Trapp receives Friendship Oak Award
KSLU celebrates 45 years
Flag football game to honor veterans

Wind Symphony concert set

Sims Library to host book sale

Athletics to honor military
Book Talk set at Sims Library

Beckers receives national award

Southeastern hosts Nursing Symposium

Priority registration set

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern honors Trapp with Friendship Oak Award
Fred TrappSoutheastern recently honored former Southeastern employee and long-time university supporter Fred Trapp with a Friendship Oak Award. Trapp was to be recognized at the Alumni Award Evening during Homecoming Week, but since he was hospitalized and unable to attend the event, the university brought the award to Trapp.
     “From his early years as Student Government Association President, then later as the Alumni Association President, a Southeastern employee and well into his senior years, Fred has been a faithful supporter of the students, the mission and growing needs of the university,” said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs. “Fred contributes his time and treasure to Southeastern because he has seen the impact that donors and volunteers can make. Because of his generosity and the five endowed scholarships that bear his name, Southeastern students for generations to come will realize their dream of a college education.”
     Originally from Massachusetts, Trapp joined the Navy after high school “to see the world.” Serving in the Caribbean, he enjoyed the warmer climate, and attending a university in the South held great appeal. After his discharge, he enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana College with the help of the GI Bill.
     Like so many veterans who became students, Trapp had little money. He lived on campus in the unscreened barracks fighting off the mosquitoes and was happy to be there. Trapp joined Alpha Omega Fraternity and pursued his studies in business. Following graduation, he met his wife Isabelle Maniscalco, a Southeastern cheerleader, and together they raised five children.
     Through the years, Trapp held several jobs but was ultimately recruited to become the “property man” at Southeastern, keeping track of all the college’s movable property including vending machines, typewriters, and desks. Later he oversaw the maintenance department until his retirement in 1985.


A FRIEND INDEED – Southeastern recently presented former Southeastern employee and long-time university supporter Fred Trapp with a Friendship Oak Award. Hospitalized and unable to attend Alumni Awards Evening to receive the honor, the university brought the award to Trapp. Presenting the award are, from left, Southeastern Alumna of the Year and President and Chief Executive Officer of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton, Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale, and President of the Southeastern Alumni Association Dickie Whitson.

KSLU celebrates 45 years at Southeastern
KSLUSoutheastern’s public radio station KSLU 90.9 FM is turning 45. KSLU staff will celebrate Nov. 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Student Union breezeway with music, cake, and photos. All students, along with past KSLU faculty, staff and alumni, are invited to attend the celebration. Plus, everyone’s favorite Lion, Roomie, will be there for all the fun. 
     Launched in 1974 as a radio club at Southeastern, KSLU was only on the air for a few hours per day, Monday through Friday. Thanks to support from the Student Government Association and self-assessed fees of the student body, in 1983 the station qualified for membership in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Since that time, KSLU, an FCC licensed public radio station, has only grown – evolving as a leader in student broadcast education, focusing on providing Southeastern students with professional-level training in the latest broadcast trends and technology.
     Available on terrestrial radio, online, and through digital apps, KSLU opens the door for student broadcasters to pioneer their own programs, creating something uniquely their own, and uniquely Southeastern. Programming includes music, live broadcasts of sporting events, and community-oriented talk shows. Named the No. 1 college radio station in the region by the Southeast Journalism Conference, KSLU provides Southeastern students with the real world experience necessary to be successful in their chosen fields. Learn more about KSLU at


