Students participate in Big Event
LSBDC staff wins state awards
Choirs to perform May 3
Pottery Sale scheduled May 2 & 3

Writing Institute applicants sought
Teaching with Primary Sources

Let's Talk Art continues
Dance auditions scheduled

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The Big Event 2016Southeastern students participate in ‘Big Event’ day of community service
Approximately 600 Southeastern students put in a day of community service in the City of Hammond and nearby communities on Saturday as part of the university’s sixth annual Big Event.
    Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Big Event is intended to give students the opportunity to help the communities and organizations that support Southeastern in many ways, said SGA President Alexis Quakenbush.
    “You are definitely making a difference in our community,” Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Jim McHodgkins said to the students assembled in the Student Union mall before going to their assignments. “You are showing our residents the Southeastern spirit of giving back.”
    The students included individual volunteers and representatives of several student organizations and worked at sites such Zemurray Park, the Iowa Neighborhood Association, several Hammond fire stations, Special Olympics, Child Advocacy Service, First Christian Church and the Southeastern campus among others.
    Jobs included beautification and landscaping projects, clean-up efforts in downtown Hammond, cleaning and polishing the city’s fire engines, sorting materials and conducting inventory for non-profit organizations.
    “We’re so pleased with the work these students have done in the church and on the grounds,” said Lorraine Faust, treasurer at First Christian Church who worked with the students. “This is the second year we’ve had the Southeastern students, and they are a big help to us. Everything just sparkles.”
    Faust said the church tends to have an older congregation, so the volunteer help by the students is greatly appreciated.
    “They did a fantastic job,” said Capt. Bryan Needham, after looking at the shinning fire truck the ladies of Alpha Omicron Pi had just cleaned and polished. “Their work is much appreciated.”
    The Big Event was originally scheduled in March but was postponed due to inclement weather.

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.
SBDC wins state awardsLSBDC 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 Wayne Ricks.

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 their work.
     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 explained.
     “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,” he said.
     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 writers.
     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 local schools.
     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 to
     The institute is affiliated with the National Writing Project ( 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,

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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 Bob Chilcott.
     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

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 or

     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 dance concert.
     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


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Jerry Parker (Languages and Communication) represented Southeastern at the Spring meeting of the Consortium CODOFIL des Collèges et universités louisianais (The Consortium of Louisiana Colleges and Universities for the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana) April 15 in Alexandria. He was nominated for the position of Vice-President. Voting will take place at the fall meeting in October.

Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) is leading “So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California 1812-1848,” a six-week afterhours reading and discussion program sponsored by the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville.  

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