Dolliver recognized for service

Career Fair is Thursday

Cast chosen for Sweeney Todd

Lauderdale re-certified

Color Out Cancer run set Oct. 11

Rec Sports and Wellness news

CSD scholar in residence honored

Register for Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl

CSD to hold public meeting

Non-credit programs available

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Professional activities

President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service – Debra Dolliver
Debra DolliverWhen members of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Physics recognized the need for some essential new equipment, one person was quick to volunteer for the time-consuming task of writing the grants.
     Organic chemist Debra Dolliver stepped up and assumed the leadership position of getting the grant applications written. For her efforts in leading these tasks, as well as her recruitment, retention and extensive mentoring work with students, Dolliver was named the recipient of the 2014 President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
     It is the second time she has been honored with a President's Award for Excellence, having earned one for teaching in 2010.
     A former English major with a degree from the University of North Texas, Dolliver made the move to chemistry several years later, earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master's degree in organic chemistry from Texas Woman's University. She received her doctorate from the University of North Texas.
     "She is an unofficial leader of the chemistry and physics faculty by virtue of her service," says Gerard Blanchard, head of the Department of Chemistry and Physics. "When she realizes something must be done, she starts doing it, and others join in, participating of their own free will because they see the value of the activity."
     "Most of our department's analytical instruments were acquired through donations from industry or other universities," said Dolliver, a member of the faculty since 2001. "As a matter of maintaining accreditation, our students must have access to certain modern pieces of equipment. It was pretty apparent that a concerted push was needed to replace most of the analytical instrumentation to adequately educate our students in the chemistry techniques of today."
     Both grants were successful, resulting in a new gas chromatography mass spectrometer funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents for $88,500 and a new $274,000 nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer funded by the National Science Foundation.
     Dolliver said the new instruments will have long-term positive impacts on the university and the department.
     "The equipment allows continued excellence in undergraduate research and a high level training," she explained. "They also help produce graduates who have exposure to state-of-the-art instrumentation and techniques that allow them to find placement in top tier graduate and professional positions."
     Dolliver is credited with developing and planning the department's annual recruitment program called CaPPS (Career Paths in Physical Science), a half day workshop to educate prospective chemistry and physics students, high school career counselors and others about opportunities in science and technology fields.
     A highly regarded researcher who involves her students in her own research, Dolliver has volunteered to supervise students in a chemistry capstone course, for which the instructor receives no teaching credit.
     "The course is required for several of our degrees. Students must complete a research project and write a research paper on their work that is as close to publication quality as possible," she explained. "Teaching the course requires the instructor to supervise the students' work closely, which generally means working directly with them in the lab."
     Dolliver has supervised 16 students in the research course over the past 10 years, more than any other member in the department. To ensure the quality of the student's work, she organized a committee to analyze the research produced by students each semester to make sure their work meets specific standards.
     "I consider it part of my commitment to giving Southeastern students exceptional training and experience," she added.
     That commitment also includes accompanying and supervising students at national or regional scientific meetings. Over the years, she has taken students to more than 25 conferences sponsored by organizations such as regional and national meetings of the National American Chemical Society and the Rice University Undergraduate Invitational Symposium. Her efforts included procuring funding, making travel arrangements and supervising the students' scientific presentations.
     Blanchard said Dolliver's service includes chairing and serving on several committees for the College of Science and Technology and for the university, including service as a member of the Faculty Senate, the University Planning Council, the departmental Chemistry Curriculum Committee and the Intradepartmental Strategic Planning Committee.
     "Dr. Dolliver's activities represent a major expenditure of effort that go beyond her teaching and research responsibilities," said Blanchard. "They are strictly of a service nature and will have a lasting benefit for Southeastern and our students."


