United Way Kick Off
Spooktacular SpooktacularV scheduled

Marino receives state service award
Ballard honored by UNO

Social Justice speaker scheduled

Farmers Market set Oct. 28

Fall Carnival scheduled Oct. 31
Next Science on Tap set Nov. 3

'Toys from the Heart' collections to begin

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter honored

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional ProfessonalActivities



United Way Kick Off
United Way logo

Southeastern’s campaign in support of the United Way was launched last week at the annual Kick-Off Luncheon
     Cammie Proctor, manager for Resource Development for the Tangipahoa Regional Office for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, said Southeastern is one of  the largest contributing group in the region. Last year, the university raised over $22,000 for United Way Services in Tangipahoa Parish.
     She said the community still has needs that United Way addresses, especially educational programs, services for seniors and people with disabilities, assistance with providing emergency food and shelter, services for cancer patients, and domestic violence programs.
     Tena Golding, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and campaign coordinator, noted that 44 percent of Southeastern employees participated in the campaign.  She emphasized the importance of employee participation, even if donations are only small amounts.
     Departments were provided with their individual United Way campaign packets. Additional information is available from Golding or Cindy Vernon at extension 5791.
     Units achieving 100% participation in last year’s campaign were recognized with a certificate from the United Way.


‘Spooktacular V’ costume contest highlights Chamber Orchestra’s Halloween concert Oct. 31
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra continues its highly popular “kids-friendly” Halloween concert when it presents a wide collection of music in the fall performance “Spooktacular V” scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The popular concert again will include costume contests in the age categories 12 and under and 13 and older, said Chamber Orchestra Conductor Yakov Voldman. He, as well as the entire orchestra, will be in costume.
     “We’re encouraging our audience to come in costume, whether or not they participate in the contest,” said Voldman.
     Following the concert, orchestra members will distribute candy in the lobby for all attendees.
     Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre Theatrebox office, 220 East Thomas St., which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5 for senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Southeastern students with student identification and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia box office at 543-4371.
     The concert will include the Bulgarian folk dance “Ratchenitza,” featuring Milena Rusanova of Sofia, Bulgaria, on violin; Gustav Adolf Huber’s “Concertino No. 2, Op. 6” with Promise Kinchen of Walker, on violin; and Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s “Trumpet Concerto in Eb” with Shaun Baxley of  Beaver Dam, Ky., on trumpet.
     Also scheduled is Felix Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64” with Sungkyung Woo of Seoul, South Korea, on violin.   

     WAFB-TV anchor Donna Britt will narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.      

Halloween Spooktacular
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – Southeastern Chamber Orchestra Conductor and resident cowboy Yakov YakovVoldman Voldmanaccepts accolades from the audience after last year’s Halloween Spooktacular.Spooktacular 

Southeastern counseling professor honored with induction in UNO Hall of Fame 

Southeastern Professor of Counseling Mary Brown Ballard of Mandeville has been honored by the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development with induction into its Hall of Fame.
     The honor recognizes graduates of the college whose accomplishments and contributions throughout their career serve as a model and inspiration to others. The selection is made from candidates who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a high level of professional accomplishments and making extraordinary contributions to improve teaching, leading and learning from the student level to the policy level.
     Ballard, who also serves as assistant to the provost for student issues, holds two degrees from UNO: a master of education and doctorate degrees in counselor education. She joined the Southeastern faculty in 1995.
   “Dr. Ballard is an integral part of our counseling program,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “She is intensely dedicated to the success of her students and serves as a valuable role model in her profession.”

    Mary Ballard

Southeastern students sponsor Farmers Market Oct. 28
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The only student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event features food sales from area farmers, free food samples, arts and crafts, and cooking demonstrations by Emma Lammon, pastry chef, and Jarrett Aucoin, assistant chef, from Del Porto Ristorante located in Downtown Covington.
     Top vendors Blue Ribbon Pies and Locally Preserved will be returning this year. The Southeastern Ceramics Club will be displaying and selling pottery items. Music will be provided by KSLU.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Next Science on Tap scheduled Nov. 3
In the last 20 years, major findings in exercise science have shown that physical activity goes a long way in the ability of the body to repair itself following many injuries and illnesses.
If there is such a thing as a fountain of youth, it most likely will be found in the basis of physical activity, notes a Southeastern specialist in exercise science and human performance. Robert Kraemer, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, will discuss “The Fountain of Youth” at the next Southeastern Science on Tap presentation scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 3. The presentation, which is geared to laymen, will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
     “Studies have shown how physical activity slows or reverses changes that occur within the human body with aging,” Kraemer explained. “Unfortunately, many people have a negative view of physical activity due to their own exercise experiences. They don’t realize there are many more available forms of physical activity that have been shown to be effective.”
     Kraemer and his students have published studies that reveal how exercise affects hormones and metabolism. His presentation will cover the way that physical activity alters different body tissues through tissue signaling to show how different forms of exercise could be considered a fountain of youth.
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Chapter honored for excellence
Southeastern’s honor society of Phi Kappa Phi was recently recognized as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.
    Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.
    Southeastern was one of only 29 chapters nationwide to be recognized as a Chapter of Excellence.
    Southeastern Chapter President Cindy Elliott, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, said the honor, which includes a $500 award, recognizes the chapter’s recruitment efforts and programs designed to promote academic excellence. The chapter presents scholarships to students, obtains national grants from Phi Kappa Phi to support literacy efforts in area schools and libraries and holds its annual Student-Faculty Quiz Bowl during Homecoming Week.
    She also recognized the efforts of last year’s president, Associate Professor of Mathematics Danny Acosta.
    Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America.

