Retirees honored
Silver Screen series continues
Common Read program today
Guitar Festival scheduled
Science on Tap April 5

Farmer's Market set March 23

Call for student presentations
Librarians author book
Student wins top writing prize

Chefs Evening a huge success

Student debators get help

Women celebrated

Lets Talk: Art continues

ByLion takes a break
Non-Credit Program News
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Retriee reception spring 2016

Retirees honored
The 33 Southeastern retirees honored at a reception at the Alumni Center last week represented 629 years of accumulated service; three were recognized for 40 or more years and two for 30 or more years of service.
     Pictured are, first row, from left: Camille Moniotte, Safety/Hazardous Materials Management; Cathy Picone, Public and Governmental Affairs; Cindy Vernon, Center for Faculty Excellence; Mary Jo Johnson, Office of the Registrar; Hunter Alessi, Health and Human Sciences; Mary Lou Imbraguglio, Human Resources; Cynthia Lynch, Health and Human Sciences; and Mary Louise Bostic, Computer Science and Industrial Technology; second row, from left: President John L. Crain, who presided over the ceremony; Kathy Pittman, Alumni Office;  Annette King, Purchasing; Keith Kennedy, Student Government Association; Scott Morrow, Office of the Registrar; Lori Smith, Library; and Don Elbers, Chemistry and Physics.

Columbia Theatre’s “Silver Screen” series continues
Columbia Theatre’s “Silver Screen” series continues today and tomorrow (March 21 and 22) with “City Lights,” a Charlie Chaplin film. Show time is 7:30 p.m. each night.
     The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) attempts to procure money in order to restore sight to a blind flower girl in this funny and heart-warming silent film. The Tramp is variously a street sweeper, a boxer, a rich poseur, and a rescuer of a suicidal millionaire. His message is unspoken, but universally understood: love is blind.
     Tickets are $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, and $6 for kids 12 and under.
     For more information or tickets, call the box office at 543-4371.

Chaplin movie poster 

Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents annual guitar fest

Music from a variety of cultures and historical eras, as well as music from Louisiana composers, will be the focus of the 17th annual Southeastern Guitar Festival.
     “It is a testament to the university’s mission to lead the educational, cultural and economic development of southeast Louisiana that we have been able to present this festival for 17 consecutive years,” said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor and festival coordinator. “The goal is to offer students and the community a venue that showcases the guitar’s versatility and scope in our diverse, modern music culture.”
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, and the Southeastern Guitar Club, the festival will launch March 23 with a performance by two Southeastern alumni – guitarist David Bryan and soprano Jessica Davis Bryan - and will run through May 3. Both guest artists are assistant professors of music at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Miss.
     “This will be a wonderful way to begin our guitar events this year with a beautiful program of music,” Kerber said. “It’s always something special when a husband and wife team is successful performing together, and David and Jessica make it happen.”
     All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled as follows:
     • March 23, 10 a.m., Pottle, room 151; Masterclass with David Bryan – Southeastern students will perform and receive instruction shared with their peers and an informal audience.
     • March 23, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Guest Artist Concert – Southeastern alumni guitarist David Bryan and soprano Jessica Davis Bryan return to Southeastern to present a varied performance of music for solo guitar and voice and guitar.
     • April 4, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Faculty Recital – Patrick Kerber – A solo guitar featuring music from the English Renaissance, German Baroque, Italian Classical, and Romantic and 20th Century Spanish traditions.
     • April 20, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Southeastern Guitar Ensemble – The ensemble performs music for guitar trio, guitar with trumpet, and ten guitars with music from German, Baroque, French Impressionist, Argentine Tango, 20th Century Spanish, and American jazz composers.
     • May 3, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; All Styles Night – The popular event features guitar music of all styles: folk, pop, jazz, classical, and original music performed by Southeastern students, non-music faculty and local area musicians.
     For more information, contact Kerber at 549-2886 or


