Southeastern presented with Link Award
The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce awarded Southeastern with the February Link
Award in recognition of the new Industrial Technology Building. From left are Dr.
George Anthon, Southeastern Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tena
Golding, Director of Facility Planning Ken Howe, Linda Ross, Southeastern President
Dr. John L. Crain, Dr. Rusty Mayer, College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Dan
McCarthy, Jewel Jamal, Theresa Harris, Jason Wilson, Southeastern Vice President of
Administration and Finance Sam Domiano, Computer Science and Industrial Technology
Interim Department Head Dr. Lu Yuan, Chamber President and CEO Melissa Bordelon, and
Southeastern to continue lecture series on Louisiana and World War II
Louisiana and World II: A Yearlong Lecture Series 2017-18 resumes for the spring
semester this month and continues through April.
Held in conjunction with The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War
II, a National World War II Museum special exhibit, the series incorporates all lectures
sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and supported by the
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Languages and Communication,
and the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
All lectures will be in the Student Union Theatre, unless otherwise indicated,
are free and open to the public, and include the following:
• Mark Bielski of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours will discuss the D-Day invasion
on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. Bielski leads a variety of battlefield tours, including
one in Normandy, hosts the weekly “History With Mark Bielski” podcast, and is the
author of “Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Divided Poles in a Divided
• The following week on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., Southeastern’s Samantha
Perez will discuss the internment of Japanese prisoners of war in Louisiana during
World War II. Assistant Professor of History and Graduate Coordinator for the Master
of Arts in History program, Perez has published on Louisiana history, including her
book “The Isleños of Louisiana: On the Water’s Edge.”
Let’s Talk: Art highlights Morrison Biennial Sculpture Show at HRAC
The opening lecture in the spring series of “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by
Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center,
and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at
the Hammond Regional Art Center, located at 217 East Thomas Street, across from the
Southeastern Professor of Sculpture Jeff Mickey will discuss the sculptural elements
and characteristics featured in the 5th Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial, the
current exhibit at the Arts Center.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Hammond Regional Arts Center at 542-7113.
Southeastern to host Covington-Hammond Human Trafficking Summit
The Counseling Honor Society Chi Sigma Iota is hosting the Covington-Hammond Human
Trafficking Summit on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Southeastern Student Union Ballrooms
B & C from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Governor’s Office in collaboration with Department of Children and Family
Services (DCFS), the Louisiana Alliance of Children’s Advocacy Centers (LACAC), Louisiana
State Police (LSP), HP Serve, and the Governor’s Office Human Trafficking Prevention
Commission is hosting a series of Regional Human Trafficking Summits to gather information
from local and statewide providers and stakeholders regarding the existing services,
protocols, strengths and challenges surrounding the community response to trafficking
victims. Your input and voice are important as this initiative will inform future
efforts and work towards strengthening Louisiana’s statewide network and collaborative
response to human trafficking. We look forward to participation from agency leaders
as well as any staff or team members that would like to attend. Please feel free to
delegate within your agency.
This one-day summit on a community’s response to human trafficking will serve
as a focus group, designed to leverage the collective experience and knowledge of
a community to ensure the most effective response for victims of human trafficking,
fostering regional collaboration and resource sharing. The format will be a full day
of facilitated discussion, and the content will be participant-driven.
Please register as early as possible, as capacity will be limited to allow for
an environment conducive to conversation and collaboration between all attendees.
Registration is available online here and takes between five and seven minutes. First click the Register button under the
Community Response to Child Sex Trafficking Summit. You will then need to create a
student account to proceed with registration. This event is facilitated and provided
by AMBER Alert, a program of the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC)
at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC).
Journalist John Pope to speak at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library
John Pope, well-known writer and author, will be the featured speaker for the seventh
annual Friends of Sims Library Marjorie Morrison Members’ Tea on Saturday, March 3,
at 2 p.m., at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library.
Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches
Pope is a contributing writer to NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune and author of “Getting
Off at Elysian Fields,” an anthology of 123 of his obituaries and four New Orleans
funerals that he covered.
