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UL System names Armand Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year
David Armand and Jim HendersonAward-winning novelist and Southeastern Assistant Professor of Creative Writing David Armand has been named the University of Louisiana System’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year. Armand was recognized recently at the UL System’s For Our Future Conference in Monroe.
     “The Universities of Louisiana Outstanding Faculty Award is intended to recognize faculty with a commitment to higher education from within the University of Louisiana System. This award recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service,” said UL System Communication Director Katelyn Wilkerson. “David Armand was selected from a highly eligible pool of nominees for his exemplification of the qualities of an outstanding faculty member.”
     A native of Folsom and resident of Hammond with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Southeastern, Armand is the author of three novels, two books of poetry and a memoir based on the mental health struggles of his mother. He is due to have another novel published later this year.
     He has spoken at a number of universities as a visiting writer, including James Madison University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the Mississippi University for Women, where students studied Armand’s work and attended readings and workshops that he conducted.
     Armand served as Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern from 2017-2019 and has been recognized as a Gambit Magazine “40 Under 40” recipient.
     In 2016 he was honored with Southeastern’s President’s Award for Artistic Activity, the Southeastern Faculty Senate President’s Award, and was named the St. Tammany President’s Artist of the Year. His first novel, The Pugilist’s Wife, earned the George Garrett Fiction Prize, and his second novel, Harlow, was listed on Amazon’s best novels about dysfunctional families.
     Armand has been recognized by reviewers as an up-and-coming Southern author whose works have been compared to William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy. He draws heavily from his experiences in south Louisiana in his work.
     In addition to The Pugilist’s Wife and Harlow, his works include the novel The Gorge, the memoir My Mother’s House, and the book of poetry The Deep Woods.


ARMAND HONORED BY UNIVERISTY OF LOUISIANA SYSTEM – Southeastern Assistant Professor of Creative Writing David Armand, left, received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award from University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson recently at the 2020 For Our Future Conference. The event was hosted by the University of Louisiana Monroe. (Photo credit: Emerald McIntyre/ULM Photo Services)

Southeastern student organization to sponsor farmers market
The Southeastern student organization Reconnect is hosting a farmers market on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union.
     The student organization is sponsored by the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department and is expected to have at least 15 vendors. Various foods and drinks like fresh produce, barbecue chicken, hot tamales, crawfish pies, specialty pies, lavender soda, chocolate flavored coffee and more will be featured at the farmers market. Vendors will have specialty treats and homemade jellies. Local crafters and artisans will have pottery, handmaid knits and handcrafted jewelry. Attendees can also expect live music from Armeal Cameron.
     “Our overall goals for hosting this event are to promote and support environmental education and the local economy, create a sense of community on campus and within student organizations, and encourage consumers to eat ethical and sustainable local produce,” said Reconnect Farmer’s Market Manager Tiffany Bel.
     The organization will host two more farmers markets this semester at the same time and location on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, April 22.
     A student environmental club, Reconnect participates in the Real Food Challenge, a national effort among college students to promote the use of locally grown, healthy and sustainable food products.
     For more information, contact Associate Professor of Sociology David Burley at

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Register for Emergency Alert System 
For those who haven’t yet registered for the Southeastern Emergency Alert System, a new semester is the perfect opportunity to sign up to receive notices via phone, text or email addresses in addition to Southeastern email accounts, which are automatically registered.
     Registration is free and only takes a minute or two to complete. Students, faculty and staff can register for the system by visiting
     The system is tested periodically to ensure successful message delivery, but otherwise is used exclusively for emergency notices, including weather-related campus closures.
     Southeastern emphasizes a comprehensive approach to campus safety and emergency preparedness with the Southeastern Emergency Alert System as one of its facets. Information on all the various offerings and endeavors can be found at
     Included in the overall plan are sirens located strategically across campus that will sound in the event of an emergency.
     “If you hear the sirens, check your device for information on the current situation,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Sam Domiano. “Communications will come via email and also via text and phone for those who have registered for those additional delivery methods.”
     The homepage is also a source of information for situations developing on campus or weather-related warnings and updates.
     To help the campus community be prepared for various emergency scenarios that may occur, an app is available to provide students, faculty and staff with simple instructions and recommendations for actions to take in the event of an on-campus emergency.
     Go to on any smart phone or device to download the free app. You’ll be prompted how to save the app to your device’s home screen.
     The app can direct dial the University Police Department from its home screen and from links embedded throughout its sections. Among the areas addressed on the app are suggested steps to take in the case of an active shooter or stabbing on campus, bomb threat, fire or explosion or intruder/mental health emergency. It also addresses procedures to be taken for a lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, physical injury, sexual assault, weapons on campus and weather emergencies.
     “We certainly hope such responses never have to be employed,” Domiano said. “But we also want our campus community to be prepared.”
     Emergency departmental flip guides as well as emergency pocket guides are available in the Dean of Students Office, located in the Student Union, room 2409.


