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Insurance executive to address Southeastern graduates
Louisiana insurance executive C. Allen Bradley Jr. of DeRidder will serve as commencement speaker at Southeastern's fall graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the University Center, the ceremony will recognize approximately 1,300 students receiving bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.
The commencement ceremony will feature the introduction of this year's class of "Golden Graduates," members of the Class of 1962 and previous years, who will lead the new graduates into the University Center dressed in golden academic regalia.
Bradley is the president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Amerisafe, a specialty provider of worker's compensation insurance for small to mid-size employers engaged in hazardous industries, such as construction, trucking and agriculture. The firm is marketed in 33 states and has more than 400 employees.
A member of the firm since 1994, he has served in various executive capacities, including general counsel and secretary. He has managed various departments at Amerisafe, including underwriting operations and safety services.
Prior to joining Amerisafe, Bradley was engaged in a private law practice. From 1984 to 1992, he served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure and headed the Rural Caucus from 1990 to 1992.
A 1973 graduate of Southeastern, he earned his law degree from LSU in 1976. In 2011, Bradley was selected as a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for the Gulf Coast Region. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.
Graduate Nursing Program receives federal grant to target medically underserved areas
Southeastern's School of Nursing is now offering an Advanced Education Nurse Traineeship Program (AENT) for nursing students pursuing a graduate degree.
The AENT is made available through a $637,350 grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to university officials.
"Through this grant, we can completely support 15 students for two years," explained Graduate Nursing Coordinator Lorinda J. Sealey. "Once students apply and we make the awards, it will be retroactive for this semester, starting September 1."
Sealey said the impetus behind applying for the grant was the need to increase the number of healthcare providers in underserved areas.
"With the Affordable Care Act, we're predicting a greater demand for primary care providers because more people will be eligible for healthcare," Sealey said. "The federal government determines where there are professional health care shortages. This includes almost all of Louisiana, particularly rural areas."
Sealey said the funding should provide enough financial support for graduate nursing students to complete the program at a full-time pace, rather than extending the time of study over a longer period.
Interested applicants must show interest in working in rural and medically underserved areas. The program encourages applications from veterans who are registered nurses with bachelor's degrees and are looking to become nurse practitioners, says Sealey.
"I'm committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students, specifically disadvantaged students, including ethnic minorities and students from health professional shortage areas. A lot of our students meet the requirements."
Southeastern's Graduate Nursing Program is part of a four-university intercollegiate consortium that includes the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, McNeese State University and Nicholls State University. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
For more information on applying for one of the traineeships, contact Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator Lorinda J. Sealey, PhD, RNC-MNN, at 549-5045, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information is available at www.southeastern.edu/graduatenursing.
Cowser cited as one of CityBusiness Women of the Year
Erin Cowser, Southeastern executive director of public and governmental affairs, was named one of New Orleans CityBusiness' Women of the Year for 2012.
In its 14th year, Women of the Year recognized 50 women who have helped move the region forward with energy, innovative ideas, achievements and a commitment to excellence. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, and a committee selects recipients based on their business and community achievements and involvement and how that work combined is making the region a better place overall. The award is sponsored annually by the business publication and was presented at a luncheon on Friday (Nov. 16).
In her position, Cowser works on public policy and public relations initiatives for the university. She serves as legislative liaison for the university and interfaces with the university's various units, as well as with both private and public agencies. Her duties include the development and implementation of strategic communications and identity initiatives to create, promote and maintain the university's highly regarded reputation in the community.
A resident of Hammond, Cowser is a recipient of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Chairman's Award and the 2009 Community Service Award. She was named one of the "Northshore's Finest" by Inside Northside Magazine in 2010 as part of a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraising event. She is the 2010 recipient of the Edwin Crawford National Award for Leadership in State Relations and Institutional Advocacy, which recognized her efforts to rejuvenate Southeastern's governmental relations by recruiting alumni and community partners to serve as vocal advocates in support of the university.
She serves on the Hammond Chamber Board of Directors and United Way of Southeast Louisiana Leadership Board, and also as university liaison to the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center Board of Directors.
A graduate of LSU with a bachelor's degree in mass communications, she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in organizational communication at Southeastern.
Yuan recognized with award
Lu Yuan, assistant professor of OSHE, was selected as the recipient of Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (GBRASSE) Langlois-Weigand Award 2011-2012.
