Morgan receives Dunbar Award
Southeastern is Military Friendly
Big Event seeks job sites
Neil Diamond tribute scheduled

Will Eisner Week set at Sims Library

Women's History Month lectures set
Conference celebrates Women's Suffrage
Faculty Jazz Trio to present concert

Sales Program holds competition

Opera star visits campus

Call for Presentations announced
Southeastern in the News
This Week in Athletics
Professional Activities


Long term Southeastern staff member cited with Dunbar Award 
Dean MorganClifton Dean Morgan of Independence, center, locksmith master at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Physical Plant, was among 12 people chosen this year to receive the Charles E. Dunbar Career Service Award.
     The award is named for the founder of the Louisiana Civil Service League and co-author of the original civil service law in Louisiana.
     “I am honored to have been selected for this award, to know the work you put in does not go unnoticed,” Morgan said. “Southeastern has been a part of my family for over 40 years. To be able to help others in my Southeastern family and my community is rewarding in itself.”
     Morgan began working at Southeastern’s Physical Plant as a professional mover in the moving crew in October of 1977. He advanced throughout his career, holding positions such as maintenance repairman, locksmith, and now master locksmith.
     “Over the years, I have watched Dean selflessly volunteer his time to help others in need and work diligently to ensure high customer satisfaction,” said Assistant Director of Building Services Mark Whitmer, who also nominated Morgan for the award. “He dedicates himself fully to his endeavors and sees them through.”
     In addition to his locksmith duties at Southeastern, over the last 10 years, Morgan has also become the “go to guy” for audio/visual needs on campus. He manages sound systems for special events and occasions, including athletic games, graduations and conferences. He also drives busses for Southeastern athletic events, band fairs, parades and summer Upward Bound programs.
     “Dean always has a great attitude and a positive outlook. I have seen his ‘Pay It Forward’ demeanor at work,” Whitmer said. “He always volunteers his time to help at work and loves to cook and serve our community in his spare time. He is a true ‘Southeastern Lion’ at heart.”

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Southeastern designated a Military Friendly School for eighth time
For the eighth consecutive year, Southeastern has been named a Military Friendly® School for 2020-2021.
     Viqtory Media, publisher of “G.I. Jobs,” states the listing honors the top colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus.
     “Southeastern’s consistent listing shows our continued commitment to serve active military, veterans and their families,” said President John L. Crain. “As always, we are proud to receive this recognition, as it places us among some of the top universities in the nation, but more importantly we know it means we are doing our best to serve those who have made many sacrifices in service to our nation.”
     Southeastern enrolls over 528 veteran and military service members. The university maintains a Veterans Upward Bound program; has an Office of Veterans Affairs that assists students in obtaining benefits and with other issues; provides academic and other counseling services; offers scholarships specifically for military students and veterans; and maintains a wide range of online and distance learning programs that provide students with flexibility in scheduling.
     Southeastern’s ROTC program, which is a sub-unit of the Southern University Army ROTC program, returned to Hammond in 2016 after more than a 20-year hiatus. Fifty-five students now participate in the program.
     Southeastern now serves as a resource center for thousands of Louisiana veterans in an effort to help active-duty military service men and women successfully transition to college through a new program called LaVetCorps.
     Additionally, Southeastern recently launched the Office of Military and Veteran Success. The new office includes two college employees, a LAVetCorps employee and six veteran ambassadors. The center offers help with academic advising related to VA education benefits, processing VA education benefits, counseling on VA education benefits, programs, events, and priority registration.
     “Southeastern has made a concerted effort in the past several years to focus on military service members, veterans and their families,” said Director of Military and Veteran Success Matt Watkins, a U.S. Air Force Veteran. “Southeastern has created innovative programming, services, events and resources for our veterans, dependents and military population. All of our staff members feel there is no greater calling than serving those who have served us.”

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Sims Library celebrates Will Eisner Week
Comics graphicSims Library invites you to explore the world of comics and graphic novels during Will Eisner Week, March 2-6. This annual celebration honors the work of the legendary comic book artist, who is considered the father of the modern graphic novel.

