to dedicate fountain Wednesday
On Aug. 29 Southeastern will dedicate a new campus fountain as a memorial
to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and to the citizens
who responded in the wake of the sister storms that ravished the Gulf
Coast region two years ago.
The dedication of Memorial Fountain,
located in Presidential Plaza, the quad area behind Fayard Hall, is
scheduled for 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Southeastern will
dismiss 3 p.m. Wednesday classes so that students and faculty may
The brief dedication program will begin
in Fayard Hall and continue at the fountain. With Vice President for
Student Affairs Marvin Yates serving as master of ceremonies, it will
feature remarks by Provost John Crain and SGA officers who were instrumental
in the fountain project and vocal selections by Kristin Hilliard and
Blair Abene, the current and past Miss Southeastern, and by the Phi
Mu Alpha Sinfonia music honor society. At the ceremony's conclusion
audience members will be invited to place yellow roses in urns that
flank the fountain as a reminder of the challenges and opportunities
the storms provided.
Funded entirely by students through
a capital outlay fund administered by the Student Government Association,
the $250,000 fountain, built by Cobalt Construction, Inc. of Slidell,
is one of the first hurricane memorials to be completed in the Gulf
Coast region. Its unique design by Holly and Smith Architects graphically
recalls the two storms' devastating paths across the coast.
The fountain's pool features a raised
carving of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Alabama. While the water flow
normally rims the coastline, at timed intervals it bubbles up from
jets positioned at the location of two storms' landfall to flood,
and then recede, from the coastline. Markers on the carving's base
list the states and parishes or counties affected by Katrina and Rita.
"The fountain will forever be a
reminder that, just as the waters covered our coastline, they also
rescinded to find us still standing strong," said President Randy
Moffett. "It is a symbol not just of loss, but more importantly
of the strength, generosity and resolve to rebuild that has followed
the storms' challenges."
"We are really pleased that we
were able to establish this memorial so quickly," said SGA President
Chris Barcelona. "It is a great way to remember what happened
and also to remember the hardships and challenges that many students,
as well as faculty and staff, are still facing today."
When Southeastern reopened following
Katrina on Sept. 9, 2005, more than 1,500 students were unable to
resume their studies, a figure that two years later stands at approximately
700. The university also enrolled more than 1,600 "guest"
students from institutions who were displaced by the storms. Presidents
and SGA presidents from 10 of those universities have been invited
to attend the ceremony.
In connection with the fountain dedication
and storms' anniversaries, KSLU 90.9 FM, Southeastern's public radio
station, will re-broadcast "Katrina: In Their Own Words"
on Aug. 29, at 5 p.m.
The 30-minute program documents the
stories, thoughts and writings of students and teachers impacted by
the storm. It was a collaboration between KSLU and the Southeastern
Louisiana Writing Project at Southeastern.
Writers from kindergarten to college
age along with their teachers, including Southeastern faculty and
students, participated in "Katrina: In Their Own Words,"
contributing essays, poems and song lyrics. "Katrina: In Their
Own Words" can also be heard online at www2.selu.edu/kslu/katrina.mp3.
The National Writing Project published a companion book.
to star in CNN's Children of the Storm
For most of the past year, Shantia Reneau's constant companion
has been a small video camera, the means she has used to tell her
personal post-Katrina story.
The New Orleans student, now a freshman
at Southeastern, is one of several of the city's young people displaced
by the hurricane and who play important roles in CNN's one-hour documentary
"Children of the Storm." The program, hosted by Soledad
O'Brien, is scheduled to run on the network on the second anniversary
of Hurricane Katrina, Wednesday, Aug. 29. at 7 p.m. CST.
"CNN came to my school, McDonogh
35, and some other schools in New Orleans where they picked students
that teachers recommended and gave us video cameras to carry around
and basically tell our story," Reneau said, while visiting Southeastern
for her freshman orientation this summer. "We were told to record
our lives, to tell our stories in our own words and video, and I've
been shooting since last October."
