Chefs Evening 2017 a success
Guitar Festival scheduled

Common Read program set

Single Reed Day planned March 18

Student Showcase scheduled

Super Lion Saturday set April 1

Let's Talk Art set March 14

Retiree Reception set March 28

Grad Fair held

Golden Silence planned April 3

Academically gifted camp set
Parking regulations updated

Alumna to address group

Education partners with Nesom

Biz-Connect fair held

Southeastern in the news
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Foundation Board members

Chefs Evening a huge success
More than 400 participants on Sunday enjoyed Chefs Evening, Southeastern’s signature fund raising event that featured auctions and food and beverages from 20 vendors. Winners of the Taster’s Choice awards included Truck Farm Tavern of St. Rose, best entrée; Cocoa Bean Bakery & Café of Hammond, best dessert; and Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket, best presentation.


 CELEBRATING CHEFS EVENING: Taking a moment at Chefs Evening are, front row from left, Foundation Board members Dr. John Poteet, Marcia Galatas, and Terri LeBlanc. Back row from left are President John L. Crain and Foundation Board members Cynthia Nesser and Gino Marino.    




Tope La Catering







SAMPLING THE CUISINE - Representatives of Tope La Catering serve Amanda Adams and Chip Rocker at Sunday's Chefs Evening.

Annual Guitar Festival planned
Music from a variety of cultures and historical eras will be the focus of the 18th annual Southeastern Guitar Festival.
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, and the Southeastern Guitar Club, the festival will launch March 14 with a performance and masterclass by Matthew Denman, a notable guitar protégé of renowned guitarist Pepe Romero, and will run through April 25.
     “Matt Denman is a perfect example of the typical, consummate modern classical guitarist. He is a performer, composer, educator, and overall ambassador for the position our popular instrument holds in Western culture,” said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor and festival coordinator. “He recently completed a successful tour of China, and we are fortunate to have him bring his energy and skills to Southeastern.”
     Kerber added that the All Styles Night continues to grow in popularity each year of the festival.
     “The program will feature local artists, including the Infamous P-Town Ramblers and Jessica Kerber, Southeastern music majors and non-music majors, and non-music faculty, including members of the Impaired Faculties rock band, and Sims Library Instruction Librarian, Ben Bell,” Kerber said. “The program as always will be an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop, folk, traditional bluegrass, and original music - something for everyone!”
     All events are free, open to the public, and scheduled as follows:
     • March 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Masterclass with Matthew Denman
     • March 14, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Guest Artist Concert by Matthew Denman
     • March 21, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Faculty Recital – Patrick Kerber
     • March 28, 7:30 p.m., All Styles Night
     • April 25, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium; Southeastern Guitar Ensemble
     “It is a testament to the university’s mission to lead the educational, cultural and economic development of southeast Louisiana that we have been able to present this festival for 18 consecutive years,” said Patrick Kerber, guitar instructor and festival coordinator. “The goal is to offer students and the community a venue that showcases the guitar’s versatility and scope in our diverse, modern music culture.”
     For more information contact Kerber at 549-2886, or

Matthew Denman


GUITAR FESTIVAL - Southeastern will host the 18th annual Guitar Festival with programs scheduled in March and April. Guitar Festival guest artist Matthew Denman is scheduled to give a masterclass on March 14 with a performance to follow that evening. All events are free and open to the public.

Faculty and Staff invited to attend Student Showcase

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase on Tuesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the grand ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Student Union.
     Undergraduate and graduate students will display their research and creative works using a variety of formats such as posters, lapbooks, PowerPoint presentations and hands-on activities.
     Student musicians will perform between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and a special dance performance will start at 12:45 pm.
     This event is an activity of the Office of Sponsored Research.

‘Let's Talk’ celebrates Women's History Month
The second lecture in the spring series of “Let’s Talk: Art,” will celebrate Women’s History Month.
     Melissa Miller, art history concentration student, will present “Miriam Schapiro: Feminist Art and the American Quilt” on Wednesday, March 15, at 5 p.m., at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     Sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library, the lecture is free and open to the public.
     “The Canadian-born artist Miriam Schapiro reached beyond what was considered acceptable for women in American art in the mid-twentieth century,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “Miller’s discussion will center on how Schapiro used pre-existing women’s arts and crafts such as quilting, needlework, and painting, to inspire a new and provocative style of art.”
     Future talks include the following:
     • 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, 217 East Thomas St., Hammond.
     For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.

