June 10, 2002
Football is roaring back!
a look at scenes from the May 21 press conference announcing the return
of Southeastern's football program.
Orientation leader Ashley Harrison, left, takes a group of new freshmen
on a campus tour during one of six orientation sessions for incoming freshmen
that will be held this summer.
Additional orientation sessions are scheduled
June 19-20 and 26-27 and July 10-11 and 17-18.
During the two-day programs, students will
learn about university history, traditions, policies and services, register
for fall classes, meet advisors and administrators and take placement tests.
Be sure to make our newest students welcome!
announces retirement as baseball coach
Greg Marten, the winningest baseball
coach in Southeastern history and architect of two NCAA Regional teams,
announced his retirement on Monday after a 12-year tenure at his alma mater.
retirement is effective June 28. A national search for Marten's replacement
will begin immediately, said Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi.
like to thank Southeastern for giving me the opportunity to serve as head
baseball coach," Marten said. "I've really enjoyed my years here and I
will miss the returning players and all of the players that I have coached
over the years. I 'll especially miss working with coach (Johnny) Brecthel,
(former assistant) coach (Mark) Gosnell and coach (David) Pittman. They
have been loyal assistants from day one and I wish them all well.
really considered doing this for the past four to five years. The past
two seasons have really been tough, but that was not a deciding factor.
I've spent a lot of time away from my wife (Marley) and daughter (Myrie)
the past 12 years, and now that my daughter has graduated from Southeastern,
I'll be able to spend more time with them."
named the school's 13th head coach on Feb. 26, 1991, Marten brought national
acclaim to the baseball program leading the Lions to NCAA Regional appearances
in 1992 and 1994. He posted a 348-315 record at Southeastern and leaves
after posting the second longest tenure in school history, trailing Southeastern
legend Pat Kenelly, who coached 14
seasons from 1951 to 1964.
of the athletic department and the many athletes that have participated
in our program during Greg's tenure, I would like to express our appreciation
and gratitude for his many years of dedicated service," Pergolizzi said.
"I know that all of us wish Greg the very best in his future endeavors.
I am personally grateful for the kindness and support Greg has provided
me during my tenure at Southeastern."
a two-time Trans America Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year, posted
seven winning seasons including five 30-win seasons and guided the Lions
to a school-record 38 wins in 1992 and 1993. Two Division I All-Americans,
Jeff Williams in 1996 and Macky Waguespack in 1999, blossomed under Marten's
tutelage and his teams have produced 28 all-conference selections and picked
up two conference championships.
successful coaching stint at Ponchatoula High School, Marten returned to
Southeastern as a graduate assistant in 1987 under former head coach John
Stephenson and was elevated to a full-time assistant position the following
year. In his three years as an assistant coach (1988-90), the Lions compiled
a record of 85-59.
resigned after six seasons to take a coaching position with the Chicago
White Sox prior to the 1991 season, Southeastern quickly tabbed Marten
as head coach.
25-20 record as an independent in his first season, Marten guided the Lions
to two NCAA Regional appearances in the next three years as members of
the TAAC (now the Atlantic Sun Conference).
His 1992 Southeastern
club set a school record for wins (38), won its first conference championship
in 16 years and earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Regionals. In the
Lions' West Regional opener against second-seeded and 10th-ranked Hawaii,
senior Kirk Bullinger tossed a seven-hitter and led the Lions to an 8-0
upset win which sent Southeastern into a winner's bracket contest against
Pepperdine. The Lions lost to the eventual national champions, 8-5, and
were finally eliminated by Hawaii. The Lions, though, were not done in
1993 as they went 38-17 and won the TAAC West Division title. Southeastern
was eliminated from the conference tournament and failed to receive an
at-large bid in the regionals.
In 1994, Southeastern
finished second in the West Division to Mercer, but the Lions captured
their second TAAC crown and NCAA Regional berth. The Lions were sent to
the South I Regional at LSU where the Lions dropped games to the nationally-ranked
Tigers and to North Carolina-Greensboro.
