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Bellairs named director of athletics
W. Bart Bellairs, current director of intercollegiate athletics at Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga., and former senior athletics administrator at Virginia Military Institute has been selected to serve as director of athletics at Southeastern, it was announced last Tuesday.
His appointment is contingent upon final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. He is expected to join the Southeastern staff in early January.
Bellairs succeeds Joel Erdmann, who accepted a similar position at the University of South Alabama in August. Southeastern golf coach Tim Balwin has served as interim director since Erdmann’s departure.
“We are excited to welcome Bart Bellairs to our staff,” said President John L. Crain, who introduced the new AD at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the university’s Alumni Center. “He has a broad range of accomplishments in athletic administration and shares Southeastern’s focus on the ‘student’ part of the student-athlete equation. He has a proven track record in inspiring his athletes and staff to achieve their full potential, whether in the classroom or in athletic competition. And he has experience in handling marketing, promotion, fundraising and budgetary issues, important skills in these days of tightened finances.”
“I liked what I saw at Southeastern from the start but when my wife Jacki and I met the people, we knew we had found a home,” Bellairs said. “My whole life I have spent time in college towns; growing up, as a coach, and as an administrator, and I have been blessed by living in some great places. When I started preparing for the interview I was very impressed with the campus and the attention Southeastern paid to supporting the students; but when I met the people -- the faculty, coaches, and members of the community – I wanted to be a part of it.”
At Southeastern, Bellairs will oversee 15 NCAA Division I affiliated programs that compete in the Southland Conference. Since joining the Southland in 1997, the Lions have captured 21 conference championships, including four regular-season titles in women’s soccer, three in women’s tennis, two in men’s basketball and two in men’s golf. Southeastern also claimed the Southland Men’s All-Sports Trophy in 2008-09, highlighted by the 2009 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field championship.
Bellairs has been at Savannah State, an NCAA Division I program, with 15 teams, since July 2008. There he implemented an academics success plan that included an academic “road map” for each student-athlete from registration to graduation. He developed a Title IX/Gender Equity program that involved reworking the athletic budget to resolve long-time problems with staffing, facilities and scholarships. During his tenure at Savannah State, football, men’s basketball, softball and women’s volleyball teams all saw significant improvement in seasonal wins.
Prior to joining Savannah State, Bellairs served as senior associate director of intercollegiate athletics from 2005 to 2008 and head basketball coach from 1993 to 2005 at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. Responsibilities included marketing and promotions, ticket operations, management of the licensing program and serving as director for all key athletic facilities. There he created new pricing strategies, athletic department promotions and new revenue streams. As head basketball coach, he was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year, the Virginia Coach of the Year and the “Sports Illustrated” Unknown Coach of the Year.
Bellairs also served as assistant basketball coach at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., from 1988 to 1993, where his teams saw one NCAA tournament appearance and five NIT appearances; as assistant basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (1986-1988); assistant basketball coach at the University of Maryland in College Park (1984-1986); and head basketball coach, head cross country coach and assistant baseball coach at Wilkes College in Wilkes Barre, Pa. (1983-1985).
He holds a master of science degree in physical education and athletics administration from Western Illinois University and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology/social work from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. Bellairs and his wife Jacki have five children.
Christmas Pottery Sale today and tomorrow
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 toward 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.
Today is the deadline for Cafeteria Plan “Open Enrollment”
The “Open Enrollment” period for Cafeteria Plan changes is the month of November. If you are interested in adding items or releasing items from the Cafeteria Plan, November is the time to make such changes.
By tax-sheltering items, you are reducing your taxable income. Tax-sheltered items cannot be dropped or cancelled during the Plan Year, (January 1, 2010- December 31, 2010). Health insurance changes cannot be made at this time. Employees, who do not wish to change, cancel or add tax-sheltered items will have currently tax-sheltered items rolled into the new calendar year; therefore, a new document need not be signed.
The Open Enrollment period is also the time for employees to enroll in one of the Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical Reimbursement or Dependent Care Reimbursement) plans offered at Southeastern. If you would like more information concerning these plans, please call the Payroll Office at extension 2305. If you want to change any item that is currently tax-sheltered, you must complete a Cafeteria Plan enrollment form in the Payroll Office or the Human Resources Office. Changes made during this time will be effective for Jan. 1, 2010.
The Open Enrollment period will run from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. The deadline to make any changes is Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER THIS DEADLINE. If you have any questions regarding your Cafeteria Plan Enrollment, please contact the Payroll Office at extension 2305. The Payroll Office is located on North Campus, Building A, room 105.
Columbia Theatre sets holiday mood with Baton Rouge Symphony
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will celebrate the holiday season when the university’s historic downtown theater hosts the Baton Rouge Symphony holiday concert Dec. 3.
Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the popular 7:30 p.m. holiday concert, traditionally a sell-out.
Tickets are $35, Orchestra; $39, Loge; and $31, Balcony. Tickets can be purchased online at www.columbiatheatre.org or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are 11-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour prior to performance time.
Under the baton of Assistant Conductor David Torns, the Baton Rouge Symphony will present many classical holiday pieces. Concert guests will also be treated to a special “guest conductor,” selected from among area students who created ornaments for the holiday tree in the Columbia’s lobby.
“As assistant conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Music Director of the Louisiana Youth Orchestras, David Torns conducts outreach, educational and pops performances,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “His musical training and diverse background bring youth, enthusiasm and warmth to his performances.”
A native of San Diego, Torns’ musical studies began at the age of five on the violin. He completed his bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and graduate studies in violin and orchestral conducting at West Virginia University.
