National Library Week underway
Sims Memorial Library is inviting the campus and community to
two special author events during this week's celebration of National
"This year's theme is 'Come Together
@ Your Library,'" said Library Director Eric Johnson. "We're
inviting everyone to join us as we and libraries across the country
highlight everything that we can do for you."
On Tuesday, April 17, in the library
lobby, the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble will perform at noon. Cake
provided by Aramark will be served from noon-1 p.m. Also on Tuesday,
English instructors Leah Rourks, Brooke Champagne, and Jay Todd,
and current and former students Stephanie Schexnayder, Antonio Muse,
and Brian Camp will present readings from their work at 7 p.m. on
the third floor of the library. The event will also include light
refreshments and a drawing for books.
Acclaimed Louisiana novelist Ernest
Hill will read from his work on Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. on
the third floor. Hill is the author of five novels exploring the
African-American experience, including the recent "A Person
The library's annual book sale will
be held in the lobby on Wednesday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and on Thursday
from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. A wide variety of hardcover and paperback books
will be available.
In addition to daily events, the library
will continue its tradition of waiving all overdue fees for library
materials returned during National Library Week.
For additional information, contact
the library at 985-549-3962.
Southeastern observes 'Golden Silence' memorial
Potentially inclement weather sent the annual Golden Silence memorial
ceremony indoors on April 4 as members of the campus and community
gathered to remember those among the Southeastern family who passed
away during the past year. Above left, President Randy Moffett and
Vice President for University Advancement Joe Miller light the Golden
Silence candle, while, above right, Jennifer Dyer distributes smaller
candles to her fellow students.
Percussion Ensemble at Pottle tonight
The Southeastern Percussion Ensemble directed by Kevin Estoque
will present "Marimba Spiritual" tonight (April 16) at 7:30
p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The concert will feature as guest artists
marimba soloists Andrew Moran from Kent State University and Daniel
Eitmann from Northshore High School in Slidell.
Eitmann, director of bands at Northshore
High, will join the ensemble for "Rendezvous by Dave Samuels,
while Moran, an independent percussion artist/clinician and member
of the Kent State Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra, will be featured
in Minoru Miki's "Marimba Spiritual."
The guest percussionists will both be
featured in "Un Misterio," a traditional Guatemalan piece
arranged by William Chan.
Also on the program graduate teaching
assistant Stephen F. Hux Jr. of New Orleans will conduct "Soldier's
March From 'Histoire Du Soldat' " by Igor Stravinsky. Other works
featured are "Overture for Percussion Ensemble" by John
H. Beck; "The 'O' Zone" by Jack Stamp; "La Vida Es
Un Carnaval" by Victor Robert Daniel; and "Technology"
by Jim Casella.
Percussion Ensemble members are Lynn
Bentivegna, Covington; Thomas Braud, Covington; Josh Dunn, Walker;
Ryan Giacone, Loranger; Robert Haas, Slidell; Travis Henthorn, Mandeville;
Wade Hymel, Mandeville; A.J. Lassere, Baton Rouge; Melinda McElveen,
Albany; Aaron Turnipseed, Baton Rouge; Richard Waltman, Ponchatoula;
and Brian Ybos, Slidell.
Join in Strawberry Jubilee fun on Wednesday
Join the Campus Activities Board in the Student Union Park from
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, for the annual Strawberry Jubilee
"As always, you will be treated
to red beans and rice, delicious Louisiana strawberries and that
yummy strawberry cake," said CAB Director Jason Leader. "And
you won't want to miss the annual Strawberry Eating Contest!"
New to the Jubilee's entertainment
lineup this year is a desert contest for student organizations.
The student groups have been challenged to come up with the best
"sweets" recipe using strawberries.
Call CAB at 549-3805 for more information.
Mock crash at stadium April 25
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, sections of the Baseball Field parking
area will be restricted for a Mock Crash program organized by Southeastern's
College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The program will be held in
Strawberry Stadium from 8:30-11 a.m. During the program, a helicopter
will land in the north end zone of Strawberry Stadium as part of this
educational event. Questions about the Mock Crash program should be
directed to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at ext. 3772.
Other events impacting parking this
Sections of the West Stadium and Baseball
Field parking areas have been closed since April 9 for the construction
of the new parking garage. These parking areas will remain closed
until construction is completed, scheduled for mid-spring 2008. Questions
about this construction project should be directed to the Office of
Facility Planning at 985-549-2240.
On April 18, the East McClimans Hall
parking area will be restricted for the Strawberry Jubilee event in
the Student Union Park.
On April 19, the East McClimans Hall
parking area will be restricted for the Orientation event in the Student
Through the end of the semester, approximately
10 parking spaces in the North McKneely Hall lot, near the Student
Union, will be fenced off for the Memorial Fountain project.
