Fall 2008 enrollment up, ACT scores continue to increase
Fall enrollment increased more than three percent over last year, while composite ACT scores of entering freshmen reflects a19 percent increase in the number of new students who have ACT scores of 24. The number of students with ACT scores of 24 and above - those considered highly qualified - increased from 535 students last year to 634 this year.
The total head count at Southeastern numbered 15,224, which included a new freshmen enrollment of 3,320. The average ACT composite score for new freshmen also increased again, rising to 21.4. Southeastern's average ACT score exceeds averages for both the state (20.3) and the nation (21.1) by an even greater margin this year.
"We are pleased our enrollment continues to be strong, even after increasing admission standards and despite declining numbers of high school graduates in Louisiana," said Interim President John L. Crain. "What is even more encouraging is the increasing ACT scores among our new freshmen. High school students are getting the message that in order to succeed at a university, they need to be well prepared academically, especially in the areas of math and English.
"We have seen our freshman ACT scores increase steadily since we began to implement admission standards in 2000," Crain added. "This is an important factor that impacts the success and eventual graduation of college students."
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Fanfare opens with art
Victory Club Tour Wednesday
At our first home football game we opened and dedicated the new Victory Club and Suites in Strawberry Stadium. As a result of Hurricane Gustav, construction was not completed until just prior to the game. Now that the project is complete, faculty and staff are invited to tour the facility on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Please enter through the elevator lobby on the first floor of the parking garage where you will be directed to the fifth floor Victory Club and Suites.
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Southeastern study eyes commercial potential of north shore
North shore businesses have the potential to significantly expand retail opportunities by capturing dollars being spent by residents outside the immediate area, a just-released study indicates.
The study, conducted by the Southeast Louisiana Business Center (SLBC), found that north shore businesses pull in additional retail dollars from outside the region only in the areas of "Gasoline Stations" and "General Merchandise Stores," while three sectors -- "Foodservice and Drinking Places," "Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers," and "Electronics and Appliance Stores" -- are essentially meeting area residents demands, but not drawing significant numbers of outside customers.
The eight remaining sectors "represent possible opportunities for new business or expansions of existing ones, if those businesses are able to capture the expenditures that north shore consumers are now spending outside the area," the student found.
Available online, the study, unveiled Thursday (Sept. 25) at the Northshore Business Conference in Slidell, should be a useful decision-making tool for business owners looking to locate or expand on the north shore, said Herb Holloway, research economist in the SLBC's Business Research Center.
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Southeastern welcomes partnership with French university
Southeastern recently received a visit from officials of the Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci in France as part of a week-long tour of the University of Louisiana System campuses celebrating a new study abroad partnership. UL System President Randy Moffett signed the partnership agreement that will allow students to attend college abroad for the same tuition they pay at home. The partnership incorporates all eight UL System institutions and includes students in business, engineering, technology, computer science, and visual arts. Pictured are, from left, Southeastern Interim President John L. Crain, Leonard de Vinci Director General Adjoint Philippe Dubost, and UL System Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs Brad O'Hara.
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Former tobacco scientist to discuss addiction and industry secrets Sept. 30
Former Philip Morris research scientist Victor DeNoble will lecture Sept. 30 at Southeastern on the effects of tobacco on the brain as well as his personal experiences as an anti-tobacco activist.
DeNoble, who spoke earlier on Monday on "Addiction and the Brain," will present "Journey from Scientist to Whistle Blower" at 6 p.m. The lecture, hosted by the University Counseling Center and sponsored by a grant from the Louisiana Tobacco-Free Living College Initiative, is free and open to the public.
In his first interactive presentation, DeNoble will discuss biological explanations for addiction as well as how different addictive substances like alcohol and nicotine affect the brain. In his second lecture, he will talk about his personal journey from scientist to activist, including the ethical challenges he faced as a researcher for the international tobacco company Philip Morris.
As a scientist for Philip Morris, DeNoble was asked to develop a "safer" cigarette with the same addiction levels as regular cigarettes. He found he could remove toxins that increase the adverse side effects of tobacco, such as lung cancer and heart disease, while maintaining the addictive properties.
Although his research was successful, Philip Morris fired DeNoble because of the sensitive nature of what his studies revealed about nicotine addiction. After he maintained his silence for more than a decade, the U.S. Congress released DeNoble from his confidentiality agreement with Philip Morris.
Since 1994, DeNoble has played an active role in tobacco awareness and has testified before the Food and Drug Administration, informing the public about tobacco side effects and industry secrets. He has been featured on investigative TV shows such as "60 Minutes" and "Dateline NBC."
