Homecoming Week is here

Homecoming Little Lion activities

Artigues named Athletics Director

Fanfare's final two weeks

Alumni of the Year honored

Relay for Life fundraiser

STAR Shadow Day scheduled


Dance concert scheduled

Common Read program Oct. 24

Wind Symphony concert Oct. 23

FoSL Wine Tasting scheduled

Fall Carnival set for Oct. 31

Spooktacular III Oct. 30

Hyde named Fellow of GSHA


Homecoming parking changes - Did you know?

Who's Who nominations requested

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Homecoming Week is here; Southeastern fans encouraged to decorate at tailgate
Homecoming 2013Southeastern tailgaters are invited to get a little whimsical with tailgate decorating this year during the annual tailgate decorating contest at Homecoming this Saturday, Oct. 26.
     Participants can give their tailgate a Seussical spruce-up with this year's Homecoming theme, "From There to Here, From Here to There, Roomie Rhyming Everywhere." There is no charge for groups in Friendship Circle to enter the "Decorate Your Tailgate" contest.
     Judging will take place beginning at 4 p.m., following the 3 p.m. Homecoming parade. Prizes will be awarded to an overall winner and most creative entry. Both will be announced during the 7 p.m. Lions vs. Lamar game in Strawberry Stadium.
     No registration is necessary. For additional information, call 549-5861. A complete schedule of Homecoming 2013 events, reunions and contests is available at



Southeastern to hold 'Little Lion' activities during Homecoming tailgate
Southeastern's littlest fans will have many opportunities for fun during tailgating this year at Homecoming 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 26.
     Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman said activities for young tailgaters include a photo booth, clowns, inflatables, a bagpipe player, face painting, pottery making and more.
     "Little Lions can craft their own Dr. Seuss accessories at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center Booth in Friendship Circle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.," Pittman said. "They can also participate in a 'Run with Roomie' race that begins at the information booth in Friendship Circle at 2 p.m. prior to the annual Homecoming Parade at 3 p.m."
     Other activities include mini-train rides and a hayride tour around campus, a new addition this year, Pittman said. They will also enjoy mingling with lifesize characters, including Roomie the Lion, Phil the Pig, Hammy the Hammond Star, and Piper the Pelican. Spinning Ararmark's "Wheel of Fortune" can also win little fans an edible prize, she said.
     "We want everyone to take advantage of all the fun activities this year during tailgating," Pittman said. "Don't forget to make your own Southeastern green and gold pom poms in Friendship Circle next to the face painting station, and then join us as we storm the stadium at 6:30 p.m. to prepare to cheer on our Lions before kickoff against Lamar at 7 p.m."
     For more information, call the Alumni Association 549-2150. A complete schedule of Homecoming 2013 events, reunions and contests is available at
     Tickets for the Homecoming game against Lamar are available at 549-LION.


Artigues named Director of Athletics at Southeastern
Jay ArtiguesFollowing a national search, Southeastern has named Jay Artigues as Director of Athletics, university officials announced Monday (Oct. 14).  The appointment is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
     Artigues joined the Southeastern athletics staff in 2005, serving eight seasons as the university's 15th head baseball coach, compiling a 276-188 win-loss record, and earning the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Co-Coach of the Year Award in 2010.
     Artigues has served as athletics director on an interim basis since Bart Bellairs left the university in June.
     "Jay Artigues has demonstrated great leadership abilities, strong administrative skills, and tremendous dedication to Southeastern athletics," said Southeastern President John L. Crain at the announcement press conference. "His work performance has been exemplary, and he is well respected by student-athletes, coaches, university faculty and staff and members of the community."
     "This is the highest honor of my career and it is truly humbling," said Artigues. "I am inheriting an excellent situation: an administration focused on excellence in all areas, dedicated coaches, staff and student-athletes, and a growing fan base committed to the future of Lion athletics."
     During his tenure at the helm of the Southeastern baseball program, the Lions excelled on and off the field. In addition to leading the Lions to consecutive Southland Conference Tournament championship games, Artigues has overseen a program that has consistently posted team grade point averages over 3.0.
     Artigues' student-athletes also were able to succeed on the professional level, as nine Lions were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft during his tenure. Included in that group is 2009 first round pick Wade Miley of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who was a National League All-Star and selected as the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year in 2012.
     As a player, Artigues spent two seasons at Pearl River Community College where he was an All-State and All-Region selection. He then went on to play two seasons at Belhaven College where he was an All-Conference selection as a second baseman. He holds the highest single-season on-base percentage (.538) and sixth-highest career batting average (.375) in Belhaven history.
     A graduate of Belhaven in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, he earned a master's degree in sport coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 1993.
     Artigues and his wife Rachel reside in Hammond and are the parents of two sons, Christopher "Champ" (14) and Casey (11).


