February 28, 2005
Shoe-sock drive
Women's History Month
Supreme Court sits on campus
SACS update
A house for Habitat
Driver training deadline
Library seeks book donations
Bon voyage for Mary Pirosko
Food prep, safety course
LPO at Columbia March 11
Rock 'n Roar fun March 12
Rock 'n Roar displays
Roomie's Birthday plans
Coming up on campus
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Students pack shoes, socks for Iraqi childrenGamma Beta Phi President Chris Bech, Recording Secretary Aaron Pierre, and Vice President Leah Voisin were among the crew that got together on Friday afternoon to begin packaging socks and shoes for mailing to Iraq.

Sock and shoe collection for Iraq concludes
With three rooms in the student union bulging with donations, Southeastern’s student-organized collection of socks and shoes for Iraqi children is winding down. 
      Members of Southeastern’s honor and service organization Gamma Beta Phi are beaming with pride as a small project took a life of its own and grew to an enthusiastic region-wide effort. Named “Ben’s Kicks for Kids” for Southeastern and Gamma Beta Phi alumnus Sgt. 1st Class Ben Necaise of St. Francisville who is stationed in Baghdad, the campaign resulted in thousands of items being donated. 
      Necaise, who is with Bravo Company of the Army National Guard’s 1088th Engineer Battalion, 256th Brigade Combat Team, was touched by the sight of barefoot children dealing with the cold Iraq weather.
      His wife Ashley and mother-in-law Linda Ryan, a Southeastern horticulture instructor, contacted friends at Southeastern, and the drive caught on with students and the general public. 
      The socks and shoes will be forwarded to Baghdad next week, Gamma Beta Phi co-advisor Jackie Dale Thomas told members of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors at its meeting Friday. 
      “We expected this to be a typical drive, wherein our members would donate items and we would send a few packages out,” Thomas said. “With publicity, interest in the project snowballed, with inquiries coming from throughout the region. We established Southeastern’s St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and our nursing center in Baton Rouge as drop-off points. Now we literally have thousands of shoes and socks overflowing in our rooms and offices.” 
      Thomas said the organization has also received more than $1,500 in cash to pay for shipping, with donations coming from Southeastern’s Student Government Association and other student organizations, area churches and individuals and the St. Bernard Rotary Club. 
      “We’re thrilled at the response, not just from our students but also from our area communities,” said Gamma Beta Phi President Chris Bech, a graduate student from Slidell. “I think people were touched by the thought of children having to live in a combat zone without even basic clothing. We’re glad we are able to do a small part in helping these kids.” 
      “I am very proud of the leadership Gamma Beta Phi showed in promoting this drive and the support of our students in helping make this project such a success,” said Southeastern President Randy Moffett. “We cultivate a family atmosphere at Southeastern and, like any family, our students are quick to respond when there is a call for help.”

Ellen GilchristDiane WinstonLeft, National Book Award-winning author Ellen Gilchrist will be the guest of Women's History Month on March 15, while, left, Rep. Diane Winston will open the annual March celebration with a lecture at 12:30 p.m., tomorrow (March 1) in Sims Memorial Library.

Author Ellen Gilchrist headlines Women's History Month
Southeastern will celebrate March as Women's History Month when the Southeastern Women's Coalition hosts a lively series of faculty and guest lectures headlined by National Book Award-winning author Ellen Gilchrist.
      Gilchrist, who has been called one of the finest storytellers in modern southern literature, will present a public reading at 7:30 p.m., March 15, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. She also will offer a creative writing workshop for Southeastern students and guests the following morning.
      Women’s History Month 2005 will also include presentations by Mississippi poet and playwright Angela Jackson, a health fair sponsored by North Oaks Health System, and an original play, “Lyzzi Strata,” by Southeastern theater faculty member Selisa Hue. 
      The heart of the celebration is the series of daily lunch time lectures by faculty and guest speakers on topics ranging from quilting to Mary Magdalen to women and politics. 
