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Above: The wildly popular comedy troupe The Capitol Steps, a Fanfare favorite, returns to Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts for one performance only on Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the second week of Fanfare, the university's month long celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Southeastern 2010 Alumnus of the Year returns to campus for Fanfare concert
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present "Margaret, Mathilde, Mary and More," a concert with 2010 Alumnus of the Year Donald George, tenor, and Lucy Mauro on piano. Made possible by the generous support of Southeastern's Student Government Association and the Arts and Lectures Committee, the concert is scheduled on Monday, Oct. 8.
Part of the department's guest artist recital series for Fanfare, the university's month long celebration of the arts, the free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Auditorium. The performance will feature the vocal music of such women composers as Margaret Ruthven Lang, Mathilde von Kralik, and Mary McAuliffe, among others, as well as informative verbal commentary, said Kenneth Boulton, Fine and Performing Arts interim department head.
"Donald George and Lucy Mauro's visit to Southeastern holds great significance for the entire campus community," Boulton said. "Although Donald George is one of Southeastern's most prominent alumni and a member of the Southeastern Music Hall of Fame, it has been more than 20 years since he has appeared in concert as part of Fanfare. The recital is a 'must see' concert in every sense of the term for the entire region, including many loyal supporters of Fanfare and Southeastern."
"Margaret Lang, Mathilde Kralik and Mary McAuliffe are three women, from three different countries in three different eras – and all of them seemingly forgotten until Lucy and I went looking in archives and found them," said George, a native of Franklinton. "Margaret wanted to be forgotten and made every effort toward that goal in destroying all of her music that she could. Mathilde was beset by the collapse of her country, the Austrian Empire, and the loss of the family money in the aftermath of two world wars – her music lay forgotten in the Austrian National Library. Mary McAuliffe is a different story, as she wants her music known and performed, and we wish to help her achieve this goal!"
An internationally recognized tenor, George is an associate professor of voice at State University of New York (SUNY) Potsdam's The Crane School of Music. He earned his bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Southeastern in 1967 and his master's degree from LSU.
George has performed with many of the famous orchestras and conductors of the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, L'Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai Italy, Radio France and the London Symphony and has recorded for Sony, Naxos, Phillips Classic and Bavarian Radio.
Mauro is an associate professor at West Virginia University. She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she received bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees and where she studied with Ann Schein and Julio Esteban.
Mauro frequently performs, conducts master classes, workshops and other presentations with George, specializing in such areas as developing musical expression and communication, the nineteenth-century German Melodram, and the art of collaborative performance. They have performed to much acclaim for colleges, universities, concert series and festivals throughout the United States and abroad.
Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call 549-2184.
Southeastern Theatre to present world premiere of Murderous Innocent
The fall theatre season at Southeastern begins with the world premiere of Murderous Innocent, at the university's Vonnie Borden Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing Jim Winter directs the contemporary drama written by New York playwright Tommy Jamerson, one of Winter's former students in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of New Orleans.
"I love doing original work. The more I direct, the more I enjoy doing brand new pieces," said Winter.
The play will run Oct. 16-19. General admission tickets are $10; $6 for Southeastern faculty and staff, seniors and non-Southeastern students; and Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. Tickets are available at the Vonnie Borden box office in D Vickers Hall, 549-2115. The box office will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting October 8. Sales will resume at 6:30 p.m. on performance nights.
Murderous Innocent tells the story of a modern-day Miami couple Jacob and Sarah Freeman, who meet Jacob's daughter Dani, the child of an extra-marital affair.
The main male role of Jacob will be performed by guest artist Jarred Marlatt, who studied theatre in Pennsylvania and currently works as coordinator of Writing Workshops Abroad at the University of New Orleans. The roles of Sarah and Dani will be played by Southeastern students Lynsey Manley and Jaimee Barbee respectively, both of Covington.
Winter withheld the identity of the play's only remaining character, Hillary, leaving that information a surprise for opening night.
