ByLion -- September 4

Memorial Fountain dedication
Livingston Center dedication
Fanfare tickets on sale
Apply to graduate by Sept. 17

BOR workshop Sept. 20
Tangi Night Sept. 17
Constitution Day lecture
Business startup seminar
Center for Faculty Excellence
This week in athletics
Get well wishes for Jackie
Professional activities

Placing yellow roses in vases by Memorial FountainMemorial Fountain dedicated
Members of the campus and community gathered on Aug. 29 -- the second anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina -- to dedicate the new campus fountain to the memory of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita and to the citizens who responded in the wake of the storms that ravished the Gulf Coast region.
     Funded by the Student Government Association, the fountain is considered one of the first hurricane memorials to be completed in the area. The fountain features a raised carving of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Alabama. At timed intervals, the fountain bubbles up at the locations of the two storms' landfall to flood, then recede, from the coastline. The structure was designed by Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond and was built by Cobalt Construction, Inc. of Slidell.
     In addition to remarks by Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates, Provost John Crain and current and former SGA Presidents Chris Barcelona and Aron Walker III, the dedication ceremony also featured music by Miss Southeastern 2007 Kristen Hilliard, Miss Southeastern 2006 Blair Abene and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. At the close of the ceremony, attendees were invited to place yellow roses in special vases at the fountain (top).
     The ceremony also displayed a mock-up of the marker that will be installed next to the fountain. The marker will feature a fleur de lis designed by Industrial Technology instructor Anthony Blakeney and student worker Shawn Mills (at right). With the help of Neil Sweet, president of Americast Technologies, Amite Foundry and Machine, and patternmaker Charlie Landry, the fleur de lis was cast at Southeastern from brass keys that once unlocked Southeastern's doors.
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Livingston Center dedication Thursday
On Thursday, Southeastern and the Livingston Parish School System will dedicate the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, a precedent-setting collaboration among the university, the Livingston Parish School System and the Southeastern Development Foundation.
     The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the center in Walker. Look for complete details in next week's ByLion.
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Gregg Allman
The Second City
Hanan Alattar
The Second City

