ByLion -- October 1

Family, Band Day Oct. 6
Fanfare's underway!
Alumni Capitol Steps outing
Agreement with Reutlingen
Banned Books Week
New role, name for SSSRC
Latin American honor
Center offers 'Lead Grants'
Community Band idea a hit
Wear your green and gold
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Football, Family Day, Band Day Oct. 6
The families of Southeastern students are invited to participate in the spirited fun of college football tailgating at the university's annual Family Day, Oct. 6.
     Meanwhile high school band students will also visit campus on Saturday and will perform with the Spirit of the Southland marching band during halftime in Strawberry Stadium.
     "Families play a vital role in the support, guidance and ultimate success of their students," said President Randy Moffett. "Whether you live right around the corner or countless miles away, we are proud to have your family as a member of our extended Southeastern family. We encourage you to visit campus at any time, and especially urge you to consider joining us for Family Day."
     Family Day packages, $10 per person, include admission to a special tailgate party in Strawberry Stadium at 4:30 p.m. and to the Lions vs. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks football game at 6 p.m.
     At the Family Day tailgate, families will receive Lion Pride t-shirts, can pose for "party pictures" and group photos, and will be entertained with food, music, and activities for children, including interactive games and face painting. The University Police Department will also offer its free "Kid Care" identification program.
     Families are also welcome to join in the festivities in Friendship Circle throughout the afternoon, such as the "Lion Walk," the football team's parade through campus to the stadium at approximately 4 p.m.
     For additional information and to register visit the Family Day button on Southeastern's homepage,, or call (985) 549-3805.
     As part of High School Band Day, 240 band students from more than a dozen area high schools will join the Spirit of the Southland band in Strawberry Stadium for the halftime show during the Southeastern vs. Stephen F. Austin football game.
     "Students will get an opportunity to see first-hand what Southeastern's band is all about, get a chance to talk with band members," said Paul Frechou, assistant director of bands in the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     Participating schools include Amite High School, Loranger High School, Ponchatoula High School, Walker High School, Mandeville's Fontainebleau High School, Slidell's Salmen High School, Varnado High School, Franklinton High School, New Orleans' Dominican High School, Metairie's Ridgewood Preparatory, Baton Rouge's Istrouma High School and Geismar's Dutchtown High School.
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BarrageFanfare's underway!
Fanfare 2007 is officially underway! Check out the first week's schedule below and visit to mark your calendars for all the exciting offerings of the 22nd season of Southeastern's annual October arts festival!

     See what's coming up in Week Two!
     Through October 26
     Mapping the Terrain: New Directions in Abstract Painting, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays (8 p.m. on Wednesdays), Contemporary Art Gallery. Free
     October 1-31
     International House of Blues Foundation exhibit, noon-5 p.m., weekdays, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts lobby, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Free
     Monday, October 1
Then and Now Lecture: David Benac, "New Orleans, Katrina, and Historic Preservation," 7 p.m., Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville. (Reception to follow). Free.
     Tuesday, October 2
     Foreign Film: Apres-vous (French with English subtitles), 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
     Barrage, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Tickets: $28, adults; $24, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni; $20, group rate; $18, all students.
     Wednesday, October 3
     Then and Now Lecture: Joe Burns, "Here's Another Clue for You All: Uncovering the Beatles 'Paul-Is-Dead' Rumor," 1 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
      Wednesday, October 3-Saturday, October 6
     Southeastern Theatre: Crimes of the Heart, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre. (Through Oct. 6) Tickets: $10, general admission; $6, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni; Southeastern students free with I.D.
      Thursday, October 4
     Voices of Louisiana, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas, Hammond. Tickets: $15, adults; $12, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni; $10, group rate; $5, all students
      Friday, October 5
     Opening reception: Landscapes Here and There, artists Gail Hood and Barbara Tardo, 5-7 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., Hammond. (Exhibit open through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Fridays). Free
      Saturday, October 6
     Hungarian Harvest Dance, 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, Hwy. 43 (near Springfield). Tickets: (In advance) adult, 12/older, $10; ages 6-11, $5; under 6, free. (At the door) $12. Information: Helen Kropog, (225) 567-3598.
