ByLion - April 10

Pinnacle of Pride award
Golden Silence memorial
Biologists stage conference
Strawberry Jubilee April 12
Women's tennis wins SLC title
Honors students present theses

Education sponsors 'Mock IEP'
'Guitar Night' April 11
Admiral to speak Wednesday
Phi Sigma Iota inducts students
Student performs tonight
Golf tournament aids students
Baseball tailgate April 12

Center for Faculty Excellence news
Textbook Rental inventory
CS, IT Advisory Committee meets
Alum on 'most influential' list
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Pinnacle of Pride recipientsPresident Randy Moffett, right, Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates, left, and SGA President Elect Aron Walker congratulate CAB President Makeitta Darbone; Britni DiGeorge president of the Kappa Tau Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, and Lee Lind, former editor of Le Souvenir. 
Student organizations recognized with 'Pinnacle of Pride'
Three student organizations were presented with a new award recognizing their top national achievements at a special ceremony Thursday evening at the University Residence.
      The "President's Pinnacle of Pride" award was presented by President Randy Moffett to the Campus Activities Board, Kappa Tau Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, and the university's yearbook Le Souvenir. Each organization also received the Friendship Oak Award from the Alumni Association, which recognizes achievements and contributions made on behalf of the university.
      "These organizations exemplify the spirit of excellence, achievement, and service that we instill in our students," said Moffett. "It's gratifying to see their accomplishments recognized at a national level and is a tribute to the work and dedication they consistently exhibit."
      The Campus Activities Board was cited for receiving the 2006 Boyd Jones Award for Programming Board of the Year, presented by the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities in recognition of CAB as the number one programming board in the United States. Chapter president is Makeitta Darbonne of Lake Charles and organization advisors are Jackie Dale Thomas and Jason Leader.
      Alpha Omicron Pi was honored for receiving the Jesse Wallace Hughan Cup, which honors the collegiate chapter exemplifying the highest standards of performance, as well as nine additional awards from the national organization. Chapter president is Britni DiGeorge of Ponchatoula and faculty advisory is Margaret Adelemann.
      For the fourth consecutive year, the staff of Le Souvenir received a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association in New York. The publication was recognized with 10 local, regional and national awards. Editor of the publication was Lee Lind, who is now coordinator of student publications, and faculty advisor is Matt Tarver.
      Other student organizations were also recognized for recent achievements, including:
      -- Delta Tau Delta Epsilon Phi Chapter, which won 11 awards at the Southern Division Leadership Conference in Atlanta. The chapter was one of three to receive the Top Chapter Award.
      -- The Lionettes, Southeastern's dance team, which placed second in the Hip Hop dance division and third in the jazz dance division at the Universal Dance Association's Division I National Competition.
      -- Kappa Alpha Order Epsilon Kappa Chapter, which was named the Most Oustanding Chapter in the Louisiana Province and was ranked in the top 15 percent of orders in the nation.
      -- Pi Iota Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., which was named Regional Chapter of the Year and received eight other awards, including Outstanding Graduate Chapter.
      -- Southeastern's Society for Human Resource Management, which was recognized as a Top Ten Student Chapter and received a Superior Merit Ranking. SHRM has been named a Top Ten Student Chapter for two years and has received four consecutive Superior Merit Awards. 
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Golden SilenceGolden Silence memorial
Cathy Helminiak of Independence, right, and her niece Michelle Ricks, hold their candles during Golden Silence held Wednesday night in the Student Union Park. Sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, Golden Silence is held each year to honor deceased members of Southeastern's family. Helminiak was honoring the memory of her late son Warren.
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Biologists help stage national conference in New Orleans
Add ichthyologists and herpetologists - the scientists who study fish, reptiles and amphibians -- to the list of people determined to support the recovery of New Orleans, said biologist Brian Crother.
      After Hurricane Katrina slammed the city and southeast Louisiana, professors around the country planning the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists wondered if they would have to forgo their plans to hold their annual conference in New Orleans this summer.
      The host universities - Tulane and the University of New Orleans - were coping with the storm's devastating aftermath, and the city clearly faced a long and difficult road to recovery. E-mails flew among the various conference organizers. Should they move the conference? 
