ByLion--October 25


New ByLion deadline

Alumni Awards Evening

Homecoming Queen and King

Gumbo YaYa

Campus Door Decorating Contest

Kids Contest Winners

Quiz Bowl Winners

Tailgating Contest Winners

This week at Fanfare

Special Blood Drive planned

Event impacting parking

Hill named a "Great 100" Nurse

Fall Carnival / Trick or Treat

Wine Tasting to benefit Library

Chefs Evening Restaurant of the week

Human Resources news

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

New ByLion submission deadline   
Due to the overwhelming volume of ByLion entries, the deadline for submission has been moved from Friday at noon to Thursday at 4:30 p.m., beginning this week. Anything not received prior to the deadline will be saved for the next available ByLion.

Alumni Awards Evening 2010   

1)Alumnus of the Year Donald George2)Distinguished Service Award winners Glen and JoAnn Bowman3) L.E. Chandler Award Winner Amy Oberschmidt


1) At the Alumni Awards Evening, from left, are Alumni Director Kathy Pittman, President John L. Crain, Alumnus of the Year Donald George and Alumni President Rita Bertolino. Southeastern's Alumnus of the Year is an individual who reflected outstanding qualities as a Southeastern student, who has excelled in his or her field after graduation and who continues to be supportive and active in Southeastern's future. An Internationally recognized tenor, George is an associate professor of voice at State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam’s The Crane School of Music. He earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at Southeastern in 1967 and his master’s degree from LSU. He has performed with many of the famous orchestras and conductors of the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, L’Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai Italy, Radio France and the London Symphony and has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Phillips Classic and Bavarian Radio.


2) Glen and JoAnn Bowman of Baton Rouge received the Distinguished Service Award of the evening for generously donating their time and talent to the betterment of the Southeastern Alumni Association.


3) Amy Livingston Oberschmidt of the University Counseling Center, second from right, was honored with the L.E. Chandler Award. The award is given annually to a faculty, staff or alumnus who has assisted students in their efforts and accomplishments in extracurricular activities. Congratulating her are, from left, President John L. Crain, Rita Bertolino and Kathy Pittman.

Homecoming Royalty crowned Christopher McKinley and Jenee Ratelle   



Jenee Ratelle, a senior marketing major from Baton Rouge and Christopher McKinley, a junior organizational communication major also from Baton Rouge, were crowned 2010 Homecoming Queen and King Saturday during half time of the Southeastern vs. McNeese State football game.

     Ratelle, the daughter of Jennifer and Jay Ratelle, is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Gamma Beta Phi, Sigma Alpha Pi, Excel Campus Outreach, the American Marketers Association, the Order of Omega, and the Athletic Advisory Committee. She was selected Greek Woman of the Year in 2009, received the Alpha Omicron Pi Ruby 'A' Award, and was awarded a Foundation Leadership Scholarship.

     McKinley, the son of Christopher and Netta McKinley, is a resident assistant with University Housing and is the co-workshop director of Project P.U.L.L. He is a member of the Southeastern Student Foundation Board, the NAACP at Southeastern, and is a member and beau of the Black Student Union.




Gumbo YaYa at a glanceGumbo   

At right: Students gathered Wednesday in the Student Union Ballroom to enjoy the delicious gumbo served by members of the Campus Activities Board. Students enjoyed fun activities in the Student Union, as well as gumbo and cupcakes.


Gumbo Yaya cake












At left: Southeastern President John L. Crain, 2009 Homecoming Queen Marjorie Parker of Baton Rouge and King A.J. Calderone of Kentwood help cut the cake for Gumbo YaYa.


Campus Door Decorating Contest Winners    

1)First Place winner Division of Extended Studies          2)Second Place winner Office of Administration and Finance          3)Third Place Winner Office of Public Information


1) First Place Winner - Division of Extended Studies


2) Second Place Winner - Office of Administration and Finance


3) Third Place Winner - Office of Public Information

Kids Contest WinnersKids Contest winners   


Five un-ranked winners were chosen this year for the Homecoming Kids Coloring Contest. Winners were Branson Catalanotto, second grade, Harvest Christian Academy; Edrialle Jackson, Kindergarten, Woodland Park Early Learning Center; Natalie Prevost, fourth grade, Loranger Elementary; Joshua Roberts, first grade, Harvest Christian Academy; and Sky Slaven, fourth grade, Loranger Elementary. 


Right: Pictured with Southeastern mascot Roomie the Lion are, from left, Edrialle Jackson, Branson Catalanotto, Sky Slaven and Natalie Prevost.


Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl Winners   

Overall winner – The “Sigmatizers,” a faculty team of Dustin Cotton, Sherri Craig, George Dorrill, and Rebecca Murry, all from the Department of English, bested the winning student team from Gamma Beta Phi. Representing Gamma Beta Phi were criminal justice major Tim Reling of Slidell, kinesiology major Kragen Lewis of Natchitoches, communication sciences and disorders major Shantel Crain of Roxie, Miss., political science major Andreanna Jones of Terry, Miss., and accounting major Sharon Johnson of Baton Rouge. Four student teams and four faculty teams competed. 


1) Quiz Bowl winning faculty team   2) Quiz Bowl winning student team


1) Overall Winners - The "Sigmatizers" faculty team took the overall prize for the annual Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl. Congratulating the team is President John L. Crain, far left.


2) Winning student team - Gamma Beta Phi's Quiz Bowl team beat all other student teams in the annual Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl. Ultimately, the Gamma Beta Phi team was defeated by the faculty team, the Sigmatizers. Congratulating the team is President John L. Crain, far right.

Tailgate Decorating Contest Winners   

1)Tailgating Sweepstakes Winner 2) Tailgating Most Creative Winner


1) Sweepstakes Winners - The combined efforts of Louis and Shirley Wiginton, Marion Ruth and Sonny Chandler and Jerry and Lynda Hollimon won the Sweepstakes Award in the Homecoming Tailgating Contest. Picture from left are Grant Chandler, Marion Ruth Chandler, Marion Chandler, Sonny Chandler, Shirley and Louis Wiginton.


2) Most Creative Tailgate Winner - Alpha Omicron Pi sorority won the prize for Most Creative Tailgate.

Coming up this week at FanfareWilliam Robinson   
An incredible tenor duo, readings in prose and poetry, amazing musical concerts and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October-long arts festival.

Monday, Oct. 25
       Tenor Duo - Bridges and Smith Concert, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Free
Tuesday, Oct. 26
       The Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose, Alison Pelegrin and Norman German, 12:30 p.m., Contemporary Art Gallery. Free
       Foreign Film: The Lives of Others (German with English subtitles), 5 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free

Wednesday, Oct. 27
       Then and Now Lecture: Craig Saucier, “Mything in Action: The Fantasy of the ‘Special Relationship,” 1 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Free

Thursday, Oct. 28
        Featured Writer in Common Readings in the English Department: James Wilcox, 7 p.m., Student Union Theatre. Free
         Jazz Ensemble One: “A List Jazz,” 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium. Tickets: $6 general admission; Southeastern students free with University I.D.

Friday, Oct. 29
        Then and Now Lecture: William Robison, pictured above at left, “Guy Fawkes, Gunpowder Plot, and the Great Pumpkin: Mid-Autumn Mayhem, Murder, and Mystery,” 11 a.m., Pottle Auditorium. Free 
        Southeastern Chamber Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre. Tickets: $10 general admission; $5 Southeastern faculty and staff and senior citizens; patrons under 18 and college students with university I.D. free.

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Special Blood Drive planned   
Industrial Technology Instructor Anthony Blakeney is the proud father of two beautiful twin sons, Anthony and Andrew. The boys were born three months premature and have just reached two pounds each. They have spent the first month of their lives in neonatal ICU and will probably be there two more months. 
     As you can probably imagine, even with insurance, the medical costs are astronomical. To help with these medical bills, a special blood drive has been planned for this Thursday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bloodmobile will be parked by D Vickers.

     For individuals who cannot give blood, a bank account has been established at LaCapitol Federal Credit Union for donations to help with the hospital bills. Contributions should be made to the account of the "Benefit of the Anthony Blakeney Twins."
     Look up Anthony and Andrew Blakeney's Facebook page under their name to see the chronicled lives of these two precious boys.

Event impacting parking   
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, approximately eight parking spaces on SGA Drive near the Sims Memorial Library will be blocked for a Blood Mobile. Students and employees are encouraged to take this temporary blockage into consideration when making travel and parking plans for the day. For more information about this or other events on campus, contact the Office of the Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs at 3792.

Hill named a ‘Great 100” Nurse by FoundationKaren Hill   
Karen Hill, associate professor of nursing at Southeastern, has been named a Great 100 Nurse in Louisiana by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation of Louisiana.
     Hill was nominated for the honor by a peer. The award recognizes nurses for their concern for humanity, significant contributions to the nursing profession, her shared skill and expertise as a mentor for others and contributions to the community.
     A member of the School of Nursing faculty since 1987, Hill was recognized for her innovative teaching methods and her motivational skills when she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, one of the highest awards Southeastern offers to faculty.  Hill has written several textbooks with second editions. 
     “I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation,” said Hill, a resident of Hammond. “To be recognized by one’s peers for doing what you truly love is very rewarding. I love everything about nursing and teaching nurses.” 
     Hill also said that faculty such as Barbara Moffett, Donnie Booth, Jean Urick, Mary F. May, and Emily Bond were terrific mentors to her when she began teaching at Southeastern. “Without these mentors, my first years of teaching would have been much more difficult.”
     “Dr. Hill has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to student learning and has been a leader in development of innovative teaching strategies,” said Moffett, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Her expertise related to teaching and learning has been a valuable resource not only to Southeastern faculty, but to staff development personnel in regional health care facilities. She has been a great asset to the School of Nursing and is certainly deserving of such recognition.”     

