Southeastern employees appreciated

Student employees celebrated

Columbia to present Country Music trio

North Shore Focus set for April 14

Trumpet recital Tuesday

Student Food Pantry relocated

Level II WellSpot status achieved

KHS hosts ASK conference

War College Program returns

National Library Week set

Bill Evans Jazz Festival set

Free health assessment offered

SLWP receives grant

Jewelry sale scheduled

SELHA to hold meeting

Honors convocations set

Rec Sports and Wellness news

Non-Credit Programs offered

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Employee Appreciation logo Employee Appreciation events
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April 13– 24
Online Contests – Submit the right answer about Southeastern at and on the News and Events link on the home page to qualify for a prize drawing every day. Also check the Southeastern Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a separate contest for social media users. Prizes include jackets, $50 gift cards and more.

Employee Spotlight – Southeastern is sponsoring Employee Spotlight Awards giving all the opportunity to nominate for special recognition their fellow employees who demonstrate exceptional qualities and outstanding service. Winners receive a reserved parking space for a month!


April 15 – 16
Jewelry Show – Alumni Association's annual $6 Jewelry Show fundraiser at the Student Union.


April 16
Free lunch for all employees – The Mane Dish (second floor, Student Union) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., coordinated by Human Resources and sponsored by Aramark and Voya with door prizes by LaCap Federal Credit Union. Show university I.D. at entrance.
Lion Dedication – A brief ceremony in the Student Union west entrance at 11 a.m. where the Alumni Association will formally present its carved marble lion sculpture.


April 20 – 24
Continuing events: Online contest, social media contest, and Employee Spotlight nominations.


April 21
Employee tailgate & baseball – Free tailgating at 4:30 p.m. at Alumni Field, then one promotional ticket to experience the fun of Lion Athletics by watching the Lions vs. ULL at 6 p.m. Additional tickets available for $5.


April 21 –22
Customer Appreciation Sale – Extended Bookstore hours from 5–7 p.m., refreshments and door prizes.


April 23
Free employee luncheon – Sponsored by the University Alumni Chapter from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Alumni Center.


April 24
Drawing for Employee Spotlight Awards – Announcement of the winners.


May 4 – 8
Bookstore discount of 25% on entire purchase.


National Student Employment Week
Each year in April, colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience by celebrating National Student Employment Week. Student employment offers our students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.
     National Student Employment Week is designed to enhance the awareness of student employment and to recognize those students who perform outstanding work while attending Southeastern. The week of April 13-17 the Office of Financial Aid will recognize the student employees of Southeastern.
     We would like to encourage all departments to join us in celebrating National Student Employment Week by showing your student workers how much their hard work is appreciated. You can show this in any way you like, but be sure to give them a big thank you for all of their assistance.


Columbia Theatre to present new country music trio
Maybe AprilSoutheastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting "Maybe April," a new country music trio straight from Nashville. Scheduled on April 14, the all-female trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Interim Director Roy Blackwood is excited about presenting an up and coming country group.
     "Seldom is found a trio of song-writers with such diverse backgrounds who collaborate naturally as does Maybe April," he said. "Audiences with a wide range of musical tastes are amazed by their blend of catchy, creative lyrics and melodies."
     According to Blackwood, the group was created in the summer of 2012 when Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro and Alaina Stacey all traveled across the country to Nashville for a week-long music industry camp.
     "Sharing a deep love of country-folk music, a genuine admiration for one another's unique sound, and a constant willingness to laugh at themselves, the three strangers from Jonesboro, Ark., Semi Valley, Calif., and Chicago, Ill., quickly became friends," Blackwood added.
     In just a few hours, Blackwood said, the three singer-songwriters wrote a country song that shocked music industry professionals.
     "'Loving You Still' sounded as though it was written by artists who had been working together for years," he said. "Little did Maybe April know the song would grow to be a very important song for them."
     In January 2014, the trio was invited to play their song at the Grammy-sponsored event "A Song is Born," at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, Calif., along with artists and songwriters like Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Allen Shamblin, Gavin DeGraw, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams from the "Civil Wars," and many others.
     Opening for the trio are Jodi James and Clay Parker from Baton Rouge, performing Country/Americana music.
     Tickets for the Maybe April concert are $20 for balcony and orchestra and $34 for loge 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 get tickets online at
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for Maybe April and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.


