Homecoming Court announced
Let's Talk Art begins Oct. 12
Grad Fair prepares students
Missoula auditions set Oct. 24

Burns, Collier featured at gallery
Students present at banking conference
SLU Theatre to present Distracted

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Southeastern announces 2016 Homecoming Court and Beau Court
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2016 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 17- 22.
     Chosen as members of the queen court are seniors Taylor Drude, Hammond; Maya Gauthier, Hahnville; Maria Goddard, New Orleans; Cierra Heckmann, Chalmette; Chelsea Loupe, LaPlace; juniors Maggie Hinson, Denham Springs; and Haley Loyacano, Walker.
     Members of the beau court are seniors Justin Archote, Independence; Justin Bankston, Loranger; Neil Bourgeois, Sorrento; Duncan Martin, Livingston; and Nicholas Wylie, Ponchatoula; and juniors Seth Leto, Amite; and Austin Rogers, Denham Springs.
     The 2016 queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Houston Baptist on Homecoming Day, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The court also will participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo YaYa on Oct. 19, the bonfire and pep rally on Oct. 20, and the 12 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.
     Drude, an integrative biology major, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Division of Student Affairs Ambassadors, Order of Omega, Delta Omega Alpha Pre-Professional Society, Tri Beta Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi. She is the recipient of the Vice President’s Award of Excellence and the Green ‘S’ Award.
     Gauthier majors in communication sciences and disorders. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. She is also an Excel Mentor, a member of the Intramural Flag Football Championship Team, Peace and Purpose Mindfulness Organization, and a 2015-16 DSA Ambassador. Gauthier was one of 40 students in the nation selected to participate in the 2016 American Speech Language Hearing Association Minority Student Leadership Program in Philadelphia.
     Goddard, a communication major, is a member of PRSSA, where she was the most active member in 2013 and served as community service director from 2013-15. She has been named to the President’s List, is a recipient of the Press Club of New Orleans Scholarship, the Public Relations Society of America Multicultural and Diversity Scholarship, and the freshman honor scholarship. Goddard was part of the team that won awards for the second best college radio station and Best TV Station in the South at the Southeast Journalism Conference.
     Heckmann is a kinesiology fitness and human performance major. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and is captain of the nationally ranked Lionettes dance team. She has also been named to the President’s List and is Sweetheart of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
     Loupe, a kinesiology major, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma Beta Phi, Delta Omega Alpha Pre-Professional Society, and Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization. She is also a member of the Biology Undergraduate Society, Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement and the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Club. She has been named to the President’s List, Deans’s List and the Thirteen Club.
     Hinson is a kinesiology major. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List.
     Loyacano is an elementary education major. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and the Order of Omega. She has served as a Lions Connected Mentor and a 2016 Orientation Leader, where she received the Spirit of Orientation Award.
     Archote is a business management major. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where he serves as president. He is also a College of Business Ambassador and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He has received the Outstanding Freshman Male of the Year award, the Greek Man of the Year award, and is a Green ‘S’ Award recipient.
     Bankston is a computer science major. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Order, where he serves as president. He is a member of the Order of Omega, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and is Beau of Alpha Omicron Pi. He is the recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award and was listed in 2016 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
     Bourgeois, a marketing major, is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. He is a Student Government Association Senator and Excel Scholar. He served as a 2014 Orientation Leader and a 2015 DSA Leadership Ambassador. He is the recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.    
     Martin is a management major. He is a member of Alpha Psi Omega and has been named to the President’s List. He appeared in Southeastern’s theatre production of “Encore, Encore!” and directed a scene from the play “Raised in Captivity.” Martin is Beau of Gamma Beta Phi.
     Wylie, a kinesiology major, is a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He has been named to the President’s List every semester and is a member of the three-time intramural basketball championship team.
     Leto is a political science major. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, where he serves as vice-president. He is also a member of the Order of Omega, a DSA Leadership Ambassador, and served as the SGA Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was named Outstanding Freshman Male of the Year in 2015 and is the recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award.
     Rogers, a marketing and management major, is treasurer and Junior Founding Father of Pi Kappa Alpha at Southeastern. He served as a 2015 Orientation Leader, a DSA Leadership Ambassador and as an SGA senator. He is also a recipient of the Green ‘S’ Award.
     For additional information about Southeastern Homecoming events, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM or visit

Queens Court2016 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING COURT – Seven Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2016 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 17-22. Members of the queen’s court are, from left, front, Taylor Drude, Maria Goddard and Cierra Heckmann; back, from left, Maya Gauthier, Maggie Hinson, Haley Loyacano, and Chelsea Loupe.






