Retirees reception

Chefs Evening 2012

Bill Evans Jazz Festival

Professor receives donation

Names sought for Golden Silence

McGraw to serve on board

CMS announces summer programs

De Noux releases novel

Stahr receives library award

National Library Week

Tangi Heart Walk May 4

Earth Day celebration

Chemists attend national meeting

Phi Kappa Phi spring induction

Choir concert April 17

Sociology students present paper

DSA Leadership Ambassadors

RaceTrac contest update

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Due to technical difficulties, ByLion was unable to be sent out yesterday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. There will be no ByLion next week, due to spring break. ByLion will return on April 16, 2012.


Retirees honored at reception2012 retirees honored

Southeastern retirees for 2011-12 were honored by the university at the annual Retiree Reception held on Tuesday, March 27. Retirees this year number 49 and represent 1,041 years of employment at the university, said President John L. Crain (second row, left) in congratulating the group.

     On hand at the reception were, front row, from left: Ginger Newman, Library; Melanie King, Library; Harvis Starkey, Graduate Business Programs; Judith Calmes, Research and Graduate Studies; Dianne Catalanotto, Honors and International Initiatives; Charles Granger, Physical Plant; Mildred Franklin-Hughes, Admissions and Financial Aid; Nola Myers, Physical Plant; Dorothy Burton, Food Services; Betty Jean Jones, Food Services; Elizabeth Ortego, Administrative Computing Services; back row, from left: Dr. Crain; John Fulwiler, Educational Leadership and Technology; Johnnie Whisenhunt, Lab School; Mike Whisenhunt, Administrative Computing Services; Randy Lips, Physical Plant; Stephen Smith, Vice President for Administration and Finance; Carl Higginbotham, TRIO Programs; Carole Lachney, Sponsored Research and Programs; Janet Danna, Purchasing; Gerald Mauerman, Computer Science and Industrial Technology; Gerald Patton, Counseling and Human Development; Kay Singleton, Counseling and Human Development; Sue Jones, Human Resources; Nanette Angona, Human Resources; and James Gerike, College of Science and Technology.

Chefs Evening a success

A full house of Southeastern family and friends enjoyed the tasty offerings of more than three dozen area restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers at Chefs Evening 2012 Sunday at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
   During the popular annual food festival and fund raiser, sponsored by the Southeastern Foundation, guests also enjoyed a silent auction featuring items in a variety of price ranges. Proceeds from Chefs Evening benefit academic programs. 

1)Chefs Evening 2012 overview2)Chefs Evening silent auction


1) Chefs Evening saw a nice crowd of Southeastern supporters that filled the Pennington Student Activity Center Sunday evening.

2) Patrons had numerous items to choose from during the Silent Auction at the 2012 Chefs Evening.

Southeastern presents 11th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival

Southeastern will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with a festival in his honor this month.

     The 11th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate, considered the most influential jazz pianist of his generation.

     Sponsored by Southeastern's Arts and Lectures Committee, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year's festival includes four events that are free and open to the public and features world renowned jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsailis.

     The festival will include:

A lecture by Vasil Cvetkov, a graduate of Southeastern's Master's in Music program,

on Bill Evans and his piano solo creativity, Monday, April 2, 3 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall.

The Alumni Jazz Ensemble, Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

A masterclass with jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, Thursday, April 5, 2 p.m., Pottle Band Room.

Delfeayo Marsalis and the Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II, Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     For more information, email Southeastern Saxophone and Jazz Instructor Richard Schwartz at

Professor accepts donation

GRBIA makes donation to professorLu Yuan, assistant professor of Occupational, Safety, Health and Environment, accepts a $1,000 donation from Connie Fabre, executive director of the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA), to enable him to attend the American Society of Safety Engineers’ professional development conference in Denver in June. Yuan will present “Learning OSHA Construction Standards through a Participatory Approach” at the ASSE’s Academic Forum.

     “GBRIA has continuously provided advice, help and support to the OSH&E program since the program started,” he said. “Attending the conference will provide a great opportunity to publicize our program and promote professional development of the program faculty. We appreciate GBRIA’s generosity.”

