Chefs Evening highlights

Bioterrorism expert to speak

Camp Rec scheduled

Science on Tap set April 1

VALIC seminars scheduled

Let's Talk Art set March 26

Yearbook students win awards

Student activities showcase set

Camp Discovery scheduled

SLU to join national dance

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

Chefs Evening highlights


1)Chefs Evening overview2)Chefs Evening auction


1) CHEFS EVENING HAS NEW DIGS - Chefs Evening patrons enjoy mingling and sampling the fine cuisine and wines in the new Student Union Grand Ballroom. This is the first year that Chefs Evening has used the facility.


2) AUCTION ITEMS UP FOR GRABS - Becky Powell scrutinizes the auction items during Chefs Evening Sunday.


National bioterrorism expert to present lecture at Southeastern March 28
Gerald JaaxOne of the nation's leading experts in the field of bioterrorism will present a lecture to Southeastern students and faculty at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Student Union Theatre.
     Gerald "Jerry" P. Jaax, a former U.S. Army veterinarian who was a key participant in dealing with the 1989 Reston Ebola outbreak – in which a mutant strain of the deadly Ebola virus was isolated at a research facility close to Washington, DC – will speak on "Bioterrorism and infectious disease: an 'emerging' problem?" The outbreak incident is detailed in Richard Preston's best-selling book "The Hot Zone."
     The presentation is sponsored by the Southeastern Graduate Student Organization of the Department of Biological Sciences and is free and open to the public.
     "We are pleased to have a scientist of the caliber of Dr. Jaax visit Southeastern and interact directly with our students," said Biology Professor Nick Norton, who conducted research with Jaax at Fort Detrick, Md. "He is a professional who has worked on the front lines of bioterrorism and who knows the threats and potential threats that bioterrorism can present. Anyone interested in understanding more about this very topical issue would appreciate his presentation."
     "The biology graduate students are very honored that Dr. Jaax has accepted our invitation to speak at Southeastern," said Jillian Gautreaux, graduate teaching fellow and president of the Biology Graduate Student Organization "We look forward to hearing about his personal experiences with the Ebola virus, as well as his research in bioterrorism and infectious disease. These topics are very relative in today's world, so it should make for a thrilling experience."
     Currently associate vice president for research compliance at Kansas State University, Jaax previously served 26 years with the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. His assignments included chief of veterinary medicine and laboratory support at the Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and chief of veterinary medicine at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. There Detrick, he also directed of the Biological Arms Control Treaty Office, where he was responsible for the Army's overall compliance with international biological warfare laws, treaties and agreements.
     Jaax has been an invited speaker for several hundred presentations focusing on emerging infectious disease management and response and on issues involving bioterrorism, especially as it applies to the nation's agricultural infrastructure. He has provided expert testimony before the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committee and other Congressional bodies. Jaax received his bachelor's degree and doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University.


Southeastern to host Camp Rec Summer 2014
Southeastern's Department of Recreational Sports and Wellness is hosting 10 weeks of "Camp Rec" this summer.
Created for children ages 5 to 12, the camp is an option for parents who want their children to have fun and physically active days while developing social skills, confidence and independence.
     Camp Rec is offered weekly beginning May 27 and ending August 8.  Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Camp Rec will have a variety of activities planned throughout the week and will take place in the Pennington Student Activity Center, located at the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing Avenue.
     Dollie Hebert-Crouch, director of Recreational Sports and Wellness, said each week has a theme and that activities include outdoor adventures, field day games, arts and crafts, health and fitness talks, relay races, a talent show, swimming, and field trips.
     "We are committed to creating an unforgettable summer camp experience in a safe and supportive environment," said Hebert-Crouch. "The Camp Rec experience is fun, exciting and filled with challenging activities that teach the campers the values of trust, friendship and teamwork."
     The weekly fee of $135 for campers and $125 for siblings includes breakfast, lunch and snacks each day as well as a Camp Rec t-shirt. Early drop off at 7 a.m. is free. Late pickup, from 4 - 5:45 p.m. is $35 per camper for the week. Registration for Camp Rec is $40 per family and is waived for Pennington Student Activity Center members.
     To register or for more information, call 549-5734 or visit the membership desk at the Pennington Student Activity Center.


