Homecoming Court elected
Fanfare kicks off
Students meet employers
College & Career Fair set

Theatre production opens Oct. 3
Next Science on Tap Oct. 3
Lecture series begins Oct. 4
Alumni art lecture set Oct. 4

Program earns national ranking
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics



Southeastern announces 2017 Homecoming Court and Beau Court
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2017 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 1- 7.
     Chosen as members of the queen court are seniors Cierra Calloway, Houma; Mattie Hawkins, Baton Rouge; Corinne Kirkland, Hammond; Ali LeBourgeois, St. Amant; Cydney Menina, New Orleans; and Gabrielle Reynolds, Holden; and junior Tara Babin, Gonzales.
     Members of the beau court are seniors Bryce Carpenter, O’Fallon, Ill.; Bryce Cothern, Hammond; and Austin Henderson, Ponchatoula; and juniors Daniel Cuevas, Ponchatoula; Richard Davis Jr., Slidell; Matthew Graham, Walker; and Richard “Bubby” Mathis, Amite.
     The 2017 queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Incarnate Word on Homecoming Day, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The court also will participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo YaYa on Oct. 4, the bonfire and pep rally on Oct. 5, and the 12 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.

Queen Court 2017




2017 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING COURT – Seven Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2017 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 1-7. Members of the queen’s court are, from left, front, Cierra Calloway, Mattie Hawkins, Ali LeBourgeois; back, from left, Tara Babin, Cydney Menina, Corinne Kirkland and Gabrielle Reynolds.





Beau Court 2017





2017 SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING BEAU COURT-- Members of Southeastern’s 2017 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Richard “Bubby” Mathis, Bryce Carpenter, Austin Henderson; back, from left, Richard Davis, Jr., Daniel Cuevas, Matthew Graham and Bryce Cothern.

Theatre, lectures, music and art kick off Fanfare
Music, lectures, a theatre production and an art exhibit are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 32nd season of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual fall arts festival.
     “With over three decades of Fanfare, we are excited to continue the celebration of arts and culture that were at the heart of Fanfare’s beginning. Through this festival, our community has had access to many life-enriching events,” said Roy Blackwood, director of Fanfare and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts and Fanfare.
     Kicking off with the lecture series “Generations of Struggle: Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present,” the tradition of excellence will continue this year with everything from favorite events generated on campus to nationally known acts, Blackwood said.
     Upcoming lectures of the four-week series, “Generations of Struggle,” are scheduled Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. All lectures in the series are free and scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Hammond Library.
     Also on Sept. 28 is a concert by Southeastern’s Wind Symphony. “There’s a First Time for Everything” is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre in downtown Hammond. The concert features a variety of music from Gustav Holst, Samuel Barber, and American composer Andrew Boss, all linked by a common theme.
     Tickets are general admission $10 adults; $5 faculty, staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.
     Southeastern Theatre will present “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” Oct. 3 – 6. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. each night, this award-winning and shockingly honest portrayal of the inner and outer life of an American black woman will come to Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Tickets can be purchased one hour before performance time from the Vonnie Borden Theatre box office located in the lobby of D Vickers Hall. General admission tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.
     On Oct. 4, the Department of History and Political Science’s free “Then and Now Lecture Series” officially kicks off its 17th presentation of free lectures. This year’s series features Louisiana and its role in World War II.
     The lecture series is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of History and Political Science and the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     First up is a lecture by James Linn, curator of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “The Pelican State Goes to War – Louisiana during World War II: The Special Exhibit at the National World War II Museum 2017-18,” will be presented at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present “A Night on Broadway” on Oct. 5. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia Theatre, the production will feature Southeastern’s finest for one night only performing Broadway solos and ensembles with an on-stage orchestra.
     General admission tickets are $21 adults; $18 faculty, staff seniors and non-Southeastern students; and $8 for children 12 and under. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.
     Rounding out the week is free art exhibit opening at the Hammond Regional Art Center, located at 217 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond. Scheduled Oct. 6 at 5 p.m., the opening will highlight the fifth installment of the exhibit “Seldom Seen,” which showcases artwork from private collections in the Florida Parishes. Curated by Pat Macaluso and Denise Tullier-Holly, the exhibit will include works from several significant Louisiana artists.
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit

Brian Crother

Southeastern’s Science on Tap presents ‘What’s in a Name?’ 
In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the heroine asks “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
     When it comes to science, however, agreement on what names fit what organisms is a challenge and often leads to conflict. Getting at the importance of species names and understanding the difficulty associated with naming a species is the focus of Southeastern’s initial fall Science on Tap presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation by Biological Sciences Professor Brian Crother will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond. The lecture, titled “What’s in a Name? Amphibians, Reptiles and Names,” is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
     “Names are funny things, especially proper names. They clearly possess descriptor information,” Crother said. “A common noun, such as ‘person,’ conveys descriptive information, while a proper noun, such as ‘Abraham Lincoln,’ is much more specific and is generally applied to a single individual.”
     He said that in the field of biology, the common names of species carry specific descriptor information, while scientific names focus on genetic relationships with the rest of biodiversity.
     “Ultimately, both common and scientific names are for communication, but agreement on what names fit what organisms often causes consternation and confusion,” Crother added.
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Fanfare’s ‘Then and Now’ Lecture Series to focus on Louisiana and World War II
Southeastern’s “Then and Now” Fanfare History and Politics Lecture Series officially kicks off Oct. 4. This year’s free lectures are part of a year-long lecture series on Louisiana and its role in World War II.
     The lecture series is sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of History and Political Science and the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     First up is a lecture by James Linn, curator of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. “The Pelican State Goes to War – Louisiana during World War II: The Special Exhibit at the National World War II Museum 2017-18,” will be presented Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. on Southeastern’s campus in Pottle Auditorium.
     “When America entered World War II, Louisiana was already front and center in the country’s defense preparations and consistently ‘punched above its weight’ between 1940 and 1945,” said History and Political Science Department Head William Robison. “The war effort triggered massive and lasting changes in the state and nation. Hear all about it from the curator of a new exhibit celebrating the Pelican State’s contribution to the Allied victory.”
     The second lecture will be presented by Southeastern HIPS faculty member Keith Finley on Oct. 11. “Local World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories: The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Interviews” is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     “World War II veterans often were reluctant to talk about their experiences when they first returned home. But approaching old age, many began to tell their stories for posterity,” Robison said. “Dozens came forward to do so at Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Assistant Director Finley will describe that process and recount some of the best anecdotes the center collected.”
     On Oct. 18, HIPS faculty member Charles Elliot will present “Don’t You Know There’s a War On? Sustainability, Self-Sufficiency, and American Simplicity in World War II.” Scheduled for 1 p.m., the lecture will take place in Pottle Auditorium.
     “World War II is the ultimate example of total war. 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,” Robison said. “Charles Elliott will explore national, public, and private initiatives enhancing virtuous austerity as a strategic mandate in the fight against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.”
     A lecture from Languages and Communication faculty member Joseph Burns -- “Blowing Eight to the Bar: American Music During World War II” -- will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     “Music played a major wartime role. Troops got ‘V-Discs’ with patriotic songs, and today’s events became tomorrow’s hits,” said Robison. “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. Come to this lecture and find out why.”
     Rounding out the series is the “More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture” by Robison on Oct. 31. At 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium Robison will present “Martin Luther, Halloween, and the Sexy Witches of World War II: Uncovering Unlikely Links between the Reformation and Modern History.”
     “October 31 is not only Halloween, but also the 500th anniversary of German monk Martin Luther publishing his ’95 Theses’ and beginning the Protestant Reformation, an event with long-term significance for World War II and even Louisiana history,” Robison said. “Where do the sexy witches fit in? That is a mystery you can only solve by coming to the lecture. Candy will be thrown as usual.”
     For more details about the 2017 Then and Now Lecture Series, contact the Department of History and Political Science at 549-2109.

Career Fair successful

Students meet employers at annual Career Fair
Victoria Young, an accounting major from New Orleans, left, listens to Chris Ortiz of the Department of Justice/DEA as he discusses career opportunities within his agency at the annual career fair for senior students and alumni held Thursday (Sept. 21). More than 140 employers participated in the event designed to link students with regional and national employers.

