ByLion--March 8


Chefs Evening Sunday

Lion Traxx GPS launched

Southeastern Theatre honored

Jazz Ensemble One concert

The Velveteen Rabbit

2010 Scholar Showcase

Maurepas Swamp study

Upcoming Encore! events

Academy of Sciences meeting

Women's History Month events

Phi Kappa Phi meeting

Duel employment reporting

Heart Walk scheduled April 1

Athletics this week

Faculty Excellence news

Extended Studies news

Finley recognized for book

Professional activities

Reminder: Chefs Evening scheduled SundayChefs Evening scheduled Sunday    

Chefs Evening 2010, Southeastern Development Foundation’s annual fundraiser in support of academics, will be held Sunday, March 14, at the Pennington Student Activity Center from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. More than 40 regional establishments will be offering guests samplings of fine cuisine and beverages.
     Tickets -- $50 each or $350 for a reserved table of six -- are available by calling 985-549-2239 or on-line at
     Platinum-level corporate sponsor for the event is La Capitol Federal Credit Union. Other sponsors include, Gold: The Hammond Daily Star, First Guaranty Bank, Lamar Advertising; Silver: American Bank and Trust, Hancock Bank: and Bronze: North Oaks Health Center.

Southeastern students Rachel Domiano, left, and Maggie Rownd, check the location of the next shuttle bus.

Southeastern students Rachel Domiano, left, and Maggie Rownd, check the location of the next Lion Traxx shuttle bus on campus.


Lion Traxx Shuttle launches GPS tracking service   Students at Southeastern no longer have to wonder when the next Lion Traxx shuttle is coming thanks to a GPS “Bus Tracking System” designed by a Southeastern professor.
     Students waiting for rides to class or back to their cars can now view shuttle locations via Internet-enabled smartphones or online by visiting, which shows a map of the Southeastern bus route. The system provides a new extra convenience factor to the shuttle service, which transported 105,603 passengers in the fall of 2009.
     The university’s four buses are denoted by color on the Web site and move across the map in real time. Implemented in January, the system helps students make decisions about whether to wait for a shuttle or walk to their destinations. Shuttles typically make pickups every 10-15 minutes.
     Although Web browsers Firefox and Safari automatically refresh bus locations every 15 seconds, those using Internet Explorer need to refresh the site themselves to view changing bus locations. If a cell phone has Internet and GPS capabilities, some systems will allow users to view their personal location in relation to the buses.
     “The system doesn’t give an exact time the bus will arrive, but it gives students an idea of where the bus is, which helps them with time management,” said Jim McHodgkins, assistant vice president for student affairs.
     Developed by IT professor and Southeastern’s Chief Information Officer Mike Asoodeh, the “Bus Tracking System” was created a few years ago with the intent of serving as a safety product for children. Asoodeh said Ray DeJean and Russell Barger of the university’s Administrative Computing division were instrumental in implementing the system in the Lion Traxx shuttles.
“I started working on the system when I saw kids standing on the street waiting for a school bus, sometimes in the dark. I thought it would be helpful to know if the bus is running late or is stuck in traffic,” Asoodeh said.

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Southeastern Theatre wins top honors at Kennedy Center Festival   

Southeastern Theatre’s production of “Parking Lot Babies,” an original play written by Southeastern student Zach Boudreaux of Walker, recently won the highest honor at the regional round of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, hosted by Amarillo College and the city of Amarillo Feb. 23-27.
     “Parking Lot Babies,” directed by Southeastern Theatre Assistant Professor James Winter, won the “National Selection Team Choice” award at the regional festival, placing it into consideration for presentation at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. If selected, the play would be performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April. “Parking Lot Babies” was the only production from the regional festival to receive this honor. 
     The selection places the production among the top 12 university theatre productions in the United States for 2009-2010. This marks the first time Southeastern has been nationally recognized by the Kennedy Center.
     “I am continually dazzled by the talent and dedication of our theatre students and faculty, who with this honor have confirmed what many have already noticed: our theatre program more than holds its own against larger and longer-established theatre programs in the nation,” said David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. “A special comment must be reserved for Zach Boudreaux, who in his auspicious debut as a playwright has contributed a vital addition to the theatre repertory with his brilliant play ‘Parking Lot Babies.’”
     Southeastern garnered several other awards at the regional festival. Boudreaux received an “Excellence in Playwriting” award; sophomore Amanda Klipsch was recognized for “Meritorious Achievement in Graphic Design;” and the university was recognized for “Excellence in Theatrical Production” and “Excellence in Support of Original Works.”
     “Our students have achieved something nearly impossible. A group of undergraduates from a non-major program in a state ravaged by budget cuts to higher education managed to dominate the regional theatre festival and found themselves among the elite in the nation,” Winter said. “This is like making it to the Final Four in college basketball. Any student connected with this production should be extremely proud of this incredible accomplishment.” 

