Southeastern celebrates new building
Bookstore to host appreciation days

Faculty/Staff open house set Dec. 6
Symphony Orchestra concert set

SLU to help meet workforce demands

Next Science on Tap Dec. 5

Choirs to perform Nov. 30

Northlake Community Band to perform

SLU vocalists claim awards

Sims Library to extend hours

Alumni Association to collect toys

Phi Iota Sigma inducts students

Chamber Luncheon set on campus

RAs named most spirited

Faculty Excellence holds workshop
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Southeastern celebrates new Computer Science and Technology Building
ribbon cutting

Southeastern cut the ribbon Monday (Nov. 27) to officially celebrate the opening of the new Computer Science and Technology Building on campus. The project, which was 10 years in the making, dovetails with the recent DXC Technology announcement in which Southeastern is a lead campus for providing graduates to fill an anticipated 2,000 technology positions.

      The new 70,000 square foot facility houses computer science, information technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, and occupational safety, health and environment programs. Features include modern, high tech classrooms; faculty offices; specialty labs for computer science; construction technology; material testing; machine and manufacturing; automation and robotics; ergonomics; industrial hygiene/fire protection and drafting. Architects for the project were Holly and Smith Architects and contractors were Percy Matherne Contractors, Inc.

    Present for the ribbon cutting were, from left, Lu Yuan, interim head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller, Sen. Beth Mizell, Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto, University of Louisiana System Board Member Pam Egan, Jeffrey Smith and Michael Holly of Holly and Smith Architects, Southeastern President John L. Crain, President of the University of Louisiana System Jim Henderson, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Rep. Chris Broadwater, Rep. Robby Carter, Former U.L. System President and former Southeastern President Randy Moffett, Sen. Bodi White, Rep. Steve Pugh, Rep. Reid Falconer, and Don Matherne and Bobby Sheets of Percy Matherne Contractors, Inc.

Bookstore to host Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days
The Southeastern Bookstore invites faculty and staff to an appreciation event Nov. 28 through Nov. 30. The Bookstore is offering 20 to 40 percent off clothing and gifts during this time, and attendees can register to win one of four door prizes.
Bookstore hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 and 30 and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 29. For more information, contact the Bookstore at 549-5393.


Southeastern Symphony Orchestra to present An Evening in Vienna
Victor Correa-CruzAn Evening in Vienna, a concert by the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra, will be presented at Pottle Auditorium on Nov 29.
     Featuring a variety of music from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
     The program includes pieces composed in the classical style, such as Mozart’s Overture to “The Magic Flute,” Beethoven’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra Op. 50,” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104” nicknamed “London.”    
     The presentation is the inaugural concert for Orchestra Director and Assistant Professor of Violin Victor Correa-Cruz, who joined the Southeastern music faculty last month.
     “The composers featured in the concert used 18th century Vienna as their base to learn and develop their careers, and from there they irradiated a strong influence that has determined the path of classical music,” he said. “We seek to get lasting inspiration from the music of these Viennese composers, whose creations have become milestones in the history of Western music.”
     Correa-Cruz said these pieces are real challenges for any orchestra, and he is excited about this concert as well as the future of the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra.
     “I look forward to presenting main symphonic works by the great masters of the past, as well as promoting new music. Young and consolidated soloists will find their space too, and future seasons will include family, pedagogical and pops concerts.”

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Southeastern’s Science on Tap presents ‘Why Did the Snake Cross the Road’
We’ve all heard the question ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?’, but have you ever wondered why snakes attempt to do so?
     This topic is among the many studied by Southeastern Biology Instructor Cliff Fontenot. Understanding why snakes cross or rather are unable to cross the road is the topic of Southeastern’s next Science on Tap presentation scheduled Dec. 5.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation by Fontenot will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. Titled “Why did the Snake Cross the Road?” the lecture is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
     Most animals cross roads in search of food, mates, or other resources, Fontenot said. However, snakes tend to stop on roads to absorb heat, which increases their chance of being killed by traffic.
     “I have been studying snake activity on the section of Highway 51 between Ponchatoula and LaPlace for over 12 years, and found that more than 70% of the snakes on the road are dead,” he said. “This amounts to more than 1,000 snakes per year killed by traffic. So the question is really, ‘Why didn’t the snake make it across the road?’ And if so many are being killed by vehicles, why are there still so many snakes?”
     Surprising answers to these questions, said Fontenot, come from differences in body size and temperature, how different snakes respond to vehicles, and what snakes do when it floods.
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740. 

