Furnishings help schools in need
SLU designated Military Friendly
Pottery Sale set Nov. 28 and 29
Silver Screen series scheduled
Chick fil-A recruits for internships
Miss Southeastern 2017 crowned

Science on Tap set Dec. 6
Late Night Breakfast needs volunteers
University Advancement holds retreat
Students win case study competition
Mindfulness series continues Dec. 1

Northlake Community Band to perform
Sims Library recognized by ACRL
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Property surplusSoutheastern furnishings head to flood-ravaged schools 
Surplus equipment and furnishings that once sat crammed in a warehouse at Southeastern will instead soon arrive to fill the classrooms of flood-ravaged schools in Livingston and Ascension parishes.  
     Such items would have usually been recycled in different buildings on campus until they became worn out and useless. At that point they would be transported to the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency (LPAA) in Baton Rouge for public auction. However, creative thinking and the can-do attitude of Southeastern employees and friends of the university re-routed the items this time to help those educators who suffered losses when their schools flooded.
     It’s a departure from the usual procedure for Richard Himber, Southeastern director of Purchasing and Property Control, but something he said he was glad to do.
     “State law allows transfers of surplus items between agencies; school boards, however, are quasi-state agencies,” Himber explained. “LPAA is allowing us to transfer the items to the public schools for a minimal fee, which is being paid by a private organization.”
     In the aftermath of the flooding, Heather Collins of Franklinton, an administrative assistant in the Southeastern Office of Student Publications, created the Facebook page “Adopt a Louisiana Teacher,” which allowed teachers to post what they needed to get their classrooms going again.  
     “The need was greater than I originally thought,” Collins said.
     She then partnered with a friend from her hometown of Franklinton, Louisiana Federation of Teachers Field Representative Mona Icamina, and together they reached out to another Franklinton native, Southeastern President John Crain, with an idea.
     Due to special circumstances could it be possible to transfer the surplus furnishings so they could fill classrooms in dire need of provisions rather than be sold at public auction? LPAA responsed that yes a special transfer could be granted and Southeastern’s administration signed off on the transfer.
     “I’ve known Mona for years and was happy to take her call,” said Crain. “When she explained their idea, it was a no brainer. Southeastern is thrilled to have another opportunity to help our regional K-12 partners as they recover.”
     With special approval in hand, Collins and Himber scoured the Property Control warehouse on campus, tagging desks, chairs, tables, media carts, filing cabinets and other items to be transferred to the schools.
     “Usually items kept in surplus are recycled into other departments on campus, where they will be used until they are no longer useful,” Himber said. “We see the area schools as extensions of the university, so we’re glad we are able to help.”
     Trucks recently arrived to pick up the furnishings and transport them to the schools in Livingston and Ascension parishes.
     “Any state agency can do this,” Collins said, “and we’re hoping others will follow Southeastern’s example. I am very proud of Southeastern’s commitment to helping rebuild and heal Louisiana.”
     Himber said any state colleges or universities who would like to follow suit are welcome to contact him at and he’ll be happy to share the process for securing approval.

PROPERTY TRANSFER – Heather Collins, an administrative assistant in the Southeastern Office of Student Publications, and Richard Himber, Southeastern director of Purchasing and Property Control, mark filing cabinets to be transferred to flood damaged schools in Livingston and Ascension parishes. The cabinets were just some of the surplus items being transferred to schools in need.

