Nevers to receive honorary doctorate
Commencement volunteers needed
Pottery Sale scheduled today
Chamber Orchestra to perform tonight

Events to impact parking and traffic

Hardison appointed interim director

Northlake Community Band to perform

Yuan named to accreditation commission
Women's Suffrage artifacts saught

Tasters' Choice winners announced

Student earns AP honors

Baby supplies sought

Sutton to speak May 9

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern honors Nevers with honorary doctorate
Ben NeversFormer Louisiana House and Senate member Ben Nevers will be honored with a Southeastern Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree as part of the university’s commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the University Center.
     That morning the university will confer more than 1,000 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
     “As a stalwart proponent of education throughout more than two decades of public service, Ben Nevers truly deserves this recognition, which is one of the highest honors the university can bestow,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Education at all levels in Louisiana has benefitted from his unwavering dedication.”
     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.
     A U.S. Army veteran, he was previously a member of the Bogalusa School Board. He also served as the president and CEO of Nevers Electrical and Contracting, a company he founded in 1980.
     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.
     He served as a member of various statewide educational committees, including the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority, the Louisiana High School Redesign Commission, and the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence.
     Over the years, Nevers has served with several non-profit organizations that reflect his interests in agriculture, economic development, education, health care and infrastructure. He is a former president of the United Way, served on the executive board for the Istrouma Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the St. Tammany Right to Life Association, the Louisiana Farm Bureau, the Louisiana and Washington Parish Cattleman’s associations and Washington Parish Forestry Landowners Association.
     Nevers is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Mondale-Brooke Award for Fair Housing Leadership and Civic Participation and the 2016 Russell B. Long Legislative Service Award. In addition, he is a 2017 American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Hall of Fame Inductee. He has also been recognized with the President’s Award from the Louisiana School Psychological Association, the Louisiana School Board Association’s Legislator of the Year Award, and several awards from Louisiana Family Forum.

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

Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to perform May 7
Jennifer Mouledous

Jennifer Mouledous


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 programming.”
     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 549- 2184.

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 or at 549-5502.

Southeastern safety specialist named to national accreditation commission
Lu YuanLu 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. since 2008.

KSLU student newscaster earns multiple Associated Press honors
Connor FerrillA 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 accomplishments.”
     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 environment.
     For more information visit

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 Services.
     For more information, please call 985-543-4720 or visit
     Thank you for your continued support to our families.

 Pottery Sale

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
Krystal HardisonSoutheastern 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 Golding.


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 Angela Dunnington.
     “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 or Assistant Professor of History Samantha Cavell at

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 votes.
     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.

Blackened BrewBEST 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.

The CakeryBEST 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 Series
Michele SuttonThe 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 of directors.


Hammond Daily Star
Author speaks at Southeastern about 1970s fire

Livingston Parish News

Livingston Parish natives among honorees for Southeastern's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Holden native among honorees of Southeastern’s College Science and Technology

The West Side Journal

Erwinville native graduates Magna Cum Laude

Addis native named Southeastern University Outstanding Senior in Special Education
Erika Ferrando - Reporter (Southeastern graduate)


The Southeastern softball team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, while the baseball team hosts its fellow Southland co-leader during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU softball team (32-21, 17-10 Southland) will be the No. 5 seed in the league tournament, opening play on Tuesday with an 11 a.m. single-elimination game versus eighth-seeded Central Arkansas at the Lady Demon Diamond in Natchitoches. Fans can see the team off to the tournament on Monday at 10:40 a.m., when it departs from the softball indoor facility on North Campus.
     Should the Lady Lions get by UCA, Southeastern will enter the double-elimination portion of the bracket, which runs Tuesday through Friday. The winner of the tournament receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
     The first three days of the tournament will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Friday’s noon championship game will be on ESPNU with the if necessary game set for ESPN3.
     The Lion baseball team (27-21, 16-8 Southland) will close out its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, hosting South Alabama at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field. Tuesday is a Study Break at the Pat, as the first 200 Southeastern Louisiana students will receive a study pack courtesy of Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions.
     Tuesday is also National Teacher Appreciation Day, as any fan presenting a valid teacher’s ID will receive two free tickets.
     SLU currently sits atop the Southland Conference standings in a tie with Sam Houston State, which will visit Alumni Field for a three-game series this week. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s game, Southeastern will honor the 2019 senior class.
     On Sunday, Southeastern will also celebrate Mother’s Day by offering a Mom’s Day Out ticket deal – two tickets for $12. Every home Sunday is Local Heroes Appreciation at Alumni Field, as all first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket with a valid ID.
     Tuesday and Sunday of this week will see Cane’s Challenges at the Pat. If the Lions score five or more runs in either contest, fans will be able to redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of all of this week’s action at
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser is set for Monday at noon from Blackened Brew, located at 112 W. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Riser joins host Allen Waddell at lunchtime every Monday during the regular season for the 60-minute radio show, talking the latest in Southeastern baseball. Each week, one of the Lion players will also join the duo.
     The show airs on the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, KSLU 90.9 FM, online at and via the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will also be available via Facebook Live at


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 Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)
Softball, Southland Tournament Send-Off, Softball Indoor Facility – North Campus, 10:40 a.m.


Softball, vs. Central Arkansas (Southland Conference Tournament – First Round), Natchitoches, 11 a.m. (Southland Digital Network)
Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)
     - Cane’s Challenge


Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Natchitoches, TBA (Southland Digital Network)


Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Natchitoches, TBA (Southland Digital Network)

MAY 10

 Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Natchitoches, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)*

MAY 11

 Softball, at Southland Conference Tournament, Natchitoches, 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)*

MAY 12

 Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
     - Mom’s Day Out – Two tickets for $12
     - Local Hero’s Appreciation
     - Cane’s Challenge

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Ronald Traylor (History and Political Science) will have his article titled “Environmental Injustice in Barrett Station, Texas: ‘We Have to Breathe’” published in the June 2019 issue of the East Texas Journal of History.
     Anne Babson (English) was invited to read poetry April 23 from her forthcoming collection “Messiah” at the Jefferson Parish Library Main Branch in Metairie. Babson also has three of her poems – Glose with Phyllis Wheatley, Looking for You in the Death of Beverly Sills, and Qasida for Su and Anne -- included in the latest issue of Voice of Eve.

     Cal Pepper and Anthony Blakeney (Industrial and Engineering Technology) have participated in writing Chapter 16 of the AWS Welding Handbook titled Codes and Other Standards.
     C. Roy Blackwood (Columbia Theatre/Fanfare and Visual Arts + Design) who chairs the Louisiana Presenters Network and serves the Board of the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, was in Shreveport April 23-25 for the spring board meeting in conjunction with the Louisiana Arts Council, where he was invited to have lunch with Louisiana’s First Lady, Donna Edwards, for the roll-out of her initiative “Teach MAM” (Music, Arts, Movement).


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