Southeastern confers degrees
ByLion takes a break
Channel named fourth best in nation

Economist named to committee

Students visit Whitney Plantation

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics



Alario honoredSoutheastern confers degrees on more than 1,000
Southeastern conferred degrees on 1,031 graduates Saturday, Dec. 10, at the university’s fall commencement exercises.
     Louisiana Senate President John A. Alario Jr., center, was honored by his alma mater with the Southeastern Lifetime Achievement Award. Rep. Chris Broadwater, left, and President John L. Crain presented him with the award.
     A 1965 graduate of Southeastern, Alario was recognized for his lifetime of public service including his 45-year tenure in both the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as his civic service with numerous non-profit organizations.
     Alario is a tax consultant and owner of John A. Alario, Jr. Tax Service in Westwego. He is the dean of the Louisiana State Legislature, having served nine terms as the representative of House District 83 and currently in his third term as senator for District 8. He is the first Louisiana legislator to serve twice as Speaker of the House and twice as President of the Senate, and is the only legislator to serve multiple terms as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate.
     Alario currently serves on several key bodies in the Legislature including the State Bond Commission, the Revenue Estimating Conference, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
      In his welcome, Crain noted that the individuals being recognized at commencement included 354 men and 677 women who were receiving 15 different degrees; and representatives from 18 states and 16 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to seven students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – art major Sarah Margaret Amacker of Zachary, 4.0 gpa; and art major Laura Beth Theall of Ama, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Business – management major Emma Christine Larmann of Slidell, 4.0 gpa; and accounting major Kaitlin Noelle Farkas of Hammond, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Education and Human Development – social studies education major Bodie Claude Dufrene of Des Allemands, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – communication sciences and disorders major Erin Nicole Hargis of Luling, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – chemistry major Chibueze Innocent Onyeagusi of Nigeria, 3.992 gpa.

ByLion takes a break
This will be the last edition of ByLion for 2016. ByLion will return on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. Enjoy the holiday break.

Southeastern Channel named fourth best in nation

A student entertainment show produced for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s cable access channel, has won fourth place in the nation.
     “College Night” was named the country’s fourth best in the “Best Comedy-Video” category by College Broadcasters, Inc. at the 2016 National Student Production Awards in Philadelphia recently. There were 969 entries in the competition from universities across the nation.
     It was the 12th time that a Southeastern Channel production has been honored as one of the top four in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. The channel has been recognized multiple times for its student newscast “Northshore News,” along with student news reporting, sports play-by-play, and a student-produced promotional spot. The channel won first place in the nation the past two years for a student documentary and public service announcement.
     It was the fourth time that “College Night” has placed in the top four in the nation. The winning episode from December 11, 2015, was produced by Danielle Shearer of Ponchatoula.   
     It was the second straight year that one of Shearer’s productions was recognized at the National Student Production Awards. Last year her promotional spot for the student sportscast, “The Big Game,” was named one of the best in the nation.
     “I feel so honored. I produced a total of three episodes of ‘College Night,’ and it’s nice to have all of the hard work recognized on a national level,” said Shearer. “’College Night’ is special because it gives students who are more into filmmaking a chance to stretch their creative muscles,” Shearer said.
     Shearer not only produced the show but also wrote, directed, shot, edited and acted in many of the segments. Among the numerous Southeastern Channel students who contributed to the program, those who also played a large part in writing, shooting, editing and acting were Rachel Taylor of St. Amant, Mason Dauphin and Jordan Reid of Luling, Mallory Milton and Tyler Hampton of Ponchatoula, Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, Molly Flynn of Amite, Richard Mills of Hammond, Dominique Brogle of Destrehan, and Courtney Bruno, Amairi Cordova and Maria Goddard of New Orleans.  
     “It’s a great honor for our students to be recognized once again as among the best in the nation,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “Danielle is wonderfully creative and skilled with a great work ethic, and she led a talented team of students with high-quality standards to produce a fresh, clever and entertaining program.”
     The winning show was produced in the vein of “Saturday Night Live” with comedy sketches that used college activities like intramurals, sorority recruitment and beauty pageants to parody popular television shows like “Supernatural,” “Big Brother” and “Charlie’s Angels.” One vignette, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. S,” featured the character Milly Cypress as a humorous takeoff on Miley Cyrus.
     Shearer also produced a pair of music video parodies, a college dormitory version of “Zombie” by Family Force 5 and a parody of “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar with students cosplaying Disney princesses locked in a supernatural battle sequence.  
     “I learned so much at the Southeastern Channel,” Shearer said.  “I got to learn a little bit of everything - reporting, producing, studio positions and commercial producing. Knowing these different departments of a television station makes you more marketable in the job field.”
     Shearer graduated in May with a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media. She was immediately hired as a marketing producer by KATC-TV 3 (ABC) in Lafayette. She said the techniques learned in video production courses like Comm 260 and 449 at the Southeastern Channel helped her with “College Night.”
     “The basics that we were taught in production courses like framing, the production process, and the process of telling a story all helped us to have success with this show,” she said.
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 national, international, and regional awards in the last 12 years, including 13 Emmys. The Channel airs in 90,000 households on the North Shore with a potential viewing audience of 250,000 on Charter Cable 199. Its live 24/7 webcast and video on demand are viewed in 46 states and 47 countries monthly at

