WISE Fund dollars to be allocated

Piller awarded NSF grant

Toys from the Heart Drive begins

Spooktacular IV a hit

Science on Tap set for Nov. 4

US Army Field Band to perform

Book signings scheduled

Social Justice speaker scheduled


Court of Appeal to be on campus

SLU Choir and Women's Chorale to perform

Turtle Cove holds fundraiser

CaPPS program set Nov. 7

Rioult Dance NY to perform Nov. 9

Pulled Pork Fundraiser set Nov. 18

Grant awarded supports recycling


Student documentary wins awards

Creel is MDA Jailbird

Rec Sports and Wellness news

Non-credit programs available

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern anticipates nearly $1 million allocation from state's WISE Fund
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Southeastern is anticipating an approximate $1 million allocation to go to additional teaching personnel, student scholarships and other program support through the state's newly initiated WISE (Workforce & Innovation for a Stronger Economy) Fund.
     A recommended allocation of $965,102 for Southeastern was recently approved by the University of Louisiana System. The funding will be used to enhance efforts in several high demand areas. A total of $40 million was proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and approved by the Louisiana Legislature in the session just concluded.
     "The WISE allocations have been greatly anticipated by the higher education community in Louisiana, which has experienced significant budget decreases over the past several years," said Southeastern President John L. Crain. "This additional resource enhances our ability to meet critical workforce needs in the Louisiana economy."
     Southeastern's plan proposed to the UL System anticipates spending to boost the numbers of teaching faculty through $467,927, providing additional merit and need based scholarships to students in the amount of $450,384, and $46,791 dedicated to operating expenses such as instructional supplies.
     Among the departments and programs to benefit from the additional funds are computer science and information technology, accounting and finance, engineering technology, and the occupational safety, health and environment program.
     Under the WISE plan, colleges and universities must match 20 percent of the total funding from business partners through cash and in-kind donations.
     "Over the years, these programs have increased their partnerships with Louisiana-based businesses, which have contributed funds for academic use and have provided valuable internships for our students to get the real-world experience needed to make them competitive in the job market," Crain said.
     Before full implementation, the plans and fund allocations for the universities must be approved by the WISE Council and the state Board of Regents.


Southeastern Fish Biologist awarded $600,000 National Science Foundation Grant
Kyle Piller and Kim FosterA specialist in the classification of several species of fish at Southeastern has been awarded a grant of $607,800 by the National Science Foundation.
     Professor of Biological Sciences and ichthyologist Kyle Piller received the three-year grant to pursue his studies of Cyprinodontiformes, a diverse order of fishes that consists of 10 families and more than 800 species distributed throughout the world.
     The grant is one of the largest individual research grants received by Southeastern. The funds will allow Piller to include two graduate students as well as several undergraduates in his work.
     "This group of fish includes killfishes, guppies and swordtails and is well known among aquarium hobbyists, toxicologists and cancer researchers," said Piller. "Other groups in the order include the splitfins, or Goodeidae, an imperiled group of freshwater fishes that occur in Mexico and the southwestern United States."
     The splitfins have not been adequately studied, he said, and their relationship with other groups within the order is unclear.
     "The lack of a robust family tree has impeded both basic and applied research on the splitfins," he added. "Resolving the relationships of the families by using DNA within the order has significant implications for furthering our understanding of life-history evolution, their diversification, taxonomy and conservation."
     In addition to graduate and undergraduate students, Piller said he will include a number of international and U.S. collaborators, as well as citizen scientists and organizations interested in the species. Specimens and tissue samples will be deposited in research collections in the U.S. and Mexico so they can be used in future studies of these fish.
     "We plan to use citizen scientists -- hobbyists and Goodeidae enthusiasts – to help provide us with larval specimens of these fish with known pedigrees for our study," Piller said. "Many of these collaborating members and their employers, such as zoos and aquariums, will be able to develop public exhibits at their facilities that highlight the synergistic activities of scientists and hobbyists on the project."
     Piller said the additional specimens will also be added to Southeastern's Vertebrate Museum, which currently contains a fish collection of more than 80,000 specimens. The collection started in the 1950s as a teaching aid includes species from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin and adjacent regions. Piller has also added collections of freshwater fish from Mexico and Belize, where he has performed previous research funded by the National Science Foundation.


