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Southeastern presents President's Awards for Excellence
Southeastern honored five faculty and staff members Friday (Aug. 15) at the university's annual fall convocation with the President's Awards for Excellence, the university's highest honor for faculty and staff.
Receiving the awards were: Samuel C. Hyde Jr. of Denham Springs, professor of history; Lorinda Sealey of Baton Rouge, professor of nursing; Dale Newkirk of Covington, professor of art; Debra Dolliver of Hammond, professor of organic chemistry; and Connie Davis of Hammond, director of Auxiliary Services
Hyde, who holds the Leon Ford Chair for Regional Studies and is director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, is the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Research. He is the author of several historical texts, a specialist in the history and culture of southeast Louisiana, and the acknowledged expert on the Florida Parishes of Louisiana and the West Florida Republic. Hyde was also honored with a President's Award in 2001.
A member of the Southeastern faculty since 1989, Sealy is being honored with the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. When the university introduced its doctorate program in advance nursing practice two years ago, Sealy was called upon to serve as graduate coordinator and to help develop the curriculum and implement the program. In addition to teaching students through online courses in the master's and doctoral programs, she also serves as a valuable mentor for new faculty members.
Newkirk, is the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity. A widely respected artist, especially in the areas of sculpture, drawing and photography, he has had more than 20 one-person exhibits in major museums in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, New Orleans and Chicago. In addition to teaching, he serves as the university's director and curator of University Art Galleries, including the highly visible Contemporary Art Gallery.
Dolliver is the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She is also a second-time recipient, having been recognized several years ago with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dolliver has played a major role in writing grants that enabled the department to gain several important pieces of equipment essential for teaching and research: a gas chromatography mass spectrometer and a National Science Foundation-funded Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer. She has also played important roles in the department's recruitment efforts and arranging for students to attend national and regional conferences.
The President's Award for Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service was given to Connie Davis. A double graduate of Southeastern, Davis participates in many community activities. She is a founding board member of the children's theater group, The Octavian Foundation for the Arts. She is an active volunteer at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School, and at St. Albert the Great Catholic Student Center. In addition to her voluntary service on numerous Southeastern committees, such as Homecoming and Rock 'n Roar, Davis is also active with her professional association, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, serving as President and filling other official positions.
SOUTHEASTERN FACULTY/STAFF HONORED - Southeastern honored five faculty and staff members Friday (Aug. 15) at the university's annual fall convocation with the President's Awards for Excellence, the university's highest honor for faculty and staff. From left are, Samuel C. Hyde Jr. of Denham Springs, professor of history; Lorinda Sealey of Baton Rouge, professor of nursing; Connie Davis of Hammond, director of Auxiliary Services, Dale Newkirk of Covington, professor of art; and Debra Dolliver of Hammond, professor of organic chemistry.
1) EMERITUS AWARDS - Joseph Miller, left, was honored as Vice President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Marketing, while Stephen Smith, center, was honored as Vice President Emeritus at Friday's annual fall convocation. Congratulating both men is President John L. Crain.
2) ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP- Vice President of Advancement Wendy Lauderdale presents a gift of appreciation to John Manzella, who recently established the John Manzella Endowed Professorship in Nursing.
3) 25 YEARS OF SERVICE – Recognized for 25 years of service to Southeastern at Friday's Convocation were, first row, from left: Bobby Jones, Physical Plant; Elizabeth Wadlington, College of Education; Lorinda Sealey, School of Nursing; Rhonda McClin, Admissions; Paulette Poche, Records and Registration; Michael Budden, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management; and Mary Bostic, Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology; second row, from left: President John L. Crain, who made the presentations; Sandra Williams, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; David Gurney, Department of Mathematics; Wynn Gillan, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies; Rakesh Duggal, Department of Accounting and Finance; and Laura Lips, Human Resources.
4) 30 YEARS OF SERVICE -President John L. Crain, left, recognized Connie Turner of Food Services, Joe Morris of Accounting and Finance and Claire Cowart of the English Department for 30 years of service to the university.
5) 35 YEARS OF SERVICE - John Yeargain, center, and Paul Carruth, right, were each presented a clock for 35 years of service to the university. Congratulating both men is President John L. Crain.
If art imitates life, then Dale Newkirk, this year's recipient of the President's
Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity, is living a great one.
In addition to being a well-respected artist himself with more than 20 one-person exhibitions, Newkirk, an associate professor of visual arts, serves as director and curator of University Art Galleries, including the Contemporary Art Gallery.
