ByLion -- March 3

Emergency Alert services
Grad wins Met voice competition
Scholars honored at showcase
Physicist earns patent
Orientation Leaders dance preview

Concerto competition winners
Violence in the workplace training
Sponsored research workshop
Rock 'n Roar March 15
Locals cast in 'Tony 'n Tina'
Students move lighthouse lantern
Students win at SEJC
Stormwater conference a success
Center for Faculty Excellence news
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Message from the President - Emergency Alert services
Southeastern is now offering emergency alert services to our university family via e-mail, text messaging and voice messaging. This is part of an overall strategy to further enhance the safety and security of our campus.
     Our partner in providing this important service is FirstCall. All of you -- students, faculty and staff -- are automatically registered with FirstCall through your campus e-mail accounts. Please watch your campus e-mail address for a message from FirstCall providing you with your password into the emergency alert system,
     In order to receive emergency alerts as text messages, you must submit your cell phone number once you have logged into the system. You will also have the opportunity to submit extra phone numbers for voice message alerts and a secondary e-mail address.
     If you experience difficulty logging in or submitting information, assistance is available at
     This alert messaging system will be used only in emergencies. Your contact information will be kept strictly confidential.
     We strongly encourage you to take full advantage of this service by submitting supplemental contact information. In the event of an emergency, the alert system will provide information for your safety, which as a member of our university family, is our principal goal.
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Daveda Karanas, second from left, at the Met National Council AuditionsDaveda Karanas, second from left, on stage at the Metropolitan Opera House with fellow winners of the Met's National Council Auditions (Photo: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)
Graduate wins prestigious Metropolitan Opera competition
Mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas, a 2003 Southeastern graduate, is one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera 2008 National Council Auditions, considered the most prestigious voice competition in North America for singers seeking to launch an operatic career.
     Karanas, a native of Mandeville, advanced to the highly visible national auditions after winning the Gulf Coast Region preliminary audition. She was one of nine finalists selected to performed arias, accompanied by the Met Orchestra, at the Grand Finals Concert on the historic Met stage in New York City on Feb. 24.
     Approximately 1,500 singers participated this year in auditions held in 45 districts and 15 regions throughout the United States and Canada.
     Karanas' win carries a $15,000 cash prize and the career-boosting prestige of performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on the historic Met stage before an audience of influential members of the music world.
     Daveda performed starring roles in Southeastern productions, most recently, the Fanfare production of Menotti's The Medium, in which she played the starring role," said David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. "Her voice has always been a unique and powerful instrument. I remember her instructor, Scharmal Schrock, predicted she would go far, but she has exceeded all expectations."
     "Daveda was my student for her undergraduate years at Southeastern and was a superb singer," said Schrock, who now teaches at Indiana University. "With a strong work ethic and a totally committed attitude she has achieved a singer's dream -- winning the MET auditions. As far as I know, no one from Southeastern has ever achieved this.
     "Needless to say I'm proud of her and shall enjoy watching her career and hearing her beautiful performances. She has a stunning voice and a wonderful technique. The past four years of further study and maturity have started her on a most exciting career," Schrock said.
     The New York Times said Karanas "offered formidable performances of arias by Meyerbeer and Purcell (a gripping 'When I Am Laid in Earth' from 'Dido and Aeneas')."
     Some National Council Audition winners are invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, which assists talented young singers through training and performance opportunities at the Met.
     According to the Met, past audition winners include many of today's leading operatic artists and during a typical opera season, more than 100 alumni of the Auditions sing in Met performances.
     A first-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera Center, Karanas sang Tisbe in La Cenerentola last year with the company's Merola Opera Program. She made her professional debut in 2006 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and since that time has sung Ericlea in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria with Chicago Opera Theater, La Principessa in Suor Angelica with Boston University Opera Institute, and Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims with the Music Academy of the West.
