ByLion--May 2


Spring honors convocations

Moffett to address graduates

Four-day work week approaching

Ceramic Club spring sale May 2 and 3

Scooter to be raffled

Holocaust lecture May 3

De Noux pens new novel

Southeastern in the news

Columbia presents Off-Broadway musical

Zoom into Careers early registration

Languages and Communications news

Extended Studies news

This week in Athletics

Professional activities

Spring Honors Convocations   
The schedule of honors convocations this week is as follows:

Monday, May 2
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 1 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Science and Technology, 4:30 p.m., Alumni Center
Nursing, 7 p.m., Student Union Theatre
Tuesday, May 3
Business, 2 p.m., Alumni Center
Division of Student Affairs, 7 p.m., Alumni Center
Thursday, May 5
Education, 11 a.m., Student Union Theatre

Moffett returning as commencement speakerRandy Moffett   
Randy Moffett, president of the University of Louisiana System and former president of Southeastern, will serve as commencement speaker on Saturday, May 14.
     Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the University Center, the ceremony will recognize more than 1,200 students receiving bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.
     Four students will be "hooded" as they receive the Doctor of Education degree: Jason E. Hanks of Baton Rouge, Deborah G. Janssen of Mandeville, Kayla Marie Lamonte of Hammond, and Fnu Mihir, a native of Rachur, India, and now working in Norwalk, Conn.
    Moffett became the seventh president of the state’s largest university system in July 2008, after having served seven years as president of Southeastern, one of eight regional universities that make up the University of Louisiana System. While at Southeastern, he oversaw the university’s transition from an open-admissions institution to one that embraced admission standards ahead of the state’s required time schedule. Under his administration, the university maintained a strong enrollment of approximately 15,000, making it the third largest university in the state.
     In his role at the UL System, Moffett has overseen a comprehensive economic and community impact study of all institutions in the system, partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to establish mentoring programs at all eight universities, and established a cost containment and efficiencies committee to streamline operations. Over the past three years, he guided the search process and selection of four university presidents and led the system’s universities through a series of budget reductions while improving operational efficiency, accountability and performance.
     In 2009 Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Moffett to serve as a Louisiana representative on the Southern Regional Education Board, a nonprofit organization that works with educational leaders and policy makers in 16 member states. Active in community affairs, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and has been active with the United Way. He has served as vice chair of Louisiana Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education, and on the President’s Leadership Group of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
     Moffett is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University who earned his master’s degree from Northwestern State University and a doctorate in educational administration from LSU. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the Ibero-American Council for Excellence in Education, a council of 18 agencies in Latin America.

Update voicemail, Web with summer hours   
Since Southeastern has implemented a four-day work week for the summer, May 16 through August 6, departments and offices are encouraged to update their voicemail messages and Web pages with these hours.
     Implementing the 10-hour workday, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is an effort by the university to cut expenses while still allowing adequate hours for students and others to conduct business. The four-day workweek should result in energy savings, since most buildings will be shut down on Fridays.

Ceramic Club spring sale Monday and Tuesday   
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will have its annual spring sale on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union. Please come support the students. All items are food safe and include pitchers, cups and bowls.

Riding with prideBunko scooter   
Southeastern Head Women’s Basketball Coach Lori Davis Jones and members of the Lady Lion basketball team are preparing for their Fiesta Bunko for Basketball annual scholarship fund raiser May 7 at Twelve Oaks.
     A highlight of the event will be the raffle of a Cali Classic 50 scooter. The scooter was donated to the Lady Lions’ support and mentoring group PRIDE, sponsor of Bunko for Basketball, by Michael and Denise Holly of Hammond in memory of Michael’s father Floyd, a high school girls’ basketball coach.
     Scooter raffle tickets, $5, can be obtained from PRIDE members (985-345-8133 for information), and at the Southeastern Athletics ticket office, 800 Galloway Drive, room 107 (985-549-LION or 1-866-LION-TIX). Tickets, $30, are also available for Bunko for Basketball, which will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. All proceeds go to the PRIDE Scholarship for Lady Lion basketball players.

Southeastern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Lori Jones sits astride the Cali Classic 50 scooter that will be raffled at Fiesta Bunko for Basektball May 7 at Twelve Oaks. With her are from left, front, Jessica Sommers, Aarika Reyna, Jones, Chelsea Hix, Mary Fountain, and Rachel Mackie; back, Kaitlyn Waller, Kelli Jenkins, Denise Holly, Michael Holly, Latoria Holder, Amber Crenshaw, and Aja Gibson.

