Bella Voce to give concert
Sims Library hosts book sale
Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to perform

Sales students compete at ULL

Let's Talk Art series continues

Dance concert scheduled Nov. 19
Toy drive for foster kids set
ByLion takes a break

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Southeastern Bella Voce to perform November 14
choral concertSoutheastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts will present Bella Voce in a choral performance at St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road in Covington, Wednesday, Nov. 14.
     Titled “Meditationes Sacrae” (Sacred Meditations), the free performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe will direct the choir with the assistance of undergraduate student conductor Hannah Orgeron of Boutte.
     Rowe said the concert is a completely a cappella program of sacred motets written by contemporary composers.
     “The music is incredibly stunning,” said Rowe. “We will be accompanied by crystal tuned water glasses during ‘Meditationes Sacrae’ that hark back to medieval times with chant-like singing and later accompanied by violins, bongos and tambourine in ‘Jubilate Deo.’”
     Sopranos performing in the concert include Caroline Abadie of Luling, Sara Cage and Hannah Turner of Baton Rouge, Carley Duet of Cut Off, Elizabeth Langley and Vivian McCalman of Mandeville, Elizabeth Robbins of North Royalton, Ohio, and Orgeron.
     Altos performing in the concert include Deondra Bell and Madison Wilson of Baton Rouge, Sydney Finneman and Kaylin Guillory of Covington, Anna Labranche and Claire Putnam of Mandeville, Cheyenne Moore of Slidell, and Madelyne Taylor of Watson.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

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 or email April Kemp at

ULL Sales CompetitionABOVE - 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 explained.
     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 at Southeastern.”
     “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

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 States.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

“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 Art Gallery.
     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.

Foster Kid Toy Drive

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


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The Southeastern football team will close out the 2018 season, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (4-6, 4-4 Southland) will face Nicholls at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the 2018 edition of the River Bell Classic. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN3 outside of the CST coverage area.
     Fans can also hear the season finale on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM), as well as online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience, Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The SLU men’s basketball team (1-2) has two games on tap this week. On Tuesday, the Lions will be at Texas Tech for a 6:30 p.m. contest in Lubbock, Texas. The Lions return home on Saturday, hosting Stetson at 4 p.m. in the University Center. Prior to the game, banners commemorating the Lions’ 2017-18 Southland Conference championship and NIT appearance will be unveiled.
     The Southeastern women’s basketball team (0-1) also has two games on the schedule this week. The week’s action starts with the 2018-19 home opener versus Mobile on Monday at 6 p.m. in the University Center.
     In conjunction with the contest between the Lady Lions and the visiting Rams, Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Student Promotions will offer the first 300 Southeastern students free food through the annual “Pack the House” promotion.
     Sydney Rivers and Lauren Bush will be Monday’s Spotlight Players of the Game. The first 125 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Lady Lion pair, courtesy of PRIDE. On Thursday, SLU closes out the week’s schedule with a 5:30 p.m. contest at Alcorn State.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games will be heard on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience, Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. Tuesday’s SLU-Texas Tech contest will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, while LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of both of this week’s home basketball games at (no audio for Monday’s game).
     On Monday, the final edition of Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9 FM, Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at and via the Lions Game Day Experience, Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show, hosted by Scelfo and Allen Waddell, will be available via Facebook Watch at


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NOV 12

Women’s Basketball, vs. Mobile, University Center,

6 p.m. (LionVision – No Audio)
     - Pack the House
     - Sydney Rivers/Lauren Bush Trading Card Night
Football, Inside Southeastern Football With Frank Scelfo, Tope La Catering, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)

NOV 13

Men’s Basketball, at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Southwest) (KSLU 90.9)

NOV 15

Football, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, La., 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400) (ESPN3 – Outside of CST area)*
Women’s Basketball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 5:30 p.m.

NOV 17

 Men’s Basketball, vs. Stetson, University Center,

4 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     - Southland Conference Championship and NIT Banner Presentation


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and four of his research students attended the 70th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS 2018) in Augusta, Ga., Nov. 1 – 3, where Shreeja Bhatt and Shreya Bhatt presented a poster titled “Comparative analysis of the catalytic properties of Pt (0) nano-dispersed in a range of siloxane matrices (Pt@ARMOSILS) toward hydrosilylation reactions.” Xuyen Nguyen and Clarissa Smith presented another poster titled “Towards the synthesis of polyhydroxylated flavonol analogs as potential chemotherapeutic agents against skin cancer.”

     Dr. Nan B. Adams (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented a research paper titled “Digital Ethnicity” at the Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age/International Association for the Development of the Information Society (CELDA/IADIS) Conference in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 22.


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