Scholar Showcase 2012

Academic facility dedicated

The Magic Fluteopens March 7

Orientation leaders' service project

Columbia presents a capella group

Athletic Training Day March 16

Rock 'n Roar March 24

Police Union presents scholarship

Teacher Enrichment Workshops

Channel programs win Telly Awards

Research to benefit drywall installers

Regional spelling bee receives help

Restaurants commit to Chefs Evening

First Guaranty sponsors Chefs Evening

Students honored for yearbook work

Sociology students attend conference

Fine and Performing Arts events

RaceTrac contest update

Southeastern in the news

Extended Studies news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern offers high school seniors honor scholarships Robin Rodrigue, Amande Bergeron, and Judy Bergeron
More than 180 area high school seniors and their guests attended Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase Tuesday evening (Feb. 28), where students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.
     In all, 543 students from 24 Louisiana parishes were offered scholarships at the annual event. The scholarships are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.
     The Louisiana students also qualify for the state’s TOPS awards, which further increases their financial support to attend the university.
     At the event, students and parents toured Southeastern’s housing facilities and visited with faculty representing the university’s academic offerings.
     “We are thrilled at the prospect of your joining the Southeastern family,” said President John L. Crain in his welcome address to the group. “You are here tonight because you have been successful in high school and because you have great things ahead of you.”
     Noting the beauty of the campus, Crain said beautiful grounds and attractive facilities can be found at many institutions.
     “But there is something unique and special that you will discover about Southeastern the people here,” he said. “You are looking for that special place that’s a good fit for you, and that place is Southeastern.”
     The guests also heard from Chadwick Moore, a recent Southeastern graduate and a trooper with the Mississippi State Police. The recipient of the “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts scholarship from Pass Christian, Miss., Moore encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.
     “You will find Southeastern a friendly, family-like campus where people are ready to help,” he said. “With the small class sizes, the professors are always there for you and willing to help in any way.”
     The students recognized at the event have an average ACT score of 26.28.

Above: Robin Parker Rodrigue, left, marketing director for Auxiliary Services, discusses the university’s housing and meal programs with Amanda Bergeron, center, and her mother Judy Bergeron. Amanda Bergeron, a senior from Walker, was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase.

Southeastern dedicates long-awaited academic facility Southeastern dedicates new academic facility
With over-sized scissors in hand, Southeastern President John L. Crain along with other officials and dignitaries cut a ribbon Tuesday (Feb. 28) to officially dedicate the $13 million addition to the Kinesiology and Health Studies building.
     “This has been a long time coming,” Crain said, referring to the years-long state Capital Outlay process for designing and building new facilities that started in the 1990s. “It represents an important and much-needed addition to our campus.”
     Crain thanked the legislators from the area, who worked to get complete funding for the structure after the hurricanes of 2005 delayed the start of construction. The building houses the offices of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Nursing faculty offices, and classrooms for the athletic training, nursing, and communication sciences and disorders programs.
     “These are extremely important programs here at Southeastern,” Crain said. “Our graduates fill vital workforce needs throughout the area.”
     “This is a special day for the college,” said Ann Carruth, interim dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “For 20 years, we operated in a converted dormitory. We made the best of it, because our program is primarily about the students and faculty. This beautifully designed, state-of-the art facility, however, will make a real difference.”
     University of Louisiana President Randy Moffett, who served as the university’s president and provost during the years of planning the structure, offered his congratulations on the project’s completion.
     “It was our goal several years ago to put our academic departments in new or fully renovated facilities,” Moffett said. “This represents a wonderful addition to the campus.”
The facility was designed by Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond, and the contractor was D. Honore Construction of Baton Rouge.
     The College of Nursing and Health Sciences enrolls more than 2,850 students in the areas of kinesiology and health studies, communication sciences and disorders and nursing.

Above: President John L. Crain cuts the ribbon marking the official dedication of the university’s new addition to its Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Participating in the event were, from left, Dwayne Honore of D. Honore Construction Inc. of Baton Rouge, Michael Holly of Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond, former Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Barbara Moffett, State Rep. Steve Pugh, Crain, former Dean Donnie Booth, Interim Dean Ann Carruth; former Dean Elienne Tate, and former Southeastern President Randy Moffett, now president of the University of Louisiana System.

