ByLion -- January 16


Dancing, cheering at Deco Ball
Late registration underway
MLK processional Wednesday
Important ORNT 101 information
Education Hall of Fame
New smoking restrictions

New faculty workshop
Gift from 'Good Morning America'
Day at the Races
KSLU staff announcements
Spring SOT schedule
Ring orders Jan. 29-30
McGovern at Columbia Jan. 26

CS/IT advisors meet
Five earn Clausen Scholarships
Weight Watchers returning
Center for Faculty Excellence
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Dancing at Deco BallDancing and cheering at the Deco Ball
Patrons of Saturday's Deco Ball, sponsored by Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts as an annual fundraiser for the downtown Hammond theater's colorful new neon marquee, danced to the music of the Dominoes on the Columbia stage (left). But amidst all the fun, patrons were able to keep up with the action of the New Orleans Saints-Philadelphia Eagles playoff game. They cheered the games' finale (below, right) viewed on several strategically placed televisions, and got score updates (below, left) from members of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.

Spring semester late registration underway
     With classes scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 16, it is not too late to attend spring 2007 semester.
     A late registration and a drop/add session is scheduled Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 16-18 for all students who have been accepted to the university, but have not yet signed up for spring classes, and all previously registered students who need to alter class schedules.
     All unpaid fees balances are due by 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19.
     Students can enroll for spring classes online by clicking on the "LEONet" link on the university's home page,, and logging into the university's intranet at the LEONet-Students link.
     Students are also reminded to make appointments for advising prior to registering, if their academic department requires advising.
     Students who need assistance with accessing the registration system may contact the Records and Registration Office at 1-800-222-SELU or 985-549-2066.
     Fees may be paid in person at the Controller's Office in the North Campus Financial Aid Building, room 107 or with a credit card via the student's LEONet account. Instructions are available online at
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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. processional, program Wednesday
Southeastern will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight processional and program on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
     The event, sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Tammany Hall.
     Participants will walk to the War Memorial Student Union, where Alpha Phi Alpha will continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the tree planted in King's memory in the Student Union park. Shortly after the laying of the wreath, a special program will begin in the Student Union Theatre.
     For additional information contact Southeastern's Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, 985-549-3850.
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Important information about Orientation 101
Faculty: If you teach freshmen courses, will you please take a minute this week to direct your students to a home page button that will link them to important information about Orientation 101 course requirements. Thank you for your cooperation.
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College of Education and Human Development Hall of FameEducation Hall of Fame
Before the holidays, the College of Education and Human Development hosted a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony for members of its "Education Hall of Fame," which encompasses Southeastern alumni who have been named principals and teachers of the year nationally and regionally. From left, are Melody Bonnette, Louisiana Overall Teacher of the Year in 1999; Suzanne Buras, Louisiana Middle/Junior High School Teacher of the Year in 2003; Barbara Forshag, Louisiana Overall Teacher of the Year in 2001; Dean Diane Allen; John S. Swang, Louisiana Middle/Junior High School Teacher of the Year in 1991; Milton Skorlich, Louisiana Principal of the Year in 1999 and 2000 National Distinguished Principal of the Year from Louisiana; and William Simpson, National Distinguished Principal of the Year from Louisiana in 1986. Photographs of all 12 of Southeastern's hall of fame members are displayed outside of the Kiva in the Cate Teacher Education Center.
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New campus smoking restrictions implemented
New campus smoking restrictions are being implemented this semester in an attempt to "clear the air" near entrances to academic buildings.
     Timed to coincide with the Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act that went into effect Jan. 1, the policy expands university efforts initiated in 2003 that allowed smoking only in designated areas around certain buildings.
     John Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said highly visible signage is being installed near certain buildings informing smokers of the policy, which is intended to keep the primary entrances to the buildings smoke-free and to lessen the associated litter problems. He added that the university will be vigilant about enforcing the policy.
     Designated smoking areas have been created near several buildings, including D Vickers Hall, Garrett Hall, Fayard Hall and Sims Memorial Library. In addition, smoking will be banned at the entrances to Mims Hall, the Biology Building, certain areas on the north campus, and in the mall of the War Memorial Student Union.
     Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and a member of an ad hoc committee addressing the issue of smoking on campus, explained that the new Louisiana law prohibits smoking in most public places and workplaces, including all restaurants and educational facilities.
