Business lecture scheduled
Black History Month lecture series set
Jazz Ensemble, Lab to present concert

Military, local heroes honored

Armand to speak at Sims Library Tea

Board member nominations sought
Call for presentations announced
History students attend symposium

Math competition held

Globetrotters return to Hammond

ByLion takes a break

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics


Southeastern annual Business Lecture features independent consultant, leadership coach as speaker
Jennifer LedetJennifer Ledet, senior professional in human resources, independent consultant and leadership coach, will be the featured speaker at Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual College of Business Lecture.
     Titled “Own It and AMP It! Amplify Your Influence to Accelerate Your Success,” the lecture is scheduled Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom on the third floor. The presentation is supported by the Junghans family and is free and open to the public.
     As an independent consultant and leadership coach, Ledet’s areas of expertise include leadership development, communication skills, interpersonal skills and teambuilding.
     Aside from working in human resources, Ledet uses her job as an independent consultant to work with executive level leaders to help create leadership teams that work cohesively and effectively.
     “Jennifer Ledet ‘facilileads’ leaderships retreats for the C-suites of organizations in a wide variety of industries, as well as provides one-on-one leadership coaching,” said Dean of the College of Business Antoinette Phillips.
     From designing a comprehensive leadership training facilitation program to using her certification of the behavioral assessment called “DiSC,” Ledet uses a variety of tactics to help participants improve their leadership skills. Most of the information taught through these tactics derive from her experience in leadership and human resource management.
     “Using humor and fun, Jennifer Ledet is able to draw out audiences and participants and get them actively engaged,” said Phillips. “Participants report that they gained greater insight and learned more about themselves and their co-workers from one of her sessions than they did from other similar learning experiences.”
     Ledet has also put her experience to pen, writing articles on leadership and management and monthly leadership columns, as well as creating her own e-newsletter and online blog.
     For more information about the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2258.

History and Political Science Department hosts Black History Month Lecture Series
The Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University will host its annual lecture series in honor of Black History Month.
     This series will feature three lectures that are all free and open to the public.
     The first lecture, “Creole Culture and Civil Rights: The New Orleans Connection,” by Tim Chauvin, is scheduled Monday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Chauvin will discuss the important role New Orleans’ unique creole culture of music and food helped play in American’s Civil Rights Movement,” said Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison.
     “From Congo Square to Dooky Chase’s restaurant, New Orleans provides a fascinating window into how music and food helped bring people together,” he said.
     The next lecture given by Zachary Isenhower and titled, “The Haitian Revolution and the Challenge of Decolonization,” is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Zachary Isenhower will compare the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 with the American and French Revolutions and challenge the conventional wisdom that it was characterized throughout by unthinking violence, was the least successful revolution of the era, and produced a failed state,” said Robison.
     “Frantz Fanon: An Introduction to a Black Militant Philosopher,” the last lecture of the series, is scheduled Monday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. It will be given by Peter Gratton.
     “Peter Gratton will discuss Fanon’s ‘Black Skin/White Masks’ and ‘Wretched of the Earth’ showing him to be a forerunner of critical race theory, an uneasy defender of violence, and prescient about how the uses of violence could lead to the kinds of government found across Africa after the colonial period ended,” said Robison.
     For more information about Southeastern’s Black History Month lecture series, contact Robison at 549-2413 or

Military and Local Hero Appreciation Day March 1
baseball promotion
SLU Athletics appreciates our local heroes and the men and women who serve our country. Present a valid military service or unit member (police, EMT, Firefighter, etc.) ID to the ticket office before game day March 1 or to the ticket window on game day and receive two free tickets to the game. Call the ticket office at 549-5466 for more information.
     When the Lions score five or more runs on a designated Cane’s Challenge date, everyone’s a winner of a buy-one-get-one-free combo courtesy of Raising Cane’s. Fans must present game ticket and students must present student coupon in order to claim the meal deal.


Alumni Association seeks board member nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking energetic, action-oriented volunteers to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
     Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit their time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties between the university, alumni and community.
     “The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire alumni base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs. “They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
     Biggs said in order to be eligible to serve on the board, individuals must be dues paying members of the Southeastern Alumni Association and in good standing; demonstrate involvement, support and commitment to Southeastern; possess the ability and willingness to give time and resources to support the association; possess the ability to effectively collaborate in a team environment; have effective verbal and written communication skills; and have a personal interest in Southeastern, its students, alumni and the community.
     Alumni Association Board nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by March 2. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume, CV, LinkedIn profile, or similar professional summary; and optional letters of support from individuals other than the nominator. Nomination forms are available at
     Self-nominations are also acceptable, Biggs said.
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

