IN THIS ISSUE ...
ATTENTION: DUE TO THE MARDI GRAS HOLIDAY, THERE WILL BE NO BYLION THE WEEK OF MARCH 7.
Thursday, March 3
William Robison presents “The Return of Anne Boleyn: A Century of Film and Television”, 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Monday, March 14
Patricia Brady presents “A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson” / Book-Signing
11 a.m., Student Union Theatre
Thursday, March 17
Samantha Perez presents “The Islenos of Louisiana: On the Water’s Edge” / Book-Signing 12:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Monday, March 21
Alison Pelegrin presents “Poetry Readings from Hurricane Party” / Book-Signing
2 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Thursday, March 24
Carron Fillingim presents “Revelations from ‘Cheesecake Manor’: Agatha Christie, Detective Fiction, and Interwar England”
11 a.m., Student Union Theatre
Monday, March 28
Edith Ambrose presents “Sarah Towles Reed and Roberta Towles: Two Visionaries in Politics and the Classroom”
12:30 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Thursday, March 31
Margaret Gonzalez-Perez presents "Gendercide: the World's Missing Women" 2 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Study to examine common clam as means to help clean oil-filled waters
The lowly Rangia clam, so common in the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and other brackish bodies of water in the South, may take on a new role if studies at Southeastern determine the organism can actually contribute to helping clean oil-polluted waters.
Caitlyn Guice, a junior chemistry major from Prairieville, has received a $2,300 Louisiana Sea Grant Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant to study the ability of the clam to remove hydrocarbon pollutants from natural water – like the oil that polluted the Gulf of Mexico last summer. She will be working under her faculty mentor, Phillip Voegel, assistant professor of chemistry.
The research is an outgrowth of the work that Voegel and Guice performed last summer when they analyzed water samples from the lakes as well as the clams themselves to determine if they absorbed any oil. In the wake of the BP oil spill, they and several other Southeastern scientists performed a number of studies, evaluating water quality, assessing the health of several species of plants and animals, and conducting visual surveillance of the wetlands for oil contamination.
Above: Southeastern chemistry student Caitlyn Guice of Prairieville and Phillip Voegel, assistant professor of analytical and environmental chemistry, check the concentration of hydrocarbons in water collected from nearby lakes. The two are studying the possibility of using native clams to serve as natural cleaning mechanisms for oil spills.
Top 28 volunteers needed
Thursday, March 3, is Southeastern’s night to provide volunteers for the Top 28 basketball tournament, and we need your help. Anyone can volunteer, according to Amy Oberschmidt of the University Counseling Center.
“Volunteers will receive a free pass to all of the games, as well as a complimentary concession ticket for Thursday night concessions,” she said. “Shift times are 1:30-4 p.m., 3:45-6:30 p.m., and 6:15-9:30 p.m.”
All volunteers should enter the University Center through Gate 5.
To volunteer, contact Amy Oberschmidt at email@example.com or call 549-3894.
Sports writers honor Southeastern’s Hymel
Larry Hymel, Southeastern’s first sports information director, was named a winner of the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Hymel remains active with the Alumni Association coordinating relations and activities engaging former Lions and Lady Lions. He served as Southeastern’s SID for 28 years.
The Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism is the most prestigious honor offered to sports media in the state. Award winners join the “writers and broadcasters wing” of the Hall of Fame and are recognized with the 285 athletes, coaches and administrators chosen for enshrinement since 1959.
Hymel was named to Southeastern’s Athletic Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service in the 1994-95 year. The LSWA bestowed its coveted Mac Russo Award to him in 1994, recognizing his valuable and varied contributions to the organization.
After leaving the SID office, he served as director of Southeastern’s University Center for 11 years, managing the facility while it became the home for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s annual state girls basketball championship tournament, known originally as the “Sweet 16.”
Upon his retirement from full-time duties at Southeastern in 2005, he began work as the Alumni Athletic Coordinator for the Southeastern Alumni Association. He coordinates the university’s Hall of Fame Day activities.
Anne M. Ferguson Endowed Scholarship applications being accepted
The Southeastern Development Foundation is seeking applications for the Anne M. Ferguson Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship provides financial support to a deserving student who is a relative of the Anne Ferguson family or a dependent of a Southeastern employee.
Criteria for the scholarship include: 1) the student must have achieved a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher; 2) the student must demonstrate involvement in leadership activities/programs; and 3) the student must be a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more hours of credit courses). The student may keep the scholarship for eight semesters provided he or she maintains an overall college GPA of 2.5.
The Anne M. Ferguson Scholarship application form is available at the office of the Development Foundation or Scholarship Office. The deadline for returning the completed application is Friday, March 11.
A pair of Southeastern students working at the Southeastern Channel, the university’s educational access channel, recently had video they shot appear on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Students Nick Elliot of Mandeville, pictured at right, and Daron Short of Hammond both shot footage of the jersey retirement ceremony for GMA host and former Lady Lions basketball star Robin Roberts held earlier this month. The footage aired in a special segment about Roberts on GMA, the second highest-rated morning show in television.
