ByLion--September 8


Naquin Center dedicated

Parking impact Thursday

KSLU wins Communicator Award

Family Day at a glance

Career Fair Sept. 23

Southeastern Channel airs "Growin' Local"

Fall graduation deadline Sept. 15

Honors Program sponsors "Last Lecture Series"

Panama Study Abroad Program

Researchers improve deaf education

Board of Regents grant workshop

Extended Studies courses

This Week in Athletics

Hammond Art Center presents exhibit

Center for Faculty Excellence news

   Naquin Conditioning Center Dedicated
Southeastern cut the ribbon Thursday to officially dedicate the Naquin Strength and Conditioning Center, the latest addition to the university’s athletic facilities.
     With a lead gift donated by Southeastern alumni Ray and Ruth Naquin, construction of the 6,000-square foot facility was funded entirely through private donations. The center is being used by the student-athletes on all of the university’s 15 intercollegiate men’s and women’s teams. Decked out in the university colors of green and gold, the center is located next to Strawberry Stadium and the Dugas Athletic Center building.
     President John L. Crain said the Naquin family supports the university and community in every way. “The saying, ‘Put your money where your mouth is,’ epitomizes the Naquins,” Crain said. “Ray and the Naquin family believe if something is important, then you should do something about it, not just talk about doing so. The Naquin family’s philanthropy not only benefits Lion athletics and Southeastern, but also the Hammond community as a whole. We are extremely proud to add the Naquin family name to this facility.”
     Naquin noted that Southeastern has grown and changed tremendously from when he first started at the university in 1952 as a freshman from Thibodaux. After playing on the football team in 1952 and 1953, he entered military service and returned to Southeastern to graduate in 1958.
      “It gives me a great deal of warmth, pride and satisfaction to be a part of Southeastern and what it is doing for the area,” Naquin added.
     Prior to the opening of the Naquin Center, student-athletes worked out in the university’s Recreation Center, a building built in 1940 and affectionately known as the “Old Men’s Gym,” which operated with no air conditioning.
      “It’s huge what this new center has meant to our players,” said Scott Reeves, head strength and conditioning coach. “The air conditioning alone is a tremendous boost to the ability to maximize their training and conditioning.
      “Our student-athletes really appreciate this facility,” he added, “and see it as support from the community and the university for our programs. They see it as a privilege to be able to work out in a center like this.”

(1)Hammond businessman Ray Naquin cuts the ribbon officially dedicating the Naquin Strength and Conditioning Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. Participating in the event are, from left, strength and conditioning coach Scott Reeves, Marcus Naquin, Interim Athletic Director Tim Baldwin, Naquin and his wife Ruth, Michelle Naquin Cartier, Southeastern President John L. Crain, and Anna Woodall, assistant to the athletic director.         (2) (2)Southeastern Louisiana University strength and conditioning coach Scott Reeves demonstrates a conditioning technique in the newly dedicated Naquin Strength and Conditioning Center. Observing are, from left, Southeastern President John L. Crain, Athletic Director Tim Baldwin and Hammond businessman Ray Naquin.


(1)Hammond businessman Ray Naquin cuts the ribbon officially dedicating the Naquin Strength and Conditioning Center. Participating in the event are, from left, strength and conditioning coach Scott Reeves, Marcus Naquin, Interim Athletic Director Tim Baldwin, Naquin and his wife Ruth, Michelle Naquin Cartier, President John L. Crain, and Anna Woodall, assistant to the athletic director.

(2)Southeastern strength and conditioning coach Scott Reeves demonstrates a conditioning technique in the newly dedicated Naquin Strength and Conditioning Center. Observing are, from left, President John L. Crain, Athletic Director Tim Baldwin and Hammond businessman Ray Naquin.

   Southeastern parking and traffic to be impacted by Thursday game

Parking areas around Strawberry Stadium will be restricted beginning Thursday afternoon in preparation for the Lions’ game against Union (Ky.) College at 7 p.m.

