It’s here! Southeastern is celebrating Homecoming this week with the theme “Roomie takes a Road Trip.”
The Alumni Association and the university welcome all alumni and friends with a week of spirited activities capped by tailgating, reunions, a parade and football action in Strawberry Stadium.
Homecoming Week 2011 will offer a number of time-honored favorites, such as the Gumbo Ya Ya fest for students, campus and community decorating contests, including a kid’s postcard contest, an alumni art exhibit, and the FE-Lions’ Homecoming luncheon.
Due to scheduling issues, the Southeastern 2011 Homecoming football game on Saturday, Nov. 5, against Sam Houston State has been moved to 3:30 p.m.
The Homecoming parade, originally scheduled at 3:30 p.m. has been moved to 12:30 p.m. Reunions and tailgating activities will also be moved up several hours earlier. All other activities will be presented as scheduled.
All tailgating fans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.selu.edu/homecoming or call the Alumni Center, ext. 2150.
White House Chaplain to be Honored as Southeastern’s Alumnus of the Year
U.S. Navy Commander Stan W. Fornea, who serves as the first chaplain ever assigned to the White House Military Office, will be honored Friday (Nov. 4) as the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern Alumni Association.
Fornea previously served under former President George W. Bush as command chaplain at the Presidential retreat at Camp David, part of the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Md. In his autobiography “Decision Points,” Bush describes Fornea as a source of solace, resolve and spiritual direction during the summer of 2006, a time the President described as the “worst period of my presidency” because of the ongoing Iraq War.
An ordained minister in the Episcopal Church of the United States, Fornea graduated from Southeastern in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history and social studies. Later he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology Degree from Duke University, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Vanderbilt University.
“We are pleased to welcome Cmdr. Fornea back to Southeastern as our Alumnus of the Year,” said President John L. Crain. “In his service to our nation, Cmdr. Fornea has distinguished himself as a trusted adviser from the level of presidents to enlisted military personnel.”
Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman said the award recognizes graduates with unique accomplishments on a national or international level who continue to utilize their degree from Southeastern to the fullest. He will be honored at the university’s Alumni Awards Evening on Friday. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event at Twelve Oaks are available from the Alumni Association, 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
Southeastern initiates program in advanced diagnostic imaging
A new program designed to train technologists in advanced diagnostic imaging will start at Southeastern in the spring 2012 semester.
The four-semester program will offer clinical tracks in either computerized tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. Graduates will earn a bachelor of science degree in health studies.
“This program has significant applications for the area’s healthcare workforce,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “Currently most radiologic technologists receive advanced training in these specialized modalities while on the job. The profession is now moving toward requiring more formalized training. In the not too distant future, it is likely a degree will be required, especially for individuals looking to advance into supervisory positions.”
He added that hospitals and clinics in the area are expanding facilities and services to accommodate growing patient demand and need well prepared radiologic personnel. Currently, no other university in the area is offering this type of program, he said.
Ann Carruth, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said candidates for the program must be registered technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and licensed by the Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. They must have completed all general education courses required of Southeastern graduates.
She explained that registered technologists generally complete a two-year associate degree or diploma program offered at various hospitals and colleges. This prepares them to work in diagnostic radiography involving x-ray and other equipment.
“The more advanced technology associated with computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging requires very specialized training to become competent in the field and to be prepared for national certification,” she said.
The program was developed in cooperation with North Oaks Health System in Hammond, which will also serve as one of the university’s clinical partners.
“We are eager to see the advanced imaging program develop,” said North Oaks School of Radiologic Technology Program Director Marsha J. Talbert. “The general demand for allied health programs associated with the population growth in this part of the state is strong. We are looking forward to working closely with Southeastern on this much-needed program.”
Carruth said the program will provide students with both the classroom work and clinical experience they need to be proficient in their profession, and graduates will meet national board eligibility requirements.
The program will be housed in the new College of Nursing and Health Sciences addition to the existing Kinesiology and Health Sciences Building expected to open later this fall. Area hospitals and other health care facilities will serve as sites for clinical rotations.
Carruth added that Southeastern will seek national accreditation of the program by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology as soon as it becomes eligible.
For more information on the program, contact the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at 549-3772.
Southeastern history students recognized
Two Southeastern graduate students in history –Owen Hyman of Talisheek and Cody Scallions of Springfield – have been recognized for individual accomplishments in historical research.
