ByLion -- November 13

CMS open house in Livingston
International Education Week
Celebration of the Lights
Holiday wreath decorating
Conversations on Diversity
Jazz Ensembles perform Tuesday
Lab school 'tours' human body
AAUP brown bag Wednesday
Honors for Gamma Beta Phi
Ceramics Club holiday sale
'4.48 Psychosis' Nov. 15-18
Fall Fest 5K run Nov. 16
New Kurtz JFK book
Deco Ball to return in January
Center for Faculty Excellence news
This week in athletics
Professional activities

CMS Director Ken Boulton addresses Livingston Center open house guestsOpen house at Livingston Center showcases Community Music School
The recent open house for the Community Music School at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center drew a "standing room only" crowd of more than 130 people as area residents gathered to hear performances by CMS ensembles and star students and to tour the new facilities. Left, CMS director Kenneth Boulton introduces performers; below, left, the Select Women's Choir performs under the direction of Amy Prats; below, right, trumpeter John Olinde. More than 40 new students signed up for CMS classes.
CMS Choir

International Education Week begins today
Southeastern is celebrating International Education Week, Nov. 13-17.
     Throughout the week in the War Memorial Student Union mall, various offices and student organizations will host the "Everything International Education Expo," featuring informational table displays. Participants will include the Multicultural & International Student Affairs (MISA) International Initiatives, and Greek Life/Student Organization offices, the Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association.
     The university's annual salute to international students will kick off on Nov. 13 with International Night, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages. The event, scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom, will feature displays by the Turkish student organization and foreign language clubs, entertainment, and an international buffet. General admission is $5.
     International Education Week events also include:
     Nov. 13, 8 p.m., Pennington Student Activity Center, room 228: Recreational Sports and Wellness invites guests to check out the center's ongoing"Salsa Aerobics," a fun cardio-Latin dance class. Guests are invited to call Amy Oberschmidt, 985-549-5738, to sign up for a guest visit.
     Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union Mall: MISA and CAB will spice up the "Everything International and Education Expo" by hosting a variety of student performances.
     Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union Mall: MISA will sponsor "The Middle East Up Close," spotlighting the culture of Saudi Arabia.
     Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m. Fayard Hall, room 107: International Initiatives will host an informational session on the university's 2007 student abroad programs. Faculty members coordinating the 12 programs will be available to provide information and answer questions. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
     Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union Park: The Hispanic Club will host a cookout as a club fundraiser. Barbecue meals will be sold for $7.
     Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Pottle Performance Circle: "Celebration of the Lights," the annual campus holiday lighting ceremony, will take place at the Pottle Performance Circle. Following, the ceremony and entertainment, "reindeer games" are set for the Student Union Mall, where hot cocoa and a dessert bar will be offered.
     In conjunction with the Celebration of the Lights, collection boxes will be available for the Santa Bear program, which gathers new toys as gifts for children age birth to 12 years. Leadership Development, CAB, MISA, Gamma Beta Phi, University Housing, and Recreational Sports and Wellness are the event's hosts.
     Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Baptist Collegiate Ministries -- International Student Ministries will close out the week festivities with an international potluck dinner.
     Throughout the week, Sims Memorial Library will also showcase in its lobby the art of Southeastern alumnus Luz Maria Lopez, whose inspiration is ancient Mayan folklore.
     For more information about International Education Week events, contact the Office of Multicultural & International Student Affairs at 985-549-3850.
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'Celebration of the Lights' Thursday evening
Southeastern will illuminate its campus with holiday lights at the annual "Celebration of the Lights" ceremony Nov. 16.
     Members of the university family and the community are invited to gather at the Pottle Performance Circle at 5 p.m. where the official lighting will take place, said Jackie Dale Thomas, who is coordinating the event.
     "There will be several singing groups and, in honor of International Education Week, several international students will share memories of the holidays in their homeland," Thomas said.
