ByLion -- April 2

New application deadlines
Students receive official rings
Counseling students excel
Names sought for Golden Silence
Guitar Festival underway
Forrest interviewed for 'NOVA'
National Library Week April 15-21
'Dealing with Change' workshop
Retirees honored
Fiscal year deadline reminder
Property control notice
Spring Break power outages
Parking restrictions
LEH grant workshop
Students study wetlands
SLWP receives NWP grant
Center for Faculty Excellence

Language Fest turns 25
LaLit poetry competition
Livingston Center leisure courses
Upcoming SBDC workshops
'Being There for Children'
Soccer 'rings' with success
This week in athletics
Shwalb to head SCCR
Professional activities

New application deadlines announced
Southeastern has announced new deadlines for applying for admission.
     Earlier final application deadlines for summer, spring and fall terms have been established, said Sam Domiano, director of new student enrollment. No applications will be accepted after the final deadlines of June 1 for the summer semester; Aug. 1 for the fall semester; and Dec. 15 for the spring semester.
     "An earlier final application deadline allows us to communicate with new applicants sooner," Domiano said. "As a result, students will receive earlier admissions decisions."
     "We strongly encourage students to apply now, as it may also save them money," Domiano said. "Students who apply by May 1 for summer, July 15 for fall and Dec. 1 for spring will pay only a $20 application fee. Students who apply after these dates will pay a $70 fee."
     Domiano said applicants who apply and are admitted to the university are also invited to the earlier orientation programs, which are required for all beginning freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 hours. "Since the orientation program includes academic advising and class scheduling, students who attend the early sessions get first pick when it comes to class selection," he said.
     Students can apply for admission online at For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions at 985-549-5637, 1-800-222-SELU or
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Students admire new rings Students admire new university rings
Southeastern students gathered at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday for the university's second official ring ceremony.
     The university ring ring, unveiled during Homecoming 2005, was created by Balfour and designed by a committee of Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is available to students and alumni.
     Students received their rings from President Randy Moffett and took a special "Oath of Pride."
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Counseling students excel on national licensure exam
Students in Southeastern's graduate program in counseling scored above the national average in all areas of the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification taken in the fall 2006 semester, according to a report just released.
     The Southeastern students also scored above the average for all institutions accredited by the Commission on Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP), the leading accrediting body for counseling programs, said Mary Ballard, interim head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, a unit in the College of Education and Human Development.
     "While our students typically score above national and CACREP institutional averages in many sub-areas, it is highly unusual for a program to achieve this level in all 13 sub-areas of the examination," Ballard said. "Quite naturally, we're elated with the results and quite proud of our students' performance."
     "The dedication and hard work of the Southeastern faculty and the quality of students admitted to this program are certainly evident from the high passage rate earned on this rigorous examination," said John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
     The National Counselor Examination also serves as Louisiana's licensing exam for counseling candidates. The exam assesses knowledge, skills and abilities considered essential in providing effective counseling services. The 13 sub-areas covered in the exam include a wide range of content areas, including the fundamentals of counseling, group counseling, research, ethics, human growth and development, and professional practice issues.
     Southeastern's counseling program is nationally accredited by CACREP. The Southeastern program offers tracks in community counseling, school counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Graduates of the program meet the academic requirements for state licensure as licensed professional counselors in the state of Louisiana as well as many other states.
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Names sought for annual 'Golden Silence' memorial
The Alumni Association will host "Golden Silence," a program to honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students and faculty and staff. The annual candlelight ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Park.
     "We encourage the campus and the public to please let us know if someone from the Southeastern family has passed away so that we can honor them at the Golden Silence," said Alumni Relations Director Kathy Pittman.
     To include a name in the Golden Silence program, contact the Alumni Association by Tuesday, April 3, at 985-549?2150, 1-800-758-2586 or
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The Southeastern Guitar Quartet, far left, Matthew Aguilar, Matthew Spears, David Bryan, and Gabriel Alack, and guest artist Martha Master, left, will be featured in the annual Guitar Festival.
