Legislative Hobnob scheduled

Wind Symphony concert set

Business Ethics lecture set

New Artist Concert Series opens

Education lecture scheduled

First Wedding Expo scheduled

CMS announces summer workshops

Delta Tau Delta honored

Non-Credit Program news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Legislative Hobnob scheduled at Southeastern March 19
Area business leaders and individuals will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and priorities to state legislators at the sixth annual Tangipahoa Legislative Hobnob scheduled March 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Southeastern Alumni Center.
     Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce of Amite, Hammond and Ponchatoula and the Southeastern Alumni Association.
     The gathering is held annually in advance of the Legislative Session, which is set to begin April 13.
     The event's agenda features mixing, mingling and networking with elected officials. Expected to attend are Senators Jack Donahue, Dale Erdey and Bodi White and Representatives Chris Broadwater, John Bel Edwards, Stephen Pugh and Scott Simon.
The event's refreshments are co-sponsored by Northshore Technical Community College and Champagne Beverage.
     For more information call the Hammond Chamber at 345-4457.


Southeastern's Wind Symphony sets concert for March 20
FluteSoutheastern's acclaimed Wind Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert on Friday, March 20, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Titled "We Shall Overcome," the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of conductor Glen Hemberger, Southeastern director of bands.
     The concert will feature the music of famed composer and guest conductor Mark D. Camphouse, including "A Movement for Rosa," composed in tribute to Civil Rights figure Rosa Parks. Also on the program will be "Yosemite Autumn" and "Anthem," both by Camphouse.
     The Wind Symphony will be joined by East Ascension High School Symphonic Winds, conducted by Patti Roussel. The two groups will each perform a short program alone and then combine for "Rosa," conducted by Camphouse.
     The Southeastern Wind Symphony will also feature the winner of the Kappa Kappa Psi Concerto Competition, Lindsey Poret, performing one movement of the "X" Concerto for clarinet by Scott McAllister.
     General admission tickets are $5; high school and Southeastern students are admitted free with their student ID card. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St., at, or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 543-4371 for ticket information.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Sanderson Farms CEO to speak at Southeastern's Livingston Ethics in Business Lecture
Joe F. Sanderson Jr.The chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms Inc. will deliver Southeastern's James and Evelyn Livingston Business Ethics Lecture on Tuesday March 24.
     Joe F. Sanderson Jr., who is also chairman of the Board of the third largest poultry company in the nation, will speak on "Sanderson Farms: Growing the Right Way" at 7 p.m. in Student Union Ballroom A. The lecture is presented by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.
     Headquartered in Laurel, Miss., Sanderson Farms is now a publicly held company engaged in the production, processing and marketing of poultry. The company maintains operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina and employs more than 11,747.
     A graduate of Millsaps College, Sanderson joined the family owned business upon graduation and served in various positions. He was named president and CEO of the company in 1989. Active in several industry associations, he is a current director of the Mississippi Poultry Association, Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the National Chicken Council. He is a former director of the Mississippi Economic Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. In 2002, Sanderson was inducted into the Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame as the first second generation recipient of the honor. In 2006, he was selected as a Laureate of the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.
     "We are pleased to present another professional with strong business ethics as this year's Livingston lecturer," said College of Business Interim Dean Antoinette Phillips. "Mr. Sanderson is an example of a successful individual who generously gives back to his community at various levels as well as to his profession. This is a great opportunity for our students to hear from someone who guides a major corporation."
     The lecture series was founded in 1984 by Hammond businessman John O. Batson in memory of his longtime friend and associate James Livingston. The lecture also honors Livingston's late wife Evelyn, who was an active community volunteer for many years.


