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Faculty/Staff Newsletter from the Public Information Office

February 10, 1999
Condolences: Nell Wilkes Clausen
The university community expresses sincere condolences to President Sally Clausen on the Feb. 8 death of her mother, Nell Wilkes Clausen, a resident of Baton Rouge and native of Verdunville. Visitation for Mrs. Clausen will be held from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Centerville Presbyterian Church in Centerville, La. Church services will follow at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southeastern Louisiana University Scholarship Fund, through the Southeastern Development Foundation, SLU 10293, Hammond, LA 70402.

Make way for the Krewe: Omega roles Thursday!
The Krewe of Omega Mardi Gras Parade will roll through campus and downtown streets on Thursday, Feb. 11. The parade will begin assembling at the University Center in the old driving range parking area at approximately 1 p.m. Entrances to this parking area will be barricaded at 6 a.m. and the parking area will remain closed all day.
       The parade will roll at 6:30 p.m. down North General Pershing Street to Western Avenue to North Oak Street and through the north loop of Friendship Circle, where the President's reviewing stand will be located. The reviewing stand area will be barricaded at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, so Physical Plant employees can assemble the stand.
       The University Police Department will barricade Western Avenue at the intersection of North Hazel Street and the intersection of North Oak Street at 3 p.m. Feb. 11. After this time, only vehicles exiting Friendship Circle will be allowed through the barricades. All vehicles parked on the north loop of Friendship Circle must be moved by 5 p.m. Parking on the south loop of Friendship Circle will be allowed. However, once the parade is on Western Avenue traffic will not be permitted to exit.
       Please remind all faculty, staff, student workers, and students about the effects that the parade will have on Western Avenue traffic. Your cooperation and assistance is appreciated.

SLU teams in regional tourneys
Intramural basketball teams now have their own version of "March Madness" and one men's and women's 3-on-3 intramural basketball team from Southeastern has advanced to one of eight 1998-99 Schick Super Hoops Regional Tournaments. Southeastern will battle up to 50 other schools for regional supremacy on March 6 at the University of Texas at Arlington in the 15th anniversary of this popular program.
       The men's representative will be Team Nut Crackers consisting of Tyrone Duncan, Derrik Wilson, Michael Gordon and Nikki Mosely. The women's champion is Team Hot Shots comprised of Lisa Bauerle, Kristy Melancon, Tara Noto and Brandie Abadie. The teams advanced to the prestigious intercollegiate regional tournament by beating dozens of other teams in a very competitive campus Schick Super Hoops tournament.

Committee vacancy elections
Elections will be held to fill several positions on the University Planning Council, University Tenure and Promotion Committee and Faculty Grievance Committee. Two positions on the University Planning Council will be elected, one from the College of Education and one from the College of Arts and Sciences. The University Tenure and Promotion Committee will choose one representative each from the Colleges of Business, Art and Sciences, and Education. Two positions on the Faculty Grievance Committee will be filled from Arts and Sciences and Education. Full-time tenured faculty in the appropriate colleges are eligible to serve. Nominations should be sent to Dr. John Crain, president of the Faculty Senate, SLU 10468, by March 15. All nominations must include a signed declaration of the candidate's willingness to serve.

Koch joins technology staff
Welcome to J. David Koch, new director of Administrative Computing Services, who joined the Office of Technology staff Feb. 1.
       Koch comes to Southeastern from Delgado Community College where he served seven years as the director of Computing Services. His history of computer technology began 15 years ago as a programmer/analyst. He also served as manager of Technical Services and of Operations and Technical Services. As director, he was responsible for both the academic and administrative computing services of the campus. Koch received his bachelor's degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
       He is eager to work with the development of Southeastern's new PeopleSoft/Oracle administrative system as well as contribute new ideas toward the University's Year 2000 program.

