Fanfare announces week one
Young Alumni of Year named
Nursing professor awarded fellowship
Professor named to state board

LaFevor to lecture at art gallery
Reconnect hosts Farmers Market
Lee named alumnus of year

Science on Tap set Oct. 4

Video database to be introduced

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Impaired FacultiesVentriloquist, opera, lectures, dance and film highlight Fanfare's first week
A ventriloquist, an opera, lectures, a dance production and film festival are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 31st season of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October arts festival.
     “With over three decades of Fanfare, we are excited to continue the celebration of arts and culture that were at the heart of Fanfare’s beginning. Through this festival, our community has had access to many life-enriching events,” said Roy Blackwood, director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare.
     Kicking off with the opera A Little Night Music, the tradition of excellence will continue this year with everything from favorite events generated on the campus to nationally known acts, Blackwood said.
     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. It is full of hilarious, witty and heartbreaking moments of adoration, regret and desire, and contains Stephen Sondheim’s popular song, the haunting “Send in the Clowns.”
     A Little Night Music, presented by the Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, will be held Sept. 29 and 30 in the Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $21 for adults; $16 for seniors, faculty, staff, and non-Southeastern students; $8 for children 12 and younger; and free for Southeastern students with university ID.
     Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Entergy and Holly and Smith Architects are sponsoring an interactive children’s event called Building Blocks: If Kids Ruled the City. Scheduled at the Columbia Theatre, the event is an interactive experience where children 7 – 10, together with their parents and siblings and aided by architects and university students, get to build a small scale version of their ideal city.
     “This is an educational event intended to introduce kids and their families to the importance of design and planning in community development,” Blackwood said. “Admission is free, and participants are asked to bring a cardboard box.”
     On Oct. 5, the Department of History and Political Science’s free “Then and Now Lecture Series” officially kicks off its 16th presentation of free lectures. This year’s series features Southeastern’s all-faculty band, Impaired Faculties, and is dedicated to Blackwood.
     Southeastern Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science, Professor of Health Studies, and Impaired Faculties drummer Ralph Wood will present the first lecture in the series, “Dirty Basements & Crowded Vans: American Punk Rock in the 80s.” Co-sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, the lecture will take place at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Wood will discuss the bands, independent labels and dirty basements that shaped American punk rock in the 1980s and set the stage for the alternative rock explosion of the early 1990s.
     Next up is Southeastern Dance Performance Project presenting “Bayourella: A Story of Forgiveness” scheduled Oct. 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre located in D Vickers Hall. The production is directed by Dance Instructor Skip Costa and will include original music performed live, original costume designs, and a set that includes a 25-foot dock over a bayou. All tickets are $5.
     A free lecture titled “A Journey through Slavery at Whitney Plantation” by Sengalese historian Dr. Ibrahima Seck is scheduled Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Cate TEC Building, Kiva room 239. Seck is the academic director of the slavery museum at the Whitney Plantation.
     A free film screening is also scheduled on Oct. 6. “Hamilton’s America/PBS Arts Fall Film Festival” will be shown at 7 p.m. in Columbia Theatre.
     Columbia Theatre will present ventriloquist and comedienne Lynn Trefzger on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. With a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country, Trefzger, 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. Tickets for the kid-friendly performance range from $15 to $30. For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit

SOUTHEASTERN’S FANFARE BEGINS 31ST SEASON – The 31st season of Southeastern’s Fanfare opens this week. This year’s Then and Now Lecture series features the members of the all-Southeastern faculty band “Impaired Faculties.” The group is also performing a benefit concert for Fanfare on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured, from left are Communication Professor Joe Burns, Professor of Management Randy Settoon, History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science Ralph Wood, and Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy.

