ByLion -- January 29

Black History Month begins Thursday
Champagne Bingo is a blast
Programs for leadership conference
St. Tammany Center success courses
UPD sergeant honored
Krewe coming through Feb. 15
Construction impacting parking
Spring gallery exhibits
Nominations for student awards
Spring workshop series
Applications for PKP scholarship
Center for Faculty Excellence
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Angela DavisStoryteller Angela Davis, right
February is Black History Month
An acclaimed storyteller, lectures on African-American history and politics, and a presentation on the history of the Afro-Brazilian fight/dance "capeira" highlight Southeastern's celebration of February as Black History Month.
     "We are excited to coordinate a university-wide celebration of African American culture and heritage," said Eric Summers, director of the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, which coordinates the month-long event. "This month is always special as it give us the opportunity the recognize American pioneers throughout history."
     For additional information, contact Multicultural and International Affaris at ext. 3850. The office has posters available for displaying in campus offices.
     The Black History Month schedule includes:
     Feb. 1-28 -- "African American Quilting Art: Yesterday & Today," White Hall. Sponsored by Family & Consumer Science/Department of Counseling & Human Development. Contact: Gail McMillon, 5928.
     Feb. 1 -- Black History and Politics Lecture Series: Dr. Raphael Cassimere, "Why Black History?", 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Contact (for all Black History and Politics lectures): William Robison, 2109.
     Feb. 4 -- African American Culture Museum Grand Opening, 3 p.m., 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond. Sponsored by the Black Heritage Center. Contact: George Perkins, 985-320-5357.
     Feb. 5 -- Black Student Union Week Quiz Bowl, 7 p.m., Student Union ballroom. Contact (for all Black Student Union events): Suga Henry, 985-549-3854.
     Feb. 6 -- Black Student Union Week Forum: "Real Sex," 7 p.m., Student Union 223.
     Feb. 7 -- Black Student Union Week: AIDS Testing, all day, Student Union ballroom.
     Feb. 8 -- Black Student Union Week: Culture Night, 8 p.m., Student Union ballroom.
     Feb. 8 -- Black History and Politics Lecture Series: Dr. Ronald Traylor, "Juneteenth and Jim Crow: African-American Celebrations in the Era of Segregation," 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre.
     Feb. 13 -- Angela Davis, "Writing Our Stories," 12:30 p.m., Student Union ballroom. Sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center. Contact: Jayetta Slawson, 5024.
     Feb. 13 -- "Yewande -- Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes & Race in America," 1:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board. Contact: Brandon Parker, 504-220-9938.
     Feb. 13 -- "Reparations, Part 3: Will it Ever Come? Reality!", 3 p.m., Student Union, room 227. Sponsored by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Contact: Jacqueline Twillie, 985-902-1623.
     Feb. 21 -- "Test Your Knowledge --Black History Trivia," 6 p.m., Student Union, room 229. Sponsored by MISA, Phellas. Contact: Joy Brown, 985-549-3850.
     Feb. 22 -- Black History and Politics Lecture Series: Dr. William B. Robison, "'Hellhound on My Trail': The Life, Legend, and Legacy of Bluesman Robert Johnson," 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre.
     Feb. 24 -- Freedom Fund Banquet, 7 p.m., Black Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, Hammond. Sponsored by the NAACP. Contact and ticket information: Pat Morris; 985-517-4267.
     Feb. 26 -- "Roots of Gospel Music," 6 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Sponsored by Southeastern Gospel Choir. Contact: Brandon Parker, 504-220-9938.
     Feb. 27 -- "Who Am I...Do You Really Know?", 8 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Sponsored by MISA & Project PULL. Contact: Donta Mills, 985-549-3792.
     Feb. 28 -- "Songs for the Soul," noon, Student Union mall. Sponsored by Southeastern Gospel Choir. Contact: Brandon Parker, 504-220-9938.
     Feb. 28 -- "Capeira: A Dance for Freedom," 12:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Contact: Aileen Mootoo, 2007.
