ByLion -- November 20

Celebration of the Lights
Ceramics sales Nov. 28-29
Win 'green and gold' afghan
Miss Southeastern '07 meeting
AIDS Awareness Week
Gifts for Santa Bear
Amite Arts Council program
This week in athletics
Student achievements
Jones heads Baton Rouge club
German publishes chapbook
Professional activities

Jackie Thomas and Blair Abene light holiday treeFestive lights illuminate holiday season
Southeastern shined a light on the holiday season last week at the annual Celebration of the Lights. At the holiday tree in the Performance Circle, Miss Southeastern Blair Abene flipped a switch to illuminate lights in Friendship Circle. The event was marked by caroling by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia members (below right) and followed with "Reindeer Games" (below left) for students in the Student Union Park.
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Reindeer games Phi Mu Alpha Symphonia

Sara CochranCeramics Club sponsors holiday sale
Just in time for the gift giving season, the Ceramics Club will hold its annual holiday sale on Nov. 28 and 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the War Memorial Student Union mall. The club will offer a variety of ceramics, from thrown pottery to unique hand-built sculpture to dishware and planters, said Ceramics Club vice president Sara Cochran (shown at the potters wheel during Southeastern Homecoming activities). New stock will be placed on display throughout the sale. The sale is a fundraiser for the Ceramics Club, which was organized last year to help Southeastern students sell and promote their work. For additional information, contact the Department of Visual Arts, 985-549-2193.
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Southeastern Sociological Association holds raffle
The Southeastern Sociological Association is raffling a green and gold afghan, created by Norma St. Romain, administrative assistant in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, with proceeds going toward the educational needs of the Garifuna people of Honduras.
     Tickets are $2 each or six for $10 and will be available through Nov. 27. Second prize is a stuffed "Leo."
     Tickets are available in the SCJ office, Fayard Hall, room 336, 2110, You may also contact Shannon Rushing at She will be happy to bring tickets to you.
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'Interest meeting' scheduled Nov. 30 for 2007 Miss Southeastern pageant
Students interested in competing in the 2007 Miss Southeastern Pageant are invited to attend an informational meeting on Nov. 30.
     The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, said Jason Leader, coordinator of the Campus Activities Board, the pageant's sponsor. Potential contestants will have the opportunity to ask questions related to the pageant's format and requirements.
     The 2007 Miss Southeastern pageant will take place Feb. 7 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Contestants must be full-time Southeastern students with a minimum 2.4 cumulative grade point average, Leader said. Contestants compete in five competition phases, including individual interview, swimsuit, evening gown, talent and on-stage question.
     "In addition to the prestigious title of Miss Southeastern, other benefits include tuition for the three semesters of their service and the chance to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana at the pageant held in Monroe each June," Leader said. "Runners-up to Miss Southeastern receive one semester of tuition.
     "Miss Southeastern has been a university tradition since 1949," Leader said. "In 1962, CAB became its sponsor and the Miss Southeastern Pageant became a Miss America preliminary."
     The current title holder, Blair Abene of Hammond, was first-runner up in the 2006 Miss Louisiana pageant.
     For additional information about the interest meeting or pageant, contact Campus Activities Board at 985-549-3805 or
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NSCS chapter hosts AIDS Awareness Week, Nov. 27-30
Southeastern's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) along with the University Health Center will host AIDS Awareness Week, Nov. 27-30.
     The aim of the week is to raise consciousness about HIV/AIDS issues including the need for support and understanding of people living with HIV/AIDS, and the need for the development of education and prevention initiatives, said Craig Thomas, president, National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
     "Louisiana has one of the highest rates of STD and AIDS infections in the country," said Thomas. "From this week of events we hope to make more college students aware of the serious impact that AIDS is having on our society and promote/encourage more responsible sexual behavior," he said.
     On Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theater, A.J. Johnson, CEO and founder of Baton Rouge AIDS Society, will speak on "Preventing the Spread and Finding out Who it Affects; AIDS, What More Can I Do?" "He will address the seriousness of the epidemic in our society and how quickly it is spreading in the region," said Thomas.
     Each day during AIDS Awareness Week, NSCS members will wear their organizational and event t-shirts, post display signs, pin red ribbons on students and tie red ribbons around campus trees. Participants are asked to show support by wearing red ribbons throughout the week.
     The NSCS, an honors organization that recognizes outstanding academic achievement, has been on Southeastern's campus for two years. The membership presently stands at 449, making it the largest student organization at Southeastern. Membership to NSCS is based on invitation, exclusively to college freshman and sophomores in the top 20 percentile and attaining a minimum 3.4 GPA. Nationally, the NSCS has over 218 chapters and over half million lifetime members.
