Southeastern retirees honored
All Styles Guitar Night scheduled
Chefs Evening offers auction items
Columbia Theatre presents Artrageous

Green Talks continue Tuesday

Librarian receives state award
Call for student presentations
CMS hosts summer music programs

Students win Emmy scholarships

French Club visits New Orleans

Vocalists claim awards

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern retirees honored
Southeastern retirees 2019Southeastern recognized its 2018-19 retirees last week with a reception in their honor. Southeastern President John L. Crain said the 38 retirees represented 787 years of service, including four employees with 30 or more years of service.
     Pictured seated from left are: Kuldip Grest, Health Center; Cora von Aspern, Transportation Services; Romana Kerner, Nursing; Theresa Pourciau, Physical Plant; Belita Schilling, Library; Lisa Patti, University Advancement; Helen Carona, Mathematics; Roxanne Stoehr, Health and Human Services; Deborah Lowry, Freshman Success, and Jessie Houston, Physical Plant. Standing, from left, are President Crain; Roy Blackwood, Visual Art + Design; Lillie Buckhalter, Physical Plant; Josephine Thomas, Counseling Center; Harold Todd, University Police; Shirley James, Physical Plant; Carolyn Williams, Physical Plant; Cheryll Javaherian, Languages and Communication; John Sears, Institutional Research; Joseph Dick, Client Services; Charles Chifici, Physical Plant; Laura Lips, Human Resources; Wynn Gillan, Kinesiology and Health Studies; and Robert Kraemer, Kinesiology and Health Studies.

All Styles Guitar Night scheduled 
The Southeastern 2019 Guitar Festival All Styles Night concert will take place Monday, March 25, at 7:30 in Pottle Auditorium. Admission is free.
     The concert will feature music for guitar in a variety of styles including jazz, classical, folk, blues, and original compositions as well. Performers will include music majors, students and faculty from other disciplines, and Southeastern alumni.
     “The All Styles Night has become an established annual event at Southeastern that showcases one of the most popular, and versatile instruments in modern music culture. The guitar has become a truly global instrument, found in almost every corner of the world played by millions at amateur and professional levels in constantly developing musical styles,” said Instructor and Coordinator of Guitar Activities Patrick Kerber. “I am particularly pleased that we continue to offer a venue for students and members of the Southeastern community who are not involved with the Music Department to showcase their unique talents. As always, there will be something for everyone, and the students are not graded for this one - free expression on their guitar(s) is the order of the day!”
     For more information, contact Patrick Kerber at 549-2886 or


Columbia Theatre presents ‘Artrageous’
ArtrageousSoutheastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Artrageous, an interactive art and music experience, in one performance only April 6 at 7:30 p.m. 
     According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, the Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result, he said, is a one-of-a-kind crossover experience.
     “Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments,” Blackwood said. “With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction, Artrageous takes audiences on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun. The signature of the Artrageous Troup is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show!”
     Tickets for the production range from $35 to $45, with $15 tickets available for kids 12 and under, and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 985-543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at 
     Special $15 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office. 
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for Artrageous and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.

Southeastern librarian honored with state award
Angela DunningtonA Southeastern librarian has been recognized with a state award by the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Louisiana Library Association. Angela Dunnington, head of access services of Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library, received the 2019 Academic Award for Outstanding Librarianship at the LLA annual conference held recently in Baton Rouge.
     A resident of Hammond, Dunnington was nominated by Sims Library Director Eric Johnson, as well as her peers.
     “Angela has passion for librarianship, a strong desire to provide the best possible service that Sims Library can offer, the ability to work through thorny problems to find appropriate solutions, and an ongoing commitment to faculty and student assistance and instruction,” Johnson said.
     Dunnington received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Southeastern in 1995 and a master’s degree in library and information science from LSU in 1997. She has worked at Sims Memorial Library in various capacities since 2001 and has introduced new technology to library collections, led information literacy assessment projects, written grants, improved policies, and created a student/employee training course.
     Perhaps most importantly, Johnson said, Dunnington frequently shares her expertise locally, statewide, and nationally. She has published and presented extensively and frequently mentors new librarians.
     “It is an indescribable honor to be selected as this year’s Outstanding Academic Librarian. It has been an incredible journey to be part of academic libraries and higher education spanning 22 years,” Dunnington said. “I share this award with Southeastern librarians, staff and fellow colleagues who mentored and inspired me throughout my career. It is not every day a librarian gets to spend the majority of her career working at their undergraduate alma mater.”