O'Brien and film director Spike Lee
handed out the mini-camcorders to nearly a dozen New Orleans young
people, giving them the tools, encouragement and a venue to share
their voices and visions. The students were given a simple instruction:
"Shoot anything you want to show your daily lives." Reneau's
tapes, as well as those from other New Orleans students, were submitted
regularly to a producer who edited them into packages that aired monthly
on the CNN show "American Morning."
After the hurricane, Reneau and her
family evacuated to Port Allen, where she attended high school while
living in a hotel. For the past year, she has lived in a FEMA trailer
in mid-city New Orleans while her family tries to get re-established
in the Lower 9th Ward. "We are in the process of rebuilding our
home, but it's taking a long time," she said.
"Shantia was the perfect candidate
to participate in this series," said Christine Pietz, a CNN producer.
"Her work really stands out. She doesn't hesitate to tell her
story to the camera, giving the audience a perfect mix of emotion
and actual footage, showing everyone what her life entails."
In her segment, Reneau - an honors student
who qualified for Louisiana's TOPS program -- worries about whether
her total financial aid package will enable her to attend Southeastern,
her first choice for a university. Eventually the finances are worked
out, and she rejoices at being able to attend Southeastern where she
plans to major in social work.
"I first learned about Southeastern
when I participated in Upward Bound in the 10th grade," she said.
"I liked the school; it's not too far from home, the size seems
right for me, and it's a close-knit campus. Also, the teaching seems
to be at a very personal level."
Livingston Center debuts Community Education
Livingston Parish residents can take business and leisure courses
this fall through the Community Education Program, a new collaboration
between Southeastern and Livingston Parish Public Schools.
The courses are being offered at the
Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, a joint project
of Southeastern and the Livingston Parish School Board located at
9261 Florida Blvd., said Joan Gunter, director of Southeastern programs
at the center.
"The Community Education Program,"
she said, "promotes family literacy, workforce development and
environmental awareness initiatives. Most of our programs are free,
such as our community calendar of events, while others are provided
at a low cost."
Gunter said the Walker Wal-Mart facility
is providing scholarships for fall continuing education courses. Scholarships
will be awarded to the first 10 Livingston Parish residents who visit
the Literacy and Technology Center to submit their application.
Courses being offered at the center
Sept. 24-Oct. 29, "Success and You" (SH001), 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The six-week course taught by Liz Reno will teach students how
to create a life plan to increase effective personal and career success.
Students will explore personal development and create specific goals.
Course will also provide time management and financial budgeting techniques
as well as practice experiential learning. The course is limited to
25 students at a cost of $75.
Sept. 27-Nov. 8, "Be Priceless
Soft Skills Training for
Peak Performance" (BUS001), 6-8 p.m. The course, taught by
Shawndee Fluker, is designed to enhance the skills of entry-level
employees and executives in customer service, conflict resolution,
telephone etiquette and e-mail etiquette. Students will learn innovative
skills and techniques designed to enhance work performance and bring
value to the organization. Students will have an opportunity to create
their own customer service commandments. The cost is $75, plus $5
for materials. There is a 25-student limit. Class will not be held
on Oct. 25.
Sept. 13-Dec. 13, "Introduction to Computers" (CPTR 1000),
6-9 p.m. In partnership with the Louisiana Technical College,
the 10-week course is an introductory study of computer basics and
fundamentals of Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office Word, Excel
and Powerpoint. Instructor Bridget LaBorde will develop an exercise-oriented
approach that allows learning by doing.
"Louisiana Technical College has
also partnered in some of our course offerings," Gunter said.
"Students attending Introduction to Computers will receive two
The class is limited to 20 students
at a cost of $104 and an additional $40 for materials. Class will
not be held on Oct. 25.
Sept. 25-Oct. 23, "Introduction to Animal Careers" (CPTR
1000), 6-9 p.m. Regina Brotherton, DMV, CCRP will provide discussions
on animal health field careers including veterinarian, veterinarian
technician, zoo work, kennel management, and other canine careers,
equine careers, governmental and research careers, and business opportunities.
Additional topics include licensing, registration, ethics and jurisprudence.
The five-week course is limited to 20
students at a cost of $100 plus $20 for materials.
