ByLion -- April 30

Honoré to address grads
Roberts visits with fans, friends
Keddy to receive national award
Phi Kappa Phi banquet May 2
Nursing stages 'mock fatality'
Employee Recognition Day
Jazz combos tonight at Pottle
'Cabaret' concerts Tuesday
Chamber Orchestra May 1
Ceramics Club sale May 1-2
Student achievements
This week in athletics
Take a survey--win an Ipod!
Blakeney in 'Tour de Cure'
Professional activities

Lt. Gen. Russel HonoreLt. Gen. Russel Honoré to address graduates
Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, the U.S. Army commander and Louisiana native who led the task force charged with the recovery of the area in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will address graduates at the university's spring commencement on May 12.
     Southeastern will confer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees on more than 1,050 students at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
     The commanding general of the First Army at Fort Gillem, Ga., since July 2004, Gen. Honoré was designated commander of Joint Task Force Katrina with the responsibility for coordinating relief efforts for the New Orleans and Gulf coast areas. Called "one John Wayne dude" who was "getting some stuff done" by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Gen. Honoré was recognized for his leadership following the hurricane with the Omar N. Bradley Spirit of Independence Award presented at the Independence Bowl in Shreveport in December 2005.
     Gen. Honoré has served in a variety of command and staff positions, including overseas assignments in Korea and Germany. Prior to assuming command of the First Army, he served as commander of the Standing Joint Force Headquarters-Homeland Security. He has also served as deputy commanding general for the Army Infantry Center and School at Fort Benning, Ga., and assistant division commander for the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
     A native of Lakeland, La., in Pointe Coupee Parish and holding the nickname "The Ragin' Cajun," he was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry and awarded a bachelor of science degree in vocational agriculture upon graduation from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 1971. He holds a master of arts degree in human resources from Troy State University. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate in public administration from Southern University and a doctor of laws honorary degree from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
     The general's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, the Global War on Terror Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
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Robin Roberts and Robert "Doc" Goodwin Robin Roberts with the Lady Lions team and coaches

Robin Roberts signs book, greets fans and friends
Fans -- and a number of friends -- of Southeastern alumnus Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, were on hand Saturday to greet her as she signed copies of her book, From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By, at Hammond's Books-A-Million.
     The book, which shares "life lessons" that Roberts jokingly calls "Roberts's Rules of Order," makes a number of references to Roberts' days as a member of the Lady Lions basketball team and her start in broadcasting at Hammond's WFPR radio.
     At the booksigning, she visited with the current Lady Lions team and coaches (above, right) and reconnected with old friends such as retired Southeastern Head Athletic Trainer Robert "Doc" Goodwin (left). Prior to the booksigning, she was interviewed by the Southeastern Channel.
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Paul KeddyKeddy to receive national wetlands award
Southeastern wetlands expert Paul Keddy has been selected from researchers across the country to receive the 2007 National Wetlands Award for Science Research co-presented by the Environmental Law Institute.
     The prize will be awarded at a national ceremony May 9 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Five other individuals will also be recognized in other categories.
     Keddy, Southeastern's Schlieder Endowed Chair for Environmental Studies, will receive the award in recognition of his work in developing strategic plans for scientific wetland restoration.
     "The award recognizes the seminal work in wetlands ecology that Dr. Keddy has developed and is sharing with students and colleagues as we work on rebuilding our wetlands environment," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. "This award Dr. Keddy's work as among the most comprehensive treatments available on wetland conservation."
     Keddy is the author of more than 100 scholarly papers on plant ecology and has been designated a Highly Cited Researcher in Ecology and Environment by the Institute for Scientific Information. He has written internationally-acclaimed books, including "Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation," a work considered fundamental for students and professionals involved in wetland conservation and management and which received the Society of Wetland Scientists' Merit Award. His book, Competition, received the Lawson Medal by the Canadian Botanical Association and the Gleason Prize by the New York Botanical Garden. He co-edited "Ecological Assembly Rules: Perspectives, Advances, Retreats" and "The World's Largest Wetlands: Ecology and Conservation," a 10-year research project involving 22 authors to catalog by size and significance the top 11 wetlands on earth.
     "The Schlieder Endowed Chair has been very important in allowing me to continue my research," said Keddy, who was recruited as Southeastern's first Schlieder Chair in 1999. "I have taken risks, spoken openly and honestly about important issues and pushed the boundaries of wetland ecology to achieve maximum benefits for the citizens of Louisiana, as well as for the plant and animal species so important to our environment. It is also recognition that wetlands conservation is a global ecological and environmental concern and an issue of tremendous and immediate importance."
