Benefit concert scheduled

Officers honored for service

Let's Talk Art returns Feb. 25

Fine cuisine, drinks highlight Chefs Evening

LIVE the Code nominations

Call for presentations

Departments invited to promote SLU

Books needed for Library book sale

Non-Credit Programs news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


Southeastern to feature Broadway's Ivan Rutherford in benefit concert February 27
Ivan RutherfordFormer Broadway star and famed actor Ivan Rutherford will perform a benefit concert for the Southeastern Wind Symphony and its upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
     Scheduled on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., the concert will take place on Southeastern's campus in Pottle Music Auditorium, located at 310 Ned McGehee Drive (Friendship Circle).
     Rutherford will perform for one night only, presenting songs from theatre, stage, film, and popular culture. He will be backed up by a small jazz combo comprised of Southeastern musicians. Among the songs scheduled for the concert are Something's Coming from "West Side Story;" Music of the Night from "Phantom of the Opera;" The Impossible Dream from "Man of La Mancha;" She's Got a Way by Billy Joel; and Bring Him Home, Jean Valjean's signature song from "Les Miserables."
     "Ivan Rutherford is one of the most talented and best recognized Broadway performers of his generation," said Glen Hemberger, professor of music and artistic director for the concert. "His voice is exceptional, and his ability to grab and hold an audience is unmatched today. Ivan's range of musical variety is impressive, and this once-in-a-lifetime concert in Hammond should be extremely memorable."
     All tickets are general admission seating and may be purchased. Adult tickets are $25, and student tickets are $15 with university ID.
     All profits directly benefit the Southeastern Wind Symphony and its scheduled May performance in Washington DC as one of four wind bands chosen to participate in the 1st annual John Philip Sousa Wind Band Festival. Last year, the Southeastern Wind Symphony received two Global Music Awards for a live recording of its performance in Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
     Most recently, Rutherford has performed in "Les Misérables" in regional theatres across the country. He was honored with the role during the 10th anniversary company of "Les Misérables" in New York; playing alongside Andrea McArdle at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and performing with Lea Salonga on Broadway in the 20th anniversary "Les Miz" revival.
     "To many tens of thousands of Les Miz fans, Ivan Rutherford is Jean Valjean," Hemberger said. "When he performed with the Southeastern Wind Symphony two years ago, the line for tickets was out the door and around the corner. By offering tickets in advance and on-line, we hope to shorten the line on concert night."
     Rutherford was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Valjean at the first annual National Broadway Theatre Awards held in New York. Other prominent roles he has performed include The Caliph in "Kismet," Tony in "West Side Story," Lt. Joe Cable in "South Pacific" for which he received the Drama-Logue Award, and 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of "Titanic."


BENEFIT CONCERT SCHEDULED - Former Broadway star and famed actor Ivan Rutherford will perform a benefit concert for Southeastern's Wind Symphony and its upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Scheduled on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., the concert will take place on Southeastern's campus in Pottle Music Auditorium, located at 310 Ned McGehee Drive (Friendship Circle).


Southeastern Officers Bachot and Silessi honored for service
The Southeastern Police Department would like to congratulate Officers Timothy Bachot and Jason Silessi for sharing the title "Officer of the Year" for the department.
     Officer Silessi was recognized on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Hammond City Club Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet held at Trey Yuen restaurant. A Ponchatoula native, he has been an officer with the department for over seven years and has worked in the Investigations Division for almost two years. His fellow officers describe him as an accomplished investigator and "the go-to guy" for special projects.
     He is one of the department's field training officers and ensures the newly hired officers are prepared to function on their own by sharing his training and experiences. He is pursuing a bachelor's degree at Southeastern and is also a member of the joint Hammond Police Department/University Police Department Special Response Team. Some may recognize Officer Silessi as the officer who chased on foot, caught, and arrested a subject attempting to carjack a student's motorcycle last year.
     Officer Bachot was recognized on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa 6th Annual Installation and Awards Banquet held at Anderson Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Hammond. He is from Harvey and has been an officer with the department for over seven years as both a student worker and a full-time officer.
     His peers describe him as enthusiastic, reliable, team-oriented, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure his work is thorough and professional. He has continued his education while working with the department and is a few hours shy of receiving his master's degree. Officer Bachot was recently credited with solving several vehicle burglaries by identifying and apprehending a known felon linked to several crimes on and near campus.
     Both officers are members of the bicycle patrol team and maintain positive relationships with the primary customer base – university students – to ensure the safety and security of the campus.
     We are pleased to announce these two fine officers to our community as Officers of the Year.


