ByLion--September 14


Price to present Constitution Day Lecture

Workshop to explore Bill of Rights

Career Fair Sept. 23

Business EXPO Sept. 17

This Week in Performing Arts

This Week in Athletics

News from Faculty Excellence

Benjamin PriceBenjamin Price to present Southeastern Constitution Day Lecture   

Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science will celebrate Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 17, with a lecture by American colonial and classical history scholar Benjamin Price.
     Scheduled for 11 a.m. in Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium, the lecture is free and open to the public. 
     A member of Southeastern’s faculty, Price will discuss “18th Century English Whig Thought and the Constitutional Ratification Conflict,” and will examine various critiques of the Constitution voiced by anti-federalists.
     Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said Price’s lecture will examine the important influence on early American political thought exercised by the Whigs in England, many of whom sympathized with the American Revolution.

    “The lecture shows how Whig thinking affected the debate between Federalists and Anti-federalists over ratification of the Constitution,” Robison said. “Many of the issues that divided these two groups in the late 1780s continue to be controversial in today’s America.”
     Price said he became interested in the topic while performing research for his book “Nursing Fathers: American Colonists’ Conception of English Protestant Kingship 1688-1776” published in 1999.
      “As we enter the 21st century and reflect on some of the more controversial aspects of the last and present administrations, some of those criticisms made by the anti-federalists pertaining to the powers of the federal government, such as the power to tax and spend and military powers, are as timely today as they were over 200 years ago,” he said.
     Price earned his master’s degree in classical history and doctorate in American history from Louisiana State University. He also served as a historical consultant for the Louisiana Public Broadcasting film series, “Louisiana: A History.”
      For more information about Price’s lecture, contact Bill Robison at (985) 549-2109.

Southeastern Teaching American History Workshop to explore Bill of Rights   
In honor of Constitution Day, Southeastern is hosting a “Bill of Rights” workshop for area social studies teachers.
     The workshop, scheduled Sept. 19 at Southeastern’s Fayard Hall, is funded through the U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grant awarded to the Tangipahoa Parish School District in partnership with Southeastern.
     The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Fayard Hall Rm. 101, located at 1205 North Oak St. in Hammond. The sessions will provide K-12 social studies teachers with Bill of Rights knowledge, lesson plan ideas and will provide an opportunity for attendees to share teaching strategies.
     Participating teachers will earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLU’s) and a $65 stipend. Priority will be given to social studies teachers.
     Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science, said the workshop is the third in a series on the U.S. Constitution offered each year in September under the auspices of the TAH Grant.
     “The workshop will examine three of the most important and controversial Amendments, ­ the First, the Second, and the Fourth Amendments, and give school teachers the tools for discussing these in a constructive manner with their students,” Robison said.
     The workshop will feature five sessions:
     ­ “The English Bill of Rights and the American Colonies,” 8:15-9:30 a.m.; presented by Robison.
     ­ “The First Amendment,” 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy.
     ­“The Second Amendment,” 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.; Harry Laver, associate professor and graduate coordinator of the Department of History and Political Science.
     ­“The Fourth Amendment,” 12:45-2 p.m.; Peter Patrakis, associate professor of political science.
     ­“The Bill of Secret Teacher Tricks,” 2-3 p.m.; TAH Director Ann Trappey, and associates.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
     Trappey said the workshop sessions will allow social studies teachers to learn new information about the Bill of Rights and new hands-on activities to help students prepare for the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) test.
     “Students from the fourth grade and up usually have a Bill of Rights portion on their LEAP test,” Trappey said. “We want social studies teachers to ask questions and discuss new teaching ideas so they can better prepare their students.”
     To register for the workshop or for more information on the TAH Grant, contact Trappey at, 985-748-2443 (phone) or 985-748-2445 (fax).   more>>

Students, alumni invited to Sept. 23 Career Fair, Resume Clinics available this week   
Career Fair


