Turtle Cove receives donation

Students earn awards

UPD hosts self-defense class

Student receives scholarship

Hyde to appear on LPB

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Turtle Cove receives donation
Turtle Cove donationThe Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors presents brand new life jackets to the Turtle Cove Research Station in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
     Pictured from left to right are Chamber President and CEO Chris Brannon, Board Member Tonia Gay, Turtle Cove Manager Dr. Rob Moreau, Chamber Chairman Erin Cowser and Board Member Justin Crossie.


Southeastern students earn awards from Associated Press
Students from Southeastern’s The Lion’s Roar newspaper took home a round of awards at the recent joint conference of the Louisiana Press Association and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors held in New Orleans.
     The newspaper received awards from both organizations at the joint conference, including a third place recognition for The Lion’s Roar in the general excellence category.
     “I am thrilled to see Southeastern receive so many awards from the Louisiana Press Association,” said Sara Patrick, former editor of the paper. “My work with the newspaper gave me a wide variety of skills that I will continue to use in my future career.”
     Patrick, a communications major from Houma, graduated in May after serving on the staff of Student Publications for four years. She was also recognized in the photography category with a third place standing in “best news photography” by the LPA and second place standing in “college spot news photos” by the APME.
     Other members of the staff also garnered awards for photography and design work. Christopher Martin of Albany, a December 2014 communications graduate, placed first in the “college feature photos” of the APME competition. Martin is currently employed by the The (Baton Rouge) Advocate as a news page designer.
     Fernanda Chagas, a senior graphic design major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, earned a first place award from the LPA in the “staff-generated color advertising” category for her design of an ad for the Ponchatoula Strawberry Fesitival. Chargas also seves as editor-in-chief of the university’s student yearbook, Le Souvenir.
     Cyprien Campeaux, a senior fine arts major from Haughton, won second place in the LPA’s “staff-generated B&W advertising” category for his design of local business Wyatt’s Comics. He also serves on the staff of “Le Souvenir.”
     “Our students consistently earn high recognition for their endeavors with The Lion’s Roar,” said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. “These young student-professionals work very hard to not only keep our campus community well informed, but also develop extensive skills while doing so. Their dedication and achievements are remarkable.”
     For the LPA’s Better Newspaper Competition fifty-four newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted 2,485 entries to compete in the competition. The Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors Contest is one of the largest regional contests hosted by the AP, with over 1,000 entries, and recognizes Louisiana and Mississippi member newspapers for outstanding performance in journalism.


UPD to host self-defense class
The Southeastern Police Department is hosting a self-defense class for the women of our community.
     The class is on Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, and is free for current Southeastern students and employees. Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended.
     To register for the class or receive more information, send an e-mail to or call the University Police Department at 549-2222.


Southeastern student honored by New Orleans Press Club
Scholarship winnerSoutheastern student Maria Goddard of New Orleans has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Press Club of New Orleans.
     Goddard was recognized as one of two recipients at the Press Club’s annual membership meeting at Zea Rotisserie & Grill on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. The Press Club awards the annual scholarship to support students pursuing a career in journalism, public relations or other mass communication fields.
     Goddard is a communication major studying public relations and electronic media at Southeastern. She has worked for “The Lion’s Roar” student newspaper, KSLU radio station and the Southeastern Channel, the university’s educational access television station on Charter Communications.
     “I am so grateful to be a recipient of this award,” Goddard said. “God has truly blessed me through the generosity of the Press Club of New Orleans. Their support will help me move forward in this field.”
     Goddard is a community service director with the Southeastern campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She aspires to help nonprofits promote their work with underprivileged youth.
     Goddard is currently a television news anchor, producer and reporter for the Southeastern Channel’s national award-winning newscast, “Northshore News.”
     “At the Southeastern Channel they are training me to have what it takes to succeed in television,” she added. “I enjoy working with other students and colleagues who have the same passion as I do. We work diligently to deliver quality news to our viewers.”

