ByLion -- February 16

ULS Board to decide on president
Doctoral students defend dissertations
Scholarship honors Tardo
Miss Southeastern winners
Greeks give back to community
Nominations for Alumni Award

'Read Across America' March 2-4
Chefs Evening tickets online
This week in the performing arts
Southeastern recycling update
Lab addresses public speaking fears
Register now for March 20 'WE'
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Nursing students enroll in CALL
TAH workshop focuses on women
LAS annual meeting Feb. 27
25th annual Double Reed Workshop
Baseball tickets available
This week in athletics
Professional activities

John L. Crain ULS to decide on president tomorrow
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System will decide tomorrow (Feb. 17) if Southeastern's Interim President John L. Crain will take the helm permanently. Crain is one of two finalists selected last week by the Southeastern Presidential Search Committee to interview with the full board. The second finalist, Michael Shonrock of Texas Tech University, withdrew his candidacy late Sunday evening.
      “Dr. Shonrock was a strong candidate. It is unfortunate that the full board will not get a chance to interview him, but we respect his decision and wish him well,” said University of Louisiana System President Randy Moffett.
      The Southeastern Presidential Search Committee concluded its business last week after conducting interviews with candidates and selecting the finalists. The decision now rests with the UL System Board, which will hold a special meeting to interview Crain at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Claiborne Building Auditorium (1201 N. Third Street) in Baton Rouge.
     For more information about the Southeastern search, including candidate applications and an independent review of the Southeastern campus, visit the UL System's website at and click on the Southeastern search icon.
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Chrissie O'Quin Linda SaucierFar left, Chrissie O'Quin; left, Linda Saucier
Candidates defend doctoral dissertations
Two candidates for the doctoral degree in educational leadership defended their dissertations on Monday. Chrissie O'Quin, principal at Mohican Education Center in Baton Rouge, discussed her dissertation entitled "Feedback for Struggling Students: What Do Teachers Believe?" Chair of her dissertation committee wad Kenneth Lane.
     Linda Saucier, principal at St. Helena Central Elementary Schools, defended her dissertation, "A Phenomenological Study of the Teacher Efficacy and Collective Efficacy Beliefs in a Rural Louisiana High Poverty Elementary School. Her dissertation chair was Michael Richardson. If approved, the two will join one other candidate to receive the EdD degree at spring commencement in May. They will be the first recipients of Southeastern's new docotral degree program operated in consortium with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
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Barbara Tardo and friends Barbara Tardo, center, reacts to Visual Arts Department Head Dennis Sipiorski's (far right) announcement of the establishment of a scholarship in her name.
Friends, alumni endow scholarship honoring Barbara Tardo
Friends and former students of retired Southeastern art professor Barbara Tardo have established in her honor the Barbara Tardo Endowed Sculpture Scholarship.
     The surprise announcement of the scholarship was the highlight of a reception Friday for Tardo and her exhibit, "A Life in Art," now on display in Sims Memorial Library. The exhibit, "a mini-retrospective" of Tardo's work, will be on display through the end of the month.
     The scholarship will be awarded to a Southeastern art major interested in sculpture. Created by a committee of friends and alumni, the scholarship has been endowed with $10,300 in contributions, collected in just three months.
     A Southeastern graduate, Tardo retired in 2002 after serving on the art faculty for 37 years. A New Orleans native and resident of Folsom, she earned a master's degree at the University of New Mexico and a Master of Fine Arts at Louisiana State University.
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Anna deTiege, Marvin Yates, Jessica Poumaroux, John L. Crain, Kelly Maloney, Brittany Reno Miss Southeastern 2009 winners
Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Interim President John L. Crain congratulate the top contestants in the annual Miss Southeastern pageant, held Feb. 11 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. From left, are Anna deTiege of Mandeville, third runner-up; Yates; Miss Southeastern 2009 Jessica Poumaroux; Crain; Kelly Maloney of Springfield, second runner-up; and Brittany Reno of Ponchatoula, first runner-up.
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Southeastern Greeks give back to community
Greek organizations at Southeastern logged more than 5,000 hours of community service and raised $21,000 in the 2008 fall semester.
     The combined efforts of 11 organizations and 409 members raised the funds for local and national charities such as Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the Children's Miracle Network.
