ByLion - July 10


SACS okays doctorate
Web Redesign progresses
Roar wins LPA awards
Walker joins ULS board

Early register during SOPs
Hurricane prep seminar
Channel program on storms
Outside/dual employment
Northshore School of the Arts
Business 'boot camp'
Drivers training on Blackboard
Capitol One partnership
CSD students win quiz bowl
Professional activities

SACS gives final approval to doctoral degree
The final step to Southeastern being able to offer its first doctoral degree came June 22 with approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the university's primary accrediting body.
     The approval, which was required because the new degree represents a significant change in Southeastern's curriculum and degree offerings, means that the university can start enrolling students this fall in its program leading to a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree. The degree is being offered in consortium with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The two institutions have formed a consortium board to jointly administer the program, offer classes and make decisions regarding program development and student participation.
     "Even though we were confident that SACS would grant approval, this is still a very historic moment for Southeastern," said President Randy Moffett. "The program is a natural progression for the excellent teacher preparation program that Southeastern has operated for most of its 80 years of existence. It will enable us, with our partners in Lafayette, to train a new generation of school and system administrators who can be true change agents for our schools."
     "The new doctoral degree program is extremely important to our growing array of graduate offerings," said Michael Kurtz, dean of Southeastern's Graduate School. "The Ed.D. in educational leadership is the fifth new graduate degree initiated in the last five years at Southeastern, and it places the institution into the doctoral-granting category."
     Diane Allen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, said the program consists of 60 hours beyond the master's degree level and will blend theory and practice while incorporating research-oriented, field-based projects for specific problems or issues.
     She said surveys show that approximately one-half of the school-based administrators in the regions around Southeastern and ULL are eligible to retire in the next five years, and the program is designed to increase the pool of highly qualified and prepared administrators.
     Southeastern, which also offers a number of master's programs in education, is one of the state's largest producers of teachers and was the first institution in the state to guarantee the performance of its teacher graduates to area school systems.
     Both Southeastern and ULL are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE accreditation is a peer review process that involves a comprehensive evaluation of programs responsible for preparing teachers and other professional school personnel.
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Web Redesign Project
Web Orientation for Phase III Web Sites Begins
Orientation sessions for Phase III units in the Web Redesign Project have been scheduled to begin on July 17 and run through August 4. All administrative units included in Phase III have been contacted about reserving space for orientation, and they are encouraged to schedule their orientation session early.
     Orientation sessions will last approximately one hour and will be conducted in the McGehee Hall conference room (room 102). During the session, administrative unit heads and their Web content contributors will receive instructions on how to begin moving their Web sites into Collage, the university's Web content management system. The Web orientation will also provide information on Southeastern Web policy, content guidelines, available Web design templates, and a checklist of Web tasks that will guide units through the process.
     Upon completion of the checklist, Phase III units may schedule their one-on-one Collage training. During the training, administrative units will begin creating actual Web pages for their site. For more information on the Web Redesign Project and Web training, administrative units are encouraged to visit the Web Redesign Project Web site at
     Phase III of the Web Redesign Project should be completed by November 2006.
Phase II - Academic Units
     Phase II of the Web Redesign Project is nearing completion as Web sites are launched. Approximately half of Phase II units have completed their sites, and many more are nearing completion. All Phase II units should have their sites completed by the end of the summer semester. Any Phase II units needing help or additional training should contact the Web Redesign Project team at 3639 or
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Lion's Roar wins LPA awards
The staff of The Lion's Roar, Southeastern's student newspaper, brought home two awards from the 126th Annual Louisiana Press Association convention held in Baton Rouge in May.
     The Lion's Roar, edited by graduate student Lorraine Favre of Baton Rouge, garnered an honorable mention in the "General Excellence" category. Student papers from Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University and Southern University placed first, second and third respectively.
     "This award is definitely an honor for The Lion's Roar," said Favre. "Being able to produce a newspaper just a few days after Hurricane Katrina came ashore showed me the dedication that our staff and the Office of Student Publications have for the students, faculty and staff of Southeastern. The ability to have a paper on the stands for the students when they returned to campus, to me, provided a sense of normalcy, a sense that southeast Louisiana has the ability to get back on it's feet. I think that the honorable mention award that we received at the LPA convention helps prove our dedication to excellence for The Lion's Roar."
