ByLion -- February 18

Summer, fall early registration
Women's History Month 2008
Southeastern wins two Addys
Bill Evans Fest opens tonight
Alumni Outstanding Senior awards
African-American, international awards

Boulton at the Grammys
Leadership Conference March 1
Visual Arts Society exhibit
Black History Month continues
Concordia Choir in Amite
NETT accepting proposals
Fundraiser aids Mauer family
African American women in literature
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Basketball tailgate Saturday
This week in athletics
Student achievements
Professional activities

Summer, fall early registration periods combined
Southeastern has updated the spring 2008 academic calendar by moving summer 2008 early registration to the same week as fall 2008 early registration. Students will register for both semesters March 31 - April 4 (the week after spring break). Students' records will be activated for the summer and fall terms and advising holds will be assigned to students' accounts by March 3. Students should check with their departments for advising schedules or to make an advising appointment.
     Summer registration was originally scheduled to take place before Spring break, and Fall registration was scheduled after Spring break. Southeastern's upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.0 Campus Solutions will take place during the week of Spring break, March 24. It was determined that it would be better for students to register for both semesters in the 'new' system, instead of having students register for summer in the 'old' system before Spring break and returning to register for fall in the new system.
     Students should be advised for either or both semesters before Spring break, so they will be ready to register for classes immediately following the break.
     The updated Spring 2008 academic calendar can be found on the web at
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Women's History Month logoWomen's History Month features lectures, exhibits
Southeastern will celebrate women's history in March with a free lunch time lecture series on campus and art exhibits in Hammond coffee houses.
     The Women's History Month series is partnering with the National Women's History Project's celebration, incorporating its theme "Women's Art: Women's Vision," said Natasha Whitton of the Southeastern Department of English. The theme honors the originality, beauty, imagination, and multiple dimensions of women's lives.
     To tie in with the national theme, Whitton said Southeastern's Women's History Month celebration will feature three guests artists - photographer Julia Sims of Ponchatoula, who has been acclaimed for her photographs of the Manchac Swamp; New Orleans artist Dorit Pittman, whose colorful still life paintings capture the fruits and vegetables of her adopted home and whose sculptures reflect her heritage as a child of Holocaust survivors; and mixed media artist Juliette Hare O'Connor, who specializes in vintage images of historic New Orleans, including works incorporating the photographs of Storyville prostitutes by E. J. Bellocq.
     The artists' work will be featured throughout the month at the Green Bean Coffee Bar, 1000 N. Oak St., and PJs Coffee and Tea Co. locations on West Thomas Street and University Avenue.
     Each will also present a Women's History Month lecture - Sims, "Manchac Swamp: Louisiana's Undiscovered Wilderness," March 3, noon; Pittman, "The Legacy of Holocaust Survivors: One Artist's Journey," March 6, 12:30 p.m.; O'Connor, "Those Naughty Women of Storyville: Historic Red Light District of New Orleans," March 11, 12:30 p.m. All lectures are on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library.
     The Women's History Month is also partnering with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern, which will feature as its special guest award-winning novelist Valerie Martin, author of "Mary Reilly," "Property," and "Italian Fever."
     Martin will present readings from her works on March 31, 7 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre as the culmination of a day-long series of Tennessee Williams-related panels and readings, hosted on campus as part of the university's sponsorship of the 22nd annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in New Orleans March 26-30.
     The heart of the Women's History Month celebration is a series of lunch time lectures and panels on topics ranging from education pioneer Maria Montessori to female assassins and suicide bombers to women composers in the French revolution.
     Unless otherwise indicated, Women's History Month events are free and will be held on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library's third floor.
     For additional information about Southeastern's Women's History Month, contact Whitton at 985-549-2413,, or Judith Fai-Podlipnik, 985-549-5388,
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Southeastern wins two Addys
The Public Information Office and the Southeastern Channel both brought home Silver Addys from the ADFED, the Advertising Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. ADFED's annual award ceremony was held Feb. 16.
     The Public Information Office received a Silver Addy in the "Advertising for the Arts & Sciences/Collateral Brochure/Sales Kit" category for the 2007-08 Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts brochure. The 38-page brochure was designed by Public Information graphic designer Michael Trahan with photography by university photographer Randy Bergeron. It was one of two Silver awards in the category.
