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Alana Saenz, an 11-year-old musician, is the youngest member of the SLU Symphony Orchestra.

CMS student places in Orchestral Competition

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter February 13, 2021

At the age of 11, a home-schooled violin prodigy has performed in concerts, won awards and recently placed in a prestigious competition. On Jan. 3, Alana Saenz, a violin student at the Southeastern...

Christine Cook designs costumes for various performing arts, including the costumes pictured above. Her works are currently available for viewing in the Contemporary Art Gallery, along with several other faculty artworks.

Annual gallery exhibition features faculty artwork

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter February 12, 2021

The 2021 Faculty Art Exhibition is currently on display at the Contemporary Art Gallery to showcase artwork created by faculty members within the Department of Visual Art + Design. The exhibition opened...

‘Beyond the Proscenium’ exhibition shines spotlight on theatrical design at HRAC

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter February 10, 2021

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is home to many of Downtown Hammond’s most crowd-gathering stage performances. This led their neighbor, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, to pose the question:...

Auditions for Dark Skinned Pavement, the 2020 Inkslinger-winning play written  by TJ Young, will be held in the Pottle Music Building in recital hall room 202.

Southeastern Theatre holding auditions for all-Black cast

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter February 9, 2021

Southeastern Theatre is ready to bring life to “Dark Skinned Pavement,” the winning play of the 2020 Inkslinger Playwriting Competition. Written by playwright TJ Young, “Dark Skinned Pavement”...

Tyra McGary and her brother Peronous

University alumna pens children’s book to honor her late sister

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter February 2, 2021

In November 2020, two-time university alumna Tyra McGary released her first book, a children’s book titled “A’Tiffa’s Mystery Adventure,” in memory of her sister, A’Tiffa Ronique Wilson, who...

Moments after being crowned, Lily Gayle takes her first walk as Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2021.

Lily Gayle crowned 60th Miss Southeastern Louisiana University

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter January 23, 2021

On Friday, Jan. 22, a new queen was crowned at the 60th annual Miss Southeastern Louisiana University pageant at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Lily Gayle, a senior communication major...

Luma Coffee: Roastery And Social Club

Luma Coffee: Roastery And Social Club

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter January 20, 2021

Coming soon to the downtown Hammond district is a coffee shop owned by four young adults from Louisiana. The creators of Luma Coffee Roasters, couples Devin and Catherine Masters and Logan and Shelby...

Jazz music library nearly doubles in size via musician’s donation

Brynn Lundy, Newspaper Reporter November 30, 2020

February 16 The university’s jazz studies program recently received a donation of music that allowed its jazz library to expand nearly twice its previous size. Dan Salmasian, a close friend...

Instructor of saxophone Brina Bourliea Faciane points towards Billy Mizzell, a freshman music major, during lecture. One of the topics Bourliea Faciane covered was the position of the tongue when playing a saxophone.

Narro and Burns receive grant to livestream performances

Jordyn Franklin , Staff Reporter November 30, 2020

During the spring semester, the Louisiana Board of Regents awarded a fully funded grant to the university for approximately $75,000.  The grant is being used to purchase sound equipment to assist with...

Dance Performance Project, the university’s resident student contemporary dance company, performing in their Fall 2019 mainstage dance concert.

Making art out of hardship: Dance company to host final performance of semester

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter November 23, 2020

Dance students are set to turn this year’s obstacles into an art form as they take the stage for their end-of-semester performance. Taking place Nov. 23-24 at 7:30 p.m., “6 Feet Apart: The Coronavirus...

Angela Wood, Ph.D.

Social work professor becomes published author of self-help book during quarantine

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter November 19, 2020

A professor at the university is now the published author of a self-help book. Assistant Professor of Social Work Angela Wood, Ph.D, is the author of  “The Motivational Interviewing Workbook: Exercises...

The space behind the Downtown Development District, located on W. Thomas Street next to the railroad tracks, is going to be repurposed. The DDD has been hosting public interest meetings in order to come up with a plan for the space.

Hammond Downtown Development District to revamp public space on W. Thomas Street

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter November 18, 2020

The Hammond Downtown Development District has allocated funds and is currently developing a plan called the “Urban Park Project” to renovate and improve the public space behind the district’s headquarters. Located...

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