Southeastern vocalists claim awards at competition
Seven Southeastern vocal students were finalists at the recent Southern Region Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition.
     A total of 26 Southeastern students competed in the competition, held earlier this month at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, with 13 advancing to the semi-final round.
Cody Sires of Chalmette received second place, and Ryan Blanchfield of Baton Rouge took fourth place in the older student adult men division. Rachel Denton of Jena took fourth place in the senior women division, while Brennan Simmons of Walker placed second and Wesley Newton of Bourg placed fourth in the junior men division. Additionally, Caitlyn Rodrigue of Thibodaux earned fourth place in the freshmen women division.
     Also honored was William Dopp of Independence, a student in SLU’s Community Music School, who placed second in the high school men’s division.
     “We were extremely proud of the representation of Southeastern’s Department of Music and especially the vocal area at Southern Division NATS,” said Director of Choral Activities Alissa Rowe. “All of our students sang with musicality and a desire to inspire. It was an incredible learning experience for all.”
     Faculty and staff collaborative pianists Charles Effler and Mary Bresowar accompanied the students during the competition. Additional Southeastern voice faculty members who teach and mentor vocal students include Kristen Marchiafava, Joy Ratliff, Rowe, Stephen Rushing and Kay Schepker.
Nats winnersSOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WIN ACCOLADES AT COMPETITION Southeastern vocal students who were honored at the Southern Region Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held earlier this month included, from left, Brennan Simmons, Wesley Newton, Ryan Blanchfield, Cody Sires, Caitlyn Rodrigue, Rachel Denton, and William Dopp.


Alumni Association to collect Toys for Tots
The Southeastern Alumni Association requests your help in spreading holiday cheer this season by donating new, unwrapped toys for children in need through Toys for Tots.

     Donations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 1, and can be dropped off at the Alumni Center, located at 500 W. University Ave.    For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

Chamber Luncheon to be held on campus
Mark your calendars now for the Greater Hammond Chamber luncheon on Dec. 12. The luncheon will be held in the Student Union Grand Ballroom from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature the President of the University of Louisiana System Dr. James Henderson as guest speaker.
Please make plans to attend and show your support for Southeastern and the University of Louisiana System.
As a reminder – all employees of Southeastern are entitled to the privileges of membership through the university’s umbrella membership in the Greater Hammond Chamber. You may select the non-member option that does not require a passcode since there is not a pricing difference for members vs. non-members for the luncheon.

Resident Assistants win “Most Spirited” at state conference 
most spirited
University Housing student and professional staff proudly represented Southeastern at the 2017 Equipping Resident Assistants Conference at Tall Timbers Baptist Retreat Center in Forrest Hill, La. The conference, held Nov. 3-4, was sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers and allowed Residential Life staff to network with representatives from nine other state and private institutions of higher education throughout Louisiana.
The delegation represented Southeastern well, winning the most coveted award at the conference, the “Most Spirited” award.
The attendees participated in educational workshops about social justice, team/staff development, sexual health/ legal rights/consent and career readiness, as well as networking with keynote speaker and University of Houston Student Affairs professional, George Hill.
Attendees included Brianna Carter, Calyn Landaiche, Helen Launey, Mitchell Bosman, Brady Perque, DeQuaz Humphries, Jada Nathan, Stephanie Stevens and Area Coordinator Aaron Johnson. Aaron Johnson, member of the LAHO Executive Board will serve as the 2018 ERA Conference Coordinator.
“This was my first time attending ERA, and I enjoyed interacting with the other schools’ delegations. The programming opportunities were also a great benefit,” said Cardinal Newman Hall Resident Assistant Jada Nathan. “I’m look forward to applying everything that I learned at ERA at Southeastern. I will definitely be attending again next year!”
For more about the ERA Conference, visit

President's Residence

Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House scheduled
The annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House will be held at the President’s Residence Wednesday, Dec. 6, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. We hope you will join us!

Southeastern to play vital role in producing graduates for global technology company
Southeastern will serve as one of the lead higher education institutions through a public-private partnership to meet workforce demands created by the arrival of DXC Technology, the world’s leading independent Information Technology (IT) services and solutions company, in southeast Louisiana.
     The Virginia-based company recently announced it will establish a Digital Transformation Center in downtown New Orleans where it will depend upon Southeastern and three other higher education institutions to increase the number of degrees awarded in crucial areas in order to provide a professional employment pipeline. The center will initially hire 300 IT and business enterprise professionals in 2018, then increase to 2,000 jobs over five years and an annual payroll exceeding $133 million by 2025. DXC serves nearly 6,000 major clients across 70 countries, and the New Orleans center will support a global clientele.
     As part of the endeavor facilitated by Louisiana Economic Development, the State of Louisiana will fund a $25 million higher education initiative to meet workforce demands and expand the number of degrees awarded annually in computer science, management, science and technology, engineering and math, or other STEM-related studies.
     Recognized as a leader among and one of the state’s fastest-growing computing and information technology programs, Southeastern will collaborate with DXC Technology to supply students for real-world experience internships, as well as graduates for full-time employment.
     “With enrollment that has more than doubled over the past decade, Southeastern’s highly-regarded Computer Science and Information Technology programs stand ready as pivotal partners in Louisiana’s growing technology sector,” said President John Crain. “And, with a newly-constructed 70,000 square-foot Computer Science and Technology Building, Southeastern is poised for continued program expansion.”

