ByLion -- November 10

Vitter, Chamber visit Victory Club
NCATE reaccreditation received
Economic-community impact data
Gumbo Cook-off winners repeat
Gunter to be assistant vice-president

Film fest highlights children's rights
Theatre stages 'Spunk' Nov. 12-14
Woodwind Quintet performs Thursday ...
... And so does Jazz Ensemble One
The Wonder Bread Years at Columbia
Signs go up in parking garage
Center for Faculty Excellence news
'Instant Piano' course offered
Satsumas for sale for holidays
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Interim President John L. Crain and Sen. David VitterSoutheastern hosts Vitter, Chamber
U.S. Senator David Vitter talks to members of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday morning at the organization's Ham'nd Eggs meeting held in the new Victory Club in Strawberry Stadium. He was introduced by Southeastern Louisiana University Interim President John L. Crain, left. The function was sponsored by the university, the Southeastern Alumni Association, and AT&T.
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Teacher preparation program receives national reaccreditation
Southeastern's teacher preparation program has received a seven-year national reaccreditation, university officials have announced.
     The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the primary accrediting body for teacher preparation programs, approved the university's undergraduate and graduate programs after a site visit and comprehensive review conducted earlier this year.
     "The program met or exceeded all national standards and received no recommendations for changes or improvements," said Southeastern Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg.
     NCATE is an alliance of 33 national professional organizations of the teaching profession and education policy community. The organization currently accredits more than 630 institutions which produce approximately two-thirds of the nation's new teacher graduates each year.
     "Today's teachers must be effective educators, with a strong depth of content knowledge in the areas they teach and knowledge of the general principles of effective teaching and learning," said Interim President John Crain. "Achieving this reaccreditation ensures Southeastern teacher candidates are engaged in a rigorous process to prepare them for a career in teaching."
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Collecting data for economic-community impact study
Faculty, staff and students will soon be asked to complete surveys that will be used to quantify the community and economic impacts the university has on the region.
     Southeastern is joining the seven other institutions that make up the University of Louisiana System in an effort to determine each campus' economic and quality of life contribution for the region and the system's impact on the state as a whole.
     The project is being coordinated by Applied Research Technology Corporation of Baton Rouge and is based on a methodology established through a widely recognized study by the American Council of Education.
     "We are asking our faculty, staff and students to please respond to the survey so we can obtain data that accurately gauges the positive impacts the university, our employees and our students have on the surrounding region," said Interim President John L. Crain.
     He said the Internet-based surveys are confidential and will ask for estimated expenditures in categories such as housing, food, transportation, utilities and other services and retail-related expenses. The information will remain confidential and will only be used in the aggregate.
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Linda Hollimon, Marion Ruth Chandler, Jerry Hollimon, Sonny ChandlerTailgating crew repeats as 'Gumbo Cook-Off' champs
Last year's Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off winners are champs again.
     The tailgating crew of Louis and Shirley Wiginton, Jerry and Lynda Hollimon, Jamie Renton and Sonny and Marion Ruth Chandler won the second annual contest, held Saturday in Friendship Circle prior to the Lions taking on Texas State.
     People were invited to sample the gumbos at participating tailgate locations. The winner was determined by votes cast along with a donation to the Lions Athletic Association.
     The 12 teams competing in the contest raised more than $850 dolloars for the Lions Athletic Association, quadrupling last year's fundraising total.
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Gunter named assistant VP for extended studies
Joan Gunter has been appointed Southeastern's assistant vice president for extended studies. Gunter initially came to Southeastern in 2006 as director of Southeastern programs at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center.
     "She brings to her new position significant experience and skill in higher education administration, and she has worked effectively with both campus and community constituents," said Tammy Bourg, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
     As assistant vice president for extended studies, Gunter will work to enhance Southeastern's non-credit workforce development, adult leisure-learning, and summer youth program offerings. She will also coordinate off-campus offerings and work to advance distance education initiatives.
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Amnesty International chapter hosting children's rights film fest
Southeastern's student chapter of Amnesty International is hosting a festival of films highlighting children's human rights, Nov. 18-20.
     The free festival is open to the campus and community, said Jason Granger, a social work major from Amite who is the chapter's coordinator.
     The International Children's Human Rights Film Festival will feature three documentaries, Invisible Children, Nov. 18; Stolen Childhoods, Nov. 19; and Katrina's Children, Nov. 20.
     Films will be shown in the Music Recital Hall at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
     For additional information about the film festival, contact Granger at (985) 748-8559 or
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Southeastern Theatre stages Spunk Nov. 12-15
Southeastern Theatre will stage Spunk, three tales by Zora Neale Hurston adapted by George C. Wolfe, Nov. 12-15, at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     The play, which will feature an all-African American student cast, is directed by Rusty Tennant, the newest member of the theater faculty in the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     Curtain is 7:30 p.m. and tickets -- $10, adults; $6, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni -- are available in the theater box office in the lobby of D Vickers Hall. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D.