     Melissa Thomas, director of student organizations and Greek life, said Southeastern Greeks have proven to be reliable campus leaders who enjoy helping members of the community and participate in service-learning activities.
     "This just goes to show that a little effort on the part of many can make a big impact on the community," said Thomas.
     "An abundance of things in the world are put together by people who volunteer in the community," said Shonan Holmes, chapter president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. "Giving back can make the world a better place, even if it's only temporary."
     Holmes said Zeta Phi Beta's goal this semester is to develop a community service fair to show other students and campus organizations how easy it is to get involved.
     "Whether it's raising money for a family in need or going to elementary schools to be role models, it's important to us to get involved," said Delta Tau Delta President Nick Cavaretta. "We volunteer at elementary schools on a weekly basis to spend time with the kids and tutor them in whatever they need. Because of our work, we get recommended to other service groups all the time."
     Greek Week, held the last week in March, will give Southeastern Greeks the opportunity to actively participate in local charities and donate their time to the Hammond community.
     "Greek Week is a time to put an emphasis on community service by volunteering with different agencies and interacting with area groups to build relationships," said Thomas. "The Greeks participated in 79 events last semester and we are hoping to keep it up."
     Any organization with community service opportunities may contact Melissa Thomas at (985) 549-2120.
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Nominees sought for Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Awards
Each year at the Division of Student Affairs awards ceremony the Southeastern Alumni Association recognizes two seniors with the Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award.
     Nominees must have earned a minimum 3.500 cumulative GPA, be an undergraduate student receiving his or her degree in May 2009, have participated in at least two extracurricular activities/organizations, and submit a completed application and one letter of recommendation.
     Winners receive a monetary stipend presented at the ceremony.
     Anyone interested in nominating a student is asked to submit the student's name to Jackie Dale Thomas, director of leadership development/student activities,, Faculty Box 10414, Student Union room 110.
     The deadline for submitting names is Friday, March 6. Feel free to call 549-2233 with any questions.
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Southeastern celebrating 'Read Across America'
Southeastern is once again celebrating the annual Read Across America Week in honor of the late Dr. Seuss. All activities are sponsored by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.
     Southeastern will begin the festivities by hosting a 105th birthday party for Dr. Seuss at the Hammond Branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Public Library on Monday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. The event will include story time with local celebrities, refreshments, and an appearance by the Cat in the Hat.
     Local celebrities will also read to children at the Southeastern Laboratory School on March 3 and the Southeastern Head Start on March 4.
     Celebrities include local law enforcement officers, health care workers, and Southeastern athletes. All parents are encouraged to bring their children to the birthday party on March 2. For more information about Read Across America, go to
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Chefs Evening logoTickets on sale online for Chefs Evening
Patrons of Chefs Evening can now purchase tickets online for Southeastern's annual "dinner party for a good cause," which is celebrating its 25th anniversary March 8.
     With a theme of "Cheers to 25 Years," Chefs Evening 2009 is scheduled for from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at a new venue, the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     "We're happy to be able for the first time to offer the convenience of online ticket purchasing," said the Southeastern Development Foundation's Lynn Harris Horgan, who is sharing the coordination of Chefs Evening 2009 with her colleague Adrianne Roques. "To buy your tickets online, simply visit the 'Chefs Evening' button on Southeastern's home page or go to"
     The annual event will once again feature culinary offerings and libations from area restaurants, bars, grills, and wholesalers, along with a raffle and silent auction including items in all price ranges.
     For its 25th anniversary celebration, Chefs Evening is moving from the University Center across to the Pennington Student Activity Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street. The move will allow Chefs Evening to comfortably accommodate more guests and restaurants, Horgan said.
     To give the Pennington Center's spacious floorplan the festive atmosphere that is a hallmark of Chefs Evening, Horgan said decorations will echo popular Chefs Evenings themes from previous years - "Oriental," "Phantom of the Opera," "Winter Wonderland," "Safari," and "Tropical."
     "All of our Southeastern friends and supporters from the campus and community are invited to join the fun," she said.
     Chefs Evening tickets are $50 each or $425 for a reserved table for eight. For those who also wish to attend the pre-event Champagne Toast party, scheduled for the university President's Residence from 4-5 p.m. immediately preceding Chefs Evening, tickets are $75 or $575 for a party of eight.
