ByLion -- March 16

Southeastern mourns
'Showcasing' top students
Summer, fall registration
Registration deadline for 'W.E'
Rock 'n Roar Saturday

'Die Fledermaus' opens Wednesday
Tennessee Williams Fest on campus
Lifeguard training course offered
Aluminum can recycling
'Mockingbird' at Columbia
Moxie Dance presents concert

Names sought for Golden Silence
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Saxophone students at conference
Students attend 'Power Shift'
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Memorial for Southeastern students
Southeastern mourns
The Katrina-Rita Memorial Fountain at the heart of campus was the setting Thursday afternoon for a memorial for three students killed in a tragic accident last Friday. Several hundred members of the campus and community as well as family and friends of Rion Lowe, Beth Boudreaux and Maxime Profit participated in a ceremony that included students' reflections on their lost friends, prayers by Fr. Randy Cuevas and remarks by President John L. Crain, Student Government Association President Zealon Solomon and French Consul General Olivier Brochenin.
     Top right, Members of Alpha Omicron Pi -- Taylor Thompson, Ashley Lemoine and Carley Bushnell -- read tributes to their fellow sorority member Beth Boudreaux at Thursday's memorial.
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Bryan Depoy, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, chats with Hahnville High School student Bryan H. Robinson of Luling and his parents, Monica and Cory Savoie. Taylor Hendrix of Ponchatoula High School and her mother, Belinda Hendrix, learn about Southeastern's Honors Program from Director Kent Neuerburg at the annual Scholars Showcase.

'Showcasing' top students
Top high school seniors from 45 Louisiana parishes and 121 high schools have been offered more than $1.14 million in academic and room and board scholarships for the next academic year.
     The students and their parents were honored last week at the university's annual Scholars Showcase. President John L. Crain told the group gathered at Twelve Oaks, "We believe we are making a very sound investment by dedicating these significant resources to support you, as well as the future of our university, state and the country."
     He said that the scholarships are four-year awards that are renewed each year as long as students continue their high levels of achievement. "If everyone receives their scholarship for the full four years, which we fully expect you to do, you will have received nearly $7.5 million from Southeastern by the time you graduate," he added. "And when we add in the value of the state's TOPs scholarship, the total comes to nearly $12 million.
     The students recognized have an average ACT score of 25.92; 401 have ACT scores between 24 and 29 and 24 have ACT scores of 30 and above.
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Summer and fall 2009 priority registration
Southeastern students may register for summer and fall 2009 classes Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20.
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, returning students, new transfer and graduate students.
     Students may check registration appointment times and summer and fall class schedules, and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern's webpage,
     Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared.
     For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern's Office of Records and Registration, 985-549-2066, 1-800-222-7358 or
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Debra Neill BakerRight, W.E. Conference keynote speaker Debra Neill Baker
Registration still open for March 20 W.E. Conference
Although the "early bird" deadline is past, area women can still register for "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 at Southeastern.
     The day-long conference will feature four sessions with presentations by 19 speakers on topics ranging from stress and its effects on women's health and women in business to building a leadership legacy and business etiquette.
     A special networking browse will precede the conference luncheon, which will include a presentation by Neill Corporation head Debra Neill Baker at 11 a.m. at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks. Employing engaging conversation, insights and personal experiences, Baker will illustrate how, by shifting the way they think, women can realize their own power and potential.
     The cost of the conference is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch and special conference giveaways. Discount prices are available for Southeastern students, faculty and staff, and members of the FE-Lions. A printable registration form is available at
     Participants who cannot attend the full conference may also register for the conference luncheon only for $15. Since seating is limited, reservations and payment are required by March 17 and can be placed by contacting Community Liaison, Leigh Ann Lanaux,, 985-549-3130.
     The W.E. Conference will include presentations by Susan Bonnett, president and CEO of the Northshore Foundation; Kim Hunter Reed, chief of staff of the Louisiana Board of Regents and the following:
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Rock 'n Roar Saturday
Approximately 2,600 high school students from 60 schools will converge on Southeastern Louisiana University Saturday for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar, Southeastern's annual campus-community festival.
     Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rock 'n Roar, now in its 13th year, will follow its predecessors' successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     "Rock 'n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and the visiting high school students together to sit back, relax, and have fun while visiting and learning about our campus," said Pittman.
     Rock 'n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.
     At the Literary Rally, students will compete in 46 different academic subjects. When they finish their tests, students can gather information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and enjoy refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student organizations.
