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New scholarship encourages students to graduate on time
Southeastern is offering a unique new scholarship to encourage students to complete their degrees in four years.
Beginning with the current freshman class, the new "Progression Scholarship" will reward students who make steady progress toward completing their degrees on time by giving them a scholarship equal to a percentage of their tuition and fees - 10 percent for sophomores, 30 percent for juniors, and 50 percent for seniors.
The scholarship will be awarded to qualified students beginning in fall 2008.
"Our degrees are four year programs," said President Randy Moffett. "We are encouraging students to place a priority on enrolling in the right classes, successfully completing those classes and moving toward their degree in the four-year time frame."
To qualify for the Progression Scholarship, students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete 25 percent of their degree in their first year, 50 percent in the second year, and 75 percent in the third year.
Those who keep their academic timelines on track could receive as much as $2,880 by graduation. The average award to qualified students will be $320 in year one, $960 in year two, and $1,600 in year three.
"As far as we know, Southeastern is the only university in Louisiana offering such a scholarship incentive," Moffett said. "We are committed to helping our students succeed. We pledged to dedicate a portion of our recent budget increase to developing new programs targeting student retention and progression."
He pointed out that the new scholarship will have both short and long term benefits for its recipients and for Southeastern. "It is a simple fact that graduating on time saves both the student and Southeastern money," Moffett said. "Since so many students combine work with school, the scholarship support may allow some students to work less and take the courses they need to graduate on time."
Students' progress will be tracked by the university's new degree progress reporting system, said Stephen Soutullo, assistant vice president for enrollment management. Students do not need to apply for the scholarship. Those who qualify to receive the financial award will be notified and their university account will be credited automatically next fall, he said.
"We will initiate a communication plan that includes such thing as e-mails and letter to fully explain the scholarship's benefits and requirements," Soutullo said. He said detailed information about the Progression Scholarship soon will be available on Southeastern's web site at www.selu.edu/progression and from students' academic advisors.
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Phi Kappa Phi general meeting Thursday
Members of The National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to the fall general membership meeting to be held Thursday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m., in the Pelican Room of the Student Union.
Among the topics discussed will be new award opportunities for members, the upcoming Intramural Quiz Bowl, the spring banquet, and voting for new initiates.
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Help raise grades by participating in Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction (SI), offered through the Center for Student Excellence, has been on campus since the late 1990s. The program was designed by Dr. Deanna Martin in 1973 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to increase retention rates and reduce attrition by incorporating "what to learn" with "how to learn."
The basic concept of the SI program is to place qualified student SI leaders inside the classrooms of historically difficult courses. The SI leader serves as a model student and attends all class meetings, takes notes, reads assignments, and conducts three to five 50-minute study sessions a week to assist students with critical thinking skills and study strategies. The study sessions are completely voluntary; however, SI research at UMKC has proven that students who participate usually show an increase in grades between one-half to one full letter grade.
For fall 2007, SI is supporting 13 courses which have a high repeat rate and a failure rate of 35 percent or higher. Current faculty with SI in their classroom will have an opportunity to continue in the spring, and anyone interested in having the SI program in their classroom for spring semester should contact Carolyn Blackwood, Learning Assistance and SI coordinator, as soon as possible. It is vital that faculty provide recommendations for student leaders; final hiring decisions and training are handled by the SI Coordinator. Faculty and courses will be selected and publicized before early registration in a few short weeks.
For more information about this notice, contact Carolyn Blackwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5717.
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Homecoming contests for kids, businesses
Southeastern will celebrate Homecoming Week Nov. 5-10 with a host of activities for both the campus and community, including a bonfire, alumni awards evening, reunions, parade and the 6 p.m. Nov. 10 Southeastern-Sam Houston football game in Strawberry Stadium.
Alumni Director Kathy Pittman said plans for the gala celebration also include a cardboard cake decorating contest for area children ages 6-13. The cake theme is in honor of the Alumni Association's 80th anniversary.
First, second and third place prizes will be given in three categories -- ages 6-7, 8-9 and 10-13.
Participants can use cardboard boxes, glitter, beads, foil, ribbon, action figures - and anything else their imaginations can contrive - to create a decorated "cake" with the 2007 homecoming theme, "80 Years of Rockin' with Roomie." Although Southeastern's colors are green and gold, any colors are acceptable. Edible cakes, however, cannot be submitted.
