ByLion -- November 17

Nursing grad program accredited
International Week underway
Sims art lecture series continues
LEAD applications available
TEC artwork to be unveiled
Jazz Ensemble II concert Nov. 18
KSLU shows air in Spain

Admin and Finance service honors
Pep rally at 'Starry November Night'
'Toys from the Heart' drive
GPB assisting Santa Bear
Supervisor training
Southeastern hosts theater fest
Managing the holidays
Center for Faculty Excellence news

PKP renames scholarship for Ballard
Chamber Orchestra Nov. 25
Columbia 'tree-trim' Nov. 30
Ceramic sale Dec. 1-2
Alumni tailgate in Thibodaux
This week in athletics
Students win at NATS
Professional activities

Nursing graduate program receives accreditation
Southeastern's graduate program in nursing has received a full five-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Education.
     The graduate program is offered in an intercollegiate consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State University.
     The accreditation is a "stamp of approval" on the quality and integrity of the graduate program, said Interim President John L. Crain.
     "Accreditation indicates that the program has been independently reviewed by peers and found to meet established national standards," Crain said. "It is a voluntary, self-regulatory process the university believes is essential to assuring our students and the public that the program is one of high quality and effectiveness."
     Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said the process included a self-study of the program, a visit by an evaluation team of peers appointed by CCNE, the university's response to the team report, and final review and approval by the CCNE Board of Directors.
     "We are very proud to be accredited, and much of the credit must go to the excellent faculty we have assembled over the years," Booth said. "We expect much from our students and they respond with the hard work necessary to be successful in this program."
     CCNE is an autonomous organization of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is recognized as an official accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the first time the Southeastern program has been accredited by CCNE, having been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 1996.
      Students successfully completing the graduate curriculum at Southeastern meet the educational requirements to take national certification examinations in a number of areas, including clinical nurse specialist in medical/surgical nursing or adult psychiatric/mental health nursing; adult nurse practitioner or psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, advanced nursing administration, and nursing education.
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International Education Week Nov. 17-21
The Office of Multicultural and International Affairs (MISA) will host International Education Week 2008, Nov. 17-21.
     The 2008 theme, "We All Smile in the Same Language," will be showcased throughout the week by various student organizations and departments, including the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, International Initiatives and the International Student Ministry. MISA, Lyceum Arts and Lectures and the Student Government Association will sponsor the week's events.
     The weeklong festivity will begin Nov. 17 with the "International Night" kick-off celebration, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The event, scheduled from 5-7 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union ballroom, will feature performances by local bands and Southeastern's international and foreign language students and faculty. The entrance fee is $5 and all proceeds will fund future scholarships for study abroad programs in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
     International Education Week events will include:
     Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-noon, Student Union mall: MISA and Lyceum Arts and Lectures will host a lively Kumbuka African dance and drum tribe performance, featuring a Mardi Gras Indian Chief.
     Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103: The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting a "celebration" of Southeastern's international faculty members, who have been invited to bring a cultural item or dish to share. A panel of international faculty will also offer advice for international students and faculty on adjusting to a new home.
     Nov. 18 and 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Union mall: Southeastern's Office of International Initiatives, which organizes and administers the university's study abroad programs, will provide information about the 16 study abroad opportunities planned for spring break and summer 2009 as well details on available scholarships and deadlines.
     Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Union mall: MISA and Lyceum Arts and Lectures will host a performance by "Aradia and the RA Dancers," a traveling troupe of professional belly dancers.
     Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Baptist Collegiate Ministry, 501 W. Dakota St.: The International Student Ministry will sponsor "Taste of the World Cultural Cuisine." All international students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a favorite cultural dish.
     Nov. 22: MISA will sponsor an international student social and educational trip to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, Miss.
     For more information about International Education Week and events, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at (985) 549-3850.
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Sims art lecture series continues Wednesday
The new series of one-hour art talks sponsored by Southeastern's Department of Visual Arts and the Friends of Sims Library will continue Wednesday, Nov. 19, at noon on the third floor of Sims Library with Roy Blackwood's discussion of "Tutankhamen: The Untold Story."
     His lecture will detail the fascinating story of the discovery of the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb and the supposed curse surrounding it.
     The lecture is free and open to the community.
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LEAD applications available
Applications for Southeastern's student leadership retreat, LEAD, are still available in the Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities, Student Union room 110.
