Raising Funds for Haitian Relief

Encore 2010

Raggs Live Dance Party

Community Counseling Center

Grad application deadline

Teaching Writing Summer Institute

Green "S" nominations

Outstanding Man/Woman nominations

Extended Studies News

This Week in Athletics

Professional Activities

Southeastern Community Raising Funds, Collecting supplies for Haitian Relief   
Students, faculty and staff are combining their forces to send aid to the people of Haiti.
     The campaign, “Southeastern Supports Haiti,” combines a traditional fund raising campaign to be undertaken by students with the collection of items to make small health and hygiene supply kits to be sent directly to the Haitian people.
     “We all have seen the devastation that the nation of Haiti has endured, and you can’t help but be moved by their plight,” said President John L. Crain. “Our students wanted to do something for the Haitian people, just like so many people came to the aid of our region following Hurricane Katrina.”
      “Southeastern Supports Haiti” is being coordinated by a task force headed by Vice President of Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Celina Echols, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development.
      “After Hurricane Katrina, people from all over the world responded to the needs of our neighbors affected by that catastrophe,” Yates said. “We’re responding in the same way to help a nation that was already poverty stricken and is facing the need, not just for immediate assistance, but for years of rebuilding.”
     Yates said Southeastern has partnered with a national non-profit organization, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), to use the funds in relief efforts and to distribute the kits directly to the people of Haiti. UMCOR, he said, has already procured customs clearance to ship the kits and is having success getting them to the people of Haiti.
     The campaign started Jan. 26 and will run through Feb. 11. Students from various organizations will be collecting cash donations at the War Memorial Student Union and other locations on campus and at the Lions and Lady Lions upcoming basketball games at the University Center. In addition, students and faculty at the Southeastern Laboratory School are planning several different approaches to raising funds for the relief effort.
     Faculty and staff are organizing to purchase items to be used in one-gallon kits that can be supplied to individuals. The kits will contain a variety of personal items, such as a hand towels and wash cloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap and other items.
     “I anticipate strong faculty support for this initiative,” said Joseph Burns, associate professor of communication and president of the Faculty Senate. “Many of us have contributed to Haitian relief efforts; putting these kits together, however, is something very tangible. It’s something we can see, something we can touch. I can see the help it can bring to someone, even if it’s just for a short while.”
     The campaign is open to donations from the community, either of funds or items for the kits, Yates said. For more information, individuals should contact Jim McHodgkins, assistant vice president for student affairs at 549-3792 or Additional information is available at

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(1) Carley Bushnell, a senior business major from Baton Rouge, collects a donation from Sandra Valdes of Hammond as part of the “Southeastern Supports Haiti” campaign. All university donations will be given to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to support Haitian recovery. “I think it is very important to help out the less fortunate right now,” Valdes said.
(2) Miss Southeastern 2010 Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge, right, collects donations for the “Southeastern Supports Haiti” campaign from students gathered in the Student Union mall on Tuesday (Jan. 26). From left are: Sandra Valdes of Hammond; Abby Sease and Alyssa Ranzino of Mandeville.

Bill Evans Festival, guest artists highlight “Encore! 2010”   
Festivals celebrating the late, great jazz pianist Bill Evans and the art of the guitar highlight the 2010 edition of “Encore!,” Southeastern’s spring performing arts series.
     Sponsored by the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, Encore! 2010 will feature a host of guest artists and dozens of concerts, recitals, operas, plays and dance programs from February through May.
     During the month of April, the ninth annual Bill Evans Jazz Festival honors the seven-time Grammy Award winner and 1950 Southeastern graduate who was the most influential jazz pianist of his generation. Throughout his life, Evans fondly remembered his college years, calling his time at Southeastern the happiest period of his life. He returned to campus for a concert 30 years after his graduation, shortly before his death in 1980.
     The 2010 festival will feature a special concert with pianist Bill Carrothers on April 22 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Called “the new monster of the piano” by the French magazine “Telerama,” Carrothers has performed in the world’s most significant jazz venues for over 25 years. Other events associated with the festival include the Southeastern Alumni Jazz Ensemble directed by Richard Swartz on April 19, and Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II with Carrothers on April 23. All events are free.
     The spring performing arts series will also include the annual Southeastern Guitar Festival with four events during March that feature an eclectic mix of guitar programs, including music for guitar and voice, jazz, and traditional solo guitar and guitar ensembles. Artists include faculty guitarist Patrick Kerber, the Southeastern Guitar Trio, the Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, and the talented performers of the popular All Styles Night.
     The Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi at 7:30 p.m. nightly Feb. 3 – 6. Southeastern Theatre will join the schedule with an award-winning student written play by Zachary L. Boudreaux entitled Parking Lot Babies
     Most “Encore!” events are free. For an “Encore!” brochure or additional information, contact the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts at (985) 549-2184.