     In 2004 Hill was recognized by the Louisiana State Nurses Association with the Nightingale Award as Nurse Educator of the Year and has also received the Outstanding Nurse Award by the Tangipahoa District Nurses’ Association. She has also been named “Mentor for the Senior Graduating Class” in Nursing in 1999, 2008, and 2010. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences recognized her for Excellence in Teaching in 1997-1998 and again in 2003-2004.  Hill involves herself in the community and her church, the Council of Aging, The Apotheca House in Ponchatoula, and she served on a mission trip to Ecuador this past summer.  She is a 1979 nursing graduate of Southeastern and earned her master’s degree at LSU Health Sciences Center and a doctorate from the University of New Orleans.

Fall Carnival to include Trick or Treat on Greek Street   
Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern’s 6th annual Fall Carnival Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
     The university’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs and the Black Student Union are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat on Greek Street, which is sponsored by Greek Life and the Southeastern chapter of GAMMA, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol.
     The event is scheduled at Southeastern’s Greek Village, located at 1500 North General Pershing on Southeastern’s north campus.
     “This year we have two fun events in one great location,” said Director of Greek Life Cherie’ Kay Thriffiley. “Offering both events simultaneously allows kids to trick or treat at each Greek house and an opportunity to participate in carnival-style games for prizes.”
     Thriffiley said both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Children of all ages are invited to the festivities, which will include games with prizes, spacewalks, balloons, face painting, pizza, drinks and much more.
     Parking will be available in the University Center lot south of the entrance to Greek Village. For more information, call 549-2120.

Wine Tasting to benefit Southeastern’s Library   
The group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its second annual “Wine with Friends,” a fundraiser for Southeastern’s Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
     Held at the library, the event will feature hors d’oeuvres, wines from around the world, and a silent auction, said Eric Johnson, library director.
     FoSL is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library. Funds generated by FoSL are used to supplement the library’s annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs, lectures, author readings and signings, and other special events.
     Johnson said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from local businesses.
     Tickets are $30 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
     For tickets or more information about becoming a FoSL member, contact Johnson at (985)-549-3962 or

Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3   

Chefs Evening logo



Chef’s Evening restaurant of the week:


          Benedict's Plantation


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
The Human Resources Office and the Louisiana Comprehensive Public Training Program are sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18 and 19 called “Effective Presentation Skills.” The workshop will be both days from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 139. 
     The two-day 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. This 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 workshop 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 for registration information.

Extended Studies news   


Zumba (Mondays beginning Oct. 25, 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. Cost: is $42.

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 ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The maximum number of students per session is 15. Cost: $250 with free ACT Prep book if paid by October 25th.


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 ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The maximum number of students per session is 15. Cost: $275 with free ACT Prep book if paid by October 28th.

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

Microsoft Excel 2007 for Beginners (Nov. 9 and 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.


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 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 by October 28th.

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

Faculty Excellence news   
The Center’s annual Open House & Professional Portfolio Fair is Thursday, Oct. 28, from 2:30-4 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, room 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. Sample portfolios will be on display, and experienced faculty will be available to answer questions.  
Workshop:  Science & Religion Brown Bag Discussion, with Dr. Matt Rossano, on Thursday, Oct. 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Tinsley, room 103.
Check our calendar at for upcoming Google workshops starting Nov. 1.

Southeastern in the news   


Bloomberg Business Week: AP Enterprise - Scientists lower Gulf health grade (mentions Turtle Cove)


Hammond Daily Star, Oct. 19
Southeastern students to march on Capitol


Hammond Daily Star, Oct. 21
Tenor is alumnus of year


Maggots used for art


Maggot Monets


SLU senior honors brother's memory


Business center adds incubator client

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the Southland Conference Championships, while the football, women’s soccer, volleyball and tennis teams will also be in action this week in Southeastern Athletics.

     The Lion and Lady Lion runners will compete in the league meet on Thursday in Beaumont, Texas. The women’s race is scheduled for 9 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 9:45 a.m. Live results will be available at

     The Southeastern football team (2-5, 1-2 Southland) will look to get back on track on Saturday, travelling to Conway, Ark. for a 2 p.m. contest at league foe Central Arkansas. Saturday’s game will be televised live by the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 16 in the Hammond area). The game will also be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9), on WGSO-AM (990) in the New Orleans area and on the Internet at

     Winners of its last five matches, the Southeastern women’s soccer team (12-2-3, 5-1-1 Southland) heads into the final week of the regular season with an opportunity to win its fifth Southland regular season title in school history.

