Southeastern launches Summer Smart
Panel to discuss 'fake news'
Columbia presents Eisenhower Dance
Alumni to host Day at the Races

Suicide Awareness Walk set

Science on Tap scheduled April 4
Student vocalists claim awards
Student Showcase held

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Summer Smart graphicSoutheastern reduces cost, adds high demand courses to summer semester 
Southeastern is re-tooling its summer semester by reducing net cost for a three-credit hour course to less than $900 and expanding high demand offerings. Re-imagined as “Summer Smart,” the semester will also include an increased number of online and hybrid courses.
     “We took another look at our summer semester after listening carefully to the needs of our students,” said Southeastern Interim Provost Tena L. Golding. “More students can now benefit from summer courses that will advance progress toward their degrees in a more timely manner and at the same time reap significant financial savings.”
     Students spoke and Southeastern responded. New summer offerings such as Marketing 205: Social Media and Personal Branding, as well as additional sections of required and elective courses such as Psychology 101 will be among the hundreds of offerings available.    
     “With new courses, additional sections and an infusion of more online or hybrid courses, our goal is to make summer semester as easily accessible to as many of our students as possible,” Southeastern President John L. Crain said. “Using scholarships, waivers and other methods to reduce the net cost of attendance for the typical student is an additional incentive for them to attend and enhance progress toward graduation.”
     “Summer Smart” savings will result in reduced net cost of attendance for typical undergraduate students. With an anticipated net cost of less than $900 for a three-credit hour course, Southeastern’s summer semester will provide the highest education value with the lowest cost of four-year colleges in south Louisiana. Summer semester terms range from four to eight weeks.
     Hybrid courses combine face-to-face and online instruction for students, which is embraced by traditional and non-traditional students alike who are able to schedule their time around fewer physical trips to campus.
     “While we designed these changes based on the needs and demands of our current students, we also provide enhanced opportunities for high school students and welcome students currently attending other universities who are interested in getting a head start on the upcoming academic year,” added Golding.
     The early deadline to apply for summer semester is May 1 with an application fee of $20.  Students may also apply during the late application period that concludes June 1 with an additional late fee of $50.  For current students, priority registration opens March 27, and open registration begins April 3.
     For more information on Southeastern’s summer sessions, visit or contact the Office of the Registrar at

Southeastern’s Sims Library to host panel discussion on ‘fake news’
Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library and Phi Kappa Phi will host a panel discussion to address the timely topic of fake news.
     “Trust in the news media and government is historically low, and so-called ‘fake news’ is distorting our ability to make sense of the world around us,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “The President says the media is the ‘enemy of the people.’”
     To put all this into perspective, “Breaking Fake News: Finding Truth Amid Alternative Facts,” will be presented on Tuesday, March 21, at 2 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Our goal is to help people navigate the current news climate,” said Johnson. “This will be a lively and entertaining session that we hope will make it easier to discern the facts in an age of unreliable news.”
     The panel will also discuss “filter bubbles” and other pitfalls of getting all your news from social media.
     Panelists include Southeastern Communication Professors Joe Burns, Joe Mirando, and Claire Procopio, and Information Literacy Instructor Stephen Sanders. Sims Library Coordinator of User Education Dayne Sherman will serve as moderator.
     The event is free and open to the public. However, attendees must get a visitors’ parking pass from the University Police Department.
     For more information, contact Outreach & Instructional Media Librarian Angie Balius at or 549-3898.

Alumni Association hosts Day at the Races March 26
The Tangi Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association will head off to the races with a trip to the New Orleans Fair Grounds Sunday, March 26.
     A Day at the Races is open to all Southeastern alumni and friends, 21 years of age and older, said Interim Alumni Association Director Julie Perise. Cost is $55, which includes bus transportation from Hammond, clubhouse admission and lunch. The payment deadline is 5 p.m. March 23, although early registration is encouraged due to limited seating.
     The bus will depart the Alumni Center at 10:30 a.m. and return immediately after the last race. Participants who plan to use their own transportation are welcome to meet the Southeastern group at the Fair Grounds, although the cost will remain the same. Participants can register online at
     “Lunch will be followed by an afternoon of fun and excitement watching the races,” Perise said. “Make plans to join us.”
     For additional information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.

Science on Tap presents ‘Designer Babies’
Reproductive technologies and their relationship to science fiction will be the topic of Southeastern’s next Science on Tap presentation on Tuesday, April 4.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation titled “Designer Babies: Is Science Catching Up with Science Fiction?” by Professor of Biological Sciences Mary White, 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.
     White said advances in reproductive technology will be discussed, including genome modification, so-called three-parent babies, and progress on “uterine replicators,” as named by science fiction’s Lois McMaster Bujold.
     “In 1932 Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ introduced us to a future where babies were grown not born. Cloning and genetic/developmental modifications were commonplace, and children had no concept of parents,” White said. “‘Mother’ was a dirty word. Science fiction has since given us similar scenarios in books and movies as diverse as ‘Boys from Brazil,’ ‘Dune,’ ‘Tomorrow’s Child,’ ‘Gattaca,’ and even an episode of ‘Star Wars.’”
     White said such reproductive technologies probably seemed completely outrageous 85 years ago.
     “While we can’t yet grow human fetuses without mothers, in vitro fertilization has become commonplace, genetic modification of embryos is occurring, and cloning is certainly a possibility,” White added.
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Student Showcase held

Sand play therapy demonstratedStephanie Johnson of Mandeville, right, a Southeastern graduate student in counseling, demonstrates how sand play therapy is used with clients in the field of counseling for students Lauren Laurent of LaPlace and Nancy Kambi of New Orleans at the university’s Student Showcase on Wednesday (March 15). The annual event provides undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to demonstrate their research and other projects.

