ByLion -- July 2

Louisiana artists showcased
Hancock cited for best paper
Reception honors Kurtz
Students learn entrepreneurship
Three SOPs down, two to go
Wyld documents blogging
Alumni seeks best recipes
TAH grant funded again
July camp fun underway
NETT conference discounts
Lecture at Maritime Museum
Partnering with Delgado on grant
Alumni plans Mexico cruise
Coming up at the SBDC
SLWP conference, marathon
Students study in Italy
Professional activities

President Randy Moffett, Donna Gay Anderson, Dale Newkirk, Majorie Morrison, Gail Hood Stephen Smith and Noelle Vaughan
With Dr. Moffett at the opening reception are the members of the Annual Fine Arts Showcase committee, from left, Donna Gay Anderson, Dale Newkirk, Marjorie Morrison and Gail Hood. Vice President Stephen Smith and Alumni President Noelle Vaughan view a painting by Mia Marshall, one of 21 artists whose works are on exhibit in the President's Residence.

Louisiana artists showcased at President's Residence
At a reception on June 28, Southeastern debuted the Annual Fine Art Showcase, a new program is designed to call attention to the growing body of Louisiana art.
     President Randy Moffett said the exhibit in the President's Residence is a celebration and recognition of many of Louisiana's local artists. The exhibit, which features 21 artists living and working in Hammond and on the north shore, will also demonstrate Southeastern's mission to help lead the educational, cultural and economic development of our region.
     The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, and photography displayed in the public areas of the residence.
Willie Ennis, Jason Hancock and John FulwilerISTE conference participants from Southeastern were, from left, education faculty Willie Ennis, Jason Hancock and John Fulwiler.
Hancock cited for 'best paper' at national convention
Robert Jason Hancock, assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development, was recognized for presenting the best research paper at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference held recently in Atlanta.
     Hancock was the lead author with two colleagues from the University of North Texas on a paper that examined the current methods used to assess the impact of technology on student performance. Selection of the paper for the research award is considered a major honor in the field of educational technology. More than 17,000 leading educational authorities attended the international conference.
     "Various methods are used to evaluate federally and state-funded technology initiatives in the classroom, so it's important to determine if the measurements are compatible," said Hancock. "It was encouraging to see that the three main instruments used are measuring the same underlying construct of technology in the classroom, which we refer to as technology integration. These measurements are important to help determine if the money we are spending - or not spending - on educational technology is a wise investment."
     Hancock said the U.S. Department of Education has requested permission to use the study as part of the foundation for a new site designed to assist educational leaders in making technology decisions.
     The paper was based on a three-year ongoing national study of technology's relationship to student achievement involving a pool of 20,000 teachers across the country. Funding for the project was provided by the HotChalk Corporation, a leading provider of free K-12 course management software that assists teachers in lesson planning, assignment distribution, and collection and grading. The company is also using faculty in Southeastern's Department of Educational Technology to spearhead research in a number of areas of virtual learning.
     "Measuring the impact of technology on student results is critical," said HotChalk Chief Executive Officer Edward Fields. "Schools have to make every dollar count and every educational technology investment should be driven by a rigorous Return-On-Investment analysis. Dr. Hancock's work is making it possible for educators to conduct meaningful ROI analysis to insure that every technology dollar invested produces measurable education results."
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Retirement reception honors Dr. Kurtz
Michael Kurtz, dean of the Graduate School and a distinguished member of the Department of History and Political Science faculty, was honored at a retirement reception on June 29.
     Dr. Kurtz has been a member of the faculty for four decades. He is a double winner of the President's Award for Excellence -- in research and teaching -- and is internationally known as an expert on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Since 1975, Kurtz taught a course on the assassination that remains one of the department's most popular electives.
      He is the author a several books, including Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian's Perspective, Louisiana: A History, Earl K. Long: The Saga of Uncle Earl and Louisiana Politics, and his new book, The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman versus Conspiracy.