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"Raggs Live! Dance Party" rocks into Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre Feb. 4     

Raggs Live Dance Party

Get ready to “wag and wiggle” as Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents “Raggs Live! Dance Party,” the first of two “Pajamas and Play” performances for its youngest fans on Feb. 4.
     Donna Gay Anderson, director of Columbia Theatre, explained that “Pajamas and Play” is a fun series designed to make theater performances accessible and appealing for children.  Kids are invited to wear their pajamas, robes and slippers to the 60-minute performance.
     “Anyone who buys their ticket at the box office will receive a Raggs DVD and activity book while supplies last. This is a nice bonus for a show that is such a favorite with children.” Anderson said. “The house will be rockin’ with this blue canine star!”
     With a kid-friendly curtain time of 7 p.m., “Raggs Live! Dance Party” is based on the music and curriculum-centric TV show, which is seen locally on PBS. The charismatic characters impart subtle messages about the power of friendship, respect and cooperation, while demonstrating how much fun it is to get up and move your body.
     The Raggs Band, including Raggs, Trilby, Pido, B. Max and Razzles, will perform a dozen of their hit songs, including “What’s the Dealio?,” “Stand Back, Brain Attack” and “Pawsuuup!” In a friendly competition, the characters work together to find the best songs and cool moves for their dance party. Kids’ favorite wise-cracking cat, Dumpster, stops by to add his not-so-helpful hints!
     The Raggs Band has performed more than 4,000 live concerts around the world, including stops in Europe, Asia and Australia. “Raggs” now airs in over 175 countries, including Singapore, Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa and Israel. The show is also seen by U.S. military families daily on the Armed Forces Network.
     Tickets for “Raggs Live! Dance Party” are $12 for children ages 10 and under and $15 for adults. Tickets and information are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 985-543-4371, or at Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance times.
     Pajamas and Play returns March 15 with “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

Southeastern Community Counseling Center Open    
Community members may now seek low-cost counseling services at Southeastern’s Community Counseling Center (CCC).
     Developed through the Department of Counseling and Human Development, the CCC serves as a clinical-learning environment for graduate students working to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT).
     Graduate students working toward a counseling degree must complete 100 hours of practicum before a two-semester internship in their specialization. The CCC provides graduate students with an opportunity to earn practicum hours while providing affordable and quality counseling to the community. University students, faculty and staff, however, should continue to use the services offered through the University Counseling Center. They can be reached at (985) 549-3894.
     “Going to class is one thing but now it’s real clients with real-life situations,” said counseling graduate student Elizabeth Berniard of Kenner. “I have gotten a lot more comfortable in that environment, and it has been helpful to use the skills we have been taught.”
     “The center is a great example of the partnerships Southeastern tries to establish with our area communities,” said Tammy Bourg, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our graduate students gain the skills and competencies they need to be professionals in their field while providing valuable, supervised counseling to area residents.”
     Interim CCC Director Terry Pertuit said charges for sessions at the CCC are based on a sliding scale. Special financial circumstances may be accommodated.
     “Counseling is not scary,” Pertuit said. “You don’t have to be sick. You could be someone who is struggling with some aspect of life or a developmental issue. I think it gives people an opportunity to get some needed help, direction and hope.”
     Counseling services of the CCC include marriage and family, individual, child and adolescent, parent and career counseling. The center also hosts a Narcotics Anonymous meeting every Tuesday and Thursday at noon.
     Interim Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Human Development Mary Ballard said the center is something the university has been developing for around 10 years.
     “We have a state-of-the-art facility,” Ballard said. “The equipment and furnishings the university has provided are great.”
     Pertuit, a Southeastern graduate of the counseling master’s program, returned to the university after receiving her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University to start the CCC.
     “What is really neat is that when I was doing my practicum here in 1998, it was very difficult to get clients,” Pertuit said. “To come back and to create an opportunity (for students) is great. It’s been very nice to give back.”
     The CCC is located at 912 Oak Street in Hammond; hours of operation vary, and community members should call in advance to schedule an appointment.
     For more information about the CCC or to schedule an appointment, call (985) 549-3457.

