Smith named Young Alumnus of Year

SLU students have least debt in La.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night set

CSE hosts freshman seminar
Farmers Market set Sept. 19
Student newsletter now available

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Louisiana Teacher of the Year tapped as Southeastern Young Alumnus of Year
Joni Smith - photo credit Rockit SurgeryJoni Smith, a 7th grade science teacher, STEM educator and the 2017 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, has been named Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2018 Young Alumnus of the Year. She will be officially recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association Awards Evening to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, during Homecoming Week.
     “We are pleased to honor Joni Smith as our Young Alumnus of the Year,” said Alumni Association President Beth Carney Ebberman. “Using her depth of knowledge in science and math, Joni became a STEM enrichment teacher in the science classroom at Albany Middle School. She has been identified as a Master Teacher in her school and district and is often asked to help other science/STEM teachers in their classrooms.”
     Smith graduated from Southeastern in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in general studies and has been teaching for 10 years. In addition to being named the 2017 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year, an honor which earned her special recognition at the White House during an Oval Office ceremony with U.S. President Donald Trump, she was also named the 2018 Louisianan of the Year.
     “As an educator, I embarked on a journey to remove the negative labels from my students and replace them with positive ones. The students owned up to their identities and became leaders both in the classroom and in their community,” she said. “All students are just one caring adult away from being a success story. I may teach in a small town, but I have a big vision to be a bold advocate for students, no matter their background.”
     Alumni Awards Evening will include recognition of several Southeastern faculty and staff and alumni, including Alumnus of the Year for 2018 Tom Akers, retired president of trading at Metal Exchange Corporation.
     Tickets for the event are available from the Alumni Association by calling 1-800-SLU-ALUM or through the association’s website,

Photo credit: Rockit Surgery

Southeastern students have least debt in Louisiana 
Southeastern students have the least student loan debt out of all the universities in the state, according to statistics recently released by LendEDU. The average debt per borrower for Southeastern’s graduating class of 2017 was ranked No. 1 for least debt and No. 46 lowest debt nationwide.
     In Louisiana, the average debt per student borrower is $26,808, the 19th lowest in the nation. Forty-eight percent of Louisiana students graduated with debt.
     Southeastern graduates reported the average borrower taking out $20,164, 14 percent less than the previous year.
     “For over 90 years now, Southeastern has been dedicated to one thing – our students’ success,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Part of that focus on student success is sensitivity to college affordability. Southeastern has always represented a great value and we have a long-standing tradition of programs and initiatives that save students money.”
     He pointed to two examples: the Southeastern Promise with its four-year path to approved degree completion that comes with a fixed net tuition guarantee for participants and the university’s textbook rental program, which saves students thousands of dollars while attaining their degrees.
     The statistics stem from a voluntary survey conducted annually by Peterson’s College Data. The complete study can be found online at

Southeastern students sponsor Farmers Market September 19
Farmers MarketThe Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The only student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event features food sales from area farmers, food samples, arts and crafts, homemade soaps, and much more. 
     Vendors include Deb’s Designs’ all-natural bath and body products and Mrs. Francis Chauvin’s homemade pies and shoe sole pastries. In addition to fresh produce, other items available for purchase include jams and jellies, beef jerky, tea cakes, hummus, farm-fresh eggs, breads, and popsicles. 
     “The Reconnect Farmers Market is an event where you can interact with local farmers and vendors, eat a healthy and fresh lunch, or pick up some homemade jewelry or bath products from your fellow students. It’s a way to shop locally and support healthy food choices without having to leave campus,” said Diana Taj, public relations coordinator for Reconnect.
     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.

New student newsletter available
What's Up at Southeastern logoThis past spring, students were introduced to a unique way of discovering information about the activities and programs happening on campus. What’s UP@Southeastern debuted in March of 2018 as the new student newsletter that is delivered to the email inbox of all currently enrolled students.
     Faculty and staff can access the newsletter by clicking the yellow icon at the bottom right hand corner of the ByLion. The newsletter is delivered biweekly and covers events for approximately 2 - 3 weeks.
     If any department would like a submission to be considered for What’s UP, they can email or click here  for submission guidelines.

Athletics to supply free tickets to Faculty/Staff for Appreciation Night
Southeastern Athletics is pleased to announce that our Lions first home game of the season is also Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night! Join us in Strawberry Stadium on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. as your Southeastern Lions take on Central Arkansas. 
     With a Southeastern faculty/staff ID, receive two (2) complimentary tickets. Tickets may be picked up on game day at the ticket booths in Friendship Circle or Strawberry Stadium. However, to avoid ticket window lines, we encourage you to come by our office prior to game day to collect your tickets.
     Office hours are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lion Up!