The play incorporates a mix of sound and stylized movements. The audience can expect jazz from Miles Davis throughout the performances, along with the noise effects of layered voices and song.
Winter said he is most proud of the student commitment to the production.
"I think this is going to be a good example of our students at their 'A' game," he said. "I'm looking forward to some really strong performances. The play is almost entirely student designed. I think you've got to come in with an open mind and be ready for an intense 80 minutes."
Above: Southeastern students Lynsey Manlee, left, and Jaimee Barbee, both of Covington, play leading roles in the world premiere of "Murderous Innocent," a contemporary drama that kicks off the university's theater season. The play will run Oct. 16-19 in the Vonnie Borden Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
World famous composer to conduct the Southeastern Wind Symphony in Fanfare concert
World famous Dutch composer and conductor Johan de Meij will join Southeastern's acclaimed Wind Symphony in presenting two concerts entitled Planet Earth on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Part of the university's annual Fanfare celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, the concerts will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Reserved tickets are available through the Columbia Theatre Box Office, (985) 543-4371, or online at www.columbiatheatre.org. Tickets are $22 for orchestra seats, $25 for loge and $20 for balcony seats. Senior citizens pay $16 and Southeastern students pay $7 with a student ID.
de Meij will share conducting duties with Professor of Music Glen Hemberger, conductor and artistic director of the Southeastern Wind Symphony. The two concerts will serve as fundraisers for the Wind Symphony's trip to Chicago next March, where the ensemble will be one of four international wind bands performing at the Percy Aldridge Grainger Wind Band Festival.
de Meij's "Planet Earth" is a 50-minute, three-movement symphony composed as an ode to the beauty, sights and sounds of the planet. Having premiered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2006 and performed in Switzerland, Singapore and China, the Hammond performances are among the first presented to audiences in the United States.
The three movements include "Gandalf" from "Symphony No. 1: Lord of the Rings" by de Meij; "Mars" from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst and Merlin Patterson; and "Symphony No. 3: Planet Earth," also by de Meij.
Hemberger said the Wind Symphony will launch into "a universe filled with comets and planets. In the central movement, electronic sounds create a birds-eye view of the world's many landscapes. The symphony's finale pays homage to 'Mother Earth,' with an all-female chorus joining the orchestra to emulate the planet's energy."
A native of Voorburg, Netherlands, de Meij studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His work consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his compositions and was honored with the Dutch Wind Music Award for his role in role in the worldwide advancement of music.
The concerts are made possible through the support of Southeastern's Student Government Association and the university's Arts and Lectures Committee. For additional information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 549-2184.
Southeastern student receives national scholarship for community service efforts
A Southeastern student is one of 40 college students across the nation to receive a scholarship for her dedication and efforts to better her community.
RBS Citizens Financial Group awarded Sonya Davis $2,500 as part of the TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship challenge. She was the first runner up to the grand prize in the competition. The company chose the winners based on responsibility and leadership skills demonstrated through service to others.
According to the RBS Citizens Financial Group, more than 5,000 high school seniors and college students applied for the scholarships available in the TruFit Good Citizen program. A student from Northern Arizona University won the $5,000 grand prize. Davis was one of four runner-ups to receive the $2,500 award; 35 additional students received a $1,000 prize.
Davis grew up in Bayou Goula in Iberville Parish and is currently enrolled at Southeastern as she applies to the School of Nursing. Coming out of high school, she received an athletic scholarship from the University of Kansas. She then transferred to St. Petersburg College in Florida, where she earned an associate of arts degree and later graduated with a degree in psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Upon her return to Louisiana, Davis approached the Iberville Parish School Board with a plan to help teenaged mothers.
"In 1998 I was 14 and I lost my grandmother -- who raised me -- and my father, one month apart," Davis said. "I already had a child when I left for college and now have four children. I didn't want other girls to quit school, so I came up with a way to try and help them stay."
