Carruth appointed to state board
Sims Library talks trash, recycling
Black History Month events this week

Rock n' Roar scheduled Feb. 23

Computer Science presents speaker

National Resource Center recognizes Swank

Evolve U speakers set

Faculty, Staff Appreciation set

Marshall to speak at FoSL Member Tea

Chefs Evening returns March 31

Student named ambassador

Farmers Market set Feb. 20

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Carruth appointed to State Board of Nursing
Ann CarruthSoutheastern Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth has been appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, on which she will serve a four-year term.
     The mission of the 11-member board is to safeguard the life and health of the citizens of Louisiana by assuring persons practicing as registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses are competent and safe.
     “Dr. Carruth is highly respected by her colleagues and in the healthcare community in general,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Over the years, she has developed a significant body of scholarly work and has received a number of grants related to various healthcare issues. She will make an excellent addition to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.”
     A graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, Carruth earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and doctor of nursing science degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being selected a “Top Nurse” in 2011 by the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association. In 2003, she was the recipient of Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Research and a Nightingale Award as the Outstanding Nurse Researcher by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
     The author of numerous nursing and scientific publications, she serves as vice-chairman of the Board of Commissioners for North Oaks Health System. Carruth, the only nurse on the board, serves as quality council to address performance improvement and emphasis on quality and patient safety.
     As a nurse educator for over 25 years, Carruth has emphasized evidence-based curriculum/course development, accreditation, faculty mentoring, and student success and retention. For the past eight years, she has also served on the Deans Administrative Council for the Intercollegiate Consortium for the Master of Science in Nursing.
     A resident of Hammond, Carruth has served on the faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern since 1990.

Sims Library is Talking Trash and Recycling, too
Recycle bins -- green ones and blue ones -- are located all around campus but do you sometimes wonder what goes where or what’s recyclable? Then don’t miss “Talking Trash: How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle,” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at noon, in room 252 of Sims Library.

     Bring your lunch, meet Southeastern’s recycling team, and learn how their efforts are making the University more sustainable.
Sims Library and the Sustainability Center are leading a campus-wide campaign to promote ecological awareness and education. The “lunch & learn” event is the first in a series of spring semester talks focused on environmental literacy.
     “The talks will last only 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer session,” said Sustainability Manager at Southeastern’s Physical Plant Alejandro Martinez. “We hope this will accommodate Southeastern staff and students who wish to attend.”
     At the event, Martinez will introduce “Think Before You Trash,” a project that started in Sims Library to promote greener brown-bagging tips for on-campus breakrooms.
     “We’re inviting everyone to bring your lunch, eat, and learn about Southeastern’s exciting sustainability initiatives. Together we can all learn better stewardship of campus resources through recycling, waste reduction, and sustainability initiatives,” said Director of Sims Library Eric Johnson.
     Future lunch & learn topics will include: “The Problem With Plastics,” “Renewable Energy at Southeastern,” and “S.O.S. – Save Our Shorelines.”
     For more information, contact Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at 549-3898 or

Southeastern to celebrate community, academics with Rock ‘n Roar on February 23
Southeastern’s annual “Rock ‘n Roar” is scheduled in the Student Union from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, and promises to be a fun-filled day for students and local families. Held in conjunction each year with the District 8 Literary Rally, Rock n’ Roar is free and open to the public.
     In its 23rd year, Rock ‘n Roar showcases Southeastern’s academics and community for over 3,400 students from more than 80 visiting high schools from the Southeast and New Orleans districts. 
     “We are excited to show these top students what Southeastern has to offer,” said Recreational Sports and Wellness Director Seth Thomas. “A group of faculty and staff from across campus have worked to provide these students a Lion worthy experience while they wait for tests to start or for their classmates to finish.”
     Rock ‘n Roar will also include an art workshop at Clark Hall on Southeastern’s campus at 8 a.m. for children ages 5-14. The cost is $10 and limited to the first 100 children. Visitors may register on site or at

Computer Science to present speaker Feb. 26

Doris CarverThe Computer Science Department is hosting a guest speaker for faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m., in room 2025 of the Computer Science and Technology Building.
     Dr. Doris Carver, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Speaker, will discuss her current research in software engineering, as well as opportunities for student research. Carver directs the Software Engineering Laboratory at LSU, where her current research interests include conformance testing distributed systems, requirement traceability, model-driven software development, and reverse engineering. Her research has received funding from NSF, NASA and private sources.
     Carver received a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M and is a Dow Chemical Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at LSU. She has sat on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computing and Information since 1995, the Editorial Board of IEEE Computer since 2007 and the Board of Directors of Computing Research Association since 2001.
     She has served previously as Chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Computer, President of the IEEE Computer Society, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at LSU, Associate Commissioner of Sponsored Research and Development, and NSF Program Director at the Board of Regents.
     Carver has received innumerable awards, including the LSU Distinguished Teaching Award, Graduate Teaching Award and the Esprit DeFemme Award. A former Southeastern faculty member, she was Department Head of Computer Science and major professor to Dr. Achee, Dr. Alkadi, and Dr. Burris.