     Miss Southeastern Blair Abene of Hammond will officially flip the switch to turn on holiday lighting draping campus oaks and buildings. A voice major and runner-up in the Miss Louisiana pageant, Abene will also perform a holiday carol.
     Following the lighting, everyone is invited back to the Student Union mall for hot chocolate and a dessert buffet, Thomas said.
     "Student groups will be participating in our first-ever 'Reindeer Games,'" she said. The games will include gingerbread man and "silver bell" eating contests, an "Ice Cube Sit" and a "Marshmallow Toss" as student organizations compete for the title of "Most Holiday Spirit," which carries a $200 prize.
     Thomas said in conjunction with Celebration of the Lights, collection boxes will be available for those who want to participate in the Santa Bear program. The program collects new toys to be distributed as gifts for children age birth to 12 years.
     Celebration of the Lights is sponsored by Leadership Development, the Campus Activities Board, Gamma Beta Phi, Recreational Sports and Wellness, and Multicultural and International Student Affairs.
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Holiday wreath decorating contest
The Offices of Leadership Development and Alumni Relations are co-sponsoring a Holiday Wreath Decorating Contest as part of Celebration of the Lights, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16. All entries must be at the Pottle Performance Circle no later than 4:30 p.m. on that date.
     Wreaths entered should be the normal size used on a door. Wreaths can be decorated with holiday fashion or in recognition of Southeastern or to represent a department. Judges will be looking for creativity, attractiveness and other such features.
     Prizes will be Aramark gift certificates -- $100, first place; $75, second place; and $25, third place.
For a registration form, contact Jackie Dale Thomas at or at 549-2233.
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Angela Davis, the YarnspinnerRonald RochonPaige SchulteFrom left, Angela Davis, the Yarnspinner; Buffalo State College Dean Ronald S. Rochon; Southeastern's Paige Schulte

College of Education and Human Development 'Conversation' series opens Tuesday
The College of Education and Human Development will present its second annual lecture series, "Conversations on Diversity" Nov. 14-16.
     The trio of featured speakers will present their one-hour lectures twice -- at noon and at 5 p.m. in the Cate Teacher Education Center Kiva -- to accommodate the schedules of students, area educators and community members. The lectures are free and open to the public.
     On Tuesday, Nov. 14, acclaimed storyteller Angela Davis will bring to life tales from around the world. Ronald S. Rochon, dean of the School of Education and associate vice president for teacher education at Buffalo State College, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 15, on socio-cultural factors influencing American education. On Thursday, Nov. 16, Paige Schulte, assistant professor of education in Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning, will present "The Dark Side of Diversity: Bullying, Harassment, and Relational Aggression in Schools."
     Known as "the Yarnspinner," Davis uses storytelling to introduce audiences to imaginative literature, history and cultures from around the world. She also uses stories as a teaching tool, demonstrating to teachers how storytelling skills can breathe life into a curriculum to improve teaching skills and classroom learning. Davis has been enchanting audiences with her storytelling performances at schools, libraries, festivals, and museums throughout the country and has drawn listeners of all ages into the magical world of story theater.
     Rochon said his lecture will focus on "assisting students in examining and deepening their understanding of the ways in which socio-cultural factors influence American educational thought, theory and practice."
     A Chicago native, Rochon obtained his bachelor's degree in animal sciences from Tuskegee University and master's degree with an emphasis in reproductive physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After working at the University of Chicago, he developed an interest in teaching and obtained a doctorate in educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
     One of Rochon's primary areas of interest is the recruitment, retention, and successful matriculation of culturally, linguistically, and racially diverse students across the university campus. He also is involved in various area activities and groups and strive to strengthen the relationship between the community and university.
     Schulte is a graduate of the University of New Orleans where she received her bachelor's degree in secondary social studies education, master's degree in science teaching and doctoral degree in science curriculum and instruction.
     Before joining Southeastern's Department of Teaching and Learning, she taught courses in earth science, biology, and history at New Orleans area high schools and was a member of the University of New Orleans faculty. She has also taught courses at Delgado and Nunez Community Colleges and Loyola University.
