Chamber Orchestra in concert May 2
Employee Appreciation luncheon set
Mindfulness Tent available this week

Sherman scholarship awarded

Late Night Breakfast set for students

Scholarship named for Mauerman

Student named top broadcaster
This Week in Athletics
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Victor Correa-CruzSoutheastern Chamber Orchestra to present celebration concert May 2
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present its last concert of the season May 2, in Pottle Music Auditorium at 7.30 p.m. Titled “German Baroque Masters,” the free concert is a celebration of the orchestra’s nomination as “Collegiate Program of the Month” by the Philadelphia International Music Festival, a project that features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
     “This is a great honor that is shared with the Department of Music, as well as with the entire Southeastern Community,” said Violin Professor and Orchestra Director Victor Correa-Cruz. “The Orchestra wants to acknowledge the support it has received from Southeastern, as well as from its growing audience. The concert highlights works from two of the most prolific and influential German composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel, that will be the perfect companions for this celebration.”
     Correa-Cruz will serve as concertmaster and conductor, while Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice Alissa Mercurio Rowe and violin graduate student Marta Turianska will perform as soloists.
     The program includes Händel´s Concerti Grossi Op. 6 no. 1 and 12, as well as two of his most famous arias: “Lascia ch´io pianga” from his opera Rinaldo and “Non disperar” from Giulio Cesare in Egitto, to be sung by Rowe.
     The orchestra will also present Bach´s Concerto for two Violins and Orchestra in D minor, having Cruz and Turianska performing solos.
     Händel´s two Concerti Grossi where composed following Italian Arcangello Corelli´s model. The pieces include many of the compositional resources of the time, Correa-Cruz said, as well as different dances, such as the mussette, menuetto, sarabande and gigue. They were composed in 1739.
     “Bach´s Double Concerto is most probably a production from his days in Cöthen, where he was not so busy writing religious music and could devote his time to compose concertos, sonatas and orchestral suites,” Correa-Cruz said. “The music of this period shows a lively approach, but Bach keeps counterpoint and fugue as main tools for developing his works, still showing aspects of his deep and transcendental style. The Brandemburg Concerti were also written in this period at Cöthen.”
     “Händel arias belong to two of his most famous operas and have become part of the standard repertoire as separate pieces,” he added. “’Lascia ch´io pianga’ (Let me cry) shows Händel at his peak of dramatic achievement, while ‘Non disperar’ projects hope and enthusiasm (Do not despair, in love you will find the joy you don´t have reigning…).”
     For more information about the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Employee Appreciation Luncheon scheduled
President John L. Crain cordially invites all faculty and staff to an employee appreciation luncheon in celebration of their dedication and service to Southeastern.
     Sponsored by Auxiliary Services, Aramark and the Southeastern Foundation, the luncheon is scheduled Thursday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mane Dish, located on the second floor of the Student Union.
     Faculty and staff should bring their Southeastern employee ID for entrance and to receive a free Southeastern t-shirt. Staff will be using scanners this year to streamline the check-in process and t-shirt distribution.

Mindfulness Tent at Student Union Park
Students who need a break from end-of-semester stress can visit the Mindfulness Tent, located in Student Union Park, April 30-May 3. “The Mindfulness Tent is a quiet space to de-stress and breathe,” said Emily Moise-Fontenot, Assistant Director of University Counseling Center. “Students can come to the tent, turn off their smartphones, relax and regain their focus for exams.”
     “Inside the Mindfulness Tent, students will find a peaceful setting with rugs and seat cushions for meditation,” said Kay Grest, of University Health Center. “But, most of all, they will find quiet.”

     Guided meditation sessions will be offered daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday by members of the Peace & Purpose team. The Mindfulness Tent is sponsored through a partnership of University Health Center, the Counseling Center, and Sims Library.

Southeastern receives new scholarship designation 
Lawrence MauermanThe Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (GBRASSE) recently established a scholarship designated to the Southeastern Occupational, Safety, Health and Environment program. The Lawrence Mauerman Scholarship was established in honor of Mauerman, who was instrumental in the creation of the OSH&E program at Southeastern.
     The scholarship is only the second scholarship funded by the chapter for students in Louisiana and was made possible by funds generated through the chapter’s annual golf tournament.
     One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded each year based on an applicant’s GPA of 3.0 or higher as an undergraduate and 3.5 if applying as a graduate, and at least 60 semester hours of undergraduate credits attained or 24 if seeking an associate’s degree.
     “This scholarship shows a great and wonderful recognition for Lawrence Mauerman, who started OSH&E as a two-year concentration within the Industrial Technology program in the mid 1990s at the request of industry and in collaboration with the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance and industry stakeholders. Mr. Mauerman also established the OSH&E bachelor of science program in the early 2000s,” said Computer Science and Industrial Technology Interim Department Head Lu Yuan. “It also demonstrates the success of the OSH&E program, as the OSH&E students will be given priority consideration for this scholarship.”
     Although Mauerman retired in May 2012, he is currently a full-time temporary OSH&E instructor at Southeastern.

