ByLion -- January 12

Classes begin Wednesday
MLK march Jan. 20
Columbia hosts 'Extreme Canines'
CPTP programs in January

Online Financials training
Spring SOT calendar
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Channel airs coastal erosion film
Evans Fest highlights 'Encore!'
Chorale seeks singers
Athletics Hall of Fame nominations
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Spring classes begin Wednesday; registration underway
With Southeastern's spring 2009 semester scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 14, students who have not yet registered can still sign up for classes through Tuesday, Jan. 13.
     Eligible students can check the spring schedule of classes and register online by accessing the "LEONet" link on the university's home page,, and logging into the university's intranet at the "LEONet-Students" link. Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering.
     Students who have registered and paid fees by Jan. 9, 4:30 p.m., may make final schedule adjustments from that time through midnight Sunday, Jan. 11. No schedule changes will be permitted once classes begin on Jan. 14.
     All remaining fees must be paid by Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. Students who choose to cancel their enrollment must drop all of their classes by that deadline.
     Students may pay fees in person at the Controller's Office in the North Campus Financial Aid Building, room 107, or with a credit card via their LEONet accounts. Instructions are available online at or by contacting the Controller's Office at 985-549-2068.
     For additional information about registration, students may contact Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or
MLK candlelight march planned Jan. 20
Southeastern will celebrate the legacy of the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a candlelight processional and remembrance program on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
     The event, sponsored annually by the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Tammany Hall. Participants will walk to the War Memorial Student Union, where Alpha Phi Alpha will continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the tree planted in King's memory in the Student Union park and also briefly discuss their plans to have a special monument constructed on campus in the next few months in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shortly after the laying of the wreath, there will be a special guest speaker and program in the Student Union Theatre.
     "This year's event is even more momentous, as on the day we honor Dr. King, we also inaugurate our nation's first African American President, Barack Obama, as the 44th president of the United States," said Makeitta Darbonne, coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Affairs. "It's unfortunate that Dr. King did not live long enough to see the fruits of his labor manifest in this historic fashion, yet because of the hard work and dedication of heroes like Dr. King, we can celebrate such an event during this lifetime."
Extreme CaninesColumbia opens 2009 with 'extreme' show featuring talented dogs
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is going to the dogs - literally - with the "Extreme Canines Show" on Jan. 17, in the downtown Hammond theater's first production of 2009.
     The high energy, Hollywood style show has been called "a rock concert with dogs" and "fur flying family entertainment." Performances are scheduled at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
     Canine stars of varying breeds and sizes -- all adopted from animal shelters - perform a variety of entertaining tricks, from jumping rope to dancing and big air stunts, said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. "This show is the perfect performance for animal lovers of all ages," she said. "When I saw the tape of their performance on Oprah in September, I was so impressed I knew we had to bring them to Columbia."
     The talented canines have been showcased on television programs such as Animal Planet's Pet Stars, the Tonight Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Nickelodeon, Amazing Animals, and Monday Night Football. They have also been featured in Sports Illustrated and commercials.
     Area children who arrive early may be offered the opportunity to participate in the show Anderson added.
     Tickets are $35, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $29, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $25, Balcony 2. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
CPTP programs offered on campus in January
The Comprehensive Public Training Program is offering free one-day professional development programs on campus this month. The programs are offered free of charge to all state employees. Additionally, a number of the classes are part of a certification program through the state.
     Two programs will be offered for supervisors of classified employees -- Documenting for Performance and Discipline on Jan. 14 and Controlling Absenteeism and Tardiness in State Government will on Jan. 15. Effective Conflict Resolution Strategies, a program open to all employees, will be presented on Jan. 27.
     All classes are scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 139.
     For more detailed information about class content and registration information, contact Jan Ortego at or ext. 5771. Please note that space is limited, so early registration in encouraged.
Online Financial system training
On Thursday, Jan. 15, the Office of the Assistant Vice-President for Finance will present a hands-on training on using the PeopleSoft Financials system for purchasing, budgeting and travel authorizations. The training was made available beginning last spring and is appropriate for Budget Unit heads or administrative staff that need to access this system.
     Annette King, the Online Purchasing System Manager, will present the seminar in the LEO Lab, room 204, McClimans Hall from 9-11:30 a.m. Pre-Registration is requested by contacting Vicki Alford at ext. 3243.
