Southeastern confers degrees
eLearning Institute scheduled
Shrimp, crawfish boil set

Lu Yuan named to commission

Camp Rec registration open
Early Childhood Exposition held
Summer Art Camp Scheduled


ByLion takes a break

Southeastern in the News

This Week in Athletics


Southeastern confers degrees on more than 1,000 

Medal winners

Southeastern conferred degrees on 1,098 graduates Saturday, May 12, at the university’s spring commencement ceremony.
     Former Southeastern President and life-long educator Sally Clausen was honored with the Southeastern Lifetime Achievement Award.
     Recognized as one of the nation’s most dynamic and effective leaders in education, Clausen began her career as a classroom teacher and has been a constant champion of education and student success. She served as the 12th and first female president of Southeastern from 1995 until her appointment in 2001 as head of the University of Louisiana System.
     Prior to coming to Southeastern, Clausen served four years as Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education, a role she reprised in 2008, making her the only person to serve as Louisiana’s Higher Education Commissioner twice. She also served as Louisiana’s Secretary of Education from 1992 to 1995.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
     In his welcome, Crain noted that the 1,098 individuals being recognized at commencement included 406 men and 692 women who were receiving 15 different degrees; and representatives from 20 states and 20 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to seven students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – psychology major Hayden Shane Kimball of Morganza, 4.0 gpa; and criminal justice major Carlee Larue Newman of Franklinton, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Business – finance major Kathryn Olivia Bokun of Walker, 4.0 gpa; and finance major Elizabeth Diane Hunter of Bakersfield, Calif., 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Education – elementary education major Danielle Marie Bourg of Marrero, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – kinesiology/exercise science major Madina Vorotnikova originally from Moscow, Russia, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – computer science/pre-MBA major Daniela Raygadas Dominguez originally from Mexico, 4.0 gpa.


PRESIDENT'S MEDAL WINNERS FOR ACADEMIC ESCELLENCE HONORED - Southeastern honored students who distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of study with the university’s highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence. Honored were, seated from left, Carlee Larue Newman from Franklinton, Kathryn Bokun from Walker, Elizabeth Hunter from Bakersfield, Calif., and Danielle Bourg from Marrero. Standing, from left, are University of Louisiana System Board Member Thomas Kitchen, Representative Rogers Pope, Senator Beth Mizell, former Southeastern President and Lifetime Achievement honoree Sally Clausen, Hayden Shane Kimball of Morganza, Daniela Raygadas Dominguez of Mexico, Madina Vorotnikova of Moscow, Southeastern President John L. Crain, University of Louisiana System Board Member Pamela Egan, and Representative Nicholas Muscarello. 

Southeastern’s Summer eLearning Institute scheduled
Make plans now to join your colleagues for Southeastern’s Summer eLearning Institute, an engaging four-day event designed to enhance your online teaching strategies. Hosted by The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Office of Online Learning, the institute is scheduled June 4 – 7, in Tinsley Hall, room 103.
     Members of the Online Learning Committee have met continuously this semester to identify faculty needs and plan for learning sessions. You'll find each day packed with valuable information as we set out together to enrich online learning at Southeastern.
     Registration is simple. Just click on the link below and select your sessions. The registration deadline is Friday, May 18. Click here to register.

Southeastern safety specialist named to national accreditation commission 
Lu Yuan, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, has been re-appointed to a term as commission member for the ABET Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC), one of the nation’s foremost academic accrediting bodies.
     Yuan, an associate professor and certified safety professional, will serve on the 2018-2019 commission.
     ABET is a non-profit, private accrediting agency for programs such as computer science, applied science, including safety and health, engineering and engineering technology, and is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
     As a member of the commission, Yuan will participate in scheduled commission meetings and serve as team chairman for one or more site visits to institutions seeking accreditation or re-accreditation.
     “The appointment recognizes the quality of Southeastern’s occupational safety, health, and environment program, housed in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, and also demonstrates the excellent reputation the program has earned over recent years,” said Yuan.
     Accreditation is a voluntary process and assures a program meets the quality standards of the professions accredited. Southeastern’s bachelor’s program in occupational safety, health and environment – the only one of its kind in the state – has been accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. since 2008.
     The OSH&E program was also awarded a $1,500 donation from the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance recently, which was used for professional development opportunities and in the recognition of multiple graduating seniors receiving Graduate Safety Practitioner designations from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Lu Yuan and Connie FabreABOVE: Lu Yuan, right, receives a check from Executive Director of GBRIA Connie Fabré for professional development opportunities and in recognition of multiple graduating seniors receiving Graduate Safety Practitioner designations from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Southeastern to host Summer Art Camp
Registration is now open for Southeastern’s Summer Art Camp scheduled July 9 – 19. Scheduled Monday through Thursday, the camp runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. each day at Clark Hall on Southeastern’s campus.
     Campers from 5 to 14 are elegible to attend the camp. The camp fee is $65. 
     All students will complete a t-shirt design, model magic sculptures, zig zag books and a printmaking project, said Associate Professor of Art Education Kim Finley.
     “The workshop is eight days long, and students will complete eight different projects, including painting and drawing, based on the theme ‘Get Art Smart!’ Learn about famous artists as you make inspired artwork that also celebrates you,” Finley said.
     Campers enrolled in the workshop will be instructed by art students supervised by Finley.
     The camp is limited to the first 75 registrants, so early registration is recommended. To register go to 
     For more information, call 549-2193.

