Nursing receives Nightingale Award
Business Lecture scheduled April 17
Student presentations set Tuesday
Farmers Market scheduled April 17
Sims Library to host speaker

Let's Talk Art to feature Van Gogh

Honors Convocations set
Part-Time Job Fair scheduled
Lion's Coding Camp announced
Student earns national scholarship

UL System Day highlights

ByLion takes a break
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern Doctorate Program in Nursing named top in state
Nursing Program receives Nightingale AwardThe Southeastern Doctor of Nursing Practice Program has been recognized by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as the Nursing School of the Year in Advanced Practice. The award recognizes a school of nursing offering formal education for registered nurses seeking a graduate degree for advanced clinical practice roles, as well as nursing administration, nursing education and research.
     This is the second time Southeastern has been recognized with a Nightingale Award for an advance practice program, with the master’s program being recognized as program of the year in 2013. Also, Southeastern’s undergraduate nursing program has been recognized with the Nightingale Award three times.
     The competition is evaluated by a panel of out-of-state judges who review the nominations submitted by nursing programs throughout the state. The Nightingale Awards are the foundation’s highest recognition for quality, service, commitment and excellence among Louisiana registered nurses.
     Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said nursing programs are evaluated for the award by a wide range of criteria, including accreditation status, innovations in education and teaching, nursing examination passage rate, and comments solicited from graduates, faculty and area employers.
     Southeastern’s program is an academic partnership between Southeastern and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that offers Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. The partnership allows Southeastern and UL Lafayette the opportunity to provide stand-alone, but mutually supportive DNP programs to leverage teaching and learning resources, Carruth explained. Building on the strengths of its Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited baccalaureate and master’s programs, Southeastern offers a post-masters DNP program seeking qualified advanced practice nurses and nurse executives.
     “I am very proud of our DNP program. Students who are administrators and advanced practitioners create a two year-long project, partnering with an organization to implement policy, evaluate quality, translate research and best evidence. These projects require tremendous organizational commitment and multidisciplinary team effort,” Carruth said.
     “In the end, students document data-driven analysis and evaluation of the project. We’ve had five cohorts graduate from our program. They have impacted health care throughout southeast Louisiana and beyond. It is an honor to be a dean working with such talented, dedicated faculty and students.”
     The school also operates a completely online RN to BS degree program that allows registered nurses with an associate’s degree or nursing diploma to complete courses leading to a bachelor of science degree.

Southeastern Business Lecture to feature business professor, author and corporate trainer
Christopher NeckNoted author, award-winning professor and corporate trainer Christopher Neck will be the featured speaker at Southeastern’s annual College of Business Lecture.
     The lecture, titled “Self-Leadership: The Power of Self Talk,” is scheduled April 17, at 7 p.m., in the Student Union Grand Ballroom on the third floor. The presentation is free and open to the public.
     Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips said this year’s lecture is presented in memory of John O. Batson, who established the Business Ethics lecture series in 1984.
     “The programmatic ancestor of the Business Lecture was the Ethics Lecture - for many years the Livingston Ethics Lecture. John passed away this year and we gratefully celebrate his family’s commitment to seeing that his history with the lecture series is honored,” she said. “For this year’s lecture, Dr. Christopher Neck’s dynamic style and his topic promise to be engaging for students, faculty, staff, and guests.”
     An Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University, Neck is author and/or coauthor of 22 books. His research specialities include employee/executive fitness, self-leadership, leadership, group decision-making processes, and self-managing teams. He has over 100 publications in the form of books, chapters, and articles in various journals.
     Neck is the deputy editor of the “Journal of Leadership and Management.” Due to his expertise in management, he has been cited in numerous national publications including “The Washington Post,” “The Wall Street Journal,” The Los Angeles Times,” “The Houston Chronicle,” and the “Chicago Tribune.”
     In 2007, as the recipient of the Business Week Favorite Professor Award, Neck was featured in as one of the approximately 20 professors from across the world to receive the award.
     Some of the organizations that have participated in Neck’s management development training include GE/Toshiba, Busch Gardens, the United States Army, American Airlines, Clark Construction, Dillard’s Department Stores, and Prudential Life Insurance.
     For more information about the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2258.


