Southeastern changes street names
Winter Welcome begins this week
MLK remembrance set Jan. 28
Help recycle Christmas trees
Engineering Tech receives grant

Alumni award nominations sought
Faculty tour training center
Green efforts expand on campus
Telecourse wins Telly Awards
CMS duo wins competition

Students attend workshop
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Four Southeastern street names change
Mane StreetWhat’s in a name? Well sometimes, as was the case for a few Southeastern street names, a bit of confusion.
     Four campus street names have changed to more accurately reflect Southeastern’s identity, geography and sense of place. At the request of the university, the Hammond City Council voted recently to approve the following changes: Texas Ave. will become Union Ave.; Tennessee Ave. will change to Mane St.; and Virginia Ave. will be Roomie Rd., while Tornado Dr. on North Campus, which once housed Hammond High School, will become Lion Lane.
     The new names came about at the urging of students after several first-time campus guests using computerized navigation expressed confusion as to why a university named and located in Southeast Louisiana would feature streets named for other states and a different mascot, as was the case with Tornado Drive named for the HHS Tornadoes.
     “It was just a bit confusing, for example, for someone visiting campus for the first time ever,” said Richard Davis, Southeastern Student Government Association president. “If you think about it, it just doesn’t make sense. Why would you take Texas Ave. to get to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Student Union or turn onto Tennessee Ave. for the Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing?”
     The name changes come at an opportune time with many more travelers now accessing the former Texas Ave. to reach the new Ascension and Twelve Oaks residence halls or attending events at the Student Union.
     Online mapping services have been notified of the changes, and efforts are underway to update all campus maps and directional identifiers. If you come across a departmental webpage that hasn't been updated with the new street address, we ask that you please let that department know so we can get everything up-to-date as quickly as possible.
     “Looking forward, we’re excited to see the new street signs go up to properly reflect the pride we have in our campus,” Davis added.

Southeastern launches semester with Winter Welcome 
Winter WelcomeNew and returning Southeastern students will be welcomed back to campus this spring semester with a multitude of activities and events offered through “Winter Welcome.”
     Scheduled Jan. 23-31, Winter Welcome is intended to help students make Southeastern their home away from home and to settle into campus life as classes begin, said Angela James, interim director of the Office of Student Engagement and Student Accessibility Services.
     “Our hope is that participation in Winter Welcome will help students get situated and ready for a successful semester,” James said.
     Winter Welcome begins Wednesday, Jan. 23, with “Snow Good to See You Again!” Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the event will transform the Student Union Breezeway into a winter wonderland filled with snow, games, snacks and more, starting at 2 p.m.
     A back-to-school tailgate for the women’s basketball game when the Lions take on Houston Baptist is also scheduled Wednesday. Sponsored by Southeastern Athletics and Student Government Association, the tailgate will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the game scheduled at 7 p.m. The tailgate will take place at Cook Field, located between the University Center and Alumni Association on North Campus.
     Thursday, Jan. 24, features an event sponsored by the University Health Center called “Wellness Welcome” at Pride Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn information about Student Outreach and Advocacy Representatives (SOAR), Lighten Up Lions, the University Health Center itself and general wellness, as well as enjoy interactive games.
     Two events are scheduled Monday, Jan. 28. The continuation of Wellness Welcome at Pride Hall will begin the day’s activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next event is at 6 p.m., when students, university officials and community members are invited to meet at the Pennington Student Activity Center for a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and remembrance program. The march will conclude at the Student Union Theatre with a presentation featuring remarks by outgoing Chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Alejandro “Al” Perkins.
     Jam the Jungle, the annual student promotion for Southeastern Men’s Basketball, is scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., at the University Center when the Lions take on Sam Houston State. The event includes jambalaya served to the first 300 students in attendance, as well as fun promotions, James said.
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Engineering Technology Program receives grant
Southeastern’s Engineering Technology Program received a $5,000 grant from the Terracon Foundation earlier this month. The grant will establish a scholarship to be distributed between two engineering technology students. Terracon is a multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services.
     From left are the Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology Mohamed Zeidan, Senior Principal and Office Manager at Terracon Consultants Inc. Laura J. Campa, recent Southeastern Industrial Technology program graduate and Terracon Consultants Inc. Department Manager of Lab Services Matthew Minton, and Industrial and Engineering Technology Department Head Mohammad Saadeh.