     The Southeastern Channel's Silver Addy was one of four awarded in the "Elements of Advertising/Animation or Special Effects Video/Film" category. The award went to the channel's promo for The Florida Parish's Chronicles, created by editor/videographer Josh Kapusinski.
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Bill Evans Jazz Festival begins today
The annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, honoring one of Southeastern's most famous alumni - the late jazz great Bill Evans - opens tonight with three nights of jazz Feb. 18-20 by a renowned guest pianist, alumni jazz musicians and the Southeastern Jazz Combos.
     Headlining the festival with a concert on Feb. 20 is Ellen Rowe and Friends. Rowe has been described as "that rare 'triple threat' of pianist, composer-arranger, and teacher" and "a formidable talent poised to take her place among the top jazz artists of today."
     The festival will also feature the Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble on Feb. 18 and Southeastern's Jazz Combos on Feb. 19. All festival events are free and are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     For additional information about the seventh annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, visit contact Schwartz at or 985-549-5938.
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Nominees sought for Alumni Outstanding Senior Awards
Nominations are being sought for the annual Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award, presented annually at the Department of Student Affairs honors convocation.
     A nominee must be an undergraduate receiving his or her degree in May 2008, have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; and have participated in at least two extracurricular activities or organizations. Nominees must submit a completed application and one letter of recommendation.
Award winners receive a monetary stipend presented at the convocation.
     Send nominees' names to Jennifer Paul, interim director of student leadership, by e-mail (, campus mail (Faculty Box 10414) or in person (Student Union Room 110) by Friday, March 7. Feel free to call ext. 2233 with any questions.
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Nominees sought for African American, international student awards
The Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs is seeking nominations for two awards recognizing an African-American and an international student for significant contributions in their studies, athletics and social and service organizations.
     The awards will be presents at the office's annual awards ceremony, April 2, 7 p.m., in the Student Union ballroom.
     Nominees for the African American Alumni Chapter's role Model of the Year Award must be a full-time African American student of sophomore rank or higher, while nominees for the David Ware & Associates' Most Outstanding International Student Award must be a full-time undergraduate international student. The nominees for both awards must have a minimum 2.7 grade point average, strong involvement in the university or community, and outstanding personal characteristics such as integrity, leadership, outgoing personality, ability to work well with others, strong communication skills, and high moral character.
     Nomination forms are available at the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, Student Union room 112. Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 27.
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Kenneth Boulton performs at GrammysBoulton has 'extraordinary experience' at Grammys
Although he did not win a Grammy, "The entire 50th Annual Grammy Awards Celebration Week was the event of a lifetime for me," said Southeastern music professor Kenneth Boulton. Boulton was among five nominees in the category of best instrumental soloist performer (without orchestra) for his just released album Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey.
     "It was a whirlwind of activity and excitement. I was so proud to represent Southeastern and Louisiana in every regard," Boulton said. "Although my recording did not receive the Grammy, I felt honored to be in such deserving company. Many people knew of my recording and were extremely impressed with the music and entire product."
     Boulton said that attending the nationally televised Grammy awards on Feb. 9 "was an extraordinary experience," but that the highlight of his trip to the Grammys was being invited to perform for the 2008 Grammy Salute to Classical Music, Feb. 5 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
     "The event honored the careers of two magnificent pianists: Earl Wild and Lang Lang," Boulton said. "Mr. Wild (92 years old) is a monumental figure in the grand romantic piano tradition. There is no pianist alive today who has not been directly or indirectly influenced by his phenomenal recordings and live performances. His legendary musicianship and pianistic flair will endure forever. The brilliant Chinese pianist, Lang Lang (25 years old), is already one of the world's most sought-after pianists. Along with his immense musical gifts, he brings an infectious joy to his performances.
     "I was asked to help honor Earl Wild by performing his beautiful piano arrangement of 'Après un Rêve' by French composer Gabriel Fauré," Boulton said. "I will never forget the sensation, a mixture of elation and dread, of performing in one of the world's greatest concert halls, in the presence of so many luminaries in the classical music field. My performance went very well, so...who knows where this might lead?"
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Third annual Southeastern Leadership Conference scheduled March 1
Hosted by the Office of Leadership Development and Student Activities, the third annual Southeastern Leadership Conference will bring more than 400 college students from across the South to Southeastern on March 1.
