Kennedy named Alumnus of Year
Career Fair set Thursday
SLU receives second USDA grant

Follett donates to food pantry

Phi Kappa Phi announces Quiz Bowl

Student accepted to guitar institute

Economics faculty recognized

Sherman scholarship awarded

Reconnect sponsors farmers market
Columbia to host free concert



SLU ranked for low student debt

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This Week in Athletics
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Billy KennedyBilly Kennedy named Alumnus of the Year
Southeastern’s most successful men’s basketball coach in history, Billy Kennedy, has been named the university’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year. He will be honored during Southeastern’s Homecoming celebrations in October.
     Head basketball coach at Texas A&M University for the past five seasons, Kennedy has been successful at all levels in his basketball coaching career, having earned Coach of the Year honors from multiple athletic conferences.
     Kennedy is a 1986 graduate of Southeastern, where he played basketball, earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies education, and served as the university’s winningest basketball coach. A native of Metairie, he attended Holy Cross High School in New Orleans before heading to Hammond to continue his education.
     “Anyone who has ever met Billy Kennedy can attest to the fact that he is a class act in every way,” said Mayson Foster of Hammond, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association. “His focus, wherever he has worked, has been on the success of his student-athletes, both on the court and in the classroom. We’re proud that Billy will return to his alma mater this fall to accept this honor, and we know he looks forward to seeing his many friends in the Hammond and New Orleans communities.”
     He will be honored at the Alumni Association’s annual Awards Evening, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 21. Tickets and more information on the event can be obtained from the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
     Kennedy joined Southeastern as head coach in 1999 and served until 2005, leading the Lions to two Southland Conference regular season titles and the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. He was named Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Association of Basketball Coaches for District 8 in back-to-back years. The Southland Conference named him Coach of the Year in 2004.
     After last year’s successful season that saw the Aggies earn a share of the Southeastern Conference Championship and advance to the Sweet 16, Kennedy was named SEC Coach of the Year and garnered the District 21 Coach of the Year honor from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. His team climbed to No. 5 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today/Coaches Poll to mark the school highest-ever national ranking.
     Kennedy has also held assistant coaching positions at Northwestern State University, Tulane, Creighton University, and the University of Miami. In addition to his positions at Texas A&M and Southeastern, he has served as head coach at Centenary College and Murray State University.

Southeastern students, alumni invited to Career Fair Sept. 15
Southeastern students and alumni are invited to participate in Career Fair 2016, the Office of Career Services’ annual university wide career event.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2016 will include over 130 organizational participants and will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     Representatives from various companies and associations, government agencies, business, engineering, finance and banking industries will be on site to answer questions and take resumes during the free event.
     “Career Fair provides Southeastern students and graduates the opportunity to obtain that much needed face time with recruiters to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack and all of those faceless resumes that come their way,” said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services.  “There is no other venue that will allow you to directly interact with recruiters and managers from over 130 employers and leave a lasting, positive impression. In fact, it would take you months to speak with as many recruiters as you can in one day at Southeastern’s Career Fair 2016.”
     To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     For additional information on Career Fair 2016, visit or contact Career Services at 549-2121 or

Follett donates to food pantry 
Food pantry donationUniversity Bookstore and Textbook Rental, both managed by Follett manager Roger Harvey, reached out to some of Follett’s business partners in a response to President Crain’s email expressing a need to support our on-campus food pantry since it was supporting our students and campus community impacted by the flood. The response was overwhelming.  
     Follett’s Health and Beauty supplier, ICM Distributing, donated a wide variety of personal hygiene products, including shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. Their food and snack vendors donated non-perishable snacks such as microwaveable meals, drinks, candy items, and healthy snack items. In total, Follett donated 11 boxes of items to the Food Pantry.

Phi Kappa Phi announces Quiz Bowl Tournament
Get your team together for the 15th Annual Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament. This fast-paced question and answer competition pits faculty teams against each other, with the top faculty team competing against the top student team for Quiz Bowl Champions.
     First-place and second-place faculty teams receive prizes of $100 and $50 respectively, and all participants receive prizes. Teams may represent a department, college, organization, or just a group of friends. Optional practice session is Monday, Oct. 17, with the tournament taking place Tuesday, Oct. 18.
     Contact Joan Faust at for an application, which is due Thursday, Oct. 13.

