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New hours begin today
Southeastern will return to a four and a half day work week for the fall beginning Monday, August 6. During this period, Southeastern will operate Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees will have a 45-minute lunch break each day. Friday hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes for the fall session begin August 15.
Faculty/Staff Annual Convocation scheduled August 10
Southeastern will launch the 2012-13 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday, Aug. 10, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
Scheduled for 10:30 a.m., the convocation will include a state of the university address by President John L. Crain. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tammy Bourg will preside over the event, which is open to the public.
The event will include presentation of the President's Awards for Excellence, the university's highest faculty and staff honors, as well as recognition of service of faculty and staff who have been with the university for 25, 30, 40 and 45 years.
Also scheduled to be recognized are faculty tenure and promotions, an emeritus faculty designation and donors who have established newly endowed professorships and scholarships.
The university will provide a shuttle service for the event for faculty and staff to and from the parking facility adjacent to Strawberry Stadium beginning at 9:30 a.m. The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic at Twelve Oaks on campus will immediately follow the morning's ceremonies. Additional sponsors of the picnic are Aramark, First Guaranty Bank, La Capitol Federal Credit Union, and North Oaks Health System.
Compton appointed to National Diabetes Education Board
Terry Compton, a diabetes educator on the faculty of the School of Nursing, has been elected to a three-year term with the Board of Directors of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
The board oversees the activities of the professional organization that is dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. The AADE has a multi-disciplinary membership of more than 13,000 members, including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other professionals.
Compton, who serves on the Louisiana State Board of Dietetics and Nutrition, has been on the Southeastern faculty since 2006. She previously served as the diabetes nurse coordinator at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. A certified diabetes educator, she is active in the Southeast Louisiana Association of Diabetes Educators.
A resident of Tickfaw, she holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from Mississippi College in Clinton and a master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Interim Director of University Police named
Effective July 25, Carmen Bray assumed the duties as interim director of University Police. Carmen has served in the University Police Department for eight years and as a detective in the department for the last four years. He is post-certified through the Louisiana State Police Academy, and has numerous law enforcement certifications. He can be contacted at Carmen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-2222.
Career Services news
Please mark your calendars (and syllabi for faculty) and assist with Career Fair 2012 and Fall 2012 Part-Time Job Fair. With faculty and staff now making plans for the soon-to-be-arriving fall 2012 semester, Career Services' staff requests your assistance with these two important employment-related events intended to benefit our students and alumni.
Fall 2012 Part-time Job Fair (Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Student Union Mall)
-An informal recruiting event intended to assist currently-enrolled students with part-time employment
-40 to 50 employers engaging with students accepting applications on the spot
Career Fair 2012 (Sept. 20, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Student Activity Center)
-A formal recruiting event intended to assist students and alumni with post-graduation employment and internships
-125 to 150 employers in formal discussions with students and alumni leading to formal interviews
Career Services is asking everyone (faculty, staff, and administration) to please assist in the following ways:
1. Promote both events directly to Southeastern students (and alumni for Career Fair 2012) by any means possible, including class syllabi, announcement to classes, postings to Blackboard accounts, web sites or social media-based sites. We ask everyone to particularly encourage upper-class students - seniors, graduate students, and even juniors - to attend and actively participate and engage with employers at Career Fair 2012.
2. Provide any employer leads you may have or even come across as soon as possible.
Thank you for your assistance in making both of these employment recruiting events as beneficial to our students and alumni as possible.
For any questions, comments, or to provide Career Services' staff with employer leads, please email email@example.com or call extension 2121. More information is available for both events, as well as other services provided by the Office of Career Services, at www.selu.edu/career.
Southeastern Cheerleaders and Lionettes win awards
Southeastern's cheerleaders and dance team, the Lionettes, brought home several awards from the Universal Cheer Association and Universal Dance Association College Camp held recently at the University of Alabama. Both groups won the Most Collegiate in Division I.
The cheerleaders received first place in fight song, sideline, and cheer in Divisions 1 and 2, large coed, and also received first place overall for Game Day Performance in the same division.
