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Southeastern's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will honor the late James Wilcox at its free
spring concert on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Wilcox, who passed away in January, joined the music faculty at Southeastern in 1946. He became head of the music department in 1964. Shortly after, he began plans to enlarge the Pottle Music Building with the addition of the Music Annex. In 1970 he was appointed Dean of the College of Humanities, and the Music Annex project was completed during his tenure. Wilcox was ultimately named Professor Emeritus of Music and Dean Emeritus of the College of Humanities.
"The concert will feature musical performances from a wide array of styles and traditions," said Kenneth Boulton, head of Fine and Performing Arts Department. "There will also be remembrances of the life and career of Dr. Wilcox and the impact he had on the music program and the entire university."
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
A computer applications operation in Southeastern’s business incubator is gaining
national attention for its development of a new product that allows businesses to
create customized mobile apps with ease.
Envoc, a Louisiana-based company that specializes in creating customized software and applications unique to individual businesses, is growing its business through the development of a product called “AppMelt.” The company moved to Louisiana from Houston in 2001 and joined the business incubator, housed in the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, in 2010.
With customers ranging from oil and gas companies to a 44,000-acre deer ranch, Envoc has become so successful that Geeknet - the online Microsoft network that provides content and news for 53 million tech-savvy users each month – interviewed Envoc founder Calvin Fabre for a website posting.
Fabre credits Southeastern with providing him the environment that has helped Envoc grow and achieve success.
“The entrepreneurial side of Envoc needed a place to launch its ideas. As a graduate of Southeastern, I knew there was passion for programming here,” he said. “When Southeastern offered us the ability to come into an incubator environment – where we have access to development resources, business coaches, and people who hold us accountable for our marketing goals – we applied to be a part of the incubator and were approved.
“The incubator provides us with space and other amenities at a low cost,” he added. It’s a great environment, with access to college professors and to the talent of the university, including excellent student workers who we’ve hired and who are gaining valuable experience working for us. We see that as a great jump start to our entrepreneurial work.”
“Companies like Envoc are exactly what Louisiana is hoping to build and retain, as the reputation for the expanding ‘Silicon Bayou’ starts to take hold in the nation,” said William Joubert, director of the business center. “Digital media and software development are important business sectors that Louisiana Economic Development is working hard to entice.”
“AppMelt came about because companies want to extend their brand into the mobile space,” said Fabre. “AppMelt is a place where graphic designers can easily assemble a mobile app for iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile without the need of a programmer. It takes care of everything, including servers, firewalls, databases, and backup.”
Fabre said each miniature app, or “melt,” is inserted into the blank slate of a mobile application. The content is managed externally through a portal, which all gets disseminated through Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing platform used to build, host and scale Web applications through Microsoft data centers.
“The AppMelt mobile development suite provides for the rapid creation of powerful mobile and tablet applications that integrate with existing Web and business environments,” he added. “These apps can be managed and deployed solely within a company’s intranet or published on both the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace for wider distribution.”
Above: Envoc founder Calvin Fabre is interviewed at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center by Chris Yeich, director of strategic content for Geeknet, an online Microsoft network that provides news and content to millions of tech-savvy users.
Several companies have donated more than $25,000 in equipment and supplies to Southeastern’s
Industrial Technology program.
The donations include a large supply of carbide machining inserts donated by Corey Anderson, whose family operated Wholesale Industrial Equipment and Supplies of Covington. Valued at more than $20,000 the inserts are made of cemented carbide materials that are used in machining the extremely hard, space-age metals and alloys used in manufacturing today, explained instructor Anthony Blakeney.
“Manufacturing processes today demand higher productivity requiring stronger tools than ever,” explained Blakeney, who teaches materials science, metallurgy and welding in the Industrial Technology program. “This donation from the Anderson family will provide our students with the kind of equipment used in modern manufacturing processes.”
The international company 3M has donated 9 new automatic darkening helmets used in metallurgy and welding courses. The masks – with retail values ranging from $300 to one with a built-in respirator valued at more than $2,000 – are the latest equipment donation from the company provided through 3M engineer Derek Baker, a colleague of Blakeney in the American Welding Society. Over the years, the company has donated a variety of personal protective equipment to be used by students.
Blakeney said Don Kent of Kent Welding Supply in Fluker has also donated supplies and equipment to the program valued at more than $1,500.
“Industrial partners like these are a great help to our program, especially in tight budget situations,” Blakeney said. “Their donations provide our students with the latest equipment and supplies so that they can be adequately prepared when they enter the workforce.”
