Homecoming Court announced
Symphony Orchestra to perform
Dance concert scheduled
Choirs join for performance

Business Perspectives Week set

Let's Talk Art scheduled Oct. 11

Foundation supports coaches

Ducorbier establishes scholarship
CSE hosts event for freshmen

Quiz Bowl seeks entries

College of Education hosts meeting
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Southeastern announces 2018 Homecoming court and beau court
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2018 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 8- 14.
     Chosen as members of the queen court are seniors De’Kayta Alex, Natchitoches; Lyndsey Devaney, Hammond; Sydnie McClinton, New Orleans; Gillian Miculek, Gramercy; and Jill Munchausen, Ponchatoula; junior Da Jon Shauntreal Beard, New Orleans; and sophomore Victoria Alexius of Spanish Fort, Ala.
     Members of the beau court are seniors Daniel Cuevas, Ponchatoula; Cedric Dent Jr., New Orleans; Claudio Franc, Baia Mare, Romania; Griffin Hakenjos, Covington; and Tyler Olivier, Mandeville; and juniors Bomani Brown Jr., New Orleans; and Matthew Matherne, Amite.
     The 2018 queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Houston Baptist on Homecoming Day, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The court also will participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo YaYa on Oct. 10, the bonfire and pep rally on Oct. 12, and the 12 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.
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1)Homecoming Court 2018 2) Homecoming Beau Court 2018


1) SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING COURT – Seven Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2018 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 8-14. Members of the queen’s court are, from left, front, Syndie McClinton, De’Kayta Alex, and Da Jon Shauntreal Beard; back, from left, Gillian MiCulek, Lyndsey Devaney, Jill Munchausen, and Victoria Alexius.


2) SOUTHEASTERN HOMECOMING BEAU COURT -- Members of Southeastern’s 2018 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Claudio Franc, Matthew Matherne, and Cedric Dent, Jr.; back, from left, Daniel Cuevas, Tyler Olivier and Griffin Hakenjos. Not pictured is Bomani Brown, Jr. 

Southeastern Symphony Orchestra to present concert Oct. 2
Symphony OrchestraThe Southeastern Symphony Orchestra will present its first fall concert in Pottle Music Auditorium Oct. 2. Titled “The Clock Symphony,” the free concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Violin Professor and Orchestra Director Victor Correa-Cruz will serve as conductor.
     Correa-Cruz said the symphony will perform one of the most popular works composed by Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 101 in D major. Nicknamed “The Clock” because of the constant rhythmic display of its second movement, the piece has become one of the most performed works in the symphonic repertoire.
     “Haydn had a big orchestra at his disposal during the years spent at the English capital, and that explains the large-scale structure and the monumental quality of some of the sections,” said Correa-Cruz. “Haydn combines lighter themes with deep and dramatic moments along this entire work.”
     The orchestra will also present Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture, as well as the overture to “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini, a cheerful tune that suits the operatic world perfectly, according to Correa-Cruz.
     “After the slow introduction, one can hear the main theme with its scherzando (joking) character,” Correa-Cruz said. “The second section offers challenging solos for the woodwinds and first horn. The closing section is a brilliant coda with the orchestra showing its full potential. We will present the ‘German version,’ which adds three trombones to the original by Rossini.”
     For more information about the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Southeastern Choirs to join Northshore Choral Society for performance Oct. 3
The Southeastern University Chorus, Concert Choir and Bella Voce will join the Northshore Choral Society for “I Dream A World,” a performance at First Baptist Church, 401 W. Morris in Hammond, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Conductors include Southeastern Music Education Instructor Amy Prats and Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe, who will direct choirs with the assistance of undergraduate student conductors Elizabeth Robbins of North Royalton, Ohio, and Katie Walker of Marrero.
     “I am thrilled to be presenting this concert titled ‘I Dream a World’ with the Southeastern Concert Choir, Bella Voce, University Chorus and the Northshore Choral Society. We are presenting all modern choral compositions by composers Koppin, Arnesen, Woo, Hagenberg and many more,” said Rowe. “The choirs are performing pieces with Swedish, Norwegian, Korean, and South African roots. It truly will be a night to come together and dream about our world’s future. The students will share with the audience their dreams for our world.”
     For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Southeastern Foundation supports Lion Athletics
After another successful Day of Giving on April 24 (All In For Southeastern), the Southeastern Foundation was once again able to support coaches from each sport with unrestricted funding. Last year, the Southeastern Foundation was able to distribute $1,000 per team. This year that amount was increased to $1,500 per team.
     “These funds allow coaches to support their teams where the need is greatest,” said Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale. “As the Foundation continues to improve its fundraising abilities and results, we hope to continue this type of support across campus.”

