ByLion--March 14


Legislative forum today

Tangi Heart Walk set

Columbia presents "Seussical"

Rock 'n Roar is Saturday

Program highlights area festivals

Moffett named to Nursing Hall of Fame

Physical Science careers highlighted

La Cap helps sponsor Chefs Evening

Library hosts annual book sale

OSRP news

Chefs Evening restaurants of the week

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

This week in Athletics

Professional activities

Student Government to sponsor legislative forum today   
The Student Government Association will sponsor a Budget Impact Forum today.
     Scheduled from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, the forum is designed to provide a platform for dialogue between the area’s state legislative delegation and students regarding the state’s budget crisis and how it could further impact higher education, specifically Southeastern. The event is free and open to the public.
     “Students need to be informed and to get engaged. The cuts to Southeastern have a direct impact on their future,” said SGA President David Cavell. “With the state’s current budget situation, we believe it’s important to hear our legislators’ priorities and how they plan to address this situation.”
     Cavell noted that Louisiana higher education has been hit with more than $315 million in cuts over the last two years, with Southeastern losing approximately $16 million in state funding.
     The forum will coincide with an ongoing educational effort sponsored by the SGA and aimed at informing students about the situation and encouraging them to participate in a letter-writing campaign to their representatives and senators. The association is encouraging students to go to the “Southeastern SUPER” page on Facebook to utilize the SUPER Network (“Students United in Pursuit of Educational Respect”), an online initiative to address questions and concerns about the impact of budget crisis on higher education.
     Students have the opportunity to pose questions for legislators via the SUPER Network on Facebook. The deadline for submitting questions is March 11.
     “With the potential for additional significant cuts looming ahead, an air of uncertainty permeates our campus and all of higher education,” Cavell said. “We’re hoping our legislators will recognize the impact that continued cuts will have on higher education and do something to alleviate them.”

Tangi Heart Walk kickoff set April 15   
Southeastern is proud to once again host a Tangi Heart Walk befitting one of the university’s official philanthropic partners, the American Heart Association. The walk around campus is set for Friday, April 15, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      “I challenge each department to appoint a leader and recruit walkers to help our Southeastern teams raise money to fund research and educational programs for AHA,” said Dr. John Crain, president. “The Tangi Heart Walk is designed to both raise life-saving funds and to engage us all to encourage physical fitness.”
      School of Nursing Interim Dean Ann Carruth and Director of Recreational Sports and Wellness Dollie Hebert will co-chair the event. “But we can’t do it alone,” said Hebert. “We are counting on support from each and every department in order to reach our goal, and we look forward to seeing you all walking on April 15!”
      For more information or to register in advance of the kickoff event, contact Carruth at or Hebert at
      Cardiovascular diseases contribute to more than 1.4 million deaths annually, including more than 15,000 Louisiana residents. The American Heart Association donates over 3 million annually to research projects in the Greater New Orleans area.
      The American Heart Association is the oldest and largest national non-profit voluntary health organization in the world, dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers.

Columbia Theatre presents “Seussical” March 17Columbia Theatre presents Seussical   
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents “Seussical,” the first of two scheduled “Pajamas and Play” presentations for its youngest fans, on March 17.
     Kenneth Boulton, interim director of the Columbia Theatre, explained that “Pajamas and Play” is a fun series designed to make theater performances accessible and appealing to children. Kids are invited to wear their pajamas, robes and slippers to the 60-minute performance. The second Pajamas and Play presentation, “The Jungle Book,” is scheduled April 14.
     “Our Pajamas and Play series has become a family favorite. The cookies and milk combined with this fun children’s theatrical production will be sure to create memories that last a lifetime,” Boulton said. “Parents interested in a quality theater experience for their young children won’t want to miss it.”
     With a kid-friendly curtain time of 6:30 p.m., “Seussical” stars the Cat in the Hat as host and emcee and is the biggest show ever for TheatreworksUSA. Adapted from the Broadway version, this musical adaptation features 13 actors and enhanced production values.
     Tickets for “Seussical” are $10 for children ages 10 and under and $18 for adults. Tickets and information are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 985-543-4371, or at Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and one hour before performance times.

Above: Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts presents TheatreworksUSA in “Seussical,” the first “Pajamas and Play” presentation for its youngest fans on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. The second Pajamas and Play presentation, “The Jungle Book,” is scheduled April 14.