Beau Court2016 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING BEAU COURT -- Members of Southeastern’s 2016 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Neil Bourgeois, Nicholas Wylie and Seth Leto; back, from left, Duncan Martin, Justin Bankston, Justin Archote and Austin Rogers.

Southeastern’s fall series ‘Let’s Talk:  Art’ begins Oct. 12
The fall series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC), and Friends of Sims Memorial Library, kicks off  with a session focused on landscapes Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.
     The first presentation will be held at HRAC, 217 E. Thomas Street, across from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Southeastern Professor and English Department Head David Hanson will discuss “Picturing Landscape/Reading Landscape.” He said that the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries artists and amateurs packed up both their sketchbooks and their writing journals to take tours of picturesque landscapes before doing design work. The discussion will focus on the way that art and poetry of this period shared strategies for picturing and reading landscapes.              
     All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
     Next up is a film presentation about Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in U.S. history, called Art and Craft (2015). The film will be shown twice - Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., at the Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern; and Monday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m., at the HRAC.
      “Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving family member, and even a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of copies of famous works of art over the past 30 years to a staggering list of institutions across the country, taking no money for his work,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “Art and Craft is an intimate story of his obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.”
     The film is being shown twice in conjunction with HRAC’s November exhibit, Copy Cat.
     For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.

Art Gallery features work by Burns, Collier
The Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery will host exhibits featuring paintings by Aaron Collier, sculpture installations by Samantha Burns, and video by Silas Munro Oct. 13 – Nov. 10.
     The exhibits are part of the university’s Fanfare fall festival of the arts. The gallery, located in East Stadium, will host an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
     The gallery is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     Collier is a visual artist working and living in New Orleans. He earned his masters of fine arts degree from Tulane University and is currently teaching drawing and painting there as an assistant professor.  
     “Collier’s mixed media paintings incorporate figurative and abstract gestures that occupy a shallow pictorial space,” said Gallery Director Dale Newkirk.  
     Burns is an artist working in several different media, exploring nature, change, and language in her sculpture installations.  After receiving her bachelors of fine arts with a concentration in painting and photography from the University of Tampa, she earned her masters degree at Florida State University.
     Munro’s work engages multi-modal practices to effect positive change on society as a whole by inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves, Newkirk said.  As an extension of his graphic design work, he will exhibit experimental video with design, color, light, and pattern in the new media galley. Munro received a bachelors of fine arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a masters of fine arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.

Aaron Collier


NEW ARTWORK ON EXHIBIT - “New Artwork from the SLU Fine Art Collection” will be on display at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery beginning Oct. 13. The exhibit is part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October arts festival. Included in the exhibit are paintings by Aaron Collier.

Southeastern Theatre to present Distracted
Southeastern’s theatre program will open its fall season with the play Distracted, a portrayal of a family dealing with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and the problems it creates.
     The play will run Oct. 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vonnie Borden Theatre located in D Vickers Hall.
     Authored by playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer, who co-authored the screenplay for the Academy award-winning film Girl, Interrupted, Distracted blends comedy with a heightened sensitivity to an issue in society. The play revolves around a married couple’s attempts to handle their nine-year-old son who may or may not have ADD.
     While largely humorous, Distracted has serious moments as well and features strong language and adult situations, according to director Jim Winter, associate professor of theatre.
     “The play explores the pressures all of us face in this fast-paced, media-crazed, modern world,” said Winter.
     General admission tickets are $15; $5 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; Southeastern faculty, staff and students are admitted free with ID.
     The cast includes nine Southeastern students including Misty Gros and Gavin Gaudry of Lafitte, Judah Fabre of Zachary, Colin Ross of Baton Rouge, Jordin Jones of Zachary, Payton Core of Folsom, Harlan Thorpe of New Orleans, Olivia Waguespack of Covington, and Angela Griffitt of Mandeville.
     For more information, contact Southeastern Theatre at 549-2115.

