August 25, 2003
The 2003 recipients of the President's Award for Excellence, shown with President Randy Moffett, far left, are, from left, Ann Carruth, professor of nursing, Excellence in Research; Jean Urick, assistant professor of nursing, Excellenct in Teaching; Diane Singletary, controller, Excellence in Staff Service, and Steve Schepker, associate professor of communication, Excellence in Artistic Activity. Not shown is Ann Nauman, professor of educational leadership and technology, Excellence in Faculty Service.
Convocation, TEC ribbon cutting open new academic year
Four Southeastern professors and a staff member were awarded the university's most prestigious honor, the President’s Award for Excellence, as Southeastern kicked off the new academic year with the annual faculty-staff convocation on August 22.
      The 2003 recipients are Ann Carruth, professor of nursing, for research; Jean Urick, assistant professor of nursing, for teaching; Steve Schepker, associate professor of communication, for artistic activity; Ann Nauman, professor of educational leadership and technology, for faculty service; and Diane Singletary, controller, for staff service.
     President Randy Moffett and Provost John Crain also recognized new emeritus faculty; and 25-, 30-, 35- and 40-year service award recipients. Special guest Commissioner of Higher Education E. Joseph Savoie presented the university with $80,000, the state's match to contribute two new $100,000 endowed professorships -- the Paul B. Candies Endowed Professorship in Business and the Southeastern Alumni Association Endowed Professorship.
      Following convocation, dignitaries and university officials reconvened on the first floor of the Teacher Education Center to cut a ribbon officially opening the $7 million expansion to the center.
      Moffett credited the region's legislative delegation for their efforts in helping to secure funding for the expansion and renovation of the existing building, part of an $80 million building boom that has been taking place on the campus over the last several years. The expansion adds 40,000 square feet to the complex and includes new classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, conference rooms and a lecture hall. 
      Noting the importance of the expanded facility in helping to address a state and national shortage of highly qualified teachers, Moffett said Southeastern's education program is one of the largest in the state with more than 1,800 undergraduate and nearly 1,200 graduate students. 
      "Southeastern is known for the quality of our academic programs," he said. "We were the first to guarantee the quality of our education graduates, and last year our program was the first in the state to pass the demanding new performance-based standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This year we were given a grade of 'A' by the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Institutional Report Card and recognized as a high performing program."
      Prior to cutting the ribbon on the expansion, Martha Thornhill, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, said the atmosphere of the new facility underscores the importance of the profession of education to all other professions.
      The project was designed by Holly and Smith Architects of Hammond with construction by Brunt Construction, Inc. of Independence.Convocation story.

Martha Thornhill, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development, ceremonially snips the ribbon to open the expansion of the Cate Teacher Education Center.

Commissioner of Higher Education E. Joseph Savoie presents President Moffett with the $80,000 state match for the university's new endowed professorships.

Picnic pickers
The Physical Plant bluegrass band -- which has christened itself "High Noon," since that's the time members traditionally gather to play together -- charmed the crowd at the annual post-convocation picnic, sponsored by the Alumni Association and the Hammond Chamber of Commerce. Band members are electrician Kyle Lewis (foreground on bass), Regis Bergeron, Physical Plant assistant director; bus driver Keith Kennedy; HVAC technician Brett Kennedy, and welder John Coyne. 
Professors Emeritus
President Randy Moffett congratulates our new Emeritus faculty, from left, Harriet Vogt, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music; Walter H. Corkern, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry; James H. Hu, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science; T. Win Welford, Professor Emeritus of Communiction; Timothy M. Gautreaux, Professor Emeritus of English. Not shown, Ralph Shaw, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.

40 years
President Randy Moffett is joined by Physical Plant Paint Shop foreman Tommy Hogan, center, and Win Welford, communication, who sport their green Southeastern blazers, given in recognition of their four decades of services. Not shown are chemistry professors Ralph Shaw and Lawrence Holmes.

35 years
From left, Roy Bernard, lecturer and Associate Professor Emeritus of Computer Science; Joann Pagan, property control coordinator; and Larry Frederick, associate professor of biological sciences, are shown with President Moffett, far left, as they received "timely" gifts to honor their 35 years of service to Southeastern 

30 years
Honored for three decades of service, were (with President Moffett), from left , Dru Frederick, Gerald Guidroz, and Ron Kennedy.

