Sims Library hosts one-day book sale
Just in time for the holiday break, Sims Library is hosting a one-day book sale on
Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All sales are cash only.
There are books for nearly every interest. Thousands of books for sale include
popular fiction, sci-fi, biography, literature, poetry, cookbooks, self-help, art
and photography, education, history, political science, sociology, and religion.
“The prices are unbeatable. You can fill a grocery bag with books for just $3,”
said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “As a special treat, the first 40 customers
will win an autographed book from a Louisiana author.”
Southeastern Sales Students Compete at ULL
Top students from Southeastern’s Sales Program participated in the 2018 Cajun Sales
Competition Oct. 27, at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The students competed against teams from ULL, Nicholls, and LSU. Over 20 companies
participated in judging the competition and in a networking session with students.
For more information about the sales program, go to southeastern.edu/sales or
email April Kemp at email@example.com.
ABOVE - Pictured from left are sales faculty member April Kemp, Mitchell Cole McHugh,
sales student; Douglas Connor Raiford, sales team captain; Karlie McDonald, sales
student; Sierra Marchand, sales student; and Tara' Lopez, sales faculty member.
Nov. 19 Dance concert dedicated to Mary Lou Champagne
Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts’ dance company, Dance Performance
Project 2, will present “A Few of Her Favorite Things: A Dedication to Mary Lou Champagne”
Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
Director of Dance Keith “Skip” Costa said Southeastern’s resident student improvisational dance
company will present an exclusive dance and movement improvisation concert that includes
15 performers with four solos, one duet, and four group dances.
“Mary Lou and William Champagne are both alumni of Southeastern who fell in love
while in college. Mary Lou loved dancing and continued to dance after college,” Costa
Over time, Champagne opened her own dance studio in Pearl River, La., and was
very successful in dance education in her area, Costa said.
“Mary Lou’s love for dance is the reason the Champagne family established a scholarship
about 10 years ago. She passed away in the summer of 2017 at the age of 88,” Costa
explained. “As of today, the Mary Lou Champagne Scholarship has been awarded each
semester to a total of 13 dance majors/dance minors to help continue their dance education
“Moods change from joyful, to religious, to personal, which are all based on
the themes selected from the list, submitted by her husband and family, of some of
Mary Lou Champagne’s favorite things she enjoyed in life,” Costa said. “Music was
selected to enhance the dances from the styles of music that she loved, including
Dean Martin, Perry Como, and Frank Sinatra, among others. Several scholarship recipients
will perform solos and a duet.”
Dancers performing in the concert include Alaura Cervini, Metairie; Ashley Covington,
Brianna Denmark, Brooke Harris, Trevor Jenkins, and Alexis May, all of Denham Springs;
John Duplantier, Covington; Brooke Himel, Plaquemine; Brooklyn Jackson, Kattie Kelly,
and Destiny White, all of New Orleans; Hayley Jordan, Baton Rouge; Gabrielle Levet,
Mandeville; and Emma Pinion, Loranger.
Tickets to the concert are $8 for students, seniors and children and $10 general
admission and will be available 30 minutes prior to the performance in the Vonnie
Borden Theatre lobby.
For more information, contact Costa at Keith.Costa@southeastern.edu.
ByLion takes a break
Due to the Thanksgiving break, there will not be a ByLion next week. ByLion will return
the week of November 26. Happy Thanksgiving!
Southeastern’s University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to present concert
The Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will present
its final concert of the fall 2018 semester Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle
Music Building Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Michael Brothers, instructor of percussion, and John Madere,
lecturer of double bass, the University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band concert is
free and open to the public.
The Jazz Lab Band program will include “Au Privave” by Charlie Parker and “Impressions”
by John Coltrane.
The Jazz Ensemble program will include “Boogie Stop Shuffle” by Charles Mingus,
arranged by Sy Johnson; “Time After Time” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, arranged by
Don Schamber; “America the Beautiful” by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward, arranged
by Tom Kubis; “Georgia on My Mind” by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael, arranged
by Tommy Newsom; “But Beautiful” by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, arranged by
David Metzger; and “Bill’s Blues,” composed and arranged by Bill Stapleton.
Joining the Jazz Ensemble will be guest artist Joe Scannella on trumpet. Scannella
has played lead trumpet in Atlantic City showrooms for over 30 years, backing numerous
well-known musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Jr., Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Harry
Connick, Jr., The Temptations, and Donna Summer. He has also played lead trumpet on
television specials with Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
Additionally, he travels with Grammy Award-winning composer Victor Vanacore, as well
as Las Vegas vocalist Steve Lippia, playing symphony concerts throughout the United
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at
“Let’s Talk Art” series continues
The third lecture in the series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s
Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held Wednesday,
Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public, the lecture is scheduled at the Contemporary
Southeastern senior art history major Melissa Miller will present “Titian’s Venus
of Urbino: New Interpretations.”
“The Venus of Urbino, which hangs in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, depicts a nude
woman reclining on a couch or bed in a luxurious Renaissance palace,” said Sims Library
Director Eric Johnson. “This talk is an in-depth analysis of Titian’s masterpiece,
and based on his symbolism and other portraits, it reveals a new idea about Titian’s
women in the sixteenth century.”
For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.
The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy to collect toys for foster children
Southeastern’s Department of Health and Human Sciences and College of Business, along
with the Association of Latin American Students and the Louisiana Child Welfare Training
Academy, are sponsoring a toy drive for children in the foster care system from infant
to 17 years of age.
Donations will be accepted at the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, located
on Southeastern’s campus in White Hall, room 28-131, and in the College of Business
in Garrett Hall, room 75, through Dec. 7. Drop off times are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
– Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
Gabriela Pacheco, training/grants coordinator at the Louisiana Child Welfare
Training Academy, said there are 822 children in foster care in the local region.
“We want to make a difference this Christmas and bring joy,” said Pacheco. “Please
help us collect new, unwrapped toys to bring Christmas to children in the foster care
system and give them a toy for a smile.”
Suggested gifts, Pacheco added, include dolls, bikes, musical toys, gift cards,
hand held computer games, perfumed body lotions or soaps, scooters, jewelry and craft
kits, video games, diaries, Lil Ponies, drawing and sketching kits, or any hand held
toys, such as rubix cubes, match box cars, trucks, and trains.
For more information, contact Pacheco at firstname.lastname@example.org.