ByLion--October 24


Business Perspectives Week

Edwin Edwards to speak Nov. 2

Chamber Orchestra in concert Oct. 31

Fall Carnival, Trick-or-Treat Oct. 31

Student wins state piano competition

Students receive SPALS scholarships

Social justice speaker set for Nov. 2

Students honored for yearbook, newspaper

Basics of the Basin Conference

Homecoming Postcard Contest

Southeastern in the news

NSSLHA to host yard sale

Honors Program awards

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern schedules Business Perspectives Oct. 24-27    Business Perspectives Week
Guest speakers from a variety of business and business-related fields will share their experiences with Southeastern students during the College of Business’s annual Business Perspectives event Oct. 24-27.
     “The week-long Business Perspectives program provides our students with invaluable insight into leadership, professionalism and character,” said Randall Settoon, dean of the College of Business. “Annually, business and community leaders from across the region are invited to campus to share their wisdom and insight on leadership with the students, our future leaders.  We are thrilled to have such outstanding individuals visit during Business Perspectives.”
     The event is sponsored by First Guaranty Bank, and featured speakers include small business owners and experts in fields such as human resources, accounting, banking, real estate development, and telecommunications.
     Presentations are open to students, faculty, and community members on a space available basis. More information can be found on the college’s web site,

Above: First Guaranty Bank demonstrates its support for Southeastern’s annual Business Perspectives event, scheduled Oct. 24-27 at the College of Business. Randall Settoon, dean of the College of Business, accepts a $5,000 check from the bank in support of the event. From left are, First Guaranty President and Chief Lending Officer Michael Sharp; Rick Simpson, head of the Southeastern Department of Accounting and Finance; Settoon; First Guaranty Chief Executive Officer Alton Lewis; and Credit Department Manager Randy Vicknair.

Columbia Theatre to present “An Evening with Edwin Edwards”Edwin W. Edwards   
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present “An Evening with Edwin Edwards” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:45 p.m.
     Patrons can purchase a ticket for a cocktail reception and book signing to be held in the theatre’s Conference Center prior to the 6:30 p.m. lecture.
     The former four-term governor of Louisiana, Edwards has garnered significant media attention lately since his release from prison and recent marriage. He will share his experiences in prison and address his latest book with Leo Honeycutt. He will also speak about the accomplishments during his administrations, focusing on education, culture, and various pieces of legislation.
     “No one is neutral in their opinion of this veteran of Louisiana’s highest office. Gov. Edwards’ colorful career is as fascinating as his famous wit, challenging experiences and insightful perspectives,” said C. Roy Blackwood, Columbia Theatre interim director. “Ever the politician, he can charm the butter off your toast just as he successfully guided our state through some challenging times. Come enjoy an evening with this Louisiana Legend. You won’t be sorry.”
     Tickets are $50 for the cocktail reception, book signing and lecture and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Tickets for the lecture only are $35. Patrons may also get tickets online at

Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to offer Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ concert with a twist   Chamber Orchestra in concert Oct. 31
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present a “spooktacular and ghoulish” concoction of classical favorites and fun in its fall concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
     The Halloween concert will be held in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond and will feature the music of Tchaikovsky, Webber, Kern, Mussorgsky, along with other composers. Yakov Voldman, professor of violin and director of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, will conduct the orchestra. Hammond’s own Johnny Chauvin from Northshore Broadcasting will serve as master of ceremonies.
     Voldman said audience members are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes to participate in a contest. Separate prizes will be awarded for best costume for those 12 and younger and those 13 and older. The prizes will be presented near the end of the concert, and orchestra members will hand out “Trick-or-Treat” candy in the lobby following the event.
     Baritone David Bernard, assistant professor of voice, will perform “Ol’ Man River” and “Mephistopheles’ Serenade.”
     Bernard, who participated in the Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera where he made his debut, has sung under the baton of many world renowned conductors, as well as singing with opera companies and symphonies throughout the United States and the Far East. He has been heard in “Live from the Met” broadcasts on PBS and National Public Radio.
     Four Southeastern students will perform the first movement of Philip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet. Featured will be senior soprano saxophonist Vitalie Gumeniuc of the Republic of Moldova; senior alto saxophonist Durand Jones of Darrow; junior tenor saxophonist Zakkary Garner of Natalbany; and sophomore baritone saxophonist Jonathan Lyons of Ponchatoula.
     The orchestra will also perform selections from “A Night on Bald Mountain,” The Phantom of the Opera,” “Neapolitan Dance,” “Hungarian Dance” and “Waltz” from Swan Lake Suite, and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite. 
     Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, which is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Patrons under 18 and Southeastern students with student identification are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.

