SLU represented at ULS Institute
Employers invited to Career Fair
Pocket Safety Guides available

Candidates forum, meet and greet set

Let's Talk Art kicks off Sept. 12

Into the Woods cast chosen
LionUp Pick-Up announced

Dugas meets with students

Summer Enhancement Camp held

Inaugural STEM Fest held

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Domiano, Saadeh participate in ULS Management and Leadership Institute
John Paul DomianoMohammad Saadeh

Two representatives of Southeastern have been selected for the University of Louisiana System Management and Leadership Institute.
Budget Director John Paul Domiano, left, and Mohammad Saadeh, head of the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology, will take part in the two-semester program for faculty and staff who aspire to broaden academic, professional or administrative leadership roles.
     Domiano began working at Southeastern in 2015. His responsibilities as budget director include oversight of the University’s current operating budget, as well as long term financial analysis and planning. Domiano previously served as the audit director for the Louisiana Community and Technical College system, where he oversaw investigative, grant compliance, and risk based audits.
     An expert in the fields of mechatronics, control and dynamics, instrumentation, optimization, artificial intelligence, and system identification, Saadeh recently joined the faculty as head of the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology and also serves as associate professor of Engineering Technology.
     The Universities of Louisiana Management and Leadership Institute launched in 2017. The 9-month institute immerses participants in rigorous programming designed to gain a deeper understanding for effective leadership in higher education. Throughout the two semesters, members visit each of the nine universities and ultimately produce a group project that addresses some of the challenges of higher education.

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 national employers.
     “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 or contact Career Services at 549 2121 or 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 Art Gallery.
     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

Southeastern Alumnus, Chick fil-A Vice President speaks to students 

Rob DugasLast 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
STEM Fest 2018The 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. 
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Pocket safety guide

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 greet, forum
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 Ballroom.
     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 Information about Southeastern’s SGA can be found at

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.”
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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

Summer Enhancement Camp

Tin Roof and Gnarly Barley made a Tiger-Lion mashup beer for the LSU home opener, and you can try it Sept. 7
Baton Rouge Advocate
Frank Scelfo era at Southeastern opens at UL-Monroe Thursday
Students from Upward Bound Program take Sustainability Tour of the Pond House


Livingston Parish News
Columbia Theatre announces 2018-19 season


The Southeastern football team travels to LSU, the tennis and golf teams open the fall portion of their schedules, while soccer and volleyball both continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (0-1) will face its second in-state Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe to open the season, when it travels to LSU for a 6 p.m. contest in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU and via the WatchESPN app. SLU’s first meeting with the Tigers since 1949 will also air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU 90.9, Kajun 107.1, The Highway 104.7, WFPR 1400), and via the TuneIn Radio and RadioFX apps.
     Tuesday will also mark the debut of Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo, airing on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network. Hosted by Scelfo and Allen Waddell, the hour-long show will air at 7 p.m. from Tope La Catering and will be streamed live on Facebook Watch at While the first show will be on Tuesday due to next Monday being Labor Day, all of the season’s subsequent shows will be on Mondays at 7 p.m. through Nov. 12.
     The SLU tennis team will host the Green and Gold Invitational this weekend at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. The round-robin tournament includes Loyola (N.O.), Jackson State, Xavier (N.O.) and LSU Alexandria.
     Southeastern will face LSUA (8:30 a.m.), Loyola (1:30 p.m.) and Xavier (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday. On Sunday, SLU will close the tournament versus Jackson State at 1:30 p.m.
     The Southeastern golf team will compete in its first tournament of the fall this week. The Lions open play at the Battle in the Big Easy on Sunday in New Orleans. The tournament runs through next Tuesday.
The Southeastern soccer team (2-1-1) will close out non-conference play this week. On Friday, SLU heads to ULM for a 4 p.m. match at the Warhawks.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (1-5) will close out a season-opening 10-match road trip this week. On Tuesday, SLU travels to Jackson State for a 7 p.m. match, before heading to Mobile, Alabama to compete in the Jaguar Invitational.
     The Lady Lions will face host South Alabama at 11:30 a.m. and Louisiana Tech at 5 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Southeastern closes the tournament versus Mississippi State at noon.


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Volleyball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 7 p.m.
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) 


Soccer, at ULM, Monroe, 4 p.m.
Volleyball, at South Alabama (Jaguar Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 11:30 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Jackson State (Jaguar Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 5 p.m.


Football, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU) (KSLU 90.9) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (WFPR 1400)
Tennis, vs. LSU Alexandria (Green and Gold Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 8:30 a.m.
Tennis, vs. Loyola (N.O.) (Green and Gold Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1:30 p.m.
Tennis, vs. Xavier (N.O.) (Green and Gold Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Mississippi State (Jaguar Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 12 p.m.




 Tennis, vs. Jackson State (Green and Gold Invitational), Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1:30 p.m.
Golf, at Battle in the Big Easy, New Orleans, All Day

 Southeastern home events in bold.


Dr. Joannie Hebert (retiree, School of Nursing) was honored as Keynote Speaker for the 4th World Nursing & Healthcare Conference on Aug. 20 in Rome, Italy. The title of the presentation was “Promoting a National Response Framework in Preventable Deaths from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events.” The national campaign to prevent death by hemorrhage, Stop the Bleed, was the focus whereby Hebert shared population health pedagogy/andragogy in educating senior nursing students on this timely initiative. Hebert’s presentation was guided by the theme of the conference, “Reaching New Heights: Through Inspiration, Motivation and Collaboration.” Interprofessional practice and education strategies were embedded throughout the presentation.


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