Southeastern Louisiana University

Faculty/Staff Newsletter from the Public Information Office

December 3, 1997
Pride Day adds "Christmas Red" to Green and Gold Spirit
Pride Day, Dec. 3, will add a generous splash of "Christmas Red" to the monthly Green and Gold celebration. Get in the spirit of Christmas giving--as well as the spirit of Lions' Pride--this Wednesday.
       In addition to Christmas caroling by the Child Development Center, SLU Lab School and SLU Gospel Choir and a fun free throw contest at the Student Union Mall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can enjoy hors d oeuvres in the Student Union Ballroom if you bring a $5 toy for the Toys for Tots Celebration, sponsored by Recreational Sports and the Dream Team.
       You can also receive a free t-shirt if you bring a new toy or book for needy children to the "Jam the Jungle," the SLU vs. Loyola basketball game at 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the University Center. See you at Pride Day!

Victor Bussie to receive honorary degree
Victor Bussie, whose service to labor, higher education, government, and civic organizations has spanned four decades and the globe, will be presented with an honorary degree at Southeastern's Dec. 13 commencement program.
       "Mr. Bussie is an individual who has distingused himself through his quiet but steadfast work for the underprivileged and his strong stand for justice." said President Sally Clausen. "He has been a lifelong supporter of education, serving as an advocate for quality instruction and a voice of support for higher education. His life's work reflects an ability to embrace the needs and concerns of our citizens in efforts meant to strengthen our state and our nation."
       Bussie's numerous civic activities and board positions on state and national levels have included the State Steering Committee/-Citizens Summit on Justice Reform, President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Louisiana State Advisory Council on Mental Health and the American Red Cross, Southeastern Area Advisory Council.
       Bussie served on the Louisiana Higher Education Commission for the 21st Century., the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors, the advisory board of LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, the Management Council for the Baton Rouge Community Council, Governor's Education Committee, State Panel of the National Identification Program for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education Admin-istration and the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare's National Policy and Performance Council.

Southeastern economic impact
Southeastern had a one quarter of a billion dollar impact on the economy of the north shore in 1996-97, according to a new study conducted for the university by Applied Technology Research Corporation of Baton Rouge. The more than $249 million impact represents a 65 percent increase over Southeastern's last economic impact study, conducted in 1991-92.
       Buster McKenzie of Applied Technology Research Corporation said the economic impact data was gathered during the 1996-97 academic year by surveying students, faculty and staff, vendors, businesses and community organizations.
       The survey shows that spending by Southeastern's student body has the greatest economic impact. In 1996-97, Southeastern student expenditures of $70,961,263 produced an economic impact of more than $156,114,779. Students spend the largest amount on transportation, followed by housing, food, entertainment, clothing, personal services and telephone and cable.
       Faculty and staff spending of more than $26,227,946 generated a $57,701,481 economic impact, while the university itself purchased more than $6 million in goods and services from local vendors. The purchases, coupled with $2,475,418 in construction spending by the university, generated a $19,106,828 impact.
       The survey also said that approximately 430,000 visitors to more than 2,600 activities at Southeastern spent an estimated $7,382,423 that circulated through the economy to produce an economic impact of $16,241,331. Population growth in Southeastern's service area, which has resulted in a 96.7 percent enrollment jump at Southeastern since 1986, was a major factor contributing to the economic impact increase.

Kimball is commencement guest speaker
Associate Supreme Court Justice, Catherine "Kitty" Kimball will be the keynote speaker at the December 13 commencement program at 10 a.m. in the University Center.
       More than 900 graduates who completed coursework in the summer and fall semesters will receive degrees.
       Kimball, who was elected Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Louisiana in November 1992, previously served as District Judge, Division A and Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District and had her own private law practice. She is a member of several professional organizations and committees and is currently chairman of the Louisiana Supreme Court Case Management Information System Task Force, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Louisiana Supreme Court Technology Committee and the Judicial Budgetary Control Board.
       She is a charter member of the Louisiana Association of Elected Women and has served as president of the Louisiana Legislative Wives Auxiliary and as vice- president of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association. She has been inducted into the LSU Law School Hall of Fame and is an Honorary Member of the Louisiana Chapter of Order of the Coif.
       Kimball received her Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University and is a graduate of Bolton High School in Alexandria. She is a resident of New Roads, La.

