UPD names Officer of the Year
Alumni seeks board nominations

Sign up for emergency alerts

Evolve U set March 15
Sales program gains support

Champagne Bingo a success

Student newsletter available

SLU recognized for TV station

Big Event seeks job sites

CMS names Outstanding Musicians

Students selected for ALI

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



UPD names Officer of the Year
Jourdan Hatcher

Officer Jourdan Hatcher, a Southeastern police officer since 2015, has been named the University Police Department’s 2018 Officer of the Year.
     “Officer Hatcher has proven to be friendly, motivated, intelligent, community-oriented, and professional,” said Director of University Police Harold Todd. “He consistently demonstrates a calm, controlled demeanor even under stressful, dynamic, rapidly-evolving situations.”
     Hatcher recently completed Field Training Officer School and assists with the administration of the University Police Department’s bicycle patrol efforts.
     Due to his work ethic, initiative, and proven leadership abilities, Todd added, Hatcher was promoted to the department’s Housing Office Liaison, a position in which he oversees the Housing Cadet Program and collaborates with University Housing professionals and students to promote a safe and secure atmosphere in campus resident life facilities.
     Currently pursuing graduate studies at Southeastern, Hatcher previously worked for the University of Southern Mississippi Police Department and is a graduate of University of Southern Mississippi.
     “We are thrilled to have Jourdan as a member of our Southeastern team and are proud to award him this honor,” Todd said. “We see great things in his future and are sure he will continue to exceed our expectations in the years to come.”

Alumni Association seeks board member nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking energetic, action-oriented volunteers to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
     Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit their time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties between the university, alumni and community.
     “The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire alumni base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs. “They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
     Biggs said in order to be eligible to serve on the board, individuals must be dues paying members of the Southeastern Alumni Association in good standing; demonstrate involvement, support and commitment to Southeastern; possess the ability and willingness to give time and resources to support the association; possess the ability to effectively collaborate in a team environment; have effective verbal and written communication skills; and have a personal interest in Southeastern, its students, alumni and the community.
     Alumni Association Board nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by March 1. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume, CV, LinkedIn Profile, or similar professional summary; and optional letters of support from individuals other than the nominator. Nomination forms are available at Self-nominations are acceptable, Biggs said.
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

Southeastern to host leadership conference for high school students
Recognizing the value of a smooth transition from the high school to university environment, Southeastern will host its second leadership conference designed specifically for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors March 15.
     “EvolveU” is a one-day conference of fun, interactive and educational experiences where student leaders are able to develop, cultivate, and evolve their leadership skills, said Academic Advisor for the Center for Student Excellence Kandace Formaggio.
     “This conference will be a way for high school students to learn leadership skills while interacting with college students,” said 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, which will be held in Southeastern’s Student Union. A full schedule of sessions and events will be available closer to the March 15 conference date.
     Formaggio said high schools from across the state have been invited to the conference.
     “We have asked high school counselors or high school organization or club sponsors to organize the registration process for their schools,” she said. “Each school is encouraged to bring 20 high school students and two faculty and staff members.”
     Registration for EvolveU is $30 per participant, whether students, faculty or staff members, until Feb. 1. Registration will be $35 per participant Feb. 2 – 22. The last day to register is Feb. 22.
     For more information, visit or call 549-2120.

Evolve U

Champagne Bingo 2019

Champagne Bingo

Champagne Bingo, held Saturday (Jan. 26) at the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom, was a blast for a good cause. Over 500 women attended the fundraiser for the Southeastern athletics program. Attendees enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more.

