Tech-Connect Fair a success
Student Union celebration scheduled
Columbia Theatre to host auditions
SLU food nationally ranked
MBA program revises criteria

Trombone recital scheduled

Priority registration set
Camp Rec schedule announced
Library to celebrate 50th anniversary
David Armand to hold reading

Camp Discovery Week set


Sims Library Week scheduled

RWR Conference set

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Tech-Connect Career FairTech-Connect Fair matches employers with SLU students
IBM and the FBI were among the nearly 40 employers that took part in Southeastern’s annual Tech-Connect Career Fair to recruit interns and future employees for a myriad of high-demand positions.
     Held on campus Wednesday (March 23), the event attracted more than 300 students, the majority of whom are taking courses in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. In addition to computer science and industrial technology, the department offers degrees in occupational safety, health and environment; engineering technology with several concentrations such as energy engineering, construction and mechanical engineering; and management-oriented industrial technology programs.
     “The number of vendors attests to the value area employers place on our graduates in these fields,” said Lu Yuan, interim head of the department.
     Recent Southeastern computer science graduate Ranjan Poudel was at the fair representing GCR, a Baton Rouge company that provides consulting and technology solutions to businesses and government in the areas of disaster management, aviation and security and several other areas.
     “We love the opportunity to visit Southeastern. We’re well aware of Southeastern’s high quality programs and students,” he said. “We just hired four interns, and we’re looking for more.”
     According to Yuan, the event’s benefits extend beyond its job placement capacity.
     “The fair enables the participating employers to find quality candidates in a more efficient way through direct interaction with our students,” he said. “It helps our students, especially graduating seniors, stay prepared and focused in getting ready for these employment and internship opportunities. In addition, the event provides an avenue for our faculty to strengthen existing relationships with industry partners and to build new ones. It’s a win-win-win situation for all involved."
     Senior industrial technology student Shaquille Brown of Baton Rouge appreciated the chance to meet and submit his resume to a large group employers looking to fill well-paying positions.
    “This is an amazing and awesome opportunity the department provides for us,” said Brown, who will graduate later this year.

JOB SEARCH – Southeastern industrial technology majors Toby Briggs of Pineville, left, and Jacob Venable of Central meet with a representative of JM Test Systems, Inc. of Baton Rouge at the university’s annual Tech-Connect Career Fair. Both are seniors looking for job opportunities.

Southeastern to celebrate new, improved student union
Southeastern will celebrate completion of its newly renovated and expanded War Memorial Student Union project with a week’s worth of special offers and activities culminating with an official grand opening ceremony on Thursday, April 14.     

     The campus and community are invited to take part in the festivities and attend the ribbon-cutting that will take place at 12 p.m. between the Student Union and Fayard Hall.
     Refreshments and tours will be available immediately following the ceremony. In addition, various offices located throughout the Student Union will host open houses from 1 to 3 p.m.
     The completed project is part of a $32 million student-funded initiative that expanded and renovated the existing Student Union.     The new additions now house a Lion’s Den food court on the first floor, the Mane Dish dining facility on the second floor, and ballrooms and meeting spaces on the third floor. The renovated facility also houses the Center for Student Excellence, the University Counseling Center, the University Health Center, University Bookstore, Document Source and the offices for the Division of Student Affairs.
     “While our students have positively embraced the new Student Union and all its amenities, we want our area residents to also know what we can offer,” said Robin Parker, director of marketing and strategic initiatives for the Office of Auxiliary Services. “The new union is beautifully designed and offers considerable space for conferences, receptions and other events.”
     Starting Monday, April 11, a number of special events will be held in conjunction with the grand opening celebration. The University Bookstore will offer a 15 percent discount to anyone wearing green or gold and will also invite guests to register for a gift basket door prize drawing. Students will be treated to various dining promotions with discounts throughout the week. Follett, the organization that operates the bookstore, and Aramark, the university’s food service provider, will hold a drawing for an Apple Watch. And Campus Activities Board will be distributing free popcorn on Thursday prior to the ribbon cutting.
All registrations for drawings must be completed prior to the 12 p.m. ribbon cutting, and winners need not be present.
     Two book signings are also scheduled during the week at Southeastern’s bookstore. On Tuesday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., Sim’s Memorial Library Director Eric W. Johnson and Catherine H. Tijerino, head of cataloging, will sign their book Hammond, a largely pictorial work that covers the history of Hammond from its founding to 1950. On Thursday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m., Southeastern Director of Public and Governmental Affairs Erin Cowser will sign her children’s book Lion Up with Roomie. The first 25 copies of her book will be given away.
     For additional information, contact Event and Conference Services at 549-2094. 