Saxophonist is Encore! guest
Saxophonist Jonathan Noffsinger, a member of the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Music, will present a guest recital Feb. 12 at Southeastern Louisiana University.
       Noffsinger's performance, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, is part of the Southeastern music department's spring "Encore!" music series. Admission is free.
       Noffsinger joined the University of Alabama music faculty in 1993 after holding positions at Eastern Illinois University and Albion College. A native of Murray, Ky., Noffsinger received his bachelor's degree in music education from Murray State University and his master of music degree in saxophone performance from Louisiana State University.
       He won a gold medal in saxophone performance as a student of Jean-Marie Londeix at the National Conservatory in Bordeaux, France, and earned his doctoral degree in music at Michigan State University where he studied with James Forger.
       His awards and honors also include a performance by invitation at the 1998 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance; first place at the Fischoff National chamber Music Competition; semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild's New York Competition as a chamber player and soloist, and winner of the LSU Concerto Competition. He also was the selected performer at the 9th World Saxophone Congress in Tokyo, Japan, and was outstanding soloist at the Memphis Jazz Festival.
       Noffsinger has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan as a soloist and clinician. For additional information, call the Southeastern music department, 504-549-2184.

Chefs Evening tickets on sale
The Development Foundation's annual food festival fundraiser, Chefs Evening, will be even bigger and better than last year, promises coordinator Theresa F. Landry.
       More than three dozen of the north shore's best restaurants, wineries and breweries are planning to serve samples of their finest cuisine at the March 7 event.
       Landry said that moving the event to the University Center last year was a huge success. Chefs Evening's patrons appreciated the additional seating and elbow room and the larger UC arena had plenty of room for additional ticket sales and for more restaurants, wineries and breweries to participate.
       The Chefs Evening committee plans to turn the University Center arena into a tropical paradise for this year's food fest.
       Tickets for Chefs Evening are $35 and are available through the Development Foundation, 504/549-2239 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM and at the door.

Green S nominations
The Division of Student Affairs annually presents two awards to deserving students, the Green "S" and the Outstanding Man and Woman Awards.
       Requirements for nomination for Green "S" are: sophomore status or above; full-time student (minimum of 12 hours) with an overall adjusted GPA of 2.5 or better; no disciplinary or scholastic probation during spring semester 1998 and fall semester 1998; involvement in two campus organizations. Only fall 1998 and spring 1999 activities will be accepted and selection is based on involvement in student organizations, committee appointments, honors, awards, and community service.
       Requirements for nomination for the Outstanding Man and Woman are: junior status or above; 2.5 overall adjusted GPA and not less than a 2.0 for any semester; full-time student (minimum of 12 hours); outstanding contributions to the University and/or community organizations and endeavors; outstanding personal characteristics, ie., integrity, leadership, etc.;never been placed on any type of probation; involvement in two campus organizations.
       If you know of students who have these qualifications, you are urged to submit the names, school addresses (if living on campus) or home addresses and social security numbers. Nominations for Outstanding Man and Woman must also include a brief description why you think the student is deserving of this honor.
       Please submit names to the Student Organizations Office (SLU 10483,, Student Union Room 109). Deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, February 26, 1999.Nominated students will be mailed an application for the necessary data. Selection will be made by a faculty and administration committee.

Learning disability support group
A support group is being formed for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, attention deficit disorder, etc. The group's first meeting is at 2 p.m., Feb. 11 in the Cate Teacher Education Center, room 236.
       The organization is designed to enable students to build a life-long support system that will enhance their confidence through the use of appropriate study skills and learning strategies leading to independent learning. Students will develop a strong self concept with the aid of professional resources and through the use of group processes.
       Everyone is welcome to join. For further information call Sandra Bailey, Teacher Education, 549-5268.

Singles support group
Hammond's Singles Support Group meets from 7-8:15 p.m. each Thursday at the Wesley Foundation on Dakota St. across from White Hall for a lively discussion on Fisher's book, Rebuilding Relationships. Many social events are announced at this time for the upcoming weekend. Call Dolores Simoneaux (Teacher Education) at 549-5257 or e-mail for more information.
       Martie Fellom, director of Southeastern's dance program, will offer free jitterbug and east coast swing dance lessons at the February 22 and March 1 meetings. Polish your dancing shoes and join in!