Music concerts, a film premiere and lectures highlight Fanfare's final two weeks


Lindsy Brown and William RobisonLET IT BE – Southeastern dance student Lindsy Brown of Slidell will perform in Martie Fellom's piece, "Cross Words," as part of the dance concert "Let It Be" on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Southeastern's Vonnie Borden Theatre.


HALLOWEEN LECTURE – Southeastern History and Political Science Department Head William Robison will present the final Then and Now Lecture on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Robison will present "My Kingdom for a Hearse! The Life, Death, and Abandoned Bones of Richard III."


A film premiere, two music concerts and a trio of lectures highlight the fourth week of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October-long arts festival.
     Fanfare's fourth week begins on Monday, Oct. 21, with the Then and Now Lecture Series film premiere of "McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival" scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     In June 1971, over 60,000 fans from across the United States flocked to the small crossroads of McCrea, La., for the Celebration of Life music festival. Local uproar, an expensive legal battle, and disruptive summer weather wreaked havoc on the eight-day lineup, which originally included the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, and the Amboy Dukes. Shortages of food, water and medical facilities contributed to the misery.
     The film, by Southeastern history graduate students Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro, uses long-lost footage and interviews with musicians and attendees to present the story of Louisiana's forgotten rock festival.
A Then and Now lecture by Southeastern English faculty member Tasha Whitton is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Whitton will present "Austen, Bronte, Shakespeare, and Meyer (Oh my!): 'Twilight' in the Literary Tradition" at Pottle Music Building Auditorium at 1 p.m. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of English.
     Whitton will discuss why we read and how we respond to contemporary literature, as well as why some writers are accepted into a canon of academic work while others are not.
     "The young adult genre has exploded in the last decade with series including 'Harry Potter,' 'Twilight,' and 'The Hunger Games,'" Whitton said. "But, as some series have found their way into the classroom, others have found themselves the subject of ridicule. Come hear why Meyer deserves a second look and how bullying has always been part of canon formation."
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Security executive named Southeastern Alumnus of the Year
Hamilton MixonInternational security consultant Hamilton Mixon, left, will be honored as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Alumni Association.
     Mixon, who most recently directed global security for the popular social media web site Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif., 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 985-549-2150 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.
     Also to be recognized at the event is Samantha Perez, a 2010 graduate who is currently completing doctoral studies in history at Tulane University and serves as an instructor at Southeastern.
     A 1979 graduate of Southeastern with degrees in criminal justice, psychology and sociology, Mixon most recently was responsible for global security and executive services for Facebook, a position he assumed in 2012 after serving as global director of security for the multi-national computer technology company Oracle Corp.
     Mixon is a native of Kentwood. He joined the Louisiana State Police following graduation fromSamantha Perez Southeastern and served in a variety of capacities, including the Criminal Intelligence Unit, commander of the Governor's Mansion and State Police Executive Protection Detail and the state police Public Safety Public Information Unit.
     After 17 years of service, he retired from the Louisiana State Police in 1993 and entered the private sector as director of corporate security for Jazz Enterprises, a gaming and hospitality company headquartered in Baton Rouge and Reno, Nev. He later directed operations for Healthcare Security Services in San Jose, Calif., a security management and consulting firm specializing in security services for healthcare facilities in the United States and Canada.
     For eight years, Hamilton served as director of corporate security for Genetech, Inc., the world's largest biopharmaceutical company. Later he served as global director of security and risk management for Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston for four years.
     Perez distinguished herself as an undergraduate at Southeastern, where she earned bachelor of arts degrees in history and English with minors in creative writing and gender studies and an honors diploma in the liberal arts. As a junior, she and communications major Joshua Robin – now her husband and both natives of Violet – created an extensively researched video documentary entitled "Louisiana's Lost Treasure: The Isleños," which was presented as part of Southeastern's Fanfare fall festival of the arts. She has since written a book version, "The Isleños of Louisiana: On the Water's Edge."
     Upon graduation from Southeastern, Perez received a fellowship to pursue doctoral work at Tulane University, where she completed her master's degree in late medieval-early Renaissance Europe. She currently teaches history at Southeastern and is completing her dissertation at Tulane.


