Miss Southeastern 2020 crowned
Symphony Orchestra to perform Dec. 4
Pottery Sale set Dec. 2 and 3

Canines and Cupcakes scheduled
Phi Kappa Phi chapter honored
Regional nursing event held

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Janine Hatcher wins Miss Southeastern Crown
Janine Hatcher

Southeastern business administration major Janine Hatcher of Chesapeake, Va., has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2020.
     Hatcher received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2019 Chelsey Blank of Paulina at the annual pageant Friday (Nov. 22) at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant System.
     A senior, Hatcher also received the Evening Gown and Social Impact Statement awards.
The top five contestants for the pageant were, Hatcher, Lily Gayle of Hammond, Leslie Jones of Watson, Victoria Reid of Folsom, and Abby Eubanks of Zachary.
     First runner up was Gayle, a junior majoring in communication broadcast, and second runner up was Jones, a junior majoring in English.
     Omaira Romero, a freshman from Gonzales majoring in athletic training, took home the Talent Award, whilo Catherine Spanogianni, a junior human resources management major from Mandeville, took home the Miss Congeniality Award, as well as the Student Government Association Academic Award.
     Cameron Hooper, a junior kinesiology major from Tampa, Fla., took home both the People’s Choice and Miracle Maker Awards.
     Hatcher will advance to the Miss Louisiana’s Pageant that will be held in Monroe in June.



Photo credit: Maiah Woodring of The Lion's Roar.


Symphony Orchestra to perform Dec. 4
After the recent successful presentation of Southeastern’s Symphony Orchestra at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference in Baton Rouge, the symphonic ensemble approaches the stage this week with a brand new program designed to close the semester with joy and excitement.
     The first half of the concert will showcase five talented Southeastern music students who made the finals at the 2019 Concerto Competition: Marina Burguete, cello, Sara Cage, soprano, Hannah Freitas, flute, Alfred Harper, baritone and Chandler Sumner, trumpet. They will present several solos written for their instruments.
     Assistant Professor of Violin Victor Correa-Cruz said the audience will be exposed to emblematic arias by Wolfgang A. Mozart and George Fr. Händel; a concerto for Flute by Malcolm Arnold, one of the main English 20th century composers; and two works by Joseph Haydn: his Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major and his Cello Concerto in C Major.
     After the solos, the orchestra will perform the Overture to “Poet and Peasant” by von Suppé, a classic at the Vienna New Year’s Concert. Brahms ́ most celebrated Hungarian Dance –no. 5- will follow, and the soundtrack of “Titanic” by James Horner will invoke memories and images of one of the greatest movies in the history of filmmaking, Correa-Cruz added.
     The concert will end with the Intermezzo to “La Boda de Luis Alonso,” a famous Spanish “zarzuela,” a genre with ties to comic opera and German operetta.
     “We hope this concert helps everyone face the Christmas season with optimism and inspiration. As always, thank you for coming and showing us your support on every concert,” said Correa-Cruz. “The next performance will take place in the spring on March 18 with the orchestra presenting the monumental “Masquerade” suite by Aram Khachaturian along with some other gems of the repertoire. On behalf of the entire orchestra, Merry Christmas to y´all!” 

Symphony Orchestra

Phi Kappa Phi chapter recognized 
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Southeastern was recently recognized as achieving the Excellence Platinum status for 2019-20.
     The Circle of Excellence Award Program recognizes chapters for their work in promoting excellence on the local campus and engaging the community of scholars each year. The awards utilize data already submitted by the chapter to the national office regarding yearly activities and initiation efforts.
     Chapters achieving the Platinum Circle of Excellence status may elect a $300 cash award or a convention registration grant valued at $425.

Phi Kappa Phi

Regional Nursing and Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Event held
Southeastern and the School of Nursing recently hosted the inaugural Regional Nursing and Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Event sponsored by the Northshore Healthcare Alliance with partial funding provided by the EPIC Corporation Endowed Professorship in Nursing awarded to Dr. Luanne Billingsley to support the infusion of IPE into the School of Nursing program. Dr. Lindsay Domiano led the collaborative IPE project planning committee and faculty facilitators to develop the event agenda and activities.
     Expert panelists included executives from five NHA healthcare facilities. CEO of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton; Senior VP at St. Tammany Parish Hospital Kerry Milton; Chief Nursing Officer at Our Lady of the Angels Hospital Ralph Serpas; Chief Medical Officer of Ochsner/Slidell Memorial Hospitals Dr. James Newcomb; and Chief Operating Officer of Lakeview Regional Medical Center Scott Montgomery, were selected for their varied education, training, and backgrounds to share insights on “The Importance of Teamwork and Communication to Patient Safety and Outcomes.”
     Following the expert panel discussion, Executive Director of Northshore Healthcare Alliance Sharon Landry, facilitated a robust question and answer session.
     Billingsley, Domiano, and Dr. Danielle Charrier presented an overview of interprofessional core competencies and critical strategies to improve IP communication and teamwork. Then, over 20 faculty volunteers from Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Delgado Charity School of Nursing, Nunez Community College, Northshore Technical Community College, and Louisiana Hospital Association facilitated interactive activities among over 300 invited health profession students.
     The next steps include training interested faculty members and clinical preceptors from multiple disciplines to work together outside of the traditional professional silos to improve patient safety and outcomes.
     For additional information, contact Billingsley at or Domiano at

Nursing eventABOVE: Pictured at the event, from left, are Lindsay Domiano, Sharon Landry, Ken Tillman, Luanne Billingsley, and Danielle Charrier.


