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Renee' Picou wins Miss Southeastern crown
Southeastern biology major Renee' Picou of Livingston has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2013.
Picou received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2012 Jennifer Jarreau of Denham Springs, at the annual pageant Saturday (Sept. 15) at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
A sophomore, Picou also received the Evening Gown Award, the Lifestyle and Fitness Award and the "People's Choice" Award.
First runner up was Erin St. Pierre, a junior kinesiology major from Larose. St. Pierre also received the Miss Congeniality Award, the GPA Award for highest cumulative grade point average with the most credit hours, and the Miracle Maker Award for her fund raising efforts in connection with the Miss America Pageant's charity, the Children's Miracle Network,
Crystal Gonzalez of Hammond, a sophomore kinesiology major, was second runner-up.
Third runner up was freshman communication major Hailee Webber of Destrehan. Webber also won the Talent Award for her lyrical dance routine to "Turning Page" from the well-known movie "Breaking Dawn."
Picou will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.
1) Renee' Picou of Livingston was crowned Southeastern Louisiana University's new Miss Southeastern Saturday night (Sept. 15).
2) Award winners in the pageant included, from left, Hailee Webber third runner-up, Erin St. Pierre, first runner-up, Miss Southeastern 2013 Renee' Picou, and Crystal Gonzalez, second runner-up. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America pageant system.
Rowberry to present Southeastern Constitution Day Lecture
Southeastern's Department of History and Political Science will celebrate Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Ryan Rowberry, former United States Supreme Court Fellow.
An assistant professor at Georgia State University College of Law and associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, Rowberry will present "The History, Structure, and Challenges of the U.S. Legal System," at 1 p.m. in Southeastern's Student Union Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to have Dr. Rowberry as a Constitution Day speaker, given his impressive credentials and his incredible breadth of experience, especially as a legal historian and a Supreme Court Fellow," said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. "This is one lecture that anyone interested in history, politics, or the law absolutely should not miss."
Rowberry graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an Islamic Legal Studies Fellow, a Cravath International Fellow, and received the Irving Oberman Award in Legal History. Upon graduation, he practiced environmental and natural resources law at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. Rowberry was also a United States Supreme Court Fellow and collaborated with foreign judges and academics on judicial independence and rule-of-law matters.
Prior to attending law school, Rowberry worked as an historian and an educator. He transcribed and collated all extant medieval manuscripts for three of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." He also taught seventh grade at a charter school and lectured in English and history at Peking University in Beijing. He holds a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford University, he earned a master's degree in comparative education policy and a master of studies degree in medieval British history. His research concentrates on cultural heritage, natural resources law, and the medieval Common Law judiciary.
For more information about the lecture, contact Robison at 549-2109.
Southeastern students, alumni invited to Career Fair Thursday
Southeastern students and alumni are invited to participate in Career Fair 2012, the Office of Career Services' annual university wide career event.
Held as a benefit exclusively for Southeastern students and alumni, Career Fair 2012 will have over 130 organizational participants and will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center on the corner of University Avenue and General Pershing.
Representatives from various companies and hospitality, government, business, engineering, finance and banking industries will be onsite to answer questions and take resumes.
"Career Fair provides Southeastern students and graduates the opportunity to obtain that much needed face time with recruiters to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack and all of those faceless resumes that come their way," said Ken Ridgedell, director of Career Services.
To get the most out of the fair, Ridgedell said students and alumni should bring copies of their resumes; be prepared to briefly discuss career interests, goals, knowledge and skills; and collect brochures and business cards.
For additional information on Career Fair 2012, visit www.southeastern.edu/careerfairinfo or contact Career Services at 549-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Jim O'Connor, left, vice president of sales and operations for Follette Bookstores, and Southeastern Bookstore Manager Crystal Brothers make a presentation to President John L. Crain at the official opening of the Follette-managed bookstore on Thursday.
2) Students sign up for a drawing for prizes that were given away Thursday in conjunction with the Bookstore opening.
Southeastern Alumni Association searches for oldest living graduate
The Southeastern Alumni Association is searching for Southeastern's oldest living graduate.
