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Southeastern Foundation announces Board of Directors
Southeastern Foundation Board of DirectorsThe Southeastern Foundation recently announced its 2019-20 Board of Directors.
     “Our board is a group of committed professionals who understand the value of Southeastern both to its students and the region,” said Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale. “They work hard to provide guidance for the Foundation in support of the university.”
     Dawn Cantrell of Baton Rouge, a 1984 marketing graduate, will chair the board. This is her second year of a two-year term.
     Three new members will join returning board members. New members include Vice President of Investment Advisors for Stirling Properties Barry “Beezie” Landry of Hammond, a 2000 accounting graduate; Jared Riecke of Covington, CEO of Riecke & Associates, LLC; and Jonathan Wong of Hammond, a 2002 business graduate, co-founder and team leader of Cate Street Seafood Station, The Boston Restaurant, and FitFam.
     Returning Southeastern Foundation Board members include Thomas “Tom” Akers of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; Marcia Barr of Hammond, board secretary; Troy Broussard of Prairieville; Barry Brown of Frisco, Tex., past board chair; Toby Cortez of Ponchatoula; Stan Dameron of Hammond, investment committee co-chair; Helen Dufreche of Hammond, philanthropy committee chair; Marcia Galatas of Houston, Tex.; Jack Gautier of Hammond; Bill Kingsmill of Covington; Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr. of Mandeville; Rodney LeBlanc of Madisonville; Terri LeBlanc of Baton Rouge; Wallace Lewis of Hammond, Randy Moffett of Covington; Marcus Naquin of Hammond; Cynthia Nesser of New Orleans, governance committee chair; John Poteet of Hammond; Mike Sharp of Springfield, real estate committee chair; Tony Volz of Mandeville; and Robert Watkins of Robert, treasurer.
     “I am proud to be a part of the Southeastern Foundation Board and serve alongside a diverse group of talented individuals who bring passion, experience and love for Southeastern to their work as board members,” Cantrell said. “Our board has been highly effective in fundraising, governance and financial oversight of the Foundation’s assets with a recent focus on strategic planning to position us to meet our long-term fundraising goals to help Southeastern students.”


SOUTHEASTERN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS – The Southeastern Foundation recently announced its 2019-20 Board of Directors. From left are Mike Sharp, Jack Gautier, Helen Dufreche, Randy Moffett, Terri LeBlanc, Jared Riecke, Marcus Naquin, Tom Ackers, Shelby LaSalle, Tony Volz, Marcia Galatas, Toby Cortez, Dawn Cantrell, Robert Watkins, Wallace Lewis, Jonathon Wong, Barry “Beezy” Landry, Stan Dameron, and Bill Kingsmill. Not pictured are Marcia Barr, Troy Broussard, Barry Brown, Rodney LeBlanc, Cynthia Nesser, and John Poteet.

Southeastern to host two commencement ceremonies
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure graduates and guests enjoy a safe and high-quality experience, beginning this December Southeastern will host two commencement ceremonies on the same day.
     A ceremony for graduates of degree programs housed in the College of Education, College of Business and College of Science and Technology will begin at 10 a.m. while a ceremony for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will begin at 5 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the University Center. This will be the arrangement for winter commencement ceremonies moving forward.
     For spring commencement ceremonies, however, the assigned colleges will switch, with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences students graduating at the 10 a.m. ceremony and graduates of the College of Education, College of Business and the College of Science and Technology participating in the 5 p.m. ceremony.
     Those earning master’s and doctoral degrees will participate in the ceremony with the college where their degree program is housed.
     The decision to divide what was previously one larger ceremony into two smaller ones was based on input from student and faculty and staff focus groups, as well as feedback from guests, according to President John L. Crain.
     “What a wonderful dilemma to have when record-high attendance and numbers of graduates participating in the ceremony necessitate such changes,” he said. “Southeastern has a proud tradition whereby we call every graduate’s name while they cross the stage. Hosting two ceremonies moving forward will continue that tradition.”
     Several options were considered to address concerns of an ever-growing ceremony, according to Kay Maurin, assistant vice president of enrollment management, including the possibility of issuing tickets to limit the number of guests.
     “After meeting with our students, it was clear that the preference was for our graduates to celebrate with the family and friends who supported them on their college journeys,” Maurin said.
     In recent years, Southeastern instituted additional safety and security measures by making a prohibited items list available and providing bag checks for guest entry. The Southeastern Channel now also livestreams Commencement so family and friends unable to attend can watch from homes or their mobile devices.
     More information about the two Commencement ceremonies can be found at

