Joel Erdmann named athletic director
Joel W. Erdmann, who has directed the athletic program at the
University of North Alabama in Florence for the past five years,
has been appointed director of athletics at Southeastern.
Erdmann's appointment is contingent
upon final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board
of Supervisors. He is expected to join the Southeastern staff by
the end of May.
He will be the university's 11th director
of athletics and will fill a position previously held on an interim
basis by former head football coach Dennis Roland.
"We are excited to welcome Dr.
Erdmann to our staff," said President Randy Moffett. "He
has a broad range of experience, not just in athletics but in university
administration in general. He shares Southeastern's philosophy that
the student comes first in the 'student-athlete' designation. He
is an individual who expects that students reach their full potential
in the classroom, just as in athletic competition. He has a proven
record of effective fund raising and is an excellent manager of
a highly diversified athletic staff."
"I was attracted to Southeastern
for several reasons," Erdmann said, "including the opportunity
to be part of an administration that places a strong emphasis on
academic performance, the chance to compete at the high level of
the Southland Conference, and the prospects of working with a large
group of professional staff and coaches. The entire north shore
region is experiencing considerable growth, and Southeastern is
in the middle of that growth. This presents opportunities and challenges
that can definitely impact an athletic program."
At Southeastern, Erdmann will oversee
16 NCAA Division I affiliated programs that compete in the Southland
Conference. Since joining the SLC in 1997-98, the Lions have captured
16 conference championships, including four regular-season titles
in women's soccer, two in men's basketball and two in women's tennis.
Erdmann joined the North Alabama Lion
Athletic Department in August 2002 and served concurrently as the
institution's interim vice president for student affairs for a year
in 2005. The university is a member of the NCAA Division II and
the Gulf South Conference. The UNA football team went to the national
playoffs three times in the last four years, twice earning conference
championships and reaching the national semi-finals.
Under his leadership, the university
achieved high academic performance among its student athletes, including
the highest graduation rate of any four-year public institution
with football in Alabama and the highest semester departmental grade
point average in the school's history.
As a director of a program with 12
sports, 270 student-athletes, and a staff of 50, Erdmann was responsible
for the creation and control of a $3.5 million operating budget,
successfully increasing every sport program's operating budget for
the first time since 1988. He supervised $1.8 million in facility
enhancements that included basketball arena renovations, an $800,000
softball field and stadium and major renovations to the baseball
grandstand and locker rooms.
In the area of fund raising, Erdmann
enhanced the university's booster club, created a new corporate
partner program that saw corporate giving increase from $40,000
to more than $300,000, and negotiated and signed new radio broadcast
Prior to joining North Alabama, he
served in a number of capacities at the University of South Alabama
in Mobile, including assistant athletic director and director of
the Jaguar Athletic Club, assistant to the athletic director handling
compliance issues, game operations and special projects, associate
professor in the College of Education where he also served as graduate
assistant coordinator, and assistant baseball coach.
Erdmann earned a Bachelor of Science
Degree in education from South Dakota State University, a master's
in education in physical education from the University of South
Alabama, and a doctorate in sport management/athletic administration
from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Erdmann has served as a member of
the NCAA Division II National Football Committee since 2006, co-chaired
the Division II Football Southeast Region Advisory Committee and
served as a member of the Gulf South Conference Strategic Planning
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern 's spring
commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12 should anticipate heavy
traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue.
Mike Prescott, Director of University
Police, said a section of University Avenue between West Tornado
Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Local traffic will be allowed to proceed
on University Avenue for as long as possible before the 10 a.m.
ceremony at the University Center, but will be slowed and may be
diverted through the campus.
Prior to commencement, eastbound
commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive for
parking at the University Center. Westbound commencement traffic
will enter the University Center parking lots via North General
Pershing Street Extension or onto the campus at SGA Drive.
Drivers not attending commencement
are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany
Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
Southeastern welcomed two special guest speakers to campus last
New Orleans Councilman-at-Large Arnie
Fielkow (far left) presented the James and Evelyn Livingston Memorial
Lecture on Business Ethics on May 2 at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
The Southeastern Writing Center was
also honored to have as its guest internationally known novelist,
literary critic, poet, and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o (left).
Ngugi presented readings from his seventh novel, Wizard of the
Crow, at Vonnie Borden Theatre and also signed books following
Summer 2007 fee payment deadlines
The summer 2007 early fee payment deadline for all students who
registered early is Friday, June 1, 4:30 p.m. Students who registered
early and do not pay by the deadline may have classes canceled.