Students prepare for graduation at Grad Fair
Grad FairREADY TO GRADUATE - Southeastern student Amber Grace of Abita Springs, left, assists senior Michelle Guillot of Slidell in trying on graduation robes at the university’s annual Grad Fair held Oct. 5-6. Sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, Grad Fair gives students the opportunity to order their caps and gowns, invitations, rings and have their graduation photos taken. Southeastern’s graduation ceremonies will be held December 10.

Children, teens can audition October 24 for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Peter and Wendy
Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Peter and Wendy will be held on Monday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s October arts festival.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Roy Blackwood. “Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”
     Students wishing to audition must arrive by 4 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
     “Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile never hurts,” said Blackwood. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good time.”
     Among the roles to be cast are Peter, his Shadow, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys; Wendy and her brothers John and Michael; their parents Mr. and Mrs. Darling with their faithful friends Nana and Liza; Captain Hook and his Pirate Crew, along with the Crocodile; Tiger Lily, the band of Neverlanders and Neverland Creatures; and, carrying them to Neverland, a group of stormy Clouds. Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.
     “Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and, if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role,” said Blackwood. “A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition.”
     Peter and Wendy will be performed at the Columbia Theatre in two performances on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. All cast members must be available for all scheduled performances and rehearsals.
     Tickets for the public performances are $15 for adults and $10 for children. They are available online at or at the box office, 549-4371.
     The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Mont. This season, more than 65,000 young people across the globe will take to part in Missoula productions.
     For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366 or visit

Business students present winning study at national banking conference
Students from Southeastern’s College of Business highlighted the opening day of the recent Community Banking in the 21st Century Research and Policy Conference with a presentation of their award-winning study of Hammond-based First Guaranty Bank.
     The four students were recognized in St. Louis as the first-place national winners of the competition conducted by the Washington, DC-based Conference of State Bank Supervisors, a nationwide organization of banking regulators from all states and U.S. territories. In all, 23 student teams from various universities participated in the competition.
     The competition allowed students to learn more about banking by partnering student teams with local banks to conduct original case studies, said Danielle Lewis, the Joyce Junghans professor of finance who served as faculty adviser for the team.
     In the conference’s opening remarks, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President and Chief Executive Officer James Bullard, said, “From what I can tell from the winning case study paper prepared by students from Southeastern Louisiana University and from the incredible personal stories of the students on the team, they just might steal the show at this year’s conference. The work of these students and of all the students in the competition shows how a single community bank has impacted its community and region.”
     Jerome Powell, who took office as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 2012, said the Southeastern winners of the case study competition are impressive and accomplished young men and women who are just preparing to embark on their careers, and that he expected to hear more from them in the future.
     Lewis said the students received considerable praise from bank CEOs, bank regulators and academics attending the conference who commented on the depth and quality of research the four students performed. A video of the presentation can be found on the CSBS website at
     The Southeastern team included Nicholas Byrd of Denham Springs, a senior finance major who is considering pursuing a graduate degree possibly in economics; Tarez Arceneaux Cowsar of Springfield, a senior at Southeastern, who anticipates sitting for the CPA exam after graduation in 2017; Joseph Edwards of Monroe, who is currently pursuing a master of science degree in finance; and Andrea Villarreal of Mexico, an academic All-American in Women’s Tennis, who is pursuing a professional career in tennis and resides in her home of Monterrey, Mexico. Each student received a $1,000 scholarship award.
     First Guaranty Bank partnered with the team and provided banking data to help construct the report. The students worked on the course project as part of the  Real-World Ready course initiative to incorporate more hands-on, experiential learning into students’ curriculum campus-wide.
     “If it were not for FGB’s willingness to be transparent with data, we could not have worked on so many quantitative models that were used in the report,” Lewis said. “The loan level data made all the difference.”
     She said the final 25-page report and accompanying 10-minute video were helpful to the bank, showing that FGB had an approximate $1 billion dollar economic impact from 21 branches located in multiple areas throughout Louisiana.
     FGB President and Chief Executive Officer Alton Lewis, praised the work of the students, noting that, in addition to being full time students, they participated in university athletics or held jobs while working on the demanding study.
     “We are so proud of our students and Dr. Lewis for the excellent work they did in this competition and for the national attention they have brought to Southeastern’s business program,” said Antoinette Phillips, interim dean of the College of Business.


