ByLion--April 22


Fun at Strawberry Jubilee

Wind Symphony concert April 25

Summer work schedule

Dance concert April 24

Ethics Lecture April 25

Students win CSPA awards

University Advancement wins award

Bill Evans Jazz Festival set



CPTP May and June programs

Delta Tau Delta wins award

Standardized testing questioned

Bunko for Basketball May 4

New Student Tech Center opens

College of Education to present lecture

Extended Studies camp registration

AOPi participates in service project


Ceramics Club sale May 2

Computer/robotics camp

Extended Studies news

Southeastern in the news

Fine and Performing Arts news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Strawberry Jubilee 2013

1)President John L. Crain and Miss Southeastern Renee' Picou2)Zip line at Strawberry Jubilee


1) President John L. Crain and Miss Southeastern, Renee' Picou of Livingston, cut the ceremonial cake at Strawberry Jubilee, held last Wednesday in the Student Union park.

2) Students enjoyed the zip line, a major feature at Strawberry Jubilee.

Southeastern Wind Symphony to feature Broadway's Ivan Rutherford in concert April 25
Ivan RutherfordFormer Broadway Star and famed actor Ivan Rutherford will highlight the spring performance of the Southeastern Wind Symphony Thursday (April 25) at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Rutherford, who has performed the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" over 2,000 times on Broadway and on national tours, will join the symphony in performances of "Stars," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," and "Bring Him Home," all from the popular musical.
Southeastern Director of Bands and Conductor Glen Hemberger said the concert will be dedicated to the memory of Joey Drago of Hammond, who died last December. Drago was the assistant director of production at the Columbia Theatre for 10 years and an enthusiastic supporter of the Wind Symphony.
     Hemberger said the concert will begin with Frank Ticheli's "Amazing Grace" as a tribute to Drago.
     Tickets for the concert are available through the Columbia Theatre Box Office, (985) 543-4371, or online at Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for Southeastern faculty and staff, and $3 for Southeastern students with a student ID.
     Most recently, Rutherford has performed in "Les Misérables" in regional theatres across the country. He was honored with the role during the 10th anniversary company of "Les Misérables" in New York; playing alongside Andrea McArdle at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and performing with Lea Salonga on Broadway in the 20th anniversary "Les Miz" revival.
     Rutherford was nominated for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Valjean at the first annual Nationall Broadway Theatre Awards held in New York. Other prominent roles he has performed include The Caliph in "Kismet," Tony in "West Side Story," Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific for which he received the Drama-Logue Award, and 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of "Titanic."
     The concert will include a solo by Jonathan Lyons, senior music education major from Ponchatoula. Lyons, who will play Movement One of the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka, is the winner of the Kappa Kappa Psi Concerto Competition.
     Also on the progam will be Southeastern vocal students Jordan Leggett, Kristina Temple, Krista Filopoulos and Bethany Putman, performing selections from "Les Misérables" with the symphony. Highlights include "A Heart Full of Love," "On My Own," "I Dreamed a Dream," and "One Day More."
     The concert also will include a performance of Percy Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy," a masterwork of the band repertoire that the symphony recently performed in the famed Chicago Orchestra Hall as one of four symphonies selected to participate in the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival.

Summer work schedule begins May 19

Effective May 19, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days. The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The university will resume the four and a half workweek on August 11.
     The university will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, as a Presidential Closure day. The university will also be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day, which is a designated holiday with pay.
     It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to special circumstances. The university has a Flexible Work Hours Policy to facilitate such requests. The policy can be located on the Human Resources website.
     Time reports for classified employees are to reflect actual hours worked during the workweek. In the event an employee is required to work in excess of their officially recognized schedule, a request for approved overtime/k-time must be processed in advance through regular channels.
     It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension 2282 or Ms. Nettie Burchfield at extension 2088 as the need arises.

