ByLion--April 19


Administrative Professionals Day

Bill Evans Jazz Festival

Night of Concertos

Strawberry Jubilee

Southeastern writer honored

Ben Nevers Scholarship

Earth Day events scheduled

Southeastern in the news

Southeastern grant recipients

Upcoming Encore! events

Education and H.D. honors students

College of Business honors students

PPR training for supervisors

CPTP programs in May

Faculty Excellence news

This week in athletics

Hyde recognized by Legislature

Professional activities

Southeastern honors Administrative Professionals   
President Crain invites all of Southeastern’s administrative assistants to an Administrative Professionals Day Coffee on Wednesday, April 21, at 9 a.m. at the Alumni Center.

Jazz great Bill Evans honored at annual Southeastern festival    Bill Carrothers
Southeastern will pay homage to jazz legend and alumnus Bill Evans with a festival in his honor this week.
     The ninth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate who was the most influential jazz pianist of his generation. Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
     The 2010 festival will feature a special 7:30 p.m. concert with pianist Bill Carrothers, right, on April 22 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Called “the new monster of the piano” by the French magazine “Telerama,” Carrothers has performed in the world’s most significant jazz venues for over 25 years. 
     Other events associated with the festival include the Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble directed by Richard Schwartz on April 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II with Carrothers on April 23 at 4 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.
     Sponsored by the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee, all festival events are free.
     For more information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at 985-549-2184.

Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to present ‘Night of Concertos’Southeastern Chamber Orchestra   
The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present “A Night of Concertos” in its spring concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20.
     The concert, to be held in Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond, will feature the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Ludwig van Beethoven, said Director Yakov Voldman.
     Two Southeastern students who will graduate this spring – Iya Tsyrkot of Chernovtsy, Ukraine, and Anton Smirnov of Kherson, Ukraine – will each perform solos from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” in the concert. Both violinists, Tsyrkot will play Concerto No. 3 in F Major (“Autumn”), and Smirnov will perform the Concerto No. 1 in E Major (“Spring”) as well as the first movement from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major.
     Other soloists in “The Four Seasons” include Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva of Kherson, Ukraine, on the violin performing the Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (“Summer”); and graduate student Simona Gronic of Kishinev, Republic of Moldova, on the violin playing Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (“Winter”). Rounding out the program will be Dragos Filip of Bucuresti, Romania, playing the cello in Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Major, PV 120; and pianist Liliia Oliinyk of Khereson, Ukraine, performing first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 in E Flat Major (“Empereor”).
     Tickets are available for open seating through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. Southeastern students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371.

Soloists who will be spotlighted at the Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra’s concert on April 20 include, from left, Simona Gronic, Anton Smirnov, Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva, Dragos Filip, Iya Tsyrkot and Liliia Oliinyk.

Join in Strawberry Jubilee fun on Wednesday   
Join the Campus Activities Board in the Student Union Park from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, for the annual Strawberry Jubilee celebration.
     “As always, you will be treated to red beans and rice, delicious Louisiana strawberries and that yummy strawberry cake,” said CAB Director Jason Leader. “And you won't want to miss the annual Strawberry Eating Contest!”
     Call CAB at 549-3805 for more information.

Southeastern writer’s book in Baseball Hall of Fame libraryNorman German   
Southeastern English Professor Norman German’s recently published novel about minor league baseball in the ‘50s has been added to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s library in Cooperstown, N.Y.
     Two copies of “Switch-Pitchers,” German’s book published in January by Bluewater Press, were added to the library’s collection upon the request of Hall of Fame Research Director Tim Wiles after Wiles read a review of the book on the Sport Literature Association’s Web site.
     “It’s an honor for my work to be added to the impressive collection of baseball literature and materials in Cooperstown,” said German. The library houses more than 2.6 million documents, 500,000 photographs and other materials on baseball and its history.
     In his book, described as a “realistic portrayal of racial tension and healing during the Jackie Robinson era in baseball,” German tells a fictional story involving Ernest Hemingway’s effort to smuggle twin pitchers from Cuba to the United States for a shot at major league fame. In the middle of this sibling rivalry, one of the characters reveals his ability to throw equally well, right or left-handed.

