ByLion -- September 8

Academic calendar adjusted
Gustav's unwelcome visit
New degrees approved
Apply to graduate by Sept. 15

Follow Roomie's makeover
Interim appointments okayed
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Earn CUTL for course portfolios
Recycling at Southeastern
Center publishes journal
Non-credit courses
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Southeastern adjusts academic calendar to make up days lost to Gustav
Southeastern will make up lost class time due to Hurricane Gustav by eliminating a planned two-day fall break in October and modifying class assignment schedules.
     The original academic calendar called for a fall break Oct. 2-3.
     The university had to cancel classes this week due to Gustav. Classes are now scheduled to resume at the Hammond campus and all off-site locations beginning Monday, Sept. 8.
     "We realize that many of our students and faculty were looking forward to a fall break this year, but this plan is the most logical and least problematic solution for making up these canceled class days," said Interim President John L. Crain.
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Interim President Crain is interviewed by KSLU GM Todd Delaney One of many two-a-day meetings at Pride Hall
Students hunker down at the UC Aramark's Joseph Bruno cooks up redbeans
Horticulture crew Paul and Lynn clean up storm damage Dewey trims damaged limbs
Housing's Jolanda Taylor, Amanda Robbins, Terry Passman and Bevan McCartney The UPD office in Pride Hall was a hub of activity
Hurricane Gustav's unwelcome visit
Hurricane Gustav's unwelcome visit caused minor damage at Southeastern, slashing down trees and branches and dinging some roofs. Before and after the storm, the administrative team (top right) got together to take action or assess progress toward getting Southeastern back up and running quickly. With many areas out of power, Interim President John Crain (top left) helped get the university's messages out via radio, visiting KSLU and Hammond's Northshore Broadcasting stations. Residential students who were unable to return home prior to the storm were sheltered in the University Center (second row, left), where they were well cared for by Student Affairs, Housing (bottom, left) and University Center staff. Food Services and Aramark personnel (second row, right) saw that those who had to stay during the storm and work in its aftermath were well fed. As soon as the winds and rain abated, the university grounds crews were out clearing up debris and trimming damaged trees and branches. Throughout the storm, Pride Hall, headquarters of the University Police (bottom, right), served as Southeastern's Gustav "command central." The university provided regular updates via the media, the Southeastern Web site and through FirstCall text and e-mail messages.
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Regents approves three new degree programs
The Louisiana Board of Regents on Aug. 27 approved Southeastern's proposals to create three new degree programs designed to address area workforce needs.
     Receiving final approval were bachelor of science degrees in engineering technology and supply chain management as well as the addition of a clinical option in radiologic technology.
     Four concentrations will be available in the engineering technology program: industrial engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and construction engineering. The programs in mechanical engineering and computer engineering will be the only concentrations of their kind offered in the state.
     The supply chain management degree would be the first of its kind in the state. The program will prepare professionals in both management and logistical functions as they relate to the distribution and supply chain industry.
     The radiologic technology clinical option will be offered through Southeastern's health studies degree program. It will be available to students who have already completed a diploma or associate degree program and who hold basic certification. The new program will provide these students the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree while pursuing clinical training in computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
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Sept. 15 is final day to apply for fall 2008 graduation
Sept. 15 is the final day that students can apply to graduate in fall 2008. The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, master's and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LEOnet campus accounts and choosing the 'Apply for Graduation' option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link ("Graduation Information - Apply for Graduation") at or by calling Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066/62.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
     Fall commencement exercises are scheduled for December 13 at the University Center.
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Roomie getting 'mane-to-tail' makeover
Roomie, Southeastern's lion mascot, will "make a comeback" at the Lions first home football game on Sept. 13. After waving goodbye at Strawberry Jam last month, Roomie embarked on a major self-improvement project, christened "Roomie Returns." When the mascot's complete "mane-to-tail" makeover is complete, fans will see that the "Beast is Back."
      Roomie's task of "beasting up" began with a pep talk from head coaches Lori Davis Jones (women's basketball) and Mike Lucas (football.) The coaches sent him over to get in shape at the Pennington Center, then he hit the bookstore for new attire and, finally, Paris Parker in downtown Hammond for some much needed TLC and grooming.
     Follow the progress of the "Roomie Returns" campaign on the Southeastern Channel's "Southeastern Update" at and don't miss the first opportunity to view our new and improved Roomie when the Lions take on South Dakota Saturday (Sept. 13) at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.