Opera Workshop's “The Magic Flute” to open March 7 Cast from "The Magic Flute" rehearse a scene.
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. Guest stage director for the production is Victoria Crutchfield from New York City.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, contact Effler at

Above: Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present Mozart’s last opera, “The Magic Flute,” March 7 10 at Pottle Music Building Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Rehearsing for the production are, from left, Sarah Bertrand of Mandeville as Pamina, Chase Ledet of Schriever as Monostatos, and Damian Faul of Amite as Papageno.

Southeastern Orientation Leaders to present at conference, conduct service project
Southeastern orientation leaders are scheduled to present an educational session at the annual Southern Region Orientation Workshop (SROW) in Charlotte, N.C., March 8 -11.
     The presentation “Putting the brakes on stereotypes: I have been personally victimized by Regina George,” refers to one of the central characters in the popular movie “Mean Girls.”
     Admissions Counselor Amanda Hammonds said the presentation will be made by 2012 orientation leaders Bernice Cashman, a business administration major from Covington; Landon Andries, psychology major from Addis; and Taylor Dubois, a communication major from Gonzales.
     “We bring our orientation leaders to SROW each year. There are over 2,000 college students from the southern region who attend,” Hammonds said. “This workshop provides training in a wide range of educational sessions for orientation leaders and ambassadors.”
     This year for SROW, Southeastern orientation leaders are also participating in a service project called “Operation Homefront’s Back to School Brigade,” Hammonds said. The orientation leaders are collecting school supplies to donate to children in North Carolina with parents actively serving in the military. Donations can be submitted to the Office of Admissions by March 6.
     For more information about the educational session or service project, contact Hammonds at 985-549-5637.
Columbia Theatre to present all-male a capella group The Hullabahoos
The Hullabahoos, an all-male a capella group from the University of Virginia, will perform at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 9.
     Sponsored by Christwood Retirement Community, Anthon Chiropractic Care, and the Patty and Paul Hubert Program Endowment, the production begins at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
     “The University of Virginia has produced a group that is definitely not your average glee club. The Hullabahoos are the ‘alpha males of a cappella,’” said C. Roy Blackwood, Columbia Theatre interim director. “Nuanced and delightfully musical as they are inventive, these guys are highly entertaining and include some ‘home cookin’ in Charles Robert Miller of Hammond. We are fortunate to have them at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.”
The Hullabahoos have performed all over the world for the last 23 years, highlighted by appearances in the Philippines, for President Barack Obama in 2011, and former President George W. Bush in 2007.
     With 14 studio albums, the Hullabahoos have gained critical acclaim and national attention, having been featured in media outlets such as “GQ,” “US News & World Report,” and “Good Morning America.”
     Tickets are $25 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
Southeastern to host Athletic Training Day March 16
Southeastern’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies will host its annual High School Athletic Training Day March 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.
     Athletic trainers and their students from six parishes are invited to the event, which is sponsored by the department’s Athletic Training Education program.
Participants will receive an overview of the university’s program, as well as be shown demonstrations, given a tour of the facilities, and provided with a question and answer session.
     “This idea developed out of efficiency,” says Josh Yellen, the director of the Athletic Training Program. “Instead of touring more than 30 area high schools to talk to them about athletic training, we now invite the high school athletic trainers and their students to Southeastern.”
     Last year’s event had over 100 attendees from high schools in five different parishes. This year Yellen expects to double that number.
