ByLion -- September 17


Fall 2007 enrollment
Football fever 'home' again
Tangi Night tonight
Business Center adds planning
Railroad exhibit opens Sept. 27
Career Fair Sept. 18

Being an effective supervisor
Textbook adoption luncheon
Business EXPO Sept. 20
Fanfare opens Sept. 30
'Crimes of the Heart' cast
Assistance with nursing research

Beta Gamma Sigma honored
Center for Faculty Excellence
This week in athletics
LCPA hosts students
Public comment for NCATE visit
Professional activities

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 2000.
     "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," he said.
     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.
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Football 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! Lions home again!
FE-Lions present check
Congratulating Coach Hayes
Enjoying tailgating

Tangi Night includes St. Tammany and Tangi students
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 Sept. 17.
     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 Avenue).
     "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 options."
     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 aid opportunities.
     For more information on Tangi Night, contact Southeastern Admissions at 1-800-222-7358 or e-mail
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Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies to unveil railroad exhibit
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.
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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
      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
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Civil Service essentials for being an effective supervisor
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 employees.
     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.
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John DardisBusiness 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 and invest."
     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. "
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Textbook adoption review luncheonTextbook 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.
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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, and the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, (985) 549-3199 or
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BarrageFanfare: 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 campus.
     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.
David Benac Joe Burns
David Benac Joe Burns
     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
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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 Theatre.
     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 husband.
     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 Barnette Lloyd.
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, stage manager.
     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
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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 who:
     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 care patient.
     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
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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.
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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
     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.
     Call 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.
     Constitution 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 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.
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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 on Saturday.
     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
     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 through Sunday.
     Tuesday, Sept. 18
     Volleyball, vs. Southern Miss, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Friday, Sept. 21
     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
     Saturday, Sept. 22
     Football, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 2 p.m.
     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
     Sunday, Sept. 23
     Women's Soccer, vs. South Alabama, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m
     Men's Tennis, at UALR Invitational, Little Rock, Ark., All Day
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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.
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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 accreditation.
     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
     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 spring 2008.
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Professional activities
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 ( 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 next fall.
     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 with Iron(III)."
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