'Mamma's Brown Sugar' to be presented as part of Fanfare Oct. 29
Southeastern Professor of Teaching and Learning Celina Echols will present a lecture on her book, "Mamma's Brown Sugar," which details her own experiences of foster care and adoption. Scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29, the free presentation is from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, room 1022.
Sponsored by the College of Education's Department of Teaching and Learning in collaboration with The Library of Congress – Teaching with Primary Sources, the lecture is part of Fanfare, the university's annual fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, as part of Celebrating Diversity, the Forum on Milestones in Education.
Echols said that "Mamma's Brown Sugar" is a colorful and captivating story about a single woman who, wishing to have a family, adopts a son, who she lovingly calls Mamma's Brown Sugar.
"This book is appropriate for all age groups and provides hope for all adopted children and children wanting to be adopted," Echols said. "It also supports families and friends of single parents who are exploring adoption. The story offers children the ability to recognize that to be adopted means that one is chosen and counters the cruel imagery of being orphaned and unwanted."
Echols added that the story presents illustrations of beauty, such as shades of brown skin, broad noses and nappy hair to offset stereotypes often present in the 21st Century.
"The illustrations display the beautiful bond created between a mother and son to support the social, cognitive and emotional development needed by children," she said. "The story also reflects the current trend of declining marriages in the United States, while offering hope to professional women who wish to have the fulfillment of both families and careers."
For more information, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 549-2221.
Delta Tau Delta to host Suicide Awareness program
The brothers of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity invite the campus community to join them for a program on Suicide Awareness.
The program will feature Tom Caffery and Paige Moody from the University Counseling Center. Scheduled on Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m., the program will take place in the Student Union Ballroom.
For more information, contact Delta Tau Delta Chapter Advisor Gene Pregeant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author to do reading from new novel
Author Dayne Sherman will launch his just-published novel Zion on Thursday (Oct. 30) at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in downtown Hammond.
The free event will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the center, located at 217 East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
Sherman, coordinator of User Education at Southeastern's Sims Memorial Library, will read excerpts from Zion, promising to be done in time for the New Orleans Saints televised football game against the Green Bay Packers later that evening.
Individuals attending the event, which will include refreshments and live music, will receive a free copy of the "Zion" ebook.
"Zion," a mystery set in the rural South, is Sherman's second novel. He is the author of the critically acclaimed work "Welcome to the Fallen Paradise." Both books are set in Sherman's fictional Louisiana locale Baxter Parish.
For more information, contact the Arts Center at 542-7113.
'Spooktacular IV,' costume contest highlight Chamber Orchestra's Halloween concert
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra continues its highly popular Halloween concert when it presents a wide collection of music in the fall performance "Spooktacular IV" scheduled 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The kid-friendly concert again will include costume contests in the age categories 12 and under and 13 and older, said Chamber Orchestra Conductor Yakov Voldman. He, as well as the entire orchestra, will be in costume.
"We're encouraging our audience to come in costume, whether or not they participate in the contest," said Voldman.
Following the concert, orchestra members will distribute candy in the lobby for all attendees.
Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas St., which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5 for senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Southeastern students with student identification and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia box office at 543-4371.
The concert will include Leo Delibes' "Pizzicati" from "Sylvia," the can-can from "La Vie Parisienne" by Jacques Offenback, "Symphnie Espagnole, Op. 21" by Edouard Lalo, and Hora Staccato's "Grigoras Dinicu.
Solo performers include students Mark Pavlyuk of Chernovtzi, Ukraine, violin, featured in Tchaikovsky's "Scene from Swan Lake;" Sungkyung Woo of Seoul, South Korea, violin, in "Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21;" Oleg Pogonych of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, violin, in Tchaikovsky's "Waltz from Swan Lake;" Vitalie Gumeniuc of Kisiney, Movdova, saxophone, in "Hora Staccato;" and Vadym Timotin of Kishiney, Moldova, violin, in Tchaikovsky's "Neapolitan Dance from Swan Lake."
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
Relay for Life news
It's not too late to raise money for Relay for Life. You can still buy a luminary honoring or in memory of a cancer patient for $10 that will be lit at the closing ceremony at the event this Saturday, Nov. 1 at North Oak Park. You can also take the coffee challenge through November.
If your department has a team, go to your team page to make your donations, or if you are not affiliated with a team, go to Administration and Finance's team page to participate: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=60299&pg=team&team_id=1659067.
Call Mary Lou at 549-5773, if you have any questions.
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
Southeastern'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.
Southeastern Social Justice speaker to feature activist Angela Davis
Social 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.
Careers in science is focus of upcoming seminar for counselors, high school, college
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 bit.ly/southeasterncapps14. For more information contact the Department of Chemistry and Physics at 549-2160 or e-mail email@example.com.
"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."
Southeastern Channel student documentary wins international awards
A 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 www.mccrea1971.com.
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.
Rec Sports and Wellness news
Pennington Student Activity Center 1/2 Price Massage Special
During the week of Oct. 27, Recreational Sports and Wellness invites faculty, staff and students to treat themselves to a one hour massage for half of the price. Wellness Services' Angel Lester, LMT, LA #3986, will tailor each experience to individual unique needs through Swedish Relaxation, Hot Stone and Myofascial Cupping techniques.
All massages take place in the Wellness Suite of the Pennington Student Activity Center. To schedule a massage, contact Angel Lester at (985) 634-6040. Then, call Megan Mast, assistant director of health and fitness, at 549-5728 or email her at Megan.Mast@southeastern.edu for your client packet. Massage must take place during the week of Oct. 27.
Weight Watchers Open House
Southeastern's Weight Watchers group is holding an "Open House" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 12-12:30 p.m. in room 108 at the Pennington Student Activity Center. To date, the Southeastern group is lighter by 145 pounds.
Some weeks we like the scale and some weeks we don't, but we have fun moving forward because we're constantly learning and sharing. One member has reached his 10% body weight loss goal six weeks into the program.
Visit the Open House Tuesday. We're learning concrete skills and techniques to become healthier and feel better, especially during the fast approaching holiday season.
For more information, email Rec Sports' Amy Oberschmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 549-5738.
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
Music, concerts, lectures highlight Fanfare's final two weeks
SLU to host seminar for tax preparers
Baton Rouge native to compete in National American Miss Pageant
Former SLU police officer says complaints of racism led to dismissal
Hammond Daily Star
Lions King and Queen
Civil rights icon Angela Davis to speak at SLU
This Week in Athletics
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).
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.
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