Aeolus String Quartet

MLK Remembrance set

CMS to host Double Reed Workshop

Study Abroad Fair scheduled

Cabaret to raise money

Enhancement grants awarded

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Aeolus String QuartetColumbia Theatre to present Aeolus Classical String Quartet
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Aeolus: Classical String Quartet in one performance only on Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     Violinists Nicholas Tavani, Rachel Shapiro, and Gregory Luce and cellist Alan Richardson formed the group in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States, said Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood.
     “Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet has been widely recognized for its highly innovative and engaging outreach programs,” Blackwood said. “They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, and the group’s members currently make their home in New York City.”
     Tickets for the Jan. 26 Columbia show are $26 in the orchestra or balcony and $40 in the loge. 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, online at, or by phone at 543-4371.
     Half-price tickets for Southeastern students are available 30 days prior to the show for students with university ID. The limit is one ticket per ID.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.

Southeastern plans MLK Remembrance Jan. 18
Southeastern will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a remembrance program on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.
    Open to the public, the event is sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
     The event will begin with a candlelight processional, which will start outside of the Pennington Student Activity Center. The ceremony will conclude with a program in the Student Union Ballroom that will include remarks and reflection on King’s life and impact.  
     For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-3850.

Southeastern to host Study Abroad Fair 
With a dozen study abroad trips planned for the spring, Southeastern will host its annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 18 and 19.
    The fair, which will be held in the Student Union breezeway, gives students and others the opportunity to learn about global education possibilities sponsored by the Office of International Initiatives in cooperation with several Southeastern academic departments.
    The programs vary from one to three weeks in length and offer up to six academic credit hours each.
    Lucia Harrison, director of the Office of International Initiatives, said the trips are available not only to Southeastern students but to students from other universities and the general public as well. A limited number of scholarships are available.
    “The fair will include former study abroad students, coordinating faculty, and staff who will be available to answer questions and share their experiences,” Harrison added. “Applications for the trips can be completed at the fair itself or online at”
    Countries and programs being offered include: France, language and culture, biology, business in Europe; Spain, language and culture, business in Europe;  England, criminal justice, communication and theater; Austria, history and political science; Cuba, sociology; Costa Rica, tropical ecology, business; and Panama, business.
    Deadline to apply for all programs is Feb. 16. For more information about the programs, scholarships, and other details, contact the Office of International Initiatives at 549-2135 or via email at

Enhancement grants awardedEnhancement grants awarded
The Center for Faculty Excellence awarded 2016 - 2017 Enhancement grants to Alysia Anderson, David Hanson, Cristina Molina, Amber Narro, Jerry Parker, Rebecca Davis, Meghan Savage, Lillian Stiegler, Evelyn Del Rio, Wynn Gillan, Brian Williams, Denise Hart, Janet Jones, and Ephraim Massawe.
     Enhancement grants are designed to increase faculty productivity and effectiveness as a scholar and teacher while increasing student learning and student success. Grants are awarded for Teaching, Research and/or scholarly/creative activity.
     Grant recipients participate in the Center’s Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research & Creativity designed to highlight the projects and disseminate the results to other Southeastern faculty.
     The Center would like to thank the Southeastern Alumni Association for making this possible with their generous donation.


GRANT RECIPIENTS – From left, Alysia Anderson, Ephraim Massawe and David Hanson each received an Enhancement grant from the Center for Faculty Excellence.


Community Music School to host Double Reed Workshop
The Southeastern Community Music School will hold its 33rd annual Double Reed Workshop Feb. 3 and 4.
     Scheduled at Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus, the workshop will provide instruction on the oboe and bassoon and will address playing position and technique, special fingerings, care and simple repairs; making double reeds for bassoon and oboe; and coaching on selected music, including contest and audition pieces.
     The two-day workshop is $30 and is open to junior high and high school students, as well as adults. The event begins on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. and ends on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. Southeastern’s Bassoon Professor Emeritus Jerry Voorhees and expert oboist Christine Webert will instruct the workshop.
     “This is the 33rd year in a row we have held this workshop. The oboe and bassoon are very important instruments in bands and orchestras, but not many students are studying them,” Voorhees said. “I hope the workshop encourages students to study and play these unusual instruments by providing specialized information which is important to playing them successfully - information not usually covered in school music classes.”
      For full details and registration, contact the Community Music School at 549-5502,, or contact Voorhees at 345-4537 or

Reed Making Workshop

REED MAKING - Dr. Jerry Voorhees (standing) assists bassoon students during a workshop at Southeastern as they learn the fine art of making bassoon reeds.

