ByLion -- July 16

Student creates campus map
KSLU shoots for Guinness record
CSD students win quiz bowl
Sullivan is assistant AD for media
FGB supports athletics
Sign up for NSA by Aug. 16
Panhellenic social July 22
Outside employment forms
Johnson heads LALINC
Professional activities

Amber Layton and Dakota ChichesterFinding your way around Southeastern is easier nowadays, thanks to a new user-friendly, high tech map that has been added to the campus web site. The map was created by junior graphic design major Dakota Chichester, right, a student worker on the university's Web Redesign Team, who is shown discussing some of its features with Web Coordinator Amber Layton.
Student creates new high tech map for web site
Southeastern has added an attractive, high-tech, up-to-date campus map to the university's web site.
     Designed and created by Dakota Chichester of Hammond, a junior graphic design major who is a student member of the university's web redesign team, the map replaces an older out-of-date version.
     The new map is easier to use, loads faster, includes all the campus' new classroom and residential buildings and has many interactive features that will make finding locations, buildings and resources easier than ever, said Web Coordinator Amber Layton.
     The new map can be accessed through a link on the bottom of the home page or at
     Chichester designed the map site using Adobe's newest Flash technology. The ambitious project has been two years in the making with Chichester working on the design and programming in between other web redesign tasks.
     "The map is consistently in the top 10 things that people search for on our web site," Layton said. "It was on the list of old or out-of-date features that we wanted to redesign." After researching other university online maps and gathering input from campus departments such as the University Police Department, and offices of Admissions and Facility Planning, "Dakota took the job and ran with," Layton said.
     "He has done a wonderful job," she said. "This is a great example of a Southeastern student using his education and experience to develop something for the entire university community to use."
     A native of upstate New York who moved to the Hammond area three years ago, Chichester said, "I started this when I had first become a student, so I had that perspective of not knowing where things were. I was able to look at the project from the perspective of what a student or a visitor to the university would see."
     On the map's pale green background, building outlines are pictured in green. When users choose a location from a pull-down list, the map automatically zooms to the selected building, which changes color from green to yellow. In the upper left hand corner of the screen, a photo of the building appears along with the physical address, contact information and hyperlinks to the academic departments, university offices or other programs housed in the building.
     For quick reference, users can mouse-over a building and see a pop-up box detailing the programs or departments the building houses.
     Chichester also incorporated optional data overlays that can be turned on or off for more or less information. For instance, a student can ask the map to highlight only freshman or only upperclass parking areas. Other overlays identify the location of emergency call boxes, specify handicap parking, and add street names. A special tab provides information for campus visitors.
     The data overlays, Chichester said, will make it much easier to keep the map up-to-date. "During the development of this, a lot has changed on campus," he said. "McKneely Hall and Livingston Hall were knocked down, for instance. Buildings can be deleted from the map in just a couple of minutes. New buildings can be drawn and dropped in."
     Chichester said he has additional features that he would like to add, such as computer lab locations and wireless access coverage. "It is still in beta - a useable, but not finished form - right now," he said. He and Layton are encouraging users to report their reactions and suggestions through the feedback form on the map site.
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Aaron Springer, Chad Pierce, Todd DelaneyFrom left, Southeastern senior Aaron Springer and KSLU's Chad Pierce and Todd Delaney discuss the campus public radio station's plans to tackle the Guinness World Record ™ for "Longest Radio DJ Marathon." To break the record, Springer, a KSLU student DJ, will have to man the microphone solo for 126 hours from July 23-28.
KSLU targeting Guinness Word Record for longest on air DJ
Call it "sleepless at Southeastern."
     Southeastern's public radio station, KSLU 90.9 FM, is taking aim at the Guinness World Record ™ for the "Longest Radio DJ Marathon."
     To claim the record currently held by a disc jockey in Italy, Aaron Springer, a senior music education major from Baton Rouge and KSLU's student music director, will have to man the mike -- solo -- for more than five days.
     "The current record is 125 hours, so we're aiming for 126," said Chad Pierce, KSLU's promotions coordinator. Springer will attempt to set the record from 6 a.m. Monday, July 23, to noon Saturday, July 28.
