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Aristides Baraya, director of the Southeastern Louisiana University Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute, has been selected to serve on the National Scientific and Academic Council of the University of Distance Learning of Costa Rica.
One of only seven members in the world asked to serve on the panel and selected from more than 170 international applicants, Baraya was named to the council based upon a year-long evaluation that looks at scientific and academic qualifications, as well as service to the Latin American community. The term on the council, which develops, revises and implements academic polices in Central America, is five years, and members may be re-elected for additional terms.
“Dr. Baraya’s selection to serve on this prestigious international council is a testament to his dedication to expanding the horizons of international, cooperative education,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “His work over the years in bringing business professionals, educators, elected officials, entrepreneurs and others to Southeastern for specialized studies has had tremendous influence on professional development for a number of Latin American nations while also helping to expose our faculty and students to the diversity of our international economy. His efforts have helped expand international trade with Louisiana, an area vital to the state’s economic well being.”
A native of Colombia and resident of Hammond, Baraya is a faculty member in Southeastern’s College of Business. He was the first chairman and remains a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Business Resources and Technology Center located in Kenner.
The poster for the 20th annual Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival will be unveiled at a reception hosted by Capital One Bank Wednesday, Sept. 2. The free reception at Capital One’s branch located at 3840 Highway 22, Madisonville, is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks will be provided. The festival is the major fundraiser for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.
Maritime Museum Executive Director Jay Martin said each year the museum selects an artist to design an image for the poster that characterizes the diversity and uniqueness of maritime Louisiana.
“The poster has been a beloved part of each festival since its founding in 1990,” Martin said. “That first poster by Georgia Anne Sears set the tone for what has become a cherished tradition embraced by the local community and collectors alike.”
The poster may be purchased at the unveiling, and this year’s artist, Karin Eberhardt will be present to sign them. An assistant professor of graphic design, Eberhardt joined the faculty at Southeastern in 2007 and is a native of Louisiana’s salty swampland.
“The 2009 poster ties together both the traditions of Louisiana boatbuilding and its unique connections to the environment,” Martin said.
Numbered limited edition prints will be available for purchase for $45 through the festival and $55 after the festival. Unsigned posters are $35 through the festival and $45 after. Proceeds from poster sales benefit the non-profit Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.
Grant updates computer equipment, curricula at Delgado and Southeastern, Articulation Agreement in effect
A $965,000 grant awarded two years ago in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by the Louisiana Board of Regents to Delgado Community College in cooperation with Southeastern has culminated in a partnership designed to upgrade computer technology equipment and curricula at both institutions, officials at Delgado and Southeastern announced.
The four-year Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative (PKSFI) has also spawned an articulation agreement that allows Delgado’s students to easily transition from the college’s computer information technology program (technical specialist concentration) to Southeastern’s bachelor’s degree in computer science (information technology concentration). The agreement becomes effective with the fall 2009 semester.
“The program enhancements being achieved under the PKSFI grant in cooperation with Southeastern, including this important articulation agreement, are providing unique opportunities for students to take advantage of the most cutting-edge information technology education to gain relevant knowledge and skill sets for today’s growing job market,” said Delgado’s Dr. Warren Duclos Jr.
Duclos is chair of Computer Information Technology at Delgado and the grant’s principal investigator. Cris Koutsougeras, professor and chair of the Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, and Troy Kammerdiener, assistant professor of computer science, are co-principal investigators.
“This cooperative arrangement is important to workforce development initiatives for the state of Louisiana,” said Tammy Bourg, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern. “Professionals with this kind of education and skill sets will play important roles in the emerging knowledge-based economy of our state and nation.”
Under the agreement, students earning an associate of applied science degree in Delgado’s computer information technology technical specialist concentration can easily transition as juniors into Southeastern’s bachelor of science degree in computer science with a concentration in information technology. Delgado degree program completers meeting Southeastern admission requirements are guaranteed transferability of 60 Delgado credits toward Southeastern’s 120-credit hour baccalaureate degree program.
Green and gold Garments and Garb winner
La Capitol Federal Credit Union was the winner of the “Green and Gold Garments and Garb Contest.” For wearing green and gold to work on Aug. 20 and submitting a group photo, participating employees received Southeastern prize packs. The contest was the first of its kind for the community as part of Hammond’s Green and Gold Week, which celebrated the start of the fall semester.
Winners pictured are, from left, front, Paula Suarez and Katherine Core, and standing, Richard Hamilton, Susan Chapman and Joyce Spalding.
Southeastern Recognized as Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized the campus chapter at Southeastern as a Chapter of Merit. This award is given to chapters that not only comply with the Society’s national standards, but also demonstrate an active commitment to excellence.
By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, Southeastern’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter is being recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships.
The Chapter of Merit Award includes: a citation from the Society president; a commendation letter sent to chapter officers and campus administration; special recognition on Society Web site and publications at Phi Kappa Phi’s National Convention; specially designed logo for use in chapter communications and a $100 award.
Above: New York-based artist Charles Goldman assembles his three dimensional pallet sculpture titled “PBLX” in Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery. Goldman’s three-piece sculpture and video installation focuses on the repetitious lifecycle of economic goods and will be on exhibit through Sept. 25.
The Southeastern Louisiana football team will open up the 2009 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics. The Lions will host Texas A&M-Commerce (0-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. Southeastern has won its home opener in every season since the program returned in 2003. The Lions will be looking to extend that streak to seven on Saturday, against a Texas A&M-Commerce squad that dropped its opener, 21-7, to Angelo State last Saturday. Saturday’s game will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will also open their 2009 schedule this week. The Lions and Lady Lions head to Lake Charles on Friday to compete in the McNeese State Invitational.
The volleyball team (0-3) will open its home schedule on Tuesday, hosting Alcorn State at 7 p.m. Admission to all Southeastern home volleyball matches is free. On Friday, the Lady Lions will open play at the Radisson New Orleans Airport Privateer Invitational Tournament on the UNO campus with a 4 p.m. match versus Texas Tech. On Saturday, Southeastern faces host UNO at 10 a.m. and Bowling Green at 4 p.m.
The women’s soccer team (1-2) will look to bounce back from a pair of tough losses last week. Southeastern will host Jacksonville State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.
Tuesday, Sept. 1
Volleyball, vs. Alcorn State, University Center, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4
Volleyball, vs. Texas Tech (UNO Privateer Invitational), New Orleans, 4 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at McNeese State Invitational, Lake Charles, All Day
Saturday, Sept. 5
Football, vs. Texas A&M-Commerce, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Volleyball, at UNO (UNO Privateer Invitational), New Orleans, 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Bowling Green (UNO Privateer Invitational), New Orleans, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6
Women’s Soccer, vs. Jacksonville State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.
Southeastern home events in bold
Fall SOT Calendar
According to the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment, all faculty, department heads, and deans should note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the fall 2009 semester:
Term 1 (August 19 through October 7)
Packets delivered to Departments: Monday, Sept. 28
Administration of SOT: Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 29 & 30
Fall Break: Thursday & Friday, Oct. 1 & 2
Administration of SOT: Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 5 to 7
Deadline to be returned to IR&A: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Full Term (August 19 through December 4)
Packets delivered to Departments: Friday, Nov. 6
Administration of SOT: Monday through Friday, Nov. 9 to 20
Deadline to be returned to IR&A: Friday, Nov. 20
Term 2 (October 14 through December 4)
Packets delivered to Departments: Tuesday, Nov. 24
Administration of SOT: Monday through Friday, Nov. 30 to Dec. 4
Deadline to be returned to IR&A: Friday, Dec. 4
Any questions regarding SOT administration should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
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