ByLion takes a break and then revises schedule
After this week, ByLion will take a brief break and then begin the normal summer schedule of publication every other week. The next issue of ByLion will be produced June 4.


Alumni Association Tangi Chapter hosts shrimp, crawfish boil on May 18
The Tangi Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association will host a shrimp and crawfish boil for alumni on May 18.
     Scheduled at the Alumni Center, 500 University Ave., the event will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Soft drinks and beer will be provided.
     The cost is $18 per person and free for lifetime alumni members.      Space is limited, so advance registration is required by the deadline of May 14. Free hamburgers will be provided for children under 12.
     Participants may prepay and register online at, or call 549-2150 for more information.


Southeastern to host Camp Rec summer 2018, open house May 24
Southeastern’s Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is ready to rock, roll, and roar as an official ASTRO CAMP® 2018 during 11 weeks of “Camp Rec” this summer. An open house is scheduled May 24, at 6 p.m., at the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue, for interested individuals to meet camp counselors and learn more about this year’s camp.
     Created for children ages 4 to 12 with themes like “Together We Go Farther, Moon, Mars & Beyond,” the camp is an option for parents who want their children to have fun and be physically active while developing social skills, confidence and independence.
     Camp Rec is offered weekly beginning May 29 and ending Aug. 8. Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Camp Rec will have a variety of activities planned throughout the week and will take place in the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     “This year’s camp will include training and activities received straight from NASA,” said Director of Recreational Sports and Wellness Seth Thomas. “Our weekly day camp is full of a variety of activities, including but not limited to NASA explorations, STEM activities, indoor swimming, sports, games, culinary activities, weekly celebrations of our Campers of the Week, and our amazing off-campus field trip adventures.”
     Thomas said each week’s focus is intended to improve a child’s health and fitness and build self-confidence through activities that include outdoor adventures, team building, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, relay races and more.
     “We are committed to creating an unforgettable summer camp experience in a safe and supportive environment,” said Thomas. “The Camp Rec experience is fun, exciting and filled with challenging activities that teach the campers the values of trust, friendship and teamwork.”
     “Our camp counselors are all Southeastern students trained in CPR, First Aid and Darkness to Light,” Thomas added. “We also offer a wonderful opportunity for a select number of 13-15 year olds to serve as junior counselors. Those interested can contact Assistant Director of Field Experience and Youth Programs Kathy Cusimano at 549-2353 for more information.”
     The weekly fee of $160 for campers includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, field trip and all the supplies needed for the week. One t-shirt per child is included with the first week of tuition.
     Early hours from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. and after care from 4:15 to 6 p.m., are offered at the rate of $15 per week for one and $30 per week for both early and late care.
     To register for a camp or for more information, contact Cusimano, at 549-2353 or

Early Childhood Exposition held at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center 

Welcome to SeussvilleOn May 1, a group of Southeastern’s Early Childhood Education teacher candidates partnered with the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond for their annual Early Childhood Exposition.
     Area schools and other community members were invited to attend the event. The theme was “Welcome to Seussville,” and children in attendance were able to experience a variety of activities related to various Dr. Seuss books. Focus books included: Put Me in the Zoo, The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, Oh Say Can You Seed, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and Mr. Brown Cow Can Moo, Can You?.
     Dr. Tish Walters and Jill Barry served as the instructors involved with the event. Both they and their teacher candidates look forward to this community event every semester.


Baton Rouge Advocate
Traffic changes planned for SLU graduation on May 12


SLU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences honors top graduates

Southeastern students volunteer during The Big Event



The Southeastern baseball team will close out its 2018 regular season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     After taking two-of-three on the road from the other top two teams in the Southland standings over consecutive weekends to close league play, the Lions (34-19, 21-9 SLC) will host three non-conference games at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. On Tuesday, SLU welcomes South Alabama. Houston comes to town on Thursday and Friday for a two-game series. First pitch for all of this week’s games is scheduled for 6 p.m.


Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions Schedule
Thursday’s baseball game will see Southeastern Athletics take part in ALS Awareness month. Fans can stop by the Southeastern Marketing and Promotions table for more information on how they can help strike out ALS.

Lions and Lady Lions On The Air
The Southeastern baseball games this week will be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of this week’s action at
     The Matt Riser Show presented by North Oaks Health System is set for Monday at Buddies’ Bar & Grill on N. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show airs 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 Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps, online at or through the Southeastern Athletics’ Facebook page at


MAY 14

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)

MAY 15

Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)

MAY 17

Baseball, vs. Houston, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Strike-Out ALS

MAY 18

Baseball, vs. Houston, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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