For more information about this or other
parking lot closures or restrictions, please contact the University
Parking Office, ext. 5695 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
Gamma Beta Phi Attends wins at national conference
Southeastern's chapter of the honor and service organization
Gamma Beta Phi recently returned from their national conference,
held in Chattanooga, Tenn. Southeastern students serving as state
offices -- President Anthony Rutledge, State Vice-President Lindsey
Marshall, State Secretary-Treasurer Tiffany LaBorde and State Advisor
Jackie Dale Thomas -- directed the state caucus and were instrumental
in obtaining the 2009 national conference for Louisiana.
Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student
Activities, also presented a concurrent session entitled "The
Likeability Factor of Leadership" and gave the well-received
keynote address for the conference on the topic of commitment. Co-Advisor
Terry Passman, associate director of Housing, served as a national
For the 23 consecutive year, the chapter
was honored with a Distinguished Chapter Award, which is the highest
award given a local chapter by the National Headquarters. A special
award was given this year for all schools that have received the
DCA consecutively for at least 20 years or more. Southeastern was
one of only nine chapters nationwide to receive this special trophy.
The chapter also brought home its'
fifth National Scrapbook Award first place ribbon.
Thomas advanced to the position of
national president-elect. Passman was elected to serve on the same
12 person governing board as advisor member. This is the first time
in Gamma Beta Phi history that two advisors from the same school
have been elected to serve simultaneously on the National Executive
In addition to the officers, Southeastern
attendees also included Bobby Bell, Kelly Bankston, Melanie Bellanger,
Wiletha Brown, Connie Buccere, and Rebekah Oalmann and alumnus Stephen
design student Brett Blanchard of Baton Rouge was selected as the
winning designer in a competition recently sponsored by The Pick,
Southeastern's journal of student writing. The Pick's editorial
board selected Blanchard's design from among those submitted by students
in graphic design professor Gary Keown's digital print design class.
From left, are Writing Center Assistant Director Michelle Russo, Keown,
The Pick Editor Carrie Casto, and Blanchard.
Graphic design student gives new look to The Pick
The Pick, one of Southeastern's oldest publications, will
have a new look this semester, thanks to a collaboration between the
university's English and graphic design programs.
Founded in 1939 and published continually
except for a three-year period in the 1980s, The Pick is a
journal of the best student writing from all areas of the university
curricula. The journal is published by the English Department and
the Southeastern Writing Center.
To take the venerable publication to
a new level, English professor Jayetta Slawson, director of the writing
center, and The Pick Editor Carrie Casto, a graduate student
from Denham Springs, were able to secure funds to make the publication
larger, add color, and to offer prize money to students in a range
of categories, including design.
At the suggestion of Interim Department
Head David Hanson, they contacted Department of Visual Arts' graphic
design professor Gary Keown about tapping the talents of his students
to redesign the publication.
Keown incorporated the request into the curricula of his digital print
design course (Art 261). The class's 21 students were assigned to
design over a two-week period a cover, table of content page, editor's
note page, and a story layout.
And their reward, they were told, would
be more than just the satisfaction of a good grade. The student designer
selected by The Pick's editorial board would also receive a
$300 prize and would be expected to work with the staff to incorporate
the design throughout the approximately 100-page publication.
"Gary's students were very receptive
to our ideas," Casto said. "When Dr. Slawson and I presented
the students with our ideas for a design they asked several thoughtful,
insightful design questions."
Casto and her editorial board members
Michelle Russo and Danielle Faucheux ultimately selected Brett Blanchard,
a sophomore art major from Baton Rouge, as the winning designer. They
chose his design, which employs a grid of black boxes, "because
it is clean and professional, yet fun," Casto said.
"It was challenging for us to select
just one template," Casto said. "Each student put a great
deal of time and effort into their creation. We spent hours looking
at every detail of each design."
"I worked on my high school yearbook
(at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge) for four years," said
Blanchard. "This assignment was right up my alley. It was something
I like to do, I get money, and it's really nice to have this for my
Although he planned to give up his
spring break to work with Casto on the layout, "It's all worth
it," Blanchard added.
This is not the first time Keown's students
have been challenged to create designs and Keown said he welcomes
the "interdisciplinary dialogue" it creates with his colleagues
across campus. His graphic design students previously have created
a holiday card for the university president, a poster for a local
fireworks company, and logos for entities such as the university's
annual arts festival Fanfare, KSLU radio station, and the Recreational
Sports and Wellness Department.
Casto said the design is not the only
new element being added to The Pick."This semester we're
including a full-color insert of student art work, we've begun a video
contest, and are awarding prizes in various categories," she
said. "My editorial board and I also began meeting with students
who submitted written works to discuss possible revisions to their
pieces prior to publication."
"It has been a pleasure to work
with Brett, Gary, and his class," Casto said. "The creative
imaginations of the students, the sheer beauty and ingenuity they
showed, has assured me that this project should be repeated in the
future. I am proud to be the editor of The Pick and pleased
that I was part of this new project."