First Katie Wainwright Endowed Scholarship awarded
The first Katie Wainwright Endowed Scholarship was recently awarded to Southeastern creative writing student Liah Johnson of Hammond.
     A junior, Johnson said she comes from a large family of educators that always encouraged her to pursue her passions.
     “I believe that part of my life’s purpose involves inspiring and healing people through the arts, specifically writing. Reading and writing transformed my life as a child and continue to do so. My desire is to create the kinds of stories that will do the same thing for others,” she said. “Receiving the Katie Wainwright scholarship has helped me continue my higher education journey at Southeastern. Not only have I learned more about my craft, but about the world and myself. I have met wonderful people—faculty and classmates alike. It has been an invaluable experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
     The scholarship was created after Wainwright’s death in 2016. She was a 1976 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a multiple-published fiction author.
     Wainwright’s family and friends launched the scholarship to honor her memory and to encourage future students to pursue creative writing. Her sons David and William ensured the scholarship was fully endowed, enabling it to be awarded as soon as possible.
     For more information, or to contribute to the Katie Wainwright Scholarship, contact University Advancement at 549-2239.

Liah JohnsonKATIE WAINWRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED - Southeastern creative writing student Liah Johnson of Hammond has been awarded the first Katie Wainwright Endowed Scholarship. Wainwright’s family and friends established the scholarship to honor her memory and to encourage future students to pursue creative writing.

Phi Kappa Phi announces Quiz Bowl
Grab your friends, classmates, sorority/fraternity buddies, colleagues, and co-workers and enter a team in the 18th Annual Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 2-5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     This fast-paced and fun afternoon pits student teams, then faculty teams, together in a double-elimination tournament culminating in the top student vs top faculty team for the Quiz Bowl Championship. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two student and faculty teams.
     For an application form, email Dr. Claire Procopio at Only the first four student and faculty teams will be accepted.

Safe Campus 

Register your cell, extra emails for Southeastern Emergency Alerts
Southeastern’s Emergency Alert System encourages students, faculty and staff to register for notices via phone, text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which are automatically registered. For those who haven’t registered yet, a new semester is the perfect time to do so.
     Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty and staff can register for the system by visiting
     The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus closures.
     Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at
     Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that will sound in the event of an emergency.
     “If you hear the sirens, check your device for information,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those additional delivery methods.”
     The homepage is also a source of information for situations developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
     To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus emergency.
     Go to on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You’ll be prompted how to save the app to your device’s home screen.
     The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
     “We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But we also want our campus community to be prepared.”
     In addition, emergency flip guides for departments and offices and emergency pocket guides are available for free in the Dean of Students Office, located in the Student Union, room 2409.


September 16 is final day for students to apply for fall 2019 graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in fall 2019 is Sept. 16, the university announced today.
     Students who do not submit the fee and application by Sept. 16 will not be considered a degree candidate for the Fall 2019 term. The $25 application fee must be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building, prior to completing the graduation application.
     Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available at or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct link available at
     Students seeking help on completing the graduation application can also go to the Enrollment Services Express office on main campus in the Student Union, room 1301.
     In addition, the graduation application for the Spring 2020 Commencement is now open.
     Visit for information regarding graduation application, deadlines, and fees.

