ByLion--September 21


ACT scores rise

Health Officials talk "flu"

Career Fair Wednesday

Miss Southeastern 2010

Livestrong Day

Administration & Finance Service Awards

Delta Tau Delta pledge pinning

Male Health Clinic

Who's Who nominations

CPTP programs

Maritime Museum special events Saturday

Southeastern receives recognition

This week in the Performing Arts

Professional activities

This week in Athletics

Faculty Excellence news

ACT Scores continue to rise, enrollment steady    

The ACT scores among incoming freshmen at Southeastern continue to climb, a sign the university is attracting increasing numbers of highly prepared students, Southeastern officials announced today.

     Average composite ACT scores for new freshmen reached 21.7, an increase over last year’s 21.4 average. The score is above both state (20.1) and national (21.1) averages.

     “On a 36-point scale, this is significant,” said Stephen Soutullo, assistant vice president for enrollment management. “It’s an indication more and more highly prepared students are choosing Southeastern, which has been the focus of our recruitment strategies in recent years.”

     Highly qualified students – those with ACT composite scores of 24 and above – showed an increase of nearly 10 percent, rising from 634 to a record 696, according to the university’s official enrollment report.

     “The number one indicator of a student’s potential success in college is his or her preparation in high school,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “We’re pleased to see that our incoming freshmen ACT scores have shown steady increases in recent years. As greater numbers of our new students are highly prepared to be successful, we should continue to see further increases in our retention, progression and graduation rates.”

     “In fact, the number of continuing students increased significantly, almost 6 percent, over last year, a clear indication our retention efforts are effective in providing the support students need to stay in school and make progress toward their degrees,” stated Soutullo.

     “The enrollment report shows increases in the number of students in all classifications except freshmen,” he added. “Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate student classifications increased from 2 percent among juniors to 3.6 percent among seniors.”

     Crain said Southeastern’s enrollment profile shows a record number of students attending on the state’s TOPS program, 3974 students compared to last year 3,795, a 4.7 percent increase. 

     The university's overall headcount remained steady at 15,160, a slight 0.4 percent decrease from last year's numbers. Student credit hour production increased this fall as more highly prepared students tend to enroll in more courses, Crain added. 

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Health Officials on campus to talk ‘flu’   

Representatives of the state’s Office of Public Health will be on campus Wednesday to answer students’ questions about H1N1 influenza, commonly know as “Swine Flu.”

     The public health officials will staff an exhibit in the Student Union Mall from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. where they will show a brief video, distribute educational literature, and address concerns students and others may have about the current influenza outbreak and the prospects for this year’s seasonal flu.

     The visit is being sponsored by the University Health Center as part of its efforts to ensure that students are well informed about influenza and the steps they can take to minimize their risk. Students seeking additional information are encouraged to visit the following Web sites, considered to be reliable sources of up-to-date information:

     Southeastern health officials said that fewer than 40 students have reported exhibiting flu-like symptoms, and most were commuter students. Faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to stay home if they show signs of the flu.

Southeastern students, alumni invited to Career Fair Sept. 23   

All Southeastern students and alumni are invited to attend Career Fair 2009, the Office of Career Services’ annual university wide career event.

     With well over 100 organizational participants, Career Fair 2009 will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.

     Representatives from various companies and hospitality, government, business, engineering, finance and banking industries will be onsite to answer questions and take resumes. 

     To get the most out of the fair, students and alumni should dress professionally; bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.

     Resume FAQs and samples are also available at For additional information on Career Fair 2009, visit or contact Career Services at (985) 549 2121 or

Kayleigh Aguilar Alexandra "Lexie" Casarez Kristina Colletta Anna deTiege Brittany Dugas Heather Gonzalez Ariel Gradnigo Opal Guillory Suzanne Haslauer










Paige Johnson Dynnishea Jones Gabreille Palma Katie Rylee Lacey Sanchez Crystal Schayot Lacie Thomas Mariah White Brittany Woods











Eighteen students vie for Miss Southeastern crown   

For the first time in Miss Southeastern history, 18 students will compete for the title. Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, Miss Southeastern 2009, will crown her successor in the annual Southeastern pageant, scheduled for Sept. 26, 7 p.m., at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Preliminary competition will take place Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Pottle.