Hyman was awarded the William S. Coker Award for the best graduate paper on Gulf South History, while Scallions has been selected to have his thesis published in the “Florida Historical Quarterly.” Both students work in the university’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies housed in the Sims Memorial Library.
“Cody and Owen personify the type of students who work in the Center, creative, hard-working, emerging scholars who are excited about confronting challenges,” said Samuel Hyde, Leon Ford Professor of History and director of the Center. “Their research each tapped into previously little utilized sources in the Center, and their interpretive analysis was superb.”
The Coker Award is presented by the Gulf South Historical Association for the best graduate paper presented at the organization’s annual meeting. It was established in 1996 to honor the contributions of the long time professor of history at the University of West Florida. Hyman received a cash award and a plaque for his accomplishment.
His paper, “Company and Community: Crown Zellerbach, Integration, and the Limits of Corporate Responsibility,” examines the federal contract compliance agencies’ failures to enforce the equal employment provisions contained in President Kennedy’s Executive Order 10925, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and President Johnson’s Executive Order 11246.
“Using evidence from Crown Zellerbach’s Bogalusa paper mill and conversion factories,” Hyman said, “the paper demonstrates that contradictions between the government’s voluntary compliance and contract-based enforcement policies allowed companies to shirk civil rights laws for more than a decade even as they retained lucrative federal contracts.”
Scallions is only one of a few graduate students to have their research published in the prestigious “Florida Historical Quarterly.” His thesis “The Rise and Fall of the Lone Star State: Infant American Imperialism Ascendant in West Florida,” is about the development of the West Florida Republic as an independent nation that was forcibly annexed by the emerging United States in 1810.
“The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies has been my crutch through the entire research and publication process,” Scallions said. “Their archives were consistently adding new collections or adding to existing collections that I used. Southeastern and its faculty, particularly Sam Hyde and Keith Finley, gave me the potential and material to reach my goals. Their guidance and knowledge presented me with the opportunity to get published.”
“Both Cody and Owen are contributing significantly to the study of the South’s most curious region, and I am certain that these honors are but the start of what is in store for each of these young men,” Hyde said.
Above: From left, Cody Scallions, Owen Hyman, and History Professor Sam Hyde examine an old map of Louisiana in Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Scallions’ thesis is being published in the “Florida Historical Quarterly,” and Hyman received the William S. Coker Award for the best graduate paper on Gulf South History.
Southeastern chemist receives NSF grant to encourage undergraduate research
A Southeastern organic chemist has received a $218,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop more efficient methods of chemical transformations while providing undergraduate students opportunities to participate in the research.
Debra Dolliver, associate professor of chemistry, said the 36-month grant is intended to help create more efficient approaches to developing compounds widely used in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. The work will be conducted in collaboration with Kevin Shaughnessy and Timothy Snowden of the University of Alabama Department of Chemistry.
Dolliver said many steps are involved in the synthesis of compounds, which are sometimes complicated by unwanted byproducts, incomplete chemical reactions or decompositions.
“These complications add costs to the production of chemicals, so the industry is always looking for different and more efficient ways to perform the transformations,” she explained. “Our team will be looking at new chemical transformations that hopefully will avoid some of these complications.”
The research will be performed largely by undergraduate students under the supervision of Dolliver and her colleagues. The students will perform the research at Southeastern during the fall and spring semesters. The project will then transfer to the University of Alabama, where the students will continue the research in collaboration with UA faculty.
“By working with our partners at the University of Alabama, we provide our students – many of whom are first-generation college students – with the opportunity to work at a large research institution with access to highly sophisticated equipment and expertise typically found in a large research institution.”
Dolliver said the department has made a concerted push over the last decade to provide a competitive undergraduate research experience for the students.
“This grant represents a further extension of that effort,” she said.
Dolliver is a faculty mentor for Southeastern’s student-run SEAL (“Student Entrepreneurs as Active Leaders”) program, which links undergraduate students with scientists at area plants and industries who are looking for cost-effective answers to puzzling problems in their work.
Jones elected president of Atlantic Marketing Association
Michael Jones, professor of marketing and supply chain management at Southeastern, has been elected president of the Atlantic Marketing Association.
He was elected at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Charleston, S.C., for professionals in the academic marketing field, where faculty from 60 colleges and universities in 26 states presented papers. The organization is comprised of more than 100 members from throughout the nation.
