ByLion -- October 15

Southeastern poll: Jindal leads
Allman stars in Fanfare Week 3
Missoula auditions today
Detective wins writing award
Neville to perform at halftime

Homecoming: Faculty/staff cook-off
Homecoming: 'Cake' decorating for kids
Homecoming: Sign up for Quiz Bowl
Passionately Pink for Cure
PPR training for supervisors

Events impact parking
SLWP writing showcase
Center for Faculty Excellence news
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Southeastern poll: Jindal holds commanding lead
Two weeks before election day, U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal holds a commanding lead over his opponents in the 2007 statewide gubernatorial primary although a substantial percentage of voters remain undecided, according to a Southeastern poll.
     Data gathered from registered voters throughout the state questioned by faculty and students in the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center show that 46 percent of registered voters would vote for Jindal, compared to Democratic State Sen. Walter Boasso at 10 percent, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat, at 6 percent, and independent candidate and businessman John Georges at 9 percent, said Kurt Corbello, associate professor of political science at Southeastern and director of the poll.
     The Southeastern poll results, based on a statewide random sample of 641 registered voters, was conducted Oct. 1-7 and has an overall sampling error of plus or minus 4 percent. But, Corbello cautions, "Any statewide polling results must be read with caution, since the catastrophic hurricanes Katrina and Rita have caused demographic shifts that make assurances of representative random sampling somewhat problematic."
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Gregg AllmanGregg Allman center stage in Fanfare's third week
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, one of the founders of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, headlines the third week of Fanfare.
     As Fanfare's 22nd season hits mid-stride, the week will also include the unique Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a hit at the 2007 Academy Awards telecast; local children starring in the Missoula Children's Theatre's "Jack and the Beanstalk"; acclaimed young American soprano Hanan Alattar; and The Second City, the comedy troupe that launched the careers of comedians such as John Belushi, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner.
     Fanfare/Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson said tickets are going fast, but still available for Allman's concert on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The concert, she said, will feature a crowd-pleasing mix of Allman Brothers classics and Gregg Allman's own blues originals that will showcase his critically acclaimed solo talent.
     A natural artist gifted with a soulful and distinctive voice as well as brilliant keyboard and guitar expertise, Gregg Allman has been making music for three decades. In the early days of his career, Allman's powerful lead vocals, songwriting and keyboard prowess complemented his brother Duane's guitar virtuosity. The Allman Brothers Band's unique blend of rock, blues, country and even jazz flourishes expanded the boundaries of rock music, kick-starting the genre of Southern Rock and defining an era of '70s rock 'n roll with a freewheeling yet musically masterful sound.
     In addition to his singing and playing, Gregg Allman wrote many of the band's most memorable signature hits, including the classics "Whipping Post," "Dreams," "Please Call Home," and "Melissa."
Hanan AlattarThe Second CityCharles ElliottPilobolus     "Laid Back," released in 1973 and the first of Allman's six albums outside of his work with the Allman Brothers Band, put him on the map as an accomplished touring solo artist. In 1987 the title track of his second gold album, "I'm No Angel," generated a number one album radio hit.
     Tickets, available online at and at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas St., are $55, Center Orchestra, Loge, Balcony 1, and $45, left and right Orchestra, Balcony 2. A one dollar handling fee will be added to each ticket.
     Columbia/Fanfare box office (985-543-4371) hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit the Fanfare links at
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Missoula Children's TheatreMissoula auditions today move to First Presbyterian Church
Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Jack and the Beanstalk have been moved to the First Presbyterian Church, 103 N. Pine St., in Hammond.
     Auditions will be held in the church's Fellowship Hall Monday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.
     Jack and the Beanstalk is a part of Fanfare. Auditions are open to grades kindergarten through high school and approximately 60 rolls on stage and backstage are available.
     Cast members will rehearse with Missoula Children's Theatre professionals nightly until the two performances - 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk are available online at and at the Columbia Theatre/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas St., from noon-5 p.m., weekdays, 985-543-4371.
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O'Neil De NouxDetective wins national writing award
Already honored as a law enforcement officer, Southeastern Police Department Detective O'Neil De Noux can now also add an award for writing to his collection of kudos.
     De Noux, who has had a 20-year career as a novelist and short story writer, has been awarded the Private Eye Writers of America's prestigious SHAMUS Award for Best Short Story 2007. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in private eye fiction. The awards were announced late last month at Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 28.
