Homecoming to be celebrated Oct. 28
Registration deadline for Fall Carnival
Gumbo Day Cook-Off set Oct. 28
Wine Tasting to benefit Sims Library

Hymel establishes scholarship
Marino appointed to state board
KSLU offering mobile app

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Homecoming logoSoutheastern celebrates Homecoming Oct. 28 
Southeastern’s rescheduled Homecoming Day is now Oct. 28. The new date offers a myriad of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium, after having been rescheduled due to Hurricane Nate’s threat to the area on Oct. 7.
     With a theme of “Once Upon a Homecoming,” Homecoming 2017 is sponsored by Hammond Square, with the Southeastern Student Government Association sponsoring all student-related activities.
     Homecoming Day activities are centered in Friendship Circle, where visitors can enjoy tailgating, reunions and entertainment. There will be booths manned by area merchants and activities for children that include a variety of crafts, face painting, mobile video game units and inflatables starting at 1:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to leave pets at home.
     Southeastern donors who have endowed scholarships and professorships will be honored at 11 a.m. in the President’s Residence. The campus bookstore will open at 9 a.m.
     The annual Homecoming parade rolls at 2 p.m. Following the parade, Lion fans can cheer on Head Coach Ron Roberts and the team during the “Lion Walk” as they make their way through Friendship Circle to Strawberry Stadium at 4:30 p.m.    
     Reunions and tailgating will be hosted by many of the university’s colleges and divisions, as well as by groups such as the Former Football Players, ROTC, and Greek organizations. The Alumni Association tailgate will take place in Friendship Circle at 1:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Hammond Square, with food and drink sponsored by Fleur de Lis Title, Payment Solutions, Inc. and Gnarly Barley.
     After pre-game activities, the Lions will kick off against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. The 2017 Homecoming queen and king will be announced and crowned at halftime.
     Immediately after the game, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development District will host “Railroad Roar,” an evening of dining and entertainment with specials offered by participating area businesses. For more information, call the Greater Hammond Chamber at 345-4457.       
     For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2017 events, visit or call the Alumni Center, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or 549-2150.

Fall Carnival 2017 department registration 
The Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs is partnering with Recreational Sports and Wellness and the Black Student Union to host the 13th annual Fall Carnival Event on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. The event is a fun and safe alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating for the children of the surrounding community.
     MISA is requesting departments to participate in the event by registering a table and providing a fun and child friendly game or activity and candy for the children.
     If your department is interested in participating please fill out the form by today, Oct. 23. (Fall Carnival Registration Form)
     For more information, please call 549-5703 or email

Wine tasting to benefit Sims Library 
The group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its ninth annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.
     Held on the second floor at the library, the popular event will feature six wines paired with food samplings, live music, a silent auction that boasts art, books, wine and gift certificates, and door prizes, said Library Director Eric Johnson.
     “We have some unusual auction items this year, such as a Turtle Cove boat tour, a 12-month Mystery Experience subscription, and a VIP pass to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival,” Johnson said. “Once again, wines will be introduced by Todd Delaune from The Red, White and Brew in downtown Hammond. Todd will provide details about the wine’s history and flavor adding to the evening’s culinary experience.”
     FoSL is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library. Funds generated by FoSL are used to supplement the library’s annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs, lectures, author readings and signings, and other special events.
     Johnson said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from area businesses.  
     Tickets are $35 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
     Order tickets online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402.
     For more information about the wine tasting or the FoSL, contact Janie Branham at 549-2186 or  

Reshelle MarinoMarino appointed to state Human Trafficking Advisory Board 
Reshelle Marino, an assistant professor in Southeastern’s graduate program in counseling, has been appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to the state’s Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board.
     The advisory board provides information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers and victims to the Louisiana Human Trafficking Prevention Commission.
     Over the past three years, more than 1,000 human trafficking cases have been reported to the Louisiana State Police; nearly half the cases in 2016 involved minors being exploited for sexual purposes.
     A past president of the Louisiana School Counselors Association, Marino was nominated for the position by the LSCA, a division of the American School Counselors Association. She is also active in the Louisiana Counseling Association, and in 2015 was honored with its Distinguished Professional Service Award.
     Marino is the interim program coordinator of Southeastern’s Graduate Counseling Program. A resident of Metairie, she received her undergraduate degree from Southeastern and a master’s and doctorate in counselor education from the University of New Orleans.

