Chefs Evening participants
Opera Music/Theatre Workshop set
Sustainability Day scheduled
Southeastern Dance concert set
Rock n' Roar a success

Science on Tap set March 7
Louth receives LEH award
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Eating healthy on Valentine's Day

UPD to hold RAD class
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Chefs Evening 2016 participantChefs Evening to feature wide variety of cuisine, beverages
Louisiana is known for its flair for creating and experiencing good food, and the Northshore region is a perfect example of inventive and traditional restaurants, unique niche food and grocery stores, distillers, brewers, bakeries and so much more.  
     Southeastern’s Chefs Evening is a reflection of the incredible offerings from around the area, providing a true “taste of the Northshore.”
     Regional restaurants are lining up for Chefs Evening scheduled March 12 at the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. The event promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages, and wine tastings.
     Restaurants and beverage companies participating include: Acquistapace Covington Supermarket, Benedicts Plantation, Cate Street Seafood Station, Champagne Beverage, Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café, Crescent Bar, Don’s Seafood, Eddie’s Frozen Custard, Gnarly Barley, Hammond High Culinary, Jacmel Inn, Jim Carey Distributing, Santiago’s Cuban Bar & Grill, Southern Catering, The Boston Restaurant, Tope La, Trey Yuen, Truck Farm Tavern, and others as well.
     Tickets are available for Chefs Evening or to both Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast, hosted by President John Crain at the President’s Residence. To order individual tickets, patron tables or for more information, call 549-2239, email or visit the website

FINE CUISINE AT CHEFS EVENING – Representatives of Aquistapace’s Covington Supermarket pose at Southeastern’s Chefs Evening last year where the vendor was a winner of a Taster’s Choice Award. Acquistapace's, as well as many other vendors, will participate in Chefs Evening 2017, scheduled March 12 at Southeastern’s Student Union Ballroom from 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, call 549-2239, email or visit the website at

Opera/Music Theatre Workshop to present ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” based on the Shakespeare play of the same name, on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23 and 24.
     The performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicolai is set in the village and forest of Windsor, which still exist today. However, to make Opera Workshop’s production a bit more topical, explained Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, this local version of the play is set in 1950s New Orleans.
     “So instead of a tavern in the village of Windsor, theater goers will see Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar on Bourbon St.,” Effler said. “Instead of a courtyard between two of the character’s houses, there will be a sidewalk outside a wall of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 near the French Quarter. A corner of Jackson Square will stand in for Windsor Forest.
     “The plot of the opera retains much of the action of the play,” he added. “Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page, the merry wives, both receive an identical love letter from the old, unattractive, and corpulent Sir John Falstaff. They decide to teach him a lesson and, at the same time, teach a different lesson to Mrs. Ford’s jealous husband. This sets off a comic chain of events that occupies much of the opera.”
     Effler said there is also a young couple in love: Fenton and Anne Page. Mrs. Page prefers the strutting Dr. Cajus as a suitor; Mr. Page prefers the wealthy Mr. Slender.
     “The wives finally decide that they’ve tortured Falstaff enough, except for one last trick, which the husbands are in on – a masquerade will be held in Jackson Square that night,” Effler continued. “Falstaff is to come dressed as the infamous pirate, Jean Lafitte, but doesn’t know that the other revelers will be dressed as ghosts and spirits. They torment the terrified Falstaff, but in the end he is forgiven. Anne plays a trick on her parents and her unwelcome suitors, and elopes with Fenton.”
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Rachel M. Harris, who has directed the productions “Opera by the Slice,” “La Perichole,” “Fairy Tales: Hansel & Gretel and Cendrillon,” “Street Scene,” “Puccini: Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci,” “Die Fledermaus,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”
     The cast for the production includes guest artist Spancer Reichman of Austin, Tex., as Falstaff; Alfred Harper of New Orleans as Mr. Ford; Mrs. Ford is double cast with Sara Cage of Baton Rouge and Rachel Dengon of Jena; Brennan Simmons of Walker as Mr. Page; double cast as Mrs. Page is Deondra Bell of Baton Rouge and Claire Putnam of Mandeville. Other cast members include Elizabeth Langley of Mandeville as Ann Page; Terelle Bibbins of Slidell as Fenton; Earl Poole of New Orleans as Dr. Cajus; and Jody Bennett of Lake Charles as Mr. Slender.
     Members of the chorus are Anne Labranche, Abita Springs; Imari Simmons, Baton Rouge; Wesley Newton, Bourg; Hannah Turner, Central; Cody Sires, Chalmette; Kaylin Guillory, Covington; Carley Duet, Cutoff; Jeremy Guillot, Denham Springs; Seth Guerra, New Orleans; Regan Adcock, Derik Tran, and Ryan Pitre, Pearl River; and Cheyenne Moore, Slidell.
     Effler will serve as musical director and conductor, and Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty members Jeff Mickey will design the set and Benjamin Norman will design the lighting. Costume design is by Nicole Watts.
     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

