Lion Up Recovery coming soon
Alumni Board of Directors announced
Students win Mark of Excellence Awards

CMS names Outstanding Musicians
LAA hosts Coaches Caravan

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Southeastern launches first and only public university collegiate recovery program in Louisiana
Lion Up RecoverySoutheastern will soon host the first and only collegiate recovery program at a public institution in the state of Louisiana. Launching this fall, “Lion Up Recovery” is recognized by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education and is a voluntary program to help students in recovery achieve their higher education goals.
     “This new program as a resource for our students is an extension of Southeastern’s core values,” said President John. L. Crain. “Not only do we provide an exceptional education, but we also care about our students and their collegiate experience.”
     The National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reports 37 percent of college students have used an illicit drug and abused alcohol on a regular basis. Approximately 6.64 million college students meet criteria for excessive substance use, approximately 1.26 million meet criteria for substance dependency, and approximately 315,000 are actively seeking help from substance dependency.
     “There is a close relationship between the use of alcohol and drugs and the number of those who start but then fail to graduate from college. More importantly, we are aware of the huge risks and all of the associated problems that go along with early-age drinking and other drug use,” said University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors member Dr. Pam Egan. “I am delighted to hear of Southeastern’s success in developing Lion Up Recovery to provide support to students who encounter such problems.”
     ARHE is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs, the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them, said Southeastern Interim Coordinator of Collegiate Recovery Madison Evans. The organization provides the education, resources and community connections needed to help change the trajectory of recovering students’ lives.
     “Lion Up Recovery was established to help those students who identify as being in recovery. Southeastern staff trained in substance use disorders and recovery will lead the initiative,” Evans said. “Lion Up Recovery is a program that offers specialized and strategic support to help students achieve growth and success in their recovery and academic journeys.”
     The program offers students on-campus support groups, sober tailgating for select Southeastern football games, academic advising and counseling, accountability, and staff intervention, if needed. Also offered are leadership and civic engagement opportunities, studying and sober socials, service opportunities through recovery-oriented support groups, and participation with ARHE regional and national events.
     Requirements to participate in the program include, but are not limited to, attending weekly seminar classes, attending at least two recovery meetings per week, attending monthly “Southeastern Recovery Night” meetings, and meeting with an academic advisor each semester.
     By applying and choosing to participate in Lion Up Recovery, Evans said, students recognize the support provided by the program is essential to their efforts to sustain recovery while undertaking academic challenges. Expectations are geared to help enhance students’ ability to maintain recovery, achieve academic success, complete degree requirements, and continue to develop as individuals and leaders.
     “Lion Up Recovery provides a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use,” Evans said. “It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other.”
     For more information on Lion Up Recovery, email or go to


LION UP RECOVERY – The Lion Up Recovery Advisory Council met for the first time recently to discuss Southeastern’s collegiate recovery program. Seated, from left are Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Summers, Coordinator of Collegiate Recovery Madison Evans, Dean of Students Gabe Willis, Greg Snodgrass of Cumberland Heights, Chris Flanagan of River Place Hospital, Angie King of Beacon Behavioral Health, Angela Tyrone of Florida Parishes Human Service Authority, and Donna Bliss of Child Advocacy Services. Standing, from left, are University Counseling Center Director Peter Emerson, Tom Bennett of Acadia Health, Assistant Director of the UCC Annette Baldwin, Dan Gilmer of The Grove, Southeastern Reference and Instruction Librarian Ben Bell, Licensed Professional Counselor Stuart Carpenter, Andrea Peevy of the University Health Center, student Alaina Fontenot, Madison Nyquist of St. Christopher Addiction Treatment, and student William Sadler. Not pictured are Emily Meyers of LongBranch Treatment Center, Emily Simcoe of St. Christopher Addiction Treatment, community member Chip Thirstrup, and Felicia Kleinpeter of Imagine Recovery.

Alumni Association announces Board of Directors
Richard “Dickie” Whitson of Springfield has been elected president and chairman of the board of directors for 2019-20 Southeastern Alumni Association.
     A 1971 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration, Whitson retired after a 35-year career with Allegiance Health Care Corp in medical device equipment sales. He currently serves as chairman of the board for Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, secretary for the Lion Athletics Association, founder and president of Golden Pride and volunteers with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Southeastern’s Phi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.
     Joining him on the Executive Committee will be President-Elect Patrick Brazan of Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company; Secretary Stephanie Kropog of North Oaks Health System; and Treasurer Kristen Bell with Northshore Technical Community College.
     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 his or her 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.”
     Also serving on the board are Tasha Lamkin Dameron with Simply Real Estate LLC; Malcolm Fitzhugh with Farm Bureau Insurance; Troy Green with White Castle High School; Alicia Motichek Himber with Southeastern’s Chemistry and Physics Department; Bridget Bankston Laborde with Northshore Technical Community College; Gina Giacone Laird with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Sonja Ragusa Newman with United Way of Southeast Louisiana; and Dennis “Danny” Wallette with Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement.
     Biggs said that as part of Whitson’s incoming president’s duties he has appointed two one-year termed board members to round out the membership representation in the year ahead. These include Nakia Merrill with Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Tex., and Richard Moran with Pala Interstate.
     Ex-Officio members of the board include Immediate Past President Beth Carney Ebberman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana; Past President Brad Stevens of Edwards and Stevens Law Firm in Amite; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; and Biggs.

