ByLion--October 18


It's Homecoming Week

Homecoming Court 2010

AAAC to host annual social

Texting and driving simulator

Decorate at tailgate

Relay for Life Fundraiser

Fanfare events this week

Chefs Evening featured restaurant

Johnson selected for Leadership DELTA

Human Resources news

Southeastern in the news

Faculty Excellence news

Extended Studies news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

                 Homecoming 2010

It’s Homecoming Week!


It’s here! Southeastern is celebrating Homecoming this week with the theme “Roomie to the Rescue.”
     The Alumni Association and the university welcome all alumni and friends with a week of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium.
     Homecoming Week 2010 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 decorating contest, an alumni art exhibit, and the FE-Lions’ Homecoming luncheon. 
     All tailgating fans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. For a complete schedule of events, visit or call the Alumni Center, ext. 2150.

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Southeastern 2010 Homecoming Court   
Fourteen Southeastern students have been chosen as members of the 2010 Homecoming queen and beau courts. The seven women and seven men will reign over Homecoming festivities Oct. 18-23.
     The 2010 Homecoming queen and beau, the top junior or senior vote-getters in the recent online campus election, will be announced at halftime of the Homecoming football game when the Lions take on McNeese State on Homecoming Day, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     The court also will participate in Homecoming festivities such as Gumbo Ya Ya on Oct. 20, the bonfire and pep rally on Oct. 22, and the 3 p.m. Homecoming Day parade.
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1)Homecoming Court2)Homecoming Beau Court


1) Homecoming Court – Seven students have been chosen as members of the 2010 Homecoming court and will reign over Homecoming festivities, Oct. 18-23. Chosen as members of the queen’s court were, from left, front, Jenee Ratelle of Baton Rouge, DeAnn Lemus of Belle Chasse, Amanda Rivault of Lafayette; back, Keturah Green of St. Gabriel, Charika Tolliver, Olivia Landry and Jessica Poumaroux all of Baton Rouge.


2) Homecoming Beau Court - Members of Southeastern’s 2010 Homecoming beau court are, from left, front, Matt Taylor of Terrytown, Jerel Butler of New Orleans, Adam Kendrick of St. Francisville; back, Christopher McKinley of Baton Rouge, Christopher Robinson, Jr. of New Orleans, Casey Thomas of Ponchatoula, and Brett Farlow of Denham Springs.

Southeastern African American Alumni Chapter to host annual social   
The Southeastern African American Alumni Chapter (AAAC) will host its annual Alumni Social on Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
     Featuring the Michael Foster Project, the event will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Southeastern’s campus. Tickets are $15 per person, with the proceeds going toward an endowed scholarship fund through Southeastern’s Development Foundation, that is awarded annually to African American students at Southeastern.
     Since its inception, the Southeastern AAAC has dedicated itself to the needs of African American students and alumni, Southeastern faculty and staff, as well as its friends and supporters, said President-Elect Aron Walker.
     “Through our efforts, scholarships have been awarded to worthy Southeastern students; diversity issues on campus and in the community have been addressed, as well as the creation of quality programming to increase alumni involvement,” Walker said. “It is our hope that alumni will purchase tickets to this worthwhile event. We promise an exciting night with lots of food, great music and old friends.”
     For more information, contact Southeastern’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 985-549-3850 or Southeastern’s African American Alumni Chapter at 985-549-2543 or

Southeastern to host texting and driving awareness simulator Homecoming day   

New technology that permits individuals to simulate the experience of texting while driving will be in operation at Southeastern ’s upcoming Homecoming celebration.
     Texting has been shown to be more dangerous for drivers than alcohol, and many states – Louisiana included – have banned texting while driving.
     Thanks to a partnership between the university and an organization called P.E.E.R.S. (Professionals Encouraging Educational Reform Statewide), the dangers of texting while driving can now be experienced in a safe, controlled environment through a simulator called “AWARE-TXT.”
     Sponsored by Southeastern School of Nursing and funded by a Student Government Association grant, the simulator will be available to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public Saturday, Oct. 23, beginning at 1 p.m. during the Homecoming festivities in Friendship Circle.
     “This technology allows you to sit in a real car, which is suspended and monitored with sensors to simulate real driving,” said Charles Dykes, nursing instructor. “The software renders a virtual field of vision, visible on a heads-up display worn by the ‘driver.’ The software also renders various road conditions, like rain and snow.”
     Dykes explained that participants will experience the difficulty of texting while driving in a completely safe environment, allowing students to fully appreciate the dangers without risk to safety.
     For more information about the simulator, contact Dykes at For a complete list of Homecoming events, call 985-549-2150 or visit

