Southeastern named Military Friendly
MLK remembrance planned
Southeastern Channel wins awards
CMS student wins competition

Art gallery exhibit opens Thursday

HIPS to hold food drive
Policy created for coasting devices
CMS registration open

Graduation application deadline set

Starbucks gets new look

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Military Friendly logoSoutheastern named to Louisiana Governor’s list of military and veteran friendly campuses
Southeastern has been named to the state’s inaugural list of the Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campuses.
     The designation was designed to commend those institutions that have gone above and beyond to create a supportive environment for veteran and military students. It is intended to assist veterans in selecting the Louisiana institution that best fits their needs.
     To receive the Governor’s designation, state schools must offer admissions policies and academic and student support services tailored to military and veteran students and other veteran-specific practices.
      “We are pleased to accept this recognition by the Governor. Southeastern has always been a welcoming college and university for veterans, dating back to when our veterans returned from World War II  looking for educational opportunities,” said President John L. Crain. “That tradition continues today.”
     Southeastern has been tagged as a national Military Friendly Campus four times in the last several years in recognition of its policies and services toward veterans by Victory Media and G.I. Jobs Media. Additionally, next semester Southeastern will re-introduce Army Reserve Officer Training Corps classes on the campus to better serve students seeking to participate in ROTC. The courses were discontinued in 1995, which required Southeastern students to travel to Baton Rouge to take courses.

Southeastern plans MLK remembrance Jan. 19
Southeastern will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a remembrance program today at 5:30 p.m.
     Open to the public, the event is sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
     The event will begin with a candlelight processional, which will start in front of the University Avenue pedestrian underpass next to the Pennington Student Activity Center and end at the Memorial Fountain in the Presidential Plaza located behind Fayard Hall. The ceremony will conclude with remarks and reflection on King’s life and impact.  
     For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-3850.


CMS student wins GNOYO Concerto Competition
Umika KurodaA Southeastern Community Music School student has won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) contest.
     Thirteen-year-old violinist Umika Kuroda of Mandeville won the competition held at Loyola University in New Orleans on Jan. 10. She will be rewarded with a solo performance with the GNOYO on March 20 at Loyola University.
     A student at Mandeville Junior High School, Kuroda has studied violin for seven years under the direction of Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     “As Umika's violin teacher, I am overjoyed with her success,” Duke said. “She is a very talented young musician who approaches her violin studies with a remarkable maturity. I could not be happier that her hard work is rewarded. She deserves to win.”
     For more information about the CMS, call  549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

Southeastern art gallery exhibit opens Thursday
The Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern will open its first spring exhibition, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Faculty Exhibition, on Thursday, Jan. 21, with a reception at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m.     
     The exhibition, which will remain open through Feb. 19, will feature artwork from Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty.   
     All gallery openings are free to students, faculty and members of the community.
     The Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 100 East Strawberry Stadium, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with additional hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. The gallery closes at noon on Friday.
     For additional information, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 549-5080.

HIPS TA Office Food Drive
This semester the History and Political Science (HIPS) Teaching Assistant Office is collecting donations for the Southeastern Student Food Pantry. The drive will run through Thursday, April 21. Any donated items may be brought to the HIPS TA Office in Fayard Hall, room 338.
     The items the food pantry is in need of most include: rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit/fruit cups, tuna, canned meat, packaged/canned/boxed meals, dry (powdered) milk, cereal, snack foods – crackers, granola bars, etc., peanut butter and jelly. They also accept toiletries and school supplies.

Southeastern issues policy for electronic coasting devices on campus
Southeastern has prohibited the use, possession, storage and/or charging of electronic skateboards from all university buildings and grounds.
     This includes self-balancing boards/scooters and/or hoverboards.
     The ban also includes all university residence halls, apartments and organization/Greek housing. University Housing urges all residents returning to campus this spring to leave these devices at home.

February 15 is final day for Southeastern students to apply for spring 2016 graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in spring 2016 is Feb. 15, the university announced today.
    The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
    Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available on the “Current Students” link at; then click on “Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation” or call Southeastern’s Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct link available at
    The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.

