Black History Month

Science on Tap

Art gallery exhibit opens

Cello recital scheduled

Champagne Bingo successful

Healthy cooking demonstration

Native American legacy featured

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern celebrates February Black History Month
February is Black History Month and Southeastern's student chapter of the NAACP, along with the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, is set to open the month with a forum entitled "Did the Dream Die with Them?"
     The event is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Student Union Theatre at 7 p.m.
     "The forum will encourage debate related to whether or not African Americans take for granted those things their forefathers fought so hard set in place," said campus NAACP President Ashton Toefield. "The forum will also generate discussion surrounding other issues impacting the African American community."
     Additionally, the kickoff will feature performances and presentations by several student groups, such as a liturgical dance by Praise-n-Motion.
     For more information about the Black History Month Kick-off, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-3850.


Southeastern's Science on Tap Lecture to focus on insects

Janice BossartInsects will be the topic of discussion at Southeastern's next Science on Tap seminar scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 4.
     The informal presentation – titled "Insects: Unloved, Understudied, but Ecologically Invaluable," by Southeastern Associate Professor of Biology Janice Bossart will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is free and open to all ages.
     Bossart is an evolutionary biologist who has participated in research on the butterflies of the nation of Ghana, funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Her current projects are focused on understanding the impacts of human-induced environmental change and the implications of biodiversity conservation.
     For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


INSECTS IN FOCUS – Janice Bossart, associate professor of biological sciences at Southeastern, displays some of her African butterfly collection in her lab. She will discuss the important roles of insects at the next Science on Tap seminar to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Tope lá Catering in Hammond. The event is free and open to the public.


Southeastern art gallery exhibit now open
The Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern opened its first spring exhibition Thursday, Jan. 30. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Design Faculty Exhibition will remain open through Feb. 27.
     The exhibition will feature artwork by professional artists who are instructors and professors at Southeastern working in all of the major studio disciplines.
     "The 2014 exhibition will be the first faculty show for new faculty member Jim Graham, who teaches painting and has three paintings in the exhibition," said Dale Newkirk, associate professor and gallery director. "Also, new this year to the department and their first time in a Southeastern faculty exhibition are Laura Graham and Leah Floyd.  Graham has two sculptures in the exhibition and Leah Floyd has been collaborating with another faculty member, Cristina Molina, on a group of photographs taken on a recent trip to India."
     All gallery openings are free to all students, faculty and members of the community.
     The Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with additional hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. The gallery closes at noon on Friday.
     For additional information, call Newkirk at 549-5080.


Southeastern to present Paul Christopher Cello Recital
Paul ChristopherAs a part of the Guest Artist Recital Series, Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present cellist Paul Christopher in recital.
     The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Pottle Annex Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
     Christopher is an associate professor of low strings and music theory at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. He received his bachelor's in music education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his master's in cello performance from the University of Memphis.  He has been published in several periodicals and appeared on many recordings and CDs. During the summers, he serves as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore.
     Piano accompaniment will be provided by Elena Bogaczova, who started her musical studies at the age of eight. She studied with the internationally acclaimed Japanese pianist, Masami Komenati, in Kanazawa, Japan, and at Centenary College of Louisiana before continuing her studies at Northwestern. She currently serves as an instructor of class piano and staff accompanist.
     The program will include Al Brenner's "Reoccurrence" and "Open Ayre;" "Contexts" by Joshua Carver; and Dinos Constaninides' "Ballade for the Hellenic Land" and Four Interludes." Also on the program are Kevin George's "Two Songs for Cello and Piano," Rebecca Gillan's "Time Will Tell," "Tiny Cello Suite #1 by Jennifer L. Mitchell, "Interjectory" by Mitchell Paul Mitchell; and "Chant" by John Tavener.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


CELLIST TO PERFORM AT SOUTHEASTERN – Cellist Paul Christopher, a member of the faculty at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, will perform at a free special guest artist recital at Southeastern on Wednesday (Feb. 12) at the Pottle Music Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Accompanying him on the piano will be Elena Bogaczova, a piano instructor at Northwestern.