"This is the beginning of what
we hope is many collaborations with other departments," Slawson
said. She said The Pick will be distributed free at the Southeastern
Writing Center, located in D Vickers Hall, room 383.
Soccer team to host 5K run/walk April 28
The women's soccer program will host the 2007 Security Data Supply
and Southeastern Soccer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 28 at the Kinesiology
Department Fields located on the Southeastern campus.
The races are open to participants of
all ages. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the race beginning
at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be available during the awards presentation
following the race. The entry fee is $15 if participants wish to receive
a Lady Lions Soccer 5K t-shirt or $10 without the t-shirt. All proceeds
benefit the Southeastern women's soccer program.
For more information on the Lady Lions
Soccer 5K Run/Walk, contact Southeastern head women's soccer coach
Blake Hornbuckle, ext. 5185 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or assistant
women's soccer coach Cindy Rainville, ext. 5191 or email@example.com.
Race entry forms are available at the women's soccer office located
in the Dugas Athletic Building and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
Biology faculty, students plan 'BioBlitz'
at Tickfaw State Park
In recognition of Earth Day, graduate students in the Department
of Biological Sciences will conduct a "BioBlitz" - an
all-species inventory - at Tickfaw State Park.
The event, organized by graduate students
Tiffany Schriever and Devin Bloom, will bring together faculty and
student scientists from Southeastern, Tulane, Loyola, the University
of New Orleans and Louisiana State University in a race to identify
as many of the park's species of flora as possible in a 24-hour
The BioBlitz is scheduled for Sunday,
April 22, at the park, located on Patterson Road, west of Springfield.
"This is a full day event of
identifying every species we can possibly find to compile a species
list for the park," Schriever said. While a core group of biology
graduate students will conduct the survey, she said community volunteers
are welcome to join in.
"This would be a great opportunity
to hone identification skills, enjoy the outdoors, and learn about
different groups that you may not have been exposed to," she
said. "If you enjoy walking, if you enjoy nature, if you're
inquisitive, then this is for you."
The park's Nature Center will act
as the "base camp," a centralized location where scientists
will identify species and maintain the official species list, and
where tools such as microscopes, computers, and other collecting
equipment will be located.
"Each major taxonomic group will
have an assigned expert who will be responsible for confirming ID's
and keeping a tally of species observed," Schriever said. "Grad
students and other volunteers will assist the expert by collecting
Participating faculty members include,
from Southeastern, Biological Sciences Department Head David Sever,
Cliff Fontenot, Kyle Piller, Rick Miller, Thais Perkins, Ginger
Kraemer, and Tiffany McFalls; from LSU, Dave Brown, and, from Loyola,
Volunteers who would like to assist
with the BioBlitz can contact Schriever or Bloom at 985-549-3008.
Concert Choir to perform at First Methodist
The Concert Choir, Southeastern's premier vocal ensemble, will
present a program of sacred music at the First United Methodist
Church, 2200 Rue Denise in Hammond.
The free concert scheduled for April
19 at 7:30 p.m. will open with sacred music and close with secular
music, said Conductor Alissa Mercurio Rowe of the Department of
Music and Dramatic Arts.
Rowe said works will be sung a cappella except for Johann Ludwig
Bach's 'Das ist meine Freude' which will be accompanied by a wind
and string quartet. The concert also wil feature "Laus Trinitati"
by Hildegard von Bingen, arranged by Frank Ferko, and "Exsulate
Justi" by Ludovico da Viadana.
Featured soloist for the concert is
Southeastern graduate voice and theory student Jessica Davis Bryan
of Hammond. "I am amazed at the beauty of her music and the
poignancy with which she sets text to music," said Rowe.
The second half of the concert will
feature "Songs of Nature" by Antonin Dvorak. "This
is in five movements, originally sung in Czech, which we will perform
in English," Rowe said. "Each movement depicts animals,
things, and events in nature. The music is extremely colorful and
The Concert Choir will close the program
with "Sing me to Heaven" by Daniel E. Gawthrop.
For additional information, contact
the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, ext. 2184.
dance professor Martie Fellom, right, works with student choreographer
Diamond Williams on "Active Antagonism," one of four student
works to be performed at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts
April 19 as part of Fellom's production "Dance for Thought."
Dance for Thought at Columbia April 19
Dance professor Martie Fellom will present "Dance for Thought,"
a compilation of six "Dance for the Camera" shorts and four
live dance pieces, April 19 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
The free 7:30 p.m. program will feature
films by artists from Australia, France, New Zealand, and the United
States, as well as performances showcasing the choreography of four
"These students have a passion
for choreography and dance and merely need the opportunity,"
said Fellom. "They are very excited to showcase their choreography
at the Columbia Theatre."