     “Athletic training is a growing area of interest,” said Yellen. “We’re teaching athletic trainers and students at these high schools about our programs and showing them how Southeastern can provide them with the knowledge and skills they’ll need for careers in athletic training.”
     Trainers and students will be attending from high schools in the East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Orleans parishes.
     For more information about the Athletic Training Day, contact Yellen at or by phone at (985) 351-7994.
Rock ‘n Roar scheduled March 24
Southeastern’s annual campus-community festival, “Rock ‘n Roar,” scheduled for Saturday, March 24, promises to be a fun-filled day for children and adults.
     In its 16th year, Rock ‘n Roar showcases Southeastern’s academics and fun atmosphere for visiting District 8 Literary Rally high school students, alumni and community friends, said Kathy Pittman, director of the Southeastern Alumni Association.
Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the War Memorial Student Union, the festival will offer art, baseball, and dance camps for children and a free children’s identification program compliments of the University Police Department.
     Art education students will offer a hands-on art camp for children ages 5-12 from 9-11:30 a.m. with an art project to take home. The camp, which costs $10, will take place in Clark Hall.
     A camp for young baseball enthusiasts is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. at the softball field located at North Oak Park. The camp is open to children ages 6-13 for a $10 fee. Participants are asked to bring their own bat and glove and will receive a certificate at the conclusion of the camp.
     The Lionettes, Southeastern’s dance team, will host a dance camp for children ages 5-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. The camp’s $15 fee includes refreshments. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. The camp will conclude with a performance by participants in the Student Union at noon for parents and other Rock ‘n Roar guests.
     Camp applications are available online at or at the Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave., (985) 549-2150. Advance registration and payment is mandatory for all camps by March 22. Space is limited, so reservations should be made early.
     Rock ‘n Roar will also feature a variety of children’s games, activities and guest performances.
     Rock ‘n Roar patrons of all ages can also enjoy educational displays by Southeastern’s departments; food and music; a ceramics sale; a health fair; and more.
For additional information about Rock ‘n Roar Fest camps and contests, call the Alumni Association, (985) 549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM.
Hammond Police Union presentsdonation Hammond Police Union presents donation to fund scholarships
The Hammond Police Officers Union Local 345 presented a donation to the Southeastern Foundation to fund scholarships presented annually to students from Tangipahoa Parish majoring in criminal justice.
     Sgt. Charles Deliberto of the Hammond Union of Police Local 345 presents the donation to Southeastern President John L. Crain. From left are Crain, Adrianne Roques, coordinator of donor relations for the Southeastern Foundation; scholarship recipient Anthony Fox, Deliberto; and Dr. Michael Bisciglia, assistant professor of criminal justice. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Mandy Sibley.
Southeastern to host teacher enrichment workshops
Southeastern will hold a series of financial literacy workshops designed for teacher enrichment.
     Offered as a collaboration involving Southeastern’s departments of Teaching and Learning, Management and Business Administration, the Division of Extended Studies, and the Louisiana Council for Economic Education (LCEE), the “How Money Works” series will introduce current and future educators to financial matters designed for teachers.
     Charlotte Collins, project manager for Extended Studies, said all seminars are free to participants and are scheduled from 4 5 p.m. in Southeastern’s Charles E. Cate Teacher Education Center. Continuing education credits (CEUs) will be provided to current educators, while teacher candidates can receive service hours. Each session can be taken independently, or all three combined for a complete program.
     The schedule of workshops is as follows:
  • Tuesday, March 20, or Monday, March 26 Financial Success on a Teacher Salary
  • Thursday, April 12, or Monday, April 16 Budgeting on a Teacher Salary
  • Tuesday, April 17, or Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Saving and Investing on a Teacher Salary