Names sought for Southeastern’s April 18 Golden Silence Memorial

The Southeastern Alumni Association will host “Golden Silence,” a program that honors deceased Southeastern alumni, students and faculty and staff or their family members, on Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union Park.

     “We encourage the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern family has passed away during the past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence,” said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.

     To include a name in the Golden Silence program, contact the Alumni Association by April 11, at 985-549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or The event is free and open to the public.

McGraw to serve on Permafrost Association Board

Molly McGraw, associate professor of geography at Southeastern, has been asked to serve on the board of directors of the U.S. Permafrost Association (USPA).

     A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2005, McGraw had been conducting geomorphologic research in the Colville River delta located in the Alaskan arctic with LSU Professor Jesse Walker of LSU for over a decade. McGraw will serve a one-year term on the board.

     The USPA is an organization focused on scientific and engineering research of permafrost, i.e. permanently frozen ground, in both the United States and abroad. Permafrost is found in higher latitudes and higher elevations worldwide and is at the fore front of climate change and associated global warming. Headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, the organization is comprised largely of scientists, engineers, and students working in fields related to the cryosphere. The association was organized in 2001 and works closely with the International Permafrost Association in hosting an international conference, which will be held in June in Salekhard, Yamal-Nenets autonomous district, Russia. McGraw is attending and presenting a paper at the conference.

Southeastern Community Music School announces summer programs

Registration is underway for the Southeastern Community Music School’s (CMS) “Summer Music Celebration 2012,” a series of summer programs for young and talented musicians.

     “The Summer Music Celebration 2012 includes a middle school band, piano duet, guitar and string ensemble workshops,” said CMS Director Jivka Jeleva.

     Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which will take place July 9-13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond. Tuition is $225 and includes lunch each day. Southeastern Associate Band Director Paul Frechou, and Assistant Director of Bands Richard Schwartz, will coordinate the middle school band camp. Along with the concert band, the camp will also offer private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes, Jeleva said.

     The piano duet, violin and guitar workshops are scheduled July 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 15 is the deadline for the piano duet workshop, while June 15 is the final day to sign up for the guitar and string ensemble workshops. Tuition is $170 per workshop.

     According to Jeleva, the piano duet workshop will offer intermediate to advanced junior high and high school students the chance to explore the rich literature for piano four-hands. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

     “Each student will be matched with a partner of similar age and ability and be involved in daily coaching sessions, musicianship classes, masterclasses and a final recital,” Jeleva said. “Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Southeastern associate professor of piano and the director of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, will conduct the workshop with his wife and duet partner JoAnne Barry.”

     Students participating in the guitar workshop will learn how to approach and arrange music that is typically presented by experienced musicians. This workshop is open to guitar students 10 years of age and older with at least one year of previous guitar experience. Enrollment is limited to 20 students, and Southeastern Guitar Instructor Pat Kerber will teach the workshop.

     The strings workshop will focus on ensemble/orchestra repertoire and is open to violin, viola and cello students in grades 1 through 5 during the 2011-12 academic year. Participating students will have the opportunity to improve sight reading skills, instrumental technique, and develop stronger ensemble skills, Jeleva said.

     CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons June 4 through July 19. For more information, visit, or call 985-549-5502.

Private eye novel released by Southeastern detective

Southeastern police detective O’Neil De Noux, a prolific author of police novels and short stories, has released his first private eye novel featuring a character drawn from his previous works.

     The new novel, “Enamored,” features French Quarter sleuth Lucien Caye, the star of De Noux’s collection of short stories “New Orleans Confidential,” published in 2010, and in several other publications.

     Set in 1950 New Orleans, “Enamored” is a case of obsession and murder. A character-driven novel that includes femme fatales, a street walker, a hulking Mafiosi and a couple of male writers, the book deviates from the standard mystery formula.

     De Noux has authored nine previous novels and eight short story collections. His most recent work, “Battle Kiss” a heavily-researched historical novel funded in part by a Louisiana Division of the Arts grant, is placed in the Battle of New Orleans.

