Columbia Theatre announces season

Pellitteri exhibit opens Sept. 3

Rotary Club pledges funds

Career Services offers seminar

CSD to host open house

Nichols to hold book signing

SOT schedule announced

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre announces new season, additional forms of entertainment
Jaimee Paul QuintetThe 2015-16 season of Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has broadened its horizons, offering something for everyone with everything from live music to Broadway to Sherlock Holmes.
     The season also boasts new entertainment genres, such as the new artist concert series, campus ensembles and silver screen cinema showings featuring the best of independent and classic movies on the big screen at the theatre, said Roy Blackwood, interim director of the Columbia Theatre.
     Movie screenings will be shown every other Monday and Tuesday from November 2015 through April 2016, while campus ensemble performances and new artist concerts will be scheduled throughout the season. Dates and additional information will be available soon at
     The Columbia season officially opens Sept. 24 with Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop’s presentation of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Winner of five Tony Awards, the show is considered one of the funniest musicals in the history of theatre. Based on the 2000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, the production promises fast paced hysteria, desperate love and mistaken identity. The production is scheduled on Sept. 24 and 25.
     Next on tap is a Pajamas and Play production from Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre on Oct. 9. Titled “Princess Thimbelina,” the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale tells the story of a little girl no bigger than a thumb.
     “Princess Thimbelina demonstrates you can find happiness if you have belief in what your heart tells you to be true,” said Blackwood. “Thimbelina and her menagerie of animal friends are featured in this original musical adaptation. The production also features giant puppets, fanciful costumed characters and actress Holli Rubin as Princess Thimbelina.”     
     Later in the season, on Oct. 27, patrons will be treated to a musical performance of “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Blackwood said master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore.
     Also in the theatre category is Aquila Theatre in “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” on Feb. 19. Legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes takes the stage in this witty, fast-paced production.
     “The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person’s life,” Blackwood said. “Sherlock Holmes is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician – is there anything he can’t do?”
     February also includes “The Jaimee Paul Quintet: At Last” on Feb. 24.
     “Join us for an evening of hot and cool jazz stylings presented by the dynamic Jaimee Paul Quintet,” Blackwood said. “Jaimee will perform a classic tribute to the great female vocalists of jazz and will take you away to the wonderful world of one of America’s most unique musical forms.”
     Rounding out the season and back by popular demand is Missoula Children’s Theatre, a traveling theatre troupe that casts 50-60 local children, rehearses for one week, and stages a full scale performance at the end of the week. This year’s production is “Little Red Riding Hood.” Missoula Children’s Theatre will be in town April 11-15.
     A compliment to the Columbia Theatre season, Fanfare, the university’s annual October celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, will feature many “home-grown” artists. Fanfare will once again showcase music, theater, lectures, films, children’s events, art exhibits and more, highlighting the myriad of talent university faculty and students have to offer in Fanfare’s 30th season.
     The complete Fanfare schedule will be posted soon and updated regularly at For more information on the Columbia Theatre season, contact the administrative office at 543-4366 or log on to

NEW COLUMBIA SEASON ANNOUNCED AT LAST - The 2015-16 season of Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has broadened its horizons, offering something for everyone with everything from live music to Broadway to Sherlock Holmes. The 2015-2016 season includes a performance of hot and cool jazz stylings in “The Jaimee Paul Quintet: At Last” on Feb. 24.


Artist John Pellitteri on exhibit at Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
An array of sculptures representing scientific devices and fantastical landscapes by award-winning artist John Pellitteri will be on display from Sept. 3 through Oct. 1 at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     The exhibit, “Sculpture by John Pellitteri,” will feature unique “objects to stimulate curiosity and possess the potential for discovery,” according to Pellitteri.
     The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
     Gallery Director Dale Newkirk said the sculptures are “magical works of art that play with architectural space and human scale. The viewer is invited to visually explore his inventive creations.”
     “The current debates over humanity’s impact on the environment, sustainability and the exploitation of natural resources is the inspiration for my artwork,” explained Pellitteri. “Combinations of traditional and modern materials are intended as a point of emphasis that the roots of many contemporary concerns have been present and managed throughout history.”
     After pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Louisiana State University in 2007, Pellitteri showcased his exhibitions in several states and Switzerland. He has been awarded the Artistic Excellence Award by “Space,” the International Sculpture Center Residency Award and numerous other recognitions. Pellitteri was recently awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte, N.C.  He currently resides in North Carolina.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.


