Cate exhibit opens

Bill Evans Jazz Festival scheduled
Regions Bank sponsors President's Toast
Benefit for Sims Library, Columbia set

Science on Tap scheduled

Fleig to lead KSLU's Point of View

Center for Faculty Excellence News
UPD gives bicycle safety tips

Lecture on streaming videos set

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Cate exhibit dedication

Cate Exhibit opens
Descendants of Charles Emery Cate and Southeastern officials cut a ribbon on Friday to mark the official opening of the Charles Emery Cate Exhibit located on the first floor of the Sims Memorial Library. Cate was one of the early developers of the City of Hammond and “one of the most important citizens in the development of the city,” according to Southeastern President John L. Crain. The exhibit includes photos, writings, and artifacts donated by the Cate family. Professor Emeritus of History Howard Nichols said Cate moved to the north shore in 1853, purchased large tracts of land, and established several businesses, including a lumber mill, grist mill and a shoe manufacturing plant, all of which were destroyed by Union forces during the Civil War. Following the war, he reinvested in another sawmill and opened a brickyard, while encouraging businessmen to migrate to the area and establish operations.
    Pictured at the event are, from left: Library Director Eric Johnson, President Crain, Samuel Hyde, director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies; Karen Fontenot, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Trey Reymond, Suzanne Graham, Cate’s Great-Great Grandaughter; Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren Lee Reymond and Emery Cate Reymond; John Graham, Stan Dameron; Ken Howe, director of Facility Planning; Tasha Dameron, Jeff Dameron, Cate Reymond,  Professor Emeritus of History Howard Nichols, and former Southeastern President Randy Moffett. 
     The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.


Southeastern to host Bill Evans Jazz Festival
Mike EsneaultIn honor of one of its most distinguished alumni, the Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present the annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival Feb. 15-18.
     The festival will feature free performances by the Alumni Jazz Ensemble, the SLU Jazz Combos, and SLU jazz faculty. All performances are free and open to the public and will be held in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall.
     This year, the festival will feature a master class with guest artist Mike Esneault. An Emmy Award-winning pianist and composer, Esneault has enjoyed success across many mediums including television, cinema, and radio, in addition to his triumphs as a recording artist. He has recorded more than 30 scores for the Public Broadcasting Service and composed pieces for companies such as Exxon, McDonald’s and Blue Cross. His arrangements have been performed by orchestras around the world and in places such as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Esneault is also an accomplished clinician and teacher.
     “Mike was invited this year because he is a fine piano player, a wonderful writer and a great instructor,” said Michael Bothers, co-director for the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and one of the festival’s coordinators. “The Jazz Ensemble will play several of his compositions in concert, which is great for our students because they will experience quality new music.”
     The festival will also include the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education (LAJE) State Music Festival, a competition with performances by area middle and high school jazz ensembles. The festival will start Friday morning and conclude Saturday at noon in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The performance schedule includes: Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Jazz Concert; Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., Southeastern Jazz Combos; Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Southeastern Jazz Faculty Concert with guest artist Mike Esneault; Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., master class with Esneault; and 3 p.m., Southeastern Jazz Ensemble in concert with Esneault.
     Masterclasses and performances are traditional parts of the Bill Evans Jazz Festival, but this year the department will be adding a more tangible aspect. Artifacts of Evans’ will be on display in the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery throughout the duration of the festival. Photographs, album covers and letters written by Evans will be exhibited to showcase the jazz legends’ achievements and his history with Southeastern.
     Brothers said former Southeastern faculty member Ron Nethercutt will present a lecture Wednesday, Feb. 15, at noon on Evans in the Art Gallery located in East Stadium.
     “Bill Evans is one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, so naturally we would want to highlight his connection to Southeastern,” said Brothers.
     Many of the articles that will be on display were taken from archives maintained by the university. However, some were gathered by Brothers personally.
     “One of the letters in the exhibit has never seen the light of day until now,” he said. “Also, it took some doing, but we will have a program from the 1994 GRAMMY Awards where Evans received a Lifetime Achievement Award. We also were able to reach out to former members of the Bill Evans Trio, percussionist Marty Morell and bassist Chuck Israels for scans of photographs of Bill.”
     For additional information, call the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Acclaimed pianist, composer and Grammy Award winner Michael Esneault will be a featured performer at Southeastern’s annual Bill Evans Festival to be held on campus Feb. 15-18. Information can be obtained by calling 549-2184.


Physics of video games topic of next Science on Tap presentation 
Most people do not realize the tremendous amount of physics that goes into creating video games, explains a Southeastern physics professor.
     The role of physics in video games will be the focus of the next Science on Tap lecture presented by Southeastern’s Department of Biological Sciences on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
     Associate Professor of Physics Rhett Allain 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.
     “Many people are familiar with the popular game Angry Birds for mobile phones. The basic idea is to fling some birds toward structures with pigs in the hopes of knocking them over,” said Allain.
      But is there real physics in a game like this? Allain’s presentation will demonstrate simple experiments in the game to learn the methods that model the motions of these birds as well as activities in other video games. “And we’ll discuss how this can be used as a method to explore the scientific process,” he added.
     Allain is a frequent contributor to magazine WIRED magazine and maintains a physics-oriented page on the publication’s website. A former physics consultant for the television show “Mythbusters,” he currently serves as a consultant for the popular CBS show “MacGyver.”
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.
 Rhett AllainPHYSICS OF VIDEO GAMES – Southeastern Associate Professor of Physics Rhett Allain will discuss the role of physics in video games at the next Science on Tap presentation Feb. 7 at Tope La Catering in Hammond.

