ByLion -- April 16


National Library Week underway
Golden Silence memorial
Percussion Ensemble tonight
Strawberry Jubilee Wednesday
'Mock crash' at East Stadium
Honors for Gamma Beta Phi
New look for 'The Pick'

LPO features Margaret Orr
Soccer hosts 5K run/walk
BioBlitz at Tickfaw State Park
Concert Choir performs Thursday
'Dance for Thought' Thursday
'Oz' auditions April 20-21
Jazz ensembles April 23, 24
Wind Symphony April 26

Center for Faculty Excellence
Red Stick crawfish boil
Baseball tailgating Saturday
This week in athletics
Student achievements
Crother heads SSAR
Professional activities

National Library Week underway
Sims Memorial Library is inviting the campus and community to two special author events during this week's celebration of National Library Week.
     "This year's theme is 'Come Together @ Your Library,'" said Library Director Eric Johnson. "We're inviting everyone to join us as we and libraries across the country highlight everything that we can do for you."
     On Tuesday, April 17, in the library lobby, the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble will perform at noon. Cake provided by Aramark will be served from noon-1 p.m. Also on Tuesday, English instructors Leah Rourks, Brooke Champagne, and Jay Todd, and current and former students Stephanie Schexnayder, Antonio Muse, and Brian Camp will present readings from their work at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the library. The event will also include light refreshments and a drawing for books.
     Acclaimed Louisiana novelist Ernest Hill will read from his work on Wednesday, April 18 at 5 p.m. on the third floor. Hill is the author of five novels exploring the African-American experience, including the recent "A Person of Interest."
     The library's annual book sale will be held in the lobby on Wednesday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. A wide variety of hardcover and paperback books will be available.
     In addition to daily events, the library will continue its tradition of waiving all overdue fees for library materials returned during National Library Week.
     For additional information, contact the library at 985-549-3962.

President Moffett and Vice President Miller light memorial candle Jennifer Dyer distributes candles to fellow students

Southeastern observes 'Golden Silence' memorial
Potentially inclement weather sent the annual Golden Silence memorial ceremony indoors on April 4 as members of the campus and community gathered to remember those among the Southeastern family who passed away during the past year. Above left, President Randy Moffett and Vice President for University Advancement Joe Miller light the Golden Silence candle, while, above right, Jennifer Dyer distributes smaller candles to her fellow students.
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Percussion Ensemble at Pottle tonight
The Southeastern Percussion Ensemble directed by Kevin Estoque will present "Marimba Spiritual" tonight (April 16) at 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The concert will feature as guest artists marimba soloists Andrew Moran from Kent State University and Daniel Eitmann from Northshore High School in Slidell.
     Eitmann, director of bands at Northshore High, will join the ensemble for "Rendezvous by Dave Samuels, while Moran, an independent percussion artist/clinician and member of the Kent State Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra, will be featured in Minoru Miki's "Marimba Spiritual."
     The guest percussionists will both be featured in "Un Misterio," a traditional Guatemalan piece arranged by William Chan.
     Also on the program graduate teaching assistant Stephen F. Hux Jr. of New Orleans will conduct "Soldier's March From 'Histoire Du Soldat' " by Igor Stravinsky. Other works featured are "Overture for Percussion Ensemble" by John H. Beck; "The 'O' Zone" by Jack Stamp; "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" by Victor Robert Daniel; and "Technology" by Jim Casella.
     Percussion Ensemble members are Lynn Bentivegna, Covington; Thomas Braud, Covington; Josh Dunn, Walker; Ryan Giacone, Loranger; Robert Haas, Slidell; Travis Henthorn, Mandeville; Wade Hymel, Mandeville; A.J. Lassere, Baton Rouge; Melinda McElveen, Albany; Aaron Turnipseed, Baton Rouge; Richard Waltman, Ponchatoula; and Brian Ybos, Slidell.
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Join in Strawberry Jubilee fun on Wednesday
Join the Campus Activities Board in the Student Union Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, for the annual Strawberry Jubilee celebration.
     "As always, you will be treated to red beans and rice, delicious Louisiana strawberries and that yummy strawberry cake," said CAB Director Jason Leader. "And you won't want to miss the annual Strawberry Eating Contest!"
     New to the Jubilee's entertainment lineup this year is a desert contest for student organizations. The student groups have been challenged to come up with the best "sweets" recipe using strawberries.
     Call CAB at 549-3805 for more information.
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Mock crash at stadium April 25
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, sections of the Baseball Field parking area will be restricted for a Mock Crash program organized by Southeastern's College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The program will be held in Strawberry Stadium from 8:30-11 a.m. During the program, a helicopter will land in the north end zone of Strawberry Stadium as part of this educational event. Questions about the Mock Crash program should be directed to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at ext. 3772.
