Southeastern is Miss Louisiana Pageant first runner-up
Congratulations to Blair Abene, Miss Southeastern 2006, who was
first runner-up in Saturday's Miss Louisiana Pageant.
Abene, a junior vocal performance
and mass communication major from Hammond, also won the pageant's
talent preliminary Thursday night for a stellar performance of the
opera aria "O Mio Babbino Caro."
As first runner-up and a talent preliminary
winner, she will receive $5,300 in scholarships. She will also compete
along with other pageant first-runners up from across the country
in the national "Sweetheart Pageant" in Hoopeston, Ill.,
Abene advanced further in the state
pageant than any of her fellow title holders since Miss Southeastern
Phyllis Kelly won the crown in 1977.
"Blair was absolutely so perfect,"
said her sponsor Jackie Dale Thomas, director of leadership development/student
activities. "She is such an amazing young lady at such a young
age and such a gracious contestant. I have no doubt that one day
she will be Miss Louisiana and even Miss America."
Abene will talk about her pageant
experience and her platform, Tourette's Awareness Reaching Teens,"
with WAFB-TV anchor (and Southeastern graduate) Kellee Hennessey
at 8 a.m. Saturday on the station's "9 News Saturday"
Channel wins eight Telly awards
The Southeastern Channel has won eight national Telly Awards for
original programs and promotional spots produced and aired during
the past year.
"The Florida Parish Chronicles,"
"Movers and Shakers," and "College Night" were
full-length original programs winning Tellys. Also honored were a
station identification spot along with show opens and promotional
spots for "Lion Tracks" and Southeastern telecourses. "The
Florida Parish Chronicles" and "College Night" won
for the second year in a row.
The Southeastern Channel has now won
14 Telly Awards in three years. The Telly Award is the premier award
given to cable television programs and commercials, videos and film.
The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production
companies, cable operators, advertising agencies and corporate video
The 27th annual Telly Awards received
12,000 entries from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Among
the winners were the Discovery Channel, PBS, E! Entertainment, the
FX Network and the Weather Channel.
"To win this many Tellys against
the best in the television industry speaks volumes about the quality
of our programming, spots and production," said Rick Settoon,
Southeastern Channel general manager. "It's a great honor for
our staff and students who work hard to set and maintain the channel's
"The Florida Parish Chronicles"
episode about the Civil Rights struggle in the Florida Parishes won
a Telly for "History Program." The program featured a documentary
segment with archival photographs and film footage about racial tensions
in the 60s, including the famed 1967 march from Bogalusa to the state
capitol in Baton Rouge. It also included interviews from locals who
recalled that period.
The episode was produced by Settoon
and written, narrated and hosted by Samuel C. Hyde, Southeastern's
Ford Chair in Regional Studies and director of the Center for Southeast
Louisiana Studies. Southeastern Channel staff member Josh Kapusinski
videotaped and edited the program.
"Movers and Shakers," a program
featuring faculty, administrators and cutting-edge programs on Southeastern's
campus, won for "Talk Show Series." The winning episode
featured host Whitney Magee, a Southeastern communication graduate
student from Franklinton, interviewing Southeastern President Randy
Moffett and Tena Golding, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence.
The show was produced by Magee, directed by Ken Fowler and edited
"College Night," a student-produced
entertainment program, won in the "Student Program" category.
The winning episode, which highlighted students, the regional entertainment
scene and its rebound from Hurricane Katrina, was written and produced
by student Chris Brown of New Orleans. Students Choni Francis of Houston,
Steven Faught of Slidell and Natalie Crump of Baton Rouge hosted the
program. Kapusinski was the supervising producer.
The channel also won for a collection
of promotional spots. Promos for Southeastern telecourses and "Lion
Tracks," a coach's show for Southeastern sports, won Telly Awards
in the "Media Promotion" category.
The program open for Southeastern telecourses
and the "Lion Tracks" promo both won for "Use of Graphics."
A Southeastern Channel station identification spot won for "Editing."
Kapusinski produced, edited and created graphics for all of the winning
"Josh is an incredibly talented
editor," Settoon said. "His artistic design and mastery
of cutting-edge graphics and editing techniques have elevated many
of our spots to network-level quality."
The Southeastern Channel has now won
more than 40 national and international awards, including an Emmy,
the first ever won by a Louisiana university television station.
The channel can be seen on Charter Cable
Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and
on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. Program listings and other information
is available at www.selu.edu/tv.
|Web Redesign Project
- New Web sites are launched!
Kudos go out to the Writing Center, the Department of General
Studies, and the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, the
first phase II units of the Web Redesign Project to get their
sites launched on May 8.
Following shortly behind in order
of completion were the Department of Communication, the Department
of English, Student Support Services, the Integrated Science
and Technology Program, Math Science Upward Bound, Upward Bound,
Veterans Upward Bound, the Educational Opportunity Center, the
Department of Accounting, the College of General Studies, the
Department of General Business, the Talent Search Program, the
Honors Program, the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and
the CAP Center.
