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1) MURRY OPENS THEN AND NOW LECTURE SERIES– Southeastern's Fanfare will present the first lecture in the 12th annual "Then and Now Lecture Series" on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. English Instructor Rebecca Murry,left, will present "Why Harry Potter and Others Like Him Matter." The lecture is free and open to the public.
2) GO TO THE LIGHT – Bridget Lyons Zeringue of Ponchatoula, "Clara," and Joshua Williams of Mandeville, "Fabrizio," rehearse a scene for the upcoming production of Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop's "The Light in the Piazza." The production is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, and Friday, Sept. 28, at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, located at 220 E. Thomas Street, or by calling 543-4371.
Fanfare kicks off Thursday
A beloved musical, art exhibit openings and a lecture about Harry Potter and other
literary characters are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for
the 27th season of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October arts festival.
This year Fanfare is sponsored exclusively by the Southeastern Student Government Association.
On Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop will present Adam Guettel's, "The Light in the Piazza."
Nominated for 11 Tony awards in 2011 and winner of six, including Best Original Score for composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, "The Light in the Piazza" opened at Lincoln Center in 2005 and ran for over a year. It is considered one of the most original musicals to open on Broadway in many years, said Chuck Efler, director of Southeastern's Opera Music/Theatre Workshop.
Set in Florence, Italy, in 1953, the story follows an American woman, Margaret, and her daughter, Clara, on their vacation. While Clara meets an Italian boy, Fabrizio Naccarelli, and falls in love, her mother must embark on a personal journey that is both painful and poignant.
Ticket are $21 for adults; $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students; and $8 for children 12 and younger. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their ID.
On Oct. 3 the Department of History and Political Science's "Then and Now Lecture Series" officially kicks off its 12th presentation. The free series is dedicated to Randy Moffett, former president of Southeastern who recently retired from his post as president of the University of Louisiana System after a 41-year career in education.
Southeastern English Instructor Rebecca Murry will present the first lecture in the series, "Why Harry Potter and Others Like Him Matter," at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Murry, who teaches a popular course on the Harry Potter books as literature, will discuss why Harry, Percy Jackson, the characters in the "Hunger Games," "The Lord of the Rings," and others like them deserve to be studied alongside the literary classics.
October 4 marks the opening of several free art exhibits that will run concurrently in Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery. "A Room of Her Own," paintings by Karen Ann Myers; "Technically Intimate," the photography of Evan Baden; alumni exhibition special guest artist Elizabeth Ann Chase; and the work of Maya Erdelyi-Perez, a video animation artist, will be highlighted in the gallery. Artwork will be on display through Nov. 2. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
On October 5, "Earthscapes," the latest installment of "Seldom Seen," which features old and new artwork from area private collections, will officially open in the Hammond Regional Arts Center, located at 217 E. Thomas Street, with a reception at 5 p.m. The artwork will remain on display through Nov. 2.
Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366.
College of Business to present lecture by famed climate warming skeptic
The College of Business will present a lecture by Lord Christopher Monckton, one of the world's leading climate warming skeptics.
Monckton, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brentley, will present "Is CO2 Mitigation Cost-Effective?" Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the KIVA auditorium in the Southeastern Teacher Education Center. The program is free and open to the public.
Monckton is a businessman, newspaper editor, the inventor of "Eternity" puzzles, of the Sudoku X puzzles and of a promising new treatment for infectious disease. A Cambridge-trained classical architect and public orator, he has been called the "high priest" of climate skepticism.
Well known among those in the fields of political science and biology, Monckton has spoken worldwide against the concept of global warming. He has testified four times before the U.S. Congress on climate science and economics and is credited with influencing Republicans in both the House and Senate to reject collaboration with Democrats on the climate question, preventing the "cap-and-tax" bill on carbon dioxide from passing the Senate.