      As has become a Southeastern Women’s History Month tradition, Rep. Diane Winston will open the lecture series with “The State of Women in Louisiana” at 12:30 p.m., March 1 at the library. The free lectures are all scheduled for Sims Memorial Library at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
      The first week's lectures also include "Sexually Transmitted Diseases" by health studies instructor Alice Gibson, Wednesday; "Quilting: The Method, the Madness, the Musical?" by English instructor Natasha Whitton, Thursday; and "Women and the Consequences of War" by history professor Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Friday.
      Also from March 1-3, Sigma Alpha Lambda will staff a table in the Student Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to raise funds for domestic violence shelters.
      A complete schedule of Women’s History Month is available on line at www.selu.edu/whm05 and will also be available at Sims Memorial Library.
      Guest lecturers include Sheryl L. Shirley, associate professor of political science at Plymouth State University; June Dunn, visiting assistant of English at Southern Connecticut State University; Maryellen Jenkins of North Oaks Health System; Jeff Day and Julie Boutwell of Hammond’s Spoga Studio; and Joe Delatte, a Baton Rouge psychologist.
      Faculty lectures include Jeanne Dubino, Natasha Whitton, and Robin Norris, English; Alice Gibson, Kinesiology and Health Studies; Celina Echols, Educational Leadership and Technology; Margaret Gonzalez-Perez, Bill Robison, Judith Fai-Podlipnik, and David Benec, History and Political Science; and Karen Fontenot, Communication. 
      Southeastern honors student Jeanne Northrup will also join the schedule with a talk on Native American women, while three Southeastern retirees – former Vice President for Student Affairs Patsy Causey, Fanfare Director Harriet Vogt, and English Department Head Sue Parrill – will reminisce about their roles in Southeastern history at the Center for Faculty Excellence’s March “Lyceum Lights” luncheon.
      Women’s History Month 2005 is dedicated to one of the coalition’s founding members, KSLU 90.9 FM News Director Mary Pirosko. A north shore broadcast journalist and civic activist for three decades, Pirosko is moving to Newport News, Va.
      Women’s History Month is also sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the departments of History and Political Science, English, and Communications. For additional information, contact the Southeastern English Department, 985-549-2100.
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State Supreme Court to sit at Southeastern 
Southeastern will be the site March 3 where the Louisiana Supreme Court will hold court in Hammond as part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform students and the general public about the Court.
      The Court will convene for sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Vonnie Borden Theatre auditorium located in D Vickers Hall. It will hear oral arguments on four pending cases.
      The sessions will be open to groups of area high schools, Southeastern faculty and students, and the general public on a space-available basis. Plans are being developed to offer closed-circuit viewing of the Court in other classroom locations in the building if the audience exceeds seating available in the theater.
      Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr. of Metairie and Southeastern President Randy Moffett jointly announced the convening of the Court at Southeastern.
      Chief Justice Calogero said, “For several years, the Supreme Court has been periodically holding court in parishes other than Orleans Parish, where the Court is located in the French Quarter. The goal is to provide area citizens with a snapshot of the volume, variety and complexity of the Court’s caseload by bringing the Louisiana Supreme Court to them.”
      “This is a wonderful educational opportunity for area high school students – as well as Southeastern students and faculty – to witness our state’s highest court in action,” Moffett said. “At Southeastern, we emphasize and involve our students in as many real-world experiences as possible, and we have hosted the First Circuit Court of Appeal on several occasions. The work of the Supreme Court, however, is something few people get to see. We applaud Chief Justice Calogero and his fellow justices for bringing the Court’s work to the public sector and especially for making this available for our students.”
      Chief Justice Calogero was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1972 and took his first oath as Associate Justice on Jan. 10, 1973 to serve a two-year unexpired term. He was re-elected in 1974 to a 14-year term on the Court and was re-elected again in 1988 and 1998. Chief Justice Calogero’s district, the First Supreme Court District, includes the parishes of Jefferson, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and parts of Orleans.