     For information, contact the Southeastern Development Foundation, (985) 549-2239.
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This week in the performing arts
A weekly look at what's going on in the performing arts at Southeastern. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Feb. 18-21 -- Southeastern Theatre: The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni; Chad Winters, director; 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre. (Rated PG) Tickets: $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, faculty, staff, non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students free with ID.
     Information: Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, ext. 2184.
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Recycling logoSoutheastern recycling white paper, newspapers
Southeastern Recycling is now collecting white paper, newspaper and several other recyclables. Recycling Coordinator Ben Taylor encourages everyone to adopt habits that reduce, reuse and recycle. Let's work together to keep these valuable commodities out of the landfill and in use.
     White paper
     SP Recycling Corp. has placed steel containers for white paper and newspaper by Wilson Hall, on the east (N. Oak St.) side of the War Memorial Student Union.
     These containers accept sheets with any amount of print on them, shredded, crumpled, glossy or fan-fold white paper. Envelopes, paper wrappers, off-white and light, pastel colored paper are also accepted as are staples and small paper clips.
     Not accepted are dark colored paper; binding, brads, large paper clips, rubber bands, etc.; books, magazines, catalogues and phone books; paper contaminated with food, dirt, grease, etc.; cardboard and paper board; plastic or wax coated paper; tissues, towels, plates, napkins; carbon paper; and plastic bags.
     Departments and offices wishing to participate are asked to collect and store paper and contact Southeastern Recycling at x3452 or for pick up.
     Please bag or box paper. Mark containers with "Recycle" to prevent them from being hauled to the trash dumpsters by the custodial staff. Please do not overload bags or other containers. (Do this simple test: if you can lift it, we can lift it.)
     Do-it-your-selfers are welcome to take paper to the Wilson Hall containers. Do not place the bags and boxes used to carry paper in either container. Re-use these or put them in the trash dumpsters behind the Student Union.
     Smaller green recycling carts for white paper are located in the breezeway at the Student Union, in the small room on the left inside the north entrance to Meade Hall, in Wilson Hall and inside the east entrance to the North Campus Main Building.
     The newspaper container by Wilson Hall is for newspaper only, no phone books, catalogues, magazines or other kinds of paper.
     Ask your department office if they will collect and hold newspaper for recycling.
     Green recycling carts for newspapers are located in the Sims Library lobby, in the Student Union breezeway, inside the east entrance to the North Campus Main Building, in the small room on the left just inside the north entrance to Meade Hall, in the Cayman Cafe and in Roomie's coffee shop.
     Other recylables
     You can recycle these items at the Southeastern Recycling Station next to the Document Source in the War Memorial Student Union: rechargeable batteries, cell phones; ink toner cartridges; ink jet cartridges, keys, non-rechargeable batteries, plastic grocery bags, wire hangers.
     Aluminum cans
     Green aluminum can recycling carts are in the breezeway of the Student Union, in the small room on the left inside the north entrance to Meade Hall and inside the front entrance of the North Campus Main Building.
     Desk side recycling cans available
     A limited number of green recycling wastepaper baskets are available to staff and faculty who want to sort recyclable materials and deliver to a nearby collection point. Ask your department if they have established a collection program. If you already have a green can and want to start using it for only recycling, non-green cans are also available for your regular trash. Both can be picked up at the front desk at Physical Plant Services, 2400 N. Oak St. or delivered to your office or department office by leaving a message at the number below.
     Information: Ben Taylor, Southeastern Recycling, Physical Plant Services, office 549-3452 or cell 974-1810 or "Our recycling program is a work in progress with plenty of room for expansion and improvement," Taylor said. "We greatly appreciate your patience, comments and suggestions."
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Andreia Monteiro, Hammond; Brittney Baptiste, Baton Rouge; Micha Blanchard, Gonzales; Suzette BryanCommunication Apprehension Lab aimed at easing public speaking fears
Graduate students and communication professor Suzette Bryan test heart rate and pulse measuring equipment in the university's newly developed Communication Apprehension Lab. From left, are Andreia Monteiro, Hammond; Brittney Baptiste, Baton Rouge; Micha Blanchard, Gonzales; Bryan.