Spring 2009 SOT calendar
According to the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment, all faculty, department heads, and deans should note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the spring 2009 semester:
     Term 1 (Jan. 14-March 9) -- Packets delivered to departments, Friday, Feb. 27; administration of SOT , Monday, March 2-Friday, March 6; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, March 6.
     Full Term (Jan. 14 - May 8) -- Packets delivered to departments, Thursday, April 9; administration of SOT , Monday, April 20-Friday, May 1; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, May 1.
     Term 2 (March 16 - May 8) -- Packets delivered to departments, Friday, May 1; administration of SOT , Monday, May 4- -Friday, May 8; deadline to be returned to IR&A, Friday, May 8.
     Any questions regarding SOT administration should be directed to Glenda at extension 2077.
The week at the Center for Faculty Excellence
Workshops: All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available; please call the center to verify. For information or reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, Jan. 13 - 1:30-3 p.m. -- Sympodium Training for New Classrooms: Southeastern has updated more than 80 classrooms with Smarttech's Sympodium audiovisual equipment. Training sessions will prepare faculty to use the Sympodium classrooms.
     Mark Your Calendar-Make Your Reservation
     Lunch & Learn: Enjoy a light lunch while networking with your colleagues and learning new strategies for enhancing your classroom. The Center will host the following Web Seminars in January.
     Exploring Second Life, Jan. 21-23, noon-1:30 p.m.: Session One, Jan. 21: Faculty, learning designers, and multimedia specialists new to Second Life will learn to define multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) and understand their importance to the learning domain; identify strengths and weaknesses of popular emerging MUVE platforms; MUVEs in the greater context of the developing 3D Web; identify appropriate contexts for different learning architectures that work in Second Life; identify planning points for initiating learning delivery in Second Life.
     Session Two, Jan. 23: To participate in this seminar, attendees must have participated in session one or have an intermediate understanding of Second Life. Attendees will learn how to integrate the basic concepts that they have acquired into their courses or programs. Faculty and instructional designers are encouraged to participate in this session.
     Read more about Exploring Second Life ...
     Using Concept Maps to Assess Traditional and Online Classes, Wednesday, Jan. 28, noon-1:30 p.m.: Learn how to use concept mapping both to enhance student learning and assess it. In 90 fast-paced minutes you'll get the tools you need to obtain and use free mapping software; create your own concept maps; instruct students in map creation; write construction guidelines; use maps for initial, mid-term and final assessment; empower students to critique and evaluate one another's maps; and evaluate maps fairly and effectively.
     You'll discover how concept mapping can help students integrate new knowledge, build on what they already know, and boost their deductive and inductive reasoning skills.
     Read more about this seminar ...
'American Crisis, American Shame' debuts tonight on Southeastern Channel
American Crisis, American Shame: The National Consequence of Coastal Erosion, a documentary detailing state and national threats caused by Louisiana coastal degradation, will debut tonight (Jan. 12), on the Southeastern Channel.
     The show will also air on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m., and at additional times in January on the university channel, broadcast on Charter Cable Channel 18.
     Produced by the Southeastern Channel in conjunction with the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, the documentary premiered in October at the Columbia Theatre as part of the 2008 Fanfare celebration. It also aired recently on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) stations.
     The program is a follow-up to The Manchac Swamp: Manmade Disaster in Search of a Resolution. Both projects were funded by a $63,000 grant from Southeastern's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (LPBRP) and the Environmental Protection Agency.
     The 30-minute show is the product of more than three years of research by Samuel C. Hyde Jr., director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the Ford Family Chair in Regional Studies. Hyde was assisted in research and writing by the center's assistant director, Keith Finley, and Nick Norton, professor of biology and director of the university's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program.
     The documentary contains interviews with a variety of scientists currently engaged in wetlands research, such as Southeastern biologist Gary Shaffer and John Lopez, director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's Coastal Sustainability Program.
     The program was videotaped and edited by Southeastern Channel operations manager Steve Zaffuto, who also created the graphics.
Bill EvansEllis MarsalisChuck IsraelsBill Evans Festival highlights Encore! 2009
Festivals celebrating the late, great jazz pianist Bill Evans and the art of the guitar highlight the 2009 edition of "Encore!," Southeastern's spring performing arts series.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, Encore! 2009 will feature a host of guest artists and dozens of concerts, recitals, operas, plays and dance programs from January through May.
