Chefs evening a roaring success
Student exhibit on display
Sims Library offers breaks to students
Counseling Center to host "The Tall Cop"

SELA seeks WWI related items

Students win awards at SEJC
New student newsletter launched

Operation Easter Basket begins 

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Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Chefs Evening 2018

Chefs Evening toast



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HERE’S TO YOU – President John L. Crain toasts the supporters of Southeastern at the annual President’s Toast prior to Chefs Evening. A regional tradition for over three decades, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation’s signature fundraiser, providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs.



Tope La chefs





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PREPARING A DELICIOUS DISH - Chefs from Tope La’ perpare a delicacy for patrons at Southeastern’s Chefs Evening held Sunday night. In recent years, Southeastern’s Chefs Evening has become known as a “taste of the Northshore” and has become a reflection of the incredible offerings from the region. 

Southeastern Visual Arts Department displays student exhibit 
Southeastern’s Visual Arts + Design Department is currently featuring a student exhibit in the Contemporary Art Gallery through March 29.
     Current Southeastern art students submitted over 200 pieces of art from across the curricula including photography, sculpture, digital art, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and the newest concentration, theatre design. Out of all the entries, 100 pieces were selected as part of the exhibit.
     Contemporary Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Friday 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.
     For more information, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 549-5080 or the Visual Arts + Design Department at 549-2193.

Southeastern Counseling Center to host seminar on recognizing underground drug activity
Tall CopSoutheastern’s Counseling Center, in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change Coalition (TRACC), will host a seminar on recognizing the signs of underground drug activity in area communities. Scheduled March 6 in the Student Union Ballroom, the free seminar will take place in two sessions from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and then from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     Internationally renowned drug and alcohol expert Jermaine Galloway, also known as “The Tall Cop,” will train local law enforcement officials and Southeastern faculty, staff and students, said University Counseling Assistant Director Annette Baldwin. Galloway will share his experience and knowledge about the world of the drug subculture through his program “High in Plain Sight.”
     “Those taking part in the training will see first-hand examples of drug-related apparel, complete with stash compartments, marijuana edibles of all kinds and physical and emotional indicators of drug use,” said Baldwin. “Officer Galloway’s program ‘Tall Cop Says Stop,’ was created from his more than 15 years of experience specializing in underage drinking and drug enforcement as an Idaho law enforcement officer.”
     Baldwin said the seminar is designed for parents, educators and school administration, prevention and treatment providers, law enforcement, counselors, probations officers and coalition members.
     Topics to be covered include alcohol and drug clothing, signs and symptoms, alcoholic energy drinks and alcopops, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, synthetic drugs, including opioids, popular party drugs, e-cigarettes, inhalants, concentrates, and over the counter drugs.
     Baldwin said attendees will also learn about alcohol/drug containers and concealment methods, drug paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, new alcohol/drug-related technology, youth party tendencies, party games, and social networking sites.
     “We are glad to partner with TRACC on this project,” Baldwin said. “The university has had representation on the TRACC Coalition for the past ten years. The coalition is working to improve the safety and quality of life for the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish by recognizing substance abuse as a serious social and public health issue and addressing the dangers and risks to our youth.”
     The workshop features more than 120 visual aids, Baldwin added. As part of the seminar, Galloway will conduct a “community scan,” that involves visiting convenience stores and other retail locations to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the local drug culture.
     Although the workshop is free, registration is required through Tangipahoa Parish Prevention Safety Coordinator Taylor Addison at
     For more information, contact Baldwin at 549-3894 or go to

Southeastern students win at journalism conference
Southeastern students in broadcast and print journalism recently won awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) hosted by Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
     Awards were given in the “Best of South” competition from entries representing 45 universities from states across the Southeast, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
     The Southeastern Channel, the university’s educational television station, was named second-place winner as “Best College TV Station in the South,” and the channel’s student newscast, “Northshore News,” won second place for “Best College Video News Program in the South.”
     Larshall Green, editor-in-chief of Southeastern’s student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar,” competed in a live onsite competition that involved individuals or teams working in 11 different categories within specified time limits to produce a specific product. Green took home first place honors for Feature Writing in the competition.
     Also recognized at the conference were Associate Professor of Languages and Communication Amber Narro with the 2018 Outstanding Journalism Educator Award and Languages and Communication Professor Joseph Mirando with the first ever Outstanding Journalism Educator of the Year Award.
     “Best of the South” individual student winners were:
     --Jonathan Rhodes of Slidell, first place for Best Sports Writer;
     --Tara Barbe of Ponchatoula, fourth place for Best Television Hard News Reporting;
     --Jaylon Morris of Baton Rouge, ninth place for Best Television News Feature Reporter;
     -- Green of Hammond, tenth place for Best Arts and Entertainment Writer.

students win journalism awards

SOUTHEASTERN JOURNALISM STUDENTS WIN AWARDS – Southeastern students in broadcast and print journalism recently won awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), hosted by Harding University in Searcy, Ark. From left, students Tara Barbe, Larshell Green and Jonathan Rhodes display their award certificates following the awards ceremony. Photo courtesy of The Press Club.