     They can also join community members in browsing the Downtown Development District Hammond Market for handmade jewelry, hair bows, tote bags, soaps, handmade cards, and tile decoupage.
     Festival attendees can have blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass and visual screenings at a health fair sponsored by the School of Nursing. Health information will also be available on topics such as diabetes, heart disease, and alcohol abuse, including special goggles which simulate visual impairment under intoxication.
     Rock 'n Roar activities will also include a plant sale by the Horticulture Club, pottery sale and demonstration by Department of Visual Arts' students, and a garage sale by the Southeastern Panhellenic Council.
     Hungry festival goers can feast on red beans and rice, hamburgers, barbecue, pastalaya, hot dogs, fried fish, pizza, hot wings, curly fries, funnel cakes, snowballs, chocolate covered pretzels, a variety of Coke products, frozen drinks, fried pickles, popcorn, nachos, fried cheese sticks, ice cream, candy, cookies and brownies.
     Families will find a multitude of children's activities, including face painting, an interactive football throw with members of the Lion football team, and the University Police Department's free photo I.D. program. Games will also include a rock wall, jousting arena and slide.
     Rock 'n Roar will again sponsor its popular dance, art and baseball camps for local children. The dance camp for children ages 5-12, hosted by the Southeastern Lionettes dance team, is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments and a gift item. Immediately following the camp, young dancers will perform in the Student Union park.
     The art camp will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at Clark Hall for children ages 5-12, while the baseball camp is set for 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field. Children ages 6-13 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball glove for a day of fun. Camp fees are $5 for the art and baseball camps.
     Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at Pre-registration and payment for all camps is mandatory by March 19 at 4 p.m. due to limited space.
     Pets are not allowed at the event. For additional information about Rock 'n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 985-549-2150 or visit
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Dustin Johnson and Rachel HarrisRachel Harris, guest director for the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's March 18-21 production of Die Fledermaus, gives some hands-on direction to cast member Dustin Johnson of Covington.
Lighthearted 'Die Fledermaus' just what audiences need
The exuberant witty charm of "Die Fledermaus" - a lighthearted operatic romp through mistaken identities, elegant frivolities and long-deliberated revenge - "is exactly what everyone needs right now -- to be able to come into a theater and laugh and forget everything," says Rachel Harris.
     Harris is guest directing the Southeastern Louisiana University Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's version of Straus's well-loved classic, which will be staged March 18-21, 7:30 p.m., at the university's Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     This is the second time that workshop Director Charles Effler has tapped Harris, a classically trained singer who has chosen directing over performing, to guide the stagecraft of a Southeastern opera. She was at the helm of last spring's "The Marriage of Figaro."
      Harris has bachelor's and master's degree in voice performance and opera from Fredonia State University and Binghamton University, respectively, and earned her doctorate at Louisiana State University in 2005. She has sung with the Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Operafest of Great Woods, Operafest of New Hampshire and the Tanglewood Music Center, and she has been a soloist with the New Bedford Symphony, Concord Symphony and Chorale and the Rhode Island Youth Symphony.
     "Directing has always been my passion. It's a much larger piece of the creative pie," she said. When she and her husband, who works at LSU, settled in the area, she began looking for freelance directing gigs in the area. Southeastern's opera program, headed by Effler since 2000, was one of those she contacted. And when Effler needed to replace a guest director last year, he called her.
     Effler, who handles conducting and musical director duties along with heading the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop and producing its shows, said Harris is a good match for a program that puts mainly undergraduates in the spotlight.
     "It's nice to have a singer as a stage director because she understands" what the students are thinking, fearing, and facing, he said.
     "Deciphering what I need to teach each student individually" is her biggest challenge, Harris said. "Everyone is at a different level. Some students need a slight push and some need you to grab their hand and say 'right, left, kick.'
     "But, I love putting those puzzles together," she added. "It's fun to get in there and teach it and watch them improve."
Harris said she was happy to return to Southeastern this year after the success of last year's "The Marriage of Figaro."
     "It's wonderful, it's a nice team," she said of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop. "I've worked with very talented students, very accomplished in their acting and singing."
      Southeastern voice majors, she added, are benefiting greatly from "the opportunity to put their feet on the stage."
     "Chuck gives them show after show after show to really work their craft," she said. "In a larger school you don't get your feet on the stage as much and you don't get that experience. They are going to go on to their master's degrees, and they are going to have a resume."
