ByLion--March 15


New Nursing structure

Chefs Evening 2010

Retirees Reception

ROAR Network formed

KSLU Fund Drive

Dance Against Cancer

Compass Career College

Golden Silence Memorial

CPTP Programs available

CMS Summer programs

Upcoming Encore! events

SLWP Writing Contest

Women's History events

Camp Discovery

Southeastern in the News

Faculty Excellence news

Library book sale

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Work begins on new Nursing structureKinesiology expansion   
Worksite clearing has started and construction will soon begin on an addition to the Southeastern Kinesiology and Health Studies building that will house the university’s nursing program.
   The $13 million project, which has been on the drawing board for several years now, is funded by state capital outlay monies.
   The construction will add nearly 35,000 square feet of offices and classroom space to the current 55,500 square foot building. When completed in spring 2011, the School of Nursing will move into the facility making it the new home for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the athletic training program. Currently the School of Nursing is housed in Mims Hall, a two-story facility built in 1948 as a dormitory. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, another element of the college, will remain in its current location in Campbell Hall.
   With a total cost of $13 million, the project is a significant addition to the university’s academic facilities. The contractor is D. Honore Construction, Inc. of Baton Rouge, and architects were Holly and Smith of Hammond.
   “It is a long overdue and much needed project,” said President John L. Crain. “The addition has been in the planning stages for nearly a decade and has gradually moved up the state’s priority list for capital outlay projects.”
   The state’s capital outlay budget is different from the general operating budget, which has seen significant cuts in the last two years due to a tightening of state revenues. Under the state capital outlay process, agencies and institutions submit proposals that undergo tight scrutiny and then are prioritized according to need. The last state-funded capital outlay construction program on Southeastern’s campus was the renovation of the Science Annex Building on the south end of the campus in 2007.
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Chefs Evening 2010   Chefs Evening 2010

Dennis Sipiorski, Michael Holly, Denise Tullier-HollyA full house of Southeastern family and friends enjoyed the tasty offerings of more than three dozen area restaurants, bars and grills, and wholesalers at Chefs Evening 2010 Sunday at the University Center.
   During the popular annual food festival and fund raiser, sponsored by the Southeastern Development Foundation, guests also enjoyed a silent auction featuring items in a variety of price ranges. Proceeds from Chefs Evening benefit academic programs.





At left, Visual Arts Department Head Dennis Sipiorski, far left, shows a piece of "live art” to Southeastern supporters Michael Holly and Denise Tullier-Holly.




Retirees Reception   
The 2009-2010 retirees will be honored with a reception on Tuesday, March 16, at 2 p.m., in the Alumni Center. The following retirees will be recognized:  Jacqueline Allbritton, Maurice Badon, Antoinette Basso, Austelene Bratton, Sharron Brunswick, Sandra Calvin, Christina Chapple, Jane Chustz, Jimmy Davis, Martha DesRoches, Dianne Gaten, Gerald Guidroz, Steve Leon, Katherine McGlothren, Terry Passman, Gayle Riche, Leah Sadden, Steve Soutullo, and Margaret Yohe.

