Homecoming Week 2012

Fanfare's Final Week

Alumnus of the Year

Guest saxophonist scheduled

Lejeune, Kuhn to be honored

Health care panel discussion

Women's self-defense seminar

Spooktacular II concert set Oct. 29

Activist to speak Oct. 30

Wine tasting to benefit library

School law update regarding abuse

Services to be showcased for faculty

Southeastern Foundation news

Phi Kappa Phi news

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

Fine and Performing Arts news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Homecoming Week is here!

1)Fun Run Winners2)Fun Run Volunteers


1) LAA fun run winners recognized -- Race organizers and members of the Southeastern Athletics administration start Homecoming Week by congratulating the winners of the LAA's Inaugural 5K/One Mile Fun Run held Saturday on the campus. Pictured, from left, are Director of Development for Athletics Ashley Winning; 5K top female performer and Southeastern student-athlete Ashley Pfantz; race organizer and volunteer Mark Franatovich; Director of Athletics Bart Bellairs; George Baxter of Hammond, winner of the 5K race; and Mark Seal of Hammond, winner of the one mile run. Proceeds from the event benefit the LAA.

2) Working the run -- Area volunteers and members of the Southeastern Athletics Department, including a large number of student-athletes, were on hand Saturday to assist in the LAA's inaugural 5K/One Mile Fund Run to raise money for the organization.

Southeastern celebrates the 85th anniversary of its Alumni Association with an abundance of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium during Homecoming Week Oct. 20-28.
     With a theme "Roomie Goes for the Gold," Homecoming 2012 features reunions, awards and recognitions, and a host of student activities culminating with Homecoming Day October 27 when the Lions take on the UCA Bears at 7 p.m.
     Homecoming Week will offer a number of time-honored traditions, such as the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for students, campus and community decorating contests, an alumni art exhibit, and the FE-Lions' Homecoming luncheon.
     Homecoming week begins Monday, Oct. 22, with "Lunch with the Lions" at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Park. The event, which serves as the official kick-off for Homecoming festivities, features free food and music with student-athletes in attendance. The Southeastern Family reunion will cap off the day at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Park and Mall.
     On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the action begins at noon when students and faculty battle it out in the Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl in the Student Union Theatre. Following the Quiz Bowl, the Lion Pride Powder Paint Run for students will take place on North Campus. Registration is at 4:30 p.m. with the race at 5:30 p.m.
     On Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m students will enjoy food and fun at Gumbo YaYa. The 2012 Homecoming court will be introduced.  Also on tap is a free professional development program for healthcare professionals featuring Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Call 549-3772 for more details. At 7 p.m. the Wesley Foundation will host a reunion for its members at the center at 307 W. Dakota St.
     On Thursday, Oct. 25, the FeLions will host their Homecoming luncheon at Trey Yuen. Also scheduled Thursday at 12:30 p.m. is the Lyceum Lights faculty lecture at the Center for Faculty Excellence. This year's lecture is "Roomie Goes Gold with a Gold Medal for Education."
     Thursday evening kicks into gear when the Lady Lions volleyball team takes on Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. in the University Center. The big finale Thursday will be a block party and bonfire sponsored by the Student Government Association at 6:45 p.m., which includes Gamma Beta Phi's annual "A Ton of Fun Food Drive." The organization asks that all donations be dropped off by 5 p.m. to the Freshmen Commuter parking lot outside Greek Village.
     The bonfire will be torched at the traditional spot adjacent to the Alumni Center. Spectators can also enjoy music by the Spirit of the Southland Band, followed by a Lip Sync contest at 8 p.m.
     Friday, Oct. 26, begins with the Homecoming Golf Tournament at Carter Plantation at 9 a.m. Cost of the event is $150 per person or $600 per four-man team. Participants will receive tournament logo gifts including a shirt, cap, and a luncheon following play. All proceeds from the event will benefit Southeastern Athletics. For more information, contact Tim Baldwin at 549-5186 or
     Also scheduled Friday is a Lady Lions soccer matchup against Northwestern State at the Southeastern Soccer Complex on north campus at 3 p.m. In addition, the Pennington Student Activity Center will sponsor free workouts throughout the day.
     Also, the Alumni Association will host the Alumni Awards Evening at 7 p.m. in Twelve Oaks. The evening will include announcements of several awards and recognition of the 2012 Alumnus of the Year, Steve Cossé, Murphy Oil Corporation president and chief executive officer. Tickets for the event are available at the Alumni Association, 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
     At 9 p.m. the African American Alumni Chapter will sponsor a Homecoming meet and greet mixer in the Student Union ballroom. Tickets are available by calling 549-3850.

