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Southeastern kicks off campus wide initiative with Earth Day
"Go Green & Keep it Clean," a new campus-wide initiative was kicked off during the annual Earth Day event on campus (April 22).
"Ranging from a litter abatement campaign and programs with the Tobacco Free Living campus component to the university Physical Plant's recycling and clean energy endeavors, Go Green & Keep It Clean! is designed to make it a habit for those who enjoy our beautiful campus to contribute to its upkeep and enhancements," said Erin Cowser, executive director of Public and Governmental Affairs.
Groups such as SGA, the Department of Science and Technology, Physical Plant staff, Administration and the University Police Department have already committed to partnering in the initiative, and many of them were on hand to discuss their contributions during the event.
The University Police Department was there to explain the upcoming Litter Ticket Blitz in the fall. Each litter ticket will result in either a $50 fine or five hours of litter pickup on campus.
"Litter is serious business, costing the university money in terms of personnel dedicated solely to litter pickup," Cowser said. "Despite placement of trash cans and containers on campus property, there is an overabundance of trash in certain gathering areas and especially in university parking lots."
The annual Earth Day event featured special "green" activities, such as trash pickup day, an electronic recycling table hosted by Microsoft, a Mardi Gras beads recycling booth for donations to the Options bead program and other recycling containers for students.
SOUTHEASTERN CELEBRATES EARTH DAY – Southeastern organizational communication graduate student Suzanne Harris of St. Amant talks with sophomore physics major Julian Ellis of Maurepas about sustainability initiatives sponsored by the various campuses of the University of Louisiana System, including Southeastern. The exhibit was part of Southeastern's celebration of Earth Day on Monday (April 22) held in the War Memorial Student Union. Other exhibits focused on recycling of materials, including electronic components, clean energy endeavors, and a planned litter abatement campaign.
Judge Burrell Carter to address Southeastern graduates
Retired Chief Judge Burnell J. Carter of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals will serve as commencement speaker at Southeastern's graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 18.
Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the University Center, the ceremony will recognize approximately 1,250 students receiving bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.
Carter has served on the First Circuit Court of Appeals since 1982 and served as chief judge from 1999 to his retirement. He has also served as Justice Ad Hoc for the State Supreme Court in 1982 and 1995 and Justice Ad Hoc for the Fourth Circuit in 1989.
A resident of Greensburg, he graduated from LSU where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He graduated first in his class at LSU Law School in 1958, where he served as associate editor of the Louisiana Law Review, was a member of the Order of the Coif, and received the School of Law Honors Award and the Criminal Law Award. He was named to the Paul M. Hebert Law Center Hall of Fame in 1987.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Carter served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps on both active and reserve duty and achieved the rank of captain. He is a member of the Reserve Officers Association and the Military Order of World Wars.
Shortly after his graduation from law school, he began his legal career as a practicing general attorney in Greensburg. He served as a law clerk for Judge Robert Ellis of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, served on the Board of Aldermen and as mayor for the Town of Greensburg.
Carter served as a judge on the 21st Judicial District Court, having been appointed to fill a vacant seat in 1974. He was elected to the position in 1975 and 1978 and then served as chief judge from 1979-1981 when he joined the Court of Appeals.
A member of numerous professional associations, he has served as president and vice president of the 21st Judicial District Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges, and the American Judges Association. He is a Judicial Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Association and served as a member of the Judicial Division Committee on Ethics and Professionalism for the American Bar Association.
His civic involvement includes serving as Past Commander of the American Legion Post 187, as a member of the Board for the Capital Area Agency on Aging, and on the Southeastern Louisiana University Development Foundation Board.
Southeastern choirs to present 'A Night of Brahms'
The Southeastern choirs, together with the Northshore Choral Society, will combine to present "A Night of Brahms" at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond on Tuesday, April 30.
Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the 100-voice choir will be directed by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, director of choral activities. The performance will feature chorus and orchestra, including harp and four-hand piano.
Rowe said the concert will open with the Southeastern Women's Chorale performing Johannes Brahms' d"Gesënge für Frauenchor," a four-movement work for women's chorus with harp and two French horns. The Southeastern Concert Choir – consisting of the leading female and male vocalists at the university – will then perform one of Brahms' most well-known works, "Liebselieder Walzer," featuring interim Department Head Kenneth Boulton and his wife JoAnne Barry on four-hand piano.
