Business Ethics Lecture scheduled
Jazz Ensemble and Combo to perform
African American Heritage concert set
Black History Month events this week

Chefs Evening set March 4
Olympic medalist to speak at EvolveU
Science on Tap set March 6
Rock n' Roar a success

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Cynthia CooperSoutheastern Business Ethics Lecture to feature one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year
Best-selling author, consultant and internationally recognized speaker on ethical leadership and corporate governance best practices Cynthia Cooper will be the featured speaker at Southeastern’s annual ethics lecture sponsored by the College of Business. Cooper was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her role in uncovering the fraud at WorldCom, one of the largest corporate frauds in history.
     The lecture, titled “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century,” is scheduled March 6, at 7 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom Grand Ballroom on the third floor. The presentation is free and open to the public.
     Cooper was featured as one of the 25 most influential working mothers in “Working Mother” magazine and is a recipient of the Maria & Signey E. Rolfe Award for her contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance. She is also the first woman to be inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Business Hall of Fame.
     Additionally, Cooper is an inaugural inductee of the Institute of Internal Auditors American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, and she is the first woman to receive the Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award.
     Cooper has been featured in national peridicals, such as “The Wall Street Journal,” “USA Today,” “CFO Magazine,” and “Business Week.” She has served on panels with Anderson Cooper, Donna Brazile and Grover Norquist and has appeared on programs including Fox Business’ “America’s Nightly Scoreboard,” PBS’s “Tavis Smiley,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” CSPAN’s “BookTV,” CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch,” and CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Southeastern University Jazz Ensemble and Combo to present concert
The Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Combo will present its first concert of the spring 2018 semester on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Under the direction of Southeastern music faculty members Michael Brothers and John Madere, the University Jazz Ensemble and Combo concert is free and open to the public.
     The Jazz Combo program includes “Step Lightly” by Joe Henderson and “Bernie’s Tune” by Bernie Miller.
     The Jazz Ensemble program includes “On Green Dolphin Street” by Bronislau Kaper and Ned Washington, arranged by Frank Mantooth; “You Go To My Head” by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, arranged by Bill Holman; “Dance You Monster To My Soft Song,” composed and arranged by Maria Schneider; “Bemsha Swing” by Thelonious Monk and Denzil Best, arranged by Brent Wallarab; “Central Park West” by John Coltrane, arranged by John Fedchock; and “Dr. Sid” by Joan Hickey, arranged by Don Owens.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Black History Month events this week

Afrikan Dance Class
Feb. 26 at 6:08 pm - Pennington 228
Presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Barbershop Talk
Monday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 pm - Student Union 2207
Presented by The Lion's Den

Back to Your Roots
Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:15 pm - Location TBD
Presented by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

MISA Happy Hour
Wednesday Feb. 28 at 5 pm - Student Union Ballroom B-C
Presented by MISA

Definition of Black
Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 pm - Location TBD
Presented by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

For more information about any of the above events, please contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-2120 or

Olympic medalist to speak at Southeastern leadership conference for high school students
Hollis ConwayTwo-time Olympic medalist Hollis Conway is the keynote speaker for “EvolveU,” Southeastern’s first leadership conference for high school sophomore, junior and senior students. The theme of this year’s conference, which is scheduled March 9 in Southeastern’s Student Union, is “World of Opportunities,” an athletic theme centered around the 2018 Winter Olympics.
     A dominating athlete, Conway is a six-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA champion. He was the top ranked high jumper in the U.S. seven straight years from 1988-94 and the top ranked high jumper in the world in 1990 and 1991. Conway completed a 16-year successful athletic career and is considered one of the best high jumpers in all of history.
     Conway is now the president of Overcoming Obstacles, Inc., a non-profit motivational speaking company and is the author of “Yes I Can” and “Grasshopper.”
     EvolveU entails fun, interactive and educational experiences where student leaders will be able to develop, cultivate, and evolve their leadership skills while interacting with college students.
     Southeastern student leaders will facilitate workshops based on the four main topics of the conference: leadership coaching, collaboration techniques, communication, and achieving balance.
     Workshops will also be available for high school faculty and staff attending the conference.
     For more information, visit or call 549-2120.

Rock n’ Roar showcases Southeastern
Rock ‘n Roar showcased Southeastern’s academics and fun atmosphere for approximately 3,409 students on Saturday at the annual event held in conjunction with the District 8 Literary Rally. Students from more than 80 visiting high schools, as well as Southeastern students, alumni and community friends attended the event.

Rock n Roar

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX - Bogalusa High School students explore one of the many academic exhibits at Southeastern's Rock n' Roar. From left are Erica Lucas, Lakeitha Dunn and Yesica Castorena examining a box turtle native to Louisiana.


