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New Southeastern Channel documentary highlights Manchac Swamp, Turtle Cove
Artifact researchHow history and science intertwine Manchac Swamp with Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station is highlighted by a new display of swamp artifacts and new documentary produced by the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s cable television channel.
     Troubled Waters: Turtle Cove and the Manchac Swamp Ecosystem debuted July 24, on the Southeastern Channel on Charter Spectrum 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Livingston and St. Helena parishes and via livestream at
     “The Manchac Swamp has played a prominent role in the history and culture of the Northshore, and it continues to impact the lives of residents economically, recreationally and environmentally with the protection it provides,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager and executive producer of the show Rick Settoon. “It’s important for generation after generation to know its history. This documentary is a powerful, educational tool that shows what the Manchac Swamp was, what it is now, how it got to this point, and what’s being done about it.”
     The documentary’s story of the swamp begins with its earliest indigenous inhabitants, Native Americans, and the earliest Europeans, 16th century French settlers led by the explorer D’Iberville, Settoon said. It follows the swamp’s role and involvement in conflicts from the French and Indian War to the West Florida Revolt and finally the Civil War.
     “The fact that it was such an enormous and impenetrable, forested wetland that served so many different peoples and their cultures and helped serve the purpose of many of their livelihoods makes it an extraordinary part of our history in this region,” said Rob Moreau, director of Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station and the show’s producer and narrator.
     The program also reveals the post-Civil War industrialization and exploitation of the Manchac Swamp, including its eventual decimation by the cypress logging industry and cypress-eating nutria.
     “The Manchac Swamp is a changed ecosystem vastly degraded from what it once was, a marsh now that is moving further towards open water instead of a dense cypress forest that is of highest ecological value,” Moreau said.
     The program spotlights artifacts recovered from Pass Manchac that have been assembled into new exhibits at both Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies in Sims Library and Turtle Cove, which continues to conduct scientific research and collect critical data from the coastal wetlands, along with managing swamp cleanup and reforestation.
     The artifacts include arrowheads, pottery and tools used by the earliest inhabitants to survive in the swamp. There are also Civil War items, maps, and leases along with saw blades, timber tools, and photographs of sawmills and massive cypress trees representing the magnitude of the swamp’s destruction during the logging years of the 1800s through the mid-1950s.
     “The artifacts shown in the film and the two physical exhibits represent and bring into focus the human interaction with this natural environment,” Moreau said. “A big part of the history of the Manchac Swamp is the ultimate devastation brought upon it by humans. This provides a strong incentive moving forward for current and future generations to be better stewards of not only the Manchac Swamp, but our global environment as well.”
     Settoon said Troubled Waters features historical drawings, archival photographs and footage of the Manchac Swamp from centuries past, including old black-and-white film of the early stages of the cypress logging industry with workers chopping down cypress trees and transporting them via pull-boat barges and rafts through the swamp to sawmills.
     The program uses 3D and traditional animation techniques to bring to life scenes from different periods throughout the swamp’s history and includes interviews with Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Director Sam Hyde, retired Southeastern History Professor Charles Dranguet, Turtle Cove Caretaker Hayden Reno, Southeastern Development Board Member Mike Sharp, and Entergy Director of Environmental Strategy Rick Johnson.
     The documentary was written, directed and edited by Southeastern Channel Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto.
     “It was very important to link these unique artifacts to the surprisingly rich history of the Manchac area,” Zaffuto said. “Through the use of interviews, location videography and a few animated sequences, we were hopefully able to identify Turtle Cove as not only a vital center of environmental research, but also an interactive historical landmark.”
     The show presents footage of educational activities, public outreach, scientific research and swamp restoration efforts at Turtle Cove along with the artifact collection being assembled and then unveiled at a Turtle Cove fundraising event.
     “We like to think of ourselves as ‘stewards’ of the wetlands and as the ‘public voice’ of Manchac and all that it is - past, present and future,” Moreau said of his Turtle Cove operation.
     The artifacts were obtained from the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, including the Wiley H. Sharp, Jr. Collection of Southeastern Indian Artifacts. Mike Sharp, retired Hammond banker and brother of the late Wiley Sharp, Jr., suggested that the artifacts be organized into an exhibit at Turtle Cove to display the findings and help explain the history of the region. The display was unveiled at a fundraising event to support Turtle Cove’s operation and environmental restoration efforts.
     “We are losing an enormous amount of acreage every year to storm surges, saltwater intrusion, pollution, and a variety of other factors, and these swamps and marshes provide barrier island protection from storms,” Sharp says in the documentary. “We want to educate the public in terms of the importance of research and the preservation and conservation of our priceless hardwood bottomland swamps and marshes.”


RESEARCHING ARTIFACTS - Christian “Alex” White, a Southeastern history graduate student, is shown researching and recording artifacts discovered at Pass Manchac, some from over 3,000 years ago, at Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. The artifacts are included in the Manchac Swamp/Turtle Cove Artifacts Exhibit that appears at both the Center and at the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station at Manchac. The artifacts provide documentation and evidence of the lifestyles and cultures of different inhabitants throughout the swamp’s history described in Troubled Waters: Turtle Cove and the Manchac Swamp Ecosystem, a new documentary produced by the Southeastern Channel.