      Chief Justice Calogero was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court on April 9, 1990. As Chief Justice, he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Louisiana Court System, Chairman of the Judicial Ethics Committee, the Judicial Council and the Human Resources Committee, and as a member of the Conference of Chief Justices. In December 1994, he was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and in 1995 he commenced serving on the National Center for the State Courts Time on Appeal Advisory Committee. In 1997 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices.
      As Chief Justice, he has also stewarded the restoration of the Court’s former courthouse and return of the Louisiana Supreme Court to 400 Royal Street. The Louisiana Supreme Court moved to its newly resorted quarters in May 2004.
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SACS "Focused Report" and QEP
The campus is further preparing for the on-site visit of the SACS Reaffirmation Visiting Committee to be held March 14-16. Two documents that should be familiar to all faculty and staff who will be meeting with the committee are the Focused Report and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). 
      The Focused Report is Southeastern’s response to the five criteria judged by the Off-Campus Review Committee as needing further clarification. The five standards include institutional effectiveness, how the University meets the needs of off-campus learners, the evaluation of University administrators, and faculty qualifications.
     Paper and CD copies of the reports are being distributed to all academic departments, colleges, and members of the Compliance Certification and QEP Teams. In addition, all reports are available on the SACS web site at www.selu.edu/sacs.
     Further information about the schedule for the SACS visit will be published in ByLion as the schedule is finalized.

Center for Student Excellence Advisory Council will implement QEP
Dr. John Crain, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has appointed the Center for Student Excellence Advisory Council.  Dr. Tammy Bourg, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will serve as the council’s chair. 
      “The primary charge of the Council is to implement the action steps and tasks as outlined in the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP),” said Crain.  “The work of the council will be broad at first, focusing on research into best practices, formulation of policy and procedures, and inviting input from the campus community. We hope to have a director for the center in place by the end of the spring semester. The advisory council will then continue its work in collaboration with the director.”
      Serving on the Council are: Dr. Diane Allen, College of Education & Human Development; Dr. Mike Asoodeh, Office of Technology; Dr. Beatrice Baldwin, assistant vice president for academic affairs; Joy Brown, undergraduate student; Dorothy Burton-Nelson, Career and Academic Planning Center; Dr. Alan Cannon, Mathematics; Wisner Derosier, undergraduate student; Sam Domiano, Admissions and Financial Aid; Dr. Jeanne Dubino, English; Dr. Celina Echols, Educational Leadership and Technology; Dr. Cynthia Elliott, Teaching and Learning; Stephen Faught, undergraduate student; Dr. Karen Fontenot, Communication; Dr. Tena Golding, Center for Faculty Excellence; Dr. Michelle Hall, Institutional Research and Assessment; Allison Kimball, graduate student.
      Also, Dr. Robert Kraemer, Kinesiology and Health Studies; Carol Magendie, Student and Public Affairs; Dr. Dan McCarthy, Chemistry and Physics; Dr. Joe Mirando, communication; Dr. Barbara Moffett, School of Nursing; Paulette Poche, Records and Registration; Vinay Ramachandra, Institutional Research and Assessment; Dr. Peggy Rolling, Human Development; Dr. David Sever, Biological Sciences; Dr. Rick Simpson, Accounting; Lori Smith, Sims Memorial Library; Steve Soutullo, Enrollment Management; Roxanne Stoehr, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Eric Summers, Multicultural and International Student Affairs; Dr. Pierre Titard, Accounting; John Valentino, Visual Arts; Tracy Walker, undergraduate student; Dr. Jim Walter, Honors Program; Dr. Frances Wood, General Studies; and Dr. David Wyld, Faculty Senate president.
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Students volunteer for HabitatMembers of Phi Sigma Pi were the first group of Southeastern students to volunteer to help build a house for the Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity. The house, located on Clinton Court, will be built over the next few months by all Southeastern workers. From left, are (front) Nikki Falcone, Independence; Nicole LeBlanc, Kenner; Jessica Flick, Klamath Falls, Ore.; Stephanie Cadro, Metairie; Tim Smith, LePlace; back, Habitat contractor Keith Trepagnier; Jaime Samrow, Baton Rouge; Lynsi Brown, New Orleans; Melanie DeHart, Morgan City; and Justin Kittrell, Monroe.

