March 7, 2005
SACS Update
KSLU fund drive March 9-11
Supreme Court sits on campus
Chefs Evening tickets on sale
Dido and Aeneas March 16-19
Miss Southeastern 2005
Women's History Month targets health
On exhibit in March
Famous cats promote reading
Hosts sought for French visitors
Pennington holiday hours
GA online orientation
Procedures for 5.01Ps for GAs
Ramspott scholarship benefit
SBDC upcoming seminars
Science & Religion BBQ lunch
Center for Faculty Excellence news
Annie Award nominations
SHRM gets check, hosts conference
Coming up
This week in athletics
Professional activities

Countdown to SACS: Visiting Committee On-Site Schedule
Preparations are in full swing for the visit by the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Visiting Committee for the University's reaffirmation of accreditation. The Visiting Committee will be chaired by Dr. Vic Morgan of Sul Ross State University in Texas and will include eight other evaluators and a member of the SACS Commission. Two members of the committee will be focusing their evaluation efforts exclusively on the Quality Enhancement Plan. 
     According to Dr. Beatrice Baldwin, assistant vice president for academic affairs and the university's SACS liaison, "Most of the committee members will arrive on Sunday evening so that they can get an early start on Monday morning.  I will meet first thing with Dr. Morgan to double check the workroom arrangements on campus and then we will meet with President Moffett and Dr. Crain briefly to say hello. We do not have 100 percent of the interview schedule finalized, but Dr. Morgan will have that completed soon, most likely by March 10." 
     All of the interviews will take place in the Student Union’s Tangipahoa and Jefferson Rooms. The committee's workroom will be the Southeastern Room. At present, the schedule is: 
Monday, March 14
     11 a.m.: Orientation meeting of the committee, Holiday Inn Pontchartrain Room 
     1:30 p.m.: Committee comes to Southeastern, Southeastern Room (SU 223)
     2 p.m.: On-site committee meets with Leadership Team, Tangipahoa Room (SU 222) 
     2:30 p.m.: Interview with members of the Compliance Certification Team as needed, Southeastern Room (SU 223), Tangipahoa Room (SU 222), Jefferson Room (SU 224) 
     3:30 p.m.: Meeting with QEP Team, Tangipahoa Room (SU 222), Jefferson Room (SU 224)
     5:30 p.m.: Committee Executive Session, Holiday Inn Pontchartrain Room 
Tuesday, March 15
     8:30 a.m.: Meeting with Center for Student Excellence Advisory Council members , Tangipahoa Room (SU 222) 
     9:30 a.m.: Meeting with faculty involved in the QEP, Tangipahoa Room (SU 222)
     9:30 a.m.: Meeting with students involved in the QEP, Jefferson Room (SU 224)
     11:30 a.m.: Meeting with Retention and Progression Planning Team members, Tangipahoa Room (SU 222)
     11:30 a.m.: Meeting with staff involved in QEP, Jefferson Room (SU 224)
     12:30 p.m.: Working lunch and committee executive session, Southeastern Room (SU 223)
     1:30 p.m.: Additional interviews if needed on QEP issues, Tangipahoa Room (SU 222), Jefferson Room (SU 224)
     2:30 p.m.: Drs. Morgan and Jackson  meet with President Moffett  to review commission business, President Office, Dyson Hall 
     3:30 p.m.: Committee executive session, Holiday Inn Pontchartrain Room 
Wednesday, March 16
     8 a.m.: Committee executive session, Holiday Inn Pontchartrain Room 
     9:30 a.m.: Exit interview with Leadership Team, Dyson Hall Conference Room 
     Numerous Southeastern faculty, staff, and students will be interviewed by the Visiting Committee; they have already been contacted as to time and place of the interview. Later this week, a final visitation schedule will be posted on the university web site and distributed to persons included in the interviews. 
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KSLU announces 2005 annual fund drive
Southeastern’s public radio station, 90.9 KSLU, will host their fourth annual Spring Fund Drive March 9-11.