     In 1996, she was selected as "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher" for Louisiana and runner-up for the Southeastern region by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She has presented numerous sessions for regional, state, and national meetings, as well as environmental education workshops. She also has attended mentor training sessions at the International Character Education Leadership Conference at the University of San Diego and the Ophelia Institute's Creating Safe Schools Conference.
     For additional information on "Conversations on Diversity," contact the College of Education and Human Development, 985-549-2218.
Jazz Ensembles to perform Tuesday evening
Southeastern Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 will present their fall concert, "The Start of Something Big," on Nov. 14.
     The crowd-pleasing concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, will explore a wide variety of musical styles, genres, and eras.
     Jazz Ensemble 2, led by Richard Schwartz, will begin the program with John Edmondson's tribute piece, "Basic Basie." The piece will feature guest vocalist Gingerbread Tanner, a freelance musician from New Orleans, singing Jerome Kern's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man."
     The band will also perform the music of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, and Henry Mancini, including a famed arrangement of "Days of Wine and Roses."
     Jazz Ensemble 1, directed by Glen Hemberger, will dedicate its performance to the memory of legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, who died last August.
     The band will begin with "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," made famous by Steve Allen on the Tonight Show in the mid-1950s. Southeastern vocal major Betty Turner of Hammond will be showcased singing "Over the Rainbow," and alto saxophonist Nick Murray of Lafayette will take the spotlight in the blues classic, "You Can't Win None of 'em.
     Also on the program will be "Hill Where the Lord Hides," made famous by flugelhornist Chuck Mangione, and the rock classic championed by Ferguson, "Hey Jude," originally composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
     General admission tickets are $3. The concert is free for all students with I.D. Doors to the Columbia Theatre will open at 6:45 p.m.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Bands at (985) 549-2599.
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Lab School students get 'tour' of human body
The Southeastern Lab School recently hosted the "Body Walk," a 35-foot by 25-foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body. The exhibit was a great way for students to learn about the importance of daily exercise and proper nutrition.
AAUP hosts brown bag lunch Wednesday
The American Association of University Professors invites faculty and staff to a brown bag lunch featuring a discussion of "Intelligent Design" with Dr. Barbara Forrest Wednesday, Nov. 15, noon-1 p.m. in the Alumni Center banquet hall.
     Forrest, professor of philosophy, has earned national attention as the author of "Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design" and as an expert witness in "Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover (PA) Area School District," a 2005 federal case in which plaintiffs sought to prevent the teaching of intelligent design in science classes.
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Gamma Beta Phi earns honors
The Southeastern Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi recently hosted the 2006 Louisiana State Conference on campus. Schools from across the state were represented.
     Four Southeastern members were elected to state office -- State President Anthony Rutledge, State Vice-President Lindsey Marshall, State Secretary-Treasurer Tiffany LaBorde and, for her 20th year, State Advisor Jackie Dale Thomas.
     Southeastern was also the only chapter in the state to receive the Distinguished Chapter Award, which is the highest award given by the national organization to a local chapter. Southeastern's scrapbook took a second place on the state level. More than two dozen Southeastern Gamma Beta Phi members attended the conference.
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Ceramics Club holiday sale
The Ceramic Club will hold its annual holiday sale on Nov. 28 and 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Student Union mall.
     Faculty and staff are invited to select from a variety of ceramics, from thrown pottery to unique hand-built sculpture to dishware and planters, said Ceramics Club vice president Sara Cochran.
     New stock will be placed on display throughout the sale.
     The sale is a fundraiser for the Ceramics Club which is designed to gain visibility for the Department of Visual Arts and exposure for the student artists.
