Sherlock Holmes at Columbia
Music student recognized
Sims Library to host Latino series
Teacher candidates host event

Thomas wins state LATAN award

Book signing scheduled
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The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesColumbia Theatre presents ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’
Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting Aquila Theatre in “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” for one performance only on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.  
     According to Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood, the legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast-paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre, and, as is customary with Aquila Theatre, there will be a twist to the production.     
     “The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person’s life,” he said.  “Sherlock Holmes is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician – is there anything this character can’t do?”
     Tickets for the production range from $25 to $39 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     Special $13 Southeastern student tickets are also offered for this production. Students must present their university ID at the box office.
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.

Southeastern music student recognized in competitions
A Southeastern music student has been recognized for her performances in competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) at the state and regional levels.
     Sungkyung Woo, a violin performance major studying under Southeastern Professor Yakov Voldman, won first place in the state level competition held in Alexandria recently. In addition, she earned second place in the South Central MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition held in Houston. The regional competition includes performers from colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
     A junior, Woo is a native of Icheon, South Korea.
     “These were my first competition experiences in the United States, and I appreciate the opportunity to perform,” Woo said. “I am especially appreciative of the assistance in preparation for the competitions by my teacher, Dr. Voldman.”
     “Sungkyung is very talented and I am so glad to have such an amazing student in my studio,” said Voldman. “We worked very hard over the winter break in preparation for the competition. She truly deserves the prize from the competition.”

Sungkyung Woo

Teacher candidates host event
Teacher candidates enrolled in their first level of Early Childhood Education methods (EDUC 323) invited foreign exchange teachers attending Southeastern to join them in celebration of a cultural event and to play learning games.
     The teacher candidates were charged with creating games designed to support learning of early literacy skills and practical math skills such as counting U.S. currency and making correct change. The teacher candidate-created games had to meet differing ability levels so that each game could be used both in early childhood classrooms where a variety of skill levels exist and could also be used with the Panamanian teachers learning to use English as a Second Language.    
     The teacher candidates said that they entered this teaching experience with some trepidation, but left feeling that they had learned a great deal about another culture, engaged in differentiating learning tasks, and developed a greater appreciation for cultural diversity.
     The three professors that coordinated this event, Dr. Debra Jo Hailey, Dr. Stacy Garcia, and Dr. Letitia Walters, agreed that throughout the event, teacher candidates and Panamanian teachers worked and played together while sharing teaching ideas and resources which resulted in a day of truly authentic engagement, fun and dynamic learning for all.    

Book signing scheduled
Library Director Eric Johnson and Librarian Cathy Tijerino will sign their book Hammond, a volume in the “Images of America” series published by Arcadia Publishing, at Bayou Booksellers, 201 West Thomas St., on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m.
     The book is a photographic overview of Hammond from its beginnings to 1950 and contains over 200 historical images with captions.
     Books will be available for purchase during the signing.

