ByLion -- February 9

Public invited to presidential interviews
Superintendent visits campus
Candidates to defend dissertations
SBDC's Ricks honored
This week in the performing arts
PPR training for supervisors
Reception for Tardo exhibit Feb. 13

'Saint-Georges' lecture/recital Feb. 12
Register for W.E. Conference
Ham'nd Eggs at Business Center
Cast announced for 'Die Fledermaus'
Tasty grand openings
Panamanian teachers on campus
Veterans Information Program tonight
Center for Faculty excellence news

Fire truck has Southeastern spirit
Police Union presents scholarship
Museum seeks posters artists
Lab School soccer champs
Lady Lions participate in 'Pink Zone'
This week in athletics
UPD officer honored by City Club
Professional activities

Public invited to presidential candidate interviews, search committee meeting
The public is encouraged to attend interviews of the four semi-finalists vying to become Southeastern's next president.
     The interviews will take place at the Southeastern Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave., beginning Monday, Feb. 9.
     The schedule of candidate interviews is:
     Monday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. -- Michael D. Shonrock, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Associate Professor at Texas Tech University.
     Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2:30 p.m. -- Nick J. Bruno, Vice President for Business and Finance for the University of Louisiana System.
     Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m. -- John L. Crain, Interim President of Southeastern.
     Thursday, Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m. -- Karen A. White, Senior Advisor for Urban and Metropolitan University Initiatives and professor at the University of South Florida.
     The presidential search committee will meet at the Alumni Center on Friday, Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m., to deliberate and recommend at least two candidates to the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, who will make the final decision. Friday's meeting is also open to the public.
     For more information about the Southeastern search, visit and click on the Southeastern search icon. To submit questions or comments to the search committee, email
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State Sen. Ben Nevers, Chamber President Darryl Ferrara, Pastorek, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development Diane Allen, and Parish School System Superintendent Mark KolweSuperintendent Pastorek visits campus
State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek visited with Hammond area business leaders and members of the Chamber of Commerce at the university's Southeast Louisiana Business Center last week to hear an update on the Hammond Magnet School, a collaborative project involving the Southeastern College of Education and Human Development, the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, and the Chamber. Pastorek said world-class education is possible in Louisiana if change could be made to eliminate "an old system, with old customs and an old attitude." Pictured are State Sen. Ben Nevers, Chamber President Darryl Ferrara, Pastorek, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development Diane Allen, and Parish School System Superintendent Mark Kolwe.
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Doctoral candidates to defend dissertations Feb. 16
Two candidates for the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree will defend their dissertations Monday, Feb. 16, in the Cate Teacher Education Center, room 2020.
     Members of the campus community are invited, but are asked to contact Dr. Kenneth Lane at or ext. 3765 to confirm attendance, since seating is limited.
     Chrissie O'Quin of Clinton, principal at the Mohican Education Center in Baton Rouge, will defend her dissertation, "Feedback for Struggling Students: What Do Teachers Believe?," at 10 a.m. Dr. Lane is her dissertation chair.
     At 1 p.m., Linda Saucier of Pine Grove, principal of St. Helena Central Elementary, will defend her dissertation, "A Phenomenological Study of the Teacher Efficacy and Collective Efficacy Beliefs in a Rural Louisiana High Poverty Elementary School." Her dissertation chair is Dr. Michael D. Richardson.
     O'Quin and Saucier are among 51 students enrolled in the doctoral program at Southeastern.
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Wayne RicksSBDC's Ricks honored by LSBDC
Southeastern Small Business Development Center business consultant Wayne Ricks of Independence was one of only two statewide recipients of a "Five Million Dollar Club" award at the Louisiana Small Business Development Center awards reception Jan. 29 in New Orleans. The award recognizes Ricks' achievement of securing $5 million or more in client capitalization.
     Ricks has been a member of the SBDC staff for three years. He is currently working on his MBA at Southeastern, where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance. Focusing on individual consulting, assisting clients in creating financial projections, and industry research, he works with start up businesses, existing business owners, and local economic development organizations to facilitate growth in the north shore region.
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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. 12 -- Guest artist: Aubry Bryan, tenor, "An Evening With the Chavalier de Saint-Georges," 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall
     Feb. 13 -- Junior recital: Ioana Miinea, piano, 5 p.m., Pottle
     Feb. 15 -- Guest artists: Sandra Lunte, flute, and Richard Seiler, piano, 7:30 p.m., Pottle
     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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PPR training for supervisors
A training program for supervisors required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees is being offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The program will run from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Human Resources Office conference room.
