ByLion--June 27


Robin Roberts jersey auctioned

Kirylo authors book

Hymel honored with reception

Training for Colombian professors

Auction item equals tap lessons

Self-Motivation in the Workplace

End of Year deadlines

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

Professional activities

Robin Roberts autographed jersey auctioned on e-Bay    Robin Roberts jersey auctioned on eBay
A replica of a basketball jersey autographed by Southeastern graduate and ABC Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts was auctioned on e-Bay as a fund-raiser for student-athletic scholarships at her alma mater. The item sold for $2,000, and the high bidder added another $500 in the check sent to the Development Foundation. Roberts generously donated another $5,000 to the Development Foundation.
     A 1983 Southeastern graduate and power forward and center, Roberts saw her jersey retired in ceremonies at the University Center in February.
     In addition to the framed jersey, the auction package  included a retirement ceremony program, specially designed jersey retirement trading card featuring Roberts, an invitation and ticket to the reception honoring her, and an unused ticket to the game played in conjunction with the retirement ceremony, said Lori Davis Jones, head coach of the Lady Lions basketball team.
     Jones said all funds raised from the auction will benefit the Lady Lions support organization PRIDE (Positive Role-models Involved in the Development of Excellence). A mentoring and support organization, the group dedicates all money it raises toward the annual PRIDE scholarship, a program that provides Lady Lion basketball players with financial support for post sports eligibility coursework.
     “Since its creation in 2007, PRIDE has generated more than $50,000,” said Jones. “PRIDE is unique in the Southland Conference and an invaluable resource to the Lady Lion program.”  

Southeastern professor authors book on Brazilian educator    James Kirylo
A Southeastern education professor has authored a book on Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, considered one of the world’s most influential progressive educators in the last 50 years.
     James Kirylo, associate professor of education, wrote the book Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife to celebrate the life and work of the educator who, he said, was “that rare person who emerges every so often in critical points in history when there is a need for a courageous, prophetic voice of conscience.”
     Freire, who grew up in the poverty of the ‘20s and died in 1997, provided a theoretical examination of political, social, economic and educational inequalities that Kirylo said offered a way to a more just society for those living on the margins.
     The book frames the sometimes complex topics and issues in a way designed to be reader friendly, with initial chapters covering Freire’s youth, early formation and professional experiences. Later chapters delve into his educational philosophy and thoughts on developing an education system that is just and appropriate for all.
      “In education circles, Freire is often referred to as the initial protagonist of what is known as critical pedagogy, an approach to education that questions and challenges systems considered unjust,” Kirylo said.
     He said Freire was an advocate for what has become known as liberation theology, the theological perspective that views the world through the eyes of the poor. “In fact, he was a friend of James Cone, the theologian who is sometimes referred to as the ‘father’ of a black theology of liberation,” Kirylo said. A chapter in the book is based on an interview the author had with Cone, in which the work of both is discussed.
     Freire’s widow Ana Maria (Nita) Araujo Freire said of Kirylo’s book that its presents Freire’s thoughts “faithfully and respectfully, recreating him without distortion.”
     The book is considered a valuable resource for individuals interested in education, philosophy and theology. The book is published by Peter Lang Publishing and is available from the publisher, bookstores, and other electronic book distribution outlets.

Larry Hymel to be honored with reception TuesdayLarry Hymel   

The Alumni Association is hosting a reception honoring former Sports Information Director Larry Hymel on Tuesday, June 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center. The reception is open to the public. Hymel was honored June 25 at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Natchitoches.
     A 1966 graduate, Hymel was honored with the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism, the most prestigious honor for sports media in the state. DSA winners join the writers and broadcasters wing of the Hall of Fame. The first full time sports information director at Southeastern, he held that position for 28 years. He was honored by the College Sports Information Directors with a lifetime membership upon his retirement and cited by the organization for 25 years of service to the association. In 1994, he was named to Southeastern’s Athletic Hall of Fame for distinguished service.
     After leaving sports information, Hymel was appointed director of the University Center for 11 years, managing the facility while it became the home for the annual state girls basketball championship. Upon his retirement from Southeastern, he began work as the Alumni Athletic Coordinator for the Southeastern Alumni Association.

Southeastern provides training for Colombian professors    Colombian professors receive training at Southeastern
Southeastern provided a week-long educational program on distance learning and virtual education for 26 instructors and professors from Universidad Libre of Bogata Columbia.
     The program, which concluded Friday (June 25), was sponsored by Southeastern’s Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute, a unit of the College of Business.
     Aristides Baraya, director of the initiative and coordinator of the program, said the Colombia institution is looking to enhance its educational programs offered via the Internet and other distance technologies. The participants include instructors from various departments at the Universidad Libre, including education, business, science and technology.
     For years Southeastern has maintained an extensive distance education program offered primarily through the Internet and using Blackboard as an interface between instructors and students. The visiting delegation will receive an introduction into new perspectives in virtual education, as well as training in using the Blackboard system.
     In welcoming the group to campus on Monday, Southeastern President John L. Crain emphasized the strong relationship the university has developed over the last 10 years with numerous Latin American governments, agencies, private enterprises and educational institutions.
     Universidad Libre is a private, co-educational institution located primarily in Bogata with branches in other regions of Colombia. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the areas of arts and humanities, business and social sciences, engineering, science and technology.