Marten has been a long-time, loyal supporter of the whole Southeastern
athletics program," said President Randy Moffett. "Greg's interests have
always focused on the full development of the student-athlete, in the academic
arena as well as on the playing field. His presence on the baseball diamond
will be missed by the entire university community."
a member of the Southeastern Hall of Fame, played for the Lions from 1972-75,
helping lead his team to the Division II College World Series as a senior
captain. That team finished 25-13, winning the NCAA South Regional, and
ranked third in the final national poll.
his success on the field into a successful coaching career at nearby Ponchatoula
High, going 160-51 in 11 years, leading the Green Wave to the state playoffs
seven times, and reaching the state finals once. He was named the State
Class 3A Coach-of-the Year in 1980 and was selected as district Coach-of-the-Year
competition experiment underway
Last week, Southeastern biologists
planted thousands of native Louisiana wetlands plants in the pond at the
Outdoor Learning Center -- a location that has been transformed into a
unique five-year study of how plants compete.
is being conducted by Paul Keddy, Schleider Chair in Environmental Studies,
and is funded by a $375,000 National Science Foundation grant.
graduate student Ellen Palmer selects plants; below, left, Keddy checks
out a pot of arrowhead; below, right; Keddy's assistant, Michaelyn Broussard,
is busy planting.
Lion’s Roar featured in national publication
192 students Christina Williams and Todd Gautreaux look over their experiment
with their professor Sanichiro Yoshida.
credit becomes extra special for physics students
A joint student project last semester in the Department of Chemistry
and Physics highlighted some of the unique benefits of undergraduate education
Dr. Sanichiro Yoshida supervised a project
by several non-science majors to independently confirm some principle of
physics. It began when these students in his Physics 192 class at the
St. Tammany Center performed badly on an exam and approached Dr. Yoshida
for extra-credit. Dr. Yoshida agreed, the students began the project
he proposed and performed excellently.
"But more importantly, the students' performance
in the course improved to an extent that they no longer need the extra
credit," said Yoshida's colleague, David Norwood. "And they don't care
- they are continuing the project out of interest in the subject, a subject
they had no love for at the beginning."
The students, Christina Williams, a junior biology
major from Mandeville; and Todd Gautreaux, a non-traditional student from
Springfield who is majoring in industrial technology, worked on the project
together with their classmate Richard Tigert.
Norwood said the project "exemplifies some very
positive elements of an undergraduate education at Southeastern.
"Dr. Yoshida is only one example of a great many
very capable professors at Southeastern who teach at Southeastern because
they want to teach undergraduates," Norwood said. "Second, access
that faculty by undergraduates. At most universities, particularly
those with graduate programs, an undergraduate would never have the access
to a professor that is available at Southeastern, not even majors in the
professor's field, much less those from other departments.
"This anecdote exemplifies the opportunity for motivated
students with an appropriate work ethic. The poor initial performance
of these students and their later excellence shows that Southeastern provides
to students with the requisite drive an opportunity for success, no matter
their background or major," Norwood said.
In the spring 2002, The Lion's Roar, Southeastern's student
newspaper, was recognized for its coverage of the events of September
In "9-11: The College Press Responds," The Associated
Collegiate Press displays issues from college publications throughout the
nation and details their coverage of the tragedy. The Lion's Roar was
one of only four Louisiana universities featured in the book. The September
20 issue of The Lion's Roar displayed original art work created
by the student staff and photographs from the memorial service held on
campus days after the tragedy to honor the victims of 9-11.
Construction instructions from the Post
For the next six to nine months, construction will be underway in the
area adjacent to and behind the University Post Office. During this time,
the university is requiring that departments delivering mail, park either
on the north side of the Union in the reserved area, or on the east side
of the Union in the lot entering North Oak Street. Access to the parking
lot behind the Post Office is strictly prohibited. Thank you for your patient
Annual movable property certification
Property Control forwarded inventories for annual movable property
certification to primary inventory unit heads on April 17. A general
reminder, the certification deadline is June 21. Any inventory unit that
may have difficulty meeting this deadline should contact Joann Pagan in
Property Control at extension 2205.
