Southeastern dean selected as Higher Education Professional of the Year
Southeastern College of Education Dean Paula Summers Calderon was recently selected
by the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children as the Higher Education Professional
of the Year. A resident of Baton Rouge, Calderon will be honored by the organization
The Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children Higher Education Professional
of the Year Award recognizes a professional who currently provides direct services
to students with exceptionalities. The Professional of the Year is an outstanding
member of the education profession whose work exemplifies the best of special education
services. His or her work reflects significant educational success for students, continues
professional development, and the highest standards of educational quality.
“As the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Calderon has been a significant
advocate for the Lions Connected Program, an inclusive, comprehensive post-secondary
transition program at Southeastern for students with intellectual disabilities,” said
Director of Lions Connected Gerlinde Beckers. “She has gone above and beyond to help
Lions Connected become the outstanding program that it is for college students with
intellectual disabilities. Dr. Calderon never says, ‘No.’ She says, ‘We will find
The Council for Exceptional Children is an international organization that sets
the standard for high quality education for individuals with exceptionalities. Beckers
said the CEC is known as the primary source for advocacy, ethics, standards, resources
and professional development that directly impacts the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Southeastern Police Department to participate in safety campaign
Southeastern Police Officers will work with other local law enforcement partners to
find and remove impaired drivers from the roadways in and around campus in an effort
to help keep students safe.
The partnership is part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign
and will be conducted through New Year’s Day. Motorists will see an increased
law enforcement presence on the roads throughout Hammond and Tangipahoa Parish. Officers
will also be watching for dangerous behaviors such as speeding, aggressive driving,
distracted driving, and unrestrained occupants.
“Whether a driver is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both, the
consequences are the same,” said Southeastern Police Lieutenant Patrick Gipson. “According
to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, driver impairment continues to be a leading
factor in fatal crashes across the state.”
Motorists are urged to plan ahead when choosing to engage in behaviors involving
alcoholic beverages, beware of prescription medicine side effects, follow all traffic
laws, and contact law enforcement if they observe other motorists operating in an
unsafe manner – especially those who appear to be operating under the influence.
“Everyone should designate a sober driver, always ensure all occupants are properly
restrained, and exercise patience while driving,” Gipson added.
Southeastern students and employees can access real-time information about road
conditions, construction activities and other critical incidents by dialing 511. Travelers
can also access this information by visiting the Louisiana Department of Transportation
and Development (DOTD) 511 Traveler Information System Website at www.511la.org.
The University Police Department’s participation in this campaign is funded in
part via a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
For more information on the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, visit
LHSC at www.lahighwaysafety.org.
Southeastern student honored by Emmys
For the seventh straight year, a student at the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s
educational access station, has been honored with college division Student Production
Award recognition given by the Emmy Awards’ Suncoast Region of the National Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences.
Dylan Domangue of Houma was selected as a nominee in the “Talent” category for
his On-Camera Composite of anchoring and reporting work for the national award-winning
student sportscast “The Big Game,” along with his play-by-play, color analyst and
sideline reporting work for Southeastern football and baseball live game broadcasts.
Domangue was honored in the Emmy Suncoast Region comprised of television stations
and production companies in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
The Southeastern Channel has been named a winner by the Emmys 17 times with 63 nominations.
“To be nominated for an Emmy and placed in the same category with others in the country
who are thriving in television is truly an honor like no other,” Domangue said.
Domangue was one of only two students nominated in the “Talent” category.
“I honestly believe I was nominated for an Emmy because of the supporting crew
around me,” Domangue continued. “Every day I go to work with those who want the best
for me and want to see me succeed. Learning and being supported by them allows me
to thrive at the Southeastern Channel.”
Domangue serves as producer, director, anchor and reporter for “The Big Game”
sportscast. He writes, shoots and edits all of his own stories, along with providing
“Recognition by the Emmys is the highest honor you can receive in television,”
said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “Dylan is very deserving because
he’s so skilled and natural on camera, and his reporting, anchoring and game broadcast
announcing are stellar. He has also won national awards for his technical prowess,
from videography to game broadcast directing. Dylan’s talent, work ethic and attitude
set him apart, and for the past three years, he has been one of the best student leaders
we have ever had at the Southeastern Channel. We’re so excited for him.”
The Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international and regional
awards in the past 16 years.
“The Southeastern Channel allows us to complete projects in and out of class
to enhance our skills in on-camera talent, making promos, setting up interviews, formatting
stories, and shooting and editing,” Domangue said. “Under the station manager, Rick
Settoon, workers at the Southeastern Channel have the ability to enhance their skills
by being on the many shows we have and producing packages for them. With every show
and story I do, I try to do better than I did the previous time, and it’s because
we are given the chance to succeed every day.
“If any student in the South and really throughout the entire country wants a professional
job in the TV industry, there is no better school to attend as your stepping stone
The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Charter Spectrum Cable Channel 199 in
Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena and St. Tammany parishes. The live 24/7 webcast
and video on demand can be seen at www.thesoutheasternchannel.com. The channel is
also available on AppleTV and social media.
NOMINATED BY EMMYS - Southeastern Channel student sports anchor, reporter and producer Dylan Domangue
of Houma has been nominated for a 2019 Suncoast Student Production Award in the Suncoast
Emmy region given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Domangue
was nominated in the “Talent” category for his on-camera composite that featured his
anchoring and reporting work for the student sportscast “The Big Game,” along with
play-by-play, color analyst, and sideline reporting for Southeastern football and
baseball live game broadcasts.
Southeastern offices closed during holiday break
Southeastern offices will close for the annual holiday break beginning Dec. 20 at
12:30 p.m. and will reopen Jan. 6 at 7:30 a.m.
Information about on-campus dining during the holiday break can be found at www.southeastern.edu/dining.
University police officers will patrol campus buildings and will request identification
from anyone found in buildings officially closed for the break.
Employees and other individuals seeking access to campus should call the University
Police Department at 549-2222 to make arrangements. The University Police Department
is open around the clock to assist with all inquiries or special needs.
Southeastern Online Doctor of Nursing Practice Program among tops in nation
Southeastern’s online doctor of nursing practice program has earned recognition as
one of the top 50 programs in the nation by Healthcare-Management-Degree.net. Southeastern
was recognized for its online DNP for post-masters applicants and BSN-DNP applicants
and was the only university in Louisiana to make the list, ranking higher than schools
such as Baylor University, Duke University, and Florida State University.
Southeastern earned its ranking based on student to faculty ratio, average graduate
tuition rate, and specialization area of family nurse practitioner. The university
was also recognized for the flexibility afforded to students to complete coursework
while maintaining current employment.
“We are thrilled our DNP nurse faculty have been recognized for their excellence
in graduating advanced nurse practitioners and nurse leaders who provide high-quality
population based care to people with chronic illnesses, improve access to care in
underserved areas, and reduce costs of care,” said Dean of the College of Nursing
and Health Sciences Ann Carruth. “We are so proud of our School of Nursing in the
work they do to meet the healthcare needs of this community and beyond.”
Southeastern’s online doctor of nursing practice program offers coursework in
ethics and healthcare policy, organizational and systems leadership, health assessment,
and advanced pathophysiology.
For more information on Southeastern’s online doctor of nursing program, contact
the School of Nursing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full ranking can be accessed at https://www.healthcare-management-degree.net/best/online-dnp/.
College of Business honors students
Southeastern’s College of Business held its inaugural Written Projects or Works of
Excellence and Distinction program awards ceremony Dec. 5.
The WOWED! program was created to recognize students who have created the “best
of the best” written individual and group projects, works, or papers each semester
under the guidance of a faculty mentor, said Merritt Professor of Management and Program
Director David C. Wyld. Three students were selected by the awards committee to be
honored for their written projects – Taylor Steele, a senior marketing major from
Springfield, Jordan Goines, a junior marketing major from Slidell, and Celeste Knight,
a senior general studies major from Franklinton.
The program was established by College of Business Dean Antoinette Phillips in
an effort to advance the College of Business’ learning goal in regards to continually
working to improve students’ written communication skills, said Wyld.
