ByLion--February 8


Black History Month

The Pink Zone

Le Souvenir honored

Library to host LIGO exhibit

Take the AT&T Challenge

Journalism conference

H1N1 Vaccine update

Call for proposals

Outstanding Freshman Award

Identify the smell

This week in athletics

Faculty Excellence news

Extended Studies news

Professional activities

Black History Month activities this week   
Student organizations and academic departments at Southeastern are hosting a month-long slate of activities during February in celebration of Black History Month.
     The week’s activities include:
Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, “Culture Night,” sponsored by the Black Student Union.
Feb. 10, 10 a.m., Pottle Music Auditorium: The Southeastern Department of History and Political Science will sponsor a lecture by Charles Elliot: “Getting to Brown: The Historical Background of School Desegregation in Louisiana.”
Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m., D Vickers, room 383: Southeastern Writing Center will sponsor Black History Month Poetry Workshop presented by Niyi Osundare.
Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, 3rd Floor: Niyi Osundare reading, sponsored by the Southeastern Writing Center.
Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Student Union, room 223: “Your Hair is Your Crown: How to Take Care of Your Crown” presented by Chinita Williams and sponsored by NAACP.
     For more information on Southeastern’s Black History Month, call the MISA office at extension 3850.

Lady Lions enter the Pink Zone   The Pink Zone
The Lady Lion’s basketball program participated in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Kay Yow Foundation’s Pink Zone initiative designed to raise breast cancer awareness in conjunction with its Southland Conference contest versus defending league champion UTSA on Saturday at the University Center.
     Although the Lady Lions fell to UTSA, the mood was bright as breast cancer survivors from the campus and community were honored at halftime. The Lady Lions sported special pink uniforms, and fans in attendance were encouraged to wear pink shirts to the game. Several breast cancer survivors served as honorary coaches and were introduced with the team during the starting lineup introductions.
     The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known as “Think Pink,” in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities. The Lady Lions first participated in 2008.

Southeastern yearbook honored with top award


The latest edition of Le Souvenir, Southeastern’s student yearbook, earned a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association for its ninth consecutive year.
     The association presents the first place award for publications which are “outstanding overall examples of a scholastic publication in format, content and presentation.” The publication received 930 points on a 1,000-point scale, earning perfect scores in the categories of content presentation and general page design. Over 2,000 entries nationwide were reviewed by the judges.
     “It’s nice to be recognized again for our work,” said Allyson O’Keefe of Metairie, a Southeastern graduate student in psychology who served as editor. “A great deal of work went into making the 2009 edition, and I think it came together nicely.”
     O’Keefe was assisted by Patrick Costilow of Slidell, a senior in visual arts, who served as layout editor and who is serving as editor of the 2010 edition of Le Souvenir.
     “I’m glad our book was acknowledged because we put so much work into it,” Costilow said. “For a yearbook that is run by a small staff, I think we have done really well for ourselves over the past several years.”
     The 2009 edition was distributed in the fall. Students who have not received a copy may pick one up in the Student Publications office, Student Union 211A on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
     The staffs of Le Souvenir have won nearly a dozen local, regional and national awards over the past decade. The yearbook is published through the Office of Student Publications under the guidance of Lee E. Lind, director of student publications, and Lorraine Favre, coordinator of the department.

Southeastern Sims Memorial Library will host LIGO Exhibit   
Gravitational waves will pass through Hammond at an interactive exhibit in Sims Memorial Library. A product of scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, the exhibit will be on display beginning Feb. 9 and run through Feb. 24.
     The library is partnering with the Department of Chemistry and Physics and LIGO to present “Astronomy’s New Messengers,” which focuses on gravitational waves, one of Einstein’s predictions stemming from his gravity theory of general relativity.
     “Gravitational waves are disturbances of space-time traveling at the speed of light, much like ripples on the surface of water. They are generated by fast moving, massive objects in nature,” said Gerard Blanchard, professor and department head of Chemistry and Physics. “The exhibit will give the viewer a hands-on experience with the basic physical nature of gravitational waves and their effects on space-time.”
     The traveling exhibit made its debut at the World Science Festival in New York City in June then traveled to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The exhibit can be viewed on the library’s first floor exhibit area Mondays through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m.
     For more information, contact Blanchard at or Sims Memorial Library at (985) 549-3860.

