ByLion--October 26


Livingston Ethics Lecture

Fanfare's final week

Athletics NCAA recertification

Community Fall Carnival

Chalmette Refining donates equipment

De Noux publishes audio short story

SLWP presents showcase Nov. 7

This Week in the Performing Arts

This Week in Athletics

Faculty Excellence News

Extended Studies News

Professional Activities

   Senator Jack DonahueSenator Donahue to serve as Livingston Ethics Lecturer
     Louisiana State Senator Jack Donahue will deliver Southeastern’s James and Evelyn Livingston Lecture in ethics Tuesday (Oct. 27).  
     The lecture, co-sponsored by the College of Business as the main event of its two-week Business Perspectives program, is scheduled at 7 p.m. in the second floor Kiva of the Cate Teacher Education Center, 1300 N. General Pershing. The lecture is free and open to the public.
     The lecture series, founded in 1984, honors the late James Livingston, a prominent Hammond businessman, and his wife Evelyn, an active community volunteer who died in 2005.
     Chairman and chief executive officer of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc., Donahue represents the state’s Senate District 11, which covers much of St. Tammany Parish and part of Tangipahoa Parish. He currently serves as chair of the State Commission on Streamlining Government, formed in the last Legislative session to develop approaches designed to make state operations more efficient. He also serves on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Education Committee, and as vice-chair of the Senate Judiciary A Committee.
     Donahue is co-chair of the Tax Competitiveness Task Force of GNO, Inc. and a member of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce. Co-founder of the Business Congress for Louisiana, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Businessman of the Year Award from the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, the St. Tammany Economic Partnership Award, and the LSU Leadership Award.

   Fanfare’s final week
     A 75th jubilation musical showcase, a powerful day-long program devoted to madness in art, literature and society, and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare. (For more information, visit
     Monday, Oct. 26
     Southeastern Chamber Orchestra: 75th Jubilation Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 senior citizens, faculty, staff. All students free with I.D.
     Tueday, Oct. 27
     Foreign Film: Innocent Voices (Spanish with English subtitles), 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
     Madness in Art, Literature and Society, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A complete schedule of the day’s lectures is available at Free
     Wednesday, Oct. 28
     Then and Now Lecture: Sam Hyde, “Wisconsin Raiders in Confederate Louisiana: The Civil War Reminiscences of a Union General,” 1 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
     Southeastern Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, “Voices of Light – A Choral Tradition,” 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Hammond. Free

     Thursday, Oct. 29
     Julia Flanders: “Digital Humanities,” 9:30 a.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
     Friday, Oct. 30
     Then and Now Lecture: William Robison, “The Wrath of the King: Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, and the Surrey Justices in Star Chamber,” 11 a.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free

   Southeastern Athletics to undergo NCAA recertification process

     The Southeastern Athletic Department is undergoing its 10-year recertification process by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
     A university steering committee, chaired by Rick Simpson, head of the Department of Accounting and made up of members from the university administrative team, the Athletics Department, faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community, is coordinating the project which includes the preparation of reports, response to questions from the NCAA Committee on Athletic Certification, and a visit from the NCAA Recertification team in November.
     Simpson said the reports submitted to the NCAA are available for viewing on the university’s athletics Web site,
     “Individuals are welcome to submit comments regarding the reports,” Simpson said. Comments should be sent directly to him at
     The six-member NCAA team will make a site visit to the university Nov. 1-3.

   Southeastern groups host Community Fall Carnival Oct. 31
     Southeastern’s Multicultural/International Student Affairs Office (MISA), Black Student Union and the Student Government Association will host the fifth annual fall carnival Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6-9 p.m. in the Student Union Mall.
     MISA Coordinator Makeitta Darbonne said community families are invited to join the festivities, which will include costumes, games and prizes. Free to the public, the carnival provides a fun and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
     The carnival follows the Lion’s football game at 2 p.m. against Central Arkansas in Strawberry Stadium. Darbonne encouraged families to plan for a day of fun by enjoying the game first, then going to the carnival.
     “The fall carnival gives kids more variety than just going door-to-door,” Darbonne said. “Here they can play a variety of fun carnival-style games and win prizes. There will also space walks, face painting, balloons, pumpkins, pizza and much more.”
     Parents are asked to accompany their children throughout the event.
     For more information, contact the MISA Office at extension 3850.

