ByLion -- April 6

Retirees -- 570 years of service
Summer/fall open registration
'Zoom into Careers' this summer
Continuing Education summer camps
Golden Silence memorial
Memorial scholarship established

Science fun at annual Olympiad
Signing up for emergency alerts
Students win journalism honors
'Let's Talk Art' continues Tuesday
RAs shine at conference
St. Tam Center offers GMAT prep
'Elvis' at Columbia April 16
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Strain presents Morrison lecture
Fiscal year deadline reminder
This week in the performing arts
This week in athletics
Phi Sigma Iota induction
Professional activities

Southeastern retirees570 years of service
Twenty-seven Southeastern employees retired this past year, representing a cumulative total of 570 years of service to the university.
     President John L. Crain, along with the retirees' colleagues, friends and families, congratulated the employees and thanked them for their outstanding service at the annual retiree reception Tuesday, March 31, at the Alumni Center.
     Retirees at the reception were, front row, from left, Shelia Tregre, College of Business; Sara Spence, English; Daniel Hotard, Management; Bobbye Davis, Business Administration; Marie Billings, Nursing; Patricia Duplessis, Admissions and Financial Aid; and Gloria Burton, Post Office; back row, from left, Donnie Booth, College of Nursing; J.W. "Hoppy" La Croix, Basic Computing Services; Sarah Ross, English; President John L. Crain, who recognized the group; Paul Goodwin, Teaching and Learning; Linda Buras, Internal Audit; Joseph Bravata and Mark Cook, Physical Plant.
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Summer/fall 2009 open registration underway
Southeastern students may register now for the classes they want to take this summer and fall.
     Open registration is underway for summer 2009 classes until June 2 and for fall 2009 classes until Friday, Aug. 14.
     Students may check the schedule of classes and register online by logging into their LEOnet account from Southeastern's webpage, Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering.
     Summer classes begin June 3, while the first day of the fall semester is Aug. 19.
     Students who have not yet applied for admission to Southeastern may do so until June 1 for the summer and August 1 for fall.
     Students who apply for admission for the summer term by May 1 and fall semester by July 15 pay a $20 application fee. Those who apply after these dates will pay $70 ($20 application fee, plus a $50 late fee).
     Students can apply for admission online at
     For additional information about registration or admission, students may call 1-800-222-SELU or contact Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration, 985-549-2066,, or Office of Admissions, 985-549-5637,
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Zoom into Careers logoHigh school students can 'Zoom into Careers' this summer
High school students can explore the fields of inventing, movie making, television, finance and investments at Southeastern this summer through "Zoom into Careers," a new series of career workshops.
     "Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions on the horizon of every high school student," said Tammy Bourg, interim provost. "Zoom into Careers taps the expertise of Southeastern faculty and area professionals to provide a hands-on opportunity for young people to explore their options - and have fun doing it. It is another creative way in which Southeastern is contributing to higher education's crucial role in workforce development."
     Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies, said "Zoom into Careers" workshops are open to students in grades 9-12 and are being held on the main campus in Hammond and at Southeastern's St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.
     To offer the workshops, she said Southeastern is drawing upon expertise of the colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Business and partnering with the Northshore School of the Arts, Southeastern Channel, and Division of Extended Studies.
     "Zoom workshops are hands-on and career specific and will all be conducted by Southeastern faculty and professional instructors," Gunter said. "Students will work in teams - just as they will in real work environments. Each will have a finished product that they can bring home or share with family and friends via the Internet."
     May 15 is the registration deadline is for "Zoom into Careers" workshops. Late registration is available through May 29 with a $25 late fee. Registration forms are available at
     The 2009 Zoom into Careers workshops are:
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Continuing Education Summer Camps
The popular Children's Summer Day Camp is announcing session dates just in time for faculty and staff to plan their summer schedules.
     Session dates are: Session I, June 2-13; Session II, June 15-26; Session III, July 6-17; Session IV, July 20-31.
     All sessions are open to children pre-K-6th grade; cost is $200 per child. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., however early drop-off is available starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pick-up is available till 5 p.m. at no extra charge.
     Under the direction of Diane Cole, an instructor in the Kinesiology and Health Science Department, the camp will be held in the Kinesiology Building.