Michael Doughty, Debra Dolliver, Sanichiro Yoshida, David NorwoodScience faculty who will oversee students as they develop their own non-profit corporation to work interactively with area businesses and industry include, from left, biochemist Michael Doughty, chemist Debra Dolliver, physicist Sanichiro Yoshida, and principal investigator David Norwood, physicist. With a $425,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, Southeastern will create SEAL, which stands for Student Entrepreneurs as Active Leaders. The program is designed to engage students in scientific and engineering projects supported by local industries.
Science students to learn entrepreneurship
Southeastern science students will have the opportunity to learn important business and technology entrepreneurship skills through a new program that puts them in charge of their own non-profit business.
     Funded initially by a five-year, $425,000 Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative (PKSFI) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the program will engage students in scientific and engineering projects supported by area industries.
     "In the process, they will gain the research, problem-solving and communication skills they will need to be successful in the workplace," explained David Norwood, associate professor physics and the principal investigator for the grant.
     The project will create a program called SEAL, which stands for "Student Entrepreneurs as Active Leaders." It is organized as a part of the state's Applied Polymer Technology Extension Consortium (APTEC), which was established by the Louisiana Legislature in 2003 to make university resources more accessible to industry in the state.
     SEAL is based on a highly successful and innovative program called "ChemEngine" at Virginia Commonwealth University, which gives engineering students valuable industrial experience, Norwood said. The Southeastern program will create a student-managed, faculty-supervised non-profit corporation that will provide scientific services to area industrial clients. The fund will support the faculty supervision and student participation through research assistantships and will cover supplies and travel with a goal of making the corporation self-sufficient in three to five years. Any "profits" that remain after expenses are paid are contributed to other student activities or organizations or used to cover travel expenses for conferences or other programs.
     "Typically, in an industrial setting, scientists or engineers working on a specific project or problem may come across an interesting question or opportunity," he said. "These scientists are usually on tight deadlines, and this prevents them from pursuing questions that arise in their work. With SEAL in place, an industrial firm can pose the question or problem to students who will further evaluate the issue and determine if it is something of value the company may want to pursue further. Under this arrangement, the company gets a solid, relatively inexpensive answer to the question they posed, while the students gain the experience of real-world research that has value simply beyond the learning experience.
     "I've observed no reluctance among the businesses I have talked to about this project," Norwood added. "In fact, the industries are really excited about this opportunity to build better relationships with the university. In addition to getting answers to some of their questions, they get to see students at work, some of whom may be potential future employees. The students, meanwhile, get the work experience to add to their resume."
     Norwood said the students learn the important skills of planning and the necessity of meeting deadlines. They develop oral and written reports that are presented to the clients who are helping to fund the research.
      "And as a side benefit, students involved in projects like this typically improve their course grades as well," he said.
     "They learn pretty quickly that business is all about accountability," he said. "So, in addition to the problem-solving, critical thinking and scientific research they perform, they work diligently on their grammar, spelling, communication, and presentations that they make to industry. They learn the necessity of effective teamwork. Those are all important skills in any business."
     Although part of the APTEC program, Southeastern has expanded it beyond polymer applications to include other scientific and industrial areas. "We're not a one-trick pony," Norwood explained, saying the plan is to work cooperatively with other universities to add students studying in disciplines that Southeastern may not offer.
     In addition to Norwood, the SEAL faculty team includes Debra Dolliver, a synthetic organic chemist; biochemist Michael Doughty; and Sanichiro Yoshida, a physicist specializing in laser optics.
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Orientation sessions 'above capacity'
Three Summer Orientation Programs have been completed -- and there are two more to go July 11-12 and July 18-19. Attendance at the first three sessions has been "above capacity," the Office of Admissions reports, with incoming freshman getting thoroughly fun and informative introductions to Southeastern. Above left, Orientation Leaders pretend to be "ferocious as a lion" as part of icebreaker activities staged by PlayFair on June 28. Right, inspirational speaker Freddy James from California addresses the participants at the Pennington Student Activity Center.