      No, insisted Crother and his fellow biology professor (and wife) Mary White. Crother, who is also assistant dean of Southeastern's College of Science and Technology, quickly volunteered to pick up the conference planning reins.
      "Mary and I were already on the local host committee. We told the other society members that we would happily take a larger role," Crother said. Since Southeastern was able to reopen less than two weeks after the Aug. 29 storm, "We felt like we were in a good position to do this in order to keep the meetings in New Orleans," he said.
      "If, in even the smallest way, we can be a part of bringing New Orleans back, we wanted to do it," Crother said. "We were thinking that bringing 1,200-1,500 people into the city certainly would be a great way to inject some life and commerce."
      The Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists will take place July 12-17, with headquarters at the New Orleans Sheraton on Canal St. It will encompass the sessions of the American Elasmobranch Society, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, the Herpetologists League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.
      Crother and White, along with University of New Orleans Vice Chancellor Robert Cashner have been busy helping organize the various venues for conference events such as the opening reception at the Aquarium of the Americas and a picnic at the Audubon Zoo's swamp exhibit. They have been making arrangements for non-member activities and soliciting corporate sponsorships. 
      Southeastern has also contributed administrative and financial assistance to the conference. 
      Crother said that since some of the visiting scientists indicated that they want to volunteer while in the city, White is working with Habitat for Humanity to arrange for conference participants to spend a day helping with rebuilding efforts in New Orleans' hard-hit Ninth Ward.
      In addition to Crother and White, Southeastern biological science faculty who plan to participate in the conference include William Font, David Sever, Cliff Fontenot, Roldán Valverde, and Kyle Piller. More than a dozen Southeastern graduate students will also attend, many of them working along side local host committee members. 
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Strawberry Jubilee is April 12
Join the Campus Activities Board in the Student Union Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, for the annual Strawberry Jubilee celebration.
      "As always, you will be treated to red beans and rice, delicious Louisiana strawberries and that yummy strawberry cake," said CAB Entertainment Director Michael Kyles. "And you won't want to miss the second annual Strawberry Eating Contest!"
      Call CAB at 549-3805 for more information.
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Iva VelkovskaFreshman Lady Lion Iva Velkovska
Perfect! Women's tennis clinches SLC title
The Southeastern Louisiana women's tennis team clinched its first-ever Southland Conference regular season title with a 5-2 victory over Texas-San Antonio Sunday afternoon at the UTSA Tennis Complex.
      Southeastern (17-3, 10-0 SLC) won its seventh straight match and completed a perfect run through the Southland Conference regular season. The Lady Lions won four of six singles matches and swept through doubles play to earn the victory. Texas-San Antonio fell to 10-8 overall and 6-4 in league play.
      The Lady Lions, ranked 67th in the nation, will be the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament and receive a first-round bye into the tournament semifinals. The tournament is scheduled for April 28-30 and will be held in Arlington, Texas. The Lady Lions, winners of their last 18 SLC regular season matches, won the 2005 Southland Conference Tournament and earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
      "Winning the Southland Conference regular season title was our goal this season and reaching that goal is a great achievement for our program," head coach Jason Hayes said. "I can't say enough good things about the hard work of our players and the effort they have put forth to get us to a championship level.
      Three Lady Lions completed the season undefeated in SLC singles matches, with all three doing so in dominating fashion. Freshman Iva Velkovska won her eighth consecutive match, trouncing Karen Scida, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3. Velkovska improved to 18-2 overall and 10-0 in league action.
      At No. 5, sophomore Nina Knavs improved to 16-3 overall and 10-0 in league play, cruising past UTSA's Ana Paula Soto Anton 6-0, 6-1 for her eighth consecutive win. At No. 6, reigning Southland Conference Player of the Week Bonnie Phillips made short work of Tanya Hasking, 6-4, 6-3. Phillips has won her last seven singles matches to run her spring mark to 15-3 overall and 9-0 in SLC play.
      At No. 1, Breda Kovac clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Nathalie Wallin. UTSA's Sandra Kukla handed Southeastern sophomore Emilija Arnaudovska her first league loss, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2.
