Left, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Director Jay Martin and Southeastern physics professor Raj Pandian fly the Southeastern flag from the top of the Tchefuncte River lighthouse.
First Lady recognizes Southeastern and Maritime Museum for Tchefuncte River Lighthouse restoration
On May 30, First Lady Laura Bush and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Anne-Imelda M. Radice recognized representatives of Southeastern and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum for the cooperative effort to restore the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse Station.
The recognition took place at an event at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, where representatives of Gulf Coast museums and libraries were honored for their efforts to restore cultural institutions and historic landmarks damaged by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
The museum, with the help of Southeastern students and faculty, began work on the lighthouse in 2007, said LPBMM Director Jay Martin, who is also a history instructor at Southeastern. Enough money has now been raised to begin restoration of the lighthouse exterior. Chief among the financial support was a 2008 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services of $25,000.
Representing Southeastern at the event were Martin and Roy Blackwood, head of the Cultural Resource Management Program. Museum Educator Kristen Garcia, a 2007 graduate of Southeastern's CRM program, and LPBMM Administrative Assistant Melanie Waddell represented the museum. Madisonville Mayor Peter Gitz, an enthusiastic proponent of the restoration effort for the last decade, represented the local community.
For additional information about the lighthouse restoration program, contact the Maritime Museum, (985) 845-9200, or contact Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Unscheduled absences policy training for supervisors
Supervisors of classified employees are invited to attend a Human Resources Office sponsored training on the revised policy for unscheduled absences which applies to classified staff only.
Training will be offered in a choice of two sessions on Thursday, June 12 -- 9:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. -- in the University Center, room 139.
Pre-registration is requested by contacting the training section of the Office of Human Resources. To register contact Jan Ortego, Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or ext. 5771.
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Comprehensive Public Training Programs scheduled on campus
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is offering free professional development programs on campus, sponsored by the Human Resources office.
By hosting these programs, which are normally offered in Baton Rouge, we hope to make them more available to all staff.
Advance registration is required and space is limited. Please check the website for additional programs which may be added later.
For more information, contact Jan Ortego, Jan.Ortego@selu.edu, ext. 5771.
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Construction-related traffic changes in Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle is temporarily closed due to construction in the area. "Motorists are asked to use an alternate route during the construction," said UPD Director Mike Prescott. "We would like to thank the community in advance for their cooperation and understanding."
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Registration continues for 'Academic Adventure' summer camps
Registration is continuing and space is still available in a number of Southeastern's popular "Academic Adventures" summer camps for elementary students.
Although the first camp - Space and Rockets, scheduled for June 23-27 - is filled, Academic Adventure Coordinator Linda Munchausen said parents can still sign up their youngsters for summer fun with electronic gadgets, sports science, science mysteries, writing, music, and art.
Southeastern summer camps include:
The Young Writers Camp, June 23-27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $195. Children ages 8-14 will be able to write to their heart's content under the guidance of the faculty of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. Daily activities will include writing, connecting the writing process with photography and print-making, story quilts, cartooning, and other creative activities incorporating reading, writing, and art. Campers will publish their work in a camp anthology and will present their best work to parents and friends at a "Coffee House Reading." Additional information is available by contacting Beth Calloway email@example.com or Richard Louth,firstname.lastname@example.org, 985-549-2102/2100.
"Gizmo's Gadgets and Goop," July 7-11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $215. Science and imagination join forces as children entering grades 2-5 build electronic gadgets while learning basic principles of electricity. Campers will explore the science behind batteries, bulbs and buzzers, and enter the "Invention Dimension" to design and create motorized K'Nex racers, roller coasters, planes and more.
Children's Art Workshop, July 7-17 (Monday-Thursday), Clark Hall annex, $50. Campers ages 5-14 can choose to attend either a morning (9:30-11 a.m.) or afternoon (2-3:30 p.m.) session of this camp for young artists. With the theme "Let's 'Bee' Creative" students will model with Crayola's Model Magic, create mixed media collages and their own stencils, paint paintings, and make nature prints. Children 10-14 years of age will complete two fabric art projects. Children enrolled in the workshop will be instructed by art students who will be supervised by Yvonne James.
Southeastern Music Festival, weekdays July 7-18, Pottle Music Building, $325. Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during the first week and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. during the second week. Now in its 15th year, the Southeastern Music Festival, sponsored by Southeastern's Community Music School, is open to young musicians in grades 3-12. SMF offers instruction on all orchestral and band instruments, piano, voice, and guitar (all styles). Instruction includes private lessons, large ensemble experience, concerts, masterclasses, chamber music studies, and music rudiments and theory classes.