     The pageant has been a part of Southeastern’s history since 1949 and a Miss America preliminary since 1962. The pageant is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. General admission is $5 each night, free for Southeastern students, faculty and staff.

     The theme of the 2010 Pageant is “A Girl For All Seasons,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.

     Emcees for the event are Miss Louisiana 2008 Blair Abene, a Southeastern voice performance major and Miss Southeastern 2006, and Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Division of Extended Studies.

     Contestants for the 2010 title are junior marketing major Kayleigh Aguilar of Belle Chase; sophomore kinesiology major Alexandra “Lexie” Casarez of Baton Rouge; sophomore family and consumer science major Kristina Colletta of LaPlace; senior communication major Anna deTiege of Mandeville; senior organizational communication major Brittany Dugas of Covington; junior mass communication major Heather Gonzalez of Hammond; freshman social work major Ariel Gradnigo of Opelousas; junior history major Opal Guillory of Denham Springs; junior accounting major Suzanne Haslauer of Slidell; senior family and consumer sciences major Paige Johnson of Hammond; senior nursing major Dynnishea Jones of Baton Rouge; freshman mass communication major Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville; freshman biology major Katie Rylee of Ponchatoula; sophomore biology major Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge; freshman general studies major Crystal Schayot of Slidell; sophomore communication science and disorders major Lacie Thomas of Denham Springs; freshman biochemistry major Mariah White of Denham Springs; and senior education major Brittany Woods of Houma.

     Leader said the pageant will again feature the “People’s Choice Award” as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America national platform, Children's Miracle Network.

     “The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the People’s Choice Award,” Leader said. The donations will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

     Containers for donations in each 2010 contestant's name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant.

     Miss Southeastern 2010 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant June 24-26 in Monroe.

     For additional information, call 549-3805.

Kinesiology Department going yellow for Livestrong Day   

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies will host and celebrate its first Livestrong Day Wednesday, Oct. 7, in support of cancer awareness and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

     Hosted by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies Club, faculty, Student Athletic Training Association and the Sports Management Association, the celebration will feature a campus run/walk, performances by student organizations and a community-wide “Wearing Yellow” competition.

     “We have all been affected by cancer, so we feel strongly about supporting this event,” said Jennifer Jeansonne, assistant professor of kinesiology and health studies.

     Students, faculty, staff and the community are encouraged to wear yellow and participate in the campus run/walk starting at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Community children will participate in a half-mile run around the stadium track followed by a one-three mile adult run/walk around the Southeastern campus.

     During this time, student organizations will demonstrate fun exercise habits by showcasing step performances, dance routines and jump roping skills.

     “Gold and Green” t-shirts are also available for a $15 donation and Jeansonne encourages everyone to show support by wearing one to work, class and Livestrong Day events. Those who place an order before Sept. 18 will be guaranteed a shirt; proceeds will be donated to the LAF for program support.

     Campus departments, organizations and local businesses interested in participating in the “Wearing Yellow” competition, run/walk, t-shirt donation or performance showcase should contact Jeansonne at or call 549-3873.

(1)Susan Courtney, Todd Castiglia, Glenda Harris, Keonta Frazier, Joe Freeman, Garry Thurmond, Mae Everett, Ronald Stokes and Stephen Smith(2)Ten Year Award Recipients

(3) Fifteen Year Award recipients(4)Twenty year award recipients


(1) Five Year Award recipients from left are: Susan Courtney, Todd Castiglia, Glenda Harris, Keonta Frazier, Joe Freeman, Garry Thurmond, Mae Everett, Ronald Stokes and VP Stephen Smith.  Not pictured are: Barbara Franklin, Jennifer Wages and Allison Blache.

(2) Ten Year Award recipients from left are: Paulette Smith, Sheryl Baham Francis, Nettie Burchfield, Dorothy Caves, Nikki Eames, Russell Evans and VP Smith.   Not pictured are: Dianne Dyson, Ruby Giles, Michael Lucito and Delester May.

(3) Fifteen Year Award recipients from left are: Sandy Beavers, Connie Davis, Jacqueline Allbritton, Debra Dickerson, Gloria Pitts, Barry Williams and VP Smith.  Not pictured are: Tommy Giluso and George Smith.

