ByLion--April 15


Eisenhower program April 15 & 16

Virtual classroom helps teachers

Southeastern Theatre April 16 - 19

Shilstone speaks at symposium

High Heel Huddle set April 17

Jazz Ensemble set April 17

Media ethics symposium set

Hammond Police award scholarship

Dance auditions scheduled

Students win SPJ Awards

Rec Fest scheduled April 20

IBM recruits on campus

Senior art exhibit set

Students attend ACS meeting

Senior Special Olympics set


Let's Talk Art April 24

Rummage sale April 20

Extended Studies news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in FPA

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities


U.S. Army War College Eisenhower Program returns to Southeastern
The United States Army War College Eisenhower Series Program will return to Southeastern for the fourth year in a row on Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16.
     A team of experts from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps will hold a series of panel discussions on Guantanamo Bay, Cyber War and Cyber Domain, and U.S. policy on drone strikes.
     "We are very pleased to have this program on campus once again. The last three visits have been extremely informative, and we look forward to another opportunity for Southeastern faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the surrounding community, to learn more about American military policy from the experts," said Dr. William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. "The service personnel who represent the U.S. Army War College are always extremely engaging and very knowledgable."
     Robison expressed his gratitude to Judge Jimmy Kuhn of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal and his administrative assistant Pat Walsh for helping make the event possible.
     All presentations are free and open to the public. Presentations include:
        April 15: "Guantanamo Bay: Is There a Better Way?" at 2 – 3:15 p.m., Student Union Theatre; "Legal Aspects of Cyber War and the Cyber Domain," 6 – 8 p.m., Southeastern Alumni Center.
        April 16: "U.S. Policy on Drone Strikes," 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Student Union Theatre.
Panelists include U.S. Navy Capt. James Boswell of the Eisenhower Program at the U.S. Army War College; U.S. Army Reserve Col. Sherb Sentell, a Louisiana native; U.S. Army Lt. Col. and JAG Chuck Poche, also a Louisiana native; and U.S. Army Intelligence Lt. Col. Tony Boone.
     The U.S. Army War College, located in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., represents the highest level of education offered by the military services. It is designed to equip carefully selected senior officers and civilians with the competencies required of strategic leaders of the United States Armed Forces. The original Army War College was established Nov. 27, 1901.
     Approximately 360 students, including senior officers from all branches of the Armed Forces, senior civilian representatives from a variety of U.S. Government agencies, and senior military officers from approximately 66 foreign countries, annually attend a 10-month graduate-level course of study. Army War College students examine national security issues and strategy development, regional affairs, current and future challenges for national defense and the responsibilities of senior-level command. Participants who successfully complete all requirements established by the college are granted a Master of Strategic Studies degree.
     Each year a few students at the U.S. Army War College participate in the Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP) and travel outside Carlisle Barracks to engage in discussions with other students, academics, and the public about national security issues and the employment of military assets.
     The Eisenhower Series College Program (ESCP) is the U.S. Army War College's communication and outreach program designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between its students and the public. The program focuses its efforts on students and faculty at academic institutions, professional organizations, civic groups, business organizations, and local media.

