Marketing Program Ranked Among Top in the State

Southeastern’s Marketing Program has been ranked No. 2 in the state by Plexuss, the largest digital ecosystem for students to connect with over 18,000 colleges and universities worldwide.

The marketing college rankings included undergraduate four-year colleges and universities that offer a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Plexuss utilized data from the Department of Education, and looked at key factors such as graduation rates, admissions yield, program popularity, and student retention rates. To create a more encompassing ranking system, the group incorporated subject-specific rankings from the most prominent reputable ranking sources available: U.S. News, Times Higher Education, QS, and ARWU to create the final list.

Marketing Department Head Jose Noguera said Southeastern’s marketing curriculum provides students with practical as well as theoretical knowledge concerning modern marketing practices. The courses in the major are designed and integrated to assist students in obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the nature and scope of marketing activities.

“Our marketing program includes concentrations in digital and social media marketing, as well as professional sales. Students are engaged in real-world classroom experiences through hands-on client projects, role-playing, and even competitions,” Noguera said. “Our faculty are passionate and work hard to prepare our students to easily transition into professional careers where they will be successful.”

The program provides an opportunity for students to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a business career in which marketing plays a key role and/or for graduate study, Noguera added.

For more information about Southeastern’s marketing program, call 985-549-2277, email, or visit

The full ranking list is available here.

Generating Student Support Through Chefs Under the Stars

Chefs Evening is a decades-long Southeastern tradition, bringing members of both the University and area communities together each spring for an elegant evening of food and drinks from some of the region’s best restaurants and caterers. While COVID-19 prevented Southeastern from being able to hold the 2020 edition, this popular event was was able to return for 2021 with a unique spin—held outside on the field of historic Strawberry Stadium and titled “Chefs Under the Stars.”

Organized by the Southeastern Foundation, Chefs Under the Stars featured many familiar elements, including opportunities to indulge in a wide variety of delicious cuisine or take home an exciting prize from the raffle. New for this year’s special edition event, though, were performances by the University Jazz Ensemble and the Faculty Jazz Quartet, creating a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience under the evening sky, in the heart of Southeastern’s campus.

Most importanty, all funds raised though Chefs Under the Stars will help provide vital student scholarships and support. Nearly 400 guests attended the event, together contributing over $75,000 to Southeastern students.

Chefs Under the Stars was sponsored by Premier Sponsors MCC Real Estate and Shelby LaSalle, Jr. LLC; Platinum Sponsor First Guaranty Bank; Gold Sponsors American Bank & Trust, Entergy, and Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction; Silver Sponsors
Dawn Cantrell, Hancock Whitney, La Capitol Federal Credit Union, and North Oaks Health System; Bronze Sponsors Mele Printing and Southeastern Catering; and Wine Sponsors Merrill Lynch Wealth Mgmt/R.K. Hoddinott and Wells Fargo Advisors/Andre’ Theriot. Participating restaurants included Acquistapace’s; Aramark Corporation; Benedict’s Plantation; Blackened Brew, LLC; Cate Street Seafood Station; Cena, Hammond; Champagne Bev/Gnarley Barley; Crescent Bar; Crescent Crown Distributors; Don’s Seafood & Steak House; Jacmel Inn; One Thirteen Restaurant; Our Mom’s Restaurant & Bar; Salty Joe’s BBQ Shop; Sarita’s Mexican Grill & Cantina; The Cakery; The Cocoa Bean Bakery & Café; and Trey Yuen Restaurant.

OSH&E Student Recognized with National Scholarship Award

A Southeastern junior majoring in occupational safety, health and environment has been awarded a national scholarship from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Mallory Picard

“Being selected as one of the recipients for this scholarship has truly been an honor,” Picard said. “The financial support and affirmation this award have given me is something for which I am extremely grateful.”

Picard worked at a local hospital in the emergency room, followed by an outpatient physical therapy clinic for a little over a year.

“Throughout my experience in health care, I worked with numerous patients who suffered from varying degrees of work related injuries – some life altering,” she explained. “Seeing first-hand what these workers endured after an accident, I knew that I wanted to be a part of safety. Taking care of people is what I thrive on, and pursuing a career in health and safety allows me to do just that. It is a job that is simply dedicated to making sure that we all return home safe to our families.”

After graduation, Picard plans to eventually become a certified safety professional.

The Southeastern OSH&E program was recently ranked among the top 20 best values in OSH&E programs in the country by the website The ranking is based on quality of academics; value, which includes tuition affordability and financial aid; and the calculated average return on investment data, a guide to the success of students graduating from the program.

The website also ranked the program among the top 25 in the country in best value occupational safety and health degrees. The ranking is based on reputation, based on U.S. News & World Report; return on investment, based on payscale data; and cost, based on online tuition as reported to IPEDS.

The OSH&E program is nationally accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The program grew from a two-year associate’s degree program to a four-year bachelor of science program following considerable input from managers at area industries who reported a significant need for safety, health and environmental professionals. The program prepares students for a variety of positions, including roles of environmental safety and health specialists and safety supervisors.

Designated a Military Friendly Spouse School

Southeastern has been named a Military Friendly® Spouse School for 2021-2022.

Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, states the listing honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools for their leading practices, outcomes and effective programs for military spouses.

“Southeastern has made a concerted effort in the past several years to focus on military service members, veterans and their families,” said Director of Military and Veteran Success Matt Watkins, a U.S. Air Force Veteran. “Southeastern has created innovative programming, services, events and resources for our veterans, dependents and military population. All of our staff members feel there is no greater calling than serving those who have served us.”

Southeastern enrolls 557 veteran and military service members. The university maintains a Veterans Upward Bound program; has an Office of Military and Veteran Success that assists students in obtaining benefits and with other issues; provides academic and other counseling services; offers scholarships specifically for military students and veterans; and maintains a wide range of online and distance learning programs that provide students with flexibility in scheduling.

A recent addition to campus is the Southeastern Student Veterans and Military Interest Association, a group open to veterans, reservists, spouses, dependents, and ROTC participants attending both Southeastern and Northshore Technical Community College. The association was founded to help the school administration better understand and meet the needs of veterans; offer advice from experienced to incoming veterans; help civilians better understand the military experience; and provide opportunities for veterans to meet one another and connect.

“Schools that achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts. Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources, and support services,” said National Director of Military Partnerships for Military Friendly® Kayla Lopez. “Focusing on the betterment of the educational landscape and providing positive outcomes and economic opportunity for the military community.”

Viqtory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. In addition to G.I. Jobs, the company also publishes the magazine Military Spouse.