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A musical duo, readings in poetry and prose and performances by Southeastern’s own performers highlight the third week of Fanfare, the university’s annual October arts festival.
Fanfare’s third week begins with a performance from Duo Montagnard, a musical duo composed of Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Matthew Slotkin, guitar. Formed in 2002, Duo Montagnard has performed over 160 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece, New Zealand and Australia. They have commissioned and premiered 10 pieces and currently play all original music.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the series Reading Lives: Readings in Poetry and Prose, sponsored by the Department of English, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Scheduled in the Contemporary Art Gallery, the first readings will feature Writer in Residence Bev Marshall, author of “Right as Rain” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues,” and prize-winning poet Alison Pelegrin, author of “Big Muddy River of Stars,” and “Hurricane Party.”
On Thursday, Oct. 20, the readings continue with faculty members David Armand and Jack Bedell at 12:45 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. Armand won the 2010 George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel The Pugilist’s Wife. Bedell is editor of Louisiana Literature and director of Louisiana Literature Press. His most recent poetry collections are Come Rain, Come Shine, and Call and Response: Conversations in Verse.
Also during Fanfare’s third week:
The Foreign Film Festival continues on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., with the Spanish film Mi Querido Tom Mix in the Student Union Theatre. The legendary Hollywood cowboy Tom Mix rides out of the silent screen and into the world of a humble provincial family in 1930s Mexico. The free film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 100 minutes.
Then and Now Lecture features Southeastern History and Political Science faculty member Margaret Gonzalez-Perez who discusses “Religion and Terrorism” on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. In the free lecture, Gonzalez-Perez will discuss how that Islamic radicalism has less of a connection to religion than it does with utilitarian and pragmatic concerns, such as strategic and military tactics.
The Southeastern Wind Symphony presents “Lost Vegas,” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Conducted by Glen J. Hemberger, the acclaimed orchestra will present an evening of stunning music by some of the world’s most revered composers. General admission is $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff and seniors; with patrons under 18 and college students (with university I.D.) admitted free.
Southeastern Dance presents “The Firebird,” on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre. “The Firebird” is an eternal story of loss and redemption, passed down through the ages and evolving through difficult cultures. This fresh, new interpretation combines dramatic and evocative dance choreography with a colorful potpourri of bird motifs in a coming of age tale.
New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale (NOVA) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 100 West Church Street in Hammond. Celebrate 400 years of exquisite choral music performed by one of this region’s premier choral ensembles. NOVA has performed by invitation in many venues throughout Louisiana, always exemplifying a superb grasp of vocal style and expressive depth. The presentation is free.
For more information or for a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.
Nine Southeastern students will compete on Oct. 15 for the title of Miss Southeastern 2012.
Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville, Miss Southeastern 2011, will crown her successor in the annual pageant scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Sponsored by the Campus Activity Board, the pageant has been a part of Southeastern’s history since 1949 and a Miss America preliminary since 1962. Tickets are available at the CAB office in the Student Union, room 201. Admission is free, but an assigned ticket from CAB is still needed for admission. For those unable to attend the pageant, it will be streamed live by the Southeastern Channel at www.selu.edu/tv/miss and at www.selu.edu/cab. The Southeastern Channel will also air the pageant on a tape-delayed basis on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston, and St. Tammany parishes and on Charter Channel 17 in Washington Parish.
“This year we are celebrating our 50th year being associated with the Miss America preliminaries. The theme of the 2012 Pageant is ‘A Touch of Gold,’” said CAB Coordinator Todd McElroy.
Emcees for the event are Veda Abene, manager of administration and operations in the Division of Extended Studies, and Michael Kyles, a Southeastern graduate and teacher at Hammond High Magnet School.
Contestants for the title are freshman kinesiology major Averi Harris, junior speech education major Alexis Wright, and junior general studies major Crystal Schayot, all of Slidell; freshman business major Olivia Ruby and freshman vocal performance major Bethany Putnam, both of Mandeville; junior nursing major Samantha Williams, Voorhees, New Jersey; freshman mass communications and journalism major Lexi Corsentino and senior biological sciences major Maya Richardson, both of Baton Rouge, and sophomore middle school education major Jennifer Jarreau of Denham Springs.
