Communication students recognized
Student Union grand opening set
Students present research
National Library Week scheduled
Senior art exhibit scheduled

Dance auditions scheduled Tuesday

Men's Golf Fundraiser scheduled
Pelicans game event offered
Employee Appreciation Lunch set
Delta Tau Delta earns top award

Theatre to present Oedipus

Fraternity to perform benifit concert
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Miranda Fleig Dominique Brogle
Miranda Fleig Dominique Brogle

Southeastern students recognized by Louisiana Association of Broadcasters
Two Southeastern student broadcasters were recognized with top awards for their achievements by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
     Communication major Miranda Fleig of Slidell, a student production director at KSLU radio, received the LAB scholarship. Dominique Brogle of Destrehan, a reporter, anchor and producer with the Southeastern Channel, was named Student Broadcaster of the Year. Both were honored at LAB’s recent Prestige Awards luncheon in Baton Rouge.
     The 2016 awards marked the third consecutive year that Southeastern students have received the scholarship and the Student Broadcaster of the Year Award.
     “These honors to our students recognize the personal and intense efforts they have placed in their work at our university radio and television stations,” said Karen Fontenot, dean of the College Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “The fact that Southeastern students have won these awards for the past three years attests to the quality of teaching, real-world experience and professional preparation they have received at the university.”
     A native of Baltimore, Fleig will receive a $4,000 scholarship to be used next year as she completes her studies in communication and prepares for graduate school. With a strong interest in science, she hopes to combine that interest with her radio experience and earn a master’s degree in science communication.
     Fleig serves as KSLU’s on-air broadcaster with a five-day per week morning show. She hosts the blues show Dirt Road and the progressive rock show Perpetual Change. As the student production manager, she also puts together promo spots and weekend shows.
     “I love that I can talk to the public about things relevant to our community,” she said. “In radio, there is so much work behind the scenes, and I love producing shows and making sure the sound and content meet professional levels. I see this as a career opportunity or at least a valuable skill I can use in the future.”
     Brogle, a communication major with a concentration in electronic media, serves as an anchor, reporter and producer for the student newscast for Northshore News, named as one of the top four college television newscasts in the country by College Broadcasters, Inc. She also was recently named Best College Television Journalist by the Southeast Journalism Conference.
     Along with her work for Northshore News, Brogle has also reported for and hosted the Channel’s “Big Game,” a student sportscast; the “College Night” entertainment show; and the student film show “Cinematheque.”
     “Without my experience at the Southeastern Channel, I wouldn’t have had a glimpse of what it’s like to work in a newsroom,” Brogle said. “The staff at the Channel works hard to give student workers real-world experiences. I’ve learned how to produce news shows, write scripts, shoot and edit my own stories and meet deadlines.”
     Upon graduation in May, Brogle will be seeking a job as a television news reporter with an intent to eventually work at the network level.

Southeastern to celebrate student union grand opening

Southeastern will celebrate the grand opening completion of its newly renovated and expanded War Memorial Student Union project with a week’s worth of special offers and activities culminating with an official event on Thursday, April 14. The campus and community are invited to take part in the festivities and attend the ribbon-cutting that will take place at 12 p.m. between the Student Union and Fayard Hall.
    The public is invited to attend all scheduled events.
Monday, April 11
Special dining discounts
15 percent bookstore discounts for wearing green and gold
Sign up to win a Southeastern gift basket at the bookstore
Instagram challenge for most spirited photo of students using the union(#ChooseSLUHousing)
Win an Apple watch by posting a selfie of your favorite spot in the union (#UnionGO)


Tuesday, April 12
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon, 11 a.m., Mane Dish    
Student Organization Fair, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Book Signing, University Bookstore, 1 – 3 p.m. Library Director Eric Johnson and Catherine Tijerno will sign their book Hammond.


Wednesday, April 13
Strawberry Jubilee, Student Union North Lawn, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Around the World RESIDENT MEAL IN Mane Dish, 5 p.m.