Southeastern offers Holocaust lecture May 3   
The Department of History and Political Sciences will host the annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) lecture Tuesday, May 3, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     The event is free and open to the public.
     Ms. Lori Guidry Dumas, a recent master’s graduate of Southeastern’s history program, will present an illustrated lecture entitled, “Commemoration and Preservation: Legacies from a Student Perspective.”
     Dumas will discuss her travels across Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany with the Holocaust Education Foundation and will examine the ways those areas commemorate and preserve the truths of the Holocaust.
     “Walking the grounds once plagued by these horrors, visitors gain a unique understanding not only of the events as they happened, but also how the world remembers them,” Dumas said.

Southeastern writer pens new police novelO'Neil DeNoux   
Southeastern police detective O’Neil De Noux has released his eighth novel, a thriller set in pre-Katrina New Orleans.
     “John Raven Beau,” the title of the 72,000-word novel and the name of its primary character, focuses on a desperate search for a killer who is ambushing police officers in the Crescent City. A cop who hunts killers with methodical precision – characteristics innate in the half-Cajun, half-Sioux Beau – he quietly and relentlessly pursues the killer.
     The character Beau has appeared in 18 of DeNoux’s published stories, nine collected in his short story anthology “New Orleans Nocturnal.” This is the first in a series of Beau novels, De Noux said.
     De Noux has authored 15 previously published books and has received two national writing awards: the Derringer Award in 2009 from the Short Mystery Fiction Society and the Shamus Award in 2007 from the Private Eye Writers of America for best short story. He is currently working on a historical epic set during the Battle of New Orleans under a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
     An investigator with Southeastern’s police department since 2006, De Noux has served with the sheriff’s offices in Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. He has also worked as a private investigator, criminal intelligence analyst and creative writing instructor. He has been writing professionally since 1988.

Southeastern in the news   
Southeastern offers Holocaust lecture May 3

Bi-lingual course popular

Board ok’s university cuts; 109 degree programs eliminated statewide

Longest running Off-Broadway musical coming to Columbia TheatreI Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change   
One of Off-Broadway’s most popular and longest running musicals, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” will appear on the stage of Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts for one show only on Friday, May 13.
     Presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS), the production begins at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre. Due to adult humor and adult situations, the production is not recommended for children.
     Columbia Theatre Interim Director Kenneth Boulton is excited about the performance.
     “This production takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship,’” said Boulton. “Through musical numbers and vignettes that range from heartwarming to outrageous to hilarious, ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ takes the audience on a journey through the ups and downs and everything in between that make up the modern-day dating game, marriage and beyond.”
     The production has played more than 4,500 performances, surpassing the Broadway runs of such musicals as “My Fair Lady,” “Annie,” “Oklahoma!,” “Grease,” “Man of La Mancha,” “42nd Street,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Producers,” and “Hello Dolly!.”
     Tickets are $36 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at

Zoom into Careers Early Bird registration extended   

Early bird registration has been extended for “Zoom into Career Workshops,” where junior high and high school students can explore the exciting fields of culinary arts, inventing, photography and television at Southeastern June 20 to 23.
     Students can now take advantage of a discounted rate of $280 if they register by May 13. After the deadline, the price goes up to $295.
     “Because the early registration deadline occurred during the week most students were on spring break,” explained Vice President of Extended Studies Joan Gunter, “we elected to extend the early registration date by two weeks.”
     Workshops will be open to all 7-12 grade students and are scheduled on the main campus in Hammond and at Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville. The workshops feature a number of professionals who will instruct the students in various career paths.
     “The workshops are career specific,” said Gunter.  “Students work in teams – just as they would in real work environments. Upon completion, each will have a finished product for portfolios or to share with family and friends.”
     Registration is available online at Housing will be available to high school students at the main campus.
     “To provide a quality learning experience, registration will be limited in each workshop category to small groups. To ensure participation, interested students need to register early,” Gunter said.
     Additional information about Zoom into Careers workshops is available at, by emailing, or by calling Southeastern Extended Studies, 800-256-2771, 985-549-2301; the St. Tammany Center, 985-893-6251; or the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, 225-665-3303.