Terracon Foundation grant

Alumni Association seeks alumni awards nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking nominees for Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni from each of the university’s five colleges.
     Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said the Alumni Association established its awards program in 1969 to honor outstanding graduates and to celebrate their achievements.
     “The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni, and Southeastern is certainly known to develop leaders in many fields of endeavor,” said Biggs. “A vast number of the university’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the university, and contributions to their community.”
     The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to someone who has utilized their degree to achieve outstanding accomplishments in their field on an international or national basis, Biggs said.
     “Southeastern’s Alumnus of the Year is an individual who reflected outstanding qualities as a Southeastern student, who has excelled in his or her field after graduation, and who continues to be supportive and active in Southeastern’s future,” she said.
     The Young Alumnus of the Year Award, Biggs added, was created in 2011 to recognize an individual age 40 or under who has already achieved outstanding success in his or her vocational field and has demonstrated a continued commitment to Southeastern and his or her community.
     Distinguished Alumni Awards from each college are presented to individuals who are notable among the best of Southeastern graduates and have used their degrees to become successful in their chosen fields on the local or state level, have demonstrated service to Southeastern, and contributed to their communities, Biggs said.
     “Chosen by Southeastern’s individual colleges, the recipients are a shining example of the unparalleled programs from which they graduated,” she said.
     Criteria for each award, as well as nomination forms, are available online at
     Alumni Award nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by Feb. 1. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume, CV, LinkedIn Profile, or similar professional summary; optional letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, newspaper or magazine article featuring the nominee; or other items of interest.
     Self-nominations are also acceptable, Biggs said, and all nominees must be able to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner and Homecoming football game on Oct. 11 and 12, 2019.
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

Southeastern Channel telecourse wins national Telly Awards
A Southeastern telecourse has been recognized with two national Telly Awards.
     Produced by the Southeastern Channel, the university course, “Earth and Space Science 102,” was honored at the 39th annual Telly Awards with Bronze Tellys for “Editing” and “Use of Graphics.”
     The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens, and this year received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. This year’s winners included CBS, NBC, HBO, ESPN, PBS, National Geographic, and Nickelodeon.
     Southeastern Channel telecourse producer Jamie Bass produced, directed, shot, edited and created the graphics for the telecourse that was taught by Southeastern Earth Science Instructor Stephanie Welch. Telecourses are video courses that air on television and also serve as online courses for both on-campus students and those unable to attend classes on campus.
     Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said the winning episode was the 11th lecture of the course ESSC102 and covered the formation of the solar system with Welch lecturing in front of captivating, moving images of planetary landscapes and the travel of heavenly bodies through space. The episode can be viewed at Bass accomplished the look by videotaping Welch lecturing in front of a blue screen in the Southeastern Channel studio and later compositing that footage with the solar, interstellar and extraterrestrial images for the background.
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Telly AwardsTELECOURSE WINS NATIONAL AWARD - A Southeastern telecourse, “Earth and Space Science 102,” recently won two national Bronze Telly Awards for “Editing” and “Use of Graphics.” Pictured, from left, are Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager; Chemistry and Physics Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator Gerard Blanchard; Jamie Bass, Southeastern Channel telecourse producer and editor; Stephanie Welch, Southeastern earth science instructor; and Dan McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology.

Students, faculty and alumni attend Stage Combat Winter Workshop
Over winter break students, alumni, and faculty attended the 24th annual Stage Combat Winter Workshop hosted by Dueling Arts International at Tulane University.
     Attendees studied a variety of topics associated with theatrical stage combat and stunt work, such as Aikido, fights for film, theatrical weapons training, and more.
     Junior education major Taylor Meng and general studies alumna Liz Odom-Dalton received level 1 certifications in single rapier, smallsword, and quarterstaff.
     Sophomore general studies major Emery Foster received level 1 certifications in unarmed combat, broadsword, and rapier and dagger.
     Adjunct Instructor of Theatre Ben Norman attended level 3 masterclasses in Japanese sword, Kali (Filipino martial art), and theatrical firearm safety. Norman was also recognized as an associate instructor by Dueling Arts International.

Students attend stage combat workshopTHE ART OF THE DUEL - Students, alumni, and faculty attended the 24th annual Stage Combat Winter Workshop hosted by Dueling Arts International at Tulane University. Pictured, from left, are Taylor Meng, Liz Odom-Dalton, Emery Foster, and Ben Norman.

Southeastern plans MLK remembrance Jan. 28
Southeastern was closed yesterday, Jan. 21, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, but will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader with a memorial march and remembrance program Jan. 28.
     Open to the public and featuring remarks by outgoing Chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Alejandro “Al” Perkins, the event is sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
     “As we live his dream daily, it is important that we never forget the sacrifice Dr. Martin Luther King gave so that we can all be afforded equal rights,” said Hendrick Foster, president of the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.
     The event will begin with a candlelight processional, which will start outside of the Pennington Student Activity Center at the walkway underpass. The ceremony will conclude with a program in the Student Union Theatre that will include Perkins’ remarks and reflection on King’s life and impact.
     “Mr. Perkins is a tireless advocate for students and his commitment to service is unwavering,” said Student Government Association President and Alpha Phi Alpha member Richard Davis Jr.
Perkins is partner at Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, and Guice law firm. He is also an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. In addition to his leadership in the legal community, he is a Louisiana Arts and Science Museum Board Member, National Annual Fund Chair for Xavier University, Vice President of the Xavier University Alumni Association-Baton Rouge Chapter, and a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
     For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-3850.