Southeastern to host dance concert April 24
Southeastern's dance program will present "Unit 424" April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Tickets are $5 general admission and will be sold in the lobby one hour before the concert begins.
     Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom said dance instructor Skip Costa is directing the concert, which is based on a variety of dance and styles coming together for one dance concert. The overall rating for the concert is PG-13 due to some sexual content, including humor, language, music selections and wardrobe.
     Choreographers for the concert include Costa, Averi Harris and Crystal Schayot of Slidell, Mindi Matherne of Des Allemands, Ashanti McLaurin of Hammond, Destiny Levert of Denham Springs, Giara Major of Baton Rouge, and Stephanie Hughes of New Orleans.
     Performers in the concert include Harris, Matherne, Levert, Schayot, Major and Hughes; Hannah Broussard, Jeannette Gomez and Jarrod Cashe of Hammond; Tyron'e Hawkins, Holly Heil and Denee Johnson of Baton Rouge; Alyssa Burkett of Mandeville; Savanna Faught, Tara Thiel and Lindsy Brown of Slidell; Kelsey Herpin of Geismar; Aria Silva-Espinosa of Fullerton, Ca.; Canaan Trice of Madisonville; Amelia Benfatti of Lacombe; Kara Craighead of Reserve; Katy Truluck of Ponchatoula; Joseph Matherne of Luling; Lauren Garlepied of Prairieville; Lauren Larson of Denham Springs; Jaquan Warren of Franklinton; Kimberly Brouillette of Bogalusa; Millenique Brown of Belle Chase; and Maci Washington of Pine Grove.
     For more information, contact Fellom at or 549-2133.

Tal Dehtiar to Speak at College of Business Ethics Lecture April 25

Taj DehtiarSocial entrepreneur Tal Dehtiar, named one of Fast Company's Most Creative Business People for 2012, will speak on "Doing Good and Doing Well" at the 2013 College of Business Ethics Lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 25. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre.
     Dehtiar, 31, co-founded the international charity MBAs without Borders, which sends volunteer MBAs to build businesses in developing countries. In 2009, he left that nonprofit to launch Oliberté Footwear, the first premium shoe brand made in sub-Saharan Africa. Oliberté's partner factories and main operation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, demonstrate fair and equitable practices for men and women, with the goal of contributing to the development of the economy and a thriving middle class.
     "Mr. Dehtiar is proving that profitability and social responsibility can go hand in hand," said College of Business Dean Randy Settoon. "We are pleased to host him on campus so he can share his experiences with Southeastern students."

Students recognized by Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Eight Southeastern students have been honored with Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their work on the university's 2012 yearbook, "Le Souvenir."
     Assistant Editor Emily Melancon, a special education senior from Prairieville, received a second place certificate for her "academic spread," while Chelsee LaMarca, a kinesiology senior from Ponchatoula, and editor of the 2012 yearbook received a third place certificate for her "organizations or Greeks spread" and a certificate of merit for her "people spread with mug photos."
     Ryne Berthelot, a communication junior from Denham Springs, and Christopher Martin, a communication junior from Albany, received a joint second place certificate for "sidebar writing" in the yearbook. Martin, who is the assistant editor for Southeastern's student newspaper "The Lion's Roar," also received a certificate of merit for his photography portfolio.
     Michael Dinino, Jr., an art sophomore from Prairieville, received a certificate of merit for his "division page design."
     Katelyn Robillard, a biology senior from Brusly, received a second place certificate for her "multi-page academic spread."
     Tony Romain, an art senior from Slidell, received a second place certificate for his "multi-page sports spread" and two certificates of merit for his "sports photography" and photography portfolio.
     Bryan Perissutti, a history senior from Slidell, received a third place certificate for his "sports feature writing."
     "Working on the "Le Souvenir" was a neat opportunity that exposed me to aspects of Southeastern I wouldn't otherwise have been able to experience," said Melancon. "The staff included many talented individuals who helped completing the yearbook both fun and very rewarding. I am honored to have been a part of the successes this yearbook has brought to those individuals and to Southeastern."
     The 2012-2013 Gold Circle Awards attracted nearly 16,000 entries from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. The awards are presented at the association's annual convention in New York City. The Gold Circle Awards recognize superior work by student journalists and are judged by a panel of experienced journalists and educators.
     The Columbia Scholastic Press Association was founded in 1925 to help unite student editors and faculty advisors to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. The association is affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

