Higher Ed Day scheduled Feb. 24
Parking changes take effect today
UPD Officer of the Year named

Let's Talk: Art continues Feb. 24

Science on Tap set March 1
Olympian to speak on campus
Student exhibition opens March 3

Tea with Friends set March 5

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HEAT logoSoutheastern students to participate in ‘Higher Ed Day at the Legislature’ on February 24

Students and supporters of Southeastern will join colleagues from other colleges and universities throughout the state on February 24 for “Higher Ed Day at the Legislature,” a demonstration of unity in the face of possible major cuts to higher education budgets.
     Scheduled at noon on the steps of the Capitol in Baton Rouge, the demonstration is being sponsored by the Council of Student Body Presidents (COSBP), which recently expressed its concerns in a resolution urging state leaders to provide financial resources and greater support for higher education.
     “We are encouraging as many students, alumni and other supporters to be a part of this effort that will call attention to the rising costs of public post-secondary education for students and the declining support from the state over the past seven years,” said Southeastern Student Government Association President Alexis Quackenbush.
     She said SGA has obtained use of a shuttle bus and is hoping to arrange car pools and additional transportation for other participants. Students interested in riding the shuttle can sign-up on the SGA website ( News about the event can be followed on social media via #BringHEAT of #LAHigherEd.
     COSPB has asked participants to “wear red for higher ed” in a show of solidarity.
     The rally is entitled “Bring H.E.A.T.” – an acronym for “Bring Higher Education All Together – and will include brief comments from alumni representatives, current students, high school students and others, including legislators and business representatives. Adding to the event will be the Southern University Marching Band, the “Human Juke Box.”
     Inside the Capitol, representatives of the various universities and systems will be staffing tables intended to provide additional information for the public and legislators.

Changes to Faculty/Staff Parking on Dakota Street

Effective Monday, Feb. 22, contractors of the Computer Science & Technology Building project will be moving the construction area fence to the edge of Dakota Street eliminating all Faculty/Staff parking spaces from Magnolia Street to North Oak Street.
     Warning citations will be issued beginning Monday morning.


Let’s Talk: Art continues Feb. 24

The third 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, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in downtown Hammond. Dr. Marianna Kunow of Southeastern’s Department of Foreign Languages and Communication will present “The Mexican Muralists and Chicano Variations.”
     For thousands of years, the peoples of what we now know as Mexico have been creating large-scale public artworks. This talk will explore how the mural tradition has traveled north to the United States, where it has often had a controversial history of expressing artists’ social and political concerns.
     The lecture is also part of a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, which provided funding for Sims Library’s current series of programs on Latinos. The event is free and open to the public.
     Future talks include: Lynda Katz, “Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Turn-of-the-Century Artist, Craftswoman, and Pioneer in the Studio Pottery Movement,” March 23 at 5p.m., HRAC; Michael Ledet, “Recent Works,” April 14 at 5 p.m. HRAC; Lily Brooks, “Visible Remnants,” April 27 at 5 p.m., HRAC’ and Hammond Art Guild Members, “Celebrating 54 Years with the Hammond Art Guild,” May 11 at 5 p.m., HRAC.

Lecture to examine nature television – The Old vs. The New

Southeastern biologist Chris Murray will discuss how the public is being introduced today to scientific topics, especially by way of television broadcasts, at the next Southeastern Science on Tap presentation.
     A crocodilian biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences, Murray will discuss the importance of nature television at the department’s monthly program on Tuesday, March 1. Scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond, the lecture is free and open to all ages.
     Murray has starred in the “Animal Planet” TV series “Gatorboys,” as well as in the channel’s documentary “Monster Croc Invasion” that focuses on his ongoing research in Costa Rica.
     Title of the lecture is “How the Crop Ate the Farmer: Filming Controversial Topics as a Biologist.”
     “After a brief discussion on the importance of nature television, we will venture back in time and review our favorites, from David Attenborough to Steve Irwin and contrast the difference in today’s ‘natural’ broadcasts,” Murray said. “We’ll discuss the problems associated with scientists describing their own findings on today’s television venues, peppered with personal filming stories.”
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Chris MurraySCIENCE ON TAP - Southeastern biologist Chris Murray holds one of the crocodiles he captured while doing his summer research in Costa Rica. Murray has appeared in several “Animal Planet” television series and will discuss the importance of nature television, both the good and the bad.

Food personality Poppy Tooker to speak at Friends Members’ Tea

Poppy Tooker, food activist and writer, will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Friends of Sims Library Members’ Tea on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. at Sims Memorial Library. Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries.
     Poppy is the host and executive producer of the weekly NPR radio show "Louisiana Eats!" and a regular food personality on WYES-TV’s weekly "Steppin’ Out."  Her book, "The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook," received a Tabasco cookbook award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine. Her other books include "Tujague’s Cookbook: Creole Recipes and Lore in the New Orleans Grand Tradition;" "Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories;" and "Madame Begue’s Recipes of Old New Orleans Creole Cookery." She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina.
     The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Poppy’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first-ever Community Service Award. For over 25 years, Poppy’s cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10.