Tamale Dinner Relay for Life Fundraiser
Relay for LifeThe Department of Human Resources, in the Division of Administration & Finance's Relay for Life Team, announces the return of the popular tamale dinners on Monday, Nov. 4.
     Orders will be available for pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dinners will include three tamales, Mexican rice and beans, with chips and salsa for $7.
     Tamales will also be sold at $15 a dozen or $8 for ½ dozen and can be purchased hot or packaged ready to freeze.
     Please call Mae Everett at extension 5431 to place an order by Wednesday, Oct. 30. Thanks for your support.


Southeastern invites high school students to experience teacher prep
Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning will host STAR (Students Teaching and Reaching) Shadow Day on campus this fall during Homecoming Week. Scheduled for Oct. 23, the event invites area students who are enrolled in STAR education courses at area high schools to experience college as an education major for a day, and earn course credit at the same time.
     "The STAR Program provides high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about teaching as a career through one-credit courses offered at their high schools," said Susan Sawyer, Southeastern teaching and learning instructor and coordinator of the event.
     She said the Louisiana Department of Education has developed a curriculum that not only gives students a glimpse into the teaching profession, but also, under the proper guidelines, can be used for college credit in the field of education. STAR I and now STAR II have both been approved and are being taught in approximately 50 high schools across the state.
     Participants in STAR Shadow Day will begin their day on campus with a welcome from the department's Beth Berry, undergraduate coordinator; Cindy Elliott, interim department head; and Shirley Jacob, interim dean.
     "Participating students are given the opportunity to visit college classes in the Department of Teaching and Learning to experience college life at Southeastern," added Sawyer. "This fall, attendees will be able to attend Gumbo Ya Ya as part of Southeastern's Homecoming Week celebration. The Office of Admissions will also provide the students, teachers and chapterones with a campus tour."
     Schools participating in this year's event include Fontainebleau, Zachary, Destrehan and Hahnville high schools.
Sawyer said the department invites all schools in the service region with STAR programs in their high schools. Those involved in area STAR programs that would like to attend future STAR Shadow Day events can call 549-2221 to request information on future events.


