ByLion -- January 20

Post-inauguration lecture
Guitar Quartet on NPR Jan. 25
Faculty art on display
Columbia's Valentine Day show

Fick honored by LEH
PPR training for supervisors
Outside employment forms
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Grad student to compete nationally
This week in athletics
HRAC art for sale
Professional activities

Post-inauguration lecture highlights Obama and race relations
The Department of History and Political Science will host a special lecture Jan. 21 to preview its annual Black History Month lecture series and pay tribute to the inauguration of the first African-American President.
     David Goldfield, Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, will present "The Importance of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama to Race Relations in America" in the Student Union Theatre at noon. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     Goldfield, who received his doctoral degree in history from the University of Maryland, teaches a variety of courses on Southern history and the Civil Rights era. He is the lead author of "American Journey," the textbook currently used in Southeastern's American History survey classes. His recent publications include "Still Fighting the Civil War: The American South and Southern History" (LSU Press, 2002) and "Southern Histories: Public, Personal, and Sacred" (University of Georgia Press, 2003).
     The Department of History and Political Science sponsors the Black History and Politics Lecture Series as part of Southeastern's annual observance of February as Black History Month. The series is dedicated each year to the late Albert J. Doucette Jr., former associate dean of Southeastern's College of Arts and Sciences.
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Guitar Quartet on NPR Jan. 25
The Southeastern Guitar Quartet -- Southeastern graduate student Matthew Aguilar of Walker, music major Matthew Spears of Shreveport, and guitar faculty members David Bryan and Patrick Kerber - will be featured on National Public Radio's affiliate KUSC's "Thornton Center Stage" on Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. The quartet's "Guitare Louisiane" concert was recorded at the University of Southern California on Nov. 12. The quartet will share the bill with the eminent maestro, guitarist Pepe Romero. KUSC streams audio at The program will be archived at KUSC as "TCS #268" for those who wish to listen to it after the air date.
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Faculty exhibit displayed at Contemporary Art Gallery
The works of 21 Southeastern visual arts faculty will be on display Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at the Contemporary Arts Gallery in East Stadium. An opening reception is scheduled Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m.
     Faculty artists exhibiting their works are Anna Belenki, Ernest Milsted, Bethany Souza, Kim Finley-Stansbury, Sarah Wiseman, Yvonne James, Jean Flint, Troy Wingard, Robin Cole-Henderson, Bejamin Diller, Gary Keown, Jeffrey Mickey, Karin Eberhardt, Lynda Katz, Dennis Sipiorsky, Anna Belenki, Edna Lanier, Edward Ramsey, John Valentino, Patricia Ramsey, and Samuel McCarty. Lectures will be given by Irene Nero, Roy Blackwood, and Amy Morris.
     Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk, 985-549-5080.
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Columbia planning committeeColumbia Theatre for the Performing Arts' planning committee met recently to discuss the upcoming 7:30 p.m. Valentine's Day musical performance of "Bye Bye Birdie." From left are Bonnie Barrileaux, Donna Gay Anderson, Columbia Theatre director, Christie Gardiner, Columbia Theatre logistics coordinator, Anne Sharp, Fay Bright, Patty Hubert, Marjorie Morrison, and Mary Jo Greaves.
Bye Bye Birdie, hello Valentine entertainment
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will celebrate Valentine's Day in style this year with a special musical production of Bye Bye Birdie. Direct from New York City, the production will grace the Columbia stage on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
     While last year's Valentine Day production was a fundraiser for the Columbia, this year's will be a "thank you" for theater patrons, said Michelle Biggs, associate director of marketing.
     "The committee has been working very hard to make this a special Valentine's Day celebration," she said. "We will serve champagne and chocolates after the show in honor of Valentine's Day and the Columbia's generous supporters."
     Plenty of laughs and great songs have made Bye Bye Birdie one of the most memorable musicals of all time. The production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and spawned memorable tunes such as "Put On a Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," "One Last Kiss," "One Boy," and "What's the Matter with Kids Today?"
     Tickets for Bye Bye Birdie are $56, Center Orchestra and Loge; $51, Left and Right Orchestra and Balcony 1; and $46, Balcony 2.
     For those who cannot wait until Feb. 14 for musical entertainment, the Columbia Theatre has a few tickets left for a performance by singer, pianist Marcia Ball on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
     Ball's exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound that has been described as "a little, rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues."
     Texas-born, Louisiana-raised Ball received a 2008 Grammy Award nomination for her critically acclaimed CD, "Peace, Love & BBQ" in the the "Best Contemporary Blues Album" category. She was also recently nominated for "Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year" by the 2009 Blues Music Awards.
     Tickets for Marcia Ball 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.
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Tom FickFick honored by LEH
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has honored Thomas Fick, professor of English, with a 2009 Individual Achievement in the Humanities Award.
     Each year, LEH, the Louisiana affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, recognizes residents who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. Fick's honor is one of two Individual Achievement awards that will be presented at LEH's 2009 awards ceremony March 21 at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, La.
      Fick, LEH said, "has long been involved with the LEH and done a tremendous amount of work in St. Tammany Parish to promote education, art and the humanities for people of all ages. He has directed three LEH Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) programs and four summer teacher institutes to engage and better prepare middle and high school teachers for their important work."
     Fick, a graduate of Reed College and Indiana University, specializes in American literature, literature of race, and women's literature. He currently holds Southeastern's Leola Purcell Endowed Professorship in English for his work on Creole literature and is a former recipient of the university's Distinguished Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities.
     Fick's LEH summer institutes have included "Creoles in Fact and Fiction" and "Region, Race, and Identity in Louisiana." He has also published essays in many major journals, including Genre, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Fiction, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Studies in Short Fiction. He is co-editor of Alice Ilgenfritz Jones's Beatrice of Bayou Teche, published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
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PPR training for supervisors
There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. A session, offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21. The program will run from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Human Resources Office Conference room.
     To register for this program please contact Jan Ortego at or ext. 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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Outside employment
