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
The 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
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
For more information about the awards and the application process, visit the
Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies’ web page at www.southeastern.edu/acad_research/programs/csls/.
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 HRSA.gov. For more information on LION VIP CARE, please visit southeastern.edu/lionvipcare.
Student organization visits the Cabildo
On 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