     The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 21. Faculty are asked to encourage students to apply as soon as possible.
     For additional information, call the Leadership Development Office, ext. 2233.
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'Steps on Floating Water' to be unveiled at TEC
"Steps on Floating Water," the artwork positioned on the south patio of the Charles E. Cate Teacher Education Center, will be officially unveiled in a ceremony Tuesday (Nov. 18) at 3 p.m.
     The multi-elemental piece - which consists of outdoor seating, a wall sculpture and two additional free-standing pieces - was created by New Orleans sculptor Steve Kline.
     The artwork was made possible through the Louisiana Percent for Art Program, which places public artwork in and around state buildings. The Louisiana Division of the Arts manages the program.
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Logan PlaceJazz Ensemble II to perform Nov. 18
Jazz Ensemble II will present "Picking up the Pieces," a concert featuring guest trumpet soloist Logan Place, Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The 7:30 p.m. concert is free to the campus and community.
Jazz Ensemble II director Richard Schwartz said the program of jazz standards will include Average White Band's 70s hit "Pick Up the Pieces," "Theme from Family Guy," Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island," Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside," Tower of Power's "You're Still a Young Man," "Work Song," "Tuxedo Junction," and "Better Get Hit in Your Soul."
      "The students in Jazz Ensemble II are really excited to perform with Dr. Place," said Schwartz. "He is a talented trumpet artist and we are fortunate to have him here at Southeastern."
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Two KSLU shows being aired in Spain
Two programs produced by KSLU 90.9 FM are now heard every week in Spain.
     "Caffe Italia" and "Rock School" recently debuted on Radio Universidad Salamanca located in the city of Salamanca, said KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney. The Spanish station is the latest to join a growing list of affiliates such as WESU in Connecticut and KSCL in Shreveport that carry programs produced by KSLU.
     Francesco Fiumara, assistant professor of Spanish and Italian and the host of Caffé Italia, was instrumental in bringing both programs to the Salamanca airwaves.
     Caffé Italia features classical, contemporary and cultural music from Italy mixed with conversation in Italian and English. In Rock School, Southeastern communication professor Joe Burns and KSLU promotion director Chad Pierce showcase classical rock music and little-known facts about legendary artists.
     While Caffé Italia and Rock School will air in Spain, KSLU will broadcast "Enrockarte," a program produced by the staff of Radio Universidad Salamanca. Enrockarte features a variety of rock music with commentary from a Spanish perspective. The program will be broadcast on Sundays from 8:30-9 p.m.
     Caffé Italia airs on KSLU on Sunday at 8 p.m. Rock School can be heard on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.
     Samples of both shows can be heard online via the "Schedule" link on KSLU's Web site,
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15 year honorees15 YEARS - From left, Vice President Stephen Smith, Rogers Williams, Elton Strickland, Scott Morrow and Mary Lou Imbraguglio.
Administration and Finance honors employees
The Division of Administration and Finance honored employees with five to 20 years service Monday, Nov. 10, at the Alumni Center. Vice-President Stephen Smith welcomed the honorees and guests and informed the group that the award recipients represented 220 years of total service to Southeastern. Division employees with 25 or more years service were previously recognized at Convocation in August.
     Honorees were:
     20 years -- Camille Moniotte and Bary Smith.
     15 years -- Rogers Williams, Elton Strickland, Scott Morrow, Mary Lou Imbraguglio, Kristin Lobell, Vito Cali and Bernette Sibley.
     10 years -- Malcome Jackson, Dianne Gaten, Bernard Leonard, Carolyn Brown and Kenneth Nichols.
     5 years -- Michelle Miller, Cathy Morgan, Mary Lopinto and Bonnie Packnett and Jeremy Monistere.
10 year honorees Five year honorees
10 YEARS - From left, Vice President Stephen Smith,
Malcome Jackson, Dianne Gaten and Bernard Leonard.
FIVE YEARS - From left, Vice President Stephen Smith, Michelle
Miller, Cathy Morgan, Mary Lopinto, and Bonnie Packnett.
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Pep rally included in Starry November Night
The Southeastern Lady Lions will join in the Downtown Development District's fourth annual Starry November Night event in downtown Hammond on Friday, Nov. 21, with a 6 p.m. pep rally at the event's South Cypress Stage.
