ByLion--November 7


Alumni Awards Evening

Homecoming Royalty crowned

Gumbo YaYa

Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl

Decorate Your Tailgate winners

Relay for Life news

Veterans Day Lecture Nov. 10

Teacher workshop planned

Latin Night scheduled

Chamber Orchestra highlights

Southeastern in the news

Supply Chain Conference

Sociological Association meeting

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Alumni Awards Evening 2011   

1)Southeastern Alumni of the Year 2011 2)Award recipients

3)Friendship Oak Award Recipients4)Student scholarship recipients


1) At the annual Alumni Awards Evening, the Alumni Association recognized WDSU-TV anchor and reporter Randi Rousseau as it's Young Alumnus of the Year and Navy Commander Stanley Fornea as its Alumnus of the Year. From left are President John L. Crain, Rousseau, Founea, Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman, and Alumni Association President Gayle Neal.


2) Other awardees recognized that evening included, from left, Billy Ladner of Slidell, the Distinguished Service Award; Patsey Causey with the Director's Diamond Award for her work with the Golden Lions and Women's Baskeball mentoring group PRIDE; and Charles Dykes of the School of Nursing, the L.E. Chandler Award in recognition of his work with students. With them are Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman, right.


3) Friendship Oak Award recipients included, from left, Ray DeJean, Technology, for his development of the Southeastern iPhone app; Chief Information Officer Mike Asoodeh for his work in re-establishing communications following Hurricane Katrina and for leadership exhibited in launching the university's Total Mobile Access system; O'Neil DeNoux, University Police, for his authorship last year of five police novels; and Steve Perrill, representing the St. Albert's Catholic Student Center in recognition of the center's 50th anniversary.


4) Student recipients of Alumni Association scholarships.

Homecoming Royalty crowned   Southeastern Homecoming 2011 Queen and King
Jacy Carpenter, a junior psychology major from O'Fallen, Ill., and Jordan Leggett, a junior vocal performance major from Slidell, were crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen and King Saturday during half time of the Southeastern vs. Sam Houston State football game.
     Carpenter, the daughter of Sandra and Troy Robinson, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, president of the National Pan-Hellenic Councill, associate chief justice for SGA, a 2010 Orientation Leader, and Miss Black and Gold Louisiana for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, In. She was selected outstanding Pan-Hellenic member, was the 2010-11 Division of Student Affairs' Role Model of the Year, and has been placed on the President's and Dean's Lists for the past two and a half years.
     Leggett, the son of Tynishia and Corey Leggett, is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, FORTISSIMO, and the Student Government Association. An Orientation Leader for the past two years, he was the 2010 Spirit of Orientation recipient and the 2010 Orientation Leader of the Year.



Gumbo YaYa at a glance   

1)Gumbo YaYa cake cutting2)Gumbo YaYa overview


1) Southeastern President John L. Crain, 2010 Homecoming Queen Jenee Ratelle of Baton Rouge and King Christopher McKinley of Baton Rouge help cut the cake for Gumbo YaYa.


2) Students gathered Wednesday in the Student Union park to enjoy the delicious gumbo served by members of the Campus Activities Board. Students enjoyed fun activities in the Student Union, as well as gumbo and cupcakes.

Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl Winners   

1)The faculty team the Sigmatizers win Quiz Bowl again.2)Faculty and student teams compete in the Quiz Bowl.


1) The winning faculty team "The Sigmatizers" bested Team Delt, the winning student team, to win the Phi Kappa Phi annual Quiz Bowl. Congratulating them is Gayle Neal, far left, President of the Alumni Association, and President John L. Crain, third from left. Members of the team are, from left, Dustin Cotton, George Dorrill, Sherri Craig, and Christoph Genre, all of the English Department.


2) Team Delt and the Sigmatizers go head to head in the final round of the Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl. Moderating the round is Joe Burns of the Department of Languages and Communication.

Tailgate Decorating Contest Winners     

1)Tailgating Sweepstakes Winner2)Most Creative Tailgate


1) Representing the Decorate Your Tailgate Homecoming 2011 Sweepstakes winners are, from left, Melanie Sandifer, Brie Sandifer, and Alicia Himber.


2) The Most Creative Tailgate winners were, from left, Shirley and Louis Wiginton, Lynda and Jerry Hollimon, and Marion Ruth and Sonny Chandler.

