ByLion--January 25


Champagne Bingo 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. vigil

Amanda Shaw at Columbia Theatre

Art faculty display work

LaCap partners with Chefs Evening

Opera/Theatre Workshop

Student art exhibit

This Week in Athletics

Faculty Excellence News

Professional Activities

Champagne Bingo benefits athletics   Champagne Bingo

The FE-Lions alumni chapter's Champagne Bingo Saturday at Twelve Oaks was a blast for a good cause. Approximately 500 women attended the fundraiser for the Southeastern athletics program, where they enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more.
     “This was another record event for us,” said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. “Everyone had a great time. We really appreciate the campus and community’s support of this fun fundraiser.”
     For more information about the FE-Lions, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.

Southeastern sponsors Martin Luther King Jr. vigilMartin Luther King Jr. vigil   

Southeastern commemorated the legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening (Jan. 20) at the War Memorial Student Union. Gathered together are, from left, students LeTraven Thigpen, Christopher Robinson, Damien Manning and Theron Geralds; Duane Donald, interim coordinator of special projects and TRIO; Aron Walker III, outreach specialist with Upward Bound; Alvin Cavalier, Alpha Phi Alpha chapter advisor; and Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates. Guest speaker following the vigil was Southeastern alumnus Byron Lee, a member of the Jefferson Parish Council.


Fiddler Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys coming to the Columbia TheatreAmanda Shaw


Southeastern ’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is bringing Amanda Shaw and her band the Cute Guys to the stage of the historic downtown Hammond theatre on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for one show only.
   New Orleans-based singer, songwriter, fiddler and actress, Shaw embraces traditional and pop sounds, creating music that is both authentic and bold. At the age of 19, she is a seasoned entertainer with a substantial audience across the southern United States.
   Shaw has gained an increased national presence thanks in part to her starring role in the IMAX film, “Hurricane on the Bayou.” She has also received numerous local awards, including a Big Easy Award for “Best Female Entertainer” when she was only 14.
   “Amanda Shaw is a dynamo of a performer. Her energy and stage presence are perfectly matched with her skill and mastery of the fiddle,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “We are honored to finally claim her as a Columbia season performer.”
   Attracted to the violin at the age of three after hearing an orchestra on television, Shaw is a former student of Southeastern’s Community Music School who, at the age of seven, became the youngest performer ever to solo with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. She performed twice on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, opened locally for Charlie Daniels and played onstage with Cyndi Lauper.
   Tickets for Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys are $28, Orchestra; $30, Loge; and $25, Balcony and are available at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 985-543-4371, or online at
   Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times. Southeastern students may purchase half-priced tickets, while supplies last, at the box office with university I.D.
   For information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call (985) 543-4366.

Southeastern Art faculty to display workPhoto by Bethany Souza


The works of 18 Southeastern Department of Visual Arts faculty members will be on display Jan. 27-Feb. 26 at the university’s Contemporary Arts Gallery in East Strawberry Stadium.
     An opening reception is scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
     Artists exhibiting their work include Roy Blackwood, Ben Diller, Karin Eberhardt, Kimberly Finley, Jean Flint, Yvonne James, Linda Katz, Gary Keown, Jeffrey Mickey, Ernest Milsted, Ed Morin, Dale Newkirk, Patricia Ramsey, Dennis Sipiorski, Bethany Souza, John Valentino, Tory Wingard and Sarah Wiseman.
     The Contemporary Arts Gallery is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk, 549-5080.

The photo at left by Bethany Sousa, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts, will be one of the many works on display by 18 Southeastern faculty members at the Faculty Exhibition Jan. 27-Feb. 26 in the Contemporary Arts Gallery.

La Cap partners with Southeastern's Chefs Evening 2010Ronaldo Hardy and Southeastern President John L. Crain   

La Capitol Federal Credit Union has stepped up to support the academic programs at Southeastern with an exclusive platinum sponsorship for Chefs Evening 2010.
     Chefs Evening, the Southeastern Development Foundation’s annual fundraiser in support of academics, offers guests samplings of fine cuisine and beverages provided by over 40 regional establishments.
     The event will be held March 14 at the Pennington Student Activity Center on Southeastern’s campus. The exclusive platinum sponsorship provides $5,000 in financial support to the academic colleges of the university. In 2007 La Cap became the first ever corporate sponsor for Chefs Evening, which added to the already established tradition of partnership between the financial institution and university.
     According to Branch Manager Ronaldo Hardy, maintaining a leadership role in supporting academics at Southeastern is important to La Cap.
     “As the credit union for Southeastern, we are always in support of the overall success of the university,” he said. “We felt that this was a critical time to step up to the plate to ensure that academics remain strong and that the university can achieve its goals. We are committed to help in leading the way for this great cause, and value our long term relationship with our Southeastern family,” he said.
     Additionally, financial education is part of the overall mission of La Cap. To that end, La Cap has partnered with the Southeastern Student Government Association to provide a presentation called Finance 101 where students learn the ins and outs of money management. Financial education is also provided to the community at large through its support of ACHIEVE, a non-profit financial education provider.
     La Cap is a corporate neighbor to Southeastern’s campus and offers a full range of banking services to the campus community as well as the community at large.

