Mane Experience Update
Two short operas at Columbia Theatre
Black History Month events
Sims Library to host training session
Ticket offer from Lions Basketball

Lions Connected now eligible for aid

Personal trainer prep course offered
Rock n' Roar set Feb. 24
ByLion takes a break


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Mane Experience logoMane Experience Update
Southeastern’s new freshman initiative, Mane Experience, had a successful first semester. It served as an energetic vehicle to connect freshman students to events and services on and off campus, and the committee is thrilled to continue the program this semester.
     Throughout the past summer and fall, Mane Experience generated:
an active website that serves as a student portal for learning about programs relevant to academic and social success at Southeastern (
a positive and engaging social media presence
a student mobile check-in system to measure engagement, including visual posters at events and campus resource areas
a Moodle course for students to track check-in points and as a means of efficient communication
The Mane Edition, a monthly bulletin highlighting important dates, events, and other timely information to freshman students
     Many departments have already taken advantage of collaborating with Mane Experience in order to drive student attendance and engagement, including Athletics, Sims Library, Writing Center, University Health Center, and the Document Source, among many others.  
     If your department is interested in working with Mane Experience this semester to help promote events and services to freshman students, let the committee know. For each program your department would like Mane Experience to support, click here to complete and submit the form.
     The committee is looking forward to expanding Mane Experience this semester and connecting freshmen to more areas of campus.

Southeastern to stage two short operas by Dan Shore
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present two short operas by American composer Dan Shore. “Works of Mercy” and “Bridegroom” will both be staged nightly on Feb. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     A tragedy, “Works of Mercy” was composed in 2002 while Shore was a graduate student in composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. Premiered by conservatory students, the opera is based on the play “Vestire gli ignudi” (Clothing the Naked) by Luigi Pirandello.
     “Pirandello’s premise is that everyone presents a slightly different persona depending on who they are with at the time, and that it is sometimes difficult to reconcile all the different versions,” said Director of Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Chuck Effler.  “In ‘Works of Mercy’ each of the five characters are introduced or are sung about in one way, but that presentation is superseded by another as the opera progresses. By the end of the opera, the viewer can hardly comprehend that the person they see is the same person to which they were originally introduced.”
     The opera features beautiful but often haunting motives, melodies and harmonies, Effler said. This production by Opera Workshop is the first complete production of the opera, aside from its premier in 2002, and the first complete production to use an orchestra instead of piano.
     According to Effler, “The Beautiful Bridegroom” is completely different.
     “Based on an 18th-century play by Ludvig Holberg, this farcical Mozart pastiche tells the story of a widow who has been searching for a young husband, not for her two marriageable daughters, but for herself,” Effler said.
     “Bridegroom” was written for a 2009 chamber opera competition sponsored by the National Opera Association and received first prize. It has been produced over 25 times since its premiere in Boston, Effler added.

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Sims Library Hosts “Finding the Right Stuff” for Faculty
Need help uncovering the right research? Research can be time-consuming and even frustrating if your strategy is limited to keyword searching.
     Sims Library will host a training session for faculty on Thursday, Feb. 8, to demonstrate citation searching and indexing using Web of Science databases. The training session will be offered twice, at 9:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m., in room 252. No reservations are required.
     The trainer will demonstrate citation indexing, which creates a searchable network of citations, linking author names, concepts, and even research centers. Researchers who want to trace an article’s influence over time use citation indexing.
     “We are excited to offer this opportunity to faculty,” said Beth Stahr, head of reference at Sims Memorial Library. “Web of Science is made up of three databases: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index. So, it’s science, plus many other disciplines.”
     Web of Science indexes more than 8,400 journals in disciplines such as biological sciences, chemistry and physics, communications, communication science and disorders, computer science, counseling, English, family and consumer science, foreign languages, history and political science, industrial technology, kinesiology and health studies, management, mathematics, music and theater, philosophy, psychology, sociology and criminal justice, social work, and visual arts.
     For more information, contact Stahr at 549-5056 or

Rec Sports & Wellness to host Certified Personal Trainer Prep Course
The Department of Recreational Sports & Wellness is hosting a live prep ACE Certified Personal Trainer Course beginning Feb. 19. ACE (American Council on Exercise) is a nationally recognized and NCCA-accredited certification.
     This eight-week course is designed to prepare attendees to pass the ACE Certified Personal Trainer exam held on Southeastern’s campus on April 18. Through this prep course, attendees will get a discount on two prep text manuals and a discount on the certification exam fee.
     The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Pennington Center classrooms from Feb. 19 - April 11.
     Deadline to register for this exam is Feb. 7. For more information about the course, including costs involved, contact

ByLion takes a break
Due to the Mardi Gras holiday, ByLion will not be distributed next week. ByLion will return on February 19.

