Fafare highlights this week
Students pay tribute to heritage
Columbia Theatre hosts fundraiser
LA-PIE created from funding

Art lecture features Hall
Education students organize club
US Army Field Band to perform

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Music, lectures and a film festival highlight Fanfare’s fourth week
Fanfare logoMusic concerts, poetry, lectures, and a film festival highlight the fourth week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual fall arts festival.
     The week begins on Monday, Oct. 21, with the Common Read program. Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet their contemporary authors.
     This year Southeastern students are reading “Calling a Wolf a Wolf,” a confessional collection of poetry written by Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar. The poetry collection is a personal narrative that follows a path through addiction to recovery.
     During Akbar’s visit to campus, he will take part in three events in the Student Union Ballroom. The program includes student presentations from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., a question and answer session with the author from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and a reading, reception and book signing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
     The next segment of the free Fanfare lecture series “Your Best 10 Minutes,” the series that brings in four professors to speak about anything they choose, is also scheduled Oct. 21. Featuring Southeastern’s Claire Procopio of Communication and Media Studies Department, Sherri Craig of the English Department, Erin Horzelski of the Biological Sciences Department, and Carol Madere of the Communication and Media Studies Department, the event is set at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     On Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., Joe Burns of the Communication and Media Studies Department will present the next Then and Now Lecture “The Summer of Love. Woodstock to Altamont. 50 Years On.” Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and Media Studies, the lecture will offer a different look at two of the most iconic music events in history.
     “The year 1969 was 50 years ago, yet the memories of August through December loom large. Woodstock was a brilliant success in retrospect. It represents peace and love, as well as the technological achievements in sound that allowed a quarter of a million people to hear the music,” said Burns. “But if Woodstock opened the Summer of Love, Altamont closed it with violence. The story is well known, but new research suggests it was not exactly what we thought.”
     Also on Oct. 23, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present An Evening with Clarence Gilyard, Jr., at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     The star of “Die Hard,” “Top Gun,” “Matlock,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” will share his life experiences as a film, television and stage actor.
Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for students and are available at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances.
     A $40 VIP ticket package is also offered for this event and includes a post-show meet and greet with Gilyard.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, Southeastern’s own Jack Bedell will lead “Poetry and Art: An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop.” Scheduled from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., the free workshop will be held in the Contemporary Art Gallery.
     Also on Oct. 24, “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. at Southeastern’s Student Union Annex, located at 303 Union Ave. A bonus film is available at 5:30 p.m. featuring the “Manchac Swamps: Then and Now.”
     Sponsored by Citizens Climate Education, Sierra Club Delta Chapter, Louisiana Growers and Rittwood Farms, the Hammond film festival is kicking off its inaugural year and features award-winning short films focused on adventure, advocacy and education.
     Tickets are $18 and are available at Hammond Wild and Scenic. Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. on a first come, first served basis. After the allotment of free student tickets has been exhausted, tickets are $10 for Southeastern students at the door.
     The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will open up its Columbia Theatre season on Oct. 25 with a concert titled “Romantic German Masters.” Scheduled at 7:30 p.m., the concert program opens with a serenade of wind instruments and features Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn.” Guest conductor for the concert is Gemma New, and featured cellist is Lynn Harrell.
     General admission tickets are $37 and $20 and are available at
     The week culminates with a free performance by the U.S. Army Field Jazz Ambassadors: The Greatest Generation Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre. The U.S. Army’s premier big band, the Jazz Ambassadors is a 19-member ensemble that formed in 1969. The band has received great acclaim, both at home and abroad, performing America’s original art form, jazz.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit

Southeastern music students to pay tribute to family’s musical heritage
Two Southeastern students will pay artistic homage to their family’s musical heritage in a free music recital. Carley Duet and Brandi Callais Brumfield, cousins from Cut Off, will honor their Uncle Vin Bruce, a prominent Cajun musician in the 50s and 60s.
     Duet, a music education major, will present her junior recital Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., in Pottle Auditorium. Accompanied by Brumfield, a graduate student in guitar performance, the duo will present two of their uncle’s compositions arranged for voice and guitar in collaboration with Southeastern Instructor of Guitar Patrick Kerber.
     “The songs ‘Dans de Claire de la Lune’ and ‘Si tum’aime’ were staples in Vin Bruce’s repertoire typically performed in a Cajun band setting,” Kerber said. “For this recital, the songs will be performed as art songs for soprano and classical guitar.”
     As a successful touring and recording artist, Bruce recorded solo albums and worked in the studio with many prominent musicians, such as Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley for Columbia Records in Nashville, Kerber said. Bruce’s performance career took him to the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride, among other notable venues, ultimately becoming known as the “King of Cajun Singers.”
     “These two excellent students are taking this unique opportunity to put the skills they have developed as serious music students to use, developing music that they are both personally connected to and presenting it in a sophisticated fashion,” Kerber said. “Whether music is created for the dance hall or popular radio, good music can, with proper skills, be developed for presentation on the concert stage. The key is to have the skills and creative will to accomplish this successfully. I am impressed.”
     For more information about the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Brandi Callais Brumfield and Carley DuetCAJUN MUSIC TRIBUTE - Two Southeastern students will pay artistic homage to their family’s musical heritage in a free music recital. Carley Duet, right, and Brandi Callais Brumfield, cousins from Cut Off, will honor their Uncle Vin Bruce, a prominent Cajun musician in the 50s and 60s in a free music recital Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. 

Southeastern art lecture features Shawn Hall
The second lecture in the series “Let’s Talk Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Visual Art + Design and Friends of Sims Library, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     Professional artist Shawn Hall will speak about her work, including a piece included in the current Contemporary Art Gallery show “Liminal Landscapes.”
     “The natural environment, biology and the fact of our interconnectedness to a world that we don’t fully understand is at the core of my current work,” said Hall. “I locate myself implicitly within the framework of the organism[s] we are a part of.”
     Hall, who has lived in New Orleans since 1997, is an abstract painter who has developed an expanded practice that includes video, installation, environmental research and outreach, said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson.
     “Shawn earned her master of fine arts degree at the Mount Royal School of Maryland Institute College of Art as a Patricia Harris Fellow. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an associate of science degree from Delta College in Michigan,” Johnson said. “Shawn received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2017 and has been an artist-in-residence at School 33 in Baltimore, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in NYC, 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, Calif., the Santa Fe Art Institute, and Isadore Newman High School.”
     Hall toured with her collaborative installation/performance “How to Build a Forest” that premiered at the Kitchen in New York City in 2011 and continued with universities and art spaces around the Eastern and Southern U.S. with its last showing at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 2015.
     Her work has been featured at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Alexandria Museum in Alexandria, La., along with galleries in New York, Dallas, Miami and Nashville. Her work has been reviewed nationally in “Art Papers,” “New Art Examiner,” “Hyperallergic,” “Dialogue” and “Pelican Bomb” and is included in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum and Linklaters Corporate collection in New York City, as well as numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe.
     For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.

Education students organize club
Three Southeastern freshmen, who participated in Educators Rising while in high school in West Baton Rouge Parish, approached Dr. Paula Calderon about creating one of the only two Educators Rising Collegiate Chapters in Louisiana.
     The three students and Dr. Calderon held a planning meeting on Sept. 5. The organization’s first informational meeting took place Sept. 16.
     “I’m delighted to see brand new Southeastern students take the initiative to form an organization to promote teaching as an exciting career,” said Calderon. “Educators Rising and its parent organization, Phi Delta Kappa International, are nationally known and well respected teacher organizations. These students are helping to change the rhetoric of teacher education and promote the positives of choosing teaching as a career.”
     The club has increased to over a dozen students and welcomes new members weekly as word spreads. All undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education (all degrees, all disciplines), students considering education as a career, and students who are advocates for children and education are welcome to join.
     For more information, email and check Southeastern’s calendar for upcoming meetings.
Educators Rising ClubNEW CLUB FORMED - Pictured, from left, are freshmen education majors Mignonne Leachman, Braxton Michel, Dean of the College of Education Paula Calderon, and Macie Husband.

