ByLion -- June 4

Antique car donated
Moore named executive assistant
'Deep Delta' opens June 8-9
Louisiana native plants course
Biggs joins Columbia staff

Summer camps begin in June
Weather show visits Livingston
'Wizard of Oz' tickets on sale
KSLU sponsors CF fundraiser
Homecoming vols sought
PPR training for supervisors

Minority Leadership Day
Upcoming SBDC events
Microsoft truck visits campus
FPSSRC receives funding
Whitty completes WMD training
Professional activities

Ron Kelly, Michael Taylor, Anthony WilsonAntique car donated to Alumni Association for 80th anniversary
The Gohres family of Hammond recently donated a 1928 Dodge to the Southeastern Alumni Association.
      The association is currently observing its 80th anniversary, so the car's age fits right in with the celebrations.
      And -- to make it even more appropriate -- it's green!
      Southeastern physical plant employees, from left, Ron Kelly, Michael Taylor and Anthony Wilson, spent more than 40 hours completely restoring the antique car.
      (Ask Alumni Association President Gary Sandifer if he thinks it is fun to drive!)

Erin MooreMoore named executive assistant to president
Erin Moore, formerly with the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, has been named executive assistant to the president.
     She assumed the position on May 14, following four years of service as communications director with the Chamber of Commerce. Her duties include assisting in the management of the university's executive office and interfacing with private and public agencies. She is also charged with overseeing the development of Southeastern's strategic marketing plan and will work closely with the university's various units and Office of Public Information and Publications.
     "We are pleased to have Ms. Moore joining our team at Southeastern," said President Randy Moffett. "Her experience with the Chamber of Commerce, media and government relations, and partnership building with various agencies and organizations will be a tremendous asset to the university."
     At the Chamber, Moore also served as public policy division liaison, attending two U.S. Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Conferences. She completed two years of coursework through the U.S. Chamber's Institute of Organization Management, attending both times on a Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives scholarship. She is a graduate of the St. Tammany West Leadership Program and currently serves as corresponding secretary of the organization's foundation.
     A former staff writer and managing editor for the Bogalusa Daily News, Moore served a three-year term on the Bogalusa Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Hospice Foundation of the South and is active in the Bogalusa Civic League.
     She is a resident of Washington Parish and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with magna cum laude honors in mass communications from Louisiana State University.
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21st annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium underway this week
"Cities, Rivers, Bayous: Locals and Locales in Louisiana's Civil War" will be the theme of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, June 8-9, at Southeastern.
     Now in its 21st year, the symposium is one of the largest Civil War conferences in the United States and annually attracts a national audience as well as many local Civil War enthusiasts. Sponsored by Southeastern's Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and Department of History and Political Science, the two-day symposium will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre. Charles Elliott of the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science is the symposium coordinator.
     The symposium will open Friday evening with "Good-bye to the Good Times: The Civil War in New Orleans," presented by New Orleans scholar Christina Vella, author of "Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness Pontalba," "The Hitler Kiss;" and "Indecent Secrets: The Infamous Murri Murder Affair."
     On Saturday presenters and their topics will include
     "Vignettes of the Battle of Baton Rouge" by Thomas H. Richey of Zachary, author of The Battle of Baton Rouge and Tirailleurs: A History of the 4th Louisiana and the Acadians of Company H.
      "The Only Viable Option: Grant's March Through Louisiana" by Terrence J. Winschel, noted author and historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park.
      "Fighting for the Right to Fight: Louisiana's Native Guard, the First Black Regiment in the Civil War" by retired University of Southern Mississippi professor James G. Hollandsworth.
      "Texans on the Teche: The Defense of South Louisiana" by Roger Busbice of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, former historian for the Louisiana Old State Capitol museum.
      "Lee's Tigers: Louisiana Infantry in the Army of West Virginia" by Terry L. Jones of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
      "The Red River Campaign: Why Is It Important?" by Gary D. Joiner of Louisiana State University at Shreveport.
      "The Red River Campaign: A Military Reinterpretation" by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dana Mangham, author of Oh, For a Touch of the Vanished Hand: Discovering a Southern Family and the Civil War.
