Southeastern confers degrees

SLU professor produces CD
ByLion takes a break

Miss Southeastern 2018 crowned

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President's Medal WinnersSoutheastern confers degrees on more than 1,000
Southeastern conferred degrees on 1,089 graduates Saturday, Dec. 9, at the university’s fall commencement ceremony.
     Louisiana Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson addressed the graduating students.
     Robinson served on Governor John Bel Edwards’ transition team and was appointed to serve his administration in the key role of Secretary of Revenue in 2015. Before her appointment, she was a partner in the Taxes & Estates Practice Group at Jones Walker, LLP, focusing primarily on state and local tax matters, economic development financing, incentives and government relations.
     Prior to joining Jones Walker, Robinson served as special counsel for the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana, where she provided legal counsel to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and served as Senior Policy Advisor on Revenue, Economic Development and Insurance Policy. She also worked for six years at the Louisiana Department of Revenue, serving as assistant secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs and confidential assistant to the secretary.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
      In his welcome, Crain noted that the graduates being recognized included 397 men and 692 women who were receiving 14 different degrees. The class included representatives from 20 states and 24 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to nine students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – political science major Stephanie Michelle Stafford of Ponchatoula, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Business – management major Alexis Rose Taylor of Covington, 3.980 gpa.
     ▪ College of Education – early childhood education major Logan Alaine Cancienne of Luling, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – communication sciences and disorders major Courtney Lynn Mayer, 3.974 gpa.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – occupational safety, health and environment major Oleg Balaban from the Republic of Moldova; biological sciences major Robert Burrell Carter of Greensburg; computer science major Christian Taylor Gonzales of Walker; information technology major Justin Dewayne Mclin of Livingston; and computer science major Prayush Pokharel of Nepal, all with a 4.0 gpa.


MEDAL WINNERS - Southeastern honors students distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of studies with the university's highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence. Pictured, front row, from left, are: Stephanie Michelle Stafford, Alexis Rose Taylor, Robert Burrell Carter, Courtney Lynn Mayer, and Logan Alaine Cancienne; back row, from left: Rep. Robby Carter, Louisiana Secretary of Revenue and commencement speaker Kimberly Lewis Robinson, Prayush Pokharel, Christian Taylor Gonzales, Justin Dewayne Mclin, Oleg Balaban, Rep. Chris Broadwater, and Southeastern President John L. Crain.


Southeastern professor produces original Christmas CD with family
Communications Professor Joseph Burns and his wife Tammy lead a music talk show on Southeastern’s 90.9FM KSLU called “Rock School,” so it’s not entirely surprising they’ve lent their musical talents to the creation of a family Christmas album.
     The Burns family recently outfitted a complete voice and music studio in their home to accommodate their musical pursuits. One such venture is an original Christmas CD called “Get the Jingle Bell Out of Here.” The CD was a family affair, with Burns and his wife Tammy writing the songs.
     “I play all the instruments on the album, my wife and daughter, Ila, sing backup, and my son, Max, plays the trombone,” Burns said. “The music was recorded, mixed and mastered in our studio that I named ‘Loser Studio,’ much to his wife’s chagrin.”
     Two Christmases ago, Burns and his wife, who recently earned top honors in this year’s Communicator Awards, were filling out their Christmas cards and started throwing lyrics around, Burns recalled. They wrote a tune titled, “We Say Happy Holidays for a Reason,” recorded it in one day, and had a friend mix and master it.
     Burns said the next year they wrote two more songs and put out an EP titled “Christmas in the Greatest Place on Earth.” They had some success with radio airplay, so they decided to create an entire 10 song album this year. One song, “Run Down the Stairs,” is performed by the Burns’ daughter.
     He said their motivation to create “Get the Jingle Bell Out of Here” was to spread joy.
     “This year, Tammy and I wanted to do a full-length Christmas album. And, we wanted to involve everyone,” he said. “It is a good old-fashioned family Christmas. Hopefully, we can get some people to listen and make them smile.”
     Two of the tracks on the album are on a Radioinformer compilation disc that also features Sia, Jimmy Buffett, Train, Barry Manilow and Kelly Clarkson, Burns added.
     “Get the Jingle Bell Out of Here” is available for free at The album is also available on Spotify, iTunes, Groove and YouTube Music by searching the title.


ByLion takes a break
This will be the final ByLion of 2017. ByLion will return with the spring semester in January 2018. Happy Holidays!

