Chefs Evening is Sunday

Biology lecture scheduled

Science on Tap lecture March 3

Spring opera cast announced

Will Eisner Week March 1-7

Bookstore opening new location March 9

"You Be the Chemist" winners named

"Tea with Friends" scheduled March 14

Rock 'n Roar set March 21

First Spring Fest scheduled

Nursing and Health Sciences news


Phi Kappa Phi news

Non-Credit Programs news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


Chefs Evening is this Sunday
Chefs Evening sponsorsChefs Evening, Southeastern's largest fundraiser, is into its fourth decade of celebrating the best of regional cuisine offerings in support of Southeastern. And, as usual, the event will offer something fresh to celebrate.
     In addition to the various restaurant offerings, this year special effort has been placed on new auction and raffle items centered around the theme of "Wine & Travel," said Southeastern Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.
     "With exquisite wine offerings, regional getaways, a trip to Napa Valley, a hosted turnkey crawfish boil and many others, there will be something for everyone," Lauderdale said.
     Chefs Evening offers patron tables located directly in front of the stage. These prestigious tables are $1,500 and include eight tickets to Chefs Evening with a reserved table, eight tickets to the President's Toast, eight signature wine glasses, two bottles of wine per table, a personal wait staff and business or name listed in the event program.
     Reserved tables include six tickets to Chefs Evening, a reserved table and six wine glasses. Single tickets are $75 for Chefs Evening, or $85 to include a wine glass, and $125 to Chefs Evening, the President's Toast and a wine glass.
     "Chefs Evening attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of academic programming and scholarships for students at Southeastern," Lauderdale said. "Join the hundreds of alumni and friends expected to take part in this southern Louisiana dining experience."
     Special thanks go out to the corporate sponsors for Chefs Evening, including Regions Bank, First Guaranty Bank, LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, Whitney Bank, Entergy, American Bank & Trust, Investar Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
     To order tickets, Patron Tables or for more information, call 985-549-2239 or visit


CHEFS EVENING SUPPORT – Chefs Evening has benefited from sponsorships over the years to help make the event successful. Chefs Evening 2015 sponsors include, front row, from left, Brian Shirey, Northshore Broadcasting; Cindy Shelton, Whitney Bank; Melanie Zaffuto, North Oaks Health System; Brandi Harris, American Bank and Trust; Monty Buckles, La Capitol Federal Credit Union; and Lance Kern, Lamar Advertising. Back row, from left, are Daryl Ferrara, Whitney Bank; Chad Cornett, Regions Bank; Randy Vicknair, First Guaranty Bank; Byron Bankston, Regions Bank; PJ Lowentritt, Investar Bank; Eunice Harris, Entergy; Marian Kinchen, American Bank and Trust; Steve Campo, American Bank and Trust; and Bailey Dabney, Hammond Daily Star.


Southeastern to host lecture by animal movement specialist

Adam SummersA specialist in the movements of fish and other animals who served as a technical adviser to the popular movie Finding Nemo will present a lecture at Southeastern on March 6.
     Adam Summers, associate director of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories, will serve as the Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Southeastern Biology Graduate Student Organization at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public.
     "We expect Dr. Summers' presentation to be enlightening and entertaining, and not just for biology and science students," said Savannah Michaelsen, president of the organization. "With degrees in mathematics, engineering and biology, he has combined his expertise to better understand the evolution of the mechanical systems of animals. His experiences go far beyond the area of biology."
     Summers previously worked at the University of California Berkeley, where he founded the Biomechanics Laboratory and won the Bartholmew Prize for physiology research. While at UC Berkeley, he was approached by Pixar Studios to consult on Finding Nemo. He spent three years advising the Pixar professionals on animal movements and biological aspects of the film.
     Summers and his co-authors have published more than 70 articles in scientific journals and shares his enthusiasm for the field of biomechanics in a monthly column that appears in Natural History Magazine.
     For more information, contact Michaelsen at


The chicken or the egg? Science on Tap explores importance of development
The old question, "What came first, the chicken or the egg?" will be discussed at Southeastern's next Science on Tap seminar, scheduled Tuesday, March 3.
     The informal presentation – which will focus on the importance of development in life – presented by Southeastern Professor of Biology Mary White, will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
     "The discovery of master genes in development over the last few decades has allowed biologists to investigate many issues in the evolution of animal body plans," said White, a specialist in molecular and developmental biology.
     She said the questions that can be addressed now sound like a modern version of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories.
     "Questions such as 'How did the snake lose its legs?', 'How did the swan get such a long neck?', and even a real Kipling title, How the Leopard got its Spots, can now be posed in science with plausible answers," White said.
     The Science on Tap lecture series is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences. For more information on future presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