Reach students through newsletter 
What's UpLaunched last semester, What’s Up at Southeastern is a biweekly email newsletter sent to all students with information on upcoming events, experiences and opportunities on campus.
     What’s Up at Southeastern was developed based on feedback from students requesting a single source for campus event information and is coordinated though a committee directed by the Division for Student Affairs. Faculty and staff can access the newsletter through a link on the MyDen page of or at
     The submission process and deadline, as well as issue publication dates, can be reviewed here
For more information, email

Southeastern named “College with Great Television Station”
Southeastern is one of 40 universities nationwide and the only one in Louisiana to earn inclusion among “Colleges with Great Television Stations,” an honor bestowed by College Xpress, a college search website formerly known as Public and Private Colleges and Universities Magazine.
     The university’s selection was based on accomplishments of the Southeastern Channel, the university’s educational cable television station. In only 15 years of existence, the channel’s student and staff members have won 17 awards from the Emmys and 62 nominations from the Emmy Suncoast Region.
     “Whether it’s through airing student productions on the Charter network or providing a chance for students to have their work reviewed for regional or national competitions, the Southeastern Channel does a great job providing opportunities for students to showcase their creativity and professionalism,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “The quality of the student productions is evident by the numerous awards and recognitions earned as well as by the industry demand for graduates.”
     Channel submissions to College Broadcasters, Inc. have earned first place in the categories of student news reporting, sportscast, documentary, public service announcement and comedy show. Last year the channel saw four of its entries recognized as CBI’s National Student Production Awards finalists with the student comedy show “College Night” winning first place.
     Overall, the Channel has won nearly 400 national, international and regional awards.
     “It’s quite an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious publication as one of the elite college television stations in the nation,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “At the Southeastern Channel we have a stellar staff and outstanding faculty instruction, along with tremendous support from the university administration. Although we are younger than most other top programs across the country that have been operating for much longer, we have proven that Southeastern is the college of choice for students wanting a career in television, video or film.”

Read more
Channel studio deskGREAT TV STATION - Southeastern has been named by the national publication College Xpress to its list of “Colleges with Great Television Stations.” Southeastern was one of five colleges in the southeast U.S. and the only college in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee chosen for the list compiled for high school students to aid them during their college search. Southeastern was recognized for the accomplishments of the Southeastern Channel, its educational cable channel that has won a number of national awards from College Broadcasters, Inc. and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, or Emmys.


Two Southeastern students selected for Advanced Leadership Institute
Southeastern Student Government Association President Richard Davis, Jr. of Slidell and Southeastern 2018 Homecoming King Cedric Dent, Jr. of New Orleans were selected for this year’s Advanced Leadership Institute. The ALI provides seasoned student leaders with in-depth leadership experiences and opportunities that will help them become transformational leaders on their respective campuses and in their local communities, said Coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs Marjorie Parker.
  “There are many students from around the region who compete to be part of this institute, and we are Lion Proud of Richard and Cedric’s selection.” Parker said.
Held each January at Texas A&M University, the conference unites hundreds of students and advisors and features nationally renowned speakers, as well as a variety of corporations from across the country. 
Parker said SBSLC is dedicated to addressing and developing solutions to major issues, as well as bringing a spirit of unity among students and leaders of all levels. The conference presents a number of creative workshops that focus on relevant topics and develop strong leadership skills. 
For more information on this or any initiative of Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, call 549-2120.

Safe Campus logo

Register for Emergency Alert System
For those who haven’t yet registered for the Southeastern Emergency Alert System, a new semester is the perfect opportunity to sign up to receive notices via phone, text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which are automatically registered.
     Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty and staff can register for the system by visiting
     The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus closures.
     Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at
     Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that will sound in the event of an emergency.
     “If you hear the sirens, check your device for information on the current situation,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those additional delivery methods.”
     The homepage is also a source of information for situations developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
     To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus emergency.
     Go to on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You’ll be prompted how to save the app to your device’s home screen.
     The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
     “We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But we also want our campus community to be prepared.”
     Emergency departmental flip guides as well as emergency pocket guides are available in the Dean of Students Office, located in the Student Union, room 2409.

