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Project Win-Win helping students gain earned associate degrees
A national pilot program designed to recognize former college students who have earned enough credits for an associate degree and to find others who are close to the achievement has been instituted at Southeastern.
Project Win-Win, an initiative sponsored by the Education Trust, a national education policy organization, and the National Association of System Heads, is designed to identify students who may have stopped attending college for personal reasons but who otherwise have met university criteria for an associate degree.
In addition to Southeastern, two other University of Louisiana System institutions are participating in the program: McNeese State University and Northwestern State University.
“In today’s employment environment, job-seekers need as many factors in their favor as possible,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “We recognize that a fair number of students make considerable academic progress while in college but various circumstances can sometimes cause them to discontinue their education. In some cases, these students have earned enough college credit to merit an associate degree.”
After reviewing its records and evaluating transcripts going back to 2003, Southeastern has identified more than 270 former students who are no longer enrolled in higher education but who have earned sufficient credits to be awarded an associate degree, said Enrollment Services Director Lori Fairburn.
She said the university is contacting these former students by mail to encourage them to complete the process to be awarded a general studies associate degree at future Southeastern commencement ceremonies.
Fairburn said the university is also identifying former students who are short of earning a degree by nine or fewer hours and informing those students of opportunities to complete degree requirements.
In total, the three UL System universities have identified more than 750 former students eligible to receive a degree and a considerable number considered “potentials” for completing degree requirements.
UL System President Randy Moffett expressed strong support for Project Win-Win.
“Sometimes life gets in the way of completing a university degree,” he said. “Project Win-Win is an innovative approach to seek out students who are not aware they have earned enough credit to merit a credential. Reconnecting with these former students to award their degrees is a win for the student and a win for the university.”
Legendary General to speak at Fanfare – Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore will be the featured speaker at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 20, 7 p.m. as part of the university’s annual Fanfare arts celebration.
Fanfare’s third week
A 15th anniversary concert, a powerful general, and a classic musical highlight the third week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October-long arts festival.
“It is no coincidence that the peak of Fanfare is occurring during Southeastern’s Homecoming festivities; the entire campus and community will be buzzing with activity, with so many things to do and see,” said Kenneth Boulton, interim director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare. “Undoubtedly the program highlight of the week is the production of ‘South Pacific,’ about which people have been inquiring all summer long. Add to that our Fanfare featured speaker, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore at the Columbia, as well as numerous lectures and recitals, and you have a week worthy of celebrating."
Construction to impact parking
All parking spaces along the north side of Tennessee Avenue will be closed from Oct. 11 - 29 due to the construction project at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Students and employees are encouraged to take this temporary blockage into consideration when making travel and parking plans for these dates.
For questions or more information about this parking blockage, please contact Chris Asprion at the University Physical Plant during regular business hours at 549-5698.
‘Maggot art’ used to educate youngsters; project to be demonstrated on National Mall by Southeastern biologist
Typically, most people don’t warm up to the idea of handling blow fly larvae, known better as maggots.
But for Southeastern biologist and entomologist Erin Watson, the wiggling insect larvae are tools that are an integral part of crime scene investigation and, for children, a basic introduction into the life cycle of insects and the valuable role they play in nature.
Watson takes her larvae to fairs and demonstrations, incorporating them into “maggot art.” With children surrounding her, she puts drops of diluted water-based poster paint on paper and places a maggot in a drop. Soon it’s traveling across the paper making designs and trails that look like abstract paintings.
“It doesn’t take too long for the kids to get over the ‘ick’ factor and jump right in with the project,” she said. “Pretty soon the teenagers and even adults get over their squeamishness. Then they all want to create maggot ‘Monets’ as we call them.”
While the children are involved in the project, Watson exploits their natural intuitiveness and explains how maggots and insects play important roles in helping to decompose trash and dead animals. It often leads to a brief lesson on the lifecycle of a fly.
Watson is the only doctoral-level forensic entomologist in Louisiana and serves as a consultant to the FBI and area law enforcement agencies. Forensic entomology is often used to estimate a date of death in homicide cases.
Watson and several of her biology students will take their maggot art project on the road next month when they participate in the USA Science & Engineering Festival on the national mall in Washington, D.C. Oct. 23-24. The festival will feature more than 1,500 hands-on science and engineering activities.
Above: Southeastern forensic entomologist Erin Watson, right, and senior biology student Megan Harvin of Kentwood demonstrate the use of blow fly larvae or maggots as educational tools for children. The insects will be used in a Southeastern educational demonstration project at the National Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. in October.
