ByLion--July 22


Stahr attends leadership institute

Coaches Caravan in full swing

"Maggot Monets" at Insect Day

Camp Rec offers one last blast

Brown participates in tour

Self-defense class offered

Music program re-accredited

Road closures to impact parking

Nurses promote safe sleep

Hang tag distribution locations

Financial Aid to email students

Southeastern in the news

Professional activities

Stahr selected for competitive new American Library Association Leadership Institute
Beth StahrA Southeastern staff librarian has been selected to participate in "Leading to the Future," a new four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders offered in August by the American Library Association (ALA).
     Beth Stahr, head of reference and instruction at Sims Memorial Library, was one of only 40 librarians selected from a highly competitive national pool.
     "I'm excited to meet with like-minded librarians regarding positive approaches to constant challenges and change in academic libraries," said Stahr.  "I hope to gain library leadership skills focusing on student and library patron needs as resources shrink and information sources proliferate."
     Stahr was named the Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Louisiana Library Association and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2012. She is an alumna of Southeastern, having completed a master of arts in organizational communication in 2011. Stahr is active with the Southeastern chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and is also a board-certified genealogist who has lectured at national genealogical conferences.
     The selection committee looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library - public, academic, school, or special library - professional responsibility, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement, and community or campus involvement. Participants are expected to return to their libraries equipped with new skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in the communities they serve, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which benefit everyone.
     The institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills so they can better help the libraries and the communities they serve thrive in a future that promises continued turbulence and uncertainty.
     The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.

Southeastern Coaches Caravan scheduled July 25, 29 and 30

Head football coach Ron Roberts and Interim Athletic Director Jay Artigues will headline a list of Lion and Lady Lion coaches during Southeastern's Coaches' Caravan.
     Held in several locations, the tour is sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and will include speaking appearances at various locations from all of Southeastern's head coaches, including Interim Baseball Coach Matt Riser, Women's Basketball Coach Lori Davis Jones and Men's Basketball Coach Jim Yarbrough.
     All events are $5 for admission - free to Alumni Association dues paying members – and will last approximately two hours. Door prizes will be awarded at each stop with schedule cards and other promotional items available.
     The tour stops in Mandeville on Thursday, July 25, at the Lakehouse, 2025 Lakeshore Dr., at 6 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
     The next stop on the tour is in Amite on July 29 at the Amite City Chamber Office, 101 S.E. Central Ave., where drinks will be provided. Ralph and Kacoo's, located at 6110 Bluebonnet Blvd. in Baton Rouge, will serve as the final stop on the tour on July 30, and will offer a cash bar. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be available at both events, which start at 6 p.m.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 549-2150.

"Maggot Monets" at Insect Day

biology photoSoutheastern biology graduate Anna Clark-Aguilard, left, and forensic entomologist Erin Watson-Horzelski help with the creation of "Magot Monets" at the Louisiana State Arboretum at Chicot State Par in Ville Platte on July 13 at the facility's annual Insect Day.

     "Maggot Monets" involve fly maggots put in paint. The maggots are then placed on paper, and they move around and make designs.

Southeastern to host Camp Rec Back to School Blast

Southeastern's Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is hosting a "Back to School Blast," a two week-long camp July 29 – Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 - 9.
     Created for children ages 5 to 12, the "Back to School Blast" is an option for parents looking for one last camp before school starts.
     Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, Camp Rec. will have a variety of activities planned throughout the week at the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue.
     Registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. Early camper drop-off and pick-up are provided at 6:50 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., respectively.
     Registration for the camp is $125 per week, with a $15 discount for each additional sibling per family and includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks. For more information or to register, call 549-5591, or visit the membership desk at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     Dollie Hebert-Crouch, director of recreational sports and wellness, said the camp will include a wide variety of fun activities that facilitate learning as well.
     "Camp Rec is a unique camp that focuses on creating a fun, safe atmosphere for kids to play and learn. Our daily program features sports, games, fitness activities, nutrition, crafts, swimming, field trips and camp performances all designed so kids will have an absolute, total blast," said Hebert-Crouch.
     "Camp Rec facilitators and counselors work to create a setting of exploration and discovery, where children build self-esteem and self-confidence and learn about teamwork and friendship," she added. "There are three principles that are woven into Camp Rec: safety - the campers' safety is our number one priority; monitoring - each camper deserves to have an amazing camp experience; and wellness - at Camp Rec we treat the children like our own."

