ByLion--October 4


Fanfare's second week

Tracking Flu with Twitter

Medical Alliance scholarship

Homecoming Golf Tournament

Wal-Mart VP addresses group

Homecoming Skeet Shooting Competition

Save the date for Chefs Evening

Human Resources news

Faculty Excellence news

SBDC welcomes new client

Manage Lion's Lagniappe online

Extended Studies news

This week in athletics

Ricks named "Louisiana State Star"

Education and Human Development news

Professional activities



1)Irving Roth2)Jack Bedell  Bev Marshall3)Margaret Gonzalez-Perez


1) HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AT FANFARE Holocaust survivor Irving Roth will present “Eyewitness Testimony to the Holocaust and Its Implications for Today” on Oct. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Amite. Sponsored by the Amite Arts Council, the free lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


2) BEDELL AND MARSHALL FEATURED IN READINGS IN POETRY AND PROSE - Jack Bedell, professor of English and editor of Louisiana Literature and Bev Marshall, writer-in-residence in the English Department, will present the featured readings this week for The Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose on Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery.


3) GONZALEZ-PEREZ ON TAP FOR THEN AND NOW - Political scientist Margaret Gonzalez-Perez will present this weeks Then and Now Lecture on "Nuclear Politics: It's the Bomb!" on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.

Holocaust survivor headlines Fanfare’s second week
A holocaust survivor, two readings in prose and poetry, a “Then and Now” lecture, a French film, and a concert by the acclaimed Wind Symphony headline the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s October celebration of the arts.
     Holocaust survivor Irving Roth will present “Eyewitness Testimony to the Holocaust and Its implications for Today,” at the First United Methodist Church, 800 N. Duncan Avenue, in Amite. Sponsored by the Amite Arts Council, the 6:30 p.m. lecture is free.
     Growing up in Czechoslovakia during World War II, Roth survived both Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Liberated at the age of 15, Roth’s story of love, loss, betrayal and liberation offers inspiration and insight into the complexities of human nature. A retired electrical engineer, he is currently the director of the Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset, NY and a frequent lecturer throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. 
     Fanfare’s second full week opens on Tuesday, Oct.12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery with “The Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose” from Southeastern Professor of English Jack Bedell and Bev Marshall, writer-in-residence in the English Department.
     Bedell is the author of “Call and Response,” “Come Rain, Come Shine,” and “French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets.” Marshall is the author of “Walking Through Shadows,” “Right as Rain,” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.”
     Fanfare’s second week also includes:
Foreign film – the French film with English subtitles “The Legend of Rocket,” Oct. 12, 5 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. The film is the extraordinary story of hockey player Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, whose tireless fight on and off the ice ignited and forever changed a generation. Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Communication, the free film is rated PG-13.
“Then and Now” lecture on “Nuclear Politics: It’s the Bomb!” by Southeastern political scientist Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Oct. 13, 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Gonzalez-Perez will examine the advent of nuclear weaponry and how it was depicted in popular films throughout the Cold War, how movies affected the way in which the public dealt with the very real fear of apocalyptic technology, and how those concerns were reflected in nuclear-era films, ranging from dramas to political satires.
Featured Writer for Common Readings in the English Department: Sheryl St. Germain Oct. 13, 7 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre. An alumnus of Southeastern, St. Germain directs the creative writing program at Chatham University. Her books of poetry include “Going Home,” “The Mask of Medusa,” “Making Bread at Midnight,” and “Let it be a Dark Roux.” The presentation is free.
The Southeastern Wind Symphony presents “L’Oiseau de feu – The Firebird” on Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre. Conducted by Glen J. Hemberger, the acclaimed Wind Symphony will present an evening of music by some of the world’s most revered composers. Featured pieces include Paul Hindemith’s “March from Symphonic Metamorphosis,” Frank Ticheli’s “Postcard,” “Sonata for Saxophone and Band,” by Paul Creston, “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen and the 1919 “Suite from The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky. Tickets, available at the Columbia Theatre box office (985-543-4371), are $15 general admission; $7 for Southeastern faculty and staff and senior citizens; patrons under 18 and college students with university I.D. are free. 