     Reservations must be received by Tuesday, March 1. To reserve a seat or to find out more about FOSL, please call Janie Branham at 549-2186 or email

Dominic Truehart and Harold Todd

UPD names Officer of the Year

The Southeastern Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Dominic Truehart, left, has been named the Southeastern Police Department (UPD) and Hammond City Club 2015 Officer of the Year.
     Officer Truehart is an alumnus of Southeastern, having obtained his bachelor of general studies in 2012. He has since re-enrolled as a student at Southeastern to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in accounting.
     In 2013, he enlisted in the United States Navy and is still serving in a reserve capacity. Officer Truehart started with the UPD in 2014. He graduated from the Police Officer Standards and Training Academy through St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office in 2014 and has excelled as a campus police officer.
     Throughout his tenure at the UPD, Officer Truehart has been a very proactive officer who interacts well with the Southeastern community. In addition to working uniform patrol, Officer Truehart is also a member of the University Police Department Bike Team. He is a dedicated member of the department and has proven to be an outstanding officer.
     The UPD appreciates Officer Truehart's service to the department and to the Southeastern Community and are proud to have him as the 2015 Officer of the Year.


OFFICER HONORED - Southeastern Police Chief Harold Todd, right, congratulates Officer Dominic Truehart on being selected as Officer of the Year.

Hollis Conway

Olympian Hollis Conway to Speak on Campus
On Tuesday, March 15, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theater, two-time Olympic medalist Hollis Conway will give a presentation titled “Overcoming Obstacles: Reaching Your Maximum Potential.” Although the presentation is free and open to the public, attendees are asked to bring canned food or other items to donate to the Southeastern Food Pantry.
     Conway was one of the world’s most dominating athletes. A two-time Olympic medalist in the high jump, his 1991 jump of 7 feet 10.5 inches still stands as the American indoor record 25 years later.
     Born in Chicago, Hollis was the last of seven children of parents who separated often and moved frequently, eventually to Detroit and then to Shreveport. With instability at home, Hollis sought success in the athletic arena. After trying basketball and football, he found track and field and the high jump.

     Conway grew from a skinny junior varsity kid to a college athlete at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, to the best high jumper in US history. Today, Hollis is an in-demand public speaker, as well as an author, husband and father.

Juried student exhibition March 3 at Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery

The 2016 Visual Art + Design Student Exhibition will be on display from March 3 through April 1 at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, March 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The gallery is 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.  The exhibit is free and open to the public
     Southeastern visual art students will showcase juried artwork including foundations, painting, sculpture, design, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography, and new media and animation.
     The jurors for the show are Annie Laurie Erickson, assistant professor of photography at Tulane University, and Daniela Marx, chair of the Department of Design and associate professor of graphic design at Loyola University in New Orleans.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.


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Jerry L. Parker (Department of Languages and Communication) participated in the 24th Conference of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies in Baton Rouge, Feb. 8-13. He presented his paper “Approaches to Multicultural Education: The Utilization of Afro-Hispanic Literature in the Teaching of Spanish to Undergraduate Students.”
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Physics) and three physics major students, Bijay Shrestha, Binaya Bajgain and Cameron Dean, gave oral and poster presentations at the 14th Annual Meeting of Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN) held in Monroe, La., Feb. 12-13, titled “Large-scale atomistic simulation for novel self-assembled drug delivery vehicles” and “Large-scale Computational Study of Biomolecular Self Assembly Systems: Undergraduate Research.”
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was the invited speaker Feb. 11 for the weekly seminar held by the Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tex. Her presentation was titled “Why ‘Academic Freedom’ Is a Fraud: The Threat to Science Education.” 

Dr. Debra Jo Hailey and Dr. Stacy Garcia (Teaching and Learning) joined Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson, Dr. Mary Beth VanSickle (Northwestern State University) and Patricia Alexander (Natchitoches Parish Schools) in presenting at the Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference in Tulsa, Okla.  The presentation, “Developing the Whole Child Through Project Work,” was well attended.  
     Lindsay Colligan, Maddison Hutches, and Samantha Cooke, three officers of the student-led Louisiana Early Childhood Association of Southeastern (SLAECA of Southeastern) attended the Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference in Tulsa, Okla. Through their hard work in fundraising and grant writing, they were awarded a SECA Professional Development Grant that offset the costs of their attendance. They were accompanied by their advisers, Dr. Debra Jo Hailey and Dr. Stacy Garcia (Teaching and Learning). Through a group presentation at the February SLAECA membership meeting held in the Teacher Education Center, these teacher candidates presented “SECA Recap: Food, Fun, Friends and Phenomenal Learning” to share their learning experiences with the entire student organization.

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