Southeastern employee spotlight

SBDC honored in Washington

Vigil held for earthquake victims

Student awarded fellowship


Yuan receives donation

Commencement traffic changes set

Alumni to host new fund raiser

Albertson's honored by Southeastern

Non-Credit Program news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


Employee Spotlight: Linda Alford
Linda AlfordLinda Alford, administrative coordinator 4 in the Athletics program, was selected for the Employee Spotlight Award (Unclassified Staff) during the recent competition held during Employee Appreciation days last month.
    Other recipients of the award are Candance Thomas of Upward Bound  (unclassified staff) and Sarah Clifton, (faculty), Department of Mathematics.
    Director of Athletics Jay Artigues said Linda’s commitment and integrity are exceptional.
    “She is always pleasant and willing to do anything asked of her,” he said. “She is a great example of what a team player should be. Not only does she enjoy her job, but she loves Southeastern and exemplifies what Lion Pride is all about.”
    “Several words come to mind to describe Linda: integrity, excellence, teamwork, character and loyalty,” added Andrew Bechac, senior associate AD for internal operations. “If Southeastern had an athletic draft, she would be a ‘first round pick.’”
     “I was very surprised to be selected, and also honored,” says Linda about the award. “I'm blessed to work in the Athletic Department with such a great administration, co-workers and coaches.”
    Originally from New Orleans, Linda moved to the Northshore about 20 years ago and has worked in the Athletic Department for 15 years with duties such as timekeeper, scholarship responsibilities and working with the coaches on apparel and uniform ordering for teams.  


Southeastern SBDC recognized as best in nation
SBDC WashingtonThe U.S. Small Business Association officially recognized Southeastern’s Small Business Development Center as the best in the nation at the SBA’s annual awards held at the White House on Friday (May 8).
    The award was presented by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet as part of the SBA’s recognition of National Small Business Week. Present to accept the award on behalf of Southeastern were Director William Joubert, Assistant Director and Training Coordinator Sandy Summers, and Business Consultants Wayne Ricks and Brandy Boudreaux. All four staff members are graduates of Southeastern business programs.
    Earlier last week, the Southeastern SBDC received recognition at the Louisiana Governor’s mansion for earning top state and multi-state regional awards as the best unit in those areas.
    Joubert said over the past 10 years, since the center has been located in the university’s Southeast Louisiana Business Center, the SBDC; has assisted more than 3,600 clients, aided in the development of more than 220 new businesses and expansions, helped businesses create 2,500 new jobs, and helped obtain more than $328 million in capital formation.
    Southeastern operates one of 10 SBDCs in Louisiana and approximately 1,000 in the nation. The group serves the five-parish region of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. The Southeastern SBDC has operated for more than 20 years as a champion for small businesses throughout the region.

BEAMING WITH PRIDE – Staff members with Southastern’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center show off their award from the Small Business Administration recognizing the SBDC as the best in the nation at ceremonies held in the White House last week.  Pictured are, from left, Business Consultants Wayne Ricks and Brandy Boudreaux, Assistant Director Sandy Summers, and Director William Joubert.


Students hold vigil for earthquake victims in Nepal

Nepal vigil heldStudents gathered Thursday to remember the victims of the Nepalese earthquake. Many Nepalese students had family and friends that were affected by the devastation the April 25 earthquake left behind.
     The 7.8 magnitude earthquake took thousands of lives and leveled villages and cities, including the capital of Kathmandu, home for many of Southeastern's Nepalese students.


