Faculty, staff receive top awards
Trees needed to enhance wetlands

Emeritus honors bestowed upon four

Faculty Art Exhibit scheduled

The Center for Faculty Excellence news

MBA program ranked 35th in nation
Student receives national fellowship

CMS selects outstanding musicians

SLU Rugby to celebrate 50 years

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Excellence winners 2016Faculty, staff recognized at convocation
Southeastern opened the spring semester Friday with its Convocation that included presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff.
     The event, held in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, also included recognition of professors who were elevated to emeritus status, remarks by Southeastern President John L. Crain, recognition of donors, and service awards to faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 25, 30, 35, and 40 years.

     Recognized for 25 years of service were Michael Beauvais, Chris Bentley, Virginia Creel, Brian Crother, Gina Drago, Rufus Hayes, Jr, Shirley Jacob, Robert Kraemer, Margaret Little, Rebecca Muller, Dorothy Nelson, William Parkinson, Murray Pendarvis, Peggy Rolling, Matthew Rossano, Avinash Waikar, and Mary White. Recognized for 30 years of service were John L. Crain, George Dorrill, Joseph Patti, and Lynn Stirling. Celebrating 35 years of service were Donna Methvien and Barbara West, and recognized for 40 years of service was Jack Lamonte.
     Receiving the President’s Awards for Excellence were English Instructor David Armand, Artistic Activity; Political Science Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Research; Education Professor Paige Lilley Schulte, Teaching; Professor of Education Colleen Klein-Ezell, Faculty Service; and Assistant Director of Physical Plant Services Mark Whitmer, Unclassified Staff Service.
     Armand, honored for his writing talent, is quickly earning a reputation as one of the foremost emerging young Southern writers. A 2004 and 2006 graduate of Southeastern, he has written three novels and a book of poetry. Armand has been honored as Alumnus of the Year by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and was named one of “40 under 40” by Gambit Magazine of New Orleans.
     A political scientist, Gonzalez-Perez was applauded for her research on women in terrorism. Internationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on the subject, her book is used as a text in courses across the globe. She is known for approaching research as a tool in teaching and gains much of her inspiration from her students’ questions.
     Referred to by her colleagues as a “teacher of teachers,” Schulte cannot remember a time in her life when she did not want to be a teacher. An avid traveler, she brings her professional zeal for teaching along on her trips, presenting programs on prevention of bullying and teaching techniques in nations such as Moscow, China, the United Kingdom and Canada. She holds certification in teaching English as a Second Language, and coordinates Southeastern’s teaching apprenticeship program with the St. Charles Parish School System.
     With an academic focus on special education, Klein-Ezell is passionate about working with children with disabilities and their families. She has secured numerous grants designed to provide services for area schools, as well as valuable learning opportunities for her teacher-candidates. Her most recent efforts have focused on the development of two unique facilities at Southeastern for children with special needs – a Lecotect room that provides adaptive toys to the children, and two Snoezelen rooms that create a calming, exploring and interactive experience for them.
     Whitmer was recognized for his service to Southeastern and his community. He carries the spirit of service into his job, dedicated to the success of programs such as Rock n’ Roar, Homecoming, commencements and football games. He has served as a marshal for the Krewe of Omega, attending to parade logistics; volunteer softball coach for various community teams; a participant in literacy programs in area schools; and assisting in maintenance, construction and yard work for his church, as well as tending to the sick and shut-ins of his community.
     The convocation concluded with an indoor picnic sponsored by Aramark/Southeastern Catering, First Guaranty Bank, and North Oaks Health System.


FACULTY-STAFF RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCEAbove: Several members of Southeastern’s faculty and staff were recognized for excellence at the university’s convocation held on Friday. Honored were, from left, Mark Whitmer, assistant director of Physical Plant Services, for Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service; English Instructor and writer David Armand, Excellence in Artistic Activity; Education Professor and head of the Department of Teaching and Learning Colleen Klein-Ezell, Excellence in Faculty Service; Associate Professor of Education Paige Lilley Schulte, Excellence in Teaching; and Political Science Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Excellence in Research.