Cast preparing for spring opera offering
Opera by the SliceSoutheastern's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present "Opera by the Slice: A Concert of Scenes and Arias" on Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     "This is a unique opportunity for our vocal students to sing scenes and arias, some in foreign languages and some from operas that are too demanding for a small program like ours to mount, with full on stage orchestra in a concert setting," said Charles Effler, conductor. "The scenes will be semi-staged."
     Voice faculty Dr. Stephen Rushing, Kay Schepker, Dr. Alissa Mercurio Rowe, Dr. Joy Ratliff and Dr. Kristen Marchiafava are contributing to the production as well. They each chose a scene, cast it from their own students (with some borrowing from other teachers where necessary) and after Effler made sure the students knew all the pitches and rhythms, the faculty took over to coach the students – polishing the scenes to make sure they are ready for the concert.
     Operas to be represented on the concert are Orfeo et Euridice, The TenderLand, The Mikado, Cosi fan tutte, La Bohème, The Medium, Die Fledermaus, DieZauberflöte, The Old Maid and the Thief, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo and Gianni Schicchi.
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Rachel M. Harris for this production. Harris has directed several Opera Workshop productions, including La Périchole, Fairy Tales: Hansel & Gretel and Cendrillon, The Pirates of Penzance, Street Scene, Die Fledermaus, and The Marriage of Figaro.
     Students appearing in the concert are Dana Arthur (Abita Springs), Terelle Bibbins (Covington), Kayla Blanchard (Lafayette), Kalee Broussard (Destrehan), Cassidy Charpentier (Bourg), Morgan Curole (Larose), Rachel Davis (Mandeville), Rachel Denton (Jena), Faith Entrekin (Luling), Lauren Gibson (Walker), Brent Goodrich, (Sulphur), Mindy Guidroz (Houma), Michelle Guillot (Slidell), Allison Joiner (Hammond), Jaelon Jones (Vacherie), Provence Hatfield (Amite), Alyssa Hernandez (Metairie), Jason Lane (Baton Rouge), Chase M. Ledet (Schriever), Bethany Putnam (Covington), Robert Roy (Lacomb), Nick Smith (Ponchatoula), Cody Sires (Chalmette), Ivan Stroup (Destrehan), Benjamin Vollentine (Covington), Bridget Lyons Zeringue (Ponchatoula).
     Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty member Steve Schepker will design the sets, and Amanda Klipsch will design the lighting.
     There will be no admission charge for this concert.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop contact Effler at


Celebrate Will Eisner Week March 1 – 7
Will Eisner WeekWill Eisner Week is an annual celebration honoring the legacy of Will Eisner, widely regarded as the father of the graphic novel. This international event promotes graphic novel literacy, free speech and the sequential arts.
     Instructor of English Sherri Craig is presenting three lectures about graphic novels this week. She will present "History of Will Eisner" on Tuesday, March 3, from 2-3 p.m., in the Writing Center in D Vickers Hall. On Wednesday, March 4, from 7-8 p.m., she will present "Rise of the Graphic Novel" in Sims Library on the 3rd floor. The final lecture of the week, "Comic Scripting and Art," is scheduled on Thursday, March 5, from 2-3 p.m. in the Writing Center.


Bookstore opening in new location March 9
The University Bookstore will open its doors in a new location at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 9. As a part of the current Student Union expansion project, the Bookstore will occupy the former Lion's Den location, which will provide customers with approximately 3,000 additional square footage in shopping space.
     In order to accommodate the move, the University Bookstore will be closed on Friday, March 6. Should you need assistance from the Bookstore on that date, contact Auxiliary Services at 549-2094.
     Stay tuned for additional information regarding special promotions and events in conjunction with the relocation of the University Bookstore. Contact Auxiliary Services at 549-2094 for additional information.


You Be the Chemist Challenge held

You Be the Chemist ChallengeApproximately 300 middle school students from 18 Tangipahoa Parish public schools convened on the Southeastern campus Friday (Feb. 27) for the annual You Be the Chemist Challenge.
    The event allowed students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of chemistry concepts, important discoveries and chemical safety awareness.
     Sponsored by Bercen, Inc., a Denham Springs-based specialty chemical manufacturer, the event was hosted jointly by the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics and the Tangipahoa Parish School System. The challenge is run by the Chemical Education Foundation.
     Students in grades 5-8 from area schools participated in classroom testing. Then the top students engaged in the actual challenge, a Quiz Bowl-type competition with academic questions created by the Chemical Educational Foundation.



YOU BE THE CHEMIST WINNERS NAMED - Area students participated in the You Be the Chemist Challenge held Friday at the University Center. From left are Tiffany Adkins, Southeastern alumna from Bercen, Inc.; Taylor McLain of Loranger Middle School, second runner up; Kent Bardwell of SLU Lab School, first runner up; Ire'yana Zanders of Independence Middle Magnet School, second place (tied); Cooper Caldwell of Ponchatoula Junior High School, second place (tied); Lauren DeVaney of SLU Lab School, first place; and Chief Academic Officer of Tangipahoa Parish School System Theresa Hamilton.