     An investigator with Southeastern’s police department since 2006, De Noux has served with the sheriff’s offices in Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. He has also worked as a private investigator, criminal intelligence analyst and creative writing instructor. He is a resident of Covington.

Beth Stahr Stahr named Louisiana’s Outstanding Academic Librarian

Beth Stahr, head of reference at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library, was the recipient of the 2012 Louisiana Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Librarian Award.

     The award – presented at the association’s annual conference last weekend in Shreveport – is given to an individual who has made contributions to further the development of academic librarianship in the state. Stahr was recognized for her involvement in library organizations, her record of professional articles and presentations and her teaching experience.

     Stahr is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Library Association and the American College and Research Libraries Association. A resident of Covington, she is a certified genealogist.

     Stahr holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in library and information science from Syracuse University, and a master’s in organizational communication from Southeastern.

National Library Week at Sims Memorial Library  

April 16-20 is National Library Week. Please look over the following schedule of events and be sure to stop by the Library.


April 16-20

Fine Free Week

Return overdue books during Fine Free Week and have your late fees forgiven on the spot.


April 16

Readings at Sims Library

Come hear selections from original works by Southeastern’s own and other local authors. Readings begin at 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.


April 18

Let’s Talk: Art lecture: Ben Diller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Arts and Drawing Coordinator.


“Houston: The Creative City” at the Contemporary Art Gallery, 12 p.m.

(Co-sponsored by the Friends of Sims Library, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Hammond Regional Arts Center)


April 18-19

Book Sale

Support Sims Library and get some great books at unbeatable prices from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only cash is accepted for the sale.


For more information, please call extension 2027 or visit

Tangi Heart Walk kickoff set May 4, Team Captain registration April 4

AMA logoSoutheastern will once again host the Tangi Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association, one of the university's annual philanthropic partners, on May 4.

     The walk begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of General Pershing and University avenues. Participants will be invited to walk around the campus' perimeter at that time.

     Free blood pressure readings and body fat composition screenings will be available following the event. Also, a Zumba class will be held at 1 p.m. with participants asked to make a donation to the AHA in exchange for class registration.

     A second Team Captain Registration will be held Wednesday, April 4. Prospective team captains are invited to stop by the Pennington Center lobby between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up registration packets and find out more about the event. Those who register will enjoy a free smoothie compliments of Pride Café and take home a Lion Proud water bottle for their volunteerism and leadership.

     For more information, contact Dollie Hebert at or Ann Carruth at

     Cardiovascular diseases contribute to more than 1.4 million deaths annually, including more than 15,000 Louisiana residents. The American Heart Association donates over $3 million annually to research projects in the Greater New Orleans area.

   The American Heart Association is the oldest and largest national non-profit voluntary health organization in the world dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 killers.

Occupy Earth: 2012 Earth Day Celebration

On Tuesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the graduate students of Communication 621: Public Communication Campaigns course will host an Earth Day celebration as part of the Division for Student Affairs’ Spring Daze activities. The event, scheduled in the Student Union Mall, will serve as an inspiring educational experience for students, faculty, staff and members of the Southeastern community.

     Some confirmed guests of the celebration include: NASA Stennis Space Center, Entergy, Louisiana Rural Water Association, Reconnect planting workshop and an earthworm display with Suzette Bryan. Come celebrate the ecological advancement of our planet!

     Any faculty or staff wishing to credit students for attendance can contact Amber Narro at for more information.

Chemists attend National American Chemical Society meeting

Southeastern Chemists attended the National American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego, March 24- 27. Eight undergraduate students from Southeastern and two high school project SEED students presented their research at the meeting, which was attended by more than 15,000 chemists from around the world.

     Faculty sponsors for the meeting included Dr. Jean Fotie, Dr. Zhengrong Li, and Dr. Debra Dolliver. The trip and research work was funded by a Louisiana Board of Regents grant, a National Science Foundation RUI grant, an ACS-PRF grant, an ACS SEED grant, and a student government association grant.