     Sims Library will host events throughout the week to celebrate comics and graphic novels.
Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m. -- English Club/Sigma Tau Delta is hosting “Are you a Fan of Graphic Novels?” a comic and fandom creative writing workshop from 5-6 p.m., followed by a showing of the documentary film Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, at 6 p.m. -- both events will take place in the Media Department on the 2nd floor of the Library.
Wednesday, March 4 at 6 pm -- English instructor Sherri Craig will host A Celebration of Comics and Graphic Novels, featuring an overview of Eisner’s contributions to this genre. A panel of independent artists including Tedd Walley, Kurt Amacker, and Roland Paris will discuss their work and share advice with budding graphic novelists and artists.
March 2-6 -- An art exhibit featuring comics by Southeastern New Media & Animation students, at Sims Library lobby.
     Will Eisner was one of the pioneers in the American Comic Book Industry, proving himself a master of a variety of artistic and literary styles. His landmark comic series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its expressive artwork and breathtaking experiments in content and form.
     The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherri Craig at 549-5787 or, or Angie Balius at 549-3898 or


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Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

On Thursday, March 5, Southeastern is hosting Grit & Grace: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, a one-day conference in commemoration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States. The event will be held on the third floor of the Student Union and is open to the public; attendance is free.
     The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a performance by Ponchatoula High School’s choir, followed by panel presentations from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. that address women’s issues and progress across the disciplines of history, English, communication, political science, and sociology. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the premiere of the Grit & Grace 100 traveling exhibition and short film.
     At 3:30 p.m., the conference will close with EqualiTEA, an event featuring light refreshments; a poetry reading by Anne Babson, renowned author and an instructor at Southeastern; and the presentation of the first annual Woman of Distinction Award to author and life coach Alandria Lloyd.

Faculty Jazz Trio to present concert
The Faculty Jazz Trio will present a concert on Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm, in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Admission is free.
     The program will include "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" by Billy Strayhorn, "I Remember You" by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger, "Lament" by J.J. Johnson, "Lady Bird" by Tadd Dameron, "Little Dancer" by Tom Harrell and "There Will Never Be Another You" by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon.
     The Faculty Jazz Trio is Michael Brothers, drums; Vasil Cvetkov, piano; and John Madere, bass. Joining the trio will be frequent guest John Bishop on guitar, and special guest Dale Kirkland on trombone.
     Kirkland has toured the world with such legends as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Lou Rawls, as well as current artists Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli. He has performed with numerous recording artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Della Reese, and Tony Bennett. In addition, he was lead trombone for the TV series SMASH and has participated in the recording of various commercials and movie or television themes. 
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Opera star visits campus 
On Feb. 20, International opera star Bryan Hymel worked with voice area students in the Department of Music and Performing Arts in a masterclass and career question and answer session.

     During the class, Hymel offered vocal coaching and also discussed the real world challenges of maintaining an international performing career.

Master class participantsMASTERCLASS HELD - Participants in the masterclass with Bryan Hymel, third from left, were, from left, Andrew Butler, Canaan White, Camryn Rodrigue, William Dopp, Cole Persick, and Alfred Harper.


The Big Event seeks businesses, organizations for service projects
Students at Southeastern are looking to add area businesses, churches, and organizations to their list of job sites for the annual community service day called The Big Event. The registration deadline for organizations to be included in The Big Event is March 6 at 12:30 p.m., and there is no charge to register as a job site.
     Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event sponsors teams of students who participate in a day of voluntary community service in Hammond and the surrounding area. Now in its tenth year, The Big Event is scheduled Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. In the case of inclement weather on March 28, a make-up rain date of April 4 has been reserved.
     Litter removal, painting, landscaping and other activities are the typical jobs handled by hundreds of students who participate in The Big Event each year.
     Since students provide their own transportation, job sites should be within 25 minutes of the Hammond campus. Job sites must also have a contact person on location to supervise the work.
     Organizations can get more information or sign up to provide a job site by visiting the website

