ByLion--March 22


Rock 'n Roar 2010

Retirees honored

STAR program

Fiscal year-end deadline

Smith receives award

Southeast Louisiana Review

Volunteers plant trees

Upcoming SBDC events

Upcoming Encore! events

Rhinehart wins Caudell Cup

Women's History Month events

Zoom into Careers

This week in athletics

Faculty Excellence news

Extended Studies news

Professional activities

Students, community enjoy Rock 'n Roar 2010   
Approximately 2,600 high school students from 60 schools gathered at Southeastern Saturday for the Southeast Louisiana District VIII Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar, Southeastern's annual campus-community festival. 
   Students from 11 parishes, including Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and Livingston, took tests in 46 subjects, then joined area residents in enjoying Rock 'n Roar activities, including academic displays, food booths, interactive games and children's camps. 
   The high school students were among 20,000 competing statewide at nine Literary Rally district sites, including Southeastern. 
 Admissions and Financial DepartmentCommunication Sciences and DisordersDrunk goggles simulationPotter's Wheel


Top left, students check out admissions and financial aid information online. Top right, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders' booth presented models of the human brain to visiting students. Bottom left, the School of Nursing utilized "drunk goggles" to help students simulate impairments associated with drinking alcohol. Bottom right, Dennis Sipiorski, head of the Visual Arts Department, works the potter's wheel in the crafts area.

Retirees honored Southeastern retirees honored   

Southeastern recognized its retirees for the past year with a reception held at the Alumni Center last week. Posing with President John L. Crain (2nd row, far right) are, front row, from left: Katherine McGlothren, University Advancement; Gayle Riche, Library; Leah Sadden, Teaching and Learning; Jane Chustz, Office of the Provost; Jacqueline Albritton, Food Services; 2nd row, from left: Margaret Yohe, Mathematics; Sandra Calvin, Laboratory School; Dianne Gaten, Physical Plant; Gerald Guiroz, Continuing Education; and Terry Passman, Housing. Other retirees who were honored but unable to attend included Austelene Bratton, Management; Sharron Brunswick, Nursing; Jimmy Davis, Physical Plant; Maurice Badon, Counseling and Human Development; Antoinette Basso, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Christina Chapple, Public Information; Martha DesRoches, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Steve Leon, Office of Assistant Vice President for Operations; and Steve Soutullo, Enrollment Management.


Southeastern hosts statewide teaching celebration Students teaching and reaching   
High school juniors and seniors from around the state gathered Friday (March 19) at Southeastern in celebration of the Louisiana Department of Education’s STAR program.
   STAR, an acronym for Students Teaching and Reaching, is part of the Teach Louisiana initiative for high school students interested in teaching as a profession. Participants are introduced to the teaching profession through hands-on, one-credit courses offered at public high schools in an effort to recruit and retain qualified teachers in the state.
   Around 150 students and their STAR educators from approximately 15 schools attended the celebration and participated in contests, seminars and teaching demonstrations conducted by Southeastern Department of Teaching and Learning students.
   Teaching and Learning instructor and undergraduate coordinator Elizabeth Berry said this is the second year Southeastern has hosted the state conference. About 75 Southeastern education students assisted by providing the high school students with demonstrations of hands-on teaching methods.
   Representatives of several other Louisiana colleges and universities were on campus to provide participants with information on their education programs.

Aimee Adams, a Southeastern senior education major from Watson, performs a procedure that demonstrates the rock cycle for students from Berwick High School. Observing are, from left, Taylor Adams, Paige Boudreaux and Allison Russo. 

Fiscal year-end deadline reminder   
This is a reminder to all operating funded budget units that an administration deadline is established for the submission of purchase requisitions exceeding $1,000 to the Purchasing Department through the PeopleSoft Financial System. Failure to submit requisitions by the prescribed April 15 deadline may result in an administration liquidation of remaining budgeted funds after this date.
   If the purchase of an item may require preparation, bid solicitation and delivery time greater than 75 days, then the budget unit is reminded Acts 51 and 962 of the 1985 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature require goods and services to be physically received on or before June 30 of the fiscal year.
   Any restricted or grant accounts requiring physical receipt of goods or services by a specified deadline should adhere to the same April 15 deadline or equivalent 75-day lead period to insure the timely processing and receipt of goods or services by June 30 or other deadline, respectively.
   For more information, refer to the following URL on the Southeastern Purchasing Web page, or contact your assigned procurement specialist for further assistance:

Smith receives award from state library group Lori Smith   

Lori Smith, head of government documents at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library, has been recognized with the Outstanding Academic Librarian Award by the Louisiana Library Association.
   The award, which recognizes individuals who have made a difference in the advancement of librarianship in the state, was presented at the association’s conference in Baton Rouge on March 12.
   Smith has served as the head of government documents since joining the Southeastern library in 1991. A member of the American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable and the Academic Section of the Louisiana Library Association, she currently chairs the Louisiana Advisory Council for the State Documents Depository Program.
   She holds an undergraduate degree from Ball State University and a master of library science degree from Indiana University.


