Randy Moffett presents a special plaque to Judge Richard T. Haik Sr.
making him an "honorary Lion."
Livingston Center dedicated; named for Clausen family
Unveiling replicas of plaques, officials with Southeastern and the
Livingston Parish Public School System officially dedicated the
Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center on Sept. 6.
The 39,000 square foot facility is
a partnership between the two institutions built with the residual
funds from an environmental class action suit known commonly as
"Combustion, Inc." The suit affected thousands of parish
residents and culminated in 1999 with a $130 million settlement.
Approximately $4.5 million of the residual funds were allocated
to the project proposed to the federal courts by Southeastern and
the Livingston school system.
President Randy Moffett recognized
several individuals who played integral roles in the project, including
Judge Richard T. Haik Sr., chief justice of the U.S. District Court,
Western District of Louisiana, who presided over the case; Sally
Clausen, former president of Southeastern and current head of the
University of Louisiana System; Rogers Pope, former superintendent
of Livingston Parish Public Schools; and the chief plaintiffs' attorney
in the case, Calvin Fayard of Denham Springs.
People entering the building located
on Hwy. 190 were greeted with an 84-foot-long "Wall of Memory,"
a timeline that tells the story in text and pictures of Combustion,
Inc. from its origins as an oil recycling plant and toxic waste
dump to the class action suit that forced its cleanup as an Environmental
Protection Agency Superfund site.
"As part of his judgment, Judge
Haik asked that a memorial be established that tells this story,"
Moffett said. "It was his contention that people need to be
reminded of the fragility of our environment and how the careless
actions of men can affect so many people adversely. We believe this
wall of memory will serve as that reminder for generations to come.
"Judge Haik had the intimate
understanding of this landmark case and the compassion to recognize
that many more people were harmed than just the plaintiffs,"
Moffett added. "He knew that the entire parish of Livingston
suffered from the environmental harm inflicted upon it by the toxic
waste and oil recycling plant that operated near here."
ULS President Sally Clausen, right, and her sister-in-law,
Gale Clausen Anderson, react to the announcement that the
center has been named for the Clausen family.
After the facility was dedicated to the people of Livingston Parish,
Moffett surprised many in the auditorium by unveiling a second plaque
naming the building itself in honor of the Clausen family of Louisiana.
Moffett said that without the foresight
and vision of Sally Clausen, former president of Southeastern and
current head of the University of Louisiana System, "we would
not be enjoying this facility and thousands of Livingston Parish
children and adults would not have the opportunities this center
affords them and will offer them for years to come."
Noting her lifelong effort to further
education in Louisiana, he cited Clausen's mother, Nell Wilkes Clausen
of St. Mary Parish, and her brother the late Thomas G. Clausen,
Louisiana's last elected superintendent of education, for instilling
in her "a dedication to education that few can rival."
The center, which has been in operation
for two years, features separate wings for Southeastern and Livingston
Parish schools joined by a shared auditorium. Southeastern uses
its wing for traditional university courses, laboratory courses,
continuing education programs, academic youth camps, Community Music
School instruction, and other programs. Livingston's side includes
classrooms for allied health programs including basic nursing, pharmacy
technology, and basic EMT training; an automotive technology training
facility; and computer maintenance training labs.
The center also serves as a community
meeting facility, hosting programs such as regional job fairs and
economic development conferences.
|Guests at the dedication toured the Center, including its
science lab, where Erin Watson (Biological Sciences) was among
faculty and students giving demonstrations.
||Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie and Judge
Richard T. Haik Sr. view the center's new "Wall of Honor,"
which tells the Combustion Inc. story.
Southeastern's image: a message from President
Southeastern spent significant time and resources several years
ago to design official university and athletic logos, which are to
be used exclusively when promoting the university in any capacity.
Additionally, a tremendous effort has been made to encourage use of
the term "Southeastern" when referencing the University.
For proper branding, we do NOT want
to be known as SLU and especially not as SELU. We realize confusion
has arisen because of our website domain name, www.selu.edu. Unfortunately,
at the time we acquired our domain name other universities had already
claimed the preferred www.slu.edu and www.southeastern.edu. We continue
to pursue a domain name change that will alleviate any future confusion.
As we begin a new academic year, this
message is to serve as a reminder for those who are returning to campus
and as a first notice to those who are just now joining us. As faculty
and staff members, you are entrusted with the task of helping the
University achieve objectives associated with building our image.
It is up to you to help us maintain consistency of our image.
Our institutional image is one of our
most important assets, and like any asset it must be managed carefully.
