ByLion--October 19


Alumnus of the Year

Homecoming Queen and King

Door Decorating Contest

Faculty Staff Cookoff

Children's Game Contest

Quiz Bowl Winners

Trick or Treat on Greek Street

Civil Service Essentials

PPR Training

This Week at Fanfare

This Week in Athletics

AAUP annual meeting

Faculty Excellence News

United Way

Professional Activities

(1) Kathy Pittman, B.J. Lorio, Vivene Wang, Roger Wang, John L. Crain(2) B.J. Lorio, Dick Covington, Kay Harrison Maurin, John L. Crain, Kathy Pittman (3) Friendship Oak Awards

(1) Alumnus of the Year - H. Roger Wang was honored as Alumnus of the Year at Friday's Alumni Awards Evening. From left are Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman, Alumni President B.J. Lorio, Vivine Wang, Roger Wang, and President John L. Crain.

(2) Service Awards - The Distinguished Service Award was given to Dick Covington of Amite, second from left, and Kay Harrison Maurin, middle, received the L. E. Chandler Award of Excellence. Congratulating them are B.J. Lorio, far left, John L. Crain and Kathy Pittman.

(3) Friendship Oak Awards - Kathy Pittman, far right, congratulates Dennis Sipiorski, Sandy Summers and Byron Patterson, who each received a Friendship Oak award.

   Wang recognized as 2009 Alumnus of the Year
H. Roger Wang, one of China’s most successful businessmen and a graduate of Southeastern’s MBA program, was honored as the university’s 2009 Alumnus of the Year during Homecoming activities over the weekend.
     Chairman and CEO of Golden Eagle International Group, Wang received his award at the Alumni Association’s Evening on Friday. He also served as Grand Marshal in the Homecoming parade on Saturday and was recognized at half-time at the Lions’ game with Sam Houston State.
     “I am humbled by this generous award,” Wang said in accepting the award. “A lot of things have changed at Southeastern, but some things have not: the hospitality, the sincerity, the spirit of togetherness have not changed.”
     Emphasizing the importance of maintaining balance in one’s life, Wang paid a special tribute to his wife, Vivine, who he said helps him maintain the balance in his own life. “If you cannot balance your life, there is nothing to enjoy, there is no success at all, he said.”
     While on campus, Wang spent time with a large group of business students where he and his good friend, Michael Fong, answered questions from the students about preparation for the world of business and Chinese-American relations.
     Wang, a U.S. citizen since 1978, spends half his time in California and the other half in China where he oversees the Golden Eagle chain of 16 department stores in three Chinese provinces and the Golden Eagle Real Estate Group, which has developed over 1.26 million square meters of commercial and residential space.
     Also recognized at the awards event were Kay Harrison Maurin, Southeastern’s director of disability services, who received the L.E. Chandler Award of Excellence, which  is awarded annually to a member of the faculty, staff or Alumni Association for service to students in their extracurricular activities; Dick Covington of Amite, who received the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing outstanding service to the Alumni Association; and Dr. Barbara Allen, dean of the Division of General Studies, who received the Director’s Diamond Award.
     Friendship Oak awards were presented to Delta Tau Delta fraternity for their 40th anniversary; Sigma Tau Gamma for their 70th anniversary; the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts in recognition of its 75th anniversary; KSLU 90.9 FM for their assistance to the Alumni Association; and for outstanding accomplishments on behalf of the university Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern; Dennis Sipiorski, head of the Department of Visual Arts; and Byron Patterson, director of the Southeastern Physical Plant.

Marjorie Parker and A.J. Calderone   Southeastern 2009 Homecoming Queen and King Crowned
The Southeastern 2009 Homecoming Queen and King were crowned during a half-time ceremony Saturday. Marjorie Parker, a senior organizational communication major from New Orleans, was crowned Homecoming Queen and Anthony “A.J.” Calderone, a senior industrial technology major from Kentwood, was crowned Homecoming King.

     Parker, sweetheart of the NAACP, is the SGA Internal Affairs Chair, a member of the Ladies of the Green and Gold, Project Pull Mentor Program, and Leadership Southeastern. She is a Green S Award recipient and a member of Who’s Who Among American College Students. Calderone, beau of Phi Mu sorority, is a member and treasurer of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Southeastern rugby club and Rho Gamma.





Homecoming 2009 Contest Winners


(1)Door Decorating Contest first place winner Campus Activities Board(2) Door Decoration Contest second place winner extended studies(3) Door Decorating Contest third place winner university housing

   Door Decorating Contest - Winners of the Door Decorationg Contest were (1) Campus Activities Board, first place; (2) Extended Studies, second place; and (3) University Housing, third place.