Lori Davis Jones and Mike Lucas give Roomie a pep talk Roomie works out at the Pennington

Coach Williams gives Roomie some encouragement and pointers Bookstore's Becky Clement fits Roomie with some new clothes Roomie gets a new "do" at Paris Parker

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ULS board approves interim positions
The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on Aug. 29 named Tammy Bourg as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern.
     Bourg previously was dean of Southeastern's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
     The ULS board also named Bryan DePoy as interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He has been assistant dean of the college since 2006.
     A native of Dulac, La., Bourg came to Southeastern as dean in 2003 from California State University - Sacramento, where she was chair of the psychology department and a developmental psychology professor. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of New Orleans and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston. She is a member of the American Association for Higher Education and the American Psychological Society.
     DePoy has been a member of the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts faculty since 1999, also serving as the department's graduate coordinator. A professor of trumpet, he holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of New Mexico and a Doctorate in Music Performance from Florida State University.
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This week at the Center for Faculty Excellence
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
     Blackboard Intermediate: Assessments -- Wednesday, Sept. 10, 8-9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 11, 9:30-10:45 a.m. or 2- 3:15 p.m. The hands-on workshop will be an introduction to the assessments area of Blackboard. Topics will include using the Pool Manager, creating a test and adding it to a course, and using the survey manager.
     Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion -- Thursday, Sept. 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Stimulating discussion on issues of science and religion, spearheaded by Dr. Matt Rossano, head of the Department of Psychology. All faculty, staff and students are invited. Bring your lunch and a friend. Drinks and cookies will be provided!
     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. The first event is Sept. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. 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. 12, we'll relax with representatives from the University Counseling Center, Judicial Affairs and the University Police Department as they provide tips for recognizing and addressing students in crisis.
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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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Ben TaylorSoutheastern initiates recycling program, appoints coordinator
At Southeastern, "Go Green" is not just another way to cheer "Go team!"
     Like many other colleges and universities, the university is moving forward with a recycling program designed to cover everything from waste paper and plastic containers to used cooking oil and scrap metal.
     "Recycling of waste materials is not only cost effective, it is also the right thing to do," said Interim President John L. Crain. "With the growing concerns about waste stream management and impacts on the environment, recycling is a logical first step to reducing waste generated on campus. We want to serve as a model and demonstrate for other agencies and communities how recycling can be cost effective and efficient.
     "A university campus is a small city that combines a wide variety of operations, including food services, retail operations, vehicle maintenance and landscape operations," he added. "The potential for recycling opportunities is wide and diverse."
     Crain believes Southeastern students, as well as faculty and staff, will enthusiastically support recycling initiatives as they are developed and implemented. He said the program also offers students and faculty the potential to create a number of service-learning opportunities, in which students can gain academic credit by participating in community service activities that supplement academic course work.
      Last year, the Southeastern Faculty Senate adopted a resolution encouraging the university to take an active role in fostering recycling efforts.
     As an initial step, Southeastern has appointed Hammond resident Benjamin A. Taylor to fill the newly created position of recycling coordinator.
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Keith Finley and Sam HydeCenter for Southeast Louisiana Studies publishes new journal
The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies has published Southeast Louisiana Review, a new annual journal highlighting regional history and culture.
     Journal editor Samuel C. Hyde Jr., director of the center and Southeastern's Ford Family Chair in Regional Studies, said it will provide opportunities for scholars to publish articles highlighting regional history and culture and for the general public "to publish and enjoy reading about topics dear to their own hearts."
     The inaugural edition includes a scholarly article by King Robinson, a recent graduate of Southeastern's master's degree program in history, on Spanish Governor Bernardo de Galvez's military operations to "liberate" the Florida Parishes from British control; the late Judge Leon Ford's reflections on Hammond's post-Hurricane Betsy days as the southern terminus of the Illinois Central Railroad, and "a rather spooky short story, based on historical fact, detailing the strange happenings on a road in northern Tangipahoa Parish" by Roseland resident Emma Davoll.
     The new publication will be the official journal of the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association. SELAHA dues are $20 annually. Individual copies of each edition can also be purchased through the center for $10.
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Continuing Ed sponsors non-credit courses
The Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities will offer a variety of non-credit classes for area residents this fall.
     The courses will be taught by Southeastern faculty and other qualified professionals with expertise in guitar, piano, financial strategies for retirement, water aerobics, basic motorcycle training, stress reduction and preparation for the Louisiana Notarial Review, ACT and LSAT.
     Participants may register online at or obtain forms from the Continuing Education and Special Activities, University Center, room 103.
     Persons over 60 will receive a 15 percent discount and alumni with an active Alumni Association membership card will be given a 10 percent discount.
Non-credit courses will also be offered at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center (, 985-893-6251) and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker (, 225.665.3303).