NEW COUNTRY TRIO TO PERFORM AT COLUMBIA - Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting a new country music trio straight from Nashville called "Maybe April." Scheduled on April 14, the all-female trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street, at, or at 543-4371.


12th Annual North Shore Focus scheduled April 14
North Shore Focus, a regionally-hosted gathering with state legislators, elected officials and business leaders, will be held in Baton Rouge at the Claiborne Building, across from the state capitol, on Tuesday, April 14, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
     This year's schedule includes briefings and updates on coastal restoration, higher education, and transportation and development priorities. Presentations will be held in the Thomas Jefferson Rooms A-B and include "Making Higher Education a Higher Priority," by LSU System President King Alexander, LCTCS President Monty Sullivan and ULS President Sandra Woodley; "Getting from Point A to Point B on the Northshore," by Deputy Secretary Eric Kalivoda of the Department of Transportation and Development; and "No More Coasting Along," by Chairman Chip Kline of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
     North Shore Focus is a collaborative advocacy event, designed to provide area business leaders with an opportunity to visit with legislators from across the state and receive updates on the North Shore region's legislative priorities, explained Erin Cowser, Southeastern executive director of public and governmental affairs and Chairman of the Greater Hammond Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no cost to attend.
     "Legislators tell us it makes their jobs that much easier when they're presented with collective plans and priorities," she said. "While each parish may have its specific needs and wants, collectively as a region, what's good for Tangipahoa is good for Livingston, what's good for Washington is good for St. Tammany, and vice versa."
     Cowser said the event's list of co-hosts represents five parishes this year. Northshore Technical Community College Alumni and the Southeastern Alumni Association, as well as the Northshore Business Council, are regional partners.
     Co-hosts include the Livingston Economic Development Council, Livingston Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, and St. Helena Parish Economic Development.
     From St. Tammany Parish are the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission, and St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.
     Representing Tangipahoa Parish are the Amite Chamber of Commerce, Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Hammond Area Economic and Industrial Development District, Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation and the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
     Washington Parish co-hosts include the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce, Franklinton Chamber of Commerce, Washington Parish Tourism Commission and Washington Economic Development Foundation.
     Chamber members and representatives of the business community are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the individual chamber offices or the Southeastern Alumni Association at 549-2150.


Southeastern to present trumpet recital by Richard Rulli
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present a guest artist recital featuring University of Arkansas Trumpet Professor Richard Rulli in a performance scheduled Tuesday, April 14.
     The free performance will take place in Pottle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Rulli teaches trumpet and brass chamber music and conducts the trumpet ensemble at the University of Arkansas. 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 "Concet Etudea" by Alexander Goedicke, "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" by Paul Hindemith, and "Intrada by Otto Ketting. Also to be presented are "Albumblatt" by Alexander Glasunow and Morten Lauridsen's "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Tomoko Kashiwagi.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Student Food Pantry has relocated
Student Food PantryThe Southeastern Student Food Pantry has moved to McGehee Hall, room 109. The food pantry is open to all Southeastern students experiencing food insecurity.
     The pantry's hours of operation are Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students are allowed to visit the pantry once per week and must bring their student ID. Please share this information with students.
     For more information on the pantry or donation opportunities, please call Lauren Williams at 549-5224 or Brendan Daigle at 549-3850. 


