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Southeastern Louisiana University is a state-funded public university in Hammond, Louisiana, United States. It was founded in 1925 by Linus A. Sims, the principal of Hammond High School, as Hammond Junior College, located in a wing of the high school building. Sims succeeded in getting the campus moved to north Hammond in 1928, when it became known as Southeastern Louisiana College. It achieved university status in 1970. Wikipedia.

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"With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Brent brings with him a wealth of knowledge to Bridgepoint and its academic institutions that will contribute to enhancing the student experience," said Henn. "His expertise is a welcome addition to Bridgepoint and its executive leadership team." Fitch holds an MBA from University of New Orleans and a bachelor's degree in management and marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint owns two academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Together, these programs, technologies, and resources represent a unique model for advancing education in the 21st century. Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit www.bridgepointeducation.com, www.facebook.com/BridgepointEducation, or call Marianne Perez, Media Relations Manager, at 858.668.2586 x11636 or email marianne.perez@ashford.edu. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/brent-fitch-joins-bridgepoint-education-as-senior-vice-president-of-shared-services-operations-300460900.html

News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best four-year and two-year colleges in Louisiana for 2017. Of the 22 four-year schools honored, Tulane University of Louisiana, Loyola University of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Louisiana College and Louisiana State University came in as the top five. 18 two-year schools also made the list, with Louisiana State University Eunice, Delgado Community College, Southern University Shreveport, Bossier Parish Community College and Northwest Louisiana Technical College coming in at the top of the list. A full list of schools is included below. “Students looking at colleges in Louisiana have a wide variety of program options and schools to choose from,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “We’ve compared each and found the colleges that provide high quality educational experience with high student success rates as they pursue their careers.” To be included on Louisiana’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited and not-for-profit. Each college was also analyzed based on more than a dozen metrics that include the annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, availability of career counseling services, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid availability. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Louisiana” list, visit: Louisiana’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include the following schools: Centenary College of Louisiana Dillard University Grambling State University Louisiana College Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Louisiana State University Alexandria Louisiana State University Shreveport Louisiana Tech University Loyola University New Orleans McNeese State University Nicholls State University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Our Lady of Holy Cross College Our Lady of the Lake College Southeastern Louisiana University Southern University and A & M College Southern University at New Orleans Tulane University of Louisiana University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans Xavier University of Louisiana The Best Two-Year Colleges in Louisiana for 2017 include the following schools: Baton Rouge Community College Bossier Parish Community College Capital Area Technical College Central Louisiana Technical Community College Delgado Community College Fletcher Technical Community College Louisiana Delta Community College Louisiana State University-Eunice Northshore Technical Community College Northwest Louisiana Technical College Nunez Community College Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus Remington College-Lafayette Campus River Parishes Community College South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial Campus South Louisiana Community College Southern University Shreveport SOWELA Technical Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | March 3, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has compiled a list of the best colleges and universities with online programs in Louisiana for 2017. Of the 20 four-year schools that were ranked, Tulane University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, Loyola University New Orleans and Louisiana Tech University secured the top five institutions. Louisiana’s top six two-year schools were also included on the list, with Delgado Community College, Southern University Shreveport and Bossier Parish Community College scoring highest. “For many students, earning a degree in a traditional classroom setting can be difficult, especially when working a full-time job or living far away from campus,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “These Louisiana schools have outstanding online programs that meet the needs of students who need more flexible scheduling.” To earn a spot on the Best Online Schools list, colleges and universities in Louisiana must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit entities. Each college is also judged based on such criteria as student/teacher ratios, employment services, student counseling, graduation rates and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Louisiana’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Grambling State University Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Louisiana State University-Alexandria Louisiana State University-Shreveport Louisiana Tech University Loyola University New Orleans McNeese State University New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Nicholls State University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Our Lady of the Lake College Southeastern Louisiana University Southern University and A & M College Southern University at New Orleans Tulane University of Louisiana University of Holy Cross University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans Xavier University of Louisiana Louisiana’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bossier Parish Community College Delgado Community College Fletcher Technical Community College Louisiana State University-Eunice Northshore Technical Community College Southern University Shreveport ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

Sommerfeld T.,Southeastern Louisiana University
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation | Year: 2013

States formed by attachment of excess electrons to molecules or clusters can be broadly classified into valence and nonvalence states, but many of these states do have both, some valence and some nonvalence character. Here a new analysis scheme for this type of state is presented. It is based on considering the density of the excess electron as a function of the distance to the nearest atom, and this vantage point yields, in the first place, an intuitive picture akin to the well-known atomic radial distribution function, and, in the second place, a distance-from-the-atoms measure that is directly related to the nonvalence character of the excess electron. As a first test the analysis scheme is applied to the occupied orbitals of the water monomer, the water hexamer, and benzene, and its properties are contrasted to those of other frequently employed measures, such as the radius of gyration. Then its utility is demonstrated for three anions: CH3NO2-, which has both a valence and a nonvalence state, NaCl-, whose ground state has been classified as valence or nonvalence by different authors, and two conformations of the water hexamer anion, (H2O)6, the so-called AA isomer, which supports a surface state, and a Kevan-like structure, which has served as a model for a cavity state. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