Make way for Santa!
Western Avenue at Oak and Hazel Streets will be barricaded from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, so that the Hammond Christmas parade can role through city streets.

Christmas crafts fair Dec. 5-6
The Cultural Resource Management program is sponsoring the Northshore Christmas Crafts Fair, Dec. 5-6, at the Hammond Cultural Foundation, 217 E. Thomas Street.
       The fair is in conjunction with the Silent Lights Celebration in Hammond on Friday night and the Christmas parade on Saturday. The Christmas Crafts Fair will be open 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
       The Christmas Crafts Fair is a juried event of professional artists, designed to provide holiday shoppers with access to the area's finest contemporary and traditional craftsmen of ceramics, jewelry, baskets, paintings, drawings and quilts.
       In addition the fair will feature Habitat Christmas Ornaments, created by local artists to benefit the Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity, and the holiday sale of original dolls to benefit programs of the Tangipahoa Association for Family and Community Education.
       For more information on the Northshore Christmas Crafts Fair contact the Cultural Resource Management Program at 549-2193.

Attention 3rd Year Review and Tenure/Promotion candidates
The Center for Faculty Excellence will sponsor a Professional Portfolio Fair from 1:30-3 p.m., Dec. 4, in McGehee Hall 102. Come browse the materials and talk with faculty who have "been there!" Sample portfolios will be on display along with information on selecting "best works," writing a narrative, executive summaries, creating graphics for SOTs and grade distributions, required forms, and more! For more information, contact Tena L. Golding, ext. 2166 or

Holiday pay schedule
Classified and Unclassified bi-weekly timesheets: Timesheets for the pay period Dec. 14-27 are due in the payroll office no later than noon on Dec. 19 for the Jan. 2 pay date. The checks can be picked up in the Cashier's section of the Controller's Office from 9-11 a.m., Jan. 2 only. If the proper documentation such as leave slips and OT/K-earned slips was not sent with the completed timesheet, please remember to complete it before you come by to pick up your check on Jan. 2. The checks will not be sent to the post office on Jan. 2. Please remember the leave days for that pay period are Dec. 23 and 26; holidays are Dec. 22, 24, 25. Please put all leave on one leave slip. Also, be sure to put the reasons for any K-earned/OT on your slip.
       Student worker time sheets: Student workers who are not going to work during the holiday break must remember to turn in their time sheets on Dec. 19. All others can be turned in no later than Jan. 5.

Commencement regalia
Please disregard the note on graduation regalia order forms stating that the SLU Bookstore will not pick up faculty and staff gowns after graduation. As always, the Bookstore WILL pick up the regalia immediately following graduation and apologizes for any inconvenience that this may have already caused. If you have any questions or comments please fell free to call the bookstore.

Performance Planning and Review video
Human Resources now has several copies of the "Performance Planning and Review for Non- Supervisory Employees" video that can be loaned to employees. If you wish to view the tape, contact Fred Piazza, training coordinator, at extension 5773 or Human Resources will no longer have public viewing of the video.

A Girl's Guide to Chaos Dec. 4
The Theatre 431 Play Production class will present A Girl's Guide to Chaos at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, in the Vonnie Borden Theatre. The play is free and open to the public, although the material is of adult content and is not suitable for children under 12.
       Chaos, a series of comic scenes about love and relationships combined with music and dance, has been adapted and is directed by theatre professor Kay Files. For more information call 549-3546.

This week in athletics
The Lions basketball team returns home after a two-game roadtrip when it plays host to Loyola University on Dec. 3 at 7:15 p.m. in the University Center.
       SLU, which played road games at Alcorn State and Tulane, conclude the week with a nonconference date with in-state rival Southern University at 7:15 p.m., Dec. 6.
       The SLU Lady Lions basketball team travels to Oxford, Miss., to compete in the Ole Miss Lady Rebel Tournament Dec. 5-6. The Lady Lions will face Mississippi Valley State in the opening game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude the tournament Saturday against Ole Miss or Texas-Pan American in the consolation game at 2 p.m. or the championship at 4 p.m.

Banner missing?
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the Alumni Association's 30-foot yellow banner which congratulates the graduates, please call Alumni Office at 2150 so that it can be used for commencement.