Southeast Louisiana Review now available


The 2010 edition of the Center for Southeast Louisiana’s self sustaining journal Southeast Louisiana Review is now available.

   Edited by Center Director Dr. Samuel Hyde and Asst. Director Dr. Keith Finley, the new volume includes articles by Southeastern Faculty members Dr. Lucia Harrison and Francesco Fiumara, recent Southeastern History department M. A. recipients Neal Simmons and Dera Talley, and noted local historian Jim Perrin.
   Copies of the journal are being distributed to members of the supporting organization, Southeast Louisiana Historical Association, and are available for purchase in the center located on the third floor of the library.
   For more information about the journal or the Southeast Louisiana Historical Association please call the center at 985-549-2151.

Volunteers plant grant-provided trees at SoutheasternGrant helps supply replacement trees for campus


Southeastern was awarded 250 trees by the Apache Foundation to replace vegetation lost and damaged during hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.
   The trees include live oaks, southern magnolias, tulip poplars, parsley hawthorns and sweet bay magnolias, and have been planted in the area around Southeastern’s Friendship Circle and throughout North Campus. 
   Since 2006, the philanthropic arm of Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, has donated one million trees to non-profit organizations across the nation to encourage environmentalism and community enhancement. 
  Southeastern’s Landscape and Grounds division of Physical Plant Services applied for the grant in the summer of 2009. The trees were planted this month with the help of student and community volunteers.
   Carlos Doolittle, a university horticulturalist, said volunteers who helped plant the trees were eligible for the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day” program that awards a day of service with a free, one-day ticket to any Disneyland or Walt Disney World theme park. Southeastern volunteers were required to register through the HandsOn Network to help Disney reach their goal of encouraging one million days of service on behalf of non-profit organizations.
   “I see my kids going to school here one day and I would like to be able to walk around campus with them and show them the trees that I planted here,” said student volunteer Demontez Stimage of Hammond.
   Doolittle added that in addition to the environmental benefit of adding trees, beautifying the campus could have a positive impact on student recruitment because people often remember their first impressions.
   “I personally believe that people respond to the aesthetics of a space emotionally and actively, even if they do not understand or pause to assess why they are responding as they do,” Doolittle said.

Southeastern junior biology and French major Yazmyn Smith (left) and freshman nursing major Demontez Stimage (right), both of Hammond, help Southeastern horticulturist John Blackwell plant a parsley hawthorne on the university’s main campus. Southeastern was awarded 250 trees by the Apache Foundation to replenish foliage damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.

Small Business Development Center events


The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southeastern is hosting a variety of workshops and conferences in March and April. For more information or registration information, contact the Louisiana SBDC at 985-549-3831 or

Meet the Music, March 23, 3 – 5 p.m.
Meet the Music is a roundtable discussion for current and aspiring musical artists. Scheduled at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center on Martens Drive in Hammond, the event will provide a platform to discuss important issues in the music industry, including music promotion, distribution, and digital technology.

2010 Women Win, March 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2010 Women Win is designed to connect professional women in the region and provide them with useful business information intended for today’s professional. The half-day event will be packed with knowledge, tools, resources and connections.  2010 Women Win will be held at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks Reception Hall on Texas Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Northshore Retail Development Conference, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The conference will be held at Twelve Oaks Reception Hall. Targeted to area appointed and elected officials, civic and community leaders, economic development and planning professionals, real estate developers and business owners, the conference will feature a number of experts addressing several areas of retail development.

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.

Southeastern student wins grand prize in competitionBenjamin Rhinehart


A Southeastern student was named the grand prize winner of the 2010 Caudell Cup Piano Competition held at Louisiana College in Pineville last week.
   Benjamin Rhinehart, a junior piano performance major from Lafayette, won the competition in a field of 12 undergraduate piano students from throughout the state. He received a $400 award and will be given the opportunity to perform a solo recital engagement in Alexandria later this year.
   The Caudell Cup competition was first held in 1922 and is sponsored by the Louisiana College Department of Music and the Pineville Kiwanis Club. This year’s competition was judged by Pamela Mia Paul, recognized internationally as a performer and teacher from the University of North Texas.
   Rhinehart is a student of Kenneth Boulton, Southeastern associate professor of piano.


Upcoming Women’s History Month events

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.  

High school students can “Zoom into Careers” this summer


High school students can explore the exciting fields of culinary arts, inventing, photography, and television at Southeastern Louisiana University this summer through “Zoom into Careers” workshops.
   “Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions on the horizon of every high school student,” said Tammy Bourg, Southeastern’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Zoom into Careers taps the expertise of Southeastern faculty and area professionals to provide hands-on opportunities for young people to explore their options and to have fun doing it. It is another creative way in which Southeastern is contributing to higher education’s crucial role in workforce development.”
   The workshops are open to all rising 9-12 grade students and are scheduled 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.
New this year is the option to stay overnight for the main campus workshops at a cost of $125 that includes room, meals and evening activities. “Participants may commute or stay overnight on Southeastern’s campus and experience a real college atmosphere,” said Joan Gunter, assistant vice president for extended studies.
   “Zoom workshops are career specific and will be conducted by Southeastern faculty and professional instructors,” Gunter said. “Students will work in teams – just as they would in real work environments. Upon workshop completion, each will have a finished product for portfolios or to share with family and friends.” 
   Participants can take advantage of workshop cost discounts of $15 per workshop by registering during the early bird period, which starts March 1 and ends May 17. Registration will continue through June 14. Registration forms are available at
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This week in athletics   

