ByLion--October 10


Fanfare week three

Nine vie for Miss Southeastern 2012

Faculty recital October 16

Gallery to host tattoo exhibit

"All My Sons" to run Oct. 12 - 15

Community Band invites members

Fishing Club advances in tourny

Homecoming Door Decorating

Call for Presentations

Phi Kappa Phi news

Wine tasting for Sims Library

Student teacher seminar

Southeastern Channel to re-run forums

Southeastern in the news

Campus Compact news

Faculty Excellence news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Fanfare's third week   

A musical duo, readings in poetry and prose and performances by Southeastern’s own performers highlight the third week of Fanfare, the university’s annual October arts festival.
     Fanfare’s third week begins with a performance from Duo Montagnard, a musical duo composed of Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Matthew Slotkin, guitar. Formed in 2002, Duo Montagnard has performed over 160 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece, New Zealand and Australia. They have commissioned and premiered 10 pieces and currently play all original music.
     On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the series Reading Lives: Readings in Poetry and Prose, sponsored by the Department of English, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Scheduled in the Contemporary Art Gallery, the first readings will feature Writer in Residence Bev Marshall, author of “Right as Rain” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues,” and prize-winning poet Alison Pelegrin, author of “Big Muddy River of Stars,” and “Hurricane Party.”
     On Thursday, Oct. 20, the readings continue with faculty members David Armand and Jack Bedell at 12:45 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. Armand won the 2010 George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel The Pugilist’s Wife. Bedell is editor of Louisiana Literature and director of Louisiana Literature Press. His most recent poetry collections are Come Rain, Come Shine, and Call and Response: Conversations in Verse
     Also during Fanfare’s third week: 
The Foreign Film Festival continues on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., with the Spanish film Mi Querido Tom Mix in the Student Union Theatre. The legendary Hollywood cowboy Tom Mix rides out of the silent screen and into the world of a humble provincial family in 1930s Mexico. The free film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 100 minutes.
Then and Now Lecture features Southeastern History and Political Science faculty member Margaret Gonzalez-Perez who discusses “Religion and Terrorism” on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. In the free lecture, Gonzalez-Perez will discuss how that Islamic radicalism has less of a connection to religion than it does with utilitarian and pragmatic concerns, such as strategic and military tactics.
The Southeastern Wind Symphony presents “Lost Vegas,” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Conducted by Glen J. Hemberger, the acclaimed orchestra will present an evening of stunning music by some of the world’s most revered composers. General admission is $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff and seniors; with patrons under 18 and college students (with university I.D.) admitted free.
Southeastern Dance presents “The Firebird,” on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre. “The Firebird” is an eternal story of loss and redemption, passed down through the ages and evolving through difficult cultures. This fresh, new interpretation combines dramatic and evocative dance choreography with a colorful potpourri of bird motifs in a coming of age tale.
New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale (NOVA) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 100 West Church Street in Hammond. Celebrate 400 years of exquisite choral music performed by one of this region’s premier choral ensembles. NOVA has performed by invitation in many venues throughout Louisiana, always exemplifying a superb grasp of vocal style and expressive depth. The presentation is free.
     For more information or for a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

Nine contestants compete for Miss Southeastern 2012 crown   

Lexi Corsentino Averi Harris Jennifer Jarreau Bethany Putnam Maya Richardson
Corsentino Harris Jarreau Putnam Richardson
Olivia Ruby Crystal Schayot Samantha Williams Alexis Wright
Ruby Schayot Williams Wright