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The Southeastern baseball team officially opens the 2020 season, while the basketball, softball, tennis and track teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     SLU head baseball coach Matt Riser’s squad opens its campaign on the road. The Lions travel to UL Lafayette for a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. On Saturday, SLU and Louisiana Tech meet in Lafayette for a 6:30 p.m. contest.
     The Southeastern men’s basketball team (6-18, 3-9 Southland) will open the week at home, hosting Sam Houston State for a 7 p.m. contest in the University Center. Wednesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score 70 or more points versus the Bearkats, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     On Saturday, the Lions head to Nicholls for a 3 p.m. league contest in Thibodaux.
     The red-hot SLU women’s basketball team (10-11, 7-5 Southland) will take its five-game winning streak – its longest Southland Conference streak since the 2006-07 season – on the road this week. SLU heads to Sam Houston State for a 6:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, while Nicholls awaits the Lady Lions on Saturday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern softball team (5-0) carries a five-game winning streak of its own into the week. On Wednesday, SLU closes a six-game home stand with a 6 p.m. game versus UAB at North Oak Park. The first 75 fans through the gates will receive a “Lion Up or Leave” rally towel to wave when the Lady Lions hit a home run throughout the season. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at North Oak Park with a couple’s ticket as the Lady Lions host the Blazers. Two general admission tickets will be available for $8 and reserved chair backs will be available for $15.
     The Lady Lions then head to Gainesville, Florida to compete in the Bubly Invitational hosted by Florida. On Friday, Southeastern faces North Dakota State at 8 a.m. and Florida A&M at 10:30 a.m. SLU takes on Longwood at 3:30 p.m. and FAMU at 6 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Lady Lions match up with the host Gators at 10:30 a.m.
The Lion tennis team (4-1) has won four straight matches heading into its final two pre-Southland Conference matches of the spring. On Thursday, SLU hosts UL Lafayette at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. Southeastern closes the week with a Sunday match versus Wyoming in McComb, Mississippi.
     The SLU men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue preparations for next month’s Southland Conference Indoor Championships. On Friday and Saturday, Southeastern will be in Birmingham, Alabama to compete in the Samford Open.

On the Air
All of this week’s men’s basketball and baseball games, as well as Saturday’s women’s basketball contest will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the TuneIn Radio and Lions Gameday Experience apps.
     The Lady Lion women’s basketball contest at Sam Houston State will air on ESPN+, while Saturday’s hoops doubleheader at Nicholls will be televised on ESPN3.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of Wednesday’s men’s basketball and softball contests. Tune in online at or the Lions Game Day 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 latest episode of Inside Southeastern Basketball with David Kiefer is set for Monday at 7 p.m. Hosted by Allen Waddell, the show will feature Kiefer breaking down the previous games and previewing the upcoming games each week through March 2 from Rainbow Daiquiris located at 14384 W. Thomas Street. Fans can submit questions for Kiefer at LionSports.Net for the “Ask the Coach” segment.
     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


FEB 10

Men’s Basketball, Inside Southeastern Basketball with David Kiefer, Rainbow Daiquiris, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (Kajun 107.1) (The Highway 104.7) (The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM) (SSN)

FEB 12

Men’s Basketball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN) (KSLU)*
     - Cane’s Challenge


Women’s Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+)*


Softball, vs. UAB, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (SSN)
     - Valentine’s Day Ticket Special
     - Rally Towels for first 75 fans

FE 13

Women’s Tennis, vs. UL Lafayette, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 4 p.m.

FE 14

 Baseball, at UL Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m. (KSLU)

Softball, vs. North Dakota State (Bubly Invitational), Gainesville, Fla., 8 a.m.


Softball, vs. Florida A&M (Bubly Invitational), Gainesville, Fla., 10:30 a.m.


Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Samford Open, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

FE 15

 Baseball, vs. Louisiana Tech, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Men’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 3 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)*


Women’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)*


Softball, vs. Longwood (Bubly Invitational), Gainesville, Fla., 3:30 p.m.


Softball, vs. Florida A&M (Bubly Invitational), Gainesville, Fla., 6 p.m.


Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Samford Open, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

FE 16

 Softball, at Florida (Bubly Invitational), Gainesville, Fla., 10:30 a.m.


Tennis, vs. Wyoming, McComb, Miss., TBA


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Agnieszka Gutthy (World Languages and Cultures) published a book titled Romantic Weltliteratur of the Western World (Peter Lang 2020). The book explores the dialogic component of different literary works as well as their transnational intertextualities.
     Bruce Craft (English) presented “The Southern Hospitality Paradox in the New Media of Southern Culture” and participated in a panel discussion on “Southern Masculinity and Hospitality” at the 12th Annual Southern Studies Conference at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., Jan. 31.

     Erin Lawrence (English) will give a creative reading of her short fiction piece “Dim Soul” at The 48th Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. The conference will be held at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 10. She will also chair a panel on comics at the Narrative 2020 Conference in New Orleans March 4-7. March 14-21 she will teach two six-hour sessions at the Vinci International Week at the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci in Paris, France. The course is titled “Digital Rhetoric in the New Age of Propaganda.” She will also be participating in a roundtable on Geopolitics.


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