Convocation honors faculty, staff
Welcome Week begins
Years of service recognized
Back to School Social set

CMS registration now open

Part-time job fair scheduled
Corgi is cutest pet photo winner 
Student wins film award

Comments on nursing degree solicited

Undergraduate Coordinator Kickoff held

Move-in Mane-ia

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Southeastern faculty, staff receive top awards at convocation
Excellence winnersSoutheastern opened the 2018-19 academic year Friday (Aug. 10) with its fall convocation that included presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff.
     The event also included announcement of newly endowed scholarships and professorships, emeritus faculty awards, and recognition of service awards to faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 years.
     Receiving the President’s Awards for Excellence were, from left, Professor and Department Head of Kinesiology and Health Studies Eddie Hebert, teaching; Sandra Lelleck, Physical Plant business manager, unclassified staff service; Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Science Holly Kihm, research; Associate Professor of New Media and Animation Cristina Molina, artistic activity; and Associate Professor of Communication and Coordinator of e-Learning Amber Narro, faculty service.
     Molina’s motivation for creating artwork grew through her study of psychology, as she became fascinated by archetypal theories and how they manifest throughout individual lives. Her work has been recognized by the leading art journal “Art in America” and has been featured in galleries and museums such as the College Arts Association Conference in New York, Chicago Industrial Arts + Design Center, Miami Beach Urban Studies, and American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center in Washington DC.
     Kihm’s research interest in childhood obesity was sparked by her work as a child life specialist prior to her tenure at Southeastern. She has published 17 peer-reviewed articles as first author and seven peer-reviewed articles as co-author. Kihm actively seeks funding to support her research projects and has obtained numerous grants, including a Board of Regents Traditional Enhancement Grant that supported the creation of the Interactive Physical Activity Lab (IPAL), a teaching space where faculty and students work with local youth and their families to develop healthier lifestyles.
     Hebert has been teaching at Southeastern since 1996. His areas of specialization include motor learning, physical education, teacher education, physical fitness, and research methods and statistics. His Student Opinion of Teaching surveys are consistently above the university, college and department averages. Hebert firmly believes that preparation makes the difference, and he must be prepared for class in order to expect the same from his students.
     Narro’s service on campus began with student organizations, having worked with the Department of Languages and Communication’s Press Club for nearly a decade. She has also served on multiple university committees, including the Active Alumni, Website Refresh and Rock n’ Roar committees. Outside the university, Narro has served on the board of Options for 15 years and currently serves on the board of Hammond’s Smokin’ BBQ Challenge, which funds local non-profits. She is a board member of the Ginger Ford Fuller Center for Housing, is the finance chair for Junior Auxiliary, and is a member of the Greater Hammond and Ponchatoula chambers of commerce.
     As Business Manager of Southeastern’s Physical Plant, Lelleck manages more than 18 departmental budgets and tracks and processes university utilities in excess of 4.5 million dollars annually. She oversees physical plant payroll and timekeeping, work order generation, and customer service. Lelleck volunteers her time to many organizations, including Court Appointed Special Advocates, Head Start, and Relay for Life.
     The term “Emeritus” is a title awarded to only a few select individuals in recognition of distinguished and extraordinary service. Receiving Emeritus faculty awards were Professor Emeritus of Education Jeanne Burns, Professor Emeritus of Education Cynthia Elliott, Professor Emeritus of Music and Performing Arts Martie Fellom, Professor Emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders Nina Simmons-Mackie, and Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Health Studies Linda Synovitz.
     The university also announced the establishment of the Judge Sheldon Fernandez First Generation Endowed Scholarship and the Robert and Lydia Hardy Endowed Professorship in Mathematics.
     Three student-athletes were also recognized during convocation for their bravery with “Heart of a Lion” awards. Southeastern baseball players Trey Morgan, Evan Pace, and Kyle Schimpf were driving to British Columbia to play summer baseball when they found a burning vehicle with a woman inside. They pulled her from the vehicle only moments before it burst into flames. As a result of their heroic actions, Southeastern Alumnus and former baseball player John Manzella, established the Trey Morgan, Evan Pace, and Kyle Schimpf Endowed Scholarship in Baseball.


Heart of a Lion awards


SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT-ATHLETES HONORED WITH HEART OF A LION AWARDS – Southeastern honored three baseball players at its fall convocation for saving a woman from a burning vehicle. As a result of their heroic actions, Southeastern Alumnus and former baseball player John Manzella, established the Trey Morgan, Evan Pace, and Kyle Schimpf Endowed Scholarship in Baseball. From left are Southeastern Athletic Director Jay Artigues, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Manzella, Schimpf, Morgan, Pace, and Southeastern Head Baseball Coach Matt Riser.

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.”
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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 limited.
     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.
Wine and Wellness

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 Union breezeway.
     “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 or call 549-2121.

KSLU announces Cutest Pet Photo Contest winner
Jeffrey the CorgiSoutheastern’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,” 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; one pair of custom pet picture socks from; and a $25 gift card from The Rind Cheese Shop and Catering.
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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

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 students.”
     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.”

Undergraduate coordinator kickoff

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 Coordinator Kickoff.

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.

Forty years of service 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

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” competition.
     “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.
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Amanda TriayFILM 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.

Move-in Mane-ia 

Move-in Mane-iaRyan 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.


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St. Tammany College Notes for August 1, 2018



Southeastern will officially open the 2018-19 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU soccer team will open its second season under head coach Chris McBride with a pair of non-conference matches. On Friday, the Lady Lions head to Jackson State for a 3 p.m. match. Southeastern opens its home schedule on Sunday night, hosting Alcorn State at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Sunday’s match at
     Southeastern Athletics will help welcome students back to campus with Strawberry Jam on Tuesday at Strawberry Stadium.
     The event is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and is open exclusively to Southeastern students. The first 600 students in attendance will receive free food from presenting sponsor Olive Garden and a free t-shirt.
     A pep rally featuring football, soccer and volleyball student-athletes is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. The Southeastern cheerleaders, the national champion Lionettes dance team and the Spirit of the Southland band will also be in attendance.
     Local DJ K Strikez will provide musical entertainment. Students will also be able to enjoy yard games and interactive inflatables.
     For more information on Strawberry Jam, contact Southeastern Director of Marketing and Student Promotions Lindsey Cramer at 549-3227 or


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AUG 14

Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

AUG 17

Soccer, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 3 p.m.

AUG 19

Soccer, vs. Alcorn State, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (LionVision)

Southeastern home events in bold.


Edward Hebert (Kinesiology and Health Studies) published an article titled “The effects of observing a learning model (or two) on motor skill acquisition” in the Journal of Motor Learning and Development.
     John Hatcher (Educational Leadership and Technology) received the Presidents Community Service Award for chairing the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum’s 31st annual Black Tie Affair, the main fundraiser for the museum each year. Over 360 people attended the event.

     Professors Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) and Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (Political Science) presented their paper, “Climate Change as Critical Security Threat,” at the Global Studies Conference in Granada, Spain, July 30.

     Anne Babson (English) will read selections from her book Polite Occasions at the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. She will also be featured in a radio interview on The Reading Life on WWNO that will air Sept. 2 at noon.


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