Sutton to address graduates

Global Marketing Lab opens
Orientation program successful

Student awarded fellowship

Commencement traffic changes planned

Summer work schedule set

Day of Giving successful


Southeastern in the News

This Week in Athletics
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Michele SuttonNorth Oaks president to address Southeastern commencement 
The president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System in Hammond will address Southeastern graduating students at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13.
     Michele Kidd Sutton, a 28-year veteran of North Oaks, will speak at the event scheduled for 10 a.m. at the University Center. The university will confer approximately 1,100 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
     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. She continues her university involvement as a life-time member of the Southeastern Alumni Association and an active member of the FeLIONS support group, having chaired this year’s annual Champagne Bingo fund-raising event. She has also taught marketing as an adjunct instructor in the Southeastern College of Business.
     A board-certified fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, she has served as president and vice president of ACHE’s Southeast Louisiana Chapter. She recently led the merger of the two state chapters into one, now known as the Louisiana Chapter of Healthcare Executives.
     Sutton is a member of the Louisiana Hospital Association and serves on the organization’s political action committee HOSPPAC. She also belongs to the Northshore Healthcare Alliance, Northshore Business Council, and the New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network. She is active in the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, where she has served previously as chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer. She was a 1999 recipient of the chamber’s Annie Award as the outstanding woman in business.
     Other honors Sutton has received include recognition in 2007 as one of 50 Women of the Year by “New Orleans CityBusiness” and the 2007 Golden Pelican Marketer of the Year Award from the Louisiana Society for Hospital Public Relations and Marketing.

Southeastern cuts ribbon on new business lab
Southeastern officials and guests formally opened the Barrios Ng Family Lab for Global Marketing and Latin American Business at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday (May 5) in the College of Business.
    Cutting the ribbon to open the new facility were Jose Barrrios Ng and his wife Veronica. Barrios Ng, a successful business director and entrepreneur in the Republic of Panama with strong ties to Louisiana, is currently president and chairman of the board for one of the largest private universities in Panama, the Universidad Latina de Panama. The institution works closely with the Southeastern Latin American Business and Development Initiative.
    “The addition of this lab provides new and very significant resources for our students and will better prepare them for the real world of business,” said Antoinette Phillips, interim dean of the College of Business. “We are grateful to Dr. Barrios Ng and his family for their generosity in helping to provide our students with the high-tech tools they need to be successful in their careers.”
    The new lab has five workstations with 30 iMac computers and software access to Adobe Creative Cloud, Hootsuite and other resources used in marketing courses, such as advertising, analytics and digital and social media marketing. The lab also features a 136-inch widescreen, interactive learning system, called ActivWall. Southeastern is the first U.S. university to install the system that allows faculty and students the ability to collaborate, connect and share ideas. The equipment has the ability to use Skype for webinar sessions with speakers internationally.
    The lab will also be used to help instruct participants in the Panama Bilingue Program, a joint project with the Republic of Panama to instruct teachers from the Central American nation in English through several months of immersion in the language. The participants in the program will have access to the lab to use the software program Mango Languages to learn English.
    Barrios Ng holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from LSU and a master’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a master’s degree in economic engineering and a doctorate in operations research from UCLA. He also has earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 Southeastern awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
    In 2002 Barrios Ng joined the Panama Canal Authority as chief financial officer, and in 2007 he assumed the role of deputy administrator, where he directed the group that managed the financing for the canal’s $5 billion expansion project. He served as the negotiator on behalf of the Panama Canal Authority of the Free Trade Agreement between Panama and the United states. He has served as president of the Panama Stock Market, Optima Insurance, and the media group Nueva Prensa Financiera, which includes the “Capital Financiero” newspaper.
    He has received numerous awards, including Executive of the Year for his leadership at “Capital Financiero,” Financial Executive of the Year (1996 and 2001) for his work with the Panama stock exchange, several outstanding teacher awards, and the Outstanding Member Award by the Rotary Club of Panama.
Global Marketing LabOPEN FOR BUSINESS – Jose Barrios Ng, Panamanian entrepreneur and president of the Universidad Latina de Panama, and his wife Veronica prepare to cut the ribbon on a new computer lab in the Southeastern College of Business. Pictured are, from left, April Kemp, instructor; Russell McKenzie, head of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management; Barrios Ng and his wife Veronica; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Vice President for Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; Interim Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips; Associate Professor Tara Lopez; and Aristides Baraya, instructor and head of Southeastern’s Latin American Business and Development Initiative.

Orientation program experiences success
On Thursday, April 20, Southeastern held one of its largest orientation programs ever. The start of orientation season went off very successfully against an already high number of applicants and admitted students.  
     “We are fortunate that our efforts are really showing results. Last year we had one of the largest freshmen classes ever and the early numbers for this year look strong as well. This first event showed that we are on the right path,” said Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin.

     The orientation brought in nearly 450 students with over 600 guests, which was the largest orientation group in at least five years.  
     Students attending the early orientation session in the spring are generally scholarship students who are high achievers in high school with strong ACT scores and GPAs. The fact that this orientation, specifically for this type of strong student, is one of the largest of all orientations speaks volumes to the attractiveness of Southeastern and the success in recruiting efforts.
     The orientation was held two days after launching the Southeastern Promise. Many parents and students were anxious to review the program after seeing media coverage. The launch and review resulted in over 100 students signing on within a few days.



