ByLion -- August 28

Wyld receives 'Rising Star' award
KSLU airs 'Katrina Stories'
Teitler named Project NExT fellow
Thanks for the service
Jumpstart sets reading record
BOR grants workshop
Center for Faculty Excellence news
This week in athletics
Wardrobe party honors Durham
Faculty co-host national meeting
Professional activities

David WyldWyld receives national award
Southeastern management professor David Wyld has been selected as a recipient of the national "Rising Star Award," presented by e-Gov Institute and Federal Computer Week, as an up and coming leader in the government information technology community. 
     "The award recognizes Dr. Wyld's work in the application of RFID technology in the Department of Defense and elsewhere in the public sector," said Randy Settoon, dean of the College of Business.
     Wyld will receive the award at a gala in Washington, D.C., on October 12. He also will be profiled in an October issue of Federal Computer Week
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KSLU to rebroadcast 'Katrina: In Their Own Words' Tuesday
In recognition of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall, KSLU 90.9 FM, Southeastern's public radio station, will broadcast "Katrina: In Their Own Words" on Tuesday, August 29, at 5:30 p.m.
     The 30-minute program documents the stories, thoughts and writings of students and teachers impacted by the storm. The show, produced by KSLU Interim General Manager Todd Delaney, was a collaboration between KSLU and the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project at Southeastern.
     Writers from kindergarten to college age along with their teachers participated in "Katrina: In Their Own Words." Southeastern English faculty brought the KSLU project into their classrooms by assigning students to write essays or poetry, and, in the case of SLWP Director Richard Louth, song lyrics. The lyrics were put to music by SLWP teacher consultant and musician Robert Calmes, who performs several of the songs during the program.
     "Katrina: In Their Own Words" can also be heard online at For more information, contact KSLU at (985) 549-2330.
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Zach Teitler
Mathematics professor selected national 'Project NExT' fellow
Zach Teitler, assistant professor of mathematics, has been selected as participants in the prestigious national program, Project NExT.
     Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) draws from new or recent doctoral degree recipients who are interested in improving the teaching and learning methods of undergraduate mathematics students. Approximately 80 fellows are chosen annually.
     Teitler, who joined the mathematics faculty last year, is the fourth Southeastern professor to have been chosen for the program. Associate professor Kent Neuerberg was selected in 1999, while former mathematics faculty members Jonathan Hatch and Katherine Roegner served as NExT fellows in 2001.
     Fellows who participate in Project NExT attend national workshops and meetings and network among other mathematicians who share their interest and concerns about balancing teaching, research, and professional service. The Mathematical Association of America links the fellows throughout the country via an electronic network.
     Teitler participated in Project NExT workshops in Knoxville, Tenn., August 7-12, in conjunction with the national conference of the Mathematics Association of America. He will attend additional workshops in New Orleans next January and in San Jose, Calif., next August.
     A California native, Teitler received his bachelor's degree from the University California Santa Barbara in 2000 and doctorate in 2005 from the University of Michigan. 
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President Moffett and Barbara Hyde, 35-year service awardThanks for excellent service
Southeastern faculty and staff were honored for 25, 30 and 35 years of service at last week's faculty and staff convocation. Congratulations - and thank you! - to all the recipients. Right, Barbara Hyde, School of Nursing, received a 35-year service award. 25 year recipients (first photo below), shown with President Randy Moffett, are, from left, front, Barbara Brooks, Jane Chutz, Patricia Duplessis, Janet Quarles, Lynn Stirling, Diane Strickland, Sheila Tregre, Steve Soutullo; back, Melanie King, David Ramsey, Betty Jones, Georgia Lacour, Donna Methvien, Ginger Newman, Karen Moody, Terry Passman. Not shown are Charles Briggs, Anita Farkas, Scott Fletcher, Annie Knighten, and Joseph Patti. 30-year recipients (second photo below), are, from left, President Randy Moffett, Sara Bidner, Don Elbers, Robert "Doc" Goodwin, Betty Guy, Barbara Moffett, Elizabeth Partridge, Harold West, and Mike Whisenhunt. Not shown are Larry Gray and Jack Lamonte.
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25 year service awards
30 year service awards

Mayor reads proclamationJumpstart sets new reading record
"We did it," said Louvenia Askew, outgoing site manager for Hammond Jumpstart. The Southeastern-based program was among hundreds of others nationwide promoting participation in Jumpstart's "Read for the Record" campaign, a national campaign to engage tens of thousands of adults and children in setting the world record for the largest ever shared reading experience.
     Jumpstart Hammond encouraged readers to sign up at to read the campaign's official book, The Little Engine That Could, last Thursday. According to the Web site, the record was set with the book being read to more than 103,000 children -- and still counting. 
     Above, Hammond Mayor Mason Foster, second from right, reads and signs a "Read for the Record" proclamation at the Hammond Library. Joining him for the ceremony were, from left, Askew; Jumpstart Hammond faculty advisor Cynthia Elliott, associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning; Hammond children's librarian Karen Plauche; Tangipahoa Parish Library Director Christopher Kuechmann; and Diane Allen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development.