     “My dad had a nine-year career as a southpaw and pitched all over the country for the Boston Braves’ minor league affiliates from 1947 to 1955,” German said. “I mined his baseball memorabilia to capture authentic details of baseball during that period.”

     His father ended his career with the Lake Charles Lakers, a team that is revived in “Switch-Pitchers” as the “Lunkers.”
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Transfer scholarship to honor Louisiana Senator Ben NeversBen Nevers Scholarship   
Southeastern’s scholarship program designed to assist qualified students transferring there from Louisiana community colleges has been named in honor of Louisiana Senator Ben Nevers.
     The naming of the program, announced jointly by officials at Southeastern and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), is intended to recognize the Washington Parish-based senator’s longstanding commitment to improvement of education in the state.
     “Southeastern has long been committed to working with students who begin their post-secondary education experience at a community or technical college and then want to continue at the university,” said President John L. Crain. “We have worked closely with our colleagues at LCTCS institutions to better serve Louisiana students, particularly across southeast Louisiana.”
     “This is an incredible opportunity for our community college students as they transfer into the realm of the four-year university,” said LCTCS President Joe D. May. “We often encourage our students to transfer and obtain additional education, and this will definitely make that next step an affordable one. We very much appreciate Southeastern for welcoming our transfer students with open arms and presenting them this great opportunity.”
     The Senator Ben Nevers Transfer Scholarship requires no application and is automatically awarded to qualified students when they apply and are accepted at Southeastern. Requirements include a minimum of 12 hours of credit with a 3.0 or higher transfer grade point average. Housing supplements are available to students with a 3.6 or higher GPA. The number of semesters covered by the scholarships depends upon the number of hours transferred to Southeastern. Additional details on the scholarship are available at
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Wendy Johns-Lauderdale, Southeastern Louisiana University vice president for university advancement, presents a certificate announcing the Senator Ben Nevers Transfer Scholarship to Senator Nevers. With her are Louisiana Community and Technical College President Stevie Smith, left, and LCTCS President Joe D. May.

Earth Day events scheduled April 22   
Southeastern Communication graduate students will hold the third annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 at the Student Union. The event, sponsored by the SGA, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the original Earth Day while educating the Southeastern campus and community on environmental issues and sustainability.
     The Earth Day event is organized as part of a public relations campaigns course project and will be an opportunity for students to be part of Southeastern’s initiative to be “Green Today, Here Tomorrow” while they also have fun. There will be games, prizes, educational demonstrations, eco-friendly products, and experts that are eager to share green information.
     “We are glad to be participating in something that will not only help the campus but the whole community,” said Julie Jackson, graduate student and research director of the campaign.
     Participants can bring items they wish to trade for a “Stuff Swap” at 1 p.m., and there will also be complementary food and drinks offered to participants of the Earth Day event. Students can come to the Student Union from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and be part of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary.

Southeastern in the news   
Student playwright earns recognition.

Southeastern recognizes grant recipientsGrant recipients recognized   

Southeastern grant recipients for 2009-2010 were recognized at a reception last week in the Student Union. Cited at the event by A. Jerald Aisnworth, left, dean of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and Tammy Bourg, right, provost and vice president for academic affaris, were William "Bill" Joubert of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern and Penny Shockett of the Department of Biological Sciences. Joubert was recognized for having received the largest number of awards amounting to more than $614,000 from federal, state and private sources. Shockett received the largest award for the College of Science and Technology and the largest research award made to the university, a three-year NIH grant for $195,195.
     Others cited at the event were:
-- Bonnie Lewis and Erin Matheny (Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice) for the largest award for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;
-- Artistides Baraya (Department of Business Administration) for the largest award for the College of Business.
-- Jerry Patton (Department of Counseling and Human Development) for the largest award for the College of Education and Human Development;
-- Barbara Moffett (interim dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences) for the largest award for the college; and
-- Ron Abel (TRIO/Upward Bound Programs) for the largest award for other university divisions.

