Golding named provost
Fall Carnival scheduled Tuesday
Homecoming royalty crowned
New campus dining option to open

Michael Jackson Experience scheduled

Grad school workshops to be offered
Science on Tap scheduled Nov. 7
Social Justice Speaker scheduled
Little Free Library installed

Cambre receives award
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Tena GoldingSoutheastern names Golding vice president and provost
Tena L. Golding, a member of the Southeastern faculty and administration for more than 35 years, has been appointed the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.
    Golding has served in the position in an interim capacity since June 2016. Her appointment follows a nationwide search and has been approved by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
    In her capacity, Golding serves as the chief academic officer of the university, overseeing all academic departments, enrollment services, Sims Memorial Library and various other divisions on campus. She participates in formulating and administering the university’s policies and in developing long-range goals and objectives, as well as ensuring the academic integrity and accreditation of all programs.
    “Dr. Golding has been doing an exemplary job in her interim position, and I am confident in her dedication and commitment to the university’s wellbeing,” said President John L. Crain. “Her familiarity with the accreditation process and the role she has played in professional development of faculty are experiences that are valuable and essential for the position.”
    Prior to her interim appointment, Golding was founding director of the university’s Center for Faculty Excellence established in 1997 as a one-stop shop designed to enhance teaching effectiveness and the academic environment. She helped develop the university’s distance education and online learning services and has served as a liaison between the faculty and administration.
    Golding joined the Southeastern faculty in 1982 as a mathematics instructor in the College of Basic Studies. In 1986, she was appointed a member of the faculty in the Department of Mathematics, where she helped with curriculum development for college algebra and statistics. She has been recognized on multiple occasions for having promoted a student-centered classroom rooted in discovery, problem solving and hands-on learning. She was also instrumental in creating the still-existing After-School Achievement Program (ASAP), which continues to provide tutoring services for area school children.
    A participant in a number of state, regional and national education reform groups, she is the author of numerous articles and presentations related to reform-based mathematics curricula and preparation of teachers. She has served as an evaluator for the past 12 years for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges during which time she has participated in site visits and on review committees for other institutions.
    A professor of mathematics, Golding holds a doctorate from Louisiana State University and an undergraduate and master’s degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Southeastern Fall Carnival to include Trick or Treat with the Greeks
Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern’s 13th annual Fall Carnival Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
     The university’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the Black Student Union, Office for Student Engagement and Recreational Sports and Wellness are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat with the Greeks, which is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement.
     Both events are scheduled on the lawn of Southeastern’s Pennington Student Activity Center, located at 1350 N. General Pershing, and are free of charge.
     “This is our annual service effort,” said Marjorie Parker, coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs. “Our goal is to provide all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a safe, carnival atmosphere.”
     Parker said both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, a balloon artist, and much more.
     Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 549-5703 or email

New campus dining option opens today
A new dining services option is opening on North Campus today. North Campus Provisions on Demand Market, similar to the Union Market, is located on the 2nd floor of the North Campus main building.
     The new market will offer a variety of salads, sandwiches and other items, for quick, grab’ n go meals, as well as snacks, drinks and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy some of their favorite Starbucks drinks using a self-serve brewing machine. Hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     “Our goal was to develop a customized solution for our North Campus students and employees that delivers quality, convenience, variety and value,” said Dining Services Director Martin Balisteri.
     There will be a “Name the POD Contest” in the coming weeks where students will be able to submit a suggested name for the new location. The winner will receive $100 in Cub Cash awarded by Aramark.
     For more information, please contact Dining Services at 549-2868.

Graduate School workshops offered at Sims Library 
As part of the Student Success Workshop Series, Sims Library and Student Support Services will present two workshops to help prepare students for graduate school.
     The first session, “Grad School 101,” will be offered today, Oct. 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Sims Library, room 474. It will focus on identifying goals, finding the right program, getting accepted, preparing for entrance exams, and financing a degree.
     The second session is “GRE Strategies” hosted by The Princeton Review and is scheduled Monday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Sims Library, room 252. The session will demonstrate strategies for getting the best possible score on the GRE exam.
     These workshops are free and open to all students.
     For more information, contact or

