U.S. Poet Laureate to visit campus
Women's History Month lectures set
Retiree Reception scheduled March 20
Student earns national scholarship

The Big Event seeks participants

Reconnect to host farmer's market
Students present at orientation workshop
Service learning collaboration offered

Students invited to present research

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Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Tracy K. SmithU.S. Poet Laureate featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program
The Poet Laureate of the United States and author of the book “Life on Mars” will visit Southeastern March 26 as part of the university’s Common Read program.
     Tracy K. Smith, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and director of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University, will meet with students and the public throughout the day.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet a contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Smith followed by a book signing and reception. Scheduled in Vonnie Borden Theatre, all events are free and open to the public. 
     In 2017, Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Ordinary Light” and three books of poetry.
     Her collection “Life on Mars” won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. In 2014 the Academy of American Poets awarded Smith with the Academy Fellowship, awarded to one poet each year to recognize distinguished poetic achievement.
     “For several years now, we’ve sponsored the Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,” said David Hanson, head of the Southeastern English Department. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”
     For more information, contact the Department of English at 549-2100.

Photo credit: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Kimberly GuiseSoutheastern to celebrate Women’s History Month 
Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science will host Women’s History Month this spring with a free lecture series.
     “Held in conjunction with The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II, a National World War II Museum special exhibit, this series incorporates in 2018 all lectures sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science, supported by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Languages and Communication, and Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “We have a diverse and interesting list of presentations this year. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Women’s History.”

     The lecture scheduled this week features Kimberly Guise, curator and assistant director of collections at the National World War II Museum. Guise will discuss women and shipbuilding in New Orleans during World War II on March 14 at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

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The Big Event seeks businesses, organizations for service projects

Students at Southeastern are looking to add area businesses, churches and organizations to their list of job sites for the annual community service day called The Big Event.

     Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sponsors teams of students who participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and the surrounding area. Now in its eighth year, The Big Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather on April 21, a make-up rain date of April 28 has been reserved.
     Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities at churches and non-profit organizations are the typical jobs handled by hundreds of students who participate in The Big Event each year.
     Since students provide their own transportation, job sites should be within 25 minutes of the Hammond campus. Job sites must also have a contact person on location to supervise the work.
     The registration deadline for organizations to be included in The Big Event is March 20, and there is no charge to register as a job site.      Organizations can get more information or sign up to provide a job site by visiting the web site

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Orientation Leaders to present at Southern Regional Orientation Workshop
Four of Southeastern’s 32 Orientation Leaders will be presenting at this year’s Southern Regional Orientation Workshop in Orlando, Fla, March 16-18.
     Orientation Leaders Karley Bordelon, DeJuan James, Cheyenne Weaver, and Buffy Baker will present “In a galaxy far, far, away: Understanding the story behind each student.”
     The presentation will cover how to form a connection with multiple personalities and backgrounds and how to fight for each and every student. Participants will learn how to be selfless and truly understand the meaning of being an orientation leader. Through an interactive presentation involving games, pictures, videos, music, and multiple deep-questioning and evaluating exercises, participants will be challenged to think outside of normal orientation routines.

Teaching and Learning to lead service learning collaboration
Dr. Debra Jo Hailey and Dr. Stacy Garcia will lead Southeastern early childhood education teacher candidates in a service learning collaboration with Tangipahoa schools and Tangipahoa Early Childhood Network to present the fourth annual “Once Upon a Time in the Park” family literacy festival.
     The festival is designed to engage young children in literature and extension activities while also encouraging parents to read to their toddlers and preschoolers daily. The family event will take place at the Michael J. Kenney Recreation Center on West Coleman Avenue next to Zemurray Park on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Interested volunteers may send an e-mail to for more information. Volunteers will be issued a certificate of service on site.


Retiree Reception scheduled March 20
Please make plans to attend a reception honoring our 2017-2018 retirees on Tuesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the Alumni Center.
     Those being honored include the following: Rene Abadie, Victoria Alford, Gwendolyn Autin, Paige Bacile, Jeanne Burns, Laura Campbell, Jeanne Cope, Ronald Daniels, James De Franceschi, Charles Dranguet, Cynthia Elliott, Wanda Evans, Barbara Forrest, Darlene Guillot, Dalzire Hebert, Karen Hill, Susan Holden, Debra Jackson, Shirley Jacob, Debora Johnson, Kathy Johnson, Linda Johnson, Kevin Knudsen, Mary Koppenol, Tara Laborde, Mary Linton, Williard Lucien, Joyce McDonald, James McHodgkins, Donna Methvien, Brian O'Callaghan, Cecelia Palumbo, Joseph Patti, Stephen Sanders, Lorinda Sealey, Wendy Siegel, Nancy Spearman, Maria Vargas, Victoria Mocsary, Melissa Wafer and Barbara West.

Daniel Cuevas

Southeastern student earns national OSH&E scholarship
A Southeastern junior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
     Daniel Cuevas of Ponchatoula received the $5,000 award based upon his cumulative grade point average, a submitted essay on why he entered the program, and his commitment to obtaining professional certification upon his graduation.
     Cuevas is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, serves as the director of risk management for Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and is president of the Catholic Student Association.
     When asked what first attracted him to the OSH&E field, Cuevas cited a family friend.
     “A family friend from church worked in this field his whole life,” he said. “He was constantly talking to me about it, and it piqued my interest.”
     The Southeastern OSH&E program was recently ranked among the top 20 best values in OSHE programs in the country by the website The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.
     The OSH&E program is nationally accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries who reported a significant need for safety, health and environmental professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of environmental safety and health specialists and safety supervisors.