Center for Faculty Excellence news
As part of The Center for Faculty Excellence’s “Celebrate” initiative, the month of November was dedicated to the celebration and recognition of the College of Science and Technology. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors left “Thank You” messages on the college appreciation banner, which was presented to the College of Science and Technology Dean Dr. Daniel McCarthy.  
     The College of Science and Technology offers 11 high-quality degree programs that prepare students for success in the workplace or further studies. The compelling feature of these programs is students receive unique, personalized learning experiences from our faculty. From supervised research to group projects that study real-world problems, these experiences are the reason why our graduates are nationally competitive for the best jobs, graduate schools and professional programs.

Science and Technology thank you

UPD gives tips for bicycle safety
During the fall semester several bicycles were reported stolen from areas around campus. The best way to prevent this is by properly securing your bicycle to a bicycle rack. Heavy duty U-bolt style bike locks, when used properly, are the most secure and hardest to overcome.
     Bicycles should be registered with the university and should be locked to bicycle racks when not in use. Registration can be completed quickly and for free at any time in the University Police Department – just bring your bicycle and your student ID.
     Bicycles locked to anything other than a bicycle rack, such as hand rails, trees, or sign posts, may be immobilized or confiscated and stored until claimed, and citations may be issued to the owner.
     Don’t let your ride disappear; register it and lock it up.
     As a cyclist on campus, you are responsible for maintaining a safe environment for all campus users, including pedestrians.
     Avoid high speeds on campus, approach intersections slowly and with caution, and always yield to pedestrians. Announce yourself as you approach someone from behind so they know you are coming. Avoid using your cell phone or headphones when riding on campus – keep focused on cycling for your safety and the safety of others.
     For more information about safety on campus, please visit the University Police Department website at

Regions Bank to again sponsor Chefs Evening President's Toast
A The President’s Toast, an event that launches Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fund raising event Chefs Evening, this year will again be sponsored by Regions Bank.
    The bank served as the premier sponsor of last year’s President’s Toast, which precedes Chefs Evening, scheduled this year for Sunday, March 12. The toast will be held at the President’s Residence from 4 to 5 p.m. and will feature food and wine pairings selected by the award-winning chef Joshua Garic of Jacmel Inn Restaurant of Hammond.
    Chefs Evening follows from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the university’s Student Union Grand Ballroom. Now in its third decade, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation’s signature fundraiser, providing support for university scholarships and academic programs. The event features wine tastings and unique culinary offerings developed by some of the area’s finest restaurants and distributors.
    “Regions Bank is proud to lend its support to Southeastern’s Chefs Evening by again sponsoring the President’s Toast,” said Regions Vice Presideet for Business Banking Chad Cornett. “Southeastern is an integral part of our region, and Regions Bank strongly supports the university in its mission.
    Vice President and Relationship Manager Michael Faherty added, “Regions Bank sees Southeastern as a leader in helping to promote the economic development of our area. We believe a strong partnership with the univesity further strengthens that development.”
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Southeastern Foundation at 549-2239.
Region's Bank sponsors President's toastREGIONS SPONSORS PRESIDENT’S TOAST – Regions Bank will once again sponsor the President’s Toast, which precedes Southeastern’s annual fund-raising event Chefs Evening scheduled this year for  Sunday, March 12. Pictured, from left, are Regions Vice President for Business Banking Chad Cornett, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Southeastern Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale, and Regions Relationship Manager Michael Faherty.

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Cabaret evening to benefit Sims Library and Columbia Theatre
A fun-filled event to support two good causes is coming to Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts 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, said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. The cabaret-style show will take place in the Columbia Theatre Conference Center.
     Johnson said 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 and performing regularly in both venues,” Johnson said. “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, Johnson added.
     “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,” Johnson said. “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.
     Tickets may be purchased 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.

Communication student hosts KSLU’S Point of View
Miranda FleigA Southeastern communication senior is taking over hosting duties for radio station KSLU’s program Point of View.
     Miranda Fleig of Slidell, winner of last year’s Louisiana Association of Broadcasters scholarship, will host the weekly community interest program, which airs on Thursdays and Fridays from 11–11:30 a.m. Fleig takes over for Rosa Dunn, who recently retired after hosting the show for 30 years.
     KSLU is Southeastern’s educational public radio station. Operated on the Southeastern campus, the station’s signal is located at 90.9FM or heard live over the website Last year the station was named the No. 2 College Radio Station in the South by the Southeast Journalism Conference.
     “I intend to keep a lot of the lighthearted feel of the show that Rosa had,” said Fleig who worked with Dunn for several years helping to engineer the show. “I would also like to discuss issues important to Tangipahoa Parish, such as unemployment, healthcare, local ecology, child welfare and social movements.
     “I learned many skills from Rosa, and she was a delight to work with,” she added. “I always called her the station’s guardian angel.”
     “I’m thrilled to have Miranda as the new host of Point of View,” said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney. “She’s the perfect person to carry the torch that Rosa lit 30 years ago and bring the program to new heights.”
     Fleig said she is interested in feedback from the community, including suggestions for guests and topics. Information can be sent via email to or by telephone at 549-5758.

