ByLion--August 30


New Miss Southeastern

Green and Gold Week

Tailgate at the Superdome

Chevron donates equipment

PRIDE Scholarship awarded

Bookstore grand opening

Help the "Children of the Gulf"

Getting Bizzy in the Union

Providing Quality Service

Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

New Miss Southeastern crowned   

1)Gabrielle Palma is crowned Miss Southeastern 20112)Miss Southeastern 2011 finalists

Southeastern mass communication and journalism major Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2011.
     Palma received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2010 Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge at the annual pageant Saturday (Aug. 28) at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
     A sophomore, Palma also received the Interview Award, the Internet Choice Award and the Miss Congeniality Award. She is the daughter of Harold and Dena Palma.
     First runner up was Heather Hand, a freshman music major from Denham Springs. Hand also received the pageant’s talent award for her vocal performance “At Last.’ Noel Stilley of Albany, a junior biology major, was second runner-up. She was also honored with the “Miracle Maker” award for her fund-raising efforts in connection with the Miss America Pageant’s charity, the Children’s Miracle Network. Stilley and Hand tied as winners of the pageant’s evening gown segment.
     Third runner up was junior speech pathology major Lacey Thomas of Denham Springs. Thomas also won the swimwear segment.
     Samantha Williams, a junior nursing major from Voorhees, NJ, was the recipient of the “People’s Choice” award, which was voted on by the people.
     Palma will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.


1) Southeastern Louisiana University’s new Miss Southeastern, Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville, receives her crown from her predecessor, Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge.

2) Congratulating the winners are Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates, far left, and Southeastern President John L. Crain, far right. Award winners in the pageant included, from left, Noel Stilley, second runner-up, Miss Southeastern 2011 Gabrielle Palma, Heather Hand, first runner-up, and Lacie Thomas, third runner-up. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss American pageant system.

Green & Gold Week declared in HammondGreen and Gold Week declared


Surrounded by Lionettes, cheerleaders and city officials, City of Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster and Southeastern President John L. Crain review the document proclaiming Sept. 5-11, 2010 as “Green and Gold Week” in the City of Hammond. The proclamation notes the strong partnership between the city and the university and asks that residents wear green and gold apparel and businesses fly the Southeastern colors during the week in anticipation of the Lion’s home season opener on Saturday, Sept. 11 against the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Pictured are, front row, from left, Amber Arceneaux, Alyson Delhom, Caitlin Carona, Lion mascot Roomie, Katie Campbell, and Aimee Schexnayder; back row, from left, Jerica Robinson, Council President Jason Hood, Council District 5 Representative Mike Williams, Foster, Crain, Athletics Director Bart Bellairs, Valerie Ponseti and Chelsea Griffin.

Tailgate with the Lions at the Superdome   
The Alumni Association will host a tailgate prior to the Southeastern vs. Tulane game in the Superdome Thursday, Sept. 2.  The free tailgate party will be held on the Northwest parking concourse from 5-6:30 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.  Look for the green and gold! Game tickets are available by calling 1-866-LION-TIX.

Chevron donates monitoring equipment to SoutheasternChevron donates monitoring equipment   
Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Strategic Business Unit has donated a wide variety of safety and health monitoring equipment to Southeastern’s Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment program.
     The equipment, which includes noise dosimeters, sound level meters, gas and vapor detection units, and other measuring and monitoring instruments, will be used to provide hands-on training for students in the university’s OSH&E program.
     Valued at more than $32,000, the used equipment is in excellent working condition and is comparable to the standard type of monitoring equipment used in the field, said Dean Aguilar, a member of the Chevron Business Unit who presented the donation to Southeastern.
     “Chevron was replacing its equipment and we wanted to place the used instruments with a local university,” said Aguilar, a graduate of Southeastern’s program. “We are very well aware of the value of health, environment and safety professionals and what they mean to our energy corridor.”
     Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, thanked Chevron for the donation, noting it will be well used by the nearly 70 students enrolled in Southeastern’s four-year degree program.
     He added that the Southeastern program will be undergoing a site review in the fall by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET), the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
     “Equipment like this demonstrates to the reviewers that Southeastern students are getting access to the same type of equipment that is used in the field by professionals,” he said.