Retiree Reception scheduled
Please make plans to attend the Retiree Reception on Tuesday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Center as we honor the 2016-2017 retirees.
     Those being honored are: Ray Armstrong, Michael Beauvais, Mary Burke, Paul Carruth, Priscilla Coleman, Charlotte Collins, O’Neil DeNoux, George Dorrill, Martie Fellom, Cathy Harvey, Sharon Hoffman, Dee Hurtt, James Kirylo, Michael Lemay, Deborah Lerch, Kristin Lobell, Mary Mocsary, Dorothy Nelson, Jeffrey Oescher, Carol Overmier, Alice Peltier, Carol Perry, Barbara Schuldt, Beverly Sellers, Duane Shaffer, Linda Starns, Mary Strong, Garry Thurmond, Debra Varnado, Raisa Voldman, Yakov Voldman, Sandra Williams and Ann Woodward.

Alumni Association plans Golden Silence April 3
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host its annual Golden Silence ceremony to honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and staff or their family members, on Monday, April 3.
     The annual event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Pottle Performance Circle on Ned McGehee Drive in Friendship Circle.
     “We invite the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern family, such as students, faculty and staff or graduates, has passed away during the past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence,” said Interim Alumni Association Director Julie Perise.
     Perise added that the association also hosts its Eternal Chapter online, which memorializes all deceased alumni on an ongoing basis. The web site can be accessed at
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150 or The event is free and open to the public.

Update made to parking rules and regulations
Parking Operations has updated its rules and regulations to insure the campus community has a clear understanding of the parking rules and regulations that are enforced daily on Southeastern’s campus.  These regulations were placed on the Parking Operations’ website on Feb. 8 and can be found at:
     All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to review these regulations. For more information about parking and traffic rules on campus, please contact the University Parking Office during regular business hours at 549-5695 or email at

Southeastern Alumna and RPCC Professor Sarah Hyde to address historical group
Southeastern alumna and River Parishes Community College Asst. Professor Dr. Sarah Hyde will address the annual meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association at the Hammond Regional Arts Center on April 6.  
     Her lecture will be derived from her new book published by LSU Press titled Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and her talk will place a heavy emphasis on the emergence of education in southeastern Louisiana. The program will begin at 6 p.m.
     The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association is a town and gown organization headquartered in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern. 

     For more information concerning the organization or the lecture, contact the Center at or 549-2151.

Job hunting at Southeastern

Bizconnect participant
Matline Amphion, a Southeastern senior majoring in accounting, talks about job opportunities with Brett Montague, training manager for Sanderson Farms, at the university’s Biz-Connect fair on Thursday (March 9). Sponsored by the Southeastern College of Business and the Office of Career Services, Biz-Connect was designed to introduce employers to seniors looking for employment opportunities. More than 350 business students visited with representatives of 32 area employers.


Award winning writer Danielle Evans featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program
Danielle Evans                                   Photo credit: Nina Subin


The author of the popular short story collection “Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self” will visit Southeastern Monday, March 20, as part of the institution’s Common Read program.
     Danielle Evans, who teaches fiction at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will meet with students and the public throughout the day.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet a contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Evans followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Evans is known for her stories that reflect the experiences of being in settings where she was the only African-American, explained David Hanson, head of the Department of English. The sense of discomfort of not belonging is a common theme in her work, and her feelings on race are reflected in her stories, he added.
     Evans, who previously taught at Missouri State University, received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Columbia University in New York and a master of fine arts degree in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop.
    “For several years now, we’ve sponsored the Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,” said Hanson. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”