     If you are trying to find an inexpensive, creative outlet for your children this summer, look no further than the Art Workshop held in Clark Hall. The Art Workshop runs from July 6-16, Monday-Thursday, and is under the instruction of Yvonne James, an instructor in the Visual Arts Department.
     The morning session runs from 9:30-11 a.m. with the afternoon session taking place from 2-3:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per session and is open for children ages 5-14.
     Registration for both of these camps will begin May 4. Applications can be picked up at the Continuing Education office located in the University Center, room 103. For additional information or to print an application for these camps, please visit the Continuing Education website or call 985-549-2301.
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Sarah Lipscomb, Allie J. HydeAngela Jackson, Margaret Muscarello Golden Silence remembers Southeastern family
The Southeastern community gathered April 1 for Golden Silence, the annual ceremony sponsored by the Alumni Association that commemorates Southeastern students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who died during the past year.
     Far right, Allie J. Hyde of Amite, right, lights the candle of Sarah Lipscomb of Ponchatoula in memory of her late husband Samuel C. Hyde.
     Right, Southeastern student Angela Jackson lights the candle of Margaret Muscarello of Tickfaw to honor Denise Muscarello Bourg.
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Memorial scholarship established to honor students killed in accident
Southeastern is establishing a scholarship honoring the memory of two students and one former student who were killed in a tragic accident near the campus in early March, university officials announced.
     The Southeastern Development Foundation Student Memorial Scholarship is being established to memorialize the late Beth Marie Boudreaux, a sophomore from Husser; Maxime Profit, an MBA student from Vaires Sur Marne, France; and former student Thurman "Rion" Lowe III of Kenner. The three died in an early morning accident March 6 when they were hit by an alleged drunken driver as they were walking home on Nashville Avenue. Two other students were injured in the incident.
     "It is important we remember these individuals whose lives were cut so short," said Southeastern President John L. Crain. "They had tremendous promise and potential and are certainly missed.
     The endowed scholarship is being established in part with funds raised at Chefs Evening, Southeastern's annual fund raising event for academics, and through private donations.
     "This incident has affected not just our Southeastern family, but the entire community," Crain said. "A number of citizens have asked about helping establish this kind of memorial and we welcome their participation and assistance."
     Individuals may contribute by sending a donation to the "Student Memorial Scholarship, in care of the Southeastern Development Foundation, SLU Box 10450, Hammond, LA 70402. For more information, call the Office of University Advancement at 985-549-5544.
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Southeastern hosts Science Olympiad
Approximately 420 students from 27 Louisiana middle, junior high and high schools gathered at Southeastern April 4 for some seriously scientific fun and games.
     The students were finalists in the state Science Olympiad, which Southeastern has hosted for the past several years. Teams were chosen for the state championship after finishing in the top five at regional competitions.
     Students competed in several dozen events that use the format of popular board games, television shows and athletic games to test their knowledge of science disciplines such as biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology.
     Far left, Steven Sdrougias, right, and Alyson Arceneaux, sixth graders at Ridgewood Prepatory School in Metaire, analyze a fossil; left, Ninth grader Kaitlyn Walker, left, and Savannah Blanco, seventh grade, of Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette begin their experiment in the environmental chemistry competition.
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Campus continues emergency alert sign up
More than 6,400 students, faculty and staff are currently registered for Southeastern's emergency alert system FirstCall, and university officials are urging those who have not yet signed up to do so.
     While all members of the campus community receive emergency information through their university email accounts, FirstCall enables students, faculty and staff to receive important notices via their cell phones via text message and voicemail -- even when they are without electricity.
     Since it was first instituted in February 2008, Southeastern has used FirstCall to notify students of situations such as university closures for last year's Hurricane Gustav and the record snowfall in December.
     "During the snowstorm, the alert came right to my phone while I was driving to campus," said junior Megan O'Neal from Baton Rouge. "It let me know campus was closed and I was able to turn around and go home. I got the information instantly on my phone, which was great because we were without power at our house."
     The program was driven by the University of Louisiana System (ULS), which implemented the emergency message system by partnering with Baton Rouge-based company FirstCall as a way to ensure the safety of all eight universities under the ULS umbrella.
     "The emergency alert system has proven its value over the past year in helping to spread important information," said President John L. Crain. "We only use FirstCall for true emergencies, not for general notices, so we encourage all of our students - as well as our faculty and staff - to enroll in the system."
     Registering for the alert system is a simple, one-minute process that allows users to choose a variety of contacting options.
