Southeastern to ‘Mask Up and Make a Difference’ for health care providers
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Southeastern Foundation are working
to help supplement the low inventory of masks for health care providers through a
project called “Mask Up and Make a Difference.”
“We want to make sure that all of our nursing graduates have masks and are ready
to immediately help with this crisis,” said Dean of the College of Nursing and Health
Sciences Ann Carruth. “Please help us provide SLU Lion masks to our healthcare providers
and front line workers caring for our Lion Nation community by supporting the ‘Mask
Up’ Project. We have supplies and several easy patterns. The masks you make will be
donated to those in need.”
Carruth said volunteers are needed to sew partially or completely finished masks
or teach family or community members to do so. Those who cannot sew can help the cause
by making a donation to the “Mask Up” project for the purchase of additional supplies
via the Southeastern Foundation.
“Charlotte Humphries, Kinesiology and Health Studies retiree, and Michelle Reed
of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences have worked to create the logistics
of reaching out to our community,” Carruth said. “For example, the Hammond Art Guild
and other community members have stepped up to help the College of Nursing and Health
Sciences Mask-Up our healthcare partners.”
The masks will first go to current and future Southeastern alumni and then to
the regional medical population after the need is filled, Carruth said.
“The Foundation is grateful for this partnership in support of the university
and its alumni,” said Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.
“During this time of great need, we are eager to lend our hand by helping coordinate
in this effort.”
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request materials or deliver partially or completed masks. Masks can also be dropped
off in the collection box under the breezeway at 400 Mane St. at the Kinesiology and
Health Sciences Building.
The Lion’s Roar recognized in national front page effort
Newspapers around the country were recently encouraged to run a prominent headline
with a localized news story to remind readers how local newspapers, like Southeastern
Louisiana University’s student-run weekly newspaper The Lion’s Roar, and their staffs
share in the difficult circumstances and other impacts of coronavirus and COVID-19.
The Lion’s Roar chose to participate with a noticeable headline and story to
include in the March 31 issue of The Lion’s Roar. Several Louisiana newspapers submitted
their customized messages and designs to the Louisiana Press Association, the official
trade organization for Louisiana news publishers. The Lion’s Roar was the only college
newspaper in the state recognized by the LPA for their participation in the initiative.
“The editorial staff and I were thrilled to be a part of this initiative, keeping
the community up to date on the most recent news regarding the pandemic,” said Editor-in-Chief
Jacob Summerville, a junior political science major from Greenwell Springs. “We have
had several stories concerning COVID-19 thus far, but this layout was great to include
because of the unity among other news organizations in the state. Being one of the
most heavily impacted states in the country, this was the best decision to include
our contribution in providing a local twist on an international crisis.”
The Lion’s Roar staff have been working to produce original content to include
in both the digital version of the weekly newspaper, along with content shared through
the publication’s web and social media presence.
“This is a hard time for everyone in the community,” said Assistant Editor Prakriti
Adhikari, a junior accounting major from Hammond. “There are many uncertainties and
people are scared, but there are good things happening as well. Through our participation
with the Louisiana Press Association to make a unified front page, we wanted to spread
a message to the community that we are still together. We want our readers to know
that The Lion’s Roar will continue to serve its readers.”
The Lion’s Roar is continuing with its weekly production efforts despite staff
working remotely. Readers can access content produced by student staff reporters through
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @lionsroarnews, and via the newspaper’s website,
Sales Team succeeds online in national role-play competition
Kennesaw State’s Center for Professional Selling hosted the 22nd Annual National Collegiate
Sales Competition March 27-30. More than 75 universities and more than 40 corporations
participated. The NCSC is a university sales role-play competition that includes a
two-day sales career fair and various networking activities allowing organizations
seeking high-quality sales candidates to recruit and engage more than 400 of the top
university sales talent along with college sales professors during the 3-day event.
This year, the competition shifted from in-person to online in two weeks so students
had to pivot their training and strategies. Southeastern’s Sales Team had two
role-play competitors participate in NCSC. India Williams of Baton Rouge, who won
the Fall 2019 Internal Competition, and Conner Brian of Greenwell Springs, won the
Spring 2020 Internal Competition, were chosen to represent Southeastern this year.
In the wild-card round, Williams, pictured above, won first place in her room
and Brian won second place in his room. Williams was able to move on to the quarterfinals.
Overall, Southeastern was the runner-up for Top Rookie School, as this was the first
time to participate, giving the team an automatic bid to next year’s competition.
Transportation Services offers Southeastern Forever Hang Tag in the fall
When the 2021 parking hang tags go on sale on Aug. 3, Transportation Services will
offer a new and exciting option for full-time faculty and staff members – The Southeastern
Those that elect to enroll in the payroll deduction option will be provided with
our new Southeastern Forever hang tag. This new tag will not expire as long as the
employee remains on payroll deduction. Keeping the same tag year after year will
eliminate the need for annual visits to the Office of Transportation Services for
hang tag renewal.
