ByLion -- November 3

Alumni Center note burning
Read the Institutional Review
Conversations on Diversity
Visual Arts accredited
Quartet invited to USC
Gamma Beta Phi aids Santa Bear
Green Logic Recycle Day Nov. 6

Popeyes opens in Lion's Den
United Way drive underway
NSA hosts Livingston open house
NAACP 'Top Talent' show tonight
Student photographer honored
KSLU student wins award
Nero to lecture at library
'The Gender Knot' lecture Thursday
Can your tailgate take the heat?
Basketball 'Full Court Fest' Nov. 11
This week in athletics
Johnson exhibits 'wearable art'
Faculty, staff aid humane society
Professional activities

Burning the Alumni Center noteAnd celebrating with cake!

Hammond Mayor (and alumnus) Mayson Foster, Alumni Director Kathy Pittman, Alumni President Pat Williams, Interim President John L. Crain, and former Alumni President Gary Sandifer were among those applauding the "burning of the note" on the Alumni Center at Saturday's tailgating. Since the note didn't make very good eating, cake was served to all!

Alumni burn note on center
Alumni Association members and officers past and president joined Alumni Director Kathy Pittman, Alumni President Pat Williams and Interim President John Crain in burning the note on the Alumni Center during tailgating before Saturday's football game.
     "It is a great day for all of us that we have looked forward to since 1994! And it's finally here," Pittman said. Before torching the paper on the tailgating barbecue pit, Pittman gave the following account of the Alumni Center's history:
     "The Alumni Association knew they needed a gathering place for their chapters and for university events. Secretary Jackie Dale Thomas told them that at every meeting and the Alumni board finally agreed. Southeastern President G. Warren Smith and University Advancement Vice President Bob Butler oversaw the efforts of Alumni director Charlotte Bennett and some very enthusiastic alumni who made this dream become a reality. They began work in 1993 on a design which I understand Doc Goodwin drew on a sheet of paper.
     Mayson Foster, Doc Goodwin, Robby Miller and Ernie Bush all worked on the project. The president of the Alumni Association at that time was David Danel who headed the fund raising efforts. The cost of the building was $750,000.
     It was designed by architect and alumnus Ken Latham of Fauntleroy and Latham and built by alumnus Jimmy Meyer of Meyer Construction Company. The slab was poured on February 7, 1994. The interior design work was provided by Leigh Shafer.
     Finally in November 1994 the 13,000 square foot, two-story building was completed under the alumni presidency of Butch Martin.
     Through the generous donation of many alumni and friends and David Danel's fund raising efforts, the note on the building was only $375,000. It was financed through First Guaranty Bank.
     Today we are here to burn this note and let you know that your dues and generosity have allowed us to pay our note in full."
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Institutional review praises Southeastern
An independent review of Southeastern cited its emergence as a leading state and regional institution since the mid-1990s and recommended an even greater focus on the quality of students, faculty and academic programs as the university moves to the next level.
     Released last week at a search committee meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System, the report, conducted by the higher education consulting firm Keeling & Associates of New York City, lauded the university's success at recruiting a better prepared student population and recommended the Hammond institution work to implement more selective admissions and ensure that more students succeed and graduate.
     The review will aid in the transition of a new president at Southeastern and is consistent with reviews the UL System has commissioned for its other universities in conjunction with presidential searches. With the help of national search firm Greenwood/Asher and Associates and after a number of public meetings and interviews, the UL System hopes to name a new Southeastern president by early 2009. John L. Crain, who has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for seven years, is serving as interim president until the search is complete.
     "The degree of transformation of the university is truly remarkable," the report said. "Put simply, Southeastern is among the most impressive and positive institutions of its kind that the consultants have visited in more than 20 years of consulting practice and campus experience."
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J.Q. AdamsFelicia Blacher-Wilson'Conversations on Diversity' Nov. 4 and 6
The College of Education and Human Development will present its fourth "Conversations on Diversity" series Nov. 4 and 6.
     The free series, which is open to the public, is designed to give students the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures, said Dean Diane Allen.
