| Scenes from Homecoming 2006
April Field, a senior general business major from Amite, and Christopher
Boles of Slidell, a senior biology/pre-chiropractic major, were crowned
queen and king of Southeastern Louisiana University's 2006 Homecoming
festivities. Fields is the daughter of Ricky and Alison Field. She
is sweetheart of Phi Mu fraternity. She served as president of Phi
Mu in 2005 and is the in-coming president of the Panhellenic Council.
Boles, the son of Kenneth and Kimberly Boles, is a biology/pre-chiropractic
major. He is beau of Impact: Campus Outreach, which he serves as president,
and Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Southeastern announces Homecoming contest
Southeastern has announced the winners of its Homecoming 2006
contests, held to boost spirit and participation during Homecoming
Week, Oct. 23-28.
Faculty, staff, students, downtown businesses
and area school children all participated in a variety of contests
challenging them to use their creative skills in decorating doors,
designing miniature floats on shoe boxes or concocting a tasty tailgating
Members of the Southeastern community
also put their brain power to work in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming
Here are the Homecoming contest results:
"Honor Guard" won the Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming
Quiz Bowl championship, which matches up winners of the student
and faculty divisions.From left, are Phi Kappa Phi President
Donnie Booth; team members Stephanie Hight, Angela Kamerer-White
(captain), and Zealon Solomon; PKP Secretary Joan Faust; alternate
Chris Schneider; Honors Club President Bridget Hester, and
Quiz Bowl emcee Joe Burns.
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies' faculty
team, "Mens sana in corpore sano," won the faculty
division, but took second place in the tournament to the student
"Honor Guard." Team members Eddie Hebert, Bovorn
Sirikul, Charlotte Humphries and Cary Berthelot, and Phi Kappa
Phi President Donnie Booth.
Kappa Phi Homecoming Quiz Bowl
Overall winner -- Southeastern
Honors Club's "Honor Guard" (Angela Kamerer-White of Baton
Rouge; Stephanie Hight of Hammond, and Zealon Solomon of Oakdale).
Faculty division -- Department
of Kinesiology and Health Studies' "Mens sana in corpore sano"
(Charlotte Humphries, Cary Berthelot, Eddie Hebert and Bovorn Sirikul),
first place; Communication Department's "Word Warriors"
(Claire Procopio, Carol Madere, Glen Galbraith and Jeff Giardina),
Student division -- "And
Now for Something a Little Different" (Walter McCall of Luling,
Jon Fandal of Pearl River, Erich Kraus of Covington, and Matthew
Arbo of Mandeville), second place.
Taste of Hollywood" tailgating recipe contest
Chefs Kevin Nicholas of Aramark, Phil
O'Donnell of "O'Donnell's Restaurant, and Chris Nicosia of
Cocoa Bean judged the contest.
"Sweets" Division --
Auxiliary Services, "Roomie Walks the Red Velvet,"
first place; Veda Abene (Continuing Education), "Lion Tarts,"
"Not So Sweets" Division
-- Kay Maurin (Disability Services) and Dawn Dottolo-Starkey
(Campus Activities Board), "James Bond Meatballs," first
place; Housing Office, "Saturday Night Lights Dip," second
Student Division -- Circle
K, first place; Campus Activities Board, second place; ACSMM, third
place; Gamma Beta Phi, fourth place.
decorating -- Division of General Studies, first place; Continuing
Education, second place; Student Publications, third place.
Displays -- Campus Activities
Board, first place; Theta Phi Alpha, second place; Alpha Omicron
Pi/Kappa Alpha, third place
Board Painting -- Phi Mu/Delta
Tau Delta, first place; Alpha Omicron Pi/Kappa Alpha, second place;
Circle K, third place.
Float Decorating Contest
10-13 year old division --
Marvalyn Vernon, Southeastern Lab School, first place; Nathaniel
Majesty, Martha Vinyard Elementary, second place; Jeremiah McAllister,
Martha Vinyard Elementary, third place.
8-9 year old division -- Brandon
Stephany, D.C. Reeves Elementary, first place; Molly Carcia, D.C.
Reeves Elementary, second place; Alaya Payne, Hammond Westside Upper
Elementary, third place.
