ByLion -- December 4


Holiday Open House
Toups to address grads
Channel wins Emmy
ULS lists service-learning grants

Smoking restrictions for spring
KSLU 'Photos with Santa'

LPO features little conductor
TAH offers tuition to teachers
NSA accepting applications
CMS spring registration

SLWP publishes Katrina anthology
Sociology adds to Katrina study
Benefit dinner for Kyle Lewis
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Holiday open house at President's Residence Wednesday
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Holiday Open House at the President's Residence on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 3-4:30 p.m.
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Roland ToupsRegents Board chair Roland Toups to address grads Saturday
Baton Rouge business executive Roland M. Toups, who serves as chair of the Louisiana State Board of Regents, will deliver the keynote address at Southeastern's winter commencement on Saturday, Dec. 9.
     Southeastern will confer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees on more than 1,200 students at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     The commencement ceremony will feature the introduction of this year's class of "Golden Graduates," members of the Class of 1956 and previous years, who will lead the new graduates into the University Center dressed in golden academic regalia. The Golden Graduate tradition was initiated in the December 1998 commencement ceremony.
     As chairman of the Louisiana State Board of Regents, Toups supervises a 15-member policy-making body that coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana.
      Toups has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Industries, LLC of Baton Rouge since 1968. The company is a $1 billion international industrial services firm specializing in construction, maintenance, equipment and rigging operations and other related activities. From 1964 to 1968, he worked as project manager for Ethyl Corporation's multi-million dollar hydrocarbon expansion project at the Baton Rouge plant. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he worked at Cape Kennedy, Fla., in the U.S. space program and in the development of the defense system's Atlas/Titan missiles.
     A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering, he has been recognized by the university with the Dean George C. Griffin Award for Outstanding Community Service and has been named to the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. He serves on the institute's President's Advisory Board. He has also been named to the Louisiana State University Engineering Hall of Distinction, the LSU Construction Hall of Fame and the Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Toups has been presented with the National Conference for Community and Justice's Brotherhood Award, the Volunteer Activist of Baton Rouge Award and the Inter-Civic Council's Golden Deeds Award.
     Active in civic affairs, Toups serves as chairman of the board or president of numerous civic, religious and educational organizations, including the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, United Way, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, the Mayor's Anti-Drug Task Force and the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge Capital Campaign.
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Rick Settoon and Josh Kapusinski
Southeastern Channel Emmy winners Rick Settoon and Josh Kapusinski. Southeastern Emmy nominees Josh Kapusinski, Rick Settoon, Sam Hyde and Steve Kleyle.

Southeastern Channel wins Emmy for second straight year
The Southeastern Channel has won a coveted Emmy Award for the second straight year.
      The channel won for a promotional spot for its award-winning program about the history of the Florida Parishes, The Florida Parish Chronicles, in the Program Promotion category for a single spot or campaign.
      Rick Settoon, executive producer and general manager of the Southeastern Channel, and Josh Kapusinski, who designed, created and edited the promo, won Emmys for the production.
      The 2006 Emmy winners were announced in Miami Saturday night by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Competing were nominees from television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
      The Southeastern Channel was nominated for seven Emmys -- more than any other Louisiana television station, commercial and non-commercial -- and was the only university channel in the region honored with nominations.
      The regional Emmy is the highest honor that local and regional television stations can win since national Emmy competition is open only to those major television channels and networks which broadcast to 75 percent of the national population.
      "To be recognized as an Emmy winner means that you've achieved the highest quality standard in television," said Settoon. "There were a number of categories that had nominees, but no winners, as projects are judged as to whether or not they meet the Emmy standard of excellence. So winning an Emmy is a tremendous honor for the Southeastern Channel, and it says a lot about the quality of our station.
      "All of the other Emmy winners were from big city commercial television stations with large budgets and staff numbers who've been operating for years," Settoon added. "For a university channel in only its fourth year of existence to win an Emmy in such prestigious company is really quite amazing."
