Faculty/staff honored at convocation

Welcome Week launches semester
Faculty/staff honored for service
STEM Fest scheduled Aug. 24

BOR to present funding opportunities

Part-time job fair scheduled

Math and chemistry tutoring offered

YEA! accepting applications

CMS registration now open

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This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern faculty, staff receive top awards at convocation
President's Excellence winners Southeastern opened the 2019-20 academic year Friday (Aug. 16) with its fall convocation that included presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff.
     The event also included announcement of newly endowed scholarships and professorships, emeritus faculty awards, and recognition of service awards to faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years.
     Receiving the President’s Awards for Excellence were Instructor of Drawing Benjamin Diller, excellence in artistic activity; Professor of Mathematics Kent Neuerburg, excellence in research; Associate Professor of Art History Irene Nero, excellence in teaching; Professor of Library Science and Coordinator of User Education Dayne Sherman, excellence in faculty service; and Corliss Dupuy, assistant director of Human Resources, excellence in unclassified staff service.
     Diller creates artwork in a broad range of media and formats, exhibiting drawings, sculptures and installations. He has been selected for six solo exhibitions, seven two-person exhibitions, and more than 40 group shows. His artwork has been exhibited throughout Louisiana, as well as national exhibits in Chicago, Sacramento, Richmond, Washington DC, Boston, and Brooklyn, to name a few. He often shares his exhibition experiences with his students and encourages them “to put themselves out there” by applying to shows, graduate schools, jobs and other opportunities.
     Neuerburg’s general area of mathematical research is algebra, but in a broad sense. He has a wide background and has done research in diverse areas of mathematics, including algebraic geometry, commutative ring theory, near-ring theory, and graph theory, as well as computational mathematics and statistics. He has published in the areas of algebraic geometry, near-rings, and pedagogy in 17 refereed papers and one book chapter. Neuerburg has also served as an associate editor for a book, a rarity for a mathematics professor. Five of his papers have appeared in Communications in Algebra and the Journal of Algebra, two highly respected abstract algebra journals.
     Nero has been teaching art history classes at Southeastern since the fall of 2000, and she helped co-create the art history concentration curriculum in 2009. In addition to teaching, Nero spends hours nurturing and guiding her students through their research, and her efforts have achieved great results. Her students have advanced to masters and doctorate programs, and many are working in museums, universities and private collections across the country. Several of Nero’s students return to Hammond to visit her, and some of her former students have returned to campus to give lectures in the Let’s Talk Art Series, which she co-founded with Sims Library Director Eric Johnson 10 years ago.
     Sherman first came to Southeastern as a freshman in 1988 and immediately became involved in campus organizations with service as a primary focus. He has served on numerous panels in his geographic area as one of the authors regularly providing adult education events in Amite, Hammond, Ponchatoula, and Albany-Springfield. He has served in the Faculty Senate as a member, where he regularly spotlighted matters germane to Southeastern’s faculty and critical to the integrity of the university. His initial work there led to increased roles on the Executive Council, as Vice President, and ultimately, as President of the Faculty Senate.
     Dupuy began working at Southeastern in 2000 as a human resources analyst and worked her way up the ladder to a supervisor, served as interim director twice when asked, and now serves as assistant director of human resources over the compensation and talent acquisition areas. She has served as a proctor for the ACT college placement exam, volunteered at the university’s annual Rock n’ Roar Literary Rally event, participated on the Division of Administration and Finance Relay for Life team, helped coordinate the university’s annual United Way campaign, and serves as a sponsor for the Southeastern student group Lions for the Lamb.
     The term “Emeritus” is a title awarded to only a few select individuals in recognition of distinguished and extraordinary service. Receiving the Emeritus faculty award was Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Health Studies Robert Kraemer.


SOUTHEASTERN FACULTY AND STAFF HONORED AT CONVOCATION – Southeastern opened the 2019-20 academic year Friday (Aug. 16) with its fall convocation that included presentation of the President’s Awards for Excellence, the university’s highest honor for faculty and staff. From left are award recipients Irene Nero, Benjamin Diller, Corliss Dupuy, Kent Neuerburg, and Dayne Sherman.

