ByLion -- August 18

Convocation honors
Service award recipients
Faculty tenure, promotion
Welcome, new faculty, staff
Visit Wal-Mart's 'Lions Den'

Fireworks over the Tchefuncte
Fall SOT schedule
Closure on Western Tuesday
Registration through Aug. 19
Partnering with Hot August Night
Reception for 'Miss Southeasterns'

Part-time job fair
Have fun with FE-Lions
This week in athletics
Havel joins KSLU
Professional activities

Convocation honors President's Excellence, service award recipients
Four Southeastern professors and a staff member have been awarded the university's most prestigious honor, the President's Award for Excellence, in the areas of research, teaching, artistic activity and service.
     The recipients, along with employees who have served Southeastern from 25-45 years, were among the honorees at the university's Aug. 15 faculty/staff convocation.
     The honorees also included Dr. Michael Kurtz, who was named Professor Emeritus of History and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School after retiring from Southeastern last year with more that 40 years of service.
     The President's Award for Excellence were awarded to Jeff Wiemelt, associate professor of English, teaching; Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics, research; Kenneth Boulton, associate professor of music and director of the Community Music School, artistic activity; Bonnie Lewis, professor of sociology and director of the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center; and Angelique McIntyre, computer support specialist with the Computer Help Desk, unclassified staff service.
     Also at convocation, Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen, joined by area legislators and University of Louisiana System Board Chair Elsie Burkhalter, presented the university with $160,000 in Board of Regents matching funds for four new endowed professorships. Above left are, from left, Rep. John Schroder, Rep. John Bel Edwards, Clausen, Burkhalter, Crain, Rep. Greg Cromer and Rep. Steve Pugh.
John Crain, Kenneth Boulton, Jeff Wiemelt, Sanichiro Yoshica, Bonnie Lewis, Angelique McIntyre Interim President John L. Crain, far left, congratulates the 2008 Recipients of the President's Awards for Excellence, from left, Kenneth Boulton, associate professor of music and director of the Community Music School, artistic activity; Jeff Wiemelt, associate professor of English, teaching; Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics, research; Bonnie Lewis, professor of sociology and director of the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center; and Angelique McIntyre, computer support specialist with the Computer Help Desk, unclassified staff service.
John Crain, Michael KurtzMichael Kurtz, who retired last year after serving on the Southeastern faculty for 40 years, was named Professor Emeritus of History and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at the university's annual faculty/staff convocation Aug. 15. During his tenure at Southeastern, Kurtz received the President's Award for Excellence in research and teaching. An internationally recognized expert on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his course on the assassination has been one of the university's most popular electives. Kurtz is a lifetime merit award winner of the Louisiana Historical Association and is the author of several books, including a historical look at Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long and two works on the Kennedy assassination.
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John Crain, Tom HoganJohn Crain, JoAnn PaganJohn Grain, Mildred Bryant, James Dunn, Richard Louth

Congratulations, service award winners!
Above, left, Interim President Crain presents a Southeastern ring to Thomas Hogan in recognition of his 45 years of service. Hogan, who is foreman of the painting crew in the university's Physical Plant, received a standing ovation from his colleagues at the university's faculty/staff convocation on Aug. 15. Center, Dr. Crain presents a crystal lion to JoAnn Pagan in recognition of her 40 years of service to the university. She works in the university's Property Control Department. Right, receiving Southeastern watches for their 30 years service, were, from left, Mildred Bryant, James Dunn, and Richard Louth. Below, left, 25 year service award recipients, shown with Interim President Crain, far left, were, front, Emily Bond, Jo-Anne Gibson, Leah Sadden, Jessie Roberts, Bobbie Schnepf; back, Sid Guedry, Charles Granger, Carl Keith Sr., Martin "Chip" Perilloux, and William Robison. Not shown are Keith Bancroft, Austelene Bratton, Dianna Laurent, James Traylor. Below right, Gerald Guidroz, dean of Continuing Education and Special Activities, was honored for 35 years of service.

25 years service award recipientsJohn Crain, Gerald Guidroz
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Faculty tenure and promotion
Faculty who have earned tenure and promotion were also among those recognized at the annual convocation. Congratulations to:
     Promotion to Professor: Rachelle F. Cope, Rakesh Duggal, Cynthia A. Logang, Millie Naquin, Louise Plaisance, Susan Pryor, Jime Worthen.
     Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure: John G. Boulahanis, Kenneth Boulton, David Bowes, Angela Dunnington, John O'Reilly, Kyle Piller, Paige Schulte, Jayetta Slawson.
     Promotion to Associate Professor: Wendy Siegel.