History graduate students distinguish themselves at National WWII Museum Symposium
On Saturday, Feb 8, six graduate students from the History Department attended the Yalta at 75: From World War to Cold War Symposium at National WWII Museum’s new Higgins Hotel. The students Amelia Haag, Riley “Bo” Trisler, Joseph Ricci, Abigail Foster Simmons, Brody Simmons, and recent MA graduate, Heather Duncan, were accompanied by Dr. Sam Cavell of the Department of History and Political Science at this world-class conference.
     Presentations by Yalta Conference and WWII experts included Dr. Serhii Plokii (Harvard University), Dr. Michael Bishop (National Churchill Library and Center), Dr. Gunter Bischof (UNO) and Dr. Rob Citino (National WWII Museum).
     Southeastern students and graduates mingled with the experts and demonstrated the depth of their knowledge through incisive questions during the sessions. The quality of their contributions were recognized by many of the attendees who commented on their impressive performances.
     All who attended would like to thank the organizers and staff of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National WWII Museum for inviting our graduates and students to be a part of this amazing event.

Students attend symposiumSTUDENTS REPRESENT AT SYMPOSIUM - From left are attendees Riley “Bo” Trisler, Joseph Ricci, Amelia Haag, Brody Simmons, Abigail Foster Simmons, and Heather Duncan.


Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to present first concert of the semester 
Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts will present the University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in the first concert of the spring semester Wednesday, Feb. 19. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall, the concert is free.
     The University Jazz Lab Band program, under the direction of Lecturer of Double Bass John Madere, will include “Blues for Alice” by Charlie Parker and “Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson.
     The University Jazz Ensemble program, under the direction of Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Percussion Michael Brothers, will feature a tribute to Ray Charles. Program selections include “The Queen Bee” by Sammy Nestico; “One Mint Julep” by Rudy Toombs, arranged by Quincy Jones; “I'm Busted” by Harlan Howard, arranged by Benny Carter and Alford Jackson; “Them That Got” by Ray Charles, orchestrated by Mike Lewis; “Silent Way” by Wolfgang Haffner, arranged by Magnus Lindgren; and “Let the Good Times Roll” by Sam Theard and Fleecie Moore, arranged by Quincy Jones.
     Joining the Jazz Ensemble will be trombone guest artist Steve Sigmund, a 17-year veteran of the Ray Charles Orchestra. Sigmund currently serves as music director and conductor for legendary saxophonist and vocalist Maceo Parker and his “To Ray with Love” tribute to Ray Charles.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Steve SigmundSIGMUND TO PERFORM WITH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Trombone guest artist Steve Sigmund will perform with Southeastern’s Jazz Ensemble in the first concert of the spring semester Feb. 19. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall, the concert is free.


Author David Armand to speak at Friends Members’ Tea
Author David Armand will be the featured speaker at the ninth annual Friends of Sims Library Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. in Sims Memorial Library.
     Sims Library Director Eric Johnson said guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries. Unlimited mimosas will also be available for $10, he said.
     Armand, an assistant professor of English, teaches creative writing, composition, and American literature and is a past Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern. He also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press.
     In 2010 Armand won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist's Wife, published by Texas Review Press. Two novels, Harlow and The Gorge, followed, along with a poetry chapbook, The Deep Woods, and a memoir, My Mother’s House. He is currently working on a sixth book, The Lord's Acre, as well as a second memoir and a collection of poetry.
     “David Armand has won numerous awards and accolades for his work,” said Johnson, “including the 2016 St. Tammany Parish President’s Literary Artist of the Year and one of Gambit’s '40 Under 40.' In addition to his 2016 Southeastern President’s Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity, he is the recipient of the 2020 University of Louisiana System Outstanding Faculty Award.”
     The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual Friends of Sims Library membership.
     Visit the Friends of Sims Library website at to become a member or to renew a membership. Non-members can reserve a seat for the Tea or find out more about FOSL by calling Janie Branham at 549-2186 or emailing

Call for Presentations for Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Scheduled on the third floor of the Student Union, this non-competitive event will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All disciplines are welcome.
     Students and, if feasible, their faculty advisors should be present for an hour or more during the showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25.
     For more information and to register a presentation, visit the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs’ web page at

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Math Department hosts competition
On Jan. 30, the Department of Mathematics offered the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition (AMC) to 36 local high school students.
     The AMC is a national competition for 9th-12th graders that tests mathematics knowledge and problem-solving skills. Top-performing students nationwide are invited to compete in additional competitions culminating with the International Mathematics Olympiad.
     While on campus to take the exam, participants also learned about college and career options in mathematics and engaged in a hands-on, problem-solving challenge with faculty from the department.