Award-winning biographer/historian to speak at "Tea with Friends"
Christina Vella, biographer, historian and adjunct professor at Tulane University, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual "Tea with Friends" on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Sims Library. Guests at this members' tea of the Friends of Sims Library will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries.
     Vella is the author of Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The Times-Picayune and made into an opera by Thea Musgrave; The Hitler Kiss: A Memoir of the Czech Resistance (with Radomir Luza; and Indecent Secrets: The Infamous Murri Murder Affair. She is now at work on a biography of Kemal Ataturk.
     Vella received her Ph.D. in European and U.S. history from Tulane University. A professor of history for over twenty years, Vella now devotes most of her time to writing and lecturing and has spoken at the Louisiana Festival of the Book, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and the American Biographical Association, to name just a few. She has appeared on NPR, A&E, and the History Channel, and serves as a consultant and writer for the U.S. Department of State. Vella received the 2010 Preservation Award from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana.
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, March 11.
     To reserve a seat, or to find out more about FOSL, please call Janie Branham at 549-2186 or email


Rock 'n Roar to celebrate community, academics on March 21

Southeastern's annual campus-community festival, "Rock 'n Roar," is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, and promises to be a fun-filled day for children and adults.
     In its 19th year, Rock 'n Roar showcases Southeastern's academics and fun atmosphere for more than 2,600 visiting District 8 Literary Rally high school students, alumni and community friends, said Kathy Pittman, director of the Southeastern Alumni Association.
     "With no charge for admission to Rock 'n Roar, patrons of all ages can enjoy educational displays by Southeastern's departments, food, music and more," Pittman said.
     Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the new Student Union, the festival will also offer art, baseball, and dance camps for children.
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 6-13 from 9-11 a.m., with a check-in time of 8:30 a.m. The camp, which costs $15, will take place in Clark Hall.
     A camp for young baseball enthusiasts is scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Alumni field on campus. The camp is open to children ages 6-12 for a $15 fee. Participants are asked to bring their own bat and glove.
     The Lionettes, Southeastern's dance team, will host a dance camp for children ages 5-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The camp's $15 fee includes refreshments. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. The camp will conclude with a performance by participants in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building at noon.
     Camp applications are available online at or at the Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave., 549-2150. Advance registration and payment is requested for all camps. Space is limited, so reservations should be made early.
     Rock 'n Roar will also feature a variety of children's games and activities.
     Rock 'n Roar patrons of all ages can also enjoy educational displays by Southeastern's departments, food, music and more.
     For additional information about Rock 'n Roar Fest camps, call the Alumni Association, 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.


Southeastern African American Alumni Chapter to host first Spring Fest
The Southeastern African American Alumni Chapter is hosting a family event called Spring Fest 2015 on the main campus in Hammond.
     The public is invited to the free event on April 18 from noon to 8 p.m. scheduled in Southeastern's Friendship Circle. Spring Fest 2015 will feature a full day of fun activities, delicious food, a live music lineup, and unique arts and crafts.
     According to Chapter President Marjorie Parker, this is the first of what is expected to be an annual event.
     "We plan to have something for all ages, such as inflatables and other kids' activities for the young and Greek organization performances for the young at heart," Parker said. "The festival's feature event is a gospel choir competition from 2 to 4 p.m. with area churches vying to secure the 'Joyful Noise of the Northshore' title, which includes a $300 cash prize."
     Although the event is free to the general public, food and craft vendors will be on site for those that wish to sample a taste of Louisiana for a small price. The registration fee for the gospel competition or to reserve a vendor booth is $25.
     To learn more or to register for either a booth or the gospel competition, email Parker at


College of Nursing and Health Sciences news
On Thursday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, March 6, from 9 – 11 a.m. the first cohort of Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will be defending their projects.
     The defenses will be at the Pennington Student Activity Center, 1350 N. General Pershing, room 108. Interested faculty and students are invited to attend the defense.


Phi Kappa Phi news
The Southeastern chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) will hold a general membership meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 3:30 p.m., in the Cate Teacher Education Center (TEC room 2020). All current PKP members are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Non-Credit Programs

Investing Fundamentals and Strategies
Tom Meyer, March 3 – 10

The course begins with the fundamentals of investments, including advantages and disadvantages of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Use of investment strategies that consider risk management, asset allocation and maximizing tax-deferral are explored. Discover the advantages of IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401ks and other options to help meet goals. Finally gain insight to the challenges that families may encounter as they pursue building retirement savings and strategies to protect wealth. Attendees will be offered a complementary written financial strategy.