University Advancement receives award for student philanthropy initiatives
Swabbin for RobinSoutheastern's Office of University Advancement has received a Gold award in the 2013 Accolades competition, from District IV of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the national professional organization for advancement and fundraising professionals.
     The award, presented at CASE District IV's annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas, recognized Southeastern for three student philanthropy programs: Lion Legacy, Philanthropy Week and Swabbin' 4 Robin. These programs were started during the spring and fall semesters of 2012 as Southeastern's first-ever comprehensive set of initiatives designed to promote a spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among the undergraduate student body.
     "We wanted to create greater understanding among students of the role of donations in sustaining the high quality of the Southeastern student experience," said Jacki Bellairs, Southeastern's director of Annual Giving, "and also to instill in them a sense of giving back and volunteerism in service to others. Together, Lion Legacy, Philanthropy Week and Swabbin' 4 Robin created a powerful combination to realize these goals."
     Bellairs, along with Andrew Hickman, Mike Rivault and Dana Fischetti, attended the CASE IV conference to receive the award on behalf of University Advancement and Southeastern.

SWABBIN' 4 ROBIN – Southeastern physics major Anthony Degioia of Baton Rouge swabs his cheek while volunteer Shannon Matadobra assists at a Swabbin' 4 Robin event held in the university's Student Union on Feb. 6. The event was held to recruit potential bone marrow donors for leukemia and other blood diseases. Swabbin' 4 Robin is named in honor of Good Morning America anchor and Southeastern graduate Robin Roberts who underwent a bone marrow transplant several months ago.

Southeastern presents 12th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival
James CarterSoutheastern will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with a festival in his honor this month.
     The 12th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the deceased seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate, considered the most influential jazz pianist of his generation.
     Sponsored by Southeastern's Arts and Lectures Committee, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, this year's festival includes three events that are free and open to the public and features renowned saxophonist James Carter, one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation.
     Carter began playing saxophone at age 11, first recorded with a Detroit student ensemble in 1986 and, by 1991, had recorded with legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie. Carter is credited with helping propel jazz into the future over the past 25 years.
     The festival will include:
     The Alumni Jazz Ensemble, Monday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     A jazz masterclass with saxophonist James Carter, Thursday, May 2, 2 p.m., Pottle Band Room.
     James Carter and the Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II, Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     For more information, email Southeastern Saxophone and Jazz Instructor Richard Schwartz at

CPTP Programs on Campus in May and June
The following three professional development programs will be held on campus in May and June. To register for these classes, please email or call extension 5771 for more information.

CPTP Writing Performance Expectations (May 23, 8:15 – 11:30 a.m., University Center, room 139)
This half-day class will allow participants to develop the skills needed to write performance expectations to identify responsibilities, priorities and measurable goals. The course will also allow supervisors to engage employees in the expectations writing process and effectively link agency objectives with employee expectations of performance.

CPTP Clarifying Performance Expectations (May 23, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., University Center, room 139)
This half-day class will assist participants in developing the skills to discuss performance expectations with staff to identify responsibilities, priorities, and measurable objectives, as well as to gain individual support and commitment to the goals of the agency.

CPTP Providing Quality Service (June 18, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., University Center, room 139)
This one-day class provides a foundation that will help participants address the basic service needs of customers. Participants will learn how to assess individual situations to identify potential opportunities for providing good service. Participants will also learn specific strategies to help meet the needs of customers working with state government. Additionally, participants will learn strategies for dealing with difficult and challenging customers.

