ByLion - January 23

Lionettes take national honors
KSLU program spotlights Katrina
Program honors MLK
Youth dance camp Feb. 4
UPD Officer Downie honored
New Web: Phase II
Time management, tax seminars
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Lionettes perform award-winning hip hop routineLionettes earn national honor

The Southeastern Lionette Dance team has brought home two awards from the Universal Dance Association's National Competition. 
       Competing against 28 teams in UDA's Division I, the Lionettes were selected for second place in the "hip hop" division and third in the jazz division. As one of the top three finishers in both jazz and hip-hop division, the Southeastern dancers will appear on the national sports network ESPN later this year. 
       Lionette Director Christen Anzalone credited the team's success to the team's hard work and the leadership, coaching and motivation provided by captain Kandace Kurtz of Mandeville and co-captain Stephanie Sims of Baton Rouge.
       "It takes much dedication and love for dance to devote so much time to this sport. I am so proud of the team," Anzalone said.
       To qualify for the national competition, the teams must submit unedited video of a dance routine. Videos are judged on projection, choreography, technique, group execution and overall effect. Anzalone said the Lionettes placed third out of 27 teams in the initial bid ranking.
       The team's jazz dance was choreographed to Melissa Etheridge's "Brave and Crazy." "The team captains decided to take on a different style of a more modern jazz," Anzalone said.
       The team's hip hop dance was choreographed by Kurtz and Sims to the theme "girls." "Our team is very 'girly,' so my co-captain and I thought this theme would be perfect!" said Kurtz. 
       In addition to Kurtz and Sims, the Lionettes who brought home the national honor are Sarah Bates, Denham Springs; Amanda Bazile, Chalmette; Heather Crowe, Amite; Katherine D'Antonio, Kenner; Kim Dottolo, Ponchatoula; Robin Fernandez, Chalmette; Lisa Martinez, Denham Springs; Danielle Mistric, Baton Rouge; Brittani Noland, Belle Chasse; and Amanda Patanella, Independence.
       Anzalone encouraged dancers interested in becoming Lionettes to contact her at (985) 549-3654 or email
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KSLU to broadcast 'Katrina: In Their Own Words'

KSLU 90.9 FM, Southeastern's public radio station, will broadcast "Katrina: In Their Own Words" on Friday, Jan. 27, at 5 pm. 
       The 30-minute program documents the stories, thoughts and writings of students and teachers impacted by the storm. Writers from kindergarten to college participated in the program along with their teachers. 
       The show is a collaboration between KSLU and the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, an organization supported by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development whose mission is to improve the teaching of writing in southeast Louisiana.
       The program was produced by KSLU Interim General Manager Todd Delaney. For more information, contact KSLU at (985) 549-2330.
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Campus processional, program celebrate MLK Day

VP for Student Affairs Marvin Yates and students ar MLK processional The Southeastern family gathered on Jan. 18 to celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a candlelight procession and special program featuring the theme "Reaching the Mountain Top -- Unity Through Diversity." The guest speaker for the program, sponsored by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, was Shawn D. Wilson, confidential assistant to Secretary of

Transportation and is a Governor's program administrator.
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Youth dance camp planned at Southeastern

Young dancers in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to participate in a Youth Dance Camp Saturday, Feb. 4, at the University Center.
       The camp is being coordinated for the second time by graduate student Kimberly Dottolo of Ponchatoula, a member of the university's national award-winning Lionettes dance team. Proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics Louisiana.
       Dottolo first organized the camp as part of her platform as Miss Southeastern 2004. She said she wants to continue the activity as an annual event supporting Special Olympics. Her camp partners are the Lionettes, Lionette Alumni and Southeastern Athletics. 
       Registration for the camp, which is scheduled from noon-3 p.m., is $5 and will include a ticket to the 3 p.m. Lady Lions vs. Texas-San Antonio basketball game, also at the UC. Camp participants will perform during the game's halftime and be recognized on the public address system during the game.
       Campers are asked to wear a green or gold t-shirt and to bring a small snack and drink.
       To register for the camp, send the registration fee (made payable to Special Olympics Louisiana) along with name, grade, and the name and telephone number of a contact person to Kimberly Dottolo, P.O. Box 1233, Hammond, LA 70404. Registration forms are also available at the Southeastern Alumni Center at 500 W. University Avenue.
       Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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Downie honored as Southeastern Police Officer of the Year

Office Julie Downie of the University Police Department was named Police Officer of the Year from Southeastern by the City Club of Hammond, which annually honors local law enforcement personnel serving the Tangipahoa area. At the award ceremony Jan. 19 at Trey Yuen, Downie was recognized for "her outstanding compassion towards students and her dedication to the University Police Department and to Southeastern."
       "Officer Julie Downing is self-motivated and willing to assist in any way possible," said Interim Chief Mike Prescott. 
       Prescott said Downing was the president of her POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Academy class and earned the class' third highest exam score. She is an instructor with the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) program and is a certified police cyclist. She will earn her bachelor's degree in criminal justice in May.
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The New Southeastern Web ... Implementing Phase II