All Southeastern students and alumni are invited to attend Career Fair 2009, the Office of Career Services’s annual universitywide career event.
     Career Fair 2009 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center. A list of participating employers and other Career Fair information are available on Career Service’s web site,
     Career Services will offer “ER (Emergency Resume) Clinics,” where Career Fair participants can get a quick review of their resumes. The free clinics will be held in Student Union Annex, room 241 on the following days:
Sept. 14   10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m.
Sept. 15   noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Sept. 16   noon to 3 p.m.
Sept. 17   9 a.m. to noon
Students must bring hard copies of their resumes.
     Resume FAQs and samples are also available at For additional information on Career Fair 2009, contact Career Services at (985) 549 2121 or


Hammond Chamber of Commerce Community and Business EXPO Sept. 17   
Where can you “Beat a Geek,” meet a professional athlete and have an award-winning author autograph a copy of her book just for you? At the Hammond Chamber of Commerce’s Community and Business EXPO Sept. 17 from 1 -7 pm at the University Center.     
     “We’ve included something for everyone in the hopes of making this a true community event,” said Chamber Executive Director Charlotte Lenoir Banks. “Not only can business owners and their staff come to learn about the newest products and services, but their families can also come along for some great fun and entertainment.”
      For mommies and book-lovers, “Tsumommy” author Brenna Brazenick will be available all day to meet and greet fans and sign copies of her book. Readers will have a chance to purchase a copy of the book, along with lots of Southeastern merchandise and a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts at the EXPO, from partnering local bookstore Bayou Booksellers.
     Aspiring musicians and video game gurus also have a reason to visit EXPO - the “Beat the Geek” competition sponsored by Best Buy. Contenders will have the opportunity to battle a resident Best Buy “geek” in a game of the ultra popular game, “Rock Band,” for a chance to win an 8G Ipod.
     In his first public appearance as a New Orleans Hornet, former LSU athlete and second round draft pick Marcus Thornton will be at the EXPO from 4- 5 p.m. to sign autographs.  The Honey Bees will also be in attendance. Fans are asked to bring their favorite Hornets memorabilia, or purchase it at the booth, and be among the first to get his autograph before he shoots to superstardom. Accompanied by Chuck Raborn of Chuck’s Sportcards of Louisiana, Thorton and the Honey Bees will also be available for pictures.
     Also on hand from 4 – 6 p.m. are Roomie and the Southeastern cheerleaders and the Hammond High Robotics Team. While the HHS students demonstrate their cool creations outside the EXPO entrance, Roomie and gang will be spreading Lion spirit with free face painting, picture opportunities and prizes from Southeastern Athletics.
     Back by popular demand, EXPO’s “Taste of Hammond” will kick off at 5 p.m. Featuring some of the area’s best restaurants, this year’s “Taste” will include the original Chookie’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Southern Maid Donuts, Rotolo’s Pizzeria, Lynhaven Catering, Phil’s Grill, Voodoo BBQ, The Marble Slab and Pier One Twelve. Beer distributors, Jim Carey Distributing and Champagne Beverage, will also be in attendance.
     Banks also reminds everyone that there are two great grand prizes at stake for anyone that attends the EXPO and visits all of the exhibitors, “You could win an EZ Go golf car or a $500 Harley Davidson gift card!”
     Immediately following the luncheon, the chamber and Southeastern Small Business Development Center will host a series of free professional development workshops from 1-3 pm. Registration forms are available online.
     For more information about the EXPO or to buy tickets, please contact the chamber at 345-4457 or by email at Information is also available on the chamber’s site at

This Week in the Performing Arts   
     This academic year marks the 75th anniversary of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, and there will be gala concerts in October to celebrate the occasion; more on that later, but first, on Friday, September 18, Benjamin Rhinehart will present a junior piano recital in Pottle Auditorium. 
      September 18
        Benjamin Rhinehart, piano, Junior Recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

This Week in Southeastern Athletics – September 14-20, 2009    

The undefeated Southeastern Louisiana football team will face its toughest test of the season, traveling to face No. 6 Ole Miss to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The Lions (2-0) will meet the Rebels (1-0) at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in Oxford, Miss. Last Thursday, Southeastern senior quarterback Brian Babin tossed five touchdowns and the Lions rolled to a 69-20 win over Union College. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The game will air live on CSS and ESPN Game Plan.