Clarence Gilyard 

Columbia Theatre to host fundraiser
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is receiving support from a noted film and television actor to help raise funds for the downtown Hammond theatre.
     The theatre will host “An Evening with Clarence Gilyard, Jr,” a one-night only fundraiser for the Columbia Theatre on October 23 at 7:30 p.m. The star of “Die Hard,” “Top Gun,” “Matlock,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” is a visiting lecturer and guest director at Southeastern this fall. Gilyard will speak about his career as a television, film and stage actor.
     “Clarence is an incredibly talented artist who is generous and candid about his journey and life as an artist and educator,” said Artistic Director of Columbia Theatre James Winter. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come and speak with a man who has worked alongside the likes of Tom Cruise, Alan Rickman, Andy Griffith, Tony Scott, Chuck Norris and Bruce Willis.”
     Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students and are available at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at 220 East Thomas Street in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, online at, or by phone at 985-543-4371. A special VIP ticket is also available for $40 and includes a meet and greet with Gilyard at the conclusion of the event.
     For more information about the event, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366 or visit


Southeastern receives funding for post-secondary inclusive education alliance
Southeastern has been awarded funding to create and grow an alliance of universities and colleges across the state that will provide inclusive education opportunities for students with developmental disabilities such as its Lions Connected program. Created by Associate Professor of Education and Director of Lions Connected Gerlinde Beckers, Louisiana Post-Secondary Inclusive Education was awarded $40,000 from the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council.
     “Southeastern has had successful experience through Lions Connected, our inclusive post-secondary educational program for individuals with disabilities; therefore, applying to create the Post-Secondary Inclusive Education Alliance just seemed natural,” Beckers said.
     “I’m delighted that Southeastern was chosen and continues to be a leader in the post-secondary education of students with disabilities,” said Dean of the College of Education Paula Calderon.
     The purpose of the LA-PIE Alliance is to expand the outcomes and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through participation in traditional inclusive post-secondary college experiences at Louisiana universities and colleges. Beckers said LA-PIE will expand opportunities through the establishment of an alliance comprised of institutes of higher education and other appropriate entities associated with implementing or developing inclusive post-secondary education programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.
     “Southeastern will coordinate the alliance through the provision of mentoring and technical assistance, hosting training events, and developing resources designed to build the capacity of inclusive opportunities available at post-secondary educational institutions throughout Louisiana,” she explained.
     For more information on LA-PIE, contact Beckers at

La-pieADVOCATING FOR LA-PIE - Emma Beckers, Southeastern special education major and Lions Connected mentor, left, and Lions Connected student Christopher Ballard advocate for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at the 2019 Governor’s Office of Disabilities Affair Conference. The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council recently awarded funding to Southeastern to create the Louisiana Post-Secondary Inclusive Education Alliance.

Columbia Theatre to present free concert by US Army Field Band
Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present a concert by the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors Sunday, Oct. 27. Scheduled at 3 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre, the free concert is sponsored by the Hammond Daily Star and Columbia Theatre.
     As an official ensemble of the “Musical Ambassadors of the Army,” the Field Band has a longtime commitment to music education. The group’s performance schedule and outreach activities include hundreds of visits to VA and civilian care centers, clinics and public schools around the nation.
     From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, the Army Field Band has been entertaining audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the U.S. Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad.
     Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world. The group’s repertoire spans genres and eras dating back to the Renaissance.
     Although the concert is free, a ticket is required for entry. Tickets can be picked up at the Columbia Theatre box office or at the Hammond Daily Star. For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4371.


