ByLion -- March 23

Rock 'n Roar honors Literary Rally
Retiree reception March 31
W.E. Conference a success
Recyclers volunteer to purge paper
Golden Silence April 1

Choirs to perform Friday
Students stage community programs
PPR training for supervisors
Coming up in the performing arts
Donate books to library sale
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Suber releases 'Starlit' CD
Students design Chamber brochure
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Students, community enjoy Rock 'n Roar as Literary Rally celebrates 100 years
Approximately 2,600 high school students from 60 schools gathered at Southeastern Saturday for the Southeast Louisiana District VIII Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar, Southeastern's annual campus-community festival.
     Students from 11 parishes, including Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and Livingston, took tests in 44 subjects, then joined area residents in enjoying Rock 'n Roar activities, including academic displays, food booths, interactive games and children's camps.
     The high school students were among 20,000 competing statewide at nine Literary Rally district sites, including Southeastern.

Nursing's "Sim Baby"
CSD students
Erin Watson

First row, left, With the state rally is celebrating its 100th anniversary, Southeastern took the opportunity to recognize Stephen Soutullo, assistant vice president for enrollment management, who has headed the Southeastern-based District VIII rally for 28 years; right, Crowds form a colorful scene. Middle row, left, Barbara Moffett, head of the School of Nursing, right, demonstrates the "Sim Baby," a lifelike model used in the nursing curricula, for Northlake Christian School students Kathryn Copp, Emily Vice, Alex Dease and Breanna Katz; right, Students in Southeastern's Communication Sciences and Disorders Department manned an academic display that offered a number of hands-on activities, including simulating the effects of autism. Bottom row, left, Forensic biology professor Erin Watson helps Bogalusa High School student Sherrell Martin create an artwork by dipping small maggots in paint; right, Slidell High student James Kjellin tries to successfully "walk the line" while wearing special goggles that simulate being impaired by alcohol. The activity was offered by the Department of Psychology's Dr. DeAnn Johnson (left).
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Retirees to be honored March 31
Please plan to attend the 2008-2009 Retiree Reception on Tuesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Center.
     The following retirees will be recognized: Marie Billings, Donnie Booth, Joseph Bravata, Roland Brewer, Linda Buras, Gloria Burton, Mark Cook, Betsy Creel, Bobbye Davis, Fred Dembowski, Patricia Duplessis, Tom Giluso, Paul Goodwin, Mary Heleniak, Jessie Hill, Daniel Hotard, Edward Johnson, J. W."Hoppy" LaCroix, Don McEwan, Ann Nauman, Joann Pagan, Glenda Pickard, Sarah Ross, Loudes Salisbury, Jharna Sengupta, Sarah Spence, and Shelia Tregre.
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Melissa Thomas  hands Melissa Fisackerly her conference materials.Melissa Thomas hands Southeastern student Melissa Fisackerly her conference materials.
'W.E.' is a success
The inaugural "W.E. -- Women Empowered" Conference, held at Southeastern March 20, brought together approximately 100 area women and Southeastern students for a day of learning and networking focusing on issues that all women face. The day-long conference featured four sessions with presentations by 18 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.
     "I think you will walk away from this day with greater insights about the things you can do to lead and implement positive change where such change is needed," said Interim Provost Tammy Bourg in her welcome to the group. Highlights of the day included a special networking browse that preceded the conference luncheon, a luncheon keynote presentation by Neill Corporation head Debra Neill Baker, and tributes to special women benefactors by Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Johns Lauderdale.
     "Everybody had incredibly positive things to say about the conference," said Co-chair Jennifer Paul, director of student organizations/strategic initiatives. "They were excited to be around so many women with similar interests."
    "The only 'complaint,'" she said, laughing, "was that they could only choose to attend four sessions. Our emcee, Rosa Dunn, said she wished she had been about to attend them all."