Southeastern fans encouraged to decorate at tailgate   

Southeastern tailgaters are invited to let their decorating flair “roar” at Homecoming on Saturday.
     There is no charge for groups in Friendship Circle to enter the “Decorate Your Tailgate” contest. Participants can give a “Lion twist” to this year’s Homecoming theme, “Roomie to the Rescue” and incorporate their favorite heroes, real or imagined.
      Judging will take place beginning at 1 p.m. and continue before and after the 3 p.m. Homecoming parade. Prizes will be awarded to an overall winner and most creative entry. Both will be announced during the 6 p.m. Lions vs. McNeese State game in Strawberry Stadium.
     All tailgating fans are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

Division of Administration & Finance hosts Relay for Life FundraiserRelay for Life logo



The Division of Administration and Finance will host a Relay for Life fundraiser, Monday Oct. 25 in Human Resources Building D on North Campus from 7:30 - 9 a.m.

     They are selling Beignets - three for $2 and Cafe Au Lait and Hot Chocolate for $1. Come hungry and leave happy!
     For more information, call ext. 2587 or email


Coming up this week at FanfareJoe Burns   
 A 15th anniversary concert, a powerful general, and a classic musical highlight the third week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October-long arts festival. (For more information, visit

     Monday, Oct. 18-22
      Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, South Pacific, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Tickets at 985-543-4371 or
     Tuesday, Oct. 19
      Foreign Film: I’m Not Scared (Italian with English subtitles), 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
     Wednesday, Oct. 20
      Then and Now Lecture: Joe Burns (right), “What was the First Rock and Roll Record?”
1 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Free
      Fanfare featured speaker: Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Free
     Saturday, Oct. 23
      Southeastern Alumni Exhibition, 2:30 – 5 p.m., Contemporary Art Gallery. Free
     Sunday, Oct. 24
       Sunday with the Arts: Jazzical!, 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 401 W. Morris Ave, Hammond. Free

Up next week: An incredible tenor duo, readings in prose and poetry, a jazz concert and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare.

Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3Chefs Evening   


Chef’s Evening restaurant of the week:


          Jacmel Inn


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 senior selected for Leadership DELTA   Kali Johnson
Southeastern senior Kali Johnson of Baton Rouge has been selected to participate in the 2010-2011 class of Leadership DELTA, a model program designed to develop a pool of outstanding African American female college leaders
      A mass communication and journalism student, Johnson currently serves as president of the Nu Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Southeastern. She will attend the leadership conference in Detroit, Mich. from Oct. 14-17.
     Leadership DELTA is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and General Electric for African American collegiate members of the organization. Participants are selected from applicants who must have at least a 3.2 grade point average with active membership in the sorority. Participants engage in a variety of activities designed to increase their leadership skills. They are paired with a mentor who guides them in career development and have opportunities to meet with outstanding African American women in their field of study.
     “Kali is independent and strong willed and has an unwavering work ethic,” said sorority adviser Sandy Summers. “Her dedication to academics and community service enhance her leadership skills and has certainly prepared her for this awesome opportunity.”
     In addition to her sorority activities, Johnson is a member of the Southeastern Chapter of the NAACP, Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, Southeastern’s honors organization the Thirteen Club, Louisiana Youth Advisory Team and the Young Democrats of Louisiana. She is a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School and is the daughter of Hosea and Sandra Johnson.