Alumni senior award nominations
Each year the Alumni Association recognizes four outstanding graduating seniors. Nominees must have a 3.500 or higher overall grade point average; be an undergraduate receiving a degree in spring 1999 and have participated in at least two extracurricular activities/organizations.
       Award winners receive a monetary stipend and other awards that are presented at the Division of Student Affairs honors convocation.
       To nominate someone, please contact Jackie Dale Thomas (549-2233,, Student Union 108) with the student's name. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, February 26.

Debate team takes tournament honors
The debate team took first place at the University of Southern California Debate Tournament and placed three pairs of debaters in the semi-finals of the California State University-Long Beach Tournament.
       Southeastern's Rebecca Gilson of Gretna and Ashley Smith of Zachary defeated Cornell University's top team for first place honors at USC.
       Gilson and Smith also placed second; William Long of Baker and Angel Monistere of Hammond took third and Zachery Hyden of Tempe, Ariz., and Carl Gauthier of Baton Rouge were fourth in the tournament in Long Beach, Calif.
       Also in Long Beach, Long won First Place Debate Speaker honors and Gauthier and Monistere placed third and fourth, respectively, in the individual speaker categories.
       "Placing three teams into semi-finals was quite an accomplishment," said debate director Scott M. Elliott of Southeastern's communication and theater department. "Our success against some of the countries finest debate programs came as quite a surprise to the California debate community."
       Elliot coaches the debate team with faculty assistant Terri Miller and graduate student Reggie Span of Bogalusa.

Coming up....
Wednesday, Feb 10
       SBDC seminar: "Calculating and Reporting Payroll Taxes," 2 p.m.-4 p.m., University Center, 549-3831 for more information.
Friday, Feb 12
       Encore! guest recital: Jonathan Noffsinger, saxophone. 7:30 p.m., Pottle Auditorium.
Feb 15-17
       Mardi Gras Holidays
Feb 18-20
       Northshore Children's Theatre: Winnie The Pooh, 7 p.m., Music Recital Hall, Pottle Music Building. Tickets available at the door- $5 adults, $3 children. 549- 5080 for information.

This week in athletics
Southeastern's athletic schedule will be loaded with action this week with baseball's home opener set for the weekend and all other teams on the road. The Lions baseball team will take on Arkansas Little Rock for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Alumni Field, on Feb. 20.
       Beginning on Feb. 11, basketball will get set for a three-game road swing. The Lions and Lady Lions head to Texas-San Antonio on Feb.13, then face Southwest Texas. Both teams will travel home for in-state competition, then women against non-conference LSU on Feb. 16 and the man against McNeese on Feb. 17.
       Softball will be on the road for games against Southern in Baton Rouge on Feb. 15 and Springfield University on Feb.17.
       Golf will travel to Gainsville, Fla., for competition in the Gator Invitational Feb. 13- 14.