     Coordinator for the Office of Student Publications Lee E. Lind earned a first place award in the "Advertising Idea or Campaign" category for advertising sponsorships featured in The Lion's Roar.
     "Being recognized by the LPA for the hard work we have done this year is a great honor," said Lind. "Although Katrina brought us uncertainty, having our student staff, our advertisers and our community partners show that nothing would keep them from enduring, and printing a paper, is something I'm proud to have been part of." Lind placed second in the same category in last year's LPA Awards.
     "The diverse group of students who make up our staff continue to impress me each year," said Matthew Tarver, director of Student Publications. "They meld different backgrounds, interests and talents to represent the 16,000 plus students on campus. Even in a most trying and difficult year, their commitment, diligence and selflessness enabled them to be successful and bring statewide recognition to Southeastern."
     Eighty-four newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 4,700 entries for judging in this year's competition.
     The Lion's Roar has received both state and national recognition during the past several years, including nine awards at last year's LPA convention.
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Aron takes ULS oath Aron Walker joins UL System board
Kay Kirkpatrick, vice president for administration and general counsel for the University of Louisiana System, administers the oath at the June 23 ULS Board of Supervisors meeting in Baton Rouge to Southeastern Student Government Association President Aron Walker, the new student representative on the ULS Board. Looking on is Walker's mother, Caroline Walker.
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Eligible students can early register on Thursdays during SOPs
All eligible Southeastern students and applicants can register for the fall 2006 semester classes or adjust their schedules on Thursdays during the university's Summer Orientation Programs.
     Eligible students can register or drop and add classes for fall 2006 on July 13, and July 20, said Stephen Soutullo, dean of enrollment management.
     He said all continuing students are eligible to participate, including those currently registered for summer school, fall upperclass transfer applicants and readmit applicants.
     "Taking advantage of early registration is in the student's best interest," Soutullo said. "Students who early register find making a schedule easier and less hectic than waiting until regular registration. Also, this is the perfect time for students to adjust their schedules."
     Soutullo added that students must be advised if advising is required within their academic department.
      Regular registration for fall 2006 is August 15-17 with classes beginning August 21.
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Southeastern, St. Tammany West Chamber host hurricane prep seminar for businesses
The Small Business Development Center and the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, along with Louisiana Economic Development, will host "Preparing Your Business for the Next Hurricane" on Tuesday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fontainebleau High School auditorium.
     "This important seminar is designed help businesses prepare in advance of any future storm," said SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers. "With many businesses still in recovery mode, there's been little time to dedicate to preparing for the new hurricane season. However, by setting priorities and getting some help in putting a plan together, it can be done, and done in a short amount of time.
     "Business owners are often understandably daunted by the idea of putting together business-specific plans," she said. "Seminar presenters will make suggestions of items to consider that may have escaped consideration even after businesses withstood hurricanes Katrina and Rita."
     Seminar topics will include mitigating risk, types of insurance available, backing up computer systems, addressing employee payroll and other labor issues, and creating an overall business recovery plan.
     "This seminar is being held to help you protect one of your most valuable assets -- your business," said Chamber Business Support Vice Chair Jason Brady of A-B Computer Solutions. "While much attention has been put toward personal preparation for families, homes and even pets, there was a lack of information specific to business preparedness. This seminar addresses those business prep specifics."
     Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is preferred. For more information or to register, contact 985-549-3831 or
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Amite 1940 tornadoShocked Amite residents observe the devastation wrought by a 1940 tornado that ripped through the downtown area, destroying almost every major building. Destruction caused by Amite tornadoes of 1908 and 1940, along with accounts of major hurricanes from Audrey through Katrina, share the spotlight in "Storms: Louisiana and Nature's Wrath," a new episode of the Telly Award-winning Florida Parish Chronicles. The show will air Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on the Southeastern Channel.