Southeastern designated by state as first Level Two University WellSpot
Southeastern is the first university in the state to receive Level Two WellSpot status, a designation through the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) initiative.
     Well-Ahead Louisiana is an endeavor of the DHH aimed at improving the general health and wellness of Louisiana citizens.
     DHH Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane encouraged other organizations to follow Southeastern's lead.
     "Becoming the first university designated as a Level Two WellSpot shows Southeastern Louisiana University is a leader within Louisiana's higher education community," Lane said. "Small, but very significant, steps such as promoting physical activity and healthy eating can add up to enormously positive outcomes for students, faculty, staff, their families and the surrounding community."
     Southeastern received the Level Two designation after meeting Well-Ahead initiative requirements such as the implementation of the 5-2-1-0 program, which provides a simple, memorable formula to help participants stay healthy. Partners in the 5-2-1-0 program focus on the importance of eating at least five fruits and vegetables, using no more than two hours of digital screen time, getting at least one hour of physical activity and not drinking any sweetened beverages every day.
     Southeastern also completed all five steps in the Louisiana Business Group on Health Worksite Wellness Toolkit. These steps include submitting documentation of support from the organization's leadership, selecting a designated program leader, conducting a worksite assessment, creating an implementation plan and establishing a worksite wellness committee.
     The university met addition requirements, including having a student health center, a recreation center with a full gym, free nutrition counseling for students, a tobacco-free policy and a plan to promote the LA Tobacco Quitline.
     "We're proud to be the first university in Louisiana to receive this designation," said Ralph Wood, assistant dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and chair of the university's Employee Wellness Committee. "Our goal is to provide as healthy an environment as possible for our staff, as well as for our students. This is but a first step in our approach."
     "Colleges and universities have an enormous opportunity to influence the health and wellness of their students, staff, faculty and visitors through adoption of smart, wellness-focused policies," said DHH Secretary Kathy H. Kliebert. "Southeastern deserves our recognition and support for taking steps to encourage Louisiana's future workforce to live healthier lives."
     Wood said the intent of the program is to strongly promote the concept of wellness using the guidelines associated with the WellSpot Toolkit.
     "It is important that we get input and cooperation from our students. Their health and wellness are important to us," Wood said.
     Well-Ahead Louisiana promotes voluntary changes without imposing new taxes or creating new rules. The initiative is designed to help Louisiana's people, leaders, businesses and organizations take action because it is the right - and healthy - thing to do, added Kliebert.
     Visit the Well-Ahead website,, for more information about becoming a WellSpot and for worksite resources. You can also follow Well-Ahead for weekly tips on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
     The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit For up-to-date health information, news and emergency updates, follow DHH's Twitter account and Facebook.


Kinesiology and Health Studies news
Kinesiology ConferenceEach year, the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department at Southeastern organizes the ASK KHS Conference, a professional development day featuring presentations from professionals in health, physical education, sports management, fitness, and sports medicine. This year's event was held on March 31.
     Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton gave the keynote address titled "Leadership Competencies."
     Additional presenters and presentations were:

     Alyssa Lyon (Emergency Medicine Physician, North Oaks Health System): "Emergency Medical Conditions in the Active Population"
     Dan Toups and Tatum Bounds (Certified Personal Trainers, Cross Gates Family Fitness): "Personal Training – Perspectives from the Trenches"
     Jacques Doucet (Sports Anchor, WAFB TV): "Sports Broadcasting"
     Gerald Berensen (Physician, Tulane University): "What We Learned from the Bogalusa Heart Study"
     Brenna Barzenick (Physical Therapist, Anatomix Physical Therapy): "Demystifying Yoga – An Orthopedic Approach"
     Jamie Meeks (Sports Nutritionist, LSU Athletics): "Sports Nutrition and College Athletics"
     Renee Underwood (LA Office of Public Health): "The Well-Ahead Initiative"
     Wayne Morris (General Manager, Franco's Athletic Club): "Fitness Management"
     Cindy Perret (Clinical Exercise Physiologist, East Jefferson Hospital): "Cardiac Rehab – The Role of the Exercise Physiologist"