Other phase II units that are
finishing up their final review before launching their sites
include: the Center for Educational Services and Research, the
College of Business, the Department of Management and the Department
of Counseling and Human Development.
As phase II of the Web Redesign
comes to a close, all phase II units are asked to have their
sites completed and launched before the end of the summer semester.
Any Web Content Contributor or Approver running into difficulties
with completing their sites are asked to contact Alicia at 3639
Phase III units (administrative
offices) are currently being contacted to identify their content
contributors and approvers. Phase III orientation sessions will
begin mid-July. Each unit will be contacted to schedule orientation.
Young musicians enjoy Livingston music 'sampler'
Above left, Community Music School instructor and Southeastern student
Felicia Besan gives string lessons to Micah Glascock and Floyd Gonzalez
at the first annual "Summer Music Sampler," sponsored
by CMS at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center. Right,
Besan and her fellow instructors Olena Gladkova and Jivka Jeleva
are joined for a mini-concert by, front, Clayton Lanoue, Valon Duncan,
Glascock, and Richard Clark.
The three-day camp (June 5-7) for
third, fourth and fifth graders was a big hit with the young participants
-- and their parents, said CMS Director Ken Boulton. "The kids
loved every minute of it," he said. "Over three days they
were able to experience every instrument in the band and orchestra."
He said Summer Sampler was also a
great experience for the nine Southeastern student instructors,
who received hands-on teaching experience. "They had to be
very creative and clever about how they introduced the instruments
and worked with the children," Boulton said. "They did
a wonderful job."
The Livingston Literacy and Technology
Center will include specially designed classrooms, labs and music
studios for the Community Music School.
Eligible students can register for fall on Thursdays
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 in June and July.
Eligible students can register or drop
and add classes for fall 2006 on June 22, June 29, 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.
to direct Southeastern programs at Livingston Center
Joan M. Gunter of Pine Grove has been appointed Southeastern's
director of university programs at the Livingston Literacy and Technology
Center in Walker.
Previously director of operations and
student services since 2004 for The Apollo Group's University of Phoenix
campuses in Metairie, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, Gunter will have
responsibility for the Southeastern's day-to-day operations at the
"Ms. Gunter brings significant
experience in higher education and operations management needed to
help develop the center to its full potential," said John Crain,
Southeastern provost and vice president for academic affairs. "She
will play an important role in helping to manage and market the facility
as the university begins to increase its educational offerings at
the center this fall."
Gunter has worked for the University
of Phoenix since 1999, serving as admissions counselor in Metairie
and Baton Rouge, manager of the university's learning center in Baton
Rouge and as a faculty member on the three campuses. She has worked
for Resource One Mortgage Group, Inc. of Baton Rouge as a loan originator
and in public relations and marketing.
She holds a master of business administration
degree from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of arts degree
from Providence College in Providence, R.I.
The Livingston Literacy and Technology
Center is a cooperative endeavor involving Southeastern and the Livingston
Parish School System. The 39,000 square foot center, located on a
24-acre on U.S. 190, offers a variety of art, science, technology,
education and environmental programs for high school and college students
and residents of Livingston Parish. The center opened last fall and
was funded by a $4.5 million judgment in the federal environmental
class action suit known as Combustion, Inc. For more information,
Sign up for third annual NETT Conference
Educators can see, hear and learn how to integrate technology
into their classrooms at the third annual Northshore Excellence
in Teaching with Technology Conference July 20-21.
NETT 2006 will include a dozen pre-conference
workshops on July 20 and concurrent sessions at the main conference
on July 21.
Sponsored by Southeastern, Delgado
Community College and the St. Tammany Parish School System, NETT
2006 workshops will be held in Mandeville, Hammond, and Covington.
"Participant registration is
now open, and space is limited," said Laura Zammit, instructional/technology
coordinator for Southeastern's Center for Faculty Excellence. "Post-Katrina,
alternative delivery of education and distance learning has become
even more important in reaching students. We encourage educators
to take advantage of this opportunity to learn tips and techniques
from the best technology integrators."
Early sign up for NETT is $85 for
one pre-conference workshop and the conference or $35 for the conference
Participants can register on-line
The Web site also includes complete listings of concurrent session
topics, speakers, workshops and locations.
The July 21 conference, featuring
20 sessions on topics from digital cameras in the classroom to Internet
plagiarism, will be held at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville.
Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Fontainebleau High, Southeastern's
main campus in Hammond; the university's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville,
and the Delgado Community College Covington campus.
Pre-conference workshop topics include
on-line and web-based course delivery, digital media, web design,
electronic classroom devices, technology grant development and more.
The conference will also feature a
grand prize of a video I-Pod, other door prizes and a mall area
with vendors and exhibitors.
