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From the president
Sally Clausen, Ed.D.

We have much work ahead of us, we have accomplished a great deal with the help of our faculty, staff, students and supporters in the community. In September, Southeastern, working with the Northshore/Florida Parishes chambers of commerce, organized and hosted "Issues in Education: A Gubernatorial Forum" in which all of the major gubernatorial candidates expressed their views, concerns and solutions to the issues and challenges facing education in Louisiana today. The forum, which was broadcast statewide, gave candidates their first opportunity to focus their full attention on education at all levels and on higher education in particular. The following month, we took the opportunity to look within the University to determine not only our strengths but what kind of university we want Southeastern to be for the students and region we serve. During a two day retreat in Covington, a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students wrote a defining mission statement for the University, a set of core values and an impressive set of strategic goals for the year 2000. Those goals have since been incorporated into a strategic plan for the University. Southeastern also had a successful year in the Legislature, thanks to the tireless work of our Northshore legislators and Senator John Hainkel. For the first time in recent memory, Southeastern and a solid legislative delegation, working with Governor Mike Foster, were successful in getting funding for critical building projects so desperately needed by our growing University. We received $4.44 million to renovate and adapt the old Westside Elementary School for university use, $1.3 million as planning money for a new classroom and science laboratory building, and $425,000 to upgrade the University's computer system. In addition, the Legislature approved the construction of a $9 million campus recreation- fitness building. Legislators also gave teachers and university faculty a much needed pay raise. As you will read in the following pages, we have had a remarkable year, but hard work still lies ahead.

Jody Grippo
Arts and

College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences has awarded two new "distinguished teaching professorships" to history professor William Robison and industrial technology professor David Buell.
       Robison, a 13-year member of the History and Government Department faculty and past recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, was named the Fay Warren Reimers Distinguished Teaching Professor.
       Buell, who joined Southeastern's Industrial Technology Department eight years ago after a four-decade career in industry, was awarded the BellSouth Distinguished Professorship in Industrial Technology.
       History and government professor Al Dranguet has been appointed coordinator of the College's International Studies and Programs. He will coordinate all college study abroad programs and provide leadership in developing an international studies program.
      Our nationally-accredited Industrial Technology Department will combine forces with the university's Computer Science Department. The affiliated departments will be headed by James Owens, who currently heads the Industrial Technology. Under the new plan, industrial technology and computer science will keep their separate identities, faculty and budget, but operate under the direction of a single department head.
       At the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, which has been targeted by the administration as a priority department needing enhanced support and development, Dr. Gary Shaffer and his students have continued their cypress restoration research and have planted some 4,000 cypress seedlings. (See cover story.)
       Turtle Cove director Dr. Robert Hastings has taught four weekend workshops for teachers at Turtle Cove this year with support from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Freeport-McMoRan Inc. Approximately 1,500 individuals in school classes, environmental groups, state agencies, scouts, alumni groups and classes from other universities visited the research station last year. In a cooperative endeavor with the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Dr. Hastings taught two week-long workshops.
       Fanfare 1995 had an estimated $500,000 impact on the Hammond-Ponchatoula area and attendance jumped 41 percent during the annual arts festival's 10th anniversary season.
       The Biological Sciences Department faculty were awarded nineteen grants totaling $1,543,823.
       The Visual Arts Department continues making progress toward National Association of Schools of Art and Design accreditation. As the only fine arts department in the United States with an IRIS printer, the department's electronic media lab is capable of creating gorgeous fine arts quality prints. Don Marshall, director of Clark Hall Gallery, has increased exhibitions and lectures by 400 percent and is placing art in the community more than ever before.
       With the renovation of Pursley Hall nearing completion, the Chemistry and Physics Department is eagerly anticipating getting its building back. Classes were held in the attractive new wings this year and the department should be able to fully occupy the rest of the building this summer. Dr. Samira Barghouthi received two grants from the American Chemical Society's Project SEED to provide stipends for high school students to do summer research. Dr. Mitchell Robertson has been offered another fellowship with the NASA facility at Stennis, Miss.
       Our debate team, directed by Scott Elliot, finished first in our region and 20th in the nation out of more than 200 schools ranked by the Cross Examination Debate Association. The team won more than 10 major sweepstakes awards (the award given to "best overall team") at major regional tournaments. Southeastern also hosted the region's largest and most successful tournament, the Mardi Gras Speech and Debate Tournament, which was attended by 20 universities.
       In the English Department, a new scholarship supporting educational travel for students was created as a memorial to long-time English professor John Coumes, who died in November 1995. Dr. Tim Gautreaux was named as the John and Renee Grisham Southern Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi for Fall 1996. Dr. Richard Louth was awarded his fifth National Writing Project grant for $47,000.
       The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature's French program continues to be one of only a handful in the nation enjoying sustained growth, while the Spanish program continues to grow faster than we can find classrooms and teachers to accommodate the demand. Southeastern is still the only university in Louisiana with oral proficiency interviewers certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The department plans to add two new professors to further strengthen offerings in French and Spanish and offer the prospect of renewal and growth in Latin, German and eventually Italian. The department's popular Mexican summer study program moved from Oaxaca to the Universidad de las Americas at Puebla. Dr. Carlo Di Maio revived our Foreign Language Festival for area high schools, which attracts hundreds of perspective students.
       The History and Government Department again staged the Deep Delta Civil War Symposium, which Civil War scholars call "the best symposium in the country." The department added another success with the "Plain Folk of the South" symposium in March.
       "Grants" has been a significant word this year for the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Tena Golding is the principal investigator for a LaCEPT grant, "Southeastern Mathematics Curriculum Development Project"; Rebecca Muller is a member of the team for a LaSIP grant, "The Nature of Mathematics: Real-World Applications of Abstract Concepts."
       The Music Department launched a new spring concert series called Encore! The famed singing group Chanticleer performed, as well as the United States Air Force Band. Faculty recitals and student ensembles formed the rest of the series. The department also inaugurated its new Community Music School, building on the concept of the SLU Strings Academy to offer pre-college music instruction in all instruments and voice. Three music department professors, Yakov Voldman, Willis Delony and Alan Keating, journeyed to the Republic of Moldova, Dr. Voldman's former home, last September to perform on Moldovan National Television. As a result of the professors' guest performances and masterclasses, two Moldovan graduate students will attend Southeastern this fall.
       The Psychology Department successfully implemented mandatory advising each semester of approximately 455 majors. Yet, the faculty were able to maintain a high level of scholarship. For the 1995-96 academic year, Dr. Hunter McAllister received a grant from the National Institute of Justice in the amount of $34,596 for the development of a computerized mugbook for his research in the area of eyewitness identification.
       The Industrial Technology Department was awarded the 1995 Greater Baton Rouge Total Quality Management Award for Significant Improvement by the Greater Baton Rouge Total Quality Management Council. The department was reaccredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology.
       The Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice Department staged a successful symposium exploring the potential and future of law enforcement in Louisiana.

