Senior Day hosts high school students, parents
Despite less than cooperative weather, a great crowd of high school seniors and their parents braved the chilly rain to attend Southeastern's annual Senior Day on Saturday. The prospective students and their families learned about admissions, financial aid and scholarships, tour the campus and residential housing, and experienced campus dining.
A second Senior Day session is scheduled for Feb. 16.
Far left, Kent Neuerburg discusses the Honors Program with prospective students; left, Rachel Bourgeois and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management Stephen Soutullo chat with Senior Day guests.
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PeopleSoft Oracle 9.0 upgrade
Our PeopleSoft administrative system teams have been busy working on the upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.0 Campus Solutions (Student Systems and Human Resources/Payroll) and the implementation of PeopleSoft Financials. Our plan is to launch the upgraded version of Campus Solutions on March 24.
We will begin the final conversion process on March 19 and will be live in production on March 24. Training for the Student Solutions Module will be done in March.
Besides an entirely different look and feel, version 9.0 of PeopleSoft's Student Administration module provides some of the enhanced functionality for which we have been waiting.
The move to PeopleSoft for Purchasing, Budgeting, and Accounting has been scheduled for the end of April.
For a sneak peak at the new Campus Solutions version 9, access a test database by entering the site and then entering your log on and password. The data in this test version is as of December 2007.
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Southeaster remembers Dr. King
Members of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity place a wreath at the tree planted in the War Memorial Student Union park in memory of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The fraternity sponsored the annual Martin Luther King candlelight processional and remembrance program on Wednesday evening, beginning with a march to the union from the university's residential community and concluding with an inspirational talk by guest speaker Huel Davis Perkins, a long-time educator and administrator at Louisiana State University, Southern University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Part-time job fair Wednesday
Please inform our students that the Spring 2008 Part-time Job Fair is being held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union mall.
This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in part-time employment opportunities to connect with 40 to 50 local employers -- all at our centrally located Student Union and all in the same day.
Employer representatives will be accepting applications from students the day of the part-time job fair. We are requesting you please encourage our students to come out and take advantage of the employment opportunities available through attending and participating in the job fair.
More information related to the part-time job fair, including a list of employer organizations participating to date, will be made available by the end of the week at www.selu.edu/career. Questions or comments should be directed to the Office of Career Services, email@example.com or 2121.
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The University of Louisiana System has presented to Southeastern $44,000 to fund two specialized service-learning projects focusing on partnerships with area agencies and school systems. From left, are ULS President Sally Clausen, Southeastern education professor Cynthia Elliott, Center for Faculty Excellence Director Tena Golding, communication professors Amber Narro and Suzette Bryan, and ULS Student Board Member Olinda Ricard.
Service-learning grants focus on teacher crisis preparation, oral history project
Two grants totaling nearly $44,000 have been awarded by the University of Louisiana System to Southeastern for specialized service-learning projects that involve partnerships with area agencies and school systems.
The grants will allow Southeastern students, working under the direction of faculty, to carry out projects designed to enhance teacher preparation in responding to the needs of children and families in times of crises or catastrophes and to conduct oral history recordings of founding members of the local NAACP who were involved in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
The University of Louisiana System last Thursday distributed 22 grants totaling more than $450,000 to its eight member institutions. The grants require a one-to-one campus match, yielding a total investment in service learning of nearly $1 million. Projects involve hurricane recovery efforts such as home and church rebuilding, rural well water quality assessment, computer and technology training for the general public and truancy prevention programs in the New Orleans Recovery School District.
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So long, Cefalu
Demolition is underway on Cefalu Coliseum, the university's original all-purpose arena. The demolition is being carried out with capital outlay funds as part of the Kinesiology and Health Studies building expansion.
Built in 1956 through an agreement with the Southeast Dairy Festival Association, the structure over the years was home to men's and women's basketball matches, volleyball games, agriculture events and rodeos, Southeastern commencement ceremonies and high school graduations, and a number of other community and school events.
