ByLion -- February 5


Fountain commemorates storms
Nightingale Awards for Nursing
The 'Robin' connection
Apply to graduate by Feb. 15
Student nurses help out
Miss Southeastern Wednesday
Heart Walk Feb. 10

Nominations for senior awards
Student gets national scholarship
PPR training for employees
Spring workshop series
Violinist in national competition
Pianist to play with symphony
Submit writing for The Pick
Center for Faculty Excellence
SLWP summer institute
Civil Service essentials
CAA accreditation
Tangi Home Show
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Groundbreaking for Katrina fountain
Southeastern broke ground last week for a new campus fountain that will commemorate the members of the Southeastern family who have been affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
     President Randy Moffett called the project, which is being funded by the Student Government Association, "a wonderful addition to an already outstanding campus."
     At left, former and current SGA presidents Paul Donaldson and Aron Walker look at the architectural renditions of the new fountain with Dean Tammy Bourg and Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. Below, members of the and SGA and the administration, joined by guests such as former Vice President for Student Affairs Patsy Causey and University of Louisiana System board member Elsie Burkhalter, wield shovels at the groundbreaking.
Breaking ground for Memorial Fountain

Marie Billings and Donnie BoothTwo members of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences were honored with "Nightingale" awards at the Jan. 20 awards gala of the Louisiana State Nurses Association Foundation. Dean Donnie Booth of Hammond, right, was named Nursing School Administrator of the Year, while School of Nursing instructor Marie Billings of Springfield, left, received the Volunteer of the Year award as a member of the LSNA Continuing Education Committee. She is also continuing education coordinator for the School of Nursing.
Booth named Nursing School Administrator of the Year
Donnie Booth, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been named Nursing School Administrator of the Year by the Louisiana State Nurses Association Foundation.
     The honor was announced at the association's "Nightingale Awards" gala Jan. 20 in Baton Rouge. The Nightingale Awards are the association's highest recognition for quality service, commitment and excellence among Louisiana registered nurses.
     Southeastern School of Nursing instructor Marie Billings was also recognized at the gala as a member of the LSNA Continuing Education Committee. The 10-member committee received the Nightingale "Volunteer of the Year" award for "commitment to lifelong learning for the registered nurses in Louisiana," LSNA said.
     In nominating Booth for the award, her colleagues cited her abilities as an accessible, supportive, multitask administrator. Under Booth's leadership, Southeastern's School of Nursing has twice been cited with the Nightingale Award for Nursing Program of the Year, has been recognized as a Center of Excellence at Southeastern and within the University of Louisiana System, and has been successfully merged with the departments of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Communication Sciences and Disorders to become the new College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
     Booth was also described as a role model for faculty, students and alumni because of her tireless involvement in professional issues such as supply and demand of nursing personnel, registered nurse licensure, and nursing education.
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The 'Robin' connection
As a holiday gift to her colleague (and one of Southeastern's most famous alumni) Robin Roberts, Good Morning America's Diane Sawyer presented a full tuition, four-year scholarship to Southeastern to a student from Roberts' high school, Pass Christian High School in Pass Christian, Miss.
     Sawyer's gift, which was broadcast on the national morning television show, has created quite a buzz at the school, according to Principal Kathy Broadway and guidance counselor Melissa Mannion (shown visiting last week with Provost John Crain, President Randy Moffett, and Anthony Ranatza of the Office of Admissions.
     Broadway and Amnion visited campus to learn more about the university in order to ensure that the student chosen is "a good fit" for Southeastern. When asked how many of the approximately 80 Pass High seniors were interested in applying for the scholarship, the high school administrators laughingly admitted, "All of them!"
     "We're very pleased," Broadway said, after touring the campus with Ranatza. "We like the smallness of Southeastern and the excellence of the academics." She admitted that she did not realize until making the trip that the campus was only about an hour's drive from Pass Christian.
     Broadway said the school hopes to announce the scholarship recipient at its awards banquet in early May. Meanwhile, a Pass Christian High delegation plans to visit Southeastern again on Junior Day, Feb. 10.

Feb. 15 is graduation application deadline
Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that Feb. 15 is the final day that students can apply to graduate in May 2007.