     “It is critical for teacher candidates to have awareness, support and knowledge about one’s own financial literacy,” said Cindy Elliott, Teaching and Learning department head. “The ‘How Money Works’ series will provide educators with valuable information on establishing financial success, budgeting, saving and investing on a teacher’s salary.”

     Online registration and workshop details are available at For more information, contact the Division of Extended Studies at 985-549-2301, 800-256-2771 or

Two Southeastern Channel Programs win National Telly Awards
Two original television programs produced by Southeastern have been recognized with 2011 national Telly Awards.
     The programs were produced and aired on the Southeastern Channel, the university’s cable access television station. “Who Killed the Kingfish?,” an episode of the Emmy-nominated history series, “The Florida Parish Chronicles,” and “Louisiana’s Backyard Emblems,” a feature on the nature series “Backyard Wonders” were awarded Tellys.
     The Telly Awards is a national competition honoring local, regional, and cable television programs, commercials, video and film productions. The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production companies, cable operators and advertising agencies throughout the world.
     The 2011 competition received more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Among the winners were The History Channel, NBC, ABC, ESPN, Fox Sports, PBS, Turner Studios, and others.
     “It’s a great honor for the Channel to win these national awards,” said Rick Settoon, general manager. “The awards recognize the high quality of original programming that we try to provide viewers in our area. It’s a credit to the talent, efforts and high standards of our production staff.”
     “Who Killed the Kingfish?” spotlights never-before released research and information regarding the assassination of Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long. Interviews, research of eyewitness accounts, and medical diagrams present new evidence which challenges the history books.
     The episode was written and hosted by Samuel C. Hyde, Southeastern director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and included rare film footage, archival photographs and dramatic reenactments. The reenactments were shot by Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto with assistance from staff member Jamie Bass. Staff member Josh Kapusinski edited the program.
     “Louisiana’s Backyard Emblems” identifies, explains and celebrates Louisiana’s state emblems, from the state dog and insect to the state fruit, vegetable, flower and fish.
In the program “Backyard Wonders,” host Robert Moreau, Southeastern biology instructor and manager of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, traveled around the state to investigate various emblems, from the brown pelican to honeybees and the Catahoula Leopard Dog.
     The program was produced, shot and edited by Kapusinski, who included lighthearted and entertaining factoids about certain emblems.
     The Southeastern Channel has won 150 national, international and regional awards in its nine-year existence, including 33 Telly Awards. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24/7 webcast and Video on Demand are viewed in 47 countries and 46 U.S. states monthly at

Southeastern research directed toward reducing injuries among drywall installers
A research grant has been awarded to a Southeastern occupational safety specialist to investigate methods of reducing injuries among installers of drywall.
     Lu Yuan, assistant professor of Occupational Safety, Health and Environment in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, received the $30,000 grant from the Center for Construction Research and Education, awarded through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
     Yuan said workers who handle drywall are at risk for variety of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, especially to the lower back and shoulder areas.
     Drywall installation is a strenuous task, he explained, and can cause overexertion injuries due to the weight and bulk of the sheets. Drywall sheets vary by thickness and weight, ranging between 50 and 120 pounds. A previous NIOSH survey indicated that workers see their biggest risk of physical stress comes from lifting, carrying or holding drywall.
     “Drywall sheets are usually stored flat for stability, but this tends to make lifting the sheets more physically demanding,” he explained. “The size of the sheets is also increasing, which presents potentially more physical burdens to installers.”
     A specialist in biomechanics and occupational ergonomics, Yuan will use an integrated biomechanical modeling approach he developed previously in researching the effects of position and size of drywall on the physical demands for installers.
     “It is difficult to conduct direct measurements in field studies, especially in the construction industry, because it tends to interfere with the work,” he explained. “We will use computer simulation that integrates the methods of observational work sampling and biomechanical modeling developed in previous research.”
     He said the modeling approach starts with a methodology called PATH, for “Posture, Activity, Tools and Handling,” which provides the basic characterization of drywall installation work by quantifying the percent of time that drywall installers conduct different activities with different body segment postures.
     Recorded over two hours, the relative frequencies of key activities are used to construct the eight-hour workday activity series. The biomechanical model inputs variables such as joint angles, external load force and internal muscle parameters are generated using a specific random number generation method. The data are then put into three-dimensional equations for computer analyses of muscle contraction and joint reaction forces at the low back and shoulder.
     “The hope is to find a reasonable alternative for estimating physical loads associated with drywall installation and possibly reduce the incidences of overexertion and other injuries, Yuan said.”
     Yuan said results of the study could provide information to help the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) make recommendations about drywall size and storage position, as well as the safety and health of drywall handlers.

     The project is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cooperative agreement OH009762.

Department of Teaching and Learning helps regional spelling bee achieve success

Southeastern aids regional spelling beeThe first spelling bee committee comprised of Dr. Kitty Ainsworth, Chair; Dr. Cheryl Edwards; Mr. Paul Simoneaux and Mrs. Susan Sawyer from the Department of Teaching and Learning, helped make the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center’s Regional Spelling Bee a success.
     “This was a great event in which our department has participated and been a leader in our region and state,” said Cynthia Elliott, head of the Department of Teaching and Learning. “Our thanks to both faculty and teacher candidates as well as the Children’s Discovery Center and other sponsors. Their preparations and planning with Kim Walker from the Discovery Center, as well as their work during the spelling bee on Saturday, are to be commended.”
     ECE 422 teacher candidates also assisted with the event, as well as other teacher candidates who assisted area students in their preparation. Chelsea Finn from EPSY 301, with Dr. Echols, tutored and mentored the contestant from Hammond Junior High Magnet.
     Nickolas Day from Parkview Baptist School was the spelling bee champion and will represent our region in the National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, DC. There were contestants from EBR, Tanipahoa, Vernon, St. John, Livingston, and St. Mary parishes as well as private, parochial and home schools.