(4) Twenty Year Award recipients from left are: Clarice Blades, who received a 35 Year Award in August, Janet Danna, Carol Perry, Dorothy Burton, Laura Lips, Bobby Jones and VP Smith. Not pictured are: Lessie Baham, Bobby Bourn, John D. Coyne and Joe Drago.

Division of Administration and Finance Service Awards   

The Division of Administration and Finance held its Service Award Ceremony Sept. 14 in the Alumni Center.  Vice President Stephen Smith recognized thirty-nine division employees who have been employed at the University from five to thirty-five years.  Their combined service totals 490 years. 

     A reception honoring these employees was held immediately following the awards presentation.

     Above are pictures of the employees by years of service.  Those with 25 years and more were honored at the President’s Convocation and Investiture on Aug. 14, and their photos appeared in a previous issue of the By-Lion.

Delta Tau Delta invites campus to pledge pinning   

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the new members of Delta Tau Delta will be recognized during their formal pinning ceremony. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

     Members of the Southeastern family, including faculty, staff and other students, are invited. Those wishing to attend are asked to e-mail the chapter president at

Faculty research results in male health clinic on campus   

After research conducted by Southeastern nursing faculty revealed the need and desire for a clinic geared toward men, the university has opened a male health clinic.

     Results of the study were published in the August regional edition of Advance for Nurses magazine, an industry publication for health care managers and providers.

Designed to meet health care needs specific to college men, the clinic was established after surveys completed by Southeastern male students revealed the need. The research, conducted by School of Nursing professor Barbara Hyde and instructor Michele Ellis, found that college males often neglect their health in large by ignoring yearly physicals. 

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Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges   

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is an annual honors program honoring our nation’s leading college students. Selections to this program are made each fall semester and coordinated by the Office of Greek Life. 

     Administrators, faculty and staff, as well as student organization presidents and/or advisors, are encouraged to nominate students they feel are deserving of this award. Upon being selected for nomination, each student is sent an application to fill out and return to the Greek Life office.

     Note when considering a student for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award, please base it upon the following criteria:

Only upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) and graduate students are eligible. 

Selections should be based on the student’s scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and citizenship and service to the University. 

The student must have a 2.5 adjusted cumulative grade point average to be eligible.

     Awards are presented at the Division of Student Affairs Awards Convocation held the last week of April during the Spring Semester.

CPTP Programs Scheduled on Campus through December   

The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration located in Baton Rouge, is offering a number of free professional development programs on campus. The Human Resources office is pleased to sponsor these programs here in an effort to make them more accessible. Courses are offered for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. 

     Topics offered from Sept. 22 through Dec. 11 include: Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors, Common Myths that Affect Good Supervision, Controlling Absenteeism & Tardiness, Documenting for Performance & Discipline, Individual Differences & Diversity, Managing Work Time Effectively, and Providing Quality Service. Detailed descriptions of the above programs are available at:

     Advance registration is required for these programs and space is limited.  For more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Partners with Smithsonian magazine for Special Events    

On Sept. 26, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will partner with Smithsonian magazine for special events celebrating Smithsonian Museum Day. A celebration of culture, learning, and the dissemination of knowledge, the fifth annual Smithsonian Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based properties. The doors of the museum will be open free to all visitors on Saturday, Sept. 26, during regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     “Smithsonian and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum share the same mission, to educate and inspire,” said Jay Martin, Maritime Museum executive director. “We are glad to offer unique events and activities of local interest this Museum Day.”

     At 10 a.m. the museum will unveil the winners of the 2009 Children’s Art Contest, including the grand prize winner whose design is featured on the new children’s t-shirt. The art contest has become a traditional part of the annual Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, scheduled for Oct. 10-11. The winner this year was eight year old Jennifer Faucheaux of Madisonville, whose original design captured the essence of Louisiana’s maritime heritage from a child’s perspective. T-shirts will go on sale in the museum gift shop directly following the unveiling and will be available at the festival.