Tap dance class taught as a result of Chefs Evening   Tap dance lesson  
Two tap dance lessons were offered as a silent auction item at this year’s Chefs Evening.
     Jessica Litolff of Livingston was the lucky recipient of the lessons. She is the daughter of Edwin and Laura Litolff, two Southeastern alums who annually attend Chefs Evening and bid on the silent auction item for their daughter.
     Southeastern alumnus Amanda Bazile SanRoman, who graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009, was the teacher for the classes. She is the owner and artistic director for Encore Dance Productions located in Mandeville.

Self-Motivation in the Workplace Program   
The Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) is offering Self-Motivation in the Workplace for the last time in the Hammond area. The program is Wednesday, June 29 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 139.
     During this one-day course participants will examine how to be more motivated in the workplace and will use this course as an opportunity to identify ways to build a sense of meaningfulness into their working environment. Portions of the information are also included in the CPTP course “Professionalism and Productivity.”
     Participants will also learn how to anticipate the implications of words and actions within work group settings and will be able to understand how a motivated employee’s work performance positively impacts productivity within the organization.
     Advance registration is required for this class and space is limited. For more information, contact Jan Ortego in the Human Resources Office at or at extension 5771.

End of Year Deadlines   

In order to meet the deadlines imposed by the Division of Administration and the Office of Statewide Reporting and Accounting Policy, purchasing and payment activities will have the following cutoff dates for the current fiscal year, 2010-11:

1) All outstanding P-Card transactions must be coded by the close of business on June 30, 2011. Supervisor approval should be completed by the close of business on July 5, 2011.

2) Process Form for Payments with corresponding invoices should be received by the Controller's Office no later than 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Please contact the Controller's Office no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30th to inform us if you expect to receive any additional Process Form for Payments or Invoices for the current fiscal year.

3) Requisitions for goods and services approved to be purchased from fiscal year 2010-11 funds must be entered into PeopleSoft. Beginning Monday, June 27, 2011, if you need to requisition goods or services that will be received before June 30th, please contact your procurement specialist to discuss the order.

4) Receiving reports for goods and services received must be entered into PeopleSoft against Purchase Orders. This must be completed by June 30, 2011, to establish receipt of goods or services by the close of fiscal year 2011. Please contact your Procurement Specialist no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 2011, to report any goods not received or services not completed by June 30, 2011.

     Reminder: Goods and services must be physically received on campus and acknowledgement of receipt made in the PeopleSoft system no later than 5:30pm on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in order for the money to be used from the 2010-2011 fiscal year budget. For merchandise and services that will not be received until July 1, 2011 or thereafter, orders may have to be cancelled or funds used from the department's new fiscal year (2011-2012) budget.

     If you have any problems with these deadlines, please let the Purchasing or Controller’s Office know as soon as possible so that we can work with you to eliminate any potential problems.

Southeastern in the news   
Professor writes word book

Albertson's wins first Southeastern spirit award

Extended Studies news   

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

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

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

     To register or for more information on these or other courses available please visit:
Hammond-      Mandeville-      Walker-

Professional activities   

Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) will have a one-person show at the Henry Hood gallery in Covington opening July 9. The new paintings were created during a workshop Sipiorski taught in May. The workshop was part of a coastal landscape photography, painting and drawing class taught at the LUMCON science center. The class visited islands off the cost of Louisiana for one week. Mr. Sipiorski has been teaching this class with Dr. Gary Lefleur a biology professor from Nicholls State University for the last 12 years. Over 500 images have been donated to the LUMCON science center.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) had a poem, “Pasche,” accepted for publication in the journal Amethyst Arsenic.
     Kimberly Boudreaux and Beth Bourgeois (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented their Masters in Applied Sociology theses research at the annual meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group, respectively titled “Matricide: Victims, Offender, and Circumstances” and “Filicide: The Muffled Cries of America’s Silent Phenomenon.”
     Alicia Schulz (Louisiana Campus Compact), recent graduate of the master’s program in Organizational Communication and Student Executive Vice President for the Southeastern Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, made it to the third and final round in the Beyond Credentials Trophy Hires National Internship contest designed exclusively for members of Phi Kappa Phi. She was among the top 30 in a field of over 500 candidates. Alicia was featured as Beyond Credentials Pitch Page of the Week - see  and was also mentioned on their social networking media – see!/beyondcred and
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented “Who’s Got a Horse in This Race: (Re) Considering ‘A Rich Man’s War and a Poor Man’s Fight’ in Confederate Louisiana,” at the American Studies Conference and University Program, sponsored by A+PEL (Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana), the American Studies Foundaton, and the J.Y. Sanders Foundation, in Baton Rouge on June 17. Elliott has also been named by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardeene to the Task Force to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Louisiana.

     Dr. Cheryll Javaherian (Languages and Communication) presented a paper titled “Tragi-Satiric Irony in Cesar Vallejo’s ‘Poemas humanos’: Sex and Death in ‘Esto,’”[‘This’]: at the 9th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities held at the University of Granada (Campus of La Cartuja), Granada, Spain, June 8-11. 
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