Student Union project dedicated

Alumni Awards Evening 2012

Homecoming Royalty crowned

Door Decorating Contest winners

Gumbo YaYa at a glance

Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl winners

Decorate Your Tailgate winners

Swabbin' 4 Robin announced

Cellist to perform Oct. 31

Health Care program held

Education summit scheduled

Concert Choir to perform Nov. 1

Relay for Life Fundraiser

Sherman Scholarship awarded

Irish dance class scheduled

Hyde to serve historical association

Pottery sale scheduled

Comments solicited for program

Services for faculty to be showcased

Student group attends conference

Seminars for Southeastern employees

Extended Studies news

Faculty Excellence news

Southeastern in the news

Fine and Performing Arts news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Southeastern dedicates Student Union project
With construction clanging in the background, Southeastern President John L. Crain on Wednesday dedicated the university's War Memorial Student Union enhancement project to the students who are making it possible.
     "I give full credit to the student leaders who several years ago saw the need for a larger Student Union with more amenities," said Crain. "The leaders of the Student Government Association (SGA) worked with other student leaders during the 2006-07 year and passed a referendum that committed to this project."
     Crain emphasized the tremendous amount of work that went into the planning of the new structure and how the students played integral roles in that process as well. He also cited the support of current and new tenants that will occupy the building, particularly Aramark and Follette Bookstore.
     SGA President Branden Summers said the new structure is designed specifically for students' needs.
     "It shows that students, indeed, have a say as to what happens on campus," he added.
     A replica of a dedication plaque was unveiled at the event, which was attended by Southeastern students and officials and representatives associated with the building partners.
     The $32 million project is being funded primarily through a self-assessed student fee and revenues obtained from participating commercial providers that occupy space in the building. The project is expected to be completed in late 2014 and will add approximately 90,000 square feet of new construction and renovation of a similar area of the current structure.

1)Student Union dedication2)President John Crain helps dedicate Student Union

1) PARDON THE DUST – Southeastern students and staff dedicated the construction of a new $32 million renovation and enlargement of the War Memorial Student Union Wednesday. Phase I construction, which is scheduled to conclude in November 2013, occurs in the background.

2) UNVEILING - Unveiling a replica of the Student Union dedication plaque at the event are, from left, President John L. Crain, SGA President Branden Summers, and former SGA President David Cavell.

Southeastern recognizes Alumnus of the Year
The president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil Corp.  was honored by the Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association Friday as the university's 2012 Alumnus of the Year.
     Steven Cossé, a native of New Orleans who earned the top position at the El Dorado, Ark.-based international company through 41 years of service, credited his alma mater with providing him the first big jump in his career, when he was hired as a junior accountant at Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company (ODECO) in New Orleans, a subsidiary of Murphy Oil.
     "My job with ODECO was a direct result of the company's previous experience with other Southeastern graduates," said Cossé, a 1969 graduate who later earned his law degree at Loyola University in New Orleans. "The reputation of Southeastern's accounting program, I later learned from my boss, had a major influence in my getting the job.
     Cossé rose through various positions at Murphy Oil, a company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide.
     "My career coincided with tremendous, geometric growth in the international oil industry," he added. "And that meant tremendous growth of ODECO and Murphy Oil. With growth comes opportunities, and I have been the beneficiary of so many opportunities."
     Cossé praised the quality of education and the values he received as a student at Southeastern.
     "The hallmark of any learning institution is the quality of its teachers," he added. "At Southeastern I had many great professors. Not only did Southeastern give me a great jump in my initial career, but it also gave me lifelong values and for that I am forever, forever grateful."
     At the awards event, the establishment of the Murphy Oil Endowed Scholarship was announced. The scholarship was funded by Murphy Oil and Cossé.
     In other awards, John Lejeune Jr. of Bogalusa was recognized as the Young Alumnus of the Year. A North Shore entrepreneur, he started his own disc jockey business as a teenager, working dances at area high schools. He now owns and operates Rock-It Productions, a high-tech DJ company he founded shortly after his graduation from Southeastern in 2002, and later started See Hear Productions, a company that offers lighting, sound and staging for large events such as festivals. Lejeune was the co-star of the VH1 reality television show "Tough Love" that was set in New Orleans, has appeared in HBO's popular "Treme" series and is in an international print media advertising campaign with Chrysler. In 2007 he opened a Snap Fitness center in Bogalusa and added a second Snap Fitness franchise in Lacombe.
     Judge James E. "Jimmy" Kuhn of Ponchatoula, a member of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal and a 1968 Southeastern graduate, was presented the Distinguished Service Award. He has taught history and political science at Southeastern as an adjunct professor and has sponsored visits by representatives of the Army War College on campus.
     The first Loyal Lion Award was presented by President John L. Crain to Dennis James, a former president of the Alumni Association and the Southeastern Foundation. Crain praised James for his willingness to assist the university whenever he has been asked.
     The L.E. Chandler Award, which goes to the faculty, staff or alumnus for their work in assisting students, went to Amanda Robbins, assistant director for residential life.
     Friendship Oak awards were presented to the following individuals and groups:
-- English Instructor Alan Marsh, in recognition of his playwriting accomplishments;