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ESL Resource Center prepares students for TOEFL, serves community
The English as a Second Language Resource Center at Southeastern continues to grow with the demand for students to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the exam that foreign students have to take if they want to enroll in a university.
Students who want to attend Southeastern and have not taken the TOEFL can go to the lab to get prepared for the exam. "Every student that has come out of our program and has taken the TOEFL has passed," said Abrille Johnson, instructor in the ESL Resource Center.
"Our objective is to deliver a more comprehensive and structured course of study to ESL students in order to prepare them for entry-level university courses," said Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
The 18-station ESL lab is also open to members of the community who want to learn or improve their English language skills, Harrison said. The lab has offered its services to area residents originally from Brazil, Peru, Vietnam, and China.
The lab's eight-week ESL session provides an intensive and comprehensive course of study involving reading, English and composition, listening, speaking, phonetics, and American culture. After completing the session, students have the option of continuing with another eight-week session, for a total of one semester.
"For the first time we had a fall certificate ceremony," said Johnson. Students received a certificate that reflected the level they had completed after eight-weeks. Also during the ceremony participants read poetry and played musical instruments.
Johnson said international students from Russia, Mexico, Ukraine, China, Romania and Arabic speaking countries like Egypt and Palestine have used the lab. "When tempted to communicate with each other in their native language, I tell them that this is an 'English only zone'," said Johnson.
Recruitment comes from Southeastern's International Admissions office and through word of mouth. "We are seeking personnel and faculty who can stay longer hours to accommodate students from the community," said Harrison. "Most of the community students come to the lab in the afternoon or late evening."
"I have been coming to the lab for about two months," said ESL student Basem Zapen. "When I came here I could speak English a little bit. The English lab gave me more words."
"When I have some question I can't understand, they tell me in my Arabic language as well as in English," he said. "It is a good program!"
The ESL Resource Center, located in D Vickers Hall, room 209, is open weekdays from
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information on the ESL Resource Center contact Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 985-549-2152.
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Bingo benefits athletics
Spring 2008 SOT calendar
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment asks all faculty, department heads, and deans to note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the spring 2008 semester:
Term 1 (Jan. 22-March 11): packets delivered to departments, Friday, Feb. 29; administration of SOT, March 3 - 7; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, March 3
Full Term (Jan. 22-May 9): packets delivered to departments, Friday, April 18; administration of SOT, April 21-May 2; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, May 2
Term 2 (March 17-May 9): packets delivered to departments, Friday, May 2; administration of SOT, May 5-9; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, May 9.
Questions regarding SOT administration should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
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Training on the modified Civil Service policy regarding unscheduled absences
On Dec. 12, 2007, the Civil Service Commission modified Civil Service Rule 12.6(a) 2 affecting non-disciplinary termination of civil service employees. Information on this ruling will be provided by the Human Resources Office in training sessions for supervisors of classified employees as well as classified employees themselves.
The sessions for these two groups have been scheduled as follows:
Supervisor training -- Tuesday, Jan. 29, 9-9:30 a.m. or 2-2:30 p.m., University Center, room 133.
Classified employee training -- Thursday, Jan. 31, 9-9:30 a.m. or 2-2:30 p.m., University Center, room 133.
Pre-registration is not necessary. For more information, contact Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or ext. 5850.
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Football Bash set for Feb. 6 at Twelve Oaks
Southeastern will hold its annual "Football Recruiting Bash" on Feb. 6 at Twelve Oaks. The event is free to the public. Free food and a cash bar will be provided and the first 50 fans in attendance will receive free tickets to the Southeastern-McNeese State men's basketball game scheduled for that evening at 7 p.m.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with Southeastern head coach Mike Lucas slated to discuss the 2008 signing class beginning at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the Southeastern Football Office at (985) 549-5550 or visit www.LionSports.net.
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Trombone quartet presents concert Feb. 7
The Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and the LSU School of Music will host a concert at Southeastern and masterclass at LSU by the award-winning Cuarteto Trombones de Costa Rica on Thursday, Feb. 7.