     The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, and master's degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LEONet campus accounts and choosing the "Apply for Graduation" option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link on the Southeastern homepage or by calling Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at (985) 549-2066/62.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
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Nursing students, faculty assist in Crescent City
Faculty and students from the School of Nursing call their participation in last week's Greater New Orleans Medical Recovery Week "an eye-opening experience."
     Barbara Moffett, head of the School of Nursing, and faculty members Cathy Cormier, Kristin Whitty, Penny Thomas, Tonia Vessel and Robin Brou accompanied approximately 40 senior and junior nursing students to the special health care program on Jan. 28, 30 and 31. The week-long event held in New Orleans East provided a variety of health care services to New Orleanians, many of whom have had difficulty obtaining care since Hurricane Katrina.
     One student, John Pender, found his fluency in Spanish in demand, as he was pressed into service to help Hispanic clients overcome the language barrier. Another student, Jennifer Morris, commented on how, as a resident of Chalmette, she could relate to the clients' difficulties and experiences.
     Southeastern students and faculty assisted with triage, gathering medical histories and screening vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse and respiration for clients of the program, which was organized by RAM -- Remote Access Medical Volunteer Corps.
     "The first day more than 100 people were waiting outside when we arrived," Cornier said. "Some of them had been waiting since 5 a.m."
     "For many of these people, this was their only opportunity to seek health care since [a similar medical service week] last year," Moffett said. "It was pretty amazing for our students to see," added Cormier. "We all take for granted that our health care providers will always be there. This was eye-opening."
     Whitty reported that when her group of students waved goodbye at the end of the day, they were rewarded with a "standing ovation" from the grateful New Orleanians they had served.
     "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students," said Moffett. "Sometimes they have such a mind-set about nursing being in a hospital. This was community nursing at its best."
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Amanda Blanchard Gabrielle Borens Brandi Bruno Melissa Cannino Kristen Hilliard Brandy Hotard Michelle Sanderson Andressen Strong
Blanchard Borens Bruno Cannino Hilliard Hotard Sanderson Strong

Eight students compete Feb. 7 for Miss Southeastern crown

Blair Abene, Miss Southeastern 2006, will crown her successor, one of eight contestants in the annual pageant, scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 7, at the university's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     The pageant has been a part of Southeastern's history since 1949, a Miss America preliminary since 1962. The pageant is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Admission is free.
     The theme of the 2007 Pageant is "Where Dreams Come True," said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.
     The emcee for the event is Krystal Boothe, traffic reporter at WWL television in New Orleans and recent Southeastern graduate. Entertainment will include vocal selections by Abene, while Richard Rampino will perform a glow stick routine, with the Lionettes finishing the night with dance.
     Contestants for the 2007 title include graduate student Melissa Cannino of Hammond, organizational communication; juniors Brandie Bruno of Independence, social work; Gabrielle Borens of Baton Rouge, nursing; Kristen Hilliard of Covington, piano performance; Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, nursing; sophomore Andressen Strong of Covington, management; and freshmen Amanda Blanchard of Metairie, nursing; and Michelle Sanderson of Kenner, business.
     The contestants will compete in five categories including personal interview, on-stage questions, swimsuit, talent and eveningwear.
     Leader said the pageant will also again feature the "People's Choice Award" as a way of collecting donations for an organization or agency designated by the current Miss Southeastern.
     "The contestant whose container has the most amount of donations, will win the People's Choice Award," Leader said. This year, the donations will benefit the Tangipahoa Association of Retarded Citizens (TARC).
     Containers for donations in each 2007 contestant's name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall Jan. 30-Feb. 7 and in the Columbia Theatre lobby on the night of the pageant.
Miss Southeastern 2007 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe, June 14-16. In 2006, Abene was runner-up in the state pageant.
     For additional information, call ext. 3805.
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Southeastern co-sponsors Tangipahoa Heart Walk
Join the fun - and help save a life - by participating in the Tangipahoa Heart Walk, Feb. 10, beginning at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     The annual event is co-sponsored by Southeastern's College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Registration is 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9 a.m. To sign up, visit
     For more information contact Scott Bourgeois, AHA regional director, (985) 640-7556 or or Dean Donnie Booth, ext. 3772 or
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Nominees for Alumni senior awards sought
Each year at the annual Division of Student Affairs Convocation, several outstanding graduating seniors are specially recognized. Nominees must fit the following criteria:
     3.5 or higher overall GPA.
     undergraduate receiving their degree at spring 2007 commencement.
     participated actively in at least two extracurricular activities/organizations.
