Students win Mark of Excellence Awards
Today is graduation application deadline
Hyde's book delves into dangerous past
Alumni Association seeks nominations

KSLU launches Pet Photo Contest
STEM Cafe held at North Oaks
Student chosen as Governor's Fellow
Career Service Award nominations saught

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Southeastern students win Mark of Excellence Awards
SPJ awardsSoutheastern students recently won 12 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards for their work at the Southeastern Channel during the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Region 12 conference in Little Rock, Ark.
     Southeastern students dominated the television and videography categories with the most first-place awards (five) and second-place awards (seven). Their 12 awards easily outdistanced second-place Louisiana State University, which had four total awards and the University of Mississippi with two.
     The first-place awards included “Best Overall Television Newscast” for the student newscast “Northshore News.” It was the sixth time in the last ten years that “Northshore News” been honored as the region’s top newscast.
     Amanda Triay of Big Branch won first place in “Television In-Depth Reporting” for her short documentary “To Speak Again” about Hammond resident Benny Latino’s remarkable recovery of his speech after suffering a stroke. Triay graduated in December of 2017 and is currently marketing producer for WAFB-TV (CBS) in Baton Rouge.
     Tara Barbe of Ponchatoula won first place in “Broadcast News Videography” for videography in her “Northshore News” story “RaceTrac Controversy” about neighborhood protests of building a RaceTrac convenience store in St. Tammany Parish.
     Amanda Kitch of Mandeville won first place for “Broadcast Feature Videography” for her “Northshore News” feature story “Floating Marsh” about how a manmade marsh created by the Southeastern biology department helped clean contaminants from St. Tammany residential ponds.
     Jaylon Morris of Baton Rouge won first place in “Broadcast Sports Videography” for his “Southeastern Times” feature story “Coach Jay Ladner” about Southeastern’s head basketball coach. Morris graduated in December 2017 and is currently a news reporter for WXXV-TV (ABC/FOX) Ch. 25 in Gulfport, Miss.
     Leading the second-place Finalist winners was Kitch with honors in “Television Feature Reporting” for “Floating Marsh” and in “Broadcast News Videography” in her “Northshore News” stories “Courthouse and Jail Tax” and “Mandeville Beach.”
     Others honored with second-place recognition were Wesley Boone of Alexandria in “Television Sports Reporting” for his story for “The Big Game” sportscast “Saints vs. Bucs: Meet the Justice League;” Maria Goddard of New Orleans in “Broadcast Feature Videography” for her “Northshore News” feature story, “Clydesdale Horses;” Triay in “Broadcast Feature Videography” for “To Speak Again;” and Jordan Rheams of Baton Rouge in “Broadcast Sports Videography” for his story “Lions vs. William Carey Basketball” for “The Big Game.”
     Rheams, a May 2018 Southeastern graduate, is now a news producer at WBRZ-TV (ABC) Ch. 2 in Baton Rouge. Goddard, a May 2017 graduate, is currently a news producer at KRCR-TV (ABC) Ch. 7 in Redding, Calif.
     The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. SPJ’s Region 12 comprises all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     Mark of Excellence Awards were judged by SPJ industry professionals who were directed to choose entries they felt were the best in student journalism. If no entry rose to the level of excellence, no award was given.
     “The Society of Professional Journalists is one of the most prestigious organizations in all of journalism, so it’s terrific for our students to dominate against the largest universities in the region,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “It’s a tremendous honor for our students to be recognized not only for news production, but also for sports and documentary programs and videography. I’m thrilled that our students have been honored for their hard work.”
     In its 15 years of existence, the Southeastern Channel has won over 300 national, international and regional awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys. The channel can be seen on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes, along with its live 24/7 webcast and video on-demand at The Southeastern Channel can also be seen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WIN AWARDS: Students working with Southeastern’s educational cable channel, the Southeastern Channel, recently won 12 Mark of Excellence awards, including five first-place honors in television and videography, presented at the Society of Professional Journalists region 12 competition. For the sixth time, the student newscast “Northshore News” was named first place for “Best Overall Television Newscast.” Individual winners included, seated from left, Wesley Boone of Alexandria, Amanda Kitch of Mandeville, and Tara Barbe of Ponchatoula. Standing is Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. Not shown are Amanda Triay of Big Branch, Maria Goddard of New Orleans, and Jaylon Morris and Jordan Rheams of Baton Rouge.

