Senior dance concerts scheduled
Kathy Pittman to retire
Jamabalaya fundraiser scheduled
Latino American programs conclude
Chefs Evening 2016

Women Mean Business scheduled
Golden Silence held
CMS summer workshops set
Student awarded fellowship
Christmas tree recycling

Sustainability added to Zoom

Grad Fair prepares graduates
Non-Credit Program News
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
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Millenique Brown Joseph Matherne Leah Reeb Christa Sevin
Millenique Brown Joseph Matherne Leah Reeb Christa Sevin


Southeastern Dance presents senior dance concerts March 15 - 17 
Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present a series of four senior concerts directed by Instructor and Artistic Director Keith “Skip” Costa March 15 - 17. All concerts will take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     General admission tickets to each 30-minute concert are $5 and will be available one hour prior to the performances. For more information, contact Costa at
     The first concert is “Humanity in a Mad World” by senior Christa Sevin of Chalmette on March 15, at 7 p.m.
     “‘Humanity in a Mad World’ is a reflection of the generation seen today,” said Sevin. “Young people mimick the behavior of adults around them without comprehending the actions or consequences that follow, resulting in a lack of a united front in all aspects of society, from the family home and school yard to the members of government.”
     Sevin will present five dance pieces: “Is There Normality?”; “Infidelity;” “Mock of a Generation;” “Actions Speak Louder than Words;” and “There’s Always Hope.”
     Dancers in the piece include Connie Adams of Houma; Faith Allen and Stephanie Amerson of Ponchatoula; DeShante Epps of New Orleans; Tyron’E Hawkins of Baton Rouge; Lily Marcus of Denham Springs; Samantha O’Neil of Slidell; Leah Reeb of Chalmette; Jaquan Warren of Franklinton; and Demi Wells of Amite.
     Senior Joseph Matherne of Luling will present his concert “The Next Element,” on March 16 at 7 p.m. Assistant artistic director is Forrest Duplantier of Covington.
     “‘The Next Element’ is a dance concert that focuses on the way the Earth’s four main elements intertwine with our emotions,” Matherne said. “Come see these elements and emotions come alive.”
     Pieces in the concert include, “Freedom Flowing – Water;” “Resisting Mold – Earth;” “Ember Spark – Fire;” “Soft Tempest – Wind;” and “Beyond Aether – Beyond You.”
Dancers performing include Courtney Self, of Conway, Ark.; Alexis May of Walker; Lindsy Brown of El Paso, Texas; Hayley Jordan of Baton Rouge; Haley Bruch of Mandeville; Marcus and Wells.
     Senior Millenique Brown of New Orleans will present her concert “This is Love” on March 17 at 6:30 p.m.
     “This concert tells the story of the impact love can have on a person’s life from many different aspects and the effects love can have on the human psyche,” Brown said. “The concert is about how love is the only driving force that can build a person up so they reach their full potential or tear them down to nothing.”
     Pieces in the concert are “For Your Love,” “Oh Heart,” “Diary of a Broken Love,” “Here,” and “This is Love.”
     Dancers performing include Desiree Acosta of Destrehan; Michaela Thanars of Slidell; Amerson, Brown, Epps, Hawkins, and Warren.
     The final senior concert is schedule March 17 at 8 p.m. Senior Reeb will present “A Dancer’s Choice.”
     “‘A Dancer’s Choice’ is an exciting showcase of all different styles of dance,” Reeb said.
     Pieces included in the concert are “In this Shirt;” “To Conqueror;” “And Sometimes;” “Firework;” and “Vienna.”
     Dancers performing include Samantha O’Neill of Slidell; Casey Zweifel of Avondale, Mollie Norton of New Orleans; Cierra Calloway of Houma; Amerson, Warren, Thanars, Hawkins, Jordan, and Sevin.

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.

Kathy Pittman

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
     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 at

Southeastern’s Golden Silence remembers deceased

Golden SilenceBeth, 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 July 21.
For more information on or to register for any of these programs, go to or call 549-5502.  