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A spooktacular music concert, poetry readings and a holiday lecture highlight Fanfare's final week
William RobisonA "ghoulish" chamber concert, readings in prose and poetry and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern'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 concert by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, featuring magnificent music, as well as a Halloween costume contest."
     Fanfare's fifth week begins on Monday, Oct. 29, when the Chamber Orchestra will 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. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.
     General admission is $10, $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff and senior citizens, and patrons under 18. Children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted at no charge. College students with university I.D. are also admitted free.
     Louisiana Connections: Fiction and Poetry Readings from the English Department Faculty continues on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. with Bev Marshall. The free event will take place in the Contemporary Art Gallery. A Department of English writer-in-residence, Marshall is the author of "Walking through Shadows," "Right as Rain," and "Hot Fudge Sundae Blues."
     A second reading follows on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with Tim Gautreaux, Department of English writer-in-residence, at 12:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. Gautreaux is the author of the novels "The Next Step in the Dance," "The Clearing," and "The Missing."
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 "Battling, Bedding, Burning and Beheading: True Tales of Terror from Tudor Times" at 1 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Through film clips and discussion, Robison will illustrate the most terrifying true tales from Tudor times.
     Also during Fanfare's final week:
The Foreign Film Festival concludes on Oct. 30, 5 p.m., with the German film "Rosentrasse" in the Student Union Theatre. While countless Jews were being sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives suffered a different fate: they were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosentrasse. On that street their wives stood in protest in the name of love until they were reunited with their men. The free film is rated PG-13 and is approximately 136 minutes.
On Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' Guest Artist Recital Series will present Craig Hultgren, cello, at Pottle Annex Recital Hall. Hultgren will play a solo program of recent compositions for cello. The free concert features works by living composers and includes works with amplification, audio soundfile playback and a computer score-reading tablet.
On Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale presents "Nocturnes" a free concert at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise in Hammond. Featuring a work by Dan Forrest, "Nocturnes" is three movements for chorus and percussion ensemble. The movements are titled "Stars," "Lightly Stepped a Yellow Star," and "...Thou Motive of the Stars." Conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, the group will also perform "Sure on This Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen and Gustav Holst's "I Love My Love."
The final Louisiana Connections: Fiction and Poetry Readings from the English Department Faculty is scheduled on Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in D Vickers Hall, room 383. The readings include Leigh Rourks, author of "Moon Trees," a top 10 finalist in the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest, and David Rodriguez, past editor of "Double Dealer Redux."
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit

Above: Southeastern's Fanfare will present the final Then and Now Lecture compliments of History and Political Science Department Head William Robison. Scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, Robison will present "Battling, Bedding, Burning and Beheading: True Tales of Terror from Tudor Times."

Murphy Oil Exec named Alumnus of the Year
Steve CosseSteve CosseMurphy Oil Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Cossé will be honored as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Alumni Association.
     Cossé will be formally recognized on Friday (Oct. 26) at the association's Alumni Awards Evening held on campus at Twelve Oaks. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available from the association at 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
     Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman said the award recognizes graduates with unique accomplishments on a national or international level who continue to utilize their degree from Southeastern to the fullest.
     A 1969 graduate of Southeastern who later earned his Juris Doctorate at Loyola University in New Orleans, Cossé has served the international oil and gas company for over 41 years. Headquartered in El Dorado, Ark., the company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide and conducts oil and gas exploration activities in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Congo.
     During his tenure with Murphy Oil, Cossé has held a variety of positions, including executive vice president, senior vice president, principal financial officer, while also serving as general counsel throughout most of his career there. Prior to joining the company, he was general counsel for Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company (ODECO) in New Orleans, which was a majority-owned subsidiary of Murphy. He also serves on the boards of the Arkansas Research Alliance, Simmons First Bank of El Dorado and Simmons First National Corporation.
     Cossé is a member of the board of the SHARE Foundation, a not-for-profit public charity focused on building a healthier community by improving health and wellbeing through improved access to primary health and dental care, prescription medication assistance and health education for low income populations. A member of the SHARE board since 1998, he has held the positions of secretary, vice president, chairman and chief executive officer. He has been recognized by the SHARE Foundation for his business acumen and legal expertise as well as a deeply held compassion for the less fortunate, continually challenging the organization to first and foremost "do the right thing."

