ByLion -- March 9

Steward's condition changed
Counseling available
Chefs Evening 'cheers'
Delts named second in nation!
Guest chef at Caymen
Registration still open for 'WE'
Spring PKP meeting March 24
'Let's Talk Art' features Katz

Gautreaux receives state award
This week in the performing arts
Rock 'n Roar March 21
Amestry hosts film, exhibit
Women's History Month continues
Students win theater fest honors
GBP shines at conference
KSLU fund drive March 15-21

Students win concerto contest
LNLA honors horticulture group
'Walk in' resume service offered
Library seeking used books
Center for Faculty Excellence news
'Providing Quality Service' workshop
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Steward's medical condition changes
The condition of Southeastern student Nadine Steward, injured last Friday morning in a traffic accident that left three others dead and one other injured, has been changed from critical to serious, according to a North Oaks Medical Center spokesperson.
     Steward, 18, a freshman member of the Southeastern women's tennis team, remains at the Hammond hospital.
     Steward's parents, Mark and Tracey, and her brothers Michael and Ryan have arrived in Hammond from their hometown in Bicester, England. The family has issued the following statement through the university:
     "We appreciate the many thoughts and prayers that are being offered for Nadine by the Hammond community and the entire region. We thank the administration, faculty, and students of Southeastern who have been so supportive of us. And we express our sincere thanks to the North Oaks physicians, nurses and staff who are focused on Nadine's care. Please know that our prayers and condolences are with the families and friends of the other victims of this tragic incident."
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Counseling available concerning student deaths
University Counseling Center counselors will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff who would like to share their thoughts and feelings about last week’s tragic accident at the University Counseling Center, 307A Virginia Ave. (old police building), on Thursday, March 12, from noon-2 p.m. Thoughts and feelings may encompass concerns for themselves, colleagues or students. If any faculty or staff would like to speak with a counselor individually, or would like to consult with a counselor, they should contact the UCC at 549-3894.
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Cindy Shelton

Farley Lobdell and Fay BrightCheers to 25 Years of Chefs Evening
A full house of Southeastern family and friends enjoyed the tasty offerings of area restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers as Chefs Evening celebrated its 25th Anniversary Sunday at a spacious new location, the Pennington Student Activity Center. "Cheers to 25 Years" was the theme of the popular annual food festival and fund raiser, sponsored by the Southeastern Development Foundation. Guests found the Pennington Center decorated with a themes that echoed popular decorating schemes from the past quarter of a century. They also enjoyed a silent auction featuring items in a variety of price ranges. Proceeds from Chefs Evening benefit academic programs. Sponsors of the 25th anniversary event were LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, First Guaranty Bank, Gray Insurance Company, American Bank and Trust and Hancock Bank.
     Top left, Roomie was on hand to welcome guests; top right, at the pre-event reception at the President's Residence, President John Crain recognizes representatives of four restuarants who have supported Chefs Evening throughout its 25-year history, from left, Madeline and Mike Landry of Don's Seafood, Nicholas Delauzain of Benedict's Plantation, John, Tommy and Joe Wong of Trey Yuen; middle left, the three founders of Chefs Evening, Dr. Joseph O'Neil, Duane Shafer and Howard Nichols; middle right, Cindy Shelton of Hancock Bank, one of the event's sponsors, makes a selection of the myriad of tasty treats; left, Farley Lobdell and Fay Bright browse the silent auction items.
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Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau DeltaSoutheastern's Delta Tau Delta Chapter Ranked Second in Nation
Southeastern's Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta is ranked second in the nation after receiving the prestigious Hugh Shields Award at the division leadership conference in Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 19-21.
     The award is given annually to the top ten chapters of Delta Tau Delta across the nation, said Chapter Advisor Gene Pregeant. The award is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations.
     The Southeastern chapter was ranked second among 111 chapters in the United States.
     The chapter also received the Chapter of Excellence Award, the highest regional honor that a chapter can win. Epsilon Phi was also recognized for its participation in Adopt-a-School, excellence in Alumni Relations, and programming awards in academics and recruitment. For the fourth year in a row, the chapter was rewarded for having the most Outstanding Brotherhood in the Southern Division.