-- Theta Xi Fraternity and Phi Mu sorority in honor of their 50th anniversaries.


1)Alumni of the Year2)Alumni Awards Evening


1) ALUMNI OF THE YEAR - Kathy Pittman, director of the Southeastern Alumni Association, congratulates disc jockey, reality TV actor and entrepreneur John Lejeune Jr. of Bogalusa as the association's Young Alumnus of the Year and Murphy Oil Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Cossé as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year. With them is President John L. Crain.


2) AWARD RECIPIENTS - President Crain, center, congratulates Judge James "Jimmy" Kuhn, left, who received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award, and Dennis James, who was presented the first Loyal Lion Award.


Homecoming Royalty crowned

2012 Homecoming Queen and KingShawndreka Gatlin, left, a senior fashion merchandising major from New Orleans, and Brandon Nettles, a junior communication major from Baton Rouge, were crowned 2012 Homecoming Queen and King Saturday during half time of the Southeastern vs. Central Arkansas football game.
     Gatlin, the daughter of Shawntele and Gary Green, is president of the NAACP Southeastern Chapter, a DSA ambassador, an Orientation Leader for 2012, and a member of Gamma Beta Phi and Sigma Alpha Lambda.
     Nettles, the son of Jennifer Graham and Bryan McCall, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, a 2012 Orientation Leader, and a mentor for Project Pull.

Door Decorating Contest winners

A big thanks to all who participated and helped contribute to the spirit of Homecoming! The following were winners of the campus door decorating contest:

1st place - The Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance

2nd place - Southeastern Foundation

3rd place - The Office of the President


Gumbo YaYa at a glance
1)Gumbo YaYa cake2)Homecoming Court presented at Gumbo YaYa

1) President John L. Crain and 2011 Homecoming King Jordan Leggett cut the ceremonial cake at Gumbo YaYa on Wednesday.

2) The 2012 Homecoming Court was presented at noon at Gumbo YaYa.

Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl winners

1)Quiz Bowl faculty2)Quiz Bowl student team winner


1) HOMECOMING QUIZ BOWL OVERALL WINNER - The faculty team "Cognitive Pi" took top honors at the annual Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Homecoming Quiz Bowl held Tuesday as part of the university's Homecoming Week activities. "Cognitive Pi" won the contest's faculty bracket and then beat the student bracket champs. Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl co-chair Danny Acosta, back row, presented the $100 grand prize and trophy offered by the Southeastern Alumni Association to team members, front row, from left, Kent Neuerburg, professor of mathematics and director of Honors and International Initiatives, and Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty members Rebecca Davis and Lillian Stiegler.

2) HOMECOMING QUIZ BOWL RUNNER-UP"Mitt Romney Style" won the student bracket to claim runner-up honors in the annual Quiz Bowl. Quiz Bowl co-chair Danny Acosta, left, presents the $50 prize to Victoria Davidson of Hammond, Tim Reling of Slidell, Damon Bell of Mandeville and Daniel Dees of Amite.