     Licensed to Southeastern, KSLU is the North Shore’s only public radio station and one of only eight public radio stations statewide. KSLU provides the most diverse music available on the Northshore today, from adult rock & roll and blues to soothing dinner jazz. 
     KSLU features programming such as:  World Café with David Dye, weekdays 9-11am;  Dinner Jazz with Zia the Cat, Sunday, 6-7pm; The KSLU Blues Cruise, weekdays, 6-7pm; Point of View with Rosa Dunn, Thursdays and Fridays, 11-11:30 am; Public Radio Sunday featuring Splendid Table, Sound Money, American Routes, Beale St. Caravan and more.
     KSLU also serves as the voice of Southeastern basketball and baseball and is the flagship station of the Lion Sports Radio Network.  Lion and Lady Lion games can be heard LIVE on 90.9 FM or over the web at
     Just as Southeastern is striving to become the university of the future, KSLU is heading toward the same direction. KSLU continues to upgrade its studio equipment to be digital ready, enhance its programming, and  train Southeastern’s communication majors on the latest in equipment, production facilities and programming techniques. 
     Proceeds from the Fund Drive help KSLU to continue to bring quality programming to our listening audience.  It also helps to fund our continuous efforts to train students on the latest in broadcast communications equipment. 
     Pledge options available include several levels of giving including Day Patrons ($35), Green ($50), $100 (Gold) and others.  Pledges may be paid by cash, check or credit card (Mastercard and Visa).
     In addition, KSLU funds the “KSLU Scholarship” which is awarded each Fall and Spring semester to a KSLU current or previous student employee.  The Annual Fund Drive helps fund the scholarship program with the “Add a dollar for a scholar” program as a donation option. 
     Join KSLU for the “on-air” pledge drive March 9th, 10th and 11th. 
     For more information, or to make a pledge or request a pledge form, please contact Liz Black at 985-549-2330 or
Supreme Court meets on campus
Southeastern hosted the March 3 session of the Louisiana Supreme Court, above left, which met on campus as part of an ongoing effort to educate and inform students and the general public about the Court. Sitting for morning and afternoon sessions in Vonnie Borden Theatre, the court heard oral arguments on four pending cases. Above right, Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr. and Justice John L. Weimer speak to high school students in D Vickers Hall lobby between sessions.
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Tickets on sale for Chefs Evening 2005
Travel to the Far East Sunday, April 3, as the Southeastern Development Foundation presents its annual Chefs Evening with treats and libations from area restaurants, bars and grills and wholesalers. One of the university’s most popular events, the annual food festival fund-raiser will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University Center. 
     Organizer Sarah Schillage and the decorating crew plan to turn the UC arena into an oriental wonderland, with hanging lanterns, paper parasols, model pagodas and more. 
     Tickets for Chefs Evening, which supports Southeastern academic programs, are $40. Patrons can also enjoy a silent auction and choose from a variety of ticket packages which can include the popular Patron Party and a “Champagne Toast,” locations to be determined.
     Chefs Evening ticket packages and their rewards are
     -- The President’s Medal: $500, eight tickets each for the president’s champagne toast,
Chefs Evening, the Patron Party and a reserved table for eight.
     -- Summa Cum Laude: $450, eight tickets for Chefs Evening and a reserved table for eight.
     -- Magna Cum Laude: $150, two tickets each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening and the Patron Party.
     -- Cum Laude: $75: one ticket each for the president’s champagne toast, Chefs Evening and the Patrons Party.
     All of the funds raised from Chefs Evening go to support academic areas. To obtain tickets, contact the Development Foundation at 985-549-2239.