Southeastern using avatars, virtual classroom as teacher preparation tool

Virtual teachingTeacher candidates at Southeastern are working in a virtual classroom before having to experience the real thing, gaining the opportunity to practice what can sometimes be a daunting exercise.
     The university is one of a handful of institutions nationwide to tout the innovative program designed to help in the formation of future educators.
     The software gives teachers in training the opportunity to respond to multiple situations within the classroom environment through the use of avatars, the virtual, computer-generated "students" who populate the simulated classroom.
     "It is a virtual classroom filled with real-time avatars," said Associate Professor of Education Nicki Anselmo-Skelton. "The students in our lab can talk to the avatars and the avatars respond."
     Researchers at the University of Central Florida control the avatars, which represent sixth grade learners of diverse ethnicities and personalities that are typically encountered in a middle school classroom, Skelton explained. Their behaviors reflect everything from those in a "perfect" classroom to the other extreme where the students may be completely out of control. The virtual classroom and its avatar middle-schoolers are projected from a computer via Skype onto a screen or SmartBoard.
     Anzelmo-Skelton brought the technology to the Department of Teaching and Learning through a Louisiana Department of Education grant to be a part of the TLE "TeachLivE" program. The initiative began as a pilot project at UCF in Orlando.
     "Our young teacher candidates are able to work on behavior management skills; they are able to work on the pedagogy or the 'how' of teaching, and they're able to implement various instructional strategies," Skelton said. "The research indicates what you can do in just 10 minutes with the avatars takes an hour to do face to face."
     "The avatar experience was absolutely amazing," said Ashley Lee, a senior elementary education major from Watson, who is also pursuing a dual certification in special education. "I loved the interaction between myself and the avatars and the fact that the avatars had different personalities, which presented some real challenges. This was just a glimpse of what is yet to come when we get into our own classrooms and good practice on handling behavior problems in students."
     Skelton described the most "powerful" part of this technology as the opportunity for students to refine their instructional skills without impacting real students.
     "Young teachers can make the mistakes new teachers are prone to do without affecting the 'students' at all," Anselmo-Skelton said. "It allows for a nice progression. Our young teachers can reflect on their practices and then build their knowledge and confidence with the avatars before moving into the classroom."
     In addition to working on a grant extension for Southeastern from the Louisiana Department of Education, Skelton is also documenting the student teachers' experience with researchers from UCF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
     "Soon we're going to have research under our belts that I believe will say the avatars and the virtual classroom make a real difference in teacher behaviors and in student outcomes," Skelton said.

TEACHER PREPARATION IN SIMULATED CLASSROOM – Laurie Leake, a Slidell junior in special education at Southeastern talks to her "class" of five avatars or simulated students as preparation for working in a real classroom. The avatars represent sixth grade learners of diverse ethnicities and personalities that are typically encountered in a middle school classroom.

Southeastern Theatre to present Baby with the Bathwater
The spring theatre season at Southeastern continues with Baby with the Bathwater at the university's Vonnie Borden Theatre on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.
     Instructor of Acting and Directing Chad Winters directs the dark comedy written by Christopher Durang.
     "This is our first Christopher Durang comedy," Winters said. "In this play he manages to combine farce, satire, absurdism and good-humored wackiness. You can be shocked and laughing out loud at the same time."
     The play will run April 16-19. General admission tickets are $10; $6 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. Tickets are available at the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 549-2115.
     Baby with the Bathwater tells the story of John and Helen, two young parents trying to raise their child and keep their marriage together.
     The main roles of Helen and John will be performed by Southeastern student Kayla Hurst of Springfield and Owen Sullivan of Diamondhead, Miss. The roles of Angela/Miss Pringle will be played by Janna Baza of Abita Springs; Harli Manuel of Gonzales, will play the parts of Nanny/Kate/Principal; the role of Cynthia will be performed by Jessica Baronich of Denham Springs; Dayton Wallace of Amite will play the Young Man; and Kristine Hooter of Covington will play Susan. Southeastern and Alpha Psi Omega alumnus Mark Bryan of Pensacola, Fla., will also perform in the play.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 549-2184.

Shilstone speaks at "ASK KHS" symposium
Mackie ShilstoneMackie Shilstone, director of the Fitness Principal at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie and renowned fitness trainer of professional athletes, listens to a student's question at the ASK KHS Student Symposium held for students in kinesiology and health studies last week.
     Shilstone, who owns several GNC retail stores in the area, talked about his career in the fitness business and some of the athletes he has worked with, including tennis star Serena Williams and boxer Roy Jones Jr.

Southeastern schedules Lion 'High Heel Huddle' during Expo
Southeastern Head Football Coach Ron Roberts will tackle Lion football basics with female fans at the first-ever "High Heel Huddle" for female fans during the Hammond Chamber's Business & Community EXPO on Wednesday, April 17.
     During the 30-minute session, players and coaches will explain the Southeastern football philosophy, some football terminology, as well as provide an overview of the upcoming season.
     Admission is free to both the High Heel Huddle and the EXPO. The huddle will start at 6:30 p.m. at the EXPO in the Southeastern University Center. Roberts will provide a female-friendly tutorial on the Lions' preferred alignments and strategies on both sides of the ball. Greg Stevens, offensive coordinator, will discuss the finer points of the Lions' offense, while Pete Golding, defensive coordinator, and members of the defensive staff will talk about schemes and strategies.
     Along with demonstrations of common referee hand signals and what they mean, Roberts and his coaching staff will also explain some of the game's more easily misunderstood rules.
     Attendees will be treated to special Lion fan giveaways and have the first opportunity to have their 2013 Lions Football posters signed by players.
     Season tickets start as low as $90 for six home games. Family Pride Packs of four tickets to a game are only $45. Call 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX or go to for tickets or tailgating information.