      "How Lincoln Won the War" by former Southeastern history professor Lawrence Hewitt, author of books such as Port Hudson: Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi, and Confederate High Command; Leadership During the Civil War.
     The symposium will also include round table discussions and social hours. Special prices are available for tickets purchased before June 1. Participants may also purchase individual session or full conference tickets at the door. Discount prices are available for spouses and children. Southeastern students may attend free of charge or for $20 with meals.
     Participants, including teachers in the Teaching American History grant program, may be able to receive partial academic credit for attending the symposium.
     For additional information about the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, including fees and course credit, contact the Department of History and Political Science, 985-549-2109 or
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Students, area residents can learn about Louisiana's native plants this summer
Area residents and Southeastern students can learn about Louisiana's diverse local flora through "Native Plants of Louisiana," an introductory course being offered this summer.
     Scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 6, the course will be taught by assistant professor of biology Rick Miller. The eight-week class will meet from 7:30- 10:30 a.m. and will include lectures, lab activities and weekly field trips to area habitats such as Tickfaw State Park, St. Tammany's Lake Ramsey and the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
     The course may be taken as an elective for 4-hour credit by Southeastern students or for enjoyment by community members who can enroll for a $250 fee through Southeastern's Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities, 985 549-2301.
     For information, contact Miller at or 985-549-5556. Information is also available at
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Michelle BiggsBiggs joins Columbia as marketing director
Michelle Biggs has joined the staff of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts as associate director for marketing.
     Biggs, who resides in Covington, comes to the Columbia from Delgado Community College, where she was publications manager for the past two years. She has a bachelor's degree in advertising from Louisiana State University.
     "Michelle brings to Columbia a wealth of marketing experience along with a genuine love for the arts," said Columbia/Fanfare Director Donna Gay Anderson. "We know she'll be a valuable asset to our staff."
     "The Columbia Theatre is so important to Southeastern and to the city of Hammond and I'm thrilled to be a part of that," Biggs said. "My plan is to market the theater to a wider audience so that the people of the surrounding parishes will realize what an asset the Columbia is to the entire region."
     As manager for seven years of her husband's award-winning graphic design firm Biggs Design, Biggs planned and managed marketing and advertising projects for clients such as the New Orleans Museum of Art, Mignon Faget, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and Newcomb Art Gallery.
     Previously, she was print production manager with Logan Marketing and Communications and production manager at BBP Marketing, Inc. She also interned with world-renowned Ogilvy & Mather in Atlanta, Ga.
     Biggs serves as vice president of membership for the Advertising Club of New Orleans and is on the marketing committee for the Junior League of New Orleans. She is also president of the New Orleans Kappa Delta Alumnae Association and is active with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.
Summer camps provide fun instruction in language, science, arts, technology
Learn about Spanish language and culture, examine flora and fauna, explore ancient Egypt, design digitally, build robots, and kick-start computer skills.
     Those are just some of the things that students can do at Southeastern Louisiana University's "Academic Adventures" summer camps, which get underway in June.
     Sessions of 16 camps exploring the creative arts, science, language, and technology will be offered in June and July on campus and at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     "We're encouraging parents to register their children early, since in some cases materials have to be ordered," said Linda Munchausen. A veteran member of the Southeastern chemistry faculty, Munchausen is coordinator of the Academic Adventures camps.
     "We have something for every child's interest and for every age from first grade through high school," Munchausen said. "Our computer skills classes are even open to adults."
     She said camps for younger children include before and after care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $15.
     Since camp enrollment is limited, registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. "It is important that you register your child for the camps as early as possible so that materials needed to support the camp can be purchased," Munchausen said.
     Sessions being offer in June include:
     Spanish. Guided by members of Southeastern's foreign language faculty, children in grades 1-7 will discover how easy it is to learn a foreign language when you're having fun. Fluent in their native tongue and excited to share their cultural knowledge, the instructors will encourage language skills through activities such as dancing, singing, arts and crafts, conversation, games, outdoor activities and talent shows.
     Sessions will be offered at the Southeastern Lab School cafeteria June 18-22, and at the Livingston Center June 25-29. Hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 a.m., and the cost is $150. The camp is open to first-seventh grade students. Before/after care is available.