Outside employment forms for the July 1, 2008-June 30-2009 reporting period have been mailed. Additional forms are available at
     Completed forms and the return envelope should be forwarded to supervisors for approval. Supervisors should forward forms to deans or department heads for approval. Deans or department heads should forward the forms to HR.
     For further information, contact Sharon Sparacello in Human Resources at 549-5435.
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This week at 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 and reservations, contact the center at ext. 5791 or email us at
     Lunch and Learn opportunities in the center -- 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 of the seminar or have an intermediate understanding of Second Life. Attendees for session two 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.
     To read more about Exploring Second Life, visit
     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, and write construction guidelines.
     -- use maps for initial, mid-term and final assessment.
     -- empower students to critique and evaluate one another's maps.
     -- 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 at
     Mark Your Calendar-Make Your Reservation: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2-3:30 p.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.
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Darell HaynesGraduate student heads to national music competition
After winning on the division level, graduate student Darell Haynes will advance to the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) performance and composition competition March 28-31 at Emory University.
     Haynes placed first in vocal performance at the MTNA South Central division competition held at the University of Arkansas Jan. 10-11. He will now complete against six other division champions for national vocal champion honors.
     Originally from Luling, Haynes is one of the few MTNA competition participants to compete in more than one category - euphonium and voice. Although he will receive his Master of Music for euphonium performance in May from Southeastern, Haynes said his passion has always been singing.
     Haynes, an operatic baritone who studies with Southeastern music professor Stephen Rushing, performed eight songs for the MTNA South Central judges, including pieces in Italian, German and French. Haynes' euphonium professor at Southeastern is Andrew Larson.
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will continue Southland Conference play, while the track and field program opens up its indoor season during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (7-9, 1-2 SLC) will attempt to remain perfect at home this season, hosting a pair of SLC East Division rivals. On Wednesday, the Southeastern Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association will attempt to "Jam the Jungle" for Southeastern's 7 p.m. contest with McNeese State. Students will receive free t-shirts and food at Wednesday's contest. On Saturday, Southeastern welcomes defending SLC regular season champion Stephen F. Austin for a 3 p.m. game.
     The Lady Lions (10-6, 2-1 SLC) will look to take control of the SLC East Division this week, traveling to face the two SLC East Division favorites. On Wednesday, Southeastern will attempt to pick up its first road win in league play, facing McNeese State at 7 p.m. in Lake Charles. The Lady Lions will head to Nacogdoches, Texas to take on Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at 6 p.m.
     Both of this week's women's games, as well as Saturday's men's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday's men's game will be broadcast on the Internet only at In addition, Saturday's Southeastern-SFA men's contest will air on a tape-delay basis on the Southeastern Channel.
     Members of the men's and women's track and field teams will compete in a pair of meets in Baton Rouge during the week. On Thursday and Friday, Southeastern will participate in the LSU Combined Events. Select Lions and Lady Lions will also compete in the Purple Tiger Invitational on Friday.
     For ticket information on all Southeastern home events, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit
     Wednesday, Jan. 21
     Men's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Women's Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (KSLU)
     Thursday, Jan. 22
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Friday, Jan. 23
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Purple Tiger Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Saturday, Jan. 24
     Men's Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU)
     Women's Basketball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
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Hammond Regional Arts Center who features art for sale
The Hammond Regional Art Center will feature an unusual twist to its January show, "Out of the Closet." Gallery-goers will be able to purchase the art and take it home with them (after the show comes down).
     The HRAC Gallery Review Committee has gathered a collection of artworks whose previous owners, HRAC Board and general members, were willing to consign for sale. Visitors to the exhibit, a fund raiser for the Arts Center, can find paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and ceramics at reasonable prices.
"Out of the Closet" opens with a reception on Friday, Jan. 23, 6-9 p.m., and runs through Feb. 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
     The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) is located at 217 E. Thomas Street in downtown Hammond across from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
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Professional activities
Student Advisory Counsel member Ann O'Connor, a senior Organizational Communication student, recently represented Southeastern at the annual American Association of University Woman Louisiana State SAC general meeting at the LSU Women's Center in Baton Rouge. The meeting's purpose was to evaluate the needs of women attending Louisiana universities and to make available networking opportunities for career goals, financial stability, equal pay rights, and health care information critically needed by today's college women. Those interested in becoming a part of this organization can contact Co-Chair Aeriel Robinson at or SAC member William Rose
     Assistant Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Johns has been elected president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Northshore Chapter.
     Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) had an article published in the fall 2008 issue of Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction. The article, entitled "A Rat in the Garden: Teaching Valerie Martin's 'The Consolation of Nature,'" was based on her work with the short story and author last year during the Tennessee Williams Festival and Women's History Month.
     Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) made a presentation in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 6, at the Hawaii International Conference on Education. The title of her presentation was "Precocious puberty: What are the related risks?"
     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) has published two review papers -- "The Antiprotozoan Potential of Flavonoids" published in Pharmacognosy Reviews (Vol. 2) and "Depsipeptides from Microorganisms: A New Class of Antimalarials" -- in Minireviews in Medicinal Chemistry (Vol. 8), in collaboration with Dr. Rachel E. Morgan from the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.
     The Missing, Dr. Tim Gautreaux's (English, Writer in Residence) latest novel, will go into national distribution March 3. The book, much of which is set on the Mississippi River in the 1920s, is being published by Knopf/Random House, and has already received glowing reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Booklist.
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