ByLion -- September 24

Campaign surpasses goal
Spirit in the Dome
Poet Jack Bedell honored
Lecture on brain and fear

Blackwood heads PKP fellowships
Channel airs forums
Career Fair hosts job-seekers
Tangi chapter and Capitol Steps
It's Fanfare time!
Coach Lucas speaks in Amite
PKP fall membership meeting
Center for Faculty Excellence

Business Expo at UC
Lessons on the Lake
This week in athletics
Professional activities

President Randy Moffett, Marjorie Morrison, Jack and Suzanne Gautier, Ann and Phil LivingsontFrom left, President Randy Moffett, and co-chairs of the Campaign for Visual and Dramatic Arts Marjorie Morrison, Jack and Suzanne Gautier, Ann and Phil Livingston.

Southeastern surpasses goal in Campaign for Visual and Dramatic Arts
Unveiling a replica of a soon-to-be installed donor recognition wall, Southeastern officials closed out its Campaign for the Visual and Performing Arts Thursday after surpassing its goal and raising a total of $2.73 million.
     The original goal established by the Southeastern Development Foundation was $2.5 million, said Joseph Miller, vice president for university advancement.
     Miller thanked the donors and noted that the campaign netted four new endowed professorships, 28 endowed scholarships, 14 program endowments for the Columbia Theatre/Fanfare lecture series, and 10 planned gifts for endowments. “This investment will benefit the university for many years to come,” Miller said.
     The campaign received more than $148,000 in contributions from current and retired Southeastern faculty and staff and more than $594,000 in corporate sponsorships and business contributions.
     “This university has been successful for a long time, but I truly believe our best years and fortunes are in front of us,” said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. “Southeastern is the premier regional university in the state because our programs are second to none and people in the region strongly support us. We’re good at what we do and we’ll get even better.”
     Special recognition was given to the co-chairs of the campaign, Jack and Suzanne Gautier and Phil and Ann Livingston, and honorary co-chairs Marjorie Morrison and Harriet Vogt. Members of the Executive Leadership Committee included Fay Bright, Stan Dameron, Leon Ford, Lanny and Mary Jo Greaves, Freda Green, Patty Hubert, Joe Luquet, Bob Priez and Carl Schneider.
     Leadership gifts came from North Oaks Health System and the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation. The new endowed professorships include the Katherine Viola Brown Endowed Professorship in the Visual and Performing Arts, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brown; the Elizabeth Weeks Jones Endowed Professorship in the Humanities by J. W. Jones; the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Southeastern Development Foundation Endowed Professorship in Music by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Development Foundation; and the Irene Pennington Endowed Professorship in the Visual and Performing Arts by the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation

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Lions fans in Superdome

Band cheers Lions at DomeGreen and gold spirit in Dome
Lions fans turned out in force Saturday night as Southeastern took on Tulane in the Superdome.
     Although the score (35-27) eventually fell Tulane's way, the Green and Gold faithful had plenty to cheer about as they witnessed a hard-fought contest.
     Southeastern will take next weekend off and return to the field on Oct. 6, hosting Stephen F. Austin at 6 p.m. in the Southland Conference opener for both teams at Strawberry Stadium.
     Cheer on the Lions at "Touchdown Thursday," the lunchtime (12:30 p.m.) pep rally sponsored by the Campus Activities Board on the Thursdays of each home game in the Student Union Mall.
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Jack BedellBedell named 2007 Professional Artist
Poet and editor Jack Bedell, professor of English, is among the 10 winners of the 2007 Governor's Art Awards who will be honored at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge Oct. 11.
     Bedell has been named the 2007 Professional Artist in the annual awards recognition sponsored by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of Cultural Development and the Division of the Arts.
     Bedell and his fellow award recipients, along with 10 artist fellowship winners, are being honored for "outstanding contributions to the arts and to the quality of life in our state," the Office of the Lieutenant Governor said.
     "At the Governor's Arts Awards, we honor those that have improved the lives of Louisianians through their contribution to the arts. We recognize that art and culture not only have intrinsic value, but in Louisiana culture means business, accounting for 144,000 jobs," said Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu.
     A native of the Houma-Thibodaux area, Bedell joined the Southeastern faculty in 1992. He directs the creative writing program and is the editor of Louisiana Literature, serving as the head of the Louisiana Literature Press. Bedell was the 1997 recipient of Southeastern's prestigious President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity and is the Women's Hospital Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.
     "We join the state in recognizing Jack Bedell's contributions to cultural enrichment of Louisiana," said John L. Crain, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "His work reflects the rich heritage of our state and its people, and we are proud that he so readily shares his talent with our students. As a teacher, he is leading the enhancement and development of Southeastern's growing creative writing program."
     Bedell's poetry, which is most often about his native Louisiana and the landscape and culture of Acadiana, has been published in prestigious scholarly journals and magazines such as Southern Review, Connecticut Review, and Aethlon. He has published five volumes of poetry including Greatest Hits (2004) and Come Rain, Come Shine (2006).
     His poetry has also been included in anthologies such as LSU Press's Uncommonplace: An Anthology of Contemporary Louisiana Poets, and he recently co-edited French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets, a collection of poems in the theme of French identity, including his own.
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Joseph LeDouxCommunication hosts lecture by NYU psychologist
Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux, Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at New York University, will present a special lecture, "Fearful Brains in an Anxious World," Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Student Union Theatre.
     The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Communication in association with the Student Government Association and the Lyceum Arts and Lecture Committee A reception will follow in the Student Union ballroom.
     LeDoux's work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion and memory, especially the mechanisms of fear. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he is author of The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are.
     He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the recipient of the 2005 Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science.
     LeDoux was a postdoctoral fellow and then an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Cornell University Medical College before joining NYU in 1989. He is also a singer and guitarist in the science-themed rock band The Amygdaloids.
     "Dr. LeDoux's lecture encompasses an area of interest to many academic disciplines as well as to mental health and medical professionals in private practice," said Communication's Dr. Suzette Bryan. "We hope everyone will join us for this exciting presentation."
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Roy Blackwood, Secretary Joan Faust, PKP Past President Paul Ferlazzo, chapter Student Executive Vice President Heather Lambert, chapter President Cary Berthelot, and society President Robert Rogow.Members of the Southeastern chapter of Phi Kappa Phi attended the national honor society's triennial convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 9-11, where Roy Blackwood, far left, was named director of the society's fellowship program and a member of the board of directors. Also pictured are, from left, chapter Secretary Joan Faust, PKP Past President Paul Ferlazzo, chapter Student Executive Vice President Heather Lambert, chapter President Cary Berthelot, and society President Robert Rogow.
Blackwood named PKP director of fellowships
C. Roy Blackwood, professor of visual art, has been selected director of fellowships and a member of the board of directors for the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
     Blackwood, who is director of Southeastern's Cultural Resource Management program and university liaison to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, was appointed to the positions by Phi Kappa Phi President Robert B. Rogow at the honor society's triennial convention in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 9-11.
     As director, he will chair the national committee that selects recipients of the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. Since 1932, the fellowship program has allocated approximately $400,000 annually to students for first-year graduate study. Currently, 60 fellowships of $5,000 and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 are awarded each year.
