ByLion--April 26


Employee Appreciation Day Tuesday

Eisenhower Series at Southeastern

Southeastern Theater presents "Fences"

Choirs perform tonight at Columbia

Fab Four performs Friday

Wind Symphony concert April 28

Student journalists win awards

Senior art exhibit on display

Southeastern Dance honored

Gamma Beta Phi receives awards

SBDC hosts selling workshops

Upcoming Encore! events

Honors Convocations

CMS summer program registration

Extended Studies news

Maritime Museum yard sale

This week in athletics

Fashion merchandising symposium

Professional activities

Employee Appreciation Day Tuesday   
In this difficult year, we want you to know how much we appreciate everything you are doing to help our students and our university. To show appreciation to our employees for their dedication and service, Southeastern and the Alumni Association will host Employee Appreciation Day on Tuesday, April 27. Dr. John Crain and the entire administrative team want to take the opportunity to thank our employees for a job well done in helping our students, fellow employees and the public.
     The event will be held on the first floor of the parking garage from 4-5:30 p.m. prior to the Lions v. Southern Jaguars baseball game. The Southeastern Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Cattlemen’s Association, will be cooking hamburgers, and Human Resources personnel will provide manpower for the event.
     Families are welcome with lots of fun for the kids, including cotton candy, popcorn, kids’ games, and a space walk. Be sure to register for door prizes! Athletics will have free game tickets for employees (ID required) and family tickets for just $3 each. We hope you’ll join us!

Military experts present series at SoutheasternEisenhower College Series program   


Representatives of the U.S. Army War College presented a series of panel discussions regarding current military issues over two days last week at Southeastern as part of the Eisenhower Series College Program. Their visit was sponsored by the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science and Judge James E. Kuhn of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal.


Gathered during a reception sponsored by Hancock Bank at the University Residence are, from left, Army Col. Irving Smith III, Navy Capt. William G. Davis, Judge Kuhn, Army Col. Aaron A. Webster, Air Force Lt. Col. Alan F. Rebholz, and Army Col. Eric T. Judkins.



Southeastern Theatre to present award-winning play ‘Fences’Southeastern Theatre to present award-winning play "Fences"   
Southeastern Theatre will present the award-winning play “Fences” at 7:30 p.m. April 28- May 1 at the Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     Theater instructor Chad Winters directs the heartbreaking tale of Troy Maxon, a black athlete in the 1950’s who feels he has been cheated by life. Due to a lifetime of abuse and disappointment, the ex-con, ex-athlete works as a garbage collector in racially charged Pittsburgh and enacts a series of questionable and reprehensible actions throughout the production.
     “Troy Maxon is a former star baseball player – a home run king, actually – in the old Negro Leagues who believes his shot at the majors was deprived due to racism,” said Winters. “Despite his pride in being a responsible and loving family man, he allows his anger and resentments to bring havoc to the lives of all those he cares about.”
     Written by August Wilson, who won the Pulitizer Prize for Drama for the play, “Fences” won the Tony Award for best play in 1987, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. James Earl Jones, who played Troy Maxon in the Broadway production, won a Tony for best actor.
     Student Gerrin Narcisse of Lacombe plays the lead role of Troy Maxon. Other cast members include: Rodney Washington of New Orleans as Troy’s son Cory, Naomi Howard of Gonzales as Troy’s wife Rose, Jaren Mitchell of New Orleans as Gabriel, and Brandon Atkins of Jackson, Miss., in the role of Jim Bono. Also performing are Dante Bidwell of New Orleans as Lyons and Chloe Casnave of Folsom as Raynell.
     Tickets for “Fences” are free for Southeastern students, $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. For more information, contact the theatre program at 985-549-2115.

Southeastern Theatre instructor Chad Winters, right, makes a point to student actors Gerrin Narcisse of Lacombe, left, and Rodney Washington of New Orleans during rehearsal for the play “Fences,” which will be performed at the university April 28 – May 1.

Choirs to perform tonight at Columbia Theatre   
Southeastern choirs, along with the Northlake Performing Arts Society, will perform W.A. Mozart’s “Requiem” and other selected pieces at a concert tonight at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The 7:30 p.m. event, to be conducted by Southeastern vocal coordinator Alissa Mercurio Rowe, will include performances by the Southeastern Concert Choir, University Chorus, Women’s Chorale, and Northshore Chorale.
     The Concert Choir opens the program with an arrangement of J.S. Bach’s “Come Sweet Death” that also includes the addition of choralography, movement designed to highlight the meaning of the text.
     Student conductor Grady Sandidge, a senior music education major from Abita Springs, will make his conducting debut leading the combined choirs of 140 singers in Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria.”
     The combined choirs will also perform Mozart’s Requiem. Student soloists include Cara Williams, soprano; Dustin Johnson, tenor; and Colby McCurdy, baritone. Becca Jo Loeb, mezzo-soprano, is a guest artist from New York City. She completed a master of music at the Manhattan School of Music and is currently a graduate diploma candidate at the Juilliard School studying with Edith Bers.
     Tickets are available for assigned 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.