Students who pay by the early fee payment
deadline may participate in drop/add on the morning of Monday, June
4. The deadline to pay for additional fees incurred on this day will
be Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m.
Students whose classes were canceled,
and new students must register during final registration June 4-5
and pay fees by Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m. This will be considered the
final registration deadline.
Payments: Students are encouraged
to mail payments when fee bills are sent out. Students who are expecting
loan checks will have an anticipated loan amount posted to their account
if all necessary paperwork has been processed.
Fees must be received in the Controller's
Office by the fee payment deadline. Students are advised to mail early;
postmark is not considered.
Checks or money orders will be accepted
in person or via mail. MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover
credit cards are accepted for payment of registration fees and/or
fines. Credit card payments may be made via the Student's LEONet Account
or in person.
Refund dates: Students who are
expecting loan checks will have an anticipated loan amount posted
to their account if all necessary paperwork has been processed. Students
receiving loans will have their checks mailed to them unless they
are enrolled in the Direct Deposit Program in which case, their funds
will be electronically deposited.
The first loan balance checks for summer
2007 will be mailed on Monday, June 11. Students whose lenders send
only paper checks must come to the cashier's section to endorse those
checks beginning Tuesday, June 12. All subsequent refunds from PELL,
scholarships, dropped courses, etc., will be mailed Friday, June 15.
For this reason, it will be very important for students to be sure
that their mailing address is correct on the system. The university
uses students' mailing address for all correspondence from the Controller's
Office. Address corrections instructions can be found at www.selu.edu/admin/rec_reg/change_address/index.html.
It is university policy that refund
checks be mailed since this is the most efficient way to serve all
students equally. If there is a reason that a refund check will not
be mailed, e-mail will be sent to the student web mail account.
Students are encouraged to acknowledge
the Financial Aid authorization. This authorization is necessary if
the student expects financial aid to pay any non-institutional charges.
Such charges include but are not limited to parking decals, parking
fines, library fines or books, or textbook rental fines or textbooks
sold. Students who choose not to accept the authorization will have
to pay any non-institutional charges out of pocket. This authorization
can be completed on-line through students' LEONet account.
Direct deposit program: To assist
students in gaining access to their funds as quickly as possible,
Southeastern has partnered with Capital One, to deliver refunds through
direct deposit. Students must have a checking account with Capital
One to participate in the direct deposit program. Capital One's College
Free Checking comes with the new Southeastern Platinum Debit Card
that can be used at ATMs and to make purchases worldwide. Faculty,
staff and students not receiving refunds can also show their school
spirit with the new Southeastern Platinum Debit Card by taking advantage
of free checking with Capital One.
Southeastern sponsoring full slate of summer
Parents looking for challenging, creative - and fun - summer
activities for children can find a wide variety of programs at Southeastern.
Registration for summer camps is currently
underway and early sign-up is encouraged. Many of the programs offer
before and after care options.
Adventures. The colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
and Science and Technology are sponsoring the Academic Adventure
camps on Southeastern's main campus and at the Livingston Literacy
and Technology Center in Walker.
Now in its third year, the Academic
Adventures camps have been expanded to include a number of computer
and technology-related sessions for high school juniors and seniors,
said Coordinator Linda Munchausen.
Academic Adventures camps on campus
Students grades 1-7 -- "Spanish,"
June 18- 22; "Go Wild!," June 25-29; "International
Languages," July 9-13; "Gizmos, Gadgets, and Goop,"
July 16-20; and "Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure," July
30- Aug. 3.
Students entering grades 7-9 -- "Exploring
Nature with Numbers," July 9-13.
High school juniors and seniors --
"Practical Robotics," June 11-15; "Digital Electronic
Designs," June 25-29; "Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint
2003-Basic," June 25-29; "Microsoft FrontPage 2003-Basic,"
July 16-20; and "Programming with ALICE," July 23-27.
Sessions of "Microsoft Publisher
2003-Basic" will be offered for three age groups - ages 9-11,
June 11-15; high school juniors, seniors and adults, July 9-13;
and ages 12-14, July 16-20.
At the Livingston Center students
grades 1-7 can choose "Mystery of the Pharaoh's Treasure,"
June 18-22; "Spanish," June 25-29; and "Space and
Rockets '07," July 9-13.
