Piano duet recital tonight

Trumpet recital set Jan. 30

Biology seminar series scheduled

Bergsma Trio to perform Jan. 30


Cast Chosen for La Perichole

Moving Forward with Reconnect

Piano/percussion ensemble set

Non-credit courses offered - Did you know?

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern plans piano duet recital Jan. 27
JoAnne Barry and Kenneth BoultonThe husband and wife piano team of Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry of Hammond will present a piano duet recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, at the Southeastern Pottle Annex Recital Hall.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the free event will include works by composers such as Beethoven, Elgar, Weiner and Schubert.
     For over 23 years, the team has presented piano duet and piano duo concerts throughout the United States and Europe. They have also conducted numerous master classes and workshops about ensemble playing.
     A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2003, Boulton currently serves as interim head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. His recording, "Louisiana: A Pianist's Journey," was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007.
     The recital is open to the public. For more information, contact the department at 549-2184 or visit the web site


PIANO TEAM TO PRESENT DUET RECITAL – The piano duet of JoAnne Barry and Kenneth Boulton will present a recital at Southeastern's Pottle Annex Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27. The event is free and open to the public.


Southeastern to present trumpet recital by Richard Rulli
The Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts will open its season of guest artist recitals when it presents University of Arkansas Trumpet Professor Richard Rulli in a performance scheduled Thursday, Jan. 30.
     The free performance will take place in Pottle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
     Rulli teaches trumpet, brass chamber music, and conducts the trumpet ensemble. He also performs with the Boston Mountain Brassworks, of which he is a founding member.
     An accomplished performer, Rulli was formerly the principal trumpet and trumpet soloist with the Air Force Band, principal trumpet of the Golden West, and first trumpet of the Five Star Brass Band. During his time in the Air Force, he was a featured performer for numerous domestic and foreign heads of state. Among his performances was the televised opening ceremony and presentation of the Ronald Reagan Freedom award to then Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
     Rulli was the 2009 University of Arkansas Faculty Gold Metal recipient for his support as a faculty mentor in performing and advising. He currently serves as principal trumpet for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.
     The program will include "Intrada" by Arthur Honeggerm, "Concerto for Trumpet" by Lauren Bernofsky, and "Quarte Variations sur un Theme de Domenico Scarlatti" by Marcel Bitsch. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Tomoko Kashiwagi.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Southeastern biologists to offer spring seminar series
The Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences will present a spring series of informal seminars for the public on a variety of scientific topics.
     The highly popular Science on Tap discussions are held in cooperation with Tope lá Catering of Hammond, 113 East Thomas Street in Hammond. The presentations are held the first Tuesday of the month with the exception of March due to the Mardi Gras break. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the seminars starting at 7 p.m. The presentations are free and open to all ages.
     "Last semester's sessions were well attended, and we're looking forward to a new series of entertaining and educational presentations," said Professor of Biological Sciences Brian Crother, who is coordinating the series with Professor Kyle Piller. "Our intent is to present these topics in a layman-friendly fashion to increase the knowledge and awareness of biology and its vital role in the ecosystem and in all our lives."
     On schedule for the coming months are:
        Feb. 4, "Insects: Unloved, Understudied, but Ecologically Invaluable," by Associate Professor Janice Bossart;
        April 1, "Forensic Entomology: Bugs, Cadavers and Crimes in Louisiana," by Associate Professor Erin Watson-Horzelski;
        May 6, "Wetland Restoration in Southeastern Louisiana," by Professor Gary Shaffer; and
        June 3, "Why Are There So Many Beautiful Flowers?" by Associate Professor Rick Miller.
     For additional information on the seminar series, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740. The full seminar series is posted on the department's web page at