Southeastern signs up, pitches in to build a home for Habitat
A group of Southeastern students recently donned work gloves and transformed themselves from an honors fraternity into a construction crew.
      The seven women and two men from Phi Sigma Pi were the first volunteer group to report for work at the site of the Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity’s newest project – a 1,000 square foot, three-bedroom home on Clinton Court, located off North Cherry Street not far from the university campus.
       The home will be built over the next four months by all-Southeastern volunteers.
       Supervised by contractor Keith Trepagnier, a Habitat veteran, the Phi Sigma Pi members on the first Saturday workday helped “wreck the form,” or pull off the wooden border of the house’s slab, before beginning to measure, cut and frame the structure. 
      What the student crew lacked in experience, they made up for in energy and enthusiasm, Trepagnier said. And that, he added, is just what Habitat projects need.
      “We need willing bodies ready to work. We can do the job with these kids,” said Trepagnier. “These girls have been doing great. They’ve grabbed mauls and have been getting after it!” 
       Phi Sigma Pi President Jaime Samrow, a sophomore nursing major from Baton Rouge, said her organization embraced the Habitat volunteerism as a fun, hands-on service project. According to Kyle McClure, who is organizing the Southeastern volunteers along with university EEO/ADA compliance officer Gene Pregeant, that is the reaction he is getting from many Southeastern student organizations. 
McClure, coordinator of promotions for Southeastern Athletics, said more than 130 members of the Southeastern family, including students in 20 organizations, have signed up to pitch in on the Habitat project.
      The idea of an all-Southeastern volunteer Habitat house, he said, originated with the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, which is made up of two representatives from each of Southeastern’s 15 athletic teams. 
       “We realized that it was going to be too big a project just for Athletics, so we invited the whole university to help,” he said. 
       “With 15,000 students and a couple a thousand staff and faculty, this project is a good match,” added Pregeant.
      To organize the volunteer teams, McClure and Pregeant sent emails to the faculty or staff advisors of Southeastern’s more than 80 student organizations. 
      Signed up so far – in addition to Phi Sigma Pi and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee – are the Presbyterian Campus Ministries, Alpha Sigma Tau, Wesley Foundation, Circle K International, Men's Basketball, Sigma Gamma Rho, Theta Chi, Southeastern Lady Cubs, Theta Phi Alpha, Southeastern Association for Family and Consumer Sciences, Phi Sigma Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Mu, Biology Graduate Student Organization, the Department of General Business, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, Delta Tau Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, and the Campus Activities Board. 
      “It has really helped me to have Kyle and Gene take this on,” said Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity Director Lori Dardis. “I’m amazed at how much work the first group was able to get done. Those students did an exceptional job.”
      Dardis said the Southeastern house is one of five that Ginger Ford Habitat for Humanity hopes to build this year. The Clinton Court house is being built for Vertisteen Easterling with July 1 as the targeted completion date.
      In addition to working on the job site, Dardis said members of the Southeastern community can also coordinate food for the volunteer workers or help with other Habitat construction projects, including a home in Independence that is nearing completion and a new project that will begin in April with funds raised by the Shop for Habitat.
      “Sometimes we just need volunteers to distribute flyers, to help with clerical work in our office, or with fund-raising,” she said. “It’s wonderful working with Southeastern, especially the students. I’ll take all of the help they are able to give.”
       Members of the Southeastern community who would like to join in the Habitat house construction project can contact McClure at 985-549-2900 or Pregeant at 985-549-5888. Potential Habitat volunteers can also contact Dardis at ghabitat@bellsouth.net.
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Driver Training deadline reminder
Tuesday, March 1 is the deadline to register for the March 15 driver training class to be held in the University Center, Room 133 at 3 p.m.  To register, please email jquarles@selu.edu.
