V.P. for Student Affairs named
CAB sponsors pumpkin carving
Professional Portfolio Fair scheduled
Concert to benefit Columbia Theatre

Faculty Conference scheduled

Wind Symphony concert set Nov. 5
Cheerleaders, Lionettes offer clinic
Students attend SWACURH conference

Social Justice speaker scheduled

Athletics holds costume contest

ROTC scholarships awarded

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Eric SummersSoutheastern names Summers Vice President for Student Affairs
Eric J. Summers of Hammond, a Southeastern employee since 2000, has been named the university’s vice president for student affairs.
     His appointment follows a nationwide search and is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, Southeastern’s governing body.
     Summers has served as assistant to the vice president for student affairs since 2011, where he filled the roles of diversity educator, chief conduct officer, and principal administrative officer.
     “Dr. Summers brings to his new role a broad array of experiences in student affairs,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “We are looking forward to working with him to further enhance the engagement and success of our students.”
     Starting as a residential housing coordinator, Summers advanced through several positions at the university. He served as director of Multicultural and International Student Affairs from 2001 to 2011, providing leadership in the university’s diversity efforts. From 2007 to 2011 he served as conduct officer, in which he administered the student disciplinary process and conducted hearings for alleged violations of the Southeastern Student Code of Conduct.
     A mentor for numerous students, Summers introduced Project PULL (“Promoting Unity through Leadership and Learning”), a student development program, that provides transitional support and guidance for minority first-year students. He helped create the first African-American Alumni Chapter in cooperation with the Southeastern Alumni Association, and has served on numerous committees, including the University Planning Council, University Budget Advisory Committee, and the Institutional Effectiveness Committee.
     Summers has served on the advisory board for the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Leadership Tangipahoa Board of Directors, and as advisor to the NAACP Collegiate Chapter. He has been honored with the Southeastern Alumni Association’s L.E. Chandler Award, presented to a staff or faculty member in recognition of their work with students.
      A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a doctorate in education administration-higher education, he also holds a master’s degree in higher education administration and student personnel from the University of Mississippi, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg.

Carving pumpkins
Southeastern freshmen Melissa Fisher of Slidell (left) and Sydney McSlarrow of Coweta, Okla., try their hands at carving pumpkins at a Halloween event held last week in the Student Union and sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Students were able to select their own pumpkins for carving or decorating.

carving pumpkins

Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity scheduled
Southeastern’s Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity is Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., in Tinsley Hall, room 103.
     The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty.
     All faculty are invited to attend the Faculty Conference, which will consist of a general poster session.

Southeastern Wind Symphony to present music of Disney Nov. 5
“The Magical Music of Disney and Friends,” a concert by the award-winning Southeastern Wind Symphony, will be presented in two separate performances at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium on campus Saturday, Nov. 5.
     Designed for Disney and Pixar enthusiasts of all ages, the concerts will be held at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for general admission seating for attendees of any age. The box office will open at 11 a.m.
     “This has become our most popular concert of the season,” said conductor and Director of Bands Glen Hemberger. “Our student musicians enjoy this concert as much as any other they present during the year. It’s entertaining, it’s magical, and it’s a great opportunity to learn about the wind band and the music of Disney.”
     He said many of the Disney characters – including Aladdin, Elsa, Belle, Jack Sparrow and Maleficent – will be in the lobby after each concert to meet the younger audience members.
     The program will include music from “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Pixar Movie Magic,” the “Incredibles,” “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast” and a medley from “Aladdin.”
     Also on the program are the main theme from “Star Wars” and a medley from “The Lion King.”
     The Southeastern Wind Symphony has been recognized in recent years with two Global Music Awards for its CD recording “Live.” A second CD is being produced from performances in Orchestra Hall in Chicago and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Cheerleaders and Lionettes to Offer Clinic Nov. 5
Southeastern will offer young fans the opportunity to perform with the SLU cheerleaders and Lionette dance team at the men’s basketball regular season home opener on Nov. 11.
Young Lion fans looking to join the performance must first attend the Cheer and Dance Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Pennington Activity Center. The clinic is open for children ages 5-12. The cost is $40 and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the clinic running from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Registration forms will be available at In addition to having the opportunity to perform at the Lions’ regular season opener versus Millsaps, the participants in the clinic will receive a t-shirt, a ticket to the game and a SLU swag bag.
A group rate of $4 per ticket for family, siblings and friends of clinic participants for the Nov. 11 game is available by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at 549-5466 by Wednesday, Nov. 9.
For more information, contact Spirit Coordinator Paige Hall at 549-3654 or  

