ByLion -- March 26


Hosting the ULS Board
Retirees reception Tuesday
Chefs Evening success
Livingston job fair
GRE prep course

Saxophone conference
'Ringing' with pride
Fiscal year-end reminder
RAD class for women
Student achievements
Faculty recitals

Student Employee Appreciation WeekWomen's History Month finale
Center for Faculty Excellence
Lab School Diabetes Walk
This week in athletics
Professional activities

John Crain and Leah Poche Stephen  Soutullo and Tammy Bourg
Elsie Burkhalter John Cresson leads board tour of Finance Lab
International students greeting Board members Hosting the ULS Board
Southeastern welcomed the University of Louisiana System Board on campus March 22-23 with a theme that showcased the university's international activities. First row, left, Provost John Crain looks on as biology major Leah Poche tells the board on Thursday about her experiences conducting research in Ghana; right, Deans Stephen Soutullo and Tammy Bourg discuss student success; second row, left, Elsie Burkhalter and fellow board members tour the Southeastern Channel; right, John Cresson shows off the technology in the College of Business Finance Lab; left, students greeted board members at the Thursday night social in international attire; below, left, the Guitar Ensemble provides music with a Spanish flare; right; international students provided a variety of entertainment.
Guitarists perform Latin music Student performers at Board banquet
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Congratulations, retirees
A reception for recent Southeastern retirees will be held at the Alumni Center at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.
     Congratulations - and thank you! - to the following retirees: Linda Achord, Brenda Adams, Carole Bedwell, Van Burns, Alvin Burstein, Marilyn Burt, Brian Canfield, Rosalyn Chauvin, Harvey Darnell, Vera DePriest, Laverne Douglas, Elizabeth Evans, Patricia Friedman, Robert Goodwin, Betty Guy, Catherine Holland, Gail Hood, John Hoover, James Hunter, Deborah Jones, Linda Kelly, Ronald Kennedy, Margo Kennedy, Michael Kurtz, Charlotte Larson, William Lewis, Thomas Lipscomb, Arlene Liuzza, Carole Lund, Archie Moore, Tara Morgan, Gayle Neal, Susan Nichols, Julius Nunn, Cynthia Prestholdt, Beth Robinson, Ruth Rolling, Anthony Romano, Sharmal Schrock, Deborah Shaffer, Robert Spitzer, Diane Strickland, Betty Tackney, Barry Talbot, Roger Tate, Henry Thomasson, Elaine Vance, George Waltner, and Charles Weathersby.
     Please make plans to attend as we honor these retirees.
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The UC arene becomes "the Big Top" Ringmaster Tom Dawsey

Chefs Evening is a success
under the UC's 'Big Top'
Chefs Evening, the Development Foundation's annual fundraiser, was again a huge success as patrons gathered in the University Center arena for tasty samples of fine cuisine and beverages from area businesses and restaurants.
     Following the circus theme, the arena became "the big top" (far left), complete with ring master Tom Dawsey (left). Patrons ringed the many food stations (below, left) and enjoyed bidding for items at the silent auction (below, right).
     Chefs Evening proceeds benefit Southeastern academic programs.
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Chefs serve tasty samples Browsing the silent acution

