ByLion -- March 2

Crain named 14th president
New vice president for advancement
EMBA program makes 'top' list
Phi Kappa Phi spring meeting

March is Women's History Month
Library seeking books for annual sale
Research consulting at the library
March 7 LPO concert features Rowe
Looking back at Chefs Evening's 25 years
Guest recital features young tenor
Planning for West Florida bicentennial
Center for Faculty Excellence news
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Pat Williams, John CrainAlumni President Pat Williams presents President John L. Crain with a Southeastern baseball hat following his appointment Feb. 17 as Southeastern's 14th president.
Crain is 14th president
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System on Feb. 17 named John L. Crain the 14th president of Southeastern.
     Crain, a 22-year veteran of the university, has served as interim president since July 2008. He is also a tenured faculty member and has served as Faculty Senate president, head of the Department of Accounting, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
     "I am both humbled and honored that you have allowed me to continue working with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community. I assure you I will do my very best to be an effective and successful president at Southeastern Louisiana University," said Crain. "There are many people who have a keen interest in Southeastern and that means great things for the future of this university."
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Wendy Johns LaunderdaleWendy Johns Lauderdale to become vice president
Wendy Johns Lauderdale will become Southeastern's new Vice President for University Advancement, President John Crain announced Friday. Her appointment, subject to approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, will be effective March 27.
     In her current role as assistant vice president for University Advancement, she has been in charge of the Advancement Office since the retirement of Dr. Joe Miller from the vice president position this past June.
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EMBA program makes 'top' list
Southeastern's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program has been listed among the top 21 such programs in the South by BusinessWeek magazine.
     The program is one of only two in Louisiana to be listed, the other being Tulane University. Regional listings are not ranked, but are listed alphabetically. Other prominent EMBA programs in the South that were listed include Auburn University, Duke, Emory, the University of Florida, University of Miami and Vanderbilt University.
     Southeastern's program is under the direction of John L. Cresson, associate professor of finance in the College of Business. The listing is based upon a variety of criteria, including surveys, numbers of graduates and various academic quality measures.
     The Southeastern program, which was initiated in 1999, begins every spring semester and lasts for 17 months, with classes help primarily on Saturdays.
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Phi Kappa Phi spring meeting
Members of Southeastern's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to attend the spring general membership meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 3:30 p.m., in the Student Union's Magnolia Room.
     Among the items on the agenda will be discussion of the annual spring induction and banquet, set for Thursday, April 30. The induction will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, with the banquet following at 6:30 p.m. at Twelve Oaks. The membership will also vote for new undergraduate, graduate, and faculty, staff, and alumni members. A nomination form for any faculty, staff, or alumni member to nominate colleagues is available on the chapter's Web site,, under the "Forms" link.
     Also on the Web site is an application form for the Phi Kappa Phi Lou Ballard Endowed Scholarship, open to any Southeastern undergraduate PKP member with at least one semester left for the degree. Deadline for application is April 11.
     We hope to see you at the meeting on March 24.
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Celebrating March as Women's History Month
Southeastern will celebrate women's history in March with a free lecture series on topics ranging from notable America's First Ladies and Elizabeth I and Louisiana women and the state's fragile coast.
     The university's annual Women's History Month series is again partnering with the National Women's History Project's celebration, incorporating its 2009 theme "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet," said Natasha Whitton of the Southeastern Department of English. The theme honors women who have taken the lead in the environmental movement.
     To tie in with the national theme, Whitton said Women's History Month will feature a lecture by geographer Gay Gomez, "The Louisiana Coast: Worth Seeing and Worth Saving?," March 12, 12:30 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre.
     Gomez, a geography professor at McNeese State University, is the author of The Louisiana Coast: Guide to an American Wetland, published last year by Texas A&M University Press, and A Wetland Biography: Seasons on Louisiana's Chenier Plain.
     Women's History Month events also include a March 26 lecture by author Christina Vella, and "W.E. - Women Empowered," a March 20 conference designed to bring community women and university students together for a day of learning and networking.
