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Southeastern offers high school seniors honor scholarships
More than 180 area high school seniors and their guests attended Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase Tuesday evening (Feb. 28), where students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.
In all, 543 students from 24 Louisiana parishes were offered scholarships at the annual event. The scholarships are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.
The Louisiana students also qualify for the state’s TOPS awards, which further increases their financial support to attend the university.
At the event, students and parents toured Southeastern’s housing facilities and visited with faculty representing the university’s academic offerings.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of your joining the Southeastern family,” said President John L. Crain in his welcome address to the group. “You are here tonight because you have been successful in high school and because you have great things ahead of you.”
Noting the beauty of the campus, Crain said beautiful grounds and attractive facilities can be found at many institutions.
“But there is something unique and special that you will discover about Southeastern the people here,” he said. “You are looking for that special place that’s a good fit for you, and that place is Southeastern.”
The guests also heard from Chadwick Moore, a recent Southeastern graduate and a trooper with the Mississippi State Police. The recipient of the “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts scholarship from Pass Christian, Miss., Moore encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.
“You will find Southeastern a friendly, family-like campus where people are ready to help,” he said. “With the small class sizes, the professors are always there for you and willing to help in any way.”
The students recognized at the event have an average ACT score of 26.28.
Above: Robin Parker Rodrigue, left, marketing director for Auxiliary Services, discusses the university’s housing and meal programs with Amanda Bergeron, center, and her mother Judy Bergeron. Amanda Bergeron, a senior from Walker, was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase.
Above: President John L. Crain cuts the ribbon marking the official dedication of the university’s new addition to its Kinesiology and Health Studies Building. Participating in the event were, from left, Dwayne Honore of D. Honore Construction Inc. of Baton Rouge, Michael Holly of Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond, former Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Barbara Moffett, State Rep. Steve Pugh, Crain, former Dean Donnie Booth, Interim Dean Ann Carruth; former Dean Elienne Tate, and former Southeastern President Randy Moffett, now president of the University of Louisiana System.
Opera Workshop's “The Magic Flute” to open March 7
Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present Mozart’s last opera, “The Magic Flute,” March 7-10 in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. nightly.
General admission tickets will be available at the door and are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their university ID.
Charles “Chuck” Effler, director of Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, said “The Magic Flute” is one of Mozart’s best-loved works. A magical adventure story, it combines a serious reflection on love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man with bewitching villains, delightful fools, and, of course, Mozart’s divine music. Guest stage director for the production is Victoria Crutchfield from New York City.
For more information about the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop, contact Effler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present Mozart’s last opera, “The Magic Flute,” March 7 10 at Pottle Music Building Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Rehearsing for the production are, from left, Sarah Bertrand of Mandeville as Pamina, Chase Ledet of Schriever as Monostatos, and Damian Faul of Amite as Papageno.
“It is critical for teacher candidates to have awareness, support and knowledge about one’s own financial literacy,” said Cindy Elliott, Teaching and Learning department head. “The ‘How Money Works’ series will provide educators with valuable information on establishing financial success, budgeting, saving and investing on a teacher’s salary.”
Online registration and workshop details are available at www.southeastern.edu/es. For more information, contact the Division of Extended Studies at 985-549-2301, 800-256-2771 or email@example.com.
Two Southeastern Channel Programs win National Telly Awards
Two original television programs produced by Southeastern have been recognized with 2011 national Telly Awards.
The programs were produced and aired on the Southeastern Channel, the university’s cable access television station. “Who Killed the Kingfish?,” an episode of the Emmy-nominated history series, “The Florida Parish Chronicles,” and “Louisiana’s Backyard Emblems,” a feature on the nature series “Backyard Wonders” were awarded Tellys.
The Telly Awards is a national competition honoring local, regional, and cable television programs, commercials, video and film productions. The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production companies, cable operators and advertising agencies throughout the world.
The 2011 competition received more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Among the winners were The History Channel, NBC, ABC, ESPN, Fox Sports, PBS, Turner Studios, and others.
“It’s a great honor for the Channel to win these national awards,” said Rick Settoon, general manager. “The awards recognize the high quality of original programming that we try to provide viewers in our area. It’s a credit to the talent, efforts and high standards of our production staff.”
“Who Killed the Kingfish?” spotlights never-before released research and information regarding the assassination of Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long. Interviews, research of eyewitness accounts, and medical diagrams present new evidence which challenges the history books.
The episode was written and hosted by Samuel C. Hyde, Southeastern director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and included rare film footage, archival photographs and dramatic reenactments. The reenactments were shot by Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto with assistance from staff member Jamie Bass. Staff member Josh Kapusinski edited the program.
“Louisiana’s Backyard Emblems” identifies, explains and celebrates Louisiana’s state emblems, from the state dog and insect to the state fruit, vegetable, flower and fish.
In the program “Backyard Wonders,” host Robert Moreau, Southeastern biology instructor and manager of the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, traveled around the state to investigate various emblems, from the brown pelican to honeybees and the Catahoula Leopard Dog.