Southeastern student awarded $5,000 Counseling Fellowship from NBCC and affiliates
Southeastern counseling student Christianne Ricard of Baton Rouge was selected by the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, for the group’s Minority Fellowship Program-Youth.
      As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Ricard will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations with a specific focus on transition age youth, ages 16–25.
     “As a graduate student in the counseling program, Christianne has aggressively pursued the many opportunities available to her,” said Professor of Counseling Mary Ballard. “Her initiatives have gained her a tremendous amount of recognition at the state and national levels, and the faculty applauds her energy and enthusiasm for the counseling profession.”
     The NBCC MFP will distribute $5,000 to Ricard and the 39 other master’s-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Ricard is both a student and graduate of Southeastern, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling and clinical counseling. Ricard plans to serve the minority population upon graduation. The fellowship will help her to obtain supervision for working with the minority population and will also allow her to be a part of ongoing training in order to best serve minority populations.
     The NBCC MFP-Y is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-Y, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.


Yuan receives donation for conference
Lu Yuan receives donationLu Yuan (right), associate professor & coordinator of Occupational, Safety, Health and Environment(OSH&E), accepts a $1,000 donation from Trey Rivet, director of safety & workforce development of the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA). The donation enables Yuan to attend the American Society of Safety Engineers’ professional development conference in Dallas in June.
     Yuan will present “Engaging OSH&E Students in Research through a Research and Development Course” at the ASSE’s Academic Forum. The donation will also be used toward the OSH&E spring 2015 graduation ceremony, where the graduating seniors will receive the GSP (Graduate Safety Practitioner) designations from BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals).
     “GBRIA has continuously provided advice, help and support to the OSH&E program since the program started,” Yuan said. “Attending the conference will provide a great opportunity to publicize our program and promote professional development of the program faculty. The OSH&E graduation ceremony provides a great opportunity to celebrate the OSH&E students’ maturation from students to professionals. We appreciate GBRIA’s generosity.”


Traffic changes planned for Southeastern commencement May 16
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Patrice B. Pujol, superintendent of Ascension Parish School System and a recipient of the Louisiana Superintendent of the Year Award, will speak at the ceremony, where approximately 1,175 students will receive associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible, but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
     “Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” said Todd. “We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Todd said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
     Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.


Southeastern Alumni Association sponsors ‘Champagne, Chocolate & Diamonds’
The Southeastern Alumni Association – through a sponsorship with George Ibert Jewelry and Gifts of Hammond – will present a new fund raising event for the organization on Thursday, June 11.
     “Champagne, Chocolate and Diamonds promises to be a special event with a new twist,” explained Kathy Pittman, director of the Alumni Association. “Patrons can indulgence themselves on champagne and a wide variety of chocolate delights, including Godiva chocolates.”
     Highlight of the event will be presentation of a certified one carat, high quality colorless diamond to a single patron, compliments of Ibert’s. Winner needs not be present to win.
      The event is limited to 150 patrons at a cost of $100 per couple. Tickets can be purchased at Ibert’s Jewelry and Gifts, 1665 SW Railroad Ave.; K-Team Printing, 2107 W. Thomas St., at the Southeastern Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave.; or online through the association,
     “We’ve heard from our male friends who feel somewhat slighted they can’t participate in our annual FeLions Champagne Bingo, so we’ve decided to open this event to couples,” Pittman said.
     Models will be wearing clothes from Dillards and jewelry from collections such as Mastoloni Pearls, LeVian chocolate diamonds, and Vahan sterling. Modeling will be former Miss Southeastern Rene Picou, current Miss Southeastern Emily Randon, and alumnae Katie Morse and Katie Campbell Krause.
     Music will be provided by the Reg Sanders Trio. Pittman also expressed gratitude to K-Team Printing and Marketing, Dillards, the Crescent Bar and Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
     More information is available from the Southeastern Alumni Association, 549-2150.


Albertson's honored as community partner
Albertson's honored as community partnerKevin Burnelle, left, manager of Albertson’s supermarket on Thomas Street, accepts the Community Partnership Award from Southeastern’s Division of Student Affairs. With him is Southeastern Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates.
     Albertson’s was honored for their strong support of the Lions’ athletic programs, including offering special discounts on game days to patrons wearing university apparel.


Non-Credit Programs

Summer Music Celebration
July 13 - 17

Join Southeastern’s Community Music School for a variety of musical and instrumental workshops this summer. Enroll your child in a workshop such as: Chamber Music, Guitar, Piano Duet, and Music Theory.