     Vella's first book, Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, was chosen for the cover of the New York Times Book Review and was selected by Publishers Weekly, the New York Times and The Times-Picayune for their "Best Books of 1997" lists. Her most recent history is Indecent Secrets: The Infamous Murri Murder Affair.
     She will present "Reader, I Didn't Marry Him: The Brontës, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Mary Shelly - The Rigmarole of Matrimony," as the Women's History Month series' final lecture on March 26, 12:30 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre.
     The W.E. 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 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 and additional information, including a list of conference speakers, is available at
     Unless otherwise indicated, Women's History Month events are free and will be held in the Student Union Theatre. The schedule includes …
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Sims Memorial Library seeking items for annual book sale
Looking for an easy way to get started on spring-cleaning? Sims Library is seeking donations of popular hardcover and paperback reading material (fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, etc.) for the library's upcoming book sale in April.
     In addition to books, the library will also accept DVDs, videos, and CDs. Please do not send popular magazines (such as National Geographic, Time, Glamour, etc.), or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise non-saleable.
     Please deliver donations to the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of Sims Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through March 26. The book sale will be held on April 1-3 as part of National Library Week. For more information, contact Michael Webster, ext. 3955,
     This is a great way to clean out your bookshelves and help the library.
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Sims offers research consulting
Sims Memorial Library is reminding faculty, staff and students about its special "Research Consultation Program."
     The service provides all members of the campus community with a one-on-one, uninterrupted research session with one of the library's experienced reference librarians.
     The librarian will help you find a starting point and provide you with many Internet and print-based library resources that will work best for your particular research needs. The average time for these consultations is about 30 minutes, depending on the complexity of your topic and needs.
     To arrange an appointment, visit Appointments may be scheduled weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Please allow 48 hours notice when scheduling.)
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Alissa RoweLPO presents 'Spring Mix' concert at Columbia March 7
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's March 7 "Spring Mix" concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will feature one of the university's own as soloist - soprano Alissa Rowe.Under the baton of LPO Music Director Carlos Prieto,      Rowe, director of choral activities and vocal area coordinator, will solo in Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." Barber called the piece a "lyric rhapsody," a dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American south, narrated by a child who seems at times to transform into an adult.
     The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the university's downtown Hammond theater.
     Prieto will lead the LPO in works such as Sibelius's "The Oceanides" and Beethoven's Symphony # 7. He has conducted Mexico's most prestigious orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico (National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico), and continues to serve as music director of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.
     Tickets for the March 7 concert are $39, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $33, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $29 Balcony 2. Tickets are available online at and at the box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
     For additional information about the LPO "Spring Mix" concert and other Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts events, contact the theatre at 985-543-4366 or visit
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Joseph O'Neil, Harry Williamson, J. Larry CrainFar, left, Joseph O'Neil, the founder of Southeastern Louisiana University's Chefs Evening fundraiser, left, poses with Jacmel Inn chef Harry Williamson, center, and then president J. Larry Crain at the first Chefs Evening in 1984. Left, Mary Lou Coats, far left, and her crew work on decorations for Chefs Evening 2009. The March 8 event will mark the Southeastern Louisiana University fundraiser's 25th anniversary. From left, are Coats, Veda Abene, Lisa Patti, Lynn Horgan, Angelique McIntyre, Becky Starkey, and Dawn Dottolo-Starkey.
Chefs Evening still fundraising and friend-raising after 25 years
The goal of Chefs Evening has always been fundraising and "friend-raising." A quarter of a century after Southeastern first staged its annual "dinner party for a good cause," its purpose hasn't changed.
     "I'm glad to see it's stood the test of time. That makes me feel good," said Joseph O'Neil, who founded Chefs Evening in 1984.
     The silver anniversary edition of Chefs Evening - "Cheers to 25 Years" - is Sunday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at a new venue, the Pennington Student Activity Center. Once again, the festive event will offer tempting dishes and drinks from area restaurants, bars, grills, and wholesalers, along with a raffle and silent auction. And, as has been the case from day one, all proceeds benefit Southeastern academic programs.
