Entergy supports Project LION
Campus housing demand increases
Student receives Gold Circle Award

Construction closes area to pedestrians

Website refresh complete
CMS names Outstanding Musicians

SLU hosts IB student symposium
Summer art workshop scheduled

Southeastern in the News



Project LIONGrant from Entergy allows after-school program to continue through 2017 
Project LION, an after-school academic enrichment program in Hammond sponsored by Southeastern and several partners, will continue through 2017 thanks to a grant from Entergy of Louisiana.
     The $55,500 grant from Entergy’s Charitable Foundation will fund the academic and enrichment activities for Hammond students in grades four through eight. Called Project LION (Learning In Our Neighborhoods), the program is coordinated by the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning and partners that include the Tangipahoa Parish School System and the City of Hammond.
     “This is our way of giving back to the community,” said Entergy Director of Social Responsibility Patty Riddlebarger. “It is one way that we are working to help build and strengthen the communities we serve.”
     The grant will help provide fee waivers to allow broad participation by children from low-income students with low educational attainment levels, explained Dr. Gerlinde Beckers, program coordinator and an assistant professor of education at Southeastern.
     “Programs such as this contribute to the students’ educational attainment and achievement,” Beckers said.
     Project LION is now in its third year, she said, with most of the after-school activities being conducted at Hammond’s Michael J. Kinney Recreation Center on West Coleman Avenue.
     The project relies heavily on the participation of Southeastern students who are planning to enter the field of education. The teacher-candidates provide the general and one-on-one tutoring the elementary school students need.
     Southeastern education junior Bailey Terrell of McComb, Miss., said she has been working with Project LION since January and appreciates the educational opportunity the experience provides her.
     “I love working with the kids. It’s a great experience that helps prepare you for the real-world of teaching,” said Terrell, who will be entering Southeastern’s full time teaching residency program at an area school next year.
     For more information on Project LION, contact Beckers at 549-3030.

PROJECT LION GRANT – A $55,500 grant from Entergy’s Charitable Foundation will help fund Project LION through 2017. Project LION is after-school academic enrichment program coordinated by the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning. Pictured are, from left, Lynn Harris Horgan, Southeastern director of individual, corporate and foundation relations; Entergy Northshore Customer Service Representative Eunice Harris; and Gerlinde Beckers, program coordinator and assistant professor of education at Southeastern.

Southeastern to meet demand for campus housing
Southeastern will soon begin construction of two new student housing facilities to meet growing demand for campus living options. The multi-faceted project is slated to begin in June with residence halls move-in set for fall 2018.
     “This project is the culmination of an internal goal to provide our students with modern, tech-friendly living spaces,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “We are proud to be able to incorporate new facilities on campus that will add to our on-campus housing offerings, enhance programming and benefit our students for years to come.”
     The approximate $36 million undertaking is being funded as a third party financing project through University Facilities, Inc., an affiliate organization of the university. Bonds are sold to secure funds, with rental fees and other housing and auxiliary revenues used to secure the debt. The project is supported by self-generated revenues, and is not funded with state dollars.
     A unique feature of the facility will be the incorporation of a hybrid geothermal system for heating and cooling – the first of its kind in the state. This system is projected to reduce energy costs by more than 50 percent, and will also serve as a learning laboratory for real world experiences for Southeastern students in various disciplines.
     The four-story buildings will be situated on the western side of campus north of Texas Drive and feature 556 beds available in a mix of shared double and private double semi-suites.  
     Designed with student programming in mind, community corner lounges for socializing, as well as quiet study rooms will be located throughout the buildings. In addition, multipurpose space will be provided on the first floor of each building. The configuration of these rooms, and the integrated technology, is intended to house classes, as well host various social, entertainment, and other educational events.
     The northernmost building will include a retail food venue on the first floor that will be accessible from within the building and also from a north entrance. It will include seating for up to 50 people. The south building will have a technology enhanced living/learning classroom space capable of seating up to 40. Wireless card readers will replace keys to enhance security, providing secure building and individual room entry.
     Zachary Taylor Hall will remain in use until the completion of construction of the two new residence halls. The full project encompasses several phases and includes the development of green space, configuration of parking lots, paving of walkways and the addition of adjacent plaza areas.

Rendering north view

Southeastern temporarily closes area to pedestrians due to construction
As construction progresses this week on Southeastern’s new Computer Science and Technology Building, additional space surrounding the project will be required to perform necessary work.
     In the interest of safety for passers-by, as well those working, the corner of North Oak and West Dakota streets, from Ned McGehee Dr. south to West Dakota St. and from North Pine St. east to North Oak St., will be closed to pedestrian traffic through Monday, July 31.
     Pedestrians are asked to use Ned McGehee Dr. and North Pine St. as a detour to avoid the construction area.
     For more information, contact Chris Asprion at 549-3333 or

