Southeastern Alumni Association to host retirement reception for retiring director
The Southeastern Alumni Association is hosting a retirement reception for Director
Kathy Pittman. Pittman is retiring after 20 years of service to the university.
Free and open to the public, the reception is scheduled March 17, from 3:30 –
5:30 p.m. at the Alumni Association.
Latino Americans programming concludes
The final lecture in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will be held on the
third floor of Sims Memorial Library on Wednesday, March 16 at 12:30 p.m.
Eric Johnson, Library Director and coordinator of the program series, will discuss
“Latinas on Broadway,” focusing on the contributions Latina actresses have made to
the American musical theater. Video clips will show how their roles have changed
in the last 70 years. The talk is also part of the annual Women's History Month lectures
sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.
Two children's programs featuring a bilingual storytime will be held at the Tangipahoa
Parish Library's Hammond branch Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. and Independence branch
on Thursday, March 31, at 4 p.m. All three programs are free and open to the public.
More information can be found at http://selu.libguides.com/LatinoAmericans.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common
Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, and the programs are funded by a grant
from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information, contact Johnson at Sims Library at 549-3962 or via e-mail
Southeastern’s Golden Silence remembers deceased
Beth, far left, Keen, and Sherry Jackson of Hammond participate in Southeastern’s
annual Golden Silence held on campus Monday evening (March 7).
The memorial event includes a recitation of names of Southeastern faculty, staff,
students and alumni who died in the past year. The Jacksons attended in memory of
Beth’s son, Sherry’s husband and Keen’s father, William Keen Jackson, III, former
captain for Southeastern’s 1977 football team. His wife is also an alumnae of Southeastern,
and his son currently attends SLU.
Southeastern Community Music School announces summer workshops
The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) has announced its Southeastern Music
Celebration 2016 schedule, a series of summer programs for young musicians.
Summer Music Celebration 2016 includes a middle school band camp, guitar workshop,
chamber music workshop, as well as a brand new beginners’ string orchestra workshop,
said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“We are very excited about the upcoming summer programs. The musical growth we
have seen in the students who attend regularly has been truly rewarding, and we are
thrilled that more and more students attend every year,” Duke said.
Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle
school band camp, which is scheduled June 20-24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with a concert
at 7 p.m. on June 24 at the Pottle Music Building. Tuition is $225, which includes
lunch each day, as well as dinner on Friday, June 24. Registration is open until the
first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked
after May 1.
Southeastern’s Associate Band Director Paul Frechou will coordinate the middle
school band camp. Along with the concert band, the camp will also offer private lessons
and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
The chamber music and guitar workshops are scheduled for June 27- July 1, from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a concert at 1 p.m. on July 1. Tuition is $170, which includes
lunch on Friday, July 1. Registration is open until the first day of the workshops,
however a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
Students participating in the guitar workshop will learn how to approach and
arrange music that is typically presented by experienced musicians. This workshop
is open to guitar students10 years of age and older with at least one year of previous
guitar experience. Enrollment limit is 20. Pat Kerber, Southeastern’s guitar instructor,
will teach this workshop.
The chamber music workshop is open to violin, viola, cello and piano students
of any age who have at least one year of previous experience. The workshop will focus
on chamber music repertoire, including but not limited to duets, piano trios and quartets.
Student will have the opportunity to improve their sight-reading skills and instrumental
technique, as well as develop stronger ensemble skills.
The beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from June 27 to June
30, 4 -5:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on July 1 with a concert at 1 p.m. on July
1. The workshop, suitable for first to third year violin, viola, cello and bass students,
will be taught by Duke. Through various fun activities students will improve upon
their sight-reading and performance skills, as well as their knowledge of music theory.
Tuition for the beginners’ string orchestra workshop is $125. Students may register
until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations
postmarked after June 1.
The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 6 to
For more information on or to register for any of these programs, go to www.southeastern.edu/smc
or call 549-5502.
Recycling Christmas trees
Southeastern senior Amanda Bergeron of Walker tosses into the pile one of the hundreds
of Christmas trees that were deployed to the university’s Turtle Cove Environmental
Research Station in Pass Manchac on Friday (March 4) while Biological Sciences Instructor
and Turtle Cove Director Rob Moreau observes.
The trees will be used in a research experiment to determine their effectiveness
in collecting sediment to fill the logging ditches located in the Manchac Swamp.
Grad Fair 2016
READY FOR GRADUATION -- Southeastern senior Jacob Treadway, left, assists Haleigh Sharp of Walker, a senior
majoring in marketing, as she tries on her gown at last week's Grad Fair. At Grad
Fair, graduating students had the opportunity to have their photos taken, order caps
and gowns, rings, and invitations.
Jambalaya for George Fourmaux
George Fourmaux, former assistant tennis coach and tennis instructor at Southeastern,
recently died after a battle with cancer.
