Byran appointed KHS Department Head
SBDC to host radio talk show

Fotie awarded NSF grant
Grad student interviews Holocaust survivor

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Southeastern appoints Bryan as Kinesiology and Health Studies Department Head
Charity BryanAn educator with more than 23 years of kinesiology and health studies experience, Charity Bryan, has been appointed head of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Southeastern.
     A resident of Hammond, Bryan most recently served as the director of technology enhanced learning in the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University and clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education in WellStar College. Prior to her appointment at Kennesaw State University, she had two years of service at Louisiana State University and seven years of service at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Her appointment was approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
     “Little did anyone know that Charity’s decision to come to Southeastern in the spring semester to get a jumpstart on learning about the programs, faculty and students would actually be a race to the finish line. The finish line in this case was successfully getting as many students to complete the spring semester,” said Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth.
     Bryan’s first day at work was the Thursday after Mardi Gras. She spent the Mardi Gras break setting up her office, touring with her parents through Hammond, eating at favorite restaurants - what she thought was easing into the job, Carruth explained. The following week, the College of Nursing was well into planning mode for an inevitable conversion to remote learning using videoconferencing and online teaching strategies.
On her seventh day on the job, Bryan was the keynote speaker for the college-wide training in the Student Union Ballroom. And by day 10, the entire university was closing offices; it was day one of remote learning for faculty and students.
     “Charity has handled every challenge with efficiency, grace, humor and humility. There is no one who could have walked into a position of leadership and done as much as she has in eight short weeks,” Carruth said. “She has met with every faculty member and with every program in the department to learn more about where faculty want their programs to be in the short and long term. And the majority of the 1,100 majors have been advised so they can return in the summer or fall. She has not seen her family these eight weeks for fear of not being able to get back to work.”
     While at LSU, Bryan served as the inaugural director of LSU Online and as associate dean for Distance Learning and Professional Education for the College of Human Sciences and Education. She also served as associate professor professional practice and taught in the LSU School of Kinesiology. While at UL Lafayette from 2006-2013, Bryan served as assistant professor, department head, and finally as associate professor and director of the School of Kinesiology. She served as president of the UL Lafayette Faculty Senate and held the Vesta R. Bourgeois Endowed Professorship at UL Lafayette.
     Bryan is known for her expertise in children’s physical activity, online learning using new and blended learning models, and professional education. She is an active scholar in the areas of physical education pedagogy, as well as distance learning, and has published 22 national peer-reviewed manuscripts, eight international presentations, 45 national presentations, over 75 state/regional presentations, and has over $249,900 in grant funding. As lead author, Bryan and her colleagues received the 2018 Best Paper Award at the national Distance Learning Administration Conference, and she recently received a $25,000 grant from Affordable Learning Georgia to support the use of open educational resources (OERs) in her sport psychology class.
     Bryan received her undergraduate degree in physical education from Samford University, master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and doctoral degree from Louisiana State University.


radio talk show

LSBDC to host radio talk show on business recovery
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern is co-hosting a radio talk show with WTGG Tangi 96.5 in Hammond and The Highway 104.7 in Covington. Titled “Let’s Talk Recovery,” the program will air live on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next four weeks from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     The show is co-sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development, Northshore Business Council, U.S. Small Business Administration, Young Entrepreneurs Academy Louisiana Northshore, and Shelby P. LaSalle, Jr. L.L.C.
     “We will be discussing what small businesses could be doing to get ready for re-opening, as business will be slow and new practices must be adopted,” said Director of the Southeastern Small Business Development Center Bill Joubert. “Conversations will include sanitation practices, marketing, employees, financial situations and more.”
     Listeners can call in with comments or questions to 985-419-0965 or email


Southeastern graduate student interviews Holocaust survivor
Each year the Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern sponsors a year-long series of lectures for Constitution Day, Fanfare, Veterans Day, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
     Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison said that the department has had to cancel several lectures scheduled in March and April because of COVID-19, including a panel for Yom Hashoah that master’s candidate and HIPS Graduate Assistant Joseph Ricci organized.
     “Not to be outdone and determined that we must have some official observance of the day, Mr. Ricci conducted an interview with Holocaust survivor Max Eisen,” Robison said. “We are extraordinarily grateful to Mr. Eisen for agreeing to this interview and extremely proud of Mr. Ricci for arranging it.”
     Although Yom Hashoah was April 20 to 21, the interview is and will remain available on YouTube at