Wyld documents blogging revolution
Using the Internet, specifically the process of blogging, is becoming an increasingly common method for elected officials and public agencies to communicate with constituencies. That is the subject of a new report by David C. Wyld, Southeastern's Maurin Professor of Management and director of the university's Strategic e-Commerce/e-Government Initiative, issued by IBM's Washington, DC-based Center for the Business of Government.
     "As a whole, blogging is still in its infancy, but it is starting to take hold among public officials across the American landscape," said Wyld. He said blogging is increasingly moving from the fringes to the mainstream, with intense interest in both corporate American and public offices in joining the trend of user-generated media. There are more than 60 million blogs in existence today, with more than 50,000 being created daily.
     Wyld's report, "The Blogging Revolution: Government in the Age of Web 2.0," chronicles blogging activities at all levels of government, including members of Congress, governors, mayors, police and fire departments, and provides insights into how blogging is used within agencies to improve internal communications and speed the flow of information. "Web 2.0" refers to the second generation Internet, where interactivity among users is the key. The report also assesses blogging in corporate America, with a first of its kind survey of top executives who blog and the potential benefits and challenges associated with blogging.
     The report includes tables detailing Wyld's research, which is baseline data identifying blogs initiated by members of Congress, Congressional committees, governors and lieutenant governors, state legislators and other officials throughout the nation and in places as far away as Scotland and India.
     Wyld - who devoted over a year to this project since having his proposal funded through IBM's research grant competition -- offers a case study in organizational blogging on the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), citing it one of the best examples of governmental blogging.
     In addition to providing a guide for public sector bloggers, Wyld also reports on blogging as a part of the larger general social phenomenon of Web 2.0, encompassing not just blogging, but social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace and all forms of user-generated video and audio media.
     "There is a sea of change occurring wherein the web has become a truly participatory media," Wyld added. "The rise of what has been alternately referred to as consumer- or user-generated media or content has been hailed as being truly revolutionary in nature."
     "We hope this report both informs and inspires public managers across government to consider ways of engaging in the new world of Web 2.0 to improve citizen access to public services, as well as to enhance democracy in our society," said Todd Ramsey, general manager of IBM Global Government Industry. "Blogging is no longer a fad. It is becoming a key tool in industry for communicating and collaborating both internally with employees as well as externally with customers."
     Copies of the report can be downloaded for free at
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Send in your best recipes for alumni cookbook
The Alumni Association is inviting alumni and friends to submit recipes for a cookbook to be published in honor of the association's 80th anniversary.
     Recipes may be sent by July 15 to the Alumni Association, 500 West University Avenue, Hammond, LA 70401 or via e-mail to
     "Please include all the necessary ingredients, instructions, baking temperatures and cooking tips," said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. "With football season right around the corner, barbecue and tailgating recipes are a plus!"
     Submissions should include name, telephone number and mail or e-mail address.
     For additional information, contact the Alumni Association at 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Tammy Bourg,  Tommy Bellavia,  Gerald Guidroz,  Michael Kurtz,  President Randy Moffett;, Ann Trappey, Mark Kolwe, William Robison, Ronald Traylor and Charles ElliottPresident Randy Moffett, Tangipahoa Parish Superintendent Mark Kolwe and other dignitaries visited the Teaching American History grant program summer institute June 25 to celebrate the awarding of a second three years of funding for the successful program. From left, are Tammy Bourg, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Tommy Bellavia, assistant superintendent; Gerald Guidroz, dean of Continuing Education; Michael Kurtz, dean of Graduate Studies; Moffett; Ann Trappey, TAH project director; Kolwe; William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science and TAH academic coordinator; and TAH summer institute faculty Ronald Traylor and Charles Elliott, both members of the Department of History and Political Science faculty.
Southeastern, Tangi schools receive second phase of funding for 'Teaching American History'
The Tangipahoa Parish School System and its partner Southeastern have been awarded a second phase of funding by the U.S. Department of Education for a successful program designed to improve student achievement and teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history.
     The three-year $899,425 Teaching American History (TAH) grant will fund phase two of "Louisiana's Role in Traditional American History," originally funded in 2004 through at $999,000 DOE grant. The TAH grant serves elementary, middle, and high school social studies teachers in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana, and the cities of Bogalusa, Baker, and Zachary.
