ByLion - January 30

Nursing wins Nightingale
Pianist to perform Wednesday
Black History Month
Champagne Bingo fun
Miss Southeastern Feb. 8
Jr./Sr. Day Feb. 18
Chefs Evening tickets on sale
Piano major to solo with symphony
Sociology students learn hands on
Heart Walk forming teams
Community Liaison Officer
Center for Faculty Excellence news
UPD lost and found
Delta Sigma Theta seeks members
Coming up ...
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Donnie Booth and Barbara Moffett with Nightingale AwardAdmiring the Nightingale Award for "Nursing School of the Year" are Donnie Booth, left, dean of the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Barbara Moffett, head of the School of Nursing. The award is presented annually by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation. This is the second time the Southeastern program has received the award in the past five years.
Nursing program receives second "Nightingale," named 'Nursing School of the Year'
For the second time in five years, the Southeastern nursing program has received a Nightingale Award as the "Nursing School of the Year" by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.
       The organization announced the recognition at their fifth annual Nightingale Awards Gala for Nursing and Healthcare held recently in Baton Rouge.
       "This is truly a significant achievement and honor. To be recognized twice as the outstanding nursing school in the state in the five years that this award has been presented attests to the  quality of nursing education Southeastern offers and role that the university is playing in helping to address this vital part of our region's health care workforce," said John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
       Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said nursing programs are evaluated for the Nightingale Award by a wide range of criteria, including accreditation status, innovations in education and teaching, nursing examination passage rate, and comments solicited from graduates, faculty and area employers.
       The competition is evaluated by a panel of out-of-state judges who reviewed the nominations submitted by nursing programs throughout the state.
       "We are very excited about this honor, because I know the efforts that our faculty and students put in daily to achieve outstanding quality in the teaching and learning processes," said Barbara Moffett, head of the School of Nursing.
       "Most of our graduates are employed in the surrounding parishes in southeast Louisiana," Moffett said. "They are prepared to enter the job market immediately, having gone through a rigorous academic program and significant clinical experiences in area hospitals and other health care settings. These graduates are helping to address the serious nursing shortage that exists here in Louisiana."
       In addition to citing the Southeastern program as tops in the state, in recent years the nursing association has also recognized two Southeastern nursing faculty members as educators of the year and one as nursing researcher of the year.
       Established in 1963, the Southeastern nursing program has nearly 2,000 majors and is currently assisting 164 displaced nursing students from Hurricane Katrina to complete their education. Southeastern annually graduates approximately 140 undergraduates and 15 to 18 masters level nurses in functional areas such as nurse educator, administrator and nurse practitioner. The graduate program is offered as part of an intercollegiate consortium. 
       Recognized by the University of Louisiana System as one of Southeastern's "Areas of Excellence," the baccalaureate and graduate programs are accredited by the National league for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
       In December, it was announced that students in Southeastern's nursing program recorded one of the highest passage rates in the state for the past year for baccalaureate programs on the national licensure examination for registered nurses.
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William Chapman NyahoPianist to open Black History Month 
Acclaimed concert pianist William Chapman Nyaho will present a recital of classical piano music written by composers of African descent to launch the university's celebration of Black History Month.
       The free concert is scheduled for Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
With a theme of "Piano Music of the African Diaspora," Chapman Nyaho will perform classical piano music by composers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, England, South Africa and the United States.
       Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian American, graduated from Achimota School in Ghana, where he earned the Performer's Diploma and the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music.  He holds degrees from St. Peter's College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. He is the recipient of prizes from the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy.
       Following a four-year residency as a North Carolina Visiting Artist, Nyaho taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 1991-2002.  He was the recipient of the 1998 University of Southwestern Louisiana Distinguished Professor Award and the 1998 Acadiana Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award. He also held the Heymann Endowed Professorship. 
       He is now an independent scholar and teacher and currently is working on a graded anthology of piano music by composers of the African Diaspora to be published by Oxford University Press. 
Chapman Nyaho's performing experience includes recitals in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean as well as the United States. He has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana and Switzerland, and on National Public Radio. He has released critically acclaimed compact discs SENKU: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent on the MSR Classics Label and Aaron Copland: Music For Two Pianos as duo pianist with the Nyaho/Garcia Duo on the Centaur Label.
