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Convocation launches new academic year
Southeastern launched the 2013-14 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday (Aug. 16) at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The convocation included a state of the university address by President John L. Crain and the presentation of the President's Awards for Excellence, the university's highest faculty and staff honors, as well as recognition of service of faculty and staff who have been with the university for 25, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years.
Also recognized were faculty tenure and promotions, emeritus faculty designations and donors who have established newly endowed professorships and scholarships.
Emeritus Faculty Awards were presented to the following: Emily Bond, Professor Emeritus of Nursing; Barbara Hyde, Professor Emeritus of Nursing; Bonnie Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Sociology; and Randy Moffett, President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Education.
Recognition of scholarships and professorships was given to The Doug Douglas Endowed Professorship in Innovative Teaching, The Joyce Junghans Endowed Professorship in Finance, The Joyce Junghans Endowed Professorship in Accounting, The Steve Cosse'/Murphy Oil First Generation Scholarship, and The Myra LaRue First Generation Scholarship.
The university also unveiled its newly-redesigned web site, which will be launched after Labor Day.
1) Carrie Robinson , far left, of the Louisiana Board of Regents presents a check for $200,000 for Endowed Professorships to Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale and President John L. Crain.
2) President John L. Crain recognizes Thomas Hogan for 50 years of service to the university.
3) Joyce Maynor is presented with a Southeastern blazer for 40 years of service to the university.
4) Mildred Bryant and Richard Louth are recognized for 35 years of service to the university.
5) From left, Keith Bancroft, Sid Guedry, Jr., Diana Laurent, and William Robison are presented with Southeastern watches for 30 years of service to the university.
6) Recognized for 25 years of service to the university were, from left, Timothy Baldwin, Elizabeth Berry, David Busekist, Norman German, David Hanson, Mary Lacour, Brian O'Callaghan, Thomas Lacour, Jr., Edgar Reyes, Mary Mocsary, and Camille Moniotte. Congratulating them is President John L. Crain.
Southeastern faculty, staff honored with President's Award for Excellence
Five members of the Southeastern faculty and staff were honored with the President's Award for Excellence, the university's highest honor for employees, at Southeastern's annual fall convocation on Friday (Aug. 16).
Receiving the awards were Jacqueline Guendouzi of Covington, the Knights of Babylon Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Excellence in Research; David Wyld of Hammond, the C.E. Laborde Professor of Management, Excellence in Teaching; Alissa Mercurio Rowe of Mandeville, assistant professor and director of choral activities in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Excellence in Artistic Activity; Joseph Burns of Hammond, professor of communication, Excellence in Faculty Service; and Marcus McMillian of Hammond, Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service.
A linguist, Guendouzi studies how people process language, applying her resesarch to children, adults and people with brain injuries and dysfunctions. Her field of study also includes gender differences in how men and women use language and communicate. A native of Great Britain, she joined the Southeastern faculty in 2001. She is the author of the book "Discourse Approaches to Dementia" and is currently collaborating on projects with colleagues in the United States, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Wyld was honored with his second' President's Award, having received the award for excellence in research in 1998. Recognized as an innovator in teaching and willing to try new approaches to reach his students, he places significant effort in keeping courses highly relevant to modern business content and utilizing modern technology and social media as part of instruction. He has been instrumental in helping students get their papers published on the Internet, which helps those students improve their chances for employment.
Rowe is the conductor of the Southeastern Concert Choir and has performed as a soprano soloist nationally and internationally. A member of Southeastern's music program since 2002, she currently serves as president of the Louisiana American Choral Directors Association. Last year, she was recognized as the St. Tammany Parish Musical Artist of the Year. Her colleagues praise her natural gift of motivating and inspiring her students to strive for excellence and achieve their highest potential and artistry.
The graduate coordinator for the Organizational Communication program, Burns has been a member of the faculty since 1999. Early in his tenure, he became involved in the Faculty Senate, serving the group as its webmaster, vice president, and as president for two years. As a former radio disc jockey, Burns is particularly known as the developer and main host of Rock School, a weekly program on KSLU, Southeastern's FM radio station, which has been recognized with two International Communicator Awards for Excellence.
