ByLion--August 23


Newest Professor Emeritus

Lionpawlooza at Hot August Night

Traditions begin new semester

New Miss Southeastern to be crowned

Discovery Toys sales event

FE-Lions announce schedule

Health Center schedules appointments

Cell phone photography exhibition

Part-time job fair Thursday

Southeastern in the news

Zumbathon benefit Aug. 30

Extended Studies news

Student Excellence news

Faculty Excellence news

Graduation application deadline

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Newest Professor Emeritus


William FontWilliam Font, a professor of Biological Sciences at Southeastern, was named Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the university’s annual faculty/staff convocation Aug. 13. During his tenure at Southeastern, Font received the President’s Award for Excellence in Research. He is a leading expert on parasites in fish and other marine life, having conducted extensive research in the state of Hawaii.

     Font is currently working with a team of other university researchers to monitor conditions in the Lake Ponchartrain Basin for any impacts related to the oil spill in the gulf.

     Also named Professor Emeritus of Music was Scharmal Schrock, now a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Jacob School of Music. Schrock, who was unable to attend Convocation, served as director of Southeastern's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop for more than 20 years. Schrock was the 1990 recipient of thePresident's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity and was honored for her service to the community with the Hammond Regional Arts Center Music Award.


Lionpawlooza part of Hot August Night   

1)Football Coach Mike Lucas gets the crowd fired up at the pep rally during Lionpawlooza at Hot August Night. 2)Members of the LIon football team handed out the 2010 football schedules at Lionpawlooza

3)Southeastern cheerleader got the crowd involved at the pep rally during Lionpawlooza.4)The Southeastern athletic department sold "Children of the Gulf" t-shirts to benefit the relief effort for the children of the gulf affected by the BP oil spill.


1) COACH LUCAS IGNITES THE CROWD - Southeastern Football Coach Mike Lucus fired up the crowd during the pep rally at Lionpawlooza as part of Friday's Hot August Night.

2) FOOTBALL COMING UP - Members of the Lion football team handed out 2010 football schedules to attendees of Lionpawlooza.

3) CHEERING ON THE LIONS - The Southeastern cheerleaders got the crowd involved during the pep rally Friday night.

4) CHILDREN OF THE GULF SHIRTS SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES - During Lionpawlooza, representatives of the Southeastern Athletics Department sold "Children of the Gulf" t-shirts for $10 each to benefit the "Children of the Gulf" initiative. Founded by Coach Mike Lucas with buy-in from the 2010 Lion football team, the initiative benefits children of the Gulf who are affected by the BP Oil Spill. The shirts have been so popular that the Athletics Department placed a second order for additional shirts. T-shirts can be purchased through the Athletics Department. For more information contact the Athletics Department at 549-2395.

1)Picnic with President John L. Crain2)Jamin' at Strawberry Jam


1)PICNIC WITH THE PRESIDENT – Students participating in Traditions had the opportunity to get to know Southeastern President John L. Crain Tuesday during Picnic with the President. From left, are Rachelle Lanier of Ponchatoula, Ariel Becnel of Luling, Crain, Brittany Bordelon of Ponchatoula, and Jessica Hartman of Boutte.

2)JAMMIN’ AT STRAWBERRY JAM – Southeastern students were treated to food, prizes and music Tuesday at Strawberry Jam, the annual fall semester kick-off party during Traditions. Students participated in an impromptu dance contest to the music by the band “No Doubt.”


Students begin new semester with “Traditions”   
Southeastern students had fun this week getting to know their peers and all that the university has to offer at “Traditions,” a series of activities that provided new and returning students with information to make Southeastern their home away from home.
     “Time and again studies have shown that students who get involved on campus enjoy a successful and value-added collegiate experience,” said President John L. Crain. “The Traditions programming gave students a glimpse of the possibilities that await them during their time as Southeastern Lions.”
     The days leading up to the new semester were filled with move-in mania, a movie night and block party, campus tours, lunch with President Crain and Lion athletes, shopping tours, and a scavenger hunt to get to know the campus.
     Strawberry Jam, the highlight of Traditions, provided students with pizza, prizes and entertainment via the band “No Doubt.” Approximately 2,000 students attended the annual semester kick-off party.
     “Strawberry Jam was very fun,” said freshman Brittany Perise of Ponchatoula. “I liked that we could meet all the different athletes, as well as students and get to know everyone before school even started.”
     “I think Traditions motivates students to get out and meet people and learn about the campus community,” she added. “Without these programs, I don’t think many students would take the initiative to do it themselves.”
     Over 400 students signed up to participate in the Traditions programs.