       Chapman Nyaho has served on review panels of National Endowment for the Arts, national committees for the Music Teachers' National Association and College Music Society. He is a regular guest clinician, giving presentations, lecture-recitals and workshops advocating music by composers of the African Diaspora in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities.  He also serves as adjudicator for national and international piano competitions.
       The concert is funded by Southeastern Arts and Lectures; the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. For additional information about the concert, which is also part of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts' spring "Encore!" performing arts series, call (985) 549-2184.  For information on African-American Heritage Month activities, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, (985) 549-3850.
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February is Black History Month
State Representative Roy J. Quezaire Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the February celebration of Black History Month at Southeastern. 
       The month-long celebration will also feature a variety of entertaining and educational events including the one woman show "Meet Mrs. Rosa Parks" and a forum focusing on the challenges of black Louisiana leaders during the recent hurricanes.
       Black History Month, said Eric Summers, director of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, "is a time set aside to reflect on the accomplishments of African-Americans both past and present. Here at Southeastern, many departments and student organizations have come together to create a celebration of African American culture and heritage through plays, music, and lectures." 
       Quezaire, who has represented District 58 encompassing Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes since 1991, will present "How We Live: Past, Present, Future" on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. His lecture is sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. 
       As Rosa Parks, actor Melissa Waddy Thibodeaux will tell how a simple seat on a bus ignited -- and changed--a nation. "Meet Rosa Parks," scheduled for Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, will be followed by a question and answer session. The one-woman show is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. 
       The Black History Month schedule also features a series of lectures by members of Southeastern's departments of History and Political Science and Sociology and Criminal Justice. The series will conclude on Feb. 23 with a forum, "Louisiana's Black Leaders and the Challenges of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," featuring African American officials at the state and local level. The forum will begin at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
       On Feb. 4, the Department of History and Political Science will host a teacher workshop for Region II social studies teachers through the university's U.S. Department of Education grant funded "Teaching American History" program. Teachers interested in registering for "The Rise to Equality: African-Americans in Louisiana and U.S. History in the 20th & 21st Centuries" should contact Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science and academic coordinator for the grant, 985-549-2109. 
       The month's activities will be outlined at the "Black History Month Celebration Kickoff" on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union Theater.  Unless otherwise indicated, activities are free and open to the public. 
       The Black History Month schedule also includes:
       -- Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium -- Southeastern Arts and Lectures will host guest artist concert pianist William Chapman Nyaho, a native of Ghana, West Africa, who will perform "Piano Music of the African Diaspora." 
       -- Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Student Union ballroom -- Southeastern history faculty member Keith Finley will kick off the Department of History and Political Science's Black History and Politics Lecture Series with "Segregation's Less Conspicuous Friends:  The Importance of Non-Southern U.S. Senators in Delaying Civil Rights Advances, 1938-1964." 
       -- Feb. 7, 4 p.m., Student Union, room 227 -- Guest speaker Johnetta Scott will present "The Truth Uncovered," hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. 
       -- Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Student Union, room 223 -- Student organizations can have fun and win prizes by participating in Black History "Family Feud," the popular game show with a Black history twist. 
       -- Feb. 8, 2 p.m., Fayard Hall, room 234 -- The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will host "A.P. Tureaud Story," a program illustrating the life of the first African-American to attend Louisiana State University as an undergraduate.
        -- Feb. 9, 2 p.m., Student Union Theatere -- Continuing the Black History and Politics Lecture Series, history faculty member Ronald Traylor will present "Land Ownership among Black Texans: A Southern Paradigm." 
       -- Feb. 10, 8 p.m.-midnight, Student Union ballroom -- The Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs will host the Ebony Scholarship Ball, a fundraiser for the Black Student Union Scholarship Fund. 
       -- Feb. 13, 15, & 17, 3 p.m., Sims' Library, room 252 -- The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will host a series of presentations, "Discovering North Africa: The Maghreb," that will discuss the history and culture of African tribes of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. 
       -- Feb. 20, noon, Student Union Theatre -- The Black History and Politics series will continue with Yanni Djamba, Southeastern assistant professor of sociology, on "A Bio-Sociological Perspective on the Geography of HIV/AIDS." 
       -- Feb 20, 6 p.m., Student Union Theatre -- A lively variety show, "All Things Black: A Night of Black Culture and Art," will feature poetry, singing, dancing, lectures, and a performance by the Southeastern Gospel Choir. 
