ByLion--March 1


Admission standards increase

Haiti supplies shipped

Columbia presents Cabaret

Ensemble Ilusis debuts

Guitar Festival events

Scholar Showcase

Faculty Piano Recital

Grad Fair March 11-12

Call for presentations

Encore! 2010 events

Rock n' Roar March 20

Women's History Month events

This week in athletics

Extended Studies news

Professional activities

Southeastern to increase admission standards


Southeastern is increasing its  admission standards for the 2010 fall semester, a move that was approved Friday by its governing body, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
     The major changes approved are increases in the minimum high school grade point average from the current 2.0 GPA to 2.5, or an ACT composite score from the current 20 to 21, or placement in the top 25 percent of the student’s high school class versus the 50 percent placement now required.
     In addition, students cannot have a GPA below 2.0, require no more than one developmental course and must have completed the state Board of Regents Core Curriculum.
     The new criteria will be posted on Southeastern’s Web site,
     “This is a change we have been evaluating for some time,” said President John L. Crain. “It has always been planned as the next step designed to improve our graduation rate.”
     He stated that the admission status of any students already accepted and who do not meet the new criteria would not be affected.
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Haiti supplies shippedSoutheastern freshman Kyle Wolf of Walker, left, and Jonathan Ambrose, director of the Student Union, load supplies destined for Haiti. Faculty, staff and students joined with the Southeastern Lab School to raise funds and collect health and hygiene supplies to send to the devastated nation through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

Southeastern raises funds, collects supplies for Haiti relief   
In a united effort to provide support for relief efforts in Haiti, the Southeastern community raised more than $4,600 and compiled nearly 1,000 health kits to be sent to the earthquake-devastated nation.
     Faculty, staff and students joined with the Southeastern Lab School to raise the funds and collect the supplies used to make the small health and hygiene supply kits to be sent directly to the Haitian people. Donations were also accepted from members of the area community. The kits contained personal items such as wash clothes and hand towels, bandages, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and other supplies.
     The campaign – “Southeastern Supports Haiti” – was coordinated by a task force headed by Vice President of Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Celina Echols, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development.
     “After the assistance our region received following the hurricanes of 2005, it’s only appropriate that we try to help our neighbors in Haiti in any way we can,” said Yates.
     He gave special recognition to the faculty and students at the Southeastern Lab School who raised $1,000 in donations and did much of the work in packaging the kits.
     The funds and kits are being delivered to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a national non-profit organization based in the community of Baldwin, La., which has already procured customs clearance to ship the kits and is working with relief efforts in Haiti.
     “We have been assured that 100 percent of the donations will go directly to help the people of Haiti,” Yates said.

Columbia Theatre to present award winning musicalCabaret coming to Columbia Theatre   
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting the award-winning Broadway musical “Cabaret” for one night only. Winner of 12 Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival, Cabaret brings its energy and famous songs to Columbia Theatre March 7 at 7 p.m.
     Cabaret is set in Berlin in 1929, where Kit Kat Club singer Sally Bowles, a role made famous by Liza Minnelli in the 70s, is trying to live the thrilling life the city is supposed to offer. Then comes American writer Cliff Bradshaw, and Sally soon moves in with him at a boarding house. As things begin to go wrong, Sally is still determined to show the world what a good time she is having, and she will not hear the voices of Nazism around her, although the others can.
     “Cabaret is one of America’s favorite musicals. Mature, thought provoking and entertaining, this show is a classic,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “One hour prior to curtain, complimentary German snacks will be available in our own lobby ‘cabaret.’ Drinks will be available for purchase.”
     Windwood Theatricals returns to the Columbia with this exciting, imaginative musical. Called “an exceptional piece of theatre,” Cabaret features momentous hits such as “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret,” and “Don’t Tell Mama.”
     Best known is the 1972 American film version of Cabaret directed by Bob Fosse and starring Liza Minelli in her career role. Cabaret was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 1973 and won 8, including Best Actor and Best Actress.
     Tickets for Cabaret are $43, Orchestra; Loge, $47; and Balcony, $39. Tickets are available online at and at the box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance times.
     For additional information about the musical Cabaret and other Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts events, contact the theater at 985-543-4366 or visit

