ByLion -- May 8

Disaster relief assistance online
Phi Kappa Phi celebrates 50 years
Coudrain to address graduates
Fee payment deadlines
Seminar on workplace legal claims
EHEP summer institute
'Little Stars' concert May 10
This week in athletics
Student achievements
Professional activities
ByLion takes a break

Katrina affected Southeastern students can accept assistance award online 
Southeastern students affected by Hurricane Katrina can now go online to accept a one-time disaster relief assistance award to help them return to school this summer or fall. 
     Students can accept awards of up to $250 by filling out and submitting information via the Disaster Relief Assistance acceptance form linked on the university's Web site,, said Stephen Soutullo, dean of enrollment management. 
     Southeastern has determined that more than 1,400 students were forced to withdraw from the university last fall because of the hurricane. More than 700 of those students did not return for the spring 2006 semester. Others re-enrolled, but may still qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis for the disaster awards which are designed to help with non-tuition fees and expenses. 
     The online form asks students to verify their eligibility for the award and to indicate whether they wish to receive it during the summer or fall semesters. 
     "We want to assist as many of our hurricane impacted students as possible," Soutullo said. "All affected students � whether they plan to re-enroll or not -- can help us by responding quickly so that we have the information needed to disburse the funds in the most effective way."
     Southeastern's Disaster Relief Assistance Fund totals approximately $150,000 and is the result of donations and fund-raising efforts by the university's Student Government Association, Development Foundation, Alumni Association, and the Spears Hurricane Relief Foundation. SGA President Paul Donaldson and Vice President Aron Walker recently presented the university with a check for $50,000. 
     The award is designed to defray non-tuition costs of re-enrolling, such as rental textbooks, and course, lab and student I.D. fees. Individual awards will be 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. 
     Soutullo said that students impacted by the hurricane may also benefit from the recently-announced Rebuild Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students who enroll or re-enroll at a Louisiana college or university.  Institutions may award up to $1,000 to eligible students based upon financial need. Additional information about the program is available through the Southeastern Financial Aid Office, 1-800-222-SELU or (985) 549-2244 or at
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Paul Riggs, Sarah Spence and President Moffett unveil PKP original charterPhi Kappa Phi celebrates 50 years; unveils scholarship 
Southeastern's chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi celebrated its 50th year on campus May 4 with its annual induction and banquet -- and with a special announcement.
      In honor of its half century mark, the chapter announced that it has established an endowed scholarship. The Phi Kappa Phi Endowed Scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time next spring, was announced by former PKP President Paul Riggs.
      Also to commemorate its anniversary, Phi Kappa Phi unveiled a newly framed version of its original charter, which will hang in Sims Memorial Library. Professor Emeritus of History C. Howard Nichols profiled the charter members as Phi Kappa Phi's banquet keynote speaker.
      To help fund the scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi is offering a 50-year history of the chapter, written by English professors and PKP officers Lou Ballard, Sarah Spence and Joan Faust. The CD is available for a $10 contribution to the scholarship fund, which has been christened "Our History...Our Legacy." CDs may be obtained at the Public Information Office in East Stadium, ext. 2341.

Andre CoudrainCoudrain to address graduates 
Hammond attorney Andre Coudrain, a member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, will deliver the keynote address at spring commencement on Saturday, May 13. 
      Southeastern will confer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees on nearly 1,035 students at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center. Also at the event, the university will recognize its 50,000th graduate. 
     Coudrain was appointed in 1996 to board of the UL System, the governing board of Southeastern and the largest university system in Louisiana. He has served as chairman of the board, vice chairman, chairman of the Finance Committee and chairman of the Athletic Committee. He was reappointed to a six-year term in 2002. 
     In addition to maintaining a private practice of general civil law, Coudrain is the Hammond city attorney and serves as the chief legal advisor to the mayor of Hammond, the Hammond City Council and the city's boards and commissions. He has been an active volunteer for Louisiana Special Olympics, having served as chairman for four years. He is a founding member of CASA Services, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates, now Child Advocacy Services) and served as chairman of its board of directors. 