Fall Carnival to include Trick or Treat on Greek Street   
Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern’s 7th annual Fall Carnival Monday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. Monday also officially kicks off Homecoming Week for the university.
     The university’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs and the Black Student Union are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat on Greek Street, which is coordinated by the Office of Greek Life.
     Both events are scheduled at Southeastern’s Greek Village, located at 1500 North General Pershing on Southeastern’s north campus.
      “This is our annual service effort,” said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. “Our goal is to provide all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a carnival atmosphere.”
     Summers said both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, face painting, pizza, drinks and much more.
     Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. Parking will be available in the University Center lot south of the entrance to Greek Village. For more information, call 549-3850 or email

Southeastern student wins state piano competitionLillia Oliinyk   
A Southeastern piano performance major, Lillia Oliinyk, won the Louisiana state round of the 2011-12 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition on Saturday (Oct. 15).
     Oliinyk, a senior from the Ukraine who studies under Southeastern Associate Professor of Piano Kenneth Boulton, was the unanimous choice of the judges in the competition held at LSU. The field included competitors from universities throughout the state. She will progress to the South Central Regional Round to be held at the University of Texas at Austin in January.
      “Liliia exhibits all the qualities we hope for, but only rarely encounter in a student,” said Boulton. “Her talent as a pianist is exceeded only by her keen musical intelligence, independence and fierce motivation. I believe she has a very promising career ahead of her.”
     A graduate of Kherson Music College in the Ukraine where she won numerous awards and honors prior to coming to Southeastern, Oliinyk was the grand prize winner of the 2009 DeBose National Piano Competition held in Baton Rouge. She placed second in the 2009 Rapides Young Artist Concerto Competition in Alexandria. At Southeastern she has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.

Southeastern students awarded scholarships from SPALS    
   Courtney Montreuil             Hannah Pitre

      Courtney Montreuil                                Hannah Pitre

Two Southeastern graduate students have been awarded scholarships from Speech Pathologists and Audiologists in Louisiana Schools (SPALS), a state organization of professionals who work with students with communication disorders.
     Courtney Montreuil of New Orleans and Hannah Pitre of Houma will each receive a $1,500 scholarship from the organization at the SPALS conference on Friday (Oct. 21) in Baton Rouge. Both are second-year graduate students in Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program and hold 4.0 grade point averages.
      “It is always an honor when one of our students is recognized by an outside organization such as SPALS,” said Lillian Stiegler, professor and graduate coordinator for the CS&D program. “It is truly unusual to have two students from the same institution recognized with this scholarship. They have earned these honors through dedication to their profession and the work they do with clients and other students.”
     Montreuil is currently involved in an on-campus clinical practicum and is participating in a service and research project with children with autism. She will be presenting the results of her work at the upcoming American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in San Diego, Calif. Montreuil also holds a graduate assistantship in which she works closely with university student-athletes on their academics.
     Pitre is currently completing a pediatric field-based clinical practicum in speech-language pathology. Certified as a Level 3 master tutor, she maintains her own academic tutoring business. She holds a graduate assistantship in Southeastern’s Center for Student Excellence. Hannah is an active member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and will attend the 2011 ASHA Convention for continuing education.

