ByLion -- May 1

Ringing with Pride
Academic standards for housing
SGA helps disaster relief fund
Gospel Music Ensemble May 2
Chamber Orchestra May 3
Reception for Gail Hood May 4
Jazz concerts May 5
Student Employment Network
Religion & Science BBQ series
CMS 'Little Stars' concert
Textbook return deadlines
Academic Adventure camps
NETT conference
This week in athletics
Professional activities

'Ringing' with pride
Dorothy Hinton, who received her associate degree from Southeastern last December, was among 127 students who initiated a new university tradition Sunday when they participated in the first official ring ceremony. A standing room crowd of family and friends were on hand in the Student Union ballroom to applaud the students as they received their class rings from President Randy Moffett. The new ring, unveiled during Homecoming 2005, was created by Balfour and designed by a committee of Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni. To date, approximately 225 students and alumni have ordered the official ring.
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Southeastern implements academic standards for living on campus
In keeping with its goal of raising the bar on student success, Southeastern is adding academic standards to its requirements for students living on campus.
      The new academic standards for student housing will go into effect for the fall 2006 semester, university officials said. The standards require students residing in the university�s eight new residence halls to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average or a 2.0 GPA for the last regular (fall or spring) semester in which they were enrolled full-time.
      Students living on campus also must be enrolled full time and in good standing with the university. 
All new freshmen are eligible for housing, but must meet the 2.0 GPA requirement at the end of their first semester. 
      Academic standards are already in place for the Southeastern Oaks apartments on North Campus, where students must maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPA.
      �Adding academic standards to the privilege of living in our new residential community is a natural extension of our overall philosophy on encouraging student success,� said President Randy Moffett. �We have raised the bar on academic standards and student achievements, and we are looking for other approaches to help move students toward successful graduation. Living on campus is not just convenient and fun, but it is also a privilege. Residential life enhances the quality of students� academic careers and experiences, and studies show it also increases the likelihood they will be successful academically.�
      Moffett said that the university also will assume all operations of student housing on May 15, a function that previously had been handled by Capstone Management Corporation. Capstone Development, a division of Capstone, partnered with Southeastern to build the new $55 million complex of student housing and handled the initial year of management and operations.
      �We believe that housing is an integral part of student life, and that it is in the best interests of student development that the university be directly responsible for this function,� he said. �We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Capstone since 1999, but both entities agree that this move will further the university�s goal of integrating housing into the total educational experience for residential students.�
      Moffett said Southeastern�s Office of Student Housing will partner with the university�s planned Center for Student Excellence to offer a variety of student support programs and services to help resident students succeed academically.
      For additional information, contact the Office of Student Housing, (985) 549-2118.
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SGA presents check for disaster relief program
Student Government Association President Paul Donaldson and Vice President Aron Walker officially presented a $50,000 check to the Southeastern Development Foundation last week -- SGA's share of the $150,000 collected for a special disaster relief program designed to help students affected by Hurricane Katrina return to Southeastern. Students qualify for the assistance if they resigned from Southeastern in fall 2005 as a result of the hurricane, are in good academic standing, and were not enrolled in a college or university during the current (spring 2006) semester. The award is available for either the summer 2006 or fall 2006 semesters. The award amount is based on the number of course hours in which a student enrolls: $100 for one-six hours; $150, seven-11 hours; $200, 12-15 hours; $250, 16 or more hours. Although the special awards initially target students who resigned last fall and were not able to return in the spring, the university hopes to extend the award, on a funds available basis, to the approximately 600-plus hurricane-affected students who resigned in the fall, but did return this spring. Receiving SGA's generous donation are Vice President for University Advancement Joe Miller and Dean of Enrollment Services Stephen Soutullo.
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Gospel Music Ensemble to perform May 2
The Gospel Music Ensemble will present a free concert of traditional spirituals and contemporary gospel pieces on Tuesday, May 2.