"Extreme Sports Science," July 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $215. Campers entering grades 2-5 will build a fitness kit and study basic human anatomy. As they take part in wacky competitions and go for the gold in the closing ceremonies, they will listen to their heartbeat with a stethoscope, measure their pulse, build a skeleton, and explore the buoyancy of swimming, the tricks to balance and the aerodynamics of racing. From learning about wellness to understanding the human body's amazing capabilities, the camp delivers a healthy dose of fitness and science.
"Science Detectives," July 28-Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., weekdays, Lab School, $215. Campers will build their own Science Detective kit, including flashlights, microscopes, and periscopes. They will put the tools to the test exploring the science mysteries behind magnets, phosphorescence and invisible ink. They will also use forensics to discover the "culprit" behind a missing ice cream recipe, make ice cream and earn a "Science Adventures Detective Badge." The session will be open to students entering grades 2-5.
Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for an additional $10 for "Gizmo's Gadgets and Goop," "Extreme Sports Science," and "Science Detectives."
For information and registration forms for Southeastern summer camps visit www.selu.edu/summercamps or contact Munchausen, 985-549-3935, or Southeastern Continuing Education, 985-549-2301.
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June 16 is deadline for students to apply for summer 2008 graduation
June 16 is the final day that students can apply to graduate in summer 2008. The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced.
Candidates for associate, bachelor, and master's degrees can find application process instructions by visiting the "Current Students" link at www.selu.edu, then clicking on "Graduation Information - Apply for Graduation." They may also call Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066/62.
The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located in the Financial Aid Building on North Campus.
Candidates who complete their degrees in the summer participate in Southeastern's December graduation ceremony.
Although the graduation application deadline is traditionally June 15, the deadline has been extended for one day since that June 15 falls on a Sunday.
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Registration underway for Southeastern Music Festival, July 7-18
Registration is underway for the 2008 Southeastern Music Festival (SMF).
Sponsored by the university's Community Music School, SMF is scheduled for weekdays July 7-18 at the university's Ralph R. Pottle Music Building. Now in its 15th year, SMF is open to students ages 8-17 (third grade through high school), said Director and Southeastern music faculty member Richard Schwartz.
"Participants receive private lesson, large ensemble experience, concerts, master classes, chamber music studies, and music theory classes all provided in a supporting and positive environment," Schwartz said.
CMS Director Kenneth Boulton said each of SMF's six instruction areas will have its own coordinator and schedule of activities each morning, then combine forces through the afternoon.
"We enjoyed a banner festival last summer, with over 130 total participants, and are looking to surpass that number this year," Boulton said. "This festival has become a genuine summer destination for families throughout the entire region."
Southeastern faculty serving as area coordinators are Schwartz, SMF Concert Band, band instrument area; SMF Assistant Director Dana Morse, piano area; Yakov Voldman, SMF Chamber Orchestra, orchestral instrument area; Raisa Voldman, piano area; and Patrick Kerber, guitar area. Southeastern graduate Amy Prats will head the voice area and the SMF Concert Choir.
SMF is again offering performance scholarships to students in grades 9-12. To apply, students should submit a recording of a music performance on their chosen instrument (or voice) along with their festival application.
The tuition is $325, covering meals, t-shirts, recreation, liability insurance, and campus health services. Families enrolling more than one child in the all-day session will receive a $50 discount per student on the tuition fee.
A $75 non-refundable deposit is due with registration materials by June 22, with the balance due on the first day of camp. A $25 late fee will be assessed after the deadline.
SMF registration information is available online at www.selu.edu/smf. Forms can also be obtained by calling the Community Music School office, 985-549-5502, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
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NETT 2008 focuses on 'Technology for Tomorrow'
"Technology for Tomorrow" is the theme of the fifth annual Northshore Excellence in Teaching with Technology (NETT) conference, scheduled July 17-18 at locations in Tangipahoa, Livingston, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines parishes.
Sponsored by Southeastern and Delgado Community College in conjunction with area school boards, the award-winning technology conference is designed to advance the skills of educators and encourage the use of emerging technologies in education, businesses and communities throughout the region, said NETT Conference Co-Chair Stella Helluin, director of Southeastern's St. Tammany Center.
