ByLion--September 7


Bookstore celebrates new management

Orientation Leader of the Year

Pregeant receives national award

Communications & Foreign Languages news

Career Services news

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

This week in athletics

Professional activities

Texas Book Company Launches official opening at Southeastern   
With the band playing and cheerleaders cheering, officials with Southeastern and its new bookstore management firm Texas Book Company cut a ceremonial ribbon Wednesday (Sept. 1) to officially initiate a new era in the store’s management.
     President John L. Crain welcomed students and visitors alike to the grand opening that included a fashion show featuring students from the university’s fashion merchandising program. Give-aways, door prizes and discounts on merchandise were part of the event.
     Based in Greenville, Tex., Texas Book Company now operates stores in 28 colleges in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. Southeastern changed to Texas Book Company this year after more than 20 years with another vendor.
     Connie Davis, director of Auxiliary Services at Southeastern, noted the significant increase and variety in new apparel and other merchandise that Texas Book Company has brought into the store.
     “The company has added special lines that include cost-friendly apparel to accommodate students’ budgets as well as higher end items for alumni and supporters,” she said.
     “We appreciate this opportunity to partner with Southeastern,” said Darren Croom, a vice president with Texas Book Company. “We’ve noted the passion for excellence that’s evident among the administration, faculty, staff and students at Southeastern, and we’re here to help support that mission.”

1)Texas Bookstore opens on campus2) Southeastern mascot, Roomie, poses with models from the Texas Bookstore grand opening.


1) President John L. Crain cuts the ceremonial ribbon marking the official opening of the university’s bookstore under the management of Texas Book Company. Pictured are, from left, bookstore manager Ron Brooks, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg, Crain, Vice President for University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale, Vice President for Administration and Finance Stephen Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates, and Texas Book Company Vice President Darren Croom.


2) Southeastern Lion mascot, Roomie, poses with student models at the university bookstore grand opening. The models strutted their stuff during a fashion show highlighting Southeastern apparel available at the new bookstore.

Orientation Leader of the Year named, Soutullo Family Scholarship awardedJordan Leggett   
Jordan Leggett, a vocal performance major from Slidell, was selected as Southeastern’s Orientation Leader of the Year at the annual orientation banquet. He was selected from more than two dozen Southeastern student orientation leaders, peer leaders of university orientation programs designed to give new students a jump start on their transition to college.
     As Orientation Leader of the Year, Leggett also received the Soutullo Family Scholarship, a $1,000 award to be used for the fall and spring semesters. His name will be placed on a permanent plaque that will hang in the Office of Admissions with all the names of past winners.
     “Winning this has been an honor,” Leggett said. “Being an orientation leader has been the best experience thus far at Southeastern. I am so glad that I was chosen to be on the team my freshman year, because I have made so many friends and connections that will last beyond this year.”
     The “Spirit of Orientation Awards” were also given at the annual banquet. This year’s recipients are Leggett, William Takewell, an organizational communication major from Ponchatoula, and Johnny Braud, a sports management major from Covington.
     “Spirit awards are given to those few students who truly capture the overall spirit of the program,” said Anthony Ranatza, assistant director of admissions. “They are the ones who display overall outstanding spirit at all times and help promote the Southeastern Spirit”
     Southeastern’s two-day summer orientation programs include informative and fun activities for students and their families designed to give incoming freshmen and transfer students a crash course on campus life and what it takes to be successful at Southeastern.
     New students meet with faculty advisors, learn about policies and procedures, and register for classes. Students also have an opportunity to connect with the university and other students though social activities.

Pregeant receives national fraternity award   
Victor “Gene” Pregeant of Hammond, advisor for Southeastern’s Delta Tau Delta chapter, has been honored with the Al Sheriff Award for Excellence in Chapter Advising from the international fraternity.
     The award is presented annually to outstanding chapter advisors who demonstrate the qualities of former executive vice president Alfred P. Sheriff III, specifically the ability to be a principle-centered role model, unwavering dedication to the fraternity and humble service to others.
     Pregeant, Southeastern’s EEO/ADA compliance coordinator, has served as advisor for the Epsilon Phi Chapter since 1992. Under his direction, the chapter has become one of the most recognized fraternities at the university. An attorney, he is a 1980 graduate of Southeastern who joined the fraternity as an undergraduate student in 1978.
     Delta Tau Delta has 125 chapters across the nation with a membership of more than 7,300 undergraduates and 150,000 alumni members. The fraternity was founded in 1858.