Southeastern’s KSLU offering mobile app
Southeastern’s public radio station KSLU 90.9FM is now offering listeners the opportunity to hear the radio’s programming anywhere through the free Radio FX app.
     Listeners can simply download the free app through the Apple App Store and Google Play, search KSLU and save the station under favorites, creating an on-the-go resource for fans of 90.9 FM.  
     “The KSLU app through Radio FX allows our station to go mobile for a more interactive radio experience,” said General Manager Todd Delaney. “Today, radio stations have to make it easy for listeners to connect anywhere at any time, and our Radio FX app helps them to do that in the simplest way possible.”
     KSLU offers a wide variety of programming, including music and live broadcasts of sporting events, the award-winning and syndicated Rock School show, and the community talk show “Point of View.”   Named the No. 2 college radio station in the region by the Southeast Journalism Conference, KSLU provides Southeastern students interested in broadcasting with an intensive learning environment. Learn more about KSLU at, and for more information on Radio FX, visit

Gumbo Day Cook Off

Gumbo Day Cook-Off set Oct. 28
Southeastern’s 11th annual Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off will be held in Friendship Circle during tailgating and alongside rescheduled Homecoming activities on Saturday, Oct. 28. The event raises funds for student-athlete programming.
     This Southeastern tradition provides tailgaters with the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills prior to the Lions football game versus Sam Houston State scheduled at 7 p.m., while also supporting Lion student-athletes.
     “This is a fun way to encourage tailgating in support of the Lions, while mixing and mingling in Friendship Circle,” said Sherry Kennemer, assistant athletic director for Academic Services and senior woman administrator and advisor of the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). “We’re proud to present this annual event and truly appreciate the financial support it provides for SAAC’s community engagement and service projects.”
     There is no cost to participate as a tailgater gumbo chef. The registration form is available for download from the SAAC page on the Lions Athletics website at Serving cups will be provided to each tailgating group. Participants are asked to bring spoons and however much gumbo they are willing to share with their fellow tailgaters.
     The public is invited to taste the gumbo at the various “Gumbo Tailgating Tasting Stations” around Friendship Circle and “vote” for their favorites by stuffing coins and bills in designated “voting jars” at each site. Signs at the participating tailgate locations will indicate where tailgaters can taste and vote for their favorite gumbo flavoring. “Voting” will be open from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
     The voting jar with the most money will win the 2017 Fans’ Choice Award. Additionally, a Judges’ Choice Award will be presented based on a blind taste test of samples from each of the gumbo chefs conducted during tailgating.
     Both winners will be announced at half time of the football game and will receive Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off Champ gumbo paddles.
     Tailgaters have until Oct. 27 to register. Completed registration forms can be faxed to 549-3495 or scanned and emailed to Kennemer at The contest is open to any group, whether or not they have a regular tailgating location for Southeastern home games.
     For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call 549-2256.
     All funds raised benefit SAAC, which has adopted the cook-off as its annual signature fund-raising event.      