     The conference, said Jennifer Paul, interim director of student leadership, "will empower students to put the 'Zing!' into their leadership." Nancy Hunter Denney, a nationally recognized speaker, leadership trainer, educator and author, will present the keynote address. "Denney, author of How to Zing! Your Life and Leadership, will use high energy and her sense of humor to connect with students and leave the audience on its feet," Paul said.
     The conference offers more than 30 educational sessions for college student leaders. "Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to submit a call for proposals if they are interested in presenting an educational session to conference participants," Paul said.
     Southeastern studentscan attend the conference at a special registration price of $20. Registration for other college students is $40 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, a t-shirt, and conference materials.
     Registration materials and call for proposals can be picked up in the Office of Leadership Development and Student Activities in the Student Union, Room 110 or online at For more information, contact Paul at 985-549-2233 or
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Library hosts Visual Arts Society exhibit
The Visual Arts Department and Sims Memorial Library are hosting an exhibition displaying works of student members of the Visual Arts Society.
On display in the first floor gallery of library, the artwork includes media, digital art, print work, sculpture, drawing, painting and photography.
     Student exhibitors are Lacey Schexnayder Pyle, Baton Rouge; Clay Valentine, Geismar; Morgan Rougeau, Hammond; Davana Wilkins, Franklinton; Jason Sameluk, Gonzales; Jonathon Bourgeois, Baton Rouge; Holly Howard, Mandeville; Natalie Keeney, Kenner; Jennifer Bourque, Gonzales; Ian Steinberg, Mandeville; and Ivana Vasic, Novi sad, Yugoslavia.
     The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28. For more information on art exhibits at Southeastern contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at (985) 549-5080 or the Visual Arts Department at 985-549-2193.
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Black History Month continues
Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern are joining forces to present a month-long slate of activities celebrating February as Black History Month. Activities and events include:
     Feb. 18: "African Ancestry DNA Testing Links Local Genealogist to her African Roots," sponsored by the Department of History and Government, will feature family historian Antoinette Harrell, a native of New Orleans and noted author and civil rights activist. The program is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     Feb. 19: The Black Student Union will sponsor "Culture Night," beginning at 7 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. The evening's program includes singing, poetry reading and "stepping" performed by members of Pan-Hellenic sororities and fraternities.
     Feb. 20: English professor Tom Fick, who is teaching a spring semester graduate course on Creoles in Louisiana, will lecture on "The Afro-Creole Tradition in Louisiana" at 1 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library. During the month of February, the library also will host a book display on Creole and African American culture.
The cast of 'The Journey'      Feb. 21-22: The Office of Multicultural and International Affairs will present "The Journey." Student Government Association entertainment chair Suga Henry is coordinating the stage play, which will feature student actors. It will be performed nightly at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     Feb. 24: The NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at the Black Heritage Center, 1600 Phoenix Square, at 6:30 p.m. For information and tickets, contact Pat Morris, 985-747-9488.
     Feb. 27: Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, "Pan-Hellenic Council Recognized Internationally" will explore the influence of black sororities and fraternities in other countries.
     Also on Feb. 27, the offices of Multicultural and International Affairs and Admissions will sponsor the university's annual Minority High School Leadership Day, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. For additional information and to register, visit
     For additional information about the Black History Month Schedule, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, 985-549-3850.
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Concordia Choir to appear in Amite
The 72-voice Concordia Choir from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 29, at Amite High School Performing Arts Center, Amite. The performance is sponsored by the Amite City Arts Council, said Southeastern English instructor Michelle Bellavia, who is a member of the Amite City Arts Council.
     Touring nationally and internationally, the choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States and continues to affirm its reputation as one of the nation's finest a cappella choirs. Each year the choir's award-winning Concordia Christmas Concert is broadcast nationwide on radio and public television. Recordings of the choir are sold on iTunes and CDs are distributed nationwide making it one of the top-selling college choirs in the United States.
     For ticket information, call John Fulda, 985-748-8891. or visit
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NETT accepting proposals
Proposals are now being accepted for the "NETT 2008 - Technology for Tomorrow" conference, scheduled July 17-18. This year's conference will feature sessions on Professional Knowledge and Learning, 21st Century Skills, Technology Systems,
     Multimedia Skills, and 21st Century Classroom Skills. The conference also will feature a national speaker specifically designed to address higher education topics.
     Proposals may be submitted online at
     Registration opens March 2008. Sign up to receive conference updates at
     For additional information about the NETT conference, email or call (985) 893-6251.
