Graduates celebrated virtually
Some fees waived for Summer Online
Summer work schedule begins today

Artigues elected to LBCA Hall of Fame

Student reporter honored with award
Alumni launches business directory

Channel named Best Station in South


ROTC cadets commissioned

Coronavirus Updates
Southeastern in the News



Southeastern celebrates graduates virtually
congratulationsIn order to honor its spring 2020 graduates, Southeastern hosted a virtual celebration Saturday in advance of the still-planned face-to-face commencement later this summer.
     “Graduating college is a top 10 moment in most people’s lives,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “At Southeastern we do everything we can to put students first and wanted to take the moment to truly acknowledge this incredible time for these new graduates.”
     Southeastern put together a virtual celebration with messages from multiple speakers, including Robin Roberts, Southeastern alumna and Good Morning America host. The celebration was geared toward sharing the excitement of a normal commencement, which was to be held Saturday, May 16.
     “While we still plan to have a face-to-face commencement for this spring’s graduates later this year, we also wanted everyone to take a little time to celebrate on the original day of commencement,” said Chief Enrollment Management Officer Kay Maurin.
     Students were able to share and participate in the celebration remotely.
     “The virtual commencement celebration experience was a complete surprise and an amazing tribute to 2020 grads like myself. From Southeastern’s very own Robin Roberts’ video of encouragement to the fun and spirited social media filters this is such a unique idea,” said graduate Aubree Weldon of Baton Rouge. “Thank you to everyone who thought of us and wanted to give us our special moment to end the semester. This semester may not have ended the way we planned, but the commencement page was definitely a fun way to celebrate us as graduates of Southeastern Louisiana University!”
     Southeastern celebrated approximately 1,100 graduates, including 380 men and 734 women, who were receiving 16 different degrees and representing 22 states and 19 countries.
     Commencement videos can be viewed here. A social media wall featuring photos shared by spring 2020 graduates can be viewed here

summer online

Southeastern announces fee waivers for Summer Online
In order to provide greater access to summer classes, Southeastern is waiving all student-assessed fees and non-resident fees for the summer semester. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate students.
     Chief Enrollment Management Officer Kay Maurin said Southeastern is committed to ensuring the population it serves has access to higher education during this challenging time.
     “We care about the financial health of our students. Southeastern is waiving these fees for the summer semester due to the evolving nature of this unique time and need for summer classes by so many students,” Maurin said. “We want our students to be able to continue with their educational goals, even during a time when they may be experiencing hardships in other areas of their lives.”
     With the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on so many, Southeastern moved forward to ensure students have the best possible opportunities to continue pursuit of their educational goals by significantly reducing the cost of the upcoming summer semester.
     The summer semester is offered in three terms: two four-week terms, one in June and one in July, and one eight-week term running June through July. A broad range of courses is being offered across all three terms.
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Artigues elected to LBCA Hall of Fame 

Jay Artigues

Southeastern Director of Athletics Jay Artigues has been elected to the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, association executive director Tim O’Neal announced Wednesday.
     Joining Artigues in the Class of 2021 are Bob Lemons (St. Amant H.S.), Larry Schneider (Rummel H.S.), Johnny Hoffpauir (Vidalia H.S.), Larry Stegall (Downsville H.S.), John Altobello (DeLaSalle H.S.) and Rick Jones (Tulane).
     Inductions will be held at the annual LBCA Convention, slated for Jan. 15-16, 2021.
     The new class will join previously inducted members Tony Johns, Dwayne “Beetle” Bailey, Skip Bertman, Micah Harper, Don Boniol, M. L. Woodruff, Reginald Lambright, Jeff Schexnaider, Ronnie Coker, David Moreau, Ron Maestri, Wilbert Ellis and Tony Robichaux.
     Artigues served as the head baseball coach at Southeastern from 2006 until taking over as the athletic director following the 2013 season. He compiled a 276-188 on-field record, placing him second on the school’s all-time wins list.
     Southeastern baseball established itself as a growing force in the region under Artigues, producing three All-Americans, four Freshman All-Americans, a Capital One Academic All-American, the NCBWA National Stopper of the Year, the Southland Conference’s Player, Hitter, Relief Pitcher and Freshman of the Year, numerous All-Conference and Southland All-Academic players, as well as Southeastern single-season and career record holders.
     He was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Co-Coach of the Year in 2010 after Southeastern climbed into the national rankings for the first time at the Division I level. The Lions remained in the polls for eight straight weeks that season, reaching as high as No. 17.
     A member of Artigues’ first Lion squad, Wade Miley, was a first-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 MLB Draft, represented the club in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and was honored by the Sporting News as their Rookie of the Year for the National League that same season.