The recipient of numerous awards for his writing, Pope received a Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Press Club of New Orleans and was part of The Times-Picayune team that
won two Pulitzer Prizes, a George Polk Award, a National Headliner Award and the Medill
Award for Courage in Journalism for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
“John Pope has lectured widely to great acclaim, and he is a delightful and entertaining
speaker,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “His book will be available for
purchase at the event, and a book signing will follow the tea.”
The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library who have renewed their
membership for 2018/19. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year
individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10, and
a drawing will be held for door prizes.
Reservations must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 28. To reserve a seat or to
find out more about FOSL, contact Janie Branham at 549-2186 or FOSL@southeastern.edu.
Southeastern’s Chefs Evening to offer more restaurants
In recent years, Southeastern’s Chefs Evening has become known as a “taste of the
Northshore” and has become a reflection of the incredible offerings from the region.
With many new restaurants from across the region participating this year, the total
number of establishments will be the largest from the past several years.
Louisiana is known for its flair for creating and experiencing good food, and
the Northshore region is a perfect example of inventive and traditional restaurants,
unique niche food and grocery stores, distillers, brewers, bakeries and so much more.
Chefs Evening is scheduled for Sunday, March 4, at the Southeastern Student Union
Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. The event promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages,
and wine tastings.
Restaurants and beverage companies participating include: Acquistapace’s Covington
Supermarket, Benedict’s Plantation, Blackened Brew, Cate Street Seafood Station, Champagne
Beverage, Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café, Crescent Bar, Don’s Seafood, Eddie’s Frozen
Custard, Gallagher’s Grill, Gnarly Barley, Iron Horse Sports Bar & Spirits, Jacmel
Inn, Jim Carey Distributing, La Carretta, Le Saigon, PJ’s Coffee, Salty Joe’s BBQ
Shop, Santa Fe Cattle Co., Sarita’s Mexican Grill and Cantina, Southeastern Catering,
The Boston Restaurant, Tope La, Trey Yuen, and others as well.
Tickets are available for Chefs Evening or to both Chefs Evening and the President’s
Toast, hosted by President John L. Crain at the President’s Residence. To order individual
tickets, patron tables or for more information, call 549-2239, email email@example.com or visit the website www.southeastern.edu/chefsevening.
FINE CUISINE AT CHEFS EVENING – Representatives of Aquistapace’s Covington Supermarket pose at Southeastern’s Chefs
Evening last year. Acquistapace’s, as well as many other vendors, will participate
in Chefs Evening 2018, scheduled March 4 at Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom
from 5:30-8 p.m.
Campus Coffee Ministry Donates Funds to Southeastern Food Pantry
Part of the Southeastern Foundation’s focus is to encourage a culture of giving on
campus. The Wesley Foundation on campus recently opened Kairos Koffeehouse, and the
proceeds for the fall semester went to the support the Southeastern Food Pantry. The
donation totaled $700.
Kairos Koffeehouse’s quality menu items are made by skilled volunteers. There
items are offered for a “suggested donation.” Customers can pay more, they can pay
less, or they can have their item on the house. Kairos Koffeehouse just loves to make
All proceeds from the menu items allow them to keep Kairos Koffeehouse in operation,
with the majority of the proceeds going to a local charity. All they ask is that as
you enjoy your menu item, know that someone else will benefit from your investment
in a tasty beverage or treat.
The donated funds will go toward helping purchase items that are needed and in
demand, but not always donated to the Food Pantry.
The Southeastern Foundation thanks the Wesley Foundation and Kairos Koffeehouse
for their generosity.
SOUTHEASTERN FOOD PANTRY RECEIVES DONATION - The Wesley Foundation on campus recently opened Kairos Koffeehouse, and the proceeds
for the fall semester went to the support the Southeastern Food Pantry. The donation
totaled $700. Pictured front row, from left, are Lisa Patti of the Southeastern Foundation,
Kayla Coston, Melissa Guerra, and Leslie McNabb. Back row, from left, are Stephen
Breaux, Neil Babb, Jeremy Poole, Joey Verhaegh, and Rev. Sam Hubbard.