     Through the TAH grant, teachers can earn graduate credit and continuous learning units (CLUs) by participating in summer institutes, Saturday workshops and field trips, "travel" courses to sites such as Civil War battlefields, and special telecourses.
     "Our first TAH program received high praise from the Department of Education and served hundreds of teachers," said William Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science. "We are thrilled to be able to continue this work for three more years." Robison, as academic coordinator, and Tangipahoa Parish teacher Ann Trappey as project director will again serve as the grant's administrators.
     Visiting a TAH summer institute on June 25, Southeastern President Randy Moffett told participating teachers from Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and East and West Baton Rouge parishes that the grant typifies Southeastern's commitment to "providing a good undergraduate education to future teachers and to working with teachers such as you to enhance what goes on in your classrooms."
     "You are preparing our future students," he said. "Programs such as this provide us with a way of working with you, and that makes a very nice circle."
     Tangipahoa Superintendent Mark Kolwe also praised the partnership. "The TAH program has provided additional resources for not only our social studies and history teachers; it has helped prepare teachers across the curriculum. I wish we could have more of these opportunities for teachers in other subject areas," he said.
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"Go Wild" summer camp July Academic Adventure summer camps underway
Right, youngsters enjoy the activities of the Academic Adventures Summer Camp's "Go Wild" camp, held at the Southeastern Lab School last week. A number of camp sessions are still available in July on campus and at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center.
     Camps at the Livingston Center include Space and Rockets '07, July 9-13, and Spanish, July 23-27.
     On campus camps are International Languages, July 9-13; Exploring Nature with Numbers, July 9-13; Microsoft Publisher 2003 - Basic, seniors and adults session, July 9-13, ages 9-14 session July 16-20; Children's Art Workshop, July 9-19 (Monday-Thursday); Southeastern Music Festival, weekdays July 9-20; Microsoft FrontPage 2003 - Basic (for high school juniors and seniors and adults), July 16-20; Programming with ALICE, July 23-27; Young Writers Camp, July 23-27; Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure, July 30- Aug. 3; and Practical Robotics, July 30-Aug. 3.
     For more information and registration forms, visit
     The Division of Continuing Education also sponsors summer camps, including the Children's Summer Day Camp. The university is also the site of a variety of sports, dance team and cheerleader camps, also coordinated by Continuing Education. For information on Continuing Education camps, visit or call 985-549-2301.
NETT Conference offers discounts, big grant prize
Members of area Chambers of Commerce will receive a $15 registration discount for the July 19-20 Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology Conference being sponsored by Southeastern and Delgado Community College.
     Educators and business leaders can see, hear and learn how to integrate technology into their classrooms, businesses and every day lives at the fourth annual conference. NETT 2007 will feature dozens of pre-conference workshops on July 19 in Mandeville, Hammond, Covington and Walker as well as the main conference on July 20 at Southeastern's main campus in Hammond.
     Sign up for NETT is $100 for both days or $45 for the conference alone. Participants can register on-line at The web site also includes complete listings of concurrent session topics, speakers, workshops and locations.
     In cooperation with the Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston and St. Helena parish school boards, NETT 2007 encompasses nationally known industry expert speakers, vendor exhibits, interactive presentations, a free lunch, door prizes and a $1,795 Promethean ACTIV board as the grand prize.
     For additional information, contact the Southeastern St. Tammany Center,, or (985) 893-6251.
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Maritime Museum director to speak on De Soto expedition
The newly appointed executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Maritime Museum will present a public presentation examining the Louisiana-Florida expedition of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the museum.
     Jay Martin, who was appointed to the post in April and who also teaches in Southeastern's public history concentration, will discuss "Fight or Flight: The Louisiana-Florida Expedition of Hernando de Soto, 1539-1543." The museum will be open free to the public beginning at 4 p.m. that day.
     Martin explained that the conquistador de Soto landed in Florida in 1539 with an army of 700 men searching for riches in North America. In a four-year odyssey that covered what is now 10 southeastern states - and which ultimately cost de Soto his life - the army fled down the Mississippi River through Louisiana while being closely pursued by Native American tribes bent on revenge.
