southeastern President John L. Crain. "Their work to enhance the economy of our region is a testament to the vital role Southeastern plays as a regional university."
     Crain said the efforts of the Southeastern SBDC staff have been recognized previously with state and regional awards, primarily for developing innovative ideas and providing excellent service to its clients.
     Southeastern is one of about 2,000 SBDCs in the United States and one of 10 in Louisiana. The Southeastern SBDC, under the direction of William Joubert, serves the five-parish region of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. Other staff members include Assistant Director and Training Coordinator Sandy Summers and business consultants Wayne R. Ricks and Brandy M. Boudreaux.
     In recent years, the SBDC has assisted more than 3,600 clients, aided in the development of more than 220 new businesses and expansions, helped businesses create 2,500 new jobs and obtain more than $328 million in capital formation.
     "For over 20 years the LSBDC at Southeastern Louisiana University has been a champion for small businesses throughout south Louisiana," said U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise. "It was a great honor to congratulate Director William Joubert and his team at the LSBDC in person earlier this week for receiving this much-deserved national award. As the representative for Louisiana's First Congressional District, I am proud to fight alongside the LSBDC to protect and promote the business community by advocating for legislation that grows a Main Street economy instead of a Washington, D.C. economy."
     "Your hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to your employees and community have helped you build an outstanding business that has strengthened your state's economy," said Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, in a letter notifying Joubert of the award and inviting him to the presentation in Washington.
     The SBDC received a 2010 state-level Excellence and Innovation Award and was recognized two years later as the top center in the five-state region of Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
     "Our success could not have been achieved without the strong cooperation we receive from area economic development agencies and chambers of commerce as we work together to improve the economic climate and opportunities for the region," said Joubert.
     Located in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center near the university campus, the SBDC works cooperatively with other elements in the center, including a business incubator, the Business Research Center and several area economic development organizations.

SBDC TO BE HONORED – U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, right, of Louisiana District One, congratulates Southeastern Small Business Development Center Director William Joubert on the recent notice the SBDC has been named the top center in the United States. The award will be presented in a White House Center on May 8.


Employee Appreciation

Employee Luncheon sponsorsEmployee Appreciation was a big hit, especially the complimentary lunches each week. The luncheons would not have been possible without the generous support of many individuals and organizations. Sponsors included, from left, Martin Balisteri of Aramark, Sally O'Quinn of Voya Financial Advisors, Monty Buckles of LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, representing Southeastern are Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg, Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano, and Keith Jones of Voya.
     The winners of the Employee Spotlight Awards are: Sarah Clifton of Mathematics for Faculty; Candance Thomas, outreach specialist for Upward Bound for Unclassified Staff; and Linda Alford, administrative coordinator 4 for Athletics for Classified Staff.


Southeastern Music presents Drescher clarinet recital
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Southeastern will present Instructor Victor Drescher in a recital on clarinet.
     The free concert is a part of the Faculty Recital Series and will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 27, in Pottle Auditorium.
     Drescher is currently an instructor at Southeastern. Prior to his appointment he served for five years as assistant director of bands at East Ascension High School in Gonzales. He holds a bachelor's degree in music performance and music education and a master's degree from Louisiana State University.
     Drescher has appeared as a guest soloist in Carnegie Hall, Texas A&M Commerce, and several times across the state of Louisiana. He currently serves as principal clarinet of Opera Louisiane and the Louisiana Sinfonietta and has also performed numerous times with the Baton Rouge Symphony and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras.
     Accompanying Drescher during the performance are Mary Bresowar on piano in "Time Pieces." Drescher will then be joined by his wife, flautist Shanna Drescher, for "Wildflowers." He will be joined by Nicole Mylnczak in performing "Concertpiece No.2." The concert will conclude with the Lagniappe Wind Quintet playing "Six Bagatelles." The quintet features Shanna Drescher on flute, Victor Drescher on clarinet, Elizabeth Miller on oboe, Scott Miller on bassoon, and Arisia Gilmore, also a Southeastern faculty member, on French Horn.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Baseball Tailgate

Baseball tailgate

As part of Employee Appreciation Week, employees were presented with a free ticket to the Southeastern vs. ULL baseball game. Prior to the game, they were treated to a special tailgate compliments of the Tangi Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association.