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Purcell's 'magnificent miniature' opera, Dido and Aeneas, at Pottle March 16-19
Above, artist in residence Larry Gray rehearses the cast of Dido and Aeneas, which will be staged at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium by the Opera-Music Theatre Workshop. Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque opera will star Amanda Tarver of Prairieville as Dido and Mathew Packard of Chalmette and Simon Pfeil of Hammond as Aeneas. Purcell's only opera, it is described as a "magnificent miniature" with a running time of less than an hour. The libretto, based loosely on Virgil’s epic poem, “Aeneid,” tells the story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a prince of Troy until that city’s defeat by the Greeks. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Available at the door, general admission tickets are $10, adults, and $7, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with their university I.D.
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President Randy Moffett, far right, and Vice President for Student and Public Affairs Brad O’Hara, far left, congratulate the top contestants in the annual Miss Southeastern pageant. From left, are Jennifer Love of Livingston, third runner up; Gabrielle Borens of Baton Rouge, second runner up; Miss Southeastern 2005 Heather Williams; and Natalie Crump of Baton Rouge, first runner up.
Heather Williams wins 2005 Miss Southeastern crown
Mass communication major Heather Williams of Slidell has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2005.
     Williams received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2004 Kim Dottolo of Hammond at the annual pageant March 2 at Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
     Williams, a sophomore, won the eveningwear and talent segments of the pageant and tied for first place in the swimsuit segment with sophomore early childhood education major Rachel Nicholson of Destrehan. For the talent segment, Williams sang “At Last.”
      The first runner-up award went to Natalie Crump of Baton Rouge, a business administration graduate student who also won the personal interview segment and Miss Congeniality honor. Second runner up was Gabrielle Borens, a sophomore nursing major from Baton Rouge. Jennifer Love, a sophomore nursing major from Livingston, was chosen for the third runner-up award.
     Love also received a new award, the “People’s Choice,” which was determined by the amount of donations contestants collected for Louisiana Special Olympics, Dottolo’s platform as Miss Southeastern 2004.
     The Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system. Williams will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.
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Women's History Month's second week spotlights health
The second week of Southeastern's celebration of March as Women's History Month will spotlight women’s health with a health fair and presentations on heart disease, food and fitness.
     On Wednesday, March 9, Maryellen Jenkins, community health educator for North Oaks Health System, will speak on “Heart: Gender Matters” at noon on the third floor of Sims Memorial Library. Also on Wednesday, North Oaks will sponsor a health fair beginning at 1 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union ballroom. 
      Hospital personnel such as dietitians and exercise specialists will be on hand to provide blood pressure checks as well as information on controllable heart disease risk factors such as smoking, diet, cholesterol, physical activity and diabetes.
      On Thursday, March 10, Julie Boutwell and Jeff Day of Spoga Studio in Hammond will offer “Amazing You,” a motivational seminar focusing on exercise, fitness and food. The free seminar is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., also at the library. 
      Women’s History Month’s will continue during the second week with three lunchtime lectures at the library. At noon on Monday, March 7, June Dunn, a doctoral candidate in English at the City University of New York and visiting assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University, spoke on “Matriarchal Societies: From Pre-history to 21st Century Louisiana.” 
      On Tuesday, March 8, Bill Robison, head of the Southeastern Department of History and Political Science, will speak on “Mary Magdalen, the Da Vinci Code, and History.” He will be followed on Friday, March 11, by associate professor of history Judith Fai-Podlipnik, who has chosen as her topic “Stalin’s Sweethearts Take Up Arms: Soviet Women During World War II.”
       Both lectures are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in Sims Memorial Library. 
       For additional information about Women's History Month, call 985-549-2100 or visit
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Contemporary Art Gallery featuring two artists, film
The Contemporary Art Gallery in East Stadium is featuring exhibits by two painters and an Academy Award-winning short film through April 1.
     “The Contemporary Still Life” will feature a series of beautiful, haunting paintings of toys by Memphis painter Beth Edwards, while "A Life of Paint and Words" will showcase works by the late Stan Rice, a New Orleans painter and poet who was married to acclaimed novelist Ann Rice. 
