ByLion -- July 6

Ringing with pride
Farewell to Donnie Booth
Bicentennial Commission meets

Wyld eyes anti-shoplifting technology
Gallery hosts New Orleans artists
Thanks to 'Peter Pan donors
Outside employment on Blackboard
Identify that smell
Reserve your 'party patio' spot
Professional activities

Ringing with spirit
"Hot Spots," Southeastern's online headquarters for pride-related features, has a new item for Lion fans - Southeastern ringtones.
     Both the university Fight Song and the Alma Mater are available for download to cell phones. The download link initially can be accessed through a button rotating on Southeastern's home page, and permanently on Hot Spots, which is linked in the "quick links" menu on the bottom of every Southeastern Web page, and in the left navigation on pages throughout the web site.
     Enjoy ringing with pride!
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Paul Riggs, Donnie Booth, President CrainRetired professor and administrator Paul Riggs and President John L. Crain congratulate Dean Donnie Booth on her retirement at a recent reception at the Alumni Center.
Fond farewell for Dean Booth
Friends and colleagues of Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, gathered at the Alumni Center June 24 to bid her a fond farewell as she retires after a long and exemplary career as a health care practitioner, teacher, scholar, and leader.
     "She has made numerous significant contributions to Southeastern, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the State of Louisiana health care system, and the nursing profession," said Interim Provost Tammy Bourg. "She is a most valuable member of the Southeastern family."
     In a message to faculty and staff, Bourg said, "During her 36 years of employment at Southeastern, Donnie has been a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar with numerous publications and regional and national presentations to her credit, a mentor to both students and faculty, and a respected and valued colleague to many on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators often look to Donnie for her reasoned views and sage advice.
     "Dr. Booth's talents are appreciated not only by those of us here at Southeastern but also by others in her profession. In addition to serving as a member of the Louisiana Health Works Commission, as chair of the Nursing Supply and Demand Commission, and as past president of the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Council of Administrators in Nursing Education, Donnie has been recognized as the 2007 Nursing School Administrator of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses' Foundation and as one of the "Women of the Year 2002" by New Orleans CityBusiness. In addition to numerous other awards and honors, Dr. Booth received Southeastern's President's Award for Excellence in Service in 1997 and the President's Award for Academic Excellence when she graduated from Southeastern in 1969. She also gave many years of service to Southeastern's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, including serving as president.
     "As an academic leader, Donnie is known for her fair, well thought out, even-handed approach to decision making. As dean, she has successfully advocated for all of the programs in her college while always appreciating that the three academic departments in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are three of 22 academic departments university-wide.
     "Donnie exemplifies academic excellence, professionalism, and diplomacy. Her contributions have truly made Southeastern a better place. We wish her a wonderful and well-deserved retirement spending fun, quality time with her husband Lou, her children and grandchildren, and the many lifelong friends she has made throughout her career."
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West Florida Republic Bicentennial CommissionThe West Florida Republic Bicentennial Commission (which is standing behind a copy of the Republic of West Florida constitution on display in the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies) includes, from left, Jeannine Bickham, Washington Parish Tourist Commission; Betty Stewart, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau; Center Director Sam Hyde; Renee Kientz, St. Tammany Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau; Rita Allen, St. Helena Parish Tourist Commission; David Norwood, West Feliciana Parish representative; Audrey Facine, East Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission; Eric Edwards, Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Dr. Florent Hardy, Secretary of State's Office and State Archivist.
Planning begins for West Florida Bicentennial
The bicentennial of the West Florida Revolt and the Lone Star Republic will be celebrated next year with new monuments and walking trails, theatrical productions, historical lectures, educational programs, and festivals, according to the new commission formed to plan the festivities.
     The commission, created by recent legislation sponsored by State Rep. John Bel Edwards, met for the first time on June 23 at Southeastern's Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, which will serve as headquarters for bicentennial planning and events.
     Southeastern history professor Sam Hyde, director of the center and an authority on Florida Parishes history, said the bicentennial's goal is "overcoming the ignorance and mystery that surrounds the event that gives the Florida Parishes its distinctive identity and makes the area the most unique region of Louisiana."
     Serving with Hyde on the planning commission are State Archivist Florent Hardy and representatives from each of the Florida Parishes, including Jeannine Bickham, Washington Parish Tourist Commission; Betty Stewart, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau; Renee Kientz, St. Tammany Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau; Rita Allen, St. Helena Parish Tourist Commission; David Norwood, West Feliciana Parish representative; Audrey Facine, East Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission; and Eric Edwards , Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hyde will chair the commission with Norwood as vice chairman and Stewart as secretary-treasurer.
     "Most people fail to realize that the Florida Parishes were not a part of the Louisiana Purchase," said Hyde. "Instead, the region remained a part of the Spanish Empire. After a failed effort in 1804 to overthrow Spanish authority in the region, a far more organized rising occurred in 1810."
