Winter to lead Columbia Theatre
EMBA program named 9th in nation
Summer work schedule begins May 20

Call for nominations

Kemp, Ranatza honored as Future 40

Commencement enhanced

Late Night Breakfast volunteers needed


CMS receives sponsorship

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics


Southeastern names Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre
James WinterSoutheastern has named James Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The appointment stems from the retirement of Southeastern Professor of Art History Roy Blackwood, who has served in that capacity since 2011.
     “My sincere thanks and admiration are extended to Professor Blackwood for his steadfast commitment to our university, our students and to the Columbia Theatre,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tena L. Golding. “His dedication to the university and to the arts is much appreciated.”
     An associate professor of theatre, Winter, who became a Southeastern full-time faculty member in 2005, holds a master of fine arts in acting from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor of arts in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace University. He is co-founder of two New Orleans theater companies - IMAGE and the Big Easy Award-winning InSideOut.
     “We are thrilled to welcome Professor Winter as Artistic Director of our beautiful Columbia Theatre,” Golding said. “With his experience, energy and commitment to artistic excellence, Jim is the perfect choice to lead the next era of the Columbia. His leadership will position us well as we take next steps in growing our audience, expanding partnerships and heightening the impact of the theater.”
     Winter co-founded the Hammond Horror Festival, serving as its artistic director for eight years, is a two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Endowed Professorship in Music and Dramatic Arts, and has received the Southeastern President’s Award for Artistic Excellence. He has also served as Regional Vice-Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Prior to that, he was the Louisiana State Chair for KCACTF.
     A resident of Hammond, Winter has authored four theatre textbooks and published several plays, which have been produced both nationally and internationally. He spent eight years teaching script writing, acting, and directing in Edinburgh, Scotland and Cork, Ireland for the University of New Orleans’ Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.
     Prior to his academic career, Winter worked as a professional actor in New York City. He has performed at Madison Square Garden, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Hudson Guild, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, and in Ireland, Scotland, and The People’s Republic of China.

Executive MBA Program named 9th in nation
Southeastern’s Executive Master of Business Administration Program has earned recognition as one of the top 30 programs in the nation. The only Louisiana university among those selected, Southeastern ranked ninth, ahead of such schools as Brown University, University of Alabama, Kent State University, University of Missouri, and Howard University.
     Southeastern earned its ranking based on finances, academic rigor and student satisfaction.
     “We are pleased that our program is ranked among the top 30,” said Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips. “Our students are motivated, accomplished professionals seeking to build their skills. We’re happy to provide relevant curricula taught by involved, caring faculty who help them achieve their goals.”
     Southeastern offers an EMBA online program for working professionals seeking convenient online education mixed with weekend face-to-face classes, Phillips said. The program is 60 percent face-to-face, 40 percent online, and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
     Students can choose from a general curriculum or a concentration in health care management. Classes include accounting for business decisions, business law and negotiations, business policy and strategy, and statistical methods in business and economics. The program can be completed in 17 months with classes on Saturdays only. For more information on Southeastern’s Executive MBA Program, visit
     The full rankings for 2019 by can be accessed at


Call for Nominations – 2019-20 Universities of Louisiana Management & Leadership Institute 
Plans are currently underway for the 2019-20 Management and Leadership Institute (M&LI), a program created by the University of Louisiana System to develop a deeper pool of leadership talent for each of the nine System campuses. Two participants from each institution will be selected to participate in the Class of 2019-20.
     Through this communication, nominations are sought for the 2019-20 M&LI program. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations must include a current vita, letter of interest that is no longer than two pages, and one letter of recommendation. Individuals interested in the M&LI program also must commit to participating in all aspects of the program as described at this link.
     A screening committee that will include Southeastern’s prior M&LI participants will make a recommendation to the President, who will submit the final two nominees. One nominee will hold faculty rank and one will not.
     Individuals potentially interested in participating may want to seek additional insight into the program from Southeastern’s prior representatives, Dr. Dan McCarthy (, Ms. Connie Davis (, Mr. John Paul Domiano (, or Dr. Mohammad Saadeh (
     Nominations should be submitted no later than Thursday, May 23, to Ranetta Marshall in the Office of the President ( or room 106, Dyson Hall Administration Building).

Volunteers needed for Late Night Breakfast
It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the semester but with final exams quickly approaching that means it’s time for Late Night Breakfast! 
Dining Services will be hosting a student appreciation Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, May 14 from 9 until 11 p.m. in the Mane Dish located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union.
     This is always a well-attended event and a great way to wish our students well on their final exams.
     If you are interested in participating as a volunteer server for Late Night Breakfast, please contact Robin Parker at to indicate preference of the early shift (9-10), late shift (10-11) or both shifts (9-11). 
     We hope you, your faculty and your staff will be able to join us on May 14.

Southeastern Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank sponsorship
First Guaranty Bank is once again providing support to the Southeastern Community Music School.
     “Over the past several years, many students from our community have benefited from the bank’s sponsorship of the program,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “Due to First Guaranty Bank’s generosity, during the fall 2019 and the spring of 2020 semesters, CMS will again provide tuition assistance to students who qualify.”
     Duke said that partners like First Guaranty Bank play an important role in preserving the quality of programs, such as the Community Music School, and in making them accessible and affordable to everyone.
     The Community Music School, located on the Southeastern campus and its two satellite locations the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker and Northshore Technical Community College in Lacombe, offers music instruction on various instruments and voice for children and adults of all ages.
     In addition to private music lessons, Duke said, the Community Music School offers a number of programs that allow for children and adults on the northshore and the surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Such programs include the Middle School Band Camp, as well as guitar, orchestra and chamber music workshops taking place during the second and third weeks of June. Registration is now open, and information about the programs is available at
     For more information about the Community Music School’s year-round program, visit or call 549-5502.