Ten students compete for Miss Southeastern 2011 Crown   

Megan Bickham Caitlin Carona Opal Guillory Heather Hand Jessica LeBlanc
Bickham Carona Guillory Hand LeBlanc
Gabrielle Palma Noel Stilley Lacie Thomas Samantha Williams Alexis Wright
Palma Stilley Thomas Williams Wright

On Aug. 28, 10 students will compete for the title of Miss Southeastern 2011. Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge, Miss Southeastern 2010 will crown her successor in the annual Southeastern Louisiana University pageant scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     The pageant has been a part of Southeastern’s history since 1949 and a Miss America preliminary since 1962. The pageant is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the CAB office in the Student Union, room 201. Admission is free for Southeastern students, faculty and staff, but an assigned ticket from CAB is still needed for admission. For the second consecutive year, those unable to attend the Miss Southeastern competition can view it LIVE on the web at
     The theme of the 2011 Pageant is “A League of Her Own,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader. Emcees for the event are Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Division of Extended Studies and founder and former president of the FE-Lions, and Michael Kyles, a Southeastern graduate and teacher at Ponchatoula Junior High School.
     Contestants for the 2011 title are sophomore organizational communication major Megan Bickham of Folsom; junior psychology major Caitlin Carona of Independence; senior history major Opal Guillory of Denham Springs; freshman music major Heather Hand of Denham Springs; sophomore mass communication and journalism major Jessica LeBlanc of Independence; sophomore mass communication and journalism major Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville; junior biology major Noel Stilley of Albany; junior communication sciences and disorders major Lacie Thomas of Denham Springs; junior nursing major Samantha Williams of Voorhees, NJ; and sophomore speech education major Alexis Wright of Slidell.
     The contestants will compete in five categories including personal interview, on-stage questions, swimsuit, talent and eveningwear.
     Leader said the pageant will again feature the “People’s Choice Award” as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America national platform, Children’s Miracle Network.
     “The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the People’s Choice Award,” Leader said.
     Containers for donations in each 2011 contestant’s name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant. 
     Miss Southeastern 2011 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in June in Monroe.

Discovery Toys sales event   
As part of the Department of Teaching and Learning’s BOR CUDLE grant requirements, faculty have initiated a project to get a Lekotek Toy Lending Library established at Southeastern. The Lekotek library offers play sessions with families of young children with disabilities and provides developmentally appropriate toys for the families to check out on a routine basis. 
     The department has established the Lekotek of Southeastern in the TEC building. This Thursday and Friday the Student Council for Exceptional Children on campus is hosting a Discovery Toys sales event, where Southeastern faculty, staff, and students can purchase toys. The proceeds of the sales event will go toward purchasing additional developmental toys for the Lekotek center. 
     The Discovery Toys representative will be in the KIVA Thursday, Aug. 26, and Friday, Aug. 27, and will have toys and games to browse through and sample.
     For more information, contact Colleen Klein-Ezell at or at 549-5279.

FE-Lions announce schedule, recruit members   
The FE-Lions, the popular social organization for female fans of Southeastern athletics, has announced its 2010-11 schedule and recruitment campaign for new members.
     The organization has grown to more than 200 members, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. The FE-Lions host luncheons in conjunction with Lions home football games and sponsor other functions such as the annual “Champagne Bingo” fundraiser.
     Annual dues are $10. Luncheon tickets are $16 until Aug. 31 and $20 after that date.
     The next FE-Lion event is “Salute the Lions” on Aug. 30 in the Student Union Ballroom at 5 p.m. to welcome back all Southeastern student athletes.
     FE-Lions luncheons will be held this year at Trey Yuen, 2100 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond, on Sept. 9 and 15, Oct. 6 and 21, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2. Champagne Bingo is scheduled for Jan. 22 at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks.
     Funds raised by the FE-Lions help support the Southeastern athletic program, including raising money for endowed scholarships and other activities. For additional information about the FE-Lions, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.

University Health Center now scheduling appointments   
To improve the delivery of services to students, the University Health Center is now scheduling appointments. Students have two options: they can call ahead to schedule an appointment, or they can walk-in and get assigned the first available appointment.
     For more information, contact the University Health Center at 549-2241.

Contemporary Art Gallery to host cell phone photography exhibition   
Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery is now accepting entries for the National Cell Phone Photography Exhibition scheduled Sept. 9-25. The exhibition is open to amateur and professional artists nationally and there is no fee to enter.
     All images must be taken with a cell phone camera and may only be manipulated by use of a cell phone application, said Dale Newkirk, gallery director. No Photoshop or any other photo manipulation software is permitted.
     “Images can be submitted via email or regular mail. All images submitted will be included in the exhibition,” Newkirk said. “In order to be included in the exhibition, entries must be received no later than Aug. 30.”
     Entries are limited to three per person and should be sent via email to with the subject line “National Cell Phone Show” or to Dale Newkirk, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery SLU 10765.
     For a complete list of entry guidelines, contact Newkirk at or at 549- 5080.
     The cell phone photography exhibition will be displayed in the Contemporary Art Gallery, 100 East Stadium, next to Clark Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 pm, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Southeastern sponsoring part-time job fair for students Aug. 26   
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services is sponsoring a special job fair to help students locate part-time jobs.
     The part-time job fair is scheduled Thursday, Aug. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union mall.
     “The beginning of a new fall semester always brings to us many students in need of good employment opportunities while in school,” said Career Services Director Ken Ridgedell. “The part-time job fair is an ideal opportunity for students to connect with more than 40 local employers – all at our centrally located student union and all on the same day.” 
     Ridgedell said representatives of the approximately 45 employers will be on hand to accept job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students.
     Career Fair 2010, Career Services’ annual career fair for upperclass students and recent alumni, will be held Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. 
     For additional information about both fairs, visit or call 985-549-2121.