Southeastern Dance presents "Let It Be" October 23
Crystal Schayot in Let It Be"Let It Be," a performance by Southeastern's Dance Performance Project, will be presented Oct. 23 in Vonnie Borden Theatre as part of Fanfare, the university's annual celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
     Directed by Southeastern Dance Instructor Skip Costa, the 7:30 p.m. program features four Southeastern faculty members – Costa, Ashley Lewis, Alison Maraman, and Dance Coordinator and Professor Martie Fellom -  who have put their creative, diverse and choreographic spin on the timeless classic "Let It Be," written by Paul McCartney.
     General admission tickets for "Let It Be" are $5 and will be available in the D Vickers lobby one hour prior to the performance.
     Fellom's piece is titled "Cross Words" and features Southeastern Phi Mu Alpha singers and two dancers – Lindsy Brown of Slidell and Millenique Brown of Belle Chase.
     Fellom said that "Cross Words" is about two people at odds with each other and morphs into amusing social commentary about genetically designed foods and U.S. fiscal policy. Fellom asked English Instructor Alan Marsh to create a script to assist in development of the work.
     "As Martie's piece was evolving, she envisioned two characters at odds with each other trying to get through cross word puzzles," Marsh said. "I didn't know how to embrace this scenario until she added the current controversies of fiscal responsibility and genetically modified foods in America. That helped me tie it together."
     Under the direction of Aaron Turnipseed of Baton Rouge, the Phi Mu Alpha singers providing music for the piece include Jonathan Dupre, Luling; Eric Hendrix, Larose; Jarod Hopper and Joseph Powell, Walker; Cody Love, Mandeville; Robert Roy, Lacombe; Remi Vedros, Cut Off; and Jesse White, Denham Springs.
     As part of the concert, Maraman will present "Autumn Shift," a dance about seasonal change. In the fall, Maraman said, the things that no longer serve us, whether it be a person, place or thing, must be released. Letting the shift occur, or letting it be, can sometimes be a struggle, she said.
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SPEAKING WORDS OF WISDOM – Southeastern senior Crystal Schayot of New Orleans is one of the dancers who will perform in Southeastern Dance Performance Project's "Let It Be," a dance concert scheduled Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre. The dance concert is part of Fanfare, the university's annual fall festival of the arts.


Award winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa featured in Southeastern's 'Common Read' program
Yusef KomunyakaaBogalusa native and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa will visit Southeastern Oct. 24 as part of the institution's fall Common Read program.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read the works and then meet an important contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author's work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, a 2 p.m. presentation entitled Civil Rights in Southeast Louisiana: An Oral History, and a 7 p.m. public reading by Komunyakaa followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Born in Bogalusa as James William Brown, where he was raised during the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, Komunyakaa reclaimed his grandfather's family name that was lost in immigration from Trinidad to the United States. Komunyakaa served in Vietnam War with the U.S. Army and began writing poetry in 1973. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Springs, his first two books of poetry – "Dedications & Other Darkhorses" and "Lost in the Bonewheel Factory" – were published. He later received his master's degree from Colorado State University and master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine.
     "For several years now, we've sponsored a Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students," said Department of English Head David Hanson. "By meeting and talking with an author who they're studying intensively in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author's life of writing."
     Komunyakaa has published more than a dozen collections of poetry. "I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head" won the San Francisco Poetry Prize, and his "Dien Cai Dau" was recognized with the Dark Room Poetry Prize. In 1994, he won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for "Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems."
     Currently a professor of English and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University, Komunyakaa started his teaching career in the New Orleans public schools and at the University of New Orleans. He has also taught at Indiana University and Princeton University.


Southeastern Wind Symphony to salute 'Music of the Presidency;' former Gov. Blanco to serve as MC
The Southeastern Wind Symphony will present a concert focusing on music surrounding the presidency on Thursday, Oct. 24, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
     Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco will serve as master of ceremonies for the performance.
     Entitled "POTUS: Music of the Presidency," the 7:30 p.m. performance will be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond as part of the university's fall  Fanfare celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
     General admission tickets are $10; Southeastern students are admitted free with their student ID card. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St., through the Internet at, or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 543-4371 for ticket information.
     Symphony conductor Glen Hemberger said the performance will be highlighted with narrations by WWL radio personality John "Spud" McConnell based on the speeches and writings of Ronald Reagan and State Sen. Jack Donahue based on speeches of Abraham Lincoln. They will meet audience members in the Columbia lobby following the performance.
     "The program will include several pieces most people are familiar with, including 'Fanfare and Flourishes,' 'Hail to the Chief,' and John Philip Sousa's 'Stars and Stripes Forever' and 'Presidential Polonaise,'" Hemberger said.
     Also on the program are "The Dream of Abraham" by Daniel Bukvich, which is based on a vision by Abraham Zapruder, whose 8mm film captured the actual assassination; "The Shining City" by Mark Camphouse with narration by McConnell; "Lincoln Portrait" by Aaron Copland with narration by Sen. Donahue; "Easter Monday on the White House Lawn," and President Garfield's "Inaugural March" by John Philip Sousa.
     Other pieces to be performed include "Elegy for a Young American," by Ronald Lo Presti and dedicated to President Kennedy; and "Air and Simple Dances" by John Williams, a work for quartet performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The piece will feature cellist Dragos Filip, violinist Oleksiy Hamov, faculty member and clarinetist Victor Drescher, and pianist Kenneth Boulton, interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Wine tasting to benefit Southeastern library
Friends of Sims LibraryThe group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its fifth annual "Wine with Friends," a fundraiser for Southeastern's Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
     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 Library Director Eric Johnson.  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 area individuals and 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.
     Patrons can order tickets online at (add "Wine Tasting" in the comment box) or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402. For more information about the wine tasting or the Friends of Sims Library, contact Julie Durel at 549-3962 or