ROAR network formed

ROAR Network formed to advocate for Southeastern   
Southeastern is calling on its friends to join the new ROAR Network.
   An acronym for “Reach Out, Advocate, Rally,” the online network was created through a partnership with the Southeastern Alumni Association and the university to more aggressively support Southeastern, especially in the legislative arena.
   “The ROAR Network was established to engage our university’s greatest assets – our alumni and community friends – to bolster support for our proud institution and to make certain our institution’s message is heard loud and clear,” said Southeastern President John Crain and B.J. Lorio, president of the Southeastern Alumni Association, in a joint statement announcing the formation of the organization.
   The ROAR Network cooperates with the university administration in a coordinated effort to make certain supporters are kept abreast of legislative issues that can and will impact higher education in general and Southeastern in particular, according to Erin Cowser, executive assistant to President Crain.
   “The network was created as a means to provide information and engage its members in the legislative process,” Cowser added. “It is being maintained through the university’s non-profit alumni association as an educational outlet.”
   Open to alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the ROAR Network is designed to unite the Southeastern “family” in advocacy efforts on behalf of the university. Cowser stressed that although faculty, staff members and students are welcome and urged to participate in the network, their university-provided email addresses should not be used to register for or access the network.
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KSLU announces 2010 Annual Fund Drive   
Southeastern’s award winning public radio station, 90.9 KSLU, will host its eighth annual On-Air Spring Fund Drive March 22-26.
   Proceeds from the fund drive help KSLU continue to bring quality programming to its listening audience, said General Manager Todd Delaney.
   “In addition,” he said, “the station funds the ‘KSLU Scholarship,’ which is awarded each fall and spring semester to a current or previous KSLU student employee. Our annual fund drive helps fund the scholarship through the ‘Add a Dollar for a Scholar’ donation option.”
   Pledge options during the annual drive include several levels of giving: Green ($35), Gold ($50), Friend ($100), Family ($150), and Benefactor ($250). Pledges may be made online at or by calling the station at 985-549-5758. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (Mastercard and Visa). All donations are tax deductible.
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Dance Against Cancer   
This semester’s Dance Against Cancer will be at 5 p.m. on March 22. Zumba will be taught by Angelique McIntyre (Office of Technology) and Sarah Clifton (Extended Studies).
   There will be a silent auction with door prizes from Outback Steakhouse, Friends Restaurant, Stone Creek Club and Spa, and Gilboys Health Club. Admission is $7.00 per person with all proceeds going to the Technology Team’s Relay for Life. 
   To RSVP contact Sarah Clifton at or Angelique McIntyre at
Southeastern groups partner for local training programAmber Narro, a professor in the Department of Communication at Southeastern Louisiana University, lectures to Hammond's Compass Career College instructors about the importance of incorporating social networking and technology into course design.    
Southeastern’s Division of Extended Studies and Department of Communication are teaming up to provide employee training at Compass Career College as part of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET).
   Compass Career College recruited Southeastern to provide professional development for their instructors. The program focuses on improving lesson planning and instructor/student communication through technology. Compass’s 14 instructors will participate in the two-part “Train the Trainer” sessions, which began last month and will end in March.
   The SBET Program is offered through the Louisiana Workforce Commission and is designed to benefit businesses and industries through individual, standardized training of existing employees. Compass offers programs for students interested in the fields of nursing aide, phlebotomy technician, medical assistant, cosmetology, and medical billing.
   “This partnership is a great example of Southeastern’s ability to provide workforce and professional development programs to our region,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice-president for Extended Studies. “Compass Career College is investing in the professional development of their employees, and we hope to work with them in the future on other programs.”
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Amber Narro, a professor in the Department of Communication at Southeastern Louisiana University, lectures to Hammond's Compass Career College instructors about the importance of incorporating social networking and technology into course design. Narro and three other communication professors, in partnership with Southeastern's Division of Extended Studies, are training the Compass instructors as part of the Louisiana Workforce Commission's Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET). 

Names sought for Southeastern’s March 24 Golden Silence Memorial   
The Southeastern Alumni Association will host “Golden Silence,” a program to honor deceased Southeastern alumni, students and faculty and staff or their family members, on Wednesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union Park.
     “We encourage the campus and the public to let us know if someone from the Southeastern family has passed away during the past year so that we can honor them at Golden Silence,” said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     To include a name in the Golden Silence program, contact the Alumni Association by Monday, March 17, at 985-549 2150, 1-800-SLU-ALUM or

Varied CPTP Programs Available on Campus April through June   
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. The Human Resources office is pleased to sponsor these programs in an effort to make them more accessible to Southeastern employees. Courses are offered for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. 
     Topics offered from April 7 through June 23 include: Addressing Emotions at Work, Building Better Performance through Employee Skill Development, Dealing with Change, Documenting for Performance & Discipline, Effective Conflict Resolution, Managing Across Generations, Managing Work Time, PPR for Supervisors, Professionalism & Productivity for Non-Supervisors and Strategies for Supervisory Success.  For detailed descriptions of the programs go to:
     Advance registration is required for these programs and space is limited. For more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771. 

