ByLion -- August 27


Fountain dedication Wednesday
CNN features freshman
Livingston community education
PPR training for supervisors

Fall SOT calendar
Drivers training online
BOR grant workshop
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Register for CMS fall classes
This week in athletics
Admin/Finance service awards
Baraya on business board
Professional activities

Memorial FountainSoutheastern 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 attend.
     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     "The fountain will forever be a reminder that, just as the waters covered our coastline, they also rescinded to find us still standing strong," said President Randy Moffett.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 The National Writing Project published a companion book.
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Shantia ReneauFreshman 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."
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Livingston Center debuts Community Education Program
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 include:
     Mondays, 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.
     Thursdays, 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.
     Thursdays, 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 LTC credits."
     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.
     Tuesdays, 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.
     Thursdays, 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 Oct. 25.
     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 enrollment.
     For more information on the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center visit or contact Joan Gunter at (225) 665-3303.
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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 or extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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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:
     Term 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.
     Full 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.
     Term 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.
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Drivers training
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 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.
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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
     Disciplines eligible for Board of Regents 2007-2008 Support Fund Grants (formerly LEQSF) grants in 2007 include:
     Research 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).
     Enhancement Program -- Business, Chemistry, Education, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, Multidisciplinary.
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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 of all workshops; walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the center to verify and for additional information: ext. 5791 or
     Monday, Aug. 27, 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.-- Blackboard: Introduction to Blackboard and Communication Tools (uploading files, e-mail and collaboration)
     Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1-2 -- Blackboard: Introduction to the Assignment Tool and the Gradebook
     Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2-3 p.m. -- Blackboard: Introduction to the Assessment Tools (tests, surveys and pools)
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CMS lesson at Livingston CenterCommunity 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 programs.
     "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 week."
     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 Amy Prats.
     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
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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
     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 results.
     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.
     Thursday, Aug. 30
     Football, at New Mexico State, Las Cruces, N.M., 7 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Friday, Aug. 31
     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
     Saturday, Sept. 1
     Volleyball, at Louisiana Tech Tournament, Ruston, TBA
     Sunday, Sept. 2
     Women's Soccer, vs. Troy, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
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Wanda Crawford and Glyn Banks 10-Year service award recipients
Twenty Years: Wanda Crawford and Glyn Banks. 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-Year service award recipients Five year service award recipients
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.
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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 organization.
     "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 of business.
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David EvensonProfessional activities
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 Theater."
     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 (Jossey-Bass).
     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 2007).
     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 in August.
     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."
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is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is noon on Friday. Contact: Christina Chapple,, 985-549-2341/2421.

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