Southeastern gets its own brew
Hang tag distribution sites set

Meet "The Mane Experience"

Faculty, Staff Convocation set

Finance team places in competition

Students recognized at LPA conference

Students win international film awards

SLU named LIDEA program provider

Parking changes announced

Southeastern in the News
Professional Activities



Lion Up labelSoutheastern, Gnarly Barley partner in new brew

Something new for Lion fans is brewing at Gnarly Barley Brewery.
     Lion Up™ American Wheat Ale will soon be available at restaurants, stores and entertainment venues across the Northshore region, including Strawberry Stadium on Lion home game days. It will first be available at a Lion Up™ release event at the Hammond brewery on Aug. 5 and will hit the shelves at locations the following week.
     “Being that the university has been such a huge part of our lives since we both started in the early 2000s and met while students there, we feel this is an amazing opportunity for us to team up with Southeastern,” said Zac Caramonta, Gnarly Barley co-founder along with his wife Cari. “We love our alma mater, and it’s just so cool that we are able to do something like this.”
     Erin Cowser, Southeastern’s executive director of public and governmental affairs, said, “This licensing endeavor is extra special because Zac and Cari are able to combine their passion for craft beer with their Lion pride, and Lion fans are who get to enjoy the end result.”
     The partnership between alumni-owned Gnarly Barley Brewery and Southeastern has resulted in a crisp American wheat ale that is light bodied and easy to drink. According to Caramonta, beer enthusiasts can expect a refreshing wheat malt flavor and crisp floral hop notes.
     “It’s light bodied and easy to drink - perfect for Lion tailgating,” he said.
     Lion Up™ beer will be brewed exclusively during fall semesters, and sold in 12 oz. recyclable cans only.
     Cowser added that a portion of the proceeds of the new craft beer’s sales will be dedicated to student alcohol abuse prevention efforts on campus.
     Established in 2014, Gnarly Barley Brewing is located in a 10,500 square foot facility in Hammond. Gnarly Barley beers are distributed throughout Louisiana in nine parishes and over 500 establishments.
     “Look for us on the shelves at your local grocery and favorite watering hole,” said Cari Caramonta. “We work hard to identify the best accounts for our products - retailers that make local products and craft beer priorities.”
     She added, “And if you don’t see it there, be sure to speak up and ask for Gnarly Barley!”
     Louisiana Economic Development recently honored the company as one of the state’s 2017 Lantern Award winners. Lantern Award winners demonstrate excellence in manufacturing and outstanding service to their communities through the involvement of their businesses and employees.
     Lion Up™ American Wheat Ale will be sold by Champagne Beverage, the official beer distributor of Southeastern Athletics.

2017-2018 Faculty/Staff hang tag distribution
On Tuesday, Aug. 1, Parking Operations will begin issuing the 2018 Faculty/Staff hang tags at its office in Pride Hall. As noted in the recent Faculty/Staff notice, the correct cost of the hang tag this fall is $60 + $3 tax per academic year. In an effort to assist faculty and staff,
the following options will be available:
Faculty and staff can still purchase hang tags each semester at a cost $20 + $1 tax per semester.
The fee will continue to be prorated for those individuals entering in later semesters in the academic year.
Payroll deduction is available to Full Time Faculty/Staff. Due to the changes made to this option, the list of employees that signed up for payroll deduction last year has been voided and anyone selecting this option will sign a new form this year. This option is for the annual fee of $63 and sign-up is available from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1 each academic year. The annual fee will be taken in equal amounts from your paycheck through May 31. Should you terminate before May 31, the remainder of the annual fee will be deducted from your last paycheck.
Credit/Debit cards will be accepted at the Parking Office in Pride Hall beginning Aug. 1.

     On Wednesday, Aug. 2, Parking Operations will visit several buildings on campus to assist those Faculty/Staff obtaining their hang tag. The following are the locations and times Parking Staff will be issuing hang tags:


Dyson Hall -- 8 to 9 a.m. -- File Room
Student Union -- 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- 1st Floor West Lounge
Physical Plant -- 1 to 2:15 p.m. -- Conference Room
Financial Aid Bldg. -- 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. -- Next to Cashier’s Office

     A Vehicle Registration card and Payroll Deduction forms will be required. These will be available in the Parking Office. Payroll Deduction forms are required to be filled out and signed by the employee in the Parking Office and initialed by Parking staff.
     We are asking that individuals paying for the hang tags with checks (please write your W# on the check) or cash for the exact amount, as we will not have change for everyone. Credit/Debit cards will be accepted at the Parking Office in Pride Hall only.
     It is university policy to present a Faculty/Staff ID to obtain a Southeastern parking hang tag. The white vehicle registration card must include the current vehicle license plate number that the employee drives and parks on campus.
     Visit Parking Operations’ web page to review information concerning parking on campus. For questions or more information, call Parking Operations at 549-5695.