The Langlois Weigand award goes to an individual who has given extra time or effort to the chapter way beyond simply attending meetings. It is intended to recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly (via their time, efforts, and expertise) over a long period of time both to the chapter and to the field of safety in general.
"Dr. Yuan is very deserving of this award and is a member of a great team of OSHE faculty," said Sebastian Van Delden, department head of Computer Science and Industrial Technology. "OSHE graduates are doing well and the program is growing faster than originally forecasting thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dr. Yuan and his colleagues."
Yuan was recognized for his important role in helping Southeastern to achieve ABET accreditation; his research on ergonomics in construction and library environments; for being a trusted advisor and educator of future safety professionals at Southeastern; and as an active member of the GBR chapter.
Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world's oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community's standards for excellence and ethics.
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will host their annual ceramics sale in the Student Union on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 26 and 27. The sale is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and will offer mugs, vases, pitchers, and bowls, all of which are food safe.
Soprano to visit Southeastern
World-renowned soprano Lisette Oropesa, right, will visit Southeastern on Monday, Nov. 26, to present a masterclass for Southeastern's vocal students. The session will take place in Pottle Auditorium from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The event is being organized and sponsored by the members of Southeastern's FORTISSIMO student organization.
"The opportunity to be able to host one of the finest operatic voices of our generation is an incredible achievement by our students," said Ken Boulton, interim department head of Fine and Performing Arts. "This will be an experience they will always remember."
Soprano Lisette Oropesa has been hailed by The New York Times as an artist with a "magnetic" stage presence, and an "attractively silky, and flexible timbre." Opera News asserts "she wields a distinctive, bell-like timbre that is instantly appealing."
Oropesa is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. While at the Met she performed a variety of roles, including the role of Lisette in La Rondine, Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and the Waldvogel in Siegfried, conducted by James Levine. Additionally, she performed Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzer at Weill Recital Hall-Carnegie Hall with James Levine and Daniel Barenboim at the piano.
Southeastern to present first Faculty Chamber Recital
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present its first ever Faculty Chamber Recital on Nov. 26.
Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium, "Musical Treasures for Winds, Piano and Voice," is the first concert in a new faculty series, said Kenneth Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
"This is the first concert in our new Southeastern Faculty Chamber Series," Boulton said, "and it is designed to increase collaborative opportunities among our performance faculty, as well as expose our students to unique and fresh repertoire that is outside the realm of what they are accustomed to experiencing."
The concert will feature Southeastern faculty Rachel Ciraldo, flute; Arisia Gilmore, horn; Jackie McIlwain, clarinet; Alissa Rowe, soprano; Scott Smith, oboe; Jerry Voorhees, bassoon; and Boulton, piano.
The program includes "Quartet in F" by Gioacchino Rossini, "Six Cuban Dances," by Ignacio Cervantes, "As it Fell Upon a Day" by Aaron Copland and "Sextuor," by Francis Poulenc.
For additional information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
Columbia Theatre to present The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68
Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68 on Thursday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbia Theatre Interim Director C. Roy Blackwood said the band's historic performance has been re-mastered in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound to bring the definitive version to the screen for the first time.
"The Doors supplied plenty of post-Independence Day fireworks on July 5, 1968, when the legendary quartet played the Hollywood Bowl, a concert that is considered to be the band's finest on file," Blackwood said. "Fans will be able to experience the acclaimed live set – the only complete Doors concert ever captured on film – in a brand new cut, with remixed stereo and a surround audio soundtrack taken from the original multi-track tapes then re-mastered using high definition digital transfer."
Led by front man Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and fellow band members John Densmore on drums and Robby Krieger on guitar, the Doors thrill the live audience at the iconic Hollywood Bowl with a set that includes previously lost performances of "Hello, I Love You," "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)," and "Spanish Caravan."
Live at the Bowl also features new documentary material, including interviews with the band, their friends and colleagues and other never-before-seen footage.
Tickets are $11 each and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371.
For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.
'Toys from the Heart' brings joy to area children
Many Southeastern student organizations have found that nothing warms the heart more than giving the gift of joy to a young child.
For the seventh consecutive year, Southeastern's Kappa Alpha Psi., Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and Zeta Phi Beta sorority will do just that by giving "Toys from the Heart" to underprivileged children in the local community.
Teaming with Recreational Sports and Wellness, the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA), and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, the organizations expect to collect enough toys for 400 children this holiday season.