Southeastern choirs to present African American Heritage concert February 28
The Southeastern Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present a concert titled “African-American Heritage” on Feb. 28.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus. Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe will conduct the choirs.
     “We are presenting this concert in honor of Black History Month,” said Rowe. “We will celebrate African-American heritage through many forms of art, including spoken word, dance, and music such as classical, pop, and rap.”
     The concert begins with “In Dat Great Giddin’ Up Mo’nin” arranged by Rosephanye Powell and also includes “Give Me Jesus,” arranged by Moses Hogan; “Respect My Melanin,” by Amber Galloway; “Lord, Give Me Just A Little More Time,” arranged by Derrick Fox; “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” arranged by Dan Forrest; “In the Black Midwinter,” by Gustav Holst; “Silent Night,” arranged by Richard Nance; “What a Wonderful World,” by Louis Armstrong; “A Change is Gonna Come,” by Sam Cook; “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” by Ntozake Shange; “Motherless Child,” arranged by Adolphus Hailstork; “House of the Rising Sun,” by The Animals; and “Summertime,” from “Porgy and Bess” by George and Ira Gershwin.
     For its finish, the Southeastern Women’s Chorale will perform “The Color Purple,” arranged by Rollo Dillworth, and the Southeastern Concert Choir will perform “Great God Almighty,” arranged by Stacey V. Gibbs.
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

The Pond House

The Pond House at 10 Oaks Farm


Chefs Evening scheduled March 4, discounted tickets available for faculty, staff
As Chefs Evening is now into its fourth decade of celebrating the best of regional cuisine offerings in support of Southeastern, this year won’t disappoint.
     In addition to the fantastic restaurant offerings, this year special effort has been placed on new and exciting auction and raffle items centered around the theme of “Wine & Travel.” With exquisite wine offerings, regional getaways, a trip to Napa Valley, a wine dinner for eight hosted by Holly & Smith Architects at the Pond House at 10 Oaks Farm and many others, there will be something for everyone.
     Remember, faculty and staff are eligible for special discounted ticket pricing.
     Chefs Evening is the largest fundraiser for the university, and your attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of academic programming and scholarships for students at Southeastern. Join the hundreds of alumni and friends expected to take part in this southern Louisiana dining experience.
     A special thanks to our corporate sponsors; Regions Bank, First Guaranty Bank, LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, American Bank & Trust, Entergy, LeBlanc Hausknecht, LLP, Louisiana’s 1st Choice Auto Auction, Hancock Whitney Bank, North Oaks Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising for their continued support of Chefs Evening.

Demetra Kandelepas

Southeastern’s Science on Tap presents lecture on hidden fungi
Southeastern’s Instructor of Biological Sciences Dr. Demetra Kandelepas will present the next Science on Tap presentation titled “Hidden Fungi – Plants’ Secret to Success.”
     Kandelepas will discuss the necessity of fungi to plants’ survival.
Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, the presentation is scheduled March 6, 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.
     “About 90 percent of all plants depend on fungi for their survival and, not only do they take advantage of these fungi for themselves, but they also share them with family members, as well as plants of different species” she said. “Most plants are not able to acquire nearly enough water or nutrients to sustain themselves. Fungi happily provide both of these provisions and initiate chemical warfare on their hosts’ aggressors when they detect an attack.”
     Kandelepas will further explain the complex relationship between fungi and plants.
     “Fungi cannot photosynthesize and, therefore, cannot make their own food. Plants make vast quantities of sugar all day long and much of this sugar goes toward feeding their fungal partners,” she said. “The relationship between fungi and plants is obligate and ubiquitous, but also very complex. We know that the benefits derived from this symbiosis is mutual, but very little is still known about its dynamics.”
     For information on this or future Science on Tap presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


Action News
SLU celebrates 22nd annual Rock ’n Roar this Saturday

Hammond Daily Star
Choirs present African American heritage concert


Term I Classes End
Thursday, March 8


Academic Checkpoint II for Spring Semester
Friday, March 9


Scholars Showcase celebrates academic success
More than 300 area high school seniors and their guests attended Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase events in January and February, where students were presented with special academic and housing scholarship options.
     The events celebrated the academic success of future Southeastern students and introduced them to special offerings Southeastern has for students with high academic credentials. In addition to scholarships, attendees were introduced to the possibility of participating in Southeastern’s Early Orientation, Honors Program courses and Summer Scholars, which invites qualified students to begin Southeastern with tuition-free summer semester classes.
Held in the university’s Student Union Grand Ballroom, attendees visited with faculty members representing the university’s colleges and academic offerings.
     Special thanks to Dr. Crain and Dr. Procopio for sharing remarks during the program and all faculty and staff who attended to host tables and provide information at the dessert reception. We truly appreciate the extra time that all gave to ensure the success of these events.


