ByLion -- February 12

Celebrate Omega Thursday
Miss Southeastern 2007
Record freshmen ACT scores
Magazine wins Gold ADDY
'Oldest Profession' opens Feb. 13
Bill Evans Fest Feb. 26-28
SBDC hosts conference
Preparing the proposal budget
Impact on parking
Social Work honors Voorhees
Center for Faculty Excellence
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Celebrate Krewe of Omega Thursday
Hammond's Mardi-Gras parade will roll on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., beginning at the University Center.
     President and Mrs. Randy Moffett are inviting faculty and staff to join them at 5:30 p.m., to watch the parade. A tent will be set up in front of the President's Residence for parade viewing, music and refreshments. Plan to bring your family and enjoy a fun-filled evening.
     Since the parade assembles at the UC and travels along the western edge of the campus, it will have an impact on parking and traffic on parade day. The University Police Department would like for all students, faculty, and staff to remain aware of this event and plan ahead for any driving or parking needs.
     While the parade floats, bands, and marching units are arriving at the UC, portions of the "Driving Range" parking lot north of the Alumni Center and North General Pershing Extension will be blocked to vehicular traffic. Residents of Southeastern Oaks and The Village must utilize East Tornado Drive and cut through the North University Center Parking Lot to access the entrance to the residential complex.
     While the parade is rolling, the route will be blocked to all traffic, impacting campus traffic flow. From the UC, the parade will proceed down North General Pershing, turn onto West Dakota at Alumni Field and continue to North Oak Street. It will then wind through downtown Hammond before returning to the University Center via Railroad Avenue and North Oak Street.
     Details about the Krewes and the complete parade route will be available through the local media.
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Kristen Hilliard

Left, Miss Southeastern 2007 Kristen Hilliard poses outside the Columbia, where the marquee notes her selection following the Feb. 7 pageant. Above, Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Jim McHodgkins, assistant vice president, congratulate the top contestants. From left, are Yates, second runner up Melissa Cannino of Hammond, Miss Southeastern 2007 Kristen Hilliard of Covington, first runner up Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, and McHodgkins.

Kristen Hilliard wins Miss Southeastern crown
Piano performance major Kristen Hilliard of Covington has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2007.
     Hilliard received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2006 Blair Abene of Hammond at the annual pageant Feb. 7 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     A junior, Hilliard won the interview segments of the pageant. For the talent segment, she performed a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti. She is the daughter of Wayne and Mary Hilliard.
     First runner up was junior nursing major Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, who won the talent segment. Second runner up was organizational communication graduate student Melissa Cannino of Hammond, who placed first in the swimsuit and eveningwear categories.
     Cannino also received the "People's Choice" award, which was determined by the amount of donations contestants collected for TARC, Abene's platform as Miss Southeastern 2006.
     The Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system. Hilliard will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe June 16. Abene was first runner up at last year's pageant.
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New freshmen hit record high ACT scores in spring semester enrollment
Freshmen entering Southeastern this spring registered a record high average ACT score while enrollment in developmental courses dropped significantly.
     The statistics indicate the university is succeeding in its goal to attract a higher proportion of students who are well prepared for college, Southeastern officials said.
     According to official enrollment figures compiled after the 14th class day of the spring semester, the average composite ACT score for the new freshmen at Southeastern is 21.2, almost a full point higher than last year's average and higher than both the state and national average ACT scores, said John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
     "With the ACT based on a 36-point scale, a one-point jump is a significant increase," he added.
In addition, he said, the total number of students enrolled in developmental courses is down more than 17 percent.
     "Those are numbers we are especially pleased with," Crain remarked. "The higher ACT scores and the fewer students who require remedial courses generally translate into greater retention of students and progression toward a degree."
     The spring semester overall enrollment - 13,596 students -- is down approximately 3.5 percent compared to last spring's 14,094, which the university attributes to a tightening of academic standards.
     "We instituted stricter appeal guidelines for students who did not meet the required conditions to continue receiving financial aid," he said. "In addition, students have to meet specific academic standards to remain in campus housing. In general, then, much of this decline is due to Southeastern's ongoing efforts to ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward achieving their academic goals."
     Crain said the decline is also a trend among most colleges and universities in the state and reflects to some degree Louisiana's declining overall population. According to the Louisiana Board of Regents, the state lost 35,000 college students due to the hurricanes of 2005. Last fall, four-year institutions in Louisiana saw an overall decline in enrollment of 11.5 percent.
     The university did see a significant increase of more than 18 percent in new graduate students, as well as an increase in the number of new transfer graduate students.
