ByLion--November 1


Business Week is Nov. 1-5

Social Justice Speaker Series

Moxie Dance Project Nov. 4

Gumbo Cook-Off Nov. 6

Students attend choral conference

Chinese delegation visits

The Channel receives Emmy nod

Chefs Evening restaurant of the week

Relay for Life news

Quiz Bowl Champions

Human Resources news

Purchasing news

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Area leaders to share experiences at Southeastern Business Week Nov. 1-5Michael Sharp, Randy Settoon and Alton Lewis   
Approximately 100 guest speakers from a variety of business related fields will share their real-world experiences with Southeastern students during the College of Business’s annual Business Perspectives Week Nov. 1-5.
     Corporate sponsor for the event is First Guaranty Bank.
     The speakers include small business owners, corporate presidents, engineers, insurance agents, information systems directors, sales consultants, chief financial officers and individuals from a number of levels of government. A diverse range of topics is included in the program, including leadership, community service, professional growth, health care, the recession, manufacturing and building wealth.
     “Business Week gives us an opportunity for the College of Business and its students and faculty to connect with a large variety of individuals from the world of business and government,” said Randy Settoon, dean of the College of Business. “These leaders speak on a wide range of topics and provide lessons they’ve learned over the years of their experience. Students benefit from the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues that will be pertinent to them as they graduate.”
     Presentations are held in Garrett Hall and are open to students, faculty and the public on a space available basis. A schedule and more information can be found at or by calling 549-2258.

Above: Randy Settoon, center, dean of the Southeastern College of Business, accepts a $2,500 check from First Guaranty Bank President and Chief Lending Officer Michael Sharp, left, and Chief Executive Officer Alton Lewis. First Guaranty Bank is the sponsor of the college’s Business Perspectives Week 2010.

Social Justice Speaker Series to address immigration rights   
Southeastern’s sixth annual Social Justice Speaker Series will address the topic of immigration rights in a succession of lectures Nov. 3-4.
     Co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Southeastern Sociological Association, the presentations are free and open to the public. All presentations will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Ann Cass, executive director of Proyecto Azteca, a non-profit construction and self-help program in south Texas, will lead the series with a presentation at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 3). A graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans with a master’s degree in pastoral studies, she previously served as pastoral administrator of Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen, Tex., for 25 years and has a wealth of experience in community and economic development issues.
     Also scheduled on Wednesday at 2 p.m. is Ted Quant, director of the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice at Loyola University. He is a trainer and administrator specializing in conflict resolution, diversity training, teambuilding, youth leadership development and communication in schools, corporations and community groups.
     On Thursday (Nov. 5) at 2 p.m., immigration advocate Jesse Perez Jr. will discuss “Confronting the Two Faces of the Immigration Rights Movement in the Context of the Immigration Industrial Complex.” Currently teaching sociology at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, he is founder of the Placita Olvera Working Group that organized the 2006 Gran Marcha in Los Angeles, one of the largest civil and human rights gatherings in the nation.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 549-2110.
Moxie Dance Project scheduled Nov. 4Moxie Dance Project   

Southeastern’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present Moxie Dance Project’s “Connections” Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     Directed by Southeastern dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic, “Connections” features student choreographers Kaleigh Brandt and Larry Montelongo of Slidell, Ashli Tallo of Hammond, and Diamond Williams of Baton Rouge. Guest choreographer is LaDazha Moll-Ford, a Southeastern alumnus; Brewer-Plazinic serves as faculty choreographer. 
     “Each piece concerns aspects of our connections to people and places and the way those connections shape and direct our lives,” Brewer-Plazinic said. “The connections are spiritual, geographical, or personal. Some are positive, some negative, but each has made us who we are and influences our path.”
     Brewer-Plazinic said that her piece is a tribute to Louisiana and its treasures and people.
     “There will be live music for the Louisiana piece and a film about the gradual loss of our natural resources,” Brewer-Plazinic said. “The film was shot on location at Southeastern’s own Turtle Cove Environmental Research Facility and Fountainebleau State Park in Mandeville.”
     Southeastern dancers performing in the concert include Brandt, Montelongo, Tallo and Williams; Victoria Cheramie, LaPlace; Alyssa DiMarco, Marrero; Raven Dunlap, Plaquemine; Arthur Frank, Stephanie Hughes, Crystal Schayot and Amanda Tracy of New Orleans; Sarah Gregoire, Jeoffrey Harris, Nicole Judson and Giara Major of Baton Rouge; Heather Harvey, Ashtin Robertson and Heidi Wales of Hammond; Megan LeBlanc, Port Allen; Holly Lenzen, LaCombe; Danielle Smiley, Prairieville; Brittney Terrell, Bogalusa; Victoria Vollentine, Covington; Brittany Zachary, Mandeville; Morgan Marcum of Groton, CT; Ashanti McLaurin of Chicago; and guest performer Megan Kinchen.
     Tickets -- $5, general admission, and $2, non-Southeastern students, senior citizens, and Southeastern faculty and staff -- go on sale one-hour before the show. Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D.
     For more information on the concert, call Brewer-Plazinic at 549-5254 or email


