Holiday open house at President's Residence Wednesday
President Randy Moffett invites faculty and staff to the annual holiday open house at the President's Residence on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 3-4:30 p.m.
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Southeastern receives $300,000 Library of Congress grant
At the grant announcement Monday were, far left, Southeastern Lab School fourth graders Justice Carson and Harrison Crawford; back, Sen. Mary Landrieu, President Randy Moffett, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen.
Southeastern became the first university in the South and one of only 16 other institutions to join a Library of Congress initiative designed to encourage the educational use of the library's vast stock of online primary source materials.
Southeastern President Randy Moffett accepted the $300,000, three-year grant on Monday (December 3) from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and Librarian of Congress James H. Billington at a press conference held in the library of the Southeastern Laboratory School, a Tangipahoa Parish public school located on the Southeastern campus.
"I am very pleased and proud to see this grant come to Southeastern Louisiana University," Landrieu said. "As we know, Southeastern has one of the finest teaching preparation programs in the nation, so it's quite fitting that it be the first university in the South selected for this prestigious program."
"This program, Teaching with Primary Sources, meshes quite well with Southeastern's ongoing educational outreach programs in area school systems," Moffett said. "The grant will allow us to work closely with these systems and their teachers in professional development programs designed to enhance the quality of educational content in schools. The Library of Congress's vast collections, especially its digital primary sources, are a valuable and relatively untapped resource that our area's teachers can and will use in their classrooms."
Founded in 1800, the Library is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 134 million books, photographs, maps, manuscripts, films, sound recordings and other materials in its collections. Its popular Web site at www.loc.gov serves millions of users with high quality intellectual content.
"The Library of Congress is an educational resource for the nation, and we are glad to have Southeastern Louisiana University join our network of Teaching with Primary Sources partners," said Billington. "The Library's educational outreach experts look forward to working with Southeastern on this exciting program."
The Teaching with Primary Sources program fosters collaborations between the Library of Congress and the educational community. The program works through an educational consortium of schools, universities, libraries and other institutions to help teachers make use of the Library of Congress's collection of digitized primary sources, estimated to be more than 11 million items accessible by computer. The program builds on the success of the Library's previous outreach initiatives, particularly the American Memory Fellows and An Adventure of the American Mind.
Diane Allen, dean of Southeastern's College of Education and Human Development, said the grant will allow Southeastern to sponsor professional development opportunities for teachers in a wide array of disciplines. Over the next several years, she said, Southeastern will provide workshops, seminars, graduate courses, distance learning opportunities and mentoring to teachers.
"Students benefit from learning directly from primary sources, which are the actual records that have survived from the past, including letters, photographs, maps, and other documents," said Allen. "Primary sources make instruction come alive for students because they were produced by people living during a specific period. They provide an unfiltered record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought in a specific period under study."
Allen said that Southeastern works closely with school systems in Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangiaphoa and Washington parishes. The Teaching with Primary Sources program will be another element the university can bring to these systems to improve instructional capability.
"Anything that we can do to enhance the educational experience for children is important," she said. "School children today have a lot of distractions and the use of primary sources has been shown to improve critical thinking and analysis skills among children."
One project that seems a natural fit, she said, is the Teaching American History project, a $1 million professional education grant coordinated by the Tangipahoa Parish Public School System, Southeastern, and other partners that provides enriched content to area social studies teachers. "The Teaching with Primary Sources program will be of immeasurable benefit to the instructors of these seminars and workshops as well as to the participating teachers," Allen added.
Other institutions that are part of the Teaching with Primary Sources consortium are: Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Barat Educational Foundation, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Loyola University of Chicago; Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Edwardsville, Quincy University, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, California University of Pennsylvania, Waynesburg College, and Northern Virginia Partnership.
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Seniors receive Southeastern rings
At right, Southeastern seniors Demetra Dantzler and William Dede admire their new rings after receiving them at the university's Ring Ceremony last Friday. Approximately 150 seniors ordered official university rings and were invited to participated in the special ceremony held in the Student Union Theatre. The official ring collection, designed by a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni, is available to alumni and students who have completed at least 75 hours of coursework. Faculty and staff can also purchase the ring at a discounted price. The ring is available in white and yellow gold in three styles for women and two for men.