Twitter messages are potential key to tracking disease trends   
Keeping track of disease trends such as influenza outbreaks has the potential to be far quicker and less costly by monitoring a social network program such as Twitter than following the traditional methods of disease surveillance, according to a computer science expert at Southeastern.
     A process called syndromic surveillance uses collected health-related data to alert health officials to the probability of an outbreak of disease, typically influenza or other contagious diseases. The technique involves collecting data from hospitals, clinics and other sources, a labor-intensive and time consuming approach. By monitoring a social network such as Twitter, researchers can capture comments from people with the flu who are sending out status messages.
     “A micro-blogging service such as Twitter is a promising new data source for Internet-based surveillance because of the volume of messages, their frequency and public availability,” said Aron Culotta, assistant professor of computer science. “This approach is much cheaper and faster than having thousands of hospitals and health care providers fill out forms each week.
    “The Centers for Disease Control produces weekly estimates,” he added, “but those reports typically lag a week or two behind. This approach produces estimates daily.”
     Culotta and two student assistants analyzed more than 500 million Twitter messages over the eight-month period of August 2009 to May 2010, collected using Twitter’s application programming interface (API). By using a small number of keywords to track rates of influenza-related messages on Twitter, the team was able to forecast future influenza rates.
     “Once the program is running, it’s actually neither time consuming nor expensive,” he said. “It’s entirely automated because we’re running software that samples each day’s messages, analyzes them and produces an estimate of the current proportion of people with the flu.”
     Southeastern’s group obtained a 95 percent correlation with the national health statistics collected by the CDC. In addition, the results were comparable to figures collected by Google with its Flu Trends service, which tracks influenza rates by analyzing trends in query terms.

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Medical Alliance presents scholarshipMedical Alliance presents scholarship   


Jasmine Miller, center, Hammond resident and senior nursing student at Southeastern, accepts the Tangipahoa Medical Society Alliance’s nursing scholarship from Kathryn Anzalone. Attending the ceremony was Barbara Moffett, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The alliance presents a scholarship annually to a Southeastern nursing student.


Annual Southeastern Homecoming Shamble Set for Oct. 22    
The Southeastern Lion Athletic Association (LAA) will hold its 22nd annual SLU/Fightin’ Lions Homecoming Shamble golf tournament on Oct. 22 at Carter Plantation in Springfield.
     The event, part of Homecoming Week, will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Alumni, friends and members of the local community are encouraged to participate in the annual tradition. Southeastern Director of Athletics Bart Bellairs, members of the Southeastern coaching staff and a host of other athletic staff members will be on hand to meet, greet and promote Southeastern Athletics.
     Cost of the event is $150 per person or $600 per four-man team. Participants will receive tournament logo gifts including a shirt, cap, golf balls and a luncheon following play. A silent auction will be available where participants can bid on outstanding items. All proceeds from the event will benefit Southeastern Athletics.
     To sign up, interested members can download an entry form on the men’s golf page at All entry forms can be mailed to: Lion Athletic Association, SLU 10309, Hammond, LA 70402. Checks can be payable to: Lion Athletic Association.
     For more information, contact Tim Baldwin at (985) 549-5186 or

Wal-Mart executive addresses new student group at SoutheasternWal-Mart executive addresses new student group at Southeastern   


Bryan Boudreaux, center, regional vice president of logistics for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was the key speaker at a meeting on Sept. 28 of Southeastern’s newly formed student organization, the Institute for Supply Management Collegiate Affiliate. Boudreaux, a 1990 Southeastern graduate, is based in the company’s new regional office in Covington. With him are, left, Michael Jones, professor of marketing and supply chain management, and Rodney Holman, president of the organization.


Southeastern ROTC Alumni to sponsor Homecoming Skeet Shooting Competition   
The Southeastern Alumni Association’s Army ROTC chapter will sponsor a skeet shooting competition in association with the university’s upcoming Homecoming celebrations.
      Scheduled Friday, Oct. 22 at the Florida Parishes Skeet and Gun Association in Amite, the event will start with an 8:30 a.m. breakfast and also includes a rib-eye steak lunch. Registration fee is $125 per competitor.
     Gary Sandifer of Hammond, coordinator of the competition, said proceeds will be used to endow a scholarship at Southeastern for qualified veterans of the U.S. armed forces or ROTC cadets attending Southeastern. Early registration is encouraged.
     For additional information, contact Sandifer at 985-542-0483 or Preston Rodrigue at 504-430-6876.
     Southeastern’s 2010 Homecoming week is scheduled Oct. 18-23 and features a variety of events, including pep rallies, the annual bonfire and other student activities, Alumni Awards Evening, Homecoming Parade, crowning of the Homecoming king and queen and culminating with the Lions football team clashing with Southland Conference rival McNeese State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Strawberry Stadium.