Champagne Bingo a success
The FE-Lions alumni chapter's Champagne Bingo Jan. 25 at Twelve Oaks was a blast for a good cause. Approximately 510 women attended the fundraiser, which raised over $33,000 for the Southeastern athletics program. Attendees enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more.
     "This was another record event for us," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "Everyone had a great time. We really appreciate the campus and community's support of this fun fundraiser."
     For more information about the FE-Lions, call the Alumni Association at 549-2150.


1)Robert Alford attends Champagne Bingo2Bingo hats


1) GUEST SERVER - Southeastern Football Alumnus Robert Alford returned to help with Champagne Bingo as a guest server.


2) CREATIVE HATS - Southeastern Alumni President Stacey Neal, far right, models the hats the ladies at her table made specifically for the event.


Southeastern Scale Down
Healthy cookingSoutheastern's new Employee Wellness Committee is sponsoring its first program called "Southeastern Scale Down," a program to help employees with weight loss and in developing healthier lifestyles. The program kicked off its first weigh-in on Jan. 27.
     As part of the healthier lifestyles initiative, Southeastern's Recreational Sports and Wellness hosted a healthy cooking demonstration. Dr. Catherine Wilbert and Sharon Schluter, owners of the Nutrition Company in Mandeville, demonstrated how to make healthy gumbo.
     The university has partnered with North Oaks Health System to participate in Geaux Lite Louisiana, a statewide competition created by the Louisiana Hospital Association to fight obesity and improve wellness in the state. Prizes will be awarded to the winning entities and individuals who shed the most pounds by March 30. The goal is to lose 200 tons (400,000 pounds) statewide.
     The program continues this month with employee weigh-ins at the Pennington Student Activity Center through Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Final weigh-ins are scheduled March 31.

     For more information about Southeastern Scale Down, contact Dollie Hebert at 549-2144.


HEALTHY COOKING - Dr. Catherine Wilbert of The Nutrition Company in Mandeville demonstrates to faculty and staff how to make a healthy gumbo. The demonstration was part of Southeastern Scale Down, a program to help employees with weight loss and developing healthier lifestyles.


Florida Parish Chronicles to focus on Native American legacy
Native AmericansEver wonder about the origin of the name "Tchefuncte" or other seemingly strange names for places in Louisiana?"
     Find out this and other historical facts regarding the Native American history of the region via a new episode of "The Florida Parish Chronicles" airing on the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational access station on Charter Cable.
     Titled Forgotten Louisianians: the Rise and Demise of Native Culture in Southeast Louisiana, the program will debut at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, on the Channel.
     Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said the program, which is underwritten by First Guaranty Bank of Hammond, will air at various times over the next two months.
     The show traces the origins of Native culture in the area, exploring migration patterns and factors that led to the demise or removal of each tribe. Cooking methods, village construction, methods of warfare and Native American political structures are all detailed in the episode. The Acollapisa, Tangipahoa, Quinipisas, Mugalasha, Bayougoula, Chickasaw, Houma, Natchez and Choctaw are among the local tribes covered.
     "This episode reveals previously overlooked or forgotten details about Native American life in the Florida Parishes, along with detailing the various phases of Indian culture in our region and what led to the demise of each," said show host and writer Samuel C. Hyde, Southeastern's Leon Ford Endowed Chair of History and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     Segments were shot in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes, and they include never-before-televised images of Indian mounds, burial sites, and Native American artifacts. Hyde delivers one report from an Indian mound near Roseland that's 2,000 years old where he points out the disappearance of its twin mound due to natural erosion and human excavation.
     "In addition to providing a look at the curious aspects of regional Native American culture, the program also offers some sharp reminders of the fragility of historical sites and their preservation," Hyde said.  "This episode is certain to both entertain and educate."
     Among those interviewed in the program are Rebecca Saunders, curator of anthropology at the LSU Museum of Natural Science in Baton Rouge, about Indian mounds and early settlement patterns; and independent Native American researcher Jason Thompson, who has collected artifacts from Florida Parish tribes dating back 5,000 years.  Thompson, who has researched 10 different Indian mounds in the Florida Parishes, displays a variety of arrowheads, spear points and stones that were used as tools in drilling, cutting and cooking.
     "I believe that few area residents know the actual history and magnitude of Native American activity in their own backyard," said Settoon, executive producer of the series. "The movement and settlement of Native Americans over centuries has had a significant impact on our way of life and folk tradition in the Florida Parishes."
     The program was taped and edited by Steve Zaffuto, Southeastern Channel operations manager.  Zaffuto also created animated graphics of Native American farming, cooking and hut-building practices, and tribal migration patterns throughout the Florida Parishes and southeast Louisiana.
     The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish.  The live 24-7 simulcast can be seen on the channel's website at


