ByLion -- April 28

Southeastern goes green
Seniors receive rings
Jazz Ensemble concert tonight
ULS honors Barcelona
Honors, convocations, PKP

'Latin Dance Nite' May 1
CFRE designation for Johns
CASE award for PIO
Holocaust lecture, workshop
Being there for children
Ceramics Club sale May 5-6

Polish chemist visits
'Dance for Camera' April 28-29
This week in athletics
Student accomplishments
Professional activities

'Green project' celebrates Earth Day
Graduate students in Southeastern's organizational communication program developed a special eco-friendly campaign in conjunction with Earth Day. Called "The Southeastern Green Project: Green Today, Here Tomorrow," the campaign was introduced at a special Earth Day event in the War Memorial Student Union mall on April 22. The Green Project was the brainchild of students in communication professor Amber Narro's graduate course on communication campaigns. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the union mall, the students hosted eco-friendly games, collected recyclable paper, plastic, aluminum and electronics, and provided information and tips on how the campus and community can help the environment through presentations by faculty and staff on composting, global warming and ecology. Above left, Donta Mills of Baton Rouge, center, and Jacqueline Latiolais of Franklin, right, demonstrate a composting system in which earthworms produce organic matter to fertilize plants. Right, organizational communication graduate students Melissa Cannino of Hammond and Amber Fleck of Tickfaw bag up the recyclable goods including paper, plastic, aluminum and electronics.
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Catherine Pennison and Kassie PerrinSeniors receive Southeastern rings
At right, Southeastern seniors Catherine Pennison and Kassie Perrin admire their new rings after receiving them at the university's Ring Ceremony last Friday. Approximately 150 seniors ordered official university rings and were invited to participate in the special ceremony held in the Student Union Theatre. The official ring collection, designed by a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni, is available to alumni and students who have completed at least 75 hours of coursework. Faculty and staff can also purchase the ring at a discounted price. The ring is available in white and yellow gold in three styles for women and two for men.
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Jazz Ensemble 1 in concert at Columbia April 28
Jazz Ensemble 1 will present its spring concert on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Led by Glen J. Hemberger, director of bands, the 20-member ensemble is comprised of Southeastern's most outstanding jazz musicians. Characterized by bold programming and a fresh approach to the jazz idiom, Jazz Ensemble 1's styles range from big band swing to contemporary jazz; and from rock to Latin.
     Hemberger said the spring concert will feature "Norwegian Wood," originally composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John, the Lerner and Loewe classic "On the Street Where You Live," and the chart made famous by trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, "MacArthur Park."
     The ensemble will also introduce its new vocalist, Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva, a music major from Kherson, Ukraine, performing "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
     Also on the program will be senior music major David White of Baton Rouge on flugelhorn performing a classic ballad by Southeastern graduate Bobby Campo titled "For Donna."
     Admission is $4 general admission seating. All students with ID, regardless of age, are admitted free of charge.
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Chris Barcelona, Sally Clausen, Elsie BurkhalterSGA President Christopher Barcelona of Marrero was among seven other SGA presidents recognized April 25 by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors for their efforts as student leaders. From left, are Barcelona, ULS President Sally Clausen, and Elsie Burkhalter, board chair.
ULS honors SGA's Barcelona
Southeastern Student Government Association President Christopher Barcelona was among seven other presidents recognized Friday (April 25) by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors for their efforts as student leaders.
     System President Sally Clausen praised the group for their collective work in reaching out to K-12 students as part of the "R U Ready for College" campaign and their roles in the system-sponsored Extreme Spring Break where students work with Habitat for Humanity in hurricane-stricken areas.
     "These student leaders represent the best and brightest," said Clausen. "Not only have they worked hard on their own campuses, but they have also tackled tough statewide issues like the high costs of textbooks and campus safety. Their work will have a positive impact on all of Louisiana's students."
