Biology Building dedicated
Bell receives London fellowship

Hunter Reed meets with veterans

International Education Week set

Jazz Ensemble, Lab Band to perform

Senior artwork to be exhibited
Sales Team wins at ICSC

Wong treats interntional students to dinner

Alumnus speaks at conference

ELT represented at conference

ByLion takes a break

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities



Southeastern dedicates Biology Building
Biology Building dedicatedSoutheastern formally dedicated the Biology Building on Thursday, Nov. 14. Although officially it has been renamed the Thelma Ryan Biological Science Building, the building façade will now bear the name “Thelma Ryan Biology Building.”
     In 2017, Southeastern received the largest single donation in its history, an endowment totaling $10 million, from Seth W. Ryan, a 1953 Southeastern business graduate who passed away in March that same year. Ryan left a significant portion of his estate to Southeastern’s Foundation in the name of his wife, Thelma Ryan.
     In honor of his wife, who was unable to attend college, Ryan outlined that income from his donation should be used for scholarships for female students in specific academic disciplines.
     Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale said the donation also helps one of the university’s strategic initiatives, which is to increase the number of women enrolled in STEM programs.
     “Southeastern’s student population is over 60 percent female, but women only account for approximately 15 percent of STEM majors,” Lauderdale said. “These scholarships will encourage and aid women to enter these high demand, well-paying disciplines.”
     The scholarships will also be used in the areas of nursing, business and education for female students.
     All programs housed within the newly dedicated building will offer scholarships under the Ryan gift.
     “We are so honored that Mr. Ryan saw the potential in Southeastern as a steward of his estate. He saw that this university could make a difference in so many lives by using the estate that he spent a lifetime building. I know his wife would be both proud and satisfied,” said Lauderdale. “Having Mrs. Ryan’s name on our building will forever remind us of the kindness and vision of Mr. Ryan and his legacy of helping others.”


SOUTHEASTERN DEDICATES BIOLOGY BUILDING - Southeastern formally dedicated the Biology Building on Thursday, Nov. 14. At the dedication, from left, are Foundation Board Chairman Dawn Cantrell, Rick Normand, longtime friend and attorney for Seth Ryan, Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale, and Southeastern President John L. Crain.

Jeffrey BallSoutheastern professor receives fellowship in London

Southeastern Professor of Philosophy Jeffrey Bell is temporarily living abroad thanks to a prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship. This semester Bell, a resident of Covington, is working as a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the School of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy at Royal Holloway College in the University of London.
     The Leverhulme Trust awards such grants to institutions in Britain that wish to invite an eminent researcher from overseas for an extended stay to enhance the knowledge and skills of their academic staff or student body, said History and Political Science Department Head William Robison. Bell will be advising the philosophy unit at Royal Holloway about how they might develop a specialization in philosophy that bridges the differences between analytic and continental philosophy.
     “Professor Jeffrey Bell is a very worthy recipient of the extremely prestigious Leverhulme grant,” Robison said. “He has an extensive record of top-quality scholarship that would be stunning if he were at an Ivy League university with a fraction of the teaching load he has at Southeastern.”
     A member of the Southeastern faculty since 1993, Bell earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Tulane University and was the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Research. He is the author of “Deleuze’s Hume: Philosophy, Culture and the Scottish Enlightenment,” “The Problem of Difference: Phenomenology and Poststructuralism,” and “Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos: Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Difference.”
     “Jeffrey Bell has an international reputation, especially for his work on the philosopher Gilles Deleuze, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in America, Asia, and Europe. His books are well-reviewed, and he enjoys the esteem of the best scholars in his field,” Robison said. “Moreover, he is one of the best teachers in a department full of good teachers and is the only member of the Department of History and Political Science to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in history, philosophy, and political science. It is no exaggeration to describe him as a superstar. He has made the department and the university proud.”
     As part of his fellowship responsibilities, Bell will give three public lectures related to his research, as well as a series of six research seminars. He also has speaking engagements scheduled at Dundee University, Manchester University, University of Warwick, and Nottingham University.


Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to present final concert of the semester
Mike WilliamsSoutheastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts, along with the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee, will present the University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band final concert of the fall 2019 semester on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall, the concert is free.
     The University Jazz Lab Band program, under the direction of Lecturer of Double Bass John Madere, will include “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter, arranged by Tyler Pertuit, and “I Mean You” by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Jeremy Stringer.
     The University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Instructor of Percussion and Director of Jazz Studies Michael Brothers, will include “Inabanaga” by Paul White, “Begin the Beguine” by Cole Porter, arranged by Bill Holman, “The Spirit of St. Frederick” by Nick Lane, “Georgia on My Mind” by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael, arranged by Tommy Newsom, and “MacArthur Park” by Jimmy Webb, arranged by Adrian Drover.
     Joining the Jazz Ensemble will be guest artist and Louisiana native trumpeter Mike Williams, pictured above. Playing trumpet since the age of 13, Williams received a bachelor of music education degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. In 1983, he moved to Denton, Tex., and attended the University of North Texas, playing lead trumpet in the One O’Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater.
     After three years at UNT, Williams traveled with the Glenn Miller Orchestra until he received a call from the Count Basie Orchestra, asking him to join the band as the lead trumpet. In September of 1987, he joined the band and performed with them for the next 31 years.
     As a member of the orchestra, Williams was part of a Columbia Artists tour with both Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstein and recorded over 20 CD’s, three of which were Grammy winners. He has performed in all 50 states and over 45 countries and has played for the King of Thailand, Presidential inaugurations, and in jazz festivals in several countries. He has also been broadcast in numerous live television and radio shows across the world.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

International students treated to dinner, welcomed to community
International students treated to dinnerLocal businessman Jonathan Wong recently treated Southeastern’s international students to dinner at the Mezzanine Event Center. The purpose of the dinner was to connect international students to the Hammond community and to discuss student possibilities, as well as concerns.
     “It was really a nice evening, opening with a welcome on behalf of Southeastern from Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale and a welcome on behalf of the City of Hammond from Mayor Pete Panepinto, who gave everyone in attendance his phone number to allow for better open communication,” said Office for Student Engagement Interim Director Marjorie Parker. “The warm welcomes concluded with a message from the host himself, Jonathan Wong. He discussed his desire to have a better connection with international students and engage them in the Hammond area.”
     A complimentary full course dinner of fried fish, red beans and rice and Caesar salad was provided for over 100 students in attendance, as well as international faculty and staff. Southeastern also provided its shuttle service to transport the students to and from the dinner.


Alumnus is keynote speaker at SLAECA conference
Mike Artell Southeastern Alumnus Mike Artell recently served as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Louisiana Early Childhood Association Conference. Dr. Debra Jo Hailey, conference chair, asked Artell to consider being one of this year’s keynote speakers, and he enthusiastically agreed.
     Artell is the author of many acclaimed books including the national award-winning children’s book LaPetite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood and a more recent book aimed at parents and teachers titled Rock Your Read-Alouds!.

     He credits much of his success as an author and illustrator of over 45 books and as a presenter at over 1,000 schools to the marketing skills he learned while attending Southeastern. He is a popular presenter at schools and conferences nationwide on the topics of resilience, inspiration, creativity, cartooning as a way to promote children’s interest in literacy and abilities in writing, and the why and how of an incredibly successful read-aloud story. 
     Always ready with quick wit and easy laughter, Artell playfully “lioned-up” with Southeastern’s Student-led Louisiana Early Childhood Association (SLAECA) conference participants. Hailey was also sworn in as vice-president of LAECA at the conference.


ABOVE: Pictured, from left, are Makenzie Chauvin, Katelyn Thomas, Mary Kate Richardson Dykes, Mike Artell, Nicole McCarter, Claraion Hill, Lora Coleman, and Debra Jo Hailey.


Kim Hunter Reed meets with student veterans, attends flag football game
Louisiana Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed met with Southeastern veterans yesterday for a roundtable discussion on how campuses can better serve veterans. Later that afternoon, she enjoyed the first ever ROTC versus Veterans Flag Football Game, where the Veterans were victorious 24-18.

Flag football game


International Education Week schedule announced
International Education WeekDid you know 250 international students and scholars representing more than 50 countries call Southeastern their home away from home? International Education Week 2019 scheduled Nov. 18-21 is a celebration of everything international.
     International Education Week is sponsored by the Department of Languages and Communication, the Student Government Association, and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
     MISA works to create a campus environment that encourages and welcomes student diversity with a wide range of academic support programs and services designed to assist all students in achieving academic success, adjusting to campus life, and broadening their appreciation of new cultures and diverse ways of thinking.
     Below is a schedule of events designed to promote internationalism in hopes that our students will become “global citizens” and to help our international students feel welcome at Southeastern.


