All Styles Guitar Night scheduled
The Southeastern 2019 Guitar Festival All Styles Night concert will take place Monday,
March 25, at 7:30 in Pottle Auditorium. Admission is free.
The concert will feature music for guitar in a variety of styles including jazz,
classical, folk, blues, and original compositions as well. Performers will include
music majors, students and faculty from other disciplines, and Southeastern alumni.
“The All Styles Night has become an established annual event at Southeastern
that showcases one of the most popular, and versatile instruments in modern music
culture. The guitar has become a truly global instrument, found in almost every corner
of the world played by millions at amateur and professional levels in constantly developing
musical styles,” said Instructor and Coordinator of Guitar Activities Patrick Kerber.
“I am particularly pleased that we continue to offer a venue for students and members
of the Southeastern community who are not involved with the Music Department to showcase
their unique talents. As always, there will be something for everyone, and the students
are not graded for this one - free expression on their guitar(s) is the order of the
For more information, contact Patrick Kerber at 549-2886 or email@example.com.
Columbia Theatre presents ‘Artrageous’
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Artrageous, an
interactive art and music experience, in one performance only April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, the Artrageous
troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art
forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished
paintings. The result, he said, is a one-of-a-kind crossover experience.
“Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments,”
Blackwood said. “With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography
and exciting audience interaction, Artrageous takes audiences on a unique visual journey
packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun. The signature of the Artrageous
Troup is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show!”
Tickets for the production range from $35 to $45, with $15 tickets available
for kids 12 and under, and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday
through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 985-543-4371. 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 Artrageous 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 985-543-4371 for more information.
Southeastern librarian honored with state award
A Southeastern librarian has been recognized with a state award by the Louisiana Chapter
of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Louisiana Library Association.
Angela Dunnington, head of access services of Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library,
received the 2019 Academic Award for Outstanding Librarianship at the LLA annual conference
held recently in Baton Rouge.
A resident of Hammond, Dunnington was nominated by Sims Library Director Eric
Johnson, as well as her peers.
“Angela has passion for librarianship, a strong desire to provide the best possible
service that Sims Library can offer, the ability to work through thorny problems to
find appropriate solutions, and an ongoing commitment to faculty and student assistance
and instruction,” Johnson said.
Dunnington received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Southeastern
in 1995 and a master’s degree in library and information science from LSU in 1997.
She has worked at Sims Memorial Library in various capacities since 2001 and has introduced
new technology to library collections, led information literacy assessment projects,
written grants, improved policies, and created a student/employee training course.
Perhaps most importantly, Johnson said, Dunnington frequently shares her expertise
locally, statewide, and nationally. She has published and presented extensively and
frequently mentors new librarians.
“It is an indescribable honor to be selected as this year’s Outstanding Academic
Librarian. It has been an incredible journey to be part of academic libraries and
higher education spanning 22 years,” Dunnington said. “I share this award with Southeastern
librarians, staff and fellow colleagues who mentored and inspired me throughout my
career. It is not every day a librarian gets to spend the majority of her career working
at their undergraduate alma mater.”
Students win Emmy scholarships
Three Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel have received prestigious
Emmy scholarships from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television
Arts & Sciences.
Junior Dylan Domangue of Houma and senior Alexis Minor of Baton Rouge were awarded
$5,000 scholarships each, while senior Amanda Kitch of Covington won a $4,500 stipend.
The Suncoast Chapter offers scholarships to eligible high school seniors and
university students who reside within the Suncoast Region, comprised of Louisiana,
Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico.
To be eligible for the university award, students must maintain a 3.5 overall
grade point average with a major in communications/broadcasting and a concentration
in television. Applicants are required to submit a transcript, resume, work samples,
one-page biography, 250-word essay, a letter of recommendation, and participate in
a personal interview conducted by the Emmy scholarship committee.
It is the second consecutive year that Domangue and Kitch received scholarships.
In 2017, along with Courtney Bruno of New Orleans, they became the first students
in Louisiana awarded Emmy scholarships.
