New residence halls celebrated
How to become a US citizen
UL System discussion set
Students meet employers

ROTC alumni celebrate 50 years
Online criminal justice program ranked
Alumni hosts event for introverts
YEA offers scholarship opportunities

ByLion takes a break
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern celebrates new residence halls

Residence halls ribbon cuttingSoutheastern cut the ribbon Monday (Sept. 23) officially celebrating the opening of two new residence halls on campus – Ascension Hall and Twelve Oaks Hall. Constructed to meet the growing demand for campus living options, the two new halls feature 556 beds in shared double and private double mini-suites, bringing the total number of housings beds available on campus to approximately 2,700.
     Designed with student programming in mind, community corner lounges for socializing, as well as quiet study rooms, are located throughout the buildings. Multipurpose space is also provided on the first floor of each building. The configuration of these rooms, with integrated technology, is used to house classes and host various social, entertainment and other educational events.
     A unique feature of the facilities is the incorporation of a hybrid geothermal system for heating and cooling – the first of its kind in the state. This system is projected to reduce energy costs by more than 50 percent and serves as a learning laboratory for real world experiences for Southeastern students in energy engineering technology and other areas.
     The buildings were designed by Holly and Smith Architects with construction by DonahueFavret Contractors.
     Present at the ribbon cutting were, from left, DonahueFavret Vice President of Field Operations David Dupre, DonahueFavret President and CEO John L. Donahue III, Louisiana Board of Regents board member Jay Seale, Principal Architect and Founder of Holly and Smith Architects Michael Holly, Southeastern President John L. Crain, University of Louisiana System Board Chair Mark Romero, United Facilities, Inc. President Marcus Naquin, and Student Government Association President Karley Bordelon.

Southeastern to host seminar on How to Become a US Citizen” 
Southeastern will hold a seminar on “How to Become a U.S. Citizen” on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Co-hosted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Southeastern’s English as a Second Language Program and Department of World Languages and Cultures, the event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom A and is free and open to the public.
     Interim Director of the English as a Second Language Program Danielle Perez de Corcho said attendees will learn about the naturalization process and what they need to become U.S. citizens.      Leading the discussion is Community Relations Officer of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Anne M. Hackett.
     “This event is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about becoming a U.S. citizen and get answers from an expert,” Perez de Corcho said. “Besides discussing the requirements, attendees will also learn about the interview process and the citizenship test. Free study materials for the test will be distributed to those in attendance as well.”
     For more information, contact Perez de Corcho at 549-5924 or email


ROTC Alumni to celebrate 50 years during Homecoming Week
Southeastern ROTC Alumni Chapter will gather during homecoming week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the installation of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program on campus. Scheduled Oct. 10 at Oak Knoll Country Club, located at 45246 Country Club Rd. in Hammond, the celebration will begin at 6 p.m.
     Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased online at The deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 1.
     Originally opened at Southeastern in 1969, the campus ROTC presence was closed in 1995 due in large part to declining numbers and retrenchment by the military as a result of budget constraints. It was re-instituted on campus in the spring of 2016.
     The ROTC Alumni Chapter boasts approximately 330 current members, and raises funds to provide scholarships for ROTC participants. The group has awarded three or four scholarships each year for the past several years to students enrolled in the ROTC program.
     “To say the program is now on sound footing and growing would be an understatement,” said Southeastern ROTC alumnus Gary Sandifer. “The quality of students who are cadets has a positive impact, not only on campus economics, but also on the graduation rate. The average cadet grade point average consistently exceeds 3.0.”
     More than a thousand students are estimated to have completed the program since its inception with 59 currently enrolled.
     “The greatest impact Southeastern had on me never came out of a textbook,” Sandifer explained. “Nothing prepared me better for the business world, the real world in organizational skills, communication skills, and leadership skills than the SLU Army ROTC.”
     Southeastern has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for the past seven consecutive years for demonstrating its commitment to assisting active and reserve military service members in a wide range of areas.
     For more information about the ROTC 50th Anniversary Celebration, contact Sandifer at

