ByLion--April 12


Summer work schedule

Moxie Dance Project April 14

E-brochure launched

Mama's Night Out April 16

National Library Week at Sims

Holocaust lecture Wednesday

CPTP programs available

Faculty Excellence news

Managing across generations

Upcoming Encore! events

Bunko for Basketball

This week in athletics

Students tour Angola

Alpha Phi Sigma inductees

Professional activities

Summer work schedule announced   

Effective May 16, the university will begin a four-day workweek (10 hour/day) with closure on Friday. The officially recognized work schedule for employees will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The university will resume a five-day workweek on August 8.
     It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to special circumstances. The university has a Flexible Work Hours Policy to facilitate such requests. The policy is located on the Human Resources Web site.   
     The university will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, as a Presidential Closure day. The university will also be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day, which is a designated holiday with pay.

Southeastern’s Moxie Dance Project presents “Visions”   Moxie Dance Project presents "Visions"

Southeastern’s Moxie Dance Project will present their spring concert, “Visions,” April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The concert includes the genres of contemporary, improvisation, contemporary jazz, and contemporary ballet and features choreography by Southeastern dance faculty members Dana Brewer-Plazinic and Martie Fellom.
     Student choreographers who are also performing in the concert include Kaitlyn Blanchard, Kentwood; Danielle Boudreaux, Joeffery Harris Jr., and Crystal Schayot, New Orleans; Kaleigh Brandt, Slidell; Nicole Judson of Baton Rouge; Kelly Maloney of Springfield, Larry Montelongo of Slidell; and Brittany Zacary of Mandeville.
     “Many of the choreographers incorporated other art forms or the use of media or technology within their work,” said Dana Brewer Plazinic. “Moxie Dance Project is interested in challenging the choreographer and performer to present work in an original and unique way. Dr. Fellom will present an improvisational piece featuring dancers, musicians and actors.”
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VISIONS OF DANCERS – The Moxie Dance Project will present their spring concert “Visions” on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Dancers performing include, bottom row, from left, Larry Montelongo and Nicole Judson; second row, from left, Kelly Maloney, Kaleigh Brandt and Danielle Boudreaux; and top row, from left, Crystal Schayot, Kaitlyn Blanchard, Jeoffery Harris Jr., and Brittany Zacary.

Southeastern launches electronic brochure for recruitment   
Southeastern has launched an electronic brochure to enhance its student recruitment efforts.
     The Web-based brochure can be viewed at
     “Most prospective students today are evaluating colleges and universities, at least in part, by their on-line presence,” said Tammy Bourg, Southeastern provost and vice president for academic affairs. “In addition to our general Web site, which provides comprehensive details on all aspects of the university, we wanted to have an on-line brochure that gives prospective students a quick overview of Southeastern.”
     The new Web site includes pages that address general information and “quick facts” about the university, including information about admissions, financial aid, tuition and fees. Also included are brief academic department-by-department profiles and pages dedicated to student organizations, athletics and general student life.
     “We recognize that today’s students want information that is on-line and easily retrievable,” said Jeff Rhodes, dean of enrollment management. “We designed this site to achieve that goal, providing links that students can go to for additional information.”
     The new site eventually will replace the university’s traditional “viewbook,” which is generally used at high school recruiting visits and in response to inquiries.
     “Our restricted state budgets were certainly a factor in making this move,” said Rhodes, noting the change will save a significant printing expense. “The new Web site can be easily changed and updated as warranted.”

Mama needs a night out at Columbia Theatre April 16Mama's Night Out at Columbia Theatre April 16   
Three funny moms take center stage at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on April 16. “Mama’s Night Out” will provide an evening of non-stop laughter at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theater.
     Moms and dads alike will enjoy the comedic performances of Karen Morgan, Nancy Witter and Sherry Davey, finalists in Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” All three comediennes were selected as finalists from over 1,000 entries, and they have more than 25 years of collective stand-up comedy experience. Friends ever since the filming, the southerner, sassy Brit and native New Yorker see the humor in everyday life and aren’t afraid to share it.
     “Being a mom is a stressful proposition, but it helps if you can giggle about it,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “Mamas of all ages will love this hilarious show.”
     Tickets for “Mama’s Night Out” are $39, Loge; $35, Orchestra; and $31, Balcony. Tickets are available at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas Street, at, or by calling the box office at 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times.
     For information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call (985) 543-4366.

TREAT MAMA TO A NIGHT OF LAUGHTER – Karen Morgan, far left, Nancy Witter and Sherry Davey will give theater goers a night of non-stop laughter when they take the stage to present “Mama’s Night Out” at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre April 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at or at 985-543-4371.