The program will include three other Brahms works: "Geistliches Lied," "Nänie," and "Schicksalslied" ("Song of Destiny").
"These are some of Brahms' most beloved choral works," said Rowe. "They are filled with lush harmonies and melodies that weave through the texture without end."
Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 East Thomas Street, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour before the performance. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for Southeastern alumni, faculty, and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with student identification. For more information on tickets, contact the Columbia Theatre box office at 543-4371.
Alice the Brave
"Alice," played by Southeastern student Olivia Matte, squares off with the "Mad Hatter," performed by LSU student Tyler Meyer in a dress rehearsal for the play "Alice the Brave and Other Tales from Wonderland," to be performed at 7 p.m. at Southeastern's Vonnie Borden Theatre on May 1-2.
Tickets for all ages are $10. Directed by Jim Winter, Southeastern assistant professor of acting and directing, the production is a triple partnership involving the university, the City of Bogalusa and the Southeastern chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary theatre society. For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 549-2184.
(Photo by Armond Romaine)
Southeastern to host Ring Ceremony May 1
Southeastern will hold its annual Ring Ceremony May 1 in the Student Union Theatre.
The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. with a reception to follow. Students will receive their rings from President John Crain and take a special "Oath of Pride."
The event is a partnership with the Alumni Association and the Division of Student Affairs. Alumni sponsors the ceremony, members of Gamma Beta Phi help with ushering, and the the ladies of Phi Mu Fraternity will host the reception that follows.
"This is an exciting time for all of our seniors. It is the beginning of the culmination process, moving from a student toward becoming an alumnus," said Southeastern Alumni Director Kathy Pittman. "The official ring is recognized by alumni everywhere. You will find that no matter where your job may take you, the ring is a common denominator that offers an opportunity to begin a conversation with a Southeastern graduate. The ring is a tradition and something that you can hand down to your own children in years to come."
The university ring, unveiled during Homecoming 2005, was created by Balfour and designed by a committee of Southeastern students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is available to students and alumni through the campus bookstore at www.southeastern.edu/admin/bookstore/index.html or through Balfour at www.balfour.com/College/College Home.aspx?Collegeld=LA31.
Columbia Theatre to present the Travelin' McCourys
Bluegrass music returns to Southeastern's Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts when the Travelin' McCourys take the stage on May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Here for one night only, the Travelin' McCourys entertain audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres, said C. Roy Blackwood, interim director of the Columbia Theatre.
"No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father's work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people's lives," he said. "And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating."
Tickets range from $28 - $36 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at www.columbiatheatre.org.
All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for the Travelin' McCourys and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 543-4371 for more information.
Southeastern to hold dance auditions for fall concert
Southeastern's dance program is holding auditions Monday, May 6, for an upcoming dance concert to be directed by alumnus and dance instructor Skip Costa.
Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the concert will be held in the fall.
Auditions are scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. in the dance studio located in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, room 153. Dance Professor Martie Fellom said the auditions are open to Southeastern students, who can earn a one-hour credit for rehearsals and performance. Students selected for performance will be required to register for one of the Dance Technique one-hour courses offered this fall. Auditions are also open to high school seniors.
"The audition will be modern/contemporary," Fellom said. "Students should wear something that shows their form, especially on the upper body torso."
For more information contact Fellom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 549-2133.
Southeastern's Lion's Roar newspaper wins LPA Awards
Staff members of Southeastern's student newspaper The Lion's Roar were recognized in the Better Student Newspaper Competition for their work at the 133rd Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention held in Baton Rouge on April 20.
For the second year, Michael Dinino Jr. swept all three prizes for his advertising design work in the "Staff Generated-Black and White" category taking first, second, and third place. Dinino, a sophomore art major from Prairieville concentrating in graphic design, also received first and second place awards for his advertising designs in the "Staff Generated-Color" category. His first place designs were both for local businesses, Raxx Pool Hall in the B&W category, and Sarita's Grill & Cantina in the color category.
Assistant Editor Christopher Martin received a first place award in the "Best News Story" category for his article covering the Defense of Marriage Act. The junior communication major from Albany also earned second place, third place and honorable mention awards in the "Best Sports Photo" category.