For more information about Academic
Adventures campus, visit www.selu.edu/summercamps or contact Munchausen,
Southeastern Music Festival, sponsored by Southeastern's
Community Music School, is scheduled weekdays July 9-20. A challenging
musical experience geared towards the needs of young musicians ages
8-17 or grades third through high school, SMF offers instruction
on all orchestral and band instruments, piano, voice, and guitar
(all styles). Instruction includes private lessons, large ensemble
experience, concerts, master classes, chamber music studies, and
music rudiment and theory classes all provided in a supportive and
Information and registration forms
are available at www.selu.edu/smf
or by calling 985-549-5502.
the Young Writers Camp, scheduled July 23-27 at the Hammond
Regional Arts Center in downtown Hammond, children can explore the
techniques and rewards of writing under the guidance of the faculty
of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. A registration form
and contact information is available at www.selu.edu/summercamps.
Division of Continuing Education is also sponsoring camps,
including the Children's Art Workshop, July 9-19, and sessions throughout
the summer of the Children's Summer Day Camp, one of Southeastern's
oldest and most popular summer programs. Southeastern will also
be the site of a variety of sports, dance team and cheerleader camps,
coordinated by Continuing Education.
For information on Continuing Education
camps, visit www.selu.edu/continuinged
or call 985-549-2301.
Freshman Fair for ninth graders, parents
Southeastern is hosting "Freshman Fair," a fun and
informative event for high school freshmen and their parents, on
Tuesday, May 15.
Freshman Fair, scheduled for 6-8 p.m.
in Southeastern's War Memorial Student Union, is designed to let
ninth graders -- members of the high school "Class of 2010"
-- know "what you need to do now to prepare for your college
years," said Anthony Ranatza, Southeastern's assistant director
of admission. "High school freshmen and their parents who want
to attend a public, four-year institution in Louisiana don't want
to miss this event," he said.
Participants are asked to pre-register
online at www.selu.edu/freshmanfair or call 1-800-222-SELU or 985-549-5637.
"All high school freshmen need
to be aware of the selective admissions requirements for Louisiana
universities when they schedule their classes for the 10th grade,"
Ranatza said. "Taking the right high school courses will be
important not just when they apply for college, but also if they
want to qualify for financial aid such as the state's TOPS scholarship."
Ranatza said Freshman Fair will feature
representatives from Southeastern and many Louisiana colleges and
universities, who will be on hand with details, answers and updates
on admissions requirements, TOPS and other financial aid opportunities.
Sims summer hours
Sims Memorial Library has posted its summer hours. Please note
that weekend hours from June 6 through July 31 have changed to accommodate
patrons' use preferences, and that Thursday hours have been extended.
Regular schedule will resume on Monday, August 20.
12- June 5 (Intersession)
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends, May 16, May 28
6 - July 31 (Summer hours)
Monday-Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 2-10 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and July 4
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sims Library to close on May 16
Sims Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 16, for the annual
library faculty and staff retreat. Computers and telephones will
be down that day because of scheduled maintenance.
Exhibit showcases talents of Southeastern
The artwork of graduating seniors will be on display May 3-11
at the university's Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
The exhibit features works of 12 art
and art education majors who will graduate May 12. The artists will
be honored at an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May
3. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The student artists are Shannon Jurado
(St. Bernard), digital; Henry McCoy (Baton Rouge), photography;
Stefanie Chuste (Baton Rouge), drawing; Adam Cole (Hammond) drawing;
Angelina Labruzzo (New Orleans), digital; Benjamin Neiterville (Denham
Spring) printmaking, sculpture; Jennifer LeBlanc (St. Amant), printmaking;
Christopher Wallace (Lacombe), digital; Bianca Chumley (New Orleans),
printmaking, digital; James Billingsley (Enon), ceramics; Amy DeDeaux
(Petal, Miss.), mixed media; and Jessica Bender (Ponchatoula), printmaking,
Contemporary Art Gallery hours are
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on
Wednesdays. For additional information call Dale Newkirk, gallery
director, at 985-549-5080.
Community Music School's 'little stars' to
perform May 10
The "Little Stars" of the Community Music School's
strings program will be featured in concert May 10 at the Pottle
Music Building Auditorium.
The concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.,
will feature violin students Ashley Johansen of Madisonville; Chloe
Williams and Michael Kepner of Covington; Emily Schaumann and Nathan
Schaumann of Slidell, Tessa Flesher of Lacombe, and Elizabeta Piroska
The seven young musicians, chosen
from among 40 CMS students, will be accompanied by the Southeastern
Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern's
Music and Dramatic Arts Department string program.
The concert will also feature the
CMS String Ensemble, directed by Jivka Jeleva, who heads CMS's strings
program, and accompanied by Southeastern pianist Christiana Iheadindu.
Jeleva said the Little Stars concert
is always a special time for the students selected as soloists.
"I don't always choose them by how talented they are,"
she said. "I try to reward the effort that they put into it.
It makes them feel really special."
Director Kenneth Boulton said CMS,
which offers children and adults private and group music lessons
taught by Southeastern faculty members, graduate students and community
professionals, has marked a new milestone.
"This spring," he said,
"our brand new instructional location at the Livingston Literacy
and Technology Center has catapulted our enrollment to more than
"The youngest student in the
CMS is three years old," said Jeleva. "I usually recommend
people to wait until they are at least five, but there are exceptions."
For additional information and summer
registration forms, visit www.selu.edu/cms
or contact the Southeastern Community Music School office at 985-549-5502.
appointed director of Louisiana Campus Compact
Stuart Stewart has been appointed executive director of Louisiana
Campus Compact, a coalition of 31 Louisiana public and private colleges
and universities focused on fulfilling the civic mission of higher
A former member of the Southeastern
faculty, Stewart has served as interim director of the organization
since August. She was appointed to her current position following
an extensive search.
"Dr. Stewart brings a broad background
in service learning to her role with Louisiana Campus Compact,"
said Nicholls State University President Stephen Hulbert, chair of
the LCC Executive Committee. "That background is matched with
an almost infectious enthusiasm for enhancing student and faculty
involvement in service to the state. During the past year that she
has served Louisiana Campus Compact in an interim capacity, Dr. Stewart
has helped the organization to make great strides in building partnerships
between the member colleges and universities and the broader community.
I am delighted with her appointment."
"I am very pleased with the confidence
that the search committee has shown toward the work I have done so
far," Stewart said. "Louisiana Campus Compact is a young
organization that is thriving, and I look forward to leading our membership
forward. There is impressive work currently being done in service
learning and civic engagement all across our state, at both two-year
and four-year institutions, with more faculty and students becoming
involved every semester. It is my hope that our organization, as part
of higher education in Louisiana, can play an integral part in producing
engaged citizens who are responsive to the needs of our region and
are committed to improving our quality of life."
At Southeastern, Stewart was an assistant
professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature where
she taught Spanish and linguistics. She developed several service
learning programs, involving her students in projects with Spanish-speaking
residents in the Hammond and Baton Rouge areas and is author of a
recent book chapter on service learning in applied linguistics. She
also served on the university advisory committee on service learning
and civic engagement.
A native of Bryan, Texas, Stewart holds
a bachelor's degree in modern languages and master's degree in Spanish
linguistics from Texas A&M University. She earned her doctorate
in linguistics from Louisiana State University.
LCC currently is domiciled at Southeastern
Louisiana University. Member institutions include Baton Rouge Community
College, Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College of Louisiana,
Delgado Community College, Dillard University, Grambling State University,
Louisiana Delta Community College, Louisiana State University (LSU),
LSU- Alexandria, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LSU-Shreveport,
Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Technical College, Loyola University
of New Orleans, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University,
Northwestern State University, Nunez Community College, Our Lady of
Holy Cross College, Our Lady of the Lake College, River Parishes Community
College, South Louisiana Community College, Southeastern Louisiana
University, Southern University, Southern University at New Orleans,
Southern University at Shreveport, Tulane University, University of
Louisiana-Layette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of New
Orleans, and Xavier University.
For more information about Louisiana
Campus Compact, please visit the website at www.selu.edu/lcc.
Southeastern, Hammond Chamber to host LRA regional
Southeastern, along with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, will
host the Louisiana Recovery Authority's first north shore presentation
of the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan.
The presentation will begin at 8 a.m.
on Tuesday, May 15, at the university's Southeast Louisiana Business
Center, 1514 Martens Drive in Hammond.
The Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan has
been developed over the last 20 months by the 33-member LRA, the planning
and coordinating body created by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
to lead rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina
and Rita. The LRA has developed the Louisiana Speaks Region Plan using
scenario planning, world class computer modeling and technical analysis,
and extensive public input generated from tens of thousands of citizens.