     The play will also be Southeastern's entry in the Louisiana Theatre Festival, which the university will host Nov. 19-22. Spunk will be performed on the first evening of the festival, Nov. 19.
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Faculty Woodwind Quintet to perform Nov. 13
The Southeastern Louisiana University Faculty Woodwind Quintet will present "Lots of Lagniappe" Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The free 5 p.m. program will feature modern works by 20th century composers such as Americans Arthur Berger and Matthew Van Brink and Argentine pianist and composer Lalo Schifrin, said Jerry Voorhees, professor emeritus of music.
     The quintet includes Voorhees and Southeastern Music and Dramatic Arts faculty Meredeth Rouse, oboe; Rachel Ciraldo, flute; Robyn Jones, clarinet; and Bobby Cotter, French horn.
     Voorhees said the quintet is made up of "some of the best musicians in the state."
     Voorhees is principal bassoonist for the Jefferson Orchestra and former principal soloist with the Baton Rouge Orchestra and the New Orleans Ballet Orchestra. Rouse, Jones and Cotter are members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, while Ciraldo plays with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
     For additional information, contact Voorhees at 985-549-5089.
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Jazz Ensemble One in concert Nov. 13
Jazz Ensemble One will present its fall concert on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     General admission is $4. Admission is free to Southeastern and all other students with ID.
     Led by Glen J. Hemberger, Southeastern director of bands, the 20-piece ensemble of premier Southeastern jazz musicians will perform "I Got Rhythm" by George and Ira Gershwin, "Children of Sanchez" by Chuck Mangione, the Dave Brubeck classic "Blue Rondo a la Turk," and "Fireshaker!," a song made famous by trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.
     Hemberger said the ensemble will also feature vocalist Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva, a music major from Herson, Ukraine, who will perform the Rogers and Hart standard "My Funny Valentine." Also on the program will be freshman alto saxophonist Vitalie Gumeniuc of Chisinau, Moldova, performing the classic ballad "Samantha" by famed jazz composer Sammy Nestico.
     Jazz Ensemble One will close the program with a dynamic arrangement of the Count Basie hit, "One O'clock Jump."
     Doors to the Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond, will open at 7 p.m.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern band office at 985-549-2599.
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Pat HazellThe Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts' "The Wonder Bread Years," scheduled for Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., is a comedy is written and performed by "Seinfeld" writer Pat Hazell.
'Wonder Bread Years' continues Columbia season
The 2008-09 season of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, which debuted with the annual Fanfare arts festival in October, continues Nov. 15 with "The Wonder Bread Years," a funny, fast-paced salute to the Baby Boomer generation.
     Written and performed by former "Seinfeld" scribe Pat Hazell, the show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the university's historic downtown Hammond theater. Tickets, $35, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $29, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1, and $25, Balcony 2, are available online at and at the theater box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-549-4371.
     "The Wonder Bread Years" has been described as "a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up comedy and theater." The Los Angeles Times called the show, "Pure unpasteurized nostalgia."
     Hazell takes a trip down memory lane, looking back on adventures of growing up in the '60s. "The show not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before."
     "The show is a common journey into the attic," Hazell said, with references to Spam, cereal prizes, Easy Bake Ovens and long trips in the family station wagon. Hazell's plethora of memories appeals to more than just Baby Boomers and his focus is on our similarities. "Things like trick-or-treating and having to sit at the kids' table at family functions, these are all common denominators people in any generation have no doubt experienced," he said.
     "The Wonder Bread Years" will be followed at the Columbia Theatre by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's popular holiday concert on Dec. 12. The 2009 schedule includes "Extreme Canines," Jan. 17; a children's Pajamas and Play production of "Max and Rudy," Jan. 29; singer/pianist Marcia Ball, Jan. 30; the Valentine's Day treat "Bye Bye Birdie," Feb. 14; LPO's "Spring Mix" concert, March 7; a stage adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird," March 19; the 1970s funk legend WAR, April 3; Pajamas and Play's "Mammoth Follies," April 22; the Bill Evans Trio - Chuck Israels, Ellis Marsalis and Troy Davis, April 23, the post-Katrina New Orleans musical comedy "Renew Revue," May 8, and Grammy winners Kathy Mattea and Marty Stuart, June 6.
     Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Donna Gay Anderson said patrons will notice one schedule change since the season was originally announced during the summer. "Extreme Canines," the nation's most talented celebrity stunt dog show, is replacing Moscow Cat Theatre as the first Columbia Theatre production in 2009, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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Putting up garage signsOfficer Kevin Knudsen looks on as Brad Alfonso and Duane Clark of ASI-Modulux install signs in the university's four-story parking garage.
