ByLion - April 3


On the 'Math Trail'
Faculty conference April 5-7
Honoring "Doc"
Library Week April 2-8
VAS helping NOPL
Nursing stages mock crash
Early registration underway
Congratulations, retirees

Trio opens Guitar Fest April 4
Concert features percussionists
Strawberry Jubilee April 12
SGA hosts young leaders
Baseball tailgate April 12
Gallery showcases students
Social work workshop
Scholarships available
Fiscal year-end reminder
Clock dedicated to Fords
SR workshop schedule
Community awareness bulletin
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Register for NETT Conference
Spears aids displaced students
Authors eye parental roles
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Denham Springs, Lusher students on "Math Trail"On the 'Math Trail'
Students from Denham Springs High School in Livingston Parish and Lusher High School in New Orleans were among approximately 60 high school freshmen and sophomore girls who participated Friday, March 31, in the Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day at Southeastern Louisiana University. The final event of the university's month-long Women's History Month celebration, the day was designed to encourage special interest in mathematics study and careers among young women. The day was organized on campus by education professor Cynthia Elliott of the Department of Teaching and Learning and mathematics professor Tena Golding, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Activities included a "Math Trail" competition in which teams followed an 11-stop route around campus, solving math problems at each stop. Above, from left, Natalie Tanner, Tanya Manka, Karolina Ellard, Arielle Hall, Jessica Johnson, Bayley Crow, and Amy Hanser put their heads together to solve a math problem outside of Southeastern's Fayard Hall.
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Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity April 5-7
The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to it's fifth annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research & Creativity, scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, through Friday, April 7, in Tinsley Hall, room 103.
      The conference provides a forum for sharing faculty members' successful practices, projects, creative endeavors. For information on specific times and sessions please visit
      For reservations call ext. 5791 or email Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the center to verify.
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Robert "Doc" Goodwin and Alumni President Ken KenellyHonoring 'Doc' for three decades of service
At halftime of the annual Spring Football Game, Lions fans had the opportunity to send off retiring athletics trainer, Robert “Doc” Goodwin, in style during a special halftime presentation. Goodwin is retiring effective April 5 following 31 years of dedicated service to the university and athletics department. Among the presentations to Doc at the halftime ceremony were the keys to the City of Hammond by Mayor Mayson Foster and, above, a Southeastern ring by Alumni Association President Ken Kenelly. Happy retirement, Doc!
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Library celebrates National Library Week, April 2-8
Sims Memorial Library has special events planned for National Library Week, April 2-8.
      "This year's theme is 'Change your world@yourlibrary,'" said Director Eric Johnson. "The faculty and staff of Sims Memorial Library is inviting everyone to join in the celebration along with us and libraries across the country."
      In addition to daily events, the library will continue its tradition of waiving all overdue fees for library materials returned during National Library Week.
      On Monday, April 3, in the library lobby, cake will be served from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and a clarinet recital will be presented at 1 p.m.
      English faculty poets Jack Bedell and Alison Pelegrin will read from their works on Tuesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. on the library's third floor.
      The library's annual National Library Week book sale will be held in the lobby on Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Thursday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Also on April 6, readings will be presented by Greg Johnson, Kathryn Lane, Danielle DeLisle, Duncan Kemp, and Nolde Alexius, 7 p.m. on the third floor.
      For additional information, visit
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Visual Arts Society aids New Orleans Public Library
Southeastern's Visual Arts Society is holding a book donation drive to benefit the New Orleans Public Library system, which was hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. "So far we have received at least 10 large boxes of books, and have had $200 donated in our name to the NOPL," said advisor Irene Nero.
      Drop off points have been established in East Stadium next to the Contemporary Art Gallery and in the Clark Hall downstairs lobby. The drive will continue through Thursday, April 13.
      For additional information about assisting NOPL visit this link.

