Spring Commencement volunteers needed
The Southeastern family will celebrate the accomplishments of our students at the
upcoming Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 18, at the University Center. To ensure
its success, we invite you to participate as a Commencement volunteer to help make
this event a special day for our graduates and guests.
If you would like to volunteer, please use the following link to register: Volunteer Form.
Volunteer shifts begin at 8 am. Volunteers may earn compensatory time as appropriate;
request for additional time worked should be requested in Time and Labor as normal.
This event provides an opportunity for Southeastern to showcase our university
and to connect with the community. We hope you are able to join us in celebrating
the Spring Class of 2019.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to perform May 7
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will offer its last concert of the 2018-19 season
on Tuesday, May 7, at 7.30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Titled “A Spanish Night
at Southeastern,” the free concert features a wonderful selection of pieces for string
orchestra by Spanish and Latin American composers, such as Piazzolla, Cervantes, Turina,
Albeniz, and Villa-Lobos.
Orchestra Director and Assistant Professor of Violin Victor Correa-Cruz will
serve as conductor, and soprano and Lecturer of Voice Jennifer Mouledous is the guest
artist in several works.
“This has been a very intense season for the Southeastern Orchestra, which has
offered a total of four concerts and has faced important challenges in its repertoire,
presenting music from Baroque to 21st century,” said Correa-Cruz. “The orchestra keeps
consolidating its season, as well as its audience, through the ensemble’s ambitious
Following the all-Beethoven concert presented in March, which featured 80 singers
and 45 orchestra members onstage, the group has transformed itself into a chamber
orchestra for the last concert that includes the whole string section and piano. The
smaller proportions allow great flexibility and are ideal for creating an intimate
atmosphere between the players and the public, Correa-Cruz added.
Correa-Cruz said the orchestra is already planning its 2019-20 season, which
will feature inspiring symphonic works, international guest artists and winners of
the Community Music School and Southeastern Concerto competitions.
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at
Northlake Community Band to perform May 14
Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band in concert Tuesday, May 14,
at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus. Titled “Marching in the
Academic Procession,” the concert is free and open to the public.
Conducted by Jerry Voorhees, the concert will feature works by J. P. Sousa, A.
Alvarez, J. Brahms, Andrew Lloyd Webber, G. F. Handel and others.
The Northlake Community Band consists of musicians from high school students
through retired professionals and always welcomes new members.
For more information, contact the Community Music School at email@example.com or at 549-5502.
Southeastern safety specialist named to national accreditation commission
Lu Yuan, Southeastern professor of occupational, safety, health, and environment and
Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology undergraduate coordinator, has
been re-appointed to a term as commission member for the Accreditation Board for Engineering
and Technology Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission, one of the nation’s
foremost academic accrediting bodies.
Yuan, a certified safety professional, will serve on the 2019-2020 commission.
ABET is a non-profit, private accrediting agency for programs such as computer
science, applied science, including safety and health, engineering and engineering
technology, and is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the Council for
Higher Education Accreditation.
As a member of the commission, Yuan will participate in scheduled commission
meetings and serve as team chairman for one or more site visits to institutions seeking
accreditation or re-accreditation.
“The appointment recognizes the quality of Southeastern’s occupational safety,
health, and environment program, housed in the College of Science and Technology,
and also demonstrates the excellent reputation the program has earned over recent
years,” said Yuan.
Accreditation is a voluntary process and assures a program meets the quality
standards of the professions accredited. Southeastern’s bachelor’s program in occupational
safety, health and environment – the only one of its kind in the state – has been
accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
KSLU student newscaster earns multiple Associated Press honors
A Southeastern student has been recognized by the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated
Press. KSLU newscaster and on-air host Connor Ferrill of Mandeville won first place
in the Radio Newscast category at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters
and Media Editors college contest.
Ferrill also brought home second place in the Radio Reporter category and received
Best of Show at the recent awards banquet in Jackson, Miss. A senior communication
major, Ferrill has worked at KSLU for two years.
“We’re proud of Connor and what he’s accomplished,” said KSLU General Manager
Todd Delaney. “We strive to create an atmosphere of professionalism and provide real-world
experience to train tomorrow’s broadcast leaders today. Connor is a top-notch journalist
who has all of the traits of a seasoned professional. I’m certain he’ll be highly
successful in all of his future ventures and make Southeastern proud of his future
As Southeastern’s public access radio channel, KSLU 90.9FM offers a wide variety
of programming, including music and live broadcasts of sporting events, the award-winning
and syndicated “Rock School” radio 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
For more information visit www.kslu.org.
Baby supplies sought
The Discovery/Renew Family Resource Projects, a program within Southeastern’s Department
of Health and Human Sciences, is accepting baby supplies for families in need.
The baby supplies drive aims to provide diaper bags filled with baby items or
diapers and wipes to distribute to families that need them.
The deadline for donations is May 31. Items can be dropped off at the Renew office,
located at 1000 North Morrison Blvd, Suite F. in Hammond.
The Family Resource Projects provide a continuum of family preservation and support
services for families receiving services through the Department of Children and Family
For more information, please call 985-543-4720 or visit www.southeastern.edu/discovery-renew.
