performance hall to honor Hainkel
The 21st season of Fanfare will open Sept. 28 with the dedication
of the performance hall in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts to the memory of Senator John J. Hainkel Jr.
Hainkel, whose legislative career spanned
37 years until his death in 2005, was "a true friend of Southeastern,"
said President Randy Moffett.
"He called the Columbia Theatre for the
Performing Arts his 'pride and joy,'" Moffett said. "The historic
theater's restoration was largely the result of his efforts in garnering
state support for the project."
The dedication ceremony, scheduled for
7 p.m. at the downtown Hammond theater, 220 E. Thomas St., will
include remarks by Moffett, John J. Hainkel III, University of Louisiana
System President Sally Clausen, Sen. Tom Schedler, and Rep. Emile
Also on the program are a video tribute
to Hainkel, and a performance by the Southeastern Wind Symphony
directed by Glen J. Hemberger.
Hainkel was the only state legislator in
the United States to be elected the presiding officer of both the
House and Senate. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives
in 1967, a member of the "Young Turks" dedicated to reforming the
politics of the state. He served in the House of Representatives
for 20 years and as Speaker of the House from 1980-1984. He was
elected to the state Senate in 1988 and was chosen President of
the Senate in 2000, a position he held until 2004.
At the time of his death, Hainkel represented
a Senate district encompassing parts of four parishes ranging from
uptown New Orleans to Tangipahoa Parish. He helped unify the area's
delegation and fought to see that Southeastern would get an equitable
share of funds from the state. Under his leadership, the delegation
obtained more than $90 million in construction and renovation funds
for new university facilities.
Included in that push for funds was the
renovation and restoration of the Columbia Theatre.
"The first time I made a speech here,"
Hainkel recalled in an interview when the Columbia opened, "four
or five people came up to me and asked if there was anything I could
do to save the Columbia Theatre. It became apparent that Southeastern
needed that type of a theater, so we were able to put together a
In recognition of his support for Southeastern,
the university in 1996 presented Hainkel with the first "Golden
Ambassador" award, an honor designed to recognize outstanding service,
achievement or humanitarian efforts.
Thursday's dedication ceremony is free
and open to the public, however, a ticket is required for admission.
Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E.
Thomas, (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m. weekdays
and one hour before an event.
Green and Gold Day pep rally
The university community is invited to a "Green and Gold
Day" pep rally at noon, Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Student
Wear your green and gold attire and come
by the mall to tune up your Southeastern spirit for the Sept. 30
Lions vs. Gardner-Webb game in Strawberry Stadium.
The event will feature free hamburgers,
performances by the Spirit of the Southland marching band, appearances
by Roomie the Lion and the football team, and coaching by the cheerleaders
for the new "first down" cheer.
left) Martie Fellom and Alan Marsh's The Firefly Club stars, from
left, Parker Ramirez, Erica Tricou, and Olivia Bates. (Right) Alan
Marsh in Iraq.
Fanfare's first events highlight new films
While Fanfare is best associated with the month of October, it usually
begins as September ends. And this year is no exception, as the 21st
season of the annual arts festival debuts this week with two events
On the heels of the opening event - the dedication
Sept. 28 of the Columbia Theatre performance hall to the late Sen.
John J. Hainkel Jr. - Fanfare will showcase the debut of two new films,
The Firefly Club and Presence Patrol, by the Southeastern
producer-writer-director duo of Martie Fellom and Alan Marsh.
The debut of a new work by Fellom, director
of the dance program, and Marsh, a member of the English faculty,
is becoming a Fanfare tradition. The pair has now collaborated on
several award-winning works, including Wish, Wild Kingdom,
and An Act of Bravery.
The film premieres are scheduled for 7:30
p.m. at the Columbia and are free to the public.
The Firefly Club, Marsh said, is a
drama, a very visual art film of motifs and symbols that centers dramatically
around three young girls lost at night in the woods. The production
team - three Southeastern students who have formed "Somnium Studios,
LLC" - had to overcome a number of challenges - from summer heat and
insects to shooting schedules restricted by "nighttime" lighting demands
and Marsh's special effects requirements.
Chris Guagliardo, Matt Seamster and Austen
Ledford "really came through. They picked up the ball and ran with
it," Marsh said. The young filmmakers were guided by Southeastern
Channel staffers Claude Levet, Steve Kleyle and Steve Zaffuto and
assisted by interns Stephanie Delcambre and Erin McCalip.