Northwestern Mutual commits $100,000 to Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program
Students in Southeastern’s new Professional Sales Program will soon benefit from a state-of-the-art training room thanks to a $100,000 donation from Northwestern Mutual. 
     Pending University of Louisiana System Board approval, the new Northwestern Mutual Sales Training Room will be located in Garrett Hall on Southeastern’s campus, with renovations to existing space set to begin in early 2019.
     Steven Dugal, managing partner of the Mississippi and Louisiana offices, as well as Paul Hodge, managing director of the Mandeville and Gulfport offices, are supporting the initiative. 
     “We are excited to get involved in Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program. From our experience at other universities, sales students ramp up faster than non-sales students, have lower turnover, and are more prepared for the workforce” said Dugal, noting that Northwestern Mutual has been instrumental in donating to other similar, successful programs at universities.
     Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program was created to draw high-ability students toward selling as a career, better prepare those students for early success in professional selling careers, and connect them with sales professionals in the region. According to research conducted by the Sales Education Foundation, more than 50 percent of business school graduates enter the workforce in a sales-oriented position.
     Dean of the College of Business Toni Phillips said the core sales curriculum consists of courses in personal selling, advanced professional selling and sales management and is supported with other marketing courses in consumer behavior, marketing research, and marketing strategy. With the current goal to prepare students for success in the sales profession, the program has been developed for marketing majors with a future goal of including those majoring in areas outside of business who wish to pursue a sales certificate. 
     “We know that professional sales is not only a starting point for careers, but is becoming more and more important across all sectors of the economy,” said Phillips. “The Southeastern Professional Sales Program will help train the next generation of sales leaders and the investment that Northwestern Mutual is making demonstrates that the program is on the right track. We are really appreciative of Northwestern Mutual.”
     An important objective of the program, Phillips added, is to connect sales program students with sales professionals and organizations through role-play competitions, internships, guest speakers, panel discussions and career opportunities. 
     For more information about Southeastern’s Professional Sales Program or how businesses can get involved, contact Instructor of Marketing April Kemp at, 549-2277, or visit

Northwestern Mutual makes donation to Professional Sales ProgramSTUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW TRAINING ROOM - Pending University of Louisiana System Board approval, students in the new Professional Sales Program will soon benefit from a state-of-the-art training room thanks to a $100,000 donation from Northwestern Mutual. Seated, from left, are Northwestern Mutual Managing Director/Financial Advisor Paul Hodge and Northwestern Mutual Managing Partner of Louisiana and Mississippi Steven Dugal. Standing, from left, are Southeastern Instructor of Marketing Tara’ Lopez; Brian Jones, Northwestern Mutual college unit director/financial advisor; Kolby Hodge; Lisa Dugal; Katy Simpson, chief marketing officer; Michael Bazile, chief operating officer; April Kemp, instructor of marketing; and Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.

The Big Event seeks businesses, organizations for service projects
Students at Southeastern are looking to add area businesses, churches, and organizations to their list of job sites for the annual community service day called The Big Event. The registration deadline for organizations to be included in The Big Event is March 1, and there is no charge to register as a job site.
     Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sponsors teams of students who participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and the surrounding area. Now in its ninth year, The Big Event is scheduled Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather on March 30, a make-up rain date of April 6 has been reserved.
     Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities are the typical jobs handled by hundreds of students who participate in The Big Event each year. 
     Since students provide their own transportation, job sites should be within 25 minutes of the Hammond campus. Job sites must also have a contact person on location to supervise the work.
     Organizations can get more information or sign up to provide a job site by visiting the web site

The Big Event logo


Community Music School names Outstanding Musicians
CMS Outstanding MusiciansSoutheastern’s Community Music School announced pianist Charlie Byrd, violinist Jonah Blades, pianist Natalie Fulks, bassoonist and pianist Katie Miranda and violinist and pianist Alana Saenz as its Fall 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians. 
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final fall 2018 recitals. 
     “We congratulate our Fall 2018 CMS Outstanding Musicians. We have big hopes and dreams for all of our students and love to share their accomplishments with the community,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We look forward to an exciting spring 2019 semester when we will be launching our career track program. In addition to orchestra and individual lessons on various instruments and voice, we will also be hosting our annual Spring Festival and Concerto Competition.”

Read more
SOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS - Southeastern’s Community Music School recently announced its Fall 2018 Outstanding Musicians. The musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final fall 2018 recitals. Pictured front row, from left, are Alana Saenz, Natalie Fulks, and Jonah Blades. Back row, from left, are Charlie Byrd and Katie Miranda.