Southeastern's Science on Tap lecture to focus on forensic entomology
Forensic ScienceForensic entomology, the use of bugs found at crime scenes, will be the topic of discussion at Southeastern's next Science on Tap seminar scheduled Tuesday, April 1.
     The informal presentation – entitled "Forensic Entomology: Bugs, Cadavers and Crimes in Louisiana," by Southeastern Associate Professor of Biology Erin Watson-Horzelski – will be held at 7 p.m. at Tope lá Catering, 113 East Thomas St., Hammond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is free and open to all ages.
     Watson-Horzelski is the only doctoral-level forensic entomologist in Louisiana and serves as a consultant to the FBI and area law enforcement agencies.
     "Forensic entomology is often used to estimate the time since death in homicides or other cases," said Watson-Horzelski. "We study the development rates of insects that invade and feed on decomposing carcasses to give us a clue regarding the time of death. In many cases, this can be a key element in gaining a conviction."
     Watson-Horzelski maintains an outdoor "body farm" of decomposing pig carcasses that she and her students use in studying the insects and topsoil microbes associated with cadaver decomposition islands. Research in her lab also includes development studies of flies and beetles for postmortem estimations and life history studies of the hairy maggot blow fly, a recent invader in the area that is impacting the native insect species at the crime scene.
     For more information, contact the Department of Biological Sciences at 549-3740.


BUG COLLECTION – Erin Watson-Horzelski, left, associate professor of biological sciences at Southeastern, works with graduate student Danielle Levron of Cut Off to collect insects used in forensic entomology research.


VALIC presents "Social Security Windfall and Government Pension Offset"
Learn how you and/or your spouse's Social Security benefits are affected by your Louisiana State Retirement Plan. VALIC Financial Advisor Mindy Lewis will present this informative session in the Library Media Room 252 at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, and at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 27.
     Presentations will last approximately one hour. All employees are invited to attend but seating is limited. Please contact Claire in Human Resources at 549-2587 to reserve your seat.
     This program is an Employee Wellness initiative. Financial Wellness is the ability to understand your financial situation and prepare for changes and the future.


"Let's Talk:Art" Spring Series
The spring 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, continues on Wednesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. at Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery.
     Cristina Molina, assistant professor of new media and animation, will speak on "Body Circuitry: Feminism and Technology in Art." Molina, whose art practice is conceptually focused on the analysis of interpersonal relationships as it relates to psychology, will draw parallels between her own art and that of other female artists who examine feminist concerns of the body, affect, and technology.
     For more information, please call Eric Johnson 549-3962.


Southeastern's Le Souvenir yearbook wins Gold Circle Awards
Eight Southeastern students have been honored with Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their work on the university's 2013 yearbook, Le Souvenir.
     The 2013-2014 Gold Circle Awards attracted more than 4,200 entries from yearbook and digital media from colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States. Gold Circle Awards are offered to recognize superior work by student journalists usually as individuals but sometimes as an entire staff working with either print or online media.
     "We are very proud of the work these students have done," said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. "Through their hard word, dedication, and desire to excel they have earned recognition on the national level while continuing a strong tradition here at Southeastern."
     Co-editors Claire Babin and M.J. Dinino, graphic design sophomores from Prairieville, were both recognized for their design work in the areas of "multi-page sports presentation for yearbooks" and their presentation of "student headshot photos." Dinino was also recognized for his work in "caption/cutline writing for yearbooks."
     Chris Martin, a communication senior from Albany was recognized for his work on multi-page sports presentations. Jasmine Tate, a communication senior from Mt. Hermon and assistant editor of The Lion's Roar, and Katelyn Robillard, biology senior from Brusly, were honored for their work on captions and cutlines.
     "I am thankful for the skills and opportunities I've gained in my career with Student Publications. Le Souvenir gives students a platform to showcase the academic and student life at Southeastern while also preserving the memories of its faculty, staff and student body," said Tate. "Caption and cutline writing adds meaning to photography, giving readers deeper insight to a photo beyond what is seen on a page."
     Shanell Sanders, a freshman art major from Houma, and Abbie Corkern, a 2013 graphic design graduate from Franklinton, were recognized for their work in multi-page presentations of student life and for student life single spread respectively; and Julianna Papa, a junior from Covington, was honored for her work in feature presentations.
     "I am honored to win a certificate of merit for my work. The Gold Circle Awards are prestigious distinctions given only to select students around the country. In a competitive field such as multi-page presentations in sports, any recognition is a major accomplishment," said Martin.
     The CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, uniting student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges and award programs.


