Southeastern confers 1,100 degrees
Alumni names Young Alumnus
Students honored by Associated Press

ROTC candidates commissioned

STEM Coalition to join Ecosystems

UPD to begin traffic safety campaigns
ByLion begins summer schedule

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This Week in Athletics
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Southeastern confers degrees on 1,100
Ben NeversSoutheastern conferred degrees on 1,100 graduates Saturday, May 18, at the university’s commencement ceremony.
     Former Louisiana House and Senate member Ben Nevers was honored with a Southeastern Louisiana University Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree as part of the ceremony.
     Nevers was a Democratic member of the Louisiana Legislature, serving in both the House of Representatives and Senate, from 1999 until 2016, at which time he accepted Governor John Bel Edwards’ invitation to serve as chief of staff. One of Nevers’ primary roles while serving as chief of staff was coordinating the state’s response to record levels of flooding in 2016. During his time at the Capitol, Nevers cultivated a reputation as a legislator respected by members of both parties.
     Nevers, who represented Louisiana’s District 12, was first elected to the Senate in 2003 after having served five years in the House of Representatives. A former member of the Northshore Legislative Delegation, his district covered areas in St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes, including Southeastern.
     Education was a cornerstone issue of his Legislative tenure. As head of the Senate Education Committee and chairman of the Postsecondary Education Review Commission, Nevers championed the importance of education in Louisiana.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored.
In his welcome, Crain noted that the 1,100 individuals being recognized at commencement included 385 men and 715 women who were receiving 16 different degrees, and representatives from 27 states and 24 countries.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to 11 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges.
     Medal recipients were:
     ▪ College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – criminal justice major Ronesha Braxton of Harvey, 4.0 gpa; English major Kaisey Nan-Marie Seegmiller of Denham Springs, 4.0 gpa; and art major Catherine Renee Urquhart of Metairie, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Business – business administration and accounting major Brandon Michael Richardson of Slidell, 4.0 gpa; and management major Jessica Renee Robinson of Walker, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Education – early childhood education major, Britt Leigh Alexander of St. Amant, 4.0 gpa; middle school education major Breanna Marie Ford of Luling, 4.0 gpa; and elementary education major Tiffany Ann Nevels of Denham Springs, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Nursing and Health Sciences – social work major Abbey Nicolette Bethel of Denham Springs, 4.0 gpa; and communication sciences and disorders major Allison Claire Soileau of Baton Rouge, 4.0 gpa.
     ▪ College of Science and Technology – mathematics major Christian Daniel Ennis of Mandeville, 4.0 gpa.


NEVERS HONORED - President of the University of Louisiana System Jim Henderson, left, and Southeastern President John L. Crain place the doctoral hood on former Louisiana House and Senate member Ben Nevers at Southeastern's commencement ceremony Saturday. Nevers received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

Daniel RobertsActing Chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College Tapped as Young Alumnus of Year 

Daniel Roberts, acting chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College, has been named Southeastern’s 2019 Young Alumnus of the Year. He will be officially recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association Awards Evening to be held this fall during Homecoming Week.
     Roberts graduated from Southeastern in 2003 and 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master of business administration degree respectively. He contributed to the creation of Connect to Success, a partnership between Southeastern and NTCC that provides a seamless and supportive bridge program on Southeastern’s campus for NTCC students. It is the largest two-year to four-year partnership in the state, and is considered a national model for similar programs.
     He is also a founding board member of Southeastern’s Lions Connected, a transition and post-secondary program that provides young adults with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college experience while preparing them to become contributing members of society.
     “We are pleased to honor Daniel Roberts as our Young Alumnus of the Year,” said Alumni Association President Beth Carney Ebberman. “Dr. Roberts’ service and support to Southeastern is evident in his work related to the Connect to Success and Lions Connected programs and his dedication to student success in achieving educational and career goals through transfer pathways to Southeastern.”
     Roberts was recognized in 2016 by New Orleans CityBusiness as “Ones to Watch in Education,” and was named the 2005 Southeastern “Outstanding Man of the Year” for his demonstrated excellence in driving student success in his role as a transfer recruiter/admissions counselor.
     Alumni Awards Evening will also include recognition of several Southeastern faculty and staff and alumni, including Alumna of the Year for 2019 President and Chief Executive Officer of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton.