The Lionettes received a gold ribbon and first place on their home routine in the Open/Division 1 category. The home routine is the dance they bring from home to compete the first night of camp. Additionally, the Lionettes received a gold ribbon and superior trophy on the fight song, all blue ribbons on evaluation routines, and most improved program.
Roomie, Southeastern's lion mascot, was also recognized as an "up-and-coming program."
"I'm extremely proud of all spirit group members. They worked very hard prior to camp and it was well worth it," said Spirit Coordinator Paige Lapeyrouse. "I look forward to a great season and expect great things from both the cheerleaders and Lionettes."
Both squads will compete in the national competition in January in Orlando.
Southeastern Phi Mu chapter named top in the nation
The Alpha Psi chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity at Southeastern was honored as the organization's top chapter at the 52nd National Phi Mu Convention held recently in San Antonio, Tex.
The highest honor a collegiate chapter can win is the Carnation Cup, which is awarded to the chapter that is exceptional in all areas and maintains high standards in chapter operations, programming and public relations.
"The Alpha Psi chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity is honored to have been recognized as the recipient of the Carnation Cup at national convention," said Lauren Gonzalez of Covington, Alpha Psi chapter president. "This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of every chapter member."
In addition to the Carnation Cup, the collegiate chapter also received the Zenobia Wooten Keller Chapter Development Award, the Philomathean Society Award and Outstanding Collegiate Newsletter Award for their efforts throughout the last two years.
Also, Phi Mu alumna and Southeastern graduate Ashley Hebert McDaniel of Baton Rouge was re-elected to Phi Mu's National Council as Vice President of Collegiate Operations during the convention. McDaniel is currently the assistant principal of St. Thomas More Catholic School in Baton Rouge.
Prior to the convention, the Alpha Psi chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary of the organization's founding at Southeastern. Over 200 alumnae members, as well as 75 current chapter members, attended a luncheon hosted at Twelve Oaks on campus. In celebration of the anniversary, collegiate and alumnae members were able to raise enough funds to endow a scholarship in honor of Patricia Catlett, the chapter's first adviser.
"I am very proud to advise such an exceptional group of young women," said April Field, of Amite, the chapter's current adviser. "To see them receive the highest honor at Phi Mu's National Convention, especially this year being the chapter's 50th year on Southeastern's campus, was the ultimate recognition of Alpha Psi's continued success."
Founded in 1852, Phi Mu is a woman's organization, which provides personal and academic development, service to others, commitment to excellence and lifelong friendships through a shared tradition. Phi Mu promotes vibrant living encouraging members to achieve their personal best.
For more information on the Alpha Psi chapter at Southeastern, please visit www.selu.edu.phimu.org. For more information on Phi Mu Fraternity, please visit www.phimu.org.
Above: Southeastern's Chapter of Phi Mu received the Carnation Cup, Phi Mu's highest honor, at the 52nd National Phi Mu Convention in San Antonio earlier this month. From left are April Field of Amite, Lorraine Favre Peppo of Hammond, Ashley Hebert McDaniel of Baton Rouge, all alumna members of Phi Mu's Alpha Psi chapter, current Chapter President Lauren Gonzalez of Covington, and Chapter Phi Director Chelsea Benoit of Hammond.
Registration open for Community Music School
Registration is underway for the fall session of Southeastern's Community Music School (CMS), which begins Monday, Aug. 27.
Registration remains open throughout the semester; however, a late registration fee will be assessed after August 20.
Students of all ages and backgrounds may participate in private lessons, classes and ensembles taught by Southeastern's music faculty and student instructors.
CMS Director Jivka Jeleva said the CMS is well known in the north shore communities and is characterized by high quality instruction, competitive rates and a stress free environment.
"The CMS program offers educational music experience and performance opportunities for everyone. Students who would like to pursue a career in music have access to the expertise of Southeastern's music faculty," said Jeleva.
"Students who would like to learn to play an instrument or to sing simply for the joy of making music can also have a valuable and enriching experience by being instructed by our qualified undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music, as well as our professional instructors," she added. "In addition, adult students will find some classes designed specifically for them, as well as any of our other class offerings."