"In honor of the Alumni Association's 85th anniversary, we would like to recognize Southeastern's oldest living graduate as part of this year's Homecoming festivities," said Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. "Anyone can submit names and contact information of individuals they believe may be our oldest living graduate via email at email@example.com."
The deadline to submit names for consideration is October 2, 2012. The person discovered to be Southeastern's oldest living graduate will be recognized at the annual Alumni Association Awards Evening on Friday, Oct. 26, Pittman said.
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
Middle school applications for Future City Competition solicited
Louisiana middle school students can now register to participate in the state's Future City Competition to be held early next year at Southeastern.
Teams of sixth, seventh and eighth graders will participate in the National Engineers Week Foundation's 2012-13 Future City Competition, where they are asked to design a city using the simulator game SimCity4, which is provided free to all registered participants. This year's theme is "Rethink runoff: designing clean solutions to manage storm water pollution."
Deadline for team registrations is Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m., said Louisiana Regional Coordinator Cris Koutsougeras, professor of computer science at Southeastern. For information and school registration, visit www.futurecity.org. Questions can also be directed to Koutsougeras as firstname.lastname@example.org.
The regional competition will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, on Southeastern's campus in Hammond, with the winning team participating in the national competition in Washington, DC, in February. While the program has been around for 20 years, this is only the second year the competition has been held in Louisiana.
In addition to school-based teams, Koutsougeras said the competition this year is open to community organizations such as Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, as long as participants are in line with middle school grades 6 through 8.
"Future City is an ideal opportunity for students, their teachers and volunteer mentors to work together as a team in developing creative solutions to a major environmental problem," Koutsougeras said. "As they analyze the damaging effects of extreme weather, they will imagine and design new and creative ways to manage storm water in a community.
"What could be more appropriate for our Louisiana students to address at this time?" he asked. "In the last two years, we've seen the ravaging impact of flooding and severe weather in our own region."
Using the SimCity4 Deluxe Edition software, the student teams will work with a teacher and volunteer mentor to design a virtual Future City model that incorporates their ideas. They will build a physical model using recycled materials that can cost no more than $100 to build.
As teams address storm water runoff solutions, the students will perform research on relevant sciences and evaluate tools and solutions that science and engineering can make to help manage this problem, he explained.
"Future City engages students in experiential learning involving science and engineering disciplines that encompass their solutions and helps the students learn to identify the steps of the design process," he added. "By participating in this project, the students gain valuable insight into the principles of engineering, science, technology and mathematics that will help equip our future scientists and leaders."
Koutsougeras said Future City is one of many other competitions in which teachers lead student teams and engage them in learning that instills love for the sciences, math, and engineering (STEM).
"The Future City competition calls for the broadest synergy of science and engineering solutions in order to develop practical solutions. This is the kind of learning opportunities parents love to see schools making available to their kids," he added.
The National Engineers Week Foundation works year-round to sustain and grow a strong engineering profession critical to public health, safety and welfare. The Foundation supports engineering outreach, education and celebration through a network of thousands of volunteers in a coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies.
Bill Quigley, professor and director of the Law Clinc and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University in New Orleans, presents "The Business of Incarceration in Louisiana: Do Prisoners Have Human Rights," the keynote address Friday at the Southeastern Sociological Association's conference. Coordinated by Southeastern sociology instructor Rebecca Hensley, the day-long conference was sponsored by the Community Futures Collective, the Campaign to Free the Angola 3, and the New Orleans office of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The FE-Lions, a chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association, has announced its
2012-13 schedule and recruitment campaign for new members.
The organization has grown to more than 200 members, said Southeastern Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman. The FE-Lions host luncheons in conjunction with Lions home football games and sponsor other functions, such as the annual "Champagne Bingo" fundraiser, scheduled for Jan. 26 at Southeastern's Twelve Oaks.
This month the FE-Lions will host "Salute the Lions, Feed the Team," sponsored by Cypress Pointe Hospital and First Guaranty Bank, on Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. FE-Lions bring a dessert to the event and meet all the Southeastern athletes.
Funds raised by the FE-Lions help support the Southeastern athletic program, including raising money for endowed scholarships and other activities.
