SACSCOC accreditation update

Regions Bank sponsors President's Toast

Graduation application deadline is Feb. 18

College of Education receives grant

Yoshida authors book


Recycle receptacles available

Embers CD released

Chefs Evening discounted tickets

Dining Services makes improvements

Non-Credit Program news


Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

SACSCOC accreditation update - a message from President  John L. Crain
As a follow up to my previous email, I remind you that the SACSCOC Reaffirmation On-Site Team will be on campus beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3. As you know, the re-accreditation process is very important for Southeastern.
     Our Quality Enhancement Plan is a significant component of our accreditation, and therefore members of the team will be interested in confirming that our faculty, staff and students are well-acquainted with the QEP.
     Please re-familiarize yourself with the QEP as it now stands. For your convenience, an overview of the QEP has been created. Click here to view.


Regions Bank to sponsor President's Toast at Chefs Evening
2015 President's Toast sponsor Regions BankSoutheastern's largest fundraiser, Chefs Evening, will launch the annual event with the President's Toast as a featured prelude thanks to the exclusive premium sponsorship of Regions Bank.
     Providing the food and wine pairings for this year's event is Chef Doyle Orlando of Jacmel Inn.
     The President's Toast precedes the grand event and is scheduled this year for Sunday, March 8, at the President's Residence from 4 to 5 p.m. Chefs Evening follows from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the newly constructed Student Union Grand Ballroom.
     A regional tradition over three decades, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation's signature fundraiser, providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs. This year, the evening will include wine and food pairings from some of the finest regional restaurants and distributors.
     "We are excited to have a long established partner of Southeastern Foundation endeavors, Regions Bank, as the presenting sponsor of the President's Toast," said Lynn Horgan, director of individual, corporate and foundation relations. "At this event, wine and food pairings will be prepared by Southeastern alumnus and Executive Chef of Jacmel Inn, Doyle Orlando. It speaks to the strength and longevity of this event that there are such great partners."
     "Regions is a strong presence in the region and is proud to be a part of Chefs Evening and the support it gives Southeastern," said Byron Bankston, Morrison St. branch manager for Regions.
     Shelly Robinson, branch manager of the downtown Hammond branch agrees.
     "Southeastern is such an important asset to our region, and we are so pleased to be a partner through Chefs Evening." she said.
     For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Southeastern Foundation at 549-2239. Chefs Evening information is also available online at


REGIONS TO SPONSOR 'TOAST' – For the first year, Regions Bank will be the exclusive Premium Sponsor of Chefs Evening and the President's Toast, the prelude event to Chefs Evening, scheduled this year for Sunday, March 8. Pictured, from left, are Byron Bankston, Morrison St. branch manager for Regions; Southeastern Foundation Chair Cynthia Nesser; Chef Doyle Orlando of Jacmel Inn; and Shelly Robinson, branch manager of the downtown Hammond Regions branch.


February 18 is final day for Southeastern students to apply for spring 2015 graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in spring 2015 is Feb. 18, the university announced today.
The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
     Candidates for associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the "Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation" option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link at; then click on "Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation" or call Southeastern's Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct link available at
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.