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Board of Regents Grant Workshop
A Board of Regents grant workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union, Pelican Room 229. The workshop provides a great opportunity to meet with representatives from the Board of Regents to discuss grant ideas and ask questions. 
     For more information on the workshop, call Margaret Adelmann at 549-5312 or e-mail
     Board of Regents 2006-2007 Support Fund Grants 
     Research and Development Program: RCS & ITRS -- 2006-2007 Disciplines Eligible: Physics/Astronomy, Mathematics, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering A (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, etc.), Social Sciences, Biological Sciences (eligible every year), Computer & Information Sciences (eligible every year), Earth/Environmental Sciences (eligible every year).
     Enhancement Program -- 2006-2007 Disciplines Eligible: Arts, Earth/Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Health & Medical Sciences, Engineering A (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, etc.), Multidisciplinary.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All Center for Faculty Excellence 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. For information, contact the center at ext. 5791 or e-mail us at
     Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. -- Blackboard Introduction: The workshop will cover Blackboard navigation, setting course availability, posting the course syllabus, posting announcements, using e-mail, managing the gradebook and posting grades 
     Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. -- PowerPoint: The workshop is designed to introduce the functionality and assist faculty in developing lessons in Power Point to assist in easier presentation of information to their students. 
     Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Thursday, 9-11 a.m. -- Excel for Gradekeeping: Learn the basics of Excel. Emphasis will be placed on how to keep a gradebook using Excel. 
     Calls for proposals
     Teaching enhancement grant proposals: The Center for Faculty Excellence announces the call for proposals for Teaching Enhancement Grants for the current fiscal year. The grants are designed to enhance classroom teaching in the areas of Professional Development in Teaching, Course Enhancement, and Curriculum Development or Revision. Proposals are due by September 22. More information is available at
     Travel, mini, journal grant proposals for the second quarter are due in the Center for Faculty Excellence by Friday, September 1. The forms can be found at
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Lions open seasonThis week in athletics
The Southeastern football team opens up its 2006 season this week, facing New Mexico State on Thursday at 8 p.m. (CST) in Las Cruces, N.M.
     The Lions are heading into their second season under head coach Dennis Roland. Southeastern finished 4-6 in 2005 and return 13 starters, including seven from a defense that finished third in the Southland Conference in yards allowed. New Mexico State, coached by former Lion head coach Hal Mumme, is looking to rebound from a 0-12 finish in 2005. Thursday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM. 
     The Southeastern volleyball team (0-3) will hold its home opener this week, hosting Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center. Admission is free. Following Tuesday's match, the Lady Lions will head to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the Jacksonville University Tournament. Southeastern will face the host Lady Dolphins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern takes on Lafayette at 11 a.m. and Georgia Southern at 3 p.m.
     The women's soccer team (1-1) is also scheduled to return to action this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions will be in Mobile, Ala., to face South Alabama at 7 p.m. Southeastern will remain in Mobile and face Troy on Sunday at 4 p.m. on the South Alabama campus. 
     The women's cross country team will compete in its first meet of 2006 this week. The Lady Lions compete in the Tulane Invitational on Friday at City Park in New Orleans.
     Tuesday, August 29
     Volleyball, vs. Alcorn State, University Center, 6:30 p.m.
     Thursday, August 31
     Football, at New Mexico State, Las Cruces, N.M., 8 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Friday, September 1
     Soccer, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 7 p.m.
     Volleyball, at Jacksonville (JU Tournament), Jacksonville, Fla., 6:30 p.m.
     Women's Cross Country, at Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
     Saturday, September 2
     Volleyball, vs. Lafayette (JU Tournament), Jacksonville, Fla., 11 a.m.
     Volleyball, vs. Georgia Southern (JU Tournament), Jacksonville, Fla., 3 p.m.
     Sunday, September 3
     Soccer, vs. Troy, Mobile, Ala., 4 p.m.
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Wardrobe party honors the late Hunter Durham
Faculty and staff are invited to a "wardrobe party" on Sept. 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the Village Shopping Center, 2881 Highway 190, Mandeville. Hosted by Pam Prescott (General Studies) and Kris Jones (Accounting), the party is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and is being held in memory Southeastern faculty member Hunter Durham. 
     Members of the Southeastern family are invited to "buy new clothes while contributing to a good cause," the hostesses said. 
     For additional information, contact Prescott at or 3853. 
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Southeastern co-hosts joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Brian Crother and Mary White (Biological Sciences) co-hosted the 86th annual Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held in New Orleans from July 12-17. The meetings were attended by approximately 1,200 people from more than 30 countries. Provost John Crain gave the welcoming speech. 
     The Department of Biological Sciences was well represented at the meetings by both faculty and student researchers. 
