College of Education ranked
Bill Evans documentary set Nov. 4
Choir and Women's Chorale to perform

Teacher Symposium set Nov. 6

University Housing news

Gumbo Game Day Cook-off

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter honored

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Southeastern’s College of Education ranked 15th in nation for value
Southeastern’s education program was ranked 15th in the nation for value by the National Council on Teacher Education (NCTQ).
     NCTQ released its “Best Value” ratings of colleges of education across the U.S. The study took into consideration a combination of quality and affordability factors, taking into account net price to attend school – including tuition, fees, and average financial aid awards – average teacher salary in the state, and how well the school prepares future teachers for the realities of the classroom.
     Southeastern received an “A” rating in NCTQ’s “Path to Teach,” a tool for future teachers. It is the second year NCTQ ranked Southeastern’s education program as among the best in the country. The university’s program in secondary education last year was ranked 28th in the nation.
     “Southeastern’s teacher preparation programs have always been highly regarded, and it is rewarding to see our College of Education faculty be recognized for their excellent work in preparing great teachers,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain.
     Shirley Jacob, interim dean of the College of Education, said the announcement demonstrates that students in the program are receiving a high rate of return on their investment in education.
     “We ensure that our teacher candidates are well prepared for classroom work, not only through student-teaching responsibilities but also through numerous field experiences and other opportunities to interact with children in educational settings,” she said.
     “We share credit for our success with other academic programs at Southeastern, which teach the content the teachers need to master,” she added.  “We also recognize the important roles that our affiliated middle and high schools play in providing excellent teacher supervisors who mentor and oversee the work of our teacher candidates in their schools in the various districts in the region. Much of a new teacher’s success depends upon the support received during this experience.”
     “While there are an unlimited number of guides to help people buy products – from the right car to the right refrigerator – when it comes to picking the best college of education, which is one of the most important decisions one can make, people are left to fend for themselves,” said NCTQ President Kate Walsh. “We are pleased to empower future teachers so they can focus on student growth rather than worry about gaps in their own training or if they’ll be able to pay back a mountain of debt.”
     The NCTQ is a non-partisan research and policy group committed to restructuring the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. The organization works to achieve fundamental changes in the policy and practices of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments and teachers unions.

Bill Evans documentary to be shown Nov. 4
A newly-released documentary on the late jazz great Bill Evans will be shown at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Auditorium on Wednesday (Nov. 4) at 7:30 p.m. The showing is free and open to the public.
     “Bill Evans, Time Remembered” was produced and edited by Bruce Spiegel and tells the story of 1950 Southeastern music graduate Bill Evans, his turbulent life and unprecedented contribution to the jazz community.
     Evans was a seven-time Grammy Award winner who emerged at a time when there was a great surge of innovation in jazz, and he helped change the landscape, said Paul Frechou, Southeastern associate director of bands.
     Evans would later team up with bassist Scott Lafaro and drummer Paul Motian to form the Bill Evans Trio, a group considered by many to have revolutionized the concept of the jazz trio. Evans was also a prolific composer, with “Waltz for Debby,” “Time Remembered,” and “Turn Out the Stars” considered high water marks in jazz composition.
     Documentary producer Spiegel said Evans is one of the last great innovative jazz artists of the Twentieth Century, and the documentary helps put his legacy in perspective.
     Spiegel has been a producer/editor for 25 years at CBS News/48 Hours Mystery. In 2002 he co-produced the award-winning TV documentary “9-11,” which won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