     The National Park Service is considering the development of a national trail that commemorates the route of the expedition and the story of the Native Americans encounters with the Spanish army. Martin, who served as lead ranger at De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Fla., for three years, was involved in developing the first leg of the trail in Florida.
     For more information, contact the museum at 985-845-9200.
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Delgado, Southeastern share funding to upgrade computer curricula, develop coordinated programming
A $965,000 grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents to Delgado Community College in a partnership with Southeastern will fund workforce-related upgrades in computer technology curricula and equipment at both institutions.
     The four-year grant - part of the board's Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative (PKSFI) - will also support the formation of a joint "2+2" articulation program that allows Delgado students to easily transition from the institution's two-year associate degree program to a four-year degree program at Southeastern.
     Officials at both institutions said the grant aims to develop Delgado's information technology (IT) infrastructure and to further update, refocus and modernize the IT-related curricula at Delgado and Southeastern to meet the needs and challenges of the region's workforce.
     Warren E. Duclos Jr., chair of Delgado's Computer Information Technology, Business and Technology Division, is the principal investigator in the grant. Cris Koutsougeras, professor and chair of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, and Troy Kammerdiener, assistant professor of computer science, are co-principal investigators.
     "The new curriculum will be developed with the current market's needs and opportunities in mind," explained Duclos. "We are focusing on high-growth professions that are not being outsourced offshore, as well as those that will be in highest demand during the region's rebuilding process and beyond."
     "The grant will build on the strengths of both institutions," added Koutsougeras, "and allow us to pursue a new coordinated degree program in which Delgado students who successfully complete the associate program there will be able to seamlessly pursue a four-year bachelor's degree at Southeastern."
     Delgado will focus on adding new concentrations in the critical employment-focused areas of web design and information technology services, areas considered crucial for business infrastructure in the region. Delgado will also develop new multi-disciplinary concentrations in the strategic areas of information security, e-commerce and electronic/digital media.
     Duclos said the grant gives Delgado's program the resources to partner with other academic units at the institution to enhance the students' educational experience for specific career paths.
     "For example, we can build a comprehensive e-commerce program by blending business studies with IT or an excellent media technologies program by joining media arts with IT," he explained.
     In the coordinated degree program, Delgado's Computer Information Technology Department and Southeastern's Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology will develop the appropriate coordination and articulation of the 2+2 program. The curriculum option at the two institutions will be developed in such a way that advanced electives at Southeastern can complement and provide continuity with related courses taken by Delgado graduates.
     Using grant funds, Delgado will develop new labs necessary to support the modernization of programs as well as the development of the new curriculum. At Southeastern, a Networked Systems Administration Laboratory (NetSal) computer lab will be developed to provide server support for web development instruction at Delgado while enhancing systems administration and web technology instruction at Southeastern.
     NetSal will be a state-of-the-art web server lab with 32 server machines to support web design, administration and other courses at Delgado and will also support many courses in Southeastern's IT program, including Internet programming, information systems, software engineering and database systems.
     "What is unique about this project is that NetSal will be supported by students who are taking courses at Southeastern in systems administration, computer networking, principles of information assurance, and web systems and technologies," Koutsougeras said. "These students will form network/system administration teams that will offer real services to other classes at Delgado and Southeastern, thus enhancing their education with real world training that is second to none."
     In addition, Southeastern will develop and run a Transitional Student Mentoring and Tutoring program - called TransMAT -- that uses the NetSal lab to provide support to students transitioning from Delgado's associate program to Southeastern's four-year bachelor's program.
     "Southeastern students taking a specific system administration course will provide the support to Delgado students who need web services for their projects," explained Kammerdiener. "This will provide a uniquely realistic educational experience for our students while putting valuable resources at the disposal of Delgado's IT classes."