Three ROTC candidates commissioned
Lieutenant Colonel Melvin Chisolm commissioned three Southeastern ROTC candidates as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Army in a ceremony conducted by Captain Troy Gloves. 
     The three new 2nd Lieutenants are Ian Alexander Fischer (B.A. in History), Christian Owens Mozingo (B.A. in Criminal Justice), and Shannon Tekeru Stirling (B.S. in Physics).

Commissioned officersROTC CANDIDATES COMMISSIONED – From left, Christian Owens Mozingo of Hammond, Shannon Tekeru Stirling of Covington, and Ian Alexander Fischer of Mandeville were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Army.

Northshore STEM Coalition selected to join Global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice 
STEM meetingThe Northshore STEM Coalition, of which Southeastern is a part, has been selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice. In a highly competitive process, Northshore STEM Coalition was named one of 15 new ecosystems selected to join the global movement devoted to dramatic improvement in how students learn.
     STEM Learning Ecosystems build meaningful regional connections among educators, business and industry partners, afterschool and summer programs, to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the future. Each ecosystem connects to counterparts from across the country and world, enabling the exchange of best practices, information and resource-sharing.
     The 15 ecosystems joining the SLECoP bring the number to 85 total, with most in the United States but also extending to Canada, Mexico, Israel and Kenya. New ecosystems to join the SLECoP range from the entire states of Iowa, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia to regions like Biloxi, Miss., Broward County, Fla., Central Massachusetts and Lincoln, Neb.
     “This was an incredibly competitive process, and we were only able to admit ecosystems who would be capable of making immediate contributions to our thriving community of practice,” said Jan Morrison, president and founding partner of TIES, the organization that operates the SLECoP. “The ecosystems that we selected now have pulled together diverse partners who no longer accept the status quo in education; they want to see all students access high quality STEM education that will prepare them for life and work in the next century.”
     Forming STEM ecosystems was listed as the No. 1 priority for STEM education in a December 2018 report by the Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy.
     The Northshore region is making great strides to offer the recommended rich, meaningful STEM education and experiences to our youth,” said Wendy Conarro, Southeastern assistant director of Math Science Upward Bound of the Northshore STEM Ecosystem. “As a recognized STEM Learning Ecosystem, we can tailor quality STEM learning opportunities to our specific needs in the region while leveraging the experiences of similar alliances across the world.”
     Members of the new Northshore STEM Coalition include: Livingston Parish School System, St. Helena Parish School System, St. Tammany Parish School System, Tangipahoa Parish School System, Washington Parish School System, Bogalusa City School District, Southeastern Louisiana University, Northshore Technical and Community College, NASA Stennis, Geaux Jobs Workforce Area 20, Tangipahoa Parish Libraries, and will include other local industry, businesses, museums as the coalition grows. 
     SLECoP is a global initiative of innovators who know that thriving communities are built through collaboration and a willingness to reimagine education and provide opportunities to those commonly neglected.
     The SLECoP was built on the fundamental belief that learning happens everywhere, not just in traditional classrooms. Consequently, ecosystems are made up of partners representing K-12 public and private education, business and industry, after-school providers, non-profits, STEM-rich institutions, government and philanthropy.