"Dale is a rare individual, combining a keen sense of artistic sophistication and intellect with a formidable eye for curating numerous exhibits in Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery, a venue he launched in 2004 and shaped into a center of national import," said Interim Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Ken Boulton. "His tireless efforts have resulted in no fewer than 99 distinct exhibitions featuring the work of regional, national, and international artists. Each exhibit is stunning and thought-provoking. His capacity to seek out subject matter relevant to today's society, combined with a profoundly discerning artistic sense is what has transformed our gallery into a nucleus of consistent scholarship, creativity and beauty."
A member of the faculty since 2003, Newkirk's body of artwork includes sculpture, public art, installations, drawing, and, to a lesser degree, photography. Since receiving his Master of Fine Art in 1984, he has had 22 one-person exhibitions, four two-person exhibitions, and participated in 71 group exhibitions. These include exhibitions in major museums and galleries in the art centers of New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Chicago, Madrid, Mexico City, and New Delhi. He has also completed five public sculpture commissions and three stage designs for theatre.
As a curator, Newkirk has developed a national reputation for exhibitions that push contemporary boundaries and expand ideas of how art functions in society.
"Exhibitions such as the 'National Cell Phone Photography Exhibition' had over 300 entries and influenced other curators who created similar exhibitions in their galleries," Newkirk said.
He added that the "Ink and Needles: Tattoo Art Exhibition" he curated for the Contemporary Art Gallery is one of the few exhibitions on this subject in a fine art context.
"It took over a year to break down barriers and to build the trust needed to get artists to agree to be in the exhibition," he said. "The exhibition led to another exhibition, organized by the LSU Union Art Gallery. The LSU exhibition focused more on photo images from the history of the tattoo, but also used my artist list for the contemporary portion of the show. I contacted and invited the artists to be in their exhibition and organized and moderated a panel discussion."
Newkirk says his artwork has been nonrepresentational, with the exception of photography and some early drawings. He traditionally works in a visual language that comes out of intuitive studio practice. As an artist, he prefers additive processes, constructing forms in space by adding layers of visual information.
Since his appointment at Southeastern, Newkirk's focus in the studio has been on painted, wall-mounted constructions and drawings made for galleries. The wall-mounted constructions are made of common construction lumber, paint and encaustic. The sculptures are constructed, then cut apart and reformed, revealing surprising visual relationships and interior spaces.
"These sculptures are concerned with the problems of nonrepresentational painting, as well as issues inherent in contemporary sculpture," Newkirk said. "The objects have been informed by a tradition of post-minimalist artwork, and are concerned with scale, color, form, surface, texture, and architectural structure."
Since 2007, Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans has represented Newkirk's work and by contract controls the rights for the exhibition of his art, with an exception given for faculty exhibitions and those that expose students and the Northshore community to his artwork. His work has also been represented by Brunner Gallery and HH Gallery in Covington.
"Mr. Newkirk's extraordinary productivity provides our students with the very best example of how to succeed in this industry," Boulton said. "His efforts help to ensure that our graduates are among the most equipped either to enter the workforce or continue their studies at the graduate level."
1) FOOTBALL IS BACK - Football Coach Ron Roberts introduces some of the football players to the crowd
during the pep rally at Lionpawlooza Friday in downtown Hammond during the city's
Hot August Night.
2) PUMPING UP THE CROWD - Cheerleaders help pump up the crowd for the return of the Southland Conference Champions to Strawberry Stadium on Aug. 30.
Students begin college career with Traditions at Southeastern
Southeastern students 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 selected institution early in their college careers generally perform better academically and socially," Yates added. "We see this as a way of engaging new and returning students at Southeastern."
Traditions began yesterday with Move-in Mane-ia from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Student Union, where students checked in at their designated move-in time and received Traditions materials.
Tonight, University Housing, Hall Council and Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness will host a Fiesta Party and Late Night with the Pennington at 7:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
Today and tomorrow, students will be able to participate in concurrent activities happening all over campus, such as a welcome back picnic and a trip to the mall via the Lion Traxx shuttle service. These events will be hosted by recognized student organizations.
Tuesday concludes with Strawberry Jam, the official semester kick-off party in Strawberry Stadium. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Athletics, Strawberry Jam is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. and includes a live performance by Bag of Donuts, free pizza and drinks, and giveaways.
Traditions will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 20, the first day of classes, with First Day Q&A. Scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Quad, 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.
