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Student Success is focus of Southeastern GRAD Act Agreement
Southeastern officials said new initiatives in combination with those begun several years ago should continue to improve graduation rates and other measures of student success, which align with goals of the institution’s GRAD Act agreement that was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents today.
“We believe our commitment to higher admission standards, expanded use of technology to track student progress and to intervene when needed, as well as partnerships with secondary schools to better prepare college-bound students will be keys to our ability to meet the six-year goals established in conjunction with the Board of Regents,” said President John L. Crain. “The goals in this agreement are fully consistent with existing long-term priorities at Southeastern.”
Under the GRAD Act approved in the last legislative session, the board entered into performance agreements with participating institutions, in which the institutions commit to meet certain objectives in exchange for increased autonomy and flexibility, including the ability to raise tuition up to 10 percent each year. Under previous approval by the legislature, Southeastern and other institutions raised tuition five percent in the fall semester, with an additional five percent authorized by the GRAD Act being kept in escrow pending the Board’s action Wednesday. Institutions can only raise tuition up to the level of their peers under the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
“Our tuition currently is among the lowest of our peer institutions in the 16 states under the SREB and actually is less than many universities at a lower institutional classification,” Crain explained. “It will take years of increased tuition rates for us to approach the average of our peers.”
The agreement focuses primarily on measures of student success, including student retention and graduation rates. Other performance measures under the legislation include goals regarding transfer and articulation agreements, workforce and economic development initiatives, and efficiency and accountability measures that will be negotiated in the future. In all, progress will be measured by 52 parameters.
Southeastern projects achieving a graduation rate between 37.5 to 41.5 percent by the end of the six-year GRAD Act period, keeping it on track to match the SREB’s peer goal of 44 percent.
Above, right: Southeastern student Amber Bordelon works with Loranger High students Nathan Robinson, left, and Matt Barry on a demonstration involving shaving cream and food coloring.
Best Practices in Teaching Writing presented Oct. 30
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project presented a showcase of “Best Practices in Teaching Writing” Saturday, Oct. 30, at the KIVA.
The showcase featured roundtables, workshops, and a panel on teaching writing by about 20 teacher consultants from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, directed by Dr. Richard Louth (English). The half-day event was attended by area K-12 teachers as well as prospective teachers and graduate students in education.
Presenters from the Southeastern English Department included: Dr. Richard Louth, who chaired a panel on “Introducing Writing Marathons;” Dr. George Dorrill, who was a panelist on “Introducing Writing Marathons,” led an on-campus writing marathon, and who presented on “Grammar and Grading;” Dr. Tasha Whitton, left, presented on “Audience and Purpose: Using Proposals to Engage Students beyond the Classroom;” Tracy Valentine presented on “Literacy Narratives: Writing Stories about Our Reading and Writing Influences;” and Dr. Kate Lane was a panelist on “Introducing Writing Marathons” and presented on “Tired of Writing Awk? How P/Q/W Can Change Response in Your Classroom.”
The showcase was supported by the National Writing Project in collaboration with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.
Above: Tasha Whitton of the Southeastern English Department talks with an educator about teaching writing.
Southeastern Health Center to host free HIV testing and counseling
Southeastern’s Health Center in cooperation with Volunteers of America (VOA) of New Orleans will provide free HIV testing and counseling at the Health Center on Nov. 12 and Dec. 1. Testing and counseling are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days.
“We have partnered with VOA of New Orleans to provide free HIV testing once every quarter to students on campus,” said Michelle Reed, director of the Health Center. “We are doing it twice this quarter because Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day.”
Reed said Aimie Starnes with the VOA will be conducting the confidential testing and counseling and will be responsible for any follow-ups that need to be conducted. Tests are administered with mouth swabs, do not involve needles, and yield results in 20 minutes.
Since the Health Center only provides the venue for testing, they will not have access to test results, nor will the results become part of a student’s medical records.
For more information, students should contact the Health Center at 549-2241.
Wind Symphony Concerto Competition scheduled
The Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts will hold its Wind Symphony Concerto Competition Saturday (Nov. 13) at the Pottle Music Recital Hall.
Featuring some of the university’s top student musicians, the 7:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Winners of the competition will be featured at the university’s spring Wind Symphony concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in April.
“This is a great opportunity for the winners because it is something they could add to their resumes,” said student Durand Jones of the university’s Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity, which is sponsoring the competition. “It’s something that is not usually opened to underclassmen at other universities.”
