Columbia Theatre to present Tapestry
Farmers Market set Oct. 24
Auditions set for Missoula Children's Theatre
Fall Carnival scheduled Oct. 31

Prisons expert to speak Nov. 1 
Alumna awarded UK scholarship
Students attend Philadelphia conference
Quiz Bowl results announced

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Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre to present Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook
Tapestry: The Carole King SongbookSoutheastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook in one performance only. Scheduled Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m., the concert will take place in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     Columbia Theatre Director Roy Blackwood said the concert, featuring Suzanne O. Davis, is North America’s premiere musical tribute to King.
“Suzanne O. Davis gives an energetic and heartfelt performance along with the Tapestry band and takes the audience on a journey into those great recordings,” said Blackwood. “With songs like ‘It’s Too Late,’ ‘I Feel the Earth Move,’ ‘One Fine Day,’ and ‘Jazzman,’ Tapestry brings back a beautiful flood of music memories with every song.”
     Blackwood said the Tapestry band pays impeccable attention to detail in recreating a respectful and accurate musical presentation of King’s piano vocals just as they were.
     “The show not only performs songs from the record-breaking, Grammy-winning album, ‘Tapestry,’ but also Carole King’s follow-up hits that continued throughout the 70s. Tapestry brings back a beautiful flood of music memories with every song an unforgettable hit for audiences to experience.”
     Tickets for Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook are $35 in the orchestra or balcony and $45 in the loge. Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at 220 East Thomas Street in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, online at, or by phone at 543-4371.
     A special Southeastern student ticket price of $15 is available, while supplies last. Students must present their Southeastern IDs at the Columbia box office to receive the discounted price. Additionally, all Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.

Southeastern students sponsor Farmers Market Oct. 24
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect will sponsor a farmers market in front of the Student Union Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The only student-run farmers market on a college campus in the state, the event features food sales from area farmers, food samples, arts and crafts, homemade soaps, and much more.
     Vendors include Deb’s Designs’ all-natural bath and body products and Mrs. Francis Chauvin’s homemade pies and shoe sole pastries. In addition to fresh produce, other items available for purchase include jams and jellies, beef jerky, tea cakes, hummus, farm-fresh eggs, breads, and popsicles.
     “The Reconnect Farmers Market is an event where you can interact with local farmers and vendors, eat a healthy and fresh lunch, or pick up some homemade jewelry or bath products from your fellow students. It’s a way to shop locally and support healthy food choices without having to leave campus,” said Diana Taj, public relations coordinator for Reconnect.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Southeastern Fall Carnival set Oct. 31 
Fall CarnivalArea children are invited to participate in Southeastern’s 14th annual Fall Carnival Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
     The university’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, Black Student Union, the Office for Student Engagement, Recreational Sports and Wellness, and Project P.U.L.L. are sponsoring the event.
     The Fall Carnival will take place on the lawn of Southeastern’s Pennington Student Activity Center, located at 1350 N. General Pershing, and is free of charge.
     “This is our annual service effort,” said Marjorie Parker, coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs. “Our goal is to provide all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a safe, carnival atmosphere.”
     Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, a balloon artist, and much more.
     Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 549-5703 or email

Southeastern alumna awarded scholarship to continue studies in the UK
A 2015 Southeastern English graduate is continuing her studies this fall in the United Kingdom after receiving a prestigious scholarship to study Victorian literature and culture. Sarah Drago of Springfield was awarded one of only five Vice-Chancellor Scholarships to attend the master’s program at the University of York in England.
     “The University of York has one of the top English programs in the world. Their Victorian department is especially impressive, as it features several of the most renown scholars in the field,” said Drago. “I plan to specialize in Victorian literature, so this opportunity is a dream come true.”
     To be considered for the scholarship, Drago had to submit a personal statement explaining why she was a strong candidate for the scholarship, how it would help her achieve future ambitions, and how she planned to cover the remaining tuition fees and living expenses.
     The award announcement described the scholarship as one rewarding and encouraging “exceptionally high achieving students by offering a tuition fee discount to those expected to achieve AAA at A-level or a first class undergraduate degree or international equivalents.”
     Drago credits Southeastern for preparing her to continue her education abroad.
     “If it weren’t for the Southeastern Honors Award and the TOPS program, I would not have had the opportunity to travel and now study abroad,” she said. “Because of Southeastern’s generosity, I was able to travel during my undergraduate career. I was also inspired by Southeastern’s English Department and their extraordinary professors. Dr. David Hanson, Dr. Ziba Rashidian, and Dr. Joel Fredell were especially influential, as they have all traveled extensively.”
     Upon completion of the one-year master’s program, Drago plans to continue her studies at the University of York to earn her doctorate and ultimately begin her career as a professor.

