Lion Up Recovery launched
Southeastern earns national ranking
SGA schedules political forum
Career Fair is Thursday

Art lecture to feature Zabbia

Tangi to celebrate 150 years
Walk/run set Sept. 20

Veteran nursing students to be VIPs

Cabaret cast announced

Solid Gold Saturday Sept. 21

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern launches first and only collegiate recovery program in the state
Lion Up Recovery launchSoutheastern is home to the first and only collegiate recovery program in the state.
     “Lion Up Recovery,” officially recognized by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, is a voluntary program to help students in recovery achieve their higher education goals. State higher education and local community leaders recently joined with members of the Lion Up Recovery Advisory Board and supporters of the program for a launch event on campus.
     “This new program as a resource for our students is an extension of Southeastern’s core values of caring and excellence. It is a game changer for our institution,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “This is a great program for the university, our students and our community, and we are very proud to offer it.”
     The program offers students on-campus support groups, academic advising and counseling, accountability, and staff intervention, if needed. Also offered are leadership and civic engagement opportunities, sober tailgating for select Southeastern football games, studying and sober socials, service opportunities through recovery-oriented support groups, and participation with ARHE regional and national events.
     Stating that it was good to be home, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed, who previously in her career served as a member of Southeastern’s administrative team, thanked Southeastern for making sure talent development is all-inclusive.
     “Thank you for being first, for stepping out and making sure that when we talk about talent development in the state we talk about how to develop and support every student regardless of race, place, challenge or opportunity,” she said. “We want to make sure that every student knows their unlimited potential can be reached at an institution like Southeastern.”
     “It is fitting that a campus that cares as deeply as Southeastern is the first to step up and say, ‘Here we are, our welcome mat speaks to everyone. We are here to make sure that you excel, that we are building a place where recovery will continue and advance, where dreams will become a reality, where students are proud to call this campus home,’” she added.
     Citing Southeastern as an inspiration and a pioneer of firsts, University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson said he is proud Southeastern has taken the lead in serving students.
    “From textbook rentals to the Southeastern Promise, if students get on the path to success, Southeastern is going to be a partner to help them get to that finish line,” he said. “It should come as no surprise that Southeastern is the first university to develop a collegiate recovery program in Louisiana. Thank you for being on the cutting edge in helping move Louisiana forward.”
     Southeastern Interim Coordinator of Collegiate Recovery Madison Evans said the program’s overall aim is to provide the education, resources and community connections needed to help change the trajectory of recovering students’ lives.
     “I am blown away by Southeastern’s latest efforts to meet the needs of their students’ behavioral health. Southeastern students who are in recovery from substance abuse will now have a fully dedicated space where they can experience fellowship and receive much needed services and resources,” said Assistant Director of Governor’s Office of Drug Policy Kristy Miller. “It is beyond impressive and we challenge other higher education institutions across Louisiana to follow Southeastern’s lead and adopt the collegiate recovery community approach.”
     For more information on Lion Up Recovery, email or go to


LION UP RECOVERY LAUNCH (above) - Southeastern officially launched the first and only collegiate recovery program in the state with several dignitaries on hand in support of the program. From left are Southeastern Interim Coordinator of Collegiate Recovery Madison Evans, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed, and University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson.

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LION PRIDE (right) – Attending the Lion Up Recovery launch event are, from left, University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors member Pam Egan, Assistant Director of the University Counseling Center Annette Baldwin, and UL System Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Romero.

Southeastern earns national rankings with U.S. News and World Report
Southeastern was named one of the top national performers for the social mobility of its students and among the top 125 regional universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report.
     “These accolades are yet another testament to the tremendous support Southeastern students receive from our faculty and staff,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “We care about each and every student.”
     Every year, U.S. News and World Report publishes what many regard as the gold standard for college rankings in the United States.  This year, 1,400 colleges and universities were reviewed, focusing on academic quality and measures, such as graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility.
     Graduation rates for first-generation college students were factored into the ranking’s overall methodology for the first time this year, and the new ranking “Top Performers on Social Mobility” was added.
     The new ranking “evaluates which schools best serve underrepresented students” and analyzes enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students with Pell Grants.
     “Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics,” U.S. News said. “But some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.”
     Southeastern was ranked 108th nationally in social mobility and in the top 125 regional universities in the South.


