Foundation receives donation
Sims Library to host events
Dance concert scheduled

Game day parking and traffic impact

Student lands marketing internship

Vocal student earns award

Rugby match, anniversary party set

Jazz Ensemble and Combo concert set

Pottery Sale scheduled

ByLion takes a break

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



AT&T donationSoutheastern Foundation receives AT&T contribution for Completer Scholarships
Southeastern students will benefit from an AT&T contribution of $18,000 that will provide scholarship aid to students who are on track to graduate but may be unable to finish their studies without financial assistance.
     The contribution supports Completer Scholarships at Southeastern for students who are within 21 hours or less of graduating and are not eligible for scholarship support after completing their fourth year of college.
     “This generous donation from AT&T shows commitment to education and preparing Louisiana’s workforce for the economy of the future, and I sincerely appreciate their support of the Foundation,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “The use of these funds for Completer Scholarships will make a positive difference in the lives of students who are on the verge of graduation, and are working to make that goal a reality.”
     Over 80 percent of Southeastern students receive some form of financial aid. After four years or eight semesters, those students lose their eligibility for TOPS and general scholarships offered through the Southeastern Foundation. This initiative is designed to address needs that continue once those four years are complete.
     “Through contributions from AT&T in the private sector joining with our educational institutions, together they are helping students complete their degrees and improve their earnings potential,” said State Representative Chris Broadwater. “I appreciate AT&T’s support of this very worthwhile endeavor.”  
     “Supporting education through contributions like this one to the Southeastern Louisiana University Foundation is an important way AT&T Louisiana demonstrates a strong commitment to growing the economy of the future for the people of Louisiana,” said Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana.
     For more information on the initiative, contact the Southeastern Foundation at 549-2239.

AT&T GIVES SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT - The Southeastern Foundation recently received $18,000 from AT&T in support of Completer Scholarships at Southeastern for students who are within 21 hours or less of graduating and are not eligible for scholarship support after completing their fourth year of college. From left are Director of Development Lynn Horgan, Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Tena L. Golding, President John Crain, AT&T State Director of External Affairs David Aubrey, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Berry Balfour, and State Representative Chris Broadwater.

Sims Library to host events
One Day Book Sale
Sims Library is having a One Day Only Book Sale, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.     
     “It’s all the fun of the big sale that happens each April, but this is just for one day,” said Eric Johnson, library director. “We wanted to spread some of the book sale fun into the fall semester. We have a great variety of hardcover and paperback books. Everything is three bucks a bag.”
     All transactions are cash only.

Internatinal Education Week events 
In celebration of International Education Week Nov. 13-17, Sims Memorial Library is teaming up with the International Initiatives Office to host two events. The purpose of IEW is to spotlight the benefits of international education and emphasize student awareness of the world’s cultures.  
   1)Study Abroad Photo Contest – The photo exhibit features images from around the world by students and faculty involved in international education or exchange programs. Come see these incredible photographs and vote for your favorite.

   2) Mango Languages Demonstrations - Learning a foreign language has never been easier now that Sims Library has Mango Languages. Mango Languages is a self-paced, web-based program that gives users a quick introduction to a language and culture through conversational skills. Come to the lobby and look for our Mango Languages display. We will be demonstrating Mango Languages throughout the day during International Education Week.


Parking and Traffic to be impacted by Thursday’s home football game
Beginning Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., parking areas around Strawberry Stadium will be restricted or closed for Southeastern’s home football game versus Nicholls State.
     This will impact parking in the Baseball Field parking lot, spaces on Ned McGehee Drive between Dyson Hall and Strawberry Stadium, North Spruce Street Extension between the Dugas Center and The Inn, and the third and fourth floors of the parking garage. Students parking in the garage will enter and exit on the south side utilizing the West Dakota street entrances and exit.    
     Lion Traxx Green Shuttle Stop #3, located at Strawberry Stadium, will close at 2 p.m. that day. The rest of the Green Route, including the stop at the Student Union, will continue until 6 p.m.
     At 5 p.m., Ned McGehee Drive will be closed from North General Pershing Street to North Oak Street (Friendship Circle) so pre-game festivities may begin. Alternate parking for students and faculty members with Thursday evening classes will be the gravel parking area on the corner of Railroad Avenue and West Dakota as well as the Union Avenue lot behind Sims Memorial Library.