Upcoming Encore! events   
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.
April 22
Bill Evans Jazz Festival: Headliner, Bill Evans Jazz Festival Trio featuring Bill Carrothers and Friends, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
April 23
Bill Evans Jazz Festival: Southeastern Jazz Combos with Bill Carrothers, 4 p.m., Pottle Recital Hall.
Bill Evans Jazz Festival: Southeastern Jazz Ensemble II with Bill Carrothers, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.

College of Education and Human Development Honors Convocation   
The College of Education and Human Development’s annual Honors Convocation will be held Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in the KIVA (room 250) of the Cate Teacher Education Center. All interested persons are invited to attend.

College of Business will honor students in annual convocation   
The College of Business Honors Convocation will be held on Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cate Teacher Education Center Kiva. The annual event recognizes outstanding students in the College of Business, including recipients of distinguished academic awards and a number of scholarships provided through the generosity of supporters of the college.
     The ceremony is designed to express support for these students and for their present and future endeavors as leaders in the world of business and industry.

PPR training for supervisors   
There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. A session, offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, will be held Wednesday, April 21. The program will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m and will be held in the Human Resources Office Conference room.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class. To register please email Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771.

CPTP programs on campus in May   
The Comprehensive Public Training Program, (CPTP), is offering three diverse programs on campus during the month of May.   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. All programs will be held in the University Center, room 139.

     Please note the programs and descriptions below:

Building Better Performance through Employee Skill Development
May 6, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The one-day class highlights the fact that managers and supervisors need to ensure employees have both the necessary job skills and opportunities for learning transfer. The primary purpose of the class is to share strategies and techniques that can be used before, during, and after training to ensure support for the transfer of knowledge and skills to improved performance on the job.
     Also included is a brief introduction to the many performance factors that can play important roles in the employee training process. Class participants are encouraged to examine their work environments carefully in order to fully understand all the factors that may be affecting worker performance. The class is open to all levels of management and to those with special permission from their agencies.

Professionalism & Productivity for Non-Supervisors 
May 10-11, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., both days
The two-day class is designed to provide participants with the tools and strategies necessary to enhance professionalism while also increasing the level of productivity. Elements of professionalism covered include professional behavior, communicating as a professional, managing conflict as a team professional, personal organization and productivity, and personal goal setting. The class is open to non-supervisory employees only.

Dealing with Change 
May 24, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The one-day class will help participants implement strategies and techniques to help themselves adapt to various changes in their work situations. Participants will learn how to identify areas of resistance and negative mental models, apply a model for individual transition in order to learn how to manage their reactions to change, apply techniques that will foster creativity and innovation during the change process, and identify ways to be proactive during the implementation of changes. The class is open to all employees.

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 is offering walk-in clinics for Blackboard 9. Faculty wanting assistance moving course materials to new semester sites or managing their grade book should attend. The clinics will be offered April 19 – 23 and April 26 - 30, 1-4 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 105. 
     Technology coordinators from the Center for Faculty Excellence will be available to assist. For more information, contact the center at ext. 5791.

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern football team will hold its annual Spring Game and the women’s tennis team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions will complete their spring workouts with Saturday’s intra-squad scrimmage. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium.
     The Lady Lion tennis team (8-13, 4-7 Southland) will return to the Southland Conference Tournament, which begins on Friday in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a one-year absence. The tournament’s seventh seed, Southeastern will face defending conference champion UT Arlington in the first round on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Should the Lady Lions advance, they would face either Texas State or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Saturday’s semifinals at 9:30 a.m.
     The championship match is scheduled on Sunday at 12 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Southeastern previously won the tournament in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons.
     The Southeastern baseball team (29-9, 12-6 Southland) is on the road for four games this week. On Tuesday, the Lions head to Tulane for a 6 p.m. contest in New Orleans. Southeastern opens a three-game Southland Conference series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 2 p.m. The series continues with a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (9-28, 2-17 Southland) also has four games on tap this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions head to Grambling for a 3 p.m. contest. Southeastern returns home for the weekend, opening a Southland Conference series versus Sam Houston State with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday’s series finale is set for 12 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20
Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6 p.m. (KSLU)

Wednesday, April 21
Softball, at Grambling State, Grambling, 3 p.m.

