Veterans Day lecture to focus on Louisiana maneuvers in World War II
An Iraq War veteran and museum curator will present Southeastern’s Department of
History and Political Science’s annual Veterans Day lecture at 1 p.m. on Thursday,
Nov. 9, in Pottle Auditorium.
Titled “The Louisiana Maneuvers 1940 – 1944: The Anvil that Shaped the United
States Army,” the presentation by Captain Richard Moran, curator of the Louisiana
Maneuvers and Military Museum in Pineville, is free and open to the public.
“We are delighted to have Captain Richard Moran, co-chair of the advisory committee
for the National World War II Museum’s special exhibit, ‘The Pelican State Goes to
War: Louisiana in World War II,’ as our Veterans Day speaker this year,” said William
Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “The maneuvers conducted
in Louisiana and adjacent states from 1940 to 1944 were critical to the Allied victory
in World War II, and many of the biggest names in American military history were involved,
including Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Marshall, and George Patton. Nobody
knows more about the maneuvers than Captain Moran. He is also a very engaging speaker
and a really nice guy.”
Robison added that as a bonus this year they will offer a second lecture on Nov.
16, at 1 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre featuring Harry Laver, former Southeastern
professor of history and now a faculty member at the U.S. Army Command and General
Staff College at Leavenworth, Kan. Laver will speak about General Eisenhower’s role
in the war.
For more information on either lecture, contact Robison at 549-2109.
Nursing students to offer bleeding control training
A group of senior Southeastern nursing students has joined a community training program
effort called “Stop the Bleed” geared toward improving bystander response to trauma
through bleeding control know how.
The national program will be locally administered by Southeastern’s College of
Nursing and Health Sciences and North Oaks Health System Trauma Program with support
from Louisiana Council of Emergency Nurses and the Rho Zeta Chapter of the national
nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International.
“Victims of trauma can die quickly from uncontrolled bleeding – within five to
ten minutes,” said nursing student Gabriella Pastore. “Recent active shooter events
have certainly heightened awareness for public response to traumatic injury.”
The students will be offering hands-on training on how to control bleeding after
an injury through proper tourniquet and pressure dressing use. They will train Southeastern
students and faculty on Nov. 8, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Kinesiology and Health Studies
building, located at 400 Mane St., room 2007.
Free training will also be offered to the public on Nov. 11, at Beacon Light
Baptist Church, 500 E. Hanson St. in Hammond from 2 to 4 p.m. No registration is required
for this training.
No experience is necessary to receive the training, and certificates of participation
will be distributed upon completion of the program.
Supported by the Department of Homeland Security, American College of Surgeons
and other stakeholders, “Stop the Bleed” is a grassroots effort to empower bystanders
to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives, Pastore added.
The students are conducting the program as part of their capstone nursing course,
a community outreach research course required of all senior nursing students at Southeastern.
Nursing Instructor Melissa Wafer is serving as the faculty mentor on the project and
said she is proud of how her students partnered with North Oaks for the project. She
said North Oaks plans to continue the training sessions long after the capstone project
“North Oaks will continue the training for the community on an ongoing basis
as an outreach of their trauma program,” Wafer said. “We are very excited to partner
with them, as they have always supported nursing education excellence at Southeastern.”
International Night scheduled
The Department of Languages and Communication is sponsoring International Night on
Nov. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom. The event includes
a variety show and an international buffet and is free to all. Come celebrate cultural
diversity and unity.
For more information contact Aileen Mootoo-Robertson at email@example.com.
Southeastern nurse practitioner program listed as ‘Top Value’ in the nation
Southeastern’s nurse practitioner program in psychiatric mental health has been listed
as one of the most affordable online programs in the nation.
NursePractitionerSchools.com cited Southeastern as a “Top Value,” ranking the
university’s program 19th in the top 20 in the nation. Southeastern was the only university
in Louisiana listed in the ranking.
“The need for mental health practitioners is growing in our nation, and nurses
with advanced degrees in psychiatric mental health care are playing an important role
in filling this need,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the Southeastern College of Nursing
and Health Sciences.
She said these doctoral-level providers assist in diagnosing disease, developing
multi-pronged treatment plans, and educating patients and their families.
The report can be found online at www.nursepractitionerschools.com/online/dnp/psychiatric-np#most_affordable.
Southeastern’s School of Nursing offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees,
preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in their
field while meeting local workforce demands.
The school consistently receives numerous awards and accolades for excellence
in nursing education and has been recognized with the Nightingale Award for Outstanding
Nursing School of the Year three times in the last several years. The School of Nursing
was also cited by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as the best program for advanced
practice in nursing, and the graduate program also was named one of the best programs
in the country by www.mastersdegreeonline.org.
For more information, contact the School of Nursing at 549-2156 or visit www.southeastern.edu.