Sept. 27-Nov. 8, "Stained Glass" (ART002), 6-8 p.m. In
the five-week course instructor Kerry Curtain will teach copper foil
and lead techniques. Projects will introduce students to soldering,
glass cutting, assembling design, and polishing completed artwork.
Students will need to bring an oil filled glasscutter, and pencil
and paper for note taking on the first night of class, when a supply
list will be distributed.
The course is limited to 10 students
at a cost of $75 and an additional cost of $100 for tools. Additional
information will be distributed in class. Class will not be held on
A full refund is given if a written
request is received by the Livingston Center prior to the first class
meeting. Requests submitted after that time will receive a pro-rata
refund. No refunds will be considered after the second class meeting.
Full refunds will be made if a class is canceled because of insufficient
For more information on the Livingston
Literacy and Technology Center visit www.selu.edu/livingston or contact
Joan Gunter at (225) 665-3303.
PPR training for supervisors
There will be a training program for supervisors who are required
to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees.
A session, offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources
Office, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 2- 3:30 p.m. It will
be held in the Human Resources Office Conference room. To register
for this program please contact Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu
or extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary
for this class.
Fall 2007 SOT calendar
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment requests
that all faculty, department heads, and deans note the following
schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching
(SOT) instruments for the Fall 2007 semester:
1 (Aug. 20-Oct. 10): Packets delivered to departments, Friday,
Sept. 28; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Oct.1-5; deadline
to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Oct. 5.
Term (Aug. 20 - Nov. 30): Packets delivered to departments,
Friday, Nov. 2; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Nov. 5-16;
deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Nov. 16.
2 (Oct. 11-Nov. 30): Packets delivered to departments, Wednesday,
Nov. 21; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Nov. 26-30; deadline
to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Nov. 30.
Any questions regarding SOT administration
should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
In accordance with state regulations, all university employees
are required to take a drivers training course if they drive a university
vehicle or their personal vehicle for university business. Employees
cannot be reimbursed for travel unless they have completed the course.
Faculty and staff take the course
online, and should e-mail Janet Quarles at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request their personnel number. The website address, instructions
and your "P" number will be e-mailed to you. The online
course takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is valid for
three years from the date taken.
If you are not reimbursed for university
travel, or do not drive for university business, please notify the
Safety Office by e-mailing Janet at the e-mail address given above.
Your e-mail will serve as your exemption from taking the course.
Student workers who drive for university
business must take the drivers training class in Blackboard. They
must e-mail Janet stating they are a student worker and give their
name, W#, and Louisiana drivers license number. They will be e-mailed
a form to complete and return to the Safety Office, and added to
the roster to take the course in Blackboard.
For additional information, please
call Camille or Janet at 549-2157.
Board of Regents grant workshop
A Board of Regents grant workshop is scheduled for Thursday,
Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Student Union, Pelican Room 229
and Magnolia Room 228.
This is a great opportunity to meet
with representatives from the Board of Regents to discuss grant
ideas and ask questions.
For more information on this workshop,
contact Margaret Adelmann at ext. 5312 or email@example.com.
Disciplines eligible for Board of
Regents 2007-2008 Support Fund Grants (formerly LEQSF) grants in
and Development Program: RCS & ITRS -- Physics/Astronomy;
Mathematics; Agricultural Sciences; Engineering A (Chemical, Civil,
Electrical, etc.); Social Sciences; Biological Sciences (eligible
every year); Computer & Information Sciences (eligible every
year); Earth/Environmental Sciences (eligible every year).
Program -- Business, Chemistry, Education, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy,
Center for Faculty Excellence news
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 and for additional information: ext. 5791
Aug. 27, 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.-- Blackboard: Introduction to
Blackboard and Communication Tools (uploading files, e-mail and
Aug. 28, 1-2 -- Blackboard: Introduction to the Assignment Tool
and the Gradebook
Aug. 29, 2-3 p.m. -- Blackboard: Introduction to the Assessment
Tools (tests, surveys and pools)
Music School registering students for fall classes
Registration is underway for the fall session of the Community
Music School, which begins Aug. 27.