She said that for the past year, due to the generosity of First Guaranty Bank, the CMS has been able to offer a number of scholarships to students from low-income families as well as talented students who display a special dedication to their music studies.
"All of these characteristics, I believe, make the quality and uniqueness of our program unmatched in the communities of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes," she said.
CMS is again offering a variety of musical instruction through either private lessons or group classes, including the following:
High School/Adult Group Piano Class is offered at both the Southeastern main campus and the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center. Taught by Lucian Zidaru, who holds a doctorate in piano performance, the course covers basic piano skills, music reading, chords playing, improvisation and technique development. It is suitable for beginners, as well as those with some experience.
Beginning Group Violin Class is scheduled at the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker. The class will lay the foundations of violin playing and basic music theory, while developing listening and ensemble skills.
Music Theory classes are at the Southeastern campus in Hammond. Taught by Jordan Foster, who holds a master of music theory degree, the classes include lessons on notation, musical terms, ear training and dictation, basic harmony, sight singing, analysis and the basics of composition. The curriculum helps students apply these skills directly to performance study. Students unsure of the appropriate class will take a placement test and, based upon results, be assigned to an elementary, intermediate, advanced or adult theory class.
All three classes include 10 one-hour lessons over a period of 10 weeks and begin the week of Sept. 4.
For more information about these and all CMS programs and general registration, call 549-5502, or visit the CMS website at www.southeastern.edu/cms.
Alpha Sigma Tau recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation
For the second consecutive convention, Southeastern's Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau was recognized as being one of the top chapters in the nation at the 39th annual convention of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. In 2010, the Phi Chapter was the recipient of the Founder's Award. This award honors the collegiate chapter that is outstanding in all facets of sorority, college and community life.
In 2012, the Phi Chapter received another prestigious award, the Edward Jervey / Martha DeCamp Award, which honors the collegiate chapter that has exhibited, in all of its actions, the highest adherence to the ideals and integrity of Alpha Sigma Tau. The chapter also received a $2,000 award along with the honor.
"Members of the Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau can be seen all over campus, are involved in numerous campus organizations, maintain exceptional GPA's, and show significant pride in our university through attendance at athletic events, Greek life participation, and more," said Greek Advisor, Beth Richardson. "Phi Chapter was named 2011 Panhellenic Chapter of the Year, and even more impressively, they are the only Panhellenic Chapter on campus to maintain chapter total for the spring 2012 semester. During just the Fall 2011 semester alone, the Phi Chapter accomplished more than 1,800 community service hours, which is the most of any other Greek chapter on Southeastern's campus. I take pride in the accomplishments of Phi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau, and I think they are more than deserving of such a prestigious award."
Another honor included Phi Chapter Alumna, Rita Bertolino, receiving the Lois Schweikart O'Dell Anchor Award. The Anchor Award is to honor an outstanding alumnae in good standing who has given exceptional dedication and faithful service to her alumnae chapter and community for a minimum of five years.
Allison Miller, a member of the Phi Chapter, made Alpha Sigma Tau history at convention by being the first collegian to be elected to the National Council. She will serve two years as the Collegiate National Vice President.
Pictured above, top row, from left are Jessica St.Cyr, Lindsey Reeser, Shayna Langlois, Rebecca Schnadlebach, Jillian Gauthier, Katie Becnel, Alli Miller, and Lindsey Hines. Middle row, from left are Amy San Fillippo, Esther Barrios, Pat Nayle, Rita Bertolino, and Rachel Bourgeois. Bottom row, from left are Kathryn Stewart, Emma Bunnell, Arden Bordes, and Noel Netzhammer.
Science teacher enhances skills through research project
When high school science teacher Lisa Cordes Landry returns to her classroom this fall, she will bring with her new skills and expertise gained over the summer working in a biology lab at Southeastern.
Landry, who teaches advanced biology at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, is working with Southeastern fish specialist Kyle Piller through a Research Experience for Teachers grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
"I like to stay on the cutting edge of science, which is constantly changing," said Landry, a Southeastern graduate with bachelor's and master's degrees in biological sciences. "As a teacher, I feel the need to keep up as much as possible for my students."