Southeastern Jazz Ensemble I joined by world renown trumpeter
Graham BreedloveThe Southeastern Jazz Ensemble I will be joined by trumpeter Graham Breedlove for a performance on Thursday, April 18. The free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Breedlove's talent has taken him to more than four continents and 20 countries, including special stops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan to play for members of the United States military.
     Breedlove is currently the trumpet soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, a part of the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own."
     The ensemble will also be joined by Southeastern student soloists Iuliia Alyeskyeyeva and Angelisa Allen, both vocalists; Jonathan Lyons on the tenor saxophone; and Vitalie Gumeniuc on the alto saxophone.
     The program will feature charts and arrangements by Breedlove, Dizzy Gillepsie and Jim Weisheit among others.
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Ethics in the Media Symposium set for Wednesday, April 17
Three distinguished Southeastern journalism alumni will return to their alma mater to speak at a symposium on ethics in the media.
     The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. in 138 D Vickers Hall on the Southeastern campus. The official sponsor for the event is the Southeastern Lyceum Arts & Lectures Committee.
     The three speakers will discuss their personal experiences with tough ethical situations in the journalism industry, give their thoughts on a range of issues facing the media today and take questions from the audience. They will be joined by a Southeastern professor, who will also discuss his thoughts on media ethics and serve as moderator for the event.
     The symposium is open to the public, and there is no admission charge.
     Also at the symposium, a group of current students who were members of Southeastern's Press Club team that won the Southeast Journalism Conference Championship in February will be honored. The Press Club president is Lindory Dyson of Hammond, and the faculty adviser of is Amber Narro of Ponchatoula.
     The three alumni speakers are Danny Heitman of Baton Rouge, class of 1986 and an editorial board member of The Advocate; Paul Purpura of Metairie, class of 1996 and a staff writer for Times-Picayune and Stacey Plaisance of New Orleans, class of 1999 and a staff member of the Associated Press New Orleans bureau.
     Heitman is an award-winning columnist for The Advocate a frequent contributor to national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Smithsonian and The Washington Post. Heitman is also an adjunct professor at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and the author of a critically acclaimed book about John James Audubon. His Audubon book was adapted as a public television documentary, for which he served as an associate producer. As a college student Heitman served as the editor of Ponchatoula's weekly newspaper, The Enterprise, which closed its business five years ago. While a student at Southeastern, he served as a contributing writer for The Daily Star and as an intern at The Advocate.
     Purpura is a native of New Orleans, a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran and primarily works as The Times-Picayune's Jefferson Parish courts beat reporter. During his time at Southeastern, he was the editor of the campus newspaper, The Lion's Roar, and won several collegiate journalism awards. He worked as a stringer for The Daily Star, and, after graduating, worked for The Vicksburg Post, in Vicksburg, Miss. He joined The Times-Picayune in 1999. He was part of the staff to receive the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for coverage of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath in 2005.
     Plaisance joined the Associated Press staff in 1999. A south Louisiana native, she previously worked for the River Parishes bureau of The Times-Picayune as a high school columnist. At Southeastern she served as editor of The Lion's Roar and a staffer for the campus radio station KSLU, as well as a correspondent for The Daily Star and The Advocate. Since joining the AP, Plaisance has covered hurricanes, shootings, red carpet film premieres, In 2009 Plaisance was among the first wave of AP print journalists trained to shoot, edit and package video. She has become what the AP now calls "hybrids," or multimedia journalists.
     Joining Heitman, Purpura and Plaisance as speakers will be Professor of Communications Joe Mirando, who has served on the Southeastern faculty since 1982. Mirando is the Elizabeth Weeks Jones Endowed Professor of Humanities. He was awarded the endowment for his scholarly work in ethics, and has published chapters in college journalism textbooks and articles in national professional journals devoted to the study of journalism.
     For information on the event, call the Southeastern Department of Languages and Communication at 549-2105.