Southeastern students honored by Associated Press
Southeastern students working at the Southeastern Channel won four awards at the 2018 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters awards at the AP’s annual journalism conference.
     The annual contest for colleges in both states was conducted by the Louisiana-Mississippi AP Broadcasters and Media Editors. The AP is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing thousands of U.S. newspapers and broadcasters.
     The awards competition featured students from all universities in the two-state region competing in television, radio and online categories where only first and second-place honors were given. In addition to an awards luncheon, students attended panel discussions and participated in one-on-one sessions with industry news professionals.
     Andrew Scherer of New Orleans won first place in the “Best Sports Story” category for his feature story on Southeastern basketball star Marlain Veal.
     “Very good use of natural sound, and the reporter has a great delivery. This was a great sports story,” judges said of Scherer’s work. 
Scherer is now a TV news and sports reporter at WXXV-TV (FOX/NBC) Ch. 25 in Gulfport, Miss. His story can be seen here.  
     Amanda Kitch of Covington won second place in the “Best TV Reporter” category for her story on the St. Tammany Parish “Skeeterbomber,” a small, refurbished plane used to spray mosquitos by the parish’s mosquito abatement department. She has won “Best TV Reporter” honors for three straight years, including first place in 2017 and “Best of Show” the same year. 
     Kitch also won second place in the “Best Videography” category for a composite of her videography of news stories for “Northshore News,” the channel’s award-winning student newscast. 
     “This was good story telling with excellent use and placement of video,” judges said of Kitch’s entry. 
     Kitch is set to graduate this month and has already been hired as a TV news reporter for WAFB-TV (CBS) Ch. 9 in Baton Rouge. Her stories can be seen at here and here
     The Southeastern Channel student sportscast “The Big Game” took second place in the “Best Sportscast or Sports Program” category for its March 8, 2018 episode. Last year “The Big Game” won first place in the category. The story can be viewed here
     Among those contributing to the winning episode were co-anchor Scherer, co-anchor Dylan Domangue of Houma, guest anchor Richie Solares of New Orleans, reporter Wesley Boone of Alexandria, reporter Schuylar Ramsey of Springfield, and producer-director Freddie Rosario of Luling. 
     Boone is currently a sports anchor-reporter for KALB-TV (NBC) Ch. 5 in Alexandria, while Rosario is a director and videographer at the same station. 
     “We’re excited that our students have won these prestigious Associated Press awards, several for the second or third year in a row,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “It reflects our high-quality and professional standards in broadcast journalism training at the Southeastern Channel, evidenced not only by these awards, but by the large number of students who have landed jobs and are succeeding in the professional television industry. Judges stated that our students’ work looks like it was done by professionals. That’s a tribute to their enterprise, creativity, hard work, and editorial and technical talents.”
     The Southeastern Channel has now won over 400 awards in the past 16 years, including 17 Emmy awards. It has also been named first place in the nation six times by College Broadcasters, Inc. and first-place “Best College TV Station in the South” seven times since 2007 by the Southeast Journalism Conference, made up of 40 universities in an eight-state region in the southeast U.S.
     The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes. The live 24-7 webcast and video on demand archives can be seen at The channel is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Students recognized by APSOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL STUDENTS WIN FOUR AP AWARDS - Students at the Southeastern Channel recently brought home four top awards from the 2018 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press College Broadcasters. Award recipients shown include members of “The Big Game” crew, including, from left, John Sartori of Mandeville, Richie Solares of New Orleans, Dylan Domangue of Houma, Gabrielle Cox of Hammond, and Lily Gayle of Greensburg.



University Police to participate in Traffic Safety Campaigns
The University Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) to participate in the LHSC and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns. The primary goal of the grant is to reduce crash-related fatalities and injuries on Louisiana roadways.
     “Our students and employees travel the parish roads every day and commute from surrounding parishes,” said Patrick Gipson, police lieutenant at Southeastern. “We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely. That’s why we conduct highway safety enforcement.”
     The grant provides funding for officers to work overtime conducting day and night occupant protection and impaired driving enforcement.
     “Enforcement is only part of the effort,” explained Gipson. “We will also be collaborating with local partners to educate about safe driving habits.”
     Gipson listed partners including Tangipahoa – Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change (TRACC), Hammond City Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police.
     “Our activities are part of a community-wide effort to save lives,” added Gipson. “If everyone works together and encourages their friends to drive safely, we can make our parish roadways some of the safest in Louisiana.”

ByLion begins summer publishing schedule
ByLion will begin the summer publishing schedule of every other week after today’s edition. The next issue of ByLion will be distributed on June 4.