Davis designed a curriculum with information on Medicaid, medical insurance and family planning. She began working at a summer enrichment program, where she taught seventh and eighth grade students.
"I started my own ACT prep class because I noticed that in the underserved areas there are a lot of juniors and seniors who are not prepared sufficiently for the ACT," she said.
She later launched a similar initiative for younger students practicing for the LEAP tests.
Davis describes a good citizen as one who can still give, despite personal obstacles. During part of her volunteerism, she worked five hours a day, seven days a week.
"I still have this motivation and drive to help people," Davis said. "Having children is not the thing that burdens you or keeps you from achieving your goals. My ultimate goal is to help children."
Only upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) and graduate students are eligible.
Selections should be based on the student's scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and citizenship and service to the University during Spring, 2012 semester and Fall, 2012 semester.
2.5 Adjusted Cumulative Grade Point Average to be eligible/full time students (12 hours or more).
Submit student information (name and W#s) on the Who's Who nomination form located
on the Office for Student Engagement web site and mail to SLU 10483 or bring to Student
Union, room 203 by Oct. 12, 12 p.m. Nomination forms may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or faxed to 549-3946.
This award is presented at the annual Division for Student Affairs Awards Convocation held the last week of the Spring Semester. Thank you for your assistance in honoring Southeastern's outstanding students.
Southeastern offers Computer Science Lecture Series
The Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology will over a series of free seminars on various topics over the next several weeks.
Geared primarily for computer science students, faculty and area high school students interested in the field, the free seminars will be held on Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. in Fayard Hall room 101 located on North Oak Street. Free parking is available in the building lot.
The series is being held in partnership with Geocent, a Metairie-based information technology company with satellite offices in Baton Rouge, the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Huntsville, Ala., and Charleston, S.C. Presenters are all employees with Geocent.
Upcoming seminars and topics include:
Oct. 10, Non-Development Career Opportunities in Computer Science, Tony Riggio;
Oct. 24, Common Mistakes Made by Junior Developers, Kristen Reeves; and
Nov. 7, Best Practices, Tyler Sanders and Nick Dobson.
For more information, contact the department at 549-2189.
How Money Works: Saving and Investing on a Teacher's Salary (Thursday, Oct. 8, 4 to 5 p.m.)
In part III of How Money Works, participants learn basic investing concepts including the Rule of 72, the three Ds of investing, the benefits of an IRA, and advantages of a mutual fund. Saving and investing on a teacher's salary can be successful if you take charge. This workshop is free.
Astrology and Symbolism- The Spiritual Alphabet (Thursdays, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.)
This class is a philosophical look into the 12 sun signs of humanity. A unique approach will be presented to analyzing the 12 zodiac cycles of nature and how humans react to these annual cycles. Information learned from this course will allow students to better understand themselves and everyone around them, thus helping to create a truer and more rewarding way of life. The cost is $75.
Adobe Photoshop for Photography- Beginner (Wednesdays, Oct. 10 & Oct. 17, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: set up a work space; use the Photoshop browser; explanation of basic tools and filters; image adjustments (levels, contrast, color, etc); crop and rotate; create vignettes; eliminate dust and scratches; correct red eye defect in images; perform image color correction; convert color images to grayscale and add spot colors to them; basic retouching; apply basic filters; and use adjustment layer. The cost is $150.
Introduction to Stained Glass (Wednesdays, Oct. 10 - 24, 6 to 9 pm)
Students will create their own stained glass project while learning the methods and tools required to complete a stained glass panel in copper foil or Tiffany style from Gene Duvic, a 15 year veteran of the art. There are no prerequisites for this class. All supplies and tools are furnished. The cost is $150.
To register, or for further 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
Lunch 'N Learn
The Center for Faculty Excellence continues the series on change. Relying on the expertise of our colleagues, this series examines change theory and offers skills and strategies for adapting to change. Please mark your calendar for the next session in our series on change.