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Library seeks donations for National Library Week book sale 
Sims Memorial Library is asking for donations of popular reading material or recent textbooks for the library’s National Library Week Book Sale in April. 
     Besides books, the library will also accept videos, cassettes, and cd's. Please do not send magazines or journals (such as National Geographic, Time, Glamour, etc.), or materials that are moldy, damaged, or otherwise non-saleable. 
     Donations may be delivered to the Cataloging Department on the first floor of the library from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through April 8. Notices about the dates and time of the book sale will be forthcoming. For more information, contact Cathy Tijerino at extension 2031. 
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Members of the KSLU staff were among the friends who gathered Monday to bid farewell to News Director Mary Pirosko. From left, are, Steve Portier, Rosa Dunn, Liz Black, Mary Pirosko, Mary Heleniak and Todd Delaney.
Bon Voyage, Mary!
KSLU 90.9 News Director Mary Pirosko was honored at a "bon voyage" coffee Monday morning as she prepares to leave Southeastern and Hammond to make her home in Newport News, Va. A veteran journalist and civic activist in the Florida Parishes for three decades, Pirosko has headed the campus public radio station's news broadcasts since 2001. She also has worked for Child Advocacy Services, Southeast Spouse Abuse Program, Lallie Kemp Medical Center, and was the long-time news director and host of "Hammond America" for WFPR/WHMD radio. At Southeastern, she helped found the Woman's Coalition, which annually sponsors Women's History Month.
     Good luck, Mary -- and thank you. You will be missed!
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Food preparation and safety course March 10
The Food Policy and Procedure for Student Organizations and Departmental Units has a requirement which must be met if an organization or departmental unit wishes to purchase raw and/or perishable food products for preparation and handling for any reason on campus. The policy for approval of this action is: that at least one individual from the student organization or departmental unit must have attended and completed the Food Preparation and Safety Course sponsored by Student Development. At least one certified individual must be present during the entire event.
     These certification classes will be held each semester and certification will be good for two calendar years. The next class is scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, March 10 in Student Union 223. Without this certification, no group will be approved for cooking and/or handling raw food and their requests will be denied.
     There is no cost for the course, but we do need to know the number of attendees in advance.  If you or someone in your group will be attending please call the Assistant Dean of Student Development office at 3792 to register.
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LPO Maestro Timothy MuffittLPO Maestro Timothy Muffitt
LPO brings Russian classics to Columbia March 11
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will bring the sound of Russian classics to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on March 11.
      “St. Petersburg and Moscow,” an LPO “Causal Classics” concert, will feature beloved works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Conducted by LPO Maestro Timothy Muffitt, the program is the second of three LPO concerts slated for the downtown Hammond theater during its 2004-2005 season.
     Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are available at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Tickets are $33, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $27, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $20, Orchestra 3; and $19, Balcony 2. Box office hours are noon-5 p.m., weekdays.
      The program will begin with Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” a rousing concert opener written in 1947 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a momentous event in Soviet history, the October Revolution of 1917. Unlike much Soviet “Party” music, the piece has a niche among Shostakovich’s most popular works because of its brilliant scoring, fine craftsmanship and witty effects.
      Shostakovich will be followed by a march from Serge Prokofiev’s zany opera “The Love for Three Oranges,” a work characterized by Prokofiev’s acerbic harmonies, droll tunes and satirical twists. Up next will be Tchaikovsky’s incomparable “Swan Lake,” unarguably the world’s favorite ballet score, and the overture to another opera, “Russian and Ludmilla,” by , Mikhail Glinka, Russia’s first important classical composer.
      The LPO will also perform a special arrangement for violin and piano of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee,” the most famous number of the composer’s opera, “Tsar Saltan.”
      The concert will conclude with excerpts from “Gayaneh” by Aram Khachaturian, one of the most brilliant composers to come out of the former Soviet Union, and “Polovtsian Dances” from Alexander Borodin’s opera “Price Igor.” 