Southeastern students sponsor farmers market March 23
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union on Wednesday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The only student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event features food sales from area farmers, food samples, arts and crafts, homemade soaps, and much more.
     Vendors returning this year include Blue Ribbon Pies, and Stephanie Travis’ jams and jellies, Pride Café with smoothies, Johndale Farms with strawberries, and Berryhill Farms with bread and hummus. Several new vendors include Sacred Earth Bars, Sprouts NOLA, and the Milk Lady. The Southeastern Ceramics Club will be displaying and selling pottery items.
     “Our main thing is ‘Come eat with us!’ because we are going to have local, sustainable food for the students and faculty,” said Alexis Taylor, vice president of Reconnect.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Southeastern librarians author book on Hammond
Two members of the staff at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library have authored a book on the history of the city of Hammond.
     Library Director Eric W. Johnson and Catherine H. Tijerino, head of cataloging, selected the photos and wrote the book “Hammond,” part of the book collection of Images of America published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C. Arcadia is the largest publisher of local history works in the country.
     The largely pictorial book covers the history of Hammond from its founding to 1950 and includes nearly 220 photos collected from historical archives and private collections. Informative captions accompany each photo.
     “We received tremendous assistance in putting this book together,” Johnson said. “Special recognition goes to Drs. Sam Hyde and Keith Finley of the university’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, who permitted us access to the various historical photo collections they maintain. The Judge Leon Ford III collection in the center was the source of many of the photos we used.”
     Johnson said local historians C. Howard Nichols and Tom Davidson were especially helpful in sharing their extensive knowledge of the local history.
     The book is available at area booksellers and other stores, through Amazon and from the publisher at
     The two authors are scheduled to do a book signing at Southeastern’s bookstore on Tuesday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Southeastern's Chefs Evening a hugh success
More than 400 participants attended Southeastern’s signature fund-raising event for academic departments and scholarships, Chefs Evening, held at the university’s Student Union Sunday, March 13.
     Both new and perennial favorite restaurants brought forth some of their best creations for tastings by attendees, said Lauren Williams, coordinator of the event. In addition the event showcased an impressive emphasis on wine and food pairings, featuring wines from around the globe.
     A new event preceding Chefs Evening, the President’s Wine Tasting, was sponsored by Whitney Bank and hosted by Southeastern President John Crain where a group of sponsorship guests tasted and chose the wines to be featured at the event.
     “Sponsoring the President’s Wine Tasting was a great way for Whitney to help support the university and Chefs Evening,” said bank representative Cindy Shelton.
     Andre Theriot of Wells Fargo and R.K. Hoddinott III of Merrill Lynch sponsored the wines featured at the President’s Toast event and the President’s Wine Table at Chefs Evening. Coordinating the wines were Southeastern alumnus and restauranteur Gino Marino of Baton Rouge and wine specialist Bret Smith of Republic National Distributing Company.
     The auction featured an innovative online mobile bidding platform allowing those unable to attend the event an opportunity to participate by bidding from home. Offered along with the live auction were the silent auction of a large array of items, the Corks and Kegs basket raffle, and the Ultimate Wine Raffle with the winner taking home an assortment of 30 select wines.
     Patrons at the event selected winners of the annual Taster’s Choice Awards, vendors recognized for special excellence. These included Keith Young’s Steakhouse, Main Dish Award for their version of shrimp remoulade; Cocoa Bean Bakery & Café, Dessert Award for a chocolate cake confection; and Aquistapace’s Supermarket for Best Presentation for a display of cheese, fruit and wine.
     “We couldn’t be successful without the generous contributions of the restaurants and vendors from around the region who participate in Chefs Evening,” said Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.
     Participants included Aquistapace's Covington Supermarket, Benedicts Catering, Cate Street Seafood Station, Champagne Beverage, Coca Cola Distributing, Cocoa Bean Bakery & Cafe, Crescent Bar, Don's Seafood, Eddie's Frozen Custard, Gnarley Barley, IronHorse Sports Bar and Grille, Jacmel Inn, Jim Carey Distributing, Keith Young's Steakhouse, PJ's Coffee-University Ave and W. Thomas, Raising Cane's, Rotolo's Pizzeria, Southeastern Catering, The Boston Restaurant, The Steakhouse, Tope la Restaurant, and Trey Yuen.
     Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Lynn Horgan cited the assistance of corporate sponsors in making the event possible, including Regions Bank, Whitney Bank, First Guaranty Bank, La Capitol Federal Credit Union, American Bank and Trust, Entergy and North Oaks Health Systems.