     KSLU, Pierce adds, is not tackling the world record just for the publicity. "We plan to also ask listeners to make pledges with the proceeds going to a KSLU scholarship for a Southeastern communication major," he said. Pledge forms can be picked up at the station in D Vickers Hall and will be available at
     Pierce said he and General Manager Todd Delaney selected Springer from among the station's student DJs because they thought he had the best chance of making it through the on air marathon.
     "He has the 9 p.m. to midnight shift four days a week, so he's the one who's already used to being up late," Pierce said. "We thought he probably had the best shot at doing it, energy-wise. Plus, he's a music major, he works part-time at Global Wildlife, and plays the saxophone - so we know he's very disciplined."
     Pierce and Delaney found selling Springer on the challenge to be surprisingly easy. He just responded, "Sure, why not?" -- leaving Pierce a bit taken aback.
     "I told him, 'Wait a minute, this is a big thing,'" Pierce said. "We're not asking you to go 24 hours straight, we're asking you to go 126 HOURS on the air."
     "I'll fall asleep before I hurt myself," Springer says, "I'm not going to have this opportunity again, so why not just go for it?"
     Springer said his love of music and interest in radio attracted him to his student position at KSLU.      "Music has been a part of my life big time since I was little," he said. He was a marching band member and drum major at Tara High School and at Southeastern studies saxophone with music faculty Rich Schwartz and Glen Hemberger. He is also a member of the Southeastern Wind Symphony and jazz ensembles and previously participated in the university's Spirit of the Southland marching band.
     He is approaching the world's record like an athlete training for the Olympics. Under the supervision of Jeff Day of Hammond's Spoga Studio, he has undertaken an exercise and diet regimen to condition himself for his grueling stint in the KSLU broadcast booth.
     "I'm going to be doing some cardio stuff to make sure I'm healthy since it is stressful on your body to stay awake that long," Springer said. "I can't drink caffeine or sodas or beer, but since I'm not a soft drink and energy drink person and I'm not really a beer drinker, that's no problem. No coffee in the morning is what I'm worried about, but … it'll be fine."
      Pierce said the Guinness World Record ™ organization, which has officially sanctioned the KSLU attempt, has a strict set of rules that have to be followed.
     "Aaron has to talk before or after every song, and no song can be longer than six minutes," he said. "He will be able to take a five-minute rest every hour, and those breaks can be rolled over like cell phone minutes, so that, for instance, if he goes 12 hours, he can build up 60 minutes of rest.
     "The catch," Pierce added, "is that bathroom breaks have to be taken during official rest time. So, it's not like he can cue up a song then run down the hall to the restroom while it's playing."
     Since he can air 15 minutes of news, sports, and weather every hour, Springer will also be able to catch some down time by cuing up a song-news segment-song combination, Pierce said. "Just so long as he introduces the first song, doesn't exceed 15 minutes of news, then talks after the second song, he's okay."
      To make sure that Springer is following all the rules, Guinness requires that independent witnesses be present on four-hour shifts. Pierce said he plans to recruit the witnesses from among Southeastern's sororities and fraternities and student chapters of the National Broadcasting Society and Public Relations Student Society of America. He also hopes to tap Southeastern nursing students or faculty to provide required checks of Springer's vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse.
     "He can also have support personnel there - that can be anyone … his mom even! - who can come in and encourage him," Pierce said. "We're going to set him up in our larger studio, which has a glass window, so the public is invited to come by the KSLU studios in D Vickers Hall and cheer him on."
Springer said his family and friends have the same "why not?" attitude toward his "sleepless at Southeastern" on-air stint.
     "It's a once in a lifetime thing," he said. "They're excited to see if I pull it off. They're going to be there for me no matter what.
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CSD Quiz bowl students and facultyCommunication Sciences and Disorders students won first place in the LSHA quiz bowl, and faculty member Marlene DesRoches received special recognition at the organization's annual convention in Lafayette in June. From left, are Joe Melcher, LSHA quiz bowl emcee; Elizabeth Trahan, Erath; Tracy Madere, Maurepas; Jennifer Henry, Lafayette; Ashley Elliot, LaPlace; Lilly Stiegler, NSSLHA faculty advisor; and DesRoches, CSD faculty member.
CSD students win quiz bowl
Communication Sciences and Disorders students won first place in the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (LSHA) quiz bowl competitions held at their annual convention in Lafayette, in June.
