ByLion--May 17


Spring commencement

Update voicemail, Web

Student garners book deal

The Lion's Roar wins awards

The Pointer Sisters perform May 21

Golf tournament benefits scholarship

Southeastern in the news

Self-defense class

Human Resources programs

Reception honors golf team

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern graduates more than 1,100President's Medal Winners spring 2010   
At its spring commencement exercises Saturday, Southeastern conferred degrees on 1,138 graduates.
    Maura Donahue, a former chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the current vice president of the Mandeville-based construction company DonahueFavret Contractors, addressed the graduates at the 10 a.m. ceremony.
     The university awarded its highest academic honor, the President’s Medal for Academic Excellence, to 10 students with the highest cumulative grade point average in the university’s five colleges and Division of General Studies.
     From left, front, are Taylor Thompson of Baton Rouge, 4.0 GPA, College of Education and Human Development; Samantha Perez of Violet, 4.0 GPA, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Riley Chandler of Kentwood, 4.0, College of Education and Human Development; Lucius Morris of Kentwood, 4.0 GPA, College of Business; Kristy Wells of Denham Springs, 3.984 GPA, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; back row, from left are Maura Donahue, keynote speaker; President John L. Crain; Alexandra Mayer of Destrehan, 4.0 GPA, College of Business; Dana Mayer of Toronto, 4.0 GPA, College of Science and Technology; Amy Pellittieri of Ponchatoula, 4.0 GPA, College of Education and Human Development; Angela Pizzitolo of Covington, 3.837 GPA, Division of General Studies; Katy Morse of Loranger, 4.0 GPA, College of Education and Human Development; and University of Louisiana System Board Members Elsie Burkhalter and Andre Coudrain.

Update voicemail, Web with summer hours   
Since Southeastern has implemented a four-day work week for the summer through August 7, departments and offices are encouraged to update their voicemail messages and Web pages with these hours.
     Implementing the 10-hour workday, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is an effort by the university to cut expenses while still allowing adequate hours for students and others to conduct business. The four-day workweek should result in energy savings, since most buildings will be shut down on Fridays.

Southeastern student garners book deal, numerous awardsSamantha Perez   
There aren’t many undergraduate students who have a documentary to their credit, much less a confirmed book deal in the offing.
     But those are among some of the latest developments in the college career of Southeastern honors student Samantha Perez, who graduated Saturday with an enviable list of accomplishments, including a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
     A double major in history and honors English language and literature with minors in creative writing and gender studies, Perez was recently cited by the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi with a $5,000 fellowship, one of 60 in the nation. In addition, she was named the organization’s Hohenstein Fellow from the South Central Region, which carries another post-graduate fellowship.
     The Violet (St. Bernard Parish) native earned other academic awards this spring as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in English, while also receiving the Martina Buck Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in History.
     The book deal developed when a publisher of local history books discovered Perez on the Internet. A Southeastern web page cover story highlighted a documentary she and her fiancé Josh Robin developed as part of an independent studies project in history and communication, Robin’s major. The 50-minute video, entitled “Louisiana’s Lost Treasure: The Islenos,” focuses on the cultural identity of the Islenos people, who migrated from Spain to the Canary Islands and later to southeast Louisiana in the late 1700s.
     “It’s the heritage we both share,” said Perez. “We’re very proud of it. It’s our way of helping to preserve that culture while there are still people around who know the history and traditions of  the Islenos people.”

Lion’s Roar newspaper wins LPA awards   
The Lion’s Roar won five first place awards – including the top spot for General Excellence among student newspapers – in the recent Louisiana Press Association competition.
     The Award for General Excellence was based on an evaluation of several issues published over the last year under the guidance of student editors Tracy Valentine and Wade Kerr. The Lion’s Roar competed in the classification of Student Newspaper Publications. The competition was judged by the Florida Press Association.
     Other awards earned by the newspaper include: first and second places in Best News Story or News Feature for stories by Davana Wilkins and Kris Leichtenberg respectively; first place for Best Sports Story or Feature by Don Aime; first place for Best General News or Feature Photo by Ally O’Keefe; first and second places for Best Sports Photo by Aime and O’Keefe respectively; and second place awards for Most Effective Use of Graphics on a Single Page and Staff Generated Black and White ½ Page and Under, both designed by Patrick Costilow.
     “I am constantly impressed with the high level of accomplishments by our student journalists,” said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. “They work many long hours to bring relevant information to this community in engaging and interesting ways.”
     “The student staff members are very dedicated to producing a quality publication like The Lion’s Roar every week,” said Student Publications Coordinator Lorraine Favre. “It is nice to see them receive recognition from the LPA for their work.”