Nursing students stage mock car crash at Ponchatoula High SchoolMock crash stresses dangers of drinking and driving
Emergency personnel "rescue" Ponchatoula High School students in the aftermath of a mock car crash Wednesday. The mock fatality was staged on the high school football field by students from the School of Nursing to graphically demonstrate to the high school's juniors and seniors what could happen if they make the destructive decision to drive after drinking alcohol. The "crash" took place one month prior to PHS's prom. Six high school students portrayed the roles of couples who crash head on while on their way to the PHS prom, which will be held next month. In the mock fatality, two students were "critically injured" and one "died." The simulation was complete with ambulances, medical evacuation helicopter, body bags, sobriety tests, and grieving parents. Senior nursing students Adam Butler, Eric Babineaux, Pam Dawson, Erica Diebold, Jennifer Hoffman, Ardath Plauche, and Sasha Riecke coordinated the event as their "Capstone Project," a community-based health program required for graduation. Participants included the Ponchatoula fire and police departments, Acadian Ambulance, State Police Troop L, the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office, and Geisler Funeral Home. 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, Judge Grace Gasaway, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards and Trooper Louis Calato were among the speakers and "I pledge not to drink and drive" armbands were distributed to all the students.
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Fall early registration underway
April 3-7 is the early registration period for the fall 2006 semester.
      Students eligible to participate in the early class scheduling will receive notice of early registration dates and details through their official campus e-mail accounts
      Students may access those accounts through the "WebMail" link on the university's home page, They may also view class schedules, check registration appointments and find easy-to-follow instructions through the "LEONet" link on the bottom of the university home page,
      Students in good financial standing with the university may participate in early registration. They may check account balances online or contact the Controller's Office, Student Accounts Receivable, (985) 549-2068. Students are also reminded to make appointments with their department for academic advising.
      Students may register from any computer with Internet access. Computer labs available for early registration are located in Fayard Hall, rooms 122 and 129, and North Campus Main Building, room 160.
Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 21.
      For information on early registration, call (985) 549-2066, (985) 549-2062, or 1-800-222-7358.
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2006 retireesCongratulations, retirees
At a special reception on March 29, Southeastern thanked the 23 faculty and staff members who are retiring after a combined 450 years of service. Pictured with President Randy Moffett, standing, far right, are, from left, seated, Dorothy Timberlake, Educational Leadership and Technology; Angie Arnone, Controller's Office; Elaine Annina, Health Center; Grace Hu, Computer Science; Beth Gray, Mathematics; standing, John Searles, Industrial Technology; Jim Owens, Industrial Technology; Bill Parrill, Communication; Larry Hymel, University Center; Paul Marek, University Police; and David Schwab, Biological Sciences. Not shown were Jerilu Bankston, Human Resources; Joyce Bigner and Faye Carlton, Sims Memorial Library; Linda Gatlin, Teaching and Learning; Georgia James, Lee Paille III and Michael Primas, Physical Plant; Annie Moschitta, Continuing Education; John Stephenson, Athletics; Tom Terrell, University Counseling Center; Nancy Williamson, Controller's Office; and Genevieve Wise, Food Services.
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Trio SonacionTrio Sonacion - Southeastern music faculty Patrick Kerber, right, and Jeff Rogers, right, and mezzo-soprano Patricia Ramirez, will present a concert of Spanish music on April 4 to open the university's annual Guitar Festival. The free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
April 4 Trio Sonacion concert opens Guitar Festival
Southeastern's Guitar Festival, which will feature concerts and events throughout April, opens on April 4 with a performance of Spanish music by Trio Sonacion.
      The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Trio Sonacion includes a pair of guitarists, Southeastern music faculty members Patrick Kerber and Jeff Rogers, and mezzo soprano Patricia Ramirez, a Southeastern alumnus.
       "This will be our seventh annual festival of guitar music at Southeastern," said Kerber, "and this concert should be a colorful opening!"
      Kerber, coordinator of guitar activities for the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, said the trio will perform the music of Enrique Granados, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Manuel de Falla in settings of guitar duo, voice and guitar, and voice with two guitars.
