|SOUTHEASTERN PHI KAPPA PHI PITS FACULTY AGAINST STUDENTS IN ANNUAL
HOMECOMING QUIZ BOWL FUN
HAMMOND -- In the
four years since it debuted, the quiz bowl tournament sponsored by Southeastern
Louisiana University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi has become a homecoming
week tradition at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Phi Kappa Phi bills the
event, with a wink, as “another kind of athletic competition.”
“It is the perfect melding
of fun and academics,” said the honor society’s secretary, Joan Faust,
who came up with the idea of sponsoring the tournament in 2002.
“I was on my high school
quiz bowl team,” said Faust, an English professor and assistant dean of
the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “Since Phi Kappa Phi's
purpose is to celebrate and to promote ‘the love of learning,’ it seemed
like a very appropriate project for us.”
The 2005 tournament, which
is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni, is scheduled for 2-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the War Memorial Student Union ballroom. Southeastern
will celebrate Homecoming Week Nov. 7-12 with a host of activities for
both the campus and community, capped by the 6 p.m. Nov. 12 Southeastern-Nicholls
State football game in Strawberry Stadium.
“The Quiz Bowl is a question
and answer game of general knowledge and quick recall,” said Faust.
“Questions cover every conceivable topic -- from history, literature, science,
multiculturalism, religion and geography to current events, the arts, social
sciences, sports, and popular culture.”
“We are extremely fortunate
that [associate professor of communication] Joe Burns, our moderator extraordinaire,
will again facilitate the tournament,” she said. “His rapid-fire pace adds
to the excitement.”
Faust said any student
or faculty/staff or alumni group is invited to put together a team of four
players and one alternate. Teams must turn in their $25 registration fee
and registration form by 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1. Registration forms
and instructions are available online at www.selu.edu/phikappaphi
or can be obtained from Faust, room 300, Fayard Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org,
tournament separates faculty/staff and student teams until the final playoff
match, which pits the top faculty/staff team against the top student team,
The first eight teams to
register and pay their fee will be guaranteed participation in the tournament.
However, PKP may hold a preliminary tournament to cut the field down to
eight teams. If needed, the preliminary round will be held on Thursday,
Nov. 3 from 2-5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Prizes of $100 in Southeastern
Development Foundation funds go to the top faculty/staff and student teams
and $50 to the two second-place teams.
In past years, teams have
sported playful names, even costumes.
“The two-time champions,
the English faculty Gramminators, started it all by wearing monogrammed
shirts,” Faust said. “That was topped by our beloved Sims Memorial Library
faculty, the ‘Dewey Decimators,’ with their gray ‘librarian’ wigs, which
last year they accented with blinking lights.” She said the 2004 champs,
the English faculty’s Quadrivium, sported crowns of laurel leaves.
“Last year's competition
was especially fun because of the student-faculty repartee during the finals,”
Faust said. She said individuals who would like to participate but do not
have a team can contact her. “We will group interested people together
into a team,” she said.
Faust also said teams can
familiarize themselves with Quiz Bowl format by visiting web sites such
as www.collegebowl.com or www.naqt.com.
“There is an official College
Quiz Bowl association that organizes national tournaments between universities
across the nation,” Faust said. “If we have enough student interest, I
hope one day to form a Southeastern team to compete nation-wide.”
The Homecoming Quiz Bowl
was originally funded through a National Phi Kappa Promotion of Excellence
Grant, which paid for the necessary electronic equipment and a packet of
official questions from the official National College Quiz Bowl Association.
“Our grant was one of the
few fully funded that year,” Faust said. “The first tournament received
national coverage in Phi Kappa Phi's journal and was attended by several
members of the national office. We’re delighted it has caught on, and that
participants and observers alike see that the Quiz Bowl is really a fun
event that fosters friendly competition.”
of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest and most prestigious
honor societies in America, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2006.
Student members are invited from the top 10 percent of the graduate and
senior classes and the top seven and a half percent of the junior class.
Outstanding faculty, staff, and alumni may also be invited.
For information about other
Southeastern Homecoming activities, contact the Alumni Association at 985-549-2150,
1-800-SLU-ALUM or visit www.selu.edu/alumni.