     Go Wild! Through this science camp campers in grades 1-7 can leap into the wild to investigate extreme plants and animals. Activities will include building a microscope to examine a bug's life, enter the world of bats and birds, dissect owl pellets, go on a "dinosaur hunt," and hatch their own pet triops.
     The camp is set for June 25-29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Lab School cafeteria. The cost is $195; before/after care is available.
     Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure. Students in grades 1-7 will journey to the land of the pharaohs to solve a mystery and hunt for two long-forgotten treasures. To solve their Egyptian puzzles, campers will decipher hieroglyphics, unearth an ancient mummy, take home gold treasure, find three secret stones, build a rock and crystal collection, and collect fabulous gemstones.
     Sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 18-22 at the Livingston Center and July 30-Aug. 3 at the Lab School Cafeteria. The cost is $195; before/after care is available.
     Digital Electronic Designs. High school juniors and seniors can learn the essentials of building digital electronics designs though hands-on experience with building simple digital circuits using standard digital chips. Beginning with the basics of design methods and Boolean Logic, students will build circuits on prototyping boards for several projects.
     The camp will be offered June 25-29, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in Anzalone Hall, room 217. The cost is $220.
     Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint 2003 - Basic. High school juniors and seniors - adults also welcome - will spend five days learning the basic functions and features of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2003. Participants will learn to create and edit documents, move and copy text, format characters and paragraphs, create and manage tables, control page layout, and use proof-reading in Word. They will also learn how to integrate Web and e-mail features. In Excel, participants will learn how to enter and edit data, labels, and formulas, work with functions, format cells, print worksheets, create charts, and save a workbook as a Web page. Participants will become proficient in creating presentations with visual impact and colorful text, graphics, and charts in PowerPoint.
     Scheduled for June 25-29, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Fayard Hall, room 126, the camp costs $142.
     Academic Adventure camps being offered on Southeastern's main campus in July-August include "International Languages," July 9-13; "Exploring Nature with Numbers," July 9-13; "Microsoft FrontPage 2003-Basic," July 16-20; "Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goop," July 16-20; and "Programming with ALICE," July 23-27; "Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure," July 30- Aug. 3; Practical Rototics, July 30-Aug. 3.
     Sessions of "Microsoft Publisher 2003-Basic" will be offered July 9-13 for high school juniors, seniors and adults, and July 16-20 for ages 12-14.
     At the Livingston Center, "Space and Rockets '07" will be offered July 9-13.
     Information about all Academic Adventures camps, as well as online and printable registration forms, are available online at For specific information, contact Munchausen at 985-549-3935 or
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Pat Shingleton WBRZ weather show visits Livingston Center
The WBRZ Channel 2 Weather Team invited the public to come out to its Weather Road Show at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker on May 22.
     Weathercasters Pat Shingleton, left, and his colleagues are traveling to communities around the station's viewing area to present the show "all about Louisiana weather."
     At the Livingston Center, the first stop on the Weather Road Show's tour, the meteorologists discussed topics from thunderstorms to hurricanes and what to do when severe weather strikes.
Tickets on sale for The Wizard of Oz
Tickets are now on sale for The Wizard of Oz, the latest show in the perennially popular series of summer musicals staged by Southeastern's Opera/Music Theatre Program.
     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 Southeastern's historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, in downtown Hammond.
     Tickets are available at the Columbia 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.
     "The stage version of The Wizard of Oz was created just a few years after the movie was released in 1939 and has been delighting children of all ages ever since," said Opera/Music Theatre Program Director Chuck Effler.
     "Other summer shows that Southeastern has produced - The Music Man, Oliver!, and Annie -- were great hits with audiences, and garnered comments such as 'as good as Broadway' and 'more, more MORE!'," Effler said. "Please join the cast, crew and orchestra for another wonderful evening of live musical theater."
     Effler said rehearsals for The Wizard of Oz are now underway. The cast, he said, features "lots of kids, high school kids and community adults and Southeastern students."
     Fifteen-year-old Meghan Wagner of Hammond has been cast in the lead role of Dorothy. Homeschooled, Wagner is a voice student in Southeastern's Community Music School and is also enrolled in the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Music Theater program. She has appeared in a number of musical productions with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Missoula Children's Theatre and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre.
