ByLion--January 31


February is Black History Month

"Down the Road" opens theatre season

CMS student wins competition

Columbia Theatre presents "second act"

Robin Roberts jersey retirement Feb. 5

SLWP accepting applications

Southeastern in the news

Chefs Evening restaurant of the week

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

This week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern celebrates February Black History Month   
Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern will host a month-long slate of activities in February in celebration of Black History Month.
     The month’s activities will be outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off, scheduled Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The event will feature performances by university dance groups, the Southeastern Gospel Choir and a motivational speech by NBA great and Louisiana legend Bob Love.
     Born in Bastrop, Louisiana, Love grew up as one of 14 children and also battled severe stuttering, which at times left him unable to speak properly and sometimes not at all. Love overcame his obstacles to become the second NBA player to have his jersey retired from the Chicago Bulls. Today he gives motivational lectures on overcoming adversity.
     “Black History Month is a month-long celebration of the accomplishments and significant milestones of African Americans who have helped shape this country,” said Eric Summers, director for Multicultural and International Students Affairs (MISA). “Throughout the month we will have trivia, performances and lectures designed to serve as a means of remembering the pioneers who paved the way for our future.”
     Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. The Black History Month schedule includes:
Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, Black History Game Show, sponsored by Campus Activities Board.
Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre, The AP Tureaud Story, sponsored by Languages and Communication.
Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Student Union, room 223, Quiz Bowl and Taste Fair, sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma.
Feb. 9 – March 25, Sims Memorial Library, Exhibit: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Student Union, room 223, “How Crowded is Your Bed,” sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta and NAACP.
Feb. 14, Student Union Mall, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Union Unplugged and Organizational Fair featuring R&B recording artist “Till,” sponsored by the Office of Greek Life, MISA, and the Arts and Lectures Committee.
Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Black History Tour (Bus tour to the African American Heritage Center/Museum), cost $5, sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi, sign up at
Feb. 16, Student Union Theatre, 6:30 p.m., NPHC Greek Showcase, sponsored by Pan-Hellenic Council.
Feb. 23, Pottle Music Auditorium, 7 p.m., Talent Show, sponsored by NAACP.
Feb. 28, Student Union Mall, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Union Unplugged and Black Business Expo featuring gospel recording artist Henry Stewart, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta, the Arts and Lectures Committee, SBDC, and MISA.
Feb. 28, Student Union, room 223, 6 p.m., “Your Hair is Your Crown,” sponsored by NAACP.
Feb. 28, Student Union Theatre, 7:30 p.m., performance, “African Americans: A Passionate People,” featuring God’s Chosen Gospel Choir.
     For more information on Southeastern’s Black History Month call the MISA office at 549-3850.

Down the Road launches Southeastern spring theatre line-upThe cast of "Down the Road" rehearse   
Down the Road, a psychological drama involving a husband-wife journalist team that becomes involved in the tales of the serial killer they are interviewing, will launch the spring theatre season.
     Written by American playwright Lee Blessing in 1989, the play will be performed at Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden Theatre from Wednesday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
     Tickets are free for Southeastern students with their ID, $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students from other universities.
     With a small cast of three – the two journalists and the imprisoned serial killer – the play explores the relationship between the young married couple and the killer, whose memoirs they have been commissioned to write.
     “I want the audience to leave thinking about how we embrace celebrity in this country,” said Chad Winters, theatre instructor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts who directed the play. “It’s a positive force in our country, but it also has a negative impact. Is the price of celebrity worth it?”
     The story focuses on Dan and Iris Henniman, the husband-wife team writing about serial killer Bill Reach. Throughout the play, the writers face moral dilemmas and uncertainty as Reach reveals the details of the 19 murders he committed.
     “As the story progresses they begin to question the ethics behind what they are doing,” said Winters. “Are they turning this killer into a celebrity and selling blood and gore like any other product in this country?”
     The play also looks at the moral conflict from a unique perspective. Winters says the audience will see the play through the eyes of the writers, taking the journey with them.
     “The audience will be curious about how the killer could do such horrible things,” said Winters. “This production will get under your skin and make you listen.”
     Reviews of other productions of this play agree that audience members will experience the emotional roller coaster ride the characters take. From dark, chilling details of the crimes, to the light-hearted comedy of neighborly drama, the play has been called an intense experience for audience and cast members alike.
     “This subject really fascinates me,” said Winters. “I like to work on psychological plays and explore what makes people tick: why do we have such a fascination with celebrity in this country?  Why do people commit such horrible crimes?  How can we stop them from happening again?”
     Cast members of the play include: Benjamin Norman, Covington, playing Dan Hennimen; Hallie Green, Baton Rouge, playing Iris Hennimen; and Gerrin Narcisse, Lacombe, playing Reach. The stage manager for the production is Veronica Gutierrez. Steve Schepker, professor in the Department of Fine and Visual Arts, has designed the set and lights for the production.
Above: Gerrin Narcisse of Lacombe, right, playing the role of serial killer Bill Reach in Southeastern’s performance of Down the Road, rehearses a scene with Hallie Green of Baton Rouge and Benjamin Norman of Covington, who play the couple commissioned to write about the murderer. The play runs at the university’s Vonnie Borden Theatre Feb. 16 – Feb. 19.

