Dining launches new series
Burley to give Green Talk
Columbia presesnts Star Wars event
Veterans Day Lecture scheduled

Education majors attend conference
Students inducted into Phi Iota Sigma

Students create Day of the Dead altar

Athletics holds Halloween Costume Contest

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern Dining launches Root to Leaf Cooking Series that “leaves” nothing to waste 
Root to LeafStudents at Southeastern will notice a new addition to the dining program this year with an innovative culinary series that delivers plant-forward recipes and a newfound understanding of plant-forward cooking.
     Southeastern Dining Services, in partnership with the Sustainability Department, has introduced Root to Leaf, a new monthly event at the Mane Dish.
     Recognizing that 60% of students are looking to reduce meat consumption and would choose a college at least partially based on the school’s commitment to the environment*, this concept delivers on-trend menu items that together, encourages Southeastern students to have a positive environmental impact, all while serving up tasty plant based options.
     “We are thrilled to launch Root to Leaf and introduce our guests to the endless possibilities of plants,” said Executive Chef Mason Garcia, who conceptualized the series. “Root to Leaf shows students how to incorporate more plant based dishes into their diet, as well as how to utilize a plant’s endless potential in every dish.”
     In addition to students’ growing desire for more plant based menu options, Garcia’s Root to Leaf concept brings new options to students, while also focusing on “leaving” nothing on the table when it comes to plants.
     The new, monthly dining event educates students on using the whole plant in cooking – from root to leaf. Chef Garcia highlights the possibilities of greens, stems, and roots, which are typically discarded, with inventive dishes such as beet fettuccini with beet green pesto and warm pumpkin salad with pumpkin greens, seeds, goat cheese and balsamic reduction.
     Southeastern Sustainability was active at September’s launch, educating more than 300 student attendees on supporting better waste management. Educational recipe bookmarks accompanied the dishes, encouraging students to take the Root to Leaf concept home with them.
The concept will return to the Mane Dish each month with new dishes for students to try on campus and bring to their own kitchens.
     “We have the great opportunity to reach students as they are growing into themselves and encourage them to take these ideas about food with them,” said Chef Garcia. “That’s what Root to Leaf is all about.”
*Aramark Proprietary Consumer Plant Forward Research; the Princeton Review


Burley to present Green Talk 
Sims Library and the Sustainability Center are presenting a lecture series titled Green Talk. The next talk is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. on the third floor of Sims Library.

     Dr. David Burley will present “What Can I Do? How to Make A Difference for Our Planet.” Burley will discuss ways that we can help bring about positive change on environmental issues, such as the Reconnect student group being involved in local food and environmental justice issues.

Green Talk 

Southeastern presents annual Veterans Day Lecture
Jake YountThe History and Political Science Department has scheduled the annual Veterans Day Lecture Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Southeastern graduate Jake Yount will present “Bushido Abandoned: Allied POWs under Imperial Japan.” The event is free and open to the public.
     “The Department of History and Political Science is once again proud to honor America’s veterans with its Annual Veterans Day Lecture intended to increase awareness and understanding of American military history at Southeastern and in the surrounding community and to foster greater appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made to defend our freedom and preserve our way of life,” said History and Political Science Department Head Bill Robison. “We are especially proud that this year’s lecturer, Jake Yount, is a recent graduate of our master of arts in history program who will speak about his graduate research.”
     Yount will discuss how Japan’s conquests and creation of the Japanese Co-Prosperity Circle in East Asia and the Pacific led to internment of over 140,000 allied soldiers, Robison said.
     “Jake will speak about the blurring and misinterpretation of the code of Bushido that led to the Japanese prisoner of war camps being run with hatred and nationalistic fervor, causing allied POWs to suffer night and day with liberation coming slowly for survivors and justice remaining unattainable for the dead,” Robison explained.
     For more information, contact the History and Political Science Department at 549-2109.

Students inducted into Phi Sigma Iota
In October, the Department of World Languages and Cultures inducted a new group of students into Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages and literatures.
     This year inductees are students who major or minor in Spanish and French. The initiation ceremony took place in the restaurant Michabelle and was presided over by Dr. Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and Dr. Agnieszka Gutthy, Phi Sigma Iota faculty advisor.
Phi Iota Sigma inductionPHI SIGMA IOTA INDUCTION – Pictured front row, from left, are faculty members Agnieszka Gutthy, Lucia Harrison, and Aileen Mootoo. Second row, from left, are students Vanessa Perez and Ashley Mentel, faculty member Luz Escobar, and students Myrian White and Alexis Minor. Third row, from left, are faculty member Danielle Perez de Corcho, and students Rae Rosenthal and Rosa Desiree Sanchez. Back row, from left, are faculty members Rodrigo Pereyra, Francesco Fiumara, and Jerry Parker.