Thursday, April 14
Ribbon cutting ceremony, Union Quad, 12 p.m.
Facility tours and refreshments following ceremony
Departmental open houses, 12:30 – 3 p.m.
Book Signing, University Bookstore, 12:30 p.m. Director of Public and Governmental affairs Erin Cowser will sign her children’s book Lion Up with Roomie. Frist 25 books are free.
     For additional information, contact Event and Conference Services at 549-2094.

Senior student art exhibition scheduled

The Spring 2016 Senior Art Exhibition will be on display from April 14 through May 14 at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  The exhibit will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
    Southeastern seniors completing their bachelor’s degrees in visual art and design will showcase their artwork. Featured pieces will include ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, animation, video art, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.

Fundraiser for Men’s Golf scheduled

The Birdies and Bogeys Craft Show will take place May 6-7 at the Pennington Center from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Students and faculty will have free booth space to exhibit and sell their artwork and crafts. Students and faculty also may attend and shop with no entry fee.
     Vendors will include local boutiques, artists and crafters, and there will be a monogramming station. This event is a fundraiser for the Southeastern Men’s Golf Team.
     For more information, visit or call (985) 320-5500. Vendors who register by April 15 will have their name on the event t-shirt.

Pelicans love the Lions, too
Southeastern sport management students invite faculty, staff and students to enjoy one of their Real-World experience projects and attend Saturday’s New Orleans Pelicans game with discounted ticket prices for Lion fans and a special Jumbotron shout-out to Southeastern slated during the game. Visit for more information.

Southeastern’s Delta Tau Delta Chapter earns top award
Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity at Southeastern is the recipient of the prestigious Hugh Shields Flag, presented to only the top 10 chapters across the United States.
     The Shields flag is the highest award the national fraternity can bestow upon a chapter and is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni  relations.  
     Other awards won by the chapter included excellence in academics, chapter growth, alumni programming, and programming for life beyond college. The awards were given at the fraternity’s annual Southern Division Conference held recently in Charleston, S.C.
     The award marks the 16th time the chapter has been named among the fraternity’s top 10.
     The chapter conducted a number of community service projects during 2015, including involvement in several charitable causes such as Relay for Life, Adopt-a-School, the Hammond, LA Police Union Ball, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the fraternity’s national philanthropy, said chapter president Justin Archote of Independence. Campus service included work at the Southeastern Laboratory School, Chefs Evening, Champagne Bingo, Lion Nation Celebration and the Big Event, a day of giving back to the university community. The chapter also sponsored programs on professional etiquette and suicide awareness, among other topics.    
     “We are truly excited about the awards that Epsilon Phi received at Southern Division,” said Archote. “I could not be more proud of everything the chapter does on a daily basis, and it comes down to the character of the men that make up this organization.”

Southeastern Fraternity performs benefit concert
Southeastern’s Delta Omega Chapter of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America will perform a wide variety of music as a fund-raising concert on Monday, April 18,  at 7:30 p.m. Pottle Auditorium.
    A fund-raiser to support student scholarships, the program, “Student Life,” will include a variety of music from a cappella, rock, and New Orleans jazz.  Performers will include members from the fraternity, as well as members of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.  This event is free and open to the public; however, donations are requested to fund music scholarships through Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
    “This program is a realization of part of our organization’s objective:  the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students,” said Blayke Weatherford, a senior in music performance at Southeastern.
    The concert will open with Southeastern’s Alma Mater and include pieces to keep the magic alive, Weatherford said.
For more information, contact Weatherford at

Students present researchStudents present research

Research Sharing – Ariana Rupp, a Southeastern graduate student in biological science, presents her research on the histology and electron microscopy of glands found in the skin of some male salamanders to student Timothy Carambat of Covington at the university’s Student Showcase on Tuesday. Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs in cooperation with the university’s Real-World Ready program, the event provided a venue for students to show the results of their research and creative projects with others. The event featured 44 exhibits by more than 120 students.

Northoaks partnership with Southeastern
North Oaks partnership highlighted– North Oaks Health System representatives Jessica Friley, left, and Caitlin McHodgkins, center, explain the health coach partnership program that is coordinated with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences to senior student Karli Worthy of Baton Rouge at the university’s Student Showcase on Tuesday. Hosted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs in cooperation with the university’s Real-World Ready program, the event provided a venue for students to show the results of their research and creative projects with others.

