KSLU receives award

Book promoted through website

New Northshore Gems airs July 25

Women's Self Defense Class offered

Gamma Beta Phi news

Convocation scheduled August 10

Southeastern in the news

Professional activities

KSLU recognized with Communicator Award for New Orleans in WordsTodd Delaney, left, and Richard Louth
A radio program produced by KSLU 90.9 FM, Southeastern's public radio station, received an Award of Excellence in Sound Design in the 18th Annual Communicator Awards.
     New Orleans in Words features writings from members and guests of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project (SLWP) that were set to the ambience and sounds of the Crescent City. From tugboat horns on the Mississippi River at dawn to the raucous sounds of New Orleans nightlife, the program chronicles a day in the life of the Big Easy as seen through the eyes of participating writers.
     The show was the fifth collaborative project between SLWP and KSLU, said station General Manager Todd Delaney.
     "I think this is one of our best programs so far," said Delaney, who produced New Orleans in Words. "It's a great honor to have an international awards organization recognize the merits of Louisiana writers and the quality of the radio programs we produce at Southeastern."
     SLWP Project Director Richard Louth said he was pleased with the production and the recognition it brings to the writing project.
     "The Writing Marathon concept started right here at Southeastern and has become a model for National Writing Project sites across the country," Louth added.
     All of the pieces were written by area writing teachers participating in SLWP's annual New Orleans Writing Marathon, a three-day summer event where writers fan out across New Orleans to capture their experiences, explained Louth, a professor of English. The writings can be found in two recent publications: "The Writing Marathon: In Good Company Revealed" and "New Orleans in Words in the spring 2011 issue of "Louisiana Literature."
     With thousands of entries received from across the United States and the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals. The awards program is judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts.

Robison and Parrill create website to promote book
William Robison of History and Political Science Department and Sue Parrill of the English Department have created an interactive website,, to complement their forthcoming book, The Tudors on Film and Television, which McFarland Books will publish on December 31, 2012. An accompanying Facebook page is at
     "The Tudors on Film and Television is both a comprehensive filmography and a historical analysis of Tudor films that provides basic information about production, participants, plot, and provenance for every item included, as well as assessing the aesthetic qualities, historicity, cultural significance, and potential usefulness in the classroom of each," Robison said. "Sue and I have attempted to list and discuss, to the extent information is available, all films—fiction or non-fiction—which treat the Tudor monarchs and their times."
     Robison said the website allows them to supplement the material in the book with information about hitherto undiscovered films made through the end of 2011, additional details that may come to light about the films included, the recovery of films currently believed no longer extant, and new online entries about films made in and after 2012. They also will host discussions on the website. Robison and Parrill invite everyone to check it out and to subscribe to updates by clicking the TudorsOnFilm Blog RSS button.

Southeastern Channel visits Maritime Museum, state parkHandmade boat
The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational cable station, will feature local maritime history and state park recreation in the newest episode of a series about North Shore tourist attractions.
     The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville and Tickfaw State Park near Springfield are featured in the latest edition of the Telly Award-winning Northshore Gems, which will debut on the Southeastern Channel at 8 p.m., July 25.
     "Some local residents have never been to either the Maritime Museum or Tickfaw State Park," said Rick Settoon, General Manager of the Southeastern Channel.  "These are true treasures that celebrate the maritime and natural history of our area and provide rich educational and recreational opportunities for young and old alike."
     Northshore Gems is hosted by Rob Moreau, a member of the Southeastern biology faculty and director of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station.  Moreau also hosts the Southeastern Channel's nature series, Backyard Wonders.
The show's first stop is the Maritime Museum, which displays models of ships and boats that traversed Lake Pontchartrain and the Tchefuncte River for centuries.
     Moreau follows a museum field trip of third graders from Mary, Queen of Peace Elementary School in Mandeville, where the students play a game about the earth's water cycle and visit with Mrs. Thurston, wife of the old lighthouse keeper from 1847.  Moreau then joins the students and crawls inside a Civil War era submarine.
     The program also looks at the museum's summer day camps for both youth and adults.  Teenagers focus on the robotics of water vessels, building their own remotely-operated vessels, or ROVs, for competition held in the swimming pool at Southeastern's Kinesiology Building.  In the Wooden Boat Camp, adults build their own full-length wooden boats by hand under the guidance of museum staff and volunteers. The segment also showcases the Maritime Museum's largest annual event, the Wooden Boat Festival, held in Madisonville each October.
     The second half of Northshore Gems is devoted to a tour of Tickfaw State Park, exploring not only its natural and scenic beauty, but also its educational and recreational offerings.
     Moreau joins fourth grade students from the LaSalle Elementary School in Baton Rouge, who take a guided boardwalk tour of a genuine Louisiana Cypress Tupelo Gum swamp. They also observe the Tickfaw River, a bottomland hardwood forest, and a mixed pine and hardwood forest.
     In the Nature Center, the students learn about the animals, history and culture of the area and play a game of camouflage to learn how animals protect themselves. Finally, the show takes viewers through the recreational aspects of the park as Moreau joins family and friends for camping, hiking, biking, and canoeing.
     The Northshore Gems episode was produced, videotaped and edited by Southeastern Channel staff member Byron Caplan.
The Southeastern Channel can be seen on Charter Cable 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. It can also be seen on its 24-7 live webcast at and also on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Above: A.J. Burmaster of Mandeville works on crafting his own handmade wooden boat at the Wooden Boat Workshop at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. The museum, as well as Tickfaw State Park, is featured in the latest episode of "Northshore Gems," which debuts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, on the Southeastern Channel.

