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
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.
CEFALU 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
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
“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 @southeastern.edu 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
Hundreds 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
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
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
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
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 www.LionSports.net/bunko2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-5091 or Guzzardo at email@example.com.
Honors convocations schedule announced
College honors convocations are scheduled next week. All faculty and staff are invited
The schedule is as follows:
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Monday, April 30, 1 p.m., Alumni
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.,