Guest saxophonist scheduled at Southeastern October 23
Theodore KerkezosGuest artist Theodore Kerkezos, director of the Saxophone Orchestra of Piraeus Prefecture, will host a master class and perform a recital at Southeastern on Tuesday, October 23.
     Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Auditorium as part of Fanfare, Southeastern's month-long celebration of the arts, the free recital will feature a variety of pieces by composers such as George Gershwin, Louciano Berio, and Errikos Vaios. Kerkezos will perform Vaios' piece "Flew the Flame," which will be a United States premiere.
     The master class is at 2 p.m. in Pottle Music Building, room 103, and is free and open to the public.
     "Theodore Kerkezos is one of the most dynamic and innovative saxophonists in the world," said Kenneth Boulton, Fine and Performing Arts Department head. "Southeastern is indeed fortunate to have him as part of our growing program of guest performing artist series."
     Kerkezos graduated with honors from the class of B. Farantatos at the Athens Conservatory and continued his musical training in Bordeaux, France, with the famous saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix. He later studied in Paris with Daniel Deffayet, the saxophone professor at the conservatory there.
     He has performed all existing classical repertoire for saxophone and orchestra, appearing with major orchestras throughout Europe, including the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia of London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony of Moscow Radio, the Athens State Orchestra and many more.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Area entrepreneur, Judge Kuhn to be honored at Alumni awards event
John Lejeune, Jr.North Shore entrepreneur John Lejeune Jr. of Bogalusa and Louisiana appeal court Judge James E. Kuhn of Ponchatoula will receive special recognition at the Southeastern's Alumni Awards Evening on Friday (Oct. 26) at Twelve Oaks.
     Lejeune, right, will be recognized as the association's Young Alumnus of the Year, while Kuhn, a member of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, will receive the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.
     Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are available from the association at 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
     Lejeune started his own disc jockey business as a teenager, working dances at area high schools. He now owns and operates Rock-It Productions, a high-tech DJ company he founded shortly after his graduation from Southeastern in 2002. Shortly afterwards he started See Hear Productions, a company that offers lighting, sound and staging for large events such as festivals.
     Lejeune was the co-star of the VH1 reality television show "Tough Love" that was set in New Orleans, has appeared in HBO's popular "Treme" series and is in an international print media advertising campaign with Chrysler. In 2007 he opened a Snap Fitness center in Bogalusa and added a second Snap Fitness franchise in Lacombe.
     Judge James E. KuhnA 1968 Southeastern graduate, Kuhn, left, was elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal in 1994 and was re-elected to his second term in 2005. He began his public service career in 1980 as an assistant district attorney in the 21st Judicial District. He was elected a district judge in 1990.
     Prior to his public service, Kuhn practiced law, representing clients in the insurance industry as well as agencies such as the Livingston Parish Police Jury. A member of the board of the Southeastern Foundation, he was honored with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences' Alumnus of the Year Award in 2010.  He is an active member of both the Sigma Tau Gamma and Ponchatoula Alumni Chapters.  He has also coordinated visits by representatives of the U.S. Army War College on Southeastern's campus.

Southeastern offers program on healthcare issues
Bruce GreensteinBruce Greenstein, the head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, will highlight a discussion on current health issues to be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, as part of Southeastern's Homecoming Week celebration.
     Secretary Bruce Greenstein, right, will be the guest speaker at the program to be held in the Student Union Theatre. Sponsored by Southeastern's College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the program will be of particular interest to nurses and other healthcare professionals. The program is free and open to the public, and a reception sponsored by North Oaks Health System will be held immediately following in the common area adjacent to the theatre.
     "The state of healthcare, both nationally and in Louisiana, is an area of considerable attention and debate," said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "This is a great opportunity for area nurses and healthcare professionals to hear first-hand from one of the architects of healthcare in Louisiana."
Carruth said the college is applying for approval to offer continuing education credits for attendance at the program.
     To RSVP for the program or for more information, contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at 549-3772.
Greenstein was appointed secretary of DHH, the state's largest agency, in 2010 by Governor Bobby Jindal. He serves as the governor's chief health aide and is responsible for the development and execution of policies for the state's healthcare system, overseeing mental and public health, emergency preparedness, Medicaid, health information technology, and aging services.
     On the federal level, Greenstein served in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as associate regional administrator and director of waivers and demonstrations, where he oversaw state Medicaid programs and led the federal government's Medicaid state reform efforts. Prior to joining DHH, he served as the managing director of worldwide health for Microsoft Corp.

