Southeastern 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
Southeastern’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
International students treated to dinner, welcomed to community
Local 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
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
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.
International Education Week schedule announced
Did 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
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.”
WINNING 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
Ashley Wicker presented “Examining the Relationship Between Research Self-Efficacy and Preferred
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
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.