McMillian is the student technology services coordinator in the Office of Technology and a 2003 graduate of Southeastern's computer science program. McMillian works in several volunteer capacities, serving as an advisor for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and mentoring at-risk children and young men through his church. On his own time, Mr. McMillian underwent police training and currently serves as a reserve deputy with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. He is a member of the Sheriff Office's Cyber Crimes Task Force, working numerous sting operations to put child predators behind bars. For his efforts, he was recognized by the Sheriff's Office as the Coordinator of the Year in 2011.
RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE – Southeastern President John L. Crain, right, recognized faculty and staff with the President's Award for Excellence at the university's annual Convocation Friday. Honored were, from left, David Wyld, Excellence in Teaching; Jacqueline Guendouzi, Excellence in Research; Alissa Mercurio Rowe, Excellence in Artistic Activity; Joseph Burns, Excellence in Faculty Service; and Marcus McMillian, Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service.
Full time and retired faculty and staff to receive season ticket discount for football
Southeastern full time and retired faculty and staff can receive a 20% discount on football season tickets. Call the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at 985-549-5466 for details.
The fifth annual Lionpawlooza was held Friday night (Aug. 16) as part of downtown Hammond's Hot August Night. The event included Lions Fan Day and the traditional pep rally, which launched the Lions' 2013-14 athletics season.
1) Head Football Coach Ron Roberts address the crowd and builds excitement with members of his team to officially kick-off the 2013-14 athletic season.
2) Members of the cheerleading squad lead the crowd in Southeastern cheers and chants to build enthusiasm.
Students begin college career with Traditions at Southeastern
Southeastern students will once again have the opportunity to begin a new semester getting to know their peers and all that the university has to offer thanks to "Traditions."
"Traditions provides new and returning students with various programming and information to assist them in making Southeastern their home away from home," said Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates. "Students have the opportunity through Traditions to get to know each other and the campus and become comfortable with the routine of campus life.
"Students who become engaged with their institution early in their college careers generally perform better academically and socially," added Yates. "We see this as a way of engaging new and returning students at Southeastern."
Traditions began Sunday, Aug. 18, with Move-In Mane-ia, where students checked in at their designated move-in time and receive Traditions materials. Additionally on Sunday, the students enjoyed a luau, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, with Lion Legacy and Southeastern's student organizations.
On Monday, Aug. 19, University Housing, Hall Council and Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness hosted a Fiesta Party at 7:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
On Tuesday, Aug. 20, students will be able to participate in concurrent activities happening all over campus, such as a pastalya lunch, bar-b-q socials and volleyball tournament. These events will be hosted by recognized student organizations.
Also on Tuesday the Student Government Association presents Grubin' Lion Style, which is co-sponsored by Campus Dining and the Center for Student Excellence. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cayman Café. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy free lunch with student leaders and get to know university administrators and academic advisors.
Tuesday features with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in Friendship Circle. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Athletics, Strawberry Jam is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. and includes music provided by a DJ, free pizza and drinks, t-shirts and giveaways.
Traditions will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 21, the first day of classes, with First Day Q&A. Scheduled at 7 a.m. in the Student Union Mall, students can stop by the Traditions tent to get answers to all their first day questions.
For more information about Traditions, go to southeastern.edu/traditions.
Professor receives Distinguished Herpetology Award
Southeastern snake and salamander expert David Sever has been honored with the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year Award presented by the international association Herpetologists' League.
Sever, the Kenneth Dyson Endowed Professor and former head of the Department of Biological Sciences, was presented the award at the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held recently in Alberquerque, N.M. At the meeting Sever presented an invited address and has been asked to author the lead paper in a future issue of the League's journal "Herpetologica."
"The recognition of Dr. Sever as the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year is well-deserved," said Christopher Beachy, head of the Department of Biological Sciences. "Sever's international expertise in reproductive anatomy of vertebrates is unquestioned. In terms of number of scientific publications and grants, he is simply prolific. It is difficult to name anyone who has written and worked more in this area. From my perspective as a professional and as editor of a journal that publishes herpetological work, I consider Dr. Sever one of the most important salamander biologists in history."
A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2004, Sever is known widely for his research into the sexual characteristics of salamanders and snakes. He is the recipient of several National Science Foundation Grants and co-edited the text "Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes," a heavily illustrated 759-page text.
HERPETOLOGY HONORS – David Sever, professor and former head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern, handles a copperhead snake used in his research. Sever was honored with the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year Award presented by the Herpetologists' League, an international association.