     Dorothy's sidekicks on her journey to the Emerald City will be played by a trio of Southeastern students - Simon Pfeil of Hammond, Scarecrow; Skyler Stroup of Mandeville, Tinman; and Scott McDonough of Slidell, Cowardly Lion.
     Betty Turner of Hammond will portray the Sorceress of the North (the "Good Witch"), while Ellen Sweetman of Hammond has the role of the "Sorceress of the West (the "Wicked Witch"). Turner, a recent Southeastern graduate, appeared in numerous university productions. Sweetman has appeared in past Southeastern musicals such as The Music Man.
     Pete Pfeil, the Columbia Theatre's associate director for operations and production, will step from behind the scenes to play "the Wizard." Pfeil has approximately three decades of experience in theater production at Southeastern, the Beverly Dinner Playhouse and Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans, and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. Pfeil's wife Anna will also join the cast as Aunt Em.
     The Wizard of Oz cast also includes Southeastern student Margaret Davis of Walker as Gloria, and Springfield resident Emile Scamardo as Uncle Henry.
      Southeastern students and area residents in the cast include April Field, Amite; Joshua Glober and Joshua Ikegulu, Baton Rouge; Cara Williams, Franklinton; Jane Rownd, Hammond; Eryn Minor LeBlanc, Luling; Nathan A. Constant, Meraux; Elyse German, Pearl River; Danielle Willie, Ponchatoula; Erin Perdue, Prairieville; Brandon Wear, Slidell; Shannon Pinkley, Tickfaw; and Sarah Deweese, Zachary.
     Area children in the cast are, from Hammond, Jasmine Elena Barnes, Madison Bentivegna, Laura Crother, Ruth Ann ("Rudi") Darouse, Megan Davis, Rachel Greer, Reagan Greer, Callie Hines, Erin Holloway, Rachael Knaps, Samantha Messina; from Ponchatoula, Bethany Daines, Bethany Herrick and Shalako Sharp.
     Also, Morgan Arledge, St. Amant; Chase Bernard, Walker; Kara Broussard, Livingston; Kaylee Crosby, Tickfaw; Giovanna Dufrene, Independence; and Kayla Pittman, Bogalusa.
     High school students cast are, from Hammond: Kelly Bernard, Joshua Bobb-Semple, Julean M. Coleman, Caleb Courtney, Joshua Courtney, Charles-Robert Miller, Aaron Pfeil, Maggie Rownd, Annie Scardulla, Samantha Spalitta and Rebecca Wagner; from Ponchatoula: Gabrielle Acosta, Christopher Ekker, Chelsea Herrick, Sarah Rehm, and Alexandra Sharp; from Covington: Stephanie Boyd and Katherine Leigh Miller; and from Madisonville, Erin Cessna.
     The Wizard of Oz is made possible through the major financial support of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Opera/Music Theatre Workshop; and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Funding has also been provided from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.
     Additional financial support comes from the Hammond and Amite Wal-Mart stores and Wal-Mart Logistics in Robert, North Oaks Health System, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Fay and Phelan Bright, Guaranty Savings Bank, Florida Parishes Bank, State Farm Insurance (Doug Johnson), Dr. Robert and Carolyn McMinn, Brown Morris Pharmacy, Encore Development Corporation (Ed and Peggy Hoover), Microtel, Inc. (Michelle Aycock), and Drs. Gwen and Ronald Traylor.
     For more information, contact Effler at 985-549-2249, or SLU 10815, Hammond, LA 70402.
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KSLU sponsors fundraiser for cystic fibrosis
KSLU 90.9 FM is partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise funds for the foundation's New Orleans chapter.
     Earlier this year, the station sponsored a "DJ for a Day" contest among Southeastern student organizations and participated in Hammond's "Great Strides" CF walk. Now, KSLU is extending its fund-raising efforts to the Hammond community through a special raffle.
     "We are helping the foundation raise money for cystic fibrosis research and will continue to work with the foundation through a number of activities to help the New Orleans chapter reach its goal," said Chad Pierce, underwriting and development representative at KSLU.
