Southeastern proposing new Supply Chain Management degree
Southeastern has taken the first step toward establishing a new bachelor's degree program in the increasingly important business field of Supply Chain Management (SCM).
If ultimately approved by both the University of Louisiana system and the Board of Regents, the four-year undergraduate program in the College of Business' Department of Marketing and Finance would be a first in Louisiana. Southeastern began the approval process on Oct. 26 when the UL System accepted its letter of intent to establish the new degree.
The proposed degree program is a good fit for Southeastern, said College of Business Dean Randy Settoon, because of the university's location at the hub of interstates, railways and ports and its commitment to motivating growth in the economically important I-12 Corridor.
Combining the fields of marketing, production and operations management and information systems, SCM has become an essential competitive tool for businesses in moving their products or services successfully from inception to customers.
"An important part of every business is being as efficient and cost effective as possible," Settoon said. "The supply chain - all the parties linked in the flow of goods, information and funds -- is what it's all about."
"Today's high performance organizations fully integrate procurement, production, logistics, information systems and marketing both within the firm and across firms," said Robert Cope, interim head of the Department of Marketing and Finance. "An increasing number of companies rely on SCM as a key competitive weapon."
As one of the biggest growth areas in the manufacturing sector, SCM carries a strong demand for specialists, Cope said. "Managers attracted to SCM are impressed by the variety and challenges in the field, its sophisticated technology, and its importance to the overall economy and the global marketplace," he said.
Cope said that distribution centers in southeast Louisiana have indicated that while good salaried jobs are available in SCM, qualified employees are scarce. "Careers in SCM are common to almost all industries and focus on a wide variety of functional areas," he said. "For instance, a student graduating in the discipline might work in marketing, logistics, operations, quality assurance, purchasing or information system. It is possible to work anywhere from pharmaceuticals, to services, to automotive, and even the military."
Southeastern currently offers a SCM concentration within its marketing major. The College of Business has courses and faculty within its Management and Marketing and Finance departments to create a successful program, as well as a management professor, David Wyld, who is a nationally-recognized expert on RFID (radio frequency identification) technology.
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Southeastern celebrates Homecoming Nov. 5-10
Southeastern will celebrate Homecoming Nov. 5-10 with the theme "80 Years of Rockin' with Roomie."
As the Alumni Association marks its 80th anniversary, the university welcomes all alumni and friends with a week of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a downtown Hammond parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium.
The Homecoming Week schedule will include a number of time-honored favorites, including the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for students, campus and community decorating contests, including a kid's cardboard cake decorating contest in honor of the 80th anniversary celebration, an alumni art exhibit, a golf tournament, and the FE-Lions' Homecoming luncheon.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, the annual bonfire will be torched at the traditional spot adjacent to the Alumni Center at 7:15 p.m., where spectators can also enjoy the music of the Spirit of the Southland Band. On Friday, Nov. 9, the Alumni Awards Evening is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Twelve Oaks. The evening will include announcements of several Alumni Association awards, including the 2007 Alumnus of the Year, which will be presented to William J. Handal, a 1974 Southeastern graduate who currently serves as the minister of finance of El Salvador.
Awards Evening tickets are available at the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
Spirited activities on Homecoming Day, Nov. 10, include tailgating fun in Friendship Circle, featuring a variety of activities, crafts, and games, and everyone can browse a ceramics sale and display by Southeastern art students.
A reception and dedication ceremony for Southeastern donors who have endowed scholarships and professorships will be held at 11 a.m. in Sims Memorial Library. An opening reception for the Alumni Art Exhibit will take place at 3 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery at 100 East Stadium.
Reunions and tailgating will be hosted by all five of the university's colleges, Greek organizations and student organizations.
The Homecoming parade, which will immediately follow the Veterans Parade, will role from campus to downtown Hammond and back again at 2 p.m. Members of the 2007 Homecoming queen and beau courts will be recognized, and the queen and king will be announced and crowned at halftime of the football game.
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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. Dishes will be judged on overall taste (50 percent), application to theme (25 percent), and visual appeal (25 percent).
This year's homecoming theme, "80 Years of Rockin' with Roomie," celebrates the Alumni Association's 80th anniversary.