FISH RESEARCH BEGINS – Southeastern biologist and fish expert Kyle Piller and biology graduate assistant Kim Foster of Shreveport select fish specimens for research form the university's collection of more than 80,000 specimens. Piller was awarded a $607,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his research.


Toys from the Heart Toy Drive begins today
Since 2005 many Southeastern student organizations have leaped into the holiday season through giving by providing toys for children in the local community.
     The Nu Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; Nu Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc; the Eta Lambda Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and a fluctuating host of other organization here on Southeastern's campus collaborate to put on the "Toys from the Heart" toy drive. This year they are joined by the Omicron Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, African Alumni Association, Student United Way, and NAACP.
     The organizations expect to collect enough toys for 400 children this holiday season. This is the ninth consecutive year for the toy drive, but this year, the student coordinators have voted to change the format to benefit selected children in community programs, such as Head Start and the Successful Transitions Program in the Hammond Area.
     The organizations are asking the Hammond community and all Southeastern departments, faculty, staff and students to make a donation of a toy or a monetary donation toward the purchase of a new toy. New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union East and West sides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3-6, Nov. 10-13, Nov. 17-20, Nov. 24, 25, and Dec. 1 and 2. Donation boxes will also be located inside the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue and also in the SGA office in Mims Hall, room 118.
     More details will come related to special events to collect toys for the giveaway. For more information about "Toys from the Heart," contact Donnisha Patterson at


Spooktacular IV enlivens Halloween
The Southeastern Chamber Symphony brightened up Halloween night with Spooktacular IV, a fantastic performance that included costume contests for kids and adults.


1)Yakov Voldman2)Costume Contest winner


1) Conductor Yakov Voldman accepts the applause of the audience, many of whom were also in costume.

2) Freshman Nicholas Dolan of Denham Springs, dressed as Julius Caesar, was awarded first place in the adult costume contest.


Science on Tap lecture to focus on global warming
Southeastern's next Science on Tap seminar scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 4, will focus on global warming with an emphasis on how individuals' can check on the issue themselves.
     The informal presentation by Associate Professor of Physics David Norwood – titled "Global Warming for Scientists ... and Others" -- will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
     "I plan to present the basic science behind human-caused global warming from the point of view of a scientist," said Norwood. "So, there won't be videos of isolated polar bears on ice caps or talk of saving or destroying the planet. Science is agnostic on the good or bad of global warming.
     "There will, however, be examples of my own calculations," he added. "The talk will focus on how the audience can check on these issues on their own and how they can apply true skepticism rather than cynical denials."
     The Science on Tap lecture series is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences. For more information on future presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


Columbia Theatre to present United States Army Field Band
US Army Field BandSoutheastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present a concert by the United States Army Field Band on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre, the free concert is sponsored by the Hammond Daily Star and Columbia Theatre.
     Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Interim Director Roy Blackwood said the concert is a great way to celebrate Veteran's Day.
     "There is no more enjoyable way to honor our veterans or to show one's patriotism than by experiencing the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus at Columbia Theatre," Blackwood said. "With exciting music guaranteed to make your chest swell with pride and your toes tap, join us for this tribute to our nation's heroes."
     As an official ensemble of the "Musical Ambassadors of the Army," the Field Band has a longtime commitment to music education. The group's performance schedule and outreach activities include hundreds of visits to VA and civilian care centers, clinics and public schools around the nation.
     From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, the Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the U.S. Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad.
     Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world. The group's repertoire spans genres and eras dating back to the Renaissance.
     Although the concert is free, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets can be picked up at the Columbia Theatre box office or at the Hammond Daily Star. For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4371.


Upcoming book signings

Angela Y. Davis, author of books including The Meaning of Freedom, Are Prisons Obsolete and Abolition Democracy will provide a lecture and book signing starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Student Union Ballroom. The book signing will follow the lecture.

Authors Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa will be in D Vickers, room 125, from 4 until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, signing their book, The Most Dangerous Animal of All.

For additional information, please contact the University Bookstore at 549-5393.