     Southeastern 2002 graduate Albert J. "Snapper" Poche Jr. was among the 2006 fellowship recipients. Southeastern's 51-year-old Phi Kappa Phi chapter has three other recipients of the prestigious fellowship.
     Graduate student Heather Lambert of Pearl River, student executive vice president of the Southeastern chapter, was among PKP student members invited to attend the triennial convention and to form a student advisory board. Southeastern chapter President Cary Berthelot of Tickfaw an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Secretary Joan Faust of Mandeville, professor of English, also attended the convention, where Faust was a candidate for vice president of the south central region.
     At the triennial convention, the Southeastern chapter's annual Homecoming Quiz Bowl was singled out as an example of a unique and successful chapter event. The 2007 quiz bowl featuring student and faculty teams is scheduled for Nov. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at the Student Union Theatre during Southeastern's Homecoming Week.
     Blackwood, who is a distinguished sculptor and headed Southeastern's visual arts department from 1984-2001, has served Phi Kappa Phi locally and nationally since becoming a member in 1985. At Southeastern, he has held the offices of secretary, vice president and president. On the national level, he served on the editorial advisory committee of Phi Kappa Phi's journal "The National Forum" from 1995-1998 and has been a member of the fellowship selection committee that he will now chair. In 2004 he was awarded "Distinguished Membership" by the national organization.
     An accomplished sculptor, Blackwood was the first recipient of Southeastern's President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity and was one of the co-founders of Fanfare, Southeastern's fall arts festival. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, former president of the National Council of Art Administrators, and served as executive vice president of the Hammond Cultural Foundation. He also is actively involved locally and nationally with the Boy Scouts of America.
     Blackwood received his bachelor's degree from Ft. Hays University in 1970 and master of fine arts degree from the University of Colorado in 1972.
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Channel to air political forums
The Southeastern Channel is broadcasting political forums for the Tangipahoa Parish president, Louisiana Senate Districts 6 and 11 and state House of Representatives Districts 73 and 77.
     The forums will air on the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University's educational cable access channel, on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. They can be viewed simultaneously online at
     The Southeastern Channel will broadcast the forums until the Oct. 20 election at the following times:
     Tangipahoa Parish president forum - Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 4:30 p.m.
     House Districts 73 and 77 forum - Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
     Senate Districts 6 and 11 forum - Saturdays, 9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
     The Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Louisiana University Student Government Association sponsored the forums Sept. 17 and 19 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
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Career Fair at Pennington CenterCareer Fair hosts employers, job-seekers
Career Services's Career Fair 2007 hosted more than 143 organizations at the Pennington Center on Sept. 18. Held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.the annual event was open to all Southeastern students and alumni, providing them with an opportunity to network with representatives of various employers, develop job leads, and establish important contacts. Employers participating in Career Fair 2007 included Entergy, State Farm, Chevron, AT&T, and Walgreen’s.
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Tangi alumni chapter getting together for 'Capitol Steps'
The Tangi Chapter of the Alumni Association is inviting alumni and friends to get together for an evening of entertainment in conjunction with the Fanfare appearance of The Capitol Steps on Oct. 11.
     The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres at Tope la Catering Center on Thomas Street from 5:30-7 p.m. and culminate at the 7:30 p.m. performance of the popular political satire group at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The cost is $40 per person and includes show ticket, soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available at Tope la Catering Center. A limited number of tickets are available, so early registration is recommended.
     Participants may prepay and register on line at or call 985-549-2150.
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It's Fanfare time!
Fanfare gets underway Sunday with the dedication of Hammond's downtown Cate Square! Don't miss all the exciting offerings of the 22nd season of Southeastern's annual October arts festival. Visit for a complete schedule or call the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366.
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Join Coach Lucas in Amite
Amite, Independence and Kentwood alumni are invited to LaCaretta in Amite on Sept. 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. where Head Football Coach Mike Lucas and his staff will address the crowd. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served, and a cash bar will be available. For more information contact Nick Locascio at 549-2150.
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PKP fall general membership meeting Oct. 11
Members of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to the fall general membership meeting Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pelican Room of the Student Union.
     At the meeting, chapter members will vote on new members to be invited for the fall semester, and discuss new national PKP awards and scholarships, the Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Endowed Scholarship competition, the spring induction and banquet, and the Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament.
     "Please plan on attending and bring your fellow PKP friends and colleagues," said Chapter President Cary Berthelot.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information, contact the center at 5791 or
