ByLion--November 18


Unexpected Boys perform at Columbia

"Toys from the Heart" brings joy

Echols receives national honor

Jazz Ensemble performance Nov. 19

"An Evening of One Acts" scheduled

Channel to replay title victory

Geaux Pink game scheduled

Rowe recital scheduled Nov. 22 - Did you know?

Food Pantry to open on campus

Roberts up for honor

Volunteers needed

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Please be advised this is the final ByLion before the Thanksgiving break. ByLion will return on December 2.


"Unexpected" performance to hit Columbia Theatre stage
The Unexpected BoysSoutheastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the Unexpected Boys, a Four Seasons tribute group, on Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theater.
     Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood said the Unexpected Boys have headlined in such cities and venues as the Atlantis Hotel and Resort in Dubai, Formula One Singapore, The Pentagon, and Yankee Stadium. The group has also opened for Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Deborah Cox and Chubby Checker, and was recently featured on the season finale of "The Housewives of New York" on The Bravo Network.
     "With unmatched vocal talents taken only from the world of Broadway, many of whom have performed in Jersey Boys," he said, "these Jersey wise guys sing the unforgettable hits like 'Sherry,' 'Let's Hang On,' 'My Eyes Adored You,' and 'Walk Like a Man' in a customized performance that you will never forget."
     Tickets range from $34 - $42 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the Unexpected Boys and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.


'Toys from the Heart' brings joy to area children
Many Southeastern student organizations have found that nothing warms the heart more than giving the gift of joy to a young child.
     For the eighth consecutive year, Southeastern's Kappa Alpha Psi, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Gamma Beta Phi honor and service society, and the Student United Way will do just that by giving "Toys from the Heart" to underprivileged children in the local community.
     Teaming with Recreational Sports and Wellness, the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA), and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, the organizations expect to collect enough toys for 400 children this holiday season.
     "This is the eighth consecutive year for the toy drive," said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, "but the student coordinators decided to change the format to benefit selected children in community programs, such as Head Start and the Successful Transitions Program, instead of families registering for toys."
     Summers said the students are asking the Hammond community and all Southeastern departments, faculty, staff and students to make a donation of a toy or a monetary donation toward the purchase of a new toy.
     New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov 18-21, Nov. 26-29, and Dec. 2-4. Donation boxes will also be located at the MISA office in Mims Hall, room 213, and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue.
     For more information about "Toys from the Heart," contact the MISA office at 549-3850.


Southeastern professor receives national honor for multicultural work
Celina EcholsCelina Echols, professor in the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning, has been awarded the 2013 Carter Goodwin Woodson Service Award in recognition of her work in multiculturalism and service-learning.
     The award is sponsored by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and was presented at the organization's national conference held Nov. 6-10 in Oakland, Calif. The award is named for Woodson, who is credited with establishing the origins of the multicultural movement, creator of Black History Month and the establishment in 1915 of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now named African American Life and History.
     A resident of Hammond, Echols is a specialist in educational psychology and has served on the Southeastern faculty for 16 years. At Southeastern, she has coordinated numerous forums focused on race, culture, social equity and multiculturalism. She supervises a service-learning project at a local middle school with a significant number of at-risk students where teacher candidates mentor African-American middle school students in preparation for high stakes tests. Following the 2007 earthquake in Haiti, Echols initiated and coordinated a community and university response to the global disaster.
     "Dr. Echols is a positive role model and mentor, not just for our student teachers and others at Southeastern, but also for middle school and high school students," said Cynthia Elliott, head of the Department of Teaching and Learning, who nominated Echols. "She practices the art of service with willingness and commitment."
     Elliott said Echols also embraces scholarly leadership and research into multiculturalism through her authorship of several articles in professional journals.
     "I appreciate Dr. Elliott's nomination for this award, which has inspired me to do even more because I respect the principles of service," Echols said. "It is humbling to know that I received an award for service that is linked to the respected scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson."
     A former member of the NAME board of directors, Echols received her doctorate in education from the University of Akron.