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STUDENT UNION CELEBRATION - Southeastern will celebrate completion of its newly renovated and expanded War Memorial Student Union project with a week’s worth of special offers and activities culminating with an official grand opening ceremony on Thursday, April 14, at 12 p.m.

MBA Program revises admission criteria
The Southeastern Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has released new methods and criteria for admission, expanded offerings and prescribed personalized advising to help attract a more academically diverse set of students, College of Business officials announced.
     The move includes a redesign of course offerings to better match the needs of the regional marketplace and is intended to expand the profile of potential MBA students  to include graduates from a variety of fields of study in addition to the traditional undergraduate business majors, said Andre Honoree, director of the MBA program.
     “Southeastern’s MBA program offers a ‘generalist’ degree; it is designed to build upon undergraduate degree programs from any discipline, such as the sciences, liberal arts and other areas,” he explained.
     To facilitate the inclusion of students with degrees from varied disciplines, the College of Business has modified both its prerequisite courses and standardized testing requirements.
     Students with undergraduate degrees in business from accredited business schools will likely already have completed the three prerequisite courses for the program. Those courses are principles of finance, accounting principles and statistics.
     Under the new standards, Honoree said students who have not taken those prerequisite courses will be allowed to take graduate business courses while completing their undergraduate prerequisites.
     Additionally through the redesign, the program will now also accept students’ scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), where previously only scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) were utilized.
     “Many students earn their undergraduate degrees and take the GRE, not being quite sure in which they to go to graduate school,” he said. “We are now able to use the Educational Testing Services’ GRE Comparison Tool for Business Schools. When combined with an examination of the student’s grade point averages, we are better able to predict the probability of success in the MBA program.”
     The program is also using new methods for admission to address undergraduate and graduate students who may already have a master’s degree and for students graduating with high grade point averages. Honoree said both application methods will help identify highly qualified students with great potential to succeed in the program. Details on the new admission methods can be found on the website
     “In our redesign, we have also developed a number of new courses and personalized advising for students,” Honoree said.  
     Among new courses added are Advanced Health Care Administration, The Art and Science of Negotiations, Project Management, Investment Analysis and Entrepreneurship, along with other courses as electives.
     In the area of advising, each student will be personally advised by the MBA director to develop a customized degree plan, allowing students to more effectively plan to take the electives they desire and know when they can expect to complete the program.
     The Southeastern interdisciplinary MBA program is accredited by the AACSB, which is considered the highest level of business accreditation and is awarded to only 755 schools worldwide. The degree involves completion of 33 hours with eight required core courses and three electives. Eligible students can join the program in any semester.
     For more information, visit the website or call 549-2146.

Southeastern announces summer - fall priority registration 
Southeastern students may register for summer and fall 2016 classes Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8, at 12:30 p.m.  
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, students recently accepted to the university, returning students, new transfer and graduate students. Students may check registration appointment times, class schedules, and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage,  
     Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared.  
     For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern’s Office of the Registrar, 549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or

Sims Library to celebrate 50th anniversary 
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. The celebration will take place in the Library’s first floor lobby. Door prizes will be given and light refreshments will be served.
     In January of 1966, Congressman James H. Morrison sponsored the library’s designation as a Federal Depository. Since then, the library has received and made available selected publications from all three branches of the Federal government. These publications are accessible by the general public, and the full text of many recent titles can be seen online via links in the library’s catalog.
     The April 6 celebration will focus on the beginning of each decade of the library’s tenure in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP): 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006, and 2016.  Well-known local historian and Professor Emeritus C. Howard Nichols will speak about historic events during those years, and Southeastern Communication Professor Joe Burns will provide an overview of the popular music from each year.
     A display of books and government documents highlighting events from those years will be available for viewing throughout April, as will the commemorative plaque awarded to the library by the U.S. Government Publishing Office in recognition of this milestone anniversary.

Camp Discovery: A Summer Camp for Academically Gifted/Advanced Students
Camp Discovery is offering an exciting enrichment program for high-ability students, Grades 1-8 (2015-2016 school year). 

     The theme this year is “Logic.” Does it ever seem to you that some people don’t think straight? Do some conclusions just seem obvious to you because they seem to be the logical outcome?