     Hyde said armed rebels stormed the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge early in the morning of Sept. 23, 1810, and "in a sharp and bloody firefight wrested control of the region from the Spanish." Meeting at St. Francisville, the West Florida Assembly elected Fulwar Skipwith governor of the new republic and commissioned an army under General Philemon Thomas to march across the territory, subdue opposition to the insurrection, and seek to secure as much Spanish held territory as possible for the new republic.
     "Eventually the territory of the republic extended from the Mississippi to the Pearl River," Hyde said. "The republic endured for 74 days before being forcibly annexed by the United States, an event that essentially completed the Louisiana Purchase."
     He said support for the revolt was far from unanimous. "Residents of the western Florida Parishes proved largely supportive of the Revolt," Hyde said, "while the majority of the population in the eastern region of the Florida Parishes opposed the insurrection. Thomas' army violently suppressed opponents of the revolt, leaving a bitter legacy in the Tangipahoa and Tchefuncte River regions."
     For additional information about the bicentennial, contact the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, ext. 2151.
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David WyldWyld examines shoplifting prevention technology
In today's world, organized crime takes place not only in alleyways and behind closed doors, but in local department and appliance stores, where powerful shoplifting organizations are creating an estimated annual retail deficit of more than $30 billion.
     According to Southeastern Louisiana University business professor and radio frequency identification (RFID) specialist David C. Wyld, investigators of organized retail crime are actively researching how RFID technology can be used to track the in-store whereabouts of products and reduce shoplifting incidents.
     Wyld's evaluation of RFID's advantageous impact on organized shoplifting appeared in a recent issue of RFID News, a magazine focused on new radio frequency identification technology for use in security, retail, transportation and government agencies.
     As director of Southeastern's Strategic e-Commerce/e-Government Initiative in the College of Business, Wyld specializes in RFID and information technology, and frequently contributes to industry publications.
     "The 'five-finger discount' has become an all-too accepted part of the American lexicon," Wyld said. "Shoplifting is fast-shifting from a crime carried out by individuals to the focus of criminal enterprises. And these organized shopping gangs cause more economic damage to retailers than traditional shoplifters."
     Wyld said RFID technology allows retailers, via radio frequency antennas placed inside product packaging or on the product itself, to track the placement, movement and status of store merchandise - making shoplifting a more difficult task.
     Organized shoplifting gangs often use large groups of trained shoplifters to steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in a single day. Popular items like electronics, pharmaceutical drugs, and infant formula are then sold to stores that intentionally buy stolen goods -- online, on the streets, or in illegal underground transactions.
     "RFID presents a new weapon, perhaps the nuclear option, to provide retailers with better business intelligence on what's in the store and what has left the store through shoplifting," Wyld said. "In this economy, the criminal and economic trends are intertwining, making leading retailers concerned that they may see acceleration in shoplifting."
     Unlike conventional security methods such as closed-circuit cameras and electronic article surveillance that are limited to certain areas and supported by on-floor employees, RFID products can be monitored quickly from a central location. RFID tags can be read at a rate of 100-200 per minute and are expected to replace traditional product barcodes that can be easily blocked by "booster bags," aluminum-lined bags that prevent detection by ordinary anti-theft devices.
     Wyld said retail use of RFID would eliminate the need for product tagging and provide dual functions by acting as an item identification device as well as an anti-theft tool.
     "The specificity of theft information provided by RFID can enable retailers to improve visibility, which allows them to not only update their inventory more accurately and replace stolen items more quickly, but to also spot trends in theft," he said.
     "There is already excitement about the prospects for RFID. In Europe and the United States, we are seeing exciting in-store application in bookstores, electronics and grocery stores that are bringing about new possibilities for customer service, business intelligence and inventory management."
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Gallery hosts exhibit by New Orleans artists
The Contemporary Art Gallery's summer exhibit features New Orleans artists Teresa Cole and Sandy Chism. The exhibit at the gallery in East Strawberry Stadium will be open through July 23, said Gallery Director Dale Newkirk.
     Teresa Cole is an associate professor at Tulane University, where she holds the Ellsworth Woodward Professorship in Art. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fiber arts from the Maryland Institute in 1983, and received much of her early print education as a working member of Peacock Printmakers in Aberdeen, Scotland. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Michigan's Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1989.
     Cole shows both nationally and internationally. Her latest solo exhibition, Shift, was shown at Gallery Bienvenu in New Orleans. Her recent visiting artist engagements include the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Anchor Graphics and Columbia College in Chicago, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Northern Iowa, and Hard Ground Printmakers in Cape Town, South Africa. She just returned from a printmaking artist residency at Frans Masereel in Kasterlee, Belgium.