     "If something important happens, I want to know about it," said Kayla Farmer, a freshman from Hammond. "During Gustav, I got all the information I needed through my cell phone and email."
     To register for Southeastern's emergency alert system, visit the link found at the university's web site, or follow the link under the "Quick Links" dropdown menu found throughout the web site.
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Students recognized in Columbia journalism competition
Members of the student staff of the Office of Student Publications have received prestigious Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards for their work on the The Lion's Roar student newspaper and Le Souvenir yearbook.
     The awards, presented at the association's annual convention in New York City March 18-20, were selected from among 241 entries. The Gold Circle Awards recognize superior work by student journalists and are judged by a panel of experienced journalists and educators.
     In student newspapers categories, Tim Mitchell of Abita Springs, a senior general studies major, won first place in the "Editorial Cartoons for Newspapers" category. Mitchell also received a third place certificate in the newspaper cartoon portfolio category for work appearing in The Lion's Roar from November 2007 to October 2008.
     Sophomore marketing major April Henry of Lacombe, a former student staff member, received a third place certificate for her black and white single spot news photograph "Eating Contest," which appeared in The Lion's Roar.
     Senior visual arts major Patrick Costilow of Slidell was awarded certificates for his designs for the 2008 edition of Le Souvenir. Costilow received a second place certificate for his multi-page black and white academic spread featuring Fayard Hall and third place for a black and white division page design.
     The Columbia Scholastic Press Association was founded in 1925 to help unite student editors and faculty advisors to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. The association is affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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'Let's Talk Art' series continues Tuesday
Visual arts instructor Sarah Wiseman will present a lecture on artist communities as part of the university's "Let's Talk Art" series.
     The campus and community are invited to Wiseman's lecture on April 7, 3 p.m., at the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Strawberry Stadium.
     She will discuss the cultural importance of artist communities, comparing a variety of communities, such as those in Giverny, France; Cos Cob, Conn., and Dachau, Germany, where artists such as Claude Monet, John Henry Twachtman, and Max Liebermann gathered and painted.
     The lecture is the second in the "Let's Talk Art" series co-sponsored by Southeastern's Department of Visual Arts and the Friends of Sims Library.
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Southeastern RAsRAs shine at conference
University Housing Area Coordinators Bevann McCartney, Amanda Robbins and Jolanda Taylor recently chaperoned a group of 21 Southeastern resident assistants to the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers Equipping Resident Assistants Conference outside of Alexandria, Louisiana. The group put in countless hours of cheer practicing, banner making and planning before embarking on the trip.
     The conference's theme, "RA's Anatomy," encouraged the RAs to find the similarities between the medical field and the care that Resident Assistants give to their residents. The group followed the theme faithfully, dressing in scrubs and performing a medical themed skit.
     Out of the eight Louisiana higher education institutions at the conference, the Southeastern Resident Assistants cleaned up at the awards table, winning the Overall Spirit Award. This award is given to the school showing the most spirit at the conference and is highly coveted. The Southeastern RAs also won the skit competition.
     Individual winners include Biological Sciences Senior John Jenkins as the winner of the Male RA of the Year award. Communications Sophomore Fay Boudreaux won the 2009 Female Rising Star award. For more information on the Louisiana Association of Housing Officers, visit
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GMAT prep course offered at St. Tammany Center
The St. Tammany Center is offering a course to designed to help students prepare for the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test), required for entrance to business graduate schools, including Southeastern's Master of Business Administration and Executive MBA programs.
     The 18-hour, instructor-lead course will be offered on Thursdays, April 23-May 28, 6-9 p.m., at the St. Tammany Center, located on the third floor of the St. Tammany Parish government complex on Koop Drive near Mandeville.
     The course, divided into six modules, will be taught by Southeastern faculty members Fran Norwood, management; Sara Clifton, mathematics; and Wayne Wells, English.
     Yvette Baldwin, head of Southeastern's MBA program, said she encourages students to enroll in a GMAT review, especially since the program recently raised admission standards. "The St. Tammany Center's GMAT review is offered at a convenient time and location and the price is affordable for students," she said.
     The course's six modules will cover the three main sections of the GMAT: Analytical Writing Assessment, Quantitative and Verbal.
