ByLion - January 17

Honoring MLK Jan. 18
Request for research proposals
Basketball barbeque Jan. 21
Service learning at Midway

Dealing with change
Ambassadors for education
United Way update
Encore! 2006 schedule
Super Bowl extravaganza
Financial Aid Night Feb. 7

Center for Faculty Excellence news
Wetlands loss lecture
AASA journal available
This week in athletics
Professional activities 

Southeastern hosts Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 18

2005 Martin Luther King celebration      Southeastern will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight processional and program on Wednesday, Jan. 18. 
       The theme for the event, sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, is “Reaching the Mountain Top – Unity Through Diversity.” 
       The processional will begin at 6 p.m. at Washington Hall, said Alpha Phi Alpha’s Aron Walker of New Orleans. He said participants will walk to the War Memorial Student Union, where Alpha Phi Alpha will continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the tree planted in King's memory in the Student Union park. Shortly after the laying of the wreath, the program will begin in the Student Union Theatre. 
       The program speaker will be Shawn D. Wilson, a native New Orleanian, Lafayette resident and graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Wilson is the former executive director of the Louisiana Serve Commission in the office of Lt. Governor Blanco, and also served as deputy legislative director in the Blanco Administration. He currently serves as the confidential assistant to Secretary of Transportation and is a Governor’s program administrator. 
       At ULL, Wilson served as Student Government president and represented more than 60,000 students on the University of Louisiana System Board. In addition to a bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Southern University. 
       In 2002 he was elected as the state president of Alpha Phi Alpha, during which time he served as the national coordinator for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Partnership. 
       For additional information contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, 985-549-3850.
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Request for research proposals
Southeastern's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP) is soliciting proposals from researchers who wish to conduct investigations in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Proposals must be led by  researchers affiliated with Southeastern, however, the program strongly encourages the submission of projects that involve multiple institutions, as well as those that incorporate multiple investigators and multiple disciplines. Collaborative interactions will enable faculty at outside universities or institutes with unique capacities to complement the research efforts of Southeastern investigators.
       In particular, PBRP strongly encourages Southeastern PI's to partner with investigators at institutions adversely affected by hurricanes Katrina or Rita. Up to 49 percent of a proposed research activity may support investigators at other institutions. Proposals may include a suite of integrated sub-projects.
       The deadline for submitting electronic versions of the proposals to Dr. Nick Norton, director of PBRP, is 4:30 p.m., Feb. 24. Dr. Norton may be contacted at or (985) 549-2923. The Proposal Cover Sheet with the appropriate signatures may be mailed to the following address: Dr. Nick Norton, Box  10736, Biology Department, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 
70402. Please route proposals through the Office of Sponsored Research & Grants by Feb. 14. 
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Barbecue planned before Jan. 21 Lions vs. Northwestern basketball game
The first 1,000 alumni, friends and students attending the Lions vs. Northwestern State Demons basketball game at the University Center on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, will be treated to a free barbecue, compliments of the Alumni Association and Division of Student Affairs.
       Alumni Director Kathy Pittman said alumni and community fans can obtain barbecue tickets by showing their game tickets at the Alumni Association tent, which will be located at the University Center’s Gate 3. Students can obtain lunch tickets at the Gate 3 student entrance.
The lunch of hamburgers, baked potatoes, dessert and beverages will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
       The Lions will tip off against Southland Conference foe Northwestern at 1 p.m. in a match that will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest. 
       “Alumni and friends will be provided a special area in the University Center where they can enjoy the lunch and mingle prior to the game. Children are welcome,” Pittman said. “Come be on TV, wear your green and gold and show your Southeastern spirit.”
       Pittman said alumni and friends should call the Alumni Association, 985-549-2150 to ensure lunch reservations.
       As part of the “Jam the Jungle” student activities also associated with the Lions and Lady Lions games, the first 1,000 Southeastern students will receive a free t-shirt and a variety of games and prizes. 
Fans can also stay for the 3 p.m. Lady Lions vs. Tulane game, which is also “FE-Lions Day.” FE-Lions members can pick up their tickets at Gate 3. 
       For additional information about the barbecue, contact the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.
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Midway students learn French through Southeastern service learning