Children should include the following information on the bottom of their creation: full name, address, city, state, zip, phone number, age, grade and school. Entries should be brought by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 5 to the Southeastern Alumni Center, 500 University Ave., where they will be on display during Homecoming Week. Judging and prize announcements will take place at the Alumni Center on Nov. 7, 4 p.m.
Also adding to Southeastern Homecoming spirit is a decorating contest, complete with prizes, for Hammond businesses. Businesses interested in showcasing their Lion spirit should contact Aly Ragan of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce at 985-345-4457 or Bridget Anderson at 985-345-3830 by noon Nov. 2. Judging will take place Wednesday, Nov. 7.
For more information on contests, contact the Alumni Center, 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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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. (The form will be available there for download within the next few days.) 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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Capitol Steps return for Fanfare's second week
Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters who put the "mock" in democracy, headlines the second week of Fanfare.
A Fanfare favorite since 1996, The Capitol Steps have earned a sidesplitting reputation for being the only group in Washington that attempts to be funnier than Congress. The group will return to Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct. 11, for a 7:30 p.m. performance.
Tickets are $28 if purchased online (assigned seating; no refunds or exchanges; no exceptions). Discounted tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office -- $24, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, and alumni; $20, group rate; and $18, all students.
The Capitol Steps began 25 years ago as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. The group has recorded 27 albums, including their latest, Springtime for Liberals. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their "Politics Takes a Holiday" specials.
The troupe's material is updated constantly, whether it is the Democrats' current infatuation with Barack Obama in "A Leader Like Barack" (to "The Leader of the Pack") or President Bush and the Prime Minister of Japan reconciling their differences in the touching "Stand By Japan." No matter who's in the headlines, the Capitol Steps are equal opportunity offenders.
As a "warm-up" for The Capitol Step's performance, Southeastern faculty will present a panel discussion on "Political Satire, Past and Present" earlier in the day. At 1 p.m., Oct. 11, in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium political scientist Peter Petrakis, literary scholar Mary Sue Ply, rhetorician Claire Procopio, and philosopher Jeffrey Bell will discuss the past history and present significance of political satire.
Fanfare's second week will also include the first of a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts throughout the area. The Amite Arts Council will partner with Fanfare to present violinist Arkady Yanivker on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 800 N. Duncan Ave., Amite.
On Monday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. in D Vickers Hall's Vonnie Borden Theatre, New York activist and actor Jens Rasmussen will present "An Inconvenient Truth." Rasmussen is one of a diverse group of Americans who have joined a grassroots effort spearheaded by former Vice President Al Gore to spread the message about the threat of global warming. Rasmussen's informative and entertaining presentation will explore how individuals, businesses, schools and organizations can be a part of the solution to global warming.
The "High Noon Fiction" series will feature Southeastern poet Jack Bedell (far left) and short-story writer Norman German, both authors on the Southeastern English faculty. The authors will read from their latest works on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at noon in Vonnie Borden Theatre. Bedell, who recently was named Louisiana Professional Artist for 2007 in the state "Governor's Awards," will read from works such as "Come Rain, Come Shine" and "French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets." German, whose stories appear in literary journals and popular magazines, will share his award-winning story "Control Burn." The authors' presentation is free.
Also on Oct. 9, Fanfare's free Foreign Film series will continue with the 1993 Italian drama "Flight of the Innocent." The 106-minute film, scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, is rated "R" for graphic violence and language.
The Department of History and Political Sciences' "Then and Now" lecture series will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with a 1 p.m. presentation at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium by Michael Kurtz, an internationally recognized authority on the Kennedy assassination. Kurtz, recently retired from the Southeastern history faculty and as dean of the university's Graduate School, will discuss his second book on the assassination, "The JFK Assassination Debates: Lone Gunman vs. Conspiracy Theory." In the book, Kurtz sums up the host of theories -- from the serious to the silly - that continue to swirl around that fateful 1963 day in Dallas. A book signing will follow his presentation.
Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium will be the setting on Oct. 10, for a 6 p.m. preview screening of the first episode in a new season of PBS's Emmy-nominated documentary series, "Art:21 -- Art in the Twenty-first Century," which focuses on American contemporary visual artists. The episode "Ecology" will feature artists Robert Adams, Mark Dion, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.
Oct. 10 will also see the opening of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Southeastern's acclaimed Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. The classic musical comedy, which blends the hilarious illogicalities of a Latin comedy with the zany nonsense of vaudeville, will run through Oct. 13 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time nightly at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Tickets are $14, general admission, and $10, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non -Southeastern students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with the university I.D.