Excel Learning Series
Allanagh Sewell, dates vary depending on session

This course is designed for individuals or students who have little or no experience with Microsoft Excel. Excel is an important tool for almost any business or home environment. Students will learn to create a file, enter data, create formulas, navigate spreadsheets, and understand the basic components of the Excel environment. Students will also learn to format, edit, and save documents.


Catching up with the Crowd: Intro to Computers
Julie Nunenmacher, dates vary depending on session

Students will learn the major parts of the computer in down to earth terms and will have an opportunity to become familiar with using the computer at their own pace in a low-pressure environment. Students will also have an introduction to the most common software used for creating everyday documents from to-do lists to letters.


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will close the 2014-15 regular season and celebrate Senior Day, while the baseball, softball and tennis teams will open Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion basketball team (9-19, 6-9 Southland) will look to build momentum heading into next week's Southland Conference Tournament, which SLU has already qualified for heading into the last week of the regular season. On Monday, SLU will be in Natchitoches to face Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m., before closing its road schedule on Thursday with a 7:45 p.m. contest at UNO.
     Southeastern will close out the regular season on Saturday, hosting Nicholls at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Prior to the game, Onochie Ochie, Devante Upson and Cedric Jenkins will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
     The women's basketball team (7-20, 3-13 Southland) needs to win its final two games and have Houston Baptist, Sam Houston State and UNO all lose their final two games to earn a postseason berth. On Thursday, SLU travels to UNO for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
     On Saturday, Nicholls visits the Lady Lions for a 4:30 p.m. game. Prior to the game, Elizabeth Styles, Symone Miller, Jameika Hoskins, Annessa De La Cruz and Adrina LaVern will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony. Miller will be the Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Gonzales, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Fresh off a sweep of Big Ten Conference member Northwestern, the SLU baseball team (8-4) has a busy week ahead, hosting Alcorn State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Southern on Wednesday at 6 p.m. SLU then heads to Incarnate Word to open Southland Conference play in a three-game series that begins with a 6:30 p.m. game on Friday. The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The softball team (4-11) will open the week at home, hosting Ball State and Detroit for a round-robin tripleheader on Tuesday. The two visiting teams meet at 2 p.m., then SLU will face Ball State at 4 p.m. and Detroit at 6 p.m. Southeastern will then head to Abilene Christian to open league play with a three-game series. The series opens with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and concludes with Saturday's 12 p.m. series finale.
     The tennis team (2-1) has five matches on the schedule this week. On Monday, SLU will be at Jackson State for a 6 p.m. match, before heading to Southern for a 1 p.m. match on Thursday. SLU hosts Sam Houston State on Saturday and Lamar on Sunday to open league action. First serve for both matches is set for 11 a.m. Later on Sunday, the Lions host LSU-Shreveport at 5 p.m.
     The men's and women's track and field teams will open their outdoor schedule this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Mobile, Ala., to participate in the Jaguar Opener, hosted by South Alabama.
     The golf team continues its spring schedule with its second tournament of the spring this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the No. 49 Lions will be one of eight top 100 teams competing in the Louisiana Classics, hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette, at the Oakbourne Country Club.
     All of this week's basketball games, as well as all baseball games except for Saturday's, 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 all of this week's baseball, softball and basketball home games.


Monday, March 2
Men's Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men's Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, 8 a.m.
Women's Tennis, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6 p.m.


Tuesday, March 3
Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Softball, Ball State vs. Detroit, North Oak Park, 2 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Ball State, North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Detroit, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
Men's Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, 7:30 a.m.


Wednesday, March 4
Baseball, vs. Southern, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)


Thursday, March 5
Men's Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 7:45 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women's Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 4:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Tennis, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 1 p.m.


Friday, March 6
Baseball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Abilene Christian (DH), Abilene, Texas, 4 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Jaguar Opener, Mobile, Ala., All Day


Saturday, March 7
Men's Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
Women's Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 4:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
     - Symone Miller Trading Card Day
Baseball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 3 p.m.*
Softball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Tennis, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*


Sunday, March 8
Baseball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Tennis, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*
Tennis, vs. LSU-Shreveport, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 5 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game


Professional activities
Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) presented a paper entitled "Field Day and Le Theatre 'Cadien: A Comparison of Mission and Message" at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies South, held in Rome, Ga., Feb. 20-21.
     Dr. John Boulahanis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been quoted as an expert in two recent items appearing in the Los Angeles Daily News. The first (link here) was a story on street lighting in urban neighborhoods that was published on February 14. The second (link here) was a story on homicide clearances that was published on Feb. 21.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) has published a book article titled "The Danger for Humanism: Winning the Battles and Losing the War Against Theism in Public Policy." The article is included in an anthology, Theism and Public Policy: Humanist Perspectives and Responses, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan. The volume was edited by Prof. Anthony B. Pinn, founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning at Rice University.


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