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Phi Mu to hold fund raiser for alumni
The Southeastern Chapter of Phi Mu is holding a fund raiser for alumna Holly Wilmot Mauer and her family. Holly's husband Chris died Jan. 31 after sustaining burns in a Christmas Eve house fire.
     Also a Southeastern graduate, Chris Mauer was president of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in 1990 and led his chapter to being named Edward H. McCune Most Outstanding Chapter in the nation. At the time of his death, he was serving as the fraternity's national president. He and his wife have three sons, Christopher, Cameron and Carter.
     To raise funds for the Mauer family, Phi Mu is going to play the Hanson hit "MMM Bop" continually in the Student Union on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will momentarily silence the popular - but annoying! - hit whenever they receive a donation. Phi Mu hopes to raise at least $1,000.
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Teachers sought to participate in institute on African American women in literature
Southeastern will offer an institute for teachers for advanced studies on African American women in literature June 9-July 3.
     Entitled "Searching for Our Mothers' Gardens: African American Women in Literature," the institute is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of English with support from a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Grant. Applications are currently being accepted for area teachers, librarians, administrators and other educations from grades 6-12 in public, private and parochial schools in the state.
     Up to 20 teachers will be able to participate in the program where they will earn three hours of credit in English 621 from Southeastern and 45 continuous learning units, said Ruth Caillouet, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the institute. Full tuition waivers are offered to participants who will also receive a $750 stipend upon completion of the course. Participants will be required to pay university fees.
     Application deadline is April 15. Forms and additional information on the process can be obtained by contacting Caillouet at 985-549-2100 or
     The institute will meet from 9 a.m. - noon on Mondays through Thursdays. A pre-institute reception is planned for May 24.
     In addition to Caillouet, other institute scholars include Nghana Lewis, assistant professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University; Barbara Holland, master teacher and curriculum specialist; John Lowe, professor of English at LSU and nationally recognized scholar in African American studies; and other lecturers from Southeastern's interdisciplinary project on Civil Rights involving the Department of English, Department of History and Political Science and the College of Education and Human Development.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information or reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Monday, Feb. 18, 8:45-10:15 a.m. or 12:45-2:15 p.m. -- Blackboard: The center's ongoing Blackboard training program focuses on assignments and drop box. Would you like to know the difference between assignments and digital drop box? Register for a workshop and learn what these two Blackboard tools can do for you.
     Wednesday, Feb. 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m. -- Blackboard: The training program continues with a session on the essential and interesting functions of Gradebook. The workshop will deal with various scenarios such as grading using total points, weighting grades by category and item, and touch upon new utilities such as "Running Totals"/"Weighted Totals" and more.
     Friday, Feb. 22, 1-3 p.m. -- Intro to MS Movie Maker: Make slide shows with embedded video clips and audio without the need for the student to buy PowerPoint.
Call for Proposals
     Faculty Development Grant Program: Proposals are now being solicited for scholarly projects requiring financial support during the 2008-09 academic year. Each grant award is for a maximum of $2,000. All full-time faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply.
     For guidelines, visit or email Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 4. Proposals are to be hand-delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6. Absolutely no proposals will be accepted after 4:30 p.m.
     CITI -- Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative: Proposals are now being solicited for support during the 2008-09 academic year. Do you have an idea for enhancing your teaching of a new or existing course? Funds are available for faculty members to pursue projects that will have a direct impact upon classroom instruction. Projects may promote service-learning, link community engagement and civic responsibility to the classroom, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty-student or student-student research and interaction, or create K-12 and business partnerships for learning.
     Watch your email and visit the Center's website for details. Deadline for proposals is April 9. Original proposal and three copies must be delivered to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6, by 4:30 p.m. Please contact the center at ext. 5791 or for additional assistance.
     Southeastern's seventh annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity: The conference provides a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty. Many of you have received support from the center through Teaching Enhancement grants, CITI Grants, Faculty Development Grants, Travel grants, etc. Here's your opportunity to give back!
     Conference sessions will be held April 10. The online proposal form can be found at Proposal deadline is March 19.
     For additional information, contact the center at ext. 5791 or at Speakers will be asked to submit a digital photo for use in the conference program. The photos can be sent to Faculty needing photos are welcome to contact the Public Information Office, ext. 2341, to make an appointment with the university photographer. The service is free.)