     Starry November Night is scheduled from 5-10 p.m. throughout the downtown area. According to the DDD, "snow" is in the forecast for Hammond at the Winter Wonderland, presented by Main Street Dance Studio adjacent to the Downtown Development District office on the corner of NW Railroad Avenue and West Thomas Street.
     "There will be face painting and many other children's activities here," said DDD Director Terry Lynn Smith. "We will have almost two tons of snow for the kids. We also anticipate a visit from Santa Claus, so, parents, bring your camera for photos with Santa!
     The event will also feature shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Hammond, horse and carriage rides, live music and an art gallery stroll/wine tasting. Star gazing will be available, compliments of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society.
     There will be coat and toy collections for the United Way and a food drive for the Tangi Food Pantry, a window dressing contest for downtown merchants, live music including strolling carolers, a "Battle of the Choirs" on the South Cypress Street Stage and live music and improv comedy on the La Carreta Stage. Christmas Carolers will stroll the streets with song - students of the Oaks Montessori School are featured.
     For more information, contact DDD Director Terry Lynn Smith, 985-542-3471.
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'Toys from the Heart' drive benefits area children
Southeastern students are getting into the holiday spirit by participating in the second annual "Toys from the Heart" holiday toy drive Nov. 17-Dec. 5.
     Southeastern's Nu Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi has teamed up with the offices of Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA) and Recreational Sports and Wellness to sponsor the community toy drive.
     New, unwrapped toys, suitable for children up to age 12, can be delivered to the MISA office, War Memorial Student Union room 206, the union mall, or the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of General Pershing St. and University Avenue. Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase toys for area children.
     Families interested in receiving toys may register for the drive by calling the MISA office, (985) 549-3850, Dec. 1-12 and providing the children's names and ages. The first 300 children to sign-up will be eligible, said Makeitta Darbonne, MISA coordinator.
     Toys will be distributed Dec. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Registered children must be present to receive their toy and accompanied by a parent or guardian.
     Darbonne said the community service project's goal is to collect a minimum of 300 toys. For more information about "Toys from the Heart," contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs at (985) 549-3850.
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Gamma Beta Phi works with Santa Bear
The Gamma Beta Phi Society is also collecting toys to assist Hammond's Santa Bear Project. Toys can be donated through Nov. 19 for children ages 2-8 with the exception of guns, knives and swords. Toys will go to children that may have a less than stellar Christmas without a little help.
     Gamma Beta Phi will see that all toys are taken to the Hammond Daily Star office for distribution.
     Please feel free to drop off your donation at the office of either of our advisors, Jackie Dale Thomas, Student Union 110 or Terry Passman at the University Housing Office in Pride Hall.
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Supervisor training
The Human Resources Office and the Comprehensive Public Training Program are sponsoring classes for supervisors of classified employees this week. All classes will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. University Center, room 139. The classes are free, but pre-registration is required.
     For assistance and/or more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771.
     Nov. 18 -- Common Myths That Affect Good Supervision: Common Myths examines a number of harmful, common myths that exist in the state government workforce. These negatively impact productivity and morale. Belief in them can result in supervisors who feel powerless to do a good job. Participants will identify these myths and work with them in common sample work situations. Participants will then learn specific courses of action they can apply to correct behavior resulting from these false beliefs.
     Nov. 19 - Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors (Non-Traditional): Participants will discuss a variety of supervisory responsibilities within the context of the Civil Service system. Participants will learn why the merit system was created and ways through which they can better manage employees' behavior, schedules, and performance. Topics include an overview of the supervisor's fundamental role in the PPR process; tips on interviewing and reference checking; avoiding harassment and discrimination in the workplace; prohibited political activities for classified employees; managing employees' work schedules; assigning duties to employees; a supervisor's role in the chain of command; and how to orient new employees.
     Classes marked "nontraditional" are targeted to supervisors working in settings such as maintenance, skilled trades, laborers, facility services, food service, housekeeping, etc., and jobs which do not require professional licensure and/or certifications.
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Southeastern hosting state theater festival Nov. 19-22
Southeastern is hosting the state competition of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Nov. 19-22.
     The festival, which is open to the public, will feature productions by William Shakespeare, George C. Wolfe, Lee Blessing, and several student-written works by playwrights from Southeastern and the University of New Orleans.
