ByLion--March 29


Golden Silence 

Jazz Ensemble Concert

Retail Development Conference

Phi Kappa Phi news

Art Lab 3D printer

Delta Tau Delta honored

Student research showcase

Annual library book sale

National Library Week

Women's History Month events

Upcoming Encore! events

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

This week in athletics

Professional activities 

Golden Silence remembers Southeastern familyGolden Silence 2010   
The Southeastern Alumni Association held its annual Golden Silence ceremony Wednesday (March 24), recognizing members of the Southeastern “family” who have died during the past year.

     Participating in the candle-lighting ceremony were, from left, Cindy Coburn, Billie Coburn and Kay Fortenberry who were there to honor their deceased mother, Alice Core.

Southeastern Jazz Ensemble spring concert March 31   
Jazz lovers will have music to their ears Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. as Southeastern’s Jazz Ensemble One showcases its spring concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Led by Glen Hemberger, Southeastern’s director of bands, the concert will feature several classic jazz charts by leading composers and arrangers from the past and today including “Tiger of San Pedro” by John LaBarbera, “Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim, “Chickenscratch” by Les Hooper and “Wind Machine” by Sammy Nestico.
     Senior music major Marcy Mayeux will also perform the Benny Golson classic “I Remember Clifford” in flugelhorn. Having recently performed with legendary blues saxophonist Lou Marini, the jazz ensemble will round out the program with “Shotgun Blues” and “Country,” both written by the famous musician.
     “Jazz Ensemble One is comprised of some of the finest jazz musicians on the north shore, and our concerts are always highly attended,” Hemberger said. “We look forward to another exciting performance.”
     Admission is $6 for adults, faculty and staff, and tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre box office as well as the door. Students will be admitted free with their Southeastern ID.
     For more information on Jazz Ensemble One, contact Hemberger at extension 2599 or at

Retail Development Conference scheduled April 9 at Southeastern   
With a focus on retail site selection and trade area analysis, the Northshore Retail Development Conference will be held at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks Reception Hall on Friday, April 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
     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.
     Conference registration fee is $100. Each participant will receive a copy of the 2010 Northshore Trade Area Study, which includes color maps and consumer spending by community. For more information or to register, call 985-349-3199 or log on to
     Speakers include James Maurin, chairman of Stirling Properties and owner and developer of Hammond Square, who will discuss the practical application of trade area analysis as it relates to retail development and deal making; Lauren Beitelspacher, assistant professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, on locating a franchise restaurant; and research economist Herb Holloway of the Southeastern Louisiana Business Research Center, who will address retail trade analysis.
     Also on the program are Al Myles, economist at Mississippi State University, who will focus on methods used to delineate retail trade areas and target markets; Tom Tveidt, research economist with Garner Economics of Atlanta, on the site selection process; and Tony Hernandez, director of the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity at Toronto’s Ryerson University, on “GIS Retail Location Science – from Pins on a Map to Unraveling Consumer Psyche.”
     The conference is jointly sponsored by Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana I-12 Alliance, Hammond Square, Stirling Properties and Southeastern’s Business Research Center, College of Business and Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Phi Kappa Phi news   
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is taking applications for the Phi Kappa Phi Lou Ballard Endowed Scholarship.
     Any Phi Kappa Phi member who has at least one more semester of course work before earning a bachelor’s degree is eligible to apply. It awards $250 per semester for 2 semesters.
     Interested members can contact the chapter secretary, Dr. Joan Faust at

(1)Art lab uses innovative technology(2)An example of three d model


(1) Edward Morin, Southeastern assistant professor of visual arts, gives sophomore animation major Justan Hood of Baton Rouge some tips for designing a 3D animation model. The New Media and Animation Lab in the Department of Visual Arts features a 3D rapid prototyping printer and a ShopBot material-cutting machine.

(2) Once a model has been created in a software program, the design data is uploaded to the 3D printer to begin the modeling process. Two objects are printed; a white plastic material (seen here) and a brown, removeable support material that holds the model together during prototyping. Pictured is a 3D model by visual arts student Aaron Williams.