Southeastern to host teachers’ symposium on West Florida Republic
Southeastern will sponsor a symposium on the West Florida Revolt and Republic for teachers and the general public on Friday (Nov. 6) from 9 a.m. to noon.
     The program will be held in the Kiva in the Cate Teacher Education Center, 1300 N. Gen. Pershing Ave. The program is free and open to the public.
     Leon Ford Endowed Chair and Professor of History Samuel C. Hyde said the program will incorporate a variety of sessions designed to inform teachers how to incorporate the story of the West Florida Revolt into their Louisiana history and geography classes in an exciting and fun manner. Conducting the session will be Hyde and Assistant Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Keith Finley.
     Hyde said the program will also include a presentation by Jim Winter and Chad Winters of the Southeastern theatre program, who created and directed a short play on the revolt and development of the republic titled “Only in Louisiana: The Not Exactly Accurate Story of the West Florida Revolt.”
     Attendees at the event will receive a free copy of the award-winning film “Reluctant Americans: The West Florida Revolt, Completing the Louisiana Purchase.” The film was written and produced by Hyde and the staff of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     The program is coordinated by the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and is sponsored by the East Feliciana Tourist Commission,  the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, the Library of Congress Using Primary Sources Program, Southeastern Office of Non-Credit Programs and the West Florida Society.
     For more information on the program, contact the Center at 549-2151 or email

Gumbo Cookoff


Game day gumbo cook-off set for Saturday, Nov. 7
Southeastern’s ninth annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off will be held in Friendship Circle during tailgating activities on Saturday, Nov. 7, to raise funds for student-athletes.
     As part of this Southeastern tradition, tailgaters will have the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills prior to the Lions football game versus the University of the Incarnate Word  scheduled at 6 p.m.
     “This is a fun way to encourage tailgating in support of the Lions, while mixing and mingling in Friendship Circle,” said Sherry Kennemer, assistant athletic director for Academic Services and senior woman administrator and advisor of the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). “We’re proud to present this annual event and truly appreciate the financial support it provides for SAAC’s community engagement and service projects.”
    There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef. The registration form will be available for download from the SAAC page on the Lions Athletics website at Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to bring spoons and however much gumbo they are willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
     The public is invited to taste the gumbo at the various “Gumbo Tailgating Tasting Stations” around Friendship Circle and “vote” for their favorites by stuffing coins and bills in designated “voting jars” at each site. “Voting” will be open from 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
     The voting jar with the most money will win the 2015 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally, the Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples at each of the participating tailgate sites.
     Both winners will be announced at half time of the football game and will receive Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
Tailgaters have until Nov. 6 to register. Completed registration forms can be faxed to 985-549-3495 or scanned and emailed to Kennemer at The contest is open to any group, whether or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
     For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call 985-549-2256.
     All funds raised benefit SAAC, which has adopted the cook-off as its annual signature fund-raising event.


Southeastern Choir and Women's Chorale to perform Music from the Heart Nov. 5
The Southeastern Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will perform in Hammond on Thursday, Nov. 5, in a concert titled “Music of the Heart.”
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise.
     Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor Alissa Mercurio Rowe will direct the choirs, and Raisa Voldman and Chuck Effler will provide accompaniment on piano.
     “The concert choir will perform Madrigals of Monteverdi, di Lasso and Passereau, as well as contemporary part songs by Eleanor Daley and Michael Trotta,” Rowe said. “The Women’s Chorale’s performance features the choral compositions of Sarah Quartel.”
     Rowe said that Quartel focuses on writing for women’s choirs despite being discouraged and told that in order to be taken seriously she must write for SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts--traditional choir voicing) choirs.
     “Quartel has said she understands the female voice and how it works, and it is exciting for her to create music for women,” Rowe said. “She feels a need for repertoire for upper voice ensembles that is intended for mature adults, which creates a connection and tells a story. Her works often have nature-related texts, rhythmic complexities and singable melodies.”
     Soloists for the concert include Southeastern students Morgan Curole of Larose, Jonathan Dupre of Luling, Michelle Guillot of Slidell, Provence Hatfield of Amite, Jason Lane of Baton Rouge, Robert Roy of Lacombe, and Benjamin Vollentine of Covington.
     Serving as student conductors are Stephanie Arledge of Walker, Megan Cenac of Houma, Amy Prats of Abita Springs and Catherine Duensing of Slidell.
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