     At Arizona State University, where she received her master's degree in opera performance in 2006, she sang Judith in Bluebeard's Castle and Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia.
     While a student at Southeastern, where she was the recipient of the James Wilcox Outstanding Senior in Music award, Karanas performed numerous roles, appearing in Opera/Music Theatre Workshop productions of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Annie, Oliver!, Suor Angelica, Die Fledermaus, Tartuffe, and The Medium.
     In 2001, she studied and performed in Salzburg, Austria, with the University of Miami Summer Program. In Salzburg, she performed opera scenes as the title role in Carmen and as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto. Karanas also performed as a soloist with many Southeastern ensembles. She was director of musical activities for Southeastern's Omicron Delta Chapter of the professional music fraternity, Delta Omicron, and an instructor in the university's Community Music School.
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George Tiley, David EvensonDavid Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, right, talks with Hammond High School senior George Tiley at the academic "browse" following last week's annual Scholars Showcase.
Top high school students honored at annual Scholars Showcase
More than $7 million in potential scholarships to Southeastern over the next four years were announced at the university’s Scholars Showcase, an event designed to honor outstanding high school seniors who are considering attending the institution.
     More than 430 top high school seniors from 112 schools in 45 parishes were offered the scholarships that were announced at the annual event Feb. 28 at Twelve Oaks. More than 100 area students and their parents attended the banquet held in their honor.
     Randi Rousseau, a 2004 graduate and former scholarship recipient who is now an on-air traffic reporter for WDSU-TV in New Orleans, was the guest speaker for the event. On behalf of the university, she announced that top students will be offered an annual academic award from Southeastern totaling $549,200, plus an additional $814,590 in room and board scholarships per year.
     "If everyone receives their scholarship for the full four years, you will have received nearly $5.5 million from Southeastern by the time you graduate," she told the audience of students, who have an average ACT composite score of 26.1. When state TOPS scholarships are added, the total comes to nearly $7.5 million.
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Sanchiro, Yoshida, Christopher W. Schneider, John A. Gaffney From left, Southeastern Louisiana University physicist Sanichiro Yoshida, left, explains points about his patented deformation detection instrument to student assistants Christopher W. Schneider and John A. Gaffney.
Physicist earns patent for materials weakness detection system
The first patent awarded to Southeastern through one of its faculty has the potential to identify weaknesses in structures ranging from massive bridge construction to the tiniest elements of nanotechnology no larger than a speck of dust on a pinhead.
     The patent is for a deformation prediction instrument developed by physicist Sanichiro Yoshida. The instrument uses the technology of optical interferometry to make precise measurements that identify weak spots in a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics and other products.
     Interferometry uses multiple light paths -- typically two -- from a common source, in this case a laser. The light paths allow the operator to exactly measure the difference in the path lengths when the light waves hit an object. The light waves - measuring less than one micron or one millionth of a meter - intersect on the material under study, are carefully measured and compared by the interferometer. This determines displacements of all points on the object, and through analysis of the pattern of the displacements, reveals a point of weakness in the material.
     Yoshida, who has been working with light and lasers since 1983 and optical interferometry since 1994, developed the mathematical procedure that determines the actual displacement from the interferometric images. He also has a second patent pending on a related development.
     "This approach allows us to be able to predict where and when fractures may occur by determining the weak spot and the remaining intact life of the material," Yoshida explained. "This has significant applications in engineering and construction technology where we could possibly do the measurements from a distance or using portable equipment.
     "It also seems to work well with very small items, such as what we see in nanotechnology," he added. "It is very hard to predict failure in small objects because the dynamics of the structures are very different, but this device seems to work with this."
     Yoshida, who also serves as a scientist at Livingston's (LA) Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory where researchers are probing Einstein's theory of gravitational fluctuations, is currently trying to develop a partnership with a software firm as the next step in further developing and perfecting the instrument. In addition, he will be working this summer under an agreement with Pennsylvania State University on the nanotechnology aspect that will also allow the institutions to exchange students and faculty.