     Students will practice simple steps to writing a quality analysis, including organizing, developing and presenting ideas, and providing relevant and supporting details. The course will review basic math and verbal skills such as algebra, geometry, and data sufficiency problems, reading for comprehension, proper grammar, sentence structure, and critical reasoning. It will also cover test taking strategies such as eliminating wrong answers, guessing and time management strategies. Practice tests will be administered to provide students with areas of focus.
     Cost is $50 per module or $300 for all six. Southeastern will provide the course book, the 11th edition of "The Official Guide for GMAT Review." The cost of the book is included in the registration fee if participants register for all six modules and submit payment two weeks prior to the start of the class.
     To register, visit the "Non Credit Courses" link at or call the St. Tammany Center at 985-893-6251.
     Southeastern's Office of Testing is authorized to administer the GMAT. The test is offered at the main campus in Hammond most Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. To find specific dates and times, visit the "Find a Test Center" link at
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Brandon BennettBrandon Bennett brings Elvis to the Columbia April 16
"Elvis" will be in the building - the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts - April 16, in the incarnation of Brandon Bennett, winner of Elvis Presley Enterprises' prestigious 2008 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.
     Bennett and his 10-piece Heartbreak Orchestra will perform legendary Elvis Presley songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. A special addition to Columbia's regular season schedule, the concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the university's historic downtown theater.
     Bennett has been wowing audiences with his Elvis tribute since his teen years, when he first dressed up like the King of Rock and Roll and sang his legendary songs at a high school talent contest. Adding his singing talent to his amazing resemblance to Elvis, he has appeared at festivals and corporate events and in commercials throughout the United States and Canada, ultimately winning the top Elvis tribute prize - the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Tenn.
     Bennett has toured with "Legends in Concert" and has performed his Elvis show at casinos such as the legendary Stardust in Las Vegas, as well as Sam's Town, the Orleans, and Suncoast casinos.
     The next step in his career will come this summer, when he stars in a Canadian tour of the staged musical production "Elvis Story," officially licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises.
     Tickets for Bennett's Columbia performance are $31 for regular seating and $51 for VIP seating that includes a private reception with Bennett following the performance. Senior citizen discounts are available for regular seating tickets, which can be purchased online at or through the theater box office, located in the theater lobby, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. VIP seating is available through the box office only.
     Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times. For information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call (985) 543-4366.
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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 7
     12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Lyceum Lights: Teaching and Learning professors Dr. Colleen Klein-Ezell and Dr. Camille Yates, will discuss their Learn and Serve Grant "Cooking up a Storm." A $5 fee for lunch will be charged at the door. Please RSVP by April 3 by calling ext. 5791 or emailing
     2-3 p.m. - CUTL: Sharing and Celebrating Your Work - To earn certificates for university teaching and learning, Southeastern faculty created a mini course-portfolio over a series of four workshops. This semester's participants include 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. For the mini course-portfolio, 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.
     The mini-course portfolios will be presented by faculty on Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 103. Everyone is welcome.
     Thursday, Apr. 9, 12:30-1:30 pm -- Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion: These discussions are lead by Dr. Matt Rossano, head of the Department of Psychology. All faculty and staff are invited to bring your lunch and a friend. Cookies and drinks will be provided.
     2009-2010 Call for Proposals -- Deadline Thursday
     The Center for Faculty Excellence announces funding opportunities for 2009-2010.
     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 the following.
     The Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative (CITI) -- Have an idea for enhancing your teaching and students' learning in a new or existing course? Funds are available for projects and activities contributing to the advancement of teaching and learning. Projects may promote service-learning, link community engagement and civic responsibility to the classroom, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty-student or student-student research and interaction, or create K-12 and business partnerships for learning. Proposals are limited to a maximum of $2,000.
     Professional Development Grants -- The grants will provide funding for projects and activities contributing to the evolution of the individual faculty member. This program provides grants up to a maximum of $2,000 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.
     Application forms are available on the center's web site. Please hand-deliver one original and three copies to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, room 6, by 4:30 p.m. on April 9. Absolutely no proposal will be accepted after the deadline.
     NOTE: Awards reflect monies from the upcoming fiscal year and depend on next year's budget. If awarded, funds will be available after July 1 and must be spent/encumbered by April 15, 2010. These funds may not be used for certifications, reassign time, travel for presentations or to increase faculty salaries.