Pottery sale 

Ceramics Club pottery sale set Dec. 2-3
The Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold its holiday pottery sale Dec. 2 – 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
     The club was organized to help Southeastern art students sell and promote their work, and money raised in the sale will be used to help fund visiting artists and awards for students.
     For more information, call 549-2193.

Canines and Cupcakes 

Nursing and Health Science to host Canines and Cupcakes
Southeastern’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences is hosting a dog-gone good time for a “pawsatively” worthy cause – its second annual Canines and Cupcakes fundraiser. Scheduled Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the event for canines and their owners will take place at Southeastern’s Kinesiology Building Gym, located at 400 Mane Street.
     Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Carruth said the event is not only a fundraiser for the Nursing and Health Sciences Foundation to promote student educational activities, but it also serves as a stress reliever for students as final exams approach. Families planning or considering getting a dog over the holidays are also encouraged to attend and learn about dog ownership.
     “Join us for a fun-filled day of yoga, games, photos with Roomie and the Grinch and, of course, cupcake decorating at our cupcake station. Although the cupcakes will be baked for human consumption, we will leave it up to the owners who ultimately gets to enjoy them,” she said. “Attendees can bring their canine companions for some exercise, fun activities, photos for humans and dogs and demonstrations throughout the event. This year we will be adding a dog treat station.”
     Activities include demonstrations by Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department of animal assisted therapy used to improve communication; dog-training techniques courtesy of Dog Gone Right, LLC; education on heartworm prevention from Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital; and safe food handling instruction, especially during the holidays, by Northshore Technical Community College’s Vet Assistance Program. Hammond Police will also be on hand to fingerprint children, along with volunteers to help paw print dogs.
     Also planned is a costume contest at 10 a.m. that will award prizes for the following: best Christmas character portrayal (human and canine); best use of Christmas colors (human and canine); best doggie Christmas character (canine only); most Christmas look-alike (human and canine); ugliest Christmas sweater (human only), and best dog trick.
     Costume contest, silent auction, door prize and raffle winners will be announced at 10:45 a.m. Judges include CEO of North Oaks Health System Michele Sutton, Dean of Students Dr. Gabe Willis, Student Government Association President Karley Bordelon, and Donna Miller, owner of PJ’s Coffee.
     Vendors for dog-themed shopping, paw print face painting, a kissing booth where attendees can volunteer their dogs to give kisses, games and music are included in the day’s activities as well, Carruth said.
     Rounding out the day is a pet parade at 11:30 a.m. (floats optional) through Friendship Circle. The route will begin at the Kinesiology Building breezeway then continue through the Student Union, around Friendship Circle and back. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Eric Summers will serve as grand marshal.
     A highlight of the event will be the raffle drawing for a dog-themed quilt made by Southeastern retired faculty member Paul Simoneaux.
Sponsors and local vendors for the event include the following: All Barn New, Aramark, Big Frog, Charles Black III and Hunter Black, Connie’s Impressions, Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital – Dr. Christie McHughes (SLU alumna), Denise Austin Pottery, Dog Gone Right, Farm Bureau – Malcolm Fitzhugh (SLU alumnus), Gulf South Bank, Helm Paint and Decorating, Nothing Bundt Cakes, North Oaks Health System, Pennington Student Activity Center, PJs – Downtown Hammond, Rho Zeta/STTI, the Ribando Family, Ross Downing Chevrolet, Inc., Royal Pets Grooming Spa, Tangipahoa District Nurses Association, Tycer Ready Mix, and Zocalisa Fine Chocolates.
     Cost to attend the event is $25 per family with a canine, $15 per family without a canine, or $5 for Southeastern students with or without a dog.
     Registration for Canines and Cupcakes is available at the door or at and includes a photo gift.
     For more information, contact the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at 549-3772 or