6-7 year old division -- Brent
Deli, Midway Elementary, first place; Oshawnta Dantzler, Hammond
Eastside Elementary, second place; Shara Delyea, Loranger Elementary,
Decorating Contest -- PJ's Coffe, first place; Gagliano Group,
second place; David Danel, third place.
Southeastern Channel nominated for seven Emmy
The Southeastern Channel has been nominated for seven regional
Emmy Awards for original productions.
"The Florida Parish Chronicles,"
an award-winning series about the history of the Florida Parishes,
received an Emmy nomination while four program promotional spots were
nominated for Emmys. Southeastern Channel staff members Josh Kapusinski
and Steve Kleyle were nominated for their editing work.
The nominations were made by the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from all television stations
and production companies in the Suncoast Region, which includes Louisiana,
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. The winners
will be announced Dec. 2 in Miami.
The Southeastern Channel had more Emmy
nominations than any other television channel in the state, which
included LPB and three commercial stations, said General Manager Rick
Settoon. The Southeastern Channel was the only university channel
nominated throughout the entire Suncoast Region.
"The nominations represent a significant
accomplishment for the university and characterize the outstanding
quality we set out to achieve when we started the Southeastern Channel
several years ago," said President Randy Moffett. "Our intent
has always been to provide the best possible programming for the citizens
of our area."
"To have the production quality
of our channel so highly-esteemed in only its fourth year of existence
is nothing short of phenomenal," said Settoon. "An Emmy
means the best-of-the-best in television, and to receive this many
nominations is a tribute to our staff's talent, creativity, work ethic
and absolute commitment to excellence."
"Storms: Louisiana and Nature's
Wrath," a recent episode of the "Florida Parish Chronicles"
co-produced by Settoon and Kapusinski, was nominated in the "Writing"
category. The program was written by Samuel C. Hyde, Jr., Ford Chair
for Regional Studies and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana
In addition, the "Storms"
episode was nominated for a program promotional spot while the "Florida
Parish Chronicles" series promotional spot, which features cutting-edge
animation and digital effects, was also nominated.
Both promotional spots were created
and edited by Kapusinski, who was also nominated for promos for Southeastern
telecourses and "Lion Tracks," a Southeastern sports coaches'
Kapusinski was nominated for "Editing-Short
Form" for a composite of promos and station ID's while Kleyle
was nominated in the same category for his editing work on "Where
You Want to Be," the university's image spot featuring blue screen
Last year, The Southeastern Channel
won its first regional Emmy for its student program "For the
Love of the Game," a documentary short about former Southeastern
baseball coach and major leaguer John Stephenson. The Emmy was the
first won by a university television station in Louisiana history.
The Southeastern Channel, which has
won over 40 national and international awards in the last three years,
can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany
and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. It
can also be viewed online at www.selu.edu/tv.
Program to prepare Louisiana colleges, university
for major crises
A program designed to help prepare personnel at colleges and universities
and their communities for major crises will be offered by Louisiana
Campus Compact on Wednesday, Nov. 8.
The project, called "Ready Campus,"
will be held at the Holiday Inn Select in Baton Rouge at no charge
to Louisiana colleges and universities. Also invited to participate
are representatives of local agencies of the American Red Cross, emergency
management agencies, and first-responders such as police and fire
"This program attempts to strengthen
the relationship between a college or university and its surrounding
community by mutually preparing for a natural or human-caused disaster,"
said Stewart Stuart, interim director of Louisiana Campus Compact,
currently headquartered on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University.
"Ready Campus works to develop systems where colleges can share
their physical and human resources with communities in need. It also
develops specific community outreach programs that can be built into
existing academic courses using a service learning model."
Louisiana Campus Compact is a statewide
membership organization of 31 college and university chief executives
who promote the education and commitment of Louisiana faculty, staff,
and students to be civically engaged citizens.
Ready Campus was developed at College
Misericordia in Dallas, Pa., which served as a resource and refuge
to its neighbors during the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood. Pilot tested
in Pennsylvania in 2004-2005, the project is being funded by a $500,000
grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security via the Pennsylvania
Emergency Management Agency.
The program is designed to show campus
officials how they can help their communities in a crisis by making
available their facilities and telecommunications capabilities; by
encouraging faculty, staff, students and alumni to volunteer with
the American Red Cross and other agencies; and by creating courses
that give students experience in helping others during a crisis.
