Southeastern Military Friendly
Black History Month events this week
Nursing Department Head appointed
Jazz concert scheduled

Dance concert set this week
Sims Library hosts Green Talks
Financial Aid Awareness Program set
Southeastern wins awards at SEJC

Rock n' Roar welcomes students

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Southeastern designated a Military Friendly School for seventh time
Military Friendly SchoolFor the seventh consecutive year, Southeastern Louisiana University has been named a 2019 Military Friendly School.
     Viqtory Media, publisher of “G.I Jobs,” states the listing honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.
     “This listing demonstrates Southeastern’s ongoing commitment to our veterans and their educational success,” said President John L. Crain. “It is an honor to be named and to know that we are among the top institutions helping those individuals who have made great sacrifices in service to our state and nation.”
     Southeastern enrolls over 400 veteran and active duty military. The university maintains a Veterans Upward Bound program; has an Office of Veterans Affairs that assists students in obtaining benefits and with other issues; provides academic and other counseling services; offers scholarships specifically for military students and veterans; and maintains a wide range of online and distance learning programs that provide students with flexibility in scheduling.
     Southeastern’s ROTC program, which is a sub-unit of the Southern University Army ROTC program, returned to Hammond in 2016 after more than a 20-year hiatus, and continues to grow. Approximately 60 students now participate in the program.
     A recent addition to campus is the Southeastern Student Veterans & Military Interest Association, a group open to veterans, reservists, spouses, dependents, and ROTC participants attending both Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College. The association was founded to help the school administration better understand and meet the needs of veterans; offer advice from experienced to incoming veterans; help civilians better understand the military experience; and provide opportunities for veterans to meet one another and connect.
     Additionally, starting in August, Southeastern will serve as a resource center for thousands of Louisiana veterans in an effort to help active-duty military service men and women successfully transition to college through a new program called LaVetCorps. The program will open 30 resource centers on campuses statewide to increase a student veteran’s access to state and federal benefits.
     Institutions competed for inclusion on the Military Friendly Schools list based on such categories as military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and career and job counseling services. The firm Ernst and Young independently tested the data provided by schools.
     The 2019 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the commitment of those institutions in providing a supportive environment for military students, the company said in announcing the list.
     “Post-secondary institutions earning the 2019 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Viqtory Media. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
Viqtory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. In addition to “G.I. Jobs,” the company also publishes the magazine “Military Spouse.”


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


Black History Month Lecture by Dr. Samantha Cavell: Mary Seacole - Breaking All Boundaries in the Victorian Age
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Sponsored by Southeastern Department of History and Political Science

“A Splash of Jazz” - An African American Heritage Show
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Entertainment showcasing the influence of Jazz throughout the generations.
Sponsored by Cultural Collision

MISA Mane Dish Takeover
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., the Mane Dish
Sponsored by Dining Services and MISA

Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to present concert
The Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will present its first concert of the spring 2019 semester Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
     The Jazz Lab Band program, under the direction of Lecturer of Double Bass John Madere, will include “Bernie’s Tune” by Bernie Miller, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, and “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock.
     The University Jazz Ensemble program, under the direction of Instructor of Percussion and Director of Jazz Studies Michael Brothers, will include “Who Can I Turn To?” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, arranged by Tom Kubis, and several original compositions/arrangements by guest artist composer/pianist, Michael Pagán. The selections include “Burn it Forward,” “Deep in My Soul,” “I Contrafact on You,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Pag’s Groove.”
     Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Ottawa University in Kansas, Pagán teaches jazz piano, theory, composition, arranging, and other jazz-related courses; he also directs Bravo!, the Ottawa University Jazz Singers. He holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University and Kent State University in composition.
     Pagán has served as director of jazz studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, interim director of jazz studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He has performed for 40 years throughout the U.S. and in Europe and is in high demand as a jazz pianist in Kansas City, where he performs over 130 public engagements annually.
     As a composer/arranger, Pagán has produced a number of works garnering critical acclaim, including first prize at the New Music for Young Ensembles composers’ competition and a five-star review from the “The Irish Times” (Dublin) for his big band recording “Pag’s Groove.” His music can be heard on the ARC, Cadence, Capri, Dutch Music Partners, and Tapestry labels and is published by The American Music Center, Dutch Music Partners, and UNC Jazz Press.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Sustainability Team offers series of Green Talks at Sims Library
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library and Sustainability Center are joining forces to host a series of “Green Talks” focused on environmental issues and the university’s sustainability efforts.
     The collaboration is leading a campus-wide campaign to promote ecological awareness at Southeastern. The series began earlier this month with a talk about recycling and reducing waste on campus.
     All sessions of the Green Talks series will begin at noon on the library’s third floor near the elevators and are free and open to the public.
     “We’re inviting everyone to these lunch and learn sessions to hear about Southeastern’s exciting green initiatives,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “The Green Talks will cover issues impacting South Louisiana and its ecological diversity. The series will also help us learn better stewardship of campus resources through recycling, waste reduction, and sustainability initiatives.”
     The next talk in the series, “Saving Green: Southeastern’s Commitment to Renewable Energy,” is scheduled Feb. 27. The session will focus on the university’s sustainable initiatives, including solar energy, wind turbines, and water reclamation ponds. Southeastern’s Physical Plant is currently in the final phase of the nation’s second largest project involving a hybrid geothermal energy system -- the 556-room student housing additions of Ascension and Twelve Oaks Halls residence halls.
     “Each of the Green Talks will last about 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 and community members who wish to attend.”
     Future Green Talks include:
      March 13 -- “Green Business. Green Jobs” -- presented by Dr. Robert Moreau.
      March 26 -- “All About Food” -- Dr. David Burley discusses food issues, including the local food movement.
      April 10 -- “Earth Day at 50: A Brief History of the Environmental Movement” -- presented by Dr. Robert Moreau, introducing key figures such as Teddy Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, and Jimmy Carter.
     For more information, contact Sims Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at 549-3898 or

Rock n' Roar welcomes Literary Rally participants

Rock and Roar

Various academic departments participated in Rock n' Roar Saturday to welcome participants to campus for the annual Literary Rally. Current communication students made signs to encourage rally participants to take photos and learn more about the Communication Department on campus. 

Ken Tillman

Tillman appointed Nursing Department Head 
Ken Tillman, a registered nurse since 1984 with over 18 years’ experience in nursing education, has been appointed Southeastern’s School of Nursing department head.
     Tillman began his career in nursing education in January 2000 as an instructor with Southeastern. During his time at Southeastern, he taught in both undergraduate and graduate level programs, and served as coordinator of the Baton Rouge Center.
     Since 2013, he has held various leadership positions in nursing education, including Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Dean of Academics at East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, and Dean and Associate Provost of Health Sciences and Nursing at Northshore Technical Community College.
     Tillman earned his BSN from the University of South Alabama (1984), his MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (1989), and his PhD from Louisiana State University (2006).
     Prior to his career in nursing education, he held various administrative positions in hospitals and home health care agencies and has received several awards of recognition for excellence in leadership, teaching and research. Areas of interest for his teaching and research include leadership and management, community health, stigmatization and care of marginalized groups, men in nursing, and men’s health issues.
     In 2014, Tillman was honored to be selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.


Contemporary Dance Program to present concert Feb. 27 and 28
Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts’ Contemporary Dance Program presents “MAINSTAGE: Spring Dance/Movement Studies Concert” Feb. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Director of Dance Keith “Skip” Costa said the concert will include 12 dancers performing in the 45-minute program.
     “Eight dances will be performed in this eclectic mix of contemporary dance by student and faculty choreographers,” Costa said. “Selected works that will be performed at the American College Dance Association’s Regional Conference in Springfield, Mo., on the campus of Missouri State University in March, will also be included.”
     Dancers performing in the concert include Alaura Cervini, Metairie; Brianna Denmark and Alexis May, Denham Springs; Haley Duplantier, Baton Rouge; Stephanie Harris, Slidell; Lindsey Hooge, Clinton; Emma Pinion, Loranger; Mary Pitts and Hannah Tribou, Mandeville; Heather Riecke, Covington; Amanda Riviere, Laplace; and Brytanni Weems, Walker.
     Tickets to the concert are $8 for students, seniors and children and $10 general admission and will be available one hour prior to the performance in the Vonnie Borden Theatre lobby.
     For more information, contact Costa at