wine sponsorsWine tasting sponsors – The wines featured at the President’s Toast and the President’s Wine Table at Chefs Evening featured wines from around the globe.  Pictured are, from left, R.K. Hoddinott III of Merrill Lynch, President John L. Crain, and Andre Theriot of Wells Fargo. Hoddinott and Theriot sponsored the wines featured at the event.

wine tasters

Tasting the wine – The President’s Wine Tasting, a new event preceding Chefs Evening was sponsored by the Whitney Bank and held at the President’s Residence where guests tasted and selected the wines to be served at the event. Among the participants were, from left, Cynthia Nesser, chair of the Southeastern Foundation; Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; Gino Marino of Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge; President John L. Crain; wine specialist Bret Smith of Republic Beverage Distributing Company; and Whitney Bank representatives Cindy Shelton, Daryl Ferrara and Joey Marino.

ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be published during Spring Break. The next edition will be Monday, April 4.

Kevin Wilson

Award winning writer Kevin Wilson featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program 
Kevin Wilson, author of the award-winning collection of stories, “Tunneling to the Center of the Earth,” and the novel “The Family Fang,” will visit Southeastern March 21 as part of the institution’s Common Read program.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet a contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Wilson followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Tunneling to the Center of the Earth,” is Wilson’s 2009 collection of stories, which won the Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award.  His fiction has been published in publications like “Ploughshares,” “Tin House,” and “One Story,” and has been featured in “New Stories of the South: The Year’s Best.”  His novel, “The Family Fang,” was recently adapted for the screen by actor/director Jason Bateman.
     Wilson teaches at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he lives with his wife, Leigh Anne Couch, and their two sons, Griff and Patch.
     “For several years now, we’ve sponsored a Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,” said Department of English Head David Hanson. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”

Volker Stiller

‘Why don't trees reach the heavens?’ is topic of Southeastern biology lecture
Did you ever wonder why trees only reach certain heights? Or if they have nerve signals and can feel pain?
     Southeastern Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Volker Stiller will discuss these and other questions about plants at the next Southeastern Science on Tap presentation scheduled at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at Tope Lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the lecture is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
     “Plants are quite complex, and many people are not aware of their capabilities. One feature that sets them apart from animals is that they are stuck in one spot and need to make do with the resources they have available,” said Stiller, who specializes in plant anatomy and the transport of water and nutrients in plants.
     Stiller said the title of his presentation, “Why Don’t Trees Reach the Heavens” is based on an old German proverb that “The good Lord will ensure that trees will not reach heaven.”
     “I’ll discuss the importance of various constraints that limit the height growth of trees, ranging from nutrient availability, old age, hydraulic constraints, and even divine intervention,” said Stiller. “We’ll look at the possibilities of plants nurturing their young and what happens when plants come under attack. When we mow our lawn, does it cry for help?”
     Stiller earned his undergraduate degree in forestry at the University of Göttingen and later received his doctorate in plant ecophysiology at the University of Bayreuth in southern Germany. He moved to the United States to work as a post-doctoral research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and joined the Southeastern faculty in 2003.
     For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Call for student presentations
There is still time for students to participate in the sixth annual Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
     This non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
     This year, the showcase will be held in conjunction with Southeastern’s Real-World Ready (RWR) one-day student conference. The Office of Experiential Learning is hosting this event in rooms adjacent to the ballroom and will include formal oral presentations and other sessions designed for showcasing RWR events.  
     The application deadline is Wednesday, March 23.
     For full information and to register your presentation, please visit the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs’ web page

Taylor Oakley

Southeastern sophomore wins a top prize for writing at national conference
A Southeastern sophomore English major has won a top award at the recent annual conference of the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta held in Minneapolis.
     Taylor Oakley won first place in the category of Critical Essays with her paper titled “#WeNeedDiverseBooks Everywhere.” She received a $600 award.
     A native of Oklahoma who resides in Mandeville, Oakley is studying creative writing with a minor in professional writing. She is a member of the theater honor society Alpha Psi Omega and the service and honor organization Gamma Beta Phi. She works for the Department of English on its Digital Humanities Project.