     A native of New Orleans, as a Southeastern student he was elected president of the Student Government Association and served as a student representative on the Louisiana Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities. He received his undergraduate degree in government from Southeastern in 1979 and the juris doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1983. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern College of Arts and Sciences and 2003 Man of the Year by the Junior Auxiliary of Hammond. 
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Fee payment deadlines 
The first fee payment deadline for the summer 2006 term is Friday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m. for all students who early registered. Students who early registered and do not pay by June 2 may have classes canceled. Students, who pay by this deadline, may participate in drop/add on the morning of Monday, June 5. The deadline to pay for additional fees incurred on this day will be Tuesday, June 6,at 6 p.m. 
     Students whose classes were canceled, and new students, must register during regular registration June 5-6 and pay fees by the regular registration deadline, Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. Late registration with late fee will be June 7, and the fee deadline will be Thursday, June 8, at 4:30 p.m. All changes made during late registration are due by the late fee payment deadline of Thursday, June 8, at 4:30 p.m.
     Students are encouraged to mail payments when fee bills are sent out. Checks or money orders will be accepted in person or via mail. Mail early -- postmark is not considered. The Controller's Office will accept credit card payments via the WebPay or in person. Fees must be received in the Controller's Office by the fee payment deadline. 
     Students who are expecting loan checks will have an anticipated loan amount posted to their account if all necessary paperwork has been processed. Students receiving loans will have their checks mailed to them as in the past. The first loan balance checks for Summer 2006 will be mailed on Tuesday, June 6.
      Students whose lenders send only paper checks must come to the cashier's section to endorse those checks beginning Monday, June 12.  All subsequent refunds from PELL, scholarships, dropped courses, etc., will be mailed Tuesday, June 20.  For this reason, it will be very important for students to be sure that their mailing address is correct on the system.  Address corrections can be made on the web:
     In order to more efficiently process refunds, all types of refund checks will be mailed unless held for a balance due on the student account. Mailing the checks will also eliminate students standing in lines to pick up checks. All students will be better served in this manner. 
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Seminar will address legal claims in the workplace 
On Tuesday, May 23, the Small Business Development Center, along with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Attorney General's Office with Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault and other partners, will host a free seminar titled "Preventing Harassment & Abuse Claims in the Workplace." 
     The event will address ways to protect businesses from harmful litigation that can cost clients time and money. Class topics will include:  sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence and the workplace, workplace discrimination, and computer crimes in the workplace. Luncheon speaker Glen Galbraith with Seale and Ross, that will address civil liability. 
     The conference will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the University Center. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the event.  Pre-registration is preferred. 
     For additional information or to register, call the SBDC at (985) 549-3831 or email to
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Excellence in Health Education summer institute in August 
Southeastern is sponsoring the Excellence in Health and Education Project's 2006 Summer Institute August 2-4. 
     The institute is supported by the Louisiana Department of Education, Office of School and Community Support, and features six different three-day training sessions. These sessions are fully supported by scholarships which pay for the cost of the trainer, all training materials, lodging, and a meal for each of the three days. 
     Session space is limited and places are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register early. Visit for information and registration. 
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CMS 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 Kenneth Boulton, director of the CMS, on piano and Southeastern's Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yakov Voldman, director of the Music and Dramatic Arts Department string program. 
     For additional information and summer registration forms, visit or contact the Southeastern Community Music School office at 985-549-5502. 
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This week in athletics 
The Southeastern Louisiana women's tennis team will compete in the NCAATournament during this week in Southeastern Athletics. 
     The Lady Lions (22-3) earned their second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southland Conference Tournament. Southeastern heads into the first round on a 13-match winning streak. The Lady Lions will face sixth-seeded Georgia Tech (21-5), the two-time defending ACC champion in Atlanta. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday. 