Ready Campus is endorsed by Louisiana
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who said, "Through the leadership
of Louisiana Campus Compact, our state's colleges and universities
will become important partners with local communities as we continue
to strengthen our emergency preparedness and response. This innovative
program ensures that institutions of higher learning across Louisiana
will have a direct impact on the people and communities they serve
while making a considerable contribution as we build a safer, stronger
and smarter Louisiana."
For more information on Ready Campus,
go to www.readycampus.org
or contact Louisiana Campus Compact at 985-549-2596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
award-winning Auxiliary Services DVD Experience Southeastern was directed
and edited by Steve Kleyle, left, and produced and written by Robin
Auxiliary Services' DVD wins national 'Innovative Achievement'
"Experience Southeastern," a DVD promoting services offered
by Southeastern's Department of Auxiliary Services, has received the
2006 "Innovative Achievement Award" from the National Association
of College Auxiliary Services.
Steven Leon, director of Auxiliary Services,
accepted the award at the NACAS national convention in San Diego,
Calif., Oct. 13-18. The DVD was produced by Auxiliary Services in
cooperation with Southeastern's Office of Public Information.
The Innovative Achievement Award recognizes
"imaginative and unique quality of product, service or program;
enhancement of customer service; the generation of additional revenue
or reduction of costs; adaptability for other institutions, and overall
which is used in the university's student recruitment campaigns, was
produced by Auxiliary Services Marketing Coordinator Robin Parker,
and directed and edited by Southeastern videographer Steve Kleyle.
Parker and Public Information Office Assistant Director Christina
Chapple wrote the DVD script. Public Information Graphic Designer
Terry Bahm designed the label and cover, as well as a companion booklet.
Using three student "tour guides,"
the DVD focused on the services offered through Auxiliary Services,
including campus housing, food service, bookstore and textbook rental
service. The tour guides were Jonathan Magee and Krystal Boothe, now
Southeastern alumni, and current graduate student Natalie Crump.
Parker said the DVD will be featured
as the cover story in an upcoming edition of College Services,
NACAS's national journal.
Parker said "Experience Southeastern,"
which is shown and distributed at orientation and recruiting events
throughout the year, has proven to be a successful promotional tool.
"Our surveys show that it has helped
raise awareness of Auxiliary Services products and services,"
she said. "It has been positively received by both parents and
students. It is not only informational and useful, but the convenient
DVD format allows them to view it at their leisure."
Connie Davis, associate director of
Auxiliary Services, said one of the strengths of the "Experience
Southeastern" for the NACAS award judges was its adaptability
for other institutions. "Because we produced it on-campus, it
was very affordable and that makes it an attractive project for other
universities to model on," she said.
previously received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education
(CASE) Silver Award of Excellence in the category of audiovisual communications-multimedia
Museum, Southeastern sign partnership agreement
Hammond City Council member Kathy Montecino, who is spearheading the
city's efforts to develop the Louisiana Children's Discovery Museum,
and President Randy Moffett prepare to sign an affiliation agreement
outlining the partnership to develop and operate the proposed museum
in Hammond. Observing are Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster and Tammy Bourg,
dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences who also
serves on the board of directors for the new entity. Under the agreement,
Southeastern will provide assistance in planning exhibits, marketing
and promotion, financial planning and market analysis, opportunities
for student internships and service learning, and the development
of grant funding. For more information on the museum, contact Montecino
receives 'State Star' award
William Joubert, director of the Southeast Louisiana Business Center,
was recognized with a "State Star" award by the National
Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Joubert received the award - presented
to top business consultants across the nation - at the organization's
recent annual conference in Houston. He was recognized for his innovations
in business plan development, intensive consultation approach, and
efforts following Hurricane Katrina to assist area businesses in their
"We're honored that the work of
Bill Joubert and our business center has gotten the national attention
that it has earned," said John Crain, Southeastern provost and
vice president for academic affairs. "The efforts of the entire
staff at the center have been intensive, especially in the post-Katrina
environment, and we believe their work has helped spur the recovery
and growing economic development of this entire region."
Joubert, who has been doing business
consultation for more than 15 years, also serves as director of the
Southeastern's Small Business Development Center. The entities share
a mission of facilitating economic growth in the region.
"I'm proud to be selected a 'State
Star,'" Joubert said. "Working with business owners in the
region and helping to advance the economic development of this area
have been a challenging and exciting opportunity."
