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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
left, David Evenson; left, Jivka Jeleva
May 3 Chamber Orchestra concert features
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,
Evenson will join the orchestra for
Grieg�s Piano Concerto in A Minor, while Jeleva will perform a Bach Viola
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.
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
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."
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 music.selu.edu/jazz
or contact Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
or the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985)-549-2184.
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 www.selu.edu/current_students/resources/sen/.
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.
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."
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 www.selu.edu/cms
or contact the Southeastern Community Music School office at 985-549-5502.
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.
Kids can have 'Academic Adventures' at Southeastern
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 www.selu.edu/summercamps
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,
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
Topics include on-line and web-based
course delivery, digital media, web design, technology grant development
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
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
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
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)*
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
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
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
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."