Save the date for Chef's EveningChefs Evening   
Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 3, for the 27th annual Chefs Evening. This signature fundraising event of Southeastern Development Foundation provides unrestricted funds for our academic programs and departments…funds that are more critical than ever! 
     To show our appreciation for the 30 - 40 restaurants, caterers, bars, grills and wholesalers who support us in this endeavor, we will regularly feature them in the ByLion over the months leading up to Chefs Evening 2011.
     Four restaurants have participated in every Chefs Evening for all 27 years. These are Don’s Seafood, Jacmel Inn, Trey Yuen and Benedict’s Plantation. Please patronize these establishments when dining out and let them know how much you appreciate their loyal support of the University.

Human Resources news   
The following information is for all benefits eligible faculty and staff.
In conjunction with Open Enrollment (Oct. 11 through Nov. 12, 2010), representatives from the Office of Group Benefits and the Payroll Office will hold meetings the week of Oct. 11, 2010 for the Cafeteria Plan (Flexible Benefits Plan). These meetings will address Southeastern’s transition from our current Cafeteria Plan (Flexible Benefits Plan) to the Office of Group Benefits “Cafeteria Plan” effective Jan. 1, 2011.
     This will be a positive enrollment, which means ALL EMPLOYEES will have to choose to participate or not; therefore, all employees are encouraged to attend to learn about the plan changes.  The OGB “Cafeteria Plan” includes three options:
1.      Premium Conversion
2.      Dependent Care FSA
3.      General Purpose Healthcare FSA
     If you are currently tax sheltering your health care premiums, you must enroll to continue. Please plan to attend one of the presentations listed below. Call the Payroll Office at 549-2188 if you have questions.

Office of Group Benefits Presentations Fall 2010
Monday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m., TEC  Kiva Room
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m., Fayard Hall, Conference Room 303
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m., West Stadium, Billups Room
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m., North Campus Main, room 104
Thursday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m., BR School of Nursing, room 109
Thursday, Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m., BR School of Nursing, room 109
Thursday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m., Nursing Mims Hall, room 118
Thursday, Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m., Nursing Mims Hall, room 118
Friday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m., Physical Plant Conference Room
Friday, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m., University Center, room 133

Faculty Excellence news     

The Center’s Connecting Student Learning and Web 2.0 Workshop Series

The series continues with four in-house workshops presented by Heather O’Connell, Department of English. The workshops will be held in Tinsley room 103, from 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Oct. 5--Skype

Oct. 19-- Podcasting

Nov. 2-- Wikis

Nov. 16-- Social Networking
Faculty who attends all four workshops will earn a Certificate of University Teaching and Learning. See the Center’s calendar at for more details.
Reservations now being accepted for Lyceum Lights 

The Center for Faculty Excellence in conjunction with the Offices of the President and Provost invite you to Lyceum Lights.  The Fall session 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. 

     Dr. Stiegler was named a “Health Care Hero” by New Orleans CityBusiness for her advocacy work and recently received Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. The luncheon will be held at Twelve Oaks. Reservations are required. RSVP to the Center by Oct. 15 at ext. 5791 or email


United Way news
Southeastern's annual United Way fund raising effort will begin Oct. 5. Amid these challenging economic times, Southeastern employees contributed more than $37,000 in our 2010 campaign to support the needs of our community.

     Our area United Way has always depended on our University to help support a wide range of services which could not otherwise be provided. Each department/unit on campus has identified a Communicator to coordinate contributions within each area. If you are not contacted by a Communicator and would like to contribute to United Way, please contact the Center. Remember, our Core Values include "Caring" and "Community" and this is a golden opportunity for us to address both. Please give generously.