Sims Library to host book sale 
Sims Library Book SaleMark your calendars for Sims Library’s fall book sale Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18 and 19. Fill a bag with books for just $3. Credit and debit cards are welcome, and cash is accepted as long as the bill is not larger than $20.
     Book sale hours are Monday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Military Appreciation NightAthletics to honor military
Southeastern Athletics invites you to celebrate Military Appreciation Day at Strawberry Stadium Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. The Lions and the Colonels will be competing for the River Bell Trophy in the 29th edition of the historic River Bell Classic.
     All service members with a service ID can receive two free tickets.  Tickets may be picked up on game day at the ticket booths in Friendship Circle or Strawberry Stadium. However, to avoid ticket window lines, we encourage you to come by our office prior to game day to collect your tickets. Office hours are Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Southeastern educator receives national award
Southeastern Associate Professor of Education Gerlinde Beckers received the Iva Dean Cook Educator of the Year Award recently at the 2019 Division of Career Development & Transition International Conference in Seattle.
     The practitioner honor is awarded to an educator, including a higher education professional, who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the career education and transition of students with disabilities. The award is named in recognition of Iva Dean Cook, a DCDT founding member, past president and a pioneer in teacher preparation in transition.
     A resident of Loranger, Beckers received the award for her work with the Lions Connected Program, a program that provides personalized, post-secondary educational experiences for individuals with intellectual disabilities and recently received national recognition as the Exemplary Program for Vocational Training and Transition from the American Council on Rural Special Education.
     “While Dr. Beckers is a busy associate professor in the College of Education, she still finds time to remain connected in the community, state, and across the nation, campaigning for rights and opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Dean of the College of Education Dr. Paula Summers Calderon. “As director of our post-secondary transition program, Lions Connected, Dr. Beckers has the opportunity to mentor colleagues and university students, motivating them to become active in programs for people with disabilities and to become voices and advocates.”
     The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals, and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities.

 Gerlinde Beckers

Southeastern announces spring priority registration
Southeastern Louisiana University students may register for spring 2020 classes starting Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22, at 12:30 p.m.
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, returning students, new transfer and graduate students.
     Students may check enrollment appointment times, spring class schedules and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage at 
     Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared. 
     For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern’s Office of the Registrar, 549-2244, 1-800-222-7358 or


Southeastern to host first ROTC versus Veterans Flag Football Game
In honor of Veterans Day, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Office of Military and Veteran Success will host the first ROTC versus Veterans Flag Football Game. Scheduled Monday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. in North Oak Park, the event is free and open to the public.
     “The purpose of the event is for the veterans to have a fun activity they can participate in with an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members,” said Office of Military and Veteran Success Director and U.S. Air Force Veteran Matthew D. Watkins. “The game will honor those who have fought and served in war.”
     For more information, contact the Office of Military and Veterans Success at 985-549-5041 or

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Wind Symphony schedules concert
Southeastern’s Wind Symphony will be give its final concert of the fall semester at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
     “Southeastern is the featured university at the 2019 Louisiana Music Educators Conference in Baton Rouge later this month, and all of our major performing ensembles will be giving concerts at the event,” said Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton. “This is a sneak preview of everything that we will be playing at the conference.”
     The concert will begin with Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat. Composed in 1909 this is one of the most important pieces ever written for the Wind Ensemble medium and is a perfect way to open the concert, Stoughton said.

     Next will be a preview performance of Ancestral Rumors by American composer Andrew Boss, which was commissioned by the Southeastern Wind Symphony for the 2019 LMEA Conference. Using a theme and variations form, this performance will be a sneak peek at the piece, with the official world premiere taking place at LMEA on Sunday, Nov. 24.
     The program also includes the third movement of Frank Ticheli’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble. Titled “Riffs for Lenny,” this movement is dedicated to Leonard Bernstein and ties in with the centennial of his birth, which was celebrated in 2018. Joining the symphony for this performance and playing the solo part is Southeastern Professor of Clarinet, Victor Drescher.
     A very special performance of Brian Balmages’ Rippling Watercolors is also included in the program.
     “Although this piece is accessible by younger bands, it is as mature sounding of a piece as anything in the literature,” Stoughton said. “Featuring beautiful chords and brilliant scoring, it is a beautiful piece of music. We will close with Arturo Marquez’s Danzon no. 2, which is a fun and energetic piece of music that will leave you feeling alive and full of joy.”
     Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for Southeastern Faculty/Staff and free for all students, with a valid school ID.
     For more information, contact Stoughton at

Sims Library to present Book Talk
Explore the Louisiana Quilt Trail with author Sue Nichols. Driving around the Northshore, one may not realize that they are in the vicinity of one of the most popular quilt trails in the nation.
     The Louisiana Northshore Quilt Trail is the state’s first driving trail of painted quilt blocks. These wooden quilts feature artistic interpretations (painted, mixed media, etc.) of quilt blocks outdoors on homes, businesses, sheds, fences, barns or on posts in the yard, field, pasture or flower bed.
     In her new book Only in Louisiana: a Guide to its One-of-a-Kind Quilt Trail, author Sue Nichols provides a guided tour of more than a hundred blocks displayed outdoors on homes and businesses in the five parishes of Lake Pontchartrain’s northshore. On Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m., Nichols will discuss her book and the quilt trail history at Sims Library, third floor.
     The LNQT is comprised of five parishes (Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston, St. Helena and Washington), located at the crossroads of Interstate 12 (east and west) and Interstate 55 (north and south). All trails are within a 45 minute-to-two hour drive from both New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
     For more information, contact Angie Balius, outreach librarian, at 549-3898 or