The contestants will compete in five categories: personal interview, on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening wear.
McElroy said the pageant will again feature the “Miracle Maker Award” as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America’s national platform, the Children’s Miracle Network.
“The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the Miracle Maker Award,” he said. “The donations will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.”
Containers for donations in each 2012 contestant’s name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant.
Miss Southeastern 2012 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in June in Monroe.
For additional information, call 985 549 3805.
Tattoo art on display – Tattoo art in the Japanese style by Betsy Badwater of Pensacola, Fla., will be among the pieces on display at the “Ink and Needles” exhibit to be featured at the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery starting Oct. 13 and running through Nov. 11.
Southeastern Theatre presents “All My Sons” – Joe Keller (Terrell Robinson of Livingston) confronts future daughter-in-law Ann Deever (Chelsea Krause of Baton Rouge) in rehearsals for Southeastern Theatre’s production of the Arthur Miller play “All My Sons.” The play will be performed in the university’s Vonnie Borden Theatre Oct. 12-15.
Southeastern’s Northlake Community Band invites members
The Northlake Community Band, a division of the Southeastern Community Music School, is currently inviting members to join.
“The Northlake Community Band is a group of musicians who volunteer their time to practice and perform together,” said Southeastern Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Voorhees. “Members range in age from high school students to retired adults, come from all walks of life and have varying occupations from doctors and teachers to farmers and engineers. The joy of music is the common thread of this group.”
Voorhees said the band meets every Tuesday during the semester, 7-8:30 p.m., in the Southeastern band room of the Pottle Music Building Annex. Individuals interested in joining can e-mail Voorhees at firstname.lastname@example.org. The band is open to all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.
Southeastern Fishing Club moves on to regional tournament
For Southeastern students Austin Crowson and Andrew Cavell, studies in their industrial technology curriculum come first.
But fishing comes in a strong second place.
Most people don’t associate fishing with a university. But with one group of Southeastern students, bass fishing is a serious hobby that’s earning cash for a student organization and the university.
The Southeastern Bass Fishing Club finished fifth in the National Guard FLW College Fishing bass tournament earlier this year. That effort qualified the club for the regional tournament scheduled Oct. 13-15 at Somerville Lake north of Houston.
Austin Crowson of Livingston and Andrew Cavell of Baton Rouge are the two club members who will represent Southeastern at the regional tournament, which is being sponsored by Texas A&M University. Both are juniors majoring in industrial technology and have enjoyed fishing since they were young.
“I’ve fished before in some smaller bass tournaments, but never one like this; it was all new to us,” said Crowson.
Their fifth-place finish earned the duo $2,000, which was split between the university and the Bass Fishing Club. Winners of the upcoming tournament will receive $12,500 and a new Ranger bass boat. The students’ school would also receive $12,500 in an unrestricted donation.
“The success of these two young men so far and the opportunity to participate in a much larger tournament is exciting,” said Jonathan Ambrose, director of the Southeastern Student Union and adviser to the club. “We’re looking forward to them bringing home more awards in the future.”
Crowson and Cavell, who both work at Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs, hope their success will eventually grow the club.
“In the next couple of years we want to expand the club. Right now we’re just trying to get a feel for it to see if it is something other students would want to do,” said Cavell. “There are more tournament series that we will compete in to help us get situated, and hopefully generate more interest.”
The championship will be televised worldwide Dec. 18 on Versus.
“It’s going to be a tough competition,” says Crowson. “This is a three-day tournament; the earlier tournament was only one day. We are eager to find a pattern and stay in it for three days.”
Above: Members of the Southeastern Bass Fishing Club look over maps in preparation for their upcoming tournament in Somerville Lake near Houston. From left are students Austin Crowson of Colyell, Andrew Cavell, Alan Langlois, and Billy Smoth III of Baton Rouge, and club adviser Jonathan Ambrose.
Call for Presentations
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the showcase of student research, creative, and scholarly activity.
The university-wide, open-house, non-competitive event will provide a venue for display of such products as conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. Participants are invited to include current work, as well as work completed at Southeastern in previous semesters.