     Individually, Joe Kennedy of Lacombe was honored for his service as president of Southeastern's Inter-Fraternity Council, and Tiger Edwards, Southern Division vice-president and a Southeastern alumnus, received the Outstanding Alumni Service Award, in recognition of his many years of service to the fraternity.
     "As President of Epsilon Phi, I am truly honored to be a part of this experience," said Chapter President Nick Cavaretta of Kapolei, Hawaii. "To finally bring back the Hugh Shields Award, after 20 years, is one of the most rewarding things our chapter has accomplished. What we are most proud of, however, and what we will always be proud of, is our brotherhood."
     The awards capped off an impressive year for the brothers of Epsilon Phi. This past year saw their cumulative GPA rise to a 2.85, placing them first among campus fraternities. Community service projects during 2008 included their work at their adopted school, Natalbany Elementary, Habitat For Humanity, Relay for Life and numerous other charitable causes. Campus service included volunteer work at the Southeastern Lab School and Chefs Evening, the annual fundraiser for Southeastern's Development Office.
     In addition to Kennedy and Cavaretta, members of Epsilon Phi Chapter of Delta Tau Delta include Cody Coumes and Blake Edwards, Amite; John Dietz, Shane Firm and Bryan Kron, Baton Rouge; James Breland, Belle Chase; Aaron Gutekunst and Trey Scott, Covington; Hunter Carter, Lyle Newell and Clifton Speed, Greensburg; Michael Rivas, Harvey; Darnell Jones, Kentwood; Mickey Martin, Livingston; Brandon Suriff, David Will and Josh Williams, Mandeville; Ross Barbier, Brandon Frank, Regan LeSaichere, Matthew Perrin, Nathan Perrin and Joshua Thibodeaux, Marrero; Jared Eusea, Paradis; Matthew Taylor and Marc Vedros, Terrytown; David Cavell, Thibodaux; Brandon Colletti and Josh Price, Watson; Christian Herrmann, Amarillo, Texas; John Mitchell, San Antonio, Texas; Bryan Harper, Waco, Texas; Benjamin Strohl, Lessburg, Va.; and Ryan Holmes, Edgerton, Wis.
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Guest Chef at Cayman Café March 19
Sou chef Chris Dykes of Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House in New Orleans will be the guest chef at the Cayman Café exhibition station Thursday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. He will provide fine Cajun cuisine, cooked to order - from Crawfish Etoufee and Shrimp Creole to Pastalaya and much more.
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WE logoRegistration still open for March 20 'WE' 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 Louisiana University.
     The day-long 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. A printable registration form and more information is available at (The full conference roster of speakers and session times will be available on the web site early this week, so please visit the site again!)
     Participants who cannot attend the full conference may register for the conference luncheon address only, which will be presented by Neill Corporation head Debra Neill Baker at 11 a.m. at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks. Luncheon-only cost is $15. Since seating is limited, reservations and payment are required by March 17. To register, contact Leigh Ann Lanaux:, 985-345-3130, Dyson Hall, room 150.
     For additional information or a registration packet, contact Lanaux or co-chair Jennifer Paul, director of Student Organizations and Strategic Initiatives, 985-549-2507,
PKP 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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Let's Talk Art to feature Katz
Let's Talk: Art," the series of one-hour art talks sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts and the Friends of Sims Library, will continue Tuesday, March 17, at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the library.
     Lynda Katz will discuss "Historic References in Contemporary Crafts." Katz, visual resources coordinator in the Department of Visual Arts, will show utilitarian works by contemporary ceramic artists along with the historical works in clay and other materials that have influenced and inspired them, examining ways in which each contemporary artist has made tradition personal and new.
     The lecture is free and open to the campus and community.
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Novelist Tim Gautreaux honored with Louisiana Writer Award
Award-winning author Tim Gautreaux, professor emeritus and writer in residence at Southeastern, has been named as the recipient of the prestigious Louisiana Writer Award. The Louisiana Center for the Book, part of the State Library of Louisiana, selected Gautreaux for his extraordinary contributions to the state's literary heritage.
     "Louisiana is known throughout the world for its rich cultural and literary heritage," said Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, whose office oversees the State Library. "Tim Gautreaux is part of the tradition of exceptional writers who call Louisiana home. We are proud to honor him with the Louisiana Writer Award."