Prior to his appointment in Baton Rouge, Torns served as assistant conductor of the Symphony of the Mountains and music director of the Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra in Kingsport, Tenn. His guest conducting engagements have included the Vanderbilt University Symphony, West Virginia University Symphony, the North Carolina School for the Arts Musica Piccola Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
H1N1 vaccine still available for priority groups
The Southeastern Health Center continues to provide H1N1 vaccines only for Southeastern faculty, staff and students who fall into high risk, priority groups. The vaccine will be administered at the Health Center on a first-come, first-served basis on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The priority groups include:
individuals with household contacts with infants younger than six months
people between the ages of six months through 24 years
people 25 through 64 years of age who have medical conditions that predispose them to more severe diseases
health care and emergency medical personnel.
There is no charge for the vaccine; however, individuals must show a valid Southeastern identification card and will be required to sign a consent form. Please dress so that your upper arm can be exposed easily for the inoculation. Information on the vaccine, as well as the consent form, is available for review at www.selu.edu/influenza.
Information on when the vaccine will be available for non-priority groups will be forthcoming.
Pictured above, right, Jeanne Callahan of Denham Springs receives an H1N1 vaccine from Southeastern nursing student Ashley Ward of Baton Rouge.
Holiday Food Drive to benefit Tangi Food Pantry
The Sims Library Outreach Committee is sponsoring a holiday food drive to benefit Tangi Food Pantry from Nov. 23 Dec.16. Non-perishable food items may be placed in the collection bin located in the first floor lobby area of Sims Library. For questions about donations, please contact Herb McGuin by email at email@example.com or by phone at extension 3952.
A Holiday gift for the people of Louisiana
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, Southeastern’s educational partner, has initiated a special program for the holidays. With the recession making it difficult for some Louisiana families to enjoy what our wonderful state has to offer, the non-profit and the community that supports it has found a unique way to give back. For the entire month of December, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will remove its general admission fees so that everyone can visit the museum free of charge.
Madisonville business owners have volunteered to support the program by providing holiday discount coupons so visitors to the Maritime Museum may enjoy their time in Madisonville at reduced cost.
Current exhibits give youngsters the opportunity to crawl through a Civil War submarine, designed and built by faculty and students from Southeastern, learn to tie knots, stare down an alligator, and discover the unique maritime heritage of Louisiana.
Other special holiday activities offered by the museum include the new Swashbucklers Birthday Overnight, the Merritime Holiday Camp for kids, a holiday gift shop clearance sale, and deeply discounted rates on holiday rentals. For information call the Maritime Museum at (985) 845-9200 or visit www.lpbmm.org.
Southeastern Students sponsor “Toys from the Heart”
Tis the Season to give the gift of joy! The Nu Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Nu Delta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Eta Lambda chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Inc., Recreational Sports and Wellness and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs have teamed up to give toys to the many underprivileged children in the Hammond community.
The students are asking that all departments, faculty, staff and students make a new toy donation during the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Dec. 7-11, and Dec. 14-17 in the Student Union Mall. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Recreational Sports and Wellness will be hosting “Brunch with Santa.” All faculty staff and students are invited over to the Pennington Student Activity Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to participate in the event. Faculty, staff, and students attending “Brunch with Santa” are asked to bring one new toy or make a $5 donation to the project.
Donation boxes will be located in the Student Union Mall Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Dec. 7-11 and Dec. 14-17. Toy boxes will also be available in the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center. The students hope to be able to touch the lives of at least 300 children from the Hammond area.
Those interested in contributing may donate new toys or make a monetary donation of any amount for the purchase of new toys. Toys will be distributed to registered families on Dec.18 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
For more information about “Toys from the Heart” and how you can make the difference in the life of a child this holiday season, please contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs at extension 3850.
This Week in Southeastern Athletics – November 30 – December 6, 2009
The Southeastern Louisiana men’s and women’s basketball teams continue non-conference play and the track and field teams open their indoor schedule during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (4-1) return to the University Center on Tuesday, hosting Spring Hill at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern hits the road for a 3 p.m. contest at Jackson State. Both of this week’s men’s basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The Lady Lions (2-4) will face a pair of in-state non-conference rivals this week in the University Center. On Tuesday, UNO comes into town for a 7:45 p.m. contest. Louisiana-Lafayette visits on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tilt. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Internet only.
The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field team will head to Jonesboro, Ark. on Saturday to open its 2009-10 Indoor Track season. The Lions and Lady Lions will be participating in the Arkansas State Kickoff Classic.
Tuesday, December 1
Men’s Basketball, vs. Spring Hill, University Center, 5:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Basketball, vs. UNO, University Center, 7:45 p.m. (KSLU)
Saturday, December 5
Men’s Basketball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 3 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Basketball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, University Center, 3 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Arkansas State Kickoff Classic, Jonesboro, Ark., All Day
Southeastern home events in bold
News from Extended Studies
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2007- ADVANCED
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Advanced Level. The two-session evening workshop begins Tuesday, Dec. 1.
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2007- ADVANCED
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Advanced Level. The one-day workshop begins Wednesday, Dec. 2.
MICROSOFT WORD 2007- ADVANCED
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007- Advanced Level. The one-day workshop begins in Hammond on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
MICROSOFT EXCEL 2007 ADVANCED
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Advanced Level. The two-evening workshop begins in Mandeville on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
To register or for further details on these and any non-credit courses that are available through Extended Studies please visit: Hammond- www.selu.edu/es Mandeville- www.selu.edu/stc Walker- www.selu.edu/livingston
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