The State Star award cited Joubert's
three-step business plan model that guides a client through the process
of developing a plan, including a financial section that illustrates
cash-flow to bankers and potential investors.
The award recognized Joubert's leadership
in helping to establish the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, a
one-stop-shop located near the university's campus that includes several
business assistance organizations under one roof as well as space
for an incubator to encourage start-up of small businesses. The center,
considered a model of university-private-public cooperation for economic
development, is being adapted in other locales.
The efforts of the business center staff
following Hurricane Katrina received special recognition by the association.
Immediately following the hurricane, Joubert's team set up computers
loaded with popular business software and wireless Internet access
in Hammond and at a similar site in St. Tammany Parish to help area
businesses that needed access to computers and communications equipment.
To assist area businesses, the staff
mastered the Small Business Administration disaster loan program,
then conducted numerous seminars throughout the north shore and Florida
Parishes. More than 1,000 businesses were assisted with SBA disaster
loan applications, and the seminar and loan packaging model were adopted
by SBDCs throughout the state.
Fall Carnival at Student Union tomorrow
The Multicultural/International Student Affairs Office, Project
P.U.L.L., the Black Student Union, and the Campus Activity Board will
host a fall carnival, Oct. 31, 5-9 p.m., in the Student Union Mall.
The arrival of Halloween brings fun parties, trick-or-treaters, and
lots of delicious candies, costumes, and decorations.
The carnival is a magical block-party
style celebration that is free to the public, and will provide a safe,
family-oriented environment for children up to age 12.
Kids can enjoy trick or treat candy,
and participate in games such as bowling, musical chairs, piñata,
painting stations, ring toss, and bobbing for apples, an old Halloween
sport where people duck inside the tub to catch the apple as it floats
away from them.
Parking is available at Sims Memorial
Library near the Student Union mall.
For additional information, contact
the Multicultural/International Student Affairs office, 985-549-3850.
CMS hosts open house Nov. 2 at Livingston
The Community Music School will host an open house at the Livingston
Literacy and Technology Center on Nov. 2 to showcase the musical
resources CMS offers to area residents.
Scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the new
center, located on Hwy. 190 in Walker, the open house will feature
a recital by CMS ensembles and star students, refreshments, tours
of the center's CMS facilities, and the opportunity for residents
to register for spring 2007 music lessons.
CMS Director Kenneth Boulton said
there will be a special 20 percent registration discount for families
attending the open house.
The Community Music School offers
private instruction on all instruments and voice to students of
all ages and levels of experience. Tuition includes group theory
classes, ensemble opportunities, masterclass coaching sessions with
Southeastern music professors, and a variety of performance programs.
CMS lessons are taught by Southeastern
music faculty and students at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building
and the university's St. Tammany Center near Mandeville. When Southeastern
partnered with the Livingston Parish School Board on the new Livingston
Literacy and Technology Center, facilities for CMS were incorporated
into the center's design.
"Beginning in February, CMS will
offer music lessons at the Livingston Center in our top four instrumental
areas - strings, voice, piano and guitar," Boulton said. "Lessons
in other instruments will be offered as requested."
"I have been most impressed with
the enthusiastic support offered by the entire Livingston Parish
school district and in particular by Joan Gunter, Southeastern's
director at the Livingston Center," Boulton said. "I look
forward to a splendid collaboration with them and am delighted to
extend Southeastern's musical resources to such a sizeable and deserving
segment of our southeast Louisiana community."
At Thursday's open house, Boulton
said area residents will be treated to a preview of the quality
of instruction offered through CMS.
"Two of our top student ensembles
- the Select Women's Choir directed by Amy Prats and the CMS Spring
Ensemble directed by Jivka Jeleva - will perform along with a dozen
of our best students," Boulton said.
He said the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble,
which includes three CMS instructors, will also perform. Members
are CMS instructors Matthew Aguilar, Matthew Spears and David Bryan
and Gabe Alack.
For additional information about the
Community Music School, including tuition and other fees, visit
www.selu.edu/cms. Information is also available through Gunter at
the Livingston Center, 225-665-3303, email@example.com, or the
CMS office, 985-549-5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
show to showcase student designs
Fashion merchandising students will host their annual style show,
Nov. 2, 7 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom.