     Award winners receive a monetary stipend and other awards that are presented at the Division of Student Affairs Awards Convocation.
     Anyone who would like to nominate a student should send the student's name to the chairman of the Senior Awards Committee, Jackie Dale Thomas, Faculty Box 10414 or drop it off in Student Union, room 110.
     The deadline for submitting names is Friday, March 2. Feel free to contact Ms. Thomas at 549-2233 or if you have any questions.
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John Tiley and Stuart StewartJohn Tiley (left) is one of only a dozen recipients nationwide of the $10,000 scholarship for college students with Crohn's Disease. Also shown is Stuart Stewart, interim executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact and a member of Southeastern's foreign languages faculty, who encouraged Tiley to apply for the scholarship and wrote a letter of recommendation.

Southeastern student awarded prestigious scholarship
Sophomore John Tiley of Hammond is one of only a dozen students nationally to be awarded a $10,000 UCB Crohn's Scholarship.
     UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, develops treatments for inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's, which affects the digestive system. The company created the pilot scholarship program last year.
     Tiley was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of six, but has been determined not to let the chronic illness affect his life. Despite many absences from school, he has never made a grade lower than an "A" since kindergarten.
     "I didn't want to be defined by the disease. I want to be treated like everyone else. I don't want to use my disease as an excuse," he said. "Even if I was sick, I would always force myself to go to class or to do what I needed to get things done."
     A pre-med biology and Spanish major, Tiley did have to take a medical leave from Southeastern last semester. "Last semester, since I was in the hospital for so long, I couldn't finish," he said.
While on medical leave from Southeastern, Tiley traveled to Cleveland seeking specialized treatment. There he saw a flyer advertising the scholarship and decided to apply.
     "The whole part of the scholarship is reaching beyond boundaries," he said. "In a one-page essay, I had to explain what I would do with the scholarship, how it would benefit me, and how I have reached beyond boundaries in my everyday life coping with Crohn's Disease."
     In addition to the essay, Tiley also had to submit letters of recommendation. One such letter was written by Stuart Stewart. Interim executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact - a service learning consortium of Louisiana universities -- Stewart was also a member of Southeastern's foreign languages faculty. Tiley was the only freshman in her upperlevel Spanish 303 class.
     According to Stewart, Tiley "was one of the most perceptive students I've had. He was able to understand the nature of reflective learning." Stewart also describes Tiley as a very dedicated and hard working student who is able to adapt to the conditions that exist with service learning. She was very impressed with a piece that he wrote for her class that integrated his community service with his academic learning.
     Tiley wants to attend medical school to become a pediatric gastroenterologist. "I've always loved sciences and medicine. If I was a gastroenterologist I could relate to my patients on a whole different level, having experienced what they have first hand," Tiley said. "I'd like to be able to see how different medications evolve over the years and how treatments for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis progress, because right now there is no cure for the disease. All they can do is treat the symptoms."
     In addition to receiving the scholarship, Tiley and a guest are being flown to Washington D.C. in May for National Digestive Diseases Week, where top gastroenterologists from around the world will convene for a conference. He will be awarded the scholarship during a special banquet and will have the opportunity to tour the city for the first time with one of his biggest supporters, his mother. Tiley is the son of Susan and George Tiley of Hammond.
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PPR training for employees
A brief training program on the Performance Planning and Review (PPR) process will be offered to classified employees on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 9:30-11 a.m. in University Center room 139.
     Topics to be covered include the PPR rating system and its factors, planning sessions, and timetables of which employees should be aware.
     The training will help classified employees better understand the process which is used in evaluating their performance. Classified employees planning to attend should get their supervisor's permission and register by e-mailing Sharon Sparacello at or by calling ext. 5435.
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OSRP spring workshop series
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs' spring series of free informational sessions begins Thursday with "Starting Point: Locating Funding Sources." All sessions are scheduled for 2 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 103. Registration is suggested, but not required. For more information, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 985-549-5312 or e-mail
     Seminars in February include:
     Writing Successful and Persuasive Grant Proposals -- Thursday, Feb. 8. Discussion will include proven key elements of successful grant proposals, along with helpful hints for developing an outstanding proposal and creative and persuasive writing techniques.