Children’s Art Workshop
Kim Finley, July 13 - 23

All students will complete a t-shirt design, model magic sculpture and printmaking project. The workshop is eight days long and students will complete eight different projects including painting and drawing. These projects will be based on the theme "Step Into Art." Learn about famous artists as you make inspired artwork that also celebrates you! Children enrolled in the workshop will be instructed by art students who will be supervised by Dr. Kim Finley.

Zoom Into Careers
June 15 - 18,

Southeastern is proud to offer a series of exciting career workshops for junior high and high school students. In our hands-on courses, participants explore a career and gain knowledge of the competencies required to succeed in their field of interest. These summer workshops will introduce students to career opportunities available in Louisiana and compatible higher education programs within Southeastern’s college curriculum. Workshops include: Animation, Industrial and Engineering, Automotive, Computer Science, Television, Theater, Photography, and Environmental Sciences.

Mohammad Saadeh’s New Classes
Intro to Microcontrollers
June 2 - 23; Mandeville

This is an entry level programming course that exclusively depends on hands-on projects. The course allows learning in a fun, supportive, and friendly atmosphere. Students will learn how to write instructions to a microcontroller board using simple-to-learn C-language. Students can make a light glow or faint, a motor spin in either direction, a robot move and avoid obstacles, and many more fun projects. The course is divided into sections that cover a sequence of skills. Each section is supplemented by simple projects that progressively increase in complexity.

Programmable Logic Controllers
June 1 - 22; Hammond

This course is intended to teach PLCs as they became heavily incorporated into industry to organize the performance of machines and processes. The course will introduce one of the commercially available PLC modules through a series of different input-output configurations. Students will learn how to read schematic diagrams and connect different types of inputs (sensors, switches, timers, counters, etc) and outputs (lights, motors, fans, valves, cylinders, pneumatic, vacuum, etc). Also, learn ladder logic and how to write a sequence of rungs to achieve certain functions.

ACT Test Prep
Joe Carter; May 12 - June 9

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.


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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men’s golf team will compete in NCAA Regionals, while the SLU baseball team will look to clinch its first-ever Southland Conference regular season championship during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion golf team, making its eighth NCAA regional appearance in school history, will be one of 13 teams competing in the NCAA Lubbock Regional at the Rawls Course. The regional will be contested Thursday through Saturday with tee times set for 8 a.m. each day. Live scoring, provided by host Texas Tech, will be accessible at
     The top five teams and the low individual not on those teams at each regional will advance to the 2015 NCAA Championships. The national finals are scheduled for May 29-June 3 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.
     The Lion baseball team (38-15, 22-5 Southland) needs one win or one Northwestern State loss to clinch its first-ever Southland Conference regular season championship. SLU will open its final league series of the season on Thursday, traveling to UNO for a 6:30 p.m. contest. On Friday, the teams return to Alumni Field for a 6 p.m. contest. Prior to Friday’s contest, Southeastern will honor seniors Kevin Carr, Kyle Keller, Jacob Williams and Brett Hoffman.
     The series wraps up back in New Orleans on Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch. All of this week’s games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Friday’s game.
Thursday, May 14
Golf, at NCAA Lubbock Regional, Lubbock, Texas, 8 a.m.
Baseball, at UNO, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Friday, May 15
Golf, at NCAA Lubbock Regional, Lubbock, Texas, 8 a.m.
Baseball, vs. UNO, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Saturday, May 16
Golf, at NCAA Lubbock Regional, Lubbock, Texas, 8 a.m.
Baseball, at UNO, New Orleans, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Measuring Leadership Disposition of Pre-Service Principals” to the American Educational Research Association in Chicago on April 16. The paper was co-authored by and co-presented with Mindy Crain-Dorough, and other co-authors were Evan Mense and Jennifer Sughrue (all of Educational Leadership and Technology).


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