June 18 is final day for Southeastern students to apply for summer 2018 graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in summer 2018 is June 18, the university announced today.
     The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced.
     Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available at or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct link available at
     Students seeking help on completing the graduation application can also go to the newly opened Enrollment Services Express office on main campus in the Student Union, room 1301.
     The $25 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.

Alumni Association seeks Alumni awards nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking nominees for Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni from each of the university’s five colleges.
     Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said the Alumni Association established its awards program in 1969 to honor outstanding graduates and to celebrate their achievements.
     “The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni, and Southeastern is certainly known to develop leaders in many fields of endeavor,” said Biggs. “A vast number of the university’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the university, and contributions to their community.”
     The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to someone who has utilized their degree to achieve outstanding accomplishments in their field on an international or national basis, Biggs said.
     “Southeastern’s Alumnus of the Year is an individual who reflected outstanding qualities as a Southeastern student, who has excelled in his or her field after graduation, and who continues to be supportive and active in Southeastern’s future,” she said.
     The Young Alumnus of the Year Award, Biggs added, was created in 2011 to recognize an individual age 40 or under who has already achieved outstanding success in their vocational field and has demonstrated a continued commitment to Southeastern and their community.
     Distinguished Alumni Awards from each college are presented to individuals who are notable among the best of Southeastern graduates and have used their degrees to become successful in their chosen fields on the local or state level, have demonstrated service to Southeastern, and contributed to their communities, Biggs said.
     “Chosen by Southeastern’s individual colleges, the recipients are a shining example of the unparalleled programs from which they graduated,” she said.
     Criteria for each award, as well as nomination forms, are available online at
     Alumni Award nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by June 30. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume, CV, LinkedIn Profile, or similar professional summary; optional letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, newspaper or magazine article featuring the nominee; or other items of interest.
     Self-nominations are also acceptable, Biggs said, and all nominees must be able to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner and Homecoming football game on Oct. 12 and 13, 2018.
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

High school students network at STEM Cafe 
High school students networked with professionals at a STEM Cafe hosted by North Oaks Health System for the Southeastern Math Science Upward Bound summer program.  North Oaks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Peltier welcomed the 60 students and 11 local science, technology, engineering, and mathematical professionals. Peltier commended students for their desire to pursue a career in a STEM Field.
     “Everything is impacted by technology, by scientists, by people who spend every day doing things to make people's’ lives better, in the form of developing vaccines, antibiotics, CT and MRI scanners, and surgical techniques,” he said. “It doesn't matter what field of STEM you go into, eventually it gets applied somehow to medicine in a way that makes people’s lives better.”
     He thanked the students on behalf of all those they may one day help, including himself, and charged them to mentor the generation after them in the same way.
     The STEM Cafe is a unique model, not only for students to do their career research by learning directly from professionals in those fields through casual conversations, but also to learn how to build their professional networks by networking with professionals.
     Small groups of four or five students chatted with one professional at a time, learning a little about what they do, how they got there, and any advice they may have. After about 15 minutes each group rotated to meet another professional.      Groups were matched to meet professionals in fields related to students’ interests. After four rotations, students chose one more professional they didn’t yet meet or one they wanted to talk with more.
     “Few students are comfortable in this environment,” said Wendy Conarro, one of the assistant directors for Math Science Upward Bound. “For most, it’s like nothing they’ve ever done before. It breaks the ice for them. All of the professionals are here because they care about mentoring youth, so the students get to develop their confidence in a friendly and festive environment.”
     All of the students are in the Math Science Upward Bound program because they aspire to have a professional career in a STEM field.
     “The program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science,” said Lataisha Tate, assistant director for Math Science Upward Bound. However, in order to qualify for the program, students must be either first in their immediate family to graduate from college or have limited financial resources.

Rob PeltierSTEM CAFE - North Oaks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Peltier welcomes students from Southeastern Math Science Upward Bound to the STEM Cafe and tours of North Oaks Health System.

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Professor’s book delves into dangerous past
Southeastern Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel C. Hyde, Jr. has written a book titled Pistols and Politics: Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1810-1935. The work is a followup to Pistols and Politics: The Dilemma of Democracy in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, 1810-1899.
     A special book release and signing event is scheduled June 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Bayou Booksellers, located at 201A West Thomas Street, in Hammond. The book is being released through LSU Press.
     The book reveals the reasons behind the remarkable levels of historical violence in Louisiana’s Florida parishes with a special emphasis on the near chaotic conditions prevailing in “Bloody Tangipahoa.”
     “The updated and expanded edition includes four new chapters that deftly bring the analysis forward to account for the continuation of violence and mayhem in the region in the early twentieth century,” Hyde said. “The new volume includes original analysis detailing why such conditions prevailed and why the regional population tolerated such levels of brutality. It closes with an epilogue that contrasts the peculiar pattern of development the region endured to the rest of the state and nation and offers an insightful formulation for a possible pathway to future stability.”
     The Journal of Southern History called the book “a model regional study with important though controversial significance for the wider historiography of the South.”
     Books will be available for purchase at the June 21 event. For more information, contact Bayou Booksellers at 542-1124 or visit