SLU finance team places among the top in national competition
Continuing a trend of national recognition for its finance program, a team of four Southeastern students placed in the top 10 in the Conference of State Bank Supervisors competition of real-world banking studies.
     Last year’s Southeastern team earned first-place honors at the competition, which is conducted by the nationwide organization of banking regulators from all states and U.S. territories.
     “We knew it would be difficult to repeat as national champions in the competition, especially since many more schools participated,” said Danielle Lewis, Southeastern professor of finance and faculty adviser for the team. “I am extremely proud of their top 10 finish.”
     This year, 33 teams from various universities participated in the competition with the top 10 teams presented at the 2017 CSBS State-Federal Supervisory Forum held recently in New Orleans.
     Members of the team included James Anstiss of Queenstown, New Zealand; Sawyer Benson and Akil Brown of Mandeville; and Paul Obermann of Westhausen, Germany.
     Lewis said the team members worked closely with representatives of Florida Parishes Bank to complete an exhaustive report analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the bank’s management and board succession plans. The team had to prepare and present a written report based on data and information provided by the bank, as well as a 10-minute video summarizing the study.
     Lewis described the exercise as an excellent learning experience for the students with real-world applications. The work was well beyond something most students would experience in a typical classroom setting, she added.
     She expressed her thanks to Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Fugarino and his staff at Florida Parishes Bank, who were willing to provide the necessary information to develop the report.
     “I am truly proud of our team’s efforts; the competition was very stiff this year but our team put in the study, time and effort to develop a first class report that caught the attention of the participants,” said Lewis. “We will be back again next year with a new team and continued dedication to reaching the top level.”
Southeastern Finance Team
YOU CAN BANK ON IT – Members of Southeastern’s student finance team competed in the prestigious national competition sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and earned a top 10 finish. Pictured are, front row, from left, students Akil Brown, Sawyer Bensen, James Anstiss and Paul Obermann; back row, Southeastern Professor of Finance and team adviser Danielle Lewis and Florida Parishes Bank Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Fugarino.

Southeastern students win international film awards
Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel won four 2017 Remi Awards for three film productions at the annual WorldFest International Film and Video Festival in Houston, Texas.
     All three films were produced for the Southeastern Channel’s student film and music video show “Cinematheque.” “The Messenger” and “Perfect,” which also won national Videographer Awards, were produced at the Southeastern Channel for a field production and editing class in the Department of Languages and Communication, while “Fugue” was produced at the channel as an independent study.
     “The Southeastern Channel helped me by giving me the creative freedom to pursue the art of motion graphics,” said Mason Dauphin of Luling, who produced and edited “The Messanger.” “Working on channel programs allowed me to learn how to hold these professional standards for my videography, editing, motion graphics, and producing in order to make a film capable of winning a Gold Remi.”
     “The Messenger,”directed by Jordan Reid of Luling, and written by Jeremy Rhodes of New Orleans, won a first-place Gold Remi Award in the College Level Student Film category.
     Dauphin is working as promotions producer for KLFY-TV in Lafayette, while Reid is now news producer at KATC-TV (ABC) in Lafayette. Both studied electronic media in the Department of Languages and Communications and graduated in May.
     “Fugue,” a 30-minute film produced and directed by Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, won a third-place Bronze Remi for Student Film, while the screenplay for “Fugue,” written by C. J.  Love of Mandeville, won a second-place Silver Remi for Student Screenplay.
     “Perfect,” a music video produced and directed by Steven Farmer of Ponchatoula, won a Bronze Remi in the Student Music Video category.
     The Southeastern Channel’s four awards were the most by any undergraduate program at the festival, which had over 4,000 entries from across the world.  
     As the longest-running film festival in North America, WorldFest celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 10-day event. The festival gave the first awards to renowned filmmakers, such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, the Coen brothers and others.
     “These are top film awards won against the best college level competition from across the world,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “We’re proud of our students and excited that their talent, hard work and creativity have been honored at such a prestigious film festival. Their films are entertaining and provocative, and won against projects with much larger budgets and production crews.”
      “The Messenger” is a seven-minute comedic drama based on lead character Steven’s quest to find love through the dating app, “Tinder.” Key plot twists allow the viewer to see dramatic ironies unfold before the lead characters do. Both Dauphin and Rhodes played roles in the film, along with Jasmine Jones of New Orleans. Courtney Bruno of New Orleans assisted with the production.
     In winning the award, Dauphin credited Reid’s directing and cinematography, along with the screenplay written by Rhodes.
     “Earning a Gold Remi is very gratifying,” said Reid.  “The team’s hard work paid off, and it is wonderful to be rewarded for doing something you love and working with your best friends.”
     “It’s a fantastic honor to be recognized for achieving something I’m so passionate about,” Rhodes said. “I feel the judges saw a progressive theme to the story and reacted to it in a positive way.”
     Barbier, who won a 2015 student Emmy for directing her short film, “Emma,” created a haunting, post-apocalyptic world with “Fugue,” a 30-minute film which she not only produced and directed, but also shot and edited herself.  
     The story is a surreal battle of wits, worries and weapons in the shadow of modern society’s collapse. It follows three people whose lives and personalities change dramatically when society falls apart. The main character of Percy, played by M.J. Ricks of Lacombe, stumbles through the ruins of cities and barren wilderness, scavenging for survival and tormented by the memories of his life’s love Mary, played by Alexis Durante of Hammond, and his best friend, Gordon, played by Logan Viverito of Gonzales. When he seeks refuge in an abandoned warehouse, an encounter with a mysterious stranger, played by Southeastern Theatre Director James Winter, threatens his very sanity.
     “Perfect” is Farmer’s music video version of the popular song by the group One Direction. The storyline follows three love relationships. Farmer also shot, edited and acted in the video.
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 awards in the past 14 years, including 15 Emmy awards and 56 Emmy nominations. 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
WorldFest winners
TOP FILM AWARDS- Southeastern students producing films for the Southeastern Channel won top 2017 Remi Awards awards recently at North America’s longest-running film festival, the WorldFest International Film and Video Festival in Houston, Tex. Shown from left are Southeastern Channel General Manager and class instructor Rick Settoon, Mason Dauphin and Jordan Reid of Luling, Jeremy Rhodes of New Orleans, Sarah Barbier of Mandeville, and Steve Zaffuto, channel operations manager and class instructor. Winners not pictured are C.J. Love of Mandeville and Steven Farmer of Ponchatoula.