      Sunday, October 7
     Sunday with the Arts: Violinist Arkady Yanivker, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 800 N. Duncan Ave., Amite. Free
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The Capitol StepsTangi Alumni chapter plans Capitol Steps outing
The Tangi Chapter of the Alumni Association invites alumni and friends to an evening of entertainment on Oct. 11.
     The entertainment will begin at Tope la Catering Center on Thomas Street where participants can enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar from 5:30-7 p.m.
     Patricipants will then proceed to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts for the 7:30 p.m. Fanfare performance of The Capitol Steps, the political satire comedy troupe that is always a hilarious Fanfare hit.
     The cost is $40 per person and includes show ticket, soft drinks and food. A limited number of tickets are available, so early registration is recommended.
     Participants may prepay and register on line at or call 985-549-2150.
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John Crain, Robert LoBue, President Randy Moffett, and Randy Settoon. Southeastern, Reutlingen sign new agreement
Southeastern celebrated the 10th anniversary of its relationship with Reutlingen University in Germany by signing a new agreement to continue the educational partnership. At the signing were, from left, Southeastern Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Crain; Robert LoBue, dean of the Reutlingen School of International Business; Southeastern President Randy Moffett; and Dean of the College of Business Randy Settoon. Under the program, students earn a dual degree, completing their undergraduate requirements at Reutlingen and earning a Master of Business Administration Degree from Southeastern. Reutlingen University, located in southwest Germany, is recognized as one of Germany's leading business schools with more than half of its students coming from outside the nation. Table of content
Library observes 'Banned Books Week'
In recognition of "Banned Book Week," Sims Memorial Library has created displays featuring selections from the American Library Association's "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books" list.
     The displays will be located in the lobby and reference area on the library's first floor Sept. 29-Oct. 6.
     "ALA has designated the last week in September as Banned Book Week with the theme 'Free People Read Freely' to remind Americans to treasure their freedom to read," said library Director Eric Johnson.
     According to ALA, its Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2006 received 546 challenges -- formal, written complaints, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. More than 9, 200 challenges have been attempted since ALA began to electronically compile and publish information on book challenges in 1990.
     "Although the ALA receives many entries for the Challenged Book List, very few books are actually banned at present, at least in the United States," Johnson said. "Many of the books on the list were challenged because of sexually explicit or offensive language, violence, or unsuitability for the age group, but others have been banned because of political or philosophical views."
     Popular authors such as Judy Blume and Maya Angelou have titles on the list, but in years past classics such as J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been included. J.K. Rowling's hugely popular Harry Potter series ranks as the number one most challenged book series of the 21st century (2000-2006).
     The displays will be open to the public during library hours. For hours and information, call (985) 549-3962 or visit
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New role, name for research center
Southeastern is further increasing its educational and outreach roles in the areas of planning and development by giving an expanded mission - and a new name - to its 15-year-old social science research center.
     The Florida Parishes Social Sciences Research Center has become the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center (SSSRC) and will target three areas that impact quality of life -- regional quality of life studies, community outreach and development services, and survey research education and training, said Tammy Bourg, dean of Southeastern's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
     Those services, added Bourg, build on the center's long-standing mission of assisting faculty, students, and the community with social science research. They also compliment the university's Southeast Louisiana Business Center, which recently added planning services to the economic development-related assistance it offers to the region.
     Located in Fayard Hall, the SSSRC is staffed by Director Bonnie Lewis, a professor of sociology, and faculty colleagues with expertise in areas such as criminal justice, polling and mapping services, geography and GIS (Geographic Information System) technology.
     "We are not regional planners per se, but there are things that our center does and there is expertise within the center that, in conjunction with the Business Center, form a really strong team that can make Southeastern a major player in the planning of this region," Bourg said.
     "If you want to do good progressive regional planning you have to think beyond roads and bridges and think about quality of life," she said. "You have to think about what makes this a good place to live. That's the main piece to the puzzle that we can provide - information on factors that are related to quality of life in general and for the people of this region in particular."