The Trombones de Costa Rica was the winner of the Costa Rican National Award of Music in 1997 and the City of Passau's Special Prize in Germany in 1999 and is one of the most innovative brass ensembles of the American continent. Since its foundation in 1991, TCR has distinguished itself for its clear projection to varied audiences through recitals and educational programs. The variety of this group's repertoire is evident in their recordings entitled Contrastes, Imágenes, and Trombonismos, which present a mix of standard classical and Costa Rican music. In addition, the ensemble has commissioned works from composers worldwide.
The masterclass is hosted by Jeannie Little, assistant professor of trombone at LSU, and will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday in room 115 of the LSU School of Music. The concert, hosted by David Johansen, associate professor of trombone at Southeastern, is scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.
The events are made possible by the Southeastern Department of Music, the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Series and the LSU School of Music.
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Southeastern to 'Pack the House for Pink' at Feb. 9 Lady Lions vs. Lamar basketball game
The women's basketball team will do its part to raise breast cancer awareness and promote the game of women's basketball with the "Pack the House for Pink" promotion in conjunction with its Southland Conference contest with Lamar on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the University Center.
The Lady Lions will support both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's "Think Pink" week, as well as the NCAA's "Pack the House" program during their contest with the Lady Cardinals.
"We are very excited to be supporting the "Think Pink" and "Pack the House" programs," Southeastern head women's basketball coach Lori Davis Jones commented. "Our program, university and community are all very committed to promoting breast cancer awareness. The Feb. 9 game with Lamar will give us the special opportunity to play our part in the fight against breast cancer, while also showcasing our exciting brand of Division I women's basketball."
The Lady Lions, who will be sporting special pink uniforms, will honor breast cancer survivors at halftime. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to the game and the first 500 fans to arrive at the University Center will receive a free t-shirt. Entrance to the game will be $4 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under.
As with all Lion and Lady Lion home athletic events, Southeastern students will receive free admission by presenting a valid Southeastern ID card. High school teams can receive free admission by faxing a full roster to Lady Lion assistant coach Brent Harris at (985) 549-3603.
"We are extending a special invitation to high school teams to attend and bring with them banners supporting the 'Think Pink' campaign," Jones said.
The WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. More than 700 schools throughout the nation have agreed to participate in the cause during "Think Pink" Week, which runs from Feb. 8-17.
The NCAA and the WBCA have also partnered for the "Pack the House" promotion with the goal of helping increase attendance for and promote collegiate women's basketball. The NCAA challenged each of its member institutions to designate one home game during the season to promote as "Pack the House" Night. The goal for each participating institution is to top the largest attendance number from the previous season. For Southeastern to reach its goal, the Lady Lions must draw more than 790 fans to the Feb. 9 contest.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For more information and to register contact the center at ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Jan. 28, 8:45-10:15 a.m. or 12:45-2:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m. -- Blackboard Introduction: The workshop will assist you in uploading your syllabus to your course. Please bring your syllabus file with you when you attend the workshop. These hands-on workshops will instruct you on how to make your course available to students. We will also cover site navigation, course policy, helpful tips and explain the validation tool options.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Web-'n-Nunch: Web 2.0 Technologies: Is it possible to wrap instructional content around the Learner 2.0 mind, without holding it back? Join us as we take a look at what's at the heart of social networking, and discuss some Web 2.0 tools that tap into the social web of the "MySpace Generation." Topics covered: social networking, folksonomies, blogs, wikis, podcasting/RSS and MUVE. Sandwiches, drinks and cookies will be provided.
You may view the Center's workshop calendar at www3.selu.edu/center/Calendar.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball, tennis and track and field teams will all be back in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The men's basketball team (11-7, 3-2 SLC), which tore up the nets in an 80-66 victory over Nicholls State last Saturday, will host a pair of Southland Conference East Division foes this week in the University Center. On Thursday, Southeastern hosts Central Arkansas (12-8, 2-4 SLC) at 7 p.m. in the University Center for "Jam the Jungle Night". Northwestern State (7-13, 3-3 SLC) heads to Hammond on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.