National Library Week events at Sims Memorial Library   

This week is National Library Week. Please look over the following schedule of events and be sure to stop by the Library. This year’s National Library Week theme is “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.”
     Schedule of Events:
April 11-17
Fine Free Week - Return overdue books during Fine Free Week and have your late fees forgiven on the spot.
April 12
Guitar Concert - Join us for a joint guitar recital by Patrick Hammett and Matthew Ohrberg, students of Patrick Kerber, Southeastern Music faculty, and enjoy some National Library Week cake at noon.
Baton Rouge Nursing Library – The Nursing Library will celebrate with a reception and cake from 9 a.m. - noon.
April 13
Readings at Sims Library - Come hear selections of favorite poems read by librarians, students, and faculty members in “Not My Words” at 7 p.m. There will be a drawing for door prizes and light refreshments served.
April 14-15
Book Sale - Support Sims Library and get some great books at unbeatable prices from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Cash only please.
April 16
Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity - Join faculty from across campus on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this year’s “Share Fair” hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence. Posters featuring faculty projects and research will be displayed throughout the first and second floors of the library and a SecondLife demonstration will take place on the big screen TV in the lobby. 
     A special section of service-learning/civic engagement posters will highlight Southeastern’s connection to our community.  Light refreshments will be served.
     For additional information please call extension 2027, or visit

‘Catholic Church and the Holocaust’ topic of lecture at Southeastern

A scholar who specializes in Roman Catholic-Jewish relations will present the Yom Hashoah (“Holocaust Remembrance Day”) Lecture at Southeastern on Wednesday, April 14.
     The Rev. Kevin P. Spicer, associate professor of history at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., will discuss “The Catholic Church and the Holocaust” at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The lecture is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and the Campus Outreach Lecture Program of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
     Spicer is an accomplished researcher who has focused on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the German state under National Socialism. His books include Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin. 
     Spicer, a priest in the Congregation of the Holy Cross order, chairs Stonehill College’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee, which promotes understanding and discussion between members of both traditions in the college and surrounding communities. He is a member of the Church Relations Committee of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
CPTP programs available on campus through June   
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 in an effort to make them more accessible to Southeastern employees. Courses are offered for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. 
     Topics offered through June 23 include: Addressing Emotions at Work, Building Better Performance through Employee Skill Development, Dealing with Change, Documenting for Performance & Discipline, Effective Conflict Resolution, Managing Across Generations, Managing Work Time, PPR for Supervisors and Professionalism and Productivity for Non-Supervisors. A link to detailed descriptions of the programs follows:
     Advance registration is required for these programs, and space is limited. For more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771. 
Center for Faculty Excellence News   

The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting a service-learning series called “Paws for Service.” The series will take place April 14-16 in Tinsley Hall and in Sims Memorial Library. All series events are free, but participants should RSVP at or at extension 5791.

     For more information about service learning visit

The scheduled activities include:
Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know
April 14, 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103
Lunch will be provided. The on-line seminar will address how to implement service-learning into academic courses. Dr. Anna Kleiner and Dr. Minh Huynh, members of Southeastern’s Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Committee, will facilitate the discussion following the seminar.

April 15, 10 a.m., Tinsley Hall, room 103
A Southeastern team of faculty and staff recently attended the Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education thanks to ULS Serves travel grants from the University of Louisiana System. Team members included Karin Eberhardt of Visual Arts, Celina Echols of Educational Leadership and Technology, Joe Rodrigues of Psychology, Tonia Vessel of Nursing, Tena Golding of Mathematics, and Alexandra Raphael of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Attendees can meet the team and join the conversation of shared ideas for engaging more faculty and students in service-learning.

Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity
April 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sims Memorial Library
Join faculty from across campus for this year’s “Share Fair.” Posters featuring faculty projects and research will be displayed throughout the first and second floors of the library. A SecondLife demonstration will take place on the big screen TV in the lobby. A special section of service-learning/civic engagement posters will highlight Southeastern’s connection to the community. Light refreshments will be served.

Managing across generations workshop   
The Human Resources Office and the Louisiana Comprehensive Public Training Program are sponsoring a program on campus Friday, April 16 entitled “Managing across Generations.” Scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the class will meet in the University Center, Room 139. 
     The one-day class enables participants to identify and understand the characteristics of the four generations in the workforce. It also provides information and strategies for managing across generations, communicating with and identifying motivators for each generation, and dealing with conflict across the generations. 
     The program is open to faculty or staff in supervisory positions. Pre-registration is required by the state.
     For registration information, please contact Jan Ortego in the training section of the Human Resources office at extension 5771 or at

Upcoming Encore! events   
Encore events are free unless price information is listed.
April 14 -- Moxie Dance Project: “Visions,” Dana Brewer, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are $4, general admission; $2, senior citizens/faculty/staff/non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free with ID.
April 15 -- Faculty Recital: David Bernard, baritone, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
April 19 -- Bill Evans Jazz Festival, Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
April 20 -- Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, Yakov Voldman, director, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $10, reserved seating; all students are free.