Southeastern counseling programs accredited
Three counseling programs at Southeastern have been nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The programs, each leading to a master of education degree, are concentrations in clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; and school counseling. Each was approved by CACREP for eight years through 2021. The programs are offered through the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the Department of Health and Human Sciences.
“Accreditation represents affirmation by a national body that these programs meet the standards of quality and demonstrate a commitment to the highest academic standards,” said Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “It is an important part of the reputation of a program, and it is what students frequently look to when selecting a program for advanced study.”
The accreditation decision was based on a self-study of the programs performed by the institution, an extensive review of the programs by the CACREP Board of Directors and a site visit by CACREP reviewers.
Beachy named head of Biology
Christopher K. Beachy has been named head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern.
Previously a professor of biology at Minot State University in Minot, N.D., since 2005, Beachy specializes in herpetology with a particular interest in salamanders. A member of the faculty there since 1998, he served as chair of the Department of Biology from 2004 to 2007. He has also served on the faculties at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.
"We are delighted that such an accomplished scholar and educator as Dr. Beachy has chosen to lead the Department of Biological Sciences," said Daniel McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology. "I am confident that his energy and talents will prove to be a great asset to the department, especially for our students."
"I am excited about the opportunity here at Southeastern," said Beachy. "The biology faculty at Southeastern is well recognized for the good scientific work they do, and I see my role as helping them make things happen, including finding new and diverse funding opportunities."
The current editor of "Copeia," the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Beachy serves on the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Society. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and lectures widely at symposiums and scientific meetings. At Minot State, he was named the Faculty of the Semester in 2006, awarded the Essence of Excellence Award in 2004, and received the Minot Board of Regents Faculty Achievement Award as Professor of the Year. In 1993, he was named Professor of the Year at Jamestown College.
A resident of Hammond, Beachy holds a doctorate in environmental and evolutionary biology from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, a master's degree from Western Carolina University, and a bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center to host Lion Cub Fan Day
The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in downtown Hammond will host Southeastern’s Lion Cub Fan Day for the university’s littlest fans on Friday, August 23.
The event is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will feature members of the Lions Football Team, Lionettes and cheerleaders who will lead the children present in various activities, including cheer and chant practice, Lion artwork and storytelling with Lion and football themes.
“Every month at the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center we host several fun and educational programs where the children and the adults can learn different things while playing,” said Anette Kirylo, executive director. “We are very excited to support and host the Southeastern Lions Cub Fan Day.
“There are not many chances where a child gets an opportunity to interact and be so close to a real football player,” she added, “so we are very excited to meet the players and learn from the whole team. It’s going to be such a fun time!”
Kirylo said the children will also have the opportunity to take pictures, receive an autograph, play and maybe even have the team show off some of their secret football moves and plays.
Every child will receive a Lion giveaway and posters. Some lucky little Lions will take home special prizes too. Additionally, parents will have the opportunity to save $160 on the purchase of the Family Pack Tickets for the Lion football season. The Family Pack is $200 for two adult and two youth tickets in general admission and select reserved bleacher sections for all six homegames. Thursday, Aug. 29, is the Lion’s home opener.
For more information about Lion Cub Fan Day, contact Kirylo at 340-9150. For more information about Lion Football tickets call 549-5466.
Southeastern inks agreement with Panama's Free Trade Zone
Southeastern is the first U.S. university to enter into an agreement with the Free Trade Zone of Colon, Panama, making the university the zone’s educational partner.
The agreement, signed by College of Business Dean Randy Settoon and Luis G. Gomez, president of the Free Trade Zone Association of Colon, will provide opportunities for executive and professional development for the zone’s more than 3,000 international companies, their executives and 33,000 workers. Other opportunities, according to Settoon, include exchange programs, international internships and trade missions with the second largest free trade zone in the world.
The zone has imports and exports surpassing $5 billion annually and a market of more than 525 million consumers in Central and South America and the Caribbean.
“We are pleased to have Southeastern as a partner,” said Gomez at the signing in early August in Colon. “It will provide a new dimension for the association to expand activities for their member corporations and for the country of Panama.”
Settoon noted the Southeastern College of Business has provided professional development training for business and governments in Central America and has served as a liaison for trade missions over the past decade through its Hispanic Business Institute. He said the new agreement opens the door for greater opportunities for Southeastern students and faculty, especially those interested in international business.
Aristides Baraya, director of the Hispanic Business Institute, said the institute’s mission is to create venues for active engagement between business leaders in Louisiana, Latin America and Southeastern’s business students and faculty.