Southeastern Social Justice speaker to feature activist Angela Davis
Angela DavisSocial activist Angela Davis will be the featured speaker at Southeastern's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice's 10th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series event Nov. 5.
     Davis, a professor emeritus in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California-Santa Cruz, will speak in the Grand Ballroom in the Student Union at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
     Davis is known widely as a political and social activist who at one time was on the FBI's Most Wanted List, which culminated in her arrest and eventual acquittal of all charges in 1972. She is the author of nine books, the most recent being "The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues." She has lectured throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America.
     In recent years, a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the criminalization communities most affected by poverty and racial discrimination, said Assistant Professor of Sociology Marc Settembrino.
     Davis has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.
Settembrino said Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions, Settembrino said.
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organized the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on war and human rights, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink on the recovery and redevelopment of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
     For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 549-2110.


Southeastern to host First Circuit Court of Appeal Nov. 6-7
The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal will hold oral arguments Nov. 6-7 on campus.
     Scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. each day, oral arguments will be held in the Student Union Theatre located in the university's War Memorial Student Union.
     The sessions are free and open to the public. Proper attire is required, (no shorts or sandals), and cell phones and backpacks are prohibited.
     While domiciled in Baton Rouge where hearings are normally held, the First Circuit occasionally travels to other locations within the district as part of its educational outreach, said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science and one of the coordinators of the visit.
     Robison explained Judge James E. Kuhn of Ponchatoula, a member of the court's panel, has played a major role in making the hearings possible. A 1968 graduate of Southeastern, Judge Kuhn is a former part-time lecturer in political science at Southeastern. Other judges on the panel include Judge John T. Pettigrew of Houma and Judge Jewel E. "Duke" Welch of Baton Rouge.
     The practice of "riding circuit" was reinstated by the First Circuit in the early 1990s. The court has met several times in the past at Southeastern, as has the Louisiana State Supreme Court.
     "These are real court proceedings and the judicial sessions provide a truly great learning opportunity for our students and individuals in the surrounding communities to see justice in action," said Robison. "While it is especially relevant for those studying for a career in law enforcement and those planning to attend law school, it should be interesting for anyone who is a concerned citizen of our state and our nation."


Southeastern Choir and Women's Chorale to perform Music from around the World Nov. 6
The Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will perform in Hammond on Thursday, Nov. 6, in a concert titled "Music from Around the World."
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 2200 Rue Denise.
     Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor Alissa Mercurio Rowe will direct the choirs, and Raisa Voldman and Chuck Effler will provide accompaniment on piano.
     "We are performing French, Russian, Italian, Brazilian and American music," Rowe said. "It should be a rousing night of music!"
     Southeastern's Concert Choir will perform pieces by Morten Lauridsen, Kevin Siegfried, Stephen Paulus, Sean Ivory, Paul Caldwell, and others. Southeastern's Women's Chorale will perform pieces by Lee R. Kesselman, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rosephanye Powell, and more.
     Soloists for the concert include Southeastern students Chase Ledet of Houma, Kayla Blanchard of Lafayette, Jason Lane of Baton Rouge, Kalee Broussard of Destrehan, Brandi Callais of Mandeville, and Michelle Guillot of Slidell.
     Serving as student conductors are Blanchard, Emily Wright of Slidell, and Catherine Chrisope of LaPlace.
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Passing a good time at Turtle Cove

1)Turtle Cove Fundraiser2)Turtle Cove boat ride


1) Rob Moreau, director of Southeastern's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station in Pass Manchac, introduces the university's new Foundation President Cynthia Nesser for remarks at the first fund raising event held for the research facility. Participants enjoyed music, dancing, great food, tours through the facility and a silent auction.


2) On the boat ride to Turtle Cove, biology instructor Michaelyn Broussard plays the washboard with Gerard Dupuy, head of the Moncla Cajun Band of Avoyelles Parish.


