Southeastern confers degrees
Website gets new look
SBDC receives award

CMS receives donation
Soccer Camp offered for kids 5-12
Southeastern in the News

This Week in Athletics
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President Medal winnersSoutheastern confers degrees on more than 1,000
Southeastern conferred degrees on 1,112 graduates Saturday, May 13, at the university’s spring commencement exercises.
     Michele Kidd Sutton, president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System in Hammond, addressed the graduating students.
     A 28-year veteran of North Oaks, Sutton began her career at North Oaks in 1988 as its community resources officer. In 2006 she was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of the health system. In 2017 she assumed added responsibilities as president and CEO of its medical system. She played an integral role in the development of the strategic plan to initiate the health system’s recent $250 million expansion project, as well as numerous new product and service lines.
         An alumna of Southeastern, Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with minors in communication and management, as well as a master of business administration degree.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
      In his welcome, Crain noted that the graduates being recognized included 410 men and 702 women who were receiving 16 different degrees. The class included representatives from 22 states and 19 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to 19 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – psychology major Maria Alicia Alphonso of Ponchatoula; communication major Kaylee Ann Collier of Albion, Michigan; music major Lauren Marie Gibson of Walker; communication major Meredith Anne Keating of Laplace; Spanish major Micaela Elizabeth Lanus of Ponchatoula; criminal justice major Meaghan Summer McCardle of Slidell; English major Sarah Elizabeth Montelepre of Folsom; English major Kyla Ann Robertson of Prairieville; communication major Brooke Ashleigh Robichaux of Destrehan; and general studies major Samantha Cifelli Ryals of Hammond, all with a 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Business – finance major Caleb Daniel Borelly of Lacombe; marketing major Danielle Gail Coniglio of Walker; accounting major Amanda Caitlyn McInerney of Covington; accounting major Ashley Rose Nelson of Loranger; and accounting major Luke Glen Yoes of Ponchatoula, all with a 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Education and Human Development – elementary education major Randi Nicole St. Pierre of St. Amant, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – communication sciences and disorders major Maya Marie Gauthier of Hahnville, 4.0 gpa; and sport management major Amber Michelle Lasher of Norco, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – computer science major Bibek Gautam of Nepal, 3.976 gpa.


MEDAL WINNERS - Southeastern honors students who distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of studies with the university's highest academic honor, the President's Medal for Academic Excellence. Pictured, first row, from left, are: Samantha Cifelli Ryals, Alexandria; Sarah E. Montelepre, Folsom; Kyla Ann Robertson, Prairieville; Ashley R. Nelson, Loranger; Michaela E. Lanus, Ponchatoula; Brooke A. Robichaux, Destrehan; Caleb D. Borelly, Slidell; Meredith A. Keating, Laplace; Lauren  M. Gibson, Walker; and Luke G. Yoes, Ponchatoula; back row, from left: Southeastern President John L. Crain; Maya M. Gauthier, Hahnville; Randi N. St. Pierre, St. Amant; Meaghan S. McCardle, Slidell; Maria A. Alphonso, Ponchatoula; Amanda C. McInerney, Covington; Amber M. Lasher, California; Kaylee A. Collier, Albion, Mich.; Daniel G. Coniglio, Walker; Bibek Gautam, Nepal; and commencement speaker Michele Kidd Sutton, president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System.

University website gets fresh look
On May 20, the university’s website launches a new look with two important focuses: student recruitment and responsive design.

New website look

     The homepage and many of the main pages, including Admissions, Academics, Campus Life, About and News, will 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 will have a new home on our updated site My Den, featuring quick links to everything you need in one place - plus campus news, events and announcements.

Website screen shot

     To learn more about the upcoming refresh to the website, visit

Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank sponsorship
First Guaranty Bank is once again providing support to the Southeastern Community Music School.
     “Over the past few years, many students from our community have benefited from the bank’s sponsorship of the program,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “Due to First Guaranty Bank’s generosity, during the fall 2017 and the spring of 2018 semesters, the Community Music School will again be able to provide need based tuition assistance to students who qualify.”
     Duke said that partners like First Guaranty Bank play an important role in preserving the quality of programs, such as the Community Music School, and in making them accessible and affordable to everyone.  
     The Community Music School, located on the Southeastern campus and its two satellite locations at the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Center in Walker, offers music instruction on various instruments and voice for children and adults of all ages.
     In addition to private music lessons, Duke said, the Community Music School offers a number of programs which allow for children and adults on the northshore and the surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Such programs include the Middle School Band Camp, as well as guitar, orchestra and chamber music workshops taking place during the last two weeks of June. Registration is now open, and information about the programs is available at
     For more information about the Community Music School’s year-round program, visit or call 549-5502.
First Guaranty Bank sponsors Community Music School
FIRST GUARANTY BANK LENDS A HAND– Southeastern Community Music School Director Jivka Duke, left, receives a donation from First Guaranty Bank representative and Southeastern graduate Jane Wear. First Guaranty Bank has helped support Southeastern’s Community Music School over the last seven years.

