Nursing awarded $2.4 million Workforce Grant
Southeastern has received a $2.45 million Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities
grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Awarded to the College of Nursing and Health
Sciences’ Rural Nurses Career Advancement Program, in coordination with the Delta
Regional Authority, the grant is part of an investment to expand the impact of workforce
development efforts across the Mississippi River Delta.
“Nurse shortages are devastating to a community’s effort to provide quality health
care,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, a doctor who sits on the U.S. Senate Committee of
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “This grant supports Southeastern as they train
the next generation of nurses that will improve the health of our state.”
In announcing Southeastern as one of only eight WORC grant recipients, Governor
John Bel Edwards said, “The state of Louisiana is maximizing opportunity for our residents
through these important Department of Labor grants. Southeastern will reach residents
and train workers in a five-parish area with its Rural Nurses Career Advancement Pathway
Southeastern’s RN-CAP program is designed to enhance community-based primary
care in the rural, underserved Delta region of southeastern Louisiana that includes
Livingston, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.
“A healthy workforce is a productive workforce,” Louisiana Economic Development
Secretary Don Pierson said. “With thousands of primary care providers needed to meet
the current medical needs of rural America, this nursing initiative by Southeastern
will provide a pathway to better health care for our workers and for their children
and older relatives who deserve the best care we can provide. We appreciate the support
of DRA and the Department of Labor in accelerating technology and training solutions
for this critical priority.”
The program also creates and provides innovative workforce development credentialing
in telehealth and data in healthcare, two critical areas in rural healthcare workforce
“We are working with our community partners to address the nursing shortage,”
said Associate Professor of Nursing and RN-CAP Project Director Eileen Creel. “This
project facilitates the reverse transfer of Southeastern’s students to allow for graduation
from an accelerated Licensed Practical Nurse program, returning to Southeastern for
their bachelor of science in nursing, while working as an LPN. It will also establish
a telehealth center to address the training needs to allow innovative health delivery
in our area.”
Southeastern is collaborating with North Oaks Health System and Northshore Technical
Community College in this endeavor.
To help fill the workforce demands in the region and provide residents with viable
career training, Southeastern and NTCC have partnered on an innovative reverse transfer
program wherein four-year students may enter an accelerated LPN program at NTCC and
then immediately enter into a fast-track BSN pathway at Southeastern.
“The RN-CAP program will provide training and support services for up to 61 individuals
who are enrolled in the NTCC/Southeastern accelerated PN and BSN programs,” Creel
said. “As part of the program, these students will receive stipends to assist them
with financial barriers including costs associated with tuition, supplies, and licensure
testing. The Rural Health Telehealth Training Center at Southeastern will provide
direct training on the use of telehealth, as well as support to local health care
providers on effective telehealth practices.”
North Oaks Health System Chief Nursing Officer Diane Thompson is serving as a
liaison with Southeastern to work closely with master of science nursing students,
to manage research on recruiting and retention, to provide support for telehealth
training for employees, and to provide employer orientation and residency programs
to newly hired LPN/BSN graduates.
In the health profession and related fields, Southeastern conferred 2,325 baccalaureate
degrees, 39 doctoral degrees and 613 masters degrees, and awarded 22 post-masters
certificates over the past 10 years.
“With over 3,000 students currently enrolled, the College of Nursing and Health
Sciences strives to provide excellence in education in health, nursing, speech language
pathology, health systems management, counseling and wellness and fitness, while meeting
the workforce needs of the region and state,” Creel said.
Faculty Jazz Trio to present concert
The Faculty Jazz Trio will present a concert on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in
Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Admission is free.
The program will present selections from the Stan Getz / João Gilberto album.
Gilberto, the Brazilian guitarist, composer, and vocalist, and regarded as the father
of Bossa Nova, passed away on July 6.
This particular album is regarded as the album that brought Bossa Nova to the
world and contains such notable compositions as “The Girl from Ipanema,” “Corcovado,”
and “Desafinado.” The album won the 1965 Grammy Awards for Best Album of the Year,
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group and Best Engineered Recording -
“The Girl from Ipanema” also won the award for Record of the Year in 1965. This
was the first time a jazz album received Album of the Year.
The Faculty Jazz Trio consists of Michael Brothers, drums; Vasil Cvetkov, piano,
and John Madere, bass. Joining the trio will be special guest artists John Bishop
on guitar, and Ray Moore on tenor saxophone.
