ByLion - March 13


Rock 'n Roar congrats!
CAB receives national award
Treasurer to present ethics lecture
Business Week March 27-30
Early registration for summer, fall
Alumnus to sign book Tuesday

MacMaster at CTPA March 14
Foundation donates laptops
Encore! continues with recitals
LaVanner Brown scholarship
Kickball fun at SAC April 1
Grad Fair Thursday, Friday
Leadership Conference March 25

SLWP summer institute
Alumni achievements
Faculty Excellence news
Sponsored Research workshops
Coming up ...
This week in athletics
Professional activities

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Rock 'n Roar and Literary Rally success!
Colleges and departments were out in force for Saturday's Rock 'n Roar providing a variety of entertaining, informative and interactive displays for campus visitors, including the high school students attending the Southest Louisiana District Literary Rally.
       The prizes for best interactive academic display went to Communication Sciences and Disorders, first place, $100; Teaching and Learing, second place, $50; and Chemistry and Physics, third place, $25.
       Congratulations also go to 3,046 students from 76 high schools who competed Saturday in the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally at Southeastern.
       A total of 716 students earned district honors, receiving a medal and certificate. Of those district winners, 616 advance to the state rally, scheduled for April 22 at Louisiana State University. Southeastern has also offered $100 scholarships to the 200 first place winners in all events and divisions. Students competed in 44 academic categories, plus this district art exhibit categories.
        The Southeast Louisiana District this year welcomed approximately 500 students from 18 New Orleans area schools who traditionally have competed in the Greater New Orleans District rally.

CAB receives national award
Southeastern's Campus Activities Board received the 2006 Boyd Jones Award for Programming Board of the Year at the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) national conference in Atlanta.
       "This is a very prestigious honor, making our CAB the number one programming board in the nation," said Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student Activities. "Congratulations to Coordinator Jason Leader and all of these wonderful, dedicated, hard-working CAB officers and members."
       APCA is geared specifically for campus programming boards in that they host educational sessions plus showcases featuring entertainers of various types that the schools may wish to bring to their campuses.
       In addition to Thomas and Leader, students making the trip included Bobby Bell, Phylicia Common, Makeitta Darbonne, Kimberly Dottolo, Michael Kyles, Erica Milligan, Brandon Parker, Michael Perniciaro,and Jessica Scott.
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John KennedyState Treasurer to present Livingston Lecture March 21
State Treasurer John Kennedy will present the annual James and Evelyn Livingston Memorial Lecture on Business Ethics at 7 p.m., March 21, at the Student Union Theatre.
       The lecture, co-sponsored by the College of Business and the Arts and Lectures Committee, is free to the public. The lecture series was founded in 1984 by Hammond businessman John O. Batson in memory of his long-time friend and associate James Livingston. The series now also honors Livingston's wife Evelyn, an active community volunteer who died last year.
       Kennedy was elected state treasurer in1999, and reelected without opposition in 2003. He also served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue from 1996 to 1999 and special counsel to Gov. Buddy Roemer from 1988 to 1992. Kennedy also was secretary of Roemer's cabinet from 1990 to 1992, a member of the Governor's Commission on Medical Malpractice, and secretary of state's Commission on Corporations.
       Kennedy is an attorney and partner in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans law firm of Chaffe, McCall, Phillips, Toler and Sarpy, L.L.P. He has published articles in the "Louisiana Law Review," "Louisiana Bar Journal," and "Akron Law Review." He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Louisiana State University Law School and as a substitute teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.
       A native of Zachary, Kennedy earned a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University where he was elected president of his senior class and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Virginia while serving as executive editor of the "Virginia Law Review." He is a member of the Order of the Coif and a First Class Honors graduate of Oxford University in Oxford, England.
       For additional information on the James and Evelyn Livingston Memorial Lecture on Business Ethics, contact the College of Business, (985) 549-2258.
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Business Week brings real world to students March 27-30
The week of March 27-30, 2006 has been declared Business Week by the College of Business.
       The annual Business Week program is designed to bring the College of Business closer to the community and to allow students to benefit from the experiences of real-world leaders. Guest speakers are outstanding business, industry, and governmental leaders from throughout the region. This year's program will feature speakers from a variety of business related fields including small business owners, human resources, banking, real estate development, telecommunications, and many, many more.