Southeastern in the news   

No oil in lake

Children of the Gulf  

Zumbathon to benefit Food Bank of Covington   
A Zumbathon is scheduled Monday, Aug.30, at 4 p.m. in the Kinesiology Gym to benefit the project “We Can Never Forget.”    
     The price of admission is five canned goods in remembrance of the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Anyone wishing to donate can bring canned items there at that time. All canned goods collected will benefit the Food Bank of Covington.
     For more information, contact Sarah Clifton at

Extended Studies news   
Robert’s Rules of Order
Learn the basic conduct of meetings for clubs, small and large organizations, corporations, and more including voting, amendments, motions, and techniques for proper communication. The three week class starts Wednesday Sept. 8 and ends on the Sept. 22.

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007 at the beginner level. The four-hour course will be offered Monday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Sept. 2.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007 at the beginner level. The four-hour workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 9.

Bicycle Safety for Junior High
Take a two-hour ride on the St. Tammany Trace while you learn safety tips related to the Trace and street riding. Increase confidence in street safety and basic bicycle maintenance. The two-day per week, two-week long course will be offered from Sept. 2 - 9.
Introduction to Computers
The course will teach the basic skills needed to get started with a personal computer or learn basic functions for use in the workforce. The four-hour workshop is scheduled Thursday Sept. 9.

Sandler Sales Training
The course will guide participants through the entire sales process in better meeting client needs, creating plans to realize and obtain goals, finding the right buyers, and closing the deal. The twelve-week course will be held Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 7 and end Nov. 23.

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

Student Excellence news   
The Center for Student Excellence is offering a series of academic success workshops during the Fall semester. Workshop topics include:

Time Management - Aug. 24-25, Sept. 29, Nov. 3
Study Skills - Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Oct. 6
Note-Taking - Sept. 7
Test Taking - Sept. 14-15, Oct. 13
Career Exploration - Sept. 21-22
Financial Success - Oct. 26-27
Finals Prep - Nov. 16-17

     Each workshop is 50 minutes long and will take place 12 -12:50 p.m. for Wednesday workshops and 12:30-1:20 for Tuesday and Thursday workshops. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or a snack.
     For more information contact Mindy Notariano in the Center for Student Excellence at (985) 549-3789 or e-mail You can also register online and view the complete workshop schedule with times and locations at Workshops are free, but space is limited so sign up soon!

Faculty Excellence news   
Faculty and staff are invited to upcoming workshops this week in the Center for Faculty Excellence. The “to GO” series offers 30-minute workshops to accommodate busy schedules. Please go to and check the Center’s calendar for more information on the workshops listed below.

Blackboard to GO
Sympodium Training

Graduation application deadline   
Sept. 15 is the final day that Southeastern students can apply to graduate in Fall 2010.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet account and choosing the “Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation” option. Instructions are available on the “Current Students” link at Then click on “Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation” or call Southeastern’s Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.

This week in athletics   
The Southeastern volleyball team opens its 2010 season this week, highlighting this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lions will compete in the Jackson State Invitational, which opens Friday in Jackson, Miss. On Friday, Southeastern faces host JSU at 1 p.m. and North Texas at 3:30 p.m. The tournament action continues on Saturday with the Lady Lions facing UNO at 9 a.m. and Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m.
     The Southeastern women’s soccer team (1-0) will also be in action this week with a pair of road matches. The Lady Lions will open the week’s action with a 4 p.m. contest at Troy on Friday. On Sunday, Southeastern heads to Montgomery, Ala. for a 1 p.m. match with Alabama State.
Friday, August 27
Volleyball, at Jackson State (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 1 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. North Texas (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 3:30 p.m.
Women’s Soccer, at Troy, Troy, Ala., 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 28
Volleyball, vs. UNO (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 9 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (JSU Tournament), Jackson, Miss., 2 p.m.
Sunday, August 29
Women’s Soccer, at Alabama State, Montgomery, Ala., 1 p.m.