KSLU launches Cutest Pet Photo Contest
Southeastern’s public radio station KSLU 90.9FM has launched its first Cutest Pet Photo Contest. Presented by Royal Pets Grooming Spa, the contest is now open for entries to be accepted through July 7, 2018.
     Voting begins July 8 and lasts through July 21. The photo that receives the most votes from website visitors wins.
     “Our Cutest Pet Photo Contest is intended to be a fun, interactive, and free online event for the community we serve, and thanks to our amazing event sponsors, it’s also proved to be a great fundraiser for the station,” said Rachael Beard, underwriting representative for KSLU. “We couldn’t continue the work we do without the support of the local business community and, of course, our faithful listeners. We sincerely want to thank the Hammond Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge, The Animal Care Center and Pet Care Center, College Town Apartments, and Salty Joe’s Restaurant for their support, with an extra special thank you to our title sponsor, Royal Pets Grooming Spa.”
     Participants may enter their pets’ photos online at for the opportunity to win a pet prize pack. One grand prize winner will receive the following:
     1) A gift basket from Camp Bow Wow in Covington, valued at $185. The gift basket will include five days of day camp and a bath, along with toys and treats.
     2) A one-hour photo shoot of your best four-pawed friend from Long After Photography, 25 high resolution digital images available for download, and a 16x20 canvas wrap print of your favorite photo.
     3) A hand painted portrait of the winning animal’s picture, along with species appropriate toys, treats, food and fun courtesy of
     4) One pair of custom pet picture socks from
     5) A $25 gift card from The Rind Cheese Shop and Catering.
     KSLU offers a wide variety of programming, including music and live broadcasts of sporting events, the award-winning and syndicated show “Rock School,” and the community talk show “Point of View.”  Named the No. 2 college radio station in the region by the Southeast Journalism Conference, KSLU provides Southeastern students interested in broadcasting with an intensive learning environment.
     For more information, visit

Southeastern student chosen as Governor’s Fellow 
Seth LetoSeth Leto, a Southeastern senior, has been chosen as one of only 10 university students from across the state to participate in the inaugural Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government. As a participant in the program, Leto will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy, as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government. 
     A native of Amite, Leto is a political science major and former president of Southeastern’s Student Government Association. He has completed internships with Congressman Steve Scalise, the Inner Parish Security Corporation and the Hammond Downtown Development District as part of his academic career. 
     Participants in the program are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana university or college. Each fellow has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge based on their interest of study. Leto will be working with Louisiana Economic Development in this capacity. In addition to working within a state agency, each participant will also take part in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance the overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government.
     The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Nominations saught for Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Award 
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Charles E. Dunbar, Jr. Career Service Awards sponsored annually by the Louisiana Civil Service League. This is the 60th year of this program which has recognized over 800 classified public employees since its inception. 
     The Dunbar Award is the highest honor that a classified state employee can receive for their service to the citizens of Louisiana. Recognizing the tremendous contribution made to the state of Louisiana by classified employees, we encourage supervisors of classified employees to nominate deserving employees for this prestigious honor. Nominees are judged on commitment to the classified service, contributions toward workplace improvement, personal initiative, and volunteer community service.
     To obtain a copy of the nomination form please contact Allison Blache in the Human Resources Office at extension 2001 or email You may also complete the form online by following the instructions at the following link:
     The Nomination Form consists of five parts, each of which must be completed.
      Part I Nomination Information (not rated)
      Part II Commitment to the Classified Service (10%)
      Part III Contributions toward Work or Workplace Improvement (40%)
      Part IV Personal Initiative (40%)
      Part V Volunteer Community Service (10%)
     Please limit any narrative information to the space provided. Attachments will not be accepted.
     The form should be filled out as completely as possible and returned to the Human Resources Office, SLU 10799, by Sept. 7, 2018. It will be reviewed by the delegated appointing authority, signed, and then submitted to the Louisiana Civil Service League by the deadline of Sept. 14, 2018.


