Bill Evans Jazz Festival set
Earth Day celebrates 50 years
Toying with Science April 13

Golden Silence held April 3

Wind Symphony to perform April 17
SELHA meeting scheduled

Honors students attend conference

Biological Sciences provides baskets

Student posters recognized

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern to host Bill Evans Jazz Festival
Pete RodriguezIn honor of one of its most notable alumni, the Southeastern Department of Music and Performing Arts will present the annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival April 10-13.
     The festival will feature performances by the University Jazz Lab Band and University Jazz Ensemble, masterclasses and additional ticketed performances, as well as an exhibit on Bill Evans. Artifacts having belonged to Evans will be on display in the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery throughout the duration of the festival. Photographs, album covers and letters written by Evans will be exhibited to showcase the jazz legends’ achievements and his history with Southeastern.
     Sponsored by Lafargue Pianos Ltd. of Metairie, North Oaks Health System, Tangi Meats, Tipton Associates of Baton Rouge, and the Rotary Club of Hammond, the festival will feature guest artist Pete Rodriguez, a highly respected trumpeter and educator.
     “As the son of renowned salsero Pete ‘El Conde’ Rodriguez, our guest artist cut his teeth backing up some of the greatest names in Latin music, including Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O’Farrill, and Bebo Valdez,” said Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies and one of the festival’s coordinators Michael Bothers. “While in his teens, he focused on classical music, performing trumpet with the Symphony of Puerto Rico at the young age of 15. While in the U.S. Army, he discovered his love for jazz and made it the focus of his professional and educational pursuits after leaving the military, working with such artists as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron and Kenny Garrett.”
     The festival will also include the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education State Music Festival, a competition with performances by area middle and high school jazz ensembles. The festival will start Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. and conclude Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The performance schedule includes the following:
     • April 10, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall, Alumni Jazz Ensemble Concert, tickets are $5 students and $10 adults, current Southeastern students, faculty and staff are admitted free with university ID
     • April 11, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall, University Jazz Lab Band, free concert
     • April 12, 1 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall, free masterclass with Rodriguez and at 7:30 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall, Jazz Faculty Trio Concert with guest artist Rodriguez and special guests Zakk Garner and Brad Walker, tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, current Southeastern students, faculty and staff are admitted free with university ID;
     • April 13, 1 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall, free masterclass with Rodriguez and at 7:30 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall, University Jazz Ensemble in concert with Rodriguez, free concert.
     For additional information, call the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.


TRUMPETER RODRIGUEZ TO HIGHLIGHT BILL EVANS JAZZ FESTIVAL - Premier trumpeter Pete Rodriguez will be a featured performer at Southeastern’s annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival to be held on campus April 10-13. Information is available by calling 549-2184.

Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day
Sims Library and the Sustainability Center are hosting “Earth Day at 50,” on Wednesday, April 10, at noon on the third floor of the library.

     Dr. Robert Moreau, biology professor and manager of Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, will discuss the major eras of environmental history and what we should focus on in the future. The event is the last in a semester-long series of Green Talks focused on environmental issues and making the university more sustainable.
     The first 25 people will receive an #IChooseToReuse water bottle. 

Golden Silence held April 3
Southeastern held its annual Golden Silence ceremony on campus Wednesday evening (April 3). Sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, the annual event brings the campus community together for a remembrance ceremony in honor of members of the Southeastern family – students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the university – who died the previous year.

Golden Silence 2019LOVED ONES HONORED - Alumni Association President Beth Carney Ebberman, left, Student Government Association President Richard Davis, and Southeastern President John L. Crain light the ceremonial candle in honor of those who passed away during the last year as part of Southeastern’s Golden Silence ceremony.

