Champagne Bingo a success

Massawe receives award
Leviathan Trio to perform

Science on Tap scheduled
Let's Talk: Art scheduled
Campbell Conference set

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Champagne Bingo 2016Champagne Bingo 2016 a rousing success
The FeLions alumni chapter's Champagne Bingo Jan. 23 at the Southeastern Grand Ballroom was a blast for a good cause. Approximately 593 women attended the fundraiser, which raised about $42,000 for the Southeastern athletics program. Attendees enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more.
     "Thanks to everyone and especially the FeLions who presented me with an awesome framed collage of my years with the FeLions," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman, who is retiring in March. " I have enjoyed working with them and will always have a special place in my heart for all the ladies who made it possible."
     For more information about the FeLions, call the Alumni Association at 549-2150.              

Leviathan Trio

Leviathan Trio to perform at Southeastern Feb. 1

The Leviathan Trio, headed by noted composer and pianist Joseph Dangerfield, will present a free concert at Southeastern’s Pottle Auditorium on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
     The group’s visit is part of a tour of concerts throughout the southeast states. The performance will feature Dangerfield’s composition “The Knot,” an authorized companion piece to George Crumb’s composition “Vox Balaenae.”
     Dangerfield has lived and worked professionally in Germany, Russia, The Netherlands and New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Aaron Copland Award and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Composition Prize. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands, where he served as composer-in-residence at the Moscow Conservatory. He presently serves on the music faculty of the University of Florida in Gainesville.
     Accompanying Dangerfield will be Lindsey Goodman on the flute and cellist Hannah Pressley. Goodman is in her ninth season as principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and serves on the faculty at both West Virginia State University and Marietta College, Ohio. Pressley is also a member of the West Virginia Symphony and artist-in-residence for string education for the local public schools. She is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in cello performance.


“Let's Talk:Art” spring series continues
The second lecture in the series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC), and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery.  
     Roy Blackwood, sculptor and professor of art and director of the Columbia Theater, will present “Through My Eyes,” a discussion of the process of concept development in which concepts identify themselves through studio work experience. He will demonstrate how a series is born, develops, matures, and ultimately morphs into a new series. The audience will see how, through a continuum which dictates its own language, “Visual Language,” the work defines and reveals itself.
     Future talks include Dr. Marianna Kunow presenting “The Mexican Muralists and Chicano Variations” on Feb. 24, at 5 p.m., at the HRAC; Lynda Katz presenting “Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Turn-of-the-Century Artist, Craftswoman, and Pioneer in the Studio Pottery Movement” on  March 23, at 5 p.m., at HRAC; and Lily Brooks presenting “Visible Remnants”  on April 27, at 5 p.m., at HRAC.

Faculty Senate President’s Scholar Award presented
Dr. Ephraim Massawe, associate professor of environmental and occupational health in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, has been presented  the January Faculty Senate President’s Scholar Award.
     Dr. Massawe possesses expertise in safety, health and environment; industrial hygiene/exposure and risk assessments; synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials; toxic chemicals; current issues in environmental and public health; and air/water/soil pollution control.

Ephraim Massawe

Immunity – Friend and Foe topic of Science on Tap presentation
Southeastern Biologist Penny Shockett wants people to understand that the human immune system does far more than fight infections and that microbes play a much bigger role than making us sick.
     A molecular immunologist in the Department of Biological Sciences, Shockett will present the department’s next Science on Tap discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture is free and open to all ages.
     Her topic, “Why Immunity and Pathogens Are Our Frienemies” will present a slightly different take on the role of the immune system and the pathogens that exist in the human body.
     “Often we think of the immune system as helpful in fighting infections, while microbes make us sick. However, it is becoming clear that the immune system interacts with many biological systems and can contribute to a variety of diseases,” she said.
     Research indicates that microbes play many positive roles in the body and have a major influence on development of the immune system, she explained. Shockett will give some basic background on the interesting mechanisms by which the immune system develops and operates to clear pathogens and how microbes resist these defenses.
     “We will also explore disease states in which the immune system causes harm and how microbes can be beneficial, both naturally and in medicine,” she added.
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Campbell Conference scheduled
Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Program is excited to announce that the 2016 Campbell Conference will be held Feb. 26.
     Annemarie B. Clancey, M.A., CCC-SLP, will be presenting a one-day course on Executive Cognitive Functioning: Developing and Utilizing a Conceptual Understanding of ECF and the Application of Treatment Strategies Across School-Based and Adult Populations.
     Students can attend for $15 with presentation of a university ID. The registration fee for professionals registering before Feb. 12 is $85. Registration increases to $110 on Feb. 13, and on-site registration is $160.
     Email for more information.


Francesco Fiumara and Jerry Parker (Languages and Communication) were among the participants at the 50th Conference of the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers’ Association in Baton Rouge, Jan. 15 - 16. Fiumara presented his paper “Parla Southeastern: Using foreign language radio broadcasting to enhance students’ interactional and cultural competences.” Parker talked about “Multiculturalism in the Foreign Language Classroom.”

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