Rebecca Sherman
Arts and

College of Basic Studies
The College of Basic Studies continues to focus on guiding students toward careers in high-skill, high-wage jobs. Southeastern's participation in the national initiative to prepare young people for the requirements of today's workforce takes the form of the division of Technical/Career Education. The new division within the College of Basic Studies is designed to guide high school or technical school students into associate degree or certificate programs that will prepare them to enter the workforce in two years or less.
       Technical/Career Education also aims to cut down on "duplication" through articulation agreements with high schools and technical schools that will give students college credit for certain courses taken at these institutions. Southeastern is working with area high schools and technical schools through technical education consortiums in Washington and East Baton Rouge parishes and has signed articulation agreements with Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes.
       To further help students—and the entire region—meet the job market's requirements, the College plans to create a new "Southeastern Regional Career Center" in Tinsley Hall. The Career Center will have career materials for high school and college students, alumni and area residents who want to explore career opportunities, enter the job market or enroll in colleges, universities or a technical institute. The new center will form a partnership with the Department of Labor's CareerNET Resources and Development Center in Baton Rouge and will collaborate with the College of Basic Studies' career planning, development and placement programs.
       Faculty in the Developmental Education Department plan to begin a pilot program with teachers at Amite High School to help students meet proficiency requirements in mathematics and English before starting college.
       The College's Basic Curriculum course for undecided entering freshmen, Career Planning 104, has grown from 122 enrolled students in 1989 to 525 in 1995. The make-up of the class has shifted from almost exclusively undeclared freshmen to more than 40 percent declared freshmen and upper classmen. After conducting a survey in spring 1995, instructors created an upper level Career Planning course, Career Planning 304 ("Career Analysis"), which will be open to students this fall.

