Career Fair a success

Fanfare opens Sept. 30

Bass named to top 25

Comp Sci major wins scholarship

Book profiles education leaders

College and Career Fair Sept. 26

CMS gains instructor

Holly to lead LAEA

Let's Talk Art

Student giving

New financial aid refund option

Fall 2013 SOT Calendar

Web news

Phi Kappa Phi news

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Career Fair brings employers, job seekers together

1)Career Fair Bastrop2)Career Fair overview


1) Amanda Fortner of LaPlace, left, and Mercedes Harris of Bastrop, both finance majors, discuss career opportunities with Financial and Investment Management Advisors at Thursday's Career Fair.


2) The Office of Career Services hosted Career Fair on Sept. 19 (Thursday) at the Pennington Student Activity Canter. Over 130 employers were in attendance to speak with Southeastern students and alumni about the various opportunities within their respective companies.


Fanfare kicks off Sept. 30
Bradley DavisA film premiere, a lecture on privatized military forces and an art opening highlight Fanfare's first two weeks.
     An art exhibit opening, a film premier and a dinner theatre are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 28th season of Fanfare, Southeastern's annual October arts festival.
     On Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, "Louisiana During World War II" will make its film debut. The film, produced by Jerry Sanson, interim chair of the Department of History and Political Science at LSU-Alexandria, and Southeastern History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, examines Louisiana's many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected the state. Funded in part by a U.S. Department of Teaching American History grant, the film is based on Sanson's book "Louisiana During World War II: Politics and Society 1939-1945."
     "The film features commentary from a dozen experts," Robison said. "It addresses military maneuvers in Louisiana; the military installations at camps Beauregard, Claiborne, Livingston, and elsewhere; the contributions of Higgins Industries, Standard Oil, and many other Louisiana manufacturers to the war effort; and the war's impact on state politics, the economy, culture, race and gender."
     On Oct. 2 the Department of History and Political Science's "Then and Now Lecture Series" officially kicks off its 13th presentation of free lectures.
     Southeastern history major Bradley Davis will present the first lecture in the series, "Outsourcing War: The Evolution of Privatized Military Forces," at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1991, a new trend has emerged in warfare – privatized military forces. Commonly known as PMFs, these units, Davis said, are more businesslike than traditional mercenary units, embracing capitalist thought and merging it with an increasing pool of former soldiers attempting to find work. However, PMFs create numerous ethical and political problems, Davis explained.
     Oct. 10 marks the opening of free art exhibits that will run in Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery through Nov. 11. The opening reception is scheduled at the gallery from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
     "Sign of Our Times: Text Based Art in the 21st Century," is a national group exhibition that explores the use of text in contemporary art and design in order to change or extend the meaning of a work of art. The exhibition will include the artwork of nationally recognized fine artists and graphic designers working in a variety of media. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
     Fanfare's second week also includes:
      On Oct. 7, the Southeastern Faculty Chamber Music Recital will kick off the first of many musical performances from the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. "Musical Treasure for Piano and Strings," is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Pottle Auditorium.
      Octuba Fest follows on Oct. 8 and 10 in Pottle Music Recital Hall with performances at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
      A "Then and Now" lecture on "Helter Skelter: The Beatles, Charles Manson, and the Summer of '69" will be presented by Communication Professor Joe Burns, Oct. 9, 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. In August 1969 Charles Manson's "family" committed the Tate-LaBianca murders. Los Angeles and the nation wanted the reason for this crime that seemed to come out of nowhere.
      Also on Oct. 9 the Louisiana Mystery Writers Panel Discussion: "We Done It! Mystery Writers Probe Their Craft" is scheduled at 4 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre Conference Center in downtown Hammond.
      On Oct. 11, the Amite Little Theatre and the Louisiana Center for Theatrical Arts present "Dealt a Deadly Hand," a murder mystery dinner theatre at 7 p.m. at the Amite Community Center. Tickets are $50 per person or $80 per couple and are available at Addington Chiropractic at (985) 747-2225.
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit


DAVIS OPENS THEN AND NOW LECTURE SERIES– Southeastern's Fanfare will present the first lecture in the 13th annual "Then and Now Lecture Series" on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. History major Bradley Davis will present "Outsourcing War: The Evolution of Privatized Military Forces." The lecture is free and open to the public.


Bass named to ranking service's top 25
Anna BassAnna N. Bass, an instructor in Southeastern's College of Business, was ranked No. 25 in the nation for 2013 in the popular student ranking service Rate My Professors.
     The website is the largest online destination for college and university students to rate their instructors on categories such as helpfulness, clarity of instruction and overall quality. More than 15 million ratings of 1.8 million instructors are included in the rating service's listings.
     "Ms. Bass is an exceptional teacher.  She is an inspiration to our students and she positively impacts their lives," said Randy Settoon, dean of the College of Business. "I know this because her students tell me so."
     A resident of Hammond, Bass has been with Southeastern since 1989 and joined the faculty in the Department of Management and Business Administration in 2001. Among the courses she frequently teaches are principles of management, organizational behavior and business communication. She holds a bachelor's degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southeastern.
     Bass also presents an annual program on business etiquette for students who plan to attend Southeastern's fall Career Fair, which matches students with more than 125 area employers.


