Retirees honored

Rock 'n Roar attracts students

Dance concert scheduled

Agosta named Fellow

Graduate to hold booksigning

Marsh publishes short stories

Golden Silence to be held March 24

Sociologist to speak March 25

Let's Talk Art March 25

Tasters' Choice Awards presented

Blood drive scheduled April 1

Books needed for library sale

St. Tammany Hall volunteers

Non-Credit Program news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Retirees honored
Southeastern 2015 retireesThirty-eight Southeastern staff employees were recognized on the occasion of their retirement this past year at a reception held last Tuesday.
     Pictured at the event were, front row, from left: Terry Fitzpatrick, Freshman Success; Lynn Stirling, College of Business; Debbie Whitehead, University Police; Anita Farkas, Accounting & Finance; Brenda Perrett, Health and Human Sciences; Marta Gumpert, Languages & Communication; Annabel Servat, English; Barbara Hebert, Counseling Center; back row, from left: Daniel Llewellyn, Biological Sciences; Ken Lane, Educational Leadership; Josephine Walker, Institutional Effectiveness; Pierre Titard, Accounting & Finance; Felton Freeman, Physical Plant; JoEllen Williams, Human Resources; David Sever, Biological Sciences; Thomas Lacour, Client Mobility; Robert Deeb, Computer Science & Industrial Technology; and Dr. John L. Crain, president.


Rock 'n Roar attracts students, community
More than 2,700 students from approximately 70 area high schools converged on Southeastern Saturday for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar, the university's annual campus-community festival.
     Now in its 19th year, Rock 'n Roar provided a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     "Rock 'n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and area high school students together to have fun while visiting and learning about our campus," said Pittman.
     Rock 'n Roar entertained public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
     At the Literary Rally, students competed in 45 different academic subjects then gathered information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths.

1) Rock n' Roar car2) Rock 'n Roar nursing


1) Computer Science instructor Steele Russell talks about robotic vehicles and equipment used in the department's robotics studies with Kayla Richard of Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville at Saturday's Rock 'n Roar.

2) Nursing student James Austin performs a blood sugar test on Ngozi Nwabueve of West Feliciana High School at Rock 'n Roar. The School of Nursing operated a small health fair during the event.


Southeastern Dance Performance Project to present "Movement Shifting" March 25 and 26
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts' dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present a concert directed by Instructor and Artistic Director Keith "Skip" Costa on March 25 and 26.
     Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. both days, "Movement Shifting" will take place in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     "Movement has the brilliant power to shift lives, to shift emotions and to shift directions," Costa said.
     General admission tickets to the one-hour concert are $5 and will be available one hour prior to the performance. For more information, contact Costa at
     "The prelude to the concert is entitled 'Washed Away," Costa added. "At 7 p.m. there will be seven dances performed simultaneously in outdoor locations in front of Pottle Music Building."
     Choreographers for the outdoor performance are Costa, Lindsy Brown of El Paso, Tex., Tyron'E Hawkins of Baton Rouge, Arianna Hodge and Michaela Thanars of Slidell, Joseph Matherne of Luling, and Jaquan Warren of Franklinton.
Choreographers for the stage performances are Faith Allen and Christa Clement Sevin of Ponchatoula, Brown, Costa, Matherne and Warren.
     Two of the dance pieces to be presented during the concert were selected to be performed during the South Regional Conference of the 2015 American College Dance Festival in Clarksville, Tenn., earlier this month.
     "Time," choreographed and perfomed by Allen and set to the music "To Build a Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra, and "The Book of Life," choreographed by Brown and performed by dancers Allen, Brown, Matherne and Sevin to "You Will Pull Through" by Barcelona, were selected as the student representative work from Southeastern to be performed.
     In addition, Costa's "Courage, Hope, Strength" performed to Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" was selected for the Gala Concert at the 2015 ACDA conference.
     Dancers performing in the concert include Desiree Acosta of Destrehan; Stephanie Amerson of Hammond; Tiffany Armstrong of Loranger; Stacie Doughty, DeShant'e Epps and Noah Guitroz of New Orleans; John Forrest Duplantier of Covington; Bracie Johnson of Baker; Hayley Jordan and Hawkins of Baton Rouge; Aliyah Malancon and Jasmine Taylor of St. James; Lillian Marcus and Alexis May of Denham Springs; and Samantha O'Neill, Leah Reeb, Hodge and Thanars of Slidell.