     Before the break up of the Soviet Union, Yoshida worked in Siberia with Russian scientists, whom he says developed the theory his invention is based upon. The Russian scientists were using satellite technology to measure small changes in the earth's crust as a way of possibly predicting earthquakes. Yoshida took that theory, introduced optical interferometry, and worked to make the theory a practical tool in modern applications.
     Five undergraduate students work with Yoshida in his laboratory, carrying out various experiments under his direction. Two of those students, Christopher W. Schneider of Ponchatoula and John A. Gaffney of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, will present papers on their work at the American Physical Society's annual meeting in New Orleans in March. Preliminary experiments conducted three years ago on the first version of the optical interferometer by Rashmi Manjegowda, a former Southeastern student from India helped Yoshida confirm the validity of the patented technology.
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Orientation Leaders song/dance preview Tuesday
The Office of Admissions invites the Southeastern community to take a sneak peek at the 2008 Orientation Leader dance preview. You are invited to join us Tuesday, March 4, at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre for the 23-member team's rendition of some of television's favorite theme songs.
     Each year Southeastern Orientation Leaders compete in a Song/Dance/Skit competition at the annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW). The OL team will travel this weekend to Columbus, Ga., for the annual SROW training conference.
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Feliks Volozhanin, Milena Rusanova, Karyn HuggettWinners of the Concerto Concert sponsored by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra are, from left, cellist Feliks Volozhanin of Chelyabinsk, Russia, violinist Milena Rusanova of Ruse, Bulgaria, and flutist Karyn Huggett of Hammond.
Concerto Competition winners to perform with Chamber Orchestra
Three Southeastern music majors were named winners of a new concerto competition, sponsored by the university Chamber Orchestra.
     As winners, flutist Karyn Huggett of Hammond, violinist Milena Rusanova of Ruse, Bulgaria, and cellist Feliks Volozhanin of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will perform their competition pieces with the orchestra April 14 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Yakov Voldman, director of the orchestra and the string program in the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, said three students were also designated as alternates - violinists Anton Smirnov of Kherson, Ukraine, and Jie Gao of Beijing, China, and clarinetist Art Davis of Lafitte.
     Voldman said 16 Southeastern music majors participated in the competition, which was judged by jazz and classical pianist Willis Delony, a former member of the Southeastern faculty and now a professor of piano and jazz studies at LSU. He hopes the concerto composition will become an annual event.
     Delony described Huggett's performance of Charles Griffes' "Poem for Flute and Orchestra" as "stunning. It was better than some doctoral level performances I have heard of this piece," he said. "It was played about as well as one can play this work."
     He said Rusanova, who performed Brahms' "Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77," is "a major talent playing on a world-class level. It was a pleasure to hear this fine performance," Delony said.
     Delony said Volozhanin's performance of Saint-Saens' "Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 33," was "a fabulous, passionate performance … one of the most moving and exciting performances of the day."
     The Chamber Orchestra concert, which will also feature farewell performances of graduating seniors, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond. General admission tickets are $5, adults; and $3, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff, plus a one dollar handling charge is added to all tickets. Admission is free for all students. Tickets will be available at the Columbia box office from noon-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and noon-3:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.
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Violence in the workplace policy training
The Human Resources Office is offering two sessions of training on the Violence in the Workplace policy. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, from 9:30-11 a.m. or from 1:30-3 p.m. in University Center room 139. Training will include a review of university policy on the subject and a discussion of ways to identify and diffuse potentially aggressive situations.
     To register for a sessions, contact Sharon Sparacello in the Training Section at or at ext. 5850.
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Sponsored Research workshop Thursday
A workshop on "Tips on Developing Research Partnerships with Industry" will be held Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m., in Tinsley Hall, room 103. Dennis Herringshaw, Southeastern's technology transfer officer, will discuss several topics such as how to approach sponsors, government funding opportunities for industry projects, and contracts and agreements usually required to partner with industry.