Celebrate National Library Week at Sims Library
April 12: “Readings @ Sims”  
Come hear selections from original works by Southeastern's own and other local writers. Readings begin at 6:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.  Sims Library, third floor.  

April 12-14: Annual Book Sale  
Support Sims Library and get some great books, videos, CDs and record albums at unbeatable prices at our annual book sale.  The sale will be held in the Library lobby from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 12 and 13, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 14.  Cash only, please.

April 10-15: Fine Free Week  
Bring back your overdue books with no library fines!

For more information, call 549-3962 or visit

Southeastern to hold dance auditions for fall concert
Southeastern’s resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will hold auditions Tuesday, April 12, for an upcoming dance concert.
     Called “Bayourella: A Story of Forgiveness,” the fall event will be directed by Dance Instructor Skip Costa. Selected choreographers are Joe Matherne of Baton Rouge, Lindsy Brown of El Paso, Texas, Lily Marcus of Denham Springs, Haley Jordan of Baton Rouge, Forrest Duplantier of Covington, and Courtney Self of Conway, Ark.
     “Auditions are open to all Southeastern students,” Costa said. “Students attending the audition will be taught several short movement phrases.”
     Auditions are scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Costa said students should wear something that shows their form, especially on the upper body torso, and should arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete an audition form and for warm ups.
     If invited to perform, Costa said, students must register for one of the following dance courses:  DNC 300-01, Contemporary Dance (DNC 230 or 330) or Ballet Technique (DNC 140 or 240), and attend two rehearsals per week.
     For more information, contact Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom at

Employee Appreciation Lunch scheduled
In celebration of the dedication and service to Southeastern, the Human Resources department is treating all Southeastern Faculty and Staff to an Employee Appreciation lunch. The lunch is scheduled at the Mane Dish in the Student Union on the 2nd floor on Tuesday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Employees should enter at the east entrance and bring their ID to sign in and pick up a free Southeastern T-Shirt. There will also be door prizes.

Southeastern Theatre to present McGuiness adaptation of Oedipus

The classic ancient Greek play “Oedipus,” as adapted by Irish writer Frank McGuinness, will be presented at Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden Theatre April 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. each night.
     The play, written by the Greek playwright Sophocles around 430 B.C., is being presented by Southeastern Theatre. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; and free for Southeastern students with University ID. Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to show time in the Vonnie Borden Theatre Box Office, located in the main lobby of D Vickers Hall.
     Director Chad Winters, instructor of acting and directing, said McGuinness is known widely for his adaptations of classical literary works. First performed at the National Theatre in London in 2008, the play starred actor Ralph Fiennes in the title role.
     “I’ve used McGuinness’ translations before when I did ‘A Doll’s House,’” Winters said. “I find his translations to be more accessible to a modern audience. We are telling the classic story of King Oedipus with stylized movement, music and dance.”
     In the back story, King Laius of Thebes learns of a prophecy that his newborn son Oedipus is destined to kill him and marry his own mother. He orders the child’s death; however, the Shepard charged with abandoning Oedipus in the wilderness takes pity on him and gives him to a Shepard from the city of Corinth, where he is adopted by the king. Oedipus later learns of the prophecy himself and flees Corinth in fear of it coming true. His travels lead him to the city of Thebes, where he encounters the Sphinx who has been terrorizing the city. Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx, freeing the city of its curse. Now a hero, he is crowned king of Thebes, after the recent murder of King Laius by a band of robbers, and he is given the hand of Queen Jocasta in marriage. It is from this point that the play begins for the audience. Some time has passed and the city of Thebes is suffering from plague and famine. The citizens implore King Oedipus to save them again. To do so he must unmask the murderer of their former King.    
     “I think the audience will have a lot of fun as this mystery unravels.” Winters said.
     Southeastern students and others performing in “Oedipus” include Justin Davis of Greensburg as Oedipus and Payton Core of Folsom as Queen Jocasta. Other cast members include: William Rushing of Hammond as Creon; Misty Gros of Lafitte as Teiresias; Bennett Cockerham of Hammond as the Priest; Shelly Sneed of Minden as the Shepherd; Chris Dalton of Prairieville as the Messenger; and Anita Brewer of Denver as the Stranger;
     Members of the chorus include Brewer, Camille Albarez,, Tara Bennett and Corinne Dennison, all of Covington; Shelby Elliott-Layman of Baltimore; Michaela Statham of Franklinton; and Caleb Theriot of Springfield.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 549-2184.