      Settoon said that winning clips were played before the 300 in attendance at the Emmy ceremony, and that The Florida Parish Chronicles promo, featuring Kapusinski's innovative New Media approach with two-dimensional cutouts of Louisiana historical figures animated in a three-dimensional space, received strong applause and positive comments afterward.
      "Josh is an incredibly talented and gifted artist," Settoon said. "His style is fresh and creative with cutting-edge, digital editing effects and animation techniques. This particular work has already impressed on a national level, having won a national Telly."
      Kapusinski said that the process of animating and creating movement for the spot, which included everything from steam coming out of a train engine to a man rowing a canoe, was exhausting.
      "The spot takes figures and objects from old black and white sketches and puts them into a three-dimensional landscape -- an old pastel map of Louisiana," Kapusinski said. "The figures then interact with each other."
      "I tried to make everything in the spot have some form of movement to bring the environment to life and enhance the replay value if someone missed something the first time," Kapusinski said.
     It marks the second straight year that the Southeastern Channel has won an Emmy. Last year the channel won the only Emmy awarded to a university television station in the "Student Program" category, a documentary short about longtime Southeastern baseball coach John Stephenson produced by student Jason Shane.
     The Southeastern Channel has won more than 40 national and international awards in the past year-and-a-half. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes, on Channel 17 in Washington Parish, and online at
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University of Louisiana System awards $618,000 in grants for service-learning
The University of Louisiana System has awarded $63,519 to three Southeastern service-learning projects.
     The projects were among 29 "ULS Serves" grants totaling $618,000 announced at the ULS Board meeting on Friday.
     Southeastern projects were:
      Bridging Telehealth Competencies and Enhancing Health Recovery: Soothing the Aches in Rural Health -- Providing free health screening, follow-up care and referrals for rural communities through a mobile health unit staffed by nursing faculty and students in partnership with area medical providers. The project director is Ann Carruth with Jackie Hunt.
      Consulting as Service Learning -- Partnering Southeastern communications students with the West St. Tammany Parenting Center to provide needs assessments, coordination of service providers, and evaluation of programs. The project director is Suzette Bryan
      Service Learning Using a Group Decision Support System Mobile Computer Laboratory in Southeastern Louisiana -- Partnering Southeastern students with community decision makers to utilize a group decision support system mobile computer laboratory in making informed, data-driven decisions for recovery and economic development. The project director is Minh Huynh with Barbara Schuldt (Management)
     "The caliber of projects being funded is a testament to the leadership of our university presidents and the commitment of their faculty to make service-learning a priority," said UL System President Sally Clausen. "It is a significant step toward our goal for all students to have a meaningful service-learning experience before they graduate."
     The awards are the first phase of a three-year, $1.2 million initiative called "ULS Serves" to increase service-learning at the UL System's eight campuses. Funding is made possible by Learn and Serve America, a division of the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C.
     Each recipient must match grant funds on a one-to-one basis, making the total investment in service-learning over $1 million. Other ULS institutions receiving grants included Grambling State University, $60,000; Louisiana Tech University, $53,735; McNeese State University, $30,000; Nicholls State University, $81,913; Northwestern State University, $15,000; University of Louisiana at Lafayette, $250,194; and University of Louisiana at Monroe, $63,930.
     "Students who connect to their communities through service become better citizens," said UL System Board Chair Jimmy Long. "The potential impact of such a wide variety of projects and experiences bodes well for Louisiana's future."
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Smoking restrictions on campus to be enforced next semester
Smoke-free areas near building entrances on campus will be strictly enforced beginning next semester, a move timed to coincide with the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2007.
     "Smoking will be limited to specifically designated areas around certain buildings with a goal of keeping all primary entrances to buildings smoke-free," said John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs and chair of an ad hoc committee addressing the issue of smoking on campus.