Black History Month events this week
Celebrate Black History Month with these campus events:


Life Share Blood Center Drive
Monday, Feb. 5 at 10 am at SGA drive
Presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Black History Kickoff
Monday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 pm in the Student Union Breezeway
Presented by NAAACP
Celebrate the culture and achievements of African Americans.

We Are Black History
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at noon in the Student Union Breezeway
Presented by ELITE Women

Soul Sync Battle
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm in Pennington Rooms 107-108
Presented by NAACP

Nupe Talk
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm - Student Union Room 2216
Presented by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Bake Sale Fundraiser
Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 am - Main Campus
Presented by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Poetry Slam
Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 pm - Pennington 107
Presented by NAACP

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

basketball promotion

Special ticket offer for Lion Basketball on Valentine’s Day 
Roses are red, violets are blue, grab a date, because we’ve got a ticket deal for you! Buy a $10 ticket and get you and your date into the Feb. 14 home basketball game vs. New Orleans. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     For more information visit or call the SLU Ticket Office at 549-5466.

Lions Connected now eligible for federal aid
Lions Connected, Southeastern’s program that provides post-secondary educational experiences to persons with intellectual disabilities, has just been approved for federal financial aid. Of similar programs in Louisiana, Lions Connected is one of only three programs to complete the process and gain approval for federal financial aid.
     “Lions Connected gives students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to have a ‘college experience’ and become valued and contributing members of society,” said Lions Connected Director Gerlinde Beckers. “The availability of Pell Grants gives this opportunity to all students with intellectual disabilities who qualify.”
     Beckers said that program participants receive functional as well as academic instruction that will better prepare them to become independent individuals.

Southeastern to celebrate community, academics with Rock ‘n Roar on February 24
Southeastern’s annual campus-community festival “Rock ‘n Roar” is scheduled in the Student Union from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, and promises to be a fun-filled day for students and local families.
     In its 22nd year, Rock ‘n Roar showcases Southeastern’s academics and fun atmosphere for approximately 2,900 students from more than 80 visiting District 8 Literary Rally high schools, as well as Southeastern students, alumni and community friends, said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs.
     “With no charge for admission to Rock ‘n Roar, patrons of all ages can enjoy educational displays by Southeastern’s departments, food, music and more,” Biggs said. “Rock ‘n Roar will also feature a variety of children’s games and activities.”
     For more information about Rock ‘n Roar, call the Alumni Association at 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.


Baton Rouge Advocate
Frank Scelfo named Southeastern Louisiana's new head football coach, returns to home state

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Community Music School announces top musicians for fall

Hammond Daily Star
To Live the Dream

The Daily Iberian
Scelfo named SLU head football coach

‘I want to win now’: Frank Scelfo named Southeastern Louisiana head football Coach


Thursday, February 8
Term I Classes: Academic Checkpoint II
Spring Semester: Academic Checkpoint I

Thursday, February 15
Spring 2018 graduation application deadline
Last day to apply for Summer/Fall 2018 graduation without late fee

Monday, February 19
Term I Classes: Last day to withdraw from classes; deadline at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20
Scholars Showcase



