ByLion -- October 27

Alumni signs over bequest
'Project Friendship' brick campaign
Apply now to study abroad
Social Justice lecture on gender
Fanfare's finale

Choirs to perform Oct. 30
RAD to be offered in November
TAH workshop for Veterans Day
Center for Faculty Excellence news
'Managing Across Generations'
Students present at ACS meeting
Delts host Thanksgiving dinner
Honors for Gamma Beta Phi
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Alumni Board accepts $3.5 million bequest
Alumni board sign over $3.5 million bequest
Members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors met last Thursday to formally sign over the $3.5 million bequest – the largest ever made to the institution -- from the estate of the late Joyce Capron Junghans. Junghans’ bequest was made to the Alumni Association which transferred the funds to the Development Foundation for administration. The bequest will be used to support academics, including student scholarships. It was officially announced on Homecoming Day, at the Development Foundation's annual "Wall of Fame" donor recognition in Sims Memorial Library. Above, board members look on as Alumni Director Kathy Pittman and Alumni President Pat Williams present a facimile of the check to Dr. Crain and Wendy Johns, assistant vice-president for university advancement.
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Southeastern launches 'Project Friendship' brick campaign
Southeastern has launched "Project Friendship," a campaign to offer engraved personalized bricks to alumni, students and friends of the university.
     The bricks will be placed in Friendship Circle, the heart of the campus anchored by the historic Friendship Oak. The circle has recently undergone refurbishment to create a park-like setting that includes brick sitting walls. The engraved brick pavers will form walkways throughout the circle.
     "We're inviting alumni, students, parents of students and friends of the university to participate in Project Friendship as a legacy in honor of their Southeastern experience," said Interim President John Crain in announcing the program during the weekend's Homecoming activities.
     The bricks, which can accommodate three lines of text with up to 16 spaces per line, are being offered for $100 each, a portion of which is tax deductible.      Proceeds will go to the Southeastern Development Foundation's Annual Fund, a key source of support for the university's academic programs. The bricks will be installed in Friendship Circle twice a year.
     Also being offered is the opportunity for individuals or groups to have "Tribute Plaques" placed on the sitting walls that surround the circle. The plaques, which require a donation of $5,000, will be installed on the walls.
     For more information on Project Friendship, contact the university's Development Foundation at 985-549-3771.
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Students can sign up now for 2009 study abroad
Southeastern is offering students 16 study abroad opportunities - including four new programs - for summer 2009.
     It is not too early to sign up for the programs in London, Scotland, China, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, France, and Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, said Professor Charles A. Dranguet, interim director of the university's International Initiatives Office.
     "Students who wish to take advantage of a variety of scholarship opportunities should contact us now," Dranguet said. "The earlier they sign up the better, since limited numbers can be accepted in each program."
     Students have until Dec. 12 to apply for study abroad scholarships, and Feb. 29 to apply for the 16 programs. They can learn about those programs and scholarship and financial aid opportunities at interest meetings on Nov. 14 and Jan. 23. The meetings will all be held in Fayard Hall, room 207, at 4 p.m.
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Allan JohnsonSocial justice guest speaker to focus on the 'Gender Knot"
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.
     The lecture series is designed to call attention to timely social justice issues and hear directly from individuals who are on the frontlines of these issues, said coordinator Anna Kleiner, assistant professor of sociology.
      Johnson's lecture is also the title of his 2005 book, one of four that include The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise, The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology, and Privilege, Power, and Difference.
     According to, Johnson "gives practical pointers on how both men and women can work for gender justice … without playing blame games." His primary goal, said Kleiner, "is to present controversial, often difficult issues with gentle and compassionate clarity, in ways that people can not only understand, but also relate to on a personal level."
     Previous Social Justice Lecture speakers have included Sr. Helen Prejean, who initiated the lecture series in 2005; litigation lawyer Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Malik Rahim of New Orleans' Common Ground Collective, and peace activist Medea Benjamin.
     For additional information, contact Kleiner, 985-549-2006, or the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, 985-549-5964.