The students videotaped Roberts and her two sisters, including WWL-TV anchor Sallie Ann Roberts, leading the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to their mother, Lucy Marion, who turned 87 on the day of the jersey retirement ceremony.
They also recorded scenes of Roberts’ high school team, the Pass Christian, Miss., Lady Pirates, who attended the event and interacted with the former Southeastern hardwood standout.
“Daron Short and Nick Elliot shot beautiful footage of Robin Roberts during her jersey retirement ceremony,” said Sharde Miller, the GMA producer who produced the segment on Roberts. “Viewers were really able to capture the happy mood when we saw everyone sing happy birthday to Robin’s mother. The footage made our piece sing!”
As student videographers/editors, Elliott and Short have both worked on a variety of award-winning Southeastern Channel programs. At last year’s Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards given by the Society of Professional Journalists, Elliott won first place in both Television News Photography and Television Feature Photography, beating out student videographers from all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. Short won third place in Television Sports Photography against the same competition.
Can shake scheduled Feb. 28 to March 3
The Advanced Leadership Scholarship Program will host a can shake drive for Kristian Presica, a Southeastern freshmen fighting to overcome level 4 melanoma cancer. The group will be shaking cans in the Student Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily from Feb. 28 to March 3.
Those wishing to donate to the cause but cannot make it to the Union can donate through group advisor Jackie Dale Thomas’ office in Student Union 110 or at faculty box 10414.
Above: The Southeastern dance program will present “Impressions of the Sole,” a senior dance concert on March 15 in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Featuring student choreographers and dancers Kaleigh Brandt of Slidell, Nicole Judson of Baton Rouge and Ashli Tallo of Hammond, pictured, the 7:30 p.m. concert is free.
Guest cello recital scheduled March 18
Southeastern will host a guest cello recital by musicians associated with Northwestern State University at the Pottle Music Auditorium on Friday, March 18. The 7:30 p.m. performance is free and open to the public.
Scheduled for performance are Three Pieces for Cello and Piano by Jacques Offenbach; Suite for Two Cellos and Piano by Gian Carlo Menotti; Sonata No. 1 in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op 109 by Gabriel Faure; and Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op 66 by David Popper.
“I’m looking forward to the program,” said David Evenson, head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “We often hear cellists play Bach, but not Offenbach.”
The recital will feature performances by Whitney Allen, Paul Christopher, Christine Davis, and Elena Kuroda, all affiliated with NSU in Natchitoches.
A master of music education student, Allen has studied in Louisville and Chicago. During the summer, she serves as a member of the cello section in the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. Allen is currently recording the Etudes Opus 78 for Two Celli by Jacques Offenbach with fellow cellist Christopher.
An assistant professor of music theory and low strings at NSU, Christopher serves as principal cello of the Longview Symphony Orchestra and also performs as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in the summers. His articles have been published in the “Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter,” “Strings,” “American String Teacher,” and “Bass World.” He is currently recording cello duos of Jaques Offenbach in a series of four compact discs.
Davis is a third year student at NSU, where she is studying secondary education-family and consumer sciences with a concentration in speech and a minor in music. She has studied cello for 12 years and hopes to teach beginning cello students while operating a fabric boutique.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Kuroda comes from a family of professional musicians. She received her bachelor of arts degree in music in 2005 and her master of music in piano performance degree in 2007 from NSU, where she currently serves as a collaborative pianist and class piano instructor.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.
Above: Southeastern will host a cello recital on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Music Auditorium. Guest performers include, from left, Whitney Allen, Elena Kuroda, Christine Davis, and Paul Christopher.
Ex-Lion Lofton back for redemption on The Amazing Race
Former Southeastern men’s basketball standout and current Harlem Globetrotter Nate “Big Easy” Lofton, pictured on the right, has returned to CBS’s The Amazing Race. Season 18 is titled “The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business” and features teams who have all previously raced but have come up short. Lofton and his Harlem Globetrotter teammate Herb “Flight Time” Lang competed in Season 15, when they were eliminated in the 11th week and came in fourth overall.
Both men have traveled extensively during their tenure with the Globetrotters, with Lang traveling to over 60 countries and Lofton traveling to over 30.
Lofton, a New Orleans native, keyed Southeastern’s run to a pair Southland Conference regular-season championships and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships in 2005, is teamed with current Globetrotter teammate.
The 6-foot-9 Lofton, who lettered at Southeastern from 2003-05, was twice named first-team All-Southland Conference and was a two-time All-NABC District 8 selection. He led the Lions in rebounds both seasons, including 10.9 in 2004-05.
Lofton ranks third in school history in field goal percentage (56.9) and blocked shots (99), is eighth in steals (104) and ninth in total rebounds (553).
In the 15th edition of the Emmy-winning series, 12 teams will cross eight countries in 21 days, with the winning duo claiming a $1 million prize.
Southeastern in the news
“Good Morning Amereica” anchor’s jersey retired
Chef’s Evening restaurants of the week:
East of Italy
Eddie's Frozen Custard
Sister's Coffee House and Cafe
When dining choices take you away from home or work, please patronize these friends 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 employees who are classified as full time at any time during the reporting period ending June 30 are required to report whether or not they have any other employment.
