Holiday open house Wednesday
The annual faculty/staff holiday open house will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the President's Residence.
Please plan to join Dr. Crain and the vice presidents for some holiday cheer.
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Holiday wallpapers on Hotspots
Holiday wallpapers are back on the "Hotspots" page, Southeastern's online resource for fun spirited-related features. In addition to scenes of campus bedecked with holiday decorations, you'll find four new wallpapers, including a stately lion in a Santa hat and glowing red poinsettias.
Visit www.selu.edu/hotspots to add some Southeastern green and gold to the festive colors of the holiday season.
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Seniors receive Southeastern rings
At right, Southeastern senior Amy San Fillippo admires her new ring after receiving them at the university's Ring Ceremony Dec. 4. Approximately 100 seniors ordered official university rings and were invited to participate in the special ceremony held in the Student Union Theatre. The official ring collection, designed by a committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni, is available to alumni and students who have completed at least 75 hours of coursework. Faculty and staff can also purchase the ring at a discounted price. The ring is available in white and yellow gold in three styles for women and two for men.
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Le Souvenir takes a first
The 2007 edition of Le Souvenir, Southeastern's yearbook, has won a first place award in the American Scholastic Press Association's annual yearbook competition. The award is presented to yearbooks which show "excellence in the fields of writing, photography and page design."
Of a possible 1,000 points, the 2007 yearbook earned 885 points in the New York-based competition, including a perfect score in the "General Page Design" category. The award marks the seventh consecutive year Southeastern's yearbook has garnered a first-place standing in the contest.
Judges reviewed publications from 2,000 universities, colleges and high schools nationwide. The 2007 Le Souvenir received a first place evaluation along with universities such as Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Michigan State University.
Allyson O'Keefe served as editor of the 2007 Le Souvenir.
A native of Metairie, O'Keefe earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southeastern in 2006 and is currently pursuing a second degree in visual arts with a concentration in digital design.
"It is really nice to be recognized for our work," said O'Keefe. "To have the book be awarded first place is a great accomplishment. I'm really excited for Le Souvenir to have been given this award yet again."
"I am very proud of the winning tradition our yearbook staff has produced," said Director of Student Publications Lee E. Lind. "These students work diligently all year long to capture and document in an annual publication the moments in history that become cherished memories. Their creativity, ingenuity and desire to excel have resulted in these award-winning yearbooks our community can be proud of."
Along with O'Keefe, Patrick Costilow, a native of Slidell, served as the layout editor for the 2007 Le Souvenir. Costilow, a senior, is also majoring in visual arts with a concentration in digital design.
"The design of the book was based upon the idea that everyone and everything was somewhat connected to Southeastern, and we tried to think of ways to project that in the yearbook," said Costilow. "We used lines to connect pictures together and connect different pictures that had common elements in them. With atom-like imagery, we tried to further push the theme of connections with the theory that all things are made up of atoms, therefore we are made up of the same things and this element can be seen as a sort of foundation with not only people, but also the school itself."
The 2008 edition of the Le Souvenir was distributed during the fall semester. Students who have not received a copy may pick one up in the Student Publications Office, Student Union room 211A, on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Le Souvenir staffs have won nearly a dozen local, regional and national awards in the past eight years.
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Elsie Burkhalter, chair of the University of Louisiana System board, and ULS President Randy Moffett presented Learn and Serve grants to Southeastern faculty at Friday's board meeting. From left, are Burkhalter, Interim President John L. Crain, Teaching and Learning Department Head Shirley Jacob, grant recipients Colleen Klein-Ezell and Camille Yates of the Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development Dean Diane Allen and President Moffett. Not shown is grant recipient Amber Narro of the Communication Department.
Southeastern awarded Learn and Serve grants
Southeastern education and communication faculty have been awarded $16,378 for two service-learning projects in a third round of funding by the University of Louisiana System.
ULS President Randy Moffett announced the grants, funded by a $1.2 million grant through the Learn and Serve America division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, at the system board meeting on Friday.
Colleen Klein-Ezell and Camille Yates of the Department of Teaching and Learning were awarded $12,978 - the second highest amount awarded among eight ULS universities - for "Cooking up a Storm." Amber Narro of the Community Department received $3,400 for "Green Education is Key: Understanding the Simple and Economically Friendly Ways."