Southeastern Dance to present concert named ‘Untitled’
Southeastern’s resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present “Untitled” on Feb. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre located in D Vickers Hall on campus.
     The production is directed by Director of Dance Skip Costa.
     “Dance Performance Project’s concert ‘Untitled’ is intentionally named, as all dances remain nameless so that the audience makes their own interpretation of the choreography being presented,” said Costa.
     Dancers performing in the production include Forrest Duplantier, Covington; Hayley Jordan, Baton Rouge; Alexis May and Brianna Denmark, Denham Springs; Morgan Georgetown, Baker; Fonzy Vasquez, Marrero; Sophia Miano, Garyville; Shelby Johnson, Houma; Cierra Calloway, Houma; Ireiell Hawkins, New Orleans; Demi Wells, Amite; Ashley Barbarin, White Castle; and Alaura Cervini, Metairie.
     Tickets for “Untitled” are $8 for students, seniors, and children, $10 general admission, and will be available in the D Vickers box office the evening of each performance.
     For more information, contact Costa at

Richard Louth

Southeastern professor receives LEH Literacy Award 
Southeastern Professor of English Richard Louth was selected as recipient of the 2017 Light Up for Literacy Award by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
     It is the second LEH award Louth has earned. He was recognized in 2001 with the LEH Special Humanities Award.
     As director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, an initiative he founded in 1992, Louth is devoted to improving the teaching of writing at all academic levels. The SLWP is part of the National Writing Project, a network of “teachers teaching teachers” about writing in all grade levels and disciplines. The program works with teachers through annual summer institutes, as well as through workshops, writing retreats, and writing marathons held each year.  
     Louth is also founder of the New Orleans Writing Marathon, where participants under his guidance write across the city in small groups for hours or days at a time. New Orleans-style writing marathons now take place in schools, cities, and National Writing Project sites across the country, and have been an annual feature at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans for four years.
     A member of the Southeastern faculty since 1978, Louth is a recipient of the Southeastern President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of the highest honors the university presents to faculty. He also received the College of Arts and Sciences’ award for Teaching Excellence the first year it was offered in 1991 and served as Southeastern’s Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences from 1997 to 2000.
     The LEH is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for all residents in the state. The award will be presented April 13 at the 2017 Bright Lights Award Dinner at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge. The event is sponsored by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Entergy Louisiana.

Eating healthy on Valentine’s Day
Southeastern’s Employee Wellness Committee sponsored a demonstration last week to emphasize healthy eating on Valentine’s Day. Nutrition instructors Christie Martin and Heather Dykes provided healthy advice on modifying recipes to reduce bad fats and sugar, while increasing vitamins and nutrients.
     Among the treats offered to faculty and staff attendees were Black Bean Brownies, homemade granola, and healthy guacamole. The presentation was made in the Family and Consumer Science nutrition lab, which has recently been updated with a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Eating healthy demonstrationEATING HEALTHY DEMONSTRATION - Christie Martin, left, and Heather Dykes demonstrate preparation of Black Bean Brownies.

Sustainability tours

Southeastern to sponsor Sustainability Day with tours of center
The Southeastern Sustainability Center will celebrate Sustainability Day Wednesday, Feb. 22, with educational tours of the high-tech facility for junior high and high school students.
     “We offer tours to area schools as a hands-on learning experience on alternative energy techniques, providing students with opportunities to learn more about the sustainability techniques that are available,” said Carlos Doolittle, manager of grounds, landscaping and recycling at Southeastern.
     The 90-minute tours will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the center, which is operated by the Southeastern Office of Physical Plant Services. The center is located at 2101 North Oak Street.  Schools are asked to pre-register for the free tours on Sustainability Day or any other day by emailing or by calling 549-5172.
     The center opened several years ago to provide an educational facility for university students as well as generate financial savings for the university. The award-winning center, which also is now a teaching resource available to the public, is a demonstration site to assist students in learning more about renewable energy, recycling and waste reduction, plant biology and other sustainable technologies.
     Features include a plant propagation area that uses rainwater runoff for irrigation; technologically-strong classrooms for energy engineering technology study; and an educational outreach center powered by solar, wind and hydrothermal energy.
     The facility also features projects that demonstrate biofuel technology, a mobile gasification unit that turns woody products into electricity, and a rainwater collection unit for non-drinking water purposes.