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Alumni Association hosts basketball tailgate Saturday
The Alumni Association is inviting all alumni, family and friends to tailgate before the Feb. 23 Lady Lions basketball game.
     Featuring free food and soft drinks, the tailgate will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the St. Tammany Room at Gate 3 in the University Center. The Lady Lions will take on Southland Conference foe Nicholls State at 1 p.m. in the UC arena.
     "The Lady Lions game will be televised on Cox Sports so please wear your green and gold and join us for all the excitement and fun," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman.
     Saturday is a double header against Nicholls State with the men playing at 4 p.m.
     Reunions for former men and women basketball players and former Lionettes will take place between the games.
     For more information, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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This week in athletics
The Lions baseball team will open up its season, while the men's and women's track and field teams will compete in the Southland Conference Indoor Championships to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions will open the 2008 season on the diamond at Alumni Field, hosting Eastern Illinois for a three-game series. The season opens on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. contest. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with Sunday's series finale set for 1 p.m. The games on Friday and Sunday will be broadcast live in Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Southeastern head track and field coach Sean Brady will have his teams in Houston for the SLC Indoor Championships. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the two-day league meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
     The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will host league rival Nicholls State for a doubleheader on Saturday in the University Center. The Lady Lions (10-14, 4-7 SLC) will open the day's action with a 1 p.m. game versus NSU. The men's team (13-11, 5-6 SLC) will compete with the Colonels at 4 p.m.
Saturday's women's game will be regionally televised live on Cox Sports Television. Both games will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (8-1) will continue to gear up for Southland Conference play, taking on a pair of in-state rivals this week. The Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, facing No. 7 LSU at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern will be in Ruston for a 3 p.m. doubleheader with Louisiana Tech.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will play in the final round of the GADO North Texas Classic on Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Lions head into the final day in third place, behind a six-under 66 from Matthew Carvell. After finishing the tournament, Southeastern will return to the States to compete in the Pizza Hut/BellSouth Invitational in Philadelphia, Miss. The tournament opens on Sunday with the final round set for Monday, Feb. 25.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team (8-1) - winners of its last eight matches - will open SLC play this week, hosting Texas-Pan American on Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the Lions and the Southeastern women's tennis team (2-1) will host West Florida at 10 a.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
The Lady Lions will open the week on Tuesday, facing Mississippi State at 2 p.m. in Starkville, Miss. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will host UTPA at 9 a.m., before the men's and women's doubleheader on Sunday.
     Monday, Feb. 18
     Men's Golf, at GADO North Texas Classic, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, All Day
     Tuesday, Feb. 19
     Softball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 2 p.m.
     Friday, Feb. 22
     Baseball, vs. Eastern Illinois, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Saturday, Feb. 23
     Men's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 4 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 1 p.m. (CST) (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Baseball, vs. Eastern Illinois, Alumni Field, 3 p.m.
     Softball, at Louisiana Tech (DH), Ruston, 3 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Men's Tennis, vs. Texas-Pan American, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. Texas-Pan American, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 9 a.m.
     Sunday, Feb. 24
     Baseball, vs. Eastern Illinois, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Tennis, vs. West Florida, 10 a.m.
     Men's Golf, at Pizza Hut/BellSouth Invitational, Philadelphia, Miss., All Day
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Student achievements
Brian HansonSoutheastern senior Brian Hanson of Covington has won a national composition for young composers sponsored by the Omaha Symphony Guild. Hanson's composition, Creatures of Habit, will be performed during the Omaha Symphony New Music Symposium, April 8-10. The approximately nine-minute piece for chamber orchestra was one of four selected for the symposium, a new program sponsored by the Omaha Symphony Guild "to provide opportunities for young composers to test their skills in a real-life laboratory setting." In addition to having his composition performed by the Omaha Symphony, Hanson and his fellow winners will receive $500 cash prizes, attend a masterclass with renowned American composer Michael Daugherty, and have the opportunity to work with conductors and musicians from the Omaha Symphony.
     Milena RusanovaViolinist Milena Rusanova, a graduate student from Ruse, Bulgaria, is among the winners of the Monroe Symphony League Young Artists Competition and, as her prize, will perform with the symphony on March 15. Performing the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto, Rusanova was a finalist in the strings category in the young adult division. In addition to performing with the orchestra, she and her fellow competition finalists will receive $600 cash prizes. Rusanova studies violin performance in the studio of Yakov Voldman, director of Southeastern's string program and the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra.