Southeastern Jazz Ensemble to perform November 19

The Southeastern Jazz Ensemble will perform Wednesday, Nov. 19, in a free concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     The concert will be conducted by Southeastern Associate Director of Bands Paul Frechou and recording and performance artist Clarence Johnson. Soloists include Southeastern Piano Instructor Henry Jones and Johnson on the saxophone.
     The concert program will include "Morten Swing," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Not to be Forgotten," "Mr. Magic," "Body and Soul," "Chant," "Jumpin' at the Westside," and "Riverdance."
     Frechou directs Southeastern's "Spirit of the Southland" marching band, as well as the Symphonic Band and teaches several music education courses. Performing frequently as woodwind player, Frechou is the bass clarinetist with the Gulf Coast Symphony and has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, and New Orleans Ballet Orchestra.
     Known for his fierce and often sultry saxophone sound, New Orleanian Johnson enjoys a successful career as a recording and performing artist, an educator, and also appears in films and television. Currently, Johnson is preparing for the national release of this latest recording, "Watch Him Work," his first release in 15 years. Recently, Johnson has appeared on both the 2012 recording and PBS television documentary of Hugh Laurie's "Let Them Talk," which was produced by Allen Toussaint.
     Jones was a freelance vocal coach and accompanist in New York City for 10 years. His credits include choral performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, vocal recitals at Lincoln Center, musical director of a gymnastic exhibition at Madison Square Garden, and Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including "Evita," Jerome Robbins' "Broadway," and "The Fantasticks."
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Southeastern Theatre presents "An Evening of One Acts"
An Evening of One ActsThe Southeastern Theatre Program is turning over the reins to students for its next scheduled performance, "An Evening of One Acts."
     The members of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, will bring a compilation of one act plays directed, acted and designed by its student members to run at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre from Nov. 19 through Nov. 22.
     The works in the production include "Who Am I This Time?" by Kurt Vonnegut and "The Turn of the Screw," based on the Henry James novella and adapted for the stage by Jeffery Hatcher.
     General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with ID.
     Directed by studentVeronica Gutierrez of New Orleans, "Who Am I This Time? follows the socially awkward lead character Henry Nash, who has the ability to make characters from any script he is given come to life: literally. The audience can expect a sit-com feel with a classic boy meets girl tale with a twist.
     The cast for "Who Am I This Time?" includes James Lejeune of Springfield playing the lead character Henry Nash and Caleb Theriot, also from Springfield, as Newt. Kayla Wilson of Watson plays Helene Shaw. Also in the cast are Janna Baza of Abita Springs as Miss Sawyer, Raven Price as Mary and Avonte Skinner as Sam, both of Baton Rouge; Seth Walker as George and Jessica Baronich as Catherine, both of Denham Springs; and Kennedy Lejeune of Lafayette as Nancy.
     "The Turn of the Screw" is being directed by Chelsea Krause of New Orleans. In the thrilling ghost story, a young governess takes a job at a house and finds there is much more to its history than meets the eye. Krause said audiences can expect the unexpected in the production.
     Cast members for "The Turn of the Screw" include Miranda Miller of Walker as The Woman and M.J. Ricks of Lacombe as The Man.
     Sets for both productions were designed by Rebecca Ackerman of River Ridge, while costuming was handled by Rebecca Fife of Pearl River.
     The students expressed their excitement about opening night.
     "I have been living and breathing this show for months, and it's almost at an end," said Gutierrez. "It is a bit sad knowing the show is almost over, but I can't wait to share all the work the actors, production team, and I have put together."
Krause shared her mixed feelings saying, "I'm excited for my actors, terrified for myself.
     The moment the play starts I've lost all control and yet everything that's done is all on me. It's quite nerve wracking but thrilling."
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 549-2184.


THE TURN OF THE SCREW – Miranda Miller of Walker and M.J. Ricks of Lacombe will perform in "The Turn of the Screw," as part of Southeastern Theater Program's presentation of "An Evening of One Act Plays," a compilation of one act plays directed, acted and designed by students to run at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre from Nov. 19 through Nov. 22.


Southeastern Channel to replay Lions' title victory
Football Conference victoryThe Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational cable access channel, will replay the Southeastern football team's historic Southland Conference title-clinching victory over Sam Houston State at 7 pm. both Tuesday (Nov. 19) and Wednesday (Nov. 20).
     The Lions defeated 4th-ranked and defending league champion Sam Houston State, 34-21, Saturday night in Strawberry Stadium to claim its first Southland Conference title ever and its first football crown since winning the Gulf States Conference in 1961. The win also sewed up Southeastern's first-ever FCS playoff bid.
     "So that Lion football fans can continue to celebrate Southeastern's first football championship in 52 years, we've decided to depart from our normal programming schedule this week," said Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon.  "The game replays will also help set the stage for the Lions' Riverbell Classic game at home Thursday night."
     Settoon said since the Lions will be playing at home Thursday night against Nicholls State, instead of airing its normal Thursday night football broadcast, the Channel will air the Lady Lions' Southland Conference tournament championship victory over Stephen F. Austin at 8 pm. The 1-0 finals overtime victory enabled Southeastern to advance to the NCAA tourney for only the second time in history. The Lady Lions were eliminated in the first round by 10th-ranked Nebraska, 4-0.
     Both football and soccer broadcasts were productions of the Southland Conference Television Network.
     The Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish.  A live webcast can be seen on the Southeastern Channel's website at