"Technological advances, a global economy, and shifting demographics are significantly impacting students' learning, future workforce skills and communities in general," Helluin said. "Locally, we are experiencing record growth and economic development along the I-10 and I-12 corridors. The mission of the NETT Conference is to make sure today's students are prepared for tomorrow's world.
"The NETT conference is open to anyone in education, training, business technology support or any individual wanting to learn more about technology," Helluin said. The two-day conference begins on July 17 with full and half-day hands-on workshops focusing on skill building at multiple locations on the north and south shores. It continues on July 18 with sessions at Southeastern in Hammond on the use of Web 2.0 and emerging technologies.
The conference has tracks for pre-kindergarten through high school teachers, higher education faculty, organizations, business and individuals.
Registration is underway online at www.nettconference.org, where participants will find complete information on session topics, speakers, workshops and locations.
Those who register by May 25 will receive a special gift. The conference is $100 for the full conference or $60 for July 18 only.
"The scope of the NETT conference has been expanded in 2008 to include a focus on technology being used not just in education, but also in business and in our personal lives, Helluin said. The geographic scope is also increasing to include more venues for our July 17 workshops, as well as participation from residents in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
For July 17, participants can register for the full day or two half-day workshops. The workshops will be presented at various schools and businesses on the north and south shores on technology topics such as Promethean, SMART, Podcasting, 2007 Office, digital cameras, movie editing, Internet safety, webcams, digital microscopes, Adobe, and forensic technology.
The second day of the conference, July18, held at Southeastern's main campus in Hammond, will feature 50-minute concurrent sessions from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Door prizes will be given away through the day. Topics for July 18 sessions include global learning, emerging technologies, social media, online resources, mobile technologies, and multi-media.
For additional information, call 985-893-6251or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Southeastern awarded $370,00 in enhancement funds
Five grants totaling nearly $370,000 were awarded to Southeastern by the Louisiana Board of Regents to enhance technology in teaching.
The $369,811 in grant funding will help faculty improve student learning in math courses, purchase scientific and computerized equipment, and developed specialized programming.
Mathematicians Rebecca Muller and Tim Hudson were awarded $136,905 to fund the development of a second computer laboratory dedicated to programs designed to enhance learning in courses from intermediate algebra and pre-calculus.
"Introductory mathematics courses have historically presented obstacles to a considerable number of students beginning college," said Hudson, head of the Department of Mathematics. "Five of the top 10 courses with the highest failure and withdrawal rates are mathematics courses. We're looking to turn that around with some novel approaches. In addition, instructors will be available to work with students individually in the lab, targeting specific problem areas."
The project involves using "MyMathLab," a software program that provides interactive, guided homework problems, practice tests, online tutorials and assessment tools. "MyMathLab" has been documented to show significant student improvement at a wide range of U.S. colleges.
A $112,788 grant was awarded to Camille Yates and Colleen Klein-Ezell of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development to implement an assisted learning program called Project CUDLE ("Creating Universally Designed Learning Environments.")
"Educators today are challenged to teach all kinds of learners to high standards," Yates said. "The difficulty lies in the fact that many students struggle to learn for any number of reasons, including learning disabilities, language barriers and emotional problems."
Through Project CUDLE, community partnerships will be enhanced through opportunities for hands-on/interactive learning through the use of a mobile assistive technology lab, universal access computer stations, a lending library that loans assistive technology, adapted toys, videos, guides, family friendly information, and summer training.
The project will allow students, faculty and family members to learn how to integrate instructional methods and a variety of technology to increase effective learning opportunities for students. Once the project is implemented, Southeastern will be one of the first universities in the area to offer a comprehensive set of courses based on best practices for teachers in the area of assistive and instructional technology.
The Department of Chemistry and Physics is receiving an $88,500 grant to purchase a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, an instrument that helps chemists to determine the mass and structure of compounds. Southeastern chemists will use the equipment to enhance the department's research capabilities - including the creation of new organic compounds and quick identification and analysis of post-Katrina contaminants from the New Orleans area.
"It's important that we have this state-of-the-art equipment to support our increased research activity, a new chemistry track in our Integrated Science and Technology program, the collaboration of our students with area industry on a number of projects, and our commitment to training our students in the latest scientific technology," said. Debra Dolliver, assistant professor of chemistry.
A $22,400 grant will allow the university's College of Business to greatly expand its Mobile Think Tank System (MTTS), an innovative meeting facility equipped with technology that enhances decision making and problem solving. The system, complete with laptop computers networked to run the Think Tank software operates as both a computer-mediated meeting place and a mobile computer lab.