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Fanfare's finale
This week marks the finale of the 23rd season of Fanfare, Southeastern annual October arts festival. Don't miss …
Roy LeBlanc and rodney Thibodeaux      Tonight
     Singers/songwriters/musicians Roy LeBlanc and Rodney Thibodeaux, 7 p.m., Livingston Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd., Walker, La. -- Roy LeBlanc, a "swamp" Cajun from Bayou Pidgeon, and Rodney Thibodeaux, a "prairie" Cajun from Church Pointe, joke that that it's no wonder that they love Cajun music. They really didn't have much choice, since they grew up with French-speaking parents -- French and only French, in some cases! -- and surrounded by Cajun music -- Cajun and only Cajun! Their songs explore and celebrate the rich and colorful culture of their Acadiana heritage. Free
     Tuesday, Oct. 28
     The French film La Vie en Rose, 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre -- Starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose explores the often troubled life of legendary French singer Edith Piaf. Rated PG13. 140 minutes. Free
     Opening Reception: Kenn Kotara, Circles and Cycles: Large Scale Pastel Drawings, 5-7 p.m., Contemporary Art Gallery -- Born in Lake Charles, Kenn Kotara's abstract art has a deep connection to Louisiana's rivers, bayous and lush vegetation, especially Spanish moss, a motif that appears in many of his works. in 1999, he began using circular shapes in an on-going series of pastel tonal drawings, which use a grid as the basis for creating networks of curvilinear lines. Kotara work has been extensively shown in solo and group exhibits and appears in numerous corporate and public collections. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 14.
     Wednesday, Oct. 29
Jeffrey Bell     Then and Now Lecture: Jeffrey Bell, "Brave Hearts, Brave Minds: The Scottish Enlightenment and the Modern World."1 p.m., Pottle Auditorium -- An internationally recognized Southeastern philosopher discusses how 18th century Scotland, a poor and 'backward' country compared to England, became the center of a tremendous flowering of intellectual life known as the Scottish Enlightenment, in which David Hume, Adam Smith, James Watt, and others produced much of what we now take to be essential to the modern world. Free
     Bill RobisonThursday, Oct. 30
     Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts -- Get "psycho-ed" up for Halloween! The first of the modern horror films, Psycho features Anthony Perkins's haunting - and never equaled -- characterization of loner Norman Bates, who presides over a secluded motel under the domineering specter of his mother. Psycho shocked and amazed its original audiences -- and it still terrifies us today. Free
     Friday, Oct. 31
     Then and Now Lecture: William Robison, "Misers, Lechers, Zealots, and Virgins: The Tudor Kings and Queens on Film (History Goes to the Movies, Episode Eight)," 11 a.m., Pottle Auditorium -- The More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture returns with the usual mix of scholarship, silliness, surprises, and sweets, examining the cinematic portrayal of the Tudor monarchs from the turkey leg-wielding Charles Laughton in The Private Lives of Henry VIII (1933) and the fiery Bette Davis in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) through Showtime's current series, The Tudors, Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth (1998, 2007), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). Costumes are encouraged! (Codpieces and ruffs are welcome; no poison dresses, please.) Free.
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Concert Choir, Women's Chorale to perform Oct. 30
The Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will present "Upon Your Heart," a free concert Thursday, Oct. 30.
     The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 220 Rue Denise in Hammond. The Southeastern choirs are under the direction of Alissa Mecurio Rowe, head of the vocal section of the university's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     The highlight of the concert, Rowe said, will be the Concert Choir's performance of Jeffrey Van's "A procession Winding Around Me," which is set to text from Walt Whitman's Civil War poem, "Drum-Taps."
     The piece will feature classical guitarist David Bryan of Hammond, a music graduate student and member of the university's Guitar Quartet.
     For additional information about the concert, contact Rowe at or 985-549-2334.
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Women-only RAD course to be offered Nov. 21-23
The University Police Department will hold a free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course for local women Nov. 21-23.
     The physical defense course will be held Friday, Nov. 21 from 6-10 p.m. and Nov. 22-23 from 2-6 p.m. Registered participants will be given the class location one-week prior in order to maintain confidentiality and personal safety.
     The class is open to women of all ages interested in learning active defense techniques and other useful safety skills.
     "Athleticism is not required to participate," said Lt. Patrick Gipson, the university police department's community education officer. Gipson said women from ages 12 to older than 65 years have completed the RAD course. "All participants have gained information and useful skills to help them stay safe," he said.
     Space is limited and priority will be given to Southeastern participants, although all women in the community are welcome.
     For more information, email or call Gipson or Officer Scott Huff at 985-549-2222.
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Teacher workshop to focus on World Wars in conjunction with Veteran's Day
In conjunction with Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Southeastern is hosting a workshop to prepare teachers to observe the federal holiday in their classrooms.
     The workshop, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8, is offered through the Teaching American History (TAH) grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Southeastern, the Tangipahoa Parish School System, and other community partners.
     The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 101, and is open to all teachers with priority given to those who teach American and Louisiana history. Lunch will be provided.
     Participants can earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLUs) and a $65 stipend for the workshop, said William Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science and TAH academic coordinator.
     Robison said the workshop will give teachers "innovative teaching methods and technical tricks" for observing Veterans Day. The workshop will feature presentations by Southeastern history and political science faculty.
     History professors Craig Saucier and Harry Laver will present sessions on World War I and World War II and will team up to explain "How to Teach This Stuff." Jennifer Powers of the Louisiana Department of Education and Ann Trappey, TAH project director, will also present "Preparing for World War III: Using Released LEAP Test Questions in the Classroom."