     Join us to explore the concept of logic and illogical reasoning. Explore logic in stories, scientific reasoning, deductive and inductive thinking, understanding music and art forms, etc. Figure out how pieces logically fit together. Look at our world through the lens of a scientist, a mathematician, an artist, a writer, and more. We will do fun projects and activities that help us learn about logic. Come explore logic with us!
     The camp runs from June 6 - 24, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Southeastern.  Cost is $175 (if registering multiple children from the same household the cost is $160 per child). Registration deadline is May 31 (first-come, first-served policy).

     Contact Susan Zimlich at for additional information and an application.

Celebrate National Library Week at Sims Library
April 12: “Readings @ Sims”  
Come hear selections from original works by Southeastern's own and other local writers. Readings begin at 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. Sims Library, third floor.  

April 12-14: Annual Book Sale  
Support Sims Library and get some great books, videos, CDs and record albums at unbeatable prices at our annual book sale. The sale will be held in the Library lobby from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 12 and 13, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14. Cash only, please.

April 10-15: Fine Free Week  
Bring back your overdue books with no library fines! For more information, call 549-3962 or visit

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Children, teens can audition April 11 for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ‘Red Riding Hood’
Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of “Red Riding Hood” will be held on Monday, April 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s October arts festival.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Executive Director of Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood. “Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”
     Students wishing to audition must arrive by 3 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 7:30 p.m.
     “Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile never hurts,” said Blackwood. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good time.”
     Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Friday from 3-7:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon at the Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
     “Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and, if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role,” said Blackwood. “A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition.”
     “Red Riding Hood” will be performed at the Columbia Theatre as part of the Pajamas and Play series in two performances on Saturday, April 16, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. All cast members must be available for all scheduled performances and rehearsals.
     Tickets for the public performances are $15 for adults and $10 for children. They are available online at or at the box office, 549-4371.
     The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Mont. This season, more than 65,000 young people across the globe will take to part in Missoula productions.
     For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366 or visit

Southeastern food ranked among best in country
Students’ opinions and taste buds earned Southeastern the 2016 Best College Food in Louisiana title and a national Top 100 ranking, too.
     The ranking, based on student reviews, takes into account meal plan costs and student access to healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences.
     At the national level Southeastern came in at No. 77. No other Louisiana universities made the Top 100 cut.
     “With the recent expansion of our Student Union, we set out to completely transform the dining experience on campus,” said Connie Davis, director of the Office of Auxiliary Services.  “After much research, we found that trends in campus dining include a central location that offers both healthy and delicious options with affordable variety for the students and campus community. The Mane Dish restaurant has an ever-changing menu that can be customized to the consumer's preferences. Located in the new Student Union, it's a great space to relax and enjoy a meal while on campus.”
     The ranking was based on survey responses obtained from students at more than 1,700 public and private traditional four-year colleges and universities across the United States. Among the criteria considered were hours of operation, healthy and organic options, overall quality, and variety of offerings.
     Student opinions collected in the survey referred to the many options for campus dining, especially with the addition of the new Student Union; the variety of meals from which to choose; quality and freshness of food; and reasonable prices.
     “The food is great and also good for you,” said one student online reviewer. Another said, “The quality is good and we have tons of fruit and deserts.”  “There are plenty of options to choose from to eat; I love having so many choices,” said a third.
     In addition to its Mane Dish dining facility, which offers all you care to eat meals made on site, Southeastern also maintains a food court, featuring a variety of  nationally-based vendors.
SLU diningFINE DINING – A student makes her meal selection at the Mane Dish restaurant in the university’s new Student Union. Southeastern food has been rated best in Louisiana and 77th nationally for the quality of its food by a national college marketing research firm.

Southeastern presents trombone recital
Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present contemporary music trombonist Weston Olencki in a recital Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium on campus.
     The event is free and open to the public.
     Olencki is a San Francisco-based trombonist and multi-instrumentalist specializing in the performance and production of new music. He is a member of Fonema Consort and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, wasteLAnd, wildUP!, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW.    
     “Weston’s performances boldly push forward notions of what the trombone is capable of in creating sound worlds of impeccable and refined energy and beauty,” said Philip Schuessler, instructor of music theory and composition at Southeastern.
     He said the program will include bold contemporary music by some of today’s most forward-looking composers such as Katherine Young, Kurt Isaacson, Aaron Cassidy and Evan Johnson. One of Schuessler’s pieces, “Pendula,” will be performed during the concert as well.
     The concert will also feature a pre-concert discussion about the music and a post-concert question and answer session with the audience.
     For more information, contact Schuessler at 549-2184.