     The men’s golf team will open its fall schedule this week. The Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.

     The women’s soccer team (3-2) will open a season-long four-match home stand with a pair of matches this week at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. On Friday, the Lady Lions host Arkansas-Little Rock at 4:30 p.m. In-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette visits Hammond on Sunday at 1 p.m.

     The volleyball team (2-6) is slated for a busy week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions will host an intra-squad Green and Gold Match at 7 p.m. at the University Center. The Lady Lions will then head to north Louisiana to participate in the Techster Home Tournament at Louisiana Tech. On Friday, Southeastern will face Grambling at 2 p.m. and host Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. The Lady Lions close tournament play on Saturday with a 12 p.m. match versus Tennessee-Chattanooga.

     The men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in their second meet of the season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Mobile, Ala. on Saturday to participate in the Azalea Classic.

Monday, September 14
Men’s Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Tuesday, September 15
Volleyball, Green and Gold Match, University Center, 7 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Friday, September 18
Women’s Soccer, vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Grambling (Louisiana Tech Tournament), Ruston, 2 p.m.
Volleyball, at Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech Tournament), Ruston, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 19
Football, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU) (CSS) (ESPN Game Plan)
Volleyball, vs. UT-Chattanooga (Louisiana Tech Tournament), Ruston, 12 p.m.
Cross Country, at Azalea Classic, Mobile, Ala., All Day

Sunday, September 20
Women’s Soccer, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold

News from the Center for Faculty Excellence:   

Call for Proposals -
The Center for Faculty Excellence announces  2009-10 Enhancement Grants. All full-time university faculty members holding academic rank, excluding those currently holding administrative appointments above the level of department head, are eligible to apply for Enhancement Grants. 
Grants for Teaching Enhancement
The Center solicits proposals to enhance the effectiveness of your teaching and students’ learning in a new or existing course. Funds are available for projects and activities contributing to the advancement of teaching and learning.  Proposed projects may promote service-learning, link community engagement and civic responsibility to the classroom, enhance courses with technology, encourage faculty student research and interaction, and create K 12 and business partnerships for learning. Proposals are limited to a maximum of $500. Funds are for the current fiscal year and must be spent/encumbered by March 15, 2010.  These funds may not be used for certifications, reassign time, travel for presentations or to increase faculty salaries.


Grants for Professional Enhancement
These grants will provide funding for activities contributing to the evolution of the individual faculty member.  This program provides grants up to a maximum of $500 for developing the professional competencies needed to enhance your productivity and effectiveness as a scholar and teacher.  Funding is to develop YOU ---- NOT your research/creative projects. Faculty may request funds for training, training materials, travel to participate in workshops on teaching, student learning, writing for publication, becoming a better researcher, faculty mentoring, course design, etc. Funds are for the current fiscal year and must be spent/encumbered by March 15, 2010.  These funds may not be used for certifications, reassign time, travel for presentations or to increase faculty salaries.

Complete applications must be received by Midnight, Sept. 28 and must include:
1) a cover page faxed to the Center @ 5792 and
2) an online application form
Both can be found at:
The budget section of the application form will ask you to enter an expenditure code and corresponding budget category.  Please choose from the list below.