As president, Jones will oversee the organization’s annual conference scheduled next year in Williamsburg, Va., and will play an integral role in launching the group’s new publication, The Journal of the Atlantic Marketing Association
A former president of the Baton Rouge Transportation Club and the Baton Rouge affiliate of the National Association of Purchasing Managers, Jones is a recipient of the university’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Phi Kappa Phi news
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will host the Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. This year’s tournament will feature faculty teams from the English, Mathematics, Kinesiology, and Communication Sciences and Disorders departments and Sims Library competing against student teams for trophies and cash prizes.
The National Office of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will attend as special guests. Please join us to cheer your colleagues and students.
Robin Roberts awarded Distinguished Alumni Award by AASCU
Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC-TV’s Good Morning America
and a 1983 graduate of Southeastern, has been recognized with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Presented Tuesday (Oct. 25) at AASCU’s annual meeting in Boston, the award is given annually to an individual known nationally or internationally who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. Previous award winners have included broadcasters Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks, Colin Powell, and Sen. Robert Dole.
Roberts was nominated for the award by Southeastern President John L. Crain, who assisted with her award presentation.
“We’re proud that Robin was selected for this award from a list of very honorable nominees,” said Crain. “At Southeastern, we have all known what a treasure she is and how her personal and professional achievements have made her a true role model. We’re happy that AASCU concurs with our sentiments.”
Crain said that as a student, Roberts learned basic broadcasting skills at Southeastern’s KSLU radio station and as the part time sports director at Hammond’s local radio stations, went into broadcasting upon graduation and eventually worked her way up to a position with ESPN, hosting “SportsCenter” and contributing regularly to “NFL Primetime.” She joined the “Good Morning America” team in 2005.
Last year, Southeastern officially retired Roberts’ jersey in a ceremony at the University Center where she played for the Lady Lions from 1979 to 1983. The 1996 Southeastern Alumnus of the Year in, she has been named to the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame and to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame by the WNBA. In 2006 she was named one of the NCAA’s “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” in conjunction with the NCAA Centennial Celebration.
Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, has been honored for her efforts to call attention to the disease, receiving awards from the Susan G. Koman Foundation and the Congresssional Families Cancer Prevention Program.
A native of Pass Christian, Miss., she resides in New York.
Field trip to Touro
On October 14, speech-language pathology graduate students in Dr. Lillian Stiegler’s Advanced Clinical Methods course (CSD 629) visited the Rehabilitation Center at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. They toured the facility’s entire network of rehab sections including all inpatient and outpatient units. Their guides were Abby McDonald and Lisa Stutzenbecker, two speech-language pathologists employed by Touro.
The students visited the secure unit where inpatients with brain injuries resulting from trauma, stroke, anoxia, tumor and other neurological diseases receive intensive treatment. Students were able to see the inner workings of the comprehensive day program, which provides patients with five to seven hours per day of speech, physical and occupational therapies in an outpatient format.
Students were treated to an observation of normal and disordered videofluoroscopic swallow studies. Also, the students visited “Easy Street,” which is a mock town (complete with a grocery store, theater, bank, car, and café) where patients can practice skills needed for community re-entry. Many CSD graduate students plan to pursue careers in rehabilitation, so this field trip was one way to help them prepare for their clinical practicum placements and future employment settings.
Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies news
Since 2000 the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern has served as the national headquarters for the Gulf South Historical Association. In cooperation with the University of West Florida, Center staff members recently coordinated the 29th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, which included a subsection devoted to the Louisiana Consortium of Renaissance and Medieval Studies.
The growing operations of the GSHA led the board of directors at the recent meeting to disperse some operations between Southeastern and the University of Southern Mississippi. Center Director Dr. Samuel Hyde will continue to serve as Executive Director of the GSHA for 2012 and History professor Dr. Randy Sanders will continue as Southeastern’s other voting member on the GSHA board. Center Asst. Director Dr. Keith Finley served on the GSHA book award committee and Center staff member Cheryl Breaux coordinated all graphic designs and program production for the recent conference.
Sen. Vitter addresses scientists Keynote speaker U.S. Senator David Vitter (R.-La.) on Thursday (Oc.t 27) stressed the need for increased funding and continued vigilance regarding improvements to the Gulf of Mexico coast at the three-day conference Basics of the Basin 2011 held at Southeastern Oct. 27-29. Hosted by Southeastern, the conference attracted more than 140 scientists involved in coastal and wetlands research.
Effective December 1, 2011, departments with movable property inventories must use the PeopleSoft Financials self-service programs to request and approve changes to location, surplus, custodian and or other property transactions. For projects that require large numbers of transactions (such as new buildings), contact the Department of Property Control at extension 2205 to discuss the transactions.