      Conducted by Kenya Lawrence Jackson, the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. at Greenfield Baptist Church, 110 J. W. Davis Dr. in Hammond. 
      Jackson said selections will include Anthony Williams� �Make Me Over�; �Behold the Lamb of God� arranged by the Gospel Music Ensemble�s composer-in-residence and accompanist, Jan Youngblood, and the powerful Gospel hit �Suddenly,� conducted by ensemble member Travis Bush of Reserve. 
      Soloists will include Pamela Williams, Bogalusa; Marshaun Robertson, Clinton; Leslie Palmer, Hammond; Travis Bush, Reserve; Melissa McKey, Denham Springs; Daniel Florida, Baton Rouge; Christopher Graham of Hammond, and Abdul Burl, Reserve. 
      The ensemble also includes Josh Johnson, Tiffany Matthews, and Angela Jackson, all of Hammond; Donta Mills, Jessica Scott, Michael Kyles, Darren Bridgewater, LaShonda Freeman, Keith Chaney, and Lastacia D. Jones, all of Baton Rouge; Larry Taplin, Kentwood; Ronnisha Junior, Independence; Shari Young, Natalbany; Kintrell Smith, Waggaman; Brandon Parker and Arianne Antoine, New Orleans; Jimysha Andrew, LaPlace; Bryce Major, DesAllemands, and Chantell Rixner, Kenner.
      For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184.
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David EvensonJivka JelevaFar left, David Evenson; left, Jivka Jeleva

May 3 Chamber Orchestra concert features classical favorites
The Chamber Orchestra will present a program of classical favorites by Mozart, Bach, Grieg and Prokofiev on May 3 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
      Titled �Encore, Encore!,� the program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the university�s downtown Hammond theater, 220 E. Thomas St. Admission is free.
      Under the baton of Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern�s string program, the orchestra will welcome as soloists pianist David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, and Community Music School instructor and Southeastern graduate Jivka Jeleva, viola.
      Evenson will join the orchestra for Grieg�s Piano Concerto in A Minor, while Jeleva will perform a Bach Viola Concerto.
      The orchestra also will perform Mozart�s Serenata Notturna� and �Symphony in G. Minor, No. 25� and Prokofiev�s �Symphony No. 1 (Classical).� 
      Among the orchestra�s second violinists will be two CMS students, Isabella Rossi of Covington and Laila Bour of Mandeville, who have been invited to perform with the orchestra in recognition of their dedication to their music studies. 
      For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184.
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Gail HoodRetirement reception to honor Gail Hood
The Visual Arts Department faculty is inviting administrators, faculty, staff, students and friends to a reception for Gail Hood, associate professor of visual arts, who will retire this month.
      An exhibition of Hood's work and a short reception will be held in the Contemporary Art Gallery on Thursday, May 4, from 4:30-6 p.m.
      For two decades, Gail Hood has taught drawing, painting, design and art history in the Department of Visual Arts. She also is a former director of the department's Clark Hall Gallery. She earned her bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. She also studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Rouen, France, the Pratt Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago and Tulane University.
      "Gail will be greatly missed," said Department Head Dennis Sipiorski. "We invite everyone to attend and join us in wishing her well."
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Jazz concerts 'sing, sing, sing' with swinging jazz
The One O�Clock Big Band�s May 5 concert will include �the most swinging jazz music to hit Hammond,� says the band�s director, Richard A. Schwartz, director of jazz studies for the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
      Titled �Sing, Sing, Sing!,� the free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
      Schwartz, who has performed with musical legends Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Linda Ronstadt, and jazz recording artists Diana Krall, Dave Grusin, Roy Hargrove, and Bob Mintzer, will lead the ensemble through a captivating jazz repertoire.
      �Bring the whole family,� said Schwartz. �We�re going to perform tunes made famous by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Bennie Moten, Alf Clausen (of �The Simpsons� fame,) Miles Davis, Benny Carter, and Benny Goodman.�
      Other free Southeastern jazz events in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium include the Southeastern Two O� Clock Big Band on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and the Southeastern Jazz Combos on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.
