Career Fair set for Thursday
SLU celebrates a birthday
Young Alumnus of Year named
Wind Symphony sets concert dates

Stiegler selected for award

Davis, McCarthy selected for institute

Library hosts Banned Books Week


Caffe Italia celebrates 10 years

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics



Career Fair OverviewSoutheastern students, alumni invited to Career Fair Sept. 21
Southeastern students and alumni are invited to participate in Career Fair 2017, the Office of Career Services’ annual university wide career event.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2017 will include over 130 organizational participants and will be held Thursday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     Representatives from various companies and associations, government agencies, business, engineering, finance and banking industries will be on site to answer questions and take resumes during the free event.
     “Career Fair provides Southeastern students and graduates the opportunity to obtain that much needed face time with recruiters to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack and all of those faceless resumes that come their way,” said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services. “There is no other venue that allows direct interaction with recruiters and managers from over 130 employers and leaves a lasting, positive impression. In fact, it would take months to speak with as many recruiters as you can in one day at Southeastern’s Career Fair 2017.”
     To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     For additional information on Career Fair 2017, contact Career Services at 549 2121,, or visit

Southeastern celebrates 92 years
Southeastern celebrated its 92nd birthday in style with the help of Campus Activities Board on Thursday, Sept.14. What began as a junior college nearly a century ago now stands proudly as the third largest university in Louisiana. On hand for the celebration were President John L. Crain and Miss Southeastern 2017 Kristyn Gary of Denham Springs.

President John L. Crain, left and Miss Southeastern 2017 Kristyn Gary

Southeastern Wind Symphony to present two concerts this fall
Southeastern’s Wind Symphony will present two concerts this fall at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Tickets for both concerts are adults $10; faculty, staff, seniors and non-SLU students $5; and Southeastern students are admitted free. SLU students must present their student IDs to receive tickets. SLU students must present their student IDs to receive tickets. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 E. Thomas Street or by calling 543-4371.
     The first concert, “There’s a First Time for Everything,” is scheduled Sept. 28 and will feature a wide variety of music. The concert opens with Gustav Holst’s landmark composition “First Suite in E-Flat.” Also on the program is Samuel Barber’s “First Essay,” composed in 1937 and translated by Joseph Levey.
     The concert will close with a performance of the First Symphony of American composer, Andrew Boss. Titled “Tetelestai,” which translates to “it is finished,” the work is an interpretation of the images and feelings conjured by the story of the crucification and death of Jesus Christ.
     “Because it is not a retelling of the story, the work is not programmatic in nature; rather it seeks to allow the listener to recall their own experience and beliefs to relate to the music that they are listening to,” said Interim Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands Derek Stoughton. “It is a powerful piece that will resonate with everyone that has the opportunity to listen to it.”
     The second concert, titled “Shades of England,” is scheduled Nov. 9 and will feature music generally linked to England.
     “The concert will open with ‘Intrada 1631,’ which is a wonderful piece based on liturgical music of the 17th century,” said Stroughton. “Stephen Montague was born in the United States, but immigrated to London in the 1970s.”
     Following will be a special performance of “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka.  
     “One of the most important composers for the wind ensemble medium, Mr. Maslanka unfortunately lost his battle with colon cancer earlier this year,” he said. “He was a guest at Southeastern a few years ago, and many students still remember his gentle spirit and true passion for music and its impact on the world. We want to perform this special piece in his honor, as a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been touched and influenced by his music.”
     Also on the program is the wind ensemble adaptation of the “Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The piece will feature new professor of Tuba/Euphonium Charles Goodman.
     “The concert closes with one of the most important pieces ever written for the wind ensemble - Percy Grainger’s ‘Lincolnshire Posy,’” Stoughton said. “This piece is based on folk songs that were collected in Lincolnshire and has become a standard of our medium.”    
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Davis, McCarthy participate in first ULS Management and Leadership Institute 
Connie DavisDaniel McCarthy

              Connie Davis                            Dan McCarthy


Two representatives of Southeastern have been selected for the inaugural class of the University of Louisiana System Management and Leadership Institute designed for mid-career faculty and staff.
     Connie Davis, director of Auxiliary Services, and Dan McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology, will take part in the two-semester program for faculty and staff who aspire to broaden academic, professional or administrative leadership roles. The initial program was held recently at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center in Hammond, a business and economic development outreach center operated by the university. Southeastern President John L. Crain addressed the group.
     Davis started at Southeastern in 1994 in the Department of Housing. She has held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of housing, Student Union operations, dining services, bookstore and textbook rental program. She also oversees the Document Source print and mail operations, event and conference services, and non-credit programs.
     A scientist in the field of theoretical plasma physics with an application to fusion energy, McCarthy joined the faculty in 1994, served as head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and has been dean since 2005. During that time, the college has created three new degree programs, and the number of majors has increased by more than 400 students.
     The initial class of 18 participants for the UL System’s nine universities will participate in nine two-day sessions with each of the institutions hosting a session.
     The institute immerses participants in a program designed to maximize their effectiveness in leadership roles and to help them develop diverse, high-performance teams, manage and implement change, analyze financial, student and market data, and identify opportunities in the increasingly competitive market of higher education.