   Chalmette Refining donates equipmentChalmette Refining donates equipment
     Chalmette Refining, operated by ExxonMobil Oil Corp., recently donated approximately $40,000 in monitoring equipment and instruments to Southeastern’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program. The equipment which includes microscopes, a gas chromatograph and other instruments for the collection and analysis of hazardous agents in the workplace and environment. The equipment was presented by ExxonMobil industrial hygienist Wayne Lacombe, left, to OSH&E coordinator Lawrence Mauerman and Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology.  

De Noux Publishes audio short story
     O’Neil De Noux, Southeastern police officer and award-winning short story writer, has published his latest work, “Ankle Biters of Old Arizona; or Attack of the Wild Chihuahuas,” as an audio short story on
   “Ankle Biters,” which runs slightly more than 21 minutes, tells the story of a crusty trail guide who leads a tenderfoot dime-novelist out of Tombstone, Ariz., on a fool's errand – a search for the elusive wild Chihuahuas in the badlands of the Dragoon Mountains. Written in the vein of the half-dime – or “penny dreadfuls” of the 19th Century – the story is a cross-genre piece, a western-humor story.
   Sniplits publishes downloadable audio short stories for devices that play an MP3 file, which includes most PCs and all Macintosh computers. The stories range from less than five minutes to 45 minutes and cover genres such as suspense, romance, humor and adventure.
   De Noux – the author of five novels and six short story collections – decided to publish with Sniplets as another outlet for his shorter works and because they use professional actors for the narration.
    “The 21st Century offers different and exciting venues for writers,” De Noux said. “Besides audio books, there are online magazines as well as’s Kindle format, allowing writers to publish downloadable books online at considerable savings for readers.
   A police investigator with Southeastern’s Police Department, he specializes in mystery stories. His story “The Heart Has Reasons,” which appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, won the Private Eye Writers of America’s 2007 Shamus Award for best short story in private eye fiction. This year, the Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded him the Derringer Award for Best Novelette for his story “Too Wise,” which appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
   A native of New Orleans and former detective for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, De Noux moved to the north shore joined the University Police Department at Southeastern in 2006.

   Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project presents “Best Practices in Teaching Writing” Nov. 7
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project will present a showcase of “Best Practices in Teaching Writing” on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held in the KIVA of the TEC building, the showcase will feature workshops and panels on teaching writing by experienced classroom teachers from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. It is designed for secondary teachers (grades 6-12) across the curriculum, as well as for prospective teachers who want new, research-based, classroom-tested ideas and methods for teaching writing. 
     Participants will be able to pick up handouts and assignments and talk one-on-one with teacher consultants as well as take part in roundtables and writing workshops. Topics include: Writing Process, Assessment, Reading and Writing Connections, Writing the Essay Test, Technology and Writing, “Teaching the Holocaust” through Writing, and Best Practices.  Participants receive certificates verifying four hours of participation at these professional development activities.
     Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  The cost is $15 for advanced registration or $20 at the door, and Southeastern students with university I.D. are admitted for $10.  To pre-register by Friday, Nov. 6, email and include name, school, grade/subject, address/phone/email of registrant, and bring payment on Saturday.  Or send the above information, with a check made out to “SLU Development Foundation,” to Dr. Richard Louth, Director SLWP, SLU 10327, Hammond, La. 70402.  For further information, email Louth at, or call 985-549-2102 or 2100.

   This week in the performing arts
October 26
Southeastern Chamber Orchestra,“75th Jubilation Showcase,” featuring classics and fun under the baton of Yakov Voldman. Music by Mozart and Brahms plus a selection of captivating waltzes, polkas, gallops and marches by Johann Strauss. Columbia Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 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 p.m. Free admission.

