Freshmen enrollment, ACT scores up
For the second consecutive year, a record number of new freshmen
have enrolled at Southeastern. The fall 2007 new freshmen headcount
of 2,908 is a 6 percent increase over last fall's record-setting
2,743, university officials said last week.
The new freshmen totals are among
a number of encouraging factors in the fall 2007 enrollment profile,
released following the 14th class day. The total enrollment of 14,757
encompasses overall increases in new undergraduate students and
in freshmen ACT composite scores, said President Randy Moffett.
The total number of new undergraduates
increased 6.2 percent, from 3,430 to 3,644, while the freshmen ACT
composite score is up one-tenth of a point to 21.2.
"We are pleased with our current
enrollment profile. It is what we anticipated based on the higher
admission standards that we have implemented over the last few years,"
Moffett added. "It has always been our belief that while raising
admissions standards may slightly reduce or plateau our overall
student numbers, it ultimately provides a greater rate of success
for students both while they're in school and once they graduate."
"Southeastern has seen our freshmen
ACT scores increase steadily since we began implementing admission
standards in 2000," Moffett added. "A one-tenth of a point
increase in composite scores is significant. We have also realized
an increase of more than 33 percent in our graduation rates over
the past four years. We are very pleased to see that we are continuing
to meet our goals of attracting more well prepared students and
guiding them toward graduation in a timely, successful manner."
He said Southeastern continues to
work closely with Louisiana's community colleges to provide educational
access for students who do not yet meet Southeastern's admission's
requirements. While the university's policies of tightening admission
standards and academic appeals, implementing academic requirements
for housing and strictly adhering to application deadlines may initially
impact overall enrollment, ultimately, "they will set the stage
for future success," Moffett said.
Moffett also said he was pleased to
see the number of highly qualified students with ACT scores of 24
and above - a number that jumped 25 percent last fall -- has remained
steady at 523, representing a more than 116 percent increase since
"Over the last several years,
we have shown steady increases in attracting these students with
special scholarships and a large number of opportunities to pursue
undergraduate research and creative activities with our faculty,"
The fall 2007 enrollment profile also
shows an increase in the number of students from the parishes of
St. Tammany (3,198), Livingston (1,812), Jefferson (1,030), and
Ascension (728) with Tangipahoa (2,712) and East Baton Rouge (2,105)
rounding out the top six feeder parishes.
fever 'home' again
Southeastern welcomed football back to Strawberry Stadium on Saturday
when the Lions took on Kentucky-Wesleyan. (Left) Faculty who were
"honorary coaches" at last year's sporting events were treated
to a preview of the game at the "Faculty Huddle" on Thursday.
(Below, first row) The team came out 'smoking' with spirit. (Second
row) The Cub Camp kids got to high five the players as the second
half began; panoramic view of the brightly-lit stadium. (Third row)
At halftime, the FE-Lions presented a generous donation to Southeastern
Athletics, and (fourth row) Women's Tennis Coach Jason Hays was congratulated
by President Moffett and Alumni Association President Noelle Vaughn
for being named Southland Conference Coach of the Year and the women's
tennis team received their Southland Conference championship rings.
Meanwhile, everyone (including Vice President for Student Affairs
Marvin Yates) was glad to welcome a new season of tailgating back
to Friendship Circle. Go Green, Go Gold, Go Lions!
Tangi Night includes St. Tammany and Tangi
The event may be named Tangi Night but St. Tammany High school
students and their parents, as well as residents of Tangipahoa Parish,
are invited to the annual college information fair at Southeastern
Tangi Night, sponsored by Southeastern
and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, will be held from 6-8 p.m.
at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks, located on Friendship Circle (Western
"Since St. Tammany's college night
takes place in the spring, we're happy to extend the invitation to
Tangi Night to include students and parents from our neighboring parish,"
said Anthony Ranatza, assistant director of admissions. "The
event is a great opportunity for Tangipahoa and St. Tammany students
and their families to learn more about selecting colleges and career
Ranatza said representatives of colleges
and technical programs in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and
of banks and lenders will be on hand to offer information and answer
questions on academic and career options, university admissions requirements,
the state TOPS scholarship program, and other scholarship and financial
For more information on Tangi Night,
contact Southeastern Admissions at 1-800-222-7358 or e-mail TangiNight@selu.edu.
Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies to unveil
The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, in cooperation with
the Varnado Store Museum and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities,
will open a new exhibit entitled Life Along the Tracks to Our Community
on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
The exhibit will include an impressive
collection of photographs on loan from the Varnado Store Museum augmented
by never before displayed railroad photos and three dimensional items
from the Judge Leon Ford Collection and other Center collections.
The display is designed to reveal the significance of the railroad
for regional development, said center Director Samuel Hyde Jr.
A reception sponsored by the Southeast
Louisiana Historical Association will accompany the opening. The center
is located on the second floor of Sims Memorial Library.
All Southeastern faculty and staff as
well as members of the interested public are invited to attend.
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."
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.
Civil Service essentials for being an effective
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a part of the
La Division of Administration, is sponsoring a free seminar for supervisors
of classified employees. The program, entitled "Civil Service
Essentials for being an Effective Supervisor," will be held on
Wednesday, Sept. 19 in room 139 of the University Center.
In the one-day class, scheduled for 8:15
a.m.-3:30 p.m., participants will discuss a variety of supervisory
responsibilities within the context of the Civil Service system. Participants
will learn why the merit system was created and ways through which
they can better manage employees' behavior, schedules, and performance.
Topics include an overview of the supervisor's
fundamental role in the PPR process; dos and don'ts of interviewing
and reference checking; avoiding harassment and discrimination in
the workplace; prohibited political activities for classified employees;
managing employees' work schedules; assigning duties to employees;
a supervisor's role in the chain of command; and how to orient new
Pre-registration and supervisory approval
are necessary for attendance. This and other CPTP programs can be
used toward a variety of state certifications. For more information
and to register, please contact Jan Ortego, at the Training Section
of the Human Resources Office, ext. 5771.
Center adds planning services for area communities
The Southeast Louisiana Business Center is adding planning services
to help area communities deal with the increasing challenges of population
growth and business expansion.
Planning services offered by the Hammond-based
center, a division of Southeastern Louisiana University which opened
three years ago as a regional one-stop shop to facilitate economic
development, include general consultation, a planning resource library,
mapping section, and grant-writing assistance.
"It's generally recognized that
the Florida Parishes region - in particular the I-12 corridor - has
been hit with what could be termed 10 years of growth in a single
year following Hurricane Katrina," said Southeastern President
Randy Moffett in announcing the new service. "In the post-Katrina
environment, local challenges have bloomed into regional ones. The
planning and research services we are adding can help businesses and
communities grow 'smartly' by providing ideas, concepts and technical
advice that will enhance our region as an excellent place to live
Moffett said that while federal and
state money is flowing to assist those areas that received physical
damage from Katrina, little goes to help the areas that have been
flooded with new residents and are experiencing a construction boom,
increased commercial growth and severe labor shortages.
"This was a need before the storm,"
he said, "but it was a lower priority. Since Katrina, however,
the need has reached almost monumental importance because of the growth
in our communities."
Leading the new planning service at
the center will be John R. Dardis, who joined Southeastern in August
after serving as planning director for the city of Hammond for seven
years. Dardis, who holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning
and has worked in the profession for 25 years, is a specialist in
rural community planning. Over the years, he has served as a consultant
to numerous parishes, cities and towns in the region.
"John brings to our program the
wisdom and experience with planning that our communities need,"
said William Joubert, director of the Business Center. "He knows
the resources available, understands the region, and he knows how
to get things done. His addition will round out the services we can
offer to local governmental units, non-profit organizations, and economic
development agencies in the parishes of Livingston, Tangipahoa, St.
Helena, St. Tammany and Washington. "
Rental and Follett Bookstore co-sponsor Textbook Adoption review luncheon
Textbook Rental and Follett Bookstore hosted the first Textbook
Adoption Review Luncheon to approximately 30 academic Administrative
Assistants. Textbook adoption policies and procedures, revised adoption
forms, PeopleSoft queries, and adoption packets were reviewed in preparation
for the Spring 2008 semester.
Attendees enjoyed a buffet lunch provided
by Auxiliary Services in Twelve Oaks Cafeteria. Door prizes were sponsored
by Follett Bookstore and Auxiliary Services.