MOVING IN AT SOUTHEASTERN – Darren Messina of Baton Rouge, center, hands his daughter Samantha a box to be taken to her residence hall room on Sunday, while her brother Dominic lends a hand. Sunday was "Move-In Mania" at Southeastern when more than 500 students got an early start on getting their rooms ready. Samantha is a freshman biology major.
Recreational Sports and Wellness news
Weight Watchers at Work's Business Express program is coming to Southeastern. An interest meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, from 12-12:30 p.m. in room 107 at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
Meeting attendees will learn about the exciting changes to Weight Watchers and have the opportunity to sign up for the 17-week session. The Business Express program will begin Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Weight Watchers requires a minimum of 15 people to attend the interest meeting in order for the program to begin. Please email Amy Oberschmidt at email@example.com or call 549-5738 to confirm your attendance at the interest meeting.
Stay tuned. There is more to come from your friends at Recreational Sports and Wellness.
Southeastern Channel to rebroadcast Lions' historic football playoff games
The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational cable access channel, will provide area football fans their first opportunity to relive the Lions' historic NCAA playoff games from the 2013 championship season beginning Thursday, Aug. 21.
The Southeastern Channel has licensed the rights to rebroadcast the Lions' opening round win over Sam Houston State and their quarterfinal loss to New Hampshire, the first NCAA playoff games in Southeastern football history and the first televised replays of the playoff games anywhere since the games were played last December.
Southeastern's last-second, 30-29 win over Sam Houston State will debut at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, while the 20-17 quarterfinal loss to New Hampshire will first air at 8 p.m. the following Thursday, Aug. 28. Both games will re-air at 2 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday right after the initial Thursday broadcast.
"We purchased the rights to rebroadcast these games so that Southeastern football fans could relive and enjoy two of the most dramatic and historic moments in Lion football history on the Southeastern Channel," said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. "It's a great way to lead into the beginning of what should be another very exciting season."
Settoon said that the playoff games will also re-air on the Southeastern Channel at selected times throughout the next year.
The Lions, ranked third in the nation in most pre-season FCS polls, open their season Aug. 30 in Strawberry Stadium against Jacksonville.
The Southeastern Channel, which replays Southeastern football broadcasts each week during the season, can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24-7 webcast and archived video can be viewed at www.southeastern.edu/tv.
Sociology Goes to Cuba
The Sociology 2014 Study Abroad trip in May took place in Cuba, a country few Americans get to visit.
Many sociology students as well as psychology, business and nursing students attended. They spent much of their time in the bustling and historic capitol of Havana, but they also visited rural towns and the French and Spanish inspired Cienfuegos on the southern coast and the Bay of Pigs, where they spent a relaxing afternoon swimming in the beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters. Students found it striking how similar the architecture and even culture was to that of the French, Spanish and Caribbean inspired New Orleans.
Students learned about the history, culture, arts, education and healthcare systems, and the environmental challenges facing the island. Importantly, students witnessed first-hand the island's sustainable agriculture movement by visiting cooperatively run and owned organic farms, formed in the recession years following the fall of the Soviet Union, and other food centered operations that incorporate arts, cultural and construction education into their sustainable food projects.
Students also got to engage in intelligent dialogue about freedom of speech, Cuban inequality, and the pros and cons of the US embargo. The trip was a great educational success, and next year's trip is now being planned.
Southeastern student chosen for ESPNU Campus Connection
Southeastern graduate student and sports reporter Kati Morse has been chosen by the ESPNU college sports television network as one of its on-camera reporters for ESPNU Campus Connection.
Beginning this fall, Morse will serve as Southeastern's correspondent for live ESPN game broadcasts involving the university's athletic teams for the year, including sideline reporting for four broadcasts slated for ESPN3 and ESPNGamePlan during the upcoming football season.
As an ESPNU Campus Connection reporter, Morse will write, report and produce feature stories about Southeastern's athletes, coaches and campus for SportscenterU, ESPNU's flagship show. She will also report for College Football Daily, a weekday show covering the latest in college football news.
"This opportunity with ESPNU seems to be all of my dreams coming to light," said Morse, a former Southeastern softball player. "ESPNU is a world leader in broadcasting college athletics, and it's what athletes and TV personalities alike see as the 'big show.' The best of the best work for this company, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity."
Morse will also contribute online content about Southeastern athletics to ESPNU.com, the online companion to ESPNU and the home for college sports multi-media content.
