Discarded trees to enhance wetlands

Semester launched with Winter Welcome
Story of Rosa Parks at Columbia Theatre
MLK remembrance program scheduled

CMS names outstanding musicians

Military, Local Hero Appreciation Day set 
Student outreach opportunity available

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern to collect discarded Christmas trees to enhance wetlands
Christmas Tree recyclingSoutheastern is asking area citizens to give the environment a gift after Christmas this year. Discarded Christmas trees can be dropped off and used for a wetland restoration rather than throwing them out with the trash.
     “We can put the old Christmas trees to work in our area marshland while also reducing the waste stream going into landfills,” said Rob Moreau, manager of Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station located on Pass Manchac between lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas.
     Although grant funding from the state for Christmas Tree recycling in many areas ended years ago, local partners have stepped up with donations to fund the collection of trees and make the project possible. This marks the 25th straight year Southeastern has conducted its recycled tree program. Moreau depends on volunteers and students to deploy the trees in the Manchac wetlands. It is estimated that approximately 40,000 trees have been deployed through the Southeastern program since that time.
     Southeastern scientists at Turtle Cove use the discarded trees to help build up marshland in areas that have been impacted by erosion and other factors, said Moreau.
     Moreau said the trees will be used in a variety of ways, including ongoing research on the trees’ effects on helping to fill in test logging ditches, creation of Christmas tree “mounds” to create habitats for wildlife and, of course, help to control erosion along various shorelines, most recently occurring on Galva Canal, and in areas around the research station itself on Pass Manchac.
     This practice also provides hands-on environmental education opportunities for students and other volunteers who help with the project.
Collaborating in the project for the fifth year is the Southeastern Sustainability Center on North Oak Street, which will serve as a drop-off point for area residents to leave their used Christmas trees. Other partners include the city of Hammond and Middendorf’s Restaurant in Manchac, and a Christmas tree supplier, whose farm is located in North Carolina, for their left over trees.
     Trees can now also be taken to Pennington’s Hardware and Screenprinting, located at 407 Highway 22 W. in Madisonville.
     Trees can be dropped off now through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 Hwy. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market. The Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 North Oak Street, is collecting trees through the end of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 to 10 a.m. on Friday; and Pennington’s Hardware and Screenprinting will accept trees during the same time period during normal business hours daily. Moreau said a Turtle Cove trailer drop off site will also be maintained at Middendorf’s Restaurant.
He said the city of Hammond will again provide transport of collected trees to the Turtle Cove Galva Canal parking lot area in Manchac, where they will be stored until they are deployed in the marshes in the spring.
     No flocked trees will be accepted, and all trees should be stripped of any ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, nails and screws, etc.
     “This greatly helps our efforts to get the trees quickly deployed,” Moreau said.
     Additional information can be obtained by contacting Moreau at or by visiting the website at
     Donations to help support the activity can be sent by check payable to “Friends of Turtle Cove” and mailed to Southeastern Box 10585, Hammond, LA 70402 or can be made by credit card by visiting the Turtle Cove web site and under the “Friends and Donors” link.

Southeastern launches semester with Winter Welcome 

Winter WelcomeNew and returning Southeastern students will be welcomed back to campus this spring semester with a multitude of activities and events offered through “Winter Welcome.”
     Scheduled Jan. 22-29, Winter Welcome is intended to help students make Southeastern their home away from home and to settle into campus life as classes begin.

Wednesday, January 22
Game Day: Grocery Bingo with CAB
11 a.m.; Student Union, first floor
Students can join CAB for some fun with great prizes - snacks and goodies to stock their dorms.

Back to School Tailgate and Men’s Basketball
Tailgate at 6 p.m. and game at 7 p.m.; University Center
Join Southeastern Athletics and the SGA as they welcome students back to school for the spring semester with a tailgate before the game. Free Chick-Fil-A for the first 150 students, fun games and promotions for students inside as well. Come #LionUp with us and tip-off the spring semester the right way.

Silent Disco After Party
8 – 11 p.m.; Student Union Ballroom
Lions, it’s back by popular demand. After the back to school basketball tailgate and game, come to the Student Union for Silent Disco. Bring your Southeastern ID, and arrive early due to limited headsets. Sponsored by CAB and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.

Thursday, January 23
Wellness Welcome
11 a.m.; Student Union Breezeway
Stop by to learn more about the offerings at Southeastern’s Health Center. There will be interactive games and wellness information to help you be your best you in 2020.

