Flood relief web portal now available

SLU Disaster Relief Fund
Postponed classes resume today

Counseling services available

Students pitch in for flood relief

Fall non-credit courses announced

Kid Zone changes announced

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Safe CampusSoutheastern creates regional flood relief web portal
With so many individuals still reeling from the recent floods across the region, Southeastern has compiled an online repository of flood relief resources available at
    “Our hope is that this information will be useful as the region begins the recovery process,” said President John L. Crain. “Those in need of specific services or goods can find out where to register for help with cleanup, where to find free boxes, where they can get school supplies once local K-12 schools reopen and more.”
     And, of course, as much as it is intended to assist those who suffered damages from the flooding, it is also a helpful collection of ways for people to assist with recovery efforts. There is information about the different items being accepted at various locations throughout the region. You can also sign up to volunteer your time doing everything from gutting houses to sorting canned goods at the Southeastern Food Pantry.
    Anyone with additional resources they would like to submit for inclusion on the web portal, should forward information to

SLU Disaster Relief Fund


Dear Faculty and Staff,  
As you well know by now, Southeast Louisiana has again been devastated by a flood that has reached historic proportions. The Southeastern Family has suffered along with the region. The flooding has impacted many students, faculty, and staff, as well as their loved ones. In addition to our thoughts and prayers, we are also taking action. We take seriously our responsibility to members of the Southeastern family and are moving forward to help in significant ways.
Helping Our Family
     We have altered our academic calendar and processes to ease the burden on those students starting the semester. We are also communicating with students as well as faculty and staff who were impacted to offer assistance. Our hope is to ensure that all have the support and flexibility needed to begin the school year.   
     In addition, we are asking our Southeastern family to help as well.  We have had an on-campus food pantry in operation for several years and are seeking additional provisions to serve impacted students and their families. Although a limited resource, we will use the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund to assist in meeting the short-term incidental needs of as many impacted students as possible.      
Helping Others
   Last week, scores of student volunteers helped with clean-up efforts for those whose homes have been damaged. Many organizations and individuals on campus are also working in various ways with donation drives to serve the needs of shelters and individuals across the affected area.
     We expect to continue to serve as a source of aid and support as our university and region recover from this disaster. If you have an inquiry or need, call the Advancement Office at 549-2239. If you have not been affected by the flooding and would like to assist members of our Southeastern family, please go here or call the Advancement office.
John L. Crain


Students volunteer to help clean area homes following floods
More than 180 Southeastern students and student-athletes showed their Lion pride last week when they organized into groups to help area residents affected by the flooding
    With classes re-scheduled to begin next week, the students were available to turn their attention to helping residents by pulling out damaged carpeting and furniture and starting the clean-up process in more than 100 area homes. Students carted shovels, cleaning products and lots of water as they organized into car pools and caravans to get to homes in Albany, Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Ponchatoula and other areas.
    Senior Nicole Delesdernier of Metairie, a member of the track and field team, said since there were no classes yet she could not see a better use of her time.
    “After Katrina, my family got 15 inches of water in our house,” she recalled. “I know what these people are going through.”
    “Our friends back home are sweating and coping with all of this,” said Chadney Jones of Zachary. “I just wanted to do what I could to help.”
    “I am really happy with the turnout. With less than 24 hours of notice, these students showed up in force,” said Associate Professor of Communication Amber Narro, who is coordinating the event. “It was heartwarming to see so many students answer the call to serve their community. The only suggestion we got was that students should bring twice as much water as they think they will need.”
    In addition to helping with clean-up efforts, a number of Southeastern student athletes volunteered to work at area shelters, packing supplies, helping with distribution of donated items, and playing games with the children.
    “In trying times, it’s our duty as members of this tremendous community to step up and help any way we can,” said Athletics Director Jay Artigues. “I couldn’t be prouder of our coaches and student-athletes for their willingness to do their part.”