     "In addition to the support provided by the university, the work of Professor Keddy has been supported by our EPA-funded Pontchartrain Basin Research Program," said Daniel McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology. "We are delighted that the work that has come from this program is proving to have such a widespread impact."
     A native of Ottawa, Canada, and resident of Ponchatoula, Keddy's current work focuses on biodiversity and competition among marsh plants. Forthcoming work includes a 35-page environmental history of the Manchac Swamp, a book chapter on the beneficial effects of alligators in wetlands, a new text on plant ecology and an eco-tourist guide to Louisiana.
      Keddy's web site ( includes his research papers as well as pages of advice for students, commentaries on scientific and environmental concerns and descriptions of work in progress.
     During the ceremony, other individuals will be recognized for contributions to wetland conservation in the categories of education and outreach, conservation and restoration, landowner stewardship, wetland community leadership, and state, tribal and local program development. In addition to the Environmental Law Institute, co-sponsors of the program include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Federal Highway Administration, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
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Phi Kappa Phi initiation, banquet May 2
Members of Southeastern's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to the chapter's annual initiation and banquet, Wednesday, May 2.
     The chapter will initiate undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members at the 5:30 p.m. ceremony at the Student Union Theatre. Initiates and their guest will then gather at Twelve Oaks at 6:30 p.m. for the annual banquet. President Randy Moffett will be the guest speaker and the banquet will also recognize outstanding juniors in each academic college; Albert "Snapper" Poche Jr., recipient of a prestigious National Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship; and the first recipient of the Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Endowed Scholarship, established last year in honor of the chapter's 50th anniversary.
     Banquet tickets may be purchased online at
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Mock fatality Nursing students stage 'mock crash' for high school students
Smoke billowed from the "wreckage," sirens wailed and a helicopter dropped into the north endzone of Strawberry Stadium last week as senior nursing students staged a graphic "mock fatality" for high school students.
     Designed to bring home to the students the potentially deadly consequences of drinking and driving, the event was hosted by the students of Dr. Catherine Holland's Nursing Lab 488.
     Seniors and juniors from Independence, Loranger and St. Thomas Aquinas high schools will attended.
     Nursing students organizing the program were Ashley Adams, Destrehan; Candece Kilbride, Hammond; Jade Migliore, Montz; Jenna Barois, Buras and Belle Chasse; Laura Reeves, Ponchatoula and Metairie; Shannon Vogt, Slidell; Angela Gottschalk, Covington; and Christine Ragas, Independence.
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Employee Recognition Day
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has proclaimed Wednesday, May 9, 2007, as State Employee Recognition Day to honor state employees for their dedication and service.
     Dr. Moffett and the entire administrative team take this opportunity to thank our employees for a job well done in helping our students, fellow employees and the public.
     Southeastern and the Southeastern Alumni Association will sponsor an ice cream social on Monday, May 7, from 2 -3:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center to show our appreciation to our employees. Please join us then.
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Jazz Combos tonight at Pottle
The Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts' jazz combos will present "Southeastern Jazz Spring 2007" on April 30.
     The free concert featuring Jazz Combos I and II is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The Combos will showcase their repertoire of music ranging from classic standards to modern and investigative works.
     Jazz Combo I, under the direction of Richard Schwartz, instructor of saxophone and jazz at Southeastern, will begin the program with Harold Arlen's piece, "Let's Fall in Love," followed by Richard Rodgers' composition of "My Favorite Things."
     Jazz Combo II, also under Schwartz's direction, will entertain the audience with "Buhania's Delight," composed by Curtis Fuller, and "It Might As Well Be Spring," by Richard Rodgers.
     "The Combos have been performing together since the beginning of the semester," said Schwartz. "They have donated performances through Southeastern's Christwood Lecture Series, the Ponchatoula Strawberry Toast and Jam Festival and the Vicksburg (Miss.) Riverfest."
     Jazz Combo I members include: Jon Walkenford (Mandeville), alto saxophone; Angel Sepulvado (Covington), tenor saxophone; Jordan Beard (Abita Springs), trumpet; Justin Burdette (Denham Springs), guitar; John Braud (Hammond), bass; and A.J. Lassere (Destrehan), drums.
     Jazz Combo II members are Emmanuel Seals (Fair Hope, Ala.), tenor saxophone; Skyler Stroup (Mandeville), trumpet; Wilson Marks (Ponchatoula), guitar; George Bosnea (Constanta, Romania), bass; and Wade Hymel (Mandeville), drums.
