ByLion--November 2


2010 Orientation Leaders

Donahue ethics lecture

SLBDC "Roadmap to Success for Veterans"

CPTP programs on campus

Game Day Gumbo Cook-off

Sex scandals a lesson for managers

This Week in Athletics

Faculty Excellence News

Professional Activities

   2010 Orientation Leaders selectedStudent orientation

More than two dozen Southeastern students have been selected as 2010 Orientation Leaders, peer leaders of university orientation programs designed to give new students a jump start on their transition to college.
   The 25 students will be mentors and guides for the approximately 3,000 new students who are expected to participate in orientation programs throughout 2010. Southeastern hosts five two-day orientation programs in June and July, as well as a special spring orientation program for highly qualified students and orientation programs in conjunction with the fall and spring semesters.
   New orientation Leaders are selected each fall and spend the spring semester training for their leadership roles.
   “The Orientation Leaders are trained on all the aspects of student life that freshmen need to know and they pass that information on first hand to new students,” said Anthony Ranatza, assistant director of admissions. He said the students are selected through group and individual interviews to represent a cross section of Southeastern’s approximately 15,000-member student body.
   “Our goal is to have an Orientation Leader that every incoming freshman can relate to,” Ranatza said. “The Orientation Leaders represent different backgrounds and cultures; they have different majors and personalities, some are from small towns, some from big cities. They are students who want to work hard, have a passion and love for Southeastern and truly want to help our university.”
   Southeastern’s two-day summer orientation programs include informative and fun activities for students and their families designed to give incoming freshmen and transfer students a crash course on campus life and what it takes to be successful at Southeastern.
   New students meet with faculty advisors, learn about policies and procedures, and registers for classes. Students also have an opportunity to connect with the university and other students though social activities.  
   Selected as 2010 Orientation Leaders were Beheir Johnson, Rebekah Rovira and Courtney Yarbrough of Baton Rouge; Johnny Braud of Covington; Amy Ruth McLeod, Jacqueline Hayes, Tabetha Majesty, Ashanti Mclaurin, William Takewell and Samantha Williams of Hammond; Michael Rivas of Harvey; and Rehea Bonicard of Kenner.
   Also selected were: Shanicia Harris of Leesville; Sarah Boyett and Madelyn Roth of Metairie; Lynda Gayle Hutson of Ponchatoula; Courtney Lashouto, Jordan Leggett, and Ashley Royerre of Slidell; Jacqueline Weimer of Thibodaux; Kalyn Hall of Zachary; Dipika Timilsina of Kathmandu, Bagmati; Jacy Carpenter of O’Fallen, Ill.; Trevor Manuel of Old Saybrook, Conn.; and Grace Gilbreath of Spanish Fort, AL.

   Donahue stresses importance of ethics in business, politicsLouisiana Senator Jack Donahue
   Louisiana has problems attracting business and one of the reasons is a perception that the playing field in the state is not level, state Senator Jack Donahue said Tuesday evening (Oct. 27) at Southeastern.
   “Being ethical is part of running a smart business and being successful. I know I would not move my business to a state if I didn’t think I could get a fair deal,” he said. “If a business knows the game is not being played on its merits, but more on who you know, they take their business elsewhere.”
   Donahue delivered Southeastern’s James and Evelyn Livingston Lecture in Business Ethics, a function sponsored by the College of Business as the main event associated with its two-week Business Perspectives program. The lecture, founded in 1984 and considered one of the oldest series of its kind in the nation, honors the late James Livingston, a prominent Hammond businessman, and his wife Evelyn, an active community volunteer. (read more)
   “People generally like the idea of rules and regulations,” said Donahue, senator for Louisiana District 11, which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. “They make our lives simpler and give us a periphery in which to operate.”
   It’s when people start to manipulate that periphery that ethics begin to dissolve and problems arise, he added.

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   Southeastern’s LSBDC to host “Roadmap to Success for Veterans”
In honor of Veterans Week 2009, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern will host a seminar titled “Roadmap to Success for Veterans” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 9 to 11a.m. in Hammond.
   Targeting veteran business owners and entrepreneurs, the event is cosponsored by SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business and Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Southeast.
   The seminar will provide a roadmap for business owners to find procurement opportunities, focusing on the preferences given to businesses owned by veterans and service disabled veterans. Strategies on obtaining government contracts, working with municipalities, writing requests for proposal (RFPs), state and federal procurement, working with the General Services    Administration (GSA) and more will be addressed.
   The speaker will be Cindy Carrier of Louisiana PTAC Southeast, an organization that assists businesses with contracting opportunities. There is no cost to attend, but pre- registration is preferred. For more information or to sign up for the seminar, contact LSBDC Southeastern at 985-549-3831, or

   CPTP Programs Scheduled on Campus through December
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is offering a number of free professional development programs on campus. The Human Resources office is pleased to be able to sponsor these programs for the convenience of faculty and staff. Topics offered include:  Controlling Absenteeism & Tardiness, Individual Differences & Diversity in the Workplace, and Providing Quality Service. A link to a detailed description of the above programs follows:

   Please note that there are also two programs open to our employees that will be held at the Hammond Medicaid Office: Conducting Productive Employee Performance Reviews and Mentoring. Info on these programs can also be found at the above link.