CMS student wins GNOYO concerto competitionUrika Kuroda   
A Southeastern Community Music School student has won the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO) contest.
     Eight year-old violinist Umika Kuroda of Mandeville won the competition in New Orleans and will be rewarded with a solo performance with the GNOYO on March 27.
     A student at Pontchartrain Elementary School, Kuroda has studied violin for two years under the direction of Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva.
     “As the director of the Community Music School, I am very proud to see that the talent produced by our program is being recognized,” Jeleva said. “As Umika’s violin teacher, I can say that for a student of her young age, she possesses a remarkable desire to succeed and is one of the most self-motivated students I have ever had. I am encouraged and gratified to see her effort and mine rewarded.”
     For more information about the CMS, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at

Columbia Theatre has more in store for 2011Columbia Theatre presents "The Music Man"    
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has a great variety of programs remaining through June, including a musical classic, a pair of signature children’s programs, musical blasts from the past, and a repeat performance of magic and illusion.
     “In the midst of our chilly winter weather, I know that warmer temperatures are only a matter of weeks away,” said Columbia Theatre Interim Director Kenneth Boulton. “As things heat up, so too does the Columbia Theatre’s exciting spring season, with a brilliant schedule of shows for every taste and fancy. Do come out and help us celebrate our season of great entertainment.”
     The second act of the Columbia Season begins with a bang with The Music Man on Saturday, Feb. 26. Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Music Man follows traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, in 1912 into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef.
     In March, the Columbia stage will see the first of the Pajamas and Play series, performances for Columbia’s youngest fans. Seussical, scheduled March 17 at 6:30 p.m., is adapted from the Broadway version and features 13 actors and enhanced production values. Seussical stars the Cat in the Hat as host and emcee, and as a Pajamas and Play presentation, children 10 and under can wear pjs and enjoy milk and cookies before going home.
     Following close behind Seussical, Big Easy Award-winning actress and vocalist Dorian Rush takes on the role of Janis Joplin in Livin’ Janis on March 25. The New Orleans-based theatrical production is an unauthorized, biographical, musical homage to the late great rock legend.
     Back by popular demand is magician and illusionist Mike Super on April 8. With his natural ability to entertain and fascinate people, Super – winner of NBC’s  hit show “Phenomenon” – has pioneered a new form of magic with his own unmatched style and personality.
     Less than a week later, the second installment of Pajamas and Play, The Jungle Book, will take the stage April 14 at 6:30 p.m. A musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book delights both young and old alike. Theatre-goers will join Mowgli as he learns the “laws” of the jungle with the help of friends like the black panther Bagheera and the lovable bear Baloo, and cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemisis, the tiger Shere Khan.
     Hotel California: “A Salute to the Eagles” commands the Columbia stage on Saturday, May 1. With great reputation and audience acclaim, Hotel California is known as the ultimate salute to the Eagles. By blending extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California accurately reproduces the sounds of the Eagles’ studio recordings, while recreating a classic sound that transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B and Country.
     Closing out the 2010-11 season is Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters on June 4. When it comes to describing what one can expect from Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr, the American Press said it best: “He’s boogied with James Brown, packed the House of Blues, played at the White House, and traveled to more cities than a Greyhound. Critics hail him as one of Zydeco’s most cherished symbols, and a party seems to break out whenever and wherever he and his band show up.”
     For more information on upcoming programs, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366 or log on to

Above: Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts kicks off 2011 with The Music Man, winner of five Tony Awards, including best musical. The one-time-only performance is scheduled Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Robin Roberts jersey retirement   Robin Roberts jersey retirement Feb. 5

Anchorwoman for ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” Robin Roberts will see her number 21 jersey unveiled during a special ceremony prior to the Lady Lions’ 3 p.m. contest versus Southland Conference rival Sam Houston State. At halftime, Southeastern (9-9, 1-5 Southland) will honor her and all other returning Lady Lion alumni.
     Roberts starred for the Lady Lions from 1979-83. She currently ranks among the program’s career leaders in points (1,446, 6th), rebounds (1,034, 5th), games played (114, 4th), field goals made (507, 5th), free throws made (432, 4th) and free throw percentage (72.0, 10th). In 2006, she was named one of the NCAA’s “100 Most Influential Student-athletes” in conjunction with the NCAA Centennial Celebration.
     A 1983 graduate of Southeastern and a member of the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame, Roberts has worked in broadcasting for more than 20 years and became co-anchor of  “Good Morning America” in 2005. During her tenure with GMA, the program has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning program.
     Roberts began her broadcasting career while at Southeastern, working at WHMD/WFPR Radio in Hammond where she was sports director. She also served as a special assignment sports reporter in 1982 for KSLU-FM, the university’s public radio station. Later she held various broadcasting jobs in Atlanta, Nashville – where she won the “Nashville Scene” Sportscaster of the Year Award – Biloxi and Hattiesburg, Miss. From 1990 to 2005, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN, where her assignments included hosting “SportsCenter” and contributing to “NFL PrimeTime.”