     Preparing the Proposal Budget -- Thursday, Feb. 15. Session provides guidance in constructing a realistic budget, including personnel, fringe, travel, supplies, operating costs, acquisitions, and indirect costs. Cost sharing/matching fund examples will be provided.
     For March seminars, visit:
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Milena RusanovaStudent to compete in national 'Young Artists' competition
Southeastern violinist Milena Rusanova will compete next month in the national finals of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competitions.
     "This is the first time a Southeastern student has advanced to the national level of MTNA competition," said David Evenson, head of Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. "We are delighted for Milena Rusanova and extremely proud of her accomplishment. No one in the department works harder than she does, and we will be cheering her on when she competes for the national prize."
     The national competition is scheduled for March 25-26 in Toronto, Canada.
     Rusanova, who is from Ruse, Bulgaria, is a graduate student in violin performance in the studio of Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern's string program and the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. She will be accompanied in the competition by pianist Henry Jones, Southeastern assistant professor of music.
     Rusanova advanced to the finals by winning the string division in the MTNA Young Artist Competitions on the state and district levels. The district competition, which included student musicians from Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, was held at the University of Oklahoma Jan. 26-28.
Alma Iuliano, a sophomore from Brasov, Romania, also competed after winning the Young Artist Piano division on the state level. She is a student Southeastern music professor Kenneth Boulton.
     Rusanova began studying the violin at the age of five at the High School of Arts in Ruse. She completed her bachelor's degree in violin performance at the Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has participated in masterclasses with Dina Shnaiderman and Devi Erlih and studied chamber music in Austria. In 2001 she won an award for her performance of a Bulgarian piece in an international competition in Sofia.
     "I would like to thank Dr. Evenson and the administration at Southeastern for all their assistance and support," Rusanova said.
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Zhaolei XiePianist to perform with Monroe Symphony
Zhaolei Xie, an undergraduate piano performance major, won the Monroe Symphony Young Artists Competition and, as his prize, will perform with the symphony on April 21.
     Xie, a student of David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, will perform Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. He also received a $700 cash prize.
     Xie began his piano studies at the age of eight, and entered the middle school of the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1993. While studying at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia from 2002-2005, he participated in the Alexander Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow and performed in masterclasses with Leslie Howard.
     Arriving in New Orleans just two days before Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Xie is pursuing his bachelor's degree in piano performance at Southeastern. In 2006, he won first place in the Young Artist Division of the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition in Baton Rouge. He was also a winner in the college division of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, which led to his New York City debut at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall on May 21, 2006.
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Submit student writing for The Pick
March 16 is the deadline for faculty members to submit student writing for The Pick, a journal of outstanding student works from across the university curriculum published each semester by the English Department and the Southeastern Writing Center.
     Submissions are encouraged from all departments. Both graduate and undergraduate students may submit works, but each work must have been created for a course at Southeastern. Faculty members may submit student works of exceptional quality or students may submit works themselves with a faculty member's approval.
     Copies of The Pick, submission forms, and guidelines are available at the Southeastern Writing Center, D Vickers 383. Please contact The Pick at or ext. 2076 with any questions.
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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. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Friday, Feb. 9 -- Introduction to Blackboard-Gradebook: The workshop will familiarize faculty with the functions of Gradebook. It will cover 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.
      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 by Friday, Feb. 9 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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SLWP accepting applications for summer institute
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is now accepting applications for its 16th Invitational Summer Institute on the Teaching of Writing.
     "The institute is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, have questions about teaching writing, are eager to share their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers," said SLWP Director Richard Louth.
     The institute will meet Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 26-July 28 in the Southeastern Writing Center on the third floor of D Vickers Hall.
     All selected kindergarten-college teachers from across the curriculum will study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching styles, and share their best teaching practices with each other.
     Participants will also be given the opportunity to work on personal and professional writing and to develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery as inservices programs to local schools.      Participants become Summer Fellows at the university and receive a stipend and materials as well six hours of graduate credit (three hours in English; three hours in education) and tuition.
     Applicants should submit their resume; a brief description of a writing activity used in their classroom; a letter of nomination from a supervisor or from a member of SLWP; and a page containing name, address, phone number, e-mail address, W# (if applicable), and Social Security number, as well as school and grade level where the applicant currently teaches. Applications will be considered until the Institute is filled, and on-campus interviews will take place beginning in February.
