Southeastern turns 91
Career Fair links students with employers
Columbia announces new season

Opera/Music Theatre announces cast

Senior awarded leadership scholarship
College and Career Fair scheduled

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SLU celebrates 91 years

Southeastern celebrates 91st birthday
Southeastern President John L. Crain and Miss Southeastern, Alexis Laplante of Hammond, were on hand Wednesday to start the 91st birthday celebration for the university held in the Student Union mall.
     The university opened in 1925 as Hammond Junior College with five faculty members and an initial enrollment of 40 students. What began as a junior college supported by local taxes nearly a century ago now stands proudly as the third largest university in Louisiana.  

Southeastern students meet employers at Career Fair
Career Fair 2016MAKING A CONNECTION - Logan Dykes, an engineering technology major from Denham Springs, right, shakes hands with a representative of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory after speaking with him about employment opportunities with the agency at Southeastern’s annual career fair for senior students and alumni held Thursday (Sept. 15). More than 130 employers participated in the event designed to link students with regional and national employers and graduate schools.


Cast chosen for Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's A Little Night Music
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Broadway musical, A Little Night Music on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 and 30. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond, the performance is part of Fanfare, the university’s annual fall festival for the arts, humanities and social sciences.
     Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom, explained Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion is rekindled. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick’s wife, Anne; Desirée’s current lover, the Count; and the Count’s wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.
     “One of Sondheim’s musical innovations in this show is the use of five singers as a sort of Greek chorus (called the Liebeslieders). Like the Greek chorus from classical Greek tragedy, these singers comment on the dramatic actions of the play, but with song instead of the spoken word,” Effler said.
     “Also, the traditional orchestral overture, highlighting tunes from the show, is augmented with this group of singers; there are still tunes from the show, but they are now presented with the lyrics,” he added. “In another innovation, Sondheim draws inspiration from opera -- three characters all sing three different solo songs with completely different moods and melodies. Sondheim then combines them seamlessly into a gorgeous trio.”
     A Little Night Music is full of hilarious, witty and heartbreaking moments of adoration, regret and desire, and contains Sondheim’s popular song, the haunting Send in the Clowns.
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Ken Goode for this production. Originally from New Orleans, Goode directed Opera Workshop’s performance of It’s Only Life three years ago.
     Opera Workshop also welcomes back Southeastern Alumna Kay Schepker and Jane Rownd Wear, both of Hammond. Schepker is the aunt of Wear and said she is looking forward to performing with her neice.
     “We are in a few scenes together. Our characters don’t interact much at all, but I’m enjoying watching her perform her role,” Schepker said. “It’s great to be able to watch her work and see how she’s grown as a singer and actress. Since she completed her graduate school work at Indiana University, I didn’t have the opportunity to see her perform very often. It’s also a fun time for our family to be able to see us both together in a production.”
     The cast for the production includes Rachel Davis (Mandeville) as Desiree Armfeldt; Alfred Harper (New Orleans) as Frederick Egerman; Randi Gaspard (Covington) as Anne Egerman; Terelle Bibbins (Slidell) as Henrik Egerman; Kay Schepker (Hammond) as Madame Armfeldt; Kaylin Guillory (Covington) as Fredrika Armfeldt; Robert Roy (Lacombe) as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm; Morgan Curole (Larose) as Countess Charlotte Malcolm; Jane Wear (Hammond) as Petra; Sarah Cage (Baton Rouge) as Mrs. Nordstrom; Elizabeth Langley (Mandeville) as Mrs. Segstrom; Anne Labranche (Abita Springs) as Mrs. Anderssen; Brandon Wear (Slidell) as Mr. Erlanson; Wesley Newton (Bourg) as Mr. Lindquist; Cody Sires (Chalmette) as Frid; Deondra Bell (Baton Rouge) as Malla; Jeremy Guillot (Denham Springs) as Bertrand; and Mia Gibson (Sulphur) as Osa.
     Effler will serve as musical director and conductor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty members Steve Schepker will design the set and Benjamin Norman will design the lighting. Southeastern students Katie Walker of Marrero and Kayla Rochelle of Destrehan will serve as stage manager and makeup designer respectively.
     Advance tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also be available one hour prior to each performance. Ticket prices are $21 for adults; $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students; and $8 for children 12 and under. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their university ID.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop contact Effler at
     A Little Night Music, book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, originally produced on Broadway by Harold S. Prince, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and all authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019,