Professional activities   
Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry & Physics) has published a paper titled “The Potential of Ellagic Acid as a Possible Antimalarial Drug Candidate” in Current Bioactive Compounds 2010: 6(3) 161 – 177.
     Dr. Sharon Hoffman (Education and Human Development) presented two papers at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Summit 2010. “Educational Leader as Voice/Advocate for Children Living in Poverty and Implications for Educational Leadership Development” was presented in Washington, DC on Aug. 3-6. Dr. Hoffman also facilitated a round-table discussion of the paper. She also presented “Did We Get It Right? An Exploratory Single Case Qualitative Study of a Second-Year Principal’s Leadership and the Assimilation of Relevant Leadership Theory.”
     Angela Dunnington and Mary Lou Strong (Sims Library) published an article entitled, “The Rocky Road to Assessment: The Creation of an Assessment Tool for an Information Literacy Credit Course,” in Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. The article discusses the online assessment survey developed by the Sims Memorial Library Reference Department Instruction Team to measure student learning outcomes of students enrolled in an eight-week one-credit hour freshman level course.
     Dr. Elizabeth Rhodes (Educational Leadership and Technology) and Dr. Lynette Ralph (Sims Library) presented a paper entitled, “Information Literacy and Doctoral Students:  Avatars and Educators Collaborate for Online Distance Learning” on June 21, at the Informing Science and Information Technology of Education (InSite ) conference held in Cassino, Italy.
     Dr. Lynette Ralph (Sims Library) recently published a book entitled, Knowledge Management and Libraries: An Annotated Bibliography.
     Sims Memorial librarians Mary Lou Strong, Jean Caswell, and Ladonna Guillot received an Express Consumer Health Outreach Award from the National Network/ Libraries of Medicine South Central Region to fund Senior CHAT (Consumer Health Awareness Training). They will partner with the Tangipahoa Voluntary Council on Aging to teach basic computer skills and consumer health information literacy to the senior citizens of Tangipahoa Parish.
     Dr. Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Sciences) presented a research paper, “Alterations in amylin and glucagon during prolonged exercise,” at the June 2010 American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Coauthors of the paper included Michelle Francois (Kinesiology), Dr. Buddy Sirikul (Kinesiology), Dr. Roldan Valverde (Biology), and Dr. Dan Castracane (Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Odessa, TX).

     Jennifer Worley, a kinesiology undergraduate honor’s student, presented “Metabolic responses to Wii Fit Activity” at a poster session at the same meeting. Coauthors were Sharon Rogers, another kinesiology undergraduate honor’s student, and Kraemer. In addition, Kraemer coauthored a paper, “The effect of exercise intensity on plasma and tissue acylated ghrelin concentrations in fasted rats” that was recently accepted for publication in the journal, Regulatory Peptides. The other authors were Rozita Fathi and Abbass Ghanbari-Niaki from the University of Mazandaran in Mazandaran, Iran. Kraemer coauthored another article with Ghanbari-Niaki, “Effects of acute ethionine injection on plasma ghrelin and obestatin levels in trained male rats” that was published in the July 2010 issue of Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental.        
    C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts) attended the recent and last Phi Kappa Phi Triennial convention in Kansas City, Mo., completing a three-year term as Director of Fellowships for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The Society is moving to a Biennial governance model. Also, he was a candidate for the office of President Elect of the Society.
     Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) served on a panel on “How Faculty Can Help Law Enforcement Fight White-Collar Crime” at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association in San Francisco on Aug. 2.  His co-panelists were, Supervisory Special Agent Kelly Bryson, FBI, and Dr. Rich Brady, University of New Mexico.
     Dr. Becky Sue Parton, Dr. Mindy Crain-Durough, and Dr. Robert Hancock (Education & Human Development) published “Using Flip Camcorders to Create Video Feedback:  Is it Realistic for Professors and Beneficial to Students?” in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning in January 2010, Vol 7; Issue 1.
     Jackie Dale Thomas (Leadership Development/Student Activities) recently traveled to Knoxville, TN to attend the summer session of the Gamma Beta Phi’s National Executive Meeting. She was accompanied by two Southeastern students, Christy Hutchison-Whited and Jennifer Worley. Thomas acted in her role as National Vice President; she will serve her fourth term as President in 2012. The National Executive Committee for Gamma Beta Phi has 12 members at present. Southeastern makes up one-fourth of the Board with four members.
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) and collaborators Tae Hoon Choi, Kenneth D. Jordan, and Levent Yilmaz from the Chemistry Department and the Simulations and Modeling Center at the University of Pittsburgh published a paper entitled “Discrete Variable Representation Implementation of the One-Electron Polarization Model” in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 6, 2388 (2010) (
     Dr. Sid Guedry (Biology) has co-authored a manual entitled “Louisiana Roadside Wildflower Establishment and Management Guidelines” with faculty from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The manual will be utilized by all Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Highway supervisors in establishing wildflower areas on the major Louisiana highways.

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