     This spring Southeastern enrolled 3,535 freshmen, 2,705 sophomores, 2,305 juniors, 3,487 seniors, and 1,564 graduate students. Southeastern's major feeder parishes are St. Tammany with 2,875 students, followed by Tangipahoa (2,614), East Baton Rouge (2,047), Livingston (1,596), and Jefferson (910).
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Terry BahmSoutheastern Magazine wins Gold ADDY
The Public Information Office has won a Gold ADDY for Southeastern Magazine in the Advertising Federation of Greater Baton Rouge ADDY Awards, which recognized the "best of the best" in advertising creativity in 2006.
     The magazine's honor was one of 81 gold ADDY Awards and 125 silver ADDY Awards presented from a total of 584 entries. The awards were announced at the 54th annual awards ceremony, held at the Old State Capitol Feb. 10.
     Southeastern Magazine's Gold ADDY was one of two awarded in the "Sales Promotion-Printed Newsletter" category. The 44-page publication, which featured a cover story on the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center, was designed by Public Information Office Graphic Designer Terry Bahm (right) and was edited by Director Rene Abadie. Contributors also included Assistant Director Christina Chapple, Photographer Randy Bergeron, and Graphic Designer Michael Trahan.
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Southeastern Theatre to present 'The Oldest Profession'
Southeastern Theatre will present The Oldest Profession, one of the funniest and most poignant plays to come from the pen of Paula Vogel, Feb. 13-17 at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available in the theater box office in D Vickers Hall, are $10, adults, and $6, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty and staff, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with university ID.
     Directed by Southeastern Music and Dramatic Arts Instructor Selisa Hue, the play follows the lives of five octogenarian prostitutes as they struggle to make a living working the streets -- and nursing homes! -- of New York, while yearning for the old days of New Orleans' Storyville.
     The play stars Whitney Allen and Erin Rode of Hammond, Stephanie Delcambre and Katie Zirkenbach of Metairie, and Lindsey Mayo of Mandeville. Ashley Hicks of Baker is understudy.
     The play is rated R. For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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Bill DobbinsAnnual Bill Evans Festival Feb. 26-28
Southeastern's annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival will feature performances by jazz great Bill Dobbins (left), Southeastern alumni, and students, Feb. 26-28.
     The festival, now it its sixth year, is a tribute to the late jazz icon and Southeastern alumnus Bill Evans who graduated from Southeastern with honors in 1950, recorded more than 70 albums, won seven Grammy Awards and earned an international following.
     Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980. Southeastern named Evans its first "Alumnus of the Year" in 1969.
     "All festival events are free and will take place in Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Auditorium," said festival coordinator Richard Schwartz, a member of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty.
     The Bill Evans Festival schedule includes:
     Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble. A total of 20 Southeastern alumni will return to campus for this special performance. The performers are trumpeter Dominick Messina, Justin Albritton, and Lacey Blackledge; saxophonists Ray Danna, Ed Veatch, Michael Sambola, John Lyons, and Reggie Sanders; trombonists Brennan Arceneaux, Bob Priez, Darryl Jacob, David McGovern, Edward Bush, Eugene Lipscomb, and Don Gros; guitarists Jay Griggs and Ethan Leaming; bass guitarists Brad Burris and John Braud; and drummer Shawn Manguno.
     Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Southeastern Jazz Combo. The popular student ensemble will perform a variety of jazz standards, such as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Little Waltz," "Love For Sale," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Out of Nowhere," and "Cherokee."
     Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Bill Dobbins and Friends. Dobbins is a member of the faculty of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, where he teaches courses in jazz composing and arranging, gives applied lessons to jazz writing majors, and directs the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the Eastman Studio Orchestra.
     As a pianist he has performed with classical orchestras and chamber ensembles under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, and Louis Lane, and has performed and recorded with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Dave Liebman, Kevin Mahogany, Paquito D'Rivera, Peter Erskine, and John Goldsby.
     Dobbins was a prizewinner in the 1972 International Gaudeamus Competition for interpreters of contemporary music, and has been the recipient of several jazz composition grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
     The Arts and Lecture Committee, Department of Music, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences are providing funding for this year's festival.
     For additional information on the Bill Evans Jazz Festival, contact Schwartz or the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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SBDC hosts statewide network conference
More than 40 Louisiana business consultants affiliated with Small Business Development Centers got a first-hand look at best practices as well as training in leadership and in other areas last week at a statewide conference hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University's SBDC.
     The five-day event provided networking opportunities, intensive idea sharing as well as a two-day segment on high performance leadership, accreditation standards and implementation of statewide training programs. Lead presenter at the conference was Chuck Mitchell, president of AFCI, a Florida-based organization that specializes in strategic planning and in training groups in continuous quality improvement.