New Southeastern incubator client welcomedEnvoc welcomed to SBDC   
The Southeast Louisiana Business Center at Southeastern held an open house Thursday (Sept. 30) to welcome a new client, software development company Envoc, into its business incubator. Welcoming Envoc founder and Chief Executive Officer Calvin Fabre, center, are William Joubert, right, director of the center, and Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster. The company was founded in Houston and moved to Louisiana recently. Formerly named High Power Consulting, Envoc has reoriented its business from strictly oil, gas, and energy-related software development to include other industries.


Manage Lion’s Lagniappe online!   
The Campus Card Operations Office is proud to introduce Manage My ID, which provides complete online access to and management of Lion’s Lagniappe accounts. This new product offering came about due to high demand voiced by the campus community through a number of campus surveys and is another initiative introduced through Auxiliary Services based on campus community input.
     Manage My ID is a secure service providing students, faculty, staff, and permissioned guest users with full online Lion’s Lagniappe account capabilities. Features of the program include viewing balance inquiries, checking transaction history, reporting cards lost or stolen, and making online deposits. To learn more about Manage My ID and to sign up for the service please visit
     Please contact the Campus Card Operations Office at 549-3990 for additional information.

Extended Studies news   

Basics of Contracts (Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 6.)
Topics will include the effects of ambiguity of contractual terms; good faith requirements; and methods of enforcing contracts. 


Introduction to Elementary Spanish (Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 13)
Throughout the five week course, students will work on developing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. 


Introduction to Massage Therapy (Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. beginning Oct. 13)
The course includes practical experience in basic massage techniques utilized by licensed massage therapists. 


Adobe Photoshop for Beginners and Intermediate (Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. beginning Oct. 6 for beginners and Oct. 13 for intermediate)
After completing this course, students will have a working knowledge of all the major features. Students must sign up for the workshops separately.

Project Management (Oct. 12-13 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
The course is based on Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge and highlights the five project management process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, monitoring and Controlling, and Closing) and their interaction with the nine project management Knowledge Areas (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement). 


Introduction to Microsoft Word 2007 (Thursday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m.-noon)
The class will provide a generalized overview of the software including the features and functions. 


English as a Second Language (Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. beginning Oct. 14)
Students will learn to speak, listen, read and write in English.  Emphasis is put on using the English language in social and business situations in the workplace. 


Home Energy Efficiency (Available beginning Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Discover ways to save energy and reduce your utility bills while using "earth friendly" (green) techniques/technologies. 


Recyling in Your Parish (Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
This Brown-Bag workshop will provide you with a guide to disposing household waste properly. 

This week in athletics   

The Southeastern football team opens Southland Conference play, while the volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s golf and cross country teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (1-3) will host Texas State at 2 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium on Saturday in the Southland opener for both teams. Saturday’s game will be televised by the Southland Television Network, which is available locally on WUPL-TV (Charter Channel 16 in the Hammond area) and WBTR-TV in Baton Rouge. A video feed will also be available for free on
     The game will also be aired on KSLU-FM (90.9) in the Hammond area and WGSO-AM (990) in the New Orleans area. An audio feed is also available at
     The Southeastern volleyball team (9-12, 1-4 Southland) will return home to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Pennington Center, instead of its usual University Center home. On Saturday, the Lady Lions resume league play, facing Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas.
     The Lady Lion women’s soccer team (7-2-3, 0-1-1 Southland) will be in search of its first Southland win this week. In its lone match of the week, Southeastern will head to Nicholls on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match in Thibodaux.
     The men’s and women’s cross country team will also return to action this week. The Lady Lions and Lions will be in Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede on Saturday. The women’s race is schedule for 8:45 a.m. with the men’s race to follow at 9:15 a.m.
     The defending Southland Conference champion Southeastern men’s golf team will continue its fall season this week. The Lions will be in Choudrant on Monday and Tuesday for the Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Invitational.

Monday, October 4
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Invitational, Choudrant, All Day

Tuesday, October 5
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Tech/Squire Creek Invitational, Choudrant, All Day

Thursday, October 7
Volleyball, vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Pennington Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 9
Football, vs. Texas State, Strawberry Stadium, 2 p.m. (SLC TV) (KSLU) (WGSO)*
Volleyball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at McNeese State Cross Country Stampede, Lake Charles, 8:45/9:15 a.m.