Southeastern's Delta Tau Delta Chapter earns national ranking
Delta Tau Delta receives awardFor the fifth consecutive year, the Southeastern Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta is the recipient of the prestigious Hugh Shields Award, presented to the top chapters in the country.
     The award is given annually to the top 10 chapters of Delta Tau Delta across the nation, said Chapter Advisor Gene Pregeant. The award is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations.
     "This is a direct representation of the men that we have in our organization – men who are committed to Delta Tau Delta and committed to Southeastern and our community," said Jeremy Troulliet of Ponchatoula, chapter president. "Our motto is 'Committed to Lives of Excellence' and our members try to live up to that every day."
     "The Hugh Shields recognition this year was particularly meaningful considering the chapter has received the award five times and is now allowed to retire the flag for permanent residence in their house," Pregeant said. "This is the third flag the Southeastern Chapter has retired in its 44 year history. Only four Delta Tau Delta chapters in the United States have won more than the 15 flags awarded to Southeastern – Iowa State leads with 22 flags followed by the University of Nebraska, Illinois Institute of Technology and Oklahoma State."
     The awards capped another impressive year for the brothers of Epsilon Phi, as their cumulative GPA was 3.074, placing them first among Southeastern fraternities.
     Community service projects for the fraternity during the year included their work for the national philanthropy JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Relay for Life and the local Humane Society. Campus service included work at the Southeastern Laboratory School and Chefs Evening, the university's largest fundraiser to enhance academic programming.
     Members of Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta include David Foster and Jayse Morgan, Albany; Lance Hardman, Oakdale; Landon Brown, Blaine McGowan, Joel Roberts, John Roberts Jr., Christopher Simoneaux, and Josh Stickling, Baton Rouge; Barrett Black and Ben Black, Central; Patrick Amie, Covington;  Forrest Friedman and Tyler Mellenthin, Denham Springs;  Blake Matherne and Brennen McAndrew, Hammond; Jeremy Stoufflet, Gretna; Jorge Franco, Kenner;  Marshall Paris, Lake Charles; Kevin LeJeune, Lakeland;  Hunter Robinson, Luling; Chad Mouledous and Blake Thomas, Mandeville; Elliot Barcelona, Marrero; Julian Ellis, Maurepas; Blake Borgstede, Metairie;  Dante Bidwell and Sean Payton, New Orleans; Seth Hebert, Nick Nelson and Jeremy Troulliet, Ponchatoula;  Evan Fiore, Quinn Fiore, Scott Harpster, Garrett Hollingsworth, Logan Kadinger, Jordan Leggett, Carson Songy, and Oliver Young Hernandez, Slidell; Ross Tomko, Walker; Matthew Hein, Garden Grove, CA;  Justin Williamson, Waldorf, Md.; and Jacob Bellairs, Lexington, Va. New members include Grayson Jackson, Baton Rouge; Logan Chaplain, Chalmette; and Zach Edwards, Livingston.
     Assistant Advisors for Epsilon Phi Chapter are Brad Bergeron, Hans Oberschmidt, Gary Prescott, and Anthony Ranatza.