Sandra Ebel

College of Business
A t the beginning of the 1996 fall semester, College of Business students, faculty, and staff will occupy the newly-renovated College of Business building. This state-of-the-art classroom facility contains 48,000 square feet and features two executive classrooms, an auditorium-sized classroom, eight regular classrooms, six small classrooms, and three microcomputer classroom/laboratories.
       More than 60 business leaders came to campus to speak with our students about their real-world experiences in business during the College's tenth annual Business Week. The annual James Livingston Memorial Lecture Series on Business Ethics featured William P. Ryder of Arthur Andersen and Co. in Chicago, who presented "Responsible Business Practices in a Complex and Ambiguous World" to faculty, students and guests.
       In 1995-96, College of Business students benefited from our study abroad agreements with Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria); Ecole Superieure de Commerce International (Fontainebleau, France); Ecole Super- ieure de Commerce Normandie (Le Havre, France); and Ecole Superieure de Commerce Monpellier (Montpellier, France). In addition, students majoring in management and marketing participated in our fifth annual British Summer Studies Program in London, England.
       Southeastern's SIFE team earned a second runner-up award in regional competition for their work on the relationships between literacy and a healthy economy. SIFE advisor Dr. David Ramsey was cited as a Samuel Moore Walton Distinguished Educator.
       During the spring semester of 1996, the Department of Marketing and Finance established the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions Financial Management Association, which is affiliated with the national Financial Management Association and is open to all students majoring in finance.
       The new Office Administration curriculum became effective last fall. The executive secretary option was deleted, information systems course work was added, and emphasis was shifted from secretarial training to office management.
       The 1996 State Phi Beta Lambda conference was held at Southeastern in March. Six College of Business students won first place awards, and eight of our students received second place awards.

Monica Koepp Roark

College of Education
T he College of Education's Department of Teacher Education has collaborated with other College departments and the School of Nursing to develop the National School Health Education Coalition, a project promoting comprehensive school health.
       The SLU Education Association has sponsored a number of educational and service programs for education majors. Among these are Project COMITT (designed to recruit minority members into teaching), book drives, guest speakers, etc.
       The department also has joined with Tangipahoa and Washington parishes and the Baton Rouge Diocese for a Preservice Teacher Training Planning Subgrant through Louisiana Goals 2000. The project supports planning and visioning for teacher preparation programs across parishes, communities and within the University.
       Southeastern is now recognized as a Reading Recovery Teacher Training Site—the only university in the state that has this authorization. This year, more than 30 teachers are being trained as Reading Recovery teachers through Southeastern's auspices.
       Efforts are being made to support early literacy efforts throughout the state and the region. A meeting of more than 160 interested persons from 23 parishes throughout the state took place at the Cate Teacher Education Center in February. Southeastern is also attempting to support the efforts of Ascension, Jefferson and Livingston parishes to become Teacher Training Sites as well.
       Two LaSIP projects were funded and are being implemented this year, the $170,000 Project CYPRESS for high school teachers and the $179,000 Primary School Mathematics Reform for elementary grade teachers. An additional grant, Project ELMS, has been approved to continue the leadership training of former LaSIP participants.
       Revisions to the Elementary Education curriculum have been made in order to implement new SBESE guidelines. The new curriculum will support certification for grades 1-8 and will appear in the 1996-97 catalog.
       Drs. Joe and Noel Bitner wrote and received funding from two separate grants to Microsoft Corporation. As a result, the department has received more than $50,000 in educational software. A like amount will be received over the following year.
       Plans are underway to establish a Teacher Development Center in the College of Education. The center will provide support for pre-service teachers and identify, diagnose and support at-risk student teachers prior to the student teaching experience.
       The Louisiana Principal Internship Program continues to be an example of the best type of orientation program for new school building administrators. In a survey of principals who completed the two-year program in 1994-1995, 95 percent reported that their participation impacted their attitudes and 87 percent reported that their participation impact- ed their behaviors.
       The Laboratory School received two awards from the State Department of Education—the "Scholastic Growth Award" for showing substantial improvement in student attainment rates on the Educational Assessment Program for the last three years and the "Scholastic Achievement Award" for demonstrating overall student attainment rates of 95 percent or greater on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program over the last three years. The school completed its 10-year study for Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools this year and was recommended for continual accreditation with no citations.
       The Department of Counseling, Family Studies and Educational Leadership opened the Family Resource Center in collaboration with local officials. The Family and Consumer Sciences program sponsored a very successful New York City Study Tour for fashion merchandising students—who even appeared on the Today Show!