     Beginning at 2 p.m., parking areas around Strawberry Stadium will be restricted or closed, including the Baseball Field parking lot, parking spaces on Western Ave between Dyson Hall and Strawberry Stadium, the North Spruce Street Extension lot between the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics and The Inn (the former President’s House) and the third and fourth floors of the Parking Garage.

     All students parking in the garage will enter and exit on the south side of the facility, utilizing Galloway Drive near the Dugas Center. The Lion Traxx Shuttle Stop No. 4 near Strawberry Stadium will be temporarily relocated to Western Avenue near the exit from the Baseball Field parking lot.

     Beginning at 4 p.m., Western Avenue will be closed from North General Pershing St. to North Oak Street for pre-game festivities. Alternate parking for students and faculty members with Thursday evening classes will be available in the gravel parking area across from Garrett Hall on Texas Avenue, the parking lots adjacent to the Recreation Center, parking spaces in Azalea Circle near Pursley Hall and the Southeastern Hall parking lot.

   KSLU wins 2009 Communicator ‘Silver Award of Distinction’
Southeastern Louisiana University’s public radio station, 90.9 KSLU, has received an Award of Distinction from the International Communicator Awards.
     This is the second time the station was honored with an International Communicator Award for “Rock School,” a weekly one-hour show that airs Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. and features classic rock music and little-known facts about legendary artists. Hosted by Chad (“Chad P”) Pierce, KSLU underwriting representative, and Southeastern communication professor Joe Burns, the show was first broadcast in spring 2007 and has since aired programs covering over 145 original topics.

   Family Day 2009
The families of Southeastern students participated in the spirited fun of college football tailgating Saturday at the university’s annual Family Day. At the tailgate, families received Family Day t-shirts, posed for “party pictures” and group photos, and were entertained with food, music, and activities for children, including interactive games and face painting. 

    A Family Day participant gets her face painted.                     Southeastern mascot, Roomie, posed with families for photos at Family Day.          

   Students, alumni invited to Sept. 23 Career Fair
All Southeastern students and alumni are invited to attend Career Fair 2009, the Office of Career Services's annual university wide 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. 8 & 14   10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m.
Sept. 9,10, & 16  noon to 3 p.m.
Sept. 15  noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 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

The Southeastern Channel on location for the show Backyard Wonders.   Southeastern Channel to air feature on locally grown foods
“Growin’ Local,” the latest episode of the Southeastern Channel’s award-winning series “Backyard Wonders” that explores the benefits of buying and eating locally-grown foods, will debut on the Channel at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
    The episode will continue airing for several weeks at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 8 p.m. Mondays, said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational cable access channel.
     “This show will make our viewers more aware of the importance of local foods to area communities and their economies, as well as for their own health and well-being,” Settoon said.



Left:Hammond resident David Quinn and his son Nathan show Southeastern biologist Robert Moreau a handful of chicken feed used to feed and grow chickens in his own backyard. Practices such as eating locally grown food and visiting “pick your own” farms are spotlighted in “Growin’ Local,” the latest episode of the “Backyard Wonders” nature show which airs on the Southeastern Channel. Taping the segment are, from left, producer Josh Kapusinski and videographer Jamie Bass.     