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Sam Hyde, Commissioner Mike Strain, Marjorie Morrison, John Crain Strain presents Morrison lecture
Southeastern welcomed Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, to campus last week as the guest speaker for the annual James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government. The lecture, sponsored by Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, honors the late James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-1967. At a reception at the center prior to the lecture are, from left, Center Director Sam Hyde, Commissioner Strain, Marjorie Morrison, and President John L. Crain.
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Fiscal year-end deadline reminder
This is a reminder to all operating funded budget units an administration deadline is established for the submission of purchase requisitions exceeding $1,000 to the Purchasing Department through the PeopleSoft Financial System. Failure to submit requisitions by the prescribed April 15 deadline may result in an administration liquidation of remaining budgeted funds after this date.
     If the purchase of an item may require preparation, bid solicitation and delivery time greater than 75 days, then the budget unit is reminded Acts 51 and 962 of the 1985 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature require goods and services to be physically received on or before June 30 of the fiscal year.
     Any restricted or grant accounts requiring physical receipt of goods or services by a specified deadline should adhere to the same April 15 deadline or equivalent 75 day lead period to insure the timely processing and receipt of goods or services by June 30th or other deadline, respectively.
     For more information, refer to the following URL on the Southeastern Purchasing web page, or contact your assigned procurement specialist for further assistance:
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This week in the performing arts
Don't miss the opportunities this week to hear performances by the students of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, a guest euphonium artist, and the All Styles Guitar Night featuring guitarists from all over: music students and faculty, students and faculty from other departments, and local guitarists from the community.
     All performances are in Pottle Music Auditorium and are free unless otherwise noted.
     On Monday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. the Southeastern Tuba/Euphonium Studio Recital will feature solo performances the tuba and euphonium students in the department. Works by Vaughan Williams, Tomasi, Telemann, and John Stevens will be performed. This recital will be a great showcase for the talent in the studio.
     At 7:30 p.m., guest euphonium artist Dr. Martin Cochran from the University of Montevallo will perform a solo recital. Cochran is a New Orleans native who earned his undergraduate degree at LSU and master's and doctoral degrees at UW-Milwaukee and Alabama, respectively. He is performing a wonderful program with a movement from a major euphonium concerto by Nordic composer Jukka Linkola, along with "Carrickfergus" (a traditional Irish folk-tune,) a work for euphonium with electronic CD accompaniment, and more. This will be a dynamite program, so please come out to Pottle Auditorium and show your support for this guest artist!
     On Tuesday, April 7, at 5 p.m., soprano Elyse German will give a junior recital that will include works by Handel, Mozart, Hahn, Bizet, Clara Schumann and Libby Larsen.
     Also on Tuesday, the Southeastern Guitar Festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by the Southeastern Guitar Quartet (faculty members Patrick Kerber and David Bryan, and students Matthew Aguilar of Walker and Matthew Spears of Shreveport); the quartet will perform it's own arrangements of music by Telemann, Boccherini, Debussy, Gottschalk, and Albeniz.
     The Guitar Festival continues on Wednesday with the All-Styles Guitar Night at 7:30 p.m. at the outdoor Performance Circle next to Pottle Music Building. The popular "All Styles Night on the Circle" will feature a wide range of musical styles presented by an equally wide range of performers, including music and non-music students, local performers.
     "One of my favorite facets of the night - the non-music faculty," said festival director Patrick Kerber. "They're not just math and English professors! Students and the community alike are encouraged to come out and be surprised."
     On Thursday junior vocal majors Cara Williams and Keturah Turner will present a joint junior recital, performing the works of Frescobaldi, Scarlatti, Cavalli, Mozart, Brahms, Gounod, Puccini, Debussy, Cecile Chaminade, Barber, Rorem and Gwyneth Walker.
     Also on Thursday, Bradley Bass wraps up the performing week with a senior piano recital at 7:30 p.m., performing works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Debussy and Chopin.
     April 6
     Tuba/Euphonium studio recital, Pottle, 6 p.m.
     Guest artist Martin Cochran, euphonium, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     April 7
     Junior recital: Elyse German, soprano, 5 p.m.
     April 7
     Southeastern Guitar Festival: Guitar Quartet, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     April 8
     Southeastern Guitar Festival: All-Styles Guitar Night, Performance Circle, 7:30 p.m.
     April 9
     Junior recital: Sopranos Cara Williams and Keturah Turner, Pottle, 5 p.m.