Fall Convocation date set
Southeastern will launch the 2019-2020 academic year with its annual fall convocation of faculty and staff on Friday, Aug. 16, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
     Included in the program will be the traditional presentation of the University’s highest faculty and staff honors – the President’s Awards for Excellence – as well as the presentation of service awards to faculty and staff who have been with the University from 25 to 45 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure and promotions, and donors who have established newly endowed professorships and scholarships.
     The traditional picnic lunch will immediately follow the morning’s ceremonies. 

2019-2020 Faculty/Staff Hang tags
Transportation Services has begun issuing the 2020 Faculty/Staff Hang Tags at its office in Pride Hall. The cost of the 2020 hang tag remains $62.67 for this academic year. In an effort to assist faculty and staff, the following options will be available: 
 Faculty and staff can still purchase hang tags each semester at a cost of $20.89 per semester.
 The fee will continue to be prorated for those individuals entering in later semesters in the academic year.
 Payroll deduction is available to full time Faculty/Staff. If you chose this option last year, your deduction will continue this year without submitting a new form; however, if you do not want to continue with the Payroll Deduction Option, a form (available at the Transportation Office) must be completed and submitted to cancel the deduction. The Payroll Deduction option is for the annual fee, $62.67 and sign-up is between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1 of each academic year. The fee will be taken in equal amounts from your paycheck through May 31 of the academic year. Should you terminate before May 31 during the academic year, the remainder of the fee will be deducted from your last paycheck.

Credit/Debit cards are accepted only at the Transportation Office in Pride Hall.

     On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Transportation Services will visit several buildings on campus to assist those Faculty/Staff with obtaining their hang tag. The following are the location and times Transportation Staff will be issuing hang tags:

 Dyson Hall – 8 to 9 am -- File Room

 Student Union  9:30 to 11 am -- 1st Floor West Lounge

 Physical Plant – 1 to 2:15 pm -- Conference Room

 Financial Aid Bldg.  2:45 to 4:15 pm -- Next to Cashier’s Office

     A Vehicle Registration Card (vehicle license plate number must be filled in) will be required. These are available at the Transportation Office. New enrollees for Payroll Deduction are required to fill out and sign the Parking Fee Payroll Deduction Form in the presence of a Transportation staff member. We are asking that individuals paying for the hang tags with a check, write your W# on the check. If paying with cash, have the exact amount of cash, as we will not have change for everyone.
     PLEASE NOTE: It is University Policy to present a Faculty/Staff ID to obtain a Southeastern Parking hang tag. The white vehicle registration card must include the current vehicle license plate number that the employee drives and will park on campus.
     Visit Transportation Services’ web page to review information concerning parking on campus. Call Transportation Services with any questions at 549-5695.


Livingston Center hosts community breakfast
Krystal HardisonSoutheastern’s Livingston Center hosted a community breakfast for the public July 30 to re-introduce the center to the people of Livingston Parish. With plans of rebooting course offerings and expanding adult education, Interim Director Krystal Hardison, above, said the event also highlighted Southeastern@Livingston, an expanded array of programming to promote life-long learning in Livingston Parish.
     The Livingston Center opened in 2005 as a cooperative venture between Southeastern and the Livingston Parish School System to increase educational opportunities in the parish.
     In partnership with the school system and with the Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office, guests at the event were encouraged to bring school supplies to donate to the “Assess the Need” program.
     For more information, contact Hardison at (225) 665-3303.

Move in Mane-ia 

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Four and a half day work week returns
Southeastern will return to a four and a half day work week for the fall beginning Monday, Aug. 12. 
     Southeastern will operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

     Classes for the fall session begin Wednesday, Aug. 21.


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Jared Wall (Center for Faculty Excellence) presented “Rethinking Technology Training and the Coordinator’s Role: De-Centering for Maximum Impact” at the annual meeting of the Technology Leadership Summit in June in Baton Rouge.
     Dr. Fereshteh Emami (Chemistry and Physics) attended the international symposium Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications, UCLA, Los Angeles, July 7-12, where she presented a research study on “Computational study of dynamic folding pattern of 3D printed hydrogels.” This is the second time that she has introduced Southeastern as a center that works on new mathematical modelings of 3D printed hydrogels to tier one scientists from the Universities of Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, UCI, UCSB, and Caltech.

William B. Robison (History and Political Science) presented a lecture titled “The British Are Not Coming: Prince Albert, Lord Palmerston, and Civil War Diplomacy” to the July 18 meeting of the Baton Rouge Civil War Roundtable.
     Dr. Rhett Allain (Chemistry and Physics) traveled to Provo, UT for the national American Association of Physics Teachers conference. At the event, Allain presented two invited talks: “Using Video Games to Build Models” and “How Do You Put Python in Your Introductory Course?”



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