     Following the t-shirt unveiling, the museum will highlight its efforts to restore the Tchefuncte River Light Station, one of the foremost beacons of Louisiana’s maritime heritage, by opening the keepers cottage for public viewing for the first time since the restoration project began in 2007. The cottage was built in the 1880s and removed from the lighthouse site in the 1950s. Now on the grounds of the Maritime Museum, the cottage is slated for restoration in 2010 before being moved back to the lighthouse site 1.5 miles south. The cottage will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Southeastern receives recognition as the first and only AAUW Student Affiliate Branch in Louisiana   

Southeastern’s appointed Student Advisory Council (SAC) representative to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), organizational communication senior, Ann O’Connor and AAUW Southeastern Vice President, criminal justice junior Aeriel Robinson, recently attended the annual SAC State meeting at Southern University.  O’Connor, appointed by Southeastern, and other SAC members from Tulane, Loyola, Southern, Nicholls, Our Lady of the Lake, Grambling, LSU-Alexandria, and LSU, discussed the current needs of women actively pursuing degrees and their needs in society. 

     For more information about AAUW-Southeastern, contact Dr. Natasha Whitton at

This Week in the Performing Arts   

On Wednesday, pianists Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will present a lecture recital entitled “American Music: In Tune with Our Times,” Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Annex Recital Hall.  The program will highlight contemporary trends in American musical composition, and feature music for piano four-hands by Edward MacDowell, Douglas Townsend, Daniel Pinkham and John Corigliano.  The recital is free. 

September 23

   Duo pianists Kenneth Boultin and JoAnne Barry, Music Annex RH, 7:30 pm

Professional Activities   

     Dr. Michael Budden (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Clute Institute for Academic Research.

     MBA students Emilija Arnaudovska, Lacey Gonzalez, and Wendy Tumblin, and their professor Dr. Mike Budden have had their article, “Issues Surrounding Accounting Lab and Online Accounting Resource Implementation” published in the American Journal of Business Education, Vol. 2, No. 5, August 2009.

     Paul Frechou (Assistant Director of Bands) and Richard Schwartz (Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz) performed with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra on George Gershwin's “An American in Paris.”  Frechou (bass clarinet) and Schwartz (baritone saxophone) joined the ensemble for the 2009-2010 opening weekend Sept. 12 and 13.

     Dr. Pierre Titard and Mr. James DeFranceschi (Accounting) conducted a continuing professional education session, “Using the Internet to Conduct a Management Accounting Simulation,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association in New York City Aug. 2, 2009.

     Dr. Robert Braun and Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) presented a paper, “Introductory Accounting:  Principles of Financial?” at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association in New York City on Aug. 3, 2009.

     Dr. Robert Braun and Dr. Harold E. Davis (Accounting) presented two papers at the Conferenece on Teaching and Learning in Accounting in association with the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association in New York City, “Using Podcasts: Strategies and Results” on Aug. 1 and “Using Instructor Prepared MP3 Files in an Auditing Class: Learning Outcomes, Student Attitudes, and Procedural Guidance” on Aug. 4.

     Dr. William B. Robison (History and Political Science) recently has presented three lectures in his Gods and Monsters, Wars and Women series for the St Tammany Parish Library: “Monster Movies and History” (Causeway Branch July 21), “The British Are Not Coming: Prince Albert, Palmerston, and Civil War Diplomacy” (Covington Branch July 28), and “Mary Magdalene, The Da Vinci Code, and History” (Slidell Branch August 8).  The series will feature three more lectures: “Pagans, Piety, and Pumpkins: The Horrifying, Holy and Horticultural History of Halloween” (Covington Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.), “It’s Alive! The History of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to Boris Karloff to Mel Brooks and Beyond” (Causeway Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.), and “Was England’s Greatest ‘Renaissance Man’ a Women? Introducing the Real Elizabeth I” (Slidell Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.). He also presented “The British Are Not Coming” to the New Orleans Civil War Round Table” (Sept. 16) and will present a six-week Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Readings in Literature and Culture series, Elizabeth I of England and Her Times, at the Gonzales Branch of the Ascension Parish Library (6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 22).

     Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science and the Tangipahoa Parish School District presented a Teaching American History Grant Teachers Workshop on “The Bill of Rights Yesterday and Today” on Sept.19, featuring William Robison, “The English Bill of Rights and the American Colonies”; Barbara Forrest, “The First Amendment”; Harry Laver, “The Second Amendment”; Peter Petrakis, “The Fourth Amendment”; and Ann Trappey, “The Secret Bill of Teacher Tricks.”