     Paul, who headed the event along with Southeastern Community Liason Leigh Ann Lanaux and a campus-wide faculty/staff committee, said the conference plans to build on this year's success for an even bigger and better "W.E." next year.
Tammy Bourg welcomes participants
Emcee Rosa Dunn, Alexis Ducorbier, and Sandy Summers draw for the main doorprize -- a Dooney and Bourke cherry red purse and wallet provided by Ducorbier.
Conference keynore speaker Debra Neill Baker
Interim Provost Tammy Bourg welcomes participants to the inaugural "W.E. -- Women Empowered" conference held at Southeastern March 20. Emcee Rosa Dunn, Alexis Ducorbier, and Sandy Summers draw for the main doorprize -- a Dooney and Bourke red purse and wallet provided by Ducorbier -- and won by Southeastern student Phylicia Common. Keynote speaker Debra Neill Baker illustrated how, by shifting the way they think, women can realize their own power and potential.

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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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Choirs present 'An Evening of Psalms' March 27
Southeastern's premier vocal groups, the Concert Choir and Women's Chorale, will present "An Evening of Psalms," Friday, March 27.
     The free concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Hammond's First Baptist Church, 401 W. Morris St. The choirs will be conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities in the Southeastern Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     Rowe said the first half of the program includes sacred works, including psalms performed by the Women's Chorale and Herbert Howells' "Requiem," performed by the Concert Choir.
     "Requiem" will feature as soloists Jane Rownd of Hammond, soprano; Maggie Probst, alto, and Joshua Williams, tenor, both of Mandeville; and Brandon Wear, tenor, and Colby McCurdy, baritone, both of Slidell.
     The second half of the concert includes the Women's Chorale performance of the opening opera chorus from Smetana's "Bartered Bride," partsongs by Joseph Haydn, and the rousing spirituals "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Ezekiel Saw de Wheel" for mixed chorus.
     For additional information, contact Rowe at 985-549-2334 or
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Nursing students to stage 'mock fatality,' suicide prevention programs
With high school prom season approaching, Southeastern nursing students will stage a "mock fatality" at Hammond High School on March 26 to dramatically emphasize the consequences of drinking and driving.
     A second group of students will present a suicide prevention program to the students of Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge on March 27.
     The students selected the programs as their "Capstone Project," a community-based health assignment required for graduation in which the students design and implement a project that addresses a community health issue.
     Scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the HHS football stadium, the mock fatality will be coordinated by senior nursing students Michael Davis and Sarah Rick of Tickfaw, Patricia Iten of Mandeville, Jennifer Miller of Slidell, and Paige Pittman of Hammond. Nursing instructor Terry Compton said this year's program will be attended by the junior and senior students from Hammond High School, juniors from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and seniors from Loranger High School and Oak Forest Academy.
     Participants include the Hammond fire and police departments, Louisiana State Police, Southeastern drama students, Acadian Ambulance and AirMed, Geisler Funeral Home, 21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux, Hammond City Court Judge Grace Gasaway, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Tangipahoa Parish Coroner Mike Foster, and Florida Parishes Human Services Authority Prevention Coordinator Sue Kennedy. Following the rescue, high school students will hear presentations from Edwards, Gasaway, Perrilloux, and Kennedy.
     The teen-focused suicide intervention program is entitled "This is one doodle that can't be undid," a line taken from the teen-oriented movie "Juno." It is designed to empower young people with a message of hope grounded in knowledge regarding suicide prevention, according to Southeastern nursing student and project group member Aimee Chemin of Watson.
     Southeastern students responsible for organizing the community out-reach project include Chemin, Brittany Long of Denham Springs, Jennifer Sing of Prairieville, Felicia Broussard of Luling, Melissa Bourgeois of Brusly, and Hailie Cook, Josh Slaven and Celeste Balint, all of Baton Rouge. Clinical instructor for the project is Rebecca Bombet.