(1)golden spoon award(2)Sweets winner(3)Savory winner 

   Faculty Staff Cookoff - (1) Winners of the Golden Spoon Award, voted on by each contestant, were from left Pam Bentivegna and Veda Abene of Extended Studies for their entry "Lionopoly White Chocolate Bread Pudding. (2) First place winner in the Sweet Category was Antoinette Alack of the Office of Student Conduct for "HiHo Cherrio Cobbler." (3) First place winner in the Savory Category was Allison Blanche for her entry "Bearkat Bait."

   Children's game contest winnersChildren's Game Decorating Contest Winners

Winners of the game decorating contest were front row, from left, O'Shawanta Dantzler, second place, 8-9 year olds; Samoria Quinn, second place, 6-7 year olds; Noah Steptoe, first place, 6-7 year olds; and Evan Bechac, first place, 8-9 year olds. Back row, from left, Olivia Maurer, second place, 10-13 year olds; Breonn Nochols, third place, 10-13 year olds, Raelynn Sanders, third place, 8-9 year olds; and Skyler Meyers, first place 10-13 year olds.




(1)Faculty quiz bowl winners(2)Student quiz bowl winners

   Quiz Bowl Winners - (1) The faculty quiz bowl team "The Stigmatizers" was the grand prize winner of the Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl. Members of the winning team from left are Leigh Rourks, Sherri Craig, Dustin Cotton and George Dorrill, all of the English departement, and Tammy Bourg, interim provost and vice president for acacemic affairs. (2) "A Cut Above" was the winning student team. Congratulating the team is Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tammy Bourg, far left. Team members from left are Richard Curtis Smith, an undeclared major from Independence; Courtney Himbert, a biological sciences major from Kenner, Jeffrey Stiles, a chemistry major from St. Francisville, and Caleb Faul, a computer science major from Church Point.

   Trick or Treat on Greek Street
The Office of Greek Life announces “Trick or Treat on Greek Street” Oct. 29 from 4 until 6 p.m.  All children, ages 11 and under, are invited to come trick or treating from house to house in Greek Village, located at 1500 North General Pershing on Southeastern’s north campus. The event is sponsored by the Southeastern chapter of GAMMA, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol.

   Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a part of the Louisiana Division of Administration, is sponsoring a free seminar for supervisors of classified employees. The program, entitled Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in room 139 of the University Center. Scheduled from 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., participants will discuss a variety of supervisory responsibilities within the context of the Civil Service system.            
     Participants will learn why the merit system was created and ways through which they can better manage employees’ behavior, schedules, and performance. Topics include the following: an overview of the supervisor’s fundamental role in the PPR process; dos and don’ts of interviewing and reference checking; avoiding harassment and discrimination in the workplace; prohibited political activities for classified employees; managing employees’ work schedules; assigning duties to employees; a supervisor’s role in the chain of command; and how to orient new employees.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for attendance. For more information and how to register, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771 for more information.

   PPR Training for Supervisors

There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. A session, offered by the training section of the Human Resources office, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 20.  The program will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and will be held in the Human Resources office conference room.  
     To register for this program please email Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.

   Coming up this week at Fanfare
 A 75th anniversary gala, an amazing astronaut, a powerful mezzo-soprano and a Fanfare comedy favorite highlight the third week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October-long arts festival. (For more information, visit

     Monday, Oct. 19
      Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Gala, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets at 985-543-4371 or
     Tueday, Oct. 20
      Foreign Film: The Story of Adele H. (French with English subtitles), 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
      Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Free
     Wednesday, Oct. 21
      Then and Now Lecture: Harry Laver, “Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight Against Civil Rights, 1938-1965,” 1 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
      Soprano Daveda Karanas, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
     Thursday, Oct. 22
      Southeastern Wind Symphony, “Ride!”, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 senior citizens, faculty, staff. All students free with I.D.
     Friday, Oct. 23
      The Capitol Steps, “Obama Mia,” 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets: $35, orchestra, $39 loge, $31 balcony.
     Saturday, Oct. 24
      Tricks and Treats, Hammond Library, 10 a.m. Free

Up next week: A 75th jubilation musical showcase, an incredible jazz duo, a powerful day-long program devoted to madness in art, literature and society and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare.

