Regions sponsors President's Toast

Business executive named
Jazz quintet coming to Columbia

New language program named


Iktus combo to perform Feb. 16

Theatre presents regional showcase

OSH&E program ranked
Take the fitness challenge

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Regions Bank sponsors Chefs Evening ToastRegions Bank to again sponsor President's Toast at Chefs Evening
Southeastern’s largest fundraiser, Chefs Evening, will launch the annual event with the President’s Toast as a featured prelude thanks to the exclusive Premier sponsorship of Regions Bank.
     Providing the food and wine pairings for this year’s event is Executive Chef Paul Farlow of Jacmel Inn.
     The President’s Toast precedes the grand event and is scheduled this year for Sunday, March 13, at the President’s Residence from 4 to 5 p.m. Chefs Evening follows from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Southeastern’s Student Union Grand Ballroom.
     A regional tradition for over three decades, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation’s signature fundraiser, providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs. The theme of the evening is special wine tastings and unique culinary offerings provided by some of the finest regional restaurants and distributors.
     “Again this year, we are excited to have long established partner, Regions Bank, as the presenting sponsor of the President’s Toast,” said Wendy Lauderdale, vice president for advancement. “At this special event hosted at the President’s Residence, wine and food pairings will be prepared by Executive Chef of Jacmel Inn, Paul Farlow. Having Regions Bank and Jacmel Inn as our partners speaks to the strength of this event and its importance in the region’s culinary calendar.”
     “Regions has a strong presence in the region and is proud to be a part of Chefs Evening and the support it gives Southeastern,” said Byron Bankston, Morrison St. branch manager for Regions. Shelly Robinson, branch manager of the downtown Hammond branch agreed, “Southeastern is such an important asset to our region and we are so pleased to be a partner through Chefs Evening.”
     For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Southeastern Foundation at 549-2239. Chefs Evening information is also available online at

REGIONS TO SPONSOR ‘TOAST’ – Regions Bank will be the exclusive Premier Sponsor of Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast, the prelude event to Chefs Evening, scheduled this year for Sunday, March 13. Pictured, from left, are Southeastern President John L. Crain; Byron Bankston, branch manager at the Morrison Blvd. Regions branch; Chef Paul Farlow of Jacmel Inn; Shelly Robinson, Branch Manager at the downtown Regions branch; and  Debbie Terrebonne, Regions consumer banking manager.

Phil Livingston to serve as Southeastern College of Business Executive in Residence 
Long time banking executive Phil Livingston has been selected as the Southeastern College of Business Executive in Residence, the university recently announced.
     “Mr. Livingston’s extensive career in the banking industry, coupled with his leadership roles in a variety of industry and organization boards, make him a valuable resource for our students,” said Interim Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips.
     Livingston will be sharing his 50-plus years of experience with Southeastern juniors, seniors and MBA students. He will also lead roundtable discussions where students can share their concerns, thoughts and aspirations.
     “I plan to speak with the students about being prepared for the workplace, how to meet expectations and how to job search,” he said. “They must have the right positive attitude and be willing to start at the bottom and work their way up.”
     A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in accounting, Livingston joined Louisiana National Bank in 1965 as a management trainee and later became vice president. In 1973 he became chief executive officer of Citizens National Bank in Hammond, where he served as chairman and CEO of the bank until its 1995 merger with Deposit Guaranty National Bank of Mississippi.
     Livingston held the title of chairman and CEO of Deposit Guaranty National Bank of Louisiana and then president of South Louisiana for First American Bank of Tennessee following another merger. After retiring in 1998, he served as a consultant to AmSouth Bank of Alabama, which later acquired First Tennessee.