Languages and Communication news   

Inaugural Speech Competition for COMM 211 Students
The Department of Languages and Communication hosted the first Battle of COMM 211, the public speaking course, in DVIC on April 14. The best of the best were chosen by each COMM 211 professor to participate in this exciting event.  The three judges for the competition were Todd Delaney of KSLU and graduate research assistants Chris Metz and Maurice Prevost. 
     The winner of the competition was Karen Jarrell. Also competing were Corey Ball, Angela Fogg, Kimberly Holmes, Nathaniel House, Brandon Johnson, and Bobby Westbrook.  The following professors supported the students: Claire Procopio, Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Languages and Communication; Carol Madere who was the brainchild of the event; Terri Miller-Drufner; Todd Delaney; and Carol Hopson.     
     Given the success of the Battle of COMM 211, look for upcoming COMM 211 battles in subsequent semesters. 

Spring 2011 Communication Colloquium
The 14th Bi-Annual Communication Colloquium was held on Monday, April 18, in D Vickers Hall by the Department of Languages and Communication. The colloquium is an event held for graduating seniors with a communication major to present and defend their senior theses.
     This semester’s colloquium featured 30 seniors. The topics of the colloquium consisted of “Media in the Pop Culture Age,” “Sports and Reality TV in the 21st Century,” “Gender and Sexuality in Communication,” “Changing Communication in the New Media Age,” “Interpersonal Communication at Home and at Work,” and “Changing News Media Coverage.”
     The Top Paper Award for this semester was presented to Terry Trahan. Trahan’s paper was titled, “Exploring the Pages of Time: A Study of News Feature Evolution in the Modern Media Environment.”
     The seniors all received the coveted Communication Colloquium pin after defending their thesis. The pin signifies the students’ successful completion of the communication degree program.
     The colloquium allows for the family and friends of the graduating seniors to attend and witness firsthand the hard work the students have put in while working toward their degrees.

Extended Studies news   
All locations
ACT Test Prep Course (May 12 – June 9 in Walker & Mandeville / May 9 – June 6 in Hammond)
This course assists high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English.  If paid and registered one week prior to start of class, students will receive an ACT prep book at no additional cost. Test date: 6/11/2011. The cost is $250 in Walker and Hammond and $275 in Mandeville.


Small Business Recharge
Attendees will be guided through a process from diagnosing their small business problems, to creating a strategy and beyond. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will have completed a written strategic plan for growing their business. The course is offered starting May 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The cost is $395.


Zoom into Careers
Career workshops for high school students. All workshops run June 20 to 23, with an overnight option available for workshops in Hammond.

Zoom into Culinary Arts (9 a.m.-4 p.m., White Hall; $280/$295)
Students can get a taste for a career in the culinary arts. With over 15 years of experience, Chef Kevin Foil will organize participants into various positions needed to run a successful kitchen.

Zoom into Inventing (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Anzalone Hall; $280/$295)
Michael Beauvais, assistant professor of industrial technology, and other design professionals, will teach the fundamentals of sketching, and building parts and solid models using the modeling software AutoDesk Inventor.

Zoom into Photography (9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Tammany Center, $280/$295)
Led by certified professional photographer Chuck Billiot, students are taught the instructor’s “dare to be unique” approach to learning skills directly applicable to a career as a professional photographer.

Zoom into Television (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Southeastern Channel, University Center; $280/$295)
Students attracted to careers in front of or behind the camera gain experience in producing news story packages at the Southeastern Channel. Workshops will be led by General Manager Rick Settoon and students will produce a two-minute news story segment that will be aired on the Southeastern Channel and Southeastern’s website.

Zoom into Theatre (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers; $280/$295)
This workshop is a hands-on approach covering all aspects of theater. Students work with theatre professionals to give them a true taste of what goes into creating a live theatrical event. The workshop culminates with a short public performance.