The Firefly Club stars Olivia Bates,
Erica Tricou and Parker Ramirez and features Cynthia Tricou; Artie
and Joey Gautier; Becky, Russell and Emily Wilson; Kiley, Abigail,
and Michelle Bates; Rose and Alyssa Anders; and Alvin Burstein.
The video is set to a score by Southeastern
composer-in-residence Stephen Suber.
Presence Patrol, Marsh said, is a
"personal travelogue" of his experience documenting fellow Louisiana
Army National Guards members' activities in Iraq in spring 2005. Marsh
was one of three members of the guard's 102nd Public Affairs Detachment
deployed to Iraq to capture and record the 256th Brigade Combat Team
participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Fair 2006 success
More than 1,000 students and alumni took advantage of Career Services'
annual Career Fair, held at the Pennington Student Activity Center on Thursday,
Students and alumni had the chance to browse displays
and visit one-on-one with more than 100 employers from across the
state and country about future employment opportunities.
Families signing up for Saturday's 'Family
Families of Southeastern students are continuing to sign up online
for "Family Day," which will take place Saturday in conjunction with the
Lions vs. Gardner-Webb football game in Strawberry Stadium.
Families have been invited to "Treasure a
Day at Southeastern" through games, music, food and fellowship in Friendship
Family Day will get underway at noon with
events sponsored throughout campus by student organizations. Participants
can register and check in at 1 p.m. in Friendship Circle (Western Avenue).
From 2-5 p.m. amidst football tailgating festivities they can listen music
by the band Animal Crackers, pose for "party pictures" and group photos,
and enjoy a variety of interactive games. The University Police Department
will also offer its free "Kid Care" identification program for children.
Families can join their students at 6 p.m.
in Strawberry Stadium for the Lions vs. Gardner-Webb football game. Student
companion tickets for Family Day participants are $10 and are available
through the Southeastern Athletics ticket office, 1-866-LION-TIX, in the
Dugas Athletic Center. Participants are asked to reference Family Day when
For additional information about Family Day,
visit the home page link (www.selu.edu/news_media/events/family_day)
or call (985) 549-2233.
Faculty, staff can purchase rings at discount
Students, alumni, faculty and staff can order the university's official
ring Sept. 26-28 at the university bookstore.
Faculty and staff can purchase the ring at
a $150 discount.
Representatives of Balfour, the company that
creates the ring, will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
to display the ring collection and take orders, said Alumni Association
Director Kathy Pittman.
The official ring collection, designed by
a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni, is available to alumni
and students who have completed at least 75 hours of coursework.
Unveiled at Homecoming last year, the ring is available in white and
yellow gold in three styles for women and two for men.
Alumni with older Southeastern class rings
may exchange theirs for a new ring, free of charge, through November.
For additional information about the ring,
contact the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150.
lecture, perform at Christwood
Southeastern faculty are again joining in the Christwood fall 2006
arts and lecture series at the Covington retirement community, 100 Christwood
Blvd. All of the events will be at the retirement center and are free and
open to the public.
This week Southeastern writer-in-residence
Bev Marshall will lecture on Sept. 26 on the influence of her southern
childhood on her writing life. Marshall is also the author of Walking
Through Shadows, Right as Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.
Music faculty who will participate during
the fall semester include the "Fluoriano Trio" (Oct. 3) made up of Henry
Jones, piano; Nichole McPherson, flute; and Andrew Seigel, clarinet; and
Richard Schwartz and "Richard Schwartz & Southeastern Jazz Ensemble
the will share their musical talents.
Lecturers are, from the Psychology Department,
Clayton Cluver, "Rational-Emotive Therapy and Stress Reduction" and Matt
Rossano, "Divine Ideas: King David, the United Kingdom of Israel and Biblical
Archeology" (Oct. 17); and, from the Department of History and Political
Science, Michael Kurtz, "Presumed Guilty: Bruno Richard Hauptmann and the
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (Oct. 24); William Robison, "It's Alive! The
History of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to Boris Karloff to Mel Brooks
and Beyond" (Nov. 7); Charles Elliott, "Colonists, Calumets and Yellow
Corn: Perpetual Thanksgiving on the French Louisiana Frontier 1699-1762"
(Nov. 14); Peter Petrakis, "All Too Visible: Politics and Art in Ralph
Ellison and Albert Camus" (Nov. 28); and Edwin Brown, "The Louisiana Purchase:
The Biggest Real Estate Deal in the History of the United States" (Dec.