Faculty, staff appreciationSoutheastern Faculty & Staff Appreciation
We love our Southeastern Family! Bring your Southeastern faculty/staff ID to receive a $2 discount for a General Admission tickets throughout the entire 2019 baseball and softball seasons.

Author Bev Marshall to speak at Friends Members’ Tea

Bev MarshallAuthor Bev Marshall will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Friends of Sims Library Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea March 9, at 2 p.m. at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library. 
     Sims Library Director Eric Johnson said guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10, he said.
     Marshall is the author of three award-winning novels: “Walking Through Shadows,” “Right As Rain,” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.” She was the recipient of the Mississippi Library Fiction of the Year Award, the New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Year Award, and was named the 2013 Southeastern College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Distinguished Alumnus. 
     “Two of Bev’s novels have been translated into German, and she served as the writer-in-residence at Southeastern prior to her retirement,” said Johnson. “A military wife for 22 years, Bev recently published the memoir ‘Back Home,’ a deeply personal account of her story, as well as those of other military wives, during the Vietnam War. She will be signing copies of her book following the tea.”
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library (FoSL). Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FoSL. 
     Visit the FoSL website at to become a member. Non-members can reserve a seat for the tea or find out more about FOSL by contacting Sims Library Head of Serials Janie Branham at 549-2186 or

Southeastern student named Mango Student Ambassador 
Madeline Rey Bartels, a psychology and Spanish student from Colombia, South America, has joined a select group of her peers from across the country as a Mango Languages Student Ambassador. 
Bartels was one of eight chosen nationwide for the program. The semester-long program provides opportunities to build networking, communication and marketing skills, preparing young professionals for the competitive job market. 
     Other applicants were chosen from Joliet Junior College, Washburn University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Notre Dame, and Lebanon Valley College. 
     “I am very pleased to learn that Madeline has been accepted into the Mango Languages Student Ambassador Program. She is the ideal person to fulfill the mission of promoting foreign language learning and cross-cultural relationships on our campus,” said Department Head, Languages and Communication and Director, International Initiatives Office Dr. Lucia Harrison. 
     “Being an international student herself, Madeline understands that learning at least one foreign language is fundamental in ones’ professional growth in a global society, and leads to a deeper appreciation of cultural diversity.” 
     As an ambassador, Bartels will use Mango Languages (language-learning software) through Sims Library to promote cross-cultural connections. This includes creating awareness through campus events, presenting to classrooms and clubs, and distributing promotional materials on the resource. 
     “I am so proud of Madeline! This is a huge accomplishment for both our department and Southeastern as a whole,” said Instructor and Director, Foreign Language Resource Center Jerry Parker. “Having her as a student ambassador will allow faculty members and students from all departments to have more tools and resources to strengthen and grow their knowledge in foreign languages and international cultures both in and outside of the classroom.”

Black History Month events this week
Celebrate Black History Month with these campus events:

Murder Mystery
Monday, Feb. 18 from 6 - 10 pm - Rec Center 107-108
Enjoy an evening of intrigue!
Sponsored by the Black Student Union

Shook Ones
Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7 - 9 pm in the Student Union Annex 2203
This forum will cover the topic of mental health and its importance in our everyday lives.
Sponsored by the University Counseling Center

Trap Karaoke
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 - 9 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 105
Enjoy a night of laughter and fun by singing along to your favorite party music.
Sponsored by the Black Student Union

Black History Month Lecture by Dr. Peter Gratton: “African Philosophy: Past and Future”
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1 - 2 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium
Sponsored by Southeastern Department of History and Political Science

Young, Black & Gifted
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6-9 p.m., SLU Contemporary Art Gallery
This event aims to bring awareness to Black History Month through all forms of art.
Sponsored by MADE Men

Dance Class with Flipside
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Rec Center, room 107
Come learn some new moves as well as education on the important of dancing in African culture.
Sponsored by the Black Student Union

Roll Bounce
Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., Ponchatoula Roller Rink, located at 22024 LA 22 in Ponchatoula
Sponsored by the Black Student Union

African American History Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 23, 9:30 - 11 a.m., CATE Teacher Education Center (KIVA)
The community is invited to this celebration of African American history, featuring an essay contest, cultural music and speakers.
Sponsored by Sons of Promise and Daughters of Destiny

For more information about any of the above events, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-2120 or