The Southeastern Industrial Technology program provides a management-oriented curriculum in manufacturing technology and is nationally accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
Above: In addition to other recent donations, the Industrial Technology program recently received a gift of pipe and welding rods from Performance Contractors, Inc., a metal fabrication company in Baton Rouge, to be used in its teaching program. The donation had a value of more than $4,000. Pictured from left are students Randon Dufrene, Jacob Polezcek, Justin Womack, Ignatius Canella, Seth Brignac, Performance Contractors Training Coordinator Joel Thames, Southeastern Instructor Anthony Blakeney, and student Alan Langlois.
A live staged reading of “So Many Egos” by student playwright Stephanie Katz is set
for Tuesday, May 1, in Vonnie Borden Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the
theatre national honor society Alpha Psi Omega (APO), Epsilon Psi Cast at Southeastern
and is directed by faculty advisor James Winter. Attendance is free and open to the
public. Doors open at 7 p.m. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session with the
playwright and cast members.
A staged reading is one in which the actors conduct blocking and rehearsing for their roles, but there is no formal staging, as the actors perform with scripts in-hand. Staged readings are used to test play readings before being published. This allows the playwright to determine how an audience will respond to his or her script. Based on this feedback, the playwright knows which revisions to make prior to publishing.
“So Many Egos” is a one-act farce, which focuses on the world of film making. According to Katz, it pokes fun at all the egos that exist in the movie industry, ranging from the money- pinching producer to the self-absorbed actor and also gives focus to the lesser known members of the business, such as the production assistant and clapboard grip.
“I wrote ‘So Many Egos’ for a playwriting class I took last summer,” said Katz. “It was inspired by people I’d met while interning on a film set my freshman year. Of course I took many of the stereotypical traits of each role to the extreme with this play.”
“So Many Egos” is a first attempt at playwriting for Katz, who cites Catherine Tate, Jennifer Saunders and Tina Fey as creative influences due to their comedic writing style.
“Writing for film and TV has been my media of choice, which is probably why when I had to write a play for my playwriting class, I wrote one about the movie industry,” said Katz.
Katz received the opportunity to have her written work read for an audience as the grand prize for APO’s first one-act playwriting contest.
“When I found out I won the APO contest I was honestly quite surprised,” said Katz. “I didn’t expect to win because my play is very unconventional in every sense of the word. It is just a fun piece.”
“As a writer, Stephanie has a sharp wit,” said Winter. “She also does her homework. You get a real sense that Stephanie knows her characters and what they do. They may be humorous, but the humor comes from a very real place.”
For more information, contact Winter at 549-3546.
The Capital Resource Conservation & Development office in Hammond received a $500
Community Partnership Grant from the Entergy Power Company in Southeast Louisiana.
The grant will be used by the watershed section of the Capital Council, which is partnering
with Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station in teaching environmental
education through wetland field trips as part of the Selsers Creek Watershed Protection
“The environmental lectures and field trips will create an opportunity to engage students and other community members to an extent normally unattainable, and assures their interest in, and understanding of water quality, aquatic, and related environmental concepts in our region,” stated Turtle Cove Manager Rob Moreau. “There exists in all our schools and communities in Southeast Louisiana an opportunity to create more awareness and understanding of our specific environmental and conservation related issues.”
Turtle Cove Director Robert Moreau, left, and Fran Bartee, center, of Capital Resource Conservation and Development, accept a $500 check presented by Entergy Customer Service Manager Craig Schimpf.
Final exams – they represent one of the most stressing periods of a college student’s
This year, students at Southeastern are being invited to shake off that stress and hug it out with a furry friend. On Thursday (May 3) the university’s Sims Memorial Library will team up with the St. Tammany Humane Society to bring in some puppies and dogs to help students who are dealing with stress before finals.
“We see a lot of stressed-out students here,” said Beth West, distance learning librarian. “The library is the epicenter of student studying on campus, and we wanted to provide them with a little break - a chance to get rid of some of their stress.”
The Humane Society will be providing five dogs for students to play with, cuddle or just hold under the breezeway of the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are encouraged to interact with the animals as part of a popular stress relief method called dog therapy. All of the dogs are eligible for adoption.
“Libraries and schools are bringing in dogs that are trained as pet therapists,” said West. “We decided to take a slightly different route by bringing in rescued animals. It’s a way for the animals to get some love while helping students shed some stress.”
The St. Tammany Humane Society will have the dogs in the breezeway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also be distributing information on animal adoption, internships and volunteer opportunities for interested students.
Over 700 students participated in the 2nd annual Big Event this past Saturday. Students
were assigned job sites in the Hammond and Ponchatoula communities to complete on
Former University President Dr. Clea Parker had a team of students complete work at his home.
“The students were all so patient and kind in dealing with my parents,” said Robin Parker Rodrigue, daughter of Dr. Parker. “Both of my parents thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it was equally as rewarding for me just to witness the interaction between the students and my mom and dad.”