Arts and Entertainment editor Sara Patrick, a junior communication major from Houma, received an honorable mention award in the "Best News Story" category for her article about a local businessman who sued the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff after officers raided the business and confiscated sachets often consumed as a synthetic drug.
Freshman Riana Karger received an honorable mention award in the "Most Effective Use of Graphic Design on One Page" category for her artwork that accompanied a story about the dangers of drinking. Karger, a native of Luling majoring in art with a concentration in new media and animation, regularly designs artwork and editorial cartoons for The Lion's Roar. Senior art major Tony Romain, of Slidell, placed second in the "Best News Photo" category for his photo of a student lip sync competition.
The Louisiana Press Association is a state-wide association of Louisiana newspapers and other media founded in 1880. This year 74 newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers submitted more than 3,500 entries for judging.
The Lion's Roar can be found on newsstands each Tuesday during regular semesters, online at www.lionsroarnews.com, or at www.facebook.com/lionsroarnews.
ROARING WITH PRIDE – Southeastern students were recently honored with Louisiana Press Association Awards for their work with the student newspaper The Lions Roar. From left are Sara Patrick, Christopher Martin, Michael "M.J." Dinino Jr. and Nick BeJeaux, editor in chief of The Lion's Roar. Not pictured are Riana Karger and Tony Romain.
College of Education to present lecture
The College of Education will present the lecture School Law Update: New Reporting Responsibilities for Child Abuse by Dr. Raymond Fink on May 2.
As part of the Issues in Contemporary Education Series, the lecture is scheduled from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m., in the TEC Lecture Hall, room 1022. The presentation will last one hour, with the last 15 minutes dedicated to Q&A.
To RSVP, contact Dr. Kathy Campbell at email@example.com.
The massive wings of Icarus spanned the entry way of the Contemporary Art Gallery
for the recent Southeastern Louisiana University student juried exhibition.
The sculpture – titled "Take Flight" and made from aluminum, sycamore, copper, leather and nickel - represents the Greek mythological character Icarus, the son of a master craftsman. At Southeastern, it is a modern day student craftsman behind the domineering work of art, and one who is now lending his talent and time to commemorate a fallen Louisiana hero.
"We have certain students at Southeastern who have exceptional skills and ideas," said Assistant Professor of Sculpture Jeff Mickey. "Zach is one of them."
Senior sculpture major Zach Slough, a native of Wabash, Ind., moved to Louisiana five years ago. The full-time student also works more than 30 hours a week at Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden, a job that utilizes his abilities as a welder-fabricator.
"I really like to work with my hands. I like to build things," said Slough. "I tend to get wrapped up in the minutia of things. I like the little details that take a long time to do."
"Take Flight" took nearly 300 hours to complete. Now Slough's current artistic endeavor also consumes his days and nights.
"The Deputy Chief of Police in Washington Parish, Olander Smith, contacted me about a project he was in charge of and asked if I knew someone suitable, -- either faculty or a student -- who would be willing to take on the work," Mickey said.
"As an alumnus of the school, I know the quality of work required by students, and Southeastern was the first thing that came to mind when we began our journey," Smith said.
That journey involves construction of a memorial to seven fallen deputies in Washington Parish, dating back to 1899, with a particular emphasis on a case that remains unsolved.
Smith explained that Oneal Moore was the first African American deputy to serve with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. Moore was murdered in Varnado in 1965. Two suspects were arrested shortly after the murder, but no charges were ever filed. Smith said the FBI has reopened the case three times since then. The prime suspect died in 2003.
"Jeff approached me and asked if I'd be interested in accepting a commission to work on the memorial and I said yes," said Slough. "For Oneal Moore to want to take those kinds of risks and do that job in 1965 really speaks to his character. He must have been a real stand-up guy."
As Slough began the drafting process, a new problem emerged.
"I only had one picture to work with," he said. "I didn't have a lot of wiggle room, so I had to make it a certain way."
Instead of a full bust, the Moore memorial will be a bronze relief.
"The final, finished product will be a stand that comes out of the ground and then slightly recesses into the wall." said Slough. "The relief will have his face, name, dates of birth and death, and the background will be textured."
The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is providing the funds for the materials.
Slough plans to attend the ceremony and meet Moore's family.