This Week in Southeastern Athletics – September 21-27, 2009   

The Southeastern football team will close out non-conference play at South Dakota during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The Lions (2-1) will head to Vermillion, S.D. on Saturday for a 4:05 p.m. game with USD (2-1). Southeastern will be looking to bounce back from a 52-6 to Ole Miss - FBS’ fifth-ranked team – last Saturday. South Dakota is coming off a 51-21 home win over Drake.

     Last season, Southeastern held off a late rally by the Coyotes and earned a 31-30 win in Hammond. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The game will be televised in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota by Midcontinent Communications.

     The Southeastern volleyball team (4-7) will open Southland Conference play this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions head to Thibodaux for a 7 p.m. match at Nicholls.

     The Southeastern women’s soccer team (4-3) will host a pair on non-conference foes this week. The Lady Lions host Alcorn State on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and Alabama State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

     The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will also be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions are set to compete in the LSU Invitational on Saturday. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 8:35 a.m. followed by the men’s race at 9:45 a.m.


Thursday, September 24

Women’s Soccer, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.


Friday, September 25

Volleyball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 7 p.m.*


Saturday, September 26

Football, at South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., 4:05 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, 9:45 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, 8:35 a.m.


Sunday, September 27

Women’s Soccer, vs. Alabama State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.


*Southland Conference event

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.


Contest: If you participated in the Constitution Day classroom activity contest, remember to submit your entry to by Wednesday, Sep. 23.


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


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) are 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 in your commitment for teaching excellence.


Why Course Portfolios? These portfolios will allow you to explore what is really going on in your classrooms. Is what you want to happen really happening? Teaching requires a lot of intellectual work! Why not make your work visible through a course portfolio!


The Fall 2009 CUTL will allow participants to 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).  Heather has attended national training and has assisted numerous faculty in creating their own course portfolios. The workshops will divide the creation of the course portfolio into a four-step process. To create a course portfolio, participants will describe a particular course, gather evidence from the course, reflect on the teaching and learning outcomes, and share portfolios. 


For your convenience 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,


Blackboard Workshops

Southeastern has installed Blackboard 9 and is currently running a pilot.  The entire campus will be moving to Blackboard 9 starting Jan. 2010.  In preparation for the new application, faculty can obtain training from The Center for Faculty Excellence this semester in two ways.


1)      Participation in a Certificate Program OR

2)      Attending an Overview of the interface and the Grade Center



Certificate For Blackboard 9

These workshops are offered by the Center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. This program allows faculty the opportunity to learn Bb 9 as part of a series of workshops. These certificates may be included in your professional portfolio as evidence of your continued professional growth in your commitment for teaching excellence.

     The Blackboard 9 training will allow participants to learn about how to navigate the interface, how to develop good course design, how to use the assignment & assessment tools, how to use the communication tools and how to keep students on track.  The workshops will be led by center staff over a series of five workshops.

     For your convenience, the workshops are offered at two different times. You may attend one, two, three, four or five sessions. Faculty successfully completing all five steps will receive a certificate of Blackboard 9 training.


Step 1:  Getting Started

Monday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. - noon OR Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


“Getting Started with Blackboard 9” introduces you to the look and feel of the latest version of Southeastern's course management system. You will see how the student sees a course in BB9. You will learn to do the minimal tasks necessary to teach with Blackboard 9, such as adding a syllabus, making announcements, adding tools to course content, sending messages to students, and creating a course menu.


Step 2:  Design & Build

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon OR Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


This module will cover the basics of instructional design, as well as planning, developing, delivering and evaluating an online course using the internal Quality Matters rubric.


Step 3:  Assignments and Assessments

Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon OR Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


This workshop will introduce faculty to the assessment tools in Blackboard 9. Blackboard version 9.0 offers a rich and user friendly interface. The workshop will introduce participants to create, edit, deploy and manage tests and assignments. Blackboard 9 allows faculty to easily alternate between student and instructor “views”. The workshop will discuss the usefulness of this feature in creating various assessment tools and seamlessly integrating them with the course content.


Step 4:  Communication

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon OR Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


Come learn about e-mail communication, the message board, discussion board, blogs and journals and how to collect, review and grade those applications where grading is available.


Step 5:  Keeping Students on Track

Monday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon OR Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.


This workshop is essential for those teaching online and will introduce faculty to the Grade Center, the Performance Dashboard, the Reports, and the Early Warning System


Overview of the Interface and the Grade Center

Choose one of the following:

Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to noon

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to noon

Friday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to noon


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