     The fall 2008 "Conversations" series will feature presentations by Felicia Blacher-Wilson, assistant professor in Southeastern's Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, on Nov. 4, and J. Q. Adams, professor of educational and interdisciplinary studies at Western Illinois University, on Nov. 6.
     The one-hour presentations will take place in the Cate Teacher Education Center lecture hall, room 1022.
Adams, who co-directs the Expanding Cultural Diversity Project at WIU, will present "Diversity: Teaching Racially and Ethnically Diverse Students" at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. For more than 25 years, he has worked extensively in the area of multicultural education as a consultant, presenter, and curriculum development specialist in K-12 schools and school systems as well as colleges, universities, and community organizations. In 2004 he was named Outstanding Teacher in the WIU College of Education and Human Services.
     Blacher-Wilson, who joined the Southeastern faculty in 2007, will share her recent trip to Africa in "A View from the Outside: The Culture, People and Schools of Senegal and the Gambia."
     Blacher-Wilson, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Xavier University and doctoral degree at Iowa State University, made a 20-day trip to Africa last August to learn more about the country and the Fulani tribe of her paternal ancestors.
     "I want to share what I saw, focusing on the children in schools in West Africa," she said. Traveling from Senegal to the Gambia, Blacher-Wilson visited more than a dozen schools, where she found "deplorable" conditions.
     For additional information on "Conversations on Diversity," contact the College of Education and Human Development, 985-549-2218.
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Visual Arts program gains national accreditation
The visual arts program has been accredited for the maximum five years by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
     The announcement means that every degree program at Southeastern required or recommended by the State Board of Regents to achieve national discipline-specific accreditation has been reached, said Tammy Bourg, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
     NASAD accreditation means that the program meets nationally established curricular standards and guidelines for degree programs. The association is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the agency responsible for accreditation of all art and design curricula. Only about 280 programs out of 1,600 in the nation are accredited institutional members of the association.
     Interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies Bryan DePoy said the accreditation followed a comprehensive self-study and site visit by an independent team of peer examiners. The process confirms that the program meets its educational objectives and academic standards.
     He said Southeastern's Department of Visual Arts has more than 450 students majoring in its 10 program concentrations. The department, headed by Dennis Sipiorski offers degrees in art education, history, ceramics, digital art, digital design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
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The Guitar Quartet, from left, David Bryan, Matthew Aguilar, Patrick Kerber, and Matthew Spears, has been invited to perform at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on Nov. 12.
Guitar Quartet invited to perform at USC
The Guitar Quartet has been invited to perform at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on Nov. 12.
     The invitation was extended to the quartet - Southeastern graduate student Matthew Aguilar of Walker, music major Matthew Spears of Shreveport, and guitar faculty members David Bryan and Patrick Kerber - by USC professor James Smith, who was a guest performer at the 2008 Southeastern Guitar Festival last April.
     "I thought they were an ensemble of huge promise," said Smith, head of USC's prestigious guitar department. "They play their very original repertoire with virtuosity, high energy and solid musicality. I invited them to come to USC as soon as I heard them play."
     Kerber, coordinator of guitar activities in Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, said the quartet will perform a program entitled "Guitare Louisiane," featuring music by Kerber, Spears, and Southeastern composer-in-residence Stephen Suber. The group will also perform Bryan's arrangements of music by New Orleans native Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
     Kerber said while in Los Angeles the quartet will also have the opportunity to perform privately for world renowned virtuoso Pepe Romero of the Romeros Guitar Quartet.
     The quartet embarked on its first tour last fall, performing at Northwestern State University, McNeese State University, and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
     The trip to USC will be a premier event for the Guitar Quartet and Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, which also plans performances for the Christwood Concert Series in Madisonville on Nov. 4, and a concert at the University of Southern Mississippi on Nov. 5.
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Gamma Beta Phi works with Santa Bear
The Gamma Beta Phi Society is collecting toys for Hammond's Santa Bear Project Nov. 5-19. Toys can be donated 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 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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Student organization Green Logic hosts 'Recycle Day' Nov. 6
"Being green" really can be easy. That's the message a new student organization, "Green Logic," is promoting through its first "Recycle Day" on Nov. 6.
     Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the "quad" area between D Vickers Hall and the War Memorial Student Union, Recycle Day will offer a variety of games, activities and recycling opportunities. Green Logic plans to give away reusable grocery bags filled with green items, while supplies last, to those who participate in a game or bring products to recycle, said Susie Kaznowitz, vice president of Green Logic and one of its founders.
     "We have lots of fun activities planned around a recycling theme, including bowling for recycling," said Kaznowitz, a communication major from Covington. "Tangi Lanes donated a set of bowling pins for the game and various other sponsors donated prizes as giveaways. We have everything from gift cards and baskets to oil changes and turkeys to give away."
     Kaznowitz said the group also plans to distribute a recycling myth fact sheet to help dispel some of the misconceptions about recycled materials.
     Kaznowitz said Green Logic is the outgrowth of a communication class project. "Our professor (Suzette Bryan, assistant professor of communication) thought our final presentation was awesome. She encouraged us to take it further, so this semester we decided to start an organization," she said.
     Co-founders - and now co-presidents - are Curtis Walton, an accounting major from Folsom, and Janalyn Shively, a communication major from Baton Rouge. Green Logic now has about 20 members, who call themselves "green heads."
     Kaznowitz said Green Logic is working with university recycling coordinator Ben Taylor to promote recycling and educate students.
"That's where the idea for Recycle Day came from," she said.
     For more information about Recycle Day or Green Logic, contact Shively at
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Popeye's opens in Lion's Den
Southeastern and Aramark representatives got together Oct. 27 to snip a ceremonial ribbon to open Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits in the Lion's Den. From left, are Auxiliary Services Interim Director Connie Davis, Lion's Den Manager Scott Baker; Food Services Director Martin Balisteri, Vice President for Administration and Finance Stephen Smith, SGA President Zealon Solomon, Aramark Associate District Manager Paul Butler, Executive Assistant to the Interim President Erin Moore; Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Jim McHodgkins, and Assistant Vice President for Operations Sam Domiano.
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United Way underway on campus
In 2007 Southeastern invested a record high of more than $40,000 to support the needs of our community through the United Way Campaign.
     The 2008 United Way campaign is now underway and area "communicators" are distributing materials for individual donations.
     "Our area United Way has always depended on our university to support a wide range of community activities which could not otherwise be provided," said Tene Golding, one of the campus drive coordinators. "Remember, our Core Values include 'caring' and 'community' and this is a golden opportunity for us to address both."
     For additional information, contact Golding or Cindy Vernon, ext. 5791, or Paul Crawford, ext. 5779.
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Northshore School of the Arts hosts Nov. 8 open house at Livingston Center
High school juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about Southeastern's Northshore School of the Arts (NSA) and get a head start on the application and audition process at an informational open house Nov. 8 at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     The open house for Southeastern's innovative professional high school arts program, which offers courses in the evening and on Saturdays, is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the center, 9261 Florida Blvd.
     "Area residents have asked for the convenience of an informational event on a Saturday," said NSA Director Charlotte Collins. "We are pleased to host this session at the Livingston Center, where we will offer music theory and theater classes for the first time this spring."
     Through the Northshore School of the Arts, students in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany public schools may take Southeastern music, theater and art classes - plus one-on-one instruction in music with voice faculty. Those who complete NSA classes with a minimum grade of "C" can earn college credit at Southeastern.
     NSA music theory and theater courses will also be offered at the university's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville. Students can take "Applied Music" - one-on-one lessons with college faculty in piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, or percussion - at both centers and on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond.
     "The open house," said Collins, "will not only be a great opportunity for students and parents to become acquainted with our program in general, but also to get a head start on the application process. Our instructors will be on hand to offer art portfolio reviews and tips and information on the audition process for our theater and music courses."
     Collins said music theory instructor Lucian Zidaru and theater instructor James Winter will be available at the open house to discuss their programs with students and parents.
     For additional information, contact Collins at 985-549-2568 or Information and application forms are also available at, where parents and students can also subscribe to email updates.
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NAACP sponsors 'Top Talent' show tonight
The Southeastern chapter of the NAACP is sponsoring "Top Talent," a talent showcase of Southeastern students.