     Barcelona, a senior history major from Marrero, was recognized specifically for helping to implement Southeastern's Lion Traxx Shuttle System, a network of three buses that provides transportation for students around the campus, and for organizing the Youth Leadership Conference designed to provide leadership training for high schools on the north shore.
     Barcelona, who expects to graduate from Southeastern in December, plans on going to law school.
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Honors convocations, PKP induction and banquet this week
The College of Science and Technology recognized its top graduates at its annual honors convocation on April 24 and its fellow academic colleges will follow suit this week. The convocations include: College of Business, April 28, 7 p.m., Student Union Theatre; College of Nursing and Health Sciences, April 29, 6:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre; Division of General Studies, April 29, 3 p.m., University Center, room 133; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, April 30, 2 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre; College of Education and Human Development, May 1, 11 a.m., Teacher Education Center Kiva.
     The Division of Student Affairs' convocation is also on April 30, 7 p.m., at Twelve Oaks, while Phi Kappa Phi's annual induction ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 1 in the Student Union Theatre, with the annual induction banquet following at 6:30 p.m. at Twelve Oaks.
     The deadline for faculty and staff to purchase PKP banquet tickets is April 28, 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at
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Spanish Club hosts 'Latin Dance Nite' May 1
Join the Spanish Club for "Latin Dance Nite" May 1 from 6-9 p.m. in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, room 153. Professional dancers will provide lessons for Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, and Rumba as a DJ plays an explosive urban mix of Latin beats. In addition to dancing, the event will include prizes, food, a raffle and contests. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. For more information, email the Spanish Club at
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Wendy Johns Johns receives CFRE designation
CFRE International has named Wendy Johns, assistant vice president for university advancement, as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
     Johns joins more than 5,000 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, including tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Initially, candidates must pass a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive.
     "The CFRE process was developed as a way to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective, conscientious, ethical and professional manner," said Andrew Day, chair of CFRE International. "Achievement of the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential demonstrates the level of commitment on the part of Wendy Johns to herself and the profession as a whole."
     Johns joined the Southeastern staff in 2002 as director of development/planned giving for the Southeastern Development Foundation. She was named assistant vice president for university advancement last year. At Southeastern she has implemented a new planned giving program and has been instrumental in helping establish many academic scholarships and endowed professorships and chairs.
     Johns earned her bachelor's degree in communication from Southeastern in 1993 and master's degree in philanthropy from St. Mary's University in 2005. Active in the community, she is vice president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Greater Northshore Chapter.
     CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, individuals must continue to demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment, fundraising results and continue their professional education.
     "Employers and donors who work with Certified Fund Raising Executives know they are getting someone who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and someone who is committed to their profession," Day said.
     Nineteen professional associations endorse and support Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the North American YMCA Development Organization, and United Way of America.
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Michael TrahanSoutheastern wins graphic design award for 'Oz' poster
The Office of Public Information was recognized for graphic design at this month's Southwest District conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) held in Little Rock, Ark.
     The office was cited with a second place Silver Award for Excellence for the poster promoting the university's performance of "The Wizard of Oz," a musical staged by the university's Opera/Music Theatre program last summer. The full color poster, designed by staff graphic designer Michael Trahan, included an original sketch of one of the key characters in the production, the "Wicked Witch of the West."
     Winning the top award in the illustration category was the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
     CASE is an international association of professionals involved in educational communications and marketing, fundraising and development and alumni relations.      The Southwest District includes nearly 300 institutions from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
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Lecture and teacher workshop focuses on the Holocaust
Southeastern will host a public lecture and a workshop for teachers May 2-3 in conjunction with Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
     On Friday, May 2, historian Monika Flaschka of Kent State University will present "Women and the Holocaust," at 11 a.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. On Saturday, May 3, she will join historians Judith Fai-Podlipnik and Plater Robinson, master teacher Ann Trappey, and Holocaust survivor Anne Levy for "Teaching the Holocaust in American History," a workshop for teachers offered through the Teaching American History (TAH) grant program. The workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 101. Teachers are required to pre-register by contacting TAH Project Director Ann Trappey at, (985) 748-2443 (phone) or (985) 748-2445 (fax).