Southeastern professor named Fellow of national nursing organization
Lucie J. AgostaLucie J. Agosta, an associate professor of nursing at Southeastern, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
     The designation is designed to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policies designed to enhance the mission of the association, explained Eileen Creel, head of the Southeastern School of Nursing.
     A resident of Baton Rouge, Agosta is one of only two nurse practitioners from Louisiana selected as a 2015 Fellow. She will be among the 70 NPs from throughout the nation recognized at the AANP's conference to be held in June in New Orleans.
     "Dr. Agosta is widely recognized for her work as a staff nurse and clinical educator of graduate students seeking to become nurse practitioners," Creel said. "As nurse practitioners begin to play a more critical role in the health system, educators and mentors such as Dr. Agosta are an important element in the future of the profession."
     Agosta joined Southeastern's faculty in 2007 and serves as coordinator of the family health nurse practitioner track in Southeastern's School of Nursing graduate program. She is a recipient of the Nightingale Award from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as Advance Practice Nurse of the Year. A member of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, she has also been honored with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence.


Southeastern graduate pens book, schedules booksigning
Katie Wainwright, a 1976 Southeastern graduate with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, recently published a novel titled Pohainake Parish. Wainwright will be available for a booksigning at the Southeastern Bookstore on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     According to the book jacket, Pohainake Parish is the story of Hannah Kelly, a divorced mother of two teenagers, who gets elected to the bankrupt Pohainake Parish Council. The former housewife, who spent her days baking cookies, running carpools and attending PTA meetings, is soon overwhelmed by the problems and decisions the council must make.
     Occupying the chair next to hers is Captain William Fleming, fortyish, single, handsome, a playboy who ran for office on a dare, never expecting to win. As the council members deal with jails, escaped convicts, piled up garbage, disintegrating roads, and lack of resources, Hannah's serious attitude clashes with Captain Fleming's devil-may-care stance.
     The conflict between them escalates to the breaking point. Hannah's heroic attempts to comply with the demands of public office, while at the same time striving to maintain a stable family life, are the familiar struggles politicians face daily. Tempered with southern humor, the sad truths of ignorance, inefficiency, graft, nepotism and other woes of governing are exposed.
     Anyone who has been elected or is considering a political run would profit greatly from Hannah's story. From side-splitting funny tales to troublesome and tragic incidents, presiding over a small Louisiana parish is a condensed version of what happens at every level of government, from local to national.
     Pohainake Parish is available at the Southeastern Bookstore and other retailers. For more information, contact the bookstore at 549-5393.


Southeastern English instructor publishes short stories
Alan Marsh"Spring" and "Camera Man," short stories by Southeastern English instructor Alan Marsh, were recently published in the Fall 2014 edition of New Plains Review and Nebo: A Literary Journal, respectively.
     "Alan Marsh's short stories expertly plunge the reader into questions about loyalty, sanity and alienation," said colleague and fellow English instructor Aimee Barrios. "The evocative short story 'Spring' explores the brutality of relationships as they are mirrored in the brutality of nature, and 'Camera Man' is a thought-provoking look at the lenses through which we view each other and ourselves."
     "I felt honored to have 'Spring' published by 'New Plains Review,' as they only accept one piece of fiction in their biannual publication," Marsh said.
     New Plains Review is published semiannually by the University of Central Oklahoma. The publication is committed to publishing high quality poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction by established and emerging writers, Marsh said.
     "Over the years, New Plains Review has expanded its range to invite writers beyond the university community," he added. "They receive hundreds of submissions from all over the country, and the authors they publish range from the well-known to the soon-to-be-discovered."
     "Camera Man," Marsh said, is a commentary on popular entertainment/media, concentrating mostly on reality shows.
Nebo: A Literary Journal is published at Arkansas Tech University. It routinely publishes Arkansas Tech students and unpublished writers along with nationally known writers. The journal has won awards at the Arkansas College Media Awards for poetry, fiction, and art.