     Crain said highly visible signage will be installed next semester informing smokers of the policy, which is designed to clear the air around building entrances for the majority of non-smokers on campus and to lessen the litter associated with cigarette smoking. He added that the university will be vigilant in enforcing the policy.
     Designated smoking areas are present near several academic buildings, including D Vickers (east side), Garrett Hall (north side), Fayard Hall (northeast and southeast side corners), Sims Memorial Library (front of building, north end).
     Added to the no-smoking areas is the mall of the War Memorial Student Union and the Mims Hall entrance.
     Southeastern developed the designated smoking areas in 2003 in an effort to reduce litter and alleviate physical reactions among those susceptible so second-hand smoke. Using the theme "No Butts About It," the project was designed to limit smoking around the most highly populated facilities on campus.
     "We believe it is important to reinforce and strengthen the university's smoking policy, especially as the state moves toward implementing the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act," said Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and a member of the ad hoc committee.
     The act, passed by the Louisiana Legislature last year, prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including all restaurants and educational facilities. The legislation also prohibits smoking in private vehicles used to transport children under the age of 12.
     "The Legislature recognized the inherent dangers of secondhand smoke," said Booth, a nurse. "A new Surgeon General's report published this year finds that even brief secondhand smoke exposure can cause immediate harm in some people. It's not just a mere annoyance or nuisance, but a serious health hazard for smokers and nonsmokers alike."
     The report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke," published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in June, indicates that the health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than previously thought, Booth added. The report, along with other fact sheets and information, is available on the HHS web site,
     "Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemicals and is a known human carcinogen," she said. "Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke inhale many of these same toxins. Also, secondhand smoke can pose an immediate serious health threat to those with asthma or smoke-related allergies."
     Booth added that Southeastern's Vera W. Thomason Health Center can provide literature and assistance for smokers seeking to discontinue the habit.
     The committee is planning a scientific survey of faculty, staff and students on issues related to smoking on campus to help determine whether additional campus policies or programs such as smoking cessation clinics may be warranted.
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KSLU staff at 2005 'Photos with Santa' eventKSLU sponsors 'Photos with Santa'
KSLU Public Radio in conjunction with the Hyer-Cate Neighborhood Association will again sponsor "Photos with Santa" to benefit the CASA Kids serviced by Hammond's Child Advocacy Center. While posing for Polaroid photographs, Santa will collect new toys or donations of $5 to help brighten Christmas for a Court Appointed Special Advocate child.
     This year the Hyer-Cate Neighborhood Association's Luminary Night Stroll and Caroling event will be held on Friday, Dec. 15 at AmSouth Bank on NW Railroad Avenue due Cate Square renovations. The luminary lighting and stroll begins at 5 p.m. with caroling and performances by the Brass Seasonings Quartet and Delta Omicron joined by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia to follow at 6 p.m. The association will also be selling hot chocolate and coffee.
     For additional information, please contact HCNA representative Sarah Schillage at extention 3897 or KSLU employee Mary Heleniak at extention 2330.
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LPO "guest conductor" Little conductor directs LPO
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Keith Brion, far right, gives a "conducting" lesson to eight-year-old Braylin Sheridan before the LPO holiday concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Friday evening. Braylin, the son of Jenafer and Donald Sheridan, is a student at the the Academic Center for the Arts as part of the pilot magnet program at Hammond Eastside Elementary School. He was selected to appear with the LPO as guest conductor from among the students who created ornaments for the holiday tree in the Columbia Theatre lobby. Braylin conducted "Sleigh Ride." His name was selected at the Columbia's annual tree-trimming party last week.
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TAH program offers tuition-free graduate courses to qualified social studies teachers
Qualified social studies teachers can earn three hours of graduate credit tuition-free at Southeastern this spring through the Teaching American History Grant Program.
