ByLion--November 16


Gumbo Champions

Gamma Beta Phi holds toy drive

Tech Educators of the Year

CPTP and HR sponsor seminar

Civil Rights listening station

Rockin' Dopsie performs Thursday

Compton appointed to board

Christmas pottery sale

SELUSHAN hosts dialog

Delta Tau Delta hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

Best Practices in Teaching Writing

This Week in Athletics

Extended Studies News

Faculty Excellence News

Professional Activities

Gumbo ChampionsGumbo Champions recognized Saturday   

Gumbo champions were crowned during half-time of the Lions-Stephen F. Austin game Saturday, with the winners claiming the coveted Lions Game Day Gumbo Champion paddle. Winners of the "Fan's Choice" vote were the 'No. 1 Fans' group of Shirley and Louis Wiginton and Marion Ruth and Sonny Chandler. Winners of the "Judge's Choice" vote were Janet and Richard Moran. Pictured from left are Chelsea Hix, Isabella Jones, Lacey Sanchez, Amber Crenshaw, Shirley Wiginton, Louis Wiginton, Marion Ruth Chandler, Sonny Chandler,  Kati Morse, Jordan Logan, Josh Cryer, Richard Moran, Jeffrey Moran and Janet Moran.

Gamma Beta Phi works with Santa Bear   

For many years the Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected toys for the Hammond Daily Star’s program in association with the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Department that work together to collect toys for needy children around Christmas every year. Gamma Beta Phi is one of the largest donors to the program thanks to the generosity of its members. This year they would like to open their drive to the entire campus community. 

   The drive began on Nov. 4 and continues to Nov. 24, when the group will deliver the toys to the Daily Star. Anyone who would like to contribute to the program through Gamma Beta Phi can do so. The unwrapped gifts should be for ages 2 through 8, for boys or girls. Please do not bring items of a violent nature i.e., guns, knives, swords, etc. You can drop your toy or toys off at the Office of Gamma Beta Phi’s advisor, Jackie Dale Thomas, Student Union 110 on or before Nov. 24.

Becky Sue Parton and Robert J. HancockParton and Hancock recognized as Technology Educators of the Year   
Two faculty members in the College of Education and Human Development have been recognized as the Technology Educators of the Year by the Louisiana Technology Council.
   Becky Sue Parton and Robert J. Hancock, both assistant professors in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, received the award for the development of a technology-based system to improve instruction in sign language for young deaf children. Their system, called LAMBERT (Language Acquisition Manipulatives Blending Early-childhood Research and Technology) links radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to common objects in a goal to help deaf children learn American Sign Language more efficiently.
   Their early work with LAMBERT earned the two researchers a two-year $390,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand their pilot project and evaluate the results. The system is being used with the Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge and at several other locations around the state.
   The Louisiana Technology Council was created in 1994 to encourage the advancement of technology applications in the state’s economy.

Differences and Diversity in the Workplace   
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) and the Human Resources Office are sponsoring a free seminar open to all employees. The program, entitled “Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, in room 139 of the University Center. This one-day class, scheduled for 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., will examine the ways we handle the individual differences of people in the workplace. Participants will learn how and why we have different perceptions about people and how those perceptions can affect teamwork and productivity in positive and negative ways. Participants will practice dealing with different dimensions of diversity in structured exercises and learn how to create a climate in which all employees’ contributions are recognized and appreciated.
   Pre-registration and supervisory approval is necessary for attendance.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Ortego at or extension 5771 for more information.

Listening stationCivil Rights Listening Station - Communication Interim Department Head Suzette Bryan and communication professor Amber Narro help students Tiffany Baptiste and Megan Mosher navigate the “Narrating the Silences” listening station located on the second floor of Sims Memorial Library. The station features civil rights videos, pictures and articles, and was created by a special topics communication course taught by Narro. A University of Louisiana System Learn and Serve Grant funded the course and listening station. From left are Narro, Baptiste of New Orleans, Bryan and Mosher of Loranger. 