Al PerkinsSOUTHEASTERN TO HOST MLK REMEMBRANCE - Outgoing Chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Alejandro “Al” Perkins will give remarks at Southeastern’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial march and remembrance program Jan. 28. The event will begin at 6 p.m. outside of the Pennington Student Activity Center at the walkway underpass. The ceremony will conclude with a program in the Student Union Theatre that will include Perkins’ remarks and reflection on King’s life and impact.

Southeastern to collect discarded Christmas trees to enhance wetlands
There is still time to help Southeastern with wetland restoration by donating discarded Christmas trees. 

     Trees can be dropped off through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 Hwy. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market. The Southeastern Sustainability Center, located at 2101 North Oak Street, is collecting trees through the end of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday; and Pennington’s Hardware and Screenprinting, located at 407 Highway 22 W. in Madisonville, will accept trees during the same time period from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Moreau said a Turtle Cove trailer drop off site will also be maintained at Middendorf’s Restaurant.
     “We can put the old Christmas trees to work in our area marshland while also reducing the waste stream going into landfills,” said Rob Moreau, manager of Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station located on Pass Manchac between lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas.
     Although grant funding from the state for Christmas Tree recycling in many areas ended years ago, local partners have stepped up with donations to fund the collection of trees and make the project possible. This marks the 24th straight year Southeastern has conducted its recycled tree program. Moreau depends on volunteers and students to deploy the trees in the Manchac wetlands. It is estimated that approximately 40,000 trees have been deployed through the Southeastern program since that time.
     Southeastern scientists at Turtle Cove use the discarded trees to help build up marshland in areas that have been impacted by erosion and other factors, said Moreau.
     Moreau said the trees will be used in a variety of ways, including ongoing research on the trees’ effects on helping to fill in test logging ditches, creation of Christmas tree “mounds” to create habitats for wildlife and, of course, help to control erosion along various shorelines, most recently occurring on Galva Canal.
     This practice also provides hands-on environmental education opportunities for students and other volunteers who help with the project.

Professional Sales Program faculty invited to tour United Rentals Sales Training Center 
United Rentals Training CenterApril Field Kemp and Tará Burnthorne Lopez, College of Business marketing faculty and coordinators for the Professional Sales Program, recently visited one of two U.S. sales training centers for United Rentals in Charlotte, NC.
     A corporate partner of the Professional Sales Program, United Rentals is a company with net sales of over $6.6 billion in 2017. The purpose of the invitation was to let faculty see first-hand the quality and curriculum of sales training, as well as the opportunities for graduates, provided by United Rentals. Lopez and Kemp will use this information to better advise and prepare students. Companies like United Rentals see the benefit in improving their sales recruitment strategies by partnering with universities like Southeastern that have been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as one of the top 100 sales programs in the U.S.
     For more information, call 549-2277 or visit

Committee works to expand green efforts on campus
A Southeastern committee originally charged with tackling litter on campus, has now taken on the task of expanding green efforts across campus.
     From the new geothermal energy projects on campus to wind turbines at Southeastern’s Sustainability Center, green efforts have taken center stage.
     “This is a perfect example of what makes Southeastern so special,” said President John L. Crain. “I convened a group to combat litter. They not only addressed that issue, but also then began exploring ways to expand involvement and nurture a culture of conservatism across campus. Southeastern’s students, faculty and staff always go above and beyond. This is but one instance.”
     With student organizations such as Reconnect and the Student Government Association leading the way, students are helping promote the use of refillable water bottles, new additions of recycling bins across campus, and adoption of community garden plots on the grounds at the Sustainability Center.
     Southeastern students were also among the first to call for retrofitting old water fountains as reusable water bottle stations. Garrett Hall, D Vickers Hall, Dyson Hall, the Biology Building, Sims Memorial Library, Pennington Student Activity Center, North Campus main building, the Student Union and University Center are all now home to new stations with plans to convert all 117 remaining water fountains over time.
     After conducting a survey of student perceptions regarding litter and conservation efforts on campus, committee members drew from the responses and added 30 new trash receptacles to parking lots and a few other campus locations identified as “litter hot spots.” Additionally, 40 more blue outdoor recycling cans were added to the campus mix. These complement the 130 indoor recycling bins for paper and cardboard distributed throughout campus buildings.
     Southeastern has been focusing on conservation efforts for a while now. Since beginning single-stream recycling in 2012, the university has recycled 255.94 tons of paper, plastics and metal cans. Approximately 99.185 tons of cardboard have been recycled since Southeastern installed a cardboard baler in 2013. And, since collaborating with Print Cartridge Recyclers of America in 2014, the university has collected approximately 5.17 tons of used print cartridges and packaging for recycling.
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Southeastern CMS brother, sister duo wins GNOYO concerto competition
Two Southeastern Community Music School violin students have won the Sinfonia Division of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) concerto competition.
     Ten-year-old Brennan Saenz and his sister, eight-year-old Alana Saenz, of Mandeville won the competition held recently in New Orleans and have been granted a performance with the GNOYO on March 24.
     “We at CMS are very happy and proud of our students’ success, and we wish them many more successes to come,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “As their violin teacher I can say that both Alana and Brennan are very dedicated to their violin studies, and their performances are always characterized by an exceptional level of musical maturity despite their young ages. Both of them are a joy to teach, and I can’t wait to start working toward their next musical endeavor.”
     Brennan is a student at Lake Harbor Middle School and has played the violin for four years, piano for two years, and recently started playing trumpet for his middle school band. He is part of the St. Tammany Parish Talented Music program.
     Alana attends Magnolia Trace Elementary School. A straight-A student, she has played violin for three years, piano for two years, and is a member of the third grade choir at her school.
     The GNOYO concert will be held at Loyola University at Roussel Hall at 3 p.m. For tickets call 504-865-2074 or email
     For more information about CMS, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