Careers in science is focus of upcoming seminar for counselors, high school, college students
A program designed to provide area high school and college students with information on careers in the physical sciences will be held on the Southeastern campus Friday, Nov. 7.
     Career Paths in the Physical Sciences (CaPPS) is a free, half-day program that will feature several panel discussions by professionals from industry and government in physical science occupations, science professors and teachers from area institutions, an overview on preparing for graduate school, and a discussion by graduate students on their preparation and experiences.
     Sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics and funded by the university's Student Government Association, the free program will be held in University Center on University Avenue.
     Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The program will include lunch time exhibits with booths from area universities, businesses and student science organizations.
     Professor of Chemistry Debra Dolliver is coordinating the event, now in its third year. She said the program is intended primarily for college students interested in scientific careers, high school counselors and scientifically-inclined high school students. High school counselors are especially encouraged to make arrangements for interested students to attend.
     Participants in the panel discussions include scientists from LIGO, area companies such as Albemarle and Bercen, Inc., and universities such as LSU, Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and Southeastern.
     "In past years, we have had a good number of area high school juniors and seniors who are considering majoring in the sciences when they go to college or a university," said Dolliver. "The program gives them an excellent introduction into what they can expect as a science major and the challenges they will be facing. College students can gain a great perspective on preparations for graduate studies, and counselors get a better idea of careers available."
     Registration is online at For more information contact the Department of Chemistry and Physics at 549-2160 or email
     "We want to students to be exposed to the wide range of professions, options and potential occupations they can consider with a degree in the physical sciences of chemistry or physics, Dolliver added. Opportunities extend far beyond a life in academics or in a scientific laboratory."


Rioult Dance NY to appear at Columbia Theatre
Rioult Dance NY dancersSoutheastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Rioult Dance NY, for one night only on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     Founded in 1994, Rioult Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult, said Columbia Theatre Interim Director Roy Blackwood.
     "Rarely will you see such melding of beauty and athleticism as in the dances of choreographer Pascal Rioult. A former athlete and student of Martha Graham, Mr. Rioult launches his dancers across the stage in near-impossible arabesques with breath-taking mastery," he said. "As if pairing fine wine perfectly with a sumptuous main course, musical selections draw viewers into the precision of the dancer's movements. This is an extremely satisfying performance that will delight and inspire all."
     The dance company presents an annual New York season, tours internationally, and conducts extensive arts education. The company has performed in theaters and festivals throughout North America, including New York City Center Fall for Dance, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, American Dance Festival, and many others. Internationally, the company has performed in Rioult's homeland of France for the Cannes International Festival, Danse 'a Aix, Festival du Val du Marne, Temps le Danse Festival, and Paris Opera Bastille.
     Tickets range from $25 - $39 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also purchase tickets online at Special student ticket prices are available. Call the box office for more information.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for Rioult Dance Company and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.


RIOULT DANCE COMPANY - Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Rioult Dance Company Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Dancers are, from left, Anastasia Sorozcynski, Michael S. Phillips and Jane Sato. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, online at, or by calling 543-4371. Photo credit: Erin Baiano.


Relay for Life Pulled Pork Fundraiser
Relay for Life logoThe Purchasing, Property Control & Central Receiving departments will be sponsoring a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
     A BBQ pulled pork sandwich plate will be available on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for $5 per plate. The plate will include baked beans, potato salad, and dessert.
     Tickets are available at the Purchasing Department. The lunches will be available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Order deadline is Thursday, Nov. 13. For tickets call 549-2064.


Southeastern awarded grant to support recycling, participate in recycling event
Southeastern's Physical Plant and Sustainability Science and Technology Center have been selected to receive a $9,500 Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state's premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.
The grant will support the university's recycling efforts on campus by providing much needed outdoor recycle bins. There are currently no recycle bins outdoors on campus, and it is hoped the addition of them will make a positive impact on an already growing recycling program.
     "We are working to create a culture of recycling on campus that our students will take with them into our communities, the marketplace, and beyond," said Carlos Doolittle, manager of landscapes, grounds, and recycling at Southeastern.
The grant will also allow for Southeastern's participation in a recycling drive on Saturday, November 15, to celebrate "America Recycles Day," a Keep America Beautiful event.
     "As this is also the last Lion home football game of the regular season, we will also take part in the GameDay Recycling Challenge," he said. "The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction by implementing waste reduction programs during home football games. Schools track and report waste reduction and disposal data from collection bins to submit for the competition.
     Bins will be located in the West Strawberry Stadium lot prior to kickoff, and there will also be bins placed throughout the stadium during the game. The university's newly-formed Southeastern Sustainability Society and the Student Government Association will be providing volunteer assistance for the event.
     "When you come tailgate on Nov. 15, why not bring your recyclable cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, and paper to help Southeastern win the Game Day Recycling Challenge?" asked Danilo Miranda, sustainability graduate assistant at the Southeastern Physical Plant. "We're proud to offer this opportunity before and during the 3 p.m. game."
     Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a litter free Louisiana. Each year, KLB awards competitive Healthy Communities Grants to organizations across the state as part of its efforts to "promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana." Last year over 23,000 people volunteered more than 107,000 hours with KLB's affiliates. These volunteers picked up 670,000 pounds of roadway and waterway litter in an effort to keep Louisiana beautiful.