Above: Shown with some of the safety monitoring equipment donated by Chevron Gulf of Mexico Strategic Business Unit to Southeastern are, from left, students Roland Mcfarlane and Gregory Culberson; Cris Koutsougeras, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology; Lawrence Mauerman, Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment program coordinator; and faculty members Ephraim Massawe and Lu Yuan.

PRIDE Scholarship awarded to Lady Lion Zevy IvoryPride Scholarship awarded to Zevy Ivory   
PRIDE (Positive Role-models Involved in the Development of Excellence), the Southeastern Lady Lion basketball team’s mentoring and support organization, has awarded a PRIDE Scholarship to Zevy Ivory, a senior biological sciences major from Shreveport who completed a stellar career as Lady Lion forward last spring.
     The full scholarship provides Lady Lion basketball players with financial support for post sports eligibility coursework. Since its creation in 2007, the scholarship has awarded more than $14,000 to three student-athletes, who have all earned Southeastern undergraduate degrees. PRIDE funds the scholarship through fundraising efforts such as its annual Bunko for Basketball. The 2010 event, held May 8, and a related raffle of a Buddy 50cc scooter, raised $23,050 for the PRIDE Scholarship fund.
     In her four seasons with the Lady Lions, Ivory was a member of two Southland Conference East Division championship teams and was a third team All-Southland selection in 2009-10. She finished her career as one of the school's career leaders in rebounds (537, 12th) and blocked shots (80, 4th).
     “Without the PRIDE Scholarship I would not be able to finish my degree,” said Ivory, who hopes to become a physical therapist. Her PRIDE mentors Celene Short and Bobbie Carter “have been my mothers away from my mother,” she said. “It has been awesome having PRIDE in my life and I know I speak for myself and my teammates.”
     Head Coach Lori Davis Jones and Assistant Coaches Eric Dumas and Brent Harris said PRIDE is unique in the Southland Conference and an invaluable recruiting tool.
     In addition to the PRIDE Scholarship and the Bunko for Basketball fundraiser, PRIDE members serve as one-on-one role models and mentors for the Lady Lions players. PRIDE activities also include organizing and co-hosting the Lady Lions’ annual Alumni Day, helping to market the team through “Spotlight Player of the Game” and player trading cards promotions, providing educational programs for players, and staging social events throughout year such as the Sweet Meet and Greet Social for new and returning Lady Lions, which will be held September 28.
     Women interested in joining PRIDE are invited to meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the University Center, room 104. Dues are $20 annually. For additional information on PRIDE and the PRIDE Scholarship contact Patsy Causey, 985-345-8133.

Above: Patsy Causey (seated, right), chair of the Southeastern Lady Lion basketball team’s mentoring and support organization PRIDE, presents the 2010 PRIDE Scholarship to senior Lady Lions forward Zevy Ivory, a biological sciences major from Shreveport. Looking on are (standing, from left) Southeastern President John L. Crain, Lady Lion Head Coach Lori Davis Jones, Ivory’s PRIDE mentors Bobbie Carter and Celene Short, and Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale. 

Grand opening event scheduled for University Bookstore   
The campus community is invited to attend a grand opening celebration for the University Bookstore to officially introduce Texas Book Company as the University’s business partner providing management services for the store. The event will be held in the University Bookstore, located in the War Memorial Student Union, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, starting with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.
     A fashion show will immediately follow the ribbon cutting ceremony and will showcase some of the Southeastern clothing items and accessories available at the Bookstore. It will feature student models from Southeastern’s Fashion Merchandising department.
     Refreshments will be provided and attendees can register to win door prizes that include a Coby CD stereo system, a Jansport Day Pack, and a Wii game system.
     The bookstore will also offer faculty and staff a 20% discount on regular priced merchandise that day (excluding textbooks, software, electronics and bargain books).
     For more information, contact the University Bookstore at 549-5393.

