Employee Appreciation events

Peter & Tink debuts Tuesday

Marketing Breakfast scheduled

Higher ed luncheon scheduled

Students plant community garden

Student protest held at Capitol

Wind Symphony concert set

Lion statue dedicated

Southeastern in the news

HHMS students give back

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


Employee Appreciation events
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April 20– 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 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.


Southeastern Theatre presents Peter & Tink
Peter and TinkSoutheastern Theatre presents Peter & Tink by playwright and Southeastern alumna Chelsea Krause. The show will run Tuesday-Friday, April 21-24.
     The performance will take place in the Vonnie Borden Theatre located in D Vickers Hall at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with ID.
     A prequel to Peter Pan, the children's classic tale by Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie, Peter & Tink was written by Southeastern graduate Krause, who is now working as an actor in New York. She wrote the play for a performance of the university's theatre honors society Alpha Psi Omega, which had formed a partnership with the City of Bogalusa to present several theatrical performances, including Peter & Tink's premiere.
     Director James Winter said the play shows how Peter makes his way to Neverland and meets Tinkerbell. The play also gives insight into the past of characters, such as Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, and even the infamous crocodile. Complete with sword-fighting, mermaids, pirates, songs, dancing, and puppetry, Peter & Tink presents a fun, exciting adventure for the whole family, Winter added.
     "There is definitely something for everyone in this play," said Winter, associate professor of acting and directing. "We are all working very hard to bring this campus and the surrounding communities a fairy tale play they will hopefully remember for a long time."
     The cast consists of a large group of Southeastern students and community members, including Olivia Waguespack of Covington as Peter, Lindsay Picou of Hammond as Tinkerbell, William Rushing of Walker as Capt. James Hook/Ravello, Akria Brewer of Denver as Smee, Jaimee Rome of Abita Springs as Shadow, Brei-Linn Golchuk of Lafitte as Slightly, Briana Rogers of Baton Rouge as Nibs, and Chelsey Davis of Marrero as Tootles.
     Also in the cast are Angela Griffitt of Mandeville as Marina, Emily Nodine of Central as Coralina, Kalee Broussard of Destrehan as Loralie, Casey Pursifull of Huntsville, Ala., as Delphi/Larry, Taylor Everard of Slidell as Great Big Little Panther/Gen. Starkey, Justin Davis of New Orleans as Taaraz/Bill, Alexis Durante of Hammond as Curly, and Chris Dalton of Gonzales as Dances with Snowcone/Ed.
     For more information, contact Southeastern Theatre at 549-2115.


SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE PRESENTS 'PETER & TINK' – Southeastern student William Rushing of Walker, playing the role of Capt. Hook, holds Peter Pan, played by Olivia Waguespack of Covington, at bay while other members of the crew watch fearfully. Pictured, back row, from left, are Lindsay Picou of Hammond as Tinkerbell, Casey Pursifull of Hunstville, Ala., as Delphi, Emily Nodine of Central as Coralina, Angela Griffitt of Mandeville as Marina, and Kalee Broussard of Destrehan as Loralie. The play will run at Vonnie Borden Theatre April 21-24.


 Southeastern Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department to host annual Marketing Breakfast
Scott EckertSoutheastern's Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and the Southeastern Marketing Association will host their annual Marketing Breakfast on Wednesday, April 22.
     Scheduled for 8 a.m. in Southeastern's Student Union Grand Ballroom, the breakfast will feature guest speaker Scott Eckert, vice president of marketing at Baton Rouge-based Community Coffee.
     A veteran of 25 years of experience directing and leading marketing efforts in the food processing industry, he joined Community Coffee two years ago. He has overseen the launch of 50 new products while working on brands such as Fleischmann's, Orville Redenbacher, Healthy Choice Meals, and Swift and Company.
     Pre-registration tickets are $6 for students and $9 for non-students through April 21. Registration at the door is $10 for everyone.
     Those interested in attending should preregister/prepay by calling the Marketing and Supply Chain Management Department at 549-2277.
     For more information on the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2277.