Southeastern Sims Library to host series on Latino Americans
Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Memorial Library will host a free, six-week series on Latino Americans beginning Feb. 17.
     Offered in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Parish Public Library and the Hammond Regional Arts Center and titled “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” the series will feature two documentary film screenings with scholar-led discussions about the history of Latino Americans from 1946 to 1980, as well as lectures on Latino American arts, a reading for children, and a dance demonstration.
     Southeastern is one of approximately 200 libraries, museums, and art and historical associations across the country to host the programs, which will run through March 19. Eric Johnson, program coordinator and director of Sims Library, obtained a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which made the programs possible.
     “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” is a national grant initiative that provides DVDs of the documentary series shown on PBS, discussion guidelines, resource guides, and Web support,” said Johnson. “I decided to focus on the arts because of the excellent opportunities both in Hammond and in the greater New Orleans area, and to give the series a different focus from other programs across the country.”
     Instructor in Foreign Languages Marianna Kunow will serve as the project scholar, leading the video discussions and providing a reading at the parish library. Programs scheduled are at Sims Library unless otherwise noted and are as follows:
     •    Feb. 17:  “The New Latinos (1946 - 1963),” video and discussion, 6:30 p.m.
     •    Feb. 18:  “From Zorro to Machete: The Story of Latinos in Hollywood,” Dr. Jason Landrum, 2 p.m.
     •    Feb. 24:  ‘The Mexican Muralists and Chicano Variations,” Dr. Marianna Kunow, Hammond Regional Arts Center, 5 p.m.
     •    March 2:  “Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980),” video and discussion, 6:30 p.m.
     •    March 5:  Latin American Dance Demonstration, Javier’s Dance Company, Tangipahoa Library Ponchatoula Branch, 1 p.m.
     •    March 10:  “Chicano Rock and the Influence of Latino Music on Rock Stars,” Dr. Joe Burns, 2 p.m.
•    March 16:  “Latinas on Broadway,” Eric Johnson, 12:30 p.m.
•    March 19:  Children’s Reading, Tangipahoa Library, Hammond Branch, 1 p.m.
     Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative and The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. The PBS documentary film series was produced by WETA Washington, D.C.; Bosch and Co. Inc.; and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB); in association with Independent Television Service (ITVS).
     For more information about the series, contact Johnson at 549-3962 or via e-mail at

Thomas wins state LATAN award
Donna Thomas, assistant professor in Southeastern’s Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program, was presented the Citizen Award by the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN).
    LATAN is a statewide, nonprofit organization that connects individuals with disabilities and older persons with the assistive technology that encourages independence in employment, school and community living.
    Thomas, a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist, received the award for her work in supporting the use of assistive technology in the public school system, community and at Southeastern’s Speech and Hearing Clinic. She has also developed and taught a graduate course at Southeastern on augmentative and alternative communication.
    A resident of Ponchatoula, Thomas also teaches classes in the areas of speech and language development, language disorders and swallowing disorders. She also provides clinical supervision to undergraduate and graduate students in Southeastern’s program. Her research interests are in the areas of literacy, augmentative communication and language development.
    She is a member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association, the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology, and serves as secretary for the Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association.


American Sign Language
American Sign Language is a fascinating language with its own grammar and usage. In six weeks, we will discuss the history of American Sign Language, deaf culture, and common phrases and ways to use sign language in everyday life. If you work with children, have children of your own, or want to learn a new language with your friends to use in noisy areas, this class will benefit you. Read more on this course.

How Money Works (For Teachers)
Are you an educator or future educator ready to take control of your financial success? Success on a teacher salary can happen if you take charge. This course will introduce students to major concepts necessary to make informed decisions regarding finances. There are no technology requirements or prerequisites for this class, and no charge to attend. Read more on this course. 

Money Matters for Women
This series is designed for women who are either currently managing their own money for the first time or preparing to do so in the future. Attendees will come to a better understanding of the risks and rewards of various types of investments, such as stocks, bonds, funds and annuities, to help them make wise choices in the future. The course is for women of all ages. Read more on this course. 

QuickBooks I
Want to get an edge in the bookkeeping field? QuickBooks software is used by more than five million businesses in the U.S. You must have basic computer knowledge and some understanding of financial terms (checking accounts, revenues, expenses, etc.). Read more on this course.


Drs. Alan Cannon, Lucy Kabza, and Kent Neuerburg (Mathematics) have been notified that their paper, “Centers and Generalized Centers of Near-Rings Without Identity Defined via Malone-Like Multiplications,” has been accepted for publication in Mathematica Pannonica. The work is coauthored with Mark Farag of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Dr. Lucy Kabza (Mathematics) attended the Joint MAA (Mathematical Association of America) and AMS (American Mathematical Society) meeting Jan. 6-9 in Seattle.

ByLion is published weekly online (bi-weekly during the summer session) for the faculty and staff of Southeastern Louisiana University. Submission deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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