     Cellist Feliks Volozhanian recently won the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Women's Symphony Committee of the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tenn. As the first place winner of the competition, Volozhanian will perform with the Symphony of the Mountains during the 2008-2009 season. He was one of three music students selected for the competition's final round based on recordings submitted to the symphony. Volozhanian's winning performance was the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto. Southeastern music instructor Karen Jung, who is also head of access services at Southeastern's Sims Memorial Library, has taught Volozhanian since he enrolled in August 2007.
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Professional activities
A variety of books written and edited by Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies) are featured in an article highlighting prominent regional non-fiction writers and their work. The article appears in the current edition of Inside Northside magazine.
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled "Building Organizational Capacity in the Context of Disaster: A Study of Community-Based Nonprofit Service Providers in Louisiana and Mississippi (with John Green and Katie Kerstetter of Delta State University and JoLynn Montgomery of the University of Michigan) at the annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association in Dallas.
     Dr. Jay Martin (Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum) and C. Roy Blackwood (Cultural Resource Management) made a joint presentation to the Louisiana Recreation and Parks Association's annual conference entitled: "University/Museum Collaborations: Boon or Big Brother." The conference was held in Monroe.
     On Jan. 4, Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) gave a presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Antonio, Texas. Entitled "Still Creationism After All These Years: Understanding and Counteracting Intelligent Design," the presentation was part of an all-day symposium, "Evolution vs. Creationism in the Classroom: Evolving Student Attitudes." On Feb. 7, she was the invited spring 2008 Attaway Scholar at Centenary College in Shreveport. Her talk, "Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse: A Closer Look at Intelligent Design," was Centenary's Darwin Day event, held to mark the birthday of Charles Darwin. As the Attaway Scholar, she also spoke to an American politics class in Centenary's Department of History and Political Science and to a biology class in the Department of Biology. She was also interviewed by KSCL, Centenary's FM radio station. On Feb. 9, she delivered the annual Darwin Day presentation at Louisiana State University-Shreveport, "Slam Dunk for Science and the Constitution: Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District (2005)." The talk detailed Dr. Forrest's experiences as an expert witness in the first legal case involving intelligent design creationism. Her talk was sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and the College of Sciences at LSUS.
     Dr. Felicia Blacher-Wilson (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "What about the Children?: Educating Children of the Storm" at the Southwestern Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans on Feb. 6. Also at the conference, Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented a study of undergraduate and graduate students' perceptions of pedagogy in College of Education courses at the Southwestern Educational Research Association conference in New Orleans on Feb. 6. The presentation was coauthored by Dr. Thomas A. DeVaney and Dr. Rayma Harchar (Educational Leadership and Technology), and Dr. Deborah McCarthy (Teaching and Learning). Dr. DeVaney presented "Impact of Video Tutorials on Anxiety and Attitude in an Online Educational Statistics Course," and Dr. Becky Sue Parton (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Can a Student's Rationale for Selecting Field Observation Placement be Altered?"
     Drs. Robert Hancock, Ann Nauman, and John Fulwiler (Educational Leadership and Technology) had their article, "The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Technology and Media Infrastructures in Louisiana and Mississippi School Districts" published in Multicultural Education.
     Dr. Barbara Schuldt and Dr. Minh Huynh (Management) recently facilitated a "ThinkTank" session in Denham Springs for the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was arranged by Ms. Joan Gunter, director of Programs at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center. The objective of the session was to collect information from members about the Chamber's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The session used the Mobile ThinkTank Systems (MTTS) lab which consists of laptop computers, server, router, printer, and a collaboratiave decision making software called ThinkTank from Group Systems, Inc. Drs. Schuldt and Huynh were pleased with the success of the session and that the MTTS lab was taken out into the community, which was an objective of the Board of Regents grant that provided support for the initial purchase of the hardware and software to set up MTTS.
     Dr. David Wyld (Management) presented his paper, "The Architecture of the Future: Examining Corporate, University, and Governmental Building Designs in the Virtual World of Second Life," online to the Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, held in Miami in January.
     Gary Keown (Visual Arts) will present a paper at the College Art Association Conference Feb. 20-23 in Dallas. The title of the session is "Toward a Digital Aesthetic." Keown will also be participating as a mentor for the CAA Career Development Workshop for graduate students and professionals who are entering the field of art and design.
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