Southeastern Music to Host Single Reed Day
Southeastern’s Music Department is hosting a Single Reed Day on Saturday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for clarinetists and saxophonists of all ages. All events will be held in Pottle Music Building, and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
     The day will feature a clarinet choir and large saxophone ensemble reading session for participants who want to play, masterclasses by Southeastern Clarinet Professor Victor Drescher and Saxophone Professor Brina Faciane, performances by Southeastern music majors, and a class on beginning jazz improvisation by New Orleans-based clarinetist Dr. Ben Redwine.  
     Guest artists include Ken Graves, principal clarinetist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Baton Rouge Symphony, and Dr. Brian Utley, professor of saxophone at Vanderbilt University.        Southeastern students will perform in masterclasses with the guest artists, and the day will conclude with a final recital given by Southeastern professors and the guest artists.
     Registration cost is $10, may be paid the morning of the Single Reed Day, and includes pizza for lunch.  
     For more information or to register early, please contact Drescher at

Southeastern hosts Super Lion Saturday April 1
Southeastern Athletics will host Super Lion Saturday on April 1 with a day full of events.
     The day’s festivities open with the 5th Annual Lion Athletics Association Green and Gold 5K and Fun Run. The one-mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K following at 8:30 a.m. in Friendship Circle. The course runs through campus and concludes in the south end zone of Strawberry Stadium.
     Race participants will receive a free Super Lion Saturday t-shirt. Shirts are only guaranteed for those who register by the early registration deadline. Food, music, fruit, drinks and beer will be provided for the participants following the race on the Strawberry Stadium field. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners and the top two male and female runners in each age bracket (14 and under, 15-22, 23-30, 31-39, 40-50, 51 and up) of the 5K run.
     Entry fees for the race are $20 (early registration – deadline March 15), $25 (late registration – deadline March 31) and $30 (registration on day of the race). Special rates are available for Southeastern students ($10), children ages 12 and under ($10), Southeastern student organizations ($100 – unlimited participants) and corporate sponsors ($250 – 10 participants).
     Registration forms will be available online at, as well as Perfectly Fit Performance Sports (303 W. Minnesota Park, Suite E, Hammond, LA 70403) and the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics (800 Galloway Drive, Hammond, LA 70402).
     For more information on the Green and Gold 5K and Fun Run, contact Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at 549-5226 or
     Two Southeastern teams will be in action on campus at 12 p.m. The softball team hosts Lamar at North Oak Park, while the women’s tennis team welcomes Incarnate Word to the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The SLU football team will also close out spring practice on Super Lion Saturday. The Lions will compete in the annual Spring Game at 2 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     Closing out the jam-packed day’s action will be the Southeastern baseball team continuing Southland Conference play at Alumni Field. The Lions will welcome McNeese for a 6 p.m. league showdown.

Ready to graduate 

Grad Fair participant

Southeastern student Daniel Gruner of Mandeville is assisted by Gabby Scioneaux in trying on graduation robes at the university’s annual Grad Fair March 9. Sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, Grad Fair gives students the opportunity to order their caps and gowns, invitations, rings and have their graduation photos taken. Southeastern’s graduation ceremonies will be held May 13.

Summer Camp for academically gifted/advanced students offered
Camp Discovery is offering an exciting enrichment program for high-ability students, Grades 1-8 (2016-2017 school year). The theme this year is “Flow.”
     Do you ever find yourself wondering why? Why an action or event is followed by a particular effect? How two things might influence each other? This summer we will explore the concept of Flow. This includes ideas such as cause and effect in science, movement of objects or people from one place to another, story structure in novels and writing, and that flow can increase, decrease, or stop. We will ask and seek answers of questions as scientists, detectives, mathematicians, and more. Join us as we investigate the flow of everyday life with hands-on learning, critical thinking, and plenty of fun projects and activities. Let’s work together to find some answers!
     The camp runs from June 5 -23, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Southeastern. Cost is $175. If registering multiple children from the same household, the cost is $160 per child. Registration deadline is May 31 (First-come, first-served policy).
     Contact Susan Zimlich at for additional information and an application.