DeNoble received his doctorate in experimental psychology from Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and held postdoctoral fellowships from the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the University of Minnesota. He was employed by the Behavioral Research Department of Philip Morris from 1980-1984. His life story is currently being made into movie.
For additional information, contact the University Counseling Center at 985-549-3894.
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Gamma Beta Phi sponsors voter registration Monday, blood drive Oct. 6-8
Gamma Beta Phi is sponsoring a voter registration drive on Monday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the north end of the Student Union mall.
Gamma Beta Phi will also sponsor its annual blood drive through the Southeast Blood Center Oct. 6-8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom.
GBP hopes faculty, staff and students will help Gamma Beta Phi meet their goal of 20 pints a day.
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Flu vaccines available
The University Health Center has begun its annual flu vaccine program. Vaccines will be administered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Health Center on Monday, Sept. 29, Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 3.
The cost is $20. Students, faculty and staff can pay at the controller's office or by Lagniappe card at the Health Center.
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Cast announced for 'Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration'
From their first hit song in 1925 through their final show-stopper in 1943, the prolific songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart continually redefined musical theater and film scores with their wit, freshness, sophistication and intelligence. The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will celebrate their legendary musical partnership in "Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration," Oct. 14-17.
Curtain is 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Tickets -- $14 adults; $10, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non-Southeastern students - are available at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts box office, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond (985-543-4371), and at the door one hour prior to performance time. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D.
The fast-paced musical review, the workshop's contribution to Fanfare 2008, will feature 10 Southeastern vocalists, who will highlight the variety and vigor of Rodgers and Hart classics such as "My Funny Valentine," " Ten Cents a Dance," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Manhattan," and " With a Song in My Heart."
The Rodgers and Harts classics will be performed by Cassandra Arnold of Bedico, Clay Donaldson of Gonzales, Dustin Johnson of Covington, William Musso of Independence, Kayla Louis and Bridget Lyons of Ponchatoula, Colby McCurdy and Brandon Wear of Slidell, and Jane Rownd and Maggie Rownd of Hammond.
"Rodgers and Hart: A Celebration" will be directed by theater instructor Chad Winters of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts with Alison Mariman as assistant director and choreographer. In addition to Effler and Schepker, the production crew also includes Richard Walsh, costume design, and Ellen Sovkoplas, lighting design.
For additional information, contact Effler at 985-549-2249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Homecoming 2008 -- Southeastern Sitcoms
Southeastern is celebrating Homecoming with a week of spirited activities, Oct. 13-19. Homecoming Day, Oct. 18, will feature time honored favorites such as tailgating in Friendship Circle, a spirit-filled parade, a wide variety of reunions, and football action in a bigger and better Strawberry Stadium. Meanwhile, the Homecoming Week schedule -- which students will celebrate with a theme of "Southeastern Sitcoms" -- will encompass a ton of fun events from Gumbo Ya Ya and the Homecoming bonfire to the FE-Lions' annual luncheon and the Alumni Awards Evening's reveal of the 2008 Alumnus of the Year.
To see the complete schedule of events and reunions, visit www.selu.edu/homecoming.
Faculty, staff and students -- as well as "little Lions" -- can get in the Homecoming spirit by participate in a variety of cooking and decorating contests:
Decorate your tailgate ... Let your creativity 'roar' -- Tailgaters are being invited to let their decorating flair "roar" at Homecoming, Oct. 18.
There is no charge for tailgating groups in Friendship Circle to enter the "Decorate Your Tailgate" contest. Participants can give a "Lion twist" to this year's Homecoming theme, "Southeastern Sitcoms," or create decorations inspired by the university's green and gold colors.
Judging will take place from noon until the 2 p.m. Homecoming parade. A Sweepstakes Winner and prize for Most Creative Décor will be announced during the 6 p.m. Lions vs. Northwestern State football game in Strawberry Stadium.
For more information, call 985-549-5861.
Homecoming Door Decorating Contest ... a Homecoming favorite -- The Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Dream Team, is sponsoring the annual Homecoming Door Decorating Contest, a traditional favorite of faculty and staff. Offices across campus are invited to compete to see who can best carry out the Homecoming 2008 theme, "Southeastern Sitcoms."
A registration form, complete with guidelines, can be obtained from the Dream Team at 549-2233 or Student Union room 110.
First, second and third prizes, compliments of the Alumni Association, will be awarded in the form of catering gift certificates from Aramark in $100, $75 and $50 denominations for the winning department.
The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Doors must be completed by noon on Monday, Oct. 13, and must remain in place throughout Homecoming Week, Oct. 13-18. Winners will be announced at Gumbo Ya Ya on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Couch Potato Cook-off Faculty/staff celebrate Homecoming -- All Southeastern faculty and staff are invited to participate in the "Couch Potato Cook-off" contest being sponsored by the Alumni Association as a part of Homecoming 2008 festivities.