Southeastern students's service learning On Dec. 12 a mini-graduation ceremony was held for 22 pre-kindergarten students at Midway Elementary in Natalbany who have been learning French with Southeastern French student Amanda Sutton through a service learning program initiated a year ago by Drs. Katherine Kolb and Evelyne Bornier, Foreign Languages and Literature.
This semester, Dr. Margaret Marshall joined Drs. Kolb and Bornier in the project. 
       During the mini-graduation ceremony, each child received a certificate of achievement for completing one semester of French. The children, teachers, and principal were all very enthusiastic.
       Three schools are now participating to the Service Learning Program in French: Midway Elementary (Natalbany), Martha's Vinyard (Ponchatoula), and Albany High School (Albany). 
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Dealing with change
The Comprehensive Public Training Program, a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is sponsoring a program on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 31 entitled "Dealing with Change." It is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This one day class will help participants implement strategies and techniques to help themselves adapt to various changes in their work situations and is open to employees with their supervisor's approval. Pre-registration is required by the state. Please contact Jan Ortego at extension 5771 for more details on the program and for registration information.
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College of Education and Human Development ambassadorsAmbassadors for education
The College of Education and Human Development "Ambassadors" for the spring 2006 semester, who posed with the Southeastern Lab School's mascot, "Roary," are, from left, junior Art Clement of Denham Springs, representing educational technology; graduate student Cissy Cutrer of Kentwood, Ci Sigma Iota; senior Kyra Bascle of Luling, Student Council for Exceptional Children; senior Matthew Chauvin of Reserve, Kappa Delta Pi; senior Jessica Branch of Bogalusa, Student Council for Exceptional Children. Appointed by Dean Diane Allen, the ambassadors help represent the college at various campus events by manning booths at various recruiting events and leading college tours.
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United Way update
Thanks for another successful United Way campaign! The university's current contribution is more than $34,800! We are hoping to reach $35,000 so if you haven't contributed, please consider doing so. A special thanks to the units below for reaching 100 percent participation! 
       Accounting; Admissions & Financial Aid; Alumni Office; Assistant Dean, Student Development; Assistant Vice President, Technology; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Auxiliary Services Marketing; CAP Center; Center for Faculty Excellence; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Education and Human Development; College of General Studies; College of Nursing & Health Sciences; College Science & Technology; Department of General Studies; Development Foundation; Development Office; Education Opportunity Center;, EEO/ADA Office;
       Also, Foreign Languages & Literatures; General Business; General Studies Advising; Honors Program; Human Resources Office; KSLU; Leadership Development/Student Activities; Management; Office of Career Services; Office of Student Teaching; President's Office; Psychology; Public Information; Records & Registration; Special Development Activities; Sponsored Research & Grants; Student Enhancement Services; Student Success Courses; Testing; Upward Bound-Tangipahoa 98-99; Vice President, University Advancement; Vice President, Administration & Finance. 
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William NyahoLeon AndersonLeft, William Chapman Nyaho; right, Leon Anderson