     For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at 549-5312.
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Get ready for Rock 'n Roar March 15
Southeastern's annual campus-community festival, "Rock 'n Roar," will be a fun-filled day for children and adults, said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman.
     In its 12th year, Rock 'n Roar showcases Southeastern's fine academics and fun atmosphere for visiting District 8 Literary Rally high school students, alumni and community friends.
     Scheduled for March 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the War Memorial Student Union, the festival will offer art, baseball, and dance camps for children and free children's identification packets - finger printing and photo - compliments of the University Police Department.
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 5-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. The camp, which costs $5, will take place in Clark Hall.
     A camp for young baseball enthusiasts is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field, the Southeastern Lion's baseball diamond. The camp is open to children ages 6-13 for a $5 fee. Participants are asked to bring their own baseball glove and will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the camp.
     The Lionettes, Southeastern's dance team, will host a dance camp for children ages 5-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The camp's $15 fee includes refreshments and a keepsake. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. The camp will conclude with a performance by participants in the Student Union at noon for parents and other Rock 'n Roar guests.
     Camp applications are available online or at the Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave., (985) 549-2150. Advance registration and payment is mandatory for all camps by March 13. Space is limited, so reservations should be made early.
     Rock 'n Roar will also feature a variety of children's games, activities and guest performances by Footprints Christian Dance Academy, Southeastern Gospel Choir, A Touch of Class Performing Arts, and Miss Southeastern Brandy Hotard.
     Rock 'n Roar patrons of all ages can also enjoy educational displays by Southeastern's departments; food and music; plant and ceramics sales; a health fair; a farmer's market complete with baked goods, produce, crafts and beads; and a garage sale.
     For additional information about Rock 'n Roar Fest camps and contests, call the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Tony 'n Tina's WeddingLocal actors cast in Columbia's madcap 'Tony 'n Tina's Wedding'
Area residents have been cast as family members, guests, and members of the wedding party in "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding," the interactive Off-Broadway hit spoofing a madcap Italian-American wedding, scheduled March 13-15 at Twelve Oaks.
     The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts production includes a pre-show cash bar, a ceremony and reception full of mishaps and laughs, and a buffet dinner with wedding cake, music and dancing.
     "Audiences can expect to feel like actual guests at a real wedding of a very eccentric family," said Columbia Director Donna Gay Anderson. "We all have family members that we prefer to pretend don't exist. They will all be at this wedding -- eating, drinking, dancing and embarrassing the other members of the family. It will make our own families seem like Ozzie and Harriet."
     Former Hammond city councilman Nicky Muscarello was among the 23 area residents selected during auditions in January. He has always wanted to participate in community theater, but never had the time until now.
     "Donna Gay told me about the auditions, said I would be perfect for the production, and the time just happened to be right for me," he said. "In fact, I bought tickets to see the show before I even auditioned."
     Muscarello is looking forward to his role in the show and says theater goers can expect a great time.
     "Everyone is a character in this play and a part of the show. That's one of the things I'm looking forward to the most - being able to see how local people are going to interact with the cast," he said. "I'm just so excited. I'm on pins and needles."
     Although Muscarello has never seen the production, he has heard nothing but great things from those who have seen it.
     "My niece was in New York a couple of years ago and said 'Tony n' Tina' was the highlight of her trip," Muscarello said. "I hope the people of Hammond will find that this is the highlight of their year's events at Southeastern."
     Cast members from Hammond also include Larry Dawson as Uncle Lui; Larry Gray as Sal Antonucci; Pat Lanier as Anthony Nunzio, Sr.; Michael Leto as Michael Just; Mary Loving as Pat Black; William Rushing as Dominic; Roxanne Stoehr as Loretta Black.
