Southeastern retirees honored
Grad student gets research award

Golden Silence scheduled today
Wind Symphony to perform April 6

Student receives WDSU scholarship

Marketing breakfast scheduled
Student earns national scholarship

Southeastern hosts Academic Summit

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Southeastern honors retireesSoutheastern retirees honored
Southeastern recognized its 2016-17 retirees last week with a reception in their honor. Southeastern President John L. Crain said the 35 retirees represented 516 years of service, with three employees with 30 or more years of service.
     Pictured, from left, are: President Crain; Michael Lemay, Physical Plant; Duane Shaffer, University Center; Debbie Longman, General Studies; Michael Beauvais, Computer Science and Industrial Technology; Dorothy Nelson, Center for Student Excellence; O’Neil Denoux, University Police; Sandra Williams, Nursing and Health Sciences; Ray Armstrong, Physical Plant; Carol Overmier, Enrollment Services; George Dorrill, English; and Martie Fellom, Fine and Performing Arts.

Southeastern grad student combines love of horses with award-winning research
Kalie Beckers of Loranger loves horses. She also loves her academic field of biology and has found a way to combine the two interests into award-winning research.
     Beckers, a graduate student in biological sciences, has received the R.J. Strawinski Memorial Research Award presented by the South Central Branch of the American Society of Microbiology. The award is presented by the organization in recognition of outstanding presentations by graduate students.
     The branch is comprised of more than 1,000 microbiologists from over 50 institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
     Beckers’ award recognized her efforts to develop a solid methodology to collect fecal samples from horses and related species so that wider and more consistent research can be conducted.
     “Kalie has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. She proves it helps to work on projects that you love,” said Southeastern Biological Sciences Professor Gary Childers, who supervised her work.
     “We were looking for a standard method to collect samples so that potentially I can crowdsource,” said Beckers, who will enter veterinary school in the fall.  “Crowdsourcing allows scientists to obtain additional information through the enlistment of services by a wide group of people. With more samples from a wider geographical range, I will be able to research many more hypotheses and not be limited by samples only in one area.”
     She said her initial work was to develop a standard method of collection to ensure samples are not contaminated and are properly handled to get informative results.
     “Kalie’s study demonstrates that contaminants can very quickly grow and confound results, but also finds that compromised samples can likely be identified and removed,” said Christopher J. Schultz, a Southeastern biology research associate. He said her project has taken lessons learned from the American Gut Project, a crowd-sourced, citizen-scientist effort that collects and shares data, and applies the information to horse studies.
     “I love horses and work with them all the time at home. I wanted to research something I was interested in while working in Dr. Childers’ lab,” she said. “He studies bacteria, so we met in the middle – horses and their intestinal bacteria.”
    Christopher J. Schultz, left, and Kalie Beckers
CHECKING SAMPLES – Southeastern graduate student Kalie Beckers of Loranger runs collected samples on the university’s personal genome machine that generates millions of DNA-sequences from samples under the supervision of research associate Christopher J. Schultz. Beckers, who plans on going into veternary science studies in the fall, was recognized for her work by the South Central Branch of the American Society of Microbiology.


Southeastern student receives scholarship from WDSU-TV
A student television news reporter at Southeastern has been honored with the first ever 2017 Billy Pilgrim Scholarship in Creative Services presented by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
     Maria Goddard of New Orleans, an anchor-reporter for the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning student newscast, “Northshore News,” received the $1,500 scholarship recently in Baton Rouge at LAB’s annual Prestige Awards luncheon attended by the top television and radio broadcasters in the state.
     “I have to give the credit to God,” Goddard said.  “I’m really humbled that I was even considered because Billy Pilgrim was such a great man. I’m honored to be able to represent him and to carry on his legacy of being creative in the best way possible.”
     Goddard is the first-ever recipient of the scholarship established this year by WDSU-TV in New Orleans in honor of Pilgrim, an award-winning creative services director for WDSU who died last summer. Two months before he died, Pilgrim’s WDSU creative services department won the state’s Promotion of the Year Award at LAB’s 2016 Prestige Awards.
     “The Southeastern Channel is incredible, and it shows with all of the awards it wins,” Goddard said. “Our quality of work is recognized on so many levels. We’re able to be on an anchor desk and have the feel of an actual newsroom. We’re able to go out with all of the cameras, microphones and whatever is needed to get the story done. We have all of the equipment of a professional newscast and news station.”
     Applicants for the scholarship had to submit a 500-word creative writing essay and have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The judges were members of the WDSU creative services department team.
     The scholarship was presented to Goddard by Joel Vilmenay, WDSU general manager.
     “We wanted to honor Billy with a scholarship in his name as he really cared deeply about teaching our next generation of broadcasters,” Vilmenay said at the ceremony.
     Goddard said she met Pilgrim at LAB’s first student workshop last year in New Orleans, where he was a panelist and gave students a tour of the WDSU facility and his creative services department.
     A communication major at Southeastern, Goddard has earned real world experience through internships at WDSU and WAFB (Baton Rouge) and is an anchor-reporter for “Northshore News,” which has been named “Best in the South” by the eight-state Southeast Journalism Conference and one of the top four in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. Goddard was honored earlier this year for her fifth-place “Best of South” recognition for “Best Television Feature Reporter” out of television students from 33 universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee,  Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
     “Maria aims for the heart with her stories,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager.  “She digs deep and finds stories that are not only informative, but inspirational and entertaining as well. Then her excellent creative writing and reporting talents take over to deliver stories that are impactful and moving for the audience.”
Maria Goddard, left, and Joel Vilmenay
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT- Maria Goddard, a Southeastern senior from New Orleans, is presented the first annual Billy Pilgrim Scholarship in Creative Services by WDSU-TV General Manager Joel Vilmenay at the 2017 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Prestige Awards luncheon in Baton Rouge. A reporter-anchor for the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast, “Northshore News,” Goddard received the $1,500 award in honor of Pilgrim, the award-winning creative services director at WDSU who died last summer.