Southeastern launched its new Web site on Jan. 3. The overall response to Phase I of the Web site has been positive, and the Web Redesign Project Team is getting ready to begin implementation of Phase II, which includes all colleges, academic departments, and academic programs. 
       "The recent launch of Phase I of the new Web site comes at a pivotal point in time for Southeastern," said Provost John Crain. "Right now Southeastern is in a prime position for extending its recruitment and retention initiatives and the new Web site provides a fresh face for the university. The implementation of Phase II of the Web Redesign Project will further enhance Southeastern's image as a university that is ready and able to meet the needs of its current students and future students." 
       Included in the plans for implementing Phase II of the Web Redesign Project are short orientation sessions for academic unit heads and their Web publishers, as well as one-on-one training in the new Web site software. In addition, training materials will be made available online. 
       The orientation session will answer questions participants may have about the Web Redesign Project. Since the majority of work needed for the redesign is completed before the first Web page is actually created, a checklist will be provided to guide units, step-by-step, as they begin gathering together content and photos and making decisions on the options they wish to include on their Web sites. 
       Once the checklist is complete, units will be ready to schedule one-on-one training in the new Web site software. During the one-on-one training, academic units will create actual Web pages for their site. When the site is ready, the academic unit will be able to publish it for public view on the new Southeastern Web. 
       Orientation sessions will last approximately one hour and will be conducted Feb. 13-24 in the McGehee Hall conference room. All units included in Phase II will be contacted with further information on reserving space for orientation. Phase II of the Web Redesign Project should be completed by May 5. 
       For more information on the Web Redesign Project or academic units included in Phase II, see

Southeastern hosts time management, tax seminars 

The Southeastern Small Business Development Center will host a seminar titled "Time Management: Increasing Your Personal Productivity" on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. 50 12:30 p.m. at the Southeastern St. Tammany Center on Koop Drive north of Mandeville. 
       The seminar will provide business owners and their employees with the tools to set priorities, overcome procrastination, deal with group dynamics and attitudes, and much more. 
       Cost is $25 with discounts for members of area chambers of commerce. Pre-registration is preferred. 
       During Feburary, the SBDC also will host two "Sales and Use Tax" seminars. 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:
       Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center in Hammond, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by: Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Hammond Industrial Development Board)
       Thursday, Feb. 23, at the St. Tammany Center, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by: St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce and St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation).
        The cost to attend these events is $5 per person. Area chamber members will be admitted at no cost. Pre-registration is preferred.
       For more information on the seminars or to register, please contact Sandy Summers at the Small Business Development Center, 985-549-3831 or
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This week in athletics

The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will continue Southland Conference competition during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
       The Lions (8-9, 2-4 SLC) will be looking to snap its four-game losing streak this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern hosts league foe Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The first 150 students will get a free t-shirt at Wednesday's game. There will also be a paper airplane contest, where students will have a chance to win a MP3 player courtesy of the MANEIACS, the Southeastern Athletics Official Student Fan Organization. The Lions will be home on Saturday, hosting Nicholls State at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
       The Lady Lions (5-11, 2-4 SLC) will head to Huntsville, Texas on Thursday for a 7 p.m. league tilt with Sam Houston State. On Saturday, Nicholls State comes to town for a 3 p.m. SLC contest. All of the men's and women's basketball games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
       The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday. The Lions and Lady Lions will be participating in the Bayou Bengal Invitational.
Wednesday, January 25
       Men's Basketball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Thursday, January 26
       Women's Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Saturday, January 28
       Men's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
       Women's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
       Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Bayou Bengal Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
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Professional activities 

Plant pathologist Dr. Billy Bond (Biological Sciences) recently helped the USDA confirm the first Asian soybean rust (ASR) find on kudzu in Louisiana. Bond took samples from a kudzu patch in Amite in November and the APHIS lab in Beltsville, Md., confirmed that the sample contained P. pachyrhizi urediosori with urediospores. This is the first confirmation of P. pachyrhizi on kudzu in Louisiana. P. pachyrihizi is a very good host for the ASR pathogen. Of the 95 known hosts of ASR, kudzu is second only to soybean as a host, displaying prolific sporulation. Asian soybean rust, caused by the Phakopsora pachyrhizi fungus, is a major soybean disease that was discovered for the first time in the continental United States in nine southeastern and Midwestern states in fall 2004. It has been active for some years in Asia and Australia, causing periodic epidemic outbreaks in some regions, and had in recent years spread to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. First detected in Japan in 1902, Asian soybean rust can cause premature defoliation, with yield losses of up to 70 percent reported in farms in Asia. 
       An article by Dr. Harold E. Davis (Accounting) entitled "Mimicking Behavior in Repurchase Decisions" has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Behavioral Finance. The article was co-authored by Dr. Mike Cudd and Dr. Marcelo Eduardo of Mississippi College.
       Dr. Joe Morris (Accounting) published an article in the December 2005 issue of the Journal of Accountancy titled "The Change Game: A Review of FASB Statement no. 154."
       Dr. Frederick Dembowski, Hibernia Endowed Professor (Educational Leadership) was in the organization/publication, Marquis Who's Who in America 2007. He has been included in Who's Who in America since 1999.
       Zachariah Teitler (Mathematics) attended the MAGIC '05 conference: "Midwest Algebra, Geometry and their Interactions Conference" at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 7-11.
       Melinda Holt (Mathematics) was recently appointed as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Experimental Statistics at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
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