      "This music is very accessible and easy to listen to - completely Spanish in its character," said Kerber. "Though a good deal of the music is based on Spanish folk music and flamenco, the composers present the Spanish character each in their own unique style, and each in a very sophisticated manner.
      "We have had success with this program that appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners," he added.
      Rogers, the newest addition to the guitar faculty in the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, holds performance degrees from the Peabody Conservatory. He has performed as a soloist and in numerous chamber settings in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
      Ramirez, a native of Honduras, has performed in Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. Recently in Mississippi she performed with Placido Domingo and Ana Maria Martinez and the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Southern Chorale, which recently performed at Carnegie Hall.
      Additional Guitar Festival events include:
      "All Styles Guitar Night," April 11, 7:30 p.m., an evening of jazz, folk, light pop, and classical guitar under the stars at the Performance Circle adjacent to the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
       A guest recital by guitarist Robert Wetzel, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Wetzel will also present a master class on April 26 at noon, in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, room 124.
       A concert by the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, performing Renaissance to contemporary music for two, three, four and 20 guitar, April 27, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
       For additional information on the Southeastern Guitar Festival, contact Kerber (985) 549-2886 or
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"Concertino for Four Percussion," one of the works that will be performed by the Southeastern Wind Symphony in its April 6 concert, will feature, from left, Stephen Hux Jr. of New Orleans, marimba; A. J. Allulli of Mandeville, vibraphone; Travis Henthorn of Mandeville, timpani and bells; and Dale Rhodes of Slidell, marimba and xylophone.
Wind Symphony April 6 concert features percussionists
The Southeastern Wind Symphony's spring concert, "Ghost Train," will showcase four outstanding percussionists in a major new work by American composer David Gillingham. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
       Wind Symphony Conductor Glen Hemberger said seniors Dale Rogers of Slidell and Stephen Hux Jr. of New Orleans, and sophomores A.J. Allulli and Travis Henthorn, both of Mandeville, will be featured in Gillingham's "Concertino for Four Percussion."
       The piece, Hemberger said, "is a tour-de-force for the soloists, showcasing in this demanding and exhilarating piece the extreme range of colors and dynamics of keyboard, membrane and auxiliary instruments." The work features marimbas, xylophone, timpani, vibraphone, and bass drums.
       The concert's central piece is the "Ghost Train Triptych" by Eric Whitacre.
       "In 'Ghost Train,' the composer explores the legend of a supernatural machine that roars out of the night through forgotten towns and empty canyons, a vision deeply rooted in American folklore," Hemberger said. "Whitacre paints an impressive musical portrait as the train blazes across the countryside, moonlight glistening off it's dark steel. What results is a highly enjoyable, entertaining, and difficult work for wind band."
       The program will open with Leonard Bernstein's classic work, the "Overture to 'Candide.'"
       "Lighthearted and spirited in nature, the overture is based on songs from the 1950's musical of the same name," Hemberger said.
       The program shifts direction with "A Movement for Rosa" by Mark Camphouse. Camphouse is director of bands at Radford University in Virginia and was a guest conductor with the Wind Symphony in 2002. He composed the piece to honor civil rights heroine Rosa Parks.
       "This musically demanding work explores her life in three enthralling and contrasting sections, and is based around the hymn, 'We Shall Overcome,'" Hemberger said.
       The Wind Symphony and guest conductor Jeff Vaughan, director of Southeastern's "Spirit of the Southland" marching band, will also present the oft-performed and lyrical "Blessed are They," adapted for wind band from the 1868 "German Requiem" of Johannes Brahms.
       Admission for the concert is $5 for adults, and $3 for senior citizens and Southeastern faculty, and staff. The concert is free for all students with I.D., regardless of age. Doors to the Columbia Theatre will open at 6:45 p.m.
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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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Student at Young Leaders Converence play "Untagle the Web"SGA leadership conference hosts 180 students
The Student Government Association's third annual Young Leaders Conference for area high school students was the largest ever. Approximately 180 students for 16 junior high and high schools attended the day-long event, March 31, which stressed a variety of leadership and organizational skills from communication to goal-setting. Above, students participate in "Untangle the Web," a team-building exercise in which they have to untangle themselves while not letting go of their hands.
