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Division of Extended Studies announces new catalog/Web site

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Division of Extended Studies, formerly the Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities, is unveiling a new comprehensive catalog and Web site this fall. 
     The name of the catalog, “Continuing U,” and tag line, “Learning for Today and Tomorrow,” were determined by a Southeastern focus group formed earlier this spring, said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president of the division.
     “We wanted to articulate to our non-credit students and potential students that lifelong learning is about an individual “U,” which can be interpreted as ‘you,’ and not about a department or division,” said Gunter. “At the same time, our Division of Continuing Education is now the Division of Extended Studies and Continuing U was a way to make that transition while partially maintaining the familiar phrase, continuing education.”
     The catalog features the many non-credit courses available in Hammond at the main campus, in Mandeville at the St. Tammany Center, and in Walker at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center. The catalog will be available two to three times per year, announcing upcoming leisure and professional development opportunities throughout the region.
     Stella Helluin, director of the St. Tammany Center, said one of the center’s more senior students claims to have taken almost every class offered there. “With our new catalog theme of ‘Continuing U,’ we believe more individuals will look at learning as a lifelong practice, as he does, and not strictly as an activity for individuals establishing their initial paths in life,” she said.
     In addition to the catalog, the division will launch a new and improved, comprehensive Web site,, later this fall. 
     “The Extended Studies Web site will focus on promoting non-credit programming throughout the region by highlighting diverse offerings in leisure and workforce/professional development programs,” said Tom Dawsey, coordinator of special projects in the division. “The Web site will also continue to list credit courses at our off-campus locations and via distance education. Summer activities such as camps and high school workshops will be listed, as well as updates from the Community Music School.”
     Gunter said the list of leisure and workforce/professional development courses has increased to over 95 since last spring. 
     “We are excited about the potential to serve the educational needs of individuals interested in lifelong learning,” she said. “We are also excited about our non-credit instructors and their passion for teaching our non-credit students.”
     Helluin said participants in classes at the St. Tammany Center enjoy learning, especially when they can apply what they learn to their everyday lives. 
     “We are really excited about our Green Living Series of classes, where students will learn how to reduce their montly utility bills,” she said. “In addition to those classes, we are also offering a number of technology classes, including Microsoft certification and test prep classes, such as those for the ACT and notary examination.”
     Additional course offerings at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center include “Introduction to Elementary Spanish,” “Senior Citizens Financial Planning,” and “Introduction to the Internet.” A variety of course offerings in Hammond include several Microsoft 2007 courses, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
     For more information and a complete list of course offerings at all three locations, contact the Division of Extended Studies at 1-800-256-2771. For an electronic copy of the catalog, send an email request to

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