       Programs outlining the date, time, location, and topic of each speaker's presentation may be obtained in Garrett Hall, room 3, next week. Presentations are open to students, faculty, and community members on a space available basis.
       For more information contact Assistant Dean Josie Walker at 985-549-2258, or Lynn Stirling, Business Week coordinator, at 985-549-2202.
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Early registration set March 20-23 for summer, April 3-7 for fall
Students may early register March 20-23 for the summer 2006 semester and April 3-7 for the fall 2006 semester.
       Students eligible to participate in the early class scheduling will receive notice of early registration dates and details through their official campus e-mail accounts.
       Students may access their campus e-mail accounts through the "WebMail" link on the university's homepage, They may also view class schedules, check registration appointments and access online instructions through homepage's "Leonet" link. Easy to follow instructions are available at the "How Do I?" and "Learn By Reading" links.
       Students in good financial standing with the university may participate in early registration. They may check account balances online or contact the Controller's Office, Student Accounts Receivable, (985) 549-2068. Students are also reminded to make appointments with their department for academic advising.
       Students may register from any computer with Internet access. Computer labs available for early registration are located in Fayard Hall, rooms 122 and 129, and North Campus Basic Studies Building, room 160.
       The summer semester begins Wednesday, June 7, while fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 21.
       For information on early registration, call (985) 549-2066, (985) 549-2062, or 1-800-222-7358.
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Alumnus plans book signing Tuesday
The University Bookstore will host a book signing on Tuesday, March 14, for Susan Mustafa, a Southeastern alumnus and author of the recently released book, I've Been Watching You - The South Louisiana Serial Killer.
       Mustafa, who has a degree in mass communication and journalism from Southeastern, will sign copies of her book from 1-3 p.m. in the bookstore, located in the War Memorial Student Union.
       Mustafa is the former managing editor of City Social magazine, a Baton Rouge monthly lifestyles publication. Her book details the fear that affected the Baton Rouge area during the serial killings, presents graphic details on the murders and the investigation that eventually led to the imprisonment of Derrick Todd Lee. It also captures the emotion, terror, and heartbreak of the period.
       For additional information, contact the University Bookstore at (985) 549-5393.
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Natalie MacMasterFiddling virtuoso MacMaster at Columbia March 14
Celtic fiddling virtuoso Natalie MacMaster is equally adept at setting the house on fire with her exceptional band as she is at hypnotizing a crowd alone in the footlights. Area audiences will discover her talents on March 14 when she takes to the stage of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
       MacMaster's incandescent musicianship and boundless energy have earned her a Grammy nomination, Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album, and several Canadian Country Music Awards for Fiddler of the Year. Constantly touring, she has shared the stage with top artists from Carlos Santana and Paul Simon to Luciano Pavarotti and Alison Krauss. Her dynamic performances come complete with foot-tapping rave-ups, heart rendering ballads, world-class step dancing, and fiddling fireworks.
       Curtain for MacMaster's performance at the downtown Hammond theater is 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available online at and at the theater box office at 220 E. Thomas St., are $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $20, Orchestra 3; and $19, Balcony 2. Box office hours are noon to five p.m., weekdays, and until performance time on March 14.
       MacMaster first picked up a fiddle at the age of nine and hasn't looked back. The niece of famed Cape Breton fiddler Buddy MacMaster, she quickly became a major talent in her own right. After winning numerous East Coast Music Awards for her early traditional Cape Breton recordings, she began taking Celtic music to new heights with albums like "In My Hands," which featured elements of jazz, Latin music and guest vocals by Alison Krauss.
       For additional information on the concert and other Columbia 2005-06 events, call 985-543-4366 or visit
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Southeastern students brainstorm with MIT peersAt Hammond Westside Upper School, Southeastern Louisiana University Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students and Tangipahoa Parish Schools personnel participate in a webcast with students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Southeastern and MIT students will work together to develop curriculum for laptop computers donated to Westside Upper by the Virtue Foundation.

Virtue Foundation donates laptops for partner school
Virtue Foundation, a public charitable organization with affiliates throughout the United States and abroad, is contributing to Louisiana's post-hurricane recovery by providing laptop computers -- and curricula to go with them -- for students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
       Partners in the project are Southeastern, University of Louisiana System, Tangipahoa Parish Schools, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
       The foundation connected with Louisiana last fall, when Virtue Foundation co-founder Joan LaRovere, along with MIT professor Eric Klopfer, participated in a statewide higher education forum, "Rebuilding Louisiana Through Education," sponsored by the University of Louisiana System.