Students create Day of the Dead altar
Day of the Dead altarSoutheastern Spanish students created a Day of the Dead altar in the D Vickers lobby for all to enjoy last week. The students met outside of class to plan and work on the decorations. The altar was on display Oct. 30 and 31.       

     Participating students included Rajuan Gaines, Corionnti Hamilton, Abigail Sickels, Hailey Sing, Madeline Harper, Vincent Hart, Kameron Head, Heather Hodges, Brittany Wheeler, Drew Fussell, Paige Haydel, Madison Robison, Tyshon Keasley, Heather Aranyosi, Chloe Allbright, and Thomas Swindle.

Athletics hosts Halloween Costume Contest
Athletics Halloween Costume ContestAthletics held their annual Halloween Costume Contest for 2019 on Thursday, Oct. 31. Winners will be announced at their next full staff meeting in November.

 Charles Ross

Columbia Theatre to present unique Star Wars event
In a galaxy in downtown Hammond, Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present a unique Star Wars-themed show called “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.” Scheduled Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre, the show has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, and Dubai, to the Sydney Opera House.
     Charles Ross single-handedly plays all the characters complete with voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of three films into one comedic production, said Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter.
     “Columbia Theatre is absolutely thrilled to host the amazing Charles Ross and his ‘One-Man Star Wars Trilogy’ just weeks before the next Star Wars movie ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ opens in theatres all over the world,” Winter said. “This is going to be an incredibly fun event for Star Wars fans of all ages.”
     In keeping with the Star Wars theme, Columbia Theatre has additional activities planned for the evening’s event.
     An eye-catching selfie area called “A New Hope” will be available for Star Wars fans to enjoy in the lobby. Additionally, Columbia Theatre will transform the second floor balcony lounge for the evening into the Mos Eisley Cantina, complete with special Star Wars-themed drinks and snacks, along with concessions.
     Winter said special guests for the evening include the Bast Alpha Garrison of the 501st Legion.
     “This is an international fraternity of Star Wars fans who wear very detailed, high-end costumes and attend events all over the world. They also volunteer for various charities, many involving children,” Winter explained. “The group will be in the lobby for photo opportunities.”
     Also scheduled that evening is a Star Wars-themed costume contest, complete with prizes, sponsored by Southeastern’s radio station KSLU.
     “To make sure fans have time to enjoy all of these great events in our lobby,” Winter said, “we are opening our lobby to the public at 6 p.m., which is 30 minutes earlier than usual.”
     Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for students and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, or by calling 543-4371.
     A special Southeastern student ticket price of $10 is available, while supplies last. Students must present their Southeastern IDs at the Columbia box office to receive the discounted price. Additionally, all Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert 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.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.
     The show is performed with the permission of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All “Star Wars” elements are property of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All rights reserved.


Young men dedicated to increasing the numbers of black male educators
For the second consecutive year, US PREP (University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation) supported education majors in attending a conference in Philadelphia to learn more about how to be effective educators. Students in attendance included Corey Barkum of Gulfport, Miss., Richard Davis of Slidell, Kerry Taylor of Hammond, Brayleon Thorns of Dallas, and Tyrek Jenkins of Baton Rouge.
     The students’ academic levels and affiliation with Southeastern are quite diverse and include an entry-level teacher candidate, a student teacher, an alternative certification student, a masters’ level candidate, and a doctoral student. The students decided to attend the conference based on a nation-wide concern that fewer than two percent of teachers nationwide are black men.
     The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice is a professional membership and activist organization dedicated to advancing the recruitment, development, and retention of black male educators. The organization works in partnership with many groups like US PREP and hopes to triple the number of highly effective black male teachers to 1,000 by 2025 in places like Philadelphia public schools.
     Although Philadelphia is a target, Black Male Educators Convening wants the mission and outcomes to have a ripple effect across the nation.
     Conference participants had the opportunity to meet many educators including former Southeastern student Jacob Jonte’ Lee, who was a conference presenter, and gave the young men direction about leadership and networking. Lee currently teaches in the District of Columbia and presented a workshop examining language barriers and standardized test results among students of color.
     “Today’s students need positive role models of different races, ethnicities, and genders in their schools. The Fellowship of Black Male Educators is making great strides to recruit students of color, specifically male students of color, and retain them in the field of teaching,” said Dean of the College of Education Dr. Paula Summers Calderon. “I’m delighted we have this wonderful cohort of young men of color to represent Southeastern and assist us in recruiting more males into the field of education. I’m equally as delighted that Dr. Celina Echols is passionate about these students and accompanies them to the convening.”
     All of the Southeastern students had positive comments about the event.
     “EdFest 2019 was a very eye-opening experience for me because it demonstrated how important this work is,” said conference participant Richard Davis. “It also reaffirmed that the field of education is the right career choice for me, and the impact I can make in the lives of my students. I am looking forward to implementing many of the strategies and advice I have gained from this conference into my future classroom.”