“This is a tremendous honor for Dylan, Alexis and Amanda since they had to pass
very strict Emmy criteria to win the scholarships,” said Southeastern Channel General
Manager Rick Settoon. “This shows that not only are they all producing outstanding
television work, they’re excelling in the classroom as well. The Emmy committee has
rightly recognized their mature career goals and bright futures in television. We’re
extremely proud of them and happy that these generous scholarships will help finance
their continued education and development.”
EMMY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS - Three Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel recently won prestigious
Emmy scholarships awarded by the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences. The Emmy organization awards scholarships to students who major
in television broadcasting, maintain a 3.5 grade point average, and exhibit outstanding
television work, along with strong career goals in the television industry. From left
are junior Dylan Domangue of Houma and senior Amanda Kitch of Covington. Not pictured
is scholarship winner Alexis Minor, a senior from Baton Rouge.
Southeastern vocalists claim awards at state competition
Fourteen Southeastern vocal performance students were finalists – including five first
place winners – at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of
Singing competition held recently at Southeastern.
Receiving first place nods were Andrew Butler of River Ridge, freshman men division;
Cheyenne Moore of Slidell, senior women’s division; Alfred Harper of New Orleans,
junior men division; Wesley Newton of Bourg, senior men; and Joshua Staes of Baton
Rouge, graduate men. Southeastern vocal students swept both the freshman men and
senior women categories.
Other students recognized at the competition include the following: Caitlyn Rodrigue
of Thibodaux, second place sophomore women; Canaan White of Ponchatoula, second place
freshman men; Sara Cage of Baton Rouge, second place senior women; Camryn Rodrigue
of Thibodaux, third place sophomore women; William Dopp of Independence, third place
freshman men; Carley Duet of Cutoff, third place junior women; Anne Labranche of Mandeville,
third place senior women; Emily Guagliardo of Ponchatoula, fourth place, freshman
women; and Deondra Bell of Baton Rouge, fourth place senior women.
Voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana Chapter judged the auditions. Students
participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.
Getaways and more up for auction at the 35th annual Chefs Evening
Attendees at this year’s Chefs Evening, scheduled March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in
Southeastern’s Student Union Grand Ballroom, have the chance to take home an array
of silent auction items. Ranging from jewelry to deluxe hotel stays and attraction
passes, there are nearly four dozen items and packages on which event guests can place
Jewelry from Kendra Scott, Mignon Faget, and other local designers; a private
shopping event for eight at Gypsy Hill Boutique; a luxurious goodie bag from Aveda;
New Orleans hotel packages from The Ritz Carlton, Omni Royal Orleans, Loews New Orleans
Hotel, Windsor Court Hotel, and Pontchartrain Hotel; and passes to New Orleans Museum
of Art and the Audubon Institute are a sampling of the items up for auction.
In addition to the silent auction, attendees can also try their luck in a jewelry
raffle; a 50/50 raffle; and a corks and kegs raffle featuring wine, beer, and champagne.
A live auction will also be held for a customized trip to Napa, a wine dinner for
eight at the Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm, a Smoothie King Center tickets package with
limousine service and dinner, and a President’s Wine Tasting featuring select Chefs
Evening wines for the winner and 25 additional guests.
In the midst of perusing the available goods, patrons will be invited to taste
cuisine from dozens of restaurants and caterers around the region and enjoy carefully
chosen wine and drinks. The President’s Toast, a kick-off event immediately preceding
Chefs Evening held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the President’s Residence on campus, allows
attendees to extend their foodie experience by indulging in exclusive select hors
d’ouevres and wine handpicked by Southeastern President John L. Crain.
The event is organized by the Southeastern Foundation, with all proceeds benefitting
vital student scholarships and academic programs.
Tickets for both Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast are available online
at southeastern.edu/chefsevening or by calling 985-549-2239.
NUMEROUS AUCTION ITEMS AVAILABLE AT CHEFS EVENING – Attendees at the 2018 Chefs Evening enjoy shopping the event’s large silent auction
to benefit student scholarships and academic programs. The 35th annual Chefs Evening
and President’s Toast are scheduled this year for Sunday, March 31.