     The tuition-free credit is offered to social studies teachers in the grant's Region II, which includes 14 school districts: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Tangipahoa parishes, and the cities of Bogalusa, Baker, and Zachary.
     Upon successful completion of the course, teachers will three hours of graduate credit, a $200 stipend, and 45 CLUs, said William Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science and academic coordinator for the project.
     Eligible on-campus seminars for spring 2007 include History 602 (Readings), 607 (America since 1900), 611 (Louisiana), 627 (Europe since 1500), 630 (Western Thought), 633 (Public History), and 698 (U.S. Military).
     The popular History 655 (Seminar for History Teachers) is also being offered in a variety of delivery formats. Students can take the class on campus and via compressed video at Southeastern's Baton Rouge and St. Tammany center on Wednesday evenings, or view it on the Southeastern Channel and Louisiana Public Broadcasting on Thursday and Friday evenings. It is also available via streaming video on the Southeastern web site
     Registration for the spring 2007 semester is Jan. 8-11 with classes beginning Jan. 16.
     For more information, contact Robison at or 985-549-2109; TAH Project Director Ann Trappey at or 985-748-2443, or Gerald Guidroz, dean of Continuing Education, at or 800-256-2771. More information about the Teaching American History Grant program is available at
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Northshore School of the Arts accepting applications
High school juniors and seniors gifted in the performing and visual arts have until Dec. 21 to enroll for the spring semester in Southeastern Louisiana University's Northshore School of the Arts.
     Through the innovative after school arts program, which debuted last spring, students can take courses in basic ceramics, basic painting, dance and music theory and receive one-on-one instruction on all musical instruments and in voice, said Bryan DePoy, assistant dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and interim director of the NSA.
     "The program challenges students with more advanced and intensive course work than what can typically be offered in high schools," DePoy said. "Students can study with college faculty who are experts in the areas of instruction. Upon successful completion of the courses, students may earn credit when they enroll at Southeastern."
     Classes will be offered on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond and at the university's St. Tammany Center, located in the parish government complex on Koop Drive, north of Mandeville, DePoy said.
    Applications for the Northshore School of the Arts are available by contacting DePoy at (985) 549-2101 or Northshore School of the Arts, SLU 10767, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 70402.
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Registration underway for CMS spring session
Registration is underway for the spring session of Southeastern's Community Music School, which begins Jan. 22.
    The Community Music School offer private instruction on all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels of experience, said Director Kenneth Boulton. Tuition includes group theory classes, ensemble opportunities, masterclass coaching sessions with Southeastern music professors, and a variety of performance programs.
     "I am particularly proud of our CMS faculty this year, which is collectively the most responsible and talented group of teachers I have ever worked with," Boulton said. "They are true musical ambassadors for Southeastern and are many of our best recruiters."
     Boulton said students can participate in three principle ensembles -- the CMS String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva; the CMS Preparatory Choir (ages 8-11), directed by Jessica Bryan; and the CMS Select Vocal Ensemble (ages 12-17), directed by Amy Prats.
     He said CMS is again offering a variety of musical instruction at the St. Tammany Center, located in the parish governmental complex on Koop Drive north of Mandeville.
    "Of special note is the opening of the new CMS satellite at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker," Boulton said. Lessons will begin at the location Jan. 29.
     "Our two satellite locations, in addition to our main Southeastern campus, enable us to become a genuine regional music program, serving a growing pool of talented children and adults from Slidell to Baton Rouge," Boulton said.
     For more information about CMS registration and programs, call (985) 549-5502, or visit the
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Richard LouthSoutheastern Louisiana Writing Project Director Richard Louth is pictured with a display of SLWP's anthology, Katrina: In Their Own Words, at the National Writing Project annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
National Writing Project publishes SLWP Katrina anthology
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project has been highlighted in two new publications by its parent organization, the National Writing Project.
