Issac update

Video, photo contest

Munchausen receives grant

Moxie Dance to host fundraiser

This Week in FPA

Extended Studies news

Campus Dining news

Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Isaac update
In anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac and its potential upgrade to hurricane status, Southeastern will close its campus and satellite locations in Livingston, St. Tammany and East Baton Rouge parishes today at 3:30 p.m.  All classes, activities, and athletic events will be canceled through Wednesday. The campus will be closed to all unauthorized vehicles.
     Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for the Southeastern Emergency Alert System at System registration can be accessed through the LeoNet login page.
Updates will also be posted on as well as on social media.

Southeastern encourages Lion fans to 'Let the Good Times Roar'
In celebration of Southeastern's Green and Gold Week, the university is sponsoring a video/photo contest called "Let the Good Times Roar."
     Green and Gold Week is the celebration of all things Southeastern leading up to the first Lion home football game of the season on Sept. 8 against South Dakota State at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.
     Erin Moore Cowser, executive director of public and governmental affairs, said several categories will be offered in the contest, including businesses, school classes, student organizations, campus departments and family/friends. Winners will receive 10 tickets with shared access to the Strawberry Stadium Party Patio for the Lions vs. Northwestern State game on Oct. 13.
     "Show off your dance moves, do a cheer, sing a tune or pose with your best pride side showing," Cowser said. "Videos can include your best lion roar, cheer, chant, dance or any other appropriate display of Lion Pride. Photos should include your love of the Lions."
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. and should be sent to Category submission, name and phone number of the contact person should be included in the message portion of the e-mail. E-mailed video clips should include "Roar Contest Entry" in the subject line.
     By submitting a video or photo, all those within the video or image grant Southeastern Louisiana University the right to use it for university promotions.
     For more information, contact Cowser at 549-5861.

Southeastern professor receives Phi Kappa Phi Literacy GranLinda Munchausent
Linda Munchausen, a professor in the Southeastern Louisiana University Chemistry and Physics Department, has been awarded a 2012 literacy grant from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.
     One of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award, Munchausen is president of the Southeastern chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. She has taught at Southeastern for more than 30 years and is the 2004 recipient of the Southeastern President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
     As part of the grant, the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Southeastern has partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Hammond and the Zeta Kappa chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, to provide "Blessings in a Backpack" to students at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School. Nicki Anzelmo-Skelton, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Teaching and Learning Department and a member of the Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi chapter, is the sponsor for Kappa Delta Pi and has worked alongside Munchausen on the project.
     The "Blessings in a Backpack" program is a national movement that provides snacks and reading material to low-income children each weekend, Anzelmo-Skelton said.
     "Poverty affects a child's physical, social and academic well-being," said Munchausen. "When children, especially young children, experience poverty, they are at great risk for difficulties throughout life."
     Currently, the Southeastern collaboration of "Blessings in a Backpack" provides 80 at-risk students at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School with backpacks filled with healthy snacks and meals each weekend. Through the Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant, Munchausen said, the Southeastern collaboration was able to take the program to the next level by adding new books to each backpack. The project is projected to serve 160 students by January 2013.
     The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants program was initiated in 2003 to provide an opportunity for campus chapters and individual members to champion literacy initiatives in their communities. Drawing from a multi-disciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.
     Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Moxie Dance to host Master Classes as Fundraiser
Amanda TracySoutheastern's Moxie Dance Project is sponsoring "A Day of Master Classes," to promote a positive self-image and to raise awareness of eating disorders on Saturday, Sept. 15.
     Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Southeastern's main campus in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, room 153, the event consists of three master classes in the styles of Broadway jazz, contemporary/lyrical and Zumba. The classes are open to students 12 and up, and registration is $20.
     Southeastern students Sarah Gregoire of Baton Rouge and Amanda Tracy of Denham Springs and alumnus Alyssa DiMarco of Marrero will teach the classes.
     "A Day of Master Classes" is a fundraiser to benefit Project Heal, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, explained Tracy, Moxie Dance Project member and event organizer.
     "All the proceeds will go to Project Heal to fund treatment scholarships for those who cannot afford treatment," Tracy said. "The Zumba class will be toward the end of the event, so those who can't dance can still participate through Zumba. Please arrive early in order to register and come ready to have fun while supporting a great cause!"
     "I hope through the art of dance that each participant of the event walks away with the knowledge that worth and value are not dictated by size or weight but by each person's uniqueness of who they are," Tracy added.
     For more information on the concert, email Tracy at

Southeastern student Amanda Tracy of Denham Springs, left, has organized "A Day of Master Classes," a fundraiser to promote a positive self image and raise awareness of eating disorders. The event is scheduled Sept. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Southeastern's Kinesiology and Health Studies building in room 153.