Kathleen Leblanc

School of Nursing
T he School of Nursing received its fourth Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant to upgrade and maintain computer learning labs and promote state of the art technology in classrooms.
       Three more faculty members have completed their doctorates, bringing the total number of full time doctorate prepared faculty to 15 or 47 percent. The School's goal is to reach 60 percent by the year 2000.
       As it continues its program toward accreditation by the National League for Nursing, the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing program received a positive accreditation site visit, with "no recommendations." Final determination of full accreditation will be determined in October. The ICMSN program is planning to initiate the nurse practitioner role in the near future.
       At the undergraduate level, faculty have developed a community based curriculum in keeping with changes in nursing and health care. The curriculum will be phased in beginning this fall.
       The Respiratory Care program has been discontinued in light of changes in need of graduates in the health care industry in our area. The last class completed the program this summer.
       Student Nurses Association received the "Image of Nursing" award from the National Student Nurses' Association for community based projects. They placed first in the national competition.

Honors Program
T he Honors Program is now well situated in its new quarters in the old Alumni House at the corner of Colorado and Pine Streets. In the fall and spring, 15 professors from five departments were involved in teaching 29 sections of Honors courses. Student enrollment in Honors will approach 600 in the fall.
       On March 1, the Honors Program hosted almost 150 high school students who attended Scholarship Day, an event to determine recipients of academic scholarship awards beginning next fall. Twenty-five Board of Trustees Scholarships and 40 Presidential Honors Scholarships (20 more than last year) were offered to the academically distinguished group of students attending.
       For the eighth year, Kentwood Spring Water has made it possible to award 8-10 $250 Summer Scholarships to Honors students.

Southeastern's enrollment increase resulted in an additional $900,000 in income last year. Most of the extra money, said Vice President for Administration and Finance Stephen Smith, was used to hire additional full and part time faculty needed to accommodate our growing student body.
       Funding was obtained for a number of capital outlay projects: completing the renovation Pursley Hall and the College of Business Building (the old library); hard-surfacing the large parking lot by Cefalu Coliseum; repairing the University Center buttresses; and planning for the renovation of Westside Elementary.

Enrollment Services
Enrollment Services made big strides this year toward its overall goal of increasing service through technology.
       Telephone registration, tested on a trial basis last summer, was implemented in full force in the fall. During Spring 1996 registration, more than 13,000 registration calls kept 24 dedicated phone lines buzzing with activity. Students also can now dial in to check their financial aid status and their final grades, which the entire faculty posted electronically. Soutullo said the faculty's response to the new procedure was "overwhelmingly positive."
       The university's affiliation with the National Student Loan Clearinghouse helped eliminate tons of paperwork for the Enrollment Services staff. Enrollment Services' next "technology" goals are to make registration, application and fee paying procedures available through the Internet and to complete a massive and complex project--automating the degree auditing system. The university also is participating in a pilot study with several sister institutions to exchange transcripts electronically.
       In the midst of the technological progress, Enrollment Services personnel still found time this year to host the state meeting of the Louisiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers in the fall and the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop in the spring.

Lindsay Sandridge & Chris Buckel
Student Affairs

Student Affairs
The university's Interfraternity Council won the Fraternal Excellence Award at the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference in Atlanta. SLU's Panhellenic Council won the prestigious Overall Excellence Award at the National Panhellenic Conference.
       The Pan-Hellenic Council continued to work with the Boys and Girls Club of Hammond and various other community agencies.
       A new division, Leadership Programming, staged a "Grad Fair," providing a "one-stop shopping headquarters" for caps and gowns, rings, invitations and meetings with representatives of the Alumni Association, graduate school, career placement and a host of other areas. More than 1,000 graduating seniors participated in the first-year program. Southeastern students can now register to vote through the Leadership Programming.
       The Intramural/Recreational Sports Department opened the Fitness Room which is equipped with cardiovascular equipment. The department hosted the Louisiana Intramural/Recreational Sports Association's Spring State Tournament where basketball and softball champions were crowned. The women's basketball team won the state championship.
       Three ball fields at North Oak Park are now lighted and the aesthetics of the park were enhanced through the planting of 150 trees donated by the City of Hammond.
       The Office of Multicultural Affairs offered a wide variety of programs during the past year, including Gospel Music Summer Workshop for Young People; Journey for Knowledge; Minority Seminar (Orientation Program); two introductory programs Let's Get Acquainted (African-American students) and Vamos A Concocernos (Hispanic students); Peer Mentor Program; SLU/Hammond Westside elementary African American Male Role Model Program; and African American History Month.
       Members of The Lion's Roar and LeSouvenir again participated in regional and national meetings during the past year. Southeastern's student journalists won about a dozen awards at the regional and national level.
       The Office of the Assistant Dean of Student Life worked with "Students with disAbilities" and international students. A total of 272 students with disabilities were served during the past year with 163 of those students self-identifying for the first time.