     To register for this program contact Jan Ortego at or extension 5771.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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untitled monotpe by Barbara TardoSims Library gallery will host a reception for an exhibit by retired Southeastern art professor Barbara Tardo Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m. The exhibit is "a mini-retrospective" of Tardo's abstract sculpture and landscapes on display at the library through the end of the month. Left, details from an untitled monotype.
Exhibit reception honors Barbara Tardo
Wall sculptures and drawings by retired Southeastern art professor Barbara Tardo are now on display in Sims Memorial Library as part of the university's spring gallery schedule.
     The January-May schedule of exhibitions sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts opened last month with a display of works by Southeastern faculty at the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Strawberry Stadium. Available for viewing through Feb. 19, the show features works by 21 faculty artists.
     The Sims Library gallery will host a reception for Tardo's exhibition Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m. The exhibit, which Southeastern galleries director Dale Newkirk described as "a mini-retrospective" of Tardo's abstract sculpture and landscapes, will be on display through the end of the month.
     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.
     The Contemporary Art Gallery will feature two guest artists in March and exhibits by Southeastern students in April, Newkirk said.
     South African-born sculptor Ledelle Moe's "Erosion," an installation of two large scale concrete figures, will be on display in the gallery March 4-26, opening with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on March 4.
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Le Chavalier de Saint-GerogesLecture/recital highlights 18th century Afro-French composer
In conjunction with Black History Month, Southeastern is sponsoring "An Evening with Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges," a free lecture and recital spotlighting the life and music of the 18th century Afro-French composer.
     Tenor Aubry Bryan will present the lecture/recital on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the in the Recital Hall in the Pottle Music Building Annex. The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and was organized by Katherine Kolb of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Joy Ratliff of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     Bryan, a New Orleans native who has performed in operas and recitals throughout the United States and Europe, will be assisted by New Orleans resident and internationally acclaimed soprano Valerie Francis and pianist Wilfred Delphin, professor and artist-in-residence at Xavier University.
     Bryan will offer an introduction to Saint-Georges and to his works as part of the performance.
Joseph de Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was the son of a slave and French nobleman who rose to prominence as one of France's leading fencers, conductors and composers. Against the backdrop of the period leading up to the French Revolution, he composed operas, symphonies, string quartets, songs, violin concertos and violin sonatas.
      For additional information, contact Kolb,
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WE logoRegister now for March 20 'W.E' Conference
Registration is underway for "W.E. - Women Empowered," a Southeastern 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.
     The deadline to register for the conference is March 6. A printable registration form is available at Conference sponsors include the Southeastern Development Foundation, Southeastern Student Government Association, and K-Team Printing.
     "We are continuing to add speakers, so please visit the web site for all the latest information, said Leigh Ann Lanaux, Southeastern’s community liaison and co-chair of the conference.
     For additional information or a registration packet, contact Lanaux at 985-549-3130,, or co-chair Jennifer Paul, director of Student Organizations and Strategic Initiatives, 985-549-2507,
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Chamber's Ham'nd EggsHam'nd Eggs at Business Center
Bill Joubert, director of the Southeast Louisiana Business Center (at podium) makes remarks at the Hammond Chamber of Commerce's monthy "Ham 'nd Eggs" event on Wednesday. The center hosted the February edition of the popular Chamber function along with business partners the Hammond Industrial Development Board and the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation.
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Cast announced for 'Die Fledermaus'
The Opera/Music Theatre Workshop has announced the cast of Die Fledermaus, which will be staged March 18-21 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Die Fledermaus is "the Dom Perignon of opera - an exuberant, witty and charmingly lighthearted comedy about mistaken identities, elegant frivolities, long-deliberated revenge - and the power of champagne," said Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop and conductor of the production. "And it is set to some of the most captivating music ever written. It is listed as the 19th most performed opera in the United States."
     Die Fledermaus will be directed by stage director Rachel Harris, who directed last spring's Opera Workshop production of "The Marriage of Figaro."
     Effler and Harris have double-cast several of the roles in "Die Fledermaus" to showcase the talent within the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. The cast also includes a faculty member - soprano Alissa Rowe, the department's vocal area coordinator, who will share the role of Rosalinda with Danielle Willie of Ponchatoula and serve as chorus master.
