Day of Giving set April 24
Cefalu marker unveiled
Percussion Ensemble to perform
Choirs to perform April 29

Library extends hours for finals

Education Panel set April 30
Pottery Sale scheduled
Science on Tap set May 1

Bunko for Basketball May 4

Fanfare call for proposals

Students give back

Honors convocations set
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Day of GivingSoutheastern to hold fourth annual ‘Day of Giving’ Tuesday, April 24 
Southeastern will hold its fourth annual day of giving on Tuesday, April 24. Called “All in for Southeastern,” the event is designed to encourage alumni, friends, students, supporters and community members to join together to support the university in an online effort.
     “This is a day when we ask all of our Southeastern family to pitch in and make a donation to help Southeastern build on its legacy of excellence. Past years’ funds have been used across campus for projects ranging from classroom technology to student programming and from student research projects to scholarships. We hope this year will be even better,” said Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale.
     “We also ask for a little help in spreading the word,” she said. “We’re asking our supporters to reach out to four friends who also know the importance of Southeastern but who may not be involved. Encourage them to participate by making a donation as well.”
     She said any amount is beneficial and will make a difference in the lives of students, whether its $10 or $10,000.
     Additional information is available at or at
     Donations are tax deductible and can be made at anytime or on any day, but are encouraged between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on April 24.
          For more information, contact the Southeastern Office of University Advancement at 549-2239.

Cefalu Marker unveiled
On Tuesday, April 17, Southeastern officially unveiled a marker commemorating the former Cefalu Coliseum that was removed as part of the Kinesiology and Health Studies building expansion.
     Originally dedicated in January of 1956 as the Southeastern Louisiana College Agriculture Coliseum, the building was re-dedicated in April of 1973 in honor of Louisiana State Representative Nicholas Cefalu.
     A life-long resident of Amite, Representative Cefalu was a businessman, civic leader and farmer known for his philanthropy. He served a total of 16 years in the Louisiana Legislature and was an avid supporter of education and regional economic development. His dedication to Southeastern made him instrumental in securing appropriations for the construction or renovation of many of the university’s buildings and facilities including the coliseum, D Vickers Humanities Building, the Teacher Education Center and Strawberry Stadium.

Cafalu marker unveiledCEFALU MARKER UNVEILED– On hand for the unveiling were, from left, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Dr. Edward Walkwitz, Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo, Brian Logarbo, Nicole Cefalu, Dr. Vincent Cefalu, Pat Cefalu, Kaden Larussa, Dr. Joe Cefalu, Ursula Cefalu Sherman, Dr. Charles Cefalu, Dr. Nick Cefalu, Paulette Cefalu-Walkwitz, Michael Cefalu, Connie Cefalu, Dr. Francis Cefalu, Christi Cefalu, and Landon Lawrence.

Sims Library offers extended hours for finals prep
The first step in preparing for final exams is for students to give themselves sufficient time to study. For the last two weeks of the spring semester, Sims Library will be open late, and on Saturday, so that students can prepare for final exams.
    “While some students may thrive on last-minute cramming, for the rest of us, it helps set up a timetable for studying,” said Eric Johnson, Sims Library Director. “That’s why we wanted to announce our extended hours well in advance.
     The extended hours are as follows:
Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Monday - Wednesday, April 30 - May 2, 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Thursday, May 3, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Monday – Wednesday, May 7- 9, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Thursday, May 10, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, May 11, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Science on Tap presents lecture on fungal farming in ants
Southeastern’s Assistant Professor of Biology April Wright will present the next Science on Tap presentation titled “Farmers Below Our Feet: How Ants Use Fungus to Shape Ecosystems.”
     Wright will discuss the natural history of fungal farming in ants, as well as how modern statistical tools have made it possible to understand the evolution of their behavior.
     Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation is scheduled May 1, at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering, 113 East Thomas St. in Hammond, and is free and open to all ages. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with food and beverages available for purchase.
     “Farming is one of the most conspicuous ways in which humans have altered the natural environment. But did you know that we are not the only species to farm for our food?” asked Wright. “Ants have been farming fungal crops for food for millions of years before any human ever picked up a rake. Unlike us, ants perform the majority of their farming under the Earth’s surface in specialized chambers, tending enormous fungal gardens right below our feet.”
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.

Fanfare Call for Proposals
Fanfare, Southeastern’s fall celebration of art and culture, fills the month of October each year. Comprised of performances, lectures and presentations of various types, Fanfare’s mission is to provide informative, engaging topics of significance to Southeastern’s campus community and the Northshore region.
     Those interested in developing a Fanfare program are encouraged to contact Executive Director of Columbia Theatre/Fanfare C. Roy Blackwood at cblackwood or at 543-4366.
     Individuals conducting fascinating research or presenting creative work they would like to share with Fanfare audiences either on the campus or at Columbia Theatre should submit a proposal no later than May 15 to Blackwood at the Columbia Theatre, located at 220 East Thomas Street, in downtown Hammond. Proposals under consideration will warrant a discussion to determine appropriateness.
     Blackwood said he has a few dates left in the Fanfare schedule to fill and would enjoy talking with individuals about their ideas.

