Southeastern vocalists claim awards
Symphony Orchestra to perform
Fireworks at the Pat scheduled

Students recogized at theater festival

LA Dept. of Education holds meeting

Single Reed Day set March 24


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Students win awards at NATSSoutheastern vocalists claim awards at Louisiana competition
Nine Southeastern vocal performance students and one alumna were finalists – including three first place winners – at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held recently at McNeese State University in Lake Charles.
     Receiving first place nods were Sara Cage of Baton Rouge, junior women’s division; Claire Putnam of Covington, senior women’s division; and Southeastern alumna Michelle Guillot of Slidell, younger advanced women.
     Other students recognized at the competition include the following: William Dopp of Independence, a student in Southeastern’s Community Music School, second place in high school men’s division; Earl Pool of New Orleans, second place in the Hal Johnson spiritual category; Cody Sires of Chalmette, second place older advanced men and women; Logan Watts of Walker, third place sophomore men; Haylee Zeringue of Donaldsonville, third place sophomore women; Terelle Bibbins of Slidell, third place senior men; and Anne Labranche of Mandeville, fourth place junior women.
     The auditions were judged by voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana Chapter. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.
     Members of the Southeastern voice faculty who contributed to conference events included Kristen Marchiafava, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, and Stephen Rushing.

SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS WIN ACCOLADES AT COMPETITION – Southeastern vocal performance students who received first place honors at the recent Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition included, from left, Claire Putnam of Covington and Sara Cage of Baton Rouge. 

Southeastern Symphony Orchestra to present ‘A Night of Great Masterworks’
The Southeastern Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled “A Night of Great Masterworks – Music by Weber, Mozart and Beethoven,” at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 21.
     Featuring three masterpieces that anticipate the romantic style of the 19th century, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre and will be conducted by Orchestra Director and Assistant Professor of Violin Victor Correa-Cruz.
     The first piece in the program, the Overture to Oberon by Weber, precedes an opera based on love and magic, said Correa-Cruz.
     “In this piece the horn is given supernatural qualities. It will be heard by itself at the opening of the overture, providing one of the most inspiring moments of the evening,” Cruz said. “In terms of expression, the piece uses the language of the classical period but achieves heroic moments that belong to new aesthetics. It displays a brilliant orchestration that expands the classical orchestra by including four horns and three trombones.”
     Correa-Cruz said that with Mozart’s piece, the romantic piano concerto is established.
     “Concerto K. 466 in D minor is not a typical work in Mozart ‘s catalogue. The key of D minor is the same used for Don Giovanni and the Requiem, and it was believed to have demonic connections at that time,” he said. “It allowed Mozart to unleash his passions and to exploit the possibilities of the pianoforte, the predecessor of our modern piano, in a new style that later inspired composers like Grieg and Listz, to name a few.”
     Pianist Washington Garcia, a Steinway artist and director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, is the guest soloist for Mozart’s piano concerto. Garcia holds a bachelor of music from the National Conservatory of Music in Ecuador and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated at the age of 25 as the youngest Latin American to have received a doctoral degree in piano performance.

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Louisiana Department of Education holds meeting on campus
breakout sessionOn Feb. 23, the Louisiana Department of Education hosted a Regional Believe and Prepare Meeting in the KIVA of the CATE TEC building from 1-4 p.m. 
     With the help of the College of Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning, the state department met with approximately 25 regional stakeholders from the Board of Regents, local school districts and other teacher preparation universities, such as the University of New Orleans, Loyola and McNeese University. Each stakeholder took part in a seminar-style discussion on the future path of education providers and the implementation of year-long residency programs for university students.

     Smaller break-out meetings occurred throughout the day in an effort to discuss all featured elements of Southeastern’s Residency program.

