Golden Silence 2013

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day

President's Honor Roll

Bedell nominated for Poet Laureate

Locker naming opportunity offered

Let's Talk Art March 20

Call for Presentations

Undergrad students present

Extended Studies news


Southeastern in the news

Fine and Performing Arts news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Golden Silence remembers the deceased
Golden Silence 2013Marion Ruth Chandler of Hammond, right, and friend Libby Covington listen to the recitation of names of Southeastern faculty, staff, students and alumni who died in the past year.
     The university's annual Golden Silence ceremony was held on Wednesday (March 13). Mrs. Chandler was attending the ceremony in memory of her late husband Dr. Davis "Sonny" Chandler, a loyal fan of the Southeastern Lions.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day set for March 19
Faculty and staff are invited to a free tailgate on Tuesday, March 19, prior to the baseball game versus South Alabama at Alumni Field.
     Co-sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association and Human Resources, the tailgate will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Alumni Field and last until game time at 6 p.m. Game tickets are available to faculty and staff and family for $1 each.

Southeastern named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service for third consecutive yearHonor Roll logo

Southeastern has been recognized for its spirit of community service by being named to a national honors list for the third consecutive year.
     The university was listed again this year on the President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service, which recognizes institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
     The honor cites the work of more than 5,300 Southeastern students who provided approximately 133,000 hours of voluntary service to national and area non-profit agencies and other organizations. The estimated value of this work is $3.1 million.
     "Southeastern is proud to again be listed on the national President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service," said Southeastern President John L. Crain. "Our students, faculty and staff over the years have demonstrated a strong spirit of volunteerism. Their willingness to give back to the communities in which we live and work is evident and is highly valued."
     Tena Golding, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, which oversees service-learning projects at the university, said the culture of service at Southeastern is evident in the growth of student-led projects.
     "The Big Event, a Student Government Association-sponsored initiative, recently completed its third service day, attracting about 800 students who worked at 40 job sites in the area, doing painting, landscaping, trash pickup and other jobs," she said. "Nursing students provided more than 1,700 hours of health services, while teacher candidates tutored hundreds of at-risk students through programs like the After School Achievement Program, Project Step Up and Reach Out and Read."
     The university was recognized for both its community service activities – general service projects not linked to any specific course work – and its service-learning projects.
     Student volunteersGolding explained that service-learning projects are integrated with academic courses and strongly tied to course objectives. Through service-learning, the academic theories and principles of the classroom are used in real world applications. Examples, she said, include teacher candidates presenting an anti-bullying campaign for local PreK-third grade students to gain a better perspective of the impact bullying can have on young children's self-esteem and learning; and sociology students analyzing community-based research and applying their knowledge of social organizations and sustainable food systems to promote the local food economy.
     "Community service projects and service-learning are both highly valuable and commendable," she said. "Both contribute to helping students become motivated, experienced leaders and citizens, who are cognizant of society's needs.
     According to Southeastern's report, in 2011-12, service-learning activities were incorporated into 67 academic course sections involving more than 1,700 students.
     In general community service activities, Golding said fraternities and sororities alone documented more than 22,700 service hours and donated nearly $69,500 to non-profit agencies.
     The report also noted contributions of Southeastern faculty and staff members who logged more than 12,200 hours of service, and participated in campus-wide fundraising campaigns for organizations such as the United Way, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

SERVICE WORK RECOGNIZED -- Southeastern students lay sod and plant azaleas on campus as part of The Big Event, a major community service activity that attracted more than 800 student volunteers working on campus and in the area communities. Southeastern was placed on the President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service for the third consecutive year.


Southeastern's Bedell nominated as State Poet Laureate
Jack BedellSoutheastern poet and editor Jack Bedell has been nominated as one of three candidates to serve as Louisiana's next poet laureate.
     A professor of English and author of seven collections of poetry, Bedell is also the editor of the Southeastern-based journal Louisiana Literature. This is the second time he has been nominated to serve as the state's poet laureate. Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to make the final selection later this year.
     A winner of the Governor's Art Awards in 2007, he has also been recognized by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with its special Humanities Award and Southeastern's President's Award for Artistic Excellence. Among his works are "Come Rain, Come Shine," "What Passes for Love" "Greatest Hits," and "At the Bonehouse."
     Bedell is a native of Houma and resident of Hammond. His work generally focuses on his native Louisiana and the Acadian culture.