Above: The Moxie Dance Project will present "Connections" on Nov. 4 at Southeastern’s Pottle Auditorium. 

Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off to heat up football fans Nov. 6   
Tailgaters will have the chance to show off their gumbo cooking skills as Southeastern celebrates its fourth annual “Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off” Nov. 6.
     The public is invited to taste a variety of gumbo entries during the free contest and vote on their favorite as the Lions take on Northwestern State, the last Saturday home football game of the season.
     Each “taste-and-vote” will cost $1 with proceeds going to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which has adopted the event as its annual fundraiser. Gumbo tasting and voting will take place from noon - 5 p.m. Each participating tailgate site will be identified with a “Tasting Station” sign and will have a jar so everyone can vote for their favorite flavor.
     “This year, in addition to a Fan’s Choice winner, we will have celebrity judges voting on their favorite gumbo for a Judges’ Choice winner,” said Erin Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs. “Bring as much gumbo as you like, and see how your recipe matches up to some of Louisiana’s finest tailgate chefs.”
     Winners will be announced during halftime of the 6 p.m. game and will receive Lions Game Day Gumbo Champion paddles. 
    Cowser said the event raised hundreds of dollars last year and that this years’ cook-off is expected to be even better. “We plan this event for the final home game of each season in the hopes that the weather will cooperate and be perfect for gumbo,” she said. “What better way to get in the fall mood and Lion sprit than enjoying some hot gumbo with your Southeastern friends and family?”
     Tailgaters have until Nov. 3 to register for the free contest. For those without a tailgating spot, reservations can be made through the Lion ticket office, 985-549-5466.
     For more information about the Game Day Gumbo Cook-Off, call Cowser’s office at 549-5861.

Students participate in Louisiana American Choral Director’s ConferenceLouisiana American Choral Director's Association Conference   
In October, 13 Southeastern students participated in the Louisiana American Choral Director’s Association Conference in Baton Rouge. Participating students included Brendan Babin, Kayla Blanchard, Sarah Bertrand, Alyssa Carranza, Carly Cooper, Emily Domiano, Kimberly Dupre, LeMorris Hunt, Kayla Louis, Heidi Matherne, Trey Miller, Baylie Stillwell, and Kelly Todd.
     The students sang in the collegiate honor choir under the direction of world-renowned choral conductor Andre Thomas from Florida State University. They rehearsed 10 hours in two days and performed works by Michael Haydn, Moses Hogan, Andre Thomas and Jeffery Ames. They learned about rehearsal and conducting technique and were able to perform at a very high artistic level.
     Southeastern student Baylie Stillwell also participated in a conducting masterclass led by Dr. Larry Wyatt, who is in his 22nd year of teaching at the University of South Carolina. He was extremely impressed with Baylie’s level of preparation, musicality, and effectiveness of her conducting gesture.
     Following the collegiate honor choir performance and the masterclass, the students participated in the remainder of the conference and attended a session on technology in the music classroom, rehearsals with the All-state children’s, youth, women’s and men’s ensembles and reading sessions on all types of choral music.