The cook-off will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Center. Participants should submit their best tailgate food item (snack or sweet) to the Alumni Center for judging by 4:45 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to winners in both the snack and sweet categories. Participants should consider the 2008 Homecoming Theme, "Southeastern Sitcoms," when planning their entry.
To enter your dish, please email Amanda Robbins at Amanda.Robbins@selu.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 8. Please include the following information in your email: Name, name of the food entry, category of the entry (snack or sweet) and the department you are representing.
Children's Homecoming Decorating Contest Floats and Fun -- Southeastern Alumni Center is sponsoring a decorating competition for children ages 6-13 to celebrate Homecoming 2008. Children can show off their talents by decorating a shoebox "float" using this year's Homecoming Theme, "Southeastern Sitcoms."
Prizes will be awarded within each age category (6-7 year old, 8-9 year olds, and 10-13 year olds). Entry forms can be picked up from Amanda Robbins at the University Housing Office located in Pride Hall.
"Floats" and entry forms should be brought to the Southeastern Alumni Center on or before Monday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
All "little Lions" are encouraged to participate! Have fun with your float and your favorite television characters. For more information, please email Amanda Robbins at Amanda.Robbins@selu.edu.
Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Quiz Bowl ... another kind of athletic contest -- 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 email@example.com or visit www.selu.edu/phikappaphi. 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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Channel to debut After the Gold Rush tonight
Like the 1850s when prospectors stampeded to California seeking gold, the north shore experienced a "gold rush" of sorts when Hurricane Katrina pushed thousands of south shore residents across Lake Pontchartrain in search of new homes and businesses.
Three years later, the post-storm construction and real estate booms have leveled off, leaving in their wake a number of critical issues that continue to affect the north shore's economic development.
The issues are explored in After the Gold Rush, a special edition of Northshore Business which will debut Monday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. on the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University's educational cable access channel on Charter Cable Channel 18.
The 30-minute show is a follow-up to the award-winning 2007 special "Ten Years in One Day," which illustrated how Katrina propelled forward north shore population growth, real estate, construction, new business, and sales and property taxes roughly "ten years in one day."
"'After the Gold Rush' provides a clear look at the current state of the north shore economy and the future of economic development in this region," said Rick Settoon, the show's executive producer and general manager of the Southeastern Channel. "We're seeing a new set of dynamics taking place, and this program pinpoints where the north shore is right now."
Settoon said the program describes how the region is returning to some of the problems that existed pre-Katrina and presents north shore economic development in context with what is happening in other parts of the state and country.
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This week in the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information or reservations, contact the center, ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Engaging Students in the Classroom, Friday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.: Getting engaged requires a lot of "give" and "take." If you "give" us a little of your time, you can "take" away some wonderful tips at the upcoming engagement workshop, "Resources for Engaging Students in the Classroom," presented by Dr. Debbie Johnson, associate professor of Family and Consumer Sciences. She will discuss a variety of resources and activities for engaging students and promoting active learning in the classroom. Web sites that can be utilized to develop activities for involving students in the learning process will also be shared.
Debbie is a member of one of the center's engagement teams - "Pedagogies of Engagement: Exploring techniques to engage even the most passive students." Along with team member James Lovitt of Sims Memorial Library, she attended the Teaching Professor conference last May and gathered some wonderful information to share with her colleagues. Debbie and James will continue to share tips, ideas, and activities throughout the year via workshops, emails, and newsletters. A light lunch will be served. Please call the center (ext. 5791) to reserve your spot.
Mark Your Calendar and Make Your Reservation
Lyceum Lights, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks: The special Homecoming session will recognize the 2008 Recipients of the President's Awards for Excellence -- Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Community Music School, Excellence in Artistic Activity; Dr. Jeffrey Wiemelt, Associate Professor of English, Excellence in Teaching; Dr. Sanichiro Yoshida, Associate Professor of Physics, Excellence in Research; Dr. Bonnie Lewis, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center, Excellence in Faculty Service; Mrs. Angelique McIntyre, Computer Support Specialist Computer Help Desk, Basic Computing Services Department, Excellence in Unclassified Staff Service.
Lunch will be chicken with creamy mustard sauce, tossed salad, oven baked potatoes, vegetable medley and Italian cream cake. The $5 lunch charge can be paid at the door. Please RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, Oct. 10.
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 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.
Call for Proposals -- 2008-09 Enhancement Grants
All full-time university faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply for Enhancement Grants.