Wrapping up Fanfare's second week on Saturday, Oct. 13, are two Fanfare events in the community.
At 10:30 p.m. at the Hammond Library, 314 E. Thomas Street, youngsters can enjoy "Stories and Jazz" by children's librarian Karen Plauche.
Also on Oct. 13, the city of Ponchatoula will host its popular Berry Patch Quilt and Art Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. throughout the south Tangipahoa Parish city.
Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit the Fanfare links at columbiatheatre.org.
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Southeastern to host lecture on science of climate change
An international specialist in environmental science will launch a lecture series on global climate change at Southeastern on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Jay Gulledge, senior scientist and program manager for science and impacts at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, will speak on the science of climate change at 3:30 p.m. in room 107 of Fayard Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Gulledge's lecture is the first of four addresses by leading national authorities that will be held on campus as part of an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of climate change, said Kent Neuerburg, interim director of Southeastern's Honors Program, which is sponsoring the series. Other campus units supporting the lectures are the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs and the colleges of Education and Human Development, Business, Science and Technology, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
"Global climate change is something that affects all of us and crosses a wide range of disciplines of study," Neuerburg said. "It is one of the foremost public policy issues that faces all nations today and one that is being hotly debated among scientists and general citizens alike. We hope this series will shed some further insight into the whole topic."
He said future speakers will address the economic impacts, public policy issues, and individual responses to climate change.
A certified senior ecologist with more than 15 years experience teaching and conducting research in environmental science, Gulledge oversees the Pew Center's efforts to assess the current state of scholarly knowledge about the science and environmental impacts of climate change. He has served on the faculties of Tulane University and the University of Louisville where he developed courses in global environmental change and ecosystem ecology. He holds a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is an eight-year-old non-profit, non-partisan organization which has published nearly 70 peer-reviewed reports by experts in climate science, economics, policy and solutions. The center is based in Arlington, Va.
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Outside employment forms
Outside employment forms for the 7/1/07 through 6/30/08 reporting period have been mailed. Additional forms are available at www.selu.edu/admin/hr/documents/hrooutform.doc.
Completed forms and the return envelope should be forwarded to supervisors for approval. Supervisors should forward forms to deans or department heads for approval. Deans or department heads should forward the forms to HR. For further information, contact Rissie Cook in Human Resources at 549-2347.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
The Center for Faculty Excellence is offering a new funding opportunity for 2007-08 -- LEAD grants. The purpose of the competitive grants is to enable and empower Southeastern's faculty to "lead the way" in making a difference in their scholarly/creative, campus, professional, and wider communities as we move toward Southeastern's Vision 2010.
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Oct. 10. Hand-carry applications to Tinsley Annex, room 6.
Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion, Thursday, Oct. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
Mark your calendars for the "Halloween Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair, Tuesday, Oct. 30, Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and 105. Come by anytime from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and see what the center offers in the way of equipment and assistance. Sample portfolios will be on display and experienced faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Come by and pick up tips on presenting your "Best Works" in your portfolio.
E-mail email@example.com or call ext. 5791 with questions regarding this information.
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Graduating seniors invited to Grad Fair
Grad Fair, Southeastern's one-stop shopping for graduation will be held in the Alumni Center Oct. 11, noon-5 p.m. and Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grad Fair is co-sponsored by the Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities and the Gamma Beta Phi Honor and Service Society.
Graduating seniors who ordered caps and gowns before Sept. 15 will be able to pick them up at Grad Fair. This will be the final opportunity for seniors to order caps and gowns. (Payment will not be required until regalia is picked up.)
Grad Fair also offers seniors opportunities to complete several requirements for graduation such as the exit survey, meeting with Financial Aid and getting graduation information. They can also order official Southeastern rings, invitations and other Southeastern memorabilia. Information will be available on the Alumni Association, the Development Foundation and Career Services.
During Grad Fair, Career Services will also offer an "Emergency Resume Clinics. Participants must bring a printed copy of their resume. The clinic is designed as a quick review to help tune up resumes. Clinics will be offered Thursday, Oct. 11 from 1-5 p.m. and Oct. 12 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
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Onlookers gather at the Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse in Amite during the 1921 hanging of the men convicted of murdering Independence banker Dallas Calmes. The controversial incident is one of the infamous Tangipahoa Parish crimes featured in a new The Florida Parish Chronicles.
