Doctoral students recognized
Students honored by LPA
The Big Game named finalist
Northlake Community Band to perform

Summer Art Camp scheduled
Students attend NASA workshop
Student group receives award
Summer Institute held

Art admired at showcase
Southeastern in the News
Professional Activities


Doctoral students recognized
Doctoral students recognizedDoctoral Students from Southeastern’s College of Education were acknowledged at the joint meeting of the Louisiana Board of Regents and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in Baton Rouge on June 19.
     The opportunity to attend the yearly joint meeting and then follow Louisiana policymakers as they met in various separate committees of the Board of Regents and BESE was part of field experiences of the policy seminar taught by Dr. Nan B. Adams.


Above: Front row, from left, are students Jene’ Thomas and Jessica Shelton. Back row, from left, are Dr. Paula Summers Calderon, dean of Southeastern’s College of Education, College of Education Professor Dr. Nan Adams, Louisiana Commissioner for Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter-Reed, students LaKesha Reese-Penn, Jonathan Loveall, Shavon Savoy-Helaire, Alexis Alexander, Chassidy Addison, and Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White.

Southeastern students honored by Louisiana Press Association, media organizations
Lions Roar award winning photoSoutheastern’s student newspaper, The Lion’s Roar, recently received several awards from the Louisiana Press Association “Better Newspaper Contest” for 2019.
     The Lion’s Roar staff was recognized in several categories of the competition with awards for first place in the Best Overall Website category and second place in the General Excellence category.      Southeastern student journalists also received awards for page design and photography. The Nebraska Press Association judged this year’s 1,034 entries from 37 publications and college and university student newspapers.
     The Lion’s Roar Editor-in-Chief Annie Goodman, a senior majoring in communication from Denham Springs, took first place in the Best Feature Story category for her piece titled “Overcoming Addiction: four years sober.” Goodman also received second place in the Best Front Page category for her design work for the front pages of the August 28, 2018 and November 13, 2018 issues of The Lion’s Roar.
     “I have learned so much from working at The Lion’s Roar,” said Goodman. “I never expected to be where I am today achieving the things I am. I’ve won a few awards over the years, but this is my first, first place award, which is pretty exciting.”
     Reporter Nikisun Shrestha also received recognition for his photography. Shrestha, a senior majoring in accounting from Nepal, was honored with a first place award in the Best Sports Photo category, along with a second place award in the Best Feature Photo category.
     Recently the staff of The Lion’s Roar also received awards from the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors College Contest competition and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Circle Awards in March.
     Jacob Summerville, a senior political science major from Baton Rouge, was awarded second place in the Feature Photo category at the LA-MS APME Career Day and College Awards held at the Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss. Summerville’s photo featured students who performed in the production of “The Beautiful Bridegroom.”
     For the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards, Riana Brasleman and Jonathan Rhodes, both former staff reporters for The Lion’s Roar, were honored for their work in cartooning and sports photography respectively.
     Brasleman, a senior majoring in social work from Mandeville, was recognized for her cartoon portfolio showcasing her work titled “Dear College,” which received a second place award in the Cartoons category and a third place award in the Cartoon Portfolio of Work category.
     Rhodes, a recent graduate in communication from Slidell, also placed third in the Single Sports Photography category for his photo titled “Lions Win Game Despite Rainout.”
     “My staff has grown so much since they joined, and I love watching them flourish,” Goodman continued. “Seeing them recognized for their good work is really amazing - especially since I know I don’t praise them nearly enough. Now, I can’t wait to see what awards our newer staff members will receive this time next year.”
     Goodman was also recognized by the Gold Circle Awards for her opinion piece titled “Decoding the Barcode Tattoo,” with a second place prize in the Personal Opinion: Off-campus Issues category.
     “These talented students continuously learn and grow as individuals, while at the same time serving the campus with compelling and unique news information,” said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “We are extremely proud of the recognition they have received for their hard work and dedication to the Southeastern community.”
     The Lion’s Roar and its staff have garnered over 20 awards in the past two years from competitions such as the LPA’s Better Newspaper Contest, the LA-MS APME, the American Scholastic Press Association and the CSPA Gold Circle Awards.
     To view past issues of the award winning publication, readers can visit Readers can also view content from The Lion’s Roar by subscribing to the publication’s new e-mail newsletter sent out weekly, following the newspaper’s social media accounts, reading a digital version on, or picking up a copy of the paper at one of our 88 newsstands located on campus or in the Hammond community.


AWARD WINNING SPORTS PHOTO – Southeastern Lion’s Roar Reporter Nikisun Shrestha was recognized for his photography by the Louisiana Press Association “Better Newspaper Contest” for 2019. Shrestha received a second place award in the Best Feature Photo category, along with a first place award in the Best Sports Photo category for this photo. Shown is Southeastern senior pole-vaulter Devin King as he attempts to regain the facility record at Southeastern Track Complex. He held the previous record that was broken by Lafayette High School’s Armand Duplantis with a height of 19-01 feet. Photo credit: Nikisun Shrestha/The Lion’s Roar.