25 years
With President Moffett, are, from left, 25-year service recipients Lee Paille, Richard Louth, James Dunn, Cynthia Presholdt, and Ruth Rolling, Not shown, Mildred Bryant, Robert Cudd.

Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster has proclaimed Saturday, August 30, as "Southeastern Lions Football Day." "I further urge the citizens of Hammond to wear green and gold and display green and gold in yards and businesses on this day to show support for the Lions," said Foster, a 1968 Southeastern graduate. Shown at the proclamation signing are, from left, Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi, Foster, President Randy Moffett, and Head Football Coach Hal Mumme.
The wait is over -- kick off is Saturday!
After an 18-year absence, football will return to Southeastern on Saturday when the Lions play host to Arkansas-Monticello at 7 p.m. in  Strawberry Stadium to open the 2003 campaign. 
     The Boll Weevils will be the first test for Southeastern, which will hit the field for its first game since 1985. The meeting will be the second-ever game between the two schools, with Southeastern winning the first contest over UAM, then known as Arkansas A&M, 48-14, in 1938. The Boll Weevils, led by second-year head coach Gregg Ricono, finished with a 2-8 mark in 2002.
Join in the fun....
August 28
     FE-Lions luncheon/meeting, noon, Murphy’s Seafood, Hammond. ($10 dues, plus $12 per luncheon.) 985-549-2150.
August 29
     Football kickoff activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., campus tours, North Campus Bldg. A, (Admissions);  Ponchatoula Antique City shopping; Hammond Spa Day and shopping
     Football kickoff golf tournament, 8 a.m. & 1 p.m. tee-off times, Oak Knoll CountryClub
     Downtown tailgating and Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts open house, 4:30-6:30 p.m., downtown Hammond; Football team walk through downtown, 6:30 p.m.; pep rally, 7 p.m., corner of Cate and Thomas, downtown Hammond.
August  30
     Football kickoff activities, swimming, Kinesiology and Health Studies Bldg. pool and free fitness workouts, Student Activity Center, 8 a.m.-noon; campus tours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., North Campus Bldg. A (Admissions); Kid Fun, noon-6 p.m.,Galloway Drive; “Dominos,” 1-3 p.m., Pottle Performance Circle; 3-6 p.m., alumni tailgating and KSLU live broadcast, alumni tailgating area;  “Inside tailgating,” 3-6 p.m. ($8 adults, $3 children), Twelve Oaks
     Football kickoff reunions – Former football players, Lionettes, cheerleaders, “Roomies,” noon-3 p.m., Twelve Oaks; past Alumni Association presidents, Golden Lion retirees, 3-5 p.m., Twelve Oaks 
     Pre-game activities -- Team Walk, 5 p.m., Student Union to Athletic Building; Pre-game entertainment, 6:40 p.m., Strawberry Stadium; kickoff, 7 p.m., Lions vs. Arkansas-Monticello, Strawberry Stadium

Student football ticket pickup at “Fan Day”
Students who have purchased season tickets for the six home football games can pick them up from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today (Monday, August 25) at the Student Fan Day in Strawberry Stadium.  Students must have their current Southeastern ID. No one will be allowed to pick up tickets for other students.
     Further distribution will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, August 26 in the lobby of the Athletic Building. 
     Companion seats for student season ticket holders will go on sale beginning Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. for the August 30 home opener. Companion seat will cost $13 (the cost of an adult general admission ticket).
     Students who bought a student season ticket and paid the additional fee to have it mailed, should receive the ticket by Wednesday, August 27.
     For additional information, e-mail

