ByLion -- April 20

Coffee for secretaries Wednesday
Celebrate Earth Day April 22
Forum on NCAA self study
Gautreaux to read from new novel
Bill Evans Jazz Festival underway
Speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day
'Putting on the Glitz' fashion show

Employee Appreciation Day April 29
Olduvai Gorge lecture today
Evolution, creationism lecture April 23
Sign up for 'Zumba' exercise class
Roomie's Feeding Frenzy April 26
Britt to narrate 'Peter and the Wolf'
Camp for gifted/talented offered
PPR training for employees

PPR training for supervisors
Ring ceremony Friday
Education & Human Development honors
'Dance on Camera' April 28-29
Center for Faculty Excellence news
This week in the performing arts
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Coffee for our administrative professionals
President John Crain invites all of Southeastern's secretaries to an Administrative Professionals Day Coffee Wednesday, April 22, at 9 a.m. at the Alumni Center.
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Students stage Earth Day celebration April 22
The campus is invited to participate in the 2009 Earth Day celebration April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Union.
     The event, sponsored by the Student Government Association and a grant from University of Louisiana System (ULS), will inform Southeastern students and the community about affordable and practical green initiatives.
     Graduate students in the Department of Communication are organizing the event to encourage environmental awareness among college students as part of a public relations campaigns course.
     "We are very excited to promote a healthy environmental message to our fellow students," said Micha Blanchard of Gonzales, graduate student and research director of the campaign.
     The event will feature a recycling competition, games and activities as well as presentations from an environmental expert who will offer tips on energy conservation.
     "Students who come to Earth Day will definitely leave more informed about simple actions they can take to minimize their impact on this planet," said graduate student Andreia Monteiro of Mandeville.
     Complementary food and drinks will be offered to all participants and Southeastern's Recycling Director Ben Taylor will be present to collect recyclables.
     Also April 22, "Living Green" workshops, funded by a ULS Serves grant awarded to Amber Narro of the Communication Department, will be offered in the Student Union ballroom. The workshop sessions are:
     Simple Lifestyle Changes -- 10-10:30 a.m.
     Solutions in Your Workplace -- 11-11:30 a.m.
     Home Energy Efficiency -- noon-12:30 p.m.
     Building/Using a Solar Cooker -- 1-1:30 p.m.
     The workshops are open to all members of the Southeastern community with the goal of involving as many faculty, staff and students as possible.
     Narro received $3,400 for "Green Education is Key: Understanding the Simple and Economically Friendly Avenues to be Environmentally Responsible." Graduate students in her "Communication Campaigns" course developed the campaign to educate the community on methods of sustainable living.
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Southeastern slates open forum on NCAA self study
Southeastern will hold an open forum Monday, April 27, to discuss its self-study review in preparation for recertification by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The forum is open to the public. Information about the NCAA certification program, which helps to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics operations, will be provided.
     Rick Simpson, chair of Southeastern’s NCAA Steering Committee, will host the sessions along with Joel Erdmann, director of athletics, and members of the steering committee.
     Two sessions -- noon and 5 p.m. -- will be conducted so that the maximum number of individuals will be able to attend. Both sessions will be held in Southeastern’s Alumni Center.
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Tim GautreauxGautreaux to present reading, booksigning April 22
Southeastern's acclaimed writer in residence Tim Gautreaux will read from his latest novel, The Missing, and sign books April 22, 7 p.m., at Sims Memorial Library. The reading, sponsored by the Department of English, will take place on the library's third floor.
     Gautreaux, who is retired from Southeastern after more than three decades in the classroom, recently added the prestigious Louisiana Writer Award to his list of awards and critical recognition. The Louisiana Center for the Book, part of the State Library of Louisiana, selected Gautreaux "for his extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage."
     The award is given periodically to recognize outstanding contributions to the literary and intellectual life of Louisiana. Gautreaux’s previous honors include a National Magazine Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, the Heasley Prize, the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Best Novel, the Mid-South Booksellers Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. He was also the John Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. His novel Welding with Children was named by the New York Times as a notable book of the year. The Clearing, published by Alfred A. Knopf, was highly acclaimed, and USA Today chose it as one of the 10 best books of 2003. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx called The Clearing “the finest American novel in a long, long time.” The Missing appeared in 2009 to positive reviews.