       -- Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Student Union ballroom -- Alpha Phi Alpha and the office of Student Organizations and Greek Life will sponsor the Black Greek Success Program.  Eddie Francis, a New Orleans native, will motivate students to grow as individuals in and outside of the classroom as well as in the home and on the job.
       -- Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Twelve Oaks -- Black History Month will conclude with the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, which will honor community members who have made a difference. Tickets, $30, are available through Pat Morris, 985-517-4267.
       For more information on Black History Month events, contact Summers, 985-549-3850. The schedule is also available online at
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President Moffett and secretaries at Champagne bingoPresident Moffett chats with a table full of Southeastern secretaries and their friends at Saturday's Champagne Bingo. From left, are Anna Wodall, Becky Johnson, Lisa Patti, Elaine Mercante, Ranetta Marshall, Marilyn Guitreau, and Sharon Guitreau. 
Bingo blast
The FE-Lions alumni chapter's Champagne Bingo Saturday at Twelve Oaks was a blast for a good cause. Approximately 500 women attended the fundraiser for the Southeastern athletics program, where they enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more. 
      "This was a record event for us," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "Everyone had a great time and we think we will top last year's contribution to Southeastern athletics. We really appreciate the campus and community's support of this fun fundraiser." She gave special credit to FE-Lions' Judy Althouse, Champagne Bingo chair, and Veda Abene, president, for organizing such a successful event.
      For more information about the Fe-Lions, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.
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Miss Southeastern to be crowned Feb. 8
Heather Williams of Slidel, Miss Southeastern 2005, will crown her successor, one of eight contestants in the annual Southeastern Louisiana University pageant, scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 8, at the university's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
       Held at Southeastern since 1949, the pageant has been a Miss America preliminary since 1962. The pageant is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Admission is free.
       The theme of the 2006 Pageant is "Miss Southeastern Goes to Vegas," said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.
       The contestants will compete in four competitions including personal interview, swimsuit, talent and evening wear. Leader said the pageant is also reprising a new feature from last, the "People's Choice Award," as a way of collecting donations for Habitat for Humanity, Williams' 2005 platform. Containers for donations in each 2006 contestant's name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall on Feb. 1-8 and in the theater lobby on the night of the pageant.
       Miss Southeastern 2005 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe, June 16-18.
For additional information, call 985-549-3805.
       Visit ByLion next week to meet the 2006 contestants.

Senior DayOrientation leader Phillip Brehm talks with seniors visiting campus housing during Senior Day on Saturday.

Feb. 18 Junior/Senior Day introduces high school students to Southeastern 
High school students and their parents are invited to "Junior/Senior Day 2006," Saturday, Feb. 18. 
       The informal and entertaining introduction to the university is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial Student Union. After checking in, participants can browse academic and other Southeastern-related displays. They can also learn about Southeastern's admissions standards and procedures, campus life and services, financial aid and scholarship opportunities at a 10:30 a.m. session.
       Afternoon activities will include lunch and campus tours, including visits to the university's new residential community. Attendees can also learn about Southeastern Scholars, a program designed to give qualified high school students the opportunity to get a jump-start on their college education by earning up to six credit hours per semester prior to graduating from high school. 
       "This is a great time for high school juniors to begin narrowing down their college choices in order to find the right fit for them," said Anthony Ranatza, Coordinator of Recruiting at Southeastern. 
       "High School seniors, who have not had the opportunity to visit Southeastern, are also welcome," he added. "Junior/Senior Day is a sneak peak into all the great things Southeastern has to offer."
       Participants can register online through the Junior Day button on the Southeastern home page,
       For additional information on Junior Day 2006, call 1-800-222-SELU or 985-549-5637. 
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Tickets on sale for Chefs Evening 2006
Tickets are now on sale now for Chefs Evening 2006, Southeastern's popular "dinner party for a good cause," featuring treats and libations from area restaurants, bars and grills and wholesalers.
       The annual event is scheduled for scheduled for Sunday, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern University Center. 
       "The Southeastern Development Foundation encourages everyone to come out and taste the wonderful flavors of our local establishments," said Chefs Evening coordinator Sarah Schillage. "The theme for this year's event is 'Phantom of the Opera.' We're going to turn the University Center into a Broadway stage starring our local restaurants, caterers, and beverage establishments."
       Schillage said Southeastern music major Blair Abene of Hammond will perform a solo from the hit Broadway show. "Who knows? Her song may bring the phantom out of hiding," she said."
