|Open house 'full house'
The Office of Admissions had a "full house" for its
Nov. 16 open house as approximately 1,000 students and parents
visited campus to learn about academic programs and student
Above, left, Auxiliary Services
marketing coordinator Robin Parker gives information about housing
and other services to Vicki and Rachael May of Prairieville
and June and Kaitlin Foley of Mandeville. Above, right, Student
Publications students Brittany Dinino and Katie Domingue give
a pitch about Le Souvenir and the Lion's Roar
to Derrick Skinner and Devron McClinton from L.W. Higgins High
School in Marrero.
Holiday open house at President's Residence
President and Mrs. Randy Moffett invite all faculty and staff to attend
a holiday open house at the President's Residence. The open house
will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 3-4:30 p.m. We hope to see
Roomie, CMS students to participate in St.
Tammany's 'Holiday of Lights'
Youth ensembles from the Community Music School and Roomie, Southeastern's
lion mascot, will join in the festivities of St. Tammany Parish's
annual "Holiday of Lights."
The Holiday of Lights will take place
at the Tammany Trace Trailhead on Koop Drive at Louisiana 59, north
of Interstate 12 near Mandeville, Dec. 1, 2, 8, and 9, 6-9 p.m. The
annual event, now in its seventh year, features thousands of holiday
lights on trees and a variety of displays, food, carolers and other
"We're excited about joining in
the festivities," said Laura Zammit, assistant director of Southeastern's
St. Tammany Center, which is located on the third floor of the parish
government complex on Koop Drive. "Roomie will be on hand to
visit with children at the playground, and on Dec. 8 our Community
Music School students will contribute their talents to the entertainment
On Dec. 8 from 8-9 p.m., the Community
Music School's Select Vocal Ensemble, directed by Amy Pratt, will
perform holiday selections and the CMS String Ensemble, directed by
Jivka Jeleva, will perform holiday favorites and other pieces.
Select Vocal Ensemble students are Katy
Bertrand, Sarah Bertrand, Laura Brooks, Rudi Darouse, Katie Flynn,
Kimberly Gordon, Erin Holloway, Lauren Joiner, Amanda LaNata, Erin
Long, Amanda Lucas, Bridget Lyons, Rebecca Olinde, Cooley Patenotte,
Stephanie Tedder, Becca Wagner, Meghan Wagner and Sarah Whittle.
Zammit said string students who will
be performing solos and duets include Alivia Johnson, Ashley Johansen,
Alexandra Morgan, Tessa Flesher, Laila Bour, Kelsey Curry, and Gabriela
String Ensemble members are: on violin,
Lia Kepner, Cooley Patenotte, Stephen Johnson, Shad Stout, Marie Wathersby,
Katie Allen, Emily Schaumann, Tessa Flesher, Ashley Johansen, Timothy
Long, Michael Kepner, Nathan Schaumann, Kelsey Curry, and Heather
Miller; on viola, Erin Long; and, on cello, Ruth Waltman.
The Community Music School offers private
instruction on all instruments and voice to students of all ages and
levels of experience. Lessons are taught by Southeastern faculty and
music students at the St. Tammany Center, Southeastern's Pottle Music
Building Auditorium, and at the new Livingston Literacy and Technology
Center in Walker. For information, visit www.selu.edu/cms
or contact (985) 549-5502 or email@example.com.
Concert Choir plans Dec. 3 'Music for the
The Southeastern Concert Choir's Dec. 3 "Music for the
Holidays" concert will mark conducting debuts for two choir
members and the world premiere of a student composition.
The free concert is scheduled for
3 p.m. at Hammond's First Baptist Church, 410 W. Morris.
Choral Director Alissa Mercurio Rowe said the first half of the
concert "is a mixture of carols and classical choral literature
with text that represents the Christmas season." The second
half is part one of Handel's "Messiah," performed with
"'The Messiah' is a holiday classic
and a piece that everyone in town should come and hear," she
During the first half of the concert,
Rowe will surrender the conducting baton to music education majors
Cali McQueen of Gonzales and Brian Martinez of Montz, who will conduct
"Noel Nouvelet," arranged by Richard Zgodava, and "O
Holy Night," arranged by John Rutter, respectively.
"They have rehearsed their music
with the choir from scratch and are looking forward to performing,"
Rowe said. "It has been an incredible learning experience for
them and wonderful preparation for their student teaching next year."
Rowe said the choir will also sing
"Gloria de Noel," a work by sophomore music education
major Nathan Constant of Meraux.
"This is one of Nathan's first
compositions and he is thrilled to be having the concert choir perform
it," Rowe said. "He approached me about the composition
and I was very taken by it. It is an exceptional piece for a sophomore.
The work is extremely musical and full of energy."
