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Panama Canal executive to receive honorary doctorate at Southeastern commencement
ceremony December 13
Southeastern will honor one of Central America's most influential business leaders with an honorary doctorate at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Jose Barrios Ng, who has led current efforts to modernize the Panama Canal, will receive the honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree at the event scheduled for 10 a.m. at the University Center. The honorary degree for Barrios was approved earlier this year by Southeastern's governing body, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
The university will confer approximately 1,200 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
A native of Panama City, Barrios is known for his vision in helping the canal to remain the world's leading gateway for commerce through the investment of billions of dollars in modernization efforts. He is currently president and chief executive officer of ABCO Global, a consulting firm for maritime and supply chain management, and the financial newspaper "Capital Finance."
Over his career, he has held several positions with the Panama Canal Authority, including vice president of planning, chief financial officer and deputy chief executive officer. He was appointed chief negotiator of the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement by the Canal Authority. He has also served as president of the Panama Stock Exchange, the Rotary Club of Panama and the Panama Chinese Association.
"For more than seven years now, Mr. Barrios has supported efforts to improve the internationalization of Southeastern and the State of Louisiana," said President John L. Crain.
"He facilitated the Canal's support of the state's efforts to develop the International Transfer Terminal that will enhance trade with Louisiana."
Crain added that Barrios has been a strong supporter of Southeastern's study abroad programs, and has addressed students on international business while mentoring faculty on global and maritime issues. Most recently he has worked with Southeastern and its Hispanic Business Institute to implement the Executive Commercial Mission to Panama in order to expand business relations between Louisiana and Panama.
Barrios is a 1970 graduate of LSU with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He holds a master's in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's in economic engineering from the University of California – Los Angeles. He has also completed studies in corporate finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and operations research at UCLA.
Southeastern vocal performance students earn top spots in Louisiana singing competition
Five Southeastern vocal performance students were finalists at the recent National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Southern Regional Auditions held in Hattiesburg, Miss., Nov. 13-15.
Recognized at the competition were Alex Williams of Kentwood, currently enrolled in the Southeastern Community Music School, who took third place in the high school male category; Lauren Gibson of Walker, fourth place in the sophomore women category; Benjamin Vollentine of Covington, third place in the junior men category; Alyssa Hernandez of Ponchatoula, tied for fourth place in the senior women category; and Kristina Temple of Amite, second place in the advanced women under 25 category. Temple also earned fourth place in the musical theater category over age 21.
Eighteen Southeastern students were among the hundreds of students from Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi who competed in the audition's 20 categories. Fifteen students were chosen for the semi-final round. The students who represented Southeastern included Terelle Bibbens of Covington, Morgan Curole of Larose, Rachel Davis of Mandeville, Rachel Denton on Jena, Neal Eli of Luling, Mindy Guidroz and Ivan Stroup of Houma, Jason Lane of Baton Rouge, Chase Ledet of Des Allemands, Cheyenne Moore of Slidell, Hannah Orgeron of Boutte, Cody Sires of Violet, and Nick Smith of Angie.
Southeastern Voice Professor Stephen Rushing, who attended the conference with the students, said the competitors performed art songs, arias and musical theater selections with the winners participating in a three-round process.
"The auditions are judged by voice teachers from NATS' Southern Region. Recitals and master classes are also part of the three-day conference," he said. "This year Chase Ledet also played oboe in the faculty recital, accompanying Alissa Rowe on Handel's 'Scoglio d'immota fronte' from the opera 'Scipione.'"
SOUTHEASTERN SINGERS SCORE BIG – Several voice students at Southeastern earned honors at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Southern Regional Auditions held recently in Hattiesburg, Miss. Pictured, from left, are Alex Williams of the Community Music School, third place, High School Male; Alyssa Hernandez, fourth place, Senior Women Category; Lauren Gibson, fourth place, Sophomore Women Category ; Southeastern Voice Professor Stephen Rushing; Kristina Temple, second place, Advanced Women Under 25 and fourth place, Musical Theater Over 21; and Benjamin Vollentine, third place, Junior Men.