Gamma Beta Phi and the Lion’s football team help Children of the Gulf   

1)Front of Children of the Gulf shirt2)Back of Children of the Gulf shirt.

Faculty and Staff are offered the opportunity to help the Children for the Gulf. The Gamma Beta Phi Society has joined with the Lion’s football team to collect school supplies for the children affected by the Oil Spill.    
     Donations or checks made out to Gamma Beta Phi can be brought to the office of Leadership Development and Student Actives in the Student Union, room 110, attention Jackie Dale Thomas, Gamma Beta Phi advisor.
     Coach Lucas and the football team are selling t-shirts depicting Children of the Gulf and all the things they cannot do at the present time, such as swimming, fishing, water skiing, etc. The t-shirts are $10 each and all proceeds go to aiding Children of the Gulf in the specific needs they have.
     The deadline to donate school supplies is Wednesday, Sept. 8. Please contact Coach Lucas (2430) or Jackie Dale Thomas (2233) with any questions.

The Children of the Gulf t-shirt is shown above: 1) front and 2) back. Please call the Athletics Department at 549-2395 to order a shirt.

Southeastern Student Union mall to be "Bizzy" Wednesday   

Southeastern’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host “Getting Bizzy in the Union” on Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the Student Union mall.
     Businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to over 4,000 Southeastern students at the annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
     For more information contact CAB at 985-549-3805.

Providing Quality Service   
The Comprehensive Public Training Program is sponsoring a workshop on campus entitled “Providing Quality Service.” The day–long program will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will be held in room 139 of the University Center.
     The class provides a foundation to help participants address the basic service needs of their customers. Participants will learn how to assess individual situations to identify potential opportunities for providing service. They will also learn specific strategies to meet the needs of customers working within state government. Additionally, participants will learn strategies for dealing with difficult, challenging customers.
     The class is open to all employees, whether or not they have taken any other customer service classes. Supervisory approval and pre-registration are required.
     A certificate of participation, indicating contact hours, will be issued to attendees. Please contact Jan Ortego at extension 5771 or at for registration information.

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.  
Respondus - Sept. 2
Blackboard to GO – Sept. 2
Sympodium – Aug. 31

Workshop series
Mark your calendars for the Center’s upcoming workshop series, Connecting Student Learning and Web 2.0.  The series will begin on Sept. 29 at noon with a national webcast, followed by four in-house workshops presented by Heather O’Connell, department of English. The workshops will be held in Tinsley, room 103, from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Oct. 5 - Skype
Oct. 19 - Podcasting
Nov. 2 - Wikis
Nov. 16 - Social Networking.
Faculty contest
In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Sept. 17, the Center will sponsor a faculty contest for the most creative student-centered activity that increases knowledge of the Constitution and encourages civic engagement. Activities must be presented during the week of Sept. 17. Author of the winning entry will receive a $100 Enhancement Grant from the Center! Refer to the Center’s web page and calendar for more details.

Southeastern in the news


SLU running low on dorm space, school gets more students

Tenure changes put on hold    

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern football and cross country teams will open their respective 2010 schedules to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team is coming off a 6-5 finish in 2009 and returns 16 starters from last season’s team. Southeastern will head to New Orleans to face Football Bowl Subdivision member Tulane on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. Thursday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The game will also air on a tape-delayed basis on WHNO (Charter Channel 14 in the Hammond area) on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
     The Southeastern Alumni Association will be hosting a tailgate prior to the Southeastern vs. Tulane game. The free tailgate party will be held on the Northwest parking concourse of the Superdome from 5-6:30 p.m. Southeastern will be looking to earn its first win over an FBS opponent since the program’s return in 2003. In two previous meetings, Tulane earned narrow victories in 2005 (28-21) and 2007 (35-27).
     The Southeastern cross country teams will open their season on Friday. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the McNeese State Distance Relay in Lake Charles at 6 p.m.
     After an impressive showing at this past week’s season-opening Jackson State Invitational, the Southeastern volleyball team (3-1) will again travel for a non-conference tournament this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions will open play at the South Alabama Invitational with a 7 p.m. match against the host Lady Jaguars. On Friday, Southeastern will take on Alabama State at 10 a.m. and Alabama A&M at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Lions close out tournament play on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. match versus UNC-Asheville.
     The undefeated women’s soccer team (3-0) returns home this week after a posting a 2-0 record on its first road trip of the season. The Lady Lions will be back in action on Sunday, hosting Southern at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.