Coaches fundsCOACHES RECEIVE FUNDS - From left are Senior Director for University Marketing Mike Rivault, Head Softball Coach Rick Fremin, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ayla Guzzardo, Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale, and Director of Athletics Jay Artigues.

Center for Student Excellence Hosts its Second Annual Freshman Major and Minor Fair
Freshman Major and Minor FairThe Center for Student Excellence (CSE) hosted its second annual Freshman Major and Minor Fair Sept. 17-18. This was the second freshman seminar in a series created when the Southeastern 101: Freshman Success course was redesigned in fall 2017. The seminar provided an opportunity for the entire class of 2022 to browse all of Southeastern’s degree programs by attending during their regularly scheduled SE 101 class time. 
     “Considering only 14% of Southeastern students graduate in the major they first-declared, we needed to create an opportunity for first-year students to explore Southeastern’s majors and minors in the same place,” said CSE Director Lorett Swank. This event was scheduled with a right-time, right-place philosophy. Many freshman arrived at orientation declaring a major with little research on curriculum and careers, and now with six weeks of college under their belt, our freshman are beginning to realize they need to explore other academic programs.” 
     In addition to exploring majors, the fair also provided a perfect opportunity for freshman to engage with faculty, department heads and deans. 
     “We wanted to make sure our freshman were well prepared for this experience, so in the SE 101 class periods leading up to the Major and Minor Fair, students were required to research Southeastern’s majors and minors, complete career assessments and develop appropriate questions for faculty,” Swank explained.
     After a short introductory session, students were given a passport and instructions to visit at least three majors. Brooke Dufrene, a first-year nursing major, said, “I really enjoyed getting first-hand experience talking with the teachers and learning about the curriculum.”

     Freshman Art major Katherine Schepker said, “I learned to basically branch out to other fields of work more, take classes I wouldn’t normally take, and maybe even explore a different minor.” 
     Students were encouraged to visit their current major, but to also identify a parallel plan in the event they discovered their major was not a good fit.

     Mary Singleton said, “I learned that there are a lot more majors than I originally thought. I should keep my options open.”
     The next Freshman Seminar is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention and will be held in the Student Union Theater Oct. 17 and 18. 
     The CSE is home to the Southeastern 101: Freshman Success Course, and Southeastern 102: Freshman Academic Coaching for Probations Students. It also offers freshman advising and coaching, as well as tutoring for all Southeastern students. 
     The purpose of the Freshman Seminar series is to promote first to second year retention by linking first-year students to the university. Students that feel connected to the university are more likely to persist and graduate, Swank said.

