Chefs Evening announces participants
Farmers Market set March 20
Concert to pay tribute to Beethoven
Faculty Jazz Trio to present concert

Common Read program set
Lions Connected earns honor
Sales Team successfully competes
Biz Connect attracts employers

Easter baskets, board games sought

Students attend EvolveU
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Area restaurants and caterers come together for Chefs Evening
Trey Yuen serves at Chefs EveningFor three and a half decades, Southeastern Foundation’s Chefs Evening has provided a venue for showcasing restaurants and caterers from across the region all under one roof. On March 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, this tradition will continue, providing locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to taste and take pride in the culinary creations that the region has to offer.
     Prior to the main event, the President’s Toast will feature hors d’ouevres courtesy of One Thirteen Restaurant and wine personally chosen by Southeastern President John L. Crain. The President’s Toast is held in the President’s Residence on Southeastern’s Campus from 4 to 5 p.m. and allows attendees to extend their Chefs Evening experience.
     This year’s restaurants and beverage companies participating include Aquistapace Covington Supermarket, Benedict’s Plantation, Blackened Brew, Cate Street Seafood Station / Boston Restaurant, Champagne Beverage, Coco Bean Bakery and Café, Crescent Bar, Don’s Seafood, Eddie’s Frozen Custard, Gallagher’s Grill, Gnarley Barley, Jacmel Inn, Jim Carey Distributing, Le Saigon, Our Mom’s Restaurant & Bar, PJ’s Coffee, Salty Joe’s BBQ Shop, Sarita’s Mexican Grill and Cantina, Southeastern Catering, Texas Roadhouse, The Big Squeezy Cold Pressed Juicery, Tope La, and Trey Yuen.
     To learn more or to purchase tickets for Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast, visit, call 549-2239, or email

A TASTE OF THE REGION – Representatives from Trey Yuen in Mandeville prepare to serve guests at the 2018 Chefs Evening. Trey Yuen is one of the 22 vendors from around the region that will offer food and beverage tastings at the 35th annual Chefs Evening, scheduled March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Southeastern’s Student Union Grand Ballroom. For more information, visit, call 549-2239, or email

Students to sponsor farmers market March 20 
The student organization Reconnect is hosting a farmers market on March 20 in front of the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Sponsored by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, the market will feature locally grown produce, pies, food, coffee, soaps, jewelry, live music and more.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.

Farmers Market

Faculty Jazz Trio to present concert
The Faculty Jazz Trio will present a concert on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Admission is free.
     The program will include If I Were A Bell by Frank Loesser, Recorda-Me by Joe Henderson, Norwegian Wood by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arranged by Jeff Albert, Peace by Horace Silver, Blues for Birds by John Madere, and Bolivia by Cedar Walton.
     The Faculty Jazz Trio includes Michael Brothers, drums; Vasil Cvetkov, piano; and John Madere, bass.

     Joining the trio will be guest artist John Bishop on guitar. Bishop was a student of Jimmy Raney and holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (Guitar Performance, cum laude), University of Louisville (Master of Music, Jazz Studies), and Louisiana State University (Ph.D., Music Theory).
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

New York Times best selling author featured in ‘Common Read’ program
Joshua FoerJoshua Foer, co-founder of the online guide to the world’s wonders and curiosities, Atlas Obscura, and co-author of the #1 New York Times best seller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, will visit Southeastern March 25 as part of the university’s Common Read program.
     Sponsored by the Department of English, the Southeastern Writing Center, and the Student Government Association, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet a contemporary author. Foer will meet with students and the public to discuss his first book “Moonwalking with Einstein.” An international best seller published in 34 languages, the book recounts Foer’s yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top “mental athletes.”
     Events that day include student presentations on the author’s work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Foer, followed by a book signing and reception. Scheduled in the Student Union Theatre, the events are free and open to the public.
     “For several years now, we’ve sponsored the Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students,” said David Hanson, head of the Southeastern English Department. “By meeting and talking with an author who they’re studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author’s life of writing.”
     Foer was born in Washington, DC in 1982 and lives in Brookline, MA. His writing has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “National Geographic,” “Esquire,” “Slate,” “Outside,” the “New York Times,” and other publications.
     For more information, visit