     For more information regarding World Aids Week activities, please contact Thomas at 985-320-0917.
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Santa Bear collection continues
Many gifts for the annual Santa Bear toy collection were received at the Southeastern Celebration of the Lights last week, but the drive continues for those that are interested in bringing in a gift for an underprivileged child.
     Gifts for children from birth to 12 years of age are still being accepted in the Office of Leadership Development and Student Activities, Student Union Room 110. Leadership Development/Student Activities, Campus Activities Board,
     Gamma Beta Phi and Recreational Sports and Wellness continue to collect toys to go to the parish drive.
     The deadline to be a part of the Southeastern drive is Friday, Dec. 1. Contact Jackie Dale Thomas at 549-2233 or, if you have any questions.
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Southeastern community invited to Amite Arts Council holiday program Dec. 1
The Amite Arts Council, a non-profit community arts organization that annually partners with Fanfare, invites members of the Southeastern community to its annual holiday concert, featuring the acclaimed Christmas Trio, on Dec. 1.
     The special concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Amite High Performing Arts Theatre, 403 South Laurel Street. Tickets, $5, are available at the door.
     The Christmas Trio consists of renowned New Orleans musicians Theresa Andersson, David Doucet and John Fohl. The trio was formed several years for a special performance at the St. Louis Cathedral during the French Quarter Christmas Festival. The project led to a CD entitled "Peace Stories," which features traditional, original and folk Christmas songs.
     Originally from a farming community in Sweden, Andersson is known for her both her wonderful voice and her Hendrix-like flare on her violin. "OffBeat magazine has named her "Best New Orleans Violinist" for the past decade, while "Gambit Weekly" honored her as "Best Female Performer" at the annual Big Easy Awards.
     Doucent is best known as the guitarist for the famous Cajun band BeauSoleil. With BeauSoleil he has toured the world and earned eight Grammy nominations. His vibrant voice explores the almost-forgotten realm of the Cajun balladeer.
     Fohl moved from Montana to New Orleans in 1996 and immediately began impressing audiences with his musical versatility. He is one of the busiest players in the New Orleans music scene. He tours with Dr. John and this year was the headliner at the Waiheke Island Jazz Festival in New Zealand.
     For more information about the concert, call 985-747-6600.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana University men's and women's basketball teams each return to the hardwood Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday to highlight the week in athletics.
     The Lady Lions (1-3), who dropped single-digit decisions at SEC members Mississippi State and Alabama last weekend, return to the University Center on Saturday hosting Stetson University in a 3 p.m. contest. The meeting with the Hatters, who will conclude their season-opening five-game road trip, will be the first meeting between the former rivals in the Trans America Athletic Conference since the 1996-97 season.
     On the men's side, after equaling its best four-game start in 40 years, Southeastern will put its unbeaten record on the line when it visits Sun Belt Conference member Troy in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Trojan Arena.
     The Lions opened their home schedule on Saturday with a 73-50 victory over NAIA William Carey University behind a career-high 26 points from Daryl Cohen. The win gave Southeastern its first 4-0 start since the 1966-67 season that began with an 89-88 win at LSU on Dec. 1, 1966.
     Both games can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     November 25
Women's Basketball vs. Stetson, 3 p.m. (University Center); KSLU-FM (90.9)
     Men's Basketball at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (Troy, Ala.); KSLU-FM (90.9)
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Student achievements
Melanie Breaux Norwood, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, presented a paper at the Mid-South Sociological Association Conference held on Oct. 25-28 in Lafayette. The paper was titled "Working to Their Own Detriment: The Underclass and the American Dream."
     David W. Shwalb (Psychology) and student Mindi D. Batsonhas co-authored a paper titled "Forgiveness and Religious Faith in Roman Catholic Married Couples," published in the journal, Pastoral Psychology. The research was conducted at the Holy Ghost (Hammond), Our Lady of Pompeii (Tickfaw), and St. Joseph (Ponchatoula) Churches. The article was based on an Honors in the Discipline undergraduate thesis project in the Psychology Department, sponsored by a McNair Research Scholars Program award to Ms. Batson.
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Michael JonesJones elected president of Baton Rouge Transportation Club
Michael Jones, associate professor of marketing, has been elected the 2007 president of the Transportation and Traffic Club of Baton Rouge.
     Jones is director of Southeastern's College of Business Supply Management Transportation Initiative, which was established in 2003 to introduce this subject matter to the curriculum in the College of Business. In its marketing curriculum, Southeastern offers a Concentration in Supply Management/Logistics, a three-course sequence. The initiative has an advisory board made up of 20 industry leaders from the Baton Rouge-New Orleans-North Shore area, which provides guidance to the program.