Wind Symphony concert scheduled as part of Fanfare
The Southeastern Wind Symphony will present “L’Oiseau de Feu – The Firebird,” at the downtown Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and part of Fanfare’s 25th season, the symphony will be directed by Southeastern Director of Bands Glen Hemberger. The orchestra is comprised of the finest wind and percussion musicians attending the university.
Hemberger said the concert will feature a variety of outstanding music for wind band that should be both interesting and entertaining.
The concert will open with March from “Symphonic Metamorphosis,” by German composer Paul Hindemith, followed by Paul Creston’s “Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Band.” The piece will feature Timothy McAllister, professor of saxophone at Arizona State University.
“Timothy McAllister is considered one of the leading performers of his generation, amazing audiences around the world with his virtuosic playing and signature sound,” Hemberger said. “The Creston Concerto is one of the most difficult in the repertoire, demanding extraordinary technique and control.”
Rounding out the first half is “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and Frank Ticheli’s dazzling work, “Postcard.”
The second half of the program begins with “Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away” by Percy Aldridge Grainger. The program will culminate with the Wind Symphony performing three movements from the 1919 Suite from “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. “From the intense and challenging ‘Infernal Dance of King Kastchei’ to the lyric beauty of the ‘Berceuse,’ Stravinsky provides the performer and the listener a true tour de force,” Hemberger explained. “The ‘Finale’ to ‘The Firebird’ is brilliant in its craft and stunning in its sheer power.”
Tickets are available through the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $15, adults; $7, senior citizens, Southeastern alumni, faculty and staff. All students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.
Southeastern celebrates Homecoming October 18-23
Southeastern and the Alumni Association will welcome back alumni and friends with a week of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium during Homecoming Week Oct. 18-23, in this, the 85th anniversary of Southeastern.
This year’s theme “Roomie to the Rescue” will feature heroes real (such as military personnel, firemen and police men) and imagined (such as Superman or Spiderman). Roomie is Southeastern’s lion mascot.
Since Homecoming Week 2010 falls during October, campus visitors can also take part in a variety of events included in Fanfare, the university’s annual festival of the arts, humanities and sciences. A complete Fanfare schedule is available at www.columbiatheatre.org.
Homecoming Week will offer a number of time-honored favorites, such as the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for students, campus and community decorating contests, including a kid’s contest, an alumni art exhibit, and the FE-Lions’ Homecoming luncheon.
The annual Homecoming Food Drive will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, during Homecoming Week. In all the years Southeastern has been donating food for the food drive, there has never been a greater need. All food pantries are suffering due to the increased numbers of people that have utilized these services since the oil spill.
Gamma Beta Phi is entreating the Southeastern community to help as much as they can this year, as the need is great. They will collect food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. This is their only community service project during Homecoming; please help them have the most successful service project ever.
Southeastern Alumni Association’s Homecoming Children’s Decorating Contest allows children to participate in Homecoming Week festivities. Children entering the contest should decorate the provided template according to their superhero of choice based on either a real hero or an imaginary hero. Suggested real life heroes would be a policeman, fireman, solider or doctor. Suggested imaginary heroes would be Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc.
Winners will receive a prize as well as the opportunity to ride with the Southeastern cheerleaders in the 2010 Homecoming Parade on Homecoming Day, Oct. 23. Entry forms can be picked up from Amanda Robbins at the University Housing Office located in Pride Hall. Entry forms are also being distributed electronically through the Tangipahoa Parish School System.
Contest entries and registration forms must be delivered to the Southeastern Alumni Center on or before Monday, Oct. 18, at 4:15 p.m. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
All little Lions are encouraged to participate! For more information and contest registration flyer, please email Amanda Robbins at Amanda.Robbins@selu.edu.
The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) is sponsoring a “Showcase of Best Practices in Teaching Writing” on Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the KIVA in the TEC Building. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
The seminar will include workshop presentations, panel discussions, and roundtable sessions on the teaching of writing led by classroom teachers and teacher consultants from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. Hands-on activities and lessons in teaching writing suitable for multiple grade levels and content areas will be provided in interactive sessions with experienced teacher leaders. Current issues in teaching writing will be addressed, including teaching the writing process, designing writing activities and assignments, revision, assessment, responding to student writing, writing across the curriculum, creative writing, and writing/reading connections.
Participants receive certificates from SLWP verifying four hours of professional development. To pre-register, participants may email name (and W# if applicable), school, content area/grade level, and home/email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration fees for those pre-registered can be paid at door or mailed to SLWP c/o Dr. Richard Louth, director Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, SLU 10327, Hammond, LA, 70402. Registration fees are $5 for Southeastern students, $10 for all others who pre-register by Oct. 29, and $15 for those who register at the door.
For more information, contact Louth at email@example.com or 549-2102/2100.
