ByLion -- June 18

Students shine at stage pageant
More camp fun in July!
'Ready Campus' program
Industrial megasite certified
TAH summer institutes

'Wizard of Oz' June 22-23
Training for non-supervisors
SBDC hosts LCAI classes
Davis appointed to NACAS post
Professional activities

Jennifer Soileau, Heather Williams, Blair Abene and Kristen HilliardFrom left, Jennifer Soileau, Heather Williams, Blair Abene, and Kristen Hilliard posed together at a pageant fundraiser, a phone-a-thon for the Children's Miracle Network.

Southeastern foursome shine at Miss Louisiana pageant
Miss Southeastern Kristen Hilliard and three of her classmates -- all former Miss Southeasterns -- shined at the Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe Saturday night.
     Hilliard, a piano performance major from Covington, received the pageant's Newcomer Award and was among the Miss America preliminary's 10 finalists. As her talent, she performed the Rachmaninoff "Piano Prelude, Op. 32 No. 8, Vivo."
     "We are very proud of Kristen and all our past Miss Southeasterns," said Jason Leader, coordinator of the Campus Activities Board, sponsor of the Miss Southeastern pageant. "Kristen represented Southeastern extremely well and earned a spot in the top 10 on her first trip to Miss Louisiana -- an accomplishment that is not a standard at the Miss Louisiana Pageant! She was also recognized for being the second highest fund raiser for CMN in the state."
     Competing as Miss Crescent City New Orleans, senior education major Jennifer Soileau of Hammond was the pageant's first runner up. Soileau, who wore the Miss Southeastern crown in 2003, won the Miss Louisiana Scholarship Foundation Physical Fitness Award during the Thursday night pageant preliminary round. She also received awards from the Miss America system and Children's Miracle Network for raising the most funds for the charity.
     Senior Blair Abene of Hammond, Miss Sportsman's Paradise and Miss Southeastern 2006, was second runner-up. Also competing as Miss Slidell was Heather Williams, a senior mass communication major and Miss Southeastern 2005.
     The young women won a combined total of more than $11,000 in scholarships. Congratulations to them all!
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Linda Munchausen and camper Spanis camp
Science and Rocketry Camp Spanish camp

More 'Academic Adventure' camp fun and learning coming in July
A second month's worth of Southeastern's "Academic Adventures" summer camps will get underway in July, giving students of all ages the opportunity to learn and have fun with languages, science, art, music, writing and technology.
     On Southeastern's main campus or at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, students from ages seven through high school - even, in some cases, adults - can learn about faraway cultures, launch rockets, build robots, solve an Eqyptian mystery, explore nature with numbers, create online movies and games, learn new software programs, and express themselves through art and music.
     Information about Academic Adventures camps and online and printable registration forms are available online at For specific information, contact Linda Munchausen, coordinator of the Academic Adventures camps, at 985-549-3935 or
     Camps for younger children include before and after care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15. Early registration is encouraged since camp enrollment is limited and registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
     July camps at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center are "Space and Rockets '07!", July 9-13, and "Spanish," July 23-27. Both are open to children in grades 1-7. Special scholarships are being offered by the center for Livingston Parish students. Call Joan Gunter at (225) 665-3303 for additional information.
     Camps on the main campus in Hammond are "International Languages," July 9-13; "Exploring Nature with Numbers," July 9-13; "Microsoft Publisher 2003 - Basic" (for High School Juniors and Seniors and Adults), July 9-13; "Children's Art Workshop," July 9-19 (Monday-Thursday); "Microsoft FrontPage 2003 - Basic," July 16-20; "Microsoft Publisher 2003 - Basic" (for ages 9-14), July 16-20; "Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goop," July 16-20; "Programming with ALICE," July 23-27; "Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure," July 30- Aug 3; "Practical Robotics,: July 30-Aug. 3.
     "Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint 2003 - Basic" for high school juniors, seniors and adults is also being offered June 25-29.
     Academic Adventures camps also include morning and afternoon sessions of the Children’s Art Workshop, July 9-19; the Community Music School’s Southeastern Music Festival, July 9-20; and the Young Writers Camp, July 23-27. The camps will be held at locations on Southeastern's main campus.
