ByLion--September 26


Fanfare's first week

Military Friendly School

KSLU Annual Fund Drive

NSCS Chapter honored

RFID aids recycling

Career Fair 2011

Outside Employment

Lab School teacher profiled

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

This week in Athletics

Professional activities

Fanfare week one highlights     

1)Pirates of Penzance coming to Fanfare 20112)David Benac3)Edith Ambrose


1) THE PIRATES ARE COMING: Practicing their swordsmanship in rehearsals for Southeastern’s performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” are, center, Damian Faul of Amite, who plays the Pirate King, along with Lawrence Joiner of Loranger, left, and Bernard McPherson of Nurnberg, Germany. The Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Gilbert and Sullivan classic comic opera at the university’s Pottle Auditorium Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

2) BENAC OPENS THEN AND NOW LECTURE SERIES: Southeastern’s Fanfare will present the first lecture in the 11th annual Then and Now Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Historian David Benac will present “Conflict in the Ozarks: Life in a Lumber Town.”

3) AMBROSE TO SPEAK AT FANFARE: Edith Ambrose will present “Labor in Jim Crow New Orleans: Thar’s Reds in Them Thar Ba’Yous!” at 1 p.m., Oct. 5 in Pottle Auditorium. 

House of Blues Art Exhibit, two lectures and a musical classic highlight Fanfare's first week  
   The 11th annual International House of Blues Foundation Art Exhibit and a beloved musical are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 26th season of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October arts festival. This year Fanfare is sponsored exclusively by the Southeastern Student Government Association.
     Fanfare’s first full week also includes a German film and two “Then and Now” lectures about conflicts in the Ozarks and Jim Crow laws.
      From Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, Southeastern Opera/Theatre Workshop will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.”  
     “Described by Sir Arthur Sullivan himself as ‘exquisitely funny’ with music that is ‘strikingly tuneful and catching,’ this two-act comic operetta remains as fresh today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1879,” said Opera/Theatre Workshop Director Chuck Effler. “Join young Frederic, apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates, in this story about law and order, love, misplaced children and the difficulties of being born on the extra day of a leap year.”
     Tickets are $16, adults; and $13, senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D. 
     The 11th annual International House of Blues Foundation Art Exhibit officially opens on Monday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Each year area students create artwork using “found” or recycled materials. The artists are encouraged to depict significant events that have shaped their lives and world. 
     The artwork will remain on display each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in October from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
     Also on Oct. 3 the Department of History and Political Science’s Then and Now Lecture Series officially kicks off its 11th presentation at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive in Madisonville. Southeastern’s David Benac will present “Conflict in the Ozarks: Life in a Lumber Town.” 
     “Dr. Benac’s new book ‘Conflict in the Ozarks’ is powerfully reminiscent of the southeast Louisiana lumber history and exemplifies the Gilded Age labor conflict,” said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. “He describes the rapidly changing lives of lumber workers in the rugged Courtois Hills, where isolated late 19th century inhabitants subsisted on timber that soon drew in the Missouri Lumber and Mining Company.”
     A reception and book signing will follow the free 7 p.m. lecture.
     On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Southeastern Department of Languages and Communication will present “Kebab Connection,” a German film with English subtitles. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, the free film is rated “R,” and has a running time of 96 minutes. 
     “Kebab Connection is a crazy, comedic feast from directors Anno Saul and Faith Akin,” said Roy Blackwood, interim director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare. “The recipe calls for two fast food stands, one Turkish and the other Greek, one frustrated filmmaker and a dash of intercultural love.”
     Wednesday, Oct. 5, will see the second free Then and Now lecture featuring Southeastern’s Edith Ambrose. Ambrose will present “Labor in Jim Crow New Orleans: Thar’s Reds in Them Thar Ba’Yous!” at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. 
     “The biggest challenge New Orleans labor organizers faced from 1920 to 1950 was the conflict of interest that pitted workers and their associations against one another, regardless of divisions in skill, race, or otherwise,” said Robison. “In rivalry for work and often led by unscrupulous union figures, the rank and file seemed always to lose out in the union movement.”
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit 