     "Members have also had the opportunity to interact with internationally acclaimed jazz artists including drummer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, pianists, Joey Calderazzo, and Bill Dobbins," said Schwartz.
     For more information, contact Schwartz at (985) 549-5938.
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Claudia HommelFrench singer to present 'cabaret' concerts Tuesday
Actor-singer Claudia Hommel will present two special multi-lingual concerts at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium May 1.
     Best known for her cabaret concerts and recordings celebrating Paris, the city of her birth, Hommel will perform at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The free performances are open to the public.
     Not to be limited to the role of "French chanteuse," Hommel is a gifted and uniquely versatile artist. Her repertoire encompasses French chansons, American standards, 19th and 20th century art songs and theater music. Her performances at Southeastern will include songs in French, Spanish, German and Italian.
     Jazz critic Neil Tesser describes Hommel as, "Not Piaf, or Dietrich or Garland; instead Hommel sings in blithe celebration of life and love, in a tone as clear as the bells of Notre Dame; more the boulevardier, a latter-day counterpart to Maurice Chevalier, the quintessence of all things French."
     Touring nationally, Hommel is a favorite from the Club at Chicago Symphony Center to the Frick Center in Pittsburgh, from California to North Carolina, offering also a variety of school programs and master classes.
     Her guest appearance is sponsored by Southeastern's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Student Government Association, and French Club and the French Consulate in New Orleans.
     For more information, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures' Evelyne Bornier,, or Katherine Kolb, To learn more about Claudia Hommel, visit
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Andrew SeigelChamber Orchestra to perform classical favorites Tuesday night
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present a program of classical favorites by Mascagni, Tchaikovsky, Weber and Offenbach on May 1 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the university's downtown Hammond theater, 220 E. Thomas St. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, Southeastern faculty and staff, and all students are admitted free with ID.
     Under the baton of Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern's string program, the orchestra will welcome soloist Andrew Seigel, Southeastern assistant professor of clarinet.      Currently the principal clarinetist of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Seigel has performed throughout the United States and in Hungary, Germany, and Romania. Seigel will join the orchestra for Weber's "Concerto No. 1 in F Minor."
     The orchestra will also perform Mascagni's "Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana," described as a serene interlude representing the calm before the storm.
     Also included is Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6," which is associated with the tragedy of the composer's sudden death. Tchaikovsky's only remembered comment about the piece is, "Without exaggeration, I have put my whole soul into this work."
     Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" overture will round out the evening. The music in this overture is known throughout the world. It opens with a bristling fanfare, which is followed by a tender love song and an "infernal" passage. The finale is the renowned can-can.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, (985) 549-2184.
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Ceramics Club sponsors sale May 1-2
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will hold its spring sale on May 1-2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the War Memorial Student Union mall.
     The club will offer a variety of ceramics, from thrown pottery to unique hand-built sculpture to dishware and planters
     The sale is a fundraiser for the Ceramics Club, which helps Southeastern students sell and promote their work. For additional information, contact the Department of Visual Arts, 985-549-2193.
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Students compete in piano competition
Four Southeastern piano majors successfully competed in the 2007 DeBose National Piano Competition, April 20-21 at Southern University in Baton Rouge.
     Christiana Iheadindu of Bucharest, Romania, garnered first prize in the Collegiate Senior Division. Iheadindu, who will graduate May 12 with a degree in piano performance, plans to pursue a master's degree in piano performance at the University of Maryland under a full tuition teaching assistantship.
     Anthony Allulli of Madisonville captured first prize in the Collegiate Junior Division. Allulli is vice president of Phi Mu Alpha, and will shortly begin a piano technician apprenticeship at Lafargue Pianos, Ltd.
     Kristen Hilliard of Covington won second prize in the Collegiate Junior Division. Hilliard was recently crowned 2007 Miss Southeastern and will compete in the 2007 Miss Louisiana pageant this June.
     Alma Iuliano of Brasov, Romania, won second prize in the Collegiate Sophomore Division. She previously captured first prize at the state level of the 2006 Music Teachers' National Association Young Artist Competition. She will continue her studies this fall at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
     Iheadindu, Hilliard and Iuliano are students of Kenneth Boulton, assistant professor of music in Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, while Allulli studies with Department Head David Evenson.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     With several individuals already having earned spots in the NCAA Regionals, the Lions and Lady Lions are looking for a strong showing at the league meet. Southeastern head coach Sean Brady's squads will be in Nacogdoches, Texas for the SLC Championships, which run Friday through Sunday.