Mane Experience logoMeet “The Mane Experience” 
Southeastern’s incoming freshmen will be welcomed this fall with a brand new co-curricular program, The Mane Experience. This initiative guides new freshmen Lions through their first 30 hours of coursework and links them to the various resources, programs, services, and events unique to Southeastern.  
     “Our new freshman students were introduced to everything Southeastern during their summer orientation sessions,” said Interim Director of Student Engagement Angela James. “The Mane Experience evolves those introductions into connections and relationships to help our students thrive during their first year as a Lion.”
     Departments across campus collaborated to develop The Mane Experience, which incorporates academics, student affairs, athletics, auxiliary services, alumni engagement, and the Hammond community. Aspects of the program are intended to mirror the Southeastern Excellence 101 course outside of the classroom in a vibrant and interactive way.
     Mane Experience participants will follow different paths to success via either a “commuter” or “resident” track designed specifically to fit their experience.
     The campus community will learn more about how The Mane Experience will benefit our students during upcoming presentations to departments. Faculty and staff can see the program in action, starting with Freshman Success Day on Aug. 15. Be sure to visit the program’s website, which features an overview of the program, relevant links, and a calendar of events for new Lions, and stay updated by following The Mane Experience on Instagram.

Faculty, Staff Convocation scheduled
convocation slideSoutheastern 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 student journalists recognized at Louisiana Press Association conference
Southeastern’s student newspaper, “The Lion’s Roar,” earned several awards, including a first place honor, from the Better Student Newspaper Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Press Association.
     The awards were presented at the annual LPA conference held jointly with the Mississippi Press Association recently in Biloxi.
     Student reporters and photographers at “The Lion’s Roar” took a first place award in the Best Sports Photo Caetegory and captured third place in the General Excellence Category.
     Elizabeth Brown, a senior art major from Harvey, was awarded top honors for her photography. She also took second place honors in the same category.
     “It’s such an honor to be recognized for something I have a passion for,” said Brown. “Capturing a photo like this often requires time and patience. When I want to capture a specific type of shot, I watch and wait with my camera at the ready, and when I see my opportunity, I shoot.”
     While working with the Department of Student Publications, which houses “The Lion’s Roar,” Brown as able to attend and cover a number of events as a photographer.
     Regina Pergola, a sophomore business administration major from Slidell, placed second in the Best Feature Story Category for her piece focusing on last year’s Young Alumni of the Year, Cari and Zac Caramonta of Gnarly Barley Brewing in Hammond.
     “I am ecstatic to have been honored with these awards,” said Pergola. “Stories like this one about Zac and Cari Caramonta made it easy for me to love working at the newspaper. At ‘The Lion’s Roar’ I took pride in listening to the stories of local Hammond residents and framing them within my work. I interacted and interviewed this amazing family and shared with the Hammond community how they made their dreams come to life.”
     Morgan Ledet, a family and consumer sciences senior from Marrero and former editor-in-chief of “The Lion’s Roar,” also received recognition for her piece featuring students affected by the historic August 2016 flooding. The story, which focused on how students were trying to stay positive despite the devastation, placed third place in the Best Feature Story Category of the competition.
     “This story was extremely difficult to write,” said Ledet, “since it was time sensitive, and I had to work quickly. I spoke to individuals in administration who were helpful in getting me in contact with some of the students affected. I was happy to be able to share their stories.”
Ledet elaborated on her writing process, as well as her experiences as editor-in-chief, while discussing her award-winning article.
     “During interviews, I try to step into the interviewee’s shoes. When I put myself in their place, it helps me write a story as if my subjects were writing it,” said Ledet. “I wanted readers to be able to understand what they went through and see how the people around them helped them through that rough time.”
