ByLion -- January 26

Champagne Bingo fun
Virtual tour launched
February is Black History Month
Chefs Evening tickets on sale
Veterans Information Program

New Southeastern ID card
Events impacting parking
Spring non-credit courses
Center for Faculty Excellence news
SLWP summer institute
'Moliere Than Thou' Jan. 30
Register for W.E. Conference
Grant writing seminar
Football recruiting bash Feb. 4
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Champagne BingoChampagne Bingo benefits athletics
The FE-Lions alumni chapter's Champagne Bingo Saturday at Twelve Oaks was a blast for a good cause. Approximately 500 women attended the fundraiser for the Southeastern athletics program, where they enjoyed bingo games, raffles, live and silent auctions, door prizes and much more.
     "This was another sellout, another record event for us," said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "Everyone had a great time. We really appreciate the campus and community's support of this fun fundraiser."
     At left, being served by Lions football player Jeff Turner, are (clockwise from left) Melissa Sterling, Southeastern nursing major; FE-Lions members Tamara Danel, Michelle Dixon, and
Wendy Miller; Southeastern alumni Katrinka Lopinto and Malissa Gonzalez; Southeastern communication professor Amber Narro; and new Hammond resident Judy Roth.
     For more information about the FE-Lions, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150.
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Internet tour of Southeastern launched
A lively, five-minute Internet tour of Southeastern has been launched to help provide prospective students and their parents a quick overview of the university.
     Developed in cooperation with the national Web site, the tour features student, faculty and staff interviews and showcases areas on campus, including the Pennington Student Activity Center, the new residence halls, the War Memorial Student Union and the student-funded fountain memorializing hurricanes Rita and Katrina.
     The feature was shot on the Southeastern campus last summer and includes information on degrees offered, admission requirements, student activities, student body composition, Southeastern's textbook rental program -- the only one of its kind in the state -- and costs of tuition, room and board.
     The tour can be accessed initially through a button on Southeastern's home page and is also linked on the "Visit Southeastern" page and in the "Quick Links" dropdown menu on the bottom of every Southeastern Web page. The short feature will also air periodically on the Southeastern Channel, the university's cable-access educational channel operated in cooperation with Charter Communications.
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February is Black History Month
Southeastern student organizations and academic departments will host a month-long slate of activities during February in celebration of Black History Month.
     The Black History Month Kickoff event, sponsored by the NAACP, will take place Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The festivities will include an informational session on the importance of Black History Month and lively performances by university song and dance groups.
     In conjunction with Black History Month, the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science will sponsor its annual Black History and Politics Lecture Series. The series is dedicated to Albert Doucette Jr., Southeastern's associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and special assistant to the provost for recruitment of minority faculty and staff, who died in 2004.
     An African American history exhibit, "The Dream Unfolds," will be on display on the second floor of Southeastern's Sims Memorial Library throughout February. The exhibit will showcase black heritage milestones from "I Have a Dream" of Martin Luther King Jr. to the inauguration of President Obama.
     Also during the month, the Nu Omega Chapter of Southeastern's Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity will sponsor tours of Hammond's African American Heritage Museum. For more information contact James Matthews at
     All Black History Month events are open to the public. For more information on Southeastern's Black History Month call the MISA office at (985) 549-3850. See complete calendar …
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Tickets on sale for Chefs Evening
Tickets are now on sale for Chefs Evening 2009, Southeastern's annual "dinner party for a good cause."
     With a theme of "Cheers to 25 Years," Chefs Evening 2009 is scheduled for March 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at a new venue, the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     The annual event, celebrating its 25th year, will once again feature culinary offerings and libations from area restaurants, bars, grills, and wholesalers, along with a raffle and silent auction including items in all price ranges, said the Southeastern Development Foundation's Lynn Harris Horgan, who is sharing the coordination of Chefs Evening 2009 with her colleague Adrianne Roques.