Randy Moffett congratulates the 2002 recipients of the President's Awards
for Excellence, the university's highest faculty honors. The awards are
presented annually to faculty and staff in the areas of research, teaching,
the arts and service. From left, are Ed Gautier, director of Purchasing
and Property Control, for staff service; Moffett; Mary White, associate
professor of biological sciences, for teaching; Phillip C. Stouffer, associate
professor of biological sciences, for research; and Aristides Baraya, instructor
of foreign languages, for faculty service.
Excellence Award winners announced
Three Southeastern professors and
a staff member have been awarded the university's most prestigious honor,
the President’s Award for Excellence, in the areas of research, teaching
recognized at the university's May 18 commencement exercises, are Phillip
C. Stouffer, associate professor of biological sciences, for research;
Mary White, associate professor of biological sciences, for teaching; Aristides
Baraya, instructor of foreign languages, for faculty service; and Ed Gautier,
director of Purchasing and Property Control, for staff service.
is known internationally for his studies of migratory birds and how they
are affected by the clearing of tropical forests. A graduate of Rutgers
University and a native of Lancaster, Pa., he has published 22 papers in
prestigious research journals since joining the Southeastern faculty in
1993. He also has received more than $300,000 in external grants from sources
such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency,
the National Geographic Society and the American Museum of Natural History.
is associate editor of the ornithology journal, “The Auk.” He has directed
the research of numerous graduate and undergraduate students and is chair
of the biological sciences department’s graduate program.
his research has focused on birds, it also has encompassed tropical ecology
and conservation biology. Stouffer has researched single species such as
sparrows, warblers, thrushes, antbirds, doves and herons, and entire communities,
including species-rich Amazonian bird communities. His work in Brazil is
impacting the country’s effort to understand the consequences of rainforest
destruction. Locally, he is studying the restoration potential of the Manchac/Maurepas
ecosystem, the importance of fire management for the threatened Henslow’s
Sparrow, and the role of site preparation in industrial forestry on early-successional
sciences professor Mary White’s students describe her as knowledgeable,
enthusiastic, helpful, respectful and accessible. White, a molecular biologist,
has taught seven different courses during her 11 years on the faculty.
Believing in actively involving students in learning, she has reorganized
the university’s freshman biology labs to give them a hands-on approach
and has re-written lab manuals. She also has incorporated technology such
as PowerPoint, Blackboard and the Internet into her instruction and assignments.
for research as she is for teaching, White and her husband and colleague,
Brian Crother, received the university’s first National Science Foundation
grant in 1994 to purchase equipment to integrate molecular biology into
the curriculum. In 1995 NSF awarded her a prestigious five-year, $262,000
Career Grant. She was nominated and elected into the Project Kaleidoscope
Network for the 21st Century, which aims to strengthen science and mathematics
education in the United States. She also has attended a national Project
Kaleidoscope Workshop, “Revitalizing Undergraduate Biology.”
“I feel particularly fulfilled
by being able to combine my love of biological science discovery with my
love of teaching,” White said. “Research and professional interactions
keep me excited about science and I’m happy to communicate that excitement
to my students.”
he has only been a Southeastern faculty member for four years, his colleagues
call Aristides Baraya “an irreplaceable treasure.” Baraya was a practicing
dentist, professor and associate dean at a major university in his native
Columbia until political unrest forced him and his family to flee to the
United States seven years ago.
the Southeastern faculty as an instructor in both the departments of foreign
languages and general business, Baraya has initiated projects that “have
put the university on the map internationally.” colleagues said.
wide range of high-level contacts in Latin American world, Baraya has brought
international figures to Southeastern and has organized cultural activities
and cooperative programs that support the university’s mission to globalize
curricula and programs.
his efforts, Southeastern has hosted visits by Rene Preval, president of
Haiti; Astrid Fischel, vice president of Costa Rica; Enrique Iglesias,
president of the Inter-American Development Bank; and Mexican novelist
and Nobel Prize winner Carlos Fuentes.
organized Southeastern’s participation in March 2001 in the annual IDB
conference and the Latin American Youth Symposium. He also coordinated
the Agro-Industrial and Rural Micro Enterprises Symposium for young business
leaders from Columbia. Recently, he arranged the campus visit of more than
a dozen Kuna Indian artisans from Panama, who participated in seminars
and workshops designed to assist them in marketing their products in the
United States. He also has staged gala events such as a Latin American
Festival, an exhibit of Mexican artists and an annual International Night.
has given himself heart and soul to Southeastern,” his colleagues said.