Southeastern named ‘Military Friendly School’ by G.I. Jobs Magazine   
Southeastern has earned designation as a 2012 Military Friendly School by “G.I Jobs,” the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
     According to the publication, the 2012 listing honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members and veterans as students.
      “This is truly an honor,” said Southeastern President John L. Crain. “The university recognizes the sacrifices that members of the military and veterans have made in defense of our nation. We’re proud to be recognized as an institution that is making an effort to embrace and accommodate them.”
     Southeastern was one of only three University of Louisiana institutions to receive the designation. Also recognized were Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State University. In all, 10 Louisiana community colleges, trade and technical schools and universities were included in the list.
      “G.I. Jobs” incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time in this year’s evaluation of higher education institutions. The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
     The university this year formed an organization, the Southeastern Student Veterans Association, intended to assist fellow student veterans adjust to civilian life, advocate for veterans’ causes, and enhance the on-campus recognition of military service. Additional information on the organization can be obtained by e-mailing
     Southeastern currently has more than 400 veterans enrolled. The university also maintains a cross-enrollment program with the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program with LSU that allows eligible students to participate in the ROTC pre-professional training program. Courses are conducted at LSU and credited at Southeastern. Upon successful completion of course work, students are awarded a second lieutenant commission at graduation.
      “We congratulate Southeastern on their designation as a military friendly school,” said Lt. Col. Mary L. “Marston” McKeon, commander of AFROTC Detachment 310 at LSU. “We are fortunate to have Southeastern students in our cadet wing, including our current cadet corps commander Cadet Jason Brewer. He and other Southeastern students consistently display the bearing, professionalism and academic prowess which will serve them well in the active duty Air Force. Southeastern plays a central role in the shaping of these students, so we say again, congratulations, well-earned and well-deserved.”

KSLU announces 2011 Annual Fund DriveKSLU logo   
Southeastern’s award winning public radio station, 90.9 KSLU, will host its 10th annual On-Air Fund Drive from September 26 to 30 to raise scholarship dollars and donations.
     Licensed to Southeastern, KSLU is the north shore’s only public radio station and one of only eight public radio stations statewide. KSLU provides diverse music ranging from adult rock & roll and blues to soothing jazz. The station also features unique programs such as “The Dirt Road Blues Show,” “The Bluegrass Hour,” “Dinner Jazz with Zia the Cat,” “Retro Reality 80’s music” and “Rock School.” 
     General Manager Todd Delaney said KSLU moved the fund drive from March to September, a time when there are generally fewer competing fund raising causes.
     “We decided to change things up a little bit to help fund the KSLU scholarship that is awarded each semester to an outstanding broadcast student,” he said. “The KSLU scholarship helps lift some of the financial roadblocks for the students who are passionate about pursuing careers in radio.”  
     Chili’s Restaurant in Hammond is assisting with KSLU’s fundraising efforts.  On Tuesday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Chili’s will donate 10% of all food sales from that day to the fund drive. Customers must mention “Dining for KSLU” for the donation to be applied.  
     Funds raised from the annual Fund Drive will also allow the station to continue assisting other local non-profits and charity organizations including Options, TARC, Hammond Rotary Club, CASA, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and many others. 
Donations may be made by cash, check or credit card (Mastercard and Visa).  Southeastern employees can contribute through payroll deduction.
     To pledge, call 985-549-5758, or donate online at All donations are tax deductible.
     For more information, please contact Chad Pierce at 985-549-2327 or  

Southeastern’s Society of Collegiate Scholars recognized with Bronze STAR status   
The Southeastern chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholarship has been awarded Bronze STAR status in recognition of its community service, member engagement and campus involvement.
     NSCS is an interdisciplinary honors organization for high achieving freshmen and sophomores with more than 300 student-run chapters across the country. Membership is by invitation only and is based on grade point average and class standing.
     The Southeastern chapter has more than 1,350 members. Chapter President Jared Magee of Franklinton said the group was recognized for community service activities such as maintaining an adopted street in Hammond and participation in Junior Achiever Day, where members teach elementary school students various life skills.
     “We’re proud that our chapter has received this national award,” said Chapter Advisor and Honors Program Director Kent Neuerburg. “It is recognition of not only these students’ high academic achievements but their commitment to making our communities a better place to live and work.”