     In addition to Southeastern, universities participating in this year's event include McNeese State, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, the University of New Orleans, and Wharton County College in Texas.
     Southeastern Theatre's festival entry SPUNK will kick-off the festival on Nov. 19. Additional festival productions include Wharton College's "Twelfth Night" on Nov. 20 and McNeese State's "Two Rooms" on Nov. 21. All productions are at 8 p.m. in D Vickers Hall's Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     The festival also includes staged readings on Nov. 21 and 22. The University of New Orleans will present "Verses from Jordan" on Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Southeastern will present staged readings on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre. Admission is free.
     Tickets for all festival productions are $5 and are available in the box office of D Vickers Hall.
     Productions entered at the state level are eligible for consideration to advance to the KC/ACTF Region VI festival, which includes universities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The regional festival's best entries are invited to compete in the national festival, which will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in spring 2009.
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Managing the holidays
The University Counseling Center and the Human Resources Office are jointly sponsoring a program on ways to decrease stress and maximize enjoyment of the upcoming holiday season. The program will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the University Center, room 139, and will be led by Dr. Barbara Hebert and Jan Ortego.
     The program is designed to offer techniques to minimize the typical holiday stressors as well as offer practical tips for enjoying the holidays economically.
Pre-registration is encouraged by phoning ext. 5771 in the Human Resources Office or by emailing
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Our United Way campaign is now underway. Thank you for all your help in the past. We are looking forward to a great campaign again this year. Each department has a communicator to help them reach 100 percent participation. If you have not received your pledge form, please contact the center.
     Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information or reservations, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     CUTL IV: To earn certificates for university teaching and learning, Southeastern faculty created individual mini course-portfolios over a series of four workshops. For the mini course-portfolio, each participant chose and described an innovative or effective teaching practice, gathered evidence from one course to document the practice, and reflected on the teaching and learning outcomes. Portfolios this semester were created by Holly Kihm, Colleen Klein-Ezell, Cynthia McCormic, Camille Yates (Education and Human Development); Martie Fellom, Francesco Fiumara, Janelle Lorenzen, Alan Marsh, Carol Madere, Amber Narro, Melanie Norwood, Heather O'Connell, Nataliya.Svyeshnikova, Natasha Whitton (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences); Barbara Moffett, Ramona Kerner, Ken Tillman (Nursing and Health Sciences); Ju Chou, Thomas Sommerfeld, Warren Schulinghamp (Science and Technology); and James Lovitt (Sims Memorial Library).
     On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. the mini course-portfolios will be displayed in the Center for Faculty Excellence. Come see the portfolios, meet the authors, and learn what exciting things are happening in classrooms across Southeastern's campus.
     International faculty and staff celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.: The center will host A Celebration of our International Faculty and Staff DATE, 3 p.m. International faculty 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 be available to offer tips and ideas for adjusting to your new home -- anything from grocery shopping to socializing!
     Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion, Thursday, Nov. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided.
     Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Turnitin, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.: 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 Library. The program is co-sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Sims Memorial Library.
     MS Office 2007, Friday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-noon: 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.
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PKP renames scholarship for Ballard
The Southeastern chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will honor one of its long-time dedicated members, retired English professor Lou Ballard, by
renaming its endowed scholarship as The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Lou Ballard Endowed Scholarship.
     "Ms. Ballard served our chapter for 26 years in various officer positions, was named our first Distinguished Member, and is currently a member of the first Endowed Scholarship Committee," said chapter secretary Joan Faust.
     The rededication ceremony will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Fayard Hall south lobby. Dr. Crain will officiate at the renaming and all Phi Kappa Phi members are invited to attend.
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Karyn Huggett, Brian KingreyGeorge Bosnea, Dragos FilipFar left, Karyn Huggett and Brian Kingrey; left, George Bosnea and Dragos Filip
Students to solo with Chamber Orchestra Nov. 25
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present "Celebrate!," a concert of chamber music classics Nov. 25 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
     Directed by Yakov Voldman, the orchestra will open its program with Berlioz's celebrated "Hungarian March," followed by Mozart's "Serenade in C Minor" for eight winds.
     Voldman said the program will also feature four Southeastern music majors as soloists.