      In doubles play, Arnaudovska and Velkovska improved to 12-5 overall with an 8-4 win over Kukla and Eva Silvester. At No. 3, Phillips and Jana Simurkova ran their league record to 8-1, defeating Wallin and Monica Drabkova, 8-3, to extend their winning streak to seven matches. At No.1, Knavs and Kovac defeated Scida and Hasking, 8-6.
      Southeastern will return to action on Tuesday, facing in-state rival Southern at 2 p.m. in Baton Rouge.
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Honors Senior Thesis presentations
Beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday April 26, four Honors Program students will make their senior thesis presentations on the third floor landing of Sims Memorial Library. All students, faculty and other members of the campus community are invited to attend these presentations.
      Laura Basirico, a biology major under the guidance of Dr. Rick Miller will present her thesis "Morning Glory Morphology and Evolutionary History." English major Patrick Carpenter guided by English Professor Mary Ply, will talk on "Buddhism in the Japanese Gothic." English major Rebecca Murry, guided by English Professor Jayetta Slawson will talk on "The Shuttle and the Sword: Female Heroes." And English major, Jeanne Northrop, guided by Dr. Carole McAllister, will talk on "The Ancestors Speak Through our Female Relatives." 
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Madisonville Elementary teachers demonstrate IEPEducation students learn about 'IEP'
'Individual Education Plans' are required by law for any student with special needs. To give teacher candidates crucial information on the detailed paperwork and legalities of IEPs, the College of Education and Human Development and the Kappa Delta Pi honors organization for education majors recently sponsored their second annual "Mock IEP." 
      According to education professor Nicki Anselmo-Skelton, Southeastern is the only university that provides this vital experience for its students. 
      Assisting with the IEP were teachers and administrators from Madisonville Elementary, including Principal Lauren Spencer, and teachers Kaycee Wood and Sarah Al-Juraid -- all Southeastern alumni.
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Outdoor 'all styles' guitar concert features campus, community musicians 
The annual Guitar Festival continues Tuesday, April 11, an outdoor concert featuring an eclectic mix of pop, jazz, and classical guitar music performed by students, faculty, alumni, and local artists.
      "All Styles Guitar Night" is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., at the Performance Circle adjacent to the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, said festival director Patrick Kerber, coordinator of guitar activities in the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
      "This type of concert is a new venture for us, and I look forward to it bringing the community into more intimate contact with the university," Kerber said. "If a music lover likes guitar in any style, this concert is sure to please. It is showcase for what is happening on campus and in the area with guitar music. Add the ambience of a Louisiana April evening, and I think all can look forward to a very pleasant outing."
      "I think the audience will be quite surprised with the level of composition that is taking place with guitar students and local artists," Kerber added. "Sophisticated songwriting, and instrumental composing integrating jazz, popular, and classical influences is becoming an important part of the music scene in general - we will hear a lot of this type of music."
      He said the concert also will feature jazz standards performed by "one of Southeastern's best kept secrets," math professor Danny Acosta, who plays jazz on a classical guitar. He will perform solo and duets with Southeastern student, Wilson Marks of Hammond. 
      Doyle High School history teacher Davey Brooks, described by Kerber as "the Chet Atkins of Livingston Parish," will perform in the country/ragtime tradition. "He's got he best right hand thumb in town!" Kerber said.
      Additional Guitar Festival events during April include a guest recital by guitarist Robert Wetzel on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, and a concert by the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, performing Renaissance to contemporary music for two, three, four and 20 guitar, on Thursday, April 27, also at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. 
      All Guitar Festival events are free. For additional information contact Kerber (985) 549-2886 or
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Rear Admiral Timothy McGeeAdmiral to address students on leadership 
Southeastern's Organizational Communication Association will host guest speaker Rear Admiral Timothy McGee on Wednesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in D Vickers Hall, room 138. 
      McGee will discuss what he has found to be the key components of effective leadership. A native of Washington D.C., he is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and also received a master's degree in meteorology and oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School. 
      McGee has held many leadership positions while in the United States Navy including serving as officer in charge of the Naval Oceanography Command Detachment in Diego Garcia, British Ocean Territory, commander of the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Facility in San Diego, and executive officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office.
      He has also received prestigious awards such as the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Pacific Sleet's Ship Handler of the Year award, and various campaign and unit ribbons.