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LPO to perform Dec. 7 at the Columbia
Get in the holiday spirit on Dec. 7 with the annual Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the ColumbiaTheatre for the Performing Arts.
Resident Conductor Rebecca Miller, the first woman conductor on the LPO staff, will lead the orchestra in a program full of classical and popular holiday favorites. One of the LPO selections will be led by a special "guest conductor" -- a Hammond youngster chosen from among the area school children who contributed handmade ornaments to the holiday tree in the Columbia lobby.
The concert's first half will be devoted to classics - selections from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," Handel's "La Rejouissance" from "Royal Fireworks Music," Corelli's "Christmas Concerto," Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves," and Prokofiev's "Troika" from "Lieutenant Kije Suite."
Following intermission, the musicians will perform dozens of holiday favorites, inviting the audience to sing along to a medley of five traditional carols.
Selections will also include "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," "March of the Toys" from "Babes in Toyland," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and a "Christmas Memories" medley with "Frosty the Snowman," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Tickets for the LPO Holiday Concert are $39, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $34, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $26, Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. Tickets can be purchased online at www.columbiatheatre.org or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays.
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Illusionist Mike Super predicts local headlines in conjunction with Columbia performance
Everyone knows what happens when Santa comes to town. But what about famed illusionist Mike Super?
The Columbia Theatre is hosting Super in a one-night only show Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Recently crowned the winner of NBC's Phenomenon, Super is sending a cassette tape sealed in a Fed-Ex envelope to the Columbia Theatre Dec. 5, one month prior to his show. The tape, according to Super, contains the Jan. 4 headline of the local paper, Hammond's Daily Star.
To ensure the tape is tamper free, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards will personally lock the tape in a special box - and only he will have the key.
The locked box will be hung from the Northshore Broadcasting building on East Thomas St. in downtown Hammond on Wednesday at approximately 8:30 a.m.
The tape will remain there until Jan. 5, when Super will play the recorded tape and reveal his prediction. If Super's headline is wrong, he will personally refund patrons who purchased their tickets prior to Jan. 4.
Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana holds public meeting Dec. 6
The Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana (LTSL) will hold its annual meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m., at First Guaranty Bank, 400 E. Thomas St., Hammond.
At the meeting, which is open to the public, members of the non-profit land trust will celebrate successes with partners working on land conservation projects and discuss the establishment of a Gulf Coast-wide network of land conservation groups, board members said.
LTSL preserves and protects natural areas and agricultural lands by acquiring and stewarding land through conservation easements, purchases and donations. While creating stewardship opportunities through the LTSL preserves natural resources for the future, landowners may be eligible for possible tax advantages.
The Southeastern Social Science Research Center (SSSRC) is a land trust partner along with entities such as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Land Trust Alliance, Parkway Partners and the Nature Conservancy.
Those wishing to attend the public meeting may contact SSSRC Director Bonnie Lewis, an LTSL board member, at 985-549-5120 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages will follow the meeting.
More information on the Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana is available at www.ltsl.org.
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Dec. 7 is application deadline for SGA Study Abroad Scholarships
Faculty are asked to please remind students that they have until Dec. 7 to apply for Student Government Association scholarships for 2008 summer study abroad programs.
Southeastern SGA is providing $75,600 in funding for nearly 100 study abroad scholarships in 2008, said Charles A. Dranguet, interim director of the university's International Initiatives Office.
A number of other scholarship opportunities are also available, including six new $400 scholarships being offered through Southeastern's Institute for Global and Domestic Development.
Dranguet said students who wish to apply for the scholarships will find information and links to application forms online at www.selu.edu/studyabroad. Financial aid can also be applied to study abroad expenses.
The International Initiatives Office is now accepting applications for 15 study abroad opportunities throughout the globe. The application deadline is Feb. 29, 2008, but students should apply as early as possible, Dranguet stressed.
