First week highlights

Faculty, staff recognized

CSD accreditation approval

FeLions announce schedule

CMS registration now open

Lion Pride Preview luncheon

Rec Sports and Wellness news

Gubernatorial Forum theme set

Nichols to hold book signing

Science on Tap set Sept. 1

Student research

Non-Credit Programs

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

First week highlights

1)Paint party2)Traditions


3)Textbook rentals4)Strawberry Jam


1) PAINT PARTY - Students take a break from the Paint Party, one of the many activities planned during Traditions to welcome students to campus for the beginning of the fall semester.


2) TRADITIONS - A student stops by the information table during Traditions.


3) TEXTBOOK RENTALS - A student gets help finding his text books for the semester at Textbook Rentals. On average students save about $800 by renting rather than buying their textbooks.


4) STRAWBERRY JAM - Students don't let the rain dampen their spirits during Strawberry Jam as they dance to the music provided by a DJ for the event. Due to inclement weather, the event was moved from Strawberry Stadium to the parking garage.


Faculty recognized for years of service

1)Twenty five years of service

 TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE - Faculty and staff members were recognized at the annual fall convocation for their years of service. Recognized for 25 years of service were, from left, Samuel Cappel, Helen Carona, Ann Carruth, Peter Emerson, Mary Jo Johnson, Keith Kennedy, Debbie Longman, Carol Overmier, Pat Pendarvis, Anthony Randall, Teri Root, Gary Shaffer, June Taylor and Randall Wills. Congratulating them in the background is President John L. Crain.


2)Thirty years of service

THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE - Recognized for 30 years of service were, from left, Martie Fellom, Rebecca Hite, Tannie Isaac, Martin Kearney, and Roxann McHodgkins. Congratulating them is President John L. Crain.


3)Forty five years of service

FORTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE - President John L. Crain, right, congratulates Mary Linton, left, and Dorothy Reid for 45 years of service to the university at the annual fall concovation.


Communication Sciences and Disorders Program awarded approval to continue accreditation
CSD facultyIn March, Communication Sciences and Disorder (CSD) was awarded approval to continue accreditation of their master’s speech-language pathology program for another eight-year cycle, which the longest re-accreditation cycle awarded by the Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA). CSD is a program in the Department of Health and Human Sciences which is housed in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
     The CAA’s accreditation standards are designed to promote excellence in preparing students to enter the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology; protect and inform the public by recognizing programs that meet or exceed accreditation standards; and stimulate improvement of programs’ educational activities by means of self-study and evaluation.
     A special thanks to Dr. Rebecca Davis for leading the re-accreditation team. Dr. Davis was assisted by Dr. Lillian Stiegler, Mrs. Aimee Adams and all members of the CSD faculty.


Southeastern FeLions announce schedule, recruit members
The FeLions, a chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association, has announced its 2015-16 schedule and recruitment campaign for new members.
     The organization has grown to more than 200 members, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. The FeLions host luncheons in conjunction with Lions home football games and sponsor other functions such as the annual “Champagne Bingo” fundraiser.
     Annual dues are $15. Luncheon tickets are $16.50 until August 31 and $20 after that date. Reservations must be made in advance.
     “Our programs promise to be more fun than ever, with great speakers, lively commentary, delicious food, and spirited chatter among our members,” said Pittman. “You won’t want to miss a single event, and you surely won’t want to miss an opportunity to get your tickets for Champagne Bingo. It’s not too late to join the fun, so mark your calendars and get ready to show your FeLion spirit.”
     FeLions luncheons will be held this year at Trey Yuen, 2100 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, on Sept. 10 and 30, Oct. 15, Nov. 5 and 18 and Dec. 3. Champagne Bingo is scheduled for Jan. 23 at Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom.
     Funds raised by the FeLions help support the Southeastern athletic program, including raising money for endowed scholarships and other activities. For additional information about the FeLions, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 549-2150 or 1-800-758-2586.


Registration now open for Southeastern Community Music School
Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern’s Community Music School (CMS), which begins Monday, Aug. 31.
     Registration for the fall session will remain open throughout the semester, however all registrations received after August 20 will have a $20 late fee added to the tuition fee.
     Students of all ages may participate in private lessons on various instruments. Opportunities for group instruction and chamber ensemble formation are also available.
     “We are excited to begin the fall 2015 semester as it marks the 20th anniversary of the school. In addition to providing music instruction, we plan on participating in the university’s homecoming festivities, various community events, as well as regular performances at the farmers market in downtown Hammond,” said CMS Director Jivka Jeleva Duke. “We also look forward to our anniversary concert as part of the Fanfare Festival, scheduled on October 25 at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Hammond.
     “Thanks to the generous sponsorship of First Guaranty Bank, the CMS will once again offer a discounted tuition to students who are on reduced of free lunch at their schools,” she added.
     For more information about these and all CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at