Columbia Theatre to present new artist concert series
River WhylessSee them before they make it big and say, "I saw them perform before they were famous." Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting a new series for up and coming bands called the New Artist Concert Series.
     Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Interim Director Roy Blackwood is excited about the new series for bands.
     "The New Artist Concert Series was designed to provide an exciting additional category of presentations for music lovers in our area," he said. "Please come enjoy the music and give us some feedback on what you think."
     First on the calendar is a concert featuring an Indie American/Folk band from Asheville, NC, called River Whyless. The group will perform on March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Columbia Theatre.
     "River Whyless is a band much like that titular body of water – a mingling of currents, a flow of time and physical space, all brought together in a murmuring sense of purpose," Blackwood said. "It is the expression of a group of musicians, three of which are songwriters, who have played together in various forms since their college days in the North Carolina mountains."
     Blackwood said their forthcoming EP (extended play), the first release since their 2012 debut album, is the next evolution of the band's collective voice.
     "The English trade-folk sounds are the band's obvious touchstones, putting them in a category similar to contemporaries like "Fleet Foxes" and "Stornoway."
     Opening for the band is Denton Hatcher and The Soap Box Blues from Baton Rouge, a Blues/Americana band. Blackwood said that Hatcher is one of the South's budding singer-songwriters.
     "His music is familiar but diverse," Blackwood said. "It is simple but clever, wounded yet strong, which he holds together with the honest joy of a powerful guitar riff and strong rhythm."
     Tickets for the River Whyless concert are $12 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 River Whyless 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 543-4371 for more information.


COLUMBIA THEATRE'S NEW CONCERT SERIES - Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting a new series for up and coming bands called the New Artist Concert Series. First on the calendar is a concert featuring an Indie American/Folk band from Asheville, NC, called River Whyless. The group will perform on March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Columbia Theatre.


Southeastern to host parental involvement in education lecture
Angel HarrisSoutheastern's College of Education will present a lecture about education involvement on Thursday, March 26. Angel Harris, professor of sociology and African and African American Studies at Duke University, will present "Is Parental Involvement in Children's Education Good or Bad? Lessons from Research."
     Scheduled for 11 a.m. in Hammond at Southeastern's Teacher Education Center lecture hall, room 1022, the free lecture is sponsored by the Department of Teaching and Learning. A book signing will be held following the lecture from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
     "I am excited about the prospect of a lecture that can question if encouraging parents to become more involved in their children's academic lives does indeed increase academic achievement," said Schlieder Endowed Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning Celena Echols. "I expect the audience might reflect upon and consider that certain involvement might actually be associated with decline in achievement. We hope the public will attend and engage."
     Harris is director of the Research on Education and Development of Youth (REDY) program. His research interests include social inequality, policy, and education. He has published several book chapters and articles on the racial achievement gap that have appeared in various academic journals, such as "Social Forces," "Sociology of Education," and "Social Science Quarterly."
     Harris is the author of Kids Don't Want to Fail, (Harvard University Press), which provides an in-depth quantitative assessment of whether youth from marginalized groups purposefully resist schooling in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is also the author of The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children's Education, (Harvard University Press), which examines the link between parenting and youths' school outcomes.
     A light complimentary reception and community talk will take place the day before the lecture on Wednesday, March 25, at the Michael J. Kenny Recreation Center, 601 West Coleman Avenue, from 6-7:30 p.m. Echols said the public is invited to attend and engage.
     For more information or to RSVP, contact Echols at


SHOULD PARENTS GET INVOLVED IN CHILDREN'S EDUCATION - Southeastern's College of Education will present a lecture about education involvement on Thursday, March 26. Angel Harris, professor of sociology and African and African American Studies at Duke University, will present "Is Parental Involvement in Children's Education Good or Bad? Lessons from Research" on March 26, at 11 a.m. in Hammond at Southeastern's Teacher Education Center lecture hall, room 1022.