     Additional cast members from Tangipahoa Parish include Cary Berthelot, Tickfaw, as Aunt Rose DiMenico; Virginia Fisher, Independence, as Josephine Vitale; Jude Pisciotta, Loranger, as Johnny Nunzio; Emily Varnado, Roseland, as Donna Marsala; and Ponchatoula natives Pamela Canal as Grandma Nunzio, Eddie Guedon as Barry Wheeler, and Jim Reeve as Father Mark.
     Rounding out the cast are Erin Callaway, Folsom, as Connie Macogni; Elizabeth Haik, Greenwell Springs, as Marina Gualina; Toni Lukes, Luling, as Gina-Marie Black; Joshua Peterson, New Orleans, as Rick DeMarco; Tanya Stilley, Albany, as Madeline Monroe; and Johnathon Whalen, Metairie, as Joey Vitale.
     Tickets for "Tony n' Tina's Wedding," $75 and $65, are available at the Columbia's box office, located in the theater lobby at 220 East Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and noon-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
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Moving the laternStudents move Pass Manchac lighthouse lantern room
Students in Southeastern's Cultural Resources Management Program, led by C. Roy Blackwood in cooperation with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Executive Director Jay Martin, relocated the two and a half ton Pass Manchac Lighthouse Lantern Room from Ponchatoula to its new home in Madisonville on Friday, Feb. 15.
     The relocation project was a cooperative venture of the state, Ponchatoula, Madisonville, Ponchatoula Country Market, Southeastern, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will preserve and display the lighthouse top until the time that it can be returned to a restored Pass Manchac Lighthouse.
     The lantern room will be on display outside on the east Maritime Museum grounds until exhibit space becomes available inside. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m. For additional information call the Maritime Museum at (985) 845-9200 or online at
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Southeastern participants at SEJCStudents win at Southeast Journalism Conference
Southeastern students brought home two awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference, held Feb. 21-23 at the University of Mississippi.
     Also at the annual conference, Southeastern sophomore communication major Megan Mosher of Loranger was selected student president-elect of the SEJC, and communication faculty member Amber Narro was named president-elect. Southeastern will host the SEJC in 2010.
     A total of 19 Southeastern students attended the annual event, competing in SEJC onsite competition. They were accompanied by Narro and Southeastern communication professor Joe Mirando.
     Southeastern's team of Rhett Sharpe of Covington, Tamara Grace of Hammond and Amy Roberts of Baton Rouge took third place in the Media Ethics competition. Team members were asked to review an ethical scenario and write an essay on what their response to the situation.
     Melissa Biehl of Hammond, Sarah Hatten of Slidell and Tara Bennett of Covington received an honorable mention in the Public Relations category. After studying a fact sheet of a company/organization and a small budget for a PR campaign, teams were required to write a report describing a proposed campaign and how to spend the money.
     "This was the biggest group Southeastern has ever taken to the conference," Narro said. "We had more people there than any other school except the host school. The trip was very successful. I'm very proud of our students."
     In addition to the competitions in various areas, the Southeast Journalism Conference included keynote speakers, learning sessions and interaction between schools from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. Up to 400 participants attended the annual conference.
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Dionne Magness, Jan Boydstun, Emilise Cormier, and Andrea Bourgeois-CalvinFrom left, are stormwater conference participants from the state Department of Environmental Quality Dionne Magness, Jan Boydstun, Emilise Cormier, and Andrea Bourgeois-Calvin.
Regional stormwater conference well attended
Southeastern's Office of Regional Planning reported that the Feb. 20 Stormwater Planning workshop was well attended and revealed a few surprises.
     The workshop, sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Business Center in conjunction with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, was targeted to city and parish public works leaders, developers, and planners who have responsibilities in trying to reduce pollution caused by stormwater run-off from construction sites, parking lots, or roadways.
     Speakers from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) explained how Sections 319 and 402 of the Clean Water Act impact local communities and require that certain types of stormwater permits be obtained before construction takes place. Many local communities and developers are not following the State requirements and are subject to fines.
