ByLion -- October 17


Miss Southeastern 2012 crowned

Fanfare's final week

Homecoming Court 2011 announced

"The Firebird" takes flight Oct. 20 & 21

Wind Symphony in concert Thursday

Gumbo Day Cook-off set for Oct. 22

Southeastern recognized for military support

Richard Collin collection unveiled

House of Blues contest winners announced

Sociology students take field trip

Library training program profiled in newsletter

PPR Training for Supervisors

Gamma Beta Phi recognized

Wine tasting for library

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Miss Southeastern 2012 crowned   

1)Olivia Ruby is crowned Miss Southeastern 20122)Miss Southeastern 2012 winners

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.

Fanfare’s final weekLarry Miller photo by Colette Blonigan   
A “ghoulish” chamber concert, an incredible actor/comedian, readings in prose and poetry and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October-long arts festival.
     “Fanfare is entering its final week, but there is no shortage of great events to experience,” said Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Interim Director C. Roy Blackwood.  “Aside from the always terrific lectures and readings, everyone can anticipate a very special cocktail party with actor, comedian Larry Miller, and a concert by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, featuring magnificent music, as well as a Halloween costume contest.”
     Fanfare’s fourth week begins on Monday, Oct. 24, with a concert that combines the vocal talents of Southeastern’s Alissa Rowe and David Bernard. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., the free concert features an evening of stirring vocal solos and duos. Their repertoire will include selections by Debussy, Heggie, Mozart, Gounod, and Donizetti, as well as favorites by Sondheim and Lloyd Webber.
     On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present “Cocktails with Larry Miller.” With over 50 film appearances, including “Pretty Woman,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “The Princess Diaries,” Miller takes to the stage in his new one-man show that has been described as “two parts comedy and one part theater with a dash of music and a twist of truth.”
     Tickets range from $38 to $44 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond, 985-543-4371 or on line at
     Fanfare’s Then and Now Lecture series concludes Oct. 31 with the “More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture” by History and Political Science Department Head William Robison. He will present “The Evil Draught: Poisons, Potions and Preparations in History” at 11 a.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Robison will discuss the role, real and imagined, of deadly poisons, magical potions, quack medicines and other preparations in history.
     Also on Oct. 31, the Chamber Orchestra will also present a Halloween concert at Columbia Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Under the baton of Yakov Voldman, the concert will feature a “ghoulish” concoction of classical favorites and fun, including a Halloween costume contest and candy.
General admission is $10, $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff and senior citizens, and patrons under 18. College students with university I.D. are admitted free.
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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.
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1)Homecoming Court 20112)Homecoming Beau Court 2011

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.

Southeastern Dance presents “The Firebird” October 20 and 21The Phoenix Rising   
 “The Firebird,” a performance directed by Southeastern Fine and Performing Arts Professor Martie Fellom, will be presented Oct. 20 and 21 in Vonnie Borden Theatre as part of Fanfare, the university’s annual celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. 
     The free 7:30 p.m. program features a fresh story, written by English faculty member Alan Marsh, as well as performances showcasing the choreography of four Southeastern students. Last spring Fellom said she asked Marsh to write a new story of “The Firebird,” one that was uplifting and unlike the traditional Russian tale with princesses, a prince, and the evil magician Kaschei.
      “Mr. Marsh wrote a story that takes place in a world of birds, and his story is the basis for the performance,” said Fellom, who serves as the Woman’s Hospital Endowed Professor in the Humanities. “I also selected four Southeastern students to choreograph the production. Each has been working diligently on creating and designing movements for their bird characters in the story.”  
     In the story, Fellom added, there is an actor who appears intermittently throughout the production, observing and reciting famous quotes thousands of years old.
     Choreographers for the production include Kaleigh Brandt of Slidell, Ashli Tallo of Hammond, and Giara Major and Diamond Williams of Baton Rouge.
     The Crows was choreographed by Tallo and includes dancers Brandt, Katherine Brown of Springfield, Denee’ Johnson of Baton Rouge, Major, Brittney Terrell of Bogalusa, and Erica Tricou of Hammond.
     Brandt choreographed the Owls, and includes Millenique Brown of Belle Chase, Averi Harris of Slidell, Sarah Hill of Pearl River and Tallo as dancers.
     The Vultures, choreographed by Major, provide comic relief for the production and include Darian Bourgeois of Folsom, Sarah Gregoire of Baton Rouge, Stephanie Hughes of New Orleans, Destiny Levert of Denham Springs, Shaina-Lin Lewis of Mount Hermon, Darby Murphy of Hammond, and Amanda Tracy of Denham Springs.
     Choreographed by Williams, the Doves include Brandi Kenworthey of Abita Springs, Ashanti McLaurin of Hammond, Leah Reeb of Slidell, and Katherine Sharp of Hammond.
Fellom added that while the music for the production is the original 1910 music by Igor Stravinsky, she asked Southeastern student Stevan Ban of Terrytown to create music for the prologue.
     Also assisting in the production are Ellen Lipkos, technical director of Pottle Muisc Building Auditorium, lighting design; Artie Fellom Gautier, costume design; and Southeastern students Laura Moore of Hammond and Allegra Weldon of Ponchatoula, who assisted with videography.
For additional information about The Firebird, contact Fellom at 985-549-2133.