     Eligible Region II Social Studies teachers can earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLU's) and a $65 stipend for the workshop. Participants will receive free copies of the "Stories of Holocaust Survivors from New Orleans" series, and Robert Abzug's "America Views the Holocaust," as well as other teaching materials.
     Southeastern social studies education majors interested in attending the workshop should contact William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, at Robison is academic coordinator for the TAH program, a joint project of the department and the Tangipahoa Parish School District.
     The teacher workshop will include presentations on "Hitler and the Rise of Nazism" by Robinson, "Not Just Germany: Hungarians in the Holocaust" by Fai-Podlipnik, "Women and the Holocaust" by Flaschka, "Sisters in the Warsaw Ghetto: An Introduction to the Stories of Holocaust Survivors from New Orleans Documentary Series" by Levy and Robinson, and "The Holocaust in American History: Approaches, Resources, Standards" by Fai-Podlipnik, Flaschka, Robinson, Trappey.
     Flaschka's presentation, which is open to the public, continues the department's tradition of presenting a free public lecture to mark the Yom Hashoah, said Robison. He said the lecture is co-sponsored by the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies supported by the generosity of Jack and Goldie Wolf Miller.
     Flaschka's research examines the gender ideology of Nazism and rhetorical motivation for the rape of Jewish, Roma, Sinti, and Slavic women during the Holocaust. She is a doctoral candidate in history at Kent State and held the Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for Archival Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2006-07. She participated in Northwestern University's Holocaust Educational Foundation 2005 summer institute and in a Yiddish for Holocaust research program sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Indiana University. She also was in Germany on a DAAD scholarship in fall 2006.
     Fai-Podlipnik, associate professor of history at Southeastern, has published articles on post-World War II Hungarian émigrés, prisoners, and refugees, Hungarian anti-communism, and other aspects of Central and Eastern European history, and is currently editing a Holocaust survivor's memoir. She has received grants from the Holocaust Educational Foundation and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for its Silberman Seminar program, participates in Florida State's Holocaust Summer Institute for Educators, and offers a popular Holocaust course at Southeastern.
     Levy was four years old when the Nazis attacked and occupied Poland in 1939. Her family survived two years in the Warsaw ghetto before escaping to survive the rest of the war by pretending to be Christians. Anne, her parents, and her younger sister Lila are among the few Jewish families in Poland who survived the Holocaust. They moved to New Orleans in 1949.
     Levy's life is the subject of historian Lawrence N. Powell's book, Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana.
Plater Robinson, Holocaust education specialist at the Southern Institute for Education and Research, wrote his master's thesis at LSU on Nazi Germany's role in the Spanish Civil War. He has had a long career in public radio, winning National Headliner, National Community Broadcaster, and New Orleans Press Club awards, and earning recognition from the Association of Independent Reporters. He now conducts workshops for high school teachers on the Holocaust.
     Ann Trappey, a 30-year veteran of social studies classrooms, is a Master Teacher and author of the state's U.S. History Comprehensive Curriculum. She has served as director of two TAH grant projects, "Louisiana's Role in Traditional American History" and the on-going "Louisiana's Role in Traditional American History, Phase Two: Global, National, Local, and Personal Dimensions."
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Social Work conference participantsBeing there for children
The Social Work program and the Office of Community Services (OCS), Region IX, sponsored "Being There for Our Children … Educating, Mentoring, Nurturing," the annual a conference for social work educators, professionals, foster families and adoptive families, on April 25 at the University Center. Dozens of child welfare professionals as well as Southeastern social work students attended the eighth annual conference. College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen and Maurice Badon, coordinator of Southeastern's child welfare program, were among those welcoming the workshop's speakers and participants. From left, are Badon, Nancy Miller, OCS; Mary Ballard, interim head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development; Allen; Celeste Skinner, OCS Foster Care Program manager; Margie Rogillion, president of the Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Association; Robert Couvillion, OCS Covington regional administrator; Barbara Valvasseur, minister vocalist, Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
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Ceramics Club sale May 5-6
The Ceramics Club will host of sale of art work May 5-6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Union mall.