War College Program returns to Southeastern
The United States Army War College Eisenhower Series College Program will return to Southeastern for a series of presentations today and tomorrow (April 13-14). All faculty members, staff, students and the public are invited to the free program.
     Today from 5 - 7 p.m. the Alumni Center will host a reception and panel discussion featuring Lt. Col. Lance D. Clark (U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army War College Faculty), Col. Frank Harrar (U.S. Army Special Forces), Col. Silas Martinez (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Lt. Col. Carlton G. Smith (Texas Army National Guard Field Artillery), and Lt. Col. Warren L. Wells (U.S. Army Judge Advocate).
     On Tuesday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be two presentations in Pottle Auditorium featuring Col. Martinez and Lt. Col. Smith.
     As with previous visits to Southeastern by the Eisenhower Series College Program, this series of presentations has been arranged by Judge James Kuhn and facilitated by the Department of History and Political Science.
     "We are delighted to have representatives from the War College back on campus. These are very experienced and expert members of the military, and audience members can count on them being knowledgeable, accessible, and willing to talk about a wide variety of military members," said William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. "We are grateful to Judge Kuhn for making this possible and hope that a lot of people will take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about American military policy and practice."


Celebrate National Library Week at Sims Library

April 14: "Readings @ Sims"
Come hear selections from original works by Southeastern's own and other local writers. Readings begin at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Sims Library, third floor.

April 14-16 Annual Book Sale
Support Sims Library and get some great books, videos, CDs and record albums at unbeatable prices at our annual book sale. The sale will be held in the Library lobby from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 14 and 15, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 16. Cash only, please.

April 12-17 Fine Free Week
Bring back your overdue books with no library fines!

For more information, call 549-3962 or visit


Southeastern presents 14th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival
Southeastern will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with its annual festival in his honor this month.
     The 14th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate, considered by many as the most influential jazz pianist of his generation.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year's festival has expanded to include a high school jazz band festival and a performance and master class by Charles Pillow, assistant professor of saxophone and woodwinds at the Eastman School of Music in New York City.
     "With five CDs to his credit, Pillow has established himself as one of the premier woodwind mulit-instrumentalists of today," said Paul Frechou, associate director of bands. "His orchestrations, including Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition,' Gustav Holst's 'The Planets,' and 'Van Gogh Letters' have earned him critical acclaim."
     As a fluent performer, teacher and touring musician, Frechou added, Pillow has performed on over 100 recordings of jazz and pop artists, including those of Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, David Sanborn, Joe Henderson, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Jay Z, David Liebman, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and Luther Vandross.
     This year's festival will include:
     The Southeastern Alumni Band will perform Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Admission is free.
     On Thursday, April 23, the Southeastern Jazz Combos, directed by John Madere, lecturer of double bass, will perform in Pottle Music Building Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
     Adjudication of high school bands begins throughout the day on Friday, April 24. Also on Friday, Charles Pillow and Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call Frechou at 549-3825 to order tickets.
     Adjudication of high school bands continues on Saturday morning, April 25. At noon, Pillow will give a master class in Pottle Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. At 2 p.m. that day, the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Frechou and Madere, will present their concert with Pillow as special guest. They will perform a few of his arrangements and the world premiere of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," arranged for Jazz Band by Pillow.
     For more information about the Bill Evans Jazz Festival, email Frechou at or Madere at


Catapult Health Assessment offered for free
If you were unable to schedule your Catapult visit during their last visit, they are coming back to Rec Center Monday, April 27, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     The Office of Group Benefits (OGB) has contracted with Catapult Health to provide an onsite wellness/physical visit. This visit is only open to employees and retirees enrolled in an OGB health product. You will need to present your health insurance card at the time of your visit. Catapult Health is doing this at no cost to the employees. If you haven't already done so, you still have time to schedule your free, quick and confidential health checkup, given right here at Southeastern.
     Those who complete the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Personal Health Assessment (PHA) and participate in a Catapult Health Preventive Checkup will save $120 annually, $10.00 a month for biweekly employees and $12.00 a check for faculty on your 2016 health insurance premiums.
     Please take 60 seconds right now to sign up at
     The link to the Personal Health Assessment is
     This benefit is being brought to you by the Employee Wellness Initiative. For more information, please contact the Benefits Office at 549-2587 or


Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project receives grant
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (Dr. Richard Louth, director) has received a $10,000 SEED grant from the National Writing Project to host an Advanced Institute and Writing Retreat for Writing Project teachers July 13-17 in New Orleans with author Kim Stafford as the guest writer.
     This grant for improvement in the teaching of writing will also fund continuity activities for Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project teachers throughout 2015-16. 


