ByLion -- September 15

Institutional review Sept. 17-19
First home game celebrations
More signing up for alerts
Career Fair 2008 Sept. 24
Community and Business Expo

Fanfare, Columbia tickets on sale
SOT fall calendar
Regents grant workshop
Center for Faculty Excellence news
CUTL on course portfolios
Sign up for PKP Quiz Bowl

'Tangi Night' is tonight
KSLU reschedules 'Guitar Hero'
Sims 'extreme researcher makeover'
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Consultants on campus Sept. 17-19 for institutional review
A national consulting firm will be on campus Sept. 17 - 19 to conduct a comprehensive institutional review of the university.
     As part of their visit, representatives of Keeling & Associates of New York will hold an open forum on Friday (Sept. 19) from 1 - 3 p.m. to solicit public comments on the university. The forum will be held at the Southeastern Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave.
     The review is designed to assist the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors in assessing the overall status of the university. The board is preparing to conduct a national search to fill the position of president, said Hunter Alessi, who is coordinating the team's visit.
     As a practice, the University of Louisiana System conducts an institutional review whenever there is a change in the presidency at one of the system universities. The review provides an in-depth analysis of the status of the institution and a series of recommendations that provide a roadmap for initiatives and potential change for an incoming president.
     Keeling & Associates is a comprehensive higher education consulting firm that provides a wide range of services for colleges, universities and professional organizations in higher education. The firm has been in operation for more than 20 years.
     Former Southeastern President Randy Moffett has been appointed to head the University of Louisiana System, the governing body of eight regional four-year institutions, including Southeastern. Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Crain is serving as interim president.
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First home game debuts stadium renovation, Roomie, band uniforms
(Click on photos for larger images)
Family Day participants socialize
in stadium infield.
Drs. Crain and Moffett cut ribbon
for the new parking garage.
Rainy ribbon-cutting for Strawberry
Stadium renovation ...
Fans enjoy green and gold
sherbert and other goodies.
Miss Southeastern Brandy
Hotard cuts a celebratory cake.
Dr. Crain welcomes patrons of
the Victory Club suites.
The view from the Victory Club
seating area ...
Cheering on the Lions from the
new seating area ...
"Press row" in the new stadium's
new media facility ...
Family of the "real" Roomie --
Hollis Wilson -- honored ...
Roomie's back! The mascot
parades his "new look."
Spirit of the Southland band shows
off new uniforms.
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Malcolm Hollins and Adam WatkinsAdam Watkins of Labadieville, right, SGA director of programs and events, helps his fellow student, Malcolm Hollins a sophomore political science major from Folsom, register for the university's emergency alert system Sept. 10 at the Student Union mall.
More register for emergency alerts
In response to Hurricane Gustav, more students, faculty and staff are registering for the university's emergency alert system.
     While all members of the campus community receive emergency notices via their university e-mail addresses, signing up for the emergency alert system enables participants to also receive cell phone text messages and voice mails.
     Prior to Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Fay, approximately 2,000 Southeastern students, faculty and staff had signed-up for the emergency alert system at The system was activated in February, when Southeastern and other University of Louisiana System institutions partnered with the Baton Rouge company FirstCall.
     As Gustav approached, however, and since the storm's Sept. 1 landfall, the number of registrants has tripled to more than 6,000, said Erin Moore, executive assistant to Interim President John L. Crain. The university used the system several times after the storm to post updates on Southeastern's status.
     The Student Government Association has been encouraging student registration by providing access to laptops and sign up assistance at the Student Union.
     "We have had a lot of people signing-up this week, but some still don't know about the program," said Adam Watkins, SGA director of programs and events. "The SGA hopes students take a minute out of their day to register because it's very important that they stay informed about campus procedures during an emergency."
     To register for the Emergency Alert System, visit the link found on the university's Web site,, or in the "Quick Links" dropdown menu found throughout the web site.
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Students, alumni invited to Sept. 24 Career Fair
All Southeastern students and alumni are invited to attend Career Fair 2008, the Office of Career Services's annual university wide career event.
