Four to interview for Southeastern president
Four candidates will interview with the Southeastern Presidential Search Committee during the week of Feb. 9. The interviews, which will be open to the public, will be part of a day-long series of meetings on the Hammond campus for each of the candidates.
"The selection of a new university president will impact many different constituents. It is important that we give the Southeastern community an opportunity to get to know each of the candidates while the candidates familiarize themselves with the university," said University of Louisiana System President and search chair Randy Moffett. "A full schedule of meetings for the candidates will be finalized later this week that will incorporate quality time with faculty, staff, students, community members and the search committee."
The four semi-finalists are:
Nick J. Bruno, Vice President for Business and Finance at the University of Louisiana System. Bruno earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi.
John L. Crain, Interim President of Southeastern Louisiana University. Crain earned a Ph.D. in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi.
Michael D. Shonrock, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Associate Professor at Texas Tech University. Shonrock earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Kansas.
Karen A. White, Senior Advisor for Urban and Metropolitan University Initiatives and Professor at the University of South Florida. White earned an A.Mus.D. in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona.
Linda Bennett, a fifth semi-finalist invited to interview, withdrew from the Southeastern search when she accepted the presidential position at the University of Southern Indiana on Saturday.
After the four days of interviews and meetings with the candidates, the search committee plans to deliberate and recommend at least two candidates to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, which will make the final selection.
Voting members of the 10-member committee include UL System Board Members Andre Coudrain of Hammond, Elsie Burkhalter of Slidell, Russell Mosely of Baton Rouge, Wayne Parker of Ruston, Winfred Sibille of Sunset, and Student Board Member Morgan Verrette of Lake Charles. Also serving as a voting member is Southeastern Faculty Senate Representative Joseph Burns.
Serving in a non-voting, advisory capacity are Southeastern Student Government Association President Zealon Solomon and community representative Daryl Ferrara who was selected by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce. UL System President Randy Moffett serves as the non-voting chair.
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 www.ulsystem.edu and click on the Southeastern search icon. To submit questions or comments to the search committee, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Southeastern sponsors 'English for Life' program
Southeastern officials met recently with professionals associated with "English for Life," a program sponsored by the Republic of Panama, Latina University of Panama, and the President Galindo Lewis Foundation of Panama, at the opening of a four-week program for teachers from the Central American country. The program, which conducts classes in the Student Union, is designed to improve English language skills and provide other educational content for the teachers. Southeastern will conduct the program three times a year over the next five years.
Participating in the opening ceremony were, from left, Gerald Guidroz, dean of Continuing Education and Special Activities; Diane Allen, dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Interim President John L. Crain; Marta Lewis de Cardoze of the foundation; the Honorable Mirna de Crespo, Secretary of Education of Panama; Aristides Baraya, director of the Latin American Business and Development Initiative of the College of Business; Eneida Lopez, provost of Latina University; Randy Settoon, dean of the College of Business; and Steve Soutullo, assistant vice president of enrollment services.
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Eleven students vie for Miss Southeastern crown
Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, Miss Southeastern 2008, will crown her successor, one of 11 contestants in the annual Southeastern pageant, scheduled for Feb. 11, 7 p.m., at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
The pageant has been a part of Southeastern's history since 1949, a Miss America preliminary since 1962. The pageant is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. General admission $5, free for Southeastern students, faculty and staff.
The theme of the 2009 Pageant is "At the Hop," said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.
Emcees for the event are Miss Louisiana Blair Abene, a Southeastern voice performance major and Miss Southeastern 2006, and Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Division of Continuing Education. Entertainment will include a vocal performance by Hotard, who was second runner up at the 2008 Miss Louisiana pageant.
Contestants for the 2009 title are junior nursing major Kayla Blanchard of Gonzales, freshman elementary education major Stephani Chiasson of Thibodaux, junior communication major Anna deTiege of Mandeville, senior music education major Elyse German of Pearl River, sophomore history major Opal Guillory of Denham Springs, sophomore management major Mary-Kathryn Johnsen of Covington, junior general studies major Jade LeBlanc of Gramercy, sophomore communication sciences and disorders major Kelly Maloney of Springfield, sophomore nursing major Tenisha Nicholas of Baker, freshman communication major Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, and senior nursing major Brittany Reno of Ponchatoula.
Leader said the pageant will again feature the "People's Choice Award" as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America national platform, Children's Miracle Network.
"The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the People's Choice Award," Leader said. The donations will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
Containers for donations in each 2009 contestant's name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant.