Credited with discovering evidence that a group of scientists, officials and politicians had manipulated data to exaggerate the threat of global warming, Monckton has authored more than 100 papers on the climate issue for layman. He is currently writing a book entitled "Climate of Freedom," which is expected to be a worldwide bestseller among his millions of followers on YouTube and Facebook.
For more information on the lecture, contact the College of Business at 549-2051.
Lunch and Learn planned for Golden Lions Retirees
The Southeastern Alumni Association is sponsoring "Lunch and Learn" for its Golden Lions retirees on Sept. 28.
Scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in Southeastern's Cayman Café, attendees will be treated to lunch buffett for $5 with their Southeastern retiree identification. Julie Day of Spoga Fitness Center will be on hand to discuss nutrition and answer questions.
For more information or to RSVP, call the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Southeastern named 'Military Friendly School' for second consecutive year
For the second consecutive year, Southeastern has been named a 'Military Friendly School' by Victory Media, publisher of "G.I Jobs," the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
According to the company, the 2013 listing honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation's military service members and veterans as students and to ensure their success.
"Southeastern is proud to be recognized for the second time as a 'Military Friendly School," said President John L. Crain. "Members of the military and our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices in service to our state and nation. We are honored to be recognized as an institution that makes a strong effort to embrace them and assist them in reaching their educational goals."
Southeastern enrolls more than 350 veterans, veterans' dependents and members of the military.
Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Southeastern's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students, according to Sean Collins, "G.I. Jobs" director and vice president at Victory Media.
"As interest in education grows, we're thrilled to provide the military community with transparent resources to assist in their search for schools," he added.
The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. The survey tabulation process that comprised the 2013 list was independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. In addition to "G.I. Jobs," the company also publishes the magazines "Military Spouse" and "Vetrepreneur."
Southeastern Alumni Tangi Chapter to host dinner theatre
The Tangi Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association is sponsoring a dinner theatre featuring the popular production of The Capitol Steps on Oct. 10.
Tickets are $55 per person and include dinner and a ticket to see The Capitol Steps. A cash bar will also be available.
Scheduled at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond, the dinner is scheduled from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Conference Center, with the production following at 7:30 p.m. in the John J. Hainkel Performance Hall.
"Limited seats are available for this extremely funny and popular show, so don't wait to get your tickets," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "Please join us for a fun, entertaining night with your fellow alumni."
Season ticket holders are welcome and should call 549-2150 for more information.
For all other inquiries or to RSVP, call the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Southeastern's 'Rock School' wins Communicator Award for Excellence
To former disc jockey and rock music historian Dr. Joseph Burns, the only thing that matters in the world of radio is your next show.
And although the Southeastern communication professor no longer sits at a mic full time, he gets his weekly fix spinning records and hosting "Rock School," a program on rock 'n' roll history that airs twice weekly on the university's public radio station, KSLU-90.9 FM.
What started as a fund-raising gimmick several years ago – Burns donated $50 for an hour to talk rock music on the station – has evolved into a highly anticipated weekly broadcast in which Burns and his sidekick and former student Chad Pierce focus on little-known facts around a topic, group or artist and showcase associated classical rock music. The program this year has been recognized with an International Communicator Award of Excellence.
The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence by communication professionals. The awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of Visual Arts, an organization of more than 200 professionals from various disciplines dedicated to the progress and evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.
"When Chad invited me to participate in a fund drive, I had not been on the radio for a long, long time," said Burns, who started as a freshman DJ at WWNW, the student-staffed radio station at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. "I attacked it. I played the music I wanted to play and talked about the songs. It all came back to me. When it's in your blood, you have to do it. It's the heroin of media."
Burns and Pierce – known as "Chad P" on air – pitched the idea of a regular show to station General Manager Todd Delaney, who agreed to give the program a run on Sunday afternoons.
"That time slot is death for a radio show," Burns said. "But we decided we were going to put on a helluva show to the point where he (Delaney) would want to put it on at a better time."
Burns, who programs and edits the show himself, admits he is not a good solo host on the radio and wanted Pierce as his partner.