Southeastern professor, grad students prep Loranger debaters
Students in the Loranger High School Debate Club got valuable assistance from Southeastern College of Education faculty and graduate students as they prepared for a regional debate
competition held recently in Baton Rouge.
     Professor of Teaching and Learning Celina Echols and graduate students Jordan Ahrend and Hanna Gautreaux worked with the Loranger students along with their debate coach and teacher Tyra Starkey. The team provided peer mentoring and valuable feedback to the debate club students during practice sessions prior to the competition, which was held in late February in Baton Rouge.
     Echols said the debate was based on a mock trial and held at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. The Loranger students competed against other high school teams in actual court rooms acting as attorneys and witnesses.
     “Student learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom,” Echols said. “Clubs offer students opportunities that foster critical thinking, planning, organizational and communication skills that promote both mental and social development.”
     Echols said research shows that students involved in debate show increases in literacy scores by 25 percent, grade point averages by 10 percent and overall high school graduation rates.

Female activists, artists and innovators celebrated

displayThe Library of Congress—Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Southeastern organized a table display celebrating famous female activists, artists, and innovators during the month of March.
     Southeastern’s TPS staff generated an interactive game which showcased inspirational women whom were pioneers in many diverse fields in celebration of Women’s History Month. Jane Addams, Florence Nightingale, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Helen Keller, and Ethel Waters were among the featured women.
     On March 17, teacher candidates viewed the display and used their prior knowledge and critical thinking skills to pair each woman to their own influential quote. The display was available for viewing in the Teaching and Learning TEC building on Southeastern’s campus.   Table displays will occur on a monthly basis. Images and upcoming events can be viewed on the TPS Facebook and Twitter page @TPSSoutheastern.

Let’s Talk: Art continues
The fourth 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, March 23 at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in downtown Hammond.  
     Ceramicist Lynda Katz will discuss the work of “Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Turn-of-the-Century Artist, Craftswoman, and Pioneer in the Studio Pottery Movement.”
     At the turn of the century, the decoration of pottery was seen as the appropriate role for women in the ceramic arts. Robineau broke the mold (so to speak) and was one of the first women of her era to create porcelain pottery from start to finish, from throwing on the wheel, to decorating, to glaze formulation, to firing. Along the way she created one of the most iconic works of 20th Century Ceramic Art, the Scarab Vase, also known as the Mona Lisa of Ceramics.
     For more information, contact Irene Nero at 549-2299.
     Future talks include: Michael Ledet, “Recent Works,” April 14, 5 p.m. at HRAC; Lily Brooks, “Visible Remnants,” April 27, 5 p.m. at HRAC; and Hammond Art Guild Members, “Celebrating 54 Years with the Hammond Art Guild,” May 11, 5 p.m., at HRAC.


Adobe Photoshop for Photography
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to set up a work space, use the Photoshop Browser, and work their way around all of the tools available.

Digital Photography
This class will cover the basics of digital photography. Topics include: Differences between point and shoot vs. SLR, equipment settings, uploading images to web, use of various lighting situations, and natural posing composition. 

Shakespeare’s English Kings
Shakespeare’s English Kings is a new six-week reading and discussion program. The presenter will offer introductory remarks, but an emphasis will be placed on discussion of the main readings. Portraits and film excerpts will allow audience members to better visualize and get a better feel for the period and to allow comparison between actual history and its cinematic depiction.

QuickBooks II
Employees and business owners currently using QuickBooks for financial accounting who want to increase their knowledge or advance their career through certification would benefit from this course. This course also is offered as the next step for QuickBooks Level I regardless of experience.



Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and his undergraduate research students Sololiya Berkessa and Zachary Clarke published a paper titled: “Silver (I) - mediated regioselective oxidative cross-coupling of phenol and aniline derivatives resulting in 2’-aminobiphenyl-2-ols” in Tetrahedron Letters 57 (2016) 1613–1618, with collaborators from McGill University in Canada and USDA in New Orleans. 

Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented two papers to the Louisiana Education Research Association in Lafayette March 3-4: “Comparison of Teachers’ Motivating Factors to Enter School Administration,” co-authored by Nan Adams (Educational Leadership & Technology) and “A Comparison of Principal Preparation Internship Requirements among Louisiana Universities,” co-authored by Randy Parker of Louisiana Tech University.

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