FE-Lions luncheons will be held this year at Trey Yuen, 2100 N. Morrison Blvd. in Hammond. The luncheon schedule and sponsors are as follows: Sept. 19, sponsored by North Oaks Health System; Oct. 10, sponsored by Bra la Vie; Oct. 25, sponsored by Mannino's Pharmacy; Nov. 7, sponsored by P.J.'s Coffee and Dec. 6, sponsored by Hammond Nursing Home. Luncheon times are set at noon, although the door opens at 11:30 a.m.
Annual dues are $10. Luncheon tickets are $20, and reservations must be made in advance.
To join the FE-Lions online and make luncheon reservations, visit www.southeastern.edu/alumni or contact the Southeastern Alumni Association at 549-2150 or 1-800-758-2586. Master Card, Visa, Discover and checks are welcome.
Event and Conference Services moves to Auxiliary Services
Event and Conference Services is now being offered through the Division of Auxiliary Services.
Event and Conference Services assists off campus groups requesting to utilize Southeastern facilities. Any groups or events not affiliated with the university should contact Event and Conference Services for availability, rental rates, etc. University departments requesting facility reservations should continue to contact the appropriate building coordinator and submit a Registration of Activity, as appropriate.
Event and Conference Services is located in Mims Hall, room 233. Contact information is (985) 549-2094, email@example.com, or www.selu.edu/conf_services.
Sims Library to host 'Let's Talk Art'
Southeastern's Sims Memorial Library will host a free series this fall entitled "Let's Talk: Art." Sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, the series begins Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas Street, across from the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Jamie Alonzo, lecturer of 3-D design, will present "Large and Small: The Grotesque in Clay," a discussion of the significance of scale in ceramic art and specifically in the viewer's perception of beauty and the unusual.
Alonzo received her B.A. at Southeastern and her MFA at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has lectured and exhibited her work throughout the United States. She has received several awards and honors for her ceramic art.
Future talks in the series are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, Oct. 10: "Van Gogh and Gauguin: When Egos Collide," Dr. Irene Nero, associate professor of Art History, 5 p.m., Sims Memorial Library, third floor.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: "A Painting Is a Painting Is a Painting: The Steins as Collectors," Eric Johnson, library director, 5 p.m., Hammond Regional Arts Center.
For more information, contact Johnson at 549-3962.
Teaching and Learning news
The Department of Teaching and learning is hosting two Graduate Information Sessions on the programs offered by the department.
Sessions will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 17. Both sessions are scheduled from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center Lecture Hall, room 1022.
For more information, contact Graduate Coordinator Gwen Autin at 549-5264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 30 - September 21
Southern Graphics National Printmaking Exhibition
Contemporary Art Gallery
Kevin Jones Installation in New Media Gallery
Contemporary Art Gallery
For more information on upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, call 549-2184, 549-2193 or visit www.southeastern.edu/fpa.
How Money Works: Budgeting on a Teacher's Salary (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4 to 5 p.m.)
In part II of How Money Works, educators or future educators will learn basic budgeting concepts including recommended allocations for budget categories, how to create a workable budget, the components of a budget, and tips for reducing everyday expenses. This workshop is free.
Digital Photography - Beginner (Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.)
This class will cover the basics of digital photography. Topics include: differences between point and shoot vs. SLR; equipment settings, such as resolution, zoom, and white balance; print options; loading images onto the computer; uploading images to various web sites; lighting; natural posing; composition (framing). No prerequisites are required for this course; participants only need to know how to point and shoot. The cost is $95.
ACT Preparation Course (Thursdays, Sept. 27 – Oct. 25, 5 to 7 p.m.)
This course is designed to assist high school students to develop the skills to improve their ACT scores, emphasizing mathematics and English. The cost is $275.
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
Constitution Day Celebration
Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
To help celebrate, the Center will sponsor a faculty contest for the most creative student-centered activity that increases knowledge of the Constitution and encourages civic engagement. Activities must be presented during the week of Sept. 17. All full-time faculty are eligible to participate.
Entries are limited to one page and must include:
1) overview of the lesson in which the activity occurs or is tried
2) objective(s) of the activity, and
3) detailed description of the activity including the date it occurred.
Activities will be judged on:
2) applicability to discipline, and
3) potential to increase citizenship and knowledge of the Constitution.