Encore! 2006 features Bill Evans Festival, acclaimed pianist
A guest appearance by acclaimed pianist William Chapman Nyaho and the annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival highlight the 2006 edition of "Encore!", Southeastern Louisiana University's spring performing arts series.
       Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, Encore! 2006 also features dozens of concerts, recitals, operas, plays and dance programs from January through May.
       Nyaho, who will launch the university's celebration of February as African-American Heritage Month, will present a free recital of classical piano music written by composers of African descent on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
       A native of Ghana, West Africa, Nyaho is a graduate of the Honour School of Music at Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Texas. Following a four-year residency as a North Carolina visiting artist, he taught at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from 1991-2002, where he was honored with the 1998 University of Southwestern Louisiana Distinguished Professor Award and the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award.
       Nyaho has given recitals and solo performances with orchestras in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the United States, including Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. He was featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana and Switzerland and on National Public Radio, and developed and hosted "The Bach Show" for the Louisiana classical radio station KRVS.
       The fifth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, scheduled Feb. 20-23, honors the late jazz pianist, one of Southeastern's most renowned alumni. He recorded more than 70 albums, won seven Grammy Awards and earned an international following. Throughout his life, Evans 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.
       The festival will feature as headliner events performances and master classes on Feb. 21 by the Leon Anderson Trio and Feb. 23 by the Andy LaVerne Duo. Anderson, director of Jazz Studies at Florida State University, was the Southeastern's College of Arts and Sciences 2005 Alumnus of the Year. The Andy LaVerne Duo features pianist Andy LaVerne, a former student of Bill Evans, and noted guitarist John Abercrombie.
       The festival will also include performances by the Navy Band of New Orleans Jazz Ensemble, and Southeastern's faculty, students, and guests.
       Most Encore! events are free. For an "Encore!" brochure or additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985) 549-2184.
2006 Encore! schedule
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Southeastern football to host "Super Bowl Extravaganza"
Fans of Southeastern Football can be a part of the Lions’ Super Bowl Extravaganza joining head coach Dennis Roland and the rest of the coaching staff Sunday, February 5 at the Hammond Holiday Inn.
       The pre-game party begins at 4:30 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be available and fans can catch the big game on large screens as well as play interactive games.
       Cost is $100 per couple or $60 for individuals. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds support the Southeastern Football program.
       Space is limited. Reserve your spot early by calling 985-549-5550.
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Financial Aid Night set Feb. 7
Southeastern invites high school students and their parents to Financial Aid Night, scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the War Memorial Student Union Ballroom. 
       Financial Aid Night is designed to educate students and parents about financial aid assistance for college. Financial aid administrators from Southeastern as well as a representative from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance will be present to answer questions and concerns. Scheduled topics include financial aid programs, applications procedures, scholarships and the state's Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship. 
       Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. For additional information, call the Southeastern Financial Aid Office, 985-549-2244. 
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted. Please email or call ext. 5791 for reservations. Seating is limited. 
       Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1-3 p.m. -- Blackboard Basics
       Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon -- Blackboard Basics
       Friday, Jan 20, 10 a.m.-noon -- Blackboard Advanced Topics 
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Environmental reporter, photographer to discuss wetlands loss
New Orleans photographer Bevil Kapp and Baton Rouge reporter Mike Dunne, authors of the recently released book America’s Wetland—Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast, will be the featured speakers at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum’s January membership meeting.
       The presentation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, immediately following the 7 p.m. meeting at the Madisonville museum. The lecture is part of an ongoing speaker series held in conjunction with the museum’s quarterly membership meetings, said Roy Blackwood, coordinator of Southeastern education initiatives at the museum.
       “This is such a timely presentation, considering all the attention that has been focused on our vanishing wetlands,” Blackwood said. “Mike Dunne’s insightful commentary and Bevil Knapp’s startling photography vividly tell the story of the catastrophic effects that wetlands loss has on our region and nation.”
       America’s Wetland is published by the LSU Press and was released just before hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck. The book includes photos of areas later devastated by the storms as well as a prophetic chapter about how New Orleans could be swamped by a category 3 hurricane.