     Career Fair 2008 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Ave. and General Pershing.
     "Career Fair 2008 is an excellent opportunity for students and alumni to network with representatives of numerous employers, develop job leads, and establish important contacts," said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services. "The information and contacts participants gather significantly improves their chances of securing a career after graduation."
     A list of participating employers and other Career Fair information are available on Career Service's web site,
     To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should dress professionally; bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     They also can attend pre-fair seminars and workshops designed to assist them in preparing for the event.
     On Sept. 16-18, noon-2 p.m., Career Services will offer "ER (Emergency Resume) Clinics," where Career Fair participants can get a quick review of their resumes. The free clinics will be held in Student Union rooms 242 and 243. Students must bring hard copies of their resumes.
     For tips on how to dress professionally and interact effectively with employers at Career Fair, students and alumni can also attend a fashion show and etiquette seminar on Sept. 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     Resume FAQs and samples are also available at For additional information on Career Fair 2008, contact Career Services at (985) 549 2121 or
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Community and Business Expo has a new date
The annual Community and Business Expo has been rescheduled for Oct. 9, 3-8 p.m., at the University Center. The annual expo will feature "A Taste of Hammond" from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 at the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and may be purchased at the door.
Call the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, 985-345-4457 or the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, ext. 3831, for more information.
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Fanfare and Columbia Theatre tickets now on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University's annual October arts festival, and the 2008-09 season of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Patrons can purchase tickets in person at the box office, located in the lobby of the theater at 220 E. Thomas St. or by phone at 985-543-4371. Tickets for events at the Columbia Theatre are available online at
     Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and noon-4 p.m. on Thursday.
     For additional information about all Fanfare and Columbia 2008-09 events, contact the Columbia at 985-543-4366 for a season brochure or visit List of tickets and purchase locations ...
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SOT fall schedule
The Office of Institutional Research & Assessment requests that all faculty, department heads, and deans note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the Fall 2008 semester:
     Term 1 (Aug. 20-Oct. 8): packets delivered to departments, Wednesday, Oct. 1; administration of SOT, Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-8; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Wednesday, Oct. 8.
     Full Term (Aug. 20-Dec. 5): packets delivered to departments, Friday, Nov. 7; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Nov. 10-21; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Nov. 21.
     Term 2 (Oct. 15 - Dec. 5): packets delivered to departments Tuesday, Nov. 25; administration of SOT, Monday-Friday, Dec. 1-5; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, Dec. 5.
     Any questions regarding SOT administration should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
     Faculty who are interested in keeping the SOT Scannable forms from the Summer 2006, Fall 2006 and Spring 2007 semesters should pick them up in the Institutional Research Office. Please note that these are the original bubble forms as completed by students, not the SOT rating summaries or reports.
     As stated in the Student Opinion of Teaching Policy Manual, SOT scan forms will be made available after one year to each faculty member for whom data was collected. However, faculty may obtain only those data forms for which he or she is the instructor of record.
     Faculty who are interested in receiving these data forms should contact Glenda in the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 2077 or These forms must be picked up no later than Sept. 30. Forms that have not been picked up by the faculty members will be shredded.
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Board of Regents grant workshop
The Board of Regents grant workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, in the Student Union Pelican Room (229) and Livingston Room (227). This is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from the Board of Regents to discuss grant ideas and ask questions. For more information on this workshop, contact Margaret Adelmann, ext. 5312 or
     Board of Regents 2008-2009 Eligible Disciplines are:
     Research & Development (RCS) & Industrial Ties (ITRS) Programs: Chemistry; Health & Medical Sciences; Engineering B (Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, etc.); Biological sciences (eligible every year); Computer & Information Sciences (eligible every year); Earth/Environmental Sciences (eligible every year)
     Enhancement Program: Biological Sciences; Computer & Information Sciences; Engineering B (Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, etc.); Humanities; Social Sciences; Multidisciplinary.