Decorate Your Tailgate winners and Littlest Lion costume contest winner

1)Decorate Your Tailgate winners 2)Eliza Kate Cowser


1) TAILGATE WINNERS - Winners of the Tailgating Decorating Contest were, from left, Marion Chandler, Marion Ruth and Sonny Chandler, and Louis and Shirley Wiginton.

2) LITTLEST LION WINNER - Two-year-old Eliza Kate Cowser, "Li'l Roomie," won the Costume Contest in Friendship Circle.

Swabbin' 4 Robin

Swabbin for RobinStudents at Southeastern are joining with Be the Match, a national bone marrow donor program, in a year-long effort to educate the public and recruit potential bone marrow donors for patients diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening blood diseases.
     The program is called "Swabbin' 4 Robin" in honor and support of "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, Southeastern basketball star and 1983 graduate. Roberts recently underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disease also known as pre-leukemia. Roberts' sister, WWL-TV morning anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, provided the marrow for the transplant procedure. Robin Roberts is at her home in New York on leave from "Good Morning America" as she recuperates from the procedure.
The 'Swabbin' name also refers to the DNA collection method that requires a simple, painless cheek swab. There is no need to draw blood or any other samples.
     "Our goal is to help educate the campus and the general public about the need for potential donors and to sponsor at least one DNA collection event at competitions of all Southeastern athletic teams," said Whitney Christy, an organizational communication junior from Donaldsonville. "We will also sponsor collection events on campus where students will be encouraged to participate."
     Whitney and senior organizational communication major Chris McKinley of Baton Rouge are spearheading the student-led project. Both have undergone training to be DNA collectors by Be the Match and are busy training other student leaders from various fraternities, sororities, student organizations and athletic teams.
     "It's a very simple process, just a matter of swabbing the inside of the cheek to collect cells for DNA analysis and typing," McKinley said.
     Once the swabs are collected, the information will be coded into the national database of potential donors. There is a particular need for African American donors.
     "African Americans are more genetically diverse than those of other heritages, so it's more difficult to find a donor match," Christy said. "And while the registry has more than nine million potential donors in its database, only about seven percent of these are of African American or black heritage. Only about 66 percent of African American patients ever find a donor match. In fact, the database needs more representation from all minorities"
     McKinley said the goal is to collect as many strongly committed donors as possible from all ethnic groups, particularly those between the ages of 18 and 44. He emphasized the importance of recruiting strongly committed potential donors.
     "The cost of processing the DNA is expensive, about $100 per sample, so it's not anything to be considered lightly or on a whim," he added.
     On-campus partners include the Southeastern Foundation, Athletics Department, Student Government Association, Greek and other student organizations. The campaign will also include T-shirt sales and fund raising activities to help offset costs for Be the Match.
     Christy has a special interest in seeing the project be successful. Her father and namesake, Whitney Joseph Christy, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and received a bone marrow transplant from his sister. The successful transplant was performed in 2002.
     Be the Match is the world's largest, most diverse registry of potential marrow donors and has facilitated more than 50,000 transplants since 1987.
     McKinley said more than 10,000 patients a year are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, and for many of these individuals a marrow transplant from an unrelated donor may be their best hope for a cure.
     According to Be the Match, patients are most likely to match someone who shares their racial heritage.
     For more information, go to the web page or on Facebook at

SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS KICK OFF SWABBIN' 4 ROBIN – Southeastern senior Christopher McKinley demonstrates the swabbing technique for DNA collection to fellow student Whitney Christy as they prepare to launch the Swabbin' 4 Robin campaign designed to increase awareness and the number of potential bone marrow donors. The campaign is being conducted in honor of "Good Morning America" anchor and Southeastern alumna Robin Roberts, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant.