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.”

Wind Symphony in concert Thursday   

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.

Game Day Gumbo Cook-off set for Oct. 22   

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 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 or by Oct. 21.

Southeastern recognized for support of National Guard, Military ReservistsSoutheastern recognized for support of National Guard, Military Reservists   

Southeastern has been honored with the Seven Seals Award presented by the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of the university’s support of employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve units.
     Jimmy Rogers, Florida Parishes chair of the ESGR, presented the award to Southeastern President John L. Crain at a recent meeting of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce. Rogers commended the university for “doing all the right things in support of members of the military at Southeastern who have been called up for active duty.”
     The Seven Seals Award is the second highest award of the state ESGR committee and is presented to employers who demonstrate the highest levels of support for service members. An agency of the Department of Defense, ESGR is focused on gaining and maintaining employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support and educating employers regarding the rights, responsibilities and best practices regarding employment of National Guard and Reserve members.
      “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units,” Rogers said. “We recognize the outstanding support Southeastern offers to its employees who may be called up for active duty.”                                                                                             
    “Southeastern sincerely appreciates this honor,” said Crain. “Over the last 10 years, we have seen a number of our faculty and staff, as well as students, called upon to serve their country through deployments in the National Guard and Reserve units. We are always eager to welcome them back at the completion of their duty.”
     This is the second military award presented to Southeastern in recent weeks. Last month the university was named a “Military Friendly School” by “G.I. Jobs” magazine. Only 20 percent of universities, colleges and trade schools earned the designation.