Graduation Application Deadline   
February 17 is the final day that Southeastern students can apply to graduate in Spring 2010.  The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their Leonet campus accounts and choosing the ‘Apply for Graduation’ option. Instructions are available on the “Current Students” link at then click on “Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation” or by calling Southeastern’s Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066/62.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.
     Although the graduation application deadline is traditionally February 15, the deadline has been extended for two days since the university will be closed for Mardi Gras holidays.

Summer Institute in Teaching Writing   
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is now accepting applications for its 19th “Invitational Summer Institute in Teaching Writing.” The institute meets at Southeastern from June 21-July 22, Monday-Thursday, 9-3:30 and is designed for teachers who use writing in their classrooms, are eager to share their knowledge, and wish to learn from other experienced classroom teachers. 
     During the institute, selected K-College teachers from across the curriculum study the teaching of writing, reflect on their own teaching, and share their best teaching practices with each other. Participants also produce personal and professional writing and develop workshops on teaching writing suitable for delivery to local schools. As summer fellows at the university, participants receive a stipend, six hours of graduate credit, and free tuition. Upon completion of the institute, they are recognized as National Writing Project Teacher Consultants.
     Applicants should submit the following: a resume; a brief description of a writing activity used in their classroom; a recommendation from a supervisor or member of SLWP; and a page containing name/address/phone/email/W# as well as school and grade level where the applicant currently teaches. Applications are considered until the Institute is filled, and on-campus interviews begin soon.  Applications can be emailed to> or addressed to Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA 70402.
     The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project is a cooperative effort of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development and is an affiliate of the National Writing Project
     For questions, email, call 985-549-2102 or 2100, or visit the
SLWP webpage:

Green “S” Award nominations   
The Division of Student Affairs Green “S” Award is presented annually to those students who have contributed to student life at Southeastern.
     If you would like to nominate a deserving student, please download the form at the following url:
Outstanding Man/Woman Award nominations   
 The Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Man/Woman Award is presented annually to a man and woman who have made outstanding contributions to the University and have outstanding personal characteristics (i.e. - integrity, leadership, etc).
     If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please download the form at the following url:
News from Extended Studies    

Technical drafting with autocad
Extended Studies is pleased to announce a new course in the skilled labor category. Technical drafting with AutoCAD with be held in Hammond two nights per week for seven weeks from 6 – 9 pm beginning March 16. This hands-on, drafting course is designed for anyone who wants to learn basic drafting, AutoCAD 2010 or dust off those drafting skills to qualify for a new or better job. Book, supplies and a one year AutoCAD 2010 license are included in the tuition. Dr. Michael Beauvais, a professor in the Computer Science and Industrial Technology department at Southeastern, will be instructing the course.
Other courses being offered through Extended Studies are:

Introduction to Elementary Spanish
The course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture that explores basic grammar. The five-week course will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 3.
Pain-free selling for non-traditional salespeople
The workshop will energize even the most reluctant person, making you eager and ready to sell! The one-day workshop will be held on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 4.

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007 at the beginner level. The one-day course will be held on Monday, Feb. 1. 

Introduction to Elementary spanish

The course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture that explores basic grammar. The five-week course will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 2.
Oil painting for beginners
The course is designed for the beginning adult student, with limited oil painting experience. The four-week course will be held on Monday evenings beginning Feb. 1.
Digital photography basics
Learn how digital cameras work and how to take great photos. Bring your own digital camera. The four-week course will be held on Monday evenings beginning Feb. 1.

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

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This Week in Athletics    The Southeastern women’s basketball team will participate in the “Pink Zone” initiative in conjunction with Saturday’s 3 p.m. game versus UTSA in the University Center to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
     In addition to raising awareness, the goal of the event is to contribute funds to the Kay Yow Foundation, which raises money for awareness and education of the disease. Yow, a former head coach at North Carolina State and the coach of the 1988 United States gold medal-winning team, was a champion of breast cancer who lost her fight to the disease, but whose life is honored through the foundation.
     The Lady Lions, who will sport special pink uniforms, will honor breast cancer survivors at halftime. Fans in attendance are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to the game, and the first 500 fans to arrive at the University Center will receive a free t-shirt.

