|Chemistry majors Richard Rucker of Pearl River, left,
and Smitty Smith of Amite operate lab equipment under the guidance of Debra
Dolliver, assistant professor of chemistry. Dolliver's research, funded
by a Louisiana Board of Regents enhancement grant, analyzes chemical compounds
that have potential use in agricultural and pharmaceutical products.
||Kenneth Boulton was awarded a $50,000 ATLAS grant
to support the recording and production of Louisiana - A Pianist's
Journey, a compact disc to promote unexplored Louisiana-inspired classical
Faculty receive $610,360 in Regents support
Twelve Southeastern faculty members were awarded a total of $610,360
in grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents.
The grants cover a wide variety of creative
projects, basic scientific research, and new equipment purchases. Grant
applications are submitted to the Board of Regents by institutions throughout
the state and are evaluated competitively by outside reviewers who rank
order the projects for funding. Of the 22 Southeastern proposals, 12 (55
percent) were funded in full or partially.
The amount funded is significantly higher
than last year's $477,000. Southeastern had the highest percentage of programs
funded among the eight University of Louisiana System universities.
Among the grants awarded was a $50,000 ATLAS
(Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant to pianist Kenneth Boulton
to support the recording and production of a compact disc entitled Louisiana
- A Pianist's Journey, a project designed to promote the unexplored
facet of Louisiana-inspired classical music.
"This will be the first recording of classical
solo piano music inspired by Louisiana or one of its many famous landmarks,"
Boulton said. "Everyone knows about the origins of jazz in New Orleans
and Louisiana, but this collection will be groundbreaking, because no previous
attempt has been made to document piano music tributes to Louisiana."
The repertoire will include such pieces such
as "La Vavane" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, "Louisiana Story" suite by Virgil
Thomson, "Louisiana Suite" by Walter Niemann, "New Orleans Miniatures"
by John Parsons Beach and "Louisiana Nights" by silent film composer R.
S. Stoughton. The actual recording will be done at Skywalker Sound near
San Francisco, a company that has established itself at the forefront of
record production, having earned 16 Academy Awards. The project will be
released in 2007 on the Cambria Masterworks label.
A three-year $136,512 grant was awarded to
biologist Roldan Valverde to develop a more reliable assay that can help
detect exposure of freshwater turtles to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
and hexachlorobenzene (HCBs), two well-known pollutants present in Louisiana
"These chemicals are toxic and can disrupt
hormonal systems by blocking or mimicking the actions of natural hormones,"
Valverde said. "The research is relevant not only to turtles and wildlife
in general but to humans as well, since results could provide a technique
to allow the detection of potential long-term health effects from pollutants
that affect both the thyroid and the adrenal glands."
Organic chemist Debra Dolliver's three-year
$90,196 project focuses on developing new methods of synthesizing oxime
ethers, atom groupings that can increase the biological activity of certain
"Because of their biological effects, oxime
ethers are beginning to be incorporated into many compounds used in agriculture
and pharmaceuticals that have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects,"
Dolliver explained. "Our intent is to discover new and very controlled
routes for making oxime ethers. These routes offer the potential to make
pharmaceutical and agricultural compounds in more efficient ways."
Her research project is designed to involve
undergraduate students, providing them with a real-world laboratory experience.
of Education Deans Honored By Governor, Legislature and Regents
Diane Allen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development,
was among the deans of Louisiana�s 21 public and private colleges of education
were recognized May 25 by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the Louisiana
Legislature and the Board of Regents for leading the charge to successfully
redesign of teacher preparation and educational leadership programs at
all universities in the state. These efforts have resulted in Louisiana�s
recognition as a national leader in the improvement of teacher preparation
and educational leadership programs.