     "We can hardly believe that Chefs Evening has reached the quarter of a century mark," said Wendy Johns, assistant vice president for university advancement. "Through the years Chefs Evening has been such a wonderful blend of 'friend-raising' and 'fund-raising.' On one hand, it provides the opportunity for the campus and the community to socialize together at an elegant, entertaining event. On the other hand, it raises funds that go directly to Southeastern's academic programs. With potential higher education budget cuts, private donations are particularly crucial now."
     For its 25th anniversary celebration, Chefs Evening is moving from the University Center across to the Pennington Student Activity Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street. The move will allow the Chefs Evening to comfortably accommodate more guests and restaurants, Horgan said.
     To give the Pennington Center's spacious floorplan the festive atmosphere that is a hallmark of Chefs Evening, Horgan said decorations will echo popular Chefs Evening themes from previous years - "Oriental," "Phantom of the Opera," "Winter Wonderland," "Safari," and "Tropical."
     Chefs Evening tickets are $50 each or $425 for a reserved table for eight. For those who also wish to attend the pre-event Champagne Toast party, scheduled for the university President's Residence from 4-5 p.m. immediately preceding Chefs Evening, tickets are $75 or $575 for a party of eight.
     Tickets are available from Southeastern Development Foundation, (985) 549-2239.
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New 'Veterans Information Program'
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'."
     Faculty or staff who served in the military and plan to attend are asked to contact James in advance. Refreshments will be provided.
     For more information contact James,, ext. 2247.
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New Southeastern ID card
The Campus Card Operations Office will issue new IDs to all current Southeastern employees as a part of a university-wide identification conversion initiative. Current IDs will be exchanged for the newly re-designed ID at no charge. If you have do not have your ID, you will be required to pay the standard $5 replacement fee.
     Please note the following schedule:
     Faculty (full-time, part-time, and off campus): New IDs can be picked up immediately
     Unclassified salaried employees: New IDs can be picked up beginning Feb. 9
     Classified employees: New IDs can be picked up beginning March 8
     The Campus Card Operations office is now located in North Campus Main Building, room 223.
     Employees are encouraged to exchange their IDs by April 15. The old IDs are planned to be phased out and will no longer be accepted at on campus locations, such as Campus Dining, Vending, Bookstore, etc.
     Please contact the Campus Card Operations office at (985) 549-3990 for additional information.
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Events impacting parking
On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Hammond Chamber of Commerce will have a meeting at Twelve Oaks. The parking area on the west side of the Recreation Center will be reserved from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. for this event.
     On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the Hammond Kiwanis Club will meet in West Stadium's Victory Club. Approximately 50 parking spaces will be utilized on the fourth floor of the parking garage from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
     On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Campus Compact "Ready Campus" committee will have a meeting at Twelve Oaks. The parking area on the west side of the Recreation Center will be reserved from 7 a.m. until the event ends.
     Students and employees should take these restrictions into consideration when making their travel and parking plans on these dates. For questions or more information about these temporary changes or other parking concerns, contact the University Parking Office at 985-549-5695 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., M-F or
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Spring non-credit leisure learning, workforce development courses offered in three parishes
Area residents can sign up for a wide variety of leisure and workforce development courses being offered in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes this spring through Southeastern's Division of Continuing Education and Extended Studies.
     The non-credit courses can help area residents tune up computer and other professional skills, prepare for tests, get fit, be safe, pursue the arts, and develop a hobby. More than 40 courses cover topics ranging from art appreciation to digital photography and "going green" to the spectrum of Microsoft Word applications.
     The non-credit courses will be offered on Southeastern's main campus in Hammond, the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies.
     "We have been adding new non-credit courses at all of our centers and are excited about our spring 2009 program for the region," Gunter said. "We have collected all of the courses in one convenient 'Leisure and Lifelong Learning' catalog that we hope residents will browse and share with family and friends."
     Gunter said the Leisure and Lifelong Learning catalog is being made available online, rather than in printed format. The comprehensive list of non-credit courses at all three locations is available for download online at The catalog includes a registration form.
     Registration forms are also available at the three locations -- Continuing Education and Special Activities, University Center, room 103; the St. Tammany Center, located on the third floor of the St. Tammany Parish governmental complex on Koop Drive near Mandeville; (or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 9261 Florida Blvd., Walker.