Southeastern officials meet with Chinese visitors on program collaborationsChinese delegation visits Southeastern   
A delegation from Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College in China met recently with representatives of the colleges of Business and Science and Technology at Southeastern to further explore potential areas for cooperative programs.
     Wang Min, president of the college, led a group of four other officials who met with Southeastern representatives to discuss options for student and faculty exchange relationships, study abroad programs and areas of possible research collaboration. The college is based in the international trade and commerce city of Yiwu, located near Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. With an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students, YICC provides educational programs in business management, computer science, civil engineering and other areas.
     “The Chinese have placed a tremendous emphasis on education, especially in the broad areas of science, technology and business,” said Daniel McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology. “Their facilities are first rate, and they are interested in expanding their educational programs beyond their borders.”
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Above: Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College President Dr. Wang Min, second from left, led a delegation of college officials to Southeastern to discuss possible cooperative programs. Pictured are, from left, Southeastern College of Business Dean Randall Settoon, Min, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg, and Dean of the College of Science and Technology Daniel McCarthy.

 Southeastern Channel nominated for four EmmysSoutheastern Channel nominated for four Emmys   

 The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational access station, has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards. 
     The nominations were for a station identification promo, a composite of graphics and animation work, and promotional spots for the channel’s football broadcasts and its nature series, “Backyard Wonders.”
      Channel Videographer/Editor Josh Kapusinski was nominated for three Emmys, for his promotional spot for “Backyard Wonders. He also received a nomination for a Southeastern Channel ID and for a composite of his work nominated in the “Graphic Arts and Animation” category. Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto was nominated for his promo for Southeastern football broadcasts.
      The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the nominations from entries submitted by television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region, which includes Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico. The winners will be announced Dec. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Above: The Southeastern Channel has been nominated for four regional Emmy Awards, which will be announced in December. Pictured are, from left, General Manager Rick Settoon, Videographer/Editor Josh Kapusinski and Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto.

Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3Chefs Evening Restaurant of the Week is Don's Seafood   

 Chef’s Evening restaurant of the week:


          Don's Seafood


When dining choices take you away from home or work, please patronize this friend of Chefs Evening. While there, let the owner and chef know how much you appreciate their loyal support of the university by their participation in Chefs Evening year after year.




Relay for Life newsRelay for Life logo


Friday, Nov. 12, Southeastern Celebrates ‘Fight Dat!’ Tee Shirt Day.
     The Division of Administration and Finance invites the Southeastern Community to show support for Relay for Life by wearing a special ‘Fight Dat!’ tee shirt on Nov. 12. Tee shirts are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for long sleeve and will be sold in the Student Union on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. To buy shirts in advance, email or or call 549-5773 or 549-3811.
     Also in the Student Union on Nov. 9, Barbeque/Tailgating raffle tickets, including two tickets to the Nov. 21 Saints game against the Seattle Seahawks, will be available for $1.


Quiz Bowl Overall WinnerQuiz Bowl Overall Winning Team   

The “Sigmatizers,” a faculty team of Dustin Cotton, Sherri Craig, George Dorrill, Chris Genre and Rebecca Murry, all from the Department of English, bested the winning student team from Gamma Beta Phi to become the Overall Winners of the Phi Kappa Phi Annual Quiz Bowl.

     Accepting the award from President Crain are, from left, Genre, Murry, Craig, Cotton and Dorrill.


Human Resources news


Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace

The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) and the Human Resources Office are sponsoring a free seminar open to all employees. “Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace” will be held on Thursday, Dec. 9, in room 139 of the University Center.
     Scheduled from 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m., the one-day program will examine the ways we handle the individual differences of people in the workplace.  Participants will learn how and why we have different perceptions about people and how those perceptions can affect teamwork and productivity in positive and negative ways. Participants will practice dealing with different dimensions of diversity in structured exercises and learn how to create a climate in which all employees’ contributions are recognized and appreciated.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for attendance. For more information and to register, please contact Jan Ortego at or at extension 5771 for more information.