Phi Kappa Phi Spring Induction Ceremony and Banquet

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold an induction and banquet on Tuesday, April 24, to honor new initiates, as well as other outstanding students from each college. The induction ceremony will take place at the Student Union Theatre at 5:30 p.m., followed by a banquet at Twelve Oaks at 6:30 p.m.

     Special guest speaker is Southeastern alumna, published author, and Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship recipient Samantha Perez. Banquet tickets are $18 and must be purchased by Friday, April 20. Please send checks to Joan Faust, SLU 10861, Hammond, LA, 70402, or drop them off at Dr. Faust's office, room 392 in D Vickers Hall.

Southeastern Choir joins Northlake, River Parishes for performance April 17 
The Southeastern Choral Program will join with several regional choirs in a performance featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. April 17.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the performance will combine the talents of the Southeastern choirs - including the Northshore Chorale - with the Northlake Performing Arts Society (NPAS) Chorale and the Community Chorus of the River Parishes.
     Southeastern Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe said the 160-voice choir will be directed by Anthony Sears, a 1994 Southeastern graduate who currently teaches at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. The performance will feature the chorus and orchestra, including two harps and six percussionists.
     Founded in 1995 by Laura Lane, the NPAS Chorale performs a wide range of classical music from Brahms to Mozart and also both Broadway and contemporary music. The Community Chorus of the River Parishes is conducted by Southeastern graduate Brian Martinez.
     The concert will open with the Southeastern Women’s Chorale performing Gwyneth Walker’s Songs for Women’s Voices, directed by Rowe and three student conductors: Kelly Todd of Houma, Catherine New of New Orleans, and Carly Fauntleroy of  Robert.
     The Southeastern Concert Choir – consisting of the leading female and male vocalists at the university – will perform a Ronald Staheli arrangement of How Can I Keep from Singing. The piece will be conducted by student Alyssa Carranza of Lafayette.  John Corigliano’s masterpiece Fern Hill with text by Dylan Thomas will conclude the first half of the program.
     The second half of the program includes two movements from Randall Thompson’s Frostiana with orchestra and chorus. The program will culminate with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, a three-movement work of psalms sung in Hebrew.
     “The boy solo in the second movement sparkles, while the men’s section that follows terrifies the listener,” Rowe said.
     Tickets are available through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10; Southeastern alumni, faculty, staff and non-Southeastern students are $5. Southeastern students are admitted free with student identification. For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.

Sociology students present paper at conference

David Burley and two Sociology graduate students presented a paper at the Southern Sociology Society annual meeting in New Orleans on Saturday, March 24. Graduate students Bonnie May and Tim McCarty and Burley presented the development and outcomes of the service-learning project for their Applied Environmental Sociology class this past fall, “Taking the Challenge for Real Food: Student Engagement in Procuring Sustainably Produced Food on Campus.”

     The project assisted student group Reconnect in their goal of educating the campus community about the social, ecological and economic benefits of local, sustainably and fairly produced food and trying to bring that food to our campus. In achieving that goal they played a major role in producing Southeastern’s first farmers market, which is also the only one on a college campus in Louisiana.

2012-13 DSA Leadership Ambassadors selected

The Office for Student Engagement congratulates the 2012-2013 DSA Leadership Ambassadors. Students selected include Patrick Amie, Courtney Cavignac, Julie Collier, Jonathan Duhon, Shawndreka Gatlin, Lauren Gonzales, Emily Graham, Austin Gravelle, Myles Haydel, Brigette Hogue, Kayla Hoover, Renika Johnson, DaKota King, Scott Knight, Richard Mills, Kathryn Powell, Timothy Reling, Maddie Ruiz, Claire Salinas, and Pasang Sherpa.