Southeastern Channel named Best Television Station in the South
For the fifth time in the past eight years, the Southeastern Channel has been recognized as the “Best College Television Station in the South.”
     The channel earned first place “Best of South” honors for the second year in a row and the third time in the past five years at the annual Southeast Journalism Conference in Hattiesburg, Miss. Its five years of winning “Best TV Station” since 2013 are the most of any university in the southeast region of the U.S. During that span the only times that the Southeastern Channel did not win first place, it won second place. 
     The SEJC is comprised of 39 universities from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Southeast Journalism Conference celebrates student journalism and offers an opportunity for participants to develop relationships with students from schools throughout the southeast United States. 
     “It’s a great honor to once again be ranked as the very best college television station in the South,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “This is a tribute to the high quality standards of our students, the Southeastern Channel staff, and the television instructors in the Department of Communication and Media Studies.” 
     In addition, the Southeastern Channel won third place for “Best College Video Newscast” for the student newscast, “Northshore News.” The newscast has won first place four times in the past nine years, the most of any school in the region.

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SEJC winners

SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL IS BEST IN THE SOUTH -- The Southeastern Channel was recently honored with first place “Best Television Station in the South” recognition for the fifth time in eight years by the Southeast Journalism Conference, made up of schools from all states in the southeast U.S. The channel also won third place “Best of South” honors for “Best TV Newscast” for “Northshore News.” Individual students honored (from left) were Dylan Domangue of Houma, fifth place for “Best TV Journalist;” Lily Gayle of Greensburg, reporter for award-winning “Northshore News;” and Chris Rosato of Mandeville, third place for both “Best TV Journalist” and “Best TV Anchoring.”


Summer work schedule begins today
Effective today, May 18, the university began a four-day workweek with 10-hour days. The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university is from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The university will resume the four and a half day (4 1/2) workweek on Aug. 10.
     It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to special circumstances. The university has a Flexible Schedule Policy to facilitate such requests which can be found on the university's website. An approved flexible work schedule must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the beginning of the semester. A request for a flexible schedule is not required for those employees that are continuing to work remotely. 
     Any questions regarding the return to work plan for a specific area should be addressed to the Department/Unit Head. Each Vice President will communicate to departments as plans are finalized for a return to work. Departments should expect that working remotely will not change until an official notification has been communicated from the respective Vice President. 
     It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension 2282 or Khalli Hagan at extension 2088 as the need arises.


Dylan Meche

Southeastern student reporter honored with award from LA-MS APME
The work of a staff reporter of Southeastern’s student-run newspaper, The Lion’s Roar, recently placed first in the category of Editorials in the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors competition. 
     Dylan Meche, a sophomore political science major from Baton Rouge, was recognized for his editorial writing. The three pieces selected for recognition opined various topics ranging from registering to vote, open relationships, and the struggles of students new to campus. 
     “It is very exciting to be recognized in this way,” said Meche. “I am extremely thankful to have been part of this wonderful newspaper staff throughout the past year. The creative work that my fellow staff reporters put out on a weekly basis makes me proud to be associated with The Lion's Roar. These wonderful, talented and determined people have allowed our paper to reach new heights, and I am looking forward to seeing how high we can go.” 
     Since joining the staff of The Lion’s Roar as a reporter last October, Meche has been assigned to write both news and opinion pieces. 
     “It is great to hear that Dylan has been recognized for his editorial writing,” said Jacob Summerville, editor-in-chief of The Lion’s Roar and a political science junior from Greenwell Springs. “Ever since he joined the staff last fall, Dylan has been a strong writer and a diligent reporter. His first-place award is fitting for the amount of thought and structuring he puts into each opinion piece. I’m excited to see where else he’ll win awards and how he’ll improve as a reporter.”

