Motivational speaker scheduled
Die Fledermaus set Feb. 6 and 7
Conference proposals sought

Alumni seeks award nominations
Military, local heroes to be honored
Tinsley Learning Center offers evening sessions

Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Southeastern to host nationally renowned motivational speaker
Dima GhawiSoutheastern will host nationally renowned motivational and leadership speaker Dima Ghawi Feb. 11, on the third floor of Southeastern’s Student Union from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
     Sponsored by Southeastern’s College of Science and Technology, Workforce Talent Initiative, and the student chapters of The Association of Computing Machinery, Women in Computing and Women in Technology, the event is free and open to the public.
     Ghawi is a veteran of numerous TEDx Talk presentations on leadership and self-awareness, said WTI Program Coordinator Paul Forbes.
     “In this presentation, Ghawi inspires the audience to realize their self-worth and revolutionize the way they perceive and project themselves to the world. She takes them on a journey leading them to appreciate their uniqueness and value,” Forbes explained. “She uses her transformation story as a powerful teaching tool to encourage others to face and conquer their internal limitations. Her story will resonate with each audience member and spark a guiding light for their path to elevating their confidence.”
     Forbes said the attendees will leave feeling inspired to create a strong sense of self-worth, using their voices without fear and taking the necessary risks to emerge as confident individuals and leaders.
     Although the event is free and open to the public, registration is encouraged due to limited seating. For more information, or to reserve a seat, email Workforce Talent Initiative at

Opera Music/Theatre Workshop presents ‘Die Fledermaus’
Die FledermausSoutheastern’s Opera Music/Theatre Workshop will present the opera “Die Fledermaus” Feb. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     The music featured in the opera is composed by Johann Strauss. Generally known as “the waltz king,” Strauss composed famous waltzes such as the “The Blue Danube,” and “Tales from the Vienna Woods,” said Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop.
     The opera has become popular since its first premiere in Vienna in 1874. “‘Die Fledermaus’ has never gone out of the repertoire. A 2018 Canadian survey listed it as the tenth most popular opera in North America,” said Effler.
     The opera’s plot is centered around a married couple and involves many actions of deception and romance in order to attend a ball.
     “Alfred has been serenading Rosalinda with opera arias from the street; he comes into the house, but she convinces him to jump from the balcony as her husband enters,” said Effler. “Eisenstein is being forced to go to jail for punching a police officer, but Falke convinces him to evade jail for one night so that he can go to Prince Orlofsky’s lavish masked ball. Eisenstein wants to go with his friend Falke, so he tells Rosalinda that he is heading off to jail. Meanwhile, Falke has set a trap for Eisenstein and tells Rosalinda that Eisentein will attend the ball.”
     The Opera Workshop also welcomes back guest stage director Rachel M. Harris, who has directed opera productions at the university since 2008.
     The cast features, Cheyenne Moore (Slidell) and Camryn Rodrigue (Thibodaux) as Rosalinda, Jeanetta Johnson (Bogalusa) and Hannah Turner (Central) as Adele, Alfred Harper (New Orleans) as Eisenstein, William Dopp (New Orleans) as Dr. Falke, Andrew Butler (River Ridge) as Alfred, Ryan Blanchfield (Baton Rouge) as Frank, Madelyn Taylor (Watson) as Prince Orlofsky, Canaan White (Ponchatoula) and Jacob Chancey (Hammond) as Dr. Blind, Anastasia Mar (Mandeville) and Emily Guagliardo (Ponchatoula) as Ida, Dallas McAlister (Hammond) as Frosch and Grayson Baracco (Denham Springs) as Ivan.
     Actors cast as waiters are Jacob Chauvin (Gramercy) and Eric Martin (Baton Rouge). Chorus members include Austin Bonfanti (Mandeville), Brandon Lambie (Baton Rouge), Cole Persick (Franklinton), Caitlyn Rodrigue (Thibodaux), Trey Townsel (Slaughter), and Mary Vince (Pearl River).
     Effler will serve as producer, musical preparer and conductor. Music Department alumna Karista Filopoulos will serve as stage manager, and Department of Music and Performing Arts staff member Benjamin Norman will design the lighting. Performing Arts Supply in Houston is responsible for costume design, while Department of Art + Design faculty member Imma Curl will serve as costume coordinator. New Orleans Opera Association Scene Shop is building the sets, and set design is by New Orleans designer Eric Porter.
     Advanced tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas St., Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be available one hour prior to each performance. General admission ticket prices are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students, and $8 for children age 12 or younger. Admission is free for Southeastern students with university ID.
     For more information, contact Effler at