Hammond Police Union Scholarship presented
Hammond Police ScholarshipThe Hammond Police Officers Union Local 345 presented a donation to the Southeastern Foundation to fund scholarships presented annually to students from Tangipahoa Parish majoring in criminal justice.
     President John L. Crain, left, accepts the donation from Sgt. Charles Deliberto of the Hammond Police Union. Also pictured are, from left, scholarship recipient Emily L. Dykes of Kentwood, Officer Kelvin L. James of the Hammond Union, recipient Anthony M. Fox of Husser, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Michale G. Bisciglia, and Lisa Patti, assistant for the Vice President for University Advancement.

Southeastern to hold dance auditions for fall concert
Southeastern's dance program is holding auditions Friday, April 19, for an upcoming dance concert to be directed by alumnus and dance instructor Skip Costa.
     "I am extremely excited to be back at my alma mater teaching dance," Costa said. "I have over 10 years of professional experience in New York City alone, as well as a vast resource of tools and professional connections to pass along to our students to help them get their best foot forward as they seek an exciting career in dance."
     Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the concert will be held in the fall.
     Auditions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the dance studio located in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dance Professor Martie Fellom said the auditions are open to Southeastern students, who can earn a one-hour credit for rehearsals and performance. Auditions are also open to high school seniors.
     "The audition will be modern/contemporary," Fellom said. "Students should wear something that shows their form, especially on the upper body torso."
     For more information contact Fellom at or 549-2133.

Southeastern students win Mark of Excellence Awards
SPJ AwardsStudents at Southeastern's cable television station and student newspaper won seven 2012 Mark of Excellence awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 spring conference held recently in Oxford, Miss.
     Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) promotes the free flow of information and works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists. This year's event received almost 4,000 entries from all universities in Region 12, comprised of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
     Students at the Southeastern Channel, the university's educational cable station, won six television awards, the most of any university competing. The awards included first place for "Best Overall Television Newscast" for the channel's student news show Northshore News. The channel also won first place for "Television Feature Photography" for the "Old Town Soda Shop" feature story shot by student videographer Marshall Courtney of Baton Rouge, also for Northshore News.
     By virtue of winning first place regional awards, both Northshore News and Courtney qualified for the national SPJ mark of Excellence competition to be held in late August at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 National Convention in California, a joint endeavor of the SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association.
     Also receiving awards at the conference were:
        Chrissy Carter of LaPlace, second and third place awards in the "Television News Photography" category for videography for the "Texting While Parenting" and "Hurricane Isaac Recovery" news stories she shot for Northshore News;
        Allen Cutrer of Baton Rouge, second place for "Television Feature Photography" for videography for the "Master Duck Carver" story he shot for Northshore News;
        Damon Cutno of LaPlace, second place for "Television Sports Reporting" for the segment "Saints vs. Chargers Analysis" he produced and reported for the student sportscast for The Big Game; and
        Christopher Martin of Albany, third place for "Sports Photography" for his photography for the story "Making a Statement" for The Lion's Roar student newspaper.
     "The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious in student journalism, and we're thrilled that our students continue to win top awards," said Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon. "This is well-deserved recognition for their talent and excellent work ethic and reflects the outstanding training they receive from channel staff members and instructors in the Department of Languages and Communication."

MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS - Southeastern television and print students recently won seven 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 convention in Oxford, Miss. The Southeastern Channel student newscast, "Northshore News," won "Best All-Around Television Newscast" in the region. Shown from left are Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager; Damon Cutno, second place for "Television Sports Reporting;" John Reis, "Northshore News" supervisor; Chrissy Carter, second and third place for "Television News Photography;" Allen Cutrer, second place for "Television Feature Photography;" Christopher Martin of the "Lion's Roar," third place for "Sports Photography;" and Lee Lind, director of Student Publications. Not shown is Marshall Courtney, first place for "Television Feature Photography." 