     Effler said that in choosing a show, he always keeps in mind what will benefit his students. "It's educational theater," he said. "I try to figure out what each student can accomplish -- even if they don't know they can accomplish it! Then I take that pool of talent and find a show that fits it."
     Happily, "Die Fledermaus" also is one of his favorite operas. "Audiences love it, the singers love it," he said.
     "The cast will be standing backstage while someone else is doing a scene and their toes are tapping and they are dancing around to the music that's not even theirs," he said. "It's just infectious music, really beautiful and lots of fun. The story is also very fun. It's perfectly ridiculous, but ridiculous in a very fun way."
     The story centers on Eisenstein (Brandon Wear of Slidell), who is supposed to be spending the next eight days behind bars. But his friend, Dr. Falke (Colby McCurdy of Slidell), is out to avenge a practical joke Eisenstein has played on him. He tells Eisenstein he can head to the slammer later and attend Prince Orlofsky's (Jane Rownd of Hammond) grand party instead, in the guise of a marquis. The doctor has also woven Eisenstein's wife, Rosalinda (Southeastern vocal coordinator Alissa Rowe and Danielle Willie of Ponchatoula), and her chambermaid, Adele (Cassandra Arnold of Bedico and Bridget Lyons of Ponchatoula), into the plot, having the maid attend as an actress and the wife as a masked Hungarian countess.
Eisenstein ends up hitting on his own wife, who herself narrowly escapes getting caught in her own tryst with tenor Alfred (Dustin Johnson of Covington) by having the new warden mistakenly arrest the singing Romeo.
     In the end, they all toast champagne and have a good laugh at Eisenstein's expense.
     Tickets for "Die Fledermaus" will be sold at the door, beginning one hour prior to each performance. Tickets are $15, adults; $12, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students admitted free with their university ID.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, 985-549-2184.
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Richard FordPulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford will be the guest of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern.
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival coming to campus
The renowned Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, scheduled March 25-29 in the Crescent City, is going on the road to Southeastern, one of the festival's corporate sponsors.
     The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at Southeastern will feature a series of panel discussions led by renowned scholars for Southeastern students and the general public on March 25 and additional presentations for students and a public reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford on March 30.
     "Southeastern has a strong focus on student engagement and goes to great lengths to provide an intellectually stimulating environment," said Bryan DePoy, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival at Southeastern is a wonderful example of this commitment. We are very pleased and excited to bring some of this famous New Orleans-based festival directly to the university community."
     David Hanson, head of the Southeastern English Department, said that, as a preliminary to the festival, hundreds of Southeastern English students have been reading Ford's novel "Wildlife" and stories from his collection "Rock Springs." For the scholars' panels, students have read Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," and plays by Tennessee Williams. The scholars include specialists in American drama and in film adaptation of drama.
     "Southeastern faculty and students have a long history of participating in the New Orleans festival's readings, panels, master classes and other events," Hanson said. "Last year, we brought a portion of the festival to Southeastern, and students were enthralled to read novels by famed writer Valerie Martin in their classes, and then meet with her and hear her read on campus. This year, we are thrilled to repeat this successful venture by hosting such a distinguished writer as Mr. Ford, along with such interesting scholars."
     While classes will participate in a variety of panels on both days, two events are open to the public.
     Ford will comment on and read from his work in the Student Union Theatre at 6 p.m. on March 30. A book signing and reception will follow his hour-long presentation.
     On March 25, a trio of guest scholars from the Tennessee Williams Festival will present "Tennessee Williams and the Hollywood Production Code." The presentation is scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre and will feature R. Barton Palmer, Robert Bray, and Annette J. Saddik.
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Continuing Education to offer lifeguard training course
Southeastern's Division of Continuing Education will offer a non-credit American Red Cross lifeguard training course on Fridays and Saturdays in April and May. The course will provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies and to provide care for injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency services personnel arrive. With a minimum age of 15 years old, the course is open mainly to high school and college students.
     The course is scheduled on Saturdays, April 18-May 9, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Fridays, May 1- 8, 5-8 p.m. Dr. Bing Athey, a member of the Southeastern faculty, will provide the instruction for this course at the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Building.
     For a list of prerequisites or to register for the course, please call the Continuing Education office at 985-549-2301 or visit the website
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Aluminum can recycling
Southeastern Recycling has placed recycled aluminum can collection boxes next to select vending machines. Collection carts are also located in the War Memorial Student Union breezeway, inside of the north entrance to Meade Hall and in the east lobby of the Main Building on North Campus.