Tinsley Learning Center offers evening sessions at Sims Library
Students who need help with math and chemistry classes can find it Mondays and Tuesdays at Sims Memorial Library. The Tinsley Learning Center will have tutors available both evenings from 6-9 p.m., in the Reference Department, on the first floor of the library. The free, hour-long sessions begin on the hour at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
     “The tutoring sessions have become quite popular, so we are happy to announce a few changes to accommodate more students,” said Tinsley Learning Center Coordinator Marie Bernard. 
     The first sessions of the spring semester will be Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 4.
     Students are asked to come prepared with questions from their class lectures or homework and to bring all necessary materials for the subject they are studying.
     “Students can come and stay as long as they need, but should be present at the start of a session,” said Bernard. “By changing the format, we hope to provide a more systematic and structured tutoring session with fewer disruptions.” 
     “We are excited to work with the Center for Student Excellence to offer tutoring sessions at Sims Library,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “It is our hope that these sessions will help students who are unable to make appointments during the day at the Tinsley Learning Center.”
     Tutoring is available in pre-selected math and chemistry courses. Students will be able to work with tutors for an unspecified amount of time with the understanding that tutors may be assisting several students in different courses concurrently.
     Pre-selected math courses include the following: 105, 151/161, 162, 163, 175, 200, 201, and 241. Chemistry courses pre-selected include the following: 101, 102, 107, 121, 122, 265, and 266.
     For more information, contact Bernard at 549-5717.


Proposals sought for conference
In celebration of the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in the United States, Southeastern is hosting “Grit & Grace: 100 Years of Women's Suffrage," a one-day conference including individual research papers, panel discussions, round table discussions of works in progress, and poster presentations that address women's issues and progress across the disciplines of History, English, Communication, Political Science, and Sociology.
     The Conference will be held March 5 at the Southeastern Student Union. Organizers will accept one-page proposals through the extended deadline of Jan. 31. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 15.

     Students, faculty and academic professional staff members are invited to participate. Presenters may be invited to publish in an online open access journal after the conference.

     Send poster proposal, prospectus, panel description, or abstracts for full papers in Word or PDF format to Dr. Carol Madere at


Alumni Association seeks alumni awards nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking nominees for Alumnus of the Year, Young Alumnus of the Year, and Distinguished Alumni from each of the university’s five colleges.
     Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said the Alumni Association established its awards program in 1969 to honor outstanding graduates and to celebrate their achievements.
     “The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni, and Southeastern is certainly known to develop leaders in many fields of endeavor,” said Biggs. “A vast number of the university’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the university, and contributions to their community.”
     The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to someone who has utilized their degree to achieve outstanding accomplishments in their field on an international or national basis, Biggs said.
     “Southeastern’s Alumnus of the Year is an individual who reflected outstanding qualities as a Southeastern student, who has excelled in his or her field after graduation, and who continues to be supportive and active in Southeastern’s future,” she said.
     The Young Alumnus of the Year Award, Biggs added, was created in 2011 to recognize an individual age 40 or under who has already achieved outstanding success in his or her vocational field and has demonstrated a continued commitment to Southeastern and his or her community.
     Distinguished Alumni Awards from each college are presented to individuals who are notable among the best of Southeastern graduates and have used their degrees to become successful in their chosen fields on the local or state level, have demonstrated service to Southeastern, and contributed to their communities, Biggs said.
     “Chosen by Southeastern’s individual colleges, the recipients are a shining example of the unparalleled programs from which they graduated,” she said.
     Criteria for each award, as well as nomination forms, are available online at
     Alumni Award nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by Feb. 21. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume, CV, LinkedIn Profile, or similar professional summary; optional letters of support from individuals other than the nominator, newspaper or magazine article featuring the nominee; or other items of interest.
     Self-nominations are also acceptable, Biggs said, and all nominees must be able to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner and Homecoming football game on Oct. 23 and 24, 2020.
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