Southeastern Channel wins national videographer awards 
Sixteen Southeastern Channel student productions have been recognized with 2015 national Videographer Awards.
     The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational access channel, won five first-place Awards of Excellence and four second-place Award of Distinction honors along with seven honorable mentions. The student-produced winners included short films, music videos, public service announcements, and promotional spots, along with a documentary, sportscast and entertainment show.
     Students wrote, produced, directed, videotaped, edited, anchored, hosted and reported all of the programs for the channel and production courses in the electronic media concentration of the Department of Languages and Communication.
     The awards are judged by industry professionals in the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals who look for talent that exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
     First-place “Award of Excellence” winners included the short film “GPS,” produced and directed by Kayla Hill of Walker with production team members Colton Vickers of Ponchatoula, Adam Hebert of Prairieville, and Cady Carreras of Baton Rouge; the music video “All About That Bass,” directed by Danielle Shearer of Hammond, Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, Rachel Taylor of St. Amant, and Kristen Roussel of Hester; a video promotional spot  for the student sportscast, “The Big Game,” produced by Shearer;  a public service announcement, “Save Water,” produced by Roussel; and a public service announcement, “Get Active,” produced by Barbier.
     Channel programs winning  a second-place “Award of Distinction” were the Sept. 25, 2014 episode of “The Big Game” sportscast, produced by Richard Mills of Hammond and anchored by Mills, along with Jonathan Poche of New Orleans and Taylor Rubach of Mandeville;  the short film, “Sims in Real Life,” produced by Shearer, along with Taylor, Roussel and Hill; the public service announcement, “Recycle,” produced by Hill; and the public service announcement, “Northshore Recycling,” produced by Javon Monroe of Prairieville.
     Those productions winning honorable mention were the student entertainment show “College Night,” produced by Shearer and Taylor with contributions from Hill, Monroe, Amairi Cordova of New Orleans, Madison Pullen of Baton Rouge, Molly Flynn of Amite,  Matt Flores and Grace Jovanovic of Slidell, and Mason Dauphin and Jordan Reid of Luling; the documentary, “Drums Along the River,” produced, directed and edited by Drew Sagona of Carriere, Miss., and videotaped by Flores;  the short film “Emma,” produced, written, directed, shot and edited by Barbier. The promotional spot honored was for “Southeastern Telecourses” by Taylor; and the public service announcements awarded included “Are You Okay?” by Jovanovic, “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” by Flores, and “Slavery Has a Face” by Shearer.       
Videographer awards
NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS-The Southeastern Channel recently won national 2015 Videographer Awards for 16 student productions, including short films, music videos, promotional spots, and public service announcements along with a documentary, sportscast and entertainment show. Winners, seated from left, are Kristen Roussel of Hester, Danielle Shearer of Hammond, and Sarah Barbier of Mandeville. Standing, from left, are Southeastern Channel General Manager and class instructor Rick Settoon, Richard Mills of Hammond, Rachel Taylor of St. Amant, Mason Dauphin  and Jordan Reid of Luling, Grace Jovanovic of Slidell, Drew Sagona of Carriere, Miss., and Steve Zaffuto, channel operations manager and class instructor.  

Registration open for Southeastern Community Music School 
Registration for the spring session of Southeastern’s Community Music School (CMS) is now open.
     Students of all ages may participate in private lessons on various instruments and voice. Opportunities for group instruction and chamber ensemble formation are also available. Lessons begin on Monday, January 25.
     Registration will remain open throughout the semester. Registrations received after January 20 will have a $20 late registration fee added to the tuition fee. Due to a sponsorship from First Guaranty Bank, CMS will once again offer a discounted tuition to students who are on reduced or free lunch at their schools.
     “We look forward to the spring 2016 semester, as well as the summer band camp and workshops taking place at the end of June,” said CMS Director Jivka Duke. “We are enthusiastic about hosting our first annual CMS Festival, which will be an exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their achievements and to be awarded for their talent and dedication. We also plan to continue our Hammond Farmers Market music presence and to remain active in other community events.”
     For more information on CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

New look at Starbucks
New look for StarbucksSoutheastern's Starbucks location has been renovated in time for the opening of the new semester. The changes include new furniture inside and out as well as an improved interior arrangement that creates more space for study and relaxation.


Dr. Mario Krenn (Management and Business Administration) published his article “Convergence and Divergence in Corporate Governance: An Integrative Institutional Theory Perspective” in Management Research Review: Special Issue on Corporate Governance in a Global Context.
     Mike Budden (Marketing) and Dan Fontenot (FBI) gave a presentation titled “The Civil War: As Seen Through the Eyes of Detectorists” to the Northlake-Mandeville Rotary. The presentation also included a display of scores of artifacts the two friends have recovered during the past five years.
     Nan B. Adams (Educational Leadership and Technology) was selected as Post Secondary Educator of the Year from Region 2 in December by the Louisiana Computer Using Educators (LaCUE). Adams also presented “Equity Audits” at the Mid South Educational Research Association (MSERA) in November. The following EdD students presented along with her: Teresa Bourgeois, Almecia Dupree, Melvin Hollins, and James Zimlich.
     Dr. Rebecca Davis (Communication Sciences and Disorders) recently made visits to the OPTIONS, Inc. campus and group homes with her therapy dogs, Oliver and Addy.

Dr. Donna Thomas (Health and Human Sciences) received the 2015 Citizen Award from Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN). LATAN helps people of all ages to access assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) throughout the state of Louisiana. Thomas has provided access to AT to children and adults in the community. She also created and taught a graduate course in AAC for CSD students at Southeastern.
     David Faucheux (College of Business) has been appointed to the Hammond Area Economic and Industrial Development Board. Faucheux was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by newly elected Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller.
     Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) presented an invited talk at the national American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting in New Orleans titled “Using Physics to Find Fake Videos.”
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) and three physics major students, Bijay Shrestha, Binaya Bajgain and Cameron Dean, gave two poster presentations at the 2016 AAPT Winter Meeting held at New Orleans Jan. 9-12 titled “Using FORTRAN and GROMACS in Biomaterial Research” and “Computational Study of Self-Assembly of VECAR in Water.”    

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