Friendship Oak gets treatment
Chefs Evening features fine cuisine
Graduates to sport new look
Scholarships offered to students

Latino American programs offered

Livingston Ethics Lecture scheduled
Students win journalism awards

Le Souvenir wins awards

Phi Kappa Phi meeting set

Tea with Friends speaker change

Trumpet recital scheduled
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Friendship OakSoutheastern’s Friendship Oak undergoing treatment
Friendship Oak, the iconic symbol of Southeastern that has graced the campus for its 90 years of existence, is undergoing an extensive checkup and treatment plan intended to preserve it for years to come.
     This month, the massive live oak tree – located at the North Oak Street entrance end of Friendship Circle – is receiving tree preservation treatment to include pruning of dead wood, fertilization, systemic insecticide applications and other work, said Carlos Doolittle, who supervises landscape, grounds and recycling at Southeastern. The work is being handled by licensed arborists with Biggz Tree Care of Baton Rouge.
     “In order to do some of this work, we needed to remove the decking that surrounded the tree because it covered a crucial root area,” Doolittle said. “The decking will not be replaced at this time. We’re also reminding visitors and others that climbing on the tree or its ground-level branches is not allowed because doing so can cause damage. ”
     Friendship Oak is one of 23-named live oaks on the campus listed as members of the Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation. The tree has long been a meeting area for students, especially in the earlier years of the Southeastern’s history when it was near the original student union and before that when its branches sheltered the “pop stand” where students could get cold drinks and snacks. A long-held tradition claims that couples who kiss under the tree are destined to marry.
     Doolittle said trees on campus are continually assessed for tree health and campus safety, which sometimes results in the removal of those that are declining or posing a safety hazard.
     He added that Southeastern continues to actively plant trees to maintain the traditional beauty of the campus. In the Student Union Park and nearby landscapes, 46 new shade trees and 20 ornamental landscape trees will soon be planted, thanks in part to a grant from the Student Government Association.

FRIENDSHIP OAK UNDERGOES TREATMENT – A longtime symbol of Southeastern, Friendship Oak, is undergoing an extensive checkup and treatment plan designed to preserve it for years to come. The tree is listed as a member of the Live Oak Society of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation.

Southeastern’s Chefs Evening to feature wide variety of cuisine, beverages
Louisiana is known for its flair for creating and experiencing good food, and the Northshore region is a perfect example of inventive and traditional restaurants, unique niche food and grocery stores, distillers, brewers, bakeries and so much more.  
     Southeastern’s Chefs Evening is a reflection of the incredible offerings from around the area, providing a true “taste of the Northshore.”
     Regional restaurants are lining up for Chefs Evening scheduled March 13 at the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. The event promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages, and wine tastings.
     Restaurants and beverage companies participating include: Aquistapace’s Covington Supermarket, Aramark Classic Fare Catering, Benedicts Catering, Buddies Bar and Grill, Cate Street Seafood Station, Champagne Beverage, Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café, Crescent Bar, Don’s Seafood, Eddie’s Frozen Custard, Gnarly Barley, Hammond High Magnet ProStart, Iron Horse Sports Grille & Spirits, Jacmel Inn, Jim Carey Distribution, PJ’s Coffee – University Avenue and W. Thomas St., Rotolos Pizzeria, The Boston Restaurant, Tope La, Trey Yuen and others as well.
     Tickets can be purchased to Chefs Evening or to both Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast, hosted by President John Crain at the University Residence. To order individual tickets, patron tables or for more information, call 549-2239, email or visit the website
Chefs Evening
FINE CUISINE AT CHEFS EVENING – Chefs from Aramark Classic Fare Catering prepare samplings for patrons at last year’s Chefs Evening. Chefs Evening 2016 is scheduled March 13 at Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, call 549-2239, email or visit the website at


Latino American Programs Feature Film and Dance
The next two programs in the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” will be held at Sims Memorial Library and at the Tangipahoa Parish Library Ponchatoula Branch this week. On Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in room 240 at the Library, Dr. Marianna Kunow, instructor in foreign languages and project scholar for the series, will show the video “Prejudice and Price (1965 - 1980)” followed by a discussion. Light snacks will be served.
     The following Saturday, March 5,  Mr. Javier Juarez, owner and director of Javier’s Dance Studio in Slidell, will present “!Baile! A Latino American Dance Celebration” at the Ponchatoula Library, 380 North Fifth Street, at 1 p.m. The program will feature a variety of Latino American dances performed by Juarez and his troupe.
     Both programs are free and open to the public, as are all of the programs in the series. A complete schedule of the entire series along with other information can be found at
     “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, and the programs are funded by a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  
     For more information, contact Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at 549-3962 or at

