Spring enrollment reaches 14,000-plus students
Southeastern's enrollment for spring 2006, the university's first "normal" semester since Hurricane Katrina, totals 14,094, according to official university figures released after the 14th class day.
University officials attribute the 2.6 percent decrease -- compared to last year's 14,463 headcount -- to lingering effects of the hurricane, which disrupted the college plans and careers of thousands of southeast Louisiana students.
President Randy Moffett calls the post-Katrina scenario for higher education the "new normal" and said that Southeastern -- now the third largest university in the state -- is grappling with the after-effects along with the rest of the region.
"Many of our students who were forced to resign following Hurricane Katrina simply have not been able to return to the university yet," said Moffett. "For some, it may be they have relocated to a different region of Louisiana or to another state; for others, it is work-related. Our hopes are that, as the recovery gains momentum, many of those students will return to complete their college education."
Moffett said recovery may take longer than most people originally anticipated, "but we as a university cannot sit still. Having recently completed a strategic planning meeting, where we mapped out priorities for the next five years, we recognized the need to continue to move the university forward. Our physical facilities were not impacted significantly, so we are not facing a reconstruction effort. Parts of our service area, however, are facing a lot of challenges; but we also recognize there are many opportunities as well."
Southeastern lost approximately 1,500 students who resigned in the fall semester following the hurricane, while adding about 1,200 students who had been displaced from New Orleans area institutions. About 300 of those previously classified as "guest" students have elected to continue at Southeastern as transfer students.
"Those students have found a new home here, and we welcome them to the Southeastern family," Moffett said.
According to the official enrollment report, numbers of freshmen and juniors saw increases of nearly 3.5 percent while seniors remained at about the same level compared to last spring's enrollment. Declines were registered among sophomores and graduate students.
Tangipahoa and St. Tammany continue to serve as the top feeder parishes to Southeastern, with 2,963 and 2,944 students respectively. Other top parishes include East Baton Rouge, 1,959; Livingston, 1,654; Jefferson, 785; and Ascension, 614.
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Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors
The Comprehensive Public Training Program, a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is sponsoring a supervisory training program on campus. The program, Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors, is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 22 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The program is open to classified supervisors or supervisors of classified employees. During the class, participants will discuss a variety of supervisory responsibilities within the context of the Civil Service system. For a more detailed outline of the program and for registration instructions, please contact Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or at extension 5771.
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KSLU 'Katrina' documentary available online
KSLU's latest documentary, "Katrina: In Their Own Words," was featured on the
statewide radio talk show, Louisiana Live, on Feb. 1. Louisiana Live host Don Grady invited KSLU Interim General Manager Todd Delaney and Richard Louth, head of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project on the program to discuss the documentary which focuses on the thoughts, experiences and writings of students and teachers impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Delaney and Louth developed and produced the show which debuted on KSLU on Jan. 27. The program is archived and can be listened to online at www.KSLU.org. For more information, contact KSLU at 549-2330.
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Feb. 15 is graduation application deadline
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Call for Proposals: The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to submit a proposal for Southeastern's fifth annual "Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity." The conference will provide a forum for sharing the successful faculty practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research. Many faculty have received support from the Center through Teaching Enhancement grants, CITI Grants, Faculty Development Grants, Travel grants, etc. Here's an opportunity to give back.
Conference sessions will be held April 5-7. The online proposal form can be found at www3.selu.edu/center/FacultyConference.
Proposal deadline is Friday, March 3. Speakers will be asked to submit a digital photo for use in the conference program. The photos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITI Grants, Faculty Development Grants: Due to recent budget cuts, funding is currently limited to $1,000.
The Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative: The Center for Faculty Excellence is soliciting proposals to develop innovative courses or to integrate innovative teaching and/or assessment elements into existing courses. Proposals must describe projects that go beyond traditional teaching and learning paradigms. Proposed projects may link learning with the workplace, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty-student research and interaction, create K-12 and business partnerships for learning, or increase awareness of cultural pluralism.
All full-time faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply. Deadline for proposals is Monday, April 10. Original proposal and four copies must be delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, Room 6 by 4:30 p.m.