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This week at the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information or reservations, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     What's all the fuss about Facebook? Should faculty use Facebook to connect with students? Find out! The Center is assisting with the promotion of an upcoming session sponsored by the Campus Activities Board to introduce faculty to the ins and outs of Facebook, MySpace and other valuable social networking tools. The session, presented by an off-campus team with extensive backgrounds in web business and education theory, will be held in Student Union room 223 on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to as soon as possible!
     Blackboard Intermediate: Communication Tools: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8-9:30 a.m.; Thursday, Sept. 18, 9:30-10:45 a.m. or 2-3:15 p.m. -- The hands-on workshop is an introduction to the communications area of Blackboard. Topics will include how to use email, messages, and the discussion board, and how to post announcements.
     Flip Flop Friday -- Missing those long, lazy days of summer …walks on the beach … reading books by the pool … relaxing with your family and friends … wearing your flip-flops? Well, pull out those flip-flops and walk on over to the Center for Faculty Excellence during the month of September for Flip-Flop Fridays. We'll crank up a little Buffett music, conjure up some "special" margaritas, and give away some free books! We'll even have a special guest each Friday to provide "educational entertainment" while you relax and network with your Southeastern family! Mark your calendars! Margaritas and Buffett begin at 1:30 p.m. and "entertainment" at 2 p.m.
     On Sept. 19 we'll relax with Dr. Jerald Ainsworth, Cindy Collins, and Margaret Adelmann as they provide an introduction to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs.
     On Sept. 26, Erin Moore, Joel Erdmann and members of TEAM Southeastern will provide an introduction to their group and share their mission, goals and plans for getting faculty involved.
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Center offering CUTL on course portfolios
The Center for Faculty Excellence is offering a new Certificate for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) on course portfolios. CUTLs are offered by the center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. This program allows faculty a structured, concentrated way to expand the practice, art and scholarship of teaching and learning. These certificates may be included in your professional portfolio as evidence of your continued professional growth in your commitment for teaching excellence.
     Why Course Portfolios? The portfolios will allow you to explore what is really going on in your classrooms. Is what you want to happen really happening? Teaching requires a lot of intellectual work. Why not make your work visible through a course portfolio?
     The 2008-2009 CUTL will allow participants to create a course portfolio over a series of four workshops led by Southeastern faculty who have attended national training and created their own course portfolios. The workshops will divide the creation of the course portfolio into a four-step process. To create a course portfolio, participants will describe a particular course, gather evidence from the course, reflect on the teaching and learning outcomes, and share portfolios.
     For your convenience the workshops are offered at two different times during the week. (Another set of workshops will be offered in the spring, dates TBA).
You may attend one, two, three, or four sessions. Faculty successfully completing all four steps will receive a CUTL.
     Step 1: Describing Your Course and Its Goals -- Tuesday, Sept., 23, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2-3 p.m.
     Step 2: Describing Your Course Activities -- Tuesday, Oct., 14, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m.
     Step 3: Documenting and Analyzing Student Learning -- Tuesday, Oct. 28, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2-3 p.m.
     Step 4: Sharing and Celebrating Your Work -- Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9-10 a.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m.
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Phi Kappa Phi accepting teams for Homecoming Quiz Bowl
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is inviting faculty and student teams to join in the Homecoming Quiz Bowl competition.
    "We can only accept eight teams, preferably four student and four faculty teams, and we already have one student team signed up," said Quiz Bowl coordinator and PKP secretary Joan Faust. "So get your team members together and join us on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Student Union ballroom."
    She said that once again the prizes will be $100 to the first place faculty and student teams, $50 to second place teams, and consolation prizes to all who participate.
    To obtain a registration form, contact Faust at 392 D Vickers or or visit Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 7, and optional practice session is set for Monday, Oct. 13, at 2-3:30 p.m.
    "We hope you join us for another afternoon of camaraderie and love of learning," Faust said.
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Southeastern hosts 'Tangi Night' Monday
High school students and their parents can get an informal introduction to college as well as valuable information about scholarships, financial aid, and admission requirements at Tangi Night on Monday, Sept. 15.
