ByLion--May 31


Community Service Honor Roll

Student receives fellowship

Civil War Symposium June 4

Rockin' Dopsie performs June 4

Graduation deadline June 15

CMS receives donation

Summers recognized

Speed Scholarship awarded

The Lion's Roar honored

Sherman Scholarship awarded

Adapted PE courses offered

Self-Motivation in the workplace

Southeastern in the news

Professional activities

Southeastern named to national honor roll for community service   
Southeastern has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, nationally recognizing the institution as a leader for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
     The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the honor roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues ranging from literacy efforts and neighborhood vitalization to supporting at-risk youth. CNCS is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs.
     “We are extremely proud of this national honor,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “The concept of service to others has long been a core value at the university. Whether it is tutoring at-risk children, providing healthcare services to citizens following Hurricane Katrina or rebuilding our damaged marshlands, Southeastern enthusiastically embraces the philosophy of giving back to our communities. It’s a value we try to instill in all our students and student organizations.”
     Honorees were selected on a series of factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of service.

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Student honored with national fellowship for project    Allegra Weldon receives national fellowship
Southeastern communication major Allegra Weldon of Ponchatoula has been honored with a Newman Civic Fellowship Award for her leadership role in an effort to bring locally, sustainably produced food into the university’s food services.
     A junior, Weldon was a major director of the project conducted through Reconnect, a Southeastern student organization developed to educate the campus community about environmental and sustainability issues.
     Weldon contacted representatives of “The Real Food Challenge,” a national network designed to bring locally-produced foods onto college campuses.  She and other members of Reconnect met recently with Aramark, the contracted food services company on campus, and have been talking with local farmers to ensure the demand for locally grown products could be met. They hope to have the salad bar in the campus cafeteria supplied with all local products in the fall.
     “The project Allegra has been working on with her fellow students in Reconnect is amazing,” said David Burley, assistant professor of sociology and faculty adviser for the organization. “They are looking to bring healthier, sustainable and locally produced food into the university food services and to support local farmers, which will in turn enhance the local economy and create more vibrant communities built upon our region’s rich agricultural traditions. This is the real deal.”
     The fellowships are awarded by Campus Compact, an organization of more than 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Intended to acknowledge college students’ efforts to create lasting change in their communities, the fellowships were awarded to 137 students at 30 institutions in the country. All recipients were nominated by their college presidents or chancellors.

Southeastern hosts 25th annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium June 4   
“Conflict, Consensus and the Civil War: 150 Years of Controversy!” is the theme of the annual Deep Delta Civil War Symposium to be held June 4 at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Sponsored by Southeastern’s Department of History and Political Science, the symposium will be held in the War Memorial Student Union Theatre.
     Now in its 25th year, the symposium is one of the largest Civil War conferences in the United States and annually attracts a national audience as well as many local Civil War enthusiasts.
     “This year’s symposium is dedicated to Roman J. Heleniak, who served on Southeastern’s faculty for over forty years, and, as head of the Department of History and Political Science for almost two decades, helped bring the Deep Delta Symposium to Southeastern,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “He is co-editor of ‘The Confederate High Command and Related Topics’ and ‘Leadership During the Civil War.’ He co-authored ‘Back Door to the Gulf: An American Paradise Lost – The Pass Manchac Region 1699-2000’ and authored numerous articles, essays and a weekly column for ‘The Hammond Daily Star.’”
     Robison said Earl Hess’ presentation “The Myth and Reality of the Rifle-Musket in Civil War Combat” will open the symposium at 8:30 a.m. Hess is the author of “Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stone’s River;” “Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns 1861-1854;” “In the Trenches at Petersburg;” and “Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg.”
     The symposium will also include social hours and book sales of speakers’ publications. Special prices are available for tickets purchased before June 1. Participants may also purchase conference tickets at the door. Discount prices are available for spouses and children. Fee information and a complete schedule are available online at