Southeastern professor claims standardized testing creating 'toxic environment' in schools
James KiryloWith standardized testing finally coming to an end in most districts, schools across the nation are exhaling a collective breath of relief.
     After weeks of rigorous test preparation, anxiety-inducing practice, pep rallies and other contrived motivational activities, teachers and students are finally being liberated from the standardized testing rituals that have become an annual rite of passage each spring.
     To Southeastern Education Professor James D. Kirylo, standardized testing has facilitated "an incredibly toxic environment in our schools and in our discourse about education, ultimately turning schools from learning centers to testing factories."
     That emphasis on standardized testing has corrupted the focus on learning, he added, turning school-aged children into "experimental pawns."
     "No doubt, the stakes are perversely high," said Kirylo, who writes prolifically about schools and education. "These singular tests determine, presumably, whether or not students are  learning; whether or not teachers are effective; whether or not students will be subjected to boring skill and drill summer sessions; whether or not they will pass on to the next grade level; and ultimately how schools are rated. Likewise, teachers and principals will be faced with either job insecurity or celebrated with public praise."
     According to Kirylo, the emphasis on standardized testing has resulted in students being objectified and curricula becoming disturbingly narrowed.
     "We're in an environment where conversations among policy-makers, politicians and opportunists are talking about school reform using the language of competition, product, performance and outcome," said Kirylo, last year's recipient of Southeastern's Award for Excellence in Research. "We have created a system that inherently creates winners and losers."
     That approach generates an atmosphere geared to winning at any costs, including the strong possibility of cheating. Kirylo said it should be no surprise that something like the recently discovered elaborate standardized testing cheating scheme in Atlanta occurred. That fraudulent activity involved the participation of teachers, administrators and a nationally recognized superintendent.
     "Cheating is quite common and widespread," he added. "We all want to win, and many will seek to win by any means necessary. This is true in the history of sports, the corporate world and now in education."
     Kirylo, a former Louisiana Elementary School Teacher of the Year, said many in positions of power are so focused on raising test scores, they lose sight of the ultimate goal of whether or not children are learning.
     "As a result, there is no authentic concern about addressing the social economic, emotional or psychological disposition children bring to school; no care in finding solutions for over-crowded classrooms, and no care whether these tests are appropriate," he explained. "There is only one goal in mind, and that is to win; winning means high test scores, monetary awards and recognition.
     "Schools don't exist to win, they exist to be places of learning," Kirylo added. "The task of the educator is not to compete with other educators, but to cooperate, collaborate and work together to lift all children up. Our children don't attend school to pass a test; they attend school to learn. Unfortunately, our sick educational climate continues to inappropriately test our children out of learning."
     Kirylo serves on the editorial boards of The Association for Childhood Education International and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
Tickets on sale for May 4 'Bunko for Basketball — Disco Bunko!'
Tickets are now on sale for the sixth annual "Bunko for Basketball," a scholarship fundraiser for the Southeastern Louisiana University Lady Lion basketball program. Sponsored by the Lady Lions' mentoring and support group PRIDE, Bunko for Basketball is Saturday, May 4 at Twelve Oaks.
     This year's event has a fun "Disco Bunko" theme. Doors at Twelve Oaks will open at 6 p.m., with Bunko games beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and $200 for a table of four. Guests will enjoy dinner from 6-7 p.m., complimentary beverages and a silent auction.
     Bunko for Basketball tickets can be obtained from PRIDE members and at the Lion Athletics ticket office in the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics, 800 Galloway Drive, and the Lady Lion Basketball office, room 106 in the University Center, 800 W. University Ave. For information call 345-8133 or 549-LION.
     In addition to the reserved table option, Lady Lion Head Coach Lori Davis Jones said sponsorships are also available for businesses or individuals who want to show their support for the Lady Lions.
     "Bunko for Basketball has become a huge hit in our community – all for a good cause, the PRIDE Scholarship fund," said Jones. "The game is fun and easy to play, and you'll have the opportunity to meet our terrific players, bid on some really special auction items and have a wonderful time with your friends while rocking to some great disco tunes provided by our friends at KSLU."
     Jones said since 2007, Bunko has raised more than $98,500 for the Pride Scholarship, which provides Lady Lion student-athletes with financial support for post sports eligibility coursework. To date, seven Lady Lions have completed their degrees with the scholarship's assistance.
     For information on Bunko for Basketball and tickets, contact PRIDE Chair Patsy Causey, 345-8133, or the Lady Lion basketball office, 549-3744.

Southeastern opens new Student Tech Center with expanded hours and services
Student Technology CenterA new one-stop shop for student technology needs is now operating at Southeastern, offering students access to equipment, extended hours, and 24-hour technical assistance by phone and e-mail.
     The Student Technology Center, located in Fayard Hall next to the War Memorial Student Union, was developed in response to student requests for greater access.  Funded by Southeastern's Student Tech Fee, the center is now open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
     The facility houses 74 individual computer stations and several color laser printers and is serving nearly 500 students per day. Staff attribute the large uptick in visitors to the lab's convenient location near the Student Union and the increase in hours.
     "The larger center and its new location are good for students," said STC student worker Brianna Pugh. Student Chance Travis called the new facility "quiet and a good place to get work done."
     In addition to computer access, students can receive 24/7 technical assistance by telephone and email at the center's Help Desk. The Help Desk is also available for in-person assistance with printing, Moodle, Blackboard, LEONet, Gmail, Internet access, telecourses and general Southeastern account information. Free one-on-one technical training sessions are offered to both enrolled students and staff.
"Our intent was to create a student-centered, user-friendly operation," said university Chief Information Officer Mike Asoodeh. "The students are funding this service through their fees, so we wanted to ensure we meet their technological needs through a consumer-driven model."
     The STC also provides an equipment checkout service, called Mane Media, in which students can rent laptops, digital cameras, video recorders, projects and tripods for up to seven consecutive days. Faculty sponsorship is required to access the equipment.