Southeastern student concludes study with Grammy- winning guitar master at institute
Graham GuilloryGraham Guillory, a Southeastern music major, was recently selected to study one-on-one with Grammy-winning guitar master, Pepe Romero. Guillory, a sophomore from Mandeville, earned an invitation to the annual Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute held at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University this summer.
     Graham was accepted to the program through an audition recording of Tarrega’s “Adelita and Brouwer’s, Estudio Sencillo #VI.” Thirty-six international students attended the intense workshop, which featured masterclasses and private instruction with members of the Grammy-winning Los Romeros Quartet. Graham was assigned to private lessons with the virtuoso leader of the quartet, Maestro Pepe Romero.
     “Graham is a very talented young musician and is a testament to the fine education he is getting from Southeastern and his guitar instructor Patrick Kerber,” said Matthew Denman, assistant professor of music at Oklahoma City University. “During the final concert, Graham was able to perform with Los Romeros, the Royal Family of Guitar, several times.”
     When asked about his experience, Graham couldn’t contain his enthusiasm.
     “I was very honored and a bit shocked to be appointed section leader for one of the large guitar ensemble pieces. I realized that in the guitar world, not only does a student from Southeastern get by in this environment, but a guitar student from Southeastern competes with his peers from Ivy League schools and conservatories,” he explained. “Studying with the Romeros was intellectually stimulating, and profoundly improved my ability. It was an unparalleled experience.”
     For the final concert at the guitar institute, Graham’s solo piece was Torroba’s “Romanza de los Pinos.” With the large ensemble, he performed “El Baile de Luis Alonso” by Geronimo Giminez and “La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla” sitting next to Celin Romero as a section leader.
     “I encouraged Graham to audition for the class. I knew that he would work side by side with upper-classmen and graduate students and that he would do well,” said Kerber, Southeastern instructor of guitar and coordinator of guitar activities. “It was my thought also that the Romeros would seize on Graham’s enthusiastic attitude and grant him some extra unscheduled time, which they did. It is their style to identify passion and discipline in students and to encourage these qualities.”
     “I contacted Maestro (Pepe) Romero after the event,” Kerber continued, “and his comments about Graham were exemplary. I am very proud of Graham, and happy that he did so well. I predict similar successes in the future.”

Southeastern students sponsor farmers market Sept. 21
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The only student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event features food sales from area farmers, food samples, arts and crafts, homemade soaps, and much more.
    Vendors include Simple Works’ all-natural bath and body product and Mrs. Francis Chauvin’s homemade pies and shoe sole pastries. In addition to fresh produce, other items available for purchase include jams and jellies, beef jerky, tea cakes, hummus, farm-fresh eggs, breads, and popsicles.  
    “The Reconnect Farmers Market is an event where you can interact with local farmers and vendors, eat a healthy and fresh lunch, or pick up some homemade jewelry or bath products from your fellow students.  It’s a way to shop locally and support healthy food choices without having to leave campus,” said Alexis Taylor, vice president of Reconnect.
    A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Southeastern ranked among top 100 for low student loan debt
Southeastern is among the top 100 universities in the nation where parents of students hold the lowest level of PLUS Student Loan Debt, according to the online newsletter “Student Loan Report.”
     “A Southeastern degree consistently ranks as one of the best values in higher education. Our institution provides exceptional instruction while also being a comparably affordable financial decision for families,” said Southeastern President John. L. Crain.    
     Southeastern was named the No. 93 Most Affordable College for Students for 2015, according to the newsletter, which just released results of its 2016 Parent Student Debt Indicator (PSDI) Study. The PSDI calculates the average amount of PLUS student loan debt borrowed by parents per undergraduate student each year.
     A PLUS student loan is a program created by the Department of Education that allows parents to borrow funds directly from the federal government to help meet the costs of an undergraduate education for dependent children.
     The complete study can be found online at