       A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Dunn writes for the Baton Rouge daily newspaper The Advocate and is a two-time winner of the Scripps-Howard Foundation’s Edward Meeman Award. Knapp is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and has won numerous awards for photographic work in advertising and reporting.
       For additional information about the lecture, contact the Maritime Museum at 985-845-9200.
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AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice available
The fall issue of the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice (Volume 2, No. 3) is available at
       The journal is edited by Frederick Dembowski, Hibernia Endowed Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University, and focuses on research and best practices benefiting full-time and adjunct professors and the membership of AASA working in school districts. This issue features articles on mentoring and management; the use of a "frame" in a professional training program of educational leaders; opportunities for public schools and universities to collaborate within the accountability requirements of NCLB; gender equity issues; and an analysis of an African-centered parental involvement program. 
       This peer-reviewed, edited book is one of the publications of the National Council of Professors of educational administration and is published annually. 
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern men's basketball team hosts Northwestern State at 1 p.m. in the University Center on Saturday, in a game which will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
       The Lions (8-7, 2-2 SLC) will be looking to bounce back from consecutive Southland Conference defeats last week. One of those defeats came at the hands of Northwestern State (10-6, 3-1 SLC), 70-60, last Wednesday in Natchitoches. Before the Lions take on the Demons, they face a tough road test on Thursday at 7 p.m. at SLC foe Texas-Arlington (8-8, 1-2 SLC). Both games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
       The Lady Lions (4-9, 1-3) will look to build on its 47-42 road win over SLC foe Nicholls State last Saturday. Southeastern will host conference foe McNeese State (7-8, 1-3 SLC) on Monday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. On Thursday, defending SLC Tournament champion Texas-Arlington (10-5, 4-0 SLC) will be in town for a 7 p.m. league tilt. The Lady Lions take a break from league play on Saturday, when they host in-state rival Tulane. The game will follow the men's game with Northwestern State. Monday and Saturday's games will be broadcast live on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at Thursday's contest will feature an internet-only broadcast and will be available at
       Several promotions will be tied in with Saturday's basketball doubleheader. Jam the Jungle is slated for Saturday, as the first 1,000 students and alumni will get free admission to the barbeque at the Alumni Center from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The first 1,000 students will also receive a free t-shirt and the student organization that brings the most members will earn $100. Saturday is also Take A Kid to the Game Day, as any child 12 years or younger will receive admission for $1. Elementary schools can receive a group deal by contacting Southeastern Athletics Coordinator of Promotions Kyle McClure at (985) 549-2900.
       The Southeastern track and field teams will also be back in action this week. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will participate in the Houston Invitational.
Monday, January 16
       Women's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Thursday, January 19
       Women's Basketball, vs. Texas-Arlington, University Center 7 p.m. (
Men's Basketball, at Texas-Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Saturday, January 21
       Men's Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 1 p.m. (FOX Sports Southwest) (KSLU 90.9 FM)
       Women's Basketball, vs. Tulane, University Center, 30 minutes after the conclusion of men's game (KSLU 90.9 FM)
       - Jam the Jungle
       - Take a Kid to the Game Day
       Track and Field, at Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day
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Professional Activities
Dr. Volker Stiller (Biological Sciences) has published a paper in the December issue of the American Journal of Botany titled "Embolized conduits of rice (Oryza sativa L., Poaceae) refill despite negative xylem pressure." In this paper, Dr. Stiller describes a previously unknown mechanism that enables rice plants to refill embolized xylem conduits with water. Previously, it was thought that rice plants rely on positive, nightly root pressure to flush air embolisms from their water transport system in order to repair it, but Dr. Stiller's research discovered a second refilling mechanism that operates at negative xylem pressures during the day. One of Dr. Stiller's current research projects, funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents, is to screen several rice varieties from different genetic backgrounds for this novel mechanism and to investigate how rice plants achieve this remarkable feat. Dr. Stiller is assisted in his efforts by graduate student Stephanie Gordon, who came to Southeastern in the fall of 2005 to work on the project. 
       Dr. William F. Font (Biological Sciences) has been appointed to the position of review editor for the international journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. He will continue to serve as associate editor for The Journal of Parasitology and as a member of the editorial board for Comparative Parasitology. He has previously served on the editorial board of The Journal of the Helminthological Society of Washington and as an associate editor for American Midland Naturalist
       Dr. Debra D. Dolliver (Chemistry and Physics) has received a $35,000 grant from the American Chemical Society's Petroleum Research Fund for work entitled "New Synthetic Methods Using Oxime Ethers." 
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