Art lecture features Kim Howes Zabbia
Kim ZabbiaThe first lecture in the series “Let’s Talk Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern’s Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus.
     Professional artist, author, and teacher Kim Howes Zabbia will present “Artists and Viewers: A Complex Marriage.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
     With a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Southeastern and a master’s degree in studio art from LSU, Zabbia has been teaching art for over 40 years, the last 12 as owner of the Art Station, a center for collaboration of the arts in downtown Ponchatoula.
     Zabbia has had 24 solo exhibitions since 1990. Currently represented by Ariodante Gallery and the New Orleans Art Center, Zabbia had her work spotlighted in 2014 with a retrospective exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art.
     She is the author of the new book “Just Paint It Ain’t: Demystifying the Complex Marriage of Artists and Their Viewers.”
     For more information, contact Sims Library Director Eric Johnson at 549-3962.

(Photo credit: Robby Klein)

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24 hour walk/run for POW/MIA military awareness scheduled
Southeastern’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is hosting a 24-hour walk/run to honor military prisoners of war and those missing in action. Scheduled on the indoor track at Southeastern’s Pennington Student Activity Center, the POW/MIA Walk/Run begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and concludes Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.
     Southeastern’s LaVetCorps Navigator Erick R. Cambrelen-Morales said participants can volunteer 30 minutes of their time to walk or run the track, while other volunteers are “sounding off” the names of military heroes. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, he said.
     “The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and honor the POW/MIAs who never came home,” Cambrelen-Morales explained. “They were someone’s child, parent, or sibling, so we must honor their bravery. It is important we never forget the hardships these brave men and women endured to secure our freedom.”
     Volunteers can register to participate on line at
     For more information, contact Cambrelen-Morales at Erick

Veteran nursing students at Southeastern to get $1.2 million VIP treatment
Southeastern has been awarded a Veteran Nurses in Primary Care Health Resources and Services Administration grant. The three-year, $1.2 million grant was awarded for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences project titled “Louisiana Increasing Opportunities for Nurse Veterans in Primary Care – LION VIP CARE.”
     Southeastern is partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers and State Public Health Units in the Florida Parishes region to provide primary care clinical experiences for undergraduate veteran and active military nursing students.
     “LION VIP CARE will provide opportunities for veteran/military undergraduate nursing students to develop primary care competencies and complete community-based clinical training experiences in FQHCs and PHUs located in rural and medically underserved communities,” said School of Nursing Department Head Ken Tillman. “This will be achieved through recruitment, retention, and support of veteran/military undergraduate nursing students and by providing curriculum enhancements and academic clinical partnerships in community-based primary care.”
     Tillman said the project will provide ongoing support to veteran/ military undergraduate nursing students by incorporating a student success coach and dedicated nursing academic advisor. A stipend will be provided to student participants while enrolled in nursing courses.
     “The LION VIP CARE project will provide a professional development training workshop for nurses on primary care nursing competencies, roles and scope of practice, and offer an interdisciplinary professional training workshop on the health needs of veterans, including chronic disease prevention and control, mental health and substance use disorders, as well as military cultural competence,” he explained.
     An additional goal of the project, Tillman said, is to increase employment of veteran/military undergraduate nursing students in community-based primary care settings in rural and medically underserved areas following graduation.
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Solid Gold Saturday / Hall of Fame Game scheduled Sept. 21 
Wear all gold everything for the annual Solid Gold Saturday in Strawberry Stadium Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. as the Lions take on Lamar.      Stay in your seats for halftime as we honor those being inducted into the Southeastern Hall of Fame. 
     McDonald’s is the proud sponsor of Solid Gold Saturday - the first 600 fans in the gates will receive a free gold shirt courtesy of McDonald’s and Southeastern Athletics. 
     The annual Family Day promotion in conjunction with The Office of Student Engagement will happen before the game with exclusive perks.
     Call the Southeastern Ticket Office to purchase tickets in advance at 549-5466 or online at


SGA to co-host Conversation with the Candidates

The Southeastern Student Government Association will co-host with the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce a political forum titled "Conversation with the Candidates" on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the TEC Lecture Hall, room 1022.
     Sponsored by SGA, the Greater Hammond Chamber, and Northshore Media Group, the forum will cover different local and statewide candidates to allow voters to get a better idea of the candidates’ platforms. Students, business leaders and the community are encouraged to attend.
     The event will include three different races: State Senator 12th District, 21st District Judge, and Associate Justice Supreme Court, 1st District. The forum will be moderated by Tangi 96.5’s Johnny Chauvin and former State Representative Chris Broadwater, and is free and open to the public.