Students win Emmy scholarships
Three Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel have received prestigious Emmy scholarships from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
     Junior Dylan Domangue of Houma and senior Alexis Minor of Baton Rouge were awarded $5,000 scholarships each, while senior Amanda Kitch of Covington won a $4,500 stipend.
     The Suncoast Chapter offers scholarships to eligible high school seniors and university students who reside within the Suncoast Region, comprised of Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Puerto Rico. 
     To be eligible for the university award, students must maintain a 3.5 overall grade point average with a major in communications/broadcasting and a concentration in television.      Applicants are required to submit a transcript, resume, work samples, one-page biography, 250-word essay, a letter of recommendation, and participate in a personal interview conducted by the Emmy scholarship committee. 
     It is the second consecutive year that Domangue and Kitch received scholarships. In 2017, along with Courtney Bruno of New Orleans, they became the first students in Louisiana awarded Emmy scholarships. 
     “This is a tremendous honor for Dylan, Alexis and Amanda since they had to pass very strict Emmy criteria to win the scholarships,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “This shows that not only are they all producing outstanding television work, they’re excelling in the classroom as well. The Emmy committee has rightly recognized their mature career goals and bright futures in television. We’re extremely proud of them and happy that these generous scholarships will help finance their continued education and development.” 

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Emmy scholarshipsEMMY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS - Three Southeastern students at the Southeastern Channel recently won prestigious Emmy scholarships awarded by the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy organization awards scholarships to students who major in television broadcasting, maintain a 3.5 grade point average, and exhibit outstanding television work, along with strong career goals in the television industry. From left are junior Dylan Domangue of Houma and senior Amanda Kitch of Covington. Not pictured is scholarship winner Alexis Minor, a senior from Baton Rouge.

Southeastern vocalists claim awards at state competition
Fourteen Southeastern vocal performance students were finalists – including five first place winners – at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held recently at Southeastern. 
     Receiving first place nods were Andrew Butler of River Ridge, freshman men division; Cheyenne Moore of Slidell, senior women’s division; Alfred Harper of New Orleans, junior men division; Wesley Newton of Bourg, senior men; and Joshua Staes of Baton Rouge, graduate men.  Southeastern vocal students swept both the freshman men and senior women categories.
     Other students recognized at the competition include the following: Caitlyn Rodrigue of Thibodaux, second place sophomore women; Canaan White of Ponchatoula, second place freshman men; Sara Cage of Baton Rouge, second place senior women; Camryn Rodrigue of Thibodaux, third place sophomore women; William Dopp of Independence, third place freshman men; Carley Duet of Cutoff, third place junior women; Anne Labranche of Mandeville, third place senior women; Emily Guagliardo of Ponchatoula, fourth place, freshman women; and Deondra Bell of Baton Rouge, fourth place senior women.
     Voice teachers from the NATS Louisiana Chapter judged the auditions. Students participated in lectures and master classes as part of the one-day conference.