     Cellist George Bosnea, a graduate student from Constanta, Romania, will solo in Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals, The Swan" and "Allegro Appassionato." Francaix's "Double Concerto" will feature senior performance majors Karyn Huggett of Hammond, flute, and Brian Kingrey of Covington, clarinet. Cellist Dragos Filip, an undergraduate student from Bucharest, Romania, will join the orchestra in "Kol Nidrei Op. 47" by M. Bruch.
     The concert will close with Mendelssohn's "Octet in E flat Major, Op. 20.
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Columbia 'tree trim' party Nov. 30
The holiday season will officially arrive at the Columbia Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 30 when the historic downtown theatre unveils a tree adorned with hundreds of decorations created by area children and teens. The tree will be unveiled at the Columbia's annual tree-trim party, scheduled for 2-4 p.m.
     "We will begin with musical entertainment from first grade Accelerated Magnet Program students from Hammond Eastside Elementary and Hammond Westside Elementary schools. Santa Claus will arrive shortly after that and will be available for photos with all of our guests, so don't forget your cameras" said Michelle Biggs, Columbia's marketing director. Refreshments will also be provided.
     Biggs said the tree in the Columbia lobby will be decorated with ornaments, all with musical themes, submitted by hundreds of local students from first graders to high school seniors. In a special drawing during the party, one student will be selected to be a guest conductor at the Dec. 12 concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
     "This tree-trim party will be a great way for area families to start the holiday season." said Biggs. "We encourage everyone to come out and visit Santa."
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Ceramic sale Dec. 1-2
The Southeastern Ceramic Art Club will have its holiday sale at the Student Union Monday, Dec. 1, and Tuesday, Dec. 2. The sale will feature ceramic work made on campus by the Ceramic Art Club student members. All pottery is food safe and includes mugs, bowls, tea pots, plates and pitchers, etc.
     The funds raised are used for visiting artists, student awards and scholarships. For more information please contact the Visual Arts Department at 985/549-5206.
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Alumni Association to host tailgate in Thibodaux
The Alumni Association is heading to Thibodaux to host a free tailgate party for alumni and friends Saturday, Nov. 22, in conjunction with the Lions' football game against Nicholls State University at 1 p.m.
     The tailgate, complete with refreshments, will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in lot 12, just north of the Nicholls football stadium.
     "All alumni and friends of Southeastern are invited to attend," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "The Spirit of the Southland marching band, cheerleaders, Lionettes and students will be on hand to cheer on the Lions, so wear your green and gold and join us."
     Tickets for the game are available at the Southeastern Athletic ticket office,, 1-866-LION-TIX or (985) 549-5466.
     For directions to Nicholls and a campus map, visit the "About Nicholls" link at
     For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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This week in athletics
The football team will close out its 2008 schedule, while the Lions and Lady Lion basketball teams will open their respective home slates during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (5-6, 2-4 SLC) will attempt to keep the River Bell in Hammond, when they face Nicholls State at 1 p.m. in Thibodaux on Saturday. Southeastern will look to build on its most dramatic victory - a 30-27 overtime win at Sam Houston State - in a season full of thrilling endings. In the win over the Bearkats, Tommy Connors blocked a field goal to send the game into overtime and Brian Babin hooked up with Chris Wilson from 14 yards out for the winning score.
     Nicholls State (2-6, 2-4 SLC) will be looking to bounce back from a 34-10 loss at Texas State last Saturday. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     Fresh off a tough 91-87 overtime loss at Arkansas to open the season, the Southeastern men's basketball team (0-1) opens its home schedule on Monday, hosting Miles College at 7 p.m. in the University Center. On Thursday, the Lions will hit the road, heading to Nashville, Tenn. for an 8:15 p.m. contest at Lipscomb. Both of the men's basketball games this week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women's basketball team (0-1) will also be looking for its first win of the season this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions will head to New Orleans for a 7 p.m. game at UNO in Lakefront Arena. Southeastern will open its home schedule on Saturday, hosting North Florida at 3 p.m. in the University Center. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the Internet only at
     Monday, Nov. 17
     Men's Basketball, vs. Miles College, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Tuesday, Nov. 18
     Women's Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Thursday, Nov. 20
     Men's Basketball, at Lipscomb, Nashville, Tenn., 8:15 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Saturday, Nov. 22
     Football, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Women's Basketball, vs. North Florida, University Center, 3 p.m.
