Fanfare's final act
Student art show opens Oct. 18
Schuessler named composer

Novelist featured in 'Common Read'

String Orchestra to perform

Lion Up for hurricane relief
Mental health conference set

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This Week in Athletics
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Fanfare logoA music concert and lectures highlight the final days of Fanfare
Fanfare’s finale begins on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with the first of three free Then and Now Lecture presentations in Pottle Auditorium. First up is Instructor of History Charles Elliott’s “Don’t You Know There’s A War On? Sustainability, Self-Sufficiency, and American Simplicity in World War II” at 1 p.m.
     “World War II is the ultimate example of total war,” said Elliott. “While Americans on the battlefront faced the greatest danger and often paid the ultimate price for their patriotism, all citizens sacrificed for the war effort.”
     Elliott’s lecture will explore national, public and private initiatives enhancing virtuous austerity as a strategic mandate in the fight against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
     Also scheduled on Oct. 18 is a music concert at Columbia Theatre. “The Heart Behind the Music,” songwriter’s showcase is scheduled in the downtown Hammond theatre at 7:30 p.m. The songwriter’s showcase brings to the stage some of the world’s best singers and songwriters who share the meaning and music behind their songs.
     The concert features Teddy Gentry, a member of the country music group Alabama, Grammy Award Winner John Berry, NBC’s “The Voice” finalist Lauren Duski, and Dove Award Winner Lenny LeBlanc in one night of hit songs and stories. Following the concert, fans can take part in a free meet and greet with the artists.
     Tickets for “The Heart Behind the Music” are $30 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.
     Tom Franklin, author of “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter,” will visit Oct. 20 and 21 as part of the Common Read program.
     Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet their contemporary author.
     Franklin will speak about and read from his book on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Ponchatoula Library, located at 380 North Fifth Street. He will also autograph copies for audience members. A question and answer session with the author will follow.
     A repeat performance is scheduled on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Hammond Regional Arts Center, located at 217 E. Thomas St. Following the morning’s program is a presentation for audience members interested in writing and publishing their own works.
     Also on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Entergy and Holly and Smith Architects are sponsoring an interactive children’s event called Building Blocks: If Kids Ruled the City. Scheduled at the Hammond Recreation Center, the event is an interactive experience where children 7 – 10, together with their parents and siblings and aided by architects and university students, get to build a small scale version of their ideal city.
     Admission is free, and participants are asked to bring a cardboard box.
     The final two Then and Now Lectures will follow on Oct. 25 and 31. Both lectures are scheduled at Pottle Auditorium at 1 p.m.
     On Oct. 25, Communication Professor Joe Burns will present “Blowing Eight to the Bar: American Music During World War II.”
     “Music played a major wartime role. Troops got ‘V-Discs’ with patriotic songs, and today’s events became tomorrow’s hits,” Burns said. “But soldiers returned to a different musical landscape in 1945, as big bands gave way to small groups led by pop singers, instrument factories retooled to manufacture weapons, and musicians went on strike. And Hitler hated jazz. Find out why at my lecture.”
     William Robison, head of the History and Political Science Department, will present the final lecture in the series, “Martin Luther, Halloween, and the Sexy Witches of World War II: Uncovering Unlikely Links Between the Reformation and Modern History,” on Oct. 31.
     For the More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture, Robison will discuss the 500th anniversary of German monk Martin Luther publishing his 95 Theses and beginning the Protestant Reformation, an event, Robison said, with long-term significance for World War II and even Louisiana history. Where do the sexy witches fit in? Attend the presentation to find out, wear a costume, and get free candy.
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit

Visions: VAS Student Art Show opens at Sims Library
An exhibit featuring the work of student artists in Visual Arts Society (VAS) titled “Visions: A Southeastern Student Art Show” will be on display in Sims Memorial Library Oct. 18 through Nov. 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
     The exhibit features drawing, sculpture, and 3D design by VAS artists. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 18, in the lobby of Sims Library.     
     VAS is a student organization for Art & Design students that provides a forum for students to nurture their growth as artists through explorative activities with peers and to further prepare themselves for the next steps in their creative careers.
     The VAS exhibit showcases works of art from the department's best students. It represents all of the courses taught in the department including ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
     For more information, contact VAS President Catherine Urquhart at or Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at