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PPR training for supervisors
The Training Section of the Human Resources Office is offering a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. The session will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 9:30- 11 a.m., in the Human Resources Office conference room.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval is necessary for this class. To register for this program contact Jan Ortego, or ext. 5771.
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This week in the performing arts
Mark your calendar for an exciting week of music and dance, compliments of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. Unless otherwise noted, the events are scheduled for the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The Southeastern trombone studio will present a studio recital on Tuesday at 6 p.m. that will feature the Southeastern Trombone Choir, two trombone quartets and the jazz trombone group, JazzboneZ. The repertoire will include works by Bach, Mozart, Frackenpohl, Simon and Garfunkel, Kugelmann, Clifford Brown and John Williams.
     Also on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Scott Inman will present a senior tuba recital, which will showcase the tuba in all its glory. Pieces by well known composers such as Paul Hindemith and Vincent Persichetti will feature the tuba in a collaborative setting with piano accompaniment and in an unaccompanied setting, respectively. Other pieces involve tuba with marimba, and a showstopper of a finale performed with drumset.
     On Wednesday, March 25, seniors Nathan Constant (voice) and Jason Larousse (flute) will present their senior recitals, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
     Also on Wednesday, Moxie Dance Project presents "Movement from Within" at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature as guest artist performance by Chris Elam of Misnomer Dance Company in New York. Graduating Seniors Heather Brown and Amanda Bazile will present Senior Works within the concert. Misnomer Dance Company Repertory choreographed by Chris Elam will be performed by Southeastern dancers. General Admission $6, senior citizens and non-Southeastern students $4, Southeastern students free with I.D. Call 549-5254 for more information.
     On Thursday classical guitar major Eric Johns will present a senior recital at 6 p.m.
     At 7:30 p.m. guest vocalist Richard Cox, tenor, will present a recital in Pottle Auditorium. He has appeared with many of the world's leading opera companies and symphony orchestras, and appears at Southeastern under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which promotes art song recitals in the United States.
     Friday's offerings are a junior piano recital by Tony Hoss at 5 p.m., and the Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale spring concert, Alissa Mercurio Rowe, conductor, at the First United Methodist Church in Hammond, 7:30 p.m.
     On Saturday, Southeastern will host an all day "Louisiana Flute Festival" culminating in a concert by guest artists Jill Felber, flute, and Dianne Frazer, piano, at 7 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.
     Tuesday, March 24
     Trombone Studio Recital, Pottle, 6 p.m.
     Scott Inman, tuba, senior recital, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     Wednesday, March 25
     Nathan Constant, baritone, senior recital, Pottle, 6 p.m.
     Jason Larousse, flute, senior recital, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     Moxie Dance Project, Columbia Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
     Thursday, March 26
     Eric Johns, guitar, senior recital, Pottle, 6 p.m.
     Richard Cox, tenor, Marilynn Horne Foundation guest artist, Pottle, 7:30 p.m.
     Friday, March 27
     Tony Hoss, piano, junior recital, Pottle, 5 p.m.
     Concert Choir & Women's Chorale - First United Methodist Church, Hammond 7:30 p.m.
     Saturday, March 28
     Louisiana Flute Festival (all day); concert at Pottle, 7 p.m.
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Donate your books to annual library book sale
Want to make a librarian smile? Dust off your old books and donate them to Sims Memorial Library for the annual book sale, which will be held April 1-3 during the celebration of National Library Week.
     The library is still accepting all popular reading material (fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, etc.), DVDs, and music CD's. (Please, no magazines or materials that are too damaged for sale.)
     Donations can be delivered to the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of the library, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
     For more information or to arrange another drop off time, please call ext. 3955. This is a great way to clean out your bookshelves and help the library.
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This week at 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, reservations, contact the center, ext. 5791 or
     Tuesday, March 24, 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m.-noon -- CUTL: Documenting and Analyzing Student Learning, presented by Dr. Heather O'Connell, ITPE Coordinator and Instructor, Department of English
     Thursday, March 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Science and Religion Brown Bag Discussion. These discussions for faculty and staff are lead by Dr. Matt Rossano, head of the Department of Psychology. Bring your lunch and a friend. Cookies and drinks will be provided.
