ByLion--July 11


Pierce is Rotarian of the Year

Students win videographer awards

Billingsley explores Second Life

Rhodes Scholorships available

Human Resources news

Security and Fire Safety Reports

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

Professional activities

KSLU’s Chad Pierce is awarded Rotarian of the YearChad Pierce awarded Rotarian of the Year   

KSLU’s underwriting and development representative Chad Pierce was recently awarded Rotarian of the Year by the Hammond Rotary Club. Pierce, who has been a member of the Rotary Club since 2007, was recognized for various contributions to the Hammond community through the Rotary Club, including his critical involvement in the success of the Hammond Rotary 10K. Pierce co-chaired the after-party committee and oversaw post-race activities which included DJs, food, beverages, on-site massages, presentation of awards and a special appearance by New Orleans Saints’ kicker Garrett Hartley.
      “I counted over 500 e-mails in my inbox pertaining to the 10K race. Everyone worked very hard to make this race a success, especially Chad,” said outgoing Rotary President John Ellzey. Over $10,000 was raised from the Rotary 10K race. 
     “I was shocked when they announced my name,” said Pierce.  “I’m just honored to be a part of the Rotary Club, Southeastern, KSLU and the Hammond community.”  
     Pictured from left are Ron Taylor, Hammond Rotary Club president 2011-12, Chad Pierce, and John Ellzey, Hammond Rotary Club president 2010-11.

Southeastern Channel students win Videographer Awards    
Seven Southeastern Channel student productions have been recognized with 2011 international Videographer Awards.
     The sports show, “The Big Game,” garnered five total awards, while the entertainment show, “College Night,” and the film short program, “Cinematheque,” both took home one award in the Student Production category.
     The awards recognize individuals and groups that excel in their specific environment. Winners include network news operations, television and cable stations, production companies, international advertising agencies, and student producers. The awards are judged by industry professionals in the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
     Entries from the Channel that won the Award of Excellence included “The Big Game” episode from October 14, 2010, featuring co-anchors Trey Mongrue of Baton Rouge and Scott Thornhill of Hammond, along with reporters Sean Doss of Slidell, Hunter Robinson of Hahnville and Carey Williams of Baton Rouge; and for three “Big Game” feature stories profiling current or former Southeastern athletes: Robinson’s feature on All-American track star Adonson Shallow and the jersey retirement of Southeastern alumna and ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts; and Mongrue for his segment about Lion baseball transfer Jonathan Pace.
     Channel programs also won several Awards of Distinction, including:
--  “The Big Game” episode of March 17, with co-hosts Mongrue; 2009 Miss Southeastern Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, guest anchor Lacey Sanchez of Denham Springs, a Lady Lion pole vaulter and 2010 Miss Southeastern; and reporters Scott Cardinale Springfield; Stephen Smith, Greenwell Springs; Nicole Brannigan of Long Beach, Calif.; Jovetta White, New Orleans, and Rob Seibert, Baton Rouge.
-- “College Night, a student entertainment show” hosted by Anna de Tiege of Mandeville and Heather Gonzales of Hammond with contributing reporters Joram Roubique, Denham Springs; Sujan Pant, Nepal; Justin Thymes, New Orleans; Wade Parsons, Springfield; Troylynn Williams, Baton Rouge; Daron Short; Hammond; Nicholas Elliott of Mandeville; and Brannigan.
-- “Glazed: The University Donuts Story”, a documentary short segment produced by Stephen Pfeil of Hammond and Calvin Nix of Baton Rouge.
     “These are very creative student programs, and we’re extremely happy that our students have been recognized for their talent, imagination, and hard work in the production process with these prestigious awards,” said Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “It’s a credit not only to the students, but to those who trained them at the Channel and in the Department of Languages and Communication.”
     The Channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish.  A live 24/7 webcast is viewed in 46 states and 47 countries at
Billingsley explores Second LifeLuanne Billingsley   

Dr. Luanne Billingsley, Southeastern School of Nursing instructor, has interest and experience using technology to enhance evidence-based practice to improve health care quality and patient safety that has led her to spend a year exploring, teaching, and researching at Southeastern’s virtual campus in Second Life (SL).  Nursing journal clubs (JCs) have been described in the literature as a powerful pedagogical tool for facilitating research utilization and educating nurses.
     Second Life, an Internet-accessed, three-dimensional, multiuser virtual environment, allows participants to interact via avatars (a representation of themselves) to engage in professional development activities such as attending syncronous expert-facilitated JCs.   
     Virtual JCs have previously been described in the nursing literature; however, Billingsley served as the principle investigator on the first study to explore the use of SL to facilitate nursing journal clubs. Those research study results, which support the use of SL as a viable alternative to mitigate some of the common barriers (lack of expert facilitators, travel, space, scheduling) to participation in traditional face-to-face JCs, have been disseminated at national, regional, state, and local levels.
     Billingsley continues to research and consult on projects using emergent technology to explore other applications to nursing education and practice. For additional information, contact Billingsley at

Rhodes Scholarships opportunities   

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional all-round students from diverse countries to study at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. 
     Four criteria are used in the election of Scholars:
literary and scholastic attainments
energy to use one's talents to the fullest
truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
moral force of character and instincts to lead and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.
     Rhodes Scholarship selection committees will be seeking young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate strong propensity to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future.”
     Thirty-two students from the United States will be selected to receive the scholarships. The deadline for application for the 2011 competition is Wednesday, October 5, 2011.
     Additional information may be obtained at or by contacting Kent Neuerburg in the Office of Honors and International Initiatives, 103 Meade Hall, or by telephone at 549-2135.
Human Resources news   
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. Offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, the session will be held Thursday, July 14, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. 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.