Strawberry Jubilee

1)Strawberry Jubilee crowd 2)Strawberry Jubilee cake


1) The spring weather was lovely and the juicy red Tangipahoa Parish strawberries and red beans and rice were plentiful at the Campus Activities Board's annual Strawberry Jubilee last Wednesday, April 22.
2) Miss Southeastern Emily Randon and Vice President of Student Affairs Marvin Yates were on hand to cut the first ceremonial slice of the traditional centerpiece of the festival, the giant strawberry cake.


Earth Day 2015

1)Earth Day jelly2)Earth Day snake


1) A BOWL FULL OF JELLY - Attendees at Earth Day 2015, held last week on campus, were able to sample a myriad of goodies for sale, including a wide variety of homemade jellies.

2) SNAKE CHARMER - Southeastern graduate assistants Janel Page, left, and Laura Brooks get up close and personal with a non-poisonous pine snake handled by Kaitlyn Seiler, an organizational communication graduate student. Seiler is an intern with Louisiana Fish and Wildlife, one of the agencies that participated in Earth Day.


Southeastern to offer theatre design concentration
Theatre design concentration offered this fallA new program in theatre design – presently the only one of its kind in the country – will be offered at Southeastern in the fall 2015 semester.
     The concentration will be offered through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' bachelor's degree program in art.
     "The program developed from numerous inquiries we've received in recent years from students interested in pursuing a professional career in the field. It also reflects a new spirit of creative and productive collaboration between our art and theatre faculty members," explained Kenneth Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
     Boulton said he anticipates approximately 15-20 students will enter the program this fall.
     "This degree captures a number of students who in the past would have pursued a theatre concentration within the university's General Studies program," he said, "particularly those who have a talent for artistic conception and design. The program is poised to be a powerful addition to Southeastern's workforce connection to the state's booming film, theatre and entertainment industry."
     The program represents a strong interdisciplinary approach, he explained. Students will experience a thorough immersion in the fundamental art foundations curriculum during the first two years, while the final two years will include specific courses in theatre history, stagecraft, costume and makeup design, advanced sculpture and play production.
     For more information on the program, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2193.


STAGE PREPARATION – Southeastern Instructor of Costume Design Mignon Charvet, left, works with student Brei-Linn Golchuk of Lafitte to prepare Captain Hook's costume in preparation of the Southeastern Theatre's production of Peter & Tink. The university is beginning a concentration in theatre design in the fall 2015 semester.


Nepalese Recovery Effort
While families share the privilege of joy, they also share sorrow when family members are hurting. The Southeastern family includes over 300 international students from Nepal. Many of their loved ones and friends are suffering in the wake of the devastating earthquake that recently struck their home country. We share their sadness, and hope our thoughts and prayers give them strength, encouragement and solace in this difficult time.
     Additionally, there are donation opportunities available through the Red Cross and UNICEF:


Rec Sports & Wellness news
You may have heard the buzz about Southeastern's fabulous Weight Watchers group and wanted to see what it's all about. On Tuesday, April 28, at 12 p.m. at the Pennington Student Recreation Center, room 107, come join us for some "Hot Fun in the Summer time" at Southeastern's Weight Watchers Open House.
     We will have drawings for Weight Watchers prizes, and if you decide to join, you will receive a free Weight Watchers Starter kit with some fabulous tools to help you succeed. We hope to see you there.