Livingston Center hosts job fair Thursday
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 Louisiana University 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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Southeastern offers GRE prep course
Southeastern's continuing education department is offering a prep class on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), which will undergo major changes at the end of July.
     The course, which covers the test's current format, is scheduled for April 19, 20 and May 3. The class begins at 5 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, room 248. Cost for the class is $200.
     Individuals who must have their GRE scores reported to graduate schools before November 2007 should plan to take the current GRE test before it is revised. Prospective students have one last chance to take the GRE in its current form on July 31.
     After July the exam will almost double in length, with substantial changes in content, including more questions on probability and statistics. The format for the current multiple-choice section will also change to include questions of different types, such as truth tables and numeric response.
     For more information about the GRE prep class and exam changes, please contact the continuing education department at 985-549-2301, 1-800-256-2771, or log on to Information about the GRE is available at
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Southeastern hosts Saxophone Conference March 30-31
Southeastern will host the North American Saxophone Alliance Region VI Conference March 30-31, featuring saxophone professors and students from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
     The musicians share performances and master classes of the latest saxophone compositions and technology in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. A variety of saxophone chamber music will be performed: quartets, duets with piano, guitar, percussion or cello, a trio for voice, bassoon and alto saxophone, and solo works.
     For a schedule of events, visit For more information contact Richard Schwartz of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, or 985-549-5938.
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'Ringing' with pride
More than 150 Southeastern seniors will gather at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday for the university's second official ring ceremony. The university ring ring, unveiled during Homecoming 2005, was created by Balfour and designed by a committee of Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is available to students and alumni.
     The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
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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.
     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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RAD class for women
The University Police Department and the Office of District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, 21st Judicial District, are teaming together 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. Alternately, 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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Student achievements
Five Biology graduate students attended the 2007 Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference at the University of Central Florida in Orlando March 16-18. The meeting had 150 participants from 40 universities presenting 55 oral presentations and 35 posters. Southeastern presented four oral presentations: Rosemary Becker, "Phylogenetic implications of tetrapod poopiomelanocortin (POMC) sequence"; Tiffany Schriever, "Salt tolerance and metamorphic trait variation among the larvae of Hyla cinerea (Green Treefrog)"; Mallory Eckstut, "Morphological variation within the unisexual-bisexual Nactus pelagicus complex (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) on Tanna Island, Vanuatu"; and Dustin Siegel, "Utero-muscular twisting and sperm storage in Viperids." The students thank Dean Dan McCarthy and the College of Science and Technology for funding the trip.
     Jessica Cressionnie, a junior communication major, and Dustin Johnson, a freshman music major, participated in the singing competition sponsored by the South Louisiana chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing at McNeese State University in Lake Charles March 10. Johnson garnered third place in the freshmen men division, while Cressionnie placed second in the upper Musical Theater division. Cressionnie was also chosen to perform in a master class for guest clinical David Ronis, a veteran of professional opera and musical theatre who lives and works in New York. In all, 65 students competed in the competition with representatives from Southeastern, LSU, McNeese, Southern, Loyola and ULL. Cressionnie and Johnson are private students of Dr. Stephen Rushing.
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Andrew Seigel, Nicole McPherson, Henry JonesFaculty featured in recitals March 28-29
The Department of Music and Dramatic Arts will present faculty members Henry Jones, piano, Nicole McPherson, flute, and Andrew Seigel, clarinet, in recitals as part of the "Encore!" spring concert series.
     The free recitals and will take place each night at 7:30 in Pottle Auditorium.
     Jones will perform March 28 with piano selections such as "Les cyclopes" Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), "Grande valse in A-flat Major, Op. 42" Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), and Danseuses de Delphes" (Delphic Dances) Claude Debussy (1862-1918). He will close out the evening with "Nine Piano Pieces, Op. 3" Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967).
     He graduated with cum laude honors from Yale University, and teaches piano and related subjects at Southeastern. He was the musical director of a gymnastic exhibition at Madison Square Garden, and Broadway and off-Broadway shows, including "Evita," "Jerome Robbins' Broadway," and "The Fantasticks."
     On March 29, the Fluriano Trio (McPherson, Seigel, and Jones) will delight music lovers with compositions by Libby Larsen (b. 1950), "Barn Dances," Chen Yi (b.1953), "Monologue: Impression on "The True Story of Ah Q," Nicola LeFanu (b. 1947), "Isobirthday," Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962) "Dash," and Louise Farrenc (1804-1875), "Trio in E minor, op. 45."
     McPherson completed her doctoral degree in Flute Performance at Michigan State University. She is the flute instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University, and performs with the Southeastern faculty woodwind quintet and conducts the Southeastern Flute Choir.
     Seigel earned his doctorate as a Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University. He is the assistant professor of clarinet at Southeastern, and also plays in Southeastern's faculty woodwind quintet. He is the principal clarinetist of the Gulf Coast Symphony, and has recorded a compact disc with the Grand Rapids Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
     "The Trio has performed throughout Louisiana and Mississippi including a public radio performance," said Seigel.
     For additional information, contact Music and Dramatic Arts at 985-549-2184.
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During the week of April 2-5, the Office of Financial Aid will recognize Southeastern student employees. Student Employee Appreciation Week is designed to enhance the awareness of student employment and recognize those students who perform outstanding work while attending Southeastern.