Legendary Blues Brothers saxophonist “Blue Lou” Marini Jr. will join the Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble One in a special tribute concert Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.Blues Brothers Musician to join Southeastern Ensemble for Jazz concert March 13   

Legendary Blues Brothers saxophonist “Blue Lou” Marini Jr. will join the Southeastern Jazz Ensemble One in a special tribute concert Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     The jazz ensemble, lead by Southeastern director of bands Glen Hemberger, will explore the music of the famed Blues Brothers Rhythm and Blues Band 30 years after the release of the classic film starring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi.
     Marini was one of the original members of the Saturday Night Live Band, playing on the popular television show from 1976 to 1983 and often performing saxophone solos at the open and close of the show. With his trademark long hair and funky mustache, “Blueness,” as he is also known, has made numerous appearances on the David Letterman Show and at the Grammy Awards.
     Tickets for the Blues Brothers tribute concert -- $12 reserved seating for adults and $6 reserved seating for students – are available at the Columbia Theatre box office or by calling 985-543-4371.
     Hemberger said the concert will feature many of the titles made famous by the Blues Brothers Band, including “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Gimme Some Lovin,’” “She Caught the Katy,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” and “Sweet Home Chicago.” Reviving the roles of Jake and Elwood Blues will be Skyler Stroup and Lacy Blackledge; the concert also will feature Southeastern graduate student Colby McCurdy and undergraduate music major Josh Olson on the harmonica.
     “What an opportunity this is for our students to perform with one of the great jazz artists of our time,” Hemberger said. “This is an event our audience won’t soon forget.”
     Marini has played on numerous albums, many of which went platinum. He has performed with legendary artists such as Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. He has also played with some of the industry’s most prominent bands, including Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, Blood Sweat and Tears. Recently he toured throughout the nation with James Taylor and is on Taylor’s forthcoming album.

The Columbia Theatre will present the Velveteen Rabbit for children on March 15.Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre presents classic children’s tale March 15   

The question “What is real?” will be answered when Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents Theatre IV in “The Velveteen Rabbit,” the second of two “Pajamas and Play” performances for its youngest fans on March 15. 
     Donna Gay Anderson, director of Columbia Theatre, explained that “Pajamas and Play” is a fun series designed to make theater performances accessible and appealing for children.  Kids are invited to wear their pajamas, robes and slippers to the 60-minute performance.
     “Our Pajamas and Play series has become a family favorite. The cookies and milk combined with this classic tale will be sure to create memories that last a lifetime,” Anderson said. “Parents interested in a quality theater experience for their young children won’t want to miss it.”
     With a kid-friendly curtain time of 7 p.m., “The Velveteen Rabbit” is based on Margery Williams’ book of the same name that highlights the power of play, childhood fancy and the purity of unconditional love. A terrific musical score and detailed period costumes transport the audience back to the beginning of the last century.
     Theatre IV, founded in 1975, has been internationally acclaimed for excellence as a theater for young audiences. Theatre IV’s production of “Buffalo Soldier” was performed by request at the Pentagon to open the celebration of Black History Month and as a morale booster after 9-11. The company performs live for over one million students, parents and teachers each year in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
     Tickets for “The Velveteen Rabbit” are $12 for children ages 10 and under and $15 for adults. Tickets and information are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 985-543-4371, or at Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance times.

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.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.


Southeastern offers scholarships to high school seniors   

More than 470 top high school seniors from 40 Louisiana parishes and 113 schools have been offered academic scholarships at Southeastern for the upcoming academic year.
     The high school students have been accepted to the university and were honored at the university’s recent annual Scholars’ Showcase banquet where President John L. Crain told the students, “You have showed you have what it takes to be successful not only at Southeastern but in life, and we want to make an investment in you for your time here at Southeastern and for your future.”
     As long as the students continue to meet high academic standards, the scholarships are renewed for a total of four years. The students who have been offered the scholarships for 2010 have an average ACT score of 26.3; 434 have ACT scores between 24 and 29, and 42 students have ACT scores of 30 and above. The 2009 scholarship students had an average ACT score of 25.92.
     According to Crain, scholarship recipients are expected to become involved in the university and take full advantage of the academic opportunities Southeastern offers such as undergraduate research, honors programs and collaborating with faculty members on special projects.
     “You very likely have these same expectations for yourselves already, and we will do everything possible to support you in these efforts,” Crain added. “We are confident you will achieve your goals when you see first-hand that Southeastern is a warm, friendly environment, where faculty welcomes your interaction and involvement and where the academic programs are innovative and stimulating.”

