Program links students with alumni
Educational author to speak
SLU holds Votes and Floats
Priority registration announced
International Education Week scheduled

Farmers market set Nov. 16
Echols to present lecture Nov. 16
Fabulous Equinox Orchestra to perform
Crother to serve national association

Senior student art exhibit set

ByLion takes a break
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Career Connect ProgramNew Southeastern initiative links alumni with freshmen
Freshman students at Southeastern are getting an advance look into possible careers through a new program that connects them with area alumni who work in their prospective fields.
     Through a new academic initiative titled Career Connect, Southeastern is calling on its alumni to serve as student mentors. It is part of the university’s Real-World Ready effort that provides students with experiential learning opportunities, including internships, service-learning courses, research, artistic and field experiences, and other opportunities.
     Launched this semester, the project is a collaborative effort of the Center for Student Excellence, the Southeastern Alumni Association, and University Advancement. The program is offered through the Southeastern 101 course, a freshman success course intended to provide students with academic and career advising, development of study plans to help achieve their goals, and exploration of career possibilities. Approximately 86 alumni have been matched with students thus far with plans to involve more alumni volunteers in the future.
     “We have had many of our alumni ask how they can help our current students,” said Julie Perise, interim director of the Southeastern Alumni Association. “Career Connect gives them the opportunity to provide mentoring services through interviews with one or more freshmen about their careers and how their education benefited them in their current position.”
     The alumni volunteers are asked to participate with the student in an approximate hour long interview, either in person or over the telephone, and/or provide a job shadow day, said Kandace Formaggio, freshman academic advisor. Volunteers may also be able to speak to a class if they choose.
     “The Career Connect project helps freshman students learn more about their future careers by linking them with a successful alumnus in the field,” Formaggio said. “We want students to connect with alumni and learn about their experiences, their career fields in general, and what they should be doing in college to prepare for their future careers.”
     Edward Larkin, a freshman business administration major from Metairie, said the program is helping him on his path toward a successful career in banking. The alumnus he interviewed was Randy Vicknair, a vice president with First Guaranty Bank in Hammond.
     “In my interview with Mr. Vicknair, I wanted to find out what it takes to become an officer in a bank and what I need to do at Southeastern to be exactly where he is today,” Larkin said. “Through our interview, I learned that in the banking industry, interpersonal skills are crucial, as is a good understanding of finances, money and economics. This is what separates those who have a job because they need a job from those who have a job because they love the career.”
     Vicknair is a 2004 Southeastern finance graduate and a 2007 graduate of the Southeastern MBA program. He is chief credit officer at the bank and says he is enjoying serving as a mentor in the Career Connect project.
     “When I received the request for alumni to register for Career Connect, I was excited about the opportunity to interact with Southeastern students and, hopefully, provide advice that is beneficial for their careers,” Vicknair said. “The value of Career Connect is the program’s ability to expose students to the industry or career they plan to pursue. These early interactions with experienced individuals enable students to explore multiple career opportunities and identify the field that excites them. As we all know, ‘You never work a day in your life when you are doing something you enjoy.’”
     Alumni interested in serving as mentors should contact Formaggio at 549-5978 or at

CONNECTING WITH SUCCESSFUL SOUTHEASTERN ALUMNI – Edward Larkin, left, a Southeastern freshman business administration major from Metairie, meets with Randy Vicknair, a Southeastern graduate and vice president with First Guaranty Bank in Hammond, about career opportunities in banking. The interview was part of Career Connect, a collaborative effort of the Center for Student Excellence, the Southeastern Alumni Association, and University Advancement.

Renowned educational author to speak at Southeastern Nov. 16 
A student research project will bring international best-selling author and consultant on teaching and parenting Barbara Coloroso to speak at Southeastern at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
     Coloroso will present her much-acclaimed lecture on bullying in the university’s Cate Teacher Education Center’s first floor lecture hall. The lecture is free and open to all students, teachers, and the general public.
     Her lecture is being held in conjunction with a course on classroom management and educational theorists and came about after a student, Candace Crespo of Covington, contacted Coloroso to discuss her research, said course instructor Jeanne Brooks.
     A former classroom teacher and university professor, Coloroso draws on her years of training in sociology and special education. She is the author of four best-selling books, including “The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander” and “kids are worth it!”
     She has appeared on numerous television programs on all major networks, National Public Radio and Oprah. Coloroso has also been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning at 549-2221.