College of Education launches partnership with Nesom Elementary
The Southeastern College of Education has launched a partnership with Nesom Elementary School in Tickfaw designed to provide select seventh graders with insight into opportunities associated with a career in education.
     Initial activities included an introduction to Southeastern on Friday, March 10, that included a tour of the College of Education and its Snoezelen Rooms, a tour of the Sims Memorial Library and a visit to Campus Housing. The visit was held in conjunction with the “You Be the Chemist” competition sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics and the Tangipahoa Parish School System. The students also participated in a lunch on campus with Shirley Jacob, dean of the College of Education.
     “The U.S. Department of Education recommends that students begin planning for college as early as sixth grade,” Jacob said. “This is a departure from the past, where initiatives focused on junior and senior level students. The Department of Education now recommends several essential steps: fostering academic preparation and achievement; supporting parental involvement; providing college and career planning information; and helping students through these steps.”
     Nesom Principal Charlotte Tillman sees great potential and benefits for the students through the partnership. “I am excited and proud to link parents, students and teachers with the university,” she said. “It takes a village to create success.”
     Professor of Education and coordinator of the new program Celina Echols said 22 Nesom students were selected to be a part of the College of Education Dean’s Club based on their potential as possible future educators. Those students will be taking ACT prep exams next year, she said.
     “Later in the month, various faculty and administrators will visit Nesom and share information about how they selected their specific professions and what it took to get there,” said Echols, the Southeastern Marcia K. Galatas Endowed Professor.

Nesom partnershipLIBRARY ORIENTATION -- Professor Dayne Sherman of Sims Memorial Library leads a tour of seventh graders from Nesom Elementary School in Tickfaw on Friday. The College of Education has launched a partnership with the school to provide select students with insight into career opportunities in education.


Baton Rouge Advocate
SLU dedicates exhibit to Charles Emery Cate
Hammond Daily Star
Hyde dives back into parish’s bloody history

LSBDC to hold seminar in Hammond March 28
SLU alumni plan Golden Silence

SLU faculty pass new resolution


The Southeastern baseball, softball and tennis teams all host Southland Conference games during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Lion baseball team (11-4, 3-0 Southland) will open the week on the road with a 6:30 p.m. contest at South Alabama on Tuesday in Mobile. On Friday, SLU opens a three-game Southland Conference series versus Lamar with a 6 p.m. contest at Alumni Field. The series continues with a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday and concludes with Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale.
     Friday will be a “Green Out” at the Pat, as fans are encouraged to wear their green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Lions. Sunday will be a Cane’s Challenge at Alumni Field. If SLU scores four or more runs, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on Monday for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Like their baseball counterparts, the SLU softball team (9-14, 0-3 Southland) will open the week on the road, traveling to Ole Miss on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. non-conference game. Southeastern will open its home Southland Conference schedule on Friday with a 5 p.m. contest versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
     Friday will be a “Green Out” at North Oak Park, as fans are encouraged to wear their green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Lady Lions. The Lady Lions and the Islanders will close out the series with a 12 p.m. doubleheader at North Oak Park.
     All of this week’s baseball games can be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.  Wednesday’s softball game will air on SEC Network+ LionVision subscribers can access live video (no audio for softball) for this week’s baseball and softball Southland Conference series at
     The SLU tennis team (3-6, 0-3 Southland) will return home for the first time in more than a month this weekend, hosting league foes Northwestern State on Saturday and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday. First serve for both matches is 11 a.m.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will also be in action this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will travel to Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Classics.
     The second installment of The Matt Riser Show airs Monday at 7 p.m. from Buddies' Bar & Grill on S. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show airs on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM. The show is also available online at and on the TuneIn Radio app (search for KSLU). Fans can tweet questions for Coach Riser to @Lions_Baseball.



  Baseball, The Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun) (The Highway) (WFPR)


 Baseball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)


  Softball, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 6 p.m. (SEC Network+)


Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Green Out
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Green Out
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day


  Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Northwestern State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*


  Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
            - Cane’s Challenge
Women’s Tennis, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) is leading “Battleground Louisiana: Civil War Events and Experiences ,”  a six-weeks Readings in Literature and Culture (R.E.L.I.C.) evening reading and discussion program sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Ascension Parish Library at the Gonzales Branch Library from March 16 through April 20.

     David Gurney (Mathematics) gave a talk titled “Using GeoGebra as a Statistics Test Generator” at the Louisiana/Mississippi Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Jackson, Miss.


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