Southeastern Channel students win Mark of Excellence Awards
Mark of Excellence Award winnersSoutheastern students at the Southeastern Channel won five first place 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference in Lake Charles recently.
     Southeastern students were named first place winners in five television categories and second place finalists in two categories. The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. SPJ's Region 12 comprises all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     The first-place awards included "Best Overall Television Newscast" for the student newscast, Northshore News. It was the fifth time in the last eight years that Northshore News has been honored as the region's top newscast.
     Northshore News reporter Paul Rivera of Slidell won first place in "Television General News Reporting" for his story, "Fracking on the North Shore." Rivera also won a second-place award in "Television News and Feature Photography" for videography work in his story, "Manufacturing on the North Shore."
     Nicholas Authement of Covington, a reporter/videographer for the student sports show, The Big Game, won a pair of awards for "Television Sports Photography." He won first place for videography in his feature on Southeastern Lady Lions softball slugger Amber Sather and second place for his story on Lions football spring training.
     Nicholas Brilleaux of Hammond and Scott Caro of Mandeville, who both recently received their master's degree in history, won first place in "Television In-Depth Reporting" for their documentary McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival about the state's disastrous attempt at a Woodstock-sized festival near McCrea, La. in upper Pointe Coupee Parish.
     Student sports reporter Kati Morse of Ponchatoula won first place in "Television Sports Reporting" for her feature on Southeastern football player Tyler Stoddard, who met his father, a former McNeese State football player, for the first time during the 2014 Lions' football season. Morse, a former Lady Lions' softball pitcher produced the winning story for airing last fall at halftime of the Southeastern-McNeese football broadcast on the Southland Conference TV Sports Network and ESPN3.
     The first place winners will now move on to national Mark of Excellence competition with the winners recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2015 convention Sept. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla.
     Judged by professionals in other parts of the country, the Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. Judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given.
     "We're ecstatic that our students basically swept the television competition against all of the largest universities in the region," said Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon. "The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious in student journalism, and we're thrilled that our students continue to win the top honors."


MARK OF EXCELLENCE-- Students at the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational cable channel on Charter 199, recently won five first-place Mark of Excellence awards in television given by the Society of Professional Journalists at their annual convention in Lake Charles recently. The student newscast Northshore News was named first place "Best Overall Television Newscast" for the fifth time in the past eight years. Pictured from left are Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel; Kati Morse of Ponchatoula, first-place winner for "Television Sports Reporting;" Paul Rivera of Slidell, first place for "Television General News Reporting;" and John Reis, staff supervisor for Northshore News. Winners not pictured are Nick Brilleaux of Hammond, Scott Caro of Mandeville, and Nicholas Authement of Covington.


Southeastern choirs to present 'Carmina Burana'
The Southeastern choirs will join with the Northshore Choral Society, Mandeville Middle School Choir and Northlake Performing Arts Society to present Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Tuesday, April 28.
     Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the 100-voice choir will be co-directed by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities, and Brian Martinez, University Chorus conductor. The performance will feature solos by Colby McCurdy and Cedric Bridges, both Southeastern graduates, and Kristen Marchiafava, Southeastern lecturer of voice.
     "This fantastic work has achieved rock-star status the world over," said Kenneth Boulton, interim head of Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "The entire region will certainly be clamoring to hear it."
     Rowe said the concert will include a performance by Boulton and JoAnne Barry as the piano duo play the two piano reduction written by Orff himself.
     Rowe said that Orff described "Carmina Burana" as a "scenic cantata." It uses a very large orchestra and was originally designed for the stage with dancing and mime accompanying the music. It was first performed at the Frankfurt Opera House. Southeastern's production is the reduced version for two pianos and percussion.
     "The work begins and ends with a powerful hymn to the goddess Fortuna, the Empress of the World, seen as a monstrous whirling wheel carrying its victims first to the heights, then dashing them to the ground," Rowe said. "In between come three main sections.
     "The first is a depiction of spring, 'Primo Vere,' illustrated by rustic songs and dances. The second is set in a tavern, vividly described by a succession of characters, including the swan on spit (tenor solo), who laments his dreadful fate," she added. "Part III, 'The Court of Love,' is an uninhibited celebration of the delights of love. The final number, 'Blanziflor and Helena,' leads back to the opening hymn, thereby not only unifying the whole work, but also acting as a pertinent reminder that our lives are ever subject to the slings and arrows of outrageous Fortune."
     Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern alumni, faculty. All students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.


