A beautiful day and plenty of good food, fun and interactive information brought out a large crowd for the 12th annual Rock 'n Roar celebration on Saturday.
High school students competing in the District Literary Rally as well as members of the campus and community browsed the interactive booths manned by academic departments, enjoyed the variety of entertainment and attended dance, art and baseball camps.
Above, top left, senior biology student Anita Aucoin explains the effects of trauma on the skull to Jessica Stepp of Holden, 10; center, Lauren Clement (daughter of Southeastern Bookstore Director Becky Clement) exhibits her budding artistic talent at the pottery booth manned by the Department of Visual Arts; right, education professor Elizabeth Partridge decorates young Samoria Quinn's cheek with a pretty red flower.
Southeastern requests $5.5 million for deferred maintenance projects
Southeastern has submitted a list of 13 critically needed deferred maintenance projects to Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The project calls for $5.5 million as part of a $75 million House bill to fund major repairs for higher education facilities.
"These are the most critical items on a rather lengthy list of facility needs," said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. Most of the building projects involve heating and cooling systems, a number of which are original to buildings built over 40 years ago.
"The equipment at this point is neither reliable nor energy efficient and is well overdue for replacement," he added.
Southeastern viewed deferred maintenance projects systematically as related to various buildings. This approach allows the university to address buildings in greatest need of repair.
Other projects address needs such as replacement of gas lines, fire alarm systems and roofs on university buildings.
The 13 projects Southeastern has submitted for funding include:
North Campus Financial Aid Building: HVAC central system, cooling tower, pumps and controls - $725,000
University Center: HVAC, chiller, air handling units, controls, boiler insulation -- $1.8 million
University Center: roof replacement -- $350,000
White Hall: HVAC, air handlers and distribution center -- $200,000
Cate Teacher Education Center: HVAC controls repair and upgrade -- $175,000
West Stadium offices: waterproofing -- $300,000
Infrastructure upgrades, including replacement gas lines, fire hydrants and fiber optic loop for fire alarm reporting system -- $192,000
McClimans Hall: fire alarm system upgrade -- $65,000
D Vickers Hall: fire alarm system upgrade -- $100,000
Clark Hall: fire alarm system upgrade -- $60,000
Dyson Hall: HVAC chiller, controls and pumps -- $350,000
Nursing Center, Baton Rouge: HVAC condensing units and electrical switch board -- $535,000
Southeastern Hall and Mims Hall: HVAC, including replacement of aging window units with air handling units -- $700,000.
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Ainsworth on board as dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Avery "Jerald" Ainsworth Jr., formerly with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed dean of research and graduate studies.
Ainsworth will oversee the graduate program, which now includes 18 master's degree programs and one doctoral program, an educational doctorate in leadership technology. He will also be responsible for coordinating all of Southeastern's research activities.
A former associate dean for research and graduate studies in Mississippi State's College of Veterinary Medicine, Ainsworth has been affiliated with the college since joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1980. While there, he also served as head of the Department of Basic Sciences, administrator of laboratory animal resources and care, and professor and coordinator of the graduate program.
At Mississippi State, he was awarded the Dean's Pegasus Research Award and the Dean's Pegasus Teaching Award, the MSU Faculty Research Award for the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Smith Kline Beecham Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership. His research included awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Merck-Merial Animal Health Grant Program.
"We are pleased to have an individual with the academic credentials that Dr. Ainsworth possesses heading our graduate studies and research program," said Southeastern Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Crain. "His strong research background will further Southeastern's on-going efforts to increase research support among our faculty."
Ainsworth earned a bachelor of science degree in biophysics from Delta State University, a master's degree in immunopathology and doctorate in immunology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Medicine.
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PKP general membership meeting March 18
All members of the Southeastern chapter of the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to the general membership meeting Tuesday, March 18, 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Magnolia Room.
The chapter will vote on new members and officers, and will be take nominations for faculty, staff, and alumni members, and discuss the upcoming spring banquet, scheduled for May 1.
The deadline for application for the PKP Endowed Scholarship is April 10. Faculty are asked to share this information with their students. Details about the scholarship are available at at http://www.selu.edu/phikappaphi/scholarship.html.
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Retirees to be honored March 19
Please make plans to join us on Wednesday, March 19, at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Center as we honor the following 2007-2008 retirees: Harold Blackwell, Charles Briggs, Diane Camelo Thomas Carmichael, Judith Coxe, Wanda Crawford, Willie Mae Davis, Rebecca Day, Phyllis Dykes, Joseph Miller, Janet Perise, Janet Quarles, Carmen Robertson, Edith Slaton, Bob G. Smith, Larry Smith, Jack Stilley, Thomas Sullenberger, Semih Tahaoglu, Rachel Washington, Roosevelt Watson, and Zaylon Whittington.