College of Education to present lecture
The College of Education will present the lecture School Law Update: New Reporting Responsibilities for Child Abuse by Dr. Raymond Fink on May 2.
     As part of the Issues in Contemporary Education Series, the lecture is scheduled from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m., in the TEC Lecture Hall, room 1002. The presentation will last one hour, with the last 15 minutes dedicated to Q&A.
     To RSVP, contact Dr. Kathy Campbell at

Southeastern's Division of Extended Studies announces camp registration
The Division of Extended Studies at Southeastern announces camp registration for Summer Day Camp 2013, Zoom into Careers and Art Camp beginning April 22.
     Space is limited for all camps, and applications will be accepted online, by phone at 985-549-2301, fax at 985-549-5078 or by visiting the Extended Studies office in the University Center, room 103.
     Southeastern's Summer Day Camp includes a variety of activities, such as physical fitness, recreational games and academic activities for boys and girls pre-k through sixth grade. Campers must be five years old by the end of December 2013.
     "In addition to recreational activities such as swimming, campers may choose to participate in a variety of cultural and academic activities such as "music sampling" with Southeastern's Community Music School and "financial fitness" from Southeastern's Economic Education Collaborative," said Tom Dawsey, Summer Day Camp director.
     Associate Directors Louis Dugas, Southeastern instructor for health and physical teacher education, and Tanya Hammons, Livingston Parish dual language pre-k instructor, bring a wealth of recreational and child care experience to the enhanced 2013 Summer Day Camp. Dugas and Hammons will oversee daily camp operations, activities, and counselors. Camp counselors are trained graduate and undergraduate students from Southeastern's programs in education and kinesiology.
     Four sessions will be offered this summer: Session 1- May 28-June 7, Session 2- June 10-21, Session 3- June 24- July 12, with the week of July 1 off, and Session 4- July 15-26. The cost of each two-week session is $220. Daily camp activities will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children may be dropped off for pre-camp activities beginning at 7:30 a.m. and pick up will be 5 p.m.
     For older students, Zoom into Careers early bird registration discount is still underway through April 26.  Zoom into Careers junior high and high school workshops include 14 career exploration workshops: Zoom into Animation, Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health Care Administration, Industrial and Engineering Technology, Kinesiology, Moviemaking, Photography, Radio, Television, Theatre, Web Design, and Welding. For more information and to catch the early bird discount, visit
     Also, children ages 5-14 are invited to participate in Art Camp this July.  Students will enjoy creating a variety of artwork using different media such as Crayola's Model Magic, mixed media collages, stencils, paint painting, and nature prints. Art Camp will be held from July 8-18, Monday through Thursday with sessions in the morning from 9:30-11 a.m. or afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m. Southeastern Instructor Kim Finley and art education students will teach each session. The cost of the camp is $60.
     For more information or to register online, visit or call 985-549-2301. Online registration will be available for the Summer Day Camp and Zoom into Careers only. Printable applications for both the day camp and art workshop can be dropped off at the University Center, room 103 or mailed to Extended Studies, SLU 10858, Hammond, La. 70402.

Alpha Omicron Pi service project cheers pediatric patients
AOPi donates bearsAn annual service project of the Southeastern chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity brings cheer to children during hospital stays at North Oaks Medical Center. Members recently delivered 21 hand-stuffed, plush panda bears (the fraternity's mascot) to the hospital.
     Presentation participants included, front row, from left, Alpha Omicron Pi members Paris Commander, Alaina Varnadore, Shelby Clement, Morgan Silvey and Katherine Weimer; back row, from left, North Oaks Women & Children's Director Kirsten Constantino; Alpha Omicron Pi members Alexa Verbois, Tiffany Rudesill, Hailey Cothern, Katie Bailey and Katie Evans; and North Oaks Women & Children's Services Unit Secretary Terri Hinshaw.