      A native of Morgan City, Gautreaux attended Nicholls State University and the University of South Carolina where he earned a doctoral degree in English literature. He has studied under such literary notables as James Dickey, George Garrett and Walker Percy. In 1972 he began teaching creative writing at Southeastern, where he directed the creative writing program until his retirement in 2003.
      Gautreaux’s published fiction includes two collections of short stories (Same Place, Same Things and Welding with Children) and three novels (The Next Step in the Dance, The Clearing, The Missing). His stories have appeared repeatedly in Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, GQ and many other magazines. Over the years his work has been printed regularly in Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. For several years he served as editor of Southeastern's literary journal Louisiana Literature.
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Jazz bassist and composer Chuck Israels has written a special arrangement of "Love is Here to Stay" for the Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble II's Bill Evans Jazz Festival Concert April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Ensemble members are, from left, front row, Blake Bogan, Bryan Reed, Suzanne Haslauer, Jorge Franco, Joseph Jones; second row, George Bosnea, Corey Reeves, Marcy Mayeaux, Richard Schwartz; third row, Maxwell McClintock, Jordan Hill, Scott Campbell, Kaleb Boudreaux, Judy Bardwell; fourth row, Robert Nicholson, Benjamin Livingston, Joshua Olsen, Josh Pardue, Antonio Sasso, Aaron Turnipseed.
Bill Evans Jazz Festival offers great jazz for a jazz great
Southeastern is devoting three days and four concerts to Bill Evans, the late great jazz pianist who is one of the university's most famous alumni.
     The eighth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival will bring together world-renowned jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis and string bassist Chuck Israels -- joined by local jazz percussionist Troy Davis and billing themselves as "the Bill Evans Festival Trio" -- for an April 23 performance at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The festival will also feature a spirited jazz jam by Southeastern alumni musicians on April 20 and performances by two Southeastern ensembles - the Jazz Combos featuring Israels, and Jazz Ensemble II - on April 24.
     The festival honors the seven-time Grammy Award winner who is considered the most influential jazz pianist of his generation. Throughout his life, Evans, a 1950 Southeastern graduate, fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. Southeastern named him its first "Alumnus of the Year" in 1969. Evans returned to his alma mater shortly before his death in 1980 for a concert captured on the CD "Homecoming," released by Milestone Records.
     The Bill Evans Festival Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern's downtown Hammond theater. Tickets, available at and at the theater's box office (220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371), are $27, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $23, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $21, Balcony 2. The event is free to Southeastern students with their university I.D.
     Southeastern saxophone instructor and festival director Richard Schwartz said this year's festival has several interesting tie-ins concerning its guest artist Israels.
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Speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day
The Department of History and Political Science will commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 22, with a special lecture by Richard Frankel of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
     Frankel will speak on "It Couldn't Happen Here? Comparing Anti-Semitism in Germany and the United States on the Eve of the Holocaust" at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Frankel is an assistant professor at ULL and a graduate of Chapel Hill. The talk is based on research for his new book.
The lecture is open to the campus and community.
     Encourage your students, friends and colleagues to attend this fantastic venue, located at the Student Union Theatre, April 22 at 11 a.m. We look forward to seeing all of you.
     For further information or to request a sign up sheet, please e-mail
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PRSSA presents 'Putting on the Glitz'
The Public Relations Student Society of Southeastern is hosting a fashion show on April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
     "Putting on the Glitz: Celebrating 50 Years of Barbie" will feature Miss Louisiana (and former Miss Southeastern) Blaire Abene, current Miss Southeastern Jessica Poumaroux, the New Orleans Saintsations and music by KSLU.
     Models will be wearing clothes from Barbie's five decades and evening wear from Tre D' Boutique in Port Allen.