     Through a partnership with Gatlin Educational Services, residents can also take courses online in fields such as business and professional, healthcare and fitness, hospitality and gaming, industrial technology and software, management and corporate, media and design, and skill trades and industrial.
     Persons 60 years or older can receive a 15 percent discount, while active alumni receive a 10 percent discount when they present their current Alumni Association membership card.
     For additional information, contact Continuing Education and Special Activities, 985-549-2301 or 800-256-2771; St. Tammany Center, 985-893-6251, or Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 225-665-3303.
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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, contact the center at ext. 5791 or
     Monday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon and Thursday, Jan. 29, 9:30-10:45 a.m. or 2-3:15 p.m., Blackboard: Getting Started -- This is the first of several workshops that will help faculty in using Blackboard for teaching. Apart from introduction to the Blackboard learning environment, the workshop will also focus on the importance and significance of validating the syllabus. Please bring an electronic copy of your syllabus, if you haven't yet uploaded it to your respective courses.
     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.
     Lunch & Learn opportunities in the center -- Enjoy a light lunch while networking with colleagues and learning new strategies for enhancing your classroom. The Center will host the following Web Seminars in January.
     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, 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 at
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SLWP accepting applications for summer institute
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is now accepting applications for its 18th "Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing."
     The Institute meets at Southeastern from June 22-July 23 (Monday-Thursday), 9 a.m.-3:30. It is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, are eager to share their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers. During the Institute, selected kindergarten-college teachers from across the curriculum study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other. Participants also produce personal and professional writing and develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery to local schools.
     As summer fellows at the university, participants receive a $400 stipend, six hours of graduate credit, and free tuition. Upon completion of the Institute, they are recognized as National Writing Project Teacher Consultants.
     Applicants should submit the following: a resume; a brief description of a writing activity used in their classroom; a recommendation from a supervisor or member of SLWP; and a page containing name, address, phone, email, W# as well as school and grade level where the applicant currently teaches.
     Applications are considered until the institute is filled, and on-campus interviews begin soon. Applications can be emailed to or addressed to Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402.
     For questions, email Louth, call 985-549-2102/2100, or visit the SLWP webpage,
     The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project is a cooperative effort of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development and an affiliate of the National Writing Project,
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Southeastern hosts 'Moliere Than Thou' Jan. 30
Southeastern will host a one-man play, Moliere Than Thou, Jan. 30, 10 a.m., in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     Selected as the best adapted work at the San Francisco Fringe Fest, the play celebrates Moliere, a French playwright and actor considered one of the masters of comedy in Western literature and known for such plays as The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, and Tartuffe.
     "The play serves as a quick introduction to some of Moliere's greatest works and speeches, and has been seen all over the United States and Canada," said Evelyne Bornier, associate professor of foreign languages and literature. "It has given tens of thousands of students their first exposure to Moliere."
     Sponsored by the Student Government Association and Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Moliere Than Thou stars Tim Mooney, who is in his sixth year of touring with the production and has introduced more than 30,000 people to Moliere.
     Mooney has worked in theatre for almost 30 years as an actor, director and playwright. He taught acting and stage movement for two years with Northern Illinois University, before creating "The Script Review," a newsletter that reviewed some 700 plays in manuscript form over the course of seven years, distributed to literary managers and directors throughout the United States.
    Admission to the Jan. 30 production is free. For more information, contact Bornier at
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WE logoRegister now for March 20 'W.E' Conference
Southeastern will hold "W.E. - Women Empowered," a conference designed to bring community women and university students together for a day of learning and networking focusing on issues that all women face.
     Scheduled for March 20, the conference will feature workshops and presentations on topics such as work-life balance, stress and its effects on health, navigating and negotiating gender differences, minority women in business, smart risk-taking, building a leadership legacy, and business and technology etiquette.
     "The W.E. Conference's mission is to empower and inspire women to be ambassadors of change with emphasis on learning, leading and living in today's society," said Leigh Ann Lanaux, Southeastern's community liaison and co-chair of the conference. "Southeastern is excited about providing an opportunity for thought-provoking discussions of what it means to be a woman of leadership in today's society. Please save the date and plan to join us."
