Southeastern Alumni Association plans Golden Silence April 9
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host its annual Golden Silence ceremony to
honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students, faculty and staff or their family members,
on Monday, April 9.
The annual event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Pottle Performance Circle on Ned
McGehee Drive in Friendship Circle.
“We invite the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern
family, such as students, faculty and staff or graduates, has passed away during the
past year so that they can be honored at Golden Silence,” said Executive Director
of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
Biggs added that the association also hosts its Eternal Chapter online, which
memorializes all deceased alumni on an ongoing basis. The web site can be accessed
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM
or firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public.
Southeastern’s Care Team to host activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Campus Assault Response and Education (CARE) Team at Southeastern will host a
myriad of events and activities in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
CARE Team is a campus-wide group consisting of faculty, staff, and students charged
with creating programming, education, and awareness of issues related to Title IX.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against
students, guests, and employees of educational institutions. More information about
Title IX is available at southeastern.edu/titleix.
“Our goal is to not only bring awareness to issues related to sexual assault,
but to also engage students in educational discussions about safe practices, consent,
healthy relationships, and supporting others who experienced trauma,” said Lee Lind,
director of Student Publications and CARE committee co-chair. “Additionally we want
to connect students to all the resources and support available to them in our community.”
Activities for the month are sponsored by the University Counseling Center, the
University Health Center and the Office of Student Advocacy & Accountability. Additional
support is being provided by the Student Government Association, Housing, Athletics,
the University Police Department and Student Affairs.
Activites scheduled, all of which are free and open to the campus community,
include the following:
• April 9, SAAM information table 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Student Union Breezeway
• April 10, SAAM Night at The Pat 5 – 6 p.m., Alumni Field, Southeastern vs.
Jackson State at 6 p.m. The night includes information, activities and giveaways.
• April 10, Speaker Zeke Thomas, 7 p.m., University Center. Sponsored by SGA,
Thomas will speak about his own experience with rape and overcoming trauma. Free to
• April 11, “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assault on college
campuses, 7 – 9 p.m., Pennington Student Activity Center, 6:30 p.m. Free pizza will
be offered. Univeristy Counseling Center staff members will be on hand after the documentary
to hold discussions and spend time with individuals who wish to see them.
• April 16, SAAM information table, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Student Union Breezeway
• April 18, Health Center and SAAM activities, information, giveaways and engagement,
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Strawberry Jubilee.
• April 25, National Denim Day Display, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Student Union East.
A display will educate students about National Denim Day, part of a national rape
prevention education campaign, and will serve as a collection point for toiletries
to donate to a local shelter.
Southeastern to host STEM Cafe for students, parents
Students and their parents will have the opportunity to feed their minds with hands-on
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and discussions at Southeastern’s
STEM Café Saturday, April 14.
Sponsored by Southeastern College of Science and Technology, Hammond Youth Education
Alliance (HYEA), Tangipahoa Parish School System, Tangipahoa Parish Library, and the
Tangi STEM Coalition, the free event is scheduled at Pursley Hall, located at 210
Azalea Circle, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Southeastern’s Assistant Director of Math Science Upward Bound high school program
and HYEA President Wendy Conarro said STEM Café provides experiences tailored to high
school, middle school and elementary students, as well as a special session for parents
with tips on how to prepare students for college and careers in STEM fields.
“This event is designed to provide K-12 grade students with quality one-on-one
interactions with our local ‘STEM Stars’ who are also passionate about inspiring kids
to consider a STEM profession for themselves one day,” said Conarro. “This free event
brings together families and industry to share, discover, explore, and enjoy what
STEM has to offer all of us individually and collectively as a community.”
Conarro said “STEM stars” of the event include Computer Science SMART Designs,
LLC, Department of Environmental Quality, ELOS Environmental, North Oaks Health Systems,
North Oaks Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northshore Technical Community College, Elmer’s
Candy, LIGO, DuPont, Intralox and Southeastern’s College of Science and Technology.
Although the event is free, space is limited, so participants should register
as early as possible. Each student participant must be accompanied by an adult, Conarro
For more information, email email@example.com or call 985-464-9322.
