Finance team has success
Professor receives international award
Program ranked best in state
Student awarded counseling fellowship

Alumni launches networking platform

Lion's Roar wins first place award
Student receives LAB scholarship
Fine Arts Showcase held

Outstanding musicians named

Fraternity named top ten chapter

Southeastern in the News
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Southeastern finance team places among the top in national competition
Finance TeamContinuing a trend of national recognition for its finance program, Southeastern had a team of five students recently place third in the Conference of State Bank Supervisors competition of real-world banking studies.
     Members of the team included Kathryn Bokun of Walker; Nicholas Brennan of Bogalusa; Mason Case of Gretna; Elizabeth Hunter of Bakersfield, Calif., and Robert Maddox of Slidell.
     Southeastern’s team finished in the top 10 the previous two years, including a first place finish in 2016, at the competition that is conducted by the nationwide organization of banking regulators from all states and U.S. territories.
     “We knew it would be difficult to return to the top 10, especially since many more schools participated this year,” said Danielle Lewis, Southeastern professor of finance and faculty adviser for the team. “I am extremely proud of their third place finish in the entire nation.”
     Southeastern’s team advanced from a pool of 51 competitors, a record number of entrants, from various universities across the country through three rounds of judging by banking professionals. The Southeastern team bested teams from Florida State University, James Madison University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, University of Arkansas, and Purdue University.
     This year’s case study looked at how community banks are using technology to streamline processes and better serve their customers. Lewis said the team members worked closely with representatives of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co.
     “I would like to thank Gulf Coast Bank & Trust executives, the Louisiana Bankers’ Association, and the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions,” Lewis said. “This year’s CSBS team could not have performed any better.”
Each member of the team will receive a $250 CSBS scholarship, and their work will be published in the “Journal of Community Bank Case Studies.”
     Lewis described the exercise as an excellent learning experience for the students with real-world applications. The work was well beyond something most students would experience in a typical classroom setting, she added.
     “I am truly proud of our team’s efforts; the competition was very stiff this year but our team put in the study, time and effort to develop a first class report that caught the attention of the judges,” said Lewis. “We will be back again next year with a new team and continued dedication to reaching the top level.”

YOU CAN BANK ON IT – Members of Southeastern’s student finance team competed in the prestigious national competition sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and earned a third place finish. Seated from left, are team members Mason Case, Elizabeth Hunter, Kathryn Bokun, and Nicholas Brennan. Standing, from left, are team member Robert Maddox, Gulf Coast Bank Executive Vice President Slade Simons, Southeastern team advisor Danielle Lewis, Gulf Coast Bank CEO Guy Williams, Gulf Coast Bank Senior Vice President Tom Czerniak, Gulf Coast Bank CFO Greg Hollier, Gulf Coast Bank Chief Lending Officer Bruce Falkenstein, and Gulf Coast Bank Senior Vice President Kim Carver.

Southeastern professor receives international award
Southeastern Professor of Health & Human Sciences and Scholar in Residence Nina Simmons-Mackie was honored recently as the first American to receive the Robin Tavistock Award from the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia in Britain.
     The award is named after the 14th Duke of Bedford who founded the TTA after suffering a brain hemorrhage in 1988 that left him with aphasia, a complex communication difficulty caused by stroke, tumor or injury to the language areas of the brain.
     The award is presented annually to a group or individual who is inspirational and has made a significant contribution to the field of aphasia.
     “Nina is known for her quiet yet authoritative leadership, her strategic research and a gift for being able to go directly to the heart of a problem and apply her unerring wisdom. This is coupled with warmth and kindness, as well as a keen sense of humor,” said Nicole Campbell of the TTA. “It is for her outstanding contribution to the world of aphasia that Professor Nina Simmons-Mackie is being honored and is the first ever recipient of the Robin Tavistock Award from the United States.”
     Simmons-Mackie has served in Southeastern’s communication sciences and disorders program since 1995, where she teaches graduate level courses in adult aphasia, discourse and conversation, and neuropathologies of communication, as well as conducting independent research.
     She has worked in clinical services at Tulane School of Medicine Speech Pathology Department, the Louisiana Rehabilitation Institute and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. She has also played an important role in a number of organizations, such as the National Aphasia Association, the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, and Aphasia Access, an organization that she helped create.
Simmons-Mackie’s previous awards include being named to the VA Speech Language Pathology Hall of Fame, the Charity Hospital Outstanding Professional Award, the Outstanding Volunteer Award and Leadership Award from the American Heart Association, and the Audrey Holland Speak Up Award.
     A resident of Abita Springs, she has received degrees from LSU and Tulane University.