Dranguet said new 2008 programs include special honors studies in Costa Rica and a first-ever spring break (March 21-30) study abroad session to study history, art and architecture in Berlin. New summer programs will also provide opportunities to study Spanish language, culture and literature in Salamanca, Spain; history, political science, art and geography in Austria; business in Panama and in China, and biology in the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rain forests.
Southeastern students can also study Italian language and culture in Rome; tropical ecology in Costa Rica; nursing in Honduras; German language, culture and music in Cologne; business in Costa Rica; French and communication in France and Belgium; English literature and culture in Siena, Italy; and sociology, anthropology and criminal justice in Ecuador.
Application packages and additional information can be found online, while questions about the programs should be directed to the International Initiatives Office, located in East Stadium, room 102, 985-549-2385, or each program's faculty coordinator.
Program costs include tuition, lodging and some meals, site visits, and lectures by top local experts. The International Initiatives Office and some of the university's top faculty coordinate the programs, Dranguet said.
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Public history students present genealogy workshop
Students in history professor David Benac's Introduction to Museum Practice class hosted genealogy workshops Saturday at the African American Heritage Museum. The students presented information and gave hands-on lessons in the basics of genealogy with an emphasis on the resources at the Hammond museum. Southeastern has partnered with the African American Heritage Museum to set up a room dedicated to genealogy. The room includes computers with access to a variety of searchable online databases that provide information on veterans records, Freeman's Bureau records, census records, wills, newspaper articles, and published genealogies. At left, students assist Sharon Jones of Independence in looking up information on her family history.
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Update on the United Way Campaign
The United Way campaign is getting "extremely close" to its projected goal. We currently have 47 areas who have reached 100 participation! Great Job!
If you haven't turned in your United Way packets, it's not too late. Bring them to Tinsley Annex, room 6. The communicator winner of the drawing for the areas who turned in their packets by the Nov. 5 deadline with 100 percent participation was Mrs. Lilly Andrews, College of Science and Technology! Congratulations, Lilly!
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Mini-book sale at library Dec. 3-4
Sims Memorial Library will hold a mini holiday book sale on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the first floor lobby. A selection of books, mostly fiction, will be sold at rock-bottom prices.
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PROFIT student presentations held
On Thursday, Nov. 29, the 10th semi-annual Preferred Research Option for Intensive Training (PROFIT) in Business was held by the College of Business. Three students, who had been nominated for this prestigious program by their faculty mentors, presented their research to an audience of faculty, family, and friends.
Rachel Bailey, a General Business major with a concentration in international studies from Baton Rouge, who graduated this past spring, presented a PowerPoint report on "Global Business Practices: Adapting for Success" by Schuster and Copeland. She was introduced by her faculty mentor, Dr. David Wyld, professor of management.
She spoke on four regions of the world, northwest and central Europe, eastern Europe and Russia, Central and South America, and China. For each region, she compared the people's attitudes towards time, language, government involvement in business, family, and contracts with United States attitudes. She cautioned that for United States business people to be successful in doing business with other areas of the world, they would have to be cognizant of these differences.
Shane Rayners, a senior General Studies major from Capetown, South Africa, presented a talk with PowerPoint graphics on the impact of child labor around the world in international business. His faculty mentor was Dr. Aristides Baraya. He spoke on the negative impact that child labor has on children and on how parents, who cannot earn enough to support their families, are forced to send their children to work instead of school in order to earn enough to buy food and shelter.
Brittany Kinsley, a senior General Business major with a concentration in international studies from Central, spoke on how Middle Eastern religion, especially Islam, affects international business. Dr. Baraya was also her mentor. She explained how United States business persons, wishing to do business in the Middle East, had to be aware of the impact of Islam on all aspects of life, from praying five times daily, to diet restrictions, to the place of women in society, to the place of family, to the fact of a male dominated society, and importance of loyalty.
At end of each presentation, the students were given PROFIT Program plaques engraved with their names in recognition of their achievements.
