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A hanging Question: What is the Link Between Bats and COVID-19?

For Southeastern Magazine’s Spring 2020 issue, we sat down with Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Teague O’Mara to discuss his extensive research on bats—including their movements and impacts on ecosystems and people. Since that short time ago, the rapid rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of questions and concerns over the potential link between the virus’s origins and these small … Continue reading A hanging Question: What is the Link Between Bats and COVID-19?

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Showcasing Local Talent with #columbiafamous

When theatres and other cultural institutions began doing their part to ensure the safety of those that they serve by closing their doors during the rise of COVID-19, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts remained steadfast in its mission. The theatre’s staff quickly began identifying and implementing new ways to help people connect with the arts—and with each other. One of these programs, which … Continue reading Showcasing Local Talent with #columbiafamous

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Helping Lions Stay Active

The REC has launched a virtual 5k program to help keep members of the Southeastern community on the move, for the benefit of both their physical and mental health, while staying close to home. Two races have so far been held, with participation free for all who are interested. “When our facility closed, we got to work adapting as many of our existing programs online … Continue reading Helping Lions Stay Active

Providing Resources for Local Business Recovery

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern has implemented two different initiatives, a webinar series and a radio talk show, to help local businesses survive and thrive through the COVID-19 pandemic. The first series provided information on the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (SBA EIDL) program, which offered economic relief to businesses experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Attendees were able … Continue reading Providing Resources for Local Business Recovery

Over $5 Million Given to Students Via CARES Act

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Education made $10.4 million in funds available to Southeastern. As required by the federal legislation, half of the funds, approximately $5.2 million, was offered directly to students in the form of financial grants to cover increased cost of university attendance associated with the disruption of campus operations. The remaining … Continue reading Over $5 Million Given to Students Via CARES Act

Latin American Initiative Aids Relief Efforts for Families in Need

The Hispanic community has been one of the most impacted by COVID-19, not only with health issues but also by unemployment—and consequently basic needs such as lack of food for their families. Southeastern’s Latin American Initiative, led by College of Business Instructor Dr. Aristides Baraya in alliance with the Killian First Baptist Church Food Pantry, has come to the rescue, providing basic food for multiple … Continue reading Latin American Initiative Aids Relief Efforts for Families in Need

Only Student Newspaper Recognized in National COVID-19 Front Page Effort

Newspapers around the country were recently encouraged to run a prominent headline with a localized news story to remind readers how local publications and their staffs share in the difficult circumstances and impacts of COVID-19. Southeastern’s student-run newspaper The Lion’s Roar chose to participate through their March 31 issue. They, along with several other Louisiana newspapers, submitted their customized message and design to the Louisiana … Continue reading Only Student Newspaper Recognized in National COVID-19 Front Page Effort

Sales Team Adapts to Win National Selling Competition

The Southeastern Sales Team recently honed new skills to compete virtually in the 22nd Annual National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC). Originally scheduled to be held in Atlanta, the competition included two categories—Virtual Speed Selling and Role Playing. “The NCSC staff, corporate judges, and student competitors quickly pivoted from their semester-long preparation to compete in person to an online format within a two-week time frame,” said … Continue reading Sales Team Adapts to Win National Selling Competition