Art Lab uses innovative technology to print 3D modules   
Visual arts students at Southeastern are transforming design into real-life modules using the New Media and Animation Lab’s 3D printer.
     Purchased with a portion of a $73,094 Louisiana Board of Regents grant awarded to the Department of Visual Arts, instruction on the Dimension SST 1200es printer has been implemented in the new media and animation concentration curriculum.
     Housing the printer, the New Media and Animation Lab also features a ShopBot material-cutting machine and over 20 Apple computers loaded with top-notch graphic design and animation software. The concentration is one of 10 areas where art students can place their focus.
     Through the curriculum, new media and animation professor Edward Morin said students who specialize in the concentration have an opportunity to do a year and a half in 3D technologies, including 3D modeling, animation, interactive multimedia and working with the    3D printer.
     Morin said that although the majority of academic digital arts and animation programs seem to focus on a single industry pipeline, Southeastern’s program is incorporating as many different media formats into the course offerings as possible. The 3D rapid prototyping printer is one way Southeastern’s visual arts department is introducing students to new concepts and technologies.
     Once a student has created a digital module through a sophisticated computer design program, the data is transferred to the 3D printer where the prototyping process begins. The machine works from the bottom up, printing small, hundredth’s-of-an-inch segments that, depending on the size, can take up to 14 hours to print a single module.
     Two objects are then formed - the module shaped out of a spool of white plastic resembling a weedeater line and a brown support material that is removed after printing. The final product is a realistic plastic prototype that many art, manufacturing, forensics and pathology industries are using as a visualization tool.
     “The (new media and animation) concentration enables students to cover a broad range of experiences, but they are also able to concentrate within a specific platform or genre,” Morin said. “That’s really important in their senior year but also when they go out to be interviewed and they are trying to get employed.”
     Though interactive media is most often associated with video games, Morin said the gaming industry is just a small component of the field that has also found popularity in employee orientation and training, museums and cultural centers, Web sites and movies.
     Before coming to Southeastern in 2008, Morin was a senior multimedia developer for Omega Training Group, Inc. in Columbus, Ga., where he worked on training and simulation applications for the U.S. military. 
     “There are a lot of dollars in gaming, but if you were to look at the entire industry, there are probably more opportunities outside of gaming that are well-paying opportunities,” Morin said.
     For more information on the New Media and Animation Lab or the 3D printer, call 985-549-2193 or contact Morin at

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity honoredDelta Tau Delta Fraternity honored   

For the second year in a row, Epsilon Phi Chapter of Southeastern's Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, received the prestigious Hugh Shields Award given to the top 10 chapters in the United States.

     The award is based on overall performance and programming in the areas of academics, finances, recruitment, membership education, operations, campus leadership, service and alumni relations.

     The Southeastern chapter -- which also received the Chapter of Excellence Award for its participation in the Adopt-a-School program -- was ranked second among 110 chapters in the nation. EEO/ADA officer Gene Pregeant, front, center, is chapter advisor.

Southeastern to showcase student research, scholarly activities   
Southeastern’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) and Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) invite students, faculty and staff to attend 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.    
     Although there will be no formal oral presentations, the student investigators and artists – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – will 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.
     For more information, contact Carole Lachney, OSRP, at 985-549-5312 or by email at

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 upcoming book sale in April.
     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-saleable.
     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 will be held April 14 - 15 as part of National Library Week. This is a great way to clean out your bookshelves and help the library.
     For more information, contact Eric Johnson at extension 3962, or via e-mail at
National Library Week at Sims   
It’s time again for National Library Week. This year Sims celebrates April 11- April 17. Please look over the following schedule of events and be sure to stop by the Library.  This year’s National Library Week theme is “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.”

Schedule of Events:
April 11-17
Fine Free Week - Return overdue books during Fine Free Week and have your late fees forgiven on the spot.
April 12
Guitar Concert - Join us for a joint guitar recital by Patrick Hammett and Matthew Ohrberg, students of Patrick Kerber, Southeastern Music faculty, and enjoy some National Library Week cake at noon.
Baton Rouge Nursing Library – The Nursing Library will celebrate with a reception and cake from 9 a.m. - noon.
April 13
Readings at Sims Library - Come hear selections of favorite poems read by librarians, students, and faculty members in “Not My Words” at 7 p.m. There will be a drawing for door prizes and light refreshments served.
April 14-15
Book Sale - Support Sims Library and get some great books at unbeatable prices from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Cash only please.

April 16
Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity - Join faculty from across campus on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this year’s “Share Fair” hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence. Posters featuring faculty projects and research will be displayed throughout the first and second floors of the library and a SecondLife demonstration will take place on the big screen TV in the lobby. 
     A special section of service-learning/civic engagement posters will highlight Southeastern’s connection to our community.  Light refreshments will be served.
     For additional information please call extension 2027, or visit

Upcoming Women’s History Month events   
March 29 -- A reading by author Jill McCorkle, 6 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.
Upcoming Encore! events   
April 14 -- Moxie Dance Project: “Visions,” Dana Brewer, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Tickets are $4, general admission; $2, senior citizens/faculty/staff/non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free with ID.
April 15 -- Faculty recital: David Bernard, baritone, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
News from Extended Studies   
Microsoft Word 2007 - Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007 at the intermediate level. The two-evening course will be held in on Tuesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 15.

