Freshmen enrollment record set

90th Anniversary lunch set

Science on Tap set for Oct. 6

Let's Talk Art begins Wednesday

Phi Kappa Phi news

Relay for Life fundraiser set

Art gallery exhibit scheduled

Pajamas and Play returns to Columbia

Non-credit programs offered


Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Nursing Research Day held

Professional activities

Southeastern sets new freshmen enrollment record
Southeastern experienced increases in new freshmen, new transfer students, as well as in overall enrollment, university officials announced today (Sept. 21).
     This year’s class of new freshmen increased by 122 students. Transfer students also increased by 15.3 percent.    
     “Our recent recruitment efforts emphasize the exceptional academic programs Southeastern offers,” said President John L. Crain.
     Overall enrollment of all types grew by nearly one percent, from 14,498 last year to 14,594.
     Computer science, information technology, engineering technology, as well as strong programs in communication, education, nursing, accounting and new media and animation continue to attract new students, he said.
     In addition, Crain said, Southeastern’s new initiative, Real-World Ready – which emphasizes internships, service-learning courses, research and other hands-on experiences – demonstrates the university’s commitment to fully prepare students for the workforce and is having an impact on attracting new students.
     The Connect to Success program – a partnership between Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College -- provides post-secondary educational opportunities for students in our region who are seeking admission to the university but don't yet meet admission criteria.  NTCC students participating in the program take their courses on the Southeastern campus and have access to its library, Student Union and other facilities. The program showed additional enrollment growth this fall, reaching 569 students, the highest in the program’s three-year history.
     “We are continually seeking ways to meet the needs of students in the region and beyond by offering unique and purposeful options to succeed,” Crain said.


90th Anniversary lunch on Tuesday
The Human Resources Department and the Alumni Association's University Chapter invite you to a 90th Anniversary Celebration of Southeastern. The free luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Alumni Center and is open to all faculty and staff at Southeastern.  


Southeastern scientist to break down quantum mechanics in next Science on Tap
What do you know about quantum mechanics? If you’re like most non-scientists, probably very little.
     “The Nuts and Bolts of Quantum Mechanics” will be the topic of Southeastern’s next Science on Tap presentation scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 6. 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.
     Quantum mechanics is that branch of physics that relates to very small subatomic matter, explained William A. Parkinson, associate professor of physics, who will present the topic.
     “The development of quantum mechanics was seminal in many regards,” he said. “Not only did it usher in a radical new way of perceiving matter, quantum mechanics also fostered unprecedented cooperative effort among scientists. It gives critical insight into the theories of light, electricity, magnetism and astrophysics, while paving the way for the incredible technological advances of the last century.”
     Parkinson promises an evening of “edutainment,” rather than a purely scientific lecture.
     “We will examine science prior to the advent of quantum mechanics and the conundrums that led up to its proposal,” he said, “the human interest of the individuals  involved in its development, and the philosophical issues that its results seem to imply with regard to man’s role in the universe.”
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


“Let’s Talk:Art” Series begins Sept. 30
Illustrations will be the focus of this year’s first “Let’s Talk: Art” series lecture set for this Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC), located at 217 E. Thomas Street across from the Columbia Theatre.
     “Let’s Talk Art” is sponsored jointly by the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library,
     Eric Johnson, director of Sims Library, will discuss “George Macy: The Art of the Illustrated Book.”  In the first half of the 20th century, George Macy inaugurated two subscription series of literary classics designed and illustrated by the top artists of the period. The history and importance of these series will be highlighted, featuring the work of such artists as Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Rockwell, and many others.
     Future talks include:
     Dr. Irene Nero - “Robert Rauschenberg: It All Begins on the Street!”  Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5 p.m., HRAC
     Rebecca Burt – “You Got That Where?”  Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m., HRAC
     Dr. Timothy Silva - “From the Church Wall to Under the Tree: Images of the Nativity through the Ages,” Wednesday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m.  St. Albert Catholic Student Center
     For more information, contact Eric Johnson at x3962.


Phi Kappa Phi news

Quiz Bowl
Grab your friends, classmates, sorority/fraternity buddies, colleagues, and co-workers and enter a team in the 14th Annual Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 2-5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom A.
     This fast-paced and fun afternoon pits student teams, then faculty teams, together in a double-elimination tournament culminating in the top student vs top faculty team for the Quiz Bowl Championship. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two student and faculty teams.  
     For an application form, please email Dr. Joan Faust ( Only the first four student and faculty teams can be accepted.