Southeastern students, alumni invited to Career Fair Sept. 19
Career Fair layoutSoutheastern students and alumni are invited to participate in Career Fair 2019, the annual university‑wide event hosted by the Office of Career Services.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2019 will include over 160 organizational participants and will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     Representatives from various companies and associations, government agencies, business, engineering, finance and banking industries will be on site to answer questions and take resumes during the free event.
     “Career Fair provides Southeastern students and graduates the opportunity to obtain that much needed face time with recruiters to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack and all of those faceless resumes that come their way,” said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services. “There is no other venue that allows direct interaction with recruiters and managers from over 160 employers and leaves a lasting, positive impression. In fact, it would take months to speak with as many recruiters as you can in one day at Southeastern’s Career Fair 2019.”
     To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     For additional information on Career Fair 2019, contact Career Services at 549-2121,, or visit

Southeastern helps celebrate Tangipahoa's 150th anniversary
Southeastern Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Tangipahoa Parish Government, and the Tangipahoa Convention and Visitors Bureau are sponsoring a weekend of activities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Tangipahoa Parish.
     “For folks interested in an immersion into the history and culture of Tangipahoa Parish, you do not want to miss the celebration that will be occurring across the parish Sept. 19-21,” said Professor of History and Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Samuel C. Hyde, Jr. “Founded amid the turmoil of Reconstruction in 1869, Tangipahoa is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year with a Broadway caliber play, parades, marker dedications, and a power packed day full of fun and education.”
     The excitement begins, Hyde said, with a hilarious new play by Southeastern Theater Professor Jim Winter titled “Strawberries, Guns, and Milk” that spoofs the history of Tangipahoa Parish. The premiere of the play is Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theater on Southeastern’s campus. Additional run dates are Sept. 20 and 21 and Sept. 24 and 25. Tickets are $20 general admission, with Southeastern students admitted free with university I.D.
     “Strawberries, Guns and Milk celebrates the wild and wonderful first 150 years of Tangipahoa Parish,” Winter said. “The play centers around a traveling theatre troupe passing through this area just as it is becoming its own parish. Challenged by the rowdy and lawless locals, the troupe does what has never been done before: they show their audience the future that awaits them. What ensues is a comedic romp showcasing the sensational, bizarre and triumphant rise of this unique and amazing place.”
     On Saturday, Sept. 21, activities will begin in Amite with a marker and time capsule dedication at the parish government building at 8:30 a.m. A parade through the center of Amite will follow at 10 a.m. The celebration will then move to the Florida Parishes Arena in Amite beginning at noon.
     “The arena will come alive with booths, photographic exhibits, and historical presentations on the history of the parish and its people,” Hyde said. “Family fun and children’s activities will include train rides, truck pulls, dunking booth, K-9 demonstrations, and numerous games for the kids.”
     Historical tours of Amite are scheduled to depart from the arena throughout the afternoon, and multiple bands and DJs will perform on the entertainment stage through the course of the event as well. Hyde will kick off a series of historical presentations from 1 to 3 p.m., that also includes Eddie Ponds, Redell Hearn, and Robin Abrams. At 3 p.m. a new documentary film on Tangipahoa, produced by Paul Catalanotto will premiere.
     All events are free and open to the public, including food and soft drinks, courtesy of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tangipahoa Parish Government, and the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office.
     For more information about the celebration, contact the Tangipahoa Convention and Visitors Bureau at 542-7520 or the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at 549-2151, or visit