RFID holds potential in waste management and recycling effortsDavid Wyld   
It may not be too far into the future when your trash cans or recycling bins bear bar codes or some other scannable identification, according to a business professor at Southeastern.
     Because costs of trash collection have increased significantly while landfill space diminishes, David Wyld, right, says radio frequency identification (RFID) holds the potential to dramatically reduce the volume of trash and increase the amount of materials being recycled.
     In fact, he says, “RFID can, for the first time, offer real incentives for individuals to participate in recycling programs from their own homes, helping the environment and their pocketbooks as well.”
     An expert in the management of technology, Wyld said the trash business is often perceived as a low-tech, low-growth industry; RFID technology, however, has the potential to reinvent waste handling, revolutionizing the way municipalities and contractors bill for trash collection.
     Traditionally, he explained, trash collection is performed for citizens at a flat fee.
      “But the flat rate system provides no incentive to reduce the amount of waste put out for collection,” said Wyld, who is the Robert Maurin Professor of Management at Southeastern and author of the “Wyld About Business 2.0” blog ( “Heavy users pay the same as light users. This is not only inequitable, but also harmful to the environment because there are no incentives for individuals to participate in recycling, use composting or seek some other ways of reducing their trash volume.”
     He said a radically different pricing model, known as “Pay As You Throw,” is starting to gain the attention of municipalities and waste contractors. Under this model, citizens pay a variable rate based on the amount of trash they actually put on the curb. Over 6,000 American cities are using this system. The approach has its own set of problems, however, including the tendency of residents to intentionally deposit trash in neighbors’ containers and the rise of illegal dumping of trash in remote areas.
     “RFID is now being introduced into the waste management industry, and that makes this model more workable,” said Wyld.
     The key, he explained, is individual tracking of trash containers, which are weighed on specially-equipped garbage trucks, making it possible to accurately ascertain the amount of garbage collected from each customer. Collection remains unchanged because the weighing is done as the container is lifted and emptied into the truck, thereby not slowing down the present system.
      “The accuracy available through the use of automatic identification technology makes new concepts possible for individual accountability and tracking,” he said. “It also encourages more individual environmental responsibility when it comes to household management of waste. This encourages folks to recycle what can be recycled, decreasing their net trash output and consequently their weight-based trash charges.”
     When it comes to recycling, Wyld said the RFID technology allows communities to provide incentives by not just reducing their Pay As You Throw garbage bills, but actually paying or providing rebates directly for the amount of material diverted from the landfill. Several firms, he said, are currently vying to fill this niche in the recycling market.
      “Curbside may be one of the most promising areas for RFID technology to be employed,” he said, “not just for profits but for a greener world as well through better management of municipal solid waste.”

Career Fair 2011 successfulCareer Fair 2011   

Colin Berthaut, left, discusses the advantages of working for Prudential Financial with Southeastern senior management major Jeremy Dunbar of Baton Rouge. More than 145 potential employers and area graduate schools participated in Southeastern’s annual Career Fair held in the Pennington Student Activity Center on Wednesday (Sept. 21).

Outside Employment   
Southeastern employees who are full time at any time during the reporting period ending June 30 are required to report whether or not they have any other employment. The questionnaire and instructions for completing it are in Blackboard. You may review in Blackboard to verify that your questionnaire has been completed. 
     If outside employment has been obtained since your initial response, a paper form for this employment must be completed and forwarded to HR.  Forms are online at:

Lab School art teacher profiled in national newsletter's ‘Teacher Spotlight’Denise Holly   

Denise Tullier-Holly, art teacher at Southeastern Laboratory School, has been profiled in the fall national newsletter “Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly” published by the Library of Congress.
     Tullier-Holly, who has taught art at the school for 16 years, was selected for the profile based on her effective classroom use of primary sources in a variety of formats.
     The Teaching with Primary Sources program at Southeastern is funded by a $300,000 grant from the Library of Congress and is designed to instruct teachers how to effectively use the digital resources of photographs, maps, documents and other materials available through the library’s website. The program – started in 2008 – is directed by Cynthia Elliott, head of the Department of Teaching and Learning, and coordinated by Laura Hancock.
     “Using Library of Congress primary sources with students links them to the past in a concrete way,” Tullier-Holly said, “and different primary source formats do this by awakening almost all of the senses. Both art and history can tap into the affective domain to help students become more feeling people.”
     She recently used photographs from the National Child Labor Committee Collection to highlight child labor in the nation’s textile industry and encouraged students to analyze the photographs, many which depicted children of their same age.
     “Most students were unfamiliar with this time period, and the labor conditions endured by many children in the early 20th century surprised them.”
     Tullier-Holly said teaching with the Library of Congress digital resources also helps students learn to investigate and hunt for knowledge.
     “This joyful inquisitiveness can stay with them for the rest of their lives,” she explained. “My hope for my students is that these activities will build empathy and tolerance for others and generate in them a curiosity for learning and desire to be creative.”
     Last summer she taught several workshops for that were designed to show area teachers how to best use the vast resources that are available free through the Library of Congress.
     “Your first visit to the website ( can be daunting with so much information and so many choices,” she said. “I suggest to teachers that they consider researching a topic in their content area that they are personally interested in investigating. They can enjoy the search and consider how they can use their findings in the classroom. The teachers’ enthusiasm for the topic will be contagious and hopefully will inspire students to use the Library of Congress in their lifelong quest for learning.”
     For more information about the program, contact or visit the website

Teaching with primary resources: Southeastern Lab School art teacher Denise Tullier-Holly instructs her students using digital photographs and other resources from the Library of Congress that show early 20th century child labor conditions in preparation for an art project the class is working on. She was profiled in the most recent edition of the Teaching with Primary Sources national newsletter.