Students give back during The Big Event

The Big Event 2018Hundreds of Southeastern students met at the Student Union on Saturday to kick off the Big Event 2018. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sponsors teams of students who participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and the surrounding area.
     Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities at churches and non-profit organizations are the typical jobs handled by the students who participate in The Big Event each year.
    This year marks the 8th year that Southeastern has participated in the national volunteer movement to dedicate one day for students to say “thank you” to the local community through volunteer efforts.        


Southeastern Percussion Ensemble to present concert
Southeastern’s Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert Monday, April 23. Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts and The Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee, the concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.
     The concert features the world premiere of “Utterances, Gestures, and Echoes for Percussion Ensemble” by Don Owens. The University Percussion Ensemble commissioned the work, and the composer will conduct the world premiere performance.
     The concert will also include works by Beck, de Abreu, Ford, Green, Sejourne, and Skidmore, in addition to solo performances by current graduate and undergraduate percussion majors.
     The ensemble is under the direction of Southeastern Lecturers of Percussion Michael Brothers and Travis Henthorn.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


Southeastern choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for performance April 29
The Southeastern Louisiana University Chorus, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will join the Northshore Choral Society for “A Day of Coronations,” a performance at St. Joseph’s Abbey, 74376 River Road in St. Benedict, Sunday, April 29.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Conductors include Southeastern Music Education Instructor Amy Prats and Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe, who will direct choirs with the assistance of Dakota Jenkins, graduate student conductor.
     “The premiere mixed ensemble will open the concert with one of Victoria’s most famous motets ‘O Magnum Mysterium,” said Rowe.    “This is followed by J.S. Bach’s cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Kleinen, Sorgen, Zagen with string orchestra and oboe solo. After a short pause, the combined ensembles will perform Handel’s fourth Coronation Anthem, My Heart is Inditing, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, both with full orchestra.”
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Creating a Marketplace of Ideas
Be a part of the conversation shaping the future of PreK-12 education policy regarding technology. A panel discussion will be held on April 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Cate Teacher Education Center, lecture hall 1022.
     The panel features experts in the area of technology trends and challenges facing education today. Some sample discussion topics include; social media, assessment, instruction, and infrastructure.
     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 Ceramics Club to hold pottery sale
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its spring pottery sale April 30 – May 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
     The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote their work, and money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and awards for students.
     For more information, call 549-2193.

SLU Women’s Basketball, LAA Host Bunko for Basketball May 4


Bunko for Basketball logo

The Southeastern women’s basketball program and the Lion Athletics Association will partner to present Bunko for Basketball on Friday, May 4, from 6-9 p.m. in the SLU War Memorial Student Union Ballroom.
     Dinner opens the event at 6 p.m., followed by fun and fast-paced Bunko games beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to Bunko, attendees can celebrate Cinco de Mayo early with the Lady Lions by enjoying Mexican cuisine and margaritas. Raffles, prizes and a silent auction are also part of the festivities.
     Tickets are on sale now for $40, while admission will be $45 at the door on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at or by visiting the LAA office in West Strawberry Stadium. Also, members of the Southeastern women’s basketball coaching staff and PRIDE, the program’s support and mentoring group, will also have tickets for sale. Proceeds go to the Green and Gold Coaches Club, which benefits the Southeastern women’s basketball program.
     Bunko for Basketball returned after a three-year hiatus in 2017 and second-year head coach Ayla Guzzardo is excited to see it continue to grow in 2018 and beyond.
     “We were so pleased that our PRIDE group brought Bunko back last year,” Guzzardo said. “It’s a fun event for our fans and supporters and is a huge benefit to our program. We have great young women representing our university on and off the court and we’re eager for all Bunko attendees to have a chance to interact with our student-athletes and coaches, so we can express our gratitude for all they do for the Lady Lions.”
     For more information, contact LAA Director of Athletic Advancement Mary Hannah Prevot at  or 549-5091 or Guzzardo at

Honors convocations schedule announced
College honors convocations are scheduled next week. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.
     The schedule is as follows:
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Monday, April 30,  1 p.m., Alumni Center
College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Monday, April 30, 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre
College of Business: Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m., Alumni Center
College of Education: Thursday, May 3, 11 a.m., Alumni Center
College of Science and Technology: Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.,

Alumni Center


Baton Rouge Advocate

SLU club visits Woodland Park to lead Easter fun

Southeastern choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for April 29 performance