Seminar on self-defense for women scheduled for Livingston Center
"Be Aware," a free self-defense seminar for women, will be offered at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m.
     Presented by senior nursing students from the Southeastern School of Nursing, the program will provide practical tips for women on remaining safe in public, including self-defense techniques. The program is oriented to women ages 16 and up.
     "There is so much that we can do as women to protect ourselves," said Myia Erwin, senior nursing student from Zachary who is helping to coordinate the project, "including common awareness of our surroundings, an understanding of what predators look for, and knowing some basic physical techniques that can enable escape from a dangerous situation."
     Erwin and her fellow students selected the topic for their capstone project, a community outreach research course required of all senior nursing students at Southeastern. Nursing Professor Susan Pryor is serving as their faculty mentor on the project.
     "The capstone course is intended to prepare students in planning a population-focused program to promote health and/or injury prevention," Pryor said. "The students have done an excellent job on a very important and timely topic."
     The seminar will include an overview on the prevalence of violence and attacks against women, resources available to assist women who may be victims of violence, and a presentation of defensive techniques by a representative of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.
     "One only has to look at the headlines to see how very common violence against women has become," Erwin said. "A woman is raped every 46 seconds, and approximately 25 percent of girls will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 years old. However, awareness and self-defense can become a habit and has been shown to reduce the risk of violence or assault."
     Other Southeastern nursing students involved in the project include Brooke Bourgeois, Christian Walker, Raveen Coon, Elizabeth Venable, Chelsey Cedotal and Jessie Cheese.

Chamber Orchestra presents 'Spooktacular II' Halloween Concert Oct. 29
1)Chamber soloists2)Richard Schwartz


1) SPOOKTACULAR SOLOISTS – Several students will perform solo in the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra's concert "Spooktacular II" to be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Monday, Oct. 29. From left are: Constanta Lungu of Kishinev, Republic of Moldova, on the violin; Desmin Vinnett of Luling on the tuba; Will Pratt of Columbus, Ga., on the trumpet; and Eunsil Cho of South Korea on the cello.

2) ON THE SAX – Richard Schwartz, saxophone instructor and director of jazz studies at Southeastern, will perform a solo at the Chamber Orchestra's "Spooktacular II" concert to be held in Hammond on Monday, Oct. 29. The concert will feature a costume contest for attendees.


The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will build on last year's popular Halloween concert when it presents "Spooktacular II," a collection of a wide variety of movie-themed music in its fall performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.
     The concert will be held in Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. In addition to music from highly popular movies, such as "Jaws," "Star Wars," and "Superman," Chamber Orchestra conductor Yakov Voldman's kid-friendly event will include costume contests in the age categories 12 and under and 13 and older.
     "The members of the orchestra will be in costume as well," said Voldman, who last year conducted his musicians dressed as the Godfather. "We're encouraging our audience to come in costume, whether or not they participate in the contest."
     The program will include a special ghost narrator, who will be telling Halloween stories. Following the concert, there will be candy in the lobby for all attendees.
     Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas St., which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5 for senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff.  Southeastern students with student identification as well as children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia box office at 543-4371.
     Voldman said the concert will open with a Salute to Cinema, featuring "Hooray for Hollywood," "Singin' in the Rain," "Over the Rainbow" and other popular music from movies.
     A number of scores from acclaimed American composer and conductor John Williams are on schedule, including the main themes from "Star Wars" "Superman" and "The Raiders March" from the motion picture "Raiders of the Lost Ark."  The program will feature "Lara's Theme" from the movie "Dr. Zhivago" by French composer Maurice Jarre, and symphonic highlights from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" by German composer Hans Zimmer.
     Performing solos during the concert are four Southeastern students: Desmin Vinnett of Luling, playing tuba in Bruce Broughton's "Concerto;" Will Pratt of Columbus, Ga., on the trumpet playing "Carmen Fantasia" by Georges Bizet; Constanta Lungu of Kishinev, Republic of Moldova, on the violin performing "Chaconne in g-minor" by Tomaso Vitali; and Eunsil Cho of South Korea on the cello playing "Ungarische Rhapsodie" ("Hungarian Rhapsody") by David Popper.
     Southeastern saxophone instructor and Director of Jazz Studies Richard A. Schwartz will also perform a solo on the soprano sax in John Williams' "Victor's Tale" from the movie "The Terminal." An acclaimed musician who has performed with musical legends Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, Schwartz is a recipient of one of Southeastern's highest honors, the President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity.
     Voldman said several area children, some associated with the Southeastern Community Music School, also will be performing with the orchestra. They include John Durham, Carnisia Harri, Eugene Kim, Griffin Wiemelt, Ashley Johansen and Promise Kinchen.
     "We are thrilled to include these talented young musicians in our performance," said Voldman. "It is a great opportunity for them to work with and learn from our students and provides a good foundation for the future of our music program at Southeastern."