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The Southeastern football, soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, golf and tennis teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The SLU football team (3-3, 2-2 Southland) will travel to Houston Baptist for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday. The game 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 Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.
     The SLU soccer team (3-11-1, 2-6 Southland) closes out its home schedule with a pair of Southland Conference matches this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions host Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. Lady Lion seniors Amber Marinero and Caroline Lee will be honored in a pre-match Senior Day ceremony.
     On Sunday, the Lady Lions host Northwestern State in the 1 p.m. home finale. Sunday is the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Geaux Pink match and fans are encouraged to wear pink.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (10-12, 4-4 Southland) continues its Southland Conference road swing this week. On Thursday, SLU takes on Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Southeastern closes out the week with an 11 a.m. match at UIW on Saturday.
     Fans will get their first look at the 2019-20 Southeastern men’s basketball team on Saturday. The Lions will host William Carey for a 1 p.m. exhibition at the University Center.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of this week’s soccer matches and Saturday’s men’s basketball exhibition. 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).
     The SLU men’s golf team will close out its fall schedule this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will be in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to compete in the North Alabama Invitational.
     The Lion tennis team will also compete in its final tournament of the fall. SLU hosts the George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational Friday through Sunday with matches scheduled for the Southeastern Tennis Complex and Oak Knoll Country Club.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball programs will present the Tip-Off Bash on Friday at 6 p.m. at The Mezzanine (308 S. Cate Street) in downtown Hammond.
     Proceeds from the event will benefit Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball. Tickets are $50 per person and $40 for members of the Green and Gold or Hardwood clubs. In addition to dinner, fans will have a chance to meet the 2019-20 Lions and Lady Lions, as well as participate in a silent auction and cash raffle.
     Tickets for the event are available at or from the SLU basketball teams. The $40 tickets for Lion Athletics Association (LAA) coaches club members are not available online and can be purchased from the LAA directly by contacting the LAA at 549-5091 or
     Southeastern head men’s basketball coach David Kiefer and head women’s basketball coach Ayla Guzzardo will address the crowd, along with the Lion and Lady Lion seniors. This year’s Lion for Life awards will also be presented at the event.
     Southeastern season ticket holders will be able to pick up their tickets at the Tip-Off Bash. To purchase season tickets, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket office at 549-5466 or visit the office located in West Stadium room 101 at the southwest corner of Strawberry Stadium.
     Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Renewal forms have been mailed to returning season ticket holders.
     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. Head men’s basketball coach David Kiefer and running backs coach/passing game coordinator Kerry Joseph are the special guests for Monday’s show and an autographed basketball signed by the men’s basketball team will be the door prize.
     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 Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will be available at


OCT 21

Golf, at North Alabama Invitational, Muscle Shoals, Ala.,

All Day
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 Guests: Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Kiefer/Running Backs Coach/Pass Game Coordinator Kerry Joseph
     - Door Prize: Basketball autographed by SLU men’s basketball team

OCT 22

Golf, at North Alabama Invitational, Muscle Shoals, Ala.,

All Day

OCT 24

Volleyball, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 6:30 p.m.*

OCT 25

 Soccer, vs. Central Arkansas, Strawberry Stadium,

7 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Senior Night
Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational, Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, All Day
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Tip-Off Bash, The Mezzanine, 6 p.m.

OCT 26

 Football, at Houston Baptist, Houston, Texas, 2 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)*
Volleyball, at UIW, San Antonio, Texas, 11 a.m.*
Men’s Basketball, vs. William Carey (Exhibition), University Center, 1 p.m. (SSN)
Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational, Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, All Day

OCT 27

 Soccer, vs. Northwestern State, Strawberry Stadium,

1 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Geaux Pink Match
Tennis, George E. Fourmaux Fed Cup Invitational, Southeastern Tennis Complex/Oak Knoll Country Club, All Day


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing), published an article titled ”Cybersmart: Protect the Patient, Protect the Data.” The article will be published in an upcoming issue of Journal of Radiology Nurses
     Anne Babson’s (English) poem “September Bunker” appears in the latest issue of Curator Magazine. Babson poems “Self-Sufficiency” and “Scary Confessions of an Ex-Flight Attendant” also appear in the current issue of Delta Poetry Review.
     Dr. Rodrigo Pereyra (World Languages and Cultures) presented his latest book edition “Nuevas tendencias en la narrativa criminal hispana (2019).” His talk and book presentation took place at the International Hispanic Crime Fiction Conference at Texas Tech University in September. Pereyra also published ‘’Una charla entre amigos convertida en entrevista. Conversando con Leonardo Padura Fuentes,’’ an interview with the most prominent contemporary Cuban writer, in the latest issue of Dura, revista de literatura criminal hispana.

Southeastern’s Writer-in-Residence David Armand (English) recently learned that Texas Review Press (a member of the Texas A&M University Press Consortium) will be publishing his fourth novel, The Lord's Acre, in the fall of 2020.
     Christopher Yandle (Kinesiology and Health Studies) successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation, “The Lived Academic Experiences of NCAA Division I FBS and FCS Football Student-Athletes: A Phenomenological Approach.” Yandle is getting his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Mercer University in Atlanta. He is scheduled to graduate in December pending completion of internship hours. He is also one of 40 headline authors for the 2020 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University ( Authors include Malcolm Gladwell, John Grisham, Michael Lewis, Richard Campanella. 



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