KSLU welcomes student reporter
Glenda Bocking has joined KSLU as the new student reporter. Bocking's job is to get student views on a variety of topics. Recently she covered SLU football and parking issues. Suggestions from students, faculty and staff are welcome. Contact news director Shanna Sissom at 2330.

Faculty activities
C. Roy Blackwood (Visual Arts) was elected president of the National Council of Art Administrators at the annual conference in Santa Fe, N.M., Nov. 12-14. Blackwood was a member of the board of directors for three years, serving as secretary for two years, and has been elected to a second three-year term. The 25-year-old council seeks to advance the art field through timely speakers and case studies.
       Dr. Larry Gray (Artist in Residence) has had his short story "Programmed" accepted for publication in the South Carolina Review. Dr. Gray also is performing in two plays that appear in a collection of four one-acts called American Road. Performances continue through Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Dr. Gray is also currently directing the opera Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing with SLU opera workshop students. It will be performed for area school children next semester.
       Shannon Kast, Helen Carona, and Karen Perilloux (Developmental Mathematics) presented "Teaching Number Sense in Developmental Mathematics" at the AMATYC conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 14.
       Jack B. Bedell (English) presented a paper entitled, "Unplugging the Machine: Creative Writing in the Technical Curriculum," at the Association of Business Communication's International Conference on Nov. 14 in Washington, D.C.
       Three music faculty members recently completed a trip to Chisinau, Moldova, to participate in the C. Musicescu Conservatory Autumn Festival. Yakov Voldman conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Moldova in a program of American Music, including Stephen Suber's Clarion from the Light: In Memoriam Alan Keating. Trombonist Harry Watters was featured as the main soloist on the program. In addition to giving several concerts, Watters taught masterclasses in trombone and jazz. Stephen Suber presented a masterclass in composition.
       Dr. John Trowbridge (Teacher Education) recently presented at the Louisiana Science Teachers Association in Shreveport. The presentation was about the SLU produced video guide for "Haunted waters, fragile lands, oh! what tales to tell." Also, at this meeting Dr. Trowbridge made the display for the Louisiana Environmental Educators Association and attended a NSTA Key Leader meeting with the goal of having a point of contact person in every school knowledgeable of standards and other science education reform efforts.
       Dr. Rita C. Richardson (Special Education) presented at the 41st Biennial Convocation of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education. Her presentation entitled "A Collaboration Model: Building Relationships of Trust and Respect" introduced a model which Dr. Richardson developed with Dr. Eileen Rivers (Special Education). It involves developing self-awareness and flexing to meet various personality characteristics to establish cooperation and collaboration.
       Dr. Judith Fai-Podlipnik (History and Government) presented a paper entitled "Hungarian Emigres and the New Hungarian Regime, 1945-1953" at the international conference for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), held in Seattle, November 20-23. She also was elected as one of the two executive committee members of the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History (AASHH).
       Dr. Paula S. Currie (Special Education and Communication) Sciences and Disorders, recently gave a brief presentation and two poster sessions at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention in Boston. Dr. Currie, Karen Perry (SLU Clinic Director) and Laurie Walther (CSD Graduate Student) presented a poster, "Screening Students in Teacher Education Programs: Survey, Incidence, and Implications." Dr. Currie, along with colleagues from the LSU Medical Center and LaTAN presented a poster and brief presentation on "Louisiana's Medicaid Coverage Policy for AAC Devices and Services" and "Assessment, Data Reporting, Procedural Requirements: Medicaid Funding AAC Devices and Services."
       Drs. Millie Naquin, Michael Pejsach and Elizabeth Vaughn-Neely (College of Education) spoke about SLU's Excellence in Health and Education Project at the annual Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference on Nov. 14.
       Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) planned, implemented and coordinated a four-hour pre-conference workshop titled "Choosing Healthy Lifestyles: Alternative Approaches for Reaching Youth" at the American School Health Association (ASHA) national conference in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Oct. 22. She also gave a presentation during the workshop on alternate types of health education strategies being implemented in Louisiana. Dr. Synovitz was a member of an ASHA National Task Force on Injury Prevention during the 1996 to 1997 year. She gave Power Point slide presentations on the work of the task force to ASHA's executive committee and board of directors and to a general session "Town Hall Meeting." Dr. Synovitz was recently elected to a three-year term on the board of directors. Dr. Synovitz also gave a presentation, "Prevention of Sexual Violence: Resistance Skills Training for University Students," at the Louisiana State Convention of AAHPERD in Lafayette on Nov. 14.