Predominance of the official university logo is a standard branding
practice. If an individual department or unit already has a logo or
seeks to produce one of its own, we ask two things:
1) Submit the design to the Office of
Public Information to ensure that the logos affiliated with the university
demonstrate a level of professionalism.
2) Always use the official Southeastern
logo as the dominant identity in a publication or document.
An updated manual on the Southeastern
identity and proper use of logos is available online at www.selu.edu/identity.
In the very near future, we will be sending every department a more
comprehensive, printed document that also addresses information on
the use of our athletic logos and the licensing rules and regulations
to which we subscribe.
By practicing the University's prescribed
guidelines, we will successfully promote Southeastern with the professional
consistency our great institution deserves.
I thank you for your assistance in this
FE-Lions announce schedule, recruit members
The FE-Lions, the popular social organization for female fans
of Southeastern athletics, has announced its 2007-08 schedule and
is recruiting new members.
The organization has grown to more than
200 members, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
The FE-Lions host luncheons on Thursdays in conjunction with Lions
football games and sponsor other functions such as the annual "Champagne
Bingo" athletic fundraiser.
Annual dues are $10. Luncheon tickets
are $15 until Sept. 12 and $18 after that date.
"Our programs promise to be more
fun than ever, with great speakers, lively commentary, delicious food,
and spirited chatter amongst our members," said Pittman. "You
won't want to miss a single event - and you surely won't want to miss
an opportunity to get your tickets for Champagne Bingo. It's not too
late to join in the fun, so mark your calendars and get ready to show
your FE-Lion spirit!"
The schedule includes FE-Lions luncheons,
which will be held this year at Trey Yuen, 2100 N. Morrison Blvd.
in Hammond, on Sept. 13, Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 8 and 15, and Dec. 6.
Champagne Bingo is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2008, at Southeastern's
For additional information about the
FE-Lions, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at (985) 549-2150
Charles Reith and Amite horticulturalist Rick Webb talk about the
advantages of having native plants in your backyard in "The North
Shore: Our Natural Legacy," the latest episode of the Southeastern
Channel's nature series, "Backyard Wonders."
Channel debuts new episode of Backyard Wonders Wednesday
The rich ecology of the north shore and the impact of human activity
on the land is the subject of "The North Shore: Our Natural Legacy,"
the latest episode of the Southeastern Channel's nature series "Backyard
The program will debut Wednesday, Sept.
12, at 8 p.m. on the channel airing on Charter Cable Channel 18. It
will be rebroadcast throughout October on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and
Mondays 7 p.m.
"Have you ever wondered what the
north shore looked like in its virginal, natural beauty before human
visitors, settlers and the resulting land development began taking
place?" said channel General Manager Rick Settoon, executive
producer of the program. "This show creates appreciation for
the beauty of the north shore and the way it was before population
growth and rampant new development began taking place. It also shows
what needs to be done to protect, and in some cases restore, our area's
The program was produced, videotaped
and edited by channel staff member Josh Kapusinski and hosted by Charles
"Ironically, the natural beauty
of the north shore has attracted so many visitors and so much development
that the native ecology is being damaged," Reith said. "People
need to understand that future development must be more protective
of nature or else we will destroy what attracted us here in the first
The program begins with a montage describing
the north shore before development, including a look at the region's
sweeping forests, and the threatened longleaf pine savannah tree.
A tour of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy
at Covington's Lake Ramsay Preserve features an interview with Florida
Parishes program manager Elwyn McInnis who discusses the conservancy's
mission in protecting the north shore.
Conservancy director Latimore Smith
reveals how prescribed fire, a process of burning in natural areas,
promotes the growth and ecological health of the savannah and other
"Lake Ramsay contains one of the
region's last premier stands of longleaf pine," Kapusinski said.
"Latimore gives the viewer a rare and up-close opportunity to
view a section of the preserve which burned just three days before.
Then, he takes them to an area which burned many weeks earlier and
examines the stark contrast of growth through beautiful orchids sprouting."
A trip to the Sandy Hollow Wildlife
Management Area near Amite includes an interview with Randy Meyers
of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and a glimpse of actual
fire management in practice.
Reith also takes the viewer to see plants
unique to the longleaf pine savannah at the Abita Creek Flatwoods
Preserve in Abita Springs. The tour explores carnivorous plants such
as the pitcher plant, milkweed and pond cypress, and discusses the
threat invasive species have on native plants.
Segments also include the BioBlitz at
Tickfaw State Park, an event organized by Southeastern biology graduate
students, and a visit to Money Hill Golf and Country Club in Abita
Springs, said to be one of the North Shore's best example of a residential
development that has preserved the nature around it. David Goodyear,
the development's owner, discusses the history of Money Hill and how
he incorporated nature into his designs.