       The laptop initiative became a reality this week when 40 Apple iBook G4 laptops on mobile learning carts as well as camera, video and music equipment arrived at Hammond Westside Upper Elementary. The program is expected to be featured on the national news program, "Nightline" on Thursday evening.
       "When I approached (UL System President) Sally Clausen about partnering with the Virtue Foundation in the aftermath of the storms, I was moved by her passion and enthusiasm for advancing technology and improving teacher training in Louisiana's schools," said LaRovere, a pediatrician who founded the Virtue Foundation along with fellow physician Joseph Salim following the Sept. 11, 2002 terrorist attacks.
       "In just a few months," LaRovere said, "we have seen this initiative move forward with amazing results, and we anticipate similar work in other areas of Louisiana."
       "This program is a model for Louisiana and elsewhere," Clausen said. "It is an effective blend of real-life teacher training for students at Southeastern Louisiana University, cutting edge technology thanks to the Virtue Foundation and MIT, and the application of innovative classroom approaches by the Tangipahoa Parish school system. We believe in preparing students early for success in school and college, and this project advances that work."
       Following the higher education forum, Clausen connected the Virtue Foundation with Southeastern College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen, who suggested that Hammond Westside Upper Elementary, one of the university's partner schools, would be an ideal recipient of Virtue Foundation laptops.
       "This is a wonderful way for Southeastern to expand our longstanding partnership with Westside and give invaluable experience to our teacher candidates," said President Randy Moffett.
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Silverwind DuoEncore! continues with March recitals
Encore!, Southeastern's annual spring performing arts series, is now in full swing with three recitals scheduled in March.
       The month will be a busy one for Southeastern flutist Nicole McPherson, who will present a faculty recital on Thursday, March 16, and, with her husband and fellow Southeastern music professor Andrew Seigel, clarinet, will perform as the Silverwind Duo on March 28.
       On March 22, Encore! will also host a guest recital by another flutist, Elena Cecconi.
       All three recitals are free and are scheduled for the 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
       Cecconi graduated in Italy under the guidance of A. Pucell and is professor of flute at the Conservatory of Cagliari. She plays a Haynes golden flute that belonged to the famous Italian flutist Severino Gazzelloni.
       As a soloist, she has captivated audiences in Louisiana and Mississippi and in Germany, Austria, Albania, Switzerland, Japan, and Russia. She also has performed with a variety of Italian orchestras as well as with the Albanian Radio Television Orchestra and the Budapest Chamber Orchestra.
       Cecconi has won several the Palmi, Caltanissetta, and Galiçia International competitions and recorded as soloist for Edipan, Ricordi, Bayer Records, and Clarinet Classics. She plays in several chamber groups and in 1996 founded "La Variazione," an ensemble consisting of a flutist, harpist, and tenor.
       McPherson and Seigel founded the Silverwind Duo in 1999. They perform and teach master classes throughout the country and are active in commissioning and premiering new works.
       In their March 28 recital the Silverwind Duo will be joined by another Southeastern music colleague, pianist Kenneth Boulton. They will perform works by Jennifer Higdon, Vincent Donatelli, Carl Maria von Weber, Dimitri Shostakovich, and Jean Cartan.
       A highlight of the recital will be the premiere of "Kaleidoscope," written for the duo by Sy Brandon, Millerville University professor emeritus of music. Brandon, who taught low brass, composition, orchestration, music history, electronic music, and music industry for 24 years, will be present for the premiere and will present master classes for Southeastern students during his visit. The Southeastern Flute Ensemble under McPherson's direction will premiere his "Prelude, Scherzo and Dirge" on March 30 during a 2 p.m. performance in the Pottle Music Auditorium.
       Also on the March Encore! schedule are the Southeastern Theatre's March 21-25 production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre, and Martie Fellom's "Delicious Collection: Film and Dance" at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
       For additional information and an Encore! brochure, contact the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184.