Student earns award at New Orleans vocal competition 
A Loranger High School student enrolled in Southeastern’s Gifted and Talented Youth Program won second place in the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition held recently in New Orleans.
     William N. Dopp, 18, a LSH senior and vocal student working under Southeastern Professor of Vocal Arts Stephen Rushing, performed “The Vagabond” by Vaughan Williams in the first round. In the second round, he sang “Gute Nacht” by Franz Schubert.
     Rushing said Dopp is an excellent student with great potential. Last year, Dopp placed first in the Wood Vocal Competition, which is a collaboration of the New Orleans Opera Association, Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts, the Tulane University Department of Music, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Started in 2015, the Wood Competition promotes artistic excellence and provides financial support to young vocalists.
     Dopp, who was awarded $500 in the competition, has taken courses for college credit at Southeastern for the past two years and plans to attend Southeastern next fall to pursue his degree in vocal performance.
     “Dr. Rushing is a phenomenal teacher and has worked with me for the past year,” said Dopp.
     The Southeastern Gifted and Talented Youth Program allows students to earn college credit while still in high school. Participants are selected based on high intellectual or creative abilities and demonstrated maturity to achieve in an adult competitive setting.
 William N. Dopp
TALENTED SENIOR – William N. Dopp, a senior at Loranger High School, practices under the direction of Southeastern Professor Stephen Rushing. Dopp, who participates in the university’s Gifted and Talented Youth Program, recently earned second place in the Wood Vocal Competition held in New Orleans.

University Jazz Ensemble and Combo to present concert
The Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Combo will present their final concert of the fall 2017 semester on Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Recital Hall.
     Under the direction of Michael Brothers, lecturer of percussion, and John Madere, lecturer of double bass, the University Jazz Ensemble and Combo concert is free and open to the public.
     The Combo program includes “Wave” by Antônio Carlos Jobim and “Blues for Alice” by Charlie Parker.
     The Jazz Ensemble program includes “Freckle Face,” composed and arranged by Sammy Nestico; “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus, arranged by Andrew Homzy; “Decisions,” composed and arranged by Dave LeFebvre; “I Remember Clifford” by Benny Golson, arranged by Sammy Nestico; and “Milestones” by Miles Davis, arranged by Mike Tomaro and Slo-Funk, composed and arranged by Bob Mintzer.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

ByLion takes a break
Due to the Thanksgiving break, there will not be a ByLion next week. ByLion will return the week of November 27. Happy Thanksgiving!

Southeastern Dance Performance Project to present In This House
Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts’ dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present In This House Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Director of Dance Keith “Skip” Costa said Southeastern’s resident dance company will again present an exclusive concert that brings together dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, and technical staff.
     “I think that one of the most incredible aspects about this work is that, as the show takes the audience through each room of the house, it provides an opportunity for the performers and musicians to collaboratively work together live on-stage,” he said.
     Choreographers for the concert are Ashley Barbarin, White Castle; Alaura Cervini, Metairie; Brianna Denmark, Denham Springs; Forrest Duplantier, Madisonville; Hayley Jordan, Baton Rouge; and Alexis May, Walker.
     Dancers performing in the concert include Madeline Aldana and Sean Gilvey, Mandeville; Kayla Coston, Hammond; Morgan Georgetown, Baker: Stephanie Harris and Jasmine Mingo, Slidell; Ildefonso Vasquez, Marrero; Sophia Miano, Garyville; Allison Mims, Pearl River; Amanda Riviere, LaPlace; Doreen Rolen, Amite; Jonathan Ryan and Amber Whiteside, Covington; and Katherine Stansbury, Ponchatoula.
     Composers/musicians are Luke Orlando of Hammond and Jessee Yantis of Ethel, with costume design by Brianna Carter of LaPlace and Tessa Nichols of Mandeville serving as stage manager.
     Tickets to the concert are $8 for students, seniors and children and $10 general admission and will be available one hour prior to the performance in the Vonnie Borden Theatre lobby.
     For more information, contact Costa at