Welcome Week 2019

Southeastern launches semester with Welcome Week
Students new and returning to Southeastern are invited to jumpstart the fall semester with a multitude of activities and events offered through Welcome Week.
     Scheduled Aug. 18-25, Welcome Week is intended to help students make Southeastern their home away from home and to settle into campus life as classes begin, said Eric Summers, vice president of Student Affairs.
     “Adjusting to university life can be challenging, especially for new, beginning students,” Summers said. “Our hope is that their participation in Welcome Week will lessen their anxieties and prepare them for a successful semester.”
     Welcome Week began yesterday with “Move-in Mane-ia.” Students checked in at the Student Union where they met their residence assistants, picked up key card details and room keys and participated in a one-stop-shop of information and services available to resident students.

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Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students
Southeastern students seeking part-time jobs are invited to attend a part-time job fair sponsored by the Office of Career Services on Aug. 29. 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.
     “The fair offers an opportunity for students interested in part-time employment or internships to connect with approximately 35 local employers,” said Director of Career Services Ken Ridgedell.    “Employers’ representatives will be on hand to accept job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students.”
     Ridgedell said the part-time job fair is a casual dress event for students to drop by between classes.
     Although the event is free, employers are encouraged to register as soon as possible due to limited space. Registration is available at
     The university’s official Career Fair 2019, Career Services’ annual job fair for upper class students and recent alumni looking for full-time placement, will be held Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     For additional information about the part-time job fair or Career Fair, visit or call 549-2121.

Board of Regents to present funding opportunities
Representatives from the Board of Regents will be on campus Sept. 4 for presentations and one-on-one meetings regarding upcoming funding opportunities. This regional meeting is scheduled from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Student Union, room 2207.
     If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, 549-5312 or as soon as possible.

Tutoring offered for math and chemistry at Sims Library
Students who need help with math and chemistry classes can find it Sundays and Mondays at Sims Memorial Library. The Tinsley Learning Center will have tutors available both evenings from 6-9 p.m., in the Reference Department, on the first floor of the library.
     “The tutoring sessions have become quite popular, so we are happy to announce a few changes to accommodate more students,” said Tinsley Learning Center Coordinator Marie Bernard.
Tutoring will be offered in three sessions, starting at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Tutoring will move to the first floor, where students will have more space and access to computers.
The first sessions of fall semester will be Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9.
Students are asked to come prepared with questions from their class lectures or homework, and to bring all necessary materials for the subject they are studying.
     “Students can come and stay as long as they need, but should be present at the start of a session” said Bernard. “By changing the format, we hope to provide a more systematic and structured tutoring session with fewer disruptions.”
     “We are excited to work with the Center for Student Excellence to offer tutoring sessions at Sims Library,” said Library Director Eric Johnson. “It is our hope that these sessions will help students who are unable to make appointments during the week at the Tinsley Learning Center.”
     Tutoring is available in pre-selected math and chemistry courses. Students will be able to work with tutors for an unspecified amount of time with the understanding that tutors may be assisting several students in different courses concurrently.
     Areas of tutoring include the following:
     Math (105, 151/161, 162, 163, 175, 200, 201, 241)
     Chemistry (101, 102, 107, 121, 122, 265, 266)
     For more information, contact Bernard at 549-5717.

Community Music School registration now open
Southeastern’s Community Music School (CMS) is accepting registrations for its 2019 session, which begins Sept. 3. 
     Registration will remain open throughout the semester, however registrations received after Aug. 26 will incur a $20 late fee.
     The 13-week fall semester will offer individual lessons on various instruments and voice to students of all ages at three locations – Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond, the Southeastern Livingston Center in Walker, and North Shore Technical Community College in Lacombe. In addition, violin, viola and cello students who have one year of previous experience may participate in the five-week orchestra session, said CMS Director Jivka Duke. Students who wish to pursue music as a career can take advantage of the recently lunched Music Career Track program. Opportunities for music theory classes and ensemble formation are also available upon request, Duke said.
     “We look forward to launching the fall 2019 semester. We are passionate about providing the best quality of music education and helping our talented students reach their goals and dreams,” said Duke. “We are very excited to once again have our Concerto Competition Winners perform as soloists with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra in October. We also look forward to the performance of our younger CMS orchestra as well as the end of the semester recitals where we celebrate the accomplishments of all of our students.”
     Duke said the generous sponsorship of First Guaranty Bank will allow the CMS once again to offer discounted tuition to students who received reduced or free lunch at their schools during the 2018-2019 academic year.
     For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at