�These accomplishments would
not have occurred without the collaborative partnerships that have existed
among the Governor, Board of Regents, Board of Elementary and Secondary
Education, Louisiana Department of Education, the university system boards,
all public and private universities, and the partnering districts,� said
Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie. �Other states are
envious of the unique partnerships that exist in our state.�
Over the past four years,
faculty from universities and local school districts across Louisiana have
been actively engaged in the redesign of all regular and alternate teacher
preparation programs for grades PK-12. These new programs were initially
evaluated by national experts, and additional improvements were made to
the programs before they were approved for implementation by July 1, 2003.
District and university
partners have now redesigned all graduate programs in teacher education
and educational leadership. These programs have also been evaluated
by national consultants, and all approved programs will be implemented
on July 1, 2006.
All redesigned programs
are now aligned with Louisiana�s K-12 content standards, Louisiana�s teacher
standards, and Louisiana�s educational leadership standards, and better
address the needs of teachers, leaders, and students.
named dean of College of Science and Technology
Daniel R. McCarthy, who has served as interim dean of the Southeastern
Louisiana University College of Science and Technology since last June,
has been selected as dean of the college following a nationwide search.
A specialist in the area of plasma physics,
McCarthy previously served as head of the Southeastern Department of Chemistry
and Physics since 2001.
"We are thrilled to have a scientist of Dr.
McCarthy's stature filling the position of dean of the College of Science
and Technology," said John L. Crain, provost and vice president for academic
affairs. "He brings to this position not only excellent research and teaching
experience, but a sound record as an administrator. He will play a significant
role in helping to elevate awareness of the strong programs of science
and technology that are offered at Southeastern."
"I am pleased to have this opportunity," McCarthy
said. "Our college has a very talented group of faculty members who are
not only respected leaders in their fields, but are very committed to our
students and to the mission of Southeastern. This is a very exciting time
to be involved in the scientific and technological fields, and we have
every intention of raising the profile of the sciences at Southeastern."
The College of Science and Technology is one
of Southeastern's largest academic units with more than 2,000 students
enrolled. It includes the departments of biological sciences, chemistry
and physics, computer science and industrial technology, and mathematics.
The college also oversees the Integrated Science and Technology program,
an interdisciplinary professional masters program that emphasizes applications
of chemistry, computer science, industrial technology, mathematics and
physics in a career enhancement degree.
McCarthy earned his doctorate in plasma physics
in 1992 at the University of Maryland. He joined the Southeastern faculty
in 1994 as an assistant professor and was appointed professor in 2004.
He has served as a summer visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency Fusion Division
in Culham, England.
McCarthy is a recipient of Southeastern's
President's Award for Excellence in Research and has been awarded several
grants for magnetic fusion research from the U.S. Department of Energy.
His research focuses on the nuclear fusion process of producing energy,
the same energy process found in the sun and stars.
A resident of St. Tammany Parish, in 2004
he was named a member of New Orleans CityBusiness's Power Generation, 40
young professionals under the age of 40 who were recognized for making
a mark for themselves with their energy and ideas.
President Aron Walker to serve on Board of Supervisors
Aron Walker III of New Orleans, president of the Student Government
Association, has been elected by his fellow student body presidents in
the University of Louisiana System to serve on the system's Board of Supervisors.
A business major concentrating on human resource
management, Walker will serve as the student voice on the board, the governing
body of Louisiana's eight regional universities.
"I am honored to be representing the students
of the University of Louisiana System," Walker said. "I look forward to
working on the Board of Supervisors to help improve our institutions for
System President Sally Clausen said Walker
has the leadership abilities to succeed as the student representative on
the UL System Board of Supervisors.
"Aron has proved himself an effective leader
who understands many of the issues we face in higher education," Clausen
said. "He brings an important perspective to the Board of Supervisors that
is so vital when we are making decisions that directly impact our students."
"We are proud of Aron, and I am confident
that he will do a great job representing students not only from Southeastern
but from all across the state," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett.
"With his wide range of experience in student organizations, Aron is well
prepared for this important role on the Board of Supervisors."