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Names sought for April 10 Golden Silence
The Alumni Association will host "Golden Silence," a program to honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students and faculty and staff or their family members. The annual candlelight ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union park.
"We encourage the campus and the public to please let us know if someone from the Southeastern family has passed away so that we can honor them at Golden Silence," said Alumni Relations Director Kathy Pittman.
To include a name in the Golden Silence program, contact the Alumni Association by Monday, April 7, at 985-549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or email@example.com.
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Students voting on new Roomie costume
Roomie, Southeastern's lion mascot, is getting a much-needed make over - and students have a say-so in his new look.
Students are voting online this week to choose between two designs for a new lion mascot costume. The designs were created by Southeastern digital design students and narrowed down to two choices by a special costume re-design committee made up students, faculty and staff.
Roomie's current costume is 10 years old. "It's about time for Roomie to get an update," said Student Government Association President Chris Barcelona.
"I'm excited about this because it is a project that students designed and students are voting on."
Students can place their votes for Roomie's new look through a "Vote for Roomie" button link on Southeastern home page, www.selu.edu. Voting will be open from Monday, 7 a.m. to Thursday, 7 p.m.
"The winning design will serve as the creative input for the professional mascot costuming company that wins the bid to produce our new Roomie," said Erin Moore, President Randy Moffett's executive assistant and a member of the committee.
She said plans call for Roomie to be re-outfitted in time for the kick-off of football season next August.
As part of an assignment, students in visual arts professor Gary Keown's Digital Print Design class were asked to design a lion costume that was both "strong and stately" and "fun and child-friendly." With the need to keep comfort and mobility in mind in their designs, the students also received input from several former "Roomies," whose identities are traditionally secret.
"We asked the students to keep in mind that Roomie needs to be approachable, since children always want to play with him," Moore said. "But we also want him to be imposing when he's in the role of supporting Southeastern athletics."
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UPD and partners hosting training for emergency responders March 20
The University Police Department is partnering with the Hammond Police Department, Gulf States Regional Center for Public Safety Innovations (GSRCPI) and the Foundation for Officers Recovering from Traumatic Events (FORTE) to sponsor a special training session for emergency responders.
"The Bobby Smith Story and Dealing with Trauma" is scheduled for March 20, 8 a.m. to noon, at Southeastern's Student Union Theatre.
"Many officers are what we call 'the walking wounded' from the stress and tragedy they see and suffer from on a daily basis, compounded by the horrors they experienced during the Katrina and its aftermath," said GSRCPI Director Daphne Levenson. "The goal of bringing Bobby Smith and other GSRCPI courses to this area is not just to produce better officers for the public but to help them heal and be better family members and members of our communities."
FORTE, a partner nonprofit organization providing counseling and training for officers and their families, was established in 2001 by Bobby E. Smith, a former Louisiana State Trooper who was shot and blinded in the line of duty. Smith is now a renowned international speaker on dealing with the emotional effects of trauma. He is the author of two books, "Visions of Courage, the Bobby Smith Story" and "The Will to Survive," published in 2005.
His workshops are recommended for emergency responders, spouses, supervisors and agency heads, and are also appropriate for civic leaders and clergy.
"When we were asked by HPD to host this event, we were ecstatic to help," said Mike Prescott, director of the Southeastern UPD. He said Southeastern criminal justice students may also want to attend.
The training is free, but pre-registration is required. A tax deductible donation of $10 or $20 per person is suggested. For additional information and to register, visit www.GSRCPI.org.
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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern March 31
The renowned Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, scheduled March 26-30 in the Crescent City, will go on the road March 31 to Southeastern, one of the festival's corporate sponsors.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern will feature a series of panel discussions for Southeastern students and the general public and an appearance by one of the main festival's guest artists, Valerie Martin, author of novels such as Italian Fever, and Mary Reilly.
"Southeastern faculty and students have a long history of participating in the New Orleans festival's readings, panels, master classes and other events," said David Hanson, head of the Southeastern English Department. "Now, hundreds more will benefit from our hosting some of the festival's major writers and scholars at Southeastern."
As a preliminary to the festival, many of Southeastern's English classes have been reading Martin's novels and short stories as well as Williams's plays, Hanson said. Some local book clubs have also elected to read Martin novels.
