Albertson's hosts Tailgate Kickoff

Seven compete for Miss Southeastern

Opera Workshop announces cast

Prisoners' Rights Conference Friday

Career Services seminars offered


Fine and Performing Arts news

Extended Studies news

Institutional Research news

Fall 2012 SOT Calendar

Annual security and fire report

Food prep and safety course

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Albertson's hosts Tailgate Kickoff event

1) Pep rally cheerleaders2) Albertson's Manager

1) Cheerleaders and Lionettes join the Spirit of the Southland Band to celebrate Green and Gold Week Friday at Albertson's.

2) President John L. Crain, left, and Albertson's Manager Kevin Brunelle rev up the crowd during the Tailgate Kickoff event.

Seven students compete for Miss Southeastern 2013 crown

Crystal Gonzales Averi Harris Renee Picou Bethany Putnam Crystal Schayot Erin St. Pierre Hailee Weber

Crystal Gonzalez

Averi Harris Renee' Picou

Bethany Putnam

Crystal Schayot

Erin St. Pierre Hailee Weber

Seven Southeastern students will compete on Sept. 15 for the title of Miss Southeastern 2013.
     Jennifer Jarreau of Denham Springs, Miss Southeastern 2012, will crown her successor in the annual pageant scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium located on campus.
     Sponsored by the Campus Activity Board, the pageant has been a part of Southeastern's history since 1949 and a Miss America preliminary since 1962.  Tickets are available at the CAB office in the Student Union, room 201. Admission is free, but an assigned ticket from CAB is required for admission. For the fourth consecutive year, those unable to attend the competition can view it via the Internet at
     The theme of the 2013 Pageant is "Hollywood," said CAB Coordinator Todd McElroy.
Emcees for the event are Veda Abene, retired manager of administration and operations in the Division of Extended Studies, and Michael Kyles, a Southeastern graduate and teacher at Hammond High Magnet School.
     Contestants for the title are sophomore kinesiology major Crystal Gonzalez of Hammond, sophomore kinesiology major Averi Harris and senior general studies major Crystal Schayot, both of Slidell; sophomore biology major Renee' Picou of Livingston; sophomore vocal performance major Bethany Putnam of Mandeville; junior kinesiology major Erin St. Pierre of Larose; and freshman communication major Hailee Weber of Destrehan.
     The contestants will compete in five categories: personal interview, on-stage question, swimsuit, talent and evening wear.
McElroy said the pageant will again feature the "Miracle Maker Award" as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America national platform, the Children's Miracle Network.
     "The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the Miracle Maker Award," he said. "The donations will benefit the Children's Miracle Network."
     Containers for donations in each 2013 contestant's name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant.
     Miss Southeastern 2013 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in June in Monroe.
     For additional information, call 985-549-3805.