Active in the Southeastern SGA since 2003,
Walker has served as vice president and chairman of the Appropriations
Committee. He was elected president this spring. He is a former vice president
of the Southeastern Black Student Union, president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
and coordinator of Project P.U.L.L. ("Promoting Unity through Leadership
and Learning"), a Southeastern project that promotes student success through
mentoring, leadership development and service.
Walker is a graduate of St. Augustine High
School in New Orleans.
The University of Louisiana System is the
governing body of the state's eight regional universities that includes,
in addition to Southeastern, Grambling, Louisiana Tech, McNeese, Nicholls,
Northeastern, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University
of Louisiana at Monroe. The system is one of the largest university governing
boards in the nation with more than 80,000 students attending member institutions.
named director of University Police
Mike Prescott, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, has been named director
of the University Police Department.
Prescott, who has been serving as acting director
since late last year, was previously assistant director of Southeastern's
26-person police force. He received associate and bachelor's degrees in
criminal justice from Southeastern and spent 27 years with the Jefferson
Parish Sheriff's Office and New Orleans International Airport Police before
joining the Southeastern force in November 2003.
Prescott joined the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's
Department as a patrol deputy shortly after graduating from Southeastern
in 1976. He served as senior sergeant from 1985 until joining Southeastern's
force. He has completed a variety of special training from various agencies,
including the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office Homeland Security Intelligence,
the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, and the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center. His service also includes a special appointment to the
security force of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"We are pleased to have a police chief who
is dedicated to providing the best possible pro-active and responsive law
enforcement services to our community," said Marvin Yates, interim vice
president for student affairs.
June 15 is early bird sign up deadline for NETT
June 15 is the "early bird" sign up deadline for the the third annual
Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology Conference, which will
be hosted by Southeastern and Delgado Community College July 20-21 at Southeastern's
St. Tammany Center, Delgado-Covington, and Fontainebleau High School.
The conference, which expands this year to
include the St. Tammany Parish Schools, is open to any educator wanting
to learn more about the use of technology in the classroom. Participants
are encouraged to register early as space is limited.
Registration is now open on-line at www3.selu.edu/sttammanycenter.
The site includes information on the conference's 20 concurrent session
topics, speakers, workshops and locations.
Laura Zammit, instructional/technology coordinator
for Southeastern's Center for Faculty Excellence, said the 2006 NETT conference
has expanded to two days to meet faculty needs.
"Post-Katrina, alternative delivery of education
and distance learning have become even more important in reaching students,"
Zammit said. "Because participants have asked for more time with certain
topics, we are offering all-day pre-conference workshops on July 20 with
11 conference topics." Workshop topics include on-line and web-based course
delivery, digital media, web design, technology grant development and more.
The conference will also feature a grand prize
of a video I-Pod and other door prizes and a mall area with vendors and
Delgado and Southeastern have also collaborated
on a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to expand the 2006 and future
conferences and to continue supporting faculty excellence throughout the
"The truly exciting component of the grant
proposal," said Ashley Chitwood, assistant dean of student, community and
workforce development at Delgado Northshore, "is the procurement of $65,000
of leading-edge technology that would be shared by conference participants
- university, community college, and K-12."
She said items might include electronic white
boards, response systems, PDAs and other technology to enhance classroom
The NETT conference represents increasing
partnership between Southeastern and Delgado, and students are the beneficiaries.
In addition to addressing improvements in teaching, the schools have developed
several 2+2 articulation agreements which enable students to earn a 2-year
associate degree from Delgado, transfer a block of credits to Southeastern,
and complete the last 2 years there for a bachelors degree.
The Northshore Excellence in Teaching with
Technology conference steering committee includes Zammit; Chitwood; Stella
Helluin, director of the Southeastern St. Tammany Center; Deborah Morgan,
dean of Delgado Northshore; and John Swang, instructional technology supervisor
for St. Tammany Parish Schools.
|Blair Abene, Miss Southeastern 2006, right, joins
WWL-TV Morning Show anchor Sally Ann Roberts, left, and child psychologist
Ron Cambias on the Morning Show set to talk about National Tourette Syndrome
||While at WWL, Blair reunited with Southeastern graduate
Crystal Boothe, who is the traffic reporter on the Morning Show.