     Program funding extends over four years and will proceed in several cycles, all involving research, planning, building and implementation. The first year of the program will emphasize building and implementing the Web design concentration, planning the "2+2" program with Southeastern, and conducting research and planning for Delgado's e-commerce and IT support concentrations. The implementation phase will involve acquiring assets, adding a fully-funded faculty position, and providing training and faculty support.
     Second, third and fourth years will provide for the same four-step methodology across new and different concentrations that represent workforce development in the areas of greatest opportunity for students and greatest impact on post-Katrina rebuilding.
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Alumni Association planning 2008 Mexican Riviera cruise
Alumni and friends can register now for a week-long Mexican Riviera cruise in January 2008.
Participants in the Jan. 6-13 cruise, sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, will leave from Los Angeles on Royal Caribbean's "Vision of the Seas" cruise ship and visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
     "We are looking forward to an exciting trip," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "We will spend seven nights on a cruise ship that offers a variety of fun and relaxing entertainment -- a great casino, themed bars and lounges, musicals and Las Vegas-style floor shows, a rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, a fitness center and day spa."
     She said prices include airfare, port charges, transfers and gratuities. Large outside cabins are available from $1,399 per person.
     For reservations and additional information, contact Jo Ann Spangler Bowman at Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 1-800-264-4044.
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Coming up at the Small Business Development Center
For more information or to register contact Southeastern's SBDC at 985-549-3831 or
     Tuesday, July 10, Slidell, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: Proven principles to squeeze the most from your marketing budget. Preregistration is preferred.
     July 10- August 16 (Tuesdays and Thursdays only), 6-8 p.m., Hammond -- Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute: LCAI is a management training course designed to support the state's growing construction industry. Sessions will include bid processes, contract management, estimating, equipment and business management, scheduling, occupational safety, risk management, financial management, bonding/access to capital, certifications, entrepreneurship training, Louisiana Contractor Licensing Exam Review.
     Previous participants of this program were able to obtain a contractor's license and pass the business and law sections of the exam. Others with a license were able to access bonding and construction opportunities.
     Cost is $100. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Application: Applications may be e-mailed or faxed to Ruth Bolstridge, or 225-342-6820.
     July 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Hammond -- Starting a Business. The free seminar will prepare attendees for the intensive business planning process, identify major steps crucial to starting a business, discuss common pitfalls and address key issues that affect your business success.
     July 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mandeville -- QuickBooks Pro. Topics include creating invoices and tracking receivables, generating reports and graphs, entering and paying bills, and tracking and paying sales tax. Cost is $150 Preregistration and prepayment is required.
     August 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. -- Louisiana Forestry Association Forestry Ethics/Hazards in the Workplace. The class will discuss the importance of protecting and promoting safety, social, economic, and environmental interests. Also covered, an examination of the direct causes and underlying causes of hazards and the "ABC" system of hazard prevention. Cost is $40. For more information or to register contact Debra at 318-443-2558 or
     August 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mandeville -- MS Publisher - Intro. Participants will examine how to create a publication from scratch or use one of the hundreds of business and personal designs available in Publisher. Cost is $60.
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Todd Delaney and Dayne ShermanSLWP hosts conference, writing marathon
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project directed by Richard Louth (English) hosted a conference on "Teaching and Writing Creative Nonfiction" for National Writing Project teachers and directors across the state on June 11 at the Alumni Center. Author Kim Stafford (The Muses Among Us) was the keynote speaker and workshop leader for 60 Writing Project Teacher Consultants attending from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, the National Writing Project of Acadiana (ULL), and the LSU Writing Project. After the conference, Stafford, along with New York City Writing Project co-founder Sondra Perl (Felt Sense) joined the SLWP's Advanced Institute for a Writing Marathon in New Orleans attended by 30 National Writing Project teachers from across the state as well as from as far away as Oregon and Kansas. Southeastern authors Dayne Sherman (Sims Memorial Library) and Bev Marshall (English) participated in the Writing Marathon, along with KSLU's Todd Delaney (pictured recording Dayne Sherman), who recorded writers reading their work for an upcoming radio program on the event.
