ByLion - February 13

Nursing faculty help at zoo
Spring enrollment
Miss Southeastern 2006
Kenelly baseball diamond
CS essentials for supervisors
Music students debut
KSLU 'Katrina' show online
Grads to apply by Feb. 15
AOPi receives national honor
Conversations on Diversity
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Sponsored Research workshops
Bill Evans Jazz Fest
UPD lost and found
English Dept. faculty series
CAB hosts 'Meet Miss Rosa Parks'
Library Week book sale

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Feb. 18
SBDC tax seminars
SBDC contractors workshop
This week in athletics
Tullier-Holly honored
Professional activities

(Far left) Cathy Cormier prepares to administer an immunization. (Left) Sandy Macmurdo, left, and Cynthia Presholdt pose outside the Remote Area Medical van at the Audubon Zoo Saturday where they assisted in medical screenings and treatment for thousands of New Orleans area residents.
Nursing faculty provide helping hands in New Orleans
Members of Southeastern's nursing faculty joined about 500 physicians, fellow nurses, and other health care professionals last week at the Audubon Zoo  in New Orleans to provide a wide array of  medical and dental care to area residents in need of health care.
            Cythina Prestholdt, associate professor and graduate nursing program coordinator, said that with Charity Hospital closed since Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans physicians widely dispersed, many residents have been unattended medically.
            More than 10,000 residents were seen at the free clinic which was sponsored  by Remote Area Medical, a nonprofit group that provides free medical services across the nation and the world. The organization was brought in by the New Orleans Health Department and recruited hundreds of medical and nursing volunteers from throughout the region.
            Medical and vision screenings, adult and child immunizations, even acupuncture treatments and mammograms were available to the residents, some of whom had arrived at 3 a.m. to get in line for the services, Prestholdt said.
            She said many of the people were presenting with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension and mental health issues. "Many of these people have been off their medications for some time now, and we're working to get them stabilized," she said.
A large part of the operation was the pharmacy, where thousands of prescriptions were being filled with largely donated medications.
        "Most of our faculty did volunteer work at area shelters and churches following the storm" Prestholdt said, "and this was a natural extension of that service."
Helping to coordinate the activities was Hammond architect William Sanchez of the Holly and Smith architectural firm.

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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President Moffett, VP Yates and Miss Southeastern 2006 winnersPresident Randy Moffett and Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates congratulate the top contestants in the annual Miss Southeastern pageant, held Feb. 8 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. From left, are Yates, first runner up Alaina Champagne of Slidell, Miss Southeastern 2006 Blair Abene of Hammond, second runner up Rachel Nicholson of Destrehan, and Moffett.

Blair Abene is Miss Southeastern 2006
Music and mass communication major Blair Abene of Hammond has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2006. 
       Abene received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2005 Heather Williams of Slidell at the annual pageant Feb. 8 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. 
       A sophomore, Abene won the swimsuit, evening gown, interview and talent segments of the pageant. For the talent segment, she sang the Italian operatic aria by Puccini, "O Mio Babbino Caro." 
Abene is the daughter of Joe and Gay Abene. She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor and service society and is an officer in the professional music fraternity, Delta Omicron. She was a member of the 2005 Homecoming Court.
       First runner up was senior elementary education major Alaina Champagne of Slidell. Second runner up was junior early childhood education major Rachel Nicholson of Destrehan, while Erin Richard of Carencro, a junior general studies major with a concentration in dance and theater, was named Miss Congeniality. Junior psychology major Christie Chavers of Walker received the "People's Choice" award, which was determined by the amount of donations contestants collected for Habitat for Humanity, Williams's platform as Miss Southeastern 2005.
       The Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system. Williams will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.
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Pat KenellyBaseball diamond to be named for coaching legend Pat Kenelly
In a pre-game ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19, the baseball diamond at Alumni Field will be named in honor of the late Pat Kenelly, who coached baseball and football and served as athletic director in a Southeastern career that spanned almost three decades.
        The 12:40 p.m. ceremony to name the "Coach Pat Kenelly Baseball Diamond" will precede the Southeastern baseball team's 1 p.m. game against Jacksonville State University. Members of Kenelly's family, including his wife Ruth; son Ken and daughter Sarah Prevost, will be on hand for the dedication.
