Southeastern offers IB Certification
Employee Appreciation held
Golden Silence honors loved ones

Summer Part-Time Job Fair scheduled

Students give back to community

Composers Concert set April 11

Day of Giving scheduled April 26

National Library Week events set
Students honored with AP Awards

Bunko for Basketball set April 29

Blood Drive for alumnus set

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



IB logoSoutheastern tapped as sole IB Certification University for teachers
Southeastern is now the only university in the Gulf South authorized to offer courses leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
     The university is one of only 36 IB authorized certification institutions in the United States. The certification – which is granted by the International Baccalaureate Organization – prepares teachers to use advanced academic techniques in the growing number of IB schools. IB programs offer students in elementary through high school a comprehensive, demanding curriculum of advanced studies for highly motivated students.
     “This is an excellent reflection of the quality of programs offered at Southeastern, not just for those students aspiring to become teachers, but to established teachers as well who are looking to improve their skills and knowledge,” said Shirley Jacob, interim dean of the College of Education.
     “IB programs are increasing in number as more schools look to add the highly respected program that offers very high standards for teaching and a rigorous curriculum for students,” said Cherissa Vitter, IB coordinator for the university’s Department of Teaching and Learning and IB coordinator.
     At present there are 10 schools in Louisiana, including two in Tangipahoa Parish, that offer the IB program, with most offering strictly the IB Diploma program. Some also offer IB programs in primary and middle schools and an IB career program, said Vitter, who serves as the director of the Louisiana Association of IB Schools.
     The IB program started in 1968 as a diploma program in the United Kingdom, France and the United States as educators looked to develop an academically-challenging program to fully prepare students for success at the university level and beyond. IB programs are now offered worldwide at schools that meet the rigorous IB standards.
     “The IB is pleased to welcome Southeastern Louisiana University into our network of higher education institutions that offer the IB educator certificates,” said IB Global Professional Development Director Anthony Tait. “This international symbol of excellence shapes educators into reflective practitioners and teacher researchers. It acknowledges teachers’ global mindset and commitment to teaching and learning in an international context. It is a testament to Southeastern that it has made this commitment to its teacher education program.”
     “IB courses are designed to teach students how to learn, how to question and how to research,” Vitter said. “It takes a different approach for teachers than that used in advanced placement or honors courses.”
     She said students enrolled in IB must take six different courses over two years that include language and literature, language acquisition, humanities, science, mathematics, and the arts. In addition, all students study philosophy, conduct research and complete a community service project. Each student is expected to engage in independent research in one of the selected areas and then write an extended essay on the topic.
     “All the subjects are interdisciplinary and are designed to encourage students to think beyond a specific subject; for example, a student may be required to write an essay in response to a math question,” she said. “It requires a different kind of teacher.”
     Teachers enrolling in Southeastern’s 100 percent online program can also take additional courses that lead to a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Current teachers completing the program and a practicum that can take place at the candidate’s current school will earn a Certificate of International Education.
     For more information on the certification program, contact Vitter via email at or call the Department of Teaching and Learning at 549-5248.

Employee Appreciation held
Southeastern employees were honored last week in appreciation of their dedication and service to Southeastern.

     Employees were treated to lunch at the Mane Dish as well as a complimentary Southeastern t-shirt. The event was sponsored by Auxiliary Services, Aramark, Human Resources, and The Southeastern Foundation.

Employee Appreciation

Career Services to host Summer Part-Time Job Fair
The 2017 Summer Part-Time Job Fair is being held Tuesday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Student Union, in the breezeway near the bookstore.
     With many students looking for summer part-time employment, this is an ideal opportunity for students to connect with approximately 30 local and regional employers and apply for jobs.
     More information related to the Part-Time Job Fair, including a list of employer organizations participating, can be found at or by logging into their LionHire accounts.
     The 2017 Summer Part-Time Job Fair is an informal event in which students can dress more casually (come as they are between classes) to network with employers and apply for jobs.
     Questions or comments related to this event should be directed to the Office of Career Services at or 549-2121.

Southeastern to host Composers Concert April 11
Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts will host the annual Composers Concert on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The concert is free and open to the public, said Southeastern Professor of Music Stephen Suber.
     “The concert will feature new compositions by Southeastern students, alumni, and faculty composed for a wide variety of media including solo instrument, chamber ensemble, large ensemble of traditional instruments, and computer-generated/electronic works,” Suber said.
     Students, faculty and alumni featured in the concert include Nathan Bauerle and Benjamin Livingston of Baton Rouge, Keri Disedare of Albany, Seth Guerra of Tickfaw, B.J. Perez III of Covington, and Philip Schuessler, Richard Waltman, and Suber, all of Hammond.

Day of Giving scheduled
Day of Giving logoIt’s again time to be ALL IN FOR SOUTHEASTERN! The third annual “Day of Giving” for Southeastern is scheduled April 26. This is a day when we ask all of our Southeastern Family to pitch in and make a donation to help Southeastern build on its legacy of excellence.  
     We also ask for a little help in spreading the word. We ask you to please reach out to four friends that also know the importance of Southeastern but who may not be involved. Encourage them to participate by making a donation as well.
     Any amount will be beneficial, so please be a part of this new event. Whether its $10 or $10,000 it will make a difference in the lives of our students.
     Please mark April 26 on your calendar - but don't worry, we’ll send you a reminder as well. Until then, go to to help spread the word through social media, or visit the Southeastern Foundation's Facebook page to do the same.
     We thank you for your continued support!