     The Southeastern baseball team (28-17, 11-10 SLC), which took two of three from Central Arkansas, will look to continue its climb back into SLC Tournament contention this week. Before returning to league play, the Lions will head to Itta Bena, Miss., for a 6 p.m. non-conference game at Mississippi Valley State. On Saturday, the Lions will open a three-game SLC series with East Division leader Lamar with a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
     The series continues on Sunday with the 1 p.m. series finale. All three Lions-Cardinals games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
Fresh off a 1-0 upset of No. 5 LSU last week, the Southeastern softball team (28-26, 10-16 SLC) will close out its 2007 regular season this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions host Southern Mississippi at 6 p.m. The Lady Lions will welcome Central Arkansas to town for a three-game league set, beginning with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
     The season finale is set for Sunday at 12 p.m. Southeastern seniors Jamie Militello, Carolann Wenisch, Amber Gentry, Michelle Lemons and Rebecca De la Garza will be honored in a special pre-game Senior Day ceremony.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (21-2), which earned its third straight NCAA Tournament berth by winning the SLC Tournament last week, will find out its NCAA Tournament destination this week. The Lady Lions will be in the 64-team field that will be announced on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN News (Charter Channel 307). Note: Previous NCAA Tournament material had the show scheduled for 1:30 p.m., but the show has since been rescheduled.
     Southeastern junior Emilija Arnaudovska will also find out her first round opponent for the NCAA Individual Championships, scheduled to begin May 23 in Athens, Ga., this week. The 64-player field will be announced on Wednesday. The 2007 Southland Conference Player of the Year is currently ranked 98th nationally and will likely receive the league's automatic berth into the field.
     Tuesday, May 1
     Women's Tennis, NCAA Tournament Selection Show, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN News)
     Wednesday, May 2
     Baseball, at Mississippi Valley State, Itta Bena, Miss., 6 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Southern Miss, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
      Friday, May 4
     Track and Field, at SLC Outdoor Championships, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day
     Saturday, May 5
     Baseball, vs. Lamar (DH), Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Softball, vs. Central Arkansas (DH), North Oak Park. 3 p.m.*
     Track and Field, at SLC Outdoor Championships, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day
     Sunday, May 6
     Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Softball, vs. Central Arkansas, North Oak Park. 12 p.m.*
     Track and Field, at SLC Outdoor Championships, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day
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Win an I-Pod!
Professors Joe Burns and Suzette Plaisance Bryan in the Department of Communication are soliciting participants to complete an on-line survey regarding their use of FaceBook in establishing and maintaining relationships. After completing the survey, each participant is directed to a web site where he/she may register for an I-Pod to be awarded to someone randomly selected from the registrants.
The link is as follows:
     The link can be sent to friends, family members, acquaintances, and anyone over the age of 18 who is part of the FaceBook community. For additional information, contact Drs. Burns or Bryan.
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Faculty member to ride in "Tour De Cure" for diabetes
Anthony D. Blakeney (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) will participate in the Tour De Cure, a fundraising effort to support research for the cure for diabetes. He is riding on the team from Amite Foundry and Machine in conjunction with Southeastern and would like to invite participants from Southeastern to join the team as well. You can support him with a donation by selecting the "Tour De Cure" link on his faculty web page.
     "Our efforts will help set the pace in the fight against diabetes. So let's get in gear and bike to beat diabetes!" he said.
     Louisiana's "Tour de Cure" is scheduled June 3 and will travel from St. Francisville to Baton Rouge.
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Professional activities
Dr. Paul Keddy
(Schlieder Chair) traveled to Arizona April 16-20 to lecture on principles of ecosystem restoration at the School of Forestry at the Northern Arizona University. NAU is playing a lead role in restoring the world's largest area of ponderosa pine forest. Keddy explored some similarities among ponderosa pine forests in Arizona, longleaf pine forests in Louisiana, and our coastal wetlands. His talk, "Maintaining and Restoring Plant Diversity in Landscapes" can be viewed on line using Flash at While in Arizona, Keddy also led a graduate class in a discussion of two of his unpublished essays on how to choose significant rather than trivial research problems. He also went on a field trip to several deserts, which provided a thought-provoking contrast with wetlands, having too little rather than too much water.
     A presentation by Ellen Bush, Sharon Fife, Krystal Hardison, and Lorett Swank (General Studies), "Cooking on All 4 Burners: a Generational Approach to Advising," won "best in state" honors at the annual state conference of the Louisiana Academic Advising Association in Lafayette, March 22-23. The honor comes with an honorarium of $100 voucher to be used at the 2007 NACADA Regional Conference.
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