Southeastern designated a Military Friendly School for fifth time
Military Friendly School logoSoutheastern has been named a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of “G.I Jobs,” the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
     It is the fifth consecutive year the university has earned the special designation.
     According to the company, the listing honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members and veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.
     “This listing demonstrates Southeastern’s ongoing commitment to our veterans and their educational success,” said President John L. Crain. “It is an honor to be named and to know that we are among the top institutions helping those individuals who have made great sacrifices in service to our state and nation.”
     Southeastern enrolls approximately 400 military veterans attending the university on the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill of Rights. The university maintains a Veterans Upward Bound program; an Office of Veterans Affairs that assists students in obtaining benefits and with other issues; provides academic and other counseling services; offers scholarships specifically for military students and veterans; and maintains a wide range of online and distance learning programs that provide students with flexibility in scheduling.
     The ROTC program returned to Southeastern last spring after more than a 20-year hiatus, during which time Southeastern students were still able to participate in ROTC, but had to take their military courses through Southern University’s Navy program or LSU’s Army and Air Force programs and had to travel to Baton Rouge in order to participate.
     Also new to campus is the Southeastern Student Veterans & Military Interest Association, a group open to veterans, reservists, spouses, dependents, and ROTC participants attending both Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College. The association was founded to help the school administration better understand and meet the needs of veterans; offer advice from experienced to incoming veterans; help civilians better understand the military experience; and provide opportunities for veterans to meet one another and connect.
     Institutions competed for inclusion on the Military Friendly Schools list based on such categories as military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and career and job counseling services. The data provided by schools were independently tested by the firm Ernst and Young.
     The 2017 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the commitment of those institutions in providing a supportive environment for military students, the company said in announcing the list.
     “Post-secondary institutions earning the 2017 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
     Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. In addition to “G.I. Jobs,” the company also publishes the magazine “Military Spouse.”

Chick-fil-A executive recruits students for internship opportunities
Southeastern graduate and Chick-fil-A Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President Rob Dugas visited Southeastern recently to meet with and recruit Southeastern students for corporate internship opportunities at Chick-fil-A national headquarters in Atlanta.
     Sponsored by Southeastern’s Office of Career Services, the event was part of the university’s ongoing Real-World Ready initiative that provides students with experiential learning opportunities, including internships, service-learning courses, research, and artistic and field experiences.
     A 1986 graduate with a degree in communication, Dugas was recruiting for a 10-week summer program in Atlanta that includes paid corporate internships with a housing stipend and hands-on corporate learning experience in the privately held company. Chick-fil-A offers internship opportunities in accounting, business, communication, engineering, finance, information technology, and marketing and supply chain management.
     “Unlike training in biology and other fields, the College of Business doesn’t have labs to send students to so that they can learn by seeing and doing,” said Louis Mayfield Professor of Marketing Mike Jones. “Through internships, students can see if they even want to work in the world that they are preparing for. One can read lots of books about riding bicycles, but unless you get on one, I don’t think you will learn to ride. I wish all of our students had the learning experience provided by internships.”
     Dugas was recognized this year at Southeastern’s Annual Alumni Awards Evening during Homecoming as the Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
     “Besides being a visionary manager of the highest quality, Rob has been a great friend to Southeastern and its business students,” said Jones. “For two years he has hosted a group of 20 supply chain management majors from Southeastern during a visit to Atlanta, providing students a day of interacting with both he and his team. These visits provide students a powerful learning experience in a way that textbooks can’t. Most of the students on those visits have never been in the offices of a large corporation.”    
     The event included an overview of the Chick-fil-A corporation, as well as a presentation of internship opportunities in Atlanta, local internship opportunities, an open discussion question and answer session, and the opportunity to meet with Chick-fil-A corporate representatives.
Rob Dugas and Chelsie ReedINTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – Rob Dugas, vice president and chief procurement officer for Chick-fil-A, discusses his company with Chelsie Reed, a junior supply chain management major from Gonzales, on campus at Southeastern. Dugas, a Southeastern graduate, was on campus to meet with Southeastern students about summer corporate internship opportunities at Chick-fil-A.

Late Night Breakfast needs volunteers
With final exams quickly approaching, that means it’s time for Late Night Breakfast. Dining Services will be hosting a student appreciation Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 9 until 11 p.m. in the Mane Dish, located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.
     This is always a well-attended event and a great way to wish our students well on their final exams.
     If you are interested in participating as a volunteer server for Late Night Breakfast, please contact Robin Parker in Auxiliary Services at to let her know if you would be interested in the early shift (9-10), late shift (10-11) or both shifts (9-11).  
     Thank you for helping us with this valuable opportunity to connect with our students.