Southeastern's SBDC among best in U.S.
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern was recognized as the top U.S. Region VI SBDC for Excellence and Innovation.
     The event, held recently at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion and hosted by Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration, recognizes the outstanding contributions of business and business service organizations throughout the state and beyond.  
     Southeastern’s group was named the top SBDC for Louisiana and for SBA’s Region VI, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The honor gains them the distinction as one of the top 10 Small Business Development Centers in the nation based on four criteria: exceptional performance milestones, innovative events and programs, strong advocates for small business, and staff/center development and growth.
     “Southeastern’s Small Business Development Center continues to excel, both in Louisiana and nationally, setting exemplary standard for service to area businesses and employers,” said President John L. Crain. “The SBDC is a valuable resource used by hundreds of businesses in the area and contributes significantly to the economic development of the state.”
     Southeastern hosts one of about 1,000 SBDCs in the United States and one of nine in Louisiana. The Southeastern SBDC, under the direction of William Joubert, serves the five-parish region of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. Other staff members include Assistant Director and Training Coordinator Sandy Summers, Senior Business Consultant Wayne R. Ricks and Business Consultant Brandy M. Boudreaux.
     In the past five years, the SBDC has assisted more than 3,500 clients, aided in the development of more than 300 new businesses and expansions, helped businesses create 1,776 new jobs and obtain more than $258 million in capital formation. More than 10,000 people have attended business training events sponsored by the center.  
     In 2015 the Southeastern LSBDC received a 2015 National Excellence and Innovation Award and received honors at the White House during National Small Business Week.
     “Our success could not have been achieved without the strong cooperation we receive from Don Pierson and the Louisiana Economic Development team as well as local economic development agencies and chambers of commerce, as we work together to improve the economic climate and opportunities for the region,” said Joubert.
     Located in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center near the university campus, the LSBDC works cooperatively with other elements in the center, including a business incubator, the Business Research Center and several area economic development organizations.

SBDC wins awardSOUTHEASTERN SBDC AMONG BEST – Southeastern’s Small Business Development Center was recognized as the best in Louisiana and the nation’s five-state Region VI. The award was presented at a recent event at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion and sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Pictured are, from left, Senior Business Consultant Wayne R. Ricks, Assistant Director and Training Coordinator Sandy Summers, U.S. Small Business Administrator District Director Michael Ricks, Director William Joubert, and Business Consultant Brandy M. Boudreaux.

Summer Soccer Camp scheduled
Southeastern Soccer is hosting a summer soccer camp for kids 5-12 years old. The camp will take place June 5-8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. The cost per camper is $90.
     For more information or to register, contact Christopher McBride at


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The Southeastern baseball team will close out the 2017 regular season and celebrate Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Fresh off a series sweep of league foe Central Arkansas and having already secured a top four seed in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament, the Lions (34-16, 20-10 Southland) will close out their non-conference road schedule versus nationally-ranked Southern Miss on Tuesday. First pitch at MGM Park – home of the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers – is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
     The Lions will then return home to close out the regular season at the Pat with a three-game series versus Seton Hall. The series opens on Thursday with a 6 p.m. contest. Thursday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score four or more runs, fans will be able to redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on Friday for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     The series continues on Friday with a 6 p.m. contest and Military Appreciation Day. All fans presenting a valid service member ID will receive free admission.
     The regular season wraps ups with a 12 p.m. contest. Prior to the game, seniors Carson Crites, Jacob Seward, Derrick Mount, Webb Bobo, Ryan Byers and Cliff Hurst will be honored in a special Senior Day ceremony.
     The latest installment of The Matt Riser Show airs Monday at 7 p.m. from Buddies' Bar & Grill on S. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show airs on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM. The show is also available online at and on the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can tweet questions for Coach Riser to @Lions_Baseball.
     All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast 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 the Seton Hall series at


MAY 15

Baseball, The Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun) (The Highway) (WFPR)

MAY 16

Baseball, vs. Southern Miss, Biloxi, Miss., 7:05 p.m. (KSLU)

MAY 18

Baseball, vs. Seton Hall, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     -  Cane’s Challenge

MAY 19

Baseball, vs. Seton Hall, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     - Military Appreciation Day

MAY 20

Baseball, vs. Seton Hall, Alumni Field, 12 p.m. (KSLU)
     - Senior Day

Southeastern home events in bold.


Dr. Claudia L. McCalman (Languages and Communication) recently presented her work, “Daily Interpersonal Interactions: A Qualitative Analysis of South American College Students,” at the annual convention of the Society for Cross-Cultural Psychology.


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