     De Noux won the award for "The Heart Has Reasons," a short story set in 1940s New Orleans featuring one of his four recurring fictional characters, private eye and womanizer extraordinaire Lucien Caye. The story appeared in the September 2006 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
     "I was stunned," De Noux said. "I am very proud to be honored by my peers."
     De Noux has been writing professionally since 1988. Although he has published in virtually every genre from children's literature to romance to science fiction, most of his novels and stories are about policemen and private eyes. He knows the professions well, since both have been his "day job."
     De Noux's law enforcement career includes service with the Jefferson Parish and St. Bernard Parish sheriff's offices. He has also been a private investigator, U.S. Army combat photographer, criminal intelligence analyst, newspaper writer, magazine editor, computer graphics designer and creative writing instructor.
     "Hemingway said you should write about what you know," said De Noux. "When I became a detective with Jefferson Parish and then a homicide detective, that's what I did."
     De Noux's writing has earned the appreciation of critics and fans alike, including his law enforcement colleagues, who praise his realistic dialogue and accurate portrayal of police procedures.
     De Noux's novels include Grim Reaper, The Big Kiss, Blue Orleans, Crescent City Kills and The Big Show. His more than 200 short stories have appeared in publications throughout the world and have been collected in anthologies such as Hollow Point/The Mystery of Rochelle Marais and LaStanza: New Orleans Police Stories, which received an "A" rating from Entertainment Weekly magazine. He adapted one of the LaStanza stories, "Waiting for Alaina," into a screenplay, which was filmed in New Orleans and broadcast on local TV in 2001.
     Currently, O'Neil De Noux has two original short stories -- "Guilty of Dust and Sin" and "Maria's Hand" -- available on Amazon Shorts and stories forthcoming in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as several anthologies.
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Charmaine NevilleCharmaine Neville to perform at halftime Saturday
New Orleans jazz singer Charmaine Neville will perform with the Spirit of the Southland marching band, Oct. 20, 6 p.m.
     The half time performance scheduled for Strawberry Stadium during Southeastern's football game against Central Arkansas will include tunes from Neville's Queen of the Mardi Gras CD.
     Though this will be Neville's first time performing with a marching band, she is no stranger to the spotlight. She won her first trophy for singing at age three and played her first gig at the age of 12, opening for Kitty Wells at a rodeo in Austin, Texas.
     Born into the third generation of the New Orleans legendary musical Neville Brothers family where her father Charles is saxophonist, she has worked hard to make her music known.
     "We are so excited to have Charmaine Neville performing with our students," said Paul Frechou, assistant to the associate director of bands.
     For additional information regarding the marching band, contact Frechou, (985) 549-3825 or University Bands Office, (985) 549-3654.
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Tailgate and Celebrate…Alumni Turns 80!
All Southeastern faculty and staff are invited to participate in the "Tailgate and Celebrate…Alumni Turns 80!" contest being sponsored by the Alumni Association in conjunction with Homecoming 2007.
     Judging will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Participants are asked to submit their favorite tailgating snack, entrée or dessert to the Alumni Center by 4:45 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Desserts and Non-Desserts.
     This year's homecoming theme, "80 Years of Rockin' with Roomie," celebrates the Alumni Association's 80th anniversary. Participants are encouraged to use the theme as inspiration for their submitted dish.
     If you are interested in participating, please email by Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please include your name, the name of the dish that you will be submitting, and the category (Dessert or Non-Dessert) in which your dish will be competing.
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Children's Homecoming 'cake' decorating contest
Children age 6-13 can show their creative talents in the Homecoming 2007 Cardboard Cake Decorating Contest. Participants are asked to decorate a cardboard box using this year's homecoming theme of "80 Years of Rockin' with Roomie." which celebrates the Southeastern Alumni Association's 80th anniversary.
     Prizes will be awarded in three age categories (6-7 year olds, 8-9 year olds, and 10-13 year old). Entry forms are available online at or can be picked up at the Auxiliary Services office located in Student Union, room 214.
     "Cakes" and entry forms should be brought to the Southeastern Alumni Center on or before Monday, Nov. 5 by 4:30PM. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
     We encourage all of our little Lions to participate! Have fun and be creative! For more information, please e-mail
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Phi Kappa Phi accepting teams for annual Quiz Bowl
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is inviting faculty and student teams to join in the Homecoming Quiz Bowl competition.
