Robinson to address graduates
Faculty Staff Open House set Dec. 6
Terrell Conference set Dec. 8
OSHE program recognized

Auditions set for Gulliver's Travels

Commencement traffic changes
ULS President to speak at luncheon
Enhancement Grants awarded

Lab School earns 'A' rating

RA's attend SWACURH

Toys needed for foster children
Southeastern in the News
Professional Activities



Kimberly Lewis RobinsonSecretary of Revenue to address Southeastern graduates
Louisiana Secretary of Revenue Kimberly Lewis Robinson will address Southeastern graduating students at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 9.
     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. She will speak at the event scheduled for 10 a.m. at the University Center, where the university will confer nearly 1,100 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
     “I have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Robinson on several occasions and have been extremely impressed with her extensive technical knowledge and professional demeanor. We strive to expose our new graduates to exemplary role models through our commencement speakers,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Her words of wisdom will be invaluable to the graduates of the class of 2017.”
     Before her appointment as Secretary of Revenue, Robinson 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. From 1998-2000, she served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Bernette J. Johnson of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
     Robinson currently serves as a board member on the Federation of Tax Administrators Board of Trustees. She was the 2016-17 President of the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators and is a highly sought-after speaker on matters involving income, franchise, sales/use, severance, ad valorem property, and other tax issues.
     Additionally, Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Woman’s Hospital and the BREC Foundation. She is a member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees, LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the Chancellor’s Council, and is a past member of the Law Center’s Young Alumni Leadership Council.
     She was listed in The Best Lawyers of America 2015 in the area of tax law and the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of tax. Robinson has chaired the Section of Taxation for the Louisiana State Bar Association. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Achievement award from LSU Law Center, and the “Diversity Journal” recognized her as one of the “Women Worth Watching.” In 2016, the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business and Public Administration Institute Student Association honored Robinson as the 2016 Distinguished MPA Alumnus.

President's residenceAnnual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled Wednesday
The annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House will be held at the President’s Residence Wednesday, Dec. 6, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. We hope you will join us!

Southeastern’s OSHE program recognized for superior program accreditation
Southeastern’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program has once again been recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as an exceptional program holding superior program accreditation.
     Southeastern’s OSHE bachelor’s degree is one of only a few of its kind in the nation. Initiated in 2004 as a workforce demand-driven program that evolved from a two-year associate degree program, Southeastern’s degree is designed to meet the needs of industries in the region that demand properly prepared professionals to work in the increasingly complex field of safety and health in the industrial setting.
     BCSP recognizes qualified academic programs for outstanding service as a path for students to earn CSP certifications and for their consistently high levels of preparation for professional safety practice. Southeastern’s OSHE program is the only one to receive this distinction in Louisiana and one of only 34 recognized nationwide.
     BCSP is recognized as the leader in high-quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners, which establishes standards for and verifies competency in professional safety practice and evaluates certified applicants for compliance with recertification requirements.
     “The ABET re-accreditation is crucial to ensure the quality of the OSHE program. It not only drives the continuous improvement of the program but also helps attract more students to study the highly-promising field that has strong workforce demands in our region right now,” said Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. “With the program producing quality graduates to meet those demands, the employers also benefit tremendously by hiring them and receiving their contributions as soon as they enter the workforce.”
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Traffic changes planned for Southeastern commencement December 9
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 9, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Kimberly Lewis Robinson, the Louisiana Secretary of Revenue, will address nearly 1,100 graduates who will receive associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted to main campus via North General Pershing Street and SGA Drive. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
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Enhancement Grants awarded
Thanks to several successful fundraising initiatives sponsored through the Office of University Advancement, the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) was able to award a record number of 28 Enhancement Grants for 2017-2018.
     The grants, worth up to $700, are designed to increase faculty productivity and effectiveness as scholars and teachers, while increasing student learning and student success.
 Proposals are due on the first Monday in October of each year.    