     Jan Boydstun and Dionne Magness from DEQ expressed the increasing level of enforcement being implemented by the state and by certain local governments. In addition, LPBF's Andrea Calvin explained her organization's role in providing advocacy and monitoring related to water pollution in north shore rivers and streams. There have been many success stories about declining pollution levels in streams that have been closely monitored by the state and LPFB.
     For more information on this event and others hosted by Southeastern' Office of Regional Planning, please contact John Dardis at (985) 549-3199.
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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 and reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, March 4, 10-11 a.m. -- A product overview of Journal LX and Teams LX will be presented by Learning Objects. Journal LX is an application that allows instructors and students to create public or private, rich media blogs and journals reflecting on course topics, projects, thoughts or ideas. Teams LX uses wiki technology to provide students and instructors with tools for collaboratively authoring content, research and group projects within the context of a Web site.
     Wednesday, March 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 12:30-2:30 p.m. -- Using Surveymonkey for data-gathering and analysis. Surveymonkey is a simple and powerful tool for designing, hosting and gathering survey data. It is a Web based application and incorporates survey design in the form of templates or custom questionnaires such as dropdown boxes, multiple-choice questions, and rubrics. No longer do we have to create a database and query it from a Web page using complex code. You just type in the questions and Surveymonkey arranges them as desired. The survey can then be hosted as a simple "Web link" and the results downloaded into an Excel sheet for further evaluation.
      We will also talk about the importance of basic statistical indicators such as mean, median and mode and demonstrate the creation of simple charts and histograms.
     Thursday, March 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion. Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
     Monday, March 10, 8:45-10:15 a.m. or 12:45-2:15 p.m. -- Powerpoint 2003 Introductory Workshop. This workshop is designed to introduce the functionality of PowerPoint. During this hands-on workshop you will learn to develop presentations for use as course lessons or as presentations.
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 or e-mail
     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. 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 may be found at
     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.
     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, or travel grants. Here's your opportunity to give back!
Conference sessions will be held April 10. The online proposal form can be found at Conference/fac_conf08.asp. Proposal deadline is Wednesday, March 19. Speakers will be asked to submit a digital photo for use in the conference program. The photos can be sent to
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will look to punch their Southland Conference Tournament tickets during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (15-12, 7-7 SLC) improved their postseason hopes on Saturday with a 75-72 league victory over Northwestern State - Southeastern's first regular season victory in Natchitoches since 1985. Southeastern opens up the week with a 7 p.m. road game at McNeese State on Wednesday night. The Lions will close the regular season on Saturday, hosting Lamar at 3 p.m. in the University Center. Seniors Kevyn Green, Dekyron Nicks and Tavaris Nance will be honored prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony.
     Southeastern needs a win or a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi loss to clinch a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. Both of this week's Southeastern games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Lady Lions (12-15, 6-8 SLC) also greatly improved their SLC Tournament hopes on Saturday, rolling past Northwestern State, 70-49, in the University Center. Southeastern's women's basketball Senior Day will be on Thursday, as guards Brooke Necaise and Jameica Gross will be honored prior to the team's 7 p.m. contest with McNeese State. Southeastern will close out the season at SLC East leader Lamar on Saturday at 4 p.m.