Computer science major wins scholarship
Computer Science major Sunil Shahi won a $750 Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Scholarship Award. Only 29 scholarships were awarded in the entire nation.
     All scholarship applicants were required to complete a comprehensive application form, including a statement on their long-term plans for the profession, a summary of their contributions to their respective UPE chapters and related student activities at their university. Applicants are also required to submit all college-level transcripts and a recommendation from the UPE faculty advisor.
     UPE is the first and only existing international honor society in the computing and information disciplines. More information on UPE can be found at Dr. John Burris is the faculty advisor for the Southeastern Chapter of UPE.


Southeastern professor's new book profiles educational leaders
James KiryloJames Kirylo, associate professor of teaching and learning at Southeastern, has had a new book released profiling prominent educators and other leaders and activists involved in the political nature of education and policies that affect civil society.
     A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance is an edited book that presents 34 highly diverse individuals whose leadership focuses on exposing injustices, improper practices and unsound policies that adversely affect segments of people.
     "Critical pedagogy is an endeavor that examines the political nature of education and its impact on those who have historically been marginalized due to such factors as race, gender, poverty,  religion, class, sexuality or ethnicity," said Kirylo, who last year was recognized with one of the university's highest honors, the President's Award for Excellence in Research. "I've always had an interest in people who have made a difference, particularly with respect to education, and to those who have contributed to thinking of critical pedagogy," he said. "I believe it's ethically responsible to scrutinize, challenge and oppose people and systems that keep some people in and some people out."
     Kirylo said the audience for the book includes teachers and others in education, as well as those in other disciplines such as theology, sociology, social work and anyone interested in fostering equality and justice in the world.
     Kirylo completed a biography on Paulo Freire, considered the father of critical pedagogy, and contributed a chapter on the Brazilian educator to A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance.
     Among other individuals profiled in the book are educational philosophers John Dewey and Maria Montessori; Noam Chomsky, considered the father of modern linguistics; W.E.B. Du Bois, who focused on the roots of critical race theory; Cornel West, activist and professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York; and Jesus "Pato" Gómez of Barcelona, Spain, whose efforts focused on eradicating gender violence and fostering a pedagogy of love.
     A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance is published by Sense Publishers.


College & Career Fair scheduled Sept. 26 for St. Tammany, Tangipahoa high school students
High school students and their parents can get an informal introduction to college as well as valuable information about scholarships, financial aid, and admissions requirements at the Northshore College and Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Not to be confused with Career Fair, Southeastern's Office of Career Services' annual university wide career event scheduled Sept. 19, this event is one of the largest college fairs in the state with more than 100 participating colleges and universities from throughout the state and nation.
     The Northshore College and Career Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Southeastern's Pennington Center, located on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Street. Open to all Tangipahoa Parish and St. Tammany Parish high school students and their parents, the event is scheduled in cooperation with the public school boards of both parishes.
Students can pre-register for their own special bar code at to use at the event. Many vendors will be able to scan the codes to collect the students' contact and interest information, eliminating the need to complete information cards at each table.
     "This is the primary event for high school students and their families to learn more about selecting colleges and career options," said Lori Fairburn, Southeastern director of Enrollment Services. "Students and their parents will be able to browse exhibits offering information on academic and career options, university admissions requirements, the state TOPS scholarship program, as well as other scholarship and financial aid opportunities."
     The fair will host college and technical program representatives from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other states, who will be on hand to inform the students about their respective areas of study. Banks and lenders will also be available to offer information and financial aid options.
     For more information on the fair, contact Southeastern Admissions at 549-5637 or e-mail Additional information about Southeastern, including admission requirements and scholarship opportunities, is available at


Southeastern CMS adds instructor for St. Tammany Center
Southeastern's Community Music School (CMS) recently added a voice and piano instructor for its Mandeville location.
Christine Cumming will teach at the university's St. Tammany Center, located at 21454 Koop Drive. Cumming, who holds a degree in music education from Centenary College of Louisiana, is trained in teaching "Kindemusik."
     "We are excited to have Christine join our instructional roster," said Community Music School Director Jivka Jeleva. "She comes with vast experience in teaching music to children nationally and internationally, and the expertise she brings will be a great asset to the high quality of instruction for which our school is known."
     Jeleva said the Community Music School has three semesters year round with fall and spring offering 13 weeks of private instruction on nearly all instruments and voice, and a summer semester consisting of seven weeks of private instruction and Middle School Band Camp. Three workshops in guitar performance and song arrangement, piano duet performance and chamber music for strings are also offered.
     "The Community Music School has a 17-year tradition of providing the entire Northshore region with affordable, quality music instruction," Jeleva said.
     For more information about the CMS, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at


