ByLion -- October 30


Scenes from Homecoming
Homecoming royalty
Homecoming contests
Channel nominated for Emmys
'Ready Campus' program Nov. 8
DVD wins national award

Children's Museum partnership
Joubert named 'State Star'
Fall Carnival tomorrow
CMS open house at Livingston
Style show spotlights designs
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Coping with holiday stress
Morris Dees lecture Nov. 8
This week in athletics
Honors Distinction Awards
Senior thesis presentations
Student achievements
Professional activities

Scenes from Homecoming 2006
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Gamma Beta Phi food drive
Carving Roomie out of wood
the finished masterpiece!
2005 Queen Laura Gueringer cuts the Gumbo Ya Ya cake
Almnus Maria Lopez with Carolyn and Roy Blackwood
Service Award winners Annabel Armstrong and Michelle Bates Aron Walker and fellow Homecoming royalty enjoy the parade Alumnus of the Year Fanancy Anzalone leads parade President Randy and Dr. Barbara Moffett toss treats at parade
Science and Tech faculty and alums "pig" out Dean Donnie Booth and her friend Roomie at reunion tailgate Former Students of the States sing the Alma Mater Lyndsey Cardinale sings during pre-game show

Homecoming 2006 royalty
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 winners
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 recipe.
     Members of the Southeastern community also put their brain power to work in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Quiz Bowl.
     Here are the Homecoming contest results:

Honor Guard Kinesiology and Health Studies

"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.

    Phi 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), second place.
     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.
     "A 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," second place.
      "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 place.
     Student Division -- Circle K, first place; Campus Activities Board, second place; ACSMM, third place; Gamma Beta Phi, fourth place.
     Campus decorating contests

General Studies -- Click for big picture Continuing Education -- Click for big pictureStudent Publications -- Click for big pictureDoor 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.
     Shoebox 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, third place.
     Downtown Decorating Contest -- PJ's Coffe, first place; Gagliano Group, second place; David Danel, third place.
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Southeastern Channel nominated for seven Emmy awards
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 Studies.
      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' show.
     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 compositing techniques.
     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

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 officials.
     "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 or contact Louisiana Campus Compact at 985-549-2596 or
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Steve Kleyle and Robin ParkerThe award-winning Auxiliary Services DVD Experience Southeastern was directed and edited by Steve Kleyle, left, and produced and written by Robin Parker.
Auxiliary Services' DVD wins national 'Innovative Achievement' honor
"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 presentation quality."
     "Experience Southeastern," 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.
     "Experience Southeastern" previously received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Silver Award of Excellence in the category of audiovisual communications-multimedia programs.
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Mayor Mayson Foster, Kathy Montecino, President Randy Moffett, Dean Tammy BourgChildren's 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 at 419-0211.
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Bill JoubertJoubert 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 recovery.
     "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.
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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.
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CMS hosts open house Nov. 2 at Livingston Center
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 Information is also available through Gunter at the Livingston Center, 225-665-3303,, or the CMS office, 985-549-5502 or
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Fashion merchandising studentsStyle 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 costume design.
      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," Didier said.
     "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 basis.
     "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.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Tuesday, 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.
Mark Your 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.
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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, Room 139.
     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
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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.
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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 Athletics.
     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
     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.
     Friday, November 3
     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
     Saturday, November 4
     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
     Sunday, November 5
     Women's Soccer, at SLC Tournament (Finals), San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
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Honors Program to present 'Sophomore Honors Distinction Awards'
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 Springs.
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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 attend.
     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.
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Student achievements
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 Azides."
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Professional activities
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 Club International.
     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.
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