Communication Department unveils Civil Rights listening station   
The Department of Communication recently unveiled “Narrating the Silences,” a civil rights interactive listening station created by a communication special topics class.
   Funded by a University of Louisiana System Learn and Serve Grant, the project features student-conducted interviews of Tangipahoa civil rights leaders, news articles and pictures collected during a semester-long course. The station is located on the second floor of the Sims Memorial Library.
   The project was a collaborative effort between the Southeastern Department of Communication and the Tangipahoa chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The listening station was part of the course’s overall project titled “The Right to Remember,” which explored the impact of the civil rights movement within southeast Louisiana.
    “I originally thought ‘these are the people who have been involved and have compelling stories’ but that we just didn’t have anyone to collect their narratives,” said Interim Communication Department Head Suzette Bryan, who also wrote the grant. “I hoped the students would understand the sacrifices people have made for us to be where we are today.”
   In addition to the listening station, the students also produced a blog, a magazine and a documentary featuring interviews with Tangipahoa NAACP President Patricia Morris and civil rights advocate Rev. Edward “Chipps” Taylor among others.
   “This project took a local effort and combined it with what was really happening on a national scale,” Narro said. “This was really a historical project because we were able to find out how we fit in locally and learned that civil rights is an issue that affects everyone.”
   Megan Mosher, a senior mass communication major from Loranger and one of the students who worked on “The Right to Remember,” said the project was an enlightening experience because she had never thought about civil rights as a local issue before enrolling in the course and participating in the project.
   “When you think of the civil rights movement, you think of Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, Jr. but you never really think of it happening in your hometown,” she said. 

Rockin' Dopsie Jr.Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. to perform with Southeastern band at Nicholls game   
Famed Zydeco entertainer Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. will perform as a guest artist with the Southeastern Spirit of the Southland Marching Band at the half-time of the Lions game against Nicholls State University Thursday, Nov. 19.
   Dopsie, washboard player and lead performer with the band The Zydeco Twisters, will bring his flamboyant act to the game’s half-time show by performing a specially arranged number with the band. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.
   “Rockin’ Dopsie is one electrifying, high-energy performer. His antics guarantee an exciting performance that will have the fans dancing in the stands,” said Paul Frechou, director of athletic bands.
   Dopsie’s appearance is made possible by a grant from the Student Government Association.
   A son of the “King of Zydeco” – Rockin’ Dopsie Sr. – Dopsie and his band have shared the stage with performers such as Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, BB King, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John and Jimmy Buffet. The band has performed worldwide, appearing in Australia, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and a number of other European countries.
   For information on tickets, call 985-549-5466.

Terry ComptonCompton appointed to State Dietetics & Nutrition Board   
Terry Compton, a diabetes educator on the faculty of the School of Nursing, has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition.
   The seven-member board regulates the practice of dietitians and nutritionists by granting licenses to qualified applications. Compton was nominated for the position by the Louisiana State Nurses Association.
   Prior to joining the Southeastern faculty in 2006, Compton served as the diabetes nurse coordinator of inpatient and outpatient services at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans for 16 years. She is a certified diabetes educator and insulin pump trainer and currently serves as president of the Southeast Louisiana Association of Diabetes Educators. She serves on the Professional Practice Committee of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
   A resident of Tickfaw, she holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Mississippi College in Clinton and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.


Christmas Pottery Sale   
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will hold its seventh annual Christmas Pottery Sale on Monday, Nov. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 1. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Southeastern Student Union. Funds raised will go towards a scholarship for Art students majoring in Ceramics.  All items are food safe and include pitchers, teapots, cups, plates, etc. For more information please call extension 5206.

SELUSHAN to host dialog   
Southeastern’s Secular Humanist and Agnostic Network (SELUSHAN) will host a dialog Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre entitled “Is Science Compatible with Religion.” The panelists include Southeastern professors Dr. Barbara Forrest, Dr. David Norwood, Dr. Matt Rossano, and Dr. James Walter. Also, participating is NOSHA board member, Doug Stewart; Tulane professor, Dr. Frank Tipler; and Southeastern Student/SELUSHAN member, Christopher Hicks.

   Audience Q&A will follow the discussion. SELUSHAN will announce the winner of the XBox 360 raffle during the event (winner’s name will also be published in the Lion’s Roar the following week). Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Delta Tau Delta invites campus to Thanksgiving dinner   
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.  Every year members and their families gather together for an evening of fun, food and fellowship.  Members of the Southeastern family including faculty, staff and other students are invited. 