"Because of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern, our students will have the rare opportunity to talk with the author of one of their required readings and with scholars about Williams's plays," said Tammy Bourg, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "We are very happy that the festival has such a strong educational component, an explicit tie to what students are learning in the classroom."
Hanson said the public is invited to a morning panel discussion on Williams's life and works and to an evening reading by Martin.
The panel discussion, "Tennessee 101," is scheduled for the Student Union Theatre at 10 a.m. Martin's reading, followed by a reception and book signing, will take place at 7 p.m., also in the theater.
Reared in New Orleans, Martin is the author of eight novels, three collections of short fiction, and Salvation, a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Kafka Prize for Mary Reilly, a retelling of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story that was made into a 1986 film starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. She also received Britain's Orange Prize for her novel Property and published her latest book, Trespass, last September.
Martin has taught in writing programs at institutions such as Mt. Holyoke College, the University of Massachusetts, and Sarah Lawrence College.
The Southeastern Writing Center, located in D Vickers Hall, room 383, will host three sessions for Southeastern English majors and creative writers, "A Conversation with Valerie Martin" for English majors and creative writers at 11 a.m., a scholarly panel on Williams for English majors at noon, and "An Insiders Guide to Publishing" at 2 p.m.
The panels will feature three guest scholars from the Tennessee Williams Festival.
Middle Tennessee State English professor Robert Bray is founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review and founding director of the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, now in its 13th year. His extensive writing on Williams includes two books, Tennessee Williams and His Contemporaries and the upcoming Hollywood's Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar American Cinema.
A specialist on 20th century drama and performance in general and Williams in particular, Annette J. Saddik is a faculty member in English and theater at New York City College of Technology. She edited a collection of Williams' previously unpublished later plays, and is the author of Contemporary American Drama, which explores the performance of American identity on the stage since WW II, and The Politics of Reputation: The Critical Reception of Tennessee Williams' Later Plays.
Thomas Keith is editor at New Directions Publishing in New York, as well as the production manager and art director. He has been involved in the preparation of 17 Tennessee Williams titles from New Directions. He has also edited the poetry of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Tennessee Williams, and Dylan Thomas.
The university has also been screening films based on Tennessee Williams' plays during February and March. The final installment of the film series, Suddenly Last Summer, will be shown March 19 at 5 p.m. in McClimans Hall, room 116.
For additional information on the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern, contact the Southeastern English Department, 985-549-2100.
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Friends of Sims Library seeking items for April book sale
Just in time for spring cleaning, the newly-reactivated Friends of Sims Library are seeking donations of popular hardcover and paperback reading material (fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, etc.) and recent textbooks for the library's upcoming book sale in April.
In addition to books, the library will also accept DVDs, videos, and CDs. Please do not send popular magazines (such as National Geographic, Time, Glamour, etc.); Reader's Digest Condensed Books; or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise non-saleable.
Donations may be delivered to the Cataloging Department on the first floor of the library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through April 11.
Further information about the book sale, which will be held on April 16 and 17, will be forthcoming. For more information, contact Cathy Tijerino at extension 2031 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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News from 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, reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Disability Services Brown Bag Workshop: The Office of Disability Services will be giving a presentation about their office and the services they provide to the Southeastern community. The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations to students who are registered with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Director Kay Maurin and Coordinator Angela James will present this informative discussion and invite you to bring along any questions you may have around this subject. Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
Thursday, March 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion: Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
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. The guidelines can be found at http://www.selu.edu/admin/cfe/funding_opp/index.html#Research or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for receipt of proposals is 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. The guidelines can be found at http://www.selu.edu/admin/cfe/funding_opp/index.html.
Deadline for proposals: 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. Contact the center at ext. 5791 or email@example.com for additional assistance.
Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity:The center invites faculty to submit a proposal for 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 http://www3.selu.edu/center/FacultyConference/fac_conf08.asp. The proposal deadline is Wednesday, March 19. Contact the Center at ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers will be asked to submit a digital photo for use in the conference program. Send photos to email@example.com.
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Phi Beta Lambda members earn awards, offices
Members of Southeastern's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda earned several awards and were elected to state office at the recent State Leadership Conference held in Alexandria.
Brandon Saunders placed first in competetive events in Economic Analysis and Decision Making, Financial Analysis and Decision Making, Job Interview, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Project Management.
Darlyn Mills earned first place in Client Services and second place in Job Interview. Brandon Saunders also earned second place in the Future Business Executive event.