Gary ShafferStudy confirms Maurepas Swamp, marshes dying for lack of fresh water   

Without a diversion from the Mississippi River or the introduction of other sources of fresh water in the near future, the Maurepas Swamp in southeast Louisiana will continue on a clear path toward becoming marsh and open water, a new study by Southeastern biologists and other scientists confirms.
     Writing in the Journal of Coastal Research, Gary P. Shaffer, Southeastern professor of biological sciences, notes that the Maurepas Swamp complex, the second largest coastal forest in Louisiana, has been radically reduced over the years due to excessive logging, development, changing water levels, nutrient deprivation and saltwater intrusion. The paper was co-authored with several other scientists from Southeastern and LSU.
     “Much of the remaining swamp is in a severe state of deterioration,” Shaffer said.
     He explained that the establishment of levees over the last century along the Mississippi River to eliminate natural flooding removed a once reliable source of fresh water, sediments and nutrients that swamps require for healthy growth.
     “This has enabled salt water from the Gulf of Mexico to make further inland intrusions,” he said. “Combined with rising sea levels and the construction of massive canals, such as the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), the intensity and frequency of saltwater intrusions has only grown worse. Consequently, most of the Maurepas Swamp appears to be in transition to marsh and open water.”

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 Upcoming Encore! 2010 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.

From left are Dr. Debra Dolliver, Amber Bordelon, Jordan Dinser, Veronica Wills, Sarah Olivard, Kyle Burns, Jessica Rhodus, Dr. Jean Fotie, Sumit Libi, Arjun Pandey, Megan Lanier, Patrick Flowers, Patrick Gentry, Dr. David Norwood.Chemistry & Physics students and faculty participate at Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting in Alexandria   

Ten Southeastern chemistry and physics students presented their research at the 50th Louisiana Academy of Sciences meeting at LSU-Alexandria on Feb. 27.  Senior chemistry major Jordan Dinser gave an oral presentation on a new type of palladium-coupling reactions, and senior chemistry major Sarah Olivard won first place in the poster competition.
     From left are Dr. Debra Dolliver, Amber Bordelon, Jordan Dinser, Veronica Wills, Sarah Olivard, Kyle Burns, Jessica Rhodus, Dr. Jean Fotie, Sumit Libi, Arjun Pandey, Megan Lanier, Patrick Flowers, Patrick Gentry, Dr. David Norwood.


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.

Phi Kappa Phi general spring membership meeting   

The general spring membership meeting of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is Wednesday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Room off the 2nd-floor ballroom of the Student Union. Topics to be discussed include the upcoming Spring Initiation and Banquet, reports on October’s Quiz Bowl, the Phi Kappa Phi Lou Ballard Endowed Scholarship, and election of new student, faculty, and alumni members.
     Faculty members are invited to submit nominations for faculty, staff, and alumni members by contacting Dianna Laurent at or extension 5755.  Nominations are due today, March 8.

Duel employment reporting   

Southeastern employees who are at any time classified as full time are required to report other employment held during the reporting period, July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010. The report and instructions for completing it are in Blackboard. Please login to Blackboard to confirm that you have completed this report. 

American Heart Association Heart Walk around campus scheduled April 1American Heart Association Heart Walk   

Southeastern has long been a supporter of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. This year, not only will a regional Northshore event take place at Fontainebleau State Park on April 10, but Southeastern will host its own local “Don’t be a Fool! Be Heart Smart!” Heart Walk around campus on April 1. President John L. Crain has encouraged Southeastern employees to participate in either or both events.

     Pennington Center Director Dollie Hebert-Crouch ( and nursing faculty member Ann Carruth ( will lead Southeastern’s local initiative. They are charged with establishing 15 teams from departments and divisions across campus that will work toward a fund-raising goal of $15,000.

     The Pennington Center will serve as the start and finish of Heart Walk where team members can originate their campus laps anytime between noon and 4 p.m. on April 1. Team members will also be invited to take advantage of free heart healthy screenings at the center during that time. Team captains will turn in all funds raised on the day of the event.

     The Heart Walk is a call to action that evokes active participation in walking and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association. The overarching goal is that participants will walk away from the experience with the knowledge that they have helped improve the lives of their families and friends. As a member of the Southeastern family, I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to give to a highly worthwhile philanthropy – the American Heart Association – by joining a team and taking part. 