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New faculty, staff welcomed at convocation
Southeastern's convocation served as an official welcome to members of the faculty and staff who have joined the university in the past year: Kathleen Abendroth, A. Jerald Ainsworth, Victoria Alford, John Anderson, Donna Arnone, Jennifer Austin, Denee Aydell, Mary Banbury, Cyrus Bates, Rosemary Becker, Kevin Beecher, Misty Betz, Michael Bisciglia, Marshall Bradley, Barbara Bridgewater, Barbara Brown, Sarah Burdeaux, David Burley, Charles Cambre, Michael Canale, Mary Casstevens, Scott Champagne, Roy Chauvin, Charlotte Collins, Robert Connor, Jennifer Cook, Brendan Daigle, Joseph Danel, Amy David-Valentine, Kevin Dennis, Sandra Dobson, Ronnie Domiano, Thomas Dunnington.
     Also, Rose Evola, Jean Fotie, David Fox, Karneka George, Ashley Gibson, Charles Gillingham, Cassandra Gilyard, George Giron, Jessica Gomez, Ashley Gonzales, Gina Gorenflo, Kenneth Green, Karen Guiteau, Nancy Guzzardo, Anacletus Gyinia, Carl Hargis, Bobbie Harrell, Terry Havel, Charles Helton, Jonathan Holland, Sara Holland, Herbert Holloway, Kathy Huff, Angela James, Sandra Jenkins, Michael Jennings, Julie Joiner-Nunemacher, Robyn Jones, Mary Kemp, Donna Kennedy, Eric Knight, Sandra Kramer, Sharon Kroper, Kenneth Lacoste, Melissa Laird, Leigh Ann Lanaux, Benjamin Lanier-Nabors, Brandon Lee, Luke Leitz, Daniel Lewallen, Yingchun Li, Zhengrong Li, David Lichtenstein, James Lovitt, Deborah Lowry, James Loyd,
     Also, Janice Magee, Tara Mann, Ephram Massawe, Megan Mast, Kimberly Matran, Cheri Mcferrin, Michael McGill, Joelle McWilliams, Monique Michel, Jessica Michot, Jeffery Miller, Donta Mills, Tarakeshwar Mishra, Brian Mondschein, Edward Morin, Katherine Munson, Danny Murphy, Rebecca Murry, Donna Naquin, Beatrice Nero, Kenneth Newton, Mindy Notariano, Cheryl Olah, Brandon Parker, Edith Patterson, Jennifer Paul, Lisa Perrilloux, Lynne Piacun, Cathy Picone, Leah Poche, Tracy Pourciau, Karen Powell, Gary Prescott, Alyson Ragan, Elizabeth Rhodes, Jeff Rhodes, Michael Richardson, Kristie Riddle, Brianna Righteous, James Riser, Lola Robinson-Adetona, Jordan Rogers, Adrianne Roques, Allison Roques, Wendy Rowley, Samantha Rush.
     Also, Shannon Schiro, Morris Scott, Edward Seals, Peter Shrock, Jason Silessi, Jennifer Simon, Bethany Simpson, Michael Sistrunk, Gina Smith, Lanell Smith, Sarah Sohr-Preston, Bethany Souza, Carlton Stafford, Irma Stephens, Ieshia Stevens, Willa Stewart, Kathleen Stites, Holly Syrdal, Lataisha Tate, Rusty Tenant, Miklannet Tennal, Rikita Thomas, Charles Trimm, Keri Truitt, Kim Vicknair, Aron Walker, Vincent Walker, Gary Walls, Rebecca Walls, Linghong Wang, Michael Webster, Mark Whitmer, Barry Whitmer, Hope Williams, Sarah Wiseman, Jennifer Witty, Jill Hite Worth, Stephanie Zellner.
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Lions sign autograph for fans at Wal-MartLions football players sign autographs for Camille, Evan and Meredith Bechac at the celebration of the new Wal-Mart "Lion's Den."
Southeastern unveils 'Lion's Den' at Wal-Mart
Southeastern and the Hammond Wal-Mart Supercenter have teamed up to sell Wal-Mart's line of specially designed Southeastern merchandise just in time for Lion football.
     Southeastern unveiled the new partnership with a celebration at the Hammond Wal-Mart Sunday that included performances by the Spirit of the Southland marching band, cheerleaders and Lionettes, an appearance by the university's lion mascot Roomie and free refreshments.
      Merchandise to be featured in Wal-Mart's "Lion's Den" area will include Southeastern apparel, decals, flags, tumblers, ties, key chains and more.
     "Wal-Mart and our north shore businesses are great supporters of Southeastern. We are excited that Wal-Mart is offering a great array of Southeastern apparel and merchandise to all of our fans," said Southeastern Community Liaison Leigh Ann Lanaux. "This is a perfect opportunity to gear up for football season -- our first home game is Sept. 13. Let's turn this region green and gold."
     On the heels of the grand opening are Southeastern Fan Day and the Division of Student Affairs' annual "Strawberry Jam." Scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Strawberry Stadium, the event will launch the new school year and preview Lions football for both students and the community.