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The Southeastern football team will continue play in the NCAA FCS playoffs, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue nonconference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     After rallying past No. 8/10 Villanova for a thrilling 45-44 victory in last Saturday’s first round, the No. 24 Lions (8-4) will travel to face No. 6 Montana in second round action on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. (CST). The game will be televised live on ESPN3. The game can also be heard on KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and the Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR, online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps.
     The Southeastern Athletics ticket office will have an allotment of 500 tickets to sale for the SLU-Montana contest. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 5. Season ticket holders, Touchdown Club members and Southeastern students will have priority for the $35 tickets.
     The Southeastern Athletics ticket office is located on the first floor of West Stadium and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
     The Lion men’s basketball team (2-5) will close out its four-game road swing on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. contest at UL Lafayette. The in-state meeting will be televised on ESPN3. SLU will then return home to host Southern-New Orleans on Friday at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball 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.
     The SLU women’s basketball team (2-4) will host Jackson State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the University Center.
     Saturday’s home game features the Teams Supporting Teams promotion. There will be a special promotion and group rate for all teams who pre-purchase their group tickets to watch the Lady Lions host Jackson State. Contact the ticket office at 549-5466 to get your group rate.
     The first 150 fans at Saturdays’ SLU-JSU game will receive trading cards featuring freshmen Bren’naisa Adams and Daija Harvey, courtesy of PRIDE.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of Friday’s men’s basketball contest and Saturday’s women’s basketball game. Tune in online at or the Lions Game Day Experience app for Android or iOS devices. Fans can also watch on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (/SLUathletics) with any mobile, tablet or smart TV device (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku).
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Football With Frank Scelfo is set for Monday at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering in downtown Hammond. Southeastern Director of Athletics Jay Artigues will be Monday’s special guest.
     Hosted by Scelfo, the Lions’ second-year head coach, and Allen Waddell, the hour-long show airs weekly from Tope La Catering, located at 113 East Thomas Street every Monday at 7 p.m. through the end of the football season.
     The show will air on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR). Fans can also listen live at and via the Lions Game Day and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will be available at



Football, Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo, Tope La Catering, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR) (SSN)
     - Special Guest: Director of Athletics Jay Artigues


Men’s Basketball, at UL Lafayette, Lafayette, La., 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM)


Men’s Basketball, vs. Southern (N.O.), University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN) (KSLU 90.9 FM) 


 Football, at Montana (FCS Playoffs – Second Round), Missoula, Mont., 2 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)

Women’s Basketball, vs. Jackson State, University Center, 1 p.m. (SSN)
     - Teams Supporting Teams
     - Daija Harvey/Bren’naisa Adams Trading Card Day

Southeastern home events in bold.


Anne Babson (English) had five of her poems, “Bienvenue au Bunker,” “January Bunker,” “February Bunker,” “March Bunker,” and “December Bunker” appear in the current issue of BlazeVox. She also had two of her poems, "Reruns" and "Sapphics for the Sophisticated New Yorker," publishied in the Northern Irish literary journal Bindweed.
     Bruce Craft (English) has published an essay entitled “Colorblindness at the Courthouse: A Confession and a Conundrum” in Contraband Love, a collection of critical essays and creative works on contemporary abolition literature.
     Dr. Benjamin Wicker (Chemistry and Physics) hosted a technical session sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Physics and the College of Science and Technology titled “Advancements in Phosphorus-Based Ligands” at the 2019 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Savannah, Ga. He presented two talks titled “Phosphonium Ionic Liquids: Versatile Platform for Future Applications” and “Synthesis of Phosphonium Salts and Their Potential Use as Cationic Ligands.” Several students attended the conference to present their work as well. Stephanie Jones presented a poster titled “Synthesis and Characterization of New Phosphonium Ionic Liquids.” Pedro Jimenez Antenucci presented a talk titled “Towards a Greener Mulidentate NacNac Ligand,” and both he and Harrison “Locke” Marcello presented a poster titled “NacNac: New Synthetic Routes to a Well-Known Ligand.” Samuel Giglio also traveled to SERMACS and presented a poster on his work in Dr. Jean Fotie’s lab entitled “Pt-Catalyzed O-Silylation of Oximes and Alcohols by Hydrosilanes.”


Dr. Prem Chanda (Chemistry and Physics) and his research students attended SWRM-RMRM American Chemical Society Regional Meeting at El Paso, Tex. Nov. 13 - 16, where Chanda presented a research paper on “Diastereoselective Enolboration-aldolization of Substituted Phenylacetates.” Angela Thomas and Tommy Walls (Chanda Research Lab) presented a poster on their research work titled “Synthesis Skill Transfer from Undergraduate General Chemistry Laboratory to Research Laboratory: Synthesis of Various o-, m-, and p-substituted Phenylacetates by Fischer Esterification Reaction and their Diasteroselective Aldol Reactions.” Stafford Primeaux (Chanda Research Lab) presented a poster on his research work titled “Anti-selective Enolboration-aldolization of N,N-dialkylphenylacetamides.” Dalton Cambre (Chanda Research Lab) presented a poster on his research work titled “Development of Dialkylboron triflate-mediated syn-selctive Aldol Reactions of N,N-dialkylphenylacetamides.”
     John W. Hatcher III (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Mentoring: A Focus on Ethnic Identity Development among African American Male College Freshmen in the Digital Age” at the Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age 2019 conference in Cagliari, Italy, Nov. 7 - 10. At the same conference Nan B. Adams (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Digital Ethnicity – Emerging Profiles” at the Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age.”
     Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) gave a presentation titled “Investigating Financial Crimes by the FBI” at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Nov. 15 to Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students. Titard also gave a presentation titled “Forensic Accounting at the FBI” to a class of accounting majors at Concordia University in Athens, West Virginia, Oct. 17.


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