Columbia Theatre announces season
Southeastern named a Forbes Top College
Athletics announces Clear Bag Policy

Register for Emergency Alert System

Chick fil-A V.P. to speak on campus

Graduation application deadline set

Southeastern in the News

This Week in Athletics



Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre announces new season 
ArtrageousSoutheastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts recently announced its 2018-19 season, which offers everything from live music to dance to theater.
     The season also boasts entertainment from campus ensembles, said Roy Blackwood, director of the Columbia Theatre and Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Performances will be scheduled throughout the season. Dates and additional information will be available soon at
     The Columbia Theatre curtain officially opens Sept. 27 with Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop’s presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”
The production is scheduled Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.       Ticket prices are $21 for adults; $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students and $8 for children twelve and younger. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their ID.
Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in Hammond, or by calling 543-4371.
     Next on tap is a concert from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which begins its series of performances at Columbia Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m., with “Beethoven and Blue Jeans: Beethoven’s Fifth.” The concert is the first of three LPO performances and features Beethoven’s Overture to “Fidelio,” Symphony No. 5, and selections from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt.”
     Additional LPO concerts include the Yuletide Celebration, a fun program of holiday musical favorites for the entire family featuring local student choirs, on Dec. 14 and “L’Amour!” on March 8. Both concerts are scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
     Next on tap is “Lonesome Traveler: The Concert with Peter Yarrow” on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Blackwood said the stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture, bringing together audiences of all ages.
     “The show celebrates the music of great folk artists including Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger and the Weavers, The Limeliters, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills and Nash, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Simon & Garfunkel, with a special tribute to Leonard Cohen,” Blackwood said.
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ARTRAGEOUS – Artrageous, a troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers, is just one of the programs included in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts’ 2018-19 Season. The group, scheduled to perform April 6, pays tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

Southeastern named a Forbes Top College
Southeastern is once again among Forbes’ top higher education institutions in the nation, having been named to the list of America’s Top Colleges 2018. Only the top 650 public and private higher education institutions in the United States make the annual Forbes Top Colleges report.
     “Southeastern prides itself in providing our students with unparalleled academic rigor and an exceptional collegiate experience,” said President John Crain. “Our faculty and staff are truly invested in our students’ success and it shows. This recognition at a national level is a testament to their work and dedication.”
     According to Forbes’ methodology for its America’s Top Colleges 2018 report, the schools included distinguish themselves from competitors due to their belief in “output over input.” Forbes states it is not interested in what gets a student into college, but rather on a students’ return on investment and success after graduation. The 2018 list focuses specifically on measures of post-graduate income, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success. Forbes utilizes resources such as the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System from the Department of Education and to calculate its rankings.
     According to Assistant Editor Carter Coudriet, Forbes aims to measure what we believe students care about most. Where will a college steer them in their life after graduation? How likely are they to find success in their chosen field, to earn enough money to pay their student debt, to win career accolades, to become leaders in private and public life? How effectively does their school support them so they can graduate within four or six years and join the workforce?
     The full list is available at

Register for Emergency Alert System

safe campus logoFor those who haven’t yet registered for the Southeastern Emergency Alert System, a new semester is the perfect opportunity to sign up to receive notices via phone, text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which are automatically registered.
     Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty and staff can register for the system by visiting
     The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus closures.
     Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at
     Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that will sound in the event of an emergency.
     “If you hear the sirens, check your device for information on the current situation,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those additional delivery methods.”
     The homepage is also a source of information for situations developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
     To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus emergency.
     Go to on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You’ll be prompted how to save the app to your device’s home screen.
     The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
     “We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But we also want our campus community to be prepared.”