Communication and Foreign Languages news   
Spanish faculty Marta Gumpert Mariela Sanchez and Cheryll Javaherian and Spanish Education major Ana Castro participated in a  biannual pinata bash for the children at the Regina Coeli Child Development Center (Head Start), adjacent to the Southeastern campus, in May. 
     Approximately 120 children ages 3-5 enjoyed chanting in unison “Dale, dale” (“Hit it, Hit it”) from the “Pinata Song,” while classmates attempted to break open the colorful pinatas filled with surprises purchased through grant monies and donations from foreign language faculty.
     The Department of Communication and Foreign Languages has had a partnership for over a decade with the local RCCDC, now under the directorship of Windy Wells, in which education students and service learners have taught weekly mini lessons in Spanish.

1)Maria Sanchez, left, and Ana Castro, right2)Marta Gumpert


1) Mariela Sanchez, instructor of Spanish (left), and Spanish Education major, Ana Castro organize the “loot.” 

2) Marta Gumpert, instructor of Spanish and French, helps a child with the “uno, dos, tres” swings with the streamer-decorated “palito.”

Career Services news   

Career Fair 2010 is two weeks away!

Faculty teaching upper-class students (juniors, seniors, and graduate students), please strongly encourag your students to attend.
Faculty & Staff - please strongly encourage any Southeastern alumni currently seeking employment to attend.
More information about employers currently registered to attend can be found at
Please let us know of any employer leads you may have so we can follow up and invite them to attend.


Professional Presence & Etiquette Seminars are next week!

Please have your students attend one of these very important pre-career fair events:

Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union, room 223, presented by Ms. Lorett Swank & Ms. Krystal Hardison
Thursday, Sept. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in Garrett Hall, room 14, presented by Ms. Anna Bass

     These seminars are designed to teach anyone attending Career Fair 2010 how to more effectively interact with employers, dress in acceptable attire, and better prepare to use one’s time before, during and after Career Fair 2010. Information will be presented on professional presence and business etiquette in general, so this event is helpful beyond the career fair.
     There will also be a fashion component for each of these seminars, demonstrating examples of poor, mediocre and professional dress.

     For information or questions about these events, please contact Career Services at 2121 or

Extended Studies news   

Dances of Hawaii
Students will learn the basics of ancient (kahiko) and modern (auana) hula. The course is available Tuesday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting Sept. 14.
Introduction to Elementary Spanish
The course is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture that explores the basic grammatical structure of the Spanish language. Throughout the five-week course, students will work on developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The course is offered Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. starting Sept. 15.


How to Write a Novel
The course will cover the basics of writing novel-length fiction, including story structure, plotting, character development, dialogue, description, and point of view. The course is available Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 14.


Beginning Harmonica
Learn to play blues, rock, and country style by the end of the first lesson!  This two-day workshop will be held in the morning on Tuesday and Thursday, September 14th and 16th.


High School Financial Planning
The course teaches high school students and adults the basics of personal financial success. The two-day workshop will be held in the evenings on Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 14 and 16.


ACT Test Preparation
The course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve their ACT scores. The five-week course will be held on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 16.


Sandler Sales Training
The highly interactive course will guide participants through the entire sales process and incorporates the modern method of consultative/solutions selling. The course is available Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 7.

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   

Workshop series
Mark your calendars for the Center’s upcoming workshop series, Connecting Student Learning and Web 2.0. The series begins Sept. 29 at noon with a national webcast, followed by four in-house workshops presented by Heather O’Connell, Department of English. The workshops will be held in Tinsley 103, 11-12:15.

Oct. 5--Skype

Oct. 19-- Podcasting

Nov. 2-- Wikis

Nov. 16-- Social Networking
     Faculty who attend all four workshops will earn a Certificate of University Teaching and Learning. A Certificate of Teaching and Learning (CUTL) is offered by the Center for Faculty Excellence to assist faculty in meeting and documenting professional goals. These certificates may be included in professional portfolios as evidence of your continued professional growth.
See the Center’s calendar for more details.
Faculty contest
In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Sept. 17, the Center will sponsor a faculty contest for the most creative student-centered activity that increases knowledge of the Constitution and encourages civic engagement.