At the conclusion of the program, Josie Walker, assistant dean of the College of Business, congratulated the students for their excellence in research and presentation skills and invited them and the audience to a reception.
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CMS choir to perform at St. Tammany Holiday of Lights
Southeastern's St. Tammany Center is once again participating in the St. Tammany Parish annual Holiday of Lights Celebration.
The Community Music School Vocal Ensemble, led by vocal director Amy Prats, will perform Friday, Dec. 14 from 6 - 6:45 p.m. at the Trace Trailhead, 21490 Koop Drive in Mandeville.
Free to the public, Holiday of Lights is held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, 14-15 from 6-9 p.m. During the four-night event, visitors can enjoy sparkling Christmas trees, lights and displays while listening to Christmas carolers and other local entertainers. Light displays will remain lit until Jan. 2.
Students performing on Dec. 14 include Sarah Bertrand, Laura Brooks, Carly Cooper, Brianna Crane, Rudi Darouse, Katy Flynn, Kimberly Gordon, Toni Guagliardo, Felicity Guagliardo, Erin Holloway, Erin Long, Amanda Lucas, Rebecca Olinde, Ani Sipos, Meghan Wagner, Rebecca Wagner, Haley Whitney, and Sarah Whittle.
"We will sing many Christmas carols including 'Joy to the World,' 'Silent Night,' 'Deck the Halls,' 'Up on the House-Top,' and a special arrangement of 'Jingle Bells,'" said Prats. "The students have been practicing especially hard for their holiday performances."
"Come on out and see Southeastern's mascot, Roomie, who will be on hand to spread holiday cheer," said Stella Helluin, director of Southeastern's St. Tammany Center. "Be sure to stop by the Southeastern St. Tammany table on Dec. 14 to receive your free Southeastern holiday ornament."
The St. Tammany Center, located on the third floor of the St. Tammany Parish administrative complex, offers Community Music School private instruction on all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels of experience. CMS lessons are taught by Southeastern music faculty, professional musicians and highly qualified student teachers.
"The Community Music School has proudly and effectively provided the entire Northshore region with a vital community-based program of music education," said Kenneth Boulton, director of the school.
Additional Community Music School instruction is offered at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center at 9261 Florida Blvd. in Walker.
Spring 2008 semester registration packets are available in printable, online formats at www.selu.edu/cms. Contact the CMS office at 985-549-5502 for more information.
Public comment invited on master's program in nursing
Southeastern's graduate program in nursing is scheduled for an initial accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) March 10-12.
The purpose of the accreditation review is to assess the educational program's compliance with CCNE standards. Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for first accreditation or continuing accreditation, according to CCNE.
The Southeastern graduate program is part of the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing and is offered in consortium with McNeese State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Individuals who have pertinent and valid information about the accreditation of the program are invited to submit the information in writing to CCNE. Only signed comments will be accepted by the agency.
Information should be sent to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, to the attention of LiAnn Shepard, accrediting assistant, at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120.
CCNE shares third-party comments with members of the evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. In its review of the program, the evaluation team will consider third-party comments, if any, which relate to the accreditation standards and the program's qualifications for accreditation status.
Comments should be received by CCNE no later than Feb. 9, 2008.
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PPR training for supervisors
A training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6. The program, offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, will run from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Office conference room.
To register for this program please e-mail Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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Meet the 2008 Orientation Leaders
Two dozen Southeastern students have been selected as 2008 Orientation Leaders, peer leaders of university orientation programs designed to give new students a jump start on their transition to college.
The 24 Orientation Leaders will be mentors and guides for the approximately 3,000 new students who are expected to participate in orientation programs throughout 2008. Southeastern hosts five two-day orientation programs in June and July, as well as a special spring orientation program for highly qualified students and orientation programs in conjunction with the fall and spring semesters.
A new group of Orientation Leaders is selected each fall and spends the spring semester training for their leadership roles.
"The Orientation Leaders are trained on all the aspects of student life that freshmen need to know and they pass that information on first hand to new students," said Anthony Ranatza, assistant director of admissions. He said the students are selected through group and individual interviews to represent a cross section of Southeastern's approximately 15,000-member student body.