Southeastern Sales Challenge set Feb. 23
The Southeastern Sales Challenge is one of the many ways that the College of Business
is developing Real World Ready students. The Southeastern Sales challenge involves
students role playing an actual sales call during which they are judged by a team
of sales professionals.
Eleven hand-picked students were invited to participate in the challenge as part
of the new Advanced Professional Sales course offered by Marketing Faculty in the
College of Business. The class is focused on developing strong sales skills through
practice and connections with active salespeople.
Preparation for the challenge included working directly with a professional salesperson
who helped coach the students. Coaches selected their student(s) through a draft process
that required students to submit a sales pitch video along with their resume and personality
This semester’s coaches were Scott Boney of Level Up Coaching, Shawn Burst, Jr.
of Keller Williams, Alexis Ducorbier of State Farm, Franklin Hart of AMBA, Richard
“Dicky” Lyons of Northwestern Mutual, Chris Mawson of Fastenal, and Kayla Morgan of
IM Marketing. These professionals volunteered time from their busy schedules to mentor
and coach the students one-on-one. Not only did the students work closely with professionals
in sales careers, they are also practicing skills that will serve them throughout
their professional lives.
The top four students in this competition will advance to the state competition
at Nicholls State University March 1 and 2.
LDOE to hold meeting on campus
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) will conduct its Believe and Prepare
Regional Meeting on Southeastern's campus Feb 23 from approximately 1 to 4 p.m. The
meeting will be held in the CATE TEC building in the KIVA, located on the second floor.
The LDOE will spend time on campus to observe resident teacher candidates, site
coordinators, and several education classes. A casual round-table seminar will be
conducted with yearlong residencies student and their mentors.
Register for Emergency Alert System
For those who haven’t yet registered for the Southeastern Emergency Alert System,
a new semester is the perfect opportunity to sign up to receive notices via phone,
text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which are automatically
Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty
and staff can register for the system by visiting southeastern.edu/about/safe_campus/alert/.
The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but
otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus
“With the recent weather-related delay to the beginning of Southeastern’s spring
semester, there has never been a more appropriate time to stay informed and alert,”
said Executive Director of Public and Governmental Affairs Erin Cowser “and there
is no better way to do that than to sign up for Southeastern’s Emergency Alert System.”
Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency
preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information
on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at southeastern.edu/safecampus.
Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that
will sound in the event of an emergency.
“If you hear the sirens, check your device for information on the current situation,”
said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will
come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those
additional delivery methods.”
The southeastern.edu homepage is also a source of information for situations
developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that
may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple
instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus
Go to southeastern.edu/safecampusapp on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You’ll be prompted how to
save the app to your device’s home screen.
The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen
and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the
app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus,
bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses
procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury,
sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
“We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But
we also want our campus community to be prepared.”
Recently Southeastern was ranked the safest university campus in the state of
Black History Month events this week
Celebrate Black History Month with these campus events:
Set the Record Straight
Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Student Union E. Pavilion
Presented by Black Student Union
Stop by and share a song or lyric that resonates with you or shaped black culture
Soul Food Night
Tuesday, Feb. 20 starting at 4 p.m. - Mane Dish
Presented by Dining Services
Young, Black & Gifted
Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. - Computer Science & Technology Building
Presented by MADE MEN
Film on the Field (moved indoors due to weather)
Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. - Student Union Theater
Presented by CAB
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at AMC Theater at Hammond Square
Presented by Project PULL
The Journey of Kenyan
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom
Presented by the Department of Languages
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. - Bone-a-Fide Wings in Hammond
Presented by Black Student Union
For more information about any of the above events, please contact the Office of Multicultural
and International Student Affairs at 549-2120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre presents Hamlet
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Aquila Theatre
in Hamlet for one performance only on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, the production
by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre will include a twist to the production, as is customary
for the company, and is directed by Desiree Sanchez.
“Hamlet will seek to shed new light on this tragic story,” he said. “The production uses
movement, design, sound and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness,
love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition.”
Tickets for the production range from $30 to $40 and are available at the Columbia
Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985)
543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
Special $15 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production.
Students must present their university ID at the box office.
