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 southeastern.edu/admin/registrar/graduation/ or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct
link available at www.southeastern.edu/graduation.
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
“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
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,
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.
STEM 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.
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 www.lsupress.org.
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 kslucontests.com 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 Chewy.com.
4) One pair of custom pet picture socks from DivvyUp.com.
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 www.kslu.org.
Southeastern student chosen as Governor’s Fellow
Seth 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
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 Allison.Blache@southeastern.edu. You may also complete the form online by following the instructions at the following
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.