     For more information on Southeastern’s local Heart Walk, contact Dollie Hebert-Crouch at 5727 or Ann Carruth at 3379. For details on the regional walk in Mandeville check out

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament and the nationally-ranked baseball team will open Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (18-11, 10-6 Southland) will be making their seventh consecutive trip to the Southland Conference Tournament, which is being held at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas for the third consecutive year. As the No. 4 seed, Southeastern will face Texas State at 8:30 p.m. in Wednesday’s first round. Should the Lions get past the Bobcats, it will take on the winner of No. 1 seed Sam Houston State and No. 8 seed Nicholls in Thursday’s semifinals at 8:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will face off in Saturday’s final at 3 p.m. with an NCAA Tournament berth on the line.
     The Lady Lions (12-17, 6-10 Southland) will be participating in the league tournament for the second straight year and the fourth time in the past five years. The No. 8 seed in the field, Southeastern will face Southland Conference regular season co-champion and top seed Lamar on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Should Southeastern upset the Lady Cardinals, the team will advance to face the winner of UT Arlington and UTA’s first round game in Thursday’s semifinals at 2:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet in the championship round on Friday at 7 p.m.
     The baseball team (11-1) will get ready for Southland Conference play on Tuesday, when they face Southern in a non-conference contest at 6:30 p.m. in Baton Rouge. On Friday, Southeastern will open league play hosting UTSA at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Alumni Field.
     With provisional qualifying scores in both the weight throw and the shot put, Southeastern junior and Southland Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year Adonson Shallow will find out if he qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Monday. Should Shallow qualify, he will head to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Members of the Lions and Lady Lions will also head to Lake Charles for the opening of the outdoor season, competing in the McNeese State Relays on Saturday.
     The Southeastern softball team (4-10, 1-4 Southland) will take a break from league play this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions host Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. at North Oak Park. The team hits the road on Saturday, heading to South Alabama for a 2 p.m. contest.
     The men’s golf team will also be back in action this week. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will be in Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Classics tournament.
     The women’s tennis team (3-7, 1-3 Southland) will be return home this week for the first time in over a month. On Thursday, the Lady Lions host Butler in a 2 p.m. non-conference match at North Cypress Fitness Club. Southeastern returns to league action on Saturday, hosting Nicholls at 12 p.m. at Oak Knoll Country Club.
     All of this week’s Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball tournament games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Live streaming and stats will also be available at The semifinals of both tournaments and the finals of the women’s tournament will be televised live on the Southland Television Tournament (Charter Channel 22 in Hammond). Saturday’s men’s basketball final is set to air on ESPN2.
     The Southeastern-Southern baseball game will be televised live regionally on Cox Sports Television. All of the Southland games versus UTSA this week are tentatively scheduled to be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at However, if there is a conflict with either of the basketball teams on Friday or Saturday the baseball games will not be broadcast.

Monday, March 8
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day

Tuesday, March 9
Women’s Basketball, vs. Lamar (SLC Tournament – First Round), Katy, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Baseball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (Cox Sports TV)
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day

Wednesday, March 10
Men’s Basketball, vs. Texas State (SLC Tournament – First Round), Katy, Texas, 8:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Alcorn State, North Oak Park, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 11
Men’s Basketball, Southland Tournament – Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 8:30 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland TV)
Women’s Basketball, Southland Tournament – Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 2:30 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland TV)
Women’s Tennis, vs. Butler, North Cypress Fitness Club, 2 p.m.

Friday, March 12
Women’s Basketball, Southland Tournament – Finals, Katy, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (Southland TV)
Baseball, vs. UTSA, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*#
Men’s Track and Field, at NCAA Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day

Saturday, March 13
Men’s Basketball, Southland Tournament – Finals, Katy, Texas, 3 p.m. (KSLU) (ESPN2)
Baseball, vs. UTSA, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*#
Men’s Track and Field, at NCAA Indoor Championships, Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
Softball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 2 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, vs. Nicholls, Oak Knoll Country Club, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese State Relays, Lake Charles, All Day

Sunday, March 14
Baseball, vs. UTSA, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game
# - Game will not be broadcast if basketball is still alive

News from the Center for Faculty Excellence   

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

Certificates of University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) is offered by the Center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. Spring 2010 sessions begin with Step 2: Describing Your Course and Activity - Tuesday, March 9, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesday, March 10, 10-11 a.m. 

