El Salvador minister named Alumnus of the Year
The minister of finance for the Republic of El Salvador, William J. Handal, has been named Southeastern's 2007 Alumnus of the Year.
A 1974 graduate of Southeastern's College of Business with a bachelor's degree in economics, Handal will be honored during the university's Homecoming Week celebrations, Nov. 5-10, on the Hammond campus.
"We are greatly honored that this international statesman and entrepreneur will be joining us for our homecoming festivities," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. "This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Alumni Association, and we are thrilled one of our most distinguished graduates will be recognized as part of the celebrations."
Handal was appointed to the cabinet-level position in the El Salvadoran government in May 2006 after distinguishing himself in the business world with a long career with Taca International Airlines.
He will be officially honored at the association's annual awards event at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks. Information on the event can be obtained by calling 1-800-SLU-ALUM. During his visit, he will also lecture to finance students as part of Southeastern's Business Week and will reign as grand marshal in the homecoming parade scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday in Hammond.
Handal joined Taca International Airlines in 1975 after completing his studies at Southeastern. After serving in a variety of positions in finance, planning and control, sales, traffic and marketing, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the company, which is headquartered in San Salvador.
He has served as a governor from El Salvador to the International Monetary Fund, alternate governor of El Salvador for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, and vice president of the Board of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Southeastern will sponsor a week-long series of events for Homecoming Week. Among the events are Business Week, a series of lectures sponsored by the College of Business; a community decorating contest; a bonfire on Thursday; and the annual parade and homecoming reunions on Saturday. The week will culminate with the Southeastern Lions vs. Sam Houston State football game at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
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Meet the 2007 Homecoming courts
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2007 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Nov. 5-10.
Chosen as members of the queen's court were seniors Claire Hebert of Baton Rouge, Johanna Kelly of Chalmette, Shamekia Matthews of Port Allen; junior Ravae Flowers of Westwego, and sophomores Brynn Ballard of Central, Megan Faunce of Loranger, and Brittany Woods of Houma.
Members of the beau court are seniors Chris Barcelona of Marrero, Michael Kyles Jr. of Baton Rouge, TaByron Tillis of Independence, and Adam T. Watkins of Labadieville; juniors Eric Davis of Baton Rouge and Matt Perrin of Marrero; and sophomore Trevor Simpson of Gonzales.
The 2007 Homecoming queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Sam Houston State on Homecoming Day, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
The court will also participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo Ya Ya on Nov. 7; the bonfire and pep rally on Nov. 8, and the 2 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.
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inducts four in to Hall of Fame
In addition, she was named the 1996-97
Southeastern Female Athlete of the Year.
Southeastern in planning stages for new technology building
Southeastern is in the planning stages for a new building that will house computer science, industrial technology and a new degree program in engineering technology.
Originally approved as a $15.8 million project, the university's request to build the Computer Science and Technology Facility has been amended to $21.6 million.
Southeastern has requested that the project move forward with the architectural selection process, said President Randy Moffett. The new facility, expected to be an estimated 63,200 square feet, will feature state-of-the-art laboratory space, faculty offices, lecture and classroom facilities designed to meet national accreditation requirements.
"This facility will provide a new home for Southeastern's growing academic fields in technology," said President Randy Moffett. "This is an academic building that's greatly needed, especially with the recent approval by the state Board of Regents for our new engineering technology degree program.
"Over the next several years, we anticipate this new engineering technology program - along with our existing programs in computer science and industrial technology -- will generate a significant number of graduates with the skills, knowledge and expertise in technology that are needed for our workforce and to enhance the economic development of the region," he added.
The new degree program in engineering technology is awaiting final approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Four concentrations of specialized technological study will be offered through the program: industrial engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and construction engineering.
Moffett thanked Southeastern's legislative delegation for its assistance in moving the request along in the state's capital outlay process and ensuring that it was contained in the legislation authorizing state building projects.
"Over the past decade, our legislators have worked together on behalf of Southeastern to obtain more than $80 million in new academic buildings and renovations that were sorely needed on campus," he said. "Those new facilities have transformed our campus into a modern, technology-rich institution."
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Wind Symphony headlines Fanfare's fourth week
"Were You There?," a Southeastern Wind Symphony concert spanning a century of music history and style, headlines the fourth week of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October arts festival.
The symphony, directed by Glen Hemberger, will perform on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond.
Hemberger said the Wind Symphony is dedicating the Fanfare concert to the memory of famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who died last month. "Pavarotti's contributions to music were felt well beyond the opera world," he said. "We will present Merlin Patterson's brilliant arrangement of 'Nessun Dorma,' the famed aria from the final act of Puccini's 'Turandot,' and one of Pavarotti's signature works."
The Wind Symphony's eclectic program will range from Karl L. King's 1910 "The Melody Shop" to "Nitro" by Frank Ticheli, written last year.