Guest cellist scheduled October 31
Guest artist Craig Hultgren will perform a recital at Southeastern on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
     Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Recital Hall as part of Fanfare, Southeastern's month-long celebration of the arts, the free recital will feature contemporary works for solo and cello and cello with electronics, as well as world premieres by Southeastern faculty Keri Besharse and Philip Schuessler.
     Hultgren will play a solo program of recent compositions for cello. The concert features works by living composers and includes works with amplification, audio soundfile playback and a computer score-reading tablet. All of the pieces have been written for Hultgren.
     The program includes two world premiere performances of works for cello and electronics by Schuessler and Besharse. The concert will begin with two acoustic compositions – "Only Four?" by Charles Knox, professor emeritus at Georgia State University, and "As Guilty as the Artist, No 2," by Mark Gresham, music critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
     Other electronic pieces on the program are "Red Plumes" by Indiana University composer John Gibson and "The Ninth Wave" by Robert Scott Thompson, who teaches at Georgia State University. Hultgren will also perform one of his own unique improvisations.
     For several decades Hultgren has been a proponent for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. In recent years, he has performed solo concerts and chamber music in Rome, Boston, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Denver, Nashville, Memphis and San Antonio. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta.
     A long-time cellist in the Alabama Symphony, he also plays in Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings.
     For 10 years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. Last year, he completed a three-year stint as a CAMA artist for the St. Louis New Music Circle.
     He teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College, where he has directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and current president of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, an active group of composers and new music enthusiasts.
     He also serves on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama. This organization has instituted an important program called Scrollworks that offers free music instruction to at-risk, inner-city youth.
For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Louisiana health care needs to change, speaker says
health care speakerLouisiana is trying to work more strategically in the area of health care delivery in order to make the system more efficient and effective, an official with the Department of Health and Hospitals said at last week's program entitled Health Care Reality.
     Sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in partnership with North Oaks Health System, the professional development program was part of the university's Homecoming Week activities.
     Carol H. Steckel, director of the state's Center of Health Care Innovation and Technology, told the audience that Louisiana is making big bets on three major initiatives designed to improve quality and better control costs. These include a new managed care program called Bayou Health, the development of behavioral health partnerships, and improvement in birth outcomes.
     Steckel was a last minute replacement for DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein who was unable to participate.
     Steckel noted that Louisiana ranks among the bottom in various health report cards, including overuse of hospitals and emergency rooms.
     "We can't do business as we have before, we have to be more strategic," she said. "Louisiana needs to get out of the business of providing direct care by moving more towards privatization. We will be a better system after we go through this."


Education summit scheduled
A collaborative summit meeting to discuss key issues regarding children, families, schools and society in southeast Louisiana will be held at Southeastern on Thursday, Nov. 1.
     Sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development with financial support from Entergy, the free program will be held in the Kiva auditorium on the 2nd floor of the university's Teacher Education Center on North General Pershing Avenue.
     The program is open to the public and is designed primarily for educators, school administrators and professionals in children's advocacy and social services. Attendees can participate in any or all of the sessions.
     Speakers will make short presentations on a variety of topics from 12:30 to 4:40 p.m. John Fischetti, dean of the college, will present a keynote address at 5 p.m., followed by a panel discussion featuring various leaders in education, government, and child advocacy service. The program will conclude with an open discussion.
     "For too long we have worked in silos across community agencies, businesses, schools, colleges, government, etc., all attempting to meet the complex needs of children and families," Fischetti said. "It is important to work together more effectively to really address the impact of poverty and other social issues that jeopardize our educational, social and economic future."
     Among the topics to be discussed are a look at educational policy in Louisiana, educational leaders as community alliance builders, classroom management, issues related to child abuse and neglect, parenting skills, bullying, and needs and interventions for children with incarcerated parents.
     The panel discussion will be moderated by Southeastern Professor of Teaching and Learning James Kirylo, who has played a major role in school reforms in Hammond. Also participating are Hammond City Councilman Lemar Marshall; Darrell Fairburn, superintendent of Washington Parish School System; Southeastern student teacher Marian Usey; attorney Lila Tritico Hogan; and CASA Chief Executive Officer Rob Carlisle.
     For more information, contact the College of Education and Human Development at 549-2217.