Southeastern Ceramics Club holds pottery sale Dec. 1
Just in time for holiday gift-giving, the Southeastern Ceramics Club will hold a pottery sale Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the north lawn walkway outside of the Student Union.
The club was organized to help Southeastern students sell and promote their work.
For more information, call 549-2193.
Science on Tap lecture to focus on Nuclear Fusion
Southeastern's next Science on Tap seminar, scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 2, will focus nuclear fusion and its potential as a clean energy source.
The informal presentation by Southeastern Dean of the College of Science and Technology Dan McCarthy will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., in Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to all ages.
Title of the talk is "Hotter than the Core of the Sun: Fusion Energy on Earth." A specialist in plasma physics, McCarthy has served as a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency in Culham, England.
"The enormous amount of energy produced by the sun is the result of nuclear fusion," McCarthy. "Ever since the first hydrogen bomb was detonated in the '50s, mankind has been aware of the power of nuclear fusion and has been trying to find a way to harness this essentially safe, clean and unlimited energy source for peaceful reasons."
McCarthy explained the problem lies in the fact that to attain fusion, there must be a way to heat a gas to a temperature that exceeds that of the core of the sun and then find a way to hold it in place.
In his talk, McCarthy will discuss how fusion works, how it compares to other energy sources, problems associated with it, and where we are now in its development.
"The good news is that it is likely that fusion from a reactor may be operating within the decade," he said, "and will hopefully be a viable commercial energy source within our lifetimes."
The Science on Tap lecture series is sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences. For more information on future presentations, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.
A student documentary produced for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's cable access channel, has been named the best in the nation
by College Broadcasters, Inc.
McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival, produced by former students and now Southeastern graduates Nick Brilleaux of Hammond and Scott Caro of Mandeville, won first place in the "Best Documentary/Public Affairs" category at the 2014 College Broadcasters' National Student Production Awards convention in Seattle.
The documentary won from a field of 854 entries from all colleges and universities throughout the country. It was the eighth time that CBI has named Southeastern Channel student productions among the top four in the nation.
In addition to producing, Brilleaux and Caro wrote, directed, shot and edited the historical documentary. Both recently received graduate degrees in history.
"The skills I used in the production of McCrea 1971, as well as other projects I've worked on, are definitely owed to my three years of working at the Southeastern Channel as an undergraduate student," said Brilleaux. "Working there strengthened my work ethic, prepared me for collaborative work, and taught me the importance of taking initiative."
"We are honored to have our work recognized by CBI," Caro said. "There is tremendous artistic satisfaction involved in seeing a project develop from the conceptual stage into an award-winning documentary."
McCrea 1971 documents the disastrous "Celebration of Life" rock music festival staged in McCrea in June 1971. The festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees from all over the United States to McCrea, a small crossroads town along the Atchafalaya River levee in upper Pointe Coupee Parish.
Advertised as Louisiana's version of Woodstock that would feature more than 70 big-name acts such as the Rolling Stones, Moody Blues and Beach Boys, the festival in reality featured only 10 bands and endured a series of calamities, including local hostility, instances of police brutality, intense summer heat, food and water shortages, and the drownings of four festival-goers in the swift-moving Atchafalaya Basin.
"It's a tremendous honor that our television and film students continue to be recognized as the very best in the country no matter how stiff the competition or how large the competing universities," said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. "It's the perfect testament to the professional quality of work of Nick and Scott, and to their talent, vision, and perseverance, to receive this high honor. We couldn't be more proud of them.
"It doesn't look like a student production at all," Settoon added. "It could easily air on network television- it's that high in quality."
The College Broadcasters award is the latest in a string of national and international awards for the documentary. Earlier this year McCrea won an Emmy Award for "Photography" and Emmy honorable mention for "Long Form Program" and "Editing" from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It won a national Telly Award for student documentary and a Gold Remi at the WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival for "Historical Documentary."
The program has also been screened at the 2013 Southern Screen Festival and 2013 New Orleans Film Festival.
More information on the documentary is available at www.mccrea1971.com.