Southeastern Guitar Festival opens tonight; concerts throughout April
Southeastern's annual Guitar Festival will feature concerts by students, faculty members, and, guest artists and local guitarists performing a variety of jazz, classical, country/ragtime, and bottleneck blues.
     Free concerts are scheduled throughout April in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium and open to the public.
     This year's festival, sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Southeastern Guitar Club, and Dr. Ted's Music Center, will kick off on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a debut concert by the Southeastern Guitar Quartet, said festival coordinator Patrick Kerber, a member of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty.
     Quartet members are Matthew Aguilar of Denham Springs, Matthew Spears of Frierson, David Bryan of Ponchatoula, and Gabriel Alack of Albany. They will play concert music from the Renaissance to the flamenco-inspired Spanish ballet music of Manuel de Falla.
     Kerber said the group has been studying and performing together for three years. "They possess the unique combination of shared musicianship, technique, and compatible personality that is crucial for the success of such a group," he said.
     The All Styles Guitar Night on the Circle is set for April 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Pottle Performance Circle adjacent to the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. "We did this event for the first time last year, and it was very entertaining and relaxing to sit outside and listen to guitar music played in so many unique styles," said Kerber. "I anticipate that this will become a staple of the festival."
     On April 18 at 7:30 p.m., Martha Masters, international recording guitarist, will be featured in a recital. She is on the guitar faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed her doctoral degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant. As one of the preeminent guitarists on the touring circuit, Masters has a number of recordings, videos, competition awards, and publications to her credit.
     "She will showcase her flawless technique and sensitive musicianship in a recital which will feature music ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary," said Kerber.
Masters will teach a masterclass for Southeastern students on April 19 at 10 a.m. in the Pottle Music Building, room 124. The class is open to the public.
     On April 25 at 7:30 p.m., the 19-member Southeastern Guitar Ensemble will close the festival with music from Baroque to contemporary for three, four, and 18 guitars. The concert also will feature soprano Jessica Davis Bryan of Ponchatoula, a Southeastern graduate student majoring in vocal performance. Bryan recently sang the role of "Miss Titmouse" in the Southeastern Opera/Music Theater Workshop production of "Too Many Sopranos." Bryan will join her husband David, a member of the Guitar Quartet, in Falla's "Popular Spanish" songs.
     Kerber said the concert's finale is "something that will definitely surprise the ears."
"It's French, Oriental, played on Spanish classical guitars, and is influenced by 20th century household technology," he said.
     For additional information about the Guitar Festival, contact Kerber at 985-549-2886 or e-mail
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Barbara Forrest interviewed by WGBH-TV PBS crewForrest interviewed for PBS's 'NOVA'
Philosophy Professor Barbara Forrest was interviewed last week by representatives of WGBH-TV for the Public Broadcasting System's program NOVA. Conducting the interview is Joseph McMaster, producer, writer and director for the award-winning series. Forrest is being featured in a documentary focusing on the federal case Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District, in which she served as a key expert witness in a trial in which plaintiffs sought to prevent the teaching of intelligent design in the district. The program is expected to air in the fall. Forrest is co-author of the book Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.
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Library celebrates National Library Week April 15-21
Sims Memorial Library has special events planned for National Library Week, April 15-21.
     "This year's theme is 'Come Together @ Your Library,'" said Director Eric Johnson. "The faculty and staff of Sims Memorial Library are inviting everyone to join in the celebration along with us and libraries across the country."
     In addition to daily events, the library will continue its tradition of waiving all overdue fees for library materials returned during National Library Week.
     On Monday, April 16, the Baton Rouge Nursing Library will provide cake for the Baton Rouge Center's students and faculty.
     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 April 17, readings will be presented by English instructors Leah Rourks, Brooke Champagne, and Jay Todd, and current and former students Stephanie Schexnayder, Antonio Muse, and Brian Camp at 7 p.m. on the third floor.
     The library's annual National Library Week book sale will be held in the lobby on Wednesday, April 18, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Thursday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
     For additional information, visit
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'Dealing with Change' workshop
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is sponsoring a program on campus on Thursday, April 12, entitled "Dealing with Change." It is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This one day class will help participants implement strategies and techniques to help themselves adapt to various changes in their work situations. Participants will learn how to identify areas of resistance and negative mental models and apply a transitional model to manage their reactions to change.