Friday, April 23
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, vs. UT Arlington (SLC Tournament – First Round), Corpus Christi, Texas, 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 24
Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m.
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 2 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, SLC Tournament Semifinals, Corpus Christi, Texas, 9:30 a.m.
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*

Sunday, April 25
Baseball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, SLC Tournament Finals, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.
Softball, vs. Sam Houston State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern recognized by Legislature   
On April 14 as part of West Florida Republic Day at the Capitol, Dr. Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies) was recognized in both houses of the Louisiana Legislature for his efforts to promote the study of the Florida Parishes’ unique role in Louisiana History as chairman of the West Florida Republic Bicentennial Commission. Southeastern was acknowledged as the domicile of the bicentennial festivities planning. Secretary of State Jay Dardennes presided over the ceremony and provided a Lone Star flag to the speaker of the House and president of the Senate.
     In the coming months, numerous bicentennial events will be held across the Florida parishes, including a marker unveiling at Springfield on April 30 and a concert at Hemingbough near St. Francisville on May 1 that will feature the Baton Rouge Symphony and the internationally famous Magical Mystery Tour Beatlemania production. At the concert the Baton Rouge Symphony will perform the premier of the Republic of West Florida Anthem written by Southeastern music student Brian Hanson. For more information on the bicentennial celebration consult the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies web site on the Southeastern web page or call the center.

Professional activities   

Ladonna Guillot and B. Stahr (Library) along with B. J. Meeker (Nursing) published an article entitled, “Nursing Faculty Collaborate with Embedded Librarians to Serve Online Graduate Students in a Consortium Setting.” This article was published in Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, Vol.4, 2010.
     Dr. Lilly Stiegler (Communication Sciences & Disorders) recently gave a series of presentations on communication and autism in six Alaskan cities and towns, including Barrow, the northernmost town in North America, situated on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. In an event associated with Autism Awareness Month, the Alaska Autism Resource Center invited and sponsored Stiegler to provide this road show style series, and DVD recordings of her talks will be distributed free of charge to families and interventionists across the state. Her presentation titles were: “Functional Communication Intervention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities,” “Early Intervention:  Exploring the Autism Spectrum,” and “Ideas for Improving Social Communication in Higher-Functioning Adolescents and Adults.”
     Dr. Lucy Kabza, Dr. Kent Neuerburg, and Dr. Linhong Wang (Mathematics) attended Southern Regional Algebra Conference at Auburn University March 26-28. Dr. Lucy Kabza gave a talk titled “Rings Determined by Covers of Groups.” Dr. Kent Neuerburg gave a talk titled  “Results on Covered Groups.”

     R. Ann O’Connor (Communications) will be the keynote speaker April 24 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, for the Massachusetts National Guard. O’Connor will be speaking on Islam and Communication with tribal cultures before troops and their families. Govornor Deval Patrick is set to attend the banquet for which O’Connor is the keynote speaker.
      Dr. Jason Landrum (English) presented at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Los Angeles. His paper, entitled “Shaky Cam Aesthetics, or the Desire to See It Not-All,” was part of a panel that discussed the use of crude cinematic aesthetics in the era of digital filmmaking.    
     “Performance of low-income African-American boys and girls on the PPVT-4: A comparison of the receptive vocabulary,” a manuscript by Celeste Allison, Erica Robinson, Halley Hennington (Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students) and faculty member Ramesh Bettagere has been accepted for publication in Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CICSD). It is scheduled to be published in the spring 2011 issue of the journal.
     Ramesh Bettagere, (Communication Sciences and Disorders) has published “Differences in acoustic characteristics of stress patterns of American English” in Perceptual and Motor Skills.
     Francis Broussard (English) gave a talk on April 13 at Christwood on “The Marooned Hero--A Biloxi Indian Hero Myth.”
     Dr. David Burley (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has a book being published titled Losing Ground: Identity and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi; Based on interviews taken just before the 2005 hurricanes, residents communicate the significance of place and environment, speaking with an urgency that exemplifies a fear of losing not just property and familiar surroundings, but also their identity. The process of coastal land loss and all of its social components from the familial to the political impacts these residents' concepts of history and the future.

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