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at
Social Factors win Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Southeastern Alumni Association hosted
the 18th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Oct. 8. After an exciting
series of matches including a sudden-death toss up to determine the Faculty Champion,
below are the faculty and student teams that emerged as winners:
FIRST PLACE FACULTY TEAM - The First Place Faculty and Quiz Bowl Champions was The Social Factors (Dept. of
Sociology and Criminal Justice). From left are Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs Tena Golding, Jonathan Varnado, Lisa Olson, Team Captain Rob Martin, Young
Ju Chae, and Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
SECOND PLACE FACULTY TEAM - The Second Place Faculty Team was Three Scientists and a Sergeant (Dept. of Chemistry
and Physics). From left are Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena Golding,
Team Captain Alicia Himber, Benjamin Wicker, Gina Little, Jeremy Brignac, and Executive
Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
FIRST PLACE STUDENT TEAM - The First Place student team was LLC's Best (Honors Program Living Learning Community
Members). From left are Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena Golding,
Alyssa Weaver, Riley Charlet, Surrina Brandon, Joshua Freeman, and Executive Director
of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
Southeastern faculty obtain Master Trainer Status
As part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ ongoing effort to infuse interprofessional
education competencies and collaborative opportunities across the curricula, six faculty
members completed an intense two-day workshop to become TeamSTEPPS Master Trainers.
Janet Jones (School of Nursing), Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing), Lindsay
Domiano (School of Nursing), Danielle Charrier (School of Nursing), Paula Currie (Communication
Sciences and Disorders), and Angela Wood (Social Work) obtained master trainer status,
and plan to train additional faculty and students in Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance
Performance and Patient Safety.
These faculty members and others will serve as faculty facilitators at an upcoming
interprofessional day scheduled, Nov. 20, hosted by the Northshore Healthcare Alliance
and the Southeastern School of Nursing for over 500 health students from NHA facilities
across the region. Facilitators will use TeamSTEPPS communication techniques in shared
interactive learning activities.
Teams that communicate effectively and demonstrate mutual support reduce the
potential for error, resulting in enhanced patient safety and improved clinical performance.
Effective team communication also improves the quality of working relationships and
The train-the-trainer program was subsidized by the Louisiana Hospital Association
Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.
For more information about interprofessional education, collaborative opportunities,
or TeamSTEPPS contact one of the faculty members above.
Homecoming Royalty crowned
Aesha Magee, a health systems management major from Mt. Hermon, was crowned Southeastern’s
Homecoming Queen, while Keenan Austin, an integrative biology major from Springfield,
was crowned Homecoming King during halftime of the Southeastern versus Incarnate Word
football game on Oct. 12.
Poetry, lectures and children’s theater highlight Fanfare’s third week
Poetry readings, lectures and children’s theater highlight the third week of Fanfare,
Southeastern’s annual fall arts festival.
Fanfare’s third week begins Tuesday, Oct. 15, with the first of three events,
courtesy of the English Department, to help students prepare for the upcoming Common
Read program. Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity
to read selected works and then meet their contemporary authors. This year’s author
is Kaveh Akbar.
First up is David Armand, Nat Fisher and Tommy Parrie, who will present “Speaking
the Unspeakable: Using Poetry to Express Difficult Topics.” The event is scheduled
from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in The Writing Center, located in D Vickers Hall, room
The second event is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 16. Canese Jarboe, a poet from
rural southeastern Kansas, and Southeastern poetry students will discuss “Orchids
are Sprouting from the Floorboards: Optical and Textural Immersion in Kaveh Akbar’s
‘Calling a Wolf a Wolf,’” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in The Writing Center.
Also on Oct. 16, Fanfare’s Then and Now lecture series continues with recent
Southeastern graduate Rosemary Flynn. She will present “If a Ceorl Prospered: The
Legal Status and Social Mobility of Anglo-Saxon Ceorls Before and After the Norman
Conquest” at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
Flynn will use surviving Anglo-Saxon laws to show that ceorls or freemen of the
seventh century were most likely to advance to “thegnhood” or nobility, the “Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle” to demonstrate that the Viking invasions of the ninth and 10th centuries
impoverished the ceorls and prevented them from gaining greater social status, and
a document known as the “Gepnycoo” to prove that by the 11th century the status of
ceorls had declined from a former era of prosperity.
The third Common Read preparation event is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 17. Presented
by Southeastern’s Ann Babson, Sherri Craig, and Randall Frederick, “Sin, Salvation,
and the Experience In-between: Exploring Themes in the Common Read” will take place
from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Writing Center.
Also on Oct. 17, the Southeastern Concert Choir will present a free concert titled
“Canto” at the First Baptist Church, located at 401 W Morris Ave., Hammond at 7:30
Rounding out the week is the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre with “Jack
and the Beanstalk” on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at Columbia Theatre. A non-profit educational
theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since
Tickets for “Jack and the Beanstalk” are $20 for adults and $13 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at 220 East Thomas Street
in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, online at columbiatheatre.org, or by phone at 543-4371.