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 softball and baseball teams will be in action, while the Lady Lion basketball program will host the “Bunko for Basketball” fundraiser during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lady Lion softball team (21-27, 11-16 Southland) will close out 2011 with five games on its schedule this week. On Tuesday, Southeastern hosts LSU at 6 p.m. at North Oak Park, before heading to Southern Miss on Wednesday for the 6 p.m. non-conference finale.
     McNeese State comes to town this weekend for a three-game series, opening with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday’s season finale is set for 12 p.m. Prior to Sunday’s game, seniors Katie Duhe, Tamra Ladnier, Bailey Zievert and Heather Grivas will be honored in a special Senior Day Ceremony.
     The Southeastern baseball team (30-16, 14-10 Southland) will close out its 2011 non-conference schedule this week, heading to New Orleans for a 6:30 p.m. contest at UNO on Tuesday. The Lions will then face Nicholls in its annual home-and-away series with its closest league rival. Friday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) will see the teams meet in Hammond, while Saturday’s 3 p.m. contest will be held in Thibodaux.
     All four of this week’s baseball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Tuesday’s softball game and Friday’s baseball game will be televised (tape delay) by the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18 in Hammond).
     The fourth annual “Bunko for Basketball,” a scholarship fundraiser for the Southeastern Louisiana University women’s basketball program sponsored by the Lady Lions’ mentoring and support group PRIDE, will be held on Saturday at Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks. Tickets are $30 per person for the adults-only event featuring hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent auction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Bunko games begin at 7 p.m. During Bunko for Basketball, PRIDE will draw the winning ticket for a Cali Classic 50 scooter.
     Bunko for Basketball and scooter raffle tickets ($5) can be obtained from PRIDE members (985-345-8133 for information), and at the Southeastern Athletics ticket office, 800 Galloway Drive, room 107 (985-549-LION). Also look for PRIDE members selling tickets at various other locations in the community.

Tuesday, May 3
Softball, vs. LSU, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (SE Channel)
Baseball, at UNO, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)

Wednesday, May 4
Softball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 6 p.m.

Friday, May 6
Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 7
Baseball, at Nicholls, Thibodaux, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. McNeese State (DH), North Oak Park, 3 p.m.*
Women’s Basketball, “Bunko for Basketball”, Twelve Oaks, 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 8
Baseball, vs. Nicholls, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, vs. McNeese State (Senior Day), North Oak Park, 12 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference event

Professional activities   
Erin Matheny (Social Science Research Center) gave a presentation entitled “The 2011 Louisiana Homeless Census: Unifying a Statewide Point-in-Time Count with the 100,000 Homes Campaign” during the National Human Services Data Consortium in San Francisco.
     Dr. Mary Ballard (Counseling and Human Development) was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award by the International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association. Dr. Ballard served on the board of directors for over eight years, including two years as president. 
     Dr. Roldan Valverde (Biological Sciences) recently attended the 31st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation held in San Diego April 12-15, ( where he presented the paper “Seasonality of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) Embryos with Regard to Incubation Temperature and Rainfall at Nancite Beach, Costa Rica.” Valverde co-authored three other presentations with international students and organizations. One presentation, “A Comparison of Methodologies for Estimating the Nest Density of Olive Ridley Arribadas at Ostional, Costa Rica” by undergraduate Vanessa Bezy and Valverde, received the Archie Carr Best Student Poster award. We thank the Center for Faculty Excellence for their support and assistance printing the poster.
     Denise Tullier-Holly (Laboratory School and Teaching and Learning) collaborated with Ernie Milstead (Fine and Performing Arts) and the Southeastern Visual Arts Society to host an exhibition of Spring semester Art Education student teachers, held in Hyde Gallery. Students showing works were Jill Ballantyne, Jennifer Brown, Sarah Dugan, Danielle Lapuyade and Leslie Moore.
     In Seattle at the National Art Education Convention, Tullier-Holly, along with her co-chairs for Louisiana Art Education Association Youth Art Month, Virginia Berthelot (SLU art ed graduate) and Nancy Keisman, were awarded the National Claire Flanagan Memorial Award, highest award given for their work in advocacy for art education in Louisiana. The co-chairs also presented a session on art advocacy in the state.
     Also, at NAEA/Seattle, Tullier-Holly and Amber Moreland presented a session entitled “Creative Collaborations: Coastal Colors and the Oil Spill.” Art students from the Lab School and a Chalmette charter school both studied our coastal wildlife and created styrofoam plate prints of an animal and its habitat. After viewing the oil spill impact on the coastal habitat, students then used their printmaking plates to create a print showing the oil in their animal’s habitat. There was a letter writing component where prints and letters were shared. Ms. Moreland is a former LSU student of Denise Tullier-Holly and a first year art teacher.
     Tullier-Holly exhibited her Cuban photography at the Oak Street Gallery in a two person show entitled “Cuba on My Mind” with Katie Wainwright. The exhibit ran through the end of April. Her photographs stem from an add-on trip with the League of Historic American Theaters (LHAT) in 2002.      
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a research paper titled “Elderly Homicide: Research and the Senior Tsunami” at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, Florida.

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