     “I’m so very proud of the work our students do every day,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “They serve our community in a unique and challenging way in addition to their studies. Their recognition of excellence by the LPA serves to inspire others to reach for the same.”
     Forty-seven newspapers, publications, and college and university student newspapers submitted 2,408 entries for the competition. The Texas Press Association judged the competition this year.

Southeastern named LIDEA programming provider
Southeastern has partnered with Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) to serve as the organization’s educational programming provider.
     “We are pleased to serve as the educational provider for LIDEA’s diverse membership and appreciate the confidence the association has shown in the resources we can offer,” said William Joubert, director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center and the Southeast Louisiana Business Center at Southeastern.  
     LIDEA is a non-profit trade organization designed to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Louisiana. The group sponsors educational programs and policy advocacy. Membership includes representatives of economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and other organizations focused on improving business growth in Louisiana.
     Among the programs offered through the partnership are classes leading to certification in economic development that include a four-day course and several two-day core classes on business retention, marketing, finance and real estate. Certification also requires individuals to complete a research paper. The association coordinates additional educational programs, as well.
     “Economic development in a global economy is fiercely competitive,” said Scot Byrd, LIDEA program manager. “Our goal is to provide economic development practitioners and community leaders with cutting edge best practices in attracting investment and growing quality jobs. Our program offers instruction from nationally recognized experts.
     “A unique, high quality program of this kind is expensive and would not be possible without underwriting from generous sponsors,” he added. “We thank Louisiana Economic Development, USDA Rural Development, Delta Regional Authority, American Electric Power, and GNO, Inc. for being major sponsors of this program.”
     The Southeast Louisiana Business Center is located near the university campus in Hammond, the center helps communities, businesses, and individuals in the five-parish area of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes.

Parking changes announced for fall semester
Due to construction and building projects on campus, there will be several changes and updates to parking areas for the fall 2017 semester.

On Main Campus behind the Library:
The Union Avenue Lot (next to the new residence hall construction site) is designated upper-class Parking.

The North Union Avenue Lot (on the north end of the Union Avenue lot) will replace the Old Health Center Building and is designated overflow parking for residential zones 4 and 7.

On South Campus:
Along Dakota Street, beginning at the corner of N. Oak Street and ending at Pine Street, is designated upper-class parking.

The entire Railroad Lot (gravel lot at Dakota and Oak St.) is designed upper-class Parking.

The Parking Garage is always available for upper-class parking. Spaces are available on levels 1-4.

     Please consider these changes when looking for parking on campus during for the fall 2017 semester. Contact Parking Operations at 549-5695 or for questions or more information.


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Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) was among the participants of the 2017 annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association in Tampa, Fla., in June, where he presented the paper “America as a Symbol of the Future in the Novels of Emilio Salgari.”
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has a chapter, “Bad Girl, Bad Mother, Bad Queen: Catherine de’ Medici in Contemporary Fiction, Film, and History,” in a new book edited by Julie A. Chappell and Mallory Young, Bad Girls and Transgressive Women in Popular Television, Fiction, and Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

     Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) traveled to Cincinnati to participate as a group leader in a workshop designed to implement new curriculum for elementary education majors. The project is titled Next Gen Physical Science and Everyday Thinking. The curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards to include more critical thinking and less memorization in science courses. Allain also attended the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Cincinnati, where he gave an invited presentation titled “The Best Physics Examples from Superheroes and Science Fiction.”


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