Bedell to sign poetry collection at bookstore August 30
Southeastern English professor and poet Jack Bedell will sign copies of his newest poetry chapbook, which contains a dozen of his best poems anthologized by Pudding House Press.
     The book signing is scheduled for 4-6 p.m., August 30, at the Southeastern Bookstore.
     The chapbook is part of Pudding House Press’s invitation-only national archiving project, “Greatest Hits.” Two years ago the successful small-press poetry publisher in Central Ohio began archiving the top 12 signature works from poets of reputation. Each invited poet chooses a dozen of their most important poems and provides an introduction. 
     Bedell has previously published three poetry chapbooks, including What Passes for Love, which won the 2000 Texas Review Poetry Chapbook Prize. A Houma native, Bedell won the1997 Texas Review Poetry Prize for At the Bonehouse, a collection of approximately 30 poems set in his native Acadiana. He received the 1997 President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity, one of the university's highest faculty honors. A member of the Southeastern faculty since 1992, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Northwestern State University and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He previously taught at both his alma mater and at the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Lionettes take first place at UDA dance camp
The Lionettes, Southeastern’s dance team, placed first in the “home routine” category for Division I schools at the Universal Dance Association Spirit Camp, held at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa July 25-27. The team also received the “Most Improved Program Award,” while the team received a superior trophy and all dancers received individual blue ribbons. Members of the 2003 Lionettes dance team are, from left, front, Danielle Mistric, Baton Rouge; Captain Kim Dottolo, Hammond; Captain Crystal Canepa, Meraux; Katerine D'Antonio; Kenner; middle,  Erin Richard, Carencro; Heather Canepa, Meraux; Brandi Taylor, Bogalusa; Ashley Guidry, Marrero; Elizabeth LeBlanc; back, Alison Camp, Rayne; Jessy Shaw, Slidell; Kelli McCormick, Covington; and Shiloh Klein, Hammond.
Important student election dates
Faculty: This year’s Homecoming -- October 13-18 -- will be one of Southeastern’s best! In association with Homecoming, the Student Government Association will sponsor elections for class beau and sweetheart and for Homecoming court. Please help SGA spread the word to students that the application deadline for these positions is earlier than usual. Application packages can be picked up at the SGA office, Student Union room 207.
     Additionally, SGA is seeking applications for Freshmen Senators. Voting for the senator positions will be held in conjunction with the Homecoming election. This is an excellent opportunity for interested freshmen to get involved.
     SGA would appreciate your including the following information in your class announcements:
     August 29 – 2003 class sweetheart and beau application deadline
     September 8-10 – Online election for class sweetheart and beau
     September 12 – 2003 Homecoming Court and Freshman Senator application deadline
     September 22-24 – Online election for Homecoming court and Frehman Senator 
     Voting is fun and easy with the new online system at For more information email

Freshman Convocation greets new students with fireworks and spirit
A giant "Roomie" welcomes Freshman to their annual convocation Sunday night, August 24. The program was followed by  a picnic  and fireworks. New director Trent Davis directs the Spirit of the Southland band in the University Center arena where more than 2,000 freshmen were expected to participate in a spirited program loaded with Southeastern tradition and presented by the Southeastern family. 

BOR grant workshop September 5
Representatives from the Board of Regents will conduct a campus workshop regarding proposals for the eligible disciplines at 10 a.m., Friday, September 5. The workshop will be held in the Southeastern Room (Room 223) of the Student Union. 
     This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and get first-hand information from the program personnel. Please RSVP to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs at ext. 5312.

Southeastern digital arts student Lori Guess’ entry was chosen as the official commemorative poster for the return of Southeastern football. Guess, center, is shown with, clockwise from lower left, Duane Shafer, associate athletics director; visual arts professor Gary Keown, director of Digital Arts; Kelly Wells, assistant athletic director; and head football coach Hal Mumme. The poster can be purchased for $10 (shipping included) by calling the Southeastern Athletics Department at 985-549-2253 or by logging onto Officials from the Tangipahoa Tourism Commission were on hand at Strawberry Stadium recently to present a $10,000 sponsorship check to the Southeastern Athletic Department. From left, are Tourism Commission board members Johnny Gregoire and Ed Hoover; Treasurer Laura White; board Vice Chairman Frank Spalitta; President Randy Moffett, Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi, Tourism Executive Director Betty Stewart, and Associate Athletic Director Duane Shafer. Tangipahoa Tourism has long been a supporter of Lion Athletics.

Who are our Southeastern “Stars”?
Do you know a student with “star”quality?  If so, tell them about the Campus Activities Board's Southeastern Star competition coming this fall!
     Eight students will be selected to compete for the title of Southeastern Star. The winner will receive $500 and $250 will be awarded to the runner-up.
     Contestants will be chosen during auditions on Wednesday, September 3 from 3-9 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Contestants should be prepared to sing a song, acapella, for the audition.
     For information, contact CAB at 549-3805.