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LaVanner Brown Scholarship donorsLaVanner S. Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Her Southeastern colleagues have established a memorial endowed scholarship in memory of LaVanner S. Brown, executive director of the university's TRIO/GEAR UP programs. The LaVanner S. Brown Memorial Endowed Scholarship will provide financial support to a deserving TRIO/GEAR UP student at Southeastern. The scholarship recognizes Brown's important role in helping to prepare young people - many of them first-generation college students - for the challenges of both life and higher education. It was established by Barbara Allen, dean of the College of General Studies, and the directors, faculty and staff of the TRIO/GEAR UP programs, which Brown directed from 1999 until her death in September 2005. From left are, front, June Taylor, director of Student Support Services; Patricia Mabry, director of GEAR UP; Dean Barbara Allen; Mary Hollister, director of Special Development Activities and Major Gifts for the Southeastern Development Foundation; back, Ron Abel, director of Upward Bound and Math Science Upward Bound; Elmer Stewart, director of Talent Search; Carl Higginbotham, TRIO/GEAR UP technology and assessment coordinator; and Kimberly Caruso, director of the Educational Opportunity Center and Veterans Upward Bound.
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Family fitness kickball fun at SAC April 1
The Pennington Student Activity Center will host a Family Fitness Kickball Tournament Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m.
       The tournament is part of the regular Saturday "Family Day" program, where current members can bring their immediate family members to exercise together from 11a.m.-7 p.m. Young children can participate as long as they are able to walk proficiently. Every Saturday families can workout on the treadmills, ellipticals and bikes in the cardio theater, play basketball, racquetball, or walk/run on the elevated track.
       To sign up for the kickball tournament, call Amy Oberschmidt at (985) 549-5738.
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Spring Grad Fair Thursday, Friday
Southeastern's annual Grad Fair is set for Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, at the Alumni Center.
       The annual "one stop shopping for graduating seniors" event, scheduled from noon-5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, will include opportunities for graduating seniors to order caps and gowns, invitations, yearbook and professional portraits and Southeastern items.
       Services provided also include financial aid, Southeastern Development Foundation, graduation information and more.
       For more information, call the sponsor, the Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities at 549-2233.
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Students invited to March 25 Southeastern Leadership Conference
On Saturday, March 25, Southeastern will host its first ever "Southeastern Leadership Conference."
       "The conference has been held at Loyola University from almost two decades, but has now been passed into the capable hands of Southeastern," said Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student Activities.
       Thomas said the all day event will feature several professional motivational speakers and presenters as well as presenters from across Louisiana on topics such as breaking through boundaries, conflict mediation, group dynamics and many others.
       All interested Southeastern students are invited to attend. The cost for the conference for Southeastern students is $10 and includes the program, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt.
       Applications are available in the Leadership Development/Student Activities office, Student Union Room 110. The deadline to register is Monday, March 20.
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SLWP summer institute accepting applications
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is now accepting applications for its Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.
       The institute, which is scheduled for June 26-July 28, is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, have questions about teaching writing, are eager to share their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers, said SLWP Director Richard Louth.
       The institute will meet Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the Southeastern Writing Center, located on the third floor of D Vickers Hall.
       During the institute, 15 selected kindergarten-college teachers from across the curriculum will study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other.
       Participants will also be given the opportunity to work on personal and professional writing and to develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery as inservices to local schools. Participants become Summer Fellows at the university and receive a $200 stipend and materials as well six hours of graduate credit (3 hours in English; 3 hours in education) and tuition.
       Applicants should submit their resume; a brief description of a writing activity used in their classroom; a letter of nomination from a supervisor or from a member of SLWP; and a page containing name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and Social Security number, as well as school and grade level where the applicant currently teaches. Applications will be considered and interviews conducted until the institute is filled.
       Applications can be sent to Louth at or Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402. For more information, e-mail Louth or call him at 549-2102 or 2100. or visit
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Alumni achievements
Southeastern alumnus Amanda Vincent, who received her Master of Science degree from Southeastern's Department of Biological Sciences in 2001, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on parasites of edible shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Miss.
       Charles Criscione, currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas, has been selected to receive the Ashton Cuckler New Investigator Award of the American Society of Parasitologists. Dr. Criscione received the Master of Science degree from Southeastern in 2000 for his thesis research on alien parasites introduced into Louisiana by Mediterranean geckos and his doctorate from Oregon State University in 2004 for his study of salmon parasites. The Cuckler Award is the highest honor bestowed upon emerging young investigators who have already made important contributions to the science of parasitology. Criscione will be presented this award at the joint meeting of ASP and the International Congress of Parasitologists in Glasgow, Scotland, in August.
