Calderon appointed to national steering committee
College of Education Dean Paula Summers Calderon was recently appointed to the 2019-20
Steering Committee for the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Calderon,
the only dean chosen from Louisiana, was one of 14 members selected nationwide.
The new steering committee, comprised of teachers, principals, and system leaders
from districts, organizations, state agencies and universities, will share what is
working to advance teaching and learning in every educational setting.
“This group will inform NIET’s work year-round to develop innovations and advance
policies that have a direct impact on the classroom,” said CEO of NIET Candice McQueen.
“They will lend their on-the-ground expertise from diverse educational backgrounds
and settings to foster collaboration and further the development of support for high-quality
While NIET has long had a formal advisory group of teachers and leaders informing
its work, McQueen explained, NIET formed a new steering committee to provide strategic
thinking and vision setting to help NIET meet the needs of teachers, leaders, and
students at large.
“The power of partnerships is the opportunity to collaborate, reflect, and advance
together,” she said. “Learning from educators and leaders who put visions into action
are central to this process and to our growth as an organization. The contributions
of NIET’s Steering Committee will benefit hundreds of thousands of peers nationwide.”
For two decades, NIET has collaborated with schools, districts, states, and universities
to build educator excellence and give all students the opportunity for success. NIET’s
initiatives have impacted more than 250,000 educators and 2.5 million students across
Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off set for Saturday, Nov. 2
Southeastern’s 13th annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off will be held in Friendship Circle
during tailgating on Saturday, Nov. 2. The event raises funds for student-athlete
This Southeastern tradition provides tailgaters with the chance to show off their
gumbo cooking skills prior to the Lions football game versus Stephen F. Austin scheduled
at 4 p.m., while also supporting Lion student-athletes.
There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef, and registration is
available at www.lionsports.net/gumbo. Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to
bring spoons and however much gumbo they are willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
The public is invited to taste the gumbo at the various “Gumbo Tailgating Tasting
Stations” around Friendship Circle and “vote” for their favorites by stuffing coins
and bills in designated “voting jars” at each site. Signs at the participating tailgate
locations will indicate where tailgaters can taste and vote for their favorite gumbo
flavoring. “Voting” will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The voting jar with the most money will win the 2019 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally,
a Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples from
each of the gumbo chefs conducted during tailgating.
Both winners will be announced during the football game and will receive Game
Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
Tailgaters have until Nov. 1 to register. The contest is open to any group, whether
or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call 549-5437.
All funds raised benefit SAAC, which has adopted the cook-off as its annual signature
Wine Tasting to benefit Sims Library
The group Friends of Sims Library is hosting its 11th annual “Wine with Friends,”
a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. Friday,
Held at the library, the event will feature six wines paired with food samplings,
a jazz combo, a silent auction featuring art and photography, themed gift baskets,
wine, and gift certificates to local restaurants, and door prizes, said Sims Library
Director Eric Johnson.
“We have some interesting auction items this year, such as a round of golf for
four at Oak Knoll Country Club, Columbia Theatre tickets, a football signed by LSU
Coach Ed Orgeron, and event packages,” he said. “Once again, wines will be introduced
by the knowledgeable and very entertaining Todd Delaune from The Red, White & Brew.
This year, food will be catered by Oak Knoll Country Club.”
Friends of Sims Library is an organization that supports the activities and collections
of the library. Funds generated by the group are used to supplement the library’s
annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs and lectures,
including the popular “Let’s Talk Art” series, author readings and signings, and other
Johnson said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations
from area businesses.
Tickets are $45 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7
p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold
at the door.
Order tickets online at https://www.southeastern.edu/librarywine/index.html or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, La., 70402.
For more information about the wine tasting or the Friends of Sims Library, contact
Janie Branham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-2186.
Southeastern experiences successful Giving Day
Southeastern recently held its annual Giving Day to raise funds for the university.
Scheduled during Homecoming Week festivities, the event raised $104,057 for Southeastern
and its students.
“We are also excited to announce that more people across the board participated
in this year’s Giving Day than ever before,” said Southeastern Foundation Director
of Development Vanessa Prentice. “The total number of supporters grew by 240 percent. Over
767 Lions, including students, their families, employees, alumni and community members,
came together in support of Southeastern. This level of support will make a big impact.”
This year Southeastern donors had the opportunity to select an individual department,
organization, or project important to them, directly giving back to the areas toward
which they feel most passionate.