Channel show spotlights famous Florida Parishes crimes, criminals
Famous crimes and criminals in Tangipahoa Parish history will be highlighted in the newest episode of the Southeastern Channel's Telly Award-winning history series, The Florida Parish Chronicles.
"Part One: Legendary Crimes and Criminals of the Florida Parishes" will air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 10 on Southeastern's educational cable access channel.
General Manager Rick Settoon, the show's executive producer, said the new episode includes period dramatic reenactments, vintage photographs, archival footage and interviews.
"The colorful history of the Florida Parishes is spiced with legend and folklore of notorious villains and highly-charged criminal cases that most have only heard about in bits and pieces passed down through generations," said Settoon. "This episode presents detailed and factual records of two of the more well-known stories in a dramatic fashion that viewers will enjoy."
The show profiles the adventures of famed train robber Eugene Bunch, who terrorized the Florida Parishes in the late 19th century. Bunch began his robberies in Washington Parish and successfully held up trains throughout southeast Louisiana until he was tracked down, ambushed and killed in 1893.
It also chronicles the much-publicized and much-disputed 1921 trial and hanging of six Italian men who murdered Independence banker Dallas Calmes while attempting to rob the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank of Independence. The men, who had criminal backgrounds and were from New York, Chicago and New Orleans, had heard that the bank housed large deposits made by Independence strawberry farmers.
The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. It can be seen online at www.selu.edu/tv.
Events impacting parking
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 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.
On Friday, Oct. 19, the East Student Union parking lot will be restricted for an event in the Student Union Ballroom.
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, contact the University Parking Office, 985-549-5695, weekdays between 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Participants in the FE-Lions luncheon on Thursday last week at Trey Yuen were treated to a very special lion-shaped cake, compliments of the lucheon's sponsors, Cheryl and Bill Chaucer (at right). At left, are John Montecino, Vicki Blazevich and Veda Abene.
This week in athletics
Dr. Ralph Wood (Kinesiology and Health Studies) was honored at the recent American School Health Association (ASHA) National Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was inducted as a fellow of the ASHA national professional association. The honor is given to professionals who have made significant contributions in research and service to the health education profession.
Dr. Lillian Stiegler's (Communication Sciences & Disorders) article, "Discovering Communicative Competencies in a Nonspeaking Child with Autism" was recently published in the journal Language, Speech & Hearing Services in Schools.
C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts and Cultural Resource Management) attended the
fall retreat of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at national headquarters in Baton Rouge Sept. 27-30. In addition to serving as board member and director of fellowships, Blackwood is chairing a committee whose charge is to write a new vision statement for the Society.
Ladonna Guillot (Sims Memorial Library) and Dr. Susan Pryor (Nursing) had an article published in the most recent issue of Journal of Hospital Librarianship entitled "PDA Use by Undergraduate Nursing Students on Pediatric Clinical Rotations."
Jim McHodgkins (Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs) was elected chair of the executive board of the Louisiana Higher Education Coalition to Reduce Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs.
Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been asked to chair three panels at the American Society of Criminology meeting in November 2007. The three thematic panels are "Violence/Intimate Violence," "Minorities and the Police," and "Violence/Trends." Dr. Riedel will also present a paper, "The Declining Arrest Clearances for Homicide." In addition, he will participate in a meeting of the Joint Task Force on Sociology and Criminology Programs sponsored by the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology.
Dr. David Wyld (Management) recently traveled to Ottawa, Canada, to deliver an invited presentation for the Conference Board of Canada to information technology executives working in the Canadian provincial and national governments. The lecture on "The Blogging Revolution: Government in the Age of Web 2.0," was based on his report released earlier this year by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
Drs. Alan Cannon, Lucy Kabza, John Lewallen, and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) attended the Southern Regional Algebra Conference at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Sept. 28-30. Dr. Neuerburg presented the paper "Rings determined by covers of groups."
An article by David Benac (History and Political Science), "Whose Forest Is This? Hillfolk, Industrialists, and Government in the Ozarks," has been selected for the State Historical Society's Missouri Historical Review Article Award. The award and its cash prize is given each year to the author of the best article to appear in the Missouri Historical Review. He will be honored at the society's annual meeting luncheon Nov. 3 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Learning Assistance Coordinator Carolyn Blackwood (Center for Student Excellence) presented a dyslexia workshop simulation at the National College Learning Center Association in Atlanta in September.
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