Twist and shout with the Fab Four at Columbia TheatreThe Fab Four will perform at Columbia Theatre on April 30   
Get ready for a night of nostalgia as Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents the Fab Four.
     One of the most popular Beatles tribute groups, the Fab Four will take the stage of the downtown Hammond theater April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
     “The music of the Beatles transcends generations and genres. This concert will make the audience feel as though they are at Beatles concerts throughout each era of their music,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “Costumes and projections enhance this unique concert experience. Bring your kids, bring your parents, but don’t miss it.”
     The show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. The loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences around the world, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
     Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.”
     Tickets for the Fab Four are $37, Orchestra; Loge, $41; and Balcony, $33. Tickets are available online at and at the box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance time.
     For additional information about the Fab Four and other Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts events, contact the theater at 985-543-4366 or visit

Wind Symphony concert scheduled April 28   
“A Light Unto the Darkness,” a reference to the bombing of Oklahoma City 15 years ago, is the theme of the Southeastern Wind Symphony’s performance at the downtown Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. April 28.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and part of the program’s spring Encore! season, the symphony will be directed by Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger. The orchestra is comprised of the finest wind and percussion musicians attending the university.
     The concert will open with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’  “American Overture for Band,” followed by David Gillingham’s “A Light Unto the Darkness.”
     “’A Light Unto the Darkness’ is a very poignant and dramatic work that was written in honor of the 168 victims of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995,” explained Hemberger. “The piece is organized into three parts, with the music addressing the daily routine of the city, the explosion itself and the painful grief that followed, intertwined with melodies of hope.” 
     The concert will continue with “Turbo Scramjet,” a fast paced, unpredictable piece by composer William Pitts; the whimsical “Candide Suite” composed in 1956 by Leonard Bernstein; and two movements from Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto in E-flat,” performed by senior music education major Marcy Mayeux, a winner of the Wind Symphony Concerto Competition. 
     Performing Anders Koppel’s “Toccata for Marimba and Vibraphone,” two additional competition winners, Josh Dunn and Andrew Robin, will open the second half of the concert. Philip Sparke’s “Dance Movements,” originally commissioned and performed by the U.S. Air Force Band, ends the concert.
     Tickets are available 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.

Southeastern student journalists win SPJ awards   
Six Southeastern student journalists won awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards competition this month at the SPJ spring conference held in Knoxville, Tenn.
     Four students won first place in their categories. Recognized with the top award for editorial cartooning in the student newspaper “The Lion’s Roar” was Tim Mitchell of Abita Springs; Nick Elliott of Mandeville for television feature photography in his story on Slidell wind energy and for news photography for coverage of hazmat training in Hammond, both produced for the Southeastern Channel; and Blake Roussel of LaPlace in television news reporting for his report on the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game, which was produced for the Channel’s sports show “The Big Game.”
     First place winners will advance to the national round of judging. National winners will be announced in May.
     Also recognized were John Reis of Mandeville with a second place award in the category of best all-around television newscast for “Northshore News” on the Southeastern Channel; Daron Short of Slidell with a third place award for television sports photography for his coverage of the Southeastern vs. Sam Houston State football game for the Channel; and Don Aime of Hammond, former sports editor and current editor of “The Lion’s Roar,” with a third place award in sports writing for his story on an NCAA appeal filed by a Southeastern student.
     Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry, works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists, and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

Exhibit showcases talents of Southeastern seniorsArtwork by graduating senior Natalie Keeney   
The artwork of Southeastern graduating seniors is now on display at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium.
     The exhibit features works by over 20 art and art education majors who will graduate May 15. The artists were honored at an opening reception April 21. Open through May 15, the exhibit is free and open to the public.
     Student artists exhibiting are Ashley Castella, and Cody Coumes, Amite; Chantelle Roshto, Gregory Tracy, Omega Sampson, Virginia Cockerham, Beverly Mier and Natalie Keeney, Hammond; Leslie R. Thompson, Megan Ford, Russell Langdon Herrick, Vanna Moore, and Brandi Kugler, Ponchatoula; Jonathan Michael Ellis, Maurepas; Jesse Sims, Kentwood; Todd C. Williams, Albany; Davana Wilkins, Franklinton; Alicia Friday, Mandeville; Trent Joseph Hebert, Madisonville; Patrick Costilow, Slidell; Andrew Levin, Metairie; Carol Ann Edwards, Denham Springs; Rachel Holt Metzger, Baton Rouge; and Callen Cranfield, Prairieville.
     Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, call Dale Newkirk, gallery director, at 985-549-5080.
The artwork of graduation seniors, including Natalie Keeney's piece shown at right, is currently on display at the Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium through May 15.