With the theme "From the Movies
to the Runway," 18 student-models will strut down the runway
showing off 24 costume designs based on Hollywood favorites such as
Disney's "Princess," the James Bond 007 movies, and Audrey
Hepburn's "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Student couples will
also portray famous movie duos such as Jane and Tarzan, and Peter
Pan and Tinker Bell.
The costumes are being designed by students
enrolled in the fashion promotion course taught each fall in the Department
of Counseling and Human Development's family and consumer science
program. Class members include fashion merchandising, general studies,
and management majors.
"While the primary student designer
is Hannah Gates, other students will be contributing to the show through
fashion illustrations, accessory creation, and original jewelry design,"
said Jackie Didier, instructor in family and consumer science.
"I became interested in costume
design when I was in my seventh grade English class and had to write
a paper on fashion shows," said Gates, a sophomore fashion merchandising
student from Chalmette. Gates, who has been sewing since age 10, plans
to move to California after graduation to continue her studies in
Didier said the student-produced shows
have taken different forms over the years. "Last fall, because
of Hurricane Katrina," she said, "the students developed
a series of fashion trend workshops in lieu of a fashion show due
to personal and community limitations."
In past years, students have showcased
apparel from area merchants and businesses and staged the show during
Homecoming week. "Hammond area merchants have graciously provided
support this semester via monetary and door prize contributions,"
"We are working on a nine-week
planning calendar," said Didier. "The show is managed by
a fashion director and work is executed by six committees -- merchandise,
model, publicity, commentary, stage, and budget." Each student
in the class serves on at least one committee.
Gates is coordinator of the merchandise
committee while Kasey King is the producer. The responsibility is
keeping the junior merchandising major from Prairieville quite busy.
Producing the show requires her to meet weekly with each committee
chair, overseeing the master calendar, and troubleshooting on a daily
"I'm excited to be a part of Hannah's
design début," said King.
"This type of experience is not
one that can be accomplished through a traditional lecture/textbook
plan," said Didier. "I strongly feel that any student interested
in pursuing a career in the fashion arena needs to have the benefit
of actually planning and producing a fashion show."
For more information regarding the student
style show, contact Didier at 985-549-5692.
This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Oct. 31 -- Come be tricked or treated at the Center for Faculty
Excellence's Halloween Open House. Come by, enjoy refreshments, and
see what the center can offer you in the way of equipment and assistance.
Drop in any time between 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m.,
Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion -- All faculty, staff,
and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend, drinks and
cookies will be provided.
Calendar: Portfolio Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 7 -- Are you a candidate
for Three-Year Review or tenure/promotion? Are you new to the process
and would like information? Visit the Professional Portfolio Fair
sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Faculty Excellence
Committee between 1-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103. There will be
sample portfolios on display and experienced faculty will be available
to answer your questions. You'll also be able to pick up some tips
on how to present your best works.
Coping techniques for holiday stress
The University Counseling Center and the Training Section of
the Human Resources Office are jointly sponsoring a program on coping
with the normal stresses of the holiday season. Two sessions of
this workshop will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 9. The first session
will run from 9:30-11 a.m. and an afternoon session will be offered
from 1-2:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held in the University Center,
Dr. Barbara Hebert, from the Counseling
Center, and Jan Ortego, M.Ed., from the Human Resources Office,
will present an upbeat program designed to offer techniques to minimize
holiday stress. There will also be practical tips for enjoying the
holidays economically. Pre-registration for this program is encouraged
by phoning extension 5435 in the Human Resources Office or by emailing
Southern Poverty Law Center co-founder to
lecture Nov. 8
Litigation lawyer Morris Dees, cofounder of the Southern Poverty
Law Center, will lecture at Southeastern for the Department of Sociology
and Criminal Justice's Social Justice Lecture Series, Nov. 8 at
6:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The event, which is free and open
to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal
Justice Social Justice Lecture Series, Student Government Association,
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Lyceum
Arts and Lectures Committee. A reception will follow the lecture.
The son of an Alabama farmer, Dees
witnessed firsthand the painful consequences of prejudice and racial
injustice. He sympathized with the civil rights movement but did
not become actively involved until he had a night of soul searching
at a snowed-in Cincinnati airport which inspired him to leave his
safe business environment and undertake a new mission.