RaceTrac contest updateRaceTrac logo

The university is partnering with RaceTrac for a "Battle of the Sexes" contest for all students, faculty and staff through April 30. The contest will count all inside store purchases, gas not included, at all three Hammond locations.
     Any Southeastern student, faculty or staff member can show their university ID when making purchases inside any of the three Hammond RaceTrac locations and those purchases will be tracked.
     The gender that has the most sales at the end of the contest will receive $2,000 for that gender's athletic programs, courtesy of RaceTrac, and also receive either a Southeastern males-only or females-only RaceTrac sponsored party in their honor. The runner up will receive $1,000 for their athletic programs. Although the ladies are currently in the lead, there's still time for the guys to catch up with 28 more days to go.

Below are the current contest standings.


Female - $2,901

Male -     $1,102  

Southeastern in the news

Hammond Daily Star
 Southeastern's Stephen Smith retiring

Entergy supports Southeastern’s Chefs Evening 2012

Southeastern presents 11th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival

Date for Southeastern’s Chefs Evening Drawing Near


BR Advocate

Ruli, Kelly earn top honors at science fair

Women Mean Business Conference

Out of school camp set at Southeastern

This Week in Athletics      

The Southeastern baseball team will host a key Southland Conference series, while the softball, men’s golf, women’s tennis and track and field teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (20-9, 7-5 Southland) will open the week on the road, facing in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette for a 6 p.m. contest in Lafayette on Tuesday. Southeastern then returns home to host league foe Central Arkansas for a three-game series at Alumni Field, beginning with a 6 p.m. contest on Thursday. The series continues on Friday at 6 p.m. and concludes on Saturday at 2 p.m. All four games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Greek Challenge continues this week, which covers all baseball and softball home games through April 28. The Greek organization with the highest attendance for those games will earn $1,000 and use of the party patio at the Southeastern home football game of its choice. Second place will receive $500 and the aforementioned party patio use, while the third place organization earns $250.
     Fresh off defeating Southland leader McNeese State last Saturday, the Southeastern softball team (7-26, 1-7 Southland) will hit the road for four games this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions travel to Grambling for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. Southeastern then heads to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a two-game Southland set. The series opens with a 2 p.m. contest on Friday and concludes on Saturday at 12 p.m.
     Winners of last week’s UALR First Tee Collegiate Classic, the Southeastern men’s golf team will look to continue its winning ways this week. The Lions will be in Madison, Miss. on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Bancorp South Intercollegiate.
After an extended break, the women’s tennis team (8-7, 1-5 Southland) will return to league play with a pair of road matches this week. On Friday, Southeastern faces UT Arlington at 11 a.m. before heading to Texas State for a 12 p.m. match on Saturday.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will also return to action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions head to Natchitoches on Saturday to compete in the NSU Relays.

Monday, April 2
Men’s Golf, at Bancorp South Intercollegiate, Madison, Miss., All Day
Tuesday, April 3
Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, at Grambling (DH), Ruston, 2 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Bancorp South Intercollegiate, Madison, Miss., All Day
Thursday, April 5
Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Friday, April 6
Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UT Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 11 a.m.*
Saturday, April 7
Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at NSU Relays, Natchitoches, All Day
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities

Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) led “The Louisiana Purchase: Impact and Legacy,” a six-week evening program of directed readings and discussion sessions of the Readings in Literature and Culture project (RELIC) sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville, February 23 - March 29.
     Faculty and students of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department presented their research at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, held in New Orleans March 21 to 24. Papers included “Empowering Women in a Disaster Environment: How Feminist Theory May Inform Local Community-Based Participatory Research Projects in the Context of Global Structural Inequality,” by Dr. Kenneth H. Bolton Jr., and Dr. Anna M. Kleiner; “Sex and Youth in the Bible Belt,” by Rebecca Hensley; “Fuzzy Boundaries: David Duke in Mainstream News Media,” by Dr. Peter Shrock; and “Taking the Challenge for Real Food: Student Engagement in Procuring Sustainably Produced Food on Campus,” by Dr. David Burley and sociology graduate students Erica Dickerson, Bonnie May, Timothy McCarty, Benny Milligan, Denaty Moses, Sole Sanchez, Adam Shea, and Rick Hortman. Burley also presented “Imagination Envirostation: Students Connecting Students to Ecological Sustainability.”

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