     "Research has confirmed that the health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than originally thought, and exposure to secondhand smoke is more than a mere annoyance," Booth said. "It is, in fact, a serious health hazard that can pose an immediate health threat to individuals with asthma or smoke-related allergies."
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New faculty workshop Jan. 25
A workshop designed to introduce new faculty to Southeastern's Office of Sponsored Research and Programs is scheduled Thursday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., in Tinsley Hall, room 103. The program will explain polices and procedures for submitting grants and demonstrated how to search for grant opportunities. Registration is suggested, but not required.
     For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at ext. 5312 or
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Robin Roberts'Good Morning America' gift provides scholarship in Robin Roberts' name
Southeastern received some unexpected - but very welcome - national exposure on the morning of Dec. 19, thanks to alumnus Robin Roberts.
     Roberts, anchor for the popular ABC morning news program "Good Morning America," was visibly touched by a "Secret Santa" gift from fellow anchor Diane Sawyer.
     In an on-air exchange of presents, Sawyer gave Roberts a full-tuition scholarship to Southeastern to be presented in Roberts' name to a student from her high school, Pass Christian High School in Pass Christian, Miss.
     Moved to tears, Roberts told Sawyer, "Education is so important to my family. Thank you so much."
     Southeastern President Randy Moffett said the university is equally touched by Sawyer's gift.
     "The gift of education is priceless," he said. "Ms. Sawyer's gift to Robin Roberts gives invaluable national exposure to the benefits of giving to higher education. While this gift may specifically impact the life of one student, it could also indirectly touch many more by inspiring others to give a scholarship in the name of a friend or loved one.
     "Southeastern is grateful personally to Ms. Sawyer and Ms. Roberts, but we're also grateful on behalf of higher education in general," Moffett said.
     Roberts, a 1983 Southeastern graduate, has been a loyal and supportive Southeastern alumnus, who has frequently expressed her gratitude to Southeastern. Named Alumnus of the Year in 1996, she endowed the Robin Roberts Scholarship, which benefit the university's athletic program.
     As a Southeastern student Roberts was a standout forward on Lady Lions basketball team and got her start in broadcasting as sports director at Hammond's WFPR/WHMD radio. Following graduation, she began her career in television journalism in Mississippi, moved on to ESPN in Atlanta, and then to New York where she had contracts with both ESPN and ABC Wide World of Sports. She has been the third anchor for "Good Morning America" since 2005.
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Alumni Association hosts Fair Grounds 'Day at the Races'
Today is the deadline to sign up to participate in the Alumni Association-sponsored "Day at the Races" at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Sunday, Jan. 21.
     The fun event is open to all Southeastern alumni and friends, 21 years of age and older, said Alumni Association Assistant Director Nicholas Locascio. Cost is $25, which includes charter bus transportation from Hammond, clubhouse admission and lunch.
     The bus will depart the Alumni Center at 10:30 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Participants who plan to use their own transportation are welcome to meet the Southeastern group at the Fair Grounds, Locascio said.
     The lunch menu includes a choice between corned beef and cabbage, a Fair Grounds favorite served with boiled potatoes and a house salad, and the "Exacta," which includes seafood casserole, a grilled chicken breast with sauce beurre blanc, rice pilaf, vegetable and house salad.
     "Lunch will be followed by an afternoon of fun and excitement watching the races," Locascio said. "Make plans to join us. It's a 'sure bet' that we'll have a great time."
     For additional information, call Locascio at the Alumni Association, 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Todd DelaneyChad PierceTodd Delaney, left; Chad Pierce, right

Delaney named KSLU general manager; Pierce joins staff
Todd Delaney has been named general manager of Southeastern Louisiana University's award-winning radio station KSLU 90.9-FM, and alumnus Chad Pierce has joined the station's staff as underwriting/development representative.
     Delaney, who has been serving as manager in an interim capacity, is responsible for all business operations of the station, including the development of strategic planning, sales and grant management. He is also in charge of all on-air operations.
     "Mr. Delaney brings the educational background and hands-on experience needed to guide KSLU to even greater success," said Karen Fontenot, head of the Southeastern Department of Communications, which oversees the station. "He is adept at working with students to help them develop the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. The practical training and opportunities provided by KSLU definitely complement and supplement our efforts in the classroom."