       Chefs Evening tickets are tickets are $40 each or $425 for a reserved table for eight. 
       "Various patron's levels are also available and include an invitation to the exclusive patron's party to be held at the new University Residence," Schillage said. Patron levels are $75, individual; $150, pair; and $500 for a reserved eight-person table.
       Tickets are available from the Southeastern Development Foundation, (985) 549-2239. Proceeds from Chefs Evening support Southeastern academics.
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Christiana IheadinduPiano student to solo with Mississippi symphony
Junior piano performance major Christiana Iheadindu will appear as piano soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 4. 
       Iheadindu was the grand prize winner of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's 2005 Concerto Competition at Belhaven College in Jackson.
       She will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491.
A native of Romania, Iheadindu began piano study at the age of seven at the Dinu Lipatti Music School in Bucharest.  Immediately prior to coming to the United States, she completed two years of study at the Bucharest Conservatory. 
       Iheadindu has garnered many honors, including prizes at the International Music Competition Pitra Ligure, the International Music Competition Totrona, the National Music Olympiad Bucharest, the National Piano Competition Bucharest, and the W. A. Mozart Competition Targoviste. 
       Most recently, she was the recipient of Southeastern's 2004-05 Most Outstanding International Student award.  She currently studies with Kenneth Boulton, assistant professor in Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
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Yanyi Djamba and studentsYanyi Djamba, left, assistant professor of sociology at Southeastern Louisiana University, reviews data collected in a White Castle community needs survey with graduate students Shannon Forbes Rushing and Sean Guidry. The students gained valuable experience in sociological research methods by helping to conduct the actual interviews as well as compiling the data collected.
Students learn sociology research techniques first hand
For the 13 graduate students taking Yanyi Djamba's applied research class last semester, the experience was anything but a dry classroom exercise in research methods.
       Instead, the applied sociology students learned first hand the research methods they will use in their future careers when they conducted a community needs survey for the town of White Castle, located in Iberville Parish. The data collected from White Castle residents will be used by the town to apply for state Community Development Block Grants.
       An assistant professor of sociology, Djamba explained that students received appropriate training in survey design and implementation before going into the field and conducting more than 160 door-to-door interviews of randomly selected White Castle residents. Those surveys were supplemented with an additional 150 interviews done by municipal employees.
       The fact that this was a real study and not simply a theoretical academic exercise, had a significant impact on the students involved.
       "Applied sociology involves finding answers for real world problems," said student Shannon Forbes Rushing of Gonzales, who went door-to-door surveying individuals and ensuring that all questions were answered completely. "This study involved a real town with real people and problems. Knowing the data collected would benefit the individuals of the town made a difference in my attitude and provided a certain level of self-satisfaction."
       Students reported some negatives associated with the experience, namely the intense heat of south Louisiana and swarms of flies common to agricultural areas such as Iberville Parish.
       "There may have been a million little things that could make for a bad day," recalled Sean Guidry of Venice. "But the fact that I was out there actually doing something that could help people while experiencing and learning something new far outweighed any negatives there may have been."
       The reception the students received from residents ranged from reticence and suspicion to welcoming and forthcoming.
       "By far, most of the people were very receptive and eagerly participated in the study," said Guidry "At one point I interviewed a nice young lady and she accompanied me throughout her neighborhood giving me input on the residents and pointing out houses where no one lived." 
       "Once they were assured of confidentiality and understood that their input would benefit their community and quality of life, most were anxious to participate," added Rushing. "They seemed to enjoy being provided with the opportunity to share their views."
       Djamba said the survey contained the usual demographic questions that identify age, gender, race and occupation, but also focused on community issues or problems and the relative seriousness of these problems as perceived by the interview subjects. He noted that the students learned first hand how applied sociology can help communities through a needs assessment survey that produces important information for decision-making and socio-economic development.
       "While the town of White Castle gained accurate and up-to-date information about community needs, this project gave students the opportunity to participate in an actual research process and develop the necessary skills and experiences needed to perform survey research design and implementation," he added. "In addition, the students performed the data entry and cleaning, which gave them additional experience on these two important steps of quantitative research."
       While preparing to do the surveys, the Southeastern students had the opportunity to interact with White Castle Mayor Maurice Brown and other town officials. "The mayor was genuinely interested in our survey and the possibility that it could help the individuals of his community gain a better quality of life," Rushing said.