History of north shore storms to air on Southeastern Channel Wednesday
A hurricane that destroyed the towns of Ruddock and Frenier, forcing residents to cling to swamp treetops for survival, and tornadoes that smashed every church in Amite in 1908 and 1940 are among the little-known, dramatic events that will be featured in a new episode of the "Florida Parish Chronicles" on the Southeastern Channel.
     The Telly Award-winning show's newest episode, "Storms: Louisiana and Nature's Wrath," highlights the historical impact devastating storms have had on the north shore. The episode will first air on Wednesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. on the Southeastern Channel on Charter Cable Channel 18. It will also air on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Mondays at 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. during the month of July.
     The program uses rare archival footage, vintage photographs and eyewitness accounts to recapture historical major storms' onslaught on the Florida Parish and southeast Louisiana. The show spotlights storms such as the 1908 and 1940 Amite tornadoes and hurricanes Hilda, Betsy, Camille and Katrina.
     Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon, who produced the show along with channel staff member Josh Kapusinski, said the program takes an educational angle on the origins of hurricanes, their affinity for south Louisiana, and their effect on the state's wetlands.
     "For a lot of our viewers this show will bring back strong memories, even those from childhood, of every major storm to hit this region," Settoon said. "For others it will be an eye-opener on how storms have affected the north shore region for hundreds of years."
     Kapusinski videotaped and edited the program, which is written, hosted and narrated by Sam Hyde, Southeastern's Ford Chair in Regional Studies and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     "This episode reveals not only that we live in the epicenter of a projected future hurricane corridor, but that devastating storms have wreaked havoc on our area for centuries," Hyde said.
     Hyde interviews Amite residents who remember the destructive 1940 tornado and talks with Dexter Accardo, emergency preparedness head for St. Tammany Parish, at the Katrina-devastated Eden Isles area of Slidell.
     At a demolished lakefront home near Slidell, Hyde also interviews Frances Barker, the north shore Red Cross director, about her memories of storms spanning six decades beginning with her childhood in Folsom.
     "This program is certain to raise concerns," Hyde said. "But it's one that will also remind us of our ability to endure unimaginable tragedy with courage and determination to persevere."
     The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. It can also be viewed online at
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Outside/dual employment
Outside employment forms for the July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 reporting period may now be submitted. Outside employment performed any time during the reporting period must be approved.
     The University of Louisiana System requires that all full-time Southeastern employees, including those who may become temporary full-time employees, annually disclose whether or not they participate in any outside employment activities. The policy recognizes employees' right to engage in outside employment, as long as it is within the proper parameters as established by Louisiana law. Employees who are involved with contracts or agreements between Southeastern and an outside employer must submit a list of all such employment.
     The online form is available at the following web address: Please copy the form to one page.
     Those who have completed forms since July 1, 2006, including as part of your employment packet, are not required to complete an additional form, unless you have entered into new outside employment since completing the original form.
     Those of you who have not completed a form since July 1, 2006 are requested to do so now.
     If you have no outside employment, check "I do not have outside employment," sign and date the form where indicated and forward the form to your supervisor.
     If you do have outside employment, check "I do have outside employment" and enter the name and address of the outside employer. "Time Commitment Required" must be specific; for example, Monday and Thursday, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.; or Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. "Inclusive Dates of Activity" must reflect the dates you actually engage in this activity; for example, July 1, 2006 through December 15, 2006; or July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.
     Answer all five questions, sign and date the form where indicated, and submit it to your supervisor for approval. The supervisor will forward the form to the department head who will forward the form to Human Resources Office, which will determine if additional approvals are required.
     An annual information report listing all outside employment that has been approved and is currently in force under this policy is kept on file at Southeastern.
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Kelly Mueller and studentsSoutheastern art instructor Kelly Mueller, center, explains light and shadows for St. Tammany Parish art students K.C. Stockard, left, and Jennifer Spearman, right, at a Northshore School of the Arts class held at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville.

August 1 is application deadline for new Northshore School of the Arts
St. Tammany Parish high school juniors and seniors gifted in the performing and visual arts can hone their talents this fall - and earn college credit - by enrolling in the Northshore School of the Arts, a collaborative venture of Southeastern and the St. Tammany Parish Schools.