Signs improve traffic flow, enforcement in garage
Workers were busy last week adding several dozen signs to Southeastern Louisiana University's new parking facility.
     The new signs will clarify traffic flow and rules in the four-story garage -- and also make those rules enforceable, said Mike Prescott, director of the University Police Department.
     Drivers now officially know, for instance, that the speed limit is 5 miles per hour, the garage is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and skateboarding and rollerblading are off-limits. Other signs point to entrances and exits, one-way routes, and elevators and stairs.
     The signs, he said, will enhance safety for the upperclass commuters authorized to park in the garage as well as community members who use the facility for athletic or other campus events.
     UPD Officer Kevin Knudsen, who oversees parking at Southeastern, said he has seen the number of student complaints and parking citations drop since the university opened the garage last January and instituted the Lion Traxx shuttle service.
     With an additional 99 spaces on the garage's fourth floor now available since the completion last month of the West Strawberry Stadium renovation, Prescott said twice daily checks show that the garage is being well-utilized, especially from mid-morning to early afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when many students schedule classes.
     However, he said that commuters can usually find spaces on the third and fourth floors, even during peak class hours.
     Among the signs added to the garage is the designated stop for the three Lion Traxx shuttle busses. Gary Prescott, assistant director for shuttle services, said the number of riders catching shuttle rides from parking areas to classrooms has tripled since the new service debuted late last year.
     While approximately 500 students a day were initially using the shuttles, riders have now hit a daily average of 1,550, Gary Prescott said, adding that the Lion Traxx's current record is 1,720 riders in one day. Even with one of the three buses in for repairs during October, 1,200 students were hopping on board daily, he said.
     Now that the garage and shuttles are fully operational, parking will be diligently enforced, including immobilizing the vehicles of repeat offenders, UPD Director Prescott said. He said the UPD "booted" approximately 60 improperly parked vehicles in October.
     "We are enforcing the parking rules and we will boot cars parked improperly," he said. Owners of immobilized vehicles have to report to the University Police Department in Pride Hall and pay outstanding fines in order to have boots removed.
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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 more information and reservations, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Thursday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-noon -- PowerPoint 2003 Introduction: The workshop will introduce basic goals of Powerpoint 2003. Powerpoint can assist faculty in developing lessons for easier presentation of information to their students or to assist them in a smooth presentation during conferences.
     Friday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-noon -- MS Office 2007: What's the word about Word 2007 and other MS Office 2007 applications? Don't become frustrated with the new features of Office 2007 -- come and learn about the new look and layout. The applications have been revamped to become more user friendly. The workshop will touch on Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
Mark your calendar
     Celebration of International Faculty and Staff: The Center for Faculty Excellence will host a celebration of our international faculty and staff on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 103. International faculty members are encouraged to bring a favorite cultural item, wear cultural dress, or bring a favorite cultural dish to share with our family. A panel of international faculty will offer tips and ideas for adjusting to your new home -- anything from grocery shopping to socializing!
     Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Turnitin -- Thursday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 103: Join us for a short presentation on the Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention/Detection Service that is available to Southeastern faculty. Learn how to use the system as a teaching tool or detection tool with your classes. Learn what it can and cannot do. Sign up for an account and get assistance with creating classes and assignments in the software. Faculty who are new to Turnitin and those who need a refresher course are welcome to attend.
     The program will be presented by Beth Stahr, head of reference/instruction from Sims Memorial Library. The program is co-sponsored by the center and the library.
     Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m.: CUTL IV
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'Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People'
Continuing Education is offering a one-evening course, "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People," Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-9 p.m., in Fayard Hall, room 237.
     If you are a true beginner in music, or an experienced note reader who wants to be freed from reading notes, in just one enjoyable evening you can learn enough secrets of the trade to make piano playing a part of your life, learning to play the way the pros do - with chords.
     Cost is $55 plus $25 for the textbook. For additional information, visit the Continuing Education website at or call 985-549-2301.
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Horticulture Club selling satsumas
The Southeastern Horticulture Club will have a satsuma sale for the upcoming holiday season. A 20 lb. box of Louisiana satsumas will be sold for $20.
     Please pre-order by Nov. 21 by contacting the Southeastern Horticulture Club president at Please indicate name, quantity desired and phone number for. The fruit boxes can be picked up at the Horticulture Center on Nov. 24.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will open their 2008-09 regular seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Both the men's and women's teams will open their respective schedules on the road this week. The Lions will open the season at Arkansas, taking on the Razorbacks at 7:05 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark. The Lady Lions will head west to face Houston at 5:30 p.m.