Social justice speaker to address impact of hate   
One of the nation’s foremost advocates on alternative lifestyle issues and the prevention of hate crimes will be the speaker at Southeastern’s seventh annual Social Justice Speaker Series on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
     Shane Windmeyer, founder and director of Campus Pride, will speak at the 2 p.m. free event in Pottle Auditorium. Campus Pride is the leading national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for students.
     Windmeyer has been helping students, faculty, and campus life professionals become advocates for hate-free campuses for more than a decade. He has trained more than 1,200 people to actively prevent and respond to hate crimes through the national Stop The Hate Train the Trainer Program.
      “Many do not understand the impact of bias and hate on a college campus,” said David Burley, assistant professor of sociology. “This lecture is intended to create a foundation of understanding surrounding hate crimes, explore prejudices, and motivate individuals to make a difference fighting hate on the campus community.”
     The event is being co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Southeastern, the Southeastern Sociological Association, and the Dukes of Orleans. For more information contact Burley at (985) 549-5443, or by email at
Southeastern students honored for work on yearbook, newspaper   
Four Southeastern students have been honored in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards competition for their work on the university’s yearbook “Le Souvenir” and the student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar.”
     Former student Patrick Costilow of Slidell, a visual art/graphic design major who graduated last year, received first, second and third place awards and a certificate of merit for informational graphics in color and black and white and for a division page design in “Le Souvenir.”
     Allyson O’Keefe of New Orleans, also a recent graduate and former photographer and editor of the yearbook, earned a certificate of merit for a color sports action photo in “Le Souvenir.”
     Donald Aime of Hammond earned a second place award for his color photo “Studying in Sims Memorial Library.”
     Chris Martin of Albany won a certificate of merit for his personal opinion column “World Web Closed” that ran in “The Lion’s Roar.” Martin is currently news editor of the publication.
     Winners in the Gold Circle Awards program were selected from among hundreds of entries. The awards recognize superior work by student journalists and are judged by a panel of experienced journalists and educators.
     The Columbia Scholastic Press Association was founded in 1925 to help student editors and faculty advisers produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. The association is affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Basics of the Basin Conference   
As a reminder, Southeastern will be hosting the 2011 Basics of the Basin Conference Thursday and Friday (Oct. 27 and 28). To see a copy of the agenda or to register, please visit For more information, contact Nick Norton (, x2923) or Robert Moreau (, x5008).
Alumni Sponsors Homecoming Decorating Contest for little Lions   
Children can participate in Southeastern’s Homecoming week festivities by entering the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Homecoming Children’s Decorating Contest.
     Children entering the contest should create their own Lion postcard representing the place where they would like to take a road trip. Example road trip locations include Hollywood, Disney World, or Washington, DC.
    Winners will receive a prize, as well as the opportunity to ride with the Southeastern Lionettes in the 2011 Homecoming Parade on Homecoming day, Nov. 5. Entry forms can be picked up from Ariel Leary at the University Housing Office located in Pride Hall. Entry forms are also being distributed through the Tangipahoa Parish School System.
     Contest entries and registration forms must be delivered to the Southeastern Alumni Center on or before Monday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
     All little Lions are encouraged to participate! For more information and a contest registration flyer, please email Ariel Leary at
Southeastern in the news   
BR Advocate
SLU writing instructor’s novel set in La.

Art contest focuses on 'found materials'
Southeastern to host Homecoming Week Oct. 31 – Nov. 5

Comedian Larry Miller to perform at Columbia Theatre

Southeastern presents An Evening with Edwin Edwards

NSSLHA to host yard sale       
The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) organization of Southeastern will be hosting a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 a.m. to noon, at Charles W. Campbell Hall, 500 Western Ave., (behind the Union and in between Pottle and McClimans). 
     The sale will include a large array of household items, electronics, clothes, toys, books, and appliances. Proceeds from the yard sale will help fund the organization’s trip to San Diego for the annual convention in November for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
Honors Program to host awards ceremony   
The Honors Program will recognize outstanding students with the Sophomore Honors Distinction Awards Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 107.
     Students receiving this award have all maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have 12 hours of credit in honors courses by the time they complete 60 hours of overall academic credit.
     Mr. Zealon Solomon, former Southeastern SGA President and 2009 Honors graduate will be the guest speaker.  

