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
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, www.selu.edu, 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
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 www.selu.edu/controller.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. processional,
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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
For more information, contact the
Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at ext. 5312 or email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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."
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
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.
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
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 www.columbiatheatre.org
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
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
For information about upcoming events
in the Columbia Theatre's 2006-07 season, visit www.columbiatheatre.org
or call (985) 543-4366 for a season brochure.
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
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.
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."
Weight Watchers Corporate Solutions program
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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
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
internet connection recommended).
Saturday, January 20
Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU
Basketball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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