     Tickets are $5, which will also enter the ticket holder in a raffle for a room makeover. Tickets may be purchased in the Student Union Mall or at the door. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
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Employee Appreciation Day April 29
To show appreciation to our employees for their dedication and service, Southeastern and the Alumni Association will host Employee Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 29. Dr. John Crain and the entire administrative team want to take the opportunity to thank our employees for a job well done in helping our students, fellow employees and the public.
     The event will be held on the first floor of the parking garage from 3-5:45 p.m. and will be combined with free tailgating prior to the Lions v. Jackson State Tigers baseball game. The Tangi Chapter of the Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Cattlemen's Association, will be cooking hamburgers, and Human Resources personnel will provide manpower for the event. Families are welcome. It will be lots of fun for the kids, with cotton candy, popcorn, kids games, and a space walk. Please plan to be there!
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Robert BlumenschineAnthropologist to lecture on Olduvai Gorge April 20
To celebrate two major 2009 anniversaries in the field of anthropology, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is sponsoring an April 20 lecture by Robert Blumenschine, one of the leading scholars of early human evolution in East Africa.
     Kellen Gilbert, coordinator of the department's anthropology program, said the lecture gives a nod to the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwins' birth and the 50th anniversary of the Louis and Mary Leakey's find of the earliest hominid fossil in Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania.
     Blumenschine, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University and co-director of the Olduvai Landscape Paleoanthropology Project, will speak on "Predation Risk, Stone Tool Transport Costs, and the Origin of Human Carnivory: A View from Olduvai Gorge." His 2 p.m. lecture in the Southeastern Room (room 223) of the War Memorial Student Union Theatre is open to the campus and community.
     Blumenschine also will visit with anthropology classes during the day. For additional information, contact Gilbert at 985-549-5037.
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Lecture on evolution, creationism April 23
Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy and a widely recognized scholar on the issue of evolution and creationism, will speak April 23 on the legacy of Charles Darwin in commemoration of this year's bicentennial of the scientist's birth.
     Forrest's presentation will be held on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library at 2 p.m.
     This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Darwin's The Origin of Species, considered a key publication that postulated the theory that populations of organisms evolve over time through a process of natural selection.
     Forrest also will discuss the Louisiana Science Education Act, a law passed last year that authorizes local school districts to permit science teachers to use creationist materials in science instruction.
     Because of her work in the area of creationism and intelligent design, Forrest served as a crucial expert witness in Kitzmiller et al v. Dover (PA) Area School District, a 2005 federal case in which plaintiffs sought to prevent the teaching of intelligent design.
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Continuing Education offers 'Zumba' exercise class
Continuing Education and Special Activities is offering a new exercise class that blends party fun and fitness.
     "Zumba" is the latest in exercise trends, according to Sarah Clifton, the Southeastern mathematics instructor who will teach the class. She said Zumba eliminates the "work" from "working out" by combining Latin and international music with dynamic, but simple exercise moves, using a unique intermittent training format.
     The class will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 20, April 27, May 4, and May 18 in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building dance studio.
     The cost of the class is $30. Participants can register online at or call Continuing Education and Special Activities, 985-549-2301.
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Roomie's Feeding Frenzy April 26
On Sunday, April 26 from 4-7 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom the Division for Student Affairs will "Get Wild" at their first annual Roomie's Feeding Frenzy. The event will kick-off DSA's second annual Spring Daze Week.
     Roomie's Feeding Frenzy is being held to raise money for the Division for Student Affairs Scholarship Fund. Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to come sample food from more than 10 area restaurants.
     Tickets are $5 and are being sold in the Campus Activities Board Office, Student Union room 201 and may be purchased at the door.
     For information, contact the Campus Activities Board, 985-549-3805. We hope to see you there!
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Donna BrittWAFB's Donna Britt to narrate Chamber Orchestra's 'Peter and the Wolf'
Television news anchor Donna Britt of Baton Rouge's WAFB Channel 9 will narrate Prokofiev's famous symphonic tale "Peter and the Wolf" as part of the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra's spring concert for families April 27.
