Southeastern launches semester with Welcome Week
Students new and returning to Southeastern are invited to jumpstart the fall semester
with a multitude of activities and events offered through Welcome Week.
Scheduled Aug. 12-18, Welcome Week is intended to help students make Southeastern
their home away from home and to settle into campus life as classes begin, said Eric
Summers, vice president of Student Affairs.
“Adjusting to university life can be challenging, especially for new, beginning
students,” Summers said. “Our hope is that their participation in Welcome Week will
lessen their anxieties and prepare them for a successful semester.”
Alumni Association hosts Back to School Social
Welcome back faculty and staff! The Alumni Association’s University Chapter is hosting
a Wine and Wellness event on Aug. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Victory Club to kick
off the semester. This event is open to current faculty and staff only and space is
Wine and Wellness is free for Faculty/Staff alumni members and $5 for non-alumni
members. Register today.
Interested in joining Alumni? Join online here.
Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services will sponsor a special job fair on Aug. 23
to help students locate part-time jobs while they complete their studies.
Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Student
“The fair offers an opportunity for students interested in part-time employment
or internships to connect with approximately 30 local employers,” said Director of
Career Services Ken Ridgedell. “Employers’ representatives will be on hand to accept
job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students.”
Ridgedell said the part-time job fair is a casual dress event for students to
drop by between classes.
The university’s official Career Fair 2018, Career Services’ annual job fair
for upper-class students and recent alumni looking for full-time placement, will be
held Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
For additional information about the part-time job fair or Career Fair, visit
southeastern.edu/careerservices or call 549-2121.
KSLU announces Cutest Pet Photo Contest winner
Southeastern’s public radio station KSLU 90.9 FM recently announced Jeffery the corgi’s
photo as the winner of the first annual KSLU Cutest Pet Photo Contest.
“This year’s Cutest Pet Photo Contest, presented by Royal Pets Grooming Spa,
was a huge success. We were so pleased by the support we received from the community,
with 252 entries and over 9,000 votes logged on our contest page kslucontests.com,”
said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney. “The variety of competitors was amazing: cats,
dogs, horses, pigs, lizards, snakes, even a hedgehog. We’re already looking forward
to next year’s competition.”
Jeffery and his owner, Benjamin Moore of Hammond, will receive the following:
a gift basket from Camp Bow Wow in Covington, valued at $185; a one-hour photo shoot
from Long After Photography with 25 high resolution digital images available for download
and a 16 x 20 canvas wrap print of the winner’s favorite photo; a hand painted portrait
of Jeffery’s winning photo, along with a basket of toys, treats and food courtesy
of Chewy.com; one pair of custom pet picture socks from DivvyUp.com; and a $25 gift
card from The Rind Cheese Shop and Catering.
Comments on nursing doctoral program solicited
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will conduct an initial accreditation
review of the doctor of nursing practice program offered by Southeastern.
The review -- to be conducted Sept. 12-14 -- is intended to assess the educational
program’s compliance with CCNE standards.
Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment
on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for continuing
accreditation, according to CCNE.
Individuals with pertinent and valid information about the program are invited
to submit their comments in writing to CCNE at least 30 days before the review that
will commence Sept. 12. Only signed comments will be accepted by the agency.
CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team prior to
the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with
the program. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party
comments, if any relate to the accreditation standards and the program’s qualifications
for accreditation status.
Information should be sent 30 days before the visit begins to the Commission
on Collegiate Nursing Education, Attention: Third-Party Comments, at 665 K St., Suite
750, Washington, DC 20001. Third party comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate Coordinator Kickoff held
On Aug. 8 the Office of the Provost hosted its first Undergraduate Coordinator Kickoff.
The event, held in the Student Union, brought together 24 departmental coordinators
who serve as advisors and liaisons between students and their department.
“Our undergraduate coordinators serve a key role in our retention and progression
efforts,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena L. Golding. “They
not only offer academic guidance for our current students, but they often provide
the first introduction of who we are and what we have to offer to new and potential
The Kickoff agenda included sessions focused on student support services and
strengthening communication between undergraduate coordinators, Enrollment Management
and the Center for Student Excellence (CSE).
Presenters included Dr. Peter Emerson, who spoke about the Profile of Today’s
College Student; Dr. Lorett Swank, First Year Advising; Dr. Gabe Willis and Gene Pregeant,
Title IX; Dr. Kay Maurin and Lori Fairburn, Enrollment Reporting and the Southeastern
Promise; and Anthony Ranatza, Amanda Hammonds, and Ryan Kavanaugh, Admissions and
Recruiting for the Academic Year. CSE advisors also joined the lunch session for discussions
of bridge activities and the Profile of Today’s College Student presentation.
“We have such a great group of coordinators and CSE advisors,” said Golding.
“Our students are certainly in good hands.”