      For additional information about the LPO’s concert, contact the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 985-543-4366. 
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Rock 'n Roar offers fun for all on March 12
Rock ‘n Roar Fest, a day-long festival showcasing Southeastern's quality academics and family-friendly atmosphere, will be held on campus Saturday, March 12, for its ninth consecutive year.
      Scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rock ‘n Roar includes a multitude of entertainment opportunities, academic displays, and other activities headquartered at the War Memorial Student Union. This year’s event is following its predecessor’s successful track record of providing a day of family fun for both  Literary Rally visitors and the community, said Kenya Varnado, who is coordinating the festival. 
      “Rock ‘n Roar is a day-long event with something for everyone and a great way to get the community, campus and the visiting high school students together to sit back, relax, and have fun while visiting and learning about our campus,” said Varnado, a Southeastern graduate and counselor in the university’s Office of Financial Aid.
      Rock ‘n Roar continues its partnership this year with the Hammond Downtown Development District’s Saturday marketplace, which will move to campus that day. Rock ‘n Roar patrons can also visit the Southeastern School of Nursing’s health fair, co-sponsored with North Oaks Health System, where they can receive information on self-breast exams, strokes, heart health and more; be screened for blood pressure, glucose, and body mass; and register for a door prize. Children can learn about scooter and fire safety. 
      Also planned throughout the day are a plant sale, arts and crafts booths, food booths and entertainment.
      Families will find at Rock ‘n Roar IX also includes a petting zoo, puppet show, baby and children’s games, story tellers, popular camps for children, the University Police Department's free KidCare Photo I.D. program, and activities such as a space walk and interaction with Southeastern’s lion mascot, Roomie.
      Three traditionally popular camps will be available for local children. Camps include a dance camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building for children ages 5-12, with a performance scheduled immediately afterwards at the stage in the Student Union park. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable running or tennis shoes. 
      Also on the schedule is the art camp from 9-11 a.m. at Clark Hall for children ages 5-12. Space is limited. Finally, a baseball camp will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at Alumni Field. Children ages 6-13 are invited to participate and are asked to bring their baseball glove for a day of fun. Special passes to baseball camp participants will be available for the Southeastern Lions baseball game at 3 p.m. that afternoon.
      Camp fees are $5 for the art and baseball camps. Dance camp fees are $15 and include refreshments and a gift item. Parents can pick up applications for camps at the Alumni Center, 500 West University Ave., or register online at www.selu.edu/roarfest. MasterCard and Visa payments are currently accepted for online payments; pre-registration for all camps is mandatory due to limited space.
      Rock ‘n Roar will also entertain teens from public and private schools from Washington, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes. The students are coming to campus for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally, where they will compete in 43 different subjects. 
      When the approximately 3,000 high school students finish their tests and wait for results to be posted, they can join area residents in gathering useful and entertaining information from hands-on academic displays, financial aid and career booths, and choose refreshments from the wide variety of food booths sponsored by student organizations and alumni chapters.
       For additional information about Rock 'n Roar, call the Alumni Center at 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM, or visit www.selu.edu/roarfest.
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Academic displays sought for annual Rock 'n Roar fest

The Center for Faculty Excellence is coordinating academic displays at Rock 'n Roar IX, which will be held Saturday, March 12 in conjunction with the annual Literary Rally.
     "We need your support in promoting Southeastern to regional high school students and our community during the upcoming Literary Rally and Rock 'n Roar Fest IX," said Tena  Golding, the center's director.
     Academic departments are being asked to create a student-centered display that not only provides information on academic programs, but also engages students in a discipline related activity. 
     "Using this opportunity to demonstrate the "fun" side of our disciplines may be just what we need to recruit these outstanding students," Golding said. "Whet the appetite by exploding a pickle or intrigue them with a math puzzle!"
     As an added incentive prizes will be offered to the academic department with the most interactive display -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place! 
     "Secret judges will be watching to see just how active  students are while visiting your display, so be creative," Golding said.