PeopleSoft GL Budget Accounts
Exp. Code      Budget Category
521201            Student Labor
522000            Travel
532000            Xerox Copying
533000            Printing
535000            Rentals (software licenses)
536000            Dues and Subscriptions
539000            Other Services (postage)
540000            Supplies
550000            Professional Services
571000            Capital Outlay – Acq
Please note that we are using a new online submission and review system. We do not anticipate any problems but if they surface, thanks in advance for your patience!
Reporting Procedures: 
In accepting an Enhancement Grant, each recipient agrees to submit to the Center for Faculty Excellence a brief written report within one year after the funded activity. The report should describe the impact of the activity/experience on enhancing you or your teaching. The purpose of this report is to validate the effectiveness of the grant program and to build documentation in support of continued funding for the program.  Faculty who do not submit annual reports will not be eligible for future Center grants.  Grant recipients will also be expected to participate in the Center’s Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research & Creativity designed to highlight the projects and disseminate the results to other Southeastern faculty.

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

     The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to participate in two events to celebrate Constitution Day, a celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The day honors the legacy of the 39 men who signed the document and also gives citizens a chance to reflect on the laws it set in place.  In recognition of Constitution Day, the Center will host:

Event 1-   A Faculty Contest
The Center will sponsor a faculty contest for the most creative Constitution Day classroom activity. The student-centered activity should promote your discipline while providing an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the Constitution. Activities must be presented during the week of September 17. Entries are limited to one page and must include: 1) Overview of the lesson, 2) objective(s) of the activity, and 3) detailed description of the activity and the date it was presented. Activities will be judged on creativity, applicability to discipline, and potential to increase knowledge of the Constitution. The author of the winning lesson will receive a $200 Enhancement Grant from the Center.

     Send entries to by Sept. 23. E-mail should contain your contact information, course name and number, and the title of the activity. Attach the one-page activity to the e-mail as a Word document. The attachment should have no identifying information. Winners will be announced Sept. 28.

Event 2- Civic Engagement: Best Practices and Tools You Can Use
Thursday, Sept. 17 - 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Tinsley 103
In this online seminar, Dr. Barbara Jacoby, noted author on civic engagement, explains how to prepare students for lives of civic engagement by providing fundamentals and best practices of civic engagement in higher education. During this interactive 90-minute presentation, you will:
• Learn what civic engagement means and why it’s important
• Hear about outstanding civic engagement initiatives
• Understand how to develop and assess learning outcomes 
• Learn how to integrate opportunities for students to learn about and practice civic engagement
Light Lunch provided. Reserve your spot by calling the Center @ 5791 or email Reservation deadline is Sept. 15.


Back by popular demand!  The Center for Faculty Excellence is offering a:
Certificate for University Teaching and Learning on Course Portfolios
Certificates of University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) is offered by the Center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. This program allows faculty a structured, concentrated way to expand the practice, art and scholarship of teaching and learning. These certificates may be included in your professional portfolio as evidence of your continued professional growth.
Why Course Portfolios?
A portfolio allows you to explore what is really going on in your classrooms---Is what you want to happen really happening?  Make your work visible through a course portfolio.
     Fall 2009 CUTL participants will create a course portfolio over a series of four workshops led by Southeastern’s Heather O’Connell, Department of English and Coordinator of the Center’s Institutes on Teaching and Professional Enhancement (ITPE). The workshops will divide the creation of the course portfolio into a four-step process. 
     The workshops are offered at two different times during the week.  You may attend one, two, three, or four sessions.  Faculty successfully completing all four steps will receive a Certificate of University Teaching and Learning.     
Step 1:  Describing Your Course and Its Goals

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10 -11 a.m. OR Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2-3 p.m.
Step 2:  Describing Your Course Activities
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10-11 a.m. OR Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m.
Step 3: Documenting and Analyzing Student Learning
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10-11 a.m. OR Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2-3 p.m.
Step 4: Sharing and Celebrating Your Work
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10-11 a.m. OR Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2-3 p.m.

For reservations, contact the Center for Faculty Excellence, Ext. 5791 or email  For questions about the workshops and course portfolios, email Heather O'Connell,

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