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Zydeco music commands the stage at Columbia Theatre June 4    Rockin' Dopsie Jr.
One of Louisiana’s most celebrated musical talents, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters will perform at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The one-night only performance is scheduled Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.
     When it comes to describing what you can expect from Rockin’ Dopsie Jr, the “American Press” said it best: “He’s boogied with James Brown, packed the House of Blues, played at the White House, and traveled to more cities than a Greyhound. Critics hail him as one of Zydeco’s most cherished symbols, and a party seems to break out whenever and wherever he and his band show up.”
     Tickets for Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters range from $22 - $32 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at

June 15 final day for students to apply for summer 2011 graduation   
Wednesday, June 15, is the final day Southeastern students can apply to graduate in summer 2011. The graduation application and payment deadlines will be strictly enforced, university officials said.
     Candidates for associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees can apply for graduation by logging into their LeoNet campus accounts and choosing the ‘Self Service, Degree Progress/Graduation, Apply for Graduation’ option. Instructions are available on the ‘Current Students’ link (‘Graduation Information – Apply for Graduation’) at or by calling Southeastern’s Office of Records and Registration at 985-549-2066.
     The $35 application fee should be paid directly to the Controller’s Office, located on North Campus in the Financial Aid Building.

Community Music School to offer scholarships Mike Sharp, Jivka Jeleva, Lynn Horgan   
The Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) can now offer scholarships to some students thanks to a donation from First Guaranty Bank.
     “We are very grateful for the generosity of First Guaranty Bank which has afforded us the opportunity to give scholarships to students who may not otherwise be able to afford music instruction,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva. “These scholarships will also reward music students who possess special talent and demonstrate dedication to their music education.”
     During the fall 2011 semester, CMS will offer four full scholarships to students from low income families. Jeleva said candidates must provide documentation proving that they are on a reduced or free lunch program at their schools, as well as undergo a very short audition, consisting of rhythm clapping, singing a song of their choice, or repeating a familiar tune that is played or sung to them.
     “We will also offer five tuition reduction scholarships to students who possess special talent,” Jeleva added. “Candidates will undergo an audition where they will be required to perform on their instrument two pieces in contrasting styles by memory.”
     To qualify for the scholarships based on talent, candidates must commit to being students of the Community Music School for the fall 2011 and the spring of 2012 semesters.
     Auditions are scheduled July 21 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall. Parents and relatives of the candidates are welcome to attend.
     Candidates must sign up for the audition by submitting a registration form and a $5 processing fee to the Community Music School, SLU 10817, Hammond, LA 70402, no later than July 15. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by phone no later than July 29.
     For more information or a registration form, contact the Community Music School at 985-549-5502 or

Above: Mike Sharp, President of First Guaranty Bank, presents Southeastern Louisiana University Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva, center, with a check to support scholarships for potential CMS students. With them is Lynn Horgan, director of development.

Summers named among ‘Northshore’s Finest’    
Sandy Summers, assistant director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern, has been selected as one of the “Northshore’s Finest” in conjunction with a recognition and fundraising event hosted by the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
     The event honors young professionals from the region who exemplify outstanding leadership qualities, are active in volunteer roles and have excelled in the business community. As part of their continued service to the local community, honorees are asked to participate in a fundraising campaign for CFF.
     “Cystic fibrosis is a devastating genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system usually beginning in early childhood,” Summers said. “Advances continue to be made in treatment and in finding a cure, but financial support is needed now to keep up the momentum of this life-saving research.”
     Individuals and businesses can contribute to the CF Foundation or get more information by contacting Summers by e-mail at or by visiting her Web site, The fundraising continues through July 27.

Speed Memorial Scholarship awarded    Wade Speed Memorial Scholarship awarded
The Wade Speed Memorial Scholarship at Southeastern was awarded to Melissa Landry of Hammond. The scholarship was established in memory of the late Southeastern alumnus and prominent Hammond businessman Wade Speed. Funds raised at the annual Wade Speed Golf Tournament support the scholarship that is awarded to a graduate of either Hammond High School or St. Thomas Aquinas High School, enrolled in the College of Business.  Pictured are, from left, John W. Lyles, Kenneth Sherman, Danny Acosta, Landry, Richard Bertone, Carl Speed, and Andre Theriot. 

