Burley to present Green Talk
Sims Library and the Sustainability Center are presenting a lecture series titled
Green Talk. The next talk is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. on the third floor
of Sims Library.
Dr. David Burley will present “What Can I Do? How to Make A Difference for Our
Planet.” Burley will discuss ways that we can help bring about positive change on
environmental issues, such as the Reconnect student group being involved in local
food and environmental justice issues.
Southeastern presents annual Veterans Day Lecture
The History and Political Science Department has scheduled the annual Veterans Day
Lecture Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Southeastern graduate
Jake Yount will present “Bushido Abandoned: Allied POWs under Imperial Japan.” The
event is free and open to the public.
“The Department of History and Political Science is once again proud to honor
America’s veterans with its Annual Veterans Day Lecture intended to increase awareness
and understanding of American military history at Southeastern and in the surrounding
community and to foster greater appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have
made to defend our freedom and preserve our way of life,” said History and Political
Science Department Head Bill Robison. “We are especially proud that this year’s lecturer,
Jake Yount, is a recent graduate of our master of arts in history program who will
speak about his graduate research.”
Yount will discuss how Japan’s conquests and creation of the Japanese Co-Prosperity
Circle in East Asia and the Pacific led to internment of over 140,000 allied soldiers,
“Jake will speak about the blurring and misinterpretation of the code of Bushido
that led to the Japanese prisoner of war camps being run with hatred and nationalistic
fervor, causing allied POWs to suffer night and day with liberation coming slowly
for survivors and justice remaining unattainable for the dead,” Robison explained.
For more information, contact the History and Political Science Department at
Students inducted into Phi Sigma Iota
In October, the Department of World Languages and Cultures inducted a new group of
students into Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language
Honor Society. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages
This year inductees are students who major or minor in Spanish and French. The
initiation ceremony took place in the restaurant Michabelle and was presided over
by Dr. Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and
Dr. Agnieszka Gutthy, Phi Sigma Iota faculty advisor.
PHI SIGMA IOTA INDUCTION – Pictured front row, from left, are faculty members Agnieszka Gutthy, Lucia Harrison,
and Aileen Mootoo. Second row, from left, are students Vanessa Perez and Ashley Mentel,
faculty member Luz Escobar, and students Myrian White and Alexis Minor. Third row,
from left, are faculty member Danielle Perez de Corcho, and students Rae Rosenthal
and Rosa Desiree Sanchez. Back row, from left, are faculty members Rodrigo Pereyra,
Francesco Fiumara, and Jerry Parker.
Students create Day of the Dead altar
Southeastern Spanish students created a Day of the Dead altar in the D Vickers lobby
for all to enjoy last week. The students met outside of class to plan and work on
the decorations. The altar was on display Oct. 30 and 31.
Participating students included Rajuan Gaines, Corionnti Hamilton, Abigail Sickels,
Hailey Sing, Madeline Harper, Vincent Hart, Kameron Head, Heather Hodges, Brittany
Wheeler, Drew Fussell, Paige Haydel, Madison Robison, Tyshon Keasley, Heather Aranyosi,
Chloe Allbright, and Thomas Swindle.
Athletics hosts Halloween Costume Contest
Athletics held their annual Halloween Costume Contest for 2019 on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Winners will be announced at their next full staff meeting in November.
Columbia Theatre to present unique Star Wars event
In a galaxy in downtown Hammond, Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts will present a unique Star Wars-themed show called “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.”
Scheduled Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre, the show has been performed
for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, and Dubai,
to the Sydney Opera House.
Charles Ross single-handedly plays all the characters complete with voice impressions,
sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of three
films into one comedic production, said Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter.
“Columbia Theatre is absolutely thrilled to host the amazing Charles Ross and
his ‘One-Man Star Wars Trilogy’ just weeks before the next Star Wars movie ‘The Rise
of Skywalker’ opens in theatres all over the world,” Winter said. “This is going to
be an incredibly fun event for Star Wars fans of all ages.”