Nina Simmons-MackieINTERNATIONAL ACCOLADES - Southeastern Professor of Health & Human Sciences and Scholar in Residence Nina Simmons-Mackie, right, was honored recently as the first American to receive the Robin Tavistock Award from the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia in Britain. She was recognized for her significant contribution to the field of aphasia, a complex communication difficulty caused by stroke, tumor or injury to the language areas of the brain. Presenting her the award is Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford.
(Photo credit: Nicole Campbell, Tavistock Trust for Aphasia)

Southeastern Alumni Association launches networking platform
The Southeastern Alumni Association has officially launched a networking platform to help Southeastern alumni connect with each other. Called Southeastern Connect, the network helps members connect, give back, expand and get ahead, said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
     “Southeastern Connect is an online community that will allow our alumni to connect with each other and offer/find mentorships, internships, and jobs,” said Biggs. “Alumni register on the site, set up a profile, and can indicate that they are willing to help in a variety of ways.”
     Biggs said alumni can elect to offer career advice, review resumes, conduct mock interviews, be guest speakers, offer internships or offer one-on-one mentoring.
     The site offers users the ability to post and/or search for jobs and connect with others in groups, such as alumni association chapters, fraternity/sorority alumni, and industry specific groups. There is also an event feature, Biggs said, where alumni can obtain information on chapter events and share photographs and updates on their various activities.
     “This is just the first step in expanded programming that will focus on meaningful engagement and career development offerings for our Southeastern alumni,” Biggs said.
     “Be one of the first to join Southeastern Connect – it takes less than two minutes. Help us grow Southeastern Connect into a dynamic social network for the entire Lion Nation.”
     To join Southeastern Connect go to For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

Amanda KitchSoutheastern Channel news reporter receives LAB Scholarship 
A student news anchor-reporter at the Southeastern Channel has been named winner of the prestigious 2018 Louisiana Association of Broadcasters Student Scholarship.
     Amanda Kitch, a Southeastern junior from Mandeville, was selected among all college television and radio students in Louisiana to receive the $4,000 scholarship at the LAB’s annual Prestige Awards luncheon recently. It marks the fourth time in the past five years that a Southeastern student has won the LAB scholarship.
     Kitch credits the Southeastern Channel for providing her with real-world experience and training.
     “I think I was awarded the scholarship because of my opportunities at the Southeastern Channel,” Kitch said. “It’s my workshop and is similar to an artist’s studio, a place to create. I use this workshop to push myself and strengthen my skills and talents, and I’m lucky to have the mentors, resources and equipment available.”
     As a news anchor, reporter and producer for the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast, “Northshore News,” Kitch has already won first place in the nation for Best News Reporting given last fall by College Broadcasters, Inc. at the National Student Production Awards. She’s also won Associated Press College Broadcasters awards for “Best of Show in Television,” “Best TV Reporting,” and “Best TV News Story” in Louisiana and Mississippi.
     In addition, Kitch won first-place “Mark of Excellence” honors from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and “Best of South” recognition from the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), made up of all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina.

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Southeastern chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity named a top ten chapter
Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Southeastern is the recipient of the prestigious Hugh Shields Flag, given to the top ten chapters across the United States.
     The Hugh Shields flag is the highest award that the fraternity can bestow upon a chapter and is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations.
     The award marks the 18th time the chapter has been named among the fraternity’s top 10. Member Matt Graham was also recognized for his service as IFC President on Southeastern’s campus.
     The awards were presented at the fraternity’s annual Southern Division Conference, held in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year, and capped another impressive year for the members of Epsilon Phi. The chapter’s cumulative GPA for fall 2016 was 3.130, and they achieved the same cumulative GPA for spring 2017.
     The chapter conducted a number of community service projects during 2017, including numerous charitable causes such as MADD Dash, the Hammond Police Union Ball, the Tangi Humane Society, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the fraternity’s national philanthropy. Campus service included work at the Southeastern Laboratory School and Chefs Evening.
     “This Southern Division Conference was efficient and effective in better preparing me for the coming year as President. The Conference left me, and the rest of our chapter, feeling renewed and ready to go,” said Chapter President Griffin Hakenjos. “We are looking forward to our annual JDRF clay shoot on Sept. 29, when we will be looking to exceed last year’s dollars raised.”
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Southeastern Health Education and Promotion program ranked best in state
Southeastern’s Health Education and Promotion program has been ranked as the best program in the state by
     Each school’s ranking is based on the compilation of data from government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews and editorial reviews.
     “I am very proud of the accomplishments of the faculty and students in this degree program,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “This unique program teaches methods needed to help people make healthy behavior changes by addressing knowledge, attitudes, skills, and beliefs in various settings. Being ranked No. 1 demonstrates our commitment to excellence and meeting the needs of our community.”
     The purpose of the Health Education and Promotion program is to prepare students to work in the field of public health, Carruth added. Students in the program have an opportunity to work with nationally known faculty, participate in student research, and travel to professional conferences. Graduates of the program receive the prerequisite knowledge and skills necessary to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
     The program averages 60 enrolled students and 20 graduates each year.

Leah Stone

Southeastern student awarded counseling fellowship from NBCC and affiliates
Southeastern counseling student Leah N. Stone of Baton Rouge was selected by the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, as recipient of the group’s Minority Fellowship Program-Youth.
     As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Stone will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations with a specific focus on transition age youth, ages 16–25.
     “The counseling faculty members are very excited that Leah took the initiative to apply for this scholarship,” said Assistant Professor of Counseling Reshelle Marino. “Her dedication to professional development beyond the classroom is exemplary. We encourage all students to seek out these opportunities.”
     The NBCC MFP will distribute $8,000 to Stone and the 29 other master’s-level counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Stone is both a student and graduate of Southeastern, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.
     Stone plans to serve marginalized transition-age minority youth within urban areas that are often underserved. The fellowship will help her obtain training through conferences that allow her to gain awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to develop her professional identity and multicultural competence.
     The NBCC MFP-Y is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-Y, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.