General Membership Meeting
All members of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to the Fall General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the second-floor conference room in Sims Memorial Library (as you exit the elevators, go through the double doors in front of you).
     Among the items discussed will be the various awards and fellowships offered by the National Office of Phi Kappa Phi, an upcoming Princeton Review Session, the Annual PKP Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament, and we will vote on new members for fall 2015.
     Please email Chapter Secretary Dr. Joan Faust ( with any questions.


Relay for Life Fundraiser – Denim for Dollars
Relay for LifeIn an effort to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Southeastern is participating in “Blue Jean Wednesdays” during the month of October.  By donating $5 or more, you’ll receive four stickers allowing you to wear jeans to work each Wednesday in October, which is also Breast Cancer awareness month.  
     Contact Brittani Davis in the Controller’s Office @ 3534 to make your donation.  All donations received will go towards Southeastern’s Administration & Finance Relay for Life Team.  
     For more information on the Relay for Life event being held on Nov. 14, click the following link:
     Thank you for your generous support.


New master artists to exhibit at Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
Cutting-edge contemporary artwork from 11 “fresh” artists will be on display from Oct. 15 through Nov. 13 at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.  It will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.
     The exhibit, “Fresh: New Master Artists Part 1,” will present collections from the artists,  who represent a wide variety of media, including sculpture, video, photography, installation art, painting, and glass and recently completed their Masters of Fine Arts degrees from some of the top graduate programs in visual arts across the country.
     Gallery Director Dale Newkirk said the goal of this exhibit is to “expose students and the public to young, upcoming contemporary artists of this generation.”
     Featured artists include:
      Patch Somerville, MFA, Tulane University, is a representational painter who uses nontraditional still life positions.
      Jeffrey Stenborn, MFA, Tulane University, sculptures glass with organic shape in glass.
      Naama Hadany, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, is a sculpture installation artist using unusual media and nontraditional materials.
      Jeffrey Prokash, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, is a multimedia installation artist who adapts to a space.
      Kyle Conor Nilan, MFA, Art Institute of Chicago, is an installation artist in sculptures and creates conceptual pieces.
      Matthew Yaeger, MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, combines sculpture and art as a nonrepresentational painter.
      Rebecca Ott, MFA, Temple School of Art, uses woven and textile materials as abstractions parading as paintings.
      Jessica Machacek, MFA, Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia, Athens, combines photographic images with paintings.
      Zac Weinberg, MFA, The Ohio State University, an installation artist specializing in glass and mixed media pieces.
      Roberto Celis, MFA, University of Texas, San Antonio, modifies found objects in sculpture.
      Stoney Sasser, Illinois State University, Normal, is an installation artist who also works in video using organic materials to transform space into a humorous artwork.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.


Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts brings back Pajamas and Play for 2015-16 season
Princess ThimbelinaSoutheastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts’ youngest fans will get an extra treat this season.
     “We are bringing back Pajamas & Play, a feature tailored specially for children,” said Roy Blackwood, interim director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare. “It’s a fun series designed to make theater performances especially accessible and appealing for children. Kids are invited to wear their pajamas, robes and slippers to the 60-minute performances, no matter the time.”
     Blackwood said Columbia will present two shows that youngsters will love – “Princess Thimbelina” by Bits ‘N Pieces Theatre, America’s giant puppet company, on Oct. 9, 2015, at 7 p.m. Missoula Children’s Theatre will present “Red Riding Hood” on April 16, 2016, at 2 and 5:30 p.m.
     “All children love bedtime stories. That’s what this is – only live,” Blackwood added. “We even plan to send the kids home with cookies and milk. Parents, all you’ll have to do is tuck them in.”
     First up is Bits ‘N Pieces Theatre presenting “Princess Thimbelina.” Specializing in the art of puppetry, Bits ‘N Pieces Theatre has produced 11 original, musical adaptations of classic children’s literature. Millions of children in the United States, Asia and Europe have seen their productions, which feature nine-foot-tall puppets, Blackwood said.
     The classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale tells the story of a little girl no bigger than a thumb.
     “Princess Thimbelina demonstrates you can find happiness if you have belief in what your heart tells you to be true,” said Blackwood. “Thimbelina and her menagerie of animal friends are featured in this original musical adaptation. The production features giant puppets, fanciful costumed characters and actress Holli Rubin as Princess Thimbelina.”     
     Following in the spring and back by popular demand is Missoula Children’s Theatre, the world’s largest touring children’s theatre. They will offer a week-long residency April 11-16 starring 50-60 local school age children in a full scale musical of “Red Riding Hood.”
     Blackwood said Missoula Children’s Theatre provides two professional actor/directors, five days of team building, 20 focused hours of rehearsal and approximately 60 cast members.
     “On Monday the children are cast as characters,” he said. “By Saturday they’ve gained character – the kind that really counts.”
     Tickets for “Princess Thimbelina” and “Red Riding Hood” are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances.
     For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia Theatre office at 543-4366 or visit