Monday, January 27
Wellness Welcome
11 a.m.; Student Union Breezeway
Stop by to learn more about the offerings at Southeastern’s Health Center. There will be interactive games and wellness information to help you be your best you in 2020.

Meal Planning 101
11 a.m.; Student Union Breezeway
Have questions about your meal plan or dining at Southeastern? Find Dining Services in the Student Union for help.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance March
March begins at 6 p.m. at the REC
Join students, university officials and community members at the Pennington Center for a candlelight march and remembrance program to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will begin with a candlelight processional and conclude with a program in the Student Union Theatre with remarks from Tyronne Walker of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The event is sponsored by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs.

Community Music School names outstanding musicians
Southeastern’s Community Music School announced pianist Natalie Fulks and violinist Brennan Saenz as its Fall 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians. The first and second runner up winners are violinists Kelsey Jones, Alana Saenz and Lily Anderson.
     The Outstanding Musicians and runner up winners were chosen by the votes of the audience in the fall 2019 final recitals.
     “We congratulate our Fall 2019 CMS Outstanding Musicians, as well as the first and second runner up winners. Their talent and accomplishments are nothing short of impressive. They show a commitment to their art that is truly admirable especially for students their age,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “We are also very grateful for a wonderful roster of experienced and dedicated instructors who do an amazing job nurturing and growing all of our students’ musical gifts.” 
     Duke said she looks forward to an exciting spring 2020 semester when CMS will continue to offer individual lessons on various instruments and voice and will also host the annual Spring Festival and Concerto Competition.
     Fulks lives in Albany. She is eight years old and a fourth-grade gifted student at University View Academy, a virtual school. She began taking piano lessons in June of 2018. When she is not learning or playing the piano, she enjoys competitive gymnastics, reading, learning about science, and spending time with her family. 
     Saenz is from Mandeville. He is 11 years old, and is a sixth grade student at Lake Harbor Middle School. He has played violin for five years, piano for three years, and he recently started playing saxophone for his middle school band. Saenz and his younger sister Alana are this year’s winners of the concerto competition at the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra for the Sinfonia Division. They performed as soloists with GNOYO in March and were invited to play at the 2019 New Orleans French Quarter Festival in July. He is also one of the 2019 winners of the Southeastern Community Music School’s Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Southeastern Symphony in October. He loves all kinds of music, and enjoys being a part of the St. Tammany Parish Talented Music Program. 
     For more information about CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at


Student outreach opportunity
Southeastern students, faculty, staff, and community members have a student outreach opportunity in which they can meet international students studying at Southeastern and help them practice conversation skills. As a result, students enrolled in the English as a Second Language Program will gain an opportunity to become more acquainted with the community while practicing their speaking skills.
     To volunteer, email or stop by the ESL Lab in D Vickers, room 209, Monday-Thursday from 2-5 p.m.


Columbia Theatre to present Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present “Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks.” Scheduled Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre, the presentation will also include a special panel discussion featuring prominent Civil Rights advocates following the performance.
     In Montgomery, Ala., a determined activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The resulting uproar launched the Civil Rights movement and changed the country forever, explained Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter.
     “’Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks’ 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,’” Winter said. 
     The play dispels myths about Parks and her protest as it paints a portrait of a complex woman who had to find reconciliation within herself in order to become an effective Civil Rights leader.
     “Exciting and inspirational, the play shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States,” Winter explained. 
     Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for students and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond, by calling 543-4371, or online at
     A special Southeastern student ticket price of $10 is available, while supplies last. Students must present their Southeastern IDs at the Columbia box office to receive the discounted price. Additionally, all Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the concert and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office.
     For more information, contact the Columbia Theatre at 543-4366.

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks



Southeastern plans MLK remembrance Jan. 27
Tyronne WalkerSoutheastern closed Jan. 20 in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, but will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader with a memorial march and remembrance program Jan. 27.
     Open to the public and featuring remarks by Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation Tyronne Walker, pictured above, the event is sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs. 
     “The Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. takes tremendous pride in celebrating the life of our dear fraternity brother Dr. King,” said Keenan Austin, president of the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. “The annual march is only a small token of appreciation we are able to do for the mountain of a legacy he left. To us, as well as many other members of the community, it is very critical to keep his spirit alive. He used his voice to change a nation, and it is our duty to be the echo that carries that voice to each and every person we can.” 
     The event will begin with a candlelight processional at 6 p.m. outside of the REC (formerly known as the Pennington Student Activity Center) at the walkway underpass. The ceremony will conclude with a program in the Student Union Theatre that will include Walker’s remarks and reflection on King’s life and impact.
     “Mr. Walker is a man that has dedicated his days to social action. As current director of political and civic action for the Southwestern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, his goal is to bring brothers together to push engagement in their individual communities across the region,” said Alpha Phi Alpha member Larry Banks. 
     Walker has served as the chief operating officer of the Law Office of Wayne E. Woods and Alpha Tittle Company and is the owner of Walker Strategic Solutions, LLC. He is active in civic leadership serving on a number of boards in founding roles, including Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business and Son of a Saint Foundation. Walker is the immediate past president of the Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and is a member of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. 
     For additional information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at 549-3850.