Community Music School names Outstanding Musicians
Southeastern’s Community Music School announced Kathleen “Kate” Rush, Brennan Saenz and Elijah “Eli” Strain as the Spring 2017 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final three spring 2017 recitals. All three students are violinists from the studio of Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. Saenz won the vote on the Tuesday, May 9 recital, Rush had the highest number of votes from the recital on May 11, and Strain won the vote of the Friday, May 12 recital.
     “We congratulate our Spring 17 CMS Outstanding Musicians, as well as the other 45 young musicians who performed beautifully at the recitals, Duke said. “We are excited to share our students’ accomplishments with the community as we have big hopes and dreams for all of them.”
     Rush lives in Covington and is an eighth grade student at Archbishop Hannan High School.  She has studied violin for eight-and-a-half years, but her accomplishments don’t end with the violin, Duke said. Apart from her perfect scores on the English and Reading sections of the ACT, Rush has had leading and major roles in drama and musical theatre productions, and she recently co-piloted her first flight as a Cadet Airman in the Civil Air Patrol. She is the president of her class and has been named the 8th grade private school student of the year for the State of Louisiana.
     Saenz was born in Seattle, Wash., and his first language was Mandarin, Chinese. He currently lives in Mandeville and is a third grade student at Magnolia Trace Elementary in Mandeville. Saenz has been playing violin for a little over two years and piano for one year. He received the highest score at the Community Music School’s Spring Festival in March of 2017, where he played both the violin and the piano.
     Strain lives in Slidell and just finished fifth grade at Lake Harbor Middle School. He has studied violin for four years. Strain also plays the piano and recently placed first in the “Level I” category of the District Piano Rally. He also loves to sing and hopes to be a star on Broadway someday, Duke said.
     We are looking forward to the summer programs taking place the last two weeks of June,” Duke added. “The Summer Band Camp as well as the Chamber Music, Guitar and Orchestra workshops are still accepting registrations.”
     “Due to the generous sponsorship of First Guaranty Bank, the CMS will once again offer discounted tuition to students who are on reduced of free lunch at their schools,” Duke said.
     For more information about CMS summer programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

Southeastern hosts children’s summer art workshop

Southeastern’s Department of Non-Credit Programs is sponsoring an art workshop this summer for youths between the ages of 5-13.
     Titled Children’s Art Workshop: Art by Design, the workshop spans eight days, running July 10-20, Mondays - Thursdays, from 9:30-11 a.m. daily. Sessions will take place on Southeastern’s campus in Clark Hall, located at 811 N. Pine Street in Hammond.
     The $65 registration fee includes instruction and art supplies.
     Instruction incorporates drawing and painting, which also includes learning about inspiring famous artists. All students will complete a t-shirt design, model magic sculpture and printmaking project.    

     Sessions are led by Southeastern art students under the direction of Professor Kim Finley-Stansbury from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Space in the camp is limited.
     Payment and registration information are available online at For more information, call 549-2094.

Tamara Alexander

Southeastern student recognized with Gold Circle Award
The editor of the Southeastern’s 2016 yearbook, “Le Souvenir,” has been honored with a Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York.
     Tamara Alexander, a senior kinesiology major from Baton Rouge, received a third place certificate for her page design and content featuring the university football team. The pages showcased photos taken by Alexander, and other student staff photographers, that were captured during the 2015 football season.
     “I chose the pictures for the football spread in a way where I hoped we could cover every aspect of football, such as defensive players, offensive players and special teams,” said Alexander. “When we chose pictures to focus on the whole team, we had a different variety and not just the same players in every picture.”
     Alexander led a team of five student designers who worked on the yearbook.
     In addition to working with “Le Souvenir,” Alexander holds a number of leadership roles on campus. She is currently serving as the president of the Pi Iota chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and has served as the Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council for Southeastern. She is also a member of Order of Omega and has consistently been named to the Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and President’s List.
     Alexander has served as a Golden Girl and videographer for the university football team and expects to graduate in the fall with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in kinesiology.  
     “Tamara has consistently grown in her leadership, photography, and design abilities during her time as a member of the staff,” said Dr. Lee. E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “She has given ‘Le Souvenir’ a unique look and provided the community with lasting memories in her photography and page design. We are very proud of her recognition with this national award because it reaffirms that the skills Tamara has developed here will serve her well after her graduation from Southeastern.”
     The 34th annual Gold Circle Awards attracted more than 4,000 entries produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. Judges cited a total of over 1,200 awards for either First, Second, or Third Place or for Certificates of Merit for those deemed worthy of honorable mention.
     The CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conference, idea exchanges and awards programs.

University website refresh complete 
The university’s website launched a new look last month. The refresh focused on two important areas: student recruitment and responsive design.
     The homepage and many of the main pages, including Admissions, Academics, Campus Life, About and News, now feature new looks, layout and content with improved mobile responsiveness on any size device. The main homepage focuses on showcasing our campus culture of excellence and caring to future Lions.
     Currents students, faculty and staff have a new home on our updated site. The My Den landing page features quick links to everything you need in one place - plus campus news, events and announcements.

My Den

Southeastern hosts advanced academics symposium for IB students

More than 20 students attending International Baccularete high schools throughout the state participated in “Academic Celebration: A Symposium for Advanced Academics” held on the Southeastern campus last week. It was the first such function held in the Gulf South.
    “The symposium was intended to prepare rising juniors in high school for advanced academic courses, such as those offered through the IB Program,” explained program director Cherissa Vitter, who coordinates Southeastern’s program designed to prepare IB teachers. The Southeastern program, based in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is the only one in the Gulf South.
    Students participating in the program were accepted after a rigorous application process, Vitter explained.
    Participating in the program was Heather Michael, a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, who wrote the curriculum for the symposium and spoke at the event.
    At the conclusion of the academic symposium, students presented summaries of their research in poster board presentations to Southeastern faculty, sponsors and family members.
    In addition to Southeastern, sponsors for the event included the United Way, City of Hammond, First Guaranty Bank, Chick-fil-A, Nolan Steward Salon, Subway, Dancing as One, the Teacher Development Lab and several individuals: Elizabeth Reno, Greg Drude, Mike Lofaso, Tom Pistorius and William Davis.

IB SymposiumIB STUDENT SYMPOSIUMSerenity Lewis, right, a junior at the International High School of New Orleans, explains her research presentation on mental illness to Southeastern IB Coordinator Cherissa Vitter, left, and Heather Michael, curriculum director for the Symposium for Advanced Academics held last week on the Southeastern campus. More than 20 high school students from advanced studies programs around the state participated in the three-day program.


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