Sales team experiences success at Bayou Sales Challenge
A team of seven Southeastern students successfully competed in the Bayou Sales Challenge, a role-play competition held recently at Nicholls State University.
     Members of the sales team included Mary Graves of Kentwood, Alee Hess of Belle Chasse, Austin Rogers of Denham Springs, India Williams of Baton Rouge, and Garrett Buras, Danyel James, and Taylor Windom, all of Covington.
     In only Southeastern’s second time participating in the competition, Hess won the Individual Sales Competition, the highest honor of the sales challenge, while Buras and Graves won the Team Selling Competition, said April Kemp, marketing and sales instructor and professional sales program coach.
     Overall Southeastern earned three of the top five spots after the first round of competition and four of the top 10 spots after the wildcard round against six other universities, including Florida State, LSU, Nicholls, Southern, University of Louisiana - Lafayette, and Xavier.
     “I am so proud of our students’ performance at the Bayou Sales Challenge. Their hard work and preparation did not go unnoticed,” Kemp said. “Having success in these competitions brings recognition to what we are doing at Southeastern to prepare students for sales careers.”
     During the competition, Kemp added, the participants gain real-world sales experience through complex role-play scenarios.
     “It encourages the students to develop essential sales skills and business acumen, while interacting with business professionals who sponsor and judge the event,” she said. “It also gives them an opportunity to interview with companies who are looking to hire graduates to work in sales.”
     Kemp said 44 students competed in the event. Students engaged in a series of 15-minute sales calls, taking on the role of sales personnel for Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Participants advanced through a series of three rounds of role-playing, each increasing in difficulty and competition.
     For more information about the professional sales program, visit
Sales teamSUCCESSFUL SALES TEAM – Members of the Southeastern student sales team recently competed in the Bayou Sales Challenge. Overall Southeastern earned three of the top five spots after the first round of competition and four of the top 10 spots after the wildcard round against seven other universities. From left, are Tara’ Lopez, associate professor of marketing, sales team members India Williams, Danyel James, Mary Graves, Alee Hess, Austin Rogers, Garrett Buras, Taylor Windom, and April Kemp, marketing and sales instructor.

Easter Basket donations, board games sought
The Discovery/Renew Family Resource Projects, a program within Southeastern’s Department of Health and Human Sciences, is accepting board games, along with pre-assembled Easter Baskets for children in need.
     The game drive aims to provide games to families that do not have the means so thay can have better interactions. The Easter Basket drive aims to provide an Easter Basket to children who otherwise would not receive one. The ages for the games and Easter Baskets range from infant to 18 years old.
     The deadline for donations for both drives is April 15. Items can be dropped off at the Renew office, located at 1000 North Morrison Blvd, Suite F. in Hammond or at the Discovery office, located at 206 Pete’s Highway, Suite B. in Denham Springs by appointment only.
     For more information or to donate, please contact: Kathleen Chambers at 985-543-4720 or       Thank you for your continued support to our families.