Ensemble Ilusis makes debutEnsemble Ilusis launches debut tour   Ensemble Ilusis, a newly-formed contemporary music ensemble directed by Jeremy Sagala, assistant professor of theory and composition at Southeastern, recently completed its first tour of Louisiana and Mississippi, Feb. 8-11.
     The group includes co-directors/composers Jay Batzner (Central Michigan University) and Philip Schuessler (Richland Community College, Decatur, IL), as well as two additional members of Southeastern’s music faculty, Kenneth Boulton and Richard Schwartz.
     The tour included performances, lectures and classroom presentations at Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, University of Southern Mississippi and Southeastern. The concerts featured a rich array of new music composed by Sagala, Batzner and Schluessler, as well as compositions by two of Southeastern’s graduate theory/composition students, Brian Hanson and Jordan Foster.



Patrick KerberGuitar TrioVen Pac Ca

(1) Southeastern guitarist Patrick Kerber will kick off the university’s annual Guitar Festival with a faculty recital March 3.

(2) The Southeastern Guitar Trio, featuring (from left) Patrick Hammett, Matthew Wood and Matthew Ohrberg, will perform at the university’s Guitar Festival on March 17.
(3) The flamenco ensemble Ven Pa’ Ca will perform at Southeastern’s Guitar Festival on March 10.


Southeastern Guitar Festival features four events   
The Southeastern Guitar Festival is celebrating its 11th year with four events scheduled in March.
     The series begins with a faculty recital featuring festival coordinator Patrick Kerber March 3 at 7:30p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. The recital will feature a program of traditional classic guitar repertoire including music from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
     On March 10, the flamenco ensemble Ven Pa’Ca will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Kerber stressed the importance of flamenco as a major component of Spanish music from the 19th century to the present, describing it as “a passionate and rhythmically sophisticated folk art.” With Ven Pa’Ca performing an exciting program of guitar, dance, and percussion, viewers can “expect colorful passion for the eyes and ears,” said Kerber.
     The Southeastern Guitar Trio will perform on March 17 at Pottle Auditorium. The program will include music from the German Renaissance to contemporary Argentine tangos. The trio is comprised of students Patrick Hammett, Matthew Wood and Matthew Ohrberg.
     “Three strong musical personalities give the trio its own unique personality,” said Kerber, “and that’s an absolutely necessary ingredient for musical success. These guys are good!”
     The festival will close with the final event “All Styles Night on the Circle” on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the outdoor Pottle Performance Circle. Participants will include music majors, local amateurs and talented Southeastern students and faculty from outside the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. Performers will offer music from a multitude of genres including an eclectic mix of jazz, popular, classical, bluegrass, Celtic and new age. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the Pottle Auditorium.
     All events at the festival are free and are sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Southeastern Guitar Club and Dr. Ted’s Musician’s Center of Hammond. For more information on the festival or in participating in “All Styles Night on the Circle,” contact Kerber at 549-2886 or at

Scholar ShowcaseScholar showcase   

Professor of Nursing Cynthia Logan talks with Crystal Cavalier, a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, regarding Southeastern’s nursing program at last week's Scholars Showcase. Listening in are Crystal's parents, Joseph and Pamela Cavalier. Approximately 175 area high school seniors attended the event and were awarded scholarships to Southeastern based on their high school accomplishments. In all, 475 scholars have been offered scholarships at Southeastern. The group has an average ACT score of 26.3 and represent 113 high schools from 40 different parishes. More than $9 million in scholarship assistance -- not counting TOPS assistance -- over the next four years has been offered to the group.