Mandatory driver training classes
All new faculty, staff, and students who will drive on University-related business must attend a Driver Training Course. Camille Moniotte, director of Safety and Hazardous Materials Management, will conduct three classes on Fridays this semester: September 26, October 24, and November 21. 
     Those who currently drive on university-related business are required to take the course every three years. After mid-September, a memo and pre-registration form will be sent to those
persons, and to new faculty and staff, notifying them that they must take a driving class. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please call the Safety Office at 549-2157, or email:
     Registration will be held from 9-9:15 a.m. on each date, with class beginning promptly at 9:15 a.m.  All classes will be held in the University Center, Room 133, and each will last approximately one and one-half hours.

Alum hosts Fox reality show
Jackie Castrogiovanni, a Southeastern Communication graduate, is one of the associate producers of a new Fox reality show called "Performing As . . ." that is debuting Tuesday, August 26 at 7 CDT. The show's web site can be found at

Arteamerica exhibit opens Thursday at Clark Hall Gallery
Arteamerica, an exhibit by painter Julian Touceda, will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m., August 28, at Clark Hall Gallery.
      A native of Honduras, Touceda studied art at Delgado Community College, and graduated in fine arts from the University of New Orleans. His brightly colored works contain symbols such as mangos, hummingbirds, flags and bilingual graffiti. These images point starkly to the violence, greed, and betrayal of the modern world. 
      Touceda immigrated with his family to New Orleans at the age of six. Unable to speak English, he communicated in school by drawing beautiful pictures of his homeland. Now a professional visual artist in graphic arts, murals, paintings, photography, and computer arts, he has received numerous awards as both an artist and poet. His work has been supported with grants and an artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and has been exhibited throughout the South. Many of his works are in private collections in the United States, Spain, Germany, and Latin America.
      In his artist statement, Touceda said the exhibit’s purpose is “to promote Latin American culture through art. “Because of the large Hispanic population in the United States,” he said, “we are seeing what I consider to be a cultural evolution in the United States. It is this cultural evolution that has inspired me to create a pictorial history of the Hispanic world, and the hope that the Anglo and African American will have a better understanding of the Latin Culture, and embrace its complexities and not fear it.”
      Touceda said Arteamerica is a combination of many styles that he has used throughout his career, which began at the age of 16. “The ever-changing themes and colorful motifs promote not only my Hispanic culture but different trends of contemporary art in the new century,” he said. “The rich regional canopy of New Orleans on the edge of the tropical sphere blend with its historical commonality to the rest of the Latin American disapora.”
      The exhibit will be on display at Clark Hall Gallery through September 25. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. For additional information, contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 985-549-5080.
Coming up...
August 28-September 25
Arteamerica, paintings by Julian Touceda, Clark Hall Gallery. Opening reception: 5-7 p.m, August 28. Gallery hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays. 985-549-5080.
August 25
    First day of Fall 2003 semester. 
    Late registration for Fall 2003 semester. 
August 26
    University Chorus/Northshore Chorale rehearsal, 7-9 p.m., Music Annex choral room. 985-549-2334. 
    Late registration for Fall 2003 semester. 
August 28
    FE-Lions luncheon/meeting, noon, Murphy’s Seafood, Hammond. ($10 dues, plus $12 per luncheon.) 985-549-2150.
August 27
    Late registration for Fall 2003 semester. 
August 29
    "First Game Eve" -- see details above
August  30
     "First Game Day" -- see details above
September 1
    Baton Rouge Concert Band featuring Southeastern faculty, 7 p.m., State Capitol, Baton Rouge.
September 2
    University Chorus/Northshore Chorale rehearsal, 7-9 p.m., Music Annex choral room. 985-549-2334. 
September 4
    Small Business Certificate Program, 5-8 p.m., St. Tammany Center, Koop Drive, Mandeville. $10 per class, $70 for series. 985-549-3831

This week in athletics
Football is not the only sport to open its season this week, as the Southeastern women’s soccer team begins defense of its 2002  Southland Conference regular season title this week. The Lady Lions play  host to Arkansas-Little Rock at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Southeastern Soccer Complex.
     Volleyball will travel to New Orleans to compete in the UNO invitational. The Lady Lions will face the host Lady Privateers on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Southeastern faces Butler at 10 a.m. and Samford at 5 p.m.
Friday, August 29
    Women’s Soccer, vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 4:30 p.m.
    Volleyball, at UNO (UNO Invitational), New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 30
    Football, vs. Arkansas-Monticello, Strawberry Stadium, 7 p.m.
    Volleyball, vs. Butler (UNO Invitational), New Orleans, 10 a.m.
    Volleyball, vs. Samford (UNO Invitational), New Orleans, 5 p.m.