     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.
     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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Grant Writing Seminar and Workshop Series
Faculty and staff can learn the aspects of writing winning grant proposals through a workshop osted by Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Office of Sponsored Research and Programs. The working will be held Jan. 28, 2:30-4 p.m., in Tinsley Hall, room 103.The presentation will be general in nature and cover a broad range of issues such as proposal announcements, different agencies, how to respond to RFPs, common sense advice, common mistakes, how to get started, the routing process for University approval, and how to help Sponsored Research help you. The session will also include time for discussion and sharing of best practices among participants.
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Football 'recruiting bash' Feb. 4
Southeastern will hold its annual "Football Recruiting Bash" on Feb. 4 at Twelve Oaks. The event is free to the public. Free food and a cash bar will be provided. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with Southeastern head coach Mike Lucas slated to discuss the 2009 signing class beginning at 5:30.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern Football Office at (985) 549-5550 or visit
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This week in athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will continue Southland Conference play, while the men's tennis team opens its 2009 schedule during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (8-10, 2-3 SLC) will hit the road to open the week, heading to Conway, Ark., to visit Central Arkansas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Nicholls State visits Hammond on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest in the University Center.
     The Southeastern women's basketball team (10-8, 2-3 SLC) will return home on Wednesday, hosting Central Arkansas and looking to snap a two-game losing streak at 7 p.m. in the University Center. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will head to Nicholls State for a 2 p.m. contest.
     The men's game on Wednesday and the women's game on Saturday will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Saturday's men's game, as well as Wednesday's women's game will be broadcast on the Internet only. The Lady Lions' home game with Central Arkansas will also be televised (tape delayed) on the Southeastern Channel.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team will open up its regular season slate on Friday, heading to Memphis for a 12 p.m. match. On Saturday, the Lions and Murray State will meet in Memphis for a 10 a.m. match.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field programs will continue their indoor season on Saturday, competing in the Houston Indoor Invitational.
     Wednesday, Jan. 28
     Women's Basketball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m.
     Men's Basketball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 7 p.m. (KSLU)
     Friday, Jan. 30
     Men's Tennis, at Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 12 p.m.
     Saturday, Jan. 31
     Men's Basketball, vs. Nicholls State, University Center, 3 p.m.
     Women's Basketball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's Tennis, vs. Murray State, Memphis, Tenn., 10 a.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Houston Indoor Invitaional, Houston, Texas, All Day.
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Professional activities
A paper by Dawn Wallace and Josie Walker (Business Administration), Michael Budden (Marketing), and Connie Budden (Management) titled "Perusing the Headwaters of Diversity among University Presidents" has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Diversity Management.
     Dr. Richard Louth (English) presented "An Introduction to Walker Percy" at the Walker Percy Festival in Covington on Jan. 14. In conjunction with the Festival, Louth also served as an onstage commentator on four winning plays at the St. Tammany National One-Act Play Festival on Jan. 16-17.
     Dr. Martie Fellom (Music and Dramatic Arts) attended Dance Film Association's 37th annual Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City Jan. 7-10. Southeastern has been a touring partner with Dance Film Association since 2002, and Dr. Fellom will select films from this year's festival for airing at Southeastern this spring.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has published a book chapter, "Arrest Clearances for Homicide: National and International Comparisons," in Selected Essays on Current Legal Issues edited by David A. Frenkel and Carsten Gerner-Beuerle. The chapter was a paper originally presented at the 4th International Conference on Law in Athens, Greece.
     Dr. A.L. Honoree (Management) has had an article, coauthored by Dr. David Terpstra of Eastern Washington University, "Faculty perceptions of problems with merit pay plans in institutions of higher education," published in the Journal of Business and Management.
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) has published a paper with Richard Williams (undergraduate physics major) in the February issue of The Physics Teacher. The article is titled "An analysis of a video game".
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is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is noon on Friday. Contact: Christina Chapple,, 985-549-2341/2421.

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