ByLion--November 15


Campus access restricted during holidays

International Education Week

Student Veterans meeting

LPO Concert Nov. 27

Spring Priority Registration

Counseling Program recognized

Delts host Thanksgiving Dinner

Toys from the Heart

Relay for Life

Annual Pottery Sale Nov. 29 and 30

Chefs Evening restaurant of the week

Southeastern in the news

Human Resources news

Sims Memorial Library news

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

Student Excellence news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Campus access restricted over Thanksgiving holidays, no ByLion   
Access to the campus will be restricted from Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 10 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 29, at 6 a.m.  All streets granting access to the interior of campus will be blocked during the evening and early morning hours of 6 p.m. through 6 a.m.  Anyone requiring access to restricted portions of campus between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. must contact the University Police Department at 549-2222. This partial closure will not impact the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village residential area.

     Additionally, due to the Thanksgiving holidays, there will be no ByLion on Monday, Nov. 22. ByLion will return on Monday, Nov. 29. Deadline for this issue is Thursday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Southeastern sponsors International Education Week Nov. 15-19   

Southeastern will sponsor International Education Week Nov. 15-19 with a variety of events, including a multicultural buffet, a panel discussion entitled “Islam and the West” and a concert featuring international music.
     Eric Summers, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said the week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education and is aimed at promoting programs that prepare students for a global environment.
     All events are open to the public, and there is no charge for Southeastern students.
     The week at Southeastern will start with International Night at 5 p.m. Monday in the Student Union Ballroom. Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Communication, the evening will include an international buffet catered by Aramark and a talent show featuring foreign language students. A cash donation of  $5 will be collected to support scholarships for Southeastern’s Study Abroad program. Information on the Study Abroad program will be available at the event.
     Free henna tattoos, a temporary dying of the top layer of skin, will be available for students on Tuesday beginning at noon in the Student Union mall. “This was such a popular feature of last year’s international week, that we decided to offer it again,” Summers said.
     The panel discussion “Islam and the West” will be presented on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. The discussion is intended to provide information and insight on the Islamic religion from the perspectives of Southeastern faculty, students and community members practicing Islam in the United States.
     The week will conclude on Thursday at 2 p.m. with the concert “Music of Many Countries” in Pottle Auditorium. The free concert is sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Meeting called to plan student veterans organization   
An informational meeting designed to explore the development of a Southeastern student veterans organization will be held at noon, Wednesday (Nov. 17) in Student Union room 222.
    The goal of the meeting is to determine the level of interest in forming a Southeastern chapter of the Student Veterans of America, said Mark Lawrence, a communication major who is spearheading the project.
    “Oddly enough, Southeastern has not had an organization primarily to address issues of veterans,” said Lawrence. “Currently we have nearly 250 students who are veterans of the various military branches, so we believe we have the basis for a solid organization.”
     The Student Veterans of America was organized to serve as the definitive organization to advocate for student veteran issues at the state and national level. The only campus-based chapter in Louisiana currently is at LSU.
     Rene Abadie, director of the Southeastern Office of Public Information and a U.S. Army veteran, has agreed to serve as chapter advisor. Assisting in the development of the organization is Kay Maurin, director of the Office of Disability Services.
     For additional information, contact Abadie at 549-2341 ( or Lawrence at
Columbia Theatre sets holiday mood with LPO ConcertCarlos Riazuelo   
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will celebrate the holiday season when the university’s historic downtown theater hosts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Nov. 27.
     “The Columbia Theatre is very pleased to once again be hosting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for its annual holiday concert, truly a gift to the entire Hammond community,” said Kenneth Boulton, Columbia Theatre interim director. “Many holiday musical favorites are sure to be included, along with a special appearance by a lucky ‘little guest conductor’ chosen from our area schools. So come to the Columbia and awaken your holiday spirits.”
     Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the popular 7:30 p.m. concert, traditionally a sell-out.
     Tickets are $38, Orchestra; $42, Loge; and $36, Balcony. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and one hour before performance time.
     Conductor Carlos Riazuelo will lead the orchestra in a program full of classical and popular holiday favorites.
     Born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, to Spanish immigrants, Riazuelo has been praised by audiences, musicians and music critics throughout the world for his diverse repertoire. He is a regular guest conductor throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
     Riazuelo was the only Latin American conductor invited by the late Maestro Eduardo Mata to conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and he was chosen by the artist to accompany Henryk Szeryng in his last concert in Venezuela.
     Riazuelo has recorded four CDs. His first two recordings feature music of Venezuelan composers and his third pairs Berstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” with selections from Prokofiev’s ballet, “Romeo and Juliet.” His latest recording with famed tenor Alfredo Kraus led to an invitation from the great singer for Riazuelo to accompany him in concerts in the Canary Islands and Argentina. Both concerts were televised nationwide.
     For more information on the LPO Holiday Concert, contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-543-4366 or log on to
Spring priority registration   
Southeastern students may register for spring 2011 classes Monday, Nov. 15 through Friday, Nov. 19. 
     The priority registration period is for all currently enrolled students, returning students, new transfer and graduate students.
     Students may check registration appointment times, class schedules, and register online by logging into their LEONet account from Southeastern’s webpage,
      Students in departments that require advising must be advised prior to registering. Additionally, any students with registration holds on their accounts will not be able to access the registration system until holds have been cleared. 
     Open registration is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 through Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 and is also open to all eligible students.
      For additional information about registration, contact Southeastern’s Office of Records and Registration at 549-2066 or
Graduate Counseling Program Recognized as “outstanding” in regionGraduate Counseling Program wins award   
Southeastern’s graduate program in counseling was named the 2010 Outstanding Master’s Counseling Program by the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES).
     The announcement was made at the recent bi-annual conference of the organization, which was held in Williamsburg, Va. With 14 member states, SACES is the largest of five regions that make up the national organization, the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, a division of the American Counseling Association.
     “We are very proud to have received this recognition by our peer organization and members,” said June Williams, associate professor and interim head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development. “The Southern Region has 91 master’s programs that are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), so to be selected from this large a field is very meaningful.”
     Southeastern’s graduate program was selected based upon its program design, faculty achievements and service, and student and alumni accomplishments. The 60-hour program – with concentrations in school counseling, community counseling and marriage and family counseling – provides the academic coursework required to become a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana and most other states. School counseling graduates gain the necessary credentials to become certified school counselors. Southeastern’s program is also one of only a handful in the region to offer play therapy courses.
     Williams said Southeastern counseling students consistently score above the national average on standardized exams, and graduates have a high rate of securing employment.
     “We try to assist our students through workshops and an annual career fair every spring that’s sponsored by our honor society Chi Sigma Iota,” she said.
     Williams noted that faculty members in the department are active in professional organizations and associations with many holding leadership positions at local, state and national levels. All counseling faculty members have at one time served on the executive board of the Louisiana Counseling Association and three have served as national presidents of specialty divisions and as members of the Louisiana Licensure Board for Counselors. All are regular presenters at state, regional and national conferences.