Purchasing news   
Small purchase Executive Order Changes

Governor Jindal signed into order Small Purchase Executive Order No. BJ 2010-16 increasing the non-competitive threshold for purchases of goods and services up to $5,000. As a result, no quotes are required to be documented up to $5,000. However, the Administration does look for faculty and staff to exercise due diligence and comparison price purchases for lowest cost. 
     The Small Purchase Executive changes do not change procedures or thresholds for: 1) Personal, Professional and Consulting Service contracts, 2) PCard per transaction limit up to $1,000, 3) requisition entry requirements into the financial system for cost over $1,000, and 4) movable property recording requirements at $1,000 or greater. For the new Small Purchase Executive Order details, go to:


Venable Office named alternative vendor for supplies
In March 2010, the Office of State Purchasing e-mailed a notice to state agencies that the state contract for office supplies with Staples was cancelled. A new Statewide Office Supply Catalog Contract continues to be solicited by the state with an announcement of the new state contract supplier anticipated after January 2011.
     Since March, budget units have been directed under the University’s Office Supply policy to use the University Bookstore managed by Texas Book Company. While the state continues to work toward a new statewide office supply catalog contract, the Southeastern Administration has approved use of a Tangipahoa Parish office supply business as a second option for purchasing office supplies. 
     Venable Office Equipment & Supplies in Amite qualifies under the LA Dept of Labor’s Small Business program. For purchases up to $15,000, a qualified small business may be used without competition under the Governor’s Small Purchase Executive Order as long as the cost can be documented as reasonable. If the purchase is $5,000 or less, no support documentation would be necessary, and the P-Card is to be used to make the transaction if not exceeding $1,000. For purchases from Venable exceeding $1,000 up to $5,000, the purchase will need to be entered in the financial system for budget reasons.
     Venable Office Equipment & Supplies and its contact, Skipper Venable, can be reached at 985-748-7000 (Fax: 985-748-7022) and online at The company will make desktop delivery to the department location. It is very important that a building name, room number, contact name and telephone number be provided to Venable on ordering. No office supply purchases should be directed to be delivered to Central Receiving.
     Note:  University Policy only requires “office supplies” to be purchased through the Bookstore and now Venable Office Equipment & Supplies. Items such as data processing CDs, diskettes, printer cartridges, cables and other data processing supply items are not restricted by the office supply policy, and may be purchased through any vendor source in accordance with State Procurement guidelines. Office equipment items such as chairs, desks, file cabinets and other movable non-consumable furnishings may be made through any source in accordance with State Procurement guidelines.

Extended Studies news   

ACT Test Preparation
(five Mondays beginning Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m.)
The course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. The maximum number of students per session is 15. Cost: $250.


ACT Test Preparation
(five Thursdays beginning Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m.)
The course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. The maximum number of students per session is 15. Cost: $275.

High School Financial Planning (Nov. 9 & 11, 5-8 p.m.)
The course teaches high school students and adults the basics of personal financial success. Cost: $10.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007 (Nov. 9 or 11, 8 a.m.–noon)
Upon successful completion of the four-hour course, students will be able to: explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment, create a basic worksheet, modify a worksheet, perform calculations, format a worksheet, print worksheets, print workbook contents, and manage large workbooks. Cost: $90 with book provided.

Microsoft Excel 2007 for Beginners (Nov. 9 & 11, 5 – 9 p.m.)
Upon successful completion, students will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment, create a basic worksheet, perform calculation, modify a worksheet, format a worksheet, print workbook contents, and manage large workbooks. Cost: $150 with book provided.

Financial Planning for Seniors (Nov. 16, 6 -9 p.m.)
Learn the basics of money management, financial terminology, and how to protect yourself from scams.

Financial Planning for Special Needs Families (Nov. 18, 6 - 9 p.m.)
The program prepares parents and guardians of individuals with a disability to handle their ongoing financial needs.  Learn about government assistance, jobs for persons with a disability, and issues relating to them living on their own. 


ACT Test Preparation
(five Thursdays beginning Nov. 4, 5 – 7 p.m.)
The course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and Englis. The maximum number of students per session is 15. Cost: $250.