     Pre-registration is required. Participants can register by contacting Trappey at, (985) 748-2443 (phone) or (985) 748-2445 (fax).
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
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 to make a reservation, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
Mark Your Calendars
     Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2-3 p.m. -- CUTL III: Documenting and Analyzing Student Learning
     Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m. -- The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to an online seminar, "Creating a Personalized Learning Environment with Web 2.0 Tools." The senior features higher education presenter Dr. Rhonda Ficek. Join the Center's Gayle Campbell and Pattie Steib as we explore the online tools that are transforming learning environments everywhere.
     Halloween Open House and Porfolio Fair -- Thursday, Oct. 30, anytime from 2-4 p.m., Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and105. Come by, enjoy refreshments, and see what the center offers in the way of equipment and assistance. Sample portfolios will be on display, and experienced faculty will be on hand to answer questions. Come by and pick up tips on presenting your "Best Works" in your portfolio.
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'Managing Across Generations' workshop
The Human Resources Office and the Louisiana Comprehensive Public Training Program are sponsoring a program entitled "Managing Across Generations Thursday, Oct. 30, 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the University Center, room 139.
     The one day class enables participants to identify and understand the characteristics of the four generations in the workforce. It also provides information and strategies for managing across generations, communicating with each generation, identifying motivators for each generation and dealing with conflict across the generations.
     The program is open to all faculty and staff. Pre-registration and supervisory approval is required by the state. Please contact Jan Ortego in the Training Section of the Human Resources Office at extension 5771 or at for registration information.
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Students at American Chemical Society meeting Southeastern students present at Southwest Regional ACS Meeting
The Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics made a strong showing at the 64th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Little Rock, Arkansas, Oct. 1-4. Four faculty members and 10 students made seven research presentations at the meeting.
     Junior chemistry major Jordan Dinser made an oral presentation of her work on the "Reactions of O-Alkylarylhydroximoyl Azides in Electrophilic Media." Her work was performed through the SEAL program at Southeastern and was supervised by Dr. Debra Dolliver.
     Making poster presentations were:
     "SEAL and E-Waste," Patrick Gentry, business major, and "Various Mixtures of DMSO Viscosity," Alexandra Ruibal, physics major. Both worked under the SEAL program with Dr. David Norwood.
     "Monitoring the Effects of Freshwater Diversion from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain through the Bonnet Carre Spillway," Jessica Stricks, biology major, and "Changes in Nutrient Levels in Lake Maurepas Following Hurricane Katrina," Raymond Risley, chemistry major. The students worked with Dr. Phillip Voegel.
     "Effect of Katrina and Human Activities on Distribution of Heavy Metals in the New Orleans Areas and Lake Pontchartrain," Garrett Clement, chemistry major working with Dr. Ju Chou.
     "Synthesis of O-Alkylarylhydroximoyl Azides," Megan Lanier, chemistry major working under the SEAL program with Dr. Dolliver.
     The students attending the meeting also attended graduate school and career workshops given by the American Chemical Society.
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Delta Tau Delta invites campus to Thanksgiving dinner
Delta Tau Delta fraternity will host its annual Thanskgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom. Every year members and their families gather together for an evening of fun, food and fellowship. Members of the Southeastern family including faculty, staff and other students are invited.      Those wishing to attend are asked to email the chapter president at and let the Delts know how many people you will be bringing.
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Southeastern Gamma Beta Phi honors
Southeastern returned from the Gamma Beta Phi Honor and Service Society state convention with several awards. Students were accompanied to the convention at LSU by advisors Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student Activities, and Terry Passman, interim director of Housing.
     Jared Eusea was elected president, while Mindy Doucet, was chosen as vice-president, and Jennifer Worley as secretary treasurer. Thomas was elected for her 21st year as state advisor.
     The Southeastern scrapbook won first in state competition and will now proceed to national competition. The Southeastern chapter was also notified that it has been named a Distinguished Chapter by the National Executive Council. This is the 25th year Southeastern has earned this award, which is the highest award given to a chapter by nationals.
     Southeastern also received approval to host the 2009 conference.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team will host defending Southland Conference champion McNeese State during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (4-4, 1-2 SLC) will welcome the Cowboys for a 6 p.m. contest Saturday in Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern is coming off a 28-21 loss at No. 13 Central Arkansas, while McNeese State fell to Nicholls State, 38-35, on Saturday. Southeastern is encouraging fans to wear white to Saturday's game, in an effort to "white out" the stadium. Saturday's Lions-Cowboys matchup will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (10-5-1, 4-4 SLC) will look to secure a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament this week. The Lady Lions close out the regular season on Sunday, facing Nicholls State at 1 p.m. in Thibodaux. The Lady Lions need to win its regular season finale at Nicholls State and have Sam Houston State lose or tie one of its remaining two matches.