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, along with the Sport Management
Association, Student Athletic Training Association and KHS Club, will have a fundraiser
to donate money to Fourmaux’s family to help offset his medical bills. Help support
this cause by purchasing a bowl of jambalaya on Tuesday, March 22, between 11 a.m.
and 12:30 p.m., on the Student Union lawn. Anticipated $10 price for jambalaya, chips,
and a drink.
Chefs Evening 2016
PREPARING A DELICIOUS DISH - Executive Chef Paul Farlow of Jacmel Inn and assistant perpare a delicacy for patrons
at Southeastern's Chefs Evening held Sunday evening. A regional tradition for over
three decades, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation’s signature fundraiser,
providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs.
Conference celebrates women in business
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern, along with Tangipahoa
Professional Women, will host Women Mean Business 2016 on Thursday, March 24, from
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event will be held on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University in
the Student Union Grand Ballroom.
“The Women Mean Business conference will provide high impact strategies to help
women of all ages survive and thrive individually and professionally,” said Sandy
Summers, assistant director of the LSBDC. “This full-day event will be jam packed
with knowledge, tools, resources and connections.”
Women Mean Business presenters include Lady Lions Head Basketball Coach Yolanda
Moore; Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards; Stephanie Clouatre Davis, humorist
and storyteller; and motivational speaker Mari Ann Callais.
The event will also feature an informative panel of experts that will address
the top wellness issues for women in 2016. Panelists include Dr. Mayra Porter of Magnolia
Obstetrics and Gynecology; Dr. Pam Deters of Crossroads Behavioral Health; and Julie
Day of Spoga Fitness Center.
“Women Mean Business 2016 will provide opportunities to network with other professionals
and local business owners,” Summers said. “A few banner sponsorships are still available
for businesses interested in participating in this event.”
Summers said the cost to attend the conference is $35, $45 on event day, and
includes lunch; Southeastern students may attend at no charge, but advance registration
is a must.
To register for Women Mean Business or receive more information about table sponsorships,
log on to www.tangipw.org/WMB or contact LSBDC at 985-549-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern student awarded counseling fellowship from NBCC and affiliates
Southeastern counseling student Victoria Grant of Bogalusa was selected by the NBCC
Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, for the group’s
Minority Fellowship Program-Youth.
As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Grant will receive funding and training to support her
education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations with a specific
focus on transition age youth, ages 16–25.
“The counseling faculty is very excited that Victoria took the initiative to
pursue this opportunity,” said Professor of Counseling Mary Ballard. “Her interest
and energy for professional development beyond the classroom is a model for all of
our students to follow.”
The NBCC MFP will distribute $5,000 to Grant and the 39 other master’s-level
counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Grant is both a student
and graduate of Southeastern, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling
education with an emphasis in school counseling.
Grant plans to serve the minority population upon graduation. The fellowship
will help her obtain supervision for working with the minority population and will
also allow her to be a part of ongoing training in order to best serve as a professional
in the counseling field.
The NBCC MFP-Y is made possible by a grant awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September 2014. The Foundation
is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP-Y, as well as training and collaboration
activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs).
The goal of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health
care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the available
number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals.
Sustainability added to Southeastern’s ‘Zoom into Careers’ summer lineup
Junior high and high school students can experience exciting career fields at Southeastern
this summer through “Zoom into Careers” workshops at the main campus and Southeastern’s
off-campus location in Mandeville June 13-16, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
“This year marks our eighth year of Zoom workshops. Our four-day workshops are
designed to explore the variety of career paths available in several exciting fields,”
said Director of Non-Credit Programs Charlotte Collins. “Participants attending Zoom
workshops are exposed to a real work environment that focuses on teamwork and project
completion. At the end of the week, Zoom participants demonstrate what they have learned
to family and friends.”
New to this year’s lineup of programs is Zoom into Sustainability. The workshop
will introduce Southeastern’s new educational learning experience centered on sustainable
initiatives for the region.
“On the final afternoon, family and friends are invited to join their students
in an energy neutral classroom and view student progress with renewable-energy systems,”
Favorite Zoom programs from previous years to be offered include animation, computer
science, photography, television, and theatre.
Workshops are open to all rising 7th through graduating 12th grade students and
are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center
“To celebrate our eighth year,” Collins said, “Southeastern has partnered with
area schools to provide a real world experience in various fields. Please visit our
website or contact us for updates.”
Registration will be limited in each workshop to small groups, some as low as
six participants. To ensure participation, Collins encourages interested students
to register early. Participants can take advantage of early bird discounts by registering
before May 17, as workshops are $280 prior to May 17 and $295 until May 29, 2016.
Registration will continue through May 30 and is now available online.
Details about the workshops are available on the website.