Southeastern football to host Geaux Pink football game
Geaux PinkSoutheastern football will host a Geaux Pink football game on Thursday, Nov. 21. The Geaux Pink football game is a collaboration with Southeastern Athletics, Mary Bird Cancer Center, Raising Cane's, Tobacco Free Living and PEEPS. The purpose of the game is to raise awareness about cancer prevention, as well as the Great American Smoke Out.
     Raising Canes will host a fundraiser for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at both of their Hammond locations on Nov. 18, 19 and 20. A portion of Raising Cane's sales will go towards Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. A check will be presented to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center during half time of the Southeastern vs. Nicholls game.
     Our Campus Peer Education Organization (PEEPS) will also host an Instagram contest with Cane's. Those visiting Canes will have the opportunity to Instagram themselves at Cane's doing their best "LION UP." Winning pictures will be revealed on the Jumbotron the night of the Southeastern vs. Nicholls game.
     On game day, attendees will have the opportunity to see the Mary Bird Perkins Mobile Clinic, which will be parked in the tailgating area at the east side of the stadium. Cane's will give out lemonade in Geaux Pink commemorative cups. PEEPS will also give out Pink Thundersticks acknowledging the Great American Smoke Out at the student gate.


Southeastern to present faculty recital November 22
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present a faculty recital Nov. 22 featuring Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities and Area Vocal Coordinator Alissa Rowe.
     Scheduled in Pottle Music Building Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., the free recital will also feature Southeastern Horn Instructor Arisia Gilmore on the French horn.
     The program highlights include "Scoglio d'immota fronte from 'Scipione,'" by G. F. Handel, "Airs Chantes," by Francis Poulenc, and "The Sun is Love," by Gwyneth Walker.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


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Food Pantry to open on campus for students
The Southeastern Foundation and Multicultural and International Student Affairs, through funds from "Phil the Pig," have come together to open a food pantry on campus to serve the needs of Southeastern Students.
     This Thursday, Nov. 21, please join the students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community of Southeastern as we prepare to open the Southeastern Food Pantry. We ask everyone who attends the Southeastern vs. Nicholls game on Nov. 21 to bring one non-perishable food item and drop your item in the containers located at the entrances at Strawberry Stadium or the Alumni Tailgate.
     The containers will be placed outside the stadium at 2 p.m. and will stay out through the game to give everyone a chance to bring in their canned food item.
     A recent survey of students found that 60% have dealt with food insecurity or know someone on campus who has dealt with food insecurity.
     The food pantry is located in Mims Hall in room 226. The pantry will be open in time for Thanksgiving on Monday, November 25, from 3-6 p.m. and Tuesday, November 26th, from 8-11 a.m. Set hours for the pantry will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Hours for the pantry will be Tuesdays from 8-11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
     If you have any additional questions regarding the pantry or would like more information on how you or your organization can help, please contact Tasha Cooper at


Southeastern urges fans to vote for Roberts for Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year

Southeastern Head Football Coach Ron Roberts is up for Liberty Mutual's Coach of the Year, and Lion fans can help him get there by voting.
     Fans must have a Facebook account to vote and must "Like" the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Facebook page.
Roberts, now in his second year at Southeastern, is up for the Division 1 FCS category. He is currently ranked number six nationally.
     "It's really simple to vote," said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. "All fans have to do is go to the website at coachof and type in Ron Roberts' name. The site will prompt fans from there. It only takes a few seconds to vote, so we are encouraging our fans to vote once per day until the contest is over."
     The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. Endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame and now in its eighth year, the program awards one winning coach from each NCAA division (I-FBS, I-FCS, II, and III) with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school's alumni association, and the Coach of the Year trophy.
     Active football coaches in all NCAA divisions with a winning record are eligible to receive the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The winner in each division is chosen using a combination of fan votes and votes received from members of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Selection Committee.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 549-2150.


Church to host Thanksgiving lunch, looking for volunteers
First Presbyterian Church located just a few blocks from campus (411 W. Charles Street) will host a community Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday, Nov. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. It is open to anyone.
     They are seeking volunteers to help set up and cook that morning. Volunteers should call Jeannie Jones at 985-507-4304.


