Southeastern reclaims 'River Bell'
For the first time since 1980, the River Bell will reside in Hammond.
A stiff defensive effort and a steady dose of junior running back Jay Lucas allowed Southeastern to rally from a 13-point halftime deficit and defeat Southland Conference rival Nicholls State, 17-13, in the 2007 regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern (3-8, 2-5 SLC) snapped a five-game losing streak and allowed its 14 seniors to end their careers the right way.
"It was a great way to send out 14 men who have been such a tremendous part of our program...It was a great way to end the season," Southeastern head coach Mike Lucas said.
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Nursing program receives national accreditation
The School of Nursing has received a five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its undergraduate nursing program.
The accreditation is a "stamp of approval on the quality and integrity of our undergraduate nursing education program," said Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. "We are extremely proud of receiving this accreditation as it assesses the extent to which we meet our mission, goals and expected outcomes."
"A determination of accreditation means the programs have been independently reviewed by peers and found to be highly effective in the preparation of nurses," said John L. Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "The accreditation is an indication of confidence in the institution to offer a program of high quality.
CCNE, which is an autonomous accrediting agency, is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and focuses on accreditation for baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs. Accreditation means that Southeastern's programs met all four accreditation standards: program quality in mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices and program effectiveness covering student performance and faculty accomplishments.
The accreditation process included a self-study by the School of Nursing, a visit by an evaluation team of peers appointed by CCNE, the university's response to the team's report, and final review and approval by the CCNE Board of Directors.
The Southeastern nursing program, directed by Barbara Moffett, has 1,700 majors and currently graduates approximately 160 undergraduates and 15 to 18 masters level nurses annually. The graduate program is offered as part of an intercollegiate consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State University and will be visited for initial accreditation by CCNE in March 2008.
The Southeastern nursing program was previously accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. It has received a Nightingale Award from the Louisiana Nurses Foundation as the "Nursing School of the Year" two times in the last five years.
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Southeastern Theatre nabs top honors at Louisiana College Theatre Festival
Southeastern Theatre's production of faculty member Jim Winter's original drama "Dead Flowers" won top honors last week at the Louisiana College Theatre Festival, hosted by Southeastern Nov. 15-16.
Competing against productions from McNeese State University and Dillard University, "Dead Flowers" was selected as the state festival's nominee to advance to regional American College Theatre Festival competition.
"Dead Flowers" is now in the running with more than two dozen productions from universities in Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to be chosen to compete in the regional festival in February and March at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, said Steve Schepker, director of Southeastern Theatre. Southeastern and the University of New Orleans are the only other school whose productions have been nominated for regional consideration.
"Judges at the festival were not required to nominate a production as a regional nominee, but deemed 'Dead Flowers' worthy of regional consideration," Schepker said. "This is only the third time in Southeastern's history that we have received this prestigious award." Southeastern Theatre's production of "[sic]" advanced to the regional American College Theatre Festival in 2005.
"A lot of our students poured their hearts into this production and into hosting the state festival," said Winter. "Our success at the state festival is a testament to the tremendous amount of talent and drive Southeastern's theater students have."
Winter was given the American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Playwriting Award for "Dead Flowers," a first for a Southeastern faculty member. His play has been published and has been workshopped at the prestigious Actor's Studio in New York for several years as part of its Playwright and Director Workshop series.
Also at the state festival, Southeastern students garnered top awards for lighting design, and for the first time, for scenic and sound design. As state winners, they will all now advance to regional competition.
"I am especially proud of our student designers," Schepker said. "We took three of the four design awards."
Tony Terrell, a theater student from Independence majoring in general studies, won an American College Theatre Festival "Excellence in Scenic Design Award" - a university first -- and is now invited to present his renderings and drawings at the regional festival in Huntsville.
Another Southeastern Theatre first was the American College Theatre Festival "Excellence in Sound Design Award" shared by Randy Marlbrough Jr. of Gonzales, a Southeastern liberal arts theater student, and Southeastern graduate Chad Pierce of Plaquemine, who is now underwriting/development representative for the university's KSLU radio.
"It is an amazing honor to be nominated for the American College Regional Theatre Festival," Pierce said. "An event like this is an amazing opportunity for our young artists to learn, network, and prepare for a career in the professional theater"
Three Southeastern Theatre actors, Whitney Allen of Hammond, Shawn Curry of Luling and Jaren Mitchell of New Orleans, were given nominations to compete at the regional level for scholarships awarded by the Irene Ryan Foundation. Awarded to outstanding student performers at each regional festival, the prestigious scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late Irene Ryan, who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty Granny Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies."