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Tangi alumni hosts baseball tailgate 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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Kelly Mueller and Ivana VasicArt major Ivana Vasic, right, poses with her drawing instructor Kelly Mueller and the self-portraits that earned her the Gail Hood Award for best of show in the Southeastern student art exhibit on display through April 12 at Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
Gallery showcases student artwork
The works of Southeastern students will be on display until Thursday, April 13, at the university's Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
       The Department of Visual Arts exhibit showcases 270 works of art from the department's best students. It represents all of the courses taught in the department including ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
       At the show opening, 12 students received awards. Receiving the Gail Hood Award for best of show was Ivana Vasic, who is exhibiting a pair of self-portrait figure drawings. Vasic is an art major from Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro. She created her works in a basic drawing class taught by Department of Visual Arts instructor Kelly Mueller.
The best of show award has been named in honor of long time faculty member, artist and photographer Gail Hood of Covington, who will retire this year.
       Other student artists who received awards are Maleya Rousseau, Baton Rouge; Sarah Maricelli, Covington; Benjamin Netterville, Denham Springs; Jamie Burkhalter, Franklinton; Heidi Elbers, Mandeville; Rebecca Robinson, Gonzales; Stella Humphries, Holden; Steven Abadie, Ponchatoula; and Rob Fairburn and Michael Sealy, Tickfaw.
       The juror for the exhibition was Jean Donegan, coordinator of the art department at Nicholls State University.
       Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, contact Dale Newkirk, gallery director, at 985-549-5080.
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Participants in annual social work workshopWorkshop for social workers
Southeastern's Social Work program and the Office of Community Services (OCS), Region IX, hosted their annual conference for social work educators, professionals, foster families and adoptive families on March 31 at the Southeastern University Center. Dozens of child welfare professionals as well as Southeastern social work students attended the fifth annual conference. Southeastern President Randy Moffett and Maurice Badon, coordinator of Southeastern's child welfare program, were among those welcoming the workshop's speakers, Marketa Garner Gautreau, assistant secretary of the Office of Community Service; Myra N. Magee, president of the Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parent Association; and Jennifer Fabacher, executive director of the K-Bar-B Youth Ranch. From left, are, front, Fabacher, Magee, Gautreau, College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen, Moffett; back, Robert Couvillion, OCS Covington regional administrator, and Badon.
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Student Foundation scholarships available
The Southeastern Student Foundation is awarding four $1,000 Student Foundation Leadership Scholarships to Southeastern students who have demonstrated leadership qualities through involvement in university and/or community affairs.
       Applications may be obtained through the appropriate student organizations or financial aid. The deadline for application is Tuesday, April 18. For more information contact Wendy Johns at 549-5225.
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Fiscal year-end deadline reminder
This is a reminder to all operating funded budget units an administration deadline is established for the submission of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department. Failure to submit requisitions by the prescribed deadline may result in administration liquidation of remaining budgeted funds after this date.
       Since April 15 falls on a Saturday this year and Southeastern will be closed on Good Friday, then the deadline will be Thursday, April 13.
       If the purchase of an item may require preparation, bid solicitation and delivery time greater than 75 days, then the budget unit is reminded Acts 51 and 962 of the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature require goods and services to be physically received on or before June 30 of the fiscal year.
       Any restricted or grant accounts requiring physical receipt of goods or services by a specified deadline should adhere to the same April 13 deadline or equivalent 75 day lead period to insure the timely processing and receipt of goods or services by June 30 or other deadline, respectively.
       For more information, visit or contact your assigned procurement specialist.
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Dedicating the Ford ClockA plaque dedicating the former Citizens National Bank clock to the memory of the family of the late Judge Leon Ford III was unveiled at a special campus ceremony. From left are Southeastern President Randy Moffett, Leon Ford III, Jacob Dufreche, Chris Dufreche, Jack Gautier, Christine Dufreche, Roy Dufreche, Helen Ford Dufreche, Logan Guess and Phil Livingston.