Southeastern students honored with Associated Press Awards
Four Southeastern students were honored at the recent Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Competition awards ceremony in Jackson, Miss. Representing “The Lion’s Roar,” KSLU-FM radio, and the Southeastern Channel, the students received three first-place honors and one second-place honor.
     The students competed in the college and university division, which recognizes student journalists for outstanding performance in college print, radio, and television journalism.
     “We’re thrilled that our students have been recognized as the best in both states by a news journalism agency as prestigious as the Associated Press,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager, who attended the event.  “This reflects not only the top-rate talent and hard work of the students, but also the quality of instruction and training they receive at the Southeastern Channel, KSLU-FM, the Lion’s Roar, and in the Department of Languages and Communication.”
     In the college competition for television, two Southeastern students received first place honors for their work with the Southeastern Channel. Amanda Kitch of Covington placed first in the News Story category for “Causeway Toll Increase” and was also recognized with an AP “Best of Show Award,” which included a cash prize of $250. Maria Goddard of Marrero placed first in the Feature Story category for “Lucky the Horse.”
     The AP judges noted that Kitch’s story was “an excellent job overall. This entry stood out.”
     “Amanda thoroughly researches a controversial topic of critical local interest and presents a balanced report of opposing viewpoints,” Settoon said. “She’s an excellent writer with a fluid broadcast style, and she’s engaging both on camera and in voiceover narration.”
     Representing Southeastern’s educational public radio station KSLU, Matthew Doyle of Mandeville received first place in the college radio competition in the Newscast category.
     “The Lion’s Roar” student newspaper photographer Heather Jewell of Ventress received second place in the Spot News Photos category for her entry “Students Rally for Higher Education at State Capitol.”
     AP-member broadcasters and newspapers in both states submitted nearly 2,000 entries in the contests conducted by the Mississippi and Louisiana AP Broadcasters and the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Media Editors. College student journalists from 10 schools submitted nearly 300 entries in the AP contests.
     The awards honored exemplary journalistic work published and broadcast in 2016. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing about 4,000 newspapers and 5,000 broadcasters in the United States.
     The awards luncheon was part of the 2017 AP Journalism Career Day that featured television news directors, producers and reporters along with print editors and reporters for panel discussions and one-on-one critiques for student journalists from the two states.

Golden Silence 2017

Golden Silence held at Southeastern 
Members of the Kinnison family of Hammond and Baton Rouge join others at Southeastern’s Golden Silence ceremony held on campus Monday evening (April 3). The annual event brings the campus community together for a remembrance ceremony in honor of members of the Southeastern family – students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the university – who died the previous year.
     The Kinnison family was there in tribute to the late Jimmie G. Kinnison of Hammond, a former accounting professor at Southeastern. Pictured are, from left, brother-in-law Dwayne Miller, widow Ruth Kinnison, granddaughter Taylor Kinnison, daughters Kathy Kinnison and JoAnn Kinnison Cook, daughter-in-law Shonda Kinnison, and son David Kinnison. Golden Silence is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Big Event highlights student community service
The Big Event 2017Several hundred Southeastern students “Lion Up” as they came together Saturday for The Big Event, a day of student community service.

     Student Coordinator Myranda Triche of LaPlace said The Big Event is an opportunity for Southeastern students to say thanks to the City of Hammond and other area communities for the support they show for the university.

     Southeastern President John L. Crain thanked the assembled students for their work to make communities a better place for all to live, and said The Big Event was a great representation of university’s effort to give back to the region. Students this year worked at sites such as Holy Ghost Catholic School, the Fuller Center ReUse House, the Hammond Fire Department  and with the Iowa Neighborhood Association.

     This was the seventh year the Southeastern Student Government Association has sponsored The Big Event.

Public invited to National Library Week events at Sims Memorial Library
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library is inviting the public to special events during National Library Week this week.
     “National Library Week is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries both on and off campus. Libraries provide something unique to their communities, namely the expertise of individual librarians,” said Sims Outreach Librarian Angie Balius. “Librarians help people use increasingly complex technology and sort through the overwhelming mass of information bombarding us in today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.”
     Balius said the library will celebrate National Library Week with three of its most popular events of the year: the annual book sale, “Readings at Sims,” and “Overdue Book Amnesty Days.”
     The library’s annual book sale will be held in the library lobby April 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wide variety of hardcover and paperback books, videos, CDs and record albums will be available. Hard cover books and DVDs are $2, paperback books are $1-2, and CDs are $1. Transactions are cash only.
     On Tuesday, April 11, the library will celebrate “Readings at Sims Library” on the third floor of Sims Library. Participants will hear selections from original works by many talented writers in the community. Readings are led by librarian and local author Dayne Sherman and begin at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
     “Overdue Book Amnesty Days,” when library users can bring back overdue books without having to pay fines, are Sunday, April 9 through Thursday, April 13.
     “Be aware that amnesty does not apply to all library fines and fees,” Ballius said. “It applies only to books from the circulating stacks and does not include any of the following: outstanding fines, such as unpaid overdue fines from books returned in the past, lost book replacement fees, damaged books, reserve books, or equipment, such as laptops or audio recorders.”
     For additional information about National Library Week, contact the library at 549-2027 or visit  