     Bourg said the reasoning behind trading "Florida Parishes" for "Southeastern" in the center's name is not just to emphasize its connection to the university, but also to recognize that its work extends beyond the north shore region.
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Southeastern is awarded the Ibero-American Council for Excellence in Education Award, from left, Mario Marenco, director of academic research for the council; Aristides Baraya, director of the Latin American Business Development Initiative for the Southeastern College of Business; Southeastern President Randy Moffett; John Crain, Southeastern provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Teresita Garcia, council board member.
Southeastern receives Latin American honor
Southeastern became the first public university in the United States earlier this month to be recognized for its Latin American programs by the Ibero-American Council for Excellence in Education, a consortium of 18 ministries of education in Latin America.
     Southeastern President Randy Moffett and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Crain received the Ibero-American Award in Honor of Educative Quality at the group's annual meeting in Panama City. Also attending the event was Randy Settoon, dean of the College of Business, and Aristides Baraya, instructor in business and director of the College of Business Latin American Business Development Initiative.
     At the event, Moffett was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his support of Southeastern's programs in Latin America; Crain received an honorary master's degree in Ibero-American Education Management; and Baraya was presented the Medal of Honor for outstanding results in the management of Latin American programs.
     The award, which has been offered since 2004, is given to educational institutions in Latin America, Spain and the United States that are recognized for delivering exceptional programs that foster unique learning experiences for Latin American people and that have a demonstrated excellent relationship with governments, non-profit organizations and universities in Latin American countries.
     Southeastern receives multiple award nominations from Latin American nations. The nomination, evaluation and award process takes approximately nine months. Nominees are evaluated and measured against specific criteria. Southeastern was recognized for its academic excellence on its campus and in its Latin American programs, excellence in services, community service, instructional indicators, social contributions to the Latin American community and excellence in governmental and business relations with Latin America.
     "We are extremely proud to accept these honors from our friends and colleagues in Latin America," Moffett said. "Over the years, we have worked diligently to establish strong relationships with these nations, their governmental agencies, universities and a wide range of other educational and economic development organizations.
     "These programs promote international education and cultural exchange opportunities for our community, faculty, staff and students and provide valuable opportunities for exposure to a wide variety of diverse people, ideas and cultures," he added.
     The Ibero-American Council for Excellence in Education, which is headquartered in Peru, promotes changes in educational systems designed to promote excellence in education through exchange programs. In addition to the ministries of education, the council is supported by UNESCO, the Center for Ibero-American Studies and Culture, Catholic University of Manizales in Colombia, the Latin American Association for Integration, and the Association of Higher Education of Brazil.
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Center for Faculty Excellence announces 'Lead Grants'
The Center for Faculty Excellence announces a new funding opportunity for 2007-08 -- Lead Grants. The competitive grants enable and empower faculty to "lead the way" in making a difference in their scholarly/creative, campus, professional, and wider communities as the university moves toward Southeastern's Vision 2010.
     For more information, refer to the center's weekly e-mail or call ext. 5791. The deadline for submission is Oct. 10.
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Northshore Community Band off to 'great start'
Since the idea of forming a Northshore Community Band has met with enthusiasm, organizers are now planning weekly rehearsals at Southeastern.
     The new band's director, Southeastern Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Voorhees, said more than a dozen adult amateur musicians attended an interest meeting on Sept. 18 and agreed to continue gathering each Tuesday in the Pottle Music Building Annex, room 167A, at 7 p.m.
     "I'm delighted with the turnout. We're off to a great start with a fine group," said Voorhees. "The musicians at the meeting were collectively able to play a wide range of instruments including flute, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, French horn and percussion."
     But additional musicians and instruments are welcome, he said, adding, "We are especially in need of more trumpets."
     Voorhees said the new band, which is being organized through Southeastern's Community Music School, is designed for adults "who may otherwise have limited opportunities to play in a band."
     "Several of the musicians who attended the first meeting were Katrina evacuees from St. Bernard Parish who played in a community band there before the storm," Voorhees said. "Now that they are settled on the north shore they are anxious to help form a new band in this area."