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Shiloh Klein in 4.48 PsychosisSoutheastern Theatre stages challenging 4.48 Psychosis
Southeastern Theatre will stage the late British playwright Sarah Kane's controversial 4.48 Psychosis, a brutal and poetic exploration of a mind preparing to shut itself down, Nov. 15-18 at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Director James Winter of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, said the play, which he described as "a giant dramatic poem," has been a creative challenge for him, the actors and the artistic staff.
     "There are no specific number of characters, no specific setting," he said, "The dialogue at times is only numbers. Sarah Kane wanted whoever produced the play to give it their own interpretation."
Winter has cast eight student actors, who "have literally built this production from the ground up," he said. Some of the students, he said, are appearing in their first Southeastern show. "I cannot stress enough how hard they have worked," Winter said.
     The cast includes Shiloh Klein, Hammond; Sara Boykin, Covington; Courtney Casale and Victoria Stinson, Mandeville; Alicia Reagan of Slidell, Jaren Mitchell, New Orleans; and Lanie Moore and Marjorie Parker, Baton Rouge.
Curtain time at the theater in D Vickers Hall is 7:30 p.m.
     Winter stressed that the play is for adult audiences since it contains very explicit language and material. "We don't encourage anyone under the age of 16 to attend," he said.
     4.48 Psychosis was Kane's fifth and final play. One description says, "Spiked with gallows humor, it charts the journey of mind and body; from darkness into light, from pain into love, from life into death." The title represents 4.48 a.m., the time when most suicides are attempted. Kane took her own life in 1998 at the age of 28, shortly after completing 4.48 Psychosis.
     "By most accounts," Winter said, "Sarah Kane battled clinical depression and possibly Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder. The raw emotion and unconventional structure of her work polarized theater critics and audiences alike. 4.48 Psychosis is considered to be her greatest work."
     Although admittedly dark in subject matter, "There is a beauty in the play," Winter said. "As one critic said, 'There's nothing else like it in the language.' It's a beautiful piece of theatrical writing."
     Klein, a veteran of a number of Southeastern Theatre productions, has the role of the play's "core personality," which is being both haunted and helped by a variety of alternate personalities played by the other actors, explained Winter.
     Winter said the play has been a major commitment for the eight actors and crew. "This is truly an ensemble piece," he said. The cast, he said, initially spent several weeks meeting and discussing the play, even consulting about its challenging subject matter with the staff from the University Counseling Center, including director Barbara Hebert.
     "Many of the choices you see on stage are the actors', not mine," Winter said. "They've done most of their own choreography and script analysis. Each actor has brought his/her own unique set of skills, talent and ideas to our show. I am more proud of these eight actors than they will ever know. This is their show."
     "We have tried to present our interpretation of the play in a manner Sarah would have been pleased with," Winter said. He said the production will be Southeastern Theatre's entry in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
     The play also allowed interpretive freedom for set designer Steve Schepker, who has fashioned a set of multi-level platforms and stairs that extend into the audience and includes on-stage seating. "It's almost theater-in-the-round," Winter said. Costumer Richard Walsh has outfitted the actors in shades of black, grey and white.
     The artistic staff also includes Klein as choreographer; Ben Norman of Covington, lighting design; Travis Falks of Livingston and Randy Malbrough Jr. of Gonzales, sound design; and Lydia Caballero of Slidell, stage manager.
     Tickets for 4.48 Psychosis are $10, general admission, and $6, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni. Admission is free for Southeastern students with university I.D. Tickets are available at the theater box office in the lobby of D Vickers Hall and at the door.
     For additional information, contact Winter at 985-549-3546.
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Student health organization sponsors Fall Fest 5K run
Southeastern's Organization of Health Promotion and Education will sponsor its annual Fall Fest 5K run Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The event is intended to increase health and physical activity for members of the community while also raising money for the Tangipahoa Volunteer Center for the Aging, said Ashley VonHodgany, president of the student organization.
     The race will start at Strawberry Stadium, follow a route around the Southeastern campus and conclude at the stadium. Participants will receive a t-shirt and will be entered into drawings for prizes. Free food and entertainment will follow the race.
