SLU ranked No. 1 in safety
Convocation rescheduled
Philanthropy Week scheduled

Chamber Orchestra to perform Nov. 15

ABC Food Drive scheduled Nov. 10
Sommerfeld awarded NSF grant
Music students win competition

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safety logoSoutheastern ranked No. 1 in safety among Louisiana universities by college guide
Safety at Southeastern ranked No. 1 in the state and 15th in the nation among large colleges and universities by a national college guide resource.
     “One of the main fears for parents when sending their children to college is the safety of the college or university that child is attending,” said Christian Amondson, managing editor of College Choice. “Because this is a concern for so many parents, College Choice has created a ranking that helps address this issue.”
     Southeastern is the only Louisiana university listed in the report, which was issued by The report can be found at
     “Maintaining a safe campus for our students, faculty, staff and other visitors to Southeastern is of paramount importance to the university,” said John L. Crain, Southeastern president. “We are pleased that our continuing efforts have earned Southeastern recognition as the safest university in the state and one of the safest in the nation.”  
     College Choice created the 2016 ranking for Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America using a three-year methodology that took into account more than just the college campus. Information was collected on the cities that the campuses were located in and their crime rates as well as the campus and its crime rates. Research also included data on the school’s general crime report, including the number of documented hate crimes, violence against women, arrests made, fire incidences, and discipline-enforced activities. culled data from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as statistics reported via the institutions’ own websites. Information on the cities campuses are located in was added using public records of crimes within city limits.
     Southeastern earned an anti-discrimination grade of 100 percent, a women’s safety grade of 95 percent, and a fire safety grade of 96 percent.
     Crain added that in recent years Southeastern has placed considerable resources into safety efforts, including the installation of enhanced lighting and additional video monitoring cameras in residence halls and other strategic locations on campus. The university maintains the Southeastern Emergency Alert System, an extensive compilation of communications that includes the use of its website, email, text messaging, social media and telephone alerts to send emergency notifications, including storm alerts, to faculty, staff, students, and students’ families.
     The Southeastern Emergency Alert System notifies students, faculty, staff and their relatives/friends who have been pre-registered in the case of an emergency. All student, faculty, and staff email accounts are pre-registered with the system, but in order to receive emergency alert text messages and voice calls on a cell phone, additional registration is required. Logging into a university LEONet account and clicking on the Emergency Notification link in the left-hand navigation menu will allow individuals to perform the additional registration. Text messages will be sent only in true emergencies and occasionally to test the system.
     The latest innovation added to the safety offerings on campus is the creation of a safe campus app. This free app can be downloaded to any smart phone or device from The app can direct dial the University Police Department at 549-2222 from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion, intruder/mental health emergency or otherwise. The app also addresses procedures to be taken should there be a need for a lockdown, shelter in place or evacuation. Additional information is provided should instances of physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus or weather emergencies occur.
     In addition, an outdoor public address system with speakers strategically located across the main campus will sound a siren in the event of an emergency. If the siren is ever activated, individuals are advised to check their devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) for details. Also, more than 40 Code Blue emergency phones are located throughout the campus and its perimeter that allow anyone to instantly contact University Police with the touch of a button.
     A safe environment for students is one of the reasons Southeastern has seen significant growth in its new student population recently, according to Director of Enrollment Services Lori Fairburn.
     “More and more we are hearing parents and incoming students express the importance of attending a university and area that are known for safety,” said Fairburn. Southeastern experienced a 14.4 percent increase in new freshmen this fall.

Convocation rescheduled
Southeastern’s annual Convocation, originally scheduled for Friday, August 19, was canceled due to the impact of the flood across our region. The Convocation will take place at 11 a.m. on January 6, 2017, the Friday before regular classes for the spring semester are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 11.
     Please plan to attend the Convocation as we will recognize recipients of the President’s Awards for Excellence, Emeritus recipients and faculty and staff for their service of 25, 30, 35 and 40 years. As always, the annual picnic lunch will occur immediately following the Convocation. 

Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to perform Nov. 15 
Yakov VoldmanThe Southeastern Strings Chamber Ensemble will perform a fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Titled Musically Speaking, the program will be conducted by Southeastern Professor of Music and Conducting Yakov Voldman. General admission tickets are $10 for adults; $5 faculty, staff and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students and non-SLU students are admitted free with their student ID cards. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St. or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 543-4371 for ticket information.  
     “We have planned an exciting selection of music that will feature several solos by members of our faculty and select students,” Voldman said.
     The performance will start with “Simple Symphony” by Benjamin Britten, a central figure in British classical music; Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor,” featuring cello performances by Southeastern lecturer Dan Cassin and student Adrain Harabaru of Moldova; and Tomaso Antonio Vitali’s “Chaconne,” with performances by award-winning student violinist Sungkyung Woo of South Korea.
     Also on the program are Josef Suk’s “Serenade op.6;” Pablo de Sarasate’s “Romanza Andaluza” with student Marta Turianska of Ukraine on violin; “Ragtime” in memory of George Gershwin by Valeri Saparov; and C.M. von Weber’s “Clarinet Quintet op.34” featuring a solo by student Jang Hyun Kim of South Korea.
     The concert will conclude with Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango” and Henri Vieuxtemps’ “Souvenir d’Amerique” featuring music faculty Victor Drescher on the clarinet and Zorica Dimova playing violin.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Southeastern scientist awarded NSF grant for chemical research 
Southeastern Associate Professor of Chemistry Thomas Sommerfeld has been awarded a $101,786 grant from the National Science Foundation.
     The three-year grant will allow Sommerfeld to investigate how extra electrons aid in breaking chemical bonds while also providing undergraduate students with real-world learning opportunities.
     “Chemical bonds are electrons that are shared between atoms,” Sommerfeld said. “They can be thought of as a glue that holds the atoms in a molecule together.”
     He explained that the bonds can be weakened by both too little and too much “glue,” and weakened bonds then be cleaved during the permanent motion of the atoms. Among examples of how this reaction is seen is in damage to living tissue by radiation in cancer therapy with electron beams.
     In his research, Sommerfeld will try to identify reliable, cost-efficient methods of developing novel computer simulation methods that characterize the electron emission from unstable molecules.
     His grant allows the employment of several undergraduate chemistry students to work with him on the project.
     “The project allows me to introduce undergraduates on mini-projects that are indirectly related to my research first,” he said. “These projects can be addressed with standard quantum chemistry methods so that students learn the research techniques step-by-step. It’s a great opportunity that only a few undergraduate chemistry students experience.”
Joshua Melugin, left, and Thomas SommerfeldMOLECULAR RESEARCH – Southeastern Associate Professor of Chemistry Thomas Sommerfeld, right, talks with senior chemistry major Joshua Melugin of Gonzales about the computer simulation research work they are doing under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Philanthropy Week scheduled
Southeastern’s annual Philanthropy Week will be held Nov. 7-10 with the intent of promoting the spirit of giving and raising awareness of campus initiatives.
     The four-day event will include a blood drive with door prizes on Monday, a chance to write thank you cards to active duty military and veterans and a food giveaway on Tuesday, a black light volleyball tournament on Wednesday and a campus wide “Anything-But-Cans” food drive on Thursday.  Food collected will support the Student Food Pantry.
     According to Director of Development for the Office of University Advancement Lynn Horgan, encouraging students to contribute their time, talent or treasure, no matter how little or much that might be, builds the foundation for a lifetime of giving back. The Office of University Advancement promotes these campus giving initiatives in conjunction with National Philanthropy Week.
     This is the fourth year the Office of University Advancement has conducted Philanthropy Week, and new this year is the ABC Food Drive on Thursday in the Student Union Mall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Student Food Pantry needs microwaveable and convenience items like cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, fruit cups, box meals, peanut butter, popcorn, crackers, etc.
     “The Anything But Cans Food Drive is a competition between campus divisions,” Horgan said. “The division that contributes the most food will get a great trophy and bragging rights until next year.  But the big winners are the Southeastern students who depend on the Student Food Pantry. One only needs to volunteer there a couple of hours to know the difference we are making in the lives of the students who use the Food Pantry. They depend on it!”
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Foundation at 549-2239 or email