Barbara Coloroso

International Education Week activities scheduled
In celebration of International Education Week Nov. 14-17, Sims Memorial Library is teaming up with the International Initiatives Office. The purpose of IEW is to spotlight the benefits of international education and emphasize student awareness of the world's cultures.

International Photo Contest at Sims Library – The photo exhibit features images from around the world by students and faculty involved in international education or exchange programs. Come see these incredible photographs and vote for your favorite.

Learning a foreign language has never been easier, now that Sims Library has Mango Languages. Mango Languages is a self-paced, web-based program that gives users a quick introduction to a language and culture through the conversational skills. Come to the lobby and look for our Mango Languages display. We will be demonstrating Mango Languages throughout the day during International Education Week.

Also on Monday, Librarian Angela Dunnington, head of Access Services, will be demonstrating Mango Languages during International Night (Nov. 14) in the Student Union Ballroom. The Department of Languages and Communication and Sims Library are happy to introduce this new resource available to all students, faculty, and staff thanks to funding from a Large Student Tech Fee grant.
     Mango Languages offers courses in over 70 languages, 21 foreign films, 31 specialty courses (such as Legal and Medical Spanish, Business Mandarin), and over 17 specialized ESL courses. The login screen provides users the option to create a profile and track their progress. Mango can be accessed (on or off-campus) using the library’s website or via a mobile app.

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Echols to present “The Browning of America: Implications for Teaching & Learning Cultures”
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Dr. Celina Echols will address the topic of Browning of America: Implications for Teaching & Learning Cultures as a professional development topic. The event will take place in the Kiva Teacher Education Center from 11 a.m. to noon.
     The College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, offers many professional development opportunities throughout the semester under the leadership of Dr. Tracey Kumar (Office of Teacher Development).  The term professional development may be used in reference to a wide variety of specialized training, formal education, or advanced professional learning intended to help administrators, teachers, and education majors improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill, and effectiveness.  
     Professor Echols draws upon her coming of age experience in Mississippi during the last years of segregation and makes connections to the change in the United States now.
     Currently, the nation is in the midst of a big growth spurt – a wave of increases in the populations of minorities. The Hispanic communities all over the country are swelling in numbers and are now the largest ethnic minority group in America – totaling 16% of the entire country’s population. Furthermore, it is projected that it will reach 30% of the population by the year 2050.
     Echols poses, “How will this rapid and vast growth affect the majority of monolingual teacher who teach America’s schools and students?”  She also addresses, “How do schools address the huge influx of Hispanic students in schools?”
     Students and faculty are welcome to attend.

Crother elected president of national association
Brian CrotherEdward G. Schlieder Foundation Professor Brian I. Crother, professor of biology and assistant dean of the College of Science and Technology at Southeastern, has been elected to serve as president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.
     The ASIH is dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians and reptiles.
     “The primary emphases of the society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields,” said Crother.
     The ASIH just celebrated its 100th anniversary and its journal, Copeia, was one of the first to be devoted to the publication of scientific papers on fishes, amphibians and reptiles, Crother said.
     “ASIH is now the premier global scientific organization dedicated to the scientific study and conservation of fishes, amphibians and reptiles,” he said. “’Copeia’ is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious scientific journals of its kind, and it can be found in over 1,000 libraries worldwide.”
     A resident of Hammond, Crother has previously served as president of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and serves on the executive committee of the World Congress of Herpetology. He has published over 100 scientific articles and edited multiple books.

Votes and Floats

Votes and Floats at Southeastern
Sean Lundin, a junior computer science major from Baton Rouge, takes a break between classes and accepts an ice cream float from senior Alyssa Arceneaux of Springfield at Votes and Floats, the university’s celebration Tuesday of Election Day. Campus Activities Board sponsored Votes and Floats.

