ByLion -- June 8

Update voicemail, Web with summer hours
Apply to graduate by June 15
Stiegler named 'Health Care Hero'
Young Writers Camp registration
Senior earns national science scholarship

Sign up for Band Camp by June 22
Massage services at Rec Center
Zumba classes begin June 12
'Aquatic Robotics' at museum
Peter Pan tickets on sale
Gautreaux featured at Ogden
This week in athletics
Students volunteer at food pantry
Sipiorski curates photo exhibit
Professional activities

Update voicemail, Web with summer hours
Since Southeastern has implemented a four-day work week for the summer through August 8, departments and offices are encouraged to update their voicemail messages and Web pages with these hours.
     Implementing the 10-hour workday, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is an effort by the university to cut expenses while still allowing adequate hours for students and others to conduct business. The four-day workweek should result in energy savings, since most buildings will be shut down on Fridays. The university expects to save nearly $200,000 by moving to the four-day work week.
June 15 is deadline to apply for summer 2009 graduation
June 15 is the final day that students can apply to graduate in summer 2009. The graduation application and payment deadline will be strictly enforced.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their Leonet campus accounts and choosing the 'Apply for Graduation' option. Instructions are available on the "Current Students" link ("Graduation Information - Apply for Graduation") at or by calling Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration at ext. 2066 or 2062.
     Candidates who complete their degrees in the summer participate in Southeastern's December graduation ceremony.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller's Office, located in the North Campus Financial Aid Building.
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Lily StieglerStiegler recognized as Health Care Hero by CityBusiness
Lillian Stiegler, a specialist in the field of autism spectrum disorders, was named a Health Care Hero for 2009 by New Orleans CityBusiness.
     The awards cited 55 different professionals in various health care fields for excellence in their profession.
     Stiegler, a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was recognized in the "Professional Category" for her work in autism, a disability typically seen in young children that is characterized by impaired social interaction and problems with verbal and non-verbal communication.
     "We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Stiegler's caliber helping to prepare future professionals in speech-language pathology and in devoting countless hours working with area parents and family members of children with autism," said Donnie Booth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
     Stiegler, who served as a technical consultant to the Lifetime movie "Miracle Run" that was based on the story of a single mother struggling to raise twin boys with autism, has been recognized by the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Autism Society of America with the Award for Higher Education Excellence. She has also been honored three times by the Southeastern College of Nursing and Health Sciences with the Award for Excellence in Service.
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Young Writers Camp scheduled June 22-26
Children ages 8-14 can write to their hearts' content this summer at Southeastern's Young Writers Camp, sponsored by the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP).
     The camp is scheduled June 22-26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Southeastern Lab School. The cost is $195.
     SLWP faculty will guide participants in daily activities such as writing; connecting the writing process with photography and print-making; story quilts; poetry scramble; and many other creative activities incorporating reading, writing, and art.
     Campers will polish their work through peer editing, and work will be published in an anthology. The final day of camp, young writers will present their best work to parents and friends at a "Coffee House Reading."
     For more information and a registration form, contact Camp Coordinator Beth Calloway at or Richard Louth at, 985-549-2100/2102, or visit to download a form.
     Registration forms and checks for the Young Writers Camp can be mailed to the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, c/o Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402. Checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project.
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Megan LanierSenior earns national science scholarship
Megan Lanier, a senior from Husser, has been awarded a Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship from Iota Sigma Pi, the national honor society for women in chemistry.
     A chemistry major in Southeastern's American Chemical Society-certified curriculum, Lanier received one of two $2,000 scholarships awarded by the national organization.
      "It is truly an honor for the university and our chemistry program in particular for one of our students to be recognized with this national award," said President John L. Crain. "The award reflects on Ms. Lanier's dedication and diligence in her studies and research as well as the support she receives from our faculty."