In addition to Constant's world premiere,
the first half of the concert will also include popular holiday
songs such as "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "White
Christmas," and "Silent Night" along with classical
pieces such as Grieg's "Ave Maris Stella."
The 36-voice Concert Choir is Southeastern's
premier vocal ensemble. In addition to Martinez, McQueen and Constant,
the choir also includes Blair Abene, Jessica Bryan, Laura Freeney,
Jane Rownd, Betty Turner, Travis Bush, and Brandon Bosarge, Hammond;
Cassie Arnold, Paula Vickers, Danielle Willie, and D.J. Pevey, Ponchatoula;
Maria Burkett, Chalmette; Margaret Davis and Karie Lancon, Walker.
Also, Melissa Simien and Chris Griffin,
Baton Rouge; Angela Miller, Brandon Wear, Colby McCurdy, Scott McDonough,
Steven Palmisano, and Ryan Thomas, Slidell; Kimberly Hilliard, Dustin
Johnson, and Emily Stokes, Covington; Elyse German and Kendall Kyzar,
Pearl River; Sarah Kennemer, Mandeville; Katie Morgan, Gonzales;
Christina Babin, Prairieville; Eryn Minor, Luling; Charlene Robinson,
Destrehan; and Patrick O'Malley, Hahnville.
For additional information, contact
the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise
noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops.
Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center
to verify. For information, contact the center at 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Nov. 29, noon-1 p.m.,
Service Learning Brown Bag Workshop -- The topic for this session
will be "Celebrating Citizenship Through Service." Bring
your lunch and a friend. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
Thursday Nov. 30, 12:30-1:30 p.m.,
Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion -- All faculty,
staff, and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend;
drinks and cookies will be provided.
This week in athletics
A Southeastern basketball doubleheader Tuesday evening in the
University Center highlights this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (4-1) will host Jackson
State on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. with the Lady Lions (2-3) opening
up the action versus William Carey at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday will also
be 1970s night in the University Center and fans are encouraged
to wear their retro attire.
Both games will be broadcast live
in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net,
where live stats will be available. Tuesday's game will also be
taped by the Southeastern Channel and air at a later date.
Following Tuesday's game, the Lions
will fly to Las Cruces, N.M., to compete in the Lou Henson Classic
on the campus of New Mexico State University. On Friday, the Lions
will play San Francisco at 7 p.m. Southeastern will close tournament
play on Saturday, taking on Chicago State at 7 p.m. Both games will
be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the
Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Lady Lions will also be on the
road this weekend, heading to New Orleans to participate in the
Four Points by Sheraton UNO Lady Privateer Invitational. Southeastern
will face host UNO on Friday at 7 p.m. Tip-off for Southeastern's
game on Saturday depends on the result of Friday's game and the
result of Friday's other first round game between Richmond and Appalachian
State. A loss on Friday would put Southeastern in the consolation
game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while a win over UNO would allow the
Lady Lions to advance to the championship game at 3 p.m.
Friday's game will be available on
the Internet at www.LionSports.net,
while Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area
on KSLU 90.9 FM, as well as on the Internet.
Men's Basketball, vs. Jackson
State, University Center, 7:45 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Basketball, vs. William Carey,
University Center, 5:45 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Men's Basketball, vs. San Francisco
(Lou Henson Classic), Las Cruces, N.M., 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Basketball, at UNO (UNO Lady
Privateer Invitational), New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball, vs. Chicago
State (Lou Henson Classic), Las Cruces, N.M., 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9
Women's Basketball, vs. Richmond/Appalachian
State (UNO Lady Privateer Invitational), New Orleans, 1/3 p.m. (KSLU
Santa Bear collection continues
Many gifts for the annual Santa Bear toy collection were received
at the Southeastern Celebration of the Lights last week, but the
drive continues for those that are interested in bringing in a gift
for an underprivileged child.
Gifts for children from birth to 12
years of age are still being accepted in the Office of Leadership
Development and Student Activities, Student Union, room 110. Leadership
Development/Student Activities, Campus Activities Board, Gamma Beta
Phi and Recreational Sports and Wellness continue to collect toys
to go to the parish drive.
The deadline to be a part of the Southeastern
drive is Friday, Dec. 1. Contact Jackie Dale Thomas at 549-2233
or email@example.com, if you have any questions.
Voice students place in NATS competition
Three students from Southeastern vocal music studios were among
the winners in the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing
Southern Regional competition.