Gallery director Dale Newkirk called Rice’s paintings “raw visual expressions of his worldview.” The exhibit will also include selections of Rice’s poetry.
     The video gallery, also located in East Stadium, will show "Ryan," the 2005 academy award winning film for best-animated short. Directed By Chris Landreth and based on the life of Canadian animator Ryan Larkin, it is the tale of an artist's imagination and frustrations.
Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.
     Also on display through April 1 is the annual Youth Arts Month exhibit by Southeastern Laboratory School students under the direction of art teacher Denise Tullier-Holly. The students' artwork can be seen in the Sims Memorial Library lobby. 
     A special reception featuring Lab School music students directed by Gina Anthon is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.
     Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information, contact Dale Newkirk, gallery director, at 5080 or 2193.
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Famous cats promote reading to area kids
Far left, Roomie, Southeastern’s mascot, listens intently with area children as another famous cat -- Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat" --  reads One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish at the Hammond branch of the Tangipahoa Parish Public Library. The university’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid hosted the special party, “Where It’s Hat,” in celebration of the National Education Association’s Read Across America week. Children and parents enjoyed party hats, Cat in the Hat hats donated by Saturn of Slidell, and refreshments while also picking up guides and children’s activities books highlighting the importance of literacy. Left, Also as part of Read Across America Week, members of the Lions football team, including quarterback Martin Hankins and nose guard Steven Smith visited Southeastern Head Start. 
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Host families sought for visiting French high school students 
Host families are needed for 26 high school students from Jouars-Pontchartrain – Hammond’s partner city in France – who will visit Hammond April 22-May 4.
     Margaret Marshall (Foreign Languages and Literature) is asking members of the Southeastern community who are willing to host one of the young French visitors to please contact her as soon as possible.
     The visiting students range from 16 to 19 years of age. Dr. Marshall is seeking host families with teenagers. Host family’s duties would include transportation to and from the New Orleans airport, housing, some meals (usually breakfast and dinner) and transportation to daily meeting locations.
     The students generally will be occupied on a variety of area field trips from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekdays.
     If you would like the rewarding experience of sharing cultures and hospitality with these young visitors, please contact Dr. Marshall at
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Pennington Center holiday hours
The hours of operation for the Pennington Student Activity Center for the Easter holiday break will be as follows: March 25 –27: closed; March 28-April 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; April 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; April 3, 3-10:30 p.m.
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Graduate assistants online orientation
A pre-employment orientation for graduate assistants is now available online. Newly hired graduate assistants may view the orientation prior to attending an orientation session. Those who choose to view the online session will print a Statement of Understanding, which will be dated and time stamped, at the end of the session certifying that they have viewed the session. 
     All newly hired graduate assistants must attend an orientation session where employment paperwork will be completed and documents collected. Those who have viewed the online session and printed the Statement of Understanding will be excused from the presentation. Students not viewing the online orientation will attend the presentation session, which will begin immediately after paperwork is completed.
     The web address for this session is
     Choose Graduate Assistant Program, then GA On-line Orientation. A computer with PowerPoint installed is required to view this presentation.
     Please offer this option when you notify students that they have been chosen for your graduate assistant position. You are encouraged to view the orientation session. 
     If you have questions, contact Rissie Cook in Human Resources at 549-2347.
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Procedures for 5.01Ps for GAs
A 5.01P must be completed and approved prior to the start date for all graduate assistants working additional duties.
      Due to the changes in FLSA regulations, GAs working during breaks are subject to the following procedures:
      Administrative Assistants (AAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs): For breaks during and between semesters, GAs classified as AAs and TAs will clock for additional duties. Pay for additional duties will be on the regularly scheduled bi-weekly pay dates. When working for a department other than the home department, GAs must clock using the correct budget unit number.
      Pay for additional duties must be at the same hourly rate the GA is currently earning.
      Departments are reminded that GAs must not work over 40 hours per week since the overtime rate must be determined based on the combined base pay and tuition waiver.