     Tangi Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Southeastern Louisiana University's Pennington Student Activity Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street.
     Tangi Night will host college and technical program representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, who will be on hand to inform the students about their respective areas of study. Banks and lenders will also be available to offer information on financial aid options.
     For more information on Tangi Night, contact Southeastern Admissions at 1-800-222-7356 or Additional information about Southeastern, including admission requirements and scholarship opportunities, is available at
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KSLU reschedules 'Guitar Hero' challenge Sept. 17-18
KSLU 90.9FM has rescheduled its fourth Guitar Hero Challenge in the Student Union mall on Sept. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Originally scheduled for Sept. 4-5, the event was postponed due to Hurricane Gustav.
     Chad Pierce, KSLU underwriting and development representative, said Southeastern students will have the opportunity to rock while playing the popular Playstation video game to classic Aerosmith tunes.
     KSLU will charge $2 a song with proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
     "Everyone is encouraged to play. There are no age limits," said Pierce. "We've seen students, staff, faculty and visitors rock out on the stage."
     For more information about the Guitar Hero Aerosmith Challenge, contact Pierce at 985-549-2330 or
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Sims hosts 'Extreme Researcher Makeover'
Sims Memorial Library invites university faculty and staff to attend "The Extreme Researcher Makeover: Sims Library Edition" on Sept. 24 or 25 (rescheduled from Sept. 10-11 because of Hurricane Gustav.)
     At the orientation, faculty/staff will learn about "research tools" such as remote access to library resources, subject-specific electronic databases, instruction and distance learning services, reserves and electronic reserves, interlibrary loan, phone, e-mail, chat, text-messaging, and appointment-based reference services.
     Two identical sessions will be offered and light refreshments will be served at each. The sessions will be held in room 252 Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 25, 1-3 p.m. Pre-registration by Sept. 22 is requested but not required. To register, e-mail your name, department, and the session you plan to attend to or call Julie at 549-3962.
     Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact their library faculty liaison -- -- or the Reference Desk at 549-2027 to make arrangements for an individual or departmental orientation session.
     This program is offered by Sims Memorial Library as part of the New Faculty Workshop Series, co-sponsored through the Center for Faculty Excellence.
     Don't miss this opportunity to see what's new at Sims Library! At the orientation, faculty and staff will learn about research tools such as: remote access to library resources; subject-specific electronic databases; instruction and distance learning services; reserves and electronic reserves; interlibrary loan; phone, e-mail, chat, text-messaging, and appointment-based reference services.
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This week in athletics
The football team will take on its second FBS opponent of the season on Saturday, traveling to face Louisiana Tech during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (2-1) and Bulldogs (1-1) will kickoff at 6 p.m. in Ruston in a game that will be televised on ESPN Regional and broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at Southeastern is coming off a thrilling 31-30 victory over South Dakota on Saturday. Louisiana Tech was idle last week, but lost to Kansas, 29-0, in its most recent outing.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (1-3) will return home this week to host Louisiana-Monroe, which it defeated 3-1 on Friday. The Lady Warhawks will visit the University Center on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match. Southeastern will then hit the road to compete in the South Alabama Invitational, opening the tournament versus Jackson State on Friday at 7 p.m. in Mobile, Ala. On Saturday, Southeastern will face host USA on Saturday at 11 a.m.
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (2-0-1) also has three matches scheduled this week. On Tuesday, William Carey comes to town for a 4:30 p.m. match. Southeastern will then head north to face Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday at 7 p.m. and Arkansas State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will be back in action this week, competing in the McLaughlin in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Friday and Saturday. The Lions are led by senior Matthew Carvell, who shot a school-record opening round 60 on the way to medalist honors at last week's Scenic City Intercollegiate.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team will also open its fall schedule this week. The Lions will travel to Lafayette to participate in the Ragin' Cajun Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday.
     For ticket information on all Southeastern Athletic events, contact the Lion Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX.