"The Money Hill residential development
is a fascinating place to learn about because it demonstrates what
is possible if a developer has a mindset toward protecting nature,"
Reith said. "The result of this "natural approach"
to development is a great place to live, and not necessarily a more
To bring preservation home to the viewer,
Reith interviews horticulturalist Rick Webb at his Amite wholesale
nursery, Louisiana Growers. Webb points out native plants that are
good for the backyard and restoring the region's natural legacy.
Reith also demonstrates how to install
a native plant in your own backyard.
"One of the most outstanding aspects
of this episode is the fact that it covers such a vast topic, yet
comes full circle and ends in the backyard," said Kapusinski.
"I think that brings home the underlying theme that people have
the control- the option- of restoring our natural legacy one property
at a time."
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
SGA, Hammond Chamber sponsor forums Sept.
17 and 19
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond's historical
district will be the setting for two candidate forums in September
that will feature candidates vying for state and parish offices in
the Saturday, Oct. 20, election. The events are free and open to the
Candidates for president of Tangipahoa
Parish will face off on Monday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday,
Sept. 19, the forum will focus on candidates who are running for state
representative in Districts 73 and 77 and candidates for state senator
in Districts 6 and 11. The state representative debate will begin
at 5:30 p.m., followed by the state senator debate at 7 p.m.
Participating candidates will field
questions on a variety of topics, including economic development,
infrastructure, safety/crime, education and transportation.
The debates are sponsored by the Hammond
Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Student Government Association.
Veteran broadcast journalist and Southeastern communication instructor
Steve Bellas will moderate the Monday forum, while Doug Mouton, Northshore
Bureau Chief for WWL-TV, will serve as moderator for the Wednesday
forum. Keenan Gingles, publisher of "The Daily Star," will
officiate both events. Media partners include "The Daily Star,"
KSLU 90.9 FM, Northshore Broadcasting and the Southeastern Channel.
Members of the Hammond/Ponchatoula Sunrisers Rotary and the Hammond
Rotary also have volunteered their services.
The forums will be broadcast live on
KSLU 90.9 FM, Tangi 96.5 (WTGG-FM) and Kajun 107.1 (WHMD-FM). KSLU
90.9 FM will also stream both events live over the Internet at www.selu.edu/kslu.
In addition, the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational
access channel, will record the debates for later broadcast via Charter
Cable Channel 18.
To submit candidate questions for consideration
for the forums or for more information, visit the Hammond Chamber
of Commerce website at www.hammondchamber.net or call (985) 345-4457.
Alumni, students invited to annual Career
Fair Sept. 18
Career Services will host more than 143 organizations at Career
Fair 2007 on Sept. 18.
Held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the
Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Ave.
and General Pershing, Career Fair 2007 is open to all Southeastern
students and alumni.
"Career Fair 2007 is an excellent
opportunity for students and alumni to network with representatives
of various employers, develop job leads, and establish important contacts,"
said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services. "It is an ideal
opportunity to learn more about each organization and to obtain invaluable
face time with recruiters to distinguish career fair participants
from the pack of faceless resumes."
"Where else can you interact with
recruiters and managers from more than 140 employers under one roof
and leave a lasting, positive impression - all in one day," he
added. "It would take months, possibly years, to speak with as
many recruiters as those who attend Southeastern's Career Fair 2007."
Employers participating in Career Fair
2007 include Entergy, State Farm, Chevron, AT&T, and Walgreen's.
For a complete list of employers and other information on Career Fair
2007, click on the Career Fair 2007 button at www.selu.edu.
To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell
said students and alumni should dress professionally; bring copies
of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests,
goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
They can also attend a free "Emergency
Resume Clinic," where students can stop by Career Services for
a quick review of their resumes. Clinics are scheduled for Sept. 11
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and no
registration is necessary.
For additional information on Career
Fair 2007, contact Career Services at (985) 549?2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing Ed to coordinate training of Pala
Southeastern's Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities
has received a $156,099 grant from the Louisiana Department of Labor
to coordinate training of employees with Pala Interstate, LLC of Baton
The grant, awarded through the Labor
Department's Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP), will enable
Southeastern and others to provide training for both companies' employees
in a wide range of administrative, financial and construction-related
areas. The year-long training begins in September.
The IWTP is a partnership between the
Louisiana Department of Labor, business, industry, and training providers
to assist in the skill development of employees to increase productivity
and the company growth. To participate
in the program, a business must have operated in Louisiana and contributed
to the state's Unemployment Insurance System for at least three years.