Southeastern hosts U.L. Academic Summit

Barbara Forrest addresses Academic SummitSoutheastern Professor of Philosophy Barbara Forrest was one of the keynote speakers at the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit held on campus last Thursday and Friday.

     The annual event attracts students and faculty from the system's nine universities who make poster and oral presentations on their research and service-learning projects. A performance arts showcase and visual art exhibition were also part of the summit. The event was coordinated by Susan Coats, head of the Department of Psychology.

Alumni Association to hold Golden Silence today rain or shine
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host its annual Golden Silence ceremony to  honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and staff or their family members, today, Monday, April 3.
     The annual event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Pottle Performance Circle on Ned McGehee Drive in Friendship Circle. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved inside to the Pottle Music Annex Recital Hall.
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Stoughton

Southeastern Wind Symphony to present concert April 6
“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and a Lot of Blue,” a concert by the award-winning Southeastern Wind Symphony, will be presented at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Thursday, April 6.
     Featuring a variety of music from various composers, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are adults $10; faculty, staff, and seniors $5; and all students are admitted free. SLU students must present their student IDs to receive tickets. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 E. Thomas Street or by calling 543-4371.    
     “This is going to be a wonderful musical event for our university,” said Interim Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands Derek Stoughton, pictured above. “We will have several guest artists performing in the concert; however, we are most excited about welcoming world-renowned tuba virtuoso Oystein Baadsvik to our campus to perform. Mr. Baadsvik will perform three of his compositions with us, and it will be an experience that will not be forgotten.”
     Baadsvik is the only tuba virtuoso to have carved out a career exclusively as a soloist, rather than becoming a member of an orchestra or accepting a teaching post. His multi-faceted musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist has taken him all over the world.
     Stoughton said additional guests to perform include Robbie Malbrough of Gonzales and Lindsey Poret of Luling, undergraduate clarinet students of Professor Victor Drescher who were the winners of this year’s Southeastern Concerto Competition. Also featured will be Southeastern Professor of Piano Henry Jones, who will perform George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue.”
     The program will include “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli; “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and arranged by H. Robert Reynolds and “Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra” by Franz Krommer.
     The program will continue following intermission with “Gabriel’s Oboe”  by Ennio Morricone and arranged by Baadsvik; and “Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble”  by Baadsvik.
     The Southeastern Wind Symphony has been recognized in recent years with two Global Music Awards for its CD recording “Live.” A second CD is being produced from performances in Orchestra Hall in Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Jay Connaughton

Southeastern marketing breakfast to feature media adviser for Trump campaign 
A Baton Rouge marketing and advertising professional from Baton Rouge who served as a media adviser for President Donald Trump will serve as the guest speaker at Southeastern’s annual Marketing Breakfast on Tuesday, April 11.
     Jay Connaughton, founder and partner of the Baton Rouge firm People Who Think: Innovative Advertising, Innovative Politics and Fridge, will speak at the event at 8 a.m. in the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom. The breakfast is sponsored by the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, the Southeastern Marketing Association, and G. Dean Brunson, CPA, of Richmond, Va.
     The program is open to students and the general public. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered and prepaid online at or at the door.
     A native of Louisiana and graduate of LSU, Connaughton founded People Who Think with the intent of combining high design standards with a deep understanding of the client’s needs. His wide range of experience in both corporate and political brands across multiple industries provides the perspective needed to use deep data to address client challenges.
     He was selected to serve as a media advisor to the Trump campaign based on his work over the last 20 years on numerous major campaigns. His strategies have helped shape and win elections for Republican U.S. senators, congressmen and other elected leaders at all levels of state government. His firm has earned numerous awards, including more than 100 Addy Awards.
     For more information on the lecture, contact the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at 549-2277.