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Seven music students place in NATS vocal competition
Seven Southeastern music students were among the winners in the recent Southern Regional competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
     More than 400 singers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, including 38 from Southeastern, participated in the competition, held Nov. 6-8 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Students competed in 20 categories determined by age, gender and years of study, preparing three classical music selections in various languages.
     Of the Southeastern students competing, 30 advanced to the semifinal round. The students are from the vocal music studios of Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty David Bernard, Joy Ratliff, Alissa Rowe, Stephen Rushing and Kay Schepker.
     Jane Rownd of Hammond, who studies with Bernard, finished first place in the Senior Women division, while Paula Vickers of Ponchatoula, a student of Schepker's, was the first place winner in the Student Adult division.
     Southeastern winners also included Tyrone Hayes of New Orleans, second place, Older Advanced Men division; Cara Williams of Franklinton, second place, Junior Women division; Colby McCurdy of Slidell, third place, Young Advanced Men division; William Musso of Independence, third place, Student Adult division; and Darrell Haynes of Boutte, fourth place, Younger Advanced Men division.
     Hayes and McCurdy study with Bernard, while Williams and Musso are students in Rowe's studio. Haynes studies with Rushing.
Southeastern pianists Chuck Effler and Raisa Voldman accompanied the students.
     The Southeastern student expenses were subsidized by the Student Government Association, Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Enhancement Fund.
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Professional activities
James D. Kirylo
(Teaching and Learning) presented a session titled "The Qualities and Characteristics of an Excellent Teacher" at the 2008 PDK Summit on High-Performing Educators Nov. 13-15 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas.
     Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) was the recipient of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD) Scholar Award and Dr. Millie Naquin (Kinesiology and Health Studies) was the recipient of the LAHPERD Outstanding College/University Health Educator award. Both professors were honored at the state convention on Friday, Nov. 7.
     Dr. James Walter (English) joined three Honors Program students in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 23-26, for the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. Attending were Joshua Robin, New Orleans; Samantha Perez, Violet. and Arthur Krantz, Gramercy. Southeastern representatives participated in sessions discussing all aspects of Honors programs. Many of these sessions were devoted to projects and research completed by Honors students.
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) gave an invited talk at the International Workshop on Resonance Phenomena: From few-body to many-body systems, held at the Technion-Israel Institute for Technology in Haifa, Israel. The title of the presentation was: "Vibrational Feshbach resonances in electron capture of fructose."
     Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Foreign Languages and Literatures) organized and chaired the special session "Bringing Italy to Campus: Extra-curricular Activities That Promote Italian Cultural Awareness" at the 2008 SAMLA Conference in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 7-9. Dr. Fiumara also presented the paper: ""Bringing Italy to College Airwaves: Using Students to Create and Produce an Italian Language Radio Show." Panelists also included Dr. Lucia Harrison (Foreign Languages and Literatures), who presented the paper: "Bringing Italy From Campus into the Commmunity: The Role of an Italian Club in Promoting Cultural Understanding and Town-Gown Relations."
     Dr. Randy Settoon (College if Business), Dr. Rusty Juban (Management), and Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing) had their article "Ten Things Faculty Should Know Before Stepping into Administration" accepted for inclusion in Contemporary Issues in Education Research.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) attended the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in St. Louis in early November. While at the meeting, he spoke at a special session to honor the life and work of a former Penn colleague Robert Figlio, who died recently. In addition, Dr. Riedel was a discussant at a roundtable, "Current Research on Police Responses to Homicide and Solvability Factors." He also chaired two thematic panels, "Ethnicity, Theory, and Domestic Violence," and "Structural Inequality and Race." At a special session of the Homicide Research Working Group, Dr. Riedel presented a paper discussing a data set on California homicides as well as a new data source on suicides and homicides being constructed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He also attended an editorial board meeting for the journal Homicide Studies. He also attended a meeting of the American Sociological Association-American Society of Criminology Joint Task Force on Curricular Revision.
     Dr. Johan W. van der Jagt (Teaching and Learning) gave a keynote speech at the Canadian Reformed Teachers Association Convention (CRTA East) in Smithville, Ontario, Canada on Oct. 31. The speech, "Exceptional Children with Amazing Strengths: Please Handle with Wholesome Care," emphasized the fact that, in reality, children with disabilities actually are leadership models who assist in drawing the school and community together. He also presented a workshop, "Assessment in the Inclusive Classroom."
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