Farmers Market scheduled Sept. 18
Farmers MarketThe Southeastern student organization Reconnect will host a farmers market on Sept. 18 in front of the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Sponsored by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, the market will feature locally grown produce, pies, food, coffee, soaps, jewelry, live music and more.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.
     For more information, contact Associate Professor of Sociology David Burley at


Baton Rouge Advocate

Southeastern using extra week off to its advantage

Students learn about STEM careers at Hammond festival


Livingston Parish News

Southeastern not changing much this week after Bethune-Cookman cancellation

Southeastern unveils bronze Lion statue before season-opener against Jacksonville State



The Southeastern football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, golf and tennis teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 23 Lion football team (1-0) will open its road schedule on Saturday, traveling to Ole Miss for a 3 p.m. contest in Oxford, Mississippi. The game will air on the SEC Network Alternate channel. 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 Southeastern volleyball team (2-5) will open its 2019 home schedule this week. The Lady Lions welcome Southland Conference foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to open the week’s action on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The Islanders will stay in town to compete in the SLU Lion Up Classic that runs Friday and Saturday in the UC and also includes California Baptist and Jackson State.
     Friday’s slate will see Cal Baptist and JSU face off at 11 a.m., AMCC and JSU meet at 3 p.m. with SLU hosting CBU at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and California Baptist open at 11 a.m. and Jackson State and the Lady Lions face off in the 2 p.m. tournament finale.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of this week’s 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).
     After playing four of its first five matches at home, the SLU soccer team (1-3-1) will hit the road for its next three, starting this week. On Thursday, Southeastern travels to Memphis for a 7 p.m. match. UALR hosts the Lady Lions on Saturday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in their second meet of the season this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Rice Invitational. The women’s race is set for 6:15 p.m., followed by the men’s race at 6:45 p.m.
     The Southeastern golf team will open the 2019-20 season this week. The Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.
     Also opening the fall portion of its 2019-20 schedule this week is the SLU tennis team. The Lions open up competition on Friday and Saturday at the NSU Invitational in Natchitoches.
     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. Wide receivers coach Micheal Spurlock and a representative from Child Advocacy Services are the special guests for Monday’s show.
     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



Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
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 Guests: Wide Receivers Coach Micheal Spurlock and Child Advocacy Services Representative


Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


Volleyball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN)*
Soccer, at Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 7 p.m.


 Volleyball, vs. California Baptist (Lion Up Classic), University Center, 6 p.m. (SSN)
Volleyball, California Baptist vs. Jackson State (Lion Up Classic), University Center, 11 a.m.
Volleyball, Jackson State vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Lion Up Classic), University Center, 3 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Rice Invitational, Houston, Texas, 6:15/6:45 p.m.
Tennis, at NSU Invitational, Natchitoches, All Day


 Football, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 3 p.m. (SEC Network Alternate) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/WFPR 1400 AM)
Volleyball, vs. Jackson State (Lion Up Classic), University Center, 2 p.m. (SSN)
Volleyball, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Jackson State (Lion Up Classic), University Center, 11 a.m.
Soccer, at Arkansas-Little Rock, Little Rock, Ark., 1 p.m.
Tennis, at NSU Invitational, Natchitoches, All Day


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) was invited to give a presentation at the 11th annual General Gathering of the Triple Nine Society in New Orleans on Aug 30. The title of his presentation was “Models and Estimations, the physics of everyday things.”
     Dr. Nan B. Adams (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “The Knowledge Development Model for Virtual Learning Environments” at the International Academic Forum – European Conference on Education in London July 19 - 21.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) screened and discussed “Louisiana During World War: A Documentary Film,” which he produced in 2013 with fellow historian Jerry Sanson, for the World War II discussion group at the Jefferson Parish Library on Thursday, Sept. 5.

     Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) will present a paper titled “The Second Naval War: The immediate effects of the American War on Royal Navy Operations, June 1812-July 1813" at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Sept. 19-21. Cavell is part of a panel featuring Dr. Kevin McCranie (US Naval War College) and Dr. Kenneth Johnson (USAF Air University) addressing the opening salvos of the War of 1812 in a European context. Cavell will also chair a panel at the Second World War Research Group Conference titled “Re-imagining the Pacific Space” featuring Dr. Robert Engen of the Canadian Forces College and Dr. Phillip Rutherford of Marshall University. The conference will be held at the National WWII Museum Sept. 12-13. 

     Anne Babson (English) had two poems, “Findings at the Reichstag” and “Before,” appear in the current issue of the Indian publication Ethos Literary Journal.


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