ByLion--October 12


Homecoming Week

Homecoming Court

Alumnus of the Year

Quiz Bowl

Tailgating Cook-off

Children's Game Contest

Ghost Lab

This Week at Fanfare

Influenza Update

Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial

This Week in Athletics

Coming up in Performing Arts

News from Extended Studies

News from Faculty Excellence

Professional Activities

       Homecoming 2009 

   It’s Homecoming Week!
It’s here! Southeastern is celebrating Homecoming this week with the theme “Roomie’s Got Game.”
     The Alumni Association and the university welcome all alumni and friends with a week of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium.
     Homecoming Week will offer a number of time-honored favorites, such as the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for students, campus and community decorating contests, including a kid’s shoebox “game” decorating contest, an alumni art exhibit, and the FE-Lions’ Homecoming luncheon.
     For a complete schedule of Homecoming 2009 events, visit or call the Alumni Center, ext. 2150.
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(1)2009 Homecoming Court(2)2009 Beau Court


(1) 2009 Southeastern Homecoming Court – Seven Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2009 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 12-17. Chosen as members of the queen’s court were, from left, front, Janee Ratelle of Baton Rouge, Terica Anderson of New Orleans, Shelby Driscoll of Hammond; back, Marjorie Parker of New Orleans, Ashley Lemoine of Greenwell Springs, Molly Fenton of Houma, and Angelle Harris of Boutte.

(2) 2009 Southeastern Homecoming Beau Court –  Members of Southeastern’s 2009 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Kirk Dixon of Harvey, Eric Davis of Baton Rouge, David Cavell of Thibodaux; back, Casey Thomas of LaPlace, Brett Farlow of Denham Springs, A.J. Calderone of Kentwood, and Brandon Odom of Baton Rouge.

   Meet the Homecoming Court
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2009 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 12-17.
     The 2009 Homecoming queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on Sam Houston State on Homecoming Day, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
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   Philanthroper/investor named Southeastern Alumnus of the Year2009 Alumnus of the Year Roger Wang
Roger Wang, chairman and chief executive officer of one of China’s largest business concerns, has been named 2009 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Alumni Association.
     Originally from Taiwan, Wang, who heads up the Golden Eagle International Group, immigrated to the United States in 1970 and received his masters of business administration from Southeastern in 1973. He manages the highly successful real estate and retail business conglomerate located in Nanjing, China. The company has developed over 1.26 million square meters of commercial and residential space throughout the Jiangsu and Shanxi provinces, Shanghai and Kunming. A total of .35 million square meters of land is currently under construction with an additional 3.47 million square meters in the initial planning stages.
     As the founder of the first foreign-invested group company in Nanjing, Wang is one of the most respected businessmen in the city. He has been recognized for his outstanding philanthropy and investing skills and has received numerous awards, including the title of “Honorary Citizen of Nanjing.” Under his guidance and initiative, the company established the Golden Eagle International Charity Foundation to aid China’s disabled citizens. 
     “Mr. Wang is a true example of the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “He used the skills and knowledge he gained as a student, combined them with his personal drive for success, and built a business empire in the Republic of China, a very significant achievement. Mr. Wang has used his success to better the lives of many people. We are very proud to welcome him home as one of Southeastern’s most distinguished graduates and to recognize him as part of our Homecoming celebration.”
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   Homecoming Quiz Bowl
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is inviting faculty teams to join in the Homecoming Quiz Bowl competition. “We can accept two more faculty teams,” said Quiz Bowl coordinator and PKP secretary Joan Faust. “So get your team members together and join us on Tuesday, Oct. 13.”
     She said that once again there will be prizes for the first place faculty and student teams, second place teams, and consolation prizes to all who participate. To obtain a registration form, contact Faust at 392 D Vickers or visit  We hope you join us for another afternoon of camaraderie and love of learning.