"As a professional, I was a morning man and always worked with someone," said Burns, who also serves as graduate coordinator for the university's Organizational Communication master's program. "I need another human being for feedback. Chad is the 'every man.' He asks the questions the audience is thinking.
"Chad also understands that on the show I'm the dominant voice; you just can't have two dominant people," Burns added.
"My job on the show is to make Joe look good," said Pierce, who works as underwriter for KSLU. "There's no getting around it, he is the knowledge base of the show, but he needs someone who can respond and bounce questions off him. I'm able to do that and put my own generational spin on things. That makes Rock School much more educational."
In preparing for the show, Burns works up a play list of at least 14 songs, knowing he'll probably play nine or 10. While avoiding a script, he arms himself with numerous facts and figures about the artist and group being profiled or the topic up for discussion.
"Joe is a preparer, a musical encyclopedia," explained Pierce. "I purposefully don't prepare for the show. We find our delivery works best when I sit down not knowing what we're talking about because then you get an honest to goodness reaction from me. It makes the delivery very natural."
In picking the music, Burns looks for balance.
"I try to select something a little different than the group's most popular song," he said. "I usually don't go with the hit. On the other hand, I could fill the show with avant garde music that wouldn't be worth listening to. So you have to throw in the familiar piece every so often. Hits are like re-runs on TV; people like them because they're comfortable."
Rock School has aired nearly 285 shows with no duplication of topics. Many are tied to events such as the anniversary of Woodstock or holidays like Halloween. Burns has notes and ideas for many more in his briefcase and on sticky notes throughout his office, and occasionally he gets topic suggestions from fans, especially through the Rock School page on Facebook. From time to time, Rock School will feature guests ranging from a university historian who specializes in British history to a plasma physicist to a librarian, all bringing insights into music from their specific areas of expertise.
In addition to the KSLU broadcast, the hour-long program is streamed live over KSLU.org every Thursday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST) and airs on four affiliate stations, including the LSU radio station, KLSU in Baton Rouge, and a station in Salamanca, Spain. An archive of all episodes can be found on the KSLU web site.
Above: Southeastern Communication Professor Joseph Burns, left, and sidekick Chad Pierce of KSLU 90.9 FM radio station, were recognized with an International Communicator Award for Excellence for their weekly radio program "Rock School." The two have produced nearly 300 episodes of "Rock School," an hour long show filled with classical rock "n" roll music and information about artists and groups.
Wanted: Homecoming Quiz Bowl challengers
It's time to get together a team for the annual Homecoming Quiz Bowl tournament, sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi as part of the Southeastern's Oct. 21-27 Homecoming festivities.
The friendly competition, a Southeastern Homecoming tradition, is scheduled for noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Student Union Theatre. Featuring rapid-fire questions, laughter and brain-power, the competition is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni teams.
Phi Kappa Phi's Joan Faust said any student, faculty/staff or alumni group is invited to put together a team of four players and one alternate for the competition. Teams are also encouraged to attend a practice session from 2-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. The practice sessions will also be held in the Student Union Theatre.
A $25 registration fee is required from all teams, and the deadline for registration is Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. The first eight teams to submit a registration form and fee will be guaranteed participation in the tournament.
The double elimination tournament will separate faculty/staff/alumni and student teams until the final playoff match, which will pit the top faculty/staff/alumni team against the top student team, Faust said. The winning team will receive a $100 prize with $50 going to the second place finishers. Phi Kappa Phi will also offer trophies and other prizes to the participating teams.
Registration forms and instructions will be available online at www.southeastern.edu/phikappaphi or can be obtained from Faust at 549-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 1
Wendy Savarino, Alumna Soprano Recital
7:30pm, Pottle Auditorium
For more information on upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please call 549-2184, 549-2193, or visit our website at www.southeastern.edu/fpa.
How Money Works: Budgeting on a Teacher's Salary (Wed., Oct. 2, 4 to 5 p.m.)