The goal of "Cooking up a Storm" is to provide children at Hammond's Woodland Park Early Learning Center with the knowledge necessary to make healthy food choices and to prepare healthy meals for their families by creating an inclusive vegetable/herb garden and developing a cookbook featuring the produce grown in the gardens.
Through "Green Education Is Key," students in Narro's graduate "Communication campaigns" course will initiate recycling programs, develop an educational program for junior high students, hold an Earth Day celebration on campus, and encourage environmental communication by providing the community with information about becoming "green."
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CMS instructors and Hammond Westside Primary and Southeastern Lab School students are, from left, back (instructors) Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Victoria Hills, Ioana Miinea, Tony Hoss, August Bailey, John Holley, Iana Obolenskaya, Soo Ahn, Amanda Wilcox, Benjamin Rhinehart, Ms. Dana Morse; front, Frazer Ramos, Malyla Jackson, Andrea Crawford, Alexis Armstrong, Tyra Jones, Jaylen Jackson, Alaina Wimbush, Christine Donakey, Ashley Coleman, Ramaud Maryland, Travion Robertson, Christopher Hart, Ryan Alack, Camille Domingue, Madeleine McAllister, Jannel Merle, Emily Guagliardo, Kelsey Flanagan, D'Marco Watson.
CMS Recital Week opens with rousing event
The Southeastern Community Music School launched its December 2008 Recital Week festivities with a joint concert on Dec. 4 presented by students of Hammond Westside Primary School and Southeastern Lab School.
"This extraordinary event represented the culmination of two hugely-successful outreach initiatives between CMS and these schools," said CMS Director Kenneth Boulton. "We have quite literally delivered the gift of music to a significant number of students who otherwise would not be able to share and develop their musical creativity. It was clear these terrific kids gave their families the best possible gift this holiday season."
The initiative's success, Boulton said, "was largely due to the guidance and expertise of Dana Morse, an instructor of Department of Music and Dramatic Arts, as well as unswerving support from Ellen Sweetman, music instructor in the Tangipahoa Parish Accelerated Magnet Program, and Gina Anthon, music specialist in the Southeastern Lab School.
He said undergraduate piano students enrolled in his piano pedagogy course also provided invaluable volunteer assistance.
CMS Recital Week extends through Dec. 12 and features student concerts nightly at 6 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, except for Friday, Dec. 12, when the program for first-year students will be at 4:30 p.m.
"This is a wonderfully hectic time in our semester," Boulton said. "Nearly 250 students are performing this week in a variety of programs highlighting our multi-faceted mission - from wide-eyed beginners to dedicated and courageous adults."
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Faculty, staff can obtain specially-priced tickets for Columbia's 'Extreme Canines'
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is offering special pricing for facuty and staff for "Extreme Canines," the first 2009 show at Southeastern's downtown Hammond theater.
Faculty and staff will receive "2-for-1" tickets for the Jan. 17, 2 p.m. presentation, which features a troupe of talented stunt dogs.
The high energy Hollywood style show has been called "a rock concert with dogs" and "fur-flying family entertainment." The canine stars are all adopted from animal shelters and have been showcased on television programs such as Animal Planet's Pet Stars, Oprah, the Tonight Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Letterman, Nickelodeon, Amazing Animals, and Monday Night Football. They have also been featured in Sports Illustrated and commercials.
Area children will be offered the opportunity to participate in the show.
To obtain the specially priced tickets, faculty and staff are asked to show their Southeastern I.D. at the box office, located in the theater's lobby, 220 E. Thomas St. The offer is limited to two "special price" tickets per person.
For additional information, call the Columbia Theatre at 985-5493-4366 or the box office at 985-543-4371. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.
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New edition of Pass Manchac region history book now available
A second edition of Backdoor to the Gulf: An American Paradise Lost, the Pass Manchac Region, 1699-2008, a socioeconomic history by two Southeastern professors, is now available to the public.
Written by veteran Southeastern historians Al Dranguet and Roman Heleniak, the book was published in 2006 for limited distribution to policy makers and libraries through a grant from Southeastern's Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program. The 200 copies "were gone in two months," said Dranguet, who also directs Southeastern's International Initiatives Office.