Contestants are music majors Vitalie Gumeniuc of Moldova, alto saxophone; Dana Hudson of Delhi, flute; Justin Pardue of Walker, trombone; Joshua Pardue of Walker, trumpet; and Zakkary Garner, music education major from Natalbany, alto saxophone. Also participating in the competition is a trumpet trio consisting of music education majors: Thomas Huckaby of Greenwell Springs, David Will of Hammond, and David Kraus, of Mandeville.
Jones said judges include Southeastern alumnus and band director of Westside Middle School Tren Ingolia; Steve Wilson, assistant band and percussion instructor director at Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Houma; and Dottie Smith, president of the Baton Rouge Music Club.
Relay for Life news
This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 549-5773 or 549-3811. Fight Dat shirts can also be purchased at the I/O window in McClimans Hall.
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.
Southeastern Danceworks presents “Dance Suite: A Moving Celebration”
Southeastern’s Izzy Moving Dance Theatre will present “Dance Suite: A Moving Celebration” at the Greater Covington Center, located at 317 N. Jefferson Ave. in Covington, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
Dana Brewer-Plazinic, director of Izzy Moving Dance Theatre and an instructor of dance in Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, said the dance genre for the concert is modern.
“The concert is an eclectic mix of modern dances that celebrate the art of dance and its power to communicate,” she said. “The production is appropriate for audiences of all ages, and we will have refreshments for sale in the lobby after the concert.”
Izzy Moving Dance Theatre company members and choreographers in the production who are also Southeastern students include Kaleigh Brandt, Slidell; Danielle Boudreaux, Marrero; Jeoffery Harris Jr., Baton Rouge; and Brittany Zacary, Mandeville. Brewer-Plazinic also serves as a choreographer for the concert.
The concert is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Arts Commission on Cultural Affairs.
Brewer-Plazinic said students from Elite Dance Academy in Covington and Mandeville, Main Street Dance in Hammond and Fellom Ballet in Hammond are also performing in the production as part of the grant.
Tickets for “Dance Suite: A Moving Celebration” are $5 and will be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Study Abroad 2011 programs
The Office of Honors and International Initiatives is hosting information sessions for the 2011 Study Abroad programs. Students can get information on the destinations, courses offered, dates, and approximate cost of each program.
The meetings will be held Nov. 10 and 17 at 4 p.m. in 205 Fayard Hall. All interested students are encouraged to attend one of these meetings.
Panel discussion on Islam and the West
As part of Southeastern’s International Week, the Honors Program and the Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs is pleased to host a panel discussion and Q&A on Islam and the West. This is an opportunity for our campus community to learn about one of the major forces shaping the domestic and foreign policies of nations around the globe. Scheduled panelists are Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Ms. Ann O’Connor and Dr. Ibrahim Sumer. The discussion is scheduled Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre and is open to the public.
Southeastern in the news
Faculty senate to discuss efforts for students
Faculty supports student protest
Rape Aggression Defense Class
The Southeastern Police Department is offering a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense class for the women of our community. The class is for women only and will be held on the weekend of Nov. 12 - 14. This class is free for Southeastern students and employees and is designed for the average woman with no previous experience or background in physical skills training.
The 12 - hour class is divided into three sessions over the course of one weekend. The sessions are from 6 to10 p.m. on Friday evening, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Attendance at all three sessions is necessary to complete the course. Anyone missing one session may not participate in the next, as the curriculum is progressive, based upon skills and knowledge learned in previous sessions.
Class will be held on the campus of Southeastern, but the exact location of the classroom is kept confidential for the privacy and safety of the women taking the class. The location of the class will be given a couple of days prior to the start and only to confirmed attendees.
Enrollment is limited, so register early. To register or receive more information, call the University Police Department at 2222 and give your name and phone number with a message that you wish to register for the RAD class. You may also send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact phone number with the same message. Someone will return your call or send a reply e-mail to let you know you’ve been added to the roster or with the information you requested.
Campus Security Policy
According to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), institutions which participate in Federal student financial aid programs are required to provide information to the public regarding campus safety and security policies and procedures. Statistics regarding crimes and fires related to their campuses must also be reported. The definition set used for this format is according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).
Southeastern is dedicated to providing a safe, secure and crime-free environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to our Hammond Campus, Baton Rouge Nursing Center, Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, and St. Tammany Center. Many individuals and departments are involved in campus safety and security. This information can help keep you and others safe at Southeastern.
At Southeastern we endeavor to consistently provide accurate information to our community regarding the safety of our campus. In furtherance of these efforts, we make our Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports available electronically at:
As of Oct. 1 you are be able to link directly from this page to each of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for our various campuses for the calendar year 2009. The files are in pdf format for easy viewing and printing.
Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3
Chef’s Evening restaurant of the week:
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.