If you are interested in participating, please e-mail 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 Cardboard 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 4:30 p.m. 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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Dardenne to present Morrison Lecture Nov. 6
Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne will present the annual James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
The free lecture, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Southeastern's Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event honors the late James H. "Jimmy" Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-1967. Morrison died in 2000.
The lecture explores critical and topical themes pertaining to public policy. Previous speakers have included U.S. Senators John Breaux and Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representative Lindy Boggs and W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, state Senators John Hainkel and Melvin "Kip" Holden, state Rep. Henry "Tank" Powell, and Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Jack A. "Jay" Blossman Jr.
Dardenne, who was elected to his first full term as Secretary of State in the Oct. 20 primary, will present "Why Louisiana Ain't Mississippi," a lively and colorful look at Louisiana's culture, demography, history, music and politics.
After serving 15 years in the Louisiana Senate, Dardenne was elected Secretary of State in 2006 in a special election, replacing Democratic incumbent Al Ater. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee and authored legislation establishing the motion picture tax credit and creating the single Board of Ethics. He also sponsored constitutional amendments establishing victims' rights and providing funding sources to fight coastal erosion. In 2003, he was named National Republican Legislator of the Year.
For additional information about the Morrison Lecture, call the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, 985-549-2151.
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Pelegrin publishes new poetry collection
Big Muddy River of Stars, a new book of poetry by Alison Pelegrin, an award-wining member of the Southeastern English faculty, has been published by the University of Akron Press.
Pelegrin's second full-length poetry collection, the book continues her celebration of characters of south Louisiana, tempered by the devastations of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
The University of Akron Press said, "These sassy poems come on like a carnival parade, with boisterous shout-outs to sleepy rivers and Big Shot soda, crawfish and trailer trash and those 'git-r-dones' who rebuild homes ravaged by hurricane and high water. Presiding over the book is the spirit of Chinese poet Li Po, Pelegrin's prodigal mentor and drinking buddy. With lines that laugh and rage and slur in the piquant tongue of her native Louisiana, Pelegrin knows how to play the blues in a bold and irreverent key."
Pelegrin also is the author of The Zydeco Tablets, as well as three chapbooks, Squeezers, Voodoo Lips, and Dancing with the One-Armed Man. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
Big Muddy River of Stars was the winner of the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize and is the latest release in the Akron Series in Poetry. The book is available in paperback through the University of Akron Press, www.uakron.edu/uapress, 1-877-UAPRESS.
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Columbia Theatre artist to appear on NBC's 'Phenomenon' Wednesday
Illusionist Mike Super is already scheduled to bring his mesmerizing magical talents to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Jan. 5. Meanwhile, you can get a sneak peek of his amazing talents on TV.
Super, along with nine other mentalists, illusionists and mystifiers, has been selected for the new NBC television series "Phenomenon." He will be showcased on the new program's two-hour Oct. 31 live episode.
Super, who has been creating illusions since the age of six, has entertained thousands, including celebrities such as Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Paul Reiser and Robin Leach. His ever growing popularity has garnered him many prestigious honors including the 2002 Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year, 2003 America's Best Entertainer of the Year, and the 2003 Best Live Novelty Performance.
Donna Gay Anderson, director of the Columbia Theatre, is thrilled that Super was selected for the show.
"I'm not surprised that Mike was chosen -- having seen him perform, I know how gifted he is," she said. "But, what a coup for the Columbia that he is getting this wonderful national exposure!"
"Phenomenon" is based on a successful Israeli version of the show judged and monitored by famed mentalist, Uri Geller and world-renowned mystifier, Criss Angel. The series showcases carefully selected mentalists who will compete live against one another each week by demonstrating a wide spectrum of mystifying talents on a panel of celebrity guests who experience the spellbinding illusions along with the studio audience.
Both Geller and Angel will assess the contestants' talents each week and offer their opinions. The fate of the winner, however, is ultimately in the hands of the viewers at home, who will vote to determine who takes home $250,000 and becomes the next great mentalist.
Tickets for the Columbia Theatre's Jan. 5 show are $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $20, Orchestra 3 and Balcony 2. They are available online at columbiatheatre.org or at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays, and one hour before performance times.