Mark your calendar!
Tuesday, March 16, 12:30-2 p.m. – “Dealing with Difficult Students”
Thursday, March 18, 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 Saturday, March 20. Contact for a departmental form. Completed forms should be sent to the Center for Faculty Excellence, SLU Box 10370 or fax to ext. 5792, by Wednesday, March 12.  Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your department as we promote Southeastern! If you have questions, please contact Amber Narro, ext. 2148 or

Extended Studies news   

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007 at the beginner level. The two-evening course will be held on Tuesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 18.
Technical Drafting with AutoCAD
Use AutoCAD 2010 to gain the foundation needed for the American Design Drafting Certification Exam. The 16-week course will be held on Monday evenings beginning March 15.
English as a Second Language
The comprehensive training series is held in our state-of-the-art ESL Language Resource Center. The course will begin March 15. Meeting times are forthcoming.
Water Aerobics
Designed for all ages and abilities, the course will improve cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. The 10-week program will be held Monday-Thursday evenings beginning March 15.

Microsoft Excel 2007 - Intermediate
The course teaches the core features and functions of Microsoft Excel 2007 at the intermediate level. The one-day workshop will be held on the morning of Monday, March 15.
Beginning Harmonica
The non-academic beginner’s course is for all ages. Participants will be playing by the end of the first session. The two-week course will be held Tuesday evenings beginning March 16.

Digital Photography Basics
Learn how digital cameras work and how to take great photos. Bring your own digital camera. The four-week course will be held Monday evenings beginning March 15.
Oil Painting for Beginners
The course is designed for the beginning adult student, with limited oil painting experience. The four-week course will be held Monday evenings beginning March 15.

Keith FinleySoutheastern historian recognized for book   

Keith M. Finley, a Southeastern instructor of history and the assistant director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, has been awarded the D.B. Hardeman Prize for his book Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight against Civil Rights, 1938-1965.
     The prize, named after Congressional researcher and assistant to Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, includes a $2,500 award given by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation for what is considered “the best book that focuses on the U.S Congress, from the fields of biography, history, journalism and political science.” 
     Prize candidates are judged on the importance of an author’s contribution to scholarship on the Congress, as well as literary craftsmanship, originality and depth of research. “It’s an honor to be recognized by such a distinguished national panel that included people both inside and outside of the university setting,” said Finley.
     Finley’s book, published in 2008 by LSU Press, focuses on the purposeful delay of Civil Rights advancement by Southern Senators.  As the realization occurred that the Jim Crow laws were at risk, segregationists began to devise new tactics to impede the progress of civil rights reform. Finley’s work discusses the successful tactics used by Southern senators as well as the Constitutional defenses used to maintain their policy, laws and beliefs.
     Delaying the Dream is the product of research that I began here at Southeastern while working on my master’s degree and finished as a graduate student at LSU,” Finley said. “The award reflects on the quality of the education provided at both those institutions.”

Professional activities   

Dr. Joe Morris (Accounting) presented a paper, “FAS 168 Gives Birth to the Accounting Standards Codification,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas.
     Dr. Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was profiled in the January 2010 issue of Church & State Magazine. Church & State is the monthly publication of the religious liberty organization, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, for which Forrest serves on the Board of Trustees. The article,“Intelligent Defense,” details her work on behalf of science education and church-state separation.
     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) recently spent two days at LSU Baton Rouge as a visiting scholar. She met with communication disorders doctoral students to discuss their research and gave two presentations for faculty and students: “Social models of aphasia intervention” and “Micro and Macro-analytic perspectives in qualitative research.”
     Dr. Troy Stuart (Family and Consumer Sciences) and Dr. M. E. Betsy Garrison (LSU Agricultural Center) presented a poster and gave an oral briefing of their research “Daily Hassles, Family Resources, and Children’s Cognitive Ability” at the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference in Ruston, LA on Feb. 26.
    Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented “Old South, New South, and Now South: Contemporary Louisiana Gothic Regionalism,” at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Writers and Readers Symposium in St. Francisville on Feb. 26.
     Dr. Wendy Siegel and Dr. Christine Ogilvie (Teaching and Learning) presented at the 29th Annual Super Conference on Special Education, Lafayette, LA, in January on “Animals in the Special Education Classroom.”

     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has published an article, “Homicide-Suicides in the United States: A Review of the Literature” for Sociology Compass.
     David Gurney (Mathematics) had two demonstrations published at the Wolfram Demonstrations Project: “Confidence Interval Exploration” at and "Sample Size Formula” at
     Dr. Alan Cannon (Mathematics) was the featured speaker at the Texas-Oklahoma Research Undergraduate Symposium at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Tex., on Feb. 27. His talk entitled “Nearrings of Polynomials” highlighted his research done with undergraduates at Southeastern.

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