      "Admiral McGee's extensive experience in the military coupled with impressive educational credentials generate particularly enlightening discussions concerning leadership, especially at this point in time," said Suzette Bryan, faculty advisor for the Organizational Communication Association. "Also, he has a great sense of humor and is a very entertaining speaker." 
      The lecture is free for all Southeastern students, faculty, staff, and alumni. A reception will precede the event at 3:30 p.m. in the D Vickers lobby.
      The Organizational Communication Association meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in D Vickers Hall, room 310, and is open to all Southeastern students interested in getting involved, networking, and learning essential organizational and communication skills. 
      For more information about Rear Admiral Timothy McGee or the Organizational Communication Association contact the Communication Department at (985) 549-5623. 
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New Phi Sigma Iota inductees
Phi Sigma Iota inducts foreign language students 
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has inducted 14 students into its Zeta Alpha Chapter of the Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Society. 
      Inductees were selected from among students studying Spanish, French, and Latin. The initiation ceremony was conducted at Michabelle March 23 by Department Head Lucia Harrison, PSI faculty advisor Agnieszka Gutthy, and PSI Chapter President Caroline Mattheus. 
      Special guests included Tammy Bourg, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Studies; Gonzalo Calderón, consul general of Costa Rica and dean of the Consular Corps; and María Asunción Enriquez Ruiz, education advisor at the Embassy of Spain.
      Inductees are Elsa Rodriguez; Amanda Sutton, Denham Springs; Michelle Roger, Bush; Laura Thoms, Denham Springs; Kristin Mehrgut, Mandeville; Rebeca Salcedo, Baton Rouge; Sarah Vitale; Brandi Hock; Michael Hall; Sarah Robertson; Blanca Lambert; Carol López Matos; Traci McGloster; and Shella Baham. 
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Student selected for summer opera program in Italy
Southeastern junior Elisabeth "Betty" Turner of Hammond has been selected to participate in "Oberlin in Italy 2006" at Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy.
      The vocal performance major's selection was based on a videotape of her performance of two Italian opera arias. Turner, who is a student of Southeastern voice professor Joy Ratliff, will join young opera singers from across the country in Urbana June 3-July 1.
      Ratliff said the young singers will perform in fully staged opera productions, receive classes in Italian, voice lessons and coaching, and participate in master classes held by leading opera stars such as Mirella Freni.
      Turner said she is excited about the opportunity and plans to room with a friend from Texas, whom she met last summer when the pair participated in the New Jersey Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. 
      Turner will present a solo vocal recital of arias and art songs at Hammond's Reimers Memorial on Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. The recital is free, but donations to help defray Turner's travel expenses are welcome.
      At Southeastern, Turner has performed in numerous opera and music theatre productions, including the recent Opera/Music Theatre Workshop production of La Divina. She will be a featured soloist with the Southeastern Concert Choir when the university's premier vocal ensemble performs the Bach Magnificat at Holy Ghost Catholic Church on April 30 at 3 p.m. 
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Annual Tom Sharp golf tournament to benefit hurricane scholarship fund
Golfers can sign up now for the April 21 Tom Sharp Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by Southeastern's Delta Tau Delta alumni chapter.
      Proceeds from the annual tournament at Hammond's Oak Knoll Country Club will go to Southeastern's Katrina Scholarship Fund, which was established to assist the approximately 700 Southeastern students who have been unable to return to the university following Louisiana's hurricanes.
      The tournament begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. 
The $125 registration fee includes golf, lunch and complimentary beverages. Participants can also enjoy a buffet and social at 7 p.m. for an additional $40. Hole sponsorship is available for $150. Awards and sponsor recognition will take place at 8 p.m.
      Participants can obtain registration forms online at or at the Southeastern Alumni Center. For additional information, contact the Alumni Center at (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM or Randy Tricou at (985) 386-2050. 
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Tangi alumni hosting baseball tailgating April 12
The Alumni Association's Tangi Chapter invites graduates and friends to a tailgate picnic prior to the April 12 Lions baseball game.
      The Lions will take on the University of Alabama at 6:30 p.m. at Alumni Field. The picnic is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. in Athletic Park, east of the baseball complex.
      Game tickets may be purchased at the gate and discounts are available for alumni.
