ByLion
IN THIS ISSUE, FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Calderon invited to Washington DC
Black History Month events this week
Black History Month lecture series
Columbia presents Frankenstein

Williams honored with award
Math and chemistry tutoring offered

Student receives scholarship

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities

BYLION STORIES

 

U.S. Secretary of Education invites dean, alumna to teacher prep roundtable in Washington DC
Payton Bryant, Betsy DeVos, Paula Summers CalderonCollege of Education Dean Paula Summers Calderon was recently invited to Washington DC by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to participate in a roundtable discussion about preparing classroom teachers. Southeastern is one of only seven school-university partners in the nation and the only one in Louisiana originally selected for an education coalition titled University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Education Preparation (US PREP).
     “US PREP is a well-connected program advocating for rigorous university-based teacher education programs. In addition to advocating, US PREP provides clinical coaches who come to the university to train our methods instructors, host mentor teachers, and university site coordinators in best practices in teacher education,” Calderon explained. “As a new dean, I made the decision to continue the US PREP partnership, and the College of Education is delighted to be an inaugural and continuing member of the US PREP Coalition.”
     Attending the meeting with Calderon was Southeastern alumna and 2018 College of Education Student Teacher of the Year Payton Bryant. Bryant currently teaches at Luling Elementary in St. Charles Parish.
     “When Dr. Calderon asked me to attend the roundtable discussion in Washington DC to speak to Secretary DeVos, I was beyond excited for a chance to tell my story of what high quality teacher preparation can do,” Bryant said. “My ultimate goal was to implore Secretary DeVos to make my experience commonplace for new teachers in order to prepare them adequately and retain them for years to come.”
     During the discussion, Bryant added, the participants explained their teacher education programs and the far-reaching impact of those programs on the students.
     “I mainly discussed how pre-service teachers need a chance to fail with a mentor teacher there to guide them, because we do not have this chance when we begin in our own classroom,” Bryant explained. “I was fortunate to have a mentor teacher who held me to the highest of standards, gave me feedback each day, and never settled for anything less than my best. She never told me what to do but questioned me and made me figure out things for myself. This opportunity does not exist now that I am inside of my own classroom, which is why every single teacher candidate needs it.”
     During the meeting at the Department of Education, US PREP highlighted how it is addressing challenges that contribute to a national shortage of educators. Coalition deans and program graduates shared innovative features of the initiative and emphasized the importance of high-quality training for pre-service teachers.
     “In some states, the standards are low for preparation programs, making it easy to become a teacher through low-quality programs,” said US PREP Executive Director Sarah Beal. “These teachers often teach in our highest need areas, and when they are not well-prepared, it can result in perpetuating inequities in our school systems as well as de-professionalizing the teaching profession overall.”
     “Many policymakers are critical of colleges of education and have given up on us,” Beal added. “We were pleased to showcase the hard work that has been done by the partner universities in US PREP, and that it is possible to make innovative improvements and thoroughly prepare candidates to be ready to teach on day one. We are very grateful to Secretary DeVos and her staff for taking the time to listen.”
     Among the features of US PREP are close partnerships between universities and schools, embedded university faculty in school districts, and intensive clinical experiences featuring a yearlong teaching experience and robust performance assessments. US PREP also supports their member providers with developing high-quality teacher preparation pathways that are affordable and accessible to prospective teachers.
     US PREP is adding eight more partners, including in New York City and California. In all, the US PREP coalition will prepare over 5,000 new teachers each year.

 

DEAN INVITED TO WASHINGTON - Southeastern College of Education Dean Paula Summers Calderon, right, and Southeastern alumna and 2018 College of Education Student Teacher of the Year Payton Bryant, left, were recently invited to Washington DC by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, center, to participate in a roundtable discussion on preparing classroom teachers. Southeastern is one of seven original universities in the nation and the only one in Louisiana invited to join the education coalition called University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Education Preparation (US PREP).