     Advanced registration is $10 for students and children and $12 for community members. There is a $15 fee for race day registration, which starts at 5 p.m. at the stadium. Forms and additional information are available from the office of the Southeastern Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 400 Tennessee St., or by calling 985-549-2129.
     The race is co-sponsored with class members of Health Studies 362, a health promotion course that includes planning various health events as the core of its curriculum.
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Michael KurtzHistorian Michael Kurtz pens new book on JFK assassination
Was the Warren Commission's one-gunman theory accurate or was John F. Kennedy's assassination the result of a conspiracy? Will we ever know the answer to "Who killed JFK?"
     While Michael L. Kurtz believes that cover-ups and incompetency have permanently obliterated the ultimate truth, in his new book the Southeastern historian and noted assassination scholar sums up and critiques four decades of dueling assassination debates.
     The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy was published Nov. 8 by the University Press of Kansas. Kurtz describes the book, his second on the assassination, as an attempt to "bring into focus" the often heated, always provocative arguments that continue to swirl around that fateful day in Dallas, Nov. 22, 1963.
     His fellow historian and author Douglas Brinkley calls the book, "A smart, engaging history of the stormy debate … a book you can trust on a topic fraught with controversy."
     "Practically every other work previous written about the assassination, including my own -- the 1993 Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective, the first full-length scholarly study of the subject -- has taken one side or the other," said Kurtz. "This time, I wanted to present both sides, the lone assassin Warren Commission thesis and the conspiracy side of the story. At the same time, I discuss the most reliable factual evidence regarding the assassination and deal with a couple of the primary conspiracy theories."
     Dean of Southeastern's graduate school, Kurtz, in addition to his earlier book, has written numerous articles on the assassination in journals such as The Historian and Louisiana History. For the past 30 years, he has taught a JFK assassination course that is perennially one of the university's most popular electives. More than 35 students are enrolled in the course this semester.
     In The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy, Kurtz, while making it clear that he thinks there was a conspiracy in the assassination, underlines both the logic and the limitations of the major theories about the case. He also offers unique interpretations of the physical and forensic evidence and of existing areas of controversy, leading him to new conclusions.
     For instance, "I think that the bulk of the evidence shows that Oswald probably did shoot and kill Officer J.D. Tippett," Kurtz said. "And I think it's possible that a bullet from Oswald's rifle could have caused Kennedy's head wounds; but, by the same token, that it is not possible for one person to have fired just one shot in the assassination."
     Kurtz devotes a chapter on the mishandling and suppression of evidence, which he says is the root of the long-standing lone gunman/conspiracy schism. He maintains that those responsible for the assassination investigation, including the Dallas police, the FBI, and the Warren Commission, "failed so miserably in their efforts that they would have been laughed off the air if they had been portrayed on any of television's popular 'CSI' series.
     "The evidence was handled in such a sloppy manner that it never would have been introduced in a court of law," Kurtz added. "The whole legal case against Lee Harvey Oswald would have collapsed like a house of cards" had the ill-fated assassin lived to have his day in court.
     Kurtz, who as a college student at the University of New Orleans had a brief encounter with Oswald, also provides new information about the accused gunman's activities around the time of the assassination and about his double life, analyzing Oswald's ties to the intelligence community, to organized crime, and to both anti- and pro-Castro Cuban activists.
     Mustering impressive documentation, including exclusive interviews with key figures and extensive materials declassified by the assassination Records Review Board, he both confirms and alters much previous speculation about Oswald and other aspects of the case.
     To present the clear and balanced picture, "I had to absorb everything out there," Kurtz said, admitting that the volumes of available material presented "a big challenge" despite his years of studying the subject.
"I don't have any great hopes that we're going to find out the whole truth about the assassination, but I hope that [the book] will bring the whole picture into focus," Kurtz said.