"When Kappa approached us with the idea years ago, we wanted to help 200 families; now we have so many partners that we expect to serve 400 this year," said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. "We ask that children ranging from newborn to age 12 come to pick out their own toy. We love to see the look on their faces and it warms the hearts of our students to see the difference they are making."
Summers said the students are asking the Hammond community and all Southeastern departments, faculty, staff and students to make a donation of a toy or a monetary donation toward the purchase of a new toy.
New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov 26-29 and Dec. 3-6. Donation boxes will also be located at the MISA office in the Student Union, room 206, and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue.
Summers said special events are planned to collect toys for the giveaway. Back by popular demand is Dancing for Dolls, a Zumba Fitness event, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, from 5:30-7 p.m. Led by fitness instructor Sarah Trattler, the event will offer a beginner friendly Barbie Bootcamp from 5:30 – 6 p.m.; Zumba Fitness from 6 - 6:30 p.m.; and cardio line dance from 6:30 – 7 p.m. The general public is welcome to attend, and admission is one unwrapped toy.
On Nov. 28, Recreational Sports and Wellness will be hosting "Jingle Bells with Santa and the Elves." All faculty, staff and students are invited over to the Pennington Student Activity Center from 2 – 5 p.m. to participate in the event. The general public and Southeastern faculty, staff and students attending are asked to bring one new toy or make a $5 donation to the project.
Families interested in receiving toys may register for the drive by calling the MISA office at 549-3850 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday until registration is full. Requests are filled on a first come, first served basis, and registration begins Nov. 19.
Those registering children must speak with a person; no messages will be taken. Toys will be given to registered families Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
For more information about "Toys from the Heart," contact the MISA office at 549-3850.
Southeastern offers peek into careers in Physical Sciences
Area high school and college students received in-depth views into career possibilities in chemistry, physics and engineering at the second Career Paths in the Physical Sciences program held last week (Nov. 2) on the Southeastern campus.
Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Physics, the program featured panel discussions with professionals from industry, government, and higher education, including graduate schools. The program was funded by the Student Government Association.
Debra Dolliver, Southeastern associate professor of chemistry who coordinated the program, said approximately 50 students from area high schools and some university students attended the event and learned first-hand from professionals employed in various occupations.
Representatives on the panel on industry and government – with professionals from firms and agencies such as V-Labs, Inc. of Covington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Northrop Grumman and Shell – provided information on their backgrounds, the important skills needed in their work and their experiences in college. The academic panel, with representatives from LSU, Tulane and the University of Alabama, delved into the process and benefits of graduate education and the life of a professor.
Participants also heard from current graduate students at area institutions, who explained their experiences in graduate school, various compensation programs in graduate education, and their plans for the future.
Tours of research laboratories at Southeastern and chemistry and physics demonstrations were provided by upper level Southeastern students in the chemistry and physics program.
Above: Jeremy Haase of Loranger High School, left, participates in a demonstration of chemically freezing a rose at Southeastern's CaPPS program that provided information for area students on careers in the fields of chemistry, physics and engineering. Supervising the activity are Southeastern chemistry students Bijay Bhattarai, center, and Suraj Ayer.
Swabbin' 4 Robin update
Southeastern sophomore Jacob Bellairs of Hammond swabs his cheek in the Student Union mall as part of the process to be enrolled in the Be the Match database, an effort intended to increase awareness of bone marrow transplant needs and to collect potential donors.
The campus-wide, student-led initiative will continue through the spring semester and is being conducted in honor of Southeastern alumna and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who is currently recovering from a bone marrow transplant. Swabbin' 4 Robin has signed up approximately 250 donors to date. Additional information can be found on the web site www.southeastern.edu/swabbin4robin.
FE-Lions Champagne Bingo reserved tables on sale
Reserved tables are on sale now for the annual "Ladies Champagne Bingo" fundraiser, sponsored by the FE-Lions, the popular social organization for female fans of Southeastern athletics.
Ladies Champagne Bingo is scheduled for Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks. All proceeds from the event benefit Southeastern athletics. The event features champagne, orange juice, mimosas and a light lunch, silent and live auctions and eight games of bingo.
"Since its inception in 2004, Ladies Champagne Bingo has grown each year to become one of the most anticipated fundraising events on Southeastern's campus," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "There will be food, lots of entertainment, and, of course, champagne and bingo. There are only 14 tables still available and they will sell quickly, so it's best to reserve one early."