Book Talk


Southeastern hosts Nursing Symposium
Rebekah GeeSoutheastern School of Nursing and the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma, the international honor society of nursing, hosted the 2019 South Louisiana Intercollegiate Symposium: Advancing Nursing Excellence and Health Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Collaboration.
     Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health Dr. Rebekah Gee, above, was the keynote speaker. Gee shared the collaborative effort behind “Louisiana’s Journey Toward Eliminating Hep C.”
     Southeastern faculty were well represented with several faculty members selected to share their work at this regional conference.
Dr. Lindsay Domiano and Dr. Charrier presented “The Relationship Between Standardized Test Scores and NCLEX-RN Failure.”
 Dr. Luanne Billingsley and Dr. Paula Currie (Communication and Speech Disorders) presented “Infusing Interprofessional Education Core (IPEC) Competencies into Health Profession Curricula: A Grassroots Effort.”
Dr. Donna Coffey, Dr. Kristin Whitty, and Ms. Callie Baskett (Nicholls School of Nursing) presented “Faculty and Student’s Perceptions of Asynchronous Discussion Boards in Graduate Nursing Education.”
Dr. Sheree Miller presented “Effectiveness of Diabetic Education Intervention with a Faith-based Organization Using AADE7.”
Dr. Dell Mars offered “Lived Experience of African American Informal Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Other Related Dementias.”
Dr. Janet Jones presented “Effectiveness of APRNs with Wound Care Specialization in the Home Setting,” this work is a continuing collaboration with Dr. Todd Shaffett, a Southeastern DNP graduate.
Gloria Peters, Southeastern DNP student, presented “Impact of Order Sets, Decision Guides, and Education on Venous Thromboprophylaxis Compliance within an Observation Unit.”
Ellie Lomzenski, Southeastern DNP student, shared a compelling presentation “Lived Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in the Rural Setting.”
Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dr. Ann Carruth was the conference endnote speaker. Carruth shared “Implications of Interprofessional Collaboration in Academia and Practice.”
     The 2019 Symposium Planning Committee would like to acknowledge Dr. Kenneth Tillman, School of Nursing department head, for his support of interprofessional education and collaboration, Eric Aymond and his excellent team in the War Memorial Student Union, and Jared Wall (CFE) for his technical support throughout the event.


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Livingston Parish News

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The Southeastern volleyball team celebrates Senior Day and will look to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, the Lion football team looks to protect its share of the league lead and the SLU men’s and women’s basketball teams continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (13-15, 7-7 Southland) enters the week needing a victory to return to the postseason as a result of its impressive turnaround under first-year head coach Jeremy White. On Tuesday, SLU hosts Nicholls at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     Seniors Jo Simovic and Jodi Edo will be honored before Saturday’s 1 p.m. regular season finale versus Sam Houston State in the UC.
     Fresh off a 34-0 victory at No. 6/7 Central Arkansas that gave it a share of the conference lead, the Southeastern football team (6-3, 5-2 Southland) will close out its regular season road schedule next Saturday, facing Abliene Christian at 1 p.m. in Abilene, Texas. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and can be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR), online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The SLU men’s basketball team (0-1) will host three non-conference games to officially open its 2019-20 schedule. On Monday, the Lions host Xavier (La.) at 7 p.m. in the University Center. In celebration of Veteran’s Day, fans with a valid military service or unit member (police, EMT, Firefighter, etc.) ID can bring it to the ticket office before game day or the ticket window on game day and receive two free tickets to the game.
     On Wednesday, SLU welcomes Grambling for a 7 p.m. contest. It will be Friends at the UC night, as fans who pre-purchase game tickets for two of more friends will receive a special ticket price of $10, receive a general admission ticket and meal voucher for the concession stand. For more information on the Friends at the UC promotion, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at 549-5466.
     Wednesday will also be a Cane’s Challenge Night at the UC. If the Lions score 70 or more points versus the Tigers, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at the local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the close of business Thursday to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value. SLU closes its home stand on Sunday, hosting Mobile at 1 p.m. in the University Center.
     For the month of November, Southeastern Athletics and LA Child Welfare Training Academy are collecting unwrapped toys for children in foster care at home men’s and women’s basketball games. Fans who drop off toys will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket. The types of toys needed include dolls, puzzles, gift cards, sports equipment, bikes, skateboards, books, headphones, board games, video games and arts and crafts.
     The Lady Lion basketball team (0-1) will continue its five-game road swing to open the 2019-20 campaign. On Wednesday, SLU heads to Southern Miss for a 6 p.m. game in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Southeastern closes the week on Sunday, facing in-state rival UL Lafayette at 4 p.m. in Lafayette.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of all of this week’s volleyball and men’s basketball contests. Tune in online at or the Lions Game Day Experience app for Android or iOS devices. Fans can also watch on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (/SLUathletics) with any mobile, tablet or smart TV device (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku).
     Both of this week’s women’s basketball games and Sunday’s men’s basketball game will air on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Football With Frank Scelfo is set for Monday at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering in downtown Hammond. Head volleyball coach Jeremy White is Monday’s guest and the door prize is a volleyball autographed by the SLU volleyball team.
     Hosted by Scelfo, the Lions’ second-year head coach, and Allen Waddell, the hour-long show airs weekly from Tope La Catering, located at 113 East Thomas Street every Monday at 7 p.m. through Nov. 18.
     The show will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR). Fans can also listen live at and via the Lions Game Day and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will be available at