Southeastern Fall Carnival to include Trick or Treat with the Greeks
Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern's ninth annual Fall Carnival Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
     The university's Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the Black Student Union, and Recreational Sports and Wellness are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat with the Greeks, which is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement.
     Both events are scheduled at Southeastern's North Oak Park, located at 2699 North Oak Street.
     "This is our annual service effort," said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. "Our goal is to provide all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a safe, carnival atmosphere."
     Summers said both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, face painting, and much more.
     Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 549-3850 or email


'Spooktacular III,' costume contest highlight Chamber Orchestra's Halloween concert Oct. 30
Costumer winner 2011The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will build on its highly popular Halloween concert when it presents a wide collection of music in its fall performance "Spooktacular III" scheduled 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
     The kid-friendly concert again will include costume contests in the age categories 12 and under and 13 and older, said Chamber Orchestra Conductor Yakov Voldman, who, along with the entire orchestra, will be in costume.
     "We're encouraging our audience to come in costume, whether or not they participate in the contest," said Voldman, who last year dressed as a cowboy from the old West.
     Following the concert, orchestra members will distribute 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 and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia box office at 985-543-4371.
     The concert will open with "Irish Medley" featuring brothers Griffin and Riley Wiemelt of Mandeville, who study in Southeastern's Community Music School, and "Bluegrass Medley" with a violin solo by Jivka Jeleva, director of the Community Music School.
     Also on the program is the popular "A Night on Bald Mountain," as well as "A Salute to the Big Bands" and "Love Me or Leave Me," featuring  student vocalist Angelisa Allen of Gonzales.
     Associate Professor Henry Jones will be featured on the piano playing Scott Joplin's "Solace" and "Maple Leaf Rag." Arthur Hamilton's "Cry Me a River" will be highlighted by vocalist Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva of Kherson (Ukraine). The program will conclude with performances of "Tico Tico" and Daniel Bukvich's "Voodoo."
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


SNOW WHITES - Snow White Claire Xie, daughter of Southeastern piano performance graduate Zhaolei Xie and Xin Zhang, won the children's costume contest at the 2011 Halloween concert presented by the Chamber Orchestra. Posed with her are two members of the orchestra, Kelly Todd, left, and Brooke Gaudet.


Hyde named Fellow of Gulf South Historical Association
Sam HydeSoutheastern Professor of History Samuel C. Hyde has received the Fellows Award from the Gulf South Historical Association.
     Hyde, who holds Southeastern's Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies and is director of the university's Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, is only the third individual selected for the prestigious honor in the 31-year history of the GSHA.      

     The award was presented at the organization's annual meeting Oct. 11 in Pensacola.
     A resident of Denham Springs, Hyde was honored for his record of publication, film work and for his multiple leadership roles in the GSHA. Most recently, he served as president of the association, which is a consortium of universities, historical organizations and agencies in the Gulf South and Latin America.
     Previous recipients of the honor were Michael Thomason of the University of South Alabama and Randall Broxton of Pensacola State College.