Southeastern receives grant from Entergy for after school program
College of Education receives Entergy grantSoutheastern's Department of Teaching and Learning has received a $22,500 Entergy Charitable Foundation grant to help fund Project LION (Learning in Our Neighborhood), a community partnership with the Tangipahoa Parish School System and the City of Hammond.
     "The initial after-school project was developed by the non-profit group Hammond Youth Education Alliance to provide affordable after-school academic and enrichment activities for middle school students within their neighborhoods," said Gerlinde Beckers, assistant professor of Teaching and Learning and the grant administrator. "The project also provides real-world experience for Southeastern teacher candidates in diverse settings, a crucial component in making the students ready for the classroom."
     Beckers added the cost of the after-school program is based on family income, and the fees per child range from $5 to $30 per week. The grant assistance will allow children unable to participate due to a lack the financial resources the opportunity to participate in the program.
     Project LION is neighborhood-based and is housed at Hammond Westside Montessori School and St. Paul Lutheran Missionary Church, centrally located sites in the city.
     "The Tangipahoa Parish School System is excited about this partnership," said Chief Academic Officer of the system Theresa Hamilton. "We see it as the beginning of a process of really uniting our community and strengthening the educational opportunities for students and families in Tangipahoa Parish."
     According to Beckers, most middle-school participants in Project LION program come from low-income families with low educational attainment levels. Currently, 28 percent of Hammond's high school students drop out before completion and, by age 25, 23.5 percent have not earned a high school diploma. School attendance rates fall dramatically in grades 6-8 and suspension rates increase during high school.
     "Many students lack positive role models and have scarce opportunities. The most successful students are those whose after-school time is occupied with enrichment activities that reinforce and extend classroom learning," Beckers said. "Children with unoccupied time are more at risk for engaging in unhealthy and/or delinquent behaviors, further widening what has been called the 'Opportunity Gap.'"
     Beckers said in general middle-class families are able to invest in extracurricular opportunities. For families living in poverty, however, the cost of extracurricular activities is often prohibitive. As a result, children from these families tend to fall behind their middle-class counterparts, both academically and socially.
     "Southeastern teacher candidates, certified Tangipahoa Parish classroom teachers, and community volunteers will be working with high-need, middle-school students within their neighborhoods," she said. "Project LION aims to address the Opportunity Gap by providing programming that focuses on school engagement, academic performance, and personal and social skills."
     While the primary focus is to benefit the students, Beckers said the teacher candidates will also benefit from the field experience, making them real-world ready to address issues they will likely encounter as certified teachers.
     "Entergy Charitable Foundation is pleased to lend support to Southeastern's College of Education's Project LION: Learning in our Neighborhood. The funds will allow students in the Hammond public schools' first ever after-school program to gain access and obtain valuable learning opportunities," said Entergy's Northshore Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris. "This project addresses Entergy Charitable Foundation's interest in making social investments that address literacy and lifting families out of the cycle of poverty. Therefore, Project LION plays a vital role in creating healthy families and healthy communities."


PARTNERS IN EDUCATION - Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning has received a $22,500 Entergy Charitable Foundation grant to help fund Project LION (Learning in Our Neighborhood), a community partnership with the Tangipahoa Parish School System and the City of Hammond. Pictured from left are Betty Lee, secretary of the Hammond Youth Education Alliance Board of Directors, Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto, Board Member and Resource Director of Tangipahoa Academy Charter School Lisa Proffit-Rau, Wendy Stevens, assistant director of Southeastern Math, Science Upward Bound, College of Education Interim Dean Shirley Jacob, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning and Grant Administrator Gerlinde Beckers, Interim Teaching and Learning Department Head Cindy Elliott, President of the Hammond Youth Education Alliance and Hammond City Councilman Lamar Marshall, and Chief Academic Officer of Tangipahoa Parish School System Theresa Hamilton.


Southeastern physics professor authors scientific book bridging physics-engineering gap
Sanichiro YoshidaSoutheastern Physics Professor Sanichiro Yoshida has written a new scientific text Deformation and Fracture of Solid-State Materials, a summary of his work applying certain concepts of physics to engineering applications.
     Intended for physicists and engineers interested in detecting weaknesses in materials, the book is designed to connect the "science dots to the engineering dots" as they pertain to deformation and fracture in materials, a field theory that Yoshida has worked on for more than 20 years.
     "Engineers use rules developed over time to detect weaknesses and breaking points on big objects like buildings and bridges," he explained. "These specific rules worked perfectly until micro- or nano-scale machines and structures were designed."
     He explained that in these tiny structures, deformation, or the stretching of the material, and fracture can happen at the same time as opposed to conventional objects where deformation progresses through certain stages before fracture occurs.
     New materials, such as the extremely light composite materials being used in aircrafts, do not work as expected, Yoshida added, because the rapid development of these materials makes it almost impossible to accumulate the data needed to cultivate empirical rules.
     "Science, especially the fundamental level of physics, is always true," he added. "The question is how to apply this true, naked concept to engineering. The most important feature of the deformation theory that I am working on is that it can describe deformation and fracture on the same basis, making it applicable to all solid material in general, including nano- and micro-systems."
     A materials science engineer who has worked at LIGO in Livingston Parish, which is testing Einstein's gravitational theory, Yoshida has gained international recognition for his research using laser optical interferometry to visually observe deformation, stresses and potential fracture points in a variety of materials. He has earned two patents for his work in the area.
     "My introduction to this field came when working with scientists at the Soviet Academy of Sciences, in particular my relationship with scientist Victor E. Panin of the Academy," said Yoshida. "He introduced me to materials deformation theory based on pure physics that had a number of potential engineering applications. The work at that time was inclined toward theoretical foundations but there was little experimental proof to support the theory."
     He began to conduct experiments and proved various elements of the theory using laser interferometry, which he studied intensely while at LIGO. His experience at LIGO also helped him deepen the understanding of the fundamental physical principle that this theory is based on.
     Over the years, Yoshida has taken several groups of students from Southeastern and other area institutions to Japan for summer study and research on issues related to his theory with highly specialized scientists under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
     The book was published by Springer Books, one of the nation's leading publishers of scientific texts.