Southeastern Concert Choir to perform November 1
The Southeastern Department of Fine and Performing Arts' Concert Choir and Women's Chorale will present "Nocturnes," a free concert featuring the works of Dan Forrest, on Thursday, Nov. 1.
     The 7:30 p.m. event, to be conducted by Southeastern Director of Choral Activities Alissa Mercurio Rowe, will be held at the First United Methodist Church, located at 2200 Rue Denise in Hammond.
     Rowe said "Nocturnes" is three movements for chorus and percussion ensemble that include 'Stars,' 'Lightly Stepped a Yellow Star,' and 'Thou Motive of the Stars.' The groups will also perform 'Sure on This Shining Night,' by Morten Lauridsen and Gustav Holst's 'I Love my Love.'
     "The Concert Choir and Women's Chorale are two of our most accomplished and brilliant choral ensembles," said Fine and Performing Arts Department Head Ken Boulton. "Under Dr. Rowe's direction, these students display the very highest levels of musical expression and sensitivity, as well as consummate creativity in programming. For all lovers of the human voice, this concert is not to be missed."
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.

Administration and Finance to host Relay for Life fundraiser Nov. 7
The Division of Administration and Finance will host a Relay for Life Fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Mall.
     The division is selling pulled pork sandwiches for $4 and pulled pork sandwich dinners for $7 that include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw and a dessert. Pre-orders are being accepted now through Nov. 2. To ensure there is a sandwich or dinner for you on Nov. 7, contact Corliss Dupuy no later than Friday, Nov. 2 at extension 5653 with your order.
     In addition to delicious food, the division is also offering great fun in the form of a dunking booth. Throughout the day, various deans, coaches and department directors will be in place, ready to get dunked. Take your best shot with two throws for $3 and help fight cancer at the same time!
     T-shirts are also available for $13 each or two for $25. The shirts are heather gray with green and gold artwork. Checks for t-shirts can be made payable to American Cancer Society.
     For more information, contact Mary Lou Imbraguglio at extension 5773.

Sherman Scholarship awarded to Southeastern student
Southeastern awards Sherman ScholarshipMembers of the Sherman family present the William F. Sherman, M.D. Memorial Scholarship to Southeastern student Nicholas Foto of Covington, right.
     The Sherman family endowed the scholarship in memory of the late Dr. William Sherman of Ponchatoula, a 1971 Southeastern graduate, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1976. It supports students seeking careers in medicine.
     Pictured are, from left, Judy Sherman, Hammond dentist Kenneth Sherman, and Foto

Southeastern to host Irish step dance class

Southeastern is hosting a free Irish step dancing demonstration class on Thursday, Nov. 15, compliments of the Northshore Irish Dance Performance Academy.
     Scheduled from 5 - 7 p.m. on Southeastern's main campus in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, room 153, the event is free and open to all dancers ages 10 and up. The course will teach basic to intermediate Irish dance steps.
     According to course instructor and Southeastern student Ariel Assaf, participants can expect a fun and high energy environment, lots of jumping, rhythm, stomping, leaping and Irish music.
     "For newcomers looking to lose weight, tone up and get a fantastic cardio workout, Irish Dancing is a fun way to achieve those goals," Assaf said. "Both men and women are encouraged to come, even if only to observe."
     All dance majors are encouraged to attend, Assaf said. Athletic training majors are also encouraged to participate, as Irish Dance classes focus on toning muscles, increasing flexibility, improving coordination, and strengthening the cardiovascular system.
     Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable attire, bring dance shoes, including tap, tennis shoes and a bottle of water.
     For more information, contact Assaf at

Hyde elected president of Gulf South Historical Association

Sam HydeSoutheastern Professor of History Samuel C. Hyde has been elected president of the Gulf South Historical Association (GSHA).
     Holder of the Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies and director of the university's Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Hyde was elected at the recent Gulf South History and Humanities Conference held Oct. 18-20 in Pensacola, Fla. He is a resident of Denham Springs.
     The conference is an annual event sponsored by the GSHA and explores all aspects of the history and cultures of the Gulf South and the Caribbean Basin. GHSA is a consortium of universities and historical organizations and agencies in the Gulf South and Latin America.
     Also at the conference, Southeastern Associate Professor of History Randy Sanders was selected to serve as conference coordinator for the coming year.

Pottery Sale scheduled Nov. 26 and 27
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will be having its 10th annual Ceramic Christmas Pottery Sale at the Student Union the Monday and Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 and 27.
     The pottery is made by faculty and students to help fund the ceramic programs.

