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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Outreach Librarian Angie Balius at Angie.Balius@southeastern.edu.
Novelist-political scientist featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program
Prominent 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
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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
“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
“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 southeastern.edu/terrellconference 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.
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com or 549-2001.