‘Gnarly’ couple tapped as Southeastern Young Alumni of Year
Zac and Cari CarmontaIt’s rather fitting that an alumni couple who are making their mark in the craft beer industry will be tapped as Southeastern 2016 Young Alumni of the Year.
    Zac and Cari Caramonta, owners and operators of the Hammond-based craft beer production company Gnarley Barley, will be officially recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Awards Evening to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, during Homecoming Week.
    “Zac and Cari are true entrepreneurs who met at Southeastern and have made Hammond their home,” said Alumni Association President Mayson Foster. “Their company, Gnarley Barley, and the quality products they are crafting, are being distributed throughout the Northshore and helping to contribute to the local economy.”
    The couple – Zac from Mandeville and Cari from Covington -- met at Southeastern as undergraduates. He was a general studies major, while Cari was studying family and consumer sciences majoring in merchandising with a minor in marketing. They married in 2009 and now have a one-year-old daughter named Stevie.
    What started as a home-based hobby in their garage became a passion for crafting small batches of beer that received rave reviews at area festivals. That passion led to the formation of a corporation in 2011.
    They both new they wanted Hammond – home of Southeastern and a really cool skate park downtown – to also be home to their brewing company. They successfully released their first beers in 2014 from a 10,500 square foot location on Corbin Road. Gnarly Barley now produces three flagship beers and two specialty beers, which are distributed  at approximately 300 locations throughout nine parishes. The company plans to start offering the product in cans in time for Mardi Gras next year.
    Alumni Awards Evening will include recognition of several Southeastern faculty and staff inclusing Alumnus of the Year for 2016 Billy Kennedy, the current head basketball coach at Texas A&M who graduated from Southeastern in 1986 and served as one of the university’s most successful head coaches from 1999 to 2005.
    Tickets for the event are available from the Alumni Association by calling 1-800-SLU-ALUM or through the association’s website,


Southeastern professor named to state board by Gov. Edwards
Colleen Klein-EzellLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has re-appointed Southeastern Professor of Education Colleen Klein-Ezell to the Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for EarlySteps.
     The agency advises and assists the Department of Health and Hospitals in matters regarding EarlySteps, a program for children with developmental disabilities from the ages of birth to three-years-old.
     Head of Southeastern’s Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, Klein-Ezell serves as the current president of the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children, which has recognized her with the Higher Education Special Education Professional Award. She is a member of the Education Committee of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board for participation in the Kids Hope mentoring program.
     She has been instrumental in obtaining more than $1.3 million in grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents to fund programs for the community and to provide learning opportunities for special education teacher candidates. At Southeastern, she is the co-adviser of the Student Council for Exceptional Children.

Former Kinesiology and Health Studies faculty member named Hinds Community College Alumnus of the Year
Wayne Lee


Former Kinesiology and Health Studies Southeastern faculty member, Dr. Wayne Lee, will be honored by Hinds Community College (Raymond, MS) as alumnus of the year at their Alumni Recognition Banquet to be held on their campus Sept 22.
     Lee attended and played basketball at Hinds Community College in the 1950s, followed by completing degrees at Delta State University, Mississippi College, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He was on the SLU faculty for 28 years retiring in 2000. In 1995, Dr. Lee was inducted into the Hinds CC Sports Hall of Fame.

Streaming Videos from Films On Demand: A Free Introductory Session for Students, Faculty and Staff 

Films on Demand logoSims Memorial Library staff Paul Kelsey, head of acquisitions, and Angela Dunnington, head of access services, will introduce Films on Demand, a streaming video database with over 23,000 educational videos from a broad range of academic subjects. The introduction will take place Oct. 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Sims Library, room 252.
     Topics include health and medicine, biology, physical science, mathematics, anthropology, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, political science, English, music, dance and more. The collection features works by acclaimed producers such as Ken Burns, National Geographic, Films for Humanities & Sciences, BBC, PBS, TED, MacNeil Lehrer Productions, and others. Attendees will learn how to search the database and set up a free account. Refreshments will be served.