     Southeastern students who fear public speaking can learn to overcome anxiety by participating in the university's newly developed Communication Apprehension Lab.
     Under the direction of Graduate Coordinator Suzette Bryan, graduate students in the Department of Communication will teach students valuable cognitive and visualization tactics they can use to ease public speaking anxiety, considered the most common fear of adults.
     The lab will also provide communication graduate students with important research experience in an area that Bryan said is "groundbreaking" and, to her knowledge, unique to Southeastern.
     Located on the third floor of Southeastern's D Vickers Hall, the lab is open to any student who would like to overcome the fear of public speaking.
     "I have taught a lot of students with extreme communication apprehension, especially associated with public speaking," said Bryan. "Although some past research has said the fear of public speaking is too embedded within human personality to be changed, recent research has shown that cognitive approaches can help change the brain patterns associated with fear."
     Bryan, who has an educational background in speech pathology and organizational communication, said people have the ability to overcome public speaking fears if they are highly motivated and willing to put forth the effort.
     Lab participants will initially complete a series of apprehension surveys and present a prepared speech in front of a volunteer audience. Using a "mini logger," a non-invasive apparatus similar to a heart rate monitor, graduate research assistants measure the participant's communication apprehension by recording heart rates and patterns.
     After the assessment, participants are assigned one of three anxiety- relief techniques -- visualization, cognitive restructuring and skills practice -- which have been shown to strengthen public speaking skills and increase confidence.
     Following three weeks of individual, daily training and journaling, participants return to the lab for a follow-up session and their assessment is repeated.
     "We want to see if the anxiety-relief tactics help ease communication apprehension and if three weeks in enough time to make a difference," Bryan said.
Bryan said the experimental research and collection of data will give communication graduate assistants the opportunity to present their findings at various conferences and submit their work to scholarly journals.
     "One of the things that is sometimes a roadblock for graduate students who want to go into a doctoral program is not having enough background in research," she said. With the Communication Apprehension Lab, they are able to really jump into research and become a part of it. All we need now are customers."
     Graduate research assistant Brittney Baptiste, who was responsible for creating the experimental protocol, said the lab is an effective device for linking Southeastern students and faculty.
     "Working with Dr. Bryan in the development of the lab has shown me that instructors do create opportunities to further their students' academic careers," Baptiste said. "Our lab can give students the tools they need to build on their communication skills and I'm looking forward to the results."
     The lab is open on Tuesdays and Thursday. Students interest in participating may call 985-549-5060.
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WE logoRegister now for "WE" March 20
March 6 is the deadline to register for "W.E. - Women Empowered," a conference designed to bring community women and university students together for a day of learning and networking focusing on issues that all women face.
     Scheduled for March 20, the conference will feature workshops and presentations on topics such as work-life balance, stress and its effects on health, navigating and negotiating gender differences, minority women in business, smart risk-taking, building a leadership legacy, and business and technology etiquette.
     The cost of the one-day conference is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch. Discount prices are available for Southeastern students, faculty and staff, and members of the FE-Lions.
     A printable registration form and additional information, including a list of speakers, is available at Conference sponsors include the Southeastern Development Foundation, Southeastern Student Government Association, and K-Team Printing.
     For additional information or a registration packet, conference co-chairs Leigh Ann Lanaux, 985-549-3130,, or Jennifer Paul, 985-549-2507,
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News from 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, registration, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Thursday, Feb. 18
     9:30-10:45 a.m. -- Blackboard: Communication/Discussion Board
     2-3 p.m. -- Blackboard: Teaching Online Pedagogy
     Mark Your Calendars
     Monday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon -- Blackboard: Presenting Content
     Tuesday, March 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Lyceum Lights and 2-3 p.m. -- CUTL Part II: Describing Your Course Activities
     Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m.-noon -- CUTL Part II: Describing Your Course Activities
     Thursday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. -- Blackboard: Presenting Content
     Join the Center for two upcoming seminars from Magna Publications:
     Wednesday, March 11, noon-1:30 p.m. -- "10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design" presented by Dr. Ike Shibley of Penn State University: Which is better … the traditional classroom or the online classroom? The answer may be … both. The traditional classroom has benefits. The online classroom has benefits. Why choose between them … when you can choose the best of both? Blended learning - the use of both traditional and online elements in a single class - can be a winning situation for everyone, from faculty to students to your institution itself. You can learn about the advantages of blended learning - and strategies for implementing and improving blended-learning courses - in this 90-minute video seminar.