Billingsley L.,Southeastern Louisiana University
Clinical nurse specialist CNS | Year: 2013

The purpose of this mixed-methods pilot study was to explore the feasibility of using Second Life to conduct research and to describe nurses' experiences in using Second Life to facilitate nursing journal clubs. A QUAN→qual sequential design using survey and qualitative methods was used to guide scientific inquiry. Survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and t, Mann-Whitney U, and χ tests were used to test for presurvey and postsurvey group differences. Journal club screencast recordings were thematically analyzed. This study was conducted in an Internet-accessible, 3-dimensional multiuser virtual environment. A convenience sample of registered nurses from 7 facilities consented to participate. Completed data from 29 presurveys and 20 postsurveys were included in data analyses. Overall, nurses reported a benefit in using Second Life to facilitate journal clubs. The Mann-Whitney U test identified (P < .05) improvement in 7 of 8 critical appraisal competencies after journal club activities: determining design, determining population, interpreting statistics, linking findings/conclusions, identifying limitations, identifying implications, and interpreting qualitative findings. Qualitative analyses of screencastings validated reports of improved critical appraisal competencies and identified 3 inworld themes: presence, learning strategies, and learning outcomes. Registered nurse study participants reported a benefit of using Second Life for nursing journal clubs. Participants perceived and demonstrated improvement in critical appraisal competencies. Further research is warranted on outcomes associated with nurses' appraisal of evidence for application to practice using a multiuser virtual environment.

Culotta A.,Southeastern Louisiana University
SOMA 2010 - Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Social Media Analytics | Year: 2010

Rapid response to a health epidemic is critical to reduce loss of life. Existing methods mostly rely on expensive surveys of hospitals across the country, typically with lag times of one to two weeks for influenza reporting, and even longer for less common diseases. In response, there have been several recently proposed solutions to estimate a population's health from Internet activity, most notably Google's Flu Trends service, which correlates search term frequency with influenza statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this paper, we analyze messages posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter.com to determine if a similar correlation can be uncovered. We propose several methods to identify influenza-related messages and compare a number of regression models to correlate these messages with CDC statistics. Using over 500,000 messages spanning 10 weeks, we find that our best model achieves a correlation of .78 with CDC statistics by leveraging a document classifier to identify relevant messages. Copyright 2010 ACM.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 274.00K | Year: 2013

With this award from the Major Research Instrumentation Program that is co-funded by the Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities (CRIF) Program, Professor Debra Dolliver from Southeastern Louisiana University and colleague Jean Fotie will acquire a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer. The proposal is aimed at enhancing research and education at all levels, especially in areas such as (a) development of synthetic techniques to make single geometric isomers of imine derivatives; (b) design and synthesis of biologically active molecules as potential antiprotozoan agents; (c) support of the program SEAL (Student Entrepreneurs as Active Leaders) Research in Physics; (d) modeling atomic and molecular properties, particularly those occurring under the influence of electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic perturbations; and (e) synthesis of of thiophene-based room temperature ionic liquids and the testing of such ionic liquids as media for organic synthesis.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is one of the most powerful tools available to chemists for the elucidation of the structure of molecules. It is used to identify unknown substances, to characterize specific arrangements of atoms within molecules, and to study the dynamics of interactions between molecules in solution. Access to state-of-the-art NMR spectrometers is essential to chemists who are carrying out frontier research. The results from these NMR studies will have an impact in synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry and biochemistry. This instrument will be an integral part of teaching as well as research.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Theory, Models, Comput. Method | Award Amount: 101.79K | Year: 2016

Thomas Sommerfeld of Southeastern Louisiana University is supported by an award from the Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Method program in the Chemistry Division and the NSF EPSCoR office to investigate how extra electrons aid in breaking chemical bonds. Chemical bonds themselves are electrons shared between atoms and can be thought of as a glue holding the atoms in a molecule together. The electron-glue analogy, however, only goes so far, because a bond can be weakened by both too little and too much glue, and weak bonds can be cleaved during the permanent motion of the atoms. In other words, adding an electron to a molecule generally weakens its bonds, and the resulting so-called temporary anion may undergo either bond cleavage or, alternatively, reemit the extra electron. Concrete examples where this reaction is applied or happens naturally are: plasma chemistry and plasma etching, chemistry in the ionosphere, damage to living tissue by ionizing radiation, cancer therapy with electron beams, and reduction reactions with solvated electrons, the so-called Birch reduction. This research project supports the development of computer models of the temporary anion, the first intermediate formed in these electron-induced reactions. This research is carried out with collaborators and with undergraduate researchers. In order to introduce undergraduates to this research, Dr. Sommerfeld also designs educational mini-projects, which are only indirectly related to the current main project, but can be addressed with standard quantum chemistry methods, so that his students can be introduced to the research area step-by-step.

