Northshore Coronavirus updates to air
Southeastern Magazine now available

Columbia to host virtual talent contest

CMS announces summer programs

Priority registration announced

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Southeastern Channel airs Northshore Coronavirus updates
Coronavirus specialIn order to provide timely information on the Coronavirus specifically for Northshore residents, the Southeastern Channel has begun airing a new weekly segment titled “Northshore News Update: Coronavirus on the North Shore.”
     The new 15-minute update debuts each week on Fridays at 4 p.m. and airs throughout the day every day of the week on the Southeastern Channel, which can be seen on Spectrum 199 cable throughout the Northshore for a potential viewing audience of 250,000 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes.
     Live streaming of the 24-7 Southeastern Channel broadcast can also be seen on Roku and Apple TV along with, which offers video on demand of all episodes at The Coronavirus update can also be accessed through Southeastern Channel accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
     “With all of the broad and rapidly-changing news everywhere on the Coronavirus, we wanted to provide Northshore viewers with a resource of timely and vital information specific to individual parishes that will address the most urgent needs,” said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel. “This is a condensed segment spotlighting critical services for those in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and Washington parishes provided by their specific parish governments, school systems, hospitals, law enforcement and business organizations.”
     Information provided spans everything from Coronavirus testing and school food distribution to small business disaster loans. Also included are phone interviews with parish officials conducted by student reporters from the Southeastern Channel’s national award-winning newscast, “Northshore News.” Student reporters include Gabby Cox of Hammond, Lorraine Weiskopf of Covington, and Kaylee Normand and Chris Rosato of Mandeville.
     Settoon said that since the student reporters are forced to work from home during the pandemic, and are thus unable to shoot interviews and footage to avoid face-to-face contact, their reports lean on phone interviews and graphics with timely information in the form of websites, phone numbers, URLs, and times and locations of the vital services provided in each parish.
     “Our award-winning students are eager to tackle the challenge even while having to spend most of their time with online courses,” Settoon said. “They see this as a unique, real world opportunity at a time of crisis using new technology and formats where they can really serve their community and viewers with critical news and information.”
     In its 17 years of existence, the Southeastern Channel has won over 400 national, international and regional awards, including 17 awards from the Emmys.

Spring 2020 Southeastern Magazine now available
The Spring 2020 Southeastern Magazine is now out and fully available online.
     In these uncertain times, we are proud to continue to provide you with uplifting stories of new discoveries and partnerships, glimpses into Southeastern's past and exciting future, news on fellow alumni and members of our Southeastern community, and much more.
     Visit to browse all of the new content now, and take a break to reconnect with your University.
     If you are an active Alumni Association member, please enjoy the print copy that was recently mailed directly to your home. If you are not a member but would like a physical copy while pick-up locations are closed, please fill out our online form and we will be happy to send one to you.

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Community Music School announces summer programs
The Community Music School is hosting a series of summer programs for young musicians.
     The summer programs include a middle school band camp, chamber music workshop, and a strings orchestra workshop, as well as seven weeks of individual lessons, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
     “We hope that COVID-19 will end very soon and that all of our students and their families, as well as our entire community, stay healthy. We always look forward to the summer camps because they provide an easy way for school-aged musicians to experience Southeastern’s wonderful music programs,” Duke said. “These camps are always filled with fun and friendships. They significantly enhance the participants’ instrumental skills and musicianship. Learning, joyfully exploring creative collaboration, and sharing our love for music performance is what these camps are all about.”
     The middle school band camp is scheduled June 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, with a concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday, as well as dinner on Friday. Tuition for the camp, scheduled in Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s campus, is $225. Registration is open until the first day of camp; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     Coordinated by Southeastern Interim Director of Bands Derek Stoughton, the camp is open to students in fifth through ninth grades during the 2019-20 school year, although high school students are also welcome to attend. Camp activities include concert band, private lessons and masterclasses, jazz combos, lessons in improvisation and theory classes.
     The chamber music workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., May 25-29, with a concert at 1 p.m. on May 29. Tuition cost for the workshop is $170 and includes lunch on Friday, May 29. Registration is open until the first day of the workshops; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     The beginners’ string orchestra workshop will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m., May 25-28, and on May 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a concert at 1 p.m. on May 29. Suitable for first to third-year violin, viola, and cello students, the workshop will be taught by Duke.
     Tuition for the workshop is $125 and includes lunch on Friday, May 29. Registration is open until the first day of the workshop; however, a $20 late fee will apply to registrations postmarked after May 20.
     The CMS will also offer private instrumental and vocal lessons from June 8 to July 23. Lessons are scheduled according to the instructors’ availability and with consideration of the students’ family vacations. Individual lesson fees vary according to the instructor’s qualifications.
     For more information on any of these programs, go to

