ByLion -- September 18

Tailgating with spirit
New freshmen totaled 2,911
Career Fair Thursday
Students voting online
Williams is SGA coordinator
'Health Freak Week' for faculty
Summer study abroad
Construction impacts parking
Singing the National Anthem
Lab School 'push-ups'
Songs for a New World cast
SOT forms available
'Coming up' reminders
Center for Faculty Excellence
UPD lost and found
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Tailgating with spirit
Southeastern fans turned out with their grills, tents ice chests -- and spirit! -- on Saturday to tailgate in Friendship Circle and other campus spots before the Lions vs. Jacksonvillle State football game. (Above left) Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members Trachelle Cornish of Gonzales and Monica Winford and Kristin Robair of New Orleans, have a curbside seat to enjoy their feast. (Above right) Meredith Triche of  Reserve helps Jeff Bentivegna of Covington serve up some tasty food hot off the grill.
Official figures confirm freshmen enrollment largest ever
New freshmen totaled 2,911 students, the largest freshman class ever enrolled at the university, Southeastern officials announced.
     According to official university figures released after the 14th class day, the number represents a near-18 percent increase over last year's new freshmen.
     The university's overall enrollment of 15,118 is below last year's post-Katrina figure of 16,068 when Southeastern enrolled more than 1,600 New Orleans area students displaced by the storm.
     "We anticipated a strong freshman class, based on the unusually high number of inquiries and applications we received over the spring and summer," said President Randy Moffett. "Part of this is certainly due to the shifting population demographics of the area; however, we have marketed the university's wide variety of strong academic programs, undergraduate research and modern facilities which surveys indicate play a major role in a student's college selection."
     Moffett said the overall decrease in enrollment was also anticipated. "Due to Katrina's impact, we lost about 1,500 of our own students, most from the nearby parishes," he said. "And while about half those students have returned, the other half apparently either have relocated or are not able to return to school yet."
     Moffett said he was particularly pleased to see that the numbers of highly qualified students - those with ACT scores of 24 and above - climbed from 417 last year to 523 this year, an increase of more than 25 percent.
     "Over the last several years, we have shown steady increases in attracting these students with special scholarships and a large number of opportunities to pursue undergraduate research and creative activities with our faculty," he said.
     The average ACT composite score for beginning freshmen this fall is 21.1, a slight increase over last year's 21.0 average.
     The total number of new undergraduates - which includes transfer students and those cross-enrolled with other institutions - increased 8.5 percent, from 3,161 last year to 3,430 this semester. In addition, new graduate students number 350, an increase of 8.4 percent over last year.
     Enrollment figures from major feeder parishes include: St. Tammany, 3,165 students; Tangipahoa, 2,924; East Baton Rouge, 2,264; Livingston, 1,762; Jefferson, 996; and Ascension, 654.
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Scene from last Career DayStudents and alumni crowded last year's Career Fair, an annual event scheduled this year for Thursday.
Career Fair 2006 Thursday
All Southeastern students and alumni are invited to attend Career Fair 2006, the Office of Career Services's annual university-wide career event. 
     Career Fair 2006 will be held Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Ave. and General Pershing. 
     A list of participating employers and other information Career Day 2006 is available on Career Service's web site, Participants may also contact Career Services at (985) 549-2121.
     To get the most out of the fair, students and alumni should dress professionally; bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards. 
     They also can a resume seminar, which will offer suggestions for developing a professional resume, in Student Union room 223 on Sept. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
     From 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 19, Career Services will also offer an "Emergency Resume Clinic," where students can also stop by for a quick review of their resumes.
     For additional information on Career Fair 2006, contact Career Services at (985) 549-2121 or
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Online voting underway for sweetheart, beau
Students are voting online this week for 2006 class sweethearts and beaus and can vote next week for Homecoming queen and beau courts.
     The online elections are sponsored by the Student Government Association.