     Please complete the Rock 'n Roar Departmental Display form and forward it to Tena L. Golding, Box 10370 at the Center for Faculty Excellence or FAX to 549-5792 by Friday, March 4.
     All departmental displays will be located in the mall area of the student union. Displays should be set-up and manned from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
     Thanks in advance for your participation! If you have questions, please contact Chris Bentley, ext. 3393 or cbentley@selu.edu.
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March 17 "Roomie's Birthday" to celebrate Southeastern pride
The CLAWS/PRIDE committee is planning a special Pride Day celebration showcasing academics for March 17, Roomie's Birthday.
     The committee designated St. Patrick's Day as Roomie's birthday last year. The holiday was selected because it falls during the month when the university traditionally had a Pride Day anniversary celebration and because its "green" theme was a good fit for honoring the university's mascot.
     "We are inviting departments to put on some kind of special activity for students for approximately two hours that day," said Heather Lawrence, who is heading the activity for CLAWS/Pride. "This could be the same as or similar to your Rock ‘n Roar activity. Students would come to your department, participate in the activity, and receive a ticket. All of the tickets will go into a drawing for a valuable prize. The more an individual participates, the higher his/her chances of winning.
     "This is one way to give students an understanding of this university outside their own ordinary circles of experience," she said. "We hope to have you on board."
      Departments interested in participating in the Pride Day celebration are asked to email Lawrence at hlawrence@selu.edu
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Coming up on campus ...
February 28 
      Black History Month: Reginal Span, In Black & White: The Role of Newspapers in Race Relations in the Florida Parishes, 1920 –1940, 2 p.m., Student Union 223. 985-549-3850.
      "HIV/AIDS: The Naked Truth," 6 p.m.,  Student Union Theater. 985-549-3850. 
March 1
      Women’s History Month: Rep. Diane Winston, “The State of Women in Louisiana,” 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library (third floor). 
March 2 
      Women’s History Month: Alice Gibson, “Sexually Transmitted Diseases,” noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor).
      Miss Southeastern Pageant, 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. 985-549-2233.
March 3
      Louisiana Supreme Court sessions, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall.
     Women’s History Month: Natasha Whitton, “Quilting: The Method, the Madness, the Musical?”, 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library (third floor).
      Opening reception: “A Life of Paint and Words,” paintings of Stan Rice, and “The Contemporary Still Life,” paintings by Beth Edwards; 5-7 p.m., Contemporary Art Gallery, East Stadium. Exhibit open through April 1. Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m.-8 pm., Wednesdays. 985-549-2193.
      Southeastern Lab School Student Exhibition, Sims Memorial Library. Exhibit open through April 1. 
March 4
      Women’s History Month: Margaret Gonzales-Perez, “women and the Consequences of War,” noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor). 
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This week in athletics
The spring sports season is in full swing, as nine Southeastern sports teams will hit the road for action during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The men’s basketball team (20-7, 12-2 SLC) heads into the final week of the regular season with a game lead over Sam Houston State and Northwestern State in the conference standings. The Lions will be back on the court on Wednesday in Lake Charles in a 7:15 p.m. game with McNeese State. Southeastern closes out its regular season at SHSU on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Huntsville, Texas.
     The women’s basketball team (10-15, 4-10 SLC) had its postseason hopes dampened on Saturday. Southeastern’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe, combined with Nicholls State’s win over McNeese State puts the Lady Colonels ahead of Southeastern for the final spot in the Southland Conference Tournament. 
Southeastern will need to win its final two games and have Nicholls lose in its regular-season finale at Texas-Arlington to claim a postseason berth. 
     Southeastern will be at McNeese on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m., before closing out the season at SHSU on Friday at 3 p.m. All four men’s and women’s basketball games will be broadcast live in the Hammond area on KSLU 90.9 FM.