Let's Talk: Art" Series features Van Gogh
The third lecture in the series "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern's campus.

     Morgan Methvien, graduating senior in art history, will present "Spiritual Connotations and Symbols of Nature Cults in Vincent van Gogh's Works."
     The lecture is free and open to the public.

     For more information, call Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at 549-3962.

Honors convocations schedule announced
College honors convocations are scheduled the week of April 29. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.
     The schedule is as follows:
 College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Monday, April 29,

1 p.m., Alumni Center
 College of Science and Technology: Tuesday, April 30, 3 p.m., Alumni Center
 College of Education: Thursday, May 2, 11 a.m., Alumni Center
 College of Business: Thursday, May 2, 4 p.m., Alumni Center
 College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Thursday, May 2, 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre

Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services will sponsor a special job fair on May 2 to help students locate part-time or full-time jobs during the summer. Area employers looking to hire multiple employees are invited to participate in the free event.
     Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Student Union breezeway.
     “As the spring semester draws to a close, many students are in need of part-time jobs and internship opportunities for the summer and upcoming fall semester,” said Director of Career Services Ken Ridgedell. “The Summer 2019 Part-Time Job Fair is a great opportunity for employers to recruit Southeastern students, and this particular event has no registration fee, so it is free for employers to participate.” 
     Ridgedell said the part-time job fair is a casual dress event for students to drop by between classes. Since the event is held outside in the Student Union breezeway, Ridgedell encourages participants to dress comfortably. 
     Although the event is free, employers are encouraged to register as soon as possible due to limited space. Registration is available at, and the registration deadline is Friday, April 26.
     For more information about the part-time job fair, email or call 549-2121.

Southeastern student earns national OSH&E scholarship
Tyler SansoneA Southeastern senior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
     Tyler Sansone of Baton Rouge 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.
     In addition to his studies at Southeastern, Sansone is a student member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is involved in intramural sports, having participated in both men’s softball and football.
     When asked what first attracted him to the OSH&E field, Sansone cited his family’s history with public safety.
     “I have been around public safety my entire life with both my father and grandfather being law enforcement officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department,” he said. “While occupational safety, health, and environment is not the same type of public safety, it gives me a platform to pursue a career in a different type of public safety field.” 
     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.

ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be distributed the week of April 22 due to spring break. ByLion will return the week of April 29. Enjoy the break!



Faculty, staff invited to view student presentations
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff to visit the Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy the research, creative, and scholarly activities being featured by Southeastern students.
     There will be a music performance starting at 11:15 a.m. followed by a dance performance at noon.


Farmers Market to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day 
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a farmers market on April 17 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, food, coffee, soaps, jewelry, live music and more.
     In addition to the farmers market vendors, representatives from various student and community organizations will be on hand to celebrate Earth Day, including the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, the Sustainability Center, biology graduate students, Dining Services, Reconnect, the Sierra Club, and the Citizens Climate Lobby. The first 300 participants will receive a free reusable water bottle.
     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 Associate Professor of Sociology David Burley at