Southeastern announces spring priority registration
Southeastern students may register for spring 2017 classes starting Monday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m.
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, returning students, new transfer and graduate students.
     Students may check enrollment appointment times, spring class schedules and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage,  
     Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared.  
     For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern’s Office of the Registrar, 549-2066 or

Southeastern students sponsor farmers market November 16
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The event will feature fresh and local produce from Reconnect, food samples, beef jerky, popsicles, ceramics, jewelry, natural soaps, henna, and much more. Vendors include Simple Works’ all-natural bath and body products, Tea Cakes by Lillie’s Daughter, Italian cookies by BAP, and Crescent City Pops.
     “Holiday season is upon us again! Come shop local, handmade jewelry, all natural soaps, delicious jams, and more to finish all your holiday shopping at the Reconnect Farmer's Market without having to leave campus,” said Alexis Taylor, vice president of Reconnect.
     Student vendors are encouraged to participate by emailing Taylor at  A table and tablecloth are provided at no charge.
     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.

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre to present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra in one performance only on Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     Jeremy Davis founded the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra with his long-time friend Clay Johnson.  The group has performed all over North America – from Miami to Halifax, Toronto to Las Vegas, Chicago to New York City and everywhere in between.
     Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood said he is looking forward to the musical talent and showmanship of the group.
     “The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra thrills audiences with their heightened musicality, downhome stories and gorgeous sounds. Jeremy Davis and Clay Thompson are childhood friends and dedicated family men who take ‘the Great American Songbook’ to new heights of enjoyment,” Blackwood said. “This show is a contemporary spin on great classics such as ‘Brazil’ and so many others. Their accessible style makes audiences immediately feel a connection to these great guys. Guaranteed to make you want to dance in the aisles (and you can), you certainly don’t want to miss this delightful show.”
     Tickets for the Nov. 22 Columbia show are $26 in the orchestra or balcony and $40 in the loge. Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at 220 East Thomas Street in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, online at, or by phone at 543-4371.

     Buy one get one half off tickets are available for the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra and for any of the Columbia Theatre season ticket events plus The Nutcracker. In order to receive the discount, patrons must purchase tickets at the box office (no phone orders) and present their faculty/staff ID. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction. Limit one offer per performance. The offer is not valid for Missoula Children's Theatre or Pajamas and Play.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.

Senior student exhibition scheduled at Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
The Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ Fall 2016 Senior Exhibition will be on display from Nov. 22 through Dec. 10 at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery. The gallery will host an opening reception on Tuesday (Nov. 22) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.
     Southeastern seniors completing their bachelor’s degrees in visual art and design will showcase their artwork. Featured pieces will include ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, animation, video art, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design.
     The gallery is located in East Stadium. For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.

ByLion takes a break
There will not be an issue of ByLion next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. ByLion will return on Monday, Nov. 28.


Baton Rouge Advocate
Gonzales cadet at Southeastern receives ROTC scholarship
SLU Channel student productions win national videography awards
St. Amant student receives SLU Alumni Association scholarship


Food Republic
The best way to cool hot coffee, according to science (Allain)


The Southeastern volleyball team competes in the Southland Conference championship, the football team closes out the regular season and the basketball teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (7-22) won its regular season finale at New Orleans to earn its third straight postseason berth, as SLU will be the seventh seed in the Southland Tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday in Conway, Arkansas. Southeastern opens the tournament with an 11 a.m. match versus second-seeded Stephen F. Austin.
     The winner of Friday’s first round match will advanced to face either No. 3 Sam Houston State or No. 6 Northwestern State in Saturday’s semifinals at 12 p.m. Sunday’s championship match is set for 3:05 p.m. with the winner earning the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Friday and Saturday’s action will be broadcast by the Southland Digital Network at, while Sunday’s championship match will air on ESPN3.
     The Lion football team (6-4, 6-2 Southland) will close out the regular season with the River Bell Classic at Nicholls (5-5, 5-3 Southland) on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Thibodaux. Southeastern clinched its third winning season in the last four years with a 31-19 win over Abilene Christian last Saturday, while the host Colonels will look to bounce back from a 31-24 loss at conference co-leader Central Arkansas.
     The contest will be televised on American Sports Network. Cox Sports Television and WHNO will be ASN local affiliates in the Hammond area and the game will also be streamed live at Thursday’s game at Nicholls will also be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM), online at and via the Tune In Radio app.
     The SLU men’s basketball team (1-0) will open its non-conference road schedule on Monday with a 7 p.m. contest at Tulane. On Wednesday, Southeastern returns home to host Jackson State at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center.
     Wednesday’s game will be the nightcap of a doubleheader, as the Lady Lion basketball team (0-2) will open its home schedule at 5:30 p.m. with a non-conference contest versus Mobile. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring first-year head coach Errol Gauff and the SLU coaching staff courtesy of PRIDE.
     Fans can watch Monday’s men’s game at Tulane on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app. Wednesday’s games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.  LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Wednesday’s doubleheader at