Teacher education candidates attend conference in Philadelphia
Tearing away from the fun, service, and engagement of Southeastern’s most recent homecoming was difficult for teacher education candidates, Kelvin McCoy, Willique Dyson, Jody Bennett, and DeJuan James. However, they did just that in order to participate in a conference that creates a space for active engagement, black male educators, and those up-and-coming future teachers.
     The Black Male Educators Convening (BMEC) is an organization on a mission to triple the number of highly-effective black male teachers in Philadelphia public schools to 1,000 by 2025. Through a series of programs, including a yearly conference, purpose career fair, two-year paid summer program, and membership alliance for black male educators, BMEC is sending a clear message that only 2% of teachers are black and male—and it’s not enough.
     Dr. Paula Summers Calderon initiated an effort through USPREP to support five education majors for the all-expense paid conference. Calderon asked Dr. Celina Echols, professor in Southeastern’s Department of Teaching and Learning, to facilitate the process and travel with the students.
     Southeastern’s teacher education majors had the opportunity to engage with a lineup that included the following: Dr. John King, former U.S. Secretary of Education; Marc Lamont Hill, a journalist, author, activist, and television personality; Dr. Chris Emdin, an associate professor and author of “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… And the Rest of Y’all Too;” Ericka Pittman, chief marketing officer at Aquahydrate Inc; Shavar Jeffries, American civil rights attorney, and many more.
     The Southeastern students attending the conference had much to say about the experience.
     “Effective educators are needed in teaching and classroom cultures. However, there are very few African-American male role models who aspire to teach,” said graduating senior, Kelvin McCoy of Zachary. “Our students need teachers who look like them in our schools so they can see positive modeling and have someone who understands their struggles and knows that they can attain that same success with hard work and direction.”
     “I can’t wait to become an educator,” said student Jody Bennett of Hammond. “Meeting the former Secretary of Education and other scholars, taking a tour of Philadelphia, and honing my knowledge about cultural relative pedagogy is preparing me for the classroom experience.”
     Students Willique Dyson of Franklinton and DeJuan James of Hammond also expressed their sincere thanks to the College of Education for creating such a great opportunity.

Lion Up with teacher recruitmentLION UP WITH TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND PREPARATION – Showing their Lion pride for education are, front row, from left, Kelvin McCory, Dr. Celina Echols, and Jody Bennett. Back row, from left, are Willique Dyson and DeJuan James.

Children, teens can audition Oct. 29 for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland
Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland will be held Monday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992, often as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s fall arts festival.
     “Children in grades kindergarten through high school may audition,” said Executive Director of Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood. “Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show with a Missoula tour actor/director. Missoula will cast the young actors on Monday and get started right away teaching them lines, staging, songs and movement. By Saturday, the children will be ready to perform, complete with professionally designed costumes and scenery.”
     Students wishing to audition must arrive by 4 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition and lasts until 8:30 p.m.
     “Since it is a group audition, no advance preparation is necessary – but a smile never hurts,” said Blackwood. “Students should just be ready to come and have a good time.”
     Rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Friday from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Actors will be dismissed at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, so they can participate in Trick-or-Treating.
     “Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and, if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role,” said Blackwood. “A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition.”
     Alice in Wonderland will be performed at the Columbia Theatre as part of the Pajamas and Play series on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. All cast members must be available for all scheduled rehearsals and the Saturday performance.
     Tickets for the public performances are $17 for adults and $12 for children. They are available online at or at the box office, 543-4371.
     The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Mont. This season, more than 65,000 young people across the globe will take to part in Missoula productions.
     For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366 or visit