   This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team returns home, the men’s and women’s cross country teams compete for the Southland Conference title and the women’s soccer team celebrates Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (4-3, 2-1 SLC) will return to Strawberry Stadium on Saturday, hosting Central Arkansas at 2 p.m. Southeastern will be looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking 36-35 loss at McNeese State last Saturday. UCA is 2-1 in league play after drumming Nicholls, 42-6, in its most recent action.
     Southeastern will celebrate Hall of Fame Saturday in conjunction with Saturday’s game. New inductees Christine Amertil, Billy Bond, Gavin Fingleson, Kim Kwolek and Anthony Vereen will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s contest. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Corpus Christi, Texas to compete in the league meet on Saturday.
     The Lady Lion soccer team (11-4-1, 5-1-1 SLC) will close out its regular season at home this week. On Friday, Southeastern welcomes McNeese State to the Southeastern Soccer Complex for a 3 p.m. match. The regular season finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. with Lamar visiting Hammond. Prior to the match with the Lady Cardinals, Southeastern will honor seniors Candice Wallace, Dana Mayer, Gloria Burkhart and Jenna Oney in a special Senior Day ceremony.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (6-14, 2-7 SLC) will open a season-long five-match home stand this week. On Friday, Southland Conference leader Central Arkansas comes to the University Center for a 7 p.m. contest. Southeastern will host Northwestern State on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission to all Southeastern home volleyball matches is free.
     The Southeastern men’s golf team will attempt to continue its strong fall this week. The Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the LSU/David Toms Invitational.

Monday, October 26
Men’s Golf, at LSU/David Toms Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day

Tuesday, October 27
Men’s Golf, at LSU/David Toms Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day

Friday, October 30
Women’s Soccer, vs. McNeese State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m.*
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m.*

Saturday, October 31
Football, vs. Central Arkansas (Hall of Fame Game), Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Corpus Christi, Texas, All Day
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 7 p.m.*

Sunday, November 1
Women’s Soccer, vs. Lamar (Senior Day), Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*

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
Tuesday, Oct. 27

10-11 a.m. - CUTL
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Blackboard 9: Communication
Wednesday, Oct. 28

2-3 p.m. - CUTL
Friday, Oct. 30

10 a.m. - noon - Blackboard 9: Overview of the Interface & The Grade Center

     Halloween Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair
Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1-3 p.m., Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 & 105.  Come by, enjoy refreshments, and see what the Center can offer you in the way of equipment and assistance.  Sample portfolios will be on display.  Experienced faculty will be on hand to answer questions.  Come by and pick up tips on presenting your “Best Works” in your portfolio.

   News from Extended Studies

Introduction to Elementary Spanish
Throughout the three-week course, students will work on developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Emphasis will be placed on oral communication and classroom interaction. This course begins Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Microsoft Excel 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Intermediate Level. The one-day workshop begins Wednesday, Nov. 4. 
Microsoft Excel 2007 Advanced
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007- Advanced Level. The two-day evening workshop begins Tuesday, Nov. 10. 
Microsoft Word 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007- Intermediate Level. The one-day workshop begins Wednesday, Nov. 11. 

Microsoft Excel 2007 Beginner
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Beginner Level. The two-day evening workshop begins Tuesday, Nov. 3. 
Adobe Illustrator Introduction
The course teaches the core features and functions of Adobe Illustrator. The one-day workshop begins Tuesday, Nov. 3. 
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft PowerPoint- Intermediate Level. The one-day workshop begins Wednesday, Nov. 4.
ACT Test Preperation
Throughout this five-week course, students will work on developing skills to improve their ACT scores with an emphasis on Mathematics and English. The course begins Thursday, Nov. 5.
Microsoft Word 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007- Intermediate Level. The one-day evening workshop begins in Mandeville on Tuesday, Nov. 10. 