Chamber, Business Center host EXPO Sept. 20
The Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Louisiana Business
Center will host the 2007 Business EXPO Thursday, Sept. 20. The event
will be held in the Southeastern University Center arena from noon
to 6:30 p.m.
The EXPO opens with a luncheon featuring
Rich Mauti, former wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Mauti
is the owner of Mauti/Meredith Properties in Mandeville and president
of Rich Mauti Enterprises.
Lunch seating is sold out, but stadium
seating is available for $5 through the Hammond Chamber, (985) 345-4457.
Following the luncheon, 70 EXPO booths
showcasing a wide variety of area business services will open, giving
participants the opportunity to distribute and exchange information
concerning their companies or organizations.
At "A Taste of Hammond" from
4:30-6:30 p.m., chamber member restaurateurs and caterers will offer
samples of their signature items and food menus available for event
planning and holiday/corporate entertaining.
Tickets for the EXPO and A Taste of
Hammond are $2 at the door, but complimentary tickets can be obtained
from the Hammond Chamber, (985) 345-4457 or email@example.com,
and the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, (985) 549-3199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready for Week One
A high-octane fiddle-fest, a storm-battered but unbowed theater
troupe that celebrates Louisiana, a comedy about a dysfunctional Southern
family, and a community picnic in the heart of Hammond are just some
of the events providing the opening flourish for the 22nd season of
Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October arts festival.
Fanfare's month-long offering of theater,
art, music, films, dance, lectures and community events begins Saturday,
Sept. 30, when Fanfare partners with the Hammond Downtown Development
District for a light-hearted, family-style dedication of newly renovated
Cate Square, the small historic park located just blocks south of
Scheduled from 2-4 p.m., the dedication
will feature many of the elements of an old-fashioned community picnic.
Entertainment will include ragtime and Dixieland tunes from the Southeastern
Jazz Combos and a barbershop quartet, and an abundance of fun hands-on
games for children.
Refreshments such as cotton candy and
lemonade will be offered at turn-of-the-century prices.
Highlights of Fanfare's first week also
include Barrage, an ensemble of violinists and dancers that has been
described as "fiddlers on rocket fuel," and "Voices
of Louisiana," a revue by the Evacuation Theatre Troupe that
is both a comedy-filled look at Louisiana's past and a heart-felt
reaffirmation of its future.
The Department of History and Political
Sciences' annual "Then and Now" lecture series will also
get underway, featuring lectures by David Benac and Joe Burns.
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.
Cast announced for Southeastern Theatre's 'Crimes
of the Heart'
The Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre has announced the
cast for its fall production of "Crimes of the Heart," Beth
Henley's Pulitzer Prize winning play.
"Crimes of the Heart," part
of Fanfare 2007, is scheduled Oct. 3-6, 7:30 p.m., at Vonnie Borden
Director James Winter of the Department
of Music and Dramatic Arts describes the play as "a warm-hearted
portrayal of three sisters struggling to make sense of their lives."
The Mcgrath sisters' reunion in their
hometown of Hazelhurst, Miss., triggers a hilarious mix of conflicts,
crises and revelations as the sisters learn to greet life's twists
of fate with courage, Winter added.
Cast members are Gabrielle Renee LeBlanc,
Baton Rouge, as Lenny, the responsible sister who has sacrificed herself
to care for her ailing grandfather; Rachael Johnson, Mandeville, as
Meg, the carefree sister who left behind her family and lover to pursue
a (failed) singing career; and Sarah Levesque, Gonzales, as Babe,
the newly rebellious sister who faces prison for shooting her abusive
Additional cast members include Katie
Zirkenbach, Metairie, Chick Boyle; Benjamin Russell, Bookhaven, Miss.,
Barnette Lloyd; and Sean Freeland, Slidell, Doc Porter.