Thursday, Sept. 2
Football, at Tulane, New Orleans, 7 p.m. (KSLU-FM) (WHNO-TV)
Volleyball, at South Alabama (USA Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at McNeese State Distance Relay, Lake Charles, 6 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Alabama State (USA Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Alabama A&M (USA Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4
Volleyball, vs. UNC-Asheville (USA Invitational), Mobile, Ala., 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5
Women’s Soccer, vs. Southern, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold 

Professional activities   
Dr. David Burley (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled “Restoring Independence: The Ties between Ecological Restoration, Local Economies, and Sustainability.”
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled “From Black Moses to Community Development: Assessment of Quality of Life in the Delta Town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi” at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) in Atlanta.
     Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership & Technology) and Dr. Rayma Harchar of the University of Louisiana Lafayette co-authored the article “University-district partnership for implementing school leaders succession planning” that was published in the International Journal of Organizational Innovation in July, 2010. Dr. Campbell also presented workshops on “Differentiated Instruction for the Classroom” in Baton Rouge and Shreveport June 9-10 for the annual end-of-the-year meeting for first year principals and assistant principals in the Louisiana Educational Leadership Induction program (LELI). 
     Andre Honoree (Management) is the lead author along with colleagues Dr. David Terpstra (Eastern Washington University) and Dr. John Friedl (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) for a paper accepted for publication entitled “U.S. Employment Discrimination Cases:  Does Race/Gender Matter?” and will be included in an upcoming issue of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.
     Dr. Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies) provided 14 public presentations over the summer to professional, civic, and historical groups in support of his new book, A Wisconsin Yankee in Confederate Bayou Country, the West Florida Republic Bicentennial, and his continuing research on domestic terror and paramilitary organizations. Included among the sites of presentations were the Regional Security Conference Marine Command Forces North, the St. Tammany Parish Council, and the Oscher Learning Institute. Hyde’s research was also recently featured in a Travel Channel episode and on Fox Channel 8 television in New Orleans, among other media outlets.
     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) authored an article entitled “Negotiation of identity in group therapy for aphasia: the Aphasia Cafe” published in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
     Dr. David Gurney (Mathematics), presented the paper “A Second Course in Statistics: Linear Statistical Models” at the 2010 Joint Statistics Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on Aug. 3.
     Janet Mayeux (Mathematics) attended EC2 INSTITUTE: Enhancing Content for Comprehension in Undergraduate Mathematics, at University of Louisiana at Lafayette May 20-21.
     Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) and four undergraduate students (Amber Bordelon, Patrick Flowers, Jessica Rhodus, and Arjun Pandey) presented their research at the 240th American Chemical Society Meeting in Boston on Aug. 23. The presentations were entitled the “Synthesis of Single Geometric Isomers of Oxime Ethers through Palladium-catalyzed Cross-coupling Reactions” and the “Synthesis of N-alkoxyimidoyl Tosylates.”
     Ms. Kris T. Jones (Department of Accounting) and co-author Roy Whitehead, Jr., JD, LLM (Department of Accounting, University of Central Arkansas) published a paper entitled, “Drinking and Driving:  Taxpayer Allowed to Take Casualty Loss for Car He Wrecked,” in the July 2010 issue of The CPA Journal.

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