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The Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the Center to verify. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at
       Wednesday, March 15, noon-1:45 p.m., SPSS Basics; 2-3 p.m., Web Assign by Dr. Rhett Allain
       Deadlines to Remember:
       Faculty Development & CITI Grants (Due to recent budget cuts, funding is currently limited to $1,000.)
       Faculty Development Grant Program: Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2006-07 academic year.
       Deadline date for proposals: Friday, April 7. Proposals should be hand delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, Room 6. Absolutely no proposals will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.
       The Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative: The Center for Faculty Excellence is soliciting proposals to develop innovative courses or to integrate innovative teaching and/or assessment elements into existing courses. Deadline date for proposals: Monday, April 10. Original proposal and four copies must be delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, Room 6 by 4:30 p.m. For more information and the application form, please go to the center's web site as shown below or visit our office in Tinsley Annex, Room 6.
       Mark Your Calendars: Lyceum Lights, Wednesday, Mar. 29, noon-1 p.m., Twelve Oak. In celebration of Women's History Month, the center will continue to showcase Southeastern's authors with readings by poet Alison Pelegrin (English). RSVP by March 24.
       Join us at our fifth annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity, Wed-Fri, April 5-7.
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Spring 2006 Sponsored Research workshop schedule
Registration is suggested, but not required for the following workshops. For more information, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 985-549-5312 or e-mail
       Making Your Grant Proposal Persuasive -- Wed., March 15, 10-11 a.m. and Thurs., March 16, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley, Room 103: Join Jack Bedell, associate professor of English, for a discussion on the use of creative and persuasive writing techniques that can make your proposal stand out among the competition.
       Preparing the Proposal Budget -- Wed., March 22 and Thurs., March 23, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: The workshop will provide guidance in constructing a realistic budget that works. Personnel, fringe, travel, supplies, operating costs, acquisitions, and indirect costs are some of the categories that will be covered. Kinds of cost sharing/matching fund items will also be discussed.
       Administering Your Grant Award -- Wed., March 29 and Thurs., March 30, 2-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, Room 103: Now that you have an award, what's next? Knowing how to coordinate with Grants Accounting, Human Resources, and Purchasing at Southeastern will make the administration of a grant easier. Representatives of these offices will be on hand to provide information on procedures and to answer questions.
       Writing Sub Contracts and More -- Wed., April 5 and Thurs., April 6, 2-3 p.m., McClimans Hall, Room 204: Needing to sub contract grant activities? Learn how to navigate a Southeastern web site for consulting service contract and cooperative agreement examples and requirements from Ed Gautier, director of purchasing.
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Coming up …
       March 13
       Women's History Month: Ross Ettle, "Desperately Seeking Simonetta: Efforts to Identify Botticelli's Venus," noon, Sims Memorial Library, third floor. Free. (985) 549-2100.
       Veterans Upward Bound Program's College 101, free seminar for veterans, 3-6 p.m., Delgado Community College, 320 Howze Beach Rd., 1-10 Service Road, Slidell. Free. 1-800-616-2316.
       March 14
       Women's History Month: "Women and Literature Through the Ages," featuring Ruth Caillouet, Katherine Kolb, Robin Norris, and Sarah Spence; 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, third floor. Free. (985) 549-2100.
       Booksigning: Susan Mustafa, "I've Been Watching You-The South Louisiana Serial Killer," 1-3 p.m., University Bookstore (War Memorial Student Union). (985) 549-5393.
       Christwood Arts and Lectures Series: Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, "Female Suicide bombers," 4 p.m., Christwood Retirement Community, 100 Christwood Blvd., Covington. Free.
       Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts: Natalie MacMaster, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 210 E. Thomas St. Tickets: $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $20, Orchestra 3; $19, Balcony 2. Online:; box office: noon-5 p.m., weekdays, (985) 543-4371.
       March 15
       Women's History Month: Lucia Harrison, Keeping Up With Tradition: Louisiana Women and the St. Joseph's Altar," noon, Sims Memorial Library, third floor. Free. (985) 549-2100.
       Women's History Month: Lin Knutson and Jayetta Slawson, "Performing Mardi Gras," 1 p.m., Southeastern Writing Center, D Vickers Hall, room 383. Free. (985) 549-2100.