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The Southeastern baseball team heads to the Southland Conference Tournament, select members of the track program travel to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, while the LAA and football program host the Coaches Memorial Golf Tournament during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU baseball team (30-25) is the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. Southeastern will face sixth-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday to open the tournament. Lion fans heading to Sugar Land can leave their purple clothing at home, as SLU will be on the same side of the bracket as SFA, No. 2 Central Arkansas and No. 7 Northwestern State.
     The championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday. The winner of the tournament will receive the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. SLU is looking for its sixth NCAA regional appearance, joining the 1992, 1994, 2014, 2016 and 2017 teams.
     The entire tournament will be streamed live on ESPN+, and on the ESPN apps. All of Southeastern’s tournament games can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps.
     Fans are invited to see the Lions off to Sugar Land, when SLU leaves from in front of the Dugas Center for Athletics at 12:15 p.m. on Monday. On the eve of the Southland Conference Tournament, power hitters from all eight tournament teams will compete in a Home Run Derby at 6:30 p.m. at Constellation Field.
     Six members of the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will head to Jacksonville, Florida this week to compete in the NCAA East Preliminary Round, which runs Thursday through Saturday. The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to next month’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.
     On Thursday, Gerard Coleman will compete in the 400-meter hurdles at 4 p.m. (Central). Later in the day, Donovan Storr competes in the 400 meters at 6:45 p.m.
     Tommy Nedow opens Southeastern’s competition on Friday, participating in the discus at 4 p.m. Storr runs in the 200 meters at 6:55 p.m.
     The lone Lady Lion participant, Ashley Davis, competes in the shot put on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. The men’s 4x400 relay of Coleman, Storr, Tahrike Jones and James Benson II closes out Southeastern’s participation at 8:25 p.m. on Saturday.
     The meet will be streamed live at Fans can send off the SLU East Preliminary Round participants to Jacksonville from the gravel parking lot next to Range Hall and the SLU Track and Field Complex on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m.
     The 19th Annual Southeastern Louisiana University Coaches Memorial Golf Tournament will tee off on Monday at Greystone Plantation Country Club in Denham Springs.
     Proceeds will benefit the Touchdown Club, the Lion Athletics Association coaches club for the football program. This year’s event honors the memories of former Lion head coach Billy Brewer, former SLU assistant coach Albert “Sonny” Hill and former Southeastern linebacker Wayne Faul.
     Brewer coached the Lions from 1974-79, while Faul was the program’s second-leading tackler from 1974-77. Hill coached the SLU running backs from 1981-85 on the staff of Southeastern Athletics Hall of Famer Oscar Lofton.
     The event, which consists of four-man teams, begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration and lunch are set for noon with dinner following the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Awards and door prizes will be available at the post-tournament dinner.
     The entry fee is $150 per person or $500 per team and covers lunch and dinner, golf cart, green fees, a tournament shirt, among other gifts.


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MAY 20

Baseball, Southland Tournament Send Off, Dugas Center, 12:15 p.m.
LAA/Football, Coaches Memorial Golf Tournament, Greystone Plantation Country Club – Denham Springs, 1 p.m.

MAY 21

Track and Field, NCAA East Preliminary Round Send Off, Gravel Lot next to Range Hall and SLU Track Complex,

11:15 a.m.
Baseball, Southland Home Run Derby, Sugar Land Texas, 6:30 p.m.

MAY 22

Baseball, vs. Stephen F. Austin (SLC Tournament), Sugar Land, Texas, 9 a.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9)

MAY 23

 Baseball, at Southland Tournament, Sugar Land, Texas, TBA (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9)
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at NCAA East Preliminary Round, Jacksonville, Florida (
     - Gerald Coleman – 400-meter hurdles – 4 p.m.
     - Donovan Storr – 400 meters – 6:45 p.m.

MAY 24

 Baseball, at Southland Tournament, Sugar Land, Texas, TBA (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9)
 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at NCAA East Preliminary Round, Jacksonville, Florida (
     - Tommy Nedow – Discus – 4 p.m.
     - Donovan Storr – 200 meters – 6:55 p.m.

MAY 25

 Baseball, at Southland Tournament, Sugar Land, Texas, 6 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9)
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at NCAA East Preliminary Round, Jacksonville, Florida (
     - Ashley Davis – Shot Put – 4:15 p.m.
     - Donovan Storr, Gerald Coleman, Tahrike Jones, James Benson II – 4x400 meter relay – 8:25 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
All times Central (CST)


Dr. Fereshteh Emami (Chemistry and Physics) in collaboration with Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, has published a paper titled “Long-Term Changes of Source Apportioned Particle Number Concentrations in a Metropolitan Area of the Northeastern United States” in Atmosphere 2019, 10, 27.

     Dr. Fereshteh Emami (Chemistry and Physics) and her research students attended the 6th annual LSU Discover Day- Undergraduate Research and creativity symposium in April, where they presented two research projects. Students Madison Peters and Paul Mitchell presented two posters titled “Data Science in Biomedical Engineering: miRNA Determination at Trace Levels,” and “Discrimination and Identification of Cancer Related miRs by Pattern Recognition of Kinetic Electrical Signals,” respectively. Emami also attended the international analytical chemistry conference, Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exhibition in Princeton, NJ, where she presented a research study on “Kinetic-Equilibria Modeling Strategies for Lab-on-a-Molecule Probes.”


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