ByLion--July 12


Grad student addresses House of Lords

Southeastern students at Miss Louisiana

LSBDC upcoming events

Identify the smell

Asbestos awareness

Professional activities

Southeastern grad student to address UK House of Lords, present at international conferenceAnn O'Connor
A Southeastern graduate student has been invited to address the British House of Lords in London in July on the evolving role of women in the Middle East.
     Ann O’Connor of Hammond, a student in the organizational communication graduate program, will be one of several individuals to address the upper house of Parliament July 15 on the general topic “Women in the Middle East: Beacon of Change.” O’Connor and other participants will discuss the progress women have made in business, politics and the media in the Middle East while remaining within their social and cultural boundaries.
     “Women have always played strong roles in the Middle East, but it has largely been disguised,” said O’Connor, who spent more than 10 years in Saudi Arabia where she performed volunteer activities and worked as a hospital administrator. She said this is changing, and women are assuming greater visibility in all aspects of society.
     O’Connor, who expects to earn her master’s degree next May, is a consultant to several branches of the U.S. military, working to educate military units on Mid-East culture prior to deployment. It’s important, she said, that soldiers gain some prior knowledge of the culture, traditions, religious customs and social expectations of the people with whom they will be interacting. She was recognized for her work in preparing troops for deployment by New Orleans television station WVUE Fox-8 Live with the station’s Jefferson Award for public service.
     Later in the month, she will travel to the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, which will be held in Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. There she will make another presentation on “Fatal Errors in Cross-cultural Competencies by U.S. Troops Deploying to Iraq.”
     “Much of my success in this area of communication is due to the support I receive from the communication faculty at Southeastern, who have supported and assisted me in my efforts,” O’Connor said. “I believe I have been polished by the best.”

Southeastern students distinguish themselves at Miss Louisiana
Three Southeastern students finished strong at the Miss Louisiana pageant in Monroe June 26.
     Current Miss Southeastern, Lacey Sanchez, a biology major from Baton Rouge and a member of the women’s track team, finished fourth runner up out of 28 contestants.
     Miss Southeastern 2008 Brandy Hotard, a nursing major from Port Allen, was among the top 10 finalists and won the preliminary talent award in her group. Hotard competed in the pageant as Miss Crescent City New Orleans.
     Also winning the preliminary talent award in her group was mass communication major Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville, competing as Miss City of Pineville.

Louisiana Small Business Development Center upcoming events

Southeastern, Livingston Chamber host seminar on Email Marketing           
On Thursday, July 22, from 10am to noon, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern, along with the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, will host a seminar titled “The Power of Email Marketing.”
     The instructor will discuss email, survey and event marketing to motivate business owners to develop an email marketing plan. Attendees will have a chance to begin the thought process of setting email marketing goals and expectations and brainstorm creative ideas to implement in an email marketing plan. At the close of the class, attendees will leave inspired and empowered to deepen relationships with their clients.
     The event will be held at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is preferred.
     For more information or to register, please contact LSBDC Southeastern at 225-664-6638, or go to

Brown Bag Lunch Series
Attendees can expect a high impact information, low cost presentation from the 2010 Brown Bag Lunch Series, which hosts its next lunch on Monday, July 26. The event beging at 11:30 a.m. with networking opportunities and continues from noon until 1 p.m.
with the presentation and discussion.
     This month’s topic is “Tax Basics for Small Business” and will be presented by Krystal Brumfield, Tax Counsel for the Unites States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Chaired by Senator Mary Landrieu.  The session is designed to provide small business owners basic knowledge of federal tax laws. Specifically, the seminar will highlight tax cuts often overlooked or misunderstood, including GO Zone tax credits and deductions and energy tax credits.
     Additionally, Brumfield will provide an overview of the different types of business taxes and how to properly calculate them, as well as how to classify a worker as an employee or independent contractor. A summary of new developments and record keeping techniques will also be discussed.
     The lunch seminar will be held at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center on Martens Drive in Hammond. Cost is $5 to attend and pre registration is preferred.
     For more information or to register contact LSBDC Southeastern at 985-549-3831, or
     Next month’s topic is Business Technology.

Keeping It Simple: Tax Basics for Small Businesses

For those unable to attend the brown bag seminar on July 26, the Southeastern Small Business Development Center, along with SCORE and the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, is hosting "Keeping It Simple: Tax Basics for Small Businesses" on July 28 at the St. Tammany Center on Koop Drive in Mandeville from 9 to 10 a.m.

     For more information or to register, please contact LSBDC Southeastern at 985-549-3831 or

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, don’t take unnecessary risks; 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), 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.

Asbestos awareness
The State of Louisiana has completed an asbestos survey of all state-owned buildings. The results of the survey are compiled in management plans by facility. The management plans were assembled according to the requirements set forth in the Department of Environmental Quality Required Elements Index.
     These plans are available for review to anyone interested in the results. The original plans will be kept in the office of the Associate Director of Physical Plant located at the maintenance compound on North Campus. A copy of the plan is available in the Reserve Room of the Sim’s Library.
     Questions or concerns should be directed to Chris Asprion, Southeastern’s Asbestos Plan Manager at extension 5698 in the Physical Plant Office.
Professional activities
Mary B. Ballard (COEHD) and Jeffrey Oescher (Educational Leadership and Technology), along with Gerra Perkins (Northwestern State University) have had their research article, “The Evolving Identity of School Counselors as Defined by the Stakeholders,” accepted for publication in the Journal of School Counseling.
     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders) presented three posters at the International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference in Montreal including “The aphasia center concept: A survey”; “Clinical recommendations regarding partner training is aphasia: Results of systematic review” and “Psychometric properties of the Assessment for Living with Aphasia: A quality of life measure.” She also presented a platform presentation entitled “A review of the quality of treatment research in aphasia.”
     Dr. Becky Sue Parton and Dr. Robert Hancock (Education and Human Development) presented “LAMBERT Grant:  First Year Results of Using RFID Technologies to Facilitate Tangible Learning Interactions for Deaf Pre-Schoolers”  and “Foreign Sign Language Survey:  Connecting Deaf Teens through On-line Learning” at the International Symposium on Instructional Technology and Deaf Education in Rochester, NY in June.
     Dr. Peter Shrock (Sociology and Criminal Justice) authored an article titled “Changes in Relationships between State Characteristics and Regulatory Enforcement over Time” that was accepted for publication in the journal Politics & Policy (October 2010 edition).    
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled “Changes in Elderly Homicide in California” at the annual meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group, in Baltimore in June.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has a poem entitled “Haiku for the Twelve Caesars (A Baker’s Dozen)” that has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming edition of Asinine Poetry.

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