Comments on graduate nursing program solicited
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will conduct an initial accreditation review of the master's in nursing degree program offered by Southeastern in a consortium with other south Louisiana institutions.
     The review will be conducted March 4-6 in order to assess the program's compliance with CCNE standards. Other institutions that participate in the graduate nursing degree program are the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, McNeese State University in Lake Charles and Nicholl State University in Thibodaux.
     Federal regulations require that accrediting agencies allow for public comment on the qualifications of institutions or programs under consideration for continuing accreditation, according to CCNE.
     Individuals with pertinent and valid information about the program are invited to submit their comments by Feb. 5 in writing to CCNE. Only signed comments will be accepted by the agency.
     Information should be sent to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education at One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120.

Center for Faculty Excellence and Sims Library showcase services for Faculty
Sims Memorial Library and the Center for Faculty Excellence are co-sponsoring a two-day showcase of support services for new and returning faculty.
     On Wednesday, October 31, the library will host The Sims Library Faculty Browse on the third floor outside the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Two identical sessions will take place, a morning browse (9 - 10:30 a.m.) and an afternoon browse (2 - 3:30 p.m.). Departmental liaisons and library department heads will be introduced and will be available at individual stations to provide information on ordering materials for the library's collection, providing reference assistance and instruction, obtaining interlibrary loans, charging out materials, placing items on reserve, searching government documents, and much more.
     Since it is Halloween, there will be treats and a few tricks as well. Reservations are not necessary but encouraged (email Dayne Sherman at Feel free to come in costume.
     The Center's annual Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, anytime from 2-4 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and 105. Come by, enjoy refreshments, get tips for completing your professional portfolio and see what the Center can offer you in the way of equipment and assistance. For your convenience, sample portfolios will be on display and experienced faculty will be available to answer questions.
     For information on the Faculty Browse, contact Dayne Sherman at the Library 549-3965. For information on the Portfolio Fair and the Center's Open House, contact the Center 549-5791.

Senior LAECA group attends conference
leaca Southeastern's senior Louisiana Early Childhood Association group attended the annual conference Oct. 20, and presented on the importance of morning meetings in an early childhood classroom.
     This group of seven early childhood education majors received great evaluations from educators across Louisiana on their successful presentation. The group was supervised by Dr. Donna LaCaze of Southeastern's Education Department.

Standing, from left, are Caitlin Davis, Jennifer Senac, and Kaylin Cruise. Bottom, from left, is Meghan Montalbano. Standing to the right of the poster, from left, are Juanita Ballard, Kristen Davis, and Jennifer Rhoto.

Extended Studies special series for Southeastern employees

The Division of Extended Studies is offering a special seminar series exclusively for Southeastern employees on How Money Works. The free series will begin on Thursday, Nov. 8, and includes the sessions below.


How Money Works: Financial Success on a salary (Thursday, November 8, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m).
Are you a Southeastern employee ready to take control of your financial success? In part I of How Money Works, you will learn the relationship between time, savings and debt. Financial success on a salary can happen if you take charge. This workshop is free.

How Money Works: Budgeting on a salary (Nov.13, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.)
Are you a Southeastern employee ready to take control of your budget? In part II of How Money Works, you will learn basic budgeting concepts including recommended allocations for budget categories, how to create a workable budget, the components of a budget, and tips for reducing everyday expenses. Budgeting on a salary can happen if you take charge. This workshop is free.

How Money Works: Saving and Investing on a salary (Nov. 15, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.)
Are you a Southeastern employee ready to take control of your financial success savings and investments? In part III of How Money Works, you will learn basic investing concepts including the Rule of 72, the three Ds of investing, the benefits of an IRA, and advantages of a Mutual Fund. Saving and investing on a salary can be successful if you take charge. This workshop is free.

Extended Studies news

ACT Preparation Course (Thursdays, Nov. 5 – Dec. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to assist high school students to develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $250.