Novelist-political scientist featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program
Yuri HerreraProminent Mexican novelist and political scientist Yuri Herrera will visit Southeastern Monday, Oct. 23, as part of the institution’s Common Read program.
     Herrera, who teaches at Tulane University where he is a Mellon Fellow, 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 Herrera followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     A native of Actopan, Mexico, Herrera is the author of “Signs Preceding the End of the World,” which was published to critical acclaim in 2015 and included on many Best-of-the-Year lists. The work was recognized in 2016 with the Best Translated Book Award. He has also written “The Transmigration of Bodies,” a novel about two feuding families in contemporary Mexico.
     Herrera received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma, a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
     “For several years now, the Department of English and the Writing Center have sponsored the Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author,” said Department Head David Hanson. “It always serves as an exciting experience for our students. 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 to sponsor mental health conference Dec. 8
Philip HemphillTom Terrell

              Philip Hemphill                             Tom Terrell


The University Counseling Center (UCC) at Southeastern will sponsor the inaugural Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners on Friday, Dec. 8, in the university’s Student Union.
     “We saw a need to establish a stronger network and roots with our mental health community partners, especially after last year’s flood,” said Annette Baldwin, outreach liaison for the Southeastern UCC. “It is the right time to establish a professional networking opportunity for our students and community health partners.”
     The conference honors Tom Terrell, former director for the UCC, for his work with students, faculty and staff at Southeastern, as well as the leadership roles he played with the Louisiana Professional Counseling Association. Terrell was instrumental in developing the Louisiana licensure law for mental health professionals and played a key role in achieving accreditation of the Southeastern UCC with the International Association of Counseling Services.
     Baldwin said the conference will offer a full day of continuing education units to counseling and other mental health professionals in the areas of supervision, ethics and diagnosis.
     “Participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one conversations with local mental health practitioners, faculty, staff and counseling students,” Baldwin said. “The Conference Expo will showcase area mental health partners dedicated for various aspects of mental health treatment and recovery.”
     Registration costs, which include special rates for students, and other details can be found on the website or by calling 549-3894.
     Keynote speaker Philip Hemphill will present “New Boundaries and Ethics: Are You Ready?” The chief clinical officer of Lakeview Health, an addiction treatment facility in Jacksonville, Fla., and a Southeastern alumnus, he is responsible for planning, implementing and directing behavioral health and clinical services using cost effective methodologies while ensuring clinical efficacy.
     Hemphill, who served as an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and assistant clinical professor at LSU Health Sciences Center’s Department of Psychiatry, has presented papers and workshops at national conferences and published numerous articles in the fields of trauma, personality disorders and addictions. He recently was appointed to the adjunct faculty at Jacksonville University.

Philip Schuessler

Music instructor named LMTA commissioned composer
Southeastern Music Instructor Philip Schuessler has been selected to be the 2017 commissioned composer for the Louisiana Music Teachers Association annual conference.
     Drawing on the innate curiosity of his young son, Schuessler wrote the new piece, titled “Sunburst Carousel,” for the Southeastern saxophone quartet Quartetto Obrigado, consisting of musicians Brina Bourliea Faciane, Jennifer Foret, Taylor Assad and Griffin Campbell.
     The premier performance is scheduled Friday (Oct. 13) at the University of New Orleans, and will be performed at Southeastern on Monday, Oct. 16, at the free Faculty Showcase concert in Pottle Music Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
     “The composition is a brisk, high-energy, single-movement work inspired by the voracious curiosity of my 17-month-old son, who is constantly fascinated by new discoveries,” explained Schuessler. “I wanted to instill in the piece the same sense of and appetite for ever-present newness and freshness of the world in which we live daily.”
     The commissioned work was funded by the Music Teachers National Association and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association.
     Schuessler teaches music theory and composition and is a recipient of the 2016 Southeastern President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity, one of the highest honors bestowed on university faculty and staff.


Photo credit: Livewell Photography

Southeastern String Orchestra to present ‘Monday Night Serenades’ Oct. 23
The Southeastern String Chamber Orchestra will present its fall concert, “Monday Night Serenades,” at the university’s Pottle Music Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23.
     The concert is free and open to the public.
     The ensemble, under the direction of faculty member Zorica Dimova, will perform “Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 20” by British composer Sir Edward William Elgar and Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 28.”
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
Southeastern String Orchestra

Lion Up for hurricane relief
Last August, our area experienced the “Great Flood of 2016” and all of the Southeastern family was affected in some way.  The response from our Louisiana neighbors and throughout the country was tremendous. This year, due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our neighbors in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida are facing similar flood-related issues.
     On Lion Up Tuesdays, Southeastern will partner with United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) for Jeans for Hurricane Relief. Participating employees can wear jeans to work with a minimum $5 monthly (four stickers) or $2 daily (one sticker) donation. Each single use sticker will entitle an employee to participate in Lion Up Tuesdays - Jeans for Hurricane Relief.
     Together we can share our Lion Strength with those in need!
     Donations will be collected by Allison Blache in Human Resources. Stickers will be dispersed at time of donation.
     For questions about the campaign, contact Allison Blache at or 549-2001.