Parking changes for Homecoming 2013
Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and continuing until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, several parking areas on the south end of campus will be reserved for Southeastern Homecoming activities.
     The parking areas on the south side of Southeastern Hall and the Pine Oaks lot located on West Colorado Street between North Pine Street and North Magnolia Street will be reserved for tailgating and fans attending the Southeastern versus Lamar football game on Saturday.
     Student residents of Cardinal Newman Hall with valid parking permits may also park in the Pine Oaks lot all weekend.
The McClimans Hall parking lot will be reserved for the Homecoming Motorcycle Show and Homecoming Hay Ride.
     On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m., several roads and parking areas around the perimeter of campus will be temporarily closed for the Homecoming Parade. These closures are expected to last until about 4:30 p.m.
     Students and employees should take these temporary changes into consideration when making travel and parking plans for these dates. More information about Southeastern's Homecoming events can be found at More information about parking on campus can be found at – Did you know?
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2013 Who's Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is an annual honors program honoring our nation's leading college students. Selections to this program are made each fall semester and coordinated by the Office for Student Engagement at Southeastern.  

     Administrators, faculty and staff, as well as student organization presidents and/or advisors, are invited to nominate students they feel are deserving of this award.
     As you consider a student for the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award, please base it upon the following criteria:
     • Only upper-classmen (juniors and seniors) and graduate students are eligible
     • Selections should be based on the student's scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and citizenship and service to the university during the spring 2013 and fall 2013 semesters.
     • 2.5 Adjusted cumulative grade point average to be eligible/full time students (12 hours or more, unless a graduating senior; 6 hours or more for graduate students).
     Please submit the student's name and W I.D. # for each student (must have) who is nominated, along with the administrator, faculty and/or staff member, as well as student organization president and/or advisors, who is making the nomination with their department, faculty box number, phone number and email address. The nomination form can be accessed at the following site:
     Nominations are due in the Office for Student Engagement by Oct. 31, at 5 p.m.
     This award is presented at the annual Division for Student Affairs Award Convocation held the last week of the spring semester. Thank you for your assistance in honoring Southeastern's outstanding students.


Southeastern in the news
Action News
Southeastern launches United Way drive, tailgating for Homecoming

Broadwater offers plan to fix 88% cut to Southeastern (Video - starts at 2:50)

Southeastern announces 2013 Homecoming court

SLU Homecoming to host activities for little Lions


BR Advocate
Bogalusa native and Pulitizer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa to speak at SLU program


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team hosts Lamar for Homecoming to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (5-2, 2-0 Southland) and Lamar (3-4, 0-2 Southland) will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday night in Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern outscored Northwestern State, 30-6, in the second half on the way to a 37-22 road win over the Demons on Saturday. Lamar was edged by Central Arkansas, 26-24, at home. The 2013 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime of Saturday's contest.
     The game between the Lions and the visiting Cardinals will air live on ESPN3. The game will also be broadcast 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.
     The men's golf team will look for its second win of the fall this week. The Lions, ranked No. 28 nationally in the most recent GolfStat rankings, will be in Choudrant on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at the Squire Creek Country Club. Live stats for the event, provided by Louisiana Tech, will be accessible at
     The Southeastern soccer team (12-3-1, 7-2 Southland) will be on the road this week. On Sunday, the Lady Lions take on league foe Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas.
     The volleyball team (7-16, 1-10 Southland) will open up a six-match home stand this week, hosting a pair of Southland opponents. On Thursday, Abilene Christian comes to town for a 7 p.m. match, while Incarnate Word visits on Saturday at 2 p.m. LionVision subscribers can access a live feed of both matches at, where live stats will also be available.
     Fresh off a strong performance at the UWF Invitational, the women's tennis team will be back in action this week. The Lions will head to Hattiesburg, Miss. to compete in the USM Halloween Classic, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Monday, October 21
Men's Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, October 22
Men's Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, 8 a.m.

