Convocation honors faculty, staff
Raises announced for faculty, staff
Years of service recognized
Website receives refresh
New faculty open house set

Phillips appointed dean
Admissions Director appointed
CMS registration now open
Gonzalez-Perez donates diary

Move-in Mane-ia successful
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



President's Excellence Winners 2017Southeastern faculty, staff receive top awards at convocation
Southeastern opened the 2017-18 academic year Friday (Aug. 11) with its fall convocation that included presentation of the President's Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff.
    The event also included announcement of newly endowed scholarships and professorships and recognition of service awards to faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years.
    Receiving the President's Awards for Excellence were Associate Professor Ernest Milsted, artistic activity; Thomas Sommerfeld, professor of chemistry, research; Claire Hopson Procopio, professor of communication, teaching; and Todd Delaney, general manager and program director for KSLU radio station, unclassified staff service.
    Milsted is widely recognized for using his photographer’s eye and print-making skills to call attention to the issues of coastal erosion and climate change in his hometown area of south Louisiana. His art has been displayed in over 60 exhibitions across the United States and around the world in museums and galleries as far as Australia, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.
    Sommerfeld was honored for bringing international recognition to Southeastern for his work in the field of theoretical quantum chemistry and computer modeling at the molecular level. At Southeastern he has received several research grants from sources such as the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society. His research and teaching go hand-in-hand, as he involves undergraduate students in his work, providing them with real-world experience in research.
    As a communication professor, Procopio knows the importance of students learning verbal communication skills that can lead to success in the workplace. She is also the director of Southeastern’s Honors Program and has instituted several initiatives that have resulted in increased enrollment in the program.
    Delaney has directed Southeastern’s award-winning public radio station KSLU since 2001. He works with area high schools in helping start their own radio stations and uses his industry contacts to establish internships that provide students with practical experience. He volunteers with several non-profit organizations, including Child Advocacy Services, The United Way, OPTIONS and the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond.
    The university also announced the establishment of the J.W. McClimans Endowed Professorship in Mathematics, in honor of the former head of mathematics at Southeastern, and two First Generation Endowed Scholarships, also in his honor; and the establishment of the Charles Emery Cate First Generation Scholarship, named in honor of one of the City of Hammond’s founding fathers.


PRESIDENT'S EXCELLENCE WINNERS - President John L. Crain, far right, congratulated the President's Excellence Award winners immediately following Friday's convocation. From left are Todd Delaney, Claire Hopson Procopio, Ernest Milsted and Thomas Sommerfeld.

Southeastern announces raises for faculty, staff
Southeastern will provide merit raises for its faculty and staff for the first time since the 2009-10 state fiscal year, university President John L. Crain said Friday (Aug. 11).
     In a state-of-the-university address at its annual faculty-staff convocation, Crain said approximately $3 million in the current budget will be allocated to fund the raise plan, which applies to all full-time faculty and staff employed as of June 30. The total raise pool will be approximately 5.25 percent of the current salary base.  Individual faculty and unclassified staff raises may be more or less than this amount as recommended by the supervisor, and will vary based on the amount of the departmental raise pool, each employee’s prior years’ merit evaluations, and other relevant factors.  
     Southeastern has approximately 1,100 faculty and staff.
     “While the overarching goal of the raise plan is to be as fair and equitable as possible, attempting to compensate for multiple years of foregone merit raises is necessarily complicated and difficult, given our finite resources,” he said.
     Classified staff at Southeastern will receive raises in accordance with Louisiana Civil Service rules.  In addition to the general increase for classified staff approved as part of the recent legislative session, we will elect to implement some of the merit step increases that were foregone as a result of prior layoff avoidance plans, such that the overall average pay raise rate for classified staff is approximately equivalent to the average pay raise rate for unclassified employees.
     Crain said all raise recommendations will be reviewed by the administration prior to submission to the Board of Supervisors for final approval. Once approved, the raises will be effective retroactively to July 1.
     He said the faculty and staff are among Southeastern’s greatest assets, and the raises reflect an investment in the continued success of the institution.
     “I wish the raise amounts were greater, given the long dry spell without pay raises,” he added. “However, I am very happy to be communicating with the campus community about pay raises rather than budget cuts as so often has been the case in recent years.”