     The program is open to all faculty and staff. Pre-registration and supervisory approval is required by the state.
     Please contact the Training Section of the Human Resources Office at extensions 5435 or 5771 for registration information.
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Southeastern retireesRetirees honored at reception
Faculty and staff who retired this year were recognized at the university's annual retiree reception held March 27 at the Alumni Center. In all, 49 individuals representing 969 years of service to Southeastern retired during the year. Shown with President Randy Moffett, back, far right, are, from left, front, Cynthia Prestholdt, nursing; Archie Moore, chemistry and physics; Patricia Friedman, library; Charlotte Larson, Alumni Association; Sue Nichols, English; Beth Robinson and Marilyn Burt, Laboratory School; back row, left to right: Michael Kurtz, Graduate School; Gayle Neal, Continuing Education; Carole Lund and Catherine Holland, nursing; Margo Kennedy and Carole Bedwell, English; Roger Tate, physical plant; Ron Kennedy, visual arts; and Barry Talbot, management.
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Fiscal year-end deadline reminder
This is a reminder to all operating funded budget units an administration deadline is established for the submission of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department. Failure to submit requisitions by the prescribed deadline may result in administration liquidation of remaining budgeted funds after this date. Since April 15 is on a Sunday this year, then the deadline will be Friday, April 13.
     If the purchase of an item may require preparation, bid solicitation and delivery time greater than 75 days, then the budget unit is reminded Acts 51 and 962 of the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature require goods and services to be physically received on or before June 30 of the fiscal year.
Any restricted or grant accounts requiring physical receipt of goods or services by a specified deadline should adhere to the same April 13th deadline or equivalent 75 day lead period to insure the timely processing and receipt of goods or services by June 30th or other deadline, respectively.
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Property control notice
An audit conducted by the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency (LPAA) on Southeastern's movable property inventory was completed by LPAA in February. In response to recommendations made by LPAA of Southeastern's movable property inventory, the following reminders are made to faculty and staff:
     Dismantling of Inventory Property: No inventory property may be dismantled prior to receiving LPAA approval. Approval to dismantle movable property for parts or other purposes must be submitted by Southeastern Property Control to LPAA. This is a request and is not, in any case, considered an approval for any action until notification is received by Southeastern Property Control from LPAA that approval is given to dismantle a property item. In no case shall property be dismantled or stripped prior to LPAA approval. Budget unit should complete Property Control's Movable Property Surplus/Transfer Form and attach a justification memo to form outlining the intended purpose of dismantle.
     Idle or Surplus Property: Inventory property that may become idle or surplus to an inventory unit shall be surplused by the inventory head within the week it becomes idle or surplus. Inventory unit head should complete Property Control's Movable Property Surplus/Transfer Request form to facilitate pickup and delivery to Southeastern Property Control. Southeastern Property Control will determine if the item may have use by other inventory units or surplus the item in the State's Asset Management System within the week Southeastern Property Control determines the item to be idle or surplus.
     Removal of Inventory Property From Campus: No inventory property of Southeastern shall be removed from campus to a non-university location for use and storage without the prior approval of the employee's department head or director. In the event, the department head or director should be the user, the department head or director's next level supervisor shall be sought for approval. The department head or director shall be responsible for documenting the employee's temporary use and storage of the inventory property on the Property Control issued Department Record of Movable Property To Be Temporarily Used and Stored At Non-University Location form. Approval shall be based on the purposes of research or other reason within the scope and mission of the University. The department head or director will be responsible to forward a copy of the department record form to Property Control at the time of release. The department head or director will be responsible to forward a copy of the department record form to Property Control verifying the return of the movable property.
Your attention concerning the areas outlined is most important to Southeastern.
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Spring break power outages
Below is the schedule of power outages on campus during the week of Spring Break.
      Tinsley Hall -- Monday, April 9-Friday, April 13.