The program was produced, shot and edited by Kapusinski, who included lighthearted and entertaining factoids about certain emblems.
The Southeastern Channel has won 150 national, international and regional awards in its nine-year existence, including 33 Telly Awards. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24/7 webcast and Video on Demand are viewed in 47 countries and 46 U.S. states monthly at www.southeastern.edu/tv.
Southeastern research directed toward reducing injuries among drywall installers
A research grant has been awarded to a Southeastern occupational safety specialist to investigate methods of reducing injuries among installers of drywall.
Lu Yuan, assistant professor of Occupational Safety, Health and Environment in the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, received the $30,000 grant from the Center for Construction Research and Education, awarded through a cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Yuan said workers who handle drywall are at risk for variety of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, especially to the lower back and shoulder areas.
Drywall installation is a strenuous task, he explained, and can cause overexertion injuries due to the weight and bulk of the sheets. Drywall sheets vary by thickness and weight, ranging between 50 and 120 pounds. A previous NIOSH survey indicated that workers see their biggest risk of physical stress comes from lifting, carrying or holding drywall.
“Drywall sheets are usually stored flat for stability, but this tends to make lifting the sheets more physically demanding,” he explained. “The size of the sheets is also increasing, which presents potentially more physical burdens to installers.”
A specialist in biomechanics and occupational ergonomics, Yuan will use an integrated biomechanical modeling approach he developed previously in researching the effects of position and size of drywall on the physical demands for installers.
“It is difficult to conduct direct measurements in field studies, especially in the construction industry, because it tends to interfere with the work,” he explained. “We will use computer simulation that integrates the methods of observational work sampling and biomechanical modeling developed in previous research.”
He said the modeling approach starts with a methodology called PATH, for “Posture, Activity, Tools and Handling,” which provides the basic characterization of drywall installation work by quantifying the percent of time that drywall installers conduct different activities with different body segment postures.
Recorded over two hours, the relative frequencies of key activities are used to construct the eight-hour workday activity series. The biomechanical model inputs variables such as joint angles, external load force and internal muscle parameters are generated using a specific random number generation method. The data are then put into three-dimensional equations for computer analyses of muscle contraction and joint reaction forces at the low back and shoulder.
“The hope is to find a reasonable alternative for estimating physical loads associated with drywall installation and possibly reduce the incidences of overexertion and other injuries, Yuan said.”
Yuan said results of the study could provide information to help the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) make recommendations about drywall size and storage position, as well as the safety and health of drywall handlers.
The project is funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cooperative agreement OH009762.
The first spelling bee committee comprised of Dr. Kitty Ainsworth, Chair; Dr. Cheryl
Edwards; Mr. Paul Simoneaux and Mrs. Susan Sawyer from the Department of Teaching
and Learning, helped make the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center’s Regional Spelling
Bee a success.
“This was a great event in which our department has participated and been a leader in our region and state,” said Cynthia Elliott, head of the Department of Teaching and Learning. “Our thanks to both faculty and teacher candidates as well as the Children’s Discovery Center and other sponsors. Their preparations and planning with Kim Walker from the Discovery Center, as well as their work during the spelling bee on Saturday, are to be commended.”
ECE 422 teacher candidates also assisted with the event, as well as other teacher candidates who assisted area students in their preparation. Chelsea Finn from EPSY 301, with Dr. Echols, tutored and mentored the contestant from Hammond Junior High Magnet.
Nickolas Day from Parkview Baptist School was the spelling bee champion and will represent our region in the National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, DC. There were contestants from EBR, Tanipahoa, Vernon, St. John, Livingston, and St. Mary parishes as well as private, parochial and home schools.
Above: The spelling bee judges pause for a moment during the contest. From left are
Susan Sawyer, Anna Bass, Kitty Ainsworth, Paul Simoneaux and Cheryl Edwards.
Local restaurants are signing up for Southeastern’s Chefs Evening, scheduled April
1 at the Pennington Student Activity Center from 5-8 p.m.
Chefs Evening promises to deliver popular cuisines, trendy beverages, wine tasting, silent and live auctions, music by Big Fun Brass Band and much more for over 600 expected guests.
Some of the restaurants and vendors participating include: Huey’s 24/7 Diner, The Caboose of McComb, Jacmel Inn, Brady’s, Eddie’s Frozen Custard, Champagne Beverage, Tommy’s on Thomas, Don’s Seafood, Tope La, Rockefellers, Crescent Bar, East of Italy, Cocoa Bean Bakery and Café, Johnny’s Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, University Donuts, Jim Carey Distributing, Firehouse Subs, Carter Plantation, Buddies Steakhouse and many more to be announced soon.