     For camps sponsored by Continuing Education, visit
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Campus Compact to implement 'Ready Campus' emergency response program
A program designed to unite college campuses with their neighboring communities in emergency situations will soon be implemented statewide by Louisiana Campus Compact (LCC), a coalition of 33 Louisiana public and private colleges and universities focused on fulfilling the civic mission of higher education.
     "Ready Campus" is a program designed to strengthen preparation for emergencies and plans for quick response, explained Stuart Stewart, executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact. The program was developed at College Misericordia and other institutions in Pennsylvania.
     Staff from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the state's higher education governing board, requested that LCC develop a Louisiana version of the Ready Campus program and have it in place to coordinate future disasters or emergencies. LCC conducted training programs last year for student leaders from colleges and universities throughout the state.
     "The Ready Campus model takes into account that campuses must provide safe and secure learning environments and must also do all that is possible to shield students, faculty and staff from the effects of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies," said Stephen T. Hulbert, president of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and chair of the LCC Executive Committee.
     "Catastrophic events, from hurricanes like Katrina and Rita to campus shootings such as those at Virginia Tech, from bomb threats to even inclement weather demonstrate the need for a well-prepared campus community," he added. "This is the goal of the Ready Campus initiative."
     LCC has applied to the Louisiana Serve Commission to use 15 AmeriCorps members for the implementation of Ready Campus. Under the proposal submitted to the commission, LCC plans to develop a statewide DisasterCorps program. "The application that we have under review to host AmeriCorps members provides a unique opportunity to integrate service with disaster and emergency preparation," said Stewart. "Through Ready Campus, it is our goal to create a 'culture of preparedness' on campuses where students, faculty and staff are equipped with the skills to respond in times of emergencies or disasters.
     Under the plan, each of the 70 postsecondary educational institutions under the Board of Regents, as well as private institutions that wish to participate, will identify a Ready Campus leadership team. Teams will include campus police or security officers, student affairs professionals, faculty members, a senior-level administrator, student representatives and others. Members of the leadership teams will be asked to complete training programs sponsored by LCC and for disseminating information to the campus community. In 2007-2008, campus teams will participate in Community Emergency Responder Team (CERT), CPR, AED, and Incident Command System training.
     In addition to the training, faculty will be allowed to apply for Ready Campus course integration grants. These grants will be used to integrate disaster and emergency preparation into college courses. Competition for the grants begins in the fall and will be open to faculty at LCC member institutions.
     More information about the Ready Campus program can be obtained by contacting Louisiana Campus Compact headquarters at Southeastern Louisiana University, 985-549-2496.
     LCC member institutions include Baton Rouge Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College of Louisiana, Delgado Community College, Dillard University, Grambling State University, Louisiana Delta Community College, Louisiana State University (LSU), LSU- Alexandria, LSU - Eunice, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LSU-Shreveport, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Technical College, Loyola University of New Orleans, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Nunez Community College, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Our Lady of the Lake College, River Parishes Community College, South Louisiana Community College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Southern University, Southern University at New Orleans, Southern University at Shreveport, Sowela Technical and Community College, Tulane University, University of Louisiana-Layette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of New Orleans, and Xavier University.
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Molnar, Grissom, Moffett, Basford, Bob Basford, right, executive director of the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation, explains the location of the Zachary Taylor Industrial Megasite to from left, Steve Molnar of GNO, Inc.; Margaret Grissom of Peake Consulting, the firm that conducted the certification study; and President Randy Moffett.
Industrial Megasite receives official certification
The Zachary Taylor Megasite, a 2,900-acre industrial parcel located mostly in Tangipahoa Parish, has been officially certified, a designation reserved for those sites that are considered ready for business, economic development officials announced Tuesday.
     Announcement of the site certification by Peake Consulting Strategic Solutions of Kentucky was made at a press conference held at Southeastern's Southeast Louisiana Business Center in Hammond.