      For more information, visit or contact Schwartz at or the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985)-549-2184.
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Student Employment Network moving
The Student Employment Network is moving into Southeastern's new Web site on Monday, May 1. The move also entails improvements to the system that will make it much easier for university units to post and track their job listings. University faculty and staff are encourage to update their bookmarks to the Student Employment Network's new address at
      Additional changes to the Student Employment Network include new login procedures. Faculty and staff wishing to post job openings on the new site will now log in using their university IDs (W#) and their e-mail passwords. After logging in, staff and faculty will have access to all their previous and current listings as well as access to all listings associated with their departments. Job listings are tied to the person posting the job as well as the department, making it easier for university units to manage job listings, even if the employee who originally created the posting is no longer associated with the department. 
      Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize the Student Employment Network to advertise available student worker and graduate assistantship positions. Faculty and staff are also reminded that when filling out job postings, Southeastern is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its employment policies.
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Final Science & Religion BBQ luncheon Thursday
The final spring semester meeting in the Science & Religion BBQ Luncheon-Lecture series is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 12:30 p.m., in Tinsley Hall, room 103. The speaker will be Dr. Ronnie Rombs of the Department of Theology at St. Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, who will talk on "Religious Faith and the Age of Science: Antony Flew's Invisible Gardener and God's Action in the World."
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Community Music School students to be featured in 'Little Stars' concert
The Community Music School students will be featured in the special �Little Stars� concert May 10.
      �Little Stars,� scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, will feature Ulises Alvarez, Xavier Alvarez, Laila Bour, Cristopher Craighead, Madeline Hill, Alison Miller, Shad Stout, and Anna Kay Tschirn of Mandeville, Lia Kepner and Isabella Rossi of Covington, and Ashley Johansen of Madisonville.
       The 11 young musicians will be accompanied by pianist Kenneth Boulton, director of the CMS, and the Southeastern�s Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yakov Voldman, director of the Music and Dramatic Arts Department string program.
      Jivka Jeleva will direct the CMS string ensemble, accompanied by pianist Christiana Iheadindu.
      �This is a special concert for our students who showed the most effort and dedication,� said Jeleva.  �These students are the most advanced of the CMS�s young musicians.�
      �It has clearly been a happy season for the Southeastern CMS this year,� said Boulton.  �Our student enrollment has reached 225, marking a new record for us.�
      For additional information and summer registration forms, visit or contact the Southeastern Community Music School office at 985-549-5502.
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Reminder: return textbooks 
Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that they can return their rental textbooks May 8-15 without a fine. From May 16-19, they will incur a $7.50 per book fine and after May 19 will be required to purchase books. Extended hours and a book drop are available at Textbook Rentals.
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Kids can have 'Academic Adventures' at Southeastern summer camps
Parents looking for summer activities for their children will find a variety of Southeastern camps that partner fun with learning and creativity. 
       �Academic Adventures� features 11 camp sessions focusing on sciences, foreign languages, art, music, and writing. Most camps will be held on Southeastern�s main campus in Hammond and, for the first time, at the new Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. 
       Information about the camps and downloadable registration forms are available online at or through Dean Tammy Bourg�s office, Fayard Hall, room 302, 985-549-2101. Camp coordinators hope to have online registration and payment available soon. Specific questions about individual camps may be directed to Munchausen, 985-549-3935,
       Registration is underway, and early sign-up is encouraged. Most of the camps offer before and after care for an additional $15 per camp. 

NETT Conference set July 20-21
Southeastern and Delgado Community College are currently working together on the third annual Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology conference, to be held July 20-21 at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center, Delgado-Covington, and Fontainebleau High School. The three-year collaboration has now expanded to include the St. Tammany Parish Schools.
      Post-Katrina, alternative delivery of education and distance learning has become even more important in reaching students. The 2006 NETT conference has added a day in response to faculty needs. 