Southeastern Foundation and marketing class partner to host ABC Food Drive Nov. 10
As part of the Southeastern Foundation’s Annual Philanthropy Week, the office has partnered with students in April Kemp’s Marketing 314 class to host an “Anything But Cans” Food Drive to benefit the Southeastern Food Pantry. With November being a month of giving, individuals can give back on campus Thursday, Nov. 10, by bringing donations to the Student Union Mall from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
     Items needed are any items but cans as the Food Pantry is already full stocked with canned goods. These items include, but are not limited to: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, microwaveable entrees and soups, fruit cups, cookies, snacks, chips, breakfast and power bars, toaster pastries, instant oatmeal, honey buns, macaroni and cheese, rice and dried beans, boxed soy, rice, coconut or dairy milks, and sports drinks.  
     To make the food drive interesting, there will be separated bins as a competition to see which group can donate the most goods. Bins will be divided by Student Organizations/SGA, Greeks, Men’s & Women’s Sports, Faculty and Staff, and Housing. Which group will win? Stop by to drop off your items and see who brings in the most items. The winning group will receive a trophy and bragging rights until next year’s competition.

Southeastern music students take top two spots in state MTNA competition 
Two young musicians who have traveled thousands of miles to study at Southeastern have demonstrated their skills and experience by claiming top places in statewide competition.
     Sophomore Anastasiia Pavlenko of Zhytomyr, Ukraine, took first place in the Young Artist-Piano competition at the Louisiana Chapter of Music Teachers National Association’s recent statewide competition held at Centenary College in Shreveport. She will compete in the MTNA South-Central Regional Competition in January. Junior Natalie Timotina of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova took second place. Both are piano performance majors.
     Music instructor Laura Pray joined the faculty in August and began working with Pavlenko and Timotina, who had been preparing for the competition with a previous professor. She coached them through the final stages of preparing their programs and supporting them on the day of the competition.
     “They are both hard workers and excellent young musicians,” Pray said. “I was extremely proud of their performances at the competition. Not only were their performances technically superior, but they were highly musical as well.”
     How did two young pianists from such distant nations come to study at Southeastern?
     “When I was home, I realized the world is so much more than what just surrounds me. I knew that if I wanted to experience the world, I had to take some action,” Pavlenko said. “By that time, I already knew a few people who were studying at Southeastern and how much they enjoyed it. I saw the many opportunities they had to gain precious musical experience.”
     “I had heard from a few students who had come to Southeastern a couple of years ago and who said how much they really enjoyed the experience,” Timotina said. “I always wanted to travel, especially if I could have a chance to get more experience as a musician. I saw this as a perfect opportunity.”
     In the competition, Pavlenko played several selections, including pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky. Timotina performed selections from Debussy, Muczynski, and Beethoven’s “Waldstein” sonata.
     “Ms. Pray is a very talented, supportive, dedicated and inspirational piano professor,” said Pavlenko. “Even in the short time she worked with me, she helped me make my program for the competition worthy of first place. I am very glad to be a student in her studio. I am extremely honored to represent Louisiana at the regional level of the MTNA piano competition, and I will do my best to bring good news again in January.”
     “It’s been such a pleasure working with both young musicians this semester,” Pray said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for both Anastasiia and Natalia. I know they will continue to thrive at Southeastern.”
Music competitio winnersMUSIC COMPETITION WINNERS – Southeastern music students Natalia Timotina, left, and Anastasiia Pavenko, right, received the top two awards in the Young Artist-Piano competition hosted by the Louisiana Chapter of Music Teachers National Association at Centenary College. With them is music instructor Laura Pray.