Launched in 2008, ESPNU Campus Connection brings viewers the latest sports news from campuses around the country through student-generated content. It is designed to spotlight campus life through the eyes and voices of students and enable ESPN to find and develop young, talented people who could potentially work with their company. Morse is the first Southeastern student selected for ESPNU Campus Connection.
"This year with ESPNU will broaden and enrich my industry experience immensely," Morse said. "I will be working on a real-world deadline, as well as having to tailor stories to a national audience. Not only will I get valuable professional experience, but I will also be able to show the charm of Southeastern to the world."
Morse is currently a reporter, anchor and producer for the Southeastern Channel's award-winning, student sports magazine show "The Big Game," modeled ESPN's SportsCenter. She also produces and hosts "Lion Tracks," a sports talk show featuring Southeastern coaches.
"My experience at the Southeastern Channel has more than prepared me for this opportunity," Morse said. "Since I will have to shoot, edit, write and report every piece that I turn in, my time behind and in front of the camera for the Southeastern Channel will allow me to fulfill my obligations more quickly and professionally."
"Kati has the talent, motivation and work ethic to achieve great success in television sports broadcasting," said Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon. "It's only fitting that she's been chosen by ESPNU, since she has the vision and ability necessary to one day work full-time for ESPN."
A native of Ponchatoula and former Lady Lions softball pitcher, Morse was selected by the Southland Conference television network and ESPN3 to serve as color commentator for the 2014 SLC softball tournament.
A graduate in communication with a concentration in electronic media, Morse is currently a graduate assistant in the Southeastern Sports Information Department, pursing her masters degree in organizational communication. Her various duties include live sideline and stadium reporting that appears on the Strawberry Stadium scoreboard during Lion football games.
In 2013 Morse was named the only female athlete in the country to win the prestigious Jim McKay Post-Graduate Scholarship. She was recently honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as winner of the 2014 Langston Rogers Scholarship for Women and Minorities in Sports Media. Morse has also been awarded a Florida Parishes Bank John McGee Scholarship.
Recruits needed for Student Conduct Hearing Board
The Office of Student Conduct would like your help in recruiting responsible students for the Student Conduct Hearing Board this academic year.
This is a select committee position reflecting leadership, integrity, values and excellence. The Hearing Board determines if a student or student organization is responsible for a violation of university policy based on a preponderance standard and recommends corrective action.
Requirements for student membership include the following:
Sophomore status or above, 30+ hours
Full-time enrollment (12 hours+)
Must maintain confidentiality
Strong work ethic
Survival Spanish and Survival English
Sandra Pessoa and Tanya Hammons, Sept. 18 – Dec. 4
This is the first step toward learning another language. Survival skill lessons include immersion practices through conversational, reading, writing and interactive group exercises in non-native languages. Twenty minutes of each class will be devoted to conversational interaction between both groups of native language speakers in the classroom. Learn more.
Introduction to Social Media
Joan Gunter, Sept. 12 – Oct. 3
The course helps students determine their target audience and goals for their social media strategy; understand the importance of listening to online conversations; know the different social media tools available to them; learn how to generate content ideas and manage their time; promote their new social media efforts; and measure their new social media efforts for their effectiveness. Students should have a basic knowledge of computers, the internet and email. Register today.
Makeup for Cinema
Tara Bennett, Sept. 22 – Oct. 20
Students in this course will learn and be able to deliver the makeup needs for film and television productions and demonstrate a variety of makeup applications. Register now.
Financial Strategies for Retirement
Brian Lowe, Sept. 23
Learn what you need to know about investments, long-term care, Social Security and Medicare, estate planning, lifestyle issues and pension options. This information-rich seminar introduces the concepts and practices that will help you spend your retirement comfortably and stay in control of your finances. Read more.
Sarah Clifton, Sept. 24 – Nov. 11
Ballefuse is a barre style class incorporating the basics of ballet, muscle toning with light weights, and mat exercises for a full body workout. No dance experience required. All aerobics students need to sign a medical waiver. Learn more.
SHRM Learning System
Wendy Lorenz, Sept. 10 – Dec. 10
The course provides an in-depth study of the key areas of human resource management defined by the HR Certification Institute: strategic management, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, and risk management. Students can earn 3.5 continuing education units (CEUs) for completing this course. This class has an online component. Register today.