     On April 2 and April 4, a table will be set up in the Student Union Mall from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student employees will be able to register for prizes to be given away on April 4, and students will also be able to obtain student employment information.
     We encourage all departments to join us in Student Worker Appreciation Week by showing your student workers how much their hard work is appreciated and offering them a big "thank you."
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Leah ChaseWomen's History Month concludes with Leah Chase
Southeastern's celebration of March as Women's History Month concludes this week with lectures by faculty and guest speakers, including Leah Chase of New Orleans culinary fame.
      Unless otherwise indicated, Women's History Month events are free and will be held on the library's third floor.
     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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News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: 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 27, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 28, noon-2 p.m. -- The 2007 Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity: The conference will provide a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty. Visit the poster sessions and network with your colleagues. A light lunch will be available both days. View program.
      NOTE: The Center for Faculty Excellence will be closed Spring Break week (April 9 - April 13). Physical Plant is scheduling an electrical shutdown of Tinsley Hall and Tinsley Hall Annex for the week of spring break, April 9-13. This will allow the new electrical service on campus to feed from Meade Hall to Tinsley Hall. This service will provide new feeds to the building and better protection from single phasing.
     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. For the application form, please go to the center's web site or visit our office in Tinsley Annex, Room 6. For more information, contact the center at 5791.
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Lab School participates in Walk for Diabetes
The Southeastern Lab School will participate in the School Walk for Diabetes Friday March 30 at Strawberry Stadium from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
     The School Walk for Diabetes is a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association aimed at curing, preventing, and improving the lives of those affected by diabetes. The School Walk for Diabetes teaches children about the benefits associated with regular exercise and healthy eating.
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This week in athletics
The football team will hold its annual Spring Game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The intrasquad game will be the culmination of Southeastern's three-week spring practice program. It will also be the first opportunity for Lion fans to see first-year head coach Mike Lucas' squad in action. For ticket information, contact the Southeastern Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466.
      The Southeastern baseball team (18-8, 4-2 SLC) won its ninth straight series dating back to last season by taking two of three at Northwestern State last weekend the Lions' first series victory in Natchitoches since joining the Southland Conference. Southeastern will look to continue its winning ways with five games on the slate this week.
     Southeastern will host Alcorn State (Tuesday) and Mississippi Valley State (Wednesday) will visit Alumni Field for 6:30 p.m. contests. The Lions will then hit the road for a three-game SLC series at Texas-San Antonio, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues with a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday, with Sunday's series finale set for 1 p.m. All of Southeastern's baseball games this week can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Junior pitcher Rachel Ray led the Southeastern softball team (18-17, 6-8 SLC) to a much needed series win over Stephen F. Austin this weekend. Southeastern will hit the road for five games this week. On Tuesday, they will face Louisiana-Monroe in a 4 p.m. doubleheader. Southeastern will then head to Huntsville, Texas for a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Sam Houston State. The series will close with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will look to win its third straight tournament and continue to climb in the national rankings this week. The Lions ranked 36th by Golfstat and 39th by Golfweek will compete in the USA Spring Classic in Mobile, Ala. The tournament is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at the Heron Lakes Country Club.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (14-2, 6-0 SLC) will look to continue its dominance of the Southland Conference this week. The Lady Lions ranked 58th nationally - will head to Thibodaux for a 2 p.m. match with league foe Nicholls State on Tuesday. Southeastern has won 11 consecutive matches and 29 straight matches versus league opposition dating back to the 2005 season.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team (8-7, 4-2 SLC) will begin preparation for next month's Southland Conference Tournament. The Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Thursday for a 2 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will have several opportunities to add to its NCAA Mideast Regional qualifiers this week. Members of the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Louisiana Tech Twilight on Wednesday, the LSU Combined Events meet on Thursday and Friday and the LSU Invitational on Saturday.
     Monday, March 26
Men's Golf, at USA Spring Classic, Mobile, Ala., 8 a.m.
     Tuesday, March 27
     Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, at Louisiana-Monroe (DH), Monroe, 4 p.m.
     Men's Golf, at USA Spring Classic, Mobile, Ala., 8 a.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 2 p.m.*
     Wednesday, March 28
     Baseball, vs. Mississippi Valley State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Louisiana Tech Twilight, Ruston, All Day
     Thursday, March 29
     Men's Tennis, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Friday, March 30
     Baseball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Saturday, March 31
     Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m.
     Baseball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Softball, at Sam Houston State (DH), Huntsville, Texas, 3 p.m.*
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Sunday, April 1
     Baseball, at Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Softball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 12 p.m.
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Professional activities
Dr. Richard Louth
(English) has had two pieces published in Louisiana in Words, a recent collection of writing about Louisiana edited by Joshua Clark and published by Pelican Press. The book runs chronologically from dawn to dawn, spanning one single day in Louisiana, and Louth's pieces are entitled "12:42 P.M." and "8:42 P.M." Writer in residence Bev Marshall (English) also has a piece in the book entitled "2:00 P.M." Marshall also gave a reading and presentation at The Columns in New Orleans as part of the 1718 Reading Series sponsored by Loyola and Tulane Universities.
     Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) presented a paper entitled "Whither Spanish Federalism?" and served the discussant for a Southwest Politics panel at the Southwest Political Science Association conference in Albuquerque, N.M., March 14.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) recently made a presentation on "RFID in Government" at the e-Gov Institute's 2007 Wireless Technology and Security Conference in Washington, DC.
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