Clock dedicated to Ford family
For more than half a century, the Citizens National Bank clock served as a highly visible landmark in downtown Hammond.
       Now, after 20 years of storage and extensive restoration, the historic clock has a new life keeping time for students on campus.
       While the clock has hung from the corner of McCliman's Hall for nearly a year, the university recently officially dedicated the timepiece to the memory of the family of the late Judge Leon Ford III, a local historian and Southeastern benefactor who died last year. The clock memoralizes Judge Ford and his wife Ginger and his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Ford Jr.
       "Judge Ford had a tremendous fascination and passion for history, especially the history of our region which he felt was greatly neglected," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett prior to the unveiling of the dedication plaque. "To him, the clock represented a part of the history of our area, and he wanted to see it as a connection between the Southeastern campus and the city of Hammond."
       After several bank sales, the clock - estimated to have been built between 1915 and 1920 - became a possession of AmSouth Bank, which donated it to Southeastern through the influence of Judge Ford and his wife Ginger who served for many years on the Citizens National Bank Board of Directors. The Ford Family Foundation provided the funds to have the clock completely refurbished with new copper sheeting and new movements and master control installed.
       Moffett called Judge Ford, who was a graduate of Southeastern prior to going to law school "a remarkable, sensitive, caring person" who served as an unofficial ambassador for the university and an advisor to several Southeastern presidents.
       "Over the years, he maintained close ties to the university and assisted in the establishment of the university's criminal justice program, including teaching night courses in criminal law, procedure and evidence," Moffett said. "Later he established Southeastern's first endowed chair, the Leon Ford Family Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, which is domiciled in the Department of History and Political Science. It was Judge Ford's desire that this endowment would stimulate interest and awareness in what he considered to be one of the most understudied regions of Louisiana."
      The plaque will be mounted beneath the clock on McCliman's Hall, the site of the original Southeastern Training School, which Judge Ford attended for several years. The school was the predecessor of the current Southeastern Lab School.
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Spring 2006 Sponsored Research workshop schedule
Registration is suggested, but not required, for the following workshop hosted by Sponsored Research. For more information, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 985-549-5312 or e-mail
      Writing Sub Contracts and More, April 6, 2-3 p.m., McClimans Hall, Room 204: Needing to sub contract grant activities? Learn how to navigate a Southeastern web site for consulting service contract and cooperative agreement examples and requirements from Ed Gautier, director of purchasing. (Please note that this workshop was originally scheduled for two days.)
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Community awareness bulletin
The University Police Department is investigating a report of two auto burglaries near Old Taylor Hall believed to have occurred on Wednesday, March 22, between 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Windows on the vehicles were shattered and purses that had been left inside the vehicles were taken. These incidents are under investigation. Anyone having information about these incidents is asked to contact the University Police Department at 985-549-2222.
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News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
Faculty Development Grant Program:
Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2006-07 academic year. Guidelines. Application forms
      Deadline for proposals is Friday, April 7. Proposals are to be hand delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6. Absolutely no proposals will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.
      The Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative: The center is soliciting proposals to develop innovative courses or to integrate innovative teaching and/or assessment elements into existing courses. Deadline for proposals is Monday, April 10. Original proposal and four copies must be delivered to the center, Tinsley Annex, room 6 by 4:30 p.m. More information, application form
      Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement: The center is proud to announce the 2006-07 Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement (ITPE) which will focus on "Issues in Assessment." Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. Original and three copies must be delivered to the center. More information
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Get Connected! Teachers and Technology showcased at NETT conference
Register now for NETT 2006, scheduled July 20-21.
      The third annual Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology (NETT) Conference, a collaborative endeavor by Southeastern, Delgado Community College and St. Tammany Parish School Board, is slated for July 20- 21, 2006 and is now accepting registrations. NETT 2006 will provide educators with the knowledge and skills to integrate technology into the classroom.
