Convocation 2012 highlights

van Delden named department head

Art gallery announces fall schedule

Lionpawlooza set for Friday

Move-in Mania Day

Fly with the Lions to Missouri

University Bookstore news

Extended Studies news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Highlights from Convocation 2012

1)Presidents medal winners2)Bill Neal

1) PRESIDENT'S EXCELLENCE WINNERS RECOGNIZED: At its convocation Friday, President John L. Crain, far right, presented the President's Excellence Awards to faculty and staff. Receiving the awards were, from left, Jayetta Slawson, teaching; James Kirylo, research; Gary Keown, artistic activity; Kent Neuerburg, faculty service; and Sandy Summers, unclassified class service.

2) EMERITUS HONOR BESTOWED ON NEAL: Bill Neal, assistant dean and former interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, was named Professor Emeritus of Education at the University's Fall Convocation Friday. Neal, who recently retired, was also recognized for 40 years of service to the university. With him is President Crain.

3)Forty five years4) Twenty five years of service

3) FORTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: President John L. Crain, right, congratulates Charles Dranguet, Jr., professor in the History and Political Science Department, on 45 years of service to the university.


4) TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Recognized for 25 years of service to the university were, from left, Hunter Alessi, John Bonnette, Dane Bounds, Michael Corbello, Karen Hill, Yu Hsing, Kris Jones, and Jim McHodgkins. Congratulating them is President John L. Crain. Not pictured are Thomas Fick and Joel Fredell.

Thirty years of service

5) THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE: President John L. Crain, far left, congratulated those faculty and staff members who have contributed 30 years of service to the university. Recognized were, from left, Veda Abene, Mark Bickford, Charles Brumfield, Deborah Dardis, Judy Easley, Tena Golding, Sandra McKay, Stephen Suber, and Joseph Mirando. Not pictured is Tamara Fletcher.


 Thirty five years of service

6) THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Recognized for 35 years of service are, from left, Roy Blackwood, Carol Kinchen, Phyllis King, Dean Morgan, Edward Nelson, William Norton, Joan Penton, and Stephen Smith. Congratulating them is President Crain.


Southeastern names van Delden head of Computer Science-IT Department
Sebastian van DeldenSebastian van Delden, former associate professor in the mathematics and computer science at the University of South Carolina Upstate since 2004, has been named the head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology at Southeastern.
     "I am so excited to join the Southeastern team," van Delden said. "I knew that I was joining a team of talented teachers and ambitious researchers, but their extracurricular commitment to the success of our students is truly remarkable."
     With degree programs in the Computer Science and Industrial Technology Department offering a combination of theoretical and hands-on coursework, van Delden said he is impressed with the success Southeastern graduates have securing well-paying jobs upon graduation.
     "The future of our department is indeed very bright, with goals that include curriculum innovation, establishing new industry partnerships, and expanding community engagement initiatives that draw young students into the exciting fields of computer science, engineering technology, industrial technology and occupational safety, health and environment," he added.
     With a research focus on visual/voice guided industrial robotics, van Delden is the author or co-author of numerous articles in professional journals and has had success in attracting grant funding for research projects.
     "Dr. van Delden has a unique combination of interests and talents that made him the ideal choice to lead the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology," said Daniel McCarthy, dean of the College of Science and Technology. "Although he is a computer scientist, he has extensive experience working with robotic systems and has been actively involved with community outreach and guiding students in research projects. His blend of computing and technological expertise, along with a strong commitment to educating students, makes him a perfect fit for Southeastern."
     Van Delden earned his doctorate in computer science in 2003, a master of science in computer science in 2001, and a bachelor of science in computer science in 1999, all from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
     The Southeastern Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology enrolls more than 900 students majoring in four accredited degree programs.

