Day of Giving successful
Online offerings ranked at top
Summer work schedule begins Sunday

Commencement traffic changes planned
First Guaranty Bank supports CMS
Registration now open for summer, fall

Tangi Shrimp Boil set May 13

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Day of Giving a success
Southeastern’s 2nd annual Day of Giving, “All In for Southeastern,” was a great success thanks to the support of alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the university. The Day of Giving raised $104,170 to support scholarships, academic programming, athletics, and other areas of the university. This is an increase in both dollars raised and number of donors.

     Thank you to everyone who went ALL IN FOR SOUTHEASTERN. Plans are already in the works to make next year’s “All In for Southeastern” even bigger and better.

First Guaranty Bank


First Guaranty Bank All in for Southeastern -  Pictured from left are Lynn Horgan, director of corporate, individual and foundation relations for the Southeastern Foundation; Alton Lewis, Desiree Simmons, Kristin Williams, Lucas Hammonds, and Kristina Terry with First Guaranty Bank; and Lauren Williams, director of annual giving for the Southeastern Foundation.

Tangipahoa Tourism




Tangi Tourism contributes to Day of Giving - Pictured from left are Tangipahoa Tourism Board members Carolyn Pugh, Lauren Williams, director of annual giving for the Southeastern Foundation, Kathy Dale Forrest, Nita Vedros, Tangipahoa Tourism Executive Director Carla Tate, Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood, Tony Ardillo, Lynn Horgan, director of individual, corporate, and foundation relations for the Southeastern Foundation, Amy Hoyt and Wesley Ridgedell.

Southeastern earns top Louisiana ranking for online offerings
Southeastern has been named the top Louisiana public university for online degree offerings by Accredited Schools Online (ASO), a website dedicated to helping prospective students in their college searches.
     The report is based on a scoring system that ranks accredited schools using various cost-to-quality criteria and metrics. Among the criteria used are the number of online degrees available, subject areas covered, student-faculty ratio, availability of academic and career counseling services, employment placement services for graduates, and tuition.
     “Quality and value are two areas that students and their parents evaluate in looking at colleges and universities,” said President John L. Crain. “And, the availability of our online programs certainly contributes to the success of our students.”
     Southeastern was cited specifically for its online degree programs for individuals who have earned registered nurse certifications and are looking to obtain bachelor’s degrees. Other online degrees offered include master’s degrees in education and doctorates in educational leadership and nursing practice.
     ASO is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education. The full report can be viewed at
     Earlier this year, Southeastern’s online nursing program was ranked in the nation’s Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Programs for 2015. The program was ranked 36th in the U.S. by
     Last year, Southeastern was ranked the top Louisiana university in online degree offerings by a different website, Affordable Colleges Online (ACO). The ranking by ACO ties into other high affordability ratings the university enjoys, including its ranking of 19th in the country by Accounting Degree Review in a listing of the 30 most affordable residential degree programs in accounting.

Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank sponsorship
First Guaranty Bank is once again providing support to the Southeastern Community Music School. Partners like First Guaranty Bank play a critical role in preserving the quality and the tradition of vital community based programs, such as the Community Music School, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     “The bank’s continued support of this vibrant and growing music program is a wonderful way of helping preserve the artistic and cultural uniqueness of our community,” Duke said. “During the past five years their sponsorship has enabled numerous students in our community to learn to play a musical instrument at discounted tuition rates, and we are glad to be able to continue offering this option.”
     The Community Music School, located on the Southeastern campus and its two satellite locations at the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Center in Walker, offers music instruction on various instruments and voice for children and adults of all ages.
     In addition to private music lessons, Duke said, the Community Music School offers a number of programs, which allow for children and adults on the northshore and the surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Such programs include the Middle School Band Camp, as well as Chamber Music and Beginners’ Orchestra workshops. Duke said these programs make up the “Summer Music Celebration” and are scheduled for the last two weeks of June. Registration is now open, and information about the programs is available at
     For more information about the Community Music School’s year-round program, visit, or call 549-5502.

First Guaranty Bank donates to Community Music SchoolFIRST GUARANTY BANK LENDS A HAND– Southeastern Community Music School Director Jivka Duke, second from left, receives a donation from First Guaranty Bank representative and Southeastern graduate Danielle Willie. First Guaranty Bank has helped support Southeastern’s Community Music School over the last six years. With them are Director of Individual, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Southeastern Lynn Horgan, far left, and Jane Wear, a Southeastern graduate and First Guaranty Bank employee.

Alumni Association Tangi Chapter hosts Shrimp Boil on May 13
The Tangi Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association will host a shrimp boil for alumni and friends on May 13.
     Scheduled at the Alumni Center, 500 University Ave., the event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Soft drinks will be provided, as well as corn, potatoes, and desserts.
     The cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door. Advance registration is preferred. Free hamburgers will be provided for children under 12.
     Participants may prepay and register online at or call 549-2150. 

Summer work schedule begins Sunday, May 15
Effective May 15, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days. The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The University will resume the four and a half day (4 1/2) workweek on August 7.
     The University will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, as a designated holiday with pay. The University will also be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day, which is a designated holiday with pay.
     It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to special circumstances. The University has a Flexible Work Hours Policy to facilitate such requests. The policy can be located on the Human Resources website. An approved flexible work schedule must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the beginning of the semester.
     Time reports for classified employees are to reflect actual hours worked during the workweek. In the event an employee is required to work in excess of their officially recognized schedule, a request for approved overtime/k-time must be processed in advance through regular channels.
     It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension 2282 or Ms. Nettie Burchfield at extension 2088 as the need arises.

Traffic changes planned for commencement May 14
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will speak at the ceremony, where approximately 1,100 students will receive associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
     “Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” said Todd. “We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Todd said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
     Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.

Southeastern registration now open for summer, fall
Registration for courses in the summer and fall semesters at Southeastern is now open for all current students.
     Enrollment officials at Southeastern are encouraging students to register before the end of the current semester or as soon as possible thereafter in order to advance their course selection process as they work toward graduation.
     Beginning freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours will be able to register once completing orientation.
     Summer classes begin June 1, while fall classes start August 17. An increasing number of Real-World Ready (RWR) classes will be available. RWR is Southeastern’s initiative to incorporate experiential learning opportunities in an increasing number of courses.
     Students seeking guidance in course selections may contact the Center for Student Excellence at 549-3981.
     For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 549-5636.




New Orleans Advocate
St. Tammany college briefs for May 4, 2016


Mindy Crain-Dorough and Thomas A. DeVaney (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Examination of Research Methods Used in Four Leading Educational Leadership Journals” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington D.C. April 8-12.

Thomas A. DeVaney (Educational Leadership and Technology) published “Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Statistical Anxiety Rating Scale with Online Graduate Students” in Psychological Reports.


ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Send Submissions to
Mail to: SLU 10880, Hammond, LA 70402
Fax: (985)549-2061
Or bring to the University Marketing and Communications Office in East Stadium.