       Dr. Cuddalore Sundar (Business Research Center) has been informed that his article, "An Evaluation of Exchange Rate Forecast Performance of Structural Models and Neural Networks," will be published in the Indian Journal of Quantitative Economics.
       Dr. Margaret Marshall (Foreign Languages and Literatures) conducted an immersion workshop for French teachers in Monroe sponsored by the French Cultural Services and organized by CODOFIL. These weekends are designed the prepare teachers for FrancoFete, the year long tri-centennial celebration of the arrival of the French in Louisiana to take place in 1999. There will be two additional weekends, one in Hammond and one in Lafayette.
       Dr. Lucia G. Harrison (Foreign Languages and Literatures) has published an article entitled "Translation Centers" in The Forum of Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society (Fall 1997). Dr. Harrison also published an article, "Un poeta a caballo entre dos siglos: Fernan Perez de Guzman" in ORB (On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies.) The study focuses on the Spanish writer Perez de Guzman and his socio-political background.
       Dr. Louise Bostic (Industrial Technology) assisted by the Hammond Kiwanis Club, conducted a workshop for first, second and third grade students at Westside Primary School in Hammond on Nov. 14. The workshop, "Good Bugs and Bad Bugs," included cultivating children's interest in biology, giving opportunity to use some of the tools of a biologist and finding out what a scientist's job is. The workshop, which is partially funded by Entergy Corporation, was one of four scheduled at Westside Primary this year as part of a combined citizenship/school to work series. The workshops are part of Dr. Bostic's commission as BellSouth Distinguished Professorship in Industrial Technology.
       Dr. Samuel Hyde (History and Government) delivered a paper and conducted a booksigning at the Houston Civil War Roundtable last week. His presentation, "What Honor in Defeat: Challenge of Irregular Operations," emphasized the contrasts between partisan guerrilla campaigns during the Civil War. Hyde will appear on WAFB-TV's "DayBreak" program this week to discuss the focus of his current research and will participate in the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System's "Marketplace" this Saturday, an event that highlights the contributions of Louisiana authors to the preservation and promotion of the history and culture of our state.
       Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice faculty members presented papers at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Sociology, held in Oak Brook., Ill., Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Dr. Dale Parent presented "Persistent Poverty: Structural Causes-Structural Solutions" coauthored with Dr. Bonnie Lewis. Dr. Lewis presented "Creating a Housing Inventory from the Ground Up," authored with Drs. Peggy Pittman-Munke>, and "Access to Legal Services," coauthored with Peter Petrakis (History and Government). Dr. Lewis also presided over the session Needs Assessment as an Applied Tool.
       Dr. Edgar Reyes (Mathematics) paper "Commuting Operators and Class Functions" was published in the Journal of Lie Theory (Volume 7, 1997).
       Carol Torrey (Special Education) delivered an interactive presentation, Developing children's Motor Skills: Is playing Games Enough?, with Ann Mills, Adapted Physical Educator, East Baton Rouge Parish, at the Louisiana Early Childhood Association's Annual Meeting on Oct. 24. Dr. Torrey also made a presentation at the International Early Childhood Conference on Children with Special Needs, a conference sponsored by the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood. The presentation, titled "Linking Toys and Child Development: Practical Strategies for Families and Interventionists" was conducted with Fran Martin, Region II Noncategorical Preschool Coordinator, Catherine Jones, a parent, and Ann Mills, a teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools. The conference was held in New Orleans, Nov. 20-23. Dr. Torrey and Dr. Madge Ashy (Kinesiology and Health Studies) published an article on "Culturally Responsive Teaching in Physical Education" in the latest volume of The Physical Educator. The article includes sources for multicultural curriculum resources for physical educators.
       Dr. Rita Richardson (Special Education) published an article on Inclusion in the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Dr. Richardson's article, "Inclusion: Then and Now," reminisces about "the good old days" of mainstreaming students with disabilities and the achievement accomplished in recent years which calls for greater collaboration with general education and special education.

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