   Advance registration is required for these programs, and space is limited. For more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or extension 5771. 

   Game Day Gumbo Cook-off to heat up football fans Nov. 14Gumbo Cook-off Nov. 14
Tailgaters will have the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills as Southeastern celebrates its third annual “Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off” Nov. 14.
   The public is invited to taste a variety of gumbo entries during the free contest and vote on their favorite as the Lions take on Stephen F. Austin, the last Saturday home football game of the season.
   Each “taste-and-vote” will cost $1 with proceeds going to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which has adopted the event as its annual fundraiser. Gumbo tasting and voting will take place from 12-1:30 p.m. Each participating tailgate site will be identified with a “Tasting Station” sign and will have a jar so everyone can vote for their favorite flavor.
   “This year, in addition to a Fan’s Choice winner, we will have celebrity judges voting on their favorite gumbo for a Judges’ Choice winner,” said Erin Cowser, executive assistant to President John L. Crain. “Bring as much gumbo as you would like, and see how your recipe matches up to some of Louisiana’s finest tailgate chefs.”
   Winners will be announced during halftime of the 2 p.m. game and will receive Lions Game Day Gumbo Champion paddles.
   Cowser said the event raised $850 dollars last year and that this years’ cook-off is expected to be even better. “This is going to be a really great event,” she said. “What better way to get in the fall mood and Lion sprit than enjoying some hot gumbo with your Southeastern friends and family?”
   Tailgaters have until Nov. 5 to register for the free contest. For those without a tailgating spot, reservations can be made through the Lion ticket office, 985-549-5466.
   For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call Cowser’s office at 985-549-5861.

   Recent sex scandals a lesson for managers
Recent high profile sex scandals involving entertainer David Letterman and ESPN baseball analyst Steve Philips serve as an important reminder for business managers to ensure their companies have strong sexual harassment policies in place, according to a Southeastern management professor.
   “The scandals have put a renewed spotlight on the often-delicate subject of relationships in the workplace,” said David C. Wyld, Southeastern’s Maurin Professor of Management. His article, “The Failings of Men: What Recent High-Profile Sex Scandals Can Teach All Managers,” was recently published in the online business newsletter “Bizcovering.”
   “Organizations must have active sexual harassment training and policies in place,” Wyld said. “The importance of both simply cannot be overstated.”
   Businesses should also be clear in their communications that no matter what the environment and who is involved, there will be zero tolerance of sexual harassment.

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   This Week In Southeastern Athletics – November 2-8, 2009

The Southeastern football team will look to remain atop the Southland Conference standings, the women’s soccer team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament and the volleyball team will celebrate Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

   The Lion football team (5-3, 3-1 SLC) will hit the road for the final time during the regular season on Saturday, heading to Natchitoches for a 2 p.m. contest with Northwestern State (0-8, 0-4 SLC). Southeastern defeated No. 12/15 Central Arkansas, 25-21, to move into a four-way tie for the Southland lead with McNeese State, Texas State and Stephen F. Austin last Saturday. Northwestern State is still looking for its first win, but has suffered two narrow losses in their most recent contests, including a 34-30 heartbreaker versus Sam Houston State last Saturday. Saturday’s game between the Lions and Demons will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at

   The Southeastern women’s soccer team (12-4-1, 6-1-1 SLC) will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament this weekend in Natchitoches. The second seed in the tournament field, Southeastern will have a first-round bye to the semifinal round, where they will await the Stephen F. Austin-McNeese State winner on Friday at 4 p.m. Friday’s semifinal winners will meet in Sunday’s championship match at 1 p.m. with a NCAA Tournament berth on the line. Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 22 in the Hammond area) and all of the tournament’s matches will be streamed live on

   The Southeastern volleyball team (7-15, 3-8 SLC) will close out the home portion of its schedule this week with three Southland Conference matches. On Tuesday, Nicholls comes to town for a 7 p.m. match. A&M-Corpus Christi will be in town for a 7 p.m. match on Friday and UTSA visits on Saturday for the 2 p.m. regular season home finale. Southeastern will honor seniors Lauren Mayer, Jessica Srajer, Julie Elliott, Margaret Pittman and Katie Collins prior to Saturday’s match in a special Senior Day ceremony.