Mindfulness seriesUHC offers weekly Mindfulness Breaks for students at Sims Library
Now that the semester is at the midpoint, stress levels are rising, as seen at the Counseling Center and University Health Center. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or even panic. Relax! The University Health Center has something to help students regain focus and manage stress.
     Beginning March 6, UHC is offering weekly mindfulness sessions -- through finals week -- at Sims Library, 3rd floor. Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., students will be guided through an exercise of physical relaxation and mindful breathing.
     “These sessions help us understand the physiology of stress,” said Kay Grest, a nurse at University Health Center. “Through breathing mindfully, you can expand your awareness, learn to refocus, and be present for the task at hand.”
     Although it's been practiced for centuries, the popularity of mindfulness has surged in recent years. It is mentioned in magazines and on TV news and in the business world where leaders are promoting mindfulness in the workplace to beat burnout and increase productivity.
     For the past two years, Grest has lead the popular “Take a Breather” study breaks at Sims Library during final exams. She is also active in the Peace & Purpose team, a university mindfulness initiative.
     For more information, contact Angie Balius, at 549-3898 or


Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies seeks WWI related items for exhibit, archival collection
Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies is seeking World War I artifacts and memorabilia for a project commemorating the WWI Centennial.
     According to Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel Hyde, WWI is alternately known as the “Great War” and the “War to End All Wars” and represented an unprecedented human tragedy that devastated Europe and gave rise to political and economic configurations that continue to challenge our world today.
     “In our modern technology driven world, attention spans are short and memories are often fleeting, but World War I left legacies of profound significance to American development, and Louisiana was no exception,” Hyde said. “We intend this to be an all-inclusive project that highlights the varied contributions of Louisianians to the war effort. In addition to creating an exhibit focused on the war, the center plans to begin collecting items for archival collections.”
     Families, businesses or groups with connections to the soldiers and others who served in both the military and civilian capacities are urged to contact the center, Hyde said. The collections will be housed in the university archives for future use by researchers.
     Assistant Director for the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Keith Finley said that the center already maintains some significant holdings related to the war effort.
     “We are interested in expanding those holdings to include contributions from all segments of the community so that a proper appreciation of the complexities of the war will be evident in our holdings.”
     Finley noted that among the collections currently maintained by the center are the Jahncke Shipyard Collection, famous for its World War I era shipbuilding, as well as multiple newspaper collections and photographic collections emphasizing regional life and culture during the war.
     “We would love to secure uniforms, photographs, diaries, letters, or any other war-era related items that people may have in their possession either to offer to us on loan or to create a permanent collection,” he added.
     The center plans to begin collecting items immediately and encourages individuals from any segment of the community to contact the center to discuss possible donation or loan of relevant items and artifacts.
     To contact the center or for more information, call 549-2151 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, or email

Student newsletter launched

What's Up at SoutheasternLaunched just yesterday, What's Up at Southeastern is a new biweekly email newsletter sent to all students with information on upcoming events, experiences and opportunities on campus.

     What's Up at Southeastern was developed based on feedback from students requesting a single source for campus event information and  is coordinated though a committee directed by the Division for Student Affairs. Faculty and staff can access the newsletter through a link on the MyDen page of

     An online process for submitting events for consideration will be announced in the future.

     For more information, email


Operation Easter Basket begins 
The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, the Social Work Club and the Association of Latin American Students are organizing Operation Easter Basket to collect Easter baskets with toys and first hand items for Foster kids.
     We have boxes to drop unwrapped toys or pre-assembled baskets at Garrett Hall, room 75 and White Hall, room 28-131. Boxes are available on the following dates: March 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 and 21. The available times to drop toys or baskets are Monday – Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     There are 100 children between 0 and 16 years old that we want to reach in foster care at the Amite Office.
     The following are some of the items requested: pre-assembled Easter baskets, wrapped candy, baskets, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, manicure and pedicure kits, hair accessories, coloring books and crayons, stuffed animals, small toys, card games, school supplies, movie passes, scented lotions, aftershave and gift cards.
     For more information, contact Gabriela Pacheco at


Action News
Entergy donates $3,500 to Southeastern’s Chef’s Evening

Baton Rouge Advocate
Southeastern choirs to present African-American heritage concert on Wednesday

SLU lecture will focus on hidden fungi-plants link

Southeastern Visual Arts Department displays student exhibits

New Orleans Times Picayune
Got World War I memorabilia? SLU's interested in it

Williston Herald (North Dakota)

SLU lecture will focus on hidden fungi-plants link



Academic Checkpoint 2 for Spring Semester
March 9


Term 1 Final Exams
March 12-13


Term 2 Classes Begin
March 14

Campus Tours
Did you know that campus tours are offered Monday through Thursday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m.? Tours start at the Enrollment Services Express in the War Memorial Student Union and are led by trained student tour guides.
     If you know a perspective student who is interested in a campus tour, please contact Erin Lauderdale, our campus tour manager, at 549-2622 or email



