ByLion -- March 19


Governor's budget 'exciting'
Southeastern hosts UL System board
Beautiful day for Rock 'n Roar
Chefs menu has tasty treats
Laugh out loud at 'Sopranos'
Women's History Month

Livingston Center job fair
Fiscal year-end reminder
SSA guest speakers
Panel on black principals
RAD classes for women
Delts are 'excellent'

Center for Faculty Excellence
PPR training for supervisors
SBDC upcoming seminars
POGIL workshop
This week in athletics
Professional activities

President calls Governor's budget plan for education 'exciting'
President Randy Moffett called Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's proposed 2007-08 budget appropriation for public postsecondary education announced in Baton Rouge Thursday "a bold, clear message that education is a priority in Louisiana."
     "For Southeastern, this proposal would mean an infusion of more than $22.4 million, which would allow us to add additional faculty and staff, upgrade technology, and develop new programs aimed at helping our students succeed," Moffett said. We're extremely excited about the proposal and will work actively with our legislators, the business community and alumni to encourage their support as well for this initiative."
     The proposal provides for faculty and employee salary increases, financial aid for disadvantaged students and full coverage of mandated cost increases incurred each year for items such as insurance rate hikes and civil service employee salary increases.
     Under the plan, Southeastern traditionally underfunded compared to peer institutions will receive $17.6 million in new operating funds, more than $2.8 million for faculty and unclassified staff salary increases, and nearly $440,000 for library and scientific acquisitions.
     "Education is the key to Louisiana's economic future," Moffett added. "We think this is a great investment and pledge to use these resources wisely. The additional funding would enable us to improve educational access for students, add needed services directed toward student success, strengthen our outreach and collaboration with public schools, and expand our continued efforts in the area of economic development and job creation."
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Southeastern hosts UL System board Thursday, Friday
Southeastern will host the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Thursday and Friday when board members gather on campus for their March meeting.
     The board will hold committee meetings on Thursday and its monthly meeting on Friday in the Teacher Education Center Kiva.
     In connection with the board meeting, parking areas at the south end of the Cate Teacher Education Center and the north side of Zachary Taylor Hall will be restricted on Thursday and Friday.
     For more information about these parking lot closures or restrictions, please contact the University Parking Office at 985-549-5695 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
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Beautiful day for Rock 'n Roar XI
A beautiful day and plenty of good food, fun and interactive information brought out a large crowd for the 11th annual Rock 'n Roar celebration on Saturday.
     High school students competing in the District Literary Rally as well as members of the campus and community browsed the interactive booths manned by academic departments, enjoyed the variety of entertainment and attended dance, art and baseball camps.
     Above, top left, Stacey Cockerham McDougal (Class of '96), a former Lionette, and her daughter, Jillian, made their own paper flower at Foreign Languages and Literatures' table; top right, a fancy dance competition was part of the entertainment; left, biological sciences faculty member Erin Watson discusses forensic biology with Baker High School freshman Tyler Rudolph and his mother, Patti Smith.
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Delicious delicacies planned for Sunday's Chefs Evening
More than 30 of the area's finest restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers are creating tasty treats for Chefs Evening 2007.
     The annual "dinner party for a good cause," sponsored by the Southeastern Development Foundation, is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern University Center.
     Chefs Evening coordinator Lynn Harris-Horgan said the theme for this year's event is "Under the Big Top" and that the University Center will be transformed into a Circus Pavillion, complete with a ring master and live circus music.
     "Chefs Evening will be more entertaining than ever thanks to the theme" Horgan said. "Patrons can enjoy a vast array of culinary delights, fun music, and an exceptional assortment of gifts at the silent auction."
     Those searching for gift ideas will have a wide variety and price ranges from which to choose. Auction items offered at this year's event include a penthouse condo stay in Orange Beach, a penthouse apartment stay in downtown New Orleans, a sunset cruise on Lake Pontchartrain, golf for a year at Carter Plantation, travel trips with Southeastern football, gift baskets from merchants on the Northshore, furnishings, art work, gift certificates and more.