      For additional information, contact the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
The deadline for submission of applications for the 2006-07 Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement (ITPE) is Thursday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. Original and three copies must be delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, Room 6. More information
      New opportunity: Special award opportunity to work with the Southeastern channel! More information. Deadline is Monday, May 1.
      Workshops (Mark your calendars for your return from Spring break!): All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the center to verify. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the center at ext. 5791 or email us at
      Tuesday, April 25, 12:30 p.m, Twelve Oaks -- Lyceum Lights: Join our series of faculty luncheon lectures designed to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines. The topic this month will be "Moods & Expectations: Contexts for the Teaching/Learning Process" with Dr. Michael Beauvais. Lunch will consist of Italian sausage lasagna, served with tossed salad, breadsticks and lemon meringue pie. Reservation deadline is Thursday, April 20.
      Thursday, April 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m -- Science & Religion Barbeque: The speaker will be Dr. Don Johnson, retired, Naval Research Lab, Stennis Space Center, and the topic will be "Extrapolators and Interpolators will be burned at the stake after the lecture?" 
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Textbook Rental to close for inventory
The Textbook Rental System will be closed for inventory April 18-21 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Computer Science, IT Advisory Committee meets
A total of 55 people attended the March 24 Advisory Committee for Computer Science and Industrial Technology at the Alumni Center. Topics discussed by the committee included curriculum review relative to current trends in business and industry, equipment needs to prepare graduates for immediate employment, and computer hardware and software needed to facilitate this preparation. 
      Advisory Committee Chair Troy Allen of The Shaw Group challenged participants to commit to this committee with the same level of responsibility as they would with other community service projects. He emphasized the importance of their input in assuring that Southeastern provides quality programs for regional businesses and industries. He stressed the added importance of this responsibility because of post Katrina reconstruction. 
      Two new scholarships were announced through the donations of the Jim Owens' family and the John Searles' family, both of which were present at the meeting. 
      This was the first joint advisory committee meeting held with the new department of Computer Science and Industrial technology. The meeting was deemed to be a positive contribution to the future of both departments. Dr. Pete Territo and Dr. Roy Bonnette coordinated the project which is held annually. 
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Robin RobertsFormer Lady Lion Robin Roberts named one of NCAA's 100 most influential athletes
Former Southeastern basketball player Robin Roberts was named one of the NCAA's "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes" in conjunction with the NCAA Centennial Celebration in April.
      Roberts starred on the court for the Lady Lions from 1979-83. She led Southeastern with 15.2 points per contest as a senior, while pacing the squad with 10.3 rebounds and a 53.1 field-goal percentage as a junior. She ranks among the school's career leaders in scoring and rebounding. Roberts is one of four players in school history to top both 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
      Roberts is currently the news anchor for ABC News' popular morning news program, Good Morning America. She began her 20-year career in broadcasting during her time at Southeastern. Although today she concentrates on news, she became nationally-known as one of ESPN's most versatile commentators, whose assignments included hosting SportsCenter and contributing to NFL PrimeTime.
      The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society.
      "The show is really featuring not just the accomplishments student-athletes had in competition, but it's their contribution to society as a whole that's really being celebrated," said John L. Johnson, NCAA director of promotions and events.
      The 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes were chosen by a special panel that included college presidents, athletics directors, faculty representatives, student athletes and conference representatives.
      For a complete list of the "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes", visit
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern baseball team will face Southern Miss and Alabama during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
      The Lions (14-16, 5-7 SLC) will begin the week on Tuesday, facing Southern Miss at 6:30 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss. On Wednesday, Southeastern will host Alabama for a 6:30 p.m. contest at Pat Kenelly Field at Alumni Field. On Friday, the Lions will open a Southland Conference series at Louisiana-Monroe with a 6:30 p.m. contest. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. All Southeastern games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
      The Southeastern softball team (9-25, 5-13 SLC) will return to the field on Wednesday, facing Louisiana Tech in a 4 p.m. doubleheader in Ruston. On Friday, the Lady Lions will open a Southland Conference series at home, hosting Sam Houston State in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. On Saturday, the series concludes with a 12 p.m. contest. Saturday will also be Senior Day, as seniors Amy Ford and Jenaye Zeringue will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
      The Southland Conference champion women's tennis team (17-3, 10-0 SLC) will join with the men's team (14-3, 5-1 SLC) for three doubleheaders this week. On Tuesday, the Lions and Lady Lions will face Southern at 2 p.m. in Baton Rouge. 