Kick Off fall 2003 at the Sims Memorial Library Faculty Orientation
New and returning faculty are invited to Sims Memorial Library for "Kick Off Fall 2003," a Sims Library Orientation to be held Wednesday, September 10. Access to and information about new resources and services will be demonstrated, and faculty will have the opportunity to meet the Library Liaison for their Department. Presentations will be held during two consecutive sessions. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to noon; the second, noon to 4 p.m. Lunch will be available at both sessions. 
    To register, email your name, department and the session you plan to attend to by September 5. 
     These sessions are offered by the Library as part of the New Faculty Workshop Series, co-sponsored with the Center for Faculty Excellence.

SBDC sponsors seminar on military leave
The Small Business Development Center and area economic development organizations are sponsoring a free seminar titled "When Employees March Off:  Military Leave from Work."  The event will give employers an outline to follow regarding military leave of absence based on the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) and the Military Services Relief Act (MSRA). Topics will include length of military absence, giving notice, return to work, right of re-employed persons, health benefits, and more.
     The seminar will be held from 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, September 23 at the University Center, room 127. To register or for more information, contact Sandy Armstead at the SBDC, 985-549-3831 or

Professional activities
Sue Parrill (English), presented a paper, "The Americanization of Jane: Three Early  Television Adaptations," at the Eighteenth Century Women Writers Conference in Winchester, England, on July 14. Parrill's essay "Not the Bluebird of Happiness: Bird Imagery in the Film Mansfield Park" was published in Film/Literature Quarterly, Vol 31, no. 3, 2003.
    Wayne Cain, Liz Black, Mary Heleniak, Todd Delaney, and Steve Portier (KSLU) co-sponsored with SugaCanes Jazz and Blues Club the first annual Hot August Blues Contest during Hot August Night, August 15. Eight semi-finalists who competed during the month of July played to a large crowd to earn the name "Best New Blues Artist on the North Shore." The first place winner was awarded the opportunity to record and receive 50 mass produced CD's plus air time on KSLU's Blues Cruise which airs Monday through Friday 6 -7 pm. James Bass of Ponchatoula was announced the Best New Blues Artist on the North Shore, while Jonathan Miles of Walker received Runner-Up. KSLU held a drawing for a framed musical print depicting Louisiana music including Blues, Gospel and more.  KSLU and SugaCanes are already planning next year's event.
    Elisabetta LeJeune (English) presented "African-American Women and the Challenge of Writing for the Academic  Audience" at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Rhodes, Greece, July 2-5.
    Dr. Judith Fai-Podlipnik (History) served as honorary lecturer at The Florida State University's Summer Holocaust Institute for Educators in June 2004. Her lecture was titled "Hungary: the Destruction of the Last Jewish Community in Europe During the Holocaust."
    Dr. Jeff Totten (Marketing & Finance) attended the 2003 Society for Case Research Summer Workshop at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, July 24-26, where he presented his case and teaching note, "Where the Heck Is That?: The Name Change Decision at Bemidji State," for  critique.  He also participated in the critiques of other cases and notes, as well as attended the SCR Board meeting.
    Dr. Dale Parent (Sociology)  presented a paper entitled "Changing Territorial Stratification in Southeastern Louisiana: Local and Global Factors" at the Annual Conference of the Rural Sociological Society, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in August 2003. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Danilo Levi (Sociology and International Initiatives) and Dr. Rick Samson (Geography).
    Major (Dr.) David Ramsey (General Business) recently returned from Fort Leavenworth where among other things he took the Army English Diagnostic Test.  He became the first person in 30 years to pass the exam with a 100 percent score.
    "Stone Children, Marble Men and Brazen Women: the Stories Behind Three Public Sculptures in South Baton Rouge," an article by Charles Elliott (History and Political Science), appeared in the History section of the August 2003 issue of the South Baton Rouge Journal

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