Military and Local Hero Appreciation Day set
local heroMilitary and Local Hero Appreciation day is scheduled Feb. 1 at the University Center for a Southeastern basketball doubleheader at 1 and 4 p.m. vs. New Orleans. 
     In appreciation of our local heroes and the men and women who serve our country, those with a valid military service or unit member (police, EMT, Firefighter, etc.) ID, need only bring it to the ticket office before game day or the ticket window on game day to receive two free tickets to the game. 
     Call the ticket office at 549-5466 for more information.


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The Southeastern tennis team will open the spring portion of its 2019-20 schedule, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams continue Southland Conference play.
     The SLU tennis team will play a pair of in-state opponents this week to kick off the spring. On Saturday, Southeastern heads to Tulane for a 3:30 p.m. match in New Orleans. The Lions welcome UL Lafayette on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern men’s basketball team (5-13, 2-5 Southland) opens the week at home, hosting McNeese on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Southeastern Athletics and the SLU SGA will host a Back to School Tailgate prior to Wednesday’s game.
     Wednesday will also be a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lions score 70 or more points versus the Cowboys, fans can redeem their game ticket or student coupon at their local participating Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers to receive a free combo with the purchase of another of equal or lesser value. On Saturday, SLU heads to Northwestern State for a 3 p.m. league contest in Natchitoches.
     The Lady Lion women’s basketball team (5-11, 2-5 Southland) will close out its three-game road swing this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern heads to McNeese for a 6:30 p.m. contest. Northwestern State awaits SLU for a 1 p.m. Southland game on Saturday.
     All of this week’s women’s basketball games and Saturday’s men’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. Saturday’s doubleheader will be televised on ESPN3.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of Wednesday’s men’s basketball game. 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


JAN 22

Men’s Basketball, vs. McNeese, University Center,

7 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Back to School Tailgate
     - Cane’s Challenge
Women’s Basketball, at McNeese, Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 25

Men’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches,

3 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN3)*
Women’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches,

1 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN3)*
Tennis, at Tulane, New Orleans, 3:30 p.m.

JAN 26

 Tennis, vs. UL Lafayette, Southeastern Tennis Complex,

1 p.m.


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Anne Babson (English) was interview for an episode of WWNO’s The Reading Life about her book Messiah which was published in November. She also had two poems, “Suffrage Ghazal” and “Social Media Rondel,” published by a journal titled Former People.
     Dr. Francesco Fiumara (World Languages and Cultures) is the author of the recently published article “A Light in the Classroom: Vittorio De Seta’s Diario di un Maestro and the Bringing of Experiential Education into Italian Living Rooms.” The article appeared in the supplement issue of volume 134 of MLN (Essays in Memory of Pier Massimo Forni). Fiumara is also the author of the review of the documentary In the Mood in Our Own Way: Two Centuries of Musical Relationships between Italy and the United States, by Luca Martera (2018). The review has been published in the first issue of the 2020 volume of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies.

Dr. Jerry L. Parker (World Languages and Cultures) recently published an article titled “Multicultural Education as a Framework for Teaching English Language Learners” in the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Higher Education.
     David Armand (English) has been awarded the 2020 Universities of Louisiana Outstanding Faculty Award, which 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. Armand will be presented with the award later this month during the For Our Future Conference at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
     Dr. Fereshteh Emami (Chemistry and Physics) has been recruited as a review panel member for the winter National Institutes of Health (NIH) BST-80 Bioengineering meeting, Jan. 31. The broad interdisciplinary scope of the BST-80 bioengineering study section includes molecular diagnostics, biosensors, imaging technologies, cell based and microfluidic platforms, drug delivery vehicles, biomaterials, tissue engineering, electronic/photonic instrumentation, biodata, computer modeling, and bioinformatics.


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