      This year's conference has expanded to include two days of technology workshops and sessions. On Thursday, July 20, optional pre-conference workshops will be held at various locations, including the Southeastern St. Tammany Center, Southeastern's Hammond campus, Delgado Covington Center, and Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville.
      The second day of the conference, Friday, July 21, will begin with an exciting and informative general session followed by several different 60-minute concurrent sessions. Participants will be able to select concurrent sessions from a list of topics ranging from distance learning, e-learning, digital media, to technology grants and professional development.
      There will be fun and games along the way and lunch is included on both days.
      Participants can register for the conference and one optional pre-conference workshop by logging on to The pre-conference workshops are limited in size and are expected to fill up quickly.
      For more information, call (985) 893-6251 or e-mail
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Joe Miller, vice president for university advancement, Lynne Spears, and Kathy Pittman, director of the Alumni AssociationThe Spears Hurricane Relief Foundation bolstered Southeastern's Hurricane Katrina scholarship fund with a recent $50,000 contribution. Presenting a check to Alumni Association Ken Kenelly is Jamie Lynn Spears. Observing are, from left, Joe Miller, vice president for university advancement, Lynne Spears, and Kathy Pittman, director of the Alumni Association.
Spears Hurricane Relief Foundation, alumni contribute to Katrina Fund
Bolstered by a $50,000 contribution from the Spears Hurricane Relief Foundation, a special Southeastern Hurricane Katrina scholarship fund initiated by the university's Alumni Association and Development Foundation is now approaching $150,000.
      The funds will provide potential financial assistance to nearly 700 Southeastern students who have been unable to return to the university, said Southeastern President Randy Moffett.
      Following the hurricane, approximately 1,300 students withdrew from Southeastern due to storm-related personal issues. About half of those students have returned to Southeastern.
      "Britney and the whole family, we love our area, and we know that a lot of people are still hurting after the hurricane," said Lynne Spears, Britney Spears' mother. "We wanted to find some ways to help people who were affected. As a parent and educator myself, I want to see these students return to school and complete their educations."
      "We appreciate the support we are receiving from alumni and other friends of the university," Moffett added. "Likewise, the contribution from the Spears Hurricane Relief Foundation is very significant in enabling us to help these displaced students. Britney Spears is a celebrity with local roots who cares deeply about her home state and region."
      Spears is from Kentwood, located about 30 miles north of Southeastern's Hammond campus.
       "A significant number of our students have been unable to return to school," Moffett said. "Their homes were destroyed or severely damaged, some lost their jobs, and others relocated to various regions of Louisiana or to other states."
      "We're concerned about these students and hope that we can make it somewhat easier for them to return to Southeastern by helping defray some of their costs," Moffett said. "These scholarships will ease some of the financial burden of returning to school for former students who are still dealing with the impact of the storm."
      Applicants for the scholarship must be former Southeastern students who lived in a hurricane-affected zip code as defined by the state, were enrolled at Southeastern at the time of the storm, and withdrew from the university. Additional information on the scholarship is available from the Southeastern Office of Scholarship Services at 985-549-5116.
      Immediately after the storm, the Southeastern Development Foundation and the Alumni Association began raising money for the scholarship fund, reaching out to previous individual donors and to various philanthropic organizations.
      "We asked our chapter organizations to devote their fund raising activities this year to the Hurricane Katrina Scholarship Fund," said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. "They have responded enthusiastically, as we knew they would. We hope to raise about $50,000 from the alumni chapters."
      She said the alumni chapters that have committed to the effort are the Former Football Players Association, the Redstick Chapter, Delta Tau Delta, the athletic support group the FE-Lions, and the Alumni Association itself.
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Rita and Marco PortalesAuthors stress role of parents, teachers
Authors Rita and Marco Portales emphasized the importance of parents and teachers taking active roles in improving educational systems in Louisiana as well as the rest of the nation in a special lecture last week at Sims Memorial Library.