Alumni Board 2019-20BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED – The Southeastern Alumni Association announced its 2019-20 Board of Directors. Seated in the front row, from left, are President-Elect Patrick Brazan, Treasurer Kristen Bell, President Dickie Whitson, Immediate Past-President Beth Ebberman, and Secretary Stephanie Kropog. Standing, from left, are Nakia Merrill, Alicia Himber, Richard Moran, Bridget Laborde, Past-President Brad Stevens, Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs, Danny Wallette, Tasha Dameron, Troy Green, Sonja Newman, and Malcolm Fitzhugh. 

Community Music School names Outstanding Musicians
Southeastern’s Community Music School announced pianists Madeline Brown and Anton Feldbaum and violinists Lily Anderson, Anna Johnson, Kelsey Jones and Brennan Saenz as its Spring 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians.
     The Outstanding Musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final spring 2019 recitals.
     “We congratulate our Spring 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians. We are thrilled to share their accomplishments with our supportive and culturally unique community,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We take pride in helping all of our students build bright musical futures and look forward to all of their future successes. Our fall 2019 semester is fast approaching, and we will offer orchestra and individual lessons on various instruments and voice. We are also very excited about the Southeastern Symphony Concert, when our CMS Concerto Competition winners will perform as soloists.”
     Anderson lives in Hammond and attends Southeastern Laboratory School, where she just finished fourth grade. She has studied violin for one year and has been a ballerina for six years at Fellom Ballet. Anderson also plays on an all boys flag football team, is an honor student, and has recently become a Southeastern Lab School cheerleader.
     A resident of Whitehall, Brown just completed third grade at Maurepas School. Next year she will attend St. Theresa Middle in Gonzales. She has been playing the piano for two years and, in her spare time, enjoys reading and playing golf.
     Feldbaum lives in Denham Springs and will be a third grader at Oaks Montessori School in Hammond this fall. He has studied the piano for three and a half years. Feldbaum was one of the runners up in the CMS concerto competition in May. He loves to play laser tag and dodge ball, Duke said, and would enjoy video games, if his parents let him play any.
     Johnson lives in Hammond and attends Hammond Eastside Magnet School, where she will be entering fifth grade this fall. She has studied violin for four years. In 2018, Johnson was one of the winners in the CMS Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra in November. She is an honor roll student and participates in Hammond Eastside’s musical theatre group, The Company. She is a student in the Tangipahoa Talented Music Program and was selected to perform at the International Baccalaureate Global Conference in July.
     A resident of Albany, Jones is home schooled and has just completed the eighth grade. She has been playing the violin for three years and also plays the piano. In May, she was chosen as one of the winners of the CMS Concerto Competition and will perform as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra this fall. Jones was also invited to audition for the Southeastern Symphony in August and hopes to become the orchestra’s youngest member. When she is not practicing violin and piano, she loves to read, journal, run, and play music with friends.
     Saenz is from Mandeville. He is 11 years old and will be a sixth grade student at Lake Harbor Middle School this fall. He has played violin for five years, piano for three years, and he recently started playing trumpet for his middle school band. He and his sister Alana are this year’s winners of the concerto competition at the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra for the Sinfonia Division. They performed as soloists with the GNOYO in March and were invited to play at the 2019 New Orleans French Quarter Festival. The siblings are also among the winners for the CMS Concerto Competition and will perform as soloists with the Southeastern Symphony orchestra this fall.
     For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

CMS Outstanding Musicians

SOUTHEASTERN CMS NAMES OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS - Southeastern’s Community Music School recently announced its Spring 2019 Outstanding Musicians. The musicians were chosen by audience votes during the final spring 2019 recitals. Pictured front row, from left, are Anton Feldbaum, Brennan Saenz, and Madeline Brown. Back row, from left, are Lily Anderson, Kelsey Jones, and Anna Johnson.


