ByLion -- January 19


Bourg appointed Provost

Champagne Bingo Saturday

Spring non-credit courses

H1N1 vaccines available

Pointer Sisters scheduled at Columbia

Spring parking permits

PPR Training

CPTP program scheduled

Debt/Financial Management

Sponsored Research & Programs

This Week in Athletics

Professional Activities

Bourg appointed ProvostProvost Tammy Bourg   
   Tammy Bourg, who has served in an interim capacity as provost and vice president of academic affairs since June 2008, has been named permanently to the position following a nationwide search.
   Bourg, a native of Dulac, La., served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2005 and as dean of the new College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences from 2005-2008. She is also a professor of psychology.
   “We are pleased to have Dr. Bourg serve as the university’s chief academic officer,” said President John L. Crain. “She has proven herself over the past 18 months in helping Southeastern maintain its level of academic excellence in the face of significant budget cuts. Her strong background in teaching and research and her experience in handling faculty and academic issues made her the ideal candidate for this position.”
   “I’m honored to have been selected to serve as Southeastern’s provost,” said Bourg.  “While we have challenging times ahead of us, I will work diligently with President Crain, the other University administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure Southeastern continues to provide high-quality academic programs for our students.  Aside from dealing with the current budgetary situation and its impact on academic programs and operations, our primary immediate focus will be to develop further initiatives designed to increase graduation rates and the academic support students need to be successful while maintaining academic quality and rigor.”
   Prior to joining Southeastern, Bourg served on the psychology faculty at California State University, Sacramento, for 17 years, and headed its Department of Psychology during her last four years there. In 1992 and 1993, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Research in Learning, Perception, and Cognition at the University of Minnesota.
   She holds a doctorate and master’s degree in psychology, with a specialization in child development, from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans.

FE-Lions Champagne Bingo Saturday   

   Champagne Bingo is scheduled for Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks.
The event features hor d’oeuvres, champagne, a light lunch, served by the Southeastern Lion football players, silent and live auctions and bingo.
   “Champagne Bingo has grown over the past five years to become one of the most anticipated fundraising events on Southeastern’s campus,” said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. “There will be food, lots of entertainment, and, of course, champagne and bingo. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!”
   Attendees must be at least 21 years of age. For tickets or more information, contact the Alumni Center, (985)-549-2150.

Extended Studies offers non-credit courses for spring   
   Southeastern’s non-credit spring class offerings have started through the Division of Extended Studies. Courses will be held at the division’s three locations: Hammond, Mandeville and Walker.
   “Workforce and professional development will continue to be a focus for our division this spring,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies. “Our division is prepared to assist in meeting the region’s goals of providing training opportunities for the workforce of Louisiana.”
   Technical drafting with AutoCAD, digital photography, oil painting, pain-free selling for nontraditional salespeople, Spanish, and massage therapy are just some of the topics of non-credit courses being offered throughout the region.
   “Providing life-long learning opportunities continues to be Extended Studies number one goal,” said Tom Dawsey, coordinator of special project for the division of extended studies. “With the need for workforce and professional development increasing, Southeastern, through Extended Studies, continues to expand course offerings for this type of training.”
   Extended Studies can be contacted at 1-800-256-2771, (985) 549-2301 or
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Southeastern offering H1N1 vaccine to faculty, staff, studentsPictured above, right, Jeanne Callahan of Denham Springs receives an H1N1 vaccine from Southeastern nursing student Ashley Ward of Baton Rouge.   
Southeastern continues to provide the H1N1 vaccine to all its students, faculty and staff.
   The vaccine is available on a first come, first served basis at the University Health Center on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Vera Williams, director of the center. There is no charge for the vaccine; however, individuals must show a valid Southeastern identification card.
   “In order to facilitate the processing and administration of the vaccine, we are asking that people first read the CDC guidelines regarding the vaccine and review the vaccine consent form,” Williams said. Both documents are available on Southeastern’s Web site, Consent forms are to be completed at the health center.
   Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the University Health Center at 549-2241 if they have any questions.

Pictured above, left, Jeanne Callahan of Denham Springs receives an H1N1 vaccine from Southeastern nursing student Ashley Ward of Baton Rouge.

Boyz II Men postponed, Pointer Sisters Scheduled at Columbia TheatreThe Pointer Sisters are coming to the Columbia Theatre May 21   

   Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is bringing the Pointer Sisters to the stage on May 21. The 7:30 p.m. concert replaces the originally scheduled group Boyz II Men.
   “We were recently informed by Boyz II Men that they are postponing their American spring tour until next fall. For Columbia, that means that the concert originally scheduled for May 21 will be moved to Sept. 24,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “Tickets originally purchased for May 21 will be valid for the September date.”
   Ticket buyers with concerns should contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371, Anderson said.
   “The good news is that because May 21 has opened up, we were able to schedule the legendary Pointer Sisters to perform on that date. Those tickets will go on sale to the general public Jan. 20,” she said.
   The Pointer Sisters have celebrated 36 years in the music industry, with five gold albums, one platinum and one multi-platinum album to their credit. They are best known for their hits from the 80s that include “Neutron Dance,” “Automatic,” “He’s So Shy,” “I’m So Excited,” and “Slow Hand.”
   Tickets for the Pointer Sisters are $58, Orchestra; $64, Loge; and $48, Balcony and are available at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 985-543-4371, or online at
   Box office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times. Southeastern students may purchase half-priced tickets, while supplies last, at the box office with university I.D.
   For information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call (985) 543-4366.