In addition to the Pala Interstate grant,
ongoing training is being coordinated by Southeastern for employees
of Bill Hood Northlake Chevrolet in Covington through an $87,587.50
IWTP grant. "Training started in March and will go through November,
to increase the skills of sales and other customer service personnel,
said Veda Abene, executive assistant to the dean of Continuing Education.
Pala Interstate, LLC is a subsidiary
of Pala Group, LLC, a Baton Rouge-based company that specializes in
industrial construction and maintenance, repair and construction of
field-erected tanks and fabrication. Since 1973 Pala has been performing
work throughout the southeast United States with an average yearly
volume of approximately $90 million.
Southeastern will coordinate vendors
to train Pala employees in proprietary cost tracking and estimating,
accounts payable/purchasing, accounts receivable/equipment, AS400
system administration, payroll/human resources, construction accounting,
financial management, incident investigation and quality management.
Staff will also receive training in construction productivity improvement,
project management, supervision, problem solving and decision-making,
and team development principles.
Southeastern will also provide Pala
employees with various levels of computer training in Microsoft Access,
Word, Excel and PowerPoint, said Veda Abene, executive assistant to
the dean of Continuing Education.
In recent years, Southeastern has received
more than $3 million from the Louisiana Department of Labor Incumbent
Worker Program to provide training to the following companies: Amite
Foundry & Machinery, Inc. of Amite ($221,383), Gilsbar, Inc. of
Covington ($543,603), Gulf South Machine of Ponchatoula ($197,602),
Crossover Inc. of Independence ($59,702), Central Progressive Bank
of LaCombe ($388,180), Neill Corporation of Hammond ($1,401,813),
and Bill Hood Automotive of Hammond ($248,976).
For more information on the program,
contact the Louisiana Department of Labor's Incumbent Worker Training
Unit at (225) 342-7643 or online at www.laworks.net.
announced for Fanfare's 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop has announced the cast for its
production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
The fast-paced, witty, and irreverent
stage classic, which has been called "Broadway's greatest farce
and probably the funniest musical ever written," will be presented
Oct. 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium as
part of the 22nd season of Fanfare, Southeastern's October arts festival.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and general
admission tickets -- $14, adults; $10 senior citizens, Southeastern
faculty, staff, alumni, and non-Southeastern students -- are available
at the Fanfare box office in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts, 220 E. Thomas Street, (985) 543-4371. Southeastern students
are admitted free with university I.D. Box office hours are noon-5
p.m., weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour
prior to curtain.
The winner of eight 1963 Tony awards
including best musical, "Forum" was revived on Broadway
in 1974 and 1996, has had three successful runs in London's West End,
and is produced around the world by amateur and professional theatrical
companies as well as in high schools, colleges and universities.
"A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way to the Forum," Effler said, "takes comedy back to its
roots, combining situations from the 2000 year old comedies of Roman
playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville,"
said Opera/Music Theatre Director Chuck Effler. "The result is
a day in the life of Pseudolus - liar, blackmailer, slave - who struggles
to earn his freedom by winning for his master the hand of a beautiful
but slow-witted courtesan.
"Throw in more sexy courtesans,
a brow beaten husband and his domineering wife, a fearsome soldier,
another loyal (but not too bright) slave, mistaken identities, escape
plots, lost children, eunuchs, a fake funeral complete with a live
body - and you have a recipe for non-stop, rolling-in-the-aisles laughing,"
Effler's cast includes a number of Southeastern
music majors who are veterans of Opera/Music Theatre Workshop productions,
including the recent hits "The Wizard of Oz" and "Too
Scott McDonough of Slidell has the lead roll of Pseudolus, while Skyler
Stoup of Mandeville is his master Hero and Blair Abene of Hammond
and Cassie Arnold of Ponchatoula share the role of Hero's love interest,
Cast members also include Brandon Wear
of Slidell as the elderly Senex; Jane Rownd of Hammond and Danielle
Willie of Ponchatoula as his formidable wife Domina; Brian Martinez
of Montz as the slave Hysterium; Colby McCurdy of Slidell as the buyer
and seller of courtesans, Marcus Lycus; and Christopher Giffin of
Baton Rouge as Miles Gloriosus, the warrior who purchases Philia.
Dustin Johnson of Covington, Joshua
Glober of Baton Rouge and Taylor Marrs of Slidell are "the Proteans,"
who play a variety of unnamed parts from soldiers and sailors to citizens
and slaves. Cast as courtesans are Bridget Lyons of Hammond (Tintinabula),
Tiffane Henry of Jamaica (Panacea), Molly Betsch of Slidell and Margaret
Davis of Walker and Laura Freeney of Independence and Elyse German
of Pearl River (Geminae Twins), Charlene Robinson of St. Rose and
Melissa Simien of Baton Rouge (Vibrata) and Kimberly Hilliard of Covington
For more information on "A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," contact Chuck Effler
at email@example.com or (985) 549-2249.