Alaina Champagne of Slidell will present
"Decisions," a piece about struggling with decisions in
life. "Decisions" features Champagne, Amanda Blanchard of
New Orleans, Elise McCan of Slidell, Marlie Ventress of Baton Rouge,
Sharon Miller of Zachary, and Trisha Rigsby of Springfield.
Ericka Johnson, a sophomore majoring
in mass communication and journalism with a minor in dance, will present
"Still a Working Title." Featuring four dancers, the piece
is about perfection. Sharon Miller of Zachary, April Robertson of
Amite, and Elizabeth Duhon and Tiffany White of Baton Rouge are the
dancers highlighted in the piece.
"Noj Chicanery," a piece that
explores the four stages of grief, is being presented by student choreographer
Daphne Lamendola of Baton Rouge. In addition to Lamendola, dancers
featured in the piece are Megan Guillot of Hammond, Alaina Champagne
and Tiffany White.
"Active Antagonism" by Diamond
Williams of Baton Rouge is a piece about the effects of the war on
the world around us. Featured dancers are Tiffany White; Samantha
Givens, Mahajjah James, Elizabeth Duhon, Ashley Ward, and Kyra Wright,
all of Baton Rouge; Yani Jackson of Hahnville; Emily Benfatti of Slidell;
Tricia Rigsby of Springfield; Amanda Blanchard of Metairie; and Greyhisha
Lewis of New Orleans.
Southeastern dance students will soon
have the opportunity to produce works for the digital video environment
through a new course, Dance 404, choreography for the camera. Meanwhile,
"Dance for Thought" will present six "Dance for the
Camera" shorts made specifically for film presentation:
by American choreographer Peter Sparling, a former member of Martha
Graham Dance Company. Mirroring the voices in Arvo Part's score, Sparling's
solo reveals four physical personalities. The seven-minute piece transcends
boundaries of gender and character, while charting a man's struggle
to embody his own metamorphosis.
Time Tell?", a 13-minute piece by Sue Healey of Australia. Funded
by Asia Link, OZCO, this short plays with rhythms and counter rhythms.
This meditative, playful piece was shot in Japan and gives a sense
of the outsider's experience.
in Paint," a presentation of painter Rita Blitt, choreographer
David Parsons and photographer Lois Greenfield. A union of paint,
dance and photography, the six-minute short has been shown at more
than 60 film festivals nationally and has won seven awards.
a film by dancer/choreographer/director David Rousseve of the United
States. The 15-minute piece from the maker of the award winning "Pull
Your Head to the Moon" explores the relationships of three women
of color to their husbands, lovers, and to one another. The film is
an alternatively lyrical and violent look at race and gender politics.
by Shona McCullagh of New Zealand. A moving tribute to a family's
dynamic from the perspective of a young boy that plays inventively
with rhythm and narrative. The 14-minute film is from the director
of the popular dance short "Fly" and the choreographer for
"King Kong" and "The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe."
Spring" by Benoit Dervaux. Choreographed by Heddy Maalen, produced
by Heure d'Ete and featuring dancers from Compagnie Ivoire, "Black
Spring" challenges Western notions of African bodies in movement.
The dance is interspersed with scenes of contemporary life in Africa
which serve to heighten awareness of the social and political sensitivities
inherent in modern African dance.
"Dance for the Camera," is
funded by the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee at Southeastern and
is also made possible through Dance Film Association's touring program
sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the members of Dance
Film Association, and the Susan Braun Trust.
For additional information, contact
Fellom at 985-549-2133.
Children, adults can audition April 20-21 for
The Wizard of Oz
Oh, my! Who will play Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the
Lion, the Wicked Witch, and a myriad of munchkins in the Opera/Music
Theatre Workshop's June 22-23 production of The Wizard of Oz?
Adults and children are being invited
to audition for these and other coveted roles Friday, April 20, and
Saturday, April 21, in the choral room (room A163) of the Pottle Music
Building Annex. On both dates, children entering grades 3-8 in fall
2007 will audition from 3-6 p.m., and adults, high school students
and university students will audition from 7-8:30 p.m.
Workshop director Charles Effler said
auditioners should be prepared to sing one verse of any song. Since
a pianist will be provided, pre-recorded accompaniment is not allowed,
but auditioners may sing unaccompanied.
Effler said the show offers the role
of Dorothy for a young girl plus a number of leading roles, supporting
roles and chorus parts for children and adults. To give as many young
people as possible an opportunity to participate, the cast will include
extended "munchkin" and jitterbug dance choruses.
New Orleans director/choreographer Alton
Geno, who staged the recent Southeastern summer production of "The
Music Man," will again join Southeastern faculty and staff to
create "The Wizard of Oz."
