Goodwin honored with Athletic Fund
Graduate biology program ranked
Lion's Roar editor earns top award

SLU, NTCC share development opportunities
Southeastern in the News

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Robert "Doc" Goodwin‘Doc’ Goodwin honored with Southeastern Athletic Fund
At a surprise reception held recently at the university’s Dugas Athletic Training Room, a group of lead donors made the announcement in recognition of his more than 30 years as head athletic trainer at the university and for his support of Southeastern Athletics and mentorship to its students.
     Southeastern graduate Ron Anderson of Hammond led the effort to establish the endowment, which will be used for general support of the athletic program. Anderson, who owns Collegiate Consulting, LLC, was a student-athlete on Southeastern’s track team in the early 1990s when Goodwin was head trainer. More information on the fund can be found at
     Athletic Director Jay Artigues praised Goodwin for his service to the university, including the instrumental role he played in helping to create the university’s athletic training program and the North Oaks Sports Medicine program. An alumnus of Southeastern, Goodwin has received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the L.E. Chandler Award for service to students and Southeastern’s Presidents Award for Excellence in Service.
     Goodwin also has been inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and has received the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society’s Jim Finks Award and the National Athletic Trainers Association District IXS Service Award.


‘DOC’ GOODWIN ENDOWMENT ESTABLISHED – Southeastern alumnus and former student-athlete Ron Anderson, left, led the efforts to honor former head athletic trainer Robert ‘Doc’ Goodwin with an endowment to help support the Southeastern athletic program.

Southeastern graduate biology program cited as third best in the nation by education group
The graduate program in biological sciences at Southeastern was ranked third in the nation by SR Education Group, an education research publisher based in Kirkland, Wash.
     The 2016 Top Graduate Program rankings were selected from graduate schools and programs across the nation and are based on student reviews. Southeastern was the only Louisiana institution listed in the top 30 colleges and universities.
     The full report is available at
     Southeastern’s program was ranked 4.36 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest by students who submitted responses to a survey. The university was ranked high in campus safety, career advising, quality of instruction, student diversity, financial services and degree satisfaction.
     “We are pleased that our students appreciate the quality of our program,” said Chris Beachy, head of the Department of Biological Sciences. “Our graduate faculty are all accomplished researchers and active in their professional specialty organizations. They are also excellent instructors with a dedication to providing our students with numerous real-world educational opportunities.”
     A sample of student comments from the Southeastern review included:
     -- “Some pros of this program are how invested the majority of the faculty is in the progress of the graduate students.”
     -- “I took a lot of valuable lessons with me to my professional career; I feel I am greatly prepared for my current job.”
     -- “The faculty members are usually wonderful and willing to help.”
     Last year, the biological sciences graduate program was ranked sixth in the nation by a separate rating service, The department offers students specialization opportunities in the areas of ecology and environmental biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology and anatomy and physiology.
Kyle Piller, left, and Kimberly Foster
BIOLOGY PROGRAM RANKED – Kyle Piller, professor of biological sciences at Southeastern, and graduate student Kimberly Foster select specimens from the department’s Vertebrate Museum, a collection of more than 80,000 specimens. The Southeastern graduate program in biological sciences was ranked No. 3 in the nation by SR Education Group.


Megan Ferrando

Southeastern Lion's Roar editor earns top award
The editor of Southeastern’s student newspaper, The Lion’s Roar, was recently honored with a first place award in the College News Bureau category by the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Media Editors Conference.
     Megan Ferrando, a senior English Education major from Mandeville, was recognized for her coverage of the earthquakes that struck the nation of Nepal in April 2015. Her reporting focused on the effects the disaster had on the Nepalese student population at Southeastern, one of the largest groups of foreign students enrolled at the university.
     “As soon as word of the earthquake in Nepal spread, Southeastern became closer than ever, as students and staff joined together to raise money,” she said. “I talked to many Southeastern students from Nepal to learn about their response after hearing of the earthquake and how the Southeastern community helped raise funds. I was reminded of what a family the Southeastern community is.”
     While currently serving as editor in chief at The Lion’s Roar, she will be leaving the position in the fall when she begins her student teaching in Mandeville.
     “One of Megan’s greatest abilities as a journalist is in presenting stories that connect with people on a human level,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “It has been a privilege to aid her in growing as a journalist and student leader.”

