Volunteers needed to combat COVID-19

SBDC offers webinars for businesses

KSLU Best College Radio Station

Spring Commencement postponed

Admissions offers online, live events

Tinsley Learning Center has student resources

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State colleges and universities seek student, retired and active healthcare volunteers to help combat COVID-19
Healthcare students, healthcare workers and retired healthcare workers have an opportunity to join the fight against COVID-19 by volunteering to help the state and the healthcare system. Louisiana Volunteers is a partnership of all higher education institutions in Louisiana, led by the University of Louisiana System and Louisiana State University, to mobilize students and graduates in healthcare professions.
     Volunteers from across Louisiana’s universities and community colleges with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, allied health professions, dentistry, pharmacy, counseling, mental/behavioral health and laboratory science, among others, are encouraged to become involved.
     The purpose of the website is to primarily mobilize healthcare students and graduates from universities and colleges throughout Louisiana to volunteer their time and talents, serving as force-multipliers to the existing healthcare workforce that is quickly getting stretched thin.
     The website is also available to active members or retirees of Louisiana’s healthcare workforce who are willing and able to assist in this statewide workforce augmentation effort.
     For more information, visit

SBDC to offer webinars on SBA Disaster Loans, CARES Act
Southeastern’s Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and St. Tammany Corporation are working together to provide free webinar resources to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
     The webinars are titled “SBA Disaster Loan: Application Guidelines,” offered daily March 30 through April 3 from 9 to 11 a.m., and “Rescuing America Business: Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act,” offered March 31 through April 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. 
     Southeastern SBDC Business Consultant Brandy Boudreaux will serve as guest speaker for the SBA Disaster Loan webinar and will walk attendees through the application process, while certified Public Accountant Bryon Garrety is the guest speaker form the CARES Act webinar.
     “The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was designed to combat the economic and health crisis brought about from the recent pandemic,” said Director of the Southeastern Small Business Development Center Bill Joubert. “The act includes a wide range of actions, including offering forgivable loans to small businesses that maintain payroll, providing direct payments to individuals and families, instituting economic relief for distressed industries, and extending significant financial support for hospitals and medical institutions. This webinar will help explain these programs.” 
     Online registration is available for both webinars at
     The SBDC has consulted 2,396 entrepreneurs (about 400 per year), helped secure over $256 million in loans and equity capital ($890,000 per week), obtained funding for over 80% of projects, created 2,022 jobs (about seven jobs per week), retained 642 (about two jobs per week), and provided over 21,000 hours of training to businesses and staff throughout the Northshore, Joubert explained.
     “The LSBDC at Southeastern is a great resource for regional businesses to navigate through this unprecedented event,” he said.      “For over 20 years we have been a champion for small businesses throughout south Louisiana, providing invaluable advice and assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in the region we serve.” 
     For more information, contact Southeastern’s SBDC at 549-3831 or


Southeastern Postpones Spring Commencement
Southeastern has postponed the spring commencement ceremonies scheduled May 16, university officials announced today.
     “Due to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Louisiana Governor's Office related to COVID-19 to avoid large group assemblies, Southeastern will not hold spring commencement on May 16 as originally scheduled,” said Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin. “Instead, based on input from student leaders, a summer commencement ceremony will be scheduled for late summer 2020 to celebrate the accomplishments of both spring and summer graduates.”
     Spring graduates will receive their diplomas via mail along with details about summer commencement, Maurin explained.
     “Although we are disappointed to delay this special event for our graduates, we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate their outstanding accomplishments at a time when it is safe to do so,” Maurin added.
     Graduates and their families are encouraged to monitor Southeastern’s commencement website at for updates and details on summer commencement 2020.

Tinsley Learning Center

Tinsley Learning Center has resources for students
The Tinsley Learning Center is a resource that Southeastern is currently providing for students through Google Meet.
     For those students who need help with a class, the Tinsley Learning Center is available to help. Visit and click on Tinsley Learning Center. Select tutoring sessions to find specific classes. Students can also join a Google Meet group that works with their schedule.

     Tutoring is available for the following classes: 
 Math: 105, 151/161, 162, 163, 175, 200, 201, and 241
 Chemistry: 101, 107, 121, 122, 265, and 266
 Physics: 191, 192, and 221
 French: 101, 102, 201, and 202
 Accounting: 200