The Southeastern baseball, softball and women’s tennis teams will all host Southland Conference contests during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
   The No. 17 Lion baseball team (18-2, 5-1 Southland) has five games on tap for the week, starting with a 6 p.m. road contest at Jackson State on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Lions return home to host South Alabama at 6 p.m. Central Arkansas comes to town on Friday to open a three-game Southland Conference series with a 6 p.m. matchup. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the series finale set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. The final four baseball games of the week will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
   The softball team (5-14, 1-6 Southland) will also be home for four games this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions host nationally-ranked LSU at North Oak Park. Defending Southland Conference champion Texas State visits this weekend for a three-game series. Saturday will see the two teams meet in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. First pitch of Sunday’s series finale is set for 12 p.m.
   The women’s tennis team (6-8, 2-3 Southland) will welcome a pair of league foes this week. Southeastern will host Stephen F. Austin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sam Houston on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both of the matches will be held at the Stone Creek Club and Spa in Hammond.
   The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete this week. The Lions and the Lady Lions will compete in the LSU Tiger Relays, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Tuesday, March 23
Baseball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24
Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. LSU, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 26
Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Tiger Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day

Saturday, March 27
Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Texas State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Stone Creek Club and Spa (Covington), 1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Tiger Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day

Sunday, March 28
Baseball, vs. Central Arkansas, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Texas State, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, vs. Sam Houston State, Stone Creek Club and Spa (Covington), 11 a.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Faculty Excellence news   

Lyceum Lights - The spring session will celebrate Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 30, 12:30-1:30 pm at Twelve Oaks. Focused on the theme of “Writing Women Back into History,” we present Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, professor of political science, History and Political Science Department. There is a $5 charge for lunch, payable at the door. RSVP to the center by March 26 at ext. 5791 or by email at

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. 

Extended Studies news   

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007 at the beginner level. The two-evening course will be held on Tuesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1.
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for Photography
Learn how to adjust and enhance photographs using Photoshop CS4, the industry-standard software. The one-day workshop will be held the evening of Thursday, April 1.
Microsoft Publisher 2007 - Beginner
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Publisher 2007 at the beginner level. The two-week course will be held beginning Thursday, March 25.

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

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Professional activities   
   On Feb. 23, Mary Mocsary (English Department) presented “A Celebration of the Forty-four United States Presidents” at the Christwood Retirement Community in Mandeville. The presentation consisted of a virtual view of all the Presidents, Ms. Mocsary’s private Presidential book, DVD, and memorabilia collection, and an original trivia game on their personal and public lives.
   An article by Dr. Lucia Harrison and Dr. Francesco Fiumara, (Foreign Languages and Literatures) “Le Nuove Donne del Focolare: Women’s Role in Preserving Sicilian-American Traditions in Tangipahoa Parish,” has just appeared in the Winter 2009-2010 of the Southeast Louisiana Review. Through this study, the authors confronted the historic battle between assimilation and preservation that has long characterized immigrant life in the United States by discussing the pivotal role Sicilian American women have played, not only in preserving customs imported from the old country, but also in adapting these traditions to life in the United States.
   Anna M. Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has co-authored a newly published book chapter titled “Action Research and Evaluation in Community Development” in Introduction to Community Development (2010; edited by Jerry W.
Robinson and Gary P. Green; Sage) with co-author John J. Green.
   Biyu Hu, an ISAT graduate student under the direction of Dr. Sany Yoshida presented her research paper entitled “Stress and strain analysis of metal plates with holes under dynamic loads” at the 2010 Louisiana Academy of Science conference in Alexandria, La.
   Yao Jin, an ISAT graduate student under the directions of Dr. Eric Booth, Dr. Sanichiro Yoshida and Dr. Ju Chou (Chemistry and Physics) gave a poster entitled “Purification and Photophysical Properties Study of Higher Fullerenes” at 2010 Louisiana Academy of Science conference in Alexandria, La.
   Han Zhu, an ISAT graduate student under the direction of Dr. Ken S. Li (Mathematics) presented his research paper entitled “Some Analysis and Numerical Computation of Ricker Model” at 2010 LA-MS Mathematical Association of America conference in Hammond.
   David Wyld (Management) delivered a featured presentation entitled “The Promise and Challenges of Cloud Computing for Government: A Cloud Migration Strategy for the Global Public Sector,” at The Second International Conference on eGovernment and eGovernance, held in Antalya, Turkey on March 12. Dr. Wyld joined other American and Canadian eGovernment experts on the exchange trip, sponsored by the Turkish Government and Turksat. 
   Bev Marshall (Writer-in-Residence, English) presented “How to Write a Book and Get it Published” at the annual Jane Austen Festival in Mandeville.

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