     The cast also includes Cassandra Arnold of Bedico and Bridget Lyons of Ponchatoula as Adele, Brandon Wear of Slidell as Eisenstein, Dustin Johnson of Covington as Alfred, Colby McCurdy of Slidell as Dr. Falke, Tyrone Hayes of New Orleans and Grady Sandidge of Slidell as Frank, Jane Rownd of Hammond as Prince Orlovsky, Damian Faul of Amite and Nathan Constant of Meraux as Dr. Blind, Cara Williams of Franklinton and Keturah Turner of Hammond as Ida and Stephen Dale of Covington as Frosch.
     The chorus for the "Die Fledermaus," which will be sung in English, will be made of up selected members of Southeastern's Concert Choir.
In addition to Harris and Effler, the production crew includes Steve Schepker, set design; Ellen Sovkoplas, lighting design; and Richard Walsh, costume design.
     Curtain for "Die Fledermaus" is 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door, beginning one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $15, adults; $12, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students admitted free with their university ID.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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"Mane Market, Too" grand openingTaco Bell grand opening
Tasty grand openings!
Roomie joined campus administrators on Jan. 27 to celebrate the grand openings of two new campus eateries -- Taco Bell Express in the Student Union Lion's Den and Mane Market Too in Garrett Hall.
     Brought to the campus community through a partnership between Southeastern and ARAMARK, Mane Market Too is a kiosk convenience store featuring Grab 'N Go deli sandwiches, salads, classic soups, snack items, beverages, hot coffee, and more. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
     Taco Bell Express, the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain, is located in the Lion's Den and is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
     For additional information, please contact Campus Dining at 549-2286.
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English for LifePanamanian teachers on campus
Interim President John L. Crain, left, addresses the 22-member class of Panamanian educators on campus participating in the English for Life program designed to facilitate and improve educational opportunities for the teachers. The program, which is being conducted over four weeks in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature Lab, offers participants a comprehensive program that included opportunities to meet and interact with Louisiana educational leaders, school system administrators and students. The program represents a collaborative effort involving Southeastern, the Panamanian Government, and the Universidad Latina of Panama. Observing are Eric Meadows, center, instructor with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, and Aristides Baraya, director of the College of Business Latin American Business and Development Initiative.
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'Veterans Information Program' tonight
A special "VIP" program - Veterans Information Program - will be held Monday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., in Student Union room 223. The program is open to all students who have served in any branch of the armed services, said Angela James, office coordinator for Disability Services.
     "Information about Southeastern resources available to veterans will be shared," said James. "Dr. David Ramsey, a faculty member who is also a veteran, will give a talk entitled 'What Civilians Can Learn from Veterans and Veterans from Civilians'."
    Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact James,, ext. 2247.
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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
     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,
     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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New Hammond fire truck in Southeastern colorsHammond fire truck displays Southeastern spirit
The Hammond Fire Department recently added a new truck to its fleet proudly displaying Southeastern green and gold rather than the traditional "fire engine red." The truck's design was made possible through the generosity of Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. of Holden, the city of Hammond, the Hammond Fire Department and Southeastern Development Foundation, Alumni Association and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. The truck is housed at the Hammond Fire Department's University Fire Station at the corner of University Avenue and North Oak Street.
     From left, are Mayor Mayson Foster, Assistant Fire Chief Richard "Stormy" Lee, Capt. John Thomas, Fire Chief Paul Collura, Southeastern Interim President John Crain, Alumni President Pat Williams, Ferrara Fire Apparatus CEO Chris Ferrara, and Southeastern Gamma Beta Phi President Jared Eusea.
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Adrianne Roques, Sgt. Charles Deliberto, Officer W.L. Brown, John Crain, Tammy Bourg and Lynn Horgan.Hammond Police Union presents scholarship
For the 13th consecutive year, the Hammond Police Officers Union Local 345 has presented a donation to the Southeastern Louisiana University Development Foundation to fund scholarships presented annually to two students from Tangipahoa Parish majoring in criminal justice. Interim President John L. Crain and Interim Provost Tammy Bourg, along with Development Foundation staff members Adrianne Roques and Lynn Horgan, accepted the donation from union representatives Sgt. Charles Deliberto, president, and Officer W. L. Brown, treasurer. From left, are Roques, Deliberto, Brown, Crain, Bourg and Horgan. Deliberto said the scholarship funds are raised through the union's annual ball, which will be held this year on Valentine's Day.