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Columbia Theatre presents ‘The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond’
Jack WrightSoutheastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present “The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond” in one performance only on March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
     Columbia Theatre Artistic Director Jim Winter said Jack Wright’s production is a sophisticated, respectful and contemporary presentation of the hit songs that have kept Diamond’s music in the hearts of his fans for decades.
     “Jack Wright is one of the world’s premier Neil Diamond tribute acts,” Winter said. “His all-new show is a multi-media experience featuring all of Neil's greatest hits.”
     Winter said the show has been described as high-energy rock ‘n roll meets passionate ballads and soaring anthems.
     “Fascinating stories and song explanations are seamlessly woven through the show, redefining the Neil Diamond tribute experience,” Winter explained.
     Tickets for the production range from $36 to $45 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     Special $10 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for “The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond” 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. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.

Southeastern celebrates Women's History Month with lecture series
Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science will host its annual Women’s History Month lecture series in honor of Women’s History Month.
     The series will feature five lectures that are all free and open to the public.
     The first lecture, “Louisiana’s Hidden History of Japanese Internment,” by Haley Johnson and Sarah Simms is scheduled Thursday, March 5, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Louisiana State University library faculty members Hayley Johnson and Sarah Simms will discuss their creation of a curated digital archive of materials relating to Japanese internment during World War II, including both Camp Livingston and Camp Algiers, a project funded in part by a $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public Discovery Grant,” said Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison.
     Given by Southeastern Professor of Political Science Margaret Gonzalez-Perez and titled “Women, Activism, and Empowerment,” the next lecture is scheduled Thursday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Margaret Gonzalez-Perez will discuss women’s progress toward equality and political empowerment; challenges women still face in equal access to healthcare, education, economic status and political representation; and how women seek to overcome these obstacles via advances in business, technology and political activism,” said Robison.
     The special guest lecture, “From Kudzu to Koizumi: Japanese in Louisiana,” by Greg Robinson is scheduled Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Université du Québec À Montréal Professor of History Greg Robinson will explore how connections between Japan and Louisiana—cotton trade, rice farming, valorization of Japanese art and culture and treatment of Japanese residents as white—changed when World War II cut off trade and brought internment camps for Japanese aliens and discrimination against Japanese residents,” said Robison.
     Louisiana State University Assistant Professor of History Stephen Andes will deliver the lecture “The Mysterious Sofía: One Woman’s Mission to Save Catholicism in Twentieth Century Mexico” on Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “Stephen Andes will discuss his new book, ‘The Mysterious Sofía’, which uses the remarkable story of devout Catholic laywoman Sofía del Valle to tell the history of Catholicism’s global shift from north to south and the importance of women to Catholic survival and social change in Mexico over the course of the twentieth century,” said Robison.
     The last lecture of the series, “A Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Panel,” given by Samantha Cavell, Perez and Craig Saucier and moderated by Joseph Ricci, is scheduled on Monday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     “This is a panel discussion of Yom Hashoah, a day that memorializes and honors the heroes and martyrs of the Holocaust,” said Robison. “The panelists will speak on three facets of the Holocaust with a special focus on resistance to the Nazis. Afterward graduate student Joseph Ricci will moderate a question and answer session with questions provided by graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in History program,” he said.
     For more information about Southeastern’s Women’s History Month lecture series, contact Robison at 549-2109 or


Professional Sales Program holds competition
Southeastern’s Sales Program had its Internal Role-Play Competition this semester on Feb. 14. Representatives from Northwestern Mutual, United Rentals, PEC/Veriforce, Sherwin-Williams, Fastenal, Louisiana CAT, Republic Finance, Paychex, and other companies volunteered their time to assist in judging and playing the buyer roles for the competition.
     The top students included Karlie McDonald (tied: 3rd runner-up), Paxton Page (1st runner-up), Conner Brian (winner), and Jenna Pecot (tied: 3rd runner-up). 
     The sales program is run by marketing faculty members April Kemp and Tará Lopez.
     For more information about the Sales Program, visit or email

Sales Competition top fourSTUDENTS SUCCESSFUL IN SALES COMPETITION - Top finishers in the Internal Role-Play Competition included, from left, Karlie McDonald (tied: 3rd runner-up), Paxton Page (1st runner-up), Conner Brian (winner), and Jenna Pecot (tied: 3rd runner-up). 