Cast chosen for Southeastern Opera Workshop’s Cabaret
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Broadway musical Cabaret Sept. 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     The story of Cabaret has a long history, said Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. 
     “In the early 1930s, English author Christopher Isherwood moved to Berlin and met a number of people who became fictional characters in his books ‘Mr. Norris Changes Trains’ and ‘Goodbye to Berlin,’ often published together as ‘The Berlin Stories.’ One of the characters was Sally Bowles, an English cabaret performer in a disreputable Berlin nightclub,” he said.
     In the 1950s, the story about Bowles was made into a play and film titled “I Am a Camera,” and in 1966, the musical Cabaret opened on Broadway, based on the play and the original story, Effler explained. 
     “The show was an immediate success; it was nominated for 11 Tony awards, receiving eight, and ran for almost three years – a remarkable feat for the late 1960s,” he said.
     Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis were rising to power, Cabaret focuses on the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and revolves around a newly arrived American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, and his relationship with an English cabaret performer, Bowles.
     “A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between the owner of a German boarding house, where Cliff and Sally live, Fräulein Schneider, and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor,” Effler said. “Overseeing the action is the master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club and the emcee serve as a metaphor for the ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany.”
     The enormous reception of the 1966 original Broadway production inspired numerous subsequent productions in London, a 1972 film starring Liza Minelli, Joel Grey and Michael York, and three Broadway revivals in 1987, 1998 and 2014.
     “Since Cabaret is set in and around a seedy Berlin nightclub during Hitler’s rise to power, some violence and sexual innuendo are included in the production, so it may not be suitable for children,” Effler said.
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Alton Geno for this production. In addition to a long career as a performer, choreographer, and director in New Orleans and around the country, Geno has directed Opera Workshop’s productions of Into the Woods, A Night on Broadway, and Sweeney Todd, as well as productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz and The Music Man.
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New SLU program
Southeastern Louisiana University Unveils New Big Statues Lion

Livingston Parish News
Southeastern launches state’s first and only collegiate recovery program
Graduations, honors and scholarship highlight college briefs
Popular Mechanics
How to Jump from a Moving Train Using Science (Rhett Allain)


The Southeastern Louisiana football and soccer teams open Southland Conference play, while the volleyball team hits the road during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 23/24 Southeastern football team (1-1) will return home to open Southland Conference play on Saturday, hosting Lamar at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. The game will air on ESPN+. It also 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-Lamar game will also double as the annual Hall of Fame Game. The 2019 Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame class of Bryan Bennett (football), Stefan Lopez (baseball), Karin Smith Gadberry (softball) and Simmie Yarborough (football) will be inducted in a private ceremony earlier in the day and recognized at halftime of the Lions-Cardinals contest.
     It will also be Solid Gold Saturday in Strawberry Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear gold and the first 500 fans will receive free gold t-shirts courtesy of McDonald’s and Southeastern Athletics.
     The annual Family Day promotion in conjunction with The Office of Student Engagement will happen before the game with exclusive perks.
     The SLU soccer team (1-5-1) will open league action on Friday. The Lady Lions travel to McNeese for a 7 p.m. match in Lake Charles.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (3-7, 0-1 Southland) opens the week with a 6 p.m. match on Wednesday at Mississippi Valley State. Southeastern then heads to Morehead, Kentucky to compete in the      Comfort Inn Invitational, opening tournament play with a 3:30 p.m. contest versus Marshall. On Saturday, SLU faces Coppin State at 11 a.m. and Morehead State at 2 p.m. The tournament finale will be broadcast on ESPN+.
     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. Linebackers coach Chris Lachney is the special guest for Monday’s show and a Frank Scelfo autographed football 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



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: Linebackers Coach Chris Lachney
     - Door Prize: Frank Scelfo Autographed Football


Volleyball, at Mississippi Valley State, Itta Bena, Miss.,

6 p.m.


Soccer, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 7 p.m.*
Volleyball, vs. Marshall (Comfort Inn Invitational), Morehead, Ky., 3:30 p.m.


 Football, vs. Lamar, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (ESPN+) (KSLU 90.9 FM) (Kajun 107.1 FM) (The Highway 104.7 FM) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM WFPR)*
     - Hall of Fame Game
     - Solid Gold Saturday
     - Family Day

Volleyball, vs. Coppin State (Comfort Inn Invitational), Morehead, Ky., 11 a.m.
Volleyball, at Morehead State (Comfort Inn Invitational), Morehead, Ky., 2 p.m. (ESPN+)


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Benny Gallaher (Industrial Engineering and Technology) attended the League of Utah Writers 84th annual writer’s conference Aug. 23 - 24 in Salt Lake City, where she won first place in the flash fiction category.

     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) published an article in the October issue of Popular Mechanics. The title of his article was “How to Jump from a Moving Train.” Allain doesn’t recommend that you actually jump from a moving train.


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