Southeastern Community Music School announces summer programs   
Registration is underway for the Southeastern Community Music School’s (CMS) “Summer Music Celebration 2010,” a series of summer programs for young and talented musicians.
   Musicians in grades five through eight have until May 1 to register for the middle school band camp, which will take place July 12-16, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond. Tuition is $200 and includes lunch each day.
   Southeastern’s Associate Band Director Paul Frechou will coordinate the middle school band camp, and other faculty, including Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger and Richard Schwartz, assistant director of bands, will lend their expertise.  Students will also have the opportunity to take private lessons and master classes on their designated instrument, as well as participate in jazz combos and music theory classes.
   The smaller workshops are scheduled for July 19-23 from 9 a.m.-noon and include programs for guitar, piano duet, and violin students, said CMS Director Kenneth Boulton. Registration for the piano duet camp ends May 14 and the final day to register for the guitar and violin workshops is June 18. Tuition is $150 per instrument workshop.
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Upcoming Encore! Events   
March 24 -- Guitar Festival, All Styles Night, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Performance Circle.
March 25 -- Southeastern Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir, “Voices of the Holocaust,” Alissa Rowe, director, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
March 26 -- Guest Artist Alumnus Recital: Kerry Baham, piano, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
March 31 -- Jazz Ensemble One, Glen Hemberger, director, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets are $6 general admission; Southeastern students free with ID.

SLWP Writes! Contest   
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) announces its second annual “SLWP Writes!” writing contest for young authors. The contest is open to students from grades 6 through 12. Teachers are encouraged to submit worthy samples of their students’ prose and poetry, or students may submit directly. Students may submit multiple entries.
   Entries must be submitted in hard copy and also by email. Send hard copies to: SLWP Writes! Contest, C/O Dr. Richard Louth, SLU 10327, Hammond, La, 70402 along with a signed permission form available on SLWP’s Web site. Also, email a copy of each entry to The deadline for submission is April 30.
   The “SLWP Writes!” contest is open to students from surrounding parishes.  Judging is done by SLWP Writing Project teacher-consultants. Winners will be notified by May 30 and automatically entered into the “Louisiana Writes” statewide contest, which also presents medals, cash, and an anthology at a gala event at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge in the fall.
   Contest guidelines and awards are available on the SLWP Web site: Winning entries from last year’s contest are also on this site.
   For contest questions or further information on the SLWP Writes! Contest, e-mail
SLWP cntest cordinator, Kate Lane at

Upcoming Women’s History Month events   
March 16, 11 a.m.—Annabel Servat: “Women Writing Food.” Servat is an instructor of English at Southeastern.
March 17, 11 a.m.—a reading by poet Leigh Camacho Rourks: “Sympathetic Magic.” Rourks is an English instructor at Southeastern.
March 23, 11 a.m.—Louise Bostic: “Women in Science and Technology: Role and Status.” Bostic is a professor of industrial technology at Southeastern who specializes in computer applications, drafting design, history and ethics.
March 24, 12 p.m.—Natasha Whitton: “People as Creatures of Habit: Themes in the Fiction of Jill McCorkle.”
March 29, 6 p.m.—A reading by author Jill McCorkle.  

Camp Discovery: A Summer Camp for Academically Gifted/Advanced Students   
Camp Discovery is offering an exciting enrichment program to students enrolled in a gifted program or recommended by a teacher, Grades 3-6 (2009-2010 school year). The theme this year is “Mystery.” Campers will bust up myths, join “CSI Hammond,” pen their own mysteries, and investigate where in the world mysteries occur.
   The camp runs from June 7 to June 24, Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30-12:30 at the Southeastern Laboratory School. Cost is $100.00. Registration deadline is May 14. Contact Mary Banbury at for additional information and an application packet.

Southeastern in the News   
Christmas tree project helping to restore marsh
A team of Southeastern biologists, environmentalists and students are working in a 700-acre area near Manchac to fight marsh erosion.

News from the Center for Faculty Excellence   
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, Room 103 unless otherwise noted.  If you have questions regarding this or would like to make a reservation, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at

Tuesday, March 16

12:30-2 p.m. - "Enhancing Classroom Communication in Difficult Situations"

Thursday, March 18

12:30-1:30 pm - "Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion"

2-3:30 p.m. - "Burning Brightly without Burning Out"


Rock 'N Roar

Want something to ROAR about?  How about some cash?  Rock ‘n Roar Fest XIV will be held this Saturday, March 20. Contact for a departmental form. Completed forms should be faxed to the Center for Faculty Excellence at ext. 5792 ASAP. Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your department as we promote Southeastern!  If you have questions, please contact Amber Narro, ext. 2148 or

Call for Proposals 

The Center for Faculty Excellence invites you to submit a proposal for Southeastern’s annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research, and Creativity.  Proposal deadline is Thursday, April 1. Contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at for more details.