     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, and online at
     O'Neil, who is now president of a dental practice consulting firm and a director in the LSU School of Dentistry's orthodontics department, was a Hammond dentist and chair of the Southeastern Development Foundation Board of Directors when he dreamed up Chefs Evening and put it into motion on Oct. 14, 1984.
     An enthusiastic amateur chef who frequently honed his cooking skills at the renowned Lee Barnes Cooking School in New Orleans, O'Neil wanted to create an event that would not only compliment Southeastern's fundraising efforts, but also bring town and gown together socially.
     "We wanted to bring a lot of people onto the campus who might not ordinarily be there," he said. "One of the hallmarks of southeast Louisiana is its cuisine, so it just made a lot of sense to make food the starring attraction.
     "We got an overwhelming response from restaurants," O'Neil said. "No one turned us down."
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Tenor Richard CoxTenor Richard Cox to present recital March 26
Young American tenor Richard Cox will present a free recital Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The recital is presented by Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts in association with the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Founded by the famed mezzo-soprano, the foundation presents exceptionally gifted young classical singers in vocal recitals and related educational programs in communities across the United States.
     Cox, who will be accompanied by pianist Michael Baitzer, will perform art songs by George Frideric Handel, Hugo Wolf, Samuel Barber, Richard Strauss, and Marc Blitzstein. During a weeklong residency, he will also visit high school students in New Orleans and Ponchatoula and with Southeastern music majors.
     Cox has been described as possessing "a remarkable voice that combines both lyric and heroic qualities." Critics have praised his voice as "full of character" and "convincing with rich nuances," and enthusiastically noted his "powerful top notes and agility."
     During the 2008-2009 opera season, he performed Florestan in "Fidelio" and Matteo in "Arabella" in Frankfurt, Germany. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Dresden State Opera. He also performed in "Lady Macbeth" in Santiago, Chile, has debuted with the Los Angeles Opera, and is a frequent soloist with American symphony orchestras.
     For additional information, contact voice professor Joy Ratliff, 985-549-2366.
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Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies hosts bicentennial planning meeting
A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Feb. 17 for an initial meeting of the Republic of West Florida Bicentennial Planning Commission.
     Representatives from 17 state agencies, including all Florida parish tourist commissions, were treated to an "awareness seminar" sponsored by the center. The program included a historical lecture highlighting the significance of the bicentennial, details on programming underway to commemorate the event, and a "brainstorming" session for input and suggestions from the audience.
     "Our intention is to use the 2010 bicentennial to finally give Louisiana's most curious and colorful, yet understudied, region the attention it deserves. This will offer an incredible opportunity for economic stimulus in our home region," said center Director Sam Hyde, who coordinated the event.
     Following an armed insurrection in 1810 that overthrew the existing Spanish government, residents of the Florida parishes created the Republic of West Florida, the original Lone Star Republic, before being forcibly annexed by the Americans 74 days later essentially completing the Louisiana Purchase.
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News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
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 call the center to verify. For information, reservation, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Monday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon -- Blackboard: Presenting Content
     Tuesday, March 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Lyceum Lights: The first session for the spring semester will be "Creoles in Louisiana," presented by 2009 Individual Achievement in the Humanities Award recipient Dr. Thomas Fick, professor of English. Lunch -- $5 to be paid at the door -- will be chicken quesadillas with refried beans and Spanish rice, pico de gallo, sour cream, tortilla chips, salsa and macadamia nut cookies.
     Tuesday, March 3, 2-3 p.m. -- CUTL Part II: Describing Your Course Activities
     Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m.-noon -- CUTL Part II: Describing Your Course Activities
     Thursday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. -- Blackboard: Presenting Content
Mark your Calendars
     Magna Publications seminars (scheduled for Tinsley Hall, room 103. Bring your lunch! Drinks and dessert will be provided.):
     Wednesday, March 11, noon-1:30 p.m. -- 10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design, presented by Dr. Ike Shibley of Penn State University. Which is better … the traditional classroom or the online classroom? The answer may be … both. The traditional classroom has benefits. The online classroom has benefits. Why choose between them when you can choose the best of both? Blended learning - the use of both traditional and online elements in a single class - can be a winning situation for everyone, from faculty to students to your institution itself. You can learn about the advantages of blended learning - and strategies for implementing and improving blended-learning courses - in this 90-minute video seminar.