     KSLU is the only public radio station on the north shore. The station, which streams its signal over its website, was recognized by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters as the 2006 Medium Market Radio Station of the Year for its community service activities and its on-air programming during and after Hurricane Katrina. The station in August was awarded a $93,831 digital radio grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to assist in the station's transition to digital broadcasting.
     Prior to joining Southeastern, Delaney served as a weathercaster for RWN Communications of Baton Rouge, providing forecasts for over 50 stations throughout the nation via the Internet. He also served as a reporter and anchor for Louisiana Network, an affiliate organization of 70 radio stations in the state, and as station manager and program director for KLSU-FM at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. While at KLSU, the station was named to Princeton's Review's best college radio stations list.
     A fall 2006 graduate of Southeastern's masters program in organizational communication, Delaney holds a bachelor's degree in general studies from LSU. He has earned numerous awards, including Communicator Awards of Excellence and Associated Press awards for Best General News in 1999 and 2000 and Best Continuing Coverage in 2000.
     A 2002 Southeastern graduate, Pierce received the station's Broadcaster of the Year award while a student. The Plaquemine native and Gonzales resident has been working as an advertising representative for Guaranty Broadcasting and sales associate at Ascension Electric.
     "Chad is one of the most talented individuals to pass through the doors of KSLU," said General Manager Todd Delaney. "It is a great honor to have him back with us in a full-time capacity. His enthusiasm, creativity and commitment to excellence will bring us continued success in the future. He's an outstanding addition to the KSLU staff."
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Spring 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) for the Spring 2007 semester:
     Term 1 (Jan. 16-March 6): Packets delivered to departments, Friday, Feb. 23; administration of SOT; Feb. 26-March 2; deadline to be returned to IR&A; Friday, March 6.
     Full Term (Jan. 16-May 4): Packets delivered to departments, Friday, April 13; administration of SOT, April 16-27; deadline to be returned to IR&A; Friday, April 27
     Term 2 (March 12-May 4): Packets delivered to departments, Friday, April 27; administration of SOT, April 30-May 4; deadline to be returned to IR&A; Friday, May 4.
     Any questions regarding SOT administration should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
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Southeastern taking ring orders Jan. 29-30
Representatives of Balfour, the company that creates Southeastern's official ring, will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30 at the university book store.
     Students who have 75 hours or more of earned credit may order their rings, which will be presented by President Moffett at the university's ring ceremony at the Columbia Theatre on March 30.
     The official ring collection is also available to alumni, faculty and staff. The ring is available in white and yellow gold in three styles for women and two for men.
     Alumni with older Southeastern class rings may exchange theirs for a new ring, free of charge, through November.
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Maureen McGovernLegendary Maureen McGovern to grace Columbia Theatre stage Jan. 26
Beloved vocalist and pop icon Maureen McGovern will bring her "Stradivarius voice" and seemingly limitless range, melody, grace and warmth to the stage of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jan. 26 in the theater's first concert of 2007.
     Fresh off of her star turn in the musical "Little Women," McGovern, whose career spans nearly 35 years and includes recordings, concerts, Broadway, films, television, radio and composing, will appear at the historic downtown Hammond theater at 7:30 p.m. for one show only.
     "We have been attempting to book Maureen McGovern for three years now, but have never been able to make the schedules work. We are excited to finally bring her to the Columbia," said Columbia Director Donna Gay Anderson.
     Tickets are $38, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $32, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $25, Orchestra 3. They are available online at or at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays, and one hour before performance times.
     Blessed with perfect pitch, intuitive phrasing, an eclectic taste for everything from jazz to classics, and a range that has run out of octaves, Maureen McGovern has been a singer's singer since she burst on the scene in 1973 with her hit record "The Morning After."
     She has earned a reputation for being one of America's most popular artists. She earned rave reviews for her performance on Broadway and in the national tour of the musical version of "Little Women" and for recent current recordings such as "The Music Never Ends: The Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman" and "Out of This World: McGovern Sings Arlen." McGovern also founded the "Works of Heart" Foundation for Music and Healing to address emotional and inspirational needs of patients and caregivers.
     Her numerous and varied performing credits also include Broadway appearances in "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Threepenny Opera," and her many recordings include the Grammy nominated "The Pleasure of His Company" and the Academy Award-winning song "The Morning After." She was also seen in the films "The Towering Inferno," "Airplane!" and "The Cure for Boredom," and she appeared at the Sundance Theatre in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and Jerry Herman's "Dear World."