Southeastern students win Mark of Excellence Awards
Mark of Excellence winnersSoutheastern students at the Southeastern Channel won nine 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards, including four first-place honors, at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Region 12 conference.
     Southeastern Channel students received the most television and broadcast videography category honors out of all universities in the competition, including the most first-place awards with four and the most second-place finalist awards with five.
     The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. SPJ’s Region 12 comprises all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     Mark of Excellence Awards are judged by SPJ industry professionals directed to choose entries considered the best in student journalism. If no entry rises to the level of excellence, no award is given.
     “The Society of Professional Journalists has long been one of the most respected journalism organizations, and for our students to eclipse those at much larger universities in the region by a good margin is truly an outstanding achievement,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “These awards show the high quality of broadcast journalism in both news and sports production by our students, and I’m very proud of their high standards and strong efforts. I’m extremely happy that their hard work has been rightly recognized.”
     Amanda Kitch of Covington won two of the first-place awards for her stories produced for the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning student newscast “Northshore News.” She won for “Broadcast News Videography” for her story on the “Krentel Homicide” and for “Broadcast Feature Videography” for her segment on “Mosquito Control” in St. Tammany Parish. Kitch is now a television news reporter for WAFB-TV (CBS) Ch. 9 in Baton Rouge.
     Andrew Scherer of New Orleans won first place for “Television Sports Reporting” for his feature on Southeastern basketball star Marlain Veal. Scherer is now a television news and sports reporter for WXXV-TV (FOX/ABC) Ch. 25 in Gulfport, Miss.
     Dylan Domangue of Houma, a senior, won first place in the “Broadcast Sports Videography” category for his videography of the 2018 Southeastern vs. LSU basketball game in Baton Rouge. The winning stories for both Domangue and Scherer were produced for Southeastern Channel broadcast on its national award-winning student sportscast “The Big Game.”
     Kitch also garnered finalist honors (second place) for “Television News Feature Reporting” for her “Mosquito Control” story, while Parker Berthelot of Denham Springs was a finalist for “Broadcast News Videography” for his videography for the “Northshore News” story, “CiCi’s Pizza.”
     Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield was a finalist for “Broadcast Feature Videography” for her “Northshore News” story on “Fuller Homes,” while Freddie Rosario of Luling won second-place finalist honors for “Television Sports Reporting” for his “Big Game” story on the Lady Lions vs. Abilene Christian softball game. Ramsey is now a television news reporter for WABG-TV Delta News (ABC/FOX) Ch. 15 in Greenwood, Miss., while Rosario is a newscast director for KALB-TV (NBC) Ch.5 in Alexandria, La.
     “Northshore News” was also honored as a second-place finalist for “Best Overall Television Newscast.” “Northshore News” has won first-place honors in the region six times.
     In its 16 years of existence, the Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international and regional awards, including 17 awards and 63 nominations from the Emmys. The channel can be seen on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes, along with its live 24/7 webcast and video on-demand at The Southeastern Channel can also be seen on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


MARK OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS- Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel won nine awards, the most of any university in television and broadcast videography, at the 2018 Mark of Excellence Awards given by the Society of Professional Journalists at its Region 12 conference. Winners, from left, include Parker Berthelot of Denham Springs, Amanda Kitch of Covington, Dylan Domangue of Houma, and Andrew Scherer of New Orleans. Not shown are Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield and Freddie Rosario of Luling.


LAA hosts Coaches Caravan to open 2019-20
The Lion Athletics Association will open the 2019-20 Southeastern Athletics season with the annual Coaches’ Caravan, set for July 22-25.
SLU head football coach Frank Scelfo and head track and field coach Corey Mistretta will be featured on all four stops. Other Southeastern coaches will join Scelfo and Mistretta at each location. Admission to each LAA Coaches’ Caravan is $10 with S Club members and SLU students receiving free admission.
     In addition to having the chance to hear about the upcoming 2018-19 seasons from Lion and Lady Lion coaches, fans will also be able to enjoy food and drinks at each event.
     The first stop will see Southeastern visit Don’s Seafood (136 Rushing Road W) in Denham Springs on July 22. Scelfo and Mistretta will be joined by new head volleyball coach Jeremy White, interim head men’s basketball coach David Kiefer and golf coach Jake Narro in the event, set from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
     The remaining three Coaches’ Caravan events will be held from 6-8 p.m. On July 23, the Lions and Lady Lions head to Messina’s Catering (2717 Williams Blvd.) in Kenner. Representing SLU that day will be Scelfo, Mistretta, head softball coach Rick Fremin and head women’s basketball coach Ayla Guzzardo.
     On July 24, the third stop takes Southeastern to the Fleur De Lis Event Hall (1645 N. Causeway Blvd.) in Mandeville. Scelfo, Mistretta and White will be joined by head baseball coach Matt Riser and head soccer coach Chris McBride.
     The last stop brings Southeastern home on July 25 for the final Coaches’ Caravan at Gnarly Barley Brewing (1709 Corbin Road) in Hammond. Fans will be able to hear from Scelfo, Mistretta, White, Rister, Fremin, Narro, Guzzardo, McBride and head tennis coach Jason Hayes.
     For more information on the LAA Coaches’ Caravan, visit or contact Director of Athletic Advancement Mary Hannah Prevot at 549-5091 or


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Lucia Harrison (World Languages and Cultures) presented the paper “Una guía más para el buen gobierno: las Coplas de Guzmán” at the 24th International Conference of Literature and Hispanic Studies in Valencia, Spain. The paper was included in the panel “Religión, política y didáctica en la poesía clásica” chaired by Harrison.


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