     Also up for grabs is a citrine and diamond ring compliments of George and Yvonne Ibert of Ibert's Jewelry. The dinner ring is being raffled with chances running 1 for $10 or 3 for $25. Those who purchase a raffle ticket will also receive a little surprise!
     Joining Chefs Evening for the first time are guest chefs from Caboose II and S & W Wholesale, Il Giardino's, Honey Glazed Ham & Deli, Lyn Haven, Inc., O'Donnell's, Purveyors of Fine Wines, and Rotollo's.
     Patrons will also enjoy the finest fare from the following: Abita Springs Water, Avenue Wines, Benedicts Restaurant & Catering, Blythewood Plantation, Carona's Bakery, Cate Street Seafood Station, Catfish Charlie's Restaurant, Champagne Beverage Co., Inc., Chookie's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Classic Fare Catering, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Cuco's, Don's Seafood, Glazers Distribution, Inc., and Jacmel Inn.
     Also bringing their culinary talents to Chefs Evening are Jambalaya and Co., Maurepas Catering, Nacho Mama's, P J's Coffee and Tea, Paul's Café, Ponchatoula Seafood & Steakhouse, the Speakeasy, Subway, the Cocoa Bean, the Crescent Bar, the Plantation Restaurant at Carter Plantation, Tom's Catering, Tommy's on Thomas, and Trey Yuen.
     The Chefs Evening guest chefs plan to serve entrees such as honey pecan shrimp, tortilla soup, sushi, fried catfish fingers, New York strip steaks, shrimp gumbo, pulled pork, chicken & andouille gumbo, chicken pasta alfredo, crabmeat au gratin, wraps, pasta bolognesa, jambalaya, ham and ham salad, broccoli and cream of potato soup, crawfish etouffee, carved aged Western beef roast, crawfish bisque, subs, shrimp & corn chowder, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, and buffalo wings.
     Sweet treats will include bread pudding, cookies, assorted French pastries, and tiramisu, while an array of libations will also be available from after dinner liquors, margaritas and beer to soft drinks and coffee.
     Wines featured for the evening include Silver Peak Chardonnay, Lambrusco Red, Tori Merlot, Tapena, Red Truck and Amato wines, Montes Reserve Malbec and Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris.
Chefs Evening tickets are $40 each or $425 for a reserved table for eight.
     "Various patrons' levels are also available and include an invitation to the exclusive patron's party to be held at the new University Residence," Horgan said. Patron levels are $75, individual; $150, pair; and $525 for a reserved eight-person table.
     Tickets are available from the Southeastern Development Foundation, (985) 549-2239. Proceeds from Chefs Evening support Southeastern academic programs.
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The cast of "Too Many Sopranos"Members of the cast of "Too Many Sopranos" rehearse on the stage of Southeastern Louisiana University's Pottle Music Building Auditorium, where the comic opera will be performed March 21-24. From left, are Jessica Davis Bryan, Ponchatoula; Sarah Kennemer, Mandeville; Emily Stokes, Covington; Scott McDonough, Slidell; Kay Schepker, Hammond; and Brian Martinez Jr., Montz.
Audiences invited to 'laugh out loud' at Too Many Sopranos
Feel free to laugh out loud.
     That's the blanket invitation that guest director Brandt Blocker and producer Chuck Effler are extending to audiences for the Southeastern Louisiana University Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's production of "Too Many Sopranos."
     The comedic opera, scheduled for March 21-24, 7:30 p.m., at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, is about four divas who have to audition their way into heaven.
     "It's a very funny piece," said Blocker, who has had a successful career as a music and stage director, actor, singer and producer in New Orleans. "Who can't laugh at pratfalls on stage and the fact that St. Gabriel and St. Peter are waiting for four divas to show up in heaven to audition for a spot? That's universally entertaining.
     "You can come to this opera and laugh out loud and have a good time," he said. "You don't have to let the term 'opera' scare you away. At the same time, musically it's so difficult that we 'musical nerds,' who really get into a score, can have something to appreciate. It's something for everybody to really enjoy."