Faculty Piano Recital scheduled March 8 Kenneth Boulton


Southeastern pianist Kenneth Boulton will present a piano recital on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     The program, which is free and open to the public, will feature an array of 20th century American solo piano music, including works by Aaron Copland, Jean Eichelberger Ivey and Elie Siegmeister.
     An associate professor of piano, Boulton’s experience covers all facets of keyboard music with a special expertise in American music. Described in “Classics Today” as “dynamically charged, fiercely committed and brilliantly virtuosic,” he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist (without orchestra) for his 2007 recording “Louisiana – A Pianist’s Journey” and the President’s Medal for Excellence in Artistic Activity, one of Southeastern’s highest faculty honors.
     Boulton, who is also director of the Southeastern Community Music School, has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Southeastern Graduating seniors invited to annual “Grad Fair” March 11-12   
Southeastern will host “Grad Fair,” the university’s “one-stop shopping” opportunity for graduating seniors, March 11-12 at the Alumni Center. The annual event gives graduating seniors the opportunity to take care of a variety of graduation-related tasks and requirements.
     Grad Fair hours are noon-6 p.m. on March 11, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 12.
     Students who expect to graduate in May can order caps and gowns, class rings and Southeastern memorabilia. They also can take a graduation photo; obtain graduation and alumni information; complete financial aid and student exit surveys; and visit a variety of booths offering services to prepare them for commencement.
     Southeastern Career Services will also host an “ER Resume Clinic” with professionals on hand to critique student resumes.
     For additional information, contact the Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities at 985-549-2233.

Call for presentations   

Southeastern’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) and Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) invite undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to participate in the Southeastern Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase April 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
     The university-wide open-house, non-competitive event will provide a venue for display of conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. Participants are invited to include current work as well as work completed at Southeastern in previous semesters.
     Although there will be no formal oral presentations, the student investigators and artists – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – are expected to be present for at least one to two hours during the course of the three-hour open house to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     Faculty are welcome to display and accompany work by their former Southeastern student collaborators. Faculty are also welcome to display and distribute recruiting materials for undergraduate and graduate student opportunities in research, creative, and scholarly work. In the event of space limitation, a higher priority will be given to student displays in the main arena.
     Please download the form at ( to register as a participant in this exciting event!
     For more information, please contact Ms. Carole Lachney, OSRP, at 985-549-5312
or by email at

Upcoming Encore! 2010 events   
March 8 -- Faculty Piano Recital: Kenneth Boulton, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
March 10 -- Guitar Artist Recital: TBA, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
March 11 -- Guest Artist Recital: H2 Saxophone Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
March 13 -- Jazz Ensemble One, Glem Hemberger, director, 30th Anniversary “Blues Brothers” Concert Event featuring Blues Brothers saxophonist “Blue” Lou Marini Jr., 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $12, reserved seating; Southeastern students free with ID.
March 15 -- Guest Artist Recital: Noel Engebretson, piano, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
March 17 -- Guitar Festival, Southeastern Guitar Trio, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.

Rock ‘n Roar scheduled March 20


Southeastern’s annual campus-community festival, “Rock ‘n Roar,” will be a fun-filled day for children and adults, said Alumni Director Kathy Pittman.
     In its 14th year, Rock ‘n Roar showcases Southeastern’s fine academics and fun atmosphere for visiting District 8 Literary Rally high school students, alumni and community friends.
     Scheduled for March 20 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Student Union, the festival will offer art, baseball, and dance camps for children and free children’s identification packets – finger printing and photo – compliments of the University Police Department.
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 5-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. The camp, which costs $5, will take place in Clark Hall.
     A camp for young baseball enthusiasts is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field, the Southeastern Lions’ baseball diamond. The camp is open to children ages 5-13 for a $5 fee. Participants are asked to bring their own bat and glove and will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the camp. 
     The Lionettes, Southeastern’s dance team, will host a dance camp for children ages 5-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The camp’s $15 fee includes refreshments and a keepsake. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. The camp will conclude with a performance by participants in the Student Union at noon for parents and other Rock ‘n Roar guests.   
     Camp applications are available online at or at the Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave., (985) 549-2150. Advance registration and payment is mandatory for all camps by March 18. Space is limited, so reservations should be made early.
     Rock ‘n Roar will also feature a variety of children’s games, activities and guest performances.
     Rock ‘n Roar patrons of all ages can also enjoy educational displays by Southeastern’s departments; food and music; plant and ceramics sales; a health fair; and a farmer’s market complete with baked goods, produce, and more.
    For additional information about Rock ‘n Roar Fest camps and contests, call the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150.