Training sessions will be held during November with dates and times to be announced. It is very important that your inventory unit attend and be represented at one of the November training sessions. If someone other than yourself will be charged to enter inventory information into the PeopleSoft Asset Management System, then please direct your representative accordingly to attend one of the November sessions.
Southeastern in the news
Robin Roberts receives AASCU Distinguished Alumnus Awardhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR46MGU0olI
SLU recognized for employee support
Concert to feature spooky selections
Freshman Ruby selected as Miss Southeastern
Program aids seniors access to information
History and Political Science news
Several faculty members, graduate students, and former students of the Department of History and Political Science participated in the 29th Annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference and/or the Louisiana Consortium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (LCMRS) that met jointly with it in Pensacola on October 20-22.
The following participated in the conference:
Edith Ambrose chaired and commented on a session, “Hazards, Risks, and Disasters in the Gulf South”
Al Dranguet chaired and commented on a session, “Disease and Revolution on the Gulf Coast”
Samuel Hyde (GSHA Executive Director) and graduate student Cody Scallions took part in a roundtable session, “Setting a Precedent for Regional Revolution: The West Florida Revolt Reconsidered”
Graduate student Owen Hyman received the 2011 William F. Coker Award for the best graduate student paper, “Company and Community: Crown-Zellerbach, Integration, and the Limits of Corporate Responsibility”
Randy Sanders (member of the GSHA Board of Directors) presented a paper, “Delivering Demon Rum: Prohibition Era Rum Running in the Gulf of Mexico”
Graduate student Cody Scallions presented a paper, “The Rise and Fall of the Original Lone Star State: Infant American Imperialism Ascendant in West Florida”
Ronald Traylor chaired and commented on a session, “The Political Boundaries of Slavery in the Pre-Civil War South”
Graduate student Jared Wells presented a paper, “Consistency Amid Chaos: Francis T. Nicholls’ Two Terms as Governor of Louisiana.”
Keith Altazin (MA Southeastern, recent LSU History PhD) presented a paper, “The Northern Clergy and the Pilgrimage of Grace”
Lauren Doughty (MA Southeastern, now in LSU History PhD program) presented a paper, “Sex and Marriage: An Exploration of the Practice of Concubinage in Early Medieval Scandinavia and Anglo-Saxon England”
Brian Eiermann (recent MA Southeastern) presented a paper, “Transcending the Landøyoan: Harald Hardradi as a Modern Viking King”
Samantha Perez (BA Southeastern, now in Tulane University History PhD program) presented a paper, “Isabella d’Este and Possession as a Female Collector: Mantegna’s Mars and Venus and Costa’s Coronation of a Woman Poet”
William Robison presented a paper, “Anne Boleyn: A Hundred Years of Film and Television,” and chaired a session, “Masculine Identities and Conflict”
Andrew Traver chaired a session, “Courtly Love and Courtly Power”
Graduate student Jared Wells presented a paper, “Tournaments and the Church: The Battle of Chivalric and Christian Ideals.”
Teaching and Learning news
Jennifer Anti and Merle Love, two graduate students in the Department of Teaching and Learning, recently presented at Louisiana’s Early Childhood Association’s (LAECA) 45th Annual Conference “Creating Bright Futures for Louisiana’s Children,” in Alexandria, La. Under the direction of Professor Donna LaCaze, the pair presented “Lapbooks for Centers, Incorporating Multiple Subjects Across the Curriculum” to a group of 63 teachers.
Juanita Ballard, Caitlin Davis, Kristen Davis, Lauren Grillot, Meghan Montalbano, Colleen Moore, Jennifer Rhoto, and Jennifer Senac, eight undergraduate students, also presented at the conference in Alexandria. Under the direction of LaCaze, they presented their topic “Math isn’t just Fun...It’s Fundamental” to a group of 50 teachers, on Oct. 21.
The students explained and demonstrated nontraditional ways to teach mathematical concepts. They incorporated games, hands-on activities, manipulatives, and music while incorporating multiple subjects across the curriculum.
Extended Studies news
2011 K-20 Service-Learning Symposium - student/teacher (Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
The symposium is for Southeastern students or current classroom teachers. The presenter is Dr. Cress, department chair in the Graduate School of Education and professor in the Postsecondary Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) at Portland State University, where she teaches courses in adult learning and professional development, and leadership and ethics in higher education. Continental breakfast and lunch is provided. Call for special dietary needs. There is no cost for this course.
