Clausen honored for lifetime achievement
Northlake Community Band to perform
Cowser appointed to national task force

Commencement traffic changes set
Summer schedule begins May 14
Education panel discussions held

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Sally ClausenSoutheastern honors former President Clausen for lifetime achievement 
Former Southeastern President and life-long educator Sally Clausen will be honored with a Southeastern Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the university’s commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the University Center.
     That morning the university will confer more than 1,000 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
     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.
     “Dr. Clausen’s accomplishments during her tenure at Southeastern are numerous,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “She was particularly effective in her work with legislators and other elected officials, advocating on behalf of Southeastern and its students, obtaining $80 million in state capital outlay funds for campus improvements, as well as achieving a 51 percent increase in state appropriations and a 23 percent increase in faculty salaries. She led the university through one of its first comprehensive strategic planning processes, ultimately leading to, among other achievements, a large increase in private funding and a 68 percent boost in African-American enrollment”
     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.
     Her many honors include induction into the Louisiana Center for Women and Government Hall of Fame in 1998 and receiving the “Thinking Outside the Box” Award from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana in 2000. She was also inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield in 2007.
     During her career, Clausen held leadership roles with numerous professional education organizations including serving as Vice Chair of the National Association of University System Heads, Executive Committee Member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and member of the Southern Regional Education Board. She also served as the executive director of the Ingram Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance, an affiliate of the American Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
     Clausen received a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in education in 1967, 1971, and 1980, respectively, from Louisiana State University. She was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2004.

Northlake Community Band to give free concert
The Community Music School at Southeastern Louisiana University will present the Northlake Community Band Spring Concert Thursday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus, the concert is free and open to the public.
     Jerry Voorhees will conduct the concert that will include works by P. Mascagni, J. Offenbach, G. Kenny, B. Smetana, and L. Anderson, and will feature “Victory at Sea” by R. Rogers.
     “The Northlake Community Band is a true musical jewel on the Northshore and the surrounding communities, and we are very proud to have them as part of the Community Music School,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “The band brings together musicians from various walks of life, from current and retired professional musicians to people who only recently started playing music again after many years of working in a different career field.”
     “The band also attracts many high school music students especially in the summer months,” Duke added. “We are very thankful for Dr. Jerry Voorhees’s vision of founding this ensemble and for volunteering his time to make the Northlake Community Band such a great asset to our community’s music life.”
     Duke said the Northlake Community Band always welcomes new members.
     For more information, contact the Community Music School at or 549-5502.


Traffic changes planned for Southeastern Commencement May 12
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
     Former Southeastern President and life-long educator Sally Clausen will receive Southeastern’s Lifetime Achievement Award and provide remarks at the ceremony, where more than 1,000 students will receive associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees at 10 a.m. in the University Center.
     Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
     Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted to main campus via North General Pershing Street and SGA Drive. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive for parking at the University Center, and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
     “Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” said Todd. “We anticipate the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
     Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations should try to arrive as early as possible.
     Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
     Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance, Todd said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
     Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait until after 2 p.m. to do so.

Erin Moore Cowser

Southeastern’s Cowser appointed to national task force
Erin Moore Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs at Southeastern, has been appointed to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Task Force on Higher Education Government Relations.
     According to AASCU, the task force is composed of a diverse collection of state governmental affairs professionals that represents the spectrum of American public higher education, which takes a leading role in planning the annual Higher Education Government Relations Conference.
     Cowser, a member of the executive staff at Southeastern since 2007, will be charged with helping create a valuable educational forum for state government relations professionals to network and share strageties and ideas on how to effectively advance the public higher education agenda.
     “Erin has earned the trust and respect of campus, community and business leaders,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “She herself is a leader who can forge relationships across many varied realms, and will represent Southeastern well at the national level.”
     Cowser has been honored with the Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation in Governmental Advocacy presented by AASCU, American Association of State Colleges and Land-Grant Colleges and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She was tapped as one of Inside Publications’ Influential Women in Business and was named a Woman of the Year honoree by New Orleans CityBusiness, as well as one of the Northshore’s Finest Under 40 by Inside Northside Magazine.


Summer work schedule begins Monday, May 14
Effective May 14, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days. The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with a 30-minute lunch break.
     The University will resume the four and a half day (4 1/2) workweek on Aug. 6.

Marketplace of Ideas panel discussions held
Marketplace of ideas panel discussionDuring two panel discussions recently held on campus, faculty, staff and community members had the opportunity to be a part of the conversation shaping the future of higher education policy to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century.
     Featuring students, faculty and staff, and community members, the panel discussions were sponsored by the College of Education and the Education Policy and Analysis course from the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology.
     Attendees discussed some of the problems, challenges, and obstacles for underrepresented student populations in higher education, ideas that work, and what is being done to make higher education degrees more attainable for all students.


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The Southeastern softball team competes in the Southland Conference Tournament, while the SLU baseball team closes league play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Having set single-season school record for overall and Southland victories, the Lady Lion softball team (35-19, 18-9 Southland) will be the No. 4 seed in the league tournament, scheduled for Tuesday through Friday in Lake Charles, Louisiana. On Tuesday, SLU will open the double-elimination portion of the tournament with a 4 p.m. contest versus the winner of the first round game between No. 5 Central Arkansas and No. 8 Sam Houston State.
     The tournament runs through Friday with the conference championship game set for noon. The winner of the Southland Conference Tournament will receive the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championships.
     Fresh off taking two of three games in a road series at Southland leader Sam Houston State, the Lion baseball team (32-18, 19-8 Southland) will close out league play at Central Arkansas this week. The series opens on Friday at 6 p.m., continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.


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.
     The Southland Conference Softball Championships will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network at with Friday’s championship game set to air on ESPN News. Links to live stats and video will be accessible on the softball schedule page 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



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)


Softball, vs. Sam Houston State/Central Arkansas (Southland Conference Tournament), Lake Charles, 4 p.m. (Southland Digital Network)


Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Lake Charles, TBA (Southland Digital Network)

MAY 10

 Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Lake Charles, TBA (Southland Digital Network)

MAY 11

 Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Lake Charles, 12 p.m. (ESPN News)
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

MAY 12

 Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 4 p.m. (KSLU)*

MAY 13

 Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m. (KSLU)*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Martin Kearney (English) presented his composition Shakespeare's Shrewd 'Shrew': Hoodwinking Her Tiercel with an Odyssean Hood" at the National meeting of the American Core Texts and Courses conference sponsored by Villanova University in Boston, Mass., April 21.
     Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) was on a panel with five other accounting and finance professionals to discuss business careers with members of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux May 1.

     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and his former research students Brandon W. Mobley (currently employee at Bercen) and Suraj K. Ayer (currently a PhD student at Duke University) published a paper titled “Highly hydrophobic N-alkylmaleimide and succinic anhydride derivatives of anthracene as potential sizing agents for the paper Industry” in Cellulose Chemistry and Technology 2018, 52(3-4), 299-310, with collaborators from Bercen, a paper chemical plant based in Denham Springs.


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