Southeastern Dance Performance Project to present concert as part of Fanfare
Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts’ dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present “One Road: A Journey of Joy, Love, Hope, and Faith” Oct. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual fall arts festival.
     Director of Dance Keith “Skip” Costa said Southeastern’s resident dance company will present an exclusive concert that brings together dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, and technical staff.
     “The concert is an InterARTS™ performance project that combines the elements of contemporary dance, live music, and video installation to address the themes of joy, love, hope and faith through the eyes of numerous choreographers, musicians, vocalists and video specialists,” he said.
     Choreographers and dancers for the concert are Brianna Denmark, Denham Springs; Hayley Duplantier, Baton Rouge; Alexis May, Walker; Alaura Cervini, New Orleans; and Amber Whiteside, Mandeville.
     Dancers performing in the concert include Tatyana Broussard, Carencro; Brooke Harris, Denham Springs; Stephanie Harris, Slidell; Amanda Riviere, Laplace; Emma Pinion, Loranger; Trinity Williams, Marrero; Brook Himel, Plaquemine, and Malika Simms, New Orleans.
Student Music Director and Composer is Keri Disedare of Albany, and vocalists are Christina Duffaut of Slidell and Chasidy Miller of Denham Springs.
     Musicians are Emma Jones, Independence; Brittany Jones, Holden; Stephanie Godfrey, Denham Springs; Abigail Lambert, Gonzales; Chelsea Petho, Hammond; Cade Vallot, Ponchatoula; John St. Cyr, Maddi Wanner, and Alexandra Jaeger, Mandeville; and Tyler Pertuit, Reily Carpenter, and Austin Dugas, Prairieville.
     Video specialists are Alyssa Arnold of Covington and Monica Copping of Slidell.
     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

Business Perspectives Week scheduled
Over 30 business leaders will share their experiences and professional advice with students during Southeastern’s College of Business annual Business Perspectives Week, held concurrently with Homecoming Week, Oct. 8-11.
     Sponsored by First Guaranty Bank, the event features presentations that will introduce students to first-hand information about careers and occupations related to their business experience.
     All presentations will be in Garrett Hall and are open to faculty, staff, students and the public on a space available basis.
     A full schedule will be available by Oct. 5 at or by calling 549-2258.

‘Let’s Talk: Art’ continues with October lecture 
The second lecture in the fall series of “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m., at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     Southeastern Assistant Professor of Painting Tom Walton will present “Why Draw a Line in the Sand? A Contemporary View on the Relationship between Abstract and Representational Painting.”
     “When abstract painting came into fashion, the emphasis was on defining the new art form in relationship to the previous one, which was essential at the time to create an artistic identity,” said Sims Memorial Library Director Eric Johnson. “This talk is an exploration of the relationship between the two approaches, representation and abstract, as a fertile ground for continued growth in painting.” 
     For more information, contact Eric Johnson at 549-3962.

State Farm Agent Alexis Ducorbier establishes new scholarship for students studying professional sales
Alexis Ducorbier of State Farm has established a scholarship for professional sales students in the College of Business. Marketing faculty began offering the professional sales concentration in the fall of 2017. 
     The Alexis Ducorbier Scholarship is the first scholarship to be offered in support of the program. Ducorbier has been a strong supporter of the program and served as a mentor and coach for the pilot advanced professional selling course in spring 2018.

      “The program is a competitive, hands-on program designed to prepare students to be successful in the sales profession, said April Kemp, a member of the sales program faculty. Studies show that students graduating from recognized sales programs are highly competitive in the job market and experience an easier transition into their professional careers. 
     For information about Southeastern’s sales concentration, contact Kemp at 549-2277 or

Alexis Ducorbier establishes scholarshipDUCORBIER ESTABLISHES SCHOLARSHIP - Alexis Ducorbier, second from right, of State Farm has established a scholarship for professional sales students in the College of Business. With her, from left, are April Kemp, sales program faculty, Assistant Dean of the College of Business Jay Johnson, and Tara' Lopez, sales program faculty.

Quiz Bowl seeks entrants
Grab your fellow faculty, form a team, and compete in the 17th annual Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl. 
     This fast-paced competition of faculty versus faculty and student versus student teams is scheduled Tues., Oct. 9, in the Student Union Theater, with student team competitions beginning at 2 p.m. and faculty at 3:30 p.m. We will try to accommodate your schedules. 
     Top faculty prize is $100, and second place is $50. Entry deadline is Monday, Oct. 1. 
     For application and any other information, contact Joan Faust at
     Good luck to all teams!