      On Wednesday, the two teams will head to Lorman, Miss., for a pair of matches. The Lions and Lady Lions will face Alcorn State at 10 a.m. and Grambling at 2 p.m. Wednesday's matches will be the final matches of the regular season for both Southeastern squads.
      Tuesday, April 11
      Baseball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Men's and Women's Tennis, at Southern, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12
      Baseball, vs. Alabama, Pat Kenelly Field at Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Softball, at Louisiana Tech (DH), Ruston, 4 p.m.
       Men's and Women's Tennis, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 10 a.m. 
      Men's and Women's Tennis, vs. Grambling, Lorman, Miss., 2 p.m
      Friday, April 14
      Baseball, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, La. 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Softball, vs. Sam Houston State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
      Saturday, April 15
      Baseball, at Louisiana-Monroe (DH), Monroe, La. 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Softball, vs. Sam Houston State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m. 
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Professional activities
Dr. Tim Gautreaux, writer-in-residence, was recently awarded the John Dos Passos award by Longwood University in Virginia. The award is given to an author "whose work demonstrates characteristics found in the work of Dos Passos, such as an original exploration of specifically American themes, an experimental quality, and a range of literary forms." Dr. Gautreaux and his wife traveled to Virginia to receive the Award Medal and cash award. Previous winners include Tom Wolfe, Ernest J. Gaines, Annie Proulx, and Shelby Foote.
      J.B. Hill and Lori Smith (Sims Memorial Library) served as panelists for "Your Theme Issue: Do You Have What it Takes to be a Guest Editor?" Smith and Rob Bremer of Louisiana Tech co-presented a session called "Government 101: Online Resources All Libraries Can Use." During the Government Documents Round Table Business Meeting Smith was presented with a certificate of appreciation for revising the Louisiana Directory of Cities, Towns, and Villages. She also serves as chair of LLA's Resolutions Committee, and presented the draft resolutions during the second general session and business meeting.
      A study entitled "Integrating an Athletic Fund Initiative into an Institutional Development Program" by Wendy Johns (Southeastern Development Foundation) is being published by the International Institute for Sport and Human Performance, Kinesiology Publications. The report was her thesis for her master's degree in philanthropy and development, which she recently received from St. Mary's University.
      David Evenson (Music and Dramatic Arts) performed a solo recital on Tulane University's concert series Music at Midday, March 29.
      Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper entitled "Levels and Determinants of Attitude Toward Sex Education in America" at the annual meeting of Population Association of America, held in Los Angeles, March 30-April 1.
      Dr. Jack Bedell (English) read from his poetry book, Come Rain, Come Shine, at West Point and conducted workshops for cadets in the creative writing forum there. Because of this visit, he is currently advising West Point's publication of an anthology of female cadets' poetry. Bedell's poem "L'Avalasse" appears in the Spring 2006 edition of Southern Review. Recently, Bedell also served as final judge for Binghamton University's prestigious Milton Kessler book prize, selecting Delights & Shadows by the current Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.
      Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) has been asked to write a character study on Leroy Moffit from Bobbie Ann Mason's Shiloh for the Student's Companion to American Literary Character, edited by M. J. Bruccoli and R. Lyman. Whitton is also a regular editor for the book reviews for
      Dr. Norman German (English) has had his proposal accepted by the regional magazine The Times of Southwest Louisiana to create monthly crossword puzzles whose themes will be based on local places, people, and events. This contract is the culmination of German's skills as a cruciverbalist (crossword-puzzle enthusiast and constructor), amateur etymologist, and digital artist.
      Dr. David C. Wyld, Maurin Professor of Management, had his article titled, "Is an RFID Tag on the Bag the Answer for Travelers' Lost Luggage Blues?" published in the March/April 2006 issue of Digital RFID.
      Mr. Edward Rode' and Dr. Pete Territo (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) participated in the 48th Annual Louisiana Technology Student Association Leadership Conference that was held April 2-3, in Alexandria. They served as the guest speakers at the opening general session, and also served as judges for promotional graphic, design and disc imaging, extemporaneous speaking, and the Technology Quiz Bowl.
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