SUSTAINABILITY CENTER TOURS – Elementary school students learn about solar power and other alternative energy methods at a tour of Southeastern’s Sustainability Center. The center will offer educational tours for junior high and high school students on the university’s celebration of Sustainability Day, Wednesday, Feb. 22. Tours on that day or at other times can be arranged by calling 549-5172.

Rock n' Roar

Students turn out for Literary Rally, Rock ‘n Roar
More than 3,400 students from 85 different high schools converged on Southeastern Saturday for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock ‘n Roar, the university’s annual campus-community festival. The event featured departmental information exhibits. Pictured, Mohamed Zeidan, left, assistant professor of Engineering Technology, talks about robots with Leith Reardon of Mandeville.

‘T.B.A’ – Science on Tap presents ‘Stealth Talk’ by Southeastern Physicist
The fact that many students and the general public fail to show up for scientific presentations – thinking the title, speaker, or subject isn’t of any interest to them – will  be the topic  at Southeastern’s next Science on Tap presentation on Tuesday, March 7.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation titled “T.B.A.” by Associate Professor of Physics David Norwood will be held 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.
     Norwood contends that simply considering the subject or speaker can be short-sighted, even for someone with decades of experience in science.
     “The most memorable talk I ever heard was about milk; the second most memorable was about the rings that are left when a water spot evaporates,” said Norwood. “I recently heard a great lecture about salamanders, which you may think would have little interest for a physicist.”
     So now Norwood, an experimental physicist who works in the “fuzzy area” where physics and chemistry overlap, has decided to present what he calls “stealth talks.” Moving forward, many of his presentations will be on topics unknown to attendees until they attend.
     “My presentations that night will be stealth talks ‘To Be Announced’ or T.B.A.; you’ll have to be there to learn the topic,” he said.
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Center for Faculty Excellence News
As part of The Center for Faculty Excellence’s “Celebrate” initiative, the month of February is dedicated to the celebration and recognition of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors left “Thank You” messages on the college appreciation banner, which was presented to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean, Dr. Karen Fontenot.
     The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to providing students with an intellectually stimulating and challenging experience in the classroom, research lab, art studio, concert hall, and stage. The faculty is dedicated to engaging students in their disciplines, developing their intellect and creativity, and offering educational opportunities to increase their future success.
Faculty Excellence celebrates initiativeTHANK YOU BANNER - Pictured with the banner are Karen Fontenot, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Moodle Administrator Mark Terranova.

University Police to hold RAD Class
The University Police Department will offer a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class for women in the community March 25-26. The class is open to women ages 12 and over interested in learning active defense techniques and other useful safety skills.
     “The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities and in communities throughout the United States, Canada, and globally in countries across three continents,” said Southeastern Sergeant Will Smith. “Women from 12 to over 65 have completed the RAD course and all have gained useful information and skills to help them stay safe.”
     The class will be held at a confidential location on or near Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond. Space is limited and priority will be given to Southeastern participants, although all women in the community are welcome.
     Enrolled Southeastern students and current Southeastern employees are admitted free. Students and employees may bring one guest at a charge of $25.
     For more information or to register for the class, e-mail Sgt. Smith at


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SLU names honors list students for fall 2016
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Campus farmers market returns
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Happy eating on Valentine’s Day
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Livingston Parish News
SLU names 4,155 to fall 2016 honors list