   Faculty and Staff Celebrate Homecoming at Roomie’s Got Game Tailgating Cook-off
All Southeastern Faculty and Staff are invited to participate in the “Roomie’s Got Game” Tailgating Cook-Off, sponsored by the Alumni Association, as a part of the Homecoming 2009 Festivities.
     The Cook-Off will be Friday, Oct. 16, at noon in the Student Union commons, located outside of Career Services. Participants should prepare their best tailgate food item and be set up by 11:45 a.m. for judging.
     Entries will be judged on taste, originality and presentation.  Participants are strongly encouraged to consider the homecoming theme, “Roomie’s Got Game” when planning entries and table decorations.  All entries must be original recipes.  Prizes will be awarded in two categories: sweet and savory. 
     This year, participants will also have the chance to judge each other’s dishes and one recipient will receive the “Golden Spoon” award, based on the scores given by their fellow participants.  
     To enter your dish, please email Amanda Robbins at by Monday, Oct. 12. Please include the following information in your email: Name, dish, category (sweet or savory) and the department you are representing.  Remember, your display should include the name of your dish.

   Tangi Children Get In the Game- Alumni Sponsors Homecoming Decorating Contest
Southeastern Alumni Center is sponsoring a decorating competition for children ages 6-13 to celebrate Homecoming 2009. Children can show off their talents by creating and decorating a shoebox “game” using this year’s Homecoming Theme, “Roomie’s Got Game”.   The “game” does not have to be playable.
     Prizes will be awarded within each age category (6-7 year old, 8-9 year olds, and 10-13 year olds). Entry forms can be picked up from Amanda Robbins at the University Housing Office located in Pride Hall. Entry forms are also being distributed through local school system.
     “Games” and entry forms should be brought to the Southeastern Alumni Center on or before Monday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
     All of our little Lions are encouraged to participate! Have fun creating your game and don’t forget Southeastern’s mascot, Roomie. For more information, please email Amanda Robbins at

Sam Hyde interviewed for Discovery Channel program "Ghost Lab"Southeastern history professor Samuel C. Hyde Jr., center, joins Brad Klinge, left, and his brother Barry, hosts of the Discovery Channel Ghost Lab series, in front of the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville. Hyde served as historical consultant on the episode that explored the haunting legends associated with the plantation.

   History meets Paranormal Studies for Discovery Channel program
Southeastern historian Samuel C. Hyde knows the history and background of the Florida Parishes like few others.
     So it seemed natural for the Discovery Channel to tap Hyde’s expertise when it set out to do a segment for the new television series “Ghost Lab” that focused on the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville.
     Hyde, holder of Southeastern’s Leon C. Ford Endowed Chair in History and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, was interviewed for the first episode of “Ghost Lab,” which premiered last week (Oct. 6) on the Discovery Channel. The episode will be replayed over the year on the cable channel.
     “I was asked to provide the historical context of events occurring in the region and that are alleged to have contributed to the Myrtles Plantation reputation as a haunted site,” Hyde said.
     Built around 1792, the Myrtles is one of Louisiana’s oldest antebellum plantations, explained Hyde. The building is associated with numerous stories about the various owners and occupants, including the legend that the house is built over an Indian burial ground and that Union soldiers occupied it during the Civil War and were reportedly killed in the house.
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Coming up this week at Fanfare

The world’s funniest guitar virtuoso, six independent short films, two “Then and Now” lectures, a theatrical adaptation of a critically acclaimed novel, and a concert pianist headline the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s October celebration of the arts. (For more information, visit
     Monday, Oct. 12
      American Place Theatre: Flight, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Free
     Tueday, Oct. 13
      Foreign Film: Amarcord (Italian with English subtitles), 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
      Pianist William Chapman Nyaho, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall. Free
     Wednesday, Oct. 14
      Then and Now Lecture: Harry Laver, "Leadership Lessons from Ulysses S. Grant," 1 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
      Mind’s Eye: Imagination, a screening of six independent films, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Free
     Thursday, Oct. 15
      Mike Rayburn in Some Strings Attached: Classically Trained, Comically Derailed, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets: $29. Southeastern students free with I.D. 
     Friday, Oct. 16
       Then and Now Lecture: Joe Burns, "The Devil is in the Lyrics," 11 a.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
      Opening Reception: Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial, Hammond Regional Arts Center, 6-8 p.m. Free
     Saturday, Oct. 17
      Opening Reception: 3x6 Annual Alumni Fine Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery, noon - 2 p.m. Free

Up next … A 75th anniversary gala, an amazing astronaut, a powerful mezzo-soprano and a Fanfare comedy favorite highlight the third week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October-long arts festival.