Human Resources news   

Workshop: Effective Problem Solving & Decision Making
The Human Resources Office and the Louisiana Comprehensive Public Training Program are sponsoring a free workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 19 and 20 called Effective Problem Solving & Decision Making. The workshop is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 139. 
     The two-day class teaches participants effective problem resolution and decision making skills. The instructor will guide participants through the process of identifying root causes of problems; generating solutions to problems; establishing decision making criteria; and using those criteria to select the best alternative solution to problems.      
     Participants will learn to evaluate the benefits and risks of individual versus group decision making approaches. Case situations will be used to help participants learn how to apply the problem solving and decision making processes to their own work situations. 
     The program is open to faculty or staff with management 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 for registration information.


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. A session, offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20.  The program will run from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and will be held 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.

Southeastern in the news   
Crain talks budget: Students question options


SLU research mines Twitter for flu outbreak data

Faculty Excellence news   

Webinar scheduled
Join us for the upcoming webinar, Critical Reflection Toolbox: Enhancing Student Learning & Development presented by Dr. Jennifer Pigza of St. Mary’s College of California on Oct. 21 at 10:30am in Tinsley Hall, room 103.  
Lyceum Lights
Lyceum Lights will celebrate the 2010 Homecoming theme “Roomie to the Rescue” with one of our campus heroes, Dr. Lillian Stiegler, professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.  The luncheon will be held at Twelve Oaks. Reservations are required. Call the Center at ext. 5791 to see if space is available.
$1,000 Contest for Faculty
Get in the Homecoming spirit by participating in the Alumni Association’s Trivia contest celebrating Southeastern’s 85th Anniversary. The Center for Faculty Excellence will email details and an entry form to all faculty on Monday, Oct. 18.    
     Completed entry forms must be placed in the contest box at the information booth by 4 p.m. on Homecoming Day. Only one entry form per person may be submitted. The information booth will be located on the northeast side of the stadium, across the street from Dyson Hall.
     Correct entries will be entered in a drawing for $1,000 in Enhancement grants compliments of the Alumni Association – 1st place is $500, 2nd place is $300, and 3rd place is $200. The winners will be announced during the 6 p.m. Lions vs. McNeese State football game in Strawberry Stadium. 
Annual Open House & Professional Portfolio Fair
The Center’s annual Open House & Professional Portfolio Fair will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 2:30-4 pm in Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 & 105. Come by, enjoy refreshments, get tips for completing a Professional Portfolio and see what the Center can offer in the way of equipment and assistance. For your convenience, sample portfolios will be on display, and experienced faculty will be available to answer questions.

Extended Studies news   

Zumba (Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Oct. 20, 4:45-5:45)
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. Participants must sign up for the classes separately.  Cost for the Monday class is $42 and the Wednesday class is $50.

ACT Test Preparation (Five weeks on Mondays, beginning Nov. 1, 4-6 p.m.)
The course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. Cost: $250 and includes a free ACT Prep book if paid one week in advance.

Robert’s Rules of Order (Three weeks on Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m.)
Learn the basic conduct of meetings for clubs, small and large organizations, corporations, and more including voting, amendments, motions, and techniques for proper communication. Cost: $50 and a $5 book to be purchased.


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: $170, including book.

ACT Test Preparation (Five weeks on 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 and includes a free ACT Prep book if paid one week in advance.

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.


Your Next You…Personal Etiquette and Manners (Oct. 27, 8-10 a.m.)

Learn which fork to use at dinner, how to make a proper introduction, dress codes for different situations, and more. Cost: $25.

ACT Test Preparation (Five weeks on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m.)
The course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. The maximum number of students per session is 15. Cost: $250 with free ACT Prep book if paid one week in advance.

Robert’s Rules of Order (Three weeks on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m.)
Learn the basic conduct of meetings for clubs, small and large organizations, corporations, and more including voting, amendments, motions, and techniques for proper communication. Cost: $50 and $5 book to be purchased.

This week in athletics    

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming this week with the Lion football team hosting McNeese State at 6 p.m. Saturday night in Strawberry Stadium to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The game between the Lions (2-4, 1-1 Southland) and McNeese (2-4, 1-1 Southland) will air live on WHNO (Charter Channel 14 in the Hammond area). The game will also be broadcast on KSLU-FM (90.9) in the Hammond area and on the Internet at At halftime of Saturday’s game, Southeastern will crown this year’s Homecoming King And Queen.