     Other events impacting parking this week include:
     Sections of the West Stadium and Baseball Field parking areas have been closed since April 9 for the construction of the new parking garage. These parking areas will remain closed until construction is completed, scheduled for mid-spring 2008. Questions about this construction project should be directed to the Office of Facility Planning at 985-549-2240.
     On April 18, the East McClimans Hall parking area will be restricted for the Strawberry Jubilee event in the Student Union Park.
     On April 19, the East McClimans Hall parking area will be restricted for the Orientation event in the Student Union.
     Through the end of the semester, approximately 10 parking spaces in the North McKneely Hall lot, near the Student Union, will be fenced off for the Memorial Fountain project.
     For more information about this or other parking lot closures or restrictions, please contact the University Parking Office, ext. 5695 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
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Gamma Beta Phi Attends wins at national conference
Southeastern's chapter of the honor and service organization Gamma Beta Phi recently returned from their national conference, held in Chattanooga, Tenn. Southeastern students serving as state offices -- President Anthony Rutledge, State Vice-President Lindsey Marshall, State Secretary-Treasurer Tiffany LaBorde and State Advisor Jackie Dale Thomas -- directed the state caucus and were instrumental in obtaining the 2009 national conference for Louisiana.
     Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student Activities, also presented a concurrent session entitled "The Likeability Factor of Leadership" and gave the well-received keynote address for the conference on the topic of commitment. Co-Advisor Terry Passman, associate director of Housing, served as a national scrapbook judge.
     For the 23 consecutive year, the chapter was honored with a Distinguished Chapter Award, which is the highest award given a local chapter by the National Headquarters. A special award was given this year for all schools that have received the DCA consecutively for at least 20 years or more. Southeastern was one of only nine chapters nationwide to receive this special trophy.
     The chapter also brought home its' fifth National Scrapbook Award first place ribbon.
     Thomas advanced to the position of national president-elect. Passman was elected to serve on the same 12 person governing board as advisor member. This is the first time in Gamma Beta Phi history that two advisors from the same school have been elected to serve simultaneously on the National Executive Committee.
     In addition to the officers, Southeastern attendees also included Bobby Bell, Kelly Bankston, Melanie Bellanger, Wiletha Brown, Connie Buccere, and Rebekah Oalmann and alumnus Stephen Sparks.
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Michelle Russo, Gary Keown, Carrie Casto and Brett BlanchardBlanchardGraphic design student Brett Blanchard of Baton Rouge was selected as the winning designer in a competition recently sponsored by The Pick, Southeastern's journal of student writing. The Pick's editorial board selected Blanchard's design from among those submitted by students in graphic design professor Gary Keown's digital print design class. From left, are Writing Center Assistant Director Michelle Russo, Keown, The Pick Editor Carrie Casto, and Blanchard.
Graphic design student gives new look to The Pick
The Pick, one of Southeastern's oldest publications, will have a new look this semester, thanks to a collaboration between the university's English and graphic design programs.
     Founded in 1939 and published continually except for a three-year period in the 1980s, The Pick is a journal of the best student writing from all areas of the university curricula. The journal is published by the English Department and the Southeastern Writing Center.
     To take the venerable publication to a new level, English professor Jayetta Slawson, director of the writing center, and The Pick Editor Carrie Casto, a graduate student from Denham Springs, were able to secure funds to make the publication larger, add color, and to offer prize money to students in a range of categories, including design.
     At the suggestion of Interim Department Head David Hanson, they contacted Department of Visual Arts' graphic design professor Gary Keown about tapping the talents of his students to redesign the publication.
Keown incorporated the request into the curricula of his digital print design course (Art 261). The class's 21 students were assigned to design over a two-week period a cover, table of content page, editor's note page, and a story layout.
     And their reward, they were told, would be more than just the satisfaction of a good grade. The student designer selected by The Pick's editorial board would also receive a $300 prize and would be expected to work with the staff to incorporate the design throughout the approximately 100-page publication.
      "Gary's students were very receptive to our ideas," Casto said. "When Dr. Slawson and I presented the students with our ideas for a design they asked several thoughtful, insightful design questions."
     Casto and her editorial board members Michelle Russo and Danielle Faucheux ultimately selected Brett Blanchard, a sophomore art major from Baton Rouge, as the winning designer. They chose his design, which employs a grid of black boxes, "because it is clean and professional, yet fun," Casto said.
     "It was challenging for us to select just one template," Casto said. "Each student put a great deal of time and effort into their creation. We spent hours looking at every detail of each design."
     "I worked on my high school yearbook (at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge) for four years," said Blanchard. "This assignment was right up my alley. It was something I like to do, I get money, and it's really nice to have this for my portfolio."