Ceramics Club sale
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will have its annual spring pottery sale Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7, at the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. All works are made by faculty and students. For more information, call the visual arts department.

Southeastern offers computer/robotics summer camp
Southeastern will offer a one-week summer camp in computing and robotics for middle and high school students July 22-26.
     Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology in a partnership with the software development firm Geocent, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is priced at $25, which includes lunch each day.
     Application deadline is July 5 and space is limited. An application form can be obtained on the department's website,
     Department Head Sebastian van Delden said students will have the opportunity to work in teams to design projects they will then build and program under the guidance of Southeastern faculty.
     "The students will be using the popular NXT Mindstorm robotic system to learn the basics of computer programming in Java as well as basic engineering, industrial technology and safety," van Delden said.
     While students will be involved with mostly hands-on activities, the camp will also include lectures, guest presentations and demonstrations by Southeastern faculty and Geocent representatives, as well as tours of Southeastern's labs and facilities. Students who attend every day and actively participate in the program will be eligible to win a free IPad Mini on the final day of the camp.
     "This is a great opportunity for young people to work together in teams and to learn more about science and technology in a fun, activity-filled atmosphere," van Delden said. "We appreciate the sponsorship of Geocent, which allows us to present this camp at a very economical price."
     Geocent is a software engineering and technology company that services a wide variety of government agencies and industries. Based in Metairie, the company has offices in Baton Rouge, Charleston, and at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Extended Studies news

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

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
US Army War College Eisenhower program returns to Southeastern

Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern alumni to discuss media ethics

Higher ed funding on shaky ground (editorial)

Science Daily
Standardized testing creates 'toxic environment in schools, professor says

This Week in Fine and Performing Arts
April 24
Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Southeastern Dance Spring Concert, Vonnie Borden Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Let's Talk Art Lecture Series: Timothy Silva, instructor of Art History, "Caravaggio: A Cry in the Dark," Hammond Regional Art Center, 5 p.m.

April 25
Southeastern Wind Symphony with guest Ivan Rutherford, tenor, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Call 985-543-4371 for ticket information.

April 25 through May 15
Senior Art Exhibition, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery (opening reception:  Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.)

April 26
Fiona Allen, senior voice recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Brent Goodrich, senior voice recital, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

April 29
Bill Evans Jazz Festival: Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble, 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 tennis and golf teams will compete for Southland Conference championships, the softball team will celebrate Senior Day, while the baseball and track programs will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion tennis team (21-2) heads into this week's Southland Conference Tournament in Beaumont, Texas as the top seed after winning the fourth Southland Conference regular season championship in school history. Southeastern will face Central Arkansas on Friday at 2 p.m. in the opening round. Should the Lions get past UCA, they will face the winner of the first round match between No. 4 Northwestern State and No. 5 Stephen F. Austin in Saturday's 2 p.m. semifinals. The semifinal victors will meet in Sunday's tournament final with the winner earning the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
     The Southeastern golf team will be looking to secure its fourth straight NCAA Regional bid this week, when it competes in the Southland Conference Championships in McKinney, Texas. The tournament runs Monday through Wednesday at the Stoneridge Ranch Country Club with play opening at 8 a.m. each day. Live results will be available at and the tournament champion receives an automatic spot in the NCAA Regionals.
     The Southeastern softball team (28-18, 10-11 Southland) will close its 2013 home schedule this weekend, hosting Northwestern State for a three-game Southland Conference series. The series opens with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday. Seniors Kelsey Nichols, Katie Doyle, Kati Morse, Kayla Elswick, Kenna Terry and Michelle Duhe will be honored prior to Sunday's home finale. With two series remaining, Southeastern has a half-game lead over Nicholls State for the sixth and final spot in next month's Southland Conference Tournament.
     The Lion baseball team (26-15, 9-6 Southland) has four games on the schedule this week. Southeastern opens the week on the road, facing Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Lions then return home to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game Southland Conference series at Alumni Field. The series opens with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday and continues with a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday. Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m.
     Several promotions will also be held in conjunction with the series versus the Islanders. Friday will be $5 Friday, as delicious crawfish pasta and non-alcoholic beverage will be available for just $5. Saturday, we'll be playing Bingo at the Ballpark, as 20 fans will walk away with prizes courtesy of Southeastern Athletics. Sunday is Academy Family Sunday in the Park, sponsored by Academy Sports and Outdoors. Children ages 12 and under can enjoy Roomie's Kid Zone and will have the opportunity to join the Lions on the field for the national anthem. After the game, kids can run the bases and receive autographs from the Lion baseball team.
     After posting several individual wins at last week's Southeastern Invitational, the men's and women's track and field teams will look to head into next month's Southland Conference Indoor Championships on a high note. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Samford Multi Invitational III, which runs Friday and Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.
     All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and at, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access live video of all of this week's home baseball and softball games. Friday's game will also air on a tape delay on the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18).