      "We must repair the system or we will suffer a lower quality of life for the next couple of generations," said Marco Portales. The couple read stories from their book, Quality Education for Latinos and Latinas.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern baseball, softball and women's tennis teams continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
      The Southeastern baseball team (13-13, 4-5 SLC) took two of three at Southland Conference rival Sam Houston State this week. Before returning to league action, the Lions will head to Mobile, Ala. for a 6:30 p.m. contest on Wednesday at South Alabama.
      Following the midweek game, the Lions will return home to host Texas-San Antonio for a three-game SLC set at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The series opens on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. game, before continuing on Saturday at 3 p.m. First pitch of the series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. All four of this week's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
      The Southeastern softball team (9-21, 5-10 SLC) snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-6 victory at league foe Nicholls State on Sunday. Southeastern will host four games at North Oak Park this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions will host in-state foe LSU on Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern and McNeese State open a three-game SLC series with a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The series concludes on Sunday at 12 p.m.
      The women's tennis team (15-3, 8-0 SLC) will look to clinch the SLC regular season title this week. The Lady Lions, ranked 56th in the nation, will head to Texas State on Saturday and Texas-San Antonio on Sunday. Both matches will be at 10 a.m. If Southeastern wins one match, they will clinch a share of the title. Southeastern will earn the outright league championship with a pair of road wins.
      The men's golf team, fresh off a win at last week's Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, will compete in its final tournament before the SLC Championships. The Lions will be in Auburn, Ala. for the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, which runs Friday through Sunday.
      The men's tennis team (13-2, 5-1 SLC) will head to Birmingham, Ala., for a pair of non-conference matches this week. The Lions, currently ranked 58th in the most recent ITA national polls, will face Samford on Tuesday at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Southeastern will face Alabama-Birmingham at 1 p.m.
      The men's and women's track and field teams will compete in two meets this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Relays on Thursday through Saturday. Also on Saturday, members of the Southeastern squads will be in Oxford, Miss. to compete in the Ole Miss Relays.
      Tuesday, April 4
      Men's Tennis, at Samford, Birmingham, Ala., 2 p.m.
      Wednesday, April 5
      Baseball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Softball, vs. LSU, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
      Men's Tennis, at Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala., 1 p.m.
      Thursday, April 6
      Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
      Friday, April 7
      Baseball, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Men's Golf, at Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Auburn, Ala., All Day
      Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
      Saturday, April 8
      Baseball, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Softball, vs. McNeese State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
      Women's Tennis, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 10 a.m.
      Men's Golf, at Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Auburn, Ala., All Day
      Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
      Track and Field, at Ole Miss Relays, Oxford, Miss., All Day
      Sunday, April 9
      Baseball, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Softball, vs. McNeese State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
      Women's Tennis, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 10 a.m.
      Men's Golf, at Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Auburn, Ala., All Day
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Professional activities
At the request of the Chief of Staff of the Louisiana State Senate, David C. Wyld (Maurin Professor of Management) delivered a presentation entitled "Reverse Auctions: A New Way of Buying for Government" to the Louisiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge on March 30th. The presentation before state, parish and local government officials was meant to illustrate the potential for Louisiana to follow the lead of other governments to implement reverse auctions in their procurement operations to save considerable taxpayer dollars. Dr. Wyld has been a leading advocate of reverse auctions in government procurement through his research and publications in this area for the last five years.
      Also, Dr. Wyld's article, "Nicaragua: The 'New India' for Call Center Operations?," was published in the January 2006 issue of MultiLingual Computing & Technology. "Biometrics at the Disney Gates" was published in the March 2, 2006, edition of SecureIDNews. The article is available online.
      Southeastern's Writer-In-Residence Olympia Vernon (English) is on a book tour to promote her latest work, A Killing in This Town. From March 29-April 1 she participated in the Mississippi Delta Literary Tour, traveling from Greenwood to Sumner, and ending in Oxford, Miss. On April 7, she will be at the Canadian Library Association conference in Alabama, while on April 8 she will take part in the Southern Kentucky Book Festival in Bowling Green, K.Y. On April 29, she will be at Duke University in Durham, N.C., to take part in a panel with Lewis Nordan.
