Lewis to address graduates
Holiday Open House scheduled
Northlake Community Band to perform

Late Night Breakfast volunteers needed
UPD receives grant
Proposals sought for conference

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Retired State Farm Executive to address Southeastern Commencements
Wallace LewisRetired State Farm Executive Wallace Lewis, Sr. will address Southeastern Louisiana University graduating students at the commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 14.
     Wallace will speak at the events scheduled for 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the University Center. A ceremony for graduates of degree programs housed in the College of Education, College of Business and College of Science and Technology will begin at 10 a.m., while a ceremony for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will begin at 5 p.m. The university will confer more than 1,000 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
     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.
     Lewis has experienced many firsts over the years. While he was the first African American hired for First Guaranty Bank’s Management Training Program, most of his firsts came from his 32-year tenure with State Farm. There he was the first African American agent in Tangipahoa Parish, the first appointed as an agency manager in the three-state region of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, the first to appear in a nationwide television commercial for State Farm, and the first African American to be featured by State Farm in Black Enterprise Magazine.
     Lewis is also a published author of a book titled 125 Proverbs for Fruitful Living-Wisdom from My Dad.
     More information about Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies can be found at

Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled 
President's ResidenceThe annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House will be held at the President’s Residence Wednesday, Dec. 11, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. We hope you will join us!


Volunteers needed for Late Night Breakfast
It's hard to believe it's that time of the semester, but with final exams quickly approaching that means it's time for Late Night Breakfast.      Dining Services will be hosting a student appreciation Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. in the Mane Dish, located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.
     This is always a well-attended event and a great way to wish our students well on their final exams.
     To volunteer as a server for Late Night Breakfast, please contact Auxiliary Services Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives Robin Parker at to volunteer for in the early shift (9-10), late shift (10-11) or both shifts (9-11).
     We hope you, your faculty and your staff will be able to join us on Dec. 10.

Southeastern Police Department receives grant
The Southeastern Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to participate in the LHSC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns. The primary goal of the grant is to reduce crash-related fatalities and injuries on Louisiana roadways.
     “Our students and employees travel the city and state roadways every day including commutes from surrounding parishes,” said Patrick Gipson, police lieutenant at Southeastern. “We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. That’s why we conduct traffic safety enforcement.”
     The grant provides funding for officers to work overtime conducting day and night occupant protection and impaired driving enforcement.
“Enforcement is only part of the effort,” explained Gipson. “We will also be collaborating with local partners to educate about safe driving habits.”
     Gipson listed partners including Tangipahoa – Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change, Hammond City Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police.
     “Our activities are part of a community-wide effort to save lives,” added Gipson. “If everyone works together and encourages their friends to drive safely, we can make our parish roadways some of the safest in Louisiana.”


Southeastern to present Northlake Community Band in concert
Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band in concert Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Titled “Delightfully Diverse Dances,” the free concert will take place in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern Louisiana University’s campus.
     Dr. Jerry Voorhees will conduct the concert that features two world premieres and works by John Philip Sousa, Augustine Lara, Camille Saint-Saens, J. S. Bach, Eric Morales, Johann Strauss, Carl Michael Ziehrer and others.
     The Northlake Community Band consists of musicians from high school students through retired professionals and always welcomes new members.
     For more information, contact the Community Music School at 549-5502 or at

Eric MoralesNORTHLAKE COMMUNITY BAND TO PERFORM – Music composer Eric Morales conducts the Northlake Community Band as they rehearse his composition “American Dance Episode,” which was written for the band. The piece will premiere during the Northlake Community Band concert scheduled Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Southeastern’s Pottle Auditorium.


Proposals sought for Women’s Suffrage conference
In celebration of the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in the United States, Southeastern is hosting “Grit & Grace: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage,” a one-day conference including individual research papers, panel discussions, round table discussions of works in progress, and poster presentations that address women’s issues and progress across the disciplines of history, English, communication, political science, and sociology.
     The conference will be held March 5 at the Southeastern Student Union. Organizers will accept one-page proposals through Dec. 31. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Jan. 31.
     Students, faculty and academic professional staff members are invited to participate. Presenters may be invited to publish in an online open access journal after the conference.
     Send poster proposal, prospectus, panel description, or abstracts for full papers in Word or PDF format to Dr. Carol Madere at


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Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby (Communication and Media Studies) was a presenter on a panel titled “Postfeminist Moms: Empowerment, Contradiction, and Survival” at the National Communication Association’s Annual Convention in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 14-17.

     Edward Hebert (Kinesiology and Health Studies) published an article in Kinesiology Review titled “Faculty Morale: A Perspective for Academic Leaders.” 

     Anne Babson (English) wrote the lyrics for a song titled “Vineland” (composed by Su Lian Tan) that was performed by Dickinson College’s choir in Pennsylvania.     

     Dr. Dana Griggs (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Peer Group Mentoring: A Tool for Subaltern Faculty Members” at the University Council for Educational Administration in New Orleans Nov. 21-24.        

     Dr. Jerry L. Parker (World Languages and Cultures) recently published an article titled “Second language learning and cultural identity: Reconceptualizing the French curriculum in Louisiana colleges and universities” in the Journal of Curriculum Studies Research.     


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