       "Real world problems involve real people, and all too often we are caught up in the paper trail and forget there are faces attached to the numbers," she added. "Meeting these individual residents face to face makes you want to help them, and not just through the survey. By having the opportunity to associate with the people of White Castle and to be invited into their homes, you learn something about each of these individuals on a personal level and you feel a certain sense of responsibility."
       "This was a win-win project all-around," said Guidry. "Students learned from the actual experience, and the people of White Castle will benefit from the data collected. You can't beat that."
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Heart Walk logoTeams forming for Heart Walk
Since 1924 the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the nation's number one and number three killers, claim more than 949,000 American lives a year. The association invested more than $364 million in fiscal year 2003-04 for research, professional and public education, and advocacy so people across America can live stronger, longer lives. 
       On Feb. 11, starting at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Claude B. Pennington Jr. Student Activity Center, teams from all over Tangipahoa Parish will converge for a morning of walking, health assessments, free food, music, prizes, and a chance to meet "American Idol" finalist Lindsey Cardinale of Ponchatoula. (If it rains the event will be held inside the Pennington Center.)
       All the tools you need to join the Heart Walk are right here!
       1. Sign up with your department, friends, family members or as an individual
       2. Create and personalize your own Web Page using Kintera. (It's easy!)
       3. Attain your fundraising goal by sending personalized e-mails to your friends and family asking for their support
       4. Have fun at the Heart Walk
       Come help Southeastern raise funds for the American Heart Association by forming a team. For a list of prizes, including a cruise for two, please contact Jim McHodgkins, assistant dean of Student Development, Student Union room 202, (985) 549-3792
       Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you.
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Gipson designated 'Community Liaison Officer'
Mike Prescott, acting director of the University Police Department, has announced that Captain Patrick Gipson has been designated "Community Liaison Officer" and will direct a new UPD program designed to respond to community needs. 
       As Community Liaison Officer, Gipson will meet with student organizations, faculty groups, and staff committees to discuss campus safety and police procedures. He also will be available to make public presentations on security concerns affecting our community.
       "The University Police Department sincerely hopes that creating this position will better serve our students, faculty, staff, and guests who may have questions, concerns, or ideas about safety and security at Southeastern," Prescott said.
       To arrange a presentation or meeting with our new Community Liaison Officer, Captain Gipson, please call 985-549-2222 or e-mail with your request.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
       2006-07 Call for Proposals:  CITI Grants & Faculty Development Grants: Due to recent budget cuts, funding is currently limited to $1,000.
       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.
       The 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.
       Link here ror the application form, 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. 
       Link here for the guidelines and here for the application forms.
       The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 p.m., 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 p.m.
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UPD lost and found
Several pieces of property have been turned in to the University Police Department over the past weeks. We have not been able to identify or contact the owners of these items:
       -- Bank statements and receipts from the Bank of St. Francisville found outside D Vickers Hall (Case Number 05-004260)
       -- Silver key found in front of St. Tammy Hall in December (Case Number 05-004505)
       -- Kwikset key on a black leather tag turned in during December (Case Number 05-004491)
       -- Credit card found at the St. Tammany Center in December (Case Number 05-004330)
       -- Ladie's silver band bracelet (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- Several wrist watches (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- Binocular/camera (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- Empty nylon wallet (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- Reading glasses (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- Silver earring (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- CD player with headphones (Case Number 05-004630)
       -- Anyone who can specifically identify and prove ownership of any of these items is invited to contact us at 985-549-2222 or by e-mail at
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Delta Sigma Theta contacting members, planning for 30th anniversary
The Nu Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Southeastern's oldest African-American sorority, is updating its list of members as it plans for its 30th anniversary.
       Founded at Southeastern on March 15, 1976, the Nu Delta Chapter is affiliated with the nation's largest African-American sorority. Delta Sigma Theta dates back to 1913, when it was founded "on Christian principles, public service and sisterhood," said Erin Wheeler, communications secretary for the Nu Delta Chapter. 
       "Ever since its inception, members of Nu Delta has maintained academic excellence, outstanding community service records, as well as a variety of leadership roles throughout the campus," Wheeler said. 
       "The current members of the Nu Delta are in the process of planning for the 30th year anniversary. We would like to include all members who were initiated since 1976," Wheeler said. 