      Although he planned to give up his spring break to work with Casto on the layout, "It's all worth it," Blanchard added.
     This is not the first time Keown's students have been challenged to create designs and Keown said he welcomes the "interdisciplinary dialogue" it creates with his colleagues across campus. His graphic design students previously have created a holiday card for the university president, a poster for a local fireworks company, and logos for entities such as the university's annual arts festival Fanfare, KSLU radio station, and the Recreational Sports and Wellness Department.
     Casto said the design is not the only new element being added to The Pick."This semester we're including a full-color insert of student art work, we've begun a video contest, and are awarding prizes in various categories," she said. "My editorial board and I also began meeting with students who submitted written works to discuss possible revisions to their pieces prior to publication."
     "It has been a pleasure to work with Brett, Gary, and his class," Casto said. "The creative imaginations of the students, the sheer beauty and ingenuity they showed, has assured me that this project should be repeated in the future. I am proud to be the editor of The Pick and pleased that I was part of this new project."
     "This is the beginning of what we hope is many collaborations with other departments," Slawson said. She said The Pick will be distributed free at the Southeastern Writing Center, located in D Vickers Hall, room 383.
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Soccer team to host 5K run/walk April 28
The women's soccer program will host the 2007 Security Data Supply and Southeastern Soccer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 28 at the Kinesiology Department Fields located on the Southeastern campus.
     The races are open to participants of all ages. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be available during the awards presentation following the race. The entry fee is $15 if participants wish to receive a Lady Lions Soccer 5K t-shirt or $10 without the t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the Southeastern women's soccer program.
     For more information on the Lady Lions Soccer 5K Run/Walk, contact Southeastern head women's soccer coach Blake Hornbuckle, ext. 5185 or, or assistant women's soccer coach Cindy Rainville, ext. 5191 or Race entry forms are available at the women's soccer office located in the Dugas Athletic Building and on the Internet at
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Biology faculty, students plan 'BioBlitz' at Tickfaw State Park
In recognition of Earth Day, graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences will conduct a "BioBlitz" - an all-species inventory - at Tickfaw State Park.
     The event, organized by graduate students Tiffany Schriever and Devin Bloom, will bring together faculty and student scientists from Southeastern, Tulane, Loyola, the University of New Orleans and Louisiana State University in a race to identify as many of the park's species of flora as possible in a 24-hour biological survey.
     The BioBlitz is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, at the park, located on Patterson Road, west of Springfield.
     "This is a full day event of identifying every species we can possibly find to compile a species list for the park," Schriever said. While a core group of biology graduate students will conduct the survey, she said community volunteers are welcome to join in.
     "This would be a great opportunity to hone identification skills, enjoy the outdoors, and learn about different groups that you may not have been exposed to," she said. "If you enjoy walking, if you enjoy nature, if you're inquisitive, then this is for you."
     The park's Nature Center will act as the "base camp," a centralized location where scientists will identify species and maintain the official species list, and where tools such as microscopes, computers, and other collecting equipment will be located.
     "Each major taxonomic group will have an assigned expert who will be responsible for confirming ID's and keeping a tally of species observed," Schriever said. "Grad students and other volunteers will assist the expert by collecting specimens."
     Participating faculty members include, from Southeastern, Biological Sciences Department Head David Sever, Cliff Fontenot, Kyle Piller, Rick Miller, Thais Perkins, Ginger Kraemer, and Tiffany McFalls; from LSU, Dave Brown, and, from Loyola, Craig Hood.
     Volunteers who would like to assist with the BioBlitz can contact Schriever or Bloom at 985-549-3008.
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Concert Choir to perform at First Methodist Church Thursday
The Concert Choir, Southeastern's premier vocal ensemble, will present a program of sacred music at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise in Hammond.
     The free concert scheduled for April 19 at 7:30 p.m. will open with sacred music and close with secular music, said Conductor Alissa Mercurio Rowe of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Rowe said works will be sung a cappella except for Johann Ludwig Bach's 'Das ist meine Freude' which will be accompanied by a wind and string quartet. The concert also wil feature "Laus Trinitati" by Hildegard von Bingen, arranged by Frank Ferko, and "Exsulate Justi" by Ludovico da Viadana.
     Featured soloist for the concert is Southeastern graduate voice and theory student Jessica Davis Bryan of Hammond. "I am amazed at the beauty of her music and the poignancy with which she sets text to music," said Rowe.
     The second half of the concert will feature "Songs of Nature" by Antonin Dvorak. "This is in five movements, originally sung in Czech, which we will perform in English," Rowe said. "Each movement depicts animals, things, and events in nature. The music is extremely colorful and harmonically challenging."