Southeastern Channel wins awardFOURTH IN THE NATION - The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational access channel, has won fourth place in the nation for its student entertainment show, “College Night.”  The show was honored by College Broadcasters, Inc. for “Best Comedy-Video” at the 2016 National Student Production Awards in Philadelphia. It’s the 12th time that the Southeastern Channel has been named one of the top four in the nation by CBI. From left are Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager, and Danielle Shearer of Ponchatoula, producer of “College Night.”

Lara Gardner

Southeastern economist named to state Medicaid subcommittee
The Louisiana Legislature’s Health and Social Services Estimating Conference recently named Lara Gardner, an associate professor in the Southeastern College of Business, as its health economist.
     With a specialty in health economics and health policy and almost 20 years of teaching experience in the field of economics, she was selected after a rigorous search and interviews of economists from several universities. Her primary role will be to help members of the conference and its Medicaid subcommittee develop spending forecasts and to review other information related to the Medicaid program.
     “She will be a tremendous asset to our group and our efforts to manage Medicaid costs,” said conference member Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, author of SB433, which created the subcommittee during the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. “I’m looking forward to working with her.”
     While a significant portion of the state budget is connected to the Medicaid program, the state’s ability to grasp costs and utilization of services during the budget process has been limited in the past, according to Hewitt. The new subcommittee is tasked with performing a quarterly review of Medicaid data by financial experts and healthcare economists to more accurately forecast Medicaid expenses and to bring more transparency and public input into the process.
     “I honestly believe that this will become one of the most important committees in the Legislature as it oversees the forecasting of healthcare expenses, just as the Revenue Estimating Conference oversees the forecasting of revenue,” said Hewitt. “With healthcare expenses being 45 percent of our state’s 2017 budget, managing the state’s largest expense during a time of extraordinary fiscal challenges is more critical than ever.”
     Gardner holds the Bruce Dugas Endowed Professorship in Business in the Southeastern Department of Management and Business Administration and serves on the editorial board for the “Research in Business and Economics Journal.”
     She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in economics and undergraduate degree in international affairs from Florida State University. She joined the Southeastern faculty in 2007.

Whitney Plantation visit

Education students visit Whitney Plantation
Education students from Southeastern and Southern universities visited the Whitney Plantation in Edgard earlier this month to strengthen their content knowledge of the historical period in a manner that also builds pedagogy.
    Celina Echols, Marcia Galatas Endowed Professor at Southeastern, said students were required to write reflections that infused evidence, artifacts and implications of the experiences. Critical terms from their reflections revealed a consciousness surrounding issues such as diversity, racism, slavery, socio-emotional development, empathy and understanding.
    The tour of the plantation was led by Ibrahima Seck, a scholar from Senegal, who serves as the academic director of the slavery museum at the planation.
    “I am proud of these students. This field trip was not a requirement, but students were involved because they wanted to improve their knowledge as future teachers,” said Echols. “Uncomfortable situations often yield valuable and lifelong learning.”
    “Slavery is a subject that is often brushed off as something that happened years ago,” wrote student Brooke Singer in her reflection piece. ”It may have happened a while ago but does that give us the right to forget those who endured those terrifying actions? Whitney Plantation is a beautiful memorial for these people who suffered through what most of us could never imagine.”
    La’Sheika Witherspoon noted that the use of slave narratives would be a great resource in the classroom. “Slave narratives can be used as a form of literature,” she wrote. It’s not the typical form of text that students are used to, but students are able to understand historical events in different cultures. For future references, I would love to incorporate this into my curriculum.”
    Echols and Lisa Delpit of Southern facilitated the debriefings after the plantation visit. Both professors intend to expand these kinds of experiences and partnerships to ensure the growth of more and more effective multicultural educators in south Louisiana.

WHITNEY MUSEUM VISIT - Ibrahima Seck, academic director at the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, discusses the plantation’s history with education students from Southeastern  and Southern universities.


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After having a week off for final examinations, the Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will be back in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (5-4) will close out their non-conference home schedule on Monday, hosting Florida A&M at 7 p.m. in the University Center. On Saturday, SLU will be back on the road, traveling to Toledo for a 7 p.m. contest.  
     Both games can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Monday’s game at
     The Lady Lions (2-5) will continue their four-game road swing this week. On Tuesday, SLU will travel to Jackson State for a 6 p.m. contest in Jackson, Miss. Fans can receive updates via Twitter at


DEC 12

Men’s Basketball, vs. Florida A&M, University Center,

7 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)

DEC 13

Women’s Basketball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss.,

6 p.m.

DEC 17

Men’s Basketball, at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 7 p.m. (KSLU)

Southeastern home events in bold.


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