Southeastern to host Rec Fest April 20
Southeastern's Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is hosting the first Rec Fest, a concert/festival event, on Saturday, April 20, from 5:30 - 10 p.m.
     Scheduled at North Oak Park on Southeastern's North Campus, Rec Fest will have a variety of activities, including live music, performances, booths and free team activities, such as volleyball, ping pong, zumba and bootcamp classes.
     The concept of Rec Fest was created by Recreational Sports and Wellness student staff De'Anne McKell, Raymond Jones, and Rebecca Schnadelbach under the direction of the department's director Dollie Hebert-Crouch.
     "The students wanted to bring together local talent to create an annual outdoor music festival celebrating movement, music, play and fun activities," said Hebert-Crouch.
     Rec Fest 2013 is sponsored in part by Coca-Cola and will feature live music by Mike Brandt and the Band, Vega, Falling from Fallacy, and Slappy and the Whippinators, Hebert-Crouch added.
     Rebecca Schnadelbach, student marketing assistant for Recreational Sports and Wellness said that Rec Fest truly features something for everyone.
     "We hope that the Southeastern and area community will bring their picnic blankets and friends and come to Rec Fest because finals are rapidly approaching and this is an awesome study break," Schnadelbach said. "It is also an opportunity for anyone to come out and enjoy a great evening of music and fun activities."
     General admission for Rec Fest is available at the North Oak Park ticket booth. Ticket prices are free for children eight and under; $10 for individuals nine and older; and $2 for college students from any university in the state with a university issued student I.D.
     For more information, contact the Pennington Student Activity Center at 549-5591.

Computer Giant IBM recruits on Southeastern campus
IBM job fairIBM made Southeastern its first recruiting stop after announcing plans to locate a technology center in neighboring Baton Rouge. Computer science students had the first opportunity to learn about the 800+ jobs the computer giant plans to hire during a recruitment fair on the Hammond campus on Wednesday (April 10).
     IBM Recruitment Leader Michelle Szymzak said the company looks to hire about 800 individuals over the next four years to staff its recently announced $55 million technology center in Baton Rouge.
     "This project has been in the works for a while, and now that it has been announced we are aggressively hiring," said Szymzak. "Southeastern is our first stop. We're looking for people at all levels, some fresh out of college and others with experience."
     Students milled around Szymzak and her assistant, asking questions about the center, which will be built in downtown Baton Rouge near the river. IBM will move into temporary quarters in the city while construction goes on.
     Computer Science and Industrial Technology Department Head Sebastian van Delden organized the mini-career fair after IBM contacted the university's Office of Career Services.
     "Dr. van Delden opened the doors for us in a very short period of time to help organize this event," she said. "We'll be speaking later to the computer science students as a group on what our plans are for the area and the job opportunities that are available."
     "The students are so excited about this opportunity, because it means hundreds of technological jobs for the region," van Delden said. "It's a major breakthrough for the state and has considerable potential."
     He said Southeastern currently has about 300 computer science students in various programs that are all nationally accredited.
     "IBM is a great company, and I am definitely going to apply for a position," said senior Andrew Williams of Ponchatoula, who will graduate in December. "The computer science program at Southeastern has been a great experience with the relatively small class sizes and the relationships we build with our professors and other students. We gain the experience of working together in teams on projects."
     "It's a fantastic opportunity and I am definitely excited," added senior computer science major Chase Orion Dupré of Hammond. "It's big news for the state and I definitely plan to apply."

IBM RECRUITING – Michelle Szymzak, recruitment leader for IBM, talks to a group of Southeastern Louisiana University computer science students Wednesday at special recruitment event held on the campus. IBM is seeking to fill 800 positions over the next four years to staff its planned $55 million technology center in Baton Rouge.

Exhibit showcases talents of Southeastern seniors

The artwork of Southeastern graduating seniors will be on display Thursday, April 25 to Wednesday, May 15, at the university's Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
     The Spring 2013 Senior Exhibition features some of the finest artwork from the 32 graduating seniors of the department. It is the largest class to date in the history of the program. The hundreds of pieces represent all mediums: graphic design, sculpture, painting, drawing, print making, photography, ceramics and more.
     The artists will be honored at an opening reception April 25, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
     The Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, call Associate Professor and Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 549-5080.