After their job sites were complete, students were provided lunch on campus. The Big Event is sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Left: Members of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Jeremy Troulliet (above) and Tyler Rogers (below) cut down an old antenna for former University President, Dr. Clea Parker, and his wife during the second annual Big Event. Groups participating in The Big Event spread from Ponchatoula to Southeastern’s campus to help the community during the Global Youth Service Day.
In an effort to estabish informal cooperation between Southeastern and other institutions
nationwide, the April 22 and April 29 episodes of the long running Italian radio show
“Caffè Italia” were entirely dedicated to a school project carried out by the students
of an advanced level class of Italian at the University of Virginia.
The project was jointly conceived by Caffè Italia executive producer Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) and Dr. Sarah Annunziato of the University of Virginia’s Italian program. While Dr. Annunziato hosted the shows, her advanced Italian class students provided a series of short radio reports dealing with several aspects of the Italian life and culture. Dr. Fiumara and the KSLU staff took care of the final editing and got the shows ready for the airwaves.
Caffè Italia airs on KSLU every Sunday night at 8. It is also syndicated to WESU (Middletown, CT) and Radio Universidad Salamanca (Spain).
Southeastern softball raises funds to combat cancer
Southeastern softball coach Pete Langlois (right), assistant coach Arica Rodriguez (left) and Lady Lion softball player Katie Matthews (second from right) present a check for $2,613 dollars to Amy Douglas of the American Cancer Society in the Lady Lions' inaugural "Shut Out Cancer" game against Stephen F. Austin on Friday, April 27 at North Oak Park in Hammond.
Phi Kappa Phi news
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi held its annual induction and spring banquet on Tuesday (April 24). Among the 81 students honored that evening from all of the university's colleges, six faculty and alumni were also inducted into the honor society.
Southeastern faculty inducted included:
Dr. Nicki Anzelmo-Skelton, associate professor of education. A former elementary special education teacher in the Louisiana public school system, she holds a doctorate in education from Southern University and has received the Pennington Endowed Professorship in Special Education.
Beth Ebberman, alumna who at Southeastern was a member of the Student Union Activities board, the St. Albert's Catholic Student Association and a Lionette, has worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana for 33 years and is currently an account executive in the marketing department.
Daryl Ferrara, 1992 Southeastern graduate and Vice President/Branch Manager of the Whitney/Hancock Bank at the downtown Hammond office, serves on a numbeer of non-profit boards, including the Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Options, and the Hammond Industrial Development Board.
Alison Pelegrin, a member of the Southeastern English faculty and graduate of Southeastern and the University of Arkansas, is an acccomplished poet, having published three books of poetry, including The Zydeco Tablets and Big Muddy River of Stars. Her most recent work is Hurricane Party.
Dayne Sherman, who earned a bachelor's degree in communication and master's in creative writing from Southeastern as well as a master's degree in library and information science at LSU, is a reference librarian at Sims Memorial Library. An accomplished writer, his 2004 novel Welcome to the Fallen Paradise, was awarded a Best Crime Novel Debut of the Year award by Booklist.
Paul Simoneauxof the College of Education and Human Development holds membership with multiple national organizations, most noteworthy in Southeastern's chapter of Gamma Beta Pi Honor Society and the Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education. He has received the National Medal of Merit for Outstanding Contributions to College Journalism by the Society for Collegiate Journalists and the Journalism Educator of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference.
Southeastern Sustainability Manager Russell Evans discusses the history and significance
of Arbor Day to students Friday (April 27) in front of Mead Science Hall, where the
students planted a three-year-old live oak donated by Bracy's Wholesale Nursery in
Participating in the event were, from left, horticulturist Clint Rushing, junior computer science major Ramesh Timilsina of Nepal, Evans, sociology graduate student Bonnie May of Hammond, junior Amy Edwards of Mandeville, mass communications major Ashley Dixon of Walker, and music education major Andreinas Colina of Venezeula.
Monday, April 30
Jonathan Thomas and Robert Barnes, Senior Percussion Recital
6 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concert honoring the memory of Dr. James Wilcox
7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Tuesday, May 1
Katherine Smith, Senior Vocal Recital
7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Wednesday, May 2
Dana Hudson, Graduate Flute Recital
4:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Kelly Todd, Junior Vocal Recital
6 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Iuliia Alyeskyeyeva, Senior Violin Recital
7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Thursday, May 3
Jeremy Lloyd, Junior Vocal Recital
6 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Damian Faul, Senior Vocal Recital
7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
Friday, May 4
Art Davis, Graduate Clarinet Recital
7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium
For more information on upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please call 549-2184 or 549-2193, or visit our website at www.southeastern.edu/fpa.
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