     The concert at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium is specially designed for families, said Director Yakov Voldman, head of the string program in Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     "If you have been looking for the opportunity to introduce your children to enjoy the beauty and magic of classical music, this concert will be the perfect opportunity," Voldman said.
     He said the concert will begin at the "family friendly" time of 7 p.m. and will include Saint-Saëns' "Carnival of the Animals," a favorite of music teachers and young children. The concert will feature piano solos by David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, and staff accompanist Raisa Voldman.
     Although Britt is best known as a veteran of WAFB's newsroom and anchor desk, she also has a background in music. She began working at the Baton Rouge station the day after she graduated from Louisiana State University where she majored in oboe and minored in piano and violin, earning a bachelor's degree in music education. While attending college, she also worked full-time for WYNK FM radio, prompting WAFB to recruit her for its newsroom, where she has worked numerous local news beats.
     Tickets for the Chamber Orchestra's family concert are $5 general admission with Southeastern students, faculty and staff admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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Camp Discovery targets gifted/advanced students
Camp Discovery, a summer camp for academically gifted/advanced students, will offer an exciting enrichment program to third-fifth grade students enrolled in a gifted program or recommended by a teacher.
     The camp will be held June 8-25, Monday-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Southeastern Laboratory School. Cost is $90 before May 15, and $95, May 16-29.
     Contact Mary Banbury at for additional information and an application packet.
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PPR training for employees
A brief training program on the Performance Planning and Review (PPR) process will be offered to classified employees this Wednesday, April 22,, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Office Conference Room. Topics to be covered include the PPR rating system and its factors, planning sessions, and timetables of which employees should be aware. The training will help classified employees better understand the process which is used in evaluating their performance. Classified employees planning to attend should get their supervisor's permission and register by emailing Jan Ortego at or by phoning extension 5771.
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PPR training for supervisors
A training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees will be offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, Thursday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Office Conference room.
     To register, contact Jan Ortego at or ext. 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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Ring Ceremony Friday
Southeastern students will gather in the Student Union Theatre on Friday for the university's annual official ring ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. with a reception to follow.
     The university ring, unveiled during Homecoming 2005, was created by Balfour and designed by a committee of Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is available to students and alumni.
     Students received their rings from Interim President John Crain and take a special "Oath of Pride."
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College of Education and Human Development honors
The College of Education and Human Development's annual honors convocation will be held Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. in the Kiva (room 250) of the Cate Teacher Education Center. All interested persons are invited to attend.
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Wings'Dance on Camera' spotlights dance film shorts April 28-29
Southeastern dance professor Martie Fellom will present "Dance on Camera," a compilation of three "Dance for the Camera" shorts, April 28 and 29 at the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
     The free program, funded by Southeastern's Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee, will feature dance-related films by artists from Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The program will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 28 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 29.
     "Film is an exciting new medium for choreography because normally choreography is presented live," said Fellom. "One exhilarating facet of dance on film is what the camera frames; this can provide important detail. It's amazing to see how choreography is captured by both the stillness and motion of the camera itself."
     The three short films to be showcased in "Dance on Camera" are "Nora" by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton and choreographer Nora Chipaumire; "Dance Like Your Old Man" a 10-minute piece by Gideon Obarzanek and Edwina Throsby of Australia; and "Wings of Wax," a presentation by the Netherlands' Hans Hulscher, a specialist in capturing dance and opera.
     Sponsored by Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, the Dance on Camera touring partnership was made possible through Dance Films Association's program, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the members of DFA, and the Susan Braun Trust.
     For additional information, contact Fellom at 985-549-2133 or
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News from 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, reservations, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, April 21
     3:30-4:30 p.m.: "Civic Engagement: Connecting Citizenship with the Classroom," hosted by the Center's Engagement Team: Cindy Elliott and Cheryl Edwards, Teaching and Learning; Jayetta Slawson, English; Pam Prescott, General Studies; Herbert McGuin, Sims Library; Wendy Zhang, Computer Science. Share your ideas and activities with our team as they discuss a variety of resources and activities for engaging students and promoting active learning in the classroom.