Phil Livingston

Southeastern guest artist series: Iktus Combo
The New York-based ensemble Iktus Combo will perform a contemporary music concert on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern’s Pottle Auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public.
     Iktus Combo is a modern chamber group combining classical music with rock-n-roll, making the composition comfortable in both acoustic and electric settings. The ensemble is comprised of four members: Erin Rogers, saxophone; Andrea Lodge, piano; Jay Sorce, electric guitar; and Christopher Graham, percussion.  
     “Their unique instrumental combination allows them to program interesting pieces of music of many different styles – from experimental to rock and jazz-inspired compositions,” according to Philip Schuessler, Southeastern instructor of music theory and composition.
     Iktus Combo will perform “Music Box” by Kari Besharse, a Southeastern lecturer of music, and “Liminal Bridges” by Schuessler.  The concert will also feature works by composers Louis Andriessen, Philippe Hurel, and Mikel Keuhn.
     For more information, contact Schuessler 549-5035.

OSH&E program ranked among top 20 in nation
The Southeastern degree program in occupational safety, health and environment has been ranked among the top 20 best values in OSH&E programs in the country for 2015.
     Southeastern was ranked 19th in the nation by the website, and was the only institution in Louisiana to be recognized. The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.
     “We are very proud of this honor,” said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “Our primary goal is to provide area employers with highly qualified professionals who can fill much-needed positions in Louisiana industry.”
     Yuan, associate professor and OSH&E program coordinator, said students who graduate with the OSH&E degree automatically earn the designation of Graduate Safety Practitioner, a gateway to earning Certified Safety Professional certification.
     The program is nationally accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries that  reported a significant need for health and safety professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of safety engineers and safety supervisors.

Take the fitness challenge
Non-Credit Programs is excited to announce the First 28 Day Fitness Challenge including three classes, access to nutritional suggestions, prizes, and a celebration in the end. 

     The cost is $60. Register here.

Jaimee Paul

Columbia Theatre presents Jaimee Paul Jazz Quintet
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the Jaimee Paul Quintet in one performance only on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.    
     Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood said there’s a reason why the melodies of “Great American Songbook” have withstood the test of time.
     “Jaimee Paul, along with bandleader and husband, Leif Shires, believe in the strength and beauty of these songs creating a fresh take on them and making them their own,” he said. “Ranging from jazz standards of the 30s, stretching to pop standards of the 70s, Jaimee and Leif believe that a show shouldn’t be just another concert, but an evening of fun, love and happiness that should be experienced and remembered.”
     Raised in Southern Illinois, steeped in the church choir, Paul was influenced by Gospel and Blues, cultivating a special place in her heart for Jazz. She has performed for prime ministers, congressmen, military leaders and ambassadors throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.
     Reserved tickets for the concert range from $20 to $34 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     Special $10 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the Jaimee Paul Quintet and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.

Mango languages

New language learning program announced 
The Department of Languages and Communication and Sims Memorial Library are excited to announce the availability of Mango Languages, an online language learning program. Funded through a student technology fee large project proposal created by the Department of Languages and Communication and Sims Library, Mango provides an interactive way for students, faculty, and staff to learn a new language.
     Accessible through the “Articles and Databases” tab on the Library homepage, Mango has more than 70 foreign languages, 21 foreign films, 31 specialty courses (such as Legal and Medical Spanish, Business Mandarin), and over 17 specialized ESL courses. Mango also features “Mango Premiere,” the first program of its kind to teach language through full-length international films. Southeastern users can register with their email address to create a profile which allows the database to track their language-learning progress. It also has a convenient mobile app, compatible with Apple and Android devices, for learning on the go.
     To get started immediately in Mango Languages, click here to set up an account and begin learning. For questions on how to use Mango Languages, any trouble using it, or any feedback on its usefulness, please contact Angela Dunnington, head of Access Services at or 549-3485.