LEO update
Finding an implementation partner to work with Southeastern is necessary for Project LEO to be successful. An implementation partner will provide guidance to Southeastern's staff through the various conversion phases for the three PeopleSoft administrative software modules, Human Resources, Student Administration and Financials. You may have heard that Southeastern is currently working with a short-term implementation partner, Kaludis Consulting Group, until a long-term partner can be selected.
       During this short-term partnership, many activities have taken place. Process change teams were created to review the way Southeastern currently does business and how these business processes can be improved. PeopleSoft training has taken place in the Human Resources and Payroll area. Listed below are the process change teams with a list of the members. Next week, By-Lion will detail current training and other activities.
       Currently, there are four process change teams, Payroll, Hiring, Course Scheduling, and Procurement.
       The Payroll Process Change Team is responsible for reviewing the payroll process and to make recommendations of how it can be improved. The team is lead by Mary Genco (Financial Aid).Other team members are Kristin Lobell (Human Resources), Michelle Bates (Recreation Sports Wellness), Tommy Lacour (Office of Technology), Mary Lacour (Auxiliary Services), Lessie Baham (Physical Plant), and Dr. Yu Hsing (General Business).
       The Hiring Process Change Team is headed by Sal Loria (Financial Aid).The team is responsible for reviewing Southeastern's hiring processes and policies and to make recommendations for improvement or changes. Team members are Wanda Crawford (Human Resources), Leonard Breaux (Office of Technology), JoAnne Dickinson (Human Resources), Martha Head (Teacher Education), Jackie Dale Thomas (Leadership Development/Student Activity), and Myrlene Pertuit (Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice).
       The Course Scheduling Process Change Team is responsible for reviewing how courses are scheduled and the process for determining what courses are offered. The team is looking into ways of improving the overall course scheduling process. The team is lead by Ron Anderson (Enrollment Services). Other team members are Katherine Pedersen (Mathematics), Peggy Finch (Enrollment Services), Paulette Poche (Enrollment Services), George Perkins (Financial Aid), Elizabeth Ortego (Office of Technology), Denise Lee (Nursing) Brad Bendily (Student Government Association), and Matt Rossano (Mathematics).
       The Procurement Process Change Team is lead by Julie Durel (Institutional Research and Assessment). The team is responsible for reviewing the procurement or purchasing process at Southeastern. Other team members are Melanie Borne (Sponsored Research and Contracts), Phyllis Hoover and Louis Booth (Purchasing), Leonard Breaux (Office of Technology), Mari Ann Callais (Student Organizations), and Sue Parrill (English).
       To find out more about the LEO project and how it will affect you, visit the LEO web site at By-Lion will include weekly updates, and questions can be directed to or by calling Lori Fairburn (Institutional Research and Assessment) at 549-2077.

Professional activities
Dr. Tim Gautreaux (English) was the featured guest author at the Rapides Parish Library's annual "Dinner in the Stacks" celebration on January 23 in Alexandria. Dr. Gautreaux read a new short story titled "Good for the Soul."
       Dr. Ann Oliver Cheek (Biology) presented a paper entitled "Potential mechanisms of thyroid disruption in humans: interaction of organochlorine compounds with thyroid receptor, transthyretin, and thyroid binding globulin" at the national meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in Denver, Colo., January 6-10. The paper has been accepted for publication in the April 1999 issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
       Dr. Stephen Costanza (Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice) presented a paper entitled "Fear of Crime, Perceived Likelihood of Victimization and Gun Ownership in Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Louisiana" at the annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association in Memphis, Tennessee. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Dale Parent and Dr. Thomas Sullenberger (Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice).
       Dr. Linda Synovitz (Kinesiology and Health Studies) has been notified that her manuscript "Puppetry in Health Education: Creative, Innovative, and Communicative" has been accepted for publication in the April 1999 issue of Journal of School Health.
       Dr. William Dowie's (English) book, James Salter (1998), has been published in the Twayne United States Author Series by Simon & Schuster. A critical/biographical study, it is the first book about this contemporary writer. The book is available at the SLU bookstore.
       Mari Ann Callais (Student Organizations/Greek Life) served as a facilitator for LSU's Greek Retreat Weekend, IMPACT. She also directed a retreat called Teens Encountering Christ and was a keynote speaker at Archbishop Hannan High School's Senior Day.
       Gary Keown (Visual Arts) will serve as a mentor at the College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles. Keown was invited to participate in this program, where he will interview graduate graphic design students from around the United States and abroad. With increased concerns of a student's future career potential, the CAA's Career Development Workshop provides feedback from professionals/educators to assist those students.
       Ann Carruth, Susan Steele, and Barbara Moffett's (Nursing) manuscript "The impact of Primary and Modular Nursing Delivery Systems on Perceptions of Caring Behavior" appeared in the January/February 1999 issue of Oncology Nursing Forum. The paper also was co-authored with Teresa Rehmeyer and Dr. Richard Burroughs of the Baton Rouge Regional Cancer Center and Crystale Cooper, a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Note: Due to the Mardi Gras holidays (Feb. 15-16), By-Lion will be published on Thursday (Feb. 18) next week instead of the usual Wednesday. Thank you!

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