     A native New Orleanian with a long list of hits and awards to his credit from producing and directing shows at New Orleans' Le Petit Theatre and other venues, Blocker is relishing the opportunity to bring his musical theater experience to staging an opera. He laughs about how Effler, a long-time musical colleague, recruited him as the director for "Too Many Sopranos."
     "Chuck and some Southeastern strings players performed at my wedding," he recounted. "I came by while they were practicing at the church. Chuck said, 'Hey, I think I have something for you. We're doing an opera at Southeastern that really requires some musical theater staging. I'd like to have you come up [and direct it].'
     "I said 'Great!,'" Blocker laughed. "I picked up my cell phone and called my bride, who was is in the middle of putting on the veil, getting on the makeup. She said, 'I really don't want to talk about this right now!'"
     Blocker is enthusiastic about everything he has encountered at Southeastern - from the selection of the show, to the talents of the Southeastern cast, to the charms of the venerable Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     He said "Too Many Sopranos" was a great choice for the Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop because it is audience-friendly, but musically challenging.
     "Opera doesn't not have to be 'Wagnerian,'" he said. "That's why I was excited to tackle this piece. My love for the operatic art form and the opportunity to work with Chuck would have gotten me here, but the fact that this show gives me an opportunity to ham it up, camp it up and have a little fun with it really made it very attractive."
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Brandt Blocker and cast Chris Giffin and Brian Martinez Jr.
Guest director Brandt Blocker of New Orleans, right, choreographs some stage moves.

Chris Giffin of Baton Rouge, left, and Brian Martinez Jr. of Montz rehearse a scene from Too Many Sopranos..

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Women's History Month continues with 'underpinnings,'
Southeastern's celebration of March as Women's History Month continues this week with lectures by English professor Annabel Servat and political science professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez. Unless otherwise indicated, Women's History Month events are free and will be held on the library's third floor.
     Tuesday, March 20, 12:30 p.m. -- In "A Brief History of Underpinnings," Southeastern English professor Annabel Servat will take a lighthearted look at the history and evolution of women's undergarments - including the fact that for many millenniums, they didn't exist at all.
     Wednesday, March 21, noon -- Southeastern history professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez will present "Reproduction and the State: Eugenics, Birth Control, and Policy," illustrating the role of government policy in human reproduction and its effect on women. She will examine the origin of eugenics, or genetic engineering, and discuss how it coincided and conflicted with the birth control movement.
     And mark your calendar for next week's events:
     Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 p.m. -- William B. Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science, will explore the reasons behind the British music community's antipathy toward a controversial prime minister in "Bashing Maggie: The British Pop Music War Against Margaret Thatcher." He will provide musical examples of musical attacks by widely divergent performers such as the Clash, Elvis Costello, Jethrol Tull, Paul McCartney, and Sting.
     Wednesday, March 28, noon -- Tulane University history professor Rachel Devlin will present "Teenage Girls and School Desegregation in the 1940s." Devlin specializes in 20th century American history with a focus on father-daughter relations, and female adolescents and sexuality. Her book, "Relative Intimacy: Fathers, Adolescent Daughters and Postwar American Culture," has received exceptional reviews from both the academic and general community.
     Thursday, March 29, 12:30 p.m. -- Leah Chase, New Orleans' legendary "Queen of Creole Cuisine" and owner and chef extraordinaire of the Crescent City's popular Dooky Chase restaurant, will speak on "Food and Community." The preeminent chef in the Dooky Chase kitchen, Chase has established a reputation as one of the best purveyors of Creole cuisine in the nation, but has also distinguished herself as a community and civic leader through her dedicated involvement with numerous charities and organizations.
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Livingston Center announces March 29 job fair
The Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center will host a Livingston Parish Job Fair on March 29 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Held at the new facility in Walker, 9261 Florida Blvd. (US 190), the job fair will focus on the unemployed, the underemployed, career laddering, resume writing, mock interview sessions, and employment success panels at 12 noon, 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
     The Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center is a joint, cooperative venture between Southeastern and the Livingston Parish School Board.