Former bank CEO to speak at Southeastern’s Livingston Ethics in Business Lecture

Lee Griffin
The retired chairman and chief executive officer of Bank One of Louisiana, now Chase Bank, will deliver Southeastern’s James and Evelyn Livingston Business Ethics Lecture on Tuesday, March 8.
     G. Lee Griffin, who most recently served as the LSU Foundation president, will speak on “Put It in Writing – Planning Is Not an Option” at 7 p.m. in SLU Student Union Ballroom A. The lecture is presented by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.
     A graduate of LSU, where he earned a master’s degree in economics and finance, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been named to the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction and the E.J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction.
     Griffin has been a member of numerous organizations, including the Louisiana Bankers Association and the boards of American Bankers Association, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Capital Area United Way, Council for a Better Louisiana and the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce. His involvement in health includes serving with the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation.
     “We are pleased to present another professional with strong business ethics as this year’s Livingston lecturer,” said College of Business Interim Dean Antoinette Phillips. “Mr. Griffin is an example of a successful individual who generously gives back in service to his community. This is a great opportunity for our students to hear from someone who guides a major corporation.”
     The lecture series was founded in 1984 by Hammond businessman John O. Batson in memory of his longtime friend and associate James Livingston. The lecture also honors Livingston’s late wife Evelyn, who was an active community volunteer for many years.

Southeastern students receive awards for student yearbook
The work of six Southeastern students on the university’s 2015 yearbook, Le Souvenir, has been honored with Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York.
     Editor-in-Chief Fernanda Chagas, a senior graphic design and printmaking major of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, led the team of student designers who were recognized for their work on the yearbook.
     “I want to congratulate and thank the staff of Le Souvenir for helping me put the 2015 yearbook together,” said Chagas. “It was a great journey and it is nice to be recognized for our hard word and efforts.”
     A first place certificate was awarded for pages featuring spring 2015 commencement ceremony in the “people spread with mug photos.” Megan Ferrando, a senior English education major of Mandeville, and Chagas were recognized for their work.
     The team also received another first place certificate for the pages featuring headshots of the graduating students in their caps and gowns in the category “people spread with mug photos multi-page presentation.”
     A second place certificate was given in the “sports pages” category that featured the football team. Chagas, along with Tamara Alexander, a junior kinesiology major from Baton Rouge; Heather Jewell, a sophomore communication major from Ventress; and Jay Love, a senior communications major from Denham Springs, were all recognized for their efforts.
     Along with the Gold Circle Awards, a gold medalist certificate was received for a critique conducted by the CSPA. The judged praised the publication for “beauty in its simplicity and clean lines” and for a “unique layout design…using creative and powerful images.”
     The 33rd annual Gold Circle Awards attracted more than 4,200 yearbook and digital entries from college, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. Judges cited a total of 506 winners as either First, Second or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention in a category.
     “Each edition of the Le Souvenir is unique and different,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “What is constant from year-to-year is the dedication and hard work of our student editors and staff. This recognition from the CSPA serves to reaffirm the pride we have in the accomplishments of our students.”
     The CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges though educational conference, idea exchanges and awards programs.

Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Douglas Lindsey
Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents Dr. Douglas Lindsey in a recital on trumpet. The recital will take place Monday, March 7, at 5 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Annex. The event is free and open to the public.
    Lindsey has performed solo recitals all over the Southeast region as a founding member of Duo Trompiano with pianist Judy Cole. Along with solos, he performs chamber music with the Premiere Bass, Atlanta Trumpet League, and Isthmus Brass.
    “Dr. Lindsey’s duties as music history lecturer at Kennesaw State University (KSU), as well as his many experiences on the cornetto and baroque trumpet, reflect his keen interest in the fields of early music and musicology,” said Dr. Logan Place, instructor of trumpet and undergraduate coordinator for Southeastern.
     Lindsey earned a Master of Music from Yale University with the distinction of winning the John Swallow excellence in brass prize. He has played concerts with the Yale Faculty Brass Trio, Atticus Brass Quintet, and Wisconsin Brass Quintet. Lindsey began working as a music history lecturer and artist-in-residence at KSU in the fall of 2012.
     The works he will perform include pieces by composers Meg Bowles, Stanley Freidman, John Stevens, Kevin McKee, Richard Lane, and Jules Levy.
     For more information, contact Place at 549-2184.

New graduation gowns

Southeastern graduating students will sport new look
When approximately 1,200 students cross the stage to collect their Southeastern diplomas this May, they will be exhibiting a new look.
     For the first time ever, undergraduates will be wearing specially designed green gowns as opposed to the traditional black.
     The custom-designed regalia, besides being a different color, will also bear the university’s official gold “S” logo embroidered on both sides of the upper portion of the gown.
     Students receiving either a master’s or doctoral degrees will continue to wear traditional black gowns so the colors on their hoods don’t conflict; however, those too will also be customized with the logo on the upper portion.
     “I love the new green gown,” said Lauren Davis, a biology major from Slidell who will graduate in May. “It shows our pride in Southeastern.”
     The new regalia must be purchased through the Bookstore and will be available to graduating students at Southeastern’s annual Grad Fair on March 9-10 at the Alumni Center.

