Columbia announces season
Lion statue unveiled
Lion Up Recovery opens

Pre-Career Fair events scheduled
Cloud computing symposium set
Human trafficking seminar scheduled

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Columbia Theatre announces new season
One Man Star Wars TrilogySoutheastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts recently announced its 2019-20 season, which offers everything from live music to theater.
     The season also boasts entertainment from campus ensembles, said Jim Winter, artistic director of Columbia Theatre. Performances will be scheduled throughout the season. Dates and additional information are available at
     The Columbia Theatre curtain officially opens with Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop’s presentation of “Cabaret.” The production is scheduled Sept. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $21 for adults and $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their ID.
     Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, or by calling 543-4371.
     Back by popular demand, Missoula Children’s Theatre will return the week of Oct. 19 with a production of Jack and the Beanstalk for area youth. Upon their arrival Oct. 14, Missoula will hold auditions and cast approximately 50 to 60 area children. Rehearsals will begin that day, and a full-scale production will be presented Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. For additional information, contact the Columbia Theatre administrative office at 543-4366.
     Also in October is An Evening with Clarence Gilyard, Jr. on Oct. 23. The star of Die Hard, Top Gun, Matlock, and Walker, Texas Ranger will share his life experiences as a film, television and stage actor.
     Next on tap is a concert from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which begins its series of performances at Columbia Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m., with Romantic German Masters. The concert is the first of three LPO performances.
     Additional LPO concerts include the Yuletide Celebration, a fun program of holiday musical favorites for the entire family featuring local student choirs, on Dec. 6 and Nature’s Awakening on Feb. 28. Both concerts are scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
     The Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band from Washington DC will make a return appearance for a free concert Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the premier touring jazz orchestra of the United States Army.
     On Nov. 1, Columbia Theatre presents Durand Jones and the Indications.
     “Durand is a Southeastern alumnus who is a rising star. His fantastic, soul-influenced band recently played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning,” Winter said. “We are thrilled to have him returning to his roots. My staff and I are currently working very hard to make Nov. 1 a special night celebrating some of Southeastern’s most successful alums.”
     In celebration of Jones’ return to Southeastern, Columbia Theatre will be serving Gnarly Barley, a beer brewed by Southeastern alumni Zac and Cari Caramonta, offering a special discount for alumni that night, and hosting additional surprise guest alumni for the curtain speech and lobby greeters.
     Approximately one week later on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre presents One-Man Star Wars Trilogy. The show has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, and 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.
     On Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre will present Hammond Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker. The classic holiday ballet features professional guest artists and excellent all-star local dancers.
     Columbia will present Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks as the first performance of 2020 on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Winter said the production weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted.”
     Aquila Theatre will bring its production of 1984 to Columbia on Feb.15.
     “We are thrilled to present this world-class theatre company’s stage adaptation of George Orwell’s legendary novel that was decades ahead of its time,” Winter said.
     Columbia presents a pair of performances in March. First up is The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
     “Come sing along to your favorite songs with show-stopping entertainer Jack Wright and his music and media presentation of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits,” Winter said.
     Next up on March 27 at 7 p.m. is TheatreWorksUSA’s presentation of Pete the Cat. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling children’s books by author James Dean, Pete the Cat is a fun, musically driven series about exploring the world.
     Rounding out the season is a performance by the band Che Apalache on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Led by Joe Troop, Che Apalche features three powerhouse Latin American musicians and has been taking audiences by storm with their fusion of Latin and American roots music.
     A compliment to the Columbia Theatre season, Fanfare will feature many “home-grown” artists. Fanfare will once again showcase music, theater, dance, lectures, children’s events, and art exhibits, highlighting the myriad of talent university faculty and students have to offer in Fanfare’s 34th season. The complete Fanfare schedule will be posted soon and updated regularly at
     For Columbia Theatre season or individual ticket information, contact the administrative office at 543-4366 or log on to


ONCE UPON A TIME IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY – One-Man Star Wars Trilogy is just one of the mainstage presentations included in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts’ 2019-20 line-up. The show has been performed for over a million Star Wars fans from London’s West End, Off-Broadway, Dubai, and the Sydney Opera House. The show is performed with permission of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All “Star Wars” elements are property of Lucasfilm, Ltd. All rights reserved.