Reshelle MarinoCounselor educator receives state association’s service award
Reshelle Marino, an assistant professor in Southeastern’s graduate program in counseling, has been honored with the 2015 Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA).
     The LCA is the state’s primary professional association representing licensed professional counselors, counselor educators and graduate students in the field. The Distinguished Professional Service Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding service at the state level that reflects a major contribution to the professional concerns of the LCA.
     A resident of Metairie, Marino joined the Southeastern faculty in 2012 as an adjunct professor in the counseling program and was appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. She serves as the clinical coordinator of school counseling for the program.
     Marino has served the LCA as an executive board member since 2010, filling the offices of treasurer for the division representing counselor educators and supervisors, and vice president for post-secondary education for the state’s school counseling division. She currently serves as president-elect of the state’s school counseling association and as editor of the LCA Journal. Her current and previous clinical experience includes service as a licensed professional counselor with All-ways Learning Counseling Center in Metairie, middle school counselor in New Orleans, and as a psychiatric counselor for River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Harahan.
     “Reshelle is enthusiastic and passionate about her field and one who readily involves herself in activities designed to strengthen the counseling profession,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Her work with students, both inside and outside the classroom, demonstrates her commitment to helping ensure the future quality of counseling professionals.”
     Marino is a 2002 graduate of Southeastern. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in counselor education from the University of New Orleans.

Marc Bousquet

Southeastern Social Justice speaker scheduled
Southeastern’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 11th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series will feature Dr. Marc Bousquet, a social activist in the academic labor movement. Scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., the event will take place on campus in the Student Union Theatre and is free and open to the public.
    Bousquet is the author of the well-known book “How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation,” which portrays higher education in the United States as a world where faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduates work long hours for low pay. Bousquet’s presentation will reveal ways some universities make money on students in the classroom and beyond.
    Bousquet is an associate professor of film and media at Emory University. He is a frequent contributor to the higher education trade press, co-editor of “The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change,” and co-editor of “Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers.” He founded “Workplace: A Journal of Academic Labor” and has served on the editorial board of several journals, including AAUP’s “Academe.”
    The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organized the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on war and human rights, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, on the recovery and redevelopment of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
    For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 985-549-2110.

Southeastern Fall Carnival to include Trick or Treat with the Greeks
Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern’s 11th annual Fall Carnival Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
     The university’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the Black Student Union, and Recreational Sports and Wellness are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat with the Greeks, which is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement.
     Both events are scheduled on the lawn of Southeastern’s Pennington Student Activity Center, located at 1350 N. General Pershing, and are free of charge.
     “This is our annual service effort,” said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. “Our goal is to provide all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a safe, carnival atmosphere.”
     Summers said both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, face painting, and much more.
     Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 549-3850 or email

'Toys from the Heart' to begin collecting donations
It’s time again for the holiday tradition of presenting toys to local children coordinated by Southeastern student organizations to benefit children in the local community.
     Since 2005, Southeastern’s Nu Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and a fluctuating host of other organizations on Southeastern’s campus have collaborated to organize the “Toys from the Heart” toy drive. This year, they are joined by Omicron Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Project P.U.L.L., Black Student Union, M.A.D.E. Men, Student Government Association, and the African American Alumni Association Chapter.
     The organizations expect to collect enough toys for 400 children this holiday season.
     “This is the 10th year for the toy drive,” said Chelsea Jacques, student coordinator for the drive, “but this year the student coordinators decided to change the format to benefit selected children in two community programs – Southeastern Head Start and Central Tangipahoa Head Start.”
     Jacques said the students are asking the Hammond community and all Southeastern departments, faculty, staff and students to make a donation of a toy or a monetary donation toward the purchase of a new toy.
     New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union East and West sides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov 2-5, Nov. 9-12, Nov. 16-19, Nov. 23 & 24, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-2. Donation boxes will also be located inside the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue, and in the SGA office in the Student Union, room 2307.      
     For more information about “Toys from the Heart,” contact Jacques at and type Toy Drive in the subject line.