Southeastern Channel student documentary wins international awards
Student documentary wins awardsA Southeastern student-produced documentary has won a pair of international television and film awards.
     "McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival," produced by former students and now graduated Nick Brilleaux of Hammond and Scott Caro of Mandeville, won both a Telly Award and a Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival recently.
     The documentary won a Telly Award in the student production category. The 2014 Tellys received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Among other winners were the "History Channel," and the major networks NBC, CBS and ESPN. It was the 35th Telly Award won by the Southeastern Channel in its 11 years of existence.
     The Telly Awards is a national competition honoring local, regional and cable television programs, commercials, video and film productions. The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production companies, cable operators and advertising agencies throughout the world.
     The documentary won a Gold Remi Award for "Historical Documentary" at WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running international film festival in North America, behind only the New York and San Francisco film festivals.
     WorldFest is an annual gathering of top independent filmmakers and in the past has honored new directors such as Stephen Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott and the Coen Brothers. It was the third Gold Remi won by a Southeastern Channel production.
     "'McCrea 1971' is artfully crafted and engages viewers with a little-known, yet fascinating story," said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel. "Students Nick and Scott have produced a professional-quality documentary that richly deserves recognition of their talent, perseverance and work ethic. These prestigious international awards prove that their Louisiana documentary captivates viewers on a wide scale."
     "McCrea 1971" documents the disastrous "Celebration of Life" rock music festival staged in McCrea, La., in June 1971. The festival attracted over 60,000 attendees from all over the United States to McCrea, a small crossroads town along the Atchafalaya River levee in upper Pointe Coupee Parish.
     Advertised as Louisiana's version of Woodstock that would feature over 70 big-name acts such as the Rolling Stones, Moody Blues and Beach Boys, the festival in reality featured only 10 bands and endured a series of calamities, including local hostility, instances of police brutality, intense summer heat, food and water shortages, and the drownings of four festival-goers in the swift-moving Atchafalaya Basin.
     In addition to producing, Brilleaux and Caro wrote, directed, shot and edited the documentary.
     "During production, Scott and I strived to produce a documentary that was both historically objective as well as entertaining," said Brilleaux. "We're very proud to have achieved this goal, but to win an award in addition to that is a great honor."
     "Winning these awards is a particular honor due to the prestige attached to both the Telly Awards and Houston-WorldFest," said Caro. "It's rewarding to have worked so hard on a project and then to see our work recognized by national and international film organizations."
     Earlier this year, "McCrea 1971" won a student Emmy award given by the National Society of Television Arts and Sciences in the Suncoast Region.
     In addition to the Southeastern Channel, Brilleaux and Caro have screened the documentary in theaters and venues all over the state. More information on the documentary can be found at


SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS - The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational access television channel, recently won an international Telly Award along with a Gold Remi Award from the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. The awards are for the documentary "McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival" produced by former students and now graduates Nick Brilleaux of Hammond and Scott Caro of Mandeville. Pictured (from left) are Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon, Brilleaux holding the Telly Award, and Caro holding the Gold Remi Award.


Creel arrested (for a good cause)
MDA JailbirdThey say doing time changes you. That couldn't be more true when business and community leaders like Eileen Creel, head of the School of Nursing, agree to be part of the MDA Lock-Up. By agreeing to do time, these leaders from all around Baton Rouge go behind bars as they raise bail money to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
     The MDA Lock-Up is a community event that is a unique and fun way to help local children and adults who live with muscle disease. By being an MDA Jailbird, Creel asked her family, friends and business contacts to make donations for her "bail," which are funds that will help MDA in its mission of curing muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and related diseases by funding worldwide research, providing comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.