Alumni, Parents, Faculty and Staff: Take the AT&T Challenge! Southeastern Louisiana University students   
Donate today and double the impact of your gift to the Southeastern Annual Fund!
Recently AT&T made a generous commitment of $20,000 to the Southeastern Annual Fund. But, with this gift comes a challenge--the AT&T Challenge.
     AT&T made this contribution with a very strategic intent. First and foremost, they wished to make an impact on the University by supporting the Southeastern Annual Fund. Second, they wanted to inspire alumni, parents, faculty and staff who have not given to Southeastern in the past three years to donate now. The gifts will be matched 1:1; therefore, gifts of $25, $250, or $500 will provide $50, $500, or $1,000 in vital support for the Southeastern Annual Fund, which affects every aspect of the University and our students!
     Any new gifts to the Southeastern Annual Fund made on or before June 30, 2010 will qualify for a match via the AT&T Challenge up to $20,000! At a time when these funds are most crucial, think of the good that can be accomplished with your support!
     So why not take the AT&T Challenge? Make your gift online now at or call 866-474-4438.

Communication Department to host convergence-themed journalism conference   
Budding student journalists and university media enthusiasts may still register to attend or compete in the 2010 Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), hosted by Southeastern’s Department of Communication Feb. 11-13.
     The free, three-day event will take place at the university and Hammond’s Quality Inn and will feature presentations from professional communication practioners and various media-related competitions. The 2010 conference will focus on media convergence, a topic that has become increasingly popular in recent years.
     Communication professor and SEJC faculty president Amber Narro said the university has received 12 confirmations from southeast-area colleges so far, and she is expecting up to 250 people to attend.
     Undergraduate students will participate in more than 15 on-site journalism championships of various genres, including newspaper layout, sports writing and broadcast anchoring. Students interested in competing in any of the championships may still register to participate depending upon available space. For a full list of competitions, visit the SEJC 2010 Web site at
     Students, faculty and staff interested in attending the conference should pre-register with Narro. Optional lunches will be served Friday and Saturday for a fee of $15 for one meal or $25 for both days; checks should be made payable to the Southeastern Louisiana University Press Club.
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H1N1 Vaccine update   
The University Health Center and Dr. Donnie Booth collaborated with the Region 9 Office of Public Health regarding the H1N1 pandemic recently. The entire group has recommended an added effort to immunize our campus community against the H1N1 over the next few weeks.
     Due to the success of the New Orleans Saints and the impending carnival season, numerous crowded events will take place over the next few weeks. These exciting events will increase your risk for contracting the H1N1 flu. Please remember that we are currently in the peak season for contracting the influenza virus.
      Due to these circumstances the University Health Center will continue to administer the H1N1 vaccine at no charge from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the entire month of February. The vaccines at the health center are available to all students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni.
      We will join with the Office of Public Health strike team to provide vaccines in the Student Union later in the month. We will inform the campus community regarding the date(s) of this pending flu campaign.
      Remember, the goal at the University Health Center is to maintain the health of our entire Southeastern Community. For further questions regarding this campaign please contact the health center at 985-549-2241.

Call for proposals   
We are busily preparing for the 5th Annual Southeastern Leadership Conference (SLC) sponsored by the Division for Student Affairs. We would like for you to consider submitting a proposal for an educational session to be presented at the conference. We are looking for topics that relate to student leaders from the community college and university setting.
      SLC will take place on March 6. There are three time slots for sessions. You can submit to present at one or all of the time slots.
      If you would like to join us for this annual event as a presenter, please follow this link to learn more about the conference and to complete the presenter proposal. We have extended the deadline until Friday, Feb. 12.

Outstanding Freshman Award   
The Division for Student Affairs Outstanding Freshman Award is presented to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the University in their first year as a student and has 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:

Identify the smell   
Southeastern has a safe and reliable gas system. Gas leakage may occur from faulty appliances, loose connections, service lines inside or outside your home/building or from gas mains. Leaks can be dangerous and should be dealt with promptly by experts. Natural gas is odorless in its natural state; therefore, an odorant is usually added to give it a distinctive odor of rotten eggs. If you ever smell gas, call the Physical Plant (549-3333) promptly!

If you ever smell gas - even if you do not use it in your building on campus take these precautions promptly:

1. Call the Physical Plant (549-3333) and Campus Police (549-2222).
2. If odor is very strong and you are indoors, go outside.
3. Do not turn any electrical switches on or off.
4. Do not light matches, smoke or create any other source of combustion.

However, as slim as the chances of danger are, it doesn't pay to take needless risks. At the first sniff of gas, play it safe.  Call us. For additional information, please contact Physical Plant.  