"Let's Talk: Art" spring series continues April 29
The spring series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Friends of Sims Library, and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, continues Wednesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) in downtown Hammond with a lecture by Dillon Raborn, graduating senior in art history. Raborn will discuss "Max Ernst's Collage Novels: The Alchemical Reassemblage of a New World Mythology."
     Raborn's talk is a discussion of the technique of collage as realized by the Surrealist Max Ernst, with special emphasis on his collage novels of the 1930s. Within these collage novels resides evidence of the fundamental characteristics of Surrealism, including alchemy, various occult practices, psychoanalysis, and the destruction and emergence of a new mythology for the post World War I era.
     All lectures are free and open to the public. The Hammond Regional Arts Center is located at 217 E. Thomas Street, directly across from the Columbia Theatre. For more information, call Eric Johnson at 549-3962.
    Upcoming lectures include:

Wednesday, May 13 "Hammond Art Guild Panel Discussion" moderated by artist Roland Guidry; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.
Wednesday, June 10 "Mardi Gras Subcultures" by photographer Phillip Colwart; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.


Southeastern to host Family Financial Literacy Night
April is Financial Literacy Month and Southeastern's Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, in partnership with the Louisiana Council for Economic Education (LCEE), are joining forces to host a Family Financial Literacy Night on April 30 from 6-8:30 p.m.
     The free event encompasses activities designed to appeal to community members of all ages, offering something for everyone.
     "From a puppet show and crafts for the little ones, fun presentations for tweens and teens on budgeting and saving, how money works presented in English and Spanish, financial aid guidance and resources for families of college bound students, to information on identity theft, investment and retirement planning, home ownership and small business considerations, programs for entrepreneurs, money matters for couples, classroom resources for educators, and much more, everyone can take away something," said Director of the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center Joan Gunter.
     President/CEO of LCEE Laura Smith said their organization focuses on helping educators impart principles of personal finance in innovative and engaging ways, crossing content area and meeting grade level standards.
     "Our goal, through providing educators with professional development and innovative teaching tools, is to impact both teacher and student populations," she added. "Many teachers are substantially lacking financial literacy themselves; through our training, they are able not only to identify areas of need in their own lives, but they learn innovative and creative ways to bring this life-changing information to their students while meeting state student learning standards in a variety of content areas."
     More information is available by contacting Gunter at (225) 665-3303. 


Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to present "Delony Plays Shostakovich" May 4
Willis DelonyThe Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present "Delony Plays Shostakovich" for its spring concert to be performed Monday, May 4.
     The performance will feature famed pianist Willis Delony of the LSU School of Music who will perform Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's "Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35."
     The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. General admission tickets are $10; Southeastern students are admitted free with their student ID card. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St., at, or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 543-4371 for ticket information.
     Under the direction of conductor Yakov Voldman, the orchestra will open with Edvard Grieg's "Holberg Suite" to be followed by Shostakovich's "Chamber Symphony, Op 110a."
     Generally regarded as the greatest symphonist of the mid-20th century, Shostakovich played a significant part in the musical life of the former Soviet Union, as composer, teacher, and writer. He was also an active pianist, frequently performing his own works until disability prevented him. He died in 1975.
     Other pieces on the program include Giuseppe Verdi's Overture from the opera "Nabucco" and "O don fatale" from the opera "Don Carlos," featuring soprano Dana Arthur of Abita Springs.
     The concert will also include George Handel's "The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba." Chase Ledet of Houma and Cara Tunstall of Mandeville will perform oboe solos in the piece.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


DELONY PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH – Willis Delony, the Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Jazz Studies at LSU, will be the guest performer at the Southeastern's Chamber Orchestra concert to be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond on Monday, May 4.