     In addition to being honored at halftime, the survivors will have time for fellowship with other survivors pre-game and enjoy refreshments from 2-3 p.m. in the hospitality room courtesy of North Oaks Obstetrics and Gynecology. The survivors and their families will also have free access to all of the day’s activities.
     Prior to the 3 p.m. contest, A 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held, beginning and ending in the University Center parking lot. The race begins at 1:30 p.m. with registration starting at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $10, and participants will receive a free t-shirt and two tickets to the game.
     For additional information on the day’s activities, contact Dr. Christina Merckx at or (985) 549-5091. Survivors are asked to RSVP with Merckx by Wednesday.
     Southeastern’s schedule begins on Wednesday with the Lions and Lady Lion basketball teams hitting the courts versus Texas State. The Lions (12-8, 4-3 Southland) will play host to the Bobcats in the University Center, while the women’s team (9-11, 3-4 Southland) will head to San Marcos, Texas. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m.
     In addition to Saturday’s “Pink Zone” contest, the men’s basketball, women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track programs will be in action that day. The Lions will head to UTSA for a 2 p.m. Southland Conference men’s basketball contest, while the women’s tennis team (1-0) hits the road for the first time this season, taking on Tulane at 1 p.m. in New Orleans. The Lions and Lady Lions will continue their indoor track season on Saturday, competing in the McNeese State Indoor II meet.
     Wednesday’s women’s basketball and Saturday’s men’s basketball contests will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The Lions’ contest at UTSA on Saturday will also be televised live by the Southland Television Network, which is available in the Hammond area on Charter Channel 22. Wednesday’s men’s basketball and Saturday’s women’s basketball games will be broadcast on the Internet only at

Wednesday, February 3
Men’s Basketball, vs. Texas State, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Women’s Basketball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

Saturday, February 6
Women’s Basketball, vs. UTSA (Pink Zone Game), University Center, 3 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 2 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)*
Women’s Tennis, at Tulane, New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Indoor Invite II, Lake Charles, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional Activities   
Research underway by Dr. Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies) is featured in the current edition of both Louisiana Life and Northshore Report magazines. Each article focuses on the bicentennial of the West Florida Republic. Southeastern and the Center have been named as the intellectual domicile for coordinating the 2010 festivities and scholarly pursuits connected to the bicentennial. In the past three months, Hyde has completed 19 public presentations in support of the bicentennial and the Center’s recent award-winning film American Crisis, American Shame at such locations as the Louisiana State Museum, Colorado Environmental Film Festival, La Tertullia Society – Rural Life Museum, Mandeville Rotary Club, and Sherwood Middle School in Baton Rouge, among others.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart and Karen E. Powell (Louisiana Campus Compact) spoke to the Spring Assembly of faculty and staff of Our Lady of the Lake College on Friday, January 22, at the Baton Rouge Marriott.  The two described services offered by LaCC and outlined the benefits of academic service-learning and the keys to designing a successful service-learning course.
     Dennis Merino's (Mathmatics) research article “The Phi-S - Orthogonal Matrices” has been accepted for publication in LAA (Linear Algebra and Its Applications). This is a joint paper with M. N. Abarra and A. Paras (both are from the Institute of Mathematics, The University of the Philippines).
     Dr. Linhong Wang and Dr. Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) attended the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco held Jan. 13-16. Dr. Wang presented her paper “On Skew Power Series Rings.” Dr. Neuerburg presented a paper titled “Rings and Covered Groups.”
     MBA students Lucien Dornier, Katharine Fauquier, April Field and professor Michael Budden (marketing) had their paper, “Understanding and Confronting Alcohol-Induced Risky Behavior Among College Students” in the 2010 Proceedings of the International Teaching and Learning Conference. The paper, presented by Fauquier and Field won a best paper award and as such is automatically being considered for journal publication.
     MBA students Andrea Montereiro and Miljana Jeremic and professor Michael C. Budden (marketing) had their paper, “Can We Have Some Fries with That? Nutritional Habits and Physical Activities of College Students” appear in the 2010 Proceedings of the International Teaching and Learning Conference.
     Dr. Yu Hsing (Economics) and Dr. Mike Budden (marketing) had their paper, “Are State-Ranking Indicators Correlated with State Economic Performance?” appear in the 2010 Proceedings of the International Applied Business Research conference.
     Michael Budden (marketing), Yu Hsing (economics), Connie Budden (Management) and Michelle Hall (Institutional Rearch) had their article, “Heads or Tails (Success or Failure)? Using Logit Modeling To Predict Student Retention and Progression” appear in the 2010 Proceedings of the International Teaching and Learning
     Connie Budden (Management), Lizette Brenes (Distance University of Costa Rica), Aristides Baraya (Business) and Michael Budden (marketing) had their article, “Inclusion Needs of 3.0 Students in Latin America,” appear in the 2010 Proceedings of the Teaching and Learning Conference.

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