The Pointer Sisters are coming to Columbia Theatre May 21The Pointer Sisters   
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is bringing the Pointer Sisters to the stage on May 21. The 7:30 p.m. concert replaces the originally scheduled group Boyz II Men.
     “We were informed by Boyz II Men that they are postponing their American spring tour until next fall. For Columbia, that means that the concert originally scheduled for May 21 will be moved to Sept. 24,” said Columbia Theatre Director Donna Gay Anderson. “Tickets originally purchased for May 21 will be valid for the September date.”
     Ticket buyers with concerns should contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 985-543-4371, Anderson said.
     “The good news is that because May 21 has opened up, we were able to schedule the legendary Pointer Sisters to perform on that date,” she said.
     The Pointer Sisters have celebrated 36 years in the music industry, with five gold albums, one platinum and one multi-platinum album to their credit. They are best known for their hits from the 80s that include “Neutron Dance,” “Automatic,” “He’s So Shy,” “I’m So Excited,” and “Slow Hand.”
     Tickets for the Pointer Sisters are $58, Orchestra; $64, Loge; and $48, Balcony and are available at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Don’t miss out on two for one ticket pricing! The offer is good through May 21 at 4pm.
     Box-office hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance times. Southeastern students may purchase half-priced tickets while supplies last at the box office with university I.D.
     For information about upcoming Columbia Theatre events, visit or call (985) 543-4366.

May 21 golf tournament to benefit Southeastern’s Sharp Memorial Scholarship   
Golfers can sign up now for the May 21 Tom Sharp Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by Southeastern’s Delta Tau Delta alumni chapter.
     Proceeds from the annual tournament, to be held at Springfield’s Carter Plantation, will benefit the Thomas S. Sharp Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which provides financial support to a member of Southeastern’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Sharp, a former director of the Southeastern Alumni Association and of Student Organizations, helped establish the chapter.
     The tournament begins with registration and lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
     The $150 registration fee includes golf, lunch and complimentary beverages. Participants can also enjoy a cocktail party that evening at the Alumni Center. Hole sponsorship is available for $150. Awards and sponsor recognition will take place at 8 p.m.
     For more details or reservations, contact Randy Tricou at (985) 386-2050 or For other inquiries, contact the Alumni Center at (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.

Southeastern in the news   
Learning in the greenhouse
May 10, 2010, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge

Pre-K and kindergarten students at Woodland Park Early Learning Center are learning math, science and the all important concept of “working well with others” through a program initiated by Southeastern education professors Collen Klein-Ezell and Camille Yates. Teacher candidates gain valuable experience through the project, which was funded by a University of Louisiana System Serves grant.

Gulf Oil Disaster May Cast Long and Costly Economic Shadow ( )

"You have to question what is going to come from this," said David Wyld, a professor of management at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. ..."

Self-defense class   
The Southeastern Police Department will be assisting the Ponchatoula Police Department with a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense class for the women of our community. The next scheduled class is May 28-30 and is open and FREE for Southeastern students and their guests.
     The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provides a workbook/reference manual.
     The R.A.D. System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities and in communities throughout the United States and Canada. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of the tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.
     For more information or to register for a class, send an e-mail with your name and phone number to or contact Patrick Gipson or Scott Huff at extension 2222.

Upcoming Human Resources programs   

PPR training for employees
A brief training program on the Performance Planning and Review (PPR) process will be offered to classified employees on Wednesday, May 19, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Human Resources conference room.
     Topics will include the PPR rating system and its factors, planning sessions and timetables of which employees should be aware. The training will help classified employees better understand the process which is used in evaluating their performance.
     Classified employees planning to attend should get their supervisor’s permission and register by emailing Jan Ortego at or by phoning extension 5771.