      Research Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs): Since RAs and GTFs are exempt employees, they will not clock for additional duties. 
      Pay for additional duties will be a lump-sum amount for the period of time worked. The supplemental salary should be calculated based on a 40-hour weekly rate of a minimum of $260, which will be prorated for partial weeks.
      For breaks during semesters, pay for additional duties completed and approved after the 24th will be paid the next month.
      For semester breaks, pay for additional duties will be paid on the first check of the following semester. For spring the first check will be Feb. 15; for fall the first checks will be Sept. 15.
      New Forms:  Please discard any old forms you may have. New 5.01P forms for GAs are available at Choose Graduate Assistant Program. Scroll to the bottom for the GA forms; select the form for either AA/TAs or RA/GTFs.
      The initial submission of the 5.01P will be for “up to XX hours.”  When the work is completed, the 5.01P will be returned for certification by the GA and final approval of the actual time worked by the budget unit head.
      If you have questions, contact Rissie Cook in the Human Resources Office at 549-2347.
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Joe RamspottBowl-A-Thon benefits Ramspott Scholarship
The Biology Graduate Student Organization is inviting the campus community to join in a Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for the Joe Ramspott Scholarship Fund. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Tangi Lanes in Hammond. The cost is $15 for three games.
      The fun-filled afternoon of bowling will also include a silent auction with items such as a weekend get-away, dinners and spa packages. 
      The scholarship honors the late Joseph Ramspott, a Southeastern graduate student majoring in biological sciences. It supports a full-time junior, senior or a graduate student majoring in biological sciences or an art student working with photography of reptiles and amphibians or any other biology-related program. The scholarship may be used to help fund field research for the recipient.
      Joe Ramspott's father, Ed Ramspott of Blair, Neb., will match Bowl-A-Thon proceeds up to the amount of $2,500.
     For additional information, contact Erica Perrer, 985-549-3008.
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SBDC news
The Small Business Development Center, along with the Hammond Chamber of Commerce will host "Communication and Leadership Skills for Women in Business" from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 18 at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center on Martens Drive in Hammond. Cost for this event is $20 for the general public and $10 for Chamber members. Topics will include teaching women the skills needed for survival in today's business environment, gaining awareness of communication and leadership styles, understanding communication dynamics, sending positive messages, and more.
      The SBDC and Hammond Chamber will also host "Using and Understanding QuickBooks Pro" from 6-9 p.m. on March 22 and 24 at Garrett College of Business Building on Western Avenue in Hammond. Cost for this event is $150 per person and pre-registration is required. Topics will include setting up a company, creating invoices, issuing purchase orders, paying bills, reconciling checking accounts, and more.
      The Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation will join the SBDC and Hammond Chamber in hosting an international trade seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 30 at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center on Martens Drive. The cost for this event is $10. Topics will include starting an import/export business, international transportation and documentation, international banking and financing, and more. One on one consulting appointments with a professional international trade consultants will be available after this event (pre-registration is required). 
      For more information or to register for any of the events, please contact Sandy Summers at 985-549-3831 or
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Science and Religion BBQ Lunch Thursday
All interested faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Science and Religion BBQ Lunch and Discussion from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Center for Faculty Excellence, Seminar Room (103), Tinsley Hall. The presentation and discussion, “Historical Jesus studies and Traditional Christian Faith,” will be lead by Dr. Matt Rossano. Lunch, with food provided by Wilbert’s Barbeque, is free. The event is sponsored by Metanexus, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry Board. For more info contact Claire Sanders at 985-542-2722 
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Center for Faculty Excellence events, reminders
Wednesday, March 16, ,noon-1 p.m.: Lyceum Lights, scheduled for Twelve Oaks, will focus on Women's History Month with the session "Women Affecting Southeastern's History.” Speakers will be Dr. Patsy Causey, Ms. Harriet Vogt, and Dr. Sue Parrill. Lunch will include shrimp creole over steamed white rice, tossed salad, dinner roll and bread pudding. For reservations, call ext. 5791 or email by Friday, March 11. 