Phi Kappa Phi general membership meeting
Southeastern's chapter of the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi
will hold its general membership meeting on Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the
Student Union's Magnolia Room. All members are invited to attend.
The chapter will elect fall initiates and
discuss events and plans for the academic year, including the Oct. 24 Homecoming
Quiz Bowl, the new endowed scholarship and the spring banquet.
For information, call President Donnie Booth, 3772, or Secretary Joan
photographer to lecture Oct. 4
Janice Rubin, an international exhibitor and Houston-based photographer,
will be the guest lecturer at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Oct. 4, 2
Her artwork entitled "The Mikvah Project"
is included in the gallery's current exhibit, current Fanfare exhibition,
"Religion and Personal Identity," and has also toured continuously since
Rubin's lecture is free and open to the public and will take place
in the gallery, located in Southeastern's East Stadium.
The lecture will focus on the mikvah as a
ritual bath. The mikvah is most frequently used once a month by married
Jewish women. It is also used for immersion and spiritual purification
by women preparing for marriage, recovering from childbirth, and by men
and women after caring for and burying the dead.
Rubin's photographs are included in the permanent
collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as many private
collections. She was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts
Fellowship for her participation in the traveling exhibit, "The Ties that
Bind: Photographers Look at the American Family."
Since 1976, her work has appeared in publications
in the United States and Europe including Smithsonian, Newsweek, Town and
Country, Forbes, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Her 1987 exhibition,
"Survival of the Spirit: Jewish Lives in the Soviet Union," toured 17 cities
in the North America.
For additional information about the Rubin
lecture, contact Dale Newkirk, gallery director, at 985-549-5080 or the
Visual Arts Department at 985-549-2193.
|Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular
||M.I. Scoggins as Edith Piaf
columnist Chris Rose
|Soprano Valerie Francis
Fanfare's first week features hip-hop, Louisiana Roots, classic
As October arrives, the first full week of Fanfare is off and running.
Included in Fanfare's week one are mesmerizing
hip-hop artists, lectures and music celebrating Louisiana, the classic
stage comedy "Blythe Spirit," two acclaimed sopranos, and an enchanted
evening with a legendary French songstress.
The week's highlight is "Break!" The Urban
Funk Spectacular," which will bring hot street dancing honed to a razor
sharp art form to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct.
3 at 7:30 p.m. The talented dancers of "Break!" have soloed with show business
legends from Puff Daddy to Ringo Starr. Together, the high-energy performers
combine athletic ability with graceful choreography to pay tribute to an
urban street phenomenon that has exploded into a 21st Century art form.
Tickets for "Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular"
are $28.50, adults; $24.50, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff,
and alumni; $20, group rate; and $15, non-Southeastern students. Southeastern
students are admitted free with I.D.
Fanfare's special 2006 series, "Louisiana
Roots," will debut Oct. 2 with a post-Katrina revision of New Orleans actor
and author Roberts Batson's "Amazing Place, This New Orleans." Baton's
critically acclaimed one-man show is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lake Pontchartrain
Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive in Madisonville.
Louisiana Roots continues on Oct. 4, with
a presentation by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, who was a Pulitzer
Prize finalist for his "vibrant and compassionate" post-Katrina writing.
The author of "1 Dead in Attic," Rose will speak at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
His lecture is free and will be followed by a book signing.
Rose's lecture and Batson's performance are
the first of six presentations in Fanfare's entertaining and eclectic "Then
and Now" lecture series, which highlights the wit and wisdom of members
of the Department of History and Political Sciences. The 2006 edition of
the popular series is dedicated to Donald C. Rhodes, retired associate
professor of government who was a member of the Southeastern faculty more
than three decades.
On Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern's Pottle
Music Building Auditorium, the Louisiana Roots continues with "The Last
Straws," a group of traditional jazz enthusiasts who have been playing
together for nearly half a century. Their program brings to life the musical
and visual treasures of jazz through photographs, live music, authentic
arrangements and vintage instruments. Tickets for "The Last Straws" are
$15, adults; $12, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, and alumni;
$8, non-Southeastern students; and $5, Southeastern students.
Although France's beloved "Little Sparrow,"
songstress Edith Piaf, was not a Louisianian, the woman who brings her
to life in "Soiree Edith Piaf" is a native of New Orleans. Therefore, the
Louisiana Roots series is encompassing this unique event, which will be
performed in a cabaret setting in the Columbia Conference Center on Oct.