Upcoming Women’s History Month events


All Women’s History Month presentations will be held in the Student Union Theatre. Upcoming events includes:
March 3, 12 p.m.—William Robison: “Anne Boleyn: A Hundred Years of Film and Television.”
March 9, 11 a.m.—A reading by poet Ava Haymon.
March 10, 12 p.m.—Margaret Gonzalez-Perez: “Women, Islam and the State: The Political Controversy over Muslim Women’s Clothing.” Perez is a history professor at Southeastern, and her research focuses on comparative politics and international relations.

Women's History Month is sponsored by the departments in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

This week in athletics


The Southeastern basketball teams will conclude their regular seasons, the baseball team will look to continue its torrid start and the softball team will open Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The men’s basketball team (16-11, 8-6 Southland) will look to improve its seeding for next week’s Southland Conference Tournament with a pair of home games on tap for the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Lions host McNeese State at 7:30 p.m. Northwestern State will be in town on Saturday for a 12 p.m. tip-off. Prior to the regular season finale, seniors Patrick Sullivan and Robert Tibbs will be honored in a special Senior Day ceremony.
     While the women’s basketball team (11-16, 5-9 Southland) has not clinched a league tournament berth, it greatly increased its chances with last Saturday’s 77-50 dismantling of Southland East Division co-leader Central Arkansas. The Lady Lions need a win or a Texas State loss to clinch a spot in the eight-team tournament field. Southeastern faces McNeese State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Lake Charles and heads to Natchitoches for a 2 p.m. contest with Northwestern State on Saturday.
     Fresh off a sweep of Mississippi State ­ the program’s first-ever sweep of an SEC opponent ­ the undefeated Southeastern baseball team (7-0) will return home to host five games this week. On Tuesday, Jackson State comes to town for a 6 p.m. contest, while Louisiana-Lafayette visits on Wednesday at 6 p.m. On Friday, the Lions will open a three-game series with Texas Southern with a 6 p.m. contest. The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest and concludes with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.
     The Southeastern softball team (3-6) will open Southland Conference play this week with six league contests on tap. The Lady Lions will open the week at home, hosting Nicholls for a three-game set at North Oak Park. The series begins with a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday and concludes with a 5 p.m. single game on Wednesday. This weekend, the Lady Lions will return to the road, heading to UT Arlington for a three-game set that opens with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday’s series finale is set to begin at 12 p.m.
     The Southeastern women’s tennis team (2-5, 0-2 Southland) will remain on the road for three matches in search of its first league victory of the season. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions will face league rival UTSA at 10 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas. The team will take a break from Southland Conference play with a 1 p.m. match at Houston on Wednesday. On Sunday, Southeastern heads to Lake Charles for a 12 p.m. league contest at McNeese State.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will also be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the LSU Last Chance Meet on Friday in Baton Rouge.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games, Saturday’s women’s basketball game, as well as the baseball games on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at

Tuesday, March 2
Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Nicholls (DH), North Oak Park, 5 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 10 a.m.*

Wednesday, March 3
Men’s Basketball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7:30 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m.*
Baseball, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Alumni Field, 6 p.m.
Softball, vs. Nicholls, North Oak Park, 5 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Houston, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.