     The Louisiana Writer Award is given periodically to recognize outstanding contributions to the literary and intellectual life of Louisiana. Past recipients include children's author William Joyce, poets Yusef Komunyakaa and William Jay Smith; historian Carl A. Brasseaux; novelists James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau and Elmore Leonard; and scholar Lewis P. Simpson.
     Gautreaux's previous honors include a National Magazine Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, the Heasley Prize, the Southeastern Booksellers Award for Best Novel, the Mid-South Booksellers Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. He was also the John Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. His novel Welding with Children was named by the New York Times as a notable book of the year. The Clearing, published by Alfred A. Knopf, was highly acclaimed, and USA Today chose it as one of the ten best books of 2003. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx called The Clearing "the finest American novel in a long, long time." Gautreaux's most recent novel, The Missing, was published in 2009 to positive reviews.
     The State Library of Louisiana will honor Gautreaux at an award ceremony during the seventh annual Louisiana Book Festival, which will be held on Oct. 17.
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This week in the performing arts
Trumpet instructor Logan Place will perform a faculty recital, including works by Turrin, Torelli, Haydn and Tomasi, March 10, 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.      Dr. Place joined the faculty at Southeastern 2007. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas.
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Rock 'n Roar logoRock 'n Roar March 21
Southeastern's annual campus-community festival, "Rock 'n Roar," will be a fun-filled day for children and adults.
     In its 13th year, Rock 'n Roar showcases Southeastern's fine academics and fun atmosphere for visiting District 8 Literary Rally high school students, alumni and community friends.
     Scheduled for March 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the War Memorial Student Union, the festival will offer art, baseball, and dance camps for children and free children's identification packets - finger printing and photo - compliments of the University Police Department.
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 5-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. The camp, which costs $5, will take place in Clark Hall.
     A camp for young baseball enthusiasts is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field, the Southeastern Lions' baseball diamond. The camp is open to children ages 6-13 for a $5 fee. Participants are asked to bring their own baseball bat and glove and will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the camp.
     The Lionettes, Southeastern's dance team, will host a dance camp for children ages 5-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The camp's $15 fee includes refreshments and a keepsake. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. The camp will conclude with a performance by participants in the Student Union at noon for parents and other Rock 'n Roar guests.
     Camp applications are available online at or at the Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave., (985) 549-2150. Advance registration and payment is mandatory for all camps by March 19. Space is limited, so reservations should be made early.
     Rock 'n Roar will also feature a variety of children's games, activities and guest performances by Southeastern Gospel Choir, A Touch of Class Performing Arts, and Southeastern's Community Music School.
     Rock 'n Roar patrons of all ages can also enjoy educational displays by Southeastern's departments; food and music; plant and ceramics sales; a health fair; and a farmer's market complete with baked goods, produce, crafts and beads.
     For additional information about Rock 'n Roar Fest camps and contests, call the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
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Amnesty International student group hosts film, exhibit
The student group of Amnesty International at Southeastern will host a free art exhibit and film during the month of March.
     Amnesty International, a human rights awareness organization, will host "Exhibit 27" in Southeastern's Guerilla Gallery located in Clark Hall. The exhibit, which runs through March 13, is dedicated to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 27, which highlights cultural rights. The exhibit showcases works by Southeastern students and exhibit is open to the public with a closing reception scheduled March 12 at 5 p.m.
     Two free showings of "The Rescue," presented by the Invisible Children's Gulf Coast Roadie Crew, will highlight the current tensions in Darfur, Sudan, and will be presented March 18 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the recital hall of Southeastern's Pottle Music Building. The Invisible Children organization is a global network of activists who focus on humanitarian education of the Darfur war crisis. Members will be selling IC merchandise at the screenings, and all proceeds will benefit their mission to bring peace to Darfur's children and citizens.
     For more information, contact Jason Granger at (985) 974-4387.
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Women's History Month continues
Southeastern's celebration of March as Women's History Month is underway 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.
     Most Women's History Month events are free and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Check out the schedule …
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Students honored at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Southeastern students were honored with awards and recognition at the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, Feb. 23-28.
     Approximately 700 students from more than 50 colleges and universities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Missouri competed at the regional festival.
     "I have never been more proud of a group we've taken to the regional festival," said theater instructor Jim Winter. "Our students were active all week long in areas of acting, playwriting, directing, technical theatre and theatre criticism."