Alumni Association hosts event for introverts
The Southeastern Alumni Association recently hosted an event to help timid individuals with networking. Titled “Networking for Introverts,” the event was born from the association’s Networking and Professional Development Committee.
     “We created a Networking and Professional Development Committee to address programming aimed at our students and younger graduates who have requested more career-focused events,” said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs. “One of the ideas that came out of that committee was to host a ‘Networking for Introverts’ event to assist students and young alumni who may not feel comfortable in networking situations.”
     The event was held as a pre Career Fair event, the annual university‑wide job fair hosted by the Office of Career Services each September.
     Biggs said a guest speaker coached attendees on being prepared, communicating their value and following up. Then volunteers from the Alumni Association’s GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Council role-played three networking scenarios to illustrate various networking tips in different situations, followed by real networking between the attendees and the volunteers.
     “This event far exceeded our expectations. As with any new event, especially for students, we had our fingers crossed to have 20 in attendance,” Biggs said. “We had 64 people register and 41 who actually attended. And not only did they attend, but they were completely engaged, asking questions, interacting with the volunteers and taking notes. I am blown away by the response and the attendees’ level of engagement.”
     The largest group of registrants were freshmen, which made up 34 percent of the guests registered, Biggs said, with seniors the next largest group, followed by young alumni.
     “We found this encouraging that our newest students saw the value of working on their networking skills so early in their college careers,” she said. “We wanted to provide assistance to students who may need a little extra push to get out of their comfort zone. All of the attendees who completed the post-event survey provided positive feedback, indicating the event provided valuable, relevant information and was worth their investment of time. We are now eager to hear how the students incorporate these tools throughout their college experience and beyond.”
     For more information, contact Biggs at 549-2150.


UL System discussion scheduled Oct. 8
Faculty and Staff are invited to join President John L. Crain and University of Louisiana System President and CEO Jim Henderson to discuss the future of the Universities of Louisiana, our legislative agenda, and how you can get involved in the advancement of Louisiana’s educational progress. The discussion will take place at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom A.
     “Two years of budget stability have afforded us the ability to cast vision on the priorities of our system and create a case for strategic reinvestment in our work,” Henderson said. “The vision will not become reality without the collective power of the Universities of Louisiana.”
     Henderson will take some time to visit with faculty and staff to discuss the state of our system and begin socializing our collective message about reinvesting in faculty, facilities, etc. ahead of the legislative session. He will speak for about 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.


Students meet employers at annual Career Fair
Career Fair 2019Kiran Shrestha, left, a computer science major from Hammond, listens to Yen Nguyen of the accounting firm of Postlethwaite and Netterville as she explains career opportunities within her organization at Southeastern’s annual Career Fair for students and alumni held Thursday (Sept. 19). More than 160 employers participated in the event designed to link students with regional and national employers.

Southeastern online criminal justice program among tops in nation
Southeastern’s online criminal justice program has earned recognition as one of the top 50 programs in the nation by Southeastern was featured as having one of the most affordable online bachelor programs in criminal justice.
     Southeastern earned its ranking based on academic excellence, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, financial aid, range of degree programs, and strength of online instruction methodology.
     “The criminal justice program at Southeastern is committed to a critical analysis of the role of a system of criminal justice in a democratic society,” said Sociology and Criminal Justice Department Head Ken Bolton. “Our online criminal justice faculty are experienced and dedicated practitioners with decades of experience, who have worked in the field of law enforcement, corrections and the courts.”
     Southeastern’s online criminal justice degree curriculum offers an introduction to the criminal justice field, law enforcement, and the functions of courts and corrections. Upper-level coursework exposes students to more advanced topics, such as criminology, juvenile delinquency, and serial and mass murder.
     For more information on Southeastern’s online criminal justice program, contact the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at 549-2110 or Bolton at
     The full ranking can be accessed at


Take Advantage of YEA’s New Scholarship Opportunities 
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) recently received several large donations from generous sponsors. There is no better way to use these funds than to offer scholarships to students.
     Each qualifying applicant will receive $700 in scholarships upon admission to the program. The cost of the program is normally $995, but the scholarships bring the cost down to just $295 per student. To give more students the opportunity to take advantage of these scholarships, the application deadline has been extended to Sept. 30.
     Learn more and apply for free at If you know someone who would be great for this program, you can also refer a student there! 
     YEA! is an innovative, year-long after school program that empowers 6th-12th grade students to dream up, create, launch, and run their own business. YEA! Northshore is operated as a special partnership with Southeastern.

ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be published the week of Sept. 30 due to Fall Break. The next edition will be published the week of Oct. 7.


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The Southeastern football, volleyball and soccer teams will compete in Southland Conference play this week, while cross country, tennis and softball are also in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (2-1, 1-0 Southland) will open up the road portion of its Southland Conference schedule in Natchitoches, facing league foe Northwestern State at 6 p.m. The game will air on Cox Sports Television and ESPN+ (outside of the CST viewing area). It also 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 Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The SLU volleyball team (5-9, 0-1 Southland) will host a pair of Southland Conference opponents this week in the University Center. On Thursday, the Lady Lions welcome McNeese for a 7 p.m. league match. Southeastern Athletics and the Pennington Center will partner up to give out spirit items to the first 100 students in attendance.
     Students will also have an opportunity to sign up for intramural volleyball at Thursday’s match. On Saturday, Lamar visits for a 1 p.m. match.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (1-6-1, 0-1 Southland) also hosts a pair of league foes this week. On Friday, UIW comes to Hammond for a 7 p.m. match. Friday is National Scarf Day and the first 200 fans will receive a SLU Soccer scarf.
     Southeastern and ACU square off on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Little Lion fans are encouraged to participate in Sunday’s Youth Day activities in conjunction with the match.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of this week’s soccer and volleyball matches. Tune in online at or the Lions’ Gameday 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).
     The SLU men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge. The women’s race is set for 5 p.m. with the men’s race following at 5:45 p.m.
     The Southeastern tennis team will participate in its second competition of the fall this week. The Lions will be in Playa del Carmen, Mexico from Tuesday through Sunday to compete in the Iberostar College Cup.
     The Lady Lion softball team hits the road for a pair of fall exhibitions this week. On Friday, SLU will face UL Lafayette at 6 p.m., before heading to LSU Eunice for a noon contest on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 10 innings.
     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. Tight ends coach/special teams coordinator/recruiting coordinator Ross Jenkins is the special guest for Monday’s show and a jersey autographed by new Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and former Lion quarterback Bryan Bennett will be the door prize.
     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 Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will be available at




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)
     - Special Guest: Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator Ross Jenkins
     - Door Prize: Bryan Bennett Autographed Jersey


Tennis, at Iberostar College Cup, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, All Day


Tennis, at Iberostar College Cup, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, All Day


 Volleyball, vs. McNeese, University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Pennington Center Spirit Item Giveaway
Tennis, at Iberostar College Cup, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, All Day


 Soccer, vs. UIW, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (SSN)*
     - National Scarf Day
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, 5/5:45 p.m.
Tennis, at Iberostar College Cup, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, All Day
Softball, at UL Lafayette (Exhibition – 10 innings), Lafayette, 6 p.m.


 Football, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6 p.m. (CST) (ESPN+ outside CST area) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)*
Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 1 p.m. (SSN)*
Tennis, at Iberostar College Cup, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, All Day
Softball, at LSU Eunice (Exhibition – 10 innings), Eunice, La., 12 p.m.


 Soccer, vs. Abilene Christian, Strawberry Stadium,

1 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Youth Day
Tennis, at Iberostar College Cup, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Two Southeastern School of Nursing Faculty were recently honored by the Northshore District Nurses Association.The NDNA’s “Nurse Recognition Program” was held at St. Tammany Parish Hospital on Sept. 17. During the program Dr. Janet Jones received a “Nursing Excellence” award, and Mitzie Meyers received the NDNA’s “President's Award.” Both faculty were recognized for their years of nursing service and their ongoing contributions to the profession through research and service.



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