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Columbia's Deco Ball returns as fundraiser for marquee
The shining marquee on the corner of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts arrived just in time to lend a special new glow to the 2006-07 Fanfare/Columbia season. And now, the gala that debuted two years ago to fund the colorful neon display is also making a timely return.
     The Deco Ball, the festive marquee fundraiser, is scheduled for Jan. 13, 8-12 p.m., at the historic downtown Hammond theater.
     Originally expected to be an annual affair, last year's Deco Ball was a casualty of Hurricane Katrina. "We're thrilled to be able to host it again this year," said Columbia/Fanfare director Donna Gay Anderson. "Our new marquee is proving to be the effective marketing tool that we knew it would be. The 2007 Deco Ball will continue to help us generate funds to reduce the marquee debt -- plus, judging from the success of our first ball in 2005, it will be a festive beginning for the new year."
     Planning for the 2007 Deco Ball is well underway, chaired by Patty Hubert and co-chaired by Jackie Griffith. The gala event will feature dancing on the Columbia stage to music by the Dominoes, festivities throughout the theater complex, and food and beverages by Tope' La Catering.
     "It's going to be an elegant evening, an opportunity to dress up and have a great time for a worthy cause," Anderson said. "The setting will be glamorous, the food will be wonderful, and the music will coax you to the dance floor."
      Tickets for the Deco Ball are $100 a person and can be obtained by calling or visiting the Columbia Theatre administrative office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4366. Patrons can also reserve a table for eight for $1,000.
     The Deco Ball committee includes Anderson, Howard Nichols, Harriet Vogt, Bonnie Sue Barrilleaux, Lucinda Beacham, Fay Bright, Polly Durham, Mary Jo Greaves, Carol Knott, Tonya Lowentritt, Ricky Masaracchia, Marjorie Morrison, Pete Pfeil, Anne Sharp, and Katie Wainwright.
     For additional information about the Deco Ball, contact the Columbia at 985-543-4366.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence:
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. For information, contact ext. 5791 or e-mail
     Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Excel for Gradekeeping -- Learn the basics of Excel. Emphasis will be placed on how you can keep a gradebook using Excel.
     Thursday, Nov. 16, 9-10:45 a.m., Intermediate/Advanced PowerPoint -- This workshop is designed to build further on the development of Power Point presentations and to assist in easier presentation of information to students and peers. Inserting and moving .gifs, audio, video and creating master slides will be covered.
     Thursday, Nov. 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Lyceum Lights, Twelve Oaks -- This month's speaker will be Dr. Heidi Kulkin who will present "Exploring Social Work Students and Web-based Learning." The menu will include Italian Sausage Lasagna, served with tossed salad, breadsticks and lemon meringue pie. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 14, at ext. 5791.
     Friday, Nov. 17, noon-1 p.m. -- Please join us for a brown bag workshop on Project-based Learning, the subject of last May's Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement. Project-based learning is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks. Outstanding project-based learning efforts recognize students' drive to learn, engage students in the central concepts and principles of a discipline, and highlight provocative issues or questions.
     Also, project-based learning will be the subject of Southeastern's first online conference to be hosted in fall 2007. Conference planners are hoping to receive many submissions from the Southeastern campus on projects conducted by various disciplines, so this brown bag seminar will be a good opportunity to learn how to make such projects effective learning tools.
     Southeastern Channel telecourses -- A special award opportunity is being offered to work with the Southeastern Channel on telecourses. The deadline for submission is Nov. 17. Contact the center at ext. 5791 or e-mail for more information. Watch for the reminder in Monday's e-mail.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball will open their respective 2006-07 home schedules during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (3-0) will take a well-deserved breather after winning the season-opening Oregon Rain Invitational last weekend in Corvallis, Ore. Southeastern won the tourney with tough victories over Cal Poly, host Oregon State and Portland in a three-day span. The Lions will be in the University Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. to host William Carey.