Students attend SWACURH Conference, win awards

October 20-23, as our Lions celebrated Homecoming, 10 Southeastern students proudly displayed their school spirit and community building skills at the 2016 SWACURH conference at the University of North Texas in Denton. The conference, hosted by the Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, was themed “Find Your Beat.” The 36th annual conference was attended by colleges and universities throughout Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
     The Southeastern delegation won the Conference Chant Battle, Roll Call Overall, and a conference scholarship. DeQuaz Humpries and Ildefonso Vasquez’s conference program, “The Freshmen Connection,” was recognized as a Top 10 conference program.
     The Southeastern delegation, all members of the Southeastern Residence Hall Association, prepped for weeks to compete in multiple conference competitions including a musical roll call performance, spirit competitions, display and more. Southeastern Representatives included Caroline Abadie, Katie Abadie, Kristen Calfee, Scott Cooper, Paul Haddican , DeQuaz Humphries, Calyn Landaiche, Kirsten LeCompte, Kristen Stamp, Ildefonso Vasquez and Advisor Blake Thomas.
     “SWACURH was an amazing experience! I learned a lot about our university in relation to other universities,” said Calyn Landaiche, Southeastern RHA National Communications Coordinator. “We received great ideas from networking with other universities’ representatives, including safety, programming and community building ideas. We are very grateful to SGA for their travel grant support of our attendance.”
     “The SWACURH Leadership Conference has this special way of making you all come together in the spirit of your own school. We all have a passion for helping residents and making our campus a better place, and we all want to see everyone succeed as much as possible,” said Scott Cooper, Southeastern RHA Community Service Chair. “For all of the other schools to agree that we represented our school ‘The Best’ is insane. It’s a deeply motivating, and humbling experience. Some of the other schools were triple our size, but they still stood back and said ‘Southeastern was the best.’ I’m proud to represent the Lions.”
     “Being able to present a program and have that program be selected in the top 10 programs list out of all of the other programs presented at the conference, was my favorite experience. SWACURH was an all-around great experience, and the Southeastern representatives made it that much better,” said DeQuaz Humphries, Southeastern RHA Fundraising Chair.
     The Southeastern Delegation’s Winning Roll Call Video is available at

Students win awards

Southeastern ROTC cadets receive scholarships
Several Southeastern students in the university’s recently-reactivated ROTC program were honored with scholarships funded by the Southeastern ROTC Alumni Chapter at the chapter’s annual reunion held during Homecoming Week. Pictured are, front row, from left: Cadet Aric Mackay, Gonzales; Cadet Ernesto Mora, LaPlace; Cadet Precocia Parlow, Kenner; and Lt. Col. Melvin Chisolm, professor of military science; back row, from left: Lt. Col. (Ret.) Scott Adams, ROTC Alumni Chapter president; Cadet Christian Owens, Mandeville; and Maj. Steve Worth (Ret.) The ROTC program returned to Southeastern last spring after more than a 20-year hiatus.
Students receive ROTC scholarships

Professional Portfolio Fair scheduled
Are you a candidate for three-year review or tenure/promotion? Are you new to the process and would like information? Then visit the Professional Portfolio Fair on Monday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 4 Tinsley Hall, room 103
     The fair, sponsored by The Center for Faculty Excellence and The Faculty Excellence Committee, will include the following:
Sample portfolios will be on display;
Experienced faculty will be available to answer your questions;
Pick up some tips on how to present your “Best Works.”