Lorett Swank

Swank recognized by National Resource Center
Southeastern’s Center for Student Excellence director (CSE) Lorett Swank has been recognized by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. Swank is one of only 10 recipients nationally receiving the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award, which she will receive at the organization’s upcoming annual conference. 
     Now in its 29th year, the award honors college faculty, administrators, staff and students for outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions.
     At the conference, Swank will participate in an advocates’ session, where she will respond to questions about the challenges of teaching college success and share best practices. 
     “In her short time as director of the Center for Student Excellence, Dr. Lorett Swank has completely revamped the first-year experience for Southeastern’s freshmen,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena Golding. “Working with her dedicated team of advisors, changes include a complete revision of Southeastern 101 to a freshman success course; enhancing orientation; embracing proactive advising, early intervention strategies and academic coaching; creating a freshman academic coaching course (SE 102) for freshmen on academic probation; and developing a freshman seminar series to help freshmen establish campus connections.”
     In addition to the activities for students, Golding said, Swank has strengthened the CSE’s connections with faculty, academic departments, department heads and other units on campus, such as Career Services, Alumni Association, Enrollment Services and the Division for Student Affairs. 
     “Through numerous conversations, Dr. Swank has positioned the CSE as a recognized and respected component essential to the success of our students,” she said. “With the tremendous strides she has made in enhancing the first-year experiences for our students and rallying campus around those experiences, I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of an award that recognizes Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates.”
     A resident of Covington, Swank received a bachelor of arts in psychology from LSU, a master of education in counseling from Southeastern, and a doctorate in educational, leadership, and research: higher education administration, as well as an education specialist certification in educational leadership from LSU.

Three speakers featured at Southeastern leadership conference for high school students
“EvolveU,” Southeastern’s leadership conference for high school sophomore, junior and senior students, will feature three guest speakers in ten- minute “UTalk” segments.
     Southeastern alumna and Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley, Southeastern alumnus, Gold Council member and principal of Hammond Eastside Magnet School Michael Kyles, and Southeastern senior marketing major, resident assistant, and Youtube personality Kristen Calfee will each address conference attendees.
     The theme of this year’s conference, which is scheduled March 15 in Southeastern’s Student Union, is “Wild About Leadership,” a safari/jungle theme. 
     “EvolveU entails fun, interactive and educational experiences where student leaders will be able to develop, cultivate, and evolve their leadership skills while interacting with college students,” said Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Excellence Kandace Formaggio. “Southeastern student leaders will facilitate workshops based on the four main topics of the conference: leadership coaching, collaboration techniques, communication, and achieving balance.”
     Workshops will also be available for high school faculty and staff attending the conference. 
     Registration for EvolveU is $35 per participant. The last day to register is Feb. 22.
     For more information or to register, visit or call 549-2120.

Melissa StilleyEVOLVE U SPEAKER - Southeastern alumna and Tangipahoa Parish School Superintendent Melissa Stilley is one of three speakers scheduled to address attendees of “EvolveU,” Southeastern’s leadership conference for high school sophomore, junior and senior students.


Chefs Evening returns March 31

Chefs EveningThe 35th annual Chefs Evening, the Southeastern Foundation’s biggest event of the year in support of student scholarships and academic programs, is scheduled Sunday, March 31. The main event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom. The President’s Toast, a pre-gala event, will kick off the evening from 4 to 5 p.m. in the President’s Residence.
     Attendees will experience a taste of the best of the region while dining on culinary delights from 25 local restaurants and caterers, trying tasty concoctions or carefully selected wine at the open bar, and placing their bids in the large silent auction.
     Tickets for this great night out for a great cause are now available via


Reconnect Farmers Market

The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The first student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event features pies, produce, food, coffee, soaps, jewelry, live music and more.
     Reconnect, a student environmental club, participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Farmer's Market


Baton Rouge Advocate
Frankenstein’s monster coming this week to Baton Rouge and Hammond

Bogalusa Daily News
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre presents Frankenstein