      March 17, 12:30-1:45 p.m.: Chicago-based writer Angela Jackson and education professor Dr. Celina Echols discuss their career journeys as African American women in a presentation at the Sims Memorial Library, third floor. 
      March 17, 5-6:30 p.m.: Angela Jackson will discuss her play, Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love at Fayard 107.
      For more information, contact Dr. Jayetta Slawson (985) 549-5024.
      A reminder that Rock 'N Roar Fest IX Academic Display forms were due on Friday,  March 4. If you have not sent your request, please fax as soon as possible to ext. 5792.  Forms can be found at 
      The deadline for 2005-06 Faculty Development Grants is Friday, April 1.  For more information, go to
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Annie Award nominations sought
The Hammond Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2005 "Annie Awards," which annually recognize women for their outstanding service in the fields of business, community service, education and government. The awards were founded in 1998 and are given in honor of the late Southeastern professor and administor Anne Ferguson.
     The Annie Awards will be presented on Tuesday, March 22 at the Holiday Inn. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the awards program beginning at noon.
     Nominations for the award are due by Friday, March 11. Visit this link for additional information and a nomination form. 
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Members of the Northshore Human Resource Association meet with Southeastern’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management to present a check in support of the chapter’s activities. Pictured are, from left, Melissa Elliot, Judy McKee, Adrienne Stroble, NHRA President Darlene Young, Gretchen McKinney, SHRM President Rachel Beard, SHRM Vice President Erik Norman, SHRM treasurer Meghan Early, Julie Walker; SHRM advisor Carl Phillips, Ted Madere, and NRHRA student liaison Tammy Foster.
SHRM receives support from parent chapter
Southeastern’s chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) was recently presented a check for $1,000 by their parent professional chapter, Northshore Human Resource Association (NRHRA), in support of many of the chapter’s activities. 
      Presenting the check was Darlene Young, president of NRHRA and operations manager of Bancroft Rehabilitation Living Centers. SHRM President Rachel Beard presented the parent chapter with an appreciation plaque from the student chapter in honor of their continuous support and dedication. 
     The Northshore Human Resource Association has provided the Southeastern chapter of SHRM financial support for a number of activities, including the national SHRM conference in June 2004, where the chapter received a Top Ten Student Chapter award. For the spring 2005 semester, NRHRA also funded a $1,000 scholarship. This “Student Excellence Award,” will be given to a Southeastern SHRM member based on commitment and service to the organization and the field of human resources. It is anticipated that this scholarship will be presented annually.

SHRM hosts leadership conference March 18
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will host its second annual Louisiana SHRM Student Leadership Conference, “Linking HR Leadership to Effective Results,” on campus on Friday, March 18. “Linking HR Leadership to Effective Results” begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast in room 133 of the Southeastern University Center, located on University Avenue. A buffet style lunch and networking will occur from noon to 1 p.m. All interested parties are invited to attend. 
The conference is certified by Human Resource Certification Institute for 3.75 hours for PHR/SPHR recertification credits. 