     Voting for 2006 class sweethearts and beaus began at 8 a.m. today and runs through 5:30 p.m., Sept. 20, said SGA Election Board Chair Brandon Parker. Students elected as sweethearts and beaus will then be included in the online Homecoming Court election, scheduled from 8 a.m., Sept. 25 to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 27. 
     To vote, students can click on the "Vote here" link found under "News and Events" on the Southeastern home page, A similar link will be available on the university Webmail page. 
     After logging in with their student identification number ("W-number") and e-mail password, students will be directed to a page containing candidates' bios and photos. They will be allowed to vote for one male and one female. For a first time, all classifications, including graduate students, will be represented.
     Students who encounter problems may contact or visit the SGA office -- (985) 549-2296, Student Union Room 207 -- from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or contact Parker at
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Kas Williams
Kas Williams named SGA coordinator
Kas Williams has been named coordinator of the Student Government Association. Williams has served as assistant director in the Judicial Affairs office for three years and previously was assistant director of housing.
     A native of Patterson, Williams is a graduate of Southern University where she studied criminology. 
     " I am very excited about this transition," Williams said. "I have a strong desire and a passion for working with students. I always try to be fair with students and encourage their leadership skills." 
      Williams replaces Julie Perise, who served as SGA coordinator for more than three years and has now moved to the Alumni Association. 
     "I am very happy about this new movement in Student Government," SGA President Aron Walker said. "Of course, no one can take the place of Ms. Julie, but I feel this new appointment will be a positive one. I have known Ms. Kas Williams for quite sometime now and I am very excited about her coming to work with SGA." 
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Health Freak WeekPresentation for faculty party of Sept. 25-28 'Health Freak Week'
As part of "Health Freak Week," Sept. 25-28, nutritionist Deanna Latson will give a special presentation for faculty and staff, "Eat Right, Feel Good, Look Great," at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Student Union Theatre.
     Health Freak Week is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Vera W. Thomason Health Center, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Project PAWS, Recreational Sports and Wellness, the Panhellenic Council and the Student Government Association.
     Latson will also address students at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Student Union Theatre. Other Health Freak Week activities include 
Monday, Sept. 25 -- Health fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union mall
Wednesday, Sept. 27 -- Blood drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union mall; weight management presentation, noon-12:45 p.m., Student Activity Center; fitness assessments, 1-4 p.m., Student Union mall.
Thursday, Sept. 28 -- blood pressure screening, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Student Union mall; AIDS testing, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union mall.
     Inspired by her own and her parents' health problems, Latson earned her Clinically Certified Nutritionist's degree (CCN), a master's degree in health communication, and is currently finishing her naturopathic doctor degree. 
     A former faculty member at San Francisco State University, she has been entertaining audiences with her dynamic and clever approach to health and wellness education since 1997.
     Latson has spoken to more than 100,000 people in every age range, all over the world, including audiences at more than 300 colleges and universities She is a member of the Wellness Council of America and is dedicated to helping students, employees and community members take control of their own health. She does not tout diets, but teaches audiences about permanent lifestyle changes that will improve their health and well-being.
     She currently lives in San Diego with her husband and daughter and is the co-founder of the Good Thinking Company, a provider of success-oriented services, products and experiences. 
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Students encouraged to plan ahead for summer study abroad
Southeastern will offer students the opportunity to "change their lives" through 10 proposed summer study abroad programs in Austria, France, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Germany and Italy.
     "Study abroad programs represent a wonderful opportunity for students to expand their professional and personal horizons and prepare for today's - and tomorrow's - challenges," said Charles A. Dranguet, professor of history and interim director of the university's International Initiatives Office.
     "The programs offer students opportunities to meet new people, experience new cultures, and earn college credit while visiting exotic foreign lands," Dranguet said. "The theme that we hear again and again from students who participate in our study abroad programs is 'My life has changed.' And they really do mean it."
     Dranguet said students can contact the International Initiatives Office now for information on 2007 summer study abroad programs.
