Steinbeck classic to be staged at Columbia

Deadline set for submissions to JSLHE

Cast chosen forThe Magic Flute

DSA student award nominations

UL System to host Academic Summit

Golden Enrichment Workshops offered

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Due to the Mardi Gras holiday, there will be no ByLion next week. ByLion will return on February 27, 2012.

Of Mice and Men to be staged at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre Of Mice and Men to be staged at Columbia Theatre
John Steinbeck’s classic Of Mice and Men will be staged at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts for one performance only on February 25.
     Presented by the National Players Tour 63, the production is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     “Celebrated for their unique and innovative theatrical productions, the National Players present this tragic and endearing story, which follows the mismatched friendship of two displaced migrant ranch workers in depression-era California George Milton, a small man with big dreams, and Lennie Small, a large but simple man,” said C. Roy Blackwood, interim director of Columbia Theatre. “When George’s dreams seem within reach, his compassion is tested through Lennie’s mistakes, and the two discover what makes true men and true friends.”
     Now celebrating its 63rd anniversary season, National Players has earned a distinctive place in American theatre by bringing innovative and accessible productions to audiences across the country.
     Tickets range from $30 - $36 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
Deadline Set for submissions to the Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education
A March 15, 2012 deadline has been set for manuscripts to be considered for publication in the inaugural edition of the Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education (JSLHE).
The University of Louisiana System launched this subscription-free online publication in the fall to encourage academic research about service-learning. The international, peer-reviewed journal can be accessed at
     “Many people confuse service-learning with volunteerism, but in reality there is a strong academic component involved with service-learning. College and university students are taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it in real-world situations while volunteering in their communities,” said UL System President Randy Moffett. “This new journal is a way for practitioners and scholars to share successful methodologies and pedagogical approaches not just in our system but throughout academia.”
     JSLHE is an outgrowth of collaboration between all nine universities in the University of Louisiana System and managed by the UL System’s Service-Learning Council. David Yarbrough, associate professor of child and family studies and dean of community service at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, serves as the journal’s executive editor.
     “The interest we have received from across the country since the launch of the journal has been overwhelming. There is certainly a need for more academic publishing outlets that showcase the value and rigor of service-learning,” Yarbrough said. “With several manuscripts currently under review and more expected, I anticipate a rich and diverse inaugural edition this spring.”
     The online journal is being housed by Simon Fraser University through the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems. This is to ensure a streamlined submission, review and publishing process with sustainability.
     “It is our hope that the Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education becomes not just a place to publish, but also a place to learn what is working and lead to prolific experiential learning in higher education,” Yarbrough said.
Cast chosen for Southeastern Opera Workshop’s The Magic Flute
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute, March 7-10 in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. nightly.
     General admission tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their university ID.