     Applications can be e-mailed to or addressed to Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402. For information, contact Louth at ext. 2102 or Also visit the SLWP web page,
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Civil Service essentials for being an effective supervisor
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a part of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is sponsoring a free seminar for supervisors of classified employees. The program, "Civil Service Essentials for being an Effective Supervisor," will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in University Center room 139
     Participants will discuss a variety of supervisory responsibilities within the context of the Civil Service system, and will learn why the merit system was created and ways through which they can better manage employees' behavior, schedules, and performance.
     Topics include an overview of the supervisor's fundamental role in the PPR process; dos and don'ts of interviewing and reference checking; avoiding harassment and discrimination in the workplace; prohibited political activities for classified employees; managing employees' work schedules; assigning duties to employees; a supervisor's role in the chain of command; and how to orient new employees.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval are required. This and other CPTP programs can be used toward a variety of state certifications.
     For more information and to register, contact Jan Ortego at the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, ext. 5771.
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Call for public comment on applicants for CAA Accreditation
In accordance with the Council on Academic Accreditation's (CAA) Policy and Procedures on Public Comment the CAA is seeking public comment as part of its review of the Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders graduate education program in speech-language pathology application for re-accreditation by the CAA.
     Individuals who wish to provide input about a CAA-accredited program seeking continued accreditation may do so in two ways:
     -- by submitting written comments prior to the accreditation site visit in accordance with the procedures specified in the Policy and Procedures on Public Comment. Comments should be submitted to: Accreditation Public Comment, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852,, 301-571-0481 (fax).
     -- by providing comments to the site visit team during the program's scheduled site visit on March 5, 2007, at 4 p.m. in room 209, Charles W. Campbell Hall.
     All comments must:
     -- relate to a program's compliance with the published Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards), effective January 1, 1999, AND
     -- identify the specific program seeking candidacy, initial accreditation, or continued accreditation with the CAA.
     Comments that do not meet the requirements as articulated in the Policy and Procedures on Public Comment will not be considered, and the individual or group commenting will be so notified.
     Copies of the Standards and/or the CAA's Policy and Procedures on Public Comment (PDF format) are available on the ASHA Web site. These documents also may be obtained by sending a written request to the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, by calling ASHA's Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, by sending an e-mail to or on ASHA's web site at
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Tangi Home Show Feb. 6
The Tangipahoa Homebuilders Association's Home Show is scheduled for 4-8 p.m., Feb. 6, at Twelve Oaks. Admission is $5 with children 12 under admitted free. (A discount admission coupon is available in the Daily Star.
     The Tangipahoa Homebuilders Association is a university scholarship sponsor. For additional information about the home show, contact 543-0023.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern spring athletic season will be in full swing with the start of the baseball, softball and men's tennis seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team will open its second season under head coach Jay Artigues on Friday, facing Tulane at 6:30 p.m. at Zephyr Field. On Saturday, the two teams will be in Hammond for a 1 p.m. contest at Alumni Field in the Lions' home opener. The series concludes on Sunday back in New Orleans, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Zephyr Field. Friday and Sunday's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     For the third consecutive year, the Lady Lion softball team will host the three-day Lion Classic at North Oak Park to open the season. The six-team tournament opens on Friday at 3 p.m. with Southeastern facing Southern. The Lady Lions are slated to play in three games on Saturday, facing Troy (10 a.m.), Mississippi Valley State (3 p.m.) and Tennessee-Martin (5:30 p.m.). On Sunday, Southeastern closes the tournament versus Louisiana-Monroe at 12:30 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's basketball team (14-8, 6-3 SLC) will head to Texas for a pair of league battles. On Thursday, the Lions will take on Texas-San Antonio at 7 p.m. in the UTSA Convocation Center. League-leading Texas A&M-Corpus Christi awaits on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women's basketball team (15-7, 7-2 SLC) will host a pair of league foes this week, as the Lady Lions look to extend their five-game winning streak. Southeastern, which leads the SLC East Division by two and a half games, hosts UTSA on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at 3 p.m.
     Thursday will be "Take A Kid to the Game Night" at the University Center. Children under 12 will be admitted free. In addition, Springfield and Albany High School students will be admitted for a $1 with a school ID. Saturday will be "Sweetheart Night," as one lucky couple will win a special Valentine's Day gift package.