     Departments wanting a collection box in their break room are encouraged to request one from Recycling Coordinator Ben Taylor, ext. 3452 or
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To Kill a MockingbirdColumbia Theatre presents 'To Kill a Mockingbird' March 19
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Montana Repertory Theatre's "To Kill a Mockingbird" March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
     Winner of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is considered an American classic. Four decades after the novel's publication, the stage adaptation by the Montana Repertory Theatre, one of the country's oldest and most respected touring companies, continues to compel audiences worldwide with the story's warmth, wit and wisdom.
     "We are pleased to bring Montana Repertory Company to the Columbia stage for the first time. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is well known and well loved by so many," said Donna Gay Anderson, Columbia Theatre director. "Because it is set in the Deep South, most of us can relate to the story on some level."
     The play is set in the 1930s in a sleepy southern town where attorney Atticus Finch, widowed father of two young children, defends a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. Through every step and with every word, Atticus instills in his children the traditional values of respect for others, honesty, courage, integrity and above all, responsibility for one's actions.
     Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in 1968 to provide professional theatre to neighboring western states at an affordable cost. The company's mission is to "tell the great stories of our world to enlighten, develop, and celebrate the human spirit in an ever-expanding community."
     The company has been touring nationally since 1996, when it presented its first production of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Following that successful tour and building on "Mockingbird's" success were "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Death of a Salesman," "The Miracle Worker," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Trip to Bountiful," "Lost in Yonkers, and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
     "A well written, well performed play will change the way people think...even in some small way," Anderson added. "'To Kill a Mockingbird' is fertile ground for soul searching."
     Tickets are $39, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $33, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $29, Balcony 2, and 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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Amanda Bazile, Heather BrownMoxie Dance Project to present 'Movement from Within'
Southeastern dancers choreographing for the upcoming Moxie Dance Project concert include, from top, Amanda Bazile and Heather Brown.
     The Department of Music and Dramatic Arts will present Moxie Dance Project's "Movement from Within" March 25 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The 7:30 p.m. concert of modern, jazz, and lyrical dance is directed by Southeastern dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic. "Movement from Within" will feature choreography by Brewer-Plazinic; student choreographers Amanda Bazile of Covington, Heather Brown of New Orleans and Carly Hyde of Ponchatoula; and guest choreographer Chris Elam, founding choreographer of Misnomer Dance Theater in New York.
     "We are excited to have Chris Elam bringing his talent and experience to Southeastern," said Brewer-Plazinic. "Chris is an active teacher who has worked at over 20 universities, traveled extensively and lived within numerous dance communities worldwide ranging from Indonesia to Brazil."
     Elam's Misnomer Dance Theatre is a contemporary company that has toured the United States and abroad. The company was nominated for the national 2008 Alpert Awards for Excellence in Choreography.
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Names sought for April 1 'Golden Silence' memorial
The Alumni Association will host "Golden Silence," a program to honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students and faculty and staff or their family members. The annual ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union park.
     "We encourage the campus and the public to please let us know if someone from the Southeastern family has passed away so that we can honor them at Golden Silence," said Alumni Relations Director Kathy Pittman.
     To include a name in the Golden Silence program, contact the Alumni Association by Monday, March 23, at 985-549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or
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Center for Faculty Excellence News
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 contact the center for reservations, information, ext. 5791 or email us at
     Monday, March 16, 2-3 p.m. -- On-Line Progress Reporting (OPR) - What is it? Does it apply to you?: The center invites faculty and staff to an interactive workshop presented by Dorothy Nelson, interim director of the Center for Student Excellence, and Hope Williams, assistant athletic director for academic affairs. The Student Athlete On-Line Progress Reporting (OPR) system is a revolutionary and innovative technological tool that has greatly increased faculty responsiveness to requests for student progress in classes. This information is extremely important in assisting student athletes in maintaining academic standards for continued enrollment in the university, participation in athletic programs, and, ultimately, for successful completion in a chosen degree program. The OPR system addresses the informational needs of all participants, while it strictly complies with the guidelines for NCAA. The system blends the efficiency of technology with the effectiveness of student-centered support programs.
      The one-hour, interactive workshop will address system navigation, system and information management, key users of progress reports (including deans and department heads), and benefits of the system. Email or call ext. 5791, to reserve your spot.
     Thursday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. -- Blackboard Assessments
     Friday, March 20, 11 a.m.-noon -- Creating and Implementing Successful Group Projects for Your Classes, presented by Dr. Debbie Johnson, associate professor of Family and Consumer Sciences. Would you like to have students enjoy working on a team or group project? In this workshop you will discover tools that will make team or group work a more enjoyable learning experience for you and your students.
