ByLion--July 26


Fall Convocation and Picnic Aug. 13

Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase

Faculty receive Tech in the Works Award

SBDC event

Visual Arts news

Professional activities

Due to a technological glitch, ByLion was unavailable yesterday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Fall Convocation is August 13   

Faculty and staff are invited to the annual Fall Convocation and Picnic on Friday, Aug. 13. The convocation will take place at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 10:30 a.m. Shuttles will begin running at 9 a.m. from the Strawberry Stadium parking facility to Columbia Theatre and will bring faculty and staff back immediately following the convocation.

     The picnic will follow convocation at approximately noon in Twelve Oaks. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend.

Southeastern hosts Fine Arts Showcase    

President John L. Crain hosted a reception for the annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase July 15 at the President's residence. Paintings, photography and sculpture from 23 area artists were selected for the exhibition. The artwork will remain on display in the public areas of the residence for a year.


(1)President John L. Crain with Sally and Rob Carlisle(2)Louisiana Fine Art Showcase


(1) President John L. Crain, left, shows the piece “Nest Egg,” to Hammond residents Sally and Rob Carlisle at the university’s annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase held at the University Residence on Thursday (July 15).


(2) Hammond Artists Margo Aronowitz, left, and Francine Champagne examine artwork by Southeastern artist John Valentino displayed at the annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase. Participating artists in the showcase, which highlights the work of Louisiana artists, were recognized at the University Residence at the reception.

Southeastern faculty recognized with Tech in the Works Award   

Two faculty members with Southeastern’s College of Education and Human Development have received a National Center for Technology Innovation’s (NCTI) 2010 Tech in the Works Award.
      One of four teams to receive the award, Becky Sue Parton and Robert J. Hancock, both assistant professors in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, were honored for the development of interactive storybooks for deaf kindergarteners. The award also earned the research pair $20,000, with pledged matching support, to facilitate their research project.
     “Dr. Hancock has authored a new storybook for the project which contains all original artwork and introduces children to colors and a new family of characters,” said Parton.
     Parton and Hancock are working with Mike Burton, founder of Burton Vision, to distribute the books.
     The Tech in the Works 2010 competition promotes collaborative research in developing innovative and emerging assistive technologies. It also promotes excellence in research to improve educational outcomes for all students, with a focus on students with special needs.
     The competition requires “quick turnaround” collaborative research to inform the development of innovative and emerging technologies. The grant encourages developers and researchers to work together to study the effectiveness and feasibility of a particular technology intervention.
     The competition winners join 16 other developer-research teams that have received support through the competition in previous years. Teams will be highlighted in upcoming NCTI case studies. They will also share preliminary findings at the 2010 Technology Innovators Conference in Washington, DC in November.
     Parton and Hancock were also previously recognized for the development of a technology-based system to improve instruction in sign language for young deaf children. Their system, called LAMBERT (Language Acquisition Manipulatives Blending Early-childhood Research and Technology) links radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to common objects to help deaf children learn American Sign Language more efficiently.

Southeastern SBDC event   
Southeastern Small Business Development Center, along with SCORE and the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, will host “Keeping It Simple: Tax Basics for Small Businesses” July 28 from 9-10 a.m. at the St. Tammany Center on Koop Drive in Mandeville.
     The presentation is designed to provide small business owners with basic knowledge of federal tax laws. Specifically the seminar will focus on tax cuts often overlooked or misunderstood, including GO Zone tax credits 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.
     There is no cost to attend. For more information or to register, call 549-3831 or go to

Visual Arts news   
The Visual Arts Department has changed the title of the visual arts scholarship to the Gertie Hyde Visual Arts Endowed Scholarship in honor of the department office manager who is retiring after 26 years of service to the university and the Visual Arts Department.    
     The art faculty will miss her and would like to give her this honor as a parting gift.  Miss Gertie gave 110% to the students, faculty and the university. The scholarship is given each year to a student in visual arts. The name change will allow Miss Gertie to keep giving to the students of Southeastern’s visual arts department for many years to come. We wish her well and thank her for all she has done to make the department what it is today.

Professional activities   
Luanne Billingsley (Nursing) completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in May at the University of South Alabama with a Systems Change focus. Her DNP project results entitled, “Using Evidence-Based Guidelines to Improve the Discharge Process for Patients With Heart Failure” were presented in Mobile at the Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Gamma Chapter Annual Scholarship Conference in May. Currently, through grants and professional collaborations with Dr. Karen Rice at Ochsner and Dr. Marsha Bennett at LSUHSC, her research is focused on using technology to enhance evidence-based nursing practice and learning opportunities for nursing students.
     Dr. Jean Fotie and his student Kyle A. Burns (Chemistry & Physics), with collaborators from McGill University (Canada), LSU and UNO, have published a paper titled “4-(8-Ethoxy-2,3-dihydro-1H-cyclopenta[c]quinolin-4-yl)butane-1-peroxol” in Acta Crystallographica, (2010), E66(7).
     Sanichiro Yoshida (Chemistry and Physics) presented “Strength physics at nano-scale and application of optical interferometry”and “Stress and strain analysis of metal plates with holes” at the 2010 SEM (Society of Experimental Mechanics) annual meeting June 7-10 in Indianapolis. He also presented “Physical mesomechanics; its theoretical basis and applications” at the 2nd Annual Conference of Euro-American Consortium for Promoting Application of Mathematics in Technical and Natural Sciences, June 21-26, in Sozopol, Bulgaria.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled, “White Male Killings: Low-Frequency, High-Intensity Events” at the meeting of the International Sociological Association (ISA) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Riedel was also elected Treasurer of the global Research Committee 29, “Deviance and Social Control.”  RC29 is a division of the ISA.

     Elisabetta LeJeune (English and Foreign Language) presented a paper titled “The Impact of Giovanni Gentile on the Italian Educational System” at the 2010 R.G. Collingwood Society Conference.

ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Return to By-Lion directory