Getaways and more up for auction at the 35th annual Chefs Evening

Attendees at this year’s Chefs Evening, scheduled March 31 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Southeastern’s Student Union Grand Ballroom, have the chance to take home an array of silent auction items. Ranging from jewelry to deluxe hotel stays and attraction passes, there are nearly four dozen items and packages on which event guests can place their bids.
     Jewelry from Kendra Scott, Mignon Faget, and other local designers; a private shopping event for eight at Gypsy Hill Boutique; a luxurious goodie bag from Aveda; New Orleans hotel packages from The Ritz Carlton, Omni Royal Orleans, Loews New Orleans Hotel, Windsor Court Hotel, and Pontchartrain Hotel; and passes to New Orleans Museum of Art and the Audubon Institute are a sampling of the items up for auction.
     In addition to the silent auction, attendees can also try their luck in a jewelry raffle; a 50/50 raffle; and a corks and kegs raffle featuring wine, beer, and champagne. A live auction will also be held for a customized trip to Napa, a wine dinner for eight at the Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm, a Smoothie King Center tickets package with limousine service and dinner, and a President’s Wine Tasting featuring select Chefs Evening wines for the winner and 25 additional guests.
     In the midst of perusing the available goods, patrons will be invited to taste cuisine from dozens of restaurants and caterers around the region and enjoy carefully chosen wine and drinks. The President’s Toast, a kick-off event immediately preceding Chefs Evening held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the President’s Residence on campus, allows attendees to extend their foodie experience by indulging in exclusive select hors d’ouevres and wine handpicked by Southeastern President John L. Crain.
     The event is organized by the Southeastern Foundation, with all proceeds benefitting vital student scholarships and academic programs.
     Tickets for both Chefs Evening and the President’s Toast are available online at or by calling 985-549-2239.

Chefs Evening AuctionNUMEROUS AUCTION ITEMS AVAILABLE AT CHEFS EVENING – Attendees at the 2018 Chefs Evening enjoy shopping the event’s large silent auction to benefit student scholarships and academic programs. The 35th annual Chefs Evening and President’s Toast are scheduled this year for Sunday, March 31.


Green Talks continue Tuesday
All About FoodThe Green Talks series will continue tomorrow (March 26) at noon with the presentation “All About Food.” David Burley will discuss food issues, including the local food movement.
     Who decides how our food is produced? Who decides what is produced? Who decides who produces it? And who decides where it goes, who sells it, and who eats it? According to organizers, the discussion will explore these questions that are rooted in the economic, political, social and cultural aspects of our lives.
     The Green Talks series is part of a Sims Memorial Library and Sustainability Center collaboration. Together they are leading a campus-wide campaign to promote ecological awareness at Southeastern. The five-talk series began in February with presentations on recycling, reducing waste, and renewable energy.
     All sessions are free, open to the public and meet on the third floor of the library.
     The final Green Talk of the semester is set for April 10. Robert Moreau, director of Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, will present “Earth Day at 50: A Brief History of the Environmental Movement.”

Call for Presentations
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase on Tuesday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 the Student Union Grand Ballroom.
     This non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
     It is envisioned that students – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – will be present for an hour or two during the five-hour showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     The application deadline is Wednesday, April 10.
     For more information and to register a presentation, visit the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs’ web page by clicking here


Community Music School to host summer programs
The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) is hosting a series of summer programs for young musicians.
     The summer programs include a middle school band camp, guitar workshop, chamber music workshop, and a strings orchestra workshop, as well as seven weeks of individual lessons, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     “We look forward to working with the young musicians, providing the platform for them to meet with Southeastern’s wonderful faculty and college students, while bringing their skill and musicianship to the next level,” Duke said. “Through all the fun activities we have planned, students will have the opportunity to learn, explore, form new friendships and enjoy collaboration in sharing their love for the art of music.”
     A middle school band camp is scheduled June 17-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, with a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21. Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday, as well as dinner on Friday. Tuition for the camp, scheduled in Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s campus, is $225. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 1.
     Coordinated by Southeastern Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton, the camp is open to students in fifth through ninth grades during the 2018-19 school year, although high school students are also welcome to attend. Camp activities include concert band, private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
     The chamber music, choir and guitar workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 10- June 14, with a concert at 1 p.m. on June 14. Tuition cost for each workshop is $170 and includes lunch on Friday, June 14. Registration is open until the first day of the workshops; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     The beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from 4 -5:30 p.m., June 10 to June 13, and on June 14, from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m., with a concert at 1 p.m. on June14. Suitable for first to third-year violin, viola, and cello students, the workshop will be taught by Duke.
Tuition for the workshop is $125 and includes lunch on Friday, June 14. Registration is open until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 10 to July 25. Lessons are scheduled according to the instructors’ availability and with consideration of the students’ family vacations. Individual lesson fees vary according to the instructor’s qualifications.
     For more information on any of these programs, go to or call 549-5502.