Financial Aid to host Awareness Program
The Office of Financial Aid is hosting a Financial Aid Awareness Program for all current Southeastern students this Thursday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m., in the Student Union Ballroom.
     “It is our hope that during Financial Aid Awareness Month we can focus on our student population and their needs,” explained Assistant Director of Financial Aid Sophie Dagro. “Our office wants to ensure that current students have completed the FAFSA. We will reiterate the process of financial aid and need-to-know facts, as well as the requirements needed to maintain TOPS and scholarships.”
     The program will include a presentation with financial aid updates for Aid Year 2020, a take-home Q&A sheet, and an opportunity to meet with Southeastern’s Financial Aid Counselors.
     For more information, contact Financial Aid at or 549-2244.

Southeastern Channel, KSLU and communication students collect awards at SEJC
Southeastern earned the high praise of judges at the Southeast Journalism Conference earlier this month, bringing home first place awards in categories for both radio and television.
     Southeastern media placed in the following categories: KSLU News ranked first for Best College Radio Station, Northshore News ranked first for Best College Video News Program, and The Southeastern Channel ranked first for Best College TV Station.
     Students who placed in the Best of the South categories include the following: Connor Ferrill of Mandeville, first for Best Radio Journalist; Tyler Rogers of Hammond, first for Best Broadcast Advertising Staff Member; Parker Berthelot of Denham Springs, second for Best Television Hard News Reporter; Andrew Scherer of Mandeville, third for Best Television Feature Reporter; and Jessica Bowen of Denham Springs, seventh for Journalist of the Year.
     Professor of Communication Amber Narro, past chair of the conference, said Southeastern’s team participated in onsite competitions during the conference, and students benefitted from workshops and networking with professionals who shared their work and experiences in photography, multi-media journalism, data driven journalism and investigative reporting.
     “The competitions evolve every year,” Narro said. “The workshops are geared for real jobs where students could develop their skills so it is relevant to the work they’ll be doing in the field.”

SEJC participantsCOMMUNICATION STUDENTS RECOGNIZED WITH AWARDS –Participants from Southeastern who attended the Southeast Journalism Conference included, from left, Philip Trahan of Metairie, Raeleigh Joshlin of Deridder, Bowen, Narro, Peyton Sawyer of Robert, Victoria Rocquin of Gramercy, Ferrill, Emily Garrett of St. Amant, Lorraine Weiskopf of Covington, Lily Gayle of Greensburg and Elizabeth Benedict of Slidell.


Baton Rouge Advocate
On the area arts and cultural scene
Pelegrin To Read At Lee’s Writer’s Festival Feb. 28