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Chamber Orchestra, Russian pianist close out Fanfare
The Chamber Orchestra will present an evening of music from movie themes and - compliments of a special guest artist - from Moscow Monday, Oct. 29, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Under the baton of Yakov Voldman, the orchestra will welcome back to Fanfare renowned Russian pianist Alexander Bonduriansky, who will share the spotlight during the second half of the 7:30 p.m. concert. The performance is part of the finale of the 22nd season of Fanfare, Southeastern's October arts celebration.
General admission tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for senior citizens and Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni. All students are admitted free with I.D. A $1 handling fee will be added for each ticket. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas, 985-5493-4371, from noon-5 p.m., weekdays and one hour before performance time.
Bonduriansky, People's Artist of Russia, is a professor at the Tchaikovsky's Moscow State Conservatory, and a member of the acclaimed Moscow Piano Trio. A native of Kherson in the Ukraine, he is a graduate of the Chisinau Conservatory where he studied under Professor A. Sokovnin, and completed his musical training at the Moscow State Conservatory.
The orchestra will begin the evening with Rossini's overture to "The Barber of Seville."Bonduriansky will take center stage in Beethoven's "Concerto No. 3." The concert's second half will be devoted to lighter musical fare as the orchestra performs favorites from a variety of musical soundtracks, including "Star Wars," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Pirates of the Caribbean."
Bonduriansky will again be on stage Oct. 30 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the concert will feature Bonduriansky's rendition of classical favorites by Franz Schubert, including "Sonata in B-flat Major," "Three Songs (transcriptions by Franz Liszt)," and "Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15 (Wanderer).
He will be joined in "Fantasia in F Minor for Piano Four Hands" by another acclaimed pianist, Southeastern's own David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. General admission tickets are $5. The concert is free for all students with I.D.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Halloween Day, Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, will lecture on "The Real Nightmare Before Christmas: The Puritan War Against Church Holidays" at 1 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. His lecture will put in historical context the so called "culture wars" of today by discussing the real war against Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and other church holidays waged by Puritans, the Calvinist Christians of 17th-century England and its American colonies.
As always, costumes -- even Puritan costumes, he says -- are encouraged. The lecture is free.
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Concert Choir, Women's Chorale to perform Nov. 5
The Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will present a wide variety of choral landmarks and 20th century works as well as selections by composers from France, Mexico and Norway Monday, Nov. 5, at Hammond's First United Methodist Church.
The free concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature numerous solos by Southeastern vocal students, said Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities.
Rowe said the women's choir will perform French composer Leo Delibes' "Messe Breve" with strings and a rousing Mexican "huapango" piece titled "Las Amarillas," arranged by Stephen Hatfield. The huapango is a Mexican musical style popular in the lands along the Gulf of Mexico characterized by a complex rhythmic structure.
Senior Southeastern vocal education major Brian Martinez of Montz will conduct the chorale in a movement from Libby Larsen's "Today This Spring."
Rowe said the second half of the concert will feature the Concert Choir, Southeastern's premier vocal ensemble, opening with "Prelude" by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. The choir will also perform "Trois chansons de Charles d'Orleans," three pieces by Claude Debussy.
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Social Justice Lecture Series features two guests
Two guest speakers on the frontlines of social justice issues will be featured next week in the annual Social Justice Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
Malik Rahim of New Orleans' Common Ground Collective, a community-initiated volunteer organization offering assistance, mutual aid and support to hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast region, will speak on "Emergency Preparedness" on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. A reception will follow is presentation.
Medea Benjamin, founding director of the human rights group Global Exchange and and co-founder of Codepink: Women for Peace, will be the lecture series' guest on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Her lecture will also be followed by a reception.
Look for additional information about the speakers in next week's ByLion.
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The following parking areas and/or streets will be restricted during the specified dates and times due to special events on campus:
On Tuesdays from 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.
On Friday, Nov. 2, the parking areas between the Pennington Student Activity Center and the Cate Teacher Education Center will be restricted from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for a Teacher Job Fair in the Kiva.
Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged to take these special arrangements into consideration for their driving and parking plans on these dates. For more information about these parking exceptions, please contact the University Parking Office at 985-549-5695 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
Workshops: 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, please contact the center at ext. 5791 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Web 2.0: Innovative Technologies to Enhance Student Learning": Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.. Dr. Burks Oakley II, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois-Champaign, will present on the use of web-based instructional technologies, such as blogs, folksonomies, podcasting, RSS and Wikis via live Web streaming in the center's training room, Tinsley 103. In his presentation, Dr. Oakley will show successful techniques in the use of second generation Web-based instructional technologies. Oakley has earned a national reputation as a practitioner and promoter of Internet-based asynchronous learning environments. This is the inaugural event for the Dennis Minor Lecture Series, sponsored by Louisiana Tech University.
Halloween Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and 105. Come by to enjoy refreshments and see what the center offers 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/Alumns! Lunch will be Chicken Supreme (breast of chicken in a mushroom wine sauce), served with tossed salad, wild rice, green beans and coconut cake. A $5 lunch charge will be paid at the door. Reservations required. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 2.
United Way: A reminder that United Way communicator packets are due in the Center by Monday, Nov. 5. We will accept late submissions, but urge you to try to get them in soon. The date is set so that payroll deductions can be set up to begin with January payroll. Don't forget, 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!
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DTD invited campus to Thanksgiving potluck
Delta Tau Delta fraternity will host its annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
Every year members and their families gather together for an evening of fun, fellowship and food. Members of the Southeastern family including faculty, staff and other students are invited.
Those wishing to attend are asked to e-mail the chapter president at email@example.com and let the Delts know how many people you will be bringing.
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This week in athletics
The Lions football team will attempt to snap its three-game Southland Conference losing streak when they head to Texas State during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (2-6, 1-3 SLC) will look to get back on track and bounce back from Saturday's 45-17 loss at No. 5 McNeese State. Texas State won for the second straight week on Saturday, earning a 20-17 victory over Northwestern State in Natchitoches. Saturday's game will kickoff at 6 p.m. from Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Southeastern volleyball team (10-13, 1-10 SLC) will close out its home schedule this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions will host Texas-Arlington on Friday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Texas State will be in town on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the regular-season home finale. Southeastern senior Melissa Jones will be honored in a special pre-match Senior Day ceremony on Saturday. Admission is free to all Southeastern matches.
The Southeastern soccer team (9-4-3, 4-2-1 SLC) heads into the season's final weekend with a chance to win or share the SLC regular season title. On Friday, Southeastern will face SLC co-leader Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Lady Lions will close out the regular season at Sam Houston State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas.
Friday, Nov. 2
Volleyball, vs. Texas-Arlington, University Center, 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Football, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Volleyball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Women's Soccer, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m.
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"Managing Disaster Recovery Centers on Campus: The Experience of Southeastern Louisiana University," an article by Duane Shafer (University Center) and Dr. Heather Lawrence, Ohio University (former Southeastern assistant athletic director), has been published in Planning for Higher Education.
Wendy Johns (Development Foundation) was recently elected to the board position of president-elect for the Greater Northshore-Florida Parishes Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Dr. Tim Gautreaux (Writer in Residence, English) gave a reading of one of his short stories at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. While there, he also gave lectures in three classes of Southern Literature and creative writing.
An article by Dr. Nicole J. McPherson (Music and Dramatic Arts) has been published in Journal of the IAWN (International Alliance for Women in Music).
At left, CSD graduate students Tracey Dobson (left) and Kim Cooke.
Dr. Ann Carruth (Nursing) and Dr. Rebecca Davis (Communication Sciences and
Disorders) are collaborating on a hearing loss prevention and intervention project with Dr. Deborah Reed from the University of Kentucky and Janet Ehlers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). With grant funding from the University of Louisiana System, the School of Nursing recently coordinated health fair activities at the Washington Parish Fair, with Nursing faculty Charlie Dykes, Jackie Hunt and Danielle Charrier participating, along with a number of Southeastern nursing students. Dr. Davis and her CSD graduate students distributed hearing conservation information, performed hearing screenings, and demonstrated "Max" (on loan from NIOSH), a specialized mannequin that registers the decibel levels of Ipod/MP3 player earphones.
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