Hammond Daily Star
John W. Hatcher III (Baton Rouge)
History professor pieces together WWI stories to commemorate anniversary of war’s end

The Washington Times
‘Civil War Life: Sex, Lies and Tintypes’ symposium April 29



The Southeastern men’s golf team will compete in the Southland Conference Championships, while the baseball team will celebrate Senior Day to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Southeastern men’s golf team will compete in the league tournament, set for Monday through Wednesday at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid in the NCAA Regionals. Live scoring will be available at
     The SLU baseball team (27-17, 14-7 Southland) will host Stephen F. Austin for a three-game league series at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s series finale, Lion seniors Drew Avans, Josh Green, Taylor Schwaner, Gage Pickett, Trenon Trosclair, Evan Hileman and Daniel Wasinger will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
     The Southeastern softball team (30-17, 14-7 Southland) will close out its home schedule on Tuesday with a 5 p.m. contest versus Southern. The Lady Lions will then head to Sam Houston State for a three-game Southland Conference series. The set opens with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and concludes on Saturday at noon in Huntsville, Texas.
     Members of the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will participate in the final tune-up for next month’s Southland Conference Championships. Select Lions and Lady Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Southern Miss Open.


Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions Schedule
Tuesday’s softball game and Sunday’s baseball game will be Local Hero Appreciation Nights. first responders, service members and military personnel will receive discounted admission with presentation of valid ID.
     Tuesday will also be a Cane’s Challenge at North Oak Park. If the Lady Lions score two or more runs, 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.
     Saturday is National Superhero Day. Fans who visit Alumni Field dressed as their favorite superhero will receive discounted admission.

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 baseball game 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 Saturday and Sunday’s baseball games and Tuesday’s softball contest at
     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



Men’s Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, All Day
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)


 Men’s Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, All Day
Softball, vs. Southern, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)
     - Local Hero Appreciation
     - Cane’s Challenge


 Men’s Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, All Day


 Baseball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Southeastern Channel) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU)*
Softball, at Sam Houston State (DH), Huntsville, Texas,

3 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southern Miss Open, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


 Baseball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - National Superhero Day

Softball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southern Miss Open, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


 Baseball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
     - Local Hero Appreciation

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Ashley Bourque Meaux (Health & Human Sciences) served as Guest Editor for the Clinical Forum: Exploring Curriculum-based Language Assessments and Interventions in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Her manuscript “Curriculum-based Language Interventions: What, Who, Why, Where, How?” explores the implementation (and barriers) of school-based language interventions. Meaux also “Takes us Back to the Curriculum” in a “Back to the Future” themed blog (
     Philip Schuessler (Music) was honored this March by Music Teachers National Association as Distinguished Composer of the Year during the Awards Brunch at the 2018 MTNA National Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Schuessler was honored for his work, Sunburst Carousel for saxophone quartet, commissioned by the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. The piece was performed at the conference by Quartetto Obrigado.

     Dr. Joan Faust (English) chaired a conference session and delivered a paper at the recent 67th Annual Meeting of the South-Central Renaissance Conference in Atlanta. The paper, “Andrew Marvell’s ‘Young Love’: Pastoral or Pedophilia?” analyzed one of the 17th-century poet’s most controversial lyric poems.

     The Southeastern Symphony Orchestra (Music) was featured as the Collegiate Program of the Month in April 2018 by the Philadelphia International Music Festival. ( 

     Southeastern faculty presented research at the 81st annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans April 4 - 7. Dr. Peter Shrock (Criminal Justice) presented “Racism and Antiracism in Media Discourse: The Case of David Duke,” which was coauthored with Dr. John Boulahanis (Criminal Justice). Dr. Michael Bisciglia (Criminal Justice) presented “The Declining Importance of Equal Opportunity Employment? An Examination of the Employment of African American Law Enforcement Officers in Florida Sheriffs’ Offices from 2000 to 2010.” Dr. David Burley (Sociology) presided over a session titled “Food, Waste, and Environment,” at which he also presented his paper, “Students Learning the Ups and Downs of Creating a Sustainable Food Campus.” Dr. Robert Martin (Sociology) presented a paper, "Trust in Physicians' Competence and Fiduciary Duty: A Multinational Investigation of Gender Differences." Rebecca Hensley (Sociology) was one of four authors of a paper on “Sexual Assault on Campus.” Dr. Marc Settembrino (Sociology) and Applied Sociology master’s candidate Kristopher Cleland presented “Contemplative Practices for Teaching about Race and Ethnic Relations” at a panel titled “Teaching Race and Inequality,” for which Settembrino was also the presider. In addition, Settembrino led a workshop titled “Yoga for a Cause: Cultivating Embodied Compassion.”


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