Bergsma Trio to perform recital at Southeastern January 30
Bergsma TrioThe Bergsma Trio, a recently organized ensemble focused on the music of American composer William Bergsma, will perform a recital at Southeastern Pottle Music Auditorium at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.
     The performance is free and open to the public.
     David Evenson, pianist and former head of the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts, is a member of the Bergsma Trio. Now retired from the Southeastern faculty, the Hammond resident is joined in the group by two University of Southern Mississippi musicians: Heidi Lucas, associate professor of horn, and violinist and associate professor Stephen Redfield, who also serves as concertmaster of the Santa Fe Pro Musica.
     Evenson said the ensemble was founded last spring and recorded "The Voice of the Coelancanth: Rhapsodic Variations for Violin, Horn and Piano," which will be performed at the recital. The recording is part of the trio's upcoming album, "The Voice of the Coelacanth: Music of William Bergsma" to be released on the Centaur label next summer. The Bergsma Trio has several upcoming performances in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.
     The recital program also includes a performance of Johannes Brahms "Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40."
     Bergsma, who served on the Juilliard School of Music for 17 years before becoming Director of the School of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle, composed two operas, "The Wife of Martin Guerre" and "The Murder of Comrade Sharik" in addition to numerous chamber and solo piano pieces. He died in 1994 at the age of 72.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


SOUTHEASTERN HOSTS BERSMA TRIO - The Bergsma Trio will perform a recital at Southeastern's Pottle Music Auditorium at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. The ensemble consists of Southeastern Professor Emeritus of Music David Evenson, front, and Heidi Lucas and Stephen Redfield, both of the University of Southern Mississippi Music Department.


Cast chosen for Southeastern Opera Workshop's "La Perichole"
Southeastern's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present "La Perichole" on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     "La Perichole" is an opera in three acts by Jacques Offenbach. Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy wrote the French-language libretto based on the 1829 one-act play "Le Carrosse du Saint-Sacrement" by Prosper Merimee, which was revived on March 13, 1850, at the Théâtre-Français.
     La Perichole's title character, said Chuck Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, is very loosely based on Micaela Villegas, a beloved 18th century Peruvian entertainer and the famous mistress of Manuel de Amat y Juniet, Viceroy of Peru from 1761 to 1776.
     "Offenbach basically invented the genre of comic operetta that we know today," he said. "If you liked Pirates of Penzance, then you will love La Perichole because Gilbert and Sullivan were building off of Offenbach's life work, only Offenbach did it better!
     "The story begins on the birthday of the Viceroy; every year he plies the residents of the city of Lima with alcohol to make sure they are happy on his birthday," Effler continued. "He then goes around the town incognito -- but everyone recognizes him. The Viceroy sees La Perichole, falls instantly in love, and wants to install her in his palace and make her his mistress; but by law only married women may live in the palace. Two of the Viceroy's underlings are instructed to find a husband for La Perichole and find a notary who will perform the marriage -- in one hour. By chance, Piquillo is the man chosen to be Perichole's husband, and two notaries are found but won't perform the ceremony. How to persuade them to cooperate? More booze."
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Rachael M. Harris, who has been directing productions for Effler since 2008.
     The cast is comprised of Alyssa Hernandez of Ponchatoula) and Anastasiia Ped of the Ukraine double cast as La Perichole; Joshua Williams of Mandeville as Piquillo, Chase Ledet of Schriever as Don Andres, Benjamin Vollentine of Mandeville as Don Gomez, Stephen Dale of New Orleans as Don Pedro, Katherine Smith of Slidell and Kristina Temple of Amite double cast as Anita.
The cast also includes Kim Dupre, Luling, and Analynn Sober ,Lake Charles, double cast as Beginella; Kayla Blanchard, Lafayette, and Allison Joiner, Ponchatoula, double cast as Manuelita; Morgan Curole, Larose, and Michelle Guillot ,Slidell, double cast as Violetta; Theresa Carollo, Lacombe, as Ninetta; Kalee Broussard, Destrehan, as Bambilla, and Dana Arthur, Abita Springs, and Rachel Davis, Mandeville, as Frasquinella.
     Also cast are Nicholas Smith, Ponchatoula, as First Notary; Jeremy Lloyd, Baton Rouge, as Second Notary; Joshua Austin, Ponchatoula, as Old Prisoner; Alex McConnell, Chalmette, as Castanet Man/Circus Performer; Katie Walker, New Orleans, as Circus Performer/Donkey; Jason Lane, Baton Rouge, as Juggler; Michael Ricks, Lacombe, as Magician; Olivia Lowentritt, Hammond, as Circus Dog; and Averi Harris, Slidell, Jaquan Warren, Franklinton, Millenique Brown, New Orleans, and Avonte Skinner, Baton Rouge, as Dancers.
     Effler will serve as musical director, Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty member Steve Schepker is designing the sets, guest designer Greg Havard will design the lighting, and faculty member Mignon Charvet will serve as costume coordinator. Former student Lyndsey Manley of Covington will serve as stage manager.
     Advance tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also be available beginning one hour prior to each performance. Ticket prices are $21 for adults; $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students; and $8 for children twelve and younger. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their university ID.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop contact Effler at