May 8 ‘Bunko for Basketball’ to support Lady Lions Basketball scholarshipsBunko for Basketball May 8   
Tickets are now on sale for the third annual “Bunko for Basketball,” a scholarship fundraiser for the Southeastern Lady Lions basketball program.
     Sponsored by the Lady Lions’ mentoring and support group PRIDE (Positive Role Models Involved in the Development of Excellence), Bunko for Basketball will take place Saturday, May 8, at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks.
     Tickets for the evening of fun and fundraising are $30 per person for the adults-only event, which will feature hor d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. Doors at Twelve Oaks will open at 6:30 p.m., with the popular Bunko games beginning at 7 p.m.
     During Bunko for Basketball, PRIDE will also draw the winning ticket for a 2009 Genuine 50cc scooter, provided by Big Easy Scooters and Cycles of New Orleans. Scooter raffle tickets are $5 and can be obtained from PRIDE members and at Southeastern’s Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities, room 110 in the War Memorial Student Union.
     All Bunko for Basketball and raffle proceeds will go to the PRIDE Scholarship fund. Last year’s Bunko earned $17,000 for the scholarship, which provides Lady Lions basketball players with financial support for post sports eligibility coursework. Since its creation in 2007, the scholarship has been awarded to three players, who have all earned Southeastern undergraduate degrees.
     For information on Bunko for Basketball and scooter raffle tickets, contact PRIDE Chair Patsy Causey, 985-345-8133.

This week in athletics   

The nationally ranked Southeastern baseball team hosts Alabama and Southland Conference leader Texas State during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 22 Lions (26-7, 10-5 Southland) will open a busy week with a 6 p.m. contest on Tuesday versus Alcorn State, before welcoming the Crimson Tide to Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field for a 7 p.m. meeting on Wednesday. The defending Southland Conference regular season champion Bobcats and the Lions open a three-game league series with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (9-24, 2-14 Southland) also has a busy week ahead, starting with a 4 p.m. contest versus Southern on Wednesday at North Oak Park. On Saturday, the Lady Lions head to Nacogdoches, Texas and open a three-game Southland series versus Stephen F. Austin with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The series concludes with a 12 p.m. matchup on Sunday.
     The Lady Lion women’s tennis team (8-10, 4-5 Southland) will close out its regular season this week. On Monday, Southeastern heads to Southern Miss for a 2 p.m. contest. Over the weekend, the Lady Lions will face Lamar on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be held in Beaumont, Texas.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in Baton Rouge to compete in a pair of meets this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will participate in the LSU Combined Events on Thursday and Friday, before entering the LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday.

Monday, April 12
Women’s Tennis, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)

Wednesday, April 14
Baseball, vs. Alabama, Alumni Field, 7 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Southern, North Oak Park, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 15
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day

Friday, April 16
Baseball, vs. Texas State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day

Saturday, April 17
Baseball, vs. Texas State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Stephen F. Austin (DH), Nacogdoches, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 10 a.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Combined Events, Baton Rouge, All Day

Sunday, April 18
Baseball, vs. Texas State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Texas, 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Criminal Justice students tour AngolaCriminal Justice students tour Angola   
This spring, Criminal Justice Instructor Melanie Norwood took students from her CJ 205: The Corrections Process class to visit three prisons in Louisiana: the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, and the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
     At the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, students took a bus tour through the compound and were able to see where the parole board met. They also viewed the main prison building, Point Lookout (cemetery), Red Hat (an older, highly punitive cell block closed after the 1950s), the electric chair and the generator used to run it, the lethal injection table, death row, the old play yard for children of inmates, the warden’s home, and the dog training compound where attack, guard and drug dogs are bred and maintained by inmates. (They got to play with a few of the puppies.)
     The students also saw mules and Persian horses used by inmates and guards to work in the fields, toured a dorm in use by inmates, saw the rodeo area, watched a line of inmates working in the fields under the watch of armed guards, ate in the prison cafeteria, saw the Catholic chapel, the various crops grown on the premises and the vast array of confiscated weapons, and saw the buggy and the sample casket made by inmates in the museum.

Criminal Justice students inducted into Alpha Phi SigmaCriminal Justice students inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma   

Heath Schuller and Melinda Jackson, undergraduate students majoring in Criminal Justice, were recently inducted into Southeastern’s Iota-Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national criminal justice honor society. Established in January 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice.

     The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice recognizes both Heath and Melinda for this prestigious accomplishment.


Pictured at the induction ceremony are, from left, Melanie Norwood, Michael Bisciglia, John Boulahanis, Heath Schuller, Anna Kleiner, Marc Riedel.

