Students shine at SEJC Conference
Southeastern transitions to online courses
SLU partners with Young Sanders Center

School of Nursing hosts workshop
SLU's Play4Kay raises funds
Students visit Cabildo

Southeastern in the News
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Southeastern takes home wins at Southeast Journalism Conference
SEJC awardsSoutheastern’s Journalism Championship Team traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss., recently to compete in the Southeast Journalism Championship and participate in conference workshops. In the Best in South competition, the team accepted awards for KSLU for best radio station and The Southeastern Channel as the best television station.
     Also honored in the Best in South competition in the Best Television Journalist competition, Chris Rosato of Mandeville finished third and Dylan Domangue of Houma finished fifth. December 2019 graduate Connor Ferrill of Mandeville finished third for Best Radio Journalist, and the Southeastern Channel’s “Northshore News” also finished third for Best College Video News Program.
     In the onsite Journalism Championship, Adam Cortez of Thibodaux finished first for radio reporting. Additionally, Rosato finished third in television anchoring, and Lauren Hawkins of Ponchatoula finished third in the media law category.
     “Adam Cortez wanted that first place finish, and he practiced and researched leading up to the conference,” said Press Club Advisor Dr. Amber Narro. “The onsite competition really challenges students to be at their best because they are challenged to work on deadline in real world circumstances. It is also a fantastic opportunity for students to test their skills against those of their peers. Having Lauren Hawkins and Chris Rosato also finish third in their competitions is wonderful for Southeastern.”
     Southeastern’s team finished 10th overall in the journalism championship, competing against teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The 2021 Southeast Journalism Conference will take place at Nicholls in February 2021.

Corona virus

Southeastern transitioning to online courses
Although there are no known cases of COVID19 currently on Southeastern’s campus, beginning Wednesday, March 18, out of an abundance of caution, Southeastern will transition all in-person classes to remote instruction until further notice. The move is an effort to limit instances where sizeable groups of individuals gather in close proximity.
     In order to allow for a more efficient transition for faculty and students, face-to-face classes will not meet from Friday, March 13, through Tuesday, March 17.
     “The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our paramount concern,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “The completion of the educational goals of our students is secondary only to their health, safety and well-being. These priorities guide all of our actions and decisions.”
     Several university-sponsored events scheduled to occur in the next few days have already been canceled. After this weekend, all university-sponsored events involving a significant number of participants will be canceled or rescheduled.
     Campus operations will continue, and employees are expected to report to work.

SLU’s Play4Kay raises $1,488 
Play for KayThe Southeastern Women’s Basketball program’s February 8 Play4Kay initiative, spearheaded by the Lady Lions’ support group PRIDE, brought together campus and community partners such as North Oaks Health System, SLU Athletics, SLU Student Affairs and CI Sports to support the national Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which is dedicated to scientific cancer research. Through a variety of fund raising activities, such as a stationary bike-a-thon during the game, the initiative raised $1,488.

     Celebrating are, from left, front row, Athletics Assistant Director of Marketing and Student Promotions Caitlin Wade, Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ayla Guzzardo, PRIDE founder and Play4Kay Chair Patsy Causey, student Macie Summers; second row, Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Summers, North Oaks Health System Public Relations Coordinator Melanie Zaffuto, PRIDE member and Athletics representative Bridget Giaratano, and Division of Student Affairs Head of Leadership and Service Zach Rogers; back row, Lady Lions Caitlyn Williams, Morgan Carrier and Daija Harvey, and Lion Athletic Association Vice President and PRIDE member Rita Bertolino.



The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies announces partnership with the Young Sanders Center
The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern has announced a new partnership with the Young Sanders Center. The partnership combines the resources of the two centers to advance scholarly research on Louisiana and surrounding regions of the South.
     The merger includes the creation of two scholarly awards – the J.Y. Sanders Research Scholar Award, designed to advance the research of an established scholar, and the Young Sanders Center Graduate Assistantship, which will support student research. Both awards will be based in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern.
     Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel Hyde said he was extremely pleased to be approached by members of the board of directors of the Young Sanders Center a couple of years ago.
     “The mission of our two entities perfectly support one another, and we are delighted to have the infusion of resources and research materials the partnership will eventually provide,” Hyde said. “The Young Sanders Center is currently based in Franklin, La., but the Sanders family maintained a home in Hammond, and Congressman Sanders represented a portion of the Florida Parishes during his tenure in Congress. The partnership represents a good fit for research collaboration and collections acquisitions.”
     Supported by a bequeath from Mary Elizabeth Sanders, the partnership and the accompanying awards program begin this spring. Hyde said the Research Scholar award carries a $10,000 stipend and the Graduate Assistantship includes full tuition at Southeastern, along with a $13,000 stipend to facilitate research and cover services provided to facilitate the partnership. May 1, 2020 is the application deadline for both awards.
     For more information about the awards and the application process, visit the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies’ web page at


School of Nursing, LION VIP CARE hosts workshop
The Southeastern School of Nursing and LION VIP CARE (Louisiana Increasing Opportunities for Nurse Veterans in Primary Care) recently hosted a workshop titled “Primary Care, Care Coordination, and Transition Management: New and Emerging Opportunities for Registered Nurses.” Nationally recognized speakers were invited to address primary care topics, such as the expanded roles of nurses to improve access and outcomes, key components of a successful healthcare model, billing codes, and various insurance plans. Nearly 100 healthcare professionals from the southeast region attended, including Southeastern nursing faculty, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, and health information management professionals.
     The School of Nursing would like to recognize LION VIP CARE for presenting free continuing education workshops. The LION VIP CARE program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1.2 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents of this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
     For more information, visit For more information on LION VIP CARE, please visit

Student organization visits the Cabildo
Cabildo visitOn Friday, March 6, Le Cercle Français, an official organization on campus, visited the Cabildo, the site of the Louisiana Transfer Ceremonies in 1803 and one of Louisiana’s most significant historical buildings. The members of the club had an opportunity to further their knowledge of the Creole language in Louisiana.
     Pictured, from left, are Tyler Thompson, Bradley Seidel, Caitlin Canning, Jacey Fitzmorris (Vice President), James Kinchen (President) and Aileen Mootoo-Robertson (Faculty Advisor).


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Dr. Jerry L. Parker (World Languages and Cultures) and Dr. Nan B. Adams (Educational Leadership and Technology) recently presented at the Louisiana Educational Research Association Conference. Their presentation was titled “Foreign Language Faculty Members’ Usage of Their Couse Textbook in Louisiana Universities.”
     Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching and Learning) joined colleagues in presenting “Building Relationships through Family Literacy Activities” and “Helping Children Develop Peer Relationships and Leadership Skills” at the Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference held in Tulsa, Okla. As vice-president of the Louisiana Early Childhood Association, Hailey also represented our state at public policy meetings taking place at the conference. 

     Bruce Craft (English) presented “We All Need the Human Touch: Why Humanities Matter in the ‘Corporate University’” and co-chaired the panel on “Excellence as a Metaphor for the University” at the Humanities Education Research Association (HERA) annual conference in Chicago March 4. Craft is also scheduled to present “The Discourse of Jim Crow: A Case Study of the (Un)Intended Marginalization of African-Americans in a Library of Congress Ethnographic Interview” and chair the panel on “Linguistic Identity” at the 87th annual Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in Oxford, Miss., March 28.
     Keith M. Finley’s (History and Political Science) article “White Flight and the Alteration of the Southern Political Narrative: Louisiana’s Sixth District Elects a Congressman, 1966” was published in the Winter 2020 Edition of Louisiana History.


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