"It's a great opportunity for our students to learn innovative groupware technology while also providing a valuable service to non-profits," said Barb Schuldt of the Department of Management. "Last year, we successfully facilitated sessions for the Tangi Food Pantry and the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce. This year, we hope to expand the service to other community-based organizations."
A fully equipped play therapy room in Southeastern's Family Resource facility will be the outcome of a $9,218 grant to the Department of counseling and Human Development, said Mary Ballard, interim head of the department. The facility will be used by graduate counseling students in providing therapeutic services to children throughout the region. Ballard said the equipment will be both child friendly and therapeutically appropriate and will help in the recruitment of students looking to become registered play therapists.
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SGA president elected chair of ULS Student Advisory Council
Southeastern Student Government Association President Zealon Solomon, a senior political science major from Oakdale, has been elected chair of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the University of Louisiana System (ULS). SAC represents and keeps informed the more than 80, 000 students of the ULS's eight universities, reporting the activities and initiatives of the Council of Student Body Presidents, the ULS Board of Supervisors, and the system as a whole. The SAC also enacts measures to improve student life and ensure a strong working relationship among all student body presidents within the system.
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Students represent Southeastern at National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
Junior organizational communication major Ann O'Connor and freshman criminal justice major Aeriel C. Robinson recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they attended the 2008 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at Georgetown University. The students are members of the Southeastern American Association of University Women student advisory council.
O'Connor and Robinson were among 516 women from around the United States attending the four day event that focused on issues critical to women today in areas of: pay discrimination, gender equity, and developing professional careers in todays' market.
Key note speaker Pamela Stone, professor and author of Opting Out, enlightened her audience to the difficulties faced by professional women stepping away from a career to care for family. In addition, O'Connor and Robinson a day in workshop sessions that addressed financial success for women, leadership and conflict resolution, launching a creative career, and security. Both women hope to present similar workshops to fellow students in the fall.
"The setting for this event was so gorgeous, when I entered Gaston Hall I didn't know if I should cross myself or take notes," said Robinson. "The frescoed and coffered ceiling hall with stained glass was utterly breathtaking and made the event stimulating both intellectually and sensually."
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Barbara Moffett named CityBusiness 'Health Care Hero'
Barbara Moffett, head of the School of Nursing, was named one of the New Orleans CityBusiness Health Care Heroes for 2008.
The recognition event cited 50 different professionals in various health care fields for excellence in their profession.
Moffett was recognized in the "Professional Category" for her role as administrator of the Southeastern nursing program, which has been designated the best nursing school in Louisiana three times in the last six years by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation. She has served as director of the school since 2001 and was recognized with the foundation's Nightingale Award in 2003 for teaching excellence.
With approximately 1,700 majors in the program, Southeastern graduates approximately 150 undergraduates and 15 master's level nurses each year. The program consistently records one of the highest passage rates in the state for baccalaureate programs on the national licensure examination for registered nurses.
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Dr. Paige Lilley Schulte (Teaching and Learning) and coauthor Travis Miller, an alternative certification student and junior high school teacher, published an article, "Making Choices: An Exploration of Political Preferences," in the May/June 2008 issue of Middle Level Learning. The article is also featured this month on the professional development home webpage of the National Council for the Social Studies.
Dr. Becky Sue Parton and Dr. Robert Hancock (Educational Leadership and Technology), have received a $23,270 grant, "Campus Virtual Mobile Tour Guide," from AT&T.
Dr. Barbara Schuldt (Management) and Dr. Jeffrey Totten of McNeese State University presented a paper titled "Technology, Business Faculty, and Stress" at the Academic Business World International Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in May. Dr. Schuldt also served as a session moderator.
Dr. David Wyld (Management) recently delivered a presentation, "Challenges Government Will Face Communicating and Collaborating in a Web 2.0 World," to the 17th Biennial Forum of Government Auditors in Philadelphia.
A book by Jeremy Sagala (Music), Form and Materials in Davidovsky's "Flashbacks," is now available through Amazon.com. Based on his doctoral dissertation research, the book is an analysis following the development of local details and how they ultimately create large scale form. The book also demonstrates how Davidovsky's experience with classical electronic studio techniques have affected his writing in a purely acoustic medium, both conceptually and orchestrationally. It is published by VDM Verlag of Germany.
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