Employers invited to participate in Southeastern’s Career Fair Sept. 20
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services is recruiting employers and businesses to
participate in its annual Career Fair scheduled this year for Thursday, Sept. 20.
An event planned exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2018
will be held in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University
Avenue and General Pershing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services, said that with an average of 1,100
graduates each fall and spring semester, employers will have no shortage of qualified
applicants from which to choose. The fair typically attracts more than 130 area and
“Career Fair 2018 gives employers the ability to conveniently interact directly
with over 1,000 students and alumni ready to learn about career opportunities,” Ridgedell
said. “The event allows employers to more effectively identify candidates with the
right mix of qualifications, personality, attitude, ability, and desire that best
fits their organization’s culture, philosophy, and job openings whether those openings
are available now or in the near future.”
Ridgedell added that many Southeastern students express an interest in meeting
with employers who offer national, regional and local opportunities.
For additional information on Career Fair 2018 or to register as an employer
participant, visit southeastern.edu/careerfair or contact Career Services at 549 2121 or email@example.com. Deadline to register as an employer participant is Sept. 6.
‘Lo-fi’ hip hop kicks off Southeastern Art Series
The fall series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department
of Music and Performing Arts and Friends of Sims Memorial Library, will begin Wednesday,
Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. Dillon Raborn of Rutgers University will present “Lo-fi: Collage,
Instrumental Hip-Hop, and Artist Cybercommunities.”
The presentation will be held at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s
campus. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
“While cross-disciplinary parallels have occurred throughout the Modern period,
the Internet and its instantaneous networking capabilities have allowed the joining
of two genres, the visual medium of collage and the music genre of instrumental or
‘lo-fi’ hip-hop,” Raborn said. “These art forms spawned independent of one another
within niche cybercommunities with their own histories and dynamics, yet formal and
conceptual similarities between them provide insight into the zeitgeist of our age.”
Next in the series is a presentation from Southeastern Assistant Professor of
Painting Tom Walton titled, “Why Draw a Line in the Sand? A Contemporary View on the
Relationship between Abstract and Representational Painting.” Scheduled Thursday,
Oct. 11, at 5 p.m., the presentation will also take place in Southeastern’s Contemporary
For more information, contact Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at 549-3962.
LionUp Pick-Up to Enhance SLU Football Game Day Experience
When the Southeastern football team opens its home schedule on Sept. 15, the “LionUp
Pick-Up” service will be the latest enhancement to the football game-day experience
at Strawberry Stadium.
Multiple six-person golf carts, driven by Lion student-athletes and coaches,
will shuttle Lion fans to and from the stadium. The LionUp Pick-Up will make four
stops on its route. The stops include the Twelve Oaks parking lot behind Dyson Hall,
Strawberry Stadium Gate 2 (West Stadium), Strawberry Stadium Gate 3 (East Stadium)
and the east side of Friendship Circle adjacent to McClimans Hall.
The LionUp Pick-Up service will begin two hours prior to kickoff. Carts will
run until 30 minutes after the game’s conclusion.
“Our goal is to provide our fans with a great experience when they visit Strawberry
Stadium,” said Southeastern Senior Associate Athletic Director for Operations Andrew
Bechac. “We believe the LionUp Pick-Up will enhance our game day experience and provide
added value to our fans.”
For more information on the service, contact Bechac at 549-3419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern Alumnus, Chick fil-A Vice President speaks to students
Last week Marketing and Supply Chain Management hosted
Southeastern graduate and Chick-fil-A Vice-President of Purchasing and Chief Supply
Officer Rob Dugas to meet with and recruit Southeastern students for corporate internship
opportunities at Chick-fil-A national headquarters in Atlanta.
Sponsored by Southeastern’s Office of Career Services, the event was part of
the university’s ongoing Real-World Ready initiative that provides students with experiential
learning opportunities, including internships, service-learning courses, research,
and artistic and field experiences.
Inaugural STEM Fest held
The inaugural back-to-school Southeastern STEM Fest was held on Saturday, Aug. 25,
in the Pennington Student Activity Center. The event was well received and attended
by more than 1,000 K-12 students and parents.
Southeastern is a member of the newly formed Tangi STEM Coalition, which organized
the event featuring 17 community partners, five departments, three outreach programs,
two student organizations, the Turtle Cove Research Center, and the Sustainability
Center from Southeastern. Community partners included Entergy, NASA, Northshore College,
LIGO, Tangi Library, SOARR Aviation, Louisiana Children’s Discovery Museum, Bayou
Builders and Torobtics FIRST Robotics, Global Geospatial Institute, 4-H Tech Club,
Girl Scouts, TADAC, National Weather Service, North Oaks Health Systems, LA Dept.
of Environmental Quality, and Acorns 2 Oaks Tutoring.
The purpose of the event was to inspire students’ and their families’ interest
and enjoyment of STEM, to build community relationships, and to serve as an information
hub for additional programs and support throughout the year, including college and
career pathways in STEM-related fields. The event will be followed by nine Community
STEM Cafes throughout Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes,
which are a smaller events designed to promote quality interactions between students
and volunteer professionals.