Black History Month events this week
Celebrate Black History Month with these campus events:

 

Live Black History Museum
Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum & Veterans Archives
Talented Southeastern students will provide education on the history of influential African American people.
Sponsored by SGA, MISA, NAACP and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Black History Month Lecture by Chad Duffaut: “Obstruction: African American Golfers and Southern Resistance in the Twilight of Jim Crow”
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Sponsored by Southeastern Department of History and Political Science

African American Influence: Literature for Black History Month
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5 - 7 p.m. - Sims Library 3rd floor
This panel will discuss important works of African American literature ranging from history to fiction, essays and autobiography. Together, the works offer a heroic narrative that examines the nuances and complexities found in African American literature.
Sponsored by Southeastern Department of English

Black Girl Magic
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:13 - 9:30 p.m. – Fayard Hall, room 109
This event is designed to commend African American women.
Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

NPHC Step Show/Showcase
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Pottle Music Auditorium
Southeastern’s NPHC fraternities and sororities will showcase their organizations through stepping, strutting, and sharing the histories of the groups.
Sponsored by the National Pan-Hellenic Council

For more information about any of the above events, please contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-2120 or multicultural@southeastern.edu.

 

Williams honored with lifetime mentor award

June WilliamsJune Williams, associate professor of Counseling in Health and Human Sciences, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the International Chi Sigma Iota Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentor Award. CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling.
     Throughout her career, Myers served as a mentor to others in the counseling profession. The Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentor Award was established to recognize CSI members who demonstrate exceptional commitment to mentoring others.
     “June Williams epitomizes all the qualities that the Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentor Award represents. She is a wonderful colleague who actively mentors her peers,” said Southeastern Department Head of Health and Human Sciences Jacqueline Guendouzi. “Her commitment to students is unfailing and she goes beyond the call of duty to foster caring, competent, and successful student counselors. As her department head, I can say without reservation that June thoroughly deserves this award, and we are very proud of her achievements in fostering a healthier society.”
     A resident of Kenner, Williams has been a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1995. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Louisiana Counseling Association, the Louisiana College Counseling Association, and CSI, having served a term as president in all four organizations. She has also served on the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners and the editorial review board for the Journal of College Counseling.

 

Tutoring Center offers math and chemistry tutoring at Sims Library
The Tutoring Center is now offering two nights of free tutoring at Sims Library for students who need help with pre-selected math and chemistry courses. Tutors are available Sundays and Mondays from 6-9 p.m., on the second floor of the library near the Math Lab.

     “After a year of Sunday night sessions, students were asking for more,” said Carolyn Blackwood, coordinator of the Tutoring Center. “So, we hope this will help students who are unable to schedule appointments during the week, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tutoring Center.”

     For drop-in sessions, students will be able to work with tutors on a first-come, first-served basis and for an unspecified amount of time with the understanding that tutors may be assisting several students in different courses concurrently.

Math DVM 98, DVM 99, DM 99, 105, 151, 161, 162, 163, 175, 200, 201, 241
Chem 101, 102, 107, 121, 122, 261, 265, 266


     For more information, contact Blackwood at 549-5717.

History and Political Science Department to celebrate Black History Month with lecture series
The Department of History and Political Science will hold a lecture series in February in honor of Black History Month.
     All the lectures are free and open to the public.
     Scheduled Feb. 12, at 11 a.m., the first lecture titled “Obstruction: African American Golfers and Southern Resistance in the Twilight of Jim Crow” will be given by Chad Duffaut in the Student Union Theatre.
     “One of the most underappreciated narratives of the Civil Rights movement involves the sport of golf and the fight for equal access to proper facilities,” said Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison. “To African American golfers, this fight represented an opportunity to take the next step in changing a broken system and erasing the cruel and unjust life of Jim Crow.”
     Next on the schedule is a lecture by Peter Gratton on Feb. 20 titled “African Philosophy: Past and Future.” Scheduled at 11 a.m., the lecture will take place in Pottle Music Auditorium.
     “For too long Africans were thought not to have cultural beliefs or even simply ‘tribal religions,’” said Robison. “This talk demonstrates quickly just how false (and racist) this view is. First, Dr. Gratton quickly reviews the major trends in African philosophy, then discusses where the future of this set of philosophical traditions appears to be heading.”
     The final lecture in the series is scheduled Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., in the Student Union Theatre. Samantha Cavell will deliver a lecture titled “Mary Seacole: Breaking all Boundaries in the Victorian Age.”
     “For more than a century the story of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse and who aided thousands of British soldiers on the front lines of the Crimean War, was lost in the long shadows cast by her rival, Florence Nightingale,” Robinson explained. “But Mary Seacole’s remarkable journey from traditional healer and specialist in tropical medicine to beloved ‘mother’ of the troops at Sevastopol stands as tribute to her steadfast belief in herself and her mission, and her iron will to overcome all obstacles, especially those of gender, race, and cultural bigotry.”
     For additional information about Southeastern’s Black History Month lecture series, contact Robison at 549-2413 or wrobison@southeastern.edu.

