ByLion--December 6


Holiday Open House Wednesday

Burkhalter to address graduates

Toy donations needed

Turtle Cove gift items available

Benac publishes book

Currie wins state award

Maggot art travels to Washington

Southeastern in the news

Human Resources news

Extended Studies news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Annual Holiday Open House WednesdayPresident's residence   
The annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House at the President’s Residence is Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 3 and 4:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend.

Elsie Burkhalter to address Southeastern GraduatesElsie Burkhalter   
Elsie P. Burkhalter of Slidell, former chair and current member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, will serve as commencement speaker at Southeastern’s fall graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 11.
     Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the University Center, the ceremony will recognize approximately 1,400 students receiving bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The event is the largest commencement ceremony in Southeastern’s 85-year history.
     Six students will be “hooded” as they receive the Doctor of Education degree: Kelli T. Busbee, Slidell; Shelly Ann Chauvin, Edgard; Ann Marie Delarosa-Strain and Robert J. Deroche Jr., Mandeville; Jeanne Jenkins Ebey, Denham Springs; and Grant R. Gerald, Franklinton.
     The commencement ceremony will feature the introduction of this year’s class of “Golden Graduates,” members of the Class of 1960 and previous years, who will lead the new graduates into the University Center dressed in golden academic regalia.
     Burkhalter has served as a member of the UL System Board of Supervisors, Southeastern’s governing body, since 1993. With a lifelong involvement in education, she has served as president of the St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and School Employees since the union received its charter in 1979. She serves as vice president for the American Federation of Teachers, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and the Louisiana AFL-CIO and as second vice chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
     A graduate of Southeastern with a master’s degree in education, Burkhalter earned her undergraduate degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Last year she was recognized by the Southeastern Alumni Association as the Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education and Human Development.
     Burkhalter has been active in local politics, having been elected to the Slidell City Council where she served as vice president and president of the council. On a national level she has been a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for the past six conventions.
     Named one of “50 people to watch” by New Orleans Magazine, she is a member of numerous organizations including the Rotary Club, Slidell Women Civic Club and League of Women Voters. In addition, she serves on the state’s Workforce Investment Board, the Louisiana Center for Women and Government and the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission.
     Burkhalter has been honored with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Pioneer Award. She has also received the Extra Mile Award from the superintendent and the St. Tammany Parish School Board for outstanding contributions to the recovery of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Donations needed for “Toys from the Heart”Toys from the Heart   
Southeastern’s Greek organizations Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Inc., along with the Recreational Sports and Wellness department and the Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs (MISA), have teamed up to collect toys for underprivileged Hammond children through the annual “Toys from the Heart” holiday toy drive.
      New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union Mall Dec. 6-9. Donation boxes will also be located at the MISA office and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center. Due to an overabundance of girl toys, they are in need of more toys for boys.
     Those interested in participating may also make a monetary donation for the purchase of new toys.
     Toys will be given to registered families Dec. 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Families interested in receiving toys may register for the drive by calling the MISA office at (985) 549-3850. Requests are filled on a first come, first served basis.
     For more information about “Toys from the Heart,” contact the MISA office at 549-3850.

Above, right: Southeastern student Monique Dykes presents a gift to Edson Pierre in the university's Student Union Mall Friday morning. The university's Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs and the Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness have teamed up with several Greek organizations to collect toys for underprivileged Hammond children.

Turtle Cove gift items availableTurtle Cove merchandise


Looking for some last minute Christmas gifts? Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station is offering a number of items of apparel with all proceeds going to help support the activities of the Pass Manchac research center. Items, which feature the Turtle Cove logo, include:

 Baseball caps - $15
 T-shirts - $15
 Sweatshirts and long-sleeve T-shirts - $20
 Rain jacket - $40
 Zip-up fleece - $45

     An environmentally friendly, hot/cold reusable mug is also for sale through Starbucks and Java City. The mug costs $5 and is good for 10 percent off all coffee and hot beverages, and fountain beverages cost only 50-cents when purchased at any of the ARAMARK locations on campus.
     For more information, go to the Turtle Cove Web site ( or to make a purchase, contact Rob Moreau at or call 549-5008.