     "The job fair committee has worked very hard to provide a meeting ground for job seekers to match up with fantastic companies in Livingston Parish," said Joan Gunter, director of Southeastern programs at the center. "Job seekers will see that Livingston Parish is a great place to work and live," she added.
     "The event is an excellent opportunity for prospective employees to view available positions within Livingston Parish and also obtain valuable information from employers," said John Ware of the Livingston Economic Development Center.
     "Employees who may be unable to advance or move out of their current jobs, as well as those qualified employees seeking advancement can take advantage of this opportunity to see what Livingston Parish businesses and organizations have to offer," he added.
     Ware also said that high school and college students aware of parish job opportunities can plan their education to qualify them for particular career fields and even particular employers.
     Confirmed participants include Shaw Sunland Fabricators, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., Westaff, EMCO Technologies, Hancock Bank, Waste Management, Delta Concrete Products, All-Star Automotive and many more. For a list of participating organizations, visit
     For more information on the Livingston Parish job fair, contact John Ware at (225) 665-5223 or Joan Gunter at (225) 665-3303.
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Fiscal year-end deadline reminder
This is a reminder to all operating funded budget units an administration deadline is established for the submission of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department. Failure to submit requisitions by the prescribed deadline may result in administration liquidation of remaining budgeted funds after this date. Since April 15 is on a Sunday this year, then the deadline will be Friday, April 13, 2007.
     If the purchase of an item may require preparation, bid solicitation and delivery time greater than 75 days, then the budget unit is reminded Acts 51 and 962 of the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature require goods and services to be physically received on or before June 30 of the fiscal year.
     Any restricted or grant accounts requiring physical receipt of goods or services by a specified deadline should adhere to the same April 13 deadline or equivalent 75 day lead period to insure the timely processing and receipt of goods or services by June 30 or other deadline, respectively.
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Sociological Association guest speakers
The Southeastern Sociological Association will host guest speakers in March who will address topics such as interview and interrogation training, and African American athletes.
     The Southeastern Sociological Association sponsors group functions and learning sessions to educate the student body and community about social issues. The free lectures will all take place in Southeastern's Student Union Theatre and are open to the public.
     Special Agent Ricardo E. Fernandez, a retired FBI agent, will offer a session on interview and interrogation techniques Tuesday, March 20, from noon-2 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. The lecture should be of particular interest to law enforcement professionals. Fernandez will offer interview and interrogation training using the "body language" technique, appropriating physical gestures, verbal cues and their implications in attempting to determine deceit.
     Leonard Moore, a Louisiana State University history professor specializing in African American urban history and African American hip-hop culture, will discuss "ESPN and the Mis-education of the African American Athlete" Wednesday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m.
     For additional information on the March events, contact SSA President Melanie Norwood at
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Education Leadership and Technology panelPanelists, from left, are Toxi Abram, principal, East Marion Schools, Columbia, Miss.; Alexa Hookfin, Hammond Westside, grades 4-6; John Mclendon, West Marion Elementary School, Foxworth, Miss.; Lawrence Thompson, discipline and pupil coordinator, Tangipahoa Parish School System; and Phyllis McCraney, assistant principal, D.C. Reeves Elementary.
Educational Leadership and Technology panel addresses challenges facing black principals
"Challenges Facing Black Principals" was the title of a forum held at the Teacher Education Center on Wednesday, March 14. A panel of black principals addressed an audience of educational practitioners and graduate students at Southeastern . Students from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette were also included in the forum via satellite.
     The discussion was held in conjunction with a management class in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership taught by Dr. Fred Dembowski. The forum was led by Celina Echols, a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, and focused on a research study published by Echols in an on-line journal entitled NCPEA CONNEXIONS.
     The study looked at the challenges and coping mechanisms facing black principals living and working in Louisiana and Mississippi. The panel members consisted of some of the survey participants in Echols' study, as well as principals of schools in Tangipahoa Parish.