     Registration deadline is March 10.  For more information or to register, email SHRM at
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Coming up …
March 7
      Women’s History Month:  June Dunn, “Matriarchal Societies:  From Pre-history to 21st Century Louisiana”, noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor).    985-549-2100
March 8
      Women’s History Month: Bill Robison, “Mary Magadalen, the Da Vinci Code, and History”, 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library (third floor).   985-549-2100
March 9
      Women’s History Month: Maryellen Jenkins, North Oaks Medical Center, “Heart: Gender Matters”, noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor).   985-549-2100
      Women’s History Month:  Health Fair, 1 p.m., Student Union Ballroom. 985-549-2100
March 10
      Women’s History Month:  Julie Boutwell and Jeff Day, “Amazing You,” 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library (third floor).   985-549-2100
March 11
      Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts: LPO Casual Classics, “St. Petersburg and Moscow,” 7 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. Tickets: $33, Orchestra 1 and Loge; $27, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $20, Orchestra 3; $19, Balcony 2. Available at Columbia box office (985-543-4371), noon-5 p.m., weekdays or
      Women’s History Month:  Judith Fai-Podlipnik, “Stalin’s Sweethearts Take Up Arms:  Soviet Women During WWII”, noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor).   985-549-2100
March 12
      Rock ‘n Roar Fest IX, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Southeastern Campus. 985-549-2150 or 1-800-SLU-ALUM,
      Women’s History Month: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler; Rating R (mature audiences).  Tickets: $15, single; $25, couple, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre.  Information: (985) 549-2184. 
March 14
      Women’s History Month:  Sheryl Shirley, “Politics and the Power of Women with Purpose,” noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor).  985-549-2100
March 15
      Women’s History Month:  Jeanne Northrup, “Living the Story, Telling the Story: Native American Women,” 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library (third floor).  985-549-2100
      Women’s History Month:  Ellen Gilchrist, 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St., Hammond. Booksigning and reception follows lecture. (Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Government Association, and American Association of University Women)   985-549-2100
March 15-16
      Southeastern Theatre: Lyzzi Strata by Selisa Hue, 7:30 p.m., Vonnie Borden Theatre (Rating PG-13). Tickets: $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty/staff, non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free with university I.D.  985-549-2184.
March 16
      Women’s History Month:  Ellen Gilchrist, workshop for creative writers, 10:30 a.m., D Vickers Hall Writing Center, room 383.  (Call 985-549-2100 for more information). 
      Women’s History Month:  Lyceum Lights: “Women Affecting Southeastern History,” Patsy Causey, Harriet Vogt and Sue Parrill, noon, Twelve Oaks.  RSPV, by Friday, March 11. 985-549-5791.
March 16 – 19 
      Southeastern Opera/Music Theatre: Dido and Aeneas, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Tickets: $12, adults; $8, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty/staff, alumni, non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free with university I.D. 985-549-2184
March 17
      Women’s History Month:  Angela Jackson and Celina Echols, “Mississippi Magnolias: Celebrating the Journey,” 12:30 p.m., Sims Memorial Library. (Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence) 985-549-2100
      Women’s History Month:  Angela Jackson, “Writing Shango: The Creation of Shango Disaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love,” 5-6:30 p.m., Fayard Hall, room 107. 985-549-2100
     Project Safe Campus: "Alcohol, Drugs & Sex," 7 p.m., Student Union Theatre.  Free.
March 18
      Women’s History Month:  David Benac, “Taking Charge: Women and the Historic Preservation Movement,” noon, Sims Memorial Library (third floor).   985-549-2100
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This week in athletics
Southeastern’s Southland Conference champion men’s basketball team will compete in the SLC Tournament during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (21-8) clinched their second straight conference title with a 58-55 win at Sam Houston State. Southeastern, the second seed in the conference tournament, will open tourney play on Tuesday, when they host Texas State at 7 p.m. Should the Lions get past the Bobcats, they will also host Thursday’s semifinal game. The championship game is set to tip on Sunday at 1 p.m. The championship game will air live on ESPN2. All of Southeastern’s tournament action will be broadcast live on KSLU 90.9 FM.
     The Southeastern baseball team (6-8) will host a quartet of games at Alumni Field this week. On Tuesday, South Alabama comes to town for a 4 p.m. game. Fans attending Tuesday night’s men’s basketball game can get in free with their ticket to the basketball game. Samford comes to town over the weekend, with Friday’s opener set for 6:30 p.m. The series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m., before concluding Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s games will be broadcast live on KSLU 90.9 FM.