Southeastern dance pieces selected for festival galaSoutheastern dancers   
Two dances choreographed by Southeastern students were honored recently at the American College Dance Festival.
     “Vague Variations,” a dance choreographed by Nicole Judson of Baton Rouge, and “River Rise,” choreographed by Jeoffery Harris Jr. of New Orleans, were selected for the gala performance of the festival, held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches April 7-11.
     More than 20 colleges and universities presented approximately 50 works for adjudication at the festival. A panel of judges selected a total of nine works to be showcased at the gala performance on the festival’s final day.
     Dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic said it is highly unusual for two pieces from the same school to be chosen and even more unusual for both of them to be choreographed by students.
     “It is difficult to get in the gala because it is very competitive,” she said. “I selected Nicole and Jeoffery to present pieces because of their talent in choreography and their time and dedication to the dance program.”
     After the gala performance, the judges chose four of the nine dances to be presented again at the National Dance Festival conference at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in May. Harris’ dance was selected for the national conference.
     “These two accomplishments are huge for Southeastern,” Brewer-Plazinic said. “Our hard work is paying off, and dance at Southeastern is strong despite the fact that we have lost all of our funding.”
     The group received an Academic Enhancement grant from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, which helped fund the trip to the festival. Students also held various fund raisers to help with the remaining expenses, Brewer-Plazinic said.

Dancers from Southeastern's Moxie Dance Project 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.

Gamma Beta Phi Chapter receives awards at national conference   
Director of Leadership Development/Student Activities Jackie Dale Thomas, her Administrative Assistant Donna Owens, and Area Coordinator Amanda Robbins accompanied a dozen students to the National Conference for Gamma Beta Phi in Nashville. Thomas is adviser to the group, and Owens and Robbins are both co-advisers.
     Southeastern returned with a first place ribbon for the number one scrapbook in the nation. Mary-Kathryn Johnsen received a leadership scholarship, and local president Jared Eusea was honored with a Certificate of Merit Award, the highest award given to an individual by the national chapter.
     There are only 12 members of the Gamma Beta Phi Executive Committee, the ruling board over the society. Three of the 12 are from Southeastern. Student members elected are Christy Hutchison and Jennifer Worley. Adviser Jackie Dale Thomas was elected to serve as vice-president, and this begins a three year process whereby she will progress to president-elect and then president. This is Thomas’ fourth term as president, which is unprecedented in Gamma Beta Phi history. She was elected by unanimous decision.
     While in Nashville, Thomas and Eusea also conducted two leadership meetings each. Thomas conducted a concurrent session on motivation and also served as the keynote speaker at the awards banquet.
     The Southeastern Chapter also received the Exemplary Award which noted that  chapter was number one in the nation.
     During the National Adviser’s meeting, the National Executive Director noted that if a chapter called tha national office with a problem that she always directed the call back to Thomas and the Southeastern chapter for advice.

Southeastern SBDC hosts selling workshop series in May   
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern, along with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Hammond Area Economic and Industrial Development District, are hosting a series of selling seminars throughout May called “Selling, the Art of Mutual Benefit.”
     Held each Tuesday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center on Martens Drive in Hammond, the series will address various topics related to the aspects of sales.
     “Imagine how successful your business would be if your sales skills and processes were as good as your services and products,” said Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Southeastern SBDC. “Attendees at these workshops can strengthen several key skills and experience the sales process ranked number one by Entrepreneur Magazine.”
     Cost per workshop is $50 or $200 for the series of five. For more information, contact the Louisiana SBDC at Southeastern at 985-549-3831 or
     Workshop topics include:
May 4 – “The Buyer/Seller Dance-Who’s in Control?” Attendees will learn how to create mutual control and benefit and how to identify “tire kickers” before investing significant resources in activities with little or no chance of success.
May 11 – “Prospecting – Pro’s Prospect, Order-Takers Perish” examines cold calling, networking and obtaining referrals as keys to business success in today’s market place. Attendees will learn the key points to all three revenue builders.
May 18 – “Make the First Five Minutes Count” is designed to teach participants how to say and do the right things immediately, on the phone or in person, to dramatically improve the odds of gaining interest, respect and business.