     The showcase is scheduled for Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. The event is cosponsored by the Flipside student dance organization.
     Top Talent coordinator Anthony Jackson, a senior criminal justice major from New Orleans, said the Southeastern National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter created the event as a way to promote AIDS awareness as well as highlight "top secret talent" among the student body.
     Those who purchase tickets in advance at the War Memorial Student Union will receive a Southeastern AIDS awareness bracelet. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Doors will open at Pottle Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
     Jackson said proceeds will go to New Orleans' NO/AIDS Task Force.
     Since Top Talent is scheduled on the evening before the national election, Jackson said the chapter is billing it as the "inauguration" of what it hopes will be an annual event.
     "We are going to take the opportunity to encourage members of the audience to get out and vote the next day," he said.
Jackson said 10 acts, including dancing, singing, poetry, step dancing and rap, will take the stage for the Top Talent program. Performers include Flipside, guest student dance groups from Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and the drumline of the Southeastern Spirit of the Southland marching band.
     For additional information, contact Southeastern NAACP chapter advisor Brandon Parker at 985-549-5630.
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Allyson O'KeefeStudent photographer honored
Allyson O'Keefe, photo editor of Southeastern Louisiana University's student newspaper The Lion's Roar and editor of the student yearbook Le Souvenir, has been selected as a finalist in Serbin Communications' 28th Annual Spring Photography Contest, co-sponsored by Canon and Photographer's Forum magazine.
     O'Keefe was one of 3,000 amateur photographers from the United States, Canada and around the world who submitted their work to the contest. As a finalist, her work will be featured in The Best of Photography Annual 2008.
     A native of Metairie, O'Keefe earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southeastern in 2006 and is currently pursuing a second degree in visual arts with a concentration in digital design.
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Todd Delaney and Adelita GomezKSLU student wins MarCom award
KSLU student music director, Adelita Gomez (at right with KSLU General Manager Todd Delaney), recently received her third international audio production award. The senior communication major, a recipient of two International Communicator awards, took home the gold MarCom award for producing an eerie Halloween public service announcement (PSA) urging children to be safe this holiday season.
     Gomez, a graduating communication major, began working at KSLU during her freshman year and has received widespread recognition for her work in the community and on the radio over the years. While at KSLU she had the opportunity to serve in many roles including assistant business manager, PSA coordinator, announcer, production director and music director.
      MarCom Awards is an international competition that recognizes creative excellence in the marketing and communication industries. Entries were submitted by PR firms, advertising agencies, production companies and freelancers from around the world. The award-winning Halloween PSA can be heard on the KSLU website at
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Sims Library art lecture series continues Thursday
The new series of one-hour art talks sponsored by Southeastern's Department of Visual Arts and the Friends of Sims Library will continue Thursday, Nov. 6, with Dr. Irene Nero's discussion of "The Techno-Morphism of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain." Her 12:30 p.m. lecture will highlight the design, construction, and technology of Gehry's magnificent modern art museum.
     Roy Blackwood will present "Tutankhamun: The Untold Story" on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at noon.
     The lectures are free and open to the campus and community.
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Allan JohnsonJohnson to speak on 'The Gender Knot' Thursday
Writer and teacher Allan Johnson will be featured in the annual Social Justice Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
     Johnson, who has worked on issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality since receiving his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972, will speak on "The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy" on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     He will also visit with sociology classes and the Southeastern Sociological Association to discuss gender inequality in families, schools, and workplaces.
     The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is also sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee, and the student body, as a whole, which supports the committee's funding of guest speakers.
     For additional information, contact Kleiner, 985-549-2006, or the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, 985-549-5964.
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Gumbo Cook-off logoGame Day Gumbo Cook-off returns Nov. 8
After a successful debut last year, Southeastern's "Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off" for tailgaters is back for a second helping.
     The public will again get to vote on whose gumbo is the greatest by making the rounds and tasting the entries of participating tailgaters at the Nov. 8 Lions vs. Texas State home football game.