Cast chosen for Opera Workshop's "The Light in the Piazza"
Southeastern's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Broadway musical, "The Light in the Piazza," on Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     Nominated for 11 Tony awards in 2011 and winner of six, including Best Original Score for composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, "The Light in the Piazza" opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in April 2005. The production ran for over a year and is one of the most original musicals to open on Broadway in many years, said Chuck Effler, director of Southeastern's Opera Music/Theatre Workshop.
     "The musical score moves away from the tradition in the last decade of using pop music as inspiration; instead, the score is based on classical, neoromantic harmonies and melodies, with lush orchestrations; the dialog is crisp and moves the plot forward at a brisk pace," said Effler. "You'll never sit in the audience and think, 'ah, I hear a song coming on,' as you might in another musical. The dialog and musical numbers are seamlessly woven together to tell the unique story of this show."
     Set in Florence, Italy, in 1953, the story follows an American woman, Margaret, and her daughter, Clara, on their vacation. Clara meets an Italian boy, Fabrizio Naccarelli, and they fall in love; but Clara is more complicated than she initially appears – a beautiful American girl on her first trip to Italy – and Margaret must embark on a personal journey that is both painful and poignant.
Fabrizio, along with most of his family, excluding his father, speaks almost no English. His first song is sung entirely in Italian, and there's a lot of spoken Italian dialog, or broken Italian, in the case of the Americans.
     "The Columbia is a new venue for fall and spring Opera Workshop productions; the only productions that were there in the past have been summer musicals," Effler said. "The staff and cast are looking forward to working in the Columbia, which, since its renovation several years ago, is a wonderful theatre to mount this type of production."
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Alton Geno for this production. Geno has directed recent Opera Workshop productions of "The Music Man," "The Wizard of Oz," and "South Pacific."
     Cast members include Karista Filopoulos of Abita Springs as Margaret; Bridget Lyons Zeringue of Ponchatoula as Clara; Joshua Williams of Mandeville as Fabrizio; Jarred Frey of New Orleans as Giuseppe; Anastasiia Ped of Ukraine, Kherson, as Franca; Colby McCurdy of Slidell as Signor; Sarah Bertrand of Covington as Signora; BriAnna Dewar of Slidell as Tour Guide; and Chase Ledet of Schriever as Priest.
     Ensemble members include Fiona Allen of Jackson, Jonathan Dupre of Luling, Allison Joiner of Ponchatoula, Lawrence Joiner of Loranger, Jeremy Lloyd of Baton Rouge, Amanda Lucas of Albany, Mary Marlbrough of Covington, Justin Mihalik of Geismar, and Kristina Temple of Amite.
     Effler will serve as musical director and conductor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty and staff members Steve Schepker and Ellen Sovkoplas will design the sets and lighting, and Amanda Klipsch of Mandeville will serve as stage manager.
     Advance tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will also be available beginning one hour prior to each performance. Ticket prices are $21 for adults; $16 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students; and $8 for children twelve and younger. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their ID.
     The script for "The Light in the Piazza" was written by Craig Lucas; music and lyrics are by Adam Guettel. Opera Workshop's production is produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co., owner of the original motion picture "Light in the Piazza," which was based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop contact Effler at

Organization to host prisoners' rights conference at SoutheasternQuigley
The Southeastern Sociological Association will host a prisoners' rights conference Friday, Sept. 14, at Southeastern.
     Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the War Memorial Student Union, the conference is open to the public. Speakers will examine issues related to prisoners' rights in Louisiana. The program is expected to draw academic professionals, as well as lawyers, students, advocates, activists and former prisoners.
     Registration is $25 for professionals, $12 for students and low income individuals and free for former prisoners. Registration can be paid at the door and includes lunch. More information can be obtained from Conference Coordinator Rebecca Hensley at 985-549-5731, or 985-201-4393 or by e-mail at
     "One out of every 86 adults in Louisiana is behind bars," said Hensley, an instructor in sociology at Southeastern.
     According to Hensley, the State of Louisiana has more people incarcerated per capita than any other societal group in the history of the human race.
     The keynote address entitled "The Business of Incarceration in Louisiana: Do Prisoners Have Human Rights?" will be delivered by Bill Quigley (right), professor and director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University in New Orleans. Quigley is also associate legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.
     The program will include other speakers, breakout sessions, planning workgroups and time to network. Sessions will cover a variety of topics, including long-term solitary confinement, capital punishment, natural life sentencing, minority over-representation, community re-entry issues and burdens on prisoners' families.
     Conference sponsors include the Community Futures Collective, the Campaign to Free the Angola 3, and the New Orleans office of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Southeastern students, alumni invited to professional presence and etiquette seminars
Southeastern students and alumni are invited to participate in professional presence and etiquette seminars in anticipation of Career Fair 2012, the Office of Career Services' annual university wide career event on Sept. 20.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, the seminars are scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. in Garrett Hall, room 14 and Monday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union, room 223.
     "Participants will learn how to more effectively interact with employers, dress in acceptable attire, and better prepare one's time before, during and after Career Fair 2012," said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services.
     Over 125 employers will participate in Career Fair 2012, which is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
     Resume FAQs and samples are also available at For additional information on Career Fair 2012 or pre-fair seminars, visit or contact Career Services at (985) 549-2121 or