Southeastern unveils Lion statue
A new Lion statue now stands sentry over Friendship Circle after the unveiling Thursday (Aug. 29).
     Student Government Association President Karley Bordelon was joined by past presidents Richard Davis and Seth Leto for the unveiling. Leto’s administration was responsible for launch of a lion statue project for campus with funding provided by the SGA.
     Created by Matt Glenn with Big Statues, the bronze statue is 65" tall, 82" from head to tail, and weighs 800 pounds.

Lion statue unveiled

LION STATUE UNVEILED - At the unveiling, from left, are President John L. Crain, former Student Government Association Presidents Seth Leto and Richard Davis, current SGA President Karley Bordelon and Roomie.


Students, alumni invited to Pre-Career Fair events
A professional resume, appearance and frame of mind are all excellent assets to bring to Southeastern’s Career Fair 2019, and Career Services has scheduled three pre-fair events to help prepare participants in those aspects.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for students and alumni, the free events are scheduled in September leading up to the actual day of Career Fair 2019, which is Thursday, Sept. 19.
     First up are Walk-in Resume Reviews scheduled Monday through Thursday, Sept. 3 – 17, from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. Held in the Student Union Annex, room 2101, the resume reviews offer five-minute reviews of resumes by a career counselor. No registration is necessary, and all reviews are free of charge. Attendees must bring a hard copy of their resumes to the review. The sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
     Next on the agenda is an event at JCPenney called “Suit Up.”      Scheduled Sept. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m., the event is designed to teach attendees how to “dress to impress” at Career Fair 2019 and beyond. Participants will be able to save up to 60% on professional attire, receive staff assistance with fittings and coordinating styles, grooming tips from the JCPenney Salon, and free mini-makeovers and samples from Sephora. Students must present their Southeastern student ID to participate.
     “Networking for Introverts” is the final pre-fair event scheduled Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center Banquet Room. Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, the seminar will help attendees learn how to properly introduce themselves and overcome anxieties related to networking.
     Over 130 employers will participate in Career Fair 2019, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     For additional information on Career Fair 2019 or the pre-fair events, contact Career Services at 549 2121 or or visit

Human trafficking seminar scheduled
The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy and Dr. Corie Hebert will present a human trafficking training session for law enforcement professionals. Scheduled Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., the training will be held in the University Center, room 139.
     Any law enforcement professionals who wish to register can do so by visiting
     Please contact the LCWTA office with any questions at or 549-2497.


Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Lion Up Recovery
Lion Up Recovery ribbon cuttingSoutheastern now boasts the first and only collegiate recovery program at a public institution in the state of Louisiana. Launched this fall, “Lion Up Recovery” is recognized by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education and is a voluntary program to help students in recovery achieve their higher education goals.
     “Lion Up Recovery was established to help those students who identify as being in recovery. Southeastern staff trained in substance use disorders and recovery will lead the initiative,” said Interim Coordinator of Collegiate Recovery Madison Evans. “Lion Up Recovery is a program that offers specialized and strategic support to help students achieve growth and success in their recovery and academic journeys.”
     The program offers students on-campus support groups, sober tailgating for select Southeastern football games, academic advising and counseling, accountability, and staff intervention, if needed. Also offered are leadership and civic engagement opportunities, studying and sober socials, service opportunities through recovery-oriented support groups, and participation with ARHE regional and national events.



Southeastern to host cloud computing symposium
Southeastern will host global and national leaders from DXC Technology and Amazon Web Services for a cloud-computing symposium set Sept. 17.
     Sponsored by Southeastern’s College of Science and Technology and Workforce Talent Initiative, as well as the Louisiana Department of Economic Development FastStart Program, the symposium is scheduled from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Union.  The event is free and open to the public.
     Guest speakers include Vice President and Global Sales Leader for AWS Integration Practice at DXC Technology Todd Carey; Director and General Manager for the New Orleans Digital Transformation Center Terrell Boynton; and Director of AWS Certification and Education Programs Kevin E. Kelly representing Amazon Web Services.
     “This panel of experts will discuss the explosive growth of cloud computing, the impact on businesses and everyone’s daily lives, and the next generation of skill sets that faculty, students, technology professionals and everyday end-users will need,” said WTI Program Coordinator Paul Forbes. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the general public and for all Southeastern students from every academic discipline to gain insights into future technologies.”
     A networking reception, which is also free and open to the public, will immediately follow the symposium in the Student Union Ballroom C.
     For more information, or to reserve a seat, email Workforce Talent Initiative at