The symphony will also perform Ticheli's "Apollo Unleashed" from Ticheli's "Symphony No. 2," a selection that Hemberger described as "demanding, flashy, and magnificently crafted.
"Ticheli is today considered among the most respected of all contemporary composers," Hemberger said. A native of LaPlace, Ticheli was guest conductor of Southeastern's annual high school honor band in 2003. He is now a faculty member at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Hemberger said the concert's title piece, "Were You There?," is composer John Lynch's version of the well known traditional spiritual by the same name. Wind Symphony flutist Karyn Huggett of Hammond will sing the hymn, followed by the Wind Symphony's performance of Lynch's intriguing arrangement.
The concert will also include three compelling works by Percy Granger, including a rarely performed setting of "The Gum-Suckers" March.
Admission for the concert is $6, adults; $4, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty and staff, plus a one dollar Columbia Theatre handling fee. The concert is free to all students with I.D.
Also during Fanfare's fourth week:
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Southeastern adds five new study abroad programs
Southeastern is offering students 15 study abroad opportunities - including five new programs - for summer 2008.
It is not too early to sign up for the programs in Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and France and Belgium, said Charles A. Dranguet, interim director of the university's International Initiatives Office.
"Students who wish to take advantage of a variety of scholarship opportunities should contact us now," Dranguet said. "The earlier they sign up the better, since limited numbers can be accepted in each program."
Dranguet said students can earn up to six hours of academic credit for most of the programs. Scholarships are available for study abroad include nearly 100 scholarships awarded annually by the Southeastern Student Government Association. Regular student financial aid can also be applied to study abroad expenses, he said.
Students must apply for SGA scholarships by Dec. 7 and to the International Initiatives office by Feb. 29. Students must pay a $100 deposit by Feb. 29 to reserve their place in a program.
Dranguet said new 2008 programs include special honors studies in Costa Rica and a first-ever spring break (March 21-30) study abroad session to study history, art and architecture in Berlin. New summer programs will also provide opportunities to study Spanish language, culture and literature in Salamanca, Spain; history, political science, art and geography in Austria; and business in Panama and in China.
Through 2008 summer programs, Southeastern students can also study Italian language and culture in Rome; tropical ecology in Costa Rica; nursing in Honduras; German language, culture and music in Cologne; business in Costa Rica; French and communication in France and Belgium; literature and culture in Siena, Italy; and sociology, anthropology and criminal justice in Ecuador.
Program costs include tuition, lodging and some meals, site visits, and lectures by top local experts. The International Initiatives Office and some of the university's top faculty coordinate the programs, Dranguet added.
Application packages and information on program dates, courses and fees are available online at www.selu.edu/studyabroad and through the International Initiatives Office, East Stadium, room 102, 985-549-2385.
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Who has the greatest gumbo?
Who - aside from your mama, of course! -- makes the best gumbo? Here's your chance to decide.
Southeastern is hosting a "Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off" for tailgaters at the Nov. 17 Lions vs. Nicholls State home football game.
The greatest gumbo will be decided by the public, who are invited to make the rounds of participating tailgates in Friendship Circle to sample and select their favorite version.
"Seafood, chicken and andouille, okra, filé -- any style of gumbo goes," said Erin Moore, executive assistant to President Randy Moffett. "Everyone has their own special gumbo-making flair. Can your tailgate take the heat? We are all going to really enjoy finding out!"
Moore said each taste-and-vote will cost $1 with the proceeds going to the Lions Athletic Association. The contest concludes at 1 p.m.
Winners, who will be announced at halftime of the 2:30 p.m. game in Strawberry Stadium, will receive "a tailgating prize fit for gumbo gourmets," Moore said.
Tailgaters have until Oct. 26 to sign up to participate in the free contest and will need to provide cups/bowls and spoons for the tasters. For more information, call 985-549-5861.
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Homecoming Door Decorating Contest
Homecoming is quickly approaching and once again the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Dream Team, is sponsoring the annual Homecoming Door Decorating Contest, specifically aimed at faculty and staff.
Offices across campus are invited to decorate their office door for Homecoming. In honor of the Alumni Association's 80th anniversary, this year's theme is "80 Years of Rockin' with Romie."
A registration form, complete with guidelines, can be obtained from the Dream Team at 549-2233 or room 110 of the Student Union.
First, second and third prizes, compliments of the Alumni Association, will be awarded in the form of catering gift certificates from Aramark in $100, $75 and $50 denominations for the winning department.
The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. Doors must be completed by noon on Monday, Nov. 5, and must remain in place throughout Homecoming Week, Nov. 5-10. Winners will be announced at Tumbo Ya Ya on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.selu.edu/alumni 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 email@example.com.
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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 www.selu.edu/phikappaphi.
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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Events impacting parking
On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22- 23, the northernmost row of parking spaces in the North Zachary Taylor Hall parking lot will be reserved for attendees to the NACTE Mock Visit.
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Cook Field parking lot will be reserved for the Beta Club event on campus.