Kathryn Steele of Baton Rouge, a general studies theater student, was also among the state winners. After garnering an American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Lighting Design Award, she will also compete at the regional festival.
Six Southeastern theater students and faculty were recognized by Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for their contributions in hosting the 2007 Louisiana College Theatre Festival.
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High school students visit for Open House Tuesday
High school students and their parents will visit Southeastern Tuesday to learn about Southeastern's academic programs, admission requirements, scholarship and financial aid opportunities at the annual campus "open house."
The event will feature campus tours, information on campus services and student life, and visits to the university's academic colleges.
Check-in is at 9:30 a.m. in the War Memorial Student Union mall. After an introductory general assembly at 10 a.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, participants will be escorted to one of the university's five academic colleges. The colleges -- Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education and Human Development; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Science and Technology -- are hosting presentations and tours for students interested in majoring in one of their academic programs.
A complimentary lunch at Caymen Cafeteria will be followed by tours of campus and the university's new residential community.
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Events impacting parking
On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the parking area immediately to the west of the Recreation Center (Old Men's Gym) on Texas Avenue will be reserved for "Senior Day." Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to include this restriction when making their parking and travel plans for the day.
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Jazz Ensemble II performs tonight at Pottle
Jazz Ensemble II will present "Superstition!" Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
"This should be a fun concert," said director Richard Schwartz of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. "It's free, so bring the whole family."
He said the ensemble will perform jazz standards and Motown hits such as "Soul Man," "Corvovado," "So What," "Straight No Chaser," "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Time Lock," "Stormy Weather," "Come Fly With Me," and the concert's title piece, "Superstition."
The ensemble will be joined by David Johansen, Southeastern professor of trombone, as featured soloist.
Schwartz said the campus and community is also invited to a concert by the Southeastern Jazz Combos on Monday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., at Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
For more information, contact Schwartz at email@example.com or (985)-549-2184.
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New members of the Educators Honor Roll are, from left, Headley Adelmann, Louis Joseph, Kim Zabbia, and Barbara Moffett.
Four named to 'Educators Honor Roll'
The College of Education and Human Development has named four new members to its "Educators Honor Roll."
Established last year, the honor roll, said Dean Diane Allen, "is a way to say a public thank you to those who have dedicated their lives to the education of students at any level."
Named to the honor roll during a brief ceremony on Southeastern's Homecoming day, Nov. 10, were Headley Adelmann, a long time Southeastern faculty member and former head of the Department of Biological Sciences; Louis Joseph, retired superintendent of Tangipahoa Parish public schools; Barbara Moffett, head of Southeastern's School of Nursing; and Kim Howes Zabbia, retired art teacher at Ponchatoula High School.
Members of the campus and community can sponsor outstanding educators for inclusion on the wall. Their names are added to a plaque in the Cate Teacher Education Center. "Every time a student sees this honor roll, he or she will be reminded that teachers do matter and are appreciated by those they serve," Allen said.
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'Making the Most of the Holiday Season'
It is never too late to plan for making your holiday experiences more enjoyable.
The University Counseling Center and the Human Resources Office are jointly sponsoring a program on ways to decrease stress and maximize enjoyment of the upcoming holiday season. The program will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in University Center room 139. It will be led by Dr. Barbara Hebert and Jan Ortego.
The program is designed to offer techniques to minimize the typical holiday stressors as well as offer practical tips for enjoying the holidays economically. Pre-registration for this program is encouraged by phoning extension 5850 in the Human Resources Office or by e-mailing Jan.Ortego@selu.edu
Southeastern grad crowned Miss Louisiana USA
Southeastern graduate Michelle Berthelot was crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2008 at the annual pageant held recently in Lafayette.
Originally from St. Bernard Parish, Berthelot relocated along with her family to Hammond after Hurricane Katrina. "There were nine people, four dogs, and a baby living in my apartment," she said.
Prior to attending Southeastern she majored in dietetics at Louisiana State University. "My Southeastern experience was phenomenal," she said. "If I had known how wonderful it would be, I would have gone to Southeastern from day one."
She spent the first year and a half in the School of Nursing before changing her major to General Studies with emphasis on health and fitness. "Those nursing professors pushed us so hard to make us realize we could do anything," said Berthelot. A spokes-model for Global Nutrition Web site, she plans to receive her master's degree in dietetics in hopes of owning her own fitness and nutrition center.