     The Southeastern volleyball team (10-15, 1-7 Southland) will host a pair of league matches this week in the University Center. The Lady Lions welcome Nicholls on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sam Houston State on Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

     The women’s soccer team (10-2-3, 3-1-1 Southland) will take its final road trip of the regular season this week. The Lady Lions face UTSA on Friday at 7 p.m. and UTSA on Sunday at 1 p.m.

     The Southeastern women’s tennis team will open its fall schedule this week. The Lady Lions will participate in the West Florida Invitational in Pensacola, Fla. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.

     The men’s golf team will close its fall slate this week. The Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Monday and Tuesday to compete in the LSU/David Toms Intercollegiate.

Monday, October 18
Men’s Golf, at LSU/David Toms Intercollegiate, Baton Rouge, All Day

Tuesday, October 19
Men’s Golf, at LSU/David Toms Intercollegiate, Baton Rouge, All Day

Thursday, October 21
Volleyball, vs. Nicholls, University Center, 7 p.m.*

Friday, October 22
Women’s Soccer, at UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 7 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at West Florida Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day

Saturday, October 23
Football, vs. McNeese State (Homecoming), Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (WHNO) (KSLU)*
Volleyball, vs. Sam Houston State, University Center, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at West Florida Invitational, Pensacola, Fla., All Day

Sunday, October 24
Women’s Soccer, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities    

Jean Caswell, Mary Lou Strong and Ladonna Guillot (Sims Memorial Library) showed the staff at Tangipahoa Parish Voluntary Council on Aging (TVCOA) how to access reliable and authoritative consumer health information on the Internet in a class held at the Hammond Senior Center on Sept. 29. The training was part of a nine-month long project designed to improve health information literacy and promote better health outcomes among the senior citizens of Tangipahoa Parish.
     An article on “Diversity Outreach Initiatives at Southeastern Louisiana University Library” by Eric Johnson, James Lovitt and Penny Hecker (Sims Memorial Library) appears in the summer 2010 Louisiana Libraries.
     Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Communication Sciences & Disorders) has been appointed to the Dynavox Aphasia Steering Committee tasked with developing clinical pathways for management of aphasia.
     Anthony Kerr (Marketing & Supply Chain Management) and Neel Das (Appalachian State University) will present their paper “The Effects of Selected Antecedent Constructs on Cause-Related Purchase Intentions and Attitudes: An Empirical Examination” at the 2010 Society for Marketing Advances Conference in November. The paper has been designated Best Paper for the Solomon/Buyer Behavior Track and will be printed in the conference proceedings.
     An article entitled, “An Investigation into Alternative Television Viewership Habits of College Students” by recent MBA graduates Katie Damratoski, April Field and Katie Mizell, and their professor Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Business Research.
     Gary Keown (Visual and Performing Arts) will be chairing and presenting at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Richmond, Va., where he is on the board of directors. The session, titled “New and Innovative Projects in Graphic Design,” will include five additional presenters from around the United States. Keown will also be included in an exhibition at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, which will continue through Nov. 13.
     The article “This Italian-American Life: What the Local Newspaper Might Tell Us about Daily Life in Independence, La. during the Early 1950s” by Dr. Francesco Fiumara and Dr. Lucia Harrison (Languages and Communication) has just appeared in the Italian-Americana issue (vol 8, 2010) of Florida English, whose table of contents can be seen at “This Italian-American Life” represents a first attempt to delve into the day-to-day life of the Italian-American community of Independence, La., during the first half of the 1950s. Such a crucial period of the immigrant’s path towards Americanization has been observed through the privileged eyes of The Independent, the weekly newspaper that served the strawberry capital and its surrounding areas since the time of World War II.
      The article, written by Ronald D. Traylor, Ph.D. (History & Political Science) “Liberty and Slavery: The Peculiar Institution in Liberty (and Chambers) County, Texas” will appear in the January 2011 issue of the East Texas Historical Journal

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