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Maritime Museum seeking poster artists
Southeastern's educational partner, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (LPBMM), has opened the search for an artist to create the 20th annual Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival poster art and is encouraging Southeastern faculty and students to apply.
     The festival, sponsored by Chevron, will be held along the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville Oct. 10-11.
     Creation of a unique festival poster is a tradition that dates back to the origins of the event in 1990. The museum has opened the search for an artist who can provide a two-dimensional representation of the 2009 theme, boats built by students as part of the Museum's Louisiana Traditional Boat building Program.
     Skiffs, pirogue, and bateaux have been built by students assisted by museum instructors since the first class convened in early 2002. More over 100 students have participated in the class.
     Artists interested in being considered by the selection committee should submit a brief biography, statement of vision and sketch for the work, an indication of the medium to be used in preparing the artwork, and samples of prior work, preferably in electronic format.
     To be considered, all submissions are welcome, but must arrive at the museum, 133 Mabel Drive in Madisonville, by 4 p.m. Feb. 27.
     The artist selected will receive a number of benefits, including recognition at the poster unveiling, copies of the poster, festival tickets, and a free 2009 festival booth. The winning poster will be unveiled at A-Frame Gallery in Madisonville on Sept. 18.
     For more information about the 2009 Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, call the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum at (985) 845-9200 or visit
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Lab School soccer champsLab School wins Baton Rouge Area Middle School Soccer Program
Congratulations to the Southeastern Lab School Cubs, who went undefeated this season in the Baton Rouge Area Middle School Soccer Program, defeating Brusly 4 -1; Runnels 4 -2; Parkview 3-0; Glen Oaks 3-0; Dutchtown 6-2; Parkforest 6-2 and Sherwood 4-1. The Cubs advanced to the Semi-Finals against Parkforest winning 3-0 and defeated Parkview in the finals 2 -1 in a very close game at the Burbank Soccer Complex in Baton Rouge Sunday Feb. 1. Team members and coaches are, from left, front, Chris Mercante, Amal DeAlwis, Brad Leon, Pete Bentivegna, Zachary Powell, Alec Griffith; back, Coach Jonathan King, Jonathan King, Wyatt Portera, Reece Durham, Camp Sledge, Bret Wagner, Brian Mercante, Jonathan Vales, Jonathan Cervantes, Coach Steve Leon.
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2008 "Pink" breast cancer awareness gameLady Lions to participate in WBCA Pink Zone Feb. 14
The Lady Lions women's basketball program will participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Pink Zone initiative designed to raise breast cancer awareness in conjunction with its Southland Conference contest versus Nicholls State on Feb. 14 in 3 p.m. in the University Center.
     The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
     The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as "Think Pink," in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research.
     The Lady Lions first participated in 2008. With Southeastern supporting the initiative for the second year, Southeastern head coach Lori Davis Jones hopes for the event to continue to evolve.
     "We are extremely proud and honored to be able to participate in the Pink Zone initiative again this year," Jones commented. "Our program, university and community are all very committed to promoting breast cancer awareness. The game will give us the special opportunity to play our part in the fight against breast cancer, while also showcasing our exciting brand of Division I women's basketball."
     The Lady Lions, who will be sporting special pink uniforms, will honor breast cancer survivors at halftime. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to the game and the first 500 fans to arrive at the University Center will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of Entergy and Connie's Impressions.
The Southeastern Student Government Association will provide fans with pink megaphones.
     In addition, the Hammond Running Club will sponsor a two-mile fun run in conjunction with the event. Registration for the run will be at 1 p.m. in the area between the University Center and the Alumni Center. The run will commence at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $2 and the runners will receive a t-shirt and two tickets to the contest. For more information on the run, contact Bruce O'Krepki at (985) 687-8899.
     The Pink Zone initiative has taken on a special meaning in its third year with the passing of North Carolina State coach Kay Yow on Jan. 24. Yow, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, had battled breast cancer since 1987 and helped raise awareness for the disease. In honor of Yow's memory, Southeastern will donate proceeds to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
     For ticket information, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit the official website of Southeastern Athletics,
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John Crain, Joel Erdmann, Mike LucasInterim President John L. Crain (left) talks about the university's new football recruits with Athletic Director Joel Erdmann (center) and head coach Mike Lucas at the annual Southeastern Football Bash held Wednesday evening on campus. Southeastern announced that 24 student-athletes, including 12 from Louisiana, inked a National Letter of Intent to play for the Lions beginning in the 2009 season.