     Wednesday, April 22
     11 a.m.-noon: "CUTL -- Sharing and Celebrating Your Work. To earn "Certificates for University Teaching and Learning," Southeastern faculty created mini course-portfolios over a series of four workshops. All are invited to see the mini-course portfolios and learn what is happening in classrooms across campus.
     This semester's participants were Amy Acosta, Michaelyn Broussard, Corie Hebert, Leslie Hendricks, Heidi Kulkin, Georgina Little, Ephraim Massawe, Tiffany McFalls, Melanie Norwood, Heather O'Connell, Kristie Riddle, Peter Shrock, Allison Singleton, and Lu Yuan. Each participant chose and described an individual innovative or effective teaching practice, gathered evidence from a course to describe and document the practice, and reflected on the teaching and learning outcomes.
     Thursday, Apr. 23
      12:30-1:30 p.m.: Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion. Discussions are lead by Dr. Matt Rossano, head of the Department of Psychology. Bring your lunch and a friend. Cookies and drinks will be provided.
     2-3 p.m.: Engagement Team members Cindy Elliott, Cheryl Edwards, and Herbert McGuin, will host a webinar on research and publishing, focusing on service-learning and civic engagement. Faculty are invited to join in an exploration of resources from the National Clearinghouse to support scholarly endeavors.
Mark Your Calendar
     April 27, 2 p.m: New teaching opportunity -- Southeastern (SE) 101: A Faculty Perspective. Are you interested in teaching a new course? Have you thought about teaching a section of SE 101, the freshman success course?
     The Center for Faculty Excellence and the Center for Student Excellence invite you to learn more about this opportunity by attending Southeastern (SE) 101: A Faculty Perspective. A panel of some of the best and most experienced faculty and staff who have taught the class will discuss their experiences and provide tips for delivering an interesting and interactive course experience for the students. Panelists include Sarah Clifton, Mathematics; Amber Narro, Communication; Eric Johnson, Sims Library; Alan Cannon, Mathematics; and Diane Cole, Kinesiology and Health Studies.
     The following questions -- and more -- will be discussed: How much preparation time is required? What resources are available? What level of technology is used both in and out of the classroom? How will my teaching the course be handled as part of my course load? How does this course impact the freshman year experience? How is this course tied to Southeastern's QEP and SACS accreditation?
     Please contact the center, ext. 5791) or, to reserve your spot.
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This week in the performing arts
Fill your week with jazz at the 8th annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. All events are free and in Pottle Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.
     Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Alumni Jazz Ensemble Concert; Southeastern Alumni forge an exciting jazz big band and perform works made famous by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bill Evans and others. Free admission.
     On Tuesday, Percussion Ensemble I will perform at 5 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m., the Southeastern Guitar Festival continues with a recital by guest artist Lily Afshar.
     On Wednesday, piano major John Holley will give a recital at 5 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium featuring works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, and Bartok. At 7:30 p.m., Tara Melvin, soprano, will present a graduate voice recital.
     In between those events, at 6 p.m., Andrew Larson will give a faculty recital of works for solo tuba. Several pieces are for unaccompanied tuba, while a few are for tuba with CD accompaniment. The closing piece is for Tuba, Euphonium, and CD accompaniment. Larson will be joined by his student, music major Chasse Duplantis, on euphonium. The recital will be an exploration in the unique personalities of the tuba, and the many possibilities of the instrument, in a true solo setting.
     On Thursday, Percussion Ensemble II will perform in Pottle Auditorium at 5 p.m., and flute major Karyn Huggett will present a senior recital at 6:30 p.m., also in Pottle.
     Also on Thursday, the Bill Evans Jazz Festival continues at the Columbia Theatre when internationally acclaimed bassist Chuck Israels and pianist Ellis Marsallis team up with drummer Troy Davis to form the Bill Evans Festival Trio. They will perform a variety of compositions in the traditional jazz trio format made famous by Bill Evans, one of Southeastern's most famous graduates. You do not want to miss this concert! Tickets are available online at the Columbia Theatre's website: or at the door. Southeastern students are admitted free with Southeastern Student ID.