     She was nominated for the award by Debra Dolliver, assistant professor of chemistry. In her nomination letter, Dolliver said, "Megan is the best overall student I have had during my teaching career, and I can think of no better recipient for this award. Not only is she an excellent researcher, manager, and leader, she also has displayed scholarly talent in her course work."
     Lanier expects to graduate from Southeastern in May 2010 and plans to pursue a doctorate in organic synthesis with a goal of working in research and development at a pharmaceutical company or similar firms.
     She is one of two student leaders in the university's SEAL (Student Entrepreneurs as Active Leaders) program, in which groups of Southeastern students are linked with various industrial clients in the area to work on specific projects. As a student manager, she assists other students with their research, maintains project budgets and meets with clients.
     "Working with SEAL has been a tremendous help to my professional career by allowing me to perform research for a client and attend local and national scientific conferences to present my research to other scientists," Lanier said.
     Lanier also participates in Southeastern's outreach programs to local schools to promote science education in the community.
     Founded in 1902, Iota Sigma Pi has more than 10,000 members and 40 chapters in colleges and universities. The organization's primary objectives are to promote interest in chemistry among women students, foster mutual advancement in the field, and stimulate personal accomplishments in the fields of chemistry.
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Registration open through June 22 for Summer Band Camp
Registration remains open through June 22 for Southeastern's Summer High School Band Camp.
     Part of the Community Music School's "2009 Summer Music Celebration," the camp is open to musicians in grades eight through 12. It will take place July 6-11, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Pottle Music Building. Tuition is $230.
     Southeastern's Associate Band Director Paul Frechou will coordinate the camp, which will feature the New Orleans Night Crawlers as special guest clinicians. Faculty include Lee Hicks, Kevin Estoque, Richard Schwartz, Jerry Voorhees, Ronald Benko, and Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger.
     In addition to the ensemble activities, faculty will offer masterclasses focusing on 2009 All-State and District Honor Band audition music. Students can also choose electives on jazz improvisation, tips for auditioning for a drum corps, drum major coaching, double reed making, and wind band conducting with Hemberger.
     Additional registration and program information is available at or by contacting the CMS office, 985-549-5502, or Frechou, 985-549-3825.
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Rec Sports offers massage services
Recreational Sports and Wellness is introducing massage therapy services to Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni. Licensed massage therapist and Southeastern alumni Somiya Thomas is now offering Swedish relaxation and deep tissue massages. Both practices offer stress relief, increased circulation, muscle flexibility and can alleviate pain in many cases. Massages will be offered in the Pennington Center's newly renovated wellness suite, which features relaxation rooms equipped with soothing fountains and serene sounds.
     Thomas will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. To book an appointment, call the Pennington Center at ext. 5593.
     To learn more about this program and other wellness opportunities at Rec Sports, contact Megan Mast, assistant director of health and fitness, ext. 5728 or
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Summer Zumba fitness classes begin June 12
Continuing Education and Special Activities is infusing party fun into fitness by offering Zumba, the latest in exercise trends. The class will meet on Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the dance studio of the Kinesiology and Heath Studies building. Class dates are June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17, 24, 2009. The instructor is Sarah Clifton, a faculty member in the Math Department.
     Zumba eliminates the "work" from "working out" by combining amazing, irresistible Latin and international music with dynamic, yet simple exercise moves, using its unique intermittent training format.
     The fee is $35. To join, contact the Continuing Education and Special Activities office at ext. 2301 or register online at
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Museum, Southeastern offer summer 'Aquatic Robotics'
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in cooperation with Southeastern faculty has created the Aquatic Robotics Program. During week-long summer programs children will tour the facilities of corporate sponsors Oceaneering, Inc., and SeaTrepid, Inc., companies that design, build, and operate underwater robots for oil exploration, mining, homeland security archaeology, and a variety of other industries. Participants then build their own remote operated vehicles, test them in the Kinesiology Pool, try them out on shipwrecks in the Tchefuncte River aboard Turtle Cove's R/V Pelican, and then take them home to create their own adventures.