Zachary Harrison

Southeastern student lands marketing internship, experience with Uber and job offer 
Southeastern senior Zachary Harrison is uber excited about his recent marketing internship. And, it’s for good reason.
     When Harrison was looking for an internship, he was hoping to gain actual experience he could utilize to gain employment when he graduates next year.
     That is precisely what he got when he landed an internship with the international advertising agency Universal McCann. Working in Los Angeles last summer, Harrison was appointed to a team developing a major marketing and advertising proposal for the expanding ride-hailing service Uber.
     “Throughout the interview process, I was told that this is not your typical ‘get coffee and file this paperwork’ sort of internship,” said Harrison. “We were told that this would be a very hands-on experience and that we would be treated as any other entry level employee. I figured that’s just what they tell everyone.”
     Harrison soon learned, however, that what was promised was true. Working with four other interns, the team developed a report and presented their results to Uber on how the company can get current consumers to use the service in new ways.
     “Uber is linked with being a designated driver or airport transportation service,” he explained. “Our objective was to shed light that Uber can be used for any kind of short distance transportation, such as commuting to work, fitness exercising, even tailgating.”
     The team was responsible for gathering demographic research data on current Uber users. Harrison said the tasks seemed daunting at first, but that the supervisors placed trust in the team and provided the interns with great guidance.
     “The experience was far more than I expected, and I learned more than I imagined,” he said.
     Harrison is one of an increasing number Southeastern students who are working in internship and other opportunities designed to provide them with real-world experience that can open doors for future employment.

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Southeastern to host rugby match, anniversary party
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Southeastern’s Rugby Club, the university will host a rugby match on Nov. 18.
     Scheduled at 1 p.m. on the Southeastern football practice field adjacent to Strawberry Stadium, the match is free and open to the public. Interested players, including those with no previous rugby experience, are invited to play while the community is invited to come cheer on the teams.
     “Over the course of its existence, the storied SLU rugby squad won numerous state and regional championships, propelled scores of players to relative stardom, and became a mainstay of club sports on the Hammond campus,” said Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel C. Hyde, Jr. “The success of the SLU team gave rise to the internationally renowned Hammond Mardi Gras Tournament which, for a time, was the largest rugby tournament in the world. At its peak, the Mardi Gras Tournament hosted more than 200 teams from as far away as Australia and Japan.”
     Hyde said that earlier this year a new effort to revive the Southeastern rugby team was launched by SLU rugby alumni Marcus Aguilar and Sonny Fontenot. The Nov. 18 match is designed to encourage rugby alumni to support the team and attract current Southeastern students to what alumni consider the most exciting team competition sport in the world.
     A family friendly reception, complete with refreshments, treats for kids, door prizes and announcements about the status of rugby at Southeastern, will immediately follow the 1 p.m. match alongside the playing field.
     For more information, contact event organizer Jason Mapp at or Hyde at or at 549-2151.

Ceramics Club pottery sale set Nov. 27-28
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its fall pottery sale Nov. 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
     The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote their work, and money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and awards for students.
     For more information, call 549-2193.