     Senior recital: Bradley Bass, piano, 7:30 p.m.
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This week in athletics
The baseball and softball teams will look to continue their winning ways during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Winners of their last four Southland Conference series under the direction of head coach Jay Artigues, the Lions (19-10, 10-5 SLC) will play four games over the coming seven days. On Tuesday, Southeastern welcomes Alcorn State to Alumni Field for a 6 p.m. conference contest.
     For the second straight week, the Lions will face a team they are tied with atop the Southland Conference, as Southeastern heads to San Marcos, Texas to face Texas State for a three-game series. With Easter being celebrated on Sunday, the series will open with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Thursday. The series continues on Friday with a 2 p.m. contest, followed by the series finale on Saturday at 1 p.m. All of this week's baseball contests will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (16-20, 5-13 SLC), which has won six of its last eight games and its last two SLC series, hits the road for four games this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern visits in-state rival Southern for a 3 p.m. contest. The Lady Lions return to SLC play on Friday, opening a three-game series at Sam Houston State with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The series concludes on Saturday at 12 p.m.
     The men's golf team will look to continue an impressive spring that has seen the Lions post a top-four finish in each of its five tournaments. In their final tuneup for the SLC Championships, the Lions will compete in the Ole Miss/Reunion Intercollegiate, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Madison, Miss.
     The men's tennis team (8-8, 2-2 SLC) will look to extend its two-match win streak with three matches this week. The Lions will head to Lorman, Miss. on Tuesday, facing Alcorn State at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 2:30 p.m. Southeastern returns home on Friday, hosting UT Arlington for a 10 a.m. SLC match.
     The women's tennis team (6-8, 2-4 SLC) will have five chances to snap its current two-match losing streak this week. The Lady Lions will join their male counterparts on Tuesday's trip, before returning home to host Houston at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. On Friday, defending SLC Tournament champion Lamar comes to town for a 2 p.m. match. League foe McNeese State visits Hammond on Saturday at 12 p.m.
     After setting several school records at last week's prestigious Texas Relays, the track and field team will continue preparation for next month's SLC Outdoor Championships. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Beaumont, Texas on Saturday to compete in the Ty Terrell Relays.
     Monday, April 6
     Men's Golf, at Ole Miss/Reunion Intercollegiate, Madison, Miss., All Day
     Tuesday, April 7
     Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's Golf, at Ole Miss/Reunion Intercollegiate, Madison, Miss., All Day
     Men's and Women's Tennis, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 10 a.m.
     Men's and Women's Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Lorman, Miss., 2:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, April 8
     Softball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 3 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. Houston, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Thursday, April 9
     Baseball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
     Friday, April 10
     Baseball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Sam Houston State (DH), Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, vs. UT Arlington, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
     Saturday, April 11
     Baseball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 12 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. McNeese State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m. Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Ty Terrell Relays, Beaumont, Texas, All Day
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Phi Sigma Iota inductees and facultyInductees, faculty and guests who participated in the induction ceremony March 19 for Southeastern's Zeta Alpha Chapter of the international foreign languages honor society Phi Sigma Iota are, from left, front, Veronica Wills and Janice Fan; middle, Kasey Santanen, Vanessa Thibodeaux, Stephanie Charboneau, faculty members Kathy Kolb and Agnieszka Gutthy; back, faculty member Francesco Fiumara, Spanish Embassy education advisor Antonio Matarredona, faculty Marcela Escudero de Espinel, Marta Gumpert, and Margaret Marshall; Rachel Carazo, Kendall Kyzar, Hannah Locke, Foreign Languages administrative assistant Virgina Creel, and faculty, Evelyne Bornier, Mariela Sánchez, and Lucia Harrison, department head.
Phi Sigma Iota inductees
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures on March 19 inducted new members of the Zeta Alpha Chapter of the international foreign languages honor society Phi Sigma Iota.
     "This is the fifth time the department has recognized the outstanding ability of its students with induction into Phi Sigma Iota," said Department Head Lucia Harrison, who presided over the ceremony at Michabelle along with faculty advisor Agnieszka Gutthy.
     Antonio Matarredona, education advisor at the Embassy of Spain, was a special guest at the induction of the 13 members.