Friederike KienleSoutheastern concert to pay tribute to Beethoven
Southeastern Symphony Orchestra, Northshore Chorale, Bella Voce, and Southeastern Concert Choir will pay tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven in a concert March 20 at the Columbia Theatre. Titled “Beethoven Night at the Columbia Theatre,” the concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theater.
     Violin Professor and Orchestra Director Victor Correa-Cruz said guest conductor for the concert is Friederike Kienle of Germany, and choral conductors are Director of Choral Activities Alissa Rowe and Music Education Instructor Amy Prats. Concert vocal soloists include soprano Sara Cage of Baton Rouge, alto Anna Labranche of Mandeville; tenor Jody Bennett of Conroe, Tex.; and bass Joshua Staes of Baton Rouge.
     “We are honored to have Friederike Kienle who is developing a brilliant international career and who has proven herself to critics and audiences as an authority on Beethoven,” Correa-Cruz said. “We are also thrilled to join forces with these choral ensembles that are an essential part of the Southeastern artistic scenery and are well known for the superb quality shown in all their performances.”
     Correa-Cruz said the Symphony Orchestra will perform the “Fifth Symphony” and Overture to “Egmont.”
     “Both pieces are good examples of Beethoven’s ‘Middle Period.’ During this time from 1802 – 1812, his music became more heroic, influenced by the ideas of the French Revolution,” said Correa-Cruz. “It is the time when his Third Symphony, ‘The Eroica’ was composed, making Beethoven a champion of freedom and independence, while promoting the image of an artist who rejects being a mere servant of the nobility and claims his own status in society.”
     Two choral works in the second half of the concert, the “Benedictus” and the “Cantata Op. 112,” come from the “Late Period,” Correa-Cruz added, illustrating a more intimate writing in Beethoven’s compositions.
     Tickets for the concert, available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas St. in Hammond, are $10 for adults, and $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D.
     Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to performances. For ticket information, call 543-4371.
     For more information about the concert, contact Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

‘Lions Connected’ earns national honor
Lions Connected, a Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning program that provides personalized, post-secondary educational experiences for individuals with intellectual disabilities, has received national recognition.
     A comprehensive transition and post-secondary program approved by the U.S. Department of Education, Lions Connected was named the Exemplary Program for Vocational Training and Transition from the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES).
     Gerlinde Beckers, program coordinator and associate professor of education at Southeastern, said Lions Connected works closely with on-campus inclusive vocational opportunities, community partnerships, parents and college-age peer mentors. Socialization with typical peers, independent living and self-advocacy, career development and experience, knowledge, personal health, skills and enrichment are some specific goals with the ultimate goal to increase the quality of life for students through a college experience, she added.
     “Lions Connected serves five parishes in southeast Louisiana, four of which meet rural population indicators,” said Beckers. “The program aims to address students from high poverty, rural parishes with limited resources and opportunities. I am thrilled Lions Connected received this award. So many people at Southeastern have worked very hard for Lions Connected to become a program worthy of being considered exemplary.”
     Southeastern middle school special education/social studies major Emma Beckers has been working with Lions Connected since she was a high school student.
     “I have been involved with Lions Connected since its first year through high school service learning. It only seemed natural for me to become a peer mentor when I started at Southeastern last fall,” she said. “Being involved with Lions Connected is like having a very diverse second family, where we all belong and help each other succeed.”
     Now in its third year, Lions Connected is certified by the Department of Education and must meet student academic progress goals set according to the federal standards in the areas of class attendance, class participation, assignment completion, and life skills curriculum.
     Theresa Danos, mother of Lions Connected charter member Adam Danos, said her son completed the program and has now moved on to employment.
     “Adam is on the autism spectrum and although he functions at a very high level, he would not have been successful attending a traditional college program. Adam really expressed a desire to attend college, and the program provided him with this avenue. We are thrilled!”
     Danos added that the inclusive vocational opportunity is a vital part of the program.
     “Having the students leave with job skills and experience will benefit them for the rest of their lives,” she said. “So many individuals with learning issues end up unemployed, and we are so happy to support a program that provides hope and life-long learning skills.”
     For more information on Lions Connected, contact Gerlinde Beckers at

Lions Connected wins awardLIONS CONNECTED WINS AWARD – Southeastern’s program Lions Connected received national recognition from the American Council on Rural Special Education as an Exemplary Program in the area of Vocational Training and Transition. From left are Chair of American Council on Rural Special Education Tina Hudson, Lions Connected Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Education Gerlinde Beckers, Southeastern middle school special education/social studies major Emma Beckers, and Southeastern Teaching and Learning Department Head Colleen Klein-Ezell.