For the application form, please go to www2.selu.edu/Academics/FacultyExcellence/CITI/ or visit our office in Tinsley Annex, Room 6.
Faculty Development Grant Program: Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2006-07 academic year. Each grant award is for a maximum of $1,000. All full-time faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply. The guidelines can be accessed at through www2.selu.edu/Academics/FacultyExcellence/Research/index.htm#FDGprogram.
The application forms can be accessed through www2.selu.edu/Academics/FacultyExcellence/Research/index.htm#FDGprogram_form.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 pm, 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 pm.
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the Center to verify. For information, contact the center at ext. 5791 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m., FrontPage, Hands-on development -- Learn how to set up internet forms and surveys and save the data directly to an excel file. No experience necessary. If this is not a good time for you, please contact Laura Zammit at ext. 5691.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 9-11 a.m., Excel for Grade-Keeping -- Learn the basics of using Excel to make grade-keeping easier. You'll learn formulas, functions, copying, and how to automate averaging of grades (even with weighting of scores). You'll learn how to do simple formatting to get sheets ready for printing. If we have time, we'll also learn how to prepare charts and graphs.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Brown Bag -- The series begins with "Teaching as Scholarly Work Series" presented by participants of the Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement. The first Brown Bag will be a faculty panel discussion, "Continuing Academic Excellence After the Storm." Bring your lunch and a friend, dessert and drinks will be provided.
Mark your calendars for:
Monday, Feb. 20, 9-11 a.m., Excel for Grade-Keeping
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks, Lyceum Lights -- Join our series of faculty luncheon lectures designed to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines. The first spring lecture will be "Academic Honesty" with Dr. H. Lynn Stallworth and Dr. Robert Braun. Make your reservation by Feb. 16.
3-4 p.m., Tuesday T Times -- The center will host a series of afternoon talks that focus on teaching. Tea and treats will be served. The first interactive discussion will be "Grades and Chocolate: Is there really a Difference?"
Wednesday, Feb. 22, noon-1 p.m. -- Brown Bag series continues with "Service Learning and Civic Engagement." Our campus students and faculty have developed and implemented many great post-Katrina service projects. Come to our Brown Bag discussion forum and hear all about them. There will be group discussions with a question and answer period. The first in this series will be "Campus Response to Katrina."
Thursday, Feb. 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Science & Religion BBQ Lunch & Discussion - The series continues with Dr. Jim Walter, director of the Honors Program and his session "Theology of the Body in John Paul II's Hermeneutic Perspective on Genesis 1-2." All interested faculty, staff, students and community members are invited, and as always, lunch is free!
Friday, Feb. 24, 10-11 a.m., Ditch the Digital Dropbox--Using the Assignments feature in Blackboard.
Join us at our fifth annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity, April 5-7, The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty. To submit a proposal for the conference, the form can be found at http://www3.selu.edu/center/FacultyConference
Deadline for proposals is Friday, March 3, 2006.
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Spring 2006 Sponsored Research workshop schedule
UPD lost and found
-- Single black Ford key with a plastic attachment on it (Case Number 06-000755)
-- 5 various keys on a key ring (Case Number 06-000379)
-- Lexus key ring, with tag, plus 2 various keys (Case Number 06-000743)
-- Single black Nissan key (Case Number 06-000744)
-- Heart key chain with a female name and date engraved on it (Case Number 06-000745)
-- Folding knife with a black handle (Case Number 06-000746).
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English Department Faculty Speakers series
Southeastern hosts "Mett Mrs. Rosa Parks' Feb.
National Library Week book sale
SBDC hosts Sales Tax Seminars
The Small Business Development Center will host two Sales and Use Tax seminars during the month of February. The classes will provide taxpayers with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to register, collect, and remit Louisiana Sales and Use Tax. Representatives from the Louisiana Department of Revenue will be on hand to discuss best practices and answer questions.
The classes will be held on Thurs., Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center (sponsored by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Hammond Industrial Development Board); and Thurs., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-noon, at the St. Tammany Center (sponsored by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce and St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.)