Also, Jenna Smith, LaPlace and Matthew
Kozel, New Orleans, were cast as understudies. Each will perform at
least one night of the show - Smith as Babe Botrelle and Kozel as
Southeastern students involved in the production include Ronald Craig
Kinchen, Ponchatoula, scenic designer; Randy Malbrough Jr., Gonzales,
sound designer; Lauren Tham, Baton Rouge, makeup designer; Kathryn
Steele, Baton Rouge, properties master; and Tara Bennett, Covington,
Tickets -- $10, adults, $6, senior citizens,
faculty, staff, alumni, and $5 non-Southeastern students - will be
available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall. Southeastern
students are admitted free with their university I.D.
For additional information contact Winter
at (985) 549-3546 or James.Winter@selu.edu.
Assistance with nursing research
Eileen Creel, RN, DNS, assistant professor in the School of Nursing,
is asking for assistance with a research project is being conducted
in the area to better understand the experience of being stigmatized
for obese patients by nurses. She is seeking volunteers to be interviewed
1. Have a BMI of 30 or greater and have
been medically diagnosed as obese
2. Have experienced stigma from nurses
because of your weight
3. Are willing and able to answer interview
questions about these experiences and what they mean to you as a health
Individuals in the future may benefit
from the information gathered through this study and what is learned
may have an impact on nursing care. The interview process is expected
to take approximately one hour. Participation is completely voluntary
and you may withdraw at any time - after contact and discussion or
at any point in the interview process.
Those interested in being part of this
research study are asked to Creel at (985) 549-3382 or email@example.com.
Business honor society wins accolade
Southeastern's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society
for AACSB-accredited Colleges of Business, was recently named a Premier
Chapter for the 2006-2007 year. The designation qualifies the Southeastern
chapter to participate in the Beta Gamma Sigma Matching Funds Scholarship
Program as well as pre-qualification to participate in the 2008 Outstanding
Collegiate Chapter competition. Ms. Kris Jones (Accounting) serves
as faculty advisor of the organization and Ms. Yvette Baldwin (Management)
serves a president.
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 additional information, contact the center at ext.
5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
or 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 24, 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m.: Introduction
of MS PowerPoint. The workshop is designed to introduce the functionality
and assist faculty in developing lessons in Powerpoint to assist in
easier presentation of information to their students.
for Proposals: Grants for Teaching Enhancement (Proposals due: Sept.
27). Proposals to enhance classroom teaching are now being accepted
by the Center for Faculty Excellence in the 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.
Day faculty contest -- $200 prize: In celebration of Constitution
Day, Sept. 17, the Student Government Association, Department of History
and Political Science, and Center for Faculty Excellence have joined
together to create a day of celebration!
The Center for Faculty Excellence will
sponsor a faculty contest for the most creative Constitution Day classroom
activity. The student-centered activity should promote your discipline
while providing an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge
of the Constitution. Activities must be presented during the week
of Sept. 17.
Author of winning lesson will receive
a $200 Enhancement Grant from the Center.
Entries are limited to one page and
must include: 1) overview of the lesson in which the activity occurs;
2) objective(s) of the activity, and 3) detailed description of the
activity and the date it was presented.
Activities will be judged on: 1) creativity,
2) applicability to discipline, and 3) potential to increase knowledge
of the Constitution.
Send entries to email@example.com
by Sept. 21. E-mail should contain your contact information, course
name and number, and the title of the activity. Attach the one-page
activity to the e-mail as a Word document. The attachment should have
no identifying information. Winners will be announced by Sept. 28.
This week in athletics
The Lions football team will conclude its non-conference schedule
on Saturday at 7 p.m., facing in-state rival Tulane in the Louisiana
Superdome to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (1-2) will look to ride the
momentum on Saturday's 79-7 rout of Kentucky Wesleyan, which saw the
Lions score touchdowns on their first seven possessions and set a
single-game school scoring record. Tulane (0-2) will be looking for
its first win of the season, after dropping a 34-10 decision to Houston
Saturday's meeting will be the second
between the two teams since Southeastern brought back football in
2003. In 2005, the Green Wave edged the Lions, 28-21, in a game played
in Tiger Stadium due to the damage the Superdome suffered after Hurricane
Katrina. Saturday's 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 (6-2)
opens Southland Conference play this week and is currently on a five-match
winning streak. The Lady Lions will tune up for league action on Tuesday,
hosting Southern Miss at 7 p.m. in the University Center. SLC foe
McNeese State will be in town on Friday at 7 p.m., while league foe
Lamar will visit Hammond on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Southeastern women's soccer team
(5-1) will return home to host this week's Lion Classic. On Friday,
the Lady Lions face Belmont at 4 p.m. and will meet South Alabama
on Sunday at 3 p.m. Nicholls State will also participate in the tournament,
facing USA on Friday at 1 p.m. and Belmont on Sunday at 12 p.m.