Livingston Parish News
Southeastern opens new computer lab


The Southeastern men’s basketball team looks to continue its climb up the Southland Conference standings, the women’s basketball team will host the annual Play4Kay game, the track and field squads open competition at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, while baseball, softball, tennis and golf will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Winners of five straight and nine of their last 10 games, the SLU men’s basketball team (13-13, 9-4 Southland) enters the week in a tie for third place with Wednesday’s opponent, New Orleans. The Lions and the Privateers meet at 7 p.m. in New Orleans.
     A game ahead of SLU and UNO in the league standings is second-place Abilene Christian, which welcomes the Lions on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The top four seeds in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament receive a first-round bye, while seeds 1 and 2 receive a bye all the way to the semifinals.
     To open the week, the SLU women’s basketball team (9-15, 4-9 Southland) will host New Orleans for a 7 p.m. league contest on Wednesday in the University Center. In conjunction with the game, SLU will participate in the national Play4Kay initiative, dedicated to the fight against cancer.
     Cancer survivors are invited to a special pre-game 6 p.m. reception in the St. Tammany Room and to be honored prior to the game. The first 150 fans and 50 students will receive a Play4Kay t-shirt. Several campus organizations are raising money through a bike-a-thon at the game. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Fund, named for the late North Carolina State legendary coach who inspired the Play4Kay initiative.
     Wednesday will also be a Cane’s Challenge at the UC. If the Lady Lions score 50 or more points versus the Privateers, fans will be able to take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Jaclyn Scholvin will be Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans at the SLU-UNO tilt will receive a trading card featuring the Mandeville, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE. Southeastern closes the week with a 1 p.m. league contest at Abilene Christian on Saturday.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. The two-day meet opens this coming Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama. A live video stream of all the action from the Birmingham CrossPlex will be available via the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
     The Lion baseball team (0-3) will look to bounce back from a tough opening weekend with four games on tap this week. On Tuesday, SLU heads to top-ranked LSU for a 6:30 p.m. contest in Baton Rouge. The Lions then return home for a three-game series versus Stony Brook, opening with a 6 p.m. game on Friday at Alumni Field.
     The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Every home Sunday is Local Heroes Appreciation at the Pat, as all first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket with a valid ID.
     Saturday’s basketball doubleheader at Abilene Christian will air on ESPN3, while the SLU-LSU baseball game can be viewed on SEC Network+. Both of this week’s men’s basketball games, Saturday’s women’s basketball contest, as well as the baseball games on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio, RadioFX and Lions Game Day Experience apps.
LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of the SLU-Stony Brook baseball series and Wednesday’s women’s basketball game at
     After playing 12 games in the first 11 days of the season, the SLU softball team (6-6) will have a few days off before competing in The Snowman, a three-day, four-team tournament hosted by Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi. The Lady Lions will open the tournament on Friday, facing Alcorn State at 10 a.m. and Georgia Tech at 12:30 p.m.
     SLU faces the host Bulldogs on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Bracket play starts with games at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The final games of the tournament are set for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
     The Southeastern golf team will compete in its first full tournament of the spring this week. The Lions will be in Thibodaux on Monday and Tuesday to participate in the LaTour Intercollegiate.
     The SLU tennis team (3-3) caps its six-match road swing with a trip to the West Coast. The Lions will face Santa Clara on Thursday at 2 p.m., before taking on Cal State-Northridge on Friday at 1 p.m.
     The 2019 edition of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser debuts 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, Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will also be available via Facebook Live at
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Basketball with Jay Ladner, hosted by Ladner and Waddell is set for Monday at 7 p.m. The hour-long radio show airs weekly from Rainbow Daiquiris, located at 14384 West Thomas Street. The show will be held each Monday through March 4.
     The show will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM/103.7 FM). Fans can also listen live at and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will be available via Facebook Live at


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


FEB 18

Golf, at LaTour Intercollegiate, Thibodaux, All Day
Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)
Inside Southeastern Basketball with Jay Ladner, Rainbow Daiquiris, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400/103.7)

FEB 19

Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network+) (KSLU)
Golf, at LaTour Intercollegiate, Thibodaux, All Day

FEB 20
 Women’s Basketball, vs. New Orleans, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*

     - Play4Kay
     - Cane’s Challenge
     - Jaclyn Scholvin Trading Card Night

Men’s Basketball, at New Orleans, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

FEB 21

 Women’s Tennis, at Santa Clara, Santa Clara, Calif.,

2 p.m.

FEB 22

 Baseball, vs. Stony Brook, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Alcorn State (The Snowman), Starkville, Miss., 10 a.m.
Softball, vs. Georgia Tech (The Snowman), Starkville, Miss., 12:30 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at Cal State-Northridge, Northridge, Calif., 1 p.m.

FEB 23

 Men’s Basketball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)*
Women’s Basketball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 1 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)*
Baseball, vs. Stony Brook, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, at Mississippi State (The Snowman), Starkville, Miss., 12:30 p.m.
Softball, The Snowman, Starkville, Miss., 3:00 or 5:30 p.m.

FEB 24

 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Indoor Championships, Birmingham, Ala., All Day
Baseball, vs. Stony Brook, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Local Hero Appreciation

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) presented a paper titled “Questions of Identity in William Trevor’s Two Lives” at the Southern Region Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, held in Charleston Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching and Learning) was elected Vice-President of the Louisiana Early Childhood Association. Additionally, she will chair the state conference scheduled Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Alexandria, La.
     Dr. Ashley Johnston (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “A Review of Literature on Professional Identity Development in Graduate Education” at the Louisiana Educational Research Association (LERA) Annual Meeting in Lafayette, Feb. 8.



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