ByLion--June 28


Dancers perform at Kennedy Center

Relay for Life fundraisers

Outside employment

Zoom Into Careers

Book Club forming

Professional activities

Southeastern dance students perform at Kennedy CenterJeoffery Harris, Jr. and Nicole Judson


Southeastern dance students Nicole Judson of Baton Rouge and Jeoffery Harris Jr. of New Orleans recently performed at the American College Dance Festival Association’s (ACDFA) National Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
     At 10 regional festivals from across the nation with 5,000 participants, 431 choreographic works were adjudicated, and of those pieces, only 30 were selected for performance at the Kennedy Center. “River Rise,” a dance choreographed Harris, was selected for the national conference.
     “As a choreographer, it was a great honor to perform my work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,” Harris said. “It was truly an unforgettable experience to dance where celebrities and other talented artists have performed before me. Being the first student from Southeastern whose choreography was selected for the national level is a great achievement for me as a choreographer.”
     Fellow dance student Judson also performed in Harris’ piece at the conference.
     “Performing at the Kennedy Center was such an honor and experience on its own. Being in the presence of and surrounded by so many people who have the same passion and talent and are able to share this artistic, memorable and honorable experience is the biggest honor of all,” Judson said. “This whole experience showed me dance is truly my passion and love; it motivates me to keep going.”
     Southeastern Dance Professor Martie Fellom, who accompanied Harris and Judson to the conference, called it the experience of a lifetime.
     “Jeoffery and Nicole performed with beautiful precision and genuine commitment at the Kennedy Center. I had tears in my eyes as I watched them dance,” Fellom said. “After viewing three nights of concerts, I am reassured that college dance is alive and well in the United States, especially at Southeastern.”
     She said students at Southeastern study dance to earn a dance concentration or minor, compared to other universities with dance majors. “Although Harris and Judson are pursuing other degree programs at Southeastern, they study dance with great passion, which showed in their performance.”
     “Having Jeoffery’s choreography selected over faculty, guest artists and student works across the nation offers additional proof of excellence at Southeastern,” she said.

RISING TO THE OCCASION - Southeastern dance students Jeoffery Harris Jr., left, and Nicole Judson pose in front of their performance photo in the lobby of the Kennedy Center. The pair performed Harris’ choreographed work “River Rise” at the American College Dance Festival Association’s National Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Relay for Life fundraisersBecki Starkey, Angelique McIntyre, Donna Methevien


The Office of Technology’s Relay for Life “Tech Team” is busy gearing up for this year’s fundraising season. They have this year’s Relay for Life t-shirt available for sale in McClimans Hall for $15.00. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.  
     The Tech Team is still taking orders for their cookbook, which will be released in mid-August. Cookbooks are $9.00 each or $8.00 for 5 or more.
     For more information, contact Becki, Angelique or Donna at or 549-2138.

Tech team members, from left, Becki Starkey, Angelique McIntyre, and Donna Methvien, proudly display their team t-shirts.



Outside employment


Southeastern employees who are classified as full time at any time during the reporting period ending June 30 are required to report any outside employment. The questionnaire and instructions for completing it are in Blackboard.
     If outside employment has been obtained since your initial response, a paper form for this employment must be completed and forwarded to HR. 
     Forms are online at

Zoom into CareersZoom into Inventing   

High school students have been exploring the exciting fields of culinary arts, inventing, photography, and television at Southeastern this summer through the Division of Extended Studies’ “Zoom into Careers” workshops.
     In its second year, the program grew from two to five career workshops held on the main campus in Hammond and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. This enabled extended studies to work with the colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Education and Human Development, Science and Technology, and the Southeastern Channel, as well as form new partnerships with the Louisiana Technical College Hammond campus and Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
     Assistant Professor of Industrial Technology Michael Beauvais, left, brought in fellow design professionals during “Zoom into Inventing” to interact with students in the invention program as they worked to produce solid models and drawings of their solution to a design problem, as well as learn the patent process and how to work within deadlines and project constraints. 

Book club forming at Sims Library   The Friends of Sims Library (FoSL), an organization affiliated with Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library, is forming a book club that will be open to the general public.
     “The focus of the club will be on material of a scholarly bent but of interest to the general reader,” said Eric Johnson, library director. “It’s a club that will be suited for the setting of a university library.”
     The club will meet at 7 p.m in the library three times during the fall semester – Sept. 13, Oct. 11, and Nov. 8 – and three times in the spring semester. Johnson said there are no charges to participate in the club, but participants will be responsible for procuring their own copies of books under discussion.
     Individuals interested in joining the group should e-mail Joe Brown, FoSL president, at
     The first three books on the agenda will include James Shapiro’s Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, which examines the questions of why so many people question the authorship of Shakespeare’s writing. Also on the list are Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw: A Blood Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, which investigates changes in the restaurant business in the last 10 years; and David Grann’s The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, which explores the disappearance of explorer Percy Fawcett in his quest to find El Dorado, the legendary City of Gold.
     All three books are readily available on-line and through local bookstores.

Professional activities   
Dr. Joe Morris (accounting) attended the Southland Conference Advisory Council Meeting in Galveston, Tex., June 1-3.
   Charles Elliott (history and political science) presented “West Florida: A Popular (and Classroom) History” and “West Florida: Louisiana’s Three-Cornered Geopolitical Hat” at the A+PEL (Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana) American Studies Conference and University Program in Louisiana and American History in Baton Rouge on June 12.
     Michael Budden (marketing), Yu Hsing (economics), Connie Budden (management) and Michelle Hall (institutional research) had their article, “Heads or Tails (Success or Failure)? Using Logit Modeling To Predict Student Retention and
Progression” published in the May issue of Contemporary Issues in Education Research.
     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” published in the June issue of Contemporary Issues in Education Research.
     Dr. Cynthia Elliott (teaching and learning) presented at the National Head Start Research Conference with Dr. Susan Spring, Executive Director of Regina Coeli Child Development Center, grantee for Head Start local centers on June 21 in Washington, DC.  The poster presentation “Dual Language Preschool Collaborative:  Program Model and Evaluation Report” described the collaborative model for the dual language PK program that began Fall 2008, and presented the preschool research findings for the dual language PK program for 2008-2010. The collaboration involves Livingston Parish Public Schools, Regina Coeli Child Development Center-Head Start and Southeastern. Other faculty members participating in the research include Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (educational leadership and technology) and Wendy Jacocks (teaching and learning).


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