US PrepCONFERENCE ATTENDEES – Pictured, in front kneeling, Kerry Taylor, from left standing Tyrek Jenkins and Corey Barkum, seated Brayleon Thorns, front right, Southeastern alumnus Jonte J. David, and far right back standing Richard Davis.


Action News
Lions game vs. UCA on Nov. 9 will be on ESPN+

Baton Rouge Advocate
On the area arts and cultural scene (One-Man Star Wars Trilogy)

Livingston Parish News
Southeastern Columbia Theatre to present one-man ‘Star Wars’ experience


The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams officially tip-off the 2019-20 season, while the SLU football and volleyball teams have key Southland Conference matchups on tap during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion men’s basketball team will open the David Kiefer Era under its first-year head coach on Wednesday. SLU will travel to Tulane for a 7 p.m. contest in New Orleans. The game will be televised on ESPN3 and will also air on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Game Day and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The Lady Lions will close out their 2019-20 preseason preparations with a tune-up exhibition versus Southern (N.O.) at 7 p.m. on Monday in the University Center.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of the exhibition contest. Tune in online at or the Lions’ Gameday Experience app for Android or iOS devices. Fans can also watch on Southeastern’s YouTube channel (/SLUathletics) with any mobile, tablet or smart TV device (e.g., Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV and Roku).
     A pair of freshmen – Hailey Giaratano and Jaylen Huderson – will be Monday’s Spotlight Players of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive trading cards featuring Giaratano, a Ponchatoula native, and Huderson, who hails from Slidell, who are both making their collegiate debuts on Monday.
     For the month of November, Southeastern Athletics and LA Child Welfare Training Academy are collecting unwrapped toys for children in foster care at home men’s and women’s basketball games. Fans who drop off toys will receive a voucher for a discounted ticket. The types of toys needed include dolls, puzzles, gift cards, sports equipment, bikes, skateboards, books, headphones, board games, video games and arts and crafts.
     Southeastern will officially open the 2019-20 season at Houston on Saturday at 1 p.m.
     The Lion football team (5-3, 4-2 Southland) faces the Southland Conference leader when it faces No. 9/10 Central Arkansas on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Conway, Arkansas. The Southland Game of the Week will be televised on ESPN3 and 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 and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (12-14, 6-6 Southland) will close out the road portion of its regular season schedule with a pair of Southland matches. On Thursday, SLU will be in Lake Charles for a 6:30 p.m. match at McNeese, before closing the week with a 1 p.m. match on Saturday.
     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. Offensive guards and centers coach Joe Scelfo is Monday’s guest.
     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



Women’s Basketball, vs. Southern-New Orleans(Exhibition), University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN)
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)
     - Special Guest: Offensive Guards/Centers Coach Joe Scelfo


Men’s Basketball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM)


Volleyball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m.*


 Women’s Basketball, at Houston, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.
Football, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 3 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)*
Volleyball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Aristides Baraya (Latin American Business Initiative) in association with Dr. Elena Moreno García, Universidad Cristóbal Colón, México and Dr. Francisco Venegas-Martínez Instituto Politécnico Nacional of México published a book titled Financial Inclusion in Education in Mexico, Vol 1. The book identifies the current state of education and financial inclusion in Mexico and its importance to contribute to financial inclusion and thus to economic and social development. The book, which is in Spanish and English, is an E-book format with no cost to students and available at
     Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) presented a paper on “Reading Family Relationships in Fact and Fiction” at the annual meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association, held Oct. 24-26 in Little Rock, Ark.

Three Southeastern alumnae, Tabitha McDowell Hays, Brittany Jefferson, and Jahnice Williams, joined Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching and Learning) in presenting “Full STEAM Ahead: Getting Prepared for Your First Year of Teaching” at the 2019 Louisiana Early Childhood Association 53rd Annual Conference in Alexandria, La. The presenters engaged pre-service early childhood educators with science, technology, engineering, arts, and math activities, while also helping them with the transition from student status to professional standing. Hailey was also the 2019 conference chair for this professional organization.
     Dr. Debra Jo Hailey and Dr. Stacy Garcia (Teaching and Learning) teamed with Dr. Michelle Fazio-Brunson of Northwestern State University to present at the International Literacy Association’s 2019 Conference. The title of the presentation was “Bridging Literacy Gaps through Family Literacy Programs.” Hailey and Fazio-Brunson also presented a research poster titled “Remapping the Cradle to Prison Pipeline through Family Literacy” at the International Literacy Association’s 2019 Annual Conference held in October in New Orleans.


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