Career connecting at Southeastern 
Amber Garrard, right, a senior marketing major from Mandeville, speaks with Republic Finance Assistant Manager Madison Smith about job openings with the company, at the university’s Biz-Connect fair on Thursday (March 14).

     Sponsored by the Southeastern College of Business and the Office of Career Services, Biz-Connect was designed to introduce employers to seniors looking for employment opportunities in the business realm. Southeastern business students visited with representatives of 49 area and national employers.

Biz Connect at Southeastern

EvolveU held on campus Friday
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The Southeastern baseball, softball and tennis teams will continue Southland Conference play, the golf and track teams will be in action and the football team will host Pro Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (7-12, 1-2 Southland) returns home on Wednesday to host Alcorn State in a 6 p.m. nonconference contest at Alumni Field. A BOGO ticket offer will be available via the Swing Into Spring promotion in conjunction with Wednesday’s game.
     Wednesday is also a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score five or more runs versus the Braves, fans can take their game ticket or student coupon to their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     SLU will return to conference play later in the week, hosting Abilene Christian for a three-game Southland series. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday with a 1 p.m. contest.
     Sunday is Sundae Funday at Alumni Field, as the first 100 fans will receive free ice cream in a souvenir baseball helmet. 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.
     Winners of its first two league series of the season, the Southeastern softball team (15-11, 4-2 Southland) will open the week on the road, facing Alcorn State at 1 p.m. in Lorman, Mississippi. The Lady Lions then return home to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game Southland series at North Oak Park. The series opens with a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and Saturday’s series finale is set for noon.
     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 air in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps. The Southeastern Channel will broadcast Wednesday’s baseball game via the Southland Digital Network at and via the Southland apps available for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
     LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of the SLU-ACU baseball and SLU-AMCC softball series at
     The Southeastern track and field team will continue its outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in a dual meet with Southern on Saturday at the Southeastern Track Complex.
The SLU men’s golf team will return to the course this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will participate in the Toyota Invite in Lake Charles.
     The SLU tennis team (4-7, 1-2 Southland) will head to Beaumont, Texas this week to make up a pair of league matches that were rained out earlier this spring. Southeastern will face Incarnate Word on Friday at 11 a.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday at noon.
     Former members of the Southeastern football team will look to take their next step in furthering their playing careers this week. The Lions will host Pro Day on Thursday at 8 a.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     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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Men’s Golf, at Toyota Invite, Lake Charles, All Day
Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)


Softball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 1 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Toyota Invite, Lake Charles, All Day


Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland Digital Network/Southeastern Channel)
     - Swing Into Spring
     - Cane’s Challenge


 Football, Pro Day, Strawberry Stadium, 8 a.m.


 Baseball, vs. Abilene Christian, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), North Oak Park, 4 p.m. (LionVision)*
Tennis, vs. Incarnate Word, Beaumont, Texas, 11 a.m.*


 Baseball, vs. Abilene Christian, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Local Hero Appreciation
Track and Field, Southeastern-Southern Dual Meet, Southeastern Track Complex, All Day


 Baseball, vs. Abilene Christian, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Sundae Funday
     - Local Hero Appreciation

Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Southeastern’s Writer-in-Residence David Armand (English) participated with Maurice Carlos Ruffin, whose debut novel was recently named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, on a panel called “Southern Writers and Place” at the Louisiana Library Association’s annual conference on Thursday, March 14, in Baton Rouge.

     Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby (Communication and Media Studies) presented a session titled “Cultivating Culturally Inclusive Online Learning Environments” at the For Our Future University of Louisiana System Conference in Lafayette Feb. 14 and 15. She also presented “#OilyMomBoss: Neoliberalism and Motherhood” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Seattle March 13-17.


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