In part II of How Money Works, educators or future educators will learn basic budgeting concepts including recommended allocations for budget categories, how to create a workable budget, the components of a budget, and tips for reducing everyday expenses. This workshop is free.
Microsoft Learning Series: Introduction to Word (Mon., Oct. 1 and Wed., Oct. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This workshop is designed for individuals who have basic computer knowledge, but would like to learn Microsoft Word. Students will learn to create, format, and modify Word documents, including using graphics and tables to enhance documents. The cost is $120.
The Art of Freelancing and Earning a Living (Tuesdays, Oct. 2 – Oct. 23, 7 to 8:15 p.m.)
In today's economy, many people are unemployed or under employed. Freelancing is a growing industry and takes many forms, including freelance writing, publicist, arts, jewelry, website design, housecleaning, or selling wares on the internet or at local markets. This course will cover administrative aspects of freelancing, including time management, marketing tools, social media and promoting, blogs, and samples of freelance projects for profit as well as fun. The cost is $80.
Digital Photography- Intermediate (Wednesday, October 3, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This class will build on the basics of composition, lighting, and posing. Camera and technical skills will be covered, including how to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (F-Stop) for different lighting conditions, and how to shoot in manual mode with better results. In addition, the course will answer questions such as, "What is depth of field?" and "How and when should I use fill flash?" The cost is $95.
SHRM PHR/SPHR Test Preparation (Mondays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 14, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
This course provides an in-depth study of the key areas of human resource management. Course materials include six extensive print modules corresponding to the six functional areas, responsibilities, and associated knowledge defined by the HR Certification Institute: strategic management; workforce planning and employment; human resource development; total rewards; employee and labor relations; risk management. The features of this course include a comprehensive and up-to-date review of key concepts and trends based on the HR Certification Institute's body of knowledge, interaction with an experienced instructor and your peers, six printed workbooks covering topics tested on the PHR/SPHR certification exam, over 1,600 test questions, an online resource center, and an interactive case study designed for SPHR candidates. The cost is $1,100.
To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
The Center for Faculty Excellence continues our series on change. Relying on the expertise of our colleagues, this series examines change theory and offers skills and strategies for adapting to change. Please mark your calendar for the next two sessions in our series on change.
Lunch 'N Learn Series
Change: An Opportunity for Growth?
Thursday, September 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Presented by Dr. Barbara B. Hebert, Director, University Counseling Center
Change can be very difficult for many people. The stress caused by change can wreak havoc on both physical and mental well-being. This interactive presentation will provide a two-fold approach regarding change-invoked stress: a brief discussion of the personal impact that may occur and a journey into some transformative activities that may engender personal growth.
Stressed: Just deal with it?
Wednesday, October 10, Noon-1:00 pm
Presented by Dr. Millie Naquin, Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies
This presentation will focus on individual strategies to deal with stress and promote relaxation. The ultimate goal of the session is to improve the dimensions of one's personal health.
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. To make a reservation, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at email@example.com. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the Center to verify.
Internal Funding Opportunities
Internal funding support for research and scholarly/creative activity, formerly in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, has been returned to the Center for Faculty Excellence.
Enhancement grants will now support both teaching and research and scholarly/creative activity projects. The Orr Research Endowment will provide an additional source of funding for researchers. The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) will continue to promote and support externally funded projects.
The Center is now accepting applications for both Enhancement Grants and the Orr Research Endowment. Visit the Center's webpage for additional information and guidelines.
The deadline for Enhancement Grants is Oct. 1, and the deadline for the Orr Research Endowment is Nov. 1.
Moving Forward with Moodle
As previously announced, Southeastern has decided to move from the current LMS, Blackboard, to the open source platform, Moodle. End of life cycle for Blackboard is July 2013. This transition has already begun for faculty teaching courses delivered less than 50% via distance modes. Moodle Mentors began working in spring 2012 to transition those faculty to Moodle for spring 2013.