For the employees who have already enrolled in payroll deduction, they will automatically
receive the Southeastern Forever tag this fall. Employees looking to enroll in payroll
deduction can do this in person at the Office of Transportation Services between Aug.
3 and Oct. 1. Enrolling in payroll deduction will automatically qualify employees
to receive the Southeastern Forever tag.
At the beginning of the spring semester we moved to an online registration system
for our employees. Online registration, along with our new hang tag option, will simplify
and expedite the hang tag purchasing process. All employees must complete the new
online registration process before picking up the 2021 tag in August. More instructions
about the new Southeastern Forever hang tag and this process will be provided later
in the summer.
Safety Specialist named to National Accreditation Commission Executive Committee
Lu Yuan, professor of occupational, safety, health, and environment, has been appointed
as an ExCom member (member-at-large) 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 2020-2021 commission executive committee.
ABET is a non-profit, private accrediting agency for programs such as computer
science, applied and natural science, including safety and health, engineering and
engineering technology, and is recognized as a leading accrediting agency to assure
confidence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
As a member-at-large, Yuan will assist with the statement editing process, serve
as team chair for one visit to an institution seeking accreditation or re-accreditation
during the cycle, and attend scheduled commission meetings of the executive committee.
“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.
Student wins national Virtual Speed Selling Competition
Displaying world-class agility, the Southeastern Sales Team recently honed new skills
to compete virtually in the National Collegiate Sales Competition, which was originally
planned to be hosted in Atlanta the week of March 23.
The NCSC staff, corporate judges, and student competitors quickly pivoted from
their semester-long preparation to compete in-person to an online format within a
two-week time frame. The Virtual Speed Selling Competition was judged by 16 corporate
Representing Southeastern were marketing majors and professional sales program
students Brielle Ricca, pictured above, Paxton Page, and Ashley Murphy who delivered
90-second elevator pitches live via web conference to the corporate judges.
Ricca won the top honors out of over 360 competitors by being selected the Top
Speed-Seller by more companies than any other student in the competition.
“We are proud of our student competitors for transitioning quickly to an online
competition format,” said April Kemp, student sales coach. “Our students worked hard,
and the outcome showed Southeastern was a fierce competitor."
For more information about the Professional Sales Program, contact Kemp at email@example.com or visit southeastern.edu/sales.
Southeastern Channel named Best in the Nation
For the seventh time the Southeastern Channel has won first place in the nation.
The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s cable television station, won national
first-place awards for “Best Live Television Sports Broadcast” and “Best Television
Hard News Reporting” as selected by College Broadcasters, Inc. at its 2019 National
Student Production Awards presented at the National Student Electronic Media Convention.
In addition, the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast, “Northshore News,”
won second place in the nation for “Best Television Newscast.” There were over 1,200
entries from colleges and universities across the nation.
Winning for “Best Live Television Sports Broadcast” was the Southeastern Channel’s
multi-camera production and live broadcast of the Southeastern vs. Abilene Christian
football game on October 20, 2018. Student Dylan Domangue of Houma was the play-by-play
announcer, while Richie Solares of New Orleans was the color analyst and Schuylar
Ramsey of Springfield was the sideline reporter.
Other crew members were Taylor Sharp of Walker, John Williams of Denham Springs,
Jeremy Gaines of New Orleans, Tyler Guidroz of Ponchatoula, Lily Gayle of Greensburg,
and Tyler Rogers and Gabrielle Cox of Hammond. The game broadcast was produced by
an entirely student crew.
“I know the hard work and preparation that we put into each of our broadcasts,
and to have that come full circle and pay off with us winning first place in the nation
is truly special,” Domangue said.
A student director of the Southeastern Channel’s live sports broadcasts, Domangue
did play-by-play announcing for the first time on the winning broadcast. He said that
the Southeastern Channel student crew members expect the best from each other, whether
they are announcers, directors, replay operators, graphics, audio mixers, or camera
“What separates the Southeastern Channel from everyone else in the country regarding
game broadcasts is the fact that we are all student run, and when it comes to our
broadcast, we have a student at every position on the crew,” Domangue said. “This
serves as an educational experience for us as we learn each position with the hopes
of doing this professionally one day.”
“I know when we started out most of us were inexperienced in broadcasting sporting
events, and now we are producing games at such a high level that we are not only nominated,
but we are winning first in the nation for them. That is truly special,” Domangue
FIRST IN THE NATION - The Southeastern Channel recently won first place in the nation honors for a pair
of student productions at the National Student Production Awards given by College
Broadcasters, Inc. Channel students won for “Best Live Television Game Broadcast”
with its October 20, 2018 broadcast of the Southeastern vs. Abilene Christian football
game, and for “Best Television Hard News Story” for a story on the “Pearl River Dam”
produced by Amanda Kitch of Covington for the student newscast, “Northshore News,”
which also won second place in the country for “Best College Television Newscast.”
Pictured from left are students John Sartori of Mandeville and Dylan Domangue of Houma.
Not pictured is Kitch.