Science on Tap explores Beauty of the Brain
The human brain – how it develops and how its function is sometimes manipulated -- will be discussed at Southeastern's next Science on Tap seminar, scheduled Tuesday, May 5.
     The informal presentation – which will focus on the importance of the brain in life – presented by Southeastern Associate Professor of Biological Sciences John O'Reilly, will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
     "The human brain weighs about three pounds, but only a small part of it, the brainstem, is necessary for survival or life itself," said O'Reilly, a specialist in neurophysiology. "But all of our joys and sorrows, intellect and reason, and even the pathologies of 'mind' are directly related to the physiology of the brain itself."
     Nature and humans have discovered numerous ways to manipulate brain function – some good, some bad – that can be explained at the cellular and molecular level, he explained. His talk will examine how the brain develops and works at the cellular level to understand the actions of neuropharmacology, neuropathology and neurotoxicology.
     "We'll also talk about some famous cases that demonstrate the role of specific areas of the brain," O'Reilly said. "My conclusion is the brain is indeed beautiful, but can be not quite so beautiful when normal function is disrupted."
     The Science on Tap lecture series is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences. For more information on future presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


Southeastern Athletics Honors 178 at Academic Banquet
Southeastern Athletics honored 178 student-athletes at the annual Academic Banquet sponsored by Louisiana Capital Federal Credit Union Monday night at the Student Union Ballroom.
     SLU student-athletes received medals for earning a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2014 academic year. 141 were student-athletes had a 3.0 or higher, while 37 received medals for a 4.0 grade point average.
     In the fall semester, 120 student-athletes had 3.0 GPA's or higher, while 33 had a perfect 4.0 GPA. During the spring, 135 carried a 3.0 GPA or better, including 25 with a 4.0.
     The female and male senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPA were also recognized. Receiving the honor were track's Kierra Crews, a nursing major from Warren, Michigan and football's Jacob Newman, who hails from Visalia, California and is a general studies major.
     The FeLions Sandy Goodwin Spirit Award was also presented on Monday. Football's Jeff Smiley and Jen Babcock of the Southeastern soccer team earned the honor.
     Six Southeastern student-athletes were presented with "Athletic Scholar" black jackets for having a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. Football's Brent Wagner, Casey Peacock and Amber Lasher of the soccer team, tennis' Renee Villarreal and Avika Sagwal, as well as Joseph Edwards of the track program, all carry a perfect cumulative GPA.
     The SLU volleyball team had the department's highest team GPA during the spring semester and was joined by the women's cross country, golf, tennis, soccer and men's cross country teams among rosters with a 3.0 team GPA or higher.
     In the fall, tennis had the highest GPA. Women's cross country, soccer, golf, volleyball and men's cross country also were above 3.0 as a team. 


Southeastern's Zoom into Careers receives sponsorship for summer environmental science workshop
Southeastern's Zoom into Careers has received a sponsorship for one of its summer programs for junior high and high school students to be held this summer at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     Bercen Chemical Company is helping to lower the cost of "Zoom into Environmental Sciences," a new Zoom into Careers offering. Normally the cost of the workshop would be $295. Thanks to the Bercen sponsorship, the cost has been lowered to $65 per student. Class size is limited to 15 students, so early registration is encouraged. 
     Taught by Southeastern forestry expert Rebecca Effler, Zoom into Environmental Sciences ties into one of the goals of the Livingston Center: to increase the understanding of the environment by residents of the parish.
     According to Effler, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide array of career options available in the field of environmental sciences and within organizations such as the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality, non-profit organizations, local universities and more.
     "Participants will receive hands-on experience through identification of forest and wetland plants, uploading local satellite imagery to obtain environmental information and through their research of the Combustion, Inc. Superfund Site in Walker," Effler said. "A day trip is scheduled to visit Turtle Cove Research Center, Southeastern's Wetland Research Facility in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Finally, participants will gain a better understanding of environmental stewardship, policy and law."
     All Zoom into Careers workshops are scheduled for June 15-18 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Registration for all other workshops will be limited to small groups, some as low as six participants. To ensure participation, students are encouraged to register early. Participants can take advantage of early bird discounts by registering before May 7. Registration will continue through June 4. The workshops, excluding Zoom into Environmental Sciences, are $280 prior to May 7 and $295 until June 4.
     Workshops are open to all rising 7th through graduating 12th grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond, the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, as well as NTCC's Greensburg campus.
     Favorite Zoom programs from previous years to be offered include animation, automotive technology, industrial and engineering technology, photography, television, and theatre. More Zoom programs are being developed now.