In this project Dr. Sommerfeld studies electronically metastable states - so called resonance states or, simply, resonances. On the one hand, he develops ab initio methods to characterize resonances, and on the other hand he applies the newly developed methods in selected applications. Computing both the energy and finite lifetime of a resonance is still a notoriously challenging task for quantum chemistry, because it combines an electron-scattering with an electron-correlation problem. To address the continuum aspect, Dr. Sommerfeld either uses complex-absorbing-potentials or the analytic-continuation-in-the-coupling-constant method. To address the correlation aspect, he uses the symmetry-adapted-cluster configuration-interaction method, an electronic structure method closely related to the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster method. One particular point of emphasis is the artificial stabilizing potential added to the Hamiltonian in the analytic-continuation-in-the-coupling-constant method. Dr. Sommerfeld aims to identify a short-range stabilizing potential that improves the subsequent analytic-continuation step. On the application side Dr. Sommerfelds goals are to examine resonance states, which differ in electronic structure from a closed-shell neutral either by one-hole (Auger-like resonances) or by one excitation (e.g. Penning ionization or resonant photodetachment). For these resonances, treating electron correlation in a balanced way is particularly challenging. Dr. Sommerfeld studies temporary anion resonances embedded in small molecule clusters with the goal of identifying trends in the change of the resonance parameters associated with the interaction strength (permanent dipole, higher order multipoles, dispersion) of the embedding molecules.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS | Award Amount: 607.80K | Year: 2014

The Cyprinodontiformes, commonly known as splitfins, are a diverse order of teleost fishes consisting of 10 families, and more than 800 globally distributed species. The group includes killifishes, guppies, and swordtails, and is well known among aquarium hobbyists, toxicologists, and as a model organism in cancer research. Goodeids are an imperiled group of freshwater fishes that occur in Mexico and the Southwestern United States and consist of two main lines of diversification; a depauperate group of egg laying species, and a speciose group that bear live offspring. Many groups in the order, including the viviparous (live birthing) species, are understudied from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.The evolutionary relationships of groups within the order are unclear and the relationships of the species and genera within the Goodeidae family have not been adequately studied. The lack of a robust family tree has impeded both basic and applied research on the splitfins. Resolving the evolutionary relationships within the Cyprinodontiformes, as well as within the Goodeidae species, will advance our understanding of life-history evolution, morphological diversification, taxonomy, and conservation. The researchers will write a handbook for aquarists and conservation biologists containing recommendations for maintenance and breeding guidelines for maintaining genetic and phenotypic diversity of goodeids in captivity. The researchers will work with the Goodeid Working Group to update the Goodeidae conservation status and trends information as well as contribute to aquarist-oriented publications and conventions to promote appropriate captive Goodeidae rearing. These efforts will enhance conservation efforts of these fishes which are critical to resource managers especially considering the ongoing environmental changes in the areas occupied by the Goodeidae.

This integrative project will involve multiple graduate and undergraduate students, international and United States collaborators, and citizen scientists. Specimens will be collected in the United States and Latin America and the vouchered tissue samples, which are important for future studies, will be deposited in research collections in the United States and Mexico. Citizen scientists will provide pedigreed larval specimens of all species of Goodeidae. These are historically difficult to obtain and will be used for scanning electron microscopic examination of trophotaeniae, a poorly understudied larval taxonomic character that is critical to the unusual live births in this group. This study will result in the construction of phylogenetic trees for the Cyprinodontiformes and the Goodeidae based on traditional (10 loci, and >7,000bp sequence data) and next generation sequencing approaches (anchored phylogenomics), offering the most comprehensive tests of previous phylogenetic hypotheses for these groups. The incorporation of geometric morphometric and trophotaenial data, fossil calibrations, and phylogenetic comparative methods will allow for a better understanding of the timing of diversification and the factors that have played a role in radiation of this interesting group of fishes. Finally, the research will assess changes in Goodeidae abundance and distribution, based on museum records and field sampling.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Chemical Synthesis | Award Amount: 218.00K | Year: 2011

In this project funded by the Chemical Synthesis program of the Chemistry Division, Professor Debra Dolliver of the Department of Chemistry & Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, in collaboration with Professors Kevin Shaughnessy and Professor Timothy Snowden from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, will study synthetic methodology to produce N-heteroatomic imines in single geometries and applying these compounds for the synthesis of asymmetric amines. There are three specific aims: 1) to investigate the palladium-catalyzed coupling of N-heteroatomic-substituted imidoyl halides with a variety of coupling partners; 2) to initiate studies to reverse the role of the imine species in Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions from that of the organohalide to that of the organometallic reagent by synthesizing an N-heteroatomic imidoyl metal compound; and 3) to synthesize geometrically-controlled N-heteroatomic imine derivatives containing an asymmetric center in the heteroatomic group attached to nitrogen and investigate facial selectivity of these compounds to nucleophilic addition.

This project has significant impacts on fundamental biological sciences, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, as it would provide ready access to chiral amines important in the chemical synthesis of complex molecules of potent biological activities. The project also provides trainings for undergraduate students in preparation for careers in the physical science fields, which is very significant considering the high percentage of first generation college students and groups underrepresented in the physical sciences at the PIs institution.

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