     Moving this year to the month of April, the eighth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate who was the most influential jazz pianist of his generation. Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
     The 2009 festival will feature a special concert on April 23 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Three world-renowned New Orleans-born musicians - pianist Ellis Marsalis, jazz bassist and composer Chuck Israels, and drummer Troy Davis -- will form the special Bill Evans Jazz Festival Trio to perform an evening of classic jazz standards.
     Tickets - available at and at the downtown Hammond theater's box office (220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371) -- are $27, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $23, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $21, Balcony 2. The event is free to Southeastern students with their university I.D.
     The festival will open on April 20 with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. On April 24, Israels will perform with two Southeastern jazz groups - the Southeastern Jazz Combos at 4 p.m. in the Recital Hall, and Southeastern Jazz Ensemble II at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. All events are free.
     The spring performing arts series will also include the annual Southeastern Guitar Festival with five events during April that feature an eclectic mix of guitar programs, including Celtic guitar, music for guitar and voice, jazz, and traditional solo guitar and guitar ensembles. Artists include faculty guitarist David Bryan performing with soprano Jessica Davis Bryan, the Southeastern Guitar Quartet, the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, and the talented performers of the popular All Styles Night.
     The Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present Johann Strauss's most celebrated and popular operetta, "Die Fledermaus." Southeastern Theatre will join the schedule with a new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's madcap farce "The Servant of Two Masters" and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's intense 1992 drama, "Oleanna."
     Most Encore! events are free. For an "Encore!" brochure or additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985) 549-2184.
     The 2009 Encore! schedule includes (Read more):
From left, are Chief Engineer Steve Portier, General Manager Todd Delaney, Pirosko, Program Director Terry Havel, and Business Manager Tiffany Lambert. Members of the KSLU staff present a check to Mary Pirosko, Options Development Director, from the proceeds of the Southeastern Louisiana University public radio station's "CD and Record Extravaganza" fundraiser during Hammond's Starry November Night. From left, are Chief Engineer Steve Portier, General Manager Todd Delaney, Pirosko, Program Director Terry Havel, and Business Manager Tiffany Lambert.
KSLU makes 'record' donation to OPTIONS
KSLU recently presented a $475 donation to OPTIONS raised through the radio station's "Record and CD Extravaganza" during Starry November Night in downtown Hammond.
     "It was a huge success," said KSLU general manager Todd Delaney. "We asked listeners to donate their old records and CDs and they came through in truck loads - literally."
     KSLU split the proceeds from the event with OPTIONS, a local, private non-profit agency that helps people with developmental disabilities live and work in the community.
     Delaney said hundreds of Starry Night patrons browsed the more than 3,000 CDs and LPs that KSLU collected, boxed and alphabetized prior to the event. Single CDs and records were offered for a $3 donation and boxed sets for $5.
     "One guy spent an hour and a half sorting through the merchandise and walked away with a hundred records," said KSLU Program Director Terry Havel.
     "The price was right and it was great to have so much hard-to-find music to sort through," said KSLU underwriting representative Chad Pierce. "In fact, we brought out several CDs and LPs that were originally only sent to radio stations, and those went very fast."
     KSLU and OPTIONS plan to team up for another Record and CD Extravaganza in early April. To donate CDs or LPs, call KSLU at (985) 549-2330.
Community, campus singers invited to join Northshore Chorale
Singers from the campus and community are invited to join Southeastern's Northshore Chorale, which will begin spring rehearsals on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
     The choir will meet each Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Music Annex choral room (room 165A), said Alissa Rowe, director of choral activity in Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     "For our spring concert we will perform Joseph Haydn's 'Missa Sancti Nicolai' with orchestra -- and much more," Rowe said. "You do not have to audition for the Northshore Chorale. Just come to the first rehearsal. Everyone who loves to sing is welcome."
     Tuition is $25 per participant, $40 for couples, and $20 for senior citizens and students.
     For more information, contact Rowe, or 985-549-2334.
Nominations sought for Athletic Hall of Fame
Southeastern is accepting suggestions for nomination for new members of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame, announced Director of Athletics Dr. Joel Erdmann.
