ByLion--May 3


Donahue to address graduates

Bunko for Basketball Saturday

Boulton co-authors work

Junior Day Saturday

New York Times reviews "Tenebrae"

Ceramics scholarship and sale

CPTP programs in May

Phi Mu Day at Southeastern

Upcoming Encore! events

Faculty Excellence news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Maura Donahue to address Southeastern CommencementMaura Donahue   
Maura W. Donahue, vice president of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc., and former chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will address graduates at Southeastern’s spring commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15.
     Approximately 1,140 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees will be conferred at the ceremony in the University Center. The commencement marks the second “hooding” of students receiving the Doctor of Education degrees: Heloise H. Morgan and Daniel R. Williams, both of Ponchatoula.
     Donahue was scheduled to deliver Southeastern’s commencement address last December, but an emergency prevented her appearance. The first female to serve as chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – an organization that represents the interests of about 26 million small companies nationwide – she remains an active member of its board of directors.
     She is also an active officer and member of the board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, former chair and current board member of the Northshore Community Foundation, and the secretary-treasurer of Blueprint Louisiana, a nonprofit organization focused on issues and challenges of the state. Additionally, Donahue serves as a board member for Resource Bank and Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West.
     Donahue joined DonahueFavret in 1981 as a project manager for the Mandeville-based construction company. The company handles a wide spectrum of building projects, including commercial, hospitality, healthcare, retail and educational. The firm has won eight awards for construction excellence from the National Association of Builders and Contractors.
     She formerly served on the boards of the State of Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation and the board of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, which she chaired. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named Woman of the Year by New Orleans Publishing Group in 2000 and a New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year in 2007. She was named to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2008 and received several awards from the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, including the Tammany Award for community leadership.
     She and her husband state Senator Jack Donahue have a blended family of six children and 17 grandchildren.

May 8 ‘Bunko for Basketball’ to support Lady Lions Basketball scholarshipsBunko for Basketball   
Tickets are on sale for the third annual “Bunko for Basketball,” a scholarship fundraiser for the Southeastern Lady Lions basketball program.
     Sponsored by the Lady Lions’ mentoring and support group PRIDE (Positive Role Models Involved in the Development of Excellence), Bunko for Basketball will take place this Saturday, May 8, at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks.
     Tickets for the evening of fun and fundraising are $30 per person for the adults-only event, which will feature hor d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. Doors at Twelve Oaks will open at 6:30 p.m., with the popular Bunko games beginning at 7 p.m.
     Tickets are available at the downtown and University Avenue PJ’s locations, Murphy’s Seafood, and the Athletic ticket office.
     During Bunko for Basketball, PRIDE will also draw the winning ticket for a 2009 Genuine 50cc scooter, provided by Big Easy Scooters and Cycles of New Orleans. Scooter raffle tickets are $5 and can be obtained from PRIDE members and at Southeastern’s Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities, room 110 in the War Memorial Student Union. The scooter is on display at PJ’s downtown.
     All Bunko for Basketball and raffle proceeds will go to the PRIDE Scholarship fund. Last year’s Bunko earned $17,000 for the scholarship, which provides Lady Lions basketball players with financial support for post sports eligibility coursework. Since its creation in 2007, the scholarship has been awarded to three players, who have all earned Southeastern undergraduate degrees.
     For information on Bunko for Basketball and scooter raffle tickets, contact PRIDE Chair Patsy Causey, 985-345-8133.

Music professor co-authors work on major American composerKenneth Boulton   
A Southeastern pianist has co-authored a “bio-bibliography” on composer Elie Siegmeister, considered a central figure in the growth of American music.
     Kenneth Boulton, associate professor of piano, collaborated on the book – described as a compendium of every salient aspect of composer’s life and work – with the conductor and composer Leonard Lehrman, a former Siegmeister student.
     “Elie Siegmeister was prodigiously prolific, composing a number of highly regarded compositions in a wide range of musical categories,” said Boulton, who worked on the project with Lehrman over a period of three years. “He was a central figure in the growth of a new, strongly American compositional style and one of its most fervent advocates.”
     Boulton’s doctoral dissertation focused on Siegmeister’s music and contained both recorded and written components. Over a two-year period, he recorded Siegmeister’s 10 major works for solo piano and produced a 125-page written analysis of the music.
     He said Siegmeister was especially skilled at developing musical settings for American poets, which Boulton described as “absolutely remarkable in their visceral expression. He had a genius for projecting and deeply enhancing the meaning of the text.”
     Siegmeister’s work encompassed hundreds of pieces that included nine operas, eight symphonies and compositions of jazz, blues and folk melodies. He also composed for Hollywood and Broadway, most notably the score for the 1959 film “They Came to Cordura” starring Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth and the musical production “Sing Out, Sweet Land.”