Southeastern hosts "good luck send off" June
7 for Miss Southeastern Blair Abene
Southeastern is sending Blair Abene, Miss Southeastern 2006, to the
Miss Louisiana Pageant with wishes of good luck - and a chance to warm
up the modeling-performing-interviewing skills she will be judged on at
the June 13-17 competition in Monroe.
Abene's campus and community friends and fans
can join in the well-wishing on Wednesday, June 7, when the Campus Activities
Board sponsors a pre-pageant reception for her at 3 p.m. in the Student
Union Theatre. At the event, Abene will model her pageant attire and perform
her talent, the opera aria "O Mio Babbino Caro." She will even field questions
from the audience to give them an idea of what the competition's interview
phase is like.
Abene, a junior from Hammond with a double
major in vocal performance and mass communication, also will be serenaded
by her father, popular local singer Joe Abene, and will introduce her "princesses,"
Catherine Brown, 11, of Springfield, and Madison Burch, eight, of Hammond.
The girls are accompanying Abene to the pageant through the Miss Louisiana
Pageant's "Fleur de Lis Princess" program. As princesses, Catherine and
Madison will actually be part of the televised pageant, participating in
one of the production numbers and "greeting" Abene when she comes on stage
for the evening wear segment. They also get to have lunch with Miss Louisiana.
Abene said she is looking forward to the big
event, in which she competed last year as Miss Dixie Gem Peach. Her pageant
experience also includes successfully capturing the Miss Teen Louisiana
title in 2002. In all her competitions, she has chosen "Tourette's Awareness
Reaching Teens" as her platform. Ironically, the Miss Louisiana Pageant
coincides with Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, May 15-June 15.
Abene was diagnosed at the age of eight with
Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological condition characterized by repetitive,
involuntary vocal and motor tics that persist over time. Her case, she
said, was mild and her symptoms, which included blinking, spinning and
compulsive behaviors such as tapping a pencil while writing, diminished
greatly as she grew older. However, they can still be triggered by stressful
situations - such as competing in the Miss Louisiana contest.
stars in political comedy at Columbia Theatre June 10
Perry Martin, director of the acclaimed hits The Kingfish and
Long in Purgatory, has teamed actor John McConnell and actress Janet
Shea on stage in a new political comedy about Huey Long's successful campaign
to get Arkansas's Hattie Caraway elected as the first woman United States
Miz Carraway and the Kingfish is coming
to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts June 10 at 7:30 p.m. The
political comedy, which debuted in New Orleans in 2004, takes a hilarious,
heart warming inside look at the campaign trail that sent the Kingfish
to Arkansas and Miz Caraway to Washington. The show was written by Nancy
Hendricks and Grady Jim Robinson.
Tickets for Miz Carraway and the Kingfish
are $38, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $32, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $26,
Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. Tickets are on sale at the theater lobby box
office, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond, from noon-5 p.m., weekdays,
When Hattie Carraway was appointed to the
Senate upon the death of her husband in 1934, she became the second woman
ever to serve in that august body. Her only predecessor, Rebecca Felton,
had served a "courtesy" appointment of just one day. Carraway was given
a year - with the unstated understanding that she would then be replaced
in an election by a male candidate.
Into this scenario barged Louisiana Senator
Huey P. Long. The show traces the unlikely friendship between these two
senators, who sit at adjoining desks in the back of the chamber. Long's
political machine invaded Arkansas with 100 volunteers, 25 sound trucks
and more than 100,000 pieces of printed propaganda. He made 10 speeches
a day in 100 cities and towns, and when the exhausting 10-day tour across
the razor back state was over, Arkansas' political underdog Carraway was
the first elected female United States Senator.