"The grant is a supplement to my NSF grant and allows me to provide a summer research opportunity for a local high school teacher to work in my lab," said Piller, an associate professor of biological sciences. "This has broad reaching impacts because the skills she learns here and the teaching modules she is developing will go back to her high school classroom to benefit her students."
In addition to providing a stipend for Landry, the grant also provides funds for supplies she can use in her Fontainebleau High labs.
Piller's research looks at the diversification of different species of new world silverside fish using samples he collects in Mexico. The research is being conducted in collaboration with scientists at the University of Wisconsin.
"We're determining how the species are related; it's a group of species that have speciated only relatively recently – within the last several million years. Lisa is working with a different approach by using more molecular markers to determine relationships among the species," he said.
Landry is anxious to share her research experience her students.
"I am really fortunate in that I teach students who are the cream of the crop, the ones who really want to learn," Landry said. "In advanced biology, the students want to be there. Their questions sometimes just blow me away."
Landry also teaches biology through the Early Start program at Fontainebleau, which allows high school students to earn college credit that is applicable at any Louisiana public college or university.
"This project allows me the time to work on modules and experiments in which my students will be isolating DNA themselves," she added. "Our high school science labs have come a long way from dissecting frogs and conducting canned experiments. In many cases now, we let the students design experiments themselves. It's a valuable learning experience."
Landry is already planning field trips to Southeastern for her students, where they can see the university's labs, its various biological collections, and meet some professors. A trip to Southeastern's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station on Pass Manchac is also being arranged.
"I want our students to see how real research is being conducted, and this is a great opportunity for them," she added.
"That type of outreach could have a big impact on the potential recruitment of new science students for Southeastern," Piller added. "It shows the students the facilities we offer and the kind of research work they can do even as undergraduates."
Above: High school teacher Lisa Cordes Landry gained valuable experience working in Southeastern Louisiana University biological sciences laboratories over the summer that she will share with her students at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville.
ACT Preparation Course (Mondays & Wednesday, August 20 - September 5, 5 to 7 p.m.)
The course will help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $250.
Introduction to Welding (Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 21 - September 20, 6 to 9 p.m.)
For students interested in learning hands-on welding, this course will provide an introduction to safety and the setup of oxyfuel and SMAW (stick) equipment. Students will work in the flat position using plain carbon steel. Also included will be an introduction to GMAW. This course involves a basic introduction to welding, including: Oxy-Acetylene cutting, welding, shielding metal arc welding, safety, setup, and hands-on welding of mild steel. The cost is $525.
ACT Preparation Course (Thursdays and Tuesday, August 16 - September 6, 5 to 7 pm)
The course will help high school students develop the skills to improve ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $275.
Notarial Preparation Course (Tuesdays, August 21 – November 27, 6 to 9 p.m.)
The course prepares students for the notarial exam. Topics include: duties of a notary; contracts; juridical acts; miscellaneous acts; donations and sales; wills and more. The cost is $625 plus approximately $300 for materials.
To register, or for more details on these or other courses that are available please
Hammond- www.southeastern.edu/es Mandeville- www.southeastern.edu/stc Walker- www.southeastern.edu/livingston
Southeastern Alpha Omicron Pi chapter recognized at leadership institute
Southeastern's Kappa Tau chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity was recognized with many outstanding awards at the International Leadership Institute held in Tennessee in June. The chapter was named as a Ruby Level chapter by meeting 95% of the fraternity's Standards of Excellence; Kappa Tau exceeded those expectations by meeting 98% of the standards. The chapter also received all of the available Honor Roll recognitions, which included Quota, Total, Initiation, and Academic Honor Rolls.
The chapter received the most awards of any chapter in the twelve areas of excellence, including Excellence in Membership Recruitment, Excellence in Membership Retention, and Excellence in Philanthropy. Other awards include the Foundation Sheaf Award for per member fundraising and the Foundation Sheaf Award for total chapter fundraising. The chapter donated over $16,000 for the AOII Foundation and for Arthritis Research.