Golden Silence Memorial to be held Tuesday
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host its annual Golden Silence, a ceremony that honors deceased Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and staff or their family members, on Tuesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pottle Performance Circle.
     "We encourage the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern family, such as students, faculty and staff or graduates, has passed away during the past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence," said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     Pittman added that the association has also initiated its Eternal Chapter, which memorializes all deceased alumni on an ongoing basis. The web site can be accessed at


Sociologist to Speak on Fraternities and Racism
The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice will sponsor a presentation this week by Dr. Matthew Hughey, an associate professor of sociology from the University of Connecticut and expert on racism in fraternities on U.S. campuses. The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in room 133 at the University Center.
     Hughey has seen five of his books on race published since 2011, including Race and Ethnicity in Exclusive and Secret Orders: Blood and Shadow (Taylor and Francis, 2013). After a University of Oklahoma fraternity video went viral on the internet recently because of its racist content, Hughey was interviewed on the topic on CNN and featured on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.
     "Why do some Greek-letter organizations seem to bring out the worst in people?" wrote Hughey in the Times editorial. "Historically white fraternal groups can be key mechanisms in the intergenerational transmission of white wealth, power and status. The stakes for belonging are high, and the culture must legitimate its own existence, forcing out those who fail to conform. Fraternities and sororities can also create lifelong bonds, increase first-generation college students' chances of graduation and help with social mobility after college. Greek life on campus is worth preserving. But before the next shocking video surfaces, schools must confront the inequality that the Greek system has also managed to preserve."
     The event is free and open to the public. There will be a brief question and answer period after the presentation. For more information, visit


"Let's Talk: Art" spring series continues March 25
The spring series of "Let'sTalk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library continues Wednesday, March 25, at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern with a special Women's History Month lecture. Leah Floyd, Instructor of Photography, will speak on "Establishing a Parallel Practice."
     In her presentation Floyd looks at the nature of creativity and suggests that creative practices, rituals, and alternative activities performed outside the studio can influence one's art practice. She will explore how leaning on one's parallel practice during times of creative droughts can keep the creativity moving forward.
     All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call Eric Johnson at 549-3962.
     Upcoming lectures are scheduled as follows:
• Wednesday, April 29, "Max Ernst's Collage Novels: The Alchemical Reassemblage of a New World Mythology" by Dillon Raborn, Senior in Art History; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.
• Wednesday, May 13, "Hammond Art Guild Panel Discussion" moderated by artist Roland Guidry; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.
• Wednesday, June 10, "Mardi Gras Subcultures" by photographer Phillip Colwart; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.


Southeastern presents Tasters' Choice Awards at Chefs Evening

1)Cocoa Bean2)Buddies


1) Miss Southeastern Emily Randon presents the university's Tasters' Choice Award at its recent Chefs Evening to Anthony Delpidio, pastry chef and owner of Cocoa Bean Bakery in Hammond. Cocoa Bean won in the dessert category for its bananas foster bread pudding.


2) Lead line cook Steven Hilderbrand, left, accepts Southeastern's Tasters' Choice Award from Miss Southeastern Emily Randon at the university's recent Chefs Evening. Pictured also are, from left, butcher/grill cook Mark Hughes and general manager and executive chef Michael Liuzza. Buddie's was recognized for its offering of bacon-wrapped shrimp and grits topped with maple meuniere sauce.


Blood Drive scheduled April 1
The University Health Center is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. directly behind the library.
Each donor will receive a free t-shirt and chocolate Easter bunny.
     To sign up or for more information, contact Ricky Poche at or at (225)-206-0529.