       March 16
       Encore!: Nicole McPherson, flute, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Free. (985) 549-2184.
       Women's History Month: "Women and the Media," featuring Betty Attaway-Fink, Carol Madere, and Cheryl Settoon; 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, third floor. Free. (985) 549-2100.
       March 17
       Women's History Month: Christina Vella-"Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness Pontalba," noon, Sims Memorial Library, third floor. Free. Free. (985) 549-2100.
       March 18
       Women's History Month: Teachers Workshop, "Founding Mothers and Struggling Sisters: Women in United States and Louisiana History," 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Location TBA. (985) 549-2109.
       Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project "Best Practices in Teaching Writing," 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., D Vickers Hall Writing Center, room 383. Registration: $10, advance; $15, door; $5, Southeastern students. Information: Richard Louth, or (985) 549-2100/2102.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana baseball and softball teams will continue the early portions of their respective Southland Conference schedules during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
       The Southeastern baseball team (8-8, 1-2 SLC) dropped two of three in its opening Southland Conference series with Lamar over the weekend. The Lions will take a break from league play on Wednesday, hosting Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. On Friday, the Lions will be in San Marcos, Texas to open a three-game SLC series at Texas State at 6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m., before concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m. All of this week's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
       The softball team (5-14, 1-5 SLC) has an opportunity to climb up the SLC tandings this week. On Saturday, the Lady Lions welcome Louisiana-Monroe to town for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Southeastern and ULM will close out their series on Sunday at 12 p.m. at North Oak Park.
       The men's golf team will return to the course this week. The Lions will compete in the Border Olympics on Saturday and Sunday in Laredo, Texas.
       The Southeastern men's and women's tennis teams will be back on the courts this week after an outstanding weekend. Last Friday, the Lions handed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi a 4-3 loss the Islanders first-ever SLC defeat. The two-time defending SLC champion Texas-Arlington women's tennis team had not suffered a regular season league loss since 2003, before the Lady Lions defeated them, 4-3, on Saturday. Southeastern closed out the weekend with a 6-1 win over a much-improved Sam Houston State team.
       The Lions (6-1, 4-0 SLC) will host Delta State on Monday at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Southeastern will travel to Nicholls State for a 1 p.m. Southland Conference match. Iowa comes to town on Friday for a 2 p.m. match. On Saturday, the Lions will ost Grambling at 6 p.m. at Oak Knoll Country Club.
       The Lady Lions (9-2, 3-0 SLC) heads to Mobile on Tuesday to face nationally-ranked Virginia Commonwealth at 1 p.m. Southeastern will return to SLC play on Saturday, facing Stephen F. Austin at 10 a.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Lady Lions ill play at Lamar on Sunday at 12 p.m.
       The men's and women's track and field team will be back in action on Saturday. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Relays.
       Monday, March 13
       Men's Tennis, vs. Delta State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
       Tuesday, March 14
       Women's Tennis, vs. Virginia Commonwealth, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
       Wednesday, March 15
       Baseball, vs. Buffalo, Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
       Men's Tennis, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1 p.m.*
       Friday, March 16
Baseball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
       Men's Tennis, vs. Iowa, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
       Saturday, March 17
Golf, at Border Olympics, Laredo, Texas, All Day
       Baseball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
       Softball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*
       Men's Tennis, vs. Grambling, Oak Knoll Country Club, 6 p.m.
       Women's Tennis, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 a.m.*
       Track and Field, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
       Sunday, March 18
Golf, at Border Olympics, Laredo, Texas, All Day
       Baseball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
       Softball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*
       Women's Tennis, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 12 p.m.*
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Professional Activities
Sarah Clifton
(Mathematics) presented a lecture on "Roadblock to Graduation: Mathematics!" at the regional National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
in Atlanta on March 6.
       Dr. Sarah Spence (English) presented a paper at the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference, this year at Cocoa Beach, Fla., on Feb.23-26. Her paper is entitled "Cecilia, the Law, and Patriarchy." In addition, Dr. Spence served as chair for the session "Law, Economy, and Morality."
       Dr. Jack Bedell (English) was awarded another $1,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the spring 2006 semester to support the journal he edits, Louisiana Literature, as well as the publishing endeavors of Louisiana Literature Press. With the help of the fall semester's grant, Bedell produced three issues of the redesigned journal and three full-length books of poetry by Heather Ross Miller, John Freeman, and Vivian Shipley. Bedell is currently editing and designing five new titles due out in 2006-2007 from Louisiana Literature Press, funded in part by the spring 2006 NEA grant.