Miss Southeastern 2009 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant June 18-20 in Monroe.
For additional information, call 985 549 3805.
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Feb. 16 final day for students to apply for spring 2009 graduation
Monday, Feb. 16, is the final day that students can apply to graduate in spring 2009. The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced.
Candidates for associate, bachelor, and master's degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their Leonet campus accounts and choosing the 'Apply for Graduation' option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link ("Graduation Information - Apply for Graduation") at www.selu.edu or by calling Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066/62.
The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
The graduation application deadline has been extended for one day since the traditional deadline, Feb. 15, is a Sunday. Spring commencement exercises are scheduled for May 16 at the University Center.
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Faculty, staff invited to learn more about March 7 leadership conference
Southeastern will host the fourth annual Southeastern Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 7.
The student conference is open to Southeastern students and students from universities across the southern region of the United States. Universities that have sent student delegations to the three previous Southeastern Leadership Conferences include Lamar University, Tulane University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Alabama, Louisiana State University, Our Lady of the Lake College, and Northwestern State University.
Faculty and staff interested in learning more about the conference and how it will benefit their students are invited to an informational "Coffee and Sprinkles" session Thursday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m., in Student Union room 223.
Southeastern students can attend the day-long conference for $20 which includes breakfast, lunch, t-shirt, conference materials, keynote address, and three educational sessions.
This year's keynote speaker is Jonathan Sprinkles who was named 2006 College Speaker of the Year. He will present his award winning address, "How to L.I.V.E. Like a Real Leader." Other educational session topics will address a variety of leadership related issues including tips on how to be more assertive, conflict resolution skill building, and many others. Faculty and staff members who are interested in presenting are encouraged to complete a program proposal available on the official conference website: www.selu.edu/slc.
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'College Goal Sunday' Feb. 15
Southeastern is one of 16 sites statewide hosting "College Goal Sunday 2009" on Feb. 15.
The free informational event, scheduled for 2-4 p.m. in room 101 of Fayard Hall, is for all Louisiana high school seniors, their families and also adults who need financial aid assistance for post-secondary education.
Financial aid professionals will be on hand to help participants complete the FAFSA ("Free Application for Federal Student Aid") -- the paperwork that is necessary to get funding for college.
"To apply for state aid such as the TOPS program or Go Grant, and federal aid such as Pell Grants, Federal Work-Study or loans, you must complete the FAFSA," Southeastern Financial Aid's Tara LaBorde said. "Applying for financial aid can be confusing. Southeastern Financial Aid staff will explain the forms line-by-line, and computer labs will be open so that the electronic FAFSA can be completed and submitted on site."
She said admissions criteria and other information will also be available.
Participants can register for College Goal Sunday through a button on Southeastern's website, www.selu.edu or by visiting the Louisiana College Goal Sunday website, www.osfa.la.gov/CollegeGoalSunday.shtml. The College Goal Sunday website also includes important information about what participants should bring if they want to file the FAFSA application on site.
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Southeastern Channel reporter Corey Broman-Fulks, left, and Amato winery owner Henry Amato
Channel to air a taste of north shore
A tour of wine and beer-making processes on the north shore highlights an upcoming episode of "Northshore Gems," a local travel show produced by the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational cable access channel on Charter Cable Channel 18.
The program will debut Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m., on the Southeastern Channel and will continue airing at that time on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the next three weeks.
The latest episode takes viewers to a pair of north shore tourist attractions, the Abita Brewery in Abita Springs and Amato's Winery in Independence.
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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 Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 9:30- 11 a.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 contacting Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or ext. 5771.
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Alumni hosts Fair Grounds 'Day at the Races' Feb. 8
The Alumni Association will host "A Day at the Races" at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Sunday, Feb. 8.
The fun event is open to all Southeastern alumni and friends, 21 years of age and older. Cost is $35, which includes charter bus transportation from Hammond, clubhouse admission and lunch. Feb. 2 is the payment deadline.
The bus will depart the Alumni Center at 10 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Participants who plan to use their own transportation are welcome to meet the Southeastern group at the Fair Grounds, although the cost will remain the same Ragan said.
The lunch menu includes a wide variety of choices, such as corned beef and cabbage, a Fair Grounds favorite, seafood du jour, a grilled chicken breast with garlic mushroom cream, pasta du jour, rice pilaf, vegetable du jour and dessert. Iced tea, soft drinks and coffee are also included.