Above: Southeastern’s graduate program in counseling was named the Outstanding Master’s Counseling Program by the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision. Displaying their award are members of the counseling faculty, front row, left to right: Patricia Thomas, Interim Department Head June Williams, and Paul Cesar; back row, left to right: Peter Emerson, Laura Fazio-Griffith, Mary Ballard and Hunter Alessi.

Delta Tau Delta to host annual Thanksgiving Dinner   
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Every year members and their families gather together for an evening of fun, food and fellowship. Members of the Southeastern family, including faculty, staff and other students are invited.
      Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Ross Barbier, chapter president, at to RSVP the number of people attending.

‘Toys from the Heart’ brings joy to area children   
Southeastern students, faculty and staff are spreading the joy of the holiday season by participating in the fourth annual “Toys from the Heart” holiday toy drive, Nov. 29-Dec. 9.
     Southeastern’s Greek organizations Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Inc., along with the Recreational Sports and Wellness department and the Office of Multicultural and Student Affairs (MISA), have teamed up to collect toys for underprivileged Hammond children.
     The drive is expected to bring joy into the lives of 350 children this holiday season.
New, unwrapped toys may be delivered to donation boxes located in the Student Union Mall Nov. 29-Dec. 3 and Dec. 6-9. Donation boxes will also be located at the MISA office and inside the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     Those interested in participating may also make a monetary donation for the purchase of new toys, and all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.
     Toys will be given to registered families Dec. 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. Families interested in receiving toys may register for the drive beginning Nov. 22 by calling the MISA office at (985) 549-3850. Requests are filled on a first come, first served basis.
     Students, faculty and staff are invited to “Brunch with Santa,” Wednesday, Dec. 1 between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. hosted by Recreational Sports and Wellness in the Pennington Student Activity Center. Attendees are asked to bring one new toy or make a $5 donation to “Toys from the Heart.”
     For more information about “Toys from the Heart,” contact the MISA office at 549-3850.