     "We can only accept eight teams, preferably four student and four faculty teams, and we already have one student team signed up," said Quiz Bowl coordinator and PKP secretary Joan Faust. "So get your team members together and join us on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Student Union Theatre."
     She said that once again the prizes will be $100 to the first place faculty and student teams, $50 to second place teams, and consolation prizes to all who participate.
     To obtain a registration form, contact Faust at 392 D Vickers or visit
      Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 30, and optional practice session is set for Monday, Nov. 5 at 4-5 p.m.
     "We hope you join us for another afternoon of camaraderie and love of learning," Faust said.
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Passionately Pink for the Cure
Breast cancer touches millions of lives and is diagnosed every day in our community.
     Without a cure, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer - a devastating disease with physical, emotional, psychological and financial pain that can last a lifetime.
     Without a cure, an estimated 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer - and more than 1 million could die - over the next 25 years.
     Southeastern is supporting the fight against breast cancer by going Passionately Pink for the Cure on Friday, Oct. 19. By wearing pink and making a donation of $5 or more by check or money order made payable to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, you'll be making a difference in the lives of millions.
     Donations should be turned in to the Human Resources Office, Room 102, North Campus, or they may be forwarded via campus mail to SLU 10799.
     In appreciation for your participation, you will receive a Passionately Pink for the Cure pin from Susan G. Komen for the Cure that you can wear the day of our event and every day after to show your support. For more information, please contact Paulette at 985-549-5496 or Jo Ellen at 985-549-2001.
     Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!
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PPR training for supervisors
A training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees will be offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2-3:30 p.m. The program will be held in the Human Resources Office Conference room.
     To register for this program please contact Jan Ortego at or ext. 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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Events impacting parking
The following streets and/or parking areas will be restricted or closed on the specified dates:
     Monday, Oct. 15 -- Circle at the end of North Pine Street Extension (the "Keyhole") near McGehee Hall will be restricted for a film crew utilizing that area. The remainder of the roadway between the new Biology Building and the Inn at Southeastern (old President's residence) will still be available for parking.
     Thursday, Oct. 18 -- Approximately 12 parking spaces in the South Cate Teacher Education Center parking lot will be restricted for an event inside the Center.
     Friday, Oct. 19 -- The East Student Union parking lot will be restricted for an event in the Student Union Ballroom.
     Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday Oct. 19 -- The Old Tennis Court lot on Texas Avenue near the Recreation Center will be closed due to the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Convention.
     Friday Nov. 2 -- The Teacher Education Job Fair will be held in the Kiva in the Cate Teacher Education Center. The parking lot south of the Pennington Student Activity Center and north of the Cate Teacher Education Center will be reserved for attendees at this function.
     Nov. 4-8 -- Business Week will be held in Garrett Hall. Seven parking spaces on the east side of Garrett Hall will be reserved for speakers.
     Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16 -- The Louisiana College Theater Festival will take place in D Vickers Hall. Twenty parking spaces on Tennessee Avenue near D Vickers Hall and the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building will be reserved for this event.
     Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to take these restrictions into consideration while planning their travel and parking plans for these dates.
     For more information about these parking lot closures or restrictions, please contact the University Parking Office at 985-549-5695 between 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
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Oct. 27 SLWP showcase demonstrates ideas for teaching writing
The Southeast Louisiana Writing Project will showcase "Best Practices in Teaching Writing" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Kiva of Southeastern's Cate Teacher Education Center.
     The annual event will feature workshops, panels and poster sessions on teaching writing by experienced classroom teachers who are also SLWP consultants, said SLWP director Richard Louth, a member of Southeastern's English faculty.
     The showcase is designed for kindergarten through high school teachers who want new, research-based, classroom tested ideas and methods for teaching writing, Louth said. "Participants will be able to pick up handouts and assignments and to talk one on one with teacher consultants as well as take part in discussion circles and a writing workshop on issues in teaching writing," he said.
     Louth said participants will receive certificates verifying participation in four hours of professional development activities. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Poster sessions will last from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by interactive, hands-on workshops and panels.
     Workshop registration is $10 in advanced or $15 at the door. Admission for Southeastern students is $5 with their university I.D.