Eisenhower Dance

Columbia Theatre to present Eisenhower Dance
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Eisenhower Dance in one performance only on March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     Praised by critics as one of the nation’s premier contemporary dance companies, Eisenhower Dance has received overwhelming critical acclaim along with enthusiastic audience support, said Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood.
     “Eisenhower Dance has spent the last 25 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower,” said Blackwood. “Established in metro Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, the company presents an annual subscription series and tours internationally.”
     Eisenhower Dance has performed works by choreographers Edgar Zendejas, David Parsons, Lar Lubovitch, Ron de Jesus, Gina Patterson, Lauren Edson and Harrison McEldowney, to name a few. The company’s concert schedule has included tours across the United States, as well as Europe and Russia.
     The company has received numerous grants and awards for its work, including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Knight Foundation, the National Dance Project and many others.
     Tickets for Eisenhower Dance 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.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the production 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.

Suicide Awareness Walk scheduled
In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is hosting an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide awareness on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m. The non-competitive walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center and will consist of one to two laps around the campus. There will be food and the Impaired Faculties Band will perform.
     "Since suicide is the third leading cause of death in the college age population, we want to raise awareness of this important issue," said Walk Chair Mitzie Meyers. "Our goal is to raise $3,000 that will go toward prevention programs, research, public policy, and support for survivors of a suicide loss. Fifty percent of funds raised will stay in our state and fifty percent will go toward national efforts. AFSP's goal is to reduce the annual suicide rate by 20% by 2025."
     Anyone is invited to participate. Registration is available prior to the walk on the weblink to the fundraiser page at Registration is also available the day of the event. There is no fee to register, but walkers can make a donation toward the cause either online or the day of the event.
     For more information, Meyers at 549-5914.

Southeastern vocalists claim awards at Louisiana competition

Six Southeastern vocal performance students were finalists – including four first place winners – at the recent Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held recently at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
     Receiving first place nods were Sara Cage of Baton Rouge, sophomore in the women’s division; Lauren Gibson of Walker, senior women’s division; Alfred Harper of New Orleans, freshmen men’s division; and Cody Sires of Chalmette, older student adult women and men’s division.
     Other students recognized were William Dopp of Indpenenence, a student in Southeastern’s Community Music School, second in high school men’s division; and Michelle Guillot of Slidell, second in younger advanced women’s division.
     Vivian McCalman of Mandeville and Rachel Denton of Jena also advanced to the final round, both competing in the senior women’s division. In all 17 Southeastern music students competed in the competition.
     The auditions were judged by voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana Chapter. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.
     Members of the Southeastern voice faculty who contributed to conference events included Kristen Marchiafava, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, and Stephen Rushing.
Students recognized at NATS competitionSTUDENTS WIN ACCOLADES AT COMPETITION – Southeastern students who were honored at the recent Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition included, from left, William Dopp, Independence; Cody Sires, Chalmette; Sara Cage, Baton Rouge; Michelle Guillot, Slidell; Lauren Gibson, Walker; and Alfred Harper, New Orleans.


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The Lions and Lady Lions hit the road during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (14-5, 5-1 Southland) return to action on Wednesday, traveling to LSU for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference contest before heading to Houston Baptist for a three-game Southland Conference series. The series with the Huskies opens on Friday with a 2 p.m. contest, continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 2 p.m.
     All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM, online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. Wednesday’s game in Baton Rouge will also air on SEC Network+.
     Fresh off a series sweep of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the SLU softball team (12-15, 3-3 Southland) will play five games away from home this week. The action opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Alcorn State on Tuesday. On Friday, Southeastern heads to Nicholls to open a three-game Southland Conference series with a 6 p.m. contest. The series wraps up with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     The women’s tennis team (3-8, 0-5 Southland) will also be on the road for Southland Conference play this week. On Friday, SLU takes on Abilene Christian in a 12 p.m. league match.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue their outdoor season this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Coral Gables, Florida to compete in the Hurricane Twilight Meet, hosted by the University of Miami (Fla.).
     The Lion golf team will also return to the course this week. SLU will be in San Antonio, Texas on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the UTSA/Lone Star Intercollegiate. Live scoring from the event will be available via the golf schedule page on
     The SLU football team will close out its third week of spring practice on Saturday with its second scrimmage. The scrimmage is set for 10 a.m.
     The third 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.



Men’s Golf, at UTSA/Lone Star Intercollegiate, San Antonio, Texas, All Day
Baseball, The Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun) (The Highway) (WFPR)


Softball, at Alcorn State (DH), Lorman, Miss., 1 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at UTSA/Lone Star Intercollegiate, San Antonio, Texas, All Day


Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU) (SECN+)


Baseball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 12 p.m.*


Baseball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Nicholls (DH), Thibodaux, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Hurricane Twilight, Coral Gables, Fla., All Day
Football, Scrimmage, Strawberry Stadium, 10 a.m.


Baseball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Drs. Norwood, Barnes and Fotie (chemistry and physics) took 13 students to the 91st Louisiana Academy of Science meeting in Ruston, La. The students gave four oral and three poster presentations. Brett Duke from Dr. Fotie’s lab won the prize for best oral presentation by an undergraduate student in chemistry, while physics major Patrick Bach, working under the supervision of Drs.  Norwood, Allain (chemistry and physics) and DeAlwis (math) gave an exciting presentation on a very novel finding about projectile motion. Physics professors in his audience were, in their own words, “blown away” by his conclusions.


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