     Tuesday, Sep. 25 -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Intermediate/Advanced MS PowerPoint. The workshop is designed to build further on the development of PowerPoint presentations and to assist in easier presentation of information to students and peers. Inserting moving .gifs, audio, video and creating master slides will be covered.
     Thursday, Sep. 27 -- 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Introduction to MS Publisher. The workshop is designed to introduce the various aspects Publisher has to offer so faculty can distribute information via posters and brochures either in the classroom or when traveling to a conference. It will also demonstrate the various ways brochures are laid out in order to effectively communicate key points.
     12:30-1:30 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.
     3-4 p.m.: Recognizing and Assisting the Emotionally Troubled or Disruptive Student. Join Dr. Barbara B. Hebert, director of the University Counseling Center, and her staff as they offer an introduction to their services and discuss this important topic.
     Call for Proposals: Grants for Teaching Enhancement proposals are due Friday, Sept. 27. Proposals to enhance classroom teaching are now being accepted by the center in the three areas: Professional Development in Teaching, Course Enhancement, and Curriculum Development or Revision. For more information, visit or call ext. 5791.
     New funding opportunity: The Center for Faculty Excellence announces a new funding opportunity for 2007-08 Lead grants. The competitive grants enable and empower faculty to "lead the way" in making a difference in their scholarly/creative, campus, professional, and wider communities as the university moves toward Southeastern's Vision 2010. For more information, refer to the center's weekly e-mail or call ext. 5791. The deadline for submission is Oct. 10.
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Expo crowd in UC arenaBusiness expo at UC
The Hammond Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Louisiana Business Center hosted the 2007 Business EXPO Thursday, Sept. 20, at the University Center.
     In addition to a luncheon speech by former New Orleans Sains wide receiver Rich Mauti, owner of Mauti/Meredith Properties in Mandeville and president of Rich Mauti Enterprises, the expo included more than 70 informational displays by area businesses and "A Taste of Hammond," samples of tasty dishes and food menus provided by chamber member restaurateurs and caterers.
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Turtle Cove offers 'Lessons on the Lake Online'
The Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station has launched "Lessons on the Lake Online v 1.0," an online and on-CD resource provided free-of-charge to educators in Louisiana and worldwide.
     The resource includes activities that provide students with hands-on opportunities to experience and appreciate the wonders of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. It also teaches skills to identify environmental concerns, make decisions, solve problems, and acquire a strong sense of stewardship.
     Faculty who would like a copy of the CD should contact the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern volleyball team will look to get its first Southland Conference victory during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions (6-5, 0-2 SLC) will take on league rival Nicholls State on Friday at 7 p.m. in Thibodaux. Friday's match will be Southeastern's lone action of the week.
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (5-1-2) will close out non-conference play this week. The Lady Lions will head to Southern Miss on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match in Hattiesburg, Miss., with the Golden Eagles.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team will play in its second fall tournament of the year this week. The Lions head to Hattiesburg, Miss. for the two-day USM Invitational beginning on Thursday.
     Thursday, Sept. 27
     Men's Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
     Friday, Sept. 28
     Volleyball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 7 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
     Sunday, Sept. 30
     Women's Soccer, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 1 p.m.
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Professional activities
Maurice Badon (Counseling and Human Development), coordinator of the Child Welfare Program, was invited to be the banquet master of ceremonies at the 32nd Annual Foster and Adoptive Conference held in Baton Rouge on Sept. 11. Also participating were Dr. Corie Hebert and Mrs. Jane Moncrief (Counseling and Human Development) who presented a workshop entitled "Foster parenting--A special kind of grief." Southeastern's seven title 1V-E Child Welfare students were also in attendance throughout the three day conference.
     Dr. Tim Gautreaux, writer in residence, has written a companion essay to a series of images by prize-winning photographer Andy Anderson. The photographs, taken along the Mississippi River road, and Dr. Gautreaux's text appear in the next three issues of Garden and Gun Magazine, a new periodical of 21st century Southern America.
     Dr. Andrew Seigel (Music and Dramatic Arts) was recently awarded the second clarinet position in the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) will introduce and lead discussions on "Battleground Louisiana: Civil War Events and Experiences," a Readings in Literature and Culture Programs sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Library Association and funded by a grant from the state of Louisiana. This six-week evening course is being held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Headquarters through Oct. 18.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) published "Radio Frequency Detection: Is It "Spongeworthy" in your OR?" in the September 2007 issue of The OR Connection. He had another article published, "Bad News at the Baggage Carousel is Good News for RFID," in RFID News. The paper is available online.
     Dr. Claudia L. McCalman's (Communication) review of the book Sexuality in Times of AIDS: Contemporary Perspectives from Communities in India by Ravi et al., was recently published in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, vol. 12.
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