Southeastern Alumni Association to host jewelry and accessories sale
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host a $6 jewelry sale, plus other specialty items priced as marked. Scheduled in the Southeastern Student Union, the sale will take place on Wednesday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Director of the Southeastern Alumni Association Kathy Pittman said the fundraiser sale will offer gifts for men and children, as well as women.
     "In addition to plenty of jewelry, we will also offer wallets, belts, scarves, shawls, tote bags, ties, sunglasses and children's fashion accessories and jewelry," Pittman said. "This is a great opportunity to do some early shopping for Mother's Day and Father's Day."
     Proceeds from the fundraiser go to support programming for the Alumni Association, and parking will be available in the parking lot in front of the Student Union, Pittman added.
     For more information, visit the Alumni Association web site at


Southeast Louisiana Historical Association to hold spring meeting

The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association (SELHA) will hold it spring meeting Thursday, April 16, at 6 p.m., at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, located in the Levi Building in downtown Hammond. State Rep. John Bel Edwards will serve as speaker for the evening event. Edwards will discuss his family's recent induction into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and other topics related to the upcoming legislative session.
     The festivities begin with a meet and greet social, followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Edwards' presentation will immediately follow dinner. A $25 ticket to enter the event entitles the holder to attend the dinner meeting, as well as a one year membership in the SELHA, along with receipt of the annual newsletter and journal. Members may purchase additional spouse tickets for $10. A $15 ticket allows an individual to attend the dinner meeting without joining the association.
     The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association is a town and gown organization designed to promote awareness and understanding of the peculiar history and cultures found in Louisiana's Florida Parishes and immediate surrounding environments. The organization produces an annual historical journal, The Southeast Louisiana Review, and a newsletter, The Centerpiece, which is distributed annually to members. Membership is open to all interested individuals.
     For more information on the April 16 meeting or the organization, contact the Center by phone 549-2151 during the week day operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. , or email


Spring Academic Honors Convocations scheduled
This year's spring honors convocations will all take place in the Alumni Center. All interested persons are invited to attend to honor our outstanding students. The schedule is as follows:


April 27

College of Science and Technology, 2:30 p.m.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences 6 p.m.


April 28

College of Education, 10 a.m.
College of Business, 3:30 p.m.


April 29

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 1 p.m.


Rec Sports and Wellness News

Thirty minute workouts available
Thirty minute workouts are back with Green & Gold Grit @ the Rec. Faculty, staff and graduate students can sign up for this six-week session. Sessions are scheduled Monday-Thursday 6:30-7 a.m. and Monday and Wednesday 12 -12:30 p.m.
     Recruit a co-worker and join in. Spaces are limited, so a small commitment fee is required for registration.
     To register or for more information, contact Assistant Director of Health and Fitness Megan Mast at 549-5728, or e-mail


Weightwatchers session available
Southeastern employees are invited to sit in a free Weightwatchers meeting at the Pennington Student Activity Center, room 107, on Tuesdays at noon. This is part of a 17-week program that will run through mid-July.
     The program materials are provided with membership, and those interested must join the meeting series. Consult Pennington staff for details.


Non-Credit Programs

Zoom into Careers
June 15 - 18

Southeastern is proud to offer a series of exciting career workshops for junior high and high school students. In these hands-on courses, participants explore a career and gain knowledge of the competencies required to succeed in their field of interest. The summer workshops will introduce students to career opportunities available in Louisiana and compatible higher education programs within Southeastern's college curriculum. Workshops include: Animation, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Television, Theater, and Photography. More workshops will be announced soon.