     Southeastern was awarded the "Excellence in Support of New Works" award, while Will Stacey of Franklinton received the "Excellence in Honor Crew" award. Southeastern playwright Tommie Sorrell received the "Excellence in Playwriting" award and is a national finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award.
Tara Bennett of Covington, and Gabrielle LeBlanc of Baton Rouge were recognized by the National Critics Institute for their participation in the theater criticism competition.
     In addition to the awards Southeastern brought home, many students made professional contacts, Winter said.
     Jaren Mitchell of New Orleans interviewed with the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre and has been invited to participate in their upcoming summer intensive program. Dell'Arte is considered by many as one of the best schools in the world for physical actor training, Winter said.
     Winter said Stacey also interviewed with the Santa Fe Opera and has since landed a second interview. Lavonna Varnado of Paradis had an informal interview with the head of the Master of Fine Arts program in Dramaturgy at Texas State University-San Marcos.
     "The Southeastern contingent was extremely popular among students and faculty at the festival," Winter added. "Our students networked and made new friends and professional associates. They truly took every opportunity the festival offered them."
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Advisors, students honored by Gamma Beta Phi
Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development/Student Activities and Terry Passman, interim director of Housing accompanied 27 students to the recent National Gamma Beta Phi Conference in New Orleans. Louisiana was the host chapter, which meant great involvement for the Southeastern chapter since five of the six state positions are held by Southeastern.
     Thomas served as national president and was also the keynote speaker at the award luncheon speaking on "Over-Coming Challenges." She also presented a concurrent session entitled the "Six C's of GREAT Leadership." Passman served as National Excellence Committee advisor member. Both Thomas and Passman were recognized for 25 years of service to Gamma Beta Phi.
     Anthony Rutledge, a Southeastern member, also served on the NEC executive committee. He was honored with a Certificate of Merit Award, the highest award given to an individual by the National Office.
     Jared Eusea, state president and local chapter president, was elected as a NEC executive committee student member. He also received the Russ McCauley Memorial Scholarship.
     Thomas was nominated to return to the NEC, but chose to remain as the advisor alternate.
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KSLU annual fund drive March 15-21
Southeastern's award winning public radio station 90.9 KSLU will host its seventh annual on-air Spring Fund Drive March 15-21.
     Suggested pledge levels include Green ($35), Gold ($50), Friend ($100), Family ($150), and Benefactor ($250) donors. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (Mastercard and Visa).
      To pledge, please call 985-549-2330. Participants may also pledge online at any time at All donations are tax deductible.
      For more information, contact Chad Pierce at 985-549-2330 or
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Feliks Volozhanin and Liliia OliinykSoutheastern music majors Feliks Volozhanin and Liliia Oliinyk were the first and second place winners, respectively, in the Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Music students win at concerto competition
Southeastern music students took first and second place in the 2009 Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, held Feb. 7 in Alexandria.
     Cello performance major Feliks Volozhanin took the top prize, earning an invitation to perform his competition selection, Franz Joseph Haydn's "Cello Concerto in C Major," with the orchestra on March 14. He also received a $1,000 cash award.
     A junior from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Volozhanin studies with Southeastern music instructor Karen Jung, who is also head of access services at the university's Sims Memorial Library.
     Second prize went to Liliia Oliinyk, a freshman piano performance major from Kherson, Ukraine, who performed Robert Schumann's "Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54." She studies with Kenneth Boulton, associate professor of piano.
     Southeastern graduate student Scott Campbell of Grants Pass, Ore., a recent graduate of Brigham Young University Hawaii, also participated in the competition, performing a saxophone concerto by Alexander Glazunov. He is a student of music instructor Richard Schwartz.
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Guedry, horticulture students honored by LNLA
The Louisiana Nursery Landscape Association (LNLA) has recognized two Southeastern horticulture students and their professor.
     Southeastern Director of Horticulture Services and assistant professor of biological sciences Sidney Guedry received the 2009 LNLA Distinction Award in recognition of his close involvement with the association and with the education of his students.
     "It certainly was a surprise to be recognized by such a large organization," Guedry said. "Many of the LNLA members are Southeastern graduates who have been students of mine over the past 25 years, so I was very pleased."