Contemporary Art Gallery announces fall scheduleChase self-portrait
Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery will hold a series of exhibitions and a workshop this semester at the gallery located in East Strawberry Stadium.
     Curator Dale Newkirk announced the first two exhibitions – Southern Graphics National Printmaking Exhibition and New Media Gallery: Kevin Jones Installation – will both start Aug. 30 and run simultaneously through Sept. 21.
     "Southern Graphics is the national professional organization for fine art printmakers," Newkirk said. "The exhibit is a traveling exhibition of the Southern Graphic membership, representing some of the most interesting and influential printmakers working in the field."
     Newkirk added the exhibit will include works by a variety of printmakers in the field demonstrating a number of techniques used today, including digital prints, silk-screen, etching, engraving and lithography.
     The New Media Gallery will feature the video artwork of Kevin Jones, professor at Tulane University.
     "Kevin Jones' conceptually based video installation uses new technologies to explore the world around us," Newkirk said.
     Also on tap is a series of Fanfare exhibitions, lectures and workshops from Oct. 4 through Nov. 2. "A Room of Her Own" will feature paintings by Karen Ann Meyers; the photography of Evan Baden will be presented in "Technically Intimate;" special guest artist and Southeastern alumna Elizabeth Ann Chase, who was recently accepted into graduate school at the Philadelphia School of Fine Art, will exhibit her work; and the work of Maya Erdelyi-Perez will be featured in the New Media Gallery.
     From Oct. 21-26, a week-long printmaking workshop will be offered by Jon Swindler. Based in Athens, Ga., Swindler is an artist and a member of the printmaking and book arts faculty at the University of Georgia. He works in a variety of print media, including lithography, woodcut, etching, monotype, and screenprint. The workshop is free open to the public. Reservations to participate can be made by calling 549-5080.
     The semester will conclude with the 2012 Senior Exhibition Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, which will feature various works and styles of art contributed by senior students in Southeastern's visual arts program.
     All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, contact the visual arts program at 549-2193 or Newkirk at 549-5080.

Above: The self-portrait of Southeastern alumna Elizabeth Ann Chase is one of several works that will be on display in the Contemporary Art Gallery this fall.

'Lionpawlooza' part of Hot August Night
Southeastern's Lions Fan Day event and traditional pep rally at downtown Hammond's Hot August Night on Friday (August 17) will include the fourth annual Lionpawlooza.
     The pep rally, which launches the Lions' 2012-13 athletics season, will start at 6:30 p.m. Coaches, cheerleaders, Lionettes, student-athletes and Southeastern's Spirit of the Southland Band will lead the rally on the stage in front of La Carreta Restaurant.
     Following the pep rally, the celebration will continue behind La Carreta. Fans will have a chance to get the new 2012-13 posters and schedule cards autographed by student-athletes, take pictures with Southeastern Lion mascot Roomie, spin the prize wheel, and more activities.
     Lionpawlooza will also showcase the Lion Athletics Association, the Southeastern Bookstore for all things Southeastern, music from KSLU, and free samples from the official soft drink of Lions Athletics, Coca-Cola.

Move in Mania

1)Move in mania Leblanc2)Move in mania Leblanc

1) Kailee LeBlanc, left, a sophomore from Long Beach, Miss., gets some assistance moving into her residence hall Sunday from her mother Crystal LeBlanc. Sunday was Move-in Mania Day, when hundreds of students began the process of preparing their rooms for the start of the fall semester. Greek and other student organizations were on hand to help students and families with the moving chores.

2) Freshman Tiersten Dandridge, right, of Darceyville, La., and her parents, Tammie and Donald Dandridge, pause a moment from unloading their van during Move-in Mania Day in the residence halls. The halls are full for the fall semester with nearly 2,400 new and returning students moving in.