Columbia Theatre presents ‘Frankenstein’
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Aquila Theatre in “Frankenstein” for one performance only on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
     Written two centuries ago by Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” is considered by many as the first true science fiction novel. The story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations.
     According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, the presentation by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre will include a twist to the production, as is customary for the company.
     “Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results,” he said. “After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision.”
     Blackwood said that 200 years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions.
     “The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation – just because it can be done, should it be done,” he said. “Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling, while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.”
     Tickets for the production range from $35 to $45 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
     Special $15 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for “Frankenstein” and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.

Frankenstein

Teaching and Learning student receives scholarship
Southeastern student Tabitha McDowell of the Department of Teaching and Learning was awarded a scholarship at the Louisiana Early Childhood Education Association Annual Conference held in Alexandria recently.     

     McDowell’s award is the result of hard work in academics and her service to Louisiana’s young children and their families, as evidenced by her leadership and participation in Southeastern’s campus organization titled Student-led Louisiana Early Childhood Association (SLAECA).
     Through SLAECA, McDowell took a leadership role in the Child Abuse Prevention Awareness campaign, the Once Upon a Time in the Park Family Literacy Festival, and a campus presentation titled “The Next Best Thing to Being There,” where she and her peers recapped their learning experiences at the state conference.

Tabitha McDowell and Mary Louise JonesAbove: From left are scholarship recipient Tabitha McDowell and LAECA Scholarship Chair, Mary Louise Jones.

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Professor Claims Way Superman Lifts a Building in 'Justice League' Violates the Laws of Physics

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SLU’S history, political science department’s three-part lecture series to highlight Black History Month

Scelfo adds two signees to bring first full recruiting class to 29 members

It’s alive: Columbia Theatre to present one-time showing of ‘Frankenstein’ Feb. 23

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St. Tammany College Notes for Feb. 6

Crescent City College Notes for Feb. 6

NOLA.com
Free Covington business workshop Wednesday focuses on employee retention

THIS WEEK IN ATHLETICS

The Southeastern baseball team will open the 2019 season, while the basketball, softball, tennis and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team will welcome Louisiana Tech for a three-game series at Alumni Field. The series opens with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Every home Sunday is Local Heroes Appreciation at the Pat, as all first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket with a valid ID.
     The red-hot Southeastern men’s basketball team (11-13, 7-4 Southland) will host a pair of contests in the UC this week, starting with a 7 p.m. contest versus Incarnate Word. Wednesday is a Gold Out, as all fans are encouraged to wear gold to the Lions-Cardinals contest.
     Wednesday is also a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score 60 points or more, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.

