SLU, NTCC sign agreements
Holiday Open House scheduled

Alario to address students

Philanthropy Week successful

Commencement traffic changes set

Southeastern in the News



SLU, NTCC sign agreementsSoutheastern, NTCC sign agreements on pathways in business, biological sciences
Officials from Southeastern and Northshore Technical and Community College signed agreements Tuesday to officially align resources that will provide successful NTCC students with the opportunity to progress directly into Southeastern’s bachelor’s programs in business and biological sciences.
     The signing took place at the NTCC STEM Campus as work on the new collaborative campus continues in Lacombe. Southeastern President John L. Crain and NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright signed the documents amid a gathering of area elected officials and representatives of the Greater Hammond and St. Tammany West chambers of commerce, the Northshore Business Council, and St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.
     Also participating in the signing ceremony were Southeastern Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena L. Golding, Dean of the College of Science and Technology Daniel McCarthy, Interim Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips, NTCC Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Daniel Roberts, and Dean of Academics Jim Carlson.
     “NTCC and Southeastern are true partners in higher education,” said Crain. “These agreements are yet another example of working together to benefit students.”
     “STEM jobs on the Northshore continue to grow at a rapid pace, as indicated in a recent St. Tammany Economic Development report, and projected in a 2010 study by the National Center for Higher Education Management, which led to legislation advancing our new STEM Campus in Lacombe,” Wainwright said. “Essential career pathways in biological sciences and business with partnerships among school systems, community colleges and universities will advance a critical pipeline of talent that supports our local and regional industry partners.”
     Both programs establish pathways for students to easily and seamlessly transfer from NTCC into Southeastern’s four-year programs in business and biological sciences through the establishment of a concurrent blend of curricula. In addition to earning the bachelor’s degree, students participating in the program will have the opportunity to obtain an associate’s degree from NTCC.
     NTCC students who have completed the business pathway will be admitted to Southeastern and continue their coursework in the College of Business. Those students will be allowed to transfer up to 42 credit hours from NTCC to Southeastern. The biological sciences pathyway allows NTCC students to transfer up to 52 credit hours and be admitted in the College of Science and Technology.

SOUTHEASTERN, NTCC SIGN AGREEMENTS FOR BUSINESS, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES PATHWAYS - Officials from Southeastern and Northshore Technical and Community College signed agreements Tuesday to officially align resources that will provide successful NTCC students with the opportunity to progress directly into Southeastern’s bachelor’s programs in business and biological sciences. Attending the signing are seated, from left, Southeastern President John L. Crain and NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright. Standing, from left, are Senator Sharon Hewitt, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, Representative Paul Hollis and St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Superintendent Trey Folse.

Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled

President's residence


The annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House will be held at the President’s Residence on Wednesday, Dec. 7, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. We hope to see you there!


Student involvement leads to successful Philanthropy Week 
Students assist with ABC Food DriveSoutheastern students and faculty embraced the spirit of giving during the Office of University Advancement’s Philanthropy Week, a four-day event that culminated in the donation of 82 pints of blood, 300 thank-you cards sent to active military and veterans, and the contribution of over 2,000 food items to stock the Student Food Pantry.
     Student organizations, campus housing students, athletics, Greeks and various departments of faculty and staff competed to donate the most food to the Anything But Cans food drive held on Nov. 10.  
     The Southeastern Lab School and Holy Ghost Catholic School also participated by holding their own food drives in appreciation of the Southeastern students and athletes who volunteer in their schools.
     The Anything But Cans food drive was coordinated by the Office of University Advancement’s Lion Legacy Student Association with the support of April Kemp’s marketing 314 class in the College of Business with a goal of adding variety to the pantry’s food selections.

     Faculty and staff won the competition by a large margin, with the Division of Administration and Finance winning a first place trophy for the most items donated. Among the major contributors were the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, Athletics, the College of Business, Physical Plant Services, Purchasing, Environmental Health and Safety, Facility Planning, the Library, and the students of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
     Students, faculty and staff also participated in a blood drive facilitated by The Blood Center during Philanthropy Week. Through the blood drive, 82 pints of blood were collected. Those who donated had a chance to win one of four door prizes, including a wireless Bluetooth headset, an Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice control, and two $50 Visa gift cards.
     While the blood benefitted the local community, and the food benefitted Southeastern’s food pantry, another event promoted giving back on a national scale. In honor of Veterans Day, students and faculty wrote thank you cards to active military and veterans and enjoyed complimentary hamburgers and hotdogs provided by the Office of University Advancement and served by Lion Legacy members.
     All 300 thank you cards were filled out by the end of the event. Olivia Habetz, student philanthropy coordinator, said the event attracted a lot of interest, and many participants expressed gratitude for the opportunity to acknowledge the service of military men and women.
     The Office of University Advancement’s Lion Legacy Student Association also hosted a black light volleyball tournament during Philanthropy Week. The event served a dual-purpose of giving back to Southeastern students with a night of music, food and friendly competition, while at the same time raising awareness and contributions for student philanthopy initiatives. Four teams participated in the tournament, held in the Kinesiology Gym, and two teams took home trophies.

 Food Drive winners


ABC FOOD DRIVE WINNERS - The Division of Administration and Finance won the ABC Food Drive with the most contributions collected.

John A. Alario Jr.

Southeastern honors alumnus Alario for Lifetime Achievement
Louisiana Senate President John A. Alario Jr. will be honored by his alma mater with a Southeastern Louisiana University Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the university’s commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the University Center.
    That morning the university will confer more than 1,000 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
    A 1965 graduate of Southeastern, Alario is being 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.
    “President Alario truly deserves this recognition, which is one of the highest honors the university has ever bestowed,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “His distinguished career in public service and his unifying influence have served Louisiana well especially during contentious and difficult times. Our state has struggled with economic and budget challenges in recent years. I have no doubt those issues would have been even more treacherous had it not been for the leadership and wisdom of John Alario.”
    He has previously been recognized by Southeastern with its Golden Ambassador Award in 1998 and was named the Southeastern Alumni Association’s 1981 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
    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.
    His civic activities have included service on the boards of the Louisiana Epilepsy Association, the Task Force for Juvenile Facilities, the Louisiana Kidney Foundation and the West Jefferson Metroplex Civic Center Committee. From 1979 to 1985, he served as chairman of the Louisiana Exposition Authority, the body overseeing the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans.
    His recognitions include receiving the Jefferson Parish Public School System Distinguished Citizen Award; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Champion Award; and Legislator of the Year awards from the Professional Firefighters Association, Police Jury Association, Louisiana State Troopers Association, Louisiana Federation of Teachers and Association for Retarded Citizens. Additionally, he has received the West Jefferson High School Outstanding Alumnus Award and the Hale Boggs Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Community Award, among many others.

Commencement traffic changes planned
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 10, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Louisiana State Senator John A. Alario Jr. will receive Southeastern’s Lifetime Achievement Award and provide remarks at the ceremony, where more than 1,000 students will receive associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted to main campus via North General Pershing Street and SGA Drive. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
     “Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” said Todd. “We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Todd said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
     Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.


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