     Nominations for new members will be accepted until Feb. 28. Any interested person can suggest a student-athlete, coach or administrator for membership. A brief statement in writing of the nominee's accomplishments is required, addressed to the chairman of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Nomination forms and information regarding the full procedure are available online at
     To be considered for election to the Athletics Hall of Fame, an individual must have all of the following:
     -- Earned one or more letters in a varsity sport at Southeastern;
     -- Gained distinction because of superb athletic performance at the university;
     -- Earned a baccalaureate, professional, or graduate degree at Southeastern or at another regionally accredited institution of higher learning; or completed athletic eligibility at Southeastern (two years for junior college transfers; three years for athletes under freshman ineligible rules; four years for all other). This requirement may be waived by the Selection Committee with a unanimous vote from the Selection Committee; and
     -- Established a personal reputation for integrity that reflects favorably on the university.
     An athlete cannot be elected to the Hall of Fame until at least five years have elapsed since completion of varsity competition at Southeastern. (The nomination of an athlete can be accepted if at least four years have elapsed since the athlete completed varsity competition).
     Southeastern inducted four members last year to increase its total membership to 115. The newest members inducted into the Hall of Fame were former football player Angie Antonelli, former track and field coach Larry Crow, men's basketball standout Wayne Booker and former Lady Lion basketball player Deneka Knowles-Bickham.
     For questions or more information, contact Matt Sullivan, assistant athletics director for media relations, at (985) 549-2142 or
This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (6-8, 0-1 SLC) will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak on Wednesday, when they host league rival Northwestern State (8-8, 0-1 SLC) at 7 p.m. in the University Center, where Southeastern is a perfect 5-0 this season. On Saturday, the Lions head to Huntsville, Texas to face Sam Houston State (6-8, 0-1 SLC) at 7 p.m.
     The Lady Lions (9-5, 1-0 SLC) will be looking for their first-ever 2-0 start to SLC play, when they head to Northwestern State (9-5, 1-0 SLC) for a 7 p.m. contest in Natchitoches on Wednesday. On Saturday, Southeastern returns home to host Sam Houston State (4-10, 0-1 SLC) at 3 p.m. in the University Center.
     Both of this week's women's basketball games and Saturday's men's basketball game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The Southeastern-Northwestern State game will be broadcast on the Internet only. For ticket information, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit the Southeastern Athletics website.
     Wednesday, Jan. 14
     Men's Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 7 p.m. (KSLU)
     Saturday, Jan. 17
     Women's Basketball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 7 p.m.
Professional activities
On Dec. 9, the Gimnasio Campestre Los Cerezos, Colombia, together with the Latin American Business and Development Initiative in Southeastern presented a tele-conference titled "The Concept of Brand as a Marketing Tool." The conference was directed to more than 60 high school students of the Colombian institution with the intention of generating students' awareness about marketing concepts and real cases of globalized brands. The program is supported by Laura Vasquez, marketing instructor in Los Cerezos, and conducted by Alberto Silva, MBA student and administrative assistant of the Latin American Initiative, and with the supervision of Dr. Aristides Baraya. The program was supported by the Hispanic Business and Development Institute as a part of its community service program. It was designed to provide opportunities to Latino students and community at large to get engaged in learning activities. Activities focus on enhancing students' skills on topics such as business ethics and community social services, leadership and empowerment.
     Dr. Pete Territo (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) served as a speaker at the National Association for Industrial Technology's Annual Convention on Nov. 21 in Nashville, Tenn. The title of his presentation was "Preparing Industrial Technology Students for Their Job Search," In his presentation, Dr. Territo presented a model that could be used by other universities to prepare students for their job search. The model was designed to be student-centered, and built upon a partnership between the departmental faculty, the Office of Career Services, and participating industries.
     An article by William Schulz, a candidate for the master's degree in history, "Is Marxism Necessarily Atheist?," has been accepted for publication in the spring 2009 issue of Cleo's Quill, a journal of graduate student research.
     Ms. Rebecca Hensley (Sociology and Criminal Justice) had two articles published in December in About...Time, a magazine devoted to the African-American experience, covering people, politics, and the arts. Included as part of a 13-page section on neo-slavery in the southern United States, the first article is entitled "The Art of Re-enslavement" about Louisiana native Antoinette Harrell's work related to peonage; the second is a sidebar on Harrell's life.
     Angela Dunnington (Sims Memorial Library) participated in the Association of College and Research Libraries Institute for Information Literacy Assessment Immersion Track: Assessment in Practice Program on Dec. 4-7 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville. The program examined both assessment of student learning and assessment of information literacy programs for institutions of higher learning. Dunnington was one of only 45 participants selected from a nationwide pool of 120 applicants.
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