Calderon named fellow
Theatre alumni join forces
Grad app deadline today

Board of Regents recognizes students
Davis chosen as Governor's Fellow

Turtle Cove aids artist-nature project

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Calderon selected as fellow for Impact Academy
Paula Summers CalderonSoutheastern College of Education Dean Paula Summers Calderon was recently selected by Deans for Impact for a 2019 Impact Academy fellowship, a yearlong program for leaders of educator-preparation programs. A resident of Baton Rouge, Calderon, the only dean chosen from Louisiana, was one of 19 fellows selected nationwide.
     “The 19 fellows in the cohort hail from 12 states ranging from Alaska down to New Mexico, Mississippi up to Massachusetts, and collectively prepare more than 7,600 teachers each year,” said Deans for Impact Senior Program Director John Roberts. “We’re excited to work alongside the fellows this year as they learn from one another and lead improvements in their own programs.”
     Deans for Impact is an organization committed to transforming educator preparation so all teachers graduate ready for the classroom on day one, Roberts explained. The Impact Academy combines intensive in-person learning experiences with ongoing coaching and mentorship from veteran members of Deans for Impact, creating a network of fellows focused on improving how their programs prepare future teachers.
     “Our mission is to improve student-learning outcomes by changing the way this country prepares teachers,” he said. “Our members are united behind a shared vision for a transformed educator-preparation system that graduates teachers prepared to measurably improve student learning.”
     Through the academy, Calderon will connect with other educator preparation leaders who are committed to preparing effective teachers, learn the skills and strategies to solve complicated problems, and build the foundation to lead transformative change. Her fellowship begins in July, when the fellows will hold their first meeting in Austin, Tex.

Southeastern Theatre alumni join forces for production 
Moon Over BuffaloSoutheastern Theatre Department alumni will return home this summer for the collaborative production of “Moon Over Buffalo.” Scheduled June 27 – 29 at Vonnie Borden Theatre, located in D Vickers Hall on Southeastern’s campus, each performance will begin at 7.30 p.m.
     Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Jim Winter will direct the comedy play written by American playwright Ken Ludwig. Well-known for slapsticks and comedic innuendos, Moon Over Buffalo is also famous for being the one play that successfully tempted Carol Burnett back to the live stage after a 30-year absence from Broadway.
     With a span of 25 years of Southeastern theatre alumni coming together to celebrate their time at Southeastern, Winter described the production as a special and unique event that may never happen again.
     “Not only has this production been two years in the making, but the entire cast and crew of Moon Over Buffalo, who are all Southeastern theatre alumni, have happily agreed to participate in this unprecedented production for free,” Winter said. “This whole production was spawned from the close ties we maintain with our alumni. They always come back and support new generations in theatre. How amazing is it for a student who graduated in the 90s to act along a student who graduated in 2015?”
     Shane Stewart who plays the lead male role George said, “Working on this production certainly reminded me of how much Hammond and Southeastern meant to me and helped me as a theatre professional when I was young and just learning. It’s amazing the amount of talent that has passed across the stage of Vonnie Borden, and it is a rare occurrence to have this much talent in one place at one time.”
     Moon over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, down on their luck actors of the 1950s, who have one final shot of reaching their dream, Winter explained. Unfortunately for them, everything that could go wrong does, leading to side splitting hilarity for the audience.
     Cast in lead roles are Stewart of Greensburg as George and Kace Parker of Covington as Charlotte. Additional cast members include Olivia Waguespack and Ben Norman of Covington, Lindsey Ehricht of Hammond, Chelsea Krause of Gonzales, Trey Lagan of Ponchatoula, Karista Filopoulous of Mandeville, and Jeff Polito of Lake Charles.
     “If this production goes well, then we are hoping to make alumni shows annual,” Winter said. “However, in order for this to happen, we need people to come and support the first one.”
     General Admission tickets are $20, while senior adults and student tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased from the Vonnie Borden Theatre box office, located in the D Vickers Hall lobby.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Southeastern student chosen as Governor's Fellow
Richard DavisRichard Davis, a Southeastern senior, has been chosen as one of only 13 university students from across the state to participate in the Governor’s Fellows Program in Louisiana Government.
     A native of Slidell, Davis is a middle school education major and former president of Southeastern’s Student Government Association. He is also a student member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Advisory Board.
     Participants in the program are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana university or college and will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy, as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government.
     Although Davis has experienced state policy making through his role as a ULS and LOSFA Board member, both positions he earned through his concurrent service as Southeastern’s SGA president, he will now be able to expand his public policy knowledge through the program. Davis will also have the opportunity to explore the state’s Department of Corrections since each fellow has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge.
     In addition to working within a state agency, each participant will also take part in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance the overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government.
     The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.