This year Chefs Evening is introducing patron tables located directly in front of the stage. Patron tables are $1,000 and include six tickets to Chefs Evening with a reserved table, six tickets to the Presidents Toast, valet parking, VIP entrance 30 minutes prior to the event, six wine glasses, entrance to the wine tasting area, two bottles of wine at the table, personal wait staff and the sponsoring business or name listed in the event program.
Chefs Evening is the largest fundraiser for the university, and patron attendance generates unrestricted funds for the enhancement of academic programming at Southeastern.
This year’s sponsors include LaCapitol Federal Credit Union, Whitney/ Hancock Bank, First Guaranty Bank, North Oaks Health System, Northshore Broadcasting, The Daily Star, and Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
To order tickets, reserve patron tables or for more information, please call 985-549-3770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southeastern.edu/chefsevening.
At right, Joseph Bruno, a chef with Aramark, serves a delicious treat at Southeastern’s 2011 Chefs Evening. Chefs Evening 2012 is scheduled April 1, 2012 at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
At left, sociology student Monica Starns speaks at a workshop at the conference.
Dr. Irene Nero, Associate Professor of Art History, presents lecture entitled, “Death
of the (Artist) Author:No, Not Now!: Women Artists Battle for Name Recognition.”
Wednesday, March 7, 5 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center
Southeastern Visual Arts students present their annual Fine Art Exhibition, beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery.
Iya Tsyrkot will present a Graduate Violin Recital on Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
On Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., Pat Kerber will present a Faculty Guitar Recital, the first event in the 2012 Southeastern Guitar Festival, at Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
For more information on events in Southeastern’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please visit www.selu.edu/fpa.
The RaceTrac contest continues through April 30. Below are the current results through Feb. 28.
Female - $468
Male - $219
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Southeastern project focuses on reducing injuries to drywall installers
Understanding Legal Contracts (Mondays, March 12 April 2, 6 to 7 p.m.)
This course consists of an overview of contracts in Louisiana with specific discussion of the enforceability of oral and written contracts. Topics will include the effects of ambiguity of contractual terms; good faith requirements; and methods of enforcing contracts. The cost is $100.
Introduction to Excel (Tuesday and Thursday, Mar. 13 and 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
In this workshop, designed for individuals who have little or no experience with Microsoft Excel, students will learn to create a file, enter data, create formulas, navigate spreadsheets, and understand the basic components of the Excel environment. Students will also learn format, edit, and save documents. The cost is $120.
Introduction to the Internet for Senior Citizens (Tuesday March 13, 1 to 5 p.m.)
In this workshop, students will be introduced to Windows Explorer and learn how to take full advantage of all that the Internet has to offer. Participations will explore the interface, learn new ways to obtain information, and will be exposed to Internet terminology and visit some very interesting websites. The cost is $100.
Adobe Photoshop for Photography- Beginners (Wednesdays, March 14, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Upon successful completion of this workshop, students will be able to: examine color workflow; calibrate the monitor and use color management profiles to control the image display to match its intended output; use the advanced image support features available in Photoshop CS4; eliminate dust and scratches, suppress moiré patterns, and correct red eye defect in images; perform image color correction; choose the settings and adjustments based on specific image and printing conditions to create high quality CMYK separations for commercial printing; sharpen an image without intensifying or accentuating noise and other defects; convert color images to grayscale and add spot colors to them. The cost is $95.
Introduction to Screenwriting (Wednesdays, March 12 April 23, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This course will provide an introductory knowledge base for those interested in pursuing screenwriting. Students will learn professional formatting and techniques, as well as how and where to submit their written screenplays for professional production. The cost is $125.
Introduction to Java, Part 1 (Wednesday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This entry level workshop will enable students to create programs to solve mathematical problems in business situations. It will help students learn the notion of programming using object-oriented language. The cost is $100.
Monday, March 5
Women’s Tennis, vs. South Carolina-Upstate, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 6 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
Women’s Basketball, Pre-Southland Conference Tournament Social, Katy, Texas (Spring Hill Suites), 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6
Women’s Basketball, vs. McNeese State (SLC Tournament), Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (KSLU)
Baseball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 6 p.m.
Men’s Golf, at Louisiana Classics, Lafayette, All Day
Wednesday, March 7
Baseball, vs. Alcorn State, Alumni Field, 6 p.m. (KSLU)
Softball, at South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 8
Women’s Basketball, SLC Tournament Semifinals, Katy, Texas, 12 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)
Softball, vs. Mississippi Valley State, North Oak Park, 6 p.m.
Friday, March 9
Women’s Basketball, SLC Tournament Finals, Katy, Texas, 7 p.m. (Southland TV) (KSLU)
Baseball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
- Baseball game will not be broadcast if women’s basketball team is still in tournament
Women’s Tennis, vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston, Texas, 12 p.m.*
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, at McNeese Cowboy Bob Hayes Louisiana Challenge, Lake Charles, All Day
Saturday, March 10
Baseball, vs. Nicholls State, Alumni Field, 2 p.m. (KSLU)*
Sunday, March 11
Baseball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference game
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