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

Southeastern’s United Way Campaign is underway
Employees should have received pledge forms and attached information by now. Please give generously, as the need in our community is greater than ever.  
     The submission deadline, especially for payroll deduction to be processed, is Nov. 19.  But it’s never too late.  If your department has turned in their pledges, and you’ve had a change of heart, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email
Explore Google Documents on Monday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - noon. 
Connecting Student Learning and Web 2.0 Workshop: Wikis, presented by Heather O’Connell on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m. - 12:15 pm.

For more information on these and other upcoming workshops, check the Center’s calendar at for more information. 

Southeastern in the news   

SLU names opera singer ‘10 alumnus of the year

SLU gets honor for Colombian program

Pilot program targets students close to degree (Win-Win)

Southeastern Louisiana University nursing students coordinate mock fatality

Student aims to take 40 hours in 2 semesters

French students rally to bring back major

Southeastern students to march on Capitol 

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern women’s soccer team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, the football team hosts Senior Day and the men’s and women’s basketball teams hosts the Third Annual Full Court Fest during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The Southland Conference champion Lady Lions (14-2-3, 7-1-1 Southland) will be the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament and receive a bye into the semifinals. On Friday at 7 p.m., Southeastern will face the winner of Thursday’s first round match between fourth-seeded Texas State and fifth-seed Sam Houston State. Should Southeastern win on Friday, it would advance to the championship match on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

     All of this week’s tournament action will be streamed live on Sunday’s championship match will be televised on the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 16 in the Hammond area).

     The Southeastern football team (2-6, 1-3 Southland will close out its 2010 home schedule this week, hosting Northwestern State at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Strawberry Stadium. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), in the New Orleans area on WGSO-AM (990) and on the Internet at The Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18 in the Hammond area) will also televise the game on a tape delay.

     The 2010 senior class will be honored prior to kickoff on Saturday. Seniors Andre Cryer, Curtis Strong, Clint Coleman, Mark Newbill, Tyler Beatty, Tommy Connors, Re’Keem Wilson, Tim Richardson, Stephen Moreaux, Stephen Pieczynski, Ryan Godare, Josh Bridges, Cody Kennedy, Michael Stallworth, Kevin Hughes, Evan Niles, Luis Sobalvarro and Cole Wardell will play in their final home game on Saturday.

     Southeastern students will have a chance to get their first look at the 2010-11 Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center. The free event is open to all Southeastern students and will give students the opportunity to interact with members of the Lion and Lady Lion basketball teams, as well as Southeastern head men’s basketball coach Jim Yarborough and head women’s basketball coach Lori Davis Jones. Entertainment will also include a step show and a fashion show. Free food and drinks, as well as t-shirts courtesy of Connie’s Impressions/CI Sports, will be available.

     Students will also have the opportunity to participate in several contests and register for several prizes.
Students will be able to get a sneak peek at the 2010-11 Lions and Lady Lions. Student organizations will also be able to adopt a men’s or women’s basketball student-athlete for the upcoming season.

     The Southeastern volleyball team (10-19, 1-11 Southland) will hit the road for the final time in 2010 this week. The Lady Lions will be at UT Arlington on Thursday at 7 p.m. and at Texas State on Saturday at 11 a.m.

     The Southeastern women’s tennis team will close out its fall schedule this week. The Lady Lions will be in Houston to compete in the Houston Cougar Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday.

Wednesday, November 3
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Full Court Fest, University Center, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 4
Volleyball, at UT Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m.*

Friday, November 5
Women’s Soccer, vs. Texas State/Sam Houston State (SLC Tournament), San Marcos, Texas, 7 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at Houston Cougar Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

Saturday, November 6
Football, vs. Northwestern State (Senior Day), Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (SE Channel) (KSLU) (WGSO)*
Volleyball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 11 a.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Houston Cougar Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

Sunday, November 7
Women’s Soccer, Southland Tournament Final, San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m. (Southland TV)
Women’s Tennis, at Houston Cougar Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game