     To pre register by Friday, Oct. 26, e-mail the following information to Louth at name, school, grade and subject, mailing and email addresses and phone number. The $10 early registration fee will be payable at the door. Participants may mail the same information and a $10 check payable to Southeastern Development Foundation to Dr. Richard Louth, Director SLWP, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402.
     The Cate Teacher Education Center is located on N. General Pershing Ave. The Kiva is the second floor auditorium.
     For additional information contact Louth at or 985-549 2100/2102 or visit
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News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. If you have questions regarding this, contact the center at ext. 5791 or e-mail
     "New Faculty Follow-Up," 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, Tinsley Hall, room 103. Lite lunch and discussion of Student Opinion of Teaching (SOTs) with Dr. Michelle Hall, Director of Institutional Research.
      Mark Your Calendars: Halloween Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and105. Come by, enjoy refreshments, and see what the center can offer you in the way of equipment and assistance. Sample portfolios will be on display. Experienced faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Come by and pick up tips on presenting your "Best Works" in your portfolio.
      United Way: Our United Way campaign is now underway! Thank you for all your help in the past! We are looking forward to a great campaign again this year. As an incentive, we will hold a drawing which will include any coordinator who achieves 100 percent participation by the Nov. 5 turn-in date. The prize is a gift card redeemable at Jacmel Inn, Brady's or Nuvolari's restaurants.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team will return home to host Central Arkansas in Southland Conference action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (2-4, 1-1 SLC) will meet the Bears (3-3, 2-1 SLC) on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern will look to bounce back from last week's tough 27-24 loss to Northwestern State. To get back on track, they will have to slow down a high-powered UCA attack. The Bears defeated Texas State, 63-21, behind seven touchdown passes from quarterback Nathan Brown last Thursday night.
     Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM and on the Internet at Saturday will also be Hall of Fame Day, as the Lions will induct Mac Faul (football), Martin du Toit (men's golf), Anne Bauer-Peytavin (volleyball) and Robert "Doc" Goodwin (athletic training) into the Southeastern Hall of Fame.
     The women's soccer team (6-4-3, 1-2-1 SLC) will attempt to get back on track at home this weekend. On Friday, the Lady Lions will host first-year program Lamar at 4:30 p.m. McNeese State will visit the Southeastern Soccer Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (8-10, 0-7 SLC) will host three matches this week. On Tuesday, Mississippi Valley State will be in town for a 7 p.m. non-conference match. Sam Houston State will head to Hammond for a Friday SLC match at 7 p.m. Defending SLC champion Stephen F. Austin will face off with the Lady Lions on Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission to all Southeastern home matches is free.
     The men's tennis team will participate in the ITA Southeast Indoors in Lexington, Ky. this week. The tournament opens on Friday and runs through Monday, Oct. 22.
     Tuesday, Oct. 16
     Volleyball, vs. Mississippi Valley State, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Friday, Oct. 19
     Women's Soccer, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
     Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at ITA Southeast Indoors, Lexington, Ky., All Day
     Saturday, Oct. 20
     Football, vs. Central Arkansas, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 2 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at ITA Southeast Indoors, Lexington, Ky., All Day
     Sunday, Oct. 21
     Women's Soccer, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at ITA Southeast Indoors, Lexington, Ky., All Day
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Professional activities
Dr. Molly McGraw
(Geography) co-authored a paper/presentation titled, "Fifty Years of Erosion by the Colville River of the Gubik Formation near Nuiqsut, Alaska" (with Dr. H.J. Walker of LSU) at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Anchorage, Alaska.
     Dr. Luz M. Escobar (Foreign Languages and Literatures) presented a paper titled "Enhancing Multilingual Capability Among Hispanics" at the Teaching and Learning Conference Oct 1-2 in Las Vegas. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing) and Dr. Aristides R. Baraya (General Business/ Latin American Business Initiative).
     Dr. Aristides R. Baraya (General Business/ Latin American Business Initiative) presented a paper entitle "Strategically Enhancing Business Capabilities and Social Development in the Hispanic Community" at the International Business and Economic Research Conference Sept 30-Oct 1 in Las Vegas. Co-authors of the paper were Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing) and Dr. Luz M. Escobar (Foreign Languages and Literatures). The papers will appear in the conference proceeding at
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is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is noon on Friday. Contact: Christina Chapple,, 985-549-2341/2421.

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