     Friday, March 27, 10 a.m.-noon -- Blackboard: Keeping Students on Track
Mark Your Calendars
     Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity -- The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to Southeastern's eighth annual
Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity. The conference will consist of poster sessions that will begin on Thursday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. and on Friday, April 3, 2 p.m.
     The conference provides a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty. It is an opportunity for faculty who have received support from center grants to give back.
     Tuesday, April 7 -- 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Lyceum Lights: Department of Teaching and Learning faculty Dr. Colleen Klein-Ezell and Dr. Camille Yates will discuss their Learn and Serve grant "Cooking Up a Storm."
     A $5 fee for lunch is payable at the door. Please RSVP by April 3 by calling ext. 5791 or emailing
2009-2010 Call for Proposals
     The deadlines are quickly approaching for the center's 2009-2010 funding opportunities. 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, Room 6 by 4:30 p.m. on April 9. Absolutely no proposal will be accepted after the deadline.
     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 -- The 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.
      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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Stephen SuberSuber's new CD, 'Starlit,' to be released April 1
Starlit, a new compact disc representing a cross section of the more than three-decade career of Southeastern composer-in-residence and music professor Stephen Suber will be released April 1 by Centaur Records.
     Recorded by orchestras and choirs in the Czech Republic, the CD will be available in retail stores and online outlets such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It includes six of Suber's compositions spanning 1971-2003, and features as piano soloist David Evenson, head of Southeastern's Department of Music and Dramatic Arts.
     "Dr. Suber is a valuable and productive member of our music faculty," said Bryan DePoy, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. "His latest CD release is a significant milestone in an extraordinary and ongoing music career. I admire his collaborative approach to music making, as is evident by featuring Dr. Evenson in one of his pieces on this recording."
     "The quality is really top notch and it is something I'm proud of," said Suber, who has been a member of the Southeastern faculty since 1982 and whose many honors include the university's 1987 President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity.
     The CD includes Suber's "Enchantments: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra," commissioned by the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and originally performed on campus by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra in 1992. The third movement of the concerto, "Homecoming," features Evenson as piano soloist with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra.
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From left, are Bryan DePoy, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; art professor Gary Keown, Chamber Specialist Jenni O'Neil, Schexnayder, Chamber Executive Director Charlotte Lenoir, and Chamber Membership and Marketing Coordinator Donna Hellmers. Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern representatives congratulate art major Lacey Schexnayder, whose design for a new chamber brochure was selected as the winner among designs created by 12 of her fellow students. From left, are Bryan DePoy, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; art professor Gary Keown, Chamber Specialist Jenni O'Neil, Schexnayder, Chamber Executive Director Charlotte Lenoir, and Chamber Membership and Marketing Coordinator Donna Hellmers.

Art students create designs for Hammond Chamber brochure
The Hammond Chamber of Commerce is one step closer to its goal of creating a new marketing plan, thanks to the assistance of Southeastern digital design students.
      The Chamber recently tapped the talents of students enrolled in Southeastern art professor Gary Keown's upper level print design class to create an informational brochure.
     After approximately a month of design work, drafts that whittled the field to four designs, and presentations by the four finalists to the Chamber's marketing committee, "We have a winner," Chamber Executive Director Charlotte Lenoir said.
     Lenoir came to Keown's class March 5 to announce that, after what she described as "heated discussion," the Chamber had selected Lacey Schexnayder's design. The art major from Baton Rouge received a $50 prize and will be credited on the printed brochure. She will also be introduced and her winning design unveiled at the Chamber's April 23 meeting at the Quality Inn and Conference Center.
     "This was not an easy decision at all. It was hard enough to narrow down to four," said Lenoir.