Southeastern students attend American Chemical Society meeting
ACS meetingEleven Southeastern chemistry and physics students attended the national American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans on April 8. Nine of the students - Bijay Bhattarai, Sarju Adhikari, Arjun Pandey, Apsana Shrestha, Elizabeth Kimball, Brandon Mobley, Suraj Ayer, Daniel Daigle, and Caleb Delaune - presented research at the meeting that was performed under the direction of Drs. Debra Dolliver, Jean Fotie, Hye-Young Kim, and David Norwood.

STUDENT PRESENTERS – Participants of the American Chemical Society meeting were, from left, Suraj Ayer, Arjun Pandey, Sarju Adhikari, Rajesh Lamicchane, Caleb Delaune, Brandon Mobley, Binit Sharma Poudel, Bijay Bhattarai, Apsana Shrestha, Veronica Wills (chemistry alumnus) and Katie Domingue.

Senior Special Olympics Unified Track and Field Event set
Kinesiology 492/592 will be hosting the first Senior Special Olympics Unified Track and Field Event at the Southeastern Track on Wednesday, April 17.
     Clients from area group homes will be participating, along with Southeastern students in games of horseshoes, team throwing, team long jumping, and relay track events. Come out and cheer for the Special Olympians and your fellow Southeastern students.
     If you would like to be a volunteer, we could really use timers and measurement takers. If you would like to be a part of this very fun and worthwhile event, please email Dr. Marsh Wallace at

Southeastern art history instructor to lead next 'Let's Talk Art'
Timothy Silva, Southeastern instructor of art history, will deliver the next lecture of the free series "Let's Talk: Art."
     Sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, the lecture is scheduled Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas Street, across from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Silva will present "Caravaggio: A Cry in the Dark."
     "As famous for the drama of his own life as much as his paintings, Caravaggio was a man of his time," Silva said. "The lecture will show how his revolution in the depiction of sacred events was both obedient to dictates of the church and a plea for redemption."
     For more information, call the library at 549-3962.

Rummage sale fundraiser set for April 20
Southeastern's chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association will have its biannual rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday, April 20, from 7 a.m. to noon in front of Campbell Hall (Friendship Circle Area).
     If you would like to donate items for the sale, please drop them off at Campbell Hall any day this week. We hope faculty will come by, support our wonderful students, and pick up some interesting treasures!

Extended Studies news

ACT Preparation Course
Mondays, April 22 – May 20, 5 to 7 p.m.; cost $250

Gas Arc Welding (GMAW-MIG)
Wednesdays, April 24 – May 15, 6 to 9 p.m.; cost $325


Project Management Professional
Monday - Friday, April 22 – 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; cost $195

ACT Preparation Course
Thursdays, May 9 – June 6, 5 to 7 p.m.; cost $250


Bookkeeping Level II: QuickBooks 2012
Tuesdays, April 23 – May 21, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; cost $450

ACT Preparation Course
Thursdays, April 25 – May 23, 5 to 7 p.m.; cost $250

To register, or for full descriptions of these or other courses that are available please visit:

Southeastern in the news
Action News
Tangi Tourism donates $100,000 to Columbia

Computer giant IBM recruits on Southeastern campus

Amite Tangi Digest
How Southeastern teacher candidates use avatars in simulated classroom candidates-use-avatars-in-a-simulated-classroom

Associated Press
Social entrepreneur to deliver business lecture

BR Advocate
La. tax issues to dominate session

800 students spend day serving community

Bedell nominated for state Poet Laureate

Hammond Police Union makes scholarship donation

This Week in Fine and Performing Arts
Tuesday, April 16
Olena Ivanovska, junior violin recital, Pottle Auditorium, 5 p.m.
Ben Livingston, junior percussion recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.

April 16 - 19
Southeastern Theatre presents: Federico Christopher Durang's Baby with the Bathwater, Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall, 7:30 p.m.  Call 549-2115 for ticket information.