Spring parking permits   
   The University Parking Office is currently issuing parking permits for the spring semester. The University Parking Office is located on the first floor of Pride Hall across the lobby from the University Police Department dispatch window and will not be moving to the University Center for permit issuance or vehicle registration.  The Parking Office's hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

   For more information about parking at Southeastern, contact the Parking Office during regular business hours at 985-549-5695 or by e-mail at

PPR Training for Supervisors   
   There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. A session, offered by the training section of the human resources office, will be held Thursday, Jan. 21. The program will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and will be held in the human resources office conference room. To register for this program please email Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.

CPTP Programs Scheduled on Campus in January and February   
   The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP), a section of the Louisiana Division of Administration located in Baton Rouge, is offering a number of free professional development programs on campus. Human Resources is pleased to sponsor these programs here in an effort to make them more accessible.
   Courses are offered for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. Topics offered from Jan. 14 through Feb. 12 include: Civil Service Essentials for Supervisors, Common Myths that Affect Good Supervision, Correcting Performance Problems, Developing Effective Teams: Part I,  Documenting for Performance & Discipline,  PPR for Supervisors and Workplace Negotiation Skills. Several other programs are offered at the Hammond Medicaid Office. A link to detailed descriptions of the programs follows: .
   Advance registration is required for these programs and space is limited. For more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771.

Debt/Financial Management Program   
   Louisiana Capitol Federal Credit Union (LACAP) will offer a one-hour Debt/Financial Management presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. The session will be held in the University Center, Room 133.  No pre-registration is required; however, please direct any questions to Jan Ortego, training manager in Human Resources at or at extension 5771.

“Going For the Gold and Getting the Green” - The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs’ Spring 2010 Departmental Lunch and Learn Workshop Series   
   The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) will host Proposal Processing from A-Z, mini-workshops for departmental faculty and support staff. Commencing Feb. 1 through April 30, the OSRP will conduct a series of departmental mini-workshops to assist all interested departmental personnel in understanding proposal processing and award management. The workshops will cover topics ranging from agency pre-award guidelines, budget construction /revision, to project closeout. Other topics will be discussed as dictated by the department’s needs and the attendees.  
   The mini-workshops can be scheduled between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held in the respective departments. Attendees should bring their lunch and soft drinks will be provided.  Contact the OSRP at extension 5312 or via email at to reserve a date for your department. Hurry!!! Dates are going fast!!!

This Week in Southeastern Athletics ­ January 18-24   
   The Southeastern men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
   On Wednesday the Lions (10-6, 2-1 Southland) and the Lady Lions (7-9, 1-2 Southland) will face McNeese State. The men’s team heads to Lake Charles and the women’s team welcomes the Cowgirls to the University Center with both games tipping off at 7 p.m. The first 150 fans at Wednesday’s game will receive a trading card featuring junior guard Mary Fountain courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE (Positive Role-models Involved in the Development of Excellence).
   Fresh off a strong performance at last week’s McNeese Indoor Invite, the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to action on Friday. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Purple Tiger Invitational. The meet runs through Saturday.
   On Saturday the Lions and Lady Lions will return to the hardwood to face Stephen F. Austin. The day’s action will begin with the women’s team welcoming SFA to the University Center for a 3 p.m. contest. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring junior center Rachel Mackie. At 6 p.m., the Lions will tip off against the defending Southland Conference champion Lumberjacks in Nacogdoches, Texas.
   Both of this week’s men’s games and Saturday’s women’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday’s game between the Lady Lions and Cowgirls will be broadcast on the Internet only. Saturday’s game in Hammond will also air on a tape-delay basis on the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18).

Wednesday, January 20
Women’s Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*

Friday, January 22
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Purple Tiger Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day

Saturday, January 23
Women’s Basketball, vs. Stephen F. Austin, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
Men’s Basketball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Purple Tiger Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference event

Professional Activities   
   Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) has been reappointed as an Honorary Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. She and co-PI (Linda Worrall, UQ, Brisbane, Australia) have received a large grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia to study “living with aphasia.” Dr. Simmons-Mackie has also been appointed to the Research Board of the Adler Aphasia Center in New Jersey and re-elected as Secretary of the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders and Sciences. At the recent American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual convention in New Orleans, Dr. Simmons-Mackie presented “Communication partner training in aphasia: A review of treatment approaches.”
   Dr. Sharon Hoffman (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented “Down and Out in the Nursery: Helping Infant Practitioners Self-Identify and Overcome their Compassion Fatigue.” This was presented at a workshop at the 24th National Zero to Three Conference in Dallas, Tex. Dec. 4-6, 2009.
   Kellen Gilbert (Sociology and Criminal Justice) published “Short-Term Mission Trips and the Enhancement of Cultural Awareness” in the journal The Applied Anthropologist with co-author William T. Hamilton (University of North Carolina-Greensboro).

   William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture, “The War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans in Long Term International Perspective,” for the celebration of the 195th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans sponsored by the United States Daughters of 1812 at the Cabildo on Jan. 8.

   Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) has published an article entitled “The Religious Essence of Intelligent Design” in the Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology. The paper is based on the presentation that Dr. Forrest delivered in June 2009 at the CSHL symposium entitled “Evolution - The Molecular Landscape,” which celebrated Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. The meeting attracted 400 participants to CSH from around the world.


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