This Week in Fine and Performing Arts

August 30
Christina Babin Lewis, Alumni Vocal Recital
7:30pm, Pottle Auditorium

August 30 - September 21
Southern Graphics National Printmaking Exhibition
Contemporary Art Gallery

Kevin Jones Installation in New Media Gallery
Contemporary Art Gallery

     For more information on upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, call 549-2184 or 549-2193. Also visit our website at

Extended Studies news


Introduction to Judo (Tuesdays, Sept. 4 –25, 3 to 4 p.m. ot Thursdays, Sept. 6 –27, 8 to 9 p.m.)
The word Judo is an original Japanese word meaning "gentle (flexible) way," and indicates a way of life. It is more than a martial art; it is an integration of art, discipline, fitness activity, self-defense and sport. In this course the basics of Judo technique and theory will be instructed. The instructor is a third-degree black belt Judoist with over 40 years of experience and a professor of physics. The cost is $60.

Developing Digital Vacation Memories (Thursdays, Sept. 6 –27, 5 to 7:30 pm)
Enjoy a vacation the old fashion way, but share it with 21st century skills. Participants can create a multimedia portfolio of a vacation through easy to use technology tools. Participants can edit video, make a photo slideshow, create a virtual map of a single journey or an entire lifetime of excursions, design animated announcements, publish a CD, setup a web presence, connect with social media, and more. The cost is $120, and a flash drive is needed.

Guitar for Beginners (Mondays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 15, 7 to 8 p.m.)
The course includes chords, strumming patters, and note reading. Participants must be 13 years old or older and have their own playable instrument. The cost is $50 plus $21.75 paid to the instructor for materials.

Zumba (Mondays, Sept.10 – Oct. 8, 5:15 to 6 p.m.)
Zumba infuses party fun into fitness and is the latest in exercise trends. Zumba eliminates the work from working out by combining amazing, irresistible Latin and international music with dynamic, exciting, yet simple exercise moves, using its unique intermittent training format. The cost is $30.


How to Write a Novel (Tuesdays, Sept. 4 – Oct. 2, 7 to 8:15 p.m.)
This course covers the basics of writing novel-length fiction, including story structure, plotting, character development, dialogue, description, and point of view. The cost is $150.

Excel Learning Series: Introduction to Excel (Tuesdays, Sept. 4 – Oct. 2, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This course is designed for individuals who have little or no experience with Microsoft Excel. Students will learn to create a file, enter data, create formulas, navigate spreadsheets, and understand the basic components of the Excel environment. Students will also learn format, edit, and save documents. The cost is $120 with the book included.


     To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
Hammond-   Mandeville-   Walker-

Campus Dining news
Did you know about $5 Fridays for faculty & staff members and the benefits of having a Meal Plan?
     When the workday ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Campus Dining invites you to take advantage of eating in Cayman Café for a reduced rate of $5 instead of the $6.95 + tax door rate.
     If you like $5 Fridays, you can take advantage of having a reduced rate every day by investing in a meal plan. If you choose the 10 Meal Plan for $50, pay $5/meal and with the 20 Meal Plan for $96, pay only $4.80/meal. With the 30 Meal Plan for $138, pay only $4.60/meal and the 40 Meal Plan for $180, pay only $4.50/meal.
     It's not too late to sign up for your plan. Go to or stop by our office located in the Twelve Oaks Complex (in between Quiznos and Chick-fil-A) to sign up.
     If you want more flexibility and eat at our retail locations, you can add Cub Cash, which is non-taxed dollars to use at any dining location. Receive a $5 bonus for adding $50 in Cub Cash, $15 bonus for adding $100 in Cub Cash, and $25 bonus for adding $150 in Cub Cash. It rolls from semester to semester if it isn't all used.
     For any questions about Campus Dining, call 549-2286 or e-mail

Center for Faculty Excellence news

Moodle Walk-in Clinics
The Center for Faculty Excellence will be conducting Moodle Walk-in Clinics this week. We will provide one-on-one assistance about the transition from Blackboard to Moodle during the following dates and times:  Monday, 2-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 9-11 a.m.; Thursday, 2-4 p.m.