University Police Department Offers Self-Defense Class for Women
The Southeastern Police Department will be hosting a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) self-defense class for the women of our community on the weekend of August 3, 4, and 5.
     This class is open to female Southeastern students, employees, and their guests 12 years of age or older. There is no charge for currently enrolled Southeastern students or current employees.
     Students or employees may bring non-student guests at a charge of $25.00 per guest (1 guest per student/employee, must be paid in advance to obtain a space on the class roster.) Space is limited, so please register early.
     This class will be held at a confidential location on or near Southeastern's main campus in Hammond. The three 4-hour sessions (total of 12 hours) for this class will include Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. Attendance at all three sessions is necessary to complete the course.
     The R.A.D. System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities and in communities throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.
     For more information or to register for a class, send an e-mail with your name and phone number to Officer Scott Huff, UPD ( or call the Southeastern Police Department at 549-2222.

Gamma Beta Phi news
Jackie Dale Thomas, director of Leadership Development and Student Activities, and Amanda Robbins, assistant director of Housing, recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to attend the meeting of the National Executive Board for the Gamma Beta Phi Society.
     Both Thomas and Robbins are national officers. Thomas is serving as national president-elect and will serve her fourth term as national president beginning in 2014. Robbins is serving her first year on the governing board as adviser alternate.
     During the meeting, the Southeastern chapter found out that they were once again selected the top chapter in the nation and received the highest award, known as the "exemplary award."  This is the third year in a row that the Southeastern chapter has received this distinction.
     The Executive Committee for Gamma Beta Phi consists of twelve elected members from across the nation. Of those twelve positions, five are held by either advisers or alumni of the Southeastern chapter. Six of the positions are held by people from Louisiana.

Faculty/Staff Annual Convocation scheduled August 10
Southeastern will launch the 2012-2013 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday, August 10, at 10:30 a.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     The convocation will include presentation of the President's Awards for Excellence, the university's highest faculty and staff honors, as well as presentation of service awards to faculty and staff who have been with the university for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure and promotions and donors who have established newly endowed professorships.
     The university will provide a shuttle service for the event for faculty and staff to and from the parking facility adjacent to Strawberry Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic at Twelve Oaks on campus will immediately follow the morning's ceremonies.

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Professional activities
Dr. Mary Ballard (Counseling and Human Development) has had a paper published in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, Vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 141-152. The article is entitled "The Family Life Cycle and Critical Transitions: Utilizing Cinematherapy to Facilitate Understanding and Increase Communication."
     Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) presented "Becoming Louisiana: Promises, Perceptions, and Problems on the Path to Statehood" as the keynote address at the 2012 West Baton Rouge Museum's Annual Teachers Institute on "Teaching Louisiana Statehood" in Port Allen on July 17.
     Amy Baptist, Paul Kelsey and Lori Smith (all of the Library) attended the American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Baptist presented a poster session entitled "Developing a Downloadable Audiobook Collection in an Academic Library." Kelsey was given the Scholastic Library Publishing Award. Smith took office as the Federal Documents Task Force Coordinator for ALA's Government Documents Round Table.
     Lynette Ralph (Library) presented a paper entitled "Using Education Informatics to Improve Library Services to Doctoral Students: An Embedded Approach" at the Informing Science and Information Technology Education (InSite) Conference in Montreal. She received a "Best Papers Award" at the awards banquet, and the paper has been published in the Vol. 7, 2012 issue of the International Journal of Doctoral Studies.
     Dr. Cynthia Elliott (Teaching & Learning) was invited to serve on a panel at the Library of Congress – Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium meeting on May 31, in Washington, DC. She discussed the development and ongoing implementation endeavors for the Level III Ambassador Program at Southeastern. Elliott, director of the Southeastern Teaching with Primary Sources program, attended with Mary Ellen Scherer, assistant director of the program and Laura Hancock, who serves as program coordinator.
     Dr. Cynthia Elliott (Teaching & Learning) presented at the National Head Start Research Conference on June 19, in Washington, DC.  The poster presentation "Transforming Teacher Candidate Dispositions about Linguistic & Cultural Diversity: The Impact of Intercultural Communication" presented research that explored the impact of field experiences of early childhood education (ECE) teacher candidates in a dual language, preschool classroom for teacher candidates seeking early childhood education (ECE) certification. The dual language clinical field site is a collaborative endeavor of Livingston Parish Public Schools, Regina Coeli Child Development Center-Head Start and Southeastern. Other faculty members participating in the research include Dr. Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership & Technology) and Wendy Jacocks (Teaching and Learning).


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