   Southeastern keeping students informed about influenza
While health officials at Southeastern have seen only slightly more than 50 students reporting flu-like symptoms, the university continues to  take steps to ensure students are well informed about influenza and the steps they can take to minimize their risk.
     “We’ve been fortunate so far that only a handful of the students who have reported having influenza-like illnesses were living in residence halls; all the others resided off-campus and they have all been asked to self-isolate until they have recovered,” said Vera Williams, nurse practitioner and director of Southeastern’s Vera W. Thomason Health Center.
     She said the university is encouraging students to contact their individual physicians or to visit the university’s Health Center if they show symptoms of the flu: fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Students are being discouraged from visiting hospital emergency rooms unless symptoms are very severe or tend to worsen.
     Representatives of the Southeast Louisiana Region IX Office of Public Health were on campus Wednesday (Oct. 7) distributing literature on the H1N1 and seasonal influenzas and answering students’ questions about the diseases and the vaccines.

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   Hammond Regional Arts Center hosts exhibit, opening reception1A satellite over ground

As part of Fanfare, the Hammond Regional Arts Center will present the first “Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial,” honoring long-time Louisiana arts advocate Marjorie Morrison, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 16. Scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m., the reception features a wine and martini bar.
     The exhibition, which runs from Oct. 16 through Nov. 14, is co-sponsored by the Oak Street Gallery and Macaluso and Jordan Attorneys of Hammond. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.
     Fourteen works from 11 Louisiana artists were selected by juror Rose Courville, former curator of exhibitions at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette. The exhibition represents a state-wide grouping of contemporary sculpture in Louisiana, with artist’s works from St. Charles, Monroe, Youngsville, New Orleans, Slidell, Folsom, Covington and Hammond.
     The Hammond Regional Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and in part by private and corporate membership.
     For more information, call 985-549-7113.

Pictured at right: Art faculty member, Dale Newkirk's piece "Satelite Over Ground" will be displayed as part of the Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial. Made using plastic, wood, and paint, the sculpture utilizing rapid prototyping technology.

   This Week in Southeastern Athletics – October 12-18, 2009
Fresh off one of the greatest comebacks in school history, the Southeastern football team will return home for the first time in more than a month, celebrating Homecoming with a Southland Conference contest against Sam Houston State during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (3-2, 1-0 SLC) and Bearkats (3-2, 1-0 SLC) will square off at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Strawberry Stadium. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The game will also be televised on a tape-delay basis by the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18). Southeastern defeated Sam Houston State, 30-27, in overtime last season.
     In its most recent action, the Lions scored three touchdowns and converted three two-point conversions for 24 unanswered points in the final 9:06 of regulation on the way to an emotional 51-50 overtime win at defending league champion Texas State – their first-ever victory over the Bobcats in 13 tries. Sam Houston State opened league play with a 44-21 rout of Nicholls last Saturday. Saturday’s game will be Southeastern’s first at home since a 69-20 win over Union College on Sept. 10.
     The Southeastern women’s soccer team (9-3, 3-0 SLC) will look to extend its current six-match win streak this week, hosting a pair of Southland rivals. On Friday, UTSA will visit the Southeastern Soccer Complex for a 4:30 p.m. contest. Defending Southland Conference regular season and tournament champion Texas State comes to town on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (6-10, 2-3 SLC) also has a pair of Southland matches on tap this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions head to Huntsville, Texas for a 7 p.m. match with Sam Houston State. Southeastern returns home on Saturday, hosting Lamar at 2 p.m. in the University Center.

Wednesday, October 14
Volleyball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 7 p.m.*

Friday, October 16
Women’s Soccer, vs. UTSA, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.*

Saturday, October 17
Football, vs. Sam Houston State (Homecoming), Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 2 p.m.*

Sunday, October 18
Women’s Soccer, vs. Texas State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

   Coming up in the performing arts

October 19
   Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, “75th Anniversary Gala,” featuring workshop stars past and present, and dedicated to long-time workshop director, Scharmal Schrock. More than 80 alumni will join current students to present solos, scenes and choruses from favorite operas and Broadway musicals including “Die Fledermaus,” “The Tender Land,” “La Boheme,” “Carmen,” “Too Many Sopranos,” “South Pacific,” “The Music Man,” “Peter Pan’ and many more. Conducted by Charles Effler. Columbia Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Ticket info at

October 22
   Southeastern Wind Symphony, “Ride!” conducted by Glen Hemberger, with music by Hazo, Holst, Grainger, Ticheli, Whitacre and Berlioz. Columbia Theatre, 7:30 pm. Ticket info at,
October 26
   Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, “75th Jubilation Showcase,” featuring classics and fun under the baton of Yakov Voldman. Music by Mozart and Brahmsm plus a selection of captivating waltzes, polkas, gallops and marches by Johann Strauss. Columbia Theatre, 7:30 pm. Ticket info at,
October 28
   Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale, “Voices of Light -- A Choral Tradition,” conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, and featuring choral music from the Renaissance to the present. First United Methodist Church, Hammond, 7:30 pm. Free admission.