Recycling Christmas trees
Recycling Christmas treesSoutheastern 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

Grad Fair 2016READY 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.

George Fourmaux

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

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 or contact LSBDC at 985-549-3831 or

Victoria Grant

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,” Collins said.
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 in Mandeville.
     “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.


Zoom into Careers
June 13-16, 2016
Southeastern is proud to offer a series of exciting career workshops for junior high and high school students June 13 to 16. In our hands-on courses, participants explore a career and gain knowledge of the competencies required to succeed in their field of interest. These summer workshops will introduce students to career opportunities available in Louisiana and compatible higher education programs within Southeastern’s and Northshore Technical Community College’s curriculum. Early bird discounts are available. 

Want to learn how to animate your own characters and short stories using Adobe Flash? Learn the history and basics of animation with exercises that include a ball-bounce, expression shifts, the walk-cycle and more! Students will learn character design, storyboarding, and how to make a successful narrative. Read more on this course.

Computer Science
Have you ever considered being the director of a video game, 3D models, programs, or websites? This summer camp starts out with the exploration of computer applications such as Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, multimedia presentations, and printed publications. Using Notepad, you will create a website and a podcast. Read more on this course. 

Interested in photography as a career or a life-long hobby? Students will be taught the instructor's “dare to be unique” approach to learning. Students will enhance their skills in lighting, composition, posing, color management, and much more. Read more on this course.

This workshop will introduce Southeastern's new educational learning experience centered around sustainable initiatives for our region. On the final afternoon, your family and friends are invited to join you in our energy neutral classroom and view your progress with renewable-energy systems. Read more on this course.

Students attracted to careers in front of or behind the camera will gain experience in producing news story packages at the Southeastern Channel. Students will produce a two-minute news story segment that will be aired on the Southeastern Channel and Southeastern's website. Read more on this course.

This workshop is a hands-on approach covering all aspects of theatre from playwriting to acting on the stage and for film. Students will have a chance to work in the Vonnie Borden Theatre with professionals and students to give them a taste of what goes into creating a live theatrical event. Read more on this course.


Dr. David Gurney (Mathematics) presented the paper “The Mathematics of Perspective Drawing” during the Louisiana/Mississippi section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America at LSU Shreveport, Feb. 25-27.
     Michael Ruybalid (Teaching and Learning) co-presented a session in Long Beach, Calif., at the national conference for the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) music education conference. The session title was “Early Childhood Music through Multiple Lenses,” which included activities aligned with different music education teaching approaches (Kodály, Orff-Schulwerk and Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory). This session was co-presented with Dr. Christina Svec, assistant professor of music education at Iowa State University, and took place on March 12. Prior to that, on March 3, Ruybalid presented a paper titled “Predictors of Elementary Students’ Intentions to Continue in Music When Entering Middle or Junior High School” at the Louisiana Education Research Association (LERA) Annual Meeting in Lafayette.

Dr. David Bowes (Management and Business Administration) presented his paper "Stock Market Volatility and Presidential Election Uncertainty: Evidence from Political Futures Markets" at the International Academic Business Conference in New Orleans.
     Dr. Ralph Wood (Nursing and Health Sciences) and Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) along with Ms. Shelly Welch, chief nursing officer at North Oaks Health System, presented “Health Transition Alliance Program: An Academic-Practice Partnership Model to Improve Client Outcomes and Student Experiences” to area registered nurses and nursing students. The presentation shared the benefits of an academic-practice partnership between Southeastern and North Oaks Health System, which was designed to provide transitional care through a broad range of client services aimed at decreasing adverse events, improving client satisfaction, and decreasing re-hospitalization rates. Participants who attended the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association evening were able to discuss initiatives made available through the academic-practice partnership, which was partially funded by a grant obtained by Dr. Ann Carruth (Nursing and Health Sciences) and to recognize the benefits of this model to improve client outcomes and maximize the students’ real world learning experience and improve their readiness to practice.

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