Former football players, fans offered opportunity to commemorate time on field
Former football players and fans of Southeastern now have the opportunity to continue their Lion legacy by commemorating their time as an athlete with a personalized name plate as a locker sponsor.
     For a $300 donation the Lion Athletic Association will display a plaque showing the donor's name, jersey number, years played, position, and hometown. Fans may also honor a former Lion student-athlete with a $300 donation. There may be multiple sponsorships per locker.
     Funds raised in the drive will be used for improvement of the football locker room that student-athletes use on a near-daily basis.
     "It is both an honor and privilege to be able to give back in a small way to something that was so large in my life. Southeastern football allowed me to take the second step in my childhood dream of playing in the NFL," said Billy Andrews of Clinton, a 1966 graduate who later played 11 seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
     A more recent alumnus, 2012 graduate Robert Alford, expressed his gratitude to the university as well.
     "Southeastern helped me with my education by providing the tools necessary to succeed. They made sure that we had access to tutors and study hall whenever we needed them, and they worked closely with my adviser to ensure my success in the classroom," said Alford, who recently participated in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine and now awaits his dream of being in the NFL draft. "Southeastern also helped me become a better athlete. The coaches will expect and take nothing less than 150 percent from you."
     For more information on the Lion Locker Legacy Sponsorship program, contact the LAA at 549-5091 or email

"Let's Talk: Art" Focuses on Women Architects
The spring series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Friends of Sims Library and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, will continue on Wednesday, March 20, at noon on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library.
     In a tie-in with Women's History Month, Dr. Irene Nero, associate professor of Art History, will present "Building, Bending, Soaring: Women Architects Hit New Heights."  In 1890, the first female architect to graduate from an American architecture school (MIT) was Sophia Hayden, who designed the Women's Pavilion at the 1893 Chicago World's Exposition. The presentation traces the development of women architects throughout the years and emphasizes the key women of today who have achieved recognition in the field.
     Coming up next in the series on Wednesday, April 24, is "Caravaggio:  A Cry in the Dark" by Timothy Silva, instructor of Art History at 5 p.m., in the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
     For more information, please call Eric Johnson at 549-3962.

Southeastern Students' Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase Call for Presentations
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in its showcase of student research, creative, and scholarly activity on Tuesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
     This university-wide, non-competitive event will provide a venue for display of such items as conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. We invite you to include your current work, as well as your work completed at Southeastern in previous semesters. Undergraduate and Graduate Students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.
     Although there will be no formal oral presentations, we envision that the student investigators and artists – and if feasible, their faculty advisors – will be present for one hour during the course of the three-hour showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
     Faculty are welcome to display and accompany work by their former Southeastern student collaborators. Faculty are also welcome to display and distribute recruiting materials for undergraduate and graduate student opportunities in research, creative, and scholarly activities at Southeastern. In the event of limited space, a higher priority will be given to student displays in the main arena. We ask that all presentations be "display ready."
     Please download the registration form from the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs' web page at to participate in this exciting event.
     For more information, please contact Ms. Margaret Adelmann, OSRP, at 549-5312 or by email at

Undergraduate students make presentations
PresentationSix undergraduate students doing research with Drs. Fotie, Dolliver and Norwood from the Department of Chemistry & Physics made presentations on their work at the Louisiana Academy of Sciences Meeting held at Grambling State University on March 9.
     One of the chemistry majors, Sarju Adhikari, left, won an award for the Best Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate.  Sarju was awarded a certificate and a cash prize.


Extended Studies news

Shielded Metal Arc Welding - Stick Welding
Wednesdays, March 20 – April 17, 6 to 9 p.m., cost $325

Star Child: Astrology and Parenthood
Mondays, April 8 – April 15, 6 to 8 p.m., cost $45

How Money Works: Preparing a Personal Budget on a Teacher's Salary
Tuesday, April 9, 4 to 5 p.m., no cost

Utilizing the Stockmarket Game
Tuesday, April 9, 5 to 6 p.m., no cost

SHRM Essentials of HR Management
Wednesdays, April 10 – May 8, 6 to 9 p.m., cost $499

Digital Photography: Beginner
Wednesdays, March 20 – March 27, 6 to 9 p.m., cost $150

Microsoft Project 2010
Monday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., cost $299

Project Management Fundamentals
Tuesday, March 26 – Thursday, March 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., cost $695

How to Write a Novel
Tuesdays, April 9 – May 7, 7 to 8:15 p.m., cost $150

Introduction to Stained Glass
Wednesdays, April 10 – April 24, 6 to 9 p.m., cost $150

Adobe Photoshop for Photography
Wednesdays, April 10 – April 17, 6 to 9 p.m., cost $150

Robert's Rules of Order
Friday, March 22, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., cost $50

How Money Works: Saving & Investing Basics
Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., cost $20

To register, or for full descriptions of these or other courses that are available please visit:

Southeastern in the news
Action News
Bedell nominated for state poet laureate

More than 800 SLU students participate in The Big Event

BR Advocate
College funding in question

NO Times Picayune
Southeastern prepares for Rock 'n Roar

This Week in Fine and Performing Arts
March 14 through April 11
Visual Arts Juried Student Exhibition, Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery

Tuesday, March 19
Steven Bridges, graduate saxophone recital, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20
Let's Talk Art Lecture Series: Irene Nero, associate professor of Art History, "Building, Bending, Soaring: Women Architects Hit New Heights", Sims Memorial Library, 12 p.m.

Philip Vincent, junior piano recital, Pottle Auditorium, 5 p.m.

Southeastern Faculty Recital Series:  Jacqueline McIlwain, clarinet, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Southeastern Guitar Festival:  Patrick Kerber, guitar, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 22
Shannon Guitreau, junior guitar recital, Pottle Auditorium, 5 p.m.