     Musicians interested in participating may contact Voorhees at (985) 345-4537 or
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Touchdown ThursdayDon your green and gold
Faculty and staff are invited to wear green and gold attire on Thursday and Friday to promote attendance at the Oct. 6 Southeastern vs. Stephen F. Austin home football game. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     Also, drop by the Student Union mall at lunch time on Thursday and get into the "Go Green, Go Gold!" spirit with the Campus Activity Board's "Touchdown Thursday" pep rally.
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This week in athletics
The Lions open up Southland Conference play when they host Stephen F. Austin during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (1-3) and Stephen F. Austin (0-4) will meet on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern has had an extra week to repair after a 35-27 defeat at FBS member Tulane. SFA is coming into Hammond looking for its first victory after a 45-0 loss to South Dakota State. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (5-2-2) will open Southland Conference play at home this weekend. The Lady Lions will host Texas State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Texas-San Antonio visits the Southeastern Soccer Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (6-6, 0-3 SLC) will also be in action this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions will be at Alcorn State for a 6 p.m. match.      The Lady Lions will then return home on Friday to host SLC foe Northwestern State at 7 p.m. in the University Center. On Saturday, league foe Central Arkansas will be in town for a 2 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will compete in their second fall tournament this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will be in Richmond, Va. to compete at the VCU Shootout.
The Southeastern women's tennis team, winners of the last three Southland
     Conference Tournaments and two consecutive SLC regular season crowns, will open fall play this week. The Lady Lions will be in Houston, Texas for the UH Cougar Fall Draw this weekend. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.
     Monday, October 1
     Men's Golf, at VCU Shootout, Richmond, Va., All Day
     Tuesday, October 2
     Volleyball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 6 p.m.
     Men's Golf, at VCU Shootout, Richmond, Va., All Day
     Friday, October 5
     Women's Soccer, vs. Texas State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
     Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at UH Cougar Fall Draw, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Saturday, October 6
     Football, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at UH Cougar Fall Draw, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Sunday, October 7
     Women's Soccer, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at UH Cougar Fall Draw, Houston, Texas, All Day
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Professional activities
An article by Robert Hancock (Educational Leadership and Technology), "The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Technology and Media Infrastructures in Louisiana and Mississippi School Districts" has been accepted for publication in a special issue on Katrina in Multicultural Education Magazine in winter 2007.
     Russell Castro and Dale Parent (Sociology) presented their paper, "Wake of the Storm: Black Market Activity in Pre- and Post-Katrina New Orleans," at the 57th Annual National Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in New York City on Aug. 10.
     Dr. Harry Laver's (History and Political Science) book, Citizens More Than Soldiers: The Kentucky Militia and Society in the Early Republic, was recently published by the University of Nebraska Press.
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) will introduce and lead discussions on "The Louisiana Purchase: Impact and Legacy," a Readings in Literature and Culture Program sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Library Association and funded by a grant from the state of Louisiana. The six-weeks evening course is held at the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales through Oct. 23.
     Dr. Fredrick Dembowski (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented the keynote address at the opening of the conference of Industrial Globalization and Technology Innovation held in Shanghai, China, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. This conference was attended by more than 400 educators and businessmen throughout Southeast Asia. His presentation was titled "Education and Business: A Symbiotic Relationship." Dr. Dembowski's The Handbook of Doctoral Programs in Educational Leadership also was published in July 2007 by NCPEA/Rice University Press.
     Staff counselor Amy Oberschmidt (University Counseling Center) presented "First, Break All The Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently" at the 2008 annual conference of the Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators in New Orleans.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) had two articles published in the July 2007 issue of Global Identification. They are "Testing RFID in the Field: The Results from the First Pilot Tests of the U. S. National Animal Identification System Show the Market and Operational Promise of Animal ID, Along with Many Technological Challenges" and "Price Tagged Out of the Market - The Biggest Hindrance to Item-level Tagging May be ... Item-Level Tagging: How Item Pricing Laws May Impede Retail Adoption of RFID in Numerous U. S. States."
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