Phi Kappa Phi news
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi spring induction and banquet will be held on Thursday, April 30. Induction ceremonies honoring new initiates will take place at the beginning of the Spring Banquet in the Student Union Ballroom at 6 p.m.
     We invite all members of the public to join us at the banquet as we honor our outstanding students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The cost for non-initiates is $20 and should be sent to Dr. Joan Faust at SLU Box 10861, or dropped off at her office in 392 D Vickers. Checks should be made out to "Phi Kappa Phi." 


Study Abroad news

Study Abroad Call for Proposals
Proposals for 2016 study abroad programs are currently being accepted until June 4. The CFP is available on the International Initiatives website at
     Faculty members interested in proposing a new program are encouraged to attend an information meeting on May 5 at 2 p.m. in 120 Meade Hall. Questions can be directed to the International Initiatives Office at 549-2135 or by email to


New Domestic Study Away Programs
Beginning in 2016, Southeastern will be offering domestic Study Away programs. These new programs will be similar to our faculty-led study abroad programs, but will take place at domestic locations within the United States.
     Faculty interested in proposing a Study Away program for 2016 are encouraged to attend an information meeting on May 5 at 2 p.m. in 120 Meade Hall. The Call for Proposals is available on the International Initiatives website at
     Questions can be directed to the International Initiatives Office at 549-2135 or by email to


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball team will look to remain atop the Southland Conference standings, while the softball team celebrates Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Winners of their last eight league games, the Lion baseball team (33-12, 17-4 Southland) will open the week with a 6:30 p.m. game at Tulane on Tuesday in New Orleans. On Friday, SLU returns home to open a three-game Southland series with a 6 p.m. contest at Alumni Field. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The Lady Lion softball team (20-25, 14-8 Southland) has clinched a Southland Conference Tournament berth heading into the final week of the season. SLU will close out its regular season road schedule on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. game at No. 2 LSU. On Friday, the Lady Lions face Northwestern State in a 3 p.m. doubleheader with Saturday's series finale set for 12 p.m. at North Oak Park. Saturday will also be Senior Day, as the senior class of Megan Moore, Vanessa Eng, Spencer Adkinson, Tori Stamper and Teresa Lemos will be honored in conjunction with Saturday's game.
     All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of the baseball series versus Lamar and the softball series versus Northwestern State.
     On Friday at softball and Saturday at baseball, fans will have a chance to win cash and prizes from Southeastern Athletics through the "Bingo at the Ballpark" promotion. It will also be a Cane's Challenge Night on Friday and Sunday at baseball and at Friday at softball. If the baseball (five runs) and softball (three runs) reach the necessary run total on a Cane's Challenge Night, fans will receive a free combo at the local participating Raising Cane's with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.


Tuesday, April 28
Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)


Wednesday, April 29
Softball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6 p.m.


Friday, May 1
Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge
Softball, vs. Northwestern State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge
     - Bingo at the Ballpark


Saturday, May 2
Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Bingo at the Ballpark
Softball, vs. Northwestern State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day


Sunday, May 3
Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) gave a talk at the 3rd LA Conference on Computational Biology & Bioinformatics held at LSU Digital Media Center in Baton Rouge, April 17-18, titled "Self-Assembled Nanostructures of VECAR Molecules in Water: Molecular Dynamics Study."
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented "(Re)Considering the Personal Politics of Remembering" for the Confederate Memorial Program in the Springfield Cemetery and the Carter Plantation Cemetery in Springfield, La., on April 18.
     Dr. Thomas Meyer (Accounting and Finance) presented a paper titled "Accounting for Indigenous People's Human Rights and Environmental Protection" on March 26, at the Academy of Business Research Spring conference in New Orleans.
     David Armand (English) just learned that his fourth book, a memoir entitled My Mother's House, has been accepted for publication by Texas Review Press (a member of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium). The book is scheduled for a spring 2016 release. 


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