Academics, camps, activities featured at Southeastern's Rock ‘n Roar March 19   

Approximately 2,600 high school students from 71 area schools will converge on Southeastern this Saturday for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally and Rock ‘n Roar, Southeastern’s annual campus-community festival.
Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rock ‘n Roar, now in its 15th year, will follow its predecessors’ successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both the Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.
     “Rock ‘n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and visiting high school students together to have fun while visiting and learning about our campus,” said Pittman.
Rock ‘n Roar will entertain public and private high school students from East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes.

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Southeastern Channel to air program on area festivals   

Just in time for the spring festival season, the Southeastern Channel will air a new episode of The Florida Parish Chronicles focused on the region’s festivals.
     Entitled “Sampling and Celebrating Our Unique Identity: Festivals and Folkways of Southeast Louisiana,” the program produced by the Channel will air initially at 8 p.m. Wednesday (March 16) on Charter Cable Channel 18. The program will air again at 8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Mondays 7 a.m. Tuesday and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays over the next month.
     Channel General Manager Rick Settoon said the program offers area viewers special insights into the history and origins of the area’s many popular fairs and festivals, including this weekend’s Amite Oyster Festival.
     “Anyone who has ever attended or thought of attending a festival in this region will really appreciate and enjoy this program,” Settoon said. “It’s an entertaining celebration of our many diverse festivals and their interesting cultural origins.”
     “How we celebrate and where we socialize says a lot about who we are,” said Samuel Hyde Jr., program host and writer and Southeastern’s Ford Chair for Regional Studies. “Festivals and regional folk culture events are often regarded merely as venues to gather and ejoy life, but they also reveal deeply ingrained ethnic, religious and cultural determinants that provide a society its unique identify,” said Hyde, director for the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     “This episode details the connection between our history and the way we live and celebrate, while also explaining why southeastern Louisiana is home to some of the largest and most enduring festivals in North America,” he added.

Barbara Moffett named to Nursing Hall of FameBarbara Moffett


Barbara Moffett, former professor of nursing and interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southeastern, has been named to the Louisiana Nurses Hall of Fame.
     The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation and recognizes lifetime achievements of nurses in the state of Louisiana. Moffett, who has retired from her positions at Southeastern, was nominated by fellow members of the School of Nursing and university President John L. Crain.
     A resident of Baton Rouge, Moffett joined the Southeastern School of Nursing as a member of the faculty in 1976 and in 2001 was named director. During her tenure as director, Southeastern’s program was recognized three times with the Nightingale Award by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation (LNF) as the Nursing Program of the Year.
     Over the years, Moffett earned a number of honors, including LNF’s Nurse Educator of the Year in 2003, the Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Nurse of the Year Award by the Tangipahoa District Nurses Association. In 2004, she was cited as a New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year in recognition of her accomplishments in nursing education and administration.

Program highlighting physical science careers scheduled March 25 at Southeastern   
A program designed to provide high school and college students with information on careers in physical sciences will be held on the Southeastern campus Friday, March 25.
     Career Paths in the Physical Sciences (CaPPS) is a half-day program that will feature several panel discussions by professionals from industry and government in physical science occupations, science professors and teachers from area institutions, and an overview on preparing for graduate school.
     Sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics, the free program will be held in the War Memorial Student Union, room 223 with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding with an informal lunch.
     Debra Dolliver, associate professor of chemistry, said the program is intended primarily for college students interested in scientific careers, high school counselors and scientifically-inclined high school students.
     “We want to show students the wide range of professions and occupations they can consider with a degree in the physical sciences of chemistry or physics,” Dolliver said. “Opportunities extend far beyond a life in academics or in a scientific laboratory.”      The program will include a lunch time exhibition with booths from institutions such as Southeastern and graduate schools at the University of New Orleans, Southern University, LSU, University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Alabama, as well as potential employers in the region. Representatives of various Southeastern science student organizations will also be available.

Chefs Evening receives sponsorship from La Cap   LaCap sponsors President's Toast
There will be extra flair and finesse at this year’s President’s Toast, which has become a featured prelude to Chefs Evening, Southeastern’s annual “dinner party for a cause.”   
     The enhanced frivolities at the Sunday, April 3 precursor event are being made possible by the exclusive sponsorship of La Capitol Federal Credit Union.
     President John Crain will welcome guests to the President’s Residence for the President’s Toast from 4-5 p.m. Guests will then be invited to make their way to Chefs Evening, which is set from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center. 
     In addition to enjoying the traditional toast, attendees will be treated to special appetizers. A surprise guest chef will select hors d’oerves and wine pairings that will be prepared for guests of the president. 
     Funds raised from the President’s Toast and Chefs Evening benefit the five university colleges and the Division of Basic Studies. Tickets for the President’s Toast are $75 or $500 for a party of six. Chefs Evening tickets are $50 each or $350 for a reserved table of six.
     For tickets or additional information, contact Jacki Bellairs, Chefs Evening event coordinator, at 985-549-3770. Chefs Evening information is also available online at

Above: The exclusive Diamond Sponsorship of Chefs Evening 2011, provided by La Capitol Federal Credit Union, will make possible some special amenities for the President’s Toast, a pre-party hosted at the residence of Dr. John L. Crain. Pictured are President Crain, left, and Ronaldo Hardy, Hammond Branch Manager for La Capitol Federal Credit Union.

