Black History Month scheduled
Let's Talk: Art begins Feb. 15

Food personality to speak at Sims Library

Rock n' Roar set Feb. 18

Farmers markets scheduled
Call for student presentations

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Albert DoucetteSoutheastern to celebrate Black History Month
The Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern will host Black History Month during February featuring a free lecture series. This year’s series is dedicated to the memory of former Southeastern Professor Albert J. Doucette Jr., left.
     “We have quite a varied and interesting set of lectures this year,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department History and Political Science. “Tim Chauvin will discuss Congo Square, where African and European music and culture met and something unique to New Orleans emerged. Ron Traylor will describe how black slaves in America managed to enjoy their own entertainments even while held in bondage and how those changed with emancipation.”
     Robison said his lecture will use audio and video examples to shatter common stereotypes about the supposed differences in the ability of men, women, and various ethnic groups to play particular kinds of music, whether it be classical, jazz, blues, gospel, country, rock, or hip hop.
     All the lectures are free and open to the public. All Black History Month lectures will take place in the Student Union Theatre and include the following:
     Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – “Congo Square: A Collison of Cultures,” History Instructor Tim Chauvin;
     Wednesday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m. – “Black Celebrations in Slavery and into Freedom,” History Instructor Ronald Traylor;
     Tuesday, March 7, 2 p.m. – “Who’s Got Natural Rhythm? Racial and Gender Stereotypes in the Music World,” History Professor and department head William B. Robison.
     For additional information about Southeastern’s Black History Month, contact Robison at 549-2413 or

‘Let’s Talk: Art’ spring series begins Feb. 15
The spring 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  Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.
     The first presentation will be held at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus. Morgan Methvien, art history concentration student, will present “Siegfried Bing and the Promotion of Japonisme.”
     “Parisian German-French art dealer Siegfried Bing was responsible for the popularization of Japanese-style aesthetics in modern art,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “Morgan Methvien will present little-known information about Bing, revealing his influence on Art Nouveau and other specific art movements through the inclusion of Japanese culture and the manner in which his ideas were spread across multiple countries.”
     Johnson said the following evening, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. at the HRAC, located at 217 East Thomas St., photographer Rebecca Meyers will lead attendees through her show “Through the Mind’s Eye: An Artist’s Journey,” currently on display at the center.
     “Rebecca Meyers will discuss her influences and artistic journey using her panoramic images as reference,” Johnson said. “As she traveled 80 miles to work via train, she passed a vast industrial landscape, forming a large image in her mind, which she has now brought to life to share with others.”
     Future talks include the following:
     Melissa Miller, “Miriam Schapiro: Feminist Art and the American Quilt,” Wednesday, March 15, 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
     Irene Nero, “Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain: 20 Years Later,” Wednesday, April 26, 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
     Members of the Hammond Art Guild, “Celebrating 55 Years with the Hammond Art Guild,” Wednesday, May 10, 5 p.m., HRAC
     For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.

Academics, camps, activities featured at Southeastern's Rock ‘n Roar Feb. 18
More than 3,400 students from 85 different high schools will converge on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday, Feb. 18, for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock ‘n Roar, the university’s annual campus-community festival.
     Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rock ‘n Roar, now in its 21st year, will follow its predecessors’ successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Interim Alumni Association Director Julie Perise.
     “Rock ‘n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone, and a great way to get the community, campus and area high school students together to have fun while visiting and learning about Southeastern,” said Perise.
     Rock ‘n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
     At the Literary Rally, students will compete in 46 different academic subjects. When they finish their tests, students can gather information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and enjoy refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student organizations.
     Festival goers can purchase a variety of snacks including pastalaya, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza, vegan chili, jambalaya, curly fries, nachos, cheese cake bites, cake pops, chocolate covered fruit, snow cones, chocolate covered pretzels, various other baked and fried goods.
     Families will find a multitude of children’s activities, including face painting, an interactive football throw with members of the Lion football team, a rock climbing wall, jousting arena and slide. KSLU 90.9 FM radio will be on hand with music and a DJ.
     Rock ‘n Roar will again sponsor its popular camps for local children. The spirit camp for dance and cheer enthusiasts ages 5-12, hosted by the Southeastern Lionettes and cheerleaders, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building.  
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 6-12 from 9-11 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. The camp, which costs $15, will take place in Clark Hall.
     The baseball camp is set for 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the football practice field behind the bull pen on campus. Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball glove and bat for a day of fun. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the camp fee is $15.
     Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at Pre-registration and payment for all camps is mandatory due to limited space.
     Pets are not allowed at the event. For additional information about Rock ‘n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 549-2150 or visit

Poppy Tooker

Food personality Poppy Tooker to speak at Sims Memorial Library Tea March 4
Poppy Tooker, food activist and writer, will be the featured speaker at the annual Friends of Sims Library’s Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library.
     Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries.
     Tooker is the host and executive producer of the weekly NPR radio show Louisiana Eats! and a regular food personality on WYES-TV’s weekly Steppin’ Out.  Her book, The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook, received a Tabasco Cookbook Award and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.
     Her other books include Tujague’s Cookbook: Creole Recipes and Lore in the New Orleans Grand Tradition; Louisiana Eats!: The People, the Food, and Their Stories; and Madame Begue’s Recipes of Old New Orleans Creole Cookery. She was recognized by the Times-Picayune as a “Hero of the Storm” for her work reviving New Orleans restaurants and food providers following Hurricane Katrina.
     The International Association of Cooking Professionals recognized Tooker’s rebuilding efforts at their annual conference in April 2008, with their first-ever Community Service Award. For over 25 years, her cooking classes have centered on history and tradition as well as the food science behind her preparation.
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual membership in FOSL. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10.
     Reservations must be received by Wednesday, March 1. To reserve a seat or to find out more about FOSL, please call Janie Branham at 549-2186 or email