"Let's Talk: Art" spring series begins February 25
The newly-expanded spring series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library, begins Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, located at 217 East Thomas Street directly across from the Columbia Theatre.
     Eric Johnson, director of Sims Memorial Library, will discuss "The Theft of the Mona Lisa." In 1911, the unthinkable happened--Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre Museum. This talk is a discussion of the details of the theft of the iconic painting, exploring how and why it occurred, and it will highlight some of the surprisingly famous suspects in the heist.
     All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call Eric Johnson at (985) 549-3962.
     Upcoming lectures include the following:
Thursday, Feb. 26, "Katrina Zombies" by artist Blake Boyd; 5 p.m. in the Arts Center.
Wednesday, March 25, "Establishing a Parallel Practice" by Leah Floyd, Instructor of Photography; 5 p.m. at the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery.
Wednesday, April 29, "Max Ernst's Collage Novels: The Alchemical Reassemblage of a New World Mythology" by Dillon Raborn, senior in Art History; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.
Wednesday, May 13, "Hammond Art Guild Panel Discussion" moderated by artist Roland Guidry; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.
Wednesday, June 10, "Mardi Gras Subcultures" by photographer Phillip Colwart; 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.


Southeastern's Chefs Evening to feature wide variety of cuisine, beverages
Chefs Evening 2014While Louisiana is known for its flair for creating and experiencing good food, the Northshore region is gaining a reputation as a true "Foodie Area" with both inventive and traditional restaurants, unique niche food stores and grocery stores, distillers, brewers, bakeries and so much more.
     Southeastern's Chefs Evening is a reflection of the incredible offerings from around the area, providing a true "taste of the Northshore."
     Regional restaurants are lining up for Chefs Evening to be held March 8 at the new Student Union Ballroom from 5:30-8:00 p.m. The event promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages, and wine tastings.
     Restaurants and beverage companies participating include: Aramark Classic Fare Catering, Benedicts Plantation, Buddies Bar and Grill, Cate Street, Champagne Beverage, Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café, Crescent Bar, Don's Seafood, Eddie's Frozen Custard, Jacmel Inn, Gnarly Barley, Hammond High ProStart, Roux & Brew, Jim Carey Distributing, Little Miss Winnie's, L'Auberge Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel, The Caboose, The Panini Bistro at North Cypress Fitness, PJ's Coffee, Tope La, Trey Yuen, Yum Yum Bakery and others as well.
     Tickets can be purchased to Chefs Evening or to both Chefs Evening and the President's Toast, hosted by President John Crain at the University Residence. To order individual tickets, Patron Tables or for more information, please call 549-2239, email or visit our website at


"L.I.V.E. the Code" Nominations
The Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability at Southeastern works with students to encourage honorable behavior that models the Code of Conduct. Live the Code is a campaign to recognize students, who uphold worthy characteristics such as leadership, integrity, values, excellence, responsibility, citizenship, respect for self, peers, educators, and community.

     Students are nominated by University Administration, Faculty and Staff, or are recognized by an active student organizations' president. Only one Live the Code award will be recognized at the DSA Annual Convocation each spring.

1. Sophomore status or above
2. Must be free of any infraction of the Code of Conduct
3. Considered in "Good" Disciplinary and Academic standing.
4. Enrolled full-time (12 hrs or more)
5. Cumulative GPA of 3.0+
6. Must be active in one or more extracurricular activities or organizations on campus and demonstrate leadership and involvement.
7. Has shown outstanding contributions in the community on and off-campus, going above the call of a traditional student.

Selection Process:
     A committee of representatives from a variety of areas on campus will review the applications and make a selection based on the criteria above.
     Award is based on involvement in student organizations, committee appointments, honors/ awards, community service and GPA.

     Nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. Click here to access the form:


Call for Presentations
Southeastern's Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Students' Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase on March 17. Held in the Grand Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Student Union, the showcase will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     This non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
     There will be no formal oral presentations, but we envision that the students – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – will be present for one hour during the three-hour open house to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     The application deadline is Friday, March 6.
     For more information and to register your presentation, please visit the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs' web page at


Rock 'n Roar invites departments to help promote Southeastern
Want something to ROAR about? How 'bout some CASH? Rock 'n Roar will be held on Saturday, March 21.
     Contact the Center for Faculty Excellence for a departmental form to participate. Completed forms should be sent to as a .pdf document, or the Center for Faculty Excellence, SLU Box 10370 or fax to ext. 5792, by Monday, March 16.
     Don't miss this opportunity to promote your department as we promote Southeastern.
     For questions, contact Amber Narro at ext. 2148 or


Books Needed for National Library Week Book Sale
Sims Memorial Library is asking for donations of popular reading material, non-fiction books, and recent textbooks for the Library's annual book sale, to be held April 14-16. In addition to books, the Library will also accept DVDs and CDs. Please do not bring magazines, journals, or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise unsalable.
     Donations may be delivered to the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of the Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, through April 13.
     For more information, contact Paul Kelsey at 549-3954, or via email at