     The Southeastern softball team (4-10, 0-3 SLC) has six games on the schedule this week. On Tuesday, the Lady Lions play at Grambling at 2 p.m., before playing Louisiana Tech in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. Southeastern will get back to Southland Conference play on Saturday, when they face Louisiana-Monroe in a 1 p.m. road doubleheader. The three-game set concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
     The men’s golf team will compete in its second spring tournament this week. The Lions, who finished ninth at the season-opening Tulane Intercollegiate, will compete in the Louisiana Classic on Monday and Tuesday in Lafayette.
     The men’s and women’s tennis teams will also be back in action this week. The Lions (6-6, 1-1 SLC) and the Lady Lions (1-5, 0-1 SLC) will host Austin Peay on Thursday at 1 p.m. Later in the day, the men’s team will host Southern in a 7 p.m. match at Hammond’s Oak Knoll Country Club. The Lady Lions will host a pair of SLC opponents over the weekend, as Texas-San Antonio will be in town on Saturday, with Texas State coming to Hammond on Sunday. Both matches begin at 10 a.m.
     The Southeastern track and field teams will compete in their second meet of the outdoor season this week. On Saturday, the Lions and Lady Lions will be in Hattiesburg, Miss. to compete in the USM Invitational.
Monday, March 7
     Golf, at Louisiana Classic, Lafayette, All Day
Tuesday, March 8
     Men’s Basketball, vs. Texas State (SLC First Round), University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Baseball, vs. South Alabama, Alumni Field, 4 p.m.
     Softball, at Grambling, Grambling, 2 p.m.
     Golf, at Louisiana Classic, Lafayette, All Day
Wednesday, March 9
     Softball, at Louisiana Tech (DH), Ruston, 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
     Men’s Basketball, SLC Semifinals, University Center, 7 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Men’s and Women’s Tennis, vs. Austin Peay, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 1 p.m. 
     Men’s Tennis, vs. Southern, Oak Knoll Country Club, 7 p.m.
Friday, March 11
     Baseball, vs. Samford, Alumni Field, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
Saturday, March 12
     Baseball, vs. Samford, Alumni Field, 3 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM)
     Softball, at Louisiana-Monroe (DH), Monroe, 1 p.m.
     Women’s Tennis, vs. Texas-San Antonio, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10a.m.
     Track and Field, at USM Invitational, Hattiesburg, Miss., All Day
Sunday, March 13
     Men’s Basketball, SLC Finals, TBA, 1 p.m. (KSLU 90.9 FM) (ESPN2)
     Baseball, vs. Samford, Alumni Field, 1 p.m.
     Softball, at Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, 1 p.m.
     Women’s Tennis, vs. Texas State, Southeastern Tennis Complex, 10 a.m.
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Professional activities
Philosophy professor Barbara Forrest (History and Political Science) was presented with the 2004 Benjamin E. Smith Award of the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Louisiana at its annual Civil Liberties Dinner on Feb. 26. The award is the highest honor given by the Louisiana ACLU. 
      Alison Pelegrin (English) has placed poems from her manuscript in three respected journals, The Cimmaron Review, Poems & Plays, and The Red Mountain Review. This month two of her poems will be featured in a special anniversary issue of Rive Styx
      Dr. Harold E. Davis (Accounting) presented a paper titled “Evidence and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” at the 12th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences in Las Vegas, on Feb. 25.
      Birgitta Ramsey (English) had an article titled "Re-seeing the Writing Center's Position of Service" published in The Writing Lab Newsletter in February. On Feb. 25 she also participated in LACC (Louisiana Association for  College Composition) conference in Lafayette where she and her student Kim Moore co-presented a paper called "Beyond the Writing Classroom: Capitalizing on a Moment of Potential Civic Discourse." 
      In a session on "Teaching Research Writing: Lessons in Proficiency Assessment," Natasha Whitton and Dr. Richard Louth (English) presented papers on "Classroom Practice in Research Writing" and "Trends in Assessment of Research Writing" at the Louisiana Association for College Composition conference held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Feb. 25.
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