Earth Day

Bestselling author Robert W. Fieseler to speak at Sims Library
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library will present guest speaker Robert W. Fieseler, author of the 2018 book Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Southeastern Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the free lecture is scheduled April 29, at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Library.
     “In June 1973, an arson fire at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay nightclub in New Orleans, claimed the lives of 32 people. Robert W. Fieseler’s book details the horrors of the fire and its aftermath,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. 
     “Unlike the 2016 mass shooting in the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, which became instant news with national and world figures expressing words of sympathy and condolence, the story of the Up Stairs Lounge received scant notice and had disappeared willfully, hushed by a nation not ready to look,” Fieseler said. “The Up Stairs Lounge fire received no political attention or investigative stories from a national newspaper. The mainstream reaction to the fire ranged from silence and avoidance to trivialization and demonization.” 
     Why this was so, and what caused the change, said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson, is part of the story told in this fascinating talk.
     Fieseler’s debut book was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness, and is a finalist for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction and the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Fieseler graduated co-valedictorian from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a recipient of the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. He lives in New Orleans with his husband.
     The lecture is free and open to the public. Fieseler will sign books following his presentation. 
     For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.

Robert Fieseler

Photo credit: Ryan Leitner



Southeastern to host Lion’s Coding Camp
Southeastern is hosting a summer computer science camp for students entering ninth through 12th grades this fall. The Lion’s Code Summer Coding Camp is open to students with any level of coding experience.
     Sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Computer Science, the camp is scheduled July 15-26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Computer Science and Technology Building, located at the southeast corner of the campus at North Oak and Dakota streets in Hammond. The cost is $100 per attendee and includes lunch each day.
     “The Lion’s Code Camp introduces students to computer science through an easy-to-learn program that allows them to create their own stories and games in 3D computer animation,” said Instructor of Computer Science and Camp Coordinator Bonnie Achee. “Using drag and drop programming, which means no syntax errors, students will convert ideas to code quickly and see it in action.”
     Achee said students will be introduced to the visual programming language, Alice.
     “Students will use Alice to code 3D animations or games with ease,” she said. “Alice comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort.”
     Camp participants will create 3D worlds, make live action stories, design their own computer games, and develop impressive projects for school, all while learning computer and basic programming, Achee said. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the camp.
     Visit to register. The camp is limited to 100 students on a first come, first served basis, with a registration and payment deadline of July 1.
     For more information, contact Achee at 549-3228 or

UL System Day highlights

ULS Day 2019Last week the University of Louisiana System hosted its largest UL System Day at the Capitol yet with over 1200 participants.
     Students from Southeastern’s Nursing and Child Life programs presented interactive displays, the Spirit of the Southland Band and student singer Jody Bennett performed the National Anthem, and SGA President/UL System Student Board Member Richard Davis, Jr. was a speaker and introduced UL System President Jim Henderson.


Baseball players honored

BASEBALL PLAYERS HONORED FOR HEROIC ACTIONS - The Louisiana House of Representatives and Representative Steve Pugh, far right, honored Southeastern current and former baseball players, from left, Kyle Schimpf, Trey Morgan, and Evan Pace for the bravery they displayed while rescuing a woman from a burning car last summer. Read more about their heroic actions here