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Faculty and friends enjoy Champagne BingoChampagne Bingo blast
The FE-Lions alumni chapter's Champagne Bingo Saturday was a blast for a good cause. Despite inclement weather, ladies from the campus and community packed Twelve Oaks for the fundraiser for the Southeastern athletics program, where they enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more. Left, Faculty and friends enjoy the fun -- seated, Shirley Jacob, Barbara Moffett, Donnie Booth, Carolyn Blackwood, Lynn McRae; standing, Julie Moffett, Melissa Love, Ann Carruth. Below left, Cheryl Chaucer surely had a good shot at winning the "best hat" award; below right, Head Football Coach Mike Lucas chats with Pam McInnis and her mother, Agnes Durbin.
     For more information about the Fe-Lions, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.
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Second annual Southeastern Leadership Conference call for program proposals
The Second Annual Southeastern Leadership Conference will take place on Saturday, March 24, in and around the Southeastern Student Union. Last year, in addition to Southeastern students, participants came from eight other institutions in three states. The conference features a keynote speaker plus programs presented by professionals and paraprofessionals.
     This year's theme is "So, You Think You Can Lead" and program presenters are being sought from a tri-state area, as well as from Southeastern. Programs directed to any leadership theme or those that make students stronger leaders would be appropriate.
     If you are interested in submitting a program proposal, please contact Melissa Miller at 549-2120 for an application.
     For more information about the conference itself, please contact Jackie Dale Thomas at 549-2233 or
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Free student success courses at St. Tammany Center
Southeastern is offering free workshops this spring for current or prospective students to explore skills needed for college success.
     The workshops, which begin Jan. 30, will be held at the Southeastern St. Tammany Center, room 329. The center is located on the third floor of the parish government complex at 21454 Koop Drive, Mandeville.
     Workshops are "Learning Styles and Success," Jan. 30; "Study Skills," Feb. 6;
"Career Exploration," Feb. 13, March 20; "Stress Management," Feb. 27, April 24; and "Exam Preparation," April 17.
     "The workshops are open to any student enrolled at the junior high level or above, anyone thinking about becoming a college student or changing careers, or any current Southeastern student," said Laura Zammit, assistant director of the St. Tammany Center. "This an excellent opportunity to learn new student success skills, get a refresher course to ensure your success while attending college or learn about the skills necessary if you are considering college."
     Workshops are offered twice each day, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 4-4:50 p.m., and will be conducted by Terry Fitzpatrick, a professional counselor with Southeastern's Center for Student Excellence.
     Zammit said walk-ins are welcome, provided space is available, but pre-registration is preferred. Students can register online at ("Free Student Success Workshops" link) or contact the St. Tammany Center at 985-893-6251 or
     Fitzpatrick is also offering individual private counseling sessions at the center on Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., to help students identify career and life goals, choose compatible college majors, maximize success in their academic plans and promote progress toward graduation.
     "You can meet with Ms. Fitzpatrick at the St. Tammany Center to develop and continuously monitor your academic and career goals," Zammit said. "Together you will develop and continuously monitor your academic and career goals. She can assist you in identifying what you can do with your Southeastern degree and guide you in making educational life decisions. To complete the process you will develop an action plan for reaching your academic and career goals."
     To schedule a session, contact the center at (985) 893-6251 or
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Joe Hearn, Carmen Bray, Mike PrescottFrom left, Capt. Joe Heard, Sgt. Carmen Bray, Chief Mike Prescott
UPD Sergeant gets "Supervisor of the Year" honor
Sergeant Carmen Bray of the University Police Department was named Police Supervisor of the Year from Southeastern by the City Club of Hammond, which annually honors local law enforcement personnel serving the Tangipahoa area. Bray was recognized for his wide range of experience and for his dedication, said Capt. Joe Heard, UPD assistant director.
     "Carmen is known by his friends and colleges as a hard worker and someone who will get the job done," Heard said. "He is very organized and committed to his job and this has contributed to his many promotions here at Southeastern."