        Kenelly graduated from Southeastern in 1947 after a stellar career on the Strawberry Stadium gridiron, where he and his Lion football teammates went undefeated and played in the university's only bowl game. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears, but returned to his native Bogalusa as an assistant high school coach.
       In 1948, Kenelly joined the Southeastern athletics staff  as assistant coach under Head Football Coach Stan Galloway. In 1965, he became the institution's ninth head football coach, directing the squad until 1971.
        While still serving as an assistant on the football team, Kenelly was pegged in 1951 to be head coach of the Lions' diamond nine. During his 14 years as head baseball coach, he guided the Lions to five conference championships and was twice named conference Coach of the Year.
        Kenelly's 230 wins make him one of the most successful coaches in Southeastern baseball history, second only to former coach Greg Marten.
        Kenelly also served as athletic director from 1971 to 1976. During his tenure, Southeastern teams won national championships in track and women's basketball and placed high nationally in golf and baseball.
        For additional information, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.
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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 or at extension 5771.
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Igor Gladkov, George Bosnea, Jie GaoFrom left, Igor Gladkov, George Bosnea, and Jie Gao.
Students to make Southeastern solo debut
Three music graduate students will make their debuts as Chamber Orchestra soloists Monday, Feb. 13, at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
       The free Southeastern Chamber Orchestra concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is part of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts' annual spring performing arts series, Encore!
       "The Chamber Orchestra is continuing our tradition of highlighting our talented students," said conductor Yakov Voldman. The featured soloists are cellist George Bosnea of Constanta, Romania, and violinists Igor Gladkov of Odessa, Ukraine, and Jie Gao of Beijing, China.
       Voldman said the concert will open with the prelude to Wagner's "The Mastersingers of Nuremberg" and close with the overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Otto Nicolai. Bosnea will perform "Cello Concerto in B Flat Major, G. 482" by L. Boccherini. Gao's solo is Vieuxtemps' "Violin Concerto in A Major, No. 5, while Gladkov will play Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Figaro from �The Barber of Seville."
       For additional information and an Encore! brochure, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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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 For more information, contact KSLU at 549-2330.
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Feb. 15 is graduation application deadline
Feb. 15 is the final day that Southeastern students can apply to graduate in spring 2006.
Candidates for associate, bachelor, and master's degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their Leonet campus accounts and choosing the 'Graduation Information - Apply for Graduation' option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link at or by calling Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066.
       The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
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Marvin Yates, Heidi Hayes, Britni BiGeorge, Susan Danko, Randy MoffettFrom left, Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates, AOPi former president Heidi Hayes, AOPi president Britni DiGeorge, AOPi International President Susan Danko, President Randy Moffett at the campus reception to recognize the Kappa Tau chapter for receiving the Jessie Wallace Hughan Cup. 

Alpha Omicron Pi honored as top collegiate chapter
Southeastern's Kappa Tau chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi was recognized this month for having been named the international organization's top collegiate chapter for 2005.  
       At a special reception held this month at the Southeastern Alumni Center, International President Susan Danko recognized the chapter's many accomplishments that led to its receiving the award, the Jessie Wallace Hughan Cup.
       Danko said the Kappa Tau chapter "represents the best of Alpha Omicron Pi within the fraternity, on their campus, and in their community.  The chapter virtually achieved all of our 180 performance standards with a wonderful balance of business, ritual, philanthropic events, sisterhood activities, and education."  
       The Jessie Wallace Hughan Cup, the highest collegiate chapter distinction presented by the Alpha Omicron Pi, dates back to 1915.  "To be selected the number one chapter, you have to meet all the standards of excellence," said former chapter president Heidi Hayes of Mandeville.  "This means going above and beyond in all areas -- philanthropy, service on campus, in the community and with other organizations, being involved in Greek life, doing well in academics and great sisterhood."
       One of the sorority's many activities, which pushed them to the top in the award competition, was raising $4,000 for AOP's international philanthropy, arthritis research, during the group's "Strike Out for Arthritis" softball tournament held at Alumni Field.  The women also volunteer their time at the local rape crisis hotline.
       The organization also earned kudos with nine additional awards, including the Ruby Award, given to chapters meeting 90 percent or above in AOP standards and excellence; the Philos Award for excellence in Panhellenic contribution, and the Rose Award, given to alumna Gayle Robinson Miller ('67) in recognition of her dedication and service to AOP.  