Hammond Daily Star

Economist optimistic about Hammond

Southeastern’s queen and king

Southeastern recognizes Alumnus of Year

Washington Times (via AP)

Future of higher ed challenge for next governor




The Southeastern cross country teams compete in the Southland Conference Championships, the men’s basketball team opens its exhibition season, while the football, volleyball and soccer teams continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday in Huntsville, Texas. The day’s action will begin with the Women’s 6K race at 8:30 a.m. with the men’s 8K race following at 9:30 a.m. Live results will be available at
     The SLU men’s basketball game will give fans its first look at the 2015-16 team on Wednesday, when it hosts LSU-Alexandria at 7 p.m. in the University Center. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream at
     The Southeastern football team (4-3, 3-2 Southland) will play its second straight road game, traveling to Central Arkansas for a 7 p.m. game Halloween night in Conway, Arkansas. The game will be televised by ESPN3 at WatchESPNcom and via the WatchESPNapp. The contest with the Bears can also be heard on KSLU-FM (90.9) and LionSportsnet, as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun Kajun107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH).
     The volleyball team (10-13, 4-5 Southland) will host a pair of Southland Conference matches this week in the University Center. On Thursday, the Lady Lions welcome Nicholls for a 7 p.m. match and McNeese State visits on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both matches will feature a live video stream available to LionVision subscribers at www.LionSportsnet.
     For Thursday’s match, Southeastern students are encouraged to wear their best costumes in order to participate in the Halloween costume contest. Three winners will be chosen to win great prizes. On Saturday, Cub Club members can wear their Halloween costumes and compete in the costume contest.
     The soccer team (10-4-3, 5-3-2 Southland) has already clinched a spot in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament and will close the regular season this week. On Friday, SLU travels to Nicholls for a 3 p.m. Southland Conference match.
     The softball team, which is 5-1 this fall, will close out its fall schedule on Saturday. The Lady Lions will host Bishop State Community College at 3 p.m. and LSU-Eunice at 5 p.m. at North Oak Park.

OCT 28

- Men’s Basketball, vs. LSU-Alexandria, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)LionVision

OCT 29

-Volleyball vs. Nicholls,Nicholls University Center, 7p.m. (LionVision)LionVision*

           - SLU Student Halloween Costume Contest

OCT 30

- Women’s Cross Country, Southland Conference Championships, Huntsville, Texas, 8:30 a.m.  

- Men’s Cross Country, Southland Conference Championships, Huntsville, Texas, 9:30 a.m.

- Women’s Soccer, at Nicholls,Nicholls Thibodaux,Thibodaux 3 p.m.*

OCT 31

- Football, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU) (WHMD (WJSH)*

- Volleyball, vs. McNeese McNeeseState, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)LionVision*

           - Cub Club Halloween Costume Contest

- Softball, vs. Bishop State Community College, North Oak Park, 3 p.m.

- Softball, vs. LSU-Eunice, North Oak Park, 5 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest




Mario Krenn (Management and Business Administration) and Louis Mancuso (Louisiana State University) presented their manuscript titled “Disentangling Country and Firm Level Effects on Firm Equity Ownership and Firm Financial Performance: An Exploratory Empirical Analysis” at the Annual Conference of the Academy of International Business (Western United States Chapter) hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle.
     Michael Ruybalid (Teaching and Learning) recently co-presented a session in Wichita, KS at the South Central Regional Conference for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA).  The session title was “Early Childhood Music through Multiple Lenses,” which included activities aligned with different music education teaching approaches (Kodály,Kodály Orff-Schulwerk,Schulwerk and Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory). This session was co-presented with Dr. Christina Svec,Svec Assistant Professor of Music Education at Iowa State University, and took place over the weekend of Oct. 23-25.
     Southeastern’s educational leadership doctoral students Gail Brazile, LaDinah Carter, Nicole LaBorde, and Chari Worley, along with Sharon Hoffman, Ph.D., participated in a panel discussion and presentation titled “Women Leading Luncheons: Support along the Path of Leadership” at the 29th annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Trasima Richard, an educational doctoral student from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) also participated in the presentation. Southeastern’s educational leadership doctoral program is in a consortium with ULL’s educational leadership doctoral program.

    William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented the following lectures: “Queens, Wives, Heretics, and Traitors: The Royal Women of Tudor England” at the Ponchatoula Ponchatoula Branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library on Monday, Oct. 5; “Pagans, Piety, and Pumpkins: The Horrifying, Holy, and Horticultural History of Halloween” at the Madisonville Madisonville Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library on Thursday, Oct. 8; “Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Wizards: Popular Superstition in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe” at the Independence Branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library on Friday, Oct. 16; and “Edgar Allan Poe: Tales, Poems, and Film” at the West Regional Branch of the Rapides Rapides Parish Library on Saturday, Oct. 17. Robison also attended the Louisiana Historical Association Board of Directors meeting in Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 10. He will conclude the six-week noncredit course “The Victorians: Fiction, Film, History” at the St Tammany Center on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and will begin a new six-week noncredit course, “Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Wizards, and Zombies,” on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 27. He has recently published the book, The Halloween Lectures: Fifteen Fiendish Years of Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Wizards, Monsters, Movies, Tudors, Tricks, and Treats, 2001-2015, and will sign copies following his 2015 Fanfare lecture, “A Feast of Famous Fifteens in Fact, Fiction, and Film,” at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 in Pottle Auditorium.
Charie Worley, a Southeastern educational leadership doctoral candidate, presented her dissertation findings in a session titled “Factors that Impact and Impede the Advancement of Black Female Superintendents in Louisiana” at the 29th annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sharon Hoffman, Ph.D., (Educational Leadership) also presented a session titled “A Dress Rehearsal in Leadership: Conducting Equity Audits” at the conference.


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