     Under Guedry's guidance, horticulture students Kristin Butromovich of Prairieville and Melanie May of Baton Rouge applied for LNLA scholarships and each were awarded $1,000 to further promote their studies.
     "My involvement was getting them the applications and writing letters of recommendation explaining how these young women's participation in horticultural studies, activities and work were deserving of the scholarships," Guedry said.
     Guedry, who has worked at Southeastern since 1983, is an active member of the Louisiana Greenhouse Growers Association, the Southern Region of the American Society of Horticulture Science and the Louisiana Society of Horticulture Science (LSHS) as well as editor-in-chief of the LSHS's journal.
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'Walk-in Resume Review' available to students, alumni
With an increasing number of students and alumni asking for assistance in improving their resumes, the Office of Career Services is now offering "walk-in" resume review sessions.
     Career Services Director Ken Ridgedell said alumni and students may bring in resumes for a 10-15 minute evaluation by one of the office's career counselors.
     "This service is being offered to better serve today's more time-strapped students and alumni with developing more refined resumes, especially in light of a tighter job market," said Ridgedell. "Now, more than ever, it is very important to make sure your resume is as professionally developed as possible."
     Ridgedell said the Walk-In Resume Review schedule is available at along with a variety of helpful resume guidelines and samples. He said alumni and students are asked to review the information before bringing in a printed copy of their resume for assistance.
     He said Career Services' Web site also offers "eRecruiting," an on-line job search assistance service that coordinates on-campus interviews, part-time, internship and full-time job postings, as well as resume referrals.
     For more information, contact Career Services counselors at (985) 549-2121,, or Student Union Annex, room 241.
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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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News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
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
     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.
Mark your calendar
     On-Line Progress Reporting (OPR) - What is it? Does it apply to you?
     The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to an OPR interactive workshop presented by Dorothy Nelson, interim director of the Center for Student Excellence and Hope Williams, assistant athletic director for academic affairs, Monday, March 16, 2-3 p.m. The Student Athlete On-Line Progress Reporting (OPR) system, developed at Southeastern Louisiana University, is a revolutionary and innovative technological tool that has greatly increased faculty responsiveness to requests for student progress in classes. The 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.
     This one-hour, interactive, OPR 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.
     "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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'Providing Quality Service' workshop
The Comprehensive Public Training Program is sponsoring a workshop on campus entitled "Providing Quality Service" The day-long program will be offered on Thursday, March 12, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in University Center room 139.
     The class provides a foundation to help participants address the basic service needs of their customers. Participants will learn how to assess individual situations to identify potential opportunities for providing service. They will also learn specific strategies to help them meet the needs of customers working within state government. Additionally, participants will learn strategies for dealing with difficult, challenging customers. A certificate of participation, indicating contact hours, will be issued to attendees.
     The program is open to all university employees with their supervisor's approval. Pre-registration is required by the state, and early registration is recommended. Contact Jan Ortego, ext. 5771 or, for registration information.
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This week in athletics
The men's and women's basketball teams will compete in the 2009 State Farm Southland Conference Tournament, while the baseball team will host No. 1 LSU during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Both the Lions (13-16) and Lady Lions (19-10) head into the SLC Tournament on a four-game winning streak. The tournament opens with the first round of women's play on Wednesday in the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.
     The men's squad - making its sixth consecutive SLC Tournament appearance -- earned the eight seed in the tournament and will face top-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Thursday at 6 p.m. Should the Lions get past SFA, they will face the winner of the first round matchup between A&M-Corpus Christi and UT Arlington on Friday at 8:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will face off in Sunday's tournament final on Sunday at noon with an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament at stake.
     The women's squad - winners of its second SLC East Division title in three years - is the third seed and will face No. 6 Northwestern State at noon on Wednesday in the opening game of the tournament. A win on Wednesday would send the Lady Lions into the semifinals against the winner of Wednesday's first round game between UTSA and McNeese State on Friday at noon. Saturday's final is set for 2 p.m. with the winner receiving an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
     The Southeastern baseball team (7-5, 1-2 SLC) will host four games at Alumni Field this week. Top-ranked LSU will visit Hammond on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest. The Lions will host McNeese State for a Southland Conference series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     All of this weekend's men's and women's basketball tournament games, as well as Tuesday's baseball game, will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The baseball series versus McNeese State will also be broadcast, unless there is a conflict with men's or women's basketball.