Brennan and Alana SaenzBROTHER, SISTER DUO WIN COMPETITION – Southeastern Community Music School students Brennan and Alana Saenz of Mandeville won the Sinfonia Division of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) concerto competition recently in New Orleans. The dynamic duo will perform with the GNOYO in a concert scheduled March 24 at Loyola University in Roussel Hall.


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SLU’s Community Music School names outstanding musicians

SLU plans Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance march, program for Jan. 28

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Chelsey Blank crowned Miss Southeastern

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Southeastern Engineering Technology Program receives grant

Southeastern Channel telecourse wins Telly Awards

Southeastern to host mental health conference Jan. 10-11


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 Southeastern plans MLK remembrance Jan. 28

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Locals earn degrees from Southeastern

SLU to collect discarded Christmas trees to help build up coastline

Safety officials demonstrate how fast dry Christmas tree can start house fire

Southeastern University to rename four streets on campus

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The Southeastern women’s tennis team will open the spring portion of its 2018-19 schedule, while the basketball and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion tennis team will open the spring on the road. On Sunday, SLU will face Tulane at 3:30 p.m. in New Orleans.
     The SLU men’s basketball team (6-12, 2-3 Southland) will hit the road for a pair of Southland Conference contests. On Wednesday, the Lions will be at Houston Baptist for a 7 p.m. contest. Southeastern will head to Northwestern State on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game in Natchitoches.
     The Lady Lion women’s basketball team (7-9, 2-3 Southland) returns home on Wednesday to host Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. in the University Center. In conjunction with the contest, Southeastern Athletics Student Marketing and Promotions and the SLU Student Government Association (SGA) will partner to host a Back to School tailgate outside of the UC before Wednesday’s game. Once inside, students will be able to enjoy other interactive games and promotions while cheering on the Lady Lions.
     Kyla Williams is Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the New Orleans, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Wednesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge at the UC. If the Lady Lions score 50 or more points, fans can take their game tickets or student coupons to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value. SLU will be in Natchitoches on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest at Northwestern State.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball contests and Saturday’s women’s basketball game can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Gameday Experience, RadioFX and TuneIn Radio apps. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Wednesday’s game at
     The SLU track and field teams will participate in a pair of meets this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be at the McNeese Indoor II at Lake Charles. Members of the teams will also head to Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday to participate in the KMS Invitational.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Basketball with Jay Ladner, hosted by Ladner and Allen Waddell is set for Monday at 7 p.m. The hour-long radio show will air 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). 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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JAN 23

 Women’s Basketball, vs. Houston Baptist, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Back to School Tailgate
     - Kyla Williams Trading Card Night
     - Cane’s Challenge

Men’s Basketball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 25

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, All Day

JAN 26

Men’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches,

3 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches,

1 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 27

Women’s Tennis, at Tulane, New Orleans, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala., All Day


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Anne Babson (English) recently had her play published by Journal Americana. Titled Reenactment, the play is about a fictional family living in Southeastern Louisiana.
     Cal Pepper (Industrial Technology) has published two articles that appeared in the August 2018 Inspection Trends Magazine, Vol 21 No 3, titled “How Far We’ve Come” and in the November 2018 Inspection Trends Magazine, Vol 21. No 4, titled “Using Photos in Inspection Reports.”

     Erin R. Lawrence (English) published the short story “Don’t Be Afraid, Just Once in a Lifetime” in the magazine Pilcrow and Dagger. It was chosen for their “Survivor” issue and was also chosen as the podcast for the issue. The issue can be found at and the podcast (#33).



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