He and his law partner Joseph Levin
Jr. started a non-profit organization dedicated to seeking justice
and equal opportunities for minorities and the poor. In 1971, the
two lawyers and civil rights activist Julian Bond founded the Southern
Poverty Law Center located in Montgomery, Ala. Today, the center
is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, legal
victories against white supremacists, and its tracking of hate groups.
For more information regarding the
lecture series, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal
Justice at 985-549-2110.
This week in athletics
The women's soccer team will compete in the Southland Conference
Tournament in San Marcos, Texas, during this week in Southeastern
The Lady Lions (11-3-4, 5-0-3 SLC)
wrapped up the Southland Conference regular season championship
with a 1-0 win over Sam Houston State on Sunday. The top-seeded
Lady Lions will receive a bye into Friday's semifinal round with
match time and opponent to be determined. A win on Friday would
put the Lady Lions in the championship match on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The winner of the Southland Conference Tournament receives an automatic
bid into the NCAA Championships.
The Southeastern football team (2-7,
1-3 SLC) will hit the road for the final time this season this week.
On Saturday, the Lions will face McNeese State at 7 p.m. in Lake
Charles. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on
KAJUN 107.1 FM and on the internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Southeastern volleyball team (4-23,
0-12 SLC) will close out its 2006 home slate this week. On Friday,
Southeastern will host Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m.Central Arkansas
comes to town on Saturday at 4 p.m. Saturday will be Senior Day
in the University Center, as Lady Lion senior Erin Miles will be
honored in a pre-match ceremony.
The Southeastern men's tennis team
will close out its fall schedule this week. The defending SLC regular
season champions will compete in the ULL Invitational, which runs
Friday through Sunday in Lafayette.
Women's Soccer, at SLC Tournament
(Semifinals), San Marcos, Texas, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State,
University Center, 6:30 p.m.
Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational,
Lafayette, All Day
Football, at McNeese State, Lake
Charles, 7 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas (Senior
Day), University Center, 4 p.m.
Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational,
Lafayette, All Day
Women's Soccer, at SLC Tournament
(Finals), San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m.
Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational,
Lafayette, All Day
Honors Program to present 'Sophomore Honors
Twenty-seven students who have met the strenuous requirements
for the Sophomore Honors Distinction Award will receive certificates
on Nov. 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Teacher Education Center, Room 1022.
Awards will also be presented for service and teaching excellence.
Students receiving honors certificates
are Brittany Alford, Maurepas; Mamie Coleman, Memphis, Tenn.; Jessica
Cressionnie, Hammond; Katie Damratoski, Baton Rouge; Adrian Davis,
Denham Springs; Oliver Echeverry, Honduras; Michelle Gill, Hammond;
Sara Harris, Clyde, N.C; Christine Harris, Orange, Texas; Karyn
Huggett, Hammond; Ashley Ingolia, Ponchatoula; Andrew Kinchen, Hammond;
Sarabeth Koepp, Covington; Stephanie Kocher, Baton Rouge; Alyson
Lacoste, Mandeville; Catherine Lawrence, Baton Rouge; Kimberly Montgomery,
Tickfaw; Jena Ocker, Houma; Chase Pierson, Ponchatoula; Kerrie Rhody,
Ponchatoula; Michele Sharp, Covington; Emily Stokes, Covington;
Rachel Vaccaro, Independence; Joseph Vandigo, Hammond; Vanessa Verberne,
Loranger; Brittany Ward, Slidell, and Tiffany Whitehead, Greenwell
Honors senior thesis presentations
Honors Program students Vanessa Verberne and Monideepa Talukdar
will present their senior thesis presentations Nov. 14, beginning
at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library. All students,
faculty and other members of the campus community are invited to
Verberne, a psychology major, under
the guidance of Dr. Al Burstein, will present her thesis, "Two
Personality Measures in Violent and Non-Violent Female Offenders,
An Exploratory Rorschack and Tellegen Study." Political Science
major Talukdar, under the guidance of Dr. Peter Petrakis, will present
her thesis "Citizens without Borders? Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship
Norms in the Age of Globilizaiton."
For their senior thesis, honors students
plan a personal research project to carry out with the guidance
of a professor in his or her major during the semester before the
presentation. After the project has been completed, the student
presents a summary. Many of the students who have done a senior
thesis since 1993 have cited its value as excellent preparation
for graduate school, medical school, and law school, as well as
for direct entry into their professions.