"I hope we can be as successful in education as we have be in other areas of our agenda," said Governor Mike Foster at a special recption held on campus in March at the President's home. Gov. Foster and area senators, including Senator John Hainkel, heard a direct appeal regarding Southeastern's immediate needs from President Clausen and others. Southeastern's Department of Industrial Technology received a major award through the 1995 Greater Baton Rouge "Total Quality Management" recognition program. Receiving the "Significant Merit Recognition" award at a standing-room-only ceremony in the Baton Rouge Centroplex was department head James Owens.

Continuing Education
Off-campus enrollments continued to increase with more than 6,235 students attending classes in St. Tammany, Living- ston, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and Washington parishes.
       Southeastern was selected once again as the institution of record for telecourses in Special Education offered in cooperation with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and attracted more than 236 students from across the state.
       Summer programs, such as the Children's Day Camp and Art Workshop had a successful turnout from the community. Also, summer cheerleader, dance team, band and football camps attracted 1,965 students statewide.

Sponsored Research and Grants
As of April, the University received $3,691,026 in external funds from federal, state and private agencies for research and scholarly projects.
       Particular attention focused on six awards from the Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund. In the Research Competitiveness Subprogram $439,402 was awarded and $103,918 was awarded in the Enhancement Program. Of special note was the first and third place ranking of two proposals submitted by the College of Business.
       Strong again this year was University support for faculty development through grants for research and other scholarly and creative projects, travel to professional conferences, journal publication and mini-grants. Over $184,000 was awarded during the past year for these faculty endeavors.

Computing Services
On-Demand Check Routine was set up to streamline payment during registration. This routine was first implemented for the 1995 Summer registration. A Voice Processing System (VPS) was set up with 8 working lines so that telephone registration could be implemented. The system now has 24 lines and is a popular alternative to online registration.
       Management Information Systems moved upstairs to allow for a new electronic classroom to be set up in McCliman's Hall. The new lab houses thirty six computers and three printers which are all networked together.
       Five area public schools were given Internet access via the University system.

Center for Regional Studies
T he center displayed two photographic exhibits, "World War II in the South Pacific" and the Piney Woods People exhibit, which was featured in the Student Union on the second floor during the Plain Folks Symposium in early March. The Center's marine archaeologist, Allan Saltus, displayed a photographic exhibit on ship building in Madisonville in the early 20th century during the Wooden Boat Festival.
       Dr. Joy Jackson (who died June 6), was presented with the William James Rivers Prize for outstanding achievement in Louisiana Studies at the LHA banquet. A revised edition of Dr. Jackson's book, New Orleans in the Gilded Age, will be released by the Louisiana Historical Association through the Center for Louisiana Studies.
       In May the Center presented the second annual James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government in collaboration with the Department of History and Government. The speaker was state Senator John Hainkel who discussed "The Future of Louisiana."

Sims Memorial Library
T he library increased online access, provided through the LOUIS network of Louisiana academic libraries, to include additional library catalogs, indexes, and databases. Library faculty assisted in accreditation studies for several academic programs and sponsored a consultant to evaluate library services to the Baton Rouge nursing students.
       The library helped promote cultural awareness by collaborating with the Visual Arts Department and the Music Department. Space was allocated on the second floor for an Alumni Art Gallery. This Gallery and the Library lobby hosted several art exhibits, multicultural presentations and concerts.

Fanfare's tenth anniversary was a huge success, bringing to campus such luminaries as poet-actress Maya Angelou. The annual arts festival had an estimated $500,000 economic impact on the local area and attendance jumped 41 percent. Southeastern took home the first place National Student Nursing Association's "Image of Nursing Award." Students Cora Miley and Susan Orman headed up the competition by documenting on video their work with Hammond's Restoration House.