University Housing news 
Housing conferenceUniversity Housing Residence Life staff, Hall Council executive board and resident students represented Southeastern at the annual Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls to share the Lion spirit with students from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas.     
     SWACURH “Blazing New Trails” was held in College Station at Texas A&M University Oct. 22-24.
     Students were able to attend several sessions focused on enhancing the overall experience for residential students through programming efforts. The students participated in several competitions throughout the conference to include Roll Call, Spirit, Banner, Duck Decoration (Duckeration), Display, and overall participation. The delegates returned with renewed energy for creative collaborative communities within our Residence Halls.
    Attendees included Blake Thomas, advisor; Taylor Williams, president; Madison Guitreau, VP for public relations; Elizabeth Bonnette , VP for communications; Jamie Dearman - VP for involvement; Paul Haddican , RA/member; Scott Cooper, RA/member; Wendy Rhodes, RA/member; Katie Abadie, RA/member; and DeQuaz Humphries, RA/member.
     For additional information about SWACURH, University Housing or Hall Council, please email

Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Chapter honored

for excellence
Southeastern’s honor society of Phi Kappa Phi was recently recognized as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.
     Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.
     Southeastern was one of only 29 chapters nationwide to be recognized as a Chapter of Excellence.
     Southeastern Chapter President Cindy Elliott, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, said the honor, which includes a $500 award, recognizes the chapter’s recruitment efforts and programs designed to promote academic excellence. The chapter presents scholarships to students, obtains national grants from Phi Kappa Phi to support literacy efforts in area schools and libraries and holds its annual Student-Faculty Quiz Bowl during Homecoming Week.
     She also recognized the efforts of last year’s president, Associate Professor of Mathematics Danny Acosta.
     Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America.



The Southeastern soccer team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, and the two newest members of the SLU Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted in conjunction with Saturday’s football game during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (11-4-3) will open the Southland Conference Tournament on Thursday in Conway, Ark. Southeastern will be the No. 4 seed and face fifth-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4:30 p.m. The winner will face top-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinals. The semifinal winners will match up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
     Thursday and Friday’s matches will be able to be viewed at On Sunday, the finals will be televised on ESPN3.
     The SLU football team (4-4, 3-3 Southland) will be hosting Incarnate Word on Saturday in the 6 p.m. Hall of Fame game at Strawberry Stadium. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN3 outside of CST’s viewing area. The contest can also be heard on KSLU-FM (90.9) and, as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH).
     At halftime of the game with UIW, Southeastern will recognize 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Rachel Ray Fitzgerald (softball) and Denise Kubena Wyninger (volleyball).
     The Southeastern volleyball team (11-14) will host three Southland matches this week in the University Center. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions host UNO at 7 p.m. before hosting Sam Houston State on Thursday at 7 p.m. First serve for Saturday’s match with Lamar is set for 12 p.m. Saturday will also be the Alumni reunion and all former Lady Lions in attendance will be recognized.
     The SLU men’s basketball team will close out its exhibition schedule on Wednesday. The Lions will host Xavier (N.O.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week’s volleyball and basketball games on
     The baseball team will close out the Fall World Series this week. The Lions will play Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Alumni Field.



Volleyball, vs. UNO, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*


Men’s Basketball, vs. Xavier (N.O.), University Center,

7 p.m. (LionVision)
            - Exhibition

Baseball, Fall World Series, Alumni Field, 6 p.m.


Soccer, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Conway, Ark.,

4:30 p.m. (
            - Southland Conference Tournament First Round

Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center,

7 p.m. (LionVision)*


Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Conway, Ark., 4:30 p.m. (
            - Southland Conference Tournament Semifinals


Football, vs. Incarnate Word, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (CST) (KSLU) (WJSH) (WHMD)*
            - Hall of Fame Game

Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Alumni Game


Soccer, vs. TBA, Conway, Ark., 1:05 p.m. (ESPN3)
            - Southland Conference Tournament Finals

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Cris Koutsougeras, Dr. Mohammad Saadeh, and Dr. Mohamed Zeidan (all of Computer Science and Industrial Technology) led a team of Southeastern engineering technology students that represented Southeastern in the Start Up Weekend at Loyola University Oct. 16 - 18. Over the weekend the team constructed a developmental toy (GoBlox) targeting K-3 children that incorporated many STEM concepts. The project claimed the second place.

Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) presented two invited seminars at Purdue University. The first was the Department of Physics and Astronomy colloquium titled "The Physics of Star Wars." The second presentation was the Physics Education Research Seminar with the title "Finding Fake Videos with Physics."

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