Richard B. BarnardSoutheastern student earns national OSH&E scholarship
A Southeastern senior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
     Richard B. Barnard of Mandeville received the $5,000 award based upon his cumulative grade point average, a submitted essay on why he entered the program, and his commitment to obtaining professional certification upon his graduation.
     Barnard, who will graduate this spring, plans to pursue a career in the field and eventually obtain his certified safety professional designation.
     “Many things attracted me to the safety field,” he said, “but my experience working in the inland towboat industry as a deckhand and later a tanker-man exposed me to the realities of the necessity for safety in the workplace.”
     The Southeastern OSH&E program last year was ranked 19th in the nation by the website, and was the only institution in Louisiana to be recognized. The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.
     The program is nationally accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries that  reported a significant need for safety, health and environmental professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of safety engineers and safety supervisors.


Baton Rouge Advocate
Science on Tap to present ‘Designer Babies’

Southeastern Alumni Association plans Golden Silence ceremony April 3

 Southeastern Theatre presents ‘Last Days of Judas Iscariot’
SLU vocalists claim awards at Louisiana competition
Hammond Daily Star
Science on Tap to present ‘Designer Babies’ on Tuesday

Students learn about different career options

Trump campaign media adviser to speak at SLU

New Orleans Times Picayune
Roomie the lion to get new look; see the choices
SLU mascot to undergo redesign based on online voting


The Southeastern baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and golf teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU baseball team (18-10, 7-5 Southland) will attempt to build on the momentum of taking two of three this past weekend over league-leading McNeese. On Tuesday, Southeastern welcomes South Alabama for a 6 p.m. Southland Conference contest.
     Tuesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge at the Pat. If the Lions score four runs or more, fans can redeem their game ticket and 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 Wednesday.
     Following Tuesday’s visit by the Jaguars, SLU hits the road for a three-game Southland Conference series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The SLU softball team (17-18, 6-6 Southland) improved to 6-0 in home conference games this past weekend with a sweep of Lamar. The Lady Lions will have an opportunity to earn their first league road wins of 2017 when it heads to Houston Baptist for a three-game series. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Saturday.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will have the chance to continue their record-breaking roll this weekend. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese Spring Time Classic.
     The SLU tennis team (3-11, 0-7 Southland) has three matches on tap this week. On Monday, the Lions welcome Southland foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a 1 p.m. match at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. Free jambalaya will be available at Monday’s match.
     On Tuesday, Alcorn State visits Hammond for a 2 p.m. non-conference match. SLU will close out its 2017 road schedule on Sunday, facing Central Arkansas at 11 a.m.
     The SLU golf team will open its final month of the regular season this week. The Lions will be in West Point, Mississippi on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Old Waverly Intercollegiate, hosted by Mississippi State.
     Former Lion football players Brandon Acker, Taylor Gadbois, Anthony Murphy, Juwaan Rogers and Jon Taylor will participate in Pro Day. The Lion quintet will display their abilities along with next-level hopefuls from Tulane and Nicholls on April 7 at 1 p.m. at the New Orleans Saints Indoor Training Facility in Metairie.
     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 Tuesday’s baseball game at



Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*
     - Free Jambalaya
Golf, at Old Waverly Intercollegiate, West Point, Miss.,

All Day
Baseball, The Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun) (The Highway) (WFPR)


Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
            - Cane’s Challenge
Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

2 p.m.
Golf, at Old Waverly Intercollegiate, West Point, Miss.,

All Day


Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Houston Baptist (DH), Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Football, Pro Day, New Orleans Saints Indoor Training Facility – Metairie, 1 p.m.


Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 4 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Spring Time Classic, Lake Charles, All Day


Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women’s Tennis, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.,

11 a.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) was invited to visit Tennessee Tech University. During his visit he presented a seminar titled “Using Physics to Model Superheroes and Science Fiction.”

     Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) presented a lecture “Snobs and Sailors: The Royal Navy and Jane Austen’s England” as part of the Jane Austen Festival in Mandeville April 1.


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