       In addition, the chapter received the Alumnae Advisory Committee Performance Certificate, and was named Outstanding Corporation Board with a House for its board of alumnae who helped oversee the chapter.  Current AOP president Britni DiGeorge of Ponchatoula was awarded two AOP Foundation Scholarships.
       On Southeastern's campus, AOP has received an award for Most Outstanding Organization for three consecutive years, and this past fall achieved the highest grade point average of all the sororities in the Panhellenic Council.
       The chapter's faculty adviser and academic development adviser, Margaret Adelmann, who is also a Kappa Tau alumnae, said, "We live our ritual every day; we continue to strive for a unified and unique sisterhood; we continue to promote a positive image in the Greek community and on Southeastern's campus; we continue to help those around us, and we flourish even when we are faced with adversity."

Almidio AquinoAlmidio Aquino (shown at center) will be the keynote speaker for "Conversations on Diversity," a new lecture series sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development. He will discuss his experiences with native Paraguayan cultures at noon and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Cate Teacher Education Center Kiva. The lecture is free to the campus and community.
College of Education and Human Development sponsors 'Conversations on Diversity'
Diversity is the inaugural topic of an annual lecture series, "Conversations," being launched by the College of Education and Human Development.
       The topic will be explored through five lectures presented by Southeastern faculty and guest speakers beginning Feb. 13, said Dean Diane Allen. 
        "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, who are faced with a diverse population in their classrooms, to expand their understanding of other cultures," said Allen. "We think that diversity is a fitting topic for our first �coversation' since February is Black History Month. By broadening our students' horizons, we are giving them the knowledge and awareness they will need as teachers to expand the horizons of their own students."
       Allen said all Conversation on Diversity lectures will take place in the Cate Teacher Education Kiva. Each of the free lectures, which are open to the public, will be presented twice to accommodate the schedules of students, area educators and community members.
       Allen said education students from Xavier University also plan attend the lecture series, accompanied by Deborah Bordelon, chair of the New Orleans university's division of education.
       The keynote speaker for "Conversations on Diversity" will be Paraguayan educator Almidio Aquino, who will discuss his experiences with native cultures in his homeland at noon and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. 
       Aquino is director of Proyecto Kuatiañe'e (Language Notebooks Project), a program that aims to maintain the Ava Guaraní language and culture in Paraguay. His son-in-law, James D. Kirylo, an assistant professor in Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning, explained that the Guaraní were a people whose language for several centuries formed the cultural foundation of Paraguay.
       "The Guaraní's numbers have significantly decreased, particularly the Ava Guaraní group, who are in real danger of losing their culture and language," Kirylo said. He said Aquino and his team have been working for 30 years to preserve the language and culture by recording oral histories and integrating the stories into schools. 
       "Proyecto Kuatiane'e is having a meaningful impact on preserving the language and culture," Kirylo said. "Among other material, 17 books have been published. These are the first books available for Ava Guaraní children, celebrating their unique culture and language."
       The lecture series will begin on Feb. 13 with "The Global Village," a presentation at noon and 5 p.m. by Frederick Dembowski, Southeastern's Hibernia Endowed Professor and head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology. 
       From 1988-90, Dembowski was part of a $25 million, five year United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project to establish a university in Mogadishu, Somalia. A nationally recognized leader in the field of educational leadership, Dembowski will discuss how the experience, which was cut short by the country's disintegration into lawlessness and turmoil, affected him personally and professionally. He said he also plans to "shrink the world's population to a village of 100 people" to illustrate the need for Americans to think globally.
       On Feb. 15 at noon and Feb. 16 at 5 p.m., Celina Echols, associate professor of educational psychology at Southeastern, will speak on "Colorism: A Long Way From Colorblind." Echols, whose specialties include social equality, diversity, and the psychology of race, will use references such as Marita Golden's book, "Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex," to stress to future teachers how skin color-based perceptions and discrimination among people of color lower students' self-esteem.
       Allen said "Conversations on Diversity" will continue during the spring semester with a lecture on gender issues on by Millie Naquin, associate professor of kinesiology and health studies, on March 15-16, and "Human Diversity and Populations at Risk" by Bonnie Ahn, assistant professor of social work, on April 12-13.
       For additional information on "Conversations on Diversity," contact the College of Education and Human Development, 985-549-2218.

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
        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
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 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
The application forms can be accessed through
       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
       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.
Faculty Conference
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
       Deadline for proposals is Friday, March 3, 2006.
