ByLion - June 19

Abene is Miss Louisiana 1st runner-up
Channel wins eight Telly awards
New web sites launched in Phase II

Summer Music Sampler is a hit
Students can register during SOPs
Gunter heads Livingston programs
Sign up for NETT Conference

Sign up for summer camps
Asbestos survey
Katrina aid from France
Professional activities

Miss Southeastern Blair AbeneMiss 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., in September.
     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" program.
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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 departments.
     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 high standards."
     "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 by Kapusinski.
     "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 spots.
     "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
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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 or for help.
      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 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 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.
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Joan GunterGunter 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 Livingston Center.
     "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, call 225-665-3303.
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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 alone.
     Participants can register on-line at 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 or contact the Southeastern St. Tammany Center,, or (985) 893-6251.
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Not too late to sign up for 'Academic Adventure' summer camps
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. 4.
     "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.

Asbestos survey
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.
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Mayor Mayson Foster and Margaret MarshallKatrina 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.
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Professional activities
Kim StaffordOn 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.
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