     Mims Hall, Biology Building, White Hall, Pursley Hall, Southeastern Hall -- April 9, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
     Pursley Hall and Southeastern Hall -- April 10, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
     Zachary Taylor Hall -- April 11, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
     Cafeteria - April 12, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
     Kinesiology & Health Studies Building -- April 13, 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
     These shutdowns are associated with the primary electrical service project on campus that will provide more reliable electrical service to the buildings on campus when completed. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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Parking restrictions notice
The following streets and/or parking areas will be restricted or closed on the dates listed:
     Tuesday, April 3 -- The Cook Field parking area will be reserved for attendees at the TADAC event in the University Center sponsored by the Department of Counseling; the East Student Union parking lot will be reserved for the 4-H Cook-Off sponsored by the School of Nursing; and attendees of the NETT Core Committee in the KIVA will be utilizing the parking areas around the Cate Teacher Education Center on a space-available basis.
     Through the end of the Spring semester, approximately 10 parking spaces in the North McKneely Hall parking lot, near the Student Union, will be fenced off for construction of the Memorial Fountain.
     For more information about these parking lot closures or restrictions, please contact the University Parking Office at 985-549-5695 between 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, except holidays or University closures.
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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities grant workshop
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities philanthropic mission is to support public programs and projects that are key to understanding our identity as a community, state, nation and world. The LEH offers several categories of grants of interest to university faculty.
     A Teacher Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) grant allows university faculty to contribute to the enhancement of pre-university education by offering graduate courses in the humanities during the summer to Louisiana teachers. Learn more on Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 303.
For more information contact Gary Talarchek, 1-800-909-7990 x123 or 620-2627, or
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Top left, CREST Scholars gather in the university's mesocosm located in the horticultural center. From left, are Aine Johnson, Christopher Harris, Southeastern biologist Gary Shaffer, Chris Lundberg and Eddie Koch; top right, CREST Scholar Aine Johnson and biologist Gary Childers collect samples in the Maurepas Swamp; left, Graduate student and CREST Scholar Chris Lundberg and student assistant Scarlett Vallaire record measurements of cypress seedlings in the Maurepas Swamp.

Grad students using CREST funds to study wetlands restoration
Four Southeastern graduate students are literally knee deep in research projects that are addressing the loss of crucial Louisiana wetlands.
     Selected as CREST (Coastal Restoration and Enhancement through Science and Technology) Scholars, the students have been provided funding to research the most effective approaches to restoring Louisiana's vanishing coast.
     Edward Koch of Ponchatoula, Christopher Lundberg of Albany, Aine Johnson of Lake Charles and Chris Harris of Bogalusa are all working on their master's degrees in biology or microbiology and conducting intensive field research under the mentorship of Southeastern biologists Gary Childers and Gary Shaffer.
     Their projects range from a study of the best environments that promote the healthy growth of marsh vegetation to the benefits of using treated sewage effluent to convert marsh and open water into cypress-tupelo swamps that can help decrease storm surges.
     The projects funded by CREST, an alliance of a dozen Louisiana and Mississippi universities, are intended to add to the body of research and best practices to help policymakers, planners and coastal resource managers use the latest science to ensure productive coastal habitats. Funds are provided by the National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
     "Restoration of our coastal wetlands has never been more important or urgent," said Daniel McCarthy, dean of the Southeastern College of Science and Technology. "The alarming rate of loss of coastal wetlands that Louisiana experiences annually has been well documented. The hurricanes of 2005, which demolished 218 square miles of wetlands, can be considered a wake-up call for the potential for even greater devastation if we cannot restore the buffer zone against storms that the wetlands can provide."
     Two projects are evaluating the optimum environments for the growth of baldcypress trees, the species that once dominated the wetlands of the southeast but which decreased greatly in number due to extensive lumber harvesting and wetlands deterioration.
     Koch has retrofitted the university's mesocosm facility, an experimental system that simulates the real-life conditions that exist in Louisiana wetland systems. He is using the Maurepas Swamp as his model, "because it experiences the entire range of environmental and human impacts felt by wetlands throughout the state, ranging from hurricanes and salt pulses to droughts and river diversions," he said.