     Katrina: In Their Own Words, a SLWP anthology featuring the writing of 50 area teachers and students ranging from Southeastern freshmen to kindergarteners in storm-impacted communities, has been published with National Writing Project support. It has also been showcased at the NWP's November annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., and distributed to 195 writing project sites nationwide.
     SLWP is also one of seven writing project sites featured in the National Writing Project's annual report through a story on Covington High School teacher Margaret Westmoreland, an SLWP teacher consultant since 2002. Westmoreland is currently enrolled in Southeastern's English master's degree program and is SLWP's communications coordinator.
     Founded at Southeastern in 1992, SLWP creates opportunities for experienced teachers to share classroom "best practices" through summer institutes and in-service programs. Teachers who attend SLWP programs become teacher consultants, networking and sharing their expertise with fellow educators.
     "We really have something to be proud of here," said SLWP Director Richard Louth, a professor of English at Southeastern. "The anthology represents the first time that NWP has recognized the work of an individual writing project site in this way. We are also gratified that one of our teacher consultants was featured in a publication that is not only sent to every NWP site in the nation, but also to benefactors and members of Congress."
     Louth said that Katrina: In Their Own Words was the outgrowth of SLWP's radio program by the same name, which was produced within months of the devastating August 2005 storm by Todd Delaney, interim general manager of Southeastern's public radio station, KSLU.
     "The initial intent was to create an opportunity for students and teachers to write and share their reflections about the hurricane in order to begin the healing process," Louth said. "We wanted to provide an opportunity for their voices to be heard, first in the classroom, then through a blog, then a radio program."
     Writers from kindergarten to college age along with their teachers contributed to KSLU's "Katrina: In Their Own Words" radio program, which aired in January 2006. Southeastern English faculty brought the project into their classrooms by assigning students to write essays or poetry, and, in Louth's case, song lyrics. The lyrics were put to music by SLWP teacher consultant and musician Robert Calmes, who performed several of the songs during the program.
     "Because of the wealth of material, as the one-year anniversary of Katrina approached, we decided to create this anthology," Louth said. "The anthology features pieces from the radio show, additional blog entries, and more recently solicited writing and photos.
     "The pieces included in this anthology are simultaneously similar yet diverse," Louth added. "The first impression one might gain is how many people shared common experiences -- surprise at the fury of the storm and how it disrupted their lives; being forced from one's home; living without proper shelter; and realizing for the first time how much we take for granted things such as home, family, job, traffic, water, phone, food, electricity, tomorrow.
     "These pieces clearly illustrate a shared sense of surprise, awe, anger, fright, grief, and relief," he said. "It is important for readers across the country to understand that there was a larger-than-life, shared experience here that no one who experienced it will forget, even those who experienced it 100 miles away from New Orleans."
     The NWP 2005 annual report, Encourage Writing, highlights seven of the National Writing Project's 195 sites. The feature on Westmoreland recounts how she "learned the value of writing as both a practice and expressive tool" by communicating with her students by e-mail following the storm and through writing assignments when classes resumed at Covington High School early in October 2005.
     "Some students were still in shock and very angry," Westmoreland said. "Writing helped them make sense of their experiences."
     She said SLWP also provided her and her fellow teachers with strategies for using writing "to deal with loss and the rebuilding of lives." Westmoreland is one of six SLWP teacher consultants at Covington High School and among more than 200 teacher consultants who have participated in the Southeastern-based program in the past 15 years.
     Louth said the Katrina anthology was offered for sale at the National Writing Project meeting and at a book fair sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
     "NWP is planning on sending money from the sales of the books back to the Gulf Coast area in order to help out students and teachers," he added. "I was told it was the best selling book at the NWP booth." He said NWP Executive Director Richard Sterling praised the book and SLWP's work during his annual meeting speech.
     Louth said the anthology, which sells for $15, can be obtained through the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project by contacting him at SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402 or Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Development Foundation.