The Community Music School offers private
instruction on all instruments and voice to students of all ages and
levels of experience, said Director Kenneth Boulton. Tuition includes
group theory classes, ensemble opportunities, masterclass coaching
sessions with Southeastern music professors, and a variety of performance
"Of particular interest this year
is some deserved emphasis on our dedicated and enthusiastic adult
students," Boulton said. "We are offering a new group piano
class for beginning adults, which will meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
We also have plans for some special adult programs during CMS recital
Boulton said students can participate
in three principle ensembles, the CMS String Ensemble, directed by
Jivka Jeleva; the CMS Preparatory Choir (ages 8-11), directed by Jessica
Bryan; and the CMS Select Vocal Ensemble (ages 12-17), directed by
CMS is again offering a variety of musical
instruction at the St. Tammany Center, located in the parish governmental
complex on Koop Drive north of Mandeville, as well as the newest CMS
location at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
"I am very excited about how our
program is growing throughout the north shore region. It reflects
the increasing emphasis our families are placing on quality musical
education and opportunity," Boulton said.
For more information about CMS registration
and programs, call (985) 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at www.selu.edu/cms.
This week in athletics
The 2007-08 Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics season
officially gets under way during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Southeastern football team will
make its debut under first-year head coach Mike Lucas. The Lions will
travel to face New Mexico State, coached by former Southeastern head
coach Hal Mumme, on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Las Cruces, N.M. Thursday's
game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM
and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Southeastern women's soccer team
will begin its defense of the Southland Conference title this week.
The Lady Lions will open the season on Friday, hosting Prairie View
at 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, Troy will visit the Southeastern Soccer Complex
for a 1 p.m. match.
The Southeastern volleyball team will
open its 2007 campaign on the road this week. The Lady Lions will
be in Ruston to compete in the Louisiana Tech Tournament. On Friday,
Southeastern will face Centenary at 3:30 p.m. and host Louisiana Tech
at 7 p.m. Saturday's time and opponent will be determined by Friday's
The Southeastern cross country squad
will also be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete
in the Tulane Invitational at City Park in New Orleans on Friday.
Football, at New Mexico State, Las Cruces,
N.M., 7 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Women's Soccer, vs. Prairie View, Southeastern
Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Centenary (Louisiana
Tech Tournament), Ruston, 3:30 p.m.
Volleyball, at Louisiana Tech (Louisiana
Tech Tournament), Ruston, 7 p.m.
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at
Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, TBA
Volleyball, at Louisiana Tech Tournament,
Women's Soccer, vs. Troy, Southeastern
Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
|Twenty Years: Wanda Crawford and Glyn
||10 Years: From left, Sharon Sparacello,
Carolyn Warford, Jerri Lyne Creel, Korey Warford, Hymes Butler
and James Lloyd. Not pictured, Phillip Trapen.
Division of Administration and Finance service awards
The Division of Administration and Finance held its Service Award
Ceremony for years of service to the university on Aug. 3 at the Alumni
Center. Vice President Stephen Smith recognized 32 division employees
who have been employed at the university from five to 30 years. Their
combined service totals 460 years. A reception honoring these employees
was held immediately following the awards presentation.
Employees with 25 years and more were
honored at the President's Convocation on Aug. 17 and their photos
appeared in the last week's ByLion.
|15 Years: Michael Taylor, Linda Lee, Shirley Montgomery,
Mary Bentz and Felton Freeman. Not pictured, Janet Rester, Dawson
Kinchen and Chris Piediscalzo.
||Five Years: Andrea Peters, John Impson and Jan Ortego.
Not pictured: Milton Bigner, Theresa Henderson, Darrell Jones,
Duane Smith and Barbara Wallace.
Baraya named to Costa Rica business board
Aristides Baraya, director of the Latin American Business and
Development Initiative in the College of Business, has been named
international advisor and a member of the board of directors of SME
Observatory of Costa Rica.
The Observatory is a joint effort of
four Costa Rican public universities and is intended to generate competition
and economic development of small and medium businesses through information
collection and policy development. The institutions involved are the
University of Costa Rica, the Technological Institute, National University,
and the University for Distance Education of Costa Rica.