A complete application must include a cover page faxed to the center at 5792 and an online application form (see "Forms" below). Complete applications must be received by midnight, Oct. 3.
Grants for Teaching Enhancement: The center solicits proposals to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and student learning in a new or existing course. Funds are available for projects and activities contributing to the advancement of teaching and learning. Proposed projects may promote service-learning, link community engagement and civic responsibility to the classroom, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty student research and interaction, and create K-12 and business partnerships for learning. Proposals are limited to a maximum of $500. Funds are for the current fiscal year and must be spent/encumbered by April 15, 2009. These funds may not be used for certifications, reassign time, travel for presentations or to increase faculty salaries.
Grants for Professional Enhancement: These grants will provide funding for projects and activities contributing to the evolution of the individual faculty member. The program provides grants up to a maximum of $500 for developing the professional competencies needed to enhance your productivity and effectiveness as a scholar and teacher. Faculty may request funds for training materials and/or participation in workshops on teaching, student learning, writing for publication, faculty mentoring, course design, etc. Funds are for the current fiscal year and must be spent/encumbered by April 15, 2009. These funds may not be used for certifications, reassign time, travel for presentations or to increase faculty salaries.
Forms: Enhancement Grant cover page (http://tinyurl.com/CFEgrants-cover); Teaching Enhancement Grant application (http://tinyurl.com/CFEgrants-TE); Professional Enhancement Grant application (http://tinyurl.com/CFEgrants-PE)
Reporting procedures: In accepting an Enhancement Grant, recipients agree to submit to the Center for Faculty Excellence a brief written report within one year after the funded activity. The report should describe the impact of the activity/experience on enhancing teaching. The purpose of this report is to validate the effectiveness of the grant program and to build documentation in support of continued funding for the program. Faculty who do not submit annual reports will not be eligible for future center grants. Grant recipients will also be expected to participate in the Center's Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity designed to highlight the projects and disseminate the results to other Southeastern faculty.
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Reservations being taken for Alumni Association March 2009 Italy trip
Alumni and friends can register now for a 12-day trip to Italy in March 2009.
Participants in the March 13-24 trip, sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association, will fly from New Orleans to Rome and also visit the Italian cities of Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena, Florence, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, and Assisi.
"We are looking forward to our fourth and most exciting trip yet," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "We will spend 12 days in Italy experiencing some of the most historical, beautiful and romantic cities in the world."
Highlights of the trip include visits to St. Peter's Square, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michaelangelo's "David," and St. Francis' Basilica.
For reservations and additional information, contact Jo Ann Spangler Bowman at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Baton Rouge, 1-800-264-4044. Reservations are due by Oct. 15.
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Four inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
Southeastern enshrined four members into its Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of the Lions' Sept. 27 game against Division I newcomer North Dakota. Shown with Interim President John Crain, far right, and Athletic Director Joel Erdmann, far left, are, from left, Deneka Knowles (Women's Basketball), Wayne Booker (Men's Basketball), Angie Antonelli (Football), and former head track and field coach Larry Crow (Distinguished Service).The new inductees increase the Hall of Fame enrollment to 115 members.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern football and women's soccer teams both open Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (3-2) will head to Nacogdoches, Texas, for a 6 p.m. contest at Stephen F. Austin (1-3) on Saturday. Southeastern posted its most impressive win of the season on Saturday, as the Lions outlasted previously unbeaten North Dakota, 38-35. SFA led No. 20 South Dakota State, 34-6, early in the third quarter, but the Jackrabbits roared back to hand the Lumberjacks a 50-48 loss.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. The Lions defeated SFA, 21-3, last season in the SLC opener for both teams.
The Southeastern women's soccer team (6-1-1) will open its league slate at home this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions welcome defending SLC Tournament champion Stephen F. Austin to town for a 4:30 p.m. contest. Southeastern caps the week with a 1 p.m. contest versus league foe Sam Houston State on Sunday at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.
The Lady Lion volleyball team (4-5, 0-1 SLC) will also host a pair of league matches this week. Before the Lady Lions return to SLC action, they will head to Shreveport for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference match at Centenary on Tuesday. Northwestern State visits the University Center on Friday at 7 p.m. Southeastern closes the week's play with a 3 p.m. match versus Central Arkansas on Saturday.
The Southeastern men's and women's cross country teams will attempt to build on their strong performance at last week's LSU CC Festival. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Baton Rouge again on Saturday to compete in the Tiger Invitational.
Fresh off a team title at the McLaughlin, the Southeastern men's golf team will continue its fall season this week. The Lions will head to Richmond, Va. to compete in the VCU Shootout on Monday and Tuesday.