Occupy Wall Street activist to speak on campus
An activist and organizer associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement will speak at Southeastern at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
     Educator Justin Wedes of Brooklyn, N.Y., will discuss issues associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement as part of the Southeastern Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice's eighth annual social justice speaker series. The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Pottle Music Auditorium.
     He will also meet with students interested in learning techniques associated with community organizing at 11 a.m. that day in room 228 of the War Memorial Student Union.
     A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in physics and linguistics, Wedes is a founding member of the New York City General Assembly, the group that gave birth to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Currently serving as co-principal of the Paul Robeson Freedom School in New York, he continues his activism efforts with the Grassroots Education Movement and Class Size Matters.
     The program is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee and the Southeastern Sociological Association. For more information, contact David Burley, assistant professor of sociology, at 549-5443 or by e-mail at

Fourth annual wine tasting to benefit Southeastern's Library
Friends of Sims Library logoThe group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its fourth annual "Wine with Friends," a fundraiser for Southeastern's Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
     Held at the library, the popular event will feature six wines paired with samplings of food from local restaurants, live music and a silent auction, said Eric Johnson, library director.  Wines will be introduced by area wine experts.
     FoSL is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library. 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.
     Johnson said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from local 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.
     Tickets can be ordered online at and adding "Wine tasting" in the comment box or via check payable to the Southeastern Development Foundation, SLU 10896,Hammond, LA 70402.
     For more information about FoSL or the wine tasting, contact Julie Durel, library administrative assistant, at 549-3962 or

School Law Update: New Reporting Responsibilities for Child Abuse and Neglect
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. on the first floor lecture hall of the Teacher Education Center, Dr. Raymond Fink of the Educational Leadership and Technology Department will deliver a review of the 2012 changes to the Louisiana Statues on Child Abuse and Neglect brought on by the Penn State scandal.
     Much of the revised statutory requirements focus on university responsibilities regarding reporting suspected cases of abuse and/or neglect. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend and to join in the conversation as well as ask questions following the presentation.
     If interested, please RSVP Dr. Kathy Campbell by emailing or calling 504-453-9874.

Center for Faculty Excellence and Sims Library showcase services for Faculty
Sims Memorial Library and the Center for Faculty Excellence are co-sponsoring a two-day showcase of support services for new and returning faculty.
     On Wednesday, October 31, the Library will host The Sims Library Faculty Browse on the third floor outside the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Two identical sessions will take place, a morning browse from 9 - 10 a.m., and an afternoon browse from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
     Departmental liaisons and library department heads will be introduced and will be available at individual stations to provide information on ordering materials for the library's collection, providing reference assistance and instruction, obtaining interlibrary loans, charging out materials, placing items on reserve, searching government documents, and much more.
     Since it is Halloween, there will be treats and a few tricks as well. Reservations are not necessary but encouraged. Email Dayne Sherman at Feel free to come in costume.
     The Center's annual Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, anytime from 2-4 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and 105. Come by, enjoy refreshments, get tips for completing your professional portfolio and see what the Center can offer you in the way of equipment and assistance. For your convenience, sample portfolios will be on display and experienced faculty will be available to answer questions.
     For information on the Faculty Browse, contact Dayne Sherman at the Library, 549-3965. For information on the Portfolio Fair and the Center's Open House, contact the Center at 549-5791.