Rec Sports and Wellness news

Camp Rec Thanksgiving week

During Thanksgiving week, Camp Rec will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25, and
Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per child with $10 per additional child. This includes breakfast, lunch and snack.
     Spaces are limited, so register soon by visiting the membership desk in the Student Activity Center, calling 549-5591 or emailing

Camp Rec November 28 (day after Thanksgiving)
Are you preparing for the biggest retail shopping day of the year, Friday, Nov. 28? Camp Rec is, too! Drop off your children as early as 6:50 a.m. and pick up as late as 7 p.m. Children must be ages 5-12.
     The fee for this day of fun is $35 per child and $10 for additional children. Fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pack a snack bag (no candy or sugared snacks, please).
     Spaces are limited, so register soon by visiting the membership desk in the Student Activity Center, calling 549-5591 or emailing


Non-credit programs available

Intrigue of the Internet: Introduction to the Internet
Julie Nunenmacher, Nov. 6 - 20

This course will give you an introduction to the magic of how the Internet works and the wonders of all the education and entertainment it can provide. Learn about some of the most common websites for news, shopping, and research. Also learn guidelines for protecting your financial information and protecting your family from inappropriate websites. Learn more.


QuickBooks Level II
Vanessa Faciane-Bickman, Oct. 28 – Dec. 2

Employees and business owners currently using QuickBooks for financial accounting who want to increase their knowledge or advance their career through certification would benefit from this course. This course also is offered as the next step for QuickBooks Level I regardless of experience. Register today.


Project Management Professional
Trey Miller, Nov. 10 - 14

The goal of Project Management Professional is to prepare project managers and others planning on pursuing a career in project management with test knowledge and tools to successfully pass the PMP Certification Exam. The course is based on Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge. Get started.


Southeastern in the news

Action News
Music, concerts, lectures highlight Fanfare's final two weeks

SLU anticipates nearly $1 million share of new WISE Funds

Kuhn brings First Circuit back to SLU Nov. 6-7



BR Advocate
SLU to host seminar for tax preparers

Baton Rouge native to compete in National American Miss Pageant

U.S. Army Band and Chorus set to play three concerts


Hammond Daily Star
Lions King and Queen

Civil rights icon Angela Davis to speak at SLU

Crash test learners

Author discusses adoption challenges

SLU gets funds 


Her Campus
Feminine Friday: Robin Roberts


National Journal
Can Mary Landrieu's halo work outside New Orleans


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team will look to remain atop the Southland Conference standings, the soccer and cross county teams will compete for league titles, while the men's basketball team will host an exhibition to open its 2014-15 schedule during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 15 Lions (6-3, 4-1 Southland) will host first-year league member Houston Baptist (2-7, 1-5 Southland) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. The contest will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the flagship station of Southeastern Football, KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH). The Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18) will air the game on tape delay.
     The game with HBU will be the annual Hall of Fame game and 2014 Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Wade Miley and Emilija Arnaudovska will be recognized at halftime. The Michael Brandt Band will provide entertainment in Friendship Circle from 12-2 p.m. and the first 200 students will receive free t-shirts.
     The SLU soccer team (12-7) will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament for the ninth consecutive season. The No. 6 seed Lady Lions will open the tournament on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. match versus third-seeded Houston Baptist. The winner of Thursday's match will face No. 2 seed Sam Houston in a 4:30 p.m. semifinal match on Friday.
     Thursday and Friday's matches will be streamed live on the Southland Conference Digital Network. Sunday's final is set for 1:05 p.m. at ESPN3 and the winner will advance to the NCAA Tournament. SLU, the reigning league tournament champion, has previously advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2013.
     The Southeastern men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships on Monday in Natchitoches. The men's 8K race will open the day at 8:30 a.m., while the women will tackle the 6K course at 9:30 a.m. Live results, provided by host NSU, will be accessible at
     The Jay Ladner Era for the Southeastern men's basketball team will open on Thursday. The Lions will host Loyola (N.O.) at 6 p.m. in the University Center. A live video stream of Thursday's game will be available to LionVision subscribers at
     The SLU volleyball team (9-15, 6-6 Southland) will continue its road swing this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions face Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. SLU will then head to Lamar for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday.
     The Lion baseball team will close out the Fall World Series this week at Alumni Field. Games are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday with first pitch set for 6 p.m. both days. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream for both games at