May 25 – “Find the ‘Pain’ or Find the Exit” identifies motivations among prospects.
June 1 – “Identifying the Budget and Decision Maker” will teach attendees how to identify the real decision maker to avoid wasting time with prospects who cannot authorize a purchase of products or services.

Upcoming Encore! events   
April 26 -- Mozart “Requiem,” presented by the Southeastern University Chorus, Northshore Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir and the Northlake Performing Arts Society, Alissa Rowe, director, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $10, reserved seating; Southeastern students are free with ID.
April 27 -- Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, Patrick Kerber, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
April 28 -- Southeastern Wind Symphony, Glen Hemberger, director, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $10 reserved seating; all students free with ID.
April 28-30 and May 1 -- Southeastern Theatre: “Fences” by August Wilson, Chad Winters, director, (Rated PG-13), 7:30 p.m. nightly, Vonnie Borden Theatre. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors/alumni/faculty/staff/non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free with ID. ▪ April 29 -- Faculty Piano Recital: Henry Jones, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
May 3 -- Percussion Ensemble II, Kevin Estoque, director, 5:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
May 3 -- Percussion Ensemble I, Guy Gauthreaux, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
May 6 -- Symphonic Band, Paul Frechou, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.

Honors Convocations   

Southeastern is hosting several honors convocations. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Division of General Studies
The Division of General Studies' annual Honors Convocation is Tuesday, April 27, at 3 p.m. in the University Center, room 133.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences' annual Honors Convocation is Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

College of Science and Technology

The College of Science and Technology's annual Honors Convocaton is Wednesday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayard Hall, room 107.

College of Education and Human Development
The College of Education and Human Development’s annual Honors Convocation is Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in the KIVA, room 250, of the Cate Teacher Education Center.

College of Business

The College of Business' annual Honors Convocation is Thursday, April 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the KIVA, room 250, of the Cate Teacher Education Center.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences' annual Honors Convocation is Monday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre.

Community Music School summer program registration underway   
There is still time to register for the Southeastern Community Music School’s (CMS) “Summer Music Celebration 2010,” a series of programs for young and talented musicians.
     Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which will take place July 12-16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond. Tuition is $200 and includes lunch each day.
     Southeastern’s Associate Band Director Paul Frechou will coordinate the middle school band camp, and other faculty, including Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger and Richard Schwartz, assistant director of bands, will lend their expertise.  Students will also have the opportunity to take private lessons and master classes on their designated instruments, as well as participate in jazz combos and music theory classes.
     The smaller workshops are scheduled for July 19-23 from 9 a.m.-noon and include programs for guitar, piano duet, and violin students, said CMS Director Kenneth Boulton. Registration for the piano duet camp ends May 14, and the final day to register for the guitar and violin workshops is June 18. Tuition is $150 per instrument workshop.
     According to Boulton, students participating in the “Play it That Way or This Way” guitar workshop will learn how to approach and arrange music in an advanced fashion by experienced musicians. Directed by Southeastern guitar instructor Pat Kerber, the workshop is open to students of all ages and backgrounds, and enrollment is unlimited. 
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News from Extended Studies   
Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

In just one enjoyable evening, learn to play the piano using chords! No experience necessary. The one-day workshop will be held the evening of April 29.
Preparing Your PHR/SPHR Recertification File
If you hold a PHR or SPHR certification, this course will help you to maintain it without a new test. The one-day workshop will be held the evening of May 3.

To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available through Extended Studies please visit:

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Maritime Museum hosts yard sale May 1   
On Saturday, May 1, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum will host a yard sale in the garage area of the museum. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Maritime Museum and educational programs.
     Individuals wishing to donate any unwanted items are asked to do so by April 30. Donations will be accepted at the museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
     Shoppers looking for a deal can choose from a wide variety of products that will include nautical items, household items, coins, stamps, railroad memorabilia, furniture, building supplies, teak boating accessories, trailer boats, home décor, a pedestal sink, children’s clothes and toys, computer accessories, antique furniture, and more.
     Simultaneously, the St. Francis Animal Sanctuary program will host a pet adoption day on the museum’s grounds, between the museum and the historic lighthouse keeper’s cottage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     St. Francis Animal Sancutary’s mission and goals are to operate a compassionate, no-kill animal sanctuary for the ill, the un-adoptable and the elderly. They provide animal rescue, medical care and a temporary haven for adoptable animals until qualified homes/rescues are found. The organization also operates as a Hurricane Emergency Response Center for Rescue Organizations. It is their mission to end animal overpopulation and euthanasia by teaming to enact spay-neuter laws by 2012.
     For more information call the Maritime Museum at (985)845-9200 or visit the web site at