Nine Southeastern students will compete on Oct. 15 for the title of Miss Southeastern 2012.
     Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville, Miss Southeastern 2011, will crown her successor in the annual pageant scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Sponsored by the Campus Activity Board, the pageant has been a part of Southeastern’s history since 1949 and a Miss America preliminary since 1962. Tickets are available at the CAB office in the Student Union, room 201. Admission is free, but an assigned ticket from CAB is still needed for admission. For those unable to attend the pageant, it will be streamed live by the Southeastern Channel at and at The Southeastern Channel will also air the pageant on a tape-delayed basis on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, and St. Tammany parishes and on Charter Channel 17 in Washington Parish.
     “This year we are celebrating our 50th year being associated with the Miss America preliminaries. The theme of the 2012 Pageant is ‘A Touch of Gold,’” said CAB Coordinator Todd McElroy. 
     Emcees for the event are Veda Abene, manager of administration and operations in the Division of Extended Studies, and Michael Kyles, a Southeastern graduate and teacher at Hammond High Magnet School.
     Contestants for the title are freshman kinesiology major Averi Harris,  junior speech education major Alexis Wright, and junior general studies major Crystal Schayot, all of Slidell;  freshman business major Olivia Ruby and freshman vocal performance major Bethany Putnam, both of Mandeville;  junior nursing major Samantha Williams, Voorhees, New Jersey; freshman mass communications and journalism major Lexi Corsentino and senior biological sciences major Maya Richardson, both of Baton Rouge,  and sophomore middle school education major Jennifer Jarreau of Denham Springs.
     The contestants will compete in five categories: personal interview, on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening wear.
     McElroy said the pageant will again feature the “Miracle Maker Award” as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America’s national platform, the Children’s Miracle Network. 
     “The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the Miracle Maker Award,” he said. “The donations will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.”
     Containers for donations in each 2012 contestant’s name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant. 
     Miss Southeastern 2012 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in June in Monroe.
For additional information, call 985 549 3805.

Faculty recital scheduled Oct. 16   
Southeastern music faculty will present “How About You?” on Oct. 16 as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual October festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. 
     Scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Pottle Annex Recital Hall, the free concert will feature music faculty members Joy Ratliff, vocals; Henry Jones, piano; Richard Schwartz, saxophone; and Robert Nash, string bass, in a program of popular standards from the 1920s through the 1980s.
     Admission is free. For more information, call 549-2366 or 549-2184.
Southeastern gallery hosts tattoo art exhibitionTattoo art on display   
“Ink & Needles,” an exhibition of tattoo art, will be shown at the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery Oct. 13-Nov. 11.
     “The focus of the exhibition is on artwork that served as the preliminary inspiration for tattoos,” explained Dale Newkirk, gallery curator and professor of art. “There haven’t been many tattoo art shows and galleries, and most are photographs of people with tattoos. Those exhibits then are more about the photographer and less about the tattoo art itself.”
     The exhibition, which opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Oct. 13, will feature works from more than 20 tattoo artists from Louisiana, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington. Each artist will display multiple works with styles ranging from traditional to Asian, as well as contemporary illustration.
     Tattooing goes back more than 5,000 years, explained Newkirk, with evidence of the practice being found in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman societies. Later, Japanese tattoo masters had a significant influence on the artistic development of the tattoo. Originally used as a way to mark criminals and slaves, the practice evolved into an art form, gaining popularity in the 19th century among French and Italian laborers and sailors.
     In modern American society, Newkirk said, the practice has become increasingly prevalent, with an estimated 36 percent of 18-25 year-olds having at least one tattoo.
New Orleans tattoo artist Donn Davis of Tattooagogo is serving as the technical advisor for the exhibition and will be displaying his work, along with Annette Larue and artists at Electric Ladyland in New Orleans and other artists from the region.
     Newkirk is optimistic about educating students on the fine art aspects of tattoo imagery.
      “When we bring something like this into the gallery, we want visitors to see how this can be a fine art form,” he said. “We are trying to educate students on the variety of styles and imagery that have been developed.”
     Concurrently, the gallery will feature two smaller exhibitions. Russian-born printmaker Xenia Fedorchenko, an assistant professor of art at Lamar University in Beaumont, will exhibit prints and host a workshop in the university’s printmaking studio. She will present a lecture open to the public at noon Oct. 25 in the gallery. In addition, featured alumni artist Justin Barfield, currently a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, will be showing his prints and presenting a lecture on his graduate school experience at noon, Nov. 13 in the gallery.
     The Contemporary Art Gallery is located in East Strawberry Stadium. For more information about the shows, contact the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery at (985) 549-5080, or e-mail Dale Newkirk at

Tattoo art on display – Tattoo art in the Japanese style by Betsy Badwater of Pensacola, Fla., will be among the pieces on display at the “Ink and Needles” exhibit to be featured at the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery starting Oct. 13 and running through Nov. 11.