The Southeastern cross country team
will return to action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will head
to Baton Rouge on Saturday to compete in the LSU Cross Country Invitational.
The Southeastern men's tennis team will
open its fall season this week. The Lions will head to Little Rock,
Ark., to compete in the UALR Invitational. The tournament runs Friday
Volleyball, vs. Southern Miss, University
Center, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. McNeese State, University
Center, 7 p.m.
Women's Soccer, vs. Belmont, Southeastern
Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.
Men's Tennis, at UALR Invitational,
Little Rock, Ark., All Day
Football, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7
p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center,
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at
LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
Men's Tennis, at UALR Invitational,
Little Rock, Ark., All Day
Women's Soccer, vs. South Alabama, Southeastern
Soccer Complex, 3 p.m
Men's Tennis, at UALR Invitational,
Little Rock, Ark., All Day
LCPA north shore chapter hosts student night
The North Shore chapter of the Society of Louisiana CPAs (LCPA)
held a student night at the Columbia Theatre on Sept.12. Approximately
45 students, eight faculty members, and 39 practitioners from numerous
firms, businesses, and government entities attended.
After presentations by speakers representing
large public accounting firms, local accounting firms, and industry,
a time for students and practitioners to network was held. Students
were encouraged to bring resumes to the event.
The North Shore chapter has provided
a scholarship for accounting majors at Southeastern for a number of
years. The student night, which was initiated a few years ago, has
grown into a broader opportunity for accounting majors at Southeastern
to learn valuable lessons about interviewing and about work opportunities
in accounting. Most importantly, it also offers an opportunity for
students to network with local professionals.
Public comment sought for NCATE visit
The College of Education and Human Development is scheduled for
a spring 2008 accreditation review by the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE). Federal regulations require that accrediting
agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions
or programs under consideration for first accreditation or continuing
Both NCATE and Southeastern recognize
graduates, parents, schools, and community organizations have valuable
perspectives on the quality of the programs that prepare teachers
and other school personnel. We invite interested parties to submit
written testimony on the College of Education and Human Development)
to Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite
500, Washington, DC 20036-1023 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments must address substantive matters
related to the quality of professional education programs offered
at Southeastern , and should specify the respondent's relationship,
if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty
member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received
will be sent to Southeastern for comment prior to the review. No anonymous
testimony will be considered.
Letters of comment should be received
no later than Sunday, Dec. 31, 2007 for institutions with visits in
C. Roy Blackwood (Cultural Resource Management, Lake Pontchartrain
Basin Maritime Museum) along with museum Executive Director Dr.
Jay Martin presented a paper entitled "University/Museum
Collaboration, Boon or Big Brother" to the annual conference
of the Louisiana Association of Museums. The three-day conference
was held at the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum and the new Hyatt
Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sept. 9-11.
Dr. Roldán Valverde (Biological
Sciences) presented a research poster at the 3rd World Conference
of Stress (http://www.stress07.com/)
held Aug. 23-26 in Budapest, Hungary. The title of the poster was
"Basis for the development of an RT-PCR assay to detect endocrine
disruption in reptiles."
Dr. Claire Procopio (Communication)
was elected vice-president of the Louisiana Communication Association
at the 9th annual conference in Monroe on Sept. 8. Dr. Amber Narro
(Communication) was elected executive secretary. The two assistant
professors will host the 10th annual conference of the LCA in Hammond
Ms. Kris Jones (Accounting) recently
had an article titled "Revisiting the Use of a Fundamental (Accounting
Cycle) Practice Set in Intermediate Accounting 1" published in
the Journal of Accounting and Finance Research.
Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry
and Physics) has published a journal article in the Australian
Journal of Chemistry with colleagues from Texas Woman's University,
Southeastern Oklahoma University, and Louisiana State University.
The article is entitled "Bisamidoximes: Synthesis and Complexation