Southeastern to host Camp Rec Summer 2016
Southeastern’s Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is hosting 10 weeks of “Camp Rec” this summer.
     Created for children ages 5 to 13, the camp is an option for parents who want their children to have fun and physically active days while developing social skills, confidence and independence.
     Camp Rec is offered weekly beginning May 23 and ending July 29. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Camp Rec will have a variety of activities planned throughout the week and will take place in the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue.
     Dollie Hebert-Crouch, director of Recreational Sports and Wellness, said each week’s focus is intended to improve a child’s health and fitness and build self-confidence through activities which include outdoor adventures, field day games, arts and crafts, health and fitness talks, relay races, swimming, and field trips.
     “We are committed to creating an unforgettable summer camp experience in a safe and supportive environment,” said Hebert-Crouch. “The Camp Rec experience is fun, exciting and filled with challenging activities that teach the campers the values of trust, friendship and teamwork.”
     The weekly fee of $145 for campers and $140 for siblings includes breakfast and snacks each day as well as a Camp Rec t-shirt. Early drop off is at 7 a.m. Late pickup, from 4 - 5:45 p.m. is $25 per camper for the week. Registration for Camp Rec is $50 per family and is waived for Pennington Student Activity Center members, and families who previously registered for the Camp Rec: Spring Break 2016.
     To register or for more information, call 549-5591, email, or visit the membership desk at the Pennington Student Activity Center.

Southeastern author to perform reading April 5

David Armand
David Armand, an award-winning novelist and Southeastern English instructor, will perform a reading from his new memoir, My Mother’s House, at the university’s Writing Center on Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m.
    The Writing Center is located in room 210 of D Vickers Hall. The reading is free and open to the public.
    Set in the South of Armand’s youth, My Mother’s House recounts the author’s early memories of being born to a schizophrenic mother, then given up for adoption, only to be raised in a home with an alcoholic and abusive step-father. In the autobiographical work, he attempts to paint his seemingly negative experiences with a sympathetic and understanding brush.
    “A gut-wrenching personal narrative of family love and loss, My Mother’s House is the compelling story of Armand’s relationship with his mother and also a penetrating critique of the American mental health system,” said Sheryl St. Germain, author of Navigating Disaster. “I recommend it to anyone interested in learning what it’s like to lose someone you love to mental illness.”
    The book is available through Amazon and other booksellers.
    Armand is the author of the award-winning novel The Pugilist’s Wife, and has written two other novels, The Gorge and Harlow.

Real-World Ready Conference scheduled Tuesday
Students and faculty are invited to attend events at the one-day Real-World Ready conference held in conjunction with the Students’ Research, Creative and Scholarly Activities showcase on Tuesday, April 5, on the third floor of the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     The day’s activities include the following:
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ballroom A, "Exploring Suicidal Ideation in College Students" by student presenter Melanie Mann
11 a.m. to noon, Ballroom A, “Utilizing your Toolkit: Maximizing your Skills for Future Success” by guest presenter Ashley Cangelosi Llewellyn
11 a.m. to noon, Ballroom B, Student Panel presentation: “A Conversation on Conservation” by student presenters Erikeisha Bailey, Justin Baldwin, Sal Balvido, James Halford, Theresa Harriford, Kodi Killgore, Megan Molinary, Anthony Stire, Kelsey Stratton, McCall Taylor, and Nathan Visel
Noon to 1 p.m., Ballroom B, Studet Panel presentation: “SEED/Students Experiencing Extraordinary Discoveries” by student presenters Sara Temple, Savannah Sharman, Nicole Futch, Tinitra Bates, Gerrione Jones, and Jacqueline Savoy
2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Ballroom A, Guest speaker Michell Kidd Sutton presents “Are you Real-World Ready? Tips for Success.”


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Dr. Joan Faust (English) attended the South-Central Renaissance Conference meeting “Exploring the Renaissance 2016: An International Conference” March 24-26 in St. Louis, Mo. She presented a paper, “’Sounding to Present Occasions’ and Then Some: Andrew Marvell’s ‘Two Songs at the Marriage of the Lord Fauconberg and the Lady Mary Cromwell.’” She also chaired a session at the conference, planned the Executive Committee meeting of the South-Central Renaissance Conference, and served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the organization, which is a subsidiary of the Renaissance Society of America.


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