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


SLU Alumni Association seeks awards nominations


SLU’s TV station is ‘great’


The Southeastern basketball, tennis and track teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion men’s basketball team (8-12, 4-3 Southland) carries a four-game winning streak into Wednesday’s Southland Conference showdown with league-leading Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     In conjunction with Wednesday’s contest, Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Student Promotions will host the annual Jam the Jungle promotion. The first 300 SLU students will receive free jambalaya and fun in-game promotions will be featured.
     Also on Wednesday, the Lady Lions (8-10, 3-4 Southland) will continue Southland Conference play on the road. SLU will be in Huntsville, Texas to face Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m.
     On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will both be home, hosting in-state and conference foe Nicholls for a doubleheader in the University Center. The women’s game opens the day’s action at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m. Saturday will be Youth Day in the UC, as all fans 12 and under will receive free admission. Any fans with a valid middle school, junior high or high school ID will receive a $3 ticket.
     Tyler Morrison will be Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans to the women’s game will receive a trading card featuring the Baton Rouge native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Fans will have the opportunity to watch all of this week’s basketball action. The Southeastern Channel will televise Wednesday’s men’s game on a tape delay and the game will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
The rest of the week’s action can be seen on the ESPN family of networks. The SLU-SHSU women’s game on Wednesday will be seen on ESPN+. Saturday’s Southeastern-Nicholls doubleheader will air on ESPN3.
     Both of this week’s women’s basketball games and Saturday’s men’s basketball contest can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience, Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     Also on Saturday, the Lion tennis team (0-0) will open its spring home schedule, as SLU will host LSU Alexandria at 12 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. On Sunday, Southeastern heads to Alcorn State for a 1 p.m. match.
     The SLU track and field teams will compete in a pair of events this week. Members of the Lions and Lady Lions will participate in the Bayou Bengal Invitational on Friday in Baton Rouge and the South Alabama Invitational on Sunday in Mobile, Alabama.
     Supporters of the Southeastern baseball program will gather for the annual First Pitch Banquet on Feb. 1 from 7-10 p.m. at Le Fleur De Lis Reception Hall in Ponchatoula. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit
     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


For more information on Southeastern Athletics, follow @SLUAthletics on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

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


JAN 28

Inside Southeastern Basketball with Jay Ladner, Rainbow Daiquiris, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)

JAN 30

Men’s Basketball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 7 p.m. (Southland Digital Network/Southeastern Channel)*
     - Jam the Jungle
Women’s Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU)*


Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
Baseball, First Pitch Banquet, Le Fleur De Lis Reception Hall, 7 p.m.


 Men’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 4 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)*
     - Youth Day
Women’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center,

1 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)*
     - Youth Day
     - Tyler Morrison Trading Card Day
Women’s Tennis, vs. LSU Alexandria, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.


 Women’s Tennis, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at South Alabama Invitational, Mobile, Ala., All Day


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) will present a tribute to the life of Capt. Joachim Wedekind at the Naval Order of the United States, New Orleans Commandery on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Capt. Wedekind’s experiences as a young sailor in the German Merchant Marine during WWII will be explored from the Invasion of Norway to the sinking of the hospital ship Steuben in which 4,500 people perished.
     Ben Bell (Library) published an article titled “Notes from the NOLA Information Literacy Collective: Beyond Equality and Diversity: Inclusion in the Library” in the Fall 2018 issue of Louisiana Libraries.

     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Art + Design and Columbia Theatre/Fanfare) was the lead invited speaker on a panel at the annual APAP (American Performing Arts Professionals) conference in New York City. The topic, “New Paradigms for the New Economic Realities in the Performing Arts,” addressed financial stresses that performing arts venues face in this uncertain economy including funds development, ticket sales, community engagement and how to balance a budget while meeting one’s mission and goals. 
     Angela Dunnington (Library) published an article titled “Using Mango to Enhance Language and Cultural Programs: A Faculty-Librarian Partnership” in the Fall 2018 issue of Louisiana Libraries.


Submit Your Story

ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Send Submissions to
Mail to: SLU 10880, Hammond, LA 70402
Fax: (985) 549-2061
Or bring to the University Marketing and Communications Office in East Stadium.