     Southeastern's Spirit of the Southland marching band and cheerleaders will open the event by parading from Greek Village to the stadium at 6 p.m. Events in the stadium will include a performance by the popular band Phat Hat, free food, soft drinks and giveaways.
     Southeastern fans will also hear comments from Head Football Coach Mike Lucas, who will introduce members of the 2008 football team. Younger fans can don their favorite Lion jersey for a picture with Roomie.
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fireworks over Tchefuncte River lighhouse Fireworks over the Tchefuncte
On Aug. 8, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum celebrated National Lighthouse Day with fireworks over the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, which is being restored by the museum. In recognition of the contributitions to the project by Southeastern faculty, staff, students and the Southeastern Development Foundation, members of the Southeastern family were invited to a reception at the lightkeeper's cottage and treated to a fireworks display over the Tchefuncte River.
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SOT fall schedule
The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment requests that all faculty, department heads, and deans note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the Fall 2008 semester:
     Term 1 (Aug. 20-Oct. 8): packets delivered to departments, Wednesday, Oct. 1; administration of SOT, Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-8; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Wednesday, Oct. 8.
     Full Term (Aug. 20-Dec. 5): packets delivered to departments, Friday, Nov. 7; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Nov. 10-21; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Nov. 21.
     Term 2 (Oct. 15 - Dec. 5): packets delivered to departments Tuesday, Nov. 25; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Dec. 1-5; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Dec. 5.
     Any questions regarding SOT administration should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
     Faculty who are interested in keeping the SOT Scannable forms from the Summer 2006, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters should pick them up in the Institutional Research Office. Please note that these are the original bubble forms as completed by students, not the SOT rating summaries or reports.
      As stated in the Student Opinion of Teaching Policy Manual, SOT scan forms will be made available after one year to each faculty member for whom data was collected. However, faculty may obtain only those data forms for which he or she is the instructor of record.
      Faculty who are interested in receiving these data forms should contact Glenda in the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 2077 or These forms must be picked up no later than Sept. 30. Forms that have not been picked up by the faculty members will be shredded.
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Segment of Western Avenue closed Tuesday
Western Avenue will be closed from Garrett Hall to the entrance of Friendship Circle near Dyson Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from approximately 5-10 p.m. for Strawberry Jam. Please plan to use an alternate route during this time and if you must travel in this area during the event, please use extreme caution. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
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Students can register for fall class through Aug. 19
With the fall 2008 semester scheduled to begin Aug. 20, students who have not yet registered can still sign up for classes through Aug. 19.
Eligible students can register online by accessing the "LEONet" link on the university's home page,, and logging into the university's intranet at the "LEONet-Students" link.
     "It is important for students to finalize their fall schedule as soon as possible," said Stephen Soutullo, assistant vice president for enrollment management. "Students will not be able to register for classes or make schedule changes after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19."
     For additional information or assistance with registering, contact the Office of Records and Registration at 1-800-222-SELU (7358) or 985-549-2066.
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Junior Matheu and daughter
Southeastern joins 'Hot August Night'
Southeastern joined in Hammond's popular Hot August Night on Friday by hosting a pep rally to tune up the community for the start of football season. Above, left, former Southeastern football player and Tangiphaoa Parish Assessor Junior Matheu and his granddaughter enjoy music by the Spirit of the Southland marching band, Lionettes, and cheerleaders. Also at Hot August Night, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts hosted the Louisiana Children's Discovery Museum, which set up interactive exhibits in the lobby during Hot August Night. Representatives of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum were also on hand, manning a table where youngsters could make "pirate hats" as a way of promoting children's activities at the museum in Madisonville. McKenzie Root, daughter of marketing professor Terri Root, shows off her creation, while LPBMM Director Jay Martin can't resist building a hat with his young son.
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Aug. 19 celebration honors 'Miss Southeasterns'
The Alumni Association and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host a celebration Aug. 19 honoring the accomplishments of the current Miss Southeastern and three former Miss Southeasterns at the 2008 Miss Louisiana Pageant.
     The public is invited to attend the open house in the Student Union ballroom from 2 to 4 p.m.
     Blair Abene of Hammond, Miss Southeastern 2006, won the coveted title of Miss Louisiana at the state pageant in Monroe earlier this summer. Jennifer Soileau of Slidell, Miss Southeastern 2003, finished first runner-up with current Miss Southeastern Brandy Hotard of Port Allen rounding out the top three at second runner-up in her first appearance in the pageant. Kristen Hilliard of Covington, Miss Southeastern 2007, was a top 10 finalist.
     "The open house is an opportunity for Southeastern and the community at large to congratulate the Southeastern Miss Louisiana finalists," said Jason Leader, director of the Campus Activities Board, the sponsor of the Miss Southeastern Pageant. "We're very proud of the way each of them represented Southeastern."