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The Southeastern softball team celebrates Senior Day to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions (24-17, 12-6 Southland) will close out an eight-game home stand with five games at North Oak Park this week. SLU will host Jackson State for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday. The teams were originally scheduled to play a single game, but both teams have had multiple rainouts earlier this season and mutually agreed to play a doubleheader.
     Tuesday is a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score three runs or more, fans will be able to redeem their game ticket or student coupons to 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 hosts Central Arkansas for a three-game Southland Conference series, starting with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday. Prior to Saturday’s noon series finale, Southeastern will honor seniors Jaquelyn Ramon, Rebecca Skains and Caitlin VanHemelryck, as well as student manager William Hess.
     Every home Saturday is Local Heroes Appreciation at North Oak Park, as all first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket with a valid ID.
     The SLU tennis team (7-11, 4-6 Southland) will look to secure a spot in the postseason in Tuesday’s regular season finale. The Lions host New Orleans at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex and need a win to earn a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, scheduled for April 25-27 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
     The Southeastern baseball team (18-18, 10-5 Southland) will look to continue its climb up the Southland Conference standings.      Tuesday’s opponent, McNeese, is not on the Lions’ 2019 conference schedule, so the teams have agreed to play a home-and-home in non-conference action over the final month, starting with a 6 p.m. contest in Lake Charles.
     Southeastern will then open a three-game league series with another in-state rival, Nicholls. The series opens on Thursday at Alumni Field at 6 p.m. Following Thursday’s series opener, the Easter Egg Hunt presented by Party Barn, originally scheduled for Super Lion Saturday, will be held at the Pat.
     On Friday, the Lions and Nicholls will meet again in Hammond at 6 p.m. Saturday’s series finale is set for 2 p.m. in Thibodaux.
     Thursday’s baseball game will air on Cox Sports Television, while the Southeastern Channel will broadcast Tuesday’s 5 p.m. softball contest on the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
     All of this week’s baseball games will air in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream online at of Friday’s baseball game and the softball series versus UCA.
     The SLU track and field teams will continue preparations for next month’s Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in Natchitoches. On Saturday, the Lions and the Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold meet.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser is set for Monday at noon from Blackened Brew, located at 112 W. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Riser joins host Allen Waddell at lunchtime every Monday during the regular season for the 60-minute radio show, talking the latest in Southeastern baseball. Each week, one of the Lion players will also join the duo.
     The show airs on the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, KSLU 90.9 FM, online at and via the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will also be available via Facebook Live at

For more information on Southeastern Athletics, follow @SLUAthletics on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

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Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)


Baseball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)
Softball, vs. Jackson State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (Southland Digital Network – Game 2)
     - Cane’s Challenge
Tennis, vs. New Orleans, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 4 p.m.*


Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports Television) (KSLU 90.9)*
     - Easter Egg Hunt presented by Party Barn
     - Cane’s Challenge


 Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU 90.9)*
Softball, vs. Central Arkansas (DH), North Oak Park,

4 p.m. (LionVision)*


 Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Softball, vs. Central Arkansas, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
     - Local Hero Appreciation
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Alumni Gold, Baton Rouge, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Drs. Alan Cannon, Lucy Kabza, and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) attended the Southern Algebra Conference April 5-7 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Neuerburg presented his paper “Covered Vector Spaces.”
     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts + Design & Columbia Theatre) was recently a guest juror for ArtBreak, a K-12 celebration of visual, performing and literary arts in Shreveport, La. The three visual arts judges spend two days reviewing approximately 2,000 works of art for awards and inclusion in the event that takes place April 23-27. Of the 35 years of its existence, Blackwood has been an invited judge 32 times.
     Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby (Communication and Media Studies) co-presented a paper titled “For the love of Jack: Crock-Pot, ‘This Is Us’ and the Convergence of Crisis Communication and Parasocial Connection” with Dr. Michelle Groover (Georgia Southern University) at the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Montgomery, Ala., April 3-7.


     Dr. Prem Chanda (Chemistry and Physics) and his research students attended the 257th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition at Orlando, Fla., March 31 - April 4, where he presented a research paper on “Reagent-controlled Stereoselective Reactions of Methyl Phenylacetates.” Students Angela Thomas and Tommy Walls (Chanda Research Lab) presented a poster on their research work titled “Diastereoselective Synthesis of syn-β-hydroxy-α-substituted Phenyl Carboxylates via Boron-mediated Aldol Reactions of Phenylacetates.”
     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) published a book chapter titled “Marine Natural Products as Strategic Prototypes in the Development of a New Generation of Antimalarial Agents” in Discovery and Development of Therapeutics from Natural Products Against Neglected Tropical Diseases. Ed. Goutam Brahmachari, 2019, Chapter 2 pp. 8 – 47. The book is published by Elsevier, Amsterdam – Netherlands, Oxford – United Kingdom and Cambridge – United States. Copyright 2019 Elsevier© Inc.
     Erin Lawrence’s (English) short fiction story “Dim Soul” will be published in the Japanese mythology anthology Of Kami and Yokai on May 5. The publisher is Fantasia Divinity Publishing.


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