     Bray is a native of Ann Arbor, Mich. His many professional credentials include completing law enforcement training in three states, being a member of the Maine Mid Coast Hazmat Team; certification as a certified Fire fighter I and II and as a Emergency Medical Technician.
     Bray moved from Maine to Texas to help out for Hurricane Katrina, then was transferred to Louisiana. He joined the Southeastern UPD in August 2005.
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Krewe coming through Feb. 15
Hammond's Mardi-Gras parade will roll on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m., beginning at the University Center.
     Since the parade assembles at the UC and travels along the western edge of the campus, it will have an impact on parking and traffic on parade day. The University Police Department would like for all students, faculty, and staff to remain aware of this event and plan ahead for any driving or parking needs.
     While the parade floats, bands, and marching units are arriving at the UC, portions of the "Driving Range" parking lot north of the Alumni Center and North General Pershing Extension will be blocked to vehicular traffic. Residents of Southeastern Oaks and The Village must utilize East Tornado Drive and cut through the North University Center Parking Lot to access the entrance to the residential complex.
     While the parade is rolling, the route will be blocked to all traffic, impacting campus traffic flow. From the UC, the parade will proceed down North General Pershing, turn onto West Dakota at Alumni Field and continue to North Oak Street. It will then wind through downtown Hammond before returning to the University Center via Railroad Avenue and North Oak Street.
     Details about the Krewes and the complete parade route will be available through the local media.
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Construction impacting parking
Beginning Friday, Feb. 2, and continuing through the end of the spring semester, approximately 10 parking spaces in the North McKneely Hall lot near the Student Union will be fenced off for construction of the Southeastern Memorial Fountain.
     Please be careful when walking or parking near this area and excuse any unsightliness while Southeastern works to improve our campus.
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Artwork by Dale Newkirk Jeff Mickey's "Bedroom Community"

Contemporary Art Gallery kicks off spring 2007 exhibits
Southeastern's spring 2007 gallery season opens with an exhibit of artwork by 19 members of the Department of Visual Arts faculty.
     The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 18 in the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium, said Gallery Director Dale Newkirk.
     The faculty exhibit will include ceramic work by Department Head Dennis Sipiroski, wall mounted sculpture by Newkirk, photograph taken in India by John Valentino, paintings by Michelle Dussault, new sculpture by Gary Keown, and book art by Sue O'Donnell. Gallery patrons will also get a chance to see the work of new faculty members Eric Sung, Judy Rushin, Jeff Mickey and Ernest Milsted.
     Also in the Contemporary Art Gallery will be ceramic sculptures by Bill Griffith, assistant director of the Arrowmount School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Griffth's artwork has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in "Ceramics Monthly" and "American Crafts" magazines.
     Works by Southeastern graphic design students are being featured at Sims Memorial Library through Jan. 28. The library will also host shows by Southeastern Visual Arts Society members in February and art by Southeastern Laboratory School students, March 6-April 6.
     Coming to the Contemporary Art Gallery in March will be "The Iconographic Image: The Paintings of Nancy McCallum"; "I Got Here First: The Video, Performance Work of Lilly McElroy"; and "Ancient Rhythms," video art by Lane Last. McElroy will also present at guest lecture March 1 at 2 p.m. prior to her 5:30 p.m. performance in the gallery.
     The gallery also plans to feature a juried show of works by Department of Visual Arts students, April 17-26, and the Department of Visual Arts Senior Exhibition, May 3-22.
     The Contemporary Art Gallery is open weekdays 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.
     For more information regarding spring exhibits, contact Newkirk at 985-549-5080 or the Visual Arts Department at 985-549-2193.
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Nominations sought for Green S, Outstanding Man and Woman awards
Each spring, the Division of Student Affairs hosts an awards convocation to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the university community. Faculty, staff, administrators and student organization presidents are encouraged to nominate students for two honors, the Green S Award and the Outstanding Man and Woman Award.