Twenty five years of service





TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE - President John L. Crain recognized employees with 25 years of service at Friday's convocation. From left are Crain, Avinash Waikar, Matthew Rossano, Robert Kraemer, Shirley Jacob, Rufus Hayes, Jr, Chris Bentley and Michael Beauvais.







Service recognition





SERVICE RECOGNIZED - At Friday's convocation, President John L. Crain, far left, recognized employees for their years of service and dedication to the university. From left, are Barbara West, Donna Methvien, Lynn Stirling, and Joseph Patti.

Southeastern to collect discarded Christmas trees to enhance wetlands
Tree recyclingSoutheastern is asking area citizens to do something useful for the environment with their discarded Christmas trees rather than throwing them into the trash pile.
     “We can put the old Christmas trees to work in our area marshland while also reducing the waste stream going into landfills,” said Rob Moreau, manager of Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station located on Pass Manchac between lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas.
     Although grant funding is no longer available from the state, local partners have pitched in to help collect the trees and make the project possible.
     Southeastern scientists at Turtle Cove use the discarded trees to help build up marshland in areas that have been impacted by erosion and other factors, said Moreau.
     Partnering in the project for the third year is the Southeastern Sustainability Center on North Oak Street, which will serve as a drop-off point for area residents to leave their used Christmas trees. Other partners include the city of Hammond and Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac, as drop-off sites.
     Trees can be dropped off beginning Dec. 26 through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 Hwy. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market. The Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak Street, will collect trees beginning Jan. 5 through the end of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday. Moreau said a Turtle Cove trailer drop off site will also be maintained at Middendorf’s Restaurant.
     He said the City of Hammond will provide transport of collected trees to the Turtle Cove Galva Canal parking lot area in Manchac where they will be stored until they are deployed in the marshes.
     No flocked trees will be accepted, and all trees should be stripped of any ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands.
     Moreau said the trees will be used to continue a pilot project started last year to determine whether the recycled trees can help fill in the logging ditches, formed when the area’s cypress forests were cut down over a hundred-plus-year span.
     “The ditches allow salt water intrusion and increase the erosion process,” Moreau said. “Under the supervision of biology researcher Dr. Gary Shaffer, we will place trees in some selected ditches to determine if they can accumulate enough sediment that might assist in filling them in. We’ll monitor and evaluate this process over the next several years to determine its feasibility. If successful, this technique could be used in other similarly stressed ecosystems in coastal Louisiana.”
     This marks the 22nd straight year Southeastern has conducted its recycled tree program. Moreau depends on volunteers and students to deploy the trees in the Manchac wetlands. More than 35,000 trees have been deployed through the Southeastern program.
     Moreau said the benefits of the tree recycling program include protection against shoreline erosion, building of land to offset subsidence and sea-level rise, creation of new habitats for plants and animals and reducing waste going to landfills.
     “The program is also a great way to conduct community service and environmental education from a hands-on standpoint for people of all ages,” he said.
     Additional information can be obtained by contacting Moreau at or by visiting the website at and looking under the “Events” link.
     Donations to help support the activity can be sent by check payable to “Friends of Turtle Cove” and mailed to Southeastern Box 10585, Hammond, LA 70402 or can be made by credit card by visiting the Turtle Cove web site and under the “Friends and Donors” link.

The Center for Faculty Excellence News
College of EducationAs part of The Center for Faculty Excellence’s “Celebrate” initiative, the month of October was dedicated to the celebration and recognition of the College of Education. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors left “Thank You” messages on the college appreciation banner, which was presented to the College of Education Interim Dean Shirley Jacob.  
     The College of Education is a vibrant active college with expert faculty, cutting-edge student programs and multiple research initiatives. The College of Education has been one of the leaders in the new state teacher residency program with 17 teacher residents in three local school districts. As part of this initiative, the college was selected to partner with six other universities under the US PREP coalition. The university also houses the only Snoezelen lab in a public institution in North America serving children with special needs.
     In addition, the offering of International Baccalaureate (IB) courses at the graduate level serves to prepare teachers nationwide to work in schools offering IB diplomas. Currently, the college is redesigning all teacher education programs to better meet the needs of school districts and the children served in those districts.

Community Music School selects outstanding musicians
Southeastern’s Community Music School recently announced its fall 2016 CMS Outstanding Musicians, Matthew Braselman, Makaylah Herring and Katie Miranda.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by the votes of the audience during the three fall 2016 final recitals.
     “We congratulate our fall 2016 CMS Outstanding Musicians as well as the other 40 young musicians who performed beautifully at the recitals,” said CMS Director Jivka Duke. “We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments and applaud their talent as well as their hard work and dedication. We look forward to early spring when we will hold our annual Spring Festival, yet another competitive event where the students with the highest scores will receive medals and pins. We are excited about our Strings Orchestra, which will continue to perform at various locations throughout the community.”
     Braselman, a bassoon student of Professor Emeritus Jerry Voorhees, won the audience vote during the Dec. 6 recital. Herring, a violin student of Duke and a voice student of Associate Professor of Voice Joy Ratliff, won the vote at the Thursday, Dec. 8 recital; and Miranda, a piano student of Staff Accompanist Irina Cunev and a bassoon student of Voorhees, won the audience vote at the Friday, Dec. 9 recital.
     From Mandeville, Braselman attends Fountainebleau High School. Duke said he is an excellent saxophone player and is an active musician with the Fountainebleau High School Jazz Band and Wind Symphony. He has been a member of the All State Orchestra, All State Jazz Band, District IX Jazz Band and District IX Honor Band for several years in a row.
     Herring is from Holden and attends Holden High School. She has studied the violin for 11 years and also plays guitar, mandolin and banjo. She is a singer, songwriter and has an album of original songs on iTunes.  
     Miranda lives in Hammond and attends Albany High School. She has been playing piano for seven years and the bassoon for a more than a year. She also enjoys photography, drawing, and acting.
     The Community Music School will begin its spring 2017 session on Jan. 23, and registration has already begun. Deadline to register without adding a $20 registration fee is Jan. 13; however, registration will remain open throughout the semester.
     Duke said that scholarships funded by First Guaranty Bank will once again allow the CMS to offer discounted tuition to students who are on reduced of free lunch at their schools in the spring.
     Students of all ages may participate in private lessons on various instruments and voice. Opportunities for group instruction and ensemble formation are also available.
     For more information about these and all CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502 or visit the CMS website at

SLU Rugby to celebrate 50th anniversary
The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the oldest rugby organizations in the Gulf South. When the SLU rugby team was founded in 1967, it served as only the second rugby team in the Gulf South. In the years that followed, the storied SLU rugby squad won numerous state and regional championships, propelled scores of players to stardom, and became a mainstay of club sports on the Hammond campus.  
    In recognition of the anniversary and an effort to revive the sport on campus and in the Hammond area, the SLU rugby alumni will host a series of events over the course of the year, starting with a rugby alumni match to be held on the SLU football practice field, adjacent to Strawberry Stadium, on Saturday, Jan. 14.
    Kickoff for the alumni match will be 1 p.m., and all SLU rugby alumni and other rugby players in the Hammond region are invited to play. Those interested in learning more about the sport are invited to come and watch the action and witness the excitement of one of the world’s most fast moving and challenging sports.  A reception will follow the match replete with announcements concerning events connected with the 50th anniversary celebration, and a pub crawl in downtown Hammond will follow later that evening. For additional information concerning the match contact Jason Mapp at or Sam Hyde at or 549-2151.
    Hyde said when the SLU rugby team was formed it gave rise to the internationally renowned Hammond Mardi Gras Tournament, which for a time was the largest rugby tournament in the world. At its height, the Mardis Gras Tournament hosted more than 200 teams from as far away as Australia and Japan.

Southeastern bestows Emeritus honors on four faculty
Four retired members of Southeastern Louisiana University’s faculty were recognized with emeritus status in recognition of their distinguished and extraordinary service at the university Faculty-Staff Convocation held Friday.
    Southeastern President John L. Crain recognized chemistry professors Don Elbers and Linda Munchausen, sociology professor Marc Riedel, and accounting professor Pierre Titard. The emeritus title is one of the highest honors the university bestows.
    Elbers is a Southeastern graduate who joined the faculty in 1976 after earning his doctorate at LSU. In addition to teaching, he maintained the instrumentation of the department, a valuable service considering a chemistry department is highly dependent upon its instrumentation. In 1981 he was named the university’s Director of Technical Services. He returned to the department in 1996, teaching and once again maintaining the department’s infrastructure, especially with regard to student safety.
    Munchausen is another Southeastern graduate who returned to teach at her alma mater after receiving her doctorate from the University of Arkansas and conducting research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She was appointed acting head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics in 1994 and as department head in 1995. The author of 13 scientific publications, she has served as president of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences. In recent years, she has become dedicated to high school science research, working with the Region 8 Science Fair and directing the Louisiana State Science Olympiad.
    Riedel is an internationally-recognized scholar who has made major contributions to the study of violence and homicide. He has authored or co-authored 12 books. One of his works, Criminal Violence: Causes, Patterns, and Prevention, is the standard text used by criminologists and professors nationwide. He has contributed 30 chapters to other books and has had more than 35 articles published in scholarly journals. His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and his participation on the boards of professional associations and research bodies underscores the respect he has earned by his peers.
    A certified public accountant who joined the Southeastern faculty in 2000, Titard has served as Faculty in Residence and Special Government Employee for the New Orleans Division of the FBI, assisting in the investigation of financial crimes. He received an award in 2011 from the FBI for his development of innovative and efficient processes in addressing white collar crimes. Titard is recognized by his colleagues for the care he shows for his students. He meets individually with each student every semester.

Emeritus winners 2016

EMERITUS FACULTY NAMEDSoutheastern honored several members of its faculty at its Friday convocation with emeritus recognition, one of the highest honors the university conveys on faculty and administrators. Receiving the designation were, from left, Accounting Professor Pierre Titard, Chemistry Professor Linda Munchausen and Associate Professor of Chemistry Don Elbers. Not shown is Professor Mac Riedel of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Faculty exhibit scheduled at Contemporary Art Gallery
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Southeastern is hosting a faculty exhibition from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10 at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 100 East Stadium.      
The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. The gallery is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The exhibition will showcase a survey of artwork from Southeastern’s faculty who teach students in the visual arts, theater design, and design in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.  The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.

Southeastern MBA program ranked 35th in nation
Southeastern’s master of business administration program has been ranked 35th in the country by the web site
     Southeastern is ranked in the listing of the 50 most affordable MBA programs and was selected on criteria that includes exemplary business programs and affordable tuition rates. Over 1,000 MBA programs are selected and then vetted based on accreditation and estimated tuition costs.
     To be considered for the listing, the institution must first be accredited by one of the six accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and additionally accredited by one of the top three business school accrediting institutions. The Southeastern program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the premier accreditation agency in the world for business programs. The accreditation designation signifies the Southeastern program meets specific standards of excellence that is earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools.
     The second criteria to be considered for the listing is estimated total tuition cost of the program.
     Interim Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips said the ranking demonstrates the high expectations the program places on student success.
     “Even with the tuition increases over recent years, our program continues to represent a significant value for our students,” said Phillips. “The exceptional quality of our program results in exceptional students who are highly recruited upon graduation.”
     Phillips said all programs in the College of Business are accredited by AACSB, while the accounting program holds a separate and distinct accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
     Top Management Degrees is a web site for information about business and management education. The site contains rankings and reviews of the top management degree programs, along with information on how to select the right degree program for unique interests and needs.
     The full report can be accessed at

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Southeastern student selected for national fellowship 
A Southeastern communication senior has been selected to participate in a national fellowship program designed to prepare individuals for a career in college student affairs.
     Neil Bourgeois, a senior from Sorrento, will participate in the Undergraduate Fellows Program sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). The program provides students with various opportunities that prepare them for a career in student affairs. The national organization is the principle source for leadership, professional development and advocacy for student affairs professionals.
     Applicants for the fellowship must be identified as a member of a traditionally underrepresented or historically disenfranchised student population.
     A first generation college student, Bourgeois is a leadership intern in Southeastern’s Office of Student Engagement, where he helps develop programs to encourage student engagement opportunities in organizations such as the Student Government Association, Greek organizations and other student groups.
     Under the fellowship, Bourgeois will work with his mentor, Pam Rault, director of the Office of Student Engagement, to review current trends and research in the field and keep track of specific goals that have been established. As a fellowship participant, he is also able to apply for leadership programs application fee waivers for the Graduate Record Exam, and internships and stipends to attend the NASPA conference.
     Bourgeois said he sees the strong possibility of a future career in student affairs.
     “I hope one day to be either a Greek life adviser or work in leadership development at a university,” he said. “I want to impact the lives of college students the way Southeastern and my mentors have impacted me. I want to make a difference and show students the many benefits of being involved in college.”
     In addition to his campus internship, Bourgeois is the secretary of Pi Kappa Alpha, serves as a senator in the Student Government Association and is an ExCEL (Excellence in Commitment to Education and Leadership) Scholar.

Neil Bourgeois



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The Southeastern basketball and track and field teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Both men’s and women’s basketball teams will close out a three-game road swing this week. The Lady Lions (3-12, 1-3 Southland) will open the week on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. contest at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. On Thursday, the Lions (9-8, 2-2 Southland) will be at Abilene Christian for a 7:30 p.m. Southland Conference contest.
     Both teams return home on Sunday to host McNeese for a 1 p.m. doubleheader in the University Center. Freshman forward Chambria Harrison is Sunday’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 150 fans at the women’s game will receive a trading card featuring the Vidalia, Georgia native courtesy of PRIDE. The men’s game will follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game.
     All of this week’s basketball action can be heard 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 of Sunday’s doubleheader at
     Following a strong showing at the season-opening Purple Tiger meet, the SLU men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue their indoor campaign this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese Opener.


JAN 11

Women’s Basketball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 12

Men’s Basketball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 13

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Opener, Lake Charles, All Day

JAN 15

Women’s Basketball, vs. McNeese, University Center, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Chambria Harrison Trading Card Day
Men’s Basketball, vs. McNeese, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Four faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies - Charlotte Humphries, Millie Naquin, Edward Hebert, and Ralph Wood - and Charles Agar of the St Tammany Parish School System co-authored a manuscript titled “Does Varying Attentional Focus Affects Skill Acquisition in Children? A Comparison of Internal and External Focus Instructions and Feedback” that was published in The Physical Educator.

Dr. Chance Harvey (English) has published an essay titled “Strike Me Dead, But Hear Me First: Elizabeth Lyle Saxon’s Fight for Woman Suffrage from New Orleans to New Whatcom” in The Journal of the Whatcom County Historical Society (Bellingham, WA), vol. 16, 2016, pp. 110-29.

     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie and Roxanne Stoehr (Communication Sciences and Disorders) attended the
American Speech-Language-Hearing convention in Philadelphia in November. Their article, "Advancing Social Solidarity: Preference Organization in the Discourse of Speech-Language Pathology," was accepted by the Journal of Interaction Research in Communication Disorders.


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