Northshore College & Career Fair scheduled Sept. 26 for high school students
High school students and their parents are invited to learn about universities and colleges across the state and nation as well as their scholarships, financial aid, and admissions requirements at the Northshore College and Career Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
     Not to be confused with Career Fair, Southeastern’s annual university-wide employment recruiting event scheduled Sept. 21, this event caters to high school students. One of the largest college fairs in the state with more than 50 participating colleges and universities from throughout the state and nation, the free event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Southeastern’s Pennington Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street.
     The fair is open to all high school students and their parents; the event is scheduled in cooperation with the public school systems of Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes.
     Students can pre-register for their own special bar codes at to use at the event. Many vendors will be able to scan the codes to collect the students’ contact and interest information, eliminating the need to complete information cards at each table.
     “This is the primary event for high school students and their families to learn more about selecting colleges and career options,” said Anthony Ranatza, Southeastern director of Admissions. “Students and their parents will be able to browse exhibits offering information on academic and career options, university admissions requirements, as well as other scholarship and financial aid opportunities.”
     For more information on the fair, contact Southeastern Admissions at 549-5637 or e-mail Additional information about Southeastern, including admission requirements and scholarship opportunities, is available at

Vonnie Borden Theatre to present ‘for colored girls…’
Just over 40 years ago, New York poet and playwright Ntozake Shange’s first and most acclaimed stage performance of “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” made its debut in Berkley, Calif.
     Scheduled Oct. 3 – 6 at 7:30 p.m. each night, this award-winning and shockingly honest portrayal of the inner and outer life of an American black woman will come to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     “For colored girls…” is considered unique within the genre of African-American theatre. It has been considered a “choreopoem,” a term coined by Shange, which describes a performance that incorporates poetry, dance, music, and song. Seven black women, each clothed in a color of the rainbow, perform poems from a collection assembled by Shange at the urging of her sister.
     Tickets can be purchased from the Vonnie Borden Theatre box office located in the lobby of D Vickers one hour before performance time. General admission tickets are $15; $10 for seniors and non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.
     “It’s a very interesting production because there is no protagonist,” said Sarah Balli, a senior from Bush, who is directing and designing the production as part of her senior project. “It’s an ensemble cast of seven African-American females. There are several scenes where they perform their pieces alone, but also many where they perform together. Who performs what and with whom was put in the stage direction by Shange, and I am staying as true to the text as possible.”
     The piece, which won an Obie Award (Off-Broadway Awards) in 1977, includes 21 poems, each recounting or describing the good, bad, and ugly parts of Shange’s life as a black woman living in 20th Century America. The performance is intended for an adult audience because of subject matter content that includes rape, suicide and domestic abuse.
     “Shange revealed in interviews several years ago that she came up with the name for this piece when she was driving down the highway while in a very dark emotional place,” said Balli. “She had attempted suicide several times before then, and was going back to that place until she saw a double rainbow over the highway. After she passed through it, she began to feel much better. I think that kind of hope is actually beautiful and inspiring.”  
     The cast of seven includes New Orleanians Taylor Bennett as the Lady in Yellow, Kaysha Barra as the Lady in Green, Jordin Jones as the Lady in Red, and Raven Matthews as the Lady in Brown; Shelley Sneed of Minden as the Lady in Purple; Ariana Robinson of Prairieville as the Lady in Blue; and Breyanna Johnson of Dallas, Tex., as the Lady in Orange.
     Balli, who is white, said she consciously chose this piece to challenge herself and expand her own understanding of race. With only half of the perspective necessary to do Shange’s work justice, Balli relied heavily on the experiences of her cast to bring the performance to life.
     “To be a white woman directing a black woman’s play written for black women is quite a humbling experience,” she said. “From our first table reading, I made it very clear to the cast that this was going to be a very collaborative process. Although I can connect to many of these poems as a woman, I can only connect with them to a certain extent because ‘for colored girls’ was and is for women of color. I’m intentionally creating a safe place during rehearsals for my cast to express what these poems mean to them. By doing that, I hope to empower women of color and enlighten everyone else.”
     For more information, visit or call 549-2184.

Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery to present alumni lecture
Southeastern alumnus and art historian Dillon Raborn will present the annual art alumni lecture on Oct. 4. Scheduled at noon in the Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 100 East Stadium, the free lecture is part of the university’s upcoming Homecoming Week festivities.
     A 2015 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor’s degree in art, Raborn currently writes about contemporary art while living and working in Baton Rouge. Raborn, who received is masters of art degree from Rutgers University, is also currently working with the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
     For more information, contact the Contemporary Art Gallery at 549-5080.

Southeastern graduate speech-language pathology program earns national ranking
Southeastern’s speech-language pathology graduate program was named among the top in the nation in rankings recently released by U.S. News and World Report.
     Southeastern was among the top 200 in the country based on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools. All peer surveys were conducted by the market research firm Ipsos Public Affairs.
     Jacqueline Guendouzi, department head of Communication Sciences and Disorders, said the CSD faculty is committed to training students who will meet the needs of their future clients.
     “When our graduates join the workforce, they will serve vulnerable individuals of all ages with disorders of speech, hearing, communication, and swallowing that could affect quality of life,” said Guendouzi. “We are dedicated not only to academic rigor and ethical practice, but also to providing meaningful and highly diverse clinical experiences at every level of the program.”
     U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information, which includes annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals.    


Baton Rouge Advocate
Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery to present alumni lecture
Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern Wind Symphony to present two fall concerts
Historian discusses civil liberties during war
Honors in the Alps

Livingston Parish News
Northshore College & Career Fair for high school students scheduled for Sept. 26
New Orleans Times Picayune
SLU enrollment dips to 14,308 students for fall semester
$14.2 million awarded to design, engineer Maurepas Swamp diversion


The Southeastern football, soccer, volleyball, cross country, golf, tennis and softball teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (1-3, 1-1 Southland) will look to build on its 49-21 victory over Lamar, when it travels to in-state league foe Northwestern State for a 6:30 p.m. contest on Saturday in Natchitoches. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and will also on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area.
     Fans will also be able to hear the game 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 Lion Athletics Association (LAA) will host a tailgate in Natchitoches from 3:30-6 p.m. in the field off Tarlton Drive next to the Demon Softball Complex. For more information on the tailgate, contact Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at (985) 549-5266 or
     Fresh off its first Southland win of the season, the SLU soccer team (3-6-1, 1-2 Southland) will hit the road for a pair of conference matches this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions will be at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a 7:30 p.m. match with the Islanders. On Sunday, Christopher McBride’s squad will be at Houston Baptist for a 1 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (2-13, 0-2 Southland) also hits the road this week for a pair of league matches. On Thursday, SLU heads to Abilene Christian for a 6 p.m. match. Sam Houston State awaits on Saturday for a 1 p.m. Southland contest.
     The SLU cross country teams will continue preparations for next month’s Southland Conference Championships this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles on Saturday to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede.
     The SLU golf team will compete in its third meet of 2017-18 this week. The Lions will head to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the Cardinal Classic, which runs Friday through Sunday.
     The Southeastern tennis team will also continue its fall schedule this week. The Lions will be in Lafayette on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational.
     The SLU softball team will be the only Southeastern squad competing on campus this week, as the Lady Lions will open their fall schedule at North Oak Park with three exhibition games. SLU hosts LSU Eunice for a 10-inning game on Friday evening at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will face LSU Alexandria at 2 p.m. and Jones County Junior College at 4 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.



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)


Volleyball, at Abilene Christian, Abilene, Texas, 6 p.m.*


Soccer, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 7:30 p.m.*
Golf, at Cardinal Classic, Louisville, Ky., All Day
Tennis, at Ragin’ Cajun Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
Softball, vs. LSU Eunice (Exhibition – 10 Innings), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.


Football, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6:30 p.m. (Cox Sports Television) (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)
            - LAA Tailgate – 3:30-6 p.m.
Volleyball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas,

1 p.m.*
Cross Country, at McNeese Cowboy Stampede, Lake Charles, All Day
Golf, at Cardinal Classic, Louisville, Ky., All Day
Tennis, at Ragin’ Cajun Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
Softball, vs. LSU Alexandria (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 2 p.m.
Softball, vs. Jones County JC (Exhibition), North Oak Park, 4 p.m.


Soccer, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Golf, at Cardinal Classic, Louisville, Ky., All Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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