The Wizard of Oz is made possible
through the major financial support of Southeastern's College of Arts,
Humanities and Social Sciences; Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts; and Opera/Music Theatre Workshop and funds from the Louisiana
State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts
Funding Program. Additional financial support comes from the Hammond
and Amite Wal-Mart stores and the Distribution Center in Robert, North
Oaks Health System, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Guaranty Savings Bank, Encore Development Corporation (Ed and Peggy
Hoover), and Fay and Phelan Bright.
Tickets are $24, Orchestra I, Loge ($21.50,
senior citizens, children); $21, Orchestra II ($19, senior citizens,
children); $18, Orchestra III, Balcony I ($16, senior citizens, children);
and $15, Balcony II ($13.50, senior citizens, children.) A $1 service
fee is added to each ticket.
Tickets will go on sale May 22 at the
Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-549-4371. Box
office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays,
Jazz Ensembles to perform at Columbia April
23, Pottle April 24
Southeastern's jazz ensembles will play back-to-back concerts
April 23 and 24.
Jazz Ensemble I will present its spring
concert on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the
Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. The following
night, April 24, also at 7:30 p.m., Jazz Ensemble II will perform
at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The 20-piece Jazz Ensemble I is comprised
of the most outstanding jazz musicians attending Southeastern and
is characterized by its "bold programming and fresh approach
to the jazz idiom," said Director Glen J. Hemberger. The ensemble's
styles range from big band swing to contemporary jazz and from rock
The program will feature "Count
Bubba" by Gordon Goodwin; "Chase the Clouds Away"
by noted flugelhornist Chuck Mangione; "In A Mello Tone,"
originally by Duke Ellington and arranged by Frank Foster for the
Count Basie Band; and "Tank!," the opening theme music
from the Japanese animated series, "Cowboy Bebop."
Senior voice major Betty Turner of
Hammond will join the ensemble singing the jazz standard, "Misty."
General admission is $3. All students with ID, regardless of age,
are admitted free of charge.
Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Richard
Schwartz and composed of music majors and other student jazz enthusiasts,
plans a program of jazz works by well known jazz and pop artists.
Selections will include "Moon Dance" by Van Morrison,
"Boogie Stop Shuffle" by Charles Mingus, "I Mean
You" by Thelonius Monk, "The Shadow of Your Smile"
by Johnny Mandel, "Groovin' High" by "Dizzy"
Gillespie, "Blue Train" by John Coltrane, "Summertime"
by George Gershwin, "Pure and Simple" by Jeff Jarvis,
and "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles.
The ensemble will welcome trumpet
soloist Lacy Blackledge, a Southeastern graduate.
For additional information, contact
the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
Wind Symphony presents 'Journeys, Jesters,
and Jedi' April 26
The Southeastern Wind Symphony will present its spring concert,
"Journeys, Jesters, and Jedi," at the Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 26.
The 7:30 p.m. concert at the university's
downtown Hammond theater will feature the music of Mark Camphouse,
Frank Ticheli, John Williams, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, said
Conductor Glen J. Hemberger, director of bands in the Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts.
"The concert will showcase the
tremendous range of dynamics, tone, color, energy, and sound that
make the modern wind band so exciting to experience in live performance,"
Hemberger said the first half of the
program will include Frank Ticheli's latest composition, "Sanctuary,"
which he called "a powerful and beautiful work." Associate
Director of Bands Jeff Vaughan will lead the ensemble in a performance
of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Toccata Marziale," a staple
of the wind band literature. "Rocky Point Holiday," one
of American composer Ron Nelson's most recognizable and oft-performed
pieces, will round out the first half of the program.
The second half of the concert centers
around the music of John Williams and Tchaikovsky. "Tchikovsky's
'Dance of the Jesters' is a fast-paced, high energy piece alternating
between bright fanfares in the brass to rapid, technical passages
in the woodwinds," Hemberger said.
The symphony will also perform a new
15-minute, five-movement setting of the "Star Wars Trilogy"
by John Williams. Transcribed from Williams' original score, the
work features music from "Star Wars," "The Empire
Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi."
"Included in the trilogy are
'Darth Vader's Theme,' 'Princess Leia's Theme,' 'The Battle in the
Forest,' 'Yoda's Theme,' and the 'Star Wars Main Theme,'" Hemberger
said. "The music is vibrant, and brings to life the true spirit
of the film series and its characters."
Admission is $5 for adults, and $3
for senior citizens, and Southeastern faculty and staff. All students
with ID, regardless of age, are admitted free of charge. Doors to
the Columbia Theatre will open at 6:45 p.m.
For additional information, contact
the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
Margaret Orr to narrate LPO's Peter and the Wolf at Columbia
Meteorologist Margaret Orr of New Orleans television station
WDSU will join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as narrator
of "Peter and the Wolf," Prokofiev's beloved introduction
to the orchestra, April 28 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
The event will begin at 1:15 p.m.
with a "petting zoo" of musical instruments. Children
of all ages can meet individual LPO musicians and explore their
instruments, getting a chance to touch, ask questions about, and
sometimes play several musical instruments. The concert will begin
at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee are
available online at columbiatheatre.org and at the theater box office,
220 E. Thomas St., weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets prices are
$32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $20
Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2.