     "First place honors come with bragging rights, winning a traveling trophy, plus they get their picture taken and posted on the association's Website," said Lillian Stiegler, advisor and associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Southeastern students have placed first in the quiz bowl for the past two years; winning second place the first time they participated.
     Competition questions were derived from areas of anatomy and neurophysiology, audiology, and an acronym category. The jeopardy-style quiz bowl allowed students to give their answers in the form of a question. Most of the questions were similar to what would appear on Praxis, the national board exam for speech pathologists and audiologists.
     In addition, Southeastern faculty member Marlene DesRoches received the "special recognition" award for her many years of service to the profession and the state organization and for her excellence as a clinical practitioner working in the public schools. She teaches undergraduate courses and supervises undergraduate and graduate practicum experiences. For the last 13 years she has presented at the national convention, and also encourages students in the area of applied clinical research.
     Also participating in the quiz bowl were students from speech-hearing-language graduate programs at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, University of Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Technical University, LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and University of Southern Mississippi.
     Students can sometimes get their registration fee waived by volunteering to work at the national convention. "Southeastern has been good at sponsoring students to attend both the state and national conventions," said Stiegler. "I feel we get fabulous support from the university and our college."
     The LSHA is a statewide professional organization for speech-language pathologists, students, and anyone with an interest in communication sciences and disorders. It also promotes the prevention of communication disorders.
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Matt Sullivan Sullivan named assistant AD for media relations
Matt Sullivan has been promoted to the position of assistant athletic director for media relations, Athletic Director Joel Erdmann has announced.
     Erdmann also announced the hiring of Sherry Kennemer as assistant athletic director for compliance and student services, subject to approval from the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.
     In his eighth year at Southeastern, Sullivan will be responsible for complete oversight of the sports information department at Southeastern including managing the publicity efforts for the Lions' 16 intercollegiate athletic programs and serving as the athletic department's media liaison. A member of CoSIDA and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, Sullivan will be the primary media contact for the university's football, men's basketball and men's golf programs.
     "Matt's hire is a direct result of his impressive career in which he's earned progressive levels of responsibility," Erdmann stated. "This progression is a tremendous indicator that he can successfully fill the requirements of the position. Matt will take a lead administrative role in developing efforts to enhance and expand our communication with the campus, Hammond and North Shore communities."
     A 1994 graduate of Southeastern, Sullivan returned to Hammond in July of 2000 as assistant sports information director before being promoted to associate director of media relations in 2003. Prior to his recent promotion, he was the primary media contact for volleyball, baseball, men's basketball and track and field, while also serving as the secondary contact for the football program and the editor of the Football Game Day Magazine.
     Before his return to Hammond, Sullivan spent two years at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where he handled day-to-day publicity for the Bulldogs' 17 Division I athletic programs, including football, baseball and men's basketball, which earned berths in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships in 1999 and 2000.
     Prior to his stint at Samford, Sullivan served as a graduate assistant in the Southeastern SID office, covering baseball and soccer. He joined the department in 1994 as a student intern under longtime SID Larry Hymel and was a freelance writer covering high school, college and club athletics for the Baton Rouge Advocate.
     Kennemer, who has worked in athletics administration at the University of North Alabama since 1994, has served in roles relating to compliance, academic support and Title IX. She has held positions as Compliance Coordinator, Senior Woman Administrator, Academic Support Services Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator at UNA, where she began her career coaching women's tennis and cross country in 1991. She coordinated the NCAA Self Study in 2004-05 and currently serves on the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions while also serving as the chair of the Division II Men's and Women's Tennis Committee in 2002-03.
     A native of Cullman, Ala., Kennemer received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from UNA in 1990 and a Master's degree in physical education from UNA in 1992.
     Head baseball coach Jay Artigues has also announced the addition of assistant coaches Luke Weatherford and Justin Hill to the Lion staff.
     A former Southeastern assistant and collegiate player at Arkansas, Weatherford returns to Hammond after a two-year stint on Rick Jones' staff at Tulane. Hill, a Monroe native and former LSU pitcher, comes back to Louisiana after spending a season at Sam Houston State. Weatherford will work primarily with the Lion hitters and infielders, while Hill will serve as Southeastern's pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Weatherford and Hill replace former Lion assistants Seth Thibodeaux and Chad Caillet.