       Members of the Nu Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta please submit your name, address, phone number, and year of initiation to or call 985-517-0329. 
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Coming up ....
January 31 
       Encore! 2006 Guest Recital: Jason Ham, euphonium, West Point Military Academy; 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184. Free.
February 1
       Encore! 2006 Guest Recital: William Chapman Nyaho, piano, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184. Free.
       Black History Month Celebration Kickoff , 6 p.m., Student Union Theatre; hosted by the NAACP. Shonan Holmes, (504) 220-5319. Free.
February 2
       Black History Month: Black History and Politics Lecture Series:  Keith Finley, "Segregation's Less Conspicuous Friends:  the Importance of   Non-Southern U.S. Senators in Delaying Civil Rights Advances, 1938 --1964," 2 p.m., Student Union ballroom. Department of History & Political Science, (985) 549-2109. Free.
February 4
       Teaching American History Region II Teacher Workshop: "The Rise to Equality:  African-Americans in Louisiana and U.S. History in the 20th and 21st Centuries." Registration required. Contact Bill Robison, (98) 549-2109. 
February 7-11
       Southeastern Theatre: True West by Sam Shepard (Rating PG-13), 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre. Tickets: $10, adults; $5, seniors/faculty/staff/non-SLU students; SLU students free with I.D. Theater box office, D Vickers Hall lobby, (985) 549-2115.
February 7
       Financial Aid Night, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., War Memorial Student Union Theatre and ballroom. Financial Aid Office, (985) 549-2244. Free.
       Black History Month: Johnetta Scott, "Reparations: The Truth Uncovered," 4 p.m., Student Union, room 227. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority (Jacqueline Twillie), (985) 902-1623.
       Black History Month: Black History Family Feud, 7 p.m. Student Union, room 223. (985) 549-3850. Free.
February 8
       Black History Month: "The A. P. Tureaud Story," 2 p.m., Fayard Hall, room 234. Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures (Aileen Mootoo), (98) 549-2007. Free.
February 9
       Small Business Development Center Seminar, "Time Management:  Increasing Your personal Productivity," 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m, Southeastern St. Tammany Center, Mandeville. $25 with discounts for area chamber members. Pre-registration preferred.  Sandy Summers (98) 549-3831,
       Black History Month: Black History and Politics Lecture Series, Ronald Traylor, "Land Ownership among Black Texans:  A Southern Paradigm," Student Union Theater, 2 p.m.. Department of History & Political Science, (985) 549-2109. Free.
February 10
       Black History Month: Ebony Scholarship Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight, Student Union ballroom. (985) 549-3850.
February 11
       Tangi American Heart Walk, Claude B. Penning Student Activity Center. Registration: 8:30 a.m.,.2.5-mile walk: 9 a.m. Contact: Office of Student Development (Jim McHodgkins), Student Union, room 202, (985) 549-3792.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams look to continue climbing up the Southland Conference standings, while the men's and women's tennis teams open up their spring seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
       The Lions (9-10, 3-5 SLC) snapped a five-game losing skid on Saturday. Junior forward Quennell Green scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Lions to an 84-76 victory over league foe Nicholls State. Southeastern will hit the road for its next three games, starting this Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Lions will be at Texas State (2-15, 0-6 SLC). On Saturday, Southeastern will try to complete a season sweep of Texas-San Antonio (7-11, 2-5 SLC) at 2 p.m. Back on Jan. 5, Ricky Woods scored 24 points and the Lions hit 19 of 20 free throws in a 72-68 win over UTSA. Both men's games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
       The Lady Lions (6-12, 3-5 SLC) snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 67-48 victory over Nicholls State. Freshman forward Kristy Carlin (13 points) and senior guard Laney Watson (11 points) led the way for Southeastern. On Thursday, Texas State (12-6, 4-3 SLC) will be in town on Thursday for a 7 p.m. league tilt in the University Center. On Saturday, the Lady Lions host Texas-San Antonio (11-7, 6-1 SLC) at 3 p.m. UTSA hit 10 three-pointers in a 75-56 win over Southeastern on Jan. 5, spoiling a 17-point, nine-rebound effort by junior forward Brenita Williams. Both women's games will be broadcast on the internet only at
       The defending Southland Conference champion women's tennis team will open up the spring on Wednesday, facing Louisiana-Lafayette in a 2 p.m. road match. On Saturday, Southeastern will be in Mobile, Ala. for a 1 p.m. match with South Alabama. The men's team will also open the season on Saturday, hosting Texas Southern at noon.