Southeastern Theatre to present ‘All My Sons’All My Sons   
“All My Sons,” the tragic tale of a post-World War II family impacted by the death of a son and the criminal misdeeds of a father, will take the stage at Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden Theatre Oct. 12-15 at 7:30 p.m.
     Southeastern Theatre is presenting the classic Arthur Miller play as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual fall festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Performed initially on Broadway in 1947, the play earned Miller a Tony Award for best author and established him as one of the leading American playwrights of his time.
     General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. Tickets are available at the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 549-2115.
      “All My Sons” takes place in a typical American suburb and tells the story of Joe Keller, co-owner of an airplane parts factory. After knowingly shipping faulty parts to the U.S. Armed Forces that results in the deaths of more than 20 American pilots, Keller manages to shift the entire blame to his business partner and neighbor Steve Deever. When Deever’s daughter Ann and Keller’s son Chris announce plans to marry, facts about the case become much clearer and Keller is forced to confront his own guilt.
     The play is directed by Chad Winters, instructor of acting and directing.
      “’All My Sons’ is one of my favorite plays and its message is still as timely as when it was first performed back in 1947,” Winters said. “The pursuit of wealth and the ‘American Dream’ can often lead us down a dark path. How far are we willing to go for money, money, money?”
     Playing the lead role of Joe Keller is Terrell Robinson of Livingston, with Dani DeMontluzin of New Orleans playing his wife Kate. Son Chris is played by Colby Bankston of Tecumseh, Mich., while Chelsea Krause of Baton Rouge plays Ann.
     Others appearing in the play are Byron Robinson of Baton Rouge (George Deever), and Keller’s neighbors are played by Matt Green of Mandeville, Lynsey Manley and Mark Bryan of Covington, and M.J. Moran of Metairie. The role of Bert, a boy from the neighborhood, is played by Dawson Gildig of Albany.
     Key student contributors to the production include stage manager Cindy Davidson of Covington, set design by Amanda Klipsch of Mandeville, properties management by Stephen Varnado of Zachary and sound design by Matt Kozel of Ponchatoula. Lighting design is handled by Steve Schepker, professor of theatre design and technical directing, with costume design by theatre instructor Cody Stockstill.

Southeastern Theatre presents “All My Sons” – Joe Keller (Terrell Robinson of Livingston) confronts future daughter-in-law Ann Deever (Chelsea Krause of Baton Rouge) in rehearsals for Southeastern Theatre’s production of the Arthur Miller play “All My Sons.”  The play will be performed in the university’s Vonnie Borden Theatre Oct. 12-15.

Southeastern’s Northlake Community Band invites members   
The Northlake Community Band, a division of the Southeastern Community Music School, is currently inviting members to join. 
    “The Northlake Community Band is a group of musicians who volunteer their time to practice and perform together,” said Southeastern Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Voorhees. “Members range in age from high school students to retired adults, come from all walks of life and have varying occupations from doctors and teachers to farmers and engineers. The joy of music is the common thread of this group.”
     Voorhees said the band meets every Tuesday during the semester, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Southeastern band room of the Pottle Music Building Annex. Individuals interested in joining can e-mail Voorhees at The band is open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. 