     "December 1 is the deadline for applying to the International Initiatives Office," he said, "but students who wish to take advantage of a variety of scholarship opportunities should contact us now. The earlier the better!" 
     He said Southeastern's Student Government Association is providing more than $76,000 to fund 90 study abroad scholarships in 2007, while a number of other scholarship programs are also available. 
     "For the first time, the SGA study abroad scholarships are also open to freshmen," he added.
     Dranguet said that financial aid can also be applied to study abroad expenses.
     Students can earn up to six academic credits studying in business, sociology, criminal justice and tropical ecology in Costa Rica; nursing in Honduras; Italian language and English literature in Italy; German language, culture and music in Cologne, Germany; Spanish language, history and political science in Valencia, Spain; Spanish, anthropology and biology in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands; and political science and history in Salzburg, Austria. 
     Competitive program costs include tuition, lodging and some meals, site visits, and lectures by top local experts. The International Initiatives Office and some of the university's top faculty coordinate the programs, Dranguet added.
     To learn more about Summer 2007 Study Abroad Program contact International Initiatives in East Stadium, room 102, at 985-549-2385 or
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Construction preparation to restrict parking
Due to preparations for construction of the new multilevel parking garage, access to the West Strawberry Stadium parking area, Alumni Field parking area, and Galloway Drive will be restricted through Friday.
     Also from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week, machinery used by construction crews to drive test pylons into the ground may cause short periods of loud noise which are no cause for alarm.
     "We would like to thank the members of our community for their patience and understanding while Southeastern continues to expand in order to provide better services for our students, faculty, staff, and friends," said University Police Department Assistant Director Patrick Gipson.
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Dr. Moffett proclaims "National Anthem Project Day"Oh, say can you sing the National Anthem?
President Randy Moffett proclaims Sept. 14 as "National Anthem Project Day" before an assembly of students at the Southeastern Laboratory School. Lab School music teacher Gina Anthon promoted Southeastern's and the Lab School's involvement in the "National Anthem Project Day" initiative, which the National Association for Music Education is backing as "an opportunity to support music education and promote American traditions." At the morning assembly, Southeastern music majors joined with the Lab School's band, directed by Janet Moran, to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" as students and teachers sang along. Fifth graders also recited in unison the Preamble to the US Constitution as a prelude to Constitution Day on Monday. 
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Lab School kids perform their daily push-ups
Drop and give me 10!
Students at the Southeastern Lab School perform their morning regime of 10 push ups. They'll do 10 more in the afternoon (plus more during P.E.). The students have taken on the challenge of completing a million push-ups during the school year. Coach Stephanie Rau said they collectively complete more than 4,000 push ups each school day. 
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Cast announced for Songs for a New World
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop has announced the cast for Songs for a New World, the workshop's musical contribution to Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October arts festival.
     Songs for a New World will be staged Oct. 18-21 at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, said the Jason Roberts Brown musical review is written for four singers, but that he and director-choreographer Bradley Barrios have expanded the cast to nine.
     Cast members are Betty Turner, Hammond; Sarah Kennemer and Skyler Stroup, Mandeville; Scott McDonough, Slidell; Travis Bush, Bogalusa; Christopher Giffin, Baton Rouge; Cali McQueen, Gonzales; Charlene Robinson, St. Rose; and Tiffany Henry, Jamaica.
     "Songs for a New World fuses pop, folk, rock, jazz, gospel, funk, and cabaret with sometimes dramatic and poignant, sometimes comic and delightful, but always theatrical lyrics," Effler said. The revue, originally produced in 1995, preceded Brown's 1999 Tony award-wining Parade and his 2002 Off-Broadway show The Last Five Years.
     The show, according to Brown, "is about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. The moment you think you know where you stand, the things that you're sure of slip from your hand, and you're suddenly a stranger in some completely different land."