SLWP now accepting applications   
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is now accepting applications for its 20th “Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.” The Institute meets at Southeastern from June 20 - July 21, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, are eager to share their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers.
     During the Institute, selected K-college teachers from across the curriculum study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other. Participants also produce personal and professional writing and develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery to local schools. As Summer Fellows at the university, participants receive a stipend, six hours of graduate credit, and free tuition. Upon completion of the Institute, they are recognized as National Writing Project Teacher Consultants.
Applicants should submit the following:
a resume
a brief description of a writing activity used in their classroom;
a recommendation from a supervisor or member of SLWP
a page containing your name/address/phone/email/W# and your school/grade/content

     Applications are considered until the Institute is filled, and on-campus interviews are held throughout the Spring for promising applicants.  Applications can be emailed to or addressed to Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402.

Southeastern in the news   

Bleak picture painted for state colleges


SLU theater workshop to offer ‘Street Scene’


New nurse practitioner program to start in fall   


Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern Faculty Senate explores budget ideas


TV a sneaky part of the food pyramid

Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3Chefs Evening is April 3   


Chef’s Evening restaurant of the week:


          Carona's Bakery


When dining choices take you away from home or work, please patronize this friend of Chefs Evening. While there, let the owner and chef know how much you appreciate their loyal support of the university by their participation in Chefs Evening year after year.



Extended Studies news


Notarial Review (15 Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8, 6:30-9 p.m.)
This course prepares students for the notary exam scheduled June 4. The course topics include: duties of a notary, contracts, juridical acts, donations and sales, wills, miscellaneous acts, and more. The cost is $575, and books cost an additional $270.

Robert’s Rules of Order (3-week class beginning Feb. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.)
Roberts Rules of Order govern the conduct of most meeting of clubs, associations, large or small corporations, and public bodies. Anyone belonging to, and particularly those who conduct meetings in, civil clubs, private, social, and fraternal organizations, and public bodies will find useful tools in this program. The cost is $50.

Hawaiian Hula (Tuesdays beginning Feb. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.)
Students will learn the basics of the dances of Hawaii (both modern and ancient) and why the dances are so important to the culture of Hawaii. At the end of the course, students will be able to sing and dance one modern hula, the beginning of one ancient hula, and one Tahitian hula to a fast drumbeat. The cost is $35.


Notarial Prep Course
(15 Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m.)
This course prepares students for the notarial exam. Topics include duties of a notary, contracts, juridical acts, donation, wills, miscellaneous acts, and more. The cost for this course is $575, and the books cost an additional $270.

Project Management (Feb. 8 – 9, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
This course prepares project managers and others pursuing a career in project management with skills and tools to successfully plan, manage, and deliver project on time and within budget. The cost is $695.

Microsoft Project 2010 (Feb. 14, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Students will learn to build and modify a project schedule which will assist in managing projects. The cost is $299 with the book provided.

Introduction to Computers (Feb. 10, 9 a.m. – noon)
Students will learn the basic skills needed to get started with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows. The cost is $90 with the book provided.


Life and Health Insurance Pre-licensing
(Fridays & Saturdays, beginning Feb. 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
This 40-hour class is presented by the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services. The class material is designed to prepare students for the state exam and to provide a good education for a career in insurance. The cost is $230 with the materials included.

Robert’s Rules of Order (3-weeks, beginning Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.)
Roberts Rules of Order govern the conduct of most meeting of clubs, associations, large or small corporations, and public bodies. Anyone belonging to, and particularly those who conduct meetings in, civil clubs, private, social, and fraternal organizations, and public bodies will find useful tools in this program. The cost is $50.

Career Enrichment Program openings
Safety  (Feb. 9 and 16 or March 17 and 24)
 Location is open and scholarships are available.


Zoom into Careers  (June 20 – 23)
Zoom into Careers offers career workshops for high school students in the following areas:
Hammond: Journalism, Television, Culinary Arts, Theatre, and Inventing
Walker and Mandeville: Photography

*An overnight option is available in Hammond.