     Each "taste-and-vote" will cost $1 with the proceeds going to the Lion Athletic Association. The gumbo should be ready to be served starting at noon. Each participating tailgate site will be identified with "Tasting Station" signs. The contest concludes at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced at halftime of the 2 p.m. game in Strawberry Stadium. The winning gumbo tailgate chefs will be presented with a Lions Game Day Gumbo Champion paddle.
     "There is no cost to enter and we'll provide an official 'Gumbo Cook-Off' apron, tasting cups and spoons and voting jars," said Erin Moore, executive assistant to Interim President John L. Crain. "Just bring as much as you're willing to share of your own gumbo specialty."
     Tailgaters have until Nov. 5 to sign up to participate in the free contest. For those who might not already have tailgating sites, free tailgate spot reservations can be made through the Lion ticket office, 985-549-5466.
     For more information about the contest or to register your tailgate, call Moore's office at 985-549-5861.
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Basketball to host 'Full Court Fest' Nov. 11
The men's and women's basketball programs will host the inaugural "Full Court Fest" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the University Center.
     The free event is open to all Southeastern students and 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.
     For more information on "Full Court Fest" contact Southeastern Athletics at (985) 549-2395.
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This week in athletics
The football team will close out its home schedule, while the Southeastern women's soccer and cross country teams will compete for Southland Conference championships during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (4-5, 1-3 SLC) will host Texas State at 2 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium to close out its 2008 home slate. A group of 12 seniors - Jay Lucas, Brad Bardy, Brent Blazevich, Brock DeLong, Marquis Powell, Travis Williams, Steven Honore, Tony Johnson, Trey Douglas, Mike Neville, Cody Samples, Brock DeLong and Grant Meyer - will be honored prior to their final game in front of the Lion faithful. Saturday's game will also be televised live on the Southland Television network and air in the Hammond area on the KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (11-5-1, 5-4 SLC) will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Lake Charles on the McNeese State campus. The Lady Lions will be the fifth seed in the tournament, opening play on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m. match versus No. 4 seed Stephen F. Austin. Should Southeastern win on Thursday, the Lady Lions would face top-seeded Texas State, which wrapped up the SLC title with a win over UCA on Sunday, on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. with the winner earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
     The Southeastern men's and women's cross country teams will also compete in the Southland Conference Championships this week. On Monday, the Lions, who will be led by Henry Rop and Kalphys Kemboi, and the Lady Lions, who are paced by Dorcas Kapkiai will be in Nacogdoches, Texas to compete in Monday's league championship meet.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (9-14, 3-9 SLC) will also be back in action this week. The Lady Lions will head to SLC foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. match at UTSA on Saturday.
     Monday, Nov. 3
     Men's and Women's Cross Country, at SLC Championships, Nacogdoches, Texas, All Day
     Thursday, Nov. 6
     Women's Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin (SLC Tournament - First Round), Lake Charles, 4:30 p.m.
     Friday, Nov. 7
     Women's Soccer, vs. Texas State (SLC Tournament - Semifinals), Lake Charles, 4:30 p.m.
     Volleyball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 7 p.m.*
     Saturday, Nov. 8
     Football, vs. Texas State, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m. (SLC TV) (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Volleyball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m.*
     Sunday, Nov. 9
     Women's Soccer, SLC Tournament Finals, Lake Charles, 1 p.m.
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Debbie Johnson's 'artistic' dressDebbie Johnson and model Maya CookeTextile design professor Debbie Johnson, right, was selected for the 2008 Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show, on display through Nov. 15 at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. Johnson recreated a family heirloom dress pattern acquired by her family during WWII. It was modeled by Maya Cook of Baton Rouge, left, during the Oct. 18 opening art show opening.
Johnson exhibits 'wearable art'
"When I first thought of the word FORCE," said Debbie Johnson, "the first thing I thought of was not the chaos of the Iraq war or American politics, but rather the incredible, forceful nature of my family."
     Johnson, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, is exhibiting a family-history inspired garment for Culture Candy's 2008 Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show. Artists were asked to interpret themes of "FORCE" to create a wearable garment encompassing dynamic history and symbolism.
     Johnson was chosen, along with 37 other national artists, to exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge through Nov. 15.