Rotary Club pledges scholarship funding to Southeastern
Rotary funds scholarshipsThe Hammond Ponchatoula Sunriser Rotary Club recently pledged to triple the value of its current scholarship offerings for Southeastern scholarships.
     Initiated in 2011 and completed in 2012, the club’s initial scholarship helped defray the costs of tuition for a selected student. With the rising costs of tuition, the club decided to enhance the endowed value of its scholarship in order to significantly increase the annual scholarship disbursement.  
     “Our goal is to have the scholarship provide about $1,000 each year to its recipient,” said Greg Earles, president of the club.
     “This is a great show of support for Southeastern and its students.  It is so important that we have a strong scholarship program to ensure that students who can attend and achieve have the opportunity to do so,” noted Wendy Lauderdale, vice president for advancement for Southeastern.  “We are so appreciative of the Hammond Ponchatoula Sunriser Rotary Club for their generosity.”

ROTARY SUPPORTS SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARSHIPS – Southeastern President John L. Crain, center, accepts a donation from Greg Earles, president of the Hammond-Ponchatoula Sunriser Rotary Club, which recently increased the scholarship offerings it provides the university. With them is Southeastern Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.


Southeastern students, alumni invited to professional presence and etiquette seminar
Southeastern students and alumni are invited to participate in a professional presence and etiquette seminar in anticipation of Career Fair 2015, the Office of Career Services’ annual university wide career event.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for students and alumni, the seminar is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Garrett Hall, room 14.
     “Participants will learn how to more effectively interact with employers, dress in acceptable attire, and better prepare one’s time before, during and after Career Fair 2015,” said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services.  
     Over 125 employers will participate in Career Fair 2015, which is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     Resume FAQs and samples are also available at For additional information on Career Fair 2015 or the pre-fair seminar, contact Career Services at 549 2121 or or visit


Communication Sciences & Disorders to host open house
The graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders is hosting an open house for prospective graduate students on Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in room 1001 of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Annex, located at 400 Mane St.
     Information about the CSD graduate program and the admission application process will be provided.  
     For questions or to RSVP, prospective students should contact Dr. Meghan Savage via email at


Emeritus professor of history to hold book signing
Southeastern Emeritus Professor of History C. Howard Nichols is holding a book signing for his book “Stories of a Rivertown: Covington, Louisiana at 200 Years.”
     Scheduled at the Southeastern Bookstore in the War Memorial Student Union on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. with a reading at 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase during the book signing.
     “Covington is entering her third century,” Nichols said. “This writing seeks to record some of Covington’s stories to illuminate the people, events, culture, and traditional practices, which have educated, entertained, and enriched generations of residents and visitors. Rather than a history of Covington, this commemorative writing is an anthology focusing upon aspects of the first two centuries of life in this St. Tammany Parish town.”
     Nichols’ teaching career focused on local and regional history. His published works include historical pieces on areas such as Hammond, Mandeville and Covington’s Christ Episcopal Church.
     A charter member of the St. Tammany Historical Society and a past president, Nichols is also affiliated with the new Covington Heritage Foundation. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Hammond.