Bob Basford, executive director of the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation (TEDF), said certification tells national and international business and industry that the site is "job ready" for any major industry or manufacturer that needs a large, unencumbered site, a strong transportation infrastructure and a solid labor supply.
     He said the Zachary Taylor site is located near Fluker at the intersection of I-55 and Louisiana Highway 10, also known as the Zachary Taylor Parkway. The 4.5 square mile site is flat land that includes mostly undeveloped wooded property that has been used for pine tree harvesting and hunting and is considered ideal for automobile manufacturing or similar large industrial projects. The site also falls within the Congressionally-designated Gulf Opportunity (GO) Zone, the most aggressive set of business incentives in U.S. history.
     "In the world of industrial development, location is important; but for a megasite to be at the top of a strategic list, it has to be one that can be developed quickly," Basford said. "With this certification, we have already completed much of the due diligence that companies need in order to make an informed decision on a site. These studies can take six months to a year to complete, so it's a real competitive advantage to have this ready to give to a company looking to invest in the area."
     Certification of megasites by independent consultants is a relatively new process initiated in 2002 by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Most large corporations use site selection consultants to help narrow the field, and certification is an important factor these consultants examine.
     Margaret P. Grissom of Peake Consulting said the study included assessments of the site's environment, wetlands, soils, labor and utility supplies, and proximity to a transportation infrastructure. Southeastern's Business Research Center provided much of the labor information, profiles of the job market, area trends and projections, and other data. The study was funded by the TEDF, Louisiana Economic Development, Greater New Orleans, Inc., Entergy Economic Development and Pike County (Mississippi) Economic Development District.
     Grissom provided an overview of the megasite certification process, which included field research, review of background materials and data, and a study of tax and other incentives commonly used for megasite projects.
     "Southeast Louisiana and Tangipahoa Parish are experiencing an unprecedented period of growth in both business investment and population," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett, who serves on the board of directors of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Parishes Economic Development Association. "All of our partners have worked hard in recent years to develop a very business-friendly environment."
     He said the university's Business Center, which opened three years ago to serve as a one-stop shop for businesses looking to expand or relocate into the Florida Parishes region, has never been busier in providing consulting and supportive services.
     "We've made a special push to develop friendly partnerships among the various economic development agencies and organizations in the area under the belief that projects benefit our region as a whole and not just one locale," Moffett said.
     "Our role is to help coordinate and facilitate economic development and provide some of the outside expertise in business and industrial development that companies need to be successful," he added.
Moffett said Southeastern has faculty and staff expertise that can assist any number of businesses, and the university graduates abut 2,000 well-prepared potential employees every year. In addition, the area has technical colleges in Greensburg (St. Helena Parish), Hammond, and Bogalusa that can develop special workforce initiatives.
     The study has been posted on the Business Center home page,
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Teaching American History grant offers stipends, graduate credit, CLUs
Area social studies teachers can earn up to $1,200, six hours of graduate credit in history, and 90 continuing learning units (CLUs) through two summer institutes at Southeastern.
     The institutes are offered through the Teaching American History grant program, said William Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science and academic coordinator for the TAH program. Southeastern history faculty Charles Elliott and Ronald Traylor will be the lead instructors for the institutes, which will feature top scholars the Department of History and Political Science and distinguished guest lecturers from other universities.
     The two-week institutes will meet on weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Fayard Hall 225.
     The first Institute, "Louisiana from the Longs to the Present" (History 698-01), is scheduled June 18-29, and will include fieldtrips to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Louisiana State Library, and Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum.
     The second institute, "America from World War I to the Present" (History 698-02), will be held July 9-20. Participants will visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans (formerly named the D-Day Museum).
     The institutes are open to teachers in the grant's Region II, which includes 14 school districts: East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Tangipahoa parishes, and the cities of Bogalusa, Baker, and Zachary.
     Robison said participants will examine important primary and secondary sources for teaching modern American and Louisiana history, will learn how to incorporate photographs and video into PowerPoint presentations, and will acquire information and techniques that they immediately can apply in their own classrooms.