     The Concert Choir will close the program with "Sing me to Heaven" by Daniel E. Gawthrop.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, ext. 2184.
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Diamond Wiliams and Martie FellomSoutheastern dance professor Martie Fellom, right, works with student choreographer Diamond Williams on "Active Antagonism," one of four student works to be performed at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts April 19 as part of Fellom's production "Dance for Thought."
Dance for Thought at Columbia April 19
Dance professor Martie Fellom will present "Dance for Thought," a compilation of six "Dance for the Camera" shorts and four live dance pieces, April 19 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The free 7:30 p.m. program will feature films by artists from Australia, France, New Zealand, and the United States, as well as performances showcasing the choreography of four Southeastern students.
     "These students have a passion for choreography and dance and merely need the opportunity," said Fellom. "They are very excited to showcase their choreography at the Columbia Theatre."
     Alaina Champagne of Slidell will present "Decisions," a piece about struggling with decisions in life. "Decisions" features Champagne, Amanda Blanchard of New Orleans, Elise McCan of Slidell, Marlie Ventress of Baton Rouge, Sharon Miller of Zachary, and Trisha Rigsby of Springfield.
     Ericka Johnson, a sophomore majoring in mass communication and journalism with a minor in dance, will present "Still a Working Title." Featuring four dancers, the piece is about perfection. Sharon Miller of Zachary, April Robertson of Amite, and Elizabeth Duhon and Tiffany White of Baton Rouge are the dancers highlighted in the piece.
     "Noj Chicanery," a piece that explores the four stages of grief, is being presented by student choreographer Daphne Lamendola of Baton Rouge. In addition to Lamendola, dancers featured in the piece are Megan Guillot of Hammond, Alaina Champagne and Tiffany White.
     "Active Antagonism" by Diamond Williams of Baton Rouge is a piece about the effects of the war on the world around us. Featured dancers are Tiffany White; Samantha Givens, Mahajjah James, Elizabeth Duhon, Ashley Ward, and Kyra Wright, all of Baton Rouge; Yani Jackson of Hahnville; Emily Benfatti of Slidell; Tricia Rigsby of Springfield; Amanda Blanchard of Metairie; and Greyhisha Lewis of New Orleans.
     Southeastern dance students will soon have the opportunity to produce works for the digital video environment through a new course, Dance 404, choreography for the camera. Meanwhile, "Dance for Thought" will present six "Dance for the Camera" shorts made specifically for film presentation:
     "Babel" by American choreographer Peter Sparling, a former member of Martha Graham Dance Company. Mirroring the voices in Arvo Part's score, Sparling's solo reveals four physical personalities. The seven-minute piece transcends boundaries of gender and character, while charting a man's struggle to embody his own metamorphosis.
     "Will Time Tell?", a 13-minute piece by Sue Healey of Australia. Funded by Asia Link, OZCO, this short plays with rhythms and counter rhythms. This meditative, playful piece was shot in Japan and gives a sense of the outsider's experience.
     "Caught in Paint," a presentation of painter Rita Blitt, choreographer David Parsons and photographer Lois Greenfield. A union of paint, dance and photography, the six-minute short has been shown at more than 60 film festivals nationally and has won seven awards.
     "Bittersweet," a film by dancer/choreographer/director David Rousseve of the United States. The 15-minute piece from the maker of the award winning "Pull Your Head to the Moon" explores the relationships of three women of color to their husbands, lovers, and to one another. The film is an alternatively lyrical and violent look at race and gender politics.
     "Break" by Shona McCullagh of New Zealand. A moving tribute to a family's dynamic from the perspective of a young boy that plays inventively with rhythm and narrative. The 14-minute film is from the director of the popular dance short "Fly" and the choreographer for "King Kong" and "The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe."
     "Black Spring" by Benoit Dervaux. Choreographed by Heddy Maalen, produced by Heure d'Ete and featuring dancers from Compagnie Ivoire, "Black Spring" challenges Western notions of African bodies in movement. The dance is interspersed with scenes of contemporary life in Africa which serve to heighten awareness of the social and political sensitivities inherent in modern African dance.
     "Dance for the Camera," is funded by the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee at Southeastern and is also made possible through Dance Film Association's touring program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the members of Dance Film Association, and the Susan Braun Trust.
     For additional information, contact Fellom at 985-549-2133.
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Children, adults can audition April 20-21 for The Wizard of Oz
Oh, my! Who will play Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Wicked Witch, and a myriad of munchkins in the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's June 22-23 production of The Wizard of Oz?
     Adults and children are being invited to audition for these and other coveted roles Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, in the choral room (room A163) of the Pottle Music Building Annex. On both dates, children entering grades 3-8 in fall 2007 will audition from 3-6 p.m., and adults, high school students and university students will audition from 7-8:30 p.m.