      �Participants have asked for more time with certain topics to effect actual skills transfer," said Laura Zammit, instructional/technology coordinator for Southeastern�s Center for Faculty Excellence. "This year we are offering all-day pre-conference workshops.� 
      Topics include on-line and web-based course delivery, digital media, web design, technology grant development and more.
       The Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology conference began from a discussion of how to promote the aligning of teaching delivery with student learning styles.  The conference steering committee includes Zammit; Ashley Chitwood; Stella Helluin, director of the St. Tammany Center; Deborah Morgan, dean of Delgado Northshore; and John Swang, instructional technology supervisor for St. Tammany Parish Schools. 
      Registration is now open on-line at The site includes information on session topics, speakers, workshops and locations.  The NETT conference is open to any educator wanting to learn more about the use of technology in the classroom.  Faculty is encouraged to register early as space is limited.

This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team will look to continue its climb up the Southland Conference standings during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
      The Lions (18-26, 9-12 SLC) kept their Southland Conference Tournament hopes alive by taking two of three games from Texas-Arlington this weekend. Before returning to league play this weekend, Southeastern will face a pair of in-state foes in midweek contests.
      On Tuesday, Southeastern will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette to face the Ragin' Cajuns at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Lions host Southern at 6:30 p.m. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The Lions will then head to Lake Charles for a three-game weekend series at Southland. Conference rival McNeese State. The series opens on Friday at 7 p.m., before continuing on Saturday at 3 p.m. First pitch for Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. All of Southeastern's baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
      The Southeastern Louisiana women's tennis team (22-3), which won the Southland Conference Tournament on Sunday for the second straight year, will find out its NCAA Tournament fate this week. The NCAA Women's Tennis Selection Show is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN News.
      The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will be in action this week. Members of the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Houston, Texas on Saturday to compete in the Houston Invitational.
      Tuesday, May 2
      Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Wednesday, May 3
      Baseball, vs. Southern, Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
      Friday, May 5
      Baseball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
      Saturday, May 6
      Baseball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
      Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Houston Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day
      Sunday, May 7
      Baseball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
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Professional activities
Dr. Matt Rossano honoredDr. Matt Rossano (Psychology) was recently honored for the creation and his commitment to the Science and Religion BBQ Luncheon-Lecture Series. This three-year series has been sponsored by Metanexus, the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Presbyterian Campus Ministry Board and St. Albert's Student Center. From left, are Dr. Tena L. Golding, Center for Faculty Excellence; Dr. Rossano; Roxanne Stoehr, Communication Sciences and Disorders/Presbyterian Campus Ministry; and Claire Sanders, Presbyterian Campus Ministry.
      Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) participated in a panel presentation about the recent creationism trial, Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, at the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Teachers in Anaheim, Calif., on April 6. She also delivered a public lecture at the Dole Institute for Politics at the university of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on April 19. Her talk, entitled "The Naturalism of Science: The Only Way that Works," was the second in a series of four lectures related to the theme "Science, Education, and the Public."
      Barbara J. Shwalb and David W. Shwalb (Psychology) gave an invited presentation titled "The Psychological Effects of Hurricane Katrina on College Students in New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana" at the annual Depression on College Campuses conference. The theme of the conference, held from March 21-22 on the campus of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), was "The University's Role in Responding to Crisis, Disaster, and Loss." The presentation was based on the Shwalbs' on-line survey of 1,067 displaced and regular students at Southeastern in October/November 2005; a follow-up survey is now underway.
      On April 23, Ed Rode' (Industrial Technology) administered the first American Design Drafting Association Mechanical Drafters Certification Exam to five industrial technology students. The two-hour timed exam included 341 questions. Students taking the exam were Mathew K Jenkins , John S. Guillet III, William Rosevally, Michael P. Cannatella and Kimberly Lyon. Results will be available in six weeks.
      Dr. Tim Gautreaux (English) recently traveled to Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., to give a public reading of a short story and to address a class in Southern Literature.