     The panelists acknowledge the fact that by 2020 principals will lead schools where only 49 percent of the school-aged population will be white, 26 percent of all children will live in poverty, and eight percent will speak a language other than English. At the same time, the number of ethnic minority members becoming teachers and principals is dwindling.
     Panel members expressed that higher education should provide more internship and mentoring programs so that principals get more practical experience that aligns with the theoretical approaches. At the same time, they caution educational constituents to be wary of legislative actions that budget monies without making appropriations to key areas.
     Panel members agreed that racism is a reality in America, but stressed to their listeners that 90 percent of what happens to a person is how the person reacts to any action of injustice. They encouraged the audience to acquire mentors, practice flexibility, learn a second language and non-standard forms of communications. At the same time, they advocated that physical and spiritual health is important to professional and personal well-being.
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RAD class for women April 20-22
The University Police Department and the Office of District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, 21st Judicial District, are teaming up to bring Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) to the women of our community. The next scheduled class is on April 20, 21, and 22 at Southeastern.
     The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities and in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.
     For more information or to register for a class, contact Patrick Gipson at 985-549-2222 or Renee Phares at 985-748-7890. You may also send an e-mail with your name and phone number to This class is for women only and is free of charge. Enrollment space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.
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Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau DeltaDelta Tau Delta fraternity named 'Chapter of Excellence' at division conference
Southeastern's Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity once again earned top honors at the Southern Division Leadership Conference held recently in Atlanta.
     Epsilon Phi was one of two chapters in the Southern Division to receive the Chapter of Excellence award for their outstanding commitment to excellence in both internal and operations of the chapter.
     "We are very excited to be recognized for our continued success," said Delta Tau Delta President Justin Poche` of Metairie. "This is one of the highest awards a chapter of Delta Tau Delta can receive, and we are extremely honored to be recognized as a leader in the Fraternity."
     Epsilon Phi was chosen as the chapter with the most Outstanding Brotherhood for the second year in a row," Poche said, "Our national fraternity, in announcing the recipient, noted how very rare and difficult it is for a chapter to win this award two years in a row."
     The chapter was also awarded for exceeding the All Male and All Fraternity Grade Point Average at Southeastern, exceeding their recruitment goals, and excellent consultant hospitality. Poche` was recognized for his work as the President of the Interfraternal Council at Southeastern.
     Delta Tau Delta is a values based fraternity. Its mission is commitment to lives of excellence. The fraternity was founded in 1858 on the principles of truth, courage, faith and power. Delta Tau Delta currently has 116 chapters and colonies across the United States, divided into five divisions. The Southern Division of Delta Tau Delta is composed of 25 chapters. This summer Delta Tau Delta will begin the year long Sesquicentennial Celebration of the Fraternity, culminating with its bi-annual conference, Karnea, in August 2008, Karnea, in Pittsburgh.
     Epsilon Phi chapter at Southeastern is committed to excellence in education as the chapter currently maintains an overall grade point average of 2.93, making it one of the top Greek fraternities in academics.
     Members of Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta include Jeremy Barrios, Algiers; Cody Husser, Amite; Shane Firmin, Andrew Ross, Baton Rouge; Reuben Washington, Bogalusa; Corey Scott, Covington; Brady Watts, Denham Springs; Trevor Simpson, Geismar; Christopher Talamantes, Gonzales; Marc Vedros, Gretna; Morgan McGhee, Hammond; Robert J. Root, Derek Roth, Kenner; Rudy Koppenol, Justin Landry, Madisonville;Greg Gaiennie, Fletcher Seymour, Mandeville; Christopher Barcelona, Brandon Frank, Matthew Perrin, Josh Thibodeaux, Marrero; John T. Erwin, Justin Poche`, Metairie; Greg Vick, Pearl River; Joe Vandigo, Ponchatoula; Jeffery Miller, Slidell; Matthew Taylor, Terrytown; and Nick Cavaretta.