     Workshop director Charles Effler said auditioners should be prepared to sing one verse of any song. Since a pianist will be provided, pre-recorded accompaniment is not allowed, but auditioners may sing unaccompanied.
     Effler said the show offers the role of Dorothy for a young girl plus a number of leading roles, supporting roles and chorus parts for children and adults. To give as many young people as possible an opportunity to participate, the cast will include extended "munchkin" and jitterbug dance choruses.
     New Orleans director/choreographer Alton Geno, who staged the recent Southeastern summer production of "The Music Man," will again join Southeastern faculty and staff to create "The Wizard of Oz."
     The Wizard of Oz is made possible through the major financial support of Southeastern's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts; and Opera/Music Theatre Workshop and funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Additional financial support comes from the Hammond and Amite Wal-Mart stores and the Distribution Center in Robert, North Oaks Health System, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Guaranty Savings Bank, Encore Development Corporation (Ed and Peggy Hoover), and Fay and Phelan Bright.
     Tickets are $24, Orchestra I, Loge ($21.50, senior citizens, children); $21, Orchestra II ($19, senior citizens, children); $18, Orchestra III, Balcony I ($16, senior citizens, children); and $15, Balcony II ($13.50, senior citizens, children.) A $1 service fee is added to each ticket.
     Tickets will go on sale May 22 at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-549-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays,
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Jazz Ensembles to perform at Columbia April 23, Pottle April 24
Southeastern's jazz ensembles will play back-to-back concerts April 23 and 24.
     Jazz Ensemble I will present its spring concert on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. The following night, April 24, also at 7:30 p.m., Jazz Ensemble II will perform at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The 20-piece Jazz Ensemble I is comprised of the most outstanding jazz musicians attending Southeastern and is characterized by its "bold programming and fresh approach to the jazz idiom," said Director Glen J. Hemberger. The ensemble's styles range from big band swing to contemporary jazz and from rock to Latin.
     The program will feature "Count Bubba" by Gordon Goodwin; "Chase the Clouds Away" by noted flugelhornist Chuck Mangione; "In A Mello Tone," originally by Duke Ellington and arranged by Frank Foster for the Count Basie Band; and "Tank!," the opening theme music from the Japanese animated series, "Cowboy Bebop."
     Senior voice major Betty Turner of Hammond will join the ensemble singing the jazz standard, "Misty."
General admission is $3. All students with ID, regardless of age, are admitted free of charge.
     Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Richard Schwartz and composed of music majors and other student jazz enthusiasts, plans a program of jazz works by well known jazz and pop artists. Selections will include "Moon Dance" by Van Morrison, "Boogie Stop Shuffle" by Charles Mingus, "I Mean You" by Thelonius Monk, "The Shadow of Your Smile" by Johnny Mandel, "Groovin' High" by "Dizzy" Gillespie, "Blue Train" by John Coltrane, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, "Pure and Simple" by Jeff Jarvis, and "What'd I Say" by Ray Charles.
     The ensemble will welcome trumpet soloist Lacy Blackledge, a Southeastern graduate.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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Wind Symphony presents 'Journeys, Jesters, and Jedi' April 26
The Southeastern Wind Symphony will present its spring concert, "Journeys, Jesters, and Jedi," at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 26.
     The 7:30 p.m. concert at the university's downtown Hammond theater will feature the music of Mark Camphouse, Frank Ticheli, John Williams, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, said Conductor Glen J. Hemberger, director of bands in the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     "The concert will showcase the tremendous range of dynamics, tone, color, energy, and sound that make the modern wind band so exciting to experience in live performance," Hemberger said.
     Hemberger said the first half of the program will include Frank Ticheli's latest composition, "Sanctuary," which he called "a powerful and beautiful work." Associate Director of Bands Jeff Vaughan will lead the ensemble in a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Toccata Marziale," a staple of the wind band literature. "Rocky Point Holiday," one of American composer Ron Nelson's most recognizable and oft-performed pieces, will round out the first half of the program.
     The second half of the concert centers around the music of John Williams and Tchaikovsky. "Tchikovsky's 'Dance of the Jesters' is a fast-paced, high energy piece alternating between bright fanfares in the brass to rapid, technical passages in the woodwinds," Hemberger said.
     The symphony will also perform a new 15-minute, five-movement setting of the "Star Wars Trilogy" by John Williams. Transcribed from Williams' original score, the work features music from "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi."
     "Included in the trilogy are 'Darth Vader's Theme,' 'Princess Leia's Theme,' 'The Battle in the Forest,' 'Yoda's Theme,' and the 'Star Wars Main Theme,'" Hemberger said. "The music is vibrant, and brings to life the true spirit of the film series and its characters."
     Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for senior citizens, and Southeastern faculty and staff. All students with ID, regardless of age, are admitted free of charge. Doors to the Columbia Theatre will open at 6:45 p.m.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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Margaret OrrWDSU's Margaret Orr to narrate LPO's Peter and the Wolf at Columbia
Meteorologist Margaret Orr of New Orleans television station WDSU will join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as narrator of "Peter and the Wolf," Prokofiev's beloved introduction to the orchestra, April 28 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The event will begin at 1:15 p.m. with a "petting zoo" of musical instruments. Children of all ages can meet individual LPO musicians and explore their instruments, getting a chance to touch, ask questions about, and sometimes play several musical instruments. The concert will begin at 2 p.m.
     Tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee are available online at and at the theater box office, 220 E. Thomas St., weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets prices are $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $20 Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2.
     "At the Columbia, we thought Margaret Orr would be an appealing narrator because of her pleasing voice as well as her love of children. We were delighted that she accepted our invitation," said Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Donna Gay Anderson. "She told me that 'Peter and the Wolf' is special to her because her earliest memory of attending the symphony as a child was to hear that very program. She was gracious in her acceptance and seemed honored to be included."
     Orr is one of many celebrities throughout the years who have been invited to narrate the story of Peter, a curious little Russian boy who ventures into a nearby meadow, despite his grandfather's warning of the danger.
     Prokofiev wrote "Peter and the Wolf" in two weeks in 1936 for a children's theater in Moscow. He constructed the music as a child's introduction to the orchestra, with each character in the story representing a different instrument or group of instruments -- Peter by the strings, his grandfather by the bassoon, the wolf by the horn section, the bird by the flute, the duck by the oboe, the cat by the clarinet, and the hunters by the percussion.
     Prokofiev invented the story and wrote the narration himself, drawing on memories of his own childhood. "Peter and the Wolf" was an immediate success and has been loved by children all over the world. The music is sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults, and its moral - you can't be a hero if you don't take risks - has delighted generations of children.
     A member of the WDSU NewsChannel 6 staff since 1979, Orr forecasts the weather for the morning news and other broadcasts and hosts the station's gardening segment. She was first hired at WDSU as a general assignment reporter, and later took on duties as co-host of the "Breakfast Edition" and co-host of the "World's Fair Show."
     A native of New Orleans, Orr is a graduate of Louise S. McGehee High School, Louisiana State University and the broadcast meteorology program at Mississippi State University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and has the National Weather Association Seal of Approval.
     Her first broadcasting job was at WCIV-TV in Charleston, S.C., where she worked as a photographer, editor, producer, reporter, anchor and weathercaster. Before returning to New Orleans, she worked as a weathercaster at WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. Married and the mother of three children, Orr enjoys gardening and painting.
     For additional information about "Peter and the Wolf" and other Columbia Theatre events, contact the box office at 985-543-4371 or visit
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The Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information, contact ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, April 17, 3-4 p.m. - "Tuesday T Time, Civility in the Classroom": The recent memo from Dr. Crain along with a recommendation from our Faculty Senate has prompted the need for discussions on student incivility and faculty response. Please join our invited panel of professionals in discussing classroom management issues and solutions!
     Wednesday, April 18, 9-10:30 a.m. -- Introduction to PowerPoint: The workshop is designed to introduce the functionality and assist faculty in developing lessons in PowerPoint to assist in easier presentation of information to their students.
     Thursday, April 19, 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.
     Thursday, April 19, 2-3:45 p.m. -- Introduction to Publisher: This 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 on conference. It will also aide in showing the various ways brochures are laid out in order to effectively communicate key points.
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     April 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks -- Lyceum Lights: Dr. David W. & Barbara J. Shwalb, Department of Psychology, will speak on "As Time Goes By: Hurricane Katrina's Long-Term Effects on Students at Southeastern Louisiana University." Please RSVP by April 20.
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Alumni's Red Stick Chapter hosts crawfish boil
The Alumni Association Red Stick Chapter is hosting a crawfish boil on April 29. Held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Loppolo at 846 Myrtle Drive in Baton Rouge, the event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m.
     The cost is $8 per person, with children under 12 free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair.
     To RSVP or for more information, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Tailgate with alumni at Lions vs. Texas Arlington game Saturday
Come join the Alumni Association for a baseball tailgate party this Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. prior to the Southeastern vs. Texas Arlington game. Everyone is invited to this free event located in the picnic area between the Athletic Building and Alumni Field
     "Come join us for the game after where we will be honoring the 1992 baseball team in the pre-game ceremonies," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. The 1992 team won the TAAC championship for Southeastern and participated in the NCAA regionals.