Thursday, April 18
Jazz Ensemble I with guest Graham Breedlove, trumpet, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19
Jordan Leggett, senior voice recital, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 22
Southeastern Percussion Ensemble, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

For more information on these and other upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please call 549-2184 or 549-2193 or visit our website at

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern women's tennis team will look to win the outright Southland Conference regular season championship, the track program will host the Southeastern Invitational, while the baseball and softball teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (18-2, 7-1 Southland) has already clinched a share of the league title regardless of the outcome of Monday's 2 p.m. Southland Conference finale versus Nicholls State. However, a win over the visiting Colonels would give Southeastern the undisputed crown and the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. The first 75 Southeastern students in attendance will receive free food courtesy of Southeastern Athletics. Following Monday's Southland finale, the Lions will close out the regular season with a pair of non-conference home matches on Tuesday. Southeastern will face Alcorn State at 1 p.m. and Jackson State at 6 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will welcome in-state and Southland Conference rivals to Hammond on Friday. The Lions and Lady Lions will host the second Southeastern Invitational at the Southeastern Track and Field Complex.
     The Lion baseball team (24-13, 8-4 Southland) has four games on the schedule this week. On Tuesday, the Lions host future league foe UNO at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field. Southeastern Athletics will offer Dinner at the Ballpark on Tuesday, as Southeastern students in attendance will receive free food as available. The Lions will then hit the road for a three-game Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin. The series opens with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday and continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. First pitch for Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern softball team (26-16, 9-9 Southland) also has four games on tap this week – all on the road. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions close out their non-conference schedule with a 4 p.m. contest at Louisiana Tech. Southeastern then heads to Conway, Ark. for a three-game series at Central Arkansas. The series opens with an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access a video stream of Tuesday's contest.

Monday, April 15
Women's Tennis, vs. Nicholls State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.*
   - Free food for first 75 Southeastern students

Tuesday, April 16
Baseball, vs. UNO, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)
   - Dinner at the Ballpark (Free food for Southeastern students as available)
Women's Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
Women's Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17
Softball, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 19
Men's and Women's Track and Field, Southeastern Invitational, Southeastern Track and Field Complex, All Day
Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*

Saturday, April 20
Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Central Arkansas (DH), Conway, Ark., 11 a.m.*

Sunday, April 21
Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
M.A. candidates in History Richard Allen, Adam Cusimano, Clifton Lee, Adam Meier, and Brandi Welch all presented papers at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in New Orleans. M.A. graduates in History Brian Eiermann, Samantha Perez, and Jared Foret likewise all presented papers. Dr. Andrew Traver (History and Political Science) presented a paper entitled "Who were the thirteenth-century Parisian Secular Masters of Theology" and chaired two sessions.
     Professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) presented a paper, "Human Rights Violations and Women Terrorists: an International Perspective" at the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco on April 4.
     Dr. Debra D. Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics), 10 Southeastern current and former students, and collaborators from the University of Alabama, Louisiana State University and Gaylord Chemical Company have published a full research article in the Journal of Organic Chemistry ( The undergraduate students who participated in this work include Bijay Bhattarai (graduating chemistry senior who will start graduate school in chemistry at the University of Michigan in Fall 2013), Arjun Pandey (chemistry senior), Megan L. Lanier (third year graduate student in chemistry at Duke University), Amber S. Bordelon (chemical technician at Albemarle), Sarju Adhikari (chemistry senior), Jordan Dinser (third year graduate student in chemistry at University of Texas), Patrick Flowers (first year graduate student in chemistry at Duke University), Veronica Wills (third year graduate student in chemistry at the University of Iowa), and Caroline L. Schneider (Ph.D. in chemistry, 2013, LSU).
     Leigh Rourks' (English) short story, "Clown," is being featured this month as the cover piece in the inaugural issue of Hubris' Press's literary journal Spilt Infinitive.
     Cheryll Javaherian, Mariela Sánchez, and Marta Gumpert (Department of Languages and Communication) presented highlights from their service-learning project at the University of Louisiana System Academic Summit on Service Learning on April 12. The title of the presentation was "Foreign Language Service-Learning Partnerships between the Department of Languages and Communication, SLU Head Start, and Other Area Schools."


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