Saunders also was elected Louisiana state vice president of Phi Beta Lambda, and Daryln Mills will serve the organization as student representative on the board of directors.
Bobbie Schnepf (General Business) is the chapter's faculty advisor.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern baseball team will look to build on its strong start to Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (10-7, 2-1 SLC) took two of three at Stephen F. Austin in the opening SLC series. Southeastern will take a break from league play on Tuesday, heading to Hattiesburg, Miss. for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Southern Miss. On Thursday, the Lions will open its home conference schedule with a 6:30 p.m. contest versus Northwestern State at Alumni Field.
The series continues on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday's series finale is scheduled for 3 p.m. All of this week's Southeastern games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Southeastern softball team (17-9, 6-6 SLC) will also host Northwestern State this week. The SLC series begins with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Friday. On Saturday, first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.
The Southeastern women's tennis team (8-2, 4-0 SLC) will take a break from Southland Conference play and head to Honolulu, Hawaii for three matches. On Thursday, the Lady Lions will face Hawaii-Hilo at 10 a.m. Southeastern and St. Louis will face off on Friday at 10 a.m. Southeastern's final match of the trip is as Hawaii-Pacific and scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Southeastern men's tennis team (12-4, 2-1 SLC) will head to Thibodaux on Tuesday to take on Southland Conference rival Nicholls State at 1 p.m. On Friday, the Lions host Bradley at 11 a.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
The Southeastern track and field team will look to build on a strong start to the outdoor season. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lafayette on Saturday to compete in the Louisiana Classic.
Tuesday, March 18
Baseball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Men's Tennis, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 20
Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Women's Tennis, at Hawaii-Hilo, Honolulu, Hawaii, 10 a.m.
Friday, March 21
Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Softball, vs. Northwestern State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis, vs. Bradley, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
Women's Tennis, vs. St. Louis, Honolulu, Hawaii, 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 22
Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Softball, vs. Northwestern State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
Women's Tennis, at Hawaii-Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, 10 a.m.
Track and Field, at Louisiana Classic, Lafayette, All Day
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Dr. Debbie Johnson (Family and Consumer Sciences) and undergraduate student Abby Graiser gave a research poster presentation at the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences meeting in Lafayette titled "Documenting Italian Textiles in Tangipahoa Parish."
Dr. David Hanson (English) attended the Louisiana Conference on Language and Literature in Lafayette, Feb. 21-23. As editor of the journal Nineteenth Century Studies, he participated in a professional development workshop panel on Publishing in Academe. He was joined by co-panelists Dr. Jeanne Moskal, editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal; Christopher Chambers, editor of New Orleans Review; and Craig Gill, editor-in-chief of University Press of Mississippi.
Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Do We Practice What We Preach," a study of pedagogy in the graduate programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology coauthored by Drs. Thomas DeVaney and Rayma Harchar, at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Education Research Association (LERA) in Lafayette Feb, 29. She served as the vice president/program chair of the meeting. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Harchar also presented a paper entitled "Forging University-School District Partnerships to Prepare School Leaders." At the conclusion of the two-day meeting, Dr. Campbell became 2008 president of the LERA, and Dr. Harchar was elected at the 2008 vice president/program chair.
Librarians from Sims Memorial Library attended the Louisiana Library Association (LLA) 2008 Annual Conference in Shreveport March 4-6. James Lovitt presented "Making a Lasting Impression: Forming Life-Long Connections between Students and Their Libraries via an Introductory Library Course." Herbert W. McGuin, Dayne Sherman and Penny Hecker presented "Civility in the Classroom: Creating an Environment Where Students Want to Learn." Beth Stahr participated in a panel discussion, "The Future is Here: How Louisiana Academic Libraries Are Designing Distance Education." Lori Smith also actively particiapted at LLA. As chair of the Government Documents round table she made reports during executive board meeting and at the first general session, and she chaired the GODORT Business Meeting. As chair of the LLA Copyright Task Force she reported to the executive board, chaired a meeting of the Task Force, and made a report during the first general session. As chair of the Resolutions Committee she read the resolutions during the first general session. All three resolutions passed.
Dr. David C. Wyld (Management) recently published an article in the Academic Leadership Journal. Titled "The Blogging College and University President: Academic Leadership in the Age of Web 2.0," the document is available online at http://www.academicleadeership.org/emprical_research/385.shtml.
Dr. Bobbye Davis (General Business) received the "Educator of the Year Award, 2007 -2008" from the Association for Business Communication, Southwest Region, at its meeting in Houston, Texas, on March 5. The award was sponsored by Cengage Learning.
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