USDA makes second grant to Southeastern to support health coaching program
A two-year $646,482 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue to provide authentic field experiences for Southeastern Louisiana University students, while at the same time increasing the quality of life for area residents. The funding will allow Southeastern and its partners, including North Oaks Health System, to expand a highly successful health coaching program that has reduced hospital readmission rates by 72 percent among at risk patients since its inception two years ago.
    Provided through the Delta Health Care Grant program, the grant will support the Health Transition Alliance, a partnership involving the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences and North Oaks Health System which was established in 2014. At that time, the work of Southeastern health coach interns collaborating with the Alliance was supported by a grant of more than $350,000 from the USDA. It focused on the preparation of students to work as health coaches for recently-discharged patients, and has seen success rates higher than those previously recorded with similar programs across the nation.
    “This project has been a ‘win-win’ for all involved,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “We’ve heard amazing success stories on health care in our community from the first grant. We’re proud of what the university and our partner North Oaks are doing to serve the health care needs of our region.”
USDA Rural Development Business Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers said Delta Health Care Grants such as this are designed to improve access to health care services in rural areas, where health is most compromised and challenged and providers are not as readily available.
    Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and principal investigator for the grant, said Louisiana has many health challenges, including a near 35 percent obesity rate, high rates of diabetes and heart disease and is ranked 48th in infant mortality and 47th in preventable hospitalizations.
    North Oaks’ Health Transition Alliance is a health system-wide, physician-led interdisciplinary program to help recently discharged patients better manage care in hopes of  reducing hospital readmissions. Southeastern students from the health education and promotion program serve as health coach interns and participate in helping patients achieve post-discharge goals by following physicians’ instructions for home care, taking medications appropriately, following a prescribed diet and using appropriate therapies, and scheduling follow up visits with their physicians.
    “Health coaches are being used to change behaviors, and this can be the single hardest thing people try to do,” Carruth said. “Our health coaches are learning that some patients simply don’t have the resources to make health choices, so we try to work with the clients on that. Patients also will tell students things about their lives and their health that they will not tell to a physician or nurse. That’s an important insight into their care.”
    Initiated in 2014, the pilot program has yielded impressive results, Carruth reported. More than 45 student health coaches have been trained, and 65 high risk patients discharged from the hospital have received health coaching.
    “We’ve seen readmission rates among at risk patients decrease by 72 percent and a significant decrease in emergency hospital visits as well,” she added. “I have not found any other program demonstrating that kind of success.”
    “The reduced readmission rates and visits to the emergency department are important,” said James E. Cathey Jr., North Oaks president and chief executive officer. “But that is minor compared with how these health coaches have impacted people and their lives. They are making a real difference in the new world of health care.”

grant recipient
HEALTH GRANT AWARDED --The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $646,482 grant to Southeastern Louisiana University and its partner North Oaks Health System to support a health coaching system designed to reduce hospital readmissions among at risk patients. Pictured are, from left, Sam Rikers, administrator of the USDA Rural Development Business Cooperative Service; Ann Carruth, dean of the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences; James E. Cathey Jr., North Oaks president and chief executive officer; Michele Sutton, North Oaks executive vice president; and Clarence W. Hawkins, director of Louisiana USDA Rural Development.

Southeastern economics faculty listed as third most prolific in Southern Region
The economics faculty at Southeastern has been ranked the third most prolific in research in the U.S. Southern Region, according to a study published in the journal Economics Bulletin.
     The study, titled “Out of Big Brother’s Shadow: Ranking Economics Faculties at Regional Universities in the U.S. South,” evaluated research productivity from more than 200 colleges and universities in the South that are classified as regional universities. Southeastern was ranked tops among four Louisiana institutions in the listing.
     “Our economics faculty publish quality applied and scholarly research, in line with the college’s mission,” said Antoinette Philips, interim dean of the College of Business. “They reflect their research in their teaching, which leads to an enriched learning experience for our students.”
     Southeastern’s economics program is based in the Department of Management and Business Administration. Faculty in the program have been published in the Journal of Urban Economics, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Macroeconomics, and Applied Economics, all of which are ranked among the top 100 economics journals.    
     The study was written by economists Frank Mixon of Columbus State University and Kamal Upadhyaya of the University of New Haven and can be found on line at
     The authors note that approximately 200 regional universities are located in states that comprise the U.S. South, and no study to date focused solely on the research endeavors of economics faculties affiliated with these universities.

Sherman family scholarship awarded
Sherman Scholarship awardedThe William F. Sherman, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was presented to Southeastern student Lacy Falgot of Folsom, second from left, by Hammond dentist Kenneth Sherman. The Sherman family endowed the scholarship in memory of the late Dr. Sherman of Ponchatoula, a 1971 Southeastern graduate who was killed in an automobile accident in 1976. The scholarship supports students seeking careers in medicine. Pictured are, from left, Danny Acosta, a friend and mentor of the late Dr. Sherman; Falgot; Dr. Kenneth Sherman; and Southeastern Donor Relations Coordinator Lisa Patti.

Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre to host free concert by Air Force Academy Band
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will host the Air Force Academy Band’s premier popular music ensemble Blue Steel in a free concert Sept. 15.
     Sponsored by the Hammond Daily Star, the concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre and is part of a week-long tour through southeast Louisiana.
     The evening will feature high energy music for all ages spanning the last 60 years of popular music and original repertoire. The concert will also honor military veterans and highlight the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform.
     “We at Columbia Theatre feel strongly about honoring our military, both active and veterans,” said Director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Roy Blackwood. “I feel fortunate to have booked the Blue Steel Air Force band that plays a wide selection of contemporary and patriotic music perfect for our mission of support.”
     Blackwood said tickets are required but provided without cost through the partnership with the Hammond Daily Star. Tickets are available prior to the night of the performance at the newspaper’s office, located at 725 S. Morrison Blvd., or at the Columbia Theatre administrative office, located at 220 E. Thomas St.
     For more information, call the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.


BR Advocate
SLU faculty members release song to support flood relief
Post-flood counseling available at Southeastern

SLU organizes Lion Ride Share program
SLU fall graduation deadline is Sept. 15
Free government contracting course scheduled in Hammond
Employers invited to Southeastern Career Fair
Alabama university donates to Lions, Hammond area
SLU instructor Alison Peligrin publishes her fourth book of poetry

Hammond Daily Star
SLU all-professor band sells music for flood victims
Southeastern Community Music School registration now open

Students at Delgado Slidell upset over campus closing after 2016 fall semester, hundreds sign petition
LeFevor on exhibit at Southeastern

Faculty Senate to study merit raises
Lafayette Advertiser
Some Louisiana schools seeing fewer applicants
N.O. Times Picayune
Delgado to close its slidell campus



The Southeastern golf and tennis teams will open the fall portions of their 2016-17 schedules, while the soccer, volleyball and cross country teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion golf team will be in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to compete in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate. The tournament runs Monday and Tuesday and live scoring, provided by host Southern Miss, will be accessible at
     The Southeastern tennis team will also open fall play this week. The Lions head to Monroe this weekend to compete in the ULM Fall Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday.
     The defending Southland Conference Tournament champion SLU (3-4-1) will open league play this week. The Lady Lions will host conference foe McNeese State on Friday at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. LionVision subscribers will be able to view a live video stream of Friday’s match at, where live stats will also be available.
     Friday is also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. Select members of the faculty and staff, invited by the Southeastern soccer student-athletes, will be honored prior to the match.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (1-8) will close out its 10-match road swing this week, heading to West Lafayette, Indiana to compete in the Stacey Clark Classic. SLU will face No. 20 Purdue, the tournament’s host, on Friday at 9 a.m. (CDT). Later in the day, Southeastern will take on Xavier at 4 p.m. (CDT). Southeastern will close out the tournament on Saturday at 12 p.m. (CDT) facing No. 4 Kansas, a 2015 NCAA national semifinalist.
     The cross country teams will be back in action this week. On Saturday, Southeastern will be in Baton Rouge for the LSU Cross Country Invitational.



Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
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) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)


Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


Soccer, vs. McNeese State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night
Volleyball, at Purdue (Stacey Clark Classic), West Lafayette, Ind., 9 a.m. (CDT)
Volleyball, vs. Xavier (Stacey Clark Classic), West Lafayette, Ind., 4 p.m. (CDT)
Tennis, at ULM Fall Invitational, Monroe, All Day


Volleyball, vs. Kansas (Stacey Clark Classic), West Lafayette, Ind., 12 p.m. (CDT)
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at LSU Cross Country Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
Tennis, at ULM Fall Invitational, Monroe, All Day


Tennis, at ULM Fall Invitational, Monroe, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) published a paper in The Physics Teacher Journal titled “Referencing blogs in articles”.
     Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) will present “Beyond the Battle of New Orleans: Britain’s Struggles with Peace in America, 1815” at the USM (University of Southern Mississippi) Waging Peace Conference in New Orleans on Sept 10.
     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) published an invited review titled “Inosine 5’-Monophosphate Dehydrogenase (IMPDH) as a Potential Target for the Development of a New Generation of Antiprotozoan Agents” in Minireviews in Medicinal Chemistry2016, 16, DOI: 10.2174, PMID:27334467.

William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has a chapter titled “Marrying Mary to the Black Legend: Anti-Catholicism and Anti-Marian Messages in Anglo-American Films About Philip II of Spain” in Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte, eds., The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I, published in September 2016 as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s “Queenship and Power” series.
     Alison Pelegrin (English) was featured in the Poetry Daily Feature: and interviewed on NPR with The Reading Life:


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