Loved ones remembered

Employee Appreciation Day today

Southeastern choirs perform tonight

Bookstore Flash Sale is today

Southeastern receives Mary Ellen Award

Honors convocations set

Let's Talk Art April 9

Phi Sigma Iota induction held

National Library Week set

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Golden Silence honors loved ones

1)Golden Silence2)The Payne family


1) GOLDEN SILENCE– Southeastern Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg recites names of faculty, staff, students and alumni who died in the past year. The university's annual Golden Silence ceremony was held on Thursday (April 3).


2) REMEMBERING THE DECEASED – Stephen Payne, far left, Max Payne and Jennifer Payne participate in Southeastern Louisiana University's annual Golden Silence ceremony on Thursday (April 3). The Payne family was attending the ceremony in memory of Herbert "Jack" Payne, Stephen's father.


Employee Appreciation Day at the baseball field
The Human Resources Department and the Southeastern Alumni Association are teaming up to host An Employee Appreciation Day at the Baseball Field. The event will be a free tailgate held on Tuesday, April 8, from 4-6 p.m. inside the baseball field prior to the Lions vs. Tulane game. The Cattlemen's Association will be cooking hamburgers.
     Each employee who attends is entitled, not only to free food, but two free tickets courtesy of the Athletic Department. Please join us. You and your family will be admitted with your University ID. Additional tickets for family are available at a discount.


Southeastern choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for performance tonight
The Southeastern Chorus, Concert Choir, and Women's Chorale will join with the Northshore Choral Society in a performance tonight.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for Southeastern faculty, staff, and non-Southeastern students; and free for students with a Southeastern I.D. and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 East Thomas Street.
     Brian Martinez, director of the University Choir and Northshore Choral Society, will direct the choirs.
     Southeastern's Concert Choir will perform two pieces by Gwyneth Walker, featuring a solo by Alex McConnell in one of the pieces, Martinez said. Southeastern's Women's Choir will perform a set of three pieces, also by Walker.
     "The Concert Choir, Women's Choir and University Chorus students will combine and sing Walker's setting of 'How Can I Keep From Singing,'" said Martinez. "We recently had a masterclass with Gwyneth Walker, and she really enjoyed our interpretations of her songs. We decided to feature them in the Requiem concert."
     Southeastern's Concert Choir, Women's Choir and University Chorus, along with the Northshore Choral Society, will join forces to perform the John Rutter "Requiem." The performance will include two soprano solos by Analynn Sober and Michelle Guillot.
     For tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Bookstore Flash Sale April 8
Visit the University Bookstore today, April 8, for the Spring Flash Sale. Get great savings on clothing, backpacks and totes, Android tablet, and laptop sleeves and hard shell cases (excludes Apple sleeves and cases).
     The University Bookstore is located in the Student Union and is open Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Fridays 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
     Please contact the University Bookstore at 549-5393 for additional information.


Southeastern recognized for training teacher candidates to detect child sexual abuse
Southeastern receives CAS AwardSoutheastern has been recognized by Child Advocacy Services (CAS) for its efforts to ensure all teacher education candidates at the university undergo training intended to prevent sexual abuse among children.
     Shirley Jacob, interim dean of the College of Education, accepted the Mary Ellen Award at a regional premier screening of a new training video, "Stewards of Children," held Thursday (March 27) at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The award is named for Mary Ellen Wilson, the first documented case of child abuse and neglect in the country in 1874.
     CAS, a non-profit organization, serves children and families in 10 area parishes, providing services through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Children's Advocacy Center.
     The preview screening at the Columbia of "Stewards of Children" also featured an appearance by Margaret Hoelzer, a member of the U.S. Olympics swim team who earned three medals in the 2008 Olympics and currently holds the world record in the 200 meter backstroke. A survivor of sexual abuse, Hoelzer appears in "Stewards of Children," where she shares her story of courage and perseverance.
     CAS President and CEO Rob Carlisle said Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning made a requirement in 2012 that all of its teacher education candidates would be trained in the Stewards of Children curriculum. The evidence-based program was developed by the Charleston, S.C. non-profit organization Darkness to Light, which is dedicated to child sexual abuse training.
     "As a result, over 915 students have been trained in 'Stewards of Children,' Carlisle said. "Southeastern is the only university in Louisiana to take such a stance and to demonstrate this type of leadership for the children of our community."
     In accepting the award, Jacob noted the College of Education's commitment to the safety of all children.
     "We instill this in our prospective teachers from the outset of their preparation," she said. "In many cases, it will be the teacher who will recognize the early signs of sexual abuse among children."
     "Our teacher candidates now know the important role they play in helping to ensure the safety of the children they teach," said Cynthia Elliott, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning. "They have gained increased awareness of the prevalence of abuse, learned how to recognize the signs and know the resources available to help stop this behavior."
     The program was hosted by Entergy with support from Burns Estate Planning and PJ's Coffee.
     For more information on the Stewards of Children training program, contact CAS at 902-9583.