Southeastern professor awarded National Science Foundation grant
Jean FotieSoutheastern Professor of Organic Chemistry Jean Fotie was awarded a $265,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to develop greener and sustainable catalytic methods for the reductive functionalization of carbon dioxide (CO2).
     “Reducing the emission of carbon dioxide, one of the most significant long-lived greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere is one of the major challenges of our time,” said Fotie, a resident of Ponchatoula.
     Despite remarkable advances toward the capture and storage of CO2, Fotie believes that a large-scale transformation of the abundant and non-toxic feedstock into valued-added chemicals could provide an important incentive for CO2 recycling.
     “More than the obvious environmental remediation, this approach will be like turning CO2 into cash, and there is no better incentive than that for the chemical industry,” Fotie explained. “Of course, this requires the development of practical and sustainable catalytic systems that can enable a streamline fixation and conversion of CO2 into useful chemicals, preferably via continuous flow industrial processes.”
     “Dr. Fotie has been one of our most productive researchers for years, so it is no surprise that he has received this prestigious award,” said Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy. “It is not just the quality of the work that distinguishes his research, but it is the fact that he includes so many of our students in his research. This grant will not only help the scientific community, but will also lead to an outstanding educational experience for our students.”
     “The project objective is to develop a better understanding of how a number of active precious metals on one hand, and less active but earth-abundant metals on the other hand, respectively nano-dispersed in a range of sol-gel-derived organically modified silicates, would behave toward the reductive functionalization of CO2,” said Fotie.
     More importantly, Fotie said, these activities will provide a unique opportunity to create a research environment that combines three very different groups of students at different stages of their education, namely the high school students enrolled in Southeastern’s Math-Science Upward-Bound program, Southeastern undergraduate students, and Southeastern integrated science and technology master’s students.
     “This distinctive learning environment is designed to enable the younger generation to mirror their future through the lenses of their observations and interactions with the advanced generation,” Fotie explained. “Hopefully, this amazing group of researchers will be able to develop a new catalytic system that can enable the conversion of CO2 into important chemicals, a method that could eventually find application in continuous flow industrial processes.”


Good News Southeastern

Adapting to Change: Allie Gressaffa

Allie GressaffaSoutheastern students have been adjusting to the necessary changes that have been set in place by the university and government leaders to help protect the health and safety of the people in our community during COVID-19. Allie Gressaffa, a senior Elementary Education major for grades 1-5, shared her experience with these changes.
     Allie started student teaching in the fall of 2019 and planned to continue it until May 2020. She is a student teacher at Bonne Ecole Elementary in Slidell, Louisiana. Her student teaching has been “suspended until further notice” due to COVID-19.
     During these unusual times, Allie’s supervisors and professors have been in regular contact with her through her Southeastern Email, Moodle, and Google Meet. The professors are using this as a teaching experience. Allie said the student teachers are learning “how we can learn from this time to help our classroom and future students.”
     Through this experience and being a student teacher, Allie has learned that “students of all ages are being affected by this.”
     On March 22, Allie had the opportunity to participate in a “BEE Superstar Car Parade” with teachers from Bonne Ecole Elementary. The teachers were each in their own cars and followed a neighborhood map. The teachers decorated their cars and waved to students and their parents. She said, “we were so excited just to see how much our students miss us; [it] was so moving. I am so excited to go back to school if that is in the works and able to happen.”
     Allie was planning on graduating in the spring of 2020. She said that “it is upsetting because [we] still want our moment and want to be recognized, because we put in so much work into this, but we are all doing the best that we can and being as flexible as possible.”
     As part of Southeastern’s efforts to find a solution to this difficult situation, Allie received an email to participate in a survey from the Student Government Association (SGA) president, Karley Bordelon, about options regarding the time of graduation. The options included to graduate at the end of the summer of 2020, the end of the fall in 2020, not participate in graduation, and another option for students to add their own idea of a solution. Although it may not be in the exact manner they originally envisioned when embarking upon their academic journey, Southeastern and the SGA are committed to still helping these students celebrate their accomplishments in the best way possible, while ensuring the health and safety of them, their loved ones, and of everyone in our community.

Recent Coronavirus Communications

 SGA Elections and Virtual Student Recognition Week

From Dean of Students Gabe Willis




Chopped by the Coronavirus (David Wyld)


A Novel Virus Needs Novel Ideas for Business (David Wyld)

The “Cosmo Kramer Rule” for Retail After COVID-19: Why Retailers Need to Quickly Standardize Their Safety Protocols for Both Shoppers and Workers (David Wyld)



Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby (Communication and Media Studies) presented her research poster titled “Got an I.D.E.A.? An investigation of the organizational communication challenges of higher education diversity initiatives” at the Discerning Diverse Voices Symposium March 10 and 11, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.


     Anne Babson (English) just had an interview published in EcoTheo Review about her latest poetry collection "Messiah."


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