Southeastern students to host farmers market March 21
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect is hosting a farmers market on March 21 in front of the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Sponsored by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, the market will feature locally grown produce, pies, jams, cookies, coffee, soaps, arts and crafts, live music and more.
     “Reconnect is having the biggest Farmer’s Market so far with more students and organizations involved,” said Reconnect President Diana Taj, a biological sciences major from Kenner. “All faculty, students, and friends are welcome to come out and see all of Hammond’s local vendors.”
     Student vendors are encouraged to participate in the market by emailing Farmer’s Market Intern Ta’Lynn Belle at A table is provided at no charge.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.
     For more information, contact Taj at


Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase scheduled 
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Student Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase on April 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.
     This non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
     Participating students -- and if feasible, their faculty advisors -- should be present for an hour or two during the five-hour showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     The application deadline is Wednesday, April 11.
     For more information and to register a presentation click here.


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Term II Classes begin
Wednesday, March 14


Term I grades due by 9 a.m.
Friday, March 16


Academic Checkpoint I for Spring Term II session
Friday, March 23


Regular Classes: Last day to withdraw from classes or resign from the University. Deadline at 5 p.m.
Monday, March 26


Scholars Orientation (Friday is an optional day for attendees)
Thursday, April 5 - Friday, April 6


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The Southeastern men’s basketball team make its first-ever trip to the NIT, while the baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Southland Conference regular-season champion and league tournament runner-up Lions (22-11) will open the tournament with a 9 p.m. (Central) contest on Tuesday at No. 20 St. Mary’s (28-5) in Moraga, California. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU and via the WatchESPN app. Fans can also listen live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     The Lion baseball team (11-6, 2-1 Southland) has a busy week ahead, as SLU has five games on tap. The week starts on Tuesday, as Southeastern will host Purdue at 6 p.m. Tuesday’s game will also feature the annual “Pack the Pat” promotion, as the first 200 Southeastern students will receive a free t-shirt and snack courtesy of Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions.
     Southeastern will then head to Biloxi, Mississippi on Wednesday to face No. 21 Mississippi State for a 6:30 p.m. contest at MGM Park. SLU then heads to Lamar for a three-game league series in Beaumont, Texas. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The SLU softball team (12-10, 1-2 Southland) will open the week at home, hosting Ole Miss on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at North Oak Park. Wednesday will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, as all SLU faculty and staff will receive a discounted ticket.
     Wednesday’s game will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score two or more runs, fans will able to redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     SLU then heads to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game league series. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Saturday.
     All of this week’s baseball games with the exception of Tuesday’s will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.      LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Tuesday’s baseball and Wednesday’s softball games at
     The SLU tennis team (3-7, 0-2 Southland) has three Southland Conference matches on tap this week. On Wednesday, the Lions host Nicholls at the Southeastern Tennis Complex at 2 p.m. Southeastern then hits the road for a pair of league matches. On Saturday, SLU faces Northwestern State at 11 a.m. in Natchitoches, before heading to Stephen F. Austin on Sunday for a noon match.
     The Southeastern golf team will return to the course for its third tournament of the spring. The Lions will be in Dallas, Texas to compete in the ORU/SFA Spring Break Challenge, scheduled for Monday through Wednesday.
     The SLU track and field teams will also be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lafayette on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Louisiana Classics.
     The Matt Riser Show presented by North Oaks Health System make its season debut Monday at Buddies’ Bar & Grill on N. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show will air Mondays throughout the rest of the season at 7 p.m. on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM. The show is also available through the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU), online at, or through Southeastern’s Facebook page, /SLUathletics.



Men’s Golf, at SFA/ORU Spring Break Invite, Dallas, Texas, All Day
Baseball, Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)


Men’s Basketball, at St. Mary’s (NIT – 1st Round), Moraga, California, 9 p.m. (Central) (ESPNU) (KSLU)
Baseball, vs. Purdue, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
       - Pack the Pat
Men’s Golf, at SFA/ORU Spring Break Invite, Dallas, Texas, All Day


Baseball, vs. Mississippi State, Biloxi, Miss., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Ole Miss, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)
      - Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
      - Cane’s Challenge
Tennis, vs. Nicholls, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

2 p.m.*
Men’s Golf, at SFA/ORU Spring Break Invite, Dallas, Texas, All Day


 Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day


 Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Tennis, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 11 a.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day


 Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Tennis, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic clinical nurse educators, it reaffirms nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for academic clinical educators to demonstrate expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. This certification is the mark of distinction for nursing faculty and academic clinical nurse educators.

Bob Kraemer, Edward Hebert, Dan Hollander, Brian Williams, Corinne Cormier, Millie Naquin, Wynn Gillan, and Emily Gusew (Kinesiology) were led by graduate student Ben Boudreaux in publishing an article in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise titled “Validity of Wearable Activity Monitors During Cycling and Resistance Exercise.”
     Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching and Learning) was a presenter at the Southern Early Childhood Association's 69th Annual conference in Lexington, Ky. She teamed with Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson to present “Addressing the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Through Early Childhood Service Learning Projects.” Fazio-Brunson and Hailey are leaders in the Louisiana Early Childhood Association, serving as President and Vice-president, respectively.



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