Gubernatorial Forum set

Columbia Theatre hosts Ham'nd Eggs

Parking hangtags now available

Fall Convocation set for Aug. 14

AT&T funds scholarships

Hyde appears on LPB

Non-Credit Program news


Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


Southeastern to host Northshore Gubernatorial Forum
Gubernatorial ForumThe 2015 Northshore Gubernatorial Forum will is set for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. The four leading candidates in the race have indicated their intent to participate in the forum, which is being underwritten by First Guaranty Bank, Northshore Business Council, Northshore Legislative Alliance, and Southeastern Student Government Association.
A collaborative effort of the regional business, economic development and higher education communities, the event is free and open to the public.
“The Northshore is pivotal to the future economic success of the State of Louisiana,” said Erin Cowser, executive director of Southeastern’s public and governmental affairs and forum Steering Committee member. “The region’s needs and utility are unique, and it will be up to the next Governor to address those needs and reap those benefits we can collectively provide.”
     Cowser said questions for the forum will be generated using current topics from front page and editorial section headlines of major newspapers across the state with an emphasis on Northshore-specific interests. Award-winning novelist and former broadcaster Leo Honeycutt will serve as forum moderator.
     Partners for the forum 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.
     The forum will air live, statewide on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (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. It will also air at least four times a week until the election on the Southeastern Channel and on live simulcast at It will also be streamed constantly as Video on Demand at the Gubernatorial Forum’s forthcoming website at


Columbia Theatre to host Greater Hammond Chamber Ham’nd Eggs
Columbia Theatre logoOn Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, along with NTS Communication, will host the Greater Hammond Chamber monthly morning event Ham’nd Eggs. The event will take place in the downtown Hammond Theatre from 7:30 – 9 a.m., where the new season will be announced.
     Since Southeastern is a member of the Greater Hammond Chamber, the campus community is invited to attend. An RSVP is needed to attend. Those Southeastern employees planning to attend should contact Beanie at the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.


2016 Faculty/Staff Hangtags
Today Parking Operations will begin issuing the 2016 Faculty/Staff Hangtags at its office in Pride Hall. The cost for the entire academic year is $45.00. Faculty/Staff also have the option to purchase a Fall Semester only hangtag for $15.00.
     Parking Operations can only accept checks (please write your W# on your check) or cash (please bring exact change as there are limited funds available). You will need a Faculty/Staff ID, filled out white registration card (must include vehicle license number), and permit fee.
     On Wednesday, Aug. 5, Parking Operations will visit several buildings on campus to assist those Faculty/Staff obtaining their hangtag. The following are the location and times Parking staff will be issuing hangtags:

Dyson Hall -- 8 to 9 a.m. -- File Room
Student Union -- 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- 1st Floor West Lounge
Physical Plant -- 1 to 2:15 p.m. -- Conference Room
Financial Aid Bldg. -- 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. -- Next to Cashier’s Office

     Please note: One individual is allowed up to three permit transactions with required information. Call Parking Operations at 549-5695 with any questions.


Fall Convocation scheduled
Southeastern will launch the 2015-2016 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday, August 14, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.  
     The convocation will include the traditional presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the University’s highest faculty and staff honors, as well as presentation of service awards to faculty and staff who have been with the university from 25 to 50 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure and promotions, and donors who have established newly endowed professorships.
     The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic will immediately follow the morning’s ceremonies and will also take place in the Student Union Ballroom.


AT&T funds Southeastern scholarships through $25,000 donation
AT&T funds scholarshipsAT&T announced it will provide a $25,000 contribution to Southeastern to support scholarships for students needing financial aid for the coming academic year.
     “We greatly appreciate the generosity of AT&T, which has been one of our strongest partners through the years,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Their contribution to our academic scholarship fund is important and will be used to help support the studies of continuing students, as well as a number of first-generation students.”
     Crain said the university’s focus is on graduating students who are ready to work in the current knowledge-based and technological environment that fits a modern economy.
     “It is vital to support a diverse workforce of the future and ensure these students have the tools and education needed to guarantee that our country and state are better prepared to meet global competition,” stated AT&T Louisiana President Sonia Perez.

AT&T SUPPORTS SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARSHIPS – Barry Balfour, left, regional manager of external affairs for AT&T, presents a check for $25,000 to Southeastern President John L. Crain and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynn Horgan. The contribution is being used to provide scholarship support for students who are nearing completion of their degrees.


Hyde appears on LPB panel
Director of Southeast Louisiana Studies Sam Hyde recently served on a panel for the LPB program Louisiana Public Square episode, “Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces.”
    “It was a very intense yet civil and spirited intellectual debate - a rare thing these days especially with such a charged topic,” Hyde said. “I have been swamped with inquiries and comments about the program and most of the commentators think the discussion will be useful to policy planners.”
LPB panelists
LPB PANEL -  Panelists on the program included, from left, Alfreda Tillman Bester, J.D., General Counsel, LA State Conference of the NAACP; Hyde; Raymond T. Diamond, J.D., Professor of Law, LSU Law Center; Mark Upton, Foundation for Historical Louisiana; and Bob Mann, moderator.