     The Southeastern baseball team (5-5) will be on the road for four games this week. The Lions head to Hattiesburg, Miss. on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. game with Southern Miss, that will be broadcast on KSLU 90.9 FM. Southeastern will spend the weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn., opening a three-game set with Middle Tennessee State on Friday at 3 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m., before concluding Sunday at 1 p.m,.
     The baseball team will not be the only team in Hattiesburg on Tuesday, as the softball team (4-6) will be at USM for a 4 p.m. game. It will be the final non-conference tuneup for the Lady Lions, as they open up SLC play at Texas State for a three-game set. The series opens up with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The series finale in San Marcos, Texas is set for 12 p.m. on Sunday.
     The men’s golf team opens up its spring schedule on Monday, as it will be in New Orleans to compete in the Tulane Invitational. The two-day tournament runs through Tuesday.
     The men’s tennis team (6-4, 1-1 SLC) will be back in action on Friday, when they open play at the four-day HEB Inviational in Corpus Christi, Texas. The women’s tennis team (1-4) opens Southland Conference play on Sunday with a 10 a.m. match at defending SLC champion Texas-Arlington.
     The men’s and women’s track and field teams will open their outdoor season this week. The Lions and Lady Lions will be in Tallahassee, Fla. to compete in the FSU Snowbird Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Monday, February 28
     Golf, at Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
Tuesday, March 1
     Baseball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Miss., 4 p.m.
     Golf, at Tulane Invitational, New Orleans, All Day
Wednesday, March 2
     Men’s Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 7:15 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Women’s Basketball, at McNeese State, Lake Charles, 5:15 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
Friday, March 4
     Women’s Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Baseball, at Middle Tennessee State, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 3 p.m. 
     Men’s Tennis, at HEB Invitational, Corpus Christi, Texas, All Day
     Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Tallahassee, Fla., All Day
Saturday, March 5
     Men’s Basketball, at Sam Houston State, Huntsville, Texas, 2 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)*
     Baseball, at Middle Tennessee State, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 2 p.m. 
     Softball, at Texas State (DH), San Marcos, Texas, 1 p.m.*
     Men’s Tennis, at HEB Invitational, Corpus Christi, Texas, All Day
     Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Tallahassee, Fla., All Day
Sunday, March 6
     Baseball, at Middle Tennessee State, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1 p.m. 
     Softball, at Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, 12 p.m.*
     Men’s Tennis, at HEB Invitational, Corpus Christi, Texas, All Day
     Women’s Tennis, at Texas-Arlington, Arlington, Texas, 10 a.m.*
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Professional activities
Andrew J. Aranyosi (Internal Audit) was named as a Certified Internal Auditor (or CIA) by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) on Feb. 15. The CIA designation is awarded to internal audit professionals who have met the rigorous requirements of The IIA's CIA examination program. 
     Dr. Bobbye Davis (General Business) and co-author Dr. Clarice Brantley presented a paper titled "Are You Listening?" at the Atlantic Coast Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education Conference in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 18.
     Debbie Johnson and Gail McMillion (Human Development) presented a workshop titled, “Helping Families in a Time Stressed Society” at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference in New Orleans, Jan. 28. 
     Dr. Wynn Gillan and Diane Cole (Kinesiology and Health Studies) recently coordinated and taught components of an HIV/AIDS peer-education program which resulted in a three day youth institute training for 50 teens from across the state. Selected high school teens received over 20 hours of training in a nationally recognized HIV/AIDS curriculum plus peer education techniques. This effort was supported by the Louisiana Department of Education.
     Congratulations to Ms. Kris Jones (Accounting) for a "Multiple Year Honoree" award from Who's Who Among Teachers. This is the third year in a row that Jones made the listing.
     Dr. Joan Faust (College of Arts and Sciences) recently presented a paper at the Twentieth Anniversary John Donne Society Conference held this year at the Cook Conference Center on the LSU campus and attended by Donne scholars from across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.  Her paper, "The 'Autumnal face': Donne's Tribute to Magdalen Herbert and Isaac Oliver," combined studies in poetry, biography, and the visual arts.  Faust also served as local chair for the event.
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