CHANNEL STUDENT DOCUMENTARY NAMED BEST IN NATION - A Southeastern Channel student documentary was recently named the best in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. McCrea 1971: Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival won first place in the Best Documentary category out of all universities in the country at the CBI's National Student Production Awards in Seattle. Pictured at the awards ceremony (from left) are documentary producer/director Nick Brilleaux of Hammond, Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon, and College Broadcasters, Inc. president Greg Weston. Not pictured is documentary co-producer/director Scott Caro of Mandeville.
Southeastern to hold dance auditions for spring concert
Southeastern's resident student dance company, Dance Performance Project, will hold auditions Friday, Dec. 5, for an upcoming contemporary dance concert.
Called "Movement Shifting" the spring event will be directed by Dance Instructor Skip Costa.
"Auditions are open to all Southeastern students, including incoming spring 2015 students" Costa said. "Students attending the audition will be taught several short movement phrases."
Auditions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the dance studio in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Costa said students should wear something that shows their form, especially on the upper body torso, and should arrive by 9:45 a.m. to complete an audition form.
"Movement has the brilliant power to shift lives, to shift emotions and to shift directions," Costa said.
If selected for the performance, Costa said, students must enroll in one of the following dance ensemble courses, DNC 106 for freshmen and sophomores or DNC 406 for juniors and seniors. Both courses meet from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students must also enroll in one dance technique course selected from the following: DNC 109-01 – Hip Hop Fusion; DNC 130-01 –Contemporary Dance I; DNC 132-01 – Social Dance; DNC 340-01 – Ballet III; DNC 330-01 –Contemporary Dance III or DNC 320-01 – Jazz Dance III.
For more information, contact Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeastern Channel moving to new Charter Cable Channel
Southeastern's educational access channel will be moving from Charter Channel 18 to Channel 199 for most area viewers effective Dec. 9.
The Southeastern Channel is currently viewed on Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes. The move to Channel 199 is a result of Charter's realignment due to the system going completely digital. In its new position, the Southeastern Channel will be grouped with similar educational, government and public access channels.
For viewers on the university's cable system, the Channel will occupy Channel 10.110.
"We want our viewers to be aware of the move to Channel 199 next month," said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. "We want them to know that we will be there as strong as ever without missing a beat, just at a different channel number on their remote."
The Southeastern Channel produces and broadcasts original educational, community, cultural, entertainment and sports programming and has been airing on Charter Channel 18 since it's startup in July 2002. The channel reaches into more than 90,000 homes and offers live 24-7 webcast and video on demand that can be viewed at www.southeastern.edu/tv.
In going "all digital," Charter will be removing the analog format of every channel in its lineup, delivering only high quality digital signals to each television outlet in a home. Charter will be adding more than 100 new high definition (HD) channels to its lineup.
According to Charter Communications, over 90 percent of its customers already use digital equipment from Charter to access their favorite channels. The change will require each TV to be installed with Charter digital equipment to continue viewing programming. To ensure a smooth transition for non-digital households, the company is providing free digital equipment to customers for a specified period depending on eligibility and the current level of service.
More information on the new lineup can be found on the Charter website, www.charter.com/digitalnow.
Hall Council attends conference
Southeastern Hall Council attended their first Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH) Conference at the University of Arkansas November 6-9. Hall Council executive members and resident assistants participated in program sessions, roll call, swap shop, 3D display, and much more at the conference in the spirit of the conference theme, "Get on the Grid."
"With colleges coming from Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, it was great to be able to meet so many people who were determined to improve their campus environment. We gained insight into so many new ideas for programs to bring back to Southeastern, and we look forward to attending another SWACURH conference," said Taylor Williams, Hall Council President. "Hall Council was able to get Southeastern on the grid and show others how to Lion Up!"
National Communications Coordinator (NCC) Krista Achor and President Taylor Williams served as official representatives from the university to the SWACURH delegations, voting on SWACURH legislation, proposals and more.
Other delegates included Holly Arroyo, Adeyemi Wheeler, Kane Loupe, Madison Guitreau, Scott Cooper, Catherine Lejeune, Paul Haddican and Advisors Blake Thomas and Amanda Robbins. The students were excited to bring back fresh program ideas to Hammond, America, and look forward to their next conference experience.