     The requirements/qualifications for the awards are:
     Green S:
     -- Sophomore status or above
     -- Full time student (minimum of 12 hours) with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
     -- No disciplinary or scholastic probation during fall 2006 or spring 2007 semesters
     -- Only fall 2006 and spring 2007 activities will be accepted
     -- Active member in at least two organizations.
     Selection is based on presentation, i.e., involvement in student organizations, committee appointments, honors, awards and community service. GPA is an eligibility requirement, but not the purpose of the award.
     Outstanding Man/Woman:
     -- Junior status or above
     -- Full time students (minimum of 12 hours) with a cumulative GPA of 2.5
     -- No disciplinary or scholastic probation during fall 2006 or spring 2007 semesters
     -- Have made outstanding contributions to the university and/or community
     -- Outstanding personal characteristics, i.e., integrity, leadership, etc.
     -- Active member of at least two campus organizations.
     Please call Alice Peltier at 54-2120 or e-mail her at for a copy of the nomination form or any further information.
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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 To see the schedule, visit this link in last week's ByLion:
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Phi Kappa Phi seeking scholarship applicants
Southeastern Louisiana University's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is continuing to accept applications for its new scholarship, established last year in honor of the chapter's 50th anniversary.
     Students have until April 10 to apply. The recipient will be announced at the chapter's annual banquet on May 2.
     To qualify for the $250 per semester scholarship, endowed at the "Dean's Level" through a $10,000 donation by the chapter to the Southeastern Development Foundation, an applicant must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member who is a full-time student with a minimum 3.5 grade point average and is "of moral character that exemplifies the spirit and intent of Phi Kappa Phi."
     Recipients, who will be chosen by a scholarship selection committee, can retain the scholarship for two semesters if they continue to meet the selection criteria.
     An application form is available on the Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi web site,
To build upon the scholarship's initial endowment, the chapter is inviting members to make additional contributions. Contribution forms, including a payroll deduction form for Southeastern employees, are also available on the Phi Kappa Phi web site.
     For additional information about the Phi Kappa Phi Endowed Scholarship, contact Phi Kappa Phi Secretary Joan Faust at (985) 549-5477.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
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 information, contact the center at 5791 or
     Wednesday, Jan. 31
     10-11 a.m. -- 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.
     3-4 p.m. -- Blackboard Uploading: The workshop will demonstrate procedures used to upload material onto Blackboard and how to make the items available to students. A brief overview of other options in Blackboard will also be given.
     Thursday, Feb. 1
     12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion: All faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
Grant Call for Proposal:
     Orr Memorial Research Fund -- The Center for Faculty Excellence announces the call for proposals for the Orr Memorial Research Fund available through the generosity of the Orr family. The grant will run from March 1-Nov. 30. The grant is available to tenured faculty above the level of instructor. Proposals are due by Feb. 2 and will be reviewed by the Research and Grants Committee. Contact the center for more information.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will host league rival McNeese State in a Southland Conference doubleheader during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions (13-7, 5-2 SLC) will look to hold on to first place in the SLC East Division, when they host the Cowgirls (2-17, 0-6 SLC) on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. The Lions (12-8, 4-3 SLC) will attempt to gain ground on SLC East-leading Northwestern State, when they host McNeese State (7-12, 2-3 SLC) on Thursday at 7:45 p.m.
     The Southeastern women's team will then head on the road, traveling to Beaumont, Texas for a 7 p.m. showdown with SLC East rival Lamar (9-10, 4-2 SLC) on Saturday. The Lamar men's team (8-11, 2-3 SLC) will be in Hammond on Saturday to take on Southeastern head men's basketball coach Jim Yarbrough's Lions at 7 p.m.
     Thursday will be Jam the Jungle in the University Center, as the first 1,000 fans will receive free t-shirts, Thunderstix and pizza courtesy of the Southeastern Campus Activities Board, the Southeastern Student Government Association and the Southeastern Alumni Association. It will also be Hammond-Ponchatoula Community Night on Thursday with Hammond and Ponchatoula High School students receiving admission for $1 with a school ID.