Lion Up Bootcamp for Beginners
Sarah Clifton, Sept. 8 – Oct. 20
Boot camp is an effective way to guide people into a healthier lifestyle by enhancing cardiovascular endurance, muscle tone, and strength. All aerobics students need to sign a medical waiver. Register now.
SLU announces events to open 2014-15 year
Southeastern offers courses on writing novels
Board OKs appointment of Fontenot as SLU dean
Registration open for Community Music School
Free seminar slated on mobile marketing tips
Hammond Daily Star
Crain: Pay boost possible
N.O. Times Picayune
Business workshop in Covington to address future workforce development
SELU wetland restoration lab to benefit from lawsuit
This Week in Athletics
The defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Southeastern women's soccer team opens the 2014 season, while Southeastern Athletics also hosts Lion Nation Celebration and Strawberry Jam during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
On Friday, the Lady Lions hit the road to open the season, facing Jackson State at 4 p.m. Southeastern opens its 2014 nine-match home schedule on Sunday, hosting Louisiana-Lafayette at 4 p.m. Admission to all home matches is free. Fans can receive in-match updates via Twitter by following Southeastern Athletics (@sluathletics) and Southeastern Soccer (@slusoccer).
Tickets are still available for the Lion Athletics Association's Lion Nation Celebration 2014 on Saturday in the University Center. The event, which runs from 5-9 p.m., will celebrate a historic 2013-14 season that saw Southeastern win a school record five Southland Conference championships, while also officially kicking off the 2014-15 athletic year. All proceeds from the event will support Lion and Lady Lion student-athlete scholarships.
Tickets for the event are $25. Table seating for eight are available for as low as $300 with corporate sponsorship tables starting at $500. A BBQ dinner and cocktails will be served and fans are encouraged to wear their green and gold.
A silent and live auction featuring unique game day experiences with SLU teams and coaches, vacation packages, golf packages, autographed apparel, tickets, gift baskets and much more. Tickets and a list of auction items are available at www.bidpal.net/lnc14.
Southeastern head baseball coach Matt Riser will present the inaugural Heart of a Lion Courage Award at the event. The Heart of a Lion Courage Award is designed to recognize an individual of great courage who positively impacts the lives of others.
The inaugural recipient of the honor will be Hammond native Brad McKee. McKee, who served in the Marine Corps, is the co-founder and president of the "Disposable Heroes Project", which is dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and supporting our wounded, fallen, and active duty heroes in the military. In June, McKee inspired thousands with a 200-mile run through Louisiana that raised money for families of disabled and wounded veterans.
LNC 14 attendees will have access to BidPal bidding, which gives fans a new opportunity to experience auctions at their fingertips. At LionUp.com, fans will have the ability to pre-register payment information online to ensure quick and easy checkouts the night of the auction. All items will be viewable at LionUp.com as they become confirmed for the event and will be available to be pre-bid on leading up to the Aug. 23 celebration.
For more information on the event, to purchase a table or to become an official LNC 14 corporate table sponsor, contact Assistant Director for Athletic Development Cody Gougler at 549-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern students will have an opportunity to kick off the 2014-15 athletic season with the Lions and Lady Lions on Tuesday, when Southeastern Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs partner to present Strawberry Jam at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
The event will feature the music of local band, Bag of Donuts. Students will receive free t-shirts and food as available. 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. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with Southeastern student-athletes and coaches.
Tuesday, August 19
Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m.
Friday, August 22
Soccer, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 23
Lion Nation Celebration, University Center, 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 24
Soccer, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.
Southeastern home events in bold
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) and Patrick Hotard, director of the South Arkansas Historical Foundation (SAHF) and a graduate of the Southeastern M.A. in History program, conducted an all-day workshop August 5 on "History and Film" for Advanced Placement Drama and History students at El Dorado High School (EDHS) sponsored by El Dorado Promise (a scholarship foundation), EDHS, and SAHF. Later that evening Robison delivered a public lecture on "The Origins of World War I" at South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) sponsored by SAHF, South Ark, and the Union County Community Foundation.
Dr. Glen J. Hemberger (Fine and Performing Arts/Music) received two national awards in 2014. The Orpheus Award, presented by the National Office of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia International Music Fraternity, is recommended by a university chapter to be awarded to someone who "has significantly and lastingly contributed to the cause of music in America." The Citation of Excellence, presented by the National Office of the National Band Association, was recommended by a member of the NBA National Board of Directors, and is presented to an individual "whose ensemble has a history of a distinguished level of accomplishment, and who has made significant contributions to the field."
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