Fall convocation scheduled

Nursing program ranked

Student wins Emmy

SLU hosts Arts Showcase

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


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.


Southeastern nursing program ranked on ‘Top Value’ list
NursingSoutheastern’s online program intended to help registered nurses earn their bachelor degrees has been ranked in the nation’s Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Programs for 2015.
     The program was ranked 36th among 50 top accredited online nursing programs in the U.S. by Programs were considered and evaluated according to their 20-year return on investment, per-credit tuition rate and national ranking.
     “The value of a particular program is something that concerns most prospective students and parents in selecting a college or university,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “We are pleased to see that Southeastern scored well in the criteria used to evaluate the value of our program. We try to make every accommodation available to our students, while maintaining our high level of quality instruction.”
     The program provides registered nurses, who may have an associate’s degree or diploma from a licensed school, the opportunity to continue taking courses online, while earning credit toward a bachelor’s degree.
     “As the field of medical care gets increasingly complex and technological, an increasing number of hospitals and health care facilities are seeing the bachelor’s degree as a minimum requirement for employment in the profession.” Carruth said.
     She noted that higher educational attainment in nursing usually translates to higher salaries and greater opportunities for advancement.
     Currently there are 80-100 active students enrolled in Southeastern’s RN-BS degree program, said Eileen Creel, head of the School of Nursing. The program, started in 2008, has seen more than 110 students graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
     Creel said in addition to a traditional undergraduate nursing school program, where students receive clinical training at area hospitals and medical facilities, Southeastern also offers a program for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to attain a bachelor’s degree, as well as an accelerated program for students already holding a bachelor’s degree in any field.
     Southeastern also offers master’s degrees and a doctorate in nursing practice, which can be taken online.


Southeastern student wins Emmy for film
Emmy award winnersA student-produced dramatic film for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational access station, has won a coveted Emmy Award.
     Emma, a short film by student filmmaker Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, won an Emmy in the “Directing” category given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
     The film was recognized in the NATAS Suncoast Region comprised of universities, television stations and production entities in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
     Emma is a psychological romance about a young man, Nate, whose girlfriend, Emma, leaves him to move to another city to pursue a career. The young man seeks the help of a psychiatrist, who suggests a return to society to ease the pain. Upon doing so, the haunted young man sees Emma everywhere he goes.
     “Winning an Emmy is one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my career,” Barbier said. “Being recognized for my advancement in this field while still a student validates that I am pursuing a career that I will not only enjoy, but can be successful in as well.”
     In addition to directing, Barbier served as screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. She wrote the screenplay based on the concept by student Matt Green of Hammond. Student actor C.J. Love of Mandeville played the leading role of Nate.
     “The Emmy is the highest award that you can win in television, and Sarah’s special talent, creativity, vision and work ethic have rightfully placed her in elite company on a national scale,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “We’re thrilled that our television and film students continue to be honored at the highest level.”
     NATAS awards an Emmy after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions, Settoon said. Categories with nominees often have no winner.
     Barbier produced Emma for a short film assignment in a field production class in the Electronic Media Concentration of Southeastern’s Department of Languages and Communication. The film, along with Barbier’s interview, airs on the Southeastern Channel as part of the student film show, Cinematheque.
     Six other Southeastern Channel students won honorable recognitions for their work.
     Matt Flores of Slidell won an honorable mention for “Directing” with his film parody, Donate Blood, Save Lives, for the student entertainment show, College Night. Kayla Hill of Walker was recognized for "Public Service Announcement" with her PSA, Tobacco Free Campus.
     Three news reporters for the student newscast, Northshore News, also won honorable mention honors. Paul Rivera of Slidell won in “News Story-Serious News” for his story, Manufacturing on the North Shore, and in “Arts and Entertainment, Cultural Affairs” for his feature, John Schneider Studios.
     Michael Vinsanau of Mandeville received honorable mention in “News Story-Light News” for his feature, Blooming Rose, while Kaitlyn Morales of Covington was recognized in “Writing” for her story, Miracle League.
     The Southeastern Channel has won 12 Emmys and received 47 Emmy nominations in the past 10 years. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable 199 throughout the North Shore. Its live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at

SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WIN EMMY AWARDS - Southeastern Channel students were recently honored with prestigious Emmy Award honors by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Region. Pictured, from left, are Kaitlyn Morales of Covington, Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon, Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, Matt Flores of Slidell, and Michael Vinsanau of Mandeville. Not shown are students Paul Rivera of Slidell and Kayla Hill of Walker.


Southeastern hosts Arts Showcase
Fine Art ShowcasePonchatoula Mayor Robert “Bob” Zabbia and his wife, artist Kim Howes Zabbia, examine the stained glass pieces, “Eric,” created by Hammond artist Jerry Hymel at Southeastern’s 9th annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase at a reception Tuesday (June 23). The works of 52 Louisiana artists working in a wide array of media are exhibited in Southeastern’s university residence. The project is coordinated by Dale Newkirk, Southeastern art professor and director of university galleries.


Southeastern in the news

N.O. Advocate
Press Club of New Orleans awards scholarships to two mass communication career hopefuls


Northshore Community Foundation


This Week in Athletics
2015-16 Kicks Off With Coaches Caravans
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host Coaches Caravans to kick off the 2015-16 Southeastern Athletics season.
     All caravans are set for 6-8 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for all Alumni Association members. SLU head football coach Ron Roberts will be featured at all six events, while other members of the Southeastern coaching staff will be in attendance at various stops.
     The first event is set for Tuesday, July 14, at the Greystone Country Club (9214 Greystone Dr.) in Denham Springs. On Wednesday, July 15, the caravans continue at the Mellow Mushroom (3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) in Metairie. The opening week closes with a stop at the Old Rail Brewing Company (639 Girod St.) in Mandeville on Thursday, July 16.
     The second week opens at the Florida Parishes Arena (1301 NW Central Ave.) in Amite on Tuesday, July 21. On Wednesday, July 22, the Lions will be in Baton Rouge at Drusilla’s Seafood (3482 Drusilla Ln.). The caravans close out in Ponchatoula on Thursday, July 23, at the Roux and Brew (135 SW Railroad Ave.).
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 549-2150.


Professional activities
Dr. Hye-Young Kim (physics), as the sole PI, has received $247,363 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under grant number P20GM103424, which is to support an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence. The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements. This three-year (May 2015-April 2018) research project will be conducted in collaboration with Louisiana State University and the title is “Large-scale atomistic simulation for novel self-assembled drug delivery vehicles.”
     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and his former research students Suraj K. Ayer and Elizabeth A. Kimball published a paper titled: “1H and 13C NMR assignments for a series of Diels–Alder adducts of anthracene and 9-substituted anthracenes” in Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry 2015, 53, 551–555, with collaborators from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
     Harry S. Laver (History and Political Science) presented “Andrew Jackson’s Battle of New Orleans: A Bicentennial Reappraisal;”  William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented “The War of 1812, the Battle of New Orleans, and Great Power Politics: A Long-term International Perspective;” and Charles N. Elliott (History and Political Science) presented “Old Hickory in New Orleans: The View from Jackson Square (A Go-There, Know-Where Reconsideration)” at the 15th Annual A+PEL American Studies Conference on “After-Battle Report: Jackson's New Orleans Campaign in Retrospect and in Your Classroom” sponsored by the Association of Professional Educators of Louisiana, in Baton Rouge on June 19.
     David Gurney (Mathematics) was in Kansas City from June 11 to 17, along with 800 other statistics teachers from high schools and colleges around the country, to help grade 1.2 million free response questions on this year’s AP Statistics exam.


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