Center for Faculty Excellence news
-- 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. For information, contact the center, ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Sept. 10
a.m. or 1-2 p.m. -- Blackboard: Introduction to Blackboard and Communication
Tools (uploading files, e-mail and collaboration)
Thursday, Sept. 13
p.m.-- Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion All faculty, staff,
and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend, drinks and
cookies will be provided.
p.m. -- Introduction of MS PowerPoint -- This workshop is designed
to introduce the functionality and assist faculty in developing lessons
in Powerpoint to assist in easier presentation of information to their
for Proposals: Grants for Teaching Enhancement -- (Proposals Due:
Proposals to enhance classroom teaching
are now being accepted by the Center for Faculty Excellence in three
areas: Professional Development in Teaching, Course Enhancement, and
Curriculum Development or Revision. For more information, refer to
the weekly e-mail from the center or call ext. 5791.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team will open up its 2007 home schedule
on Saturday, hosting Kentucky Wesleyan at 6 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium
during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (0-2) enter Saturday's contest
looking for their first win of the season after playing FBS members
New Mexico State and Kansas to open the year. Division II member Kentucky
Wesleyan (0-3) will also be looking for its first win, after dropping
a 45-24 decision to West Liberty State on Saturday. Saturday's
game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM
and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net, where live stats will also
The defending SLC champion women's soccer
team (4-0) will look to remain perfect this week, as the Lady Lions
hit the road for the first time in 2007. On Friday, Southeastern will
be at Louisiana-Lafayette for a 7 p.m. match. Southern will welcome
the Lady Lions to town on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Southeastern volleyball team (1-2)
has a busy week ahead. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions open their home
schedule with a 7 p.m. match versus Alcorn State. Live stats for Tuesday's
match will be available at www.LionSports.net. Southeastern will then
head to Montgomery, Ala. for the weekend to participate in the Alabama
State Tournament. On Friday, the Lady Lions will face Mississippi
Valley State at 11:30 a.m. and host Alabama State at 2:30 p.m. Southeastern
will face Southern at 9 a.m. and Alabama A&M on Saturday at 5
Volleyball, vs. Alcorn State, University
Center, 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer, at Louisiana-Lafayette,
Lafayette, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Mississippi Valley State
(Alabama State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 11:30 a.m.
Volleyball, at Alabama State (Alabama
State Tournament), 2:30 p.m.
Football, vs. Kentucky Wesleyan, Strawberry
Stadium, 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Volleyball, vs. Southern (Alabama State
Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 9 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Alabama A&M (Alabama
State Tournament), Montgomery, Ala., 5 p.m.
Women's Soccer, at Southern, Baton Rouge,
Dr. Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) recently
published three articles: "Exercise and humoral mediators of
peripheral energy balance: ghrelin and adiponectin" in Experimental
Biology and Medicine with coauthor V. Daniel Castracane of the
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Odessa, Texas; "Stress hormones,
effort sense, and perceptions of stress during incremental exercise:
an exploratory investigation" in the Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research with Castracane, Ed Acevedo of Virginia
Commonwealth University, Lisa Johnson of LSU, and Gary Kamimori of
Walter Reed Army Research Institute; and "Affective responses
to exercise are dependent on intensity rather than total work"
in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise with Acevedo,
Marcus Kilpatrick of the University of South Florida, and John Bartholomew
of University of Texas at Austin.
Writer-in-Residence Bev Marshall
(English) joined James Wilcox for the "Coffee And Conversation"
series at the East Bank Jefferson Parish Library in Metairie. The
series is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
and the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Her essay, "Two
O'Clock," was published in the summer issue of Cultural Vistas,
a publication of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. The essay
about a strawberry farmer in Ponchatoula originally appeared in Louisiana
In Words, an anthology about Louisiana people and places published
by Pelican Press.
A research proposal of Dr. Hye-Young
Kim (Chemistry and Physics) has recently been approved by U.S.
Department of Energy. This three-year (Fall 2007-Spring 2010) research
project will be conducted in collaboration with Pennsylvania State
University and the title is "Nanocolloidal Forces for Stability
Lori Smith (Sims Memorial Library)
had an article entitled "Federal Cross-Agency Web Portals: Created
for Your Convenience" published in the Summer 2007 issue of Louisiana