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Spring 2006 Sponsored Research workshop schedule
Registration is suggested, but not required for the following workshops. For more information, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 985-549-5312 or e-mail
       Starting Point: Locating Funding Sources - Wed., Feb. 15 and Thurs., Feb. 16, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: If you don't know where to start, this workshop is for you. It's a hands-on opportunity to locate funding sources on the Internet including major federal agency offerings, Louisiana Board of Regents programs, SPIN/SMARTS (a database that identifies federal & foundation grant programs), & GRC (Grants Resource Center).
       Making Time to Write Proposals - Wed., Feb. 22, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: Interested in writing a grant, but can't quite find the time? Putting the proposal together won't seem so overwhelming once you learn organizational techniques. Get some first hand tips on time management from a faculty PI, Dr. Barbara Schuldt, associate professor of management.
       Writing Successful Grant Proposals - Wed., March 8 and Thurs., March 9, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: Proven "key" elements of successful grant proposals, along with helpful hints for developing an outstanding proposal will be discussed. 
       Making Your Grant Proposal Persuasive - Wed., March 15, 10-11 a.m. and Thurs., March 16, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley, Room 103: Join Dr. Jack Bedell, associate professor of English, for a discussion on the use of creative and persuasive writing techniques that can make your proposal stand out among the competition.
       Preparing the Proposal Budget - Wed., March 22 and Thurs., March 23, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: The workshop will provide guidance in constructing a realistic budget that works. Personnel, fringe, travel, supplies, operating costs, acquisitions, & indirect costs are some of the categories that will be covered. Kinds of cost sharing/matching fund items will also be discussed.
       Administering Your Grant Award - Wed., March 29 and Thurs., March 30, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: Now that you have an award, what's next? Knowing how to coordinate with Grants Accounting, Human Resources, & Purchasing at Southeastern will make the administration of a grant easier. Representatives of these offices will be on hand to provide information on procedures and to answer questions. 
       Writing Sub Contracts and More - Wed., April 5 and Thurs., April 6, 2-3 p.m., McClimans Hall, Room 204: Needing to sub contract grant activities? Learn how to navigate a Southeastern web site for consulting service contract and cooperative agreement examples and requirements from Ed Gautier, director of purchasing.
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Andy Laverne DuoThe Andy Laverne Duo is among the guest artists who headline the 2006 Bill Evans Jazz Festival.
Bill Evans Jazz Fest presents jazz lumniaries, faculty, students
Southeastern will present performances by jazz greats, Southeastern alumni, and its own faculty and student ensembles during the fifth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, Feb. 20-23.
       "The festival is a tribute to jazz icon and Southeastern alumnus Bill Evans, and will feature the Leon Anderson Trio, faculty and student jazz ensembles, the Andy Laverne Duo, and a performance by the Navy Band of New Orleans Jazz Ensemble," said David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. 
       All festival events are free and will take place in Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
       "This year's Bill Evans Jazz Festival is a bit more diverse than past efforts," said festival organizer Richard Schwartz, Southeastern's director of Jazz Studies. "The festival is an extraordinarily exciting time at Southeastern and anyone who enjoys good music will not want to miss this."
       Evans, who graduated from Southeastern with honors in 1950, recorded more than 70 albums, won seven Grammy Awards and earned an international following. Throughout his life, he fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980. Southeastern named Evans its first "Alumnus of the Year" in 1969. 
       Headliners for this year's festival are the Andy Laverne Duo and the Leon Anderson Trio.  Anderson is a 1996 graduate of Southeastern and was named the College of Arts and Sciences Alumnus of the Year in 2005. Pianist Andy Laverne, a former student of Bill Evans, will be joined by noted jazz guitarist John Abercrombie.
       Campus and community are invited to an open rehearsal by the Leon Anderson Trio on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. For the Feb. 21 concert, Anderson, director of Jazz Studies at Florida State University, will be joined by fellow FSU faculty members pianist Kevin Bales and bassist Rodney Jordan.
       The Andy Laverne Duo's Feb. 23 concert will be the festival's climax. In addition to studying privately with Evans, LaVerne has studied at Julliard, Berklee, and the New England Conservatory. Guitarist John Abercrombie, who has recorded with Gil Evans, Gato Barbieri, Barry Miles, Jack DeJohnette; bassist Dave Holland and many other artists, joins him for this performance.