Greater Hammond Chamber ready to Lion Up!
The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Hampton Inn are set to Lion Up with the annual Lion Pride Preview luncheon on Thursday, August 27.
     The luncheon will be held in the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature Athletics Director Jay Artigues and Coach Ron Roberts, as well as the dance team, cheer team and Southeastern band.
     “This event is a favorite because it allows Hammond to mark the beginning of a new school year and to celebrate the kick-off of the Southeastern football season,” Chamber Chair-Elect Brian Shirey of Northshore Broadcasting said. “We invite everyone out to help us Lion Up for another great year!”
     Hampton Inn, the Lion Pride Preview sponsor, is also a Platinum sponsor for Southeastern.  
     Every Southeastern employee is considered a Chamber member through the university’s Premier Level membership.
     Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Chamber office at 345-4457.


Rec Sports and Wellness news
Southeastern has an on-campus Weight Watchers meeting that meets on Tuesdays at noon in room 107 of the Pennington Student Recreation Center.
This meeting started about a year ago. Since that time, the group has lost a total of 444 pounds. Eight members of the group have lost 5% of their starting weight; four have lost 10% of their starting weight; and two have reached their goal and have become Lifetime Weight Watchers members. These are impressive statistics and great results for Southeastern!  
Whether you want to lose 10 or 100 pounds, Weight Watchers can give you the tools you need to be successful. Come to the Pennington Student Recreation Center on Tuesday, Aug. 25, for an open house and information meeting. There is no obligation to join.


‘Students: Their Future. Their Questions.’ theme for Northshore Gubernatorial Forum
Gubernatorial Forum logoWho better to speak toward the future of Louisiana than the students who represent its future? Breaking tradition, students will pose the questions to gubernatorial candidates in a forum to be broadcast statewide via Louisiana Public Broadcasting on Wednesday, September 2 at 8 p.m.    
     “2015 Student Gubernatorial Forum: Their Future, Their Questions” will feature student panelists from Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University, and will be moderated by Southeastern alum Paul Rivera, who was named the 2015 Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. The live broadcast will start promptly at 8 p.m. at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. The event is free and open to the public with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. No political signage will be permitted in the audience.
     “We are looking to future generations to help us chart a new direction for our state in this election year. Therefore, I am so pleased that college students from our state will be part of LPB’s commitment to reporting on the race for Governor,” said Beth Courtney, President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
     A collective effort of Northshore business, economic development and higher education communities, partners include the Bogalusa, East and West St. Tammany, Franklinton, Livingston, Ponchatoula, and Greater Hammond chambers of commerce, Livingston Economic Development Foundation, Northshore Business Council, Northshore Legislative Alliance, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, Southeastern Alumni Association, Tangipahoa Economic Development, Washington Economic Development Foundation, and the Student Government Associations of both Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern.
     “We all talk about wanting students to stay in state after they graduate,” said Erin Cowser, executive director of Public and Governmental Affairs at Southeastern and forum steering committee member. “This affords the students an opportunity to ask the next Governor what he plans to do to make staying in Louisiana more attractive and desirable for the next generation.”
     The forum will air live, statewide on LPB with stations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Monroe and Shreveport, and also on the Southeastern Channel on Charter Cable 199. Additionally, it will re-air on the Southeastern Channel (at least four times a week) as a lead up to the election, and will live simulcast at The forum will encore on LPB Sunday, Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. Underwriters for the broadcast include First Guaranty Bank, the Northshore Business Council, Northshore Legislative Alliance and Southeastern SGA.


Southeastern emeritus professor of history to hold book signing
C. Howard NicholsSoutheastern Emeritus Professor of History C. Howard Nichols is holding a book signing for his book “Stories of a Rivertown: Covington, Louisiana at 200 Years.”
     Scheduled at the Southeastern Bookstore in the War Memorial Student Union on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. with a reading at 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase during the book signing.
     “Covington is entering her third century,” Nichols said. “This writing seeks to record some of Covington’s stories to illuminate the people, events, culture, and traditional practices, which have educated, entertained, and enriched generations of residents and visitors. Rather than a history of Covington, this commemorative writing is an anthology focusing upon aspects of the first two centuries of life in this St. Tammany Parish town.”
     Nichols’ teaching career focused on local and regional history. His published works include historical pieces on areas such as Hammond, Mandeville and Covington’s Christ Episcopal Church.
     A charter member of the St. Tammany Historical Society and a past president, Nichols is also affiliated with the new Covington Heritage Foundation. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Hammond.