Center for Student Excellence hosts Cool, Calm and Connected Freshman Seminar
Freshman SeminarThe Center for Student Excellence (CSE) hosted their second annual Cool, Calm, and Connected seminar Aug. 29-30. This is the first freshman seminar in a series created when the Southeastern 101: Freshman Success course was overhauled in Fall 2017. 
     The Class of 2022 attended by SE 101 class time over a two-day period with approximately 2,800 students attending and browsing the 56 student organizations that participated. 
     “We have always struggled to get students to attend after-hour programming, so I thought it would be a good idea to center these seminars around their regularly scheduled SE 101 time,” said CSE Director Dr. Lorett Swank. “The purpose of the series is to promote first to second year retention, and since academically and socially engaged college students are more likely to persist and graduate, we developed this particular seminar to give our freshman the opportunity to browse and join Southeastern’s many student organizations.” 
     The Class of 2022 enjoyed a student led presentation that focused on the importance of getting involved in college followed by an ice-breaker that encouraged students to mingle and meet others. After the introductory session, students were given a passport and instructions to visit and talk with at least four organizations. 
     “It really helped me to know about all of the awesome groups SLU has to offer, and I was the last student in the ballroom,” said student Katherine Schepker. “It was super fun! I loved reconnecting with some people I have already met.”
     Many students joined organizations right then and there and all organizations reported significant increases in interest and membership. Katie Phillips, a sophomore kinesiology major and Elite Women organization member reported that 105 students signed-up to be new members. Prior to the seminar, Elite Women had a membership of about 35. 
     “This was a great event! The students were very engaged and it was a wonderful opportunity to tell them about our organization and to recruit new members,” said Phillips. “I am glad that the CSE is doing this. I’m pretty sure that other colleges aren’t doing this for their freshman.”
     The next freshman seminar is the Major/Minor Fair that will be held in the Student Union Ballroom Sept. 17 and 18. 
     The Center for Student Excellence is home to the Southeastern 101: Freshman Success Course and offers freshman advising and coaching, as well as tutoring for all Southeastern students.


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The Southeastern football and soccer teams will host their respective Southland Conference openers, the volleyball team opens its regular season home schedule, while the golf and cross country teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (0-2) will open their home and Southland Conference schedule on Saturday, hosting defending league champion Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     Saturday is Faculty and Staff, Family and Band Day in Hammond, America. Southeastern faculty and staff will receive two free tickets with the presentation of their University I.D. at the ticket office prior to game day or ticket booth on game day. Visit for Family Day registration. 
     Local high school band and spirit members will be present for the Spirit of the Southland’s halftime show. Also, fans will have the opportunity to stop by Hammond’s Helm Paint location to get a free color-changing cup for free drinks all season.
     The SLU-UCA game will be televised on ESPN+ and via the app. The game can also be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     Fresh off a 6-0 shutout win at ULM in the non-conference finale, the SLU soccer team (3-2-1) will open Southland Conference play at home on Friday, hosting McNeese at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     After a nine-match road swing to open the season, the SLU volleyball team (1-8) will host Tulane on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the University Center to begin its home slate. Tuesday will be Dig the Lions as the first 200 students will receive a free t-shirt and free food. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of this week’s home soccer and volleyball matches at
     The Southeastern men’s golf team will open the 2018 season this week at the Battle in the Big Easy at English Turn Golf Club. The tournament, hosted by UNO, is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in New Orleans.
     The men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action this week. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the LSU Cross Country Invitational in Baton Rouge.
     Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network on Monday. Hosted by Scelfo and Allen Waddell, the hour-long show will air at 7 p.m. from Tope La Catering and will be streamed live on Facebook Watch at

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Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit



Golf, at Battle in the Big Easy, New Orleans, All Day
Football, Inside Southeastern Football With Frank Scelfo, Tope La Catering, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)


Volleyball, vs. Tulane, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
       - Dig The Lions
Golf, at Battle in the Big Easy, New Orleans, All Day


Soccer, vs. McNeese, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*


 Football, vs. Central Arkansas, Strawberry Stadium,

7 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)*
     - Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
     - Family Day
     - Band Day
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at LSU Cross Country Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Debra Jo Hailey and Dr. Stacy Garcia (Teaching and Learning) were joined by colleagues Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson (Northwestern State University) and Mrs. Patricia Alexander (Natchitoches Parish Schools) in presenting at the International Literacy Association Annual Conference in July. The title of their presentation was “Using the Language Experience Approach to Establish Shared Meanings as Teaching Dispositions are Developed.” During the ILA conference, Garcia presided over the Language Experience Special Interest Group meeting as the current president of that group.

David Armand (English) and William Robison (History and Political Science) participated along with several other area authors in the WYES-TV/PBS Great American Read Books and Brunch Event on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Mandeville Trailhead Depot Room.



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