Southeastern in the news   
Southeastern NSCS chapter awarded bronze status

Trash business going high tech

BR Advocate
Seminar gives job seekers tools

New Orleans Times Picayune
St. Paul's Life Skills Day gives seniors an upper hand

Extended Studies news   

Basic Film Acting (Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
This course is designed to teach novice actors basic film audition techniques, on-set behavior, and how to find legitimate film acting work in Louisiana. The cost is $115.

Project Management
(Sept. 26 and 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
This course is designed to prepare project managers and others planning a career in project management with skills and tools to successfully plan, manage, and deliver project on time and within budget. The cost is $695.

Adobe  Photoshop for Photography, Intermediate (Sept. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to create color profiles, use advanced tools (Magic Wand, e.g.), retouch and restore, use advanced filters (Liquify,e.g.), use 3-D text, use multiple adjustment layers and masks. The cost is $95.

Introduction to Computers (Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to noon)
In this course, students will learn the basic skills needed to start with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows. The cost is $90 with the book provided.

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 football team will look to “Swamp Out” Strawberry Stadium when it opens its home Southland Conference football schedule during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Southeastern will open its home league schedule on Saturday, hosting Lamar at 3 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. The game will be televised live by the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 22 in Hammond area) and a live video stream will be available at The game will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM and on the Internet at
     In addition, Bruce Mitchell of the History Channel’s “Swamp People” will be available for autographs and photographs prior to the game. The first 400 students will also receive free t-shirts. Saturday will also be Hall of Fame Day, as 2011 Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Willie Shepherd and Courtney Coutu Martin will be recognized at halftime.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (4-15, 0-2 SLC) will also open its Southland Conference home schedule this week. On Thursday, the Lady Lions host Northwestern State on Thursday at 7 p.m., before welcoming Central Arkansas to the University Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
     The women’s soccer team (6-2-1) opens league action this week, starting with a 7 p.m. match at Northwestern State on Friday. On Sunday, Southeastern will be in Conway, Ark. for a 1 p.m. contest at Central Arkansas.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will also be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions head to Lake Charles on Saturday to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede.
     The Southeastern men’s golf team, which sits in a tie for seventh place after Sunday’s first round, will continue play at the Golfweek Challenge in Burlington, Iowa. The tournament runs through Tuesday.

Monday, September 26
Men’s Golf, at Golfweek Challenge, Burlington, Iowa, All Day

Tuesday, September 27
Men’s Golf, at Golfweek Challenge, Burlington, Iowa, All Day

Thursday, September 29
Volleyball, vs. Northwestern State, University Center, 7 p.m.*

Friday, September 30
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Women’s Soccer, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 7 p.m.*

Saturday, October 1
Football, vs. Lamar (Hall of Fame Day), Strawberry Stadium, 3 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)*
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, at McNeese Cowboy Stampede, Lake Charles, All Day

Sunday, October 2
Women’s Soccer, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m.*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities   
Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) has been invited to exhibit at the Henry Hood gallery in Covington the month of November. He has also been asked to help set up an exhibition of contemporary functional ceramics to open during the Three Rivers Art Festival in the Hood Gallery.
     Dr. Lucia Harrison (Languages and Communication) was elected President of the Louisiana Classical Association (LCA) at its annual meeting held in Lake Charles on September 16-17.
     Dr. Luanne Billingsley (College of Nursing and Health Sciences) presented “Using Multiuser Virtual Learning Environments to Facilitate Advanced Practice Education” at the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners 17th annual primary conference in New Orleans entitled “Breezing in the Big Easy: Nurse Practitioners Changing the Game Plan of Health Care.”
     Dr. Chance Harvey (English) has written the Foreword for the new edition of Lyle Saxon’s novel, Children of Strangers (1937), published this month by Pelican Publishing Company. He is the author of The Life and Selected Letters of Lyle Saxon (Pelican, 2003).
     Gary Keown (Fine and Performing Arts) was selected and will be exhibiting his work in the national show “A Sense of Place 2011” at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta, Georgia. The exhibition will be on view through October 14.

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