     Thursday, March 12, noon-1 p.m. -- Managing Expectations and Handling Difficult Students Online presented by Dr. Susan Ko of the University of Maryland University College. When faculty makes the move to online teaching, they're generally quick to discover that difficult students are as prevalent in the online classroom as they are in traditional ones. The "difficulties" run the gamut from inappropriate communication and excessive "neediness" to abusive and threatening behavior. How do you recognize these behaviors early? How do you intervene? And what proactive steps can you take to prevent them? Attend this 60-minute audio seminar for help in managing difficult students in the online environment.
"Engagement" Workshop
     Getting engaged requires a lot of "give" and "take." If you "give" us a little of your time, you can "take" away some wonderful tips at the upcoming engagement workshop, "Creating and Implementing Successful Group Projects for Your Classes,"
     March 20, 11 a.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103, -- 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.
     Debbie is a member of one of the Center's engagement teams, "Pedagogies of Engagement," which is exploring techniques to engage even the most passive students. Along with team member James Lovitt (Sims Library), she attended The Teaching Professor conference last May and gathered some wonderful information to share with her colleagues.
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, 2009 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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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will close out their respective regular seasons, while the baseball team opens Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (11-16, 5-9 SLC) will be trying to earn the final spot in next week's Southland Conference Tournament. Southeastern, which kept its postseason hopes alive with home wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Central Arkansas last week, will need to win their two remaining games and receive some help to get back into the tournament.
     The Lions will head to Lake Charles on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest at McNeese State. The Cowboys and Lions are currently tied for ninth in the SLC and on the outside looking in at the eight-team tournament field with a week remaining. On Saturday, Southeastern will close its regular season schedule at Northwestern State with a 2 p.m. contest.
     The women's basketball team (17-10, 9-5 SLC) heads into the final week of the season with a SLC Tournament berth already clinched. Currently tied atop the SLC East Division with Stephen F. Austin, the Lady Lions could be as high as the third seed and no lower than the sixth seed in next week's SLC Tournament. Should the Lady Lions win out, the program will clinch at least a share of their second division title in the past three seasons.
     The Lady Lions will try to earn that title at home, beginning on Wednesday, when they host McNeese State at 7 p.m. in the University Center. On Saturday, Southeastern will close out its regular season schedule, hosting Northwestern State at 3 p.m. Saturday will also be Senior Day, as Lady Lions Kristy Carlin, Bethany Sinclair, Charinee Mitchell and Adonna Weaver will be honored prior to their final home game in the green and gold.
     The Southeastern baseball team (4-3) will host a pair of non-conference games this week, before opening SLC play on the road. On Tuesday, the Lions will host Mississippi Valley State at 6 p.m., before hosting Southern on Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Friday, Southeastern will open its SLC schedule with a 6 p.m. contest at defending SLC regular season champion UTSA. The series between the Lions and the Roadrunners continues with a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday, before concluding on Sunday with a 1 p.m. outing.
     Both of this week's men's basketball games, as well as the baseball games on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday's women's basketball game will air on a tape-delayed basis on the Southeastern Channel.
     The Southeastern softball team (7-7, 0-3 SLC) will be back home to host five games this week. On Wednesday, Louisiana Tech will come to town for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Over the weekend, SLC foe Central Arkansas will visit North Oak Park for a three-game league series. The Lady Lions and the Bears will meet on Saturday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader, before concluding the series on Sunday at 12 p.m.
     The women's tennis team (3-3, 0-1 SLC) also has three matches on tap this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions will head to Hattiesburg, Miss. to face Southern Miss at 2 p.m. The Lady Lions will look for their first SLC win of the season on Saturday, when they take on Stephen F. Austin at 12 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas. Southeastern concludes its week on Sunday, facing Sam Houston State at 12 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas.
