Sustainability Center wins award
Pelegrin awarded grant

Rock School receives award

Southeastern to host youth conference

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Sustainability earns national, state recognition
New residence hallsSoutheastern’s Sustainability Center has been recognized by the Environmental Leadership Program national organization for its pollution prevention and commitment to environmental protection. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown, who served on the selection committee, will present the award to Southeastern Physical Plant Director Byron Patterson and Sustainability Manager Alejandro Martinez in Baton Rouge at the ELP Awards ceremony.
     Southeastern has been focusing on conservation efforts, from the new geothermal energy projects on campus to wind turbines at Southeastern’s Sustainability Center. The center was created in order to save operating dollars and reduce waste going to landfills, while at the same time providing an invaluable learning component for students involved in energy, mechanical and construction engineering technology.
     “Southeastern’s newest residence halls, Ascension Hall and Twelve Oaks Hall, draw from 220 geothermal wells situated 300 feet underground to heat and cool 556 rooms,” Martinez said. “The earth is used as a heat source in winter and as heat storage in summer. Geothermal production involves no combustion and creates zero air emissions as gases removed from the wells are returned into the ground after giving up their heat without exposure to the atmosphere.”
     In addition to environmental benefits, Martinez explained, the geothermal hybrid system will significantly cut down on heating and cooling costs.
     “Over time, it is projected that savings greater than 50 percent will be captured on energy expenses compared to a traditional method and build,” he said. “Equally important on a university campus, the system also serves as a learning laboratory for real-world experiences for Southeastern students in various disciplines.”
     Among the elements of the Sustainability Center are solar panels on a number of university buildings that generate hot water, as well as electricity; a strong recycling program designed to reduce waste going to landfills by 80 percent; a tree and plant farm, in which the university cultivates its own plants and trees for landscaping on campus; a composting area that converts landscape waste into useable mulch and compost; and rainwater retention ponds that provide irrigation for plants and support a geothermal system for one of the center’s technology-rich classrooms.
     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.
     For more information about Southeastern’s Sustainability Center, go to

Pelegrin awarded ATLAS grant
Alison PelegrinSoutheastern English Instructor and nationally- recognized poet Alison Pelegrin has received a $34,000 Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars grant to fund the completion of her fifth poetry collection Feast Days. A sub-program of the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund’s Research and Development Program, ATLAS is designed to provide support for major scholarly and artistic productions with potential to have a broad impact on regional and/or national levels.
     Poems from Pelegrin’s in-progress manuscript have appeared in top-tier journals, such as Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, The Southern Review, Tin House, and The Cincinnati Review.
     “The Louisiana Board of Regents has granted me the triple crown - validation of my work, substantive financial support, and the precious resource of uninterrupted time to probe the issues I am writing and thinking about,” she said. “Reviewers have often noted the importance of Louisiana in my work, and for my beloved state to reward me in this way is a great honor. I am so grateful. I still can’t believe it is real.”
     Pelegrin said Feast Days celebrates Louisiana and its cycle of destruction and rebirth on spiritual, political, racial, and environmental spectrums. Her work, she said, comes from a world of floods, of cars washed away, of fish swimming in streets and shoes bobbing in closets.
     “I grew up in the shadow of New Orleans, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, meaning that mansions and oak trees and seersucker society were just out of reach thanks to the barriers of water and wealth,” she said. “The tension of an outsider’s existence made my work spiritually rich, alive with the voice of lived experience. Poetry has never been more essential in a region that struggles to survive ecological and social catastrophes so often caricatured by outsiders with their drop-in scorn dressed up to look like concern.”
     Pelegrin hopes to attend a two- to four-week residency at a writer’s colony and has plans to travel to more regional destinations, including Whitney Plantation, the Civil Rights Museum in Montgomery, Ala., and the sites where Confederate statues once stood.
     Pelegrin is also the author of Waterlines, Hurricane Party, and Big Muddy River of Stars. In 2007, she was awarded a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Southeastern to host prestigious youth leadership conference
For the first time in over 10 years, the Louisiana Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar is holding its program on a college campus in Louisiana, and they have chosen Southeastern Louisiana University to host 130 high-achieving high school students on campus. The conference will take place June 7 - 9 in Southeastern’s Student Union.
     HOBY is a non-profit, 501 c3 organization operating in all 50 states and over 10 foreign countries and coordinated by local volunteers. The leadership seminar provides top-performing high school sophomores from across the state with the opportunity to develop leadership and critical thinking skills.
     “Each year, approximately 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country join one of HOBY’s 70 State Leadership Seminars to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community,” said Director of Events and Conference Services Cally Berner. “We are thrilled that HOBY has selected Southeastern as the site for the Louisiana seminar.”
     The seminar hosts students handpicked by their guidance counselors from most parishes in the state.
     “The students are diverse with respect to geography, income, gender and race. Many of our alumni go on to become leaders in business, government, entertainment, law, and medicine,” said HOBY Board President Matthew Wallace. “Moving our seminar to a college campus will allow many of our students to be exposed to a higher education institution for the first time. In a time where Louisiana faces an increased ‘brain drain,’ hosting the HOBY seminar at one of our state’s higher education institutions provides a win-win for both the program and the future of our state.”


