Faculty, staff, students encouraged to sign up for emergency alert system
New and returning students, as well as faculty and staff, are being encouraged to participate in Southeastern's emergency alert system.
Students, faculty and staff are automatically registered to receive emergency messages through their campus e-mail addresses, but in order to also receive alerts via voice mail, cell phone text messages or additional e-mail addresses, they must log in to the emergency alert system and provide additional information.
Since the university and its fellow University of Louisiana System institutions partnered last February with the Baton Rouge company FirstCall for e-mail, text and voice alerts, approximately 2,200 Southeastern students, faculty and staff have logged into the system at www.alertregistration.com/southeastern to supply their contact data.
Interim President John L. Crain said he would like to see a much higher percentage of participation.
"Southeastern is using all the technology available to us to ensure that if an emergency occurs on our campus, we can get the word out as quickly and as widely as possible," he said. "In addition to text messaging, e-mails and voice mails, we have installed a siren and public address system, instituted a telephone call 'tree,' and more than doubled the number of our 'Code Blue' emergency call boxes.
"We are strongly encouraging all members of our university family to do their part by taking full advantage of the emergency alert system," Crain said. "Not only should new students and employees sign up, but our returning students, faculty and staff should make sure that their information is up to date."
A link to the emergency alert system login is currently available through the "Be Safe Sign up" button on the university's home page, www.selu.edu, and can also be found as "Emergency Alert Sign Up" in the "Quick Links" dropdown menu in the bottom right hand corner of all Southeastern web pages.
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Roomie, Southeastern's lion mascot, waved goodbye to the approximately 2,000 students and Southeastern fans who, despite rainy weather, "jammed" the parking garage on Aug.19 for the Division of Student Affairs' gala "Strawberry Jam" and the Athletic Department's annual Fan Day.
Jason Leader, coordinator of the Campus Activities Board, explained that Roomie, who is badly in need of a new look and attitude, is heading off to tune up, spruce up, and "beast up."
Roomie, who has not had new threads in a decade, is getting a new look compliments of the Student Goverment Association and Alumni Association.
"The Beast will be back -- bigger and better," Leader promised. When Roomie returns, he'll be a whole new lion -- just in time for the first home football game. The Lions take on South Dakota Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
Meanwhile, follow the progress of "Roomie's Return" in the Lion's Roar, area newspapers and in the Southeastern Channel's weekly Southeastern Update at www.selu.edu/tv.
Below, at Strawberry Jam/Fan Day, left, Interim President John Crain gives everyone a spirited welcome; center, Auxiliary Services' Robin Parker helps distribute free notebooks; right, Head Football Coach Mike Lucas autographs footballs for young fans.
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National expert to speak on student disruptive behavior, problems tomorrow
The Division for Student Affairs is hosting two presentations by Brett Sokolow, president of the National Center for Higher Risk Management, on Tuesday, Aug.26, from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Sokolow, a higher education attorney, is a nationally known risk management speaker, trainer and consultant who addresses campus liabilities, covering a wide range of topics such as sexual assault, alcohol, hazing, consent, and Internet safety.
His presentations, which are free and open to all faculty and staff, are:
The Disruptive Student -- A Training for Faculty and/or Staff: Whether in the classroom or the residence hall, more and more campus faculty and staff report varying levels of disruptive behavior by students. These can include wearing obscene t-shirts, short skirts, or low-riding short; sleeping or texting in class or using cellphones and IMs; dark imagery and threatening language in classroom assignments or discussions; or students who are worrying their hallmates with eating disorders, depression or threats of suicide.
Sokolow will present best practices for managing a wide range of disruptive behavior, discussing questions such as whether you should confront disruptive behavior and if so, where and when and how? Should police be called or the counseling center? What if I am the target of a threat or retaliation? How much is too much, and what are the thresholds for removing students from class? How can students be dismissed from classes or housing? What are appropriate statements for syllabi and housing contracts?
Students with Disabilities and Emotional Problems -- Best Practices for Tough Times: College administrators know that in the next ten years, this will be one of the toughest issues colleges face. ADA and 504 litigation abounds, and the Office for Civil Rights has now decided that it's not enough to treat a disabled student fairly, it's more a matter of how you treat them fairly (Guilford College Decision, 2002). From classroom disruption to overbooked counseling centers to suicidal students to judicial affairs offices that are asked to make exceptions for a student's disability, colleges are facing a crisis. Out of this morass, certain best practices are emerging, as ever more complex questions are arising. The workshop helps college administrators to understand what is coming, and to plan today for the issues colleges will face tomorrow.