Microsoft Learning Series: Introduction to Word (Monday, Nov. 5 & Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This course is designed for individuals for students who have basic computer knowledge, but would like to learn Microsoft Word. Students will learn to create, format, and modify Word documents. This includes using graphics and tables to enhance documents. Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate of completion. The cost of this workshop is $120 with the book included.

Project Management Professional (Nov. 5 & Nov. 7, 9 am to 4 pm)
The goal of this course is to prepare project managers and others planning on pursuing a career in project management with test knowledge and tools to successfully pass the PMP Certification Exam. The course is based on Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge. The cost is $740.

Basic Video Editing (Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 6 - 15, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Everyone is shooting video these days, whether from a phone, SLR, HD camera, or iPad. No matter the source, this hands-on course will teach the basic film editing skills needed to get professional results from footage. This class is an introduction to post-production film editing, where participants will learn to import video, create a workflow, use editing techniques, transitions and effects, create titles, and turn the edited video into files for viewing on computers and TV. The cost is $150.


To register, or for further details on these or other courses that are available please visit:
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Center for Faculty Excellence news
Lunch N' Learn
The Center for Faculty Excellence continues its 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 last of our sessions this semester with this series and join us for a light lunch and stimulating conversation.
     Lunch N' Learn will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. June Williams, interim department head of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, will present "Resilience: Transformation through Adversity."
     This session will assist participants in exploring the concept that even when we experience difficult times (personally, professionally), there is the potential for us to discover strengths and supports that were previously not tapped and not simply "make it through," but to experience positive growth as a result of the adversity.

Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair
The Center's annual Open House and Professional Portfolio Fair will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2 - 4 p.m. in Tinsley Hall, rooms 103 and 105.
     Come by, enjoy refreshments, get tips for completing your professional portfolio and see what the Center can offer you in the way of equipment and assistance. For your convenience, sample portfolios will be on display and experienced faculty will be available to answer questions.

Southeastern in the news
Action 17 News
Hammond Kiwanis hears about Doomsday

Southeastern dedicates Student Union project

Amite Tangi Digest
Southeastern Chamber Orchestra presents Spoooktacular II

Southeastern offers educational summit on condition of children, families, schools

Steckel replaces Greenstein at Southeastern health summit

Comments invited on nursing program at Southeastern for accreditation

Sherman family gives memorial scholarship to Nicholas Foto

BR Advocate
Timeline set for search for UL System President

Degree program targets dropouts

Concerts, lectures part of final week of SLU's Fanfare

SLU group to honor Murphy Oil CEO

Professor publishes textbook on acting

SLU lecture:corporate radio killed DJs

SLU professor earns Phi Kappa Phi honor

SLU offers policy update on tailgating

Women invited to self-defense class

Hammond Daily Star
Fresh on campus: Southeastern student group hosts farmers' market

Project dedication: Once finished, Southeastern's student union will double in size

Summit at SLU aims to join forces, kids

Gumbo YaYa: Annual event kicks off Homecoming Week

SLU professor questions the end of the world
The Age of Facebook, Politics and Broken Friendships

WDSU-TV, New Orleans
SLU to host education summit

This Week in Fine and Performing Arts

October 4 through November 2
Paintings by Karen Ann Myers, A Room of Her Own, Contemporary Art Gallery

The Photography of Evan Baden, Technically Intimate, Contemporary Art Gallery

Special Guest Artist Alumni Exhibition: Elizabeth Ann Chase, Contemporary Art Gallery

Maya Erdelyi Perez (Animations), New Media Gallery

Monday, October 29

Spooktacular II, Chamber Orchestra concert, Columbia Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30
Flute Studio Recital, Pottle Annex Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Saxophone Chamber Recital, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31
Guest Artist Recital Series: Craig Hultgren, cello, Pottle Annex Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 1
Saxophone Studio Recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale, First United Methodist Church Hammond, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 2
Kimberly Dupre, senior soprano recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Fiona Allen, junior soprano recital, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 5
Oleksiy Hamov, graduate violin recital, Pottle Annex Recital Hall, 6 p.m.

Thomas Huckaby, junior trumpet recital, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.