Tables with seating for eight are $290 each, and attendees must be at least 21 years of age. For table reservations or more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Sociology and Criminal Justice news
Faculty and graduate students of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice presented several papers at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 8 - 10.
In a session on homicide studies that was moderated by Dr. John Boulahanis, applied sociology graduate student Ling He presented her research on "Comparison of Factors Associated with Parricide in Chicago from 1965 to 1995."
Dr. Michael Bisciglia presented the paper, "Ethnic Segregation of Hispanics and Its Impact on Hispanic Homicide: An Examination of Ethically Aggregated and Disaggregated Hispanic Homicide."
Also presented was "Mapping the Fear: A New Orleans Comparison of Fear of Crime Pre- and Post-Hurricane Katrina," which was co-authored by Boulahanis and applied sociology graduate student Tracy Rathbun. In a separate session, Dr. Peter Shrock spoke on "Claims, Power, and Class Conflict."
Above: From left are Ling He and Tracy Rathbun.
Upward Bound/Math Science Upward Bound sponsors Leadership Conference
The Southeastern Upward Bound/Math Science Upward Bound (UB/UBMS) programs sponsored a Student Leadership Retreat in May at the Fountainbleau State Park Group Facility. Nearly 40 UB/UBMS students attended, along with the Southeastern UB/UBMS staff.
The theme of the conference was "Leadership is Not a Quality, It is a Commitment!" The students were separated into teams and worked together to accomplish retreat goals.
Guest/motivational speakers included Duane Donald, Southeastern director of TRIO and Special Programs; Angela James, Southeastern assistant director of University Counseling–Disability Services; Eric Summers, Southeastern assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs; Marjorie Parker, Southeastern admissions officer; and Michael Kyles, Hammond High School teacher. Their presentations included leader qualities, leading with diversity, how to increase leader abilities, leader styles, effective and efficient ways to lead and other topics.
The students worked together in learning projects and team challenges. They also assisted in preparing and serving the meals for the entire group, developed skits based on a scenario of reducing bullying at their schools, and participated in a campfire activity where they "burned" their leadership fears.
Feedback from the students was positive, and the results of the conference were evident in the leadership roles these students took during the summer UB/UBMS session. Many of the participants were elected to the UB/UBMS Student Council.
The Southeastern Outreach Specialist staff members (Jae Hart, LaTaisha Tate, Latrina Raddler, and Donta Mills) served as the primary planning committee for this event with support from the Upward Bound Assistant Directors. Ron Abel, Upward Bound director, coordinated the students in the kitchen prep and clean up.
The UB/UBMS staff is already planning next year's event scheduled May 3 – 5 at Fountainbleau State Park. This time participation is open to LASAP High School TRIO programs. Availability will be limited so respond quickly when the call for registration is released in late January or early February.
November 15 through December 8
Fall Senior Exhibition, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
Monday, November 26
Lisette Oropesa Vocal Masterclass, Pottle Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.
Southeastern Chamber Series: "Musical Treasures for Winds, Piano, and Voice," Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27
Clarinet Studio Recital, Pottle Auditorium, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28
Jazz Ensemble One, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 29
Southeastern Composers Concert, Pottle Annex Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 2
Women's Chorale, University Chorus, and Northshore Choral Society, First Baptist Church, downtown Hammond, 3 p.m.
Monday, December 3
Southeastern Community Music School "Shining Stars," Pottle Auditorium, 7 p.m.
For more information on these and other upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please call 549-2184 or 549-2193 or visit our website at www.southeastern.edu/fpa.
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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern basketball teams will both be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (1-3) will open the week on the road with a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday at in-state foe Louisiana Tech. On Saturday, Southeastern returns home to host Southeast Missouri at 4 p.m. in the University Center.
The Lady Lions (3-2) only have one game on tap this week. Southeastern will be in New Orleans on Thursday to face future Southland Conference rival UNO at 5 p.m. in the Lakefront Arena.
All of this week's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. Saturday's game will also feature a live video stream that can be accessed via LionVision on LionSports.net.
Wednesday, November 28
Men's Basketball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 7 p.m. (KSLU)
Thursday, November 29
Women's Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 5 p.m. (KSLU)
Saturday, December 1
Men's Basketball, vs. Southeast Missouri, University Center, 4 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
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