Southeastern designated a Military Friendly School for eighth time
For the eighth consecutive year, Southeastern has been named a Military Friendly®
School for 2020-2021.
Viqtory Media, publisher of “G.I. Jobs,” states the listing honors the top colleges,
universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military
service members, veterans, and spouses as students and to ensure their success on
“Southeastern’s consistent listing shows our continued commitment to serve active
military, veterans and their families,” said President John L. Crain. “As always,
we are proud to receive this recognition, as it places us among some of the top universities
in the nation, but more importantly we know it means we are doing our best to serve
those who have made many sacrifices in service to our nation.”
Southeastern enrolls over 528 veteran and military service members. The university
maintains a Veterans Upward Bound program; has an Office of Veterans Affairs that
assists students in obtaining benefits and with other issues; provides academic and
other counseling services; offers scholarships specifically for military students
and veterans; and maintains a wide range of online and distance learning programs
that provide students with flexibility in scheduling.
Southeastern’s ROTC program, which is a sub-unit of the Southern University Army
ROTC program, returned to Hammond in 2016 after more than a 20-year hiatus. Fifty-five
students now participate in the program.
Southeastern now serves as a resource center for thousands of Louisiana veterans
in an effort to help active-duty military service men and women successfully transition
to college through a new program called LaVetCorps.
Additionally, Southeastern recently launched the Office of Military and Veteran
Success. The new office includes two college employees, a LAVetCorps employee and
six veteran ambassadors. The center offers help with academic advising related to
VA education benefits, processing VA education benefits, counseling on VA education
benefits, programs, events, and priority registration.
“Southeastern has made a concerted effort in the past several years to focus
on military service members, veterans and their families,” said Director of Military
and Veteran Success Matt Watkins, a U.S. Air Force Veteran. “Southeastern has created
innovative programming, services, events and resources for our veterans, dependents
and military population. All of our staff members feel there is no greater calling
than serving those who have served us.”
Sims Library celebrates Will Eisner Week
Sims Library invites you to explore the world of comics and graphic novels during
Will Eisner Week, March 2-6. This annual celebration honors the work of the legendary
comic book artist, who is considered the father of the modern graphic novel.
Sims Library will host events throughout the week to celebrate comics and graphic
Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m. -- English Club/Sigma Tau Delta is hosting “Are you a Fan of Graphic Novels?”
a comic and fandom creative writing workshop from 5-6 p.m., followed by a showing
of the documentary film Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, at 6 p.m. --
both events will take place in the Media Department on the 2nd floor of the Library.
Wednesday, March 4 at 6 pm -- English instructor Sherri Craig will host A Celebration of Comics and
Graphic Novels, featuring an overview of Eisner’s contributions to this genre. A panel
of independent artists including Tedd Walley, Kurt Amacker, and Roland Paris will
discuss their work and share advice with budding graphic novelists and artists.
March 2-6 -- An art exhibit featuring comics by Southeastern New Media & Animation students,
at Sims Library lobby.
Will Eisner was one of the pioneers in the American Comic Book Industry, proving
himself a master of a variety of artistic and literary styles. His landmark comic
series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its expressive artwork and breathtaking
experiments in content and form.
The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherri
Craig at 549-5787 or email@example.com, or Angie Balius at 549-3898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
On Thursday, March 5, Southeastern is hosting Grit & Grace: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage,
a one-day conference in commemoration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in the
United States. The event will be held on the third floor of the Student Union and
is open to the public; attendance is free.
The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a performance by Ponchatoula High School’s
choir, followed by panel presentations from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. that address women’s
issues and progress across the disciplines of history, English, communication, political
science, and sociology. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the premiere
of the Grit & Grace 100 traveling exhibition and short film.
At 3:30 p.m., the conference will close with EqualiTEA, an event featuring light
refreshments; a poetry reading by Anne Babson, renowned author and an instructor at
Southeastern; and the presentation of the first annual Woman of Distinction Award
to author and life coach Alandria Lloyd (alandriaelle.com/).
For more information on the program and the full schedule, visit gritandgrace100.com.
Faculty Jazz Trio to present concert
The Faculty Jazz Trio will present a concert on Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm, in the
Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Admission is free.
The program will include "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" by Billy Strayhorn,
"I Remember You" by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger, "Lament" by J.J. Johnson,
"Lady Bird" by Tadd Dameron, "Little Dancer" by Tom Harrell and "There Will Never
Be Another You" by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon.
The Faculty Jazz Trio is Michael Brothers, drums; Vasil Cvetkov, piano; and John
Madere, bass. Joining the trio will be frequent guest John Bishop on guitar, and special
guest Dale Kirkland on trombone.
Kirkland has toured the world with such legends as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and
Lou Rawls, as well as current artists Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli. He has performed
with numerous recording artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Della Reese,
and Tony Bennett. In addition, he was lead trombone for the TV series SMASH and has participated in the recording of various commercials and movie or television
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at
Opera star visits campus
On Feb. 20, International opera star Bryan Hymel worked with voice area students in
the Department of Music and Performing Arts in a masterclass and career question and
During the class, Hymel offered vocal coaching and also discussed the real world
challenges of maintaining an international performing career.
MASTERCLASS HELD - Participants in the masterclass with Bryan Hymel, third from left, were, from left,
Andrew Butler, Canaan White, Camryn Rodrigue, William Dopp, Cole Persick, and Alfred
The Big Event seeks businesses, organizations for service projects
Students at Southeastern are looking to add area businesses, churches, and organizations
to their list of job sites for the annual community service day called The Big Event.