90.9FM KSLU marks 10 year anniversary of Caffe Italia 
Southeastern’s own 90.9 KSLU will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its Italian music program “Caffè Italia” this fall. The 30-minute show is hosted by Southeastern Italian and Spanish professor Francesco Fiumara, who brought Caffe’ Italia to KSLU to share the music and culture of Italy with the local community.  
     “Francesco has done an outstanding job of making the Italian language accessible and interesting for our listeners over the years,” said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney. “During his 10-year stint he has produced and hosted over 500 shows. It enriches the station’s offerings to provide cultural programming such as Caffé Italia.”
     In honor of the show’s anniversary, Delaney said, Fiumara planned a special episode celebrating 10 years of music at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. The 10-year anniversary special aired Sunday (Sept. 17).
     Caffè Italia airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. and is also available online at

Chuck Toney

Community lawyer named Young Alumnus of the Year
Chuck Toney, owner and operator of The Toney Law Office, LLC in New Orleans, has been named Southeastern’s 2017 Young Alumnus of the Year. He will be officially recognized at the Southeastern Alumni Association’s Awards Evening to be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, during Homecoming Week.
     “We are pleased to honor Chuck Toney as our Young Alumnus of the Year,” said Alumni Association President Brad Stevens. “Chuck has seen that once you join the Southeastern family, you are a Lion for life. He never misses a chance to tell others all the benefits of the unique university where his journey started, and he proudly gives back as a donor, volunteer, and board member.”
     Toney graduated from Southeastern in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in political science. His passion for advocating for others led him to become an attorney, graduating from Southern University Law Center in 2011.  
     While a student at Southeastern, Toney was a member of the Student Government Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and served on the Judicial Board and as a graduate assistant in the Division of Student Affairs. He worked with fellow student government members and the university’s administration to facilitate the building of the new Student Union and the Katrina-Rita Memorial Fountain. He was also involved with the return of the football program and reestablishment of the Homecoming celebration.  
     “All of my Southeastern experiences helped shape me into the leader that I am today and prepared me for my role as an advocate for my clients,” he said.
     Alumni Awards Evening will include recognition of several Southeastern faculty and staff and alumni, including Alumnus of the Year for 2017 William Cefalu, the chief scientific, medical and mission officer at the American Diabetes Association.
     Tickets for the event are available from the Alumni Association by calling 1-800-SLU-ALUM or through the association’s website,

Lillian Stiegler

Southeastern’s Stiegler selected for Clinical Achievement Award
A professor in Southeastern’s Department of Communication and Sciences Disorders has been selected to receive the 2017 state Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
     Lillian Stiegler, a specialist in the field of autism spectrum disorders, will be honored by the association at its annual meeting in November in Los Angeles. The award recognizes professionals whose clinical work results in innovation in science and practice.
     Stiegler, a resident of Covington, was nominated for the award by Southeastern colleague Paula Currie, for her work in helping to establish Lions Connected, a program that provides a post-secondary educational experience at Southeastern for individuals with mild or moderate intellectual disabilities. With the support of other Southeastern professionals from various disciplines and a family donor, Stiegler helped to develop the program, now in its second year.
     Participants in Lions Connected, which is housed in the College of Education, are immersed into the college campus experience with their age peers, working side-by-side with an academic and social mentor, Currie explained.
     “Dr. Stiegler has devoted her professional career to helping children and families who deal with the challenges of autism and other communication problems,” said Jackie Guendouzi, head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences and professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Her commitment to this cause is her vocation, and the Lions Connected program is just one example of her hard work. The department is very proud of her achievements.”
     “Dr. Stiegler’s vision and efforts in helping to develop the Lions Connected program has had a tremendous impact,” said Currie, “especially on the families of individuals with intellectual disabilities in our community who now have the opportunity to participate in post-secondary educational experiences.”
     Stiegler was recognized several years ago by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association as one of only 20 professionals across the nation selected as ASHA’s Faces of Inspiration, a recognition of individuals “who serve as beacons of inspiration in their everyday work.” She is a recipient of the Award for Higher Education Excellence by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Autism Society of America and was honored by Southeastern in 2010 with the President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, one of the highest honors the university bestows on faculty.