     Tuesday, Sept. 16
     Volleyball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Soccer, vs. William Carey, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
     Friday, Sept. 19
     Volleyball, vs. Jackson State (USA Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 7 p.m.
     Women's Soccer, at Arkansas-Little Rock, Little Rock, Ark., 7 p.m.
     Men's Golf, at The McLaughlin, Farmingdale, N.Y., All Day
     Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
     Saturday, Sept. 20
     Football, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 6 p.m. (ESPN Regional) (KSLU 90,9 FM)
     Volleyball, at South Alabama (USA Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 11 a.m.
     Men's Golf, at The McLaughlin, Farmingdale, N.Y., All Day
     Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
     Sunday, Sept. 21
     Women's Soccer, at Arkansas State, Jonesboro, Ark., 1 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, at ULL Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
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Professional activities
Southeastern and the Department of Biological Sciences was one of the best-represented universities at the 2008 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. David Sever and his colleagues and students gave numerous presentations, including "Sperm storage in the female Mediterranean gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus: Implications for reproductive competition with H. frenatus in the southeastern United States?" with graduate student Mallory Eckstut; "On the absence of a plethodontid from the northern Great Plains of Manitoba, with our comments on the description of a new species, Plethodon prairiensis, sp. nov." with colleague Chris Beachy; "Spermatid ultrastructural changes during spermiogenesis within the western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorous leucostoma)" with colleague Kevin Gribbins, graduate student Justin Rheubert, and former graduate student Dustin Siegel; "Reproductive Biology of Agkistrodon piscivorous," also with Siegel, Gribbins and Rheubert; and "Adhesive glands in Gastrophryne carolinensis" with graduate student Ryan Chabarria and former graduate students Tiffany Schriever and Dustin Siegel. Dr. Clifford Fontenot and Dr. Brian Crother co-authored a paper entitled "Scaling in Snakes, and Damuth's Energetic Equivalence Rule: Snakes Don't Follow it." Their former graduate student Tiffany Schriever presented her Southeastern thesis work, "Effects of hurricane disturbances on herpetofaunal communities in Southeastern Louisiana." Dr. Crother and Dr. Mary White co-authored three presentations: "A re-examination of relationships among the palm pit-vipers (Genus Bothriechis)" with undergraduate student Jacob Keeling; "Phylogeography of Necturus beyeri (Amphibia: Proteidae)" with graduate student Ryan Chabarria and three colleagues; and "Do snakes have predetermined germ cells?" Dr. Crother also gave a presentation entitled, "On the SSAR names list." Dr. Kyle Piller and his lab gave a number of presentations including "Phylogeography, biogeography, and species boundaries within the Brook Silverside (Atherinopsidae: Labidesthes sicculus) with former graduate student Devin Bloom; and "Systematics of the enigmatic Middle American genus Vieja (Teleostomi: Cichlidae) with graduate students Caleb McMahon and Aaron Geheber. Dr. Piller's graduate student Caleb McMahon gave a presentation entitled "Phylogeography of the mountain mullet (Agnostomus monticol: Muglidae), his graduate student Aaron Geheber gave the presentation, "Fish community persistence and stability in the Pearl River: A contemporary study," and his graduate student Carys Kenway presented "Phylogeography of the imperiled Redtail Splitfin (Xenotoca eiseni) in Mexico: Implications for taxonomy and conservation."
     Dr. Pierre Titard and Mr. James DeFranceschi (Accounting) presented a continuing professional education workshop "Improving Critical Thinking through a Management Accounting Simulation" at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association on August 3 in Anaheim, Calif.
     Dr. David C. Wyld (Management) published two articles for the most recent issue of ID World -- "The Implant Solution: Why RFID is the Answer in the Highly Unique Orthopedic Supply Chain, Providing ROI for Suppliers and Assurance for Patients and Their Surgeons" and "Identifying Technology for Securing Newborns: RFID is Proving Invaluable in Safeguarding Babies and Reassuring Moms in Today's Hospital Environments."
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