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Southeastern business major Olivia Ruby of Mandeville has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2012.
Ruby received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2011 Garielle Palma, also from Mandeville, at the annual pageant Saturday (Oct. 15) at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
A freshman, Ruby also received the Evening Gown Award, the Lifestyle and Fitness Award and tied with Bethany Putnam of Mandeville for the Interview Award.
First runner up was Putnam, a freshman vocal performance major. Putnam also received the Miss Congeniality Award, the “People’s Choice” Award, and tied in the pageant’s talent award for her vocal performance “Almost There” from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”
Jennifer Jarreau of Denham Springs, a sophomore middle school education major, was second runner-up. She tied with Putnam in the talent competition for her jazz dance performed to Annie Lennox’s “Wonderful.”
Third runner up was freshman kinesiology major Averi Harris of Slidell.
Lexi Corsentino, a freshman mass communications and journalism major from Baton Rouge, was the recipient of the Miracle Maker Award for her fund raising efforts in connection with the Miss America Pageant’s charity, the Children’s Miracle Network.
Ruby will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.
1) Southeastern Louisiana University’s new Miss Southeastern, Olivia Ruby of Mandeville, waves to the crowd after receiving her crown Saturday night.
2) Award winners in the pageant included, from left, Jennifer Jarreau, second runner-up, Miss Southeastern 2012 Olivia Ruby, Bethany Putnam, first runner-up, and Averi Harris, third runner-up. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss American pageant system.
Above: Southeastern’s Fanfare will present actor and comedian Larry Miller in “Cocktails with Larry Miller” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Photo of Larry Miller provided by Colette Blonigan.
Homecoming Court 2011 announced
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2011 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 31- Nov 5.
Chosen as members of the queen court were seniors Tivonsheia Broussard, New Orleans; Ashley Gertsen, Metairie; Grace Gilbreath, Spanish Fort, Ala.; Keturah Green, Baton Rouge; and Erika Payton, Sorrento; junior Jacy Carpenter, O’Fallen, Ill.; and sophomore Heather Hand, Denham Springs.
Members of the beau court are seniors M.J. Ahmad, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Shannon Grover, LaPlace; Kragen Lewis, Natchitoches; Edson Pierre, New Orleans; and Casey Thomas; Ponchatoula; and juniors Jordan Leggett, Slidell and Jeremy Miller, Baton Rouge.
The 2011 queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Sam Houston State on Homecoming Day, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
The court also will participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo Ya Ya on Nov. 2, the bonfire and pep rally on Nov. 3, and the 3:30 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.
1) Seven Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2011 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 31-Nov. 5. Chosen as members of the queen’s court were, from left, front, Keturah Green, Erika Payton, and Tivonsheia Broussard. Back, from left, Jacy Carpenter, Heather Hand, Grace Gilbreath, and Ashley Gertsen.
2) Members of Southeastern’s 2011 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Kragen Lewis, Casey Thomas, and Jeremy Miller. Back, from left, Shannon Grover, M.J. Ahmad, Jordan Leggett and Edson Pierre.
Above: Southeastern Dance Professor Martie Fellom will present “The Firebird” on October 20 and 21 at Vonnie Borden Theatre. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the concert is free and will last approximately one hour. Fellom said “The Phoenix Rising,” the image courtesy of Marina Petro of Saratoga Springs, New York, captures the essence of the new version of “The Firebird.”
The Southeastern Wind Symphony will make its highly anticipated return to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Led by Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger, the Wind Symphony is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed wind bands in the southern United States. This concert marks the only appearance of the Wind Symphony in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre this season.
The concert will include a variety of extraordinary works for wind band, including the Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams, Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from the opera “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner, the wildly popular Bayou Breakdown by Brant Karrick, and Yosemite Autumn by Mark Camphouse. Central to the program will be the latest creative masterwork by composer Michael Daugherty, “Lost Vegas,” a tribute to the bygone days of the Rat Pack and the historic Vegas strip. Also on the program will be “The Seal Lullaby,” a new work by award winning composer Eric Whitacre.
Joining the ensemble will be classical music virtuoso Richard Hoenich, former principal bassoonist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. After a decade with the MSO, Hoenich was appointed director of Orchestral Studies and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As one of America’s most respected orchestral conductors, he was subsequently appointed associate conductor of the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Hoenich will join Southeastern’s elite instrumentalists in a performance of Pulitzer-nominated composer Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble, an impressive showcase for the instrument that first premiered in 2002.