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The Southeastern soccer team will celebrate Senior Day, while the football and volleyball teams continue Southland Conference play to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (3-9-3, 1-5-2 Southland) will close out its home schedule this week. On Friday, SLU welcomes Northwestern State for a 7 p.m. match in Strawberry Stadium. Friday will be the Geaux Pink match dedicated to breast cancer awareness and all fans are encouraged to wear pink.
     On Sunday, Central Arkansas comes to town for a 1 p.m. match. Prior to the home finale, Southeastern will honor 2017 seniors Lauren Babcock, Maddie Kresevic and Kim Porche in a pre-match Senior Day ceremony.
     The SLU football team (4-3, 4-1 Southland) will look to extend its four-game winning streak when it heads to Abilene Christian for a 2:30 p.m. league contest on Saturday. The game 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, while a live video stream will be accessible at
     The Southeastern volleyball team (2-19, 0-7 Southland) has three Southland Conference matches on tap this week. On Tuesday, SLU will head to Nacogdoches, Texas for a 6:30 p.m. match at Stephen F. Austin.
     The Lady Lions return home on Thursday to host for a 7 p.m. match versus Central Arkansas. SLU will celebrate “Smoot Fever” night in conjunction with Thursday’s match. Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt similar to the traditional match day garb of Southeastern head coach Jim Smoot. Prizes will be awarded for the best shirt.
     On Saturday, SLU hosts Northwestern State for a 1 p.m. match in the University Center. Saturday will be the Dig Pink match dedicated to breast cancer awareness and all fans are encouraged to wear pink.
     Tuesday’s volleyball match will be available on ESPN3. All of this week’s soccer and volleyball home matches will be accessible to LionVision subscribers at
     The Lady Lion softball team will close out its fall schedule this week. On Tuesday, Southeastern hosts Copiah-Lincoln Community College for a 5 p.m. 10-inning exhibition at North Oak Park. On Friday, SLU welcomes East Central (Miss.) Community College for a 3 p.m. scrimmage and Alabama Southern Community College for the 5 p.m. finale.
     ECCC and ASCC open the day’s action with a 1 p.m. exhibition.
     Head coaches Jay Ladner and Ayla Guzzardo will represent the Southeastern Louisiana men’s and women’s basketball programs at the Southland Conference’s Social Media Day on Monday at the Toyota Center in Houston.
     The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ladner and Guzzardo are slated to answer questions beginning at 10:30 a.m.
     All 26 of the conference’s head basketball coaches will be in attendance for Q&As with Southland broadcasters Tatum Everett and Lincoln Rose, interactive social media activities on the Southland’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and one-on-one sessions with women’s basketball Hall-of-Famer Van Chancellor.
     The day will begin with opening comments from Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett, a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.
     Results of the coaches’ and sports information directors’ predicted order of finish for the conference will be unveiled during the event.
     The event will be produced for ESPN3 and available for viewing on and the ESPN app Monday at 6 p.m.
     The Ron Roberts Radio Show will air 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.


OCT 16

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)
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Southland Conference Social Media Day, Houston, Texas, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

OCT 17

Volleyball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas,

6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)*
Softball, vs. Copiah-Lincoln CC (10-inning Exhibition), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.

OCT 19

Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center,

7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Smoot Fever

OCT 20

 Soccer, vs. Northwestern State, Strawberry Stadium,

7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Geaux Pink
Softball, vs. East Central (Miss.) CC (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Alabama Southern CC (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.

OCT 21

 Football, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 2:30 p.m. ( (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)*
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center,

1 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Dig Pink

OCT 22

 Soccer, vs. Central Arkansas, Strawberry Stadium,

1 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Senior Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Three members of the Department of History and Political Science participated in the recent Gulf South History and Humanities Conference. Samuel Hyde presented a paper analyzing Spanish colonial policies and their legacy in Louisiana, and Keith Finley delivered one detailing the 1966 congressional race in Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District. Ronald Traylor chaired a session highlighting colonial Louisiana history. Hyde and Traylor retained their seats on the GSHA board of directors and Hyde was reelected as the organization’s treasurer.

     Dr. Mohammad Saadeh (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) attended the ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conference in Utah and presented a paper titled “Evaluating and Modeling Force Sensing Resistors for Low Force Applications.” He also chaired a session in the same conference.


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