The Southeastern softball team will open its 2018 season, while the basketball, tennis and track teams will continue their respective campaigns and the football program will host its annual Signing Day Bash during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion softball team will open its season with 10 straight home games, starting with this week’s Lion Classic I at North Oak Park. Howard, Kennesaw State, Arkansas and Nicholls will join SLU in the tournament field.
     The season’s first two games are scheduled for Friday, as Southeastern will face Howard at 3 p.m. and Kennesaw State at 5 p.m. On Saturday, SLU takes on Howard at 3 p.m. and Arkansas at 5 p.m. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream (no audio) of the first three SLU games and the SLU-Arkansas contest will be televised live on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN3 outside of the CST viewing area.
     The Southeastern men’s basketball team (14-10, 8-3 Southland) will hit the road for a pair of Southland Conference contests this week. The Lions open the week on Wednesday at Incarnate Word for a 7 p.m. contest, before heading to McNeese for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday.
     The SLU women’s basketball team (5-17, 4-7 Southland) opens the week with a 7 p.m. contest versus UIW in the University Center. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles to take on McNeese at 1 p.m.
     Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will offer free food to SLU students prior to Wednesday’s game. It will also be a Cane’s Challenge versus UIW. If the Lady Lions score 50 or more points, fans can take their student coupons or game tickets 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.
     Junior guard Ashailee Brailey will be Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Abbeville, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games and Saturday’s women’s contest can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Wednesday’s women’s basketball game at
     The SLU tennis team has a busy week ahead with four non-conference matches on tap. On Tuesday, the Lions will head to Baton Rouge for a 2 p.m. match at Southern. On Friday, Southeastern welcomes Mississippi State to Hammond for a 1 p.m. match at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. SLU hosts ULM at 11 a.m. and Grambling at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
     The Lion and Lady Lion track and field teams will continue preparations for the Southland Indoor Championships. On Friday and Saturday, both teams will be at the Samford Open in Birmingham, Alabama.
     The Southeastern Louisiana football program, in conjunction with the Lion Athletics Association (LAA) will hold its Annual Signing Day Bash on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at The Mezzanine in downtown Hammond.
     The event is scheduled to run from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for SLU students and children ages 12 and under. The Mezzanine is located at 308 South Cate Street in Hammond. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available as new SLU head football coach Frank Scelfo and his staff will unveil the 2018 Lion football signing class.   
     In conjunction with the event, the voice of Lion Football, Mark Willoughby and the host of Southeastern’s football, baseball and men’s basketball coaches radio shows, Allen Waddell will host a live radio remote from 5:30-6:30 p.m. that will air on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM.
     For more information on the event, contact SLU Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Development Tom Dawsey at (985) 549-5226 or
     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.



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)


Women’s Tennis, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 2 p.m.


Men’s Basketball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas,

7 p.m. (KSLU)*

Women’s Basketball, vs. Incarnate Word, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*
            - Free food for students
            - Cane’s Challenge
            - Ashailee Brailey Trading Card Day

Football, Signing Day Bash, The Mezzanine, 5:30 p.m. (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (WFPR 1400 AM)


Softball, Nicholls vs. Howard (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 1 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Howard (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Arkansas vs. Kennesaw State (Lion Classic I – Field Two), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Kennesaw State (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Arkansas vs. Nicholls (Lion Classic I – Field Two), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.
Tennis, vs. Mississippi State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Samford Open, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

FEB 10

Men’s Basketball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 3:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women’s Basketball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, Howard vs. Kennesaw (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 11 a.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Nicholls vs. Kennesaw (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 1 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, vs. Howard (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
Softball, Nicholls vs. Arkansas (Lion Classic II – Field Two), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Softball, vs. Arkansas (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3 outside of CST viewing area)
Tennis, vs. ULM, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
Tennis, vs. Grambling, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

3 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Samford Open, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

FEB 11

Softball, Kennesaw vs. Howard (Lion Classic I – Field One), North Oak Park, 10 a.m. (LionVision)


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


André Honorée and Mario Krenn (Management and Business Administration) published their article “Firm Performance and Employee Downsizing: The Moderating Role of National Culture” in Journal of International Business and Economy, 18(2): 1-31. Their research examines the firm performance - employee downsizing relationship in 1,747 firms across 35 countries over three years and shows that while this relationship is similar among firms across countries, its magnitude varies across countries and that dimensions of national culture help explain this variance.
     Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) gave a presentation titled “Forensic Accounting at the FBI,” to Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Jan. 26.

Joseph Burns (Languages and Communication) recently published the article “Sixty Years of the Iconic Gibson Flying V” on, the largest guitar site on the web. For the complete article, click here.

     Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) will speak on Admiral David Farragut and the Capture of New Orleans at the 11th Maritime History Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships in New Orleans on Thursday, Feb. 15. The panel discussion on Farragut and the West Gulf Blockading Squadron will be chaired by Prof. Gene Smith of Texas Christian University.


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