“Service has always been his driving motive, and the competence, knowledge,
personality, charm, and dedication he brings to it make him a unique force,
of a kind rare at any institution.”
of serving,” Baraya said, “is a way of transforming dreams into realities.”
service contributions include the Boy Scouts of America, the Knights of
Columbus, the Hammond Kiwanis Club and Louisiana Special Olympics.
of the staff since his graduation from Southeastern in 1979, Gautier has
been director of Purchasing and Property Control since 1984. He also served
as a purchasing agent, and assistant director of university housing. He
has been active in the state and district chapters of the National Association
of Educational Buyers and the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing.
served as director of the Louisiana Special Olympics summer games, which
were held at Southeastern May 24-26. In that capacity, he oversaw the activities
of more than 1,000 volunteers. He served on the central games management
team from 1986-1989, when also served as games host. He directed the games
in 2001 and 1989 and has been a Special Olympics volunteer since 1980.
currently is president of the Hammond Kiwanis Club and is past advisor
to the university’s Circle K chapter, which he helped to re-charter last
year. He has been active in the Knights of Columbus and in the Boy Scouts
of America, where he is past commissioner of the Chappepeela District and
continues to serve on the district committee and chairs the Eagle Scout
board of review.
Variety of summer camps offered
Covington artist Linda Dautreuil; right, Luz-Maria Lyles' The
blends artists' stories from different cultures
Luz-Maria Lyles' and Linda Dautreuil's shared artistic vision began
with two strangers in a car. And it grew into a collaboration between two
very different artists united by their love of their heritages.
"I didn't know Maria, but we both live in
Covington," explained Dautreuil, as she arranged brightly-painted squares
of tile on the floor of Southeastern Louisiana University's Clark Hall
Gallery last week. "We both had fellowships from the Louisiana State Arts
Council. So when it came time to go to a survey of our works, we arranged
to share a ride."
Getting to know each other during their trip,
Dautreuil and Lyles discovered that a Louisianian Cajun and a native of
Honduras can have a lot in common. In their case, the connection was stories
-- the ones Dautreuil learned from her Cajun grandfather and those Lyles
grew up hearing from her Italian-Mayan Indian grandmother.
Their car ride conversation about their relatives,
their heritages and their art proved to be the common thread from which
Dautreuil and Lyles wove Visiones/Vision: Shared Stories; Diverse
Expressions, an exhibit which opened June 5 at Southeastern's Clark
The exhibit will be on display at Southeastern
through July 31 and previously was shown in Slidell, Lake Charles and Thibodaux.
It also will be displayed in Baton Rouge this fall.
Visiones/Vision: Shared Stories, Diverse
Expressions includes 30 paintings and assemblages by Lyles and Dautreuil.
The artists also collaborated on an installation, which includes an altar-like
display and 60 tiles with painted different motifs from Cajun and Hispanic
Also part of the exhibit is a videotaped
presentation of folktales by Louisiana storyteller and performing artist
Adella Gautier, better known as "Adella Adella the Storyteller." The film
was videotaped on location at Laura Plantation in Vacherie by Southeastern
photographer Claude Levet, and includes interviews, music and stories by
individuals from communities across Louisiana.
A reception for Visiones/Vision: Shared
Stories; Diverse Expressions is planned later this summer in conjunction
with Southeastern summer art camps. For additional information, contact
the Department of Visual Arts, 985-549-2193.
Registration is now underway for
Southeastern's summer day camp and specialty camps in art, music, dance
ages six to 13, can participate in the Department of Visual Arts and Department
of Continuing Education's Children's Art Education Workshops, July 8-18.
Sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
Monday through Thursday.
will create a variety of artwork in different media based on the theme
"Telling Our Tales: Storytelling in Art." Campers will create mixed media
artworks and collages, drawings, paintings, monoprints, and reliefs with
Model Magic. Older participants will also explore photography.
work will be displayed in an open house at the end of the program. Enrollment
is limited and is not guaranteed unless the registration fee accompanies
the registration form.
Summer Day Camp is open to children ages 5-10 and provides a variety of
sport skill acquisition, physical fitness and recreational games. Campers
will participate in various team and individual sports, as well as recreational
swimming and crafts.
session already underway, three two-week sessions are scheduled June 17-28
(Session II), July 8-19 (Session III); and July 22-August 2 (Session IV).
The camps are
held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended day care
is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending 5 p.m. Deadlines for registration
and payment of fees are 4:30 p.m. June 14 for Session II, July 5 for Session
III, and July 19 for Session IV.
musicians who have finished the fourth through tenth grades, but not the
eleventh grade, can participate in the Young Musicians' Camp, July 8-19,
with sessions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Age and experience
requirements for string and piano players are more flexible.
directed by veteran Southeastern music professor Jerry Voorhees, includes
band, small ensembles, evening recitals, choral singing, music theory,
private lessons, and recreation, including swimming at the University pool.
hosts several camps for school cheerleader, drill and dance squads throughout
the summer. Camps include the Universal Cheerleaders Association, June
30-July 3, and July 16-19; National Cheerleaders Association, June 13-16;
Southwestern Cheerleaders Association, June 20-23.
Dance Association, July 8-11 and July 12-15, offers drill techniques, parade
routines and precision kick routines. The Universal Dance Association Elite
Camp will be held June 10-13 instructing competition oriented teams on
choreography and techniques. National Dance Alliance, June 13-16, will
instruct a variety of dance styles, including jazz, high
kick, pom pon, prop, novelty, military
routines to the latest music and top band arrangements, and the fundamentals
in marching, including entrance and exit basics. American All-Star will
also hold a camp June 17-20, where trained professionals will exhibit team
building activities, challenging choreography, and encourage positive attributes.
or for further information, contact Southeastern Continuing Education at
985- 549-2301 or 1-800-256-2771. Information is also available online at
The Southeastern family extends its sympathy to:
Josie Mercante (Admissions) on the death of her
father, Peter Crapanzano.
The family and friends of Southeastern student Corey
Joseph Saragusa and Terry Bergeron.
Judy Easley (Textbook Rental) on the death of her
father, Thomas Wascom, May 26.
by board members, architects and Southeastern representatives, Hammond
Downtown Development District Director Marco Monoc displays a framed proclamation
recognizing the transfer of ownership of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts to Southeastern. From left, are DDD board members Logan Guess, Alma
Mitchell and Sharon Dixon, Monoc, Southeastern President Randy Moffett,
architect Jeff Smith, former DDD Director Marguerite Walter, architect
Michael Holly, Southeastern Director of Facility Planning Michael Rickenbaker,
DDD board member Michael Latino (seated), DDD President Corbet Ourso, DDD
Assistant Director Brenda Sibley, and Columbia/Fanfare Artistic Director
Donna Gay Anderson (seated).
Columbia “goes to college”
The City of Hammond’s Downtown Development District formally handed
over the ownership and care of the renovated Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts to Southeastern in May at a ceremony in the historic theater’s lobby.
“The Columbia Theatre stands as a metaphor
for the downtown area,” said Corbet Ourso, president of the DDD, which
spearheaded the $5 million rebirth of the theater along with the City of
Hammond and Southeastern. “What was once down and out with very little
hope has grown into a glorious edifice teeming with possibilities.
“And like a proud parent, we have to let her
go,” Ourso said. “Our baby is going to college.”