     Sandy Chism’s work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She is a professor of painting and drawing and the graduate coordinator for Art Studio at the Newcomb Department of Art at Tulane University. Her work is featured in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection in Los Angeles. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, Forum Magazine and the New Orleans Art Review. She currently exhibits with the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and Steve Martin Fine Art.
     Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact the gallery at 985-549-5080.
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Peter Pan, Captain Hook and corporate sponsorsThanks, Peter Pan sponsors!
"Peter Pan" (Bridget Lyons of Ponchatoula ), far left, and "Captain Hook" (Colby McCurdy of Slidell), far right, pose with some of the generous corporate sponsors of the Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's June 26-27 production of the musical Peter Pan.
     The sponsors were presented with certificates of appreciation at a reception following the show's opening night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
      From left, are Danny and Penny Scardulla of Brown Morris Pharmacy, Peggy Hoover (with granddaughters SaraBeth, MaryClaire and AnnaGrace), and Alexis Ducorbier, State Farm Insurance.
     Corporate sponsors also included North Oaks Health System, the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Elois Effler and family, Fay and Phelan Bright, McMinn Orthodontics (Dr. Robert McMinn and Dr. Michael Turgeau)., and Michelle Aycock, Microtel Inns and Suites.
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Outside employment on Blackboard
As of July 1 outside employment will be reported through Southeastern's Blackboard system.
     Full-time employees who are not familiar with Blackboard or who need assistance completing the outside employment verification may attend one of the following help sessions:
     Monday, July 6, at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. in room 474, fourth floor of Sims Library
     Wednesday, July 8, at 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. in room 474, fourth floor of Sims Library
     Tuesday, July 14, at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. in room 237, second floor of North Campus Main Building
     Thursday, July 16, at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. in room 237, second of floor North Campus Main Building.
     If you have questions about outside employment, contact Rissie Cook at 549-2347. If you have questions about completing the outside employment process on Blackboard, contact Jan Ortego at 549-5771.
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Identify the smell
Southeastern has a safe and reliable gas system. Gas leakage may occur from faulty appliances, loose connections, service lines inside or outside your home/building or from gas mains. Leaks can be dangerous and should be dealt with promptly by experts.
     Natural gas is odorless in its natural state; therefore, an odorant is usually added to give it a distinctive odor of rotten eggs. If you ever smell gas on campus, take these precautions promptly:
     Call the Physical Plant (549-3333) and University Police (549-2222).
     If odor is very strong and you are indoors, go outside.
     Do not turn any electrical switches on or off.
     Do not light matches, smoke or create any other source of combustion.
     As slim as the chances of danger are, it doesn't pay to take needless risks. At the first sniff of gas, play it safe: Call!
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Reserve your 'party patio' spot
Groups looking to attend Southeastern football games at Strawberry Stadium in 2009 will have the opportunity to rent the facilities' party patios.
     Groups of up to 100 people can be easily accommodated on either of the 30-foot by 60-foot areas located on the west side of Strawberry Stadium next to the Victory Club. Fans will get a premier view of Southeastern football action and will have adjacent stadium seating along with food and beverage options.
Prices start at $10 per person with a 40-person minimum. Southeastern will play six games at home in 2009 beginning with the Sept. 5 season-opener against Texas A&M-Commerce.
     For more information or availability, contact the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office by phone at (985) 549-5466 (LION) or 1-866-LIONTIX. Fans can also check on availability by e-mail at
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Professional activities
An article entitled "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda: A Conceptual Examination of the Sources of Post-Purchase Regret" by Anthony Kerr (Marketing) and Neel Das of Appalachian State and has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. Also, an empirical paper entitled "The Effects of Message Framing and Other Key Constructs on Cause-Related Donation Exchanges" by Kerr and Das will be presented at the 2009 Society for Marketing Advances Conference in November. The submission will also be published in the conference proceedings.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) has published an article entitled "Effects of Substrate Relaxation on Adsorption in Pores," in the Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Vol.156, pp.1-8 (2009).
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper entitled "Performances and Performance Killings," at the annual meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group at the University of Massachusetts from June 17 through June 20.
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) published a co-authored book chapter entitled "Exploring Global Agrifood Politics and the Position of Limited Resource Producers in the United States" (with John Green of Delta State University) in Politics of Globalization (Sage), edited by Samir Dasgupta and Jan Nederveen Pieterse.
     Dr. Judith Fai-Podlipnik (History and Political Science) served, in a packed auditorium of more than 150 donors, students, academicians and community members, as the keynote speaker, opening the 16th annual Summer Holocaust Institute for Educators at The Florida State University, her alma mater. Her lecture was entitled "The Fate of Hungarian Jewry during the Holocaust, the Last Jewish Community in Europe."
     Jackie Dale Thomas (Leadership Development and Student Activities) has been selected to represent the professional and business community of Hammond in the Biltmore Honors Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and Professional Women.
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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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