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Choirs to present choral performance Nov. 30
The Southeastern Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present “Carols for the Holidays,” an evening of candlelit holiday carols in preparation of the holiday season, on Nov. 30.
    Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 401 W. Morris in Hammond. Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe will conduct the choirs.
    “The concert includes a lovely holiday program with many festive carols that the audience will know. We are featuring a number of solos and asking the audience to sing along,” said Rowe. “It should get everyone in the holiday spirit.”
     The concert begins with “Ding Dong Merrily on High” arranged by Barbara B. Kinyon and also includes “Masters in This Hall,” arranged by James McKelvy; “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” by Thomas Helmore; “O Holy Night,” by Adolphe Adam and arranged by James Nathaniel Holland; “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” arranged by Dan Forrest; “In the Black Midwinter,” by Gustav Holst; “Silent Night,” arranged by John Rutter; “O Come All Ye Faithful,” arranged by Dan Forrest; “Wexford Carol,” arranged by Dorothea Baker; “I Wonder As I Wander,” by J. Aaron McDermid; and “Some Children See Him,” by Alfred Burt.
    Audience members are invited to sing along to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing;” “Go Tell It on the Mountain;” “Away in a Manger;” and Joy to the World.”    
    For their finish, the combined choirs will perform “Many Moods of Christmas Suite 4;” arranged by Robert Shaw and “Betelehemu” by Jonathan Crutchfield.
    For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Northlake Community Band to give free concert
The Community Music School at Southeastern will present the Northlake Community Band Concert Tuesday, Dec. 5. “Valkyries, Nobles, and Princesses! Oh My!” is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus and is free and open to the public.
     Conducted by Jerry Voorhees, the concert will feature works by Wagner, Rimsky Korsakov, Ravel, Sousa, Sullivan, Williams, Menken and others.  
     “The Northlake Community Band is a true musical jewel on the Northshore and the surrounding communities, and we are very proud to have them as part of the Community Music School,” said Community School Music Director Jivka Duke. “The band brings together musicians from various walks of life, from current and retired professional musicians to people who only recently started playing music again after many years of working in a different career field.”
     “The band also attracts many high school music students especially in the summer months,” Duke added. “We are very thankful for Dr. Jerry Voorhees’s vision of founding this ensemble and for volunteering his time to make the Northlake Community Band such a great asset to our community’s music life.”
     Duke said the Northlake Community Band always welcomes new members.
     For more information, contact the Community Music School at or 549-5502.

Sims Library is the Destination for Finals Week
Ready or not, it’s time to prepare for final exams. During the last two weeks of the semester, Sims Library will host a study strategies workshop, provide “study breaks” for stressed out students, and offer extended hours for late night studying.
“Students are our top priority,” said Director of Sims Library Eric Johnson. “We want students to think of the library as their go-to place when preparing for final exams. Besides extended hours, we have study breaks, too. Follow us on social media for details.”
  Extended library hours will be offered now through Wednesday, Nov. 29, until midnight. For final exams week, the library will be open Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Then, Monday through Wednesday, the library will open 30 minutes earlier and remain open two hours later, until 1 a.m.
A free student success workshop titled “How to Prepare for and Ace Your Finals” is scheduled twice on Tuesday, Nov. 28 and Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in room 252.
Sims Library is also offering students “Take a Breather” study breaks, where focused breathing and mindfulness techniques offered will help students remain calm and focused for final exams. Kay Grest, a nurse with the student health center, will conduct each 20-minute session. Interested students should meet near the 3rd floor elevators at Sims Library on Monday, Nov. 27 at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4. at 5:15 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.

Phi Sigma Iota inducts students 
psi inducteesEarlier this month, the Department of Languages and Communication inducted a new group of students into the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. This is the eighth time that the department has recognized the outstanding ability of its students.
     This year inductees are students who major or minor in Spanish, French, and Italian. Inductees included Kerry Taylor, Victoria Brigalia, Cassandra Schweibert, Daniel Berroa, Courtney E. Bruno, Jennifer Spivey, Simone Bringhenti.  
     After the initiation ceremony, faculty and students enjoyed a dinner together.
The initiation ceremony took place in the restaurant Michabelle and was presided over by Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Agnieszka Gutthy, PSI faculty advisor.

