Hunter Reed to address graduates
Pottery Sale set Nov. 26 and 27
Symphony Orchestra to perform Nov. 28
Choirs to give performance Nov. 29

Canines and Cupcakes set Dec. 1
Vocalists claim awards at NATS
Sales Program receives sponsorship
Teaching and Learning program highlighted

Nursing meeting held
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Kim Hunter ReedLouisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education to address Southeastern Commencement
Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education will address Southeastern graduating students at the commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 8.
     Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D. will speak at the event scheduled for 10 a.m. at the University Center. The university will confer approximately 1,100 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
     “We are pleased to welcome Commissioner Reed back to campus to address our graduates at Commencement,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “I am certain the graduates will find her words inspirational. As a Louisiana native who has many accomplishments, she is also a great role model.”
     Reed’s appointment as Commissioner of Higher Education in April 2018 made her the only female in the country currently serving as a state higher education leader who has led higher education in more than one state.
     Prior to being named Commissioner, Reed served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Working with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Reed led efforts to drive increased educational attainment and erase equity gaps. During her tenure in Colorado, she oversaw the implementation of nearly $109 million in additional support for Colorado Higher Education, bringing funding levels in the state to a historic high.
     Reed has extensive higher education and government experience, having served in former President Barack Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education. She led the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
     A Lake Charles native, Reed chaired Louisiana’s higher education transition team in 2015 and served as the state’s policy director. She also served as chief of staff and deputy commissioner for public affairs for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System.
     Reed is no stranger to Southeastern, having served as executive assistant to the president. She also filled, on an interim basis, several other administrative positions at the university, including vice president of student affairs and director of public information.
     Reed earned a doctorate in public policy from Southern University, a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University.

Pottery SaleCeramics Club pottery sale set Nov. 26-27
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its fall pottery sale Nov. 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote their work, and money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and awards for students.
For more information, call 549-2193.

Southeastern choirs to give choral performance Nov. 29
The Southeastern Bella Voce, Concert Choir, University Chorus, and Northshore Choral Society will present “And Suddenly… A Jazz Holiday,” an evening of holiday carols in preparation of the holiday season, on Nov. 29.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 401 W. Morris in Hammond. Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe will conduct the choirs.
     “The concert includes a lovely holiday program with many festive carols that the audience will know. We are featuring a number of solos and asking the audience to sing along,” said Rowe. “It should get everyone in the holiday spirit.”
     The concert begins with “The Christmas Song” and also includes “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “We Need A Little Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” “Ding Dong Glory Christmas Rag,” “Away in a Manger,” “Once In Royal David’s City,” “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Personent Hodie,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and “And Suddenly.”
     Audience members are invited to sing along to “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Deck the Halls.”
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Southeastern Nursing, Health Sciences to host Canines and Cupcakes
Canines and CupcakesSoutheastern’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is hosting a dog-gone good time for a “pawsatively” worthy cause – its first ever Canines and Cupcakes fundraiser. Scheduled Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the event for canines and their owners will take place at Southeastern’s Kinesiology Building, located at 400 Mane St.
     Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth said the event is not only a fundraiser for the Nursing and Health Sciences Foundation to promote student educational activities, but it also serves as a stress reliever for students as final exams approach. Families planning or considering getting a dog over the holidays are also encouraged to attend and learn about dog ownership.
     “Join us for a fun-filled day of yoga, with mats provided, games, paw and law prints, photos with Roomie and the Grinch and, of course, cupcake decorating at our cupcake station. Although the cupcakes will be baked for human consumption, we will leave it up to the owners who ultimately gets to enjoy them,” she said. “Attendees can bring their canine companions for some exercise, fun activities, and demonstrations throughout the event.”
     Activities include demonstrations by Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of animal assisted therapy used to improve communication; dog-training techniques courtesy of Dog Gone Right, LLC; education on heart worm prevention from Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital; and safe food handling instruction, especially during the holidays, by Northshore Technical Community College’s Vet Tech Program. Hammond Police will also be on hand to fingerprint children, along with volunteers to help paw print dogs.
     Also planned is a costume contest at 10 a.m. that will award prizes for the following: best Christmas character portrayal (human and canine); best use of Christmas colors (human and canine); best doggie Christmas character (canine only); most Christmas look-alike (human and canine); and ugliest Christmas sweater (human only).
     Vendors for dog-themed shopping, paw print face painting, a kissing booth where attendees can volunteer their dogs to give kisses, games and music are included in the day’s activities as well, Carruth said.
Rounding out the day is a pet parade at 10:30 a.m. (floats optional) through Friendship Circle. The route will begin at the Kinesiology Building breezeway then continue through the Student Union, around Friendship Circle and back. The day will conclude with the announcement of the costume contest winners and door prizes at 11:30 a.m.
     Sponsors of the event include the following: All Barn New, Aramark, Bark Box, Big Frog, Connie’s Impressions, Crosspoint Beterinary Hospital – Dr. Christie McHughes (SLU alumna), Cypress Standup Paddleboards and Yoga, Denise Austin Pottery, Dog Gone Right, Downtown Yoga, Farm Bureau – Malcolm Fitzhugh (alumnus), North Oaks Health System, Pennington Student Activity Center, Royal Pets, Southeastern Bookstore, and VetNaturally.
     Vendors participating include the following: All Barn New, Nature’s Nest: Young Living Essential Oils, Portraits for Pits: Custom Pet Portraits, and United Way.
     Cost to attend the event is $20 per family with a canine, $10 per family without a canine, or $5 for those who cannot attend but would like to donate in honor of their dog.
     Registration for Canines and Cupcakes is available at In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside.
     For more information, contact the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at 549-3772 or