The radio program on CD is included in the anthology and can be heard online at, while the NWP annual report is available on the NWP web site,
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Sociology faculty, students contribute to new report on service provides' response to Katrina
Graduate students from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice joined with fellow students from two other universities to interview service providers about their experience in responding to Hurricane Katrina.
     The results of their research have been compiled in a new report, Voices From the Frontlines: Service Providers Share Their Experiences from Working in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina, published by the Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness.
     Five Southeastern students from the university's Applied Sociology graduate program were recruited and guided by Anna Kleiner, assistant professor of sociology. The students, who each conducted 10 interviews, were Lakisha Hills of Ponchatoula, Ayanna Jackson of Hammond, Earnestine Lee of LaPlace, Wilicia Blount of Baton Rouge and Denise Donlan of Robert.
     Kleiner and the Southeastern students partnered with their counterparts from the Delta State University Institute for Community-Based Research and the University of Michigan School of Public Health to conduct the research.
     From February to April 2006, researchers interviewed 157 service providers from profit, non-profit, faith-based and government organizations in southeast Louisiana, the Mississippi delta, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The service providers were interviewed about their successes, challenges, and recommendations.
     "This project," Kleiner said, "provided an ideal opportunity for Southeastern students to apply their sociological research skills with the goal of addressing the needs of the community in the aftermath of disaster and informing the development of public policy in preparation for future crisis events."
     The report concludes that while limited coordination between Hurricane Katrina service providers made it difficult to meet many survivors' needs, several organizations found creative ways to coordinate services and maintain the dignity of their clients. It also highlights service providers' recommendations to policymakers and organizations about how to better respond to future disasters.
     Southeastern graduate student Lakisha Hills interviewed agencies related to children's services, such as Hammond's Child Advocacy Services, where she is program director. She said she found that while most agencies did not have disaster plans in place, their staffs were determined to make sure that services were delivered after the storm.
     She said that agencies were pleased "with the outpouring of community support, with how the community rallied together" in the storm's aftermath. "Nobody wanted to close their doors, employees donated their time," Hills said. "That was the most uplifting thing for me - how the community bonded together."
     Key findings of the report included
      Meeting survivors' wide-ranging needs in a coordinated, responsive way was the most fundamental challenge service providers faced.
      Several organizations used parks, schools, and areas along the city streets to coordinate services in a central location. The central location provided a "one-stop shop" for survivors to access food, shelter, clothing, and health-related services.
      In addition to coordinating services effectively, successful providers paid attention to the way they delivered services, adopting a "humanistic service" model in contrast to the "maintaining social order" model used by many of the larger-scale service organizations.
     Service providers offered three major recommendations for policymakers and organizations responding to the next disaster:
      Coordinate and plan well in advance of the next disaster. Regular planning meetings should involve diverse types of service providers - local government officials, larger relief organizations, and local nonprofits and faith-based organizations.
      Use case management techniques to avoid duplicating services. By creating a clear method of case management before a disaster hits, organizations can better and more consistently assess needs, track progress in meeting those needs, and identify unmet needs.
      Balance efficiency and empathy in service delivery. Whether a nonprofit organization, faith-based group or government agency, those involved in disaster relief and recovery should place an emphasis not only on economic efficiency, but also on maintaining the dignity of the clients they serve.
     Voices From the Frontlines: Service Providers Share their Experiences from Working in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina is part of a larger project designed to capture the needs, interests and recommendations of people impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The overall project incorporates multiple research methods, including participant and non-participant observation of relief and recovery efforts; an in-take/needs assessment survey with community residents and others seeking assistance in East Biloxi, Mississippi; and field interviews with residents and service providers in impacted communities.