Senior awarded minority leadership scholarship
For the second consecutive year, a Southeastern student in Communication Sciences and Disorders has been awarded a national leadership scholarship by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
    Senior Maya Gauthier of Hahnville will receive one of 40 Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) scholarships in the nation. The award allows her to participate in leadership training at the 2016 ASHA in Philadelphia Nov. 15-20. As an MSLP participant, she will take part in leadership-focused educational programs and activities at the convention to help build and enhance leadership skills and gain an understanding of how the association works.
    To be considered for the award, Gauthier had to submit a letter of recommendation and prepare an essay describing the qualities of an individual who demonstrates leadership, the skills she wants to develop, and how participation in the program will enhance her leadership skills.
    “Maya may be the most extraordinary undergraduate I have taught in the 23 years I’ve been at Southeastern," said Roxanne Wright Stoehr, instructor and clinical supervisor for the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. “She is always prepared for class and demonstrates an uncanny ability to understand complex and abstract material and to reflect on subjects at an unusually high level for an undergraduate. In addition to her scholastic ability, she is a mindful and caring person.”
    As a sophomore at Southeastern, Gauthier became interested in autism, a spectrum of disorders characterized by difficulties in social interaction, and verbal and nonverbal communication. Gauthier organized her own fundraiser, collecting about $2,000 for local families of children with autism.
    Originally a chemistry major with hopes of becoming a physician, she switched to Southeastern’s communication program, then moved to Communication Sciences and Disorders.
    “I wanted something that incorporated more science into my studies. That’s when I discovered Communication Sciences and Disorders,” said Gauthier, who last year earned the program’s Charles W. Campbell Award for the outstanding junior in the program.
    After graduation in spring 2017, Gauthier plans to continue graduate studies at Southeastern in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Zachary Musso and Maya Gauthier
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP – Southeastern Communication Sciences and Disorders  senior Maya Gauthier of Hahnville works with seven-year-old Zachary Musso of Hammond in the CSD clinical lab. Gauthier was awarded one of 40 Minority Student Leadership Program scholarships by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Southeastern's Columbia Theatre announces new season 
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts launches its 2016-17 season, offering everything from live music to dance to theatre.
     The season also boasts entertainment genres, such as campus ensembles and silver screen cinema showings featuring the best of independent and classic movies on the big screen at the theatre, said Roy Blackwood, director of the Columbia Theatre and Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Movie screenings and campus ensemble performances will be scheduled throughout the season. Dates and additional information will be available soon at
     Blackwood said the season is dedicated to the late Marjorie Morrison of Hammond, a long-time friend and supporter of  Southeastern, Columbia Theatre, and local arts programs.
     “An avid supporter of the arts, Mrs. Morrison served as a member of Southeastern’s Arts and Cultural Committee and was a member of Fanfare’s Board of Directors since its inception over two decades ago,” Blackwood said. “We are forever grateful for her steadfast support and dedication to enriching the culture of the region.”
     The Columbia season officially opens Sept. 29 with Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop’s presentation of A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim’s sexy and sophisticated tribute to the foibles of love. The production is scheduled on Sept. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m..
     Next on tap is a performance from entertainer Lynn Trefzger on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
     “Lynn Trefzger is a ventriloquist and comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country,” said Blackwood. “She, and her many voices, have appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E, and Lifetime. Recently she was featured in a comedy/documentary about the art of ventriloquism with Jay Johnson and Jeff Dunham called I’m No Dummy by NBC Universal. Her off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, and her performances are tailored for both family and adult audiences. ”   
     The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its series of performances at Columbia on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. with Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. The program begins with a series of light-hearted overtures, including Nicolai’s “Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor,” Beethoven’s “Overture to Corolian,” and Korgold’s “Overture to Much Ado About Nothing.”
     Additional LPO concerts include the Yuletide Celebration on Dec. 2 and the New World Symphony on March 3. Both concerts are scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
     Missoula Children’s Theatre will make a return visit the week of Oct. 24 - 29 with a production of Peter and Wendy for area youth. Upon their arrival on Oct. 24, Missoula will hold auditions and cast approximately 50 to 60 area children. Rehearsals will begin that day, and a full scale production will be presented Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre administrative office at 985-543-4366.
     Also in the theatre category is Aquila Theatre presenting Murder on the Nile on Feb.17. Based on Agatha Christie’s own novel Death on the Nile, the production is set on a paddle steamer cruising the Nile River in the 1940s. Passengers are abuzz when famous heiress Kay Ridgeway boards the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake for the passengers and, before they know it, deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river.
     A pair of musical concerts highlights November. First up is a benefit concert for Fanfare on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. by Southeastern’s all-professor rock band, Impaired Faculties.
     “Impaired Faculties will celebrate Guy Fawkes Day, Halloween’s brother 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 at the Columbia Theatre,” Blackwood said.
     Scheduled Nov. 22 is the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson founded the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra to bring the greatest songs, original arrangements and musicianship to the stage.
     “This group has toured all over North America, performing in the style and swagger of legendary entertainers, such as Frank Sinatra,” Blackwood said. “Davis and Johnson put their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, and Elvis, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to everyone.”
     Two dance ensembles are also scheduled this season. First up on Dec. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., is Hammond Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. The classic holiday ballet features professional guest artists and excellent all-star local dancers.
     Later in the season, Eisenhower Dance will perform on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Eisenhower Dance, Blackwood said, has spent the last 25 years giving life to a repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. Established in Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, the company tours internationally, performing works by choreographers such as Edgar Zendejas, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Ron de Jesus, and Gina Patterson.
     Aeolus: Classical String Quartet will perform Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. “Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for their highly innovative and engaging outreach programs,” Blackwood said. “Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States.”
     Rounding out the season is a Pajamas and Play performance of The Boy Who Cried Wolf on April 29 at 7 p.m. In this children’s story, a boy learns an important life lesson about integrity, honesty, and the consequences of “crying wolf.” Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas to this musical retelling of a classic tale. Milk and cookies will also be served.
     A compliment to the Columbia Theatre season, Fanfare, will feature many “home-grown” artists. Fanfare will once again showcase music, theater, dance, lectures, children’s events, and art exhibits, highlighting the myriad of talent university faculty and students have to offer in Fanfare’s 31st season. The complete Fanfare schedule will be posted soon and updated regularly at
     For Columbia Theatre season or individual ticket information, contact the administrative office at 985-543-4366 or log on to
Eisenhower DanceNEW COLUMBIA SEASON ANNOUNCED - The 2016-17 season of Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts offers something for everyone with everything from live music to dance to theater. The 2016-2017 season includes a dance production by Eisenhower Dance on March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