Non-Credit Programs announces new fall classes
Notarial Preparation Course
This course is an introduction to and education for a Louisiana State Notary- Public. It is designed to help students successfully pass the statewide Louisiana Notarial Exam. However, it is also a great refresher course on Civil law basics and sound notarial practice for commissioned notaries and attorneys as well.

ACT Prep
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 should use the information provided during class time as part of their overall test preparation strategy. Class space is limited.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
This program is designed for all levels of English as a second language for students who want to improve their language skills. It emphasizes speaking, listening, pronunciation, writing, and reading which help the student to be more effective when communicating on the job, in the university, and in the community. After taking an initial placement test, an individualized instructional plan will be created based on a student’s purpose to study English and language proficiency level.  This will determine a personalized schedule for class and computer lab usage.  Each term includes group conversation, grammar study, US cultural lessons, composition practice, TOEFL/ACT preparation, and extensive interactive English practice with the ELLIS computerized language learning platform. Students on F 1 Visa are required to document a minimum of 20 combined hours of class and lab hours a week. Online registration is not available for this class. Read more.

Court Reporting: Voice Writers
This course is designed to produce efficient, proficient and skilled voice writing court reporters. Dictation, computer and word processing skills are developed throughout the course. The main focus is to teach students the skills required of a competent court reporter in the legal field. The course provides exposure to actual field situations. Students will need a laptop computer with four - six GB capacity.


Southeastern in the news

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This Week in Athletics
Southeastern Names Young, Villarreal 2014-15 Athletes of the Year
Southeastern junior track and field student-athlete Alex Young and junior tennis student-athlete Renee Villarreal have been named the 2014-15 SLU Athletes of the Year.
     Young, who hails from Nashville, Tenn., is the fifth men’s track and field athlete to earn Male Athlete of the Year, joining David Bennett (1993-94), Chris Carter (2002-03, 2004-05), Lars Laursen (2005-06) and Adonson Shallow (2009-10). Villarreal is one of five tennis student-athletes to earn Female Athlete of the Year honors, along with Renata Smekalova (1992-93, 1993-94), Simona Nedorostova (1997-98), Iva Velkovska (2005-06) and Emilija Arnaudovska (2006-07, 2007-08).
     Villarreal, a Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico native, earns the honor for the second straight season, as she shared the 2013-14 award with soccer’s Hope Sabadash. She joins Smekalova, Carter and Arnaudovska as the only two-time winners of Athlete of the Year in school history. The previous three to accomplish the feat are all in the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame.
     Young was a dominant thrower for Southeastern in his first season in Hammond after transferring from Gardner-Webb, earning Southland Conference and Louisiana Newcomer of the Year. He represented the university in both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, finishing 10th in the hammer throw at the national outdoor meet and posting a 15th-place showing in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor championship.
     Young also won conference championships in the shot put (outdoor) and weight throw (indoor). At the indoor meet, he set a conference record in the weight throw with his winning mark of 69 feet, 11.75 inches. Young also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Preliminary Round in both the hammer and discus, advancing to the national meet in the former.
     Villarreal was named first team All-Southland Conference and All-Louisiana for the third straight season. Playing on the No. 1 court in singles play, she posted a 17-2 record this spring. Villarreal will enter her senior season ninth on the school’s career victory list with a 55-6 singles record during her time in Hammond.
     Villarreal also continued to excel in the classroom. She was named first team CoSIDA Academic All-District and Southland All-Academic for the second straight season after maintaining a 4.0 grade point average as a finance major.
     Since 1990-91, SLU has honored its top male and female student-athletes with the Athlete of the Year award. Each season, two student-athletes are selected from voting by members of the Southeastern Athletic Department. Since the award was established, 18 winners have been inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame.     


Professional activities
Dr. Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) gave an invited presentation titled “Some notes on centers and generalized centers” at the 24th International Conference on Nearrings, Nearfields, and Related Topics which was held in July at the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India.
     Dr. Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has recently published two papers. The first appeared as a book chapter, co-authored with Richard Kesel of LSU, titled “Fluvial Geomorphology: Its Role in Policy and Management Decisions on the Lower Mississippi River.” It is included in Geomorphology and Management of Embanked Floodplains: North American and European Fluvial Systems in an Era of Global Environmental Change (New York: Springer). The second paper, which was coauthored with H. Jesse Walker of LSU, is “Maintaining the Integrity of the Environment in an Arctic Delta during Modernization.” This appeared as an article in a supplemental issue of the Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie.

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