In keeping with the Star Wars theme, Columbia Theatre has additional activities
planned for the evening’s event.
An eye-catching selfie area called “A New Hope” will be available for Star Wars
fans to enjoy in the lobby. Additionally, Columbia Theatre will transform the second
floor balcony lounge for the evening into the Mos Eisley Cantina, complete with special
Star Wars-themed drinks and snacks, along with concessions.
Winter said special guests for the evening include the Bast Alpha Garrison of
the 501st Legion.
“This is an international fraternity of Star Wars fans who wear very detailed,
high-end costumes and attend events all over the world. They also volunteer for various
charities, many involving children,” Winter explained. “The group will be in the lobby
for photo opportunities.”
Also scheduled that evening is a Star Wars-themed costume contest, complete with
prizes, sponsored by Southeastern’s radio station KSLU.
“To make sure fans have time to enjoy all of these great events in our lobby,”
Winter said, “we are opening our lobby to the public at 6 p.m., which is 30 minutes
earlier than usual.”
Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for students and are available at the
Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond,
or by calling 543-4371.
A special Southeastern student ticket price of $10 is available, while supplies
last. Students must present their Southeastern IDs at the Columbia box office to receive
the discounted price. Additionally, all Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university
staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert 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.
For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.
The show is performed with the permission of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All “Star Wars”
elements are property of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Young men dedicated to increasing the numbers of black male educators
For the second consecutive year, US PREP (University-School Partnerships for the Renewal
of Educator Preparation) supported education majors in attending a conference in Philadelphia
to learn more about how to be effective educators. Students in attendance included
Corey Barkum of Gulfport, Miss., Richard Davis of Slidell, Kerry Taylor of Hammond,
Brayleon Thorns of Dallas, and Tyrek Jenkins of Baton Rouge.
The students’ academic levels and affiliation with Southeastern are quite diverse
and include an entry-level teacher candidate, a student teacher, an alternative certification
student, a masters’ level candidate, and a doctoral student. The students decided
to attend the conference based on a nation-wide concern that fewer than two percent
of teachers nationwide are black men.
The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice is a professional membership
and activist organization dedicated to advancing the recruitment, development, and
retention of black male educators. The organization works in partnership with many
groups like US PREP and hopes to triple the number of highly effective black male
teachers to 1,000 by 2025 in places like Philadelphia public schools.
Although Philadelphia is a target, Black Male Educators Convening wants the mission
and outcomes to have a ripple effect across the nation.
Conference participants had the opportunity to meet many educators including
former Southeastern student Jacob Jonte’ Lee, who was a conference presenter, and
gave the young men direction about leadership and networking. Lee currently teaches
in the District of Columbia and presented a workshop examining language barriers and
standardized test results among students of color.
“Today’s students need positive role models of different races, ethnicities,
and genders in their schools. The Fellowship of Black Male Educators is making great
strides to recruit students of color, specifically male students of color, and retain
them in the field of teaching,” said Dean of the College of Education Dr. Paula Summers
Calderon. “I’m delighted we have this wonderful cohort of young men of color to represent
Southeastern and assist us in recruiting more males into the field of education. I’m
equally as delighted that Dr. Celina Echols is passionate about these students and
accompanies them to the convening.”
All of the Southeastern students had positive comments about the event.
“EdFest 2019 was a very eye-opening experience for me because it demonstrated
how important this work is,” said conference participant Richard Davis. “It also reaffirmed
that the field of education is the right career choice for me, and the impact I can
make in the lives of my students. I am looking forward to implementing many of the
strategies and advice I have gained from this conference into my future classroom.”
CONFERENCE ATTENDEES – Pictured, in front kneeling, Kerry Taylor, from left standing Tyrek Jenkins and
Corey Barkum, seated Brayleon Thorns, front right, Southeastern alumnus Jonte J. David,
and far right back standing Richard Davis.