     Johnson's garment translates "Forces of Family" by using a family heirloom, a 1940s dress pattern once owned by her deceased grandmother. Johnson said that during World War II, her family could not afford fabric so her grandmother creatively sewed beautiful clothing out of flour and potato sacks.
     "She used what she had and still managed to create something wonderful," said Johnson. "That concept and imagination within a family is what drove me to recreate the child's garment and build upon what my grandmother had made so long ago."
     Using white linen fabric, Johnson dyed the linen using tea bags to recreate an aged appearance. After she made the fabric look old and worn, Johnson began developing a design to represent the interlocking relationships of family members.
     Using reverse bobbin stitching -- a heavy machine stitch resembling French knots-- Johnson used green, yellow and pink thread to represent the different facets and generations of her family.
     She used green to symbolize the growth and renewal that occurs within a family and yellow and pink to represent happiness and passion for life.
     While some of the colored thread stands alone, other sections intersect to represent the unity of family.
     "I am very happy with my dress and I'm honored to share my family story through wearable art," said Johnson. "Every family has a story and being able to represent that through my personal passion of textiles is something I am very proud to do. The garment will always be a part of me and my family history."
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Gayle Campbell and feline friendFaculty and staff aid St. Tammany Humane Society
On Nov. 1, Gayle Campbell, Sarah Clifton, her daughter Rebecca, and Michaelyn Lombard walked dogs and petted cats for two hours at the St. Tammany Humane Society in Covington to help the no-kill shelter's campaign for first place on the popular "zootoo" Web site. The no-kill shelter in Covington currently is in second place.
      "Why are Southeastern faculty and staff getting involved?" said Lombard. "With first place, St. Tammany Humane Society will receive $50,000 in cash plus a chance to win a much needed million dollar makeover."
     She explained that Campbell has several close friends at the shelter and invited some of her animal loving friends from Southeastern to help with the effort.
     "I tell my students that they have a responsibility to their community," said Lombard. "They have talents and skills that can assist worthy causes. They can be the one who really does make a difference. For the St. Tammany Humane Society, we are making a difference."
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Professional activities
Each year at the annual conference of the Louisiana Counseling Association, the university counseling program with the most graduate students in attendance is recognized. This year, with 27 students present, Southeastern's Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and Human Development received this honor. Congratulations to the students and faculty!
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was the guest speaker on Oct. 20 for Dr. Steven Darwin's freshman seminar, "The Creation-Evolution Debate," at Tulane University. Dr. Darwin is a botanist in Tulane's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Forrest spoke about her experience as an expert witness in the first legal case involving intelligent design creationism, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District 2005. On Oct. 24, Dr. Forrest attended a board meeting of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, Calif.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper, "The National Violent Death Reporting System: An Instance of Metadata," at the annual meeting of the Mid South Sociological Society, Huntsville, Ala. He also has been reappointed to serve on the editorial board of the journal Homicide Studies.
     Geographer Dr. Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has a paper titled "The Degradation of Ice Wedges in the Colville River Delta and Their Role in Pond Drainage" published in the Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, Fairbanks, Alaska.
     Drs. John Boulahanis and Bonnie Lewis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper entitled "Gauging Public Perception and Fear of Crime in Post-Katrina Louisiana" at the Mid-South Sociological Society Conference in Huntsville, Ala. Dr. John Boulahanis also organized a Homicide Studies session at the conference.
     Dr. Michael Jones, Dr. Robert Cope, and Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing and Finance) have had their article "The Multidisciplinary Nature of Supply Chain Management: Where Does It Fit in Business Education?" accepted for publication in the American Journal of Business Education.
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) and colloborators at the University of Pittsburgh published a feature article, "Model Potential Approaches for Describing the Interaction of Excess Electrons with Water Clusters: Incorporation of Long-Range Correlation Effects," in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
     Dr. Cynthia Elliott (Teaching and Learning) presented a paper titled "Insights from Beginning Teachers: Service-Learning Experiences in Jumpstart Support National Teaching Standards" at the International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement as part of a larger national study conducted by Jumpstart for Young Children. The conference was held in New Orleans Oct. 25-28. Dr. Elliott serves as the faculty advisor/campus champion for the Jumpstart Hammond program that has been on the Southeastern campus since 2001.
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