Business students win case study competition
A team of three Southeastern business and finance students have captured first place in a regional competition designed to provide real world experience in mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, and finances.
     The Southeastern team, comprised of Nicholas Byrd and Austin Polk, both senior finance majors from Denham Springs, and Hannah Reeves, a senior business administration major from Franklinton, competed in the third annual Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Energy Case Competition held recently at LSU. Danielle Lewis, Joyce Junguns Professor of Finance, served as faculty advisor to the team.
     “We pulled numerous all-nighters, and it was so rewarding to see our hard work pay off,” said Reeves, who prepared several spreadsheets correlating the price of oil per barrel to each company’s income statements, a task that impressed the judges. “The competition pulled me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to learn a lot of material very quickly, which was a great confidence boost. I feel much more confident about going into the ‘real world’ now.”
     “Our team demonstrated the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained through their courses and close interaction with their instructors,” said College of Business Interim Dean Antoinette Phillips. “We are extremely proud of their representation of Southeastern, especially since the judges indicated their product was more in line with the graduate level competition.”
     Lewis said teams were given two weeks to prepare an oral presentation supported by PowerPoint and a handout that analyzed a hypothetical business scenario for an energy-related company. The case study was primarily finance related but also incorporated accounting, management and marketing elements. Students worked from documents provided that included a memo from a chief executive officer outlining the situation, a series of financial statements, and some supplemental information.
     “The competition simulates real world scenarios,” Lewis explained, “and ACG strives to make the competition as realistic and valuable as possible for the students.”
     She said the students worked outside of class on the case study, using the background provided by ACG and the College of Business Bloomberg terminals, which provide students with access to up-to-date stock and financial information.
     Byrd, who had participated in the competition last year, served as the unofficial leader of the group, even while carrying 18 credit hours, renovating his home due to flood damage, and starting an internship at First Guaranty Bank.
     “I feel that I gained experience on what it would be like as a junior level investment banker,” said Byrd. “The ACG Cup is supposed to simulate the stressful environment of investment banking, and I learned that I liked the pressure and excitement that comes with it. The competition made me realize I enjoy the investment banking culture, specifically mergers and acquisitions. I consider that a real potential career path.”
     He added that the classes he has taken at Southeastern and faculty members such as Rakesh Duggal, who taught his mergers and acquisitions course, helped prepare him for the challenge. “We’ve learned how to think critically and creatively and how to use the tools we’ve learned in finance classes to answer open-ended questions,” he explained.
     Polk said one advantage his team had was the group had worked together on different projects and knew how each other worked. “Like any group that works together, we had our differences, but we got the job done to the best of our ability.”
     “The ACG Cup experience was extremely challenging but rewarding when it was all said and done,” said Polk. “It gave me insight regarding mergers and acquisitions that I could not gain in the classroom. But Southeastern has prepared me to think critically, which is one thing required for this competition.”
     “I’m very proud of our students’ performance,” said Lewis. “They recognize that their skill sets, coupled with hard work and commitment, pay big dividends. Our finance program’s successes in competitions are consistently demonstrating there is a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ at Southeastern, and our students are capable of successfully competing against others at a wide range of universities, both locally and nationally. These successes are proving very valuable in connecting students with work opportunities.”
     The ACG Cup is the second first place award Southeastern business students have won in recent months. Earlier in the year, a four-student team won a national competition sponsored by the Washington, DC-based Conference of State Bank Supervisors, a nationwide organization of banking regulators. In addition, Southeastern finance students placed second in the 2014 ACG Cup competition.
     ACG Louisiana is a non-profit organization that facilitates the networking of business professionals in Louisiana and the surrounding areas.
Students win ACG competitionSOUTHEASTERN FINANCE TEAM TOPS IN COMPETITION – A team of Southeastern business and finance students took the top prize in a Louisiana competition sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).  Pictured are, from left, team members Austin Polk, Hannah Reeves and Nick Byrd and faculty advisor Danielle Lewis.

Ceramics Club holds Pottery Sale Nov. 28-29
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its fall pottery sale Nov. 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
     Money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and awards for students. The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote their work.
     For more information, call 549-2193.