Southeastern’s ‘Let’s Talk: Art’ continues with April lectures
The second and third lectures in the spring series of “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored
jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims
Library, will be held April 17 and April 24, at 5 p.m., at Southeastern’s Contemporary
Art Gallery. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
On April 17, art history student Blair Gallon will present “Hildegard: An Artistic
Identity,” discussing how artistic identity became relevant during the Middle Ages
through the work of German mystic, illuminator, composer and abbess Hildegard von
Bingen. Irene Nero, Southeastern associate professor of visual art, said the presentation
will show that before von Bingen’s time artistic identity was rare and deemed improper
and that Von Bingen broke the mold as an artist and holy person.
On April 24, graduating senior Lacie Barbour will present “Faith Ringgold: ‘Dancing
at the Louvre.’”
“Ringgold was ‘an outsider’ in American art in the 1980s, and as a black woman,
she had ‘no place’ in the dialogue created earlier by the male-dominated Abstract
Expressionists,” Nero said. “With few women artists, and no other black women artists
working, Ringgold offered a personal view of life in Harlem, New York, executed in
a quilt-like style.”
For more information, contact Nero at 549-2193.
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre presents Mummenschanz
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Mummenschanz,
a physical theatre group from Switzerland, for one live performance only on April
18 at 7:30 p.m.
According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, Mummenschanz, is
a production that is suitable for the entire family.
“Mummenschanz consists of performers whose techniques include acting, puppeteering,
expressive dance, and other forms of artistic chicanery,” he said. “The group will
present a series of sketches filled with fantastical creatures and human forms contorting
inside bizarre costumes.”
Tickets for the production range from $30 to $40 and are available at the Columbia
Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371.
Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
Special $15 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production.
Students must present their university ID at the box office.
All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase
one ticket for “Mummenschanz” and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must
be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office.
Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.
Southeastern hosts Residency Interview Day
Southeastern’s Department of Teaching and Learning hosted its annual Residency Interview
Day March 21 and 27.
It is always a delicate game of balance when pairing mentor teachers with year-long
resident student teachers. Due to the many different strengths, weaknesses, learning
and teaching styles, and personalities of individuals, Southeastern takes great care
in placing resident student teachers with strong, qualified mentor teachers.
Southeastern’s Residency Program is currently partnered with five school districts:
Ascension, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa. Each school district
was involved in planning meetings preparing for the 2018-2019 school year. Each district
participated in a Residency Interview Day, where all 68 potential resident student
teachers chose their top two districts for their clinical experience.
Following interview day, each district analyzed their workforce needs and used
this data when confirming their selection of residents. The ultimate goal is to achieve
the best fit for both the district, their regional needs and also for the resident
in their final year prior to graduation.
RESIDENCY INTERVIEW DAY - The Tangipahoa interview team meets with teacher candidate Tiffany Deville, far
LCWTA holds successful Easter basket drive for area children
The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, a program within Southeastern’s School
of Social Work, held its first ever Easter basket drive during the month of March.
The goal was to create 100 Easter baskets for local children in foster care,
said Program Coordinator Connie Riddle.
“The LCWTA team was able to triple their goal, thanks to the generous donations
of the Southeastern organizations, students, faculty, staff and the surrounding Hammond
community,” she said. “The final count was 346 baskets.”
Riddle said the age range for the baskets started at newborn and went up to 17
“It took over 30 hours and 20 volunteers to assemble the baskets. Each basket
was filled with books, puzzles, toys, crafts, toiletries, school supplies, and sweet
treats,” she said. “The LCWTA initially planned to distribute the baskets in Tangipahoa
Parish, but were able to donate to Washington and St. Tammany parishes as well.”
Southeastern organizations that contributed to the drive included the Family
and Consumer Sciences Department, Health and Human Sciences Department, the Social
Work Club, College of Business, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), the
Center for Faculty Excellence, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu, and the Honors Club. Contributing
community organizations included St. Tammany Hospital and Laboratory and District
62, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, located in Hammond.
The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy (LCWTA) is a partnership between
the Department of Children and Family Services, the Pelican Center for Children and
Families, and the University Alliance, comprised of seven university partners within
the public schools of Social Work in Louisiana.
HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL - The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, a program within Southeastern’s School
of Social Work, held its first ever Easter basket drive during the month of March.