“This partnership is another of many we have forged with the purpose of creating an appreciation of the diversity of culture, business practice and the importance of social responsibility,” he said.
“To be considered the zone’s educational partner and to provide unique learning experiences first-hand through joint activities with our new international corporate partners – at one of the most strategic points along the global trade route – is without a doubt something of which we are very proud,” Settoon added.
EXCHANGE AGREEMENT REACHED – College of Business Dean Randy Settoon, right, and Luis G. Gomez, president of the Colon Free Trade Zone Association, sign a memorandum of understanding that establishes a cooperative program between the two groups. The agreement provides for Southeastern to offer executive and professional development opportunities for the zone’s international companies, executives and workers.
Southeastern professor receives Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant
Cynthia Elliot, a professor in the Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning, has been awarded a 2013 literacy grant of $2,500 from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
Elliot, who has taught at Southeastern for 18 years, is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award and was the 2011 recipient of the Southeastern President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
The grant, Elliot said, will be used to support the Imagination Library Project, an early literacy initiative. As part of the project, children living in Tangipahoa Parish will receive a new, age-appropriate book in the mail each month. The program encourages parents to read with their children during the preschool years and aims to foster a love of reading.
“The Phi Kappa Phi grant is a wonderful contribution to the larger Tangipahoa community endeavor to provide young children from birth to age five with their own library, at no cost to the family, regardless of income. The Imagination Library Project has an early literacy focus with support from various agencies in Tangipahoa Parish,” she said. “Once the project begins in Tangipahoa Parish, the hope is that the children will be served for many years to come. It would be awesome for the Imagination Library opportunity to become part of the early literacy culture for the community.”
Elliot said the Imagination Library Coalition includes the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, the Department of Teaching and Learning at Southeastern, Child Advocacy Services, the Hammond Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, Tangipahoa Parish Schools, Hammond City Court, Leaders Impacting Tomorrow's Leaders (LITT), and Regina Coeli Head Start.
“The university is pleased to be a part of such an important early literacy initiative in the community,” Elliot added.
The Imagination Library Coalition is in the process of raising $25,000 to begin the program this fall. For one child to receive books for one year the cost is $30. The total cost per child for five years is $150, which will enable a child to receive a new book every month until his or her fifth birthday, Elliot said.
To make a donation, contact Jamie Burchfield at the United Way Tangipahoa regional office, 985-264-5344.
The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants program was initiated in 2003 to provide an opportunity for campus chapters and individual members to champion literacy initiatives in their communities. Drawing from a multi-disciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.
Truitt to serve as President of Louisiana Association of Colleges and Employers
Keri Truitt, assistant director of student employment in Southeastern’s Office of Career Services, has been inducted as president of the Louisiana Association of Colleges and Employers (LACE) for the 2013-2014 year.
“LACE provides a meaningful connection between members of college career services and employer representatives who recruit on college campuses,” Truitt said. “The primary purpose of LACE is to afford professionals opportunities to discuss issues, trends and best practices within their professions, to support the relationships between colleges and employers and to create relationships that encourage the free exchange of ideas related to recruiting and hiring in Louisiana.”
A Southeastern alumnus with a master of education degree in counselor education, Truitt has served in her current position at Southeastern for five years and has also served LACE as the Technology Chair and President-Elect.
A resident of Baton Rouge, she holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from LSU.
Industrial Technology receives donation from alumnus
The Department of Industrial Technology has received a donation of various cemented carbide machining inserts from Corey J. Anderson.
Anderson is a former student of the industrial technology program and is now an operations specialist with Deepwater Gulf of Mexico S.B.U. / Chevron North America. He and his father were the owners of Corbil Inc., which has since closed due to the retirement of his father. Corbil Inc. was a distributor of machining inserts and tooling on the northshore.
“We are very thankful to have alumni who are constantly trying to promote and help the IT program and our students,” said Instructor of Industrial Technology Anthony Blakeney.
The inserts will be used in the Machine Tool Course (IT 351) and CAD/CAM IT 442. The estimated value of the inserts is over $11,000.