       In addition to the festival's concerts, the campus and community are also invited to open rehearsals by the Leon Anderson Trio on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m., the Southeastern Faculty and Guest Jazz Quartet on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., Open Rehearsal: The Southeastern Faculty and Guest Jazz Quartet, and the Andy LaVerne Due on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. 
       The festival schedule also includes:
       Feb. 20, 4 p.m., Navy Band of New Orleans Jazz Ensemble. The Navy Band of New Orleans is a 20-member group dedicated to performing big band music.  The band appears in public concerts and at military functions, delighting audiences throughout the Gulf Coast region. 
       Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., The Southeastern One O'clock and Two O'clock Big Bands. Made up of some of Southeastern's finest music students, the ensembles will perform selections composed or made famous by Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, and Phil Woods.  Flute soloist for the evening is Southeastern music faculty member Nicole McPherson.
       Feb. 21, 4 p.m., The Southeastern Faculty and Non-Music Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Southeastern professors who teach a subject other than music join in on the fun. "Students might be amazed to see and hear their math or chemistry teacher in this event," said Schwartz. "We are also fortunate to have music faculty members including Henry Jones, Dave Carbonara, and Kevin Estoque perform in what should be a blazing evening.
       Feb. 22, 4 p.m., The Southeastern Jazz Combos. This concert will feature a wide variety of jazz classics from composers such as "Fats" Waller, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. "The audience will witness young Southeastern musicians in an improvisational setting," Schwartz said.
       Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., The Southeastern Faculty and Guests Jazz Quartet. "It has become a tradition to invite music faculty from nearby universities to come and perform at the festival," said Schwartz. A saxophonist, Schwartz will be joined for this concert by bassist William Grimes of Louisiana State University, drummer Harrell Bosarge of University of Southern Mississippi and Southeastern guitar student Wilson Marks.
       Feb. 23, 2 p.m., High School Workshop: The Andy Laverne Duo. In this special educational and interactive event for young musicians, jazz bands Mandeville, Fontainebleau, and North Shore High Schools will perform and then be rehearsed by the headlining act, the Andy LaVerne and John Abercrombie Duo.
       Feb. 23, 5 p.m., High School Workshop. Southeastern faculty will hold master classes for the participating high school jazz musicians.
       For additional information on the Bill Evans Jazz Festival, contact Schwartz or the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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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
The English Department will sponsor a Faculty Speakers' Series this spring. The series will be held on Wednesdays at noon or 1 p.m. in the Writing Center (D Vickers 383). All are invited, and refreshments will be served. The lineup is as follows:
       Feb. 15, noon, Dr. Jeff Wiemelt, "Toward a Philosophy of Affect in Writing and Teaching"
       March 1, noon, Dr. George Dorrill, "Connecting Grammar, Linguistics, and Composition"
        March 15, 1 p.m., Dr. Jayetta Slawson and Dr. Lin Knutson, "Performing Mardi Gras"
       April 12, noon, Dr. Paul Sawyer, "Learn from My Mistakes: Planning, Creating and Implementing a Successful Online Course"
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Southeastern hosts "Mett Mrs. Rosa Parks' Feb. 21
The Campus Activities Board will sponsor "Meet Mrs. Rosa Parks" as part of February's Black History Month celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
       The free one-woman production is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.  
       Portraying the life and times of "the mother of Civil Rights," historical re-enactor Melissa Waddy Thibodeaux will take the audience back to the fateful date in Alabama when Mrs. Parks took a front seat on a segregated bus and ignited -- and changed -- a nation.  
       In Parks' words, Thibodeaux explains what it was like growing up under Jim Crow laws, and explores the challenges she faced and how she found, in the midst of adversity, the strength needed to succeed.
       Thibodeaux is a 1972 honor graduate of Sterling High School in Houston, and was a scholarship recipient at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. She has starred in numerous productions at various theaters in Los Angeles and Hollywood.
       Thibodeaux is the president of Flying Geese Productions, a non-profit organization which focuses on educational entertainment by providing theatrical presentations of select American patriots.  
       For more information about "Meet Mrs. Rosa Parks" contact the Campus Activities Board at 985-549-3805.  

National Library Week book sale 
Sims Memorial Library is asking for donations of popular reading material or recent textbooks for the library's National Library Week Book Sale in April. Besides books, the library will also accept videos, cassettes, and CD's. Please do not send magazines or journals (such as National Geographic, Time, Glamour, etc.), or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise non-saleable. 
