Online Criminal Justice Program ranked among top twenty-five most affordable
Southeastern has been ranked No. 23 nationally as one of the Most Affordable Online
Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice Studies by the website thebestschools.org,
a website dedicated to helping prospective students in their college searches.
“Quality and value are two areas that students and their parents evaluate in
looking at colleges and universities,” said President John L. Crain. “And, the availability
of our online programs certainly contributes to the success of our students.”
The website looked at six categories to compile the ranking: academic excellence
based on a school’s curriculum, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, financial
aid, range of degree programs, and strength of online instruction methodology. The
full report is available at https://thebestschools.org/rankings/most-affordable-online-bachelors-degrees-criminal-justice/.
Southeastern’s criminal justice program includes subjects such as criminology,
criminal law, the correction process, deviance and social control, juvenile delinquency,
and race and ethnic relations. Students choose one of four minors, sociology, geography,
anthropology, or geographic information systems, and gain practical experience through
internships at criminal justice or law enforcement organizations.
Students can join the Pre-Law Student Organization and the Alpha Phi Sigma National
Criminal Justice Honor Society. Additionally, they can participate in the school’s
annual Social Justice Lecture Series, during which international social justice activists
speak to the community.
Southeastern was also ranked in the top 100 Most Affordable Universities in the
nation for 2018 by the website bestvalueschools.com.
Northlake Community Band to give free concert
The Community Music School at Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band
Summer Concert Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s
campus, the concert is free and open to the public.
B. J. Perez, principal clarinetist and retired school based administrator from
T H Harris Middle School in Jefferson Parish, will conduct the concert that will include
works by Sousa, McBeth, Osterling, Cohen, and more.
“The concert will be presented in two portions, with the second portion having
a patriotic theme,” Perez said. “The Northlake Community Band will also welcome Joy
Ratliff, associate professor of voice at Southeastern, and James Square, recently
retired director of bands at Ponchatoula High School, as guest narrators for two of
“The Northlake Community Band is a true musical jewel on the Northshore and the
surrounding communities, and we are very proud to have them as part of the Community
Music School,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “The band brings together
musicians from various walks of life, from current and retired professional musicians
to people who only recently started playing music again after many years of working
in a different career field.”
“The band also attracts many high school music students, especially in the summer
months,” Duke added.
Duke said the Northlake Community Band always welcomes new members.
For more information, contact the Community Music School at email@example.com or 549-5502.
Stutts’ Research Assistant Position for Graduate Education established
James Stutts, an instructor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology,
established a graduate assistant position made available this summer. The position,
funded by Stutts and the Carolyn and Charles Stutts Robotics Automated Manufacturing
Fund, is geared toward providing financial assistance to graduate students while offering
them with “hands-on” research experience as well.
Stutts, a Southeastern graduate of the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT)
program, stresses the importance graduate assistance positions play in sustaining
“I relied on a graduate assistant position when I was in graduate school, and
it was extremely valuable to me, so I hope to provide the same opportunities for others,”
Samantha Taylor is the first recipient of this award. She is an incoming graduate
student in the ISAT program. Taylor is extremely excited to be provided with this
opportunity and looks forward to working on various research projects this summer.
ABOVE: Pictured, from left, are Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dr. Daniel
McCarthy, James Stutts, Samantha Taylor, and Director of Graduate Studies & Institutional
Effectiveness Dr. John Boulahanis.
Alumni Association announces board of directors
Beth Carney Ebberman of Metairie has been elected president and chairman of the board
of directors for 2018-19 Southeastern Alumni Association.
A 1977 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Ebberman
is an account executive with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and has won Account
Executive of the Year multiple times. She serves as president of the New Orleans Central
City Lions Club, on the Bissonet Civic Association Board of Directors and was National
Vice President for Alpha Sigma Tau.
Joining her on the Executive Committee will be President-Elect Richard “Dickie”
Whitson, a retiree of Allegiance Health Care Corp; Secretary Stephanie Kropog of North
Oaks Health System; and Treasurer Kristen Bell with Northshore Technical Community
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit
their time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties
between the university, alumni and community.
“The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire
alumni base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting
the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs.
“They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve
traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
Also serving on the board are Patrick Brazan with Magnolia Wealth Strategies;
Heidi Rogers Kinchen with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; Jay
Prather with Elos Environmental LLC; Heather Bush Seal with Latter and Blum Classic
Homes and Properties; Dennis “Danny” Wallette with Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement;
Alicia Motichek Himber with Lakeshore High School, Sonja Ragusa Newman with United
Way of Southeast Louisiana; and Gina Giacone Laird with Blue Cross Blue Shield of
Biggs said that as part of Ebberman’s incoming president’s duties she has appointed
two one-year termed board members to round out the membership representation in the
year ahead. These include Christopher “Chris” Barcelona with the U.S. Department of
State and Troy Green with White Castle High School.
Ex-Officio members of the board include Immediate Past President Brad Stevens
of Edwards and Stevens Law Firm in Amite; Past President Mayson Foster, former mayor
of the City of Hammond; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Vice President of University
Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; and Biggs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED – The Southeastern Alumni Association announced its 2018-19 Board of Directors. Seated
in the front row, from left, are Treasurer Kristen Bell, President-Elect Dickie Whitson,
President Beth Carney Ebberman, and Secretary Stephanie Stafford Kropog. Standing,
from left, are Chris Barcelona, Alicia Motichek Himber, Patrick Brazan, Heather Bush
Seal, Heidi Rogers Kinchen, Past President Mayson Foster, Executive Director Michelle
Biggs, Danny Wallette, Sonja Ragusa Newman, Troy Green, and Immediate Past President
Brad Stevens. Not pictured are Gina Giacone Laird and Jay Prather.
Southeastern plays part in Teacher Leader Summit 2018
Over 6,500 educators recently gathered for various professional and training sessions
at Teacher Leader Summit 2018, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Education. Southeastern,
along with a cadre of preparation providers, shared insights on developing and sustaining
partnerships to address educator workforce needs.
Dr. Paula Calderon, dean of the College of Education, along with Jordan Ahrend,
transition coordinator, served as panel members of two sessions titled “Building a
Strong Educator Workforce: Understand and Use Educator Workforce Data” and “ Building
a Strong Educator Workforce: Maximizing Partnerships between Preparation Providers
and School Systems.”
Southeastern’s College of Education currently has five partnering districts,
including Ascension, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa. Each partnership
is dedicated to addressing, assessing and implementing policies and strategies which
best address workforce and student needs.
LionsTeach 2018-2019 Residency Cohort orientation held
LionsTeach resident student teachers and their mentor teachers kicked off their partnership
with a joint orientation on Tuesday May 29. Approximately 120 resident student
teachers, mentor teachers, university site coordinators, and district partners attended
the full-day training.
The event was conducted by Jordan Ahrend, the College of Education transition
coordinator, along with the Director of Student Teaching Dr. Ellen Ratcliff, and is
an annual event which occurs at the beginning of the capstone year for all students
pursuing degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle School
Education and Special Education.
Within the next two years the year-long residency program will extend to all
For more information about the LionsTeach residency program, contact Ahrend at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Ratcliff at email@example.com.