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Students in ItalySoutheastern students study in Italy
From left, Professor Katy Provenzale, Chris Paul, Toni Luke, Sara Cochran, Amanda Mariano, Tiffany Thomas, Sonthia Coleman, Jeremy Sadden, Alicia Regan, Michelle Badeaux, John Cavalier, and Margaret Hawkins.

     A group of 11 Southeastern students traveled to Italy to study Italian language and culture. The group experienced daily life in Tarquinia, an important Etruscan site on the coast north of Rome where the old culture and traditions mix with modern conveniences. In visits to Rome, Pisa, Venice, and Florence, the students learned about the historical, religious, and cultural aspects of Italy from ancient to modern times. For information about future programs contact the office of International Initiatives at
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Professional activities
Angela Dunnington and Beth Stahr (Sims Memorial Library) recently spoke at the Mississippi Library2.0 Summit at Mississippi State University. They presented "Net Generation Reference: SMS to the Rescue," a program describing the innovative text-message reference service offered by Sims Library.
     A study by Samuel Hyde (Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies) entitled "Feuding Is Our Means of Societal Regulation: Elusive Stability in Southeastern Louisiana's Piney Woods, 1877-1910" has been published as the lead article in the current edition of Louisiana History.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest's (History and Political Science) book, Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, was released in paperback in April. The book has a new chapter that includes Dr. Forrest's role in Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District (2005), the first legal case involving intelligent design creationism, in which she was an expert witness for the plaintiffs. The case was decided in favor of the plaintiffs in December 2005. Creationism's Trojan Horse was first published in hardcover in January 2004.
Students in Costa Rica Dr. Aristides Baraya (General Business), Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing and Finance), and Dr. Rusty Juban (Management) accompanied 36 business students to Costa Rica as part of the university's study abroad program. The students included John Amorello, Rachel Bailey, Andrea Baraya, Jamie Chapman, Adanma Chew, Marie Chifici, Stacey Clancy, Justin Crossie, Mathew Englade, Nathan Evans, Nathan Folse, Jason Fontenot, Nicole Garcia, Ben Gerave, Jr., Lacey Gonzales, Erica Henton, Michelle Johnson, Allison Laughlin, Anna Lavergne, Jenee' LeBlanc, Erin Lemons, Dustin Merrill, Chance Millet, Jeffrey Reda, Raymond Rodriguez, Maria Sanchez, Cindy Savedra, Joshua Smith, Larisa Stewart, Wendy Tumblin, Nathan Vaughn, Jennifer VeZain, Christopher Wilkes, Jacob Wolff, Brandon Woodfork, and Yen-Ju Yang.
     An article by Mrs. Lara Kessler, Ms. Anna Bass, and Dr. John Yeargain (Management) has been published in the 2007 issue of the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues. The article was titled "You Belong to Me: Employer Attempts to Keep Employees from Quitting to Work for Competitors."
     An article by Ms. Connie Budden (Center for Student Excellence), Ms. Janet Anthony, Dr. Michael Budden, and Dr. Michael Jones (Marketing and Finance) titled "Managing the Evolution of a Revolution: Marketing Implications of Internet Media Usage Among College Students" won a best paper award at the annual meeting of the International Applied Business Research Conference in February.
     Maurice Badon (Social Work Program), was recently informed his short story, "Antinomy," was accepted by The Dead Mule, an online publication of fiction, poems, essays, and other writing. His short story will appear in the summer 2007 online publication which comes out in mid-July. If interested, Google "Dead Mule" or visit
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled, "Trends and Patterns in Homicide Clearances: A Study of Houston" at a meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group in Minneapolis in June. He also chaired a panel discussion on homicide clearances.
     Dr. Kenneth H. Bolton Jr. (Sociology and Criminal Justice) authored an entry entitled "Police" which has been accepted for the Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2007).
     Dr. William F. Font (Biological Sciences) was invited by the president of the Mexican Society of Parasitology to present a plenary talk entitled "Colonization of Freshwater Fishes by Introduced Parasites" at the First North American Congress of Parasitology held in Merida, Mexico, June 21-25.
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is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is noon on Friday. Contact: Christina Chapple,, 985-549-2341/2421.

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