       Donations may be delivered to the Cataloging Department on the first floor of the library from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through March 31. 
        Notices about the dates and time of the book sale will be forthcoming. For more information, contact Cathy Tijerino at extension 2031 or by email at 
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Gentlemen Prefer BlondesChristina Wolfe as zany gold-digger Lorelei Lee will perform the showstopper "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in the musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" at Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Feb. 18. 
Columbia Theatre features Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Feb. 18
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," the zany musical adventures of chorus girl Lorelei Lee, is coming to Southeastern Louisiana University's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Feb. 18.
       Curtain time for this latest production of the Columbia's 2005-06 season is 7:30 p.m. at the downtown Hammond theater. 
       "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" revolves around the unforgettable Lorelei, a role made famous on Broadway by Carol Channing in 1949 and on screen by Marilyn Monroe in 1953. Set in the Roaring Twenties, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" chronicles the madcap antics of this fun-loving and hedonistic gold-digger and her sail aboard the "Ile de France" to Paris with her chum Dorothy Shaw. 
       The score is packed with lively, chipper melodies neatly evoking the fancy-free age of the late 1920s. Tuneful melodies such as "A Little Girl From Little Rock," "I Love What I'm Doing," "Just A Kiss Apart," "Bye Bye Baby," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "I'm A Tingle, I'm Aglow," and the show-stopping "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" are just a few of the gems from the collaboration of Jule Styne ("Gypsy," "Funny Girl," "Sugar") and lyricist Leo Robin.
       Famed "New York Times" critic Brooks Atkinson said of the musical, "Every part of it is alive and abundantly entertaining. And above it all totters Lorelei, who is batting her eyes, murdering the English language and carrying the whole golden world along by her sheer audacity. �Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' was always funny. It is even funnier now."
       "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is produced by Windwood Productions, which has also brought to the Columbia shows such as "Barry Manilow's Copacabana," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and last year's popular "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
       "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" drew enthusiastic acclaim for director and choreographer Paula Hammons Sloan, who returns to direct and choreograph "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."
       Tickets for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" are available online at and at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Tickets are $35, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $30, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $24, Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays.

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 
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SBDC, Louisiana Economic Development to co-host contractors workshop
The Small Business Development Center and Louisiana Economic Development (LED) will host a free workshop designed to match contractors with potential subcontractors in Mandeville on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
       Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Castine Center at Pelican Park, the event is designed to provide tools that local businesses can use to secure federal and state government contractors.
       "The program is intended to provide an ideal networking forum for prime contractors, subcontractors and governmental agencies," said William Joubert, director of Southeastern's SBDC and the Southeast Louisiana Business Center. "One of the difficulties following a disaster like Hurricane Katrina is the problem of linking prime contractors with eligible subcontractors. This workshop is unique because of the matchmaker opportunities that will be available."
       Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Castine Center with advanced registration preferred. Contact the Southeastern SBDC at 985-549-3162 to register or for additional details.
       In addition to LED and Southeastern's SBDC, other participants in the workshop include the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the Louisiana Office of State Purchasing, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Small Business Administration, and other government agencies.
More than 20 exhibitors are also expected to participate, including Northrup Gruman, Stennis Space Center, the Shaw Group, Kellogg Brown & Root, Fluor, MWH Americas, Lockheed Martin, and IAP Worldwide.
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This week in athletics
The spring athletic season is in full swing during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
       The Southeastern men's basketball team (11-11, 5-6 SLC) will look to continue its climb in the Southland Conference standings. The Lions, currently in a three-way tie for fifth place in the SLC, open their final home stand of the season this week. On Monday, Southeastern hosts league foe Texas State at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Louisiana-Monroe comes to town on Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest. The first 1,000 fans at Thursday's game will receive beverage holders courtesy of Hibernia National Bank. 