Green Talks continue Tuesday
The Green Talks series will continue tomorrow (March 26) at noon with the presentation
“All About Food.” David Burley will discuss food issues, including the local food
Who decides how our food is produced? Who decides what is produced? Who decides
who produces it? And who decides where it goes, who sells it, and who eats it? According
to organizers, the discussion will explore these questions that are rooted in the
economic, political, social and cultural aspects of our lives.
The Green Talks series is part of a Sims Memorial Library and Sustainability
Center collaboration. Together they are leading a campus-wide campaign to promote
ecological awareness at Southeastern. The five-talk series began in February with
presentations on recycling, reducing waste, and renewable energy.
All sessions are free, open to the public and meet on the third floor of the
The final Green Talk of the semester is set for April 10. Robert Moreau, director
of Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, will present “Earth Day at 50: A Brief
History of the Environmental Movement.”
Call for Presentations
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff
to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Students’
Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase on Tuesday, April 16, from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.
This non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and
other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
It is envisioned that students – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – will
be present for an hour or two during the five-hour showcase to discuss their displays
and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research,
creative, and scholarly pursuits.
The application deadline is Wednesday, April 10.
For more information and to register a presentation, visit the Office of Sponsored
Research and Programs’ web page by clicking here.
Community Music School to host summer programs
The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) is hosting a series of summer programs
for young musicians.
The summer programs include a middle school band camp, guitar workshop, chamber
music workshop, and a strings orchestra workshop, as well as seven weeks of individual
lessons, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“We look forward to working with the young musicians, providing the platform
for them to meet with Southeastern’s wonderful faculty and college students, while
bringing their skill and musicianship to the next level,” Duke said. “Through all
the fun activities we have planned, students will have the opportunity to learn, explore,
form new friendships and enjoy collaboration in sharing their love for the art of
A middle school band camp is scheduled June 17-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Thursday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, with a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday,
June 21. Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday, as well as dinner on Friday. Tuition
for the camp, scheduled in Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s campus, is $225.
Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply
to registrations postmarked after May 1.
Coordinated by Southeastern Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton, the camp
is open to students in fifth through ninth grades during the 2018-19 school year,
although high school students are also welcome to attend. Camp activities include
concert band, private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation
and theory classes.
The chamber music, choir and guitar workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12
p.m. June 10- June 14, with a concert at 1 p.m. on June 14. Tuition cost for each
workshop is $170 and includes lunch on Friday, June 14. Registration is open until
the first day of the workshops; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations
postmarked after May 20.
The beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from 4 -5:30 p.m., June
10 to June 13, and on June 14, from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m., with a concert at 1 p.m.
on June14. Suitable for first to third-year violin, viola, and cello students, the
workshop will be taught by Duke.
Tuition for the workshop is $125 and includes lunch on Friday, June 14. Registration
is open until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to
registrations postmarked after May 20.
The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 10 to
July 25. Lessons are scheduled according to the instructors’ availability and with
consideration of the students’ family vacations. Individual lesson fees vary according
to the instructor’s qualifications.
For more information on any of these programs, go to www.southeastern.edu/smc or call 549-5502.
French Club visits New Orleans
Le Cercle Français, Southeastern’s French club, recently traveled to New Orleans to
meet with the Consulate General of France. Club members learned about the various
opportunities offered to American students hoping to study in France. Nicolas Torres,
attaché of cooperation for French, also presented information about the Teaching Assistantship
Program in France.
During a second stop in New Orleans, Joseph Dunn, director of the Alliance Française,
presented students with resources available to learn more and become immersed in the
French language and culture in New Orleans.
FRENCH CLUB MEETS LEADERS - From left are French Club members Stanley and Beatrice Beck, Juliana Johnson, Faculty
Adviser Aileen Mootoo-Robertson, Danielle Eliser, James Kinchen, Tori Rodriguez, Jacey
Fitzmorris, Caitlin Canning, Yan Wu, Nicolas Torres, attaché of cooperation for French,
and Tyler Thompson.