Office of Sponsored Research and Programs announces Call for Presentations
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase. Scheduled Thursday, April 2, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom, 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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The Southeastern beach volleyball team opens its inaugural season, as nine SLU teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Beach Lions will compete in the New Orleans Invitational this week at the Digs Volleyball Complex in Covington, Louisiana. On Friday, SLU faces Texas A&M-Kingsville at 2 p.m. and Southern Miss at 5 p.m. Southeastern takes on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at 10 a.m.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will finish competing at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. The meet wraps up Monday in Birmingham, Alabama. Links to live video and results will be available on the track and field schedule page at
     The SLU women’s basketball team (12-15, 9-9 Southland) will look to officially secure its first Southland Conference Tournament berth since the 2011-12 season this week. The Lady Lions close out the regular season with road games at Central Arkansas (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) and New Orleans (Saturday, 1 p.m.).
     The Lion men’s basketball team (7-22, 4-14 Southland) closes out its home schedule on Wednesday, hosting UCA at 7 p.m. in the University Center. SLU wraps up the 2019-20 campaign at UNO on Saturday with a 6 p.m. game.
     The Southeastern baseball team (5-6) opens the week with a 6:30 p.m. contest at LSU on Tuesday. The Lions will then open Southland Conference play with a three-game series at Central Arkansas. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday, continues on Saturday at 6 p.m. and concludes with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.
     The Lady Lion softball team (13-6) also begins league play this week. SLU heads to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game Southland series. Southeastern and the Islanders meet on Friday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader, while Saturday’s series finale is set for 12 p.m.
     The SLU tennis team opens its Southland home schedule this week. On Friday, Southeastern hosts Lamar for a 1 p.m. match. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi visits Hammond on Sunday for a noon meeting at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern golf team continues the spring portion of its 2019-20 schedule this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will be in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to compete in the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate at Diamondhead Country Club.

On the Air
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday’s baseball games, as well as Saturday’s men’s basketball game and both of this week’s women’s basketball contests 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 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 Southeastern baseball team’s game versus LSU this week will air on SEC Network+.
     The latest episode of Inside Southeastern Baseball with Matt Riser is set for 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 final 2019-20 episode of Inside Southeastern Basketball with David Kiefer is set for Monday at 7 p.m. Hosted by Waddell, the show features Kiefer breaking down the previous games and previewing the upcoming games each week 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



Track and Field, at Southland Indoor Championships, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

Golf, at Gulf Coast Intercollegiate, Bay St. Louis, Miss., 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)


Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network+) (KSLU)

Golf, at Gulf Coast Intercollegiate, Bay St. Louis, Miss., All Day


Women’s Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark.,

7 p.m. (KSLU)*

Men’s Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m. (SSN)*


Beach Volleyball, vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville (New Orleans Invitational), Covington, 2 p.m.

Beach Volleyball, vs. Southern Miss (New Orleans Invitational), Covington, 5 p.m.

Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.*

Tennis, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*


Beach Volleyball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (New Orleans Invitational), Covington, 10 a.m.

Women’s Basketball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 4 p.m. (KSLU)*

Men’s Basketball, at New Orleans, New Orleans, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m.*

Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.*


Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m. (KSLU)*

Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold.
* - Southland Conference contest


Wade Smith (Educational Leadership and Technology) published an article titled “Self-monitoring as a personal variable in Tinto’s theory of integration” in Advances in Social Science Research Journal.
     Anne Babson (English) had her poem “My Afternoon with Laura Ingalls” appear in the winter issue of Silk Road Review.

     Bruce Craft (English) was featured in episodes 352 and 353 of The Louisiana Anthology podcast on Feb. 14 and 21. He was interviewed on the literary, historical, and cultural significance of the Louisiana Redbones. The two-hour interview will become a permanent part of The Louisiana Anthology digital humanities repository.


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