Funding for travel expenses for the organization was provided by a scholarship from Southeastern's Care Packages and Linens Supplier, On Campus Marketing.
SLU forms partnership with BR fabrication firm
Food for all: SLU's on campus food pantry helps meet students needs
Livingston Parish pushing for community college
University names Huss its alumnus of the year
Livingston School Board takes step to getting community college
SLU's marching band heads to Texas to cheer team to playoff victory
New Orleans Times Picayune
SLU student from Mandeville carving out career in sports entertainment
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern men's and women's basketball teams will continue non-conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (2-4) will open the week with an 8 p.m. contest at No. 8 Gonzaga. On Saturday, SLU heads to Southeast Missouri to face the Redhawks at 6 p.m.
The Lady Lions (2-3) open the week at home, hosting William Carey on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the University Center. Tuesday is the Toys for Tots Game and fans who bring a toy to be donated to underprivileged children will receive free admission. Sophomore forward Gabrielle Delaune will be Tuesday's Spotlight Player of the Game and the first 100 fans will receive a trading card featuring the Harahan, Louisiana native courtesy of PRIDE.
SLU will then hit the road for a pair of contests versus Southeastern Conference opponents. On Thursday, Southeastern heads to Auburn for a 6 p.m. contest. Mississippi State welcomes Lady Lions to Starkville on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game.
Tuesday's men's basketball game will be televised regionally on Root Sports, while LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Tuesday's women's game at LionSports.net. Both of Southeastern's men's games, as well as Thursday and Sunday's women's contests, will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at LionSports.net.
Tuesday, December 2
Men's Basketball, at Gonzaga, Spokane, Wash., 8 p.m. (Root Sports) (KSLU)
Women's Basketball, vs. William Carey, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)
- Toys for Tots
- Gabrielle Delaune – Spotlight Player of Game
Thursday, December 4
Women's Basketball, at Auburn, Auburn, Ala., 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Saturday, December 6
Men's Basketball, at Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Sunday, December 7
Women's Basketball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 2 p.m. (KSLU)
Southeastern home events in bold
Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "A Comparison of Louisiana University M.Ed. Principal Preparation Programs" at the annual conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA) in Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 3-5. The paper was co-authored by Evan Mense and Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership & Technology). Crain-Dorough was the program chair for the MSERA conference, and Kathleen Campbell is the outgoing president of MSERA.
Dr. Harold E. Davis and Ms. Kris T. Jones (Accounting & Finance) have received notice that their paper "The Impact of Changes in Accounting Program Retention Policies" will be published in the upcoming edition of the Journal of Business and Accounting (JBA).
Kenneth E. Lane (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "BYOD: Legal and learning considerations for policy development and implementation" to the Education Law Association in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 12-15. As President of the Education Law Association, Dr. Lane presided over the 60th Annual Conference of the Association in San Diego, CA Nov. 12-15. The theme was the "Resegregation of Education in America" and featured general session speakers Dr. Raynard Sanders from the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation for Education, Preservation, and Outreach in New Orleans and Erwin Chemerinsky, Founder and Dean of the Law School at the University of California Irvine, who addressed the segregation and resegregation issues in education 60 years after Brown vs. Topeka and 50 years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
James D. Kirylo (College of Education) recently had an article published with John C. Fischetti from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Titled "The Looting of the American Dream: The Post-Katrina Rubble of Public Education in Louisiana" and published in Policy Futures in Education, the article argues that the mishandling of pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina rescue and recovery is stunningly similar to the mishandling by those who have been in charge of Louisiana public education over the past seven years. This includes the devaluing of the teaching profession, the rise of the marketization of education, and the minimizing of the common good, all of which have been fostered by 'reformers' who have over-extended their power, leaving in their wake a rubble that will impact the lives of Louisiana citizens well beyond their terms.
Dr. Lucia Guzzi Harrison and Dr. Francesco Fiumara (Languages and Communication) were among the participants at the 2014 ACTFL Convention in San Antonio, TX (Nov. 20-23), where they presented the two-part paper "From Italians to Americans: The Case of Southeast Louisiana."
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