Southeastern to host "Wedding in a Day" Expo
Wedding ExpoSoutheastern Event and Conference Services is hosting a "Plan Your Wedding in a Day" Expo on Sunday, March 29, from 1-4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the War Memorial Student Union. Admission is $5 at the door.
     "Planning a wedding should be an exciting and memorable time when families come together to celebrate a couples' love for one another. All too often, the stress of the details involved in the upcoming 'big day' takes the fun out of the process," said Cally Berner, director of Event and Conference Services.
     With local vendors such as photographers and videographers, bridal bouquets, salons, florists, bakeries, and more, brides-to-be can take care of all wedding a day.
     For more information and to register, please go to or call 549-2094.


Southeastern Community Music School announces summer workshops
The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) has announced its "Southeastern Music Celebration 2015" schedule, a series of summer programs for young musicians.
     Summer Music Celebration 2015 includes a middle school band camp, piano duet workshop, guitar workshop, chamber music workshops as well as the brand new music theory workshop, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     "We are very excited about the upcoming summer programs. The musical growth we have seen in the students who attend regularly has been truly rewarding, and we are thrilled that more and more students attend every year," Duke said.
     "In addition, CMS will now offer a new music theory workshop, taught by our knowledgeable music theory instructor, Natalia Timotina, who is also a superb pianist. Knowledge of music theory is crucial to the development of young instrumentalists, and we are expecting this offering to be of great interest to musicians in our community."
     Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which is scheduled July 6-10, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building. Tuition is $225, which includes lunch each day. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 1.
     Southeastern's Associate Band Director Paul Frechou will coordinate the middle school band camp. Along with the concert band, the camp will also offer private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
     The piano duet, chamber music, guitar and music theory workshops are scheduled for July 13-17, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. May 15 is the deadline for the piano duet workshop, while June 15 is the final day to sign up for the guitar, chamber music, and music theory workshops. Tuition for the piano duet, chamber music and guitar workshops is $170; the cost of the music theory workshop is $125. Registration is open until July 13; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after the above mentioned deadlines.
     The piano duet workshop will offer intermediate to advanced junior high and high school students the chance to explore the rich literature for piano four-hands. Enrollment is limited to eight students. Each student will be matched with a partner of similar age and ability and will be involved in daily coaching sessions, musicianship classes, masterclasses and a final recital. Ken Boulton, head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, will conduct the workshop with his wife and duet partner JoAnne Barry.
     Students participating in the guitar workshop will learn how to approach and arrange music that is typically presented by experienced musicians. This workshop is open to guitar students 10 years of age and older with at least one year of previous guitar experience. Enrollment limit is 20 students. Pat Kerber, Southeastern's guitar instructor, will teach this workshop.
     The chamber music workshop is open to violin, viola, cello and piano students of any age who have at least one year of previous experience. The workshop will be focused on chamber music repertoire including but not limited to duets, piano trios and quartets. Student will have the opportunity to improve their sight-reading skills and instrumental technique, as well as develop stronger ensemble skills.
     The newly formed music theory workshop offers three levels of music theory - beginning, intermediate and advanced. It is suitable for students who are currently learning to play a musical instrument or who have played an instrument in the past. Students who sign up may attend one or more levels of the workshop.
     The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 8 to July 23.
     For more information on or to register for any of these programs, go to or call 549-5502.