Common Myths that Affect Good Supervision
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is sponsoring a free seminar for supervisors of classified employees. “Common Myths that affect Good Supervision” will be held on Thursday, July 21 in room 139 of the University Center from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
     Presented by the Department of Civil Service, the seminar examines a number of harmful, common myths that exist in the state government workforce. These myths negatively impact productivity and morale. Belief in them can result in supervisors who feel powerless to do a good job.
     Participants will identify these myths, work with them in common sample work situations, and learn specific courses of action they can apply to correct behavior resulting from these false beliefs. A few myths that will be discussed in class include: “A state employee can't be fired;” “All employees should get a merit increase;” “All employees must be treated the same;” “Employees can take leave whenever they wish;” plus several others.
     Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for attendance.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Ortego, at the Training Section of the Human Resources Office, extension 5771.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports   
According to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), institutions which participate in federal student financial aid programs are required to provide information to the public regarding campus safety and security policies and procedures. Statistics regarding crimes and fires related to their campuses must also be reported. The definition set used for this format is according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). Southeastern is dedicated to providing a safe, secure and crime-free environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to our Hammond Campus, Baton Rouge Nursing Center, Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, and St. Tammany Center. Many individuals and departments are involved in campus safety and security. This information can help keep you and others safe at Southeastern. 
     Southeastern provides accurate information to our community regarding the safety of our campus. The annual Security and Fire Safety Reports are available electronically at:
     This page links directly to each of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for the various campuses for the calendar year 2009. The files are in .pdf format for easy viewing and printing.
Southeastern in the news   
BR Advocate
SLU program highlights career options

Development accelerates along I-12 corridor (Part 1)

Zoning issues could slow growth (Part 2)

Regents expands online services


Hammond Daily Star
Hymel honored for service to SLU

LETTER: All hail The Chief! 

Pugh explains opposition to cigarette tax, reviews session action 

Recycling dogma?

How fast do you sling angry bird to break pig? Prof uses game to teach physics


NO Times Picyaune
Tammany Talk: Community Music School begins


Southeastern students win videographer awards 


Modesto (CA) Bee (and other publications)
Angry Birds, Happy Physicists


TMC News
Zoom summer career workshops successful
Teaching the physics of “Angry Birds” (Rhett Allain)

BASS Masters Tournament: Frenette brothers living a dream

Extended Studies news   
Notarial Preparation Course 
(15 Tuesdays beginning Aug. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m.)
In preparation for the notarial exam, the course topics include duties of a notary, contracts, juridical acts, donation, wills, miscellaneous acts, and more. The cost is $575, with required books costing an additional $270.

Introduction to Computers (July 15, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Learn the basic skills to get started with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows. The cost is $90, including the book.

Digital Photography for Beginner or Intermediate (Beginner July 13; Intermediate July 20; both classes from 6 to 9 p.m.)
The beginning course will help those wanting to improve their skills with their digital camera, covering the differences between point-and-shoot vs. SLR, equipment settings, zoom, white balance, and even loading their images onto a computer or a website. The intermediate level will build on the basics while progressing to lighting, composition, posing, camera operation, and technical skills, such as adjusting ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. The cost is $95 for each course.

Introduction to the Internet (July 20, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
Students will be introduced to Windows Explorer and learn how to take full advantage of all that the Internet has to offer.  The cost is $90.

Microsoft Word 2007 for Beginners (July 21, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to create a basic document, modify a document, format text, format paragraphs, use word tools, add tables and graphic objects to a document, set a master page, and enhance the accuracy of a document. The cost is $170.

Writing the Winning Grant
(July 12 & 14, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
This course will provide the participant with a comprehensive understanding of when, how, and why a grant is appropriate for an organization; how to identify, define, and develop grant proposals; and provide in-depth tips on grant research, including how to collect, analyze and report data, where to find appropriate grant opportunities, and the principle steps of writing an exceptional grant. One CEU credit will be provided, and the cost for the class is $245.

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

Professional activities   
Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) was been invited to lecture to the Nicholls State University art students about his work as an artist. A one-day lecture with a hands-on demonstration was given to the NSU students June 30.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has two poems, “Dog Days” and “Gone Pecan Done Blown a Gasket,” published in the journal Carcinogenic Poetry.
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented “Innovative Solutions to Root Causes of USDA Exclusions: Preliminary Analysis of Focus Groups” (with Meador and Green) and “Community-Based Action Research 101” (with Green) at the National Rural Gathering of the Rural Coalition in Oklahoma City, OK.
     Gerald McNeill (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented his cultural geography research “Grave Structures in Louisiana and Other Parts of the South” at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of Gravestone Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and “Necrogeography 101 - North and South Louisiana Cemeteries” at the 2011 Save Our Cemeteries Symposium at Longue View House and Gardens in New Orleans, both in June.
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented “Lincoln’s Louisiana Connection” as part of the Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibition organized by the National Constitution Center,  American Library Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, at the Assumption Parish Library, Pierre Part Branch, on June, 23.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (Nursing and Health Sciences) and her research partner Dr. Karen Rice, program director at the Center for Nursing Research at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, presented “Virtual Journal Clubs Improve Critical Appraisal Skill Acquistion” at the 2011 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice held each year in San Antonio, Texas.

ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Send submissions to, SLU 10880, fax 985-549-2061, or bring to Public Information Office in East Stadium. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Return to By-Lion directory