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The Southeastern basketball teams open up their 2016-17 schedules, the football team celebrates Senior Day and the volleyball team looks to secure a berth in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion men’s basketball team will open its 2016-17 slate at home this week. On Friday, SLU welcomes Millsaps for a 7 p.m. contest in the University Center.
     The Errol Gauff Era of Southeastern women’s basketball officially opens this week with a pair of road challenges this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions will be in Oxford, Mississippi to face Ole Miss at 2 p.m. SLU closes the week with a 4 p.m. contest at Houston.
     All three of this week’s basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.  LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Friday’s men’s game at Friday’s women’s game will be available on SEC Network Plus and via the Watch ESPN app.
     The Lion football team (5-4, 5-2 Southland) will return home to close out its home schedule with a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday versus Abilene Christian (2-8, 2-6 Southland).
     Southeastern won for the fourth time in five games last Saturday, defeating Incarnate Word, 30-10. ACU closed its home schedule with a come-from-behind 25-22 win over Northwestern State.
     Saturday will be Senior Day at Strawberry Stadium, as seniors Rasheed Harrell, Kaelyn Henderson, Brandon Acker, Da’Quan Smith, Justin Alo, D’Shaie Landor, Will Hines, Juwaan Rogers, Tre’ Bennett, Caleb Young, Anthony Murphy Jr., Solomon Parker, Justin Barksdale, Taylor Gadbois, Jon Taylor, Miki Fangatua, Trent Williams and Javari Nichols will be honored in a pregame ceremony 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
     The game will be broadcast live on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. The Southeastern Channel will air the game on a tape delay and provide a live video stream, which will be accessible at The first 300 students at the game will receive free t-shirts courtesy of Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (6-22, 5-10 Southland) enter the final week of the regular season in a three-team competition with McNeese and Lamar for the final two spots in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament in Conway, Arkansas. The Lady Lions will close out the regular season with a 2 p.m. match at New Orleans on Saturday.



Football, Inside Southeastern Football with Ron Roberts, Cate Street Seafood Station, 11 a.m.
Football, Ron Roberts Coaches Show, Buddies Bar and Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)

NOV 11

Men’s Basketball, vs. Millsaps, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Women’s Basketball, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 2 p.m. (KSLU) (SEC Network Plus)

NOV 12

Football, vs. Abilene Christian, Strawberry Stadium,

7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM) (SE Channel)*
            - Senior Day
Volleyball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 2 p.m.*

NOV 13

Women’s Basketball, at Houston, Houston, Texas, 4 p.m. (KSLU)

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Yu Hsing (Economics), Mike Budden (Marketing) and Antoinette Phillips (Business) had their article, “The Determinants of U.S. Retail Sales: 1993-2003,” accepted for publication in the Southwestern Economic Review.
     Mike Budden (Marketing), Connie Budden (Management) and Tara’ Lopez (Marketing) had their article, “Enhancing Cross Cultural Communication in the Marketing Classroom: A Case Approach,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Diversity Management.
     Lizette Brenes (Distancia Universidad de Costa Rica) Aristides Baraya (Business Administration), Mike Budden (Marketing) and Ligia Bermudez (Distancia Universidad de Costa Rica) had their publication “Revisiting the Software Industry in Costa Rica: Achievements and Challenges,” published in the Journal of Business and Economics Research.
     Dr. Tara Turley Stoulig (Biology) recently presented “Enhancement of Undergraduate Education Using a Collaborative Model to Engage K-12 Students through Genetics Literacy, Human Genetics and GMO Investigation” at the American Society of Human Genetics conference in Vancouver, Canada, in October. This year’s conference hosted over 9,000 visitors from 66 countries. Stoulig shared information with attendees on her Board of Regents funded project, where she works with Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College undergraduate students, as well as high school students. The project aims to motivate students to consider study in genetics and STEM disciplines while providing meaningful explanations and laboratory experiences regarding human genetics and GMOs. Additional goals include increased awareness of genetics technologies and research and providing an avenue for NTCC and Southeastern students to engage in research and outreach. Stoulig also participated in the ASHG Undergraduate Faculty Genetics Education Workshop.

     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented the lecture “Pagans, Piety, and Pumpkins: The Horrifying, Holy, and Horticultural History of Halloween” at the Irish Cultural Museum in New Orleans on Oct. 29.
     Dr. Robert Martin (Sociology) presented his findings on “Individual and National Variations in Trust of Religious Outgroups” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Atlanta on Oct. 28.
     Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) presented “Field Day and Le Theatre ‘Cadien:  A Comparison of Signature Plays” at the Mid-Atlantic meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, held Oct. 28-29 in New York City. Her paper was co-authored with Dr. Albert Camp of LSU.
     Dr. Michael Ruybalid (Teaching and Learning) presented a session on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association (LA-ACDA) Fall Vocal Conference in New Orleans. The session title was “Fostering Proper Vocal Technique in the Primary (K-3) Grades.” The conference attendees included both current vocal music teachers and university teacher candidates who are seeking a degree in vocal music education.
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) appeared as a guest on Tech News Today to discuss the physics of Halloween decorations.


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