Relay for LifeRelay for Life t-shirts   

President John L. Crain joined with others in Dyson Hall to show their support for Saturday's Relay for Life event. Sporting their special T-shirts are, from left, front row Becky Nuccio, Lynn Horgan, Crain, Ranetta Marshall,  and Tricia Bertrand; middle row Provost Tammy Bourg, Sherry Silvers, Josie Walker; back row Diane Mahoney, Erin Moore Cowser.


Ceramic Club Annual Pottery Sale   
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will have its annual Christmas pottery sale on Monday, Nov. 29, and Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Student Union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The students and faculty will sell ceramic items, such as pitchers, plates, and tea pots.

     All items are food safe, and the money raised will be used to help fund student activities during the year. The club will also be selling works at the Hammond Regional Art Center on Saturday, Dec 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3Chefs Evening is April 3



 Chef’s Evening restaurant of the week:


          The Cocoa Bean


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.


Southeastern in the news   

Provost discusses how SLU must meet performance goals  


Hundreds rally at state Capitol to protest cuts


14 Southeastern students make queen, beau courts


Businesses offered free SLU programs


Student protest focuses anger on Jindal

Human Resources news   

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. Offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, the program will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Human Resources Office conference room.
     To register for this program please email Jan Ortego at or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration is requested for this class.


Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) and the Human Resources Office are sponsoring this free seminar open to all employees on Thursday, Dec. 9 from 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in room 139 of the University Center.
     “Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace” examines 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; 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.

Sims Memorial Library news   

Let’s Talk Art at Sims Library
The American Impressionist Henry Hensche is the subject of a lecture by Southeastern Art History BA candidate Carolyn Biggio on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m. on the third floor of Sims Library. Born in Germany, Hensche came to the United States when he was 10 and eventually became a painter, teacher, lecturer, and demonstrator. The talk will focus on his ties to Louisiana and his role as a link from the early days of the Impressionist Movement through the 20th century to the students and painters of that style today.
      The lecture is part of the ongoing “Let’s Talk Art” series co-sponsored by the Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) and the Friends of Sims Library. Future lectures will be held at the HRAC in downtown Hammond and at Sims Library. For more information, contact Eric Johnson at 549-3962.


Library to host traveling Lincoln exhibit
Southeastern Sims Memorial Library has been selected to host next year the national exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”
     Southeastern is one of only 25 sites in the nation to host the exhibit, which examines how President Abraham Lincoln confronted some of the nation’s darkest days, said Library Director Eric Johnson. The exhibit, which will be displayed in the library lobby Feb. 9 – March 25, 2011, was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in partnership with The Lincoln Museum of Fort Wayne, Ind. It was funded by the Lincoln Financial Group.
     The exhibit features more than 100 images, historical documents and artifacts from The Lincoln Museum and other institutions and examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three inter-related crises of the Civil War: the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.
     “This is an extremely well done, educational exhibit, and Southeastern is fortunate to be selected to host it,” Johnson said. “We believe this is something that our faculty, staff and students will truly appreciate as well as the general public and area school children.”
     He said a number of public programs focused on Lincoln are being planned to coincide with the exhibit. Librarians Lynette Ralph, Kathryn Munson, and Mary Frances Marx obtained the grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be directing the programming associated with the exhibit.
     The 1,000-square foot interactive exhibit is designed to engage visitors with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. The exhibit features Lincoln’s own words in the form of excerpts from his writings and speeches as recorded by actor Sam Waterson (NBC’s “Law and Order”). The feature is designed for visitors to hear the 16th president’s thoughts and views on issues such as equality, slavery, freedom, democracy and the Constitution’s rule of law.
     The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
     For more information on the exhibit, contact Lynette Ralph at the library at 549-3962 or via e-mail at

Extended Studies news   


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.)
This 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. 


Microsoft Project 2010 (Dec. 3, 8 a.m. –  4 p.m.)
Students will learn to build and modify a project schedule, which will assist them in managing projects.


Project Management (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
This course is designed to prepare project managers and others planning on pursuing a career in project management with skills and tools to successfully plan, manage, and deliver project on time and within budget.


ACT Test Preparation
(Five Thursdays, beginning Jan. 13, 5 – 7 p.m.)
This 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. If paid and registered one week prior to start of class, students will receive ACT prep book at no additional cost. 


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

Faculty Excellence news   

United Way Campaign
Southeastern’s United Way Campaign is underway. Employees should have received pledge forms and attached information by now. Please give generously. The need in our community is even 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 pledges and you’ve had a change of heart, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email
Explore Google Presentations on Monday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - noon. 
Connecting Student Learning and Web 2.0 Workshop: Social Networking, presented by Heather O’Connell on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. – noon.