Funeral Service for Southeastern’s First Dance Director
A celebration of the life of former Southeastern dance professor Katie Planche Friedrichs will be held Wedesday at St. Joseph Abbey, 75376 River Road, St. Benedict, La. Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Abbey Church until the 2 p.m. funeral mass.
     Southeastern’s first dance director and a Southeastern student herself, Friedrichs began teaching at Southeastern in 1951 and retired in 1984. According to her successor Martie Fellom, Friedrichs built the dance department virtually from scratch and is credited with bringing modern dance to Southeastern. For more information, contact Fellom at
   This Week In Southeastern Athletics - October 19-25, 2009
The Southeastern football, women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s tennis teams all hit the road during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Southeastern football team (4-2, 2-0 SLC) sit atop the Southland Conference standings heading into its trip to Lake Charles for a 6 p.m. contest with McNeese State (4-2, 1-1 SLC) on Saturday. Southeastern secured its first-ever 2-0 Southland start with a convincing 37-21 victory over Sam Houston State on Homecoming, as senior quarterback Brian Babin connected with Simmie Yarborough on three scoring throws and the Southeastern defense forced three SHSU turnovers and held the Bearkats to 12 first downs.
Saturday’s game will be televised live on the Southland Television Network, which is available in the Hammond area on Charter Channel 22. For those without Southland TV available in their area, a live video stream is available for purchase at The game will also be broadcast on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at      
     Much like the Lion football team, the Southeastern women’s soccer team (10-3-1, 4-0-1 SLC) sits atop the Southland Conference standings heading into the week. The Lady Lions will travel to Conway, Ark. on Friday, facing off with Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. Northwestern State awaits on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match in Natchitoches.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (6-12, 2-5 SLC) will look to get back into Southland Conference Tournament contention this week. The Lady Lions will visit Texas-Arlington on Thursday at 7 p.m., before heading to Texas State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
     The Southeastern women’s tennis team competes in its second tournament of the fall this week. The Lady Lions will be in Pensacola, Fla. to compete in the UWF Invitational hosted by West Florida. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Volleyball, at UT Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Friday, Oct. 23
Women’s Soccer, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 4 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day
Saturday, Oct. 24
Football, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 6 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)*
Volleyball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day
Sunday, Oct. 25
Women’s Soccer, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UWF Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day

* - Southland Conference contest

   AAUP annual meeting scheduled
The annual meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of University Professors will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. -1 p.m., in the Banquet Room of Alumni Hall.  The meeting is open to all Southeastern faculty.
   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

    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. 19, 10 a.m. - noon - Keeping Students on Track
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Assignments and Assessments
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Getting Started (Added workshop due to the greater demand for the basics.)
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 - 4 p.m. - Overview of the Interface and The Grade Center

Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion - Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30-1: 30 p.m.

   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.  We have started receiving contributions, and they all have 100% participation!  Let us know at ext. 5791 if you haven't received your pledge form.

   Professional Activities
     Gary Keown (Visual Arts) will chair and present in a session, “Revisiting the Memphis Group,” at the Southeastern College Art Conference Oct. 21 - 24 in Mobile, Ala. A sculpture by him titled, “K-541” is also on view in the SECAC Juried Members Exhibition at space 301 in Mobile, which was juried by Dr. Paul Richelson, chief curator at the Mobile Museum of Art. Keown also serves on the SECAC Board.   
      Dr. Lucia G. Harrison (Foreign Languages & Literature) presented a paper titled “Foreign Films in the Classrooms: Gateway to Language and Culture” at the College Teaching & Learning (TLC) Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 2009, sponsored by the Clute Institute for Academic Research. The article was included in the conference proceedings.
     C. Roy Blackwood (Cultural Resource Management and Visual Arts) attended the fall board meeting of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in Kansas City, Oct. 8-10.  Blackwood serves as the National Director of Fellowship for the society.    
     Dr. Claudia Salcedo (Foreign Languages & Literature) presented a paper entitled “Comparative Analysis of Learning Outcomes in Face-To-Face Foreign Language Classes vs. Language Lab and Online” and served as session chair. The article won a best paper award for the sessions and will be published in the conference proceedings of the Clute Institute Conference in Las Vegas.
     Dr. Becky Sue Parton, Dr. Robert Hancock, Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough, and Dr. Jeff Oescher (Educational Leadership and Technology, College of Education and Human Development) published  “Interactive Media to Support Language Acquisition for Deaf Students” in the Journal on School Educational Technology in the June – August 2009, Vol 5; Issue 1.
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry) gave an invited physical chemistry seminar at the University of Texas at Austin: Zero-energy-electron induced reactions of fructose.
      Sharon C. Hoffman (Department of Leadership and Technology) presented “Two Paradigm Shifts in Theory Development: Precursors to Transformational Leadership” at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Dr. Hoffman assists in coordinating this yearly international conference.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) has published an article titled "van der Waals forces: Accurate calculation and assessment of approximate methods in dielectric nanocolloids up to 16nm," in the Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol.131, p.144705 (2009) in collaboration with Dr. Kent at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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