"At the Columbia, we thought
Margaret Orr would be an appealing narrator because of her pleasing
voice as well as her love of children. We were delighted that she
accepted our invitation," said Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director
Donna Gay Anderson. "She told me that 'Peter and the Wolf'
is special to her because her earliest memory of attending the symphony
as a child was to hear that very program. She was gracious in her
acceptance and seemed honored to be included."
Orr is one of many celebrities throughout
the years who have been invited to narrate the story of Peter, a
curious little Russian boy who ventures into a nearby meadow, despite
his grandfather's warning of the danger.
Prokofiev wrote "Peter and the
Wolf" in two weeks in 1936 for a children's theater in Moscow.
He constructed the music as a child's introduction to the orchestra,
with each character in the story representing a different instrument
or group of instruments -- Peter by the strings, his grandfather
by the bassoon, the wolf by the horn section, the bird by the flute,
the duck by the oboe, the cat by the clarinet, and the hunters by
Prokofiev invented the story and wrote
the narration himself, drawing on memories of his own childhood.
"Peter and the Wolf" was an immediate success and has
been loved by children all over the world. The music is sophisticated
enough to be enjoyed by adults, and its moral - you can't be a hero
if you don't take risks - has delighted generations of children.
A member of the WDSU NewsChannel 6
staff since 1979, Orr forecasts the weather for the morning news
and other broadcasts and hosts the station's gardening segment.
She was first hired at WDSU as a general assignment reporter, and
later took on duties as co-host of the "Breakfast Edition"
and co-host of the "World's Fair Show."
A native of New Orleans, Orr is a
graduate of Louise S. McGehee High School, Louisiana State University
and the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State University.
She is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and has
the National Weather Association Seal of Approval.
Her first broadcasting job was at
WCIV-TV in Charleston, S.C., where she worked as a photographer,
editor, producer, reporter, anchor and weathercaster. Before returning
to New Orleans, she worked as a weathercaster at WBRZ-TV in Baton
Rouge. Married and the mother of three children, Orr enjoys gardening
For additional information about "Peter
and the Wolf" and other Columbia Theatre events, contact the
box office at 985-543-4371 or visit columbiatheatre.org.
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 ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 17, 3-4 p.m. - "Tuesday
T Time, Civility in the Classroom": The recent memo from
Dr. Crain along with a recommendation from our Faculty Senate has
prompted the need for discussions on student incivility and faculty
response. Please join our invited panel of professionals in discussing
classroom management issues and solutions!
Wednesday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m.
-- Introduction to PowerPoint: The workshop is designed to introduce
the functionality and assist faculty in developing lessons in PowerPoint
to assist in easier presentation of information to their students.
Thursday, April 19, 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.
Thursday, April 19, 2-3:45 p.m. --
Introduction to Publisher: This workshop is designed to introduce
the various aspects Publisher has to offer so faculty can distribute
information via posters and brochures either in the classroom or when
traveling on conference. It will also aide in showing the various
ways brochures are laid out in order to effectively communicate key
April 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Twelve
Oaks -- Lyceum Lights: Dr. David W. & Barbara J. Shwalb, Department
of Psychology, will speak on "As Time Goes By: Hurricane Katrina's
Long-Term Effects on Students at Southeastern Louisiana University."
Please RSVP by April 20.
Alumni's Red Stick Chapter hosts crawfish
The Alumni Association Red Stick Chapter is hosting a crawfish
boil on April 29. Held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Loppolo
at 846 Myrtle Drive in Baton Rouge, the event will take place from
3 to 6 p.m.
The cost is $8 per person, with children
under 12 free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn
To RSVP or for more information, call
the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
Tailgate with alumni at Lions vs. Texas
Arlington game Saturday
Come join the Alumni Association for a baseball tailgate party
this Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. prior to the Southeastern
vs. Texas Arlington game. Everyone is invited to this free event
located in the picnic area between the Athletic Building and Alumni
"Come join us for the game after
where we will be honoring the 1992 baseball team in the pre-game
ceremonies," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. The 1992 team
won the TAAC championship for Southeastern and participated in the
week in athletics
The men's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis teams will compete
in their respective Southland Conference Tournaments during this week
in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions, ranked 33rd nationally by
Golfstat, will be in Kerville, Texas, for the Southland Conference
Championships this week. The tournament, which will be held at the
Comanche Trace Golf Course, is scheduled to run Monday through Wednesday.