Lindsey Stewart, a junior mathematics major, and Robbie Beyls,
a senior mathematics major, gave student presentations at the Louisiana/Mississippi
Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Award.
She received the third place award for her talk.
Four undergraduate students who work
for Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) presented their
research at the 62nd Southwest Regional Meeting of the American
Chemistry Society in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 20. The students and
topics are Derek Linder, "Nucleophilic substitution
of N-methoxyimidoyl fluorides by enolate type ions and the imine-enamine
equilibrium of the products"; Tiffany Thomas, "Synthesis
of Asymmetric Hydroxamates"; Caroline Poche, "Palladium-catalyzed
coupling reactions involving N-alkoxyimidoyl halides and boronic
acids'; and Richard Rucker, "Synthesis of O-Alkylarylhydroximoyl
Dr. Randall Wills (Mathematics) won the Mathematical Association
of America Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching
of Mathematics for the Louisiana/Mississippi Section of the MAA
at their spring 2006 meeting. Dr. Wills will be the section's nominee
for the Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College
or University Teaching of Mathematics in 2007. Up to three winners
at the section level are chosen for this prestigious national award.
Dr. Mike Jones (Marketing)
has been elected 2007 president of the Baton Rouge Transportation
and Traffic Club, an affiliate of the national organization Traffic
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing
Project (SLWP) presented a "Showcase of Best Practices in Teaching
Writing" for area teachers at the Kiva on Oct. 21. Southeastern
faculty who are also SLWP Teacher Consultants presented the following
workshops: David Faul (Math), "Microthemes-A Strategy
for Writing across the Curriculum"; Dr. George Dorrill (English),
"Writing Profiles on People: From the Interview to the Essay";
Dr. Christine Mitchell (English), "Technology and Writing."
Also, Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Ruth Caillouet, Dr. Richard Louth,
and Sarah Ross (English) conducted a panel presentation entitled
"College Writing Expectations." Dr. Louth, director of
SLWP, also conducted a writing workshop entitled "Using Writing
to Think about Burning Issues."
Edward Hebert and Ralph
Wood (Kinesiology and Health Studies) co-authored a research
presentation given at the annual meeting of the American School
Health Association in St. Louis, Mo., entitled "How body weight
influences middle school students' perceptions of and performance
on three aerobic fitness assessments."
Anthony Ranatza (Admissions)
recently presented at the Louisiana Association of Collegiate Registrars
and Admission Officers (LACRAO) Conference. The presentation was
called "Transfer Students: Trends and Transitions."
Faculty presenting talks at the Louisiana/Mississippi
Section Meeting of the MAA were Dr. David Gurney (Mathematics),
"Intersecting circles"; Dr. Dennis Merino (Mathematics),
"Factoring the matrix group SO_0(2,1)"; and Dr. Zach
Teitler (Mathematics), "How many points does it take to
determine a curve?"
Alison Pelegrin (English) won
first place in the Akron Poetry prize for her latest poetry collection
Big Muddy River of Stars. Her book was selected from over
500 entrants by poet and judge B. H. Fairchild. She will receive
a $1,000 prize, and her book will be published in the fall 2007
by the University of Akron Press. Additionally, Pelegrin has learned
that two of the poems from this collection have been selected for
publication in a special issue of The Southern Review devoted
to writing in the south.
C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts,
Cultural Resource Management, Maritime Museum), serving on the national
budget committee of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, joined other
committee members for the fall board of directors meeting in Orlando,
Fla., on Oct. 19. Additionally, Blackwood, the university's coordinator
of initiatives at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum,
assisted with planning and managing the annual Madisonville Wooden
Boat Festival, Oct. 21-22.
Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology
and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled "Applied Sociology
at Work: Connecting Classroom Teaching with Field Research"
at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association
held in Lafayette, Oct.25-28.
Dr. Irene Nero (Visual Arts)
presented a paper at the October SECAC conference in Nashville,
Tenn., entitled "Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Architecture:
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain."
Dr. Bobbye Davis (General Business)
and co-presenter Dr. Clarice Brantley, Pensacola, Fla,, presented
a paper titled "Music: The Universal Communicator" at
the Association for Business Communication Conference in San Antonio,
Texas, on Oct. 27. The paper is forthcoming in the online proceedings
of the Association.