     "For each institute, participants will earn a $600 stipend, three hours of graduate credit that can applied to a master's degree in history, and 45 CLUs essential for maintaining 'highly qualified' status," Robison said. "Previous participants," he added, "also report having a great deal of fun."
     To register, contact Project Director Ann Trappey at or 985-748-2433. For more information about the Summer Institutes, contact Robison at or 985-549-2109.
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Stroup, McDonough, Pfeil, WagnerThe leads in the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop production of "The Wizard of Oz" rehearse a scene from the musical. From left, are Skyler Stroup, Scott McDonough, Simon Pfeil, and Meghan Wagner .
Dorothy and company enjoying fantasy of The Wizard of Oz
Whether you have fond memories of ruby slippers and dancing munchkins, not so fond memories of flying monkeys and melting witches -- or even no memories at all of the film classic "The Wizard of Oz," you'll still love seeing the adventures of tornado-tossed Dorothy come alive on stage.
     That's the consensus of Meghan Wagner, Simon Pfeil, Skyler Stroup and Scott McDonough, the four young actors who portray Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's summer musical, scheduled for June 22-23 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     "What's not to like?" said Stroup. "'Over the Rainbow,' clicking heels, 'I'm melting!' 'Lions and tigers and bears' … It's got it all and it will be a lot of fun to see."
     The musical is a lot of fun, but a lot of work for the four leads, who are rarely off stage during the two hour performance. They are a seasoned group, however, having all had musical theater experience. They are taking the long hours of singing, dancing and acting rehearsals in stride.
     Three performances of "The Wizard of Oz" are scheduled for June 22, 7:30 p.m., and June 23, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre. Tickets are available at the theater box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371, from noon-5 p.m. on weekdays.
     Ticket prices for adults are $24, Orchestra 1/Loge; $21, Orchestra 2; $18, Orchestra 3/Balcony 1; $15, Balcony 2. Ticket prices for senior citizens, 60 and older, and children, 12 and younger, are $21.50, Orchestra 1/Loge; $19, Orchestra 2; $16, Orchestra 3/Balcony 1; $13.50, Balcony 2. A one-dollar service charge is added to each ticket. Southeastern students will be admitted free to Balcony 2 seating with their university I.D. Read more ...
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Course offered non-supervisors on "Professionalism and Productivity"
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a part of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is offering a free course for non-supervisory employees. The program, "Professionalism & Productivity for Non-Supervisors," will be held June 26 and 27 in the University Center, room 139.
     The two-day class, scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will provide participants with the tools and strategies to enhance their professionalism. Elements of professionalism covered include professional behavior, communicating as a professional, managing conflict as a team professional, personal organization and productivity, and personal goal setting.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval is necessary. This and other CPTP programs can be used toward a variety of state certifications. For more information and registration assistance, contact Jan Ortego in the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, ext. 5771.
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Hammond added as location for LCAI
Southeastern's Small Business Development Center will host a series of classes this summer with the Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute.
     Funded through Louisiana Economic Development, the institute assists small and emerging construction businesses. LCAI is now accepting applications for courses, which will be taught by industry leaders and will provide instruction on construction management and preparing for the General Contractors State Licensing Exam.
     LCAI sessions will be transmitted by compressed satellite video to Hammond and other locations around the state. They will cover topics such as bid processes, contract management, estimating, equipment and business management, scheduling, occupational safety, risk management, financial management, bonding and access to capital, certifications, entrepreneurship training, and Louisiana Contractor Licensing Exam Review.
     Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 10-Aug.16, 6-8 p.m. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $100, payable by money order or cashier's check.
     Applications are available at      Applications should be submitted to Ruth Bolstridge by e-mail,, or fax, 225-342-6820, by July 5.
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Davis appointed publications/technology coordinator for NACAS-South
Connie Davis, associate director of Auxiliary Services, has been appointed publications/technology coordinator for National Association of College Auxiliary Services-South (NACAS-South). Her appointment to the organization's leadership came during its 2007 conference held recently in Florida.
     Davis joins representatives from Tulane University, Elon University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, Auburn University, Georgia Perimeter College, Morehead State University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Northern Kentucky University, in NACAS-South's leadership positions.