   News from Extended Studies

Super Sitter Babysitting Class
Participants will have hands-on opportunities to practice basic infant care, as well as learn first aid techniques and CPR/choking intervention for infants and children. Lunch will be provided. Participants must be between the ages of 10 – 14. Parents must sign their children in and out during drop off and pick up.
     This free one-day workshop will be held in Walker on Friday, Oct. 16. The workshop is presented by North Oaks Health System and Southeastern’s Division of Extended Studies.

Microsoft Word 2007- Beginner
This two session course begins in Walker on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Microsoft Excel 2007- Advanced
This one-day workshop begins in Walker on Monday, Oct. 26. 

Digital Photography Basics
This four-week course which meets one night per week, begins in Walker on Monday, Oct. 26. 

Microsoft Excel 2007- Intermediate
This two session course begins in Hammond on Tuesday, Oct. 20. 

Microsoft Word 2007- Intermediate
This two session course begins in Hammond on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

St. Tammany Parish Waste Management
Learn how to properly dispose of municipal solid waste items, household hazardous waste (HHW), and old electronic devices (Ewaste). This one day workshop is in Mandeville on Thursday, Oct. 22. 

Microsoft Excel 2007- Advanced
This one-day workshop begins in Mandeville on Monday, Oct. 26. 

Adobe Photoshop for Photography Beginners
This one day workshop begins in Mandeville in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 28. 

To register or for further details on these and any non-credit courses that are available through Extended Studies please visit:
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   News from the Center for Faculty Excellence

Lyceum Lights - Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Our special Homecoming session will be: "Roomie’s Got Game’ and so do our faculty!" Join us as we feature Dr. Michael Jones, Associate Professor of Marketing, 2009 winner of the President’s Award for Teaching 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

Blackboard 9 Workshops:
Southeastern has installed Blackboard 9 and is currently running a pilot.  The entire campus will be moving to Blackboard 9 starting January 2010.  In preparation for the new application, faculty can obtain training from The Center for Faculty Excellence.  This week’s workshops:
Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-noon - Assignments and Assessments
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Design & Build
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-noon - Communication
Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon - Overview of the Interface and the Grade Center

CUTL Sessions:
, Oct. 13, 10-11 a.m. OR Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. - Describing Your Course Activities

United Way - Our United Way campaign kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 6.  Thank you for all your help in the past!  We are looking forward to a great campaign again this year.  Each department has a Communicator to help them reach 100% participation.  Watch for your pledge form from your Communicator.

   Professional Activities
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) has published two invited articles in a special issue “Wetting, Spreading and Filling” of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics: The first article is titled “Condensation of Fluids Confined in Non-rigid Nanopores: With a Little Help from the Substrate,” Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Vol.157, pp.382-394(2009) in collaboration with Dr. Gatica at Howard University. The second article is titled “Tests of Pore-Size Distributions Deduced from Inversion of Simulated and Real Adsorption Data,” Journal of Low Temperature Physics, vol. 157, pp. 410-428 (2009) in collaboration with researchers at Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, and Micrometric Instrument Corp.

     Sims Library faculty members made several presentations at the LOUIS Users Conference (LUC) in Baton Rouge Oct. 1-2: Lori Smith (Sims Library) and Doris Hutson from LSU presented a paper entitled, “Federal Documents in the OPAC: The Impact of GPO’s New Cataloging Process.” Angela Dunnington (Sims Library), Melissa Goldsmith (Nicholls State University), and Jessica Hutchings (McNeese State University) made a presentation entitled, “Information Literacy Committee Update.”  Amy Baptist and Cathy Tijerino (Sims Library) spoke on “What to do when your music cataloger leaves: Music cataloging for the non-musician.”

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