     The winner of the match will face the winner of Friday's first-round match between Tennessee and Pennsylvania. Saturday's second round match is scheduled for 12 p.m.Live statistics will be available via the Georgia Tech website,
     The Southeastern baseball team (18-31, 9-15 SLC) will attempt to keep its Southland Conference Tournament hopes alive this week. The Lions will travel to Nacogdoches, Texas to face Stephen F. Austin in a three-game SLC series, beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 1 p.m., before concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m. The games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at
     The Southeastern track and field teams will compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships this week. The three-day meet opens on Saturday in Arlington, Texas and runs through Monday, May 15. 
     Friday, May 12 
     Women's Tennis, vs. Georgia Tech (NCAA First Round), Atlanta, 11 a.m. 
     Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)* 
     Saturday, May 13 
     Women's Tennis, NCAA Second Round, Atlanta, 12 p.m. 
     Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)* 
     Track and Field, at SLC Outdoor Championships, Arlington, Texas, All Day 
     Sunday, May 14 
     Baseball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)* 
     Track and Field, at SLC Outdoor Championships, Arlington, Texas, All Day 
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Student achievements 
Liberal studies major Rachel Elizabeth Cedor will be the National Society of Collegiate Scholars' Scholar of the Day on June 22. Rachel participates in a variety of extracurricular activities. "I like to read, work out, write short stories, attend plays, act in and work backstage on plays, and spend time with my family," she said. In addition to these hobbies, she works as a technical assistant to a bicycle technician. "I find this job especially rewarding during the holidays," she said. Last winter, Cedor's bicycle company built 500 bicycles as Christmas presents to children affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. "It isn't much," she said, "but if it makes their Christmas special, that's what really counts." After she earns her bachelor's degree, Cedor plans to stay at Southeastern and earn a graduate degree in psychology. "My long-term goal is to get a Ph.D. in psychology and to work with children," she said. She points to her favorite summer job as a counselor for children. "I am also extremely analytical," she added, "so psychology is a career where I can use my natural skills: analyzing and helping children." 
Cedor relies on the golden rule of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" for her life philosophy. Cedor added that she tries her best not to "burn any bridges, because you will never know where someone will be in 10 years." Cedor's strong advice emulates her interests in being a psychologist. 
     Valerie Robertson, graduate assistant in the Department of Accounting, has been awarded a scholarship from the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants (LCPA). Applicants for the competitive scholarship were judged based on their performance in several areas which included GPA, their involvement in extracurricular activities and/or work experience, and a brief paragraph demonstrating their understanding of the role of the LCPA. This year's competitors also had to indicate the area of accounting (public, industry, government, etc.) they planned to pursue and give reasons for their choice. The competition was rigorous, and Robertson finished in the top tier of award recipients. 
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Professional activities 
Dr. Sid Guedry (Biology/Horticulture) was the keynote speaker at the Louisiana Garden Club Federation annual state meeting held in Hammond on April 19. He spoke on "Floriculture of Louisiana and the United States."
     Southeastern alumnus Elliott Pauli, now employed at BioNeriex Research firm in Durham, N.C., and Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented a research poster session, "Relationship among demographic factors, general health beliefs, personal health perceptions and spiritual well-being of people residing in a Colonia in Mexico," on April 28 at the national convention of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Salt Lake City. The research presented was based on results from Elliott Pauli's graduate thesis. 
     Dr. Robert Braun (Accounting) received a CITI grant for his proposal titled "Enhancing Effectiveness of Classroom Learning Through the Use of On-line Presentation Media for Content Delivery." The funds will be used for course enhancement purposes. 
     Dr. Harold E. Davis (Accounting) received a CITI grant for his proposal titled 
"Course Enhancement: Developing Online Materials." The funds will be used to purchase software and training in order to create online course materials that are both visually and audibly engaging for students. 
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ByLion takes a break
ByLion will take a break until the regular summer term begins, resuming publication on June 5. ByLion is published online every two weeks during the summer. 
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