Veterans Appreciation Day
Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11. To honor Veterans, the Office of Veteran Affairs
is providing FREE food and drinks from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on North Campus, Building
A, room 130. Those who stop by will have their name put in a drawing for door prizes
from Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chili’s and many more.
At 12:30 p.m. in Friendship Circle, there will be a National Roll Call, as well
as a minute of silence, for our fallen soldiers.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia would also like to invite all Veterans to a musical tribute
to Veterans at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
Check out the following link for other freebies offered on Veterans Day:military.com/veterans-day/veterans-day-military-discounts.html.
For questions about the event, contact Sophie Sciortino at 549-5041.
Southeastern announces spring priority registration
Southeastern students may register for spring 2016 classes starting Monday, Nov. 16,
through Friday, Nov. 20, at 12:30 p.m.
The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, returning
students, new transfer and graduate students.
Students may check enrollment appointment times, spring class schedules and register
online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage, southeastern.edu.
Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering.
Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able
to access the registration system until holds have been cleared.
For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern’s Office
of the Registrar 549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or email@example.com.
Southeastern Theatre to present alumna's play
Southeastern will present a new play titled “High and Mighty” Nov. 17 to 21 as part
of the Southeastern Theatre season.
But this isn’t just any play. It was written by Southeastern alumna and retired
Director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare Donna Gay Anderson
Although it is her first venture into playwriting, Anderson is no stranger to theater.
Following her graduation from Southeastern, she lived in New York, where she attended
the National Shakespeare Conservatory and worked as an actress. Upon her return home,
she taught theater at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
Additionally, her mother, the late Vonnie Borden, was the first theater professor
at Southeastern, where she taught for many years. Appropriately, the production will
take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
“Writing this play has been one of the most challenging projects I have encountered,
but I have loved every minute,” Anderson said. “Theatre has always been my first love,
and I have experienced it professionally from all sides except that of the playwright.
The characters are all based on people I knew many years ago in New York, but the
story is primarily fiction.”
The setting is an upper east side Manhattan Presbyterian church in the 1980’s
where a group of young adults struggle with their consciences when relationships,
morality and emotions tumble. Anderson said the play is not appropriate for young
children due to strong language.
Anderson wrote the book and lyrics for the songs, but engaged Bridget and Drew
Zeringue, also Southeastern alumni, to compose the music. Since it is her first play,
Anderson turned for guidance to Southeastern Assistant Professor of Theater and Directing
Jim Winter, an award-winning playwright.
Winter read the play, liked it, and wanted to be part of the process of further
developing the script. Consequently, he is directing the play.
“Jim has mentored me through the development process, and I am so honored that
he asked for permission to produce the script as a part of the Southeastern Theatre
season,” she said. “He has secured the best of the best as creative team and cast,
and it shows. I cannot wait to see the production. It is going to be a very special
time for me.”
Southeastern students and faculty cast in the production include: Kalee Broussard
of Destrehan as Bernie; Olivia Waguespack of Covington as B2; Michelle Guillot of
Slidell as Caroline; Rachel Davis of New Orleans as C2; Jaimee Rome of Abita Springs
as Belinda; Provence Hatfield of Amite as L2; Damian Faul of Amite as Will; Neal Eli
of Luling as W2; Dr. Stephen Rushing of Baton Rouge as McFee; Shelly Sneed of Minden
as T-Bone/Ensemble; and Jordin Jones of Harvey as Ensemble.
General admission tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and non-Southeastern students;
and free for Southeastern students with University ID. Tickets go on sale Nov. 9 in
the Vonnie Borden Theatre Box Office, located in the main lobby of D Vickers Hall.
Tickets may be reserved now by calling the box office at 549-2115 and leaving the
ticket number requested, a name and contact phone number.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 549-2184.
HIGH AND MIGHTY – Damian Faul of Amite, playing the role of the seminarian Will, attempts to comfort
a girlfriend, Caroline, played by Michelle Guillot of Slidell, during rehearsals for
the new play “High and Mighty,” which will premiere at Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden
Theatre Nov. 17-21. “High and Mighty” is the first play written by Southeastern alumna
Donna Gay Anderson of Hammond, retired director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Panamanians visit campus
On Nov 5, Panama Independence Day, under the umbrella of the Panama Bilingue Program
lead by Dr. Tara Lopez and Aristides Baraya, a group of 36 Panamanians that are part
of the group of the students on campus this fall celebrated with a festival to show
the community the beauty of their country and the contributions that Southeastern
has made to their societies.
The Panamanians are teachers who are on Southeastern’s campus to learn English
and how to teach it to their own students.
Jewelry Show scheduled this week
Come to the $6 Jewelry Show plus other specialty items as marked. The show will be
held in the Student Union on Wednesday, Nov, 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday,
Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parking is available on North Oak Street behind the bookstore.