NOV 11

Men’s Basketball, vs. Xavier (La.), University Center,

7 p.m. (SSN)
     - Veterans Day Ticket Promo

Football, Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo, Tope La Catering, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR) (SSN)
     - Special Guest: Head Volleyball Coach Jeremy White
     - Door Prize: Volleyball autographed by the SLU volleyball team

NOV 12

Volleyball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN)*

NOV 13

Men’s Basketball, vs. Grambling, University Center,

7 p.m. (SSN)
     - Friends at the UC Ticket Promotion
     - Cane’s Challenge

Women’s Basketball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss.,

6 p.m. (KSLU)

NOV 16

Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center,

1 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Senior Day

Football, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 1 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)*

NOV 17

Men’s Basketball, vs. Mobile, University Center, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)

Women’s Basketball, at UL Lafayette, Lafayette, La., 4 p.m. (KSLU)


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


April Kemp (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) recently won the 2019 Marketing Management Association Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Doctoral Competition.
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) published an article in a Physics World (the membership magazine of the Institute of Physics) issue that looks at physics in movies. Allain’s article was titled “The fictional science of science fiction” and looks at some common physics mistakes in science fiction movies.
     Library faculty and staff from Sims Memorial Library presented at the LOUIS Users Conference in Baton Rouge Oct. 15 and 16. Angela Dunnington and Angie Estes presented “Managing Library IT: Setting Up a Freshdesk Ticketing System from Start to Finish.” Dunnington presented “Building Relationships with Campus IT” with librarians from UL-Lafayette and Centenary College. Penny Hecker and Amy Baptist presented “Picking Up the Pieces After Losing Your Systems Librarian.” 
     Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) published an article titled “The Big House in Somerville and Ross” in the Review of Irish Studies in Europe. The article is in the current edition of the journal and can be viewed online.

     The following faculty members’ publications will appear in the Proceedings of the 2019 International Academic Business Conference: “Experiential Exercises to Improve the Impact of Organizational Behavior Courses,” by Connie Budden (Management), Heather Budden (Supply Chain Management) and Michael Budden (Marketing). “Geopolitics Marketing: Beyond Strategies for the Promotion of Destinations,” by James Paul Linero Bonegra (St.Thomas University, Colombia), Aristides Baraya (Business Administration), and Michael Budden. “Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll: What Study Abroad Faculty Should Know,” by Rusty Juban (Management), Aristides Baraya, Connie Budden and Michael Budden. “Ten Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable in Your Department and Earn Tenure in the Process,” by Yu Hsing (Business Administration), Rakesh Duggal (Finance) and Michael Budden.
     The article “Working to Prevent the Unthinkable: Suicides on College Campuses” by Connie Budden, Heather Budden and Michael Budden has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Educational Leadership.


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