     Activities must be presented during the week of Sept. 17. Entries are limited to one page and must include:  1) Overview of the lesson in which the activity occurs or is tied; 2) objective(s) of the activity, and 3) detailed description of the activity including the date it occurred.  Activities will be judged on:  1) Creativity, 2) applicability to discipline, and 3) potential to increase citizenship and knowledge of the Constitution.  
    The author of winning entry will receive a $100 Enhancement Grant from the Center!
    Send entries to by Sept. 22. E-mail should contain your contact information, course name and number, and the title of the activity. Attach the one-page activity to the e-mail as a Word document. The attachment should have no identifying information. The winner will be announced by Sept. 28.

This week in athletics       

The Southeastern football team will open its 2010 home schedule, while the women’s soccer and volleyball teams continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (0-1) will host UT Martin (0-1) on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Both teams suffered losses at the hands of Football Bowl Subdivision opponents to open the season. Southeastern’s comeback fell just short in a 27-21 loss to Tulane, while the Skyhawks were blanked by Tennessee, 50-0.
     Saturday’s game will be broadcast in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at In the New Orleans area, fans can listen on WGSO-AM (990). The Southeastern Channel (Charter Cable Channel 18 in the Hammond area) will also televise the game on a tape-delayed basis with the first airing scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16.
     The Southeastern women’s soccer team (4-0) will look to remain unbeaten with three matches on tap for this week. The Lady Lions open the week on Wednesday, hosting Southern Miss at 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. Southeastern will then head to Jacksonville, Ala. to compete in the adidas Gamecock Classic. The Lady Lions face host Jacksonville State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Austin Peay on Sunday at 12 p.m.
     The Lady Lion volleyball team (5-3) has four matches scheduled this week. On Tuesday, Southeastern heads to in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette for a 7 p.m. match with the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Lady Lions will compete in the Louisiana Tech Tournament, which opens Friday with Southeastern taking on the host Techsters. On Saturday, the Lady Lions meet Grambling at 10 a.m. and Centenary at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, September 7
Volleyball, at Louisiana-Lafayette, Lafayette, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 8
Women’s Soccer, vs. Southern Miss, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 10
Women’s Soccer, at Jacksonville State (adidas Gamecock Classic), Jacksonville, Ala., 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball, at Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech Tournament), Ruston, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 11
Football, vs. UT Martin, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m.
(KSLU) (WGSO) (SE Channel)
Volleyball, vs. Grambling (Louisiana Tech Tournament), Ruston, 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Centenary (Louisiana Tech Tournament), Ruston, 12 p.m.

Sunday, September 12
Women’s Soccer, vs. Austin Peay (adidas Gamecock Classic), Jacksonville, Ala., 12 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold

Professional activities   
     Dr. Tara Burnthorne Lopez (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) was selected as a Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2010 for her article entitled “Elements of salesperson control: An organization theory perspective” published in Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing. The paper was selected as one of the top three most impressive pieces of work the editorial team had seen throughout 2009.
     Dr. Cheryll Javaherian (Department of Communication and Foreign Languages) presented a paper titled “A Study of Tragi-Satiric Irony in Cesar Vallejo’s ‘Epistola a los transeuntes’ [‘Epistle to the Passersby’]: The Sacred Scriptures of the Flesh between Repression and Freedom of the Word” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference held at Harvard University May 31-June 3. 
     A recent study by Dr. Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies) has appeared as the lead article in the summer edition of Louisiana History-The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association. “Consolidating the Revolution: Factionalism and Finesse in the West Florida Revolt, 1810,” advances understanding of the dramatic dynamics characterizing the series of events that arguably contributed most to the peculiar regional identity of southeast Louisiana through use of previously less realized records in the Library of Congress, National Archives, Papales de Cuba, and recently uncovered family and official correspondence.
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) published a book chapter titled “Using Research to Inform and Build Capacity Among Community-Based Organizations: Four Years of Gulf Coast Recovery Following Hurricane Katrina” (with J. Green, J.P. Montgomery, and D. Thomas) in The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe, 2nd Edition (2010, edited by D. Brunsma, D. Overfelt, and J.S. Picou; Rowman and Littlefield).

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