Southeastern Wind Symphony presents ‘Music of Disney’ Nov. 14
A special concert for music lovers of all ages, “The Magical Music of Walt Disney,”
will be presented by the award-winning Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony
on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Under the direction of Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger, the Wind
Symphony will perform at 2 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium located on
Friendship Circle. Tickets will be available at the Pottle Auditorium box office starting
at 1 p.m. Cost is $3 per person of all ages.
Hemberger said the concert is presented as part of an on-going educational series
of performances presented by the Wind Symphony in Tangipahoa Parish.
“The Wind Symphony has committed itself to community outreach,” he said, “and
especially to encouraging a new generation of students to embrace music through band
The concert will include music featured at the Disneyland, Disneyworld and Epcot
theme parks, as well as music from well-known movies, Hemberger added. Several Disney
characters will be on hand to greet the audience before and after the concert.
The program will include music from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Tangled,” Aladdin,”
and “The Lion King.” Other pieces to be performed include “You’ll Be in My Heart”
from “Tarzan;” “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid;” and “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”
Conductors in the performance will include Hemberger and three master of music
conducting associates: Sharie Mahler of Destrehan, Rebecca Gambino of Mandeville,
and Matthew Soukup of Ocean Springs, Miss. Featured vocalists include Tara Hymel of
Denham Springs and Benjamin Vollentine of Covington.
Southeastern’s Wind Symphony is comprised of the most talented woodwind, brass
and percussion students at the university and is known for innovative programming
and quality. The group has performed in the Orchestra Hall in Chicago and in the Concert
Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2013, the
Wind Symphony was awarded gold and silver medals by the Global Music Awards for its
CD recording, “Live in Concert.”
DISNEY MUSIC HIGHLIGHTED – The award-winning Wind Symphony of Southeastern, shown here performing in the Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will present a special concert
for music lovers of all ages, “The Magical Music of Walt Disney,” in the university’s
Pottle Music Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Southeastern instructor launches book on diabetes management
The Sims Memorial Library at Southeastern will host a book talk and signing featuring
Sociology Instructor Rebecca Hensley to introduce her new book, “Your Life Isn’t Over
~ It May Have Just Begun!” a mini-manual on managing diabetes at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
November 10, in room 313 at the library.
Library Director Eric Johnson said the event was set to recognize and draw attention
to the fact that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.
“This is the book of tips, hints, and inside information that I wanted – and
needed – when I was diagnosed with diabetes myself in 2008, but it didn’t exist,”
recalls Hensley. “After years of hearing doctors say that most of their diabetic patients
struggle with managing their condition, I decided that maybe I could inspire others
by sharing how I manage diabetes while living a high quality life.”
The American Diabetes Association estimates that there are more than 21 million
people already diagnosed with diabetes in the United States and another 4,500 being
diagnosed every day. Hensley remembers feeling overwhelmed when she was first diagnosed.
“A lot of the materials I received early on were either too scientific, very
complicated, or pretty boring,” she says with a laugh, “while some of the things I
most needed to know to succeed I had to figure out on my own.”
“My book is intended to help other people with diabetes get over the hump of
fear and depression they may be dealing with. I’m not suffering,” she said. “In fact,
I’m healthier, more fit, and even happier than I would have been had I not developed
this disease that has helped me do the things everybody actually ought to do but doesn’t.
And I eat chocolate every day.”
The book talk is open to the public and free of charge. Light diabetic-appropriate
refreshments will be served.
Saxophone studio recital at Pottle Auditorium
Southeastern students will perform various repertoire of saxophone music on Tuesday,
Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
The recital will be held in the Pottle Music Auditorium and is free and open to
The Southeastern students performing are members of the Saxophone Studio, comprised
of students studying music education with an emphasis in saxophone or saxophone performance.
The works to be performed include pieces for solo saxophone, saxophone and piano,
and chamber ensemble by several notable composers, including Karel Husa, Paule Maurice,
Pierre Sancan, and Lawson Lunde, among others.
Featured Southeastern students include: graduate student Andrei Smirnov of Hammond;
senior music education majors Justin Dardenne of Folsom and Erica Reine of Covington;
junior music education majors Luke Williamson of Marrero and Ben Depriest of Youngsville;
junior music minor Tyler Seube of Chalmette; and sophomore music education majors
Nicholas Rodriguez of Kenner, Kyle Herrera of Bush, Ron Lemoine of Metaire, and Cody
Sanders of St. Amant.
For more information, contact Kimberly Gedde, instructor of saxophone, at 549-2184.
BUGS AND BEETLES AND OH MY! -- Southeastern Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Erin Watson-Horzelski, left,
demonstrates correct insect collection techniques to members of the Hammond Police
Department and the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office in a training session held at Southeastern's
outdoor classroom last week. The insects, collected from a beaver carcass, are used
in police work to help determine the time of death. Watson-Horzelski is one of the
few doctoral-level forensic entomologists in the South.