Degrees conferred on 1,120
OSHE program recognized
Yuan named to national board

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Southeastern confers degrees on more than 1,100
John Bel EdwardsSoutheastern conferred degrees on 1,120 graduates Saturday, May 14, at the university’s spring commencement exercises.
     Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards provided the keynote address. Edwards was elected the 56th governor of the state last year and assumed office in January.
    Edwards, a native of Amite in Tangipahoa Parish, told the graduates that their achievements will empower them to make a real difference in the world. Southeastern, he said, has given you the knowledge and experience to be successful.
     “Whatever you do, be thankful for what you have learned here at Southeastern,” Edwards added.
     He also encouraged the graduates to make a decision to stay in Louisiana.
     “The opportunities here in Louisiana are unlimited, boundless and exciting,” he said. “Don’t give up on your state; the time is now, and opportunities are out there. Seize them.”
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.

     In his welcome, President John L. Crain noted that the 1,120 individuals being recognized at commencement included 382 men and 738 women who were receiving 15 different degrees; and representatives from 23 states and 18 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to 20 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges. All medal recipients are graduating with a 4.0 grade point average.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – arts major Jenna Lynn Hildebrand of Abita Springs; music major Tara Denise Hymel of Denham Springs; psychology major Amanda Marie Lopiparo of River Ridge; and English majors Kirsten Lynn Mixon of Zachary, Ivy Lenore Pierson of Holden and Katherine Grace Wall of Jennings.
     ▪ College of Business – finance majors Joseph Michael Edwards of Monroe and Andrea Renee Villarreal of Mexico; accounting majors Kayla Jane Hoover of Ponchatoula, Nitish Khanal of Nepal, and Angie Mae Moyer of Hammond; management major Veronica Loper Klug of Denham Springs; and business administration and accounting major Eduardo Andrés Ricks of Lacombe.
     ▪ College of Education and Human Development – elementary education major Quinley Marie Arceneaux of Denham Springs and elementary and special education mild/moderate grades 1-5 major Heather Gail Mills from Luling.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – communication, sciences and disorders major Jenna Lauren Barcelona of LaPlace; athletic training major Anthony Joseph Miller of Hammond; and kinesiology major Carley Marie Short of Slidell.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – mathematics major Christopher Wayne Alexander of Baton Rouge and chemistry major Binit Sharma Poudel of Nepal.

Southeastern’s OSHE program recognized for superior program accreditation
Southeastern’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program has been recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as an exceptional program holding superior program accreditation.
     BCSP recognizes qualified academic programs for outstanding service as a path for students to earn CSP certification and for their level of preparation for professional safety practice. The program at Southeastern was the only one awarded to a public institution in Louisiana and one of only 26 recognized nationwide.
     BCSP is recognized as a leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners. BCSP establishes standards for and verifies competency in professional safety practice and evaluates certified applicants for compliance with recertification requirements.
     A BCSP Qualified Academic Program is a bachelor's or master's degree program in safety, health and environmental practices that holds program accreditation by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET-ASAC), said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology.
     With the Qualified Academic Program designation, BCSP awards a $1,000 gift to the program to help offset costs of retaining accreditation.
     “Our graduates are proving their value to businesses and industries throughout Louisiana and beyond,” said Yuan. “They are helping to fill vital roles as safety technicians, coordinators and directors with firms that are essential to Louisiana’s economic growth.”
     Southeastern’s OSHE bachelor’s degree is one of only a few of its kind in the nation. Initiated in 2004 as a workforce demand-driven evolution from a two-year associate degree program, the degree is designed to meet the needs of industries in the region for properly prepared professionals to work in the increasingly complex field of safety and health in the industrial setting.
     Last year the program was ranked among the top 20 best values in OSHE programs in the country by the website 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.

Lu Yuan

Southeastern safety specialist named to national accreditation body
Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, has been appointed to a term as commission member for one of the nation’s foremost academic accrediting bodies.
    Yuan, an associate professor and certified safety professional, will serve on the 2016-2017 ABET Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC).
    ABET is a non-profit, private accrediting agency for programs such as computer science, applied science, including safety and health, engineering and engineering technology and is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
    As a member of the commission, Yuan will participate in scheduled commission meetings and serve as team chairman for one or more site visits to institutions seeking accreditation or re-accreditation.
    “The appointment recognizes the quality of Southeastern’s occupational safety, health, and environment program, housed in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, and also demonstrates the excellent reputation of the program,” said Yuan “It is an honor to be selected to the commission and to work with other institutions seeking ABET accreditation.”
    Accreditation is a voluntary process and assures a program meets the quality standards of the professions accredited. Southeastern’s bachelor’s program in occupational safety, health and environment – the only one of its kind in the state – has been accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. since 2008.

ByLion takes a break and then revises schedule
After this week, ByLion will take a brief break and then begin the normal summer schedule of publication every other week. The next issue of ByLion will be produced June 6.


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