Moving forward with Reconnect
Reconnect, the environmental student organization on campus, had a successful semester last fall and is looking forward to more this spring.
     They hosted two farmers markets on campus, providing an opportunity for students to purchase fresh, sustainably-grown produce from local farmers.
     Reconnect also participated in the Youth Wetlands Program Wetlands Day at the Shell Robert Training facility for the second consecutive year. The interactive presentations were well-received by the fourth grade students from Champ Cooper School.     The first activity was designed to show how pollution can affect all species present in an environment and required the students to work together. The second activity was a water pollution demonstration showing how industrial and household pollutants can enter and affect water systems. The final activity was a twist on the classic game, Red Rover, and demonstrated the impacts of invasive species on native species.
     Reconnect is planning activities for this semester, including two additional farmers markets and a tour of other farmers markets along the Gulf Coast. They also hope to participate in The Big Event and the Earth Day Celebration this spring.



Piano/percussion ensemble to present recital Feb. 5   
Yarn WireThe Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present the New York-based ensemble Yarn/Wire at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
     The performance will take place in the Pottle Music Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
     Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two pianists and two percussionists based in New York City. Members of the quartet are Laura Barger and Ning Yu on piano, along with Russell Greenberg and Ian Antonio on percussion. Their instrumental compilation allows them the ability to flow effortlessly between classic and modern pieces. Since their founding in 2005, Yarn/Wire has been admired for the energy and precision they bring to their performances.
     Yarn/Wire will be performing a blend of 20th and 21st century pieces befitting their unique instrumental combination. Two of the four works on the program – “Particle Fountain,” which was composed by Southeastern Instructor of Music Philip Schuessler, and “Flywheel” by Daniel Koontz – were written specifically for Yarn/Wire. The other two works on the program are “Linea” by Luciano Berio and an arrangement of “Symphonic Dances” from the musical West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.
     The group will also conduct a master class at 2 p.m. that day in the Pottle Music Auditorium.    This event is also open to the public.
     For more information, on this performance or the master class, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184. More information on the Yarn/Wire Ensemble can be found at the web site

YARN/WIRE TO PRESENT RECITAL – Yarn/Wire, a piano-percussion ensemble from New York, will present a free recital and master class at Southeastern Louisiana University on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Members of the ensemble include, from left, Russell Greenberg, Ning Yu, Ian Antonio and Laura Barger.


Non-credit courses offered

Next Step for your Career
Craig A. Bialy (February 4 - 18)

This is a course on how to reinvent or upgrade yourself in a tight job market. Review personal branding, explore new options, take the next step and begin a new chapter of life. This class will include discussions on career planning, LinkedIn, other social media, and how to network appropriately. Be prepared to interact and bring experiences to this class on the changing career environment. Don't miss out.