All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase
one ticket for Hamlet and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same
transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office
at 543-4371 for more information.
Photo credit: Richard Termine
Thomas named Officer of the Year
Officer Earl Thomas III has been selected as the 2017 Officer of the Year by the
University Police Department.
Thomas began as a student worker in August of 2014 and, a little over a year
later, was hired as a full-time officer. Since then, his enthusiasm, energy, dependability,
and community-involvement have impressed and inspired his peers and leaders in the
Not only has Thomas established himself as an invaluable member of the department,
he is also a Louisiana High School Athletics Association referee for football and
basketball and a referee and organizer for Southeastern Intramural Sports, all while
still attending classes in pursuit of his bachelor’s degree.
Thomas can often be found bicycling, walking, and driving on campus, attending
and helping with university functions and events, such as the Kid Rec after-school
program, Gumbo Ya-Ya, Strawberry Jubilee, Homecoming, and the new “Blue and You” student
engagement initiative. He is a social media star, keeping the department’s SnapChat,
Facebook, and Instagram feeds full of photos demonstrating positive interactions between
officers and students on campus.
Many students at Southeastern know Thomas by name and come to him for assistance
or with questions they have. He truly represents himself and the department with excellence.
University Police thanks Earl Thomas for his dedication and professionalism and
congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.
Southeastern to host Women Mean Business 2018
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern, along with Tangipahoa
Professional Women, will host Women Mean Business 2018 on Thursday, March 22, from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference will be held on Southeastern’s campus in the Student
“The Women Mean Business Conference will provide high impact strategies to help
women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said SBDC Assistant
Director Sandy Summers. “This full-day event will be jam packed with knowledge, tools,
resources and connections.”
Summers said Women Mean Business presenters include negotiations coach and author
Jacqueline Twillie, Shantel Johnson, marketing director at North Oaks Health System,
and communications CEO Dian Lusher.
This year’s conference includes a leadership success panel, which will concentrate
on areas of growth and success for female business owners and professional women.
Panelists for this new addition include Cherie Franz with Thinkerella, 21st Judicial
Court Judge Blair Edwards, and Casey Robert with Chaleureux.
“Women Mean Business 2018 will provide opportunities to network with other professionals
and local business owners,” Summers added. “Table, vendor, and ad sponsorships are
available for businesses interested in participating in this event.”
Cost to attend the event is $40 in advance or $50 on event day and includes lunch.
Southeastern students may attend at no charge with the code WMBLIONUP, but advance
registration is necessary.
Funds raised will go toward scholarships for Tangipahoa Parish women through
TPW’s scholarship fund. TPW was able to award $17,000 in scholarships last year.
To register for Women Mean Business or receive more information about sponsorships,
log on to www.tangipw.org/WMB or contact LSBDC at 549-3831 or email@example.com.
Southeastern receives recovery grant
Southeastern’s Counseling Center has been awarded a $1,000 grant to assist students
in recovery from substance abuse disorders and other addictive behaviors. The grant
was awarded through Transforming Youth Recovery, a nonprofit organization founded
“Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR) studies the community, educational and peer
networks that influence youth development and achievement and is providing solutions
that are dramatically expanding family and school-based prevention, intervention and
recovery support services – one community, one school and one student at a time,”
said University Counseling Center Assistant Director of Programming and Outreach Annette
The grant will provide Southeastern with early stage seed funding to engage in
a capacity building approach aimed at building the relationships necessary to better
meet the needs of students in recovery on campus, Baldwin added.
The grant also will support the creation of an online map of community recovery
assets intended to facilitate a nation-wide network of resource sharing and collaboration
among collegiate recovery practitioners, students and community members.
“We will be leading the way for our students in recovery to maintain a quality
academic experience along with their recovery. We are excited to be joining this national
movement to support the collegiate recovery experience,” said Baldwin. “In undertaking
this project, the ultimate goal is to create a sustainable collegiate recovery program
on campus that provides a safe, supportive, and fun environment for students in recovery
from substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.”
For more information, contact Baldwin at 549-3894 or Recovery@Southeastern.edu.