     The winning holder of a $50 raffle ticket will receive a KSLU underwriting package valued at $5,000. The package includes an advertising spot for a business or special event produced by KSLU and more than 500 announcements aired on the station over a six-month period.
     The winning ticket will be drawn live on KSLU 90.9 on Monday, July 30, 3 p.m.
     Anyone interested in purchasing tickets should contact Pierce at KSLU, 985-549-2330, or Jai-Anne Miller, director of special events at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 504-455-5194.
     Approximately 30,000 people nationwide have cystic fibrosis, while more than 10 million Americans are genetic carriers. With the support of the CF Foundation, there has been progress in cystic fibrosis research and care, but CF continues to be a critical health matter, as most individuals with cystic fibrosis battle lung disease for their entire lives. At least one person dies each day from this disease.
KSLU streams its signal online through its website, and broadcasts throughout Hammond, Mandeville, Amite and Livingston areas.
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Homecoming committee seeks volunteers
Anyone who would like to serve on the Homecoming Committee is invited to call Kathy Pittman at ext. 2150. Your input is welcome!
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PPR training for supervisors
A training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees will be held on Thursday, June 7. Offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, the program will run from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Office conference room.
     To register please contact Jan Ortego at or ext. 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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Students at Minority Leadership DayMinority Leadership Day a success
Inclement weather didn't dampen the spirit of approximately 80 students who experienced Minority Leadership Day 2007, hosted by the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs and the Office of Admissions hosted Minority Leadership Day on Friday, May 4.
     Students from Varnado High School, Independence High School, H.L. Bourgeois High School, and St. Amant High School attended the annual spring event.
     "Initially there were about 130 students who registered to attend, but after the weather we were sure the numbers would drop," said Makeitta Darbonne, coordinator for Multicultural and International Student Affairs. "Despite the small set back, the 80 students who did attend had an educational and enlightening experience that will hopefully carry them along in their social and educational decision making process."
     The highlight of the day's events was the keynote address delivered by Stanley Schofield, who delivered an inspirational message of self respect and determination.
     "Many hearts were touched, as students shared emotional hugs and messages of love with their friends, and the administrators who were present," Darbonne said. "Mr. Schofield's message was genuine and straight from his heart, his delivery style and ability to hold the student's attention is what makes his presentation so dynamic."
     Students also participated in educational sessions on leadership topics presented by Rashanda Booker, coordinator of Greek Life/Evening Programming; Marcus McMillan, computing support specialists; Kas Williams, coordinator of the Student Government Association; and Tyronee Williams-Lions, assistant football coach.
     Corey Smith, minority recruiter in the Office of Admissions, provided the students with information on Southeastern's enrollment and admission process. The students were entertained during lunch by various Southeastern student organizations including the Gospel Choir, Flipside dance team, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
     The Office of Admissions and the Office of Multicultural International Student Affairs looks forward to the planning of Minority Leadership Day 2008.
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Small Business Development Center programs
For more information on upcoming programs at the Small Business Development Center, call 985-549-3831 or e-mail
     Wednesday, June 6 -- MS Word Introductory class, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Mandeville
Cost: $60, $50 for chamber members. Preregistration and prepayment is required.
     Tuesday, June 12 -- Community Express Loan Program, 5-8 p.m., Hammond. Free.
     Thursday, June 14 -- Preventing Harassment, Violence, Discrimination and Computer Abuse in the Workplace, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., - Mandeville. Free.
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Microsoft TruckMicrosoft Truck Tour visits
On May 25 the Southeastern's Small Business Development Center with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and General Informatics welcomed the Microsoft Truck Tour to Hammond. The event took place at the University Center.
     Businesses were able to step on board Microsoft's 42-foot mobile solution center, for live product demonstrations and face-to-face interaction. The truck is equipped with the latest in computer technology and is used to demonstrate Microsoft's tools for small and midsized companies.
     "Southeastern's Small Business Development Center is pleased to serve as host for this event, as we are dedicated to equipping businesses in our area with all the knowledge needed to help them run and maintain a successful business," said SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers.