Gambit Weekly called the show, "a great deal
of fun. Certainly, the Kingfish is a colorful scalawag, and John McConnell
has the heft and the elan to pull off this one-of-a-kind, slightly deranged
fox of a populist. If his Kingfish is the irresistible force, Janet Shea's
Caraway is the immovable object. It's quite a match."
McConnell received national acclaim in 1991
when he and long time friend Perry Martin brought The Kingfish,
a one-man play about the life and times of Huey P. Long, to the Off-Broadway
John Houseman Theatre. McConnell later reprised the role of Huey Long both
on television in Unsolved Mysteries and in a statewide tour of a
stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All The Kings
Men. In March 2001, McConnell and Martin collaborated once again to
bring another political legend to the stage, Huey's brother and fellow
All three shows have been featured during
Fanfare, the 20-year-old Southeastern arts festival that opens the Columbia
Theatre's season each October.
Actress Janet Shea, who portrays Hattie Carraway,
has collaborated with Martin on many projects including the five-time Big
Easy Entertainment Award winning regional premier of The Beauty Queen
of Leenane. Shea appeared in the award winning All My Sons at Southern
Repertory Theatre in 2003.
For additional information about Miz Carraway
and the Kingfish and other Columbia Theatre programming, visit www.columbiatheatre.org
or call (985) 543-4371 or (985) 543-4366.
Drivers training notice
- student workers, graduate assistants
Departments hiring new student workers and/or graduate assistants who
will need to drive on university-related business are asked to have those
students contact the Safety Office to schedule a drivers training class.
They must notify the Safety Office by e-mailing Janet Quarles at email@example.com
and giving their name and W number.
Classes will be scheduled on the following
dates and times, and held in the Safety Office.
Due to room size, only four or five students can attend each class.
Thursday, June 8
1:30-2:15 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m.
Monday, June 12
10:30-11:15 a.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13
9-9:45 a.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14
10:30-11:15 a.m. and 3-3:45 p.m.
Hopefully, after the third week in June, students
and graduate assistants will be able to access the class on-line. Due to
a change in systems, that option is currently unavailable to them.
New faculty and staff are able to take the
class on-line and are asked to e-mail Janet Quarles for instructions, and
to obtain their personnel number. Personnel numbers are not the same as
Any questions should be directed to the Safety Office at 549-2157.
Tangi alumni host June 9 shrimp boil, Red Stick
Chapter frying fish on June 11
Alumni and friends are invited to a shrimp boil hosted by the Tangi
Chapter on Friday, June 9 and a fish fry staged by the Baton Rouge Red
Stick Chapter on June 11.
The Tangi chapter's annual event is scheduled
for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave. Hamburgers
will also be available in addition to the tasty seafood, and the chapter
will also conduct its business meeting.
Cost is $10 in advance at the Alumni Center
and $12 at the door. The event is free for children 10 years of age and
The Alumni Association's Baton Rouge Chapter
is also hosting a fish fry on Sunday, June 11, from 3-6 p.m. at the Baton
Rouge home of Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Ioppolo, 846 Myrtle Hill Drive. The
cost for the fish fry "and all the trimmings" is $8 per person, with no
charge for children under 12 years of age. Guests are invited to bring
a lawn chair.
For additional information about the events,
contact the Alumni Association at 985-549-2105 or 800-SLU-ALUM (800-758-2586).
PPR training for supervisors
The Training Section of the Human Resources Office will offer a training
program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning
and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees on Thursday, June 29, from 9:30-
11 a.m in room 139 of the University Center.
To register for this program please e-mail
Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu
or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are
required for this class.
Gamma Beta Phi wins state awards
For the 16th consecutive year, Southeastern's Gamma Beta Phi honor
and service society won first place for their scrapbook at the 2006 state
conference held recently at Louisiana Tech in Ruston.
Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership
Development/Student Activities and Terry Passman, associate director of
Physical Plants Services, recently accompanied more than a dozen Gamma
Beta Phi Society members to annual conference.