     Thursday, March 12, noon-1 p.m. -- "Managing Expectations and Handling Difficult Students Online" presented by Dr. Susan Ko of the University of Maryland University College: When faculty make the move to online teaching, they're generally quick to discover that difficult students are as prevalent in the online classroom as they are in traditional ones. The "difficulties" run the gamut … from inappropriate communication and excessive "neediness" to abusive and threatening behavior. How do you recognize these behaviors early? How do you intervene? And what proactive steps can you take to prevent them? Attend this 60-minute audio seminar for help in managing difficult students in the online environment. Bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.
     2009-2010 Call for Proposals -- 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 -- These 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 money from the upcoming fiscal year and depend on next year's budget. If awarded, funds will be available after July 1, 2009 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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More nurses enrolling in Southeastern online degree program
Nearly 50 students are enrolled in Southeastern's new online degree program designed to help registered nurses who have completed associate degree or diploma programs earn their Bachelor of Science degree.
     Most have not set foot on campus this semester, taking anywhere from one to four accelerated courses at Southeastern that are offered totally online. Some are taking upper level nursing courses, while a number are enrolled in general education courses - such as biology, chemistry, arts and social studies - that are needed to complete requirements for a four-year degree.
     The program is part of special statewide adult learning initiative known as CALL - the "Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana." Sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the project targets individuals who have some college credit but have never earned a baccalaureate degree. Last semester -- the first time the program was offered, -- seven students already enrolled at the university were able to transition into the new program and graduate.
     "CALL has enabled us to expand the offerings and geographical reach of our strong nursing program, already one of the largest and most respected in the state," said John L. Crain, interim president. "It's an important workforce development initiative, helping to address the pressing need for highly skilled nurses in our region."
     In Louisiana, more than 21,000 licensed registered nurses lack a bachelor's degree. They are graduates of two-year associate degree programs or hospital-based diploma programs.
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Teaching American History workshop focuses on Louisiana women
In conjunction with the national celebration of March as Women's History Month, Southeastern is sponsoring a workshop for teachers on "Women in Louisiana History from Poverty Point to Katrina."
     The workshop, scheduled for March 14 at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge, is offered through the Teaching American History Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Southeastern, the Tangipahoa Parish School System, and other educational partners.
     The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 660 N. 4th St. in Baton Rouge. It will provide teachers with knowledge, resources and hands-on activities to observe Women's History Month in their classroom.
     Participating teachers can earn a $65 stipend and six hours of continuing learning units (CLU's).
     Sessions will be conducted by Janet Allured of McNeese State University, co-editor of the forthcoming book of essays, "Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times"; Southeastern history instructor Charles Elliott, co-editor of "Carnivals and Conflicts: A Louisiana History Reader"; Ann Trappey, director of the TAH project, and William Robison, head of Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science and TAH academic coordinator.
     Topics will include Louisiana women, Native American women in Louisiana, and problems, methods and examples concerning teaching women's history. Trappey will lead participants on a museum tour and scavenger hunt, and the four presenters will close the workshop with a session entitled "Survivor: The Louisiana Women Edition."
     The workshop is open to all teachers, with priority given to American and Louisiana history instructors.
     To register or for more information, contact Trappey at, 985-748-2443 (phone), or 985-748-2445 (fax).
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Southeastern hosting Louisiana Academy of Science meeting
The College of Science and Technology will host the Louisiana Academy of Sciences 2009 annual meeting Feb. 27, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in the Student Union.
     An estimated 150 attendees -- scientists and student scientists -- from institutions throughout Louisiana will make an estimated 200 scientific presentations.
     Information about the conference can be found at and information about the Louisiana Academy of Sciences can be found at or by contacting organizing committee chair Gerard Blanchard, head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics,, ext. 2159.
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Jerry Voorhees with Double Reed Workshop studentsArea students participate in 25th annual Double Reed Workshop
Seventeen students from area high schools and junior high schools participated in Southeastern's 25th annual Double Reed Workshop, two days of specialized instruction for young oboe and bassoon performers.
