ByLion - June 5

Faculty receive BOR grants
Diane Allen among honored deans
McCarthy named dean
Walker to serve on UL board
Prescott named chief
NETT conference early sign up
Good luck, Miss Southeastern
Kingfish at Columbia June 10
Drivers Training dates
Upcoming alumni events
PPR training for supervisors
Gamma Beta Phi honors
Alumni Caribbean cruise
Horticulture Center maintenance
Retirement send off for Hood
Farewell wishes for Schrock
SBDC June workshops
PROFIT presentations
Helping Migrant Head Start
Professional activities

Richard Rucker and Debra Dolliver
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 music.

Faculty receive $610,360 in Regents support grants
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 waters.
     "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 molecules. 
     "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.
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Gov. Blanco, Dean Allen, President ClausenCollege 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.
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Dan McCarthyMcCarthy 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.
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Aron WalkerSGA 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 future generations."
     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.
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Mike PrescottPrescott 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.
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June 15 is early bird sign up deadline for NETT Conference
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 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 exhibitors.
     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 year. 
     "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 learning. 
     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.
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Sally Ann Roberts, Ron Cambias, Blair Abene Crystal Boothe and Blair Abene
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 Awareness Month.  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. 
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John McConnell as Huey LongKingfish stars in political comedy at Columbia Theatre June 10 
Perry Martin, director of the acclaimed hits The Kingfish and Earl 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 Senator. 
     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, (985) 543-4371.
     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 governor Earl.
     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 or call (985) 543-4371 or (985) 543-4366.
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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 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 W numbers. 
Any questions should be directed to the Safety Office at 549-2157. 
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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 under. 
     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).
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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 or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are required for this class.
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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. 
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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, Mexico.
     "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.
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Horticulture Center closed for maintenance July 14-24
The Southeastern Horticulture Center will be closed for deliveries from July 14-24 for plant maintenance. No plant requests will be done during this period. 
     If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sid Guedry or Linda Gore at 5412. 
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Gail HoodRetirement 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 Hall Gallery.
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Scharmal Schrock and Cali McQueenFarewell 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.
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SBDC June workshops
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 Zone Act.
     "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
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College of Business students present PROFIT research
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 better services. 
     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 Ramsey.
     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. 
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Students, 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. 
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Professional activities
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. Gary 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
     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 University.
     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. 
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