     The semifinals and finals of the women's SLC Tournament and the semifinals of the men's tourney will air live on the Southland Television Network. Sunday's SLC Tourney final is scheduled to air on ESPN2.
     The Southeastern softball team (7-12, 0-6 SLC) will hit the road for four games this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern will take a break from league play to face Jackson State at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Lady Lions will open a three-game SLC series at Texas State with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. On Sunday, Southeastern and the Bobcats will conclude the series at 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's golf team, which won the All-American Intercollegiate in its last outing, will be back in action this weekend. The Lions will compete in the Louisiana Classics on Monday and Tuesday in Lafayette.
     The Southeastern men's tennis team (5-3) will be back in action this week. On Tuesday, the Lions head to Hattiesburg to face Southern Miss at 2 p.m. Southeastern hosts Illinois State on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Southern Illinois on Saturday at 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern women's tennis team (4-3, 0-1 SLC) is also scheduled to return to the courts this week. The Lady Lions will head to Nicholls State on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for a league match.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field team will open its outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Lake Charles on Saturday to compete in the McNeese Invitational.
     For ticket information on all Southeastern Athletics events, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX.
     Monday, March 9
     Men's Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
     Tuesday, March 10
     Baseball, vs. LSU, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
     Men's Tennis, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2 p.m.
     Wednesday, March 11
     Women's Basketball, vs. Northwestern State (SLC Tournament), Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 5 p.m.
     Women's Tennis, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1:30 p.m.
     Thursday, March 12
     Men's Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin (SLU Tournament), Katy, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Men's Tennis, vs. Illinois State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 2 p.m.
     Friday, March 13
     Men's Basketball, SLC Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 8:30 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland TV)
     Women's Basketball, SLC Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland TV)
     Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
     Saturday, March 14
     Women's Basketball, SLC Finals, Katy, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland TV)
     Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Texas State (DH), San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m.
     Men's Tennis, vs. Southern Illinois, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 12 p.m.
     Men's and Women's Track and Field, at McNeese Invitational, Lake Charles, All Day
     Sunday, March 15
     Men's Basketball, SLC Finals, Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN2)
     Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
     Softball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 12 p.m.
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Professional activities
Charles Elliott
(History and Political Science) presented "Southern Louisiana Storytelling: Fact and Fiction in the New Works of James Wilcox, Danny Heitman, Pamela Binnings Ewen and Reggie Scott Young," Third Annual Celebration of Writers and Readers," sponsored by the West Feliciana Parish Library and the Friends of the Library, in St. Francisville on February 28, 2009.
     Penny Hecker will be in Seattle, Wash., on March 14 to host a roundtable discussion at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 14th National Conference. The title of the roundtable discussion is "From Instruction Traditionalist to Learning Facilitator: Exploring New Heights of Student Engagement."
     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts), director of fellowships for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, represented that body at the annual program and awards review committee meeting March 6 and 7 in Baton Rouge, the home of the society's national office.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) delivered three addresses in honor of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday in February. She was the featured speaker at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge on Feb. 1. On Feb. 9, she was the Darwin Day speaker at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. On Feb. 16, she was the speaker at a dinner lecture at Northern Kentucky University, which was attended by the university president and the provost, as well as members of faculty and public. She was also interviewed by the university newspaper and TV station.
     Accounting Department faculty presented papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences held in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 20-21. Dr. Joseph Morris presented "Market-to-Market Accounting Rules: Response to the 2008 Credit Crisis"; Dr. Pierre Titard presented "Evaluating Student Performance without Exams"; and Dr. Rick Simpson presented "Teachable Moments: Using Tax Breaks for College Education Expenses and Examples of Various Concepts in the Individual Tax Course."
     Ms. Rebecca Hensley (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented "Social Distance Between Africans and African-Americans" at the National Association for African-American Studies in Baton Rouge on Feb. 10, and "The State of Black Affairs, 2009," sponsored by the Office of International and Minority Student Affairs, at Southeastern on Feb. 18.
     Dr. Katherine Kolb (Foreign Languages and Literatures) presented a paper entitled "Taking Gender by the Horns in the French Literature Class" at the Louisiana Foreign Languages Teachers Association in Alexandria on Feb. 27.
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