     For more information about the SBDC visit
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FPSSRC receives funding
The Florida Parishes Social Science Research Center has received $148,109 in funding for the upcoming fiscal year for the Northlake Homeless Management Information System Data Project. The funding provides hardware, software, technical support, licensing, and Internet service to agencies that serve the homeless or precariously housed for the five parishes surrounding Southeastern: Tangipahoa, Livingston, Washington, St. Tammany, and St. Helena Parishes.
     As part of this funding, the Research Center participates in community-wide planning efforts that in sum, generate more than $1.8 million for homeless/housing service providers.
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Whitty completes weapons of mass destruction training
A Nursing faculty member recently completed two emergency response training courses on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.
     Kristen Whitty, an instructor in nursing from Baton Rouge, was the only Louisiana participant and the only nurse engaged in an initial 40-hour training program along with 27 other emergency responders from across the country. Participants also included police, fire, hazardous materials and emergency medical services personnel. The training provided instruction in the areas of terrorist threat, chemical hazards, biological agents, radiological hazards, and response actions.
     "I learned a lot in this course, but especially came back with the knowledge and experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines," said Whitty.
     Whitty - along with several nurses from Northshore Hospital in Slidell - also completed a 12-hour awareness level training course on WMD, designed to certify her to train other emergency responders in Louisiana.
     "It's time to get nurses involved so they will understand not only their role, but what other responders are doing during a mass casualty response," she said.
     Whitty has been a member of the faculty in the School of Nursing for five years and completed her doctorate last December. "She is very enthusiastic about exploring opportunities to share her expertise in disaster management through the undergraduate curriculum as well as through continuing education," said Barbara Moffett, head of the School of Nursing.
     The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Office of Grants and Training and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the country. The CDP is also a member of the National Domestic Preparedness consortium, in partnership with Louisiana State University, the Nevada Test Site, New Mexico Tech, and Texas A&M.
     Participants who attended the CDP training were selected from 11 million emergency responders nationwide to receive hands-on training to assist them in prevention, protection, response, and recovery from acts of terrorism.
     Upon certification Whitty will be able to teach a six-hour course in the state of Louisiana on "Train the Trainer on WMD" which ensures nationwide consistency in WMD education at the awareness level.
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Professional activities
Dr. Marc Riedel
(Sociology and Criminal Justice) has received a $2,000 Faculty Development Grant from the Center for Faculty Excellence to study declining homicide arrests in California. The percent of arrests for homicide in the state of California currently stands at 50 percent.
     Ron Abel (Upward Bound/Math Science Upward Bound) was elected president-elect of the Louisiana Association of Student Assistance Programs (LASAP) at its annual conference in April. LASAP is a group of more than 150 professionals who work with Federal TRIO Programs in the State of Louisiana. Its purpose is to promote effective implementation of Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, Veterans Upward Bound, and other college preparation/student support programs.
     Dr. Rayma Harchar (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented a study of single sex classes in coeducational middle schools at the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 8-10. Dr. Harchar also presented a single sex classes: A study of attitudes toward change at the Southwest Educational Research Association in San Antonio, Texas on February, 2007.
     Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) published Louisiana Mentoring Module: Building Capacity for Effective Mentoring with the Louisiana Department of Education in 2007. This was co-authored with S. Southall, S. Guidry and N. Honore'.
     Dr. Fred Dembowski (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented a workshop, "How to serve as an author for NCPEA Connexions," at the NASSP conference in Las Vegas in February.
     Dr. Barbara Schuldt (Management) presented a paper titled "Service-Learning Project to Enhance Decision Support System Learning" at the Academic Business World International Conference, May 28-30, Nashville, Tenn. With co-authors Ms. Andree Taylor (Management), Mr. Duane Donald (Provost's Office), and Dr. Jeff Totten (McNeese State University), Dr. Schuldt also presented at the same conference a paper titled "Work-Family Conflict & Technology Issues on Sales Careers: Differences by Travel Requirements." Both papers will appear in the conference proceedings at
     Drs. Anna Kleiner and Bonnie Lewis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) have received a Faculty Development Grant to initiate a collaborative research project entitled, "Food Production, Processing, and Distribution: An Assessment of Existing and Potential Markets," with Second Harvest of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana.
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