   Those wishing to attend are asked to e-mail the chapter president at and let the Delts know how many people you will be bringing.

George DorrillSoutheast Louisiana Writing Project presented showcase of best practices on Nov. 7   
The Southeast Louisiana Writing Project presented a showcase of "Best Practices in Teaching Writing," Nov. 7, at the KIVA. The showcase featured roundtables, workshops, and panels on teaching writing by about 20 teacher consultants from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, directed by Dr. Richard Louth (English).  The half-day event was attended by area teachers as well as prospective teachers and graduate students in Education. 

   Roundtable presenters from the  Southeastern English faculty included: Leigh Rourks, "Writing to Read Poetry"; Megan Eddy,"Teaching Writing through Reading"; Dr. George Dorrill, "Grammar and Grading"; Dr. Beth Calloway, "'Where I'm From'-Poetry, Place, & Portfolios."  Workshop and panel presenters included: Dr. Kate Long, "Rubrics: How They Can Improve Your Teaching (And Just Maybe Your Life)," and Dr. Beth Calloway, "Teaching the Holocaust." Roundtable leaders collaboratively presenting on "Reflection through Writing" included:   Leigh Rourks, Megan Eddy, Dr. George Dorrill,  Dr. Beth Calloway, Dr. Christine Mitchell, and Dr. Richard Louth. The Showcase was supported by the National Writing Project in collaboration with the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.

This Week In Southeastern Athletics – November 16-22, 2009   

The Southeastern football team closes out its 2009 season and the volleyball team returns to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in seven years during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

   Though the Lions (6-4, 4-2 SLC) are no longer alive for a FCS playoff berth, Southeastern could still earn a share of the Southland Conference title. Southeastern would need a win over Nicholls on Thursday at 6 p.m. and have both league leaders McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin lose their respective final games.

   Thursday’s game will be the Toyota Game of the Week and be televised live on the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 22 in the Hammond area). A live video stream will also be available for free at The game will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at

   The Southeastern volleyball team (9-18, 5-11 SLC) rallied from two sets down to secure its first Southland Conference Tournament berth since 2002 with a 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 18-16 win at McNeese State last Saturday. The eighth-seeded Lady Lions will face top-seeded Texas State in the tournament’s opening match on Friday at 11 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas. Should Southeastern upset the Bobcats, it would advance to Saturday’s semifinal match at 1 p.m. Sunday’s championship match is set for 2 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships.

   All of the tournament matches will be streamed live for free on Sunday’s championship match will be televised live on the Southland Television Network.

   The Southeastern men’s basketball team (1-0) has a pair of non-conference matches on tap this week. On Monday, the Lions host Florida Atlantic at 7:45 p.m. Because of the airing of the Mike Lucas Coaches Show on Monday, the game will be broadcast on the internet only at, where live stats will also be available. On Thursday, Southeastern heads to Mississippi State for a 7 p.m. contest with the Bulldogs.

   The women’s basketball team (0-1) has three contest on the schedule this week. On Monday, the Lady Lions open their home slate with a 5:30 p.m. game versus William Carey in the University Center and the contest will be broadcast on the Internet only at The first 150 fans will receive trading cards featuring freshman forward Aja Gibson, courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE (Positive Role models Involved in the Development of Excellence). On Thursday, Southeastern heads to Baton Rouge to face in-state foe Southern at 6 p.m. Southeastern will again be on the road on Sunday, facing Savannah State at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at

Monday, November 16
Men’s Basketball, vs. Florida Atlantic, University Center, 7:45 p.m. (
Women’s Basketball, vs. William Carey, University Center, 5:30 p.m. (Aja Gibson Trading Card Day) (

Thursday, November 19
Football, vs. Nicholls, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m.
(Southland TV) (KSLU)*
Men’s Basketball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 6 p.m.

