Southeastern to host University of Louisiana System's Academic Summit March 30-31

Friday, March 24, 2017
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will host the sixth annual Academic Summit sponsored by the University of Louisiana System and its nine member institutions March 30-31.
     The summit features a wide range of activities, including a performance art showcase, art exhibition, presentations on undergraduate student research, and a faculty service learning conference.
     “For several years now, we have gathered annually to celebrate and showcase the academic excellence that thrives throughout our nine universities,” said Jim Henderson, president and chief executive officer of the University of Louisiana System. “The presentations and co-curricular activities that include service learning, undergraduate research, and artistic expression exemplify the mission of the system, which is to emphasize teaching, research and community service to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.”
     “Southeastern is pleased to be the host institution for the system’s Academic Summit, which showcases the diversity and strength of the UL System,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain.
     The program kicks off Thursday afternoon from 4-5 p.m. in the Pottle Auditorium with the Performing Arts Showcase, which will include performances and a reading by students from Grambling State University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University of New Orleans. The art exhibition and reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery, and will feature art in a variety of media by students from nearly all of the UL System institutions.
     Both the Performing Arts Showcase and the art exhibition are free and open to the general public.
     Featured speakers at the summit on Friday include Southeastern Professor of Philosophy Barbara Forrest, whose keynote presentation is titled “From Plato to Public Service.” Educator and architect Brad Deal, an adjunct instructor at the Louisiana Tech University School of Design, will discuss a partnership between the university and MedCamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
     The summit will also include faculty presentations on service-learning projects created and developed at their respective campuses that demonstrate the educational opportunities and learning experiences gained through such courses and projects.
     In addition, undergraduate students will present 80 oral and poster presentations on a wide range of topics throughout the duration of the summit.
     Additional information, including a detailed schedule, can be found on the Academic Summit website at
     The University of Louisiana System is comprised of nine member universities: Grambling State, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Southeastern, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and the University of New Orleans. It is the largest higher education system in Louisiana, enrolling more than 90,400 students.

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