Annual Guitar Festival planned
Music from a variety of cultures and historical eras will be the focus of the 18th
annual Southeastern Guitar Festival.
Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Southeastern Arts
and Lectures Committee, and the Southeastern Guitar Club, the festival will launch
March 14 with a performance and masterclass by Matthew Denman, a notable guitar protégé
of renowned guitarist Pepe Romero, and will run through April 25.
“Matt Denman is a perfect example of the typical, consummate modern classical
guitarist. He is a performer, composer, educator, and overall ambassador for the position
our popular instrument holds in Western culture,” said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor
and festival coordinator. “He recently completed a successful tour of China, and we
are fortunate to have him bring his energy and skills to Southeastern.”
Kerber added that the All Styles Night continues to grow in popularity each year
of the festival.
“The program will feature local artists, including the Infamous P-Town Ramblers
and Jessica Kerber, Southeastern music majors and non-music majors, and non-music
faculty, including members of the Impaired Faculties rock band, and Sims Library Instruction
Librarian, Ben Bell,” Kerber said. “The program as always will be an eclectic mix
of classical, jazz, pop, folk, traditional bluegrass, and original music - something
All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled as follows:
• March 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Masterclass with Matthew Denman
• March 14, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Guest Artist Concert by Matthew Denman
• March 21, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Faculty Recital – Patrick Kerber
• March 28, 7:30 p.m., All Styles Night
• April 25, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Southeastern Guitar Ensemble
“It is a testament to the university’s mission to lead the educational, cultural
and economic development of southeast Louisiana that we have been able to present
this festival for 18 consecutive years,” said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor and
festival coordinator. “The goal is to offer students and the community a venue that
showcases the guitar’s versatility and scope in our diverse, modern music culture.”
For more information contact Kerber at 549-2886, or email@example.com.
GUITAR FESTIVAL - Southeastern will host the 18th annual Guitar Festival with programs scheduled
in March and April. Guitar Festival guest artist Matthew Denman is scheduled to give
a masterclass on March 14 with a performance to follow that evening. All events are
free and open to the public.
Faculty and Staff invited to attend Student Showcase
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative,
and Scholarly Activities Showcase on Tuesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
grand ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Student Union.
Undergraduate and graduate students will display their research and creative
works using a variety of formats such as posters, lapbooks, PowerPoint presentations
and hands-on activities.
Student musicians will perform between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and a special dance
performance will start at 12:45 pm.
This event is an activity of the Office of Sponsored Research.
‘Let's Talk’ celebrates Women's History Month
The second lecture in the spring series of “Let’s Talk: Art,” will celebrate Women’s
Melissa Miller, art history concentration student, will present “Miriam Schapiro:
Feminist Art and the American Quilt” on Wednesday, March 15, at 5 p.m., at Southeastern
Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
Sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the
Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library, the lecture is free
and open to the public.
“The Canadian-born artist Miriam Schapiro reached beyond what was considered
acceptable for women in American art in the mid-twentieth century,” said Sims Library
Director Eric Johnson. “Miller’s discussion will center on how Schapiro used pre-existing
women’s arts and crafts such as quilting, needlework, and painting, to inspire a new
and provocative style of art.”
Future talks include the following:
• Irene Nero, “Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain: 20 Years Later,”
Wednesday, April 26, 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
• Members of the Hammond Art Guild, “Celebrating 55 Years with the Hammond Art
Guild,” Wednesday, May 10, 5 p.m., HRAC, 217 East Thomas St., Hammond.
For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.
Retiree Reception scheduled
Please make plans to attend the Retiree Reception on Tuesday, March 28, at 2 p.m.
in the Alumni Center as we honor the 2016-2017 retirees.
Those being honored are: Ray Armstrong, Michael Beauvais, Mary Burke, Paul Carruth,
Priscilla Coleman, Charlotte Collins, O’Neil DeNoux, George Dorrill, Martie Fellom,
Cathy Harvey, Sharon Hoffman, Dee Hurtt, James Kirylo, Michael Lemay, Deborah Lerch,
Kristin Lobell, Mary Mocsary, Dorothy Nelson, Jeffrey Oescher, Carol Overmier, Alice
Peltier, Carol Perry, Barbara Schuldt, Beverly Sellers, Duane Shaffer, Linda Starns,
Mary Strong, Garry Thurmond, Debra Varnado, Raisa Voldman, Yakov Voldman, Sandra Williams
and Ann Woodward.