     Southeastern can clinch a spot in the league tournament with a win on Thursday over the Cowgirls. There are several different scenarios that could allow the Lady Lions to earn the final tournament berth on Thursday. The Lady Lions could even earn a spot with two losses combined with two Texas A&M-Corpus Christi losses and a Nicholls State loss. Thursday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern baseball team (5-3) will also be in action this week. On Wednesday, the Lions will head to Lafayette for a 6:30 p.m. game with Louisiana-Lafayette. Southeastern will return home for the weekend to host Stony Brook for a three-game weekend series at Alumni Field. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday with Sunday's finale set for 1 p.m. Sunday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (14-4, 5-1 SLC) will look to extend its five-game winning streak this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions will be in Lorman, Miss. for a 3 p.m. non-conference game at Alcorn State. Southeastern will host SLC leader Texas State for a three-game set at North Oak Park over the weekend. On Saturday, the Lady Lions and Bobcats will meet for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Sunday's finale is set for 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team (10-2, 2-0 SLC) will play three matches this week. On Wednesday, the Lions head to Mobile, Ala. for a 1 p.m. match at South Alabama. On Friday, the Lions host UTSA for a 1 p.m. league match. Centenary visits the Southeastern Tennis Complex on Sunday for a 10 a.m. contest.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (5-2, 1-0 SLC) will look to extend its 36-match Southland Conference winning streak this week. On Saturday, the Lady Lions host Sam Houston State for a 10 a.m. league match at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     Southeastern's track and field teams will also be in action this week. Members of the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday to compete in the Arkansas Last Chance Qualifier.
     Wednesday, March 5
     Men's Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m.
     Softball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 3 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
     Thursday, March 6
     Women's Basketball, vs. McNeese State (Senior Day), University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Friday, March 7
     Men's Tennis, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Arkansas Last Chance Qualifier, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
     Saturday, March 8
     Men's Basketball, vs. Lamar (Senior Day), University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 4 p.m.
     Baseball, vs. Stony Brook (DH), Alumni Field, 1 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Texas State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
     Sunday, March 9
     Baseball, vs. Stony Brook, Alumni Field, 1 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Texas State, North Oak Park, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's Tennis, vs. Centenary, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
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Professional activities
Dr. Barbara Forrest
(History and Political Science) attended a meeting of the board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, DC, Feb. 17-19. She has been a member of the board since November 2007. She also spoke at the ninth annual Darwin Day program at the University of New Orleans on Feb. 23.
     Dr. Martie Fellom (Music and Dramatic Arts) presented a lecture on "Dance for the Camera" at the American College Dance Festival for the South Central Region on March 1. The festival was hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.
     Dr. Debbie Johnson and Dr. Gail McMillon (Family and Consumer Sciences) have had their manuscript "Holistic Approach to Service Learning in Interior Design" accepted for publication in the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, volume 26 issue 1.
     Birgitta Ramsey (English) attended the Writing Research Across Borders Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 22-24 where she presented "Ethnographic Writing Research from a Cross-National Perspective."
     Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) presented a paper, "How Group Selection Affects Performance on a Management Accounting Simulation Project," at the annual conference of the American Society of Business and Professional Sciences in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 22. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Harold Davis and Mr. James DeFranceschi (Accounting).
     Also presenting papers at the conference were Accounting Department faculty Dr. Joe Morris, "Using Fair Value Measurements: A Review of FAS 157"; Dr. Harold E. Davis, "An Exploratory Analysis of Risk Tolerance in Accounting Students,"co-authored with Stanley Hays, LSU-Shreveport; Dr. Rick Simpson, "Homeowner Tax Strategies for Selling at a Loss: Tax Considerations for a Declining Market"; and Dr. Mike Toerner, "Replacing Select Material in Intermediate Accounting Textbooks with Corresponding Material from the FASB's Current Text."
     Dr. Kellen Gilbert (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper, "Short-term Mission Trips: What's Culture Got To Do With It?" at the annual meeting of the Society for Cross Cultural Research. Co-authors are Southeastern Cultural Resource Management major Roxanne Pfeil and Dr. William Hamilton of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
     A paper by Dr. Becky Sue Parton (Educational Leadership and Technology), "Geotagging in School," will be published in Ed Tech Magazine, February/March 2008.
     A paper by Dr. Nan Adams (Educational Leadership and Technology), "Toward a Model for Knowledge Development in Virtual Environments: Strategies for Student Ownership," was published in the International Journal for Social Science's special edition on Virtual Reality in Distance Education in July 2007.
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