This Week in Fine and Performing Arts

Monday, September 10
William Jackson, Junior Percussion Recital
6 pm, Pottle Auditorium

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

August 30 - September 21
Kevin Jones Installation in New Media Gallery
Contemporary Art Gallery

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

Extended Studies news

Instant Piano for Busy People (Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5:30 to 9 p.m.)
Spend one enjoyable evening learning the secrets of piano playing and discover how playing the piano can add music and enjoyment to life. Students will learn all the chords needed to play any song, any style, and in any key. This workshop is for beginners, focusing on chord piano techniques, not note memorization. A $25 book will be provided by the instructor, along with a 68 minute practice CD. The cost is $55.

ACT Preperation Course (Mondays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 22, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. The cost is $250.


Excel Learning Series: Intermediate Excel (Monday, Sept. 24 & Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This workshop is designed for individuals who already have basic Microsoft Excel skills. Through this workshop, students will learn how to use advanced formulas and functions, create and edit charts and graphs, use absolute cell references, create and sort tables, protect workbooks, and create Pivot Tables to summarize data. The cost is $120, including the book.


ACT Preperation Course (Thursdays, September 20 – October 25, 5 to 7 pm)
This course is designed to help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing Mathematics and English. The cost is $250.


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

Institutional Research & Assessment news
Faculty who are interested in keeping the SOT Scannable forms from the Summer 2010, Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters should pick them up in the Institutional Research Office. Please note that these are the original bubble forms as completed by students, not the SOT rating summaries or reports.
     As stated in the Student Opinion of Teaching Policy Manual, SOT scan forms will be made available after one year to each faculty member for whom data was collected. However, faculty may obtain only those data forms for which he or she is the instructor of record.
     Faculty who are interested in receiving these data forms should contact Glenda in the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment at ext. 2077 or e-mail her at These forms must be picked up no later than September 30, 2011. Forms that have not been picked up by the faculty members will be shredded.

Fall 2012 SOT Calendar
According to the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment, all faculty, department heads, and deans should note the following schedule for the administration of the Student Opinion of Teaching (SOT) instruments for the Fall 2012 semester:

Term 1 (Aug. 17 – Oct. 3)
Packets delivered to Departments on Wed., Sept. 26
Administration of SOT is Thurs.-Wed., Sept. 27–Oct. 3
Deadline to be returned to IR&A is Wed., Oct. 3

Full Term (Aug. 17 – Nov. 30)
Packets delivered to Departments on Fri., Nov. 1
Administration of SOT is Mon.-Fri., Nov. 5 – 16
Deadline to be returned to IR&A is Fri., Nov. 16

Term 2 (Oct. 10 – Nov. 30)
Packets delivered to Departments on Tues., Nov. 20
Administration of SOT is Mon.-Fri., Nov. 26 – 30
Deadline to be returned to IR&A is Fri., Nov. 30

Annual Security and Fire Report available on-line
According to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), institutions which participate in Federal student financial aid programs are required to provide information to the public regarding campus safety and security policies and procedures. Statistics regarding crimes and fires related to their campuses must also be reported. The definition set used for this format is according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and updates are made no later than October 1 every year for statistics from the previous year.
     Southeastern is dedicated to providing a safe,secure and crime-free environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to our Hammond Campus, Baton Rouge Nursing Center, Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center, and St. Tammany Center. Many individuals and departments are involved in campus safety and security. This information can help keep you and others safe at Southeastern.
     At Southeastern, we endeavor to consistently provide accurate information to our community regarding the safety of our campus. In furtherance of these efforts, we make our Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports available electronically at:
     This page links directly to each of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for our various campuses for the calendar year 2010. The files are in .pdf format for easy viewing and printing.