The chapter's individual members also shined at Leadership Institute. Theresa Kaaihue was named a Foundation Scholarship recipient, and Amanda Rivault received one of three Collegiate Woman of Leadership Awards.
The Hammond Area Alumnae Chapter received some well-deserved recognitions as well. The Alumnae Chapter was also named a Ruby Level Chapter and received two out of the five available excellence awards, which included Excellence in Collegiate Relations and Excellence in Operations. Kappa Tau Alumnae Joelle McWilliams and Cindy Visot both received an Alumnae Woman of Leadership award, and Genny May received the Elizabeth Heywood Wyman award for outstanding contribution to humanity.
Kappa Tau Chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Founder's Day celebration March 1-3, 2013. For more information about attending, contact Britni Serou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity is an international women's fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to fraternity and community.
For more information about the chapter, visit www.aoiiselu.org, http://www.facebook.com/AOIIKappaTau and http://twitter.com/aoiikappatau.
Southeastern in the news
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Compton appointed to National Diabetes Education Board
Moffett tries to rally support for Southeastern
Impact of Southeastern felt at local businesses
Fontainebleau High School teacher enhances lab skills at Southeastern
Local students see Bennett perform in Chicago
Associated Press (multiple publications)
BP oil spill dispersants may have hurt Gulf of Mexico food chain, study finds
Small Business Center rated top in five states
Letter: Moffett and Crain help schools
Sorority alumni laud graduating seniors
2nd SLU consultant earns certification
SLU paper earns two press awards
SLU librarian cited in association honor
Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern announces continuing ed classes
Construction hard to swallow in hard times (Editorial)
Student fees paying for union renovations (Letter)
Moffett proposes funding ideas
39th annual convocation of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority
St. Tammany News Banner
SLU faces more budget cuts
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) conducted a workshop "Elizabeth I: Fact, Fiction, Film, Festival" for cast members of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival via the Renaissance Living History Center on July 14. Robison also had six poems accepted for publication in the literary magazine Children, Churches and Daddies: "Attention Madison Avenue, Time to Shave Another Customer," vol. 239 (December 2012); "Checked Mates," vol. 240 (January 2013); "Fanatics," vol. 241 (February 2013); "Guns," vol. 242 (March 2013); "Throat Cancer and the Hungry Nation," vol. 243 (April 2013); and "Vernon Eugene at the Civil War Roundtable," vol. 244 (May 2013).
Robert R. Kraemer (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented a paper "Effects of menstrual cycle phase on glucose and glucoregulatory responses to prolonged exercise" at the June 2012 American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in San Francisco. Coauthors of the paper included former students, Michelle Francois (died July 2012), Jennifer Worley, Sharron Rogers and colleague, Dan Castracane (Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Odessa, TX). Christy Hutcheson, a KHS graduate student, presented "Cardiorespiratory responses and excess post-exercise oxygen consumption to kettlebell exercise" at a poster session at the same meeting. Coauthors were fellow graduate students Brandon Hutcheson, Allen Jeter, and Marcus Laurence, and Robert Kraemer.
Later in June, Kraemer also coauthored a presentation with Dan Castracane at the Endocrine Society Meeting in Houston, TX, "Pancreatic and leptin responses to prolonged exercise during follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle." Other coauthors also included former students Francois, Worley and Rogers. Kraemer was recently notified that a paper he coauthored with former Louisiana State University student, Dr. Ryan Russell, "Metabolic dysfunction in diabetic offspring", was accepted for publication in the journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Kraemer was also notified that a review paper, "Estrogen mediation of hormone responses to exercise", was accepted for publication in the journal, Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental. Coauthors on the paper are Francois and Castracane.
William F. Font (Biological Sciences) received the Clark P. Read Mentor Award for 2012 presented by the American Society of Parasitologists at the annual meeting in Richmond, Va., July 16. He also coauthored a presentation with Emily Kasl and Charles Criscione (Texas A&M University) entitled "Understanding Evolutionary Changes in Life Cycle Complexity Using the Genus Alloglossidium as a Model."
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