     Charles “Chuck” Effler, director of Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, said The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s best-loved works. A magical adventure story, it combines a serious reflection on love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man with bewitching villains, delightful fools, and, of course, Mozart’s divine music.
     “In The Magic Flute young Prince Tamino must learn to tell good from evil with the help of his bird-brained sidekick, Papageno, before he can rescue the lovely Pamina and restore light to the world,” Effler said. “This opera has remained one of Mozart’s best-loved works because of its winning combination of magic and adventure, comedy and drama, and light and dark. The gorgeous score is famous for both the Queen of the Night’s show-stopping bravura arias and Papageno’s eminently hummable melodies.”
     Opera Workshop welcomes guest stage director Victoria Crutchfield from New York City for this production. Crutchfield graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she staged full productions of The Rake’s Progress and John Eccles’ Semele and co-founded an opera scenes program for undergraduates while earning her bachelor’s degree in literature.
     She is a Directing Fellow in the Juilliard Vocal Arts department, where she will be the assistant director for Stephen Wadsworth's upcoming production of Don Giovanni. She is also preparing to direct Dialogues des Carmélites for Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York this summer.
     “The idea behind the way we’re doing The Magic Flute is that this is a magical coming-of-age story just like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and other young adult novels and movies that are popular right now,” Crutchfield said. “To emphasize how this story belongs in that genre, we’re treating the characters as younger, middle school or early high school, and we’re turning Sarastro’s ‘temple of wisdom’ into a ‘school of wisdom.’”
Lead cast in the production are Damian Faul, Amite, as Papageno; Sarah Bertrand, Mandeville, as Pamina; Leon Moore, Jr., Byhalia, Miss., and Joshua Williams, Mandeville, as Tamino; Kim Dupre, Luling, and Bridget Lyons, Ponchatoula, as Queen of the Night; and Grady Sandidge, Abita Springs, as Sarastro.
     Joining them are BriAnna Dewar, Slidell, and Kristina Temple, Amite, as First Lady; Fiona Allen, Jackson, and Allison Joiner, Ponchatoula, as Second Lady; Whitney Vickers, Birmingham, Ala. and Anastasiia Ped, Kherson, Ukraine, as Third Lady; and Chase Ledet, Schriever, and Jordan Leggett, Slidell, as Monostatos.
     Cast as First Priest and Speaker is Robert Roy, Lacombe, and double cast as Second and Third Priests are Jarred Frey, Metairie, and Todd Melancon, Prairieville.
Also cast are Bernard McPherson, Nurnberg, Germany, as the Man in Armor; and Karista Filopolous, Abita Springs, and Bethany Putnam, Mandeville, as Papagena.
     Serving as slaves are Kayla Blanchard, Lafayette, Kelly Todd, Houma, Kalee Broussard, Destrehan, Mindy Guidroz, Houma, and Heidi Mathern, Bourg.
     Effler will serve as vocal coach and conductor, while Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty and staff members Steve Schepker (set design), Cody Stockstill (costume design), and Ellen Sovkoplas (lighting design) will provide their expertise to the production.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, contact Effler at
DSA Annual Awards Convocation Student Nominations
The Division for Student Affairs Awards Convocation is an annual honors ceremony honoring Southeastern’s leading college students. Nominations are made each spring semester and coordinated by the Office for Student Engagement. Administrators, faculty and staff, as well as student organization presidents and/or advisors, are encouraged to nominate students who they feel are deserving of these awards.
     An Outstanding Man/Woman Award nomination form, Green ‘S’ Award nomination form and an Outstanding Freshman Award (male and female) nomination form are located on the Student Organizations/Strategic Initiatives website or the Greek Life website.
     Upon being selected for nomination, each student is sent an application to fill out and return to the Office for Student Engagement. When considering a student for nomination for the awards, please base your selection upon the following criteria:

Outstanding Man/Woman Award:
Be junior status or above
Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation during the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 semester
Have made outstanding contributions to the university and/or community
Have outstanding personal characteristics (i.e. - intergrity, leadership, etc.)
Must be an active member of at least two (2) campus organizations

Green ‘S’ Award
Be sophomore status or above
Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation during Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 semesters
An active member in at least two (2) campus organizations

Outstanding Freshman Award
Be a first year freshman
Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours with a minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5
Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation during the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 semesters
Have made outstanding contributions to the university and/or community
Have outstanding personal characteristics (i.e. - integrity, leadrship, etc.)
Must be an active member of at least one (1) campus organization
Awards are presented at the Division for Student Affairs Awards Convocation, which will be held May 2, 2012.

University of Louisiana System to Host Inaugural Academic Summit
Faculty, staff, and students from the University of Louisiana System’s nine universities will come together on April 19 and 20 on the campus of McNeese State University for the system’s first Academic Summit. The two-day event will include an entire day focused on service-learning, a reception featuring a juried student art exhibition, and a second day focused on undergraduate research.
     “We are very excited about this premier event for the University of Louisiana System as it exemplifies the important work going on at our institutions,” said UL System President Randy Moffett. “Regional, comprehensive universities are all about experiential student learning, civic engagement, and applying knowledge and manpower for the benefits of the communities we serve. I see no better way to celebrate the faculty, staff, and students at our universities who go above and beyond to achieve exceptional ends.”
     General sessions for the Academic Summit will include the following keynote presenters:
     Eric Rowles, president and CEO of Leading to Change, is a nationally recognized trainer, speaker, and consultant. Characterized as one part motivational speaker, one part DJ, and two parts community organizer, Rowles will focus on Generational Crossroads for the UL System Academic Summit.
     Mark Merchant, Professor of Biochemistry at McNeese, is recognized internationally for his work in the field of alligatormississippiensis immunology. He has made numerous television appearances including National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, and Fox in the Morning. For the UL System Academic Summit, he will share his research on how alligators resist infection and how they might hold the key to a new class of antibiotics for human use.
     Katherine Whatley, Provost at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, will represent the National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) of which she has been an active participant since the 1980s. A nuclear physicist whose career includes creating an honors program and directing undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Whatley will provide words of welcome on behalf of CUR as well as lead a faculty development session on how to create powerful learning environments through undergraduate research.
     While the keynote speakers have been secured, breakout presentations are still being considered. Faculty, staff, or students interested in presenting about service-learning are encouraged to fill out an online presentation proposal by March 1.
Students who would like to be considered for the juried art exhibition can submit up to three digital entries, also due by March 1. Undergraduate research student presenters are being selected by each campus by March 15.
     Anyone wishing to attend the Academic Summit must register online and pay a registration fee of $40 for faculty/staff or $20 for students. Priority registration ends on March 30, after which registration is $50 for faculty/staff and $25 for students. This pays for conference materials and meals for both days. There is one fee regardless of attendance for one or both days.
     For more information about the Academic Summit including links to presentation proposal forms and registration, go to
     “We are confident this will be a successful, thought-provoking event that will be equal parts celebration, networking, and collaboration for our universities,” Moffett said. “In fact, we are so excited about this event that we have already secured campuses to host future Academic Summits: the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2013 and Nicholls State University in 2014.”
Division of Extended Studies to offer Golden Enrichment Technology Workshops
Southeastern’s Division of Extended Studies is offering a new series of golden enrichment technology workshops. Designed for senior citizens, the workshops will be offered on the main campus in Hammond and in Mandeville at the St. Tammany Center, 21454 Koop Drive.
     “Technology can be one area that our mature individuals need help with in finding a job or for personal use,” said Tom Dawsey, marketing and recruiting manager. “The golden enrichment program is designed to help mature workers feel more confident in using technology, and it helps fill the training gap some seniors say they need to secure employment.”
     The following workshops, taught by Scott McDermott, are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. and are offered at a cost of $100 per workshop:
Introduction to Computers is designed for students to learn the basic skills needed to get started with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Microsoft Windows. Students will learn the basic components of a personal computer, how to customize Windows, simple editing techniques, and how to manage files and folders. Students will also explore system tools. The workshop will be held in Mandeville on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and in Hammond on Thursday, March 1.
Introduction to the Internet will introduce seniors to Windows Explorer and will teach them how to take full advantage of all the Internet has to offer. Students will explore new ways to obtain information on the web. Additionally, students will be exposed to Internet terminology and visit interesting websites. The workshop is scheduled in Mandeville on Thursday, March 8 and in Hammond on Tuesday, March 13.
Introduction to Social Media will teach students how to enhance eommunication with family and friends through the Internet using Facebook, Twitter, and/or MySpace sites. Topics may also include video chatting using Skype and FaceTime, as well as mobile device communications. The workshop is scheduled in Mandeville on Tuesday, March 20 and in Hammond on Thursday, March 22.
     To register or for more information on these or other Extended Studies courses, visit or call 985-549-2301.
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Extended Studies news

Astrology “Sun Signs” 12 Keys to the Soul
(Thursdays, March 1-22, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This course brings a unique approach to analyzing the 12 zodiac cycles of nature, and how humans react to these annual cycles. At the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of themselves and everyone around them, thus helping to create a truer and more rewarding way of life. The cost is $70, including the book.

Instant Piano for Busy People (Thursday, March 1, 6 to 9:30 p.m.)
Spend one evening learning the secrets of piano playing and discover how playing the piano can add music and enjoyment to life. Students will learn all the chords needed to play any song, any style, and any key. The cost is $55 plus $25 for a book and practice CD, which will be provided by the instructor.

Introduction to Computers for Senior Citizens (Thursday, March 1, 1 to 5 p.m.)
In this four hour workshop designed for seniors, students will learn the basic skills needed to get started with personal computers and to work with the various features, tools and options available in Windows. Students will learn the basic components of a personal computer, how to customize Windows, simple editing techniques, and how to manage files and folders. In addition, students will explore system tools. The cost is $100.

Digital Photographer - Beginner
(Thursday, March 1, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This class will cover the basics of digital photography. Topics include: differences between point and shoot vs. SLR; equipment settings, such as resolution, zoom, and white balance; print options; loading images onto the computer; uploading images to various web sites; lighting; natural posing; and composition (framing). The cost is $95.