Alyssa Kate Larose wins Miss Southeastern crown

 Miss Southeastern 2018

Southeastern elementary education major Alyssa Kate Larose of Kenner has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2018.
     Larose received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2017 Kristyn Gary of Denham Springs at the annual pageant Friday (Dec. 1) at Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden Theatre. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
     A sophomore, Larose also received the Talent Award.
     First runner up was Annie Goodman, a junior nursing major from Denham Springs. Goodman also received the Miracle Maker Award.
     Second runner up was Jessica Thonn, a junior nursing major from Slidell. Thonn also won the Miss Congeniality award.
     Corley Chutz, an early childhood education major from Watson, took home both Lifestyle and Fitness and the People’s Choice awards. Chemistry major Rebecca Nuss of New Orleans received the Student Government Association (SGA) Academic Award.
     Larose will advance to the Miss Louisiana’s pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.


Photo credit goes to Larshell Green and Prakriti Adhikari of The Lion’s Roar.


Baton Rouge Advocate
SLU vocalists place in regional singing event


The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (5-3) will put their four-game winning streak on the line when it opens the week’s action on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. (Central) game at Central Florida on ESPN3. On Thursday, SLU will host Southern (N.O.) at 7 p.m. in the University Center, before closing the week with a 2 p.m. home contest versus Grambling.  
     The Lady Lions (1-7) will return home for the first time since Nov. 10 this week. SLU will host UL Lafayette at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the University Center.
     Tuesday’s game at UCF will air on ESPN3. Wednesday and Thursday’s game will be televised live by the award-winning Southeastern Channel and streamed on the Southland Digital Network at Cox Sports Television will replay the games on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. (women) and 9 p.m. (men). LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Saturday’s game at
     All of this week’s games can also be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     Wednesday and Thursday will also be Academy Youth Nights as all fans ages 12 and under will receive free admission, while fans presenting a valid local school ID from their middle, junior high or high school will receive admission for $3. Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will also be giving out Southeastern paraphernalia courtesy of Academy Sports and Outdoors.
     For all of this week’s home games and the remaining home basketball games in December, fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the donation from the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office and the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). All items will be given to the Tangi Food Pantry.
     Wednesday and Thursday will also be a Cane’s Challenge games. If the Lions scored 60 points or more or the Lady Lions score 50 points or more, fans can take their game tickets or student coupons to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business the next day to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Sophomore guard Charliee Dugas will also be Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a free trading card featuring the Rayne, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.


DEC 12

Men’s Basketball, at Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., 6 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)

DEC 13

Women’s Basketball, vs. UL Lafayette, University Center, 7 p.m. (SE Channel) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU) (CST – Replay on Thursday at 12 p.m.)           

            - Academy Youth Night
            - Cane’s Challenge
            - Tangi Food Pantry Food Drive
            - Charliee Dugas Trading Card Day

DEC 14

 Men’s Basketball, vs. Southern (N.O.), University Center, 7 p.m. (SE Channel) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU) (CST – Replay on Thursday at 9 p.m.
            - Academy Youth Night
            - Cane’s Challenge
            - Tangi Food Pantry Food Drive



DEC 16

Men’s Basketball, vs. Grambling, University Center,

2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
            - Tangi Food Pantry Food Drive

Southeastern home events in bold.


Several members of the Health and Human Sciences - CSD faculty recently presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Convention in Los Angeles. Meghan Savage and Roxanne Stoehr presented “Promoting Aphasia Ambassadors: Facilitating a Client with Aphasia’s Story-Telling & Advocacy.” In collaboration with colleagues, Nina Simmons-Mackie presented three papers. The titles were “Is Functional Enough: Disentangling Activities, Participation & Quality of Life in Aphasia Treatment & Research,” “Recent Trends in Aphasia Management: From Bedside to Community,” and “Health Care Use and Costs for Stroke Patients With and Without Aphasia: Canadian Pilot Data.” Also in collaboration with colleagues, Paula S. Currie presented “Supply and Demand for Clinical and Research Personnel” and Lillian Stiegler presented “Echolalia and Gestalt Language Processing in Children: It’s Not Just About Autism.” 

Elizabeth Sanders (Sims Library) was recently inducted into the Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. The mission of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
    John Kelly (Sims Library) is the new Evening Reference / Instruction Librarian. He has bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from Quincy University in Illinois, a master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in library science from LSU. For the past decade, he worked for The Times-Picayune/NOLA Media Group as a digital librarian, online editor, and web developer. He also worked in libraries at the University of New Orleans and at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.


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