Science on Tap presents ‘Urban Ecology: Life in Your Backyard’ 
Oliver LjustinaHave you ever wondered exactly what is living in your backyard?
     Southeastern biology graduate student Oliver Ljustina wants to show you that while mankind continues altering habitats for its own benefit, many organisms decline, while others seem to more easily adapt, and may very well make your yard their new home.
     Understanding life in urban areas and what it takes for the range of organisms to live in cities and backyards is the topic of Southeastern’s next Science on Tap presentation scheduled Tuesday Nov. 7.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation by Ljustina will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture, titled “Urban Ecology: Life in Your Backyard,” is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
     A native of Miami who is studying water snakes in the canals of New Orleans, Ljustina said that population declines and extinctions of species are rampant as humans leave a prominent mark on the planet.
     “Cities, however, are perhaps the most dramatic examples of our capacity to change landscapes,” he said. “We have to ask if it is really all that bad. From rock doves to brown anoles, from raccoons to cockroaches, urban areas can and do support life.”
     Ljustina will show how some organisms survive the rapid and severe changes imposed by humans and how this is a testament to the resilience of life on Earth.
     “Urban ecology seeks to understand life in urban areas, and we’ll discuss just what it takes to join the motley crew of organisms living in our cities and backyards,” he said.
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Little Free Library installed at SLU Head Start
A Little Free Library, where the focus is putting books in the hands of young children, was installed on campus recently at the SLU Head Start Center, located on West Lion Lane.
     The Little Free Library was recognized by the Little Free Library Organization and issued a charter number, making it the 35,081st Little Free Library in the world. The student-led Louisiana Early Childhood Association of Southeastern acts as stewards for the Little Free Library, making sure that it is always stocked with books for children to take home and keep or to take home and then return to share with others.  
     When Thomas Hailey was a high school senior, he built the Little Free Library and installed it on the Southeastern campus as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Since that time, he has become a Southeastern Lion and, as the result of his Little Free Libraries, earned the International Messenger of Peace Award.
     Associates of Head Start and SLAECA joined Hailey on Oct. 19, when a plaque issued by the Little Free Library Organization was attached to the structure and an official dedication ceremony ensued.
     Faculty who know of a Southeastern student with child care needs for a child under the age of five can refer them to Dawn Harris of SLU Head Start at 549-5948 or 549-5949.
Little Library installed
LITTLE LIBRARY DEDICATED - Those in attendance at the dedication ceremony were, from left, SLU Head Start Center Manager Dawn Harris, Londyn Jumonville, Karina Garcia, Thomas Hailey, Brittany Jefferson, Kaitlyn Thomas, Cheyenne Seal, and SLAECA advisor, Debra Jo Hailey. Future Lions and current Head Start preschoolers who joined in the dedication were Jael Hooker, Kyleigh Carter, Quinlin Anderson, Lainey Taylor, Serenity Walker, and Garet Galdamez. 

Homecoming Kind and Queen 2017

Southeastern crowns Homecoming Queen and King
Mattie Hawkins, a sports management major from Baton Rouge, was crowned Southeastern's Homecoming Queen, while Bryce Carpenter, also a sports management major from O'Fallon, Illinois, was crowned Homecoming King during halftime of the Southeastern versus Sam Houston State football game. Some Homecoming festivities had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Nate’s threat to the area on Oct. 7.

Joby Rogers

Columbia Theatre to present The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Michael Jackson’s legacy will live on at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts with the presentation of The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience on Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
     Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood said the multimedia theatrical experience takes audiences on a musical journey through the life of one the greatest and inspirational entertainers of all time, the legendary ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson. As the mirror image of Jackson, Joby Rogers has entertained sold-out audiences worldwide for over a decade, Blackwood said, while intensely perfecting the dancing and mannerisms of Jackson.
     “His stunning resemblance to Jackson, combined with the intricate dance moves of the genius himself, presents an exciting performance preserving the legacy and spirit of this entertainment icon,” said Blackwood. “Joby was personally selected by Michael Jackson in a signed statement as the ‘official substitute’ for the star and is the only tribute artist to ever appear credited on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone Magazine.’”
     Blackwood said The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience is a show that embraces the audience in a wave of visual and musical excitement.
     “Be prepared for an evening to remember. Everything from the signature moonwalk, unbelievable dance moves, world-class choreographed and incredibly talented back-up dancers and customized wardrobe is recreated on stage,” Blackwood added. “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience has performed to sold-out audiences all over the world, including every American state and 13 countries on four continents.”
     Tickets for The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience 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.
     A special student ticket price of $15 is available for all students of any school, while supplies last. Students must present their school IDs at the Columbia box office to receive the discounted price.   Additionally, all Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.