For more information about Giving Day, contact the Southeastern Foundation at
Southeastern to host panel discussion on Women’s Suffrage
As part of a year-long commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
in America, Southeastern’s Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project is partnering with
the National Women’s History Museum to produce an interdisciplinary panel discussion
titled “Determined to Rise: The Civil War and Beyond, Women’s Suffrage and the Women’s
Movement.” The discussion is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
at the Student Union Theatre and is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by Southeastern’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,
the College of Education, Department of History & Political Science, Multicultural
and International Student Affairs and Sims Memorial Library, the panel discussion
will be moderated by Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Samantha
Cavell. The discussion will look at how the Civil War era affected the Women’s
Movement and early calls for voting rights in the South.
Experts from Boston and Washington, D.C. will join local scholars to discuss topics
related to the development of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, said Cavell.
“Dr. Liz Eberlein of the National Women’s History Museum and Professor Alecia
Long of Louisiana State University bring the historical perspective, while Dr. Benjamin
Railton, professor of English at Fitchburg State University, and Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby
of the Southeastern Communication and Media Studies Department add cultural context
to the long and contentious story of our path to the 19th Amendment,” said Cavell.
“The floor will be open to audience questions and comments.”
“There is so much in the historical struggle for women’s voting rights that is
relevant today,” explained Cavell. “Issues of race, gender, disenfranchisement, and
marginalization of populations are still central to the discussion of citizenship
and representation. We hope that students and everyone will come out not only to hear
the discussion, but to be a part of it.”
For more information, contact Cavell at email@example.com.
Columbia Theatre to present concert featuring alumnus
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Durand Jones
and the Indications, a deep soul revival band, in one performance only. Scheduled
Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., the concert will take place in the downtown Hammond theatre.
Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter is looking forward to welcoming
“Durand is a Southeastern alumnus who is a rising star. His fantastic, soul-influenced
band recently played on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ and ‘CBS This Morning,’” Winter said.
“We are thrilled to have him returning to his roots. My staff and I are currently
working very hard to make Nov. 1 a special night celebrating some of Southeastern’s
most successful alums.”
In celebration of Jones’ return to Southeastern, Columbia Theatre will be serving
Gnarly Barley, a beer brewed by Southeastern alumni Zac and Cari Caramonta, offering
a special discount for alumni that night, and hosting additional surprise guest alumni
for the curtain speech and lobby greeters.
Tickets for Durand Jones and the Indications are $36 in the orchestra or balcony
and $45 in the loge. Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at
220 East Thomas Street in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday,
online at columbiatheatre.org, or by phone at 985-543-4371.
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.
Southeastern to host Terrell Conference for mental health practitioners
The University Counseling Center at Southeastern will sponsor the third annual Terrell
Conference for Mental Health Practitioners Jan. 9 and 10 in the university’s Student
Annette Baldwin, assistant director of outreach and programming for the UCC and
conference chair, said conference highlights include the Terrell Award Presentation
and tours of the Lion Up Recovery space that houses the university’s recently launched
collegiate recovery program. Thursday and Friday include full days of continuing education
opportunities for counseling and other mental health professionals in the areas of
supervision, ethics and diagnosis, as well as the expo and lunch networking events.
“Participants will be able to connect with an expanded program of presenters
this year,” Baldwin said. “The Conference Expo will showcase mental health professionals
dedicated to various aspects of mental health treatment and recovery.”
James S. Flowers, the keynote speaker, will present “Take the Guesswork out of
Comprehensive Healthcare: Importance of Diagnostic Evaluations in Pain Recovery, Complex
Medical Cases, and Treatment Resistant Clients.” The presentation will address comprehensive
assessment of addiction, mental health, chronic pain and other complex medical issues,
“Many questions go unanswered from hasty or uninformed decisions for treatments,
therapies and healthcare, which often results in misdiagnosis and untreated symptoms
of the individual,” Flowers said. “The results of comprehensive diagnostic evaluations
provide solutions for the best diagnostic criteria, treatment planning and treatment
options to provide clients or loved ones the opportunity for living the best life
Flowers is one of the most familiar and respected names in the area of pain recovery,
chronic pain, and addiction, Baldwin said.
TERRELL CONFERENCE SCHEDULED - James S. Flowers is the keynote speaker for the third annual Terrell Conference
for Mental Health Practitioners Jan. 9 and 10 in Southeastern’s Student Union. Flowers
will present “Take the Guesswork out of Comprehensive Healthcare: Importance of Diagnostic
Evaluations in Pain Recovery, Complex Medical Cases, and Treatment Resistant Clients.”