Participants can register online at selu.edu/alumni. For additional information, call Ally Ragan at the Alumni Association, 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Southeastern taking orders for official ring Feb. 2-4
Southeastern students can order the university's official ring Feb. 2-4 at the Southeastern Bookstore.
Representatives of Balfour, the company that creates the ring, will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday to display the ring collection and take orders.
Students who order their rings by Feb. 4 will receive them at the university's spring Ring Ceremony on April 23.
The official ring collection, designed by a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni, is available to alumni and students who have completed at least 75 hours of coursework.
For additional information about the ring, contact the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or Balfour, 1-866-225-3687, www.balfour.com.
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Nominate students for DSA awards
Each spring, the Division of Student Affairs hosts their annual awards convocation to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the university community. Faculty, staff, administrators and student organization presidents are encouraged to nominate students for three honors -- Green "S" Award, Outstanding Man and Woman Award and Outstanding Freshman Award.
Nomination forms and eligibility requirements for each award are available at the Greek Life Office, room 203 of the Student Union or by email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CPTP programs offered on campus in February
The Comprehensive Public Training Program is offering three professional development programs on the Southeastern campus in February. The programs are offered free of charge to state employees. Additionally, a number of the classes are part of a certification program through the state.
Building Better Performance through Employee Skill Development, a program for supervisors of classified employees, entitled will be offered on Feb. 2. Ethical Behavior in the Workplace, open to all employees, will be offered on Feb. 11. Professionalism and Productivity for Non-Supervisors, targeted to employees who do not supervise others, will be held on Feb. 26 and 27.
The first two programs are one day and run from 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Professionalism and Productivity is a two-day class. All programs will be held in the University Center, foom 139. For more detailed information about the class content please visit http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/cptp/classes_hamm.htm.
For registration information, contact Jan Ortego at email@example.com or ext. 5771. Space is limited in these programs, so early registration is encouraged.
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
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 or reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. -- Sympodium Training for New Classrooms: Southeastern has updated more than 80 classrooms with Smarttech's Sympodium audiovisual equipment. The training sessions will prepare faculty to use the Sympodium classrooms.
Mark Your Calendars
Monday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.- noon or Thursday, Feb. 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m. and 2-3:15 p.m. -- Blackboard: Communication/Discussion Board
Thursday, Feb. 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion: The discussions are lead by Dr. Matt Rossano, head of the Department of Psychology. All faculty and staff are invited. Cookies and drinks will be provided.
Friday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-noon - "Reducing Lectures: Using a Three Point Lesson Plan," presented by James Lovitt. Are you bored with the standard traditional lecture format? Are you looking for a new format to help re-engage your students in the classroom? The session will take a brief look at the traditional lecture format, as well as an alternative 'Three Point Lesson Plan.' It will examine the theory as well as the practical aspects of applying this active learning format in the classroom with results that have been observed so far.
Lovitt is a member of one of the center's engagement teams, "Pedagogies of Engagement: Exploring techniques to engage even the most passive students." Along with team member Debbie Johnson, he attended "The Teaching Professor" conference last May and gathered some wonderful information to share with his colleagues. Johnson and Lovitt will continue to share tips, ideas, and activities throughout the year via workshops, emails, and newsletters. A light lunch will be served.
Spring CUTL Workshops -- The center is offering a Certificate for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) on "Course Portfolios." CUTLs are offered by the center to assist faculty in meeting and documenting professional goals. The program allows faculty a structured, concentrated way to expand the practice, art and scholarship of teaching and learning. The certificates may be included in your professional portfolio as evidence of your continued professional growth in your commitment for teaching excellence.
Why Course Portfolios? These portfolios will allow you to explore what is really going on in your classrooms. Is what you want to happen really happening? Teaching requires a lot of intellectual work. Why not make your work visible through a course portfolio?
The spring 2009 CUTL will allow participants to create a course portfolio over a series of four workshops led by Southeastern faculty who have attended national training and created their own course portfolios. The workshops will divide the creation of the course portfolio into a four-step process. To create a course portfolio, participants will describe a particular course, gather evidence from the course, reflect on the teaching and learning outcomes, and share portfolios. For your convenience the workshops are offered at two different times during the week. You may attend one, two, three, or four sessions. Faculty successfully completing all four steps will receive a Certificate of University Teaching and Learning.
Step 1: Describing Your Course and Its Goals -- Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-noon.
Step 2: Describing Your Course Activities -- Tuesday, March 3, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m.-noon.