Southeastern instructor explores conservation at summer workshop

Conservation workshopThe AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF) hosted 18 traditional and non-traditional educators at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) for the Teacher Conservation Tour (TCT), June 17-21. Southeastern Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Instructor Amanda Brown participated in TCT.
     In addition to classroom presentations on forest economics, forest soils and geology, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, UAM forestry program, Arkansas forest history and forest management, the group spent five days in the field exploring forestlands, forest product manufacturing facilities, and nursery and logging operations. Participants were also certified in Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education curriculum.
     In five days, TCT provides 30 hours of professional development hours—half of what educators need each year—including six in technology and two in Arkansas history.
     "Our goal is to show classroom teachers and nontraditional educators the positive environmental and economic benefits of the state's forestry community," said Rob Beadel, AFAEF director of Forestry Education. "Participants take the resources and experiences gained during the tour back to their schools and community groups and share the good news about forestry."
     For more information about environmental education programs and forestry in Arkansas, look online at or on Facebook at

Right: Educators from around the state learned about forestry and natural resources conservation at the Teacher Conservation Tour, based in Monticello, Ark., in June. Southeastern Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Instructor Amanda Brown (center) participated in TCT, which included a variety of hands-on activities and field tours.

Southeastern Police Department offers self-defense class for women

The Southeastern Police Department will offer a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense class for women in the community July 26-28. The class is open to female Southeastern students, employees, and their guests 12 years of age or older.
     "The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities and in communities throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom," said Southeastern Police Officer Scott Huff. "The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology."
     The class will be held at a confidential location on or near Southeastern's main campus in Hammond. The three four-hour sessions (total of 12 hours) for the class will include Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. Attendance at all three sessions is necessary to complete the course.
     While enrolled Southeastern students are admitted free, there is a $25 charge for current Southeastern faculty and staff, which must be paid in advance to obtain a space on the class roster, Huff said. Students or employees may bring non-student guests at an additional charge of $25 per guest. Since space is limited, and early registration is recommended.
     For more information or to register for the class, e-mail Huff at with the name and telephone number of the participant(s).

Southeastern music program earns re-accreditation

Southeastern's music program has been re-accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
     Based in Reston, Va., NASM was established in 1924 and is a 644-member organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
     Interim Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Ken Boulton said accreditation is a process by which a program periodically evaluates its work and seeks an independent judgment by peers that it achieves substantially its own educational objectives and meets the established standards of the accrediting body.
     "The NASM re-accreditation is a significant affirmation of our standard of music instruction, performance, and productivity," Boulton said. "In short, it means everything to the value of our undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as the commitment of our entire faculty."
     Boulton added that typically the accreditation process includes a self-evaluative description of the department; an on-site review by a team of evaluators; and a judgement by an accreditation decision-making body.
     "The department is evaluated by NASM every 10 years and includes a site visit," he said. "Accreditation reviews focus on educational quality, institutional integrity and educational improvements."
     Southeastern's Music Department offers the following music degrees: Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Vocal Performance; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Instrumental Performance; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Piano Performance; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Vocal Education; Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Instrumental Education; Master of Music, Concentration in Performance; and Master of Music, Concentration in Music Theory.
     For additional information, contact the Music Department at 549-2184.
Friendship Circle, Pine Court to close temporarily
On Thursday, July 25, through Monday, Aug. 5, the following events will have impact on traffic and parking on campus due to the asphalt overlay project for the City of Hammond:
     Friendship Circle and Ned McGehee Drive from North Oak Street to the west end of Dyson Hall at the crosswalk will be completely shut down to vehicle traffic and parking.
     Pine Court off of North Pine Street will also be completely shut down to vehicle traffic and parking.
     During this time, most of North Oak Street will also be closed to traffic due to road construction by the City of Hammond.
     Additionally, the roadway between the crosswalk on the southwest side of Dyson Hall extending to the crosswalk on the southeast side of Dyson Hall will be closed to traffic through Thursday, July 25. This closure is due to road construction being conducted by the City of Hammond in preparation of the asphalt overlay project.
     The parking lot between Garrett Hall and Dyson Hall will still be accessible from the General Pershing side. Friendship Circle will remain open in all directions until Thursday, July 25, 2013.
     Students and employees are encouraged to take these temporary changes into consideration when making travel and parking plans for these dates.
     For more information about parking and traffic rules on campus, please contact the University Parking Office during regular business hours at 549-5695 or email at

Southeastern nursing students promote "ABC's of safe sleep"