7 at 7:30 p.m. Reviewers have called Scoggins' performance "a remarkable
evocation" of Piaf, famed for her heartfelt renderings of songs such as
"La Vie en Rose" and "Je ne Regrette Rein." General admission tickets are
Fanfare's first week will also include
the first of four
free "Sunday with Arts" concerts at area churches. Award-winning Soprano
Valerie Francis will perform Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at Greenfield Baptist Church
Theatre's production of Noel Coward's classic comedy "Blythe Spirit" from
Oct. 4-7 at Vonnie Borden Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets
are $10, general admission; $6, senior citizens, SLU faculty, staff, alumni;
SLU students free with I.D.
the annual Fanfare
Foreign Film Festival, which debuts with the Spanish film "In the Time
of Butterflies," on Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The
subtitled film is free.
as a treat for
opera enthusiasts, a concert by soprano Nicole Cabell, a rising star in
the vocal world, on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are
$15, adults; $12, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, and alumni;
$8, non-Southeastern students; and $5, Southeastern students.
three art exhibits,
"Religion and Personal Identity" and "Her Flock" at Southeastern's Contemporary
Art Gallery in East Stadium and the International House of Blues Foundation
exhibit of works by local school children in the Columbia Theatre lobby.
Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended
hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays).
the Hungarian Harvest
Dance, Hungarian Settlement's annual celebration of its heritage, on Oct.
7, 6 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Hungarian Settlement. Advance
tickets are $10, adults, and $5, children age 8-12. Admission is free for
children under seven, and all tickets will be $15 at the door. For information,
contact Sue Martin, (225) 209-1969.
Fanfare tickets are available online at columbiatheatre.org
and at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas St., Hammond, (98) 543-4371.
Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays, and one hour before performance
time for events at the Columbia Theatre.
in the 2006-07 Teacher Scholar Program are, from left, Livingston Parish
Link Teacher Jennine Newsom, Lori Sibley and Hannah Cobb of Walker, Jennifer
Davis of Denham Springs, Clancey Anderson of Mandeville, Mary Tanguis of
Slidell, St. Tammany Parish Link Teacher Casey Gleason, and Teacher Scholar
Program Coordinator Dr. Sonya Carr.
Five new teachers participating in Teacher Scholars program
Five first-year teachers from Livingston and St. Tammany parishes are
participating in the 10th year of Southeastern's Teacher Scholar program.
Teacher Scholars from Livingston Parish are
Lori Sibley and Hannah Cobb of Walker and Jennifer Davis of Denham Springs.
Sibley and Davis are teaching at North Live Oak Elementary, while Cobb
is teaching at South Live Oak Elementary.
St. Tammany Parish Teacher Scholars and their
schools are Mary Tanguis of Slidell, Whispering Forest Elementary, and
Clancey Anderson of Mandeville, Woodlake Elementary.
The Teacher Scholar program enrolls first
year teachers who have been identified as prospective leaders in their
profession. The university pays the salaries of the novice educators, who
are placed in classrooms in participating local school districts. In addition
to teaching, Teacher Scholars also are enrolled in a fast track Master
of Education graduate program at Southeastern.
School systems release teachers to serve as
"Link Teachers," who provide support for the Teacher Scholars and share
their real world teaching expertise with students in Southeastern's teacher
Recently, the newest Teacher Scholars gathered
on campus with their families and friends, Link Teachers, and principals,
and were welcomed into the program by Sonya Carr, coordinator of the Teacher
Scholars Program and a member of the university's Department of Teaching
and Learning faculty.
The Teacher Scholar Program, Carr said, was
designed to address new teacher retention and "to mentor new teachers to
take leadership roles down the road."
Dawn Rush, principal of North Live Oak Elementary
in Watson, said she has been involved with the Teacher Scholar Program
for nine years -- five years as the Watson school's top administrator and
four years as assistant principal.
While all new teachers are "initially overwhelmed,"
she said Teacher Scholars "are immediately comfortable because you know
your Link Teacher has your back, that she wants to make sure your first
year is an awesome experience."
She added, "Recently, a parent called me and
asked if the 'Ms. Davis' teaching her child was 'one of those scholar people
from Southeastern.' When I told her yes, she said, 'Well, thank God!'"
"Even our parents know that the Teacher Scholars
are risk-taking innovators ready to grab the world by the horns and shake
it up," Rush said. "That's what that parent wanted for her child."