During his visit to Southeastern, Hoenich will collaborate in master class workshops, private lessons, and lectures with members of the Wind Symphony, including the ensemble’s top bassoonists, freshman Christian Harris, junior Gerald Nixon, and sophomore Ryan Rome.
Admission for the Wind Symphony Concert is $10 general seating, $5 for faculty and seniors, and free for all students with ID. Doors to the Columbia Theatre will open at 6:45 p.m., and tickets are available in advance at the Columbia box office, or at the door. For more information about tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.
Louisiana is known for its love affair with sports and really good food. The fifth annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off will once again combine these two objects of affection to raise funds for Southeastern student-athletes during tailgating on Oct. 22.
As part of this new Southeastern tradition, tailgaters will have the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills prior to the Lions football game versus Texas State at 7 p.m.
“This is a fun way to encourage tailgating in support of the Lions and mixing and mingling in Friendship Circle,” said John Roberts, president of the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). “As student-athletes, we’re proud to present this annual event and truly appreciate the financial support it provides for SAAC’s community engagement and service projects.”
There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef. The registration form will be available for download from the SAAC page on the Lions Athletics website at www.lionsports.net. Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to bring spoons and however much gumbo they’re willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
The public is invited to taste the gumbo at the various “Gumbo Tailgating Tasting Stations” around Friendship Circle and “vote” for their favorites by stuffing coins and bills in designated “voting jars” at each site. “Voting” will be open from noon until 6:15 p.m.
The voting jar with the most money will win the 2011 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally, a Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples from each of the participating tailgate sites.
Both winners will be announced at half time of the football game and will receive Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
Tailgaters have until Oct. 19 to register. The contest is open to any group, whether or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call 985-549-5466.
All funds raised benefit SAAC, which has adopted the cook-off as its annual signature fund-raising event.
The student organization will also host a Washers Tournament as a separate fund-raiser in Friendship Circle during Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off tailgating. Entry is $10 per two-person team for the single elimination bracket, 21-point game format. Winners will receive a customized set of Southeastern washer boards and t-shirts. To sign up, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 21.
Above: Jimmy Rogers, right, Florida Parishes Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presents the Seven Seals Award to Southeastern President John L. Crain in recognition of the university’s support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve units.
Richard Collin collection unveiled
The addition of a large collection of books, papers, and music CDs valued at approximately $100,000 from the estate of the late Richard Collin of New Orleans has been announced by Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library.
At a formal dedication ceremony Thursday, Library Director Eric Johnson said the collection from Collin, a former UNO history professor best known as New Orleans’ “Underground Gourmet” for his books and newspaper columns, includes more than 4,000 books on history, art, music and popular culture and 500 opera and vocal CDs. Also included are Collin’s collection of books and papers associated with President Theodore Roosevelt, an area of history in which he specialized.
The collection came to Southeastern by way of Collin’s friends Phyllis Mayronne of New Orleans and Michael Ledet, an artist and book designer who moved to Hammond just before Hurricane Katrina.
Ledet, a member of the executive board of the organization Friends of Sims Library, said he first met Collin in 1968 as a student taking a history course at what was then LSUNO. Later he became friends with Collin and his wife, the late Rima Drell Reck, who taught comparative literature at UNO.
“He was an eccentric, sweet man, an intellectual in every sense of the word,” said Ledet. “He was my best friend for 45 years.”
Even after Collin moved to Birmingham following Katrina, Ledet continued to visit, and as Collin became ill, the two agreed that Southeastern would be an excellent home for much of his collection.
The event also included the dedication of a stained glass art piece that hangs in the library’s lobby. Called “Chaos of a Collector,” the piece was created by Hammond artist Jerry Hymel and depicts stylized books in Collin’s memory.
A special exhibit highlighting Collin’s life and career with samples from the collection is on display in the Library lobby.
Above: Standing next to the stained glass piece “Chaos of a Collector” at the dedication of the Richard Collin Collection in Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library are, from left, Michael Ledet and Phyllis Mayronne, friends of the late history professor, artist Jerry Hymel, and Library Director Eric Johnson.
Fanfare announces House of Blues Exhibit winners
Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual fall arts festival, has again joined with the International House of Blues Foundation and its Blues School House Program to sponsor an art competition for local school children.