PPR training for supervisors
There will be a training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees. A session offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office will be held Thursday, May 20. The program will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and will be held in the Human Resources conference room.
     To register for this program please email Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration is necessary for this class.
Dealing with change
The Comprehensive Public Training Program, (CPTP), is offering a 1-day class to help participants implement strategies and techniques to help themselves adapt to various changes in their work situations. The program will be held on Monday, May 24 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 139 and is open to all employees.
     Participants will learn how to identify areas of resistance and negative mental models, apply a model for individual transition in order to learn how to manage their reactions to change, apply techniques that will foster creativity and innovation during the change process, and identify ways to be proactive during the implementation of changes.
     Advance registration is required and space is limited. For more information, please contact Jan Ortego in the Human Resources Office at or at extension 5771. 

Alumni Association to honor golf team   
The Alumni Association is hosting a reception to honor the university’s Southland Conference Champion golf team on May 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center.
     The team recently hosted the Southland Conference Tournament at Carter Plantation. After winning the tournament, the Lions were named conference champions.
     For more information on the complimentary reception, call the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.

This week in athletics   
The Southland Conference champion Southeastern men’s golf team will compete in the NCAA Regionals to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions will head to New Haven, Conn., to compete in the regional round hosted by Yale. Seventh-seeded Southeastern, which won its first Southland Conference title since 2000 last month, will open play on Thursday with action continuing through Saturday. The top five teams in each regional will advance to next month’s NCAA Championships.
     Winners of its last eight Southland Conference contests, the Southeastern baseball team (39-14, 21-9 Southland) has moved into a tie atop the league standings with Texas State heading into the final series of the season. The Lions, who have already broken the school’s single-season record for victories, can guarantee a share of their first-ever Southland Conference regular season title with a sweep of Northwestern State in the regular season’s final series. Any tie between Southeastern and the Bobcats would see the Lions have seeding advantage for next week’s Southland Conference Tournament by virtue of Southeastern’s series victory over Texas State last month.
     The series opens on Thursday with a 6 p.m. contest at Alumni Field. The Lions and Demons continue their series on Friday at 6 p.m. before Saturday’s finale at 2 p.m. Prior to Saturday’s first pitch, seniors Phillip Freeman, Chris Franklin, Ryan Boudreaux, Chris Ernest and Cole Catalano will be honored in a special Senior Day ceremony. All three games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where live stats will be available.

Thursday, May 20
Men’s Golf, at NCAA Regional, New Haven, Conn., All Day
Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Friday, May 21
Men’s Golf, at NCAA Regional, New Haven, Conn., All Day
Baseball, vs. Northwestern State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Saturday, May 22
Men’s Golf, at NCAA Regional, New Haven, Conn., All Day
Baseball, vs. Northwestern State (Senior Day), Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional Activities   
Denise Tullier-Holly (Southeastern Laboratory School) presented two sessions at the  National Art Education Association’s National Convention in Baltimore (April 14-18), “Elementary Expressions: Cambodian Explorations” and  “Advocacy: How to Create Enthusiasm for Your Youth Art Month (YAM) Celebrations.” She also received a National Award of Excellence for her role in Louisiana Art Education Association’s 2009 state observance of Youth Art Month. Tullier-Holly chairs LAEA’s Artists in the Capitol Day, the culminating Youth Art Month event held at the State Capitol every May. Beyond LAEA’s recognition, student flag designers receive commendations from the House and the Senate. This year Artists in the Capitol Day was held on May10.
     Bev Marshall (Writer-in-Residence, English) appeared in concert with singer-songwriter James Dupre at the State Street Theater in McComb, Miss. The production, “Main Lines & Tracks,” was a fundraiser for The McComb Railroad Museum. Marshall read “Barclay’s End,” a short story about a train.

ByLion summer schedule
ByLion will once again resume a bi-weekly schedule for the summer. The next edition will be distributed June 1.

ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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