Non-Credit Programs
Non-Credit Programs has enrichment classes to help boost your career, your business, or to quench your thirst for knowledge. This is a great year to challenge your brain with our new classes in American Sign Language, Blues Guitar, or a series about Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots for starters. If you are focused on your performance at work, our Boosting Your Bottom Line, Professional Development for Supervisors, Quickbooks Certification, or Winning through Customer Service offers something for every level of professionals. Look at our website and see the full list of continuing education classes.
     American Sign Language is perfect for bankers, healthcare workers, educators and anyone looking to learn a universal language. But did you know that it is also perfect for golfers and situations where silent communication is advantageous? It is increasingly used by young mothers who teach their infants to communicate basic needs through signing before they are able to speak.
     Our Blues Guitar course includes precision techniques and improvisation. Learn more about this unique cultural heritage and the music you love, as well as the proper technical aspects of guitar. These techniques are not strictly applicable to blues, but can be applied to any musical genre. Even if you don't consider yourself a musician, this class can improve fine motor skills, coordination, and confidence.
     Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots will begin with an exploration of their rivalry. The study will then expand on the historical times through period art, music and historical films. Cross referencing contemporary readings, articles from modern history and historical fiction will complete the experience. Participants will be immersed in the Tudor period through the antics of Dr. William Robison, Head of the Department of History.
     Our Career Enrichment classes focus on "Real World Ready" experiences. Whether you are looking to enhance your entry-level, supervisory, or business and administrative skills, we have a class for you. If you are seeking to enhance many aspects of your business, we offer a new session for Boosting Your Bottom Line.
     Whether you want to enhance personal, professional or educational skills, Non-Credit Programs can fulfill your needs. You may also call 549-2301 or email


This Week in Southeastern Athletics
The Southeastern basketball, baseball, softball and tennis teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Winner of four of its last five games, the SLU men's basketball team (9-17, 6-7 Southland) will look to build momentum heading into next month's Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas. On Monday, the Lions welcome New Orleans for a 7 p.m. game in the University Center.
     Monday's game will be a Cane's Challenge night in the UC. If the Lions score 65 or more points, fans will be able to take their coupon from the game to any local participating Raising Cane's to receive a free combo with the purchase of another combo of equal or greater value. Fans will also have the opportunity to play BINGO and win up to $100 and prizes from Southeastern Athletics. On Saturday, SLU heads to Central Arkansas for a 4 p.m. contest in Conway, Arkansas.
     The women's basketball team (7-18, 3-11 Southland) will try to keep its chances of joining its male counterparts next month in Katy alive. On Thursday, the Lady Lions will be in Natchitoches to take on Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday will see SLU at UCA for a 2 p.m. matchup.
     The Southeastern baseball team (5-3) has four games on tap this week. On Wednesday, the Lions will be in Baton Rouge to take on LSU at 6:30 p.m. SLU will then host Northwestern for a three-game series at Alumni Field, starting with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game, followed by Sunday's 1 p.m. series finale.
     Friday will be a $5 Friday, as general admission adult tickets will be $5 and a $5 concession combo will also be available. On Saturday, there will be BINGO at the Ballpark, as fans will have opportunity to win up to $100 and prizes from Southeastern Athletics. The anti-tobacco group, "Great American Spit-Out", will also offer promotions and prizes on Saturday. Sunday will be Academy Family Day, as the bounce house will be set up for children and Cub Club members will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game.
     The softball team (4-7) will open the week on the road, traveling to Louisiana-Monroe for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday. SLU's scheduled tournament at Tennessee-Martin has been cancelled, so the Lady Lions plan to host the Lion Classic III at North Oak Park this week. Dates, opponents and game times are not decided at this time.
     The tennis team (2-0) will look to continue its undefeated start to the spring this week. SLU will open the week on the road with a 2 p.m. match on Wednesday at Louisiana-Lafayette. On Sunday, the Lions will host Southern Miss at 12 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex in a match that was rescheduled after last Friday's rainout.
     All of this week's basketball games, as well as Wednesday, Friday and Sunday's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Monday's basketball game, the baseball series versus Northwestern and softball action at the Lion Classic III. Wednesday's baseball game at LSU will be streamed live on SEC Network+.


Monday, February 23
Men's Basketball, vs. New Orleans, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)*
     - Cane's Challenge
     - BINGO


Tuesday, February 24
Softball, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, 6 p.m.


Wednesday, February 25
Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (SECN+) (KSLU)
Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 2 p.m.


Thursday, February 26
Women's Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6:30 p.m.


Friday, February 27
Baseball, vs. Northwestern, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)
     - $5 Friday
Softball, Lion Classic III, North Oak Park, TBA (LionVision)


Saturday, February 28
Men's Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 4 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women's Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Baseball, vs. Northwestern, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Bingo at the Ballpark
     - Great American Spit-Out
Softball, Lion Classic III, North Oak Park, TBA (LionVision)


Sunday, March 1
Baseball, vs. Northwestern, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)
     - Academy Family Day
Softball, Lion Classic III, North Oak Park, TBA (LionVision)


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game


Professional activities
Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) published a book chapter titled "The potential of peptides and depsipeptides from terrestrial and marine organisms in the fight against humain protozoan diseases" in Bioactive Natural Products: Chemistry & Biology, Ed. Goutam Brahmachari, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. Boschstraβe 12. 69469 Weinheim, Germany. 2015, Chapter 10, pp 279 – 319.
     Joanne S. Hebert (Nursing) has successfully completed the National League of Nursing requirements for re-certification as a Certified Nurse Educator.


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