Science on Tap to focus on fake video detection through physics
How to detect fake videos using physics will be the focus of Southeastern’s next Science on Tap seminar, scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 1.
     Now in its third year of monthly informal science presentations, Science on Tap is sponsored by Southeastern’s Department of Biological Sciences. The presentations, which cover a variety of physical and biological topics, 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.
     “Internet is full of videos and many of these are not real,” explained physicist Rhett Allain, who is presenting the lecture. “Everyone knows that many movie trailers aren’t actually real and neither are video games. There are also some videos that seem so incredible that we think they must be fake, but that’s not necessarily so. Finally, there are seemingly simple videos that were created just to fool people into believing they are real.”
     An associate professor of physics and frequent contributor to Wired magazine, Allain said people are often left with the question of whether a video is real or fake.
     “Fortunately, we have the tools to answer this question,” he added. “With video analysis and some fundamental physics principles, we will investigate several interesting online videos.”
     For more information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


Southeastern students participate in NSF-funded collaborative research project with the University of Alabama
chemistry studentsChemistry students Binit Sharma Poudel and Ignatius Bonck participated in 10 weeks of collaborative research at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa during the summer.
     The students worked on a project that targets an alternative route to the synthesis of pharmaceutically-important antihistamines. This research project is a collaborative effort between Dr. Debra Dolliver (Southeastern Chemistry & Physics Department) and Drs. Timothy Snowden and Kevin Shaughnessy (U.A. Chemistry). The students also joined in the events for the U.A. NSF-REU program which brings in students from around the nation for summer research.
     At the end of the summer the students submitted a thesis on their work and made a formal presentation to the U.A. faculty about their research. Their summer research was funded by a Southeastern NSF-RUI grant.   


Non-Credit Programs
Catching up with the Crowd: Intro to Computers
Do you find yourself behind the crowd when it comes to using computers? Do you become frustrated when people try to explain them to you in overly-technical terms? Participating in this course will help you understand the uses of computers from the mundane to the amazing. You will learn the major parts of the computer in down to earth terms, and you will have an opportunity to become familiar with using the computer at your own pace in a low-pressure environment. You will also have an introduction to the most common software used for creating everyday documents from to-do lists to letters. Participants can receive up to 0.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Unit Certificates) that can be combined with other Southeastern Non-Credit Programs computer classes.

Digital Photography - Beginner
This class will cover the basics of digital photography. Topics include: differences between point and shoot vs. SLR; equipment settings, such as resolution, zoom, and white balance; uploading images to various web sites; use of various lighting situations; and natural posing composition. Camera and technical skills will be covered, including how to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (F-Stop) for different lighting conditions, and how to shoot in manual mode with better results. In addition, the course will answer questions such as, "What is depth of field?" and "How and when should I use fill flash?"

Basic Video Editing and Production
The course will teach basic script development, camera shots and movement, screen direction, and video and audio post production editing. This will be a hands-on workshop where students will shoot and edit a short 3-5 minute video in a small crew environment. No previous experience required. What is learned in class can be used for individual interest in video production and editing or for a first step toward the growing film industry. Students are encouraged to bring a jump drive and their own cameras or filming equipment. The course will be taught in Southeastern's state-of-the-art digital arts lab. 1.2 CEUs will be offered, based on attendance.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern volleyball team will officially open its 2015 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Fans will have their first opportunity to see the volleyball team in action on Tuesday, when the Lady Lions host the intra-squad Green and Gold match at 7 p.m. in the University Center. LionVision fans can access a live video stream of Tuesday’s match by visiting
     On Friday, Southeastern will open the season proper at the 2015 Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, South Carolina. The Lady Lions will face host South Carolina at 6 p.m. (CDT) in a match that will be broadcast on SEC Network+. On Saturday, SLU will face North Carolina State at 9 a.m. (CDT) and North Carolina Central at 3 p.m. (CDT).
     The Southeastern soccer team (2-0) will face its most daunting challenge of the 2015 non-conference schedule on Friday. The Lady Lions will travel to face defending national champion and current No. 1 Florida State at 6 p.m. (CDT) in Tallahassee, Florida. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Tuesday, August 25
Volleyball, Green and Gold Match, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
Friday, August 28
Soccer, at Florida State, Tallahassee, Fla., 6 p.m. (CDT) (ESPN3)
Volleyball, at South Carolina (Gamecock Invitational), Columbia, S.C., 6 p.m. (CDT) (SEC Network+)
Saturday, August 29
Volleyball, vs. North Carolina State (Gamecock Invitational), Columbia, S.C., 9 a.m. (CDT)
Volleyball, vs. North Carolina Central (Gamecock Invitational), Columbia, S.C., 3 p.m. (CDT)

Southeastern home events in bold


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