Wind Symphony to present concert April 17
Southeastern’s Wind Symphony will present its spring concert titled “Medieval Times” April 17. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond, the concert is dedicated to the music, art, poetry and architecture of the pre-1500s.
     The concert’s first piece, said Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, and Director of the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band Derek Stoughton, is Ron Nelson’s “Resonances I.”
     “Composed in 1990, the six parts of this work are made up of boxes of activity, the duration of which is solely determined by the conductor, each with various note combinations, aleatoric activities, or techniques to be employed,” he said. “As the title implies, the work explores textures, sounds and resonances.”
     The following piece is Pavel Tschesnokoff’s “Salvation is Created.” The piece pays homage to a Kievan chant, originally set in Church Slavonic, a slavic liturgical language still in use in some Orthodox denominations, Stoughton explained.
     Next in the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite.”
     “Folk songs have been handed down for many generations, and this standard of the band repertoire consists of three movements, which all use British folk songs as their source material,” Stoughton said.
     The concert will close with John Krance’s arrangement of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” The original Carmina Burana is a manuscript of 254 poems and dramatic texts mostly from the 11th or 12th century, although some are from the 13th century, Stoughton said.
     “Orff’s setting of Carmina Burana is scored for a massive orchestra, an array of percussion equipment, two pianos, celesta, two soprano, alto, tenor, and bass mixed choirs - one large, one small - a boy’s choir, and soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists,” Stoughton explained. “This transcription was conceived entirely as an instrumental work, with the arranger fully incorporating the vocal parts. Krance selected thirteen movements, a curious number when dealing with the subject of the fickleness of fortune, and ordered them to programmatic satisfaction.”
     Tickets for “Medieval Times” are adults $10; faculty, staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students $5; and Southeastern students are admitted free. Southeastern students must present their student IDs to receive tickets. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office located at 220 E. Thomas Street or by calling 543-4371.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Honors Program students attend conference
Honors Director Claire Procopio accompanied eight honors program students to the Southern Regional Honors Council annual conference in Memphis, Tenn. The students had the opportunity to tour historic Memphis and to present original research.
     Chemistry and biology double major Pedro Jimenez Antenucci presented his research under Dr. Benjamin Wicker titled “Novel Synthesis of Tetradentate NacNac Ligand Variants.”
     Physics major Fawaz Adesina presented on his research with Dr. Gerard Blanchard to design a more efficient way to measure salt-water intrusion into the Manchac swamp titled “One-chip Conductivity Meter Monitors Salt Concentration.”
     Biology major Tyler Tran presented his paper “Implementing the Dirichlet Process to Improve Computational Efficiency of Partition of Big Data Sets” conducted under the direction of Dr. April Wright.
     Information technology major Tristan Trubon presented a rhetorical analysis originally conducted in honors public speaking titled “Criticism of Mitt Romney’s ‘Faith in America’: Dodging the Question.”
     Accounting major Jesscia Litolff, communication and media studies major Victoria Rocquin, biology major Basanta Khakurel, and political science major Mollie Millet teamed up to lead a round table discussion on best practices in student-led organizations to facilitate student engagement.

Honors conference attandees


Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents Toying with Science
Garry Krinsky

Photo credit: Lewis Becker Photography


Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts’ youngest fans will get an extra treat on April 13 when the downtown Hammond theater presents Garry Krinsky in Toying with Science. Scheduled for one performance only at 2 p.m., Toying with Science is being presented as part of the theater’s Pajamas and Play series designed to make theater performances especially accessible and appealing for children.
     “Kids are invited to wear their pajamas, robes and slippers to the 60-minute performances, no matter the time,” said Roy Blackwood, director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare. “We even plan to send the kids home with cookies and milk.”
     Toying with Science is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program, Blackwood said.
     “The production combines circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines,” explained Blackwood. “Garry Krinsky and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who have played important roles in the exploration and discovery of concepts that define our world.”
     Tickets for Toying with Science are on sale at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre office at 985-543-4366 or visit


Southeast Louisiana Historical Association meeting to highlight 150th anniversary of Tangipahoa Parish
The Southeast Louisiana Historical Association will hold its annual meeting in Hammond April 17. The event will take place at the Hammond Regional Arts Center in the Levy Building downtown at 6 p.m.
     Southeastern professors Samuel Hyde and Robert Moreau will headline the event centered on continuity and change over 150 years in Tangipahoa Parish.
     The Leon Ford Endowed Chair, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Hyde will provide a short presentation on dramatic events from Tangipahoa’s past and details from his new book.
     Moreau, a professor of biology and director of the Turtle Cove Research Station, will present details on current projects at Turtle Cove and highlight continuing, and newly emerging challenges to the Manchac Swamp ecosystem.
     The event will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and conversation. Dinner, with regionally appropriate foods courtesy of Chef John Jordan, will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by Hyde and Moreau’s presentations. A book signing will follow the presentation with books available for purchase.
     Hyde said SELHA is a town and gown organization devoted to promoting and preserving the history and culture of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes and surrounding environs. The organization is housed in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern.
     “New members and guests are welcome,” Hyde said. “A $25 membership fee entitles one to attend the April 17 meeting and dinner, along with a one-year membership in the organization and a copy of the annual newsletter ‘The Centerpiece,’ and the SELHA’s scholarly journal ‘The Southeast Louisiana Review.’”
     Spouses or member guests may attend for a $10 fee, Hyde added. Those interested only in attending the April 17 dinner and lectures may do so for $15.
     For additional information on tickets or the SELHA, contact the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at 549-2151 or email