     Through the new after school program, which debuted last spring, students can take courses in music, visual art and dance and receive one-on-one lessons in applied voice and music, said Bryan DePoy, assistant dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who is serving as the school's interim director.
     Classes will be offered on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond and at the university's St. Tammany Center, located in the parish government complex on Koop Drive, north of Mandeville, DePoy said.
     "The Northshore School of Arts is a prime example of collaboration between a university and school district," he said. "This program challenges students with more advanced and intensive course work than the typical high school offering. These courses are not watered down college courses. They are the classes as taught at Southeastern to college-level students. Students are given the opportunity to nurture their artistic talent with some of the finest artist/teachers in their respective fields."
     DePoy said students have until August 1 to apply. The cost for admitted juniors and seniors is $200 per class, plus a $20 application fee. There may be additional fees for textbook rentals and art supplies.
     "Students who complete Northshore School of the Arts classes with a minimum of C-level work and meet any other academic departmental requirements will be awarded credit upon enrollment at Southeastern," DePoy said.
     Last spring, approximately 40 St. Tammany students participated in the Northshore School of the Arts' first semester, taking classes in art history, basic drawing, introduction to music, and music theory.
     "Basically, this is a 'school without walls,'" said Tammy Bourg, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "Our Community Music School serves as the model for this project, which we anticipate expanding to other school systems next year."
     "We have been wanting to have opportunities for students to take their talents to the next level," said St. Tammany Superintendent Gayle Sloan. "This partnership allows us to do that while not duplicating what's being done at the university level. It is a partnership that is the best of both worlds."
     The Northshore School of the Arts, added Southeastern President Randy Moffett, "is an example of how a university and a public school system can work together to enrich educational opportunities, lives and quality of life. This is the beginning - and I think the best is in front of us. We're certain that the new partnership will not only provide the means for talented high school students to reach higher artistic accomplishments, but also influence them to consider Southeastern as their future home."
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Southeastern, Hammond Chamber to host "Business Boot Camp" July 27
The Small Business Development Center and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host a "Business Boot Camp" seminar on Thursday, July 27.
     The event will be held at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center in Hammond from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is to attend is $10, and pre-registration is preferred.
     "Starting a business of your own can be one of the most exciting, rewarding, and challenging experiences in your life, but there's a lot more to building a successful business than just being good at providing your service or producing your product," said SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers. "This seminar will prepare you for the critical business planning process and address the most common issues faced by startups." She said topics will include what unique lifestyle requirements are involved in owning a business; how to assess the feasibility of a business idea, develop a business plan, and obtain identifying target markets; getting started; and learning about useful resources and necessary regulations and licensing.
     Light refreshments and lunch will be served. For more information or to register, contact 985-549-3831 or
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Drivers training for GAs and student workers available on Blackboard
The drivers training class is now available for graduate assistants and student workers to take on Blackboard. For authorization to take the class, students should e-mail Call the Safety Office at 549-2157 for any questions.
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Southeastern announces loan refund changes, new direct deposit program, branded card
Beginning with the fall 2006 semester, Southeastern will process the first loan refunds after late registration.
     To assist students in gaining access to their funds as quickly as possible, Southeastern is pleased to announce its partnership with Capital One Bank, formerly Hibernia National Bank, to deliver loan refunds through direct deposit.
     Students must have a checking account with Capital One to participate in the new direct deposit program.
     Completely Free Checking Accounts come with a new Southeastern-branded MasterCard debit card that can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted.
     Faculty, staff, and students not receiving loan refunds can also show their school spirit with the Southeastern debit card by taking advantage of free checking with Capital One.
     To receive your new Southeastern debit card, visit any local Capital One branch to open a completely free checking account and request your new Southeastern debit card.
     Representatives from Capital One will also be on campus during the first week of the fall 2006 semester to open new accounts.
     If you currently have a checking account with Capital One and possess a regular Capital One or Hibernia debit card, you may simply exchange it in August for the new Southeastern debit card.
     For more information about this exciting new program, please visit the Controller's Office webpage at or call the Controller's Office at 985-549-2068.