     Copies of the report are available by contacting the Michigan Center for Public
Health Preparedness at (734) 936-5333 or
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Benefit dinner for cancer patient Kyle Lewis
A benefit dinner for Physical Plant electrician Kyle Lewis, who is a cancer patient, will be held Dec. 15 at noon in the Physical Plant's Building 61. The price is $5 and the menu includes jambalaya, salad, bread and cake. Please call 3333 for information.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana men's and women's basketball teams will take the week off to concentrate on fall semester finals before hitting the road for the weekend during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (5-3) are coming off splitting a pair of games at last weekend's Lou Henson Classic in Las Cruces, N.M. Southeastern will head to Tallahassee, Fla. this weekend to face Florida State at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
     The Lady Lions (5-3) are currently on a four-game winning streak and won the Four Points by Sheraton New Orleans Airport UNO Lady Privateer Invitational last weekend. Southeastern will look to make it five victories in a row on Saturday, when they face Centenary at 2 p.m. in Shreveport.
Both games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Saturday, December 9
     Women's Basketball, at Centenary, Shreveport, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Sunday, December 10
      Men's Basketball, at Florida State, Tallahassee, Fla., 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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Professional activities
Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba
(Sociology and Criminal Justice) was invited by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) to participate in the international seminar on Sexual and Reproductive Transitions of Adolescents in Developing Countries held in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, in Nov. 6-9. He presented a paper titled "Differential Influences of Poverty on the Transition to Premarital Sexual Activity in Three African Countries."
     Dr. Lucia Harrison (Foreign Languages and Literatures) and Spanish major Tiffany Slocum (Spanish major) presented a paper titled "El problema de la raza en el lenguaje poético de Nicolás Guillén y Langston Hughes" at the VII International Congress on Poetry and Poetics held in Puebla, Mexico, at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, on Oct. 25-28.
     Dr. Dennis Merino (Mathematics) was a member of a group that conducted the 2006 Diliman Workshop In Mathematics from Oct. 23-26 for graduate students and faculty members of the University of the Phillipines. The group also included three mathematics professors from Austria, one from Japan, and one from the Phillipines. For the workshop, Dr. Merino spoke on Matrix Analysis -- Orthogonal Groups. Dr. Merino also gave a talk titled "Coninvolutory Square Root of a Coninvolutory Matrix" to the Department of Mathematics at UP.
     Dr. Zach Teitler (Mathematics) has been accepted by the University of Nebraska--Lincoln (UNL) to its MCTP-IMMERSE program for the summer of 2007. MCTP-IMMERSE stands for "Mentoring through Critical Transition Points -- Intensive Mathematics: a Mentoring, Education, and Research Summer Experience." This program has two interweaving components: one that strengthens the preparation of students who are about to enter their first year of graduate study in mathematics, and one that develops the teaching, research, and mentoring skills of graduate students and early-career faculty. Dr. Teitler will mentor graduate and undergraduate students by co-teaching an intensive course in which undergraduate students read mathematics research papers, and be mentored by senior UNL faculty, including research collaboration. The participants include 16 undergraduate students, six graduate students, and four early-career faculty.
     Dr. Richard Louth (English) presented on a Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project panel with three area teachers "Thinking through the Mandated Curriculum: The Teacher as Reflective Practitioner" at the National Council of Teachers of English meeting in Nashville on Nov. 17. On that same day, he led a five-hour "Nashville Writing Marathon" for more than 100 teachers of the National Writing Project as part of the NWP Annual Meeting. Also in attendance was Dr. George Dorrill (English).
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture, "Alchemists, Astrologers, Barbers, and Magicians: 'Science' Before the First Scientific Revolution," to Southeastern's Science and Religion Discussion Group on Thursday, Nov. 30. In the spring semester 2007 Robison will serve as the external reviewer for the Department of History at the University of West Florida.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) delivered a presentation entitled "Why RFID is the Right Frequency for Government" to the Strategy for Information Sharing Technology in 2010 Conference of The Association for Enterprise Integration on Nov. 30, in Washington, DC. Dr. Wyld joined faculty from Wharton and MIT as panelists at the conference, which was geared to improving the Department of Defense's Information Technology strategy.
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