Biological Sciences provides Easter baskets for foster children
Easter Baskets collectedDr. Jen Peak and Dr. Ed Nelson of the Department of Biological Sciences are pictured with 164 Easter baskets the department collected for Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy over the last month. Both faculty members encouraged others to donate to this cause.
     LCWTA partnered with Tri-State Fostering to supply Easter baskets to all 900 children in foster care from the Covington Region that includes the parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington.
     Peak's involvement with foster care began over a decade ago. She and her husband are Louisiana Foster Parents of the Year for the region, she is on the Tri-State Fostering Board, and she has worked with LCWTA on additional projects.


Students in Applied Sociology recognized
Two students from Southeastern’s applied sociology masters program were awarded prizes in a student poster competition at the 35th Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop March 19 and 20 in Lafayette.
     Theresa Harriford, left, won second place for her poster “Geographic Inequality: Mapping Segregation and Poverty in New Orleans,” and Kendall Lee won third prize for her poster “Coastal Land Loss in Leeville, Louisiana.”

Students win awards for posters



Baton Rouge Advocate

On the area arts and cultural scene (Bill Evans Jazz Festival)

SLU Librarian receives state award

SLU holds job fair for students


Jimmy Kimmel Live
Southeastern Alumnus performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Support greater Autism awareness at Dunkin Donuts with special treats

New Orleans Advocate
St. Tammany Schools Notes for April 3 (Summer Music Programs)


Southeastern celebrates Super Lion Saturday to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Saturday’s action opens with a 12 p.m. softball doubleheader at North Oak Park, as SLU (22-15, 10-5 Southland) hosts Southland Conference rival Lamar. The Southeastern football team closes spring practice with the 2 p.m. Spring Game at Strawberry Stadium.
     Following the football intra-squad scrimmage, the Party Barn will host an Easter egg hunt for young Lion fans ages 2-12 on the Strawberry Stadium turf. A 4 p.m. LionUp Tailgate party located in the area between the Dugas Center for Athletics and the Alumni Field parking lot will be held ­until the baseball team’s 6 p.m. game with league foe Northwestern State.
     Northshore Broadcasting will provide the music for the tailgate party and will air a live remote of the spring game and the tailgate party from 2-6 p.m. on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM.
     Tangi Tourism will provide “Pass-Sport” cards for the day’s activities. Fans can get their cards stamped at the 12 and 2 p.m. softball games, the 2 p.m. football spring game and the 6 p.m. baseball game. Any fan with at least three stamps on their card will be entered into a drawing to win a movie prize pack valued over $100 courtesy of Tangi Tourism. The drawing will be held and the winner announced at that night’s SLU-NSU baseball game.
     Gates open at 11 a.m. at North Oak Park for the softball doubleheader and at 5 p.m. for the baseball game. Admission to the Spring Game is free, but Super Lion Saturday will open availability for 2019 football season ticket renewals, so the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office will open at 1 p.m. for fans to renew their season tickets.      At the baseball, softball and football games, Coaches Club t-shirts will be given out to current members and those who purchase new memberships.
     The tailgate party will feature games provided by the Pennington Center, as well as an inflatable obstacle course provided by TNT Inflatables. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and will be free for S Club members. The SGA will collect food for the Southeastern Food Pantry outside of the football spring game.
     In conjunction with the baseball game, all Lion baseball alumni are invited to the Alumni Reunion, located down the left field line at Alumni Field. All former SLU baseball alumni in attendance will be recognized prior to first pitch between Southeastern and Northwestern State.
     For more information on all things Super Lion Saturday, visit or contact the LAA office at (985) 549-5091 or
     The Lion baseball team (16-16, 8-4 Southland) opens the week’s action on Tuesday, hosting Tulane at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field. Tuesday will feature the Pack the Pat promotion, as the first 200 SLU students in attendance will receive free t-shirts. Non-Southeastern students can purchase two tickets for $14 to Tuesday’s contest. All fans will be able to enjoy fireworks throughout the game.
     Tuesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score five or more runs, fans will be able to redeem their game ticket or student coupons to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Southeastern opens its series with Northwestern State on Friday with a 6 p.m. contest. The series wraps up on Sunday at 1 p.m. Every home Sunday is Local Heroes Appreciation at the Pat, as all first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket with a valid ID.
     The Southeastern softball team opens the week with a 6 p.m. contest at UL Lafayette on Wednesday. The series versus Lamar opens with a 5 p.m. contest on Friday, before Saturday’s twin bill as part of Senior Day. Every home Saturday is Local Heroes Appreciation at North Oak Park, as all first responders, service members and military personnel will receive a discounted ticket with a valid ID.
     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 app.      LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all this week’s baseball games and the softball series versus Lamar.
     The SLU tennis team (6-10, 3-5 Southland) hosts a pair of league matches this week, welcoming Sam Houston State on Friday at 1 p.m. and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday at noon. Free jambalaya will be available at Sunday’s Senior Day match.
     Members of the SLU track and field teams are scheduled to compete in three different meets this week. The Mt. SAC Relays (Thursday-Saturday), the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational (Saturday) and Cole-Lancon Conference Challenge (Saturday) are all on the docket for the Lions and Lady Lions.
     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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 Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)