First Guaranty Bank gives sponsorshipFIRST GUARANTY BANK LENDS A HAND – Southeastern Community Music School Director Jivka Duke, center, receives a donation from First Guaranty Bank representatives Jane Wear, left, and Danielle Willie. First Guaranty Bank has helped support Southeastern’s Community Music School over the last several years.


Summer work schedule begins Monday, May 20
Effective May 20, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days. The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The University will resume the four and a half day (4 1/2) workweek on August 12, 2019.
     It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to special circumstances. The University has a Flexible Schedule Policy to facilitate such requests which can be found on the University’s website. An approved flexible work schedule must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the beginning of the semester.
     Time reports for classified employees are to reflect actual hours worked during the workweek. In the event an employee is required to work in excess of their officially recognized schedule, a request for approved overtime/k-time must be processed in advance through regular channels.
     It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension 2282 or Khalli Hagan at extension 2088 as the need arises.

April Kemp Anthony Ranatza
April Kemp Anthony Ranatza


Kemp, Ranatza featured in The Daily Star’s Future 40
Southeastern Marketing Instructor April Kemp and Director of Admissions Anthony Ranatza were among the Hammond Daily Star’s 2019 “Future 40 under Forty Leaders.”
     The Future 40 recognizes young professionals across Tangipahoa Parish who best represent the next generation of leadership in the public and private sectors. Community leaders nominate future leaders based on excellence in business practices or spirit of the community.
     Kemp was recognized for her involvement with several initiatives in the College of Business, including implementing an Ambassador Program, new course concentrations, getting alumni and professionals involved in their advisory boards, a College of Business Career Fair, and a new Professional Sales Program.
     Ranatza was recognized for his work in admissions, including producing events, cultivating partnerships and creating new ways to engage community partners for admission events and orientation to help new students and parents become acclimated with Hammond.

Enhancements continue for Southeastern commencement guests
Guests at Southeastern’s spring commencement scheduled May 18 should expect several endeavors designed to enhance the overall event experience. Updates include an increased number of attendants to assist guests with directions and seating, live streaming of the ceremony on the Southeastern Channel, and the addition of bag checks and alterations to the list of allowed items to enhance security.
     Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Kay Maurin said, for security purposes, all commencement attendees are asked to limit handbags, camera bags, and tote bags to only those that are necessary. All articles brought into the facility will be subject to search, she added, and this may increase the amount of time it will take for some attendees to enter the University Center. The doors to the University Center will open at 8 a.m. to allow extra time for bag checks.
     “The safety of our graduates, faculty, staff, and guests is our top priority,” said Maurin. “Our bag check team will offer expedited entrances for anyone not carrying a bag while all others will be subject to quick searches. We encourage guests to arrive early and with their groups in order to go through bag check and enter the arena together as quickly as possible.”
     To ensure a safe and comfortable commencement, Maurin said, the following items are strictly prohibited from being brought into the University Center: beverage containers, aerosol and spray cans, animals (except for service animals for persons with a disability) balloons and beach balls, alcoholic beverages, weapons, signs, banners, flags, laser pointers, noisemakers (including but not limited to whistles, air horns, bull horns, sirens, thunder sticks) strollers, drones, confetti, glitter, streamers, silly string, fireworks, party poppers and sparklers.
     Guests are asked to refrain from saving seats out of consideration for other guests. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis, so groups should plan to arrive early to find seats together.
     “Commencement is a ceremonious occasion honoring our students’ impressive accomplishments. Decorum and courtesy are important to our guests, the candidates and their families,” said Maurin. “Guests and graduates are encouraged to remain for the duration of the ceremony so that each graduate and their family can share their moment without interruptions. Applause should be kept to a minimum so that each graduate’s name can be heard as it is called.”
     As part of commencement decorum, Maurin added, guests should silence cell phones and other electronic devices. Candidates should plan to meet their guests outside the University Center, as guests are not allowed on the arena floor or stage.
     For those who are unable to attend commencement or simply wish to enjoy it from the comfort of their own homes, the Southeastern Channel will live stream the event for the first time. The live stream can be accessed by logging on to
     “Many graduates have family and friends who are unable to travel to Hammond to attend graduation. We are now live streaming the ceremony so those family members and friends can see their loved ones cross the stage in cap and gown to the receive their diplomas,” Maurin said. 
     For more information about commencement, visit


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The Southeastern baseball team will conclude the 2019 regular season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (28-24, 17-10 Southland) are a game out of the Southeastern Conference lead heading into a three-game series at Incarnate Word. While SLU has clinched a spot in next week’s league tournament, Southeastern can improve its seeding and is still alive for the regular season title.
     SLU open its final series with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Thursday. The series continues on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. contest and the series finale is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.
     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 and Lions Game Day Experience apps.
     2019’s final 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 has joined 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 also joins 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


For more information on Southeastern Athletics, follow @SLUAthletics on Twitter, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel.

Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective with the start of football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit


MAY 13

Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)

MAY 16

Baseball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*

MAY 17

 Baseball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas,

6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*

MAY 18

 Baseball, at Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9)*

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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