Dr. Millie Naquin, Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, will present "Stressed: Just deal with it?" on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at noon. The presentation will focus on individual strategies to deal with stress and promote relaxation. The ultimate goal of the session is to improve the dimensions of one's personal health.
All workshops are held in Tinsley Hall, room 103 unless otherwise noted. Registration is required 24 hours in advance of all workshops. To make a reservation, please contact the Center at ext. 5791 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are welcome, if space is available. Please call the Center to verify.
Internal Funding Opportunities
Internal funding support for research and scholarly/creative activity, formerly in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, has been returned to the Center for Faculty Excellence. The Orr Research Endowment will provide an additional source of funding for researchers. The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) will continue to promote and support externally funded projects.
The Center is now accepting applications for the Orr Research Endowment. Please visit the Center's webpage at http://www.selu.edu/admin/cfe/funding_opp/index.html for additional information and guidelines.
Deadline for the Orr Research Endowment is Nov. 1.
Moving Forward with Moodle
As previously announced, Southeastern has decided to move from the current LMS, Blackboard, to the open source platform, Moodle. End of life cycle for Blackboard is July 2013. This transition has already begun for faculty teaching courses delivered less than 50% via distance modes. Moodle Mentors began working in spring 2012 to transition these faculty to Moodle for spring 2013.
For distance faculty, those teaching courses delivered more than 50% via distance modes, the timeframe for full transition and total delivery via Moodle is Fall 2013. To allow ample time for course redevelopment, the Center is beginning in-depth training for distance faculty with a CUTL with Moodle.
Certificates of University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) are offered by the Center to assist you in meeting and documenting your professional goals. This special CUTL will provide a structured, concentrated way for you to learn Moodle while earning certificates that may be included in your professional portfolio. Completion of this CUTL will result in both a Moodle and Quality Matters certificate.
Faculty registering for CUTL must be able to commit to attendance at one two-hour, face-to-face session per week throughout the six-week training period (see schedule at the link below). Faculty do not have to schedule the same time each week.
Visit the Center's website (http://www.selu.edu/admin/cfe/) or the Moving Forward with Moodle training plan (http://www2.selu.edu/Academics/FacultyExcellence/moodle/) for information on Moodle Mentors and CUTL registration.
The Center for Faculty Excellence in conjunction with the Offices of the President and Provost invite you to Lyceum Lights, a series of faculty luncheon lectures designed to illuminate the common interests of faculty from diverse disciplines.
The fall session will celebrate our 2012 Homecoming theme "Roomie Goes Gold" with Jayetta Slawson, the 2012 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. An Associate Professor of English, Slawson will present "Beyond the Objective" on Oct. 23, at 12:30 p.m. in Twelve Oaks Dining Hall.
This will be a talk on engaging students through writing assignments. It will be held at Twelve Oaks. $5.00 will be charged at the door. Reservations are required - RSVP to the Center by 10/19 via phone 549- 5791 or email email@example.com.
Call for Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal for Southeastern's Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for sharing the successful practices, projects, creative endeavors, and research of our faculty.
The Faculty Conference will consist of a general poster session on Thursday, October 25, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Tinsley, room 103. Presenters should remain with their posters for at least one hour during this time.
While faculty receiving Center grants are expected to participate as a condition of their award, all faculty are invited to share their work.
Proposals should be submitted via the link below. Proposal deadline is Wednesday, October 10.
Southeastern's annual United Way fund raising effort will begin Oct. 2. Amid these challenging economic times, Southeastern employees contributed more than $31,000 in our 2012 campaign to support the needs of our community. Our area United Way has always depended on our University to help support a wide range of services which could not otherwise be provided.
Each department/unit on campus has identified a communicator to coordinate contributions within each area. If you are not contacted by a communicator and would like to contribute to United Way, please contact the Center. Remember, our Core Values include 'Caring" and "Community" and this is a golden opportunity for us to address both. Please give generously.