Sunday, October 10
Women’s Soccer, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 1 p.m.*

* - Southland Conference contest
Southeastern home events in bold

Ricks named 2010 Louisiana State Star by LSBDCWayne Ricks   
Wayne Ricks, senior business consultant at Southeastern, was recognized as the 2010 Louisiana State Star at the recent annual conference of the Association of Small Business Development Centers held in San Antonio, Tex.
     Ricks received the award – presented to top business consultants across the nation – for his work with Southeastern’s Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC). Earlier this year he was named one of only two statewide recipients of a prestigious “Five Million Dollar Club” award presented by the LSBDC for securing more than $5 million in client capitalization.
     “It is very exciting to work with so many business owners and help expand the economic development of this region,” said Ricks, a resident of Independence. “I am humbled to be this year’s recipient of the State Star Award and honored that the efforts of our network have garnered so much success.”
     Ricks was chosen for being an exemplary performer, making a significant contribution to the LSBDC and showing a strong commitment to small businesses in the state. In the past five years, he has been responsible for helping to start 55 businesses and aiding them in gaining more than $136 million in capital. His efforts helped create more than 1,400 new jobs and retain 130 jobs.
     “Wayne Ricks is probably one of the best business consultants who has come through our center,” said William Joubert, director of the university’s Southeast Louisiana Business Center, which houses the Southeastern LSBDC. “It is a real joy to work with him. He is focused, passionate and extremely competitive, and the clients love him.”
     The LSBDC is a nationally accredited network of nine centers statewide dedicated to promoting business formation and growth through no-cost, confidential business consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial and business training, and online business information and resources. For more information about Southeastern’s center, call 985-549-3831. 

Education and Human Development news   

Students and faculty members of the Counseling Program were actively involved in the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA) conference held recently in New Orleans. The conference’s opening speaker was Dr. Mary Ballard (Interim Assistant Dean, College of Education and Human Development). In addition to Dr. Ballard, faculty members Drs. Peter Emerson, June Williams, Paul Ceasar, Laura Fazio-Griffith, and Patricia Thomas and graduate students Brogan Fairchild, Keisha Bell-Celestand, and Sarah Gazzo were all presenters at the conference.
     For the past several years, Southeastern has been recognized for having the most graduate students at the conference, and had that recognition been awarded this year, we would have been recognized yet again. We are very proud of all of our students, and are thrilled that one of our own, Denise Thibodeaux, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
     All counseling faculty have held leadership positions within LCA or its divisions. Currently, Dr. Ceasar is serving as president-elect-elect of LCA and will assume his presidency July 2012.  Dr. Emerson is the co-editor of the LCA Journal, Dr. Thomas is the president of the Louisiana Counselors for Social Justice, and Dr. Fazio-Griffith serves as the counselor educator representative on the board of the Louisiana Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.  Keonta Frazier is also a member of the LCA Executive Board, serving as the 2010-2011 LCA graduate student representative. 

Professional activities   

Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology & Criminal Justice) and Wayne Welsh, Temple University, have just published the third edition of an upper division text Criminal Violence: Patterns, Causes, and Prevention (Oxford University Press). 
      Dr. Luanne Billingsley (School of Nursing) and Dr. Karen Rice (Program Director, The Center for Nursing Research, Medical Center – New Orleans) presented a workshop in New Orleans entitled “Exploring Interactive Virtual Learning Environments in Nursing: New Rules of Engagement.” Drs. Billingsley and Rice shared preliminary study findings from their ongoing research looking at the use of technology to advance evidence-based practice in nursing and virtual learning environments (VLE) were introduced, demonstrated, and compared. A facilitated hands-on computer lab experience provided the audience, which included: area healthcare management, registered nurses, and medical librarians the opportunity to create their own avatars and explore the 3-Dimensional VLE used in the research study.
     Dennis Sipiorski (Visual Arts) has been invited to present a lecture and workshop Oct 7-8 to students at the Kalispell College in Montana. A two-day workshop will be given on contemporary ceramic and painting processes to art students. A public lecture will also be given on Sipiorski’s work as an artist. The lecture and demonstrations are part of the Montana College visiting artist program.
     Kathleen Campbell, Ph. D. (Educational Leadership & Technology) presented “Catholic High School Leadership during and after Katrina” at the Five Year Post Katrina Conference in New Orleans on Sept. 24.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has a poem, “D’Boat,” in the October issue of decomP: A Literary Magazine.

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