Today is final day for Southeastern students to apply for summer graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in summer 2019 is June 17, the university announced today.
     Students who do not submit the fee and application by June 17 will not be considered a degree candidate for the Summer 2019 term. The $25 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building, prior to completing the graduation application.
     Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available at or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct link available at
     Students seeking help on completing the graduation application can also go to the Enrollment Services Express office on main campus in the Student Union, room 1301.
     The graduation application for the Summer 2019 Commencement is now open.
     Visit for information regarding graduation application, deadlines, and fees.


Southeastern students recognized by Louisiana Board of Regents
Students named to Future Educator Honor RollStudents from Southeastern’s College of Education were honored by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter-Reed, and State Superintendent of Education John White for being named to the Future Educator Honor Roll. Scott Jarreau and Keyana Davis, both graduates from Southeastern’s College of Education in May, and Delaney Inabet, a high school student at St. Amant High School in Southeastern’s STAR program (Students Teaching And Reaching) who plans to pursue a career in education, were among 40 future teachers in the state in the inaugural class of honorees recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents at the state Capitol last month. The Future Educator Honor Roll is the first of its kind, initiated by Hunter-Reed in an effort to recognize and honor future educators during Teacher Appreciation Month. From left are Inabet, Davis, Dr. Paula Summers Calderon, dean of Southeastern’s College of Education, and Jarreau.


Workshops held at Turtle Cove for “The Paper Boat”
The Paper BoatOver the past two years, Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station has been involved with a unique artist-nature project.
     Artist Chris Staudinger built a cedar-strip shell of a canoe, now named “The Paper Boat,” to serve as the basis for nature writings. He had fellow artists write poems on nature and the environment during workshops held at Turtle Cove with both professional artists and students from Harmony High in New Orleans, a new public high school in New Orleans that educates through the lens of coastal restoration. Participants wrote poems on the Manchac Swamp and things they saw in nature while at Turtle Cove.
     After each set of writings, Staudinger placed the poems on water proof paper that became “the new hull” of the boat each successive time writings were conducted. The boat, with each new set of writings on the hull, has been shown at various museums and other art exhibitions around New Orleans. After four years in the making, The Paper Boat will finally take its maiden voyage on June 28 on Bayou St. John.

Paper Boat poems


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Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) will represent Southeastern at “The Problem of Piracy Conference” in Glasgow, Scotland, June 24-26. Cavell’s paper, “Jean Laffite: Piracy and Pushing the Boundaries of Tolerance in New Orleans, 1814,” presents a local pirate tale to an international audience.

     Dr. Luanne Billingsley and Dr. Kristie Riddle (School of Nursing) recently shared their presentation titled “How can an online survey tool used with undergraduate nursing students in peer to peer and team evaluation impact student learning?” They presented in the Teaching and Learning with Technology track at The Teaching Professor Conference 2019 in New Orleans. Kristin Marino (School of Nursing) was acknowledged for her work with the team that introduced debates and new evaluation tools in this senior nursing leadership course. Dr. Janet Jones (School of Nursing) served in program planning as a reviewer for this national conference.


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