     In the mesocosm facility, Koch plants trees, shrubs, grasses and herbs common to the Maurepas Swamp in 144 different vessels. He is able to selectively control an array of environmental conditions, such as water level, water flow rate, nutrient presence and salt level.
     "With this approach, I can simulate the entire Maurepas Swamp, how it exists now and how it might exist with a fresh water river diversion flowing through it," Koch said. The swamp is a candidate for a future Mississippi River diversion project designed to mimic the healthy natural flooding that existed prior to the implementation of extensive levee and flood control systems that have been installed over the last century.
     Lundberg is trying to determine how treated sewage effluent can stimulate the growth and productivity of baldcypress seedlings. More than 5,000 seedlings, each outfitted with plastic tubing to keep pesky nutria from gnawing at the plants, are being planted in nearby Four Mile Marsh, a 700-acre site that receives over four million gallons of treated sewage every day. His approach has the potential to grow cypress trees more than twice as fast as traditional plantings with far higher chances of survival.
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SLWP receives National Writing Project grant
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project has has received a $45,000 grant from the National Writing Project in Berkeley, Calif., to support SLWP's 16th annual Invitational Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing (June 25 - July 27), an Advanced Institute for SLWP Teacher Consultants, and a summer Young Writers' Program, said Director Richard Louth of the Southeastern English faculty.
     Louth said the grant will also fund SLWP workshops and activities conducted throughout the year for area schools and teachers.
     The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project is collaboratively supported by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.
     Summer Fellowships for the 2007 Invitational Summer Institute still are still available for kindergarten-college teachers from across the curriculum. The institute provides six hours of graduate credit, tuition, and a $200 stipend.
     Teachers may apply by contacting Louth at
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
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 at 5791 or
     Tuesday, April 3 or Wednesday, April 4, 2-4 p.m.: Certificate for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL), Session 2, "Reflection: The bridge between service and learning" -- The center has partnered with Louisiana Campus Compact (LaCC) to provide training on how to develop and implement service-learning into your classes. LaCC Interim Director Stuart Stewart and Program Director David Deggs will present the workshop. Attend both the March and April workshops and receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
     Thursday, April 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion -- All faculty, staff, and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend, drinks and cookies will be provided.
NOTE: The Center for Faculty Excellence will be closed during Spring Break week, April 9-13. Physical Plant is scheduling an electrical shutdown of Tinsley Hall and Tinsley Hall Annex for the week of Spring Break, April 9-13. This will allow the new electrical service on campus to feed from Meade Hall to Tinsley Hall. This service will provide new feeds to the building and better protection from single phasing. We will re-open on Monday, April 16.
Mark Your Calendars
     Lyceum Lights, April 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks:
Drs. David W. and Barbara J. Shwalb (Psychology) will speak on "As Time Goes By: Hurricane Katrina's Long-Term Effects on Students at Southeastern Louisiana University." Make your reservation early. Please RSVP by April 20.
Call for Applications
     2007-2008 Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement:
"How can I make myself a better teacher?" is the one question that really matters to teachers. If you have asked yourself this question, then you will not want to miss the 2007-2008 Institute for Teaching and Professional Enhancement. This year's institute will continue to focus on teaching and learning by creating a faculty learning community. Our faculty learning community will be a multi-disciplinary group of 10 members engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program focused on enhancing teaching and learning through reflection and peer review.
     Look for the call for applications in your mailboxes when you return from Spring Break, and for more information, contact Heather O'Connell, ITPE coordinator, at 549-5762 or
Call for Proposals
     Faculty Development Grant Program:
Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2007-08 academic year. Each grant award is for a maximum of $2,000. All full-time faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply.

Application forms
     The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 16. The deadline has been extended due to Spring Break. Proposals are to be hand-delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6. Absolutely no proposals will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. NOTE: In order for proposals to be reviewed at the April meeting of the IRB Committee, they will need to be submitted to Institutional Research office by the end of the day on March 29.