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Lady Lions tennis player Breda KovacThis week in athletics
The men's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis teams will compete in their respective Southland Conference Tournaments during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions, ranked 33rd nationally by Golfstat, will be in Kerville, Texas, for the Southland Conference Championships this week. The tournament, which will be held at the Comanche Trace Golf Course, is scheduled to run Monday through Wednesday. A win will give Southeastern an automatic berth in the NCAA Central Regionals. With their high regional ranking, the Lions could be in line for an at-large NCAA berth with a strong showing in the conference tournament.
     The women's tennis team (19-2, 10-0 SLC) will be the top seed and favorite in the Southland Conference Tournament, scheduled for Friday through Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. The Lady Lions, which was undefeated in league play during the SLC Tournament, will be looking for its third straight tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.
     Southeastern will receive a first-round bye into Saturday's semifinals, scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Sunday's final is scheduled for 11:30 p.m.
     The men's tennis team (11-10, 2-4 SLC) will also be in the conference tournament. On Friday, the fifth-seeded Lions will face fourth-seeded Lamar in a first round match at 3:30 p.m. A win would set up a semifinal match with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Sunday's final is set for 2:30 p.m.
     The baseball team (23-15, 6-9 SLC) will attempt to get back into the Southland Conference race this week. On Tuesday, the Lions will face non-conference foe Louisiana-Lafayette in a road game at 6:30 p.m. Southeastern will host Southland Conference foe Texas-Arlington for a three-game series, opening on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m., before concluding on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     All four of Southeastern's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The softball team (25-24, 9-14 SLC) will also look to remain in postseason contention. The Lady Lions will take a break from league play on Tuesday, facing Grambling at 2 p.m. in Ruston. Southeastern hosts SLC leader UTA for a three-game series, opening on Saturday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 12 p.m.
     The track and field team will be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be at the LSU Alumni Gold on Saturday in Baton Rouge.
     Monday, April 16
     Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Kerville, Texas, 8 a.m.
     Tuesday, April 17
     Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, at Grambling, Ruston, 2 p.m.
     Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Kerville, Texas, 8 a.m.
     Wednesday, April 18
     Men's Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Kerville, Texas, 8 a.m.
     Friday, April 20
     Baseball, vs. Texas-Arlington, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Men's Tennis, vs. Lamar (SLC First Round), San Antonio, Texas, 3:30 p.m.
     Saturday, April 21
     Baseball, vs. Texas-Arlington, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Softball, vs. Texas-Arlington (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*
     Women's Tennis, SLC Semifinals, San Antonio, Texas, 11:30 a.m.
     Men's Tennis, SLC Semifinals, San Antonio, Texas, 3:30 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Alumni Gold, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Sunday, April 22
     Baseball, vs. Texas-Arlington, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Softball, vs. Texas-Arlington, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*
     Women's Tennis, SLC Finals, San Antonio, Texas, 11:30 a.m.
     Men's Tennis, SLC Finals, San Antonio, Texas, 3:30 p.m.
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Student achievements
Sociology and Criminal Justice graduate student Melanie Breaux Norwood presented two papers at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting held in Chicago, April 4-7. The papers were entitled "The Social Construction of the Simplicity of Crime-Solving" and "Examining Violence in Intimate Partners: A Comparison of Homosexual and Heterosexual Homicide Rates."
     April Bagwill, a graduate student in Biological Sciences, gave a presentation "Seasonal Oviductal Ultrastructure of the American Alligator: Sperm Storage as a Reproductive Tactic" at the Third International Crocodilian Genetics and Genomics Conference, Panama City, Panama, on April 13. Dr. David Sever, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, is a co-author and Bagwill's thesis director.
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Brian CrotherCrother named president-elect of national scientific society
Brian Crother, assistant dean of Southeastern Louisiana University's College of Science and Technology, has been elected president-elect of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR).
     A national scientific society with members throughout the world, SSAR encourages education and dissemination of scientific thought, conservation of wildlife, particularly amphibians and reptiles. The society also promotes closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional herpetologists, so that they may work together in the common cause of furthering science.
     Crother, a member of the Southeastern biological sciences faculty since 1992, has published more than 50 articles on reptile and amphibian biology, many concentrating on evolutionary biology. He also edited or co-edited books on amphibians and reptiles of the Caribbean and on the ecology and evolution in the tropics related to reptiles and amphibians.
     Crother is chair of the national committee that determines the standard English and scientific names of the reptiles and amphibians of North America. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Herpetology and was the editor of the journal Herpetological Monographs.
     Along with colleague Mary White from Southeastern and Robert Cashner of the University of New Orleans, Crother co-hosted SSAR's annual meetings in New Orleans last summer.