Faculty Excellence presents video workshop
The Center for Faculty Excellence recently hosted Gayle Campbell’s Fall 2017 workshop series “Create A Video - Visually Demonstrate Content Relevancy!”
     Video has become an integral part of online courses in higher education. Research has shown that it can help establish teacher presence and enhance learning if consideration is given to the elements of good design and implementation.
     The following faculty participated in this series of workshops on design and implementation of video at the Center for Faculty Excellence during Fall 2017: August Kuiper, Cheryl Breaux, John Hatcher, Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Andrea Alexander, Staci Taylor, Corrie Kiesel, Debbie Dardis, Francesco Fiumara, Dianna Laurent, Claudia McCalman, Amber Narro, Jane Opiri.
     Campbell instructed faculty on what it means to create a quality video, but she and CFE interns also worked individually with each faculty member in the video lab to create their own amazing videos. The energy and enthusiasm was infectious during this time, as faculty were so excited about the finished products they created.  
     Plans are underway to make some of the videos available to all faculty as examples of how videos can enhance their online courses.


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The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (4-3) will return home carrying a three-game winning streak when they host Loyola (N.O.) for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday in the University Center. Tuesday’s game will be a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions top 60 points, fans can take their game tickets or student coupons to their participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value by the end of business on Wednesday.
     Tuesday’s game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and will be available on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area. The game can also be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     Fresh off their first win of the season, the Lady Lions (1-5) will continue their seven-game road swing this week. On Thursday, SLU will head to Grambling for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest at the Lady Tigers.


NOV 28

Men’s Basketball, vs. Loyola (N.O.), University Center,

7 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3) (KSLU)
            - Cane’s Challenge

NOV 30

Women’s Basketball, at Grambling, Grambling, 6 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold.


Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) was featured as a Science Super Hero by the Science Channel in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The channel is featuring individuals each month who have used science to make a difference in their community. Allain was recognized for his blog posts that analyze fun things in physics as a way to show students how to complete small research projects.
     Thomas A. DeVaney (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Mokken Scale Analysis and Statistics Anxiety” to the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Starkville, Miss., Nov. 8.
     Ann Carruth, Edward Hebert, and Ralph Wood (Nursing and Health Sciences) co-authored a publication with Chris Worth and Alli Venezia (University of North Florida) and Shelly Welch (North Oaks Hospital) titled “Campus-Community Parterships in Health and Wellness.” The article was published in Kinesiology Review.
     Edward Hebert and Ralph Wood (Nursing and Health Sciences) also collaborated with Jayne Jenkins (University of Wyoming) and Charles Robinson (George Mason University) on an article published in Kinesiology Review titled “Internship Management, Placement, and On-Site Visits.”

     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has a chapter “The Unexpected Virgin: The Perpetual Succession Crisis of Elizabeth I” in a newly published book, Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens, which Valerie Schutte has edited for Palgrave Macmillan’s Queenship and Power series.

     Lucia Harrison and Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) were among the presenters at the 50th Conference of the Italian American Studies Association (IASA) in Washington, DC. Fiumara presented his paper “Amulets and Crucifixes and Candles, Oh My: How Social Workers Viewed Italian American Religious Traditions and Superstitions in 1930s New England.” Harrison’s presented “You're Not in Sicily Anymore: How Immigrants and Their Descendants Adapt Italy’s Religious Traditions to Life in a Louisiana Town.” Both papers were included in the panel “This Panel is Brought to You By the Number 13 and the Letter M (for Malocchio): Religion, Superstition, and Magic in Italian America,” chaired by Fiumara.
     Adam C. Elder (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Precollege Credit Programs: Which Programs Work for Which Students?” to the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Starkville, Miss. on Nov. 9.
     Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) recently presented “Connecting Evidence to Practice: Cybersecurity in the Clinical Setting” at the 2017 South Louisiana Intercollegiate Nursing Research Day hosted by McNeese State University and the Kappa Psi Chapter of Sigma. Other nursing faculty presenting at the conference included Janet Jones who presented “A Comparative Health Policy Analysis of the United States of America and Greece” and Lorinda Sealey who presented “Nurses’ Application of CLAS Standards.” The purpose of the conference was to discuss selected nursing research findings that impact nursing education. Southeastern and the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma host this event every four years as part of the South Louisiana Intercollegiate Research Committee. Billingsley was recently elected President of the Rho Zeta Chapter of Sigma, a global nursing organization. Jones serves as President-elect.


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