Impaired Faculties to give benefit concert for Columbia Theatre, Fanfare
Impaired Faculties, an energetic band comprised of Southeastern faculty members, will return to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, for a fund raising event celebrating Guy Fawkes Day.
     Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison described Guy Fawkes Day as “the other big autumn holiday celebrated by America’s ally, friend, and mother country, Great Britain, with bonfires, effigies, fireworks, libations, satire, and no shortage of tricks and treats.”
     As with the band’s previous performances at the Columbia, all proceeds from ticket sales for this benefit concert will support Fanfare and programming at the Columbia Theatre, according to Columbia/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood.
     All five members of Impaired Faculties serve on Southeastern’s faculty, though the band has no official affiliation with the university. Joe Burns (guitar/vocals) is a professor of communication and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Organizational Communication program; Dan McCarthy (keyboards/vocals) is dean of the College of Science and Technology and professor of physics; Robison (guitar/vocals) is department head and professor of history in the Department of History and Political Science; Randy Settoon (bass/vocals) is professor of management and former dean of the College of Business; and Ralph Wood (drums/vocals) is assistant dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and professor of Health Studies.
     “Impaired Faculties is really excited about performing at the Columbia Theatre again, particularly as Director Roy Blackwood has agreed to our request to play this time in The Ghost Light venue, a more intimate space in the Columbia, where we will be closer to the audience and where they can get up and dance if the spirits move them,” Robison said.
     Robison said the band is delighted to be able to help raise money to support the Columbia Theatre and Fanfare and give back to the community.
     “This show will also give us the chance to further publicize our new single, ‘Waterline,’ which is available on iTunes and from other online music vendors. All proceeds from the sale of the song benefit victims of the August 2016 flood.
     “We plan to rock hard. By now, people who have heard our recordings and seen us live know we are not a novelty act or a bunch of cute-but-sad old guys trying to recapture their youth,” he added. “We are committed to the notion that rock and roll is not a function of age but a matter of attitude and ability. Besides, we are all younger than Keith Richards.”
     Robison said those in attendance can expect to hear a high-energy and intense mixture of old and new covers, Impaired Faculties originals, and a Beatles set.
     “We urge Southeastern faculty, staff, and students and community rockers alike to join us for an inexpensive evening of fun that also will benefit the arts. Let’s rock!”
     Tickets for the Nov. 5 Columbia show are $10. 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, or by phone at 543-4371.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.
Impaired Faculties
IMPAIRED FACULTIES – “Impaired Faculties,” a band made up of Southeastern faculty members, will play a benefit concert for Fanfare and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in The Ghost Light of the downtown Hammond Theatre. Pictured from left are Joe Burns, Randy Settoon, Bill Robison, Ralph Wood, and Dan McCarthy.

Southeastern Social Justice Speaker scheduled 
Chris EderSoutheastern’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 13th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series will feature Chris Eder, an Air Force veteran, yoga teacher and artist on Monday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     Eder will discuss his journey and how yoga can be used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and help veterans manage life after service. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     “Eder served 23 and one-half years as a combat correspondent and considers himself a broadcast journalist turned yogi who now creates mala beads to support several non-profit organizations, such as Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans and the Give Back Yoga Foundation,” said Marc Settembrino, assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern. “Chris is a Yoga Alliance registered Vinyasa and Hatha interdisciplinary yoga instructor.”
     Eder began his yoga journey in 1999 after a bout with sciatica and a diagnosis of adult attention deficit disorder. A friend introduced him to yoga as an alternative to pain pills and other medications. He has taught in a variety of styles, starting with sunrise yoga during a 2007 Air Force deployment to Baghdad. He also serves as the director of communications for Mindful Yoga Therapy.
     Eder will also offer a free 90-minute yoga class on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. Due to limited space, registration is required for the yoga class. Participants can register via email to or by stopping by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department in Fayard Hall, room 336. The location of the yoga class will be announced to registered attendees at a later date.
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organized the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on race and racism, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, on war and human rights.
     For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 549-2110.


Athletic Department holds costume contest
Athletics costume contestThe Athletic Department held their 4th Annual Halloween Costume Contest today. The winners will be announced at the Nov. 14 athletic staff meeting.