     For more information on Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity, visit
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News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information contact the center at 5791 or
     Tuesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 21, 2-4 p.m. -- Certificate for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) -- Service-Learning 101: An Introduction for Faculty: The center has partnered with Louisiana Campus Compact (LaCC) to provide training on how to develop and implement service-learning into your classes. LaCC Interim Director Stuart Stewart and Program Director David Deggs will present the workshop. Attend both the March and April workshops and receive a certificate for your professional portfolio. The second part of the training will be April 3 or 4.
     Wednesday, Marcg 21, noon-1 p.m. -- Using Rubrics to Assess Project-based Learning: Dr. Carol Madere (Communication) will provide a brief overview of project-based learning and Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) will follow up with how to create rubrics that accurately assess project learning. This is a Brown Bag workshop so bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
Call for Proposals
     Faculty Development Grant Program: Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2007-08 academic year. Each grant award is for a maximum of $2,000. All full-time faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply.
     The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 16. The deadline has been extended due to Spring Break. Proposals are to be hand-delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6. Absolutely no proposals will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. NOTE: In order for proposals to be reviewed at the April meeting of the IRB Committee, they will need to be submitted to Institutional Research office by the end of the day on March 29.
     CITI - Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative: The Center for Faculty Excellence is soliciting proposals to develop innovative courses or to integrate innovative teaching and/or assessment elements into existing courses. Proposals must describe projects that go beyond traditional teaching and learning paradigms. Proposed projects may link learning with the workplace, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty-student research and interaction, create K-12 and business partnerships for learning, or increase awareness of cultural pluralism.
     All full-time university faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply.
     Deadline for proposals is April 16. Original proposal and four copies must be delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6, by 4:30 p.m. Click here for the application form or visit our office in Tinsley Annex, Room 6. For more information, contact the center at 5791.
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PPR training for supervisors
There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. A session, offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, will be held on Tuesday, March 20th. The program will run from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. It will be held in the Human Resources Office Conference room. To register for this program please e-mail Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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SBDC upcoming seminars
Tuesday, March 20, Slidell: Understanding Consumer Behavior, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. --
This educational and informative seminar will help business owners improve their marketing approach by understanding consumer motivation and decision strategies. Pre-registration is preferred. Contact the Small Business Development Center at (985)549-3831 or for more information or to reserve your spot. Cohost: Slidell Area Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $10, free to Slidell Chamber members.
     Tuesday and Thursday, March 27 and 29,Mandeville: QuickBooks Pro, 9 a.m.-noon both days -- The two-night course will be held in Mandeville at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center. Topics include creating invoices and tracking receivables, generating reports and graphs, entering and paying bills, and tracking and paying sales tax. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited. Contact Sandy Summers at (985) 549-3831 or for more information or to register. Cohost: St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $150, $100 for Chamber members
     Wednesday, March 28, Hammond: Health Savings Accounts, noon-1 p.m. -- This event will provide timely information on utilizing health savings accounts. Businesses attending this seminar will learn about the potential to reduce health insurance costs through utilization of HSAs, the pros and cons of HSAs, how HSAs help employees manage their health care, and much more.
     This lunch and learn seminar will be held at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center on Martens Drive in Hammond. There is no cost to attend this event and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is preferred. For questions or to register, contact the SBDC at (985) 549-3831 or e-mail to Cohost: Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Parish National Bank. Free
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Chemistry & Physics hosts POGIL workshop
The Chemistry & Physics Department hosted a POGIL workshop for classroom and laboratory instruction on Feb. 24.
     POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) is a classroom and laboratory instructional technique that seeks to simultaneously teach content and key process skills such as the ability to think analytically and work effectively as part of a collaborative team.
     Recent developments in cognitive learning theory as well as results of classroom research suggest that most students experience improved learning when they are actively engaged and when they are given the opportunity to construct their own knowledge. These results counter the widespread misapprehension that effective teaching must be instructor-centered, involving the transfer of content directly from the expert - the professor -- to the novice - the student.
     More "student-centered" approaches to learning are based on the premises that students will learn better when: they are actively engaged and thinking in class; they construct knowledge and draw conclusions by analyzing data and discussing ideas; they learn how to work together to understand concepts and solve problems; and the instructor serves as a facilitator to assist students in the learning process.