Professional activities   
     Two papers by Southeastern faculty members have appeared in the 2010 Refereed Proceedings of the Association for Business Communication Southwestern United States. These proceedings contain competitively selected papers presented at the 37th Conference of the business communication stem of the Federation of Business Disciplines, Dallas, March 3-7. Published were “Professionalism through Performance” by Bobbie Gill Schnepf and Julie Joiner Nunenmacher (Management) and “Business Communication Becomes Business Professional Development: A Sign of the Future?” by Richard David Ramsey (Management).
     Several faculty members and students from the Department of History and Political Science participated in the annual joint meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honorary Society in Lafayette on March 25-27. For the LHA Samuel C. Hyde presented a paper entitled “Factionalism and Finesse in the West Florida Revolt of 1810,” and William B. Robison presented a paper entitled “The British Are Not Coming: Prince Albert, Palmerston, and Civil War Diplomacy.”  In a PAT session, “Louisiana’s Lost Treasure: The Isleños—A Documentary Film,” Robison discussed “Homegrown History: Teaching the Art of Documentary Filmmaking;” undergraduate students Samantha Perez (History & English) and Joshua Robin (Communication) discussed “Homegrown History: Learning the Art of Documentary Filmmaking” and screened their film, Louisiana’s Lost Treasure: The Isleños; and Charles Elliott served as chair and commentator. Elliott performed the same function in a second PAT session, “Soldiering-Up in Times of Crisis,” which featured presentations by two Southeastern History graduate students: Lori Dumas, “Liberating Dachau: American Soldiers Respond,” and Nicole Dunnaway, “Fought and Lived a Man: Albert D.J. Cashier and Gender Identity.”
     Four members of the College of Business participated in the Federation of Business Disciplines, March 3-6, Dallas. In the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators stem, Dr. Tará Burnthorne Lopez (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) served as a workshop and special sessions coordinator and presented (with Renée Gravois Lee & Michael Pass of Sam Houston State University) “From Transactional to Consultative: A Framework for Structuring Client-Based Projects,” which was part of a workshop on “Client-Based Projects.” In the Association for Business Communication stem, Bobbie Gill Schnepf and Julie Joiner Nunenmacher (Management) presented “Professionalism through Performance”; their paper was part of a session titled “Paradigm Shift in Business Communication,” the chair of which was Dr. Richard David Ramsey (Management), who presented a paper titled “Business Communication Becomes Professional Business Development: A Sign of the Future?”.
     Dr. Richard Louth (English), Director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, has been notified that the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project has received a grant of $46,000 from the National Writing Project in Berkeley, CA. The grant will support SLWP’s nineteenth annual Invitational Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing (June 21 - July 22), an Advanced Institute for SLWP Teacher Consultants, and a Young Writers’ Program this summer as well as funding workshops and activities conducted for area schools and teachers by the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project during the academic year. The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project is collaboratively supported by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.
     Two members of the English Department presented papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC’s), March 20, on a panel entitled “Writing as Meditation from Place: Situtating the Writing Marathon.” The “New Orleans Writing Marathon” was developed at the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project and is being used as a model at National Writing Project sites across the country as well as area classrooms. Dr. Richard Louth introduced the subject with a paper entitled “What is the ‘New Orleans Style Writing Marathon’?”  Dr. Tasha Whitton presented “From Notebook to Network: Writing Marathons and the Internet.” In addition, the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project recently released a book anthologizing essays by over a dozen area teachers who use writing marathons in their classrooms. Entitled “I'm a Writer: Essays on the Writing Marathon and Why We Write,” the book is available on LULU.COM. Southeastern faculty included in the book are Louth, Whitton, Dr. Beth Calloway, and Megan Pourciau Eddy.
     Dr. Richard Louth (English) served as a moderator on a short story panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival entitled “The Long and Short of It” on March 27. During the panel, Louth interviewed short story writers Jill McCorkle and Barb Johnson.
   Dr. Paula S. Currie, (Communication Sciences & Disorders) had two proposals accepted for presentations at the 14th Biennial Conference ISAAC 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. The presentations are titled, “Modeling Best Practice: Students’ Ratings Guide Training in Knowledge/Skills for Persons with Severe Disabilities” and “Wii Hab for Adults with Severe Developmental Disabilities”.
     During the week of April 5, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and the Tchefuncte River Light Station participated in the filming of the Warner Brothers production of “The Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds. Dr. Jay Martin (History) was an advisor for local logistics while the museum served as part of the local base camp. The lighthouse is the backdrop for several scenes filmed in Madisonville. The feature film will tentatively be released in June 2011.
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) published a paper entitled “Al4- cluster anion: Electronic structure, excited states, and electron detachment” in The Journal of Physical Chemistry(
     Dr. Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) was accepted as a full member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society’s international honor society of science and engineering that recognizes individuals who have shown noteworthy achievement as an original investigator in a field of pure or applied science.

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