Above: Seated, from left, Dennis Sipiorski (Visual Art + Design), Bridget Hester (History
& Political Science), Kristie Riddle (Nursing), Christina Parker (Psychology), and
Gerald McNeill (Sociology & Criminal Justice) pose with Roomie during the Undergraduate
Faculty, staff honored for years of service
Faculty and staff were honored at the annual convocation Friday for their years of
service to the university. Faculty and staff who have worked at the university for
25, 30, 35, 40, and 50 years were honored.
40 Years of Service
Richard Louth, far left, and Mildred Bryant were honored for 40 years of service to
the university. Congratulating them is President Crain.
35 Years of Service
Those honored for 35 years of service included Keith Bancroft, Dianna Laurent, William
Robison and James Traylor.
30 Years of Service
Those honored for 30 years of service included Gwendolyn Autin, Elizabeth Berry, David
Busekist, David Hanson, Cheryll Javaherian, Edgar Reyes and Bary Smith.
25 Years of Service
Those honored for 25 years of service included Ghassan Alkadi, Jeffrey Bell, Vito
Cali, Jr., Rachelle Cope, Willie Ennis III, Agnieszka Gutthy, Mark Hemel, Samuel Hyde,
William Joubert, Terri Miller-Drufner, Christine Mitchell, Kenneth Mitchell, Victoria
Mocsary, Mildred Naquin, Lori Ostarly, Chris Piediscalzo, Kenneth Ridgedell, Steven
Schepker, Randall Settoon, Bernette Sibley, Roxanne Stoehr, and Wilson Watts.
Community Music School registration now open
Southeastern’s Community Music School (CMS) is accepting registrations for its 2018
session, which begins on Aug. 27.
Registration has already begun and will remain open throughout the semester, however
registrations received after Aug. 20 will incur a $20 late fee.
The 13-week fall semester will offer individual lessons on various instruments
and voice to students of all ages. In addition, violin, viola and cello students who
have one year of previous experience may participate in the five-week orchestra session,
said CMS Director Jivka Duke. Home school students can take advantage of the newly
formed “Group Piano for Home School Students” class, which will consist of two, five-
week sessions. Opportunities for music theory classes and ensemble formation are also
available upon request.
“Working with our talented students is always a joyful and rewarding experience
and this fall we have many wonderful performances planned. The first one is Sept.
15 at 1 p.m. at the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library, and it will showcase
our Spring 2018 Outstanding Musicians,” said Duke. “Our Kids Orchestra will once again
perform at the annual Jolly Jingles Market on Nov. 10, and the pivotal performance
of the semester will take place at the end of November, when four Community Music
School students will perform as soloists with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra.
During the end of the semester recitals, the audience will have a chance to vote and
choose the new Outstanding Musicians.”
Duke said the generous sponsorship of First Guaranty Bank will allow the CMS
once again to offer discounted tuition to students who received reduced or free lunch
at their schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.
For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502,
or visit the CMS website at www.southeastern.edu/cms.
Southeastern student wins film festival award
Southeastern student Amanda Triay with the Southeastern Channel earned a second-place
international film award for her short documentary on Hammond resident Benny Latino’s
remarkable recovery of his speech after suffering a stroke.
Triay of Denham Springs won a 2018 Silver Remi Award for her 10-minute documentary,
“To Speak Again,” at the 51st annual WorldFest International Film and Video Festival
in Houston. She won the award in the “College Student” division of the “Film and Video”
“The Remi is one of the most prestigious awards for young filmmakers - it’s where
all of the greats got their start!” said Triay.
As the longest-running film festival in North America, WorldFest has given the
first awards to filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Oliver
Stone, the Coen Brothers and others.
Triay graduated from Southeastern in December of 2017 and was immediately hired
as a marketing producer at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge where she writes, produces, directs,
shoots and edits commercials and promotional spots for the Creative Services Department.
“Without the Southeastern Channel, I would have never found a job doing what
I love!” Triay said. “I’m blessed to work at WAFB in Baton Rouge, and it’s thanks
to the Southeastern Channel that I even got this chance.”
Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said “To Speak Again” chronicles
the desperate journey of Latino, a popular Hammond resident and longtime owner of
Kelly’s Bar, now named Benny’s Place. Latino suffered a stroke in 2012 and fell into
a coma for almost three days. As a result, he lost the ability to speak and understand
what others were saying, a condition commonly known as Aphasia.
FILM FESTIVAL WINNER - Southeastern student Amanda Triay (right) of Denham Springs recently won a second-place
2018 Silver Remi Award at the WorldFest International Film and Video Festival in Houston.
Triay won for her 10-minute documentary, “To Speak Again,” produced for the Southeastern
Channel. Triay wrote, produced, directed, shot and edited the documentary. At left
is Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.
Ryan Rumsey, far right, of Mandeville gets some help from his family as he moves into
Ascension Hall, one of the newly opened residence halls at Southeastern, on Sunday
(Aug. 12) during Move-in Mane-ia as part of Welcome Week. Pictured, from left, are
his mother Kylie Rumsey and dad Scott. Ryan is a freshman planning to major in general
studies. For more information on Welcome Week, click here.