     Workshop facilitators included Southeastern's Dr. Rebecca Kruse, Chemistry and Physics); Dr. Michael Garoutte, Missouri Southern State University; and Dr. Marty Perry, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas. Participants included biology, chemistry, and physics faculty from more than 10 institutions located in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
     Participants from Southeastern included Dr. Don Elbers, Dr. Gina Little, Dr. Bill Parksinson, and Dr. Sarah Weaver (Chemistry and Physics); Dr. Debbie Dardis (Biological Sciences); and sophomore student and Supplemental Instruction Leader Rebecca Weber. The workshop was sponsored by the POGIL Project under National Science Foundation awards.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern baseball team will try to continue its strong play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (16-6, 2-1 SLC) won their eighth straight series last weekend, taking two of three from Stephen F. Austin to open Southland Conference play. Southeastern will hit the road this week for four games, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. game at LSU on Wednesday. Southeastern will then head to Natchitoches for a three-game series with Northwestern State, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     All four of Southeastern's games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (16-14, 4-7 SLC) will be at home for the duration of the week. On Tuesday, Jackson State comes to town for a 6 p.m. contest at North Oak Park. Stephen F. Austin will visit Hammond this weekend for a Southland Conference series. The series opens with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday with Sunday's finale set for 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (11-2, 3-0 SLC) will try to continue its nine-match winning streak and its 26-match unbeaten streak versus league competition this week. On Monday, the Lady Lions will face Northwestern State at 1:30 p.m. in Natchitoches. Southeastern returns home for the weekend, hosting Lamar at 9 a.m. on Saturday and McNeese State at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team (7-5, 1-3 SLC) also has a busy upcoming week. On Tuesday, the Lions head to Lafayette for a 2 p.m. match with ULL. Nicholls State comes to town on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. league match. The Lions close the week hosting Lamar at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
     After four individuals qualified for NCAA Regional competition last week, the Southeastern men's and women's track and field team will be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Tiger Relays in Baton Rouge, which runs Thursday through Saturday.
     Monday, March 19
     Women's Tennis, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 1:30 p.m.
     Tuesday, March 20
     Softball, vs. Jackson State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, La., 2 p.m.
     Wednesday, March 21
     Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's Tennis, vs. Nicholls State, Hammond, 2 p.m.
     Thursday, March 22
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Tiger Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Friday, March 23
     Baseball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Tiger Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Saturday, March 24
     Baseball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. Stephen F. Austin (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 9 a.m.
     Men's Tennis, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Tiger Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Sunday, March 25
     Baseball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. McNeese State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
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Professional activities
Lynette Ralph
(Sims Memorial Library) was invited to present a paper at the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association on March 9. The topic of her presentation was "The Changing Scope of Reference Services."
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) presented a talk on "Linear surfactant-mediated spreading of nanodroplets: molecular dynamics simulation," in the annual APS March Meeting 2007 in Denver, March 4-9.
     Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and Criminal Justice) published an article titled "Gender Differences in Occupational Mobility in Ethiopia: The Effects of Migration and Economic and Political Change," in Genus LXII (No. 2): 65-88. The article was co-authored with Sidney Goldstein and Alice Goldstein of Brown University.
     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts) is currently the BSA Wood Badge Course director and scout master. Wood Badge is the premier leadership training experience at the top of the BSA training continuum and comprised of two three-day weekends in March. With 17 staff members, the course is the culmination of six months' preparation in staff development.
     Dr. David Ramsey (General Business) had his article, "Communication, Litigation, and Financial Auditing: Grady Hazel's Views," accepted for publication in the June 2007 issue of the Business Communication Quarterly. The article will appear as part of the "Focus on Business Practices" column of the journal.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) delivered a presentation on intelligent design creationism on February 15 in Washington, DC, at a public congressional briefing attended by staff of the House Science and Technology Committee. Held in the House Committee on Science and Technology meeting room in the Rayburn Building, the briefing was organized by the Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy and co-sponsored by Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California.
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