Southeastern Fishing Club moves on to regional tournamentSoutheastern Fishing Club   
For Southeastern students Austin Crowson and Andrew Cavell, studies in their industrial technology curriculum come first.
     But fishing comes in a strong second place.
     Most people don’t associate fishing with a university. But with one group of Southeastern students, bass fishing is a serious hobby that’s earning cash for a student organization and the university.
     The Southeastern Bass Fishing Club finished fifth in the National Guard FLW College Fishing bass tournament earlier this year. That effort qualified the club for the regional tournament scheduled Oct. 13-15 at Somerville Lake north of Houston.
     Austin Crowson of Livingston and Andrew Cavell of Baton Rouge are the two club members who will represent Southeastern at the regional tournament, which is being sponsored by Texas A&M University. Both are juniors majoring in industrial technology and have enjoyed fishing since they were young.
      “I’ve fished before in some smaller bass tournaments, but never one like this; it was all new to us,” said Crowson.
     Their fifth-place finish earned the duo $2,000, which was split between the university and the Bass Fishing Club. Winners of the upcoming tournament will receive $12,500 and a new Ranger bass boat. The students’ school would also receive $12,500 in an unrestricted donation.
      “The success of these two young men so far and the opportunity to participate in a much larger tournament is exciting,” said Jonathan Ambrose, director of the Southeastern Student Union and adviser to the club. “We’re looking forward to them bringing home more awards in the future.”
     Crowson and Cavell, who both work at Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs, hope their success will eventually grow the club.
      “In the next couple of years we want to expand the club. Right now we’re just trying to get a feel for it to see if it is something other students would want to do,” said Cavell. “There are more tournament series that we will compete in to help us get situated, and hopefully generate more interest.”
     The championship will be televised worldwide Dec. 18 on Versus.
      “It’s going to be a tough competition,” says Crowson. “This is a three-day tournament; the earlier tournament was only one day. We are eager to find a pattern and stay in it for three days.”

Above: Members of the Southeastern Bass Fishing Club look over maps in preparation for their upcoming tournament in Somerville Lake near Houston. From left are students Austin Crowson of Colyell, Andrew Cavell, Alan Langlois, and Billy Smoth III of Baton Rouge, and club adviser Jonathan Ambrose.

Annual Homecoming Door Decorating Contest announced   
The traditional Homecoming door decorating contest will once again be held during Homecoming Week, Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. This year’s theme is “Roomie Takes a Road Trip.” Doors should be based on this theme in some way in the presentation.
     Prizes are compliments of the Southeastern Alumni Association and will be presented to the winning departments. The prizes will be gift certificates from Aramark.
First Prize is $100.00
Second Prize is $75.00
Third Prize is $50.00
     Displays must remain in place on the door throughout Homecoming Week, Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. They will be judged by noon on Monday, Oct. 31. Winners will be announced at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Gumbo Ya Ya. This contest is restricted to campus departments.
     For an application to register a door or for more information, call the Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities at 549-2233 or visit Student Union, room 110. Please remember the deadline to register doors is Friday, Oct. 28, by 12:30 p.m.

Call for Presentations   
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the showcase of student research, creative, and scholarly activity.
     The university-wide, open-house, non-competitive event will provide a venue for display of such products as conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. Participants are invited to include current work, as well as work completed at Southeastern in previous semesters.
     Although there will be no formal oral presentations, the student investigators and artists, and if feasible, their faculty advisors, will be present for at least one to two hours during the course of the three-hour open house to discuss displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     Faculty are welcome to display and accompany work by former Southeastern student collaborators. Faculty are also welcome to display and distribute recruiting materials for undergraduate and graduate student opportunities in research, creative, and scholarly work.
     In the event of space limitation, a higher priority will be given to student displays in the main arena. Please download the form from the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs web page at to register as a participant in this exciting event. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Phi Kappa Phi news   
Quiz Bowl
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will host the 10th anniversary Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, November 1 from 2- 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The tournament will feature faculty and student teams vying for trophies and cash prizes.
     Further information and the registration form are available at the chapter website The registration form and $25 registration fee are is due by Wednesday, October 26. For more information, contact Dr. Joan Faust at

General Membership Meeting
The Fall General Membership Meeting of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in room 223 of the Student Union. Current faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend.