For additional information, contact Jim McHodgkins, ext. 3792, email@example.com.
Board of Regents grant workshop
A Board of Regents grant workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Union's Pelican Room (229) and Magnolia Room (228). The workshop provides the opportunity to meet with Regents representatives to discuss grant ideas and ask questions. For more information on the workshop, contact Margaret Adelmann, ext. 5312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Regents 2008-2009 Eligible Disciplines are:
Research & Development (RCS) & Industrial Ties (ITRS) Programs: Chemistry; Health & Medical Sciences; Engineering B (Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, etc.); Biological sciences (eligible every year); Computer & Information Sciences (eligible every year); Earth/Environmental Sciences (eligible every year)
Enhancement Program: Biological Sciences; Computer & Information Sciences; Engineering B (Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, etc.); Humanities; Social Sciences; Multidisciplinary.
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General studies major Whitney Cooper, Horticulture Services Director Sid Guedry, and Assistant Director Kathleen Stites measure the girth of one of the university's many live oaks. Southeastern is taking an inventory of all trees to contribute to a landscape overlay of its master plan.
Southeastern counting trees, updating master plan
The Southeastern campus has long been recognized for its landscaping of towering pines, majestic moss-draped live oaks and a wide variety of flowering shrubs and bushes.
As part of an update of its award-winning master plan, the university is conducting a comprehensive tree inventory to count, map and evaluate the health of all the foliage on its approximately 365-acre main campus.
"We are committed to maintaining the park-like atmosphere that has characterized Southeastern for more than 80 years," said Interim President John L. Crain. "We love our trees and always hate to see any of them go. Unfortunately, as a result of Hurricane Katrina, lightning strikes, and simple age, inevitably some trees have to be removed."
In 2001, students in a nursery management class taught by Sid Guedry, director of horticulture services, recorded 2,059 trees of 53 species on Southeastern's campus, predominantly loblolly pines and 10 species of oaks. While the overall condition of the trees was good, four years later Hurricane Katrina blew through campus, downing or damaging approximately 150 trees.
"We still have some storm-damaged trees, as well as trees that have reached maturity," said Guedry. "They need to removed as part of our normal landscape maintenance and reforestation program. In some cases, they also represent some serious safety concerns."
Guedry said university landscaping crews continually monitor campus trees, keeping an eye on those that are reaching their life span or have been stressed by weather or disease.
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Continuing Ed offers non-credit courses for fall 2008
Continuing Education and Special Activities is offering non-credit courses this fall that can help area residents tune up skills, prepare for tests, get fit, be safe, and develop a hobby.
Course topics include beginning guitar and piano, financial strategies for retirement, water aerobics, basic motorcycle training, a new stress reduction class, and preparation for the Louisiana Notarial Review, ACT, and LSAT.
The courses are taught by Southeastern faculty or qualified professionals. Members of the community can enroll in non-credit courses by registering online (unless otherwise indicated) at www.selu.edu/continuinged or obtaining the necessary forms from the Continuing Education and Special Activities office, University Center, room 103.
Persons 60 years or older can receive a 15 percent discount, while active alumni receive a 10 percent discount when they present their current Alumni Association membership card. For additional information, visit www.selu.edu/continuinged or contact Continuing Education and Special Activities at ext. 2301 or email@example.com.
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Sims hosts 'Extreme Researcher Makeover'
Sims Memorial Library invites university faculty and staff to attend "The Extreme Researcher Makeover: Sims Library Edition" on Sept. 10 or 11.
At the orientation, faculty/staff will learn about "research tools" such as remote access to library resources, subject-specific electronic databases, instruction and distance learning services, reserves and electronic reserves, interlibrary loan, phone, e-mail, chat, text-messaging, and appointment-based reference services.
Four identical sessions will be offered and light refreshments will be served at each. The sessions will be held in room 252 Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 11, 9:30-11 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration by Sept. 5 is requested but not required. To register, e-mail your name, department, and the session you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie at 549-3962.
Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact their library faculty liaison -- www.selu.edu/library/directory/liaisons/index.html -- or the Reference Desk at 549-2027 to make arrangements for an individual or departmental orientation session.
This program is offered by Sims Memorial Library as part of the New Faculty Workshop Series, co-sponsored through the Center for Faculty Excellence.
Don't miss this opportunity to see what's new at Sims Library!
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
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 or reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or email@example.com.
Sympodium Training for New Classrooms, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10-11 a.m. -- Southeastern has recently updated more than 80 classrooms with Smarttech's Sympodium audiovisual equipment. The center is offering training sessions to prepare faculty to use the new classrooms.
Blackboard Intermediate: Gradebook, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 8-9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Aug. 28, 9:30-10:45 a.m. or 2-3:15 p.m. -- A hands-on introduction to the Gradebook area of Blackboard, the workshop includes how to add items, manage items, modify settings, use weighting and download.
Mark Your Calendar and Make Your Reservation
The Center for Faculty Excellence is offering a new Certificate for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) on "Course Portfolios." CUTL are offered by the center to assist faculty in meeting and documenting professional goals. The program allows faculty a structured, concentrated way to expand the practice, art and scholarship of teaching and learning. The certificates may be included in professional portfolios as evidence of continued professional growth and commitment to teaching excellence.
Why Course Portfolios? Portfolios allow you to explore what is really going on in your classrooms, helping you determine if what you want to happen is really happening. Teaching requires a lot of intellectual work! Why not make your work visible through a course portfolio!
The 2008-2009 CUTL will allow participants to create a course portfolio over a series of four workshops led by Southeastern faculty who have attended national training and created their own course portfolios. The workshops will divide the creation of the course portfolio into a four-step process. To create a course portfolio, participants will describe a particular course, gather evidence from the course, reflect on the teaching and learning outcomes, and share portfolios.
For your convenience the workshops are offered at two different times during the week. (Another set of workshops will be offered in the spring 2009, dates TBA.) You may attend one, two, three, or four sessions. Faculty successfully completing all four steps will receive a Certificate of University Teaching and Learning.
Step 1 -- Describing Your Course and Its Goals: Tuesday, Sept., 23, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2-3 p.m.
Step 2 -- Describing Your Course Activities: Tuesday, Oct., 14, 9-10 p.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m.
Step 3 -- Documenting and Analyzing Student Learning: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2-3 p.m.
Step 4 -- Sharing and Celebrating Your Work: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m.
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Southeastern hosts communication conference
Representatives of 14 Louisiana colleges and universities will gather at Southeastern Sept. 6 for "Communication Matters," the 10th annual Louisiana Communication Association (LCA) Conference.
Hosted by Southeastern's Communication Department, the conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fayard Hall.
"More than 50 college and university representatives will present their original communication research at the conference," said Claire Procopio, assistant professor of communication at Southeastern and vice president of the Louisiana Communication Association. "Professors, graduate and undergraduate students will share their ideas in various panel discussions on how communication matters in our everyday lives."
Procopio said participants can register on the day of the conference at 8:30 a.m. in Fayard Hall. Registration is $25 for faculty, $15 for graduate students, and $10 for undergraduate students.
Keynote speaker is Dawn O. Braithwaite, second vice president of the National Communication Association (NCA). Braithwaite is the Willa Cather Professor of Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Procopio said the conference lunch will have a "tailgate" theme. A quintet of Southeastern band members will lead conference participants to the War Memorial Student Union mall, where lunch guests will dine at picnic tables decorated with the mascots of Louisiana colleges and universities. Entertainment will be provided by University of Louisiana-Monroe faculty member Pat Hebert.
The conference will also include a forum on service learning opportunities in the state. Panel participants include Jackie Tisdell, executive director of student development and communications for the University of Louisiana System; Stuart Stewart, executive director of Louisiana Campus Compact, and Jan Shoemaker, director of LSU's Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership.
Conference panel discussion topics include "Recovery Matters: Communication and Service-Learning in New Orleans;" Using the Latest Communication Technologies: iPods, Videogames, and Viral Marketing;" Communication Matters in the Newsroom;" "Interaction Matters: Smiles, Body Image, and Talking to Your Doctor; and "Communication Matters on Campus: Recruiting, Choosing Majors, Teaching Online, and Learning to Lead."