R-R-R-oaR . . . Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: order a receptacle now
Through the support of our Student Government Association, Physical Plant is offering green desk-side recycling containers for campus offices.
     Individuals willing to participate in Southeastern's recycling program may request a desk-side recycling container through the usual work order process by calling 3333 or at Please specify the building/room number where the container will be delivered.
     Personnel receiving a desk-side container agree to empty it into the main collection bin in their work area. The taller, green "collection bins" are in locations near copiers, printers, or break rooms where possible. Some are in hallways. These are emptied weekly, or more often, by Recycling staff. Please visit to find the location of the collection bin nearest to your work area.
     All office paper may be recycled this way. Also, empty metal cans and plastic containers may be recycled in these same receptacles with your paper. (Do not include soiled paper, styrofoam, plastic wrap, glass, or food waste in your recycling container.)
     Used print cartridges/toners may be placed beside the main collection bin.
     Very small amounts of cardboard and paperboard may be flattened and disposed in these bins, but larger amounts should be dropped off at the nearest cardboard collection point. See a list of cardboard drop off locations at the following link:
     If you are aware of a green recycling container that is currently being used as a garbage can, please use the work order process to request a replacement black garbage can. All supplies are limited.
     Any recycling questions or suggestions may be directed to Carlos Doolittle at We appreciate your participation.


Southeastern music faculty produce CD for sax and piano
EmbersSeveral current and former members of the Southeastern music program have combined their talents to produce a CD of original music for saxophone with piano and electronic sound.
     The album Embers is named for the title piece, composed by Kari Besharse, lecturer of music.
     "The work combines facets of contemporary music with new technological resources, traditional instruments and ensembles," said Besharse, who coordinated the production. Assisting in production were Instructor Philip Schuessler and Richard A. Schwartz, previously with Southeastern and now with Eastern New Mexico University.
     "The synthetic sounds used in the album include electronic accompaniment, electronic sounds and live sounds from nature that all interplay," she added.
     The album is available through Centaur Records, one of the oldest and largest independent classical labels. Cover art was designed by Southeastern Art Instructor Ben Diller.
     Performers on the album include Schuessler and Schwartz and Southeastern Professor and Grammy-nominated pianist Kenneth Boulton.
     "We have a wide diversity of talent at Southeastern that allowed us to develop a jazzy-classical sound with lots of interplay using only a few instruments and synthetic sound," explained Schuessler.
     Tracks on the album include composer Ray Pizzi's "Combat Zone" featuring Schwartz on alto saxophone; "Intervals I" by Schuessler with Schwartz on saxophone and Boulton on piano; "Angels," composed by Professor Stephen Suber, which recalls the memories of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" with Schwartz and Boulton; Schuessler's "Interruptions III" featuring Schwartz on saxophone with electroacoustic music; Schuessler's "Driftwood Box Puzzle" with Schwartz on saxophone and Schuessler on piano; and Besharse's "Embers" featuring Schwartz and Schuessler."
     "I was truly honored when Richard Schwartz wanted to include my composition "Angels" in the project," said Suber. "This is an ideal situation for any composer – to have my composition performed and recorded by performers of the highest caliber, to have my piece played with loving attention to detail and accuracy, and to hear my work being brought to life almost as I imagined it would sound. I am thrilled with the result."
     Besharse said the album had been in the works for several years and started as an initiative involving her, her husband Schuessler, and Rich Schwartz, who was then at Southeastern. The other musicians and composers were brought into the production as it progressed.
     "The success of this recording project illustrates how much our faculty enjoys collaborating with each other in so many ways," said Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "It is one of the many aspects that makes this department such an exciting and artistically gratifying place to be."