     For more information, visit or contact the Continuing Education and Special Activities office at ext. 2301.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern football team will open its home schedule on Saturday, hosting South Dakota at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (1-1) hung tough with FBS opponent Mississippi State in its most recent outing, dropping a 34-10 decision to the Bulldogs. South Dakota (1-1) dropped a 24-13 decision to Northern Iowa on Saturday. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (1-0-1) will look to open its home schedule this week after having several matches postponed due to Hurricane Gustav. The Lady Lions will host Southern Miss on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. On Sunday, Southern comes to town for a 1 p.m. contest.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (0-1) also has had several matches canceled due to the weather. The Lady Lions hit the road this week, facing Southern on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge. On Friday, Southeastern will open play at the ULM Tournament, facing the host Lady Warhawks at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern will continue tournament play, facing Missouri-Kansas City at 7 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will also be in action, opening its fall schedule this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will compete in the Aldila/Scenic City Intercollegiate in Chattanooga, Tenn.
     For ticket information on all Southeastern Athletic events, contact the Lion Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX.
     Monday, Sept. 8
     Men's Golf, at Aldila/Scenic City Intercollegiate, Chattanooga, Tenn., All Day
     Tuesday, Sept. 9
     Volleyball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 7:30 p.m.
     Men's Golf, at Aldila/Scenic City Intercollegiate, Chattanooga, Tenn., All Day
     Friday, Sept. 12
     Women's Soccer, vs. Southern Miss, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
     Volleyball, at Louisiana-Monroe (ULM Invitational), Monroe, 7 p.m.
     Saturday, Sept. 13
     Football, vs. South Dakota, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Volleyball, vs. Missouri-Kansas City (ULM Invitational), Monroe, 7 p.m.
     Sunday, Sept. 14
     Women's Soccer, vs. Southern, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
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Professional activities
Turtle Cove manager Rob Moreau led ecosystem tours on the Tchefuncte River on Aug. 10 for 50 National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) young professional scientists and policy makers who are either interning at or who work directly for NOAA in the Washington, D.C. area. The field trip was part of their week-long training program in New Orleans on coastal wetland issues. Prior to the trip, Tiffany McFalls (Biological Sciences) gave a power point presentation, "Swamps to Savanahs" on the environmental history of Southeast Louisiana.
Pontoon boat takes youngsters on Tchefuncte River tour      On Aug. 27, Jay Martin (History and Political Sciences), director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, and his staff and Fred Stouder, Turtle Cove Marsh Restoration coordinator, took out a group of about 25 K-12 students out on the Turtle Cove pontoon boat to utilize underwater robotics equipment to view ship wrecks under the waters of the Tchefuncte River. Dr. Mike Asoodeh, assistant vice president for technology, accompanied the group. For the next six weeks, Michael Greene, Turtle Cove Education coordinator, will be working closely with the LPBMM to establish a scheduled series of weekly eco-tour field trips originating at the the museum on Thursdays or Fridays.
Lucie Agosta      Lucie J. Agosta (Nursing) has been appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The board consists of 11 gubernatorial appointments and is charged with ensuring that individuals practicing as registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses meet specific training requirements and licensure. Agosta serves as coordinator of the adult health nurse practitioner specialty track in Southeastern's School of Nursing graduate program.
     Art historian Irene Nero (Visual Arts) will discuss First Impressions, a new exhibit on display Sept. 12-Oct. 3 at the recently renovated Hammond Regional Arts Center. Her talk, which will discussion the collection in the context of the time period and reveal telltale signs of particular movements, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. The exhibit of more than 30 oils and watercolors from the personal collection of local community leader Tim Lantrip, represents movements such as the Barbizon School, Romanticism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. It opens with a reception Friday, Sept. 12, 6-9 p.m. at the center, which is located across from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. Both events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Schools may arrange field trips by contacting Joseph France at 985-542-7113.
     Paige Lilley Schulte (Teaching and Learning) presented a session on bullying, harassment, and relational aggression in K-12 schools with Jefferson Parish school social worker Monique Soignet at the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) World Conference in Moscow, Russia, on June 18.
     Cynthia Elliott (Teaching and Learning) presented "Everybody's Child: Teacher Preparedness in Times of Crisis and Recovery" at the Third Annual University of Louisiana System Service-Learning Conference in Baton Rouge on Aug. 11. Graduate students Kathy Burke, a pre-school teacher from Denham Springs Elementary, and Sarah Schmitt, a former sixth grade teacher at Ascension Catholic Middle School, shared how their participation energized their own classrooms by including service-learning activities based off the Teacher Preparedness grant Elliott received last spring.
     Bev Marshall (English, writer-in-residence) facilitated a discussion entitled "Family to Fiction" with author Pamela Binnings Ewen at the East Bank Jefferson Parish Library. The series of presentations, "Coffee and Conversation," are sponsored by the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.
     Alison Pelegrin (English) has poems featured in current issues of the literary journals Ploughshares, The Southern Poetry Review, and Sou'wester.
     Kenneth E. Lane (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "The Tail that Wags the Dog: The Tale of Educational Administration" at the National Conference of Professors of educational administration in San Diego, Calif. on July29-Aug. 1. At the conference he also presented, along with Robert Hancock (Educational Leadership and Technology) "New Technology Tools for Administrators," "Using Word 2007 to Make Writing in APA a Snap." Dr. Lane is the managing editor of the organization's Connexions, a database of manuscripts and instructional materials in educational leadership. Dr. Lane also presented "Virtual Learning Critical Thinking Simulation Development Concept Considerations" at the International Conference on Industrial Globalization and Technology Innovation in Nanjing, China Aug. 6-8. He was selected as assistant editor for the International Journal for Organizational Innovation.
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