Southeastern Theatre presents Regional Festival Showcase
Southeastern’s theatre program will present a student showcase fund-raiser Feb. 20 in preparation for performing at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival later in the month.
    The fund-raiser performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Vonnie Borden Theatre. Minimum requested donation is $5.
    “Our guests will be treated to performances of the two musical numbers from ‘High and Mighty’ we will be performing at festival,” said Jim Winter, associate professor of theatre. Competition scenes, monologues, songs, and design will also be on display at the showcase.
    The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival will be held Feb. 24-27 at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. The Southeastern students will compete at the regional festival as a group as well as individuals in various categories.
    Twelve Southeastern students competing in the festival include: Kalee Broussard, Destrehan, senior in vocal performance; Chelsey Davis, Crown Point, senior business entrepreneurship major, Crown Point, Justin Davis, Greensburg, junior in marketing; Rachel Davis, Mandeville, junior vocal music education; Neal Eli, New Orleans, sophomore in business management; Anthony Gary, Gramercy, senior in general studies/ theatre; Misty Gros, Lafitte, senior, general studies/theatre; Michelle Guillot, Slidell senior in music; Provence Hatfield, Amite, senior vocal performance major; Jaimee Rome, Abita Springs, senior in English education; Natalia Timotina, Chisinau, Moldova, sophomore in piano performance; and Olivia Waguespack, Covington,  junior in general studies.
     For more information, contact Southeastern Theatre at 549-2115.


Intro to QuickBooks
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This course is an introduction to and education for a Louisiana State Notary- Public. It is designed to help students successfully pass the statewide Louisiana Notarial Exam. However, it is also a great refresher course on Civil law basics and sound notarial practice for commissioned notaries and attorneys as well. 


America's Music Part II
A sequel to America's Music: A Film History of our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway (offered in 2013), America's Music Part II will use a different selection of films and music to explore American blues, jazz, country and rock. The original America's Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music, made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

SHRM Learning System 
This course provides an in-depth study of the key areas of human resource management. Course materials include five extensive modules corresponding to the five functional areas, responsibilities, and associated knowledge defined by the HR Certification Institute: HR competencies, people, organization, workplace, and strategy. 


ACT Prep
This class is designed to help students prepare for the ACT exam. Students will review major concepts most commonly found on the test and will be provided test-taking tips and strategies. Students should use the information provided during class time as part of their overall test preparation strategy.

How Money Works Part II
Saving and investing on a teacher's salary can be successful if you take charge. This course will introduce educators and future educators to the major concepts necessary to make informed decisions regarding saving and investing. There are no technology requirements or prerequisites for this class, and no charge to attend. Read more on this course.

Investing Fundamentals
The course begins with the basics of investments, including advantages and disadvantages of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Discover the advantages of multiple options to help meet your goals. Finally, gain insight to the challenges that families may encounter as they pursue building retirement savings and strategies to protect wealth. Read more on this course.


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John Valentino (Fine and Performing Arts) was selected to serve on the Burning Man Global Arts Grant selection panel for the 2016 and 2017 program years. The panel awards grants to artists and community groups around the world to fund highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display.

    Dr. Clifford Fontenot (Biological Sciences) and his graduate student Logan McCardle, published an article in the Journal of Thermal Biology (2016, 56:39-49) titled “The Influence of Thermal Biology on Road Mortality Risk in Snakes.”
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) has a chapter in the recently published book, Science Blogging: The Essential Guide.  The chapter is titled “Tackling the Hard Sciences.”

The following papers were presented at the recent 2016 International Academic Business Conference: “Millennial Students’ Views on Employment Opportunities after Graduation,” by Connie Budden (Management) and Heather Budden (La Tech); “Enhancing Cross-Cultural Communication in the Marketing Classroom: A Case Approach,” by Mike Budden (Marketing), Connie Budden (Management) and Tara’ Lopez (Marketing); “What Internships? I Didn’t Hear About Any Internships. An Exploration of Communicating Internship Opportunities to Business Students,” by marketing faculty, April Field Kemp, Tara’ Lopez, Michael Jones and Russell McKenzie (interim head of Marketing and Supply Chain Management); “Influence of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 on the Ability of the United States to Compete in Global Logistics Today,” by John Woosley, Robert F. Cope III and Rachelle F. Cope (all of Marketing and Supply Chain Management).


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