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Chemist selects Southeastern for post-doc work
Iwona Dabkowska, a visiting scientist from Poland, makes a point about computational chemistry to students Max McCray of Watson and Becky Weber of Hammond in the university's Molecular Simulation Laboratory. Observing is Thomas Sommerfeld, director of the lab.
With a prestigious Marie Curie fellowship in hand, Polish chemist Iwona Dabkowska could go nearly anywhere in the world for post-doctoral studies and research.
     So, what made her leave her research station in Berlin and choose Southeastern?
     "That man," says Dabkowska, pointing across the lab to Thomas Sommerfeld, assistant professor of theoretical and computational chemistry at Southeastern. Dabkowska's colleagues in Berlin knew that her research interests in molecular chemistry were closely aligned with Sommerfeld's and strongly suggested she consider collaborating with him.
     In Southeastern's Molecular Simulations Laboratory, Sommerfeld and his student researchers are working to develop a theory that explains why atoms that have extra electrons tend to break their chemical bonds.
     "Electrons are like the glue that holds atoms together when they form molecules," he explains. "It's not your usual glue though, because only the exact amount will bind the atoms; too few or too many, and the atoms won't stick. Understanding this mechanism has very practical applications, especially in DNA research."
     Sommerfeld came to Southeastern two years ago from the University of Pittsburgh where he was a research assistant professor.
     Dabkowska spent a month in March and April at Southeastern working alongside Sommerfeld and his students. The Marie Curie Fellowship allows individual researchers to participate in a research team in another country for several weeks. The program is funded by the European Commission, the executive body of the 27-nation European Union.
      After earning her doctorate at the University of Gdanzk, Dabkowska worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richmond, Wash., one of 10 national laboratories affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy. She later joined Freie Universitaet in Berlin, where she is doing her current research.
     "The work we are doing involves extremely small molecules," she said. "It is mostly computational work that we are able to do on a computer. So we should be able to collaborate very easily on our future research projects."
     While staying in Hammond -- a community she enjoyed but which she admits is considerably different from either Berlin or the west coast -- Dabkowska stayed at the "Inn at Southeastern." The Inn is Southeastern's former president's residence which now serves as a temporary home for visiting faculty and other guests.
     "It was a wonderful opportunity and a real honor to be able to interact with a scientist like Dr. Dabkowska," said Rebecca Weber of Hammond, a junior majoring in chemistry. "Working in this lab has given me a great appreciation for scientists like Dr. Dabkowska and Dr. Sommerfeld; it's an experience that I would not have gained by only interacting with them in the classroom."
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Dance for Camera'Dance for the Camera' showcase dance films April 28-29
"Dance on Camera," a compilation of seven "Dance for the Camera" shorts, will be presented April 28 and 29 at the Student Union Theatre.
     The free program will feature dance-related films by artists from Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The program will be presented at 1 p.m. on April 28 and 12:30 p.m. on April 29.
     For additional information, contact dance professor Martie Fellom at 985-549-2133.
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This week in athletics
The baseball, softball and track and field teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (23-20, 10-11 SLC) will return to the field on Wednesday, hosting Southern Miss for a 6:30 p.m. contest at Alumni Field. The Lions will then hit the road for the weekend, heading to Beaumont, Texas for a three-game Southland Conference series with Lamar. The series opens with a 6:30 p.m. game on Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday. First pitch of Sunday's series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. All four Southeastern baseball games will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (27-23, 14-15 SLC) will close out its regular season schedule this week, hosting nationally-ranked LSU at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at North Oak Park. Wednesday's game will air on a tape-delayed basis on the Southeastern Channel. Southeastern, which is assured a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, will also find out its seeding for the postseason tournament, as the remainder of the conference teams close out their league schedules this weekend. The Lady Lions will be either the sixth, seventh or eighth seed in the league tourney, which is scheduled for May 8-10 in San Marcos, Texas.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will also be preparing for the SLC Championships this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Ole Miss Invitational on Saturday in their final meet before the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, scheduled for May 9-11 in Huntsville, Texas.