Sims Memorial Library Annual Book Sale   
Looking for an easy way to get started on spring cleaning? Sims Library is seeking donations of popular hardcover and paperback reading material (fiction, non-fiction, self-help, cookbooks, etc.) for the library’s upcoming book sale in April. In addition to books, the library will also accept DVDs, videos, and CDs.  Please do not send popular magazines (such as National Geographic, Time, Glamour, etc.), or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise non-saleable.
     Please deliver donations to either the Circulation Department or the Acquisitions Department on the first floor of Sims Library from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The book sale will be held April 13 - 14 as part of National Library Week. For more information, contact Eric Johnson at extension 3962, or via e-mail at This is a great way to clean out your bookshelves and help the library. 
Sponsored Research and Programs news   
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) is sponsoring an Intellectual Property Workshop Tuesday, March 15, from 12:15 to 4:30 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. The workshop is in Tinsley Hall, room 103.
     A patent attorney will on hand to discuss topics such as: how to publish your book or CD; how to copyright your music or creative work; what is a trademark and why you should apply for one; when is the best time to disclose an invention; how to complete a patent or copyright application, and what is the difference between ownership, inventorship and authorship.
     Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. For more information, contact Margaret Adelmann, Grants Development Specialist at 549-5312 or
Chefs Evening is Sunday, April 3Chefs Evening logo   

Chefs Evening restaurants of the week:

          Carter Plantation

       Tommy's on Thomas


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 in the news   
Rock n’ Roar offers fun for the whole family

Southeastern students’ video work airs on Good Morning America

Waste water project leads to spike in nutria

Fast track for firing faculty: UL System board changes tenure rules

Southeastern celebrates Women’s History Month

Leaders plead for SLU

SLU chiefs discuss proposals

Residents tell leges to save higher ed; ‘Look in mirror,’ says Schroder

Hammond Jr. High students have mentors

Research targets structure weaknesses  

SLU breaks ground on hitting facility 

SLU Junior wins black and gold pageant title

Extended Studies news   

Southeastern Sculpt
(Thursdays beginning March 17, 4:30 – 5:05 p.m.)
This class is designed to enhance fitness by focusing on muscle strength and endurance. The cost is $20.

Zumba (Thursdays beginning March 17, 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.)
Eliminate the “work” from “working out” by combining amazing, irresistible Latin and international music with dynamic, exciting, yet simple exercise moves, using its unique intermittent training format. The cost is $35.

Introduction to Computers (March 21, 1 – 5 p.m.)
In this course, the student will learn the basic skills needed to get started with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows. The cost is $90.


Microsoft Excel 2007 for Beginners (March 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Upon successful completion, students will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment. The cost is $170.

Professional Development (March 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Resume creation and posting, as well as interviewing skills will be defined by the instructor, and role plays of proper and improper interviews will be held by class individuals. The cost is $90.


Hammond, Mandeville and Walker
Property and Casualty Insurance Pre-licensing (Fridays and Saturdays beginning March 18, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
The class material is designed to prepare the student for the state exam and to provide a good education for a career in insurance. The cost is $230, including materials.


Zoom into Careers (June 20 – 23)
Career Workshops for High School Students
Hammond workshops include: Television, Culinary Arts, Theatre, and Inventing. An overnight option is available for Hammond workshops. 

A Photography workshop is available in Mandeville.

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

This week in Athletics   
The Southeastern baseball team will open its Southland Conference home schedule to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Fresh off opening league play with a sweep at UTSA, the Lions (12-4, 3-0 Southland) will open the week in New Orleans, facing Tulane on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Southland rival McNeese State will visit Hammond, opening a three-game series at Alumni Field with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s series finale set for 1 p.m. All of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Lady Lion softball team (8-13, 1-4 Southland) will take a break from conference play this week. Southeastern heads to Alcorn State on Tuesday at 1 p.m. and Southern on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Louisiana Tech will visit on Saturday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader at North Oak Park.
     After finishing the opening day in third place, the Southeastern men’s golf team will continue play at the Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic. The second round is set for Monday with the final round teeing off on Tuesday in Choudrant.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will look to build on an impressive showing during the opening week of the outdoor season. The Lions and Lady Lions head to Lafayette on Saturday to compete in the Louisiana Classics meet.
    The Southeastern women’s tennis team (5-5, 1-3 Southland) take the court twice this week. The Lady Lions will host Rutgers on Tuesday at 12 p.m. in Covington, before heading to Thibodaux for a 1:30 p.m. league match at Nicholls on Saturday.