College of Education hosts quarterly meeting
The College of Education hosted the first of a series of on-going quarterly meetings with Tangipahoa Parish officials.

     Those in attendance included the following: College of Education Dean Paula Calderon, Teaching and Learning Department Head Colleen Klein-Ezell, Transition Coordinator Jordan Kea Ahrend, Tangipahoa Parish Superintendent Melissa Stilley, Assistant Superintendent Ron Genco, and the Coordinator of Teacher Certification and Virtual Learning Sharon Spring.
     Topics covered included clinical practice, recruitment, certification, and addressing district specific workforce needs. The next quarterly meeting with be hosted by Tangipahoa Parish.

College of Education quarterly meetingQUARTERLY MEETING - From left, are Colleen Klein-Ezell, Ron Genco, Melissa Stilley, Paula Calderon, Jordan Kea Ahrend, and Sharon Spring.


Action News
Southeastern Symphony Orchestra presents Oct. 2 concert

Baton Rouge Advocate

SLU holds annual Career Fair

SLU’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies to host WWI centennial exhibit

SLU’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Ensemble to perform concert

Hammond Daily Star
Sustainability, Connections
High Beam Research
Southeastern Announces 2018 Homecoming Court and Beau Court

Livingston Parish News
Southeastern announces 2018 Homecoming queen and beau courts

Southeastern’s University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Ensemble to present concert


The Southeastern football, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis and softball teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (2-3, 2-1 Southland) will travel to face Southland Conference co-leader Incarnate Word on Saturday at 4 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas. A live video stream, provided by UIW, will be accessible on the football schedule page at
     Fans will also be able to hear the Lions-Cardinals tilt on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at and via the Radio FX, TuneIn Radio and Lions Gameday Experience apps.
     The SLU volleyball team (1-14, 0-4 Southland) has three matches on tap this week, starting with a 6:30 p.m. match at Jackson State on Tuesday. SLU returns home on Thursday to host Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. Thursday is National Taco Day and the first 100 students will receive a free taco courtesy of Sarita’s Mexican Grill & Cantina.
     The week’s action closes on Saturday with a 1 p.m. league match versus Central Arkansas. LionVision subscribers can view a live video stream of Thursday and Saturday’s matches at
     The Southeastern soccer team (5-4-2, 2-2-1 Southland) will go back on the road this week. The Lady Lions will travel to face defending Southland Conference champion Lamar on Friday at 7 p.m.
     The Lion golf team will be in Baton Rouge this weekend. Head coach Jake Narro’s squad will compete in the David Toms Intercollegiate, hosted by LSU, on Saturday and Sunday.
     The Southeastern tennis team will also continue its fall season with its third tournament of 2018-19. The Lions will be in Pensacola, Florida to participate in the UWF Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday.
     The Lady Lion softball team will proceed with its fall exhibition schedule. On Wednesday, SLU welcomes Coastal Alabama Community College-South for a 10-inning exhibition at 5 p.m. at North Oak Park.
     Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at and via the Lions Gameday 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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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)


Volleyball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6:30 p.m.


Softball, vs. Coastal Alabama CC-South, North Oak Park, 5 p.m.


 Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center,

6 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - National Taco Day


 Soccer, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Tennis, at UWF Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day


 Football, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 4 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)*
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center,

1 p.m. (LionVision)*
Golf, at David Toms Intercollegiate, Baton Rouge, All Day
Tennis, at UWF Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day


 Golf, at David Toms Intercollegiate, Baton Rouge, All Day
Tennis, at UWF Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Bruce Craft (English) presented the paper “Redbone Rhetoric -- Then and Now: An Exploration of the Literary and Historical Narrative of the Louisiana Redbones” at the 10th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference in Natchitoches, La., Sept. 22. Craft also participated in a panel discussion on “Louisiana Literary Lenses.”


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