     Friday's men's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at The women's game will be available on the Internet only at
     Southeastern students have an opportunity to get a sneak peek at this season's basketball teams at the inaugural Full Court Fest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The event, open to Southeastern students only, will give students the opportunity to interact with members of the Lion and Lady Lion basketball teams, as well as Southeastern head men's basketball coach Jim Yarborough and head women's basketball coach Lori Davis Jones. The first 200 students will receive t-shirts courtesy of the Southeastern Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board and the CLAWS (Connecting Lion Activities With Students) Committee. Free food and drinks will be also be available.
     Students will also have the opportunity to register for several prizes including an iPod, Southeastern apparel and a chance to sit on the team bench with the Lions and Lady Lions.
     Students will be able to preview the new student seating, while also getting a sneak peek at the 2008-09 Lions and Lady Lions. A chance to name the new student section, as well as to learn and develop cheers for the upcoming season will also be available for students. Student organizations will also be able to adopt a men's or women's basketball student-athlete for the upcoming season.
     The Southeastern women's cross country team will compete in the NCAA South Central Regional Meet on Saturday in Waco, Texas. Led by All-SLC performers Everlyne Matonyei and Dorcus Kapkiai, the Lady Lions - ranked 15th in the latest regional rankings - will be competing in the NCAA Regional meet for the first time. In addition to sending the entire women's squad to Waco, the Southeastern men's team will be sending sophomores Kalphys Kemboi and Henry Rop in hopes of advancing the pair into national contention.
     The top two teams from each region and the top four individual finishers from teams that finished third or below will advance to the NCAA Cross Country National Championships hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 24.
     The Southeastern football team (4-6, 1-4 SLC) will also be in action this week. The Lions will be in Huntsville, Texas on Saturday to face Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern volleyball team (9-16, 3-11 SLC) will close out its 2008 regular season schedule this week. The Lady Lions will open the week on the road, heading to Baton Rouge to face Southern on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, league rival Stephen F. Austin comes to town for a 7 p.m. match.      Southeastern closes out the regular season on Saturday at 2 p.m, hosting McNeese State. Seniors Lydia Adeosun and Emilyn Jordan will be honored in a special pre-match Senior Day ceremony prior to Saturday's match.
     Tuesday, Nov. 11
Men's and Women's Basketball, Full Court Fest, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Volleyball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 7:30 p.m.
     Thursday, Nov. 13
     Volleyball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Friday, Nov. 14
     Men's Basketball, at Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., 7:05 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, at Houston, Houston, Texas, 5:30 p.m. (
     Saturday, Nov. 15
     Football, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men's and Women's Cross Country, at NCAA South Central Regionals, Waco, Texas, All Day
     Volleyball, vs. McNeese State (Senior Day), University Center, 2 p.m.
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Professional activities
C. Roy Blackwood
(Visual Arts, Cultural Resource Management) presented a paper entitled "Multi-Generational Learning: Diversity of a Different Level" to the International Dyslexia Association's annual conference in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 31. The paper explores how understanding the inherent behavioral differences in generations of people can lead to more effective teaching and greater understanding.
     Craig Saucier (History and Political Science), who completed his doctoral degree in history at Louisiana State University in fall 2008, has just been awarded The Michael G. Miller Prize for his dissertation, "Mr. Kerr Goes to Washington: Lord Lothian and the Genesis of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1939-1940," which he completed under the supervision of Professor Marilyn Veldman.
     Dr. Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) coauthored an article, "Resistance exercise effects on blood glutathion status and plasma protein carbonyls: influence of partial vascular occlusion," with Dr. Allan Goldfarb at the University of North Carolina-Greesboro, Dr. Dan Hollander, Mr. Greg Reeves and Ms. Michelle Francois (Kinesiology and Health Studies) published in the November 2008 issue of the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Kraemer was also recently notified of acceptance for publication of other coauthored articles: "Time course alterations of plasma obestatin and selected hormone levels in response to short-term anaerobic exercise training in college women," Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism with a colleague, Abbass Ghanbari-Niaki, Mazandaran University, Baboulsar, Mazandaran, Iran; "Physiological responses of moderate intensity graded walking and ungraded jogging," Journal of Sport Sciences with Marcus Kilpatrick, a colleague from the University of South Florida; and "Effects of gender on physiological responses to strenuous circuit resistance exercise and recovery," Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research with Kinesiology and Health Studies graduate students Angelique Ortego (PI), Demitra Dantzler, Ann Zaloudek, Jamie Tanner, Tahir Khan, Rituraj Pawar, and Dr. Dan Hollander.
     Dr. Heidi Kulkin (Counseling and Human Development) presented a paper titled "Baccalaureate Social Work Students and Web-based learning" at the Council on Social Work Education's annual program meeting (APM). The conference was held in Philadelphia Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
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