     Head football coach Mike Lucas has also announced a new assistant coach, Lamar James, pending Board of Supervisors approval. James, a former defensive back at Coahoma (Miss.) Community College and the University of Wyoming, spent last season as defensive and special teams coordinator at Independence (Kan.) Community College. Prior to working at ICC, James worked three years at North Alabama, helping the Lions to a pair of Division II national semifinal appearances.
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Northshore School of the Arts accepting applications
High school juniors and seniors gifted in the performing and visual arts have until Aug. 17 to enroll for fall semester classes offered by Southeastern's Northshore School of the Arts.
     Through the innovative after school arts program, students can take courses in applied music, music theory, theater, and visual arts and receive one-on-one instruction on all musical instruments and in voice, said Bryan DePoy, assistant dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and interim director of the NSA.
     "The program challenges students with more advanced and intensive course work than what can typically be offered in high schools," DePoy said. "Students can study with college faculty who are experts in the areas of instruction. Upon successful completion of the courses, students may earn credit when they enroll at Southeastern."
     Since the program's inception, more than 60 students have participated in the Northshore School of the Arts.
     Classes will be offered on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond and at the university's St. Tammany Center, located in the parish government complex on Koop Drive, north of Mandeville, DePoy said.
     Applications for the Northshore School of the Arts are available online by contacting DePoy at (985) 549-2101 or for additional information.
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FGB supports athleticsFGB supports athletics
First Guaranty Bank President and CEO Michael Sharp has presented a $121,500 Major Corporate Sponsorship to Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics. From left, are Southeastern Director of Athletics Joel Erdmann, First Guaranty Bank Senior Vice President and CFO Michele LoBianco, Sharp, Southeastern President Randy Moffett and Vice President for University Advancement Joseph Miller.
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Panhellenic sororities to host informational social July 22
     Southeastern's Panhellenic Council will hosts its fifth annual Sorority Social on Sunday, July 22, at 5 p.m.
     The social will take place in Greek Village, located on North Campus behind the University Center.
     Female incoming freshmen, current students and parents interested in learning more about Southeastern sorority life are invited to attend. Attire is casual.
     At the social, interested women and their parents will tour the five Panhellenic sorority houses and learn more about what sorority life offers from community service to leadership opportunity. Information will also be provided on sorority recruitment, which gets underway in September.
     Southeastern's five Panhellenic sororities are Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Phi Mu, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and Theta Phi Alpha.
     For more information, contact the Student Organizations/Greek Life Office, (985) 549-2120 or e-mail Kadi Casey at
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Outside employment forms
Outside employment forms for the fiscal year beginning July 1 may be submitted now. The form and instructions for completing it are available at
     For further information, contact Rissie Cook in Human Resources at 549-2347.
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Eric JohnsonJohnson to head information network
Eric Johnson, director of Sims Memorial Library, has been elected chair of the Executive Council of LALINC, the Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium.
     The consortium is a partnership of 44 academic libraries and organizations formed under the general governance of the Louisiana Board of Regents. The group develops cooperative endeavors in a broad range of library services, fosters research sharing among state academic libraries and works closely with LOUIS, the Louisiana Online University Information System.
     Johnson previously served as secretary and vice-chair of the organization. He joined Southeastern in 1998 after holding a number of positions with academic libraries in Connecticut. He has headed and worked on several committees of the American Library Association and the Association for College and Research Libraries. Johnson holds a Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University.
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Sociology and criminal justice students in Costa RicaProfessional activities
Kenneth H. Bolton Jr
. (Sociology and Criminal Justice) lead the SOC/CJ Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica from May 20-30. Seven participating students visited organizations and agencies dealing with criminal justice, human rights and bio-diversity. Highlights of the tour included the Police Academy for the Costa Rican police force, the Supreme Court of Costa Rica, and the OIJ, the Costa Rican version of the FBI. Students also spent a day volunteering at Ciudadela La Carpio, a poor Nicaraguan community. Participating students included Anthony Adams, Sharon Coyle, John Hudspeth, Heather Price, Catherine Pennison, Kristin Rainey and Dana White.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart (Louisiana Campus Compact) made a presentation entitled, "One with the Community: Components of Successful Partnerships in Community-Based Participatory Research" with Stephanie Meincke of the Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities' Summer Institute in Jackson, Miss., July 10. The institute brought together some of the leading community outreach organizations on the local, regional and national levels to provide networking opportunities for building solid campus-community partnerships. Table of content

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