Southeastern Foundation news

Swabbin'4 Robin Launched!
Good Morning America anchor and Southeastern alumna Robin Roberts recently underwent a bone marrow transplant to fight a blood disorder caused by her treatment for breast cancer. Robin and her sister, Sally-Ann, who donated the marrow for Robin's transplant, have become strong supporters of Be the Match, a national non-profit that operates a registry of potential bone marrow donors.
     To show support for Robin as she recovers and to help in her efforts to support Be The Match, a campus-wide group of students, administrators, faculty and staff is organizing nearly 20 "Swabbin' 4 Robin" events throughout this academic year.  At each of these events, people can take the opportunity to swab themselves for a DNA sample and register as a potential donor.
     The process is simple and quick and it could save someone's life.  Swabbin' events will be held starting this week, in association with Athletic events and Homecoming tailgating. Please visit the Swabbin' booth at one of these events and help us make Swabbin' 4 Robin a Southeastern success!
     Currently scheduled Swabbin' 4 Robin events are:

10/26 - Southeastern Soccer match on campus

10/27 - Southeastern Homecoming tailgating on campus

11/6 - Southeastern Volleyball match on campus

11/10 - Southeastern Football game on campus

11/12 - Mid-day at the Union during Student Philanthropy Week

     Please like this initiative on Facebook - and follow it on Twitter - to keep track of what is going on and events. Also, check the website for more information.


Project Friendship Bricks Are In Friendship Circle
The first Southeastern brick campaign, Project Friendship, was a great success!  The bricks have been laid out in Friendship Circle and they look great.  Please take a few moments to take a look and help promote further sales by spreading the word!
     This is just one of the new projects Advancement is working on to focus on giving friends and alumni more options to support Southeastern and be a part of the University's progress.

Phi Kappa Phi news
Membership Meeting

The fall general membership meeting of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5-6 p.m. in the Magnolia Room adjacent to the Ballroom of the Student Union.
     Among topics to be discussed with be the recent biennial convention, the Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament, efforts to earn "Chapter of Excellence" designation, and our spring induction and banquet. Members present will also vote on new members, to be invited this fall.

Quiz Bowl
Phi Kappa Phi will host the Homecoming intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 23, beginning at noon, in the Student Union Ballroom. The tournament will feature faculty and student teams vying for trophies and cash prizes. All are invited to attend the contest, and cheer for their favorite teams.

Extended Studies news

Excel Learning Series: Intermediate Excel (Monday, Oct. 29 & Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This workshop is designed for individuals who already have basic Microsoft Excel skills. Through this workshop, students will learn how to use advanced formulas and functions, create and edit charts and graphs, use absolute cell references, create and sort tables, protect workbooks, and create Pivot Tables to summarize data. The cost is $120, including the book.


ACT Preparation Course (Thursdays, Nov. 1 – Dec. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to assist high school students in developing the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $275.


Introduction to Stained Glass (Wednesdays, Oct. 31 – Nov. 14, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Participants will creating their own stained glass project and will learn the methods and tools required to complete a stained glass panel in copper foil or Tiffany style from Gene Duvic, a fifteen year veteran of the art. There are no prerequisites for this class. All supplies and tools are furnished. The cost is $150.

ACT Preparation Course (Thursdays, Nov. 1 – Dec. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to assist high school students in developing the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $250.


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

News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
Lyceum Lights

The Center for Faculty Excellence in conjunction with the Offices of the President and Provost invite you to Lyceum Lights, a series of faculty luncheon lectures designed to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines.
     The fall session will celebrate our 2012 Homecoming theme, "Roomie Goes for the Gold," with one of Southeastern's medalists - the 2012 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Jayetta Slawson, professor of English. She will present "Beyond the Objective" on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Twelve Oaks.
     This will be a talk on engaging students through writing assignments.  It will be held at Twelve Oaks.  Admission is $5 and will be charged at the door. Reservations are required. RSVP to the Center by Oct. 19 at 549- 5791 or


Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity
The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to enjoy the reception and poster sessions of our 11th annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity.
     The event is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Conference poster presentations will be held in Tinsley Hall, room 103. A light lunch and refreshments will be available.
     This is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with your colleagues while learning about innovative teaching, creative uses of technology, artistic endeavors, research findings, exemplary practices, and more!