Student Excellence news   
The Center for Student Excellence, Student Government Association and LaCapitol Federal Credit Union recently collaborated to host five one-hour workshops for students enrolled in SE 101 last week. 
     Ronaldo Hardy, LaCapitol Executive Manager of the Hammond branch, has spoken to several SE 101 classes for the past two years, and because of the positive responses, he committed time and resources to speak to students enrolled in all sections of the course, via out-of-class workshops.
     Hardy was assisted by Fallon O’Neil in presenting the workshop “Financial Fitness,” which included information on how to manage a personal budget and how to “Pay Yourself First.” Video footage was shown of a 14-year-old boy who has already netted over $50,000 from creative investing.
     Based on the huge turnout of approximately 1,500 students, the entertaining and informational workshops will be repeated and refined for upcoming semesters and will be offered to more student groups.

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern football team will close out its 2010 schedule, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The Lions (2-8, 1-5 Southland) will look to close out the 2010 campaign on a high note, when it faces Nicholls on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the River Bell Classic in Thibodaux. The contest will be televised live by the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 16 in the Hammond area) and a live video feed will be available at The game will also air 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 men’s basketball team (1-0) will make its first road trip of the season this week. In their lone game of the week, the Lions will play at UNLV on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at

     The women’s basketball team (1-0) has three games on tap this week. The Lady Lions will host Spring Hill on Monday and William Carey on Tuesday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. On Friday, Southeastern will head to New Orleans for a 7 p.m. contest at UNO. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, while Monday’s game will be broadcast on the Internet only at

     Courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE (Positive Role Models Involved in the Development of Excellence), the first 100 fans at Southeastern’s two home games will receive trading cards featuring freshman post Kaitlyn Waller and junior guard Latoria Holder on Tuesday.

Monday, November 15
Women’s Basketball, vs. Spring Hill (Kaitlyn Waller Trading Card Day), University Center, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 16
Women’s Basketball, vs. Millsaps (Latoria Holder Trading Card Day), University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU)

Wednesday, November 17
Men’s Basketball, at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nev., 9 p.m. (KSLU)

Thursday, November 18
Football, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 6 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)*

Friday, November 19
Women’s Basketball, at UNO, New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game 

Professional activities   

Dr. Wendy Siegel (Teaching and Learning) presented “The Value of Dogs in Classrooms for Children with Autism” at The Midsouth Educational Research Association 2010 conference in Mobile, Ala. on Nov 4. Teaching and Learning faculty presenting at the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Mobile, Ala. were Siegel, Dr. Heloise Morgan, Dr. Deborah McCarthy, Dr. Cynthia McCormick, Mr. Paul Simoneaux, and Dr. Shirley Jacob.
     David Armand's (English) novel The Pugilist’s Wife was recently named the winner of the 2010 George Garrett Fiction Prize and will be published next year by Texas Review Press.
     Dr. Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry and Physics) was invited to attend the Reunion Meeting, Nov 5-7, of the AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) workshop for new physics and astronomy faculty at College Park in Maryland and presented a poster on teaching physics for music majors, titled “JiTT Method with Fewer Demonstrations and More Peer-learning Activities in PHYS100 - Acoustics for Musicians.”
     William Robison (History and Political Science) participated in a multidisciplinary scholars’ workshop, “Reassessing Henry VIII: Directions for New Research,” at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC on November 5-6.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented two research papers: “In Search of Professional Dispositions for Effective School Leadership” with Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership & Technology) and “A Study of Superintendents’ Expectations of Principals’ Leadership Skills” with Rayma Harchar of ULL and Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership). Both were presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Mobile, Ala. on Nov. 3-5.
     Dr. Natasha Whitton (English) represented the university at the first annual Tangipahoa Parish Library Free Book Festival held in October at the Hammond Branch of the Public Library. Over 500 people were in attendance, and Whitton provided members of the community with information on continuing education and distance education. The event is planned for the second Saturday each October in order to replace the Louisiana Book Festival which has lost state funding.
     An article entitled “Integrating Career Information and Academic Advising for New College Students,” by Dr. Dorothy Nelson (Center for Student Excellence) was accepted for inclusion in the fall 2010 issue of The Link, a professional magazine published by IUPUI (Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis). Nelson (Center for Student Excellence) also served as a co-editor and authored three chapters of “The Handbook of Career Advising,” a Jossey Bass publication. The book was presented at the annual conference of the National Academic Advising Association. Several universities have adopted the handbook for use as a textbook in graduate courses on advising and career development.
     Ms. Rebecca Hensley (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a research paper titled “Youth and Sex in the Bible Belt” at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nov. 4.

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