For distance faculty, those teaching courses delivered more than 50% via distance modes, the time frame for full transition and total delivery via Moodle is Fall 2013. To allow ample time for course redevelopment, the Center is beginning in-depth training for distance faculty with a CUTL with Moodle.
Certificates of University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) are offered by the Center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. This special CUTL will provide a structured, concentrated way for you to learn Moodle while earning certificates that may be included in your professional portfolio. Completion of this CUTL will result in both a Moodle and Quality Matters certificate.
Faculty registering for CUTL must be able to commit to attendance at one two-hour, face-to-face session per week throughout the six-week training period (see schedule at the link below). Faculty do not have to schedule the same time each week.
Visit the Center's website or the Moving Forward with Moodle training plan for information on Moodle Mentors and CUTL registration.
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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football, volleyball and soccer teams all face Southland Conference competition during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion football team (1-3, 1-0 Southland) is coming off a huge 25-24 comeback victory over No. 17 McNeese State to open league play. First-year head coach Ron Roberts' squad will be back in action this Saturday, facing Lamar at 3 p.m. in Beaumont, Texas. Saturday's game will be televised by the Southland Television Network. WHNO (Charter Channel 14) will serve as the affiliate in the Hammond area. The game can also be heard on KSLU-FM (90.9) in the Hammond area and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The women's soccer team (6-4) will open league action this week on the road. On Friday, Southeastern faces defending Southland regular season champion Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Lady Lions head to McNeese State on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
The volleyball team (5-7, 1-3 Southland) returns home for a pair of Southland matches this week. The Lady Lions open the week hosting Sam Houston State on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi visits Hammond on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on LionSports.net via Lion Vision (subscription required).
The men's golf team will hit the course for its second fall tournament this week. Tim Baldwin's Lions will be in Birmingham, Ala. on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate.
Off the field, The Lion Athletics Association, the main fundraising arm of the Southeastern Louisiana University Athletic Department, along with Champagne Beverage will sponsor "Guy's Casino Night" on Saturday at the Champagne Beverage facility (1 Bud Place) in Madisonville. The event, which will raise money to benefit Southeastern Athletics, will begin with 6 p.m. with Happy Hour before games begin at 7.
Tickets are $100 and include $3,000 in playing chips, food, a cash bar, live auction and door prizes. Prizes valued at $1,000, $500, and $250 will be available to the overall winners. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466, 1-866-LION-TIX or the Lion Athletics Association at (985) 549-5091.
Monday, September 24
Men's Golf, at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, Birmingham, Ala., All Day
Tuesday, September 25
Men's Golf, at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, Birmingham, Ala., All Day
Thursday, September 27
Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 7 p.m. (Lion Vision)*
Friday, September 28
Women's Soccer, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Saturday, September 29
Football, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 3 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)*
Volleyball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, University Center, 2 p.m. (Lion Vision)*
LAA Guy's Casino Night, Champagne Beverage Facility (1 Bud Place), Madisonville, 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 30
Women's Soccer, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 1 p.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference event
At the 53rd annual conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) held Sept. 6 – 9 in New Orleans, Dr. Michael D. Richardson (Educational Leadership and Technology) was presented with the Jack Greer Distinguished Achievement Award for his long time contributions to the organization, including past service as president and conference program director. Tina Tinney, (Biology) was presented with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper Award. Dr. John Fischetti (Education and Human Development) was the keynote speaker for the conference. The conference was under the direction of Dr. Willie Ennis, who became President of SRCEA following the conference. Dr. Ennis was supported by a planning team consisting of Dr. John Fulwiler (retired), Dr. Evan Mense, and Dr. Kenneth E. Lane (all from Educational Leadership and Technology).
Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented "The River, the River, the River" as the keynote lecture for the opening of the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission exhibition "Becoming Louisiana: The Path to Statehood" in Assumption Parish's Napoleonville library.
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