Non-Credit Programs
Real-World Ready
Read about our upcoming classes below. These classes are now available for registration. Register online or by phone.

Introduction to Welding
Are you interested in working in one of the most needed fields in manufacturing today? From vehicles to bridges, buildings, aircrafts, rockets, robotics, and even NASCAR, everything has been improved by welding. This four day workshop is an introductory hands-on approach to many welding and cutting processes. Students will cut and weld using Oxyfuel cutting, Oxyfuel welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Students will learn safety, setup of equipment, selection of consumables, and welding in the flat and horizontal positions. Students will be tested using American Welding Society Structural Welding Standards. 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.

Introduction to Java, Part I
This is a non-credit, professional development course for entry level. This course will enable participants to create programs that solve critical thinking problems in business situations. It will help participants to learn programming using Object Oriented Language. Software is open source.

Basic Video Editing and Production
The course will teach basic script development, camera shots and movement, screen direction, and video and audio post production editing. This will be a hands-on workshop where students will shoot and edit a short 3-5 minute video in a small crew environment. No previous experience required. What is learned in class can be used for individual interest in video production and editing or for a first step toward the growing film industry. Students are encouraged to bring a jump drive and their own cameras or filming equipment. The course will be taught in Southeastern's state-of-the-art digital arts lab. 1.2 CEUs will be offered, based on attendance.

Catching up with the Crowd: Intro to Computers
Do you find yourself behind the crowd when it comes to using computers? Do you become frustrated when people try to explain them to you in overly-technical terms? Participating in this course will help you understand the uses of computers from the mundane to the amazing. You will learn the major parts of the computer in down to earth terms, and you will have an opportunity to become familiar with using the computer at your own pace in a low-pressure environment. You will also have an introduction to the most common software used for creating everyday documents from to-do lists to letters. Participants can receive up to 0.6 CEUs (Continuing Education Unit Certificates) that can be combined with other Southeastern Louisiana University Non-Credit Programs computer classes.

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football, volleyball and soccer teams continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 19/23 SLU football team (2-1, 1-0 Southland) will open up its league home schedule on Thursday, hosting Lamar at 6 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. The game between the Lions and Cardinals will be televised by the American Sports Network with Cox Sports Television serving as the Hammond-area ASN affiliate. A live video feed will also be available at
     It can also be heard on KSLU-FM (90.9) and, as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH). Musician Todd O’Neill will provide entertainment from 1-4 p.m. in Friendship Circle.
     Southeastern will also offer ticket discounts for young fans. T the purchase of one full-price adult ticket will entitle fans to one youth ticket (ages 12 and under). This offer includes all Strawberry Stadium seating with the exception of sections D, E, F and G. In addition, high school and junior high school students will receive a $10 ticket for the Southland Conference contest versus the Cardinals by presenting their school ID.
     The volleyball team (7-8, 1-1 Southland) has two matches on the schedule this week. On Tuesday, SLU returns home to host Louisiana-Lafayette in a 7 p.m. non-conference match. Tuesday’s match will also feature the Dig the Lions promotion, as the first 200 Southeastern students will receive free t-shirts and food. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will be at Central Arkansas for a 2 p.m. league match.
     The Southland-leading soccer team (8-1-1, 3-0 Southland) will travel for two conference road matches this week. On Friday, SLU will be at Houston Baptist for a 7 p.m. match before closing out the trip with a 1 p.m. match at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
     The golf team will close out its second tournament of the fall this week. The final round of the Windon Memorial will tee-off on Monday in Glencoe, Illinois.
     The cross country team is scheduled to be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede in Lake Charles on Saturday.
     The softball team will open its fall schedule this week. The Lady Lions will host Pearl River Community College for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at North Oak Park.
Monday, September 28
Golf, at Windon Memorial, Glencoe, Ill., All Day
Tuesday, September 29
Volleyball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
            - Dig the Lions – Free food and t-shirts for first 200 students
Thursday, October 1
Football, vs. Lamar, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (ASN) (KSLU)*
Friday, October 2
Soccer, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Softball, vs. Pearl River Community College (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 3
Volleyball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 2 p.m.*
Cross Country, at McNeese Cowboy Stampede, Lake Charles, All Day
Sunday, October 4
Soccer, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