French Club visits New Orleans
Le Cercle Français, Southeastern’s French club, recently traveled to New Orleans to meet with the Consulate General of France. Club members learned about the various opportunities offered to American students hoping to study in France. Nicolas Torres, attaché of cooperation for French, also presented information about the Teaching Assistantship Program in France.
     During a second stop in New Orleans, Joseph Dunn, director of the Alliance Française, presented students with resources available to learn more and become immersed in the French language and culture in New Orleans.

French Club consulate visitFRENCH CLUB MEETS LEADERS - From left are French Club members Stanley and Beatrice Beck, Juliana Johnson, Faculty Adviser Aileen Mootoo-Robertson, Danielle Eliser, James Kinchen, Tori Rodriguez, Jacey Fitzmorris, Caitlin Canning, Yan Wu, Nicolas Torres, attaché of cooperation for French, and Tyler Thompson.  


Baton Rouge Advocate

Southeastern Foundation will host Chefs Evening March 31

SLU Community Music School to host summer programs

Governor appoints SLU nursing dean to state board

On the area arts and cultural scene (Columbia Theatre presents Artrageous)

Daily Advertiser
Lafayette Parish students tackle blank pages, find their voice through poetry (Jack Bedell)

Hammond Daily Star

SLU adds Kerry Joseph to football coaching staff

Livingston Parish News

Southeastern concert to pay tribute to Beethoven

New York Times bestselling author to be featured in Southeastern’s ‘Common Read’ program

Southeastern adds Kerry Joseph to coaching staff

New Orleans Advocate

St. Tammany College Notes for March 20 (Journalism Scholarship)

Crescent City College Notes for March 20 (Sales Success)

Louisiana Literature: Mandeville writer turns notes to daughter into 'Lucky' book (Chris Yandle)


The Southeastern baseball, softball, tennis, track and golf teams will all hit the road during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Winner of its last five games, the SLU baseball team (11-12, 4-2 Southland) will take a break from Southland Conference play on Tuesday, traveling to South Alabama for a 6:30 p.m. contest in Mobile, Alabama. The Lions then head to league-leading Stephen F. Austin for a three-game series in Nacogdoches, Texas. The series opens with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Game Day Experience apps.
     The Southeastern softball team (19-11, 7-2 Southland) carries a six-game winning streak of its own into the week. The Lady Lions will head to Northwestern State for a three-game Southland series. The series opens with a 5 p.m. contest on Friday and continues with a noon doubleheader on Saturday in Natchitoches and will feature the inaugural battle for the Cypress Trophy.
     The Lion tennis team (5-8, 2-3 Southland) has two league matches on tap this week. On Friday, SLU faces Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. in Conway, Arkansas. Southeastern closes out the trip at Northwestern State with an 11 a.m. match on Sunday.
     The SLU golf team will continue preparation for next month’s Southland Conference Championships. The Lions will compete in the Spring Classic on Monday and Tuesday, hosted by North Alabama in Killen, Alabama.
     Members of the Southeastern track and field teams will be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will heading to Gainesville, Florida to compete in the Florida Relays, which run Thursday through Saturday.
     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 Spring Classic, Killen, Ala., All Day
Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)


Baseball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)
Men’s Golf, at Spring Classic, Killen, Ala., All Day


 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla., All Day


 Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Softball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 5 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.,

1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla., All Day


 Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas,

2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Softball, at Northwestern State (DH), Natchitoches,

12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla., All Day


 Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas,

1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*
Women’s Tennis, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches,

11 a.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Benjamin Wicker (Chemistry) and Prem Chanda (Chemistry) had their students present at the 93rd Meeting of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences at Southern University in Baton Rouge March 16. Seniors Andrew Belgard, Zachary Araki, and Amber Edwards each gave oral presentations on their work in the Wicker Lab on phosphorus extrusion chemistry. Junior Angela Thomas gave an oral presentation on her work on boron-mediated Aldol reactions in the Chanda Lab. Junior Pedro Jimenez Antenucci also presented a poster on his multidentate NacNac ligand variants work in the Wicker Lab.


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