Friday, March 5
Baseball, vs. Texas Southern, Alumni Field, 6 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Last Chance Meet, Baton Rouge, All Day

Saturday, March 6
Men’s Basketball, vs. Northwestern State (Senior Day), University Center, 12 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Baseball, vs. Texas Southern, Alumni Field, 2 p.m.
Softball, at UT Arlington (DH), Arlington, Texas, 2 p.m.*

Sunday, March 7
Baseball, vs. Texas Southern, Alumni Field, 1 p.m.
Softball, at UT Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

News from Extended Studies


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 the evening of Tuesday, March 2.
ACT Test Prep
The course will help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores. The five-week course will be held on Thursday evenings beginning March 4.
SHRM Learning System
The in-depth human resources course will help prepare you for the PHR/SPHR certification exam. The twelve-week course will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning March 3.
Friends, Fans, and Fun: Finding Your Smart, Social Self
Learn the “ins and outs” of social networking. Set up a profile, connect with others, and stay safe. The two-week course will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning March 2.

Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 - Beginner
The course teaches core features and functions of Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 at the beginner level. The one-day workshop will be held the morning of Wednesday, March 3.
Digital Photography Basics
Learn how digital cameras work and how to take great photos. Bring your own digital camera. The one-day workshop will be held the evening of Thursday, March 4.
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 the morning of Wednesday, March 3.
Beginning  Harmonica
The beginner’s harmonica course is for all ages. No experience is necessary. The two-week course will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning March 2.

Digital Imaging and Movie Making
Use Microsoft Movie Maker to import photos and music, create storyboards, and produce a video. The four-week course will be held on Monday evenings beginning March 1.

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

Professional activities   

Visual Arts Department Head Dennis Sipiorski has been invited to be the judge for the Mississippi Community College Annual All-State Visual Arts Exhibition. Art students from throughout Mississippi will exhibit at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. The best work created in all media will be juried for excellence. The exhibition will open March 1 at Copiah-Lincoln Community college.
     Dr. Mary Banbury (Teaching & Learning) co-authored the article “Challenges in Classifying Students with Emotional Disturbance: Perspectives of Appraisal Professionals” that was published in the refereed journal Spaces for Difference: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2(1), pp. 16-34. She also presented at the 29th Annual Super Conference on Special Education, Lafayette, LA, in January on “Flexible Grouping: Differentiating Students’ Learning Styles, Interests, and Readiness Skills.”
     Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting) presented a paper, “Forensic Accounting at the FBI,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences on Feb. 20 in Las Vegas.
     Dr. Sharon Hoffman (Ed Leadership and Technology) published “Neoconservatives,” an invited entry in the 2010 Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent, a Sage publication. Editors: Thomas C. Hunt, James C. Carper, Thomas J. Lasley II, and C. Daniel Raisch.
     Dr. Claudia Salcedo (Foreign Languages and Literatures) published an article on “The Phonological System of Spanish” in the annual language journal Revista de Lingüística y Lenguas Aplicadas, published by the “Universidad Politécnica” in Valencia, Spain.
     Dr. Kathleen Campbell and Dr. Felicia Blacher-Wilson (Ed Leadership and Technology) presented “The Effects of Recruiting in a Master’s Degree Program in South Louisiana.” Dr. Mindy Dorough and Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Ed Leadership and Technology) and Flo Winstead (CEDSAR) presented “A Study of Professional Dispositions of Educational Leadership Candidates.” Dr. Rayma Harchar (University of Louisiana Lafayette) and Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Ed Leadership and Technology) presented “School Leader Succession Planning: A University-School Partnership” at Southwest Educational Research Association in New Orleans Feb. 17-19.
     Bev Marshall (writer-in-residence, English) gave a presentation to the Mandeville Chapter of the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women (PEO) entitled “Roles of Women in Right as Rain: Work, Relationships, and Dreams.”

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