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER- Southeastern student Maria Goddard of New Orleans was named one of two college winners of a $2,500 scholarship presented by the Press Club of New Orleans. The scholarship supports students seeking a career in journalism, public relations or other mass communication fields.


Hyde to participate in panel discussion on LPB
Sam Hyde will participate in the panel forum for Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s monthly news and public affairs program, Louisiana Public Square. This month’s program, “Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces,” will explore the issue of symbols such as the Confederate flag, monuments and statues in public places and will tape July 21, airing statewide on July 22.
     The format is citizen roundtable discussion for approximately 15 minutes followed by Q&A with a panel of four experts for the remainder of the hour.
     After recent racially motivated violence in Charleston, SC, state governments around the South are reevaluating the display of the Confederate battle flag on public grounds. Some groups say these images convey an offensive message, while others claim they simply commemorate the past.
     What should be the role of state and local government in regulating these symbols? Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums? How does free speech factor into the debate? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces,” airing Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.


This Week in Athletics
Southeastern to Induct Ray, Kubena into Athletics Hall of Fame Nov. 7
Southeastern will induct Rachel Ray Fitzgerald and Denise Kubena Wyninger into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 7.
     The newest SLU Athletics Hall of Famers will be inducted at a special ceremony at the Hall of Honor in the University Center prior to the Lion football team’s Southland Conference contest versus Incarnate Word. Fitzgerald and Wyninger will be recognized at halftime of the Southeastern-UIW contest.
     Ray Fitzgerald, a native of Payson, Arizona, played for the Lady Lion softball team from 2004-08 and established herself as the most accomplished pitcher in program history. A three-time All-Southland performer, she finished her career as the school’s all-time leader with 391 career strikeouts.
     Her junior season was her best at SLU, as she earned first team All-Southland Conference honors and set single-season school records with 21 wins and eight shutouts, including a 1-0 victory over No. 6 LSU. A two-time Southland All-Academic selection, Ray Fitzgerald earned her degree in nursing and currently works at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.
     Kubena Wyninger, who hails from Houston, starred for the Southeastern volleyball team from 1999-2002. A two-time All-Southland Conference selection, she ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in career kills (1,119, 4th), digs (1,726, 2nd), points (1,249.5, 6th) and matches played (120, 9th).
     As a junior, she was a third team All-Southland selection and her 421 digs were the 10th-highest in school history. She was a second team all-conference choice as a senior and posted 521 digs – the fourth-most ever by a Lady Lion. A two-time Academic All-Southland selection and graduate in communication, Kubena is married to former SLU baseball player Blaine Wyninger.
     Kubena Wyninger is the fifth volleyball player to join the Athletics Hall of Fame joining Christie Mikolajchak-Cripps (inducted in 2003), Darci Starr (2004), Anne Bauer Peytavin (2007) and Sarah Gascon (2010). Ray Fitzgerald will be the fourth former SLU softball player in the Hall of Fame, joining Tara Maus (2003), Voncia Bookman (2005) and Gascon.
     The newest additions will bring the total Athletics Hall of Fame membership to 135. Last November, SLU inducted Wade Miley (baseball) and Emilija Arnaudovska (tennis).


Professional activities
Paula S. Currie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) was granted a sixth Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists earn an ACE by earning 70 contact hours of ASHA Continuing Education Units in a 36-month period. Currie joins a group of individuals who have made a concerted, personal effort to continue professional learning beyond an academic degree.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (Nursing and Health Sciences) and Dr. Ann Carruth (Nursing and Health Sciences) collaborated on a recent article titled “Use of Technology to Promote Effective Medication Adherence.” The article will be published in the August 2015 issue of The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing (JCEN).  Ineffective medication adherence among older adults can lead to the exacerbation of chronic health conditions, hospital admissions, and other avoidable health care costs. As hospitals increasingly focus on population health, the use of technology in patient homes is one approach to increase adherence with medications. Through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Delta grant, students in Billingsley’s community nursing course participated in a feasibility study, which assessed the use and evaluation of technology to promote health in community-dwelling older adults. The purpose of this article was to examine strategies to assist patients with medication management and adherence.


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