Golden Silence held April 9
Armand to speak to students
Heitman to speak at meeting

Student Showcase set April 17

Louisiana and WWII lecture rescheduled

Help create a marketplace of ideas

Artist in residence to speak

Channel documentary to debut April 21

Day of Giving set April 24

CMS to host summer programs

Human Resources recognized

Lion Dates and Data

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Golden Silence


Golden Silence held April 9
Southeastern held its annual Golden Silence ceremony on campus Monday evening (April 9).    Sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, the annual event brings the campus community together for a remembrance ceremony in honor of members of the Southeastern family – students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the university – who died the previous year.








LOVED ONES HONORED -  Alumni Association President Brad Stevens, at podium, reads the names of those individuals who have passed away during the past year as part of Southeastern’s Golden Silence ceremony. Also participating in the ceremony were, from left, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin, Vice President for Administration and Finance Sam Domiano, Vice President for Student Affairs Eric Summers, Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs, and SGA President Seth Leto.

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.

David Armand

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

Day of Giving

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 music.”
     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.

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Danny Heitman

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
     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 children.


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 and Technology.

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 Southeastern Channel.
     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
     “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 know Benny.”
     “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.

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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 Rules.

Human Resources recognized

HUMAN RESOURCES RECOGNIZED – From left are SCS Accountability Administrator Melinda Robert and Southeastern Human Resources Director Tara Dupre.



Baton Rouge Advocate
Southeastern Community Music School to host summer programs


 WBRZ-Baton Rouge
College students crowd the capitol defending higher education, TOPS



Open Registration Begins for Summer and Fall 2018 Classes
Monday, April 16

Term II Classes: Last day to withdraw from classes. 
Thursday, April 26

Last Day of Classes
Friday, May 4

Help encourage students to register
Over 6,000 students participated in Priority Registration Week! Enrollment numbers for summer and fall are on target, but you can help keep the momentum going by encouraging graduate and undergraduates who have not enrolled to complete registration during the open registration period. The goal is for all current, eligible students to register for the fall prior to the end of the spring semester. An easy place to start is in your own office. Encourage graduate and student assistants to complete the registration process. Every student counts!


Super Lion Saturday highlights the upcoming week in Southeastern Athletics. The day’s festivities open at North Oak Park. The Lady Lion softball team (26-16, 12-6 Southland) will host Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas at noon in the final league home game of the season for SLU.
     The Southeastern football team will also close out its first spring under new head coach Frank Scelfo with the annual Spring Game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium and admission is free.
     Saturday is also the beginning of 2018 football season ticket renewals. Fans will be able to purchase season tickets for the upcoming campaign at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office windows, located in the southwest corner of West Stadium next to the Billups Room from 1-3 p.m.
     S Club members will be invited to the Victory Club for food and refreshments during the Spring Game. The reception will be open to S Club members, who will be limited to one guest. For more information on becoming a S Club member, contact SLU Director of Athletic Advancement Mary Hannah Prevot in the Lion Athletics Association office at or (985) 549-5091.
     Super Lion Saturday will also double as Alumni Day for the Southeastern baseball program. The baseball alumni reunion is scheduled for 4 p.m. on the first floor of the Strawberry Stadium parking garage. Food, drinks and an opportunity to sign up for the S Club will be available at the reunion.
     The day’s on-field action wraps up at 6 p.m. when the Lions (25-15, 12-6 Southland) face Southland rival Nicholls at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Baseball alumni in attendance will be recognized in conjunction with the SLU-Colonels matchup.
     The SLU baseball team opens the week with a 6 p.m. home contest on Tuesday versus Southern Miss. The series with Nicholls opens on Friday at 6 p.m. in Hammond and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. in Thibodaux.
     The Southeastern softball team enters the week in a four-way tie atop the Southland Conference standings after last week’s series sweep at Northwestern State. SLU closes its non-conference home schedule with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Jackson State on Tuesday, before returning home to host Central Arkansas for a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday at North Oak Park.
     The SLU track and field team will continue preparations for next month’s Southland Conference Championships this week. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold.


Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions Schedule
Tuesday’s baseball game will feature a Study Break. The first 200 SLU students in attendance will receive a study pack to get ready for finals courtesy of Southeastern Athletics Student Marketing and Promotions.
     Tuesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score four or more runs versus the Golden Eagles, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on Wednesday to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.

Lions and Lady Lions On The Air
The Southeastern baseball games this week will be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     Friday’s softball doubleheader will be televised on a tape-delay by the Southeastern Channel and streamed live on the Southland Digital Network at
     LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week’s home baseball games and Saturday’s softball game versus Central Arkansas at
     Southeastern Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM will broadcast a Super Lion Saturday tailgate show, hosted by Roger Gill and Blake Esta, from 1-5 p.m. outside of Strawberry Stadium.
     The Matt Riser Show presented by North Oaks Health System is set for Monday at Buddies’ Bar & Grill on N. Morrison Blvd. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the weekly show airs Mondays throughout the rest of the season at 7 p.m. on flagship station KSLU 90.9 FM, in addition to Southeastern Sports Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, the Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM.
     The show is also available through the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps, online at or through the Southeastern Athletics’ Facebook page at



Baseball, Matt Riser Show, Buddies’ Bar & Grill, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)


Baseball, vs. Southern Miss, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
     - Cane’s Challenge
     - Study Break
Softball, at Jackson State (DH), Jackson, Miss., 3 p.m.


Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Central Arkansas (DH), North Oak Park,

4 p.m. (Southeastern Channel) (Southland Digital Network)*


Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m.
Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Alumni Gold, Baton Rouge, All Day
Super Lion Saturday Tailgate Show, 1-5 p.m. (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)
Kickoff of Football Season Ticket Renewals, SLU Athletics Ticket Office Windows, 1-3 p.m.




 Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, La., 1 p.m. (KSLU)*


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Lisa Moody, Anne Babson, and Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) participated in a panel entitled “Unlearning American Fakery: Pedagogical and Cultural Problems Associated with Fake News” at the conference of the Popular Cultural Association in Indianapolis in March. Moody’s paper was titled “Fake News of Facebook: America’s Pulpit.” Babson’s paper was titled “White Lies: Clinging to Privilege and Myth in Twenty-First Century Media.” Whitton’s paper was on “The Truthiness Fallout: Rhetoric, Pedagogy and Professional Development in the Age of Fake News.”

     Anne Babson (English) recently published her book “Polite Occasions” released by Unsolicited Press.
     Lana Auzenne (Nursing) was awarded the 2018 “Celebrate Nursing Award” by the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association (BRDNA). The organization recognizes exceptional nurses in the Baton Rouge area for their dedication to the advancement of nursing practice and standards in our community.


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