Traditions scheduled
Fall Convocation set Aug. 12
CAB schedules City Sampler

Student receives photography awards

Students win Mark of Excellence Awards

Fall semester hours begin Aug. 8

Part-time job fair set
Southeastern in the News
Professional Activities



Traditions logoSoutheastern students begin college with ‘Traditions’
Southeastern students will once again have the opportunity to begin a new semester getting to know their peers and all that the university has to offer thanks to “Traditions.”
     “Traditions provides new and returning students with various free programming and information to assist them in making Southeastern their home away from home,” said Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Jim McHodgkins. “Students have the opportunity through Traditions to get to know each other and the campus and become comfortable with the routine of campus life.
     “Students who become engaged with their selected institution early in their college careers generally perform better academically and socially,” McHodgkins added.
     Traditions begins Sunday, Aug. 14, with Move-in Mane-ia from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Volunteers will be on hand to assist students as they move into their personal residence halls. Students can check in at their designated move-in times and receive Traditions materials.
     Additionally on Sunday at 7 p.m., Lion Craze will feature Playfair, a high-energy extreme socializing event. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the Office for Student Engagement, Lion Craze will take place at the Pennington Center, where students will also have the opportunity to learn about actual Southeastern traditions and their history.
     Monday, Aug. 15, University Housing and Hall Council will host a Paint Party at 6:30 p.m. at Lee Field.
     Monday and Tuesday, students will be able to participate in concurrent activities happening all over campus, such as a trip to the mall via the Lion Traxx shuttle service. These events will be hosted by recognized student organizations. Go to for a full schedule of events.
     Tuesday concludes with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in Strawberry Stadium. Sponsored by Southeastern Athletics, Strawberry Jam is scheduled at 5 p.m. and includes the students’ first “Storm 30” led by cheerleaders, Lionettes and the Spirit of the Southland Band to get everyone prepared for tailgating for the first Lion home game on Sept. 24. Free food, t-shirts and music will also be plentiful. All fall athletic teams will be present. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to the Pennington Center.
     Traditions will continue on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the first day of classes, with First Day Q&A sponsored by the Office for Student Engagement. Scheduled from 7:30 to 11 a.m. in the Student Union Quad, students can stop by the “Just Ask Me” tents to get answers to all their first day questions from the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Ambassadors. Maps and other resources will also be provided. Information will be available again on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     Wednesday’s activities continue with “Get the Scoop Involvement Fair” from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Quad. Student organizations and departments will be on hand to answer questions about getting involved, and students can enjoy a scoop of ice cream while they browse.
     Also on Wednesday students can stop by the Pennington Rec Center from 3 to 5 p.m. to learn about intramural sports, Group X Classes, or get in a quick work out. Then from 6 to 8 p.m. students can enjoy a relaxing social night of acoustic music, coffee and refreshments. Sponsored by CAB and Dining Services, CAB Coffee and Live Music will take place outside of the Student Union Starbucks.
     Thursday, Aug. 18, offers students two CAB sponsored events. The first, CAB City Sampler, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Breezeway. Area businesses will be distributing free food, coupons and giveaways to students. The second event, a late night block party called CAB After Dark, is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Pennington Center. Also a Rec Sports and Wellness sponsored event, CAB After Dark will offer exciting activities, including a foam pit dance party, games and food. Students can also bring out their creative sides at the t-shirt design station and photo booth.
     On Friday, Aug. 19, CAB will sponsor Outdoor Movie Night and will present the summer blockbuster movie “Captain America: Civil War” on an inflatable screen under the stars at 7:30 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.

Fall Convocation scheduled August 12
Southeastern will launch the 2016-2017 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
     The convocation will include the traditional presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest faculty and staff honors, as well as presentation of service awards to faculty and staff who have been with the university from 25 to 50 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure and promotions, and donors who have established newly endowed professorships.
     The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic will immediately follow the morning’s ceremonies and will also take place in the Student Union ballroom.


Southeastern student newspaper photographer recognized with photography awards
William SchmidtA Southeastern student photographer was recognized at the 136th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention held recently in Lake Charles for his work in the student-run newspaper “The Lion’s Roar.”
     Two photographs by William Schmidt, the assistant editor of “The Lion’s Roar,” were awarded second and third place honors in the Best News Photo category.
     Schmidt, a history graduate student from Hammond, submitted photos illustrating some of the many challenges facing higher education. One of his winning images depicted a rally that took place last year at the Louisiana State Capitol in which students voiced their displeasure to funding cuts in higher education. The other photograph shows students participating in a protest of the Consuming Fire Ministries during that group’s assembly on Southeastern’s campus last September, an event that sparked discussion on the freedom of speech.
     Speaking specifically about Schmidt’s picture of the state capitol rally, judges said, “good catch of a passionate subject in a tense situation.”
     “It was an honor to be recognized by the LPA for my photos,” said Schmidt. “I was completely shocked when I first heard the news that my photos were moving forward in competition.
     “I am glad that ‘The Lion’s Roar’ has given me the chance to gain photography skills and experience,” he explained. “I hope to continue moving forward with my skill sets as I continue to work for the newspaper.”
     Fifty-eight newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 2,700 entries, which were judged this year by the Alabama Press Association. “The Lion’s Roar” competed against similar newspapers from universities across the state in the Better Student Newspaper Competition.
     “Our students constantly strive to have the highest quality in their photography,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “The photographs recognized in this competition showcase not only the skills William has acquired in his time at Southeastern, but also illustrate how important the work of our student journalists is to the community.”
     Schmidt was recently promoted and will begin heading “The Lion’s Roar” as editor in chief with the back-to-school issue of the newspaper this fall.
     “The Lion’s Roar” can be found in stands on-campus, in the immediate Hammond community and online at Follow the newspaper on Facebook and Twitter @lionsroarnews.