Harlem Globetrotters return to Hammond 
The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Hammond on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently available for purchase by phone at 549-5466 or online at globetrotters. 
     Purchase pre-show Magic Pass for the full experience with the Globetrotters before the game. Attendees must have both a Magic Pass and game ticket to attend.
     Special rates are available for groups who are interested in attending the game. Contact Terry at 678-497-1882 for group rate ticket purchases.
     For more information, visit

ByLion takes a break
Due to the Mardi Gras break, ByLion will not be published next week. ByLion will return on Monday, March 2.


Baton Rouge Advocate
Aquila Theatre to bring its adaptation of ‘1984’ to the Manship Theatre and Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre

Livingston Parish News
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre to present ‘1984’

UL System names Southeastern’s Armand Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year



The Southeastern golf, baseball, basketball, softball and track teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion golf team will open the spring portion of its schedule this week. On Monday and Tuesday, Southeastern will compete in the La Tour Intercollegiate, hosted by Nicholls in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
     The SLU baseball team (1-1) will open its home schedule this week, hosting four games at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. On Tuesday, the Lions welcome UL Lafayette for a 6 p.m. contest. The first 300 fans at the Lions-Cajuns contest will receive a “Lion Up or Leave” rally towel to be waived whenever Southeastern hits a home run this season.
     Southeastern will welcome Jacksonville this weekend for a three-game series. The set opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     Saturday is National Margarita Day at Alumni Field. Fans 21 and older can visit the Wiseguy’s Daiquiris trailer for $4 margaritas.      Tuesday and Sunday will feature Cane’s Challenges. If the Lions score five or more runs either game, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     The Southeastern men’s basketball team (6-20, 3-12 Southland) will continue Southland Conference play this week. On Saturday, SLU host Abilene Christian at 4 p.m. in the University Center.
     The SLU women’s basketball team (10-13, 7-7 Southland) opens the week on the road, facing conference foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Lions open its final home stand of the season with a 1 p.m. contest versus ACU.
Jyar Francis is Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Ponchatoula, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     The Lady Lion softball team (8-3) will host Mississippi State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. Tuesday will also feature a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score three or more runs, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers for a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or greater value.
     Southeastern then heads to Youngsville, Louisiana to compete in the Mardi Gras Mambo. The Lady Lions open the tournament on Friday, facing Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m. On Saturday, SLU takes on Alcorn State at 5 p.m. and Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.
Southeastern meets ULM on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the tournament finale.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in its final tune-up for next month’s Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge for the 11:30 a.m. LSU Twilight.


On the Air
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday’s baseball games, as well as Saturday’s basketball doubleheader, 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 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will air on the Islander Digital Network.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of all of this week’s baseball games, Tuesday’s softball contest and Saturday’s hoops doubleheader. 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 2020 edition of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser debuts Monday at noon from Blackened Brew in downtown Hammond. Riser joins host Allen Waddell at lunchtime every Monday during the regular season for the 60-minute radio show, talking the latest in Southeastern baseball. Each week, select Lion players will also join the duo. Blackened Brew is located at 112 W. Thomas St.
     The show airs in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), online at and via the Lions Gameday Experience and TuneIn Radio apps. A live video stream of the show will also be available courtesy the Southeastern Sports Network (
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Basketball with David Kiefer is set for Monday at 7 p.m. Hosted by 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 17

Golf, at La Tour Intercollegiate, Thibodaux, All Day

Baseball, Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser, Blackened Brew, 12 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)

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 18

Baseball, vs. UL Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)
     - Rally Towel Giveaway
     - Cane’s Challenge


Softball, vs. Mississippi State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (SSN)

     - Cane’s Challenge
Golf, at La Tour Intercollegiate, Thibodaux, All Day

FEB 19

Women’s Basketball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 7 p.m. (Islander Digital Network)*

FEB 21

 Baseball, vs. Jacksonville, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)

Softball, vs. Middle Tennessee State (Mardi Gras Mambo), Youngsville, 3 p.m.

Track and Field, at LSU Twilight, Baton Rouge, 11:30 a.m.

FEB 22

 Baseball, vs. Jacksonville, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (SSN)
        - National Margarita Day


Men’s Basketball, vs. Abilene Christian, University Center, 4 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)*

Women’s Basketball, vs. Abilene Christian, University Center, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)*
        - Cane’s Challenge
        - Jyar Francis Trading Card Day


Softball, vs. Alcorn State (Mardi Gras Mambo), Youngsville, 5 p.m.

Softball, vs. Mississippi Valley State (Mardi Gras Mambo), Youngsville, 7 p.m.

FEB 23

 Baseball, vs. Jacksonville, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)
       - Cane’s Challenge


Softball, vs. ULM (Mardi Gras Mambo), Youngsville, 2 p.m.  


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


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