     Southeastern could get in with a loss or tie, depending on Sam Houston State's results. If the Lady Lions and Sam Houston State finish in a tie, the Bearkats will have the tie-breaker advantage by virtue of a 1-0 victory over Southeastern earlier this season and earn the postseason spot. Sam Houston State faces McNeese State and Lamar at home next weekend.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (8-12, 3-7 SLC) will also be back in action this week, opening the week with a 7 p.m. non-conference match at Alcorn State on Monday. On Thursday, Southeastern will travel to face SLC foe Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. The Lady Lions close out the week in Natchitoches on Saturday, facing Northwestern State at 4 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will close out its fall schedule this week. The Lions will head to Kerrville, Texas to compete in the UTSA Roadrunnner Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.
     Monday, Oct. 27
     Volleyball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 7 p.m.
     Men's Golf, at UTSA Roadrunner Invitational, Kerrville, Texas, All Day
     Tuesday, Oct. 28
     Men's Golf, at UTSA Roadrunner Invitational, Kerrville, Texas, All Day
     Thursday, Oct. 30
     Volleyball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m.
     Saturday, Nov. 1
     Football, vs. McNeese State, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Volleyball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 4 p.m.
     Sunday, Nov. 2
     Women's Soccer, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1 p.m.
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Professional activities
Research economist Herb Holloway (Business Research Center) was the guest speaker at the TARC annual meeting in Hammond Oct. 21. His presentation, "Tangi Trends," focused on current trends in the Tangipahoa Parish and north shore economies, with comparative information on the housing collapse facing other regions of the country. On Oct. 24, he was the guest speaker at the Franklinton Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting, where he discussed a Business Research Center study recently completed for the chamber, "Demographic and Business Overview of the Town of Franklinton, Louisiana."
     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts/ Cultural Resource Management) participated in the fall board of director's meeting of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 23-26. Blackwood serves as national director of Fellowships overseeing a committee who annually disseminates over $750,000 in fellowships and awards to students pursuing first year graduate studies. Phi Kappa Phi board membership carries additional committee service as well. The 19th annual Wooden Boat Festival in Madisonville was held Oct. 18-19. Southeastern is the educational partner of the museum with Blackwood serving as coordinator of Southeastern/Museum initiatives. Blackwood serves the festival by organizing the site plan and problem solving.
     Dr. Becky Sue Parton and Dr. Robert Hancock (Educational Leadership and Technology) published "When Physical and Digital Worlds Collide: A Tool for Early Childhood Learners" in TechTrends, September/October 2008.
     Hunter Alessi (Counseling and Human Development) presented "Biofeedback: Applications for Counselors" at the annual conference of the Louisiana Counseling Association in Baton Rouge on Oct. 15.
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented "Battleground Louisiana: Civil War Events and Experiences," a Readings in Literature and Culture program sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Library Association with funding provided by the state of Louisiana. The six-week Tuesday evening reading and discussion course was held in the Galvez Branch of the Ascension Parish Public Library in Prairieville from Sept. 16- Oct. 21.
     Dr. Dawn Wallace (Business Administration), Dr. Josie Walker (Business Administration), Dr. Tara Lopez and Dr. Michael A. Jones (Marketing), and Dr. Rusty Juban (Management) presented a paper titled "Do Word of Mouth and Advertising Messages on Social Networks Influence the Purchasing Behavior of College Students?" at the International Business and Economic Research Conference, Las Vegas, Nev., in October. Also, Dean Randy Settoon, College of Business, Dr. Juban (Management), and Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing) presented "Ten Things Faculty Should Know Before Stepping into Administration." The paper appears in the conference proceedings.
     Drs. Wallace, Walker, Budden and Mrs. Connie Budden (Management) presented a paper titled "Leadership Diversity Among University Presidents: A Look at Where Women and Minorities Stand" at the Teaching and Learning Conference in Las Vegas in October. The paper won a Best Paper Award. Also at the conference, a paper by Dr. Budden, Dr. Robert Cope (Marketing and Finance), and Dr. Yu Hsing (Business Administration) won a Best Paper Award and appeared in the proceedings. The paper is titled "Compensating Faculty for Performance: An Anomaly in an Academic Setting." Mrs. Budden and Ms. Heather Budden of the University of New Orleans also presented their paper, "Management Implications of a Czech National Identity in the European Union," at the conference. The paper appears in the proceedings.
     Dr. David C. Wyld (Management) published his article titled "World of Workcraft: Educating and Training 'Digital Natives'" in the September 2008 issue of The Cutter IT Journal.
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