Albany flood relief

HELP FOR ALBANY - Southeastern senior Bridget Pierce of Bogalusa drags carpet from a home flooded in Albany. Students worked in teams helping to clean homes in nearby areas affected by the floods.

Amber Narrow

GETTING ORGANIZED - Amber Reetz Narro, Southeastern associate professor of communication, gives directions Wednesday to students prior to their leaving to help with cleanup in area communities. Narro was one of the coordinators of Southeastern's project which involved more than 180 students and continued on Thursday and Friday.


Behind the scenes flood relief


BEHIND THE SCENES - Senior Morgan Robicheaux of Destrehan vacuums dirt and debris in a home in Albany.

Postponed classes resume today
Southeastern postponed the startup of classes for the fall semester to today, due to the widespread flooding in the region and its impact on students, faculty and staff.
     The decision to delay was made after communicating with students, faculty and staff members regarding their status given the impact of the floods. Consideration was also given to the anticipated timeline for re-opening Interstate 12 and input from partner agencies and businesses.
     “We understand there are students who have suffered tremendous losses and will not be able to start the semester as they may have planned,” said university President John L. Crain. “Their lives have been hugely disrupted, and it likely will be some time before normalcy can return for many of them. We will work with them on a case-by-case basis to make sure they’re able to return to Southeastern whenever they’re ready.”
     Changes to the academic calendar include the following:
     -- August 22-24: Drop/Add Period (students will be able to drop to zero hours, if needed)
     -- August 24: Final day to cancel registration with a 100 percent refund. The university will continue to consider refunds past this date on a case-by-case basis for students impacted by the flooding.
     Additional updates and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the status of the semester can be found on Southeastern’s main webpage,

Southeastern Counseling services available
The University Counseling Center provides free individual counseling for all Southeastern students, faculty, staff and their families. At this time, we are offering support groups to aid in disaster recovery. Call 549-3894 for more information.

     The Counseling Center will also offer overwhelmed students disaster recovery support groups for the next two weeks. They have reserved room 2202 in the Student Union for the dates and times listed below and will have licensed professional counselors on hand for crisis debriefing and general questions and concerns.

This week:

Tuesday, August 23, 11-12 noon
Wednesday, August 24, 11-12 noon
Thursday, August 25, 1-2 p.m.

Next week

Tuesday, August 30, 11-12 noon
Wednesday, August 31, 11-12 noon
Thursday, September 1, 1-2 p.m.




Distress is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. Distress includes feeling anxious, angry, stressed, overwhelmed, tearful, and sometimes numb. Distress causes people to have difficulty sleeping and concentrating. You can expect to experience some of these symptoms after a disaster.


Acute Distress Disorder

Severe distress can be a sign of Acute Distress Disorder. It is characterized by abnormal levels of anxiety and dissociative symptoms and is different than Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.



Most people psychologically and emotionally recover within a few weeks after a disaster. This is called resilience. Resiliency is improved when we connect and help one another. By remaining calm, we help ourselves, so that we may be of service to others.



Children need help processing natural disasters. They are being surrounded by images and stories that may be difficult for their underdeveloped brains to comprehend. Please talk to your children and siblings by helping them understand why these events occurred and supporting their emotional needs.

Southeastern announces fall 2016 non-credit courses
Registration is now underway for career and personal enrichment courses through Southeastern’s Office of Non-Credit Programs.
     Fall 2016 non-credit career enrichment courses include Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Exam Preparation, Notary Test Prep, Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, and English as a Second Language.
     Director of Non-Credit Programs Paul Forbes said workforce and professional development continues to be a focus for 2016 course offerings.
     “Our courses are designed to build participants’ resumes and to assist organizations with professional development,” he added.
     Classes are offered at Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond, the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, and the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville.
     The schedule of sessions offered this fall and their costs follow:
     Notary Test Prep – Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m., St. Tammany Center, $675.