Students' Research, Creative and Scholarly Activities Showcase - Call for Presentations
The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) invites undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to participate in its showcase of student research, creative, and scholarly activity on Tuesday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ballroom on the third floor of the Student Union.
     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 students to include their current work, as well as work completed at Southeastern in previous semesters.
     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.
     Please download the form from the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs web page at to participate in this exciting event. We ask that all presentations be "display ready."
     For more information, please contact Margaret Adelmann, OSRP, at 549-5312 or by email at


Camp Discovery: A Summer Camp for Academically Gifted/Advanced Students
Camp Discovery is offering an exciting enrichment program for high-ability students, grades 1-6 in the 2013-2014 school year.
The theme this year is "Perspectives." Have you ever read about a character in a book and wondered, "What were they thinking?!" How can people see the world in so many different ways? There are so many different viewpoints found in literature, art, and culture. There are even different perspectives in using math, science or history to describe the world.
     Look at our world through the lens of a scientist, an artist, a writer, and more. We will conduct fun projects and activities that help us see things from different perspectives. Come explore with us!
     The camp runs from July 7 - July 24, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m – 12 p.m. at the Southeastern Laboratory School. The cost is $175. If registering multiple children from the same household, the cost is $160 per child.
     Registration deadline is June 16 with a first-come, first-served policy. Contact Susan Zimlich at for additional information and an application.


Southeastern Dance to join in National Water Dance
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts' dance program will participate in the National Water Dance, scheduled on Saturday, April 12, at 3 p.m., near the Katrina Memorial Fountain.
     Dance Coordinator Martie Fellom said the project is intended to bring attention to environmental issues, specifically water, by creating community awareness through the arts.
     "The National Water Dance is a simultaneous performance across the country that will bring attention to the fragility of water through the talent of students in their arts in education programs," said Fellom. "Our dancers will join with 75 universities across the United States in this performance."
     Dancers interested in participating must be able to attend all rehearsals, will need to wear all white for the performance, and must wear tennis shoes, although they can be any color, Fellom said. Rehearsals will take place in the Kinesiology Dance Studio from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, Tuesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 10.
     Fellom said dancers do not have to be Southeastern students, but they must be able to attend all rehearsals and have the required attire.
     Interested performers should email Fellom at to confirm their participation by noon on Friday, March 28.


Southeastern in the news
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SLU partners with Hammond Westside

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Fine dining promised at Chefs Evening


BR Advocate
Students help clean up community

SLU summer music program series registration underway

SLU's Columbia Theatre gets $100,000 grant

SLU announces schedule for teen career classes

SLU sponsors lectures for Women's History Month


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This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball, softball, golf, tennis and track and field teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lion baseball team (14-9, 4-2 Southland) has four home games on tap this week. Southeastern will start the week with a 6 p.m. contest versus Jackson State on Tuesday, before welcoming Southland Conference newcomer Houston Baptist to town for a three-game series. The series opens with a 6 p.m. game on Friday, continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     Southeastern Athletics Marketing and Promotions will offer free food for students at Tuesday's game. All of this week's games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at, where LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of all of this week's action. Tuesday's game will also air on a tape delay on the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18).
     While the baseball team enjoys four at home this week, the softball team (9-11, 3-6 Southland) closes out a seven-game road trip this week. The Lady Lions open the week with a 5 p.m. contest at Mississippi State on Tuesday. Southeastern continues league action over the weekend, facing Central Arkansas in a three-game series. The series opens in Conway, Ark. with an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday and concludes with a 12 p.m. contest on Sunday.
     The Lion golf team returns to the course this week. The defending Southland champions will be in San Antonio, Texas to compete in the Lone Star Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. Live stats, provided by host UTSA, will be accessible at
     The Southeastern tennis team (10-3, 5-2 Southland) concludes its Texas road trip this week. The Lions will face Prairie View on Monday at 12 p.m. in Houston.
     Members of the Southeastern Louisiana men's and women's track and field teams will compete in two different meets this week. Several Lions and Lady Lions will compete in the prestigious Texas Relays, which run from Wednesday to Saturday in Austin, Texas. Southeastern is also scheduled to have student-athletes compete in the Bobcat Invitational on Friday and Saturday in San Marcos, Texas.