The registration deadline for organizations to be included in The Big Event is March
6 at 12:30 p.m., and there is no charge to register as a job site.
Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sponsors teams
of students who participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and
the surrounding area. Now in its tenth year, The Big Event is scheduled Saturday,
March 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. In the case of inclement weather on March 28,
a make-up rain date of April 4 has been reserved.
Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities are the typical jobs
handled by hundreds of students who participate in The Big Event each year.
Since students provide their own transportation, job sites should be within 25
minutes of the Hammond campus. Job sites must also have a contact person on location
to supervise the work.
Organizations can get more information or sign up to provide a job site by visiting
the website www.southeastern.edu/bigevent.
Columbia Theatre presents ‘The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond’
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present “The Songs and
Stories of Neil Diamond” in one performance only on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter said Jack Wright’s production is
a sophisticated, respectful and contemporary presentation of the hit songs that have
kept Diamond’s music in the hearts of his fans for decades.
“Jack Wright is one of the world’s premier Neil Diamond tribute acts,” Winter
said. “His all-new show is a multi-media experience featuring all of Neil's greatest
Winter said the show has been described as high-energy rock ‘n roll meets passionate
ballads and soaring anthems.
“Fascinating stories and song explanations are seamlessly woven through the show,
redefining the Neil Diamond tribute experience,” Winter explained.
Tickets for the production range from $36 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 (985)
543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at columbiatheatre.org.
Special $10 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 “The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond” 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.
Southeastern celebrates Women's History Month with lecture series
Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science will host its annual Women’s
History Month lecture series in honor of Women’s History Month.
The series will feature five lectures that are all free and open to the public.
The first lecture, “Louisiana’s Hidden History of Japanese Internment,” by Haley
Johnson and Sarah Simms is scheduled Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union
“Louisiana State University library faculty members Hayley Johnson and Sarah
Simms will discuss their creation of a curated digital archive of materials relating
to Japanese internment during World War II, including both Camp Livingston and Camp
Algiers, a project funded in part by a $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Projects for the Public Discovery Grant,” said Department Head of History
and Political Science Bill Robison.
Given by Southeastern Professor of Political Science Margaret Gonzalez-Perez
and titled “Women, Activism, and Empowerment,” the next lecture is scheduled Thursday,
March 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
“Margaret Gonzalez-Perez will discuss women’s progress toward equality and political
empowerment; challenges women still face in equal access to healthcare, education,
economic status and political representation; and how women seek to overcome these
obstacles via advances in business, technology and political activism,” said Robison.
The special guest lecture, “From Kudzu to Koizumi: Japanese in Louisiana,” by
Greg Robinson is scheduled Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
“Université du Québec À Montréal Professor of History Greg Robinson will explore
how connections between Japan and Louisiana—cotton trade, rice farming, valorization
of Japanese art and culture and treatment of Japanese residents as white—changed when
World War II cut off trade and brought internment camps for Japanese aliens and discrimination
against Japanese residents,” said Robison.
Louisiana State University Assistant Professor of History Stephen Andes will
deliver the lecture “The Mysterious Sofía: One Woman’s Mission to Save Catholicism
in Twentieth Century Mexico” on Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union
“Stephen Andes will discuss his new book, ‘The Mysterious Sofía’, which uses
the remarkable story of devout Catholic laywoman Sofía del Valle to tell the history
of Catholicism’s global shift from north to south and the importance of women to Catholic
survival and social change in Mexico over the course of the twentieth century,” said
The last lecture of the series, “A Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Panel,”
given by Samantha Cavell, Perez and Craig Saucier and moderated by Joseph Ricci, is
scheduled on Monday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
“This is a panel discussion of Yom Hashoah, a day that memorializes and honors
the heroes and martyrs of the Holocaust,” said Robison. “The panelists will speak
on three facets of the Holocaust with a special focus on resistance to the Nazis.
Afterward graduate student Joseph Ricci will moderate a question and answer session
with questions provided by graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in History program,”
For more information about Southeastern’s Women’s History Month lecture series,
contact Robison at 549-2109 or email@example.com.
Professional Sales Program holds competition
Southeastern’s Sales Program had its Internal Role-Play Competition this semester
on Feb. 14. Representatives from Northwestern Mutual, United Rentals, PEC/Veriforce,
Sherwin-Williams, Fastenal, Louisiana CAT, Republic Finance, Paychex, and other companies
volunteered their time to assist in judging and playing the buyer roles for the competition.
The top students included Karlie McDonald (tied: 3rd runner-up), Paxton Page
(1st runner-up), Conner Brian (winner), and Jenna Pecot (tied: 3rd runner-up).
The sales program is run by marketing faculty members April Kemp and Tará Lopez.
For more information about the Sales Program, visit southeastern.edu/sales or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENTS SUCCESSFUL IN SALES COMPETITION - Top finishers in the Internal Role-Play Competition included, from left, Karlie
McDonald (tied: 3rd runner-up), Paxton Page (1st runner-up), Conner Brian (winner),
and Jenna Pecot (tied: 3rd runner-up).
Office of Sponsored Research and Programs announces 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 Southeastern
Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase. Scheduled Thursday,
April 2, from 9 a.m to 1 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.
Students – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – should be present for an
hour or more during the showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the
future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly
The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25.
For more information and to register a presentation, visit the Office of Sponsored
Research and Programs’ web page at www.southeastern.edu/admin/osrp/index.html.