Friday, November 20
Volleyball, vs. Texas State (Southland Tournament – First Round), San Antonio, Texas, 11 a.m. (

Saturday, November 21
Volleyball, Southland Tournament Semifinals, San Antonio, Texas, 1 p.m. (

Sunday, November 22
Volleyball, Southland Tournament Finals, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m. (Southland TV) (
Women’s Basketball, at Savannah State, Savannah, Ga., 1 p.m. (KSLU)

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

News from Extended Studies   

Microsoft Excel 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Intermediate Level.  The two-day evening workshop begins Monday, Nov. 23. 

To register or for further details on these and any non-credit courses that are available through Extended Studies please visit:
Hammond-         Mandeville-         Walker-

News from The Center for Faculty Excellence   

Tuesday, Nov. 17

10-11 a.m.  - CUTL
3 p.m.  - A Celebration of our International Faculty and Staff - All international faculty are encouraged to bring a favorite cultural item, wear cultural dress, or bring a favorite cultural snack to share with our family. 

Wednesday, 11/18

2-3 p.m. - CUTL

Thursday, 11/19 

12:30-1:30 pm - Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion


United Way - Our United Way campaign is rolling along!  We have 15 units that have already reached 100%!  As we prepare for a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, please think of those who may need a helping hand.  Chances are you or someone you know has been helped by United Way.

Take 5! -Were you involved in a service-learning and/or civic engagement project during the 2008-2009 academic year? If so, please take 5 minutes to complete a brief survey at the link below.

Professional Activities   
     Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Foreign Languages and Literatures) attended the 2009 SAMLA Convention in Atlanta, where he was the secretary of the panel entitled: “Growing Up Italian Style: Children’s Literature and the Perception of Childhood in Italian Society.” On this occasion he also presented his paper “A nanna dopo Carosello: Bedtime Stories for a Profit in the Golden Age of Italian Television.”
     Lori Smith (Library) presented “What I Learned When My Department Lost Its Land” at the Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, Va.
     Dr. Linda Synovitz, Dr. Ralph Wood and Graduate Assistant Katie Keen (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented a research poster at the national conference of American School Health Association in Denver, on Oct. 29. The title of the research was “Effects of community based abstinence and character education program on sexual knowledge, attitude toward abstinence, sexual behaviors and social skills.” Three undergraduate Health Education and Promotion students also attended the ASHA national conference and served as monitors for sessions. They are Michelle Dang, Harper Wray, and Alex Fortenberry. 
     On November 3, Dr. Linda Synovitz and Dr. Buddy Sirikul presented an oral presentation titled, “Awesome college internships: How to make them meaningful” at the LAHPERD state convention held in Baton Rouge.  An undergraduate intern, Ashley Ceaser co-presented and talked about her internship at the State Department of Health and Hospitals.  As the recipient of the State Scholar for LAHPERD, Dr. Synovitz also gave an oral presentation titled, “An Academic Life: Living outside the fishbowl.”
     Wynn Gillan (Kinesiology and Health Studies) passed the national professional credentialing examination in public health and is now certified in Public Health (CPH). The exam is rooted in the five basic core competencies of public health, which include Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Science, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The certification exam is only administered to graduates of Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited schools and programs of public health.
     Dr. Kathleen Campbell and Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented “School and Teacher Level Correlates of Teacher Autonomy” and “Conversations in Leadership:  Perceived Effects of a University-based Professional Development and Networking Program on School Principals” at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Baton Rouge, La. on Nov. 4-6.  Dr. Campbell was also elected as an at-large representative on the Board of Mid-South Educational Research Association for a two-year term of office. 
     Dr. William Parkinson, Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld, (Department of Chemistry) and Mr. Bijay Bhattari and Ms Rebecca Weber (Chemistry majors) presented three posters at the 18th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry held Oct 30-31 in Jackson, Miss. The poster titles are “Using semiempirical wavefunctions to model properties of extended conjugated systems” (Authors Bijay Bhattarai and William A. Parkinson), “Empirical methods for electronically metastable anions” (Authors Becky Weber and Thomas Sommerfeld), and “Excess electrons bound to small ammonia clusters” (Author Thomas Sommerfeld).
     Dr. Becky Sue Parton & Dr. Robert Hancock (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Mobile Instructional Multimedia: Educational and Social Benefits for Bilingual Students and Parents” to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 29.

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