     The workshop, held Jan. 30-31 at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building, was conducted by retired Southeastern music professor Jerry Voorhees, a renowned expert on woodwind fingering systems, and instructors Meredeth Rouse and Christine Webert.
     The workshop, now celebrating its 25th year, not only gives the young musicians instruction in bassoon and oboe, but also provides unique instruction in the art of making reeds, a crucial skill, Voorhees said, for serious double reed musicians.
     "One of the big problems for oboe and bassoon players is that it is very difficult to find suitable reeds. Most professionals make their own," Voorhees explained.
     The instructors were assisted by Southeastern bassoon student Aaron Albin and LSU oboe student Brooke Gaudet, who also served as chaperones for the students who "camped out" overnight in the Pottle Music Building.
     Double Reed Workshop participants included Madie Savoie, Ponchatoula; Jonathan Amie, Mallory McKenzie, and Blaine Naquin, Covington; Michelle Bahlinger, Ashley Ducote, Meredith Faulkner, Hannah Lopez, and Joshua Martin, Mandeville; Eric Robinson, Slidell; Shannon Bellard and Christian Harris, Denham Springs; Regan Cascio and Heather Dickinson, Walker; Kaitlyn Craven, Baton Rouge; Aaron Dentro, Greenwell Springs; and Mia Bosco, Luling.
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Southeastern employees encouraged to get baseball tickets early
Faculty and staff now have the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets to 2009 Lion Baseball home games. Faculty and staff can purchase single-game seats to contests against LSU, Tulane, UL-Lafayette and several other regional and conference rivals, two weeks before single-game tickets go on sale to the general public.
     The Lions' matchup against perennial national power LSU remains the centerpiece of the non-conference schedule. The March 10 contest marks the first time the Lions, who were victorious over LSU in Baton Rouge by a score of 6-3 last season, will be hosting the Tigers at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field since 2002.
     Southeastern opens 2009 with early season series against defending Ohio Valley Conference Champion Eastern Illinois (Feb. 20-22) and Northeast Conference power Sacred Heart (Feb. 27-March 1) before in-state powers LSU (March 10), Tulane (March 18), UL-Lafayette (April 15) and Southern (April 22); and conference rivals McNeese State (March 13-15), Lamar (March 27-29), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (April 17-18) and Stephen F. Austin (May 8-10) visit Alumni Field.
     The Lions have led the Southland Conference in attendance each of the last two seasons and hope that a strong 2009 schedule will make it three-in-a-row.
Single game tickets for the opening weekend series against Eastern Illinois (Feb. 20-22) will go on sale to the general public beginning today (Feb. 16). Limited numbers of single game tickets for all remaining Lion home games (LSU, Tulane, UL-Lafayette, etc.) will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25.
     Certain restrictions may apply. For details and ordering information, fans can visit or call the Lion Ticket Office at (985) 549-LION (5466) or (866) LION-TIX (5466-849).
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Roomie and "pink" studentsRoomie leads pink-clad students in cheers at the Lady Lions vs. Nicholls State "Pink Zone" game Saturday at the University Center. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association initiative, which women's teams participate in nationwide, is designed to raise breast cancer awareness. The Lady Lions sported special pink uniforms, and area breast cancer survivors were honored at halftime.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern baseball teams opens its 2009 season, the softball team hosts LSU, the men's and women's track and field team competes in the Southland Conference Championships and the men's and women's basketball teams continue SLC play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball season will open the season at home, hosting Eastern Illinois for a three-game series at Alumni Field. The series opens on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The three-game set continues on Saturday with a 3 p.m. contest. Sunday's finale will begin at 1 p.m.
     The softball team (4-2) will look to build on a successful opening weekend with four games this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern welcomes No. 21 LSU to North Oak Park for a 5:30 p.m. contest. Southeastern will hit the road for the rest of the week, beginning with a 3 p.m. contest at Alcorn State on Thursday. On Saturday, the Lady Lions face Mississippi Valley State on Saturday in a 2 p.m. doubleheader.