     Inductees are Veronica Wills and Teryn Ivey-Elam, Hammond; Rachel Carazo, Ponchatoula; Kasey Santanen, Walker; Taylor Richardson and Samantha Sigers, Baton Rouge; Stephanie Charboneau, Lacombe; Hannah Locke, Slidell; Kendall Kyzar, Pearl River; Julie McVean Foret, Franklinton; Janice Fan, Metairie; Joshua Lincecum, St. Rose; and Vanessa Thibodeaux, Houma.
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Professional activities
Charles Effler
(Music and Dramatic Arts) and guest stage director Rachel Harris received the 2009 "Creative Achievement in Opera" award for Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's March, 2008 production of The Marriage of Figaro. The award is a part of the New Orleans award series,"Tribute to the Classical Arts," and is the sister series to the Big Easy Awards for theatre and popular music. The award ceremony was held in February.
     Dr. Evelyne M. Bornier (Foreign Languages and Literatures) presented "De l'espoir et autres quêtes dangereuses, Laila Lalami Un monde pour un autre: les enfants du étroit" at the 20th & 21st-Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium at the University of Minneapolis on March 27.
     Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper, "Sociology and Criminology Program Configurations," at the recent Open Forum of the American Sociological Association Task Force on Sociology and Criminology Programs held at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
     Dr. Katherine Kolb (Foreign Languages and Literatures) organized a session entitled "Family Fractures," and delivered a paper ("Fractures and Recastings in Nancy Huston's Lignes de faille (Fault-Lines) on March 27 at the International Colloquium for 20th- and 21rst-Century French and Francophone Studies at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) gave a public lecture entitled "Back to the Future: The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008" at McNeese State University on March 26. The lecture was part of McNeese's annual Banners program.
     Harry Laver (History and Political Science) recently gave two presentations on "Leadership Development and Ulysses S. Grant" at the Scottish Association for American Studies annual conference at the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, and for the Business Leadership Program, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Wash.
     Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) presented a paper on suicide bombing at the Western Political Science Association in Vancouver, Canada, on March 20.
     Dr. David Gurney (Mathematics) gave a talk entitled "A Multidimensional Look at Regression Lines" at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana/Mississippi Section of the Mathematical Association of America in Clinton, Miss., on March 6. Also at that conference Dr. Ken Li (Mathematics) presented a paper entitled "Collocation Methods for Solving Linear Quadratic Delay Optimal Control Problems."
     Drs. Lucy Kabza, Dr. Brian O'Callaghan, Sarah Clifton, and Janelle Lorenzen attended the ICTCM (International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics) in New Orleans on March 13-14.
     Dr. Kellen Gilbert (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper, "Cultural Awareness and Short-Term Missions" co-authored by William Hamilton (University of North Carolina-Greensboro) and student Roxanne Pfiel at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe, N.M.
     A book by Dr. Kathleen Abendroth (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Sibling Mediation: Play Strategies Used by Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, has been published by VDM Verlag. The book examines interactional patterns and family dynamics of children with autism from a qualitative perspective.
     At the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in New Orleans March 26-29, faculty members from several departments participated in panels. Dr. Tim Gautreaux (Writer-in-Residence) was a panelist for two sessions: "Southern Gothic" and "Capturing the Past in Prose." Bev Marshall (Writer-in-Residence) was a panelist for "Capturing the Past in Prose" and moderator for "Let's Make a Publishing Deal." Dr. Richard Louth (English) moderated "Writer Retrospective: Flannery O'Connor." The acting contest "Tennessee's Got Talent" was hosted by Steve Bellas (Communications). Members of the English Department who introduced master classes were Dr. Sarah Spence (retired), Dr. Joel Fredell, Dr. Richard Louth, David Armand, Andree Cosby, and Writer-in-Residence Bev Marshall. Eric Johnson (Sims Memorial Library) also introduced a speaker. Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) and Elisabetta LeJeune (English) served as coordinators for Southeastern's presence at the restival. Other English faculty who attended the Festival were Alison Pelegrin, Dr. Jayetta Slawson, and Dr. Reine Bouton. Graduate student Garrett Hines (English) also was a panelist for a Writers Read session.
     At the conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association in Milwaukee, Wis., March 23-25, Dr. David Hanson (English) was presented with the NCSA President's Award "for sustained service to the association and significant contribution to nineteenth century studies." Dr. Hanson is the association's journal editor. At the conference, he also delivered a paper on "J. E. Millais, Ruskin, and the New Landscape: Ecology and Autobiography."
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