Chamber Luncheon to be held on campus
Mark your calendars now for the Greater Hammond Chamber luncheon on Dec. 12. The luncheon
will be held in the Student Union Grand Ballroom from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will
feature the President of the University of Louisiana System Dr. James Henderson as
Please make plans to attend and show your support for Southeastern and the University
of Louisiana System.
As a reminder – all employees of Southeastern are entitled to the privileges
of membership through the university’s umbrella membership in the Greater Hammond
Chamber. If your schedule permits, please plan to attend by making your reservation
Southeastern to host parole hearings as part of real-world ready opportunity
Southeastern’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting parole hearings
on campus Nov. 16 as part of a real-world ready educational opportunity for students.
The hearings will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the third floor Student Union Ballroom and
continue throughout the afternoon.
Retired Judge James E. Kuhn of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, a 1968 Southeastern
graduate from Ponchatoula who also brought appellate court hearings to campus, has
played a major role in making the hearings possible.
Southeastern has been working with the Pardon and Parole Board and law enforcement
officials to coordinate the event. Students, faculty, staff and the community at large
are invited to drop in throughout the day as part of a live audience.
“Southeastern is delighted to host the Parole Board hearings on campus,” said
Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Karen Fontenot. “The opportunity
to attend these hearings provides our students with a great learning experience and
is an excellent real-world ready opportunity.”
The offenders will be video streamed during the hearings and not actually present.
The hearings could include emotional testimony and may contain disturbing content.
Law enforcement will be stationed at the entrance door to let attendees in and
out between each parole hearing case. Attendees are permitted to bring keys, paper
and pens to the hearings. No book bags, purses or cell phones will be allowed. Audience
members must remain quiet throughout the proceedings.
For more information, contact the office of Pardons and Parole at 225-342-5424
Southeastern logistics specialist receives national award
Jeffrey J. Risher, a transportation and logistics specialist with Southeastern’s College
of Business has been recognized by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
for his doctoral dissertation research.
Risher, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management,
received the award at the council’s recent annual conference held in Atlanta. Established
in 1963, the council is the leading international association dedicated to education,
research and advancement of the supply chain management profession.
Risher’s study, “From Offshoring to Reshoring: A Conceptual Framework for Manufacturing
Location Decisions in a Slow-Stream World,” explores the outcomes of firms that are
reintroducing domestic manufacturing in the United States. The research was completed
as part of Risher’s studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., where he
was awarded a doctorate in marketing.
After graduating in marketing from Mississippi State University, Risher worked
in several positions with Con-Way Freight before being promoted as linehaul coordinator
in Fort Worth, Tex. He worked as a logistics planner with Matheson Tri-Gas in Irving,
Tex., and later accepted a position as logistics planner with Transport Service Company
in Geismar. He also worked as terminal manager for Central Transport in Baton Rouge.
Risher received his master of business administration degree from Southeastern
and joined the faculty in 2016.
Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies to open exhibit
On Nov. 13, Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies will unveil an exhibit
designed to reveal how a small fruit revolutionized the economy and cultural identity
of the Florida Parishes. The exhibit titled “Fruit Revolution: The Impact of Strawberry
Farming on Southeast Louisiana” emerged as the idea of three graduate research assistants
from the Center said Director Samuel Hyde, who is also Leon Ford Endowed Chair and
Professor of History at Southeastern.
“The students came up with the idea, extensively researched the topic, and performed
100% of the exhibit construction. All I and Assistant Director Keith Finely did was
answer a few questions and comment on how great a job they were doing,” Hyde said.
Faith Allen, Blake Constant, and Sarah Pardue, with some assistance from undergraduate
staff member Emery Foster and intern Bailey Hall, worked for nearly four months researching
and constructing the exhibit, Hyde added.
The exhibit reveals that, with the demise of cotton farming due to the arrival
of the boll weevil and destruction of the timber forests, the region went into a sharp
economic decline that had a devastating impact on society. The introduction of strawberries,
which developed a unique flavor and texture due to the soil quality of the region,
rescued the area from its economic malaise and brought other new industries with it,
such as box and crate plants and refrigeration companies.
The emergence of the strawberry industry was not without controversy and conflict.
One portion of the exhibit explains the heated dispute between unions, big industry,
and small independent farmers.
“The controversy propelled some well-known regional figures to local stardom,
including Congressman Jimmie Morrison,” Pardue said.
Allen said part of the challenge for the students was keeping the exhibit from getting
“Strawberries have had such a huge impact on the region that we had to place
parameters on the size of the exhibit, or we would have worked on it for years,” she
The exhibit, located in the Center on the third floor of Sims Library, will be
open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. until
noon on Friday, and it promises to be educational and entertaining, Constant said.
“I never knew such a little berry could have such a large impact on an entire
state,” she said.
For more information, contact the Center at 549-2151.
FRUIT REVOLUTION - The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies graduate research assistants pose with
the exhibit “Fruit Revolution: The Impact of Strawberry Farming on Southeast Louisiana,”
located on the third floor of Sims Library. From left are Faith Allen, Blake Constant,
and Sarah Pardue.