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

This Week in Southeastern Athletics
The 2012 spring Southeastern Athletics season is in full swing this week, as the baseball and men’s golf teams open their seasons, while the basketball, tennis, softball and track teams all will be in action as well.
     The Lion baseball team will open play this week, hosting Indiana State for a three-game series. Southeastern, which is coming off a 35-win season in 2011, will welcome ISU to Alumni Field for a set that runs Friday through Sunday. First pitch for all three games is set for 1 p.m.
     The men’s golf team opens the spring portion of its schedule this week. The Lions, who have made the NCAA Regionals each of the past two seasons under head coach Tim Baldwin, will compete in the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas.
     The men’s basketball team (9-14, 3-8 Southland) has two games on tap this week. On Wednesday, the Lions travel to Beaumont, Texas for a 7 p.m. contest at Southland Conference foe Lamar. Southeastern takes a break from league play on Saturday, hosting Tennessee-Martin at 6 p.m. for an ESPN Sears Bracketbusters contest in the University Center.
     Winners of four of its last five games, the women’s basketball team (9-14, 4-6 Southland) will look to continue its winning ways this week, as it hosts a pair of Southland foes. On Wednesday, Lamar will be in town for a 7 p.m. contest. UT Arlington visits the University Center on Saturday for a 3 p.m. league matchup.
     Coming off a 21-point, 12-rebound performance in Saturday’s 79-70 win at Northwestern State, Southeastern junior forward Brandi Simmons will be the Spotlight Player of the Game, while junior guard Cierra Morris will have the honor on Saturday. The first 100 fans receive trading cards featuring the Spotlight Players of the Game courtesy of the Southeastern PRIDE.
     Fresh off a season-opening win at Southern Miss, the women’s tennis team (1-0) has three matches scheduled this week. On Wednesday, Southeastern heads to Baton Rouge to face Southern at 1 p.m. Southeastern will make its home debut at the newly renovated Southeastern Tennis Complex on Sunday, hosting Louisiana Tech (11 a.m.) and Jackson State (6 p.m.) for a day-night doubleheader.
     After hosting the Lion Classic to open 2012, the softball team (1-4) has six games away from home this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions face Louisiana Tech in a 3 p.m. doubleheader in Ruston. Southeastern then heads to Jacksonville, Ala. to compete in the Jacksonville State Tournament. On Friday, the Lady Lions open tournament play with a 1 p.m. game versus South Alabama. Southeastern is scheduled to face Jacksonville State (10 a.m.) and Southern Illinois (5:30 p.m.) on Saturday, before closing the tournament against host JSU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
     The Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams will have one last tune-up this week for next weekend’s Southland Conference Indoor Track Championships. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Friday to compete in the LSU Twilight meet.
     Both of this week’s men’s basketball games, Saturday’s women’s basketball game, and Friday and Sunday’s baseball games will be broadcast on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at Wednesday’s women’s basketball game will air on the Internet only.

Monday, February 13
Men’s Golf, at UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational, San Antonio, Texas, All Day
Tuesday, February 14
Men’s Golf, at UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational, San Antonio, Texas, All Day
Wednesday, February 15
Women’s Basketball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 7 p.m.*
Men’s Basketball, at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas, 7 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Louisiana Tech (DH), Ruston, 3 p.m.
Women’s Tennis, at Southern, Baton Rouge, 1 p.m.
Friday, February 17
Baseball, vs. Indiana State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, vs. South Alabama (JSU Tournament), Jacksonville, Ala., 1 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at LSU Twilight, Baton Rouge, All Day
Saturday, February 18
Men’s Basketball, vs. Tennessee-Martin (ESPN/Sears Bracketbusters), University Center, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Basketball, vs. UT Arlington, University Center, 3 p.m. (KSLU)*
Baseball, vs. Indiana State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m.
Softball, at Jacksonville State (JSU Tournament), Jacksonville, Ala., 10 a.m.
Softball, vs. Southern Illinois (JSU Tournament), Jacksonville, Ala., 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 19
Baseball, vs. Indiana State, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU)
Women’s Tennis, vs. Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
Women’s Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.
Softball, at Jacksonville State (JSU Tournament), Jacksonville, Ala, 12:30 p.m.
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
Kathleen Campbell and Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) wrote and presented two research papers: “A comparison of Expectations of Dispositions of Practicing and Pre-Service Principals” co-authored by Michael D. Richardson and Evan Mense and “Evaluation of School Improvement Plans: A Key for Principal Success” co-authored by Mense, Richardson, and James Stringer at the Southwest Educational Research Association in New Orleans on Feb. 2, 2012.

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