Department of Teaching and Learning Residency Program highlighted
In October 2016, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), with support from the Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR), adopted landmark regulations to expand yearlong residencies and competency-based curricula statewide for teacher preparation programs. By July 2018, all teacher preparation programs in Louisiana will include a yearlong residency alongside an expert mentor, and all preparation programs will include a competency-based curriculum that will provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills needed in order to be prepared for their first years of teaching.
     The residency program designed by the Southeastern’s Department of Teaching and Learning was recently highlighted by local television station WYES for its year-long student teaching residency. The documentary focused on the reciprocal relationship between mentors and teacher candidates and also highlighted how the program enhances the overall relationships between the university and school districts.
     “The show also focused on how this process will assist with addressing the teacher shortage,” said Department of Teaching and Learning Transition Coordinator Jordan Ahrend.
     WYES filmed on Southeastern’s campus at the Southeastern Laboratory School in Bethany Dowdy’s Kindergarten classroom with resident Destini Hano and Site Coordinator, Dr. Letitia Walters. The program  can be seen at

teacher mentors

Southeastern Symphony Orchestra to present concert Nov. 28
The Southeastern Symphony Orchestra will present its final fall concert in Pottle Music Auditorium Nov. 28. Titled “A Celebration of Talent,” the free concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. and features the winners of the Community Music School Concerto Competition as soloists. Violin Professor and Orchestra Director Victor Correa-Cruz will serve as conductor.
     CMS members performing solos in the concert are Emma Cecchini of Denham Springs, Anna Johnson of Hammond, Kelsey Jones of Albany, Alana Saenz and Brennan Saenz of Mandeville.
     “We have the joy of introducing our youngest soloists, a talented group of violinists who are being trained at the Southeastern Community Music School. This will be a major challenge in their developing careers, as well as a valuable experience that will bring them artistic and professional growth,” Correa-Cruz said. “This is the beginning of what is intended to be a long-lasting collaboration between our pre-college program and the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra.”
     Correa-Cruz said the symphony will perform pieces by Vivaldi, Kuchler, Mozart and Grieg in a wide selection of music, covering a musical repertoire from the Baroque to the Romantic eras, and features international guest clarinetist Vanguel Tangarov.
     “Dr. Tangarov is an associate professor of clarinet at Texas State University and artistic director and founder of the annual international clarinet event ‘Texas State Clarinet Fiesta,’” said Correa-Cruz. “He performs as principal clarinetist for the Austin Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, and Victoria Symphony orchestras. He has also performed in more than 20 countries on four continents, winning positive critical acclaim.”
     The orchestra will present Kuchler’s Concertino for Violin in D Major Op. 15; Vivaldi’s Concerto for two Violins in A Minor Op. 3, No. 8; Mozart’s Overture to “Le Nozze di Figaro” K. 492 and Concerto for Clarinet in A Major K. 622; and Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” Suites No. 1 and 2.
     For more information about the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Vanguel TangarovSOUTHEASTERN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM - The Southeastern Symphony Orchestra will present its final fall concert Nov. 28. Titled “A Celebration of Talent,” the free concert is scheduled in Pottle Music Auditorium at 7.30 p.m. Associate Professor of Clarinet at Texas State University Vanguel Tangarov will be featured as international guest clarinetist.