To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
Hammond-       Mandeville-      Walker-

Faculty Excellence news   

Sympodium Training

Monday, Jan. 31, 2:15-3:45 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 1, 12:30-2 p.m.

Lunch N’ Learn (Thursday, Feb. 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m.)
With the recent shootings in Tucson, there have been rumblings in the media about identifying students on university and college campuses who have mental health issues. Join us on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 12:30 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 103 as the staff of Southeastern’s University Counseling Center present “Recognizing and Assisting the Emotionally Troubled or Disruptive Student.”  Call the Center at ext. 5791 to reserve a spot. A light lunch will be served.
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103 unless otherwise noted.  Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. To make a reservation, contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Call the Center to verify. For more information on the workshops, check the Center’s calendar at For all other information, contact the Center.


Let’s Get Engaged 
The Center for Faculty Excellence is creating two teams of five faculty to promote and facilitate campus discussions on engagement. Contact the Center and watch email for more information.
Special Spring Enhancement Grants
The Center has just received an additional allocation of funds for Spring 2011 Enhancement Grants.  Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7.  Check the Center’s web site for more information.

This week in Athletics   

The retirement of former Lady Lion Robin Roberts’ jersey and the Student Government Association’s Pack the House for Pink Game will highlight this week during Southeastern Athletics. 
     On Wednesday, the Southeastern SGA will sponsor the Pack the House for Pink game, when the Lady Lions take on defending Southland Conference champion Lamar at 7 p.m. Breast cancer survivors will receive free admission to the game. Proceeds from the games will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in conjunction with the V Foundation.
     In conjunction with the game, a 5K race will be held at 5:30 p.m. starting in the parking area adjacent to the University Center. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the cost to participate is $10. The $10 registration fee also includes a free t-shirt and free admission to the contest.
     Also on Wednesday, a free breast cancer awareness seminar will be held at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The seminar is open to all Southeastern students. Courtesy of the SGA, students will receive free t-shirts as they enter the game until the shirts run out. Auxillary Services will also provide free pizza for students in attendance. For more information on Pack the House for Pink, contact Janae Sheldon ( or Carley Cryer ( at (985) 549-3227.
     Junior guard Kelli Jenkins will be the Spotlight Player of the Game on Wednesday and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Plaquemine native courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE. Senior forward Rashima Jenkins will receive the same treatment as Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. 
     The men’s basketball team (9-9, 3-3 Southland) will hit the road for a pair of games this week. On Wednesday, the Lions head to Lamar for a 7:05 p.m. contest. On Saturday, Southeastern heads to Huntsville for a 7 p.m. contest.
     Both of this week’s men’s games and Saturday’s women’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday’s women’s game will air on the Internet only at
     Members of the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in a pair of indoor meets this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions compete in the McNeese Indoor II in Lake Charles, before heading to the Houston All-Comers Meet on Saturday.
     The Southeastern women’s tennis team (0-1) will look for its first win of the spring this week. The Lady Lions will be in New Orleans on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match versus Xavier (La.).
Wednesday, February 2
Women’s Basketball, vs. Lamar (SGA Pack the House for Pink/Kelli Jenkins Trading Card Day), University Center, 7 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7:05 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women’s Tennis, at Xavier (La.), New Orleans, 4 p.m.

Friday, February 4
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, All Day

Saturday, February 5
Women’s Basketball, vs. Sam Houston State (Robin Roberts Jersey Retirement/Alumni Day/Rashima Jenkins Trading Card Day), University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Houston All-Comers Meet, Houston, Texas, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities   
Dr. Barbara Hebert (University Counseling Center) and Dr. Delini Fernando (University of North Texas, Denton) published “Resiliency and Recovery: Lessons from the Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina” in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.
     Dr. Sid Guedry (Biology) and two Southeastern students, Kyle Francis and Adonson Shallow had their article “Tropical Fruits of the Caribbean” in the Journal of the Louisiana State Horticulture Society.
     Dr. Glen J. Hemberger (Fine and Performing Arts) guest conducted the Fontainebleau High School Jazz Ensemble One at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in December. The 64th annual conference, held in Chicago, attracts 15,000 music professionals from around the world and is the largest gathering of its kind. Performing groups are chosen by jury, and only a highly select few ensembles are given performance invitations. The Fontainebleau High Band is directed by Southeastern alumnus Lee Hicks. 
     Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) has been invited to speak at the national ceramic educator’s conference NCECA in Tampa, Fla. in March. Sipiorski will discuss the use of sodium materials in low temperatures kilns.
     A paper by Anthony H. Kerr (Marketing & Supply Chain Management) and Neel Das (Appalachian State University) entitled “Selected Predictor Variable Effects on Cause-Related Purchase Intentions: An Empirical Examination” has been accepted for the 2011 Society for Consumer Psychology Conference in Atlanta. The paper will be presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings.

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