"My main objective is for Oneal Moore's wife to look at the relief and think it looks like him," Slough said. "If that happens, then I'm going to be happy."
Mickey said he's watched Slough work intricately on this piece and build a connection.
"There has to be an emotional bond between you and the piece you're creating," said Mickey. "Zach is the kind of student who doesn't need a lot of intensive hand holding. He comes to me when he has a problem, and I help mature his ideas."
"You have to fall in love with your work," said Slough. "If you really love something, it's hard to fail at it."
1) TAKE FLIGHT – Southeastern Louisiana University senior art student Zach Slough poses with his massive sculpture "Take Flight," which highlighted the recent juried student exhibition at the university.
2) MEMORIAL WORK – Southeastern art student Zach Slough works on the plaque he is creating for the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office to memorialize Oneal Moore, the parish's first African-American deputy who was killed in 1965.
Environmental health specialist assists in review of toxic substance exposure database
A Southeastern occupational and environmental health specialist played an important role in reviewing a site exposure matrix database used to process health claims by workers involved in the production of nuclear weapons during the Cold War.
Ephraim Massawe, assistant professor of occupational safety, health and environment, served on the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Committee that reviewed the Site Exposure Matrix (SEM), a database used by the Department of Labor (DOL). The SEM is used in processing and adjudicating claims by former employees and contractors of the Department of Energy and Department of Defense who were exposed to radiation and toxic chemicals in nuclear weapons production and those who continue to work in decontaminating nuclear-related waste sites.
It is estimated that more than 600,000 American workers and surviving spouses and families may have claims related to nuclear weapons production.
The committee – made up of experts from different disciplines in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, epidemiology, biostatistics, risk assessment, and safety and public health – presented its report last month to the Institute of Medicine. The report is intended to improve information on the links between toxic substances and the health effects of occupational exposure to chemicals and radiation, and to support the processing and adjudication of claims.
"These workers were exposed to a wide range of radioactive and other toxic substances at various sites and facilities," said Massawe. "In many cases, because of confidentiality, they may not have known the chemicals they were working with. Some of the exposure may have been relatively benign, but some could have been highly toxic. What is not known, for the most part, are the types of site-specific exposure scenarios, chemicals and other forms of exposures that workers or contractors may have had, which may or may not be reflected in the SEM. In some situations, disease links to toxic substances used at these nuclear processing facilities are difficult to establish or may take many years to establish with confidence."
Massawe said one of the committee recommendations was to use additional databases to complement the SEM and support the work of the DOL.
Massawe said the committee was also charged with assessing the scientific rigor of the disease links in the database and discussing a consistent methodology to complement the database in situations where existing studies are inconclusive.
He said the work originated when the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act was enacted in early 2000 to provide compensation for workers and contractors of the departments of Defense and Energy who claim to have suffered from a disease linked to exposure at one or more of the sites.
The committee met over an 18-month period. It conducted public meetings, at which it heard from the Department of Labor, the National Library of Medicine and former workers and their advocates.
Committee members spent a considerable amount of time assessing the diseases that may have affected the workers, but which had no links in the SEM database, he said.
"In general, we found a lot of strengths in the SEM; it serves as a good, initial resource of information in dealing with claims of exposure and links to medical conditions or health outcomes," Massawe said.
He said the committee made several specific recommendations to the DOL designed to strengthen the database and to provide additional information for claimants about exposure to toxic substances and for claims examiners to assist in the claims process.
Arbor Day celebrated
Director of Sustainability Russell Evans, right, and horticulturalist Clint Rushing plant an oak tree on the grounds of the Southeastern Lab School Friday, 2013 Arbor Day. The students participated in the celebration by digging the hole for the tree. The tree was donated by Bracy's Wholesale Nursery of Amite.
Phi Kappa Phi news
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Spring Induction and Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 2. Induction ceremonies honoring new initiates will take place at the Student Union Theatre at 5:30 p.m., followed by a banquet at Twelve Oaks at 6:30 p.m.
Special guest speaker is Southeastern alumna and Ponchatoula native, Randi Rousseau, who works as the morning anchor for New Orleans television station WDSU.
Banquet tickets are $20 and must be purchased by Monday, April 30. Please send checks to Joan Faust, SLU 10861, Hammond, LA, 70402, or drop them off at Dr. Faust's office, room 392 in D Vickers Hall.
