Chefs Evening highlights
UL System Day set April 10
Series of dialogues scheduled
National Poetry Month events set

Big Event sees record numbers
Tech Connect successful
Personal Training volunteers needed
Guitarists excel at competition

Identify the Smell
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics


Chefs Evening a Roaring Success
President's ToastHERE’S TO YOU – President John L. Crain toasts the supporters of Southeastern at the annual President’s Toast prior to Chefs Evening. A regional tradition for 35 years, Chefs Evening is the Southeastern Foundation’s signature fundraiser, providing critical funds to support university scholarships and academic programs.


Silent Auction

BIDDING FOR A WORTHY CAUSE - Patrons at Chefs Evening browse and consider bidding on auction items at the annual signature fundraiser for the university. The nearly four dozen auction items ranged from jewelry to deluxe hotel stays and attraction passes.

Sign up to attend UL System Day at the Capitol April 10

ULS Day 2018Southeastern faculty and staff are invited to ULS Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 10. This annual celebration of the nine UL System institutions shows legislators and decision makers the impact of higher education in our region as we advocate for the future.
     Wear your Southeastern green for the group photo on the Capitol steps. Lunch will be provided.

     For more information or to sign up for a possible shuttle ride, visit


National Poetry Month events scheduled
The Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center have scheduled several events throughout April in celebration of National Poetry Month.

April 3
200 Years of Whitman: Community Reading of Song of Myself
Student Union, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

April 8
Generative Writing Workshop
D Vickers, room 326, 12:30 – 2 p.m.

April 10
Poetry Broadside Show
D Vickers, room 383, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Manchac Review Open Mic
Writing Center (D Vickers, room 210), 3 – 5 p.m.

April 16
The Words Behind the Words: Poets Spill their Secrets
Writing Center (D Vickers, room 210), 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Connecting with Technology at Southeastern
Southeastern hosted Tech Connect, its annual career fair for technology on Wednesday (March 27). Subal Sapkota, right, a computer science major, speaks with Meredith Meyers, a recruiter for CGI, a global information technology consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, and solutions company, about scheduling an onsite interview for career opportunities with the organization.
     A collaborative effort between the Office of Career Services and the departments of Computer Science and Industrial and Engineering Technology, Tech Connect attracted more than 45 area employers looking to fill numerous positions in high-demand technology fields.

Tech Connect 2019

Guitarists excel at Mississippi Guitar Competition
A Southeastern student and two alumni were recognized at the 2019 Mississippi Guitar Festival Guitar Competition at William Carey College in Hattiesburg.
     Southeastern junior Graham Guillory of Covington placed third in the Young Artist division of the competition that included national and international students performing music for solo guitar. Guillory, a student of Instructor of Guitar and Coordinator of Guitar Activities Patrick Kerber, performed Dilermando Reis’ “Se Ela Perguntar” and Angel Barrios’ “Arroyos de la Alhambra,” two challenging works.
     Co-sponsored by the Mississippi Guitar Alliance, the festival also featured a Jazz Guitar Competition in which two Southeastern alumni earned recognition. Zakkary Garner (’13) of Hammond earned first place, and Justin Burdette (’10) of Baton Rouge took second place.
     Garner is currently teaching in the Tangipahoa School System Talented Music program. His CD “Humble Ambition,” featuring mostly original compositions, was released in late 2018. In addition to his teaching duties, Garner maintains an active performance schedule as a saxophonist, guitarist, and pianist. Since graduating from Southeastern, he has been featured at music festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
     Burdette maintains a substantial teaching schedule with the Overtones Music Studio in Denham Springs. He performs regularly throughout the region as a soloist and with the popular King Creole Orchestra.
     “It is certainly an understatement to say that I am very proud of and happy for these young guitarists,” Kerber said. “Music competitions are very difficult propositions, as musicians have to present what makes them happy – the joy of performing music - in the face of instant comparison and judgment. Their success in this event bodes well for their future academic and professional success.”



Sociology and Criminal Justice Department to host series of dialogues
The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice will host a series of interfaith dialogues about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex spirituality. The series, said Assistant Professor of Sociology Marc Settembrino, is intended to examine how diverse area faith communities incorporate LGBTQI+ individuals.
     Dialogues are scheduled April 2, 16, and 30, from 12:30 until 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
     “I’ve met a lot of students who are struggling to reconcile their gender identity or sexual orientation with their religious beliefs,” said Settembrino, who is also faculty advisor for StandOUT, the campus LGBTQI+ student organization. “It’s an issue that I think a lot of people struggle with.”
     Settembrino will moderate panel discussions between area faith leaders about how they work with LGBTQI+ congregants.
     “This is a great opportunity for the university community to learn about how religious leaders are dealing with issues of faith and sexuality and gender identity,” he explained. “I hope that this series can bring the campus together and can help foster a deeper respect for diversity.”
     Confirmed speakers include Rev. Paul Beedle of First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans and Rev. Elizabeth Lott of St. Charles Street Baptist Church (April 2); Rev. Jay Hodgewood of Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church and Rabbi David Gerber of Congregation Gates of Prayer (April 16); and Pastor James Hartman of the Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge and Rev. Angie Kretzer of First Christian Church in Hammond (April 30).
     For more information, contact Settembrino at 549-2110.