     The Lady Lions (0-1) will look to bounce back from a 92-46 loss at Ole Miss last Friday. On Monday, Southeastern plays host to Conference USA member Central Florida at 7 p.m. After Monday's game, the Lady Lions will continue its brutal early schedule, hitting the road to face Mississippi State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Alabama on Sunday at 3 p.m.
     All four Southeastern basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Monday, November 13
     Women's Basketball, vs. Central Florida, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Friday, November 17
     Women's Basketball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 7 p.m.
     Saturday, November 18
     Men's Basketball, vs. William Carey, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Sunday, November 19
     Women's Basketball, at Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 3 p.m.
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Professional activities
Dr. Glen J. Hemberger
(Music and Dramatic Arts) served as adjudicator for the Idaho Music Educators Association District III Large Group Concert Band Festival in Boise, Idaho, in late spring. In October, he served as adjudicator for the Mt. Timpanogos Band Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, featuring 33 bands from throughout the western United States. In November, he served as one of eight judges from seven states (California, Nevada, Louisiana, Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Washington) chosen to adjudicate the 2006 State of Nevada Marching Band Championships, held at the University of Nevada in Reno.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) participated in a panel on "Louisiana in Traditional American History: A Teaching American History Grant" at the Louisiana Council for Social Studies conference in Lafayette on Nov. 3 along with Project Director Ann Trappey of the Tangipahoa Parish School District and Dr. William Miller. Dr. Robison twice reprised his Fanfare lecture, "It's Alive! The History of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to Boris Karloff to Mel Brooks and Beyond" on Tuesday, Nov. 7, for the Hammond Kiwanis Club and for the Christwood Arts and Lectures Series in Covington. He presented a lecture on "Pageants, Plagues, and Politics: The Legacy of the 14th Century" as part of a teachers' workshop on "The Life and Times of Geoffrey Chaucer" held at the Lafayette Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 11, and sponsored by the Acadiana Medieval Faire.
     Dr. Dennis Merino (Mathematics) received the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines for his paper "Decompositions Involving Quaternion Matrices and Complex-Partitioned Matrices," co-authored by Dr. Jimmy V. Viloria.
     The Department of Mathematics hosted the first biannual meeting of AGILE, "Algebraic Geometry in Louisiana East," a meeting for researchers specializing in algebraic geometry and related areas, such as commutative algebra, on Oct. 7. There were 15 attendees from Tulane University, Louisiana State University, Southern, and even University of Arizona, as well as Southeastern. The speakers were Professor J.W. Hoffman, LSU, "Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity for multigraded algebras"; Professor A. Vitter, Tulane, "Questions about vector bundles on grassmannians and on hypersurfaces"; and Dr. Zach Teitler, (Mathematics), "Introduction to multiplier ideals". Dr. Teitler was one of the meeting organizers and the attendees are grateful to the Department of Mathematics for financial and logistical support.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) published two articles in the November issue of the Journal of Chemical Physics. They were "Fully retarded van der Waals interaction between dielectric nanoclusters," and "Molecular dynamics simulation of nanodroplet spreading enhanced by linear surfactants."
     Dr. Danilo Levi (Sociology and Criminal Justice) participated in a panel discussion of "Study Abroad in a Time of Crisis" during the annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association in Lafayette. Dr. Levi discussed the implications of international education in the crises emerging as a consequence of burgeoning globalization.
     Birgitta Ramsey (English) presented a paper on Nov. 3 at the Louisiana Association for College Composition (LACC) in Baton Rouge. The paper is entitled "Teacher Expectations and Student Resistance."
     Dr. Richard Louth (English) co-presented a paper entitled "Katrina: A Project for Collecting and Publishing Student Writing about the Hurricane" with Robert Calmes (ULL) at the Louisiana College Composition Conference at LSU on Nov. 3.
     A paper co-authored by Dr. Eddie Davis, Mr. James DeFranceschi, and Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) will be published in the 2006 edition of the Journal of Learning in Higher Education. The paper is titled "Determinants Influencing Small Group Performance Effectiveness on a Management Accounting Simulation Project."
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