Southeastern students, alumni invited to Career Fair Thursday
Career FairSoutheastern students and alumni are invited to participate in Career Fair 2014, the Office of Career Services' annual university wide career event.
     Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2014 will include over 150 organizational participants and will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
     Representatives from various companies and associations, government agencies, business, engineering, finance and banking industries will be on site to answer questions and take resumes during the free event.
     "Career Fair provides Southeastern students and graduates the opportunity to obtain that much needed face time with recruiters to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack and all of those faceless resumes that come their way," said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services. "There is no other venue that will allow you to directly interact with recruiters and managers from over 150 employers and leave a lasting, positive impression. In fact, it would take you months to speak with as many recruiters as you can in one day at Southeastern's Career Fair 2014."
     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.
     For additional information on Career Fair 2014, visit or contact Career Services at 549-2121 or


Cast chosen for Southeastern Opera Workshop's Sweeney Todd
Sweeney ToddSoutheastern's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     "Stephen Sondheim is a living Broadway legend; for the last 50 years his musicals have continually expanded the boundaries of what a Broadway musical can – and should – be," said Charles Effler, director of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop.
     "In Sweeney, he reaches towards opera – and his setting of the tale of the infamous barber and his demonic, yet comic, meat pie-baking sidekick, Mrs. Lovett, has chilled and delighted audiences in productions all over the world since its 1979 Broadway debut," he added. Join Opera/Music Theatre Workshop in exploring this tragic story amid the squalor and cruelty of 1850s Victorian London; with, of course, a love story -- and a lot of laughs -- along the way."
     The original Broadway production was nominated for nine Tony awards and won eight, including Best Score for Sondheim.
     Opera Workshop welcomes back guest stage director Alton Geno for this production. In addition to a long career as a performer, choreographer and director in New Orleans and around the country, Geno has directed Opera Workshop's productions of The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz and The Music Man.
     The cast includes Steven Rushing of Baton Rouge as Sweeney Todd; Analynn Sober of Lake Charles and Kristina Temple of Amite double cast as Mrs. Lovett; Jonathan Dupre of Luling as Tobias Ragg; Benjamin Vollentine of Covington as Anthony Hope; Lauren Gibson of Walker and Michelle Guillot of Slidell double cast as Johanna; Alison Joiner of Ponchatoula and Dana Arthur of Abita Springs double cast as beggar woman; Brent Goodrich of Sulphur as Judge Turpin; Nicholas Smith of Ponchatoula as the Beadle; Chase Ledet of Houma as Adolfo Pirelli and Olivia Lowentritt of Hammond as the customer's daughter.
     The ensemble, otherwise known as townspeople, policemen and lunatics, include Terelle Bibbins of Slidell, Ryan Breaux of Lafayette, Morgan Curole of Larose, Rachel Davis of Mandeville, Mindy Guidroz of Houma, Provence Hatfield of Amite, Alyssa Hernandez of Metairie, Cody Sires of Chalmette, and Ivan Stroup of Des Allemands.
     Effler will serve as musical director and conductor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts faculty members Steve Schepker and Mignon Charvet will design the sets and costumes, respectively, and former Southeastern employee Ellen Lipkos will design the lighting. Southeastern theatre student Katy Truluck will serve as stage manager.
     Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, and Martin Richards in association with Dean and Judy Manos, "Sweeney Todd" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
     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.
     For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, contact Effler at
     Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince; orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019,


Lauderdale re-certified as fund raising executive
Wendy LauderdaleSoutheastern Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale has been re-certified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International.
     Lauderdale joins over 5,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. As the premier global credential for career fundraisers, the CFRE designation is endorsed and supported by the world's leading professional and philanthropic associations.
     Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination, testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold accountability standards and the donor bill of rights.
     "The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner," said Jim Caldarola, CFRE, immediate past chair of CFRE International. "As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Wendy Lauderdale to herself, the fundraising profession, and the donors who are served."
     CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status, recipients must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education.


Division of Administration and Finance to host American Cancer Society fund raiser
American Cancer Society logoSoutheastern's Division of Administration and Finance invites you to celebrate health, happiness and individuality while supporting the fight against cancer at the Color Out Cancer 5k Run/Walk benefiting The American Cancer Society.
     Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, the event begins at 9 a.m. at Cook Field on Southeastern's Campus between the University Center and the Alumni Center.
     During the walk/run participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at four stations along the route. Participants should wear white and finish the run/walk plastered in color.
     Participants can pre-register on line at or send in a completed entry form by mail with payment to SLU Box 10799, Hammond, La. 70402. Pre-registration is $30.Event day registration is $35 and begins at 8 a.m. Checks should be made payable to The American Cancer Society.
     For more information, contact Pam Hoover at 985-507-1755 or or Mary Lou Imbraguglio at 225-240-3960 or


Rec Sports and Wellness news

Smoking Cessation class offered

Southeastern's Employee Wellness Committee is providing a free smoking cessation class for faculty, staff and students. The eight-week session begins Wednesday, Sept. 17, and will be held from 12-12:45 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided to kick off the session.
     All meetings will be held on consecutive Wednesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
For more information, please contact instructor Tammy Swindle at 1 (800) 624-2039 or email Bill 26 Smoke-Free Campuses went into effect August 1, 2014.