       Monday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at Thursday's contest will be broadcast on the internet at
       The Southeastern women's basketball team (9-12, 6-5 SLC) head into this week's road swing riding its longest winning streak in five years. Last Saturday, junior forward Brenita Williams scored 17 points, Laney Watson added a career-high 12 points and the Lady Lions hit 10 three-pointers for the third straight game in a 62-44 win over Sam Houston State. The Lady Lions are alone in fifth place in the league standings and will face fourth-place Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. in a SLC road contest. On Saturday, Southeastern will be in Natchitoches for a 2 p.m. league tilt with Northwestern State. Both games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
       The Southeastern baseball team (2-1) will open its 2006 home schedule this weekend, hosting 
Jacksonville State in a three-game series at Alumni Field. The Lions, fresh off taking two of three at 
Stetson in the season's opening series, will host JSU on Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the series 
continues at 3 p.m., before concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday and Sunday's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
       The Southeastern softball team (3-2) will head to College Station, Texas to compete in the Aggie Classic at Texas A&M this weekend. On Friday, the Lady Lions will face Texas A&M at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern is slated to take on Fordham (2:30 p.m.) and Texas A&M (4:45 p.m.). Southeastern will conclude tournament play on Sunday with a 10 a.m. game versus Fordham. The Southeastern men's and women's track and field team will close the indoor season this week. The 
Lions and Lady Lions will be in Houston, Texas on Friday and Saturday to compete in the SLC Indoor 
       The Southeastern men's golf team will open its spring campaign during the week. The Lions will be in Guadalajara, Mexico to compete in the Santa Anita Classic. The two-day tournament begins on Sunday.
       The Southeastern men's tennis team will open its 2006 season this week. On Monday, the Lions will host Southern at 2 p.m., before hosting Jackson State on Wednesday at 2 p.m. On Friday, the Lions host conference foe Texas-San Antonio at 1 p.m. Southeastern will hit the road on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match
with South Alabama in Mobile, Ala.
       The nationally ranked Southeastern women's tennis team will also hit the courts over the next seven days. On Wednesday, the No. 75 Lady Lions will host Jackson State at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Lions take on Memphis at 10 a.m. in Memphis, Tenn.
Monday, February 13
       Men's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
        Men's Tennis, vs. Southern, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15
       Men's and Women's Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 16
       Men's Basketball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, University Center, 7 p.m. (*
       Women's Basketball, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Friday, February 17
       Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
        Softball, at Texas A&M -- Aggie Classic, College Station, Texas, 5 p.m.
       Men's Tennis, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.*
       Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
Saturday, February 18
       Women's Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
        Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. 
       Softball, vs. Fordham -- Aggie Classic, College Station, Texas, 2:30 p.m.
       Softball, at Texas A&M -- Aggie Classic, College Station, Texas, 4:45 p.m.
       Women's Tennis, at Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 10 a.m.
       Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
Sunday, February 19
       Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
        Softball, vs. Fordham -- Aggie Classic, College Station, Texas, 10 a.m.
       Men's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
       Men's Golf, at Santa Anita Classic, Guadalajara, Mexico, All Day
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Denise Tullier-HollyTullier-Holly named art educator of the year
Denise Tullier-Holly, art educator at the Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School, has been named 2006 Southeastern Regional Art Educator of the Year by the National Association of Art Education.
       Tullier-Holly, a New Orleans native has been involved in the arts and arts education for the past 32 years. Her background includes a studio art degree from the University of Maryland (1975) and a master's degree in education from Southeastern (2001), where she now works as the art educator for the University Laboratory School (K-8). She has also taught art to at-risk students through an after school program, SmartArt. 
       Tullier-Holly received three consecutive Louisiana Youth Art Month Awards of Excellence (1999-2001) and was named Louisiana Art Educator of the Year in 2001. She served the NAEA Elementary Division as both Southeastern director and director-elect from 2001 to 2005.
       Over the years, Tullier-Holly has made numerous presentations for the NAEA as well as the National Association of Laboratory Schools. Through university collaborations, she has presented at National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conferences. The Iowa Reading Association has also invited her to share her Kamishibai work at their annual statewide reading conference this spring.
       Her own artwork, which focuses on digital/mixed media and sculpture, has been exhibited regionally and in several NAEA Electronic Gallery exhibitions from New York to Denver. Most recently, her image, "Lakeview Belongings," won a place in "DEBRIS," the prominent Gulf Coast Regional Juried Exhibition focusing on the recent effects of Hurricane Katrina, at the Shaw Center for the Arts, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
       Before beginning her art education career of 14 years, Tullier-Holly was an active community volunteer whose was honored for her service as Hammond's 1994 Citizen of the Year. In a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in 2001, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities presented her with the prestigious "Special Humanities Award" for her passion and devotion to her community and the arts.
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Judy Cox and Rossana BoydProfessional activities
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 and
       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:
       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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