The cost is $5 per person. Area chamber members will be admitted at no cost. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information or to register, contact Sandy Summers at the Small Business Development Center, 985-549-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SBDC, Louisiana Economic Development to
co-host contractors workshop
This week in athletics
Director Rossana Boyd and Coordinator David Jumonville (Project TEACH), and Cindy Elliott (Teaching and Learning) attended the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 18. They were accompanied by project teachers currently pursuing English as a Second Language add-on certification -- Katherine Crawford and Chelsea Thurmond from East Baton Rouge Parish, and Rebecca Vicknair and Judy Cox from Tangipahoa Parish. Ms. Cox is also pursuing a
master's degree with concentration in ESL. Boyd, Jumonville and Cox delivered a presentation, "The
impact of the project on the professional development of teachers serving LEP students in four Louisiana
school districts." They also discussed modifications to some of the project activities to continue to
successfully achieve the goals and objectives.
A paper, "Gender Differences in Consumption Behavior of Body Art Among Business Majors" written by Dr. Tom Lipscomb, Dr. Jeff Totten, and Dr. Mike Jones (Marketing), has been selected as the best paper in the track at the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators. The paper will be presented at the ACME meeting in March.
Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) authored a chapter on Maria Edgeworth in the recently released book Irish Women Writers, edited by Alexander Gonzalez and published by Greenwood Press. Dr. Cowart also presented a paper, "Exploring the Edith Oenone Somerville Archive at Drishane," at the ModernLanguage Association's international conference, held in December in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Stuart Stewart (Foreign Languages and Literatures) has been invited to fill a vacant board position for the South Central Association for Language Learning Technology. She will be installed as the
association's secretary at their annual meeting in Plano, Texas, Feb. 24-25.
"Effects of Macroeconomics Policies on Output Fluctuations in Bulgaria," written by A.M.M. Jamal
(Management), Yu Hsing and Richard David Ramsey (General Business), has been accepted for
publication in the Atlantic Economic Journal.
An article written by Dr. Andre Honoree and Dr. David Wyld (Management), "The New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations and the Sales Force: Who is Entitled to Overtime Pay?", was published in the January 2006 issue of Compensation and Benefits Review.
For many years the Louisiana Directory of Cities, Towns, and Villages was published by the Office of Public Works at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. That agency produced its final edition of the directory in 1995. Because this is a core title for Louisiana depository libraries, the Louisiana Advisory Council for the State Documents Depository Program (LACSDDP) in 2005 pinpointed the directory as a title that needed a new publisher to continue producing updated editions. In her role as chair of LACSDDP, Lori Smith (Sims Library) volunteered to update the Directory and find a new agency to publish it. The 2005 edition of the directory has now been published by the State Library of Louisiana. The directory is available as a PDF file linked from the following two
sites:www.state.lib.la.us/la_dyn_templ.cfm?doc_id=116#Louisiana and www.state.lib.la.us/Staff/la_dyn_templ_staff.cfm?doc_id=28
An interview with J B Hill (Sims Library) concerning Southeastern's text messaging reference service was featured as a podcast on the PALINET Technology Conversations Web page: www.palinet.org/rss/tech-conversations/default.htm.
The latest novel of Writer-in-Residence Bev Marshall (English), Hot Fudge Sundae Blues, has been purchased by Recorded Books for release this month and was bought by Thorndike Press for a large print edition to be published in March. Her second novel, Right As Rain, has just been released in fourth edition, and her first novel, Walking Through Shadows, is now in production at the Frannz Club Theater in Berlin, Germany, and will be serialized through the summer on Deutschlandradio."
Alison Pelegrin (English) continues to place poems in highly regarded literary journals. This season poems of hers are featured in The Southern Review and Ploughshares. She has 12 pages of poems in Digerati, a forthcoming anthology of work by up and coming young authors. Despite the fact that the final proofs were sucked in to the vortex of hurricane Katrina, her prize-winning chapbook Squeezers is now
available. It features many poems, among then "Thirteen Ways of Looking at A Jackalope," which was
nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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