Southeastern nursing professor awarded fellowship by nursing honor society
AtNena Luster-Tucker, a faculty member at the Southeastern School of Nursing, has been awarded a one-year fellowship to study quality in online nursing education.  
     Luster-Tucker is one of only seven nursing scholars in the nation to receive the fellowship to participate in the Emerging Educator Administrator Institute offered by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
     She has completed the program’s three-day workshop in Indiana and will spend the rest of the year at Southeastern working to complete the leadership project, which is focused on online learning in nursing education.
     Currently the interim director of Southeastern’s Center for Faculty Excellence, Luster-Tucker is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing.
     “The integration of online learning in nursing education has been one of the largest movements ever seen in nursing education. The nursing profession is a unique combination of theory and hands-on skills, both of which can be taught successfully via distance education,” she explained.
     She said her project involves evaluation of Southeastern’s online nursing courses, which are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, through an evidence-based assessment tool.
     “The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has worked diligently for many years to create courses that we believe are innovative and engaging,” she added. “I am excited to see the evaluation outcomes at the end of the project.”
     She intends to complete the training as a master course reviewer, which will allow her to train other faculty to help review the online nursing courses at Southeastern.
     Luster-Tucker said the experience will also assist her in the role of supervising the university’s Center for Faculty Excellence, which works with faculty to support and enhance teaching and learning at Southeastern.
     “The identified best practices are not limited to nursing,” she said, “and can be utilized university-wide in our faculty development activities.”

Nena Tucker

LaFevor lecture scheduled at Contemporary Art Gallery
Artist and historian David LaFevor will present information regarding his photography work in Cuba on Sept. 27 at noon at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     During the lecture, LaFevor will discuss the culture, life, and art of Cuba as well as the photography he created there. LaFevor’s work in Cuba began as a student at the University of Havana.  
     LaFevor’s exhibit, “CUBA: Histories of the Present,” is currently on display through Sept. 29 in the gallery. The exhibit is organized by University of Texas Arlington’s Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. LaFevor is currently an assistant professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities at UTA.
     For more information, contact the gallery at 549-5080.

Southeastern hosts Farmers Market 
Farmers MarketMary Beth Brinkman, right, owner of Mama Mary’s Kitchen in Metairie, discusses her products with Southeastern students at a farmers market held on campus Wednesday (Sept. 21). Students pictured are, from left, Destiny Ballard, Tale’drianna Gordon, Jasmine Bickham and Timisiha Walker, all of Franklinton. The market is held on campus several times a year and is sponsored by Reconnect, a student environmental club that promotes the use of locally grown and sustainable food products.

Darwin's ‘Origin of Species’ is Topic of Science on Tap presentation 
Understanding the basics of Charles Darwin’s “Origin of Species” will headline the next Science on Tap lecture presented by the Department of Biological Sciences on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
    Professor of Biological Sciences Brian Crother is the featured speaker at the presentation scheduled at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    “Darwin published ‘The Origin of Species’ in 1859, and the work has since been hailed as one of the great scientific publications because of its profound impact on the understanding of the diversity of life,” said Crother, a specialist in gene and species evolution. “This presentation is in response for a layman’s explanation of Darwin’s book.”
    Crother said Darwin used numerous examples to illustrate his work, and he will use the same examples in his presentation.
    “At its simplest, Darwin made a logical connection between the presence of variation in species and the fact that not all individuals survive to reproduce the next generation,” he added. “Why some variants survived to reproduce and others did not he called ‘natural selection,’ and this is what Darwin is most famous for. The ‘Origin of Species’ is truly one long argument about natural selection.”
    For information on future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Brian Crother