Thursday, October 24
Volleyball, vs. Abilene Christian, Hammond, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*

Friday, October 25
Women's Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Saturday, October 26
Football, vs. Lamar (Homecoming), Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (Southeastern Radio Network)*
Volleyball, vs. Incarnate Word, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Sunday, October 27
Soccer, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and communication) was among the participants of the second triennial conference of the American Boccaccio Association (ABA) in Washington, DC, where he presented his paper "Tasso e Boccaccio dalla Liberata alla Conquistata."
     Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented a research poster titled "Relationship of Fruit and Vegetable Intake and BMI of Children Grades K to 8" at the national conference of American School Health Association (ASHA) in Myrtle Beach on Oct. 10. Co-authors were Dr. Daniel Hollander and two graduate assistants: Elizabeth Pardi and Brian Henry. Synovitz's late husband, Dr. Robert J. Synovitz, was given tribute from ASHA at the opening Awards Ceremony and President's Reception on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9, for his years of service as national president and later, for 10 years as conference planner. Dr. Robert Synovitz was also given tribute on Friday, Oct. 11, at the national meeting of Eta Sigma Gamma as a founding father of this national professional health honorary society and for his many years of service to Eta Sigma Gamma. The Distinguished Service Award is now named the Robert J. Synovitz Distinguished Service Award.
     Several faculty and graduate students in the Department of History and Political Science participated in the 31st Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Pensacola, Florida Oct. 10-12. The event's sponsor is the Gulf South Historical Association, of which History Professor Samuel C. Hyde Jr. served as president in 2012-2013.
     Hyde presented the paper "Dark and Bloody Business: Politics and Feuding in Louisiana's Florida Parishes 1880-1910;" William Robison and Jerry Sanson (LSU-Alexandria) presented their film "Louisiana During World War II;" Randy Sanders presented a paper "The Sad Duty of Politics: Jimmy Carter and the Issue of Race in His 1970 Gubernatorial Campaign;" Charles Dranguet chaired a session on "New Orleans as a Gateway to Latin America;" Victoria Mocsary chaired a session on "Barrier Islands, Bonds, and Medical Research in Mississippi and Alabama;" Peter Petrakis chaired and commented on a session, "Life in the Dream State: A Glimpse of Politics, Cultural Identity, Literature, Music, and Art in Louisiana;" and Ronald Traylor chaired and commented on a session, "European Breakout Session: War, Leadership, and Nation Making."
     Among graduate students, Nicolas Brilleaux and Scott Caro premiered their film, "McCrea 1971: The Story of Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival," in a session chaired by Robison; Caro also presented a paper, "Attempting to Chart a Moral Course: Examining Jimmy Carter's Emphasis on Public Morality through the Lens of the 'Crisis of Confidence' Speech;" Joshua Rogers presented "A Look at Leadership: How American Military Leaders Planned and Executed Operation Dragoon, the Southern Invasion of France;" Theresa Thessen presented "The 'Very Last Word in Aerial Terminals': The Creation of the Shushan Airport;" and graduate assistants Sara Chaupette, Rogers, and Thessen ably handled all registration and technology matters for the conference.
     Several Southeastern graduates also participated, including Sarah Hyde (River Parishes Community College), who commented on a session, "Sex, Spies, and Local Color: Women's Culture in the Gulf South, 1860-1920;" Owen Hyman (PhD candidate, Mississippi State), who presented "Rethinking Southern Economic Discontinuity through the Forst Industries of Louisiana and Mississippi;" and Karen Williams (LSU), who presented "Literature in the Florida Parishes: The Role of Landscape in Depicting People and Place."
     Library faculty Dr. Stephen Sanders and Mary Lou Strong presented "Sharing our Work through 'New Eyes': What Do Other Faculty Want Us to Know?" and Herbert McGuin moderated a sharing session on eLibrary at the LOUIS Users Conference Oct. 3 and 4 in Port Allen.
     Lori Smith (Library) published an article entitled "Help Your Patients Access Government Health Information" in the October issue of Nursing 2013.
     Paul Kelsey (Library) presented "Patron Driven Acquisitions" at the LaSSAL (Louisiana Support Staff Association of Libraries) Conference on Sept. 27, in Pineville. He also presented "EDI X12 Ordering and Invoicing using YBP's GobiExport Plus" at the LOUIS Users Conference on Oct. 4 in Port Allen.


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