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 Word 2007 - Advanced
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Word 2007 at the advanced level. The one-day workshop will be held Thursday, April 15.

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

Center for Faculty Excellence news   
Lyceum Lights
The Spring session will celebrate Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 30, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Twelve Oaks. Focused on the theme of “Writing Women Back into History,” we present Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, professor of political science. There is a $5 charge for lunch, payable at the door. Call by 4:30 pm on Monday, ext. 5791. Only a few seats are still available.

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.

Science & Religion Brown Bag Session-Thursday, April 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

This week in athletics    

The nationally-ranked Southeastern baseball and men’s golf teams will both be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The baseball team (22-3, 7-2 Southland) is currently ranked No. 21 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, 25th in the USA Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 27 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. The Lions will close out a five-game home stand on Tuesday, hosting Tulane at 6 p.m. in the first game of the Senator’s Cup series.
     Later in the week, Southeastern will open a three-game Southland Conference series at Lamar with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Thursday in Beaumont, Texas. The series continues on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday. 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
     After taking a week off following its victory at the Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic, the Southeastern men’s golf team returns to the course this week. The Lions, currently ranked 41st nationally by Golfweek and No. 44 by GolfStat, will compete in the UALR/First Tee Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark.
     The Southeastern softball team (5-18, 1-9 Southland) will close out its five-game home stand on Tuesday, hosting South Alabama at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. On Friday, the Lady Lions head to UTSA for a 4 p.m. doubleheader. The league series closes with a 12 p.m. contest on Saturday.
     Members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious meets this week. Select Lions and Lady Lions will be in Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays, which runs Wednesday through Saturday in Austin, Texas.           

     The Southeastern women’s tennis team (7-9, 3-4 Southland) will host a pair of league foes this week. League-leading Northwestern State heads to town on Friday, while Central Arkansas visits on Saturday. First serve for both matches is set for 11 a.m. at the Oak Knoll Country Club.

Monday, March 29
Men’s Golf, at UALR/First Tee Invitational, Little Rock, Ark., All Day
Tuesday, March 30
Baseball, vs. Tulane, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. South Alabama, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at UALR/First Tee Invitational, Little Rock, Ark., All Day
Wednesday, March 31
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
Thursday, April 1
Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
Friday, April 2
Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at UTSA (DH), San Antonio, Texas, 4 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
Women’s Tennis, vs. Northwestern State, Oak Knoll Country Club, 11 a.m.*
Saturday, April 2
Baseball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
Women’s Tennis, vs. Central Arkansas, Oak Knoll Country Club, 11 a.m.*

Southeastern home event in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities   
     Dr. Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) and Walker H.J. have published a chapter titled “Geomorphology and Coastal Hazards” in Geomorphological Hazards and Disaster Prevention, edited by I. Alcantara-Ayala and A. Goudie, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (2010). They also published “Alaska” in the Encyclopedia of the World’s Coastal Landforms, edited by E. Bird. New York: Springer (2010).  Dr. McGraw presented a paper titled “Sixty Years of Change in an Alaskan River Delta” on March 16 at Christwood Retirement Home in Covington.
     Dr. Joan Faust (English) recently attended the annual South-Central Renaissance Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she chaired a session and also presented a paper, “Defining the Undefinable: Marvell’s ‘The Definition of Love.’” At the business meeting of the Andrew Marvell Society held at the conference, Faust was elected executive secretary of the society.
     Dr. Mary K. Ramsey (English) presented a paper entitled, “What’s in a Name if the Name Be Christ’s?” at the 85th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America in New Haven, Connecticut on March 19.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) has published a review of Philip Kitcher’s book, “Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith” (Oxford University Press 2009), in the Journal of Value Inquiry.
     William B Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture, “Was England’s Greatest ‘Renaissance Man’ a Woman? Introducing the Real Elizabeth I,” at the Slidell Branch of the St Tammany Parish Library on Wednesday, March 24.
     Kathleen J. Abendroth, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Communication Sciences & Disorders) was an invited speaker to the first annual InSpeech Conference for speech-language  pathologists in Phoenix, AZ. She presented a workshop titled, “Embracing the Complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

     Dr. Cynthia Elliott and Wendy Jacocks (Teaching & Learning) and Joan Gunter (Extended Studies) presented at the Louisiana Association of Bilingual Education Conference on March 20, in New Orleans. The presentation “¡Hola! Hello! Impact of A Dual Language Collaborative Pre-K Program” described the collaborative model for the dual language PK program located at the Livingston Literacy & Technology Center that began in Fall 2008 and discussed their research highlighting the impact on the preschool children and their families, as well as the impact on early childhood teacher candidates and implications for teacher preparation. The collaboration involved Livingston Parish Public Schools, Regina Coeli Child Development Center - Head Start and Southeastern.

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