Property and Casualty Insurance Pre-Licensing (Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m to 6 p.m., beginning Nov. 11)
This 40-hour class is presented by the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services. The class is designed to prepare students for the state exam and to provide a good education for a career in insurance. Topics include basic terminology, concepts, sales, the fundamentals of insurance law, and agent's responsibility. The cost is $230, including materials.
To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
Hammond- www.selu.edu/es Mandeville- www.selu.edu/stc Walker- www.selu.edu/livingston
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team returns to Strawberry Stadium for Homecoming, the soccer and cross country teams compete for Southland Conference championships and the volleyball team celebrates Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion football team (2-6, 0-4 Southland) will host Southland Conference leader Sam Houston State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Homecoming game. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net
, where a live video stream and live statistics will be available. The Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18) will also air the game on a tape-delay basis.
The women’s soccer team (11-6-1, 5-4 Southland) will be the No. 5 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Natchitoches on the Northwestern State campus. The Lady Lions open play on Thursday at 7 p.m. versus UTSA and will face league regular season champion and top seed Stephen F. Austin on Friday at 7 p.m. should they get past the Roadrunners. Sunday’s championship match is set for 1 p.m. and the winner will earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Live stats and video for the tournament will be available at www.southland.org
. Sunday’s final will be televised by the Southland Television Network.
The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will also compete for a league title this week. The Southland Conference Cross Country Champions are scheduled for Monday at the Piney Woods Country Club in Nacogdoches, Texas. The women’s 6K race is set for 9 a.m. with the men’s 8K race to follow at 9:45 a.m. Live results will be available at www.Southland.org
The Lady Lion volleyball team (5-24, 1-11 Southland) will close out its home schedule this week. On Thursday, Southeastern welcomes UT Arlington to the University Center for a 7 p.m. match. Texas State comes to Hammond on Saturday for a 12 p.m. match. Prior to Saturday’s match, seniors Paige Dollison, Arianne Cruckshank and Chelsea Barr will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.
The women’s tennis team will close out its fall schedule this week. Southeastern will compete in the Houston Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday.
Monday, October 31
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at Southland Conference Championships, Nacogdoches, Texas, 9 a.m./9:45 a.m.
Thursday, November 3
Women’s Soccer, vs. UTSA (Southland Conference Tournament – First Round), Natchitoches, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, vs. UT Arlington, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Friday, November 4
Women’s Soccer, vs. Stephen F. Austin (Southland Conference Tournament – Semifinals), Natchitoches, 7 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at UH Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day
Saturday, November 5
Football, vs. Sam Houston State (Homecoming), Strawberry Stadium, 3:30 p.m. (SE Channel) (KSLU)*
Volleyball, vs. Texas State (Senior Day), University Center, 12 p.m.*
Women’s Tennis, at UH Invitational, Houston, Texas, All Day
Sunday, November 6
Women’s Soccer, vs. TBA (Southland Conference Tournament – Final), Natchitoches, 1 p.m. (Southland TV)
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Professional activities Dr. Jean Fotie
(Chemistry & Physics) has published a chapter titled “Key Natural Products in Malaria Chemotherapy: From Quinine to Artemisinin and Beyond” (Chapter 3, pp 223-271) in a review research book titled “Bioactive Natural Products: Opportunities and Challenges in Medicinal Chemistry” in collaboration with leading medicinal chemists around the world. The book is edited by G. Brahmachari and published by World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. In USA the book can be found at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Walmart and many other bookstores. It is also available through www.amazon.com
. For the book content, please click here. http://www.worldscibooks.com/chemistry/8033.html Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie
(Communication Sciences & Disorders) recently served as the guest editor of a special issue of Seminars in Speech and Language entitled “Aphasia centers: A growing trend.” She and colleague Audrey Holland (Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona) wrote the lead article for the issue. Dr. Simmons-Mackie also is co-author of a chapter on “Discourse and Functional Approaches to Aphasia” in a new international text entitled Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders. Dr. Debra Dolliver
(Chemistry & Physics) is a co-author on a paper in ACS Nano. The paper is titled, “Antioxidant PLGA Nanoparticles Made with Alpha-tocopherol-ascorbic Acid Surfactant.” The work resulted from a collaboration with Dr. Carlos E Astete, Meocha Whaley, Dr. Lavrent Khachatryan, and Dr. Cristina Sabliov at LSU.
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