     For information about upcoming events in the Columbia Theatre's 2006-07 season, visit or call (985) 543-4366 for a season brochure.
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Cris Koutsougeras and Dan McCarthyComputer Science and Industrial Technology advisors contribute feedback
In November, community and industry leaders from around the state visited Southeastern for the Computer and Industrial Technology's advisory committee meeting.
     Each year, dedicated community and industry leaders, many of them alumni, provide feedback to the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology on ways to prepare students for careers.
     Attendees were welcomed by Dan McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology, and Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology.
     The focus of the meeting was to gain insight and guidance from the advisors in industry and government. Industrial Technology faculty member Pete Territo emphasized the advisors' important role in keeping programs current in the emerging business climate. The majority of the meeting was devoted to soliciting and carefully discussing their observations. In order to facilitate the exchange of ideas, attendees were broken down into subcommittees based on their areas of expertise.
     McCarthy pointed out how comradeship has flourished between members of the department since the consolidation of the Computer Science and Industrial Technology Departments a year ago. He also cited the department's recent grant writing success.
     Koutsougeras reported on the evolution of the programs offered by the department. In addition to the concentrations currently offered in Computer Science, Scientific and Information Systems, a new concentration in Information Technology will soon be available to students.
     He also described how degree programs in Industrial Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Design Engineering Technology are being spearheaded by faculty members Pete Territo, Mike Asoodeh, and Mike Beauvais, respectively.
     Keynote speaker Terry Allen of the Shaw group emphasized the diligence required to continue the educational resurgence experienced by Southeastern since Katrina.
     Roy Bonnette, Computer Science and Industrial Technology undergraduate coordinator, reported on accreditation of the degree programs offered by the department. The Computer Science programs have recently been evaluated by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Computing Accreditation Commission. The Industrial Technology degree programs are currently accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). Bonnette described how the department is considering seeking accreditation under ABET for these programs as well.
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Clausen Scholarship recipientsFrom left, Denise Savoy, Krystal Battaglia, University of Louisiana System President Sally Clausen, Revé Link, Cynthia Butler, Southeastern Dean of Education and Human Development Diane Allen, and Shannon Hill.
Five education students earn Clausen Scholarships
Five Southeastern education students have been awarded University of Louisiana System Foundation scholarships.
     The Tom and Kyle Clausen Scholarships, valued at $750 each, were presented to the Southeastern students, as well as 10 other University of Louisiana System students, to provide financial help and professional development. The System will follow the students as they enter the classroom and provide support to ensure they have the tools needed to be successful, to help them stay in the profession and to enable their students to achieve high standards.
     "These honorees represent a high caliber of new teachers entering classrooms today," said UL System President Sally Clausen. "By offering them assistance in their critical years of teaching, the System is assisting in their success as well-prepared teachers in Louisiana schools."
     The scholarships were established in memory of Thomas Clausen, Sally Clausen's brother, and his son Kyle. Thomas Clausen, who began his career as a teacher, served as Louisiana's Superintendent of Education from 1984 to 1988. Prior to his death from cancer, Clausen and his family established a scholarship fund to recognize outstanding teacher candidates and encourage them in their careers. Since 2002, 37 scholarships have been awarded.
     Southeastern students receiving the awards included: Krystal L. Battaglia, Holden; Cynthia Lynell Butler, Summit, Miss.; Shannon D. Hill, Amite; Revé Link, Covington; and Denise M. Savoy, Loranger.
     "We are extremely proud to have five recipients of the Clausen Scholarship," said Southeastern College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen. "They are exemplary students and fine examples of the high quality teachers we prepare at Southeastern."
     A panel of judges selected the 15 honorees from a record 51 applicants based on applications, letters of recommendation and essays on the importance of teaching as a profession. Eligible students had at least a 3.0 grade point average and a minimum of 45 college credit hours. The Clausen Scholarships are funded through private donations to the UL System Foundation.
     "My family believed that all children can learn if they receive the proper guidance and tools," Clausen added. "Our universities understand the value of good teachers and are committed to guaranteeing the teachers they produce."
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Weight Watchers Corporate Solutions program returns
An informational meeting is scheduled today for the "Weight Watchers Southeastern Corporate Solutions" program.