Southeastern in the news
Action News
Southeastern celebrates homecoming Oct. 20-27

Schools improve in Hammond (video)

Judge Kuhn, Bogalusa man to be honored by Southeasterm

Amite Tangi Digest
Southeastern nursing students host 'Be Aware' for women to stay safe Oct. 25
Southeastern to honor entrepreneur John Lejeune Jr., Judge Jimmy Kuhn

BR Advocate
Fired faculty in the spotlight

Decorate your tailgate at SLU

Business center holds tax forum

St. Tammany News
Doctorate of Nursing now approved at SLU, SAACS approved


This Week in Fine and Performing Arts

October 4 through November 2
Paintings by Karen Ann Myers, "A Room of Her Own," Contemporary Art Gallery

The Photography of Evan Baden, "Technically Intimate," Contemporary Art Gallery

Special Guest Artist Alumni Exhibition: Elizabeth Ann Chase, Contemporary Art Gallery

Maya Erdelyi Perez (Animations), New Media Gallery

October 22 through 26
Printmaking Workshop with Jon Swinder, Clark Hall Printmaking Lab

October 23
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jon Swinder, Contemporary Art Gallery, noon

Southeastern Guest Artist Series: Theodore Kerkezos, saxophone, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 pm

October 26
Catherine New, junior soprano recital, Pottle Auditorium, 5 pm

October 29
Southeastern Chamber Orchestra presents: 2nd Annual "Spooktacular" Halloween Concert, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 7:30 pm. Call 543-4371 for ticket information.


For more information on these and other upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please call 549-2184 or 549-2193 or visit our website at


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team looks to remain unbeaten in Southland Conference play, welcoming Central Arkansas for Homecoming to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The showdown between the Lions (3-4, 3-0 Southland) and the visiting Bears (6-2, 4-1 Southland) is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where a live stream, courtesy of the Southeastern Channel, and live stats will be available.
     The soccer team (10-6-1, 4-2-1 Southland) will close out the regular season on Friday, hosting Northwestern State at 3 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. Prior to the match, Lady Lions Maiya Cooper, Lacey Bockhaus, Karly Dagys, Lauren Stillians, Kerry McWhirter, Sam McNally, Megan Miller, Cassie Northrup, Kailey Mills, Tabitha McReynolds and Dana Songe will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
     The men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships on Friday at Tyrrell Park in Beaumont, Texas. The men's race covers 8K and starts at 9 a.m. with the women's 6K race following at 10 a.m.
     The volleyball team (8-14, 3-9 Southland) has three key Southland Conference matches on tap this week. The Lady Lions start on the road on Tuesday, facing Lamar at 7 p.m. in Beaumont, Texas. On Thursday, Southeastern returns home to host Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. Northwestern State comes to town on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match. Thursday and Saturday's matches can be viewed on via LionVision.
     Fresh off a dominating performance at the UWF Fall Fling, the Southeastern tennis team will look to close out its fall schedule on a high note. The Lions will compete in the USM Invitational, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Tuesday, October 23
Volleyball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m.*

Thursday, October 25
Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision)*

Friday, October 26
Women's Soccer, vs. Northwestern State (Senior Day), Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Beaumont, Texas, 9/10 a.m.
Women's Tennis, at Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Saturday, October 27
Football, vs. Central Arkansas (Homecoming), Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Tennis, at Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Sunday, October 28
Women's Tennis, at Southern Miss Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Two faculty members in the Department of History and Political Science presented papers at the 2012 meeting of the Louisiana Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, held at Tulane University Oct. 13-14. Andrew Traver presented "Nicholas of Lisieux's Response to Pecham and Aquinas on Evangelical Perfection: Contra Pecham et Thomam," and William Robison presented "Catherine of Aragon's Faith and Fate on Film from the Silent Movie Era to Showtime's The Tudors." Steven Zaffuto (Southeastern Channel) a recent graduate of the M.A. in History program, presented "Khusro II and the Eventual Collapse of Sasanid Persia." Samantha Perez, a Southeastern graduate now in the Tulane PhD program, presented "Franciscan Relics and Their Artistic Program: Antony of Padua and His Church."
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) has had an innovative manuscript entitled "Using a Multi-User Virtual Environment to Facilitate Nursing Journal Clubs: A Mixed Methods Study" accepted for publication in an upcoming edition of the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice.


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