     CITI - Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative: The Center for Faculty Excellence is soliciting proposals to develop innovative courses or to integrate innovative teaching and/or assessment elements into existing courses. Proposals must describe projects that go beyond traditional teaching and learning paradigms. Proposed projects may link learning with the workplace, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty-student research and interaction, create K-12 and business partnerships for learning, or increase awareness of cultural pluralism.
     All full-time university faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply.
     Deadline for proposals is April 16. Original proposal and four copies must be delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6, by 4:30 p.m. Click here for the application form or visit our office in Tinsley Annex, Room 6. For more information, contact the center at 5791.
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Happy Birthday, Foreign Languages Festival

Happy 25th anniversary, Foreign Language Festival!
Dr. Luz Escobar (partially hidden), director of the annual Foreign Language Festival, and Dr. Lucia Harrison, head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, blow out candles on a celebratory cake to mark the 25th anniversary of the annual festival.
     The cake was served to all of the participants in the festival, held Tuesday, March 27, at the University Center. The 25th festival drew high school students from 19 Louisiana schools to participate in individually Spanish and French poetry, prose, and extemporaneous speaking categories and as groups in music and plays.
     Escobar has headed the festival since 2000 and is it's fourth director. Previous directors were James Fournet, Edwin France Jr. and Jeanne Gillespie.
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Louisiana Literature sponsors annual poetry competition
Louisiana Literature, Southeastern's award-wining literary magazine, is seeking entries for its annual poetry competition.
     Entries for the 21st annual Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry, which includes a $400 award, must be submitted by April 20, said Editor Jack Bedell of Southeastern's English Department faculty.
Bedell said all entries -- either a poem or group of poems -- will be considered for publication in Louisiana Literature.
     For a $12 handling fee, which also earns a one?year subscription to the journal, United States residents may enter one to five poems, totaling 250 lines, Bedell said. "Poems may be on any topic. All work must be previously unpublished, and a name and address must appear on each poem," he said.
     Along with entries, participants should send a check or money order payable to Louisiana Literature and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for contest results. Manuscripts cannot be returned, but entrants should send a second envelope if they want notification of receipt.
     Entries should be mailed to Louisiana Literature, Poetry Contest, SLU 10792, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond LA 70402.
     For additional information about the contest or Louisiana Literature, contact Bedell at or 985-549-5756 or visit
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Spring continuing education courses offered at Livingston Center
The Livingston Parish Community Education Program will offer spring courses April 17-May 24 at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     Courses being offered at the center, located at 9261 Florida Blvd. (US 190), include:
     April 17-May 22, "Beginning Upholstery" (ART002), Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., room 154. Taught by Sandra Pace, the course is designed for beginning and intermediate students and is limited to 20 participants. Students will learn upholstery basics, techniques and preparation to work with fabric, vinyl and canvas. Techniques presented in class can be accomplished on a household sewing machine.
     Cost is $65 plus with an additional $20 for materials. Students must purchase basic upholstery tools, available from the instructor. Participants must bring their own project (limited to a maximum of four feet, no leatherwork) and material.
     April 19-May 24, "Still Life Drawing" (ART001), Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., room 105. The course offered by Darryl D. Alello is designed for beginning and intermediate students and is limited to 30 participants. Students will learn to create a still life drawing by observation using fundamental drawing techniques and appropriate materials. Cost: $70 plus $7 for cost of materials.
     April 19-May 24, "Success and You" (SH001), Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., room 106. Liz Reno will teach students how to create a life plan to increase their personal and career success. Students will explore personal development, create specific goals, learn time management and financial budgeting techniques, and practice experiential learning.
     The course is limited to 25 students at a cost of $75.
     For more information on the Livingston Community Education Program, contact Joan Gunter at (225) 665-3303.
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SBDC sponsors seminars in April on express loans, financial statements
The Small Business Development Center is sponsoring seminars in April on express loans and understanding financial statements.
     Businesses that need working capital will benefit from the free seminar on the Community Express Loan Program, scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, from 9 a.m.-noon.
     Co-hosted by the United States Small Business Administration, the event will take business owners step-by-step through information on how to qualify.
     For more information or to register please e-mail the SBDC at
     On Tuesday, April 24, 4-8 p.m., the SBDC will cohost "Understanding Financial Statements" with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce.