Cleveland Daily Banner
Pelegrin to Read at Lee

New Orleans Advocate

St. Tammany students take honors at SLU Science Fair

Swank honored


The Southeastern basketball and track teams will celebrate Senior Day, while the baseball, softball, golf and tennis teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU men’s basketball team (14-14, 10-5 Southland) has clinched a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament and will be looking to improve its seeding over the final two weeks of the regular season. Prior to Saturday’s 4 p.m. contest versus Northwestern State,
SLU will honor seniors Marlain Veal, Moses Greenwood, Keith Charleston and D’Angelo West in a Senior Day ceremony. Lion alumni in attendance will be honored at halftime of the SLU-NSU contest.
     The Southeastern women’s basketball team (9-17, 4-11 Southland) is battling to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Lady Lions will honor seniors Jaclyn Scholvin, Ashailee Brailey, Kyla Williams and Rhomyia Tate prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest versus Northwestern State in the University Center.
     The SLU track and field teams will finish competition at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships on Monday at the Birmingham CrossPlex. After the meet’s opening day, the Lions are in first after D.J. Ruffin won the high jump and the long jump, while the Lady Lions sit in 10th. On Saturday, SLU hosts the Strawberry Relays to open the outdoor season at the Southeastern Track Complex. Prior to the meet, the Lion and Lady Lion seniors will be honored.
     A live video stream of Monday’s track meet and Saturday’s basketball doubleheader 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 (2-5) starts a busy week at home, hosting UL Lafayette at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Alumni Field. Tuesday is a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score five or more runs, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value. The Student Government Association (SGA) will host a student tailgate with free food on the top of the Strawberry Stadium parking garage prior to Tuesday’s SLU-UL Lafayette game.
     On Wednesday, SLU heads to Mississippi State for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference matchup. The Lions head to Troy for a three-game series after playing the Bulldogs. The series opens on Friday at 6 p.m., continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern softball team (7-7) has eight games on tap during a frantic coming week. On Monday, SLU wraps up play at The Snowman in Starkville, Mississippi with games versus Georgia Tech (10 a.m.) and Alcorn State (12:30 p.m.).
     On Wednesday, the Lady Lions return home to host Kent State at 4 p.m. at North Oak Park. Wednesday is a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score three or more runs, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Southeastern will be in Montgomery, Alabama on Friday through Sunday to compete in the Alabama State Tournament. The Lady Lions open the tournament on Friday with games versus Tennessee Tech (10 a.m.) and Eastern Kentucky (2 p.m.). On Saturday, SLU takes on Southern at 1 p.m. and host ASU at 5 p.m. Southeastern closes the tournament with an 11:30 a.m. contest versus Eastern Kentucky on Sunday.
     Saturday’s basketball doubleheader, as well as the baseball games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and via the TuneIn Radio, RadioFX and Lions Game Day Experience apps.
     LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Tuesday’s baseball game and Wednesday’s softball game at Wednesday’s baseball game at Mississippi State will air on SEC Network+.
     The SLU golf team will continue its spring season this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will be at the Colin Montgomerie HBU Invitational in Houston, Texas.
     The Lion tennis team (3-5) will host a pair of Southland Conference contests this week at the Southeastern Tennis Complex to open league play. On Friday, Southeastern hosts Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. SLU hosts Incarnate Word on Sunday with first serve set for 11 a.m.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser is set for 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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FEB 25

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Indoor Championships, Birmingham, Ala., All Day (Southland Digital Network)

Softball, vs. Georgia Tech (The Snowman), Starkville, Miss., 10 a.m.

Softball, vs. Alcorn State (The Snowman), Starkville, Miss., 12:30 p.m.

Golf, at Colin Montgomerie HBU Invitational, Houston, Texas, 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 26

Baseball vs. UL Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU 90.9)
     - Cane’s Challenge
     - SGA Student Tailgate

Golf, at Colin Montgomerie HBU Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

FEB 27

Baseball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 5:30 p.m. (SEC Network+) (KSLU 90.9)

Softball, vs. Kent State, North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Cane’s Challenge


 Baseball, at Troy, Troy, Ala., 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)

Softball, vs. Tennessee Tech (Alabama State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 10 a.m.

Softball, vs. Eastern Kentucky (Alabama State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 2 p.m.

Tennis, vs. Abilene Christian, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*


 Men’s Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 4 p.m. (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU 90.9)*
     - Senior Day

Women’s Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 1 p.m. (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU 90.9)*
     - Senior Day

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Strawberry Relays, Southeastern Track Complex, All Day
     - Senior Day
Baseball, at Troy, Troy, Ala., 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Southern (Alabama State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 1 p.m.
Softball, at Alabama State (Alabama State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 5 p.m.


 Baseball, at Troy, Troy, Ala., 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)

Softball, vs. Eastern Kentucky (Alabama State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 11:30 a.m.

Tennis, vs. Incarnate Word, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) presented a paper to the New Orleans chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Feb 22 titled “George Washington, Continental Pirate!” about the formation of a “navy” in August 1775 which Washington kept secret from the Continental Congress. Cavell will also present a paper titled “Revolutionizing Officer Recruitment in the Royal Navy after 1815: Fiasco or Feat of Centralization?” at the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era Feb 28-Mar 3, in Atlanta. 

     Dr. Lorett Swank (Center for Student Excellence) and Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) presented a session titled “Providing Structure, Building Community, and Closing the Loop: Faculty Development in First Year Experience (FYE) Courses” at the For Our Future, University of Louisiana System Conference in Lafayette Feb. 14-15.
     Dr. Lorett Swank (Center for Student Excellence) participated in a panel discussion entitled “Turning ON Inspiration: Successful Strategies of Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates” at the 38th Annual National Conference on The First Year Experience in Las Vegas Feb. 16-19.



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