Beauty pageants are a part of her life placing second runner-up in the Miss Southeastern 2003 annual pageant and also winning the swimsuit segment.
Berthelot enjoys public speaking, mentoring, and dancing. Her life's passion is ensuring that she maintains an emotionally and physically healthy lifestyle. Her personal motto is "You will never possess what you are not willing to pursue!" As Miss Louisiana USA she will speak about health and fitness at schools, charities and fundraisers throughout the state and beyond.
Inspired and supported by her mom, who ran a talent and modeling agency, Berthelot knew from very young that one day she wanted to become Miss Louisiana. "I'm still letting it sink in that I am Miss Louisiana USA," said Berthelot.
She now qualifies for the nationally televised Miss USA Pageant on NBC in April.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will look to continue their winning ways during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (2-1) and Lady Lions (2-1) will open the week with a doubleheader on Tuesday night. The night's action will begin with a 5:30 p.m. women's contest between Southeastern and Wofford. The men will host Southern 30 minutes after the completion of the women's game. The first 50 fans at Tuesday's doubleheader will receive a free koozie courtesy of Brady's in Hammond. It will also be Senior Citizen Night, as all senior citizens will be admitted free.
The men's team, which enters the week coming off a record-breaking 128-42 victory over Dallas Christian last Friday, will also be in action on Sunday, hosting Millsaps at 3 p.m.
The Lady Lions, who rallied for a thrilling 75-72 victory at Memphis, will host Centenary on Saturday at 3 p.m. Prior to the game, Southeastern will unveil the 2006-07 Southland Conference East Division championship banner.
All of Southeastern's men's and women's basketball games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Men's Basketball, vs. Southern, University Center, 7:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Basketball, vs. Wofford, University Center, 5:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Saturday, Nov. 24
Women's Basketball, vs. Centenary, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Sunday, Nov. 25
Men's Basketball, vs. Millsaps, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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Former graduate student Eliott Pauli of the Kinesiology and Health Studies Department has published his thesis, "Mexican colonial residents' health perceptions and spirituality level: Predictors of and relationships to demographics," in the International Electronic Journal of Health Education.
C. Roy Blackwood (Cultural Resource Management, Visual Arts) was an invited lecturer at the International Dyslexia Conference on Nov. 2, in Dallas, Texas. His paper was titled "Multi-Generational Communication: Embracing Diversity of a Different Level."
Dr. Barbara Schuldt and Ms. Andree Taylor (Management), and Mr. Duane Donald (Provost Office) co-authored a paper appearing in the 2007 proceedings of the Society for Marketing Advances. The article was titled "Gender Differences in Perceptions of the Impact of Work-Family Stress and Technology Issues on Sales Careers."
Dr. David Wyld (Management) presented two papers at the recent 2007 American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) Conference held in Tulsa, Ok. The papers were "What the Blogging Revolution Means for You and Your Company: A Look at the Corporate World of Web 2.0" and "The Ace in Hole: How Smarter Chips-and-Cards Can Enable Casino Management to Gain Insight into Player Behavior and Better Compete in Today's Increasing Crowded Entertainment Marketplace."
William Robison (History and Political Science) participated in two panels at the 2007 Teaching American History Grant Annual Project Directors Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in New Orleans on Oct. 17-19: "TAH Louisiana: Using Regional Networking to Create Sustainable Partnerships" and "Effective Teacher Content Knowledge Measures." Robison chaired a session, "War, Women, and Propaganda in Medieval and Early Modern England," at the Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Scholars at Loyola University of New Orleans on Oct. 28 that featured papers by two Southeastern History graduate students -- Lauren Doughty, "Fablemakers: A Reinterpretation of the Norman Conquest," and Rita Robichaux, "Royal Women in the Wars of the Roses" -- and a former Southeastern history instructor, Kimberly Reynolds, "All the World's a Stage: Pageantry as Propaganda at the Court of Elizabeth I, 1558-1569." Robison participated in a panel, "Recognizing Genius: Classic Works of Literature," at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on Nov. 3. He also reprised his 2007 Fanfare lecture, "The Real Nightmare Before Christmas: The Puritan War on Church Holidays," for the Christwood Arts and Lecture Series in Covington on Nov. 6.
Bev Marshall (writer-in-residence) was a panelist at the Faulkner Society Words and Music Festival held at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans. The focus of the panel, "The Aesthetics of Literature: Writing with A World View at the Heart of the Story," explored universal philosophical, political, and religious issues in the author's work.
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