Although there will be no formal oral presentations, the student investigators and artists, and if feasible, their faculty advisors, will be present for at least one to two hours during the course of the three-hour open house to discuss displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
Faculty are welcome to display and accompany work by former Southeastern student collaborators. Faculty are also welcome to display and distribute recruiting materials for undergraduate and graduate student opportunities in research, creative, and scholarly work.
In the event of space limitation, a higher priority will be given to student displays in the main arena. Please download the form from the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs web page at http://www.selu.edu/admin/osrp/index.html to register as a participant in this exciting event. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.
Phi Kappa Phi news
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will host the 10th anniversary Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, November 1 from 2- 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The tournament will feature faculty and student teams vying for trophies and cash prizes.
Further information and the registration form are available at the chapter website http://www2.selu.edu/orgs/PhiKappaPhi/quizbowlform2011.pdf. The registration form and $25 registration fee are is due by Wednesday, October 26. For more information, contact Dr. Joan Faust at email@example.com.
General Membership Meeting
The Fall General Membership Meeting of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in room 223 of the Student Union. Current faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend.
Wine Tasting to benefit Southeastern’s Library
The group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its third annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.
Library Director Eric Johnson said the event, held at the library, will feature six wines paired with samplings of food, live music, and a silent auction. Wines will be introduced by area wine experts.
“FoSL is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library,” Johnson said. “Funds generated by FoSL are used to supplement the library’s annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs, lectures, author readings and signings, and other special events. All funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from area businesses.”
Tickets are $35 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
For tickets or more information about the wine tasting, contact Julie Durel at 549-3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a FoSL member, call Janie Branham at 549-2186.
Seminar for student teachers scheduled
A mid-term seminar covering different topics on students and the classroom will be held for Southeastern student teachers Oct. 12 from 9 - 11 a.m. in the KIVA. The seminar will feature three speakers followed by “Minute to Win It” games. For more information, contact Tiffany Martin, president of the Student Teacher Advisory Council at Tiffany.Martinemail@example.com.
Southeastern Channel to re-run candidates forums
The Southeastern Channel, the educational broadcast unit of Southeastern, will run House and Senate candidates’ forums recently held on campus through Oct. 21, the day before the elections.
The forums, which were sponsored by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Southeastern Student Government Association, will air at the following times: Mondays, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, noon; Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, noon; Fridays, 6:30 a.m., Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 11 a.m.
Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said the re-broadcast of the House forum will run through Oct. 11, while the Senate forum will air Oct. 12-19. Both forums will run Oct. 19-21.
The forums can also be viewed via the Internet at http://www2.selu.edu/thesoutheasternchannel//programs/community/commvision/
The Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish.
Provision unfair to higher education (letter to the editor) http://www.hammondstar.com/articles/2011/10/04/opinion/letters/8878.txt
SLU Fanfare continues with play, lecture, film
KSLU joins college radio celebration
Campus Compact news
Youth Service America (YSA) will convene the 8th annual Youth Service Institute in Philadelphia, PA on October 24-26.
As YSA’s signature training event, the Youth Service Institute is an opportunity for YSA’s grantees and partners to come together for three days to be inspired, network with others in the youth engagement field, share best practices and great ideas, learn how to implement high quality service and service-learning programs, and prepare for Semester of Service and Global Youth Service Day.
This year’s YSI will also kick-off a year of celebrating YSA’s 25th anniversary.
Faculty Excellence news
The Center for Faculty Excellence recently sponsored a faculty contest for the most creative Constitution Day classroom activity. These lessons were presented during the week of September 17. We had some excellent submissions from a variety of disciplines, including Computer Science and Industrial Technology, Kinesiology and Health Studies, Biological Sciences, and Management and Business Administration.
Congratulations to our winner, Adrienne Stroble. Her lesson “Where Does It Say That In The Constitution?” presented in MGMT 475 received the highest score from our reviewers. Adrienne will receive a $200 enhancement grant from the Center.
Thanks to Adrienne and all the contributors for helping Southeastern celebrate Constitution Day.
Dr. Cliff Fontenot’s (Biology) research on the effect of hurricanes and flooding on the snake community of the Manchac area will be featured on National Geographic Channel’s Nat Geo Wild, Python Hunters: Bayou Roadtrip episode http://natgeotv.com/uk/python-hunters/about.
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