   Sept. 15 deadline to apply for Fall 2009 Graduation
September 15 is the final day that Southeastern students can apply to graduate in fall 2009. The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LEOnet campus accounts and choosing the ‘Apply for Graduation’ option. Instructions are available on the “Current Students” link (“Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation”) at or by calling Southeastern’s Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066/62.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
     Fall commencement exercises are scheduled for December 12 at the University Center.
   Honors Program sponsors “Last Lecture Series” 
Beginning this fall, the Honors Program is sponsoring a new lecture series called the “Last Lecture Series.” The series was inspired by Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, who learned in 2006 that he had terminal pancreatic cancer. On Sept. 18, 2007, he gave an inspired lecture, “The Last Lecture:  Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” which became a YouTube sensation.  Before his death in 2008, he co-authored The Last Lecture which became a best-seller.
     Inspired by the late Pausch, the Honors Department asked some of Southeastern’s best professors, “If you had one last lecture to give, what would you say?” All are invited to hear how these faculty members responded.
     “This lecture series provides an opportunity to learn how some of Southeastern’s best professors view their discipline and their role as faculty members in the larger scope of our university, our community, and the lives of our students,” said Kent Neuerburg, Honors Program director. “Think about how challenging it will be for these professors to distill the essence of their teaching and research and show how their chosen discipline plays a vital role in each of our lives.  Given this opportunity, what would you say?”
     The first speaker in this series will be Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez of the Department of History and Political Science.  This free lecture is open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 15 in the Student Union Theatre. The Honors Program plans to sponsor one lecture per semester.
   Panama Study Abroad Program
During this summer’s Panama Study Abroad program, students enjoyed a friendly and informal conversation with the Vice President of the Republic of Panama, Samuel Lewis Navarro. Students were also treated to a tour of one of the Panama Canal expansion sites by the head engineer in charge of the multi-billion dollar expansion.  The program is directed by Dr. Russell McKenzie, assistant professor of Economics and Dr. Tará Burnthorne Lopez, assistant professor of Marketing.


(1)Directors of the Panama Study Abroad Program, Dr. Tará Burnthorne(2) Panama Study Abroad students with the head engineer for the Panama Canal expansion overlooking part of the expansion.

(1) Directors of the Panama Study Abroad Program, Dr. Tará Burnthorne Lopez (Assistant Professor of Marketing) and Dr. Russell McKenzie (Assistant Professor of Economics) with the Vice President of the Republic of Panama, Samuel Lewis Navarro.

(2) Panama Study Abroad students with the head engineer for the Panama Canal expansion overlooking part of the expansion.

   Southeastern researchers explore approach to improve deaf education
In a unique approach to deaf education, two members of Southeastern’s education faculty are using technology common in logistics and supply chain management to improve instruction in sign language for young deaf children.
     With a $390,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, assistant professors Robert Hancock and Becky Sue Parton are looking to build on their earlier research that combines radio frequency identification (RFID) technology with common objects in a goal to help deaf children learn American Sign Language (ASL) more efficiently.
   Board of Regents Grant Workshop
Representatives from the Board of Regents will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon to meet with faculty/staff interested in applying for BoRSF funding.  The workshops will be in the War Memorial Student Union, rooms 228 and 299.  This is a great opportunity to discuss grant ideas and ask questions.  For more information, contact the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at ext. 5312 or e-mail    
Board of Regents 2009-2010 Eligible Disciplines are:
Research & Development (RCS) & Industrial Ties (ITRS) Programs: Chemistry; Health & Medical Sciences; Engineering B (Industrial, Materials, Mechanical, etc.); Biological Sciences (eligible every year); Computer & Information Sciences (eligible every year); Earth/Environmental Sciences (eligible every year) Note: the mandatory Notice of Intent is due to the BoR by Friday, Sept. 11.  Contact OSRP immediately if you are planning to apply.
Enhancement Program: Agricultural Sciences; Arts; Earth/Environmental Sciences; Engineering A (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, etc.); Health & Medical Sciences; Multidisciplinary.
   Extended Studies announces upcoming courses

Introduction to Massage Therapy: meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 9 – Oct. 28, 3:30-4:30 pm, in Fayard Hall 217.  Instructor Somiya Thomas, a licensed massage therapist, will give participants practical experience in basic massage techniques.

Beginning Guitar: meets on Mondays, Sept. 14 – Oct. 19, 7-8 pm, in Fayard Hall 217.  Instructor Stan Hebert, a local musician and business owner, will teach participants strumming patterns, chords, and note reading.  Participants must be at least 12 years old and have own playable instrument.

Other courses beginning in September include Microsoft Word and Excel classes offered in Hammond, the Livingston Center and at the St. Tammany Center, as well as painting and photography courses.

For a full list of courses offered during the fall semester, visit the non-credit link on the Extended Studies website: or call 985-549-2301/1-800-256-2771.