Turning to President Randy Moffett, Ourso
added, “It’s the best college we know and we know you’ll take great care
Since the DDD and Southeastern actually signed
paperwork transferring the building’s ownership to the university several
weeks ago, the event was mainly ceremonial. Ourso, DDD Director Marco Monoc,
architect Michael Holly, and Moffett took turns saluting the cooperative
efforts, the individuals, and the “leaps of faith” that turned the one-time
downtown eyesore into a state-of-the-art performance hall and convention
Monoc listed the building’s former owner,
First Guaranty Bank, Southeastern, the city, the DDD board and architects
Holly and Smith and Southeastern Director of Facility Planning Michael
Rickenbaker, while Moffett added former Southeastern President Sally Clausen,
area legislators, and the Sharp family, which also once owned and attempted
to revitalize the Columbia.
Holly recognized the initial vision and “tenacious”
efforts of former DDD Director Marguerite Walter and former Fanfare Artistic
Director Harriet Vogt.
He said the second phase of the building’s
included administrative offices and some rehearsal and dressing room space,
has now been completed and that bids have gone out for the final phase.
That phase will convert the adjacent former
J.C. Penney building into a conference and reception area and complete
dressing rooms and a multi-purpose space on the second floor.
“The Columbia Theatre is a perfect example
of what collaboration and partnerships can do,” Moffett said. “May the
baby grow into a grand old lady.”
The next event at the Columbia is a July 3 concert
by legendary singer Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Tickets will be available
at the Columbia box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371, or through
Division of Student Affairs has named Options, a non-profit organization
that provides service and training to individuals with developmental disabilities,
as its “community partner.” Options clients have provided maintenance services
at Southeastern from 15 years. From left, are Options supervisor Althea
Robertson, Southeastern Vice President for Student Affairs Brad O’Hara,
Options Executive Director Sylvia Bush, and Options supervisor Pat Banks.
of Student Affairs honors staff, community partner
The Division of Student Affairs has honored Options as its 2002 “community
Brad O’Hara, vice president for student affairs,
presented the division’s new award to Sylvia Bush, executive director of
the Hammond-based non-profit organizations, which provides training and
other support services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
O’Hara said Options has been associated with
Southeastern for 15 years. Options clients have provided maintenance services
in the university’s Teacher Education Center and cafeteria, and currently
work in the War Memorial Student Union. He described the Options men and
women who work at the university as “productive, reliable, fun, and a breath
of fresh air” for university employees and students.
O’Hara said that Southeastern fraternities
and sororities also host an annual social for Options clients. He said
that according to Kay Harrison, interim coordinator of Student Organizations/Greek
Life, the students’ association with the Options clients has taught them
lessons about sensitivity, caring and challenges.
Bush accepted the award along with Options
supervisors Pat Banks and Althea Robertson at an awards luncheon at the
Oak Grove Room. At the luncheon the Division of Student Affairs also honored
Nick Bruno, assistant vice president for special initiatives, and University
Police Sgt. Pat Gibson.
||Left, Vice President
for Student Affairs Brad O'Hara presents award of appreciation to Nick
Bruno; Right, Sgt. Patrick Gibson with Residential Life's Aime Anderson
Louis Schultz (Mathematics) has received two grant awards. He
was awarded $50,000 from the Delta Rural Systemic Initiative for his proposal
"Math Accountability Results Can Happen" He was also awarded $139,000 from
the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program for his proposal "Networking
to Advance Mathematics Education"
Dr. Randolph Belter (Chemistry and Physics)
received $4,000 from the Futago LL Corporation for his proposal "Chemical
Permeation of Plastics."
Dr. Richard Louth (English) received
$28,000 from the National Writing Project for his Southeastern Louisiana
Dr. Yanyi K. Djamba (Sociology and
Criminal Justice) attended the annual meeting of Population Association
of America, held in Atlanta, Ga., May 8-11, 2002. He presented a paper
entitled "Implications of Male Migration on Female Status in the Democratic
Republic of Congo" (co-authored with Dr. Seraphin Ngondo of the University
Dr. Ghassan Alkadi (Computer Science)
attended a Chautauqua Short Course “Introduction to Computer and Network
Security” on May 13-15, 2002 at the University Dayton.
Dr. Theresa Beaubouef (Computer Science),
presented a paper entitled “A Rough Set Foundation for Spatial Data Mining
Involving Vague Regions,” at the IEEE WCCI2002 Conference held May 13-17,
2002 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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