Southeastern Theatre alumni join forces for production
Southeastern Theatre Department alumni will return home this summer for the collaborative
production of “Moon Over Buffalo.” Scheduled June 27 – 29 at Vonnie Borden Theatre,
located in D Vickers Hall on Southeastern’s campus, each performance will begin at
Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Jim Winter will direct the comedy
play written by American playwright Ken Ludwig. Well-known for slapsticks and comedic
innuendos, Moon Over Buffalo is also famous for being the one play that successfully
tempted Carol Burnett back to the live stage after a 30-year absence from Broadway.
With a span of 25 years of Southeastern theatre alumni coming together to celebrate
their time at Southeastern, Winter described the production as a special and unique
event that may never happen again.
“Not only has this production been two years in the making, but the entire cast
and crew of Moon Over Buffalo, who are all Southeastern theatre alumni, have happily
agreed to participate in this unprecedented production for free,” Winter said. “This
whole production was spawned from the close ties we maintain with our alumni. They
always come back and support new generations in theatre. How amazing is it for a student
who graduated in the 90s to act along a student who graduated in 2015?”
Shane Stewart who plays the lead male role George said, “Working on this production
certainly reminded me of how much Hammond and Southeastern meant to me and helped
me as a theatre professional when I was young and just learning. It’s amazing the
amount of talent that has passed across the stage of Vonnie Borden, and it is a rare
occurrence to have this much talent in one place at one time.”
Moon over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, down on their luck actors
of the 1950s, who have one final shot of reaching their dream, Winter explained. Unfortunately
for them, everything that could go wrong does, leading to side splitting hilarity
for the audience.
Cast in lead roles are Stewart of Greensburg as George and Kace Parker of Covington
as Charlotte. Additional cast members include Olivia Waguespack and Ben Norman of
Covington, Lindsey Ehricht of Hammond, Chelsea Krause of Gonzales, Trey Lagan of Ponchatoula,
Karista Filopoulous of Mandeville, and Jeff Polito of Lake Charles.
“If this production goes well, then we are hoping to make alumni shows annual,”
Winter said. “However, in order for this to happen, we need people to come and support
the first one.”
General Admission tickets are $20, while senior adults and student tickets are
$15. Tickets can be purchased from the Vonnie Borden Theatre box office, located in
the D Vickers Hall lobby.
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at
Southeastern student chosen as Governor's Fellow
Richard Davis, a Southeastern senior, has been chosen as one of only 13 university
students from across the state to participate in the Governor’s Fellows Program in
A native of Slidell, Davis is a middle school education major and former president
of Southeastern’s Student Government Association. He is also a student member of the
University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and Louisiana Office of Student
Financial Assistance Advisory Board.
Participants in the program are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana
university or college and will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about
the development and implementation of public policy, as well as the state’s rich history
and current affairs of Louisiana government.
Although Davis has experienced state policy making through his role as a ULS
and LOSFA Board member, both positions he earned through his concurrent service as
Southeastern’s SGA president, he will now be able to expand his public policy knowledge
through the program. Davis will also have the opportunity to explore the state’s Department
of Corrections since each fellow has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency
in Baton Rouge.
In addition to working within a state agency, each participant will also take
part in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance the overall experience
and understanding of Louisiana government.
The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana
State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
Today is final day for Southeastern students to apply for summer graduation
The final day for Southeastern students to apply to graduate in summer 2019 is June
17, the university announced today.
Students who do not submit the fee and application by June 17 will not be considered
a degree candidate for the Summer 2019 term. The $25 application fee should be paid
directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid
Building, prior to completing the graduation application.
Candidates for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply
for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the “Self
Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are
available at southeastern.edu/admin/registrar/graduation/ or from the Southeastern Office of the Registrar at 549-2066. There is also a direct
link available at southeastern.edu/graduation.
Students seeking help on completing the graduation application can also go to
the Enrollment Services Express office on main campus in the Student Union, room 1301.
The graduation application for the Summer 2019 Commencement is now open.
Visit www.southeastern.edu/applyforgraduation for information regarding graduation application, deadlines, and fees.
Southeastern students recognized by Louisiana Board of Regents
Students from Southeastern’s College of Education were honored by Louisiana Governor
John Bel Edwards, Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter-Reed, and State
Superintendent of Education John White for being named to the Future Educator Honor
Roll. Scott Jarreau and Keyana Davis, both graduates from Southeastern’s College of
Education in May, and Delaney Inabet, a high school student at St. Amant High School
in Southeastern’s STAR program (Students Teaching And Reaching) who plans to pursue
a career in education, were among 40 future teachers in the state in the inaugural
class of honorees recognized by the Louisiana Board of Regents at the state Capitol
last month. The Future Educator Honor Roll is the first of its kind, initiated by
Hunter-Reed in an effort to recognize and honor future educators during Teacher Appreciation
Month. From left are Inabet, Davis, Dr. Paula Summers Calderon, dean of Southeastern’s
College of Education, and Jarreau.
Workshops held at Turtle Cove for “The Paper Boat”
Over the past two years, Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station has been involved
with a unique artist-nature project.
Artist Chris Staudinger built a cedar-strip shell of a canoe, now named “The
Paper Boat,” to serve as the basis for nature writings. He had fellow artists write
poems on nature and the environment during workshops held at Turtle Cove with both
professional artists and students from Harmony High in New Orleans, a new public high
school in New Orleans that educates through the lens of coastal restoration. Participants
wrote poems on the Manchac Swamp and things they saw in nature while at Turtle Cove.
After each set of writings, Staudinger placed the poems on water proof paper
that became “the new hull” of the boat each successive time writings were conducted.
The boat, with each new set of writings on the hull, has been shown at various museums
and other art exhibitions around New Orleans. After four years in the making, The
Paper Boat will finally take its maiden voyage on June 28 on Bayou St. John.