Armand to speak on creative writing and publishing
Southeastern’s Writer-in-Residence David Armand will speak about creative writing
and publishing on April 18. Scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. in D Vickers Hall in room 210,
the lecture is free and open to the public. Students from various disciplines across
campus are encouraged to attend.
Faculty and Staff invited to attend Student Showcase
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative,
and Scholarly Activities Showcase on Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
Grand Ballroom on the 3rd floor of the Student Union.
Undergraduate and graduate students will display their research and creative
works using a variety of formats such as posters, lapbooks, PowerPoint presentations
and hands-on activities.
There will be a dance performance at 10:30 a.m., and student musicians will perform
at 1:45 p.m.
The Family and Consumer Sciences program is new this year and will feature their
Blender Bikes. Come burn a few calories while blending a tasty treat.
This event is an activity of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs.
Louisiana and World War II lecture rescheduled
Please join us for this week’s installment of the Louisiana and World War II Lecture
Series, “Andrew Jackson Higgins and the Boats That Won World War II.”
Originally scheduled Thursday, April 19, the lecture has been moved to 1 p.m.,
Wednesday, April 18, in the Student Union Theater due to illness on the part of the
original speaker, Jerry Strahan.
Taking his place will be Joshua Schick, a curator at the National World War II
Museum, who has been active in restoring Higgins Boats. Come here about the landing
craft that General Dwight D. Eisenhower credited with winning the war.
Visiting artist in residence to give upcoming lecture
The current Southeastern artist-in-residence Abigail Smithson will give a public lecture
on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. “Dear Adam Silver,”
a lecture focused around Smithson’s basketball research, is free and open to the public.
Smithson, who also teaches two introductory photography classes in the Department
of Visual Art + Design, loves watching both professional and recreational basketball
and sees the games as “a way to engage my surrounding community and to confront the
struggles that we face as a country.”
Smithson will remain in the Hammond area until May 24, when her exhibit about
basketball opens in the contemporary art gallery.
Contemporary Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., with
extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Friday 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
For more information on art exhibits at Southeastern, contact Gallery Director
Dale Newkirk at 549-5080 or the Visual Arts Department at 549-2193.
Annual Day of Giving scheduled April 24
Get ready for our biggest one-day effort to make an impact on our university. It’s
the 4th Annual Day of Giving!
Southeastern Community Music School to host summer programs
The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) is hosting a series of summer programs
for young musicians.
The summer programs includes a new high school band camp, a middle school band
camp, guitar workshop, chamber music workshop, choir workshop, and a strings orchestra
workshop, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“We look forward to working with the young musicians, providing the platform
for them to meet with Southeastern’s wonderful faculty and college students, while
bringing their skill and musicianship to the next level,” Duke said. “Through all
the fun activities we have planned, students will have the opportunity to learn, explore,
form new friendships and enjoy collaboration in sharing their love for the art of
The newly added high school band camp for musicians in grades nine through 12
is scheduled June 4-8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with a concert at 7 p.m. on June
8. Musicians in grades five through eight can participate in the middle school band
camp from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. June 18-22, with a concert scheduled June 22 at 7 p.m.
Musicians have until May 1 to register for both camps, which will take place
at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building. Tuition for each camp is $225. Registration
is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations
postmarked after May 1.
Southeastern’s Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton will coordinate both
band camps, Duke said. Along with the concert band, the camps will also offer private
lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
Heitman to speak at Southeast Louisiana Historical Association
Danny Heitman, an author and award-winning columnist for The Baton Rouge Advocate,
will be the featured speaker at the spring meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Historical
Association on April 18.
Heitman’s lecture, “Writing Local in a Global Culture,” will explore how south
Louisiana has informed the essays and other writings he has produced for regional,
national and international audiences.
Doors for the meeting open at 6 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217
East Thomas St., in Hammond. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m.
For information about the event, including pricing, call 549-2151 or email email@example.com.
Heitman, a 1986 graduate of SLU, has written a weekly Advocate column since 1991
that, for most of its run, has chronicled his life as a husband and father. His essays
have also appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los
Angeles Times and other national publications, and he has been featured on National
Public Radio and the BBC. Heitman frequently writes about arts and culture for WSJ
and Humanities magazine, and he is a regular columnist for Phi Kappa Phi’s Forum magazine.
“Much has changed since my journalism career began more than three decades ago,”
Heitman said. “The rise of the internet has done much to collapse boundaries and create
a truly global village. In spite of that -- or perhaps because of it -- a writer's
relationship with the region where he lives and works is more important than ever.”
Heitman’s 2008 book, A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House, documented how the famous bird artist’s time in Louisiana shaped his destiny. Heitman
later served as associate producer of a public television adaptation of the book that
was nominated for an Emmy.
Heitman’s writing has won numerous awards, including the Templeton Foundation’s
$10,000 In Character Prize in 2007. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife and two
Creating a Marketplace of Ideas
Be a part of the conversation shaping the future of higher education policy to meet
the need of all students in the 21st century. A panel discussion will be held on April
23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Cate Teacher Education Center, lecture hall 1022.
The panel features students, faculty and staff, community members, and you.
What are some of the problems, challenges, obstacles for underrepresented student
populations in higher education? What works? What are we doing well to make higher
education degrees more attainable for all students? What are our policy opportunities?
The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the College of Education
and the Education Policy and Analysis course from the Department of Educational Leadership
Southeastern Channel documentary highlights stroke victim
A new award-winning Southeastern Channel documentary highlights Hammond native Benny
Latino and his remarkable recovery from a stroke six years ago.
“To Speak Again,” a moving, 10-minute program that shows how Latino was able
to regain his speech with the help of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Communication
Sciences and Disorders department, will air at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 21, on the
The documentary will re-air multiple times after that, according to Southeastern
Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Charter
Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany and St. Helena parishes with a
live 24/7 webcast and Video on Demand at www.thesoutheasternchannel.com.
“Benny Latino has long been a popular and beloved member of the Hammond community,
yet few are aware of his stroke and his amazing recovery along with the pivotal role
Southeastern’s speech pathology department played in his transformation,” Settoon
said. “This short documentary is inspirational both for stroke victims and those who
“To Speak Again” has already won a number of prestigious awards, including first-place
“Mark of Excellence” honors for “Television In-Depth Reporting,” out of all colleges
in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee at the Society of Professional Journalists’
Region 12 conference in Little Rock, Ark.
It also won first place for “Best Documentary” at the Associated Press Louisiana-Mississippi
College Broadcasters Awards in New Orleans.
Southeastern receives Outstanding Human Resources Program Evaluation
The State Civil Service recently announced outstanding Human Resources Program Evaluations
conducted by the Accountability Division, and Southeastern received an outstanding
evaluation with 100% compliance in all categories audited.
The State Civil Service Accountability Division is responsible for providing
an objective evaluation of the human resource practices used by state agencies to
manage the classified work force. It assesses the effectiveness of those practices
and overall adherence to merit principles and compliance with State Civil Service
HUMAN RESOURCES RECOGNIZED – From left are SCS Accountability Administrator Melinda Robert and Southeastern
Human Resources Director Tara Dupre.