Books needed for National Library Week Book Sale
Sims Memorial Library is asking for donations of popular reading material, non-fiction books, and recent textbooks for the Library's annual book sale, to be held on April 14-16. In addition to books, the Library will also accept DVDs and CDs.
     Please do not bring magazines or journals, or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise unsalable.
Donations may be delivered to the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of the Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through April 13.
     For more information, contact Paul Kelsey at 549-3954, or at


St. Tammany Hall residents volunteer with Special Olympics
St. Tammany Hall residentsFall 2014 brought new University Housing programming initiatives to the residents of St. Tammany Residence Hall. The residents were given multiple opportunities throughout the academic year to participate in community service related events both in and outside of the hall.
     On Saturday, March 7, St. Tammany Hall residents, along with resident assistant staff, volunteered with the Louisiana Special Olympics State Indoor Games. The group was escorted by Area Coordinator Ashley White and Assistant Director of Residential Life Amanda Robbins.
     "We thought this would be a great fit for our program," said St. Tammany Hall Resident Assistant Justin Williamson. "The goal of our community service initiative is to connect our residents with their community and really become engaged and passionate about the potential in their town, parish and state."
     Nineteen students participated in the event, managing interactive games with the Special Olympics Athletes in "Olympic Town" at Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge. These games gave the athletes a chance to relax and celebrate their accomplishments after their competitions.
     "My favorite part of the event was seeing the residents interact with the athletes," said Resident Assistant Aaron Johnson. "They were really engaged!"
     For additional information about St. Tammany Hall Community Service Initiatives, please email University Housing at


Non-Credit Programs

Monster Movies and History
William Robison, April 14 - May 19

The course explores what "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," "King Kong," 'Godzilla," "The War of the Worlds" and other monster movies reveal about history. The six sessions include Frankenstein, from Shelley to Karloff to Brooks and beyond; Egyptian archaeology and the curse of mummies; King Kong and the fear of the jungle; Godzilla and the atomic nightmare; The War of the Worlds and xenophobia; and a feast of cheese: bad monster movies. The class will feature readings and excerpts from numerous monster movies.


Photoshop for Photography
Chuck Billiot, April 15 - 22

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to set up a work space; use the Photoshop browser; understand basic tools and filters; make image adjustments (levels, contrast, color, etc); crop and rotate images; create vignettes; eliminate dust and scratches; and more.


Intermediate Excel
Allanagh Sewell, April 14 – 28

This course is designed for individuals who already have basic Microsoft Excel skills. All types of individuals, businesses and organizations have data that needs to be analyzed and managed. Through this course, students will learn how to use advanced formulas and functions, create and edit charts and graphs, use absolute cell references, create and sort tables, protect workbooks, and create pivot tables to summarize data.


SHRM Learning System
Leslie Montgomery, April 15 - July 22

This course provides an in-depth study of the key areas of human resource management. Course materials include five extensive modules corresponding to the five functional areas, responsibilities, and associated knowledge defined by the HR Certification Institute: HR competencies, people, organization, workplace and strategy.
     This course provides features, such as: a comprehensive and current review of key human resource management concepts and trends based on the 2015 SHRM BoCK (Body of Competency and Knowledge), interaction with an experienced instructor and your peers, workbooks that cover topics tested on the SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification exam, more than 1,600 test questions, an online resource center, and an interactive case study designed for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP candidates.