The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams compete in the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, while the basketball, baseball, softball and tennis teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (1-1) will close out the Tangi Tourism Baseball Classic on Monday. SLU will face UL Lafayette at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field in a makeup of Friday’s game that was rained out.
     The Ragin’ Cajuns will be the first of two in-state rivals visiting The Pat this week, as Tulane will be in town for a 6 p.m. contest on Tuesday. Fans will be treated to “Fireworks at The Pat” in conjunction with Tuesday’s Lions-Green Wave showdown.
     Also on Tuesday, the SLU tennis team (3-1) will return home for its pre-conference finale. The Lions will host Alcorn State for a 2 p.m. match at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     On Wednesday, the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will begin competition at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet runs through Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. Live results will be available at
     Also on Wednesday, the men’s (14-14, 7-8 Southland) and the women’s basketball (5-21, 3-12 Southland) teams will close out the home portion of their 2016-17 schedules, welcoming Central Arkansas for a Southland Conference doubleheader. The women’s game opens the evening’s action at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game following at 7:30 p.m.
     Wednesday will be a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score 50 points or more or the Lions score 60 points or more, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     SLU junior guard Bre Warren will be Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game for the women’s game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Slidell, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Wednesday’s action continues when the SLU softball team (6-2) will open its road schedule. The Lady Lions will travel to Louisiana Tech for a 4 p.m. contest versus their in-state rival.
     The Jay Ladner Show will also air on Wednesday at 12 p.m. on KSLU-FM (90.9) from the Southeastern Student Union.
     On Friday, the Lion baseball team opens its 2017 road schedule. SLU will open a series at Rice with a 6:30 p.m. contest in Houston, Texas.
     The Southeastern softball team will open play at the Troy Trojan Classic in Troy, Alabama with a 3 p.m. contest versus Pittsburgh on Friday.
     On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will head down to Nicholls for a Southland Conference doubleheader in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The women’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m. with the men’s game set for a 3:30 p.m. tip-off.
     The baseball team will continue its series at Rice with a 2 p.m. game on Saturday. Also on Saturday, SLU will continue play at the Troy softball tournament, facing Lipscomb at 10 a.m. and Troy at 3 p.m.
     The tennis team will open Southland Conference play on Saturday. The Lions will be in Lake Charles, Louisiana for a 12 p.m. match at McNeese.
     The week’s action wraps up on Sunday with the Lion baseball team closing out its series at Rice with a 1 p.m. contest. The softball team finishes tournament play at Troy with a 10 a.m. game versus Pittsburgh and a 3 p.m. game against the host Trojans.
     All of this week’s basketball games, as well as Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday’s baseball games can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.  LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Monday and Tuesday’s baseball games, as well as Wednesday’s women’s basketball game at Wednesday’s men’s game will be streamed by the Southeastern Channel at


FEB 20

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

FEB 21

Baseball, vs. Tulane, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
            - Fireworks at the Pat
Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

2 p.m.

FEB 22

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Indoor Championships, Birmingham, Ala.,

All Day
Women’s Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 5:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Cane’s Challenge
            - Bre Warren Trading Card Day
Men’s Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel – Tape Delay/Live Stream)*
            - Cane’s Challenge
Softball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball, Jay Ladner Radio Show, Student Union, 12 p.m. (KSLU)



FEB 23

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Conference Indoor Championships, Birmingham, Ala.,

All Day



FEB 24

Baseball, at Rice, Houston, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Pittsburgh (Troy Classic), Troy, Ala., 3 p.m.



FEB 25

Women’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 3:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Baseball, at Rice, Houston, Texas, 2 p.m.
Softball, vs. Lipscomb (Troy Classic), Troy, Ala., 10 a.m.
Softball, at Troy (Troy Classic), Troy, Ala., 3 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 12 p.m.*



FEB 26

Baseball, at Rice, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Pittsburgh (Troy Classic), Troy, Ala., 10 a.m.
Softball, at Troy (Troy Classic), Troy, Ala., 3 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Renée Gravois (Sam Houston State University), Tará Burnthorne Lopez and Michael Budden (Marketing) had their article “The Consumer Behavior Challenge: Designing an Assignment to Motivate Student Reflection and Self-Growth” accepted for publication in Marketing Education Review. All three of these marketing professors are Southeastern alumni.
     Mario Krenn (Management and Business Administration) published his article “Competing Institutional Pressures in Corporate Governance Reform: The Role of Board Interlocks and Industry Peers” in Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society (Emerald Publishing Limited).

     Joan Faust (English) presented a paper at the 22nd Annual John Donne Society Conference held Feb. 16-18. The paper, titled “The Terror and Glory of Liminality: The Case of Donne,” explored 17th-century poet John Donne’s life and works utilizing the anthropological theories of liminality. Faust also serves as local chair for the conference and on the Executive Committee of the John Donne Society.


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