Southeastern Lab School instructor to lead LAEA
Denise Tullier HollyDenise Tullier-Holly, art instructor at Southeastern Laboratory School, has been elected president of the Louisiana Art Education Association.
     A professional development organization of art instructors, LAEA is a statewide affiliate of the National Art Education Association.
     Tullier-Holly has served as the Lab School's art instructor since 1994. A native of New Orleans and resident of Hammond, she is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she studied printmaking and ceramics. She has taught art education at LSU and serves as a teacher leader for Southeastern's Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program.
     Among her first duties, Tullier-Holly will preside over the LAEA fall conference to be held in New Orleans Oct. 18-20. More information on the conference can be found on the website


Let's Talk:Art Fall Series
The fall series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center, and the Friends of Sims Library, will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas Street, across from the Columbia Theatre.
     Associate Professor of New Media and Animation John Valentino will present "Alter of the Wetlands," based on the large-scale sculpture project that he and the NOLA Burners created for Nevada's Burning Man Festival in August. Having received much local and national publicity, Valentino will discuss his motivation for the project and his experiences at the festival.

     Future talks are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 16:  "Sofonisba Anguissola: Virtuosa of the Italian Renaissance" by
Skyler Simoneaux, graduate in Art History
5 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 13:  "Rescuing Renaissance:  The Restoration of Florence's Renaissance Treasures Following the Flood of 1966" by Mary Maude Cusimano, senior in Art History
5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery

     For more information, please call Eric Johnson at 549-3962.


Student giving program launched
What is the Green Pig Program?
Phil the pigThe Green Pig Student Giving Program is a student-based initiative to raise awareness on the importance of philanthropy. Money raised in the "Little Phil" piggy bank will go toward student projects and programs at Southeastern. This is an initiative for students, by students. Save today and give back tomorrow. Every little penny (or dime, quarter, or dollar bill) can make a difference for students at Southeastern.
     Money raised each semester will be utilized for a special event, project, or program for students. Information regarding funds raised and the current initiative will be posted to Phil's website and social media sites.
Who is Phil the Pig?
Phil the Pig is the official mascot for the Green Pig Student Giving Program. Phil's goal is to raise awareness about the Green Pig Program with Southeastern's students, faculty and staff, and community. Phil will be at various Southeastern events throughout the year.

What is a Little Phil?
A Little Phil is a small, green piggy bank that students and others can keep in their dorm, apartment, home, on a desk, night stand, or kitchen table... anywhere visible to drop in loose change and dollar bills. Little Phils will be distributed to Southeastern students and change collected in Little Phil can be dropped off at various "Pig Drop" events throughout the year.

How do I care for my Little Phil?
Fortunately, he needs no food or water, but he sure does thrive on money. Deposit loose change, dollar bills, checks, whatever you have in your Little Phil. Various Pig Drop events will occur each semester to empty your Phil.

How do I find out about upcoming Phil events?
"Like" Phil the Pig on Facebook (, "Follow" Phil on Twitter ( for the most up to date news, events and contests. You can even snap your photo with Phil and post pictures to Instgram (
     Don't have a piggy bank? No worries. More events/pick-up locations will be posted to Facebook and Twitter. Follow Phil to stay updated.

     For more information, visit


Quicker financial aid refund option coming for Southeastern students
My Lion CardSoutheastern students receiving financial aid refunds will soon have the option of getting those funds quickly through an easy-to-use debit card program.
     The new program is designed provide better services for the university's students, allowing them faster access to refunds they are due, university officials said.
     Through an arrangement with Higher One, a higher education refund management system, the My Lion Card Program will also save time and money for the university's administrative staff. The account can also be used for general banking purposes, such as online bill payment, deposits and purchases.
     University Controller Nettie Burchfield said in the past students had to wait while refunds were processed and sent to students by check or direct deposit.
     "The switch to Higher One's services gives students more choices and quicker access to their money," Burchfield said. "The company also offers a variety of accounts designed just for college students."
     She said students will still be able to set up a direct deposit to their personal bank account or receive refunds by check if that is their preference.
     "The My Lion Card Program through Higher One makes their funds immediately available since it eliminates the processing time," she explained. "It also saves the university time and money that would be used processing checks."
     Burchfield said the cards will be mailed to students at their current mailing address  during the last week of September. She urged them to check their records before then through their LeoNet account to ensure the university has their correct address through their LeoNet account. After receiving the card, students can activate their accounts immediately by registering through and indicating how they want to receive any refunds from the university.
     There are no service charges to students using the card for general banking purposes. Southeastern will maintain Higher One ATM machines in the library and the Financial Aid building on north campus. An additional ATM machine will be placed in the Student Union once the new addition is completed.
     The Higher One system allows students to scan and deposit outside checks to their account through the Higher One mobile app. Burchfield said students can also mail forms and make deposits to their account by using a mail receptacle in the Controller's Office at no charge. The mail will be picked up every weekday and mailed overnight to Higher One.
     "Higher One has an excellent customer service reputation and record with other institutions that use them, and this was a major factor in our selection of their services," Burchfield said. "The company was started by three college students who believed they could develop a better way to help students receive and manage money."
     Founded in 2000, Higher One serves 1,600 colleges and universities throughout the nation with 13 million students using the Higher One card.
     Questions about using the card should be directed to Assistant Controller Charles Cambre at 549-2068 or by email to