SOUTHEASTERN INTRODUCES NEW GRAD GOWNS – Southeastern student Samantha Mcnally models the new specially designed gown that university undergraduates will begin wearing at future commencement ceremonies.

Southeastern scholarships offered to high school seniors
More than 170 area high school seniors and their guests attended two Southeastern Scholars Showcase events last week (Feb. 16 and 18), where students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.
     In all, more than 825 Louisiana students with ACT scores ranging from 23 to 34 were offered guaranteed scholarships. The scholarships are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.
     At the two events, held in the university’s Student Union Grand Ballroom, the high school students and parents visited with faculty representing the university’s colleges and academic offerings.
     The guests also heard from young alumni of the university who told of their experiences at Southeastern and encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.
Scholar showcase
SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARS SHOWCASE – Eileen Creel, head of the School of Nursing, talks with Lydia Stuckey of Baton Rouge at one of Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase events, where area high school students received scholarship offers from the university. Listening in are her parents Mark and Jan Stuckey.

Southeastern students win awards at journalism conference
Southeastern’s Department of Languages and Communication students finished fifth overall at the Southeast Journalism Conference Championships last weekend at Austin Peay State University.  Competing against 26 universities from across the southeast region of the U.S., Southeastern students took home several individual awards that combined for points in the overall competition.
     Connor Raborn of McComb finished first in feature writing; Dominique Brogle of Destrehan and Jordan Reid of Luling finished second in the television news category; Jaylon Morris of Baton Rouge, Justin Redman of Slidell and Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge finished second in ethics; and Brooke Robichaux of Destrehan received honorable mention in the sports photography category.
     In the school awards categories, Southastern was ranked No. 1 for the Southeastern Channel as the best college television station and No. 2 for best college video news program. KSLU ranked No. 2 for best college radio station.
     In addition to the Journalism Championships, Southeastern students also took honors in the Best of the South competition held prior to the convention. Raborn also ranked ninth for feature writing, and Brogle ranked sixth in the best television journalist category. Brittany Robinson of Slidell tied for fourth as the best television news feature reporter, and Danielle Shearer of Hammond ranked No. 3 for best advertising staff member. Hailey Lange of Slidell, having won top paper in her senior thesis class at Southeastern, represented the university in the best research paper competition and ranked fourth.  
     “Southeastern journalism students really look forward to this conference every year, and Austin Peay didn’t disappoint in providing a quality conference,” said Amber Narro, associate professor of communication and Press Club advisor. “The students competed well and enjoyed the sessions. I couldn’t be more proud of the way they represented our university.”
     Professor Joe Mirando, a founding member of the Southeast Journalism Conference and its current secretary/treasurer, also accompanied the students on the trip.
     For a complete list of rankings in the Best of the South contest, visit
Journalism students win awards
STUDENT AWARD WINNERS – Southeastern’s Department of Languages and Communication students finished fifth overall at the Southeast Journalism Conference Championships last weekend at Austin Peay State University. Competing against 26 universities from across the southeast region of the U.S., Southeastern students took home several individual awards that combined for points in the overall competition. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Ryan Harrison, Meredith Keating, Maria Goddard, Dominique Brogle, Jordan Reid, Connor Raborn, Jeremy Rhodes (kneeling), Taylor Waggenspack, Natalie Ragusa and Brooke Robichaux. Back row, from left, are Jaylon Morris, Jordan Rheams, Sarah Hess, Zachary Whitehead, Heather Rogers, Mason Dauphin, Jonathan Rhodes and Justin Redman.

Phi Kappa Phi to hold meeting
The Southeastern chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) will hold a general membership meeting on Monday, March 7, at 3:30 p.m., in the library administration conference room on the 2nd floor of the library.
     We will discuss the quiz bowl, upcoming initiation and banquet, fellowship opportunities, and other awards and scholarships available. We will also vote on new members. Faculty, staff, and alumni members are encouraged to nominate other faculty/staff/alumni by bringing a brief resume of the nominee.
     All current PKP members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Change in speakers at Friends Members’ Tea
Eric Johnson and Catherine Tijerino, both Southeastern librarians, will present a program based on their new book, Hammond, to replace food writer Poppy Tooker, originally scheduled as the featured speaker at the fifth annual “Tea with Friends.” Johnson and Tijerino will instead discuss their book, which contains over 200 historical photographs of the city from its beginnings to 1950.
     Selected photographs will be shown as the authors relate the interesting stories they unearthed while researching the book. Copies will be available for signing after the event.
     The Members’ Tea takes place on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Sims Memorial Library at Southeastern. Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and desserts.  
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10.
     Reservations must be received by Tuesday, March 1.  To reserve a seat, or to find out more about FOSL, please call Janie Branham at 549-2186 or email


Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) was invited to present the physics department seminar at the University of New Orleans. The title of his talk was “Internet Inspired Physics Models.”

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