Southeastern confers degrees
Terrell Conference set Jan. 10 & 11
Computer Science students develop app

Offices close for holidays
ByLion takes a break

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Southeastern confers degrees on more than 1,000
Commencement crowd

Southeastern conferred degrees on 1,029 graduates Saturday, Dec. 8, at the university’s commencement ceremony.
     Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D., Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education, addressed Southeastern graduating students.
     Reed’s appointment as Commissioner of Higher Education in April 2018 made her the only female in the country currently serving as a state higher education lead who has led higher education in more than one state.
     Prior to being named Commissioner, Reed served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Working with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Reed led efforts to drive increased educational attainment and erase equity gaps. During her tenure in Colorado, she oversaw the implementation of nearly $109 million in additional support for Colorado Higher Education, bringing funding levels in the state to a historic high.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
     In his welcome, Crain noted that the 1,029 individuals being recognized at commencement included 361 men and 668 women who were receiving 15 different degrees; and representatives from 21 states and 14 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to six students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – political science major Damian Marcus Boldt of Tickfaw, 4.0 gpa; and psychology major Jessica Michol Monsour of Slidell, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Business – accounting major Megan Denise Lanoy of Holden, 3.953 gpa.
     ▪ College of Education – elementary education major, grades 1 – 5, Hannah Morgan Vaughn of Belle Chasse, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – kinesiology/exercise science major Madelyn Noel Jarman of Abita Springs, 3.971 gpa.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – biological sciences, integrative biology major Logan N. Johnson of Kentwood, 3.918 gpa.


Southeastern to host mental health conference Jan. 10 & 11
The University Counseling Center (UCC) at Southeastern will sponsor the second annual Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners Jan. 10 - Jan. 11, in the university’s Student Union.
     Annette Baldwin, outreach liaison for the Southeastern UCC, said conference highlights include a keynote speaker and reception Thursday evening. Friday includes a full day of continuing education opportunities for counseling and other mental health professionals in the areas of supervision, ethics and diagnosis, as well as the expo and networking lunch.
     “Participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with local mental health practitioners, faculty, staff and counseling students,” Baldwin said. “The Conference Expo will showcase area mental health partners dedicated to various aspects of mental health treatment and recovery.”
     Keynote speaker Nicholas Hayes will present “Recovery Research Outcomes – Past, Present and Future.” The presentation will address how current recovery science initiatives could impact the future of healthcare, how technology can assist with increasing recovery access throughout communities, and highlight how everyone can support emerging recovery science initiatives in their communities, said Baldwin.
     Director of Clinical Research and Outcomes for the Cumberland Heights Foundation in Nashville, Hayes is enrolled as a doctoral student in the Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Texas Tech University. He holds dual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, as well as a Chemical Dependency Counselor.
     Registration costs, which include special rates for students, and other details can be found on the website
     The conference honors Tom Terrell, former director for the UCC, for his work with students, faculty and staff at Southeastern, as well as the leadership roles he played with the Louisiana Professional Counseling Association. Terrell was instrumental in developing the Louisiana licensure law for mental health professionals and played a key role in achieving accreditation of the Southeastern UCC with the International Association of Counseling Services.
     “The UCC has worked with our university and mental health community partners to bring another great conference for professionals, faculty, staff and graduate students,” said Baldwin. “We listened to feedback from last year’s conference and are providing more opportunities for networking with added time to our expo and a networking lunch.”
     For more information, email Baldwin at

Nick HayesSLU CONFERENCE SPEAKER – Nicholas Hayes, director of Clinical Research and Outcomes for the Cumberland Heights Foundation in Nashville, will be the keynote speaker at the second annual Terrell Conference for Mental Health Professionals, hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University in January. The conference honors longtime Southeastern counseling director Tom Terrell.

Computer Science students develop app
Dr. Ghassan Alkadi’s Computer Science 411 students, when tasked with identifying clients in need of information technology help, developed an app and web portal that can be utilized by University Housing. Their app creation was designed to streamline processes for residents, resident assistants and professional staff in that department.
     The app allows residents to submit job requests to address issues with heating/cooling, cable, internet, etc. from one platform. At the same time, it allows resident assistants and professional staff to receive the requests, update the status of jobs, and close them out once completed – all from within the app. Within the web portal, professional staff are also able to log in to see how many tickets are open per hall by category.
     While not yet implemented within University Housing, the app and web-portal both show great promise in helping to improve a variety of system processes. The assignment was a real world application of knowledge gleaned in the classroom.

Computer science students develop appAPP DESIGNERS – Students that developed the app include, from left, Andrew Ilgenfritz of Denham Springs, Amanda Costales of Marrero, Margaret Ohler of Covington, and Mitchell Bosman of Youngsville.

Southeastern offices closed during holiday break
Southeastern offices will close for the annual holiday break beginning Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. and will reopen Jan. 3 at 7:30 a.m.
     Information about on-campus dining during the holiday break can be found at
     University police officers will patrol campus buildings and will request identification from anyone found in buildings officially closed for the break.
     Employees and other individuals seeking access to campus should call the University Police Department at 549-2222 to make arrangements. The University Police Department is open around the clock to assist with all inquiries or special needs.

ByLion takes a break
This will be the final ByLion of 2018. ByLion will return with the spring semester in January 2019. Happy Holidays!


Livingston Parish News

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Southeastern Louisiana University to improve guest experience at commencement


The Southeastern Louisiana men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to action after over a week off during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU men’s team (4-4) only has one game on tap this week. On Wednesday, the Lions will travel to Jackson, Mississippi to face Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m.
     The Lady Lions (4-2) have two road games on this week’s slate. Southeastern will start the week on Wednesday, facing Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, SLU travels to Alabama A&M for a 3 p.m. non-conference contest.
     Wednesday’s men’s basketball game will be broadcast on SEC Network+. Wednesday’s women’s basketball game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience, RadioFX and TuneIn Radio apps.


Southeastern Athletics, the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs will hold a food drive throughout the months of November and December. Fans who bring one of the requested items to the University Center (game day only) or the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket.
     All items will be donated to the SLU Food Pantry. Requested items include snack bars, tuna, soup, cereal, pop tarts, macaroni and cheese, cup noodles, pasta, ramen noodles, chili, black beans, red beans, dry beans, peanut butter, jelly, Vienna sausage, rice, instant rice, instant potatoes, microwave meals, fruit cups, mouthwash, shampoo and toothpaste.

For more information on Southeastern Athletics, follow @SLUAthletics on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit


DEC 12

Men’s Basketball, vs. Ole Miss, Jackson, Miss., 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Women’s Basketball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)

DEC 15

Women’s Basketball, at Alabama A&M, Huntsville, Ala.,

3 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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