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The Southeastern volleyball and soccer teams will be in action and the debut episode of Inside Southeastern Football with Frank Scelfo airs during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Fresh off a convincing 35-14 victory over five-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champion and No. 6 Jacksonville State, the SLU football team (1-0) was scheduled to open the road portion of its 2019 schedule with a 3 p.m. (CDT) contest at Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. However, the game had to be cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (1-1-1) will also open its road schedule this week. On Thursday, Southeastern travels to Tennessee for a 7 p.m. match that will be broadcast on SEC Network+. On Sunday, SLU returns home to host South Alabama on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of Sunday’s match. 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 Southeastern volleyball team (0-3) will continue its season-opening seven-match road swing this week. On Tuesday, SLU will be at Tulane for a 7 p.m. match. The Lady Lions then head to Carbondale, Illinois to compete in the Saluki Bash.
     Southeastern opens the tournament with a 10 a.m. match versus Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Friday, before facing Alabama A&M later in the day at 5 p.m. The Lady Lions close out play with a 1:30 p.m. match versus host Southern Illinois on Saturday.
     Inside Southeastern Football With Frank Scelfo will debut on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Tope La Catering in downtown Hammond.
Hosted by Scelfo, the Lions’ second-year head coach, and Allen Waddell, the hour-long show will air weekly from Tope La Catering, located at 113 East Thomas Street. The season’s first show will air on Tuesday due to Labor Day. The season’s remaining shows will be held each Monday through Nov. 18 with a 7 p.m. start for each.
     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). 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)


Soccer, at Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., 7 p.m. (SEC Network+)


Volleyball, vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Saluki Bash), Carbondale, Ill., 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Alabama A&M (Saluki Bash), Carbondale, Ill., 5 p.m.


 Volleyball, at Southern Illinois (Saluki Bash), Carbondale, Ill., 1:30 p.m.


 Soccer, vs. South Alabama, Strawberry Stadium,

6 p.m. (SSN)

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


William B. Robison (History and Political Science) participated in a workshop for Louisiana Renaissance Festival cast members on Aug. 10 with a presentation on “Women of the Elizabethan Age: Famous, Infamous, and Un-Famous.”
     Clelie Dugan (School of Nursing) completed a PhD. in Nursing Education and Administration at William Carey University Aug. 9. The subject of her dissertation was “Faculty’s Perception of Same-day Assignments and Student’s Readiness for Clinical.”
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) and Dr. Kristie Riddle (School of Nursing) collaborated on a recent article titled “Improving Participants’ Experience in the Online Survey Process.” The article will be published in the October 2019 issue of The Journal of Continuing Education. Healthcare professionals frequently participate in surveys. Increased technology supports low-budget online surveys as a common method for collecting information. Decreased interaction with the surveyor, a lack of trust in the survey process, and time constraints often reduce response rates. Improved communication and shared results can positively impact the participants’ experience. The authors thank Kristin Marino (School of Nursing) for her support of online surveys in the classroom.

     Dr. Amber Narro (Communication and Media Studies) has just been awarded a Love of Learning Award from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The award, which provides $500 to facilitate a faculty initiative, will subsidize Narro’s attendance to the Poynter Institute’s TV Power Academy in September. Phi Kappa Phi’s Awards Manager commented, “The committee was impressed with your superior academic record and life/career ambitions.” Narro serves as Public Relations Officer for the Southeastern Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
     Dr. Fereshteh Emami (Chemistry and Physics) was awarded a NIH R15 grant ($346,576) from the National Institutes of Health (2019-2022) for a project titled “Mathematical Modeling of a Self-Assembled Probe for Non Intercalator Type Real-Time Monitoring of PCR.” This project utilizes mathematical modeling of a self-assembly sensor to ascertain a highly sensitive detection scheme, which indirectly probes DNA polymerization in homogeneous solution and is interference-free. The application will also provide a useful model for identification of unknown influences on ribonucleotides detection processes, advanced understanding of self-assembled supramolecular host-guest thermodynamics, and testable hypotheses to developing novel biosensing strategies.


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