Historian authors work on conflicts between Missouri ‘Hill Folk’ and industryDavid Benac   
A Southeastern historian has documented the late 19th century conflicts between a tenacious group of inhabitants in eastern Missouri and the lumber and mining company that invaded their isolated society.
     In a newly published book, Conflict in the Ozarks: Hill Folk, Industrialists, and Government in Missouri’s Courtois Hills, Southeastern Associate Professor of History David Benac tells the story of how tensions were ignited between the hill people of the Ozarks and the lumber company that began harvesting timber in the region in the late 1800s.
     “The inhabitants of the area subsisted almost entirely on the resources of these rich forests,” said Benac, who received his doctorate from the University of Missouri. “It was this same valuable timber that drew the Missouri Lumber and Mining Company to the area and sparked an enduring cultural and environmental struggle.”
     Using government documents, company records, local newspapers and oral histories as his resources, Benac examines the struggles between the residents and outsiders. He reviews more than 60 years of major social and economic changes for the hill folk and the forest itself. In less than a century, he said, the region – considered one of the most rugged in the Missouri Ozarks – saw the end of a near hunter-gatherer existence, the rise and fall of a profitable but devastating timber industry, and the beginning of a new era of conservation and environmental awareness.
     Lynn Morrow, historian with the Missouri State Archives, said Benac reviewed tedious details in the archives “to create a readable story of company towns, how they functioned, and what happened when the company left. Benac shows how the Scotch-Irish Ozarks culture accommodated modernity and then returned to traditional ways to survive a grueling economic depression.”
     The book was published by Truman State University Press and is available through and other retailers.

Currie wins state LATAN AwardPaula Currie   
Paula Currie, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CS&D), was presented with a Freedom through Assistive Technology 2010 Champion Award by the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN).
     Currie accepted the award at LATAN’S 13th annual luncheon in Baton Rouge Thursday (Dec. 2). The awards program is intended to recognize individuals and organizations for their work in increasing access to environments for people who use assistive technology. Currie, head of the Southeastern Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, received the "Citizen Award” which is given to an individual in Louisiana who increased access to assistive technology or advocated for changes in policies or laws or practices to assure universal access.
     Currie has championed assistive technology for years in her roles as university professor and a clinical supervisor. She serves as a consultant on augmentive and alternative communication (ACC) to OPTIONS, a Hammond-based nonprofit agency that provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Currie also spearheaded a clinical partnership between the CS&D department and OPTIONS that allows graduate students to obtain practicum experiences providing ACC services to clients.
     A frequent presenter at professional conferences on various aspects of ACC, she has helped establish a university consortium agreement with the state’s Region II Assistive Technology Center, which covers 14 area parish and city school systems. She is a member of the board of Access to Dignity, a north shore nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for individuals in long-term care settings by ensuring opportunities for social networks, personal growth and empowerment for self-advocacy with access to communication and assistive technology supports.
Maggot Monet exhibit travels to WashingtonErin Watson   
Southeastern’s Department of Biological Sciences was in prominent display at the National Engineering and Science Festival held in Washington, D.C. in late October. Erin Watson, assistant professor of biological sciences, and four students staffed the College of Science-sponsored exhibit “Maggot Monets,” which proved to be one of the top attractions at the festival.
     Kids and their parents lined up several rows deep to create art by dipping live blow fly larvae in non-toxic poster paint. Watson, the state’s only doctoral level forensic entomologist and a frequent consultant to the FBI and area law enforcement agencies, uses the opportunity to teach children the important role that insects play in nature.

At right: Erin Watson and senior biology student Megan Harvin work with kids at their “Maggot Monet” exhibit at the National Engineering and Science Festival in Washington, D.C. in late October.

Southeastern in the news   

Burkhalter to speak at SLU commencement

SLU instructor wins fiction prize

Confessions of a non-graduate

Pugh says time to take stand against cuts

Southeastern fee hike proposed

UL seeks new funding plan

SLU professor talks about significance of hijab

Human Resources news   

Violence in the Workplace Acknowledgement
If you have not yet completed the Violence in the Workplace Acknowledgement in Blackboard, we would appreciate your assistance in doing so. 
     We are required each year to distribute this information by the Louisiana State Office of Risk Management.  We are also required to achieve a maximum participation rate in order to reduce the university’s liability insurance by approximately $130,000.00 annually.  As you can see, each person is important in achieving this goal.
     Please go to the link below for instructions on how to complete the Blackboard process. For any questions, please contact Jan Ortego in the Human Resources Office at or at extension 5771.  Thank you very much for your help.

Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) and the Human Resources Office are sponsoring a free seminar open to all employees. The program, entitled “Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9 in room 139 of the University Center.
  Scheduled from 8:15 3:30 p.m., the class will examine the ways we handle the individual differences of people in the workplace. Participants will learn how and why we have different perceptions about people, and how those perceptions can affect teamwork and productivity in positive and negative ways. Participants will practice dealing with different dimensions of diversity in structured exercises, and learn how to create a climate in which all employees' contributions are recognized and appreciated.
    Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for attendance. For more information and to register, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771 for more information.

Extended Studies news   

Addictions, Stress, & Relationship Recovery (Tuesdays beginning Jan. 11, 6 – 8 p.m.)
The course teaches loving and successful behavior for improving people’s lives, health, and careers. The cost for this course is $75 with an additional $25 material fee.