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LAA Kicks Off 2018-19 With Coaches’ Caravan
Southeastern Athletics will open the 2018-19 season with the annual Coaches’ Caravan, which runs July 23-30 and is sponsored by the Lions Athletics Association (LAA).
     New SLU head football coach Frank Scelfo will be featured on all five stops. Other Southeastern coaches will join Scelfo at each location. Each LAA Coaches’ Caravan event will be held from 6-8 p.m. and admission is $5. In addition to having the chance to hear about the upcoming 2018-19 seasons from Lion and Lady Lion coaches, fans will also be able to enjoy food and drinks at each event.
     The caravan opens in Amite on July 23 at the Florida Parishes Arena (1301 NW Central Ave). Scelfo will be joined in the Tangipahoa Parish seat by head men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner, head baseball coach Matt Riser, head women’s basketball coach Ayla Guzzardo and head men’s golf coach Jake Narro.
     From there, Southeastern heads to the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge (777 L’Auberge Ave.) on July 24. Scelfo will be accompanied by his entire coaching staff, while Baton Rouge native and SLU head track and field/cross country coach Corey Mistretta will also be in the Capitol City.
     The New Orleans area will be the next stop on the caravan on July 25, when the caravan stops at Messina’s Catering (2717 Williams Blvd.) in Kenner. Scelfo, Mistretta, head softball coach Rick Fremin and head volleyball coach Jim Smoot will represent Southeastern.
     The opening week of the caravan closes on July 26 at the Old Rail Brewing Company (639 Girod Street) in Mandeville. Scelfo, Narro, Mistretta and head women’s soccer coach Chris McBride will join Lion fans in St. Tammany Parish.
     The caravan closes back in Hammond on July 30 at Our Mom’s Restaurant and Bar (205 East Thomas St.). Scelfo, Ladner, Riser, Fremin, Guzzardo, McBride, Smoot and Mistretta all will be in attendance on the last stop of the caravan.
     For more information on the Coaches’ Caravan, contact the LAA at (985) 549-5091.



Location: Amite, Louisiana
Florida Parishes Arena (1301 NW Central Avenue)
Coaches: Frank Scelfo (football), Jay Ladner (men’s basketball), Matt Riser (baseball), Ayla Guzzardo (women’s basketball), Jake Narro (men’s golf)


Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
L’Auberge Casino and Hotel Baton Rouge (777 L’Auberge Ave.)
Coaches: Southeastern Football Coaching Staff, Corey Mistretta (track and field/cross country)


Location: Kenner, Louisiana
Messina’s Catering (2717 Williams Blvd.)
Coaches: Frank Scelfo (football), Rick Fremin (softball), Jim Smoot (volleyball), Corey Mistretta (track and field/cross country)


Location: Mandeville, Louisiana
Old Rail Brewing Company (639 Girod St.)
Coaches: Frank Scelfo (football), Chris McBride (women’s soccer), Jake Narro (men’s golf), Corey Mistretta (track and field/cross country)


Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Our Mom’s Restaurant and Bar (205 East Thomas St.)
Coaches: Frank Scelfo (football), Jay Ladner (men’s basketball), Matt Riser (baseball), Ayla Guzzardo (women’s basketball), Rick Fremin (softball), Chris McBride (women’s soccer), Jim Smoot (volleyball), Corey Mistretta (track and field/cross country).

2018-19 LAA Coaches’ Caravan – July 23-30, 2018
Admission at all stops - $5
Time: 6-8 p.m.


Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) published a paper titled “Two new indolic and quinolinic alkaloids and other secondary metabolites from Mostuea thomsonii (Loganiaceae)” in Phytochemistry Letters 2018, 26, 154–158, with collaborators from the University of Yaoundé I - Cameroon.

     Dr. William “Bill” Robison (History and Political Science) presented “Tulips, Trade, and Trackless Lands: John Law, Louisiana, and the Mississippi Bubble in Long-Term International Perspectives” at the 18th Annual Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) American Studies Conference on “First Impressions and Second Lines: (Re)Considering New Orleans in the Worlds of 1718 and in Your Classroom” on June 15 in Baton Rouge. Also at the conference, Dr. Samantha Cavell (History and Political Science) presented “Big Business in the Not-So-Big Easy: the Compagnie des Indes and Merchant Shipping in Nouvelle-Orleans.” Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) served as program director, editor of the conference Eight for Eighteen: An A+PEL American Studies Reader and presented “Right Place, Right Time: Gulf South Geopolitics and the Founding of New Orleans in 1718.”


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