NATIVE AMERICAN SETTLEMENTS – A map shows the early settlement locations of the Choctaw and Houma tribes in south Louisiana separated to the east by Lake Pontchartrain. The settlement, migration patterns and demise of Native American tribes is the topic of the latest episode of the Southeastern Channel's "Florida Parish Chronicles." The episode debuts on the Southeastern Channel on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m.


Southeastern in the news

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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team and the Lion Athletics Association will host the Football Signing Day Bash, while the softball and tennis teams open up their 2014 seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The signing day event is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. and Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts will discuss the newest members of the defending Southland Conference champion Lion football program. University Place is located at 14145 University Avenue in Hammond.
     Admission is $10 for LAA members and $25 for non-LAA members and the $25 fee will grant membership into the Lion Athletics Association. Southeastern students will be admitted for $5 and children ages 12 and under will receive free admission.
In addition to the unveiling of the newest Lions, the event will also feature a buffet dinner and complimentary soft drinks. Southeastern fans will also have the opportunity to reserve season tickets. A live broadcast of the festivities will air on KAJUN-FM (107.1) in the Hammond area.
     The Southeastern softball team returns five starters from last season's team that set a new single-season school record for victories and made its first postseason appearance since 2008. The Lady Lions will host the Lion Classic this week to open the season.
     Thursday's 5 p.m. season opener versus Texas Tech will be held at North Oak Park with the rest of the tournament set for Chappapeela Park. Live stats for Thursday's game will be available at, where LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream.
     On Friday, Southeastern will face UMKC at 3 p.m. and Texas Southern at 5 p.m. Buffalo awaits the Lady Lions on Saturday at 3 p.m. The tournament concludes with Southeastern taking on Alabama State at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
     Like the softball team, the defending Southland Conference regular season champion tennis team is coming off a 2013 season that saw it set a school record for victories and return four starters from last season's 22-3 squad. The Lions open up the 2014 campaign on Wednesday, traveling to Alcorn State for a 1 p.m. match. On Sunday, Southeastern head to Tulane for a 12 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will be on the road in Southland Conference play this week. On Thursday, the Lions (9-11, 4-5 Southland) and the Lady Lions (6-14, 5-3 Southland) will be in Conway, Ark. for a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader versus Central Arkansas. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream provided by UCA at
     Southeastern's basketball teams will head to Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday to face Oral Roberts. The women's game is set to tip at 4 p.m. with the men's game following at 7 p.m.


Wednesday, February 5
Football, Signing Day Bash, University Place, 5 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Women's Tennis, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 1 p.m.

Thursday, February 6
Softball, vs. Texas Tech (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)
Men's Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women's Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 5:30 p.m. (LionVision)*

Friday, February 7
Softball, vs. UMKC (Lion Classic), Chappapeela Park, 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Texas Southern (Lion Classic), Chappapeela Park, 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 8
Softball, vs. Buffalo (Lion Classic), Chappapeela Park, 3 p.m.
Men's Basketball, vs. Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Okla., 7 p.m.*
Women's Basketball, vs. Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Okla., 5:30 p.m.*

Sunday, February 9
Softball, vs. Alabama State (Lion Classic), Chappapeela Park, 12 p.m.
Women's Tennis, at Tulane, New Orleans, 12 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Dept. of Teaching and Learning) and Pat Alexander of Natchitoches Parish Schools gave a presentation at the Southern Early Childhood Association Conference titled "Learning Through Play the Parent Way."
     Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Dept. of Teaching and Learning) wrote an article that was published in the Winter 2014 edition of Collaborations, the official journal of the Louisiana Early Childhood Association. The article was titled "Math in the Everyday Moments of the Early Childhood Classroom" and featured Southeastern teacher candidates practicing in local schools.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) attended "Lead the Change to the Common Core State Standards," a professional two-day institute from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). The institute was held in New Orleans Jan. 16 and 17.


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