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The Southeastern football team closes the 2017 season, the basketball teams hit the road for non-conference play, while baseball hosts its Fall World Series during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (5-5, 5-4 Southland) will host Nicholls on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. The 2017 River Bell Classic will be televised live by Cox Sports Television. Outside of the CST viewing area, the broadcast will be available on ESPN3. The regular season finale between the Lions and Colonels can also be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.  
     Prior to the SLU-Nicholls contest, Southeastern will honor the 21 members of the 2017 senior class. Senior Sione Teuhema, running back Eugene Bethea, senior defensive back Jeff Williams II, senior defensive back Max Lyons, senior kicker Dillon Burkhard, senior linebacker Jake Jiannoni, wide receiver Juwan Dickey, defensive back Ryan Sigers, defensive back Mayori Ellison, linebacker Lee Spight, running back Shamar Busby, quarterback Micah Thomas, defensive back Jonathan Lyles, defensive back Torrance Mosley, defensive back Courtney Rutledge, defensive back Demareyeh Lane, offensive lineman Michael Vick, offensive lineman Paxton Sims, offensive lineman Travis Romero, offensive lineman Cyrus Ekugwum and defensive lineman Greg Hardaway II will be recognized in a special Senior Day ceremony.
     The SLU men’s basketball team (1-0) will hit the road for three games this week. On Monday, the Lions will be in New Orleans for a 7 p.m. game at Tulane. Southeastern faces another in-state foe on Thursday, taking on ULM at 7 p.m. in Monroe. On Sunday, SLU will be in Valparaiso, Indiana for a 2 p.m. (Central) matchup with the Crusaders.
     Monday’s game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area. Fans can listen to Sunday’s game live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     The women’s basketball team (0-2) will continue its seven-game road swing with three games away from the University Center this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions will start their trip with a 6 p.m. game at Cincinnati. Southeastern will then compete in the Akron Classic, facing the host Zips on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Kent State on Saturday at 11 a.m. All times are Central.
     The SLU baseball team caps fall practice this week with its annual Fall World Series. Games are schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Times will be announced via the Southeastern Athletics Facebook and Twitter pages later this week.
     The Ron Roberts Radio Show will air for the final time in 2017 on Monday at 7 p.m. from Tope La Catering on East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. The show is hosted by Allen Waddell and Roberts. It will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen to the hour-long show online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.


NOV 13

Men’s Basketball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3)
Football, Ron Roberts Radio Show, Tope La Catering,

7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)

NOV 15

Women’s Basketball, at Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 p.m.

NOV 16

Football, vs. Nicholls, 6 p.m., Strawberry Stadium (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN 3) (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)*
            - River Bell Classic
            - Senior Day
Men’s Basketball, at ULM, Monroe, 7 p.m.

NOV 17

Women’s Basketball, at Akron (Akron Classic), Akron, Ohio, 6:30 p.m.
Baseball, Fall World Series (Game 1), Alumni Field, TBA

NOV 18

Women’s Basketball, vs. Kent State (Akron Classic), Akron, Ohio, 11 a.m.
Baseball, Fall World Series (Game 2), Alumni Field, TBA

NOV 19

Men’s Basketball, at Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Ind., 2 p.m. (KSLU)
Baseball, Fall World Series (Game 3), Alumni Field, TBA

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
All times are Central


Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and his research students (Brandy R. Adolph and Shreya V. Bhatt) published a paper titled “Palladium(II) Acetate Catalyzed Acylative Cleavage of Cyclic and Acyclic Ethers under Neat Conditions” in the Tetrahedron Letters 58 (2017) 4648–4651, with a collaborator from the USDA in New Orleans.

     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) took five research students (Evan Akeroyd, Brandy Adolph, Shreeja Bhatt, Shreya Bhatt and Brett Duke) to the 69th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS 2017) in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 7 – 11. The students presented two posters titled “Microwave Assisted Palladium(II) Acetate Catalyzed Acylative Cleavage of Cyclic and Acyclic Ethers under Neat Conditions” and “Nano-dispersed Pt(0) in Organically Modified Silicates as Efficient Catalysts for the Hydrosilylation of Olefins: The Effect of the Core Matrix.”


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