     Established in 1969, NACAS is the nation's largest nonprofit higher education association serving auxiliary services and student support services professionals at approximately 1,100 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and Asia.
     The Southern region includes the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi.
     NACAS provides extensive networking opportunities, professional development programs and timely professional publications that help foster the continued growth and enhancement of the auxiliary services and student support services profession in higher education.
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Professional activities
Dr. Karen Fontenot
(Communication) presented a paper at the international conference of the Association of Business Communication in Istanbul, Turkey, in May. Her paper, "The Role of Intercultural Communication in Persuasion and Compliance Gaining: One Size Does Not Fit All," received mention in Turkey's national newspaper, Cumhuriyet.
     Dr. John G. Boulahanis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper entitled "Mapping the Fear: The Social Construction of Homicide Pre- and Post-Katrina in New Orleans" and chaired a session entitled "Back to the Classics: The Meeting of Sociology with Philosophy" at the first annual Sociology Conference of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), in Athens, Greece.
     Boulahanis and Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) published a paper entitled "Homicides Exceptionally Cleared and Cleared by Arrest: An Exploratory Study of Police/Prosecutor Outcomes" in Homicide Studies, Vol. 11(2). Homicide Studies is the official journal of the Homicide Research Working Group.
     Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has received a Faculty Development Grant to initiate a research project titled, "Vaginal Douching and the Sexual Health of Black Women."
     Suzanne Campbell and Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) participated in the annual Reading and scoring of the College Board's AP Examinations June 3-9 in English Literature in Louisville, Ky. Each year the AP Program, sponsored by the College Board, gives more than one million capable high school students an opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses and examinations and, based on their exam performance, to receive credit and/or advanced placement when they enter college. More than 8,000 readers from universities and high schools, representing many of the finest academic institutions in the world, evaluated approximately 2.3 million examinations in 20 disciplines.
     Dr. Richard Louth's (English) short story "Growing Pains" was one of three winners of Country Roads Magazine's annual short story contest. The story appears in the June fiction issue.
     Dr. Roldán Valverde (Biology) taught the tropical ecology course in Costa Rica on May 14-24. Southeastern's International Initiatives Office sponsors the course. Eight students (two graduate students and six undergraduates), participated in this total immersion course, which was conducted in the tropical rain and dry forests of the Guanacaste Conservation Area in Costa Rica. Following the course, Dr. Valverde conducted an international workshop at Ostional Beach, Costa Rica, May 26-27. The aim of the workshop was to train international participants from Nicaragua and Panamá on sea turtle biology field research techniques. The workshop also served to invite participants to join Dr. Valverde's USFWS-funded research aimed at understanding the nesting biology of the olive ridley sea turtle in Central America's and Mexico's Pacific coast. More information about this project can be found at
     Dr. Kenneth Bolton Jr. (Sociology and Criminal Justice) recently presented a paper, "A Postmodern Query into the Effect of Executions: Deterrence, Brutalization or Chaos," at the Midwest Sociological Society meetings in Chicago.
     Dean Randy Settoon and Assistant Dean Josie Walker (College of Business), Dr. Rick Simpson (Accounting), and Dr. Rusty Juban (Management) participated in a conference at AACSB Headquarters in Tampa, Fla., in June. The conference focused on assessment and maintenance of AACSB accreditation.
     Dr. Aristides Baraya (General Business), Dr. Dawn Wallace (General Business), Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing), and Dr. Rusty Juban (Management) had their paper titled "Experience and Strategic Impact of a Study Abroad Program to Costa Rica" presented at the 2007 Global Conference on Business and Finance in San Jose Costa Rica. Dr. Wallace presented the paper on May 24.
     Dr. Minh Q. Huynh (Management), Dr. Rudy Hirschheim of Louisiana State University, and Dr. Jae-Nam Lee of Korea University presented a paper titled "An Integrative Model of Trust on IT Outsourcing: Examining a Bilateral Perspective" at the International Conference on Outsourcing of Information Services in Heidelberg, Germany, in May.
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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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