Monday, March 14
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic, Choudrant, All Day

Tuesday, March 15
Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, at Alcorn State, Lorman, Miss., 1 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Tech Bulldog Classic, Choudrant, All Day
Women’s Tennis, vs. Rutgers, Covington, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16
Softball, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 3 p.m.

Friday, March 18
Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*

Saturday, March 19
Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. Louisiana Tech (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
Women’s Tennis, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 1:30 p.m.*

Sunday, March 20
Baseball, vs. McNeese State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference event

Professional activities   
Several faculty members from the Department of Accounting and Finance presented papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences held in Las Vegas Feb. 24-26. Dr. Joseph Morris (Accounting and Finance) presented a paper coauthored with Anna Bass (Management and Business Administration) titled “Business Etiquette: What Accounting Interns Should Know;” Dr. Pierre Titard (Accounting and Finance) presented a paper coauthored with James DeFranceschi and Dr. Robert Braun (both Accounting and Finance) titled “Which Students (if any) Benefit from Extra Credit?” and Dr. Rick Simpson (Accounting and Finance) presented a paper titled “Gulf Oil Spill Payments: Tax Ramifications of Payments under the Law and Tax Relief Available under Presidential or Congressional Action.” In addition, Dr. Harold E. Davis (Accounting and Finance) was the coauthor on a paper presented at the conference. The paper, coauthored with Drs. Mike Cudd and Marcelo Eduardo (both of Mississippi College), was titled “Institutional Investors, Security Issuance Decisions, and Decision Short-Cuts.” This paper won a “Best Paper” award at the conference.
     Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) has been invited to be a demonstrating visual artist at the first weekend of the 2011 Jazz Festival. He will be on the festival site to demonstrate techniques in his area of painting. He will be located in the contemporary art area of the festival.
     Ralph Wood and Eddie Hebert (Kinesiology and Health Studies) gave two presentations at the Southern District Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) Convention, held Feb. 17-19 in Greensboro, NC. Both focused on issues associated with internships and clinical experiences. One session, “Drug Testing and Internships: Is It Necessary?” explored issues related to drug testing of students and outlined the program used by the Southeastern Kinesiology and Health Studies Department. The other, “Internships: Issues, Policies, Practices,” outlined a series of internship policy changes adopted over a five-year period as the department changed colleges, added degrees, and grew in student enrollment.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) had two poems, “Baron Samedi at the Blues Festival” and “Leon’s Meth Lab,” accepted for publication in the 2011 edition of Paddlefish.    
     David Gurney (Mathematics) made a presentation “Modeling Tax Rates” at the MAA Sectional Meeting in Oxford, Miss. on Feb. 26.
     Sujant Pant, Mathematics student, and advisor Dennis Merino (Mathematics), presented two papers titled: “The reducibility of Pn(alpha)=alpha^n + alpha +1” and “The Sum of Orthogonal Matrices” at the MAA Sectional Meeting in Oxford, Miss. The paper titled “The Sum of Orthogonal Matrices” won the student paper writing contest.
     Amal de Alwis, Mathematics student, and advisor Tilak de Alwis (Mathematics) presented a paper titled “Some curious properties and loci problems associated with cubics and other polynomials” at the MAA Sectional Meeting in Oxford, Miss. His paper placed second after Pant.
     Sujant Pant (Mathematics student), Chad Sziszak (Physics student), and Mohan Kunwar (Mathematics student) participated in the student team competition  at the MAA Sectional Meeting in Oxford, Miss. on Feb. 26.  They placed 6th in the field of 17.
     Edgar Reyes, Gary Walls, and Dennis Merino (Mathematics) with Agnes T. Paras had their paper titled “Sum of Orthogonal Matrices in Mn(Zk)” published in Linear Algebra and its Applications.
     Dr. Joan Faust (English) presented a paper at the meeting of the South Central Renaissance Society, held in St. Louis, Mo. on March 3-5. The paper, “Carpe ante Diem: Andrew Marvell’s Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers,” was part of a session exploring this poem by Andrew Marvell. In her role as Executive Secretary of the Andrew Marvell Society, Faust also organized the Society’s business meeting as well as all sessions at the conference relating to Marvell.

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