Food Preparation and Safety Course
The Food Policy and Procedure for Student Organizations and Departmental Units has a requirement which must be met if an organization or departmental unit wishes to purchase raw and/or perishable food products for preparation and handling for any reason on campus. The policy for approval of this action is: that at least one individual from the student organization or departmental unit must have attended and completed the Food Preparation and Safety Course sponsored by Student Development. At least one certified individual must be present during the entire event.
     These certification classes will be held each semester and certification will be good for two calendar years. Our next classes are scheduled for Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union 223, please attend one of the courses. Without this certification, no group will be approved for cooking and/or handling raw food and their requests will be denied.
     There is no cost for the course, but we do need to know the number of attendees in advance. If you or someone in your group will be attending please call the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs office at 3792 to register.

Southeastern in the news
Action 17 News
Hammond Chamber celebrates green and gold week

BR Advocate
Project Heal: Day of dance classes to raise awareness of eating disorders

New Orleans CityBusiness
UNO plans to recruit in Southeastern's backyard

Southeastern sponsoring 'Let the good times roar' contest

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team faces a short week, while the volleyball team opens Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion football team (0-2) will head to Martin, Tenn. on Thursday in search of the first win of the Ron Roberts Era. The 6 p.m. contest versus host Tennessee-Martin will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at
     Fresh off a second place finish at its 2012 Lion Classic, the volleyball team (4-4) will host a pair of matches to open league play. The Lady Lions welcome McNeese State for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday before Lamar visits the University Center on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match.
     Currently on a three-match winning streak, the women's soccer team (4-2) continues its season-long six-match home stand this week. On Friday, Mississippi Valley State comes to the Southeastern Soccer Complex for a 4:30 p.m. match. In-state foe Louisiana Tech visits on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
     The men's and women's cross country teams will compete in their second meet of the fall this week. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the Azalea City Classic in Mobile, Ala.
     The men's golf team, which has represented Southeastern in the NCAA Regionals for three straight seasons, will open the fall this week. The Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Miss. to compete at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, September 10
Men's Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Tuesday, September 11
Men's Golf, at Sam Hall Intercollegiate, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day

Thursday, September 13
Football, at Tennessee-Martin, Martin, Tenn., 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Volleyball, vs. McNeese State, University Center, 7 p.m.*

Friday, September 14
Women's Soccer, vs. Mississippi Valley State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 15
Volleyball, vs. Lamar, University Center, 2 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at Azalea City Classic, Mobile, Ala., All Day

Sunday, September 16
Women's Soccer, vs. Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.

Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) is exhibiting at the Caffery Gallery in Baton Rouge through September. His one-person exhibition has ceramics, painting and sculpture. The exhibition was featured on MPR with an interview about the new work. Sipiorski is also working on a book of images related to the exhibition which is due out in January of 2013.
     Southeastern School of Nursing faculty recently presented their scholarly work at a research conference, Transforming Research into Practice, hosted by Our Lady of the Lake Health System in Baton Rouge. The 2012 annual conference, aimed at generating interest in and commitment to nursing scholarship, evidence-based practice and quality patient outcomes, featured Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, a widely recognized expert in evidence-based practice and intervention research. Dr. Eileen Creel and Dr. Kenneth Tillman presented their research findings entitled, "Stigmatization of Overweight Patients by Nurses." Dr. Luanne Billingsley presented "Lessons Learned as an Avatar Researcher: Using Technology to Facilitate Research and Develop Education and Practice Partnerships."
     Samuel Hyde (History/Center for Southeast La. Studies - Archives) concluded a contract with Louisiana State University Press for a new volume on Southern History tentatively titled "The Enigmatic South."  He also appeared in multiple episodes of the History Channel program "Cajun Pawn Stars" and will be featured in a forthcoming episode of the Discovery Channel program "Fatal Encounters."  He provided testimony as an expert witness in the capital appeal case Wearry vs. Cain, taped two radio interviews with the South Arkansas Radio Network, and completed nine presentations with regional historical and civic organizations.
     Thomas A. DeVaney and Nan B. Adams (Educational Leadership and Technology), Mitzi P. Trahan (University of Louisiana Lafayette), and Flo Hill-Winstead (formerly of Southeastern) had a paper accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Research in theSchools. The article is entitled "The Revised School Culture Elements Questionnaire: Gender and Grade Level Invariant?"

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