Monday, November 3
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Natchitoches, 8:30/9:30 a.m.
Baseball, Fall World Series Game 4, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision)


Wednesday, November 5
Baseball, Fall World Series Game 5, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision)


Thursday, November 6
Soccer, vs. Houston Baptist (SLC Tournament), Beaumont, Texas, 4:30 p.m. (SLC Digital Network)
Volleyball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball, vs. Loyola (N.O.) (Exhibition), University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision)


Friday, November 7
Soccer, vs. Sam Houston State (SLC Tournament), Beaumont, Texas, 4:30 p.m. (SLC Digital Network)


Saturday, November 8
Football, vs. Houston Baptist, Strawberry Stadium, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (WHMD) (WJSH) (SE Channel) (LionVision)*
Volleyball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m.*


Sunday, November 9
Soccer, Southland Tournament Finals, Beaumont, Texas, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN3)


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) organized, chaired and commented on a session at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in New Orleans, Oct. 16-19, titled "Fifty Shades of Grace: Reformers, Recusants, and Religious Ambiguity in Tudor England" and featuring Caroline Armbruster (BA Southeastern, LSU PhD candidate), Michael Lane (BA Baylor, LSU PhD candidate), and Thomas Ridgedell (BA and MA Southeastern, University of Mississippi PhD). Robison also participated in a roundtable, "Tartan Hordes: Early Modern Scotland on Film," along with Thomas Freeman (University of Essex), Tricia McElroy (University of Alabama), Beth Quitslund (Ohio University), Morgan Ring (Cambridge University), and Kristen Walton (Salisbury University).
     Robison also presented the lectures "Why Isn't Anne of Cleves Ugly? Female Beauty, Film, and Suspension of Disbelief from The Private Life of Henry VIII to The Tudors" and "Mary Magdalene, the Da Vinci Code, and History" as part of the "Objects of Beauty" Lecture Series at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia on October 27 and 28; "Doctor WhoDat Hatches A Halloween 'Doctor Who' Hapless Hortonless History Lesson" as part of the Then and Now Fanfare History and Politics Lecture Series at Southeastern on October 29 and "Blazing Tudorism: The Comic Appropriation of the Tudors on Film and Television" at Tulane University on the same day.
     Dr. Thomas Meyer (Accounting and Finance) and colleagues have had their manuscript, "Changes in the Covalence Ethical Quote, Financial Performance and Financial Reporting Quality," accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.
     Several librarians from Sims Memorial Library participated in the LOUIS Users Conference in Baton Rouge Oct. 16 and 17. Cathy Tijerino and Amy Baptist attended, and the following librarians did presentations: Angela Dunnington and Paul Kelsey – "Setting Up an iPad Loan Program from Start to Finish;" Penny Hecker – "If You Teach It They Will Use It: Introducing EBSCO Discovery Service to Undergraduates in a Credit Information Research Course;" Dr. Stephen A. Sanders, Mary Lou Strong, and former Sims librarian Dr. Chad Pearson – "Flipping Out: Taking on the Inverted Classroom Model."
     Lori Smith (Sims Memorial Library) is currently serving as Secretary of the Louisiana Public Documents Depository Program Advisory Council.
     David Armand (English) has been awarded one of Gambit Weekly's prestigious 40 Under 40 Awards, an annual award given out to locals under the age of forty who are serving to make a difference in their community with the work they do. Additionally, he has recently been informed that his third novel, The Gorge, will be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press.
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) is leading "The Native American World of the Southern United States," a six-week program of directed readings and discussion sessions for the Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) project sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and hosted by the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville.
     Mike Ruybalid (Teaching and Learning) was one of the presenters for a recent "Chapter Share" for Red Stick Orff, a local chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Music and Movement organization.


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