The author of winning entry will receive a $200 Enhancement Grant from the Center.
Send entries to email@example.com by Sept. 27. The e-mail should contain contact information,
course name and number, and the title of the activity. Attach the one-page activity
to the e-mail as a Word document. The attachment should have no identifying information.
The winner will be announced by Oct. 3.
To read more about Constitution Day, visit http://www.constitutionday.com/.
Let's Talk Assessment!
The Center for Faculty Excellence will host a series of faculty focus groups to identify strengths and areas for improvement in the university assessment process. Since the goal of the assessment is to improve the quality of student learning at Southeastern, your participation is essential for leading the evolution of the campus culture for assessment.
Focus groups will begin on September 18 and will be limited in size to promote discussion. Call the Center at extension 5791 to reserve your spot for one of the sessions below.
Additional sessions will be added as needed, so if you would like to participate but cannot attend one of the sessions below, please call the Center.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2-3 p.m. in Tinsley 103
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2-3 p.m. in Tinsley 103
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2-3 p.m. in Tinsley 103
Thanks in advance for your support of this very important process.
Second Call for documenting 2011-2012 Service
The following message was distributed by the Center in May 2012. If you have not completed the Service Survey, please do so now. The survey will close on Sept. 21.
Thanks to your efforts, Southeastern has been named to the President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Community Service for the second consecutive year. This national award recognizes the volunteer work and service-learning efforts of our students, faculty and staff.
Please help us continue the ability to showcase our service efforts by completing the 2011-2012 Service Survey. If you volunteered in the community, or if you supervised students involved in a service-learning and/or community service project during the 2011-2012 academic year, please complete the survey at the link below.
This information will be used in preparing our next application for the Honor Roll, reports for the University of Louisiana System, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and for submission to the national Campus Compact annual survey. This information will also be valuable in securing external funds and/or recognition for Southeastern's service efforts.
The survey should take approximately 10 minutes of your time. (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8ZRP832)
If there are questions, please contact the Center for Faculty Excellence. Thanks in advance for your support!
Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching, Research and Creativity
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. - 2:00 p.m. in Tinsley 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 by Wednesday, Oct. 10 via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012FacConf.
Let's talk change!
As we embrace another year in an ever-changing academic environment, the Center for Faculty Excellence will host a series of activities on change. Relying on the expertise of our colleagues, this series will examine change theory and offer skills and strategies for adapting to change.
Please mark your calendar for the next session of this series and join us for a light lunch and stimulating conversation at "Lunch N Learn" on Thursday, Sept. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dr. Barbara B. Hebert, director of the University Counseling Center, will present "Change: An Opportunity for Growth?"
Change can be very difficult for many people. The stress caused by change can wreak havoc on both physical and mental well-being. This interactive presentation will provide a two-fold approach regarding change-invoked stress: a brief discussion of the personal impact that may occur and a journey into some transformative activities that may engender personal growth.
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. Call the Center to verify.
Action 17 News
Southeastern professor recovering from West Nile
Associated Press (multiple publications)
SLU sets Constitution Day lecture
Employers wanted for SLU career fair
Master classes raise focus on health issues
SLU professor recipient of Phi Kappa Phi grant
SLU opera troupe offers 'The Light in the Piazza'
Seven vying for title of Miss Southeastern '13
UL System president ends 41-year career
Hammond Daily Star
SLU cuts fall break: Instructors will decide to make up lost classes
St. Albert, ISM welcome (Southeastern's) international students
KHMS dancers get college experience
Louisiana keeps getting busted for teaching creationism
St. Tammany News Banner
Three college students represent St. Tammany in pageant
St. Tammany Talks
SLU Business Center: Economic Reporter
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern football team will open Southland Conference play during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lions (0-3) will host McNeese State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the annual Hall of Fame Game. The 2012 Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame class of Donald Dykes, Kim McNally and Kendra Oney Weber will be honored at halftime of Saturday's game. Saturday's game will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and on the Internet at www.LionSports.net. Saturday's game will also be televised on a tape delay basis by the Southeastern Channel (Charter Channel 18) and a live stream of the game will be available at LionSports.net.