Sims Library to present lecture on streaming videos
Paul Kelsey and Angela Dunnington of Sims Library will present “Streaming Videos from Films on Demand: Educational Videos for Your Classes” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Mims Hall, room 118.
    Do you like showing educational videos to your students in class? Are you an online teacher who misses the ability to show a DVD in class to illustrate a topic? Films on Demand offers a wide array of streaming videos in every academic area that are perfect for instructional use. This session will teach you how to effectively use Films on Demand, set up an account to save and share video links, and embed videos in Moodle.


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The Southeastern football and baseball programs host big events, while the basketball, tennis and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The week’s action opens on Wednesday with the Football Signing Day Bash at the Event Center (1904 Nashville Avenue) in Hammond. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. for the event, which runs through 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public, while LAA Touchdown Club members and one guest can get in for $5 each. Southeastern students, faculty and staff will receive entry for $5 with valid ID, while children ages 12 and under will receive free admission.
     Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. From 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., a live radio show featuring comments from Lion head football coach Ron Roberts will be broadcast on WHMD-FM (Kajun 107.1). At 6:40 p.m., Roberts and his staff will unveil highlights of the 2017 signing class to those in attendance at the Event Center.
     For more information on the event, contact Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at (985) 549-5226 or
     Also on Wednesday, the Lady Lions (4-16, 2-7 Southland) and the Lions (12-10, 5-4 Southland) will host in-state rival Nicholls for a Southland Conference basketball doubleheader in the University Center. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game following at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday is a Gold Out in the UC as all Southeastern fans are encouraged to wear their gold Lion gear to the games.
     Wednesday is also a Cane’s Challenge at the University Center. If the Lady Lions score 50 or more points or the Lions score 60 or more points, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with purchase of another combo of equal or greater value.
     SLU junior forward Tytiana Hall will be the Spotlight Player of the Game for Wednesday’s women’s game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Crystal Springs, Mississippi native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Wednesday will also mark the 2016-17 debut of the Jay Ladner Radio Show from 12-1 p.m. in the Student Union. The show will air on KSLU-FM (90.9).
     On Friday, the SLU women’s tennis team (1-0) will open the road portion of its 2016-17 spring schedule with a 3:30 p.m. non-conference match at Louisiana-Lafayette. Also on Friday, members of the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Bayou Bengal meet.
     The Southeastern baseball team will host Baseball Fan Day on Saturday at Alumni Field. Former Southeastern Louisiana and current Major League Baseball pitcher Wade Miley will have his jersey retired in a 12:30 p.m. ceremony prior to the Lions’ alumni game. Admission to Fan Day is free.
     Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from the 2017 Lions squad, the No. 36-ranked team in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll, as well as Southeastern alumni currently playing professional baseball.
     Autographs begin at 11:30 a.m. with the jersey retirement ceremony to follow at 12:30 p.m. First pitch for the alumni game is slated for 1 p.m.
     Also on Saturday, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be back in action, traveling to Conway, Arkansas for a league doubleheader at Central Arkansas. The women’s game opens the day’s action at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.
     All of this week’s basketball action 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 Wednesday’s doubleheader at
     The Southeastern tennis and track teams will close out the week’s schedule on Sunday. The Lion tennis team returns home to host Alcorn State at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. The Lion and Lady Lion track teams will be in Mobile, Alabama to compete at the South Alabama Invitational.



Football, Signing Day Bash, Event Center, 5:15 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center,

5:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Gold Out
            - Cane’s Challenge
            - Tytiana Hall Trading Card Day
Men’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Gold Out
            - Cane’s Challenge
Men’s Basketball, Jay Ladner Radio Show, Student Union, 12 p.m. (KSLU)


Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Bayou Bengal, Baton Rouge, All Day


Baseball, Fan Day, Alumni Field, 11:30 a.m.
            - Autographs – 11:30 a.m.
            - Wade Miley Jersey Retirement Ceremony –

12:30 p.m.
            - Alumni Game – 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.,

2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.,

4 p.m. (KSLU)*


Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at South Alabama Invitational, Mobile, Ala., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Caitlyn Haynes Roux, Wynn Gillan, Millie Naquin, and Lusine Nahapetyan (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented a research poster titled “HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors in Freshmen at a Southeastern University” at the Southern District SHAPE America convention in Baton Rouge Jan 9-12.

Lusine Nahapetyan (Kinesiology and Health Studies) published the article “Low and Increasing Trajectories of Perpetration of Physical Dating Violence: 7-year Associations with Suicidal Ideation, Weapons, and Substance Use” in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence with researchers at the University of Georgia. The article examined the association of dating violence with suicidal thoughts, weapon carrying and substance use in adolescents.


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