Singers from Louisiana, Mississippi
and Arkansas, including 18 from Southeastern, participated in the
competition, held Nov. 9-11 at Henderson State College in Arkadelphia,
Ark. Of the Southeastern students competing, 15 advanced to the
semifinal round. The students are from the vocal music studios of
music faculty David Bernard, Joy Ratliff, Stephen Rushing and Kay
David Thomas of Slidell, who studies
with Rushing, finished first place in the adult student division,
while Sarah Kennemer of Mandeville, a student of Bernard, placed
second in the junior women's division. Meghan Wagner of Hammond,
who studies with Schepker through Southeastern's Community Music
School, took fourth place honors in the women's high school division.
Also participating in the competition
were Bethany Barnes and Jane Rownd, Hammond; Dennis Pevey, Ponchatoula;
Emily Johnson, Colby McCurdy, Scott McDonough and Brandon Wear,
Slidell; Kimberly Hilliard, Dustin Johnson, and Emily Stokes, Covington;
Cara Williams, Franklinton; Cali McQueen, Gonzales; Chris Giffin,
Baton Rouge; Brian Martinez, Montz; and Charlene Robinson, Destrehan.
Southeastern pianists Raisa Voldman
and Irina Cunev accompanied the students.
The Campus Activities Board's officer team traveled to the Regional
Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities Conference in
Dallas, Texas Nov. 17-19. During the conference, CAB was awarded
two awards in the graphics competition. First place was awarded
in the 3-D division for their Spring Calendar Tablet and a second
place award was earned for the poster design for "Cuts for
a Cause." All of the officers volunteered throughout the conference,
and Brandon Parker was recognized for going above and beyond as
a volunteer. CAB was able to book two great acts for the coming
year including comedian Tre' Luv and the phenomenal show of Recycled
The Fluriano Trio -- Dr. Nicole McPherson, flute; Dr.
Andrew Seigel, clarinet, and Dr. Henry Jones, piano (Music
and Dramatic Arts) -- recently completed a series of concerts in
the region. The group gave a recital of French chamber music and
also taught master classes at Southeastern on Sept. 1; the Christwood
Retirement Center on Oct. 3; University of Southern Mississippi
on Oct. 24, and Louisiana State University on Nov. 15. Their most
recent performance at LSU will be broadcast on WRKF in the near
C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts)
co-chaired a panel and delivered a paper at the National Council
of Art Administrators annual conference in Toronto, Nov. 8-11. The
panel, "Re-Building After Catastrophe," was comprised
of Blackwood's paper, "The Arts: Mirroring Post-Katrina New
Orleans," and "Rebuilding Lamar University" by Donna
Meeks of Lamar University. There were many tears and a standing
ovation for the speakers...really for the content. "Many people
assume things are just fine on the Gulf Coast by now," Blackwood
said. "They just don't know how it has been."
Dr. Natasha Whitton (English)
presented a workshop in early November at the National Writing Project
Conference in Nashville on "Facilitating Online Response Groups
and Building Community."
From Nov.17-20, two faculty and nine
students from the Department of Biological Sciences presented papers
at the meeting of the Louisiana Herpetological Research Group held
at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) coastal
laboratory in Cocodrie. Department Head Dr. David M. Sever,
professor and department head, gave the keynote address on Nov.
17, and Dr. Roldan Valverde spoke on Nov. 18. Also presenting
on Nov. 18 were graduate students Leonel Tiffer, Dustin Siegel,
Thomas Eimermacher, April Bagwill, Rosemary Becker and Ryan Chabarria,
and undergraduate students Judd Thompson and Jean Elbers.
Charles Elliott (History and
Political Science) presented "Colonists, Caluments and Yellow
Corn: Perpetual Thanksgiving on the French Louisiana Frontier 1699-1762"
as part of the 2006 Christwood Arts and Lecture Series held in Covington
on Nov. 14, and led a three week directed readings and discussion
session on "In the Cross-Hairs of Hurricanes: (Re)Considering
Katrina in a Regional Context" as part of a Readings in Literature
and Culture project (RELIC) sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment
for the Humanities and the Louisiana Library Association on Monday
evenings, Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at the West Feliciana Parish Library
in St. Francisville. He served as a tour guide for the Teaching
American History Saturday teachers' workshop and museum field trip
to Baton Rouge on Nov. 11 and his interview in an article on French
Colonial Louisiana and Houma Indian History appeared in the October
issue of France's Geo magazine.
Dr. David C. Wyld (Management)
presented two papers at the 2006 American Society of Competitiveness
Conference held in Washington, D.C. in November. The papers were
titled "The National Animal Identification System: Ensuring
the Competitiveness of the American Agriculture Industry in the
Face of Mounting Animal Disease Threats" and "The Importance
of Pedigree: Why Instituting RFID-based Tracking of Pharmaceuticals
is Essential to Counteracting Counterfeiting and Maintaining Both
the Health of the Public and the Potency of the American Drug Industry."
Both papers have been accepted for publication in the society's
journal, the Competitiveness Review.