This week in athletics
In addition to the Lady Lion's WBCA Pink Zone game against Nicholls State on Feb. 14, the men's basketball team will be back in action during this week in Southeastern athletics.
     The Lions head to Thibodaux on Saturday for a meeting with SLC East Division leader Nicholls State at 3 p.m. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Saturday's women's game will be broadcast on the Internet only.
     The Southeastern softball team will open its 2009 slate this week, hosting the three-day Lion Classic, which runs Friday through Sunday at North Oak Park. On Friday, Southeastern will face Alabama State at 12 p.m. and North Dakota State at 5 p.m. Southern will square off with the Lady Lions on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Southeastern will also face Belmont later in the day at 12:30 p.m. Southeastern will close out the tournament on Sunday, taking on Tennessee-Martin at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 12:30 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will open its 2009 spring schedule this week. The Lions will head to New Orleans on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Mardi Gras Invitational.
     The Southeastern men's and women's tennis teams will be back in action this week, with both the Lions and Lady Lions returning the court at UNO on Wednesday at 2 p.m. On Friday, the Lions open up their home schedule with a 1 p.m. contest versus Florida A&M. The Lady Lions will remain on the road, facing Eastern Kentucky on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Morehead State on Sunday at noon.
     The men's and women's track and field teams will continue its preparation for the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, scheduled for later this month. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Middle Tennessee Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
     For ticket information on all Southeastern home events contact the Lion Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit
     Monday, Feb. 9
     Men's Golf, at Mardi Gras Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
     Tuesday, Feb. 10
     Men's Golf, at Mardi Gras Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
     Wednesday, Feb. 11
     Men's and Women's Tennis, at UNO, New Orleans, 2 p.m.
     Friday, Feb. 13
     Softball, vs. Alabama State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
     Softball, vs. North Dakota State, North Oak Park, 5 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, vs. Florida A&M, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Saturday, Feb. 14
     Women's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 3 p.m.*
     Men's Basketball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
     Softball, vs. Southern, North Oak Park, 10 a.m.
     Softball, vs. Belmont, North Oak Park, 12:30 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Eastern Kentucky, Richmond, Ky., 10 a.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Middle Tennessee Invitational Murfreesboro, Tenn., All Day
     Sunday, Feb. 15
     Softball, vs. Tennessee-Martin, North Oak Park, 10 a.m.
     Softball, vs. Jackson State, North Oak Park, 12:30 p.m.
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George GironSoutheastern Officer George Giron honored by City Club
Southeastern Police Officer George Giron was named Officer of the Year by the Hammond City Club, which annually honors local law enforcement personnel serving Tangipahoa Parish.
     Giron was honored at the club's annual Law Enforcement Awards Banquet in January at Trey Yuen.
     Giron has approximately 20 years of law enforcement experience. He spent 18 years with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, where he served eight years in the patrol division handling a variety of calls and 10 years as a robbery detective specializing in solving armed robbery cases.
     "It is a blessing to have Officer Giron as an outstanding member of Southeastern's Police Department," said Mike Prescott, director of the university police department. "George brings a lot of knowledge and skill to our department, and I am extremely proud of his work ethic, integrity and caring for both the university police department and the university community."
     A member of the university police department since 2007, Giron is certified in police mountain bike, advanced interview and interrogation and as a field training officer. He also received P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standard Training) instructor certification in taser, survival Spanish, and Monadnock Defensive Tactics Systems.
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Professional activities
Dr. Sidney Guedry
(Biology/Horticulture) was presented with the " 2009 Distinguished Service Award" at the Louisiana Nurserymen and Landscape Association annual meeting in Mobile, Ala., for his career contributions to Louisiana's Horticulture industry. Also, two Southeastern Horticulture students, Melanie May and Kristin Butromovich, were awarded $1,000 scholarships by the association.
     A research study by Dr. Christina Merckx and Dr Eddie. Hebert (Kinesiology and Health Studies) was recently published in The SMART Journal (Sport Management and Related Topics). Titled "The Official Visit Experience of NCAA Division I Recruited Student-Athletes, it was co-authored by Dr. Heather Lawrence of the University of Ohio.
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