     The conference - which focused in part on Southeastern's program as a model for business and economic development - was held in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, which the university operates with other economic development agencies as a one-stop-shop for businesses looking to locate or expand into the area. The Southeastern SBDC surpassed all other centers in the state in its first quarter results.
     "We're honored that our model was selected as one that can duplicated in other areas of the state," said William Joubert, SBDC director. "The model works; in the past three years the center has helped raise over $100 million in capital for businesses throughout the north shore and averaged one start-up or expansion every week. About 80 percent of the business plans developed through the center get funded, and we've helped numerous businesses and individuals through more than 200 training seminars.
     Joubert emphasized the importance of SBDCs working closely with clients as a key to success. "We help our clients help themselves by staying intimately close to each project and stressing client follow up," he said.
     The Louisiana SBDC network provides consulting and training to startup and existing businesses. With nine centers in the state, the SBDC's vision is to be come Louisiana's preferred provider of entrepreneurial and small business assistance.
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Preparing the proposal budget
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs' spring series of free informational sessions continues with "Preparing the Proposal Budget," Feb. 15, 2 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103.
     The session will provide guidance in constructing a realistic budget in categories such as personnel, fringe, travel, supplies, operating costs, acquisitions, and indirect costs. Cost sharing/matching fund examples will be provided.
     For more information, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 985-549-5312 or e-mail
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Parking impact
Monday, Feb. 12: Approximately 10 parking spaces will be blocked in front of the Sims Memorial Library for the bloodmobile.
     Thursday, Feb. 15: Approximately one-half of the Driving Range parking lot will be restricted for floats arriving in preparation for Hammond's Mardi Gras parade.
     Through the end of the spring semester, approximately 10 parking spaces in the North McKneely Hall lot, near the Student Union, will be fenced off for construction.
     For more information about these parking lot closures or restrictions, please contact the University Parking Office at ext. 5695 between 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
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Heidi Kulkin, Jeanne Voorhees, Maurice BadonHonoring Jeanne Voorhees
The Southeastern Social Work program annually recognizes an outstanding service provider in the Florida Parishes. The 2006 Outstanding Social Services Award was recently presented to Jeanne Voorhees, center, who was the executive director of the New Horizon Youth Service Bureau for more than 30 years until her retirement last August. Making the presentation were, left, Dr. Heidi Kulkin, Social Work Program coordinator, and, right, Maurice Badon, Child Welfare Program coordinator.

This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence:
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. For more information, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m., Introduction to Blackboard Uploading -- The workshop will show the procedures used to upload material onto Blackboard and how to make the items available to the students. A brief overview of other options in Blackboard will also be given.
     Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m., Introduction to Blackboard Gradebook -- The workshop will familiarize faculty with the functions of Gradebook, covering adding grades, weighting, symbols and exporting grades into Excel. It will briefly touch on "testing" in Blackboard. A brief overview of other options in Blackboard will also be given.
     Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion -- All faculty, staff, and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend, drinks and cookies will be provided.
      Mark Your Calendars for Lyceum Lights, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 12-30-1:30 p.m., at Twelve Oaks. This month's program features "Southeastern's Regional Locations" with guest speakers Stella Helluin, director of the St. Tammany Center, and Joan Gunter, director of university programs at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center.
     Lunch will include chicken with pasta, zucchini, yellow squash and black olives, served with a tossed salad, breadsticks and chocolate cream pie. A set lunch charge of $5 is payable at the door. Please RSVP at ext. 5791 or
     Call for Proposals -- Faculty Development Grant Program: Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2007-08 academic year. Each grant award is for a maximum of $2,000. All full-time faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply. Guidelines. Application form.
     The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. (The deadline has been extended due to Spring Break.) Proposals are to be hand-delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6. Absolutely no proposals will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.
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This week in athletics
Nine of Southeastern's athletic programs will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Southeastern men's basketball team (15-9, 7-4 SLC) will attempt to bounce back from last Saturday's tough 80-74 loss to Southland Conference-leading Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Lions will head to Thibodaux for a 5 p.m. conference contest at Nicholls State on Saturday.
     Saturday's game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television (Charter Channel 111). The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at Southeastern, which trails Northwestern State by a half game in the SLC East Division standings, defeated the Colonels, 75-69, in Hammond on Jan. 20.
     The Southeastern women's basketball team (16-8, 8-3 SLC) will attempt to move closer to the SLC East Division title this week. The Lady Lions, who hold a three and a half game lead in their division, will host Nicholls State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the University Center. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at Southeastern won the first meeting of the season between the two teams, 82-71, back on Jan. 20 in Thibodaux.