Monday, Nov. 18: International Education Night 

5-7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom
Free for all! The event will include a variety show that features the talents, languages and culture of many of our international students. An international buffet will be provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Nepalese Student Cultural Display
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside of the Student Union

Wednesday, Nov. 20: Brazilian Student Cultural Display
11 a.m. -1 p.m. outside of the Student Union

Thursday, Nov. 21: Nigerian Student Cultural Display
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. outside of the Student Union

Visual Art + Design displays student exhibit
Southeastern’s Visual Arts + Design Department will feature a senior art exhibit in the Contemporary Art Gallery Nov. 21 – Dec. 14.
     The exhibition will showcase the artwork of Southeastern’s seniors who are completing bachelor’s degrees in visual art and design. Submitted pieces of art from across the curricula include photography, sculpture, digital art, ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and the newest concentration, theatre design.
     An opening reception is scheduled Nov. 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
Graduating seniors exhibiting thesis artwork include Hailey Beck and Chris Pajares of Hammond; Keami Canselo of Alexandria; Caitlin Clark, Galen Guillot, Elaine Gulley, and Bailey Rose Kelly of Mandeville; Abigail Coleman and Austin Isabel of Abita Springs, Chandler Damrill of Prairieville; Ariana Ford, Brooke Leggett, and Jeremiah Shorts of Slidell; Tyler Jackson of Ponchatoula; Jessica Landry, Meghan Ma, and Aaron Patterson of Denham Springs; Henry Massicot of Metairie; Alia Muhaymin of Gretna; Mara Payton of Greenwell Springs; Paul Roberts of Harahan; Megan Sanders of Kentwood; William Shields of Lacombe; and Kaitlyn Tran of Baton Rouge.
     Contemporary Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Friday 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     For more information, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 549-5080 or the Visual Arts + Design Department at 549-2193.


Professional Sales Team wins at ICSC
Southeastern’s Professional Sales Team won the Rookie Award at the 2019 International Collegiate Sales Competition (ICSC). Hosted each year in Orlando, Fla., by Florida State University, the ICSC is the largest and most prestigious university sales competition in the world.
     Southeastern's Professional Sales program has been named one of the top sales programs in the country for the past two years by the Sales Education Foundation. The winning team was made up of Southeastern students India Williams, Karlie McDonald, and Paxton Page.
     In addition to the Top Rookie Team Award, Williams placed in the top 20, and McDonald placed in the top 40 out of 160 student competitors from other top schools throughout the U.S. Sales competitions, such as this one, allow students to test their selling skills against their peers through role-playing scenarios, cold calling, case competitions, and speed selling. The competition also offered a career fair attended by over 40 national companies who were there to hire these outstanding students.
     “We are extremely proud of the sales team's performance at the International Collegiate Sales Competition,” said Tara’ Lopez, associate professor of marketing and one of the sales coaches. “Having success in these competitions helps bring recognition to what we are doing at Southeastern to prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers in sales. They also provide a great opportunity for our students to network with their peers and interact with employers from around the country at career fairs.”

Professional Sales TeamWINNING SALES TEAM – Pictured above, from left, are Tara’ Lopez, sales coach; India Williams, Karlie McDonald, and Paxton Page.

ELT well-represented at MSERA Conference
At the 2019 Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) Conference Nov. 5-8, the Southeastern College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership & Technology showed up and showed off with attendance and participation, presentations, offices held, and awards won.

     Offices held and awards won include the following:

Mindy Crain-Dorough – President of MSERA 2019
Adam C. Elder – Program Chair and Louisiana Director
Kathleen Campbell and Dana Perilloux (T L) – Local Arrangements Co-Chairs
Kathleen Campbell – Harry Bowman Service Award for service to MSERA

     Presentations included the following:
Kathleen Campbell presented “Teachers’ and Principals’ Perceptions of New Teacher Needs”
Dana Griggs presented “Development and Evaluation of Educational Partnerships: Toward a Conceptual Framework”
Ashley Wicker presented “Examining the Relationship Between Research Self-Efficacy and Preferred Mentoring Characteristics”
Graduating Ed.D. student Melanie Monistere along with faculty Evan Mense, Mindy Crain-Dorough, and Adam C. Elder presented “Growth and Fixed Mindsets of Principals and Teachers: Is there a Relationship with Teacher Retention?”
Department Head Thomas DeVaney presented “Research Methods in Educational Leadership Journals: Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of School Leadership, and Journal of Educational Administration (2010-2018)”
Adam C. Elder presented “Principles and Potential of Guided Project-Based Learning in Education”
Ed.D. student Margaret Westmoreland presented a poster “Teach Like a Coach: Transferring Coaching Practices from the Field and Court to the Classroom”

ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be published next week due to the shortened week and Thanksgiving break. ByLion will return Dec. 2.