University System Presidents to address Hammond Chamber
To emphasize its support for stable funding of higher education, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host three of the state's top higher education leaders as luncheon panelists on Thursday, April 30.
     Dr. King Alexander, president of the Louisiana State University System, Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and Dr. Sandra Woodley, president of the University of Louisiana System, will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing higher education with regard to the state's budget deficit.
     "They will provide our members with 'the big picture,' in terms of the future of higher education across the state" said Chris Brannon, Greater Hammond Chamber CEO. "Those who attended North Shore Focus in Baton Rouge were able to hear their frank and honest remarks. We wanted to bring them to Hammond so they could share their message with all our members."
     Recognizing the vital role higher education plays in economic vitality, the Greater Hammond Chamber Board of Directors adopted a resolution that calls for the Legislature and Governor to make no additional cuts to higher education for the next fiscal year. The full resolution can be found at
     The general meeting will take place at the E. Brent Dufreche Conference Center on the campus of North Oaks Medical Center, which is sponsoring the event. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will be from 12 -1 p.m. Cost for the general meeting is $20 through April 24 and $25 thereafter. All Southeastern employees are considered Chamber members.
     Due to the construction of the roundabouts on Railroad Avenue, an alternate route via Morrison Avenue and Club Deluxe Road is recommended.


Southeastern students plant community garden on campus
Community GardenIn a clearing behind Southeastern's Sustainability Center, several raised gardens are starting to show signs of growth.
     The community gardens are the result of hard work by students in various campus organizations who have adopted plots they will nurture over the next several months.
     Student Government Association President Stephanie M. Travis of Kentwood explained the community garden is the brainchild of students who expressed a desire to have a place near campus where they could grow fresh food.
     "I was serving as the campus beautification liaison in the SGA Cabinet when several students asked about this," said Travis. "The SGA conducted an informal survey to gauge student interest in an on-campus garden, and we received an overwhelmingly positive response to the idea."
     Physical Plant Director Byron Patterson and Landscape and Recycling Manager Carlos Doolittle had just the place – an empty stretch of land in the Sustainability Center located on North Oak Street, which previously served as the university's Horticulture Center. Using concrete, they prepared the raised beds for the students' use.
     "Several student organizations have adopted plots that they are responsible for maintaining," Travis explained. 'Some are planning to use the vegetables for personal consumption and others intend to donate what they grow."
     The garden is the second dedicated effort at Southeastern intended to provide nourishment for students who may struggle with what is called food insecurity. In fall 2013, the university opened its own on-campus food pantry to address this issue that affects some college students nationwide.


HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW – Southeastern Student Government Association President Stephanie Travis and other volunteer students tend to garden plots on campus that are being maintained by various campus organizations.


Student protest held at state Capitol
Stephanie TravisSoutheastern SGA President Stephanie Travis of Kentwood addresses students from other Louisiana college campuses last week on the steps of the Capitol in Baton Rouge. The students gathered at the Capitol to impress upon legislators the importance of maintaining the budget for higher education as the state faces a $1.6 billion hole in next year's budget. (Photo by William Schmidt, The Lion's Roar)


Southeastern's Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band join for concert April 30

Southeastern's acclaimed Wind Symphony Orchestra will join with the university's Symphonic Band to present its spring concert on Thursday, April 30, in the university's Pottle Auditorium.
     Titled Resonant Vistas, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. and is free for the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
     The Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Band feature the top instrumental musicians in the Southeastern music program, said Director of Bands and Artistic Director Glen Hemberger. The band program involves over 300 musicians in eight different bands.
     Hemberger said the Wind Symphony will feature several pieces that are expected to be presented later in May in a performance in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The program will include     "After the Thunderer" from the "Symphony on Themes" by John Philp Sousa and the "Star Wars Trilogy" by composer and conductor John Williams.
     The concert will also feature a performance by graduate student Rebecca Gambino who will conduct the "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich. A Southeastern graduate, she is the first student enrolled in the university's new master of music degree program in instrumental conducting.
     The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Associate Director of Bands Paul Frechou, will perform several standard works for bands, including "Laude" by Howard Hanson, "Ye Banks and Raes O'Bonie Doon" by Percy Grainger and "A Tribute to Stephen Foster" as arranged by Sammy Nestico.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Alumni Lion up
Lion statue dedicationRepresentatives of the university and the Alumni Association gathered Thursday for a presentation and dedication to the university of a large, carved marble lion donated by the Southeastern Alumni Association. The statue, purchased by the association through an estate sale in Florida, stands near the stairwell in the new Student Union.
     Pictured from left are Vice President for Administration and Finance Sam Domiano, Alumni Association President Daryl Ferrera, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg, Alumni Association Assistant Director Julie Perise, Alumni Association Board members Josie Mercante, Stacey Neal and Sally Carlisle, and Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.