For additional information, visit
the web site at www3.selu.edu/sttammanycenter
or contact the Southeastern St. Tammany Center, email@example.com,
or (985) 893-6251.
Not too late to sign up for 'Academic Adventure'
It is not too late to sign up for 2006 "Academic Adventures"
summer camps at Southeastern.
"Academic Adventures" features
approximately a dozen camp sessions in June and July focusing on
sciences, foreign languages, art, music, and writing. Camps will
be held on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond and at the new
Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
Academic Adventures camps at the Southeastern
Lab School are "Spanish," June 19-23; "Space and
Rocketry," June 26-30; "Physics Grand Prix" and "Young
Writers Camp," July 17-21; "International Languages,"
July 24-28; and "Gizmo's Robot Factory," July 31-Aug.
"Go Wild!" will be held
at the Livingston Center, July 24-28. The "Children's Art Camp"
is scheduled for Clark Hall, on weekdays, July 10-20, while the
Community Music School's "Summer Music Festival" will
be held at the Pottle Music Building, July 10-21, also on weekdays.
Information about the Academic Adventures
camps and downloadable registration forms are available online at
or through the office of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences, Fayard Hall, room 302, (985) 549-2101. Most of the camps
offer before and after care for an additional $15 per camp.
The State of Louisiana has completed an asbestos survey of all
state-owned buildings. The results of the survey are compiled in
management plans by facility. The management plans were assembled
according to the requirements set forth in the Department of Environmental
quality Required Elements Index. These plans are available for review
to anyone interested in the results. The original plans will be
kept in the office of the Project Coordinator of Physical Plant
located at the maintenance compound on North Campus. A copy of the
plan is available in the Reserve Room of Sims Library. Questions
or concerns should be directed to Chris Aspersion, Southeastern
asbestos plan manager, at 549-5698 in the Physical Plant Office.
aid from across the Atlantic
Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster receives a check in the amount of
$885 from Dr. Margaret Marshall of the Southeastern foreign language
department on behalf of the community of Jouars-Pontchartrain, in
France. Jouars-Pontchartrain and the City of Hammond have participated
as "Twin Cities" for nearly 10 years. Following Hurricane
Katrina, Hammond's Twin City wanted to do something to help the area,
and sponsored a sold-out theatrical performance of Il e'tait une
fois le Mississipi (Once Upon a Time on the Mississippi River)
to raise funds for hurricane relief on the Northshore. Marshall said
the city can expect another sum -- nearly $10,000 -- in the immediate
future to help with hurricane relief efforts in the area.
Monday, June 5, the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project invited
National Writing Project Teacher Consultants from across the state
to a day of workshops on writing, and teaching writing, conducted
by Kim Stafford. Stafford is author of a popular book for writers
which serves as a text at many National Writing Project sites (The
Muses Among Us) as well as a critical biography of his father
William Stafford, former American poet laureate (Early Morning).
Dr. Richard Louth (English), director of the Southeastern Louisiana
Writing Project, introduced Stafford and special guest Dr. Ann Dobie,
coordinator of the Louisiana Writing Project network. Sixty teachers
and directors from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, the
LSU Writing Project, Greater New Orleans Writing Project, the National
Writing Project of Acadiana, and the Northwestern Louisiana Writing
Project took part in the day of workshops.
Dr. Jeff Totten (Marketing and
Finance) participated in the "European Economies in Transition"
FDIB program, directed by the University of Pittsburgh, May 21-30.
A scholarship from the University of South Carolina's FBID program
funded Dr. Totten's participation. He was one of 15 university professor
participants who traveled to the Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Croatia. The
group heard presentations on Ukrainian gender policies, rules of law,
and business and met with outgoing U.S. Ambassador John Herbst. At
the American University of Bulgaria, the group heard a discussion
on challenges facing Bulgarian businesses and foreign direct investment
opportunities in Bulgaria. Economic lectures at the University of
Zagreb in Croatia and investment challenges at Hypo Alpe Adria Bank
provided insight into that country's business opportunities.
Dr. Aristides Baraya (General
Business), Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing and Finance), and Dr.
Rusty Juban (Management) accompanied 43 graduate and undergraduate
students to Costa Rica in May for the Study Abroad program. Students
attended a series of lectures and plant tours including a lecture
on coffee marketing. Students visited Café Britt, a popular
quality coffee plant, and Florida Beverages, a preeminent firm in
Costa Rica. Students listened to lectures from Armando Gonzales, editor
in chief of La Nacion newspaper, tourism officials, a manager
of a dairy co-op, and a former attorney general of the country. A
presentation by world famous pianist Jacques Sagot gave students insight
into the role music plays in art and society. Students also visited
the National Theatre, the Gold Museum, Incae (a business school where
a Harvard economist lectured the students), a butterfly farm, an active
volcano, a hummingbird sanctuary, and LaPaz Waterfalls. Students used
their free time to participate in rain forest canopy tours, white
water rafting, and horseback riding.