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

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team takes on the defending Southland Conference champions, the soccer team competes in the Southland Tournament, basketball season tips off with Full Court Fest and the volleyball team looks to clinch a postseason berth during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     For the second straight week, the Lion football team (3-5, 3-1 Southland) will face a nationally ranked league opponent. The Lions will travel to Huntsville, Texas on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest at No. 5 Sam Houston State. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     The soccer team (11-6-1, 5-2-1 Southland) carries a four-match winning streak into its seventh straight trip to the Southland Conference Tournament. The Lady Lions are the tournament's third seed and will face host McNeese State at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Lake Charles. Should Southeastern make it through its opening round match, they will face No. 2 seed Lamar on Friday at 7 p.m. Sunday's final is set for 1 p.m. Live stats and video will be provided for the entire tournament by the Southland and can be accessed at
     Fans will have an opportunity to take their first look at the Southeastern basketball teams on Tuesday, when Southeastern hosts the annual Full Court Fest at 7 p.m. in the University Center. The first 500 students receive free t-shirts and four lucky students will get to crawl for $500 in cash. Full Court Fest will also feature a dunk contest, special performances and on-court student contests. With Halloween the next day, a costume contest will also be held. First place is $50 and second place is $25. The top three in the contest will also receive a Southeastern prize pack.
     The volleyball team (10-15, 5-10 Southland) heads into the week on the verge of clinching its first Southland Tournament berth since 2009. With four matches left in the regular season, the Lady Lions need a win or a Lamar loss to move into the field for the league tournament, scheduled for Nov. 16-18, in Conway, Ark. Southeastern opens the week on Thursday, facing Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas. On  Saturday, the Lady Lions will be at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a 1 p.m. league contest.

Tuesday, October 30
Men's and Women's Basketball, Full Court Fest, University Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 1
Soccer, at McNeese State (SLC Tournament – First Round), Lake Charles, 7 p.m.
Volleyball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 7 p.m.*

Friday, November 2
Soccer, vs. Lamar (SLC Tournament - Semifinals), Lake Charles, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 3
Football, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Volleyball, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, November 4
Soccer, SLC Tournament Finals, Lake Charles, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) will be exhibiting new work at the Henry Hood Gallery in Covington the month of November.
     Several faculty from Sims Library presented at the LOUIS Users Conference in Baton Rouge on October 15 and 16. Dr. Chad Pearson spoke on "Determining Relevance in an Information-Saturated Age." Angela Dunnington and Bethany Simpson presented "Cutting the Cord: Circulating Wireless Laptops and Migrating to the Cloud." Amy Baptist and Cathy Tijerino spoke on "Beyond Subject Headings: 'Tagging' Records with Local Entries in the Catalog." Penny Hecker and Beth West presented "Creating Online Accountability: More Challenges in an Information Literacy Credit Course." Beth Stahr, Dayne Sherman and Ladonna Guillot spoke on "Preserving the Union: Grant Collaborations are a Win-Win for Academic Libraries." Beth Stahr served on a panel discussion for the LALINC Information Literacy Committee.
     A scholarly book on 17th century British poet Andrew Marvell by Dr. Joan Faust (English) has just been released by the University of Delaware Press. Titled Andrew Marvell's Liminal Lyrics: The Space Between, the work is an interdisciplinary study of Marvell's major lyric poems in the context of the anthropological concept of liminality.
     Six members of the History and Political Science Department recently participated in the 30th annual Gulf South History and Humanities Conference in Pensacola, Fla. Keith Finley presented a paper in a session titled "Social Change and Resistance in the Gulf South" that also included recent History M.A. graduate Cody Scallions. Samuel Hyde, Jr. presented a paper titled "Burning Bowling Green: Continuity vs. Discontinuity in Louisiana's Florida Parishes," and Victoria Mocsary presented a paper titled "Hungarian Settlement Louisiana, 1896-2012:  A Synthesis."  Al Dranguet served as chair/commentator for a session highlighting Gulf South Research Resources, and Randy Sanders chaired a session on the Slave Trade in the Gulf South and Caribbean Basin. History M.A. candidate Jeff Swarner presented a paper titled "The Beginnings of a Perfect Union: The Mutual Dependency of Baptists and Plain Folk in the Antebellum South." 

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