       Mary Mocsary (English) conducted two workshops at Hammond High School on Feb. 24. The workshops were designed for seniors and entitled "Southeastern Louisiana University 2005-2006 General Catalogue: Scavenger Hunt" and "Syllabus Search for English 101 at Southeastern Louisiana University." Students learned general information that can help incoming college freshman and information to help students understand what is expected of them in an English 101 class at Southeastern.
       Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) had reviews of the following papers published in Mathematical Reviews this year: "Efficient Desingularization of Reducible Algebraic Sets" by Gabor Bodnar appearing in ISSAC '04, and "The Apery Algorithm for a Plane Singularity with Two Branches", by V. Barucci, M. D'Anna, R. Froberg, appearing in Beitrage zur Algebra und Geometrie.
       Dennis Merino (Mathematics) presented a talk at the International Linear Algebra Society Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in June 2004.
       Dr. Jenny Hollander (Psychology) recently published an article entitled, "Beliefs of Board Certified Substance Abuse Counselors Regarding Multiple Relationships" in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
       Pierre Titard (Accounting) presented a paper, "The Effect of "White" vs. "Colored" Exams on Performance," at the 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 25. The paper was co-authored by James DeFranceschi (Accounting).
       Five Biology graduate students and one undergraduate attended the 2006 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa 3-5 March. Southeastern was well represented with only the University of Alabama having more presenters. The talks were: Roxanne Rudowicz: Effects of water on fine-scale functional landscapes; Scarlett Vallaire (undergraduate): Effects of nutrients and salinity on benthic microbial activity and community structure in wetlands; Tiffany Schriever: Effects of salinity on tadpoles of the green treefrog (Hylacinerea) across local habitats; Dustin Siegel: The presence of sperm storage in Agkistrodon piscivorus; Devin Bloom: Systematics of an Atherinopsid fish complex (Tribe Menidiini): with emphasis on the genus Chirostoma, a group of freshwater silversides endemic to Mexico; Lisa Cordes: microsatellite variation of blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) within and among the Lake Pontchartrain and Mississippi River basins.
       Dr. Rick Simpson (Accounting) presented a paper titled "Tax Relief Available to 'Disaster Loss' Victims: The Example of Hurricane Katrina" at the 2006 Annual American Society of Business and Professional Sciences in Las Vegas on Feb. 24. Also at the conference, Dr. Joe Morris (Accounting) presented "The FASB's Proposed Standard on the Hierarchy of GAAP" and Dr. Harold E. Davis (Accounting) presented "An Exploratory Study of Personal Computing Resources Used by Accounting Students."
       Dr. David C. Wyld, Maurin Professor of Management, delivered the keynote address at the FCW/e-Gov Wireless/RFID Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. on March 1. Dr. Wyld's presentation was titled "RFID: The Right Frequency for Government." Dr. Wyld's report of the same name, was published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government in Washington in October 2005. Dr. Wyld's report on RFID has become the most downloaded report of the over 150 published by IBM since 1999, having been downloaded over 30,000 times in the past five months. Dr. Wyld also had two articles published in the December 2005 issue of Global Identification on the use of RFID technology in logistics and shipping. The first, dealing with public postal applications of RFID, was titled "Going Postal: RFID is Being Introduced in Postal Applications All Around the World, Enabling New Ways to Deliver the Mail and Value in a Historically Costly National Process." The second article, dealing with RFID and the small parcel market with companies such as UPS, FedEX, and DHL, was titled "The RFID Package: For the Global Players in the Shipping Market, RFID is a New Way to Deliver Value On-Time to a 'Fast Planet.
       Dr. Bobbye Davis (General Business) and co-author Dr. Clarice Brantley of Pensacola, Fla., presented a paper titled "Writing: The Costly "R" at the Association for Business Communication Southwest United States meeting in Oklahoma City on March 3. The paper appears in the organization's proceedings.
       Dr. Jeff Totten (Marketing) attended the Federation of Business Disciplines meeting in Oklahoma City March 1-4 where he served as marketing track chairperson for the Southwestern Case Research Association and chaired the case discussion session on March 2.
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