Cabaret Evening to benefit Sims Library and Columbia Theatre
A fun-filled way to support two good causes is coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.  “Breakfast in Paris, Martinis in Manhattan: A Cabaret” is a unique fundraiser and musical program organized by the Friends of Sims Library and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Raynel Shepard sings the immortal songs of Paris and New York, accompanied by New Orleans entertainer Harry Mayronne on piano. Guests will be treated to such favorites as “C’est Si Bon,” “I Love Paris,” “La Vie en Rose,” “Autumn in New York,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “The Lady Is a Tramp,” evoking the sights, sounds, and sensations of both cities.
     Shepard comes from a musical family with deep roots in New Orleans. A singer and performer since the age of 14, she has recently returned to her familial and musical roots, dividing her time between New Orleans and Boston, performing regularly in both venues. Her repertoire includes cabaret, show tunes, jazz standards, bossa nova, and blues. With her sultry voice, beautiful sense of rhythm and haunting interpretation of ballads, she offers a musical experience you will never forget.
     Mayronne is the composer/co-producer of the long-running musical comedy Waiting Around—The Restaurant Musical, written with Ricky Graham, which was performed both in New Orleans and off-Broadway. As a pianist and musical director, Mayronne has played in many venues, from New Orleans and New York to West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort and Berlin. A skilled marionette designer and puppeteer, he recently had his first gallery showing of marionettes in the French Quarter.
     Tickets for the cabaret are $40 each and, in addition to the show, include two signature cocktails created by Jacmel Inn. Additional drinks will be available at a cash bar. You can purchase tickets via check payable to Southeastern Foundation and mailed to Friends of Sims Library, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402.
     Since seating is limited, advance reservations are required by Monday, Jan. 30. Tickets will be held at the box office of the Columbia Theatre. No tickets will be sold at the door.
     For more information, call Janie Branham at Sims Library at 549-2186.


Baton Rouge Advocate
Faculty exhibit scheduled at SLU Contemporary Art Center
SLU Community Music School selects outstanding students

Hammond Daily Star
SLU Convocation bestows honors on faculty, staff
Four receive SLU emeritus status

Faculty Senate resolution calls for plans to implement raises

Louisiana Sportsman
Houma angler lands ‘mutant’ redfish (Piller)


The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Both the Lions (11-8, 4-2 Southland) and the Lady Lions (3-14, 1-5 Southland) only have one game this week after a grueling early stretch of the Southland schedule.
     The men’s team will look to extend its current 15-game home winning streak when it hosts Houston Baptist on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the University Center. In conjunction with Saturday’s contest, Southeastern will recognize Southeastern Athletics Hall of Famer C.A. Core at halftime, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame later this year.
     The women will hit the road, traveling to Incarnate Word for a 5:30 p.m. contest on Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. Both of this week’s 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 Saturday’s game at


JAN 19

Women’s Basketball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 5:30 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 21

Men’s Basketball, vs. Houston Baptist, University Center, 5 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - C.A. Core Day


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Jerry Parker (Languages and Communication) attended the 2017 Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference this past weekend in Lafayette. He gave a presentation entitled “Foreign Language Teachers as Social Justice Leaders” and chaired a roundtable discussion entitled “Curriculum Leadership in the Foreign Language Classroom.”
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) recently participated in a workshop focused on physics curriculum for education majors (Next Gen PET) that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Allain has been using a version of this curriculum since 2004 and is now part of the Next Gen PET Advisory Board. The workshop was held at California State University San Marcos.

     Edward Hebert, Ryan Green, and Millie Naquin (Kinesiology and Health Studies) co-authored two presentations along with Cedric Scotto (Technical Rep, Altra Running) that were presented at the Southern District SHAPE America Conference Jan. 9-12. One was a lecture session providing an overview of the evolution of running shoes and how shoe characteristics influence running mechanics – “Traditional vs. Minimalist Shoes: How Shoes Influence Running Mechanics.” The other was a research poster presentation of a study conducted at SLU – “Running Gait and Foot Strike Pattern Changes in Recreational Runners Transitioning from Traditional to Minimalist Footwear.”


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