The questionnaire and instructions for completing it are in Blackboard. If outside employment has been obtained since your initial response, a paper form for this employment must be completed and forwarded to HR.
Forms are online at http://www.selu.edu/admin/hr/documents/outemployment.pdf.
Beginning Guitar (6 Mondays, beginning March 14, 7 – 8 p.m.)
Students age 13 and older will learn chords, strumming patterns, and note reading and must supply their own guitar. The cost for this course is $50.
How to Write a Novel (Tuesdays beginning March 15, 7 – 8 p.m.)
This course will cover the basics of writing novel-length fiction, including story structure, plotting, character development, dialogue, description, and point of view. The cost is $150.
Microsoft Excel 2007 for Beginners (March 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
This course is designed for students with previous experience with this software. This cost is $170.
Home Energy Efficiency (March 14, 6 – 8 p.m. or March 26, 9 – 11 a.m.)
Discover ways to save energy and reduce utility bills while using “earth friendly” (green) techniques/technologies. The cost is $20.
Learn English as a Second Language (Thursdays beginning March 3, 6 – 8 p.m.)
Students will learn to speak, listen, read and write in English. The cost is $12, including materials.
The Southeastern basketball teams will attempt to secure berths in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament, the Lion baseball team travels to LSU, while the softball and women’s tennis teams open league play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The men’s basketball team (13-13, 7-7 Southland) heads into the final week of the regular season as the seventh seed in the eight-team postseason league tournament. On Wednesday, the Lions head to McNeese State for a 7 p.m. contest. Southeastern closes the regular season on Saturday, hosting Nicholls for a 12 p.m. game in the University Center. Trent Hutchin, Rodney Jones, Jason Marks, David Ndoumba and Gary Dixon will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony prior to Saturday’s game.
The Lady Lion basketball team (12-14, 4-10 Southland) will look to maintain the eighth and final spot in the Southland tournament. Southeastern closes its home schedule on Wednesday, hosting league leader McNeese State at 7:30 p.m. for Senior Day. Chelsea Hix, Rachel Mackie, Rashima Jenkins and Mary Fountain will be honored prior to the final home game of their careers.
Hix will also be Wednesday’s Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Canton, Ga. native. The Lady Lions will close out the regular season on Saturday at Nicholls, taking on the Colonels in a 3:30 p.m. contest.
After winning the South Alabama Jaguar Classic with wins over Alabama, Central Florida and South Alabama, the Lion baseball team (6-1) heads into Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. game at undefeated LSU on a five-game winning streak. Southeastern then returns home to host Sacred Heart for a four-game series that begins on Friday at 1 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday’s baseball games and both of this week’s men’s basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. Saturday’s men’s basketball game will also be televised on the Southland Television Network.
The Southeastern softball team (7-7) will look to continue its three-game winning streak when it heads to Jackson State to face JSU in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. The Lady Lions will then head to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to open Southland Conference play with a three-game series against the Islanders. The series opens with an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
The Lady Lion tennis team (2-2) will head to in-state rival Southern on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. contest. On Sunday, Southeastern opens its league schedule on Sunday with a 10 a.m. match versus UTSA at the Oak Knoll Country Club.
Members of the Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the LSU Last Chance Meet on Friday in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, March 1
Baseball, at LSU, Baton Rouge, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Wednesday, March 2
Women’s Basketball, vs. McNeese State (Senior Day), University Center, 7:30 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Jackson State (DH), Jackson, Miss., 4 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 2 p.m.
Friday, March 4
Baseball, vs. Sacred Heart, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Last Chance Meet, Baton Rouge, All Day
Saturday, March 5
Men’s Basketball, vs. Nicholls (Senior Day), University Center, 12 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)*
Baseball, vs. Sacred Heart, Alumni Field, 2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 3:30 p.m.*
Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (DH), Corpus Christi, Texas, 11 a.m.*
Sunday, March 6
Baseball, vs. Sacred Heart, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, vs. UTSA, Oak Knoll Country Club, 10 a.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Campbell Conference focuses on autism
More than 225 speech and hearing professionals, special education teachers and students attended the Southeastern 2011 Campbell Conference Friday. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the conference’s focus was on “Core Challenges and Learning Styles of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Intervention Strategies.”
Guest speaker was Dr. Patrick J. Rydell, director of the Rocky Mountain Autism Center in Littleton, Colo., an internationally recognized expert and author in the field of communication disorders with a primary emphasis in autism and early childhood education.
Paula Currie, head of the department, said this year’s conference was also open to parents and grandparents of children with autism.
1) Patrick J. Rydell addresses the audience at the Campbell Conference Friday.
2) Guest speaker at the Campbell Conference Patrick J. Rydell, center, reviews materials used in the conference with Paula Currie, left, head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Lillie Stiegler, professor.
Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) attended the Southern District Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) Feb. 17 -19. At the conference awards luncheon, she was presented the highest honor that SDAHPERD gives, the Honor Award, for which she received a standing ovation. The Honor Award is given to those whose scholarly works and service to one of the association’s disciplines is meritorious. Her discipline is Health Education.
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