Southeastern Athletics Announces Clear Bag Policy
To increase public safety, Southeastern Athletics will institute a clear bag policy for all ticketed athletic events, beginning with the 2018 football season.
     The policy mirrors the safety precautions taken upon entrance to professional and collegiate sporting venues throughout the country. In addition to SLU home football games at Strawberry Stadium, the policy will also be enforced at men’s and women’s basketball games in the University Center, baseball games at Alumni Field and softball games at North Oak Park.
     Approved items include plastic zip top bags (no larger than one gallon) that are re-sealable and clear, clear drawstring/cinch bags or clear totes (plastic, vinyl or PVC) that are no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches and seat cushions with no pockets and no larger than 16 inches.
     Fans can wear or carry items such as binoculars, hand-held electronic devices and cameras (with lenses shorter than four inches) without carrying cases.
     Among the prohibited items are briefcases, backpacks, camera cases, purses, fanny packs, oversized tote bags, printed pattern plastic bags, mesh bags, reusable grocery totes, duffel bags and tinted or textured bags.
     For more information on the Southeastern Athletics clear bag policy, visit or contact Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations Andrew Bechac at 549-3419 or

Clear bag policy

Southeastern Alumnus, Chick fil-A Vice President to speak on campus
Marketing and Supply Chain Management is hosting prestigious Southeastern Alumnus, Rob Dugas, vice-president of purchasing and chief supply officer of Chick fil-A, and four fellow co-workers from the Chick fil-A corporate office.
     The additional members of the Chick fil-A team include the following: Chloe Griffin, regional operator support lead-supply chain consultant (logistics); David Kessler, sourcing lead-packaging; Derrick Hooks, senior sourcing lead-commodities/oils; and Mindi Daniels, senior lead, program management-supply chain.
     The executives will speak to students and faculty throughout the day on Wednesday, Aug. 29, and Thursday, Aug. 30 in Garrett Hall.
     For more information, contact April Assavedo at 549-2277 or

September 17 is fall 2018 graduation application deadline
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in fall 2018 is Sept. 17, the university announced today.
     Students who do not submit the fee and application by Sept. 17 will not be considered a degree candidate for the Fall 2018 term. The $25 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building, prior to completing the graduation application.
     Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available at or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct link available at 
     Students seeking help on completing the graduation application can also go to the recently opened Enrollment Services Express office on main campus in the Student Union, room 1301. 
     The graduation application for the Spring 2019 Commencement is now open. 
     Visit for information regarding graduation application, deadlines, and fees.


Baton Rouge Advocate
SLU student wins international film award

Baton Rouge Business Report
‘Forbes’ ranks eight Louisiana colleges among nation’s top 650

Hammond Daily Star
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Livingston Parish News

Southeastern Channel news reporter wins Capitol Correspondents Scholarship

Akers selected as Southeastern Louisiana University Alumnus of the Year

New Orleans Advocate
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SLU unveils geothermal dorms


The Southeastern football and cross country teams will officially open their 2018 seasons to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team will begin the Frank Scelfo Era on Thursday, traveling to FBS in-state foe ULM for a 7 p.m. contest at Malone Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN+, the subscription-based arm of ESPN, and via the WatchESPN app.
     The Lions-Warhawks game will air on the Southeastern Radio Network (KSLU-FM 90.9, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM). The game can also be heard online at and via the TuneIn Radio and RadioFX apps.
     The SLU cross country teams will open the 2018 season on Friday. The Lions and Lady Lions will travel to Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese State Invitational.
     The Southeastern soccer team (1-1) will continue non-conference play with three matches on tap this week. On Monday, SLU travels to Southern for a 7 p.m. match. The Lady Lions will face another in-state foe on the road on Friday, taking on UL Lafayette at 7 p.m.
     Southeastern returns home on Sunday for a 5 p.m. match with Southern Miss at Strawberry Stadium. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Sunday’s match at
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (1-2) will also continue non-conference play. Southeastern heads to West Point, New York to compete in the Black Knights Invitational, hosted by Army. On Friday, SLU faces Albany at 10 a.m. and Hofstra at 3 p.m. Southeastern closes the tournament with an 11 a.m. match versus host Army on Saturday.

For more information on Southeastern Athletics, follow @SLUAthletics on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit


AUG 27

Soccer, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 7 p.m.

AUG 30

Football, at ULM, Monroe, 7 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)

AUG 31

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at McNeese State Invitational, Lake Charles, All Day
Women’s Soccer, at UL Lafayette, Lafayette, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Albany (Black Knights Invitational), West Point, N.Y., 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Hofstra (Black Knights Invitational), West Point, N.Y., 3 p.m.




 Volleyball, at Army (Black Knights Invitational), West Point, N.Y., 11 a.m.




 Soccer, vs. Southern Miss, Strawberry Stadium, 5 p.m. (LionVision)

Southeastern home events in bold.


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