Above: The spelling bee judges pause for a moment during the contest. From left are Susan Sawyer, Anna Bass, Kitty Ainsworth, Paul Simoneaux and Cheryl Edwards.

Restaurants sign up for Southeastern’s Chefs Evening Joseph Bruno

Local restaurants are signing up for Southeastern’s Chefs Evening, scheduled April 1 at the Pennington Student Activity Center from 5-8 p.m.
     Chefs Evening promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages, wine tasting, silent and live auctions, music by Big Fun Brass Band and much more for over 600 expected guests.
     Some of the restaurants and vendors participating include: Huey’s 24/7 Diner, The Caboose of McComb, Jacmel Inn, Brady’s, Eddie’s Frozen Custard, Champagne Beverage, Tommy’s on Thomas, Don’s Seafood, Tope La, Rockefellers, Crescent Bar, East of Italy, Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café, Johnny’s Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, University Donuts, Jim Carey Distributing, Firehouse Subs, Carter Plantation, Buddies Steakhouse and many more to be announced soon.
     This year Chefs Evening is introducing patron tables located directly in front of the stage. Patron tables are $1,000 and include six tickets to Chefs Evening with a reserved table, six tickets to the Presidents Toast, valet parking, VIP entrance 30 minutes prior to the event, six wine glasses, entrance to the wine tasting area, two bottles of wine at the table, personal wait staff and the sponsoring business or name listed in the event program.
     Chefs Evening is the largest fundraiser for the university, and patron attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of academic programming at Southeastern.
     This year’s sponsors include LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, Whitney/ Hancock Bank, First Guaranty Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
     To order tickets, reserve patron tables or for more information, please call 985-549-3770, email or visit

At right, Joseph Bruno, a chef with Aramark, serves a delicious treat at Southeastern’s 2011 Chefs Evening. Chefs Evening 2012 is scheduled April 1, 2012 at the Pennington Student Activity Center.

First Guaranty Bankstepsupas Gold Sponsor forChefs Evening First Guaranty sponsors Chefs Evening
First Guaranty Bank President and Chief Lending Officer Mike Sharp presents a check to Jacki Bellairs, Foundation annual giving coordinator for Southeastern, as part of its Gold Sponsorship of the university’s annual Chefs Evening fundraising event. Participating in the presentation are, from left, First Guaranty’s Alton Lewis, vice chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and Desiree Simmons, training/marketing director. Chefs Evening 2012 will be held April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Southeastern Pennington Student Activity Center. For ticket information, call 985-549-3770 or 1-866-474-4438 or email
Southeastern students honored for work on yearbook
Four Southeastern students have been honored with Gold Circle Awards by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their work on the university’s 2011 yearbook, “Le Souvenir.”
     Chelsee Lamarca a kinesiology major from Ponchatoula and co-editor of the yearbook, received certificates of merit for her cover design and for “people spread without mug photos.” She shared a certificate of merit for “people spread with mug photos” with Emily Melancon, special education major from Prairieville and co-editor of the yearbook.
     Donald Aime of Hammond, sports editor of the 2011 “Le Souvenir” and recent Southeastern graduate, received a certificate of merit award in the category of “people spread without mug photos, multi-page presentation.”
     Chris Martin of Albany, the assistant editor/news editor for “The Lion’s Roar” and yearbook assistant, was awarded a third place certificate for “index for yearbooks.” Martin is currently pursuing his degree in mass communication.
     “The Gold Circle Awards is one of the more prestigious and competitive programs in journalism,” said Lee Lind, director of Student Publications. “Having our staff receive recognition in this competition shows that Southeastern students are gaining the education and experience that will ensure they can compete on a national and global level. I’m very proud of what our students have accomplished.”
     The awards, presented at the association’s annual convention in New York City, were selected from among thousands of entries. The Gold Circle Awards recognize superior work by student journalists and are judged by a panel of experienced journalists and educators.
     The Columbia Scholastic Press Association was founded in 1925 to help unite student editors and faculty advisors to produce student newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and online media. The association is affiliated with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Sociology students attend national food conference Monica Starns
Four sociology students from Reconnect, Southeastern’s student environmental group, just returned from Santa Cruz, Calif. for “Breaking Ground 2012: Students Uniting for a Real Food Economy,” the national Real Food Challenge Conference. Bonnie May, Amy Edwards, Cecelia Palermo and Monica Starns have been part of The Real Food Challenge for over a year.
     The Real Food Challenge is a national campaign and network for students who want to bring more “real” food to their campus dining services, with the overall goal to shift $1 billion dollars (or 20%) of campus dining money nation-wide from industrial, “junk” food to real food. Real food is defined by the Real Food Challenge as “food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system--from seed to plate--that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability.”
     The national Breaking Ground Summit served as an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the first national Food Day on Oct. 24, 2011, which over 200 college attended, including Southeastern. Southeastern hosted its first farmers market with plans for more this semester. The student group also plans to provide a space for collaboration with students from other schools, learning useful skills and strategies, and making new plans for moving the Real Food movement forward across universities in the United States.