For additional information about the conference, contact Procopio at 985-549-2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KSLU wins 2008 Communicator 'Award of Distinction'
Southeastern's public radio station, 90.9 KSLU, has received an Award of Distinction from the international Communicator Awards.
The station was honored for "Rock School," a weekly one-hour show featuring classic rock music and little-known facts about legendary artists. Hosted by Chad ("Chad P") Pierce, KSLU underwriting representative, and Southeastern communication professor Joe Burns, the show first aired in spring 2007. It was syndicated this year and has already been picked up by several stations.
The Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence by communications professionals. The 14th Annual Communicator Awards received more than 9,000 entries from across the United States and around the world.
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'Welcome Week' kicks off new semester
Southeastern is hosting a fun-filled week of activities Aug. 25-29 to start a new semester and welcome students back to school.
Various campus organizations and offices in the Division of Student Affairs will sponsor the week's activities and Leader invites everyone to take part and get involved.
"Welcome Week" begins Monday, Aug. 25, with the Student Government Association and Student Disability Services sponsored event "Aiming for A's." Focused on student goals and success, "Aiming for A's" is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall.
Local businesses will be "Getting Bizzy in the Union" on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall by showcasing their companies and giving away prizes. Student Housing will also hold "Freshman Hey Day" meet-and-greet on Tuesday from 4 -7 p.m. next to Louisiana Hall.
Wednesday, Aug. 27 will include a Student Organization Fair featuring student representatives from campus associations and a lively social event sponsored by Greek Life. The Student Organization Fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall. The organization fair will be followed by "Luau on the Lawn," an outdoor social event beginning at 5 p.m. between Greek Village and Southeastern Oaks.
A part-time job fair will take place Aug. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Mall, sponsored by Career Services.
"Welcome Week" will wrap up Friday, Aug. 29, with "Healthy Body/Healthy Mind," a new event intended to promote health and life balance to Southeastern students. The University Counseling Center and Health Center will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall to answer questions, take blood pressure and offer free health advice.
For more information about Welcome Week, contact Jason Leader at 985-549-3805.
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Bus trips to road football games offered
The Department of Athletics is offering fans the ability to travel to the Lions' seven road football games by chartered bus during the 2008 season.
Beginning with the season-opener at Alcorn State on Aug. 30, Southeastern fans can save on gas prices and arrive at each venue in time for tailgating. Cost for the charter begins at $30 per seat for the Lions' regular-season finale at Nicholls State on Nov. 20. For games at Alcorn State, Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech, the price is $50 per seat. The Oct. 11 game at Stephen F. Austin is $60 with the Oct. 25 game at Central Arkansas $80 and the Nov. 15 contest at Sam Houston State $70.
Fans are responsible for securing game tickets by calling the Southeastern Ticket Office at (985) 549-LION or the host institution's ticket office. All minors, ages 17 and younger, must be accompanied by and adult or guardian.
Reservations must be confirmed and payment received by 4:30 p.m. the Tuesday prior to each game. Payment will be by check or money order only. Please make checks payable to the Lion Athletic Association.
For more information, contact Anna Woodall at (985) 549-2395.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team opens up its 2008 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics, facing Alcorn State at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Jack Spinks Stadium in Lorman, Miss.
The Lions will be opening their second full season under head coach Mike Lucas. Preseason first team All-SLC running back Jay Lucas leads the offense, while sophomore linebacker Mark Newbill is the team's top returning tackler and All-America place kicker Jeff Turner paces the special teams. Saturday's game with Alcorn State, which begins its first season under head coach Ernest T. Jones, will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Southeastern volleyball team will also open its 2008 campaign on Saturday, hosting South Alabama in the University Center. The opening day of action was originally scheduled to be a tri-match involving Alcorn State, but the Lady Braves had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. As a result of the schedule changes, a match time for Saturday's match is to be determined.
This week, the Lady Lion women's soccer team (1-0) will look to build on its season-opening 5-0 road win over Louisiana-Lafayette. Southeastern will head to Alabama for a pair of matches, beginning with a 3 p.m. contest at Troy on Friday. On Sunday, Southeastern heads to South Alabama for a 1 p.m. match.