Notarial Review (15 Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m.)
The course prepares students for the notary exam scheduled for June 4. Once registered, students will be sent information about ordering their books. The cost for this course is $575, and the books required for the course cost an additional $270.

Basic Welding (Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Feb. 22, 6 – 8 p.m.)
The course offers an introduction to welding, including Oxy-Acetylene cutting, welding, and shielding metal arc welding. Students must provide personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, welding shirt, jeans, leather shoes/boots, and welding gloves. The cost for this course is $350.

Introduction to Foundry (Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.)
Students will get hands on instruction in the basic foundry work including single piece patterns, multiple piece patterns, match plate patterns, and an introduction to investment casting. Students must provide personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, welding shirt, jeans, leather shoes/boots, and welding gloves.  The cost for this course is $325.


Notarial Prep Course (15 Tuesdays beginning Feb. 8, 6:30 – 9 p.m.)
The course prepares students for the notary exam. The cost for this course is $575, and the books required for the course are an additional $270.

Introduction to Computers (Feb. 10, 8 a.m. – noon)
In the course students will learn the basic skills needed to get started with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows.  The cost for this workshop is $90 with the book provided.

Microsoft Project 2010 (Feb. 15, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Students will learn to build and modify a project schedule which will assist them in managing projects. The cost for this workshop is $299 with the book provided.

Introduction to the Internet (Feb. 17, 8 a.m. – noon)
In the course students will be introduced to Windows Explorer and learn how to take full advantage of all that the Internet has to offer. The cost for this workshop is $90.


ACT Test Preparation
(5 Thursdays, beginning Jan 13, 5 – 7 p.m.)
The course helps high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. If paid and registered one week prior to start of class, students will receive ACT prep book at no additional cost. The cost for this course is $250.


Career Enrichment Program Openings.  Scholarships available.
Advanced Customer Service
– Dec. 6 and 13 at Slidell ERC
Customer Service – Dec. 20 and 28 at Compass Career College
Customer Service – Jan. 10 and 17 at Continental Kennel Club
Sales – Jan. 13 and 20 or Feb. 9 and 16 – Location open
Safety – Feb. 9 and 16 or March 17 and 24 – Location open


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

This week in athletics   

With final examinations on tap, the Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will each play only one game during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (4-2) and Lady Lions (5-2) will both be on the road on Saturday. The day’s action opens with the women’s basketball team facing Ole Miss at 1 p.m. in Oxford, Miss. At 3 p.m. the men’s team takes on Southern in Baton Rouge.
     Both of Saturday’s games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at

Saturday, Dec. 11
Men’s Basketball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 3 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Basketball, at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss., 1 p.m. (KSLU)

Professional activities   

Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Commmunication) organized and chaired the session “From Classroom to Community: Four Real World Uses for Italian” at the 2010 ACTFL Convention in Boston, Ma, Nov. 18-21. Fiumara also presented his paper: “From Classroom to Broadcast Booth: Using Radio to Teach Italian.” Panelists also included Dr. Lucia Harrison (Languages and Communication), who presented her paper: “Student Journalism Italian Style: Creating an Italian-language Newsletter.” Both papers focused on how two extra-curricular activities of the Italian program at Southeastern (KSLU radio show “Caffe Italia” and the student-run newsletter “Il GiornaLeone”) were profitably used in advanced conversation and composition classes.
     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) presented a webinar entitled “Group Therapy and Social Interaction in Aphasia” sponsored by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. In addition, she presented 2 research posters and 3 seminars at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia in November.
     Daniel McCarthy (College of Science and Technology) has been named an Associate Editor to the journal Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids.
     Dr. Glen J. Hemberger (Fine and Performing Arts) presented a session at the 2010 Annual State Conference of the Louisiana Music Educators Association in Baton Rouge.  The session, “A Daily Quest for Excellence: Repertoire, Rehearsal, and Reflection,” involved Paul Frechou (Fine and Performing Arts), Scotty Walker, Director of Bands at Lafayette High School, and Craig Millet, Director of Bands at St. Amant High School.
     Dr. Jean Fotie (Chemistry and Physics) and two of his students (Kristin Allen and Katelyn Dreux) presented two posters during the recent 2010 Joint Southeastern/Southwestern Regional American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans Nov. 30th – Dec. 4. The titles of the presentations were: “Synthesis of Unusual Dihydroquinoline Derivatives through a Modified Skraup Reaction” for Kristin Allen and “Optimization of the Antimalarial and Antitrypanosomal Activities of Ellagic Acid through the Synthesis of Analogs” for Katelyn Dreux. The latter poster was actually among the few posters selected from all branches of science represented during the conference, and as result, was also presented during the SCI-MIX section.

     Bev Marshall (English) was a guest speaker at the Jane Austen Festival in Mandeville. The topic of her presentation was “How to Write a Novel and Get it Published.”

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