At left, sociology student Monica Starns speaks at a workshop at the conference.

This week in Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre Workshop's production of Mozart’s “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.

Dr. Irene Nero, Associate Professor of Art History, presents lecture entitled, “Death of the (Artist) Author:No, Not Now!: Women Artists Battle for Name Recognition.”
Wednesday, March 7, 5 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center

Southeastern Visual Arts students present their annual Fine Art Exhibition, beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Iya Tsyrkot will present a Graduate Violin Recital on Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

On Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., Pat Kerber will present a Faculty Guitar Recital, the first event in the 2012 Southeastern Guitar Festival, at Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

For more information on events in Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit

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The RaceTrac contest continues through April 30. Below are the current results through Feb. 28.

Female - $468
Male - $219

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Southeastern project focuses on reducing injuries to drywall installers

Extended Studies news

Understanding Legal Contracts (Mondays, March 12 April 2, 6 to 7 p.m.)
This course consists of an overview of contracts in Louisiana with specific discussion of the enforceability of oral and written contracts. Topics will include the effects of ambiguity of contractual terms; good faith requirements; and methods of enforcing contracts. The cost is $100.

Introduction to Excel (Tuesday and Thursday, Mar. 13 and 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
In this workshop, 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.

Introduction to the Internet for Senior Citizens (Tuesday March 13, 1 to 5 p.m.)
In this workshop, students will be introduced to Windows Explorer and learn how to take full advantage of all that the Internet has to offer. Participations will explore the interface, learn new ways to obtain information, and will be exposed to Internet terminology and visit some very interesting websites. The cost is $100.

Adobe Photoshop for Photography- Beginners
(Wednesdays, March 14, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Upon successful completion of this workshop, students will be able to: examine color workflow; calibrate the monitor and use color management profiles to control the image display to match its intended output; use the advanced image support features available in Photoshop CS4; eliminate dust and scratches, suppress moiré patterns, and correct red eye defect in images; perform image color correction; choose the settings and adjustments based on specific image and printing conditions to create high quality CMYK separations for commercial printing; sharpen an image without intensifying or accentuating noise and other defects; convert color images to grayscale and add spot colors to them. The cost is $95.


Introduction to Screenwriting (Wednesdays, March 12 April 23, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This course will provide an introductory knowledge base for those interested in pursuing screenwriting. Students will learn professional formatting and techniques, as well as how and where to submit their written screenplays for professional production. The cost is $125.

Introduction to Java, Part 1 (Wednesday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This entry level workshop will enable students to create programs to solve mathematical problems in business situations. It will help students learn the notion of programming using object-oriented language. The cost is $100.