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Columbia Theatre to host talent contest
Although Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is not currently open, it is still finding creative ways to entertain the public. The theater recently announced its first ever #columbiafamous talent contest through Facebook.
     Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter said the contest begins Monday, April 6, and will span several weeks. Interested contestants will submit a short video clip, approximately 60 seconds or less, in a variety of categories. The categories included are singing, dancing, acting, instrumental music, comedy, and visual art. Winter said submissions for the visual art category will be digital photographs rather than videos.
     “The Columbia Theatre exists to entertain the public,” Winter said. “I wanted to do something that kept Columbia entertaining the wonderful people in our community at a time when we cannot come together in our beautiful theatre. The #columbiafamous contest is our way of getting some creative and positive energy out into a community that truly needs that right now.”
     Each week will focus on preliminary contests in two of the talent categories. Contestants will have four days to submit videos. The Columbia staff will narrow the submissions down to three finalists in each category. The finalists’ videos will be posted for 24 hours, during which time the public can vote for their favorites.
     The winners in each category receive two tickets to one of next season’s shows at the Columbia Theatre; automatic entry into the grand prize contest for a pair of season tickets to Columbia Theatre’s 2020-2021 season; and an invitation to perform their winning act at the Columbia Theatre on Hot August Night.
     The contest is open to all ages; however, children 12 and under can submit to all categories for a chance to win the children’s grand prize, which is a pair of tickets to next season’s world premiere of “Alice’s Christmas in Wonderland” and an invitation to perform their winning act at the Columbia Theatre on Hot August Night.
     The first week’s contest, beginning Monday, April 6, will feature the singing and dancing categories.
     Individuals interested in competing should check Columbia Theatre’s Facebook page at for more details. Full submission and prize details will be posted on Facebook April 6.
     For more information or to submit an entry, email


Summer, fall priority registration announced
Southeastern students may register for summer and fall 2020 classes beginning Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9 at 5 p.m.
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled, returning, new transfer and graduate students. Students may check their registration appointment times and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage at
     Academic advising for priority registration has been taking place in either a remote or online format. Online advising will take place through the self-service section of LEONet. Remote advising sessions are available to students through email and phone calls if their academic department is not utilizing the online advising system.
     Students are encouraged to work with their academic department or advisor to complete their advising. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared. Additional details are available on the online and remote advising web page.
     For more information about priority registration, contact Southeastern’s Office of the Registrar at

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Adapting to Change: Erin Rode-Fiorello

Erin Rode-FiorelloDuring difficult times, one can either inactively wait for the situation to pass or adapt and overcome the challenges presented, creating a positive influence in not only their own life, but in the lives of others. Across the board Southeastern faculty, staff, and students have been meeting the sweeping challenges created by COVID-19 head-on. One of these many members of our Southeastern community who has been adapting to the situation is Erin Rode-Fiorello, instructor and undergraduate coordinator for the General Studies Program.
     Like others, Erin is currently working from home, meshing the determination to work as hard as possible to meet the needs of students with taking care of two boys while her husband continues to work outside of the home as an essential employee. For Erin, who has online instruction experience and was already teaching some online courses, the most difficult part of needing to go remote has been the transition to working from home.
     “I enjoy being on campus and being in the community-like work environment that is Southeastern’s campus. Now my ‘co-workers’ are my two boys, Sawyer (five years old) and Parker (two years old), which makes for a totally different if not sometimes loud and distracting work environment,” she said.
     To overcome this challenge that many parents now find themselves facing, Erin said that she created a new daily routine.
     “It includes things like a nature walk in the morning so we all can get some fresh air and a nap time for the boys so that I can work without being interrupted every five minutes,” she said. “I also check my email throughout the day so I do not miss any important messages, as well as wake up early and stay up late as needed to complete my work tasks.”
     While creating a routine has been very helpful, Erin has found that incorporating some flexibility and remembering to focus on the bigger picture has also become an important part of achieving success during this difficult time.
     “To be honest, I’ve had a couple of truly overwhelming moments,” she explained. “That is hard for me to admit because my Type A personality doesn’t like anything less than perfection, but I keep reminding myself this is the perfect time to remember that we are not perfect, and I need to focus on what I can control instead of the things that are out of my control. I’ve also made a point to find the positive and treasured moments each day. My boys, at this young age, are so eager to learn and experience everything. Our world may be limited to our house and the yard around it, but the adventures are boundless, and I’ve surprised myself with how flexible I can be when something comes up that wasn’t in the plan for the day. I’m learning more about how to let go and go with the flow while still maintaining a routine.”
     Witnessing how others throughout our Lion Family have come together during this time has also particularly made an impact on Erin, who is additionally not only an alumna but has been a part of the Southeastern community since attending summer camp on campus as a child.
     “I have noticed students, faculty, and staff responding with grace, understanding, flexibility, and kindness. This is one of the many reasons I love Southeastern so much,” she said. “I’ve witnessed amazing changes and growth that all universities experience, but at the heart of our University is the community and family that is Southeastern. The support and help that is given to each other through whatever may come our way, be it 9/11, a hurricane, a flood, or Covid-19, we get through it together.”


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Dr. Jerry L. Parker (World Languages and Cultures) recently published an article in the International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction titled “Students’ attitudes toward project-based learning in an intermediate Spanish course."
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leaedership and Technology) presented "What School Leaders Do to Retain New Teachers" virtually for the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research conference in New Orleans March 24 and 25.

     Rambod Dargahi (Marketing) published a research paper titled      “Making More in Crowdsourcing Contests: A Choice Model of Idea Generation and Feedback Type” in the Journal of Marketing Communications, a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. It is available online.

     Anne Babson (English) had her short story “Dispatch from New Orleans” published by Fifth Estate Magazine.



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