      Dr. Bonnie Ahn's (Social Work, Counseling and Human Development) article "Correlates of physical violence in marital relationships among first-generation Korean Americans" appeared in the March 2006 issue of the International Social Work (Volume 49).
      Bev Marshall (English Writer-in-Residence) was featured speaker at the 11th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Awards Ceremony on April 21st. Following her presentation, "Writing From Your Roots," a reception was held in to celebrate the launch of Illumination, a literary journal showcasing winners of the writing competition.
      An article by Dr. David Hanson (English) published earlier in Regional Dimensions, "Art and Letters Illustrated Magazine and the Beginnings of Arts and Crafts in New Orleans," has been chosen for inclusion in a multi-volume series commemorating the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase: Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Louisiana History, published by the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The article will appear in the volume on Arts and Entertainment in Louisiana, edited by Patricia Brady.
      Dr. Robin Norris (English) will attend the 41st International Conference on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University on May 4-7 and will participate in "Medieval to Modern Humanisms: A Roundtable Discussion," sponsored by the BABEL Working Group. She also organized a session, "Anonymous Interpolations in Ælfric's Lives of Saints," in which she will present a paper on St. Euphrosyne. She will be editing all four papers from this session as a collection to be published through Western Michigan's OEN Subsidia series.
      Dr. Lin Knutson (English) presented the paper "Octavia Butler's Dystopian Fantasies as Utopian Community Formation" at the MELUS (Multi-ethnic Lit of the U.S) conference April 28-30 in Boca Raton, Fla. The MELUS journal and conference come out of Johns Hopkins University, and is the most competitive conference in the field of Ethnic Studies.
      Presence Patrol, originally a lengthy personal essay which was morphed into a multi-media play, and now a docudrama, was recently presented to the Comparative Literature Conference in Los Angeles, then presented in Atlanta at the Popular Culture Conference. The production was written by Alan Marsh (English) and video-edited by Dr. Martie Fellom (Music and Dramatic Arts). An interview of this project was recently featured on LPB in their program "Louisiana the State We're In."
      Dr. Jim Walter (English, Honors Program) presented a paper at the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) conference in Chicago in mid-April. The paper was entitled "Inman's Journey: The Sense of the Past in Frazier's Cold Mountain."
      An upcoming exhibit, Katrina Exposed, at the New Orleans Museum of Art will include 17 color and black/white photographs taken by Melinda Shelton (English) in the months following the storm. The photographs, which are part of a collection dubbed "Gutter Art by Mel," focused on what Shelton describes as "beauty in the destruction" from Katrina and the failed levees that flooded her Mid-City home and City Park. Also featured are photographs of Buddy Boy, a neighborhood cat who found his way back to Shelton's home six months after the storm and flood, and is now the main character in a children's book Shelton and Southeastern student artist Vanna Moore are creating. The NOMA exhibit will include hundreds of photographs -- all for sale -- and opens May 20 for a three-month run. Shelton also wrote an essay for "Love, Bourbon Street," an anthology of essays, poems, and anecdotes by a variety of New Orleans writers and activists. Her essay, "Storyville," recounts her life-long love affair with New Orleans, which began with her first childhood visit in the '60s. The anthology's release will coincide with the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
      Birgitta Ramsey (English) presented a paper entitled "Composition after Katrina." At the "Writing Matters" conference held at Baton Rouge Community College on April 22. 
      Annabel Servat (English) appeared on WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge to discuss the history and significance of various symbols of the Easter season.
      On April 15, Emmitt Glynn, a student from Baton Rouge in the History graduate program, presented a paper: "Undaunted Determination: The Struggle for African-American Education in Baton Rouge, 1865-1877" at the annual meeting of the Southwest Social Science Association in San Antonio. Glynn was also chosen as the Louisiana alternate for the prestigious, nationally competitive James Madison Fellowship.
      Dr. Kenneth Boulton (Music and Dramatic Arts) presented a piano recital for the Fort Worth Piano Teachers' Forum in Fort Worth, Texax, on April 18."
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