KSLU’S Rock School receives Communicator Award of Distinction
Southeastern’s public radio station KSLU has received a Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its long running program “Rock School.”
     One of KSLU’s most popular programs, Rock School is hosted by Southeastern Communication Professor Joe Burns, along with his wife Tammy Burns, and airs twice per week on 90.9 FM as well as 17 affiliate stations.
     The show focuses on a new topic each week, playing music from and exploring the facts of that theme. The show has produced over 500 episodes without repeating a topic or airing a re-run.
     The Communicator Award of Distinction was specifically awarded for an episode of Rock School focusing on the book “Just a Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont” by author Saul Austerlitz, the premiere episode in the Rock School series “Joe’s Book Club.”
     Rock School episodes, including “Altamont” and the entire Book Club series, are archived and available on the Rock School website,, and through the PRX Music Exchange at For more information on Rock School, visit or tune in Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. to 90.9 FM KSLU.
     KSLU offers a wide variety of programming, including music and live broadcasts of sporting events, the award-winning and syndicated Rock School show, and the community talk show “Point of View.”      Named the No. 1 college radio station in the region by the Southeast Journalism Conference, KSLU provides Southeastern students interested in broadcasting with an intensive learning environment.      Learn more about KSLU at

Joe and Tammy BurnsAWARD OF DISTINCTION - One of KSLU’s most popular programs, Rock School, has received a Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. The show is hosted by Southeastern Communication Professor Joe Burns, left, along with his wife Tammy Burns, and airs twice per week on 90.9 FM as well as 17 affiliate stations.


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Anne Babson’s (English) poem “Altarpiece Diptych” appears in the current issue of the Canadian literary review QWERTY.
     Erin Lawrence (English) has had her short fiction piece “Dim Soul” published in the anthology Of Kami and Yokai, edited by Fanni Suto. It is now available on Amazon.

     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) recently presented collaborative work conducted with fellow Interprofessional Education (IPE) facilitators, Dr. Paula Currie (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Dr. Ryan Green (Kinesiology and Health Studies) and Dr. Ralph Wood (Nursing and Health Sciences) at the 2019 Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Spring Institute in Washington, DC. The presentation titled “Building Capacity for Interprofessional Education in a College of Nursing and Health Sciences” shared the methods, preliminary outcomes, and lessons learned from a pilot project that addressed the interprofessional communication core competency. In addition to learning modules and a webinar, Wood introduced motivational interviewing (MI) and facilitated faculty and students as they applied basic MI techniques using case scenarios during an IPE day.


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