     This seminar is designed to show small business owners how to clearly and concisely read, understand, and use financial statements when making business decisions. Topics will include break-even analysis, cash flow projections, and using key business ratios.
     The cost is $20, $10 for Hammond Chamber of Commerce members. Pre-registration is preferred.
     For additional information, including location, of the April seminars, contact the Small Business Development Center at (985) 549-3831 or
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Child Welfare conference'Being There for Children'
Southeastern's Social Work program and the Office of Community Services (OCS), Region IX, sponsored "Together ... Being There for Our Children … Educating, Mentoring, Nurturing," the annual a conference for social work educators, professionals, foster families and adoptive families, on March 30 at the University Center. Dozens of child welfare professionals as well as Southeastern social work students attended the eighth annual conference. Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin L. Yates, College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen and Maurice Badon, coordinator of Southeastern's child welfare program, were among those welcoming the workshop's speakers and participants. From left, are Patsy Johnson, OCS section administrator; Margie Rogillion, president of the Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Association; Robert Couvillion, OCS Covington regional administrator, Marketa Garner Gautreaux, OCS assistant secretary; Mary Ballard, interim head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development; Yates, and Badon.
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Soccer team at ring ceremony
Lady Lions Soccer 'rings' with success
President Randy Moffett, far right, was on hand last week to congratulate Lady Lions Soccer Coach Blake Hornbuckle and his team as they received their Southland Conference championship rings to cap off their successful 2006 season. The Lady Lions won the fourth Southland Conference regular season championship in school history. Southeastern previously won league titles in 1999, 2002 and 2003. The 2006 Lady Lions were only the fourth team in SLC history to go through the league season unbeaten.

This week in athletics
The baseball and softball teams will attempt to rebound from Southland Conference sweeps during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (20-11, 4-5 SLC) had its streak of nine consecutive series victories snapped last weekend, as they were swept by SLC frontrunner Texas-San Antonio. Southeastern will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Mobile at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, the Lions welcome league foe McNeese State to town for a 6:30 p.m. contest, with the series continuing on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series concludes on Saturday at 3 p.m. All four games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Tuesday's promotion will be "Salute to Scrubs" with hospital employees receiving free admission with a hospital ID card or if they wear their scrubs to the game. For the McNeese State series, fans will be admitted for half price if they wear a Southeastern shirt to the games. In addition, Hammond Youth Baseball players will be admitted for free if they wear their team uniform to Thursday's game.
     The Lady Lion softball team (20-20, 6-11 SLC) will look to bounce back from last weekend's sweep at Sam Houston State. Southeastern will host McNeese State for a three-game series, beginning with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday. The series concludes on Saturday at 12 p.m.
     The men's golf team, ranked 35th nationally by Golfstat, has finished in the top three in each of its five tournaments this spring. The Lions will look to continue its strong play this week at the MTSU/Adila Intercollegiate in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The tournament opens on Monday with the first two rounds with the final 18 holes scheduled for Tuesday.
     The women's tennis team (15-2, 7-0 SLC) will look to extend its 13-match winning streak and its 30-match winning streak over league opponents this week. The Lady Lions will travel to Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 12 p.m., before heading to Sam Houston State for a 10 a.m. road contest.
     The men's tennis team (8-8, 2-4 SLC) will continue preparation for the Southland Conference Tournament this week. The Lions will face Memphis on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Murray State at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Both matches will be held in Memphis, Tenn.
     The men's and women's track and field team will look to add to its NCAA Mideast Regional qualifiers this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Texas Relays, which run Thursday through Saturday in Austin, Texas.
     Monday, April 2
     Men's Golf, at MTSU/Adila Intercollegiate, Murfeesboro, Tenn., 8 a.m.
     Tuesday, April 3
     Baseball, vs. Mobile, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's Golf, at MTSU/Adila Intercollegiate, Murfeesboro, Tenn., 8 a.m.
     Men's Tennis, at Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 2 p.m.
     Wednesday, April 4
     Men's Tennis, vs. Murray State, Memphis, Tenn., 10 a.m.