Children's Art Workshop
Kim Finley, July 13 - 23

All students will complete a t-shirt design, model magic sculpture and printmaking project. The workshop is eight days long, and students will complete eight different projects, including painting and drawing. These projects will be based on the theme "Step Into Art." Children enrolled in the workshop will be instructed by art students who will be supervised by Dr. Kim Finley. Read more.


Summer Music Celebration
July 13 – 17

Join Southeastern's Community Music School for a variety of musical and instrumental workshops this summer. Enroll your child in a workshop such as: Chamber Music, Guitar, Piano Duet, and Music Theory. Learn more.


ACT Test Prep
Dates vary depending upon location

The ACT Review class is designed to help students prepare for the ACT college entrance exam. Students will review major concepts most commonly found on the ACT and will be provided test-taking tips and strategies. Students should use the information provided during class time as part of their overall test preparation strategy.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern track and field team will host the Southeastern Invitational, while the baseball, softball and tennis teams all compete in Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions and Lady Lions will welcome schools from around the region to Hammond for two days to compete in SLU's home meet. The meet opens with the throwing events on Thursday and continues with Friday's running and field events.
     The baseball team (26-11, 11-4 Southland) will look to protect its Southland Conference lead this week. On Tuesday, the Lions will be in Lafayette in non-conference action against Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m. On Friday, SLU opens a three-game series with McNeese State with a 6 p.m. contest at Alumni Field. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The softball team (19-20, 13-4 Southland) opens up the week on Friday, hosting McNeese State in a 6 p.m. contest at North Oak Park. On Saturday, the series concludes with a 12 p.m. doubleheader.
     Lion fans will have an opportunity to win prizes and money courtesy of Southeastern Athletics, as Bingo at the Ballpark will be featured at Friday's softball game and Saturday's baseball game. The Cane's Challenge will be featured at Friday's softball game, as well as Friday and Sunday's baseball contests. If the baseball (five runs) and softball (three runs) teams top the Cane's Challenge on the respective days, fans will receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or lesser value.
     All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of the baseball and softball series versus McNeese State.


Tuesday, April 14
Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Tennis, at UNO, New Orleans, 2 p.m.*


Thursday, April 16
Men's and Women's Track and Field, Southeastern Invitational, SLU Throwing Facility, All Day


Friday, April 17
Men's and Women's Track and Field, Southeastern Invitational, SLU Track Complex, All Day
Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge
Softball, vs. McNeese State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Bingo at the Ballpark
     - Cane's Challenge
Tennis, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 2 p.m.*


Saturday, April 18
Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Bingo at the Ballpark
Softball, vs. McNeese State (DH), North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*