Southeastern vocalists claim awards at Louisiana competition
Ten Southeastern vocal performance students and one alumnus were finalists – including four first place winners – at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition held recently at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
     Sara Cage of Baton Rouge was the first student in Southeastern history to receive three first place awards at the competition in the senior women’s division, Hall Johnson spiritual category, and upper level music theater-women. Cage also received the Governor’s Award as the most promising student at the competition.
     Also receiving first place nods were William Dopp of Independence, sophomore men; Caitlyn Rodrigue of Thibodaux, sophomore women; and Joshua Staes of Baton Rouge, older advanced men.
     Other students recognized at the competition include the following: Andrew Butler of River Ridge, second place sophomore men; Cody Sires, now a Southeastern alumnus of Violet, second place older student adult women and men; Alfred Harper of New Orleans, third place junior men; Jody Bennett of Hammond, fourth place junior men; Ryan Blanchfield of Hammond, fourth place younger advanced men; Camryn Rodrigue of Thibodaux fourth place sophomore women; and Brennan Simmons of Hammond, honorable mention senior men.
     The auditions were judged by voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana Chapter. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the conference.
     Members of the Southeastern voice faculty who contributed to conference events included Jennifer Sciortino Mouledous, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, Stephen Rushing and Kay Wainwright Schepker.

NATS winnersSTUDENTS WIN ACCOLADES AT COMPETITION – Southeastern vocal performance students recently received accolades at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Pictured, from left, are Joshua Staes, William Dopp, Alfred Harper, Andrew Butler, Jody Bennett, Ryan Blanchfield, Sara Cage, Caitlyn Rodrigue, Cody Sires (alumnus) and Camryn Rodrigue.


Southeastern Sales Program announces new sponsorship with Rite-Hite
Rite-Hite has made a donation to become a bronze level business sponsor for the Professional Sales program at Southeastern. The Professional Sales program is a competitive, hands-on program designed to prepare students to be successful in the sales profession.
     Rite-Hite is a world leader in the manufacture, sale, and service of loading dock equipment, industrial doors, safety barriers, HVLS fans, industrial curtain walls, and more - all designed to improve safety, security, productivity, energy savings, and environmental control.
     For information about Southeastern’s Sales program, visit or contact April Kemp at or 549-2277.

Rite Hite sponsorshipSALES PROGRAM RECEIVES SPONSOR - Pictured, from left, are Tará Lopez, Sales Program faculty member; Assistant Dean of the College of Business Jay Johnson; Rite-Hite Recruiting Coordinator Liz Smith; and April Kemp, Sales Program faculty member.

Southeastern hosts regional nursing meeting
The 2018 Regional Nursing School event, sponsored by the Northshore Healthcare Alliance, was held Nov. 14, on the Southeastern campus.
     Nearly 700 nursing students from Delgado/Charity School of Nursing, Northshore Technical Community College, and the Southeastern School of Nursing gathered to hear important information about current nursing best practices in the hospital setting from national Premier speaker Paul Green. The students were also able to meet directly with local workforce representatives and nursing recruiters from the five NHA member hospitals.
     The event marks the second such successful educational and employer collaboration of its kind held in the Northshore region.

nursing eventAbove: Pictured, from left, are Executive Director of Northshore Healthcare Alliance Sharon Landry, Dean of the College of Nursing Ann Carruth, Vice-President of Premier Performance Partners
Paul Green, Department Head of Southeastern’s School of Nursing Eileen Creel, Executive Dean of Delgado Charity School of Nursing Cheryl Myers, NTCC Associate Provost: Health Sciences and Nursing Ken Tillman, and President/CEO North Oaks Health System Michele Kidd Sutton.