     White gave a talk titled "Primordial Germ Cell Determination in Fish" and Crother gave a talk titled "Squamate Phylogeny" in a symposium that he co-organized. Graduate students in the Crother/White lab gave the following presentations: Thomas Eimermacher, "Phylogenetic Relationships of Dispholidini (Serpentes: Colubridae); Tiffany Schriever, "Geographic Variation in Salinity Tolerance among Green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) Populations in Southeast Louisiana"; Damian Green, "Phylogeny of palm-pitvipers (Bothriechis) inferred from nuclear DNA"; Ryan Chabarria "Can DNA Be Extracted from Formalin Fixed Ethanol Preserved Museum Specimens?" 
     Kyle Piller (Biological Sciences) gave a talk titled "Resource partitioning and morphometric diversity among silverside fishes (Atherinopsidae: Chirostoma), Lake Chapala." Graduate students in his lab also gave presentations: Devin Bloom, "Molecular systematics of the Tribe Menidiini (Atherinopsidae) with emphasis on the genus Chirostoma, a group of freshwater silversides endemic to Mexico"; Lisa Cordes, "Impacts of a freshwater diversion on gene flow and genetic differentiation in fishes of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain Basins." 
     Biological Sciences Department Head David Sever's talk was titled "Sperm aggregations in the spermatheca of the Red Back Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)." His participating graduate students included Dustin Siegel, "Sperm storage in Agkistrodon piscivorus females"; and April Bagwill, "Seasonal ultrastructure of the oviduct of the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis: Sperm storage as a possible reproductive tactic." 
     Roldán Valverde (Biological Sciences) presented "Toward the development of an assay to detect endocrine disruption in reptiles," and his graduate student Rosemary Becker gave a presentation titled "Phylogenetic implications of Trachemys scripta proopiomelanocortin (POMC) sequence." 
     William Font gave a talk titled "Host-parasite relationships of the roundworm Camallanus cotti and its fish hosts in Hawaiian streams" and Cliff Fontenot spoke on "Snake assemblage comparison between two surveys done 13 years apart in southeast Louisiana." 
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Professional activities
Dr. Andrew Traver (History) and his colleagues on The Scotus Project have published the fifth and final volume of the critical edition of B. John Duns Scotus' philosophical works titled Quaestiones super secundum et tertium De anima Aristotelis (Catholic University of America Press, 2006). The first volume of the Scotus Project's edition of the Subtle Doctor's theological works, Reportatio parisiensis I dd. 1-24, will be published in spring 2008. 
     Mary Marx Frances (Sims Memorial Library) published an article in The International Journal of Learning, vol.12. The article was titled, "Impact of Libraries on School Effectiveness in the Aga Khan Education service." 
     Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) and colleagues from Louisiana State University and Texas Woman's University have published an article in the Australian Journal of Chemistry titled "Synthesis and Characterization of a,b-Unsaturated Hydroximoyl Chlorides and Hydroximates." 
     Dr. Roldán Valverde (Biological Sciences) participated as a review panelist in the NSF Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) program review panel held at the NSF headquarters in Arlington, Va., on August 17-18. The program's objectives are to offer graduate students opportunities to acquire additional skills to broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers, to help improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in K-12 education, and to help K-12 students to be better prepared to STEM disciplines during their higher education. Awards carry a maximum of $600,000 per year for a total of five years. For more information, visit
    Pierre Titard and James DeFranceschi (Accounting) conducted a continuing professional education workshop, "Improving Critical Thinking through a Management Accounting Simulation," at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association in Washington, D.C. on August 6. 
     Dr. Tim Gautreaux (Writer in Residence, English) has had a short story, "The Safe," published in this summer's special fiction issue of The Atlantic Monthly
     Dr. David C. Wyld (Management) delivered an "eGovernment Update" presentation to the annual convention of the Louisiana Organization of Parish Administrative Officials in Hammond on August 24. 
Dr. Wyld has also been notified that his paper, "Presiding in the Carnival of Ideas: Are Innovative College and University Presidents Following the Lead of Corporate Executives into the Blogosphere?", has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education
     A paper written by Dr. Wyld, Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing), and Dr. M. A. Jones (Marketing) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Global Information Technology. The paper is titled "From Surveillance to Service: How RFID Can Fight Shrinkage and Remake Retailing in the Process." 
     Dr. Harold Davis (Accounting) conducted a workshop on June 20 at the Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology Conference sponsored by Southeastern, Delgado Community College, and the St. Tammany Parish School Board. During this hands-on workshop, participants learned how to use Camtasia Studio 3 to create presentations for online or supplemental class purposes. 
     A paper written by Dr. A. M. M. Jamal (Management), Dr. Yu Hsing (General Business), and Dr. David Ramsey (General Business), "Effects of Macroeconomics Policies on Output Fluctuations in Bulgaria," has been accepted for publication in the Atlantic Economics Journal
     Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) and Dr. Sitawa R. Kimuna of East Carolina University presented a paper titled "Intimate Partner Violence Among Married Women in Kenya" at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association held in Montreal, Canada, August 11-14. 
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