     Amite and Independence High School students will have the same opportunity for Saturday's men's game between Southeastern and Lamar.
     Both of Thursday's games and Saturday's women's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Saturday's men's game will be broadcast on the Internet only. A high-speed Internet connection is recommended for fans attempting to access the web casts The Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18) will also tape Thursday's doubleheader for broadcast on a tape-delayed basis.
     The two-time defending Southland Conference champion women's tennis team will open spring play this week. The Lady Lions will host North Texas on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     After an impressive start to the season, the Lion and Lady Lion indoor track teams will be back in action this week. On Saturday, Southeastern head track and field coach Sean Brady's squads will be in Houston to compete in the Houston Indoor Classic.
     Thursday, Feb. 1
     Men's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7:45 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 5:45 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Saturday, Feb. 3
     Men's Basketball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Basketball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Track and Field, at Houston Indoor Classic, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Sunday, Feb. 4
     Women's Tennis, vs. North Texas, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
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Professional activities
Naesha Moree
, a recent graduate of the Family and Consumer Sciences program, Dr. Debbie Johnson and Dr. Gail McMillon recently published an article, "The Future of Housing," in the online journal, Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, vol. 6.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been invited to serve a two-year term as a member of the newly established joint task force by the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology. The task force is charged with developing model curricula and sample course content for sociology and criminology departments at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The resulting report will provide guiding principles, recommendations, and illustrations for how to offer strong criminology programs within sociology departments.
     A paper by Dr. David Gurney (Mathematics) entitled "Cobweb Diagrams in Excel" has been published in the electronic proceedings of the 17th ICTCM (International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics), held in New Orleans in 2004.
     Dr. Zach Teitler (Mathematics) presented an invited talk on "Introduction to Multiplier Ideals" at Texas A&M University on Nov. 10, 2006.
     Dr. Barbara Hyde, Dr. Bonnie Meeker and Michele Ellis (Nursing) had an article accepted for publication in the December 2006 issue for the Journal of Nursing Education. The article's title is "Exploring Men's Perceived Educational Experiences in a Baccalaureate Nursing Program."
     Dr. Claudia Ladeira McCalman (Communication) presented a paper entitled "What does it take to teach in the USA? Reflections on issues of receptivity, tolerance, and communication satisfaction" at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association on Nov. 16 in San Antonio, Texas.
     An article by Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing and Finance) and Mrs. Connie Budden (General Studies) had their article entitled "Caught in a Severe Thunderstorm, Fuel is Low, Passenger Having Heart Attack, Hydraulics are Failing, Instruments are Iffy, and No Airport is in Sight: Quick -- As the Pilot, What Do You Do?" has been accepted for publication in the International College Teaching Methods & Styles Journal.
     Members of the Department of Mathematics attended and presented at the recent Joint Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) held in New Orleans on Jan. 5-8. Dr. William Vautaw organized a special session on "Mapping Class Groups and Handlebodies." Dr. Kent Neuerburg presented joint work with Dr. Alan Cannon on "Ideals in Dorroh Extensions of Rings." Dr. Randy Wills, Mrs. Ana Wills, and Ms. Sarah Clifton presented a poster entitled "College Algebra in Southeast Louisiana Post Katrina"; and they also participated in a session dedicated to the NSF grant on College Algebra that the Department of Mathematics is participating in. Dr. Zach Teitler presented "On the intersection of the curves through a set of points in P^2." Dr. David Gurney and Dr. Neuerburg judged at the student poster session. Other attendees included Dr. Danny Acosta, Dr. Tim Hudson, Dr. Lucy Kabza, and Dr. Edgar Reyes. The joint meetings are the premier annual meeting of mathematicians and mathematics educators in the United States. More than 5,100 attendees from around the world came to the four-day meeting.
     Dr. Denelle Cowart (English) attended the Fourth Annual Irish Studies Conference at the University of Sunderland in Sunderland, England, held Nov. 10-12, 2006. She presented a paper titled "Edith Somerville and the Changing Role of Women in Early 20th century Ireland."
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