A group of senior Southeastern nursing students is launching a community education program on risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
     The students will discuss the health issue at a community health fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20 at the Gloryland Baptist Church, 6745 Greenwell Springs Road in Baton Rouge.
     The students are reaching out to help parents and other caregivers reduce the high incidence of death from SIDS, said nursing student Margie Moore.
     "Approximately 3,000 babies die each year in the United States due to SIDS," she said, "and it is the leading cause of death in all infancies under one year of age. In Louisiana, about 80 infants die of SIDS each year."
     She said research has shown that placing babies to sleep on their backs dramatically reduces the incidence of SIDS.
     The program is part of a national safe sleep campaign that is promoting the ABC's of safe sleep: Alone, on the Back, and in a Crib at night and for naps.
     The students are conducting the program as part of their capstone nursing course, a community outreach research course required of all senior nursing students at Southeastern. Nursing Professor Sharon Landry is serving as their faculty mentor on the project.
     Moore said additional information on SIDS can be obtained from Partners for Healthy Babies at 1-800-251-BABY.

2014 Faculty/Staff hang tags distribution dates and locations

On Monday, August 5, the Parking Department will begin issuing the 2014 Faculty/Staff hang tags at its office in Pride Hall. The cost for the entire academic year is $45.00. Faculty/Staff also has the option to purchase a hang tag for the fall semester only for $15.00.
     The Parking Department can only accept check or cash and we ask you try to bring exact change as there are limited funds available. You will need to fill out a white registration card that is available at our office and present your Faculty/Staff ID. Please write your W number on your check.
     On Wednesday, August 7, the Parking Department will visit several buildings on campus to assist those Faculty/Staff in obtaining their hang tag. The following are the locations and times the staff will be issuing hang tags.


McCliman's Hall 8 to 9 a.m. Conference room
Mims Hall 9:15 to 9:50 a.m. Room 103
Dyson Hall 10 to 10:45 a.m. File room
Physical Plant 1 to 1:50 p.m. Conference room
Human Resources 2 to 2:50 p.m. Conference room
Controllers Office 3 to 3:45 p.m. Next to Cashier's Office


     The Parking Department is also pleased announce it now has its own web page. To access the site, go to or you may following the links through Southeastern's web page by clicking on Quick Links > University Police > Parking Office.

Southeastern to notify students on financial aid via email
Southeastern students will now receive timely email notifications of their financial aid rather than through the U.S. postal system, university officials announced.
     The email notification is Southeastern's latest enhancement to the enrollment and financial aid process designed to meet students' needs more efficiently, explained Director of Enrollment Services Lori Fairburn. The notices will be delivered through the students' official Southeastern email account.
     The communication will include instructions on how students can accept financial aid awards through LEONet. New students needing assistance accessing their email accounts should visit for more information.
     Questions from students regarding the award notification or their financial aid package should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 1-800-222-SELU or 549-2244 on Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 11. Beginning Aug. 12, office hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Southeastern in the news
Action news
Southeastern offers new computer science degree

SBDC offers free help to get businesses hurricane ready

BR Advocate
Seminar to teach about Facebook use

Students get taste of college life

Program to help start up a business

Educator blasts obsession with standardized tests

Insects take center stage at arborterum

Foundation to honor outstanding preservationists, volunteer

SLU librarian joins leadership panel

Roberts, Artigues to lead Southeastern Coaches' Caravan

SLU music program gets re-accredited

Hammond Daily Star
Junior high students learn to play at Southeastern

Congress needs to lower student loan rates (editorial)

Summer tradition: Art camp

Huffington Post
Robin Roberts gets emotional talking about "Nine for IX" (video)

Professional activities

Dr. David Gurney (Mathematics) graded AP statistics tests in Kansas City, Mo., from June 6 to 17.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a history workshop for participants in the Louisiana Renaissance Festival and the affiliated Renaissance Living History Center on July 11. The workshop included three segments on (1) Alchemists, Astrologers, Barbers, and Magicians: 'Science' on the Eve of the First Scientific Revolution, (2) Tudor Christmas: Yule, Misrule, Wassail, and Wonder, and (3) Blazing Tudorism: The Comic Appropriation of the Tudors on Film and Television. Robison also has published an essay titled "Blazing Tudorism: Comedy and 'History' on Film and Television" on Susan Bordo's The Creation of Anne Boleyn website:
     Dr. William F. Font (Biological Sciences) coauthored a paper with Dr. Christopher M. Whipps of State University of New York - Syracuse titled "Interaction of two myxozoan parasites from naked goby Gobiosoma bosc, in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana," which was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Parasitology.


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