Southeastern's winning scrapbook will represent
the state at the national conference next year. GBP also brought home their
22nd "Distinguished Chapter Award," the highest award the national organization
gives a local chapter.
Southeastern member Anthony Rutledge was elected
to serve as state secretary-treasurer. Thomas was reelected for the 17th
year as state advisor. She also presented a program, "Laughter and Leadership;
How to Diffuse a Difficult Situation," which was very well received.
Sign up now to cruise the Caribbean with alumni
Alumni and friends can register now for a week-long Caribbean cruise
in February 2007.
Participants in the Feb. 3-10 cruise, sponsored by the Southeastern
Alumni Association, will leave from New Orleans on Royal Caribbean's "Grandeur
of the Seas" cruise ship and visit Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya,
"We are looking forward to an exciting trip,"
said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "We will spend seven nights on a cruise
ship that offers a variety of fun and relaxing entertainment -- a great
casino, a rock-climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, lounges, a spa
and fitness center, and youth facilities."
She said the $878 per person cost includes
a large outside cabin, port charges and gratuities and special Southeastern
parties and events. Balcony cabins and suites are also available.
For reservations and additional information,
contact the Alumni Association, 800-758-2586 or 985-549-2150.
Horticulture Center closed for maintenance July
The Southeastern Horticulture Center will be closed for deliveries
from July 14-24 for plant maintenance. No plant requests will be done during
If you have any questions, please contact
Dr. Sid Guedry or Linda Gore at 5412.
send off for Gail Hood
Long time visual arts professor Gail Hood of Covington discusses some
of her many paintings and photographs at a recent reception and exhibit
where members of the campus and community gathered to mark her retirement.
For two decades, Hood taught drawing, painting, design and art history
in the Department of Visual Arts. She also is a former director of Clark
for Scharmal Schrock
Colleagues, friends and students of voice professor Scharmal Schrock
gathered May 4 to wish her well as she leaves Southeastern to accept a
faculty appointment at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana
University. Schrock coordinated the vocal area in the Department of Music
and Dramatic Arts for 25 years and was a long time director of the university's
acclaimed Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. Cali McQueen of Gonzales, one of
Schrock's students, presents her with a gift as departmental secretary
Joy Peterman and colleagues Yakov and Raisa Voldman look on.
The Southeastern Louisiana University Small Business Development Center
is offering a workshop on "Taxes for Home Based Businesses" Wednesday,
June 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southeastern St. Tammany Center on Koop
Drive north of Mandeville.
The workshop cost is $5 for the general public,
with no charge for area Chamber of Commerce members.
"The Internet and e-commerce is sparking the
growth of home-based businesses," said the SBDC's Sandy Summers. "This
workshop will cover basic federal tax responsibilities of business owners,
deductions for business use of your home, business use of your vehicle
when you work from home, business use of your home computer and special
record keeping issues."
The St. Tammany Center will also be the site
for "Business Killers" on June 20 from 8-10 a.m. The free seminar will
help business people avoid potentially disastrous misconceptions that "kill
businesses." It will cover topics such as buy/sell agreements, succession
planning, replacement income, and tax reduction strategies.
The SBDC is also sponsoring a free class on
the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act at the Southeastern University Center on
June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The class will address the tax breaks available
to businesses under the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act and Gulf Opportunity
"It will provide clarification on the provisions
contained in both pieces of legislation and will provide additional guidance
on the application of the business and revitalization tax incentives for
the Gulf Coast region," Summers said.
Pre-registration is preferred for all seminars.
For more information or to register, please contact Sandy Summers at the
Small Business Development Center, 985-549-3831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Business students present PROFIT
Six Southeastern students recently presented the results of special
research projects conducted through the College of Business's Preferred
Research Option for Intensive Training (PROFIT) in Business program.
The students made their presentations on Thursday,
May 4, in the college's Garrett Hall. Their faculty mentors nominated six
students for this prestigious program.
