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of the university's web redesign team, the map replaces an older out-of-date
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
The new map can be accessed through
a link on the bottom of the home page or at www.selu.edu/map.
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 "It was on the list of old or out-of-date features that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
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.
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
Applications for the Northshore School
of the Arts are available online by contacting
DePoy at (985) 549-2101 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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.
Panhellenic sororities to host informational
social July 22
Southeastern's Panhellenic Council
will hosts its fifth annual Sorority Social on Sunday, July 22, at
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
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 www.selu.edu/admin/hr/documents/hrooutform.doc.
For further information, contact Rissie
Cook in Human Resources at 549-2347.
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
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
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.