Southeastern Social Justice Speaker Series welcomes prisons expert Jordan Mazurek
Jordan MazurekSoutheastern’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice will present Sociologist Jordan Mazurek, the national organizer and co-creator of the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, as Southeastern’s 2018 Social Justice Speaker.
     Mazurek will present a lecture on Toxic Prisons at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Pottle Music Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be followed by a free workshop at 2 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 205.
     Professor Marc Settembrino, chair of the Southeastern Social Justice Speaker Series, said the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) seeks to build grassroots organizing, advocacy, research, and direct action at the intersections of incarceration, health, and ecology.
     “Jordan Mazurek has an impressive record of activism and scholarship that will appeal to Southeastern’s students. I meet a lot of students who want to make a positive change in their community but don’t know how,” said Settembrino. “Jordan’s lecture and workshop will be a great opportunity for our students to learn how to do social justice work. I think our students will be able to relate to Jordan and the work he’s doing.”
     “Criminal justice reform and environmental protection are important issues in Louisiana right now,” Settembrino added. “Jordan’s research and activism blends these two issues. Overall, I think there’s something for everyone in this year’s social justice speaker series events.”
     The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department organizes the annual Social Justice Speaker Series as a means of bringing nationally and internationally recognized social justice activists to the Southeastern community. Previous speakers have included Sister Helen Prejean on the death penalty, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty and Law Center on race and racism, and Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, on war and human rights.
     Mazurek is Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Fellow pursuing a doctorate in cultural and global criminology from the University of Kent and Universität Hamburg, using his doctoral thesis to explore the spatial and environmental justice implications of America’s toxic prison system.
     For more information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 549-2110.

Quiz Bowl results announced
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Southeastern Alumni Association hosted the 17th Annual Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl  Oct. 9. After an exciting series of matches, the following faculty and student teams emerged as winners:

First place student teamFIRST PLACE STUDENT TEAM - The First Place student team was Jung at Heart (Psi Chi: Psychology honor society). From left are Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs, team captain Elizabeth Manuel, Cory Fulks, Savannah Hays, and Phi Kappa Phi President Eric Johnson. Not pictured is team member Karyn Moore.

First Place faculty teamFIRST PLACE FACULTY TEAM - The First Place Faculty and Quiz Bowl Champions were Mens sana in corpore sano (Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Center for Faculty Excellence). From left are Phi Kappa Phi President Eric Johnson, Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs, Charlotte Humphries, Dane Bounds, Buddy Sirikul, Eddie Hebert, and Greg Reeves.

Second place faculty teamSECOND PLACE FACULTY TEAM - The Second Place Faculty Team was The Social Factors (Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice). From left are Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs, Kellen Gilbert, Robert Martin, and Phi Kappa Phi President Eric Johnson. Not pictured are Ken Bolton and Lisa Olson.

The Second place student team was the Quizards, a biology graduate student organization that was unable to attend the award ceremony. Team members included Lindy Muse, Renato Bruno, Chris Cannon, Emily Bierbaum, and Mark Rimkus.


