From the president
Sally Clausen, Ed.D.
We have much work ahead of us, we have accomplished a great deal with the help of our faculty, staff, students and supporters in the community. In September, Southeastern, working with the Northshore/Florida Parishes chambers of commerce, organized and hosted "Issues in Education: A Gubernatorial Forum" in which all of the major gubernatorial candidates expressed their views, concerns and solutions to the issues and challenges facing education in Louisiana today. The forum, which was broadcast statewide, gave candidates their first opportunity to focus their full attention on education at all levels and on higher education in particular. The following month, we took the opportunity to look within the University to determine not only our strengths but what kind of university we want Southeastern to be for the students and region we serve. During a two day retreat in Covington, a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students wrote a defining mission statement for the University, a set of core values and an impressive set of strategic goals for the year 2000. Those goals have since been incorporated into a strategic plan for the University. Southeastern also had a successful year in the Legislature, thanks to the tireless work of our Northshore legislators and Senator John Hainkel. For the first time in recent memory, Southeastern and a solid legislative delegation, working with Governor Mike Foster, were successful in getting funding for critical building projects so desperately needed by our growing University. We received $4.44 million to renovate and adapt the old Westside Elementary School for university use, $1.3 million as planning money for a new classroom and science laboratory building, and $425,000 to upgrade the University's computer system. In addition, the Legislature approved the construction of a $9 million campus recreation- fitness building. Legislators also gave teachers and university faculty a much needed pay raise. As you will read in the following pages, we have had a remarkable year, but hard work still lies ahead.
|"I hope we can be as successful in education as we have be in other areas of our agenda," said Governor Mike Foster at a special recption held on campus in March at the President's home. Gov. Foster and area senators, including Senator John Hainkel, heard a direct appeal regarding Southeastern's immediate needs from President Clausen and others.||Southeastern's Department of Industrial Technology received a major award through the 1995 Greater Baton Rouge "Total Quality Management" recognition program. Receiving the "Significant Merit Recognition" award at a standing-room-only ceremony in the Baton Rouge Centroplex was department head James Owens.|
|Fanfare's tenth anniversary was a huge success, bringing to campus such luminaries as poet-actress Maya Angelou. The annual arts festival had an estimated $500,000 economic impact on the local area and attendance jumped 41 percent.||Southeastern took home the first place National Student Nursing Association's "Image of Nursing Award." Students Cora Miley and Susan Orman headed up the competition by documenting on video their work with Hammond's Restoration House.|