     The men's and women's track and field teams will close out its indoor season at the SLC Indoor Championships. The meet runs Friday and Saturday in Houston, Texas.
     The men's basketball team (9-14, 3-7 SLC) will look to get back into the Southland Conference race this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern hosts defending SLC Tournament champion UT Arlington at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The Lions will head to Nacogdoches, Texas on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest with defending SLC regular season champion Stephen F. Austin.
     The women's basketball team (14-9, 6-4 SLC) will attempt to continue its climb in the SLC East Division standings this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern will head to UT Arlington for a 7 p.m. contest with the Southland Conference-leading Lady Mavericks. Stephen F. Austin comes to town on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game in the University Center.
     Friday and Sunday's baseball games, both of the week's women's basketball games and Saturday's men's basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday's men's basketball games will be broadcast on the Internet only.
     The men's tennis team (2-1) will return to the court for three matches this week. The Lions open the week on Monday, hosting Centenary at 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. On Thursday, Southeastern heads to South Alabama for a 1 p.m. contest in Mobile, Ala. On Saturday, Samford visits for a 1 p.m. contest. The women's tennis team (3-1) will join their male counterparts at South Alabama.
     Monday, Feb. 16
     Men's Tennis, vs. Centenary, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
     Wednesday, Feb. 18
     Men's Basketball, vs. UT Arlington, University Center, 7 p.m.*
     Softball, vs. LSU, North Oak Park, 5:30 p.m.
     Women's Basketball, at UT Arlington, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*
     Thursday, Feb. 19
     Softball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss, 3 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Tennis, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 1 p.m.
     Friday, Feb. 20
     Baseball, vs. Eastern Illinois, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Saturday, Feb. 21
     Women's Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
     Men's Basketball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
     Baseball, vs. Eastern Illinois, Alumni Field, 3 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at SLC Indoor Championships, Houston, Texas, All Day
     Men's Tennis, vs. Samford, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.
     Sunday, Feb. 22
     Baseball, vs. Eastern Illinois, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
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Professional activities
Dr. Kathleen Campbell and Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "The impact of High Stakes Testing on Teacher Autonomy and School Climate: Are We Leaving Good Teaching Practices Behind?" at the meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association in San Antonio, Feb. 4-6. The paper was part of a symposium on the widespread impact of high stakes testing on classroom factors.
     Dr. Norman German (English Department) read "Hemingway's Taxidermist" at the Hemingway Society Conference in Kansas City and two of his stories at the Sport Literature Association Conference in Johnson City, Tenn. The stories previously appeared in Salt Water Sportsman and Sport Fishing magazines. In September 2008, Thunder Rain Publishing Corp. published his novel A Savage Wisdom, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair, for a 1940 Valentine's Day murder. While on sabbatical in the fall 2008, Dr. German worked on a vocabulary and etymology book titled The Word on Words.
     Dr. Kenneth Boulton (Music and Dramatic Arts) published his discography of the commercial recordings of the American composer Elie Siegmeister in the February 2009 edition of New Music Box, the Web magazine of the American Music Center). The discography is in preparation for the upcoming publication of the bio-bibliography of Elie Siegmeister's music (Scarecrow Press, 2009), which Dr. Boulton is co-authoring with Dr. Leonard Lehrman of New York City. Dr. Boulton also published an article about his recording, Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey, in the February 2009 newsletter of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association.
     Dr. Johan W. Van Der Jagt (Teaching and Learning) and Dr. Marion Madison of Athens State University presented "The Autism Dilemma: History, Prevalence, Assessment, Impact and You" at the 28th Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Super Conference 2009 held in Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 5-7.
     A paper by Michael Budden (Marketing), "Living the Dream in an Erudite World: Writing as if One's Career Depends on It," has been accepted by Contemporary Issues in Education Research.
     A paper by Yu Hsing and Toni Phillips (General Business) and Michael Budden (Marketing), "Impacts of Changing Financial and International Market Conditions on Output for Colombia," has been accepted by the International Business and Economic Research Journal.
     Dr. Natasha Whitton's (English) entry on Southern writer Bobbie Ann Mason has been accepted for publication in The Literary Encyclopedia, a collaborative project aiming to provide literary scholars and students in the English-speaking world with a comprehensive reference work for literary and cultural events and figures.
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