     The program grew from a 2008 "playful learning" grant led by Computer Science and Industrial Technology Associate Professor Dr. Raj Pandian and funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Other Southeastern faculty members involved in the project include Dr. Jay Martin (Maritime Museum), Michaelyn Lombard (Biology) and students from Southeastern's Industrial Technology and Cultural Resource Management programs.
     Sessions are scheduled July 6-10 (ages 14-17) and July 13-17 (ages 11-13). Call Museum Educator Kristen Garcia at (985) 845-9200 or visit for details.
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Peter Pan logo by Michael Trahan, Public InformationPeter Pan tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale for Peter Pan, the latest show in the perennially popular series of summer musicals staged by Southeastern's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop.
     Peter Pan will be performed June 26, 7:30 p.m., and June 27, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Southeastern's historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Tickets are available online at and at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371, from noon-4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
     Ticket prices for adults are $24, Orchestra 1/Loge; $21, Orchestra 2; $18, Balcony 1; and $15, Balcony 2. A $1 box office fee will be added to each ticket. Ticket prices for senior citizens, 60 and older, and children, 12 and younger, are $22, Orchestra 1/Loge; $19, Orchestra 2; $16, Orchestra 3/Balcony 1; and $13, Balcony 2.
     Southeastern students will be admitted free to Balcony 2 seating with their university I.D.
     The cast, said Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Director Charles Effler, features "lots of kids, high school kids, community adults and Southeastern students."
     "Other Southeastern summer shows - The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Oliver!, and Annie -- were great hits with audiences," said Effler, and garnered comments such as 'as good as Broadway' and 'more, more MORE!' Please join the cast, crew and orchestra for another wonderful experience of live musical theater."
     Southeastern students chosen to play leading roles include Bridget Lyons of Ponchatoula as Peter, and Colby McCurdy of Slidell as the infamous Captain Hook and Mr. Darling. Mrs. Darling will be played by Whitney Vickers of Ponchatoula, and the three Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, will be played by Alyssa Carranza of Lafayette, Christopher Newhouse of Covington, and Michael Harrison of Mandeville. Nana and the Crocodile will be played by Eric Hawkins of Hammond.
     Ponchatoula native Gabby Acosta has the role of Tiger Lily, and her Indian scouts will be portrayed by Fiona Allen of Jackson, Samantha Barnes of Slidell, Christopher Ekker of Ponchatoula, Damian Faul of Amite, Elyse German of Pearl River, Mimi Scardulla of Hammond, and Melissa Simien of Baton Rouge.
Scott McDonough of Slidell as Smee will head up Captain Hook's pirates who will include Cody Baham of Independence, Caleb Courtney of Hammond, Chris Giffin of Baton Rouge, Trey Miller of Deville, Weston Twardowski of Mandeville and Brandon Wear of Slidell.
     Peter Pan's Lost Boys will be played by Mary Frances Chauvin, Bryce Ducorbier and Connor Scott of Hammond; Elizabeth Duhon, Sally Duhon, Allison Mathas and Blake Alexis Tabor of Mandeville; Emily Hines, Parker Ramirez, Katie Stansbury and Chloe Vallot of Ponchatoula.
     The show will be directed by New Orleans native Brandt Blocker, artistic director and general manager of the Lyric Theatre of Atlanta, who staged Opera/Workshop's 2007 production of the comic opera Too Many Sopranos, which was a hit with critics and audiences alike.
     The characters of Peter Pan were created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie. In 1904 Barrie wrote a stage version of the story, "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," which was later adapted and expanded as a novel, published in 1911.
     "Since then, Peter Pan has appeared in adaptations, sequels, and prequels, including the 1953 animated feature film, and various stage musicals, including the 1954 version that we are producing," Effler said. The character has also "starred" in live-action feature films such as Hook (1991) and Peter Pan (2003), and in the authorized sequel novel Peter Pan in Scarlet (2006).