Faculty, staff honored for years of service
Faculty and staff were honored at the annual convocation Friday for their years of service to the university. Faculty and staff who have worked at the university for 25, 30, 35, 40, and 50 years were honored.


45 Years of Service

Honored for 45 years of service was Clarice Blades.

40 Years of Service
John YeargainJohn Yeargain, left, was honored for 40 years of service to the university. Congratulating him is President Crain.

35 Years of Service
Connie TurnerPresident Crain presents Connie Turner with a clock in recognition of 35 years of service to the university.

30 Years of Service
Those honored for 30 years of service included Michael Budden, Wanda Crawford, Tilak DeAlwis, Rakesh Duggal, Kimberly Finley, Eva Gold, David Gurney, Bobby Jones, Rhonda McLin, Paulette Poche, and Hayden Reno.

25 Years of Service
Those honored for 25 years of service included Amy Acosta, Karen Baham, Linda Bankston, Anna Bass, Sandra Beavers, Michelle Bellavia, Melissa Jacob Bourgeois, Connie Davis, Lori Fairburn, Tommy Giluso, Patricia Helton, Gary Howard, Daniel McCarthy, Aileen Mootoo-Robertson, Brenda Sciortino, George Smith, Lillian Stiegler, John Trowbridge, Tina Wainwright, and Barry Williams.


Southeastern to host STEM Fest for students, parents
STEM Fest graphicStudents and their parents will have the opportunity to feed their minds with hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and discussions at the second annual Back-to-School STEM Fest at Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday, Aug. 24.
     The free event is scheduled at the Pennington Student Activity Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Southeastern’s Assistant Director of Math Science Upward Bound high school program Wendy Conarro said STEM Fest offers fun for the whole family and provides hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math through games and experiments with robotics, aeronautics, health, medicine, the environment, and more.
     “Parents will learn about activities planned throughout the school year to support their children’s interest and development,” said Conarro.
     Registration for STEM Fest is free, and the first 700 students pre-registered receive a free string bag. To register, visit Registration is also available at the door. Lunch and snacks will be available to purchase from student organizations.
     “In addition, monthly community STEM Cafes will be held throughout Tangipahoa, as well as Livingston, St. Helena, and Washington parishes as follow ups to STEM Fest,” Conarro said. “Organized by the Northshore STEM Coalition, this new event series is designed to excite students about STEM and to support their success in school.”
     Northshore STEM Coalition is a coalition of education, industry, community, and business leaders dedicated to expanding quality STEM education opportunities throughout the greater Tangipahoa Parish area, Conarro said.


YEA! now accepting applications

As a proud education partner and host of the local Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Southeastern’s College of Business is excited to announce that YEA! is now accepting applications from the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Southeastern faculty and staff for its upcoming class. YEA! is a national, non-profit organization that teaches and empowers students ages 11 to 18 to launch and run their own, real, small businesses through an engaging, projects-based program.

     In partnering with and hosting the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, YEA! has generously offered to provide a discount to the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees who apply. 
     The ultimate goal of this organization is to encourage entrepreneurial education and action at a young age, as well as provide students with the opportunity to compete for college scholarships at the National YEA! Saunders Scholars Competition that takes place annually in May.
     Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity. Apply today


Action News
Convocation marks start of new year at Southeastern

Baton Rouge Advocate

SLU Community Music School announces outstanding musicians for spring 2019

Livingston Literacy, Technology Center hosts Love Our Community Breakfast, explains resources offered

Class being held to focus on e-commerce

Houma Courier
Free art exhibit focuses on coastal loss (Ernest Milsted)