Also on tap this week is the opening meet for the Southeastern cross country teams. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to New Orleans to compete in the Tulane Invitational on Friday.
For ticket information on all Southeastern Athletics events, contact the Lion Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX.
Friday, Aug. 29
Women's Soccer, at Troy, Troy, Ala., 3 p.m.
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
Saturday, Aug. 30
Football, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 5 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Volleyball, vs. South Alabama, University Center, TBA
Sunday, Aug. 31
Women's Soccer, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
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Child Welfare stipend recipients
Six senior social work students have been awarded $5,000 stipends through a special program funded by a Louisiana Office of Community Services (OCS) Title IV-E grant. The program is designed to prepare professional practitioners in the field of child welfare. Each year, participants are selected based on scholarship, leadership and commitment to work with at-risk families and children. All have committed to take three child welfare courses, serve an internship in local child welfare offices and work in the field for a year following graduation. The grant also funds the students' participation in social work and child welfare conferences. Chosen to participate in 2008-09 were, from left, front row: Kim L. Moore, Hammond; Shay Saltzman, Gonzales; Kelsey Bourgeois, Walker; Meghan Daigrepont, Albany; and Ashleigh Stevens, Mandeville. Not pictured is Randi LeBlanc of Hammond. Also shown are, front, far right, Linda Deamer, Southeastern Child Welfare Program associate coordinator, and back, Robert Couvillion, OCS regional administrator; Dalene Smith, OCS Title IV coordinator; and Maurice Badon, Child Welfare Program coordinator.
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Engineer visiting Southeastern
Tomohiro Sasaki, a specialist in mechanical engineering and materials science from Yokohama National University, is serving as a visiting scientist in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Sasaki will work closely with Southeastern's physics professor Sanichiro Yoshida and student researchers on experimental research involving use of laser interferometry. Yoshida last year was awarded a patent for his approach to determining weaknesses in various materials. Sasaki, who will be at Southeastern through March 2009, will also present a series of lectures on material science and engineering, focusing on deformation and fracture of solid state materials. He will be a guest at the Southeastern Inn, the university's former president's resident, which is used for visiting professors and dignitaries.
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Lane edits legal handbook for principals
Kenneth Lane, professor of educational leadership, is the lead editor of the Principal's Legal Handbook, which will be released in its fourth edition in September.
The book, distributed every four years by the Education Law Association (ELA), serves as an extensive legal reference manual for public and private institutions in national K-12 and higher education systems.
The Principal's Legal Handbook covers a wide variety of topics for school administration and includes 39 chapters that cover topics such as Academic Freedom and Censorship, Affirmative Action and Freedom of Expression.
Lane, who has served as lead editor for the past two editions, said the manual provides practical information that can be easily applied in an academic setting.
The Principal's Legal Handbook is available through the ELA at email@example.com.
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Dr. David C. Wyld (Management) recently published an article titled "Death Sticks and Taxes: RFID Tagging of Cigarettes" in the July 2008 issue of the International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management.
Dr. Barbara A. Schuldt (Management) and co-author Dr. Jeffrey W. Totten of McNeese State University had their article titled "24/7 Technology, Business Faculty, and Stress" published in the Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Eduction.
Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Foreign Languages and Literatures) presented a paper at the 8th Congreso de la Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro (AISO) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, July 7-11. The paper was entitled "El linaje de Amadís de Gaula en un árbol. genealógico del siglo XVII (Roma, V. Mascardi,1637)" and was co-authored by Dr. Anna Bognolo and Dr. Stefano Neri of University of Verona, Italy.
Executive Director Stuart Stewart and Lynne Piacun (Louisiana Campus Compact) participated in an invited panel discusssion on disaster preparedness and emergency response, providing an update on Louisiana Ready Campus (LARC), a statewide initiative funded by the Board of Regents. Piacun, LARC coordinator, described the origin and various aspects of LARC, while Dr. Stewart spoke about what campuses can offer in times crisis, upcoming certification programs and grants available from Louisiana Campus Compact. The 2008 Louisiana Volunteer Summit, which was sponsored by the Department of Health and Hospitals, convened representatives from agencies and non-profits across the state on Aug. 13 in Baton Rouge.
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