Call for proposals
     Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity -- The Center for Faculty Excellence invites faculty to submit a proposal for Southeastern's eighth annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity.
     The conference provides a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty. Many of faculty have received support from the Center through Teaching or Professional Enhancement grants, CITI Grants, Faculty Development Grants, Travel grants, etc. Here's your opportunity to give back!
     The conference will consist of poster sessions that will begin Thursday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and end Friday, April 3. Presenters should be available for at least one hour between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday to discuss the posters.
     The online proposal form is available at Proposal deadline is Wednesday, March 18. For information, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Speakers will be asked to submit a digital photo for use in the conference program. The photos can be sent to
     All full-time university faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply for the following.
     The Center's Innovative Teaching Initiative (CITI) -- Have an idea for enhancing your teaching and students' learning in a new or existing course? Funds are available for projects and activities contributing to the advancement of teaching and learning. Projects may promote service-learning, link community engagement and civic responsibility to the classroom, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty-student or student-student research and interaction, or create K-12 and business partnerships for learning. Proposals are limited to a maximum of $2,000.
     Professional Development Grants -- These grants will provide funding for projects and activities contributing to the evolution of the individual faculty member. This program provides grants up to a maximum of $2,000 for developing the professional competencies needed to enhance your productivity and effectiveness as a scholar and teacher. Faculty may request funds for training materials and/or participation in workshops on teaching, student learning, writing for publication, faculty mentoring, course design, etc.
     Application forms are available on the center's web site. Please hand-deliver one original and three copies to the Center for Faculty Excellence, Tinsley Annex, and Room 6 by 4:30 p.m. on April 9. Absolutely no proposal will be accepted after the deadline.
     NOTE: Awards reflect monies from the upcoming fiscal year and depend on next year's budget. If awarded, funds will be available after July 1 and must be spent/encumbered by April 15, 2010. These funds may not be used for certifications, reassign time; travel for presentations or to increase faculty salaries.
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Southeastern saxophone studio travels to conference
Members of the Southeastern saxophone studio traveled to the 2009 North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference in Columbus, Ga., on March 6. During the conference, graduate saxophone student Scott Campbell performed the first movement of Ingolf Dahl's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra in a masterclass for University of Georgia professor of saxophone Kenneth Fischer.
     Instructor of Saxophone Richard A. Schwartz, Associate Professor of Piano Dr. Kenneth Boulton and Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition Dr. Jeremy Sagala performed Sagala's newly composed le parallele est devenu oblique for alto saxophone, piano and electronics. Schwartz, Boulton, and Sagala recently premiered this work at Southeastern on Feb. 5 in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall.
     Nine of the 17 members of Southeastern's saxophone studio who traveled to the event were Christoper Sentilles, Suzanne Haslauer, Catlin Kallies, Scott Campbell, Joseph Jones, Durand Jones, Aaron Turnipseed, Corey Reeves and Angelissa Allen.
      Southeastern hosted the 2007 North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference.
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From left, Jill Mastrototaro, Sierra Club; Cari Cooper, Reconnect at Southeastern; Katie Peterson and Meredith Soniat, LSU; Chad Carson, Loyola University, and Frank Neelis.
Southeastern students attend Power Shift conference
Two Southeastern students were among 12,000 student activists from around the country and approximately 100 from Louisiana who gathered in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27-March 1, to attend the Power Shift 2009 conference.
     The event was organized to promote awareness of climate issues and provide students with information and connections to start or enhance environmentally "green" efforts within their community or university.
     The conference featured numerous panels and workshops designed to inform, connect and empower students to make positive and sustainable changes back home. Keynote addresses were made by many well known environmental activists and proponents of the Green Economy.
     Representing Southeastern were mass communication major Courtney McDuff and psychology major Cari Cooper, resident of Reconnect, Southeastern's environmental and sustainability organization based in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.
     The Louisiana students also organized a statewide network named YALL (Youth Alliance of Louisiana Leaders) and will continue to work together to push for climate legislation.