Fanfare tickets on sale Sept. 5
Tickets for Fanfare 2007 will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Columbia Theatre Box Office, 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond. Tickets are also available online at Box office hours are noon-5 p.m. weekdays, 985-543-4371).
     Fanfare 2007 highlights include:
     Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman will headline Fanfare's 22nd season.
     Barrage, a "high-octane fiddle-fest," offering a diverse fusion of cultures, musical styles and incredible performance vitality.
     The return of two Fanfare favorites, the incomparable political satire troupe The Capitol Steps, and the Missoula Children's Theatre, starring local children in Jack and the Bean Stalk.
     A night of antics by the comedians of famed Second City improv troupe in One Nation Under Blog.
     Soprano Hanan Alattar, a young Julliard graduate who is taking the opera world by storm.
     Pianist Alexander Bonduriansky, founding member of the acclaimed Moscow Piano Trio and provost of Tchaikovsky's Moscow State Conservatory, who will be joined by pianist David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     "An Inconvenient Truth," a presentation on global warming by New York-based actor and activist Jens Rasmussen.
     A series of Sunday afternoon community performances with artists such as violinist Arkady Yanivker, the Christ Episcopal Choral Ensemble, and the Southeastern Guitar Quartet.
     Eclectic art exhibits at Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery and Video Gallery, in the Columbia Theatre lobby, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and Sims Memorial Library.
     Performances by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra and Southeastern Wind Symphony.
     Southeastern Theatre's production of the Crimes of the Heart and the Opera-Music Theatre Workshop's production of the musical classic A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
     The "Then and Now" history and politics lecture series, featuring the wit and wisdom of Southeastern's history and political science faculty, and "High Noon Fiction," showcasing the award-winning authors of the English Department.
     The annual Fanfare's Foreign Film Series showing a sample of the best Spanish, French, German and Italian flicks.
     From the community, a day devoted to the art of quilting in historic downtown Ponchatoula, the Hungarian Cultural Celebration in Livingston Parish, Saturday morning programs for children at the Hammond library, and "A Night with Photographer Johnny Chauvin" at Ponchatoula's new "The Art Station."
     Individual tickets for all of Columbia's regular season performances will also go on sale Sept 5. For a complete listing of all Fanfare and Columbia Season events, visit
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Graduation application deadline is Sept. 17
Sept. 17 is the final day that Southeastern students can apply to graduate in Fall 2007.
     The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said. Although the graduation application deadline is traditionally Sept. 15, the deadline has been extended for two days since that date falls on a Saturday.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, and master's degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LEONet campus accounts and choosing the "Apply for Graduation" option. Instructions are available online at via the "Current Students" then "Graduation Information - Apply for Graduation" links. Students may also call Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at (985) 549-2066/62.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
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BOR workshop Sept. 20
A Board of Regents grant workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Student Union Pelican Room (room 229) and Magnolia Room (room 228).
     The workshops offers a great opportunity for faculty to meet with BOR representatives to discuss grant ideas and ask questions. For more information, contact Margaret Adelmann at 549-5312 or
     Disciplines eligible for Board of Regents 2007-2008 Support Fund Grants (formerly LEQSF) grants in 2007 include:
     Research and Development Program: RCS & ITRS -- Physics/Astronomy; Mathematics; Agricultural Sciences; Engineering A (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, etc.); Social Sciences; Biological Sciences (eligible every year); Computer & Information Sciences (eligible every year); Earth/Environmental Sciences (eligible every year).
     Enhancement Program -- Business, Chemistry, Education, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, Multidisciplinary.
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Southeastern to host Tangi Night Sept. 17
Tangipahoa Parish high school students and their parents can get an informal introduction to college as well as valuable information about scholarships, financial aid, and admission requirements at Tangi Night on Monday, Sept. 17.
     Tangi Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Twelve Oaks.
      "Tangi Night is the event for Tangipahoa high school students and their families to learn more about selecting colleges and career options," said Anthony Ranatza, assistant director of admissions.
     Students and their parents will be able to browse exhibits offering information on academic and career options, university admissions requirements, the state TOPS scholarship program, as well as other scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
     Tangi Night will host college and technical program representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama universities, both public and private, who will be on hand to inform the students about their respective areas of study. Banks and lenders will also be available to offer information on financial aid options.
     For more information on Tangi Night, contact Southeastern Admissions at 800-222-SELU or e-mail
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Ellery SchemppLecture recognizes Constitution Day
The Department of History and Political Science will recognize Constitution Day, Sept. 17, with a lecture by Ellery Schempp, "Our Constitution and Religious Freedom -- My Personal Experiences."
     The free lecture is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Schempp is a physicist whose research contributed to the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). As a teenager he was the central figure in the 1963 case Abington School District vs. Schempp that led the U.S. Supreme Court to rule mandatory public school Bible-reading and prayer unconstitutional. The controversial decision is at the heart of the ongoing debate about separation of church and state.
     Schempp will tell his personal story about a pivotal moment in American constitutional history and following the lecture will sign copies of Stephen D. Solomon's new book, Ellery's Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle Over School Prayer.
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SBDC hosts business startup seminar
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a business startup seminar in Hammond on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
     The seminar will prepare attendees for the intensive business planning process, identify major steps crucial to starting a business, discuss common pitfalls and address key issues that affect your business success.
     This event is free and open to the public. Class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive in Hammond.
     Registration is preferred. To register or for more information, contact the Small Business Development Center at (985) 549-3831 or
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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. If you have questions regarding this, please contact the center at ext. 5791 or e-mail us at
      Thursday, Sept. 6, 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. -- Blackboard: Introduction to Blackboard and Communication Tools (uploading files, e-mail and collaboration).
     Monday, Sept. 10, 9-10 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. -- Blackboard: Introduction to Blackboard and Communication Tools (uploading files, e-mail and collaboration)
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This week in athletics
For the second straight week, the Southeastern football team will travel to face a FBS opponent, taking on Kansas on Saturday at 6 p.m. during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (0-1) opened up the season with a 35-14 defeat at New Mexico State, but picked off Aggie quarterbacks four times. Southeastern will head to Lawrence, Kan., for Saturday's contest, which will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KAJUN 107.1 FM and on the Internet at The Big 12 member Jayhawks finished 6-6 last season and opened the 2007 campaign with a 52-7 win over Central Michigan.
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (2-0) will look to remain unbeaten as it continues its season-opening home stand. On Friday, Arkansas State will visit Hammond for a 4:30 p.m. match, while Louisiana Tech will be in town on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (1-2) will be in action this week. The Lady Lions will hold an intrasquad Green and Gold Scrimmage on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Live stats will be available at
     The Southeastern cross country team will also be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles on Friday to compete in the McNeese State Cross Country Invitational.
     Thursday, September 6
     Volleyball, Green and Gold Scrimmage, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Friday, September 7
     Women's Soccer, vs. Arkansas State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
     Cross Country, at McNeese State XC Invitational, Lake Charles, All Day
     Saturday, September 8
     Football, at Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., 6 p.m. (KAJUN 107.1 FM)
     Sunday, September 9
     Women's Soccer, vs. Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
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Get well wishes for Jackie Thomas
As many of you may know, Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development, is in West Jefferson Hospital in the intensive care unit. Her friends and colleagues are invited to come by the Student Union to get an update on her progress from her nephew Dusty and to sign get well cards. Dusty will be in the ballroom at 4:30 p.m. Cards will be signed in the union mall until 5:30 p.m.
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Professional activities
Professor C. Roy Blackwood
(Visual Arts, Cultural Resource Management) has been asked to serve as director of fellowships for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2007-2010 triennium. Formerly, Blackwood served two terms as a fellowship committee member. "Annually, The all-discipline Honor Society awards one hundred Fellowships and Awards of Distinction to student members in support of graduate studies. It is the Society's flagship program," Blackwood said.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart and Dr. David Deggs of Louisiana Campus Compact presented a plenary session entitled "Service-Learning: An Engaged Pedagogy" at the University of Louisiana System Serves Conference on Monday, Aug. 13. Approximately 80 faculty and staff from University of Louisiana System institutions and other colleges and universities around the state were in attendance.
     Lillian Stiegler (Communication Sciences and Disorders) presented a continuing education session titled "Story Language: Improving Young Children's Talking and Listening Skills Through Books" at the 2007 Child Day Care Center Health Seminar sponsored by Ochsner Medical Center for Children on Aug. 25.
     John Pastorek and Sam HydeSamuel Hyde (Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies/History and Political Science) appeared on the Aug. 28 edition of "Tune In" on WBRZ television Channel 2 in Baton Rouge. His appearance was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hyde was interviewed by John Pastorek about the recent film and publication produced by the center that highlights the implications the loss of regional wetlands may hold for our state in the future.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) recently delivered a presentation on his report, "The Blogging Revolution: Government in the Age of Web 2.0," at a Washington, DC event sponsored by the Center for The Business of Government. The presentation is available online.
     Dr. Bobbye Davis (General Business) and co-author Dr. Clarice Brantley of Pensacola, Fla., had their chapter titled "Communication" accepted for publication in the 2008 National Business Education Association Yearbook to be published in Reston, Va.
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