Thank you for your continued support to our families.
Ceramics Club pottery sale today
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its spring pottery sale today, May 7 from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote their
work, and money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and
awards for students.
For more information, call 549-2193.
Special events to impact traffic and parking on campus
During the month of May, Southeastern hosts a number of high school graduations for
our neighboring parishes at the University Center. During these dates, traffic
and parking around the University Center will be impacted as a large number of visitors
are on campus.
A schedule of these events are listed below for your convenience.
Tuesday, May 7 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 9 – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 10 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 – 10 a.m.
Monday, May 13 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 – 3 p.m.
Monday, May 20 – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 23 – 7 p.m.
Please take note of these dates and times when traveling to and from campus and
make arrangements for alternate parking locations. For more information, contact
Transportation Services at 549-5695.
Hardison appointed LPLTC Interim Director
Southeastern has appointed Krystal Hardison as Interim Director of the Livingston
Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
“The LPLTC opened in 2005 as a cooperative venture between Southeastern and the
Livingston Parish School System to increase educational opportunities for the citizens
of Livingston Parish,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena L.
Golding. “Southeastern is excited to continue this long-standing relationship under
the direction of Ms. Hardison.”
A resident of Watson, Hardison holds a master’s degree in counselor education
and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Southeastern. She is a licensed professional
counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has served as a teacher
and advisor for Southeastern’s General Studies program since 2001 and is well-known
for her excellent organizational and people skills, Golding added.
“As a long-time resident of Livingston Parish, Ms. Hardison’s knowledge of and
experiences with the public and private sectors of the parish will be invaluable in
creating an agenda that serves the mission of both the LPLTC and Southeastern,” said
Southeastern group seeks Women’s Suffrage artifacts
A group of Southeastern professors and volunteers is planning events and exhibits
in celebration of the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment in Louisiana.
The amendment granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage,
and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest.
The Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project is seeking artifacts from women who participated
in the women’s suffrage movement in Louisiana. The group is interested in items such
as letters, photos, old newspaper clippings, suffrage sashes, copies of speeches,
pins or anything a female relative may have left in commemoration of participation
in the movement, said Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library Head of Access Services
“The artifacts will be placed in a temporary display at Sims Library on Southeastern’s
campus and may become part of an exhibit that will travel to museums and libraries
around the state beginning in 2020. All items will be preserved and returned, if the
donor so desires,” Dunnington explained. “An object label will specify the history
of the artifact and its donor.”
To donate or loan an artifact, contact Dunnington at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Professor of History Samantha Cavell at email@example.com.
Blackened Brew and The Cakery win Chefs Evening Tasters’ Choice Awards
Attendees at Southeastern’s 35th annual Chefs Evening, held March 31, chose Blackened
Brew and The Cakery by popular vote for the event’s Tasters’ Choice Awards. Patrons
sampled cuisine from nearly two dozen restaurants and caterers before casting their
The Cakery, based out of Tickfaw, won in the Best Dessert category for its four
signature cakes. Downtown Hammond gastropub Blackened Brew came in first in the Best
Entrée category for its seared sesame tuna on a fried wonton with a wasabi crème fraiche
and teriyaki honey drizzle.
Chefs Evening is organized by the Southeastern Foundation and serves as the organization’s
main fundraising event with all proceeds directly supporting student scholarships
and academic programs. In addition to offering tastings of food and drink from around
the region, Chefs Evening features a silent auction, a live auction, and raffles.
The 2019 Chefs Evening had an attendance of over 525 and raised more than $130,000
for the University and its students.
BEST ENTRÉE, BLACKENED BREW – Representatives from Blackened Brew, located in Downtown Hammond, prepare to serve
patrons at the 35th annual Chefs Evening. The restaurant seared sesame tuna on a fried
wonton with a wasabi crème fraiche and teriyaki honey drizzle won first place for
Tasters’ Choice Award: Best Entrée.
BEST DESSERT, THE CAKERY – Four cake selections from Tickfaw-based bakery The Cakery received the popular
vote for Best Dessert at the 35th annual Chefs Evening.
Southeastern 2019 Alumna of the Year to speak at Health Systems Management Speaker
The President and Chief Executive Officer of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton
will speak at the Health Systems Management (HSM) Speaker Series on Thursday, May
9, at 4 p.m. Titled “A Day in the Life of a Hospital CEO and Lessons Learned,” the
free lecture will take place in the Student Union, room 2207.
Sutton earned both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s degree in business
administration from Southeastern. She began her tenure at North Oaks Health System
in 1988 as community resources officer and was promoted to executive vice president
and chief operating officer in 2006. In 2012, she took on the additional responsibility
of administrator and chief executive officer for North Oaks Medical Center. The North
Oaks Board of Commissioners appointed her president and chief executive officer of
the health system in January 2017.
She is a previous president and vice president of the American College of Healthcare
Executives’ Southeast Louisiana chapter and led the merger of both state chapters.
She also serves on the American Hospital Association’s Foster G. McGaw Committee and
is a longstanding member of the Louisiana Hospital Association, where she has served
on numerous committees and is a member-at-large for the association’s board of trustees,
its political action committee board of directors, as well as its trust fund’s board