Saturday's game will be regionally televised live on Cox Sports Television. Both of this week's Southeastern men's games will be broadcast live on the Internet only at www.LionSports.net.
The women's basketball team (7-11, 1-4 SLC) will look to get back on track and snap a four-game losing streak this week, playing a pair of SLC road contests. On Thursday, the Lady Lions will be at Central Arkansas (3-16, 1-5 SLC) for a 7 p.m. contest. Southeastern will then head to Natchitoches on Saturday to face Northwestern State (8-11, 1-5 SLC) at 2 p.m. Both women's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The women's tennis team, winners of the last three Southland Conference Tournaments and last two SLC regular season titles, will begin its march towards its fourth straight NCAA Tournament this week. The Lady Lions will open their spring schedule on Sunday, facing South Alabama at 1 p.m. in Mobile, Ala.
The men's tennis team (1-1) also will be in action this week. The Lions will travel to Memphis for an 11 a.m. match with the Tigers on Thursday. On Saturday, Florida A&M will visit Hammond for the Lions' 2008 spring home opener at noon.
The Southeastern track and field team will look to continue its strong indoor season this week, competing in a pair of meets at LSU. On Thursday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge for the LSU Multi-Event meet, before competing in the Bayou Bengal Invitational on Friday.
Thursday, Jan. 31
Men's Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Women's Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Men's Tennis, at Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 11 a.m.
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Multi-Event, Baton Rouge, All Day
Friday, Feb. 1
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
Saturday, Feb. 2
Men's Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 3 p.m. (CST)*
Women's Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Men's Tennis, vs. Florida A&M, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3
Women's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
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At left, a wet collodian photograph by Claude Levet
Claude Levet (Southeastern Channel) has been featured in the current (March 2008) issue of America's Civil War. The article discusses Levet's wet collodian photography process -- the same process used by famous Civil War era photographers Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan -- and features a number of his authentic-looking wet collodian photographs of Civil War reenacters. Levet is one of only a handful of photographers who are familiar with the technique today and continues to serve as a mentor to others wanting to learn the almost-forgotten art form.
Dr. Sid Guedry (Biology/Horticulture) has published an article titled "Wildflower Seed Bank, Highway Beautification and Tourism" in the Journal of the Louisiana State Horticulture Society (Vol. 3:21-48). Dr. Guedry co-authored this publication with faculty from ULL and ULM.
Ms. Ann Gray (Biology/Horticulture) has published an article "'Plush' Series Petunias--Landscape Trial Results from late winter/spring 2007" in the Journal of Louisiana State Horticulture Society (Vol. 3:76-77). Ms. Gray co-authored this publication with faculty from LSU AgCenter.
Judith Fai-Podlipnik (History and Political Science) received a travel grant from the Holocaust Educational Foundation (HEF) to attend the first Lessons and Legacies Conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by the HEF in conjunction with Yad Vashem. The program was Dec. 17-28. She has also been nominated as executive committee member for the international Hungarian Studies Association.
Faculty and students of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders presented sessions at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention held in Boston in November. Presenters were Dr. Ramesh Bettagere, "Acoustic Characteristics of Spondaic Word Stress Patterns"; Juliana Dufreche, Ms. Roxanne Stoehr, and Dr. Lillian Stiegler, "Functional Literacy Development in a Teen with Severe CAS"; Dr. Paula Currie, "Students, Supervisors and the Big Nine: Similarities, Differences & Reliability"; Dr. Lillian Stiegler and Dr. Rebecca Davis, "Managing Hypersensitivity to Sound in Individuals with ASD"; Angela Wascom, Lori Noble and Ms. Roxanne Stoehr, "Conversation Analysis and Goal Writing: Two Undergraduates Take the Challenge;" Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (and colleagues), "Engagement in Clinical Interaction," "Using A-FROM to Guide Outcome-Driven Aphasia Assessment and Intervention," and "Aphasia Rehabilitation Unplugged: Impairment and Functional Approaches to Three Cases"; and Dr. Lillian Stiegler, Elizabeth Trahan, Kim Cornett, Leanne McKinney and Monique Marmol, "Louisiana College Students' Perceptions About Dialectal Variations and Dialect Modification."