Southeastern in the news
Action News
SLU - Holiday greetings to the great men and women of the US armed forces

Echols win national honor for work in multiculturalism, service learning


BR Advocate
Spring enrollment opens through November 22

SLU Police offer Women's self-defense class

Southeastern names new director of athletics

Hammond resident Gonzalez named Miss Southeastern 2014


Hammond Daily Star
Time for Lion Nation to "Lion Up" (editorial)

  Students, alumni celebrate winning Southeastern team



SLU, community hoping to benefit from biggest game in school's history


This Week in Athletics
The Southland Conference champion Southeastern football team will conclude its 2013 regular season, while the men's and women's basketball teams both take on Southeastern Conference opponents during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 14 Lions (9-2, 6-0 Southland) will host longtime Southland Conference rival Nicholls State on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the River Bell Classic at Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern clinched a spot in the FCS playoffs and at least a share of the Southland Conference title with a 34-21 win over No. 4 Sam Houston State. A win over Nicholls on Friday would give the Lions sole possession of the league title and a single-season school record for victories. Southeastern will also be celebrating Senior Day, as the Lion senior class will be honored prior to Thursday's kickoff.
     The game will be televised on tape delay by WHNO (Charter Channel 14 in the Hammond area) and streamed live on ESPN3. The game will also air on KSLU 90.9 FM, the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, as well as Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM and The Joint 104.7 FM. Fans can listen online at or on their smart phone using the TuneIn Radio app.
     Southeastern will also find out its playoff fate this week, as the 24-team playoff field will be announced. The bracket and qualifying teams will be announced on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. exclusively on ESPNU.
     Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will partner with Southeastern Athletics to help raise cancer awareness this week. On Monday through Wednesday of this week, fans who go to the Raising Cane's by the Hammond Square Mall can mention Mary Bird Perkins and 15 percent of their purchase will be donated to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.
     The Southeastern Foundation and Multicultural and International Student Affairs will host a food drive in conjunction with Thursday's game. All fans are asked to bring one non-perishable food item to be donated to the new Southeastern food pantry, which benefits Southeastern students.
     Fresh off wins over Rice and Champion Baptist, the Lion basketball team (2-1) will travel to LSU on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest in Baton Rouge.
     The women's basketball team (1-2) has two challenging road contests on the slate this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions head to Tulane for a 7 p.m. contest. Southeastern heads to Ole Miss on Friday for a 5 p.m. contest. Tuesday's women's game and Friday's men's game can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at


Tuesday, Nov. 19
Women's Basketball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (KSLU)

Thursday, Nov. 21
Football, vs. Nicholls State, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (WHNO) (ESPN3) (Southeastern Sports Radio Network)*

Friday, Nov. 22
Men's Basketball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 7 p.m. (KSLU)
Women's Basketball, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24
Football, NCAA FCS Playoff Selection Show, ESPNU, 10:30 a.m.


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Gary Keown (Fine and Performing Arts) has been selected to exhibit his work for the "FL3TCH3R National Exhibition: Social and Politically Engaged Art" from Nov. 1 – 29 at the Tipton Gallery at East Tennessee State University.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture, "The Tudors on Film and Television: Early Modern Monarchs, Modern and Post-Modern Movies," on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Hammond Branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library. On Friday, Nov. 8, he attended the Louisiana Council for Social Studies conference, where he screened the films "Louisiana During World War II" (written by Dr. Jerry Sanson of LSU-A and directed by Robison) and "McCrea 1971" (directed by history graduate students Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro).
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department was well represented at the 39th annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association. Dr. John Boulahanis organized a panel on homicide studies. During this session he presented the paper, "Does Race, Gender and Location Really Matter?" Also on the panel, were Dr. Marc Riedel, who presented his paper on "Police and Civilian Justifiable Homicides in California," and Dr. Michael Bisciglia, who presented, "Does Location of Immigration Mitigate the Influence of Segregation on Homicide?"
     Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) has been notified that two of her articles on Southern author Bobbie Ann Mason, "A Case Study of Bobbie Ann Mason as Life Writer: The Peggy Jo Stories" and "The 'Excitement of Possibility:' Mason's 'Shiloh'" will be reprinted in a multi-format library reference volume of Literary Criticism devoted to the short story to appear in 2014.
     Dr. Wynn Gillan (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented "Guns on campus: Attributes of those who support legal handgun concealment" to the 141st American Public Health Association meeting. This work was done in conjunction with Dr. Ralph Wood (Kinesiology and Health Studies).
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Introducing an Instrument to Measure Dispositions of Pre-Service Principal," coauthored with Mindy Crain-Dorough and Jennifer Sughrue, (both of Educational Leadership and Technology) and "What Educational Leadership Candidates Want to Know about Being a School Leader," coauthored with Ashley Walker of Tangipahoa Parish Schools at the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) in Pensacola Nov. 6-8. Campbell was also installed as the 2014 President of MSERA.
     Elisabetta LeJeune (English and Languages and Communication) has an article titled "From Cucina to Kitchen: Italian Cooking vs. Italian-American Cooking in Tangipahoa Parish" published in Southern Exposures: Locations and Relocations of Italian Culture, a publication of the Italian American Studies Association.

     Robert Moreau (Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station) addressed the annual meeting of the Capital RC&D Council on Wednesday, Nov. 13, where he provided the group with an update on activities at Turtle Cove. Capital RC&D is a regular contributor of funds to help Turtle Cove fulfill its mission of education and research.


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