Sims Library celebrates the freedom to read during Banned Books Week
If you think “banned books” are a thing of the past, think again. Last year, the American Library Association reported over 300 attempts to remove or restrict books from school curricula and libraries. Most books that are banned or restricted involve complaints about a book’s content or appropriateness. If this is shocking news, you should visit Sims Library during Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30.

      “Can you believe some people don’t want students reading books such as Brave New World, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, The Color Purple, and even the Harry Potter series?” asked Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “Banned Books Week reminds us of the First Amendment and the freedom for all of us to be able to read, think and grow as lifelong learners.”
     Banned Books Week is an annual event started by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read and highlight the value of free and open access to information. Sims Library will offer three activities to bring awareness to book banning and censorship.
For more information, call Sims Library at 549-3898.

“Read Out” -- on Monday and Tuesday, September 25-26
     Students in Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society will be disrupting classes with a purpose. Sigma members will interrupt classes, with instructor preapproval, to read aloud excerpts from classic literature and famous banned books. Afterwards, they will disbribute bookmarks inviting students to attend the “Words Have Power” event on Tuesday evening.

“Words Have Power,” on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m.
     This lively discussion will include comical and cautionary tales about the absurdity of censorship and banning books. Speakers include Leigh Rourkes and Dr. Keith Dorwick, from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and Dr. Sarah Schillage and Sherri Craig, both from Southeastern’s Department of English.

“Mugshots” for Those Caught Reading Banned Books
     Come to the library and have your mugshot taken with your favorite banned book. As part of a small exhibit, the library will have a backdrop set up just like at central lockup, where book fans can pose for a fun souvenir of Banned Books Week.


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The Southeastern football, volleyball and soccer teams will all open the home portion of their respective Southland Conference schedules, while the cross country and golf teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (0-3, 0-1 Southland) will return home to host Lamar (1-2, 0-1 Southland) for Military Appreciation Day next Saturday at Strawberry Stadium. All military personnel will receive a free ticket with a valid military ID for the 7 p.m. contest. For more information on Military Appreciation Day, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at 549-5466.
     In addition, Saturday’s game will also serve as the 2017 Hall of Fame game. This year’s class of Kari Yost (soccer), Cass Hargis (baseball) and Tommy Connors (football) will be inducted in a private ceremony before the game and will be recognized along with all other Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame members in attendance at halftime of Saturday’s SLU-Lamar contest.
     The game will be broadcast by the Southeastern Channel, which will offer a live video stream of the Lions-Cardinals battle via the Southland Digital Network at The contest can also be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     The SLU volleyball team (2-11) will open league play with a pair of home matches this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions welcome defending Southland Conference champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to the University Center for a 7 p.m. match.
     In conjunction with Thursday’s match, Southeastern Athletics Student Marketing and Promotions will hold its annual Dig the Lions promotion. The first 200 students in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. On Saturday, SLU and Incarnate Word will meet at 1 p.m. in the University Center.
     The soccer team (2-5-1, 0-1 Southland) also has two home league matches on tap this week. The Lady Lions will open the week on Friday, hosting Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Friday is National Ice Cream Cone Day and the first 100 fans will receive a free ice cream cone.
     In addition, Friday is Greek Night and the Southeastern fraternities and sororities are invited to set up in the North end zone and get loud for the Lady Lions. SLU will also welcome back all Lady Lion alumni for reunion weekend. On Sunday, UIW comes to town for a 1 p.m. match in Strawberry Stadium. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week’s volleyball and soccer action at
     Fresh off a strong showing at last week’s LSU Invitation, the Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at another event hosted by an SEC team this week. The Lions, who won the LSU meet, and the Lady Lions, who are coming off a fourth-place showing in Baton Rouge, will be in College Station, Texas on Saturday to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational.
     The Lion golf team will compete in its second tournament of the fall this week. Coach Jake Narro’s squad will be in Choudrant, Louisiana on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, hosted by Louisiana Tech.  
     The Ron Roberts Radio Show will return to its regular night for the rest of the season, airing on Monday at 7 p.m. at 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.



Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, La., 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)


Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, La., All Day


Volleyball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Dig the Lions


Soccer, vs. Abilene Christian, Strawberry Stadium,

7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Greek Night
            - Reunion Weekend
            - National Ice Cream Cone Day


Football, vs. Lamar, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (SE Channel/Southland DN) (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)*
            - Military Appreciation Day
            - Hall of Fame Game
Volleyball, vs. Incarnate Word, University Center, 1 p.m. (LionVision)*
Cross Country, at Texas A&M Invitational, College Station, Texas, All Day


Soccer, vs. Incarnate Word, Strawberry Stadium, 1 p.m. (LionVision)*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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