Sims Memorial Library seeking items for Annual Book Sale   
Looking for an easy way to get started on spring cleaning? Sims Library is seeking donations of popular hardcover and paperback reading material (fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, etc.) for the library’s book sale April 14-15.

   In addition to books, the library will also accept DVDs, videos, and CDs. Please do not send popular magazines (such as National Geographic, Time, Glamour, etc.), or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise non-sellable.

   Please deliver donations to either the Circulation Department or the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of Sims Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The book sale is being held as part of National Library Week.

   For more information, contact Eric Johnson at extension 3962, or via e-mail at This is a great way to clean out bookshelves and help the library.

This week in athletics   

The red-hot nationally-ranked Southeastern baseball team will head to southwest Louisiana for four games during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
   Fresh off a sweep of Southland Conference rival UTSA last weekend, the No. 26 Lions (15-1, 3-0 Southland) will head to Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. non-conference contest. On Friday, Southeastern opens a three-game league series at McNeese State with a 6:30 p.m. contest in Lake Charles. The series continues on Saturday with a 3 p.m. contest and concludes with a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday. All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
   The Southeastern softball team (5-11, 1-4 Southland) also will hit the road for four games this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions will be in Itta Bena, Miss., for a 3 p.m. non-conference contest at Mississippi Valley State. Southeastern will return to Southland Conference action over the weekend, heading to Central Arkansas for a three-game league series that opens with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The series concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
   The Southeastern men’s golf team will continue its spring season this week. The Lions, ranked 47th nationally in the latest GolfStat rankings will compete in the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday in Choudrant.
   The women’s tennis team (5-7, 2-3 Southland) will take a break from Southland action this week, hosting a pair on non-conference matches. On Friday, Purdue visits for a 2 p.m. match and Louisiana Tech travels to Southeastern for an 11 a.m. on Saturday. Both matches will be held at the Stone Creek Tennis Club in Covington.
   The defending Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field champions and their female counterparts will compete in their second meet of the outdoor season this week. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will participate in the Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston.

Monday, March 15
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate, Choudrant, All Day

Tuesday, March 16
Softball, at Mississippi Valley State, Itta Bena, Miss., 3 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Intercollegiate, Choudrant, All Day

Wednesday, March 17
Baseball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)

Friday, March 19
Baseball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Purdue, Stone Creek Tennis Club (Covington), 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 20
Baseball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Central Arkansas (DH), Conway, Ark., 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Louisiana Tech, Stone Creek Tennis Club (Covington), 11 a.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Jim Mize Invitational, Ruston, All Day

Sunday, March 21
Baseball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional Activities   
Denise Tullier-Holly (Southeastern Lab School) presented middle school art education techniques to Calcasieu Parish Middle School Art Education teachers at their annual in-service meeting in Lake Charles Jan. 25; she also completed her fifth and final semester teaching art education at Louisiana State University in December 2009. On March 2 at the Tangipahoa Parish School Board meeting, she presented a slideshow of visual art activities throughout Tangipahoa Parish Schools art programs to highlight Youth Art Month (March) in the parish; the superintendent and the school board endorsed Youth Art Month. Four years ago our parish had approximately five visual art teachers. Today there are 18 art teachers. Tullier-Holly serves as the newsletter chair for the Louisiana Art Education Association (LAEA), as well as the chair for Artists in the Capitol Day where Louisiana student artists’ flag designs from around the state are displayed in the Capitol and student artists are celebrated. She also works on the LAEA Fall Conference in Baton Rouge.     
   Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled “Visualizing Hope: A Community-Based Assessment of Health and Housing Four Years
after Hurricane Katrina” at the annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA); she was also voted in as President of SRSA.
   Kay Maurin, M.Ed., (Disability Services) and Barbara Hebert, Ph.D., (University Counseling Center) presented at the National Conference for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) on March 8 in Chicago. The topic was “Engaging Student Affairs Professionals in Strategic Planning.”
   Dr. Barbara Hebert, (University Counseling Center) presented at the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy in New Orleans. Her three-hour presentation was entitled “Using Metaphors to Work with Sexually Abused Children.” 
   Dr. Christine R. Ogilvie (Teaching and Learning) presented at the 29th Annual Super Conference on Special Education, Lafayette, LA, in January on “Lights! Camera! Action! Video Modeling for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” She also presented at the Southeast Educational Research Association Conference in New Orleans in March on “The Impact of Video Modeling and Peer Mentoring of Social Skills on Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

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