Step 3: Documenting and Analyzing Student Learning -- Tuesday, March 24, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m.-noon.
Step 4: Sharing and Celebrating Your Work -- Tuesday, April 7, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, April 8, 11 a.m.-noon.
For questions about the workshops and course portfolios, email Heather O'Connell, email@example.com.
Coming in March -- Join the Center for two upcoming seminars from Magna Publications. (Bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.)
"10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design" presented by Dr. Ike Shibley of Penn State University, Wednesday, March 11, noon-1:30 p.m., Tinsley, room 103: Which is better -- the traditional classroom or the online classroom? The answer may be both. 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.
"Managing Expectations and Handling Difficult Students Online" presented by Dr. Susan Ko of the University of Maryland University College, Thursday, March 12, noon-1 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103. When faculty makes 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.
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Events impacting traffic, parking
On Friday, Feb. 20, from 10-11 a.m. children at the Head Start on North Campus will conduct a walking parade along West Tornado Drive. During this event, vehicles will not be allowed onto West Tornado Drive from University Avenue to the parking area next to Human Resources. Vehicles will still be able to enter and exit the parking area and access all portions of North Campus by utilizing East Tornado Drive.
Students and employees are encouraged to take this event into consideration when making travel plans for the day. For more information about the walking parade contact the Southeastern Head Start at 985-549-5948.
On Monday, Feb. 16, approximately eight parking spaces on SGA Drive near the Sims Memorial Library will be reserved for a Bloodmobile. Students and employees should take this into consideration when making travel and parking plans for the day.
For more information about parking on campus and reserved parking for special events, please contact the University Parking Office at 985-549-5695 between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This week in athletics
Football's National Signing Day, as well as the continuation of the men's and women's basketball Southland Conference schedules highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The newest Lion football players will be announced on Wednesday at the Football Recruiting Bash at Twelve Oaks on the Southeastern campus. Doors open at 5 p.m. with head coach Mike Lucas announcing the 2009 class at 5:30 p.m.
The Southeastern men's basketball team (9-11, 3-4 SLC) will return to action on Wednesday, heading to San Marcos, Texas for a league matchup with Texas State at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Lions return home to host UTSA at 2 p.m. in the University Center. The Southeastern Student Government Association will sponsor a "Black Out" game on Saturday, providing black shirts for the first 100 students seated in the student section.
The Lady Lion basketball team (12-8, 4-3 SLC) will face one of its toughest weeks of the 2008-09 schedule. On Wednesday, Southeastern plays host to defending SLC regular season champion Texas State at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Lions head to San Antonio, Texas for a 2 p.m. contest at defending SLC Tournament champion and current league leader UTSA.
Wednesday's men's and Saturday's women's contests will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net, while Wednesday's women's and Saturday's men's games will be broadcast on the Internet only. Saturday's Lions-UTSA contest in the University Center will also be televised live on the Southland TV Network.
The Southeastern women's tennis team will open its 2009 schedule this week. The Lady Lions, which have won the last three Southland Conference regular season titles, will head to Centenary on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest. Southeastern will remain in north Louisiana on Sunday, facing Louisiana Tech at 11 a.m. in Ruston.
For ticket information on all Southeastern Athletic home events, contact the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office at (985) 974-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Football, Signing Day Bash, Twelve Oaks, 5 p.m.
Women's Basketball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Men's Basketball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*
Saturday, Feb. 7
Men's Basketball, vs. UTSA, University Center, 2 p.m. (SLC TV)*
Women's Basketball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women's Tennis, at Centenary, Shreveport, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8
Women's Tennis, at Louisiana Tech, Ruston, 11 a.m.
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Dr. Cheri A. McFerrin's (Chemistry and Physics) work was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM. The title of my article is "Ab Initio Study of the Formation and Degradation Reactions of Chlorinated Phenols." The article was co-authored are by LSU professors Dr. Randall W. Hall and Dr. Barry Dellinger.
A research proposal of Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) has been approved for the User Nanoscience Research Program at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Lab, which is sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy. The title of the project is "First principle theoretical calculation of van der Waals dispersion interaction between nanocolloids: the effect of finite-size and retardation". Kim will use the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) facilities to conduct large scale calculations for the duration of March 1, 2009-Feb. 28, 2010.
An article by Dr. A.L. Honorée (Management), "The effects of different teaching, research, and service emphases on individual and organizational outcomes in higher education institutions," will be published in the Journal of Education for Business. It was co-authored by David Terpstra of Eastern Washington University.
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