Lost and found
The following items have been submitted to
the University Police Department's Lost and Found locker:
A silver Samsung
cell phone found in Fayard Hall. (Case Number 06-005826)
One woman's quartz
watch found in Fayard Hall on the first floor by the elevator. (Case Number
Anyone who can identify or otherwise prove
ownership of either of these items should contact the University Police
Department at 985-549-2222 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday (except holidays) and ask for the Shift Supervisor.
This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence:
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 ext. 5791 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 27, noon-1 p.m. -- Service
Learning Brown Bag Luncheon The topic for this session will be "Celebrating
Citizenship Through Service." The workshop will focus on how student organizations
are honoring the Constitution through service throughout their community.
Bring your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert will be provided.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team returns home to host Gardner-Webb on
Saturday at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium during This Week in Southeastern
The game will be the final non-conference
game of the season for Southeastern (1-3), which opens up Southland Conference
play on Oct. 7 at Nicholls State. Gardner-Webb (2-2) comes into Strawberry
Stadium after dropping a 41-6 decision to Appalachian State on Saturday.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1
FM and on the internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Southeastern volleyball team (4-11, 0-1
SLC) will continue conference play this week, with two league matches on
the road. On Friday, Southeastern will be at Northwestern State for a 7
p.m. match. Central Arkansas, one of two new Southland Conference members,
awaits on Saturday for a 5 p.m. match.
The Southeastern soccer team (6-3-1, 1-0 SLC)
will conclude its 2006 non-conference schedule this week. The Lady Lions
host Alcorn State on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer
Wednesday, September 27
vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29
Volleyball, at Northwestern
State, Natchitoches, La., 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 30
Football, vs. Gardner-Webb,
Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Volleyball, at Central
Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 5 p.m.
Richard Louth (English) is leading a three-week program for
the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities entitled, "In the Crosshairs:
Louisiana's Hurricane Experience." The program is centered around Hurricane
Katrina and also the book Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest
Hurricane in History, which concerns the hurricane that destroyed much
of Galveston in 1900. Audiences are invited
to read and discuss the book as well as share their own experiences of
Hurricane Katrina. Remaining meetings are Sept. 25 ("In the Midst of the
Storm") and Oct. 2 ("In the Aftermath") and will be held from 6:30-8:30
p.m. at the Mandeville Library.
Bev Marshall (English) recently delivered
a presentation, "Writing From Your Roots," to the McComb Rotary Club in
McComb, Miss. Marshall also gave a presentation, "Hot Fudge Sundae Blues
in Louisiana," for the book club at the Zachary Library on Sept. 12.
Dr. Jeff Wiemelt (English) has accepted
an invitation to serve as one of eight faculty consultants for the American
Diploma Project in Washington D.C. The ADP, a creation of the National
Board of Governors, coordinates efforts by 25 states to endorse new post-secondary
standards for college and work readiness.
An article by Dr. Ruth Caillouet (English)
appears in English Journal's special Sept. 11 edition. Entitled
"The Other Side of Terrorism and the Children of Afghanistan," the article
shows how to use literature of the Afghanistan experience as well as soldier's
accounts to open eyes and minds to Afghanistan culture and people. It focuses
on two novels, The Kite Runner and The Story of My Life: An Afghan
Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, a movie called Turtles Can Fly,
and Caillouet's own son's journals and e-mails from his year in Afghanistan
serving with the Louisiana National Guard.
An article by Dr. Joel Fredell (English,)"'Go
litel quaier': Lydgate's Pamphlet Poetry," appears in JEBS: Journal
of the Early Book Society 9 (2006): 51-74. This past July, Fredell
also presented a paper to the International Congress of the New Chaucer
Society in New York entitled "Ricardian Pamphlet Poetry in Chaucer's London."
Dr. Paul Keddy (Edward G. Schlieder
Endowed Chair for Environmental Studies) will present "Three Advisors for
a New College: Cassandra of Troy, Professor Fritz Haber, and Henry David
Thoreau," a discussion of "some role models (or perhaps at least one anti-role
model) for science, Wed., Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in Fayard Hall 107. Coffee
and cookies will precede the lecture at 3:30 p.m. Dr. Keddy will also present
"The Prospect for Biological Control of Nutria by Alligators (Or, why we
may need more big alligators in Louisiana wetlands)" at the Society of
Wetland Science meeting in on Friday, Oct. 6, at the USACE Waterways Experiment
Station, in Vicksburg.