     In addition to Schexnayder, participating students were fellow finalists Virginia Cockerham of Denham Springs, Samantha Carr of Gretna, and Jeff Marshall of Baton Rouge, as well as Amanda Blouin, Gonzales; Scott Gibson, Slidell; Keith Hogan, Hammond; Beverly Mier, Mt. Hermon; Jami Moffatt, Walker; and Jesse Sims, Kentwood.
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This week in athletics
The Lions football team will host its Spring Game, while the baseball, softball and women's tennis teams will continue Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team will close out spring practice on Saturday. The Spring Game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The SLC-leading baseball team (14-7, 6-3 SLC) is scheduled to compete in five games this week. On Tuesday, the Lions will head to Itta Bena, Miss. for a 3 p.m. contest at Mississippi Valley State. On Wednesday, Southeastern will travel to Mobile, Ala. to face South Alabama at 6 p.m.
     The Lions will return home to host SLC foe Lamar for a three-game series at Alumni Field over the weekend. The series opens on Friday with a 6 p.m. contest, continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday. With the exception of Tuesday's game, all of Southeastern's baseball games this week will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     Saturday will also be Baseball Alumni Day at Alumni Field. All former Southeastern letterwinners are invited to participate in the pregame picnic at 1 p.m. in the Strawberry Stadium Parking Garage. The Lion alumni will be honored in a pregame presentation prior to Saturday's 3 p.m. first pitch. For more information, contact "S" Club Director Larry Hymel at or (985) 549-3228.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will host the sixth annual Carter Plantation Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at Carter Plantation in Springfield. The 12-team field features four of the nation's top 100 teams. The first two rounds are scheduled to begin on Monday at 8:30 a.m. The final round tees off on Tuesday at 8 a.m.
     The Lady Lion softball team (10-17, 1-11 SLC) has five games on tap this week. On Tuesday, Southeastern heads to South Alabama for a 6 p.m. contest in Mobile, Ala. The Lady Lions return home on Wednesday to host Alcorn State at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. Over the weekend, Southeastern travels to Northwestern State for a three-game weekend SLC series. The series opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes on Sunday with a single game at 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (5-4, 1-1 SLC) returns to the court for four matches this week. On Monday, Southeastern hosts UNO for a 3 p.m. contest at the Southeastern Tennis Complex. UNO will be the first of two in-state rivals to visit Hammond this week, as the Lady Lions host Southern on Thursday at 1 p.m. The Lady Lions return to Southland Conference play over the weekend, travelling to Northwestern State on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Central Arkansas on Sunday at 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team (6-7, 0-2 SLC) will also be back in action this week. On Wednesday, the Lions head to Mobile, Ala. to face Troy at 2 p.m. in a non-conference neutral site match. The Lions will return home on Thursday to host Southern at 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will continue preparation for the SLC Outdoor Championships this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Baton Rouge to compete in the Tiger Relays on Friday and Saturday.
     For ticket information on all Southeastern Athletic events, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit
     Monday, March 23
     Men's Golf, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, Carter Plantation, 8:30 a.m.
     Women's Tennis, vs. UNO, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 3 p.m.
     Tuesday, March 24
     Baseball, at Mississippi Valley State, Itta Bena, Miss., 3 p.m.
     Softball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6 p.m.
     Men's Golf, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, Carter Plantation, 8 a.m.
     Wednesday, March 25
     Baseball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, vs. Alcorn State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, vs. Troy, Mobile, Ala., 2 p.m.
     Thursday, March 26
     Men's and Women's Tennis, vs. Southern, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m.
     Friday, March 27
     Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Tiger Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day
     Saturday, March 28
     Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 12 p.m.
     Baseball, vs. Lamar (Alumni Day), Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Northwestern State (DH), Natchitoches, 1 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 11 a.m.