Southeastern in the news
Professor Hyde honored by Historical Foundation
Williams named interim director of SLU Lab School
Longtime educator returns to school for Southeastern
UL System President: No whining, SLU will operate within cuts
Friday's convocation launches new academic year at SLU
Beachy named head of biology
Lions fan day, pep rally set August 16
Historical association honors SLU's Hyde
Lab school names interim director
SLU programs get accreditation
SLU offers QuickBooks program
SLU professor receives $2,500 literacy grant
SLU's Truitt named to lead state group
Coral sightings in Crowley high but not an outbreak
Dayne Sherman Blog
We have a leadership crisis
Hammond Daily Star
Layoff notices sent to Southeastern employees
Student Union slated for completion in '14
UL System President speaks at Kiwanis
Thousands enjoy Hot August Night
Crain address faculty at 2013 convocation
NBC 33 (Baton Rouge)
Southeastern students worried about layoffs
Southeastern links with Panama Free Trade Zone
N.O. Times Picayune
Back to school Scorcher Torcher planned Aug. 16 at Southeastern
‘Stop outs’ sought to complete college degrees
This Week in Athletics
The 2013-14 Southeastern Athletics season officially opens this week with the first women’s soccer match on Friday.
The Lady Lions will open the season under the lights, hosting Jackson State at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. LionVision subscribers will be able to view a live stream of the match at LionSports.net. Admission is free to all Southeastern home soccer matches.There are also several off the field events to help kickoff the 2013-14 season. On Tuesday, Southeastern Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs partner to present Strawberry Jam at 6 p.m. in Friendship Circle.
The first 1,000 students will receive free t-shirts and free pizza will also be served. The event opens with a 6 p.m. pep rally. Head football coach Ron Roberts will address the student body, followed by the introduction of the other teams and head coaches.
After the pep rally, pizza will be served and various interactive activities will be available for students. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with Southeastern student-athletes and coaches.
The Louisiana Children's Discovery Center in downtown Hammond will host Southeastern Louisiana University's Lion Cub Fan Day for the university's littlest fans on Friday.
The event is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. and will feature members of the Lions Football Team, Lionettes and cheerleaders who will lead the children present in various activities, including cheer and chant practice, Lion artwork and storytelling with Lion and football themes.
Also on Friday, the Touchdown Club, the Southeastern Louisiana football program’s arm of the Lion Athletics Association, will kick off its 2013 membership drive with its first event at 6 p.m. in the Football Squad Room in the Dugas Center.
The event is free with food and drinks served. All current Touchdown Club members and prospective members are encouraged to attend. Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts and his staff will give an official preview of the 2013 season.
Attendees will also be able to enjoy a tour of the football facilities. Many of the improvements were the results of the commitment shown by the membership of the Touchdown Club.
For ticket information on all Southeastern athletic events, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-LION (5466) or visit LionSports.net.
Tuesday, August 20
Strawberry Jam, Friendship Circle, 6 p.m.
Friday, August 23
Women’s Soccer, vs. Jackson State, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
Lion Cub Fan Day, Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, 5 p.m.
Touchdown Club Kickoff, Football Squad Room – Dugas Center, 6 p.m.
Southeastern home events in bold
Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented “A Rebel Blitzkrieg Stumbles: Command Decisions in the Baton Rouge Campaign of 1862” for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Speaker Series sponsored by the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area in partnership with the National Park Service and the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen on Thursday, Aug. 8. Elliott is also leading “Remembering the War of the Rebellion: Sesquicentennial Readings in First-person Civil War Narratives,” a three week discussion program sponsored by the Lehmann Institute of American History in partnership with the Assumption Parish Library in Napoleonville on Aug. 15, 22, and 29.
Dr. Logan Place (Music) taught his sixth year this summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Mich. Blue Lake is a summer camp for the arts geared for high school and junior high school students. The camp annually serves over 5,400 campers. Blue Lake has over 175 performances every summer and ran from June 26 to Aug. 18.
Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology) attended the annual American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Indianapolis, Ind. (May 29- June 1) and presented a research poster titled “Eccentric and concentric contractions on RPE during knee extension at different loads and durations.” Co-authors on the presentation included Dan Hollander (Kinesiology) and Mike Asooheh (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) and former students Demetra Dantzler, Jenn Worley. Kraemer was also notified that a manuscript, “No effect of menstrual cycle phase on glucose and glucoregulatory endocrine responses to prolonged exercise,” will be published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology in September, 2013. Coauthors included former students, Nancy Dardis-Webb, Jenn Worley, Sharon Rogers, and Michelle Francois.
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