     On Friday, bassist Chuck Israels joins the Southeastern Jazz Combos to explore jazz, rock and funk classics. Free at 4 p.m. in the Music Annex Recital Hall. Later that evening, in Pottle Auditorium, Israels joins the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble II. Together they will perform a powerful array of songs including "Jump, Jive an' Wail," "Tickletoe," "Art of the Big Band," "Love Is Here to Stay" and "Play That Funky Music." Both concerts are free.
     April 20
     Bill Evans Festival: Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     April 21
     Percussion Ensemble I, Pottle, 5 p.m.
     Guitar Festival guest recital: Lily Afshar, guitar, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     April 22
     Junior recital: John Holley, piano, Pottle, 5 p.m.
     Faculty recital: Andrew Larson, tuba, Pottle, 6 p.m.
     Graduate recital: Tara Melvin, soprano, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     April 23
     Percussion Ensemble II, Pottle, 5 p.m.
     Senior recital: Karyn Huggett, flute, Pottle, 6:30 p.m.
     Bill Evans Festival: Bill Evans Jazz Trio: Ellis Marsalis, piano, Chuck Israels, Bass, & Troy Davis, drums, Columbia Theater, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27      Orchestra I & Loge; $23 Orchestra II, Balcony I; $21 Balcony II
     April 24
     Bill Evans Festival: Southeastern Jazz Combos, Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
     Bill Evans Festival: Southeastern Jazz Ensemble II , Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
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This week in athletics
Southeastern will compete in the Southland Conference Tennis Tournament this week, while the Lion baseball team will face No. 1 LSU during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The men's tennis team (11-9, 3-3 SLC) has already qualified for the SLC Tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Lady Lions (9-11, 3-6 SLC) can secure the final berth in the SLC Tournament with a win in Monday's season finale at Stephen F. Austin at 12 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas. Brackets will be released by the league office upon completion of the SLC regular season on Monday.
     After taking two of three from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend, the Southeastern baseball team (23-15, 12-9 SLC) will hit the road for five games this week, beginning with a trip to Baton Rouge to take on the top-ranked Tigers at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Lions head back to the Louisiana capitol for a 6 p.m. contest at Southern.
     Over the weekend, Southeastern will return to Southland Conference play, facing Sam Houston State in a three-game series, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday in Huntsville, Texas. The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest. First pitch for Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m. All of this week's baseball games, with the exception of Wednesday's contest at Southern, will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (18-27, 6-18 SLC) will be back at home on Wednesday, hosting South Alabama at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. The Lady Lions will then hit the road for Southland Conference play, opening a three-game series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The series wraps up with a single game on Sunday at 12 p.m.
     Monday, April 20
     Women's Tennis, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.
     Tuesday, April 21
     Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
     Wednesday, April 22
     Baseball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 6 p.m.
     Softball, vs. South Alabama, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
     Friday, April 24
     Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's and Women's Tennis, at Southland Conference Tournament (First Round) Corpus Christi, Texas, TBA
     Saturday, April 25
     Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Tennis, at Southland Conference Tournament (Semifinals), Corpus Christi, Texas, TBA
     Sunday, April 26
     Baseball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Tennis, at Southland Conference Tournament (Finals), Corpus Christi, Texas, TBA
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Professional activities
Dr. Samuel Hyde's
(History/Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies) new book, A Wisconsin Yankee in Confederate Bayou Country, will be available from LSU Press in May 2009. The book centers on the memoirs of General Halbert E. Paine who commanded the Fourth Wisconsin Infantry Regiment during operations in southeastern Louisiana. Highlights include insight into the burning of Baton Rouge, the occupation of New Orleans, the Port Hudson campaign, and the actions of Federal soldiers that contributed to the emergence of a culture of violence in south Louisiana.