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CDS quiz bowl winnersCSD students win quiz bowl
Graduate students from the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders won the Student Quiz Bowl at the Louisiana Speech-Language and Hearing Association convention held in early June in Lafayette. Competing in a "Jeopardy" format against their counterparts from other universities around the state, Southeastern's team answered questions from various academic and clinical categories, including anatomy/physiology, audiology/speech science, and research/statistics. The proud participants are pictured here with their first place trophy and several CSD faculty members. They are, from left, top Roxanne Stoehr, Tracy Madere, Candace Revere, Heather Orgeron, Paula Gomila, Dr. Kathryn DeKemel-Ichikawa; middle, Jennifer Henry, Lacie Domingue, Dr. Ramesh Bettagere; bottom, Lacie Mitchell, Kasey Fontenot, Dr. Lilly Stiegler.
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Professional activities
Dr. Diane D. Allen
(College of Education and Human Development) received a $10,000 grant from the Academy for Educational Development to study and develop a pilot project to support first-year teachers.
     Rebecca Kruse (Chemistry and Physics) and colleagues at San Diego State University held training workshops for faculty of seven U.S. colleges and universities that will field-test the "Physical Science and Everyday Thinking" curriculum during the 2006-07 school year. "Physical Science and Everyday Thinking," an inquiry-based, discussion-oriented curriculum for prospective teachers and liberal arts students, was developed by Kruse and colleagues at San Diego State University, Tennessee Tech, and University of Colorado Boulder with funding from the National Science Foundation.
     Dayne Sherman's (Sims Memorial Library) short story titled "Too Late to Change" was named a runner-up for this summer's fiction contest at Country Roads Magazine; it is available online at this link.
     Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) with colleagues from Louisiana State University, Texas Woman's University, and LaTrobe University in Bundoora, Australia have just published an article in the Journal of Chemical Crystallography which reports the synthesis and first x-ray crystal structure of an N-alkoxyenamine.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart (Foreign Languages) was selected to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's Advanced Placement Examinations in San Antonio, June 13-19. Each year the AP Program gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and exams and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college. Approximately 2.3 million examinations in 20 disciplines were evaluated by over 8,000 readers from universities and high schools. The AP reading is a unique forum in which academic dialogue between secondary school and college educators is fostered and encouraged.
     Congratulations to Laverne Simoneaux and Jean Caswell (Sims Memorial Library) for being named "Most Knowledgeable Librarians" in a recent edition of the Daily Star's "Tangi Has Pride."
     Dr. William Bond (Biological Sciences) was introduced as the incoming president of the Advisory Committee of the Southland Conference at the league's annual spring meeting, May 30-June 2 in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Bond's two-year term begins July 1. Dr. Bond has served as the league's vice president the past two years. He is a longtime chair of the faculty Athletic Committee at Southeastern and serves as Southeastern's institutional representative to the NCAA.
     Jackie Dale Thomas (Leadership Development and Student Activities) recently accompanied Miss Southeastern Blair Abene to the 2006 Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe, where Abene was named first runner-up. Thomas was also recognized for her 20 years of service with the Miss Louisiana organization. Presenting Thomas with her service pin on the stage of the Monroe Civic Center Miss Louisiana Executive Director Dewanna Little said Thomas was "one of the most dedicated directors in the Miss Louisiana Organization." "Young women who became Miss Southeastern were double winners as they are the winner of their preliminary, as well as the winner of one of the greatest directors in the state," Little said.
     At the recent American Library Association annual conference held in New Orleans, several faculty members from Sims Memorial Library presented poster sessions. Angela Dunnington and Mary Lou Strong demonstrated "What's Assessment Got to Do with It? Exploring Student Learning Outcomes"; J.B. Hill, Rodney Clare Jackman, Cherie Madarash-Hill and Dayne Sherman presented "Can You Read Me Now? Text Messaging Reference in an Academic Library"; and Beth Stahr and Ladonna Guillot explored "The Big One: Reaction and Recovery Following Katrina."
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is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is noon on Friday. Contact: Christina Chapple,, 985-549-2341/2421.

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