     On Saturday, SLU welcomes McNeese to the University Center for a 4 p.m. contest.
     The Lady Lion basketball team (9-13, 4-7 Southland) opens the week on the road, traveling to Incarnate Word for a 6:30 p.m. game. On Saturday, Southeastern opens the doubleheader versus McNeese with a 1 p.m. contest.
     Saturday is Military and Local Heroes Appreciation Day, as military and service personnel receive two free tickets to the SLU-McNeese doubleheader by presenting valid ID. Ashailee Brailey is Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game, as the first 150 fans at the women’s game will receive a free trading card featuring the senior from Abbeville, Louisiana, courtesy of PRIDE.
     The SLU softball team (4-2) will open its road schedule on Wednesday with a 5 p.m. game at Louisiana Tech. The Lady Lions will then return home to host Lion Classic II on Friday through Sunday at North Oak Park.
     Southeastern, which won Lion Classic I to open the season, will open the tournament on Friday with games versus Prairie View (3 p.m.) and Missouri State (5 p.m.). On Saturday, SLU opens the day with a 1:30 p.m. contest versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, before closing the day with a matchup versus UTSA at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Lions close the tournament with an 11 a.m. game versus SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday.
     Both of this week’s women’s basketball games, Saturday’s men’s basketball game, as well as Friday and Sunday’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the TuneIn Radio, RadioFX and Lions Game Day Experience apps. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week’s baseball and men’s basketball games, as well as Friday and Sunday’s softball action at www.LionSports.net/watch.
     The SLU tennis team (2-2) continues a six-match road swing this week. On Friday, the Lions will travel to Jackson State for a 1 p.m. match. ULM awaits Southeastern on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
     The Southeastern track and field team continues preparation for the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, competing at the LSU Twilight meet on Friday in Baton Rouge. Select Lions and Lady Lions will head to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday and Sunday.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Basketball with Jay Ladner, hosted by Ladner and Allen Waddell is set for Monday at 7 p.m. The hour-long radio show will air weekly from Rainbow Daiquiris, located at 14384 West Thomas Street. The show will be held each Monday through March 4.
     The show will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM/103.7 FM). Fans can also listen live at www.LionSports.net/listenlive and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will be available via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/sluathletics.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
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CLEAR BAG POLICY
Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/clear.

MON

FEB 11

Inside Southeastern Basketball with Jay Ladner, Rainbow Daiquiris, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400/103.7)

   
WED
FEB 13

Men’s Basketball, vs. Incarnate Word, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Gold Out
     - Cane’s Challenge

Women’s Basketball, vs. Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*

Softball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 5 p.m.

   
FRI
FEB 15

Baseball, vs. Louisiana Tech, Alumni Field, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, Prairie View vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Home) (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 1 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, UTSA vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Home) (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 1 p.m.
Softball, vs. Prairie View (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Home) vs. Missouri State (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Missouri State (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, UTSA (Home) vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.
Tennis, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Twilight, Baton Rouge, All Day

   
SAT
FEB 16

Baseball, vs. Louisiana Tech, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (LionVision)
Men’s Basketball, vs. McNeese, University Center, 4 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Military and Local Heroes Appreciation Day

Women’s Basketball, vs. McNeese, University Center,

1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*

     - Military and Local Heroes Appreciation Day
     - Ashailee Brailey Trading Card Night

Softball, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Home) (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 11 a.m. (LionVision)

Softball, Missouri State vs. Prairie View (Home) (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 11 a.m.
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 1:30 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, UTSA vs. Prairie View (Home) (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 1:30 p.m.
Softball, vs. UTSA (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 3:30 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville vs. Missouri State (Home) (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 3:30 p.m.
Tennis, at ULM, Monroe, 10:30 a.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Alex Wilson Invitational, South Bend, Ind., All Day

   
SUN
FEB 17

Baseball, vs. Louisiana Tech, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Local Heroes Appreciation Sunday

Softball, vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Lion Classic II – Field One), North Oak Park, 11 a.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Missouri State (Home) vs. UTSA (Lion Classic II – Field Three), North Oak Park, 11 a.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Alex Wilson Invitational, South Bend, Ind., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Bruce Craft (English) presented “Defining Red Bones and Melungeons: Exploring Southern Short Fiction as Ethnography” at the 11th Annual Southern Studies Conference at Auburn University-Montgomery in Montgomery, Ala, Feb. 2. He also participated in a panel discussion on “Ethnographies of the South” at the conference.

 

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