With the plan finally complete, the LRA is presenting it to citizens
throughout the state.
"Southeastern's Business Center
is pleased to host this event in Tangipahoa Parish, and invite area
citizens, businesses, elected officials, as well as economic and community
development organizations," said William Joubert, director of
the Southeast Louisiana Business Center.
The Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan is
designed to provide a broad strategic framework and priorities for
moving Louisiana forward.
"Its innovative design will allow
us to integrate planning for economic development, transportation,
coastal protection and restoration, and community growth, thus allowing
us to leverage future investments and accelerate the pace of Louisiana's
long term recovery," Joubert said. "It will also complement
and support parish and local plans and serve as a guide for sustainable
growth over the next 50 years."
To RSVP for Louisiana Speaks Regional
Plan breakfast event, please contact the Southeast Louisiana Business
Center at 985-549-3831 or email@example.com.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana women's tennis team will make its
third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 10 California
in the first round during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lady Lions (21-2) will put their
18-match win streak on the line against the Golden Bears (19-6)
at the Hellman Tennis Center in Berkeley, Calif. Southeastern's
first round match is scheduled for 11 a.m. PDT on Saturday. The
other first round match is between UNLV and Arizona State at 2 p.m.
The first round winners will face off at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
The Southeastern men's golf team will
find out its NCAA Championships destination this week. The field
will be announced on Monday on ncaasports.com,
and the Lions currently ranked third in the South Central Region
are virtually assured an at-large bid.
The Southeastern baseball team (31-18,
13-11 SLC) will continue its run towards the Southland Conference
Tournament this week, heading to Huntsville, Texas for a crucial
three-game SLC series with Sam Houston State. The series opens with
a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday with a 1 p.m. single game following
on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast in the Hammond area
on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
Women's Tennis, at No. 10 California
(NCAA First Round), Berkeley, Calif., 11 a.m. (PDT)
Baseball, at Sam Houston State (DH),
Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Tennis, NCAA Second Round,
Berkeley, Calif., 12 p.m. (PDT)
Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville,
Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Adriana Dantin and Alexandra Mattheus presented their
original research at the annual Louisiana Academy of Sciences Meeting
held at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Dantin's research was
entitled "Expression and purification of a yeast glutaminyl
cyclase" and Mattheus' research was entitled "Characterization
of West Nile Virus RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase." Both students
work under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Temple (Chemistry
and Physics). Mattheus won first place for outstanding undergraduate
poster presentation and was presented with a check for $150.
Firefly Club, a short subject art film written and directed
by Alan Marsh (English) and produced and co-directed by Martie
Fellom (Music and Dramatic Arts), with music by Stephen Suber
(Music and Dramatic Arts), has won gold awards in two categories
- Short Subject Family/Children and Short Subject Experimental Drama
- at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. Marsh's
documentary, Presence Patrol, also was awarded a bronze in
the Short Subject Documentary category. The films were selected
for honor from among 4,500 entries from 37 countries.
Dr. Katherine Kolb (Foreign
Languages and Literatures) will present a paper on Balzac and Beethoven
at a conference on Music and the Novel in Bayonne, France, May 24-26.
She will also chair a session.
Two members of the Southeastern family
-- Claude Levet (Southeastern Channel) and Gerald J. Keller
(Teaching and Learning) have collaborated on a new book, Precious
Gems from Faded Memories, A Pictorial History of St. John the Baptist
Parish. The book was co-written by Keller, his daughter Lisa
Keller-Watson and Darroch Watson, with graphic design and photographic
restoration by Levet. Levet and Keller are both St. John Parish
Two Southeastern professors -- Frederick
Dembowski (Teaching and Learning) and Robert Kraemer (Kinesiology
and Health Studies) -- have been appointed to editorial positions
with national publications. Dembowski, Hibernia professor and head
of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, has
been named managing editor of the NCPEA CONNEXIONS, an on-line
database and electronic journal produced by the National Council
of Professors of Educational Administration. Kraemer, professor
and graduate coordinator in the Department of Kinesiology and Health
Studies, has been appointed an associate editor of the journal Metabolism.
ByLion takes a break
ByLion will not be published during the spring-summer
break, but will return June 4. ByLion is published every
two weeks during the summer. Have a great break!