Because of popular demand, he and Heleniak, retired head of the Department of History and Political Science, have updated the edition and will donate proceeds to the department for scholarships and other academic needs.
The $25 book is available through the Department of History and Political Science in Fayard Hall, Southeastern's Follet Campus Bookstore and Bayou Booksellers in downtown Hammond.
The book's major emphasis is the demise of the great cypress forest which once covered the 129,000 acres of the narrow strip of land separating lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain and the areas west and south of Lake Maurepas.
The 135-page book now includes an index and additional photographs, such as pictures of the devastating 1915 hurricane. The authors have also added an epilogue "looking at the future" that details restoration initiatives such as Southeastern professors' and students' research into combating saltwater intrusion and the City of Hammond's sewage treatment system that discharges treated wastewater into the region to encourage marsh-building plant growth.
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Columbia Theatre sets holiday mood with LPO concert
The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will celebrate the holiday season when the university's historic downtown theater hosts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's annual holiday concert Dec. 12.
Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the popular 7:30 p.m. concert, traditionally a sell-out.
Tickets are $43, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $37, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; and $33, Balcony 2. Tickets can be purchased online at www.columbiatheatre.org or at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., (985) 543-4371. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Concert guests will be treated to a special "guest conductor," selected from among area students who created ornaments for the holiday tree in the Columbia's lobby. Kylar Dorsa, a first grade student at the Southeastern Laboratory School, was selected in a drawing at the theater's annual tree-trimming party on Nov. 30.
Resident Conductor Rebecca Miller, the first woman conductor on the LPO staff, will lead the orchestra in a program full of classical and popular holiday favorites.
The concert's first half will be devoted to classics - selections from Anderson's "Christmas Festival," Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden: Dance of the Skomorokhi," Tchaikovsky's "Snow Maiden -- Tumblers," Waldteufel's "Les Patineurs (The Skaters Waltz)," Vivaldi's "Four Seasons: Concerto No. 4 in F minor" and "L'inverno (Winter)," Delius' "Sleigh Ride," and Davis' "Christmas Carol Suite."
Following intermission, the orchestra will play selections from the Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," and favorites such as "Simple Gifts," "Let it Snow," and "Winter Wonderland." The audience will be invited to join in a "Christmas Singalong" with "Jingle Bells," "Joy to the World," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," "Deck the Hall," and "O Come All Ye Faithful."
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The College of Business recognized five students for their research into special business-related topics, from left, Pakki Yan Tung Chan, Christopher J. Manning, Kelly Bankston, Anthony Rutledge and Jonatha Publiese.
PROFIT and ASSET students present work
The 12 semi-annual Preferred Research Option for Intensive Training (PROFIT) in Business and Assisted Search Seeking Executive Training (ASSET) in the MBA program was hosted last Thursday by the College of Business. Five students, who had been nominated for these prestigious programs by their faculty mentors, presented their research to an audience of faculty, family, and friends.
Three students presented through the PROFIT program, which recognizes outstanding research and presentations at the undergraduate level, and two through ASSET, which recognizes excellence in research and presentation at the graduate level.
Yan Tung Chan ("Pakki"), a graduating senior marketing major from Hong Kong, presented an electronic report which analyzed Apple Corporation. She analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the company and played two commercials to demonstrate the company's successful advertising campaigns against Microsoft. Ms. Chan was introduced by her faculty mentor, Dr. David Wyld, professor of management.
Christopher J. Manning of Baton Rouge, a senior General Business major with a concentration in international business, presented a talk on cultural considerations on doing business in Latin America. He emphasized that U.S. citizens should be familiar with Latin American proper etiquette and using eye contact. His faculty mentor was Dr. Aristides Baraya of the General Business Department.
Kelly Bankston, a graduating senior in General Business from Amite, presented a report on the history and future of the oil industry. Some of her surprising findings included that the United States gets most of its oil from Canada and only 15 percent from the Middle East. Also, the United States has the 12th largest oil reserves in the world. Her faculty mentor was economist Dr. Sang H. Lee of the General Business Department.