Microsoft Excel 2007 Beginner
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007- Beginner Level. The two-day evening workshop begins Tuesday, Nov. 3. 
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft PowerPoint- Intermediate Level. The one-day workshop begins Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Microsoft Word 2007 Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007- Intermediate Level. The two-day evening workshop begins Tuesday, Nov. 10. 

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


Professional Activities
     Dr. Gerard Blanchard and student Stefan Sundeen (Chemistry and Physics) published an article entitled “Probabilistic identification of high-frequency radar backscatter from the ground and ionosphere based on spectral characteristics” in the October 2009 issue of the journal Radio Science.
     The Department of History and Political Science recently participated in the 27th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Pensacola, Fla. Dr. Bill Robison presented a paper highlighting his experience with the Teaching American History grants and Dr. Ronald Traylor gave a presentation derived from his continuing research on slavery in Texas. Dr. Sam Hyde presented a paper detailing emerging research on the West Florida Revolt while Dr. Randy Sanders provided discussion on the implications of racism in art. Professor Al Dranguet commented on a session highlighting Latin American history. Graduate student Holly Furlow coordinated the registration desk at the conference. Dr. Sanders completed his term as president of the Gulf South Historical Association, and Dr. Hyde was elected to another term as executive director of the GSHA.  The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern remains the organizational headquarters of the GSHA.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) delivered a plenary lecture Oct. 12 at an international workshop sponsored by the Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET (CONICET Technological Scientific Center) in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. ( ) The event was held to mark the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, who traveled in the area near Bahía Blanca during his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. The presenters at the workshop, entitled “Bridging the Gap . . . Darwin: From Molecules to Cultural Implications,” were Argentine scientists and three American invitees: Forrest, Niles Eldredge (American Museum of Natural History), and Paul Brinkman (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences). Forrest’s presentation was entitled “Where in the World Is Darwin? Resistance to Evolution in America, Europe, and Islam.” The conference, held on Oct. 10-12, featured an excursion to Monte Hermosa Cliff, the coastal site where Darwin found his first fossils in South America.
     C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts) presented a paper, Accord/Discord: 1980s Dada Versus 1970s de Nada in a session entitled “Revising the Memphis Group” at the Southeastern College Art Conference Oct. 21-24 in Mobile, Ala. Memphis was a professional design movement from 1980-1987 centered in Milan, Italy, that spread to the United States.
    Ellen Bush, Krystal Hardison, Lorett Swank and Sharon Fife (Division of General Studies) presented a content session, “From Pink-slip to Paycheck: Helping Clients Cope with Job Loss,” at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, October 2009.  An invitation was also extended to conduct the presentation at the Louisiana Career Development Association spring 2010 conference.
     Lauren A. Eserman (Graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences) presented a talk entitled “An overview of morning glory systematics: a multi-gene approach” and Sean S. Major (Graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences) presented a talk entitled “Genetic structure in Ipomoea nil based on two regulatory genes” Oct. 18 at the Southeastern Population Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics meetings held near Dahlonega, Ga.
    Randy Wills (Mathematics) gave an invited lecture to students and faculty at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. on Oct, 8. The title of the talk was “An Integral Equation, a Differential Equation, and a Quadratic Equation.” The talk was attended by more than 30 students and faculty and served as the kickoff for homecoming/parents weekend for the mathematics department.
    Dennis Merino’s (Mathematics) article titled “On the Phi Polar Decomposition of Matrices” was accepted for publication and will appear in Journal of Linear Algebra and Its Applications.

    Dr. Richard Louth (English) was invited to lead a Rhode Island Writing Marathon and to be its guest speaker celebrating the National Day on Writing, Oct. 20, in Providence, RI.  The “New Orleans Writing Marathon,” begun by Louth at the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, has served as a model for National Writing Project sites, writers, and classrooms across the country for over a decade. The day-long writing event, with writers in small groups fanning out over the campus of Rhode Island College, was sponsored by the Rhode Island Writing Project and National Writing Project and was attended by approximately 100 writers of all ages, ranging from elementary school students to college students, local teachers, and the college President.

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