Northlake Community Band to perform July 11
Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band in concert Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus, the concert is free and open to the public.
     Claudea Landry will conduct the concert that features works by Eric Osterling, Erik Morales, John Higgins, Jerry Brubaker and others.
Landry is a retired band director, having taught in the public school system for 33 years. She retired nine years ago from Ponchatoula Junior High.
     “The thing I love most about conducting the Northlake Community Band is the bridging together of generations that share the love of music,” Landry said.
     The Northlake Community Band consists of musicians from junior high school students through retired professionals and is open to new members.
     For more information, contact the Community Music School at or at 549-5502.

Students attend NASA workshop
NASA workshop attendeesSoutheastern students Cydney Cashio Hooper, left, Victoria Frabbiele, and faculty advisor Gerard Blanchard attended and completed the RockOn! 2019 Workshop at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., in June. All expenses for their attendance were paid by a grant from the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.
     At the workshop, the students learned to solder, build, and program an instrument to autonomously measure cosmic radiation, as well as the rocket’s orientation, acceleration, rotation, and internal air pressure, temperature, and humidity.
     During its flight, the Terrier-Improved Orion rocket reached an altitude of 120 km, which is 20 km above the threshold of space. After a successful recovery of the payload from the Atlantic Ocean, the students analyzed their data. They plan to present their results at the Department of Chemistry and Physics seminar series this fall.


Southeastern Summer Institute addresses accessibility
Southeastern’s 2019 Summer Institute hosted 30 faculty members who learned current strategies for teaching online. This year’s focus was engaging learners with accessible technology.
     In cooperation with the Office of Student Accessibility Services, the Center for Faculty Excellence hosted six filled-to-capacity sessions during the two-day Institute. Presenters shared ideas to help students who are taking online classes as well as those in the traditional setting.
     “Angela James provided thought-provoking and relevant information concerning students’ accessibility,” said Coordinator for Online Learning Dr. Amber Narro. “It was very interesting to learn that adopting some of these strategies not only will help those who have disabilities but also other students as well.”
     As Director of Student Accessibility Services, James reviewed the history of accessibility, addressed new regulations and answered faculty questions. Additionally, Department of Communication and Media Studies Undergraduate Coordinator Dr. Carol Madere, Instructional Designer Rachel Gill and Moodle Administrator Mark Terranova shared new tools that will aid faculty in designing accessible online courses. The Center for Faculty Excellence will provide more learning opportunities geared toward accessibility during the 2019-2020 academic year.
     “We look forward to continuing these valuable conversations,” Narro said. “Faculty should use the opportunities at the Center for Faculty Excellence, as well as in the Office of Student Accessibility Services, to learn what they can do to improve course design. Those in attendance were eager to get more information, and I know other faculty will benefit as we continue training.”

Summer InstituteAbove: Director of Student Accessibility Services Angela James shares information concerning accessibility at the 2019 Summer Institute.


Southeastern Channel sportscast The Big Game named national finalist
A Southeastern student sportscast produced at the Southeastern Channel has once again won national honors.
     The channel sportscast, The Big Game, has been named a national finalist for the 2019 College Sports Media Awards. The show earned honors in the “Collegiate Student” division for “Outstanding Live Non-Game Production.”
     The College Sports Media Awards, which honor the best in the nation in collegiate sports broadcast production, were presented by the Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Finalists in the “National Network” division this year included ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and the SEC Network.
     “We’re excited for the well-deserved recognition given to the Southeastern Channel, one of the best student broadcast operations in the nation,” said Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett.
     It is the third year in a row that The Big Game has won CSMA national finalist recognition. Last year the sportscast was honored with two of the six finalist awards given in the same category for two different episodes. The Southeastern Channel was the only double nominee in the category.
     This year the March 29, 2018 episode’s sports opinion roundtable, “Pick and Roll,” was recognized. The sports talk segment is modeled after ESPN SportsCenter’s “Around the Horn” and “Pardon the Interruption.” John Sartori of Mandeville and Wesley Boone of Alexandria anchored the segment with Dylan Domangue of Houma serving as the guest expert. Freddie Rosario of Luling produced and directed the episode.
     Each week students not only produce, anchor and report, they operate all studio and control room positions from floor directing and camera operation to control room directing, technical directing, audio mixing, video playback, graphics operator, and teleprompter operator.
     “Having to produce new location stories each week combined with live weekly studio deadlines creates a real-world crucible for students learning to produce in timely fashion,” Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said. “It really prepares them well for the job market after graduation.”
     Settoon said that Southeastern Channel graduates have landed jobs as sports directors, anchors, reporters, producers, videographers and editors for television stations throughout the South, along with sideline reporters, play-by-play announcers and color analysts for national and regional network game broadcasts.
     “We’re incredibly honored to once again be recognized as one of the nation’s elite in student sports production,” said Settoon. “It’s a credit to our students’ sports savvy, entertaining on-camera talent, creativity, and production and post-production skills, including writing, game shooting, editing and studio producing and directing.”
     The Big Game is a live, weekly sportscast produced entirely by students for broadcast on the Southeastern Channel. The show is modeled after ESPN’s SportsCenter with lively anchor highlight reads, live shots, game reports and analyses, feature stories and interviews with Southeastern athletes and coaches.
     Also included are the sports opinion talk segment “Pick and Roll” and the editorial segment “Quick Hits,” modeled after ESPN’s The Sports Reporters with short editorials on a variety of sports issues and topics written and delivered by student anchors.
     Student reporters cover not only all Southeastern sports, but also New Orleans Saints and Pelicans home games. During football season, the show features a “Fantasy Football” segment. Students also shoot and edit their own interviews and game highlights.
     The Big Game started as a show in 2003 as soon as the Southeastern Channel hit the airwaves. In the 16 years since, Settoon said the program has won multiple national and regional awards, including first place in the nation honors given by College Broadcasters, Inc. The show has also won a student Emmy and first-place Associated Press College Broadcasters, Society of Professional Journalist “Mark of Excellence,” and national Videographer awards.
     The Big Game can be seen on the Southeastern Channel on Charter Spectrum 199 at 6:30 pm. Thursday nights during the regular semester. The simulcast is streamed live at where archived episodes can also be viewed.
     The Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys.