     The successful 12-week weight control program is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and community friends, said Amy Oberschmidt, assistant director of marketing for the program's sponsor, Southeastern Recreational Sports and Wellness.
     The informational session will be held at noon in the War Memorial Student Union, room 228 ("Magnolia Room"). Participants can still sign up at a prorated fee at any of the remaining meetings.     
     "If your New Year's resolution is to become a healthier, happier you, Weight Watchers can help you achieve your goals," said Oberschmidt, who is a Louisiana licensed mental health counselor. "Our faculty, staff, students and alumni participants have lost a combined 891 pounds in the first three Weight Watchers Southeastern Corporate Solutions sessions. Our goal is to exceed 1,000 pounds!
     "Statistics from Weight Watchers International have shown that individuals attending Weight Watchers meetings lose three times the amount of weight as those dieting alone," said Recreational Sports and Wellness Director Dollie Hebert-Crouch, an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified health and fitness instructor. "The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a decision to improve overall being by becoming healthier and stronger. Small steps over time will create big changes, and you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish if you make that very first small step toward change."
     The cost of the program is $144. Oberschmidt said cash, credit card or check payments will be accepted and payment by check may be made in three monthly installments of $48.
     "We need a minimum of 15 paid members in order to get the program started. If we reach that goal, our Week One meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at noon in the union's Magnolia Room," she said. Meetings will be held at the same time and location each Tuesday during the 12-week program.
     Oberschmidt said the program is not limited to members of the university's Pennington Student Activity Center, but that members are being offered a special incentive. SAC members who sign up for the session on Jan. 16 can receive one free month of "REC Kids," an activity-based child care service for children ages 3-12. They also will receive a complimentary body fat assessment.
     Student Activity Center membership is available to all Southeastern faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as friends of alumni. For more information, contact Membership Services at (985) 549-5734. Corporate memberships are available.
     For information on the Weight Watchers Southeastern Corporate Solutions program, contact Oberschmidt at (985) 549-5738 or
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
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
     Jan 17, 10-11 a.m. and Jan. 18, 2-3 p.m. -- Introduction to Blackboard Basics: Uploading (syllabus and other items). The workshop shows 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.
     Jan. 17, 3-4 p.m. and Jan 19, 9-10 a.m. -- Introduction to Blackboard Basics: 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.
     Jan 18, 9:30-10:30 a.m. -- Introduction to Blackboard Basics: Communication. The workshop will demonstrate how to effectively communicate with students. It will cover e-mail, discussion board, chat and briefly cover virtual classroom. A brief overview of other options in Blackboard will also be given.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana men's and women's basketball teams will continue Southland Conference play this week, taking on its closest SLC rival, Nicholls State during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (10-7, 2-2 SLC) will be attempting to win their third straight league contest when the Colonels come to town for the Battle of the Flag Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Southeastern defeated Texas State and Texas-Arlington during the past week.
     The first 200 fans at Saturday's game will receive free Thunderstix and a free t-shirt. Covington and Mandeville High School students will also be admitted for $1.
     The Lady Lions (10-7, 2-2 SLC) will be looking for their third SLC road win of the season on Saturday at 2 p.m., taking on Nicholls State in Stopher Gymnasium. Southeastern defeated Texas State and lost at UTA during last week's road swing.
     Both of Saturday's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the internet at (High-speed internet connection recommended).
     Saturday, January 20
     Men's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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Professional activities
Dr. Mike Jones
(Marketing) was the speaker at the Mobile, Ala., affiliate of the National Association of Purchasing Managers on Dec. 8 at the International Trade Mart.
     Dr. Yu Hsing (General Business) was invited by the Central Bank of China to give a speech on "The Demand for Money: Historical Perspectives and Empirical Studies" on Jan. 3. He also presented a research paper entitled "An Analysis of Output Fluctuations in Japan: Application of the IS-MP-AS Model" at the joint annual conference of the TEA/CEANA held on Dec. 17. Both papers were presented in Taipei, Taiwan.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was a panelist for the President's Symposium, "Understanding the Intelligent Design Movement," at the 2006 annual meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists on November 11 in Redmond, WA. Her fellow panelists were Dr. Kevin Padian, Curator of Paleontology at the University of California-Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, and Dr. Keith Miller, a geologist at Kansas State University and founding member of Kansas Citizens for Science. The moderator was Dr. Ralph Larson, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University.
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