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The Southeastern football, volleyball, soccer, cross country, tennis and softball teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (2-3, 2-1 Southland) will hit the road for the final time this month, as it travels to Stephen F. Austin (3-3, 2-2 Southland) for a 3 p.m. Southland Conference contest in Nacogdoches, Texas. SLU will be looking to ride the momentum of its 31-24 victory over No. 19/20 McNeese on Saturday, while SFA will attempt to avoid a three-game losing streak after Saturday’s 35-28 double overtime loss at Nicholls.
     The game will be televised live on ESPN3. The contest will also be broadcast live on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, which can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR-AM (1400), as well as via the TuneIn Radio app and on
     The SLU volleyball team (2-15, 1-3 Southland) has three league matches on tap this week. On Tuesday, Southeastern hosts Nicholls at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Tuesday is the Dig Pink match, as the game is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and Pink Links will be sold for a $1 to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
     Southeastern will then hit the road for a pair of league matches. On Thursday, SLU will be at Central Arkansas for a 7 p.m. match before closing the week with a 1 p.m. match on Saturday at Northwestern State.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (5-7-2, 2-3-1 Southland) will return home to host a pair of matches in Strawberry Stadium. On Friday, fans are encouraged to wear pink as the 7 p.m. match with Sam Houston State is dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness. On Sunday, the defending Southland Conference Tournament champions will welcome defending league regular season champion Stephen F. Austin for a 1 p.m. match.
     Both of this week’s soccer contests, as well as Tuesday’s volleyball match, will be streamed for LionVision subscribers at
     This week, the Southeastern cross country teams will compete in their final tune-up before the Southland Conference Championships. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Clinton, Mississippi on Saturday to compete in the Choctaw Open.
     The Lion tennis team will compete in its third tournament of the fall this week. SLU will be in Pensacola, Florida on Friday through Sunday to compete in the UWF Fall Fling.
     The Southeastern softball team will continue its fall schedule this week. The Lady Lions are 4-1 thus far this fall and will host Copiah-Lincoln Community College for a 10-inning exhibition game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at North Oak Park.
     With basketball season just around the corner, the LAA Hardwood and Green and Gold Clubs will host the Tip-Off Luncheon on Tuesday at 12 p.m. in University Center Room 125. Southeastern head men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner and head women’s basketball coach Errol Gauff will preview the upcoming season for those in attendance. Players with no class conflicts will be in attendance and be introduced to the attendees.
     Lunch will be provided and there is no charge, as the event is open to all Lion fans. Fans are asked to RSVP by contacting Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at 549-5226 or
     The event is sponsored by the Hardwood (men’s basketball) and Green and Gold (women’s basketball) LAA Coaches Clubs. Information on how to join the coaches clubs and season tickets will be available at the luncheon. For more information, contact Dawsey.


OCT 10

 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) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)

OCT 11

Volleyball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Dig Pink
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Tip-Off Luncheon, University Center Room 125, 12 p.m.

OCT 12

Softball, vs. Copiah-Lincoln Community College (10-inning Exhibition), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.

OCT 13

Volleyball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m.*

OCT 14

Women’s Soccer, vs. Sam Houston State, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Geaux Pink
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Fall Fling, Pensacola, Fla., All Day

OCT 15

Football, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)*
Volleyball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Choctaw Open, Clinton, Miss., All Day
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Fall Fling, Pensacola, Fla., All Day

OCT 16

Women’s Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Strawberry Stadium, 1 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Fall Fling, Pensacola, Fla., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Mario Krenn (College of Business), Andre Honoree (College of Business), and Louis Mancuso (Louisiana State University at Alexandria) presented their manuscript titled “Board Independence and Earnings Management: The Moderating Role of National Culture” at the Annual Academy of International Business - Central and Eastern Europe Chapter conference.
     Amanda Robbins (Residence Life) was recently named President Elect for the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers at their annual meeting held in conjunction with LACUSPA in mid-September. She will serve as President Elect for one year before moving into the top leadership role.

     An article by Eric Johnson and Janie Branham (Sims Library) titled “Volunteers in Academic Libraries: The Southeastern Louisiana University Experience” appears in the new anthology Library Volunteers Welcome!: Strategies for Attracting, Retaining and Making the Most of Willing Helpers, edited by Carol Smallwood and Lura Sanborn and published by McFarland.
     David Armand (English) has recently been named Literary Artist of the Year by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Additionally, he has been invited to discuss his memoir at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.


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