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Sherman Scholarship given

Sherman family scholarship awarded
The William F. Sherman, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was presented to Southeastern student Logan N. Johnson of Kentwood, fourth from left, by Hammond dentist Dr. C. Kenneth Sherman. The Sherman family endowed the scholarship in memory of the late Dr. Sherman of Ponchatoula, a 1971 Southeastern graduate who was killed in an automobile accident in 1976. The scholarship supports students seeking careers in medicine. Pictured are, from left, Judy Sherman, Patty Neihaus, Dr. Danny Acosta, a friend and mentor of the late Dr. Sherman, Johnson, and Kenneth and Barbara Sherman.


Late Night Breakfast set May 8
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the semester, but with final exams quickly approaching, that means it’s time for Late Night Breakfast.
     Dining Services will host a student appreciation Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, May 8, from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Mane Dish, located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.
     This is always a well-attended event and a great way to wish our students well on their final exams.
     Those interested in participating as volunteer servers for Late Night Breakfast should contact Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for Auxiliary Services Robin Parker at to indicate interest in the early shift (9-10), late shift (10-11) or both shifts (9-11).
     We encourage all faculty and staff to join us on May 8.

Southeastern student named state’s top student broadcaster
Wesley BooneFor the fourth time in the past five years, a Southeastern student has been named the state’s top college broadcaster.
     Wesley Boone, a senior from Alexandria, was named 2018 Louisiana Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters (LAB) at its annual Prestige Awards luncheon.
     Boone was selected from all college television and radio students from throughout the state by the LAB, made up of all television and radio professionals and stations in Louisiana.
     “It’s huge and humbling that out of all the students who submitted their best work, someone thought my work stood out. That’s mind-blowing to me,” Boone said. “I try to do the best I can with everything the Southeastern Channel assigns me, and it’s awesome that other people recognize it.”
     Boone joins former Southeastern Channel reporters Erika Ferrando (2014), now at KTHV Ch. 11 (CBS) in Little Rock, Ark.; Paul Rivera (2015), currently at WIS-TV Ch. 10 (NBC) in Columbia, S.C.; and Dominique Brogle (2016), now at KTBS-TV Ch. 7 (ABC) in Shreveport, as previous Southeastern Channel winners of the award. A Southeastern student has won the award in all but one year since the award was established in 2014.
     “Wesley is a major on-camera talent with an original, unique style that flows naturally from his engaging personality,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “He’s extremely entertaining and humorous, while at the same time an incredibly creative storyteller who always delivers the most important information. His writing, shooting and editing skills are stellar, and viewers love him. The career that lies ahead for him is tremendous.”

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The 2018 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, crucial league series for baseball and softball and Bunko for Basketball are all on tap during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions and Lady Lion track and field teams will be in San Antonio, Texas to compete in the league meet. The meet runs Friday through Sunday on the campus of the University of Incarnate Word.
Currently in second place in the league standings after a series sweep of Stephen F. Austin, the Lion baseball team (30-17, 17-7 Southland) will have a chance to move closer to the top of the Southland Conference standings this week. The Lions will travel to Huntsville, Texas to face conference leader Sam Houston State in a three-game series. The series opens with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     Having already set a new single-season school record for victories and secured a spot in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament, the SLU softball team (34-17, 17-7 Southland) will close out the regular season with a three-game series at McNeese. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday and concludes with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.
     Southeastern heads into the week a game behind conference leader Nicholls. The Colonels host Lamar for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday in Thibodaux.
     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 Louisiana 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. For more information, contact LAA Director of Athletic Advancement Mary Hannah Prevot at / (985) 549-5091 or Guzzardo at


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 and Saturday’s baseball games will be available on ESPN+, the paid subscription arm of the WatchESPN app. Monthly subscriptions are available for $4.99.
     The Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network at Links to live scoring and video will be accessible on the track and field schedule page at
     SLU’s softball series at McNeese will be streamed at Links to live video and stats will be accessible on the softball schedule page 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



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 and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Outdoor Championships, San Antonio, Texas, All Day (Southland Digital Network)
Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU)*
Softball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 6 p.m.*
Women’s Basketball, Bunko for Basketball, War Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 6 p.m.


Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Outdoor Championships, San Antonio, Texas, All Day (Southland Digital Network)
Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 3 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU)*
Softball, at McNeese (DH), Lake Charles, 12 p.m.*


 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Southland Outdoor Championships, San Antonio, Texas, All Day (Southland Digital Network)
Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) traveled to the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers to be the keynote speaker with a talk titled “The Physics of Star Wars and Science Fiction.” He also gave an invited workshop to help faculty use Python in introductory courses titled “Numerical Calculations in Introductory Physics Using Python.”
     Drs. Alan Cannon and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) attended the Southern Regional Algebra Conference at Auburn University-Montgomery, April 20-22. Cannon gave a talk titled “Centers of (Function) Nearrings.” Neuerburg presented “Nice Nearrings.”
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented a paper titled “An Examination of Educational Leadership Dissertations” at 2018 Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association April 13 in New York. The paper was coauthored by Educational Leadership and Technology Department Chair Thomas DeVaney.

     Dr. Adam C. Elder (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Holistic Factors Related to Student Persistence at a Large, Public University” to the American Educational Research Association in New York April 13.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented a paper titled “Comparison of Principal Preparation Programs at Universities in Southern States” to the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research March 20 in New Orleans. The paper was co-authored by Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) and Randy Parker of Louisiana Tech University.


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