Certified Personal Trainer Workshop to be offered

The American Academy of Sports Medicine is offering a three-day and a one-day Certified Personal Trainer Workshop. The ACSM Workshop will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 26-29 with Southeastern's Pennington Student Activity Center as the host site.
     The three-day workshop fee is $375, and the one-day workshop fee is $129. Pre-registration is required. For more information visit the ACSM website


Southeastern CSD scholar in residence honored
Southeastern's Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Scholar in Residence Nina Mackie has been awarded the "Honors of the Association" by the American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA) for 2014. The award recognizes ASHA members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and is the highest honor the Association bestows.
     "Dr. Mackie's research is widely acknowledged throughout the world and brings international and national recognition to Southeastern's Communication Sciences & Disorders program," said Jacqueline Guendouzi, head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. "She has been an active advocate for people with aphasia and her work has helped to support best practice methods within the field of Speech Pathology. In addition she is a truly wonderful person."
     The ASHA Honors of the Association recognize those individuals whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the professions. Members are encouraged to nominate individuals who are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.
     A resident of Abita Springs, Mackie travels the world researching the best interventions for people with aphasia and their caregivers. While on break from her travels, she also teaches regularly for the CSD in December and January.
     ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 173,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.


Phi Kappa Phi sponsors Southeastern Quiz Bowl
Trivia is no trivial matter as once again Southeastern's chapter of the national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi will host its annual Homecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament. Phi Kappa Phi is recruiting eight five-member teams to compete in the Quiz Bowl, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 2-5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
     Teams, which should include four members and one alternate, can be made up of any combination of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The top team earns a trophy. There is a $100 award for first place. Second place teams in each division will earn $50.
     To register, teams should call Dr. Joan Faust at 549-5477 or e-mail her at by 4 p.m., Oct. 8. Registration is $25 per team. A practice session is scheduled for 2-3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 13, also in the Student Union Theatre.
     Quiz Bowl is a question and answer game of general knowledge and quick recall. Game questions cover every conceivable topic, from history, literature, science, multiculturalism, religion and geography to current events, the arts, social sciences, sports, and popular culture.
     The tournament will be a double-elimination contest, faculty vs. faculty, student vs. student teams until final Championship Game: top faculty vs. top student team to determine overall Quiz Bowl Champion.


Southeastern Communication Sciences and Disorders to hold public meeting in anticipation of accreditation
The Southeastern program in Communication Sciences and Disorders will hold a public meeting to solicit comments and suggestions as part of its accreditation process.
     The meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Alumni Center, 500 W. University Ave. in Hammond.
     The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology receives public comments as part of its review of programs seeking continued accreditation, explained Associate Professor Rebecca Davis, who is coordinating the accreditation process for the Southeastern graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
     The public can also submit comments by email to, by fax via 301-296-8570, or by mail to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd., Suite 310, Rockville, Md. 20850.
     For more information, contact the Southeastern program at 549-2214.


Non-credit programs available

Acting for Kids' Konfidence
Brandi Ehrhardt Saucier, Dates Vary Depending on Location

This program is a mixture of acting, drama and improvisation designed to create confidence and self-esteem within our children. This course was designed with many objectives in mind, including creating a sense of confidence and self-esteem; promoting quick thinking and healthy interactions with others; encourage students to be leaders among their peers; providing a healthy outlet for creativity and energy; replacing negative self-images with positive self-images; and preparing students for school projects and speeches, and even future job interviews. Learn more.


Henry VIII and His Six Wives
William Robison, Sept. 30 – Nov. 4

This course will broaden and deepen your knowledge about Henry VIII and his six wives, early Tudor England, and the English Reformation in this six-week reading and discussion program. The class will meet two hours each week to discuss readings from Antonia Fraser's "The Wives of Henry VIII," excerpts from films and television programs about the Tudor dynasty, and examples of period art (especially portraits) and music. At each session the presenter will offer introductory remarks, but the primary emphasis will be on discussion of the main readings with full audience participation. The presenter will use portraits, film excerpts, and examples of Henrician music. Register today.