"Our goal is to have an Orientation Leader that every incoming freshman can relate to," Ranatza said. "The Orientation Leaders represent backgrounds, cultures, creeds; they have different majors, personalities, some are from small towns and some from big cities. They are students who want to work hard, have a passion and love for Southeastern and truly want to help our university."
Southeastern's two-day summer orientation programs include informative and fun activities for students and their families designed to give incoming freshmen and transfer students a crash course on campus life and what it takes to be successful at Southeastern.
New students meet with faculty advisors, learn about policies and procedures, and registers for classes. Students also have an opportunity to connect with the university and other students though social activities.
Selected as 2008 Orientation Leaders were senior criminal justice major Brad Cascio of Hammond and junior communication major Jason Sheridan of Franklinton. Sophomores are Whitney Briggs of Baton Rouge, fashion merchandising; Shane Firmin of Baton Rouge, business management; Theron Geralds of Baton Rouge, psychology; Ashley Lemoine of Greenwell Springs, communication; Trey Scott of Hammond, communication; Kristin Smith of Baker, biological sciences; and Matt Taylor of Terrytown, accounting.
Freshmen Orientation Leaders are Breanna Bienemy of Meraux, nursing; Kayla Bonura of Harahan, elementary education; Kandice Boudreaux of Houma, kinesiology; Thaddeaus Drummer of Moreauville, general business; Jessica Gagliano of Metairie, communication sciences and disorders; Luke Holloway of Covington, nursing; Katie Hopper of Addis, communication sciences and disorders.
Also, Maria Howell of Covington, art; Rob Jackson of Gloster, Miss., nursing; Jarvis Johnson of Denham Springs, psychology; Francisco Juarez of Kenner, communication; Dana Martin of Evansville, Indiana, elementary education; Chadwick Moore of Pass Christian, Miss., psychology; Jessica Singleton of Denham Springs, communication; and Ryan Wagemann of Slidell, political sciences.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will look to bounce back from tough losses during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (5-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, dropping a 63-61 overtime decision at Alabama. Southeastern will face their third Southeastern Conference opponent of the non-conference schedule on Saturday, facing Mississippi State at 2 p.m. in Starkville, Miss. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. The game will also be televised live regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast.
The Lady Lions (3-3) fell victim to a game-ending 20-4 rally last Friday on the way to a 64-60 loss at Mercer. Southeastern will face North Florida on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Internet only at www.LionSports.net.
Saturday, December 8
Men's Basketball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Basketball, at North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla., 1 p.m.
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Drs. Bonnie Lewis and John Boulahanis (Sociology/Criminal Justice) and Dr. Kurt Corbello (History/Political Science) were invited to make a presentation to the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute on Nov. 28 to discuss Regional Quality of Life Studies Issues. The mission of New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute is "to help promote regionalism and to provide a diverse cross section of current and emerging leaders from the business, non-profit and governmental sectors from throughout the region with a more thorough understanding of issues and an enhanced ability to collaborate for the greater good for the community."
Dr. Lu Yuan (Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment) made an oral presentation at the 51st Annual Meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society held in Baltimore, Md., Oct.1-5. The paper was entitled "Estimation of muscle contraction forces and joint reaction forces at the low back and shoulder during drywall installation". He made another oral presentation entitled "Evaluation of ergonomic intervention strategies for drywall installation" at the 135 Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association held in Washington DC, Nov.3-7.
Dr. Richard Louth and Dr. George Dorrill (English) presented as part of a panel of Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project teachers speaking on "Teachers Teaching Teachers: A National Writing Project Model for Study Groups" at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) meeting in New York City on Nov. 16. Dr Louth, with Sharon Miller, director of the Southern Arizona Writing Project, also conducted a workshop for National Writing Project directors and teachers entitled "Sealing the Deal: Talking to Administrators About Inservice Programs" at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting in New York on Nov. 16.
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ByLion takes a break
This is the final fall 2007 ByLion. Have a joyous holiday season! See you in January.
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