Relay for Life newsRelay for Life fundraiser   
Human Resources staff invited the campus community to ‘trick or treat’ to raise money for Relay for Life, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at North Oaks Park. The Division of Administration and Finance is selling raffle tickets for $1 with three prizes: 1st Prize is a two-night stay at a participating Marriott; 2nd Prize is a Sony DVD player; and 3rd Prize is a Relay for Life jacket. You can purchase a ticket by calling Paulette Smith at 5496.
     Other fundraising events going on are the very popular ‘Fight Dat’ tee shirts for a reduced price of $10 for short sleeve and $15 for long sleeved and  Recipes to Remember Cookbooks for $9 through Computing Services. They can be purchased at the I/O window in McClimans Hall.


Members of the Human Resources staff are, front row, from left, Mae Everett, Jennifer Rowell, Mary Lou Imbraguglio, and Nikki Zumo. Back row, from left, are Wanda Crawford, Claire Hughes, Laura Lips, JoEllen Williams, Sue Jones, Nicole Dunnington, Paulette Smith and Corliss Dupuy.

Counterterrorism Analyst to present Southeastern's Veterans Day Lecture Nov. 10   Tom Barnes
A former senior counterterrorism analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will present the Southeastern Veterans Day Lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 10) in the Student Union Theater.
     Thomas E. Barnes Jr., who worked with the department from 2006 to this year, will present “The Continuing Importance of Leadership On and Off the Battlefield.” The presentation is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and is free and open to the public.
     A 12-year U.S. Army veteran who served in Desert Storm in 1991 with the 18th Airborne Corps, Barnes has worked as a security specialist for a Department of Navy installation and at other Department of Defense sites throughout the United States.  He joined Homeland Security in 2004 and was later named an emergency management specialist evaluating Defense installations. Barnes was appointed assistant senior watch officer, where he oversaw and managed a national-level, interagency crisis management watch center. He was named a senior intelligence analyst in 2006, where he led a team focused on Islamic terrorism in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. He has also served as an adjunct professor teaching terrorism and counterterrorism courses for the American Military University
     “We are pleased and honored to have Mr. Barnes as our Veterans Day speaker,” said William Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “As an individual with tremendous credentials and highly specialized skills and experience, he brings a unique perspective into the importance of leadership in today’s world.”

Teachers workshop on environmental education scheduled   
The Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences and the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station at Pass Manchac will sponsor a free workshop for teachers and other environmental educators Saturday, Nov. 19.
     Designed to improve teachers’ roles as environmental educators, the workshop will start at the Turtle Cove Boatshed and Classroom on Galva Canal in Manchac and will conclude with a tour of Turtle Cove in the Manchac marsh. Boat transportation to and from the research station will be provided.
      “Our goal is to provide teachers and other educators with a better understanding of the tools and activities for teaching wetland field science,” said Turtle Cove Director Robert Moreau. “We are hoping to inform area educators about the impacts of coastal wetland loss and field activities in wetland science and education.”
     He said educators will be encouraged to return to Turtle Cove with their students for more direct hands-on activities.
     The day-long program will include a review of the history of coastal wetland issues in Louisiana by Moreau, Deborah Dardis of the Biological Sciences Department, and Fred Stouder, marsh restoration and environmental education/outreach coordinator for Turtle Cove.
     Other presentations will focus on vegetation identification, water quality sampling and measurement, and demonstrations of marsh restoration activities.
     The program is expected to conclude at 3 p.m.
      “This is a great opportunity for teachers and educators to network with each other and the Turtle Cove staff, as well as sign up their classes for future field trips,” Moreau said.
     To register for the workshop, contact Moreau at or Dardis at or call 549-5008. Directions to the Turtle Cove Boatshed/Classroom can be found on the web site

Southeastern’s Spanish Club to host Latin Night   
The Spanish Club at Southeastern will host its annual Latin Dance Night on Nov. 10 in the Student Union Ballroom from 6 - 9 p.m.
     Students are invited to spend the evening learning how to do various types of Latin dances, including the salsa, meringue and reggaeton. Latin night will also feature music, food and drinks, raffle prizes and contests for attendees.
     Family and friends are invited. Dress is casual, and comfortable shoes are encouraged. Tickets are $5 for Spanish Club members and $7 for non-members. A valid Southeastern ID is required to attend.
     For more information about this exciting event, email the Spanish Club at

Chamber Orchestra has fun at "Spooktacular" concert   

1)Costume contest winner 2)Yakov Voldman and Ken Boulton


1) Snow White Claire Xie, daughter of Southeastern piano performance major Zhaolei Xie and Xin Zhang, won the children's costume contest at the Halloween concert presented by the Chamber Orchestra last Monday. Posed with her are two members of the orchestra, Kelly Todd, left, and Brooke Gaudet.