     In conjunction with Saturday's game, the Lady Lions will welcome back all its former letterwinners. A reception will be held at 2 p.m. in the University Center prior to the game for the former players. All former Lady Lion players in attendance will be honored at halftime.
     The Lion baseball team (2-1) will be back in action this week after an impressive series win over No. 16 Tulane to open the season. Southeastern will head to Alcorn State for a 3 p.m. contest in Lorman, Miss., on Wednesday. The Lions will then return home to host a three-game series at Alumni Field versus Tennessee-Martin. The series opens on Friday at 6:30 p.m., continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concluding Sunday at 1 p.m.
     Friday and Sunday's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at Saturday's game will be broadcast on KAJUN 107.1 FM.
     The Southeastern softball team (3-2) also got off to a good start last week, finishing second in the Lion Classic at North Oak Park. The Lady Lions will be back on the field on Wednesday, hosting Grambling at 6 p.m. Southeastern will then hit the road for the first time this season to compete in the UTM Skyhawk Classic on Saturday and Sunday in Martin, Tenn. On Saturday, the Lady Lions face Akron at 10 a.m., Dayton at 12:30 p.m. and Tennessee-Martin at 3 p.m. Sunday's opponents and game times will be determined by Saturday's results. Pool play begins on Sunday at 10 a.m.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field team will look to cap a successful indoor track and field season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Houston, Texas, on Friday and Saturday to compete in the SLC Indoor Championships.
     The Southeastern men's golf team opens spring play this week. Southeastern head coach Tim Baldwin's squad, fresh off an impressive spring, will be in Houston, Texas, on Saturday and Sunday to compete in the Rice Invitational.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (2-1) will be back on the courts this week. The Lady Lions host Alcorn State on Tuesday at 1 p.m. On Thursday, the No. 73 Lady Lions will face No. 49 Ole Miss at 2 p.m. in Oxford, Miss. The Lady Rebels are one of two SEC foes for Southeastern this week, as it will be in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match with Mississippi State.
     The men's tennis team (1-0) will also be back in action this week. On Tuesday, the Lions matchup with Alcorn State at 1 p.m. Southeastern will then head to Mobile, Ala., on Sunday to face No. 33 South Alabama at 1 p.m.
     Tuesday, February 13
     Men's and Women's Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Wednesday, February 14
     Baseball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 3 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Grambling, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
     Thursday, February 15
     Women's Tennis, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 2 p.m.
     Friday, February 16
     Baseball, vs. Tennessee-Martin, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Saturday, February 17
     Men's Basketball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 5 p.m. (Cox Sports) (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Baseball, vs. Tennessee-Martin, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Softball, vs. Akron (UTM Classic), Martin, Tenn., 10 a.m.
     Softball, vs. Dayton (UTM Classic), Martin, Tenn., 12:30 p.m.
     Softball, at Tennessee-Martin (UTM Classic), Martin, Tenn., 3 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Golf, at Rice Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Women's Tennis, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 1 p.m.
     Sunday, February 17
     Baseball, vs. Tennessee-Martin, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, Pool Play (UTM Classic), Martin, Tenn., 10 a.m.
     Golf, at Rice Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Men's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
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Professional activities
Dr. Robert R. Kraemer
(Kinesiology and Health Studies) published a review article, "Exercise and Humoral Mediators of Peripheral Energy Balance; Ghrelin and Adiponectin," in the February 2007 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine.
     Dr. Edgar Reyes (Mathematics) presented the College of Science and Technology's Interdepartmental Seminar Talk on Friday, Feb. 2, titled "A Statement that Revolutionized Geometry."
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) co-authored a paper titled "Expanding the Marketing Opportunities and Sustainable Production Potential of Minority and Limited Resource Farmers in Louisiana and Mississippi" presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association in Mobile on February 5. Her co-author was John Green of Delta State University.
     Mrs. Connie Budden (General Studies), Ms. Janet F. Anthony, Dr. Michael Budden and Dr. Mike Jones (Marketing and Finance) had their paper, "Managing the Evolution of a Revolution: Marketing Implications of Internet Media Usage Among College Students," accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Applied Business Research Conference in March. The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.
     Alison Pelegrin (English) has two poems featured in the current issue of the Southern Review, a special issue dedicated to writing in the south. One of her poems in this issue, "Mysterious Ways," was featured on Verse Daily on Friday, Feb. 9. Other poems of hers are forthcoming in issues of the Cincinnati Review and Brilliant Corners.
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