On Tuesdays Oct. 9-Dec. 4, approximately 10 parking spaces in the North Zachary Taylor Hall parking lot will be restricted for attendees at a series of meetings in the Cate Teacher Education Center.
Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged to take these blockages and restrictions into consideration when planning their routes and parking arrangements on these dates. For more information about these blockages and restrictions, please contact the University Parking Office, 985-549-5695, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
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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. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information, contact the center, ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion -- Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
Mark Your Calendars
Halloween Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tinsley Hall, rooms 103, 105. 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.
Lyceum Lights, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks -- The fall session will be Homecoming: Celebrating the 80th Year of our Alumni Association and 80+ years of dedication from faculty and alumni. A $5 lunch charge will be paid at the door. Reservations required.
United Way: Our United Way campaign is now underway! Thank you for all your help in the past as we look forward to another great campaign this year. As an incentive, coordinators who achieve 100 percent participation by the Nov. 5 turn-in date will qualify for a drawing for a gift card redeemable at Jacmel Inn, Brady's or Nuvolari's restaurants.
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Honors Program to recognize sophomores
The Honors Program will present certificates to 23 students who have met the strenuous requirements for the Sophomore Honors Distinction Award on Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m., in D Vickers, room 125. The students have completed at least 12 hours of Honors courses and achieved a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA upon reaching junior status. Awards will also be presented for service and teaching excellence.
Students receiving honors certificates are Michelle Badeaux, Liberal Arts Studies; Harrison Brown, Biological Sciences; Rachel Brown, English; Jessica Crowe, Nursing; Randol DeVilleneuve, Nursing; Meggie Doucet, Biological Sciences; Jade Dykes, Education; Veronica Ennis, Psychology; Lauren Eserman, Biological Sciences; Chris Guagliardo, Political Science; Stephanie Hight, Liberal Arts Studies; Jenna Holmes, Political Science; Jacqueline Jacobi, Nursing; Jason Killeen, Art; Laura Latson, Biological Sciences; Hannah Locke, Psychology; Julie Losch, Spanish; Rachel Pierson, General Studies; Christopher Schneider, Physics; Zealon Solomon, Political Science; John Tiley, Biological Sciences; Ximena Velazquez, Finance; and RebeccaWeber, Chemistry.
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Neville joins band for 'spirited' halftime
This week in athletics
An article by Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Gray (Mathematics) and Denise Tullier-Holly (Southeastern Lab School) titled "Connecting Measurement and Architecture: Building an Inflatable" has been published in the October 2007 issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Vol. 13, No. 3. The article was the outcome of a project conducted with middle school students at the laboratory school. The authors have made presentations on how to produce an inflatable at the meetings of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Philadelphia and New Orleans.
Dr. Rayma Harchar (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "The Tipping Point of Systemic Change in School Leader Preparation" at the NCPEA annual conference in Chicago, July 31-Aug. 3. Dr. Harchar also published "Navigating the Political Waves between National Organizations, State Governments, Universities and School Districts for the School Leader Intership" in the 2007 NCPEA Yearbook.
Eight members of the Department of History and Political Science participated in the recent 26th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Mobile Alabama. Al Dranguet along with Roman Heleniak presented a paper entitled "The Manchac Swamp: The Last Chapter." Keith Finley delivered a paper highlighting "Myths and Realities of Senate Rules and Resistance to Civil Rights." Sam Hyde offered a presentation revealing new and continuing initiatives in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies entitled "Challenges and Rewards of Creating a Regional Research Center and Archive." Victoria Mocsary presented a paper on her continuing studies of the Hungarian community titled "Race and Ethnicity in Hungarian Settlement, Louisiana." Bill Robison offered "Old Dogs New Tricks: The Second Time Around With a Teaching American History Grant," a presentation detailing new efforts connected to the TAH grant series. Randy Sanders delivered a paper entitled "What Political Hatchet Men Learned from Jimmy Carter's Gubernatorial Campaign of 1970." Pete Petrakis served as chair/commentator for a session highlighting "Recent Scholarship in Louisiana Political History." Sam Hyde was renewed as executive director of the GSHA and Randy Sanders was elected vice president at the annual meeting of the executive committee and board of directors GSHA.
Gary Keown (Visual Arts) presented a paper at the Southeastern College Art Conference October 17 - 20 in Charleston, West Virginia. The session was titled, "From Ha-Ha! to Hmmm? The Current State of Humor in Art" and his paper was titled "The Art of Humor: A Socially Inspired Voice." Keown also represents Louisiana on the SECAC board.
Dr. Debra D. Dolliver (Chemistry and Physics) has published an article entitled "Nucleophilic substitution reactions of N-alkoxyimidoyl fluorides by carbon nucleophiles" in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry. Co-authors are Southeastern alumnus David B. Delatte and senior Derek B. Linder, along with collaborators from La Trobe University in Australia and Texas Woman's University.
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