Southeastern in the news

Southeastern students regift Christmas trees to wetlands


This Week in Athletics
Southeastern will host Super Lion Saturday to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion Athletics Association (LAA) will host Super Lion Saturday - a celebration of all things Southeastern Athletics - on Saturday in Hammond.
     Included in the day's activities are the 3rd Annual Green and Gold 5K Run at 8 a.m., softball's 11 a.m. game versus Sam Houston State, a 12 p.m. tailgate hosted by Gus O'Krepki, the Annual Football Spring Game at 1 p.m. and the Lion baseball team's 3 p.m. game versus Nicholls.
     Fans can also participate in the $3,000 ticket draw down that will be held on Super Lion Saturday. During Super Lion Saturday, the LAA will draw each ticket that has been purchased for the drawdown. Prizes will be given to the 1st ticket drawn ($500), the 25th ticket drawn ($100) the 50th ticket drawn ($125) and the 75th ticket drawn ($250).
     The grand prize is $3,000. Once all tickets have been eliminated, all remaining participants will be brought to attention. Each remaining participant will be given the opportunity to split the grand prize with the other remaining participants. If one participant chooses not to split, another elimination ticket will be drawn. The final drawdown will continue until all remaining participants either decide to split the grand prize or one participant takes home the entire $3,000.
     To purchase a $100 draw down ticket, sign up for the Green and Gold 5K or to find more information about Super Lion Saturday, visit or contact the Lion Athletics Association office at (985) 549-5091.
     The SLU baseball team (19-7, 7-2 Southland) is in first place in the Southland Conference standings heading into the week's action, which opens with a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday versus Louisiana-Monroe at Alumni Field. Southeastern will open its league series with Nicholls on Friday at 6 p.m. in Thibodaux. The Colonels will visit Hammond on Saturday at 3 p.m. with Sunday's series finale set for 1 p.m. back in Thibodaux.
     Off to the best start to Southland Conference play since 2001, the softball team (12-16, 7-1 Southland) will open up its week on the road, traveling to Louisiana Tech for a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday. On Friday, SLU returns home to open a three-game Southland series with Sam Houston State with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at North Oak Park. Saturday's series finale is set for 11 a.m.
     The Southeastern golf team will also continue its spring schedule this week. The Lions will be in San Antonio on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Lone Star Invitational.
     The SLU tennis team (8-2, 3-1 Southland) has two conference matches on tap this week. On Monday, the Lions will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1 p.m. Southeastern then heads to Abilene Christian for a 12 p.m. match on Friday.
     The Southeastern track and field team will compete in a prestigious meet for the second straight week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Austin, Texas from Wednesday through Saturday to participate in the Texas Relays.
     All of this week's baseball 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 Tuesday and Saturday's baseball games, as well as the softball series versus Sam Houston State.


Monday, March 23
Golf, at Lone Star Intercollegiate, San Antonio, Texas, 8:30 a.m.
Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*


Tuesday, March 24
Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 5 p.m.
Golf, at Lone Star Intercollegiate, San Antonio, Texas, 8:30 a.m.


Wednesday, March 25
Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Thursday, March 26
Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Friday, March 27
Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State (DH), North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)*
Tennis, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Super Lion Saturday, March 28
Green and Gold 5K, 8 a.m.
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State, North Oak Park, 11 a.m. (LionVision)*
Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 1 p.m.
Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Sunday, March 29
Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Joan Faust (English) attended the "2015 Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference" in Raleigh, NC on March 12-14. She chaired two sessions and presented the paper "Andrew Marvell's 'Daphnis and Chloe': Isn't It Ironic?" She also organized the South-Central Renaissance Conference executive committee meeting at the conference.
     Dr. Ihssan Alkadi (Computer Science) has presented a paper titled "Comparative Analysis of Current Security Algorithms and the 'MIST' Algorithm in Cloud Computing" at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky March, Montana 2015.
     Dr. Alan Cannon, Dr. Lucy Kabza, Dr. Kent Neuerburg, and Dr. Gary Walls (Mathematics) participated in the 2015 Southern Regional Algebra Conference (SRAC 2015) at University of Louisiana at Lafayette on March 13-15. Walls presented a talk titled "Finite Groups with metacyclic QTI-subgroups."
     Dr. Mohammad Saadeh (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) recently published the paper "Parameters Identification for a Composite Piezoelectric Actuators Dynamics," in Actuators, 4, 39-59.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Louisiana Principal Preparation: A Comparison of Program Features" to the Louisiana Education Research Association March 5-6 in Lafayette. Mindy Crain-Dorough and Evan Mense (Educational Leadership and Technology) were co-authors of the paper.
     Dr. Birgitta Ramsey (Department of English) and graduate student Maria Thaut (Department of Health and Human Sciences) did a collaborative PowerPoint presentation titled "Motivating First-Year Composition Students: With Technology and with Role-Models" at the LACC (Louisiana Association for College Composition) conference in Eunice, La., on March 13.


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