The Lion’s Roar honored by LPA   
Southeastern’s student newspaper, The Lion’s Roar, earned the award for General Excellence among college and university newspapers for the second consecutive year at the 131st Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention held in Marksville.
     The competition bestowed the award based on the number of points earned from three randomly selected issues of the newspaper.
     “I am proud of the performance by our students at the LPA convention,” said Lee Lind, director of student publications. “To get the award for General Excellence for the second year in a row is a good testament to their work and dedication.” 
     The Lion’s Roar Editor-in-Chief  Nick BeJeaux, a sophomore English major from Denham Springs, won first place in the competition for best column.
     “Being recognized for this is a real honor and is very uplifting,” said BeJeaux. “I think editorials are important because they help direct discussion on campus about important issues. We try to present topics to start conversations among students and get people to really think.”
    Seventy-nine newspapers, publications, and college and university student newspapers submitted 3,837 entries. The Kentucky Press Association judged the competition.

Sherman Scholarship awarded Sherman Scholarship awarded   
Members of the Sherman family of Hammond present the William F. Sherman, M.D. Memorial Scholarship to recent Southeastern graduate Amber Faucheux. The Sherman family endowed the scholarship in memory of the late Dr. William F. Sherman of Ponchatoula, a 1971 Southeastern graduate, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1976. The scholarship supports students seeking careers in medicine.
     Pictured are, from left, Danny Acosta, retired Southeastern biological sciences professor and a friend of the Sherman family, Faucheux, Hammond dentist Dr. Kenneth Sherman and Judy Sherman. 

Kinesiology and Health Studies offers course in adapted PE   
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Southeastern offers courses leading to teacher certification in Adapted Physical Education (physical education that is adapted or modified to meet the needs of children with developmental delays or other disabilities). As part of the training, students enrolled in the courses interact with students with exceptionalities (perform standard motor skill assessments, design and implement physical activity/recreation programs appropriate for the individual).
     The department seeks children with developmental or other disabilities to participate in a two-week Adapted PE Mini-camp. The program will focus on motor skill development, socialization, and having fun. It will be held Mondays-Thursdays from June 13-23, from 3-4 p.m. on Southeastern’s campus. The program will be coordinated by Dr. Renae Wallace, adapted PE coordinator, St. Tammany Parish Schools.
     To learn more about the program and receive an application form, please contact Wallace at 985-807-7885 or

Self-Motivation in the Workplace Program offered for last time in Hammond   
The Comprehensive Public Training Program, (CPTP), is offering Self-Motivation in the Workplace for the last time in the Hammond area. The program is scheduled Wednesday, June 29, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 139.
     The course will help participants examine how to be more motivated in the workplace. Participants 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. They 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, please contact Jan Ortego, in the Human Resources Office, at or at extension 5771. 

Southeastern in the news


Summers among ‘Northshore’s Finest’

Zydeco music commands the stage at Columbia Theatre

SLU students receive various honors

Roberts’ jersey to be auctioned for charity

SLU police officer releases crime novel 

Professional activities   
Dr. Stuart Stewart (Louisiana Campus Compact) attended the Emerging Leaders Institute at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University last week. The program provides professional development program for leaders who are young in their public service careers in the nonprofit sector, education, or state and local government.  Included was a three-day in-residence experience in which students participated in leadership self-assessment, professional development planning, and dynamic workshops. Participants gained a better understanding of the challenges of nonprofit management and gain access to a wide network of individuals comprised of instructors, guest speakers and peers from the non-profit or government sectors.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) had the poem “Delta Theta Alpha Beta” accepted for publication in the summer issue of On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic.

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