Auxiliary Services
A uxiliary Services has offered a number of new services and incorporated "leading edge" technology to provide new and existing products and services.
       Several years ago Southeastern's Auxiliary Services set a goal to make the campus "cashless." To help achieve this goal Auxiliary Services has increased the number of campus services, such as copiers, vending and automatic debit machines, which can be accessed through the university's identification card.
       The Computer Store completed negotiations with Digital Equipment Company to provide maintenance service to faculty, staff and students' personal computers and to offer hardware and software at educational discounts. A new financing program was also offered through La Capitol Federal Credit Union, making the ownership of a computer possible for more students.
       A Health Resource Room was established in the Vera Thomason Health Center and a fitness center was opened in Lee Resident hall; interactive, wellness software was purchased and made available in the center.
       The marketing video earned an Achievement Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and our housing resident staff was awarded the Spirit Award by the Mississippi Housing Officers Association. The housing staff was also chosen as the best state-wide program and the best state-wide Resident Assistant Training program by the Louisiana Housing Officers Association. Southeastern's Chic-fil-A operation ranked fourth nationally in customer satisfaction.

Alumni Association
O n March 24, the new baseball stadium was christened "Alumni Field" following a $150,000 pledge made by the Alumni Association's board of directors.
       In March, Kathy Locascio Pittman ('71) was named new director of Alumni Services, succeeding Charlotte Bennett. That same month, Carol Coumes began work as the Alumni Office secretary.

Development Foundation
T he Development Foundation received $40,000 from the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund to match a $60,000 contribution by Mildred Mayfield to establish the Louis Mayfield Distinguished Professorship in Marketing. More than 100 scholarship donors and recipients attended the foundation's second annual reception in their honor.
       The Corporate Dollars for Scholars program continued to grow. Hibernia National Bank in Mandeville has joined the ranks of corporate donors with the goal of aiding minority students. The Ledoux-McMinn Scholarship was established for pre-dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine students.
       More than 3,700 alumni, friends and parents pledged approximately $100,000 during this year's Annual Fund drive. Heightened awareness of the foundation's Planned Giving Program has resulted in a commitment of more than $200,000 in deferred gifts.
       Sixteen area chefs donated their special dishes for another successful Chefs Evening, attended by over 350 friends and alumni.

T he station provided the audio for the Southeastern Gubernatorial Forum to all of the public radio stations in Louisiana via the NPR satellite. More than 60 commercial stations in the state took their feed from the Louisiana News Network satellite, also fed by KSLU. Four TV stations received audio from KSLU, as did Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
       "We're Really Cookin'" was the station's new slogan as it included more Louisiana sounds in its daytime musical format. KSLU continued as the voice of the Lions, with signals to WSLA in Slidell and WIBR in Baton Rouge.
       The news team of Ron Gautreaux and Patty Varnado kept listeners aware of important news events such as live coverage of the chemical leak at Gaylord Container in Bogalusa, broadcasts of election returns and parish council meetings.
       A state-of-the-art digital production room is nearing completion as a digital mixer/ recorder and a synthesizer/workstation were added. Doug Johnson and State Farm Insurance provided $2,000 toward these upgrades.

R ecord-setting performances, winning seasons, and Trans America Athletic Conference Division championships were among the highlights for the Lady Lions and Lions intercollegiate athletic teams.
       Lions basketball recorded its first winning season (15-12) in 11 years, notching a TAAC West Division co-championship in the process.
       Cross country teams sent Gabriella Dahlgren and Shane Morrison to the NCAA Championship Regional, the second-straight year, and only the second time in history, that SLU has had competitors at the national meet.
       Lady Lions basketball enjoyed its third straight winning season and played host to the TAAC championship tournament. Lady Lions volleyball won over 20 matches for the fourth-straight season and captured its third straight TAAC West Division title.
       Lady Lions tennis player Simona Nedorostova, reached a school-record ranking of 18th in the nation after capturing three fall singles tournaments. Nedorostova also was an All-TAAC selection.
       Golf's Grant White was named All-TAAC after a seventh-place finish in the championship tournament.
       Lions baseball won the TAAC West Division title and advanced to the championship tournament for the fourth time in five years. Lady Lions softball was one of six teams to qualify for the TAAC championship tournament.
       Again, the success of Athletic's Academic Center paid the biggest dividends as 98 student-athletes made the department's Honor Roll during the year with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

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