This week in athletics    

The Southeastern softball team will open its 2010 season, while the tennis, men’s and women’s basketball teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The week’s action opens today as the Lady Lion tennis team (1-1) returns to the courts. Southeastern will head to New Orleans for a 2 p.m. contest with UNO.

     On Friday, the softball team will open tournament play at the ULM Warhawk Classic. The Lady Lions will face Jackson State at 12 p.m. and Southeast Missouri at 2 p.m.

     The basketball teams will be back in action on Saturday, facing in-state and Southland Conference rival Nicholls. The Lions (13-9, 5-4 Southland) will look to complete a season sweep of the Colonels, hosting a 3 p.m. contest in the University Center. Meanwhile, the Lady Lions (9-13, 3-6 Southland) head to Thibodaux for a 2 p.m. game.

     Also on Saturday, the Southeastern softball team will continue tournament play. The Lady Lions face Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m. and Jackson State at 6 p.m.

     On Sunday, Southeastern wraps up tournament play against Southeast Missouri at 10 a.m. Live stats for the tournament will be available at The women’s tennis team will be in Lafayette for a 1 p.m. contest against UL-Lafayette.

     Saturday’s women’s basketball game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at The Lions’ home game versus Nicholls on Saturday will be broadcast on the Internet only.

Monday, February 8
Women’s Tennis, at UNO, New Orleans, 2 p.m.

Friday, February 12
Softball, vs. Jackson State (ULM Warhawk Classic), Monroe, 12 p.m.
Softball, vs. Southeast Missouri (ULM Warhawk Classic), Monroe, 2 p.m.

Saturday, February 13
Men’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 3 p.m.*
Women’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Louisiana-Monroe (ULM Warhawk Classic), Monroe, 2 p.m.
Softball, vs. Jackson State (ULM Warhawk Classic), Monroe, 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 14
Softball, vs. Southeast Missouri (ULM Warhawk Classic), Monroe, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

News from the Center for Faculty Excellence

Lunch n' Learn - The Center invites you to the audio online seminar, Engaging Students: Practical Strategies for Success on Thursday, Feb. 11, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. in Tinsley 103. Please call the Center at extension 5791 to reserve your spot. A light lunch will be served.
Certificates of University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) are offered by the Center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. Spring 2010, sessions begin with Step 1: Introduction to Course Portfolios - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10-11 a.m.
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 two nights per week for seven weeks from 6 – 9 p.m. 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 Industrial Technology department at Southeastern, will be instructing the course.

Other courses being offered through Extended Studies are:

Notarial Review
The course will prepare you for the upcoming notary exam. Learn about contracts, wills, and more. The fifteen-week course will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 9.

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 Thursday, Feb. 18.

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007 at the beginner level. The two-week course will be held on Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 11.

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

Professional activities   
   On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics held the first ever local “You Be The Chemist” Challenge. YBTC is a project of the Chemical Education Foundation (Arlington, Va.) to promote science and chemistry knowledge among middle school students. Last year Daniel Hulgan of Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge won the National Championship at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pa. This year Samantha Messina (Southeastern Laboratory School) won the Local Challenge. She and the runner-up, Kailyn Duncan (Nesom Middle School) will compete in the state-wide competition for the right to represent Louisiana at the national level this summer. If one of them cannot make it, the alternate is Emma Griffith (also of the Lab School). The moderator of the competition was Dr. Gina Little, and the head judge was Bill Parkinson, assisted by Jodie Green and David Norwood. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, Va., the Chemical Educational Foundation is dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of the science of chemistry, the benefits of chemicals, and the importance of chemical safety awareness.
     Dr. Claudia McCalman and co-author Dr. Carol Madere (Communication) recently had their article “Sub-Saharan African Students’ Experiences, Perceptions, and Expectations with American Health Services: An Intercultural Challenge” published in the refereed journal Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships.
     Dr. Claudia Salcedo (Foreign Languages and Literature) presented a paper entitled "The effects of songs in the foreign language classroom on text recall, delayed text recall and involuntary mental rehearsal" at the Clute Institute for Academic Research, Jan. 4 in Orlando. The paper received a Best Paper Award and was accepted for publication in the Journal of College Teaching and Learning.
     Switch-Pitchers, a baseball novel by Dr. Norman German (English Department) has just been published by Bluewater Press (Florida). A review of the book prompted the director of research at the Baseball Hall of Fame to request a copy for its library in Cooperstown, N.Y.


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