College & Career Fair scheduled Sept. 27 for St. Tammany, Tangipahoa high school students
High school students and their parents can get an informal introduction to college as well as valuable information about scholarships, financial aid, and admissions requirements at the Northshore College and Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
     Not to be confused with Career Fair, Southeastern’s Office of Career Services’ annual university-wide employment recruiting event that was held Sept. 15, this event caters to high school students. One of the largest college fairs in the state with more than 60 participating colleges and universities from throughout the state and nation, the free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Southeastern’s Pennington Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street.
     The fair is open to all Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish high school students and their parents; the event is scheduled in cooperation with the public school systems of both parishes.
     Students can pre-register for their own special bar code at to use at the event. Many vendors will be able to scan the codes to collect the students’ contact and interest information, eliminating the need to complete information cards at each table.
     “This is the primary event for high school students and their families to learn more about selecting colleges and career options,” said Lori Fairburn, Southeastern director of Enrollment Services.  “Students and their parents will be able to browse exhibits offering information on academic and career options, university admissions requirements, as well as other scholarship and financial aid opportunities.”
     The fair will host college and technical program representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other states, who will be on hand to inform the students about their respective areas of study. Banks and lenders will also be available to offer information and financial aid options.
     For more information on the fair, contact Southeastern Admissions at 549-5637 or e-mail  Additional information about Southeastern, including admission requirements and scholarship opportunities, is available at