     Wednesday, April 30
Baseball, vs. Southern Miss, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, vs. LSU, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
     Friday, May 2
Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Saturday, May 3
Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Ole Miss Invitational, Oxford, Miss., All Day
     Sunday, May 4
Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
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Rachel Epstein, Barry Mince, Morgan Marcum, and Christopher Adam HicksStudent accomplishments
From left, Rachel Epstein, Barry Mince, Morgan Marcum, and Christopher Adam Hicks.
The Southeastern Sociological Association (SSA) hosted the first Undergraduate Social Science Paper Presentation Summit in the Southeastern Room at the Student Union on Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 2 p.m. Presenters were Christopher Adam Hicks, "Punk Rock: An Organic Reaction to Social Injustice"; Rachel Epstein, "Manufacturing Humans in a Gendered World"; Barry Mince, "The State of Society Address"; and Morgan Marcum, "Algerian Culture as Demonstrated by the Maghrebi Dance Traditions of North Africa." Approximately 100 people attended the summit, participating in questions after each presentation and enjoying the lunch provided. The SSA intends to make this a recurring event every fall and spring semester. The faculty sponsor for SSA is sociology instructor Rebecca Hensley.
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Professional activities
Ann Carruth
(Nursing) has been invited to serve as a project reviewer on the NIOSH/CDC announcement, "National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury" in Coraopolis, Pa., May 20-21.
     Terry Passman (University Housing) recently accompanied Gamma Beta Phi to their National Convention in Greensboro, N.C. Passman was re-elected to serve as national advisor on GBP's National Executive Council. Southeastern chapter member Anthony Rutledge, Louisiana state president, was elected as student representative for the NEC. Jackie Dale Thomas (Leadership Development and Student Activities) was elected national president in absentia, since she was unable to attend due to a recent illness. The Southeastern chapter also received its 25th Distinguished Chapter Award, GPB's highest national award. The chapter also won its fourth National Scrapbook Award.
     Dr. Linda Synovitz, Dr. Ralph Wood and Dr. Wynn Gillan (Kinesiology and Health Studies), Dr. Sandra McKay (Marketing), and Dr. Jeff Totten of McNeese University made three presentations at the national conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance in Ft. Worth April 7-12. They presented the posters "College Students' Sexual Behaviors and Relationship to Locus of Control" and "College Students' Substance Use Behaviors and Relationship to Locus of Control," and the presentation "College Students in the South: Nutritional and Exercise Behaviors."
     Dr. Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented "Temporal and Spatial Change in a River Delta" at the 24th Annual Louisiana Remote Sensing and GIS Workshop, held in April at the University of New Orleans. She also presented "The Conversion of a Lake into a Distributary Channel in the Colville River Delta, Alaska, coauthored with H.J. Walker of LSU, at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in April in Boston.
     Bev Marshall (Writer-in-Residence) was the keynote speaker for the Gulf Coast Creative Writing Teachers Conference held in Fairhope, Ala., April 11-12. Following her speech entitled, "Creative Writers: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," she read excerpts from each of her novels.
     Drs. Bonnie Lewis and John Boulahanis (Sociology and Criminal Justice), director and assistant director, respectively, of the Southeastern Social Science Research Center, and Dr. Kurt Corbello (History and Political Science), director of the Southeastern Poll, were invited to attend the National Consortium of Social Science Research Centers and Institutes' second annual meeting at George Mason University, April 10-11. Southeastern is a founding member of the association, which includes 30 top research centers and institutes.
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