Southeastern website gets refresh
web page screen shotOver the summer, the university’s website launched a new look with two important focuses: student recruitment and responsive design.
     The homepage and many of the main pages, including Admissions, Academics, Campus Life, About and News, now feature new looks, layout and content with improved mobile responsiveness on any size device. The main homepage focuses on showcasing our campus culture of excellence and caring to future Lions.
     Currents students, faculty and staff have a new home on our updated site: My Den, featuring quick links to everything you need in one place - plus campus news, events and announcements.
To learn more about the changes to our website, visit

New admissions director appointed
Anthony RanatzaAnthony Ranatza of Hammond, a graduate of Southeastern, has been appointed the university’s new director of admissions.
    In his position, he oversees the university’s recruiting and orientation programs for new students, enrollment services and processing of admissions.
    He previously served as assistant director of programs and campus tours in the Office of Enrollment Management at LSU in Baton Rouge, where he was responsible for student recruitment and managed more than 25,000 visitors to the campus annually. From 2011 to 2012, he was admissions manager at Strayer University in Metairie.
    A 2002 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in communication, Ranatza began his career in Southeastern’s Office of Admissions in 2003 as a transfer recruiter and admissions counselor. He later held positions as coordinator of recruiting services and coordinator of orientation and special events. He was appointed Southeastern’s assistant director of admissions in 2007.
    He is a graduate of Strayer University with a master of business administration degree and a member of several organizations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling, Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association, and Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.

Community Music School registration now open
Southeastern’s Community Music School (CMS) is accepting registrations for its 2017 session, which begins on Aug. 28.
     Registration has already begun and will remain open throughout the semester, however registrations received after Aug. 21 will incur a $20 late fee.
     The 13-week fall semester will offer private lessons on various instruments and voice to students of all ages. In addition, violin, viola and cello students who have one year of previous experience may participate in the five-week orchestra session. Opportunities for music theory classes and ensemble formation are also available upon request.
     “We are excited about the upcoming semester and working with our talented students,” said CMS Director Jivka Duke. “We look forward to putting on music performances at different venues throughout the community, such as the Jolly Jingles Market, the Hammond Farmers Market, at Live Oak Village and many others.”
     Duke said the generous sponsorship of First Guaranty Bank will allow the CMS to once again offer discounted tuition to students who were on reduced or free lunch at their schools during the 2016-2017 academic year.
     For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

Faculty, staff honored for years of service
Faculty and staff were honored at the annual convocation Friday for their years of service to the university. Faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 25, 30, 35, 40, and 50 years were honored.

Al Dranguet and President John L. Crain

50 Years of Service
Al Dranguet, left, was honored for 50 years of service to the university. Congratulating him is President Crain.


40 Years of Service
Those honored for 40 years of service included Roy Blackwood, Phyllis King, Edward Nelson, Dean Morgan and Joan Penton.


35 Years of Service
Those honored for 35 years of service included Mark Bickford, Deborah Dardis, Tena Golding, Joseph Mirando, and Stephen Suber.


30 Years of Service
Those honored for 30 years of service included Roy Bonnette, Dane Bounds, Michael Corbello, Thomas Fick, Joel Fredell, Karen Hill, Yu Hsing, Kris Jones, Cindy LeBlanc and James McHodgkins.

25 Years of Service
Those honored for 25 years of service included Jack Bedell, Janie Branham, Paula Currie, Wanda Evans, Joan Faust, Karen Fontenot, Rose Galofaro, Susan Holden, Shirley James, Rebecca Johnson, Patrick Kerber, Dawson Kinchen, Linda Lee, Sherry Lemay, Shikang Li, Angelique McIntyre, Bonnie Meeker, Dennis Merino, Paige Moody, Janet Rester, Steven Rushing, John Szeto, Michael Taylor, Yakov Voldman, Carolyn Williams, and David Wyld.