Record numbers volunteer for The Big Event
The Big Event 2019Approximately 1,000 Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni, the largest crowd ever, met at the Student Union Saturday to kick off the Big Event 2019. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sends teams to participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and the surrounding area.
     Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities at churches and non-profit organizations are the typical jobs handled by the volunteers who participate in The Big Event each year.
     This year marks the ninth year that Southeastern has participated in the national volunteer movement to dedicate one day for students, faculty, staff and alumni to say “thank you” to the local community through volunteer efforts.

Personal training volunteer clients needed
The Kinesiology Lab 220-04: Personal Training and Exercise Programming course is looking for volunteers to give students the real world experience of working with a new client.
     Volunteers can sign up for multiple sessions. Each session will be 30 minutes in length and will be supervised by the course instructor. Sessions are available on April 18, April 30, and May 2.
     If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Personal Training Course, click here to sign up for a time and date. 
     For more information, email Nicholas Mayeur,


Identify the smell 
If you ever smell gas, call the Physical Plant promptly! Natural gas is odorless in its natural state. We add a disagreeable smell (similar to rotten eggs) to let you know if any gas is escaping.
     Gas leakage may occur from faulty appliances, loose connections, service lines inside or outside your home or from gas mains. Leaks can be dangerous and should be dealt with promptly by experts.
If you ever smell gas – even if you do not use it in your building on campus – take the following precautions promptly:
1. Call the Physical Plant (549-3333); if no response contact 549-2222.
2. If odor is very strong and you are indoors, go outside.
3. Do not turn any electrical switches on or off.
4. Do not light matches, smoke, or create any other source of combustion.
     However slim the chances of danger, it doesn’t pay to take needless risks. At the first sniff of gas, play it safe. Call Physical Plant.
     For more detailed information on PUBLIC AWARENESS – 192.616 click here


Livingston Parish News

Lions Connected wins national award

Columbia Theatre to present ‘Artrageous’



The Southeastern baseball, softball, tennis, track and golf teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Winners of eight of its last nine contests, the SLU baseball team (14-13, 6-3 Southland) has five games on tap this week. On Tuesday, Southeastern will head to Lafayette for a 6:30 p.m. contest versus UL Lafayette. The Ragin’ Cajuns return to Hammond on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. contest at Alumni Field.
     In conjunction with Wednesday’s game, the Southeastern Student Government Association (SGA) will host a student tailgate on top of the Strawberry Stadium parking garage featuring free food and music.
Wednesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If Southeastern scores five or more runs, fans can take their student coupons or game tickets to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     On Friday, Southeastern opens the Pontchartrain Bowl at New Orleans with a 6:30 p.m. contest. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern softball team (19-14, 7-5 Southland) opens the week with a 5 p.m. contest versus ULM on Tuesday at North Oak Park. Tuesday’s game will feature the Flood the Field promotion, as the first 200 Southeastern students will receive a free t-shirt and snack. Non-Southeastern students can take advantage of a BOGO ticket offer for the SLU-ULM contest.
     Tuesday’s game will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score three or more runs, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     The Lions then return to conference play over the weekend, traveling to UIW for a three-game series. The series opens with a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and concludes on Saturday at noon.
All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps. Tuesday’s baseball game will air on ESPN+, while LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream of Wednesday’s baseball game at
     Tuesday’s softball game will be broadcast by the Southeastern Channel on the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
     The SLU tennis team (5-10, 2-5 Southland) will open a four-match home stand to close out the 2019 regular season. On Friday, the Lions host UNO at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.      Southeastern welcomes Nicholls on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match. Sunday will be Sundae Fun Day, as fans will receive free ice cream while supplies last.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will visit a pair of league foes this week. Members of the SLU squads will be in Nacogdoches, Texas on Friday and Saturday for the Carl Knight Invitational, while others will be in Lake Charles for the McNeese Springtime Classic on Saturday.
     The Lion golf team will close out its pre-Southland Conference Championships portion of its schedule this week. On Monday and Tuesday, SLU will be in Jonesboro, Arkansas to participate in the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser is set for Monday at noon from Blackened Brew, located at 112 W. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. Riser joins host Allen Waddell at lunchtime every Monday during the regular season for the 60-minute radio show, talking the latest in Southeastern baseball. Each week, one of the Lion players will also join the duo.
     The show airs on the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, KSLU 90.9 FM, online at and via the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will also be available via Facebook Live at


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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



Men’s Golf, at Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate, Jonesboro, Ark., All Day
Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)


Baseball, at UL Lafayette, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9)
Softball, vs. ULM, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (Southland Digital Network/Southeastern Channel)
     - Flood the Field
     - Cane’s Challenge
Men’s Golf, at Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate, Jonesboro, Ark., All Day


Baseball, vs. UL Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)
     - SGA Student Tailgate
     - Cane’s Challenge


 Baseball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Softball, at UIW (DH), San Antonio, Texas, 5 p.m.*
Tennis, vs. New Orleans, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

2 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Carl Knight Invitational, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day


 Baseball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Softball, at UIW, San Antonio, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Carl Knight Invitational, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Springtime Classic, Lake Charles, All Day


 Baseball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Tennis, vs. Nicholls, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

1 p.m.*
     - Sundae Fun Day

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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