     The future of the Southeastern football program will become clearer this week, as Wednesday is National Signing Day. A Southeastern Signing Day Bash will be held at 5 p.m. in the Landmark Hotel. The event will allow fans a first look as Southeastern tacks up its 2007 recruiting class, will feature food and refreshments as well as giving those in attendance the opportunity to meet and mingle with head coach Mike Lucas and his staff and hear comments regarding this year's class. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and admission is free.
     The defending Southland Conference regular season champion Southeastern Louisiana men's tennis team will open the 2007 campaign this week. On Friday, the Lions host Centenary at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Lady Lion tennis team (1-0) will also be in action this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern will be in Mobile, Ala. for a 1 p.m. match at South Alabama. Louisiana Tech plays host to the Lady Lions on Saturday for a 4 p.m. match.
     Wednesday, February 7
     Football, Signing Day Bash, Landmark Hotel, 5 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
     Thursday, February 8
     Women's Basketball, vs. Texas-San Antonio, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Men's Basketball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Friday, February 9
     Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans (Zephyr Field), 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. Southern (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, vs. Centenary, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Saturday, February 10
     Women's Basketball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, University Center, 3 p.m.
     Men's Basketball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Baseball, vs. Tulane, Alumni Field, 1 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Troy (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 10 a.m.
     Softball, vs. Mississippi Valley State (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Tennessee-Martin (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 5:30 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 4 p.m.
     Sunday, February 11
     Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans (Zephyr Field), 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (Lion Classic), North Oak Park, 12:30 p.m.
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Professional activities
Barbara J. Shwalb
and David W. Shwalb (Psychology) have co-authored two papers for Volume 114 of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: "Concept Development of Respect and Disrespect in American Kindergarten and First- and Second-Grade Children," and, with Shuji Sugie of Chukyo University, "Respect in Japanese Childhood, Adolescence, and Society." The first of these papers reported on research conducted at the Southeastern Laboratory School with the assistance of Psychology 335 undergraduate students.
     An article by Pierre Titard and James DeFranceschi (Accounting), "The Effect of 'White' vs. 'Colored' Exams on Performance," has been published in the fall 2006 issue of the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was the 2006 co-recipient with Brown University cell biologist Kenneth Miller of the American Society for Cell Biology's Public Service Award. The award ceremony was held on Dec. 10, at the ASCB's 2006 annual meeting in San Diego. In addition to their presentations at the award ceremony, Forrest and Miller were also the speakers for the ASCB's "Practice of Science" session on Dec. 11.
     Beth Stahr and Ladonna Guillot (Sims Memorial Library) published a chapter in the book titled Going the Distance: Library Instruction for Remote Learners published by Neal-Schuman. The subject of their chapter is scheduling and visiting off-campus classes.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been invited to present "Arrest Clearances: A Review of the Literature" at the International Conference on Law, in Athens, Greece, July 14-15. The paper examines the substantial decline in homicide arrests held for prosecution in the United States compared to other countries, from 93 percent in 1960 to 62 percent in 2005 in the U.S. This means that in the most recent year, more than 6,000 offenders have not been arrested. In part because arrest clearances are a performance measure for police and police departments, the problem has received little public attention.
     Faculty and students of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders presented sessions at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention held at Miami Beach, Fla., in November. Presenters were: Ramesh Bettagere, "Differences in acoustic characteristics of various linguistic stress patterns"; Tara Bordelon, Janice Mitchell, Roxanne Stoehr, and Lillian Stiegler, "Audio books: Can they help build literacy?"; Paula Currie, "Katrina stories: Qualitative interviews"; Rebecca Davis and Lillian Stiegler, "Better understanding of audiological test results in children"; Kathryn DeKemel-Ichikawa and Suzanne Carr, "Improving communication in ESL nurses and other healthcare professionals"; Marlene DesRoches, Lillian Stiegler, and Leslie Westmoreland, "Attention-seeking pretend behavior in a child with autism"; Marlene DesRoches, Ashley Wrublewski, and Amy Terranova, "Overestimation of language comprehension in a child with autism"; Timothy Meline, Roxanne Stoehr, and Carrie Cranfield, "Stuttering and late bilinguals: What is the evidence to date?"; Karen Perry, Ramesh Bettagere, Ashley Durbin, Paula Gomila, and Tara Bordelon, "Effects of amplification on accent modification"; Lillian Stiegler and Rebecca Davis, "Collaborative strategies to facilitate hearing assessment of children."
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