|Holiday open house at President's Residence
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.
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.
|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
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
"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 www.selu.edu/tv.
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
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
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
Smoking restrictions on campus to be enforced
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, http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/secondhandsmoke/.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 985-549-2109;
TAH Project Director Ann Trappey at Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org
or 985-748-2443, or Gerald Guidroz, dean of Continuing Education,
at email@example.com or 800-256-2771.
More information about the Teaching American History Grant program
is available at www.lpb.org/education/tah.
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,
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.
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 www.selu.edu/cms.
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
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
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
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.selu.edu/kslu/katrina.mp3,
while the NWP annual report is available on the NWP web site, www.writingproject.org.
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
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
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
Key findings of the report included
survivors' wide-ranging needs in a coordinated, responsive way was
the most fundamental challenge service providers faced.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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 www.LionSports.net.
Women's Basketball, at Centenary,
Shreveport, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Men's Basketball, at Florida State,
Tallahassee, Fla., 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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
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
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
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.