Event Co-chairs Wendy Conarro and Troy Williams were very pleased with the participation
and enjoyment by the community and are already planning next years’ event. They hope
to increase participation by Southeastern departments with STEM related degree programs
as well as other community partners.
“We expect this event will be much larger next year with all of the positive
feedback and ideas we’ve received so far,” said Conarro.
Visit www.tangistem.org or contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these events.
Southeastern Pocket Safety Guides available
As a reminder, Southeastern offers faculty, staff and students pocket safety guides
as a tool to use for emergency situations. The free pocket guides are available in
room 2409 of the Student Union. Pick up one today.
Student Government Association, Greater Hammond Chamber to host candidates meet and
Southeastern’s Student Government Association and the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce
will co-host two events Thursday, Sept. 6, to highlight the importance of upcoming
local elections. A candidates Meet and Greet is scheduled from 5 to 6:45 p.m. and
a Secretary of State Candidates Forum will immediately follow at 7 p.m. Both free
and open to the public, the events will be held in the Southeastern Student Union
Over 54 candidates for a variety of offices at the local, state and federal levels
on the Nov. 6 ballot will be on hand to meet voters face to face and share their campaign
platforms during the Meet and Greet. Participating candidates include those running
for offices from the 1st and 5th congressional districts, Tangipahoa Parish School
Board, City of Hammond mayoral and city council races and Town of Kentwood races.
Candidates confirmed for participation in the Secretary of State forum are Heather
Cloud, “Gwen” Collins-Greenup, A.G. Crowe, “Rick” Edmonds, Renee Fontenot Free, Matthew
Paul “Matt” Moreau and Julie Stokes.
For more information on these or other governmental affairs endeavors of the
Greater Hammond Chamber, call 345-4457 or go to hammondchamber.org. Information about Southeastern’s SGA can be found at southeastern.edu.
Cast chosen for Southeastern Opera Workshop’s Into the Woods
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Broadway musical “Into
the Woods” Sept. 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts in downtown Hammond.
“Stephen Sondheim is a living Broadway legend; for the last 50 years his musicals
have continually expanded the boundaries of what a Broadway musical can be,” said
Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop.
Effler said Sondheim started his Broadway career as a lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s
West Side Story and Jule Styne’s Gypsy, which was a star vehicle for the famed Broadway belter, Ethel Merman. With his next
show, the smash hit musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sondheim established himself as not only a lyricist but as a composer as well, and
has gone on to write the lyrics and music for 16 Broadway musicals, including A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and Into the Woods.
Effler said “Be careful what you wish for” is an ongoing theme in “Into the Woods.”
The names are familiar – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the
Beanstalk – but in the show, these fables conjure up cautionary morals about modern
relationships, communities, and society.
“The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella
who wishes to go the King’s Festival; and Jack who wishes his cow would give some
milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals
to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into
the woods to reverse the curse,” Effler explained.
“Also in the woods, we meet Little Red Ridinghood, who is trying to visit her
grandmother, the Wolf, who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel,
and two vain Princes who are chasing after their loves - of the moment at least. By
the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever
after,” he said. “But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an
angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous
ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but personal
sacrifices are required of them.”
Teaching and Learning hosts Summer Enhancement Camp
This past summer, the Southeastern Lab School was filled to capacity with campers
from the Summer Enhancement Camp. Over 80 campers attended the camp, which is a course
for special education majors in the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Campers ranging in ages from Kindergarten through 8th grade enjoyed enhancement
activities, gym day, and a field trip to the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans.
This year’s theme was an Under the Sea Adventure.
The camp is part of the Special Education curriculum, and provides teacher candidates
with additional opportunities for instruction, lesson development and delivery, overall
classroom management, individualized student assessment, and monitored parent-teacher
conferences. Teacher candidates are partnered, given a roster of campers and a classroom
within the Lab School. Under the guidance and direction of Dr. Melanie Forstall Lemoine
and Dr. Ellen Ratcliff, teacher candidates are responsible for everything from contacting
families to set up initial camper assessments and interviews, weekly lessons and assessments,
structuring morning and afternoon carpool duty, to securing group rates for a field
trip. This real-world experience further prepares them for student teaching and residency.
The Summer Enhancement Camp is a collaboration between the College of Education,
Department of Teaching and Learning, and the community. As part of a long-standing
partnership, the camp is held at the Lab School and invites campers from around the
greater Hammond area. Campers come from local schools with the Tangipahoa school system,
local private schools, and from surrounding areas including Livingston and St. Tammany.
Campers come to campus Monday – Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and engage
in hands-on, highly diverse, fun activities that aim to maintain current education
levels in English Language Arts and Math. Teacher candidates also incorporate Science,
Social Studies, Music, and Art. The camp is open to and welcomes learners of all abilities.
The teacher candidates utilize sensory integration and bring campers through the Snoezelen
Lab weekly. Based on initial assessments of each camper, teacher candidates create
lessons to meet the needs of individual learners.
For more information regarding the Summer Enhancement Camp, please contact Dr.
Melanie Forstall Lemoine in the College of Education, Department of Teaching & Learning
549-5234 or email@example.com.