Southeastern's Delta Tau Delta chapter earns national ranking
The Southeastern Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta is the recipient of the prestigious Hugh Shields Award, presented to the top chapters in the country.
     The award is given annually to the top 10 chapters of Delta Tau Delta across the nation, said Chapter Advisor Gene Pregeant. The award is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations.
     The chapter also received individual programming awards for excellence in the area of academics, membership education and ritual performance. Chad Mouledous of Metairie, was recognized as President of the Inter-Fraternal Council at Southeastern, and Ross Tomko of Walker, was chosen as the Outstanding Chapter President in the Division, which includes 30 chapters and colonies.
     "Coming home from Southern Division left me with a feeling of pride and happiness for our chapter," said Nick Nelson of Ponchatoula, chapter president. "We have worked extremely hard over the last few semesters to get where we are, and it is fulfilling to see the effort put forth by our men recognized with multiple awards. To come back as a Top 10 chapter in the nation is not only acknowledgement that we are doing great things, but also motivation to keep pushing ourselves toward even better things in the future."
     The awards capped another active year for the brothers of Epsilon Phi. Their cumulative GPA was 2.904.
     Community service projects for the fraternity during the year included their work for the national philanthropy JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. Campus service included work at the Southeastern Laboratory School and Chefs Evening, the university's largest fundraiser to enhance academic programming, and Lion Nation Celebration, the annual fundraiser for Southeastern Athletics.
     Members of Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta include Seth Leto, Amite; Landon Brown, Cody Favaro, Matthew Guillot, Grayson Jackson, Josh Porche, and Zachary Rogers, Baton Rouge; Evan Lapeyrouse, Bourg; Antonio Ragusa, Central; Keagan Polkey, Cut-Off; Austin Smith, Denham Springs; Matthew Reed, Donaldsonville; Geron Persaud, Franklinton; Ivy Gonzales, Galiano; Tristyn Wheeler and Brennen Waguespack, Gonzales; Christopher Hudspeth, Benjamin Schnadelbach, and Joshua Ormand, Hammond; Beau Moore, Houma; Justin Archote, Independence; Victor Earl, Cameron Pigeon and Jared Vogel, Kenner; Zachary Edwards, Livingston; Ryan Fonseca and Garrin Pellegrin, Mandeville; Evan Bailey and Chad Mouledous, Metairie; Brent Bourgeois, Pearl River; Austin Henderson, Seth Hebert, and Nicholas Nelson, Ponchatoula; Brennan Michel, Prairieville; Joshua Bremer, Kristian Burns, Matthew Conaway, Scott Harpster, David Nicoletti, Mason Owens, Brendan Sundrud, Justin Weaver, and Oliver Young Hernandez; Slidell; Christian Owens, Springfield; Austin Credeur, Shaun Lowe, Taylor Sharp, and Ross Tomko, Walker; Jacob Bellairs, Lexington, Va.; Justin Williamson, Waldorf, Md.; and Bailey Callahan, Weir, Miss.
     New members include Ian Harter, Baton Rouge; Dylan Stanley, Mandeville; Storm Coates, Ponchatoula; Ross Michel, Prairieville; Braie Peterson, Robert; and Daniel Moore, Slidell.


Non-Credit Programs

Acting for Kids' Confidence
Brandi Ehrhardt Saucier, dates vary depending upon location

This program is a mixture of acting, drama and improvisation designed to create confidence and self-esteem within our children. This course was designed with many objectives in mind. The following is a list of some key objectives.

  • Create a sense of confidence and self-esteem
  • Promote quick thinking and healthy interactions with others
  • Encourage students to be leaders among their peers
  • Provide a healthy outlet for creativity and energy
  • Replace negative self-images with positive self-images
  • Prepare students for school projects and speeches, and even future job interviews


How Money Works Series
Liz Reno and Shannon Bernard, Part I: 3/26/15; Part II: 4/1/15

Are you an educator or future educator ready to take control of your financial success? Financial success on a teacher salary can happen if you take charge. This course will introduce students to major concepts necessary to make informed decisions regarding finances. There are no technology requirements or prerequisites for this class, and no charge to attend.


Boosting Your Bottom Line
Sharon Sandifer and David Kiviaho, dates vary depending upon location

This Customer Management Course includes corporate elements of emotional intelligence, teamwork, worldwide case studies, leadership, and other business innovations. Learn how to excel in serving and managing customers. Learn how your business will enjoy a healthier bottom line because of stellar customer management. This course will increase the frontline staff members' on the job performance through the exploration of the nine principles of customer management, as outlined in the business book, Customer Management: The kiisa Service Cycle. With innovative business models, case studies, and interactive activities, this course will foster an environment for participants to learn how to become invested in the art of customer service and management.