     Effler said the opening number of the show metaphorically describes "a new world." "From there," he said, "Brown transports the audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue where they meet a startling array of characters. There is a young man who has decided that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto, a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage, a political prisoner begging to have his life back, and even the latest Mrs. Santa Claus. These are the stories and characters of today, the songs for a new world."
     Effler said patrons of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts' 2006-07 season will encounter Brown's work again. He also contributed several original songs to the score of the Broadway show Urban Cowboy: The Musical which will be presented at the Columbia Theatre on Feb. 24.
Effler said that the show is rated "R" and contains adult language.
     Tickets are $14, adults; and $10, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non-Southeastern students. Admission is free for Southeastern students with university I.D.
     Tickets are available online at and at the box office of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond, from noon-5 p.m., weekdays and one hour before performance time. The box office can be contacted at (985) 543-4371.
     The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop production of Songs for a New World is sponsored in part by the Southeastern Campus Activities Board. For more information, contact Effler at (985) 549-2249 or
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SOT forms available
Faculty interested in keeping the SOT scannable forms from the summer 2004, fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters may pick them up in the Institutional Research Office. Please note that these are the original bubble forms as completed by students, not the SOT rating summaries or reports.
     As stated in the Student Opinion of Teaching Policy Manual, SOT scan forms will be made available after one year to each faculty member for whom data was collected. However, faculty may obtain only those data forms for which he or she is the instructor of record.
     Faculty who are interested in receiving these data forms should contact Glenda in the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 2077 or Forms must be picked up no later than Sept. 29. Forms that have not been picked up by the faculty members will be shredded.
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Reminders �
'Tangi Night' tonight -- Southeastern and institutions from throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas will host "Tangi Night" for Tangipahoa Parish high school students and their parents Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Participants can learn all about academic and career options, university admissions requirements, financial aid opportunities. For information, contact Admissions at 5637.
Who's Who nominations sought -- Nominations are being sought for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Administrators, faculty, staff, and student organization presidents and advisors are invited to nominate deserving students. Forms are available at the Student Organizations/Greek Life office, Student Union room 111, or can be requested by e-mailing or Completed forms can be returned to those e-mail address or faxed to 3946. The nomination deadline is Oct. 2.
Wanted: Quiz Bowl challengers! -- It's time to start thinking about getting together a team for the annual Homecoming Quiz Bowl tournament, sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi as part of the university's Oct. 23-28 Homecoming festivities. The tournament is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Student Union Theatre. Registration forms and instructions are available at or can be obtained from Faust at 549-5477 or
One Book/Three Parishes -- Residents of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes - and anyone else who wants to participate - are invited to join in "One Book/Three Parishes," a public reading of Walker Percy's The Thanatos Syndrome, Sept. 28-Oct. 22. English professors Jim Walter and Richard Louth and librarian-author Dayne Sherman will offer introductory lectures and concluding round table discussions at public libraries in Hammond, Covington and the town of Livingston. For information about "One Book/Three Parishes," contact the Southeastern Honors Program office, 985-549-2135 or read more here.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Information needed: Are you including service learning or civic engagement as part of your teaching strategy? If so, please e-mail your name, class name and section number, and a short description of your activities to Cathy Martin, interim coordinator for Service Learning and Civic Engagement --
    Workshops -- All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9:15-11:30 a.m., Introduction to Publisher -- The workshop is designed to introduce the various aspects Publisher has to offer so faculty can distribute information via posters and brochures either in the classroom or when traveling to a conference. It will also show the various ways brochures are laid out in order to effectively communicate key points.
     Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2-4 p.m., Podcasting Demonstration -- See how to create a podcast so your students can download your reviews or lectures to their iPods or mp3 players. Learn how other educators are using this technology.
     Thursday, Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m., Windows Tips and Tricks -- The workshop emphasizes learning features of the Microsoft Windows operating system that make you more productive. Shortcuts to common tasks, NetStorage, Novell networking, uploading files, attaching files to e-mail messages, connecting projectors to computers, and USB flash memory will be among those items discussed and practiced.