Professional activities   
The following faculty and students from Sociology and Criminal Justice presented research papers at the Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA) meeting in Baton Rouge in October:
     Dr. David Burley served as organizer and presider for a session on “Sustainability;” Ms. Natalie Shelton, “Participatory Sustainability in Southeast Louisiana: Identity Facilitation through Environmental Transformation;” Ms. Jamie Walker, “Environmental Learning at its Finest: Employing Quasi-Participatory Methodology to Promote Ecological Identity and Awareness among Youth in Southeast Louisiana;” Mr. Christopher Daunis, “Environmentalism through Social Learning;” Ms. Jessica Cuifi, “Imagination Station: A Sociological Introduction;” Dr. Kenneth Bolton Jr., “The Relationship between Theory and the Notion of Sustainability through Participatory Research and Pedagogy;” Dr. Michael Bisciglia, “Ethnic Segregation of Hispanics and Its Impact on Hispanic Homicide: Using the Index of Qualitative Variation as a Measure of Within Ethnicity Segregation;” Dr. John Boulahanis and Ms. Jessica Darbonne, “Newspaper Reporting of Homicide Cases: A Chicago and New Orleans Comparison.”        

     Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) was among the participants of the international conference “Italian Outside Italy – The Situation in Canada, USA and in the English-Speaking World,”organized by the Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies of the University of Toronto (Canada). On this occasion, Dr. Fiumara presented his paper "News from the Boot(h): Community Outreach and Educational Objectives of an Italian–Language Radio Show in the USA." The paper emphasizes the twofold objective of Fiumara’s weekly KSLU radio show Caffe Italia, which, apart from contributing to the promotion and the preservation of the language and culture of the Old Country, aims to promote students' cultural awareness and linguistic competence through their active involvement in its creation and production. Caffe Italia is produced weekly at Southeastern’s own KSLU and can be heard every Sunday at 8 pm on the 90.9 FM dial and on
     Dr. Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) gave an invited seminar talk entitled “Ab initio methods for temporary anions” at the University of Texas at Austin.
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry & Physics) was recently interviewed about his blog (Dot Physics) by Brian Bartel and Dale Butler on the podcast “Lab Out Loud,” an NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) sponsored podcast that interviews and discusses science with different people. In the interview Dr. Allain discussed how his blog posts examine the physics behind things that interest him: from events in TV advertisements to everyday phenomena. Recent guests of “Lab Out Loud” have included Kari Byron (from MythBusters), John Linnell (from They Might Be Giants), popular physicist Sean Carroll, and astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson. The podcast of Dr. Allain’s interview can be found at and his blog can be found at Dr. Allain’s blog ( Dot Physics on has just been chosen by (from the Institute of Physics) as one of five sites shortlisted for the web awards in the Best Blog category; other nominations can be viewed at Among the nominees are Bad Astronomy (from Phil Plait author of Death from the Skies) and Physics Buzz, the blog of the American Physical Society.
     Drs. Rhett Allain and Hye-Young Kim, along with physics junior Adam Dillon, attended the 77th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the APS (Oct. 20-23) in Baton Rouge and presented two talks and one poster, titled (1) “Spotting Fake Videos with Tracker Video Analysis” by Dr. Allain, (2) “Two-dimensional phase of gases physisorbed on a grapheme” by Dr. Kim and (3) “Molecular dynamics simulations on mid-linked polymer matrix” by Adam Dillon.
     Dennis Sipiorski (Visual and Performing Arts) has been selected to exhibit his creative work in ceramics and painting in the Three Rivers Art Festival in Covington the second week of November. Sipiorski will also be demonstrating and creating paintings at the fest.
     Kathryn Munson (Library) was appointed Webmaster for the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (SEMLA) at this year's annual meeting in Columbia, SC.
     Several Librarians from Sims Library conducted presentations at the LOUIS Users Conference, Oct. 21-22, in Baton Rouge. Beth Star presented “A Five Year Review of Text Message Reference” on Oct. 21. The session summarized the first SMS academic library reference service in the U.S.                 
     Kathryn Munson and James Lovitt, on Oct. 21 co-presented “Marketing Academic Libraries.” Munson on Oct. 22 presented “Lessons Learned from a New Interlibrary Loan Manager.” This session discussed innovations at Sims Library in the field of Interlibrary Loan.
     Herbert McGuin and James Lovitt on Oct. 22 co-presented “The Library Safety Manual: Challenges and Policies for 21st Century Libraries.”

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