Bernard McPherson, graduate vocal recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 25
Kristen Leblanc, senior clarinet recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 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 will host its annual Spring Game, the baseball team opens Southland Conference play and the golf program hosts the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate to highlight this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts' second spring at the helm of the Lion football program is scheduled to culminate with Saturday's Spring Game at 6 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Admission to the game is free, but the Southeastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be collecting donations for Samaritan's Feet. Southeastern students will receive free food as available and be eligible to win $100 in a draw down giveaway.
     The Lion baseball team (14-6) will compete in its third straight five game week. On Tuesday, Southeastern welcomes South Alabama to town for a 6 p.m. contest. Southeastern Athletics will offer free food as available to Southeastern students. In addition, the Southeastern Alumni Association and Office of Human Resources will sponsor Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. All Southeastern faculty, staff and their families are invited to a tailgate from 4:30 p.m. until game time and will be offered $1 tickets to Tuesday's game.
     Southeastern will spend the rest of the week on the road, closing the pre-conference portion of its schedule at Jackson State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Lions then head to Natchitoches to open Southland Conference play at Northwestern State. The series opens with a 6:30 p.m. contest on Friday and continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. game. First pitch for Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m.
     The Southeastern men's golf team will host the ninth annual Carter Plantation Intercollegiate this week at Carter Plantation in Springfield. The two-day, 54-hole event features 12 teams and will be played on the par 72, 7,104-yard course. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start before playing the final 18 holes on Tuesday at 8 a.m. Admission is free to the public.
     Southeastern will be joined in the field by Southland Conference rivals Nicholls State, Oral Roberts and Sam Houston State, future Southland rival New Orleans, plus Austin Peay, Jackson State, Lipscomb, Louisiana-Monroe, Oakland, SIU Edwardsville and South Dakota.
Fresh off winning its second straight Southland Conference series, the softball team (16-8, 4-2 Southland) will host Centenary on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Southeastern Athletics will host the "Flood the Field" promotion in conjunction with Wednesday's game, as Southeastern students will receive free food and t-shirts as available while fans will be able to enjoy fireworks throughout the game.
     The Lady Lions will then return to league action, facing Southland leader McNeese State in McNeese State. The series opens with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     The league-leading tennis team (14-1, 4-0 Southland) takes a break from Southland play this week. On Saturday, the Lions host Alcorn State at 11 a.m. and Jackson State at 6 p.m. at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
     The Southeastern men's and women's track and field teams will continue the outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Friday and Saturday to compete in the LSU Relays.
     All of this week's baseball games except Wednesday's will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and LionVision subscribers can access a live video of Saturday's Spring Football Game, Tuesday's baseball game and Wednesday's softball game.

Monday, March 18
Men's Golf, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, Springfield, 8 a.m.


Tuesday, March 19
Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (LionVision) (KSLU)

   - Free food for Southeastern students as available
   - Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day sponsored by Southeastern Alumni Association and Office of Human Resources
       - Tailgate at 4:30 p.m. until game time
       - $1 tickets for Southeastern faculty, staff and their families
Men's Golf, Carter Plantation Intercollegiate, Springfield, 8 a.m.


Wednesday, March 20
Softball, vs. Centenary, North Oak Park, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
   - Flood the Field
   - Free food and t-shirts for Southeastern students as available
   - Fireworks throughout the game
Baseball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6 p.m.


Friday, March 22
Baseball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Men's and  Women's Track and Field, at LSU Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day


Saturday, March 23
Football, Spring Game, Strawberry Stadium, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
   - Free food for Southeastern students as available
   - Southeastern students eligible to win $100 in cash draw down
   - Southeastern SAAC collecting donations from Samaritan's Feet
Baseball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at McNeese State (DH), Lake Charles, 2 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, vs. Alcorn State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 11 a.m.
Women's Tennis, vs. Jackson State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.
Men's and  Women's Track and Field, at LSU Relays, Baton Rouge, All Day


Sunday, March 24
Baseball, at Northwestern State, Natchitoches, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 2 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
David Gurney (Mathematics) gave a talk "Statistics Examples Based on Wilkinson & Pickett's The Spirit Level" at the Louisiana/Mississippi MAA Section Meeting in Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 28 to March 2.
     William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture "The Tudors on Film and Television: Early Modern Monarchs, Modern and Post-Modern Movies," at the Northshore Theater in Mandeville, on Saturday, March 9.
     On Saturday, March 9, Mary Mocsary (English Department) served as hostess for "High Tea with Jane Austen" at Vienne's Tea Room in Mandeville. In addition, on Sunday, March 10, Mary conducted a workshop for the Jane Austen Literary Festival at The Lake House in Mandeville entitled "Only Mr. Darcy Will Do."  This workshop celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
     C. Roy Blackwood (Fine & Performing Arts/Columbia Theatre) was interviewed for a brief article called "Meet and Greet Roy Blackwood" that appears in the Journal of the Royal Society for the Arts.


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