Monday, March 24
Men's Golf, at Lone Star Invitational, San Antonio, Texas, All Day
Women's Tennis, at Prairie View, Houston, Texas, 12 p.m.


Tuesday, March 25
Baseball, vs. Jackson State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision) (Southeastern Channel)
     - Free food for students
Softball, at Mississippi State, Starkville, Miss., 5 p.m.
Men's Golf, at Lone Star Invitational, San Antonio, Texas, All Day


Wednesday, March 26
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Thursday, March 27
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day


Friday, March 28
Baseball, vs. Houston Baptist, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Bobcat Invitational, San Marcos, Texas, All Day


Saturday, March 29
Baseball, vs. Houston Baptist, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, at Central Arkansas (DH), Conway, Ark., 11 a.m.*
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Texas Relays, Austin, Texas, All Day
Men's and Women's Track and Field, at Bobcat Invitational, San Marcos, Texas, All Day


Sunday, March 30
Baseball, vs. Houston Baptist, Alumni Field, 1 p.m. (KSLU) (LionVision)*
Softball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 12 p.m.*


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
Dr. Debra Jo Hailey (Teaching and Learning) presented at the Louisiana Educational Research Association's Annual Conference in Lafayette on March 14. Her presentation was titled "Leadership in the Early Years: Parents' Perceptions of Supportive and Non-Supportive Influences on Leadership Development."
     Kathleen Campbell and Mindy Crain-Dorough (Educational Leadership and Technology) published the article "Expectations of Districts for Practicing Principals and of Universities for Pre-Service Principals" in the Global Education Review, Vol. 2, No. 3.
     Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "Introducing an Instrument to Assess Pre-Service Principals' Dispositions through Behavioral Indicators" at the spring conference of the International Organization for Social Sciences and Behavioral Research in Biloxi Feb. 20 – 21. The paper was co-authored by Mindy Crain-Dorough and Jennifer Sughrue (Educational Leadership & Technology).
     Professors Lucy Kabza, Tilak de Alwis, Randy Wills, Edgar Reyes, Gary Walls, Dennis Merino, Ken Li, and David Gurney (Mathematics) attended the 85th Annual Louisiana Mississippi Section of the Mathematical Association of America conference in Baton Rouge March 6-8. Randy Wills participated in a panel discussion titled "Teaching Methods that Work to Members of Section NExT" (New Experiences in Teaching). He also gave a talk titled "A Risk and Reward Strategy for Teaching Mathematics." David Gurney presented "Plotting Position Functions of the Normal Distribution." Several Southeastern students gave presentations of their research projects: Amal de Alwis presented "Images of Curves in the Complex Plane under Mobius Transformations;" Robin Joshi presented "Sums of 2-by-2 Matrices with Determinant One;"  Lei Xu presented "The Survey of the Nature of High-Tech Chinese Immigrants in California using Cluster Analysis and Correspondence Analysis." Amal de Alwis and Robin Joshi tied for first place in the student paper writing competition. Edgar Reyes was a member of the Student Paper Committee and served as a judge for the competition. Tilak de Alwis and Randy Wills co-organized the 11th annual Student Integration Bee and conducted the competition. The Bee had 44 students from 10 universities who participated with Naresh Neupane of Southeastern winning first prize. Dennis Merino, Gary Walls, and Randy Wills all submitted and graded problems for the Student Team Competition. The team of Sneha Sharma, Naresh Neupane, Andrew Glorioso, and Saroj Thapa represented Southeastern in the competition. de Alwis and Wills were chosen to run the 2015 competition.


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