Southeastern Social Justice Speaker scheduled 

Adrienne BrownSoutheastern’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice’s 13th Annual Social Justice Speaker Series will feature Adrienne Maree Brown, an author, science fiction scholar, community organizer and activist from Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
     Brown will facilitate a free student workshop from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Student Union, room 3505. The workshop will introduce new methods to help groups and organizations work collectively and creatively. Brown will lead the students through hands-on activities that encourage new ways to hold meetings, plan agendas and build movement toward organizational goals.
     At 2 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, Brown will give a free lecture open to the public based on her book “Emergent Strategy: Shaping Chance, Changing Worlds,” with a book signing to follow. The book focuses on creative and innovative ways to organize social justice movements based on her background as a science fiction writer and activist.    
     “Adrienne Brown draws inspiration from the work of Octavia Butler,” said Marc Settembrino, assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern. “She believes that visionary fiction can help us create communities that we want to live in and has said she works to motivate others to ‘bend the future toward justice.’”
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organizes the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on race and racism, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, on war and human rights.
     For more information, contact the Settembrino at or Kellen Gilbert at

Cambre receives award 
Charles CambreFinancial Aid Director Charles Cambre was named financial aid officer “Rookie of the Year” by the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA).
     Cambre was selected for his efforts as the Financial Aid Awareness Committee chair for his work on the community service project and scholarship raffle fundraiser for the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission. Financial Aid Offices all over the state collected donations.


The Southeastern football and volleyball teams will continue Southland Conference play, the men’s and women’s basketball teams open the preseason and the tennis and golf teams close out their fall seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (5-4, 5-2 Southland) will close out its road schedule on Saturday with a 6 p.m. game at No. 20 McNeese. The Lions-Cowboys showdown will be televised on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area. It will also be 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 SLU volleyball team (2-24, 0-12 Southland) will travel to face a pair of in-state league opponents this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions will be at Nicholls for a 6:30 p.m. match. McNeese awaits on Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. Southland match in Lake Charles.
     The Southeastern tennis team will close out its fall by hosting the George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational with matches scheduled for the Southeastern Tennis Complex and Oak Knoll Country Club. The Lions will be joined in the tournament field by UL Lafayette, McNeese, Alcorn State, Lamar, LSU Alexandria, New Orleans and Nicholls.
     SLU will open tournament play on Friday with a 1:30 p.m. match versus UL Lafayette. On Saturday, Southeastern faces McNeese (8:30 a.m.) and Alcorn State (1:30 p.m.). Sunday’s opponent will be determined by the first two days’ results with matches schedule for 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
     The Lion golf team will finish up play at the Duck Commander Intercollegiate in El Dorado, Arkansas. Southeastern is 10th after Sunday’s first round with the next two rounds scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Live scoring will be available on the golf schedule page at
     The SLU men’s basketball team will open its exhibition schedule on Thursday, facing Jackson State at 7 p.m. at Gulfport High School. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Catholic Charities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
     The Lady Lion women’s basketball team will host its exhibition opener on Friday, as LSU Alexandria visits the University Center for a 6 p.m. contest. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring first-year head coach Ayla Guzzardo and her coaching staff, courtesy of PRIDE. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Friday’s exhibition at
     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 30

Golf, at Duck Commander Intercollegiate, El Dorado, Ark., All Day
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 31

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


Volleyball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6:30 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, vs. Jackson State (Exhibition), Gulfport, Miss., 7 p.m.


Tennis, vs. UL Lafayette (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, vs. LSU Alexandria (Exhibition), University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision)


Football, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 6 p.m. (CST/ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)*
Volleyball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 12:30 p.m.*
Tennis, vs. McNeese (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 8:30 a.m.
Tennis, vs. Alcorn State (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1:30 p.m.


Tennis, vs. TBA (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Hammond, 9 a.m./12 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Andrew Traver’s (History and Political Science) book chapter “The Place of William of Saint-Amour’s Collectiones Catholicae in the Secular/Mendicant Conflict at Paris,” has appeared in From Learning to Love: Schools, Law, and Pastoral Care in the Middle Ages (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2017).

Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History & Political Science) and Professor Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) co-authored the article “Climate Change as Security Threat,” which was accepted for publication in the Global Studies Journal.


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