     ACT Test Prep – all sessions begin at 5 p.m.; $250.
     • Mandeville (Fontainebleau High School): Session 1: Aug. 9; Session 2: Oct. 4; and Session 3: Nov. 17
     • Walker (Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center): Session 1: Oct. 4; and Session 2: Nov. 3.
     SHRM Exam Preparation – Sept. 8, 6 p.m., St. Tammany Center, $1,150. This course prepares participants to take the examination for the SHRM Certified Professional (CP) and Senior Certified Professional (SCP).
     Financial Strategies for Retirement – all sessions begin at 6 p.m., $50.
     • Livingston location (Livingston Literacy and Technology Center): Sept. 12
     • Hammond location (SLU University Center): Sept. 13
     • Mandeville location (St. Tammany Center): Sept. 15
     English as a Second Language – This program is designed for all levels of English as a second language and geared for individuals seeking entrance to SLU or preparing for the Test for English as a Second Language (TOEFL). Emigration and visa requirements apply; $943.   

     Additional details are available at
     For more information and a complete list of courses, visit the website, or contact Forbes at or 549-2301.  

Southeastern Athletics Announces Kid Zone Changes for 2016 Football Season
Southeastern Athletics’ interactive experience for young fans, the Kid Zone, will be moved to Friendship Circle for the upcoming 2016 football season.
     The Kid Zone, which is open to children ages 12 and under with parent supervision, will now open three hours prior to kickoff and close 30 minutes prior to kickoff. For a 7 p.m. game, the Kid Zone will be open from 4-6:30 p.m.
     The Kid Zone will feature a bounce house, a prize wheel, hula hoops, a coloring/craft area, other inflatable/interactive games and a marked off football area where young Lion fans are able to play. Children will also have the opportunity to interact with Southeastern student-athletes at the Kid Zone.
     Members of the Mission Church as well as the Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions staff will be present to assist with activities. The Mission Church will also offer snowballs – while supplies last - at the Kid Zone for the Sept. 24 home opener versus Northwestern State.
     For more information on the Kid Zone changes, contact Coordinator of Athletic Marketing and Promotions Lindsey Cramer at or 549-3227. 


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The Southeastern volleyball team will officially open its 2016 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Fans will have the opportunity to get their first look at the Lady Lion volleyball team on Wednesday with the intrasquad Green and Gold match at 7 p.m. in the University Center. SLU will open the 2016 season officially on Saturday, hosting Southern for a doubleheader. The first match is set for 11 a.m., followed by a 4 p.m. nightcap.
     Saturday will be Youth Day at the University Center in conjunction with Academy Sports and Outdoors. Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will be giving away Southeastern spirit items and kids ages 12 and under will be able to join the Lady Lions on-court for the national anthem.
     The Southeastern soccer team (1-1) will open the home portion of its schedule this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions welcome Arkansas State to the Southeastern Soccer Complex for a 4 p.m. match. Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity will host a tailgate for students prior to Thursday’s home opener. Southeastern will also host Louisiana-Monroe at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
     LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week’s volleyball action at Admission is free to all Southeastern home soccer and volleyball matches.


AUG. 24

Volleyball, Green and Gold Match, University Center,

7 p.m. (LionVision)

AUG. 25

Soccer, vs. Arkansas State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.
            - Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity Tailgate

AUG. 27

Volleyball, vs. Southern (DH), University Center,

11 a.m./4 p.m. (LionVision)
            - Academy Sports and Outdoors Youth Day



AUG. 28

 Soccer, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.


Dr. Nena Luster-Tucker (College of Nursing and Center for Faculty Excellence) has been selected to participate in the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing’s Emerging Educational Administrator Institute as part of the 2016-2017 co hort. Luster-Tucker is one of only seven scholars in the country accepted into the program. In addition to her upcoming institute participation, Luster-Tucker presented at STTI’s International Nursing Research Congress in the summer of 2015 and serves as a board member for SLU’s Rho Zeta Chapter of STTI.


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