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The Southeastern cross country teams compete in the Southland Conference Championships and the soccer team celebrates Senior Day to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles on Friday to compete in the Southland championship meet, hosted by McNeese State. The women’s race is set for 8:30 a.m. with the men’s race following at 9:30 a.m.
     The SLU soccer team (6-6-4, 3-4-3 Southland) will close out the regular season on Friday, hosting Nicholls at 7 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. Prior to the match, the Lady Lions will honor the senior class of Vanessa Arzaluz, Payton Colson, Christina Cutura and Sofia Olsson.
     Friday’s match will be broadcast by the Southeastern Channel live on the Southland Digital Network at and on the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku. The Lady Lions have already clinched a berth in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Beaumont, Texas.
     The Lion football team (3-5, 3-3 Southland) will be back in action this Saturday, traveling to nationally-ranked league foe Sam Houston State for a 1 p.m. contest in Huntsville, Texas. The game will be televised nationally on Eleven Sports (DirecTV 623) and will be available on the Southland Digital Network at and via Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
     Fans can also hear the Lions-Bearkats 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 Lady Lion volleyball team (2-20, 1-9 Southland) has a pair of matches on tap this week. On Tuesday, SLU closes out its non-conference schedule with a 6:30 p.m. match at Southern Miss. Fans can watch a live stream at The Lady Lions then return home to host league foe Northwestern State on Saturday at 1 p.m. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Saturday’s match at
     The SLU tennis team will host the George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational this week to close out its fall season. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday at the Southeastern Tennis Complex and Oak Knoll Country Club with a field including the Lions, McNeese, Nicholls, North Alabama, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, UNO and West Florida.
     Southeastern is scheduled to play McNeese on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Saturday sees SLU take on Nicholls at 8:30 a.m. and North Alabama at 1:30 p.m. Sunday’s matchups will depend on the first two day’s results with matches set for 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
     The Southeastern softball team will look to close out the fall flawless, as the Lady Lions are 6-0 in their fall exhibitions. On Friday, SLU hosts Coastal Alabama CC-North (4 p.m.) and Baton Rouge Community College (6 p.m.). With Southeastern’s home field, North Oak Park, undergoing new turf installation, the location of Friday’s game is yet to be announced.
     Southeastern students will get the chance to get an early look at the 2018-19 SLU basketball teams at the 11th Annual Full Court Fest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     The first 300 Southeastern students in attendance will receive free t-shirts, courtesy of Southeastern Athletics Student Marketing and Promotions. The event’s presenting sponsor, Olive Garden, will also provide free food for students.
     Hosted by The Highway 104.7 FM’s Roger Gill, the event will give students the opportunity to meet the 2018-19 Lions and Lady Lions, as well as hear from head men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner and head women’s basketball coach Ayla Guzzardo.
     Interactive promotions will give students in attendance a chance to win prizes. Additional entertainment will be provided by the national champion Lionettes, the SLU cheerleaders, the Southeastern basketball pep band and DJ K-Strikez.
     For more information on the event, contact Southeastern Athletics Director of Marketing and Student Promotions Lindsey Cramer at / (985) 549-3227.
     The Southeastern Louisiana men’s and women’s basketball programs will present the Tip-Off Bash on Friday at 6 p.m. at The Mezzanine (308 S. Cate Street) in downtown Hammond.
     Proceeds from the event will benefit Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball. Tickets are $75 and admit up to two people to the event. In addition to dinner, fans will have a chance to meet the 2018-19 Lions and Lady Lions, as well as participate in a silent auction and cash raffle.
     Tickets for the event are available at or from the SLU basketball teams. Southeastern head men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner and head women’s basketball coach Ayla Guzzardo will address the crowd, along with the Lion and Lady Lion seniors. The inaugural Lion for Life awards will also be presented at the event.
     Southeastern season ticket holders will be able to pick up their tickets at the Tip-Off Bash.
     On Monday, 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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OCT 22

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)

OCT 23

Volleyball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 7 p.m. (
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Full Court Fest, University Center, 7 p.m.

OCT 26

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Lake Charles, 8:30/9:30 a.m.
Soccer, vs. Nicholls, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (Southland Digital Network)*
     - Senior Day
Women’s Tennis, vs. McNeese (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1:30 p.m.
Softball, vs. Coastal Alabama CC-North (Exhibition), TBA,

4 p.m.
Softball, vs. Baton Rouge CC (Exhibition), TBA, 6 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Tip-Off Bash, The Mezzanine, 6 p.m.

OCT 27

 Football, at Sam Houston State, Strawberry Stadium,

1 p.m. (Eleven Sports) (Southland Digital Network) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)*
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center,

1 p.m. (LionVision)*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Nicholls (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 8:30 a.m.
Women’s Tennis, vs. North Alabama (George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1:30 p.m.

OCT 28

 Women’s Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational (Bracket Play), Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, 8:30/11 a.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) presented an invited talk at the WIRED 25 Festival in San Fransisco to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WIRED magazine ( Allain’s presentation was titled “Science Experiments with WIRED’s Rhett Allain.”
     Adam C. Elder (Educational Leadership and Technology) was selected to present his paper “Data, Data Everywhere: How Educational Leaders Can Use Data Mining to Make the Most of Their Data” at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration Conference in Auburn, Ala., Oct. 6. Elder also won the Outstanding Junior Faculty Paper Award for the conference for this paper.

     Dr. Laura Fazio-Griffith (Counseling) and Dr. Reshelle Marino (Counseling) were honored at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference Oct. 9. Marino received the Louisiana Counseling Association Advocacy Award and was elected to the position of President-Elect-Elect-Elect for the Louisiana Counseling Association. She will take office as president in 2021. Fazio-Griffith received the Louisiana Counseling Association Distinguished Professional Service Award.


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