   This Week in Southeastern Athletics – September 7-13, 2009

The Southeastern football team returns to action on Thursday, hosting Union College at 7 p.m. to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics. Thursday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The Southeastern Channel will also air the game on tape delay.

     Women’s soccer (1-2) will hit the road for a pair of matches this week. On Friday, the Lady Lions head to Grambling at 4 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe will play host to Southeastern on Sunday at 1 p.m.

    On Tuesday, the Southeastern volleyball team (1-6) will head to Southern for a 7:30 p.m. match with the Lady Jaguars in its lone match of the week.

     Fresh off a strong performance at the season-opening McNeese State Invitational, the Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country team will head to Ruston to compete in the Louisiana Tech Invitational on Saturday.

Tuesday, Sept. 8
Volleyball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 10
Football, vs. Union College, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)

Friday, Sept. 11
Women’s Soccer, at Grambling, Ruston, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 12
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Louisiana Tech Invitational, Ruston, All Day

Sunday, Sept. 13
Women’s Soccer, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold

   Hammond Arts Center hosts exhibit
The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) is hosting “nma@selu,” an exhibition Sept. 11 – Oct. 10 showcasing student and faculty work from the New Media and Animation Program in the Department of Visual Arts. With a focus on digital technologies, the New Media and Animation Program provides students an opportunity to explore contemporary methods and platforms for creative expression within a fine arts context. The student work in the exhibition reflects course work from all levels in the program.

     Professors John Valentino and Edward Morin will exhibit projects representing their current artistic endeavors within the discipline. Work featured encompasses a range of media formats, including print, video, sound design, animation, kinetic sculpture, 3D rapid prototyping, and interactive multimedia. The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Arts Center, with pizza compliments of Agape Pizza in Hammond.

     Gallery Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sat. For more information call 542-7113 or e-mail The HRAC is located across the street from the Columbia Theatre at 217 East Thomas Street in downtown Hammond.

(1) The video still, “Mechanica,” by senior Joseph Roussell will be on display at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.(2) Edward Morin’s still animation piece, “away we go,” will be part of the exhibition as well.

(1) The video still, “Mechanica,” by senior Joseph Roussell will be on display at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
(2) Edward Morin’s still animation piece, “away we go,” will be part of the exhibition as well.

   This week at 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

     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 September 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, Sep. 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 September 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,

Professional Activities
     Dr. Robert R. Kraemer was coauthor on a paper, “Hormonal and metabolic responses to slow movement resistance exercise with different durations of concentric and eccentric actions,” published recently in the European Journal of Applied Physiology with colleagues Kazushige Goto of Waseda University and Naokata Ishi of the University of Tokyo in Japan. Kraemer also coauthored a paper with Abbass Ghanbari-Niaki from the University of Mazandaran, Baboulsar, Mazandaran, Iran, “Treadmill training enhances rat agouti-related protein in plasma and reduces ghrelin levels in plasma and soleus muscle,” that was recently accepted for publication in the journal Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental. Kraemer also was coauthor with Dr. Ghanbari-Niaki on another paper, "Treadmill exercise reduces agouti-related protein (AGRP) expression in the rat liver," that was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. In addition, Kraemer was an invited presenter in a symposium at the recent meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Seattle. The title of the paper was “How does my stomach know what my muscles need? Effect of exercise on hunger/satiety hormones.”
     Dr. Bonnie Lewis (Sociology & Criminal Justice and Director of the Southeastern Social Science Research Center), Dr. John Boulahanis (Sociology & Criminal Justice), and Ms. Erin Matheny (Director of  SSSRC’s Northlake Homeless Management Information System Data project) published an article titled “Joined-Up Governance: Mandated Collaboration in US Homeless Services” in The International Journal of Public Sector Management (Vol. 22, No. 5, 2009).
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology & Criminal Justice) co-edited a special issue of Southern Rural Sociology on the Missouri School of Agrifood Studies and co-authored two manuscripts in it (with John Green, Delta State University @
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