Graduate students Jonathan R. Pugliese of Covington and Anthony M. Rutledge of Franklinton presented a video and photos from their participation in the College of Business Costa Rica Study Abroad Program. The mentor for this team was Dr. Michael Budden, professor of marketing, and former dean of the College of Business. Dr. Budden informed the audience that he uses the video to show prospective students about the Costa Rica trip for which students can earn six credit hours.
At end of each presentation, the undergraduate students were given PROFIT Program plaques and the graduate students were given ASSET Program plaques engraved with their names in recognition of their achievements. A brief reception was held at the end of the presentations.
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PPR training for supervisors
A training program for supervisors who are required to conduct Performance Planning and Reviews (PPRs) on classified employees is being offered by the Training Section of the Human Resources Office Thursday, Dec. 11. The program will run from 9:30- 11 a.m. in the Human Resources Office conference room.
To register, email Jan Ortego at Jan.Ortego@selu.edu or phone extension 5771. Pre-registration and supervisory approval are necessary for this class.
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Xerox sending cards to military
Xerox, a corporate partner of Southeastern Auxiliary Services, is offering on opportunity to send thank you cards to miliary serving in Iraq.
If you would like to participate, visit www.LetsSayThanks.com to choose a card. Xerox will print the card and and it will be sent to a soldier. (You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.)
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This week in athletics
With final exams scheduled for the coming week, the men's basketball team will be the only Lion program in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (4-3) will look to extend their three game winning streak this week. After taking Monday through Friday off to concentrate on final exams, Southeastern, which rolled to a 108-51 victory over Southern-New Orleans in its last contest, will hit the road for a 6 p.m. Saturday contest at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla.
Saturday's game with FAU will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
Saturday, Dec. 13
Men's Basketball, at Florida Atlantic, Boca Raton, Fla., 6 p.m. (KSLU)
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Aristides R. Baraya, director of the Latin American Business and Development Initiative in the College of Business, was profiled in the December issue of El Tiempo New Orleans, the area's primary Hispanic news publication. Baraya was featured in the "Get to know ..." column, in which he discusses the role of the initiative and provides personal details on his life and work.
Dr. Richard Louth (English) presented a paper entitled "Misfits in Southern Literature: Heroes or Villains?" on a panel at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in San Antonio on Nov. 22. Also on that day he was invited as a guest speaker by the San Antonio Writing Project to introduce the San Antonio Writing Marathon to a crowd of more than 100 National Writing Project teacher consultants and directors who set out to write their way across the city using a protocol Louth designed for the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project and now used by National Writing Project sites across the country.
Dr. Paige Schulte (Teaching and Learning) presented a conference session for middle school teachers at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Convention on Nov. 15, in Houston. Participants engaged in active strategies for assessing students learning before, during, and after a specific lesson.
Dr. Debra Dolliver (Chemistry and Physics) and co-authors from Texas Woman's University, Louisiana State University, and The University of North Texas Health Science Center have published an article, "Synthesis and Characterization of Aplysinopsin Analogs," in the Journal of Chemical Crystallography.
Papers proposed by Dr. Katherine Kolb and Dr. Evelyne Bornier (Foreign Languages and Literatures) have been accepted for the highly competitive 20th and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium to be held in Minneapolis in March 2009 on the general theme of "Seismic Shocks." The two papers form part of a four-paper session organized by Dr. Kolb on "Family Fractures."
Dr. Birgitta Ramsey (English) presented at the Louisiana Association for College Composition Conference, held in Alexandria, Nov. 14-15. The title of her presentation was "Writing Centers: Negotiating a Middle Space."
Mary Mocsary (English) presented an active learning workshop entitled "Literature and Film: The Competition and Challenges in the Twenty-first Century" at the 37th Annual Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs Conference in Hot Springs, Ark., on Nov. 18. In addition, she received an award at the conference banquet for her 20 years of teaching service for Southeastern's Upward Bound Programs.
A paper co-authored by Dr. Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) and Dr. Betty Porter of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, "A Comparison of Teacher Leader Programs in Louisiana," was presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association in Knoxville, Tenn., on Nov. 5. On Nov. 4, Dr. Campbell presented "Helping Teachers Teach Them All," a session on differentiated instruction from an administrator's perspective, to principals of Catholic schools at the annual Archdiocese of New Orleans Administrators' Conference in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
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