Over 350 baskets were collected. From left are LCWTA staff Connie Riddle, Laura DiMattia,
Gabriela Acosta and Betty Zinna.
Southeastern’s Science on Tap presents lecture on the Science of ‘Jurassic Park’
Southeastern’s Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Raul E. Diaz, Jr. will present the
next Science on Tap presentation titled “A Chameleon’s View on Body Modification and
Diaz will discuss the intricacies of modern genetic technology.
Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation is scheduled
April 10, 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
“The idea that large vertebrates, like those depicted in Jurassic Park and seen
in natural history museums, existed is absolutely mind blowing! But how realistic
is bringing one of these creatures back to life using modern genetic technology?”
asked Diaz. “We will explore the science of ‘Jurassic Park’ and whether we can use
an evolutionarily close living relative that has proven incredibly useful in developmental
genetic work in the lab (the chicken) and what else we can learn from other new lab
models like the veiled chameleon.”
For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department
of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.
Celebrating National Library Week with book sale and more
National Library Week is April 8-13, which means it’s time for three of Sims Library’s
favorite events of the year: the annual Book Sale, Readings at Sims, and Overdue Book
Amnesty Days. This year is the 60th anniversary of National Library Week and the theme
is “Libraries Lead.”
The Book Sale is April 10-12 -- Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are books for nearly every interest. Thousands
of books for sale include popular fiction, sci-fi, biography, literature, poetry,
cookbooks, self-help, art and photography, education, history, political science,
sociology, and religion. Hardcover books are $2. Paperbacks are $1-2. DVDs are $2.
CDs are $1. All sales are cash only.
Readings at Sims Library is Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., on the 3rd floor
of Sims Library. Each year, Readings at Sims serves as an entertaining showcase for
talented writers on campus and in our community who will read from their original
works. The featured writers include Catie Dunlap, Fabian Edwards, Jaina Green, and
Overdue Book Amnesty Days are (April 9-12) Monday through Thursday. During this
amnesty period, students can return overdue books without having to pay fines. Be
aware that amnesty does not apply to all library fines and fees. It applies only to
books from the circulating stacks and does not include any of the following: outstanding
fines (such as unpaid overdue fines from books returned in the past), lost book replacement
fees, damaged books, Reserve books, or equipment (laptops, audio recorders, etc.).
UL System Day at the Capitol
On Wednesday, April 11, Southeastern, along with the other institutions in the University
of Louisiana System, will be participating in ULS Day at the Capitol. We are inviting
available faculty, staff and students to participate as we travel to Baton Rouge to
advocate for higher education on the lawn of the Capitol.
Our state and system leaders will be attending to bolster the support we are
seeking from our state legislators for our universities. The system is planning a
festival atmosphere with activities, performances, and demonstrations. Also, free
lunch will be provided for everyone in attendance. All Southeastern attendees are
asked to wear GREEN.
Transportation will be provided for any faculty or staff member who wants to
ride on the Lion Traxx. They can sign up by clicking here: Faculty/Staff Registration for ULS Day. Faculty and staff only need to register
if they are planning to ride the Traxx. Those driving themselves do not.
We hope to see you this Wednesday, April 11. LION UP!
Southeastern Marketing Breakfast to feature retired Navy Chief Petty Officer
A retired Navy Chief Petty Officer will serve as the guest speaker at Southeastern’s
annual Marketing Breakfast on Tuesday, April 17.
Kimberly King, a 1985 Southeastern marketing graduate, will speak at the event
at 8 a.m. in the Southeastern Student Union Ballroom. The breakfast is sponsored by
the Southeastern Marketing Association, the marketing faculty and G. Dean Brunson,
CPA, of Richmond, Va.
The program is open to students and the general public. Tickets are $12 and can
be ordered and prepaid online at tinyurl.com/marketingbreakfast2018 or at the door.
King joined the Navy right out of college after researching possible companies
to work for as part of a senior thesis in marketing. That year, King said, “Forbes
Magazine” had an article about top companies for employees, and the Navy was listed
in fourth place.
King originally joined the Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Administration man,
but later transitioned to the Aircrew program. As a Loadmaster, King flew on C-130,
C-9B, and DC-9 transport planes. Her mission was fleet logistics support worldwide,
and she flew for nearly her entire 22 years of service.