2) Conducter Yakov "Godfather" Voldman, left, visits after the concert with Kenneth "Dracudeus" Boulton, head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Southeastern in the news

Southeastern announces Alumnus of the Year

Miami Herald (Associated Press)
Scientists urge La. to protect netted sea turtles

BR Advocate
State group awards SLU students scholarships
SLU senior wins state piano competition
‘Ink and Needles’ on exhibit at SLU

Daily Star
Professors air mold concerns

Supply chain majors attend international conference    Breakbulk Conference attendees
Eighteen Southeastern seniors in the supply chain management program and two Southeastern faculty members were awarded sponsorships to attend the Breakbulk Americas Conference Oct. 26 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
     The annual conference – sponsored by Breakbulk Magazine, a publication owned by the Journal of Commerce, is intended for shippers of large industrial items such as heavy equipment and vehicles. About 4,000 industry professionals attended the conference, including 250 exhibitors representing the world’s major shipping lines, logistics companies, and terminal operators.
     Faculty members Robert Cope and Michael Jones attended “Education Day” with the students where they heard a variety of speakers from the industry. The sponsorship allowed students to attend any of the sessions at the three-day event at no charge.

Students, faculty attend Mid-South Sociological Association MeetingMidsouth Conference attendees   
Students and faculty from the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department were well represented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Sociological Association Oct. 26 - 29 in Little Rock, Ark. Dr. Bonnie Lewis, along with graduate student Daniel Orser and undergraduate Tracy Rathbun, presented a paper on “Teaching Research Methods through Service Learning.”  In addition, Orser presented findings from an ongoing “Student Voices Survey” conducted through the Southeastern Social Science Research Center (SSSRC).
     Graduate student Danielle Stark presented “An Evaluation of Objectives, Audience, and Processes of St. Tammany Toys for Tots of Slidell” at a panel on social movements. Graduate student Erica Dickerson presented “Counts in Time: Rural Homelessness,” a paper coauthored with Erin Matheny of the SSSRC. Dickerson presented the paper at a panel session presided over by Dr. Peter Shrock, who presented his own research on “Claims-Making as Class Power.”  Finally, Dr. John Boulahanis presided over a session on violence as well as presenting his paper on “Examining Exceptional Clearances: A Spatial Distribution of Chicago Homicides.”


From left are Daniel Orser, Danielle Stark, Tracy Rathbun, Erica Dickerson, Dr. Peter Shrock, Dr. Bonnie Lewis, and Dr. John Boulahanis.

This Week in Athletics   
The Southeastern men’s and women’s basketball teams officially open their 2011-12 seasons during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions will see action for the first time on Wednesday, when they host Millsaps in the University Center for a 7 p.m. exhibition. Head coach Jim Yarbrough’s squad will then hit the road to open the regular season with a 2 p.m. contest at Tulsa on Sunday.
     The Lady Lions will open 2011-12 at home, hosting Centenary at 7 p.m. on Friday in the University Center. The first 150 fans will receive a trading card featuring head coach Lori Davis Jones and her staff, courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE.
     Fans can get their first look at the Southeastern basketball teams on Tuesday, when the programs host the annual Full Court Fest. Pre-Game activities begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Greek Village with Southeastern Athletics and the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosting a ticket drawdown where a Southeastern student can win tickets to the Jay-Z/Kanye West concert on Dec. 3, 2011 at New Orleans Arena.
     The Full Court Fest begins at 7 p.m. in the University Center where fans can get their first look at the 2011-12 Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams. The first 200 students in attendance will get free T-Shirts with another 300 given away during the event. Fans will also get a glimpse of the exciting promotional schedule, the in-game contests and everything that is in store for the 2011-12 season.
     The Lion football team (2-7, 0-5 Southland) will close out its road schedule this week. Southeastern will head to Nacogdoches, Texas for a 6 p.m. contest at Stephen F. Austin. The game, along with Friday’s women’s basketball game and Sunday’s men’s basketball game, will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The Southeastern volleyball team (5-26, 1-13 Southland) will hit the road to close out its 2011 schedule this week. The Lady Lions will be at Northwestern State on Thursday at 7 p.m., before facing Central Arkansas at 1 p.m. in the season finale.
Tuesday, November 8
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Full Court Fest, University Center, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9
Men’s Basketball, vs. Millsaps (Exhibition), University Center, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 10