MARY ELLEN AWARD PRESENTED TO SOUTHEASTERN – Southeastern was honored with Child Advocacy Services' Mary Ellen Award in recognition of its efforts to train all teacher candidates in detection and prevention of child sexual abuse. Pictured are, from left, CAS President and CEO Rob Carlisle, Shirley Jacob, interim dean of the College of Education, Hayward, facility dog, Margaret Hoelzer, a member of the U.S. Olympics swim team, and Cynthia Elliott, interim head of the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning.


Academic Honors Convocations scheduled
Southeastern's academic honors convocations have been scheduled. All convocations will be held in the Student Union Theatre on the following dates:

April 29, 4 p.m. – College of Science & Technology
April 30, 1 p.m. – College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
May 1, 11 a.m. – College of Education and Human Development
May 1, 2 p.m.   – College of Business
May 1, 6 p.m.   – College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Southeastern's 'Let's Talk:  Art' series continues April 9
The free spring series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library, continues on Wednesday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
     David Hanson, department head and professor of English, will discuss "Charles Dickens and William Hogarth: Image and Word."
     "In Victorian Britain, industrialization made the "sister arts" of image and word widely available. Few exploited the connections more inventively than Charles Dickens," Hanson said. "This talk explores how Dickens relied on his favorite artist, the eighteenth-century painter and printmaker William Hogarth, to make the leap from the early sketches to the first novel, Oliver Twist."
     The Hammond Regional Arts Center is located at 217 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, directly across from Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. For more information, please contact Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at 549-3962.


New members inducted into Phi Sigma Iota
Phi Sigma Iota inductionThe Department of Languages and Communication inducted a new group of students into the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Society on March 25. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages.
     This is the 10th time the department has recognized the outstanding ability of its students. This year, inductees are students who major in Spanish or minor in French, Italian, German, or Latin.
     After the initiation ceremony, faculty and students enjoyed a dinner together. The initiation ceremony took place in the restaurant Michabelle and was led by Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of Languages and Communication and Agnieszka Gutthy, PSI faculty advisor.
     Inducted into Phi Sigma Iota were:  Courtney Major, Holly Heil, Sarah Watts, Andreina Colina, Blanca V. Pérez, Rachael Javaherian, and Michelle Marie Pereda.



Students Inducted – Several students were recently inducted into Phi Sigma Iota. Pictured after the ceremony are, bottom row, from left, Sarah Watts, Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of Languages and Communication, Rachael Javaherian, Holly Heil, and Agnieszka Gutthy, Phi Sigma Iota faculty advisor. Middle row, from left, are Marta Gumpert, Andreina Colina and Blanca V. Pérez. Back row, from left, are Luz Escobar, Mariela Sánchez and Courtney Major.


National Library Week April 13 – 18 at Sims Memorial Library
April 13-18 is National Library Week. Please look over the following schedule of events and be sure to stop by the Library.


April 13-17 - Fine Free Week
Return overdue items during Fine Free Week and have your late fees forgiven on the spot.


April 15 - Readings at Sims Library
Come hear selections from original works by Southeastern's own and other local writers. Readings begin at 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.


April 15-16 - Book Sale
Support Sims Library and get some great books, videos, and CD's at unbeatable prices from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only cash is accepted for the sale.


For more information, call 549-3962 or visit


Southeastern in the news

BR Advocate
SLU's 'Camp Rec' to kick off May 27


Hammond Daily Star
Mary Ellen Award (photo)
Southeastern Recognized for Training Teacher Candidates to Detect Child Sexual Abuse


NO Times Picayune
Southeastern choirs to join Northshore Choral Society April 8
The Good Life on the State's Credit: The Challenge of Managing Payments