Livingston Parish News

Lions getting closer to matching Scelfo’s expectations

Southeastern to host STEM Fest for students, parents

Southeastern Athletics announces new Digital Network


Perseverance Earns Former Lion an MLB Spot

Southeastern Adds Two Assistant Coaches to Men’s Basketball Staff
The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double (Rhett Allain)


The Southeastern soccer and volleyball teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion soccer team will host a pair of in-state opponents to officially open the 2019 season. SLU, which blanked UL Lafayette, 2-0, last Friday in an exhibition match, will host Louisiana Tech in a 7 p.m. match on Friday at Strawberry Stadium. ULM visits on Sunday for a 5 p.m. non-conference match.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of both of this week’s soccer matches. Tune in online at or the Lions’ Gameday Experience app for Android or iOS devices. Fans can also watch on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (/SLUathletics) with any mobile, tablet or smart TV device (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku).
     The Southeastern volleyball team will host its annual Green and Gold intra-squad match to prepare for next week’s opener. The match is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the University Center.      Admission to all SLU home soccer and volleyball matches is free.
     Southeastern Louisiana Athletics will host Strawberry Jam on Tuesday and Lionpawlooza in conjunction with the Hammond Downtown Development District’s “Hot August Night” on Friday, to help kick off the 2019-20 SLU Athletics year.
     Sponsored by Olive Garden, Strawberry Jam is open exclusively to Southeastern students and is set for 6:30 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. If there’s inclement weather, the event will be held in the parking garage adjacent to Strawberry Stadium.
     The first 600 students in attendance will receive free food from presenting sponsor Olive Garden and a free t-shirt. A pep rally featuring football, soccer and volleyball student-athletes will kick off the event. The Southeastern cheerleaders, the Lionettes dance team and the Spirit of the Southland band will also be in attendance.
     Local DJ K Strikez will provide musical entertainment. Students will also be able to enjoy yard games and interactive inflatables.
     Southeastern will play its part in the DDD’s Hot August Night, by holding its annual Lionpawlooza event on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Led by the Southeastern fire truck, the Southeastern cheerleaders, Lionettes, Roomie the Lion and the Spirit of the Southland Band will march down East Thomas Street from First Guaranty Bank to the Main DDD stage.
     A pep rally opens this year’s event, which will be held in the parking lot on the corner of South Cate Street and West Thomas Street across the street from Aveda Arts and Sciences Institute. The pep rally will feature the Southeastern football and volleyball teams, as well as the band, cheerleaders and Lionettes.
     Following the pep rally, fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from members of the 2019 Lions and Lady Lions. There will also be giveaways available, chances to spin the SLU Athletics prize wheel and Northshore Broadcasting will provide the musical entertainment.
     For more information on Strawberry Jam and Lionpawlooza, contact Southeastern Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Student Promotions Lindsey C. Owens at 549-3227 or


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Southeastern Athletics instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of the 2018 football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit



Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Stadium, 6:30 p.m.

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Soccer, vs. Louisiana Tech, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (SSN)
Lionpawlooza, Corner of S. Cate St. and E. Thomas St., 5:30 p.m.

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Volleyball, Green and Gold Match, University Center, 2:30 p.m.

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Soccer, vs. ULM, Strawberry Stadium, 5 p.m. (SSN)


Southeastern home events in bold.


Ms. Natalie Belko (Southeastern School of Nursing BSN) and Drs. Eileen Creel and Penny Thomas (Southeastern Nursing Faculty) presented a poster titled “APRNs Application of Transtheoretical Basis to Improve Adherence to Treatment Regimen in Hypertensive Patients” at Sigma International Nursing Research Congress 2019 in Calgary, Canada July 25 - 29. The poster was a collaboration between academics and advanced practice registered nurses on the integration of theory and practice. They acknowledge support from Southeastern’s Center for Faculty Excellence for poster development, poster printing, and travel grant monies. Additionally, thanks go to Zeta Gamma Chapter of STTI for also providing travel grant monies.

William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented “Women of the Elizabethan Age: Famous, Infamous, and Un-famous” as his annual lecture to the cast of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival Aug. 10.



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