     Grant recipients not pictured below include Janice Bossart, Lilly Brooks, Ahmad Fayed, Lara Gardner, Debra Jo Hailey, Denise Hart, Erin Horzelski, Cristina Molina, Rachael Morgan, Lisa Olson, Alison Pelegrin and Claire Procopio.


grand group oneGRANT RECIPIENTS - Enhancement grant recipients include, from left, Minh Huynh, Tammy Bourg, Mary White, Lily Stiegler, Erin Hoffman, Omer Soysal, Jennifer Austin, Mohamed Zeidan, and Bing Athey.


grant group twoGRANT RECIPIENTS - Enhancement grant recipients include, from left, Brian Williams, Dan Hollander, Donna Thomas, Amber Narro, Deborah Dardis, John O'Riley, Janet Jones, and Holly Kihm.

Housing Residents represent Southeastern at SWACURH Conference 
conference attendeesEleven Southeastern students proudly displayed their school spirit and community building skills at the 2017 SWACURH conference at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas Nov. 9-12.
     The conference, hosted by the Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, was themed “The Big Picture.” The 37th annual conference was attended by colleges and universities throughout Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
     The Southeastern delegation, which included Residence Hall Association officers and members, were recognized with a programming grant and two of the delegation’s programs were awarded a “Top 10 Conference Program” award. The winning programs included Kristen Calfee’s “FitLife 101” program and Kendra Hall’s “Tai Chi” program. DeQuaz Humphries received a three year service pen for his third attendance at SWACURH.
     The Southeastern representatives at the conference included Kristen Calfee, Kendra Hall, Allie Fenerty, Amanda Costales, James Stillwell, Barbara Bach, Alexis Minor, Georgette Williams, DeQuaz Humphries, Calyn Landaiche, and Advisor Matthew Daniels.
     For more information about the Residence Hall Association and opportunities for residential student leadership outreach, contact University Housing at or visit our website at

Addiction recovery to play a part in Southeastern’s Terrell Conference December 8
The University Counseling Center (UCC) at Southeastern will sponsor the inaugural Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners Friday, Dec. 8. Scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the university’s Student Union, the conference will highlight addiction recovery efforts.
     The conference invites professional counselors and licensed clinical social workers to come together for a full day of networking and professional development.
     “We are thrilled to host Dr. Jenny Hollander, who worked under Tom Terrell, the conference’s namesake, when he was director of the UCC,” said Paige Moody, Southeastern mental health counselor and conference co-chair. “These presenters are leaders in their fields, and their collective wisdom challenges us all to make the most of our profession.”  
     Hollander and other speakers will share their expertise on a range of topics including supervision, ethics, diagnostics with the DSM V, post-traumatic stress in the military, neurobiology of addiction, counter transference in the treatment of addiction and recovery and the 12 step model, according to Moody.
     Exclusive to conference attendees is a conference expo where attendees can have one-on-one dialogue with local mental health agencies about prevention programs and substance abuse treatment centers. Several UCC collaborative partners will participate, including but not limited to Florida Parishes Human Service Authority, The Grove, Lakeview Health, and River Oaks Hospital.

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Gulliver's Travels

Children, teens can audition for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Gulliver’s Travels” will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s fall arts festival.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Executive Director of Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood. “Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”
     Students wishing to audition must arrive by 4 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
     “Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile never hurts,” said Blackwood. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good time.”
     Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Friday from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
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ULS President to speak at December 12 luncheon
Jim HendersonJim Henderson, president and CEO of the University of Louisiana System, will be featured at the Tuesday, Dec. 12, Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom.
     Henderson will share the tenets of the recently-released “ULS Strategic Framework,” in which the system’s nine campuses collectively pledge to graduate an additional 150,000 students by the year 2020. This aggressive agenda can create the most highly-educated Louisiana population in history and will poise the state for unsurpassed success.
     The Chamber encourages regional participation in the luncheon as the University of Louisiana System’s nine higher education institutions are vital partners in our communities continued growth. ULS universities include Southeastern, Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans.
     Tickets for the luncheon are $30 and reserved tables of eight are $390. Pre-registration is required. The luncheon is open to the general public and will begin at 11:15 a.m. Click here to register.
     For more information, contact the Greater Hammond Chamber at 345-4457.  

Southeastern Laboratory School earns ‘Top Gains,’ ‘A’ rating
The Southeastern Laboratory School was recently designated as a ‘Top Gains’ school for improving from an ‘A’ rating of 110 last year to a 118 ‘A’ rating in school performance scores for 2016-17 as determined by the Louisiana Department of Education.  As the only ‘A’-rated school within the Tangipahoa Parish Public School system, the elementary school’s score is based on students’ mastery of key content for their grade levels, and their successful transition into 9th grade.
      “The faculty and I are extremely excited that our school performance score improved to allow us to be recognized as a ‘Top Gains’ school,” said Interim Lab School Director Pat Williams. “The continued effort of our teachers to provide an optimum learning environment for our students is to be applauded. And, of course, the cooperation, collaboration and commitment to learning by our parents, along with that learning environment, have assisted us in reaching such recognition.”
     Located on Southeastern’s campus in the Cate Teacher Education Center, the Lab School is a tuition-based school that offers a small school setting. It houses kindergarten through eighth grade with only one class per grade and is a specifically-designed learning facility that includes both open and traditional instructional classroom settings.
     “The teachers and staff at the Lab School have created a learning environment with a family-like atmosphere that promotes excellence in education,” said Williams. “While at the same time students also have the opportunity to earn high school credits in keyboarding, computer literacy, health, English I, algebra I, and journeys to careers,” said Williams.
     Fulfilling its specialized role in partnership with Southeastern’s College of Education, the Lab School currently enrolls eight teacher candidates in full-year classroom residency positions. Learning alongside an experienced mentor teacher, coupled with a competency-based curriculum, provides knowledge and skills needed for the first day of teaching school.
     “These young teachers bring enthusiasm and vitality to the classroom, along with new learning techniques and technologies,” she said. “They are a true asset to our classrooms.”
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Toys needed for foster children
Southeastern’s Department of Health and Human Sciences and College of Business, along with the Association of Latin American Students and the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, are sponsoring a toy drive for children in the foster care system from infant to 16 years of age.
     Donations will be accepted at the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, located in White Hall, room 28-131, and in the College of Business in Garrett Hall, room 75, Dec. 4-6. Drop off times are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Gabriela Pacheco, training/grants coordinator at the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, said there are 836 children in foster care in the region, and 192 children are managed through Tangipahoa Parish.
     “We want to make a difference this Christmas and bring joy,” said Pacheco. “Please help us collect new, unwrapped toys to bring Christmas to children in the foster care system and give them a toy for a smile.”
     Suggested gifts, Pacheco added, include dolls, bikes, popular board games, gift cards, hand held computer games, perfumed body lotions or soaps, skooters, jewelry and craft kits, video games, diaries, Lil Ponies, drawing and sketching kits, or any hand held type toys, such as rubix cubes, match box cars, trucks, and trains.
     For more information, contact Pacheco at


Baton Rouge Advocate
Southeastern Invitational Honor Band includes students from The Runnels School

50th anniversary rugby match held at SLU

Northlake Community Band to perform free concert on Dec. 5

New Orleans Times Picayune
Tech firm’s choice to locate in New Orleans a bonus for SLU


Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “An Examination of Clinical Experiences of Principal Preparation Programs in the South” at the Mid-South Educational Research Association conference in Starkville, Miss., Nov. 9. The paper was co-authored by Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) and by Randy Parker of Louisiana Tech University. At the membership meeting, Crain-Dorough was elected to the position of Vice-President/President-Elect for 2018.

     Starting in January, Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) will join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. JICMS is a fully peer reviewed English language journal, which explores Italian cinema and media as sites of crossing, allowing critical discussion of the work of filmmakers, artists in the film industry and media professionals. JICMS is published by Intellect (Bristol, UK) three times a year, in both the hardcopy and online formats.


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