Southeastern Music Department to host Single Reed Day
On Saturday, March 24, the Department of Music and Performing Arts will host the third annual Single Reed Day in Pottle Music Building from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
     Single Reed Day is for clarinet and saxophone players of all ages or anyone who is interested in those instruments, said Southeastern Clarinet Professor Victor Drescher.
     “This event regularly draws students from local middle and high schools and colleges across the south, as well as adult music enthusiasts,” Drescher said. “It offers an excellent opportunity to showcase talented musicians from Southeastern and provides feedback from other nationally recognized teachers.”
     Events include a feature concert given by Drescher and Saxophone Professor Brina Bourliea Faciane, accompanied by Associate Professor of Piano Henry Jones, as well as guest artists Jon Noffsinger from the University of Alabama and Mary Druhan from the University of Texas A&M - Commerce.
     Additional events include masterclasses on various aspects of music performance by Southeastern faculty and guest artists, exhibits where participants can explore different instruments and accessories, performances by Southeastern students, and a clarinet choir or saxophone ensemble in which participants can play.
     Participants can register the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. in Pottle Auditorium. The registration fee is $10 and includes pizza provided by the National Honorary Band Fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.
     For more information, contact Drescher at

Fireworks at the Pat

Fireworks at The Pat / Faculty & Staff Appreciation Cane’s Challenge
Come enjoy some Lion Baseball and fireworks at The Pat as the Lions take on Tulane. Also, Southeastern faculty and staff will receive a discounted ticket rate. Contact the Southeastern ticket office for your tickets at 549-5466.
     When the Lions score four runs, everyone’s a winner of a buy-one-get-one-free combo courtesy of Raising Cane’s. Fans must present a game ticket and students must present student coupons in order to claim the meal deal.


Southeastern students receive accolades at Kennedy Center Festival
Two Southeastern students will soon work with prominent theater professionals during one-week intensive master classes in Washington D.C. thanks to awards they garnered at the recent Region 6 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
     Matt Doyle of Mandeville received two awards - the Barbizon Award for Excellence in Sound Design and the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) Award for Excellence. Doyle competed with his sound design for “She Kills Monsters.” Miranda Miller of Walker also received the SILV Award for Excellence for her assistant sound design work in “She Kills Monsters.”
     “As a finalist for Excellence in Sound Design, Matt has been invited to attend the KCACTF National Festival in Washington, D.C., where he will present his work and spend a week studying design with some of the best in the business,” said Associate Professor of Theatre Jim Winter.
     Winter explained that SILV has partnered with KCACTF to award students from each region a one-week master class in Las Vegas in a concentration of their choice. Both Doyle and Miller will receive this opportunity, he said.
     “Classes include computer drafting, computer modeling, rigging, automation, props and SFX, sound, makeup and masks, wigs, lighting technology, patterning, projections and video, and moving lights,” he said. “Each award includes a full tuition grant, housing, daily breakfast and lunch.”
     Fourteen Southeastern students traveled with three faculty members to Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tex. to compete in a variety of categories in performance, directing and design, and technology against colleges and universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
     “She Kills Monsters,” was once again in the festival spotlight when Southeastern faculty Jeff Mickey and Steve Schepker presented a session called “We Killed Monsters.” The session demonstrated the collaboration between a student designer and faculty advisors fabricating weapons for the production.
     Other Southeastern students recognized at the festival included Jordin Alaina Jones of Harvey. Jones was recognized as an Irene Ryan Finalist in acting. She auditioned and competed with 168 actors from across the region.
     “Jordin made the cut to 32 actors and then made the cut to 16,” Winter said. “Since 1995, Southeastern has had a handful of actors make the first cut, but this is the first time we’ve had an actor make the second cut.”
     Sarah Balli of Covington was recognized as an SDC Directing Initiative Finalist. Balli competed with nine other directors and was named a finalist for her direction of “Milk Like Sugar” by Kristen Greenridge. Winter said Southeastern Theatre has never competed in this category.
     Ariana Robinson of Prairieville was named a Music Theatre Initiative Dance Finalist. She is the first Southeastern Theatre student to receive the distinction.
     “This was one of our most successful years at the KCACTF Regional Festival,” Winter said. “I am incredibly proud of how admirably our students represented our university and our theater program.”


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Academic Checkpoint I for Spring Term II session
Friday, March 23


Last day to withdraw from regular term classes or resign from the University. Deadline at 5 p.m.
Monday, March 26

Scholars Orientation for Scholarship Recipients
Thursday, April 5

Optional Testing Date for Scholars Orientation attendees
Friday, April 6

Summer Smart once again being offered
Did you know that Summer is right around the corner and Southeastern will once again offer the Summer Smart semester. Undergraduate students can take courses for reduced costs. An undergraduate enrolling in one or more credit hours will receive a $300 scholarship to aid in the cost of summer attendance.