     Transportation and logistics represent a significant part of the Louisiana economy, Jones said, and the Baton Rouge-based organization draws its membership from throughout central and south Louisiana. Members include professionals from all modes of transportation, traffic managers for manufacturers, and representatives of industry support agencies such as logistics services providers.
     Founded in 1949, the Baton Rouge chapter has approximately 80 members and is affiliated with Transportation Clubs International, which has a mission of promoting professionalism and education in the logistics profession. Over the last several years, the club has provided $8,000 in scholarships for Southeastern students in the supply management/logistics concentration.
     Jones joined the Southeastern faculty in 2002, having served on the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi and Auburn University, Montgomery, where he directed Alabama Voice, a survey research center in the business school. A former president of the Auburn-Montgomery Faculty Senate, he also served as president of the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. He holds undergraduate and master's degrees from Louisiana State University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.
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Norman GermanGerman's stories published in chapbook
Two short stories by English professor Norman German have been collected in Controlled Burn, a chapbook published by Southern Hum Press.
     The book contains "Controlled Burn," previously published in Sports Fishing magazine, and "Dead Dog Lying," which has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review.
     One of the nation's top literary journals, the review called the story "irresistible - hilariously ironic, abounding with issues to engage the reader and force reflection, perfectly crafted, and defiantly tasteless."
     German recently read from his works at the 2006 Walker Percy Symposium in Covington, along with fellow authors in the Southeastern English Department Tim Gautreaux, Jack Bedell, Bev Marshall, and Alison Pelegrin.
      German, a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1988, is fiction editor of Southeastern's Louisiana Literature literary journal. A Lake Charles native, he has published fiction in venues such as Shenandoah, Salt Water Sportsman, and the LSU Press anthology Wide Awake in the Pelican State, which collected the works of "21 of the finest modern writers who claim Louisiana as home."
     Another story, "Suburban High Tide," has been included in Thunder Rain Publishing's anthology In The Eye. Profits from the publication will go to Habitat for Humanity to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
     German's historical novel No Other World was awarded first prize in the 1991 Deep South Writers Contest. At Southeastern, he was the recipient of the 1993 President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity.
     German received his bachelor's degree from McNeese State; master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin; and doctoral degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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Professional activities
Dr. Zach Teitler
(Mathematics) presented an invited talk titled "On the intersection of the curves through a set of points in P^2" at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on Oct. 27. The paper will appear in the Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra.
     Drs. Alan Cannon, Lucy Kabza, John Lewallen, and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) attended the Southern Regional Algebra Conference held at Auburn University Oct. 27-29. This annual research conference was hosted by Southeastern in 2004. It attracts algebraists from throughout the Southeast from Texas to Florida, specializing in the theory of groups, rings, and modules.
Charles Dranguet and Barbara Forrest     On Nov. 2, Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was the featured speaker in the "Alabama Lectures on Life's Evolution" public lecture series at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. Her lecture title was "The Wedge Strategy: The Political Relevance of Intelligent Design Creationism." Dr. Forrest also gave a public lecture on Nov. 15 at the Southeastern Alumni Center. The title of the talk was "Understanding the Intelligent Design Creationist Movement," sponsored by the Southeastern chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Dr. Forrest is author of the influential book "Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design." AAUP President Louise Bostic (Computer Science & Industrial Technology), and Al Dranguet (History and Political Science), shown at left with Dr. Forrest, organized the special lecture.
     A paper co-authored by Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) and Dr. Stitawa R. Kimuna of East Carolina University titled "Factors Associated with Wife Beating in Kenya" was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology held in Los Angeles, Nov. 1-4.
     On Oct. 14, Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) attended a meeting of the publications committee of the Midwest Sociological Society at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., to participate in the selection of a new editor for The Sociological Quarterly, a widely respected sociology journal for which the dues constitute a major portion of the budget for the Midwest Sociological Society. Dr. Riedel also attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Los Angeles, from Nov. 1-4, where he was invited to chair two panels, "Theoretical Advances in Routine Activity and Situational Theories" and "Measuring Crime Rates and Crime Rate Trends." He also presented a paper, "Routine Activities and Situational Resources: Toward a Theory of Civilian Justifiable Homicides." On Thursday of the same week, he participated in an editorial board meeting to select a new editor for the journal, Homicide Studies.
     An article of Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics), "Molecular dynamics simulation of nanodroplet spreading enhanced by linear surfactants," published in The Journal of Chemical Physics, has been selected for the Nov. 20 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology ( by the American Institute of Physics.
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