Above, right: La Capitol Federal Credit Union Branch Manager Ronaldo Hardy, left, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Southeastern President John L. Crain for La Cap’s exclusive platinum sponsorship for Chefs Evening 2010.

Southeastern cast to showcase double bill opera Feb. 3-6


Theatergoers will receive two shows for the price of one during Opera/Music Theatre Workshop productions of “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” Feb. 3-6, 7:30 p.m., at the university’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Written by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, the night’s music will feature a duo of one-act operas originally created by Puccini as part of an opera trio. Although the university has performed “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” over the years, Opera/Music Theatre Workshop director Chuck Effler said Southeastern has never performed the operas together.
     “An evening of Puccini, one of the most popular composers of opera, seemed a fitting contribution as Opera Workshop continues to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts,” said Effler.
     Led by guest director Rachel Harris of Baton Rouge and performed in English, Southeastern senior Blair Abene of Hammond and first-year graduate student Colby McCurdy have been cast in the title roles.
     Tickets for the show may be purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with their university I.D. card.
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Student art exhibit


Southeastern students are displaying their work in a special exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center across from the Columbia Theatre in downtown Hammond. The exhibition features drawings curated by Visiting Assistant Drawing Professor Benjamin Diller and graphic design co-curated by Professor Gary Keown and Assistant Professor Karin Eberhardt. The exhibition will be on view through Thursday, Feb. 11.

This Week in Athletics – January 25-31   

The Southeastern basketball, track and tennis teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     On Wednesday, the men’s basketball team (10-8, 2-3 Southland) will return home to host Central Arkansas for the “Jam the Jungle” game at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Students will receive free t-shirts and pizza as available. The women’s basketball team (8-10, 2-3 Southland) will be in Conway, Ark. for a 7 p.m. contest at UCA.

     On Friday, the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue its indoor season. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Houston Indoor Opener that opens on Friday and continues through Saturday.

     The Lady Lion basketball team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Nicholls at 3 p.m. in the annual Alumni Game, as Southeastern will welcome back over 30 former Lady Lions to be recognized and honored at the game. The men’s team will be in Thibodaux for a 2 p.m. contest with the Colonels.

     The Southeastern women’s tennis team will open its 2010 spring schedule on Sunday. The Lady Lions will host Alcorn State at 1 p.m. at the Oak Knoll Country Club.

     Wednesday’s women’s basketball game and Saturday’s men’s basketball game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The other two basketball contests of the week will be broadcast on the Internet only.

Wednesday, January 27
Men’s Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m. (Jam the Jungle)*
Women’s Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

Friday, January 29
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Houston Indoor Opener, Houston, Texas, All Day

Saturday, January 30
Women’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 3 p.m. (Alumni Game)*
Men’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Houston Indoor Opener, Houston, Texas, All Day

Sunday, January 31
Women’s Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Oak Knoll Country Club, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Faculty Excellence News


Workshops! 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. If you have questions regarding this or would like to make a reservation, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at For additional information, please check our calendar at
Monday, Jan. 25
Blackboard 9: Overview of the Interface & Gradebook - 10 a.m. -Noon or 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Blackboard 9: Overview of the Interface & Gradebook - 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 27
Blackboard 9: Organizing Courses in Bb 9 - 10-11 a.m.
Blackboard 9: Creating and Grading Tests in Bb 9 - 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28
Blackboard 9: Understanding the Grade Center in Bb 9 - 9:30-10:30 am
Blackboard 9: Using the Communication Tools in Bb 9 - 2-3 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29
Blackboard 9: Creating and Grading Assignments in Bb 9 - 10-11 a.m.

Professional Activities


An article by Dr. Joan Faust (English) appears in the winter edition of The Andrew Marvell Society Newsletter 2 (Winter, 2009). Entitled “To Modernize or Not: Is It a Question?,” the paper examines the pros and cons of updating the spelling and punctuation of early modern English poet Andrew Marvell’s poems originally published in 1681.
     Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented two posters at the first International Conference on Health Risks of Youth in Cancun on Jan. 6. The first research poster, “An evaluation of the effects of community based abstinence and character education program on sexual knowledge, attitudes toward abstinence, sexual behaviors and social skills,” was co-authored by Dr. Ralph Wood and Katie Keen, Ga. The second poster, “Precocious puberty: Implications for teen pregnancy prevention” was co-presented with Dr. Chopak-Foss of Georgia Southern University. 
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented “From Mars’ to Monster?: (Re)Considering Popular Perceptions of R.E. Lee” at the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration in New Orleans on Jan. 17.
     A paper authored by Dr. Rick Simpson (Accounting), “Should Your Client Convert to a Roth IRA in 2010?,” was recently presented at the Winter Conference of the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines in Orlando, Fla.
     Lieutenant Patrick Gipson (University Police Department) presented “Initial Officer Contact: Making It Count the First Time” at a workshop at the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault’s (LAFASA) 6th Annual State Sexual Assault Conference in Baton Rouge Dec. 8-11.
     Bev Marshall (Writer-in-Residence/English) presented a lecture on novel writing at the St. Tammany Parish Main Branch Library. Her publication,  “Shared Words: A Guide to Writing Groups and Book Clubs,” was selected as the text for the novel writing course, which will continue through March.   


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