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Michael Beckner selected as new University Police Chief

Chief Michael Beckner, head of the Univeristy Police Department.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

July 30, 2020

A new chief has been selected as head of the University Police Department.  With over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, including 14 years of university policing, Michael Beckner joins the Lion family from Augusta University. Originally from New Jersey, Beckner served in multiple police departments, includin...

University reports high summer enrollment numbers

This summer the number of continuing undergraduate students enrolled in the university increased by 15.3% compared to last year. “We made strategic decisions that we suspected would lead to this outcome,” said Dr. Kay Maurin, chief enrollment management officer. “We were very pleased with the results, and it was our desired outcome.” 

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

July 21, 2020

Despite the extension of distance learning into the summer, the university reported its largest enrollment growth for the summer semester since 2014.  According to a university press release, the number of continuing undergraduate students who enrolled in classes for the summer semester has increased...

College of Education dean to serve as president of LACTE

Dr. Paula Calderon, dean of the College of Education, will be serving as the president of Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education two years.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

July 17, 2020

The dean of the College of Education, Dr. Paula Summers Calderon, was chosen to act as president of the Louisiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. After serving as president-elect for one year, Calderon officially became president of LACTE in May 2020 and will serve a two-year term....

Alumni Association eliminates membership fees

A university alumni poses with Roomie the Lion at the  2019 'Lion 4 Life' party. Being a member of the Alumni Association grants graduates access to a variety of social and networking events.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

July 14, 2020

The university’s Alumni Association has announced a new structure of initiation that will grant all graduates an automatic entrance into the alumni family. With the elimination of membership fees, the association has opened its arms to over 72,000 alumni. This change will provide alumni with more ...

Governor announces mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge

On Saturday, July 11, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that face masks/coverings will be mandatory in all public places for individuals over the age of eight. The changes will stay in  place until Friday, July 24.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

July 11, 2020

Amidst record numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a state-wide face mask mandate and additional limitations to combat the spread of the virus.  Edwards made the announcement during a press conference on Sunday, July 11. The executive order c...

Academic calendar revised for Fall 2020

Academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester has been revised to end the semester before December. The upcoming semester will start on Monday, August 17, and students will not return back to campus after Thanksgiving Break which is scheduled for Nov. 25-27. Finals will be held remotely.

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter

July 7, 2020

After experiencing a shortened spring semester due to the pandemic, universities are preparing for a possible second wave of the virus around November 2020. Dean of Students Dr. Gabe Willis announced the university’s newly revised academic calendar on June 28, revealing all the changes that were made...

Students respond to inappropriate remarks on social media

The university addressed two incidents of inappropriate social media posts made by a student-athlete and a staff member. Disciplinary action was taken against those individuals. However, according to Director of Human Resources Tara Dupre, “HR does not disclose information about disciplinary actions.”

Staff Reports

July 7, 2020

Two incidents of inappropriate social media usage have sparked controversy among the student body. The university has responded to both incidents, taking disciplinary action against a student-athlete and investigating allegations made against a staff member.  Director of Athletics Jay Artigues a...

Accounting student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Accounting student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

July 7, 2020

A senior accounting student recently received a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Beginning in 2011, the PCAOB has conducted a scholars program for undergraduate and graduate accounting students. Students must be enrolled in accredited U.S. colleges and universities...

Covered up: Students adjust to the “new norm” of mask-wearing

Face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume in the fall. As classes reopen, masks will be required in the classroom and most indoor locations.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

June 30, 2020

In just a few months, masks have redefined the meaning of normalcy in people’s day-to-day lives.  Face coverings have become a source of new obstacles as well as new opportunities, and this “new norm” will now extend to college life as face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume in the fa...

Inappropriate social media post under investigation

Inappropriate social media post under investigation

Staff Reports

June 25, 2020

The university is investigating allegations made against a staff member after it was revealed that an insensitive social media post was made.  The issue was addressed on Twitter on Thursday, June 25. “Today Southeastern became aware of inappropriate social media posts that were potentially made by on...

Hammond residents get free COVID-19 testing at the University Center

A member of the Louisiana National Guard helps administer the nasal swab test. The free COVID-19 testing at the University Center was organized through a joint collaboration between Tangipahoa Parish Government, Louisiana National Guard and Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health.

Prakriti Adhikari, Editor-in-Chief

June 24, 2020

Residents of Hammond had an opportunity to test for COVID-19 for free at the University Center. COVID-19 mobile testing was available for residents of Louisiana from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The testing was organized in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of P...

Louisiana extends phase two of reopening for 28 more days

The phase two of reopening has been extended by Governor John Bel Edwards for 28 more days. During a press conference of Monday, June 22, Edwards urged Louisiana residents to continue practicing alleviation efforts, including wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home if sick.

Staff Reports

June 23, 2020

Phase three of reopening has been postponed for the state of Louisiana.  On June 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards stated in a press conference that Louisiana will remain in Phase two for at least 28 more days. “We will not be moving to phase three when the order expires at the end of this week,” announced Ed...

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