Southeastern in the news
Biologist enthralls kids with maggot art
Discovery News: http://news.discovery.com/human/biologist-enthralls-kids-with-maggot-art.html
Insects hold crime clues
Zumba (Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Oct. 20, 4:45-5:45 p.m.)
Eliminate the “work” from “working out” by combining amazing, irresistible Latin and international music with dynamic, exciting, yet simple exercise moves, using its unique intermittent training format. Students must sign up for the classes separately.
ACT Test Preparation (Five weeks, Monday evenings beginning Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m.)
This course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, with emphasis on Mathematics and English. If paid and registered one week prior to start of class, students will receive ACT prep book at no additional cost.
Adobe Photoshop for Photography – Intermediate (Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m.)
Participants are taught to: create color profiles; use advanced tools (Magic Wand, e.g.); retouch and restore photos; use advanced filters (Liquify,e.g.); use 3-D text; and use multiple adjustment layers and masks.
Microsoft Word 2007 for Beginners (Oct. 19 & 21, 5-9 p.m.)
In this seven-hour course, students will be able to create a basic document, modify a document, format text, format paragraphs, use word tools, add tables and graphic objects to a document, set a master page, and enhance the accuracy of a document.
Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007 (Oct. 19 or 21, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Upon successful completion, students will learn how to create a basic document, modify a document, format text, format paragraphs, use Word tools, add tables and graphic objects to a document, set a master page and enhance accuracy of the document.
Microsoft Excel 2007 for Beginners (Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Students are taught 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.
Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2007 (Oct. 28, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Students learn how 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.
Organic Gardening (Oct. 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Students will learn the basic principles of organic gardening including planning, plant selection and installation, maintenance, and lagniappe including: harvesting, record keeping, and garden calendar.
English as a Second Language (Thursdays beginning Oct. 14, 6-8 p.m.)
Students will learn to speak, listen, read and write in English, with emphasis placed on using the English language in social and business situations in the workplace.
Recycling in Your Parish (Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
This brown-bag workshop will provide a guide to disposing household waste properly.
Your Next You - Personal Etiquette and Manners (Oct. 27, 8 – 10 a.m.)
Students will learn which fork to use at dinner, how to make a proper introduction, dress codes for different situations, and more.
The Southeastern football, women’s soccer and volleyball teams will all compete in Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion football team (2-3, 1-0 Southland) will take on Sam Houston State (3-2, 1-0 Southland) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas. 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.
Both teams are coming off impressive wins in their respective league openers. Behind a 368-yard, five-touchdown performance by senior quarterback Tyler Beatty, the Lions racked up 493 total yards in a 49-24 win over Texas State. Sam Houston State limited Nicholls to less than 100 total yards and recorded a school-record 12 sacks on the way to a 26-7 victory.
The Southeastern women’s soccer team (8-2-3, 1-1-1 Southland) will return home to host a pair of conference foes this week. The Lady Lions host Sam Houston State on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and welcomes Stephen F. Austin to the Southeastern Soccer Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Lady Lion volleyball team also has two home Southland matches on tap this week. Southeastern hosts UTSA on Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christ at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free for both matches set to be played at the University Center.
The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in their final tuneup for the Southland Conference Championships, scheduled for Oct. 28. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Clinton, Miss. on Saturday to participate in the Choctaw Open. The women’s race begins at 9 a.m. with the men to follow at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, October 15
Women’s Soccer, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3:30 p.m.*
Volleyball, vs. UTSA, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Saturday, October 16
Football, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (WGSO)*
Volleyball, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, University Center, 2 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Choctaw Open, Clinton, Miss., 9/9:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 17
Women’s Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Graduate students: Amanda Lemoine, Alexandra Mayer, Arletta Gordon, and Melanie Johnson and Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing) had their paper “The Role of Higher Education in Personal Relationships,” accepted for presentation and publication in the Proceedings of the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.
Dennis Sipiorski (Visual Arts) has been invited to exhibit in a national ceramic exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico in November 2010.
Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) is a first author of an article entitled “Communication partner training in aphasia: A systematic review” to be published in an upcoming issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition, she has been appointed to the board of the North American Aphasia Center Alliance and has authored a chapter entitled “Exploring clinical interaction” to appear in an international text edited by Robert Fourie of University College Cork, Ireland.
Dr. Phillip D. Voegel (Chemistry) published “Changing Nutrient Levels in Lake Maurepas Following Human Population Shifts in Response to Hurricane Katrina,” as the cover story in the October 2010 issue of Chemistry & Ecology. Southeastern alumni Kellie Silcio, Kristy Ball, and Ricky Risley are coauthors on the paper. Voegel also took the photograph used for the cover art.
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