Southeastern in the news


Hammond Daily Star

Young Voices 



LSU Reveille
Students to gather at Capitol in support of higher education


HHMS students help Southeastern Food Pantry
HHMS students give backSeveral students from Hammond Magnet High School recently assisted the Southeastern Food Pantry as part of a service project. The students collected donations, helped with the move to the new location, and conducted inventory.
     From left are Brooke Fountain, Mercy Yang, Madison Bentivegna, and Justin Fernandez.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana men's golf and women's tennis teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion golf team will be in McKinney, Texas on Monday through Wednesday to compete in the league tournament. Live scoring, provided by the Southland, will be accessible at Southeastern is looking for its fifth Southland Conference Tournament title, as the Lions won the league championship in 1998, 2000, 2010 and 2013. The Lions also earned at-large bids to regional play in 2007, 2011 and 2012.
     The tennis team (11-9, 3-8 Southland) will find out its postseason fate on Monday. If Lamar loses to Northwestern State, SLU will face top seed Nicholls on Friday at 11 a.m. in the first round of the Southland Tournament in Beaumont, Texas. If Lamar pulls the upset, the Lions' season is over.
     The semifinals are set for Saturday and the final is on Sunday. Tee time for all Southland Tournament matches is 11 a.m.
     Fresh off a sweep of McNeese State, the Southland-leading SLU baseball team (30-11, 14-4 Southland) will host Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday in a game that will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and ESPN3. Tuesday will also feature the "Pack the Pat" promotion, which will see the first 300 Southeastern students receive free t-shirts and food.
     Tuesday will also be a Cane's Challenge game, as fans will receive a free combo at their local participating Raising Cane's with a purchase of another of equal or greater value if the Lions score five runs or more. SLU will then head to Houston Baptist for a three-game series that opens with a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The series continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. 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
     The softball team (19-23, 13-7 Southland) has five road games on the schedule this week. On Tuesday, SLU will be in Baton Rouge for a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Southern. On Friday, the Lady Lions open a three-game league series at Nicholls with a 6 p.m. contest. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     The men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will continue their outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Houston, Texas to compete in the Rice Invitational on Saturday.


Monday, April 20
Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, All Day


Tuesday, April 21
Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3) (KSLU)
     - Pack the Pat – First 300 students receive free food and t-shirts
     - Cane's Challenge
Softball, at Southern (DH), Baton Rouge, 3 p.m.
Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, All Day


Wednesday, April 22
Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, All Day


Friday, April 24
Baseball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, vs. Nicholls (SLC Tournament First Round), Beaumont, Texas, 11 a.m.


Saturday, April 25
Baseball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Nicholls (DH), Thibodaux, 1 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, SLC Tournament Semifinals, Beaumont, Texas, 11 a.m.
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Rice Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day


Sunday, April 26
Baseball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women's Tennis, SLC Tournament Finals, Beaumont, Texas, 11 a.m.


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Dan Hollander (Kinesiology and Health Studies), Kenelly Family Endowed Professor, presented his ongoing research in Tangipahoa Schools on Childhood Obesity and Health. The presentation included a summary of the eight years of tracking trends in our parish. This was in response to a request from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Obesity Prevention and Management Commission Meeting, at Ochsner Baptist Hospital. He is currently working with the commission to organize a state map of childhood obesity interventions across Louisiana.
     C. Roy Blackwood (Fine and Performing Arts), in his capacity as chair of the Louisiana Presenter's Network, the Gulf South Presenter's Network, and board member of the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, presented a panel titled "Presenting in Non-Traditional Venues" to the annual Louisiana Culture Connection in Baton Rouge on April 14. One of the invited panelists was Terry Lynn Smith, director of Hammond's Downtown Development District, who discussed the successes of mobilizing downtown merchants and the community through the arts in events such as Hot August Night, Starry November Night and Art in April. Blackwood also arranged to present world renowned master illusionist, Kevin Spencer, who enchanted those assembled with the art of illusions aimed at assisting and promoting education of those with autism. It was deeply moving and effective.
     Lusine Nahapetyan (Kinesiology and Health Studies) co-authored a paper titled "Cigarette smoking trajectories from sixth to twelfth grade: Associated substance use and high school dropout" in Nicotine & Tobacco Research with researchers from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.
     Dr. Martin Kearney (English) recently chaired an international panel titled "Mythology, Philosophy, Dance and Sport: Speculations upon Irish Identity" at the annual national American Conference of Irish Studies sponsored by the University of Miami and held at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Kearney also presented his essay titled "James Stephens 'The Crock of Gold': Separating the Gold from the Crock."


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