This Week in Athletics
The Lion Athletics Association (LAA)'s Inaugural Super Lion Saturday will highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The day starts with the Green and Gold 5K and one mile Fun Run, sponsored by Perfectly Fit, at 8 a.m. (one mile) and 8:30 a.m. (5K). From 10 a.m. – noon, Lion season ticket holders will be able to pick their seat and purchase season tickets at the Spring Football Game, which kicks off at 12 p.m. Admission to the Spring Game is free.
     It will also be Alumni Day at Alumni Field with a 1 p.m. alumni reception set in the Strawberry Stadium parking garage. Prior to Southeastern's baseball game with Incarnate Word, all alumni will be honored pre-game on the field. For more information regarding the baseball reunion or to RSVP, contact Larry Hymel at 549-3228 or
     The Spring Game is set to finish at 2 p.m., and fans will have the opportunity to see the Lion baseball team take on Southland Conference foe Incarnate Word at 3 p.m. During the Spring Game and leading up to the 3 p.m. Lion baseball game vs. UIW, Gus O'Krepki will sponsor a tailgate in "The Pines," the area located between the Dugas Center for Athletics and Alumni Field. The tailgate will feature classic rock cover band Under Review out of New Orleans.
     The day's events culminate with the 2014 Spring Bash, which will be held at the new War Memorial Student Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. The Spring Bash features dinner, a cash bar provided by the Crescent Bar, a live band and a Grand Prize ticket draw down. Tickets for the event are $25 for admission and $125 for admission and participation in the Grand Prize ticket draw down.
     Admission to compete in the Fun Run is $30 for late registration (before Friday) and includes a race t-shirt, as well as post-race drinks, fruit and adult beverages. Race day registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. and registration fee on Saturday will be $35.
     Registration for the Fun Run can be completed at the new Lion Athletics Association website, at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office in the Dugas Center, or at Perfectly Fit, located at 303 W. Minnesota Park, Suite E in Hammond. Tickets for the Signing Bash will also be available at and the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office.
     For more information concerning Super Lion Saturday, contact Southeastern Assistant Director for Athletic Development Cody Gougler at 549-5226 or
     Saturday's baseball game is one of four home games this week for the Lions (20-12, 7-5 Southland). On Tuesday, Southeastern will host in-state rival Tulane at 6 p.m. The series with league newcomer Incarnate Word opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     For the second straight week, the softball team (13-17, 6-9 Southland) has six games on the schedule. The Lady Lions, who are currently on a four-game winning streak, open the busy week by hosting a 3 p.m. doubleheader versus Ole Miss on Monday. Louisiana Tech visits on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest. Southeastern will return to league play this weekend at Nicholls State. The series opens with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     The Southeastern golf team will be back in action this week. The No. 63 Lions will be one of 10 Golf Stat top 100 teams in the 15-team field competing on Monday and Tuesday at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship in West Point, Miss.
     The Lion tennis team (11-4, 5-3 Southland) has three home matches on tap this week. Southeastern will host Southern (2 p.m.) and Alcorn State (6 p.m.) on Wednesday. The Lions host Southland rival UNO on Sunday at 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will also be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese Springtime Classic on Saturday.
     All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week's baseball and softball action. The Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18) will air Friday's baseball game on tape delay.
     Tuesday and Sunday's baseball games, as well as Wednesday's softball game, will be Cane's Challenge nights. If the Lion baseball team scores five or more runs or the softball team scores three of more runs on a Cane's Challenge night, fans can take their game ticket to a Hammond Raising Cane's by the end of the next day to receive a free combo with the purchase of another.


Monday, April 7
Softball, vs. Ole Miss (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
Men's Golf, at Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, West Point, Miss., All Day


Tuesday, April 8
Baseball, vs. Tulane, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Cane's Challenge
Men's Golf, at Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, West Point, Miss., All Day


Wednesday, April 9
Softball, vs. Louisiana Tech, North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Cane's Challenge
Women's Tennis, vs. Southern, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
Women's Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.


Friday, April 11
Baseball, vs. Incarnate Word, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision) (SE Channel)*


Saturday, April 12
Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 12 p.m.
Baseball, vs. Incarnate Word, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
LAA, Super Lion Saturday Bash, Student Union Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Softball, at Nicholls State (DH), Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at McNeese Springtime Classic, Lake Charles, All Day


Sunday, April 13
Baseball, vs. Incarnate Word, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge
Softball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Tennis, vs. UNO, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Historical Association at its annual meeting March 27-29.
     Dr. Chance Harvey (English) chaired a panel, "Lyle Saxon:  Regional Icon and Cultural Preservationist," at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association, March 27-29, in Hammond.
     An article by Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science),"Understanding the Intelligent Design Creationist Movement: Its True Nature and Goals," has been translated into Bengali and published in an anthology about the work of Charles Darwin. The English title of the anthology is Darwin: Relevance in the Twenty First Century and Thoughts. The book was edited by Ananta Bijoy Dash, a freelance writer in Bangladesh, and published by Abosar Press in Dhaka.


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