Fall semester hours begin Monday, August 8
Southeastern will return to a four and a half day work week for the fall beginning Monday, Aug. 8. During this period, Southeastern will operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees will have a 45-minute lunch break each day. Friday hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     Classes for the fall session begin Aug. 17. 

Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students 
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services will sponsor a special job fair on Aug. 25 to help students locate part-time jobs while they complete their studies.
     Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Student Union.
     “The fair offers an opportunity for students to connect with approximately 30 local employers,” said Director of Career Services Ken Ridgedell. “Employers’ representatives will be on hand to accept job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students.”
     Ridgedell said the part-time job fair is a casual dress event for students to drop by between classes.
     Career Fair 2016, Career Services’ annual job fair for upper-class students and recent alumni looking for full-time placement, will be held Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.    
     For additional information about the part time job fair, call 549-2121. For more information about Career Fair, visit or call 549-2121.

City Sampler

Campus Activities Board offers area businesses opportunity to reach students
Southeastern’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) is holding its first ever City Sampler on Thursday, Aug. 18, as part of Traditions Week, a series of events and activities for students beginning a new semester, to get to know their peers and all that the university has to offer.
     City Sampler will allow local businesses the opportunity to introduce their goods and services to thousands of new and returning students. Participating businesses are invited to set up a table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union breezeway, a very high foot traffic area located in the center of campus.
     “The purpose of this event is to allow students who are not from the Hammond area to get familiar with surrounding business,” said Nick Elliott, CAB Coordinator. “We would love for as many businesses as possible to come out and join us so we can show our new students all of the great businesses and opportunities we have right here in Hammond and the surrounding community.”

Southeastern students win Mark of Excellence Awards
Southeastern students employed at the Southeastern Channel won six 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference held in New Orleans recently.
     The Southeastern Channel students honored were named second-place finalists in five different television categories.
     The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism in a calendar year. SPJ’s Region 12 comprises all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. Southeastern competed against all schools with 10,000 or greater enrollment.
     The second-place awards presented to students included “Best Overall Television Newscast” for the student newscast, “Northshore News.” It was the eighth time in the last nine years that “Northshore News” has been honored as one of the region’s top newscasts as either a first or second-place winner.
     “Northshore News” reporter Dominique Brogle of Destrehan won second place in “Television General News Reporting” for her story, “Port Marigny,” about the proposed new St. Tammany development. In March Brogle was named the state’s “2016 Student Broadcaster of the Year” by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.   
     Reporter Brittany Robinson of Slidell won second place in “Television Feature Reporting” for her story “I-10 Twin Spans Rebuilt,” a commemorative for the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, produced for the student news magazine show “Southeastern Times.” Robinson earlier also won a student Emmy award and SEJC “Best in the South” honors for the twin span story.
     Reporter/Videographer Sarah Barbier of Mandeville won second-place honors in “Television News and Feature Photography” for her videography for two different stories she produced for “Southeastern Times.” Barbier won for her “Pumpkin Spice Latte” and “Abita Mystery House” news feature packages.
     Reporter/Videographer Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge won second-place in “Television Sports Photography” for his videography for the story, “Lions Cross Country,” produced for “The Big Game” student sportscast.
     Producer Drew Sagona of Pearl River earned second-place honors in “Television In-Depth Reporting” for his documentary “Drums Along the River: History of the Natchez Pow-Wow.”  
     “We’re thrilled for our students who won these television awards against all of the largest universities in the region,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious in student journalism, and we’re excited that our students continue to win top honors.”
     Settoon pointed out that Southeastern Channel students have now won top SPJ awards every year since 2007 when the channel started entering the competition.  
     “This is well-deserved recognition for our students’ excellent work, and it reflects the outstanding training they receive from Southeastern Channel staff members and instructors in the Department of Languages and Communication.”
     The Southeastern Channel, broadcast on Charter 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and at, has won over 250 national, international and regional awards in only 13 years of existence.

Southeastern Channel students win awards
MARK OF EXCELLENCE-- Students at the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational cable channel on Charter 199, recently won six Mark of Excellence awards in television presented by the Society of Professional Journalists at their annual convention in New Orleans. The student newscast “Northshore News” won honors for the eighth time in the last nine years. Pictured from left are Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel; Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge; Brittany Robinson of Slidell; Drew Sagona of Pearl River; and Dominique Brogle of Destrehan. Not pictured is Sarah Barbier of Mandeville.



BR Advocate
Southeastern offers area businesses opportunity to reach students

Southeastern Louisiana University camp helps kids with autism, other disorders, feel at home

How LSU, other universities are impacted as tuition, fee hikes and TOPS cuts pile up on students

Livingston Parish News
Southeastern Music Celebration 2016

Tuition increase at Southeast Louisiana University set at 3 percent


Kenneth Ridgedell (Career Services) is president-elect of the Louisiana Association of Colleges and Employers (LACE) and served as the chair for the 2016 Lace Conference. The office of Career Services co-sponsored the conference held for the first time at Southeastern July 14-15. Approximately 67 career services professionals, employer recruiters, and students (10 of the 67) registered to attend the conference.

     David Armand (English) presented a keynote speech titled “The Roads We Travel” as well as two writing workshops at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau on July 16. He will be presenting another keynote speech and two workshops at the Mississippi Writers Guild annual conference in Natchez, Miss., Sept. 6-7.


ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Send Submissions to
Mail to: SLU 10880, Hammond, LA 70402
Fax: (985) 549-2061
Or bring to the University Marketing and Communications Office in East Stadium.