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Lions Head Baseball Coach Jay Artigues, Governor Bobby Jindal, President John L. CrainLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, center, poses with Lions Baseball Head Coach Jay Artigues and President John L. Crain before the Lions-LSU baseball game at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field last week. In town for a fundraiser, the governor paid a pre-game visit and joined President Crain on the mound as the president tossed the first pitch.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana baseball, softball and men’s tennis teams will compete in Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Riding the momentum of a SLC series sweep of McNeese State, the Lion baseball team (10-6, 4-2 SLC) will play five games during the week. Southeastern will open the week with a home-and-home midweek series versus in-state rival Tulane. The Lions will head to New Orleans on Tuesday, with the Green Wave returning to Alumni Field on Wednesday. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6 p.m.
     Over the weekend, Southeastern will make the trip to Conway, Ark. for a three-game series at Central Arkansas, beginning with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s series finale set for 1 p.m. All of this week’s games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (8-15, 0-9 SLC) also has a busy week ahead with four games on tap. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions head to Grambling for a 3 p.m. non-conference contest. On Saturday, Southeastern returns home to host UTSA for a 3 p.m. SLC doubleheader. On Sunday, the two teams will close the series with a 12 p.m. contest.
     The men’s tennis team (6-4) will hit the road to open league play this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern faces league foe Texas-Pan American at 1 p.m. in Edinburg, Texas. The Lions visit SLC rival UTSA on Saturday for a 12 p.m. contest. On Sunday, Southeastern will remain in San Antonio to face DePaul in a neutral-site match.
     Fresh off its first SLC win of the season, the Lady Lion tennis team (5-3, 1-1 SLC) will return home this week. Southeastern will host Northern Iowa on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue their outdoor season this week. The Lions will compete in the ULL Combined Events on Thursday and Friday, as well as the Louisiana Classics on Saturday. Both events will be held in Lafayette.
     Tuesday, March 17
     Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Wednesday, March 18
     Baseball, vs. Tulane, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Grambling, Ruston, 3 p.m.
     Men’s Tennis, at Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, 1 p.m.
     Thursday, March 19
     Women’s Tennis, vs. Northern Iowa, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at ULL Combined Events, Lafayette, All Day
     Friday, March 20
     Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at ULL Combined Events, Lafayette, All Day
     Saturday, March 21
     Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 2 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, vs. UTSA (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Men’s Tennis, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 12 p.m.
     Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
     Sunday, March 22
     Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, vs. UTSA, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
     Men’s Tennis, vs. DePaul, San Antonio, Texas, TBA
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Professional activities
Dr. John G. Boulahanis
(Sociology and Criminal Justice) has had a book chapter "Mapping the Fear: A Social Constructionist Approach in Examining Media Effects and Fear of Crime in New Orleans," accepted for publication in Sociology in a Changing World: Challenges and Perspectives, edited by Dr. Gregory Katsas.
     Steve Bellas (Communication), is once again hosting "Tennessee's Got Talent" during the 23rd annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Amateur and professional actors will take to the stage in scenes from Williams' plays. They will compete before celebrity judges on the main stage at the Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Carre, March 28 at 8 p.m. It's just one of the many festival events going on March 25-29. Southeastern is one of the major sponsors.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) delivered two invited presentations in Belgium. On March 3, she gave a public lecture at Ghent University concerning intelligent design creationism. On March 5, she presented a paper entitled "Restoring the Enlightenment: The Foundation of American and European Science and Education" at the Second World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research in Brussels. Two of her published articles on the intelligent design creationist movement are being translated into Dutch for a Web site sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Ethics at Ghent University. Her 2008 article in Integrative and Comparative Biology, "Still Creationism After All These Years: Understanding and Counteracting Intelligent Design," has been translated into Italian and reprinted in Micromega, an Italian magazine that published a special edition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.
     Dr. Evelyne M. Bornier's (Foreign Languages and Literatures) book article "T'as rien compris à Fouad Laraoui: Les dents de l'écrivain," is scheduled for publication this month in Vitalité Littéraire au Maroc, Editions L'Harmattan, Paris, France.
     Dr. Joan Faust (English) served as local chair and member of the executive committee of the international John Donne Conference, Feb. 19-21. The John Donne Society, which hosts the conference, is the sponsor of the Donne Variorum Project, which will eventually publish definitive editions of all of the works of 17th century British poet and preacher John Donne. Faust also delivered a paper at the South-Central Renaissance Conference in Little Rock, Ark., March 5-7, entitled "Marvell's Soul and Body: The Dialogue Continues." As a member of the Marvell Society Executive Committee, Faust helped to coordinate next year's conference, to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas.
     Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) was one of 12 scholars and policy experts on terrorism invited to speak at Rutgers University Law School's symposium on the Gender Dimensions of Terrorism on March 6.
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