This week in athletics   
The Southeastern men’s golf team will host the 2010 Southland Conference Championships at Carter Plantation in Springfield during this week in Southeastern Athletics. 
     The Lions and their league counterparts will open tournament play on Monday. The second round is slated for Tuesday with the tournament wrapping up on Wednesday. Tee time each day is at 8 a.m. and live stats from the tournament will be available at
     The Southeastern baseball team (30-12, 13-8 Southland) will play four games versus in-state opposition this week. On Tuesday, the Lions close out their non-conference home schedule versus Southern at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field. On Friday, Southeastern opens a three-game Southland Conference series at Nicholls with a 6 p.m. contest in Thibodaux. The two teams move to Hammond on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest before returning to the NSU campus for Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale. All of this week’s games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (10-31, 2-20 Southland) closes out its non-conference slate on Wednesday, hosting Southern Miss at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. On Saturday, the Lady Lions open a three-game Southland Conference set with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at McNeese State. The series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue preparations for the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, participating in a pair of meets this week. On Thursday, members of the Lions and Lady Lions will be at the ULL Twilight meet in Lafayette before heading to Natchitoches for the Northwestern State Invitational on Saturday.

Monday, April 26
Men’s Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Carter Plantation (Springfield), 8 a.m.

Tuesday, April 27
Men’s Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Carter Plantation (Springfield), 8 a.m.
Baseball, vs. Southern, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)

Wednesday, April 28
Men’s Golf, at Southland Conference Championships, Carter Plantation (Springfield), 8 a.m.
Softball, vs. Southern Miss, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 29
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at ULL Twilight, Lafayette, All Day

Friday, April 30
Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Saturday, May 1
Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at McNeese State (DH), Lake Charles, 1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Northwestern State Invitational, Natchitoches, All Day

Sunday, May 2
Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 1 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Fashion Merchandising students attend symposium   

Jacqueline Didier and 10 students enrolled in FCS 481, Fashion Promotion, attended the Career Day 2010 Style Symposium in Dallas on April 9. The event is hosted by Fashion Group International of Dallas and serves as an educational outreach program for college and university students seeking careers in the fashion and lifestyle industries. The venue gives students a first-hand view of the inner workings of the market, career insights, hands-on-access to companies offering internships and entry-level jobs, and interaction with industry leaders, mentors and role models. This year students networked with a Project Runway contestant , a couture designer, the director of the Dallas Market Center, JCPenney visual specialists, a team of Dillard’s buyers and national recruiters for the industry. 

Professional activities   

Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) presented “FBI Faculty in Residence Program” with Kelly Bryson, FBI, at the Society of Louisiana CPAs 2010 Educators Workshop on March 19 in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Titard was also the subject of an article “(SLU) CPA + FBI = Win/Win,” published in the March/April 2010 issue of Inside Northside Magazine.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart and Karen E. Powell (Louisiana Campus Compact) presented a session, entitled “A Recipe for Student Success across the Curriculum” at the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Conference on April 1.
     Dr. Robert Hancock and Dr. Becky Sue Parton (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Field Teachers’ Integration Decisions in Regards to Language Acquisition Manipulatives Blending Early-Childhood Research and Technology (LAMBERT)” and “Visual Impairment Should Not Be a Learning Disability: Using Technology to Aid in Language Acquisition for Visually Impaired Students” and “MMS Messaging- Can Video Conversations Increase Collaboration among Deaf Educators?” to the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in San Diego March 29- April 2. They also published “Digitizing Traditional Notes into Searchable Documents:  Implications for University Students Who Are Disabled” in the Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal Vol. 2, Issue 3, pages 1-6.
     On April 17, Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Foreign Languages), Dr. Lucia Harrison (Foreign Languages), and Elisabetta LeJeune (English) participated in the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Folklore Society in Edgard, LA.  Dr. Fiumara presented, “From Sicilians to Americans: Mirroring Change in Independence with the Help of the Local Newspaper,” Dr. Harrison talked about “The Not-so-Desperate Housewives: Italian Immigrant women and Their New American Life in Tangipahoa Parish,” and LeJeune gave a presentation entitled “From Salsa to Red Gravy: Enduring Traditions and Creative Adaptations in Italian American Cooking in Tangipahoa Parish.” The three presentations were part of the panel “Ethnicity and Changing Identities in the Italian American Communities of Tangipahoa Parish” chaired by Dr. Karen Williams (Louisiana State University).

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