QuickBooks Level II
Dates vary depending on session

Employees and business owners currently using QuickBooks for financial accounting who want to increase their knowledge or advance their career through certification would benefit from this course. This course also is offered as the next step for QuickBooks Level I, regardless of experience.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball, softball and tennis teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (15-6, 4-2 Southland) will open up the week in New Orleans, facing Tulane on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., before returning home on Wednesday to host Jackson State at 6 p.m. Wednesday will be Campus Organization Night and all campus organizations are encouraged to attend.
     SLU will then hit the road for a three-game series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, opening on Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes with Sunday's 1 p.m. series finale.
     Off to its best start to Southland Conference play since 2001, the Lady Lion softball team (10-15, 5-1 Southland) closes out a six-game home stand on Tuesday at 5 p.m., hosting Mississippi State at North Oak Park. Tuesday will feature the "Flood the Field" promotion, as the first 200 SLU students will receive a free t-shirt and students will receive free wings as available. Tuesday will also be a "Green Out" as all fans are encouraged to wear green.
     Southeastern will be at Stephen F. Austin later in the week for a three-game series. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday, before Saturday's 12 p.m. finale.
     The tennis team (5-2, 2-1 Southland) will host four matches at the Southeastern Tennis Complex this week. On Monday, SLU hosts Bradley at 6 p.m. Southeast Missouri (1 p.m.) and Alcorn State (6 p.m.) visit on Wednesday. The Lions continue Southland play on Saturday, hosting Incarnate Word at 11 a.m.
     The SLU men's and women's track and field teams will be in action this week, traveling to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to compete in the Alabama Relays. The meet runs Thursday through Saturday.
     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 Tuesday's softball game and Wednesday's baseball game.


Monday, March 16
Tennis, vs. Bradley, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.


Tuesday, March 17
Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Mississippi State, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Flood the Field
     - First 200 students receive free t-shirts
     - Free wings for students as available
     - Green-Out – Fans encouraged to wear green


Wednesday, March 18
Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Campus Organization Night
Tennis, vs. Southeast Missouri, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.


Thursday, March 19
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala., All Day


Friday, March 20
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Stephen F. Austin (DH), Nacogdoches, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala., All Day


Saturday, March 21
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Tennis, vs. Incarnate Word, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala., All Day


Sunday, March 22
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Cynthia Elliott (Teaching & Learning), Rob Carlisle from Child Advocacy Services in Hammond and Tiffany Sawyer from the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy in Atlanta, presented at the AACTE Conference in Atlanta on March 1. The presentation "Teacher Preparation and Child Sexual Abuse: Stewards of Children, A Promising Practice" highlighted the moral imperative in teacher education that prepares pre-service candidates to have a greater awareness and knowledge of child sexual and presented research that explored the impact of the "Stewards of Children" professional learning opportunity provided to all education majors. Results indicated that teacher candidates were positively impacted by the "Stewards of Children" training. Overwhelmingly, 98% of the participants indicated that they had learned new skills that would be used to better protect children and that for 87% of the respondents the "Stewards of Children" curriculum changed their attitudes about sexual abuse. Other faculty members participating in the research include Dr. June Williams (Counseling) and Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership & Technology).
     Dr. Hye Young Kim and Dr. David Norwood attended the 2015 March Meeting of the American Physical Society in San Antonio with five physics students: Nisha Lama, Suyogya Karki, Bijay Shrestha, Sean Craft and Sagar Pokhrel. Kim presented paper F9-4 titled "An Efficient Coupled Dipole Method." Shrestha presented work he did in collaboration with Kim as a paper S50-1 titled "Self-assemblies of Novel Molecules: VECAR." Lama presented work she did in collaboration with Norwood as Poster P1-149 titled "Light Scattering Measurement of Sodium Polyacrylate Products."
     Mario Krenn (Management and Business Administration) and Jean McGuire (Louisiana State University) presented their manuscript titled "The Role of Codetermination in Shareholder Oriented Corporate Governance Reform: The Case of Executive Remuneration Disclosure" at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Western Academy of Management in Kauai, HI. 


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