Southeastern, NTCC agree to share faculty-staff development opportunities
Faculty and staff at Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College will now be able to take courses and programs at each institution at reduced costs, according to a new agreement signed by both institutions.
     Under the arrangement, faculty and staff at both institutions can take advantage of the unique educational strengths and resources that exist at each institution. The agreement is designed to help expand academic credentials in order to meet expectations set by programmatic and regional and national accrediting agencies. In addition, Southeastern faculty and staff may benefit from expertise offered by NTCC, especially in certain applied technology fields.
     “Southeastern has a close relationship with NTCC because of our shared educational focus and our missions to serve the residents of our region,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “In this period of tight budgetary restrictions, it’s appropriate for us to share our educational resources whenever we have the occasion. This kind of cooperation will enhance the knowledge and skills of faculty and staff at both institutions.”
     "A solid foundation of continuous comprehensive faculty and staff development is central to the quality of student learning and responsiveness to markets,” said NTCC Chancellor William S. Wainwright. “This mutually beneficial and progressive agreement between Northshore Technical Community College and Southeastern Louisiana University will ensure sustainable growth while strengthening our institutions, therefore enhancing our services to students and stakeholders."
     Under terms of the agreement, Southeastern and NTCC will share information about existing educational and professional development programs and determine opportunities to provide access for faculty and staff at each other’s institution to participate in selected programming on a free or reduced-cost basis.
     The two institutions will also seek other partnership opportunities in which information, knowledge and expertise can be shared, including training opportunities in areas such as safety, security, counseling and learning management system training.
     The two institutions have a history of cooperation. Most recently, Southeastern and NTCC began offering Connect to Success in which NTCC students can take various courses at Southeastern as well as use the university’s facilities such as the library, Student Union and Pennington Student Activity Center. More than 500 NTCC students are enrolled in the program.


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Southeastern Athletics Opens 2016-17 with Coaches Caravans

The Lion Athletics Association (LAA) and the Southeastern Alumni Association will host four area coaches’ caravans to open the 2016-17 Southeastern Athletics season.
     Each event will be held from 6-8 p.m., and admission is $5 for all attendees. In addition to the opportunity to interact with Southeastern coaches, light refreshments and a cash bar will be available at all events.
     Southeastern head football coach Ron Roberts and first-year head women’s basketball coach Errol Gauff will be present at all four events. Coaches from all 15 of Southeastern’s Division I sports will be at various stops throughout the caravan.
     The first event will be on July 18 in Amite at the Florida Parishes Arena (1301 NW Central Ave.). After starting at the Tangipahoa Parish seat, the caravan moves on to the Capitol City on July 19, as Baton Rouge’s Ralph and Kacoo’s (6110 Bluebonnet Blvd.) hosts the Lions.
     The first week of the caravan wraps on July 21 in Mandeville in an event hosted and sponsored by Florida Parishes Bank (2909 Hwy 190). The final stop sees Southeastern Athletics visiting Ponchatoula and the Roux & Brew (135 SW Railroad Ave.) on Monday, July 25.
     For more information on the coaches’ caravans, contact Southeastern Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at or at 549-5226.



 Location: Florida Parishes Arena – Amite – 1301 NW Central Ave.
Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Jim Smoot (volleyball), Matt Riser (baseball), Errol Gauff (women’s basketball) and Jay Ladner (men’s basketball)


 Location: Ralph & Kacoo’s – Baton Rouge – 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Sean Brady (track and field/cross country), Rick Fremin (softball), Blake Hornbuckle (soccer), Errol Gauff (women’s basketball) and Jay Ladner (men’s basketball)


 Location: Florida Parishes Bank – Mandeville – 2909 Hwy 190
Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Jim Smoot (volleyball), Errol Gauff (women’s basketball) and Blake Hornbuckle (soccer)


  Location: Roux & Brew – Ponchatoula – 135 SW Railroad Ave.
Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Sean Brady (track and field/cross country), Rick Fremin (softball), Errol Gauff (women’s basketball) and Jay Ladner (men’s basketball)




Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) and Mr. Shawn A. McKee (Attorney at Law) collaborated on a recent article titled “Cybersecurity in the Clinical Setting: Nurses’ Role in the Expanding Internet of Things.” The article was published in the July 2016 issue of The Journal of Continuing Education (JCEN). Nurses face growing complexity in their work. The expanding “Internet of Things” with “smart” technologies can reduce the burden. However, equipment and devices that connect to patients, the network, or to the Internet can be exploited by hackers. Nurses should be able to identify, understand, and protect against cybersecurity risks and safeguard patients. The purpose of this article is to increase nurse awareness of the vulnerable access points in the clinical setting and to encourage the practice of good cyber hygiene to safeguard patients.

     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) facilitated two workshops for high school physics teachers in South Africa. The goal of both workshops was to help teachers learn how to incorporate coding and programming in their classes. The first workshop was at the 2016 Physics Teachers’ Conference held at St. Johns College, Johannesburg. The second workshop was at the South African Institute of Physics conference held at the University of Cape Town.


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