Institutional Research & Assessment news
Fall 2013 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 2013 semester:


Term 1 (August 21 – October 9)
Packets delivered to Departments            September 27
Administration of SOT                                September 30–October 2
Fall Break                                                   October 3 - 4
Administration of SOT                                October 7–8
Deadline to be returned to IR&A               October 8


Full Term (August 21 – December 6)
Packets delivered to Departments            November 8
Administration of SOT                                November 11 – 22
Deadline to be returned to IR&A               November 22


Term 2 (October 16 – December 6)
Packets delivered to Departments            November 26
Administration of SOT                                December 2 – 6
Deadline to be returned to    IR&A            December 6


     Faculty who are interested in keeping the SOT scannable forms from the Summer 2011, Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 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, 2013. Forms that have not been picked up by the faculty members will be shredded. did you know?
Degree search
Degree SearchCurrent and future students can use the website's new degree search tool to explore degree programs of interest. The tool allows users to type a keyword and receive a list of related Southeastern degrees with links to more information about each program.


Phi Kappa Phi fall meeting
Student, faculty, staff and alumni members of Southeastern's chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to attend the fall general membership meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union's Pelican Room.
     Among the items on the agenda will be discussion of the annual Quiz Bowl tournament, set for Tuesday, October 22, from 2-5:30 p.m. The Quiz Bowl will be held in the Student Union Ballroom and team applications are due to Joan Faust by Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.
     The membership will also vote for new undergraduate and graduate members.  We hope to see you at the meeting on Oct. 8.



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Fanfare opens Sept. 30 with 'Louisiana during WWII' film debut

This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern volleyball and soccer teams will open the home portions of their respective Southland Conference schedules during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The volleyball team (6-8, 0-2 Southland) will open the week with a 7 p.m. match versus Central Arkansas on Thursday in the University Center. On Saturday, the Lady Lions welcome Oral Roberts for a 2 p.m. contest. LionVision subscribers can access live video of both matches on, where live stats will also be available.
     The soccer team (7-1-1, 2-0 Southland) welcomes two new Southland members to the Southeastern Soccer Complex this week. On Friday, Incarnate Word visits Hammond for a 4 p.m. match. Abilene Christian comes to town on Hammond for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday. Admission to all Southeastern home soccer and volleyball matches is free.
     After last week's meet at LSU was rained out, the Southeastern men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday. The Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede at 8:45 a.m. in Lake Charles.

Thursday, September 26
Volleyball, vs. Central Arkansas, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*

Friday, September 27
Soccer, vs. Incarnate Word, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.*

Saturday, September 28
Volleyball, vs. Oral Roberts, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at McNeese State Cowboy Stampede, Lake Charles, 8:45 a.m.

Sunday, September 29
Soccer, vs. Abilene Christian, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest

Professional activities
Ashley Bowers (Kinesiology and Health Studies) received word that her article "The Impact of Print Media on the Thin Ideal of Collegiate Female Athletes" has been accepted for publication in Volume 7, Number 4 of the 2013 Journal of Contemporary Athletics. Co-authors include Nancy Magee Speed (The University of Southern Mississippi), Brent Wolfe (Georgia Southern University), Christina L. Martin and John Miller (both of Troy University).
     All of the Counseling Program faculty (Health & Human Sciences) attended and presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference Sept. 15-17 in New Orleans. Drs. Mary Ballard and Hunter Alessi presented "Overmedicated and Undernourished: Understanding the Role of Diet in Child and Adolescent Behavior and School Performance;" Drs. Peter Emerson and Reshelle Marino presented "The Ethical School Counselor," and Dr. Emerson also presented "Counselor Self-Care."  Dr. June Williams (with Dr. David Spruill of UL-L) presented "Best Practices in Crisis Intervention in School Counseling;" and Dr. Laura Fazio-Griffith presented "Social Skills Development for Elementary School Children: Engaging and Empowering Students."


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