A win will give Southeastern an automatic berth in the NCAA Central
Regionals. With their high regional ranking, the Lions could be in
line for an at-large NCAA berth with a strong showing in the conference
The women's tennis team (19-2, 10-0
SLC) will be the top seed and favorite in the Southland Conference
Tournament, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.
The Lady Lions, which was undefeated in league play during the SLC
Tournament, will be looking for its third straight tournament title
and NCAA Tournament berth.
Southeastern will receive a first-round
bye into Saturday's semifinals, scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday's final is scheduled for 11:30 p.m.
The men's tennis team (11-10, 2-4 SLC)
will also be in the conference tournament. On Friday, the fifth-seeded
Lions will face fourth-seeded Lamar in a first round match at 3:30
p.m. A win would set up a semifinal match with Texas A&M-Corpus
Christi on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Sunday's final is set for 2:30 p.m.
The baseball team (23-15, 6-9 SLC) will
attempt to get back into the Southland Conference race this week.
On Tuesday, the Lions will face non-conference foe Louisiana-Lafayette
in a road game at 6:30 p.m. Southeastern will host Southland Conference
foe Texas-Arlington for a three-game series, opening on Friday at
6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m., before concluding
on Sunday at 1 p.m.
All four of Southeastern's games will
be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet
The softball team (25-24, 9-14 SLC)
will also look to remain in postseason contention. The Lady Lions
will take a break from league play on Tuesday, facing Grambling at
2 p.m. in Ruston. Southeastern hosts SLC leader UTA for a three-game
series, opening on Saturday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The series
finale is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m.
The track and field team will be in
action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be at the LSU Alumni
Gold on Saturday in Baton Rouge.
Monday, April 16
Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Kerville, Texas, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, April 17
at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
at Grambling, Ruston, 2 p.m.
Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Kerville, Texas, 8 a.m.
Wednesday, April 18
Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Kerville, Texas, 8 a.m.
Friday, April 20
vs. Texas-Arlington, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Tennis, vs. Lamar (SLC First Round), San Antonio, Texas, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21
vs. Texas-Arlington, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
vs. Texas-Arlington (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*
Tennis, SLC Semifinals, San Antonio, Texas, 11:30 a.m.
Tennis, SLC Semifinals, San Antonio, Texas, 3:30 p.m.
and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Alumni Gold, Baton Rouge, All
Sunday, April 22
vs. Texas-Arlington, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
vs. Texas-Arlington, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*
Tennis, SLC Finals, San Antonio, Texas, 11:30 a.m.
Tennis, SLC Finals, San Antonio, Texas, 3:30 p.m.
Sociology and Criminal Justice graduate student Melanie Breaux
Norwood presented two papers at the Midwest Sociological Society
Annual Meeting held in Chicago, April 4-7. The papers were entitled
"The Social Construction of the Simplicity of Crime-Solving"
and "Examining Violence in Intimate Partners: A Comparison
of Homosexual and Heterosexual Homicide Rates."
April Bagwill, a graduate student
in Biological Sciences, gave a presentation "Seasonal Oviductal
Ultrastructure of the American Alligator: Sperm Storage as a Reproductive
Tactic" at the Third International Crocodilian Genetics and
Genomics Conference, Panama City, Panama, on April 13. Dr. David
Sever, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, is a co-author
and Bagwill's thesis director.
named president-elect of national scientific society
Brian Crother, assistant dean of Southeastern Louisiana University's
College of Science and Technology, has been elected president-elect
of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR).
A national scientific society with members
throughout the world, SSAR encourages education and dissemination
of scientific thought, conservation of wildlife, particularly amphibians
and reptiles. The society also promotes closer cooperation and understanding
between amateur and professional herpetologists, so that they may
work together in the common cause of furthering science.
Crother, a member of the Southeastern
biological sciences faculty since 1992, has published more than 50
articles on reptile and amphibian biology, many concentrating on evolutionary
biology. He also edited or co-edited books on amphibians and reptiles
of the Caribbean and on the ecology and evolution in the tropics related
to reptiles and amphibians.
Crother is chair of the national committee
that determines the standard English and scientific names of the reptiles
and amphibians of North America. He is also on the editorial board
of the Journal of Herpetology and was the editor of the journal
Along with colleague Mary White from
Southeastern and Robert Cashner of the University of New Orleans,
Crother co-hosted SSAR's annual meetings in New Orleans last summer.
Dr. Richard Louth (English) was moderator on a panel entitled
"Demystifiying the Classics: An In-Depth Look at The Sound and
the Fury" at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans on
April 1. During the festival, Dr. Louth also took part in a book signing
and reception at the Cabildo as one of the authors included in Pelican
Press's recent release, Louisiana in Words. Louth will join
other Louisiana in Words authors at a book signing and reading
at The Philosopher's Stone Bookshop in Ponchatoula, on Saturday, April
21, 4-6 p.m.
Dr. Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology
and Health Studies) was recently invited to join the editorial board
of the journal, Metabolism.
Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History
and Political Science) was honored with Gamma Beta Phi's Outstanding
Teacher of the Year Award for 2007.
Dr. Debbie Johnson (Family and
Consumer Sciences) has been elected to serve on the American Association
of Family and Consumer Sciences Council for Accreditation. Dr. Johnson
will serve a three-year term on the council.
Charles Elliott and William
B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented lectures,
respectively entitled "Of Cabbages and Kings: (Re)Considering
Peasants for Presentations and Impressions," and "Merchants,
Money, and Municipalities: Towns and Guilds in 14th Century England,"
to an Acadiana Medieval Faire workshop on Feb.10. History and Political
Science faculty were also featured at the March 17 Teaching American
History Grant Saturday Teachers Workshop, "Reverence, Rebellion,
Rabbits, and Reindeer: The History and Meaning of American Holidays."
Presenting lectures were Robison, "Christmas, Easter, and Halloween:
Christians, Pagans, and Red Tag Specials" and "Secularized
Religious Holidays: Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, St. Valentine's
Day, and St. Patrick's Day"; Elliott ("Different Mountain,
Different Moon: Teaching Beyond Holiday Multiculturalism" and
"Green Beer and Red Stick: (Re)Considering French-and-Indian
Holidays on the Louisiana Cultural Frontier"; Ronald Traylor,
"Civic Holidays: Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial
Day, and Veterans Day" and "African-American Holidays: Juneteenth,
Kwaanza, MLK Day, and Others"; Eileen Engel, "Hands
Off My Doubloons: Mardi Gras"; and Engel and Ann Trappey (TAH
coordinator), "Hands On My Documents: Primary Sources and the
Keith Finley (History and Political
Science) presented a paper, "Coming to Terms with the Inevitable:
Russell Long and Civil Rights," and Robison led a panel discussion
of TAH grants in Louisiana at the Louisiana Historical Association
conference on March 22 in Alexandria. LHA Board member Roman Heleniak
announced that the 2008 LHA conference will be held in Hammond,
with the Department of History and Political Science as host. William
Robison led a group discussion on "Natural Disasters and
TAH Grants" on March 29 at the Teaching American History Symposium
held in conjunction with the 2007 Organization of American Historians
conference in Minneapolis. Robison is serving as chair of the external
review for the Department of History at the University of West Florida
An article by Dr. Tony Armenta (Educational
Leadership and Technology), "How to Manage Subs --Without Getting
Sunk! will be published in the National Association of Secondary
School Principals' publication, Principal Leadership, in April
Kathleen Campbell (Educational
Leadership and Technology) published "Catholic High Schools Surmounting
Crises" in the September/October 2006 issue of Momentum.
Dr. Fred Dembowski (Educational
Leadership and Technology) has been selected to serve as managing
editor of NCPEA Connexions and chair of the NCPEA publication's
Dr. Rayma Harchar (Education
Leadership and Technology) presented "Reaching Out to a Rural
School In Crisis: An Action Research Study" at the Mid-South
Educational Research Association in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 8-10.
Dr. Aristides Baraya (General
Business), Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing and Finance) and Lizette
Bonilla of Distance University of Costa Rica UNED have had their article
accepted for publication in the International Business & Economics
Research Journal. The article is titled "Strategic Role,
Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises Facing
DR-CAFTA: The Case of Costa Rica."
Dr. David Wyld (Management) and
Dr. Michael Jones (Marketing) recently published their article,
"RFID is No Fake: The Adoption of Radio Frequency Identification
Technology in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain," in the International
Journal of Integrated Supply Management.
Beth Stahr (Sims Memorial Library)
and Ladonna Guillot (Baton Rouge Nursing Library) presented
a poster session entitled "Embedded Librarians: Unprecedented
Access to Online Learners" at the 13th Association of College
and Research Libraries National Conference in Baltimore on March 31.
Eric Johnson (Sims Memorial Library) and Judith Lin Hunt of Montclair
State University led a roundtable discussion on "Cafes: Conversation,
Connections, Collaboration" at the conference.
Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology
and Criminal Justice) and LaToya S. Davis, graduate student in Applied
Sociology program, presented the paper "The Protective Effect
of Male Circumcision on HIV in Kenya" at the annual meeting of
the Population Association of America held in New York, March 29-31.
Dr. Tim Gautreaux, writer in
residence, appeared on a panel at the annual Tennessee Williams Festival
in New Orleans. The topic was writing short fiction. Gautreaux also
recently gave visiting lectures on writing to English faculty Richard
Louth's Southern Fiction class and Bev Marshall's fiction
Denise Hart and Michele Ellis
(Nursing) were invited to make a presentation on "Decubitus
Ulcers and Wound Healing; Care Plan Interventions and Evaluations"
at the 2007 Louisiana Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference
in Lafayette on April 13.