October 4 through November 2
Paintings by Karen Ann Myers, A Room of Her Own
Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
The Photography of Evan Baden, Technically Intimate
Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
Special Guest Artist Alumni Exhibition: Elizabeth Ann Chase
Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
Maya Erdelyi (Perez, Animations)
Southeastern New Media Gallery
Monday, October 8
Guest Artist Recital Series: Donald George, tenor and Lucy Mauro, piano
Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
For more information on these and other upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, call 549-2184 or 549-2193 or visit our website at www.southeastern.edu/fpa.
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Regents OK new degree programs
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Community service results in scholarship
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern Louisiana football, soccer, volleyball, tennis and golf teams will all be in action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
Fresh off a 31-21 road win at Lamar, the Lion football team (2-3, 2-0 Southland) – off to its first 2-0 start in Southland Conference play since 2009 – will conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday. Southeastern will travel to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member UAB at 2 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala. The game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net.
The women's soccer team (7-5, 1-1 Southland) will return home to host a pair of Southland opponents this week. On Friday, Sam Houston State comes to town for a 3 p.m. contest. Lamar visits the Southeastern Soccer Complex on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The volleyball team (5-9, 1-5 Southland) hits the road for a pair of matches this week. On Wednesday, the Lady Lions take a break from league competition to face Jackson State at 7 p.m. in Jackson, Miss. On Saturday, it's back to league action for Southeastern, which takes on Nicholls State in a 2 p.m. road match.
The new-look Southeastern women's tennis team will see its first action of the fall this week. The Lions, who feature four freshmen, will be in Lafayette on Friday and Saturday to participate in the Louisiana-Lafayette Invitational.
Also this week, the men's golf team will compete in its third tournament of the fall. The Lions will compete in the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, hosted by Louisiana Tech in Choudrant.
Monday, Oct. 1
Men's Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, All Day
Tuesday, Oct. 2
Men's Golf, at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, Choudrant, All Day
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Volleyball, at Jackson State, Jackson, Miss., 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
Women's Soccer, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
Saturday, Oct. 6
Football, at UAB, Birmingham, Ala., 2 p.m. (KSLU)
Volleyball, at Nicholls State, Thibodaux, 2 p.m.*
Women's Tennis, at Louisiana-Lafayette Invitational, Lafayette, All Day
Sunday, Oct. 7
Women's Soccer, vs. Lamar, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest
Scott Uffman (Southeastern LSBDC) was a guest speaker at the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) national conference held in New Orleans at the Riverside Hilton Sept. 10-14. On Friday, Sept.14, he presented "The Secrets of a Winning Sales Organization." He discussed how small and medium sized companies can adopt the theories and practices of thriving businesses and organizations for use in their everyday routine – and set themselves apart from their competition.
Ernest Milsted and Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) will be documenting the coast of Louisiana during fall break. This project is funded by a research grant from the University of North Carolina in Greenville. The project will fund a trip to the coast to record changes that were caused by the last storm. Both hope to exhibit the images in the fall. This project is part of a 10-year study of the changes which have affected the Louisiana coast.
Luanne Billingsley, (Nursing) recently presented "Multiuser Virtual Environments: A Pedagogy to Engage Nurses in Evidence-Based Practice and Research" at the 2012 National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Summit in Anaheim, Calif. Her area of interest includes using technologies to enhance evidence-based practice among health care providers. She continues to be challenged by researchers, faculty, and students, as she coaches and facilitates projects within this innovative environment.
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) has had six poems accepted for publication in Burningword Literary Journal: "Academic Retreat," "Divine Confection," "Dry," "Ethicist," "Shroud," and "Troubadour."
Kathleen Campbell (Educational Leadership and Technology) presented "What Pre-Service School Leaders Want to Know about the Principalship" at the annual meeting of the Southern Regional Council for Educational Administration (SRCEA) in New Orleans on Sept. 7. The paper was co-authored by Ashley Walker, middle school principal in Tangipahoa Parish Public Schools.
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