Southeastern Channel award finalistSPORTSCAST NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST - The Southeastern Channel student sportscast The Big Game recently won National Finalist honors given by the College Sports Media Awards with recognition for the show’s “Pick and Roll” segment. Students who worked on the winning episode include (front row from left) Wesley Boone, Freddie Rosario and John Sartori. Back row, from left, are Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon, Zechariah Cameron, Richie Solares, Andrew Scherer and Dylan Domangue. It was the third year in a row that “The Big Game” has received national honors from the College Sports Media Awards.


Southeastern to host Summer Art Camp
Registration is now open for Southeastern’s Summer Art Camp scheduled July 15 – 25. Scheduled Monday through Thursday, the camp runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. each day at Clark Hall on Southeastern’s campus.
     Campers from five to 15 are eligible to attend the camp. The camp fee is $75.
     Art media to be explored include drawing, painting, mixed media collage, fabric marker tees and Crayola’s Model Magic, said Associate Professor of Art Education Kim Finley.
     “The workshop is eight days, and students will complete eight different projects, including painting and drawing, based on the theme ‘Art + Life = Play,’” Finley said. “Explore the work and lives of famous artists past and present through structured art lessons designed for smiles.”
     Campers enrolled in the workshop will be instructed by art students supervised by Finley.
     The camp is limited to the first 75 registrants, so early registration is recommended. To register go to
     For more information, call 549-2193.

College of Business student group receives prestigious award from human resources association
Southeastern’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest human resources association, has received a 2018-2019 Superior Merit Award designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its chapter members.
     The primary goal of SHRM at Southeastern is to provide educational and networking opportunities for students. Since 2001, Southeastern’s chapter has received 12 Superior Merit Awards and has been ranked in the top 10 chapters in the nation several times.
     Established in 1972, the SHRM student chapter merit award program was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.
     “SHRM is committed to engaging the future leaders of the human resources profession – human resources and business students. As we strive to shape better workplaces, where employers and employees can thrive together, we are energized by the work our student chapters are doing to encourage students to choose human resources as a career path,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Presenting this Superior Merit Award designation is just one small way for SHRM to recognize and celebrate the big steps the Southeastern SHRM student chapter has taken this past academic year.”
     SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle. During the year, Southeastern chapter members assisted at the Louisiana Conference on Human Resources, conducted a meeting of the Northshore Professional SHRM chapter, the group’s sponsoring chapter, and welcomed a number of human resource professionals to its meetings.


Southeastern hosts Fine Arts Showcase 

Fine Arts Showcase

Art enthusiasts Farley Lobdell, left, and Fay Bright study artist Miro Hoffman’s work titled “Green Light New Orleans Teaching Garden: Uptown New Orleans, La.” at Southeastern’s Fine Arts Showcase held recently in the President’s Residence. The annual event highlights painting, sculpture and photography from over 40 Louisiana artists.


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On the area arts and cultural scene (Northlake Community Band)

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Three members of the Department of History and Political Science participated in the 19th Annual A+PEL American Studies Conference June 14. Charles Elliott organized the conference, title “Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: (Re) Considering John Law’s Louisiana in Content, Context, and Your Classroom,” in conjunction with Association of Professional Educators of Louisiana Deputy Director and Director of Programs, University Relations, and Professional Development Miranda Britt. William B. Robison presented a lecture titled “Après la Bulle: Louis XV and Post-Bubble Louisiana in Long-Term International Perspective,” Elliott a lecture titled “Nature or Nurture: Second-Lining the Marooned and Doomed in Post-Bubble Colonial Louisiana,” and Samantha Cavell a lecture titled “The Golden Age of Piracy.”


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