     Peter Pan is made possible through the major financial support of Southeastern's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts; the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. Funding has also been provided from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program.
     Additional financial support has been provided by North Oaks Health System, Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brown Morris Pharmacy, Microtel (Michelle Aycock), Elois Effler and family, Fay and Phelan Bright, and Dr. Robert McMinn and Dr. Michael Turgeau.
     For more information, contact Effler at or 985-549-2249.
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Tim GautraeuxGautreaux featured at Ogden Museum
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will showcase Louisiana's rich literary legacy by featuring native writers Tim Gautreaux, Southeastern writer-in-residence, and John Biguenet on June 13, 2 p.m., as part of its "Southern Storytellers" series. Times-Picayune columnist and author Chris Rose will moderate the discussion, which will include readings and a booksigning.
     Admission to the June 13 Southern Storytellers is $5 for students under 17 with I.D.
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This week in athletics
A pair of Southeastern student-athletes will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Both student-athletes were key members of the Lions' first-ever Southland Conference Outdoor Championship last month. SLC Field Athlete of the Year Adonson Shallow will compete in the discus at the national meet, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. Junior Cory Roberts, who won the SLC outdoor title in the decathlon, will compete in that event at the NCAA Championships.
     Roberts will open participation in the decathlon with the first five events schedule for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The final five events of the decathlon will be held on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Shallow will compete in the discus qualifying on Thursday at 1 p.m. The discus finals are set for Saturday at 10 a.m.
     Wednesday, June 10
     Men's Track and Field, at NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
     Thursday, June 11
     Men's Track and Field, at NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
     Friday, June 12
     Men's Track and Field, at NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
     Saturday, June 13
     Men's Track and Field, at NCAA Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
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from left, front, Kelli James, Mt. Hermon; Carl Holmes, Denham Springs; David Johnson, Slidell; Paul Harrell, Pearl River; Kintrell Smith, Waggaman; Michael Willem, Mandeville; and Barbara Schuldt.Students volunteer at food pantry
Students in Southeastern faculty member Minh Huynh's Management 490 class, an upper level class focusing on information systems, recently volunteered at the Tangi Food Pantry. The group, along with sponsor and management faculty member Barbara Schuldt helped the pantry with data entry to improve the organization's records system. With the click of a mouse, client records can now be accessed and updated in a more efficient manner. Participants included from left, front, Kelli James, Mt. Hermon; Carl Holmes, Denham Springs; David Johnson, Slidell; Paul Harrell, Pearl River; Kintrell Smith, Waggaman; Michael Willem, Mandeville; and Schuldt. Donations are accepted at the Tangi Food Pantry Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. For more information contact the pantry at (985) 429-8551.
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Sipiorski curates coastal photography exhibit
Dennis Sipiorski, head of the Department of Visual Arts, has curated 10 Years of Coastal Landscape Photography, an exhibition of more than 100 photographs on display through June 30 at the Nicholls State University Folk Art Center in Chauvin, La.
     The exhibit represents the creativity of more than 100 artists who have participated over the last decade in a May photography workshop at the LUMCON Science Center. Sipiorski has been leading student workshop field trips to Louisiana's coastal islands for the past ten years. Students from throughout the United States have created black and white photographs as well as drawings and paintings documenting the changes to the endangered wetlands. The photographs on exhibit were selected from more than 600 images in the center's collection.
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Professional activities
Ronald D. Traylor
(History and Political Science) presented a paper on March 28 entitled "Barrett Station, Texas: Jim Crow Education in a Black Majority Community" as part of the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association in Austin, Texas.
     Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) presented a paper entitled "Pop Culture for the Centuries: Bobbie Ann Mason's Product Placement" at the Conference of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature in East Lansing, Mich., May 7-9. She was an invited guest of Dr. Loren Logsdon from Eureka College who was the recipient of the 2009 MidAmerica Award for outstanding contribution to the study of midwestern literature.
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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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