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
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
www.lionsports.net. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
“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
University 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
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 email@example.com.
Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Chapter honored
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
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.