     Thursday, April 5
     Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
     Friday, April 6
     Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. McNeese State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
     Saturday, April 7
     Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. McNeese State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 10 a.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
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David ShwalbShwalb named president-elect of national organization
David Shwalb, assistant professor of psychology, has been named president-elect of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, an organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging research on human behavior.
     Shwalb, who has been conducting cross-culture research since 1978, was named president-elect at the society's annual meeting in February in San Antonio, Texas.
     Shwalb's cross-cultural research program involves an ongoing collaboration with scholars and institutions in Japan. He holds positions with the Hokkaido University (Sapporo), the Japanese Child and Family National Research Center (Tokyo), and serves as the English abstract editor for the Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology.
     SCCR is an organization of members devoted to pursuing cross-cultural research from a multidisciplinary perspective to include psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Other members who participate are communications, business, and education professionals.
     As president-elect, Shwalb's vision is that the organization grows into an international organization that is relevant to the worldwide growing interest in scientific research about cultural influences on human behavior.
     Shwalb, along with his wife and Southeastern psychology department colleague Barbara Shwalb and their undergraduate and graduate students, have conducted research into how college students, principals, parents, teachers and students view respect and disrespect.
     Following the 2005 storms, they also conducted a survey of displaced and regular students at Southeastern, showing that many continued to feel its impact psychologically, physically, and economically. The Shwalbs will host the 2008 SCCR annual meeting in New Orleans next February.
     "People from outside Louisiana need to come here to understand what the citizens of New Orleans and Louisiana are still going through 18 months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," said Shwalb.
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Professional activities
Dr. Sarah Weaver
and Dr. Rebecca Kruse (Chemistry and Physics) were invited to attend "Coaching Strong Women in the Art of Strategic Persuasion," a workshop offered by the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh) and funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Weaver and Dr. Kruse received travel scholarships from COACh to attend the workshop held March 24 in Chicago, Ill., in conjunction with the American Chemical Society National Spring conference.
     Gary Keown (Visual Arts) will be listed in the 2007 Cambridge Who's Who.
     An article by Dr. Zach Teitler (Mathematics), "A note on Mustata's computation of multiplier ideals of hyperplane arrangements," has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.
     Dr. Fred Dembowski (Educational Leadership and Technology) has been selected as a member of the editorial advisory board for the education leadership review published by National Council of Professors of educational administration in Flagstaff, Ariz.
     Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Storm Sagas: The Displacement, Return and Resurgence of Mid-South Educational Researchers in the Wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita," at the symposium of Mid-South Education Research Association in Birmingham, Ala.
     Drs. Jeffrey Temple, Michael Doughty, and Debra Dolliver (Biological Sciences) took five students to the National American Chemical Society Meeting in Chicago, Ill., March 24-29. While there, Dr. Temple's students Adriana Dantin and Alexandra Mattheus presented work entitled "Expression and purification of a yeast glutaminyl cyclase" and "Characterization of West Nile virus RNA dependent RNA polymerase." Dr. Doughty's students Tao Lin and Sara Harris presented work entitled "Design and synthesis of template competitive reverse transcriptase inhibitors" and "Inhibition of nucleic acid polymerases: Template-competitive transcriptase inhibitors." Dr. Dolliver's student Tiffany Thomas presented work entitled "Synthesis of Asymmetric Hydroxamates." Dr. Dolliver presented "Palladium-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions involving N-Alkoxyimidoyl Halides and Boronic Acids."
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) is the author (with Wayne Welsh) of Criminal Violence: Patterns, Causes, and Prevention. The just-released second edition is published by Oxford University Press. In addition to chapters on the better known types of criminal violence such as homicides, robberies, and sexual assaults, new chapters include hate crimes, workplace violence, school violence, and gang violence. There are also new chapters on domestic and international terrorism. This is Dr. Riedel's 11th book.
     Dr. David Ramsey (General Business), a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, presented "Wartime Advising" at the annual conference of the Louisiana Academic Advising Association (LACADA) on March 22 in Lafayette.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) recently published an article titled "The RFID Value Proposition for Reverse Logistics" in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Trading Partner Practices.
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