Southeastern alumnus establishes sports journalism scholarship
Southeastern Alumni Athletic Coordinator and alumnus Larry Hymel has added establishment of The Endowed Scholarship for Sports Journalism to his more than 50 years of service to his alma mater.
     Junior accounting major Nikisun Shrestha was selected as its first recipient based upon his sports reporting for the student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar.”
     Shrestha is an international student from Nepal who came to the university with an interest in sports.
     “I’m just incredibly honored to be getting the first scholarship,” he said. “Coming in as an international student from Nepal, sports was one of the first things I could really connect to in America. It has helped me meet new people, meet the coaches and student-athletes, and helped me settle into the cultural shock of a new environment.”
     Shrestha said he is thankful to the Office of Student Publications and the people he has worked with for their support and direction.
     Hymel himself worked at “The Lion’s Roar” while he was a student and later became the first Sports Information Director for the university in 1966 after being the sports editor for “The Daily Star” in the same year. He served as SID for 28 years before retiring to become the University Center Director for the next 11 years. In 2005 he retired once again, but became the Alumni Athletic Coordinator. He will retire from that position at the end of this semester. Earlier this year, he received the Lion For Life award from the Lion Athletic Association.
     In 2011, Hymel was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in Sports Journalism. It was then that Hymel decided to establish the scholarship.
     “I was there because of Southeastern, and there are two other former ‘Lion’s Roar’ sports editors in the Louisiana Hall of Fame,” said Hymel. “It all fits together. I wanted to give back to Southeastern because Southeastern has given so much to me.”
     Hymel wanted the scholarship to primarily aid students producing sports writing for the university athletics department.
     “It is going to be awarded on a semester to semester basis,” said Hymel. “My first priority, because I worked with sports information for so long, is to give it to a student who writes in sports information. It can also be a student from ‘The Lion’s Roar,’ since it is still dear to my heart, as well.”
     Shrestha is currently training to become the sports editor of “The Lion’s Roar” and looks forward to improving as a sports journalist.
     “I like to think of myself as a student of sports journalism,” said Shrestha. “I want to keep improving because I am still new at this, and there is much to learn. This scholarship provides me with motivation to continue to get better in sports journalism.”
Sports Journalism scholarship established
(Photo credit: Jonathan Rhodes)
SPORTS JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED - Southeastern Alumni Athletic Coordinator and alumnus Larry Hymel has established The Endowed Scholarship for Sports Journalism. Hymel, right, congratulates the first scholarship recipient junior accounting major Nikisun Shrestha, who was selected based upon his sports reporting for the student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar.”


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The Southeastern football team will host its biggest game in several years and the cross county teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Two of the nation’s most prolific offenses meet on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium when the Lion football team (5-3, 5-1 Southland) welcomes defending Southland champion and No. 7 Sam Houston State. The game will be televised live on ESPN3 and heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, WFPR 1400 AM), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     The game versus the defending Southland champion Bearkats will double as Homecoming, rescheduled from Oct. 7 after Hurricane Nate cancelled scheduled festivities. There will be no parking in Friendship Circle and no traffic will be allowed in Friendship Circle after 10 a.m. Those with Friendship Circle parking passes will have access to Lot B parking.
     The annual Homecoming parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. The 2017 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the SLU-SHSU Southland showdown. The game will also be Solid Gold Saturday in Strawberry Stadium and all fans are encouraged to wear their gold.
     The SLU men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the league championship meet on Friday in Abilene, Texas. The women’s 6K race is set for 8:30 a.m. with the men tackling their 8K course at 9:30 a.m. Live results will be available at
     The Lady Lion soccer team (4-9-2, 2-5-2 Southland) will close out its regular season on Friday, traveling to Nicholls for a 3 p.m. match in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Southeastern is battling the host Colonels and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the final spot in next month’s Southland Conference Tournament.
     The SLU volleyball team (2-22, 0-10 Southland) will conclude its regular season home schedule this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions welcome Lamar for a 7 p.m. match in the University Center. It will be Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Thursday, as select Southeastern faculty and staff members will be honored prior to the match.
     On Saturday, SLU welcomes Stephen F. Austin for a 1 p.m. match. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of both volleyball matches this week at
     The Southeastern golf team will open its final fall tournament this week. On Sunday, SLU will begin play at the Duck Commander Intercollegiate in El Dorado, Ark. The tournament runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31.
     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 23

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)

OCT 26

Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night

OCT 27

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Abilene, Texas,

8:30 a.m. - Women / 9:30 a.m. – Men
Soccer, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 3 p.m.*

OCT 28

Football, vs. Sam Houston State(Homecoming), Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)*
            - Solid Gold Saturday
            - Homecoming Parade – 2 p.m.
            - Homecoming King and Queen – Halftime
Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center,

1 p.m. (LionVision)*

OCT 29

Men’s Golf, at Duck Commander Intercollegiate, El Dorado, Ark., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented “Principal Preparation Programs in Southern Universities: Comparing Field Experiences” at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration annual conference in New Orleans earlier this month. Co-authors were Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership & Technology) and Randy Parker of Louisiana Tech University.
     WIRED blogger Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) and NASA astronaut Christina Koch both alumni of North Carolina State’s Department of Physics, will be the featured speakers Nov. 3-4 as the department celebrates its centennial anniversary.

     Three Educational Leadership and Technology faculty members attended the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) Conference in New Orleans October 5-8. Evan G. Mense served as program chair, Dana Griggs served as assistant program chair, and Adam Elder served as registration chair.


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