Lady Lions promote “Bunko is Back!”
Bunko for BasketballMembers of Southeastern’s Lady Lion basketball team have been out in the Hammond community distributing posters to area businesses to promote "Bunko for Basketball -- Bunko is Back!,” scheduled April 29, 6-9 p.m., at the Student Union Ballroom. Sponsored by PRIDE, the Lady Lions’ support group, the popular fundraiser for the women’s basketball program includes lively bunko dice games, a silent auction, and food and drinks.

     Tickets, $40 now or $45 at the door, are available from PRIDE members, though EventBrite online and at the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics, 549-2395.

     From left, are Lady Lions Baylie Stears, Courtney Dawsey and Jaclyn Scholvin, with Mason Miller of PJ’s Coffee, one of the many local businesses generously agreeing to display the posters.

Blood Drive to benefit alumnus, May 1
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies is having a blood drive on Monday, May 1, to benefit Justin Smith. Justin is the husband of Misty Smith, SLU alumnus and former faculty member; he was badly injured in an accident.

     Donations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Dr. Edward Hebert at to sign up to donate, or for more information.   


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The Southeastern baseball, softball, tennis, track and field and golf teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (20-12, 8-7 Southland) welcomes Southland Conference and in-state foe Northwestern State to Alumni Field for a three-game series. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Thursday, continues on Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes on Saturday at 1 p.m.
     Thursday will be a Cane’s Challenge at the Pat. If the Lions score four or more runs, fans will be able to redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value by the end of business on Friday. On Friday, fans will be able to enjoy “Fireworks at the Pat”.
     Winners of five of its last six Southland games, the SLU softball team (19-19, 8-7 Southland) takes a break from league play to open the week, traveling to No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest on Tuesday. The Lady Lions will return home to host Northwestern State for a three-game Southland series at North Oak Park.
     The series opens with a 5 p.m. contest on Friday. In conjunction with Friday’s series opener, Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will host “Flood the Field”, as the first 200 students will receive a free t-shirt and food. The series wraps up with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     The SLU tennis team (3-14, 0-9 Southland) will close out the regular season at home this week, hosting Lamar on Friday and Sam Houston State on Saturday. First serve for both matches is set for noon at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     Fans attending Friday’s match will be able to enjoy the “Beat Lamar Nacho Bar”. Free nachos will be available while supplies last at the match with the Cardinals.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will continue their successful outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the South Alabama Invitational this week in Mobile, Alabama. The meet runs Thursday through Saturday.
     The Lion golf team will play in its final tune-ups for the Southland Conference Championships, scheduled for later this month. SLU will open the week by participating on Monday and Tuesday at the Jim West Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas. Southeastern will close out its pre-conference play on Thursday at the LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge.
     The Southeastern Louisiana football team will partner with United Blood Services to sponsor a blood drive on Tuesday in the Bloodmobile, which will be stationed outside of the Dugas Center for Athletics.
     The drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Donors are encouraged to sign up online at and use the sponsor code: SLUFB. All donors will receive a free cholesterol test and a “Donating with my Peeps” t-shirt.
     Donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors aged 22 and younger. Donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors are also asked to provide photo ID and a donor card.  
     The latest installment of The Matt Riser Show airs Monday at 7 p.m. from Buddies' Bar & Grill on S. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show airs on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM. The show is also available online at and on the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can tweet questions for Coach Riser to @Lions_Baseball.
     All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream to this weekend’s softball series and Saturday’s baseball game at
     Thursday’s baseball game will be streamed live for free by the Southeastern Channel, while Friday’s contest with the Demons will be televised on Cox Sports Television and streamed on ESPN3. 



Men’s Golf, at Jim West Intercollegiate, Austin, Texas,

All Day

Baseball, The Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill,

7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun) (The Highway) (WFPR)


 Softball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m.

Men’s Golf, at Jim West Intercollegiate, Austin, Texas,

All Day

Football, Blood Drive, Dugas Center, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
            - Cane’s Challenge

Men’s Golf, at LSU Tiger Classic, Baton Rouge, All Day

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at South Alabama Invitational, Mobile, Ala., All Day


 Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3) (KSLU)*
            - Fireworks at the Pat

Softball, vs. Northwestern State, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Flood the Field

Women’s Tennis, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*
            - Beat Lamar Nacho Bar

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at South Alabama Invitational, Mobile, Ala., All Day


 Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*

Softball, vs. Northwestern State (DH), North Oak Park,

12 p.m. (LionVision)*

Women’s Tennis, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at South Alabama Invitational, Mobile, Ala., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) was invited to give a lecture on Women Terrorists to the Hammond Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, March 21.


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