Monday, Sept. 29
Men's Golf, at VCU Shootout, Richmond, Va., All day
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Volleyball, at Centenary, Shreveport, 5:30 p.m.
Men's Golf, at VCU Shootout, Richmond, Va., All day
Friday, Oct. 3
Women's Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4
Football, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 4:30 p.m.
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Tiger Invitational, Baton Rouge, All day
Sunday, Oct. 5
Women's Soccer, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
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Profs host six-week series on Elizabeth I at Covington library
Two Southeastern professors are hosting a six-week series of readings and discussions about the life and times of Elizabeth I of England.
Offered as part of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) series and cosponsored by the Louisiana Library Association, the programs will be held at the St. Tammany Parish Library Covington branch, 310 W. 21st Ave., on Wednesdays, Oct. 15-Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
"'Elizabeth I of England and Her Times' will offer area residents the opportunity to look into this turbulent world that included Elizabeth's willfulness and Mary Stuart's intrigues, Protestant England's clash with and victory over powerful Catholic Spain, economic change at home and exploration abroad, and the dazzling era of Shakespeare," said Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science, who will be joined by his colleague Eva Gold, professor of English.
The six sessions are "The Tudors, the Reformation, and Young Elizabeth"; "A Woman Monarch in the Age of the Renaissance Man"; "The Gathering Storm: Queen of Scots and King of Spain"; "The Armada and the Anglo-Spanish War"; "Elizabethan Society"; and "London, Shakespeare, and the Passing of the Age."
Along with samples of period art, literature and music, text to be used in the program are "The Life of Elizabeth I" by Alison Weir, "The Armada" by Garrett Mattingly, "Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London" by Liza Picard, and "Shakespeare Alive!," edited by Joseph Papp and Elizabeth Kirkland.
The Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) series of programs for the adults in public libraries is LEH's longest running program. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, call 985-893-6280, ext. 106.
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Yoshida named an 'innovator of the year'
Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics, was recognized Sept. 26 by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the areas 50 Innovators of the Year.
He accepted the award from publisher Mark Singletary (at left) at a special luncheon held in New Orleans.
Yoshida was recognized for his development of a method of using laser interferometry to detect weaknesses in structural materials ranging from the heaviest of steel girders to the microscopic elements of nanotechnology. His deformation prediction instrument which uses laser light waves to measure displacements in materials and predict their weak points was granted a patent last year, the first to be awarded to Southeastern through one of its faculty. A second patent on a related area of study is now under consideration.
A member of the scientific team at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observator) in Livingston, Yoshida was named this years recipient of Southeasterns Presidents Award for Excellence in Research, one of the highest honors the university bestows on members of its faculty.
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Ron Abel (Upward Bound/Math Science Upward Bound) and Kimberly Caruso (Math Science Upward Bound) recently participated in a panel presentation for the Louis Stokes Institute for Opportunity in STEM Education at the Council for Opportunity in Education's Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on Sept. 19. Southeastern's Math Science Upward Bound project was part of a field study that looked at federal projects whose participants attend four-year colleges at higher-than-expected rates. Southeastern's project was selected for inclusion in the study because it ranked in the top five of 120 projects in outcome measures related to college enrollment and completion. The study was the focus of the presentation which also included staff from Marquette University. The study can be viewed online at http://www.coenet.us/files/files-UBMS_Report_May_2008.pdf.
Dr. Irene Nero (Visual Arts) is chairing a session titled "Architecture as Identity or Narrative" at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) in New Orleans, Sept. 24-27.
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) served as the commentator for a session on "Stuart Affairs of State, Political and Religious Intersections in 17th Century Britain" at the Western Conference on British Studies in San Antonio, Sept. 18-19.
Dr. Cliff Fontenot (Biology) has published articles in the journal Vision Research, "Variation in Pupil Diameter in North American Gartersnakes (Thamnophis) is Regulated by Immersion in Water, Not by Light Intensity," and (with R.A. Seigel of Towson University) in the journal Copeia, "Sexual Dimorphism in the Three-Toed Amphiuma, Amphiuma tridactylum: Sexual Selection or Ecological Causes?"
Harry Laver (History and Political Science) recently published The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, a volume co-edited with Jeffrey Matthews of the University of Puget Sound-WA, and offered by the University Press of Kentucky.
Dr. Tim Gautreaux's (Writer in residence) two collections of short stories, Same Place, Same Things and Welding with Children will be republished in a new format by St. Martin's Press/Picador early next year.
Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) is co-author of an article published in the May issue of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency entitled, "Clearing Murders: Is It About Time" with Wendy C. Regoeczi of Cleveland State University and John Jarvis of the FBI.
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