Military and Local Hero Appreciation 
Local Hero Military AppreciationMilitary 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 to receive two free tickets to the game.
     Call the ticket office at 549-5466 for more information.


Livingston Parish News
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The Southeastern basketball, tennis and track teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion men’s basketball team (6-14, 3-6 Southland) will open the week by traveling to Central Arkansas for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday. On Saturday, SLU returns home to host New Orleans on Saturday at 4 p.m.
     Saturday is also Military & Local Hero Appreciation Day. Fans with a valid military service or unit member (police, EMT, firefighter, etc.) ID can present it at the ticket office before game day or the ticket window on game day and receive two free tickets to Saturday’s SLU-UNO contest. Contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at 549-5466 for more information.
     The Lady Lions (7-11, 4-5 Southland) opens a three-game home stand this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern welcomes Central Arkansas for a 7 p.m. game in the University Center.
     Wednesday’s game features the Pack the House promotion. There will be free Raising Cane’s for the first 200 students in attendance as well as fun promotions in-game. Buy one, get one general admission ticket offer is available for fans, who can use the promo code HOUSE online at or mention “Pack The House” when you purchase tickets over the phone.
     Wednesday is also a Cane’s Challenge. If the Lady Lions score 60 or more points versus the Sugar Bears, 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 greater value.
     Aminat Jubril is Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Lagos, Nigeria native courtesy of PRIDE.
     On Saturday, SLU closes the week with a 1 p.m. contest versus New Orleans in the University Center. In addition to the Military and Local Hero Appreciation promotion, Tyler Morrison will be Saturday’s Spotlight Player of the Game. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
     All of this week’s men’s basketball games and 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. Saturday’s doubleheader will be televised on ESPN3.
     The Southeastern Sports Network will offer a free video stream of this week’s women’s basketball games and Saturday’s men’s basketball contest. 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 SLU tennis team (0-1) will open the home portion of its spring schedule this week at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. On Saturday, Southeastern hosts Jackson State for a 3 p.m. match. LSU Alexandria visits on Sunday at noon.
     The Lion and Lady Lion track and field teams will continue their indoor season this week. Southeastern heads to Lake Charles on Friday to compete in the McNeese Indoor II meet.
     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 27

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)

JAN 29

Women’s Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN)*
     - Pack the House
     - Aminat Jubril Trading Card Day


Men’s Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

JAN 31

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Indoor II, Lake Charles, All Day


 Men’s Basketball, vs. New Orleans, University Center,

4 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)*
     - Military and Local Hero Appreciation


Women’s Basketball, vs. New Orleans, University Center, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (SSN)*
     - Military and Local Hero Appreciation
     - Tyler Morrison Trading Card Day


Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 3 p.m.


 Tennis, vs. LSU Alexandria, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Dr. Elizabeth Hornsby (Communication and Media Studies) was competitively selected to participate in the International Radio and Television Society’s Faculty/Industry Seminar in Las Vegas, Jan. 6-8. She was able to meet and interact with senior media and entertainment executives as well as attend CES® 2020. 

     Dr. Jerry L. Parker (World Languages and Cultures) recently presented at the annual conference of the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association. His presentation was titled “Toward a model of recursive teaching and learning in foreign language education.”


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