Alumni Association plans Golden Silence April 3
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host its annual Golden Silence ceremony to
honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and staff or their family members,
on Monday, April 3.
The annual event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Pottle Performance Circle on Ned
McGehee Drive in Friendship Circle.
“We invite the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern
family, such as students, faculty and staff or graduates, has passed away during the
past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence,” said Interim Alumni Association
Director Julie Perise.
Perise added that the association also hosts its Eternal Chapter online, which
memorializes all deceased alumni on an ongoing basis. The web site can be accessed
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public.
Update made to parking rules and regulations
Parking Operations has updated its rules and regulations to insure the campus community
has a clear understanding of the parking rules and regulations that are enforced daily
on Southeastern’s campus. These regulations were placed on the Parking Operations’
website on Feb. 8 and can be found at: http://www.southeastern.edu/resources/policies/assets/traffic_parking_regs.pdf.
All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to review these regulations.
For more information about parking and traffic rules on campus, please contact the
University Parking Office during regular business hours at 549-5695 or email at email@example.com.
Southeastern Alumna and RPCC Professor Sarah Hyde to address historical group
Southeastern alumna and River Parishes Community College Asst. Professor Dr. Sarah
Hyde will address the annual meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association
at the Hammond Regional Arts Center on April 6.
Her lecture will be derived from her new book published by LSU Press titled Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama, and her talk will place a heavy emphasis on the emergence of education in southeastern
Louisiana. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association is a town and gown organization
headquartered in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern.
For more information concerning the organization or the lecture, contact the
Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-2151.
Job hunting at Southeastern
Matline Amphion, a Southeastern senior majoring in accounting, talks about job opportunities
with Brett Montague, training manager for Sanderson Farms, at the university’s Biz-Connect
fair on Thursday (March 9). Sponsored by the Southeastern College of Business and
the Office of Career Services, Biz-Connect was designed to introduce employers to
seniors looking for employment opportunities. More than 350 business students visited
with representatives of 32 area employers.
Award winning writer Danielle Evans featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program
Photo credit: Nina Subin
The author of the popular short story collection “Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool
Self” will visit Southeastern Monday, March 20, as part of the institution’s Common
Danielle Evans, who teaches fiction at the University of Wisconsin – Madison,
will meet with students and the public throughout the day.
Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common
Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works
and then meet a contemporary author.
Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m.,
an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading
by Evans followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public
and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
Evans is known for her stories that reflect the experiences of being in settings
where she was the only African-American, explained David Hanson, head of the Department
of English. The sense of discomfort of not belonging is a common theme in her work,
and her feelings on race are reflected in her stories, he added.
Evans, who previously taught at Missouri State University, received her undergraduate
degree in anthropology from Columbia University in New York and a master of fine arts
degree in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop.
“For several years now, we’ve sponsored the Common Read program, featuring a prominent,
contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,”
said Hanson. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class,
students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”
Southeastern Music to Host Single Reed Day
Southeastern’s Music Department is hosting a Single Reed Day on Saturday, March 18,
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for clarinetists and saxophonists of all ages. All events
will be held in Pottle Music Building, and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The day will feature a clarinet choir and large saxophone ensemble reading session
for participants who want to play, masterclasses by Southeastern Clarinet Professor
Victor Drescher and Saxophone Professor Brina Faciane, performances by Southeastern
music majors, and a class on beginning jazz improvisation by New Orleans-based clarinetist
Dr. Ben Redwine.
Guest artists include Ken Graves, principal clarinetist with the Mississippi
Symphony Orchestra and Baton Rouge Symphony, and Dr. Brian Utley, professor of saxophone
at Vanderbilt University. Southeastern students will perform in masterclasses
with the guest artists, and the day will conclude with a final recital given by Southeastern
professors and the guest artists.
Registration cost is $10, may be paid the morning of the Single Reed Day, and
includes pizza for lunch.
For more information or to register early, please contact Drescher at Victor.Drescher@southeastern.edu.
Southeastern hosts Super Lion Saturday April 1
Southeastern Athletics will host Super Lion Saturday on April 1 with a day full of
The day’s festivities open with the 5th Annual Lion Athletics Association Green
and Gold 5K and Fun Run. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K following
at 8:30 a.m. in Friendship Circle. The course runs through campus and concludes in
the south end zone of Strawberry Stadium.
Race participants will receive a free Super Lion Saturday t-shirt. Shirts are
only guaranteed for those who register by the early registration deadline. Food, music,
fruit, drinks and beer will be provided for the participants following the race on
the Strawberry Stadium field. Awards will be given to the overall male and female
winners and the top two male and female runners in each age bracket (14 and under,
15-22, 23-30, 31-39, 40-50, 51 and up) of the 5K run.