SOUTHEASTERN FACULTY PRODUCE NEW CD -- Several current and former members of the Southeastern music faculty teamed up to produce a new CD. Called Embers, the music was written for saxophone played with piano and electronic sound. Pictured are, seated, pianist and Interim Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Kenneth Boulton; and, from left, Philip Schuessler, pianist; Stephen Suber, composer; and Kari Besharse, composer and overall coordinator of the production.


Chefs Evening 2015 offers discount ticket prices for Faculty and Staff

This offer is intended for faculty/staff and their immediate family only.


Chefs Evening Patron Table $1250
Limit 1 per person
6 tickets to Chefs Evening- reserved table
6 tickets to President's Toast
6 wine glasses
       Name listed in program


Chefs Evening Reserved Table $500
Limit one (1) per person
6 tickets to Chefs Evening- reserved table


Individual Tickets
Limit two (2) per person

$60 ~ 1 ticket to Chefs Evening

$70~1 ticket to Chefs Evening
       1 wine glass

$100 ~1 ticket to President's Toast
       1 ticket to Chefs Evening
       1 wine glass


Dining Services makes catering improvements for 2015
With the opening of the new Student Union Grand Ballroom last year, Southeastern's Dining Services team has been working to identify ways to enhance the catering experience and continuously improve service for both university and non-university events.
     To meet increasing needs, the team has expanded to include a Catering Director and a Catering Sales Coordinator.
Catering Director Valerie Powell has over 19 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. She has spent most of her career coordinating events from wedding ceremonies to large-scale fundraisers.
     Catering Sales Coordinator Michelle Brumfield has been with Southeastern Dining Services for the last 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge of the Southeastern community to the role. She will expand her duties with Dining Services by assisting with catering questions and online ordering.
     Both Powell and Brumfield can be reached at extension 3989.
     For more information regarding Southeastern's Dining Services, call extension 2286.


Non-Credit Programs

Blues Guitar: Precision and Improvisation
Rick Tobey, Feb. 19 - May 14

Open to anyone (16 years old and up) who has a guitar. All levels are invited, from beginner to advanced. Students will learn precision finger dexterity techniques, scales, chords and progressions, and solo improvisation skills as applied to playing Blues Guitar. The skills and techniques presented may be applied to playing all types of music including rock, jazz, and country.


QuickBooks Level I
Dates vary depending upon location

Want to get an edge in the bookkeeping field? QuickBooks software is used by more than five million businesses in the US. You must have basic computer knowledge and some understanding of financial terms (checking accounts, revenues, expenses, etc.) Participants can receive up to 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which can be combined with Levels II and III.


Notarial Preparation
Dates vary depending on location

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. It is also a refresher course on Civil law basics and sound notarial practice for commissioned notaries and attorneys.


Primavera P6 Basic
Trey Miller, Feb. 18 - 20

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 also gain a thorough background in the concepts of planning and scheduling.


All sessions can be virtually accessed, but must be attended online at the same times.


The Center for Faculty Excellence news

Lunch N' Learn to publish in the technical journals
The Center for Faculty Excellence and Sims Memorial Library will host a special Lunch N' Learn session on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 12:30 p.m. in Tinsley 103. The focus of the session will be "How to Write a Technical Paper for Publication with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers." (IEEE)
     Please join us to learn more about how to publish papers in IEEE periodicals and conferences, as well as timesaving search techniques for finding technology content. This overview of how to become an IEEE author will be presented by Jalyn Kelley, IEEE client services manager and cover the following topics:
     Tips on how to select an appropriate IEEE periodical or conference, organize your manuscript, and work through peer view
     Learn how successful IEEE authors structure quality work to improve their chances of being accepted
     Understand how to avoid common mistakes and ethical lapses that will prevent your manuscript from being accepted
     Strategies for using IEEE Xplore effectively for a literature review, including how to stay up-to-date on the latest research using saved search alerts and downloading citations into bibliographic management databases.


About IEEE
IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.


About IEEE Xplore
IEEE Xplore is the premier database for research in electrical engineering, electronics, computer science and related disciplines. Sims Library has provided access to IEEE Xplore to Southeastern's campus since 2007.

A light lunch will be provided. Please email or call the Center at extension 5791 to reserve your spot.


Can't attend the Lunch N' Learn?
If you are unable to join us for the Lunch N' Learn, please stop by the Sims Library lobby from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for quick IEEE Xplore demonstrations and to have your questions answered. Please also encourage your students to visit the IEEE Xplore information table in the library.