Trish Manuel, a senior marketing major from
Baton Rouge, presented a PowerPoint report on "Never Eat Alone and Other
Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time" by Keith Ferrazzi. The
report focused on ways to succeed in business organizations such as through
mentoring and creating your own support group. Manuel's faculty mentor
was management professor David Wyld.
Senior general business major Charlene Grush
of Mandeville, whose faculty member was General Business Department Head
Yu Hsing, spoke about the growth and challenge in the telecommunications
industry. She said there continues to be a trend toward merging cell phone
companies in order to cover more of the country with more customers and
The Southeastern Students in Free Enterprise
(SIFE) team presented their 2005-2006 academic year project, which was
awarded second place in regional competition. The focus of their project
was to teach high school students the importance of saving and investing
while they work.
SIFE members are Jessica Bergeron, a junior
marketing major from Chalmette, Brooke Boudreaux, a sophomore accounting
major from Marrero, Brent Rasberry, a general business major with a concentration
in economics from Denham Springs, and Kaitlin Watkins, a junior marketing
major from Folsom. Their advisor was general business professor R. David
Randy Settoon, dean of the College of Business,
congratulated the students on the excellence of their research and presentation
skills and presented them with PROFIT Program recognition plaques.
faculty aid Migrant Head Start
Students and faculty from three Southeastern academic departments recently
joined forces April 27 to provide health screenings for children at the
Regina Coeli Migrant Head Start Center in Amite as part of Southeastern�s
service learning initiative. Faculty Ann Carruth, Barbara Hyde and Cathy
Holland, School of Nursing; Stuart Stewart, foreign languages, and Rebecca
Davis, communication sciences and disorders, brought students to work at
the event. Nursing students provided weight, height, blood pressure, hemoglobin
and vision screenings, while CSD students conducted hearing tests. Right,
Spanish student Tiffany Slocum of Hammond, who served as a translator,
helped to comfort and calm children at the various screening stations.
Eight civil and environmental engineering undergraduates and their
professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology brought a group
of their students to Louisiana during spring break to conduct research
on Lake Pontchartrain that may eventually contribute to minimizing the
health effects of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters like it. The MIT
students stayed at Southeastern for the week collecting sediment and water
samples as well as background chemistry measurements and E. coli counts.
Childers (Biological Sciences) and his graduate student and research
associate Chris Schultz hosted the students and faculty helped out, lending
use of their facilities and boats. Read more about this project at web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2006/neworleans-0426.html.
Dr. John G. Boulahanis (Sociology and
Criminal Justice) has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the
American Journal of Criminal Justice (AJCJ). AJCJ is the official
journal of the Southern Criminal Justice Association.
Dr. Robert Kraemer (Kinesiology and
Health Studies) was featured in the April 2006 issue of Bionomia, an alumni
newsletter published by the Department of Biological Sciences at the University
of Arkansas. Dr. Kraemer is an alumnus of that department having received
the bachelor of arts degree in zoology there in 1975.
Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal
Justice) presented research titled "Small Cities and Rural Communities:
The Livelihoods Framework for Moving from Vulnerability to Resiliency"
at Restoration 2006: Community and Economic Recovery After a Disaster,
a special meeting of the International City/County Management Association
in New Orleans on May 16. Her co-presenter was John Green of Delta State
Dr. Andrew Traver (History and Political
Science) and his colleagues Dr. Tim Noone of Catholic University, Dr. Kent
Emery Jr. of the University of Notre Dame, and Dr. Roberto Plevano, Padua,
have received a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions
grant for $150,000 for the project "John Duns Scotus: Critical Edition
of the Reportatio Parisiensis examinata I-A, d. 25-35." This editorial
team, the Scotus Project, will continue to edit the doctoral dissertation
of the influential Franciscan philosopher/theologian John Duns Scotus (1266-1308).
Dr. Traver has worked with the Scotus Project since 1995, and this is his
seventh NEH grant in the past 10 years.