Baton Rouge Advocate

SLU groups sponsor toy drive

SLU College Republicans hold events

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Meet Louisiana’s poet laureate

Livingston Parish News
College vocalists claim awards at state competition

Southeastern’s dance company to dedicate upcoming concert to Mary Lou Champagne

 Southeastern’s ‘Let’s Talk: Art’ continues with November lecture

Southeastern’s University Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band to present concert

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The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (2-4) will open the week’s action at home, hosting Louisiana College on Monday at 7 p.m. With this week being the last week before fall semester final examinations, Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Student Promotions will offer a Study Break for SLU students in conjunction with Monday’s game, providing all things needed to ease finals struggles.
     Monday will also feature the Cyber Monday ticket offer, as tickets for select non-conference games will be available at a buy-one, get-one free rate by using a special promotional code. Fans can follow @slu_athletictix on Twitter for further details.
     Monday is also a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score 60 or more points on Monday, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers by the end of business on Tuesday to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     On Saturday, Southeastern will be back on the road for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference contest at Tulane.
     The Lady Lions (3-1) carry a three-game winning streak into this week’s action. On Tuesday, SLU will close out a three-game road swing with a 6 p.m. contest at Jackson State.
     On Friday, Southeastern returns home to host Xavier (N.O.) at 6 p.m. in the University Center. Jada Marone is this week’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Cleveland, Ohio native.
     The Southeastern Channel will televise Monday’s game on a tape delay and the game will be streamed on the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Saturday’s men’s game at Tulane will be televised on Cox Sports Television and will be available on ESPN3 outside of the CST coverage area.      LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Friday’s women’s game at
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games and Friday’s women’s basketball game will can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience, RadioFX and TuneIn Radio apps.


Southeastern Athletics, the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs will hold a food drive throughout the months of November and December. Fans who bring one of the requested items to the University Center (game day only) or the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket.
     All items will be donated to the SLU Food Pantry. Requested items include snack bars, tuna, soup, cereal, pop tarts, macaroni and cheese, cup noodles, pasta, ramen noodles, chili, black beans, red beans, dry beans, peanut butter, jelly, Vienna sausage, rice, instant rice, instant potatoes, microwave meals, fruit cups, mouthwash, shampoo and toothpaste.

For more information on Southeastern Athletics, follow @SLUAthletics on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit


NOV 26

Men’s Basketball, vs. Louisiana College, University Center, 7 p.m. (Southland Digital Network) (SE Channel – Tape Delay) (KSLU)
     - Study Break
     - Cyber Monday
     - Cane’s Challenge

NOV 27

Women’s Basketball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss.,

6 p.m.

NOV 30

Women’s Basketball, vs. Xavier (N.O.), University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)
     - Jade Marone Trading Card Day


Men’s Basketball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 3:30 p.m. (Cox Sports TV) (ESPN3 – Outside of CST coverage area) (KSLU)

 Southeastern home events in bold.


Anne Babson (English) gave a lecture on sacred spaces in her book Polite Occasions at Hiwassee College in Tennessee, where she gave a solo poetry reading to the community surrounding the college. Additionally, Babson was a featured poet on the poetry panel organized by Southeastern English Professor and Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell Nov. 10 at the Louisiana Book Festival, where she read from her book Polite Occasions.

     Dr. Jeffrey Bell (History and Political Science) has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship. Bell will serve his professorship at Royal Holloway, University of London. During his Professorship, Bell will advise Royal Holloway's philosophy program and complete his next book, tentatively titled Truth and Relevance: an essay on metaphysics.
     William B. (Bill) Robison (History and Political Science) will perform an acoustic set of original songs for the Hammond Regional Art Center’s Playing the Staircase series from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30. For more information, visit


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