Wednesday, February 1
       Women's Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 2
       Women's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 7 p.m. (
       Men's Basketball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Saturday, February 4
       Women's Basketball, vs. Texas-San Antonio, University Center, 3 p.m. (
       Men's Basketball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
       Men's Tennis, vs. Texas Southern, Southeastern Tennis Complex, noon
       Women's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
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June WilliamsProfessional activities
June Williams (Counseling and Human Development) has been elected president elect of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society of counseling and academic professionals. She will assume the position in July. The organization of more than 10,000 active members promotes scholarship, research, professionalism and leadership in counseling and recognizes outstanding academic achievement and service within the counseling profession. 
       William F. Font (Biological Sciences) has been appointed a review editor for the international journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. An interdisciplinary publication based in Germany, "Diseases of Aquatic Organisms" is considered the leading international journal in its field, covering all aspects of disease phenomena in water-based life. 
       Dr. Gerard Blanchard (Chemistry and Physics) was awarded a grant of $217,779 from the National Science Foundation for his project entitled "CEDAR: High-Spectral Width High Frequency Radar Ionospheric Backscatter with Coordinated Incoherent Scatter Radar Diagnostic Observations." This three-year project will investigate the basic physics of high frequency radio wave reflection from the Earth's ionosphere.
       Dr. Pierre Titard and Dr. Robert Braun (Accounting) presented a paper, "Student Attitudes Toward Accounting," at the 2006 Winter Conference of the nternational Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 4. Dr. Thomas Lipscomb (Marketing) was co-author of the paper.
       Dr. Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) was informed that his research article, "Similar hormonal responses to concentric and eccentric muscle actions using relative loading," was accepted for publication in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Coauthors are Drs. Dan Hollander, Eddie Hebert, Mr. Greg Reeves (Kinesiology and Health Studies) and Dr. Bonnie Meeker and M. Francois (Nursing). Kraemer was coauthor of another article, "Interrelationships of serum estradiol, estrone, and estrone sulfate, adiposity, biochemical bone markers, and leptin in post-menopausal women," published in January in the journal Maturitas. Coinvestigators include Dr. V. Daniel Castracane from the Foundation for Blood Research in Portland, Maine, Ginger R. Kraemer (Biological Sciences), and Dr. Beverly Ogden, Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, La. 
       Dr. Lillian Stiegler (Communication Sciences & Disorders) published an essay entitled "Spiderman at Mini-Camp" in Voices from the Spectrum, an edited book on living and coping with autism. The book was released in the United Kingdom in November, and will be released in the United States in February.
       Dr. Sid Guedry (Biology/Horticulture) was re-elected to the board of the Louisiana State Horticulture Society at their annual meeting in Monroe on Jan/ 20. Dr. Guedry was also selected to be the editor of the peer reveiwed Louisiana State Horticulture Society Journal.
"Double Wide" by Gary Keown       Gary Keown (Visual Arts) has been selected for an alumni exhibition at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. The exhibition includes 15 graduates from the years 1960-2004. Keown will also give a lecture on his work at Southeastern this Thursday, Feb. 2 at noon in the lecture area of the Department of Visual Arts' Contemporary Art Gallery.
       Dr. Cynthia Elliott
, Merritt Endowed Professor (Teaching and Learning) presented her research, "Community-University Partnerships and Jumpstart for Young Children: A Positive Impact on Preschool Children" in a poster session at the 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, January 8. Dr. Elliott also presented with colleagues from Arizona State University at the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference in Phoenix, Jan. 19. Dr. Elliott discussed the dual language pilot project with Head Start that is a replication of the Two-Way Immersion Spanish Time (TWIST) project at ASU.
        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.
       On Jan. 4 Dr. Richard David Ramsey (General Business) received the United States Army Reserve Achievement Medal for teaching service with the 12th Battalion 6th Brigade 95th Division (Institutional Training). Dr. Ramsey is a Lieutenant Colonel and Staff Group Leader with the Battalion, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blevins. 
       In early January Dr. Aristides Baraya (General Business) distributed backpacks, toys, and school supplies to 200 Hispanic children in the metropolitan New Orleans area affected by Hurricane Katrina. The gifts were made available through Merryhouse, a Washington, D.C. organization, and the Kenner police.
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