     As you interact with undergraduate students, please encourage them to review our Summer Smart course offerings and promote summer enrollment as a way to quickly make degree progress and access high demand courses. Many summer courses are offered online and in hybrid formats to allow for more flexibility in travel to campus. Help spread the word about Summer Smart!


Fresh off sweeps of Southland Conference road series, the Southeastern baseball and softball teams will return home to host league series to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (16-6, 5-1 Southland) carries a five-game win streak into another five-game week. SLU starts the week on the road for non-conference action, as Southeastern will travel to South Alabama for a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday and face Jackson State in a 6 p.m. road contest on Wednesday.
     Southeastern then returns home for a three-game league series versus Houston Baptist at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The Lions and Huskies meet on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. in Southland Conference action.
     The SLU softball team (15-11, 4-2 Southland) plays all five of its games this week in the friendly confines of North Oak Park. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions welcome Alcorn State for a 3 p.m. non-conference doubleheader.
     League leader Nicholls then comes to town for a three-game Southland Conference series. The three-game set opens on Friday at 5 p.m., before the series closes with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     The Southeastern tennis team (5-9, 2-3 Southland) will also be home this week for Southland competition. On Sunday, SLU hosts league foe Abilene Christian for an 11 a.m. match at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will hold several promotions this week in conjunction with home baseball and softball games. SLU will hold Local Heroes Appreciation Games for Tuesday’s softball and Sunday’s baseball contests. For those games, first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket by presenting valid ID. Tuesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge at North Oak Park. If the Lady Lions score two or more runs in either game versus Alcorn State, fans can redeem their game ticket or Cane’s coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Saturday is Youth Day for the Southeastern-Nicholls softball doubleheader. Fans 12 and under will receive a discounted ticket for Saturday’s twin bill.
     Sunday will be Sundae Fun Day at the Pat. The first 75 fans at Sunday’s series finale will receive free ice cream courtesy of Southeastern Athletics.
     The Southeastern baseball games on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be heard live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     LionVision subscribers will be able to access live video streams of Tuesday and Saturday’s softball doubleheaders, as well as the baseball series versus Houston Baptist at
     The Southeastern Channel will air Friday’s softball game on a tape delay. The game will be streamed live on the Southland Digital Network at
     The Matt Riser Show presented by North Oaks Health System continues 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 Southeastern’s Facebook page, /SLUathletics.



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)


Baseball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Alcorn State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)
        - Local Hero Appreciation Day
        - Cane’s Challenge


Baseball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6 p.m.


 Baseball, vs. Houston Baptist, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Nicholls, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (Southland Digital Network) (SE Channel)*


 Baseball, vs. Houston Baptist, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Nicholls (DH), North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
      - Youth Day


 Baseball, vs. Houston Baptist, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Local Hero Appreciation Day
     - Sundae Funday
Tennis, vs. Abilene Christian, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dayne Sherman and Angela Dunnington (Sims Library) were among the participants at the 2018 Louisiana Library Association Annual Conference in Alexandria, La. Sherman was the keynote speaker for the President’s Program and Dunnington presented a panel discussion about the challenges and rewards of having multiple roles and responsibilities in an academic library.
     Adam C. Elder (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented “The Significance of the Imbalance of Accountability Mandates” to the Louisiana Education Research Association (LERA) in Lafayette, La., March 8. He presented with doctoral student Lakesha N. Reese-Penn and was selected for the Rayma Harchar Outstanding Research Paper Award. Elder was also elected President-Elect of LERA.

     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) spoke to the Louisiana Historical Society in New Orleans on March 13 about the National World War II Museum exhibit “The Pelican State Goes to War,” for which he served on the advisory council, the corresponding “Louisiana and World War II Lecture Series” at Southeastern, and the making of the documentary film “Louisiana During World War II,” clips of which he shared with the audience.
     Thomas A. DeVaney (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory: Comparison Using the Statistical Anxiety Rating Scale” at the annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association in New Orleans in February.



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