The women's soccer team (5-3) will conclude a six-match home stand and the non-conference portion of its 2012 schedule this week. On Friday, future Southland foe Houston Baptist visits Hammond for a 4 p.m. match. Grambling comes to town on Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.
Having already matched last season's win total, the Lady Lion volleyball team (5-5, 1-1 Southland) will continue league play this week. On Thursday, Southeastern will face new league member Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. in Tulsa, Okla. The Lady Lions head to Conway, Ark. on Saturday to face Southland foe Central Arkansas at 2 p.m.
The men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday to compete at the LSU Invitational. The women's race is scheduled for 8:05 a.m., followed by the men's race at 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20
Volleyball, at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Okla., 7 p.m.*
Friday, Sept. 21
Women's Soccer, vs. Houston Baptist, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Football, vs. McNeese State (Hall of Fame Game), Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m. (KSLU) (SE Channel)*
Volleyball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 2 p.m.*
Men's and Women's Cross Country, at LSU Invitational, Baton Rouge, 8:05 a.m./9:15 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Women's Soccer, vs. Grambling, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 3 p.m.
David Armand (English) will be reading from and discussing his most recent novel, The Pugilist’s Wife, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Faulkner House Bookstore in New Orleans (across from St. Louis Cathedral) as part of the annual celebration of Nobel laureate William Faulkner’s birthday. Reservations are required in advance. This event will precede Armand's appearance at the annual Words and Music festival in New Orleans in November alongside notable Louisiana author Ernest J. Gaines. For more information on these events, please visit www.wordsandmusic.org.
Beth Stahr (Sims Library) presented four invited lectures at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference in Birmingham Aug. 29 – Sept.1: “Unscrambling the New Orleans Passenger Lists,” “Judaism in Dixie,” “Des Allemands: German Migration Through New Orleans and Up the Mississippi,” and “Behind Closed Doors: An Introduction to Plaçage.”
Roldán A. Valverde (Biology) recently published the paper titled: “Olive Ridley Mass Nesting Ecology and Egg Harvest at Ostional Beach, Costa Rica” in the Journal Chelonian Conservation & Biology. The paper is important because the biological data presented supports a rural large-scale, community-based egg harvest program focused on an endangered sea turtle species. The paper is available at: http://www.seaturtle.org/PDF/ValverdeRA_2012_ChelonConservBiol.pdf.
Dennis Sipiorski (Fine and Performing Arts) has been invited to exhibit and lecture to students at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., in October. He will exhibit ceramic works and recent paintings. A lecture is planned to take place at the opening of the exhibit.
Charles Elliott (History and Political Science) will introduce readings and direct discussions on “The American West in Fact and Fiction,” a six-week evening Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) program sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanites and the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16.
Molly McGraw (Sociology and Criminal Justice) presented a paper, co-authored with H. J. Walker of LSU, entitled “Reassessment of Lakes and Ponds in an Arctic River Delta Using Modern Spatial Technology,” at the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost in Salekhard, Russia, June 25-29. The paper was published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the conference.
Mohammad Saadeh (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) will present the paper “A Hybrid Master-Slave Genetic Algorithm-Neural Network Approach for Modeling a Piezoelectric Actuator” at the ASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems in Stone Mountain, Georgia in November.
Ghassan Alkadi and Theresa Beaubouef (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) had the article titled “Are Software Engineering Textbooks a Thing of the Past?” accepted for publication in the magazine ACM Inroads.
John Burris, Wendy Zhang, and Theresa Beaubouef (all of Computer Science and Industrial Technology) received a grant award from the High Performance Computing (HPC) Educators Program to travel to the ASME Conference.
Dr. Ho-Hoon Lee (Computer Science and Industrial Technology) had his article titled “A Leader-Follower Formation Control of a Group of Mobile Robotics” accepted for publication in Transaction Series on Control and Mechanical Systems.
Beaubouef also had a book chapter published, “Incorporating Rough Data in Database Design for Imprecise Information Representation,” in Rough Sets and Intelligent Systems: Professor Zdzislaw Pawlak in Memoriam (Ed. A. Skowron, Z. Suraj) Springer, 2012, pp. 137-156.
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