The SME Observatory is one of the most
important official programs in Costa Rica and is supported by the
government of Costa Rica, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber
of Industry, according to Lizette Brenes Bonilla, president of the
"Dr. Baraya's selection for this
prestigious position is truly and honor and reflects on his and Southeastern's
ongoing efforts to enhance business relations and cross-cultural understanding
with Latin America," said Randy Settoon, dean of the College
In June Dr. David Evenson (Music and Dramatic Arts) recorded
and later performed Stephen Suber's (Music and Dramatic Arts)
Enchantments: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra as piano soloist
with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlin, Czech
Republic under the baton of conductor Andreas Hérm Baumgartner.
This was the second commercial recording Dr. Evenson has made of
Dr. Suber's concerto, and it will be a part of an all-Suber orchestral
works CD scheduled for future release.
Dr. Pierre Titard and Mr.
James DeFranceschi (Accounting) presented a continuing professional
education program, "Improving Critical Thinking Through a Management
Accounting Simulation," at the annual meeting of the American
Accounting Association in Chicago on Aug. 5.
Dr. David Wyld (Management)
had two articles published in the July 2007 issue of ID World,
"Take Your Medicine (Right): Can RFID Help Solve the Problem
of Patient Noncompliance to Make You (and the Pharmaceutical Companies)
Healthier?" and "No Grey Areas in the Patient's Anatomy:
Preventing the 'Worst Case Scenario' by RFID-enabling the Surgical
Dr. Claudia L. McCalman (Communication)
published an article entitled "Being an Interculturally Competent
Instructor in the United States: Issues of Classroom Dynamics, Appropriateness,
and Recommendations for International Instructors" in the summer
2007 issue of the journal New Directions for Teaching and Learning
Birgitta Ramsey (English) presented
a paper titled "Academic Writers in Sweden and America:Political
and Institutional Considerations" at the 4th Biennial Conference
of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing
(EATAW) in Bochum, Germany, on July 2.
Drs. Lucy Kabza, John Lewallen,
and Alan Cannon (Mathematics) attended the Twentieth International
Conference on Nearrings and Nearfields at Johannes Kepler University
in Linz, Austria, July 23- 27. Dr. Kabza presented a talk entitled
"Characterization of I-, A-, and E-Groups," and Dr. Cannon
presented "Rings and Covered Groups." The conference has
been held biannually since 1968 and this year had representatives
from 15 different countries.
Dr. Barbara Forrest (History
and Political Science) published "Biochemistry by Design,"
co-authored with Paul R. Gross, in Trends in Biochemistry (July
Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology
and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled, "Cultivating
Action at the Grassroots: Policies Supporting Sustainable Production
by Minority and Limited Resource Farmers" (with John Green
of Delta State) and a poster titled, "Social Assessment and
Planning in the Aftermath of Disaster: Capacity Development through
Community-Based Learning" (with John Green and Katie Kerstetter
of Delta State and JoLynn Montgomery and Amy Sarigiannis of University
of Michigan) at the annual meetings of the Rural Sociological Society
Mr. Ronnie Jones (Sociology
and Criminal Justice) has been appointed to the board of directors
of the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission, as the only member
representing academia, serving with attorneys, bankers, and prominent
members of the business community.
Elisabetta LeJeune (English)
presented a session titled "Virtual Collaboration in a Literature
Class" at the MERLOT International Conference in New Orleans
on Aug. 10.
Drs. Thomas Sommerfeld, Ju
Chou, and Debra Dolliver (Chemistry and Physics) made
presentations at the National American Chemical Society Meeting
in Boston, Aug. 19-23. Dr. Sommerfeld's presentation was entitled
"Electron binding motifs of water cluster anions, and how to
model this class of systems." Dr. Chou's presentation was entitled
"Sensitive electrochemical sensors for determination of dopamine."
Dr. Dolliver's presentation was entitled "Schmidt-type rearrangement
reactions of alkylarylhydroximoyl azides."