Let's talk change!
As we embrace another year in an ever-changing academic environment, the Center for Faculty Excellence will host a series of activities on change. Relying on the expertise of our colleagues, this series will examine change theory and offer skills and strategies for adapting to change. Please mark your calendar for the first two sessions of this series and join us for a light lunch and stimulating conversation.

Lunch N' Learn, Tuesday, Aug. 28 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Organizational Change: Theory and Constructs Beneath the Phenomenon
Presented by Dr. Sharon C. Hoffman, assistant professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Technology

As an introduction to the series on change at Southeastern, this presentation offers an exploratory review of change theory; common characteristics of organizational change in research; and multiple lenses in which to analyze the change process.

Lunch N' Learn, Thursday, Sept. 27 (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Change:  An Opportunity for Growth?
Presented by Dr. Barbara B. Hebert, director, University Counseling Center

Change can be very difficult for many people. The stress caused by change can wreak havoc on both physical and mental well-being. This interactive presentation will provide a two-fold approach regarding change-invoked stress:  a brief discussion of the personal impact that may occur and a journey into some transformative activities that may engender personal growth.


     All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. To make a reservation, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the Center to verify.

Southeastern in the news
Action News 17
Southeastern hosts first of three job fairs

Amite Tangi Digest
Moffett honored as president emeritus of Southeastern

Animation Career Review
The best animation schools in the south

BR Advocate
Program receives Award of Excellence

NO Times Picayune
UL System budget cuts to be decided Tuesday

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football and cross country teams will officially open their 2012 seasons to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Ron Roberts Era of Lion football opens on Saturday, as Southeastern heads to Columbia, Mo. for a 6 p.m. game against FBS and Southeastern Conference member Missouri. A video stream of the game will be available on ESPN3. The contest will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     Southeastern will see its cross country squads in action for the first time in 2012 this week. On Friday, the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the McNeese State Invitational at 5 p.m. in Lake Charles.
     The Southeastern volleyball team (1-3) is schedule to open its home schedule on Tuesday, hosting Grambling at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The Lady Lions will then spend the weekend in Akron, Ohio for the Akron Invitational. On Friday, Southeastern will take on the host Zips at 6 p.m. Montana State (10 a.m.) and Quinnipiac (4 p.m.) await the Lady Lions on Saturday.
     The Southeastern women's soccer team (1-2) has one match on the slate this week. The Lady Lions are scheduled to face Texas Southern on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Houston, Texas.

Tuesday, August 28
Volleyball, vs. Grambling, University Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, August 31
Volleyball, at Akron (Akron Invitational), Akron, Ohio, 6 p.m.
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at McNeese State Invitational, Lake Charles, 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 1
Football, at Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 6 p.m. (ESPN3) (KSLU)
Volleyball, vs. Montana State (Akron Invitational), Akron, Ohio, 10 a.m.
Volleyball, vs. Quinnipiac (Akron Invitational), Akron, Ohio, 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 2
Women's Soccer, at Texas Southern, Houston, Texas, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold

Professional activities
Benjamin Diller
(Fine & Performing Arts) has his artwork exhibited in collaboration with his wife, Cynthia Giachetti, at the "Uniquely Louisiana" exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge. This exhibit opened to the public on Aug. 11 and continues through the end of October.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) had three poems - "Almost Summer," "God is a Redheaded Woman," and "Stripped" - accepted for publication in Miller's Pond Poetry Magazine in the fall 2012 issue.

     Joy Ratliff (Fine and Performing Arts) served on the faculty for the Voice Foundation's 41st Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA. She was a rater and a co-author of the paper "The Viability of Melodic Contour Mapping Technology for Training Classical Legato Singing in Collegiate Singers," a research project through the Southern Institute for the Performing Voice. It was presented on June 3 at the Philadelphia Westin Hotel.
     Logan Place (Fine and Performing Arts) was a trumpet instructor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Mich., for Sessions I and II.  The camp took place in June and July. He also performed as Principal Trumpet in the Festival Orchestra, Opera, and Festival Band.

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