Baton Rouge Advocate
SLU nursing students assisted by Alabama nurses
SLU plans Trick-or-Treat with the Greeks during fall carnival

Tailgaters will compete in gumbo cook-off at Southeastern on Saturday


The Southeastern will look to defend its Southland Conference Tournament championship, while the football, volleyball, basketball, golf and tennis teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (7-10-2) will be the fifth seed in this week’s Southland Conference Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas. In Wednesday’s first round, SLU will face fourth-seeded Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s SLU-HBU winner will face top-seed and regular season league champion Central Arkansas in Friday’s semifinal at 7 p.m.
     The semifinal winners will face off in Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. championship match with the winner earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The first two rounds will be streamed on and the championship match will be viewed on ESPN3.
     Fans will have the opportunity to see the women’s soccer team off before it makes the journey to the Southland Tournament. Southeastern will be leaving from the University Center parking lot on Tuesday at 9 a.m.
     The Lion football team (4-4, 4-2 Southland) will look to clinch its fourth Southland Conference winning record in the past five years when it hits the road for the first time in three weeks. Southeastern will be at Incarnate Word (1-7, 1-5 Southland) on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. contest.
     The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM), online at or via the TuneIn Radio app. A live video stream, provided by UIW will also be available.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (6-19, 5-7 Southland) will close out its home schedule this week, hosting Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. in the University Center. On Thursday, SLU travels to Sam Houston State for a 6:30 p.m. league contest. Southeastern closes the week with a 12:30 p.m. Southland match at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.
     The men’s basketball team will close out its exhibition schedule on Wednesday, hosting LSU-Alexandria at 7 p.m. On Thursday, the women’s basketball team will make its exhibition debut with a 6 p.m. contest versus Loyola (N.O.) LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Tuesday’s volleyball match, Wednesday’s men’s basketball game and Thursday’s women’s basketball game at
     The Southeastern golf and tennis teams will close out their respective fall schedules this week. The Lion golf team will be in El Dorado, Arkansas on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the ULM Duck Commander Intercollegiate.
     The Lion tennis team will host George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational on Friday and Sunday at the Southeastern Tennis Complex and Oak Knoll Country Club. The field includes Southeastern, McNeese, UNO, Alcorn State, LSU-Alexandria and Louisiana-Lafayette.


OCT 31

Golf, at ULM Duck Commander Intercollegiate, El Dorado, Ark., All Day
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)


Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision)*
Golf, at ULM Duck Commander Intercollegiate, El Dorado, Ark., All Day
Soccer, Southland Conference Tournament Sendoff, University Center, 9 a.m.


Soccer, vs. Houston Baptist (SLC Tournament – First Round), Corpus Christi, Texas, 7 p.m. (
Men’s Basketball, vs. LSU-Alexandria (Exhibition), University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)


Volleyball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6:30 p.m.*
Women’s Basketball, vs. Loyola (N.O.), University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision)


Soccer, vs. Central Arkansas (SLC Tournament – Semifinals), Corpus Christi, Texas, 7 p.m.
Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational, Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, All Day


Football, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 2:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM) (*
Volleyball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12:30 p.m.*
Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational, Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, All Day


Soccer, SLC Tournament Final, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN3)
Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational, Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Jerry Parker (Languages and Communication) represented Southeastern at the fall meeting of the Consortium CODOFIL des collèges et universités louisianais (The Consortium of Louisiana Colleges and Universities for the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana) recently in Lafayette. He was elected Vice-President.

     Five members of the History and Political Science Department participated in the 34th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile, Ala. Bill Robison served as chair for two World War II themed sessions, while Al Dranguet served as chair for a Latin American themed session. Sam Hyde presented a paper titled “We Are Tottering on the Brink of Chaos:  Feuds, Factions, and Social Equilibrium in Louisiana's Florida Parishes, 1899-1935” and chaired a session highlighting pirates, privateers, and the Galvez expedition along the Gulf Coast. Ron Traylor delivered a paper entitled “Environmental Injustice: We Have to Breathe” and chaired sessions on southern identity and antebellum development in the Gulf South. History graduate student and Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies research assistant Nick Heyd presented a paper titled “A Long Struggle: The Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, 1848-1954.”  Hyde and Traylor continue to serve on the GSHA board of directors and Hyde was elected to another term as treasurer.


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