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Professional activities
Dr. Richard Louth
(English) was moderator on a panel entitled "Demystifiying the Classics: An In-Depth Look at The Sound and the Fury" at the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans on April 1. During the festival, Dr. Louth also took part in a book signing and reception at the Cabildo as one of the authors included in Pelican Press's recent release, Louisiana in Words. Louth will join other Louisiana in Words authors at a book signing and reading at The Philosopher's Stone Bookshop in Ponchatoula, on Saturday, April 21, 4-6 p.m.
     Dr. Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) was recently invited to join the editorial board of the journal, Metabolism.
     Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) was honored with Gamma Beta Phi's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for 2007.
     Dr. Debbie Johnson (Family and Consumer Sciences) has been elected to serve on the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Council for Accreditation. Dr. Johnson will serve a three-year term on the council.
     Charles Elliott and William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented lectures, respectively entitled "Of Cabbages and Kings: (Re)Considering Peasants for Presentations and Impressions," and "Merchants, Money, and Municipalities: Towns and Guilds in 14th Century England," to an Acadiana Medieval Faire workshop on Feb.10. History and Political Science faculty were also featured at the March 17 Teaching American History Grant Saturday Teachers Workshop, "Reverence, Rebellion, Rabbits, and Reindeer: The History and Meaning of American Holidays." Presenting lectures were Robison, "Christmas, Easter, and Halloween: Christians, Pagans, and Red Tag Specials" and "Secularized Religious Holidays: Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, St. Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day"; Elliott ("Different Mountain, Different Moon: Teaching Beyond Holiday Multiculturalism" and "Green Beer and Red Stick: (Re)Considering French-and-Indian Holidays on the Louisiana Cultural Frontier"; Ronald Traylor, "Civic Holidays: Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day" and "African-American Holidays: Juneteenth, Kwaanza, MLK Day, and Others"; Eileen Engel, "Hands Off My Doubloons: Mardi Gras"; and Engel and Ann Trappey (TAH coordinator), "Hands On My Documents: Primary Sources and the State Guides."
     Keith Finley (History and Political Science) presented a paper, "Coming to Terms with the Inevitable: Russell Long and Civil Rights," and Robison led a panel discussion of TAH grants in Louisiana at the Louisiana Historical Association conference on March 22 in Alexandria. LHA Board member Roman Heleniak announced that the 2008 LHA conference will be held in Hammond, with the Department of History and Political Science as host. William Robison led a group discussion on "Natural Disasters and TAH Grants" on March 29 at the Teaching American History Symposium held in conjunction with the 2007 Organization of American Historians conference in Minneapolis. Robison is serving as chair of the external review for the Department of History at the University of West Florida in April.
     An article by Dr. Tony Armenta (Educational Leadership and Technology), "How to Manage Subs --Without Getting Sunk!” will be published in the National Association of Secondary School Principals' publication, Principal Leadership, in April 2007.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) published "Catholic High Schools Surmounting Crises" in the September/October 2006 issue of Momentum.
     Dr. Fred Dembowski (Educational Leadership and Technology) has been selected to serve as managing editor of NCPEA Connexions and chair of the NCPEA publication's executive board.
     Dr. Rayma Harchar (Education Leadership and Technology) presented "Reaching Out to a Rural School In Crisis: An Action Research Study" at the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 8-10.
     Dr. Aristides Baraya (General Business), Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing and Finance) and Lizette Bonilla of Distance University of Costa Rica UNED have had their article accepted for publication in the International Business & Economics Research Journal. The article is titled "Strategic Role, Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises Facing DR-CAFTA: The Case of Costa Rica."
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) and Dr. Michael Jones (Marketing) recently published their article, "RFID is No Fake: The Adoption of Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain," in the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management.
     Beth Stahr (Sims Memorial Library) and Ladonna Guillot (Baton Rouge Nursing Library) presented a poster session entitled "Embedded Librarians: Unprecedented Access to Online Learners" at the 13th Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference in Baltimore on March 31. Eric Johnson (Sims Memorial Library) and Judith Lin Hunt of Montclair State University led a roundtable discussion on "Cafes: Conversation, Connections, Collaboration" at the conference.
     Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) and LaToya S. Davis, graduate student in Applied Sociology program, presented the paper "The Protective Effect of Male Circumcision on HIV in Kenya" at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America held in New York, March 29-31.
     Dr. Tim Gautreaux, writer in residence, appeared on a panel at the annual Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. The topic was writing short fiction. Gautreaux also recently gave visiting lectures on writing to English faculty Richard Louth's Southern Fiction class and Bev Marshall's fiction writing class.
     Denise Hart and Michele Ellis (Nursing) were invited to make a presentation on "Decubitus Ulcers and Wound Healing; Care Plan Interventions and Evaluations" at the 2007 Louisiana Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference in Lafayette on April 13.
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