      Dr. Lin Knutson (English) recently signed a contract for her latest article, "Broken Forms: The Construction of National Identify in the post-1990 poetry of Adrienne Rich," that will appear in Perspectives on the Career and Influence of Adrienne Rich, published by Cambridge Scholars Press.
      An article by Dr. Ruth Caillouet (English) appears in ALAN Review (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English). Titled "The Adolescent War: Finding Our Way on the Battlefield," the article is a critical analysis of recent adolescent war fiction with particular emphasis on stories about young people caught on the battlefields everywhere from the Civil War and World War II to Gaza City. Caillouet also has an article in the March edition of English Journal called "Creating Purpose and a Renaissance in Research." It focuses on an approach for teaching research methods by giving students a real purpose. The article ideas stem from her years of teaching research papers in high school classrooms.
      June Dunn (English) presented the paper "Medea Ireland: World War I, Ireland, and Motherhood in Kathleen Coyle's A Flock of Birds and Rosamond Jacob's The Troubled House" at the First World War & Popular Culture Conference at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK, March 31-April 2.
      Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a research paper titled "A Community Study of Disaster Impacts and Redevelopment Issues Facing East Biloxi, Mississippi" at the annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans on March 23. Her co-authors were John Green, Albert Nylander, and Monica Rosas of Delta State University.
      A regional magazine, The Times of Southwest Louisiana, has accepted a proposal by Norman German (English) to create monthly crossword puzzles whose themes will be based on local places, people, and events. The contract is the culmination of German's skills as a cruciverbalist (crossword-puzzle enthusiast and constructor), amateur etymologist, and digital artist.
      Dr. Rhonda Cross, Karen Lew and Josh Yellen (Kinesiology and Health Studies) took 24 athletic training majors to Columbus, Ga., to the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic and Hospital to participate in a cadaver dissection of a shoulder. This is the first time that students in the athletic training education program have had the opportunity to participate in such an activity. Lew and Yellen also gave presentations at the 21st Annual Southeast Athletic Trainers Association Student Symposium in Atlanta. Lew presented on communicable and non-communicable diseases in athletics and Yellen presented on athletic training career opportunities. Eight Southeastern students also attended the conference.
      Dr. Kellen Gilbert (Sociology and Criminal Justice) gave an invited lecture titled "Red Howling Monkeys in Central Amazonia: Making a Living in Fragmented Forest" at Tulane University. The talk was sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the graduate program in Anthropology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
      Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper entitles "Money as a Factor of Opportunity for Illicit Drug Use among High School Seniors" at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society held in New Orleans, March 22-25. Also at the conference, Applied Sociology graduate students Melanie B. Norwood and Dominique Brown presented "Working to Their Own Detriment: The Underclass and the American Dream" and "Hip Hop on the Bayou: High School Academicians' Attitudes Toward Adolescent African American Males," respectively.
      Dr. Brian S. Canfield (Counseling and Human Development) has been awarded a 2006-2007 Fulbright Grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Cyprus Fulbright Commission to serve as a lecturer/researcher in the Republic of Cyprus on the project "Advancing Applications of Family Therapy in Cyprus." The project will include the development of strategies utilizing systemic family therapy to address cultural and religious conflict between the Turkish Cypriot Muslim and Greek Cypriot Christian communities.
      Commentary by Dr. Richard David Ramsey (General Business) has been published by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in review of the NASBA proposal on the 150-semester-hour requirement for the CPA exam as the requirement relates to business communication education. Ramsey's commentary is available online.
      Dr. Jeff Totten (Marketing) presented two papers at the Midwest Business Administration Association Conference on March 15-18. The papers, both published in the proceedings, were titled "Pharmaceutical Advertising: Changes in the Wind" and "To Donate or Not to Donate: That is the Question." MBA student Renee Vinson was co-author of the paper on pharmaceutical advertising. Dr. Totten also attended a board meeting of the Society for Case Research and served as a discussant for an incident session.
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