Southeastern students to sponsor farmers markets throughout spring semester
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a series of farmers markets throughout the spring semester, with the first on Feb. 15 in the Student Union breezeway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Tentative dates for the others are March 8, March 22 and April 5. Each will feature locally grown produce, arts and crafts, and fresh prepared foods, such as honey, cheese and baked goods. Vendors include Covey Rise Farms, Berry Hill Farms, and various independent artisans.
     “We want to support the local economy by promoting area farmers and artisans,” said Reconnect President Jessica Bell, a sophomore sociology major. “For us, it’s all about promoting awareness of the importance of buying and eating locally grown food, rather than food grown thousands of miles away.”
     Student vendors are encouraged to participate in the markets by emailing Reconnect at Tables are provided at no charge.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase Call for Presentations
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this showcase of student research, creative, and scholarly activity on Tuesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, located on the third floor.
This non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
We envision that the students – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – will be present for an hour or two during the five-hour showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
The application deadline is Monday, March 6.
For full information and to register your presentation, please visit the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs’ web page


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The Southeastern baseball and golf teams officially opens the 2017 season, the basketball teams celebrate Senior Day, while the tennis and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The week’s action opens on Thursday with the Lions (13-13, 6-7 Southland) and the visiting Lady Lions (5-19, 3-10 Southland) traveling to Northwestern State for a Southland Conference basketball doubleheader in Natchitoches. The women’s game opens the night’s action at 5:15 p.m. with the men’s game following at 8 p.m.
     Also on Thursday, the Lion tennis team (2-0) will make its spring road debut, traveling to Southern for a 2 p.m. match in Baton Rouge.
     On Friday, the Lion baseball team will open the 2017 season against fellow 2016 NCAA Regional participant and in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field. The SLU – UL Lafayette showdown will be the nightcap of the day’s action at the Pat, as Hofstra will face Murray State at 1 p.m.
     The Lady Lion softball team (3-1) will continue its season-opening home stand this week. On Friday, SLU opens Lion Classic II with a 1 p.m. contest versus Buffalo and a 5 p.m. matchup with UT Arlington.
     The SLU track and field teams will participate in its final tune-up prior to next week’s Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge to compete at the LSU Twilight meet.
     Saturday will be the most action-packed day thus far in 2017 on the Southeastern campus. In the University Center, the Lady Lions and Lions will host Stephen F. Austin for a Southland Conference Senior Day basketball doubleheader. The women’s game opens the day at 3 p.m. Prior to the game, senior forward Chey Stewart will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
     Stewart will also be Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Wylie, Texas native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Prior to the 5 p.m. SLU-SFA men’s game, senior forward Dominic Nelson will be honored in a pregame Senior Day ceremony. Saturday is also Alumni Day, as all former Lions are invited to be honored at halftime of the contest.
     The round-robin at Alumni Field will continue on Saturday. At 1 p.m., Murray State and Louisiana-Lafayette will face off in the day’s opener. The Lions will take on Hofstra at 6 p.m.
     Lion Classic II continues at North Oak Park. The Lady Lions will face Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m. and Southeast Missouri State at 5:30 p.m. as part of the second day of the round-robin tournament.
     The Southeastern golf team will open the spring on Saturday, when it opens play at the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas. The tournament runs through Sunday.
     The SLU tennis team will also be back on the court on Saturday with a 1 p.m. match at South Alabama.
     The season-opening round robin baseball series will wrap up on Sunday. The Lions face Murray State in the 1 p.m. opener and Hofstra will face Louisiana-Lafayette at 5 p.m. in the final game of the weekend.
     The Lion Classic II also concludes on Sunday. The Lady Lions will face Morehead State in the 11 a.m. tournament finale.
     Fans will have the opportunity to keep up with the Lions and Lady Lions on a variety of media platforms this week. Thursday’s men’s basketball game will be televised on the American Sports Network. A live video stream and a list of affiliates will be available at The Southeastern Channel will provide a free live video stream of Saturday’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader versus Stephen F. Austin at
     All of this week’s basketball games, as well as Friday and Sunday’s baseball games, along with Wednesday’s Jay Ladner Radio Show can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.  LionVision subscribers can access a live video of all of this week’s baseball and softball action at


FEB 15

Men’s Basketball, Jay Ladner Radio Show, Student Union, 12 p.m. (KSLU)

FEB 16

Men’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches,

8 p.m. (American Sports Network) (KSLU)*


Women’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 5:15 p.m. (KSLU)*


Women’s Tennis, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 2 p.m.

FEB 17

Baseball, Hofstra vs. Murray State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (LionVision)

Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)


Softball, vs. Buffalo (Lion Classic II), North Oak Park,

1 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, vs. UT Arlington (Lion Classic II), North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)


Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Twilight, Baton Rouge, All Day

FEB 18

Women’s Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (Southeastern Channel)*
            - Senior Day
            - Chey Stewart Trading Card Day

Men’s Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 5 p.m. (KSLU) (Southeastern Channel)*
            - Senior Day
            - Alumni Day

Baseball, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Murray State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (LionVision)
Baseball, vs. Hofstra, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)

Softball, vs. Middle Tennessee State (Lion Classic II), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Southeast Missouri (Lion Classic II), North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)

Golf, at All-American Intercollegiate, Houston, Texas, All Day

Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, 1 p.m.



FEB 19

Softball, vs. Morehead State, North Oak Park, 11 a.m. (LionVision)

Baseball, vs. Murray State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
Baseball, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Hofstra, Alumni Field,

5 p.m. (LionVision)

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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