Sponsored Research and Programs to host new faculty open house
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs will host an open house on Tuesday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 212 East Strawberry Stadium.
    Meet the staff, other faculty and learn how to get involved in research, creative and scholarly activities at Southeastern. Register for door prizes.
    For more information, contact us at 549-5312 or via email at

Southeastern appoints Phillips Dean of College of Business
Antoinette PhillipsAntoinette “Toni” Phillips, a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1990, has been named dean of the College of Business.
     Her appointment is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
     “We are pleased to have someone the caliber of Dr. Phillips leading our College of Business,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena L. Golding. “In her tenure with the college, as a department head, assistant dean and interim dean, she has earned the respect of the administration, faculty, staff and students for her guidance and leadership.”
     A professor of management, Phillips has served as interim dean of the college since 2014. Under her guidance, the MBA program underwent changes in curriculum, resulting in a steady increase in enrollment; the college expanded outreach activities and enhanced incorporation of real-world opportunities into classes; helped in the development of Panama Bilingue, a program that trains Panamanian teachers in bilingual education; and supervised a refurbishment of the school’s lobby and the installation of a new, privately-funded marketing/analytics lab.
     Phillips served as assistant dean of the college from 2013 to 2014 and as interim head of the Department of Management and Business Administration. She was appointed a professor in 2000. She is the author or co-author of numerous publications and a member of several academic business and management associations.
     The Southeastern College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education alliance. More than 1,800 students are enrolled in six undergraduate degree programs, an MBA program and an Executive MBA program.

Margaret Gonzalez-Perez

Gonzalez-Perez donates diary 
Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (right) of the History and Political Science Department donated the World War II diary of a Navy Gunner’s Mate to the National WWII Museum. Curator Kimberly Guise was pleased to accept the diary which recounts battles in every theater of the war, including the sailor’s experiences at Guadalcanal and Midway.

Move-in Mane-ia 
move-in mane-iaJacob Summerville, second from left, of Baton Rouge gets some help from his family as he moves into his residence hall at Southeastern on Sunday (Aug. 13) during Move-in Mane-ia as part of Welcome Week. Pictured, from left, are his mother Lisa Summerville, sister Sarah, and dad Ernie. Jacob is a freshman planning to major in biology. For more information on Welcome Week, click here.


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The 2017-18 Southeastern Athletics season officially opens this week during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The women’s soccer team opens its first season under head coach Christopher McBride on Friday. The Lady Lions welcome Jackson State to Strawberry Stadium for a 6 p.m. match in the season opener for both teams. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Friday’s match at, where live stats will also be available.
     Southeastern Athletics Student Marketing and Promotions will welcome students back to campus on Tuesday, hosting Strawberry Jam as part of Southeastern’s Welcome Week. The event will be held at Cook Field, located between the University Center and the Alumni Center. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and Strawberry Jam is open to all Southeastern students.
     Free food and free t-shirts will be available while supplies last. Local DJ Keaton Carter will provide the musical entertainment. Students will also be able to enjoy interactive games and a photo booth.  For more information on Strawberry Jam, contact Coordinator of Athletic Marketing and Promotions Lindsey Cramer at or 549-3227.
     The Southeastern football team will host its second fall scrimmage on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Earlier in the day, head coach Ron Roberts and select SLU student-athletes will participate in Media Day at 2 p.m. in the Victory Club.


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Marketing and Promotions, Strawberry Jam, Cook Field, 5:30 p.m.

AUG 18

Soccer, vs. Jackson State, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (LionVision)

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Football, Fall Scrimmage, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m.
          Media Day, 2 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.


William B. Robison (History and Political Science) attended the opening on July 27 of a new National World War II special exhibit, “The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana During World War II,” for which he served as a member of the advisory council.     
     Jerry Parker (Languages and Communications) recently represented Southeastern and the Consortium of Louisiana Universities for the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) at the Réseau des villes francophones et francophiles conference in Québec City, Canada. He traveled with the Executive Director of CODOFIL Charles Larroque and the Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

     Lucia Harrison (Languages and Communication) participated at the XX Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos in Santiago de Compostela, Spain in June, where she presented the paper “Italy Cervantes-style.”  
     Robert Martin (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a research paper titled “Cross-National and Individual Variations in Trust of Physicians: A Multilevel Analysis of 24 Countries” at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in Austin, Tex. in April. He also co-authored an article published in the June issue of the journal Politics and Religion entitled “Explaining Discrimination against Religious Minorities.”


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