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Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band final concert

Fortress of Solitude
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The Southeastern football team looks to win the Southland Conference championship and earn a spot in the NCAA FCS playoffs, the Lady Lion volleyball team competes in the Southland Conference Tournament, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue non-conference play on the road during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     No. 23 Southeastern (7-3, 6-2 Southland) will host No. 24 Nicholls at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Strawberry Stadium with the winner clinching no less than a share of the Southland Conference title and earning an automatic berth in the NCAA FCS playoffs, which open November 30.
     The 29th River Bell Classic will be televised on Cox Sports Television and on ESPN+ outside of the CST area. The contest can be heard 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), online at and via the Lions Game Day Experience and TuneIn Radio apps.
     Thursday will also be Senior Day at Strawberry Stadium. The Lions will be honored prior to Thursday’s contest.
     The SLU-Nicholls game will also feature Military Appreciation Day. All military personnel will receive two free tickets with a valid ID.
     In preparation for Thursday’s showdown, SLU head coach Frank Scelfo and Nicholls head coach Tim Rebowe will speak at the New Orleans Quarterback Club luncheon on Tuesday at noon at Rock’n’Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Ave. in New Orleans.
     Annual membership to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club is $50 per person, which includes a discounted $20 lunch from Rock’n’Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn. Non-members are also welcome to attend each week for $30.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (14-16, 8-8 Southland) will compete in the league tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday in Conway, Arkansas, for the first time since 2016. SLU, which has made one of the nation’s most significant turnarounds under first-year head coach Jeremy White, will be the No. 7 seed in the postseason tournament and will face No. 2 seed Sam Houston State at 11 a.m. in Friday’s first round.
     A win on Friday would send Southeastern to Saturday’s 12 p.m. semifinals. The championship match is set for Sunday at 3:05 p.m. with an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament on the line. The first two days will air on the Southland Digital Network at with the championship match scheduled for ESPN+.
     The Southeastern men’s basketball team (2-2) will open a four-game road swing this week. On Wednesday, the Lions travel to Tulsa for a 7 p.m. contest. On Saturday, Austin Peay hosts the Lions on ESPN+ at 4 p.m.
     The Lady Lions women’s basketball team (0-3) will close out its season-opening five-game road trip with a pair of games against in-state foes this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern travels to LSU for a 6:30 p.m. game on SEC Network+. ULM hosts SLU on Sunday for a 2 p.m. matinee.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games and Sunday’s women’s basketball game will air on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day and TuneIn Radio apps.
     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. Seniors Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund and Chason Virgil will be Monday’s special guests.
     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 Nov. 18.
     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


NOV 18

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 Guests: Seniors Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund and Chason Virgil

NOV 20

Men’s Basketball, at Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla., 7 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Basketball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network+)

NOV 21

Football, vs. Nicholls, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (Cox Sports TV/ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)*
     - Senior Night
     - Military Appreciation Game

NOV 22

 Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State (SLC Tournament – First Round), Conway, Ark., 11 a.m. (Southland Digital Network)

NOV 23

 Volleyball, SLC Tournament – Semifinals, Conway, Ark., 12 p.m. (Southland Digital Network)

Men’s Basketball, at Austin Peay, Clarksville, Tenn. (ESPN+) (KSLU)

NOV 24

 Volleyball, SLC Tournament Finals, Conway, Ark.,

3:05 p.m. (Southland Digital Network)

Women’s Basketball, at ULM, Monroe, 2 p.m. (KSLU)


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Saint Julian Press has published Anne Babson’s (English) third poetry collection, Messiah.

     Graduate assistant and M.A. in History candidate Joseph Ricci (History and Political Science) spoke to the Hood’s Texas Brigade Reunion Association in Fort Worth on Saturday, Nov. 16. The group is dedicated to remembering the men that made up arguably the most revered brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia.


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