Lyceum Lights, Sept. 21, 12;30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks: Make your reservations now for Lyceum Lights, a series of faculty luncheon lectures designed to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines. This month will highlight Southeastern's first doctoral degree, featuring Educational Leadership and Technology Department Head Frederick L. Dembowski and professor Ken Lane. Lunch, $5 at the door, will include baked breast of chicken in a mushroom wine sauce, tossed salad, wild rice, green beans and coconut cake. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Call for Proposals: The Center for Faculty Excellence announces the call for proposals for Teaching Enhancement Grants for the current fiscal year. The grants are designed to enhance classroom teaching in the areas of professional development in teaching, course enhancement, and curriculum development or revision. Proposals are due by Sept. 22. More information:
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UPD lost and found
The following items were logged into the University Police Department's Lost and Found locker between Aug. 27-Sept. 9.
A set of keys including one GMC vehicle key, a black keyless entry remote, and a University or Housing key found in the Pride Hall parking lot on August 27, 2006 (Case Number 06-005314)
A woman's gold wrist watch with black face found on the bridge at North Oak Park on September 6, 2006 (Case Number 06-005607)
     Anyone who can identify these items or otherwise prove ownership should contact the University Police Department at 985-549-2222 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., weekdays.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team will face its third Division I-A opponent of the season on Saturday, when they face Texas Tech at 6 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas, during this week in Southeastern Athletics. 
     The Lions (1-2) broke through for their first win of the season last Saturday versus Jacksonville, as senior quarterback Seth Babin threw three touchdown passes in a 41-13 Southeastern victory. Texas Tech (2-1) will be attempting to bounce back from a 12-3 loss to TCU in its most recent action.      Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM. 
     The women's soccer team (5-2-1) will open up Southland Conference play this week, hosting Nicholls State at 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. On Sunday, Southern Miss visits Hammond for a 2 p.m. match. 
     The volleyball team (3-10) will also open its SLC slate this week. The Lady Lions will head to Lorman, Miss., to face Alcorn State at 6 p.m. in a non-conference contest. On Friday, league foe Nicholls State will visit the University Center for a 6:30 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will continue its fall season this week. The Lions will head to Mobile, Ala., to compete in the Jaguar Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday.
     The Southeastern men's and women's cross country teams will look to continue its successful 2006 season on Saturday, participating in the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge.
     Monday, September 18
Men's Golf, at Jaguar Intercollegiate, Mobile, Ala., 8 a.m.
     Tuesday, September 19
Men's Golf, at Jaguar Intercollegiate, Mobile, Ala., 8 a.m.
     Thursday, September 21
Volleyball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 6 p.m.
     Friday, September 22
Women's Soccer, vs. Nicholls State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.*
Volleyball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 6:30 p.m.*
     Saturday, September 23
Football, at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Cross Country, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Sunday, September 24
Women's Soccer, vs. Southern Miss, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 2 p.m.
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Professional activities
David M. Sever (Biological Sciences) gave an invited seminar at the Louisiana State Museum of Natural Science on Sept. 8 entitled "Sperm Storage in Female Amphibians and Reptiles."
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been appointed a research fellow to the Crime and Policy Evaluation research group at Louisiana State University. Dr. Riedel was appointed because of his impressive scholarly accomplishments and internationally recognized expertise as a crime researcher. The Crime and Policy Evaluation research group represents an effort to recruit outstanding scholars who share a common interest in crime and policy evaluation related research.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) delivered a presentation on "RFID Technology in Government" to the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) in Baton Rouge on Sept. 6.
Dr. Fred Dembowski (Educational Leadership and Technology) has been awarded a Prometian Fellowship and invited to attend the Global Education Summit in London, Oct. 6-12.
     Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) recently presented her work entitled "The Synthesis of O-Alkylarylbenzohydroximoyl Azides" at the 232nd National American Chemical Society Meeting in San Francisco. 
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