Notarial Prep
Ronda Gabb or Ivy L. Graham (Dates vary for location)

This course is an introduction to and education for a Louisiana State Notary- Public. It is designed to help students successfully pass the statewide Louisiana Notarial Exam. However, it is also a great refresher course on Civil law basics and sound notarial practice for commissioned notaries and attorneys as well. Read more here.


How Money Works, Part I
Shannon Bernard & Liz Reno (February 6)

Are you an educator or future educator ready to take control of your financial success? Financial success on a teacher salary can happen if you take charge. This course will introduce students to major concepts necessary to make informed decisions regarding finances. There are no technology requirements or prerequisites for this class, and no charge to attend. Sign up today.


Survival Spanish for Beginners
Sandra Pessoa (February 6 - April 10)

Experience what it can be like to land in a foreign city and not able to use English at all. Speaking another language can be a necessity, especially in the workplace. Survival Spanish for beginners will be a fun, conversational course designed to practice daily life and work scenarios by speaking strictly in Spanish. By the end of this ten week course, participants will feel confident holding a "survival" conversation in Spanish. Register here.


Introduction to QuickBooks
Jason DeGraw (February 8)

Want to get an edge in the bookkeeping field? QuickBooks software is used by more than five million businesses in the US. Basic computer knowledge and some understanding of financial terms (checking accounts, revenues, expenses, etc.) are needed for this class. Register here. – Did you know?
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Southeastern in the news

Action News
Edwards pledges support for higher education in speech at Southeastern


BR Advocate
Local professor's book makes top 10

Southeastern 'Scale Down' encourages healthier lives

Singers invited to join society, SLU ensembles


Franklinton Era Leader
SLU President is banquet speaker


Hammond Daily Star

Kenner man booked with shooting at students

Marshall challenges students to start dreaming (MLK march)


NO Times Picayune

North Shore students shine in Southeastern Opera Workshop's 'La Perichole'


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern basketball and track and field teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion (9-10, 4-4 Southland) and the Lady Lion (5-14, 4-3 Southland) basketball teams will host UNO on Thursday for a doubleheader in the University Center. The women's game will tip off at 5 p.m. with the men's game set for 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Thursday's action.
     Thursday will also feature the Pack the House promotion for the women's game. Southeastern students will receive free t-shirts and food as available. Junior guard Symone Miller will be Thursday's Spotlight Player of the Game, and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Gonzales native courtesy of the PRIDE.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will compete in their third meet of the indoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the KMS Invitational.


Thursday, January 30
Men's Basketball, vs. UNO, University Center, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Women's Basketball, vs. UNO, University Center, 5 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Pack the House (Students receive free t-shirts and food as available)
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at KMS Invitational, Birmingham, Ala., All Day


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest 


Professional activities
Charles Effler (Fine and Performing Arts) presented a session at the national convention of the National Opera Association in New York City on January 11 titled "Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon Confined to the Salon No Longer: A New English Translation/Orchestrations Bring Life to a Neglected Operatic Jewel in Discussion and Performance." Effler was accompanied by five Southeastern students and one former student who performed selections from the opera. The opera was translated by LSU colleague Dr. Rachel M. Harris and was orchestrated by Effler for performances by Southeastern's Opera Workshop on February 7 and 8, 2013.
     Brian Williams (Kinesiology and Health Studies) has been contacted by a fellow colleague that the report, "An Evaluation of College Exercise Leader Program: Using Exercise Science Students as Advocates for Behavior Modification," has been put "In Press" in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. It is expected to be published in print later this year in the September issue of the journal. Williams co-authored the report with Dr. Shelley Armstrong of Walden University (School of Health Sciences), Dr. Daniel Henderson of Hendrix College (Dept. of Kinesiology), and Dr. Michelle Burcin of Walden University (School of Health Sciences).
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) gave a presentation at the Anacapa Society conference at Augusta, Ga., titled "Undergraduate Research in Theoretical and Computational Physics." Anacapa Society is a professional society of physics theorists at PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution).
     Two physics majors, Nisha Lama and Amanda Triay, attended the 2014 South Central conference of CUWiP (Conference of Undergraduate Women in Physics) held at LSU in Baton Rouge on Jan. 17-19, with Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics). Dr. Kim represented the AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) at the conference.
     Faculty and 21 students from the program in Communication Sciences & Disorders attended the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago Nov. 14-16.  The following papers were presented as technical sessions, one- and two-hour seminars and poster sessions.