To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern women’s basketball team will compete in the Southland Conference Tournament, while the baseball, softball, golf, track and tennis teams will also be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Making their fourth straight trip to the postseason, the Lady Lions (12-17) will be the seventh seed in the tournament, which opens Tuesday at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Southeastern will face McNeese State in the first round at 12 p.m.
     Should Southeastern get past the defending tournament champion Cowgirls, the Lady Lions will face the winner of No. 3 Sam Houston State versus No. 6 Texas State on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. Friday’s championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
     The Lion Athletics Association will put on a pre-tournament gathering the night before the Lady Lions take the floor. On Monday evening at 7 p.m., Southeastern fans in the area are invited to a social with the team and Southeastern Athletics administrators at the Spring Hill Suites, located at 2501 Texmati Drive, Katy, Texas, 77494.
     The Lion baseball team (9-2) will open Southland Conference play this week. Prior to that, the Lions will travel to Jackson State on Tuesday and host Alcorn State on Wednesday. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6 p.m. On Friday, Southeastern heads to Thibodaux to open league play versus Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the teams will play in Hammond at 2 p.m. before returning to Thibodaux for Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale.
     After a busy stretch over the last several weeks, the Southeastern softball team (3-18) has two midweek games on the slate this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions head to Mobile, Ala. for a 6 p.m. contest at South Alabama. Southeastern returns home to host Mississippi Valley State on Thursday at 6 p.m.
     The men’s golf team returns to the course this week for its second tournament of the spring. On Monday and Tuesday, the Lions will be in Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Classics.
     The men’s and women’s track and field teams will also be in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions head to Lake Charles on Friday to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Bob Hayes Louisiana Challenge.
     The women’s tennis team (5-4, 0-2 Southland) has two matches on tap this week. On Monday, the Lions host South Carolina-Upstate at 6 p.m. Southeastern will then head to Houston on Friday for a Southland Conference match with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 12 p.m.
     All of this week’s women’s basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, as will the baseball games on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Thursday’s softball game. Should Southeastern advance to the women’s basketball Southland final on Friday, the baseball game’s broadcast will be preempted.
     Live stats and video from the Southland Conference Tournament will be available at Thursday’s and Friday’s tournament games will be televised by the Southland Television Network.

Monday, March 5
Women’s Tennis, vs. South Carolina-Upstate, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
Women’s Basketball, Pre-Southland Conference Tournament Social, Katy, Texas (Spring Hill Suites), 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6
Women’s Basketball, vs. McNeese State (SLC Tournament), Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (KSLU)
Baseball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day

Wednesday, March 7
Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
Women’s Basketball, SLC Tournament Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Mississippi Valley State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 9
Women’s Basketball, SLC Tournament Finals, Katy, Texas, 7 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)
Baseball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
- Baseball game will not be broadcast if women’s basketball team is still in tournament
Women’s Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Cowboy Bob Hayes Louisiana Challenge, Lake Charles, All Day

Saturday, March 10
Baseball, vs. Nicholls State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*

Sunday, March 11
Baseball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game

Professional activities
Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has been asked to serve on the board of the US Permafrost Association. Permafrost is an important component of the hydrosphere, biosphere and cryosphere, and the USPA works to educate the public in understanding its importance, while seeking to better understand how permafrost terrain continues to be influenced by natural and human disturbances. The association’s Web site can be found at
     Eddie Hebert and Ralph Wood (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented a session titled, “An exploration of strategies to impact morale during difficult times,” at the Southern District Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, held in Orlando in February. Hebert and Charlotte Humphries (Kinesiology and Health Studies) were also co-authors of a research presentation led by former Southeastern faculty member, Kay Daigle (now at Southeastern Oklahoma State University), “Physical education teaching efficacy beliefs among elementary education and physical education teacher education candidates enrolled in an early field experience.” Hebert also served as Chair of the Research Council for the organization’s 2012 convention.
     Dr. Marc Riedel (Sociology and Criminal Justice) has published a book chapter, “Getting Away with Murder: A Review of Arrest Clearances in Violence: Do We Know it When We See It?” edited by Dee Wood Harper, Lydia Voigt, and William E. Thornton, Carolina Academic Press.
     Several faculty members from the Department of Accounting and Finance presented papers at the annual meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences held in Las Vegas Feb. 23 - 25. Dr. Harold E. Davis presented a paper co-authored with Julie Bassett titled “Looking to the Future With 3D Printers;” Dr. Joseph Morris presented a paper co-authored with Julie Bassett titled “A Comprehensive Look at Comprehensive Income;” Dr. Rick Simpson presented a paper titled “‘A Rose by any other Name’ or Is an Actual House Always a Necessity in Order to Take the Qualified Residence Interest Deduction;” and Dr. Pierre Titard presented a paper co-authored with James DeFranceschi and Eric Knight titled “The Effect of Timing on Student Satisfaction Surveys.”

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