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
Online registration is available for both webinars at www2.lsbdc.org/events.aspx.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 southeastern.edu/commencement for updates and details on summer commencement 2020.
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 southeastern.edu/cse 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
KSLU named Best College Radio Station
Southeastern’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
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
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 kslu.org.
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
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 southeastern.edu/admissionslive.
“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 southeastern.edu/apply. The deadlines to apply is May 1 for summer and July 1 for fall.
For more information about Southeastern, visit southeastern.edu/explore.