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The Southeastern football, soccer and volleyball teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (1-2, 1-0 Southland) will hit the road on Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest at Lamar (0-3, 0-1 Southland) in Beaumont, Texas. Southeastern opened league action with a 34-24 victory over Northwestern State last Saturday, as the Lions racked up 539 yards of total offense. Lamar is coming off a bye and is looking for its first win after opening the season versus three ranked opponents.
     Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN3. The contest will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, which consists of flagship station KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR-AM (1400). The game can also be heard via the TuneIn Radio app and by visiting
     The SLU soccer team (4-6-1, 1-2 Southland) returns home to host a pair of Southland Conference matches at Strawberry Stadium. The week’s action opens on Friday with a 7 p.m. match versus Houston Baptist. The first 75 Southeastern students in attendance will receive a Southeastern Soccer scarf.
     On Sunday, the Lady Lions welcome Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a 1 p.m. match. Sunday is Youth Day in conjunction with Academy Sports and Outdoors. Young Lion fans will have access to Southeastern apparel and be able to join Southeastern on the field for the national anthem. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of both soccer matches this week at
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (2-12, 1-1 Southland) will hit the road for one Southland match this week. On Saturday, SLU will be at Abilene Christian for an 11 a.m. match.
     The Southeastern cross country teams return to the course this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles on Saturday to participate in the McNeese Invitational.
     The Lion tennis team will travel to its second tournament of the fall this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, Southeastern will be in Lafayette to compete in the Ragin’ Cajun Fall Classic, hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette.
     The SLU softball team will host three games this week at North Oak Park to open the fall season. On Wednesday, Southeastern will face LSU Eunice in a 10-inning game at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Lions welcome Pearl River Community College at 12 p.m. and LSU-Alexandria at 4 p.m.



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)


Softball, vs. LSU Eunice (10 innings) (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 4 p.m.


Soccer, vs. Houston Baptist, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - First 75 SLU students receive Southeastern Soccer scarf
Tennis, at Ragin’ Cajun Fall Classic, Lafayette, All Day


Football, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)*
Volleyball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 11 a.m.*
Cross Country, at McNeese Invitational, Lake Charles, All Day
Tennis, at Ragin’ Cajun Fall Classic, Lafayette, All Day
Softball, vs. Pearl River Community College (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
Softball, vs. LSU-Alexandria (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 4 p.m.


Soccer, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Strawberry Stadium, 1 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Academy Sports and Outdoors Youth Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) and Dr. Ralph Wood (College of Nursing and Health Sciences) partnered with North Oaks Medical Center SVP of Patient Services/CNO, Shelly Welch, to present, “An Academic-Practice Partnership to Drive Improvement of Quality Outcomes Through Transitional Care Services” at the 8th Annual Evidence-Based Practice/Research Conference in New Orleans. This presentation highlighted the partially grant-funded quality improvement project that used an academic-practice partnership model in the home to provide interprofessional transitional care services to manage chronic diseases, improve the patient experience through better healthcare navigation, and provide quality of life improvements. Student interns from Southeastern’s health education and promotion program learned and practiced health-coaching techniques to help patients achieve post hospital discharge goals. Nursing students in senior community lab courses explored the feasibility of using electronic medication dispensers in the home setting and disseminated their findings to the care team. Since the HTA program’s inception hospital readmission rates among patient participants have decreased by 72%. The established Health Transitions Alliance (HTA) partnership between Southeastern and North Oaks Medical Center recently received an additional two-year grant. Dr. Ann Carruth (College of Nursing and Health Sciences) is the principal investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture grants.

     Erin Watson-Horzelski (Biological Sciences) was named to the “Ones to Watch – Education” list in New Orleans CityBusiness. One of only a handful of doctoral-level forensic entomologists in the South, she is recognized for the expert testimony she provides in criminal and civil cases for both prosecution and defense teams. She has performed consulting work for the FBI, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the New Orleans and Hammond police departments and other law enforcement agencies.
     Angela Dunnington (Sims Library) and Dr. Lucia Harrison (Languages and Communication, International Initiatives) presented a Mango Languages webinar entitled “Get Funding to Enhance Your Institution's Language and Culture Programs” on Sept. 13.


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