SOT Schedule
According to the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment, all faculty, department heads, and deans should note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the fall 2015 semester:

Term 1(Aug. 19 – Oct. 7)

Packets delivered to Departments                             Friday, Sept. 27

Administration of SOT                                                 Monday -Wednesday, Sept. 28–30

Fall Break                                                                   Thursday & Friday, Oct. 1 & 2

Administration of SOT                                                 Monday - Tuesday, Oct. 5 & 6

Deadline to be returned to IR&A                                Wednesday, Oct. 8

Full Term(Aug. 19 – Dec. 4)

Packets delivered to Departments                              Friday, Nov. 6

Administration of SOT                                                 Monday-Friday, Nov. 9 – 20   

Deadline to be returned to IR&A                                 Friday, Nov. 4

Term 2 (Oct. 14 – Dec. 4)

Packets delivered to Departments                              Tuesday, November 24

Thanksgiving Holidays                                                 Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 25-27

Administration of SOT                                                  Monday-Friday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Deadline to be returned to IR&A                                 Friday, Dec. 4

     Faculty who are interested in keeping the SOT scannable forms from the summer 2013, fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters should pick them up in the Institutional Research Office. Please note that these are the original bubble forms as completed by students, not the SOT rating summaries or reports.
     As stated in the Student Opinion of Teaching Policy Manual, SOT scan forms will be made available after one year to each faculty member for whom data was collected. However, faculty may obtain only those data forms for which he or she is the instructor of record.
     Faculty who are interested in receiving these data forms should contact Glenda in the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment at ext. 2077 or e-mail her at These forms must be picked up no later than Sept. 30. Forms that have not been picked up by the faculty members will be shredded.


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This Week in Athletics
The two-time reigning Southland Conference champion Southeastern football team will open the 2015 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 19 Lions will travel to Natchitoches on Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest against Southland Conference foe Northwestern State. The game will mark the first time SLU has opened the season with a conference game since 1976 and the first two Southland schools to meet in a season opener since 1992.
     The game will be televised by the Southland Conference’s new television partner, the American Sports Network (ASN). In the Hammond area, the game will be carried on New Orleans’ MyNetwork affiliate WUPL (Charter channel 16, Direct TV 54, Dish Network 54, U-Verse 2). In the Baton Rouge area, the game will be carried by WBTR (Cox 19, Eatel 144, U-Verse 19). Cox Sports Television will air the game on a tape delay on Friday at noon.
     Fans nationwide with the Direct TV Sports package can watch the game on Altitude 2 (682-1) and MASN 2 (641-1). A full list of nationwide affiliates is available at A live video stream will also be accessible for free at or via the Southland Conference app.
     The Voice of the Lions, Mark Willoughby, along with Robbie Rhodes and Allen Waddell, will have the call from Natchitoches on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The game can also be heard on affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH). Live stats, provided by the Demons, will be accessible at
     The LAA will host a tailgating event in Natchitoches starting at 3 p.m. The event will run until 5:30 p.m. and will be located in the open area adjacent to the Lady Demon Softball Diamond. An aerial map with the SLU tailgating area highlighted is available at Food and drinks will be available at the tailgate. Parking on campus will be $10.
     The Southeastern cross country teams will also open up their 2015 season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in New Orleans on Tuesday to compete in the New Orleans Invitational, hosted by UNO. On Friday, SLU will head to Lake Charles to participate in the McNeese State 6K Relays.
     On Tuesday, the SLU volleyball team (1-2) will travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a 6 p.m. match at Southern Miss. On Sunday, the Lady Lions will open their home schedule with a 2 p.m. match versus Eastern Washington.
     The SLU soccer team (2-1) opens the week at home, hosting Southern on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Tuesday’s soccer match and Sunday’s volleyball match at Admission to all SLU home soccer and volleyball matches is free.
     On Friday, the Lady Lion soccer team will head to Arkansas State for a 4 p.m. match, before closing the week with a 4 p.m. match on Sunday at Louisiana-Monroe.
Tuesday, September 1
Soccer, vs. Southern, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
Volleyball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 6 p.m.
Cross Country, at New Orleans Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
Thursday, September 3
Football, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6 p.m. (ASN) (KSLU) (WHMD) (WJSH)*
Friday, September 4
Soccer, at Arkansas State, State University, Ark., 4 p.m.
Cross Country, at McNeese 6K Relays, Lake Charles, 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 6
Volleyball, vs. Eastern Washington, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)
Soccer, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, 4 p.m.
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

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