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 unveiledRichard 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.
Sociology Students Take Sustainability Field Trip   Sociology students take field trip
On October 10, students from Dr. David Burley’s Environmental Sociology class (SOC 360) and Dr. Anna Kleiner’s Urban Sociology class (SOC 455/555) got a first-hand look at the environmental sustainability projects taking place in the 9th Ward and Holy Cross neighborhoods in New Orleans. Their tour guide was Darryl Malek-Wiley, community organizer for Holy Cross Neighborhood Association and environmental justice coordinator for the Sierra Club.
     They toured the LEED certified homes being built by Global Green, an organization that has hosted Southeastern Sociology interns. The students also observed the restoration efforts in Bayou Bienvenue and its importance to the sustainability of the community. They also toured the homes built by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation.
     Finally, the students visited Our School at Blair Grocery, an urban agriculture school for local at-risk youth, where founder Nat Turner discussed issues of food justice, food security and growing sustainably-produced food for the community as a form of community building, youth empowerment, and job creation.
     Drs. Burley and Kleiner continue to offer this experience for future students in their sociology courses.
Sims Library computer training program featured in national newsletter   
A project designed to provide basic computer training and instruction to area elderly residents by staff at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library is featured in this month’s newsletter of the National Library of Medicine.
     Senior CHAT (Consumer Health Awareness Training) was a nine-month long program designed to help seniors improve their health information literacy and promote better health outcomes. The project was funded by a grant from the National Network/Libraries of Medicine South Central Region and was offered in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Parish Voluntary Council on Aging.
     The project was featured in the national newsletter along with several others from the South Central Region.
     Southeastern librarians Mary Lou Strong, Jean Caswell Badeau and Ladonna Guillot conducted two Senior Consumer Health Awareness Training sessions over two six-week periods for 25 participants each during the fall and spring semesters. The course included basic computer and Internet-access training and then introduced participants to informative health sites, including those sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging. Participants also completed a personal health profile, which was transferred to a flash drive for portability.
     “A lack of access to accurate medical information among seniors was identified by the medical community following Hurricane Katrina,” said Strong. “Our goal is to help seniors access the vast amount of good, accurate medical information that is available from reliable sources on the Internet.”
PPR Training for Supervisors   
There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. Offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, the session will be held Tuesday, October 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Office Conference room.  
     To register for this program, email Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration is requested for this class.
Gamma Beta Phi recognized at state caucus, national convention   
Southeastern Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society was recognized recently at the Louisiana State Caucus and the national convention in Orlando with numerous awards and appointments.
    For the second year, the chapter was recognized as an exemplary chapter, marking it as the top chapter in the society nation-wide; and, for the third consecutive year, the Southeastern Chapter’s scrapbook took first place in the nation.
     At the state caucus, several members were voted into elected positions, including Jasmine Jaskson as state president; Christy Hutchison-Whited as state vice-president; and Tim Reling as state secretary-treasurer. Local chapter advisor Jackie Dale Thomas was elected to serve her 23rd year as state advisor, and will serve as president-elect of the National Executive Committee (NEC), the 12-member board that governs the national honor society. Southeastern Housing Area Coordinator Amanda Robbins was elected to serve on the NEC as the alternate advisor member, while local chapter president Whited was elected to be the student representative alternate.
     Additionally, Whited received the Dr. Aaron Todd Certificate of Merit for outstanding service on all levels. This is the highest award presented by national to an individual.
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. 
Southeastern in the news
Game Day Gumbo Cook-off Set

Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern delivers brilliant Pirates of Penzance

Cook-off benefits university athletics

Smart Planet
Using physics to answer life’s impossible questions;content
Trash collection goes high tech to promote recycling

BR Advocate
Muslims no longer invisible in U.S., panelist says
SLU’s Fanfare arts festival continues
9 students compete for Miss SLU crown

Extended Studies news   
ACT Test Preparation
(Five Mondays beginning Oct. 31, 5 to7 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 $250.

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.


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

This Week in Athletics   

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, 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

Professional activities   

Dr. Rakesh Duggal (Accounting and Finance) and Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) had their paper, “Capital Structure Shifts and Recession: An Empirical Investigation” accepted for publication by the Journal of Business & Economics Research.
     Francis Broussard (English) showed a film and gave the first of six talks on Louisiana and local archaeology on Oct. 6 at the Cassidy Park Indian Museum in Bogalusa, LA. The remaining talks are as follows: Oct. 13: Black Elk Speaks: Inside the Native American Mind; Oct. 20: Visionary and Shaman; Oct 27: Cosmology of the Southeastern Native Americans; Nov. 3: A Southeastern Hero Myth; Nov. 10: Linda Hogan’s Novel Power.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) gave an invited talk titled “The Effect of Many-body Interactions on the Physical Adsorption on Carbon-based Systems,” in an international workshop “Adsorption at the Nanoscale: A New Frontier in Fundamental Science and Applications” held in Columbia, MO, in September. She also served as a session chair in the workshop.
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) and chemistry major Bijay Bhattarai published the paper “Al(CN)3−6 and Al(NC)3−6 trianions” in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. The paper can be accessed at
     Dr. Samuel Hyde (History and Political Science/Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies) has been invited to serve as guest editor for a special edition of the Florida Historical Quarterly highlighting hemispheric freedom movements that contributed to the demise of colonialism in the Americas. He will contribute an article to the volume as well that details precedents of regional revolution. In recent weeks, Hyde has also been selected to serve as history editor for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ KnowLa series and served as a panelist in a political forum sponsored by radio station WHMD that featured candidates for parish president and regional state representative seats. He has also been tapped to serve on the Louisiana Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force by the Lt. Governor’s office.

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