The Southeastern men’s basketball team will look to secure the top seed in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament, while the women’s basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (19-10, 13-3 Southland) carry a six-game winning streak into the final week of the regular season. SLU will open the week with a 7 p.m. contest at New Orleans, before closing the regular season with a 5 p.m. game versus Nicholls on Saturday in the University Center.
     Saturday will be Senior Day and the Southeastern seniors will be honored prior to the regular season finale. If the Lions win both games this week, it will earn at least a share of the Southland regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
     Southeastern has already secured a top-four seed and first-round bye in the league tournament, which is set for March 7-10 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The top two seeds in the tournament receive two byes straight into the semifinals.
     The Lady Lions (8-19, 7-9 Southland) will close out the regular season with a pair of league contests. On Wednesday, they host UNO at 7 p.m., before welcoming Nicholls on Saturday at 2 p.m. Seniors Taylin Underwood and Bre Warren will be honored prior to the game with Nicholls for Senior Day. Underwood is Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Livingston, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Southeastern enters the final week of the regular season tied with McNeese for the final spot in the league tournament, scheduled for March 8-11 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The Lady Lions need to win one more game than the Cowgirls this week to return to the postseason for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
     The SLU baseball team (5-3) welcomes No. 15 LSU on Wednesday for its fifth straight game versus a nationally-ranked opponent. First pitch is 6 p.m. from Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. Wednesday is also a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score four or more runs, fans can take their Cane’s coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on Thursday to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Following Wednesday’s contest, Southeastern will be in Baton Rouge to compete in a three-day round-robin at Alex Box Stadium. On Friday, Southeastern faces Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. The Lions face Toledo on Saturday at 1 p.m., before taking on the host Tigers at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
     The Lady Lion softball team (9-5) will travel to Columbia, Missouri to compete in the 2018 Mizzou Tournament. On Friday, Southeastern faces Creighton at 10 a.m. and host Missouri at noon. Saturday will see SLU take on Drake at 10 a.m. and Missouri at noon.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games will be televised on Eleven Sports and streamed live on the Southland Digital Network at Wednesday’s baseball game versus LSU can be seen on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area.
     Friday’s softball game versus Missouri and Sunday’s baseball game will be broadcast on SEC Network+, while LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of both women’s basketball games this week.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games, Saturday’s women’s basketball game, as well as Friday and Sunday’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.
     Wednesday’s baseball game versus LSU can be heard on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM, as well as the TuneIn Radio app. An online link to Wednesday’s radio broadcast will be accessible on the baseball schedule page at
     The tennis team (3-4) will host a pair of matches this week at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. On Wednesday, the Lions host ULM at 5 p.m. Southeastern then opens up Southland play on Sunday with a 12 p.m. match versus McNeese.
     The SLU golf team returns to the course this week. On Monday and Tuesday, Southeastern will travel to Spring, Texas to compete in the Colin Montgomerie HBU Invitational.
     Fresh off winning several individual Southland championships at the league indoor meet, the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will open the outdoor season this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in New Orleans to participate in the Tulane Early Bird Twilight meet.
     The 2017-18 season of The Jay Ladner Radio Show will continue on Monday at 7 p.m. at Rainbow Daiquiris (14384 West Thomas Street) in Hammond. Hosted by Waddell, the show can be heard live on KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM, online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.


FEB 126

Men’s Golf, at Colin Montgomerie HBU Invitational, Spring, Texas, All Day
Men’s Basketball, The Jay Ladner Radio Show, Rainbow Daiquiris, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, WFPR 1400 AM)

FEB 27

Men’s Golf, at Colin Montgomerie HBU Invitational, Spring, Texas, All Day

FEB 28

Men’s Basketball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, La., 7 p.m. (Eleven Sports) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU)*
Women’s Basketball, vs. New Orleans, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
Baseball, vs. LSU, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)
     - Cane’s Challenge
Tennis, vs. ULM, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 5 p.m.


Baseball, vs. Sacred Heart, Baton Rouge, 2 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Creighton (Mizzou Tournament), Columbia, Mo., 10 a.m.
Softball, vs. Missouri (Mizzou Tournament), Columbia, Mo., 12 p.m. (SEC Network+)
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Tulane Early Bird Twilight, New Orleans, All Day


Men’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 5 p.m. (Eleven Sports) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU)*
- Senior Day
Women’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center,

2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
     - Taylin Underwood Spotlight Player of the Game
Baseball, vs. Toledo, Baton Rouge, 1 p.m.
Softball, vs. Drake (Mizzou Tournament), Columbia, Mo., 10 a.m.
Softball, vs. Missouri (Mizzou Tournament), Columbia, Mo., 12 p.m.




Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 3 p.m. (SEC Network+) (KSLU)
Tennis, vs. McNeese, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Adam C. Elder (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Early Prediction of Persistence: How Data Mining Can Inform Decision-Making in Higher Education” to the Southwest Educational Research Association in New Orleans on Feb. 16.


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