         McMillan, B., Abrams, J., Miller, M., Adams, A.Q., "You've Got Mail: Utilizing Peer Pen Pals to Improve Social Interactions."
         Adams, A.Q., Davis, R., "Seeing is Believing: Video Perspectives of the Benefit of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Managing Behavior."
         Daull, E., Pate, A., Adams, A., Currie, P., Smith, H., Stoehr, R., "Client Satisfaction: A Method for Assessing a University Clinic."
         Gaines, M., Adams, A.Q., Martin, A., "Peer Perspectives: Graduate Student Clinician vs. Graduate Student with Aphasia."
         Royerre, A., James, A., Adams, A.Q., Stiegler, L., "Communication Partner, Advisor, Mentor & Friend: Success for College Students with ASD & AS."
         Gaines, M., Hagan, E., Adams, A.Q., "What's Your Sign?  22Q and You!"
         Hagan, B., Gaines, M., Adams, A.Q., "The Name Game: What is the Second Most Common Genetic Disorder?"
         Smith, H., Rodenbeck, M., Davis, R., "Adapted Books and Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Winning Combination in Facilitating Expressive Lang."
         Stiegler, L., Davis, R., "Auditory Hypersensitivity/Hyperreactivity in Autism: Five Cases."
         Stoehr, R., Rivault, A., "An Undergraduate's Self Evaluation System:  Pursuit of Therapeutic Excellence."
         Smith, H., Richardson, C., "A Supervision Strategy:  Student Clinicians Self-Evaluating Performance by Reviewing Session Videos and Using Rubrics."
         Kagan, A., Simmons-Mackie, N., Hoch, J., Victor, J.C., Mok, A., Kant, L., Streiner, D., Sharp, S., "Aphasia and Health Economics:  Development of a Quality-of-Life Measure.
         Kagan, A., Simmons-Mackie, N., Victor, J.C., Mok, A., Sharp, S., Linkewich, B., Willems, J., Conklin, J., "Reliability of the Communicative Access Measures for Stroke."
         Simmons-Mackie, N., "Communication Partner Training in Aphasia: Goals, Methods, & Evidence."
         Kovarsky, D., Walsh, I., Duchan, J., and Simmons-Mackie, N., "Revisiting the Ethnography of Communication Disorders."
         Simmons-Mackie, N., Worrall, L., King, J., Elman, R., Hinckley, J., "Supporting Comm. for Adults with Aphasia: Improving Experience of Living w/ Aphasia."
         Simmons-Mackie, N., Worrall, L., Savage, M., "Conversation Therapy for Aphasia:  A Survey of Clinical Practice."
         Copperberg, K., Donovan, N., Savage, M., "Comparing the Treatment Effect of Conversational & Traditional Aphasia Treatments on Linguistic"
         Savage, M., Blanchard, H., "Conversation Partner Training and Video Feedback with a Child with Aphasia: A Case Study. "
         Thomas, D., Lance, D., "Phonemic Awareness in Children with Expressive Phonological Disorders:  Use of a Nonverbal Dynamic Task."
         Norris, J., Bourque-Meaux, A., Butler, P., Gregory, K., Parker, R., Williams, A., "CCSS:  Adding Another "S"...the SLP."
         Stiegler, L., "Dichotomy in the Echolalia Literature: What Do We Really Believe?"

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