Sunday, April 19
Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Cane's Challenge
Tennis, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 2 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Chemistry students Binit Sharma Poudel and Suraj K. Ayer made a presentation of research performed under the direction of Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) at the National American Chemical Society Meeting in Denver, Colo, on March 23. The title of their presentation was "Palladium-catalyzed coupling of O-benzylbenzimidoyl iodides and boronic acids."
     Southeastern professors, Debra Jo Hailey, Ph.D., Stacy Garcia, Ph.D. and Michael Ruybalid, M. Mus. Ed. (all of Teaching and Learning) joined with Michelle Fazio-Brunson, Ph.D. of Northwestern State University and Patricia Alexander. M.Ed. of Natchitoches Parish Schools to write "Phonological Fun in Louisiana." The article will appear in the spring edition of Collaborations, the journal of the Louisiana Early Childhood Association.
     Dr. Debra Jo Hailey and Dr. Stacy Garcia (Teaching and Learning) collaborated with Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson (Northwestern State University) to present at the American Council on Rural Special Education conference held in New Orleans in March. The title of their presentation was "Leadership in the Early Childhood Years: Opportunities in Small Towns vs. Urban Communities."
     Dr. John Boulahanis's (Sociology and Criminal Justice) research on homicide clearance rates was mentioned recently in two publications: The Crime Report and Governing Magazine.
     Eric Johnson and Beth Stahr (Library) attended the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference in Portland, Ore., in March and presented a poster session titled "A Meeting of the Minds: Multi-Office Collaboration for Grant Funding and Services." The poster was chosen by the Librarian Design Share blog as a favorite from the conference. Johnson and Judith Lin Hunt (Montclair State University, NJ) hosted a round table discussion called "Deal with It!: Surviving Budget Cuts and Personnel Reductions."
     Penny Hecker's (Library) review of "Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacies to Empower Learners" by Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson (Chicago: ALA, 2014) was published in Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL, Volume 3 No. 2 (2015).
     At the recent Louisiana Library Association Conference in Shreveport, ACRL-Louisiana President Paul Kelsey (Library) chaired the ACRL-LA Executive Board Meeting and served as co-host at the annual LLA Academic/ACRL-LA "Meet & Greet the Academics' social and business meeting.
     Beth Stahr and Eric Johnson (Library) attended the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans on April 2 and 3. Stahr presented "Who Can Help Find Grandma? Educational Preparation of Genealogical Librarians and Staff," and Johnson spoke on "Culture for the Masses: George Macy, the Limited Editions Club, and the Heritage Press."
     Steven Sanders (Library) has a chapter titled "Through a Mirror Darkly: A Postmodern Approach to Teaching Expertise, Authority, and Bias" in Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information, ed. Troy A. Swanson and Heather Jagman, published by ACRL.
     Faculty members and graduate students of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department presented their research at the 78th annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, which was held in New Orleans in March. Dr. Michael Bisciglia made two presentations. The first was his paper "Segregation and its Impact on Hispanic Homicide: The Use of the Index of Qualitative Variation as a Measure of Internal Hispanic Segregation"; the second was "Fading Promise of Representative Bureaucracy? Employment of African American Law Enforcement Officers in Florida Sheriffs' Offices: 2000-2010," which was co-authored with Department Head Dr. Kenneth Bolton. Dr. Marc Settembrino co-chaired a panel on "New Directions in Queer Social Research," during which he presented his paper on "Sexual Orientation, Perceived Risk, and Hurricane Preparedness." Dr. Settembrino also participated in an author-meets-critics session on Recognizing Race and Ethnicity: Power, Privilege, and Inequality by Kathleen Fitzgerald (UNO). Dr. Lisa Olson presented her paper on "Intergroup Contact and Its Effect on Levels of Sexual Prejudice." Russell Castro presented his paper on "Colorado Cannabis Policy: Four Markets." Dr. Peter Shrock exhibited a poster on the "Quantitative Analysis of OSHA Enforcement Data." Emily McDonald, a student in the M.S. program in Applied Sociology, exhibited a poster on "Religious Experience and Identity: The Case of Short-Term Mission Trips."
     Dr. Richard Louth (English), founder of the New Orleans Writing Marathon, has recently published scholarly and literary articles on writing marathons. "The New Orleans Writing Marathon and the Writing World" in the Spring issue of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies concerns Louth's founding of the New Orleans Writing Marathon, its history, the theory behind it, and its use of real world places for writing. "Finding Your Muse in New Orleans" in Louisiana Literature's Special Prose Issue is an edited collection of works by 50 writers who accompanied Louth on New Orleans Writing Marathons during a five-day writing retreat sponsored by the National Writing Project in the summer of 2014. Coordinated with the release of this article, KSLU broadcast the radio program "Finding Your Muse in New Orleans" on March 20, produced by Todd Delaney (KSLU) and narrated by Katherine Wall (KSLU), featuring a dozen writers from the collection. Louth also led three day-long writing marathons at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans in March, and leads another for writers on April 17 as part of the National Writing Project's Urban Site Conference in New Orleans.


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