“The WOWED! program is significant for several reasons,” said Phillips. “It recognizes
students for excellent academic written work, further encouraging and rewarding their
efforts in this area. It also reinforces one of the college’s key learning goals and
provides a venue for celebrating student success, and archiving the selections provides
other students with current, peer-authored examples of excellent writing.”
Each student gave a brief overview of their work at the ceremony, having turned
their papers into academic posters for the event. Steele presented her project on
“Hometown Pharmacy,” which explored the challenges facing her own family’s business.
Professor of Marketing Michael Budden nominated Steele for the program.
Goines presented his work titled “New Cable: The Obsolescence of Cable in the
Age of Streaming,” which detailed the massive changes across the entertainment industry
- and personal lives - with the rise of streaming services. Assistant Professor of
Marketing Juliana White nominated Goines for the program.
Knight presented her work on “Wild Blu Boutique,” a women’s clothing store in
Bogalusa. Budden also nominated her for the program.
Phillips said the students honored for their written works were nominated by
their faculty mentors as exemplifying the excellence that all College of Business
students should strive for in demonstrating their written communication skills. They
competed with their peers and were judged as the best not only in their respective
classes, but also among all other courses taught across the College of Business.
“These projects, works and papers will have a lasting impact, as they will be
featured on Moodle as examples for future students to follow in preparing high-quality
and highly effective written works,” Wyld said. “In doing so, these students have
done a great service to help their future peers to develop better written communication
skills to aid them in their college careers, and more importantly, in their careers
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS STUDENTS HONORED - Jordan Goines, a junior marketing major from Slidell, was one of three students
whose work was selected for the College of Business' inaugural Written Projects or
Works of Excellence and Distinction program awards ceremony. With him is fellow Southeastern
student Mikaela Lee, a middle school education major.
Honors and International Initiatives recognizes top students
Southeastern’s Honors and International Initiatives honored students at its fall 2019
recognition ceremony Dec. 3. Students were recognized in three areas - Scholars Diploma,
Sophomore Honors Distinction, and Thirteen Club.
Students who receive the Scholars Diploma have earned fifteen hours of honors
core credit, nine hours of upper-level honors credit in their major, and successfully
authored and defended an honors thesis.
Honorees of Sophomore Honors distinction have completed fifteen hours of honors
credit earning no grade lower than a ‘B’ by the end of the fourth regular semester.
Thirteen Club Honors Society inductees are seniors who have at least a 3.2 grade
point average, never earned a grade lower than a ‘C’ and have completed all of their
academic work at Southeastern. Seventy students were inducted into the Thirteen Club.
Four students were recognized for earning the university’s Honors Diploma. Recipients
included Fawaz Adesina in Physics, Damodar Dahal in Computer Science and Mathematics,
and Madeline Rey Bartels in Psychology, all of Hammond, and Alexis Minor of Baton
Rouge in Communication.
The list of students receiving Sophomore Honors distinction includes the following:
ALBANY – Maiah Woodring and Justin Woodring
BATON ROUGE – Joline Fotenot
CENTRAL – Jacob Summerville
COVINGTON – Kaine Newman, Maria Paz, and Heaven Sutton
DENHAM SPRINGS – Raychelle Riley
FOLSOM – Sarah Butzman and Amelia McCann
GONZALES – Meagan Ross
HAMMOND – Fawaz Adesina and Puja Sapkota
INDEPENDENCE – Avelina Rodgers
LACOMBE – Frannie Reyes
LIVINGSTON – Caleb Charpentier and Jessica Litolff
LORANGER – Jamie Peterson
MADISONVILLE – Kelsey Gabourel
MANDEVILLE – Blair Bass, Katherine Gunther, and James Kinchen
NEW ORLEANS – Adriyan Blue, Lauren Bush, and Sierra Dashner
PAULINA – Julie Yuguchi Dos Anjos
PEARL RIVER – Victoria Santana and Daniel Seither
PONCHATOULA – Christina Ernst
PRAIRIEVILLE – Haylie Wagoner
SLIDELL – Grace Scharfenstein, Tyler Tran, and Alexis Young
THIBODAUX – Leah Baudoin
TICKFAW – Abraham Chance and Jakob Chance.
ByLion takes a break
This will be the last edition of ByLion for 2019. ByLion will return January 21, 2020.