A paper by Dr. Rick E. Miller (Biological Sciences), "Selection through male function favors smaller display size in the common morning glory, Ipomoea purpurea (Convolvulaceae)," has been published in The American Naturalist. Co-authors are Jennifer A. Lau and Mark D. Rausher.
At right, Brittany Billich and Sean Major in Costa Rica.
Dr. Rick E. Miller (Biological Sciences) and biology majors Sean S. Major, and Brittany M. Bilich successfully completed a research expedition to Costa Rica to collect morning glories as part of investigations of the molecular evolution of anthocyanin genes and the systematics of species of the tribe Ipomoeeae. The research was supported by Southeastern's LEAD grants, with the specific award being to Dr. Kyle R. Piller and Dr. Miller to study biodiversity in Latin America. Miller, Major, and Bilich traveled more 1,500 miles on bumpy dusty roads from near the Nicaraguan border south to the Osa Peninsula. In addition to collecting the target species, Ipomoea nil, and other morning glories, they were able to observe howler monkeys, crocodiles, toucans, caracaras, basalisk lizards, morpho butterflies, etc. -- and had encounters with many ant species.
Dr. Kenneth Boulton (Music and Dramatic Arts) has been invited to perform as part of the 2008 Grammy Salute to Classical Music honoring legendary pianist Earl Wild, on Feb. 5 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Boulton, a pianist, has been nominated for a Grammy® Award in the category of best instrumental soloist performer (without orchestra) for his just released album "Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey." The Grammy® award ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 10.
Two recent publications by Southeastern's Kinesiology and Health Studies faculty, students, and collaborators from national institutions have been featured in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. "Maximal Eccentric and Concentric Strength Discrepancies between Young Men and Women for Dynamic Resistance Exercise" lead by, Dr. Dan Hollander and coauthored by Drs. Robert Kraemer, Marcus Kilpatrick, Eddie Hebert, and students Zaid Ramadan, Greg Reeves, and Michelle Francois, was conducted in Southeastern's Strength Research Lab. "The Acute Effects of Twenty-Four Hours of Sleep Loss on the Performance of National-Caliber Male Collegiate Weightlifters" won the 2006 national student award at the annual conference of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and was a collaborative effort between Olympic Training Center intern Peter Blumert, Aaron Crum and Mark Ernsting from Midwestern State and West Virginia Universities, and Dr. Jeff Volek, Dr. Dan Hollander, Erin Haff, and Dr. Greg Haff from the University of Connecticut, Southeastern, and West Virginia University, respectively.
Dr. Gerard Blanchard (Chemistry and Physics) gave an invited presentation entitled "Analysis of the Response Functions Relating the Solar Wind Electric Field to the Magnetospheric Reconnection Rate" at the fall 2007 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in December. The presentation was also given at the Fifth Space Weather Symposium of the American Meteorological Society in January.
"Ruskin, Dante, and the Dark Waters of Praeterita," an article by Dr. David C. Hanson (English), appears in the spring, 2008 edition of the journal Nineteenth-Century Prose.
Edward Hebert (Kinesiology and Health Studies) had an article published in the International Journal of Sport Science and Coaching. Titled "The effects of three levels of contextual interference on performance outcomes and movement patterns in golf skills," it was co-authored by Jared Porter, Dennis Landin, and Brian Baum, all with the LSU Department of Kinesiology.
Dr. Andre Honoree (Management) and Dr. David Terpstra of Eastern Washington University had their paper, "Faculty Perceptions of Problems with Merit Pay Plans in Institutions of Higher Education," accepted for publication in the Journal of Business and Management.
Dr. Robert Braun and Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) presented a paper, "Accounting Principles Education: An Analysis of Student Attitudes and Learning in a One-Semester User Approach Versus a Two-Semester Preparer Approach," at the Winter Conference of the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 4.
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