Digital Photography – Beginner
Chuck Billiot, Sept. 24 – Oct. 1

This class will cover the basics of digital photography. Topics include: differences between point and shoot vs. SLR; equipment settings, such as resolution, zoom and white balance; uploading images to various web sites, use of various lighting situations, and natural posing composition. Camera and technical skills will be covered, including how to adjust ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (F-Stop) for different lighting conditions, and how to shoot in manual mode with better results. In addition, the course will answer questions such as, "What is depth of field?" and "How and when should I use fill flash?" Register now.


Adobe Photoshop for Photography
Oct. 15 - 22

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to set up a work space, use the Photoshop Browser, explain basic tools and filters, make image adjustments (levels, contrast, color, etc), crop and rotate, create vignettes, eliminate dust and scratches, correct red eye defect in images, perform image color correction, and more. Register now.


Community Music School

This program offers private lessons on various musical instruments and voice to children and adults of any age. Students take one lesson a week, scheduled according to the student/instructor availability. Students have the opportunity to perform at a recital at the end of each semester, as well as additional performance opportunities in the community throughout the semester. The Community Music School offers a stress free environment, highly qualified instructors, and compatible fees, three locations in Hammond, Mandeville and Walker and helps every student to develop a star stage presence.


Southeastern in the news

Action News
SLU nursing program celebrates 50 years with Oct. 10 gala


Associated Press
University plans gala to mark 50th anniversary of nursing program


BR Advocate
Missoula Children's Theatre coming to Amite

Southeastern counseling program has new tool

Environmental journalists tour Turtle Cove

Snakes tapped as topic of lecture series


Hammond Daily Star
Nursing School to hold 50-year gala

Sweeny Todd cast announced


This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf and cross country teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The No. 3 Lion football team (2-1) will look to bounce back from a 35-20 loss to Tulane when it travels to Southeast Missouri (1-2) for a 6 p.m. contest in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The game will be streamed live for free on the OVC Digital Network. The game will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the flagship station of Southeastern Football, KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH).
     The soccer team (6-1) will open the week with its non-conference finale, as the Lady Lions host Mississippi Valley State on Monday at 4 p.m. SLU students will receive free t-shirts and food as available at Monday's match. Southeastern will then welcome Texas &M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 4 p.m. for the Southland Conference opener. On Sunday, McNeese State visits Hammond for a 1 p.m. match.
     The SLU volleyball team (2-8) will return home on Tuesday, hosting Southern Miss at 6 p.m. at the University Center. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of Tuesday's match at
The tennis team will open up its 2014-15 season this week. The Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to compete in the Golden Eagles Invitational, which runs Friday through Sunday.
     The golf team will continue play at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, which opened on Sunday in Burlington, Iowa. The tournament runs through Tuesday.
     The men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will head to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Invitational on Saturday. The men's race is set for 8:05 a.m. with the women's race following at 9:15 a.m.


Monday, September 15
Soccer, vs. Mississippi Valley State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.
     - SLU students receive free t-shirts and food as available
Golf, at Golfweek Conference Challenge, Burlington, Iowa, All Day


Tuesday, September 16
Volleyball, vs. Southern Miss, University Center, 6 p.m. (LionVision)
Golf, at Golfweek Conference Challenge, Burlington, Iowa, All Day


Friday, September 19
Soccer, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.*
Tennis, at Golden Eagle Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


Saturday, September 20
Football, at Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 6 p.m. (OVC DN) (KSLU) (WHMD) (WJSH)
Tennis, at Golden Eagle Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, All Day


Sunday, September 21
Soccer, vs. McNeese State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
Tennis, at Golden Eagle Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


Professional activities
The Fox Theatre in Marksville screened Louisiana During World War II, a film by William B. Robison (History and Political Science) and Jerry P. Sanson (LSU-A), and McCrea 1971: The Story of Louisiana's Forgotten Rock Festival, a film by recent graduates of the M.A. in History program Nick Brilleaux and Scott Caro, to a sold-out crowd on Thursday, Sept. 4.
     Ken Oertling (Education Leadership doctoral student) was selected as the Louisiana State High School Principal of the Year and the Louisiana Association of Principals' Principal of the Year. Oertling is principal of Hahnville High School in St. Charles Parish.


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