Baseball, vs. Tulane, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)
     - Pack the Pat
     - Fireworks at the Pat
     - Cane’s Challenge


Softball, at UL Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m.


Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif., All Day


Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Lamar, North Oak Park, 5 p.m. (LionVision)*
Tennis, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif., All Day


Softball, vs. Lamar (DH), North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Gates open at 11 a.m.
     - Tangi Tourism “Pass-Sport” Card stamp opportunity
     - Coaches club t-shirts available for current and new     members
     - Local Hero Appreciation

Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m.
     - Season ticket renewals begin at 1 p.m. at Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office
     - Tangi Tourism “Pass-Sport” Card stamp opportunity
     - Coaches club t-shirts available for current and new members
     - SGA Collection for Southeastern Student Pantry

Live Remote, Strawberry Stadium/LionUp Tailgate Party, 2-6 p.m.
     - Airing on Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM

Easter Egg Hunt, Strawberry Stadium, Following Football Spring Game
     - Open to children ages 2-12
     - Presented by Party Barn

LionUp Tailgate Party, Area Between Dugas Center and Alumni Field Parking Lot, 4 p.m.
     - Music by Northshore Broadcasting
     - Games by Pennington Center
     - Inflatable obstacle course by TNT Inflatables
     - Food and drinks available for purchase (free to S Club members)

Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)*
     - Gates open at 5 p.m.
     - Baseball Alumni Reunion – Down the left field line
     - Tangi Tourism “Pass-Sport” Card stamp opportunity
     - Coaches club t-shirts available for current and new members
     - Tangi Tourism “Pass-Sport” winner announced – Movie Pack valued over $100

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Mt. SAC Relays, Walnut, Calif., All Day
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Leon Johnson NSU Invite, Natchitoches, All Day
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Cole-Lancon Conference Challenge, Lafayette, All Day



 Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9) (LionVision)*
     - Local Hero Appreciation

Tennis, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*
     - Senior Day
     - Free jambalaya

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Anne Babson (English) moderated a panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival on poetry, craft, and inspiration.
     Eric Johnson (Sims Library) recently spoke on "Culture for the Masses: The Rise and Demise of the Limited Editions Club" at The Art Station in Ponchatoula as part of its "Speak-Art" series.

Several members of the Department of History and Political Science participated in the annual Louisiana Historical Association conference March 28-30 in Lafayette. Drs. Keith Finley and Samuel Hyde attended the Board of Directors meeting. Hyde, who also serves on the Glenn R. Conrad Prize Committee, presented the paper “Feuds, Race Riots, and Ethnic Cleansing: Undesirable Equilibrium in Louisiana’s Most Violent Region.” Graduate student Joseph Ricci presented the paper “The Battle Abbey of the South: Memorial Hall Museum and Maintaining Civil War Memory.” Dr. William B. Robison, who also serves on the Charter and By-Laws Committee, the Committee on Teaching History, and will chair the Program Committee for 2020, chaired a session called “Citizenship Suspect: Japanese Experience and Internment in World War II Louisiana,” in which Dr. Samantha Perez presented the paper “Japanese Internment in Louisiana: Camp Livingston, Cultural Identities, and War Time Anxieties.” 


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