Monday, April 22
Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23
Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, 8 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24
Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, McKinney, Texas, 8 a.m.
Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6 p.m. (KSLU)

Friday, April 26
Women's Tennis, vs. Central Arkansas (SLC Tournament – First Round), Beaumont, Texas, 2 p.m.
Baseball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
     - $5 Fridays (Select food item and non-alcoholic beverage for $5)

Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Samford Multi Invitational III, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

Saturday, April 27
Women's Tennis, SLC Tournament Semifinals, Beaumont, Texas, 2 p.m.
Baseball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Bingo at the Ballpark

Softball, vs. Northwestern State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Bingo at the Ballpark

Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Samford Multi Invitational III, Birmingham, Ala., All Day

Sunday, April 28
Women's Tennis, SLC Tournament Finals, Beaumont, Texas, 2 p.m.
Baseball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
     - Academy Family Sunday in the Park

Softball, vs. Northwestern State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day

Southeastern home events in bold

* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
Dr. Chad Pearson (Sims Library) led a roundtable discussion, "Celebrating Cybrarian: Salvaging the Role of the Librarian in Information Searching" and Beth Stahr (Sims Library) presented a poster, "The Bully in the Library" at the Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference in Indianapolis on April 11 and 12.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the LSU Philosophy Graduate Students Association on March 8 in Baton Rouge. On April 8, she was the guest speaker for a public lecture in Lafayette sponsored by the ULL chapter of the Secular Student Alliance. On April 14, she spoke at the Reason on the Bayou rally at LSU, also sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (Nursing) had her work in 3D multiuser virtual environments (MUVE) published in the peer-reviewed journal, Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice. The journal article, titled "Using a Multiuser Virtual to Facilitate Nursing Journal Clubs: A Mixed-Methods Study," disseminates the findings of a funded pilot study conducted in Second Life, the largest and oldest MUVE in use. She is a currently disseminating study findings and working on a manuscript for another funded project, Peer Storytelling Among Oncology Nurses, which was also facilitated using the Second Life virtual environment, and she continues to explore opportunities that use technology to enhance evidence-based practice for health care providers.
     Caleb Delaune, a junior majoring physics, attended the 245th ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting April 7-11 held at New Orleans and presented his undergraduate research done with Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) as a poster, titled "Micellization of Small Biomolecules: Molecular Dynamics Simulation."
     The article "News from the Boot(h): Community Outreach and Educational Objectives of an Italian–Language Radio Show in the USA," by Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) appeared in the volume "Italian Outside Italy – The Situation in Canada, USA and in the English-Speaking World." The article emphasizes the twofold objective of Dr. Fiumara's weekly KSLU radio show Caffè Italia, which, apart from contributing to the promotion and the preservation of the language and culture of the Old Country, aims to promote students' cultural awareness and linguistic competence through their active involvement in its creation and production. Caffe Italia is produced weekly on Southeastern's KSLU and can be heard every Sunday at 8 pm on the 90.9 FM dial and on


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