Wine Tasting to benefit Southeastern’s Library     
The group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its third annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.
     Library Director Eric Johnson said the event, held at the library, will feature six wines paired with samplings of food, live music, and a silent auction. Wines will be introduced by area wine experts.
     “FoSL is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library,” Johnson said. “Funds generated by FoSL are used to supplement the library’s annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs, lectures, author readings and signings, and other special events. All funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from area businesses.”
     Tickets are $35 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
     For tickets or more information about the wine tasting, contact Julie Durel at 549-3962 or To become a FoSL member, call Janie Branham at 549-2186. 

Seminar for student teachers scheduled   
A mid-term seminar covering different topics on students and the classroom will be held for Southeastern student teachers Oct. 12 from 9 - 11 a.m. in the KIVA. The seminar will feature three speakers followed by “Minute to Win It” games. For more information, contact Tiffany Martin, president of the Student Teacher Advisory Council at

Southeastern Channel to re-run candidates forums   
The Southeastern Channel, the educational broadcast unit of Southeastern, will run House and Senate candidates’ forums recently held on campus through Oct. 21, the day before the elections.
     The forums, which were sponsored by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Southeastern Student Government Association,  will air at the following times: Mondays, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, noon; Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, noon; Fridays, 6:30 a.m., Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.
     Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said the re-broadcast of the House forum will run through Oct. 11, while the Senate forum will air Oct. 12-19. Both forums will run Oct. 19-21.
     The forums can also be viewed via the Internet at
     The Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. 

Southeastern in the news


Daily Star
Provision unfair to higher education (letter to the editor)

BR Advocate
SLU Fanfare continues with play, lecture, film
KSLU joins college radio celebration

Campus Compact news   
Youth Service America (YSA) will convene the 8th annual Youth Service Institute in Philadelphia, PA on October 24-26.
     As YSA’s signature training event, the Youth Service Institute is an opportunity for YSA’s grantees and partners to come together for three days to be inspired, network with others in the youth engagement field, share best practices and great ideas, learn how to implement high quality service and service-learning programs, and prepare for Semester of Service and Global Youth Service Day.
     This year’s YSI will also kick-off a year of celebrating YSA’s 25th anniversary.

Faculty Excellence news   
The Center for Faculty Excellence recently sponsored a faculty contest for the most creative Constitution Day classroom activity. These lessons were presented during the week of September 17. We had some excellent submissions from a variety of disciplines, including Computer Science and Industrial Technology, Kinesiology and Health Studies, Biological Sciences, and Management and Business Administration.
     Congratulations to our winner, Adrienne Stroble. Her lesson “Where Does It Say That In The Constitution?” presented in MGMT 475 received the highest score from our reviewers. Adrienne will receive a $200 enhancement grant from the Center.
     Thanks to Adrienne and all the contributors for helping Southeastern celebrate Constitution Day.

This Week in Athletics   

The Southeastern football, volleyball and women’s soccer teams will all compete in Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (1-4, 0-2 Southland) will return to action after a week off. Southeastern travels to Northwestern State for a 6 p.m. contest on Saturday. The Lions-Demons contest will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern volleyball team (4-19, 0-6 Southland) will also be searching for its first league win this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions head to UTSA for a 7 p.m. match. Southeastern travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday.
     The Lady Lion women’s soccer team (8-4-1, 2-2 Southland) will close out its three-match home stand on Sunday. Southeastern hosts Southland and in-state foe Nicholls State at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.
Thursday, Oct. 13
Volleyball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Saturday, Oct. 15
Football, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Volleyball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Sunday, Oct. 16
Women’s Soccer, vs. Nicholls State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities   
Dr. Cliff Fontenot’s (Biology) research on the effect of hurricanes and flooding on the snake community of the Manchac area will be featured on National Geographic Channel’s Nat Geo Wild, Python Hunters: Bayou Roadtrip episode

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