   The Southeastern women’s basketball team will hit the University Center court for the first time this week. The Lady Lions host Texas A&M-International for a 7 p.m. exhibition contest on Thursday.

   The Southeastern men’s golf team will play host to the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday. The two-day, 54-hole event will be played on the Lions’ home course in Springfield.

   The Southeastern women’s tennis team closes its fall schedule this week. The Lady Lions will be Houston to compete in the UH Invitational. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.

Monday, November 2
Men’s Golf, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, Carter Plantation, All Day

Tuesday, November 3
Men’s Golf, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, Carter Plantation, All Day
Volleyball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 7 p.m.*

Thursday, November 5
Women’s Basketball, vs. Texas A&M-International (Exhibition), University Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 6
Women’s Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin-McNeese State (Southland Tourney Semis), Natchitoches, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. A&M-Corpus Christi, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UH Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

Saturday, November 7
Football, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Volleyball, vs. UTSA (Senior Day), University Center, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UH Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

Sunday, November 8
Women’s Soccer, Southland Conference Tournament Finals, Natchitoches, 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at UH Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference event

   News from the Center for Faculty Excellence
    Workshops - All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted.  Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops.  Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available.  Please call the Center to verify.  If you have questions regarding this or would like to make a reservation, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at  For additional information, please check our calendar at

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1:30-3:30 pm - Blackboard 9: Keeping Students on Track
Thursday, Nov. 5, 12:30-1:30 pm - Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion
Friday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-noon - Blackboard 9: Overview of the Interface & The Grade Center

   Professional Activities
     Ms. Bobbie Gill Schnepf (Management) and Ms. Julie Joiner Nunenmacher (Management) had their proposal “Professionalism through Performance” accepted for presentation at the 2010 Association for Business Communication-Southwest Region Conference to be held March 2-6, 2010, in Dallas, TX. The proposal is based on a project involving multiple sections of MGMT 240 Professional Business Development students to determine the current and needed knowledge and experience levels of professionalism in the College of Business. The project will also assess how “learning by doing” enhances theory education for students.
     Dr. Irene Nero (Visual Arts) chaired a session “Junk, Paint, Prints--Oh My! How We Love Rauschenberg” and presented a paper, “Reading Rauschenberg” at the Southeastern College Art Conference Oct. 21-24 in Mobile, Ala.
      Michael Budden (Marketing) was the guest speaker at the latest meeting of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Institute for Supply Management.  Dr. Budden spoke on “Trade Secrets Laws and their impact on Purchasing Management.”
     “Upping the ante: Using RFID as a competitive weapon to fight shoplifting and improve business intelligence,” by David Wyld (Management) and Michael Budden (Marketing) appears in the latest issue of the International Journal of Managing Information Technology.
     Ms. Megan Lanier, an undergraduate student working under the direction of Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics), won first place and a cash prize at the Undergraduate Student Symposium at Rice University on Oct. 26.  Megan made a presentation on the research that she has conducted at Southeastern— “Synthesis of N-alkoxybenzimidoyl azides and their reactions in electrophilic media,” and was judged by professors from Rice’s chemistry department.
     Dr. Keith M. Finley (History and Political Science) gave a talk at the Covington Branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library on his book, “Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight Against Civil Rights, 1938-1965.” The book was recently listed as a top twenty best seller in United States History by Library Journal. From Sept. 23 – Oct. 27, Finley conducted a six week series of readings and discussions titled “I'll Be Seeing You...America and World War II” as part of the RELIC program sponsored by the LEH at the St. Tammany Parish Library, Slidell Branch. He has also written an array of encyclopedia entries for KnowLa, the online encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture, and several Salem Press publications, including “The Forties in America” and “Great Inventors and Inventions.” 

     Dr. Lucia Harrison (Foreign Languages and Literatures) and Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Foreign Languages and Literatures) organized the session: “In the Land of Flowers, Strawberries and Cream: The Italian-American Blend in Tangipahoa Parish over Time” at the 42nd Annual Conference of the American Italian Historical Association in Baton Rouge, La (Oct. 29 - Nov. 1). The session also featured a presentation by Ms. Elisabetta LeJeune (English).

     Francesco Fiumara (who also chaired the session) talked about: “The Sicilian-American Way of Life: What the Local Newspaper Might Tell Us about Daily life in Independence during the 1950s.”
     Lucia Harrison (Foreign Languages and Literatures) presented her paper: “Le nuove donne del Focolare: Women’s Role in Preserving Italian-American Traditions in Tangipahoa Parish.”
     Elisabetta LeJeune (English) presented her work: “From Cucina to Kitchen: Italian Cooking vs. Italian-American Cooking in Tangipahoa Parish.”

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