Fly with the Lions to Missouri game
Current members of the Lion Athletics Association (LAA) and the Southeastern Touchdown Club are invited to travel with the Southeastern football team on its season-opening trip to Missouri on Aug. 31–Sept. 1.
     Members of the LAA will receive a seat on the team's charter airplane from New Orleans to Columbia, Mo., along with ground transportation, game ticket and a special gift. The cost of the trip is $650 per person with a limit of four.
     Diamond Level or Touchdown Club Elite Level members who give $10,000 or greater are entitled to an inclusive package that includes accommodations at the team hotel and a select meal with the Lion football team.
     The registration deadline is Aug. 15 and is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Ashley Winning at 549-5226 or A trip flyer, with registration information, can be downloaded on the official athletic website,

University Bookstore news
The University Bookstore is ready to meet departmental supply needs. Placing an order with the bookstore can save both time and money.
25% departmental discounts
Convenient campus location
P-card purchases accepted (phone orders available)
Designated departmental sales clerk
Free campus deliveries
     Departmental orders may be placed online at Located in the War Memorial Student Union, the University Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
     For more information, contact the bookstore at 549-5393, or visit

Extended Studies news

Voice Writing for Court Reporting (Thursdays, August 30 – May 9, 6 to 9 pm)
This seven-month program is designed to prepare a student for the state licensing exam and for entry-level employment as a court reporter. Dictation, computer, and word processing skills are developed throughout the course. The course is a hands-on development plan with exposure to actual court reporting situations. The cost is $1,550 plus $4,450 for materials.

Voice Writing for Court Reporting (Mondays, August 27 – May 13, 6 to 9 pm)
This seven-month program is designed to prepare a student for the state licensing exam and for entry-level employment as a court reporter. Dictation, computer, and word processing skills are developed throughout the course. The course is a hands-on development plan with exposure to actual court reporting situations. The cost is $1,550 plus $4,450 for materials.


To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
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Southeastern in the news
Action 17 News
Businesswoman returns to classroom teaching
Stress of budget cuts dampens Southeastern convocation
SLU cut by 320 jobs, 50% of budget (Crain interview)

Amite Tangi Digest
Southeastern names van Delden head of Computer Science-IT Department

BR Advocate
SLU sets registration for Community Music School

Hammond sales tax revenue tops forecast

St. Tammany Farmer
Science teacher enhances skills through research project

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern women's soccer team will open its 2012 season during this week in Southeastern Athletics. The Lady Lions, who were picked to finish third in the Southland Conference by the league's coaches and sports information directors, will open their schedule on the road, traveling to Starkville, Miss. to face Mississippi State. Live stats and live video (subscription required) for the 7 p.m. contest will be available at
     On Tuesday, Southeastern Athletics, in conjunction with the university's Division of Student Affairs, will welcome the student body back for the fall semester with Strawberry Jam, scheduled for 6 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium.
     The event is open to all Southeastern students. Free pizza and t-shirts will be available while they last. A DJ will provide the musical entertainment, and the event will also include a photo booth and an opportunity to interact with Southeastern student-athletes. Additionally, a pep rally will be held featuring the Spirit of the Southland Band, the Southeastern cheerleaders, the Lionette dance team and Southeastern mascot Roomie. Should inclement weather force the event to be moved indoors, Strawberry Jam will be held at the Pennington Center.
     Members of the Hammond community will have an opportunity to enjoy a pep rally of their own on Friday, when Lionpawlooza will be held in conjunction with the Hammond Downtown Development District's "Hot August Night" in the area around La Carreta from 6:30-8:00 p.m. In addition to the entertainment provided by Southeastern spirit groups, fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from Southeastern student-athletes. At the event, representatives of the Southeastern bookstore will be in attendance selling Lion gear and merchandise.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Stadium (Pennington Center if weather forces event indoors), 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17
Women's Soccer, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 7 p.m.
Lionpawlooza, La Carreta, 6:30 p.m.

Professional activities
Philip Schuessler (Music) has had his music compositions recently recognized by Duo Fujin's Annual Composition Competition as a winner for his work "Still Life With Wave" for flute and alto saxophone. The work will be premiered, recorded, and posted publicly on YouTube next spring by Duo Fujin. He was also awarded a grant for the composition of a new work for cello and computer. The Composer Assistance Program grant was awarded by New Music USA to assist in the cost of hardware and software materials for the production of the new work which will be premiered on October 31 in Pottle Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. by guest cellist Craig Hultgren.

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