     The Lady Lions host Central Arkansas on Friday at 3 p.m. with seniors Natalie Santana, Nicole Brannigan and Brittany Prieto being honored prior to the match in a special Senior Day ceremony. On Sunday, Southeastern welcomes Northwestern State to town for a 1 p.m. match. Should Southeastern come away with two victories, the Lady Lions would clinch at least a share of the league crown.

     The Southeastern volleyball team (10-17, 1-9 Southland) heads west for a pair of league matches this week. The Lady Lions will face McNeese State at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Lamar on Saturday at 1 p.m.

     The Lady Lion women’s tennis team will continue fall play this week. Southeastern will compete in the Southern Miss Halloween Tournament, which runs Friday through Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Thursday, October 28
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Beaumont, Tex., All Day
Volleyball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m.*

Friday, October 29
Women’s Soccer, vs. Central Arkansas, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m. (Senior Day)*
Women’s Tennis, at Southern Miss Halloween Tournament, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Saturday, October 30
Football, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 2 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU) (WGSO)*
Volleyball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Southern Miss Halloween Tournament, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Sunday, October 31
Women’s Soccer, vs. Northwestern State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at Southern Miss Halloween Tournament, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

* - Southland Conference contest
Southeastern home events in bold

Professional activities   

Dr. Irene Nero (Visual and Performing Arts) gave a talk entitled “Scratches and Hatches: Edgar Degas’ Pastels,” at the Hammond Regional Art Center, as part of the “Let’s Talk: Art” series sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Friends of Sims Memorial Library.
     An article entitled “Stock Market Performance, the Exchange Rate, and the Brazilian Economy” by Dr. Mike Budden (Marketing), Dr. Robert Cope (OMIS), Dr. Yu Hsing (Economics) and Dr. Susan Zee (OMIS) has been accepted for publication in Research in Applied Economics.
     Dennis Sipiorski (Visual and Performing Arts) has been selected to be a juror for the 2011 Jazz festival contemporary art selection committee. As many as 2,000 artists submit examples of work for selection to exhibit in the spring event. This the second time Sipiorski has served as a juror. He has exhibited his own work in the festival for over 20 years.
     “Developing Crisis Management Skills Through a Realistic Case Scenario,” by Connie Budden (Management) and Mike Budden (Marketing) has been accepted for presentation and inclusion in the Proceedings of the International Teaching and Learning Conference.
     Dr. Cheryll Javaherian (Languages and Communication) has published an article titled “Tragi-Satiric Irony in Cesar Vallejo’s ‘Epistola a los transeuntes’ (‘Epistle to the Passersby’)” in the International Journal of Arts & Sciences, Vol. III, Number 16 (2010), 169-81.
     The 28th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference (GSHA), Oct. 14-16 in Gulfport, featured the following presentations and participation from members of the History and Political Science Department: Samuel Hyde’s “Expanding the Original Lone Star Republic: Judge Harry Toulmin vs. Rueben Kemper in Mississippi and Alabama, 1810”; Randy Sanders “Blackball: The Negro Leagues, the Integration of Baseball, and the Integration of America”; Andrew Barr (Southeastern History MA), “Conflicts in Race and Resources: The Tidelands Oil Controversy in Louisiana, 1950-1965”; Michael Nettles (History MA in the Center for Faculty Excellence), “Reforming Louisiana: 1979-1983”; Owen Hyman (History MA candidate), “Great Southern Lumber Company in Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1906-1935”; Sarah Hyde (History alumna at River Parishes Community College), “Confronting the Challenges to Education in the Antebellum Gulf South”; a session on “Expeditions and Personalities” with Ronald Traylor as chair and Al Dranguet as commentator; and a session on “Louisiana’s Lost Treasure: The Isleños, ­An Example of Teaching Through Documentary Filmmaking,” including Charles Elliott as chair and commentator, William Robison, “Teaching the Art of Documentary Filmmaking,” Samantha Perez (HIPS alumna and Tulane graduate student) and Joshua Robin (Communication graduate at Loyola Law School), “Learning the Art of Documentary Filmmaking,” and the screening of “Louisiana’s Lost Treasure: The Islenos.” The GSHA board of directors selected the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern to continue as national headquarters and Sam Hyde was elected to another year as GSHA Executive Director. 
     Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Perez (History and Political Science) presented, “Nuclear Politics: It’s the Bomb!” as part of Fanfare’s Then and Now Lecture Series on Oct. 13, featuring a factual history of nuclear weaponry and its influence on popular films from the 1950s to today.

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