For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366
or visit columbiatheatre.org.
Southeastern to host exhibit on Tangipahoa Parish history
Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies has opened a new exhibit titled
“From Blood to Berries: A History of Tangipahoa Parish” in conjunction with its support
of the ongoing events celebrating the sesquicentennial of Tangipahoa Parish.
A creation of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies’ student worker staff,
the exhibit is located on the third floor of Sims Library in the exhibition area of
the center and remains open for viewing through January 2020.
“We asked our graduate research assistants and student worker to come up with
an idea to highlight collections in the center and how they reveal the history of
our university’s home parish,” said Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Director
Samuel Hyde. “They developed the concept, conducted the research, and completely constructed
the exhibit on their own.”
The exhibit includes photographs, primary source documents, news reports, and
three- dimensional artifacts, among other items found in the center’s extensive holdings,
detailing the history and cultures of the region. Included are vintage images and
reports revealing the initial explorations of the territory, creation of the parish,
and economic development of the area. Specified cases detailing development in each
of the major communities in Tangipahoa Parish, Hyde explained, interface with segments
dedicated to specific items of interest.
“We thought it would be fun to include a section highlighting festivals and major
events occurring in Tangipahoa parish, as well as a section honoring famous figures
who have made the parish their home,” said Graduate Research Assistant Amelia Haag.
Southeastern’s role in the parish’s history does not go unnoticed in the exhibit,
“As we completed the exhibit we noticed that we were just entering Southeastern’s
homecoming week,” added Graduate Research Assistant Bailey Hall. “We added a segment
that details the evolution of Roomie the Lion as Southeastern’s mascot. Visitors will
be surprised to see how Roomie evolved from humble beginnings, to virtual cartoon,
all the way to the polished cheerleading symbol he is today.”
Student worker Amber Hughes and Graduate Research Assistant Abigail Simmons complete
the contingent of students who created the project.
For more information on the exhibit or hours of operation, contact the Center
for Southeast Louisiana Studies at 549-2151 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transforming Your Course: An Introduction to Affordable Learning Resources
For those interested in saving students money on education by reducing costs of instructional
materials like affordable education resources, open educational resources, and other
open access materials and learning what is Affordable Learning LOUISiana is all about,
Sims Memorial Library is hosting “Transforming Your Course: An Introduction to Affordable
Learning Resources.” The library will host two sessions on Oct. 29 and 30 from 3 to
4 p.m. in the library, room 252. Light refreshments will be served.
Paul Kelsey and Angela Dunnington will introduce attendees to Affordable Learning
resources, including Books at JSTOR, Books on Project MUSE, e-Duke Books, and the
new LOUIS OER Commons microsite. They will answer questions about Affordable Learning
LOUISiana, and provide advice on getting started in making the course’s resources
For more information, contact Kelsey at 549-3954 or Paul.Kelsey@southeastern.edu.
Health and Human Sciences to offer workshop
The Department of Health and Human Sciences, in collaboration with a grant from the
Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, is offering a free workshop titled “Skills and Interventions
for Professionals to Identify Human Trafficking Survivors to Break the Cycle of Abuse
The free event is scheduled Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Cate Teacher Education Center, room 250. Breakfast will be served at 8:15 a.m. and
lunch is also provided to all participants, who will be able to earn six continuing
Mary Vicario, a national speaker with expertise in working with human trafficking
survivors, will facilitate the workshop.
In lieu of payment for registration, participants are required to bring an expressive
art item upon entrance to the workshop, such as play doh, kinetic sand, markers, crayons,
grounding tools, construction paper, and stress balls, to be donated to the agency
for survivors of human trafficking and child abuse and neglect.
Although the workshop is free, it is limited to the first 200 registrants. Advanced
registration is required and available at https://forms.gle/ZzJfm83rGJkYVt466.
For more information, contact Associate Professor of Counseling Reshelle Marino
at email@example.com or 549-5928.
Students excel at LSU Regional Sales Competition
Congratulations to the Southeastern Sales Team on their performance at the South Louisiana
Regional Sales Competition, a role-play competition held at Louisiana State University
In only Southeastern’s second time participating, senior India Williams won the
Individual Sales Competition, the highest honor, senior Paxton Page won second runner-up,
and Southeastern won the Overall Team Award for receiving the most points.
The team consisted of India Williams, Paxton Page, and Karlie McDonald. The Southeastern
Sales Program coaches are faculty members Tará Lopez and April Kemp.
For more information visit southeastern.edu/sales.
Pictured, from left, are Kemp, Williams, Page, McDonald, and Lopez.