KSLU named Best College Radio Station
Adam CortezSoutheastern’s KSLU took home top honors in the Best College Radio Station and Radio News Reporting categories at this year’s Southeastern Journalism Conference competition.
     KSLU sportscaster and “Half Time Adjustments” host Adam Cortez of El Paso, Tex., pictured above, represented KSLU during the on-site competition, placing first in Radio News Reporting. A junior communication major and Southeastern track athlete, Cortez took home first place honors for his news package covering the African American History Museum. 
     Recent Southeastern graduate, Connor Ferrill of Mandeville, helped KSLU earn the Best College Radio Station title for the second year in a row. His daily newscasts featured exclusive stories with in-depth interviews from newsmakers. 
     “Connor Ferrill’s high level of professionalism and ability to convey complex information in an easy to understand manner set him apart from other competitors in the field,” said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney.
     The Southeast Journalism Conference celebrates student journalism and offers an opportunity for participants to develop relationships with students from schools across the Southeast United States. 
     “KSLU regularly participates and places in conference events, taking home ‘Best College Radio Station’ and ‘Best Radio Journalist’ in the 2019 competition,” Delaney explained.
     Available on terrestrial radio, online, and through digital streaming apps, KSLU opens the door for student broadcasters to pioneer their own programs, creating something uniquely their own, and uniquely Southeastern, Delaney said. Programming includes music, live broadcasts of sporting events, and community-oriented talk shows. 
     “KSLU provides Southeastern students with the real world experience necessary to be successful in their chosen fields,” Delaney said.
     For more information about KSLU, visit


Admissions offers online and live events
This spring, Southeastern’s Office of Admissions is finding new, innovative ways to stay in touch with high schoolers and their families while the university operates remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s stay at home order, prospective student events for March and April have been canceled, bringing about not only challenges, but also new opportunities for the admissions staff.
     Technology has offered one such opportunity. Southeastern Admissions is utilizing multiple online sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Zoom, to facilitate live streaming events. Students, parents and family members can also schedule appointments with university recruiters or take virtual tours of campus. A new website incorporates existing tools and new strategies to help students near and far stay connected to Southeastern. The one-stop source for admissions virtual events and updates can be found at
     “We are excited to be among the first in the region to launch a dedicated website to continue to serve our future Lions during the statewide closures. Moving quickly to online was an easy switch for the Admissions Team,” said Director of Admissions Anthony Ranatza. “You matter here is not just a tagline - it is personal with our team. We want to connect at-home families with the Southeastern family to better provide a smooth transition to university life. This website allows us to stay constantly connected during these challenging times.”
     Future students can still apply online for admission to Southeastern for summer and fall semesters at The deadlines to apply is May 1 for summer and July 1 for fall.
     For more information about Southeastern, visit

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Adapting to Change: Brooke Giaratano

Brooke GiaratanoStudents across the country are adapting to changes due to COVID-19 and transitioning to remote classes for the remainder of the semester, and students at Southeastern are no exception.
     Communication sciences and disorders graduate student Brooke Giaratano, of Ponchatoula, graduated from Southeastern in December 2019 with a bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders. She is currently a graduate assistant for Southeastern’s Tinsley Learning Center.
     Brooke has experienced new modes of learning as well as ways to help other students through the challenges that COVID-19 has brought this semester.
     She said that this experience has been a challenge in the sense of “keeping up with your assignments,” but she has overcome this challenge by “sticking to a healthy routine just as you would when having face-to-face classes.” Brooke is also using resources, such as Google Calendar, while adapting to online classes.
     The professors in communication sciences and disorders have provided Brooke with support through Southeastern email, Moodle, Google Meet, and Google Classroom. Additionally, they have provided an opportunity to create student interaction online through discussion boards and have been in frequent contact with their students, continuing to be available during office hours to meet any educational needs.
     Brooke expressed her gratitude for the support and being able to use Google Meet.
     “This has been helpful in maintaining a form of community and normalcy,” she said. “Google Meet also gives us opportunities to ask questions during lectures, just as we would in aface-to-face format.”
    She has not only used Google Meet for interaction and participation during classes, but she has also used it when meeting with classmates to complete group projects or to have study groups.
     Brooke has taken an opportunity to use many resources Southeastern has provided to continue to support her education, as well as help bring educational experiences to others. As a graduate assistant for the Tinsley Learning Center, she helps students attend tutoring sessions online through Google Meet.
     She said Southeastern’s Tinsley Learning Center is offering a valuable resource for undergraduate students who need tutoring through Google Meet for select courses. Students can find the calendar for drop-in tutoring sessions on Southeastern’s website.
     “This is a great opportunity for students to stay connected with Southeastern, and it is available for all undergraduate students,” she said. “Students can access many resources for remote learning during this time.”
     In the upcoming weeks, Brooke plans to continue to connect with her classmates, friends, and family through Google Meet. Additionally, she has enjoyed having this time to complete schoolwork outside and will continue to have a positive outlook on the situation, using this time to seek new educational opportunities through this experience.
     “Overall, although this is not an ideal situation, I feel that I have adapted well to the changes that COVID-19 has brought,” Brooke said. “I plan to continue to work hard in my classes and make the best of this situation.”

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