The competition is designed to inspire students in grades 5-12 to use recycled or “found” materials to create artwork depicting significant events that shape their lives and world. The students’ art is on display in the lobby of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in Hammond and can be viewed from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through Oct. 31.
Participating artists have been invited to a special program at the House of Blues in New Orleans for a guided folk art tour and a live music presentation on the history of the blues.
The 2011 International House of Blues Foundation art competition winners are:
Fifth grade – Ashton Adcot, Mandeville Middle School, first; Destiny Grass, Lake Harbor Middle School, second; Bailey Wycoff, Mandeville Middle School, third.
Sixth grade – Seth Martin, Mandeville Middle School, first; Christian Welks, Mandeville Middle School, second; Kayleigh Benefiel, Sumner Middle School, third.
Seventh grade – Travis Moral,Westside Beyond Gifted School, first; Jordan Holmes, Madisonville Junior High, second; Olivia MeHaffey, Madisonville Junior High School, third.
Eighth grade – Audry Hotard, Madisonville Junior High School, first; Sarah Alford, Trafton Adacemy, second; Madi Shoemake, Madisonville Junior High School, third.
Ninth grade – Milee Lee, Lakeshore High School, first; Elizabeth Kelly, Lakeshore High School, second; Kelly Geno, Lakeshore High School, third.
Tenth grade – Kara Lee Ainsworth, Lakeshore High School, first; Abbigail Monlezun, Covington High School, second; Katie May Taylor, Lakeshore High School, third.
Eleventh Grade – Rebekah Day, Archbishop Hannan High School, first; Darby Murphy, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, second; Sara Gambel, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, third.
Twelfth Grade – Terrance Collins, Lakeshore High School, first; Kristina Givens, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, second; Maria Alphonso, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, third.
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Financial Strategies for Retirement (Three Thursdays beginning Nov. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This class covers important money management concepts and issues that are important to people at or near retirement, including how to reduce pressures on your retirement income, how to make appropriate health care decisions, especially who will provide care, where you will live and how you will pay for your health care. The cost is $49.
ACT Test Preparation (Five Thursdays beginning Nov. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $275.
Property and Casualty Insurance Pre-licensing (Fridays and Saturdays beginning Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
This 40-hour class is presented by the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services and is designed to prepare the student for the state exam and to provide a good education for a career in insurance. The cost is $230, including materials.
Introduction to Stained Glass (Tuesday nights beginning Nov. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Students will learn the methods and tools required to complete a stained glass panel to take home in copper foil or Tiffany style from Gene Duvic, a fifteen year veteran of the art. The cost is $150, including tools and supplies.
ACT Test Preparation (Five Thursdays beginning Nov. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The maximum number of students per session is 15. If paid and registered one week prior to start of class, students will receive ACT prep book at no additional cost. The cost is $250.
The Southeastern football, volleyball, soccer and tennis teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (1-5, 0-3 Southland) return home on Saturday to host Texas State. Saturday’s game will be dedicated to raising Breast Cancer Awareness, as the Southeastern Sports Marketing Association and the Susan G. Komen For the Cure – Baton Rouge partners to sponsor the Tackle for the Cure promotion. A silent auction will be held to raise funds for breast cancer research, while Southeastern will hold pregame tailgate festivities for breast cancer survivors and their families.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net, where a live video stream will also be available. The Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18) will also air the game on a tape delay.
The Southeastern women’s soccer team (9-4-1, 3-2 Southland) will hit the road for the final time in 2011 this week. The Lady Lions open the week on Friday with a 7 p.m. match at Stephen F. Austin. On Sunday, Southeastern will be in Huntsville, Texas for a 1 p.m. match with Sam Houston State.
The Lady Lion volleyball team (4-21, 0-8 Southland) will also be on the road for a pair of Southland matches this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions head to Nicholls for a 7 p.m. match. Southeastern will be in Huntsville, Texas on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match at Sam Houston State.
The Southeastern women’s tennis team will be in action for the second time this fall. Head coach Jason Hayes’ squad will compete in the UWF Invite, which runs from Friday through Sunday in Pensacola, Fla.
Tuesday, October 19
Volleyball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 7 p.m.*
Friday, October 21
Women’s Soccer, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Invite, Pensacola, Fla., All Day
Saturday, October 22
Football, vs. Texas State, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
Volleyball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Invite, Pensacola, Fla., All Day
Sunday, October 23
Women’s Soccer, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Invite, Pensacola, Fla., All Day
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
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