NOV 14

Men’s Basketball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Football, Inside Southeastern Football with Ron Roberts, Cate Street Seafood Station, 11 a.m.
Football, Ron Roberts Coaches Show, Buddies Bar and Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)

NOV 16

Women’s Basketball, vs. Mobile, University Center,

5:30 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)
            - Coaching Staff Trading Card Day
Men’s Basketball, vs. Jackson State, University Center, 7:30 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)

NOV 17

Football, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6 p.m. (ASN) (CST) (WHNO) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)*
            - River Bell Classic

NOV 18

Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin (SLC Tournament – First Round), Conway, Ark., 11 a.m. (Southland Digital Network)

NOV 19

Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State-Northwestern State (SLC Tournament – Semifinals), Conway, Ark., 12 p.m. (Southland Digital Network)

NOV 20

Volleyball, SLC Tournament Championship Match, Conway, Ark., 3:05 p.m. (ESPN3)

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies) participated in the recent “Louisiana in the Spanish World Conference” at Tulane University Law Center. The conference highlighted the legacy of Spanish legal traditions for current jurisprudence in Louisiana. Hyde presented a paper titled “A Dark Legacy of Spanish Governance:  Legal precedents and Equilibrium in Louisiana's Florida Parishes.”
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science), Captain Richard Moran (Curator, Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum), and Professor Jerry P. Sanson (Louisiana State University at Alexandria) presented “Louisiana During World War II: A Forum on Present and Future Resources for Teachers on Film and in Museums” at the Louisiana Council for Social Studies conference in Monroe on Nov. 3.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “A Comparison of Field Experiences among Louisiana University Principal Preparation Programs” at the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 2 - 4. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Randy Parker of Louisiana Tech University.
     Angela Dunnington (Sims Library) and Dr. Lucia Harrison (Languages and Communication) presented a poster session called “Partnering for Success: Enhancing Language and Cultural Programs through Faculty-Librarian Collaboration” at Southeastern’s Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity on Nov. 1.
     Charles Elliott (Department of History and Political Science) is leading “Lone Star Rising: Manifest Destiny Goes West by South West Across the Continent,” a six-week Afterhours Reading and Discussion Program sponsored by the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville.

At the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association in North Charleston, SC, Dr. John Boulahanis (Criminal Justice) organized and chaired a panel on homicide studies. As part of the panel, Dr. Boulahanis presented his paper “Comparing Exceptionally Cleared Homicide Cases to Open Homicide Cases: Do Victim Characteristics Impact Investigative Decisions?” Another panelist was Dr. Michael Bisciglia (Criminal Justice), who presented his paper “The Impact of White to Hispanic Segregation on Rates of Ethnic Specific Hispanic Homicides.” Also at the conference, Kenneth Bolton, Jr., (Sociology) presented “Prelude to the Neoliberal Chronicles or: How I Came to Understand the Liberation of Sociology as Necessary for Human Transcendence.”
     Sociology & Criminal Justice
     Southeastern was well represented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, including presentations by several master’s students:
     • Martha Sibley, “Fighting Wetland Degradation through Popular Education in Southeast Louisiana.”
     • Amy Hall, “Behind the Steel Door: Criminal Justice Students' Perceptions of Solitary Confinement and the Prison System.”
     • Sarah Basile, “Neoliberalism in Higher Education: The Experiences of Students at a Midsized Southern University.”
Faculty presentations include:
     • Marc Settembrino, “Pulse Nightclub Massacre: An Intersectional Queer Narrative.”
     • Kenneth Bolton, “Neo-Liberal Chronicles 1 — Sociological Praxis Interruptus or How I Learned to Stop Problematizing and Embraced Corporate Curriculum,” which was featured in a session on Innovative Pedagogy organized by Rebecca Hensley .
     • Rebecca Hensley, “Structural Violence and the Rigged Game: Teaching Social Stratification and Inequality as We Circle the Drain.” She organized and spoke on the panel “Dirty Little Secret: Is There a Place for Alternate Forms and Styles of Publication in Academe?” and organized the workshop “Hola, Cuba! The Nuts and Bolts of Attending the AHS Conference in Havana in 2017.”


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