Southeastern LSBDC staff wins state awards
Staff members with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern
– named the top center in the nation last year by the Small Business Administration
– took several awards at the state LSBDC meeting held in New Orleans recently.
Director William Joubert was named to the Million Dollar Club in recognition
of his helping to raise more than $1 million in capital for area businesses and entrepreneurs.
He has received that recognition, as well as the $5 Million Club honor, several times
previously. He has also been named a LSBDC State Star and serves as director of the
Southeastern Louisiana Business Center.
Assistant Director Sandy Summers received the Outstanding Service Provider Award,
a new award that recognizes LSBDC employees for an outstanding commitment to quality
service. A certified training professional, Summers coordinates the center’s educational
and training programs and maintains contacts with area chambers of commerce, economic
development organizations and other agencies that frequently co-host programs.
Senior Business Consultant Wayne Ricks received the Job Creator Award for his
assistance in helping area businesses get established or expand, efforts that resulted
in helping to create approximately 90 new jobs in 2014-15 for the region. He was also
named to the $3 Million Club. Ricks has been honored in the past by being named a
State Star twice, and to the $1 Million Club and the $5 Million Club.
Business Consultant Brandy Boudreaux received the LSBDC’s Rookie of the Year
Award and was named to the Million Dollar Club. Her areas of expertise include include
medical, pharmaceutical and hospital consulting, imports and exports, and small business
bookkeeping and financial administration.
The Southeastern LSBDC is one of 10 such centers in the state and serves businesses
and employers throughout the five-parish region of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany,
Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.
LSBDC STAFF HONORED – Members of Louisiana Small Business Development Center who were recognized at the
recent state meeting are, from left, Director William Joubert, Business Consultant
Brandy Boudreaux, Assistant Director Sandy Summers, and Senior Business Consultant
Southeastern Ceramics Club holds Pottery Sale May 2-3
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its spring pottery sale May 2-3 from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. in the Student Union.
Money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and awards
for students. The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote
For more information, call 549-2193.
Applicants sought for Southeastern Summer Writing Institute
Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Southeastern Louisiana
Writing Project’s (SLWP) Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
SLWP is one of the sites for the National Writing Project (NWP) that has offered
the institutes since 1992 through Southeastern Louisiana University. Summer Institute
Fellows from across all curricula and grade levels come together in a comfortable
setting to write, study the teaching of writing and share best practices.
Designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, the institute will
meet at Southeastern from July 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. for introductory workshops
on writing; at the Writing Retreat in the French Quarter July 11-15; and again at
Southeastern July 18-20, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“This program is for teachers who use writing in their instruction, who are eager
to share what they have learned and who want to learn from other experienced classroom
teachers,” explained Richard Louth, SLWP director and professor of English at Southeastern.
Teachers selected to attend the institute study the teaching of writing, reflect
on their own writing and share their best teaching practices with each other, Louth
“It is an intensive experience, and participants generally come away with a great
appreciation of the importance of incorporating writing in all of their teaching,”
The Writing Retreat, he said, is a special feature where participants join other
SLWP and NWP teachers for five days of writing, workshops, writing marathons, and
professional discussions of teaching writing in one of the world’s best cities for
Participants will work on personal and professional writing and will also develop
workshops on teaching writing that can be used as professional development in their
As summer fellows at Southeastern, participants will enroll in a three-hour graduate
course, Workshop in the Teaching of Writing. Participants who complete the course
will receive a $900 stipend to partially cover their tuition and lodging in the French
Quarter during the Writing Retreat.
Enrollment is limited. Applicants should submit a resume that includes contact
information including phone numbers and e-mail addresses, the school and grade level
where the applicant teaches, a brief description of writing activity in their classrooms,
and a letter of nomination from a supervisor or from a member of the SLWP. Applications
should be addressed to Dr. Richard Louth, SLU Box 10327, Hammond, LA 70402 or by e-mail
The institute is affiliated with the National Writing Project (https://www.nwp.org/) and is a cooperative effort involving the Southeastern College of Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development. Additional
information is available by calling 549-2012 or 2100 or from the SLWP web page, www.southeastern.edu/slwp.
Southeastern Choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for performance May 3
The Southeastern Chorus, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will join the Northshore
Choral Society for “Lord Nelson Mass,” a performance at Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts in downtown Hammond on May 3.
Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the performance is scheduled
for 7:30 p.m. Conductors include Southeastern Director of the University Chorus/Northshore
Chorale Brian Martinez and Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe, who
will direct choirs with the assistance of several student conductors.
“The combined choirs at Southeastern will be performing a ‘choral masterwork.’
This is the third of Haydn’s 14 masses,” said Rowe. “It is set in a classical style
but has overtly romantic ideas with unexpected dynamics and harmonies. It should be
thrilling to sit through, and I am so proud of the ensembles for putting all the work
into such a difficult piece.”
The concert begins with the University Chorus and Northshore Choral, under conductor
Martinez, performing “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” arranged by Dan Forrest and “Glory
Hallelujah” arranged by Wallace Cheatham. The Women’s Chorale, with graduate student
Amy Pratts of Abita Springs conducting, will perform “I Lift My Eyes” arranged by
Rowe will conduct the Concert Choir as they sing “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel
Elder and “Abide with Me” by Moses Hogan.
For their finish, the Southeastern combined choirs will be led by Rowe in Franz
Joseph Haydn’s “Missa in Anguistiis” (Lord Nelson Mass).
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for SLU faculty and staff, and free for all students
with ID. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220
E. Thomas Street in Hammond, or by calling 543-4371.
For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Fine and Performing
Arts at 549-2184.
Teaching with Primary Sources
On Saturday, April 16, The Library of Congress-Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS)
program at Southeastern partnered with the South Central Region of Jack and Jill of
America, Inc. for its annual Children’s Cluster and Teen Leadership Summit. This year’s
event targeted learning and empowerment with the theme “Start Your Engines: Racing
towards the Future!” Teacher candidates from Southeastern’s Teaching and Learning
Department facilitated literacy workshops for students ages 2-14. Each teacher candidate
was paired with a small group as they worked together to learn the parts of a friendly
letter and compose letters of encouragement to be distributed to patients within the
North Oaks Medical Center Facility. Approximately 50 letters were completed by the
end of the workshop.
In addition, the partnership also included an education forum for parents presented
by the TPS staff highlighting the many resources that the Library of Congress has
to offer to assist parents in helping to supplement their child's educational experiences.
For more information, contact TPS Program Coordinator, Jordan Ahrend, at 549-2229
To view this event and upcoming events follow us on Twitter @TPSSoutheastern.
Let’s Talk: Art continues
The sixth lecture in the series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s
Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the
Friends of Sims Library, will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond
Regional Arts Center (HRAC) in downtown Hammond. Instructor of Photography at Southeastern
Lily Brooks will present “Visible Remnants.”
Brooks uses photography to investigate systems and structures of control – personal,
political, economic and environmental – and our efforts to comprehend, escape, and
navigate them. Her work presents visual remnants of often-invisible forces. In this
talk she discusses her research-based practice, influences, and current work. The
event is free and open to the public.
Next up in the series is Hammond Art Guild Members, “Celebrating 54 Years with
the Hammond Art Guild” on May 11, at 5 p.m. at the HRAC.
Southeastern to hold dance auditions for “Bayourella”
Southeastern’s resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will hold
auditions for Southeastern students and community dancers May 6 and 7 for an upcoming
Called “Bayourella: A Story of Forgiveness,” the fall event will be directed
by Dance Instructor Skip Costa. Selected choreographers are Haley Morgan and Joe Matherne,
Baton Rouge; Lindsy Brown, El Paso, Texas; Lily Marcus, Denham Springs; Forrest Duplantier,
Covington; and Courtney Self, Conway, Ark.
Auditions are open to current Southeastern students and students enrolled at
Southeastern for summer and fall 2016, as well as high school community dancers in
11th or 12th grade, Costa said. Students attending the audition will be taught several
short movement phrases.
Costa said dancers auditioning should wear something that shows their form, especially
on the upper body torso.
Auditions for Southeastern students are scheduled Friday, May 6, from 9 to 10
a.m. in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dancers should
arrive by 8:45 a.m. If invited to perform, Costa said, Southeastern 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.
Auditions for high school juniors and seniors are scheduled Saturday, May 7,
from 10 to 11 a.m. in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building.
Dancers should arrive by 9:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom at firstname.lastname@example.org.