The Lion's Roar honored with first-place award
Southeastern’s student newspaper The Lion’s Roar has been recognized with a first-place award in the 2018 American Scholastic Press Association’s newspaper competition in New York.
     The newspaper earned 895 total points out of a possible 1,000 in the competition and was noted by judges as “an excellent school newspaper which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers, advertising/sales managers and advisor.”
     “I am extremely proud of the dedication and effort our students put into each article published,” said Dr. Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “On Southeastern’s campus the newspaper is the chronicle of our daily lives, an important channel for community discussion and information, and the learning laboratory for the development of superior journalistic skills. This recognition from the ASPA is an indicator of the success Southeastern students have achieved in those areas.”
     The Lion’s Roar publishes between 28 and 32 print issues per year and is augmented by daily updates and online content at The ASPA annual contest is also a review of publication quality, and The Lion’s Roar received a perfect score in the category of page design.
     Editor-in-Chief Larshell Green, a senior communications major from Hammond, leads the staff of student reporters.
     “I am impressed and grateful for the honors that the staff and I have received for our work associated with The Lion’s Roar,” said Green. “With each assignment or task completed, I witnessed an expansion in the staff’s confidence and skills in creativity, journalism, photography, editing and communication. I couldn’t be more proud of the work that we have created together as a professional family. The legacy of the work that we have created will surpass our collegiate careers and leave a lasting imprint on the hearts of our readers.”
     The American Scholastic Press Association competition judges approximately 2,000 yearbooks, newspapers, and magazines annually from high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. The competition is in its 38th continuous year of operation.

Southeastern holds Fine Arts Showcase

Fine Arts ShowcaseArt enthusiasts Robin and John Roberson study artist Melodie Reay’s porcelain work titled “The Permanent Way” at Southeastern’s Fine Arts Showcase held recently in the President’s Residence. The annual event highlights painting, sculpture and photography from over 40 Louisiana artists.

Community Music School names outstanding musicians
Southeastern’s Community Music School announced Michael Noble-Hodge, Kelsey Jones, Ava Chatellier and Ellie Ridgell as the Spring 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final three spring 2018 recitals, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. Noble-Hodge won the vote for the Tuesday, May 8 recital, Jones had the highest number of votes from the recital on May 9, and Chatellier and Ridgell split the vote on the Friday, May 11 recital.
     “We congratulate our Spring 18 CMS Outstanding Musicians. We look forward to their showcase concert scheduled for Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library,” Duke said. “We have big hopes and dreams for our students, and we love to share their accomplishments with the community.”
     Noble-Hodge is a 17-year-old jazz pianist from Ponchatoula. He has been playing piano since the fifth grade and also plays the trombone and melodica. He has been a part of the Talented Music program for the past three years and is currently studying jazz. Under the Talented Music program, he has competed and received all superior scores at the Bill Evans Jazz Festival and the Loyola Jazz Festival. In addition to a nearly perfect score at Loyola Jazz Festival, Noble-Hodge was also awarded an Outstanding Soloist award at the competition.
     Ridgell lives in Denham Springs and is a fourth-grader at North Live Oak Elementary. She has been taking violin lessons at the Community Music School for three years. Ridgell is also a chorale member in the Livingston Parish Children’s Choir. In addition to her love for music, she likes designing dresses and reading, Duke said. Ridgell loves all the animals she has on her farm - goats, chickens, ducks, and dogs - and enjoys eating fresh honey from her beehives.
     Chatellier is from Ponchatoula. She is home-schooled and currently in the fourth grade. She has been playing the piano for one and a half years and likes to play softball in the spring and volleyball in the fall. She has a love for all animals, Duke said.
     Jones is from Albany. She is homeschooled, and her favorite subject is math. Jones has been playing violin for two and a half years. She also enjoys playing the piano, drawing and exercising.
     “We are looking forward to the summer semester taking place from June 11 to July 26 and our summer programs taking place the last two weeks of June,” Duke added. “The Summer Band Camp, the Guitar and Orchestra workshops are still accepting registrations.”
     For more information about CMS summer programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at


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 Southeastern honors top students in Honors Program

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SLU honors business students at convocation

Southeastern honors science and technology students

Southeastern education school honors top students


 Southeastern Louisiana University names Spring 2018 honors list 

Baton Rouge Business Report
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Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) was recently recognized as one of the 2018 Top Nurses by the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association (TDNA). This prestigious award acknowledges nurses working in Tangipahoa parish who are committed to advancing the profession of nursing, mentoring to foster the best of nursing, as well as other accomplishments such as certifications, community service, and volunteer efforts.

Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History & Political Science) presented her paper, “Gender, Human Rights, and Radicalization in the Developing World” at the University of Oslo’s Center for Research on Extremism, as one of twenty international scholars invited to speak on terrorism May 14-15.


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