The Southland Conference regular season champion Southeastern men’s basketball team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, while the baseball, softball, tennis and track and field teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (21-10, 15-3 Southland) carry an eight-game winning streak into the league tournament, which runs Wednesday through Saturday at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. As the No. 1 seed in the field, SLU earned a pair of byes straight into Friday’s semifinal round.
Southeastern is on the same side of the bracket with No. 4 Sam Houston State, No. 5 New Orleans and No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Lions will play either the Bearkats, the Privateers or the Islanders on Friday at 5 p.m.
     The semifinal winners will face off in Saturday’s 8 p.m. championship game with the winner earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The first three days of the Southland Conference Tournament will be shown on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app, while Saturday’s championship game can be seen on ESPN2.
     The SLU baseball team (7-5) opens the week at home, hosting Toledo at 6 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The game will be televised live on the Southeastern Channel and streamed on the Southland Digital Network at
     Tuesday will also be a Cane’s Challenge Night at The Pat. If the Lions score four runs or more, fans can redeem their Cane’s coupon at any local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     On Wednesday, the Lions will head to Tulane for a 6:30 p.m. contest in New Orleans. On Friday, SLU opens Southland Conference play with a 6 p.m. contest versus New Orleans at Alumni Field. Friday will also be Star Wars Night, as Star Wars-themed promotions will be held throughout the night.
     The series continues on Saturday with a 6 p.m. contest in Hammond. The two teams move to New Orleans on Sunday for the 1 p.m. series finale.
     The Lady Lion softball team (10-8) closes out its 11-game road swing and pre-conference schedule on Tuesday, traveling to Southern Miss for a 6 p.m. contest in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On Friday, SLU hosts Southland Conference Abilene Christian for a 5 p.m. contest, opening league play at North Oak Park. The Southland-opening series concludes with a 12 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     All of this week’s basketball games, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday’s baseball contests will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio app.      Saturday’s baseball game will also be on the air if the men’s basketball team’s run at the Southland Conference Tournament ends on Friday.
LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Friday and Saturday’s baseball and softball games at
     The SLU tennis team (3-6, 0-1 Southland) continues league play this week. On Saturday, the Lions host New Orleans at 12 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will participate in their second meet of the outdoor season on Saturday. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese Bob Hayes Invite.
     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)


Baseball, vs. Toledo, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (Southeastern Channel) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU)
     - Cane’s Challenge
Softball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 6 p.m.


Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)


Men’s Basketball, Southland Conference Tournament Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 5 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)
Baseball, vs. New Orleans, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Star Wars Night
Softball, vs. Abilene Christian, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)*

MAR 10

Men’s Basketball, Southland Conference Tournament Finals, Katy, Texas, 8 p.m. (ESPN2) (KSLU)
Baseball, vs. New Orleans, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)*
     - Game will only be on KSLU if the men’s basketball team doesn’t advance to Southland championship game
Softball, vs. Abilene Christian (DH), North Oak Park,

12 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women’s Tennis, vs. New Orleans, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Bob Hayes Invite, Lake Charles, All Day

MAR 11

Baseball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*

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.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture, “Women in Civil War Films,” at the Christwood Retirement Community on Tuesday, Feb. 20, as part of the Christwood Arts and Lectures Series.
     Nick Elliott (Campus Activities Board) will present "Helping Students Apply Job Skills Outside of Higher Education" on March 24 at the 2018 National Conference for the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) in Anaheim, Calif. The session will focus on key skills that student union and event programming students can use toward many different positions outside of higher education and will also touch on how supervisors can help their students connect their current job duties to their future employment on a daily basis.

     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) attended New Orleans, the Founding Era: An Educational Workshop, a focus on primary documents and curriculum planning for the classroom, sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection, on Saturday, March 3, in the French Quarter.

     Dr. Sam Cavell (History and Political Science) will present a paper to the Naval Order of the United States at their meeting in New Orleans on March 8. Cavell is a member of the Historian General’s Committee of the NOUS and will speak on Flag Officer David Farragut and U.S. naval operations at Forts Jackson and St. Philip in the lead up to the capture of New Orleans in 1862.
     Dr. Lisa Olson (Criminal Justice) presented a poster titled “Right-Wing Authoritarianism in Criminal Justice Students: A Comparison by Major and Educational Experience,” at the American Criminal Justice Sciences 55th Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Feb. 16.
     Dr. Cheryll Javaherian (Languages & Communication) presented a paper titled “Paradoxical Ironic Meanings and Stylistic Techniques in César Vallejo's Poemas humanos: A Reading of ‘Alturas y pelos,’” at the 23rd Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film, March 2-3. The conference was hosted by Stetson University and the University of South Florida at Celebration Center in Celebration, Fla.


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