Southeastern confers degrees
Calderon wins award
DNP program nationally ranked
UPD participates in safety campaign

College of Business students honored
Student honored by Emmys
Honors recognizes top students
Offices closed during break

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Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern confers degrees on more than 1,000
Wallace LewisSoutheastern conferred degrees on 1,062 graduates Saturday, Dec. 14, at the university’s commencement ceremonies.
     Retired State Farm Executive Wallace Lewis, Sr., pictured at left, addressed Southeastern graduating students.
     Lewis is a retired multi-faceted executive with broad-based experience in business start-ups. A 1976 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in business education, he is currently a board member of the Southeastern Foundation, is a current elder member mentor for Southeastern Sons of Promise/Daughters of Destiny, and has served on the Southeastern Alumni Association Board.
     A resident of Hammond, Lewis has over 40 years of experience in insurance, financial services, banking, management, field leadership, regional territory marketing and sales, market expansion, market research, team development, public speaking, and talent development.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
     In his welcome, Crain noted that the 1,062 individuals being recognized at commencement included 367 men and 695 women who were receiving 14 different degrees; and representatives from 25 states and 13 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to nine students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – music/vocal major Kaylin Guillory of Abita Springs; and political science major Kayleigh Reneau of Glasgow, Ky.
     ▪ College of Business – management/human resources management major Jessica Gabriel of Ponchatoula; business administration major Savannah Hall of Watson; and accounting major Nikisun Shrestha of Nepal.
     ▪ College of Education – elementary education and special education major, Katlyn Daigle of Zachary.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – kinesiology/exercise science major Chloe Chauvin of Hammond; and communication sciences and disorders major Ainsleigh LaCombe of Denham Springs.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – biological sciences, integrative biology major Philencia Hillard of Baton Rouge.

Paula CalderonSoutheastern 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 in January.
     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 a way.’”
     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
     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

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 voiceover narration.
     “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 than Southeastern.”
     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 The channel is also available on AppleTV and social media.

Dylan DomangueNOMINATED 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
     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
DNP logoSoutheastern’s online doctor of nursing practice program has earned recognition as one of the top 50 programs in the nation by 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
     The full ranking can be accessed at


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 beyond Southeastern.”

COB student honoredCOLLEGE 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.


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The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams open Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (3-6) will open their league schedule on the road, facing Lamar at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Beaumont, Texas. On Saturday, its back to nonconference play for SLU, as Southeastern will travel to Jackson, Mississippi to face Ole Miss on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Mississippi Coliseum.
     The Lady Lions (3-5) hosts defending Southland regular season champion Lamar on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the league opener. On Saturday, SLU opens its Southland road schedule with a 2 p.m. contest at Houston Baptist.
     The SLU-Lamar women’s basketball game will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score 60 or more points, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupons by the end of business on Thursday at their local participating Raising Cane’s to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Alexius Horne and Sydney Rivers will be Wednesday’s Spotlight Players of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive trading cards featuring the duo courtesy of PRIDE.
     Wednesday’s men’s basketball game and Saturday’s women’s basketball game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Gameday Experience apps.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of Wednesday’s women’s basketball contest. Tune in online at or the Lions Game Day 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).
     Wednesday’s men’s basketball game will air on ESPN+ and Saturday’s men’s basketball game will air on SEC Network+ - both available at


DEC 18

Men’s Basketball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN+)*
Women’s Basketball, vs. Lamar, University Center,

7 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Cane’s Challenge
     - Alexius Horne/Sydney Rivers Spotlight Players of the Game

DEC 21

Women’s Basketball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas,

2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s Basketball, at Ole Miss, Jackson, Miss., 1 p.m. (SEC Network+)


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching and Learning) recently presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Nashville, Tenn. NAEYC’s research strand Community Partnerships was addressed through the presentation of “Addressing Early Literacy in Our Communities: Early Literacy Workshops and Early Literacy Festivals.”  


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