Columbia Theatre to offer Silver Screen Series
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is once again offering the Silver Screen Series at the downtown Hammond theatre.
     The silver screen cinema showings feature the best of independent and classic movies on the big screen at the theatre, said Roy Blackwood, director of the Columbia Theatre. All movies begin at 7:30 p.m.
     First on the schedule Nov. 28 and 29 is the foreign documentary “Landfill Harmonic.” Rated PG with a running time of 95 minutes, the film is about the poor people of Cateura, Paraguay who literally live with garbage. Even in that environment, however, they are transforming it into beauty. The documentary follows an Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world.
     “Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that, out of necessity, started creating instruments entirely out of garbage,” Blackwood said. “This film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste.”
     Next up is the film “Dark Horse,” scheduled Dec. 12 and 13. Blackwood said this British documentary is an inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite “sport of kings” and breed themselves a racehorse. Rated PG, the film has a running time of 85 minutes.
     On Jan. 9 and 10, Columbia will show “When Elephants Were Young.” A foreign documentary with subtitles, the film is not rated and has a running time of 90 minutes.
     “A young man and his young elephant street beg in gritty Bangkok amid the controversial elephant business that treatens their survival,” Blackwood said, “until the opportunity comes to release the elephant to the wild.”
     Last on the schedule is “April and the Extraordinary World” on Jan. 30 and 31. A foreign animated French film with English subtitles, the film is rated PG and runs one hour and 43 minutes.
     From the producers of the Academy Award-nominated “Persepolis” and renowned graphic novelist Jacques Tardi, Blackwood said the film is a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe in 1941 Paris.
     “A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum, when all of a sudden, a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind,” Blackwood said. “Ten years later, April lives alone with her cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behing their disappearance.”
     Tickets for all Silver Screen films are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 12 and under. The Columbia Theatre box office is located at 220 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
     For more information, contact the box office at 543-4371.

Kristyn Gary wins Miss Southeastern Crown
Southeastern early childhood education major Kristyn Gary of Denham Springs has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2017.
     Gary received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2016 Alexis LaPlante of Hammond at the annual pageant Saturday (Nov. 19) at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
     A sophomore, Gary also received the Miss Congeniality Award.
     First runner up was Tonykea Alford, a senior elementary education major from Hammond. Alford also received the Miracle Maker, Lifestyle and Fitness, and Talent awards.  
     Communication major Jamie Dearman of Baton Rouge received the People’s Choice Award, while chemistry major Trista Kramer of Covington received the Student Government Association (SGA) Academic Award.
     Gary will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.
Miss Southeastern groupNEW MISS SOUTHEASTERN CROWNED – Recognized at the Miss Southeastern 2017 pageant are, from left, Tonykea Alford, first runner-up, Miss Southeastern 2017 Kristyn Gary, People’s Choice Award recipient Jamie Dearman, and SGA Academic Award recipient Trista Kramer. (Photo credit: Larshell Green of The Lion’s Roar)

Fantastic frogs and sexy salamanders topic of next Science on Tap presentation
Regaining an appreciation for frogs and salamanders – creatures most children think are pretty neat – will be the focus of the next Science on Tap lecture presented by Southeastern’s Department of Biological Sciences on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
     Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences Christopher Beachy is the featured speaker at the presentation scheduled at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture titled “The Fantastic Frog and the Sexy Salamander” is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    “Kids love frogs and salamanders; they don’t need a reason because they appreciate them just for being what they are: neat animals,” said Beachy. “But as they become adults, many forget they loved them as kids. Adults will often ask me, ‘What are they good for?’”
     Beachy said he will outline several cases that demonstrate the importance of frogs and salamanders while reminding the audience that these animals are admirable for no other reason than they are living things that deserve respectful treatment.
     “Among several topics, I will talk about how amphibian metamorphosis is an excellent way to study pregnancy, how observing salamander tongues helps us think about ballistic weapons, and how salamander sex provides insights into human mating behavior,” he said.
     “Biologists are deeply worried about amphibians,” he added. “These wondrous animals are in serious danger, and several amazing things that certain amphibians do are no longer in existence because of recent extinction.”
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

University Advancement holds retreat
University Advancement retreatSoutheastern’s University Advancement Office sponsored a Board retreat earlier this month featuring internationally renowned philanthropic leader Simone P. Joyaux. The retreat brought all boards and campus employees affiliated with fundraising together in a meeting intended to improve and create new systems and implement strategies in an effort to secure additional resources for the university.
     Participants included volunteers and staff members from the Southeastern Foundation, Alumni Association, Lions Athletic Association, all deans, department heads and coaches. Joyaux speaks worldwide, working with colleagues in places such as Mexico City, London, Paris, Italy and other areas. She teaches in the philanthropy graduate program at St. Mary's University in Minnesota. Joyaux has written several books, including Keep Your Donors, Srategic Fund Development and her latest work, Firing Lousy Board Members.