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The Southeastern football team will open up its home and Southland Conference schedule during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
       The Lions (0-2, 0-0 Southland) will welcome Northwestern State (0-3, 0-2 Southland) on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest in Strawberry Stadium. The Lions are coming off a bye week, while Northwestern State fell, 24-10, to league foe Central Arkansas on Saturday in Conway, Arkansas.
       The game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and can be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, as well as at and via the TuneIn Radio app. Live stats will also be accessible at, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Saturday’s game.  
       Season tickets for the Lions’ five-game home schedule are on sale until Friday, Sept. 23. Single-game tickets for Southeastern’s home opener versus NSU and the Oct. 8 game versus defending league champion McNeese State are also on sale now. To purchase season or single-game tickets, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit or
       In conjunction with the game versus Northwestern State, Southeastern will also hold Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, as all Southeastern faculty and staff can present their SLU ID at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office to receive two free tickets to the home opener.
       The SLU volleyball team (1-11) will return home after a 10-match road swing to open Southland Conference play. On Thursday, the Lady Lions welcome Lamar for a 7 p.m. match at the University Center. Thursday’s match will also feature the Dig the Lions promotion, as the first 200 SLU students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt and free food.
       On Saturday, Southeastern hosts Houston Baptist at 1 p.m. in the University Center. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream for both of this week’s matches at
       The Southeastern soccer team (4-4-1, 1-0 Southland) will open the road portion of its league schedule this week. On Friday, SLU will be at Incarnate Word for a 7 p.m. match. The weekend’s action closes on Sunday with the Lady Lions playing at Abilene Christian at 1 p.m.
       The SLU golf team will return to the course for its second tournament of the fall. The Lions will compete in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday in Choudrant. Live scoring, provided by host Louisiana Tech, will be accessible at



Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, All Day
Football, Ron Roberts Coaches Show, Buddies Bar and Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)


Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, All Day


Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Dig the Lions


Soccer, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 7 p.m.*


Football, vs. Northwestern State, Strawberry Stadium,

6 p.m. (Cox Sports) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400) (LionVision)*
            - Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
Volleyball, vs. Houston Baptist, University Center, 1 p.m. (LionVision)*


Soccer, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 1 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Practicing Principals’ Perceptions of the Professional Standards of Educational Leadership” at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR) in New Orleans Aug. 3-5. Campbell was also elected president of the State and Regional Educational Research Association (SRERA) for a two-year term at the April 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in Washington, DC. Additionally, she was appointed by the board of the Louisiana Education Research Association (LERA) to serve as the association’s executive director.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science), Jerry P. Sanson (Louisiana State University at Alexandria), and Richard Moran (Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum) attended the 8th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches on Sept. 17, discussed the National World War II Museum’s upcoming exhibit on Louisiana’s role in the war, and screened excerpts of Robison and Sanson’s recently remastered documentary film, Louisiana During World War II.

     Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) and Professor Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) were awarded Zhi-Xing China Academic fellowships to study in China in summer 2016 as part of the China Studies Institute (CSI), a cooperative program of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) jointly working with the People’s Republic of China. The China Studies Institute is a professional development opportunity for faculty from AASCU member institutions to learn about China’s past and present. Drs. Neuerburg and Gonzalez-Perez were two of only 14 university faculty chosen from across the United States as a formal US delegation to China. Participants were provided with a broad range of experiences related to higher education in China.


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