     A special guest will be Mrs. Senior Louisiana Cheryl Chaucer of Hammond.
     The event will feature a special presentation at 2:30 p.m. by Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster and Southeastern Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. Guests will be treated to a "candy bar" and refreshments such as iced fleur de lis cookies.
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Southeastern sponsoring part-time job fair for students
The Office of Career Services is sponsoring a special job fair to help students locate part-time jobs.
     The Part-Time Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union mall.
     "The beginning of a new fall semester always brings to us many students in need of good employment opportunities while in school," said Career Services Director Ken Ridgedell. "The Part-Time Job Fair is an ideal opportunity for students to connect with more than 40 local employers - all at our centrally located student union and all on the same day."
     Ridgedell said representatives of approximately 50 employers will be on hand to accept job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students.
Career Fair 2008, Career Services' annual career fair for upperclass students and recent alumni, will be held Sept. 24 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     For additional information about both fairs, visit or call 985-549-2121.
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Melissa MannioHave fun this year with FE-Lions
FE-Lion member Melissa Mannino tapes a question for Lions Football Coach Mike Lucas at a FE-Lion event held Aug. 7 at Curves in downtown Hammond. The taped questions will be answered on Lucas' television show filmed Monday nights at Brady's in Hammond.
     The FE-Lions, the popular social organization for female fans of Southeastern athletics, has announced its 2008-09 schedule and recruitment campaign for new members.
     The organization has grown to more than 200 members, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. The FE-Lions host luncheons on Thursdays in conjunction with Lions home football games and sponsor other functions such as the annual "Champagne Bingo" fundraiser.
     Annual dues are $10. Luncheon tickets are $15 until Sept. 4 and $20 after that date.
     The next FE-Lion event is "Salute the Lions" on Aug. 21 in the Student Union Ballroom at 5 p.m. to welcome back all Southeastern athletes.
     FE-Lions luncheons will be held this year at Trey Yuen, 2100 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, on Sept. 11 and 25, Oct. 16 and 30, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. Champagne Bingo is scheduled for Jan. 24, at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks.
     For additional information about the FE-Lions, contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-758-2586.
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This week in athletics -- Join in Fan Day, Strawberry Jam tomorrow
The 2008-09 Southeastern athletic season begins this week, as the Southeastern women's soccer team opens up play in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions, who have won five Southland Conference championships in the past decade, will host William Carey on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex to open the 2008 campaign. Following Friday's home opener, Southeastern will play its next three matches on the road, beginning with a 1 p.m. contest at Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday.
     The Southeastern family is also invited to launch the new school year and preview Lions football at Fan Day, which will take place along with "Strawberry Jam" for students on Tuesday evening in Strawberry Stadium.
     The Spirit of the Southland marching band and cheerleaders will open the event at 6 p.m. with a parade from Greek Village to the stadium. Strawberry Jam will feature music by Phat Hat, free food, soft drinks and giveaways.
     Head coach Mike Lucas will introduce members of the 2008 football team, who will be available for autographs. Fans can wear their favorite Lion jersey and bring their camera for pictures with players and Roomie the Lion.
     The Southeastern volleyball, soccer and cross country teams will also be available for pictures and autographs.
     For ticket information for all Lion and Lady Lion athletic events, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX.
     Tuesday, August 19
     Fan Day/Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m.
     Friday, August 22
     Women's Soccer, vs. William Carey, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
     Sunday, August 24
     Women's Soccer, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 1 p.m.
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Terry HavelHavel joins KSLU as program director
Terry Havel, a broadcasting professional with more than 30 years experience in radio, has been named program director of KSLU 90.9-FM.
Originally from Barrington, Ill., Havel is responsible for all on-air operations, including hiring and managing the student staff, overseeing the music rotation, and supervising the general sound of the station.
     Prior to joining Southeastern, Havel served for three decades as program director of Burlington High School's radio station, WBSD 89.1 FM, in Wisconsin. He is one of the newest members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and also taught speech and drama at Salem Central High School in western Kenosha County before moving to Burlington in 1970.
Professional activities
Jackie Dale Thomas (Leadership Development and Student Activities) and Terry Passman (University Housing) recently attended the summer meeting of the National Executive Committee of the Gamma Beta Phi Society. Thomas ran the meetings in Gatlinburg in her role as national president, while Passman is the national advisor member of the governing board.
     Dr. Linda Synovitz and Dr. Ralph Wood (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented "Impact of the media on teen sexual health risk behaviors" at the Teen Investment and Strategies Summit held at Twelve Oaks on Aug. 7.
     Dr. Paula Currie (Communication Sciences and Disorders), presented a paper, "Leadership in AAC Training: Meeting the Needs of SLPs and the Big 9," on Aug. 4 at the ISAAC Biennial Conference in Montreal, Canada.
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