College of Education to hold honors convocation
The College of Education's annual Honors Convocation will be held Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre, located on the second floor of the Student Union. All interested persons are invited to attend.
Biological Sciences graduate student Kimberly Smelker of Austin, Tex., explains her
research on blood samples collected from loggerhead sea turtles in Florida and South
Carolinaa to student Deshae Sorrells. Student researchers displayed their work this
spring at the annual Student Showcase sponsored by the office of Sponsored Research
and Programs. More than 100 students representing 12 departments from all colleges
participated in the showcase.
Southeastern in the news
Southeastern reports suicide of 19-year-old student
Veteran Judge Carter to address Southeastern graduates
Student dedicates time, talent to fallen deputy memorial
Columbia Theatre presents Traveling McCourys Friday
Amite Tangi Digest
Southeastern honors jazz legend Bill Evans
Southeastern Wind Symphony to feature Broadway's Ivan Rutherford
Southeastern student from Nepal found dead on campus
Southeastern hosts annual ring ceremony May 1
Alice and the Mad Hatter to be performed
Lots of interest shown in IBM jobs
SLU senior sculpts plaque of slain sheriff's deputy
Columbia Theatre receives donation
Social entrepreneur to present business talk
Two SLU professors receive Sweatt Medal awards
Development center receives accreditation
Hammond Daily Star
SLU graduation to include retired appeals judge
NO Times Picayune
Mt. Carmel, International High School take top honors at SLU Foreign Languages Festival
WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge
Robert Alford preps for the draft
Brandi Marino, junior flute recital, Pottle Annex Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
All-Brahms Choral Concert, with Southeastern choirs and Northshore Choral Society, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Call 985-543-4371 for ticket information.
Southeastern Symphonic Band, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Jessie White, junior clarinet recital, Pottle Annex Recital Hall, 5 p.m.
2013 Bill Evans Jazz Festival: Southeastern Jazz Combos and Jazz Ensemble II, with guest James Carter, saxophone, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Anastasiia Ped, junior voice recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Leon Moore, graduate voice recital, Pottle Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Phi Mu Alpha Concert, Pottle Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
For more information on these and other upcoming events in Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, please call 549-2184 or 549-2193 or visit our website at www.southeastern.edu/fpa.
This Week in Athletics
The Southeastern baseball and softball teams will hit the road for key Southland Conference series, while the women's basketball program will host the "Bunko for Basketball" scholarship fundraiser during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
The Lion baseball team (28-17, 11-7 Southland), which sits in third place in the Southland Conference standings, will open the week with a 6:30 p.m. non-conference contest at Tulane on Tuesday. On Friday, Southeastern opens a three-game Southland Conference series at Central Arkansas with a 6 p.m. contest. On Saturday, the Lions and Bears continue the series at 6:30 p.m. before meeting in Sunday's series finale at 1 p.m.
The Southeastern softball team (30-18, 12-11 Southland) will close out the regular season this week. The Lady Lions will be at Stephen F. Austin for a three-game Southland Conference series, which opens on Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader and closes with Sunday's 12 p.m. series finale. Southeastern heads into the final weekend of the season with a game and a half lead over Lamar for the final spot in next week's Southland Conference Tournament. The Lady Lions either need two wins, one win and one Lamar loss or two Lamar losses to clinch a postseason berth for the first time since 2008.
Sponsored by the Lady Lions' mentoring and support group PRIDE, "Bunko for Basketball" is Saturday at Twelve Oaks. This year's event has a fun "Disco Bunko" theme. Doors at Twelve Oaks will open at 6 p.m., with Bunko games beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, and $200 for a table of four. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beverages and a silent auction.
Bunko for Basketball tickets can be obtained from PRIDE members and at the Lion Athletics ticket office in the Dugas Center for Southeastern Athletics, 800 Galloway Drive, and the Lady Lion Basketball office, room 106 in the University Center, 800 W. University Ave. For information call 985-345-8133 or 985-549-LION.
All of this week's baseball action can be heard in the Hammond area on KSLU-FM (90.9) and LionSports.net. Live stats, provided by Stephen F. Austin, for the softball series can be accessed at LionSports.net.
Tuesday, April 30
Baseball, at Tulane, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)
Friday, May 3
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6 p.m. (KSLU)*
Saturday, