Faculty, Staff Convocation set
Students awarded SCOAR scholarships
Crosson gallery exhibit now open
Library exhibit coming to a close

Students win Mark of Excellence awards
Yuan re-appointed to ANSAC
Nominations sought for service awards

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Faculty, Staff Convocation scheduled
Southeastern will launch the 2017-2018 academic year with its annual fall convocation of faculty and staff on Friday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
     Included in the program will be the traditional presentation of the university’s highest faculty and staff honors - the President's Awards for Excellence - as well as the presentation of service awards to faculty and staff who have been with the University from 25 to 50 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure and promotions, and donors who have established newly endowed professorships and scholarships.
     The annual picnic sponsored by the Alumni Association will immediately follow the morning’s ceremonies and will also take place in the Student Union Ballroom.

Southeastern students awarded scholarships from SCOAR
Four Southeastern Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment (OSH&E) students received the 2017 SCOAR (Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable) Safety Professional scholarships.
     Preston Chaney of Walker, Emily Cothern of Covington, Alan Williamson of Hammond, and Daniel Cuevas of Ponchatoula each received $2,500. The scholarships were presented at the recent SCOAR meeting in Florida.
     Lu Yuan, interim head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, said seniors Chaney and Cothern were nominated by faculty as the top two candidates for the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Juniors Williamson and Cuevas were nominated because of their high GPAs and may receive offers for internships with SCOAR when they enter their senior year of study in the fall.  
      “I think that these four OSH&E students deserve these scholarships, especially with their excellent academic performance,” Yuan said. “The scholarships will help them to continue excelling in their current and future endeavors.”
     SCOAR fosters innovative and breakthrough thinking on issues related to industrial construction to improve business performance. Membership is comprised of industrial owners, EPC companies, engineers, general and specialty contractors, labor and material suppliers, as well as service suppliers, educators, and consultants.


Exhibit coming to a close
The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies exhibit “History Revealed Through Rare Books and Documents: The Emergence of Printing, Bookbinding, and the Challenges of Wartime Publishing,” will conclude its run on July 7.
     The exhibit, which details the emergence of printing and the evolution of the publishing process, includes numerous rare books and documents from the center’s holdings and the collections of regional print enthusiasts. The exhibit is open to visitors during the center’s regular operating hours.  
     A new exhibit highlighting the centrality of strawberry farming to regional development will replace the current exhibit in August.   

Southeastern Channel students win Mark of Excellence Awards
Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel won four 2016 Mark of Excellence Awards at the recent annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference in Knoxville, Tenn.
     Former Southeastern Channel student television news anchor-reporter Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge won three Mark of Excellence Awards, including one first-place award, while Maria Goddard of New Orleans won a second-place finalist award. The awards honor the best of collegiate journalism during a calendar year. SPJ’s Region 12 consists of all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     Waggenspack graduated from Southeastern in 2016, receiving his degree in the electronic media concentration of the Department of Languages and Communication. He’s currently a news anchor-reporter for KCWY-TV News 13 (NBC) in Casper, Wyo.
     “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my training at the Southeastern Channel,” Waggenspack said. “The hands-on experience and opportunities to apply my learning skills definitely gave me a real world experience. My professors saw my potential and pushed me to strive for excellence.”
     Waggenspack won first-place honors in the Television General News Reporting category for his story “Strawberry Fest Financial Impact” that he produced for the channel’s newscast “Northshore News.”  The story focused on local strawberry farmers who make a living on their crops from sales at the state’s largest festival and how those sales also bolster the local economy. His videography for the story also brought home a finalist award in the Television News and Feature Photography category.
     He won second-place finalist recognition in the same category for his package “Florida Parishes Juvenile Center” detailing the consequences of a St. Tammany detention center closing if an upcoming property tax didn’t pass, resulting in juveniles moving to other centers or returning to the streets.  
     “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my training at the Southeastern Channel,” Waggenspack said.  “The hands-on experience and opportunities to apply my learning skills definitely gave me a real world experience. My professors saw my potential and pushed me to strive for excellence.”
     Goddard won her finalist award in the Television Feature Reporting category for her feature “Lucky the Horse” produced for “Northshore News.”  The story covers the rescue of Lucky, an abandoned and emaciated horse found in a ditch, and its dramatic recovery at a Slidell equine rescue center.
     Goddard also recently won first place for the same story in the College News Feature Story category at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters College Journalism Awards in Jackson, Miss. Earlier she also won fourth-place Best of South recognition at SEJC as “Best Television News Feature Reporter.”
     “We’re excited that our students continue to win top honors against all of the largest universities in the region,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.  “It’s gratifying to see Tyler and Maria become such good broadcast journalists and rightfully honored by such a prestigious journalism society. They create strong, impactful stories for their audience and use great creativity in shooting and reporting them.”
     Judged by professionals in other parts of the country, the Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best in student journalism. Judges choose only those entries they feel are outstanding work.  
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 awards in the past 14 years, including 15 awards and 56 nominations from the Emmys. The channel can be seen on Charter 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes. The live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at, and on mobile devices at
Tyler Waggenspack
MARK OF EXCELLENCE WINNER- Southeastern student Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge recently won three Mark of Excellence Awards, including a first-place honor for Television General News Reporting, given by the Society of Professional Journalists. Waggenspack produced his honored stories for the Southeastern Channel’s national award-winning student newscast “Northshore News.”  Waggenspack, who graduated in 2016, now works as an anchor-reporter at KCWY-TV News 13 (NBC) in Casper, Wyoming. Not pictured is SPJ finalist Maria Goddard of New Orleans.

Light and Shadow: Contemporary Art Gallery features sculptor Alex Crosson
For its summer exhibition, the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery presents “Alex Crosson: The Four Pointed Triangle,” a collection from the sculptor based in Austin, Tex.
     The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is open during the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
     Crosson, who earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas, has accepted a sculptor position at Tulane University. His exhibit will be on display until Aug. 18, with the closing reception to be held Aug. 17 at noon.
     Interim Fine and Performing Arts Department Head, Professor of Sculpture and Gallery Director Dale Newkirk said the pieces on display are provocative interplays of light, shadow, wires and metal. Admirers would do well to consider that everything they see is by design, and that the very gallery they stand in is also part of the exhibit, he said.
     “How the light affects the space, their luminosity and even the different bulbs were selected by him to affect the space within the gallery,” said Newkirk. “He changed the lighting and configured the walls specifically for this exhibit.”
     Other pieces illuminated in magenta light are less stark, Newkirk added. Made up of collected knick-knacks that would likely be discarded as trash by a less creative mind, these arrangements are more like snapshots of specific times and places, he said.
     “These are found objects that are arranged like haiku,” said Newkirk. “These are objects that Crosson finds to be aesthetically dynamic and interesting; they’re kind of fun.”
     In addition to the sculptures, Crosson also has several photographs on display. Upon entering the exhibit, Newkirk said, visitors will be greeted by a sizeable reverse negative of Lake Pontchartrain, though it could easily be confused for a moonscape of some kind. Some of Crosson’s more abstract pieces are the pitch black rectangles printed on glossy paper.
     “I like how raw the photographs are; even the paper is curled at the edges, and they look like they’ve been in the back of a truck for a while instead of a studio,” said Newkirk. “They’re reverse negatives, so the whites are blacks and the blacks are whites. That makes them reflect all of the beautiful light patterns that make a different kind of design on the paper. These photographs are actually, in many ways, sculptures in and of themselves.”
     For more information on this exhibit and others, contact the Contemporary Art Gallery at 549-5080.

Southeastern safety specialist named to national accreditation commission 
Lu Yuan, interim head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, has been re-appointed to a term as commission member for the ABET Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC),  one of the nation’s foremost academic accrediting bodies.
     Yuan, an associate professor and certified safety professional, will serve on the 2017-2018 commission.
     ABET is a non-profit, private accrediting agency for programs such as computer science, applied science, including safety and health, engineering and engineering technology and is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
     As a member of the commission, Yuan will participate in scheduled commission meetings and serve as team chairman for one or more site visits to institutions seeking accreditation or re-accreditation.
     “The appointment recognizes the quality of Southeastern’s occupational safety, health, and environment program, housed in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, and also demonstrates the excellent reputation the program has earned over recent years,” said Yuan.
     Accreditation is a voluntary process and assures a program meets the quality standards of the professions accredited. Southeastern’s bachelor’s program in occupational safety, health and environment – the only one of its kind in the state – has been accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. since 2008.

Lu Yuan

GRANT ACCEPTED - Lu Yuan (left), interim head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, accepts a $1,500 donation from Connie Fabre, executive director of the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA). The grant was used  for professional development opportunities.

Nominations sought for Charles E. Dunbar, Jr.  Career Service Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Awards sponsored annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League. This is the 59th year of the program, which has recognized over 800 classified public employees since its inception.
     The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a classified state employee can receive for their service to the citizens of Louisiana. Recognizing the tremendous contribution made to the state of Louisiana by classified employees, we encourage supervisors of classified employees to nominate deserving employees for this prestigious honor. Nominees are judged on commitment to the classified service, contributions toward workplace improvement, personal initiative, and volunteer community service.
     To obtain a copy of the nomination form please contact Allison Blache in the Human Resources Office at extension 2001 or email The form is also available online at
     The Nomination Form consists of five parts, each of which must be completed.
Part I     Nomination Information - not rated
Part II    Commitment to the Classified Service - 10%
Part III   Contributions toward Work or Workplace Improvement -40%
Part IV   Personal Initiative - 40%
Part V    Volunteer Community Service - 10%
     Please limit any narrative information to the space provided. Attachments will not be accepted.
     The form should be filled out as completely as possible and returned to the Human Resources Office, SLU 10799, by Sept. 7. It will be reviewed by the delegated appointing authority, signed, and then submitted to the Louisiana Civil Service League by the deadline of Sept. 15.


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The Lion Athletics Association (LAA) will welcome fans to four area locations for the annual Coaches’ Caravan to open the 2017-18 Southeastern Athletics season.
     The caravan is set for July 24-27 with the Lions making a new stop each night. Each event will be held from 6-8 p.m. and admission is $10 for all attendees. In addition to the opportunity to interact with Southeastern coaches, light refreshments and a cash bar will be available at all events.
     Southeastern head football coach Ron Roberts will be present at all four events. Coaches from all 15 of Southeastern’s Division I sports will be at various stops throughout the caravan.
     The first event will be on July 24 in Ponchatoula at Roux & Brew (135 SW Railroad Ave.). The next night, SLU will be at the north end of Tangipahoa Parish at the Florida Parishes Arena (1301 NW Central Ave.) in Amite.
     The caravan will move from the parish seat to the state capitol on July 26, as Drusilla Seafood Restaurant (3842 D Drusilla Ln.) in Baton Rouge will host the third stop. The caravan concludes on July 27 with Southeastern Athletics visiting Old Rail Brewing Company (639 Girod Street) in Mandeville.  
     For more information on the coaches’ caravans, contact Southeastern Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at 549-5226 or



Location: Roux & Brew – Ponchatoula , 135 SW Railroad Ave. Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Jake Narro (men’s golf), Rick Fremin (softball), Ayla Guzzardo (women’s basketball), Jim Smoot (volleyball) and Jay Ladner (men’s basketball)


Location: Florida Parishes – Amite, 1301 NW Central Ave.
Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Jason Hayes (women’s tennis) and Jay Ladner (men’s basketbal


Location: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant – Baton Rouge – 3482 D Drusilla Ln. Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Rick Fremin (softball)


Location: Old Rail Brewing Company –Mandeville, 639 Girod St. Coaches Scheduled to Appear: Ron Roberts (football), Jake Narro (men’s golf), Christopher McBride (women’s soccer) and Jim Smoot (volleyball)


Three History and Political Science faculty members participated in the 17th Annual Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana American Studies Conference, “What then is the American, this new man?: (Re)Considering Life in These United States in the Era of Good (and Not So Good) Feelings (1815-18458) and in Your Classroom,” in June in Baton Rouge. William B. Robison presented a lecture on “The Age of Improvement in Britain and America: Importing ‘Dark Satanic’ Mills by Hook and Crook Into These United States.” Charles N. Elliott, who organized the conference, presented “From Yeoman Farmers to Plain Folk: (Re) Considering Backcountry Social Evolution in Mr. Jefferson’s and General Jackson’s America.” Ronald D. Traylor presented “’A Peculiarly Strange Sensation Came Over Me’: New Men, New Wine, and New Bottles in Our National Second Great Awakening.”

     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture titled “Alchemists, Astrologers, Barbers, and Magicians: Science and Magic on the Eve of the First Scientific Revolution” at the Christwood Retirement Community in Covington in June.


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