Volleyball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 7 p.m.*
Friday, November 11
Women’s Basketball, vs. Centenary, University Center, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 12
Football, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Volleyball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m.*
Sunday, November 13
Men’s Basketball, at Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla., 2 p.m. (KSLU)
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities   
David Burley (Sociology & Criminal Justice) participated on a panel discussing, “Loss of Wetlands, Loss of Identity,” at the 8th Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, Oct. 29. Others on the panel included Donald Davis of Nicholls State University and LSU and Kelby Ouchley, long time naturalist and manager of various state National Wildlife Refuges.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) attended the 2011 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Fort Worth, where he participated in a roundtable discussion on “Henry VIII in Popular Culture” and delivered a paper, “Why Isn’t Anne of Cleves Ugly? Suspension of Disbelief in The Private Life of Henry VIII and Its Successors,” as part of a session titled “’The King of Hearts’: Alexander Korda’s The Private Life of Henry VIII.” Southeastern graduate Samantha Perez, now in Tulane University’s graduate program in History, presented “Admittance to Antiquity: Foundations for the Transition from Private to Public Collections in the Italian Renaissance,” in a session titled “New Insights into the Mysteries of Archives, Collections, and Historiography.”
     Drs. Yu Hsing and Antoinette Phillips (Management and Business Administration) and Mike Budden (Marketing and Supply Chain Management) had their paper “Macroeconomic Determinants of the Stock Market Index for a Major Latin American Country and Policy Implications” accepted for presentation at the 2012 meeting of the Southwestern Society of Economists.
     Drs. William Parkinson and Thomas Sommerfeld (Chemistry and Physics) and three chemistry majors, Katelyn Dreux, Bijay Bhattarai, and Dayaram Khanal, attended the 20th conference on current trends in computational chemistry held in Jackson, MS. Three posters were presented: “Magnetic Resonance Properties of Fullerenes” by Dayaram Khanal and William Parkinson, "Methods of Assessing Geometric Purity of Biaryl Oxime Ethers" by Patrick Flowers, Sarju Adhikari, Bijay Bhattarai, Thomas Sommerfeld, and Debra D. Dolliver, and “Simulating Metal Atoms Dissociating in Ammonia Clusters” by Thomas Sommerfeld and Katelyn Dreux.
     Gary Keown (Fine and Performing Arts) will participate in a session titled, “Art and Technology: Changing Paradigms” at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Savannah, Georgia Nov. 9 - 12. He will also coordinate “State Meet and Greet’ with conference members from Louisiana. Keown serves on the SECAC Board of Directors.
     Dr. Anna Kleiner (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has published a co-authored book chapter titled “From the Past to the Present: Agricultural Development and Black Farmers in the American South” (with Green and Green) in Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability (MIT 2011).
     Lori Smith (Sims Library) attended the Federal Depository Libraries Conference and Depository Library Council Meeting in Arlington, VA on October 17-20.
     At the recent Louis Users Conference (LUC) held in Baton Rouge October 13-14, several Sims Librarians conducted presentations.
Herbert McGuin (Reference) and Will Hires (LSU) presented a paper entitled, The Academic Librarian as Mentor: Helping Students in and out of College Environment
Angela Dunnington, Penny Hecker, Mary Lou Strong (Reference) delivered a presentation entitled, Being Accountable for Assessment: Challenges in an Information Literacy Credit Course. The session provided an overview of how a team of librarians at Southeastern Louisiana University have formed an Assessment Working Group to examine assessment of student learning outcomes in their information literacy credit course, Library Science (LS) 102: Introduction to Information Research. 
Mary Lou Strong (Reference), Jean Badeau (Systems Librarian) and Ladonna Guillot (Health Sciences) presented Community Partnerships and Academic Librarians: Taking our Knowledge Beyond the Campus.

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