     Tuesday, March 3
     Baseball, vs. Mississippi Valley State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Women's Tennis, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2 p.m.
     Wednesday, March 4
     Men's Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (KSLU)
     Women's Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7 p.m. (SE Channel)
     Baseball, vs. Southern, Alumni Field, 6 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Louisiana Tech (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Friday, March 6
     Baseball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Saturday, March 7
     Men's Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU)
     Women's Basketball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 3 p.m. (Senior Day)
     Baseball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m.
     Softball, vs. Central Arkansas (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.
     Sunday, March 8
     Baseball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, vs. Central Arkansas, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 1 p.m.
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Professional activities
A book chapter by Dr. Cynthia Elliott (Teaching and Learning) was recently published in a new Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) publication, Surviving the Storm, Creating Opportunities for Learning in Response to Hurricane Katrina, edited by Bedford and Kieff. Titled "Teaching in Traumatic Times: The Role of the Learning Community" presents a reflective analysis of the importance of the learning community in higher education during times of crisis and recovery. An original poem, "A Beautiful Coastline is Disappearing" by Jackie Severio, a former graduate student in Dr. Elliott's MAT 640 class was also published as an example of an ABC poem that was created in a unit on Saving the Wetlands.
     Lauren Doughty, who received a master's degree in history in December 2008, has a paper accepted for the Queen's-McGill Graduate Student Conference in History at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) on March 13-14. Her paper, "Securing a Legacy: The Normans' Use of Propaganda to Usurp the Right of Succession in Post-Conquest England," is based on her master's thesis, which was directed by William B. Robison (History and Political Science). Ms. Doughty has been accepted to the doctoral program in history at Louisiana State University for 2009-10.
     Dr. Deborah McCarthy and Mr. Paul Simoneaux (Teaching and Learning) presented their paper, "A Multi-Discipline Approach: The Integration of Teaching Competencies in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts for Elementary and Upper Elementary Teacher Candidates," at the 2009 Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting February 14-18 in Dallas.
     Sociology and Criminal Justice faculty were among the presenters at the annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association in Atlanta. Dr. Bonnie Lewis presented a paper titled, "A Study of Economic Development Efforts in a Small Rural Mill Town in Louisiana," with Holly Watts, Willis Hawkins, Patrick Legette, and Kartisia Esco of Southeastern. Dr. John Boulahanis presented a paper, "Gauging Media Consumption and Fear of Crime: A Comparison of Various Parishes in Louisiana," with Bonnie Lewis. Dr. Kellen Gilbert (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented an anthropology research paper titled, "Geophagy: Environmental and Health Implications," with Lewis. Dr. Anna Kleiner presented a paper titled, "Organizational Capacity in the Disaster Context: An Action-Oriented Study of Community-Based Nonprofit Service Providers," with John Green and Katie Kerstetter of Delta State and JoLynn Montgomery of University of Michigan. Gerald McNeill presented a Geography research paper titled, "South Louisiana's Above-Ground Concrete Vault Burials." Holly Watts (Southeastern Social Science Research Center) presented a paper, "Gender Differences in Views toward Economic Development for a Small Louisiana Community," with Lewis, Patrick Legette, and Willis Hawkins of Southeastern.
     Dr. Roldan Valverde (Biological Sciences) presented a seminar at the 29th International Sea Turtle Symposium held in Brisbane, Australia, on Feb. 17-19. ( The tile of the seminar was "Global Estimate of Arribada Olive Ridley Sea Turtles." Also at the meeting, Dr. Valverde's graduate student, Lauren Smith, presented a poster during this meeting titled "Vitellogenin Profile of a Multiple Clutch Sea Turtle, Caretta Caretta, Throughout the Nesting Season." The paper was co-authored by Dr. Valverde and a Southeastern undergraduate, Billie Poche. Dr. Valverde also coauthored another poster with two international undergraduates Flor Gomez of Peru and Mark Tordoir of the Netherlands, titled "Thermal Microenvironmental Influences on the Critical Incubation Temperature for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles at Ostional, Costa Rica."
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