     Sunday, March 29
     Baseball, vs. Lamar, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 12 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., noon
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Professional activities
Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) is on sabbatical for the spring semester serving as Faculty in Residence for the New Orleans Division of the FBI. In this capacity, he is assisting the FBI in the investigation of financial crimes, such as fraud involving mortgages, corporations, banks, FEMA, health care and similar crimes. He apparently is the first faculty member to ever work with the FBI in this manner. He will be on sabbatical until mid-May.
     Serhat Yildiz, an ISAT graduate student who works under the direction of Dr. Ken S. Li (Mathematics and ISAT graduate coordinator), presented a paper, "A Stochastic Approach to Asset Selection Process" at Louisiana and Mississippi MAA Annual sectional meeting held in Mississippi College March5-7. His paper won the first place in graduate paper competition.
     Dr. Becky Sue Parton, Dr. Robert Hancock and Dr. Jeff Oescher (Educational Leadership and Technology) had a grant, "Vision 3D: Digital Discover for the Deaf" funded by the Department of Education's Stepping Stones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities. The $395,000 two-year grant is designed to develop and research activities related to the Language Acquisition Manipulatives Blening Early-childhood Rsearch and Technology (LAMBERT) project. The system connects the digital and physical world by providing a platform for young deaf children to select tangible toys and receive computer-based multimedia instruction.
     Drs. Parton and Hancock also presented "LAMBERT and An Examination of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Compliance: Are Universities and School Districts Making World Wide Web Learning Resources Available to the Disabled" to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in Charleston on March 4.
     Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Teacher Leader Programs in Louisiana," coauthored with Dr. Betty Porter of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, and "Teacher Autonomy and School Climate," coauthored with Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Education Research Association in Lafayette, March 5-6. At the meeting, Dr. Campbell was presented with a plaque honoring her past two years of service as the president-elect/program chair (2007-2008) and president (2008-2009) of the Louisiana Education Research Association. Dr. Crain-Dorough will serve as the president-elect/program chair for 2009-2010.
     Faculty from Sims Memorial Library presented poster presentations at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference on March 13-14 in Seattle. Eric Johnson and Beth Stahr collaborated with Judith Lin Hunt of Montclair State University on "From Perilous Waters to Smooth Sailing: Preparing for and Collaborating on Successful Accreditation Visits." Stahr and Ladonna Guillot presented "Adapting to Institutional Initiatives: Specialized Information Literacy." Dr. Lynette Ralph presented "If You Build It, They May Not Come: The Case of QuestionPoint."
     Kathryn Munson and Karen Jung (Sims Memorial Library) presented a program entitled "Setting the Stage for a Presentation Studio" on March 14 at the Louisiana Library Association annual conference in Baton Rouge.
     Angela Dunnington and Mary Lou Strong (Sims Memorial Library) presented a pre-conference program at the Louisiana Library Association annual conference in Baton Rouge on March 12 titled, "Can u wiki, flickr and blog? An Introduction to Social Networking Tools for Your Library." The hands-on workshop introduced popular collaborative technologies such as Facebook, wikis, flickr and YouTube and explored practical ways to use these tools in the library to facilitate communication and training and to better serve library patrons. Thirty librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries across the state participated in this three-hour workshop.
     Dr. Martie Fellom (Music and Dramatic Arts) presented a lecture on "Editing Dance on Camera" on March 14 at the annual American College Dance Festival South Central Region hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
     Dr. Birgitta Ramsey (English) participated in the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in San Francisco, March 11-14. The title of her conference paper was "Composition Programs and Practices in Sweden: What Can They Teach the United States?"
     At the 2009 Louisiana Historical Association's annual conference in Monroe March 19-21, Keith Finley (History and Political Science) presented "Politics After Jim Crow: Louisiana's 6th District Elects a Congressman 1966" as part of a session on "Matters of Race and Media," while William Robison presented "Lechers, Changelings, Fanatics, and Virgins: The Tudor Kings and Queens on Film" and Charles Elliott presented "Here Comes the Sun King: Louis XIV in Film, Music, and Popular Culture" in a session on "Early Modern European History on Film."
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