“My job included loading cargo and passengers on board the plane and doing the
math to make sure it all worked. It was a good, very challenging job at times, and
I truly loved it,” she said. “In our capacity, we flew all over the world, supporting
every type of mission you can imagine and flying every sort of thing from nuclear
weapons, to animals, to hazardous materials. The old slogan, ‘It’s not just a job,
it’s an adventure,’ really applied.”
King said the greatest success she had as a veteran was in doing a job that very
few women would ever consider doing. She was also eventually able to work as an Aircrew
Evaluator and to write procedures to better the job of aircrewmen and fleet logistics
support as a whole.
For more information on the lecture, contact the Department of Marketing and
Supply Chain Management at 549-2277.
Southeastern Alumni Association unveils new council for young alumni
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking young alumni to serve on its newly
formed GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Council.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said the GOLD Council is
a leadership organization composed of Southeastern alumni from all over dedicated
to fostering and sustaining relationships with graduates from Southeastern of the
last decade to keep them engaged and actively involved with the university.
“The GOLD Council advises the Office of Alumni Relations and assists with developing
programs and communications tailored to the newest alumni,” said Biggs. “The council
also acts to shepherd the development of volunteers and future leaders in ways that
deepen their commitment to Southeastern and prepare them for active alumni leadership
Biggs added that membership on the council has its advantages.
“GOLD Council members will experience professional networking and the ability
to connect with other recent graduates in their community, meet other Southeastern
alumni they might not have known while in school, and serve as advisors to Alumni
Relations through feedback and ideas to help shape the future of the alumni program,”
she said. “Most importantly, council members will have the opportunity to give back
to the university that gave so much to them. Almost all students received some type
of aid while attending Southeastern, so now it’s time to pay it forward to future
Biggs said in order to be eligible to serve on the board, individuals must have
graduated from Southeastern within the last ten years; demonstrate leadership ability
or potential; possess an infectious Southeastern spirit; complete the GOLD Council
application; and have given or pledged an active-level donation to an Alumni Fund
(minimum $50) for the year in which the GOLD Council application is submitted, as
well as their elected term years.
Council members are also asked to attend at least two in-person meetings each
year, plus participate in conference/online calls.
GOLD Council applications are due to the Alumni Association by April 20. Applicants
should submit a resume along with the application, Biggs said. Applications are available
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Writing Project at Southeastern seeks applicants for Summer Institute
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) at Southeastern is now accepting
applications for its Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
The institute will meet June 26-July 19. Nine days of writing workshops, roundtables
on current issues in teaching writing, and teaching demonstrations take place from
9-11:45 a.m. on Southeastern’s campus. The week of July 10-12 (Tuesday-Thursday) is
spent in the French Quarter at a “Teacher as Writer” writing retreat, where participants
join other SLWP and National Writing Project teachers.
The program, said SLWP Director Richard Louth of the Southeastern English Department,
“is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, are eager to share
their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers.”
Approximately 500 local teachers have attended SLWP institutes since the Writing
Project began at Southeastern in 1992.
“During the institute,” Louth said, “selected kindergarten through college teachers
from across the curriculum will write, study the teaching of writing, reflect on their
own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other.”
Louth said participants will also have the opportunity to work on personal and
professional writing, to publish, and to develop workshops on teaching writing suitable
for delivery as inservices to local schools.
Participants pay their own tuition and expenses to enroll in English 646, a graduate
seminar in the teaching of writing, and receive three hours of graduate credit. Registration
at the Writing Retreat is free to Summer Fellows. Applications are considered until
the institute is filled.
Applicants should submit a resume; a page containing name, address, phone, e-mail,
W#, and school and grade level where the applicant currently teaches; and a brief
description of a writing activity used in their classroom. Applicants are interviewed
as part of the process.
Applications can be sent to Louth at firstname.lastname@example.org or SLU 10327, Hammond, LA, 70402.
Additional information is available at www.southeastern.edu/slwp or by contacting Louth by e-mail or at 549-2102/ 2100.
The SLWP is a cooperative effort of Southeastern’s colleges of Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences and Education and Human Development and is an affiliate of the
National Writing Project, https://www.nwp.org/.