Gary Keown (Fine and Performing Arts) is an external reviewer at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, College of Arts & Sciences, April 11 - 12. This is a scheduled seven-year program review for their Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program in graphic design.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) attended the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association and the spring meeting of the LHA Board of Directors March 17-19; contributed to the observance of Women’s History Month for the Tangipahoa Parish Library with a lecture on “Women in Civil War Film” on March 16 and a discussion  of the film Suffragette at the Amite Branch on March 21 and for the Lafayette South Regional Public Library with a lecture on “Mary Magdalene, The Da Vinci Code, and History” on March 23; and is conducting a six-week reading and discussion program, “The Victorians: Art, Fiction, Film, and History,” at the Washington Parish Library, Franklinton Branch, 6-8 p.m., Mondays, March 28–May 2. He will deliver a lecture on “Alchemists, Astrologers, Barbers, and Magicians: Science and Magic on the Eve of the First Scientific Revolution” at the Hammond Branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Library at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 20, and a lecture on “The English Bill of Rights and the American Constitution” at the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library at 6 p.m., Monday, May 9.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) and three physics major students, Bijay Shrestha, Binaya Bajgain and Cameron Dean, gave a poster presentation at the 4th Annual Louisiana Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics held at New Orleans on April 1-2 titled “Computational Biomaterial Research at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution.”
     Professor C. Roy Blackwood (Columbia Theatre/Fanfare) was one of 12 invited participants at a seminar with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to determine “Disaster Readiness” within performing arts venues in Louisiana. Participants contributed to a white paper that will be generated from such seminars across the country and made available to all participants. The goal is to provide a matrix by which to determine agency readiness in the face of adversity. With Southeastern’s support, Columbia Theatre is in a highly advantageous position with regard to this initiative.

Drs. Marianna Kunow and Cheryll Javaherian (Languages and Communication) recently presented papers at the XVII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, in Mérida, México, March 9-11.  Dr. Kunow’s investigation was entitled “Visions of the Underworld and Supernatural Creatures in Contemporary Yucatecan Folktales and in the Popol Vuh”; Dr. Javaherian’s study was “César Vallejo and Alfonsina Storni: Tragi-Satiric Irony in Poetic Responses to Nietzsche’s Concept of the ‘Death of God.’”  
     Several Sims librarians presented at the 2016 Louisiana Library Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, March 9 and 10. Beth Stahr and Eric Johnson presented “Showin’ Your Stuff: Poster Session Success from Concept to Presentation;” Elizabeth Sanders, Angela Balius and Stephen Sanders presented “Road Conditions: Increasing Experiential Learning in Information Literacy;” Penny Hecker and Angela Balius presented “Embracing the Framework: Tales of Implementation;” Lori Smith presented “Gov-Stuff 4 U: Promoting Government Information via Social Media;” Ben Bell and Stephen Sanders served on a panel, “Louisiana Moonlighting Librarians;” and Elizabeth Sanders served on a panel, “Libraries and the First-Year Experience.” A special luncheon was held during the conference to recognized Lori Smith upon the occasion of her retirement.
     Eric Johnson (Sims Library) and Cathy Tijerino (Sims Library) gave a presentation entitled “Images of America: Hammond” at the Hammond Regional Arts Center’s “Celebrating the Written Word” festival on March 12.
     Beth Stahr (Sims Library) presented a paper at the 46th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Seattle on March 22 entitled “How Popular Literature Influences Genealogy: Plaçage as Phenomenon and Genealogical Fact.”
     Eric Johnson (Sims Library) presented a paper at the 46th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Seattle on March 24 entitled “Latinas on Broadway.” Johnson also did a longer version of his “Latinas on Broadway” presentation at Sims Library on March 16 as part of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant-funded programming sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.


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