     Faculty from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice presented research papers at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans. The faculty and their presentations were: Dr. David Burley, "The Symbolic Significance of Trees: Place Attachment and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana"; Dr. Anna Kleiner, "Evaluating Capacity and Services of Community-Based Organizations in Mississippi: Three Years of Recovery Following Hurricane Katrina" (with John Green of Delta State and JoLynn Montgomery and Andrean Bunko from University of Michigan); Melanie Norwood, "Examining Online Child Sex Abuse"; Rebecca Hensley, "Social Distance Between Africans and Black Americans"; and Gregory Esteven, "Twenty Years of Dissent: Towards a Genealogy of the Critical Discourse on Intersexuality," and Dr. Marc Riedel, "Murder-Suicide: A Review of the Literature." Dr. Riedel also presented a paper at the meeting of the ASA/ASC Joint Task Force on Criminology and Criminal Justice in Washington, D.C. Dr. Riedel is a member of the task force. The title of the paper was "The Relationships between Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice."
     Mary Banbury (Teaching and Learning) gave a presentation entitled "Sensing, Capturing, and Preserving the Spirit of the Estuary" at the National Science Teachers' Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, March 19.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart and Karen E. Powell (Louisiana Campus Compact) and Stephanie Meincke (Mississippi Campus Compact) presented a session entitled "Learning to Lead Amidst Crisis: Supporting Student Preparation for a Ready Campus and Community" at the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education on March 27.
     Dr. Lillian Stiegler (Communication Sciences and Disorders) was the guest speaker at the University of Louisiana Lafayette's annual graduate conference in communication disorders on March 27. Her talk was entitled "Practical Strategies for Communication Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders."
     On April 1, Mary Mocsary (English) and Kimberly Caruso (Math-Science Upward Bound) conducted an inter-active Power point presentation and workshop entitled "From George Washington to Barack Obama: Yesterday's Dreams and Today's Realities." The workshop utilized three games, focusing on vocabulary and trivia about the presidents and quotations from the presidents. All activities are used to prepare students for several kinds of writing assignments. The occasion was the 37th Annual Conference for the Louisiana Association for Student Assistance Programs held in Shreveport. Mocsary also received the Louisiana state award for 25 years of work with high school students enrolled in Classic Upward Bound and Math-Science Upward Bound.
     Dr. Volker Stiller (Biological Sciences) has published a manuscript in Environmental and Experimental Botany titled "Soil Salinity and Drought Alter Wood Density and Vulnerability to Xylem Cavitation of Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich.) Seedlings." The results of this study, which was funded by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), show that baldcypress seedlings can acclimate to drought and salinity stress by growing denser wood that is more resistant to xylem cavitations. A follow-up study, which is aimed at evaluating the survival rates of these "stress-hardened" seedlings in a saline environment, is currently under way in collaboration with Dr. Gary Shaffer (Biological Sciences).
     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts and Cultural Resource Management), director of fellowships for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, met with the Fellowship Committee in Washington, DC, March 26-28 to finalize fellowship recommendations to the board. The five-member committee is comprised of representatives from the five Phi Kappa Phi regions in the nation.
     Dr. Linhong Wang (Mathematics) gave a talk entitled "Nonsplit Module Extensions Over a Non-noetherian Ring," at the AMS/MAA Joint Meeting in Washington, DC, in January. Dr. Wang and Dr. Gary Walls (Mathematics) attended Sectional MAA Meeting in Clinton, Miss., on March 6. Dr. Walls gave a talk entitled "Relationship Between a Group and its Automorphism Group," and Dr. Wang gave presentation entitled "Module Extensions over k{(x,y)}/<yx-1>."
     Dr. Alan Cannon (Mathematics) gave an invited lecture entitled "Centers and Generalized Centers of Nearrings" at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, on Feb. 24.
     Dr. John Lewallen (Mathematics) attended the McGraw-Hill Symposium on College Algebra and Precalculus on Feb. 19-22. The symposium involved discussions of current trends in those subject, online course management systems and criticisms of textbooks.
     Dr. Judith Fai Podlipnik (History and Political Science) served as general history coodinator as well as the European/Middle Eastern/Asian History coordinator of the Southwestern Historical Association section of the Southwestern Social Sciences Association Annual Conference held in Denver, April 8-11. She was chair and discussant on two European history panels. Also, at the SWHA business meeting she was nominated and elected as the president of the Southwest Historical Association 2009-2010.
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