Human Resources news
Workshop: Effective Presentation Skills (Nov. 18 & 19, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
The Human Resources Office and the Louisiana Comprehensive Public Training Program are sponsoring a free workshop entitled Effective Presentation Skills in the University Center, room 139.
The class is designed to provide participants the necessary classroom skills for trainers. Participants will learn 13 ways to improve the use of visuals, to understand the correct ways to use easel pads, and how to avoid 10 deadly sins common to many presentations. The class also introduces participants to proper “platform” skills and provides tips on how to turn audience resistance into something useful. The class includes opportunities for participants to make at least two presentations and receive feedback on those presentations.
The class presumes that (1) some participants may not have had any presentation experience, and (2) other participants have had a great deal of experience in delivering presentations – and the needs of both types will be addressed. The class is open to managers, trainers, and staff who make formal presentations as part of their current job responsibilities.
Pre-registration is required by the state. Please contact Jan Ortego in the Training Section of the Human Resources Office at extension 5771 or at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu for registration information.
Seminar: Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace (Dec. 9, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) and the Human Resources Office are sponsoring a free seminar open to all employees entitled “Individual Differences and Diversity in the Workplace” in room 139 of the University Center.
The class 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 Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or at extension 5771 for more information.
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007 (Nov. 9 or 11, 8 a.m. – noon)
Upon successful completion of this 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 or 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.)
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 their projects.
Project Management (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
This course is designed to prepare project managers and other planning on pursuing a career in project management with skills and tools to successfully plan, manage, and deliver project on time and within budget.
This week in athletics
The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams will open the 2010-11 season to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions and Lady Lions will hit the hardwood for the first time on Friday night, hosting Millsaps for a doubleheader in the University Center. The women’s game will tip-off at 5:45 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 7:45 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
Friday’s game will also be the women’s basketball coaching staff’s Trading Card day. The first 100 fans attending the Lady Lions’ game will receive a trading card featuring head coach Lori Davis Jones, assistant coaches Eric Dumas and Brent Harris and graduate assistant Charinee Mitchell. Both teams will also celebrate Veterans Day and hold a Camper Reunion.
The Southeastern volleyball team (10-21, 1-13 Southland) will close out its 2010 season with a pair of home matches this week. The Lady Lions will host league foes Northwestern State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Central Arkansas on Saturday at 1 p.m. Prior to Saturday’s match, seniors Alex Greer and Allison Jones will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
Three members of the Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the NCAA South Central Regionals this week. Senior Henry Rop and freshman Joseph LeGrange will represent the men’s team, while senior Naomi Jeruto will compete in the women’s meet on Saturday in Waco, Texas.
The Lion football team (2-7, 1-4 Southland) will hit the road this week to face one of the Southland Conference co-leaders. Southeastern will be in Nacogdoches, Texas on Saturday to face Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. 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 www.LionSports.net.
Thursday, November 11
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Friday, November 12
Men’s Basketball, vs. Millsaps, University Center, 7:45 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Basketball, vs. Millsaps, University Center, 5:45 p.m. (KSLU)
Saturday, November 13
Football, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas (Senior Day), University Center, 1 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at NCAA South Central Regionals, Waco, Texas, All Day
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game
Day of the Dead at the Lab School
During their art lesson, Guiliana Larach, Lab School 8th grader, shares Pan de Muertos "bread of the dead" with 7th grader, Kevin Chen as J.T. Carson looks on. This special sweet bread was made by Guiliana’s father who owns a bakery in Honduras.
Since 2002, the Lab School art classes have been constructing an ofrenda (altar) for Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, with the hope of building cultural understanding of our closest neighbors’ customs, Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Lab School’s art teacher, Denise Tullier-Holly, presented her students’ work on the Day of the Dead at the recent Louisiana Art Education Association’s Fall Conference in Baton Rouge as well as at the National Art Education Association’s 2007 Convention in New York City.
Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry & Physics) has received a research grant for 2011-2014 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate Research (UR) Program. This work is titled “New Synthetic Methodology to Prepare Imine Derivatives in Single, Predictable Geometric Configurations” and will involve undergraduate chemistry majors in the research.
Mr. Gerald McNeill (Sociology & Criminal Justice) presented a paper titled “Losing Louisiana Artifacts” at the annual conference of the Pioneer America Society: The Association for the Preservation of Artifacts and Landscapes, in Castleton, VT.
Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) had one of his prints selected to be in the University of Lafayette Museum of Art permanent print collection. The Print will also be exhibited in a marais press conjugner etudeset editions d,artistes APRIM in Montreal, Ouebec, Canada.
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