Summer work schedule begins Sunday, May 14
Effective May 15, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days.  The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break.  The university will resume the four and a half day workweek on Aug. 7.
     The university will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, as a designated holiday with pay. The university will also be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day, which is a designated holiday with pay.
     It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to special circumstances. The university has a Flexible Work Hours Policy to facilitate such requests which can be found on the university’s website.  An approved flexible work schedule must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the beginning of the semester.
     Time reports for classified employees are to reflect actual hours worked during the workweek.  In the event an employee is required to work in excess of their officially recognized schedule, a request for approved overtime/k-time must be processed in advance through regular channels.
     It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension 2282 or Nettie Burchfield at extension 2088 as the need arises.

Caprice Lee

Southeastern student awarded fellowship to Howard University 
A graduate student in Southeastern’s communication sciences and disorders program has been awarded a fellowship to Howard University in Washington, DC.
     Caprice Lee of Monroe won the Frederick Douglass Fellowship to support her doctoral studies. The award comes with a full tuition waiver and a yearly $20,000 stipend. Lee is a graduate of Southeastern’s bachelor’s program in communication sciences and disorders and will receive her master’s degree at the university’s commencement.
     “From her undergraduate days until the present, Caprice’s intellect and work ethic have been prized and respected by our entire faculty,” said Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders Lillian Stiegler. “She is always thoughtful and thorough in her work and has the persistence to stick to tasks until they are not simply completed, but beautifully so. Caprice is certainly among the top students I have worked with in my 23 years at Southeastern.”
     The Frederick Douglass Doctoral Scholars fellowship program is awarded to new doctoral level students who are also new to Howard University Graduate School. It is designed to recruit academically talented students with an interest in college or university teaching to pursue doctoral studies in the Arts and Humanities and Social and Behavioral Science disciplines at Howard University. The Frederick Douglass award is offered on a competitive basis upon recommendation by the candidate’s prospective department chair and the Financial Aid Advisory Committee.
     To be selected for the program, Lee had to submit three letters of recommendation, a five-page scholarly academic or research writing sample, participate in an interview, and prepare a statement describing how the professoriate fits into her career goals.

Traffic changes planned for Southeastern commencement May 13    
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Michele Kidd Sutton, the president and chief executive officer of North Oaks Health System in Hammond, will address approximately 1,100 graduates who will receive associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted to main campus via North General Pershing Street and SGA Drive. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
     “Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” said Todd. “We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Todd said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
      Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.

Day of Giving successful
Day of Giving graphicThis year’s Day of Giving was held on Wednesday, April 26, and was a huge success! Thanks to many faculty and staff, some key donors and an influx of new donors, we topped even our best expectations raising over $180,000. Donation pledges are still being fulfilled so the total amount raised will still increase.
     Last year, the Southeastern Foundation was able to increase its support of academics and athletics due to a strong Day of Giving in 2016, and this year should prove even better.


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Sherman continues as SLU’s Faculty Senate President


The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, while the Lion baseball team closes out Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions and Lady Lions will not have far to go to compete in the league track meet, which will be hosted by UNO at Tad Gormley Stadium. The meet runs Friday through Sunday and live results will be available at
     Fresh off taking two of three from defending Southland regular season champion Sam Houston State last week, the SLU baseball team (31-16, 17-10 Southland) will close out league play with a three-game series versus Central Arkansas this weekend at Alumni Field.
     The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. Friday will be Star Wars Night at the Pat. Fans who dress up in their favorite Star Wars outfit will receive free admission.
     On Saturday, the two teams meet at 2 p.m. and Southeastern will celebrate Alumni Day. All former players are invited to come back to the Pat and will be recognized prior to the game. A special recognition will be held for the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 team, which was the first SLU squad to reach a NCAA Division I regional. For more information on Alumni Day, contact Larry Hymel at 549-3228 or
     The series wraps on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest. Fans are encouraged to participate in “Pink at the Park”, wearing their pink to support breast cancer awareness. Sunday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score four runs or more, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on Monday to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     The 17th annual Southeastern Louisiana University Coaches Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday at Greystone Plantation Golf Club in Denham Springs.
     The annual event benefits the Southeastern football program. A host of Southeastern coaches and administrative staff will be present to interact with the players. The event, which consists of four-man teams, begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start with registration beginning at 11 a.m. A tournament dinner follows at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee of $150 per person or $600 per team, covers lunch and dinner, golf cart, greens fees, plus a tournament t-shirt.Awards will be given out for the top three finishers.     Participants will have opportunities to win door prizes, as well as to win a new car, courtesy of Gerry Lane, with a hole-in-one. For more information, contact SLU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at  549-5226 or
     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 all of this week’s baseball games at



Football, 17th Annual Coaches Memorial, Greystone Plantation Golf Club, 1 p.m.

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

MAY 12

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Championships, New Orleans, All Day

Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Star Wars Night

MAY 13

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Championships, New Orleans, All Day

Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Alumni Day



MAY 14

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Championships, New Orleans, All Day

Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Pink at the Park
            - Cane’s Challenge

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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