Mindfulness series continues Thursday 
Mindfulness seriesIntro to Mindfulness: A series of meditations and discussions for students, faculty and staff, will meet on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in Sims Library, room 252.

Northlake Community Band to give free concert
The Community Music School at Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Titled “The Big Parade,” the concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus and is free and open to the public.
     “The Northlake Community Band is a true musical jewel on the Northshore and the surrounding communities, and we are very proud to have them as part of the Community Music School,” said Community School Music Director Jivka Duke. “The band brings together musicians from various walks of life, from current and retired professional musicians to people who only recently started playing music again after many years of working in a different carrier field.”
     “The band also attracts many high school music students especially in the summer months,” Duke added. “We are very thankful for Dr. Jerry Voorhees’s vision of founding this ensemble and for volunteering his time to make the Northlake Community Band such a great asset to our community’s music life.”
     Duke said the Northlake Community Band always welcomes new members.
     For more information, contact the Community Music School at or 549-5502.

Sims Library named ACRL member of the month
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library was named member of the month by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
     The library has been a member of ACRL for 30 years and was recognized by the organization for being service-oriented, resilient and friendly.
     According to Sims Library Director Eric Johnson, the library is a support center for students, faculty and visitors to Southeastern’s campus.
     “The library supplies not only technical resources needed to create new scholarship, but also the professionals who maintain those resources and guide users at their point of need,” he said.    “The library hosts educational experiences in the forms of presentations and both formal and informal instruction, and it acts as a partner for many on-campus initiatives.”
     Johnson said the ACRL provides information and scholarly research on topics that most affect academic libraries.
     “Having access to their resources is a boon in furthering communication and collaboration among academic librarians,” he said. “Its efforts regarding information literacy and the development of the original standards and new framework are tools and discussions that help shape instructional services directed towards students’ needs.”


BR Advocate
Flood-damaged schools receive furnishings from Southeastern
Holy Ghost eighth-graders learn about nutrition with SLU nursing students

SLU senior art exhibit goes on display Nov. 22

SLU early priority registration ends Friday

Southeastern instructor awarded chemical research grant

Faculty outsmart students at Southeastern Quiz Bowl

Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre to offer Silver Screen series


The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue their respective non-conference schedules during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (4-2) will open the week with a 7 p.m. home contest versus Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday in the University Center. Southeastern students are invited to take a study break with Lion Basketball, as the first 300 students in attendance will receive a study pack to help them get through finals week. On Saturday, SLU will travel to Louisiana Tech for a 6 p.m. matchup.
     The Lady Lions (2-3) will open a four-game road swing with a pair of games this week. On Wednesday, SLU will travel to Colorado for a 1 p.m. game with the undefeated Lady Buffaloes. Southeastern will close the week with an 8 p.m. contest at Colorado State on Friday. Both times listed are Central (CST).
     All four of this week’s games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. A live video stream of Wednesday’s SLU-UMES men’s game will be available at


NOV 30

Men’s Basketball, vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
            - Study Break
Women’s Basketball, at Colorado, Boulder, Colo., 1 p.m. (KSLU)


Women’s Basketball, at Colorado State, Fort Collins, Colo., 8 p.m. (KSLU)


Men’s Basketball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 6 p.m. (KSLU)

Southeastern home events in bold.


Drs. Fotie and Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) took four students to the 72nd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SWRM 2016) in Galveston, Texas, Nov. 10-13. The students presented three individual posters, and Dr. Sommerfeld, who was an invited speaker, gave an oral presentation titled “Computing Energies and Lifetimes of Temporary Anions with Extrapolation Methods: A Robust New Analysis Method and a Critical Comparison of Different Analysis Schemes.” He also chaired one of the Theoretical and Computational Chemistry sessions. Dr. Parkinson (Chemistry and Physics) also gave an oral presentation titled “Computational Study of [2+2+2] Cycloaddition Reactions” at the conference.

     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) published a paper titled “Mostueatecine A and B: Two Indole Alkaloids, and Mostueatecine C, One Triterpene from Mostueabatesii” in the Journal of Diseases and Medicinal Plants 2016; doi: 10.11648/j, with collaborators from the University of Yaounde I – Cameroon.
     David Armand (English) recently spoke about his memoir, My Mother’s House, at James Madison University, where he also visited with several Southern literature classes as part of their Visiting Writer Series.


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