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Southeastern Alumni launches business directory
Southeastern Alumni Association has launched the Southeastern Connect business directory, the association’s newest platform feature. The platform allows alumni business owners to showcase and promote their businesses to other graduates free of charge. 
     The Southeastern Connect platform is an established source for online networking, mentoring and job searches for alumni, and the business directory is now an added benefit, said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
     “Business profiles provide platform users an in-depth description of the business’s operations and accurate contact information,” said Biggs. “There’s even an option to message the owner directly through our platform, and unlike other websites or social media platforms, users can be confident about who is receiving their questions, comments, or concerns because each business account is directly linked to an individual profile.”
     Biggs said listed businesses have the option to extend exclusive offers to fellow alumni that are completely customizable for each business.
     “Whether it’s a discount, a special add-on to a purchase, or something even more unique, all users can access and benefit from these offers that are exclusive to the platform,” Biggs explained. “Users can also enjoy an easy search option based on business name or geographic location that makes finding businesses a breeze.”
     “During this time of uncertainty and financial loss, we need to support our alumni, friends and community more than ever,” Biggs continued. “We are excited for the opportunity to give our alumni owned businesses a platform that allows their business to shine.”
     To join the business directory, visit to create a personal account. Once a profile is established, a business can be registered in the directory. 
     Biggs said those who do not own a business could support fellow alumni by creating a personal account, searching the directory for local businesses, and enjoying special offers and benefits.
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Southeastern ROTC Cadets commissioned 
The Southern University Army ROTC Department conducted its spring 2020 Virtual Commissioning Ceremony May 14, via Zoom. The virtual ceremony included two cross-enrolled cadets from Southeastern.
     Cadet Katie Tyson of Covington and Cadet Taylor Westbrook of Franklinton also achieved the necessary requirements to become commissioned officers in the United States Army. Southern University Army ROTC has six cadets, who will commission in the United States Army as active duty officers and members of the Louisiana Army National Guard.
     The guest speaker for the event was former Southern University Assistant Professor of Military Science, Major General Joel K. Tyler. Major General Tyler is currently the Commanding General of the Army Test and Evaluation Command Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Good News Southeastern

Adapting to Change - David Faucheux

David FaucheuxStudents and faculty members at Southeastern have adapted to the changes brought by COVID-19 during the spring 2020 semester and are preparing to continue to adapt in future semesters. Management Professor David Faucheux shared his insight during this semester and as students continue to adapt during the summer semester. Faucheux has many years of experience and a successful career in advertising and marketing that he shares with 300 students each semester through Management 101, Fundamentals of Business Success.
     Faucheux adapted to the changes COVID-19 brought, finding ways to bring the irreplaceable experience of face-to-face classes in the best way possible through live virtual classes. He began the live virtual classes inside of his classroom at Southeastern and moved to set up a classroom setting within his home for students to continue to be guided for success and experience learning in the online setting. He put time and thought into creating the best opportunity for students explaining, “I brought the same energy, enthusiasm, positive attitude as if we were in the classroom. Every class was a customized opportunity with structure, preparation and organization.”
     Faucheux expressed that there were a variety of challenges that students had to face, such as internet and technology access, environmental factors, loss of jobs, and fears. He recognized how students adapted.
     “In spite of all of this, our students should be applauded for going the extra mile, working harder, striving for more and giving it their best,” he said. “Our students welcomed the challenge and transformed it into an opportunity. They were positive, understanding and accepted this as a temporary learning moment.”
     As students finish the final days of the semester and plan to embark and continue their journey at Southeastern, Faucheux encourages students to think in a positive direction.
     “This is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new chapter, a new story to be told,” he said.
     Faucheux is dedicated to helping his students continue to know the importance of learning throughout their lifetime, and how they can continue to strive to learn during these circumstances.
     “The coronavirus has shifted the paradigm in all walks of life, changed the way we work and live, but it will never change our mission, our purpose, and our passion,” he said. “This has been a truly awesome learning experience for me [and]...has challenged me to think different, expect different, adapt different and learn different.”

Recent Coronavirus Communications

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Video update from President John Crain

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