South Louisiana Intercollegiate Nursing Research Day 2015: Evidence-Based Practice: Bridging the Gap to Improve Outcomes
Southeastern and the RhoZeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International hosted collaboration with: Xi Zeta Chapter of Nicholls State University, Delta Eta Chapter of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Kappa Psi Chapter of McNeese State University to present the inaugural South Louisiana Intercollegiate Nursing Research Day held at the School of Nursing Baton Rouge Center.  
     The goal of this event is to provide participants an opportunity to network and explore current research findings of colleagues to generate renewed interest and commitment to nursing scholarship and professional development. The collaboration of the four chapters in south Louisiana, which will rotate hosting this event annually, provides wonderful venues to support quality scholarship activities among faculty, nurses, and students.
     Southeastern School of Nursing faculty members were well represented at this conference. Podium presentations included: Luanne Billingsley: “A Feasibility Study to Evaluate the Use of Technology to Improve Medication Adherence in a Community Setting;” Eileen Creel, “Enhancing a Spirit of Caring and Acceptance for LGBT Persons;” Dell Mars, “The Lived Experience of African American Informal Caregivers of a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias;” Kristie Riddle, “Does Teaching Methodology Affect Medication Dosage Calculation Skills of Undergraduate Nursing Students;” and AtNena Tucker, “The Role of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner – A Transcontinental Comparison.”
     Faculty members presenting posters included: Mary Burke and Michelle Ellis, “Electronic Health Records – Describing Technological Stressors on Nurse Educators;” Ann Carruth, “Impact of a Health Coaching Program on Hospital Readmissions – Preliminary Results;” Danielle Charrier, “The Effects of Technology on Stress and Coping Strategies in Nurse Educators;” Lindsey Domiano, “Common Variables Found Among Students Who Were Unsuccessful on the NCLEX-RN in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program;” and Janet Jones and O. Danny Lee, “The Data-Driven Policymaking Model as a Template for Healthcare Policy Analysis.”
     The Southeastern School of Nursing would like to thank the RhoZeta Chapter President, Denise Hart, and the Event Planning Committee for providing a wonderful day of professional networking and scholarship.


Professional activities
Glen J. Hemberger (Fine and Performing Arts) was invited to spend nine days working with musicians at four schools in Honduras, including two of the leading high school music magnet schools in the country. Dr. Hemberger rehearsed the bands at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the Escuela de Música Victoriano Lopez in San Pedro Sula. He has been invited back in 2016 to rehearse and conduct several bands in concert.  He is a frequent guest of bands around the globe, having conducted and adjudicated on five continents and in over 20 states.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley and Dr. Janet Jones (School of Nursing) recently attended and presented at the 8th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Conference, “How to be a Better DNP in 3 Days,” in Seattle. The podium presentation entitled, “Blueprint for Faculty Success: Leading, Educating, and Mentoring in a DNP Program,” shared key professional activities and collaborative opportunities that can be considered to improve DNP faculty competencies and maintain student DNP project rigor. Dr. Jones and Dr. Oscar Lee “Danny” (School of Nursing) also presented a poster at this conference entitled, “Using the Data-Driven Policy Making Model as a Template to Aid DNP Students in Analyzing and Evaluating Policy.”
     Elizabeth Sanders and Angie Balius (Library) co-authored the article “Experiential Learning and Academic Libraries: An Annotated Bibliography” which was published in Codex, Volume3, Issue 3 (2015)


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