Southeastern in the news


N.O. Times Picayune
Southeastern La. alum, Harlem Globetrotter Nate "Big Easy" Lofton sets Guiness World Record for longest made hook shot


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern softball and tennis teams will open the 2015 season, while SLU will also host Jam the Jungle, Pack the House and the Signing Day Bash during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The softball team will host the three-day, seven-team Lion Classic I at Chappapeela Park in Hammond. On Friday, SLU will face Alcorn State at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Lions will take on both Nebraska-Omaha (12:30 p.m.) and Tennessee-Martin (3 p.m.) on Saturday. Sunday's 10 a.m. tournament finale will see the Lady Lions take on UT Arlington. Nicholls and Southern will also participate in the tournament.
     The tennis team will host a pair of matches this week to open the spring portion of its schedule. Alcorn State visits on Thursday for a 2:30 p.m. match before Southern comes to Hammond on Friday at 2 p.m.
     The Lion basketball team (5-15, 2-5 Southland) closes out its four-game home stand on Monday, hosting McNeese State for a 7 p.m. game. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions (7-12, 3-5 Southland) also will end a string of four straight home games with a 7 p.m. contest with Central Arkansas.
     Monday is the Jam the Jungle game, while SLU will celebrate Pack the House on Wednesday. For both games, the first 250 students will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Southeastern Athletics. Junior forward Nanna Pool is Wednesday's Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Magnolia, Mississippi native courtesy of PRIDE.
     On Saturday, both the Lions and Lady Lions will head to Abilene, Texas for a doubleheader. The women's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the men's game follows at 4 p.m. All of this week's basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Monday and Wednesday's games.
     The Lion Athletics Association and the Southeastern Louisiana football coaching staff will host the annual Football Signing Day Bash on Wednesday at the Mezzanine in downtown Hammond.
     The event is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. and Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts will discuss and provide video highlights of the newest members of the two-time defending Southland Conference champion Lion football program. The Mezzanine is located at 308 S. Cate St. in Hammond.
     Admission is $10 for Touchdown Club members and $25 for non-Touchdown Club members. Southeastern students will be admitted for $5 and children ages 12 and under will receive free admission. Tickets will be on sale at the door of the event only.
In addition to the unveiling of the newest Lions, the event will also feature a buffet dinner provided by Hammond vendors and complimentary soft drinks, as well as a cash bar.


Monday, February 2
Men's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Jam the Jungle


Wednesday, February 4
Women's Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Pack the House
     - Nanna Pool Trading Card Day
Football, Signing Day Bash, The Mezzanine, 5 p.m.


Thursday, February 5
Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2:30 p.m.


Friday, February 6
Softball, vs. Alcorn State (Lion Classic I), Chappapeela Park, 5:30 p.m.
Tennis, vs. Southern, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.


Saturday, February 7
Men's Basketball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 4 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women's Basketball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Nebraska-Omaha (Lion Classic I), Chappapeela Park, 12:30 p.m.
Softball, vs. Tennessee-Martin (Lion Classic I), Chappapeela Park, 3 p.m.


Sunday, February 8
Softball, vs. UT Arlington (Lion Classic I), Chappapeela Park, 10 a.m.


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities

Alison Pelegrin (English) was honored as the 2015 Literary Artist of the Year at the St. Tammany Parish President's Arts Awards on Jan. 31.
     Dr. John Boulahanis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) was cited by the Los Angeles Daily News in an article on unsolved homicides called "LAPD Closed Homicide Cases without Bringing Killers to Justice, Analysis Shows." The article can be read at the following link:
     Lance Felps and Jennifer Rees, who are currently enrolled in the Master of Science of Applied Sociology program, attended the LGBT Rural Pride Summit at Southern University on Jan. 23.
     Herb Holloway (Business Research Center (BRC), presented results of two recent research projects at the First Quarter: 2015 meeting of the Collateral Risk Network (CRN) on Jan. 28 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. CRN is a group of chief appraisers, collateral risk managers, regulators, and valuation experts who are focused on resolving the many challenges facing the appraisal profession. The CRN includes representatives of lending institutions, Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Veteran's Administration, the Federal Housing Administration, and independent appraisers. Holloway was invited by CRN to present the results of recent surveys conducted by Southeastern's BRC in Louisiana and Kentucky to establish "customary and reasonable" residential appraisal fees, in accordance with regulations passed as part of the Dodd-Frank banking reform legislation, and later codified by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. 


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