This Week in Athletics   
The Southeastern football, soccer and volleyball teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (2-5, 0-3 Southland) will look to build momentum after snapping its four-game losing streak with a 38-28 win over Texas State, which had come to Hammond on a five-game winning streak. This week, Southeastern heads to Conway, Ark. for a 6 p.m. league contest at Central Arkansas. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women’s soccer team (10-5-1, 4-3 Southland) will close out its regular season with a pair of Southland Conference home matches. On Friday, the Lady Lions host Texas State at 3 p.m. Prior to the match, Southeastern will honor senior Kyle MacIntosh in a Senior Day ceremony. In addition, free t-shirts will be given out to the first 200 fans and free food will also be available. Fans are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes a day early at Sunday’s 1 p.m. match with UTSA and all fans 12 and under will be admitted for $2.00.       
     Southeastern heads into the final weekend needing a tie in either of its two final matches, a McNeese State loss or a Sam Houston State loss to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, scheduled for Nov. 3-6 in Natchitoches.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (4-23, 0-10 Southland) will also host a pair of home matches this week. Southeastern welcomes Lamar on Thursday at 7 p.m. and McNeese State on Saturday at 2 p.m. to the University Center. Saturday’s game will also be dedicated to breast cancer awareness. All proceeds from jambalaya and 50/50 raffle sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation For the Cure.
     The men’s golf team will continue its fall campaign this week. The Lions will be in Los Cabos, Mexico to compete in the Cabo Intercollegiate, which runs Thursday through Saturday.
The women’s tennis team will also be in action this week, competing in its third tournament of the fall. The Lady Lions will participate in the USM Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Thursday, October 27
Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s Golf, at Cabo Intercollegiate, Los Cabos, Mexico, All Day
Friday, October 28
Women’s Soccer, vs. Texas State (Senior Day), Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m.*
Men’s Golf, at Cabo Intercollegiate, Los Cabos, Mexico, All Day
Women’s Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
Saturday, October 29
Football, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Volleyball, vs. McNeese State (Dig Pink for the Cure), University Center, 2 p.m.*
Men’s Golf, at Cabo Intercollegiate, Los Cabos, Mexico, All Day
Women’s Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
Sunday, October 30
Women’s Soccer, vs. UTSA, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities   
Dr. Francesco Fiumara
(Languages and Communication) has been nominated Southeast Southern Regional Representative of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) for 2012-2015. The Southeast Southern region includes N.C., S.C., Va., W.Va., Ky., Tenn., Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Ark., and Miss.
     Dr. Lillian Stiegler (Communication Sciences & Disorders) recently served as guest editor of The LSHA News, the official publication of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her article “High Functioning Individuals with ASD:  How SLPs Can Help Change Their World” was included in the publication. Also published were Dr. Paula Currie’s article on leadership roles for SLPs, “Tag, You’re It: You’re the Leader” and Dr. Rebecca Davis’s article entitled “Considerations and Concern for Inclusion of Animals in Clinical Care and Research.”
     Dr. Chance Harvey (English) gave a presentation entitled “Lyle Saxon and William Faulkner:  A New Orleans Friendship” on Oct. 8 in New Orleans at the annual conference of the Popular and American Culture Associations in the South.     
     Dr. Magdy Noguera (Accounting and Finance) presented the paper “Financial Analysis: What are the financial indicators analysts care more about?” at the 2011 Financial Education Association conference in Orlando, Fla.
     Dr. Yu Hsing (Business Administration and Management and Drs. Mike Budden, Susan Zee and Robert Cope (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) had their article, “Impacts of the Aggregate Economic and Financial Conditions on Output in an Emerging Economy,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Business Research.
     Dr. Sharon C. Hoffman (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented two papers recently at two conferences. The first was “School Choice: Déjà vu or Free Market Enterprise?” at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference Oct. 2-3 in Lincoln, Neb. The second was a paper and panel discussion entitled “Digital Media and the Digital Divide: Access, Poverty, and Instruction” at the Critical Questions in Education Conference Oct. 17-18 in Kansas City, Mo.

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