Entry fees for the race are $20 (early registration – deadline March 15), $25
(late registration – deadline March 31) and $30 (registration on day of the race).
Special rates are available for Southeastern students ($10), children ages 12 and
under ($10), Southeastern student organizations ($100 – unlimited participants) and
corporate sponsors ($250 – 10 participants).
Registration forms will be available online at www.LionSports.net, as well as
Perfectly Fit Performance Sports (303 W. Minnesota Park, Suite E, Hammond, LA 70403)
and the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics (800 Galloway Drive, Hammond, LA 70402).
For more information on the Green and Gold 5K and Fun Run, contact Assistant
Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at 549-5226 or email@example.com.
Two Southeastern teams will be in action on campus at 12 p.m. The softball team
hosts Lamar at North Oak Park, while the women’s tennis team welcomes Incarnate Word
to the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
The SLU football team will also close out spring practice on Super Lion Saturday.
The Lions will compete in the annual Spring Game at 2 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
Closing out the jam-packed day’s action will be the Southeastern baseball team
continuing Southland Conference play at Alumni Field. The Lions will welcome McNeese
for a 6 p.m. league showdown.
Ready to graduate
Southeastern student Daniel Gruner of Mandeville is assisted by Gabby Scioneaux in
trying on graduation robes at the university’s annual Grad Fair March 9. Sponsored
by the Southeastern Alumni Association, Grad Fair gives students the opportunity to
order their caps and gowns, invitations, rings and have their graduation photos taken.
Southeastern’s graduation ceremonies will be held May 13.
Summer Camp for academically gifted/advanced students offered
Camp Discovery is offering an exciting enrichment program for high-ability students,
Grades 1-8 (2016-2017 school year). The theme this year is “Flow.”
Do you ever find yourself wondering why? Why an action or event is followed by
a particular effect? How two things might influence each other? This summer we will
explore the concept of Flow. This includes ideas such as cause and effect in science,
movement of objects or people from one place to another, story structure in novels
and writing, and that flow can increase, decrease, or stop. We will ask and seek answers
of questions as scientists, detectives, mathematicians, and more. Join us as we investigate
the flow of everyday life with hands-on learning, critical thinking, and plenty of
fun projects and activities. Let’s work together to find some answers!
The camp runs from June 5 -23, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at
Southeastern. Cost is $175. If registering multiple children from the same household,
the cost is $160 per child. Registration deadline is May 31 (First-come, first-served
Contact Susan Zimlich at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and an application.
College of Education launches partnership with Nesom Elementary
The Southeastern College of Education has launched a partnership with Nesom Elementary
School in Tickfaw designed to provide select seventh graders with insight into opportunities
associated with a career in education.
Initial activities included an introduction to Southeastern on Friday, March
10, that included a tour of the College of Education and its Snoezelen Rooms, a tour
of the Sims Memorial Library and a visit to Campus Housing. The visit was held in
conjunction with the “You Be the Chemist” competition sponsored by the Southeastern
Department of Chemistry and Physics and the Tangipahoa Parish School System. The students
also participated in a lunch on campus with Shirley Jacob, dean of the College of
“The U.S. Department of Education recommends that students begin planning for
college as early as sixth grade,” Jacob said. “This is a departure from the past,
where initiatives focused on junior and senior level students. The Department of Education
now recommends several essential steps: fostering academic preparation and achievement;
supporting parental involvement; providing college and career planning information;
and helping students through these steps.”
Nesom Principal Charlotte Tillman sees great potential and benefits for the students
through the partnership. “I am excited and proud to link parents, students and teachers
with the university,” she said. “It takes a village to create success.”
Professor of Education and coordinator of the new program Celina Echols said
22 Nesom students were selected to be a part of the College of Education Dean’s Club
based on their potential as possible future educators. Those students will be taking
ACT prep exams next year, she said.
“Later in the month, various faculty and administrators will visit Nesom and
share information about how they selected their specific professions and what it took
to get there,” said Echols, the Southeastern Marcia K. Galatas Endowed Professor.
LIBRARY ORIENTATION -- Professor Dayne Sherman of Sims Memorial Library leads a tour of seventh graders
from Nesom Elementary School in Tickfaw on Friday. The College of Education has launched
a partnership with the school to provide select students with insight into career
opportunities in education.