Junior Day is Saturday   
Due to the threat of severe weather last Friday and Saturday, Southeastern’s Junior Day was rescheduled for this Saturday, May 8.
     All activities and schedules will remain as originally planned. Interested participants can register online through the Junior Day button on the Southeastern home page, For additional information on Junior Day, call 1-800-222-SELU or 985-549-5637.

Southeastern music composer’s piece reviewed by New York Times   
Southeastern Music and Dramatic Arts Assistant Professor Jeremy Sagala recently received praise via The New York Times for a composition presented in a New York City concert.
     “Tenebrae” received its premiere performance at Merkin Hall, one of the city’s most coveted performance venues. The piece was performed by members of the New York New Music Ensemble, one of the country’s most well-known groups of its kind.
     The concert was reviewed by The Times’ principal reviewer, Allan Kozinn, who made special mention of Sagala’s work.
     “Jeremy Sagala freighted his ‘Tenebrae’ with a program note that described … how he used FM synthesis to produce some of his harmonies and spectral analysis of various bell tones and instrumental notes to suggest particular timbres,” Kozinn wrote.
     “Mr. Sagala’s language is rugged but not harsh, and the timbres and gestures he used here – bent pitches, quarter tones, juxtapositions of introspection and explosiveness – yielded an undeniably dramatic sound world,” the review continued.
     Sagala attended the concert with two of his graduate composition students. “It is a wonderful experience to hear a group like the New York New Music Ensemble breathe life into the complexities of a work like this. Working with them is truly a pleasure, he said.” 
     “The New York Times reviewer put his finger on the salient aspect of Dr. Sagala’s music that we have all noticed – no matter how avant-garde his musical language, the expressive gesture is immediately apparent to audiences,” said David Evenson, head of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts. “His composition thus has broad appeal.”

Ceramics scholarship formed, annual ceramics sale this week   
The Southeastern Ceramic Club and the Cecil Keeney family have raised $10,000 to create an endowed Ceramic Scholarship in the Department of Visual Arts. The Ceramic Club has raised funds through its annual club pottery sales over the past seven years. The Michael Keeney family has also donated funds to help reach the $10,000 goal. 
     The scholarship will be awarded to a ceramic concentration student annually. The Visual Arts Department thanks the Keeney family and is excited that this goal has been reached. Special thanks go out to those who have purchased ceramics at the two annual sales events. 
     The Ceramic Club is hosting its 7th annual spring sale today, May 3 and tomorrow, May 4 in the Student Union from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CPTP programs on campus in May   
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is offering two informative programs in May. There is no cost to employees for these professional programs. The Human Resources office sponsors these programs in an effort to make them more accessible to Southeastern employees. Courses are offered for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. All programs will be held in the University Center, room 139. Please note the programs and their descriptions below:

Professionalism & Productivity for Non-Supervisors
May 10-11 (8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., both days)
The two-day class is designed to provide participants with the tools and strategies necessary to enhance their professionalism, while also increasing their level of productivity. Elements of professionalism covered include professional behavior, communicating as a professional, managing conflict as a team professional, personal organization and productivity, and personal goal setting. This class is open to non-supervisory employees only.

Dealing with Change
May 24 (8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
The one-day class will help participants implement strategies and techniques to help adapt to various changes in their work situations. 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. This class is open to all employees.

Advance registration is required for these programs and space is limited. For more information, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771. 

Chapter hosts Regional Phi Mu Day at Southeastern    Phi Mu Day at Southeastern
The Southeastern Chapter and Hammond Area Alumnae Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity hosted a celebration of sisterhood April 24 on Southeastern’s campus.
     “Phi Mu has grown and expanded so much over the last few years. There are generations of women who share in our sisterhood and this was a perfect time to celebrate that bond,” explained Phi Mu Day Coordinator, Courtney Hunt.
     Over 250 collegiate and alumnae women from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama attended. Activities included a meet and greet with the area collegiate and alumnae chapters, shopping at the fraternity store, the Carnation Collection, a special ceremony, lunch, and featured guest speaker Simone Bruni, the Demolition Diva.
     Founded in 1852, Phi Mu is a women’s organization which provides personal academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendships through a shared tradition. Phi Mu encourages members to imagine, believe and achieve their aspirations.

Upcoming Encore! events   
May 3 -- Percussion Ensemble II, Kevin Estoque, director, 5:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
May 3 -- Percussion Ensemble I, Guy Gauthreaux, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
May 6 -- Symphonic Band, Paul Frechou, director, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.

Faculty Excellence news   

Service Activities
Your help is needed to document Southeastern's service activities for the 2009-2010 academic year. Accurate data of our service activities will aid in obtaining external funding for future projects and also in final reports for existing grants (e.g. Louisiana Campus Compact, Learn and Serve America).

If you were involved with students in a service-learning and/or civic engagement project during the 2009-2010 academic year, please complete the brief survey at the link below. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes. Thanks in advance for your support!

The Center on Facebook
Please join our Facebook group and receive notifications of all the various workshops, activities and events we have going on at the Center. You can join us by searching Southeastern Louisiana University’s Center for Faculty Excellence or by following the link:!/group.php?gid=112752518757158&ref=ts.

This week in athletics   
The Southeastern baseball team will travel to face defending national champion LSU on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (33-13, 15-9 Southland) will close out its non-conference schedule in Baton Rouge versus the Tigers at 6:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on Cox Sports Television. Southeastern returns home on Friday to open a three-game Southland Conference series with Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday. All of this week’s baseball contests will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern softball team (11-34, 3-22 Southland) will close out its 2010 season this weekend, hosting league foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game series at North Oak Park. The series opens with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday. Seniors Freeman, Gunther, Chelsea Takacs and Jenna Yoder will be honored prior to Sunday’s first pitch. Live stats for the series will be available at
     The Southeastern women’s basketball program will also host the Bunko for Basketball scholarship fundraiser this week. Sponsored by the Lady Lions’ mentoring and support group PRIDE (Positive Role Models Involved in the Development of Excellence), Bunko for Basketball will take place Saturday at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks.
     Tickets for the evening of fun and fundraising are $30 per person for the adults-only event, which will feature hor d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. Doors at Twelve Oaks will open at 6:30 p.m., with the popular Bunko games beginning at 7 p.m. During Bunko for Basketball, PRIDE will also draw the winning ticket for a 2009 Genuine Buddy 50cc scooter, provided by Big Easy Scooters and Cycles of New Orleans. Scooter raffle tickets are $5. All Bunko for Basketball and raffle proceeds will go to the PRIDE Scholarship fund.

Tuesday, May 4
Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (CST) (KSLU)

Friday, May 7
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Saturday, May 8
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*
Women’s Basketball, Bunko for Basketball Fundraiser, Twelve Oaks, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 9
Baseball, vs. Sam Houston State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Senior Day)*, North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities    

Dr. Mary Banbury (Teaching & Learning) presented at the National Association for Supervision, Curriculum and Development (ASCD) Conference, San Antonio, Tex., in March on “Early Childhood Educators: Using Multiple Intelligences to Partner with Families.” She also presented at the Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium in Baton Rouge in February on “Using the Arts to Differentiate Instruction and Teach about Ecology.”
     Dr. Martin Kearney (English) presented his essay “Crossing Discipline and Cultural Boundaries in John Banville’s The Infinities” at the Association of Core Texts and Curriculum Conference, April 15-19, in New Brunswick, NJ.
     Dr. Michael Bisciglia (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented “Segregation and Homicide Among Latinos and African Americans: Does Class Matter?;” Dr. David Burley (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented “Where’s the Food?: Building Community and Health Through Green Mapping New Orleans;” and Dr. Peter Shrock (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented “Political Influence at Different Stages of the Regulatory Enforcement Process” at the Southern Sociological Society meetings in Atlanta in April. Dr. Bonnie Lewis (Sociology and Criminal Justice) participated in a workshop focusing on Cajun culture and music at the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week, sponsored by Louisiana Folkroots in Lafayette in April.
     Dr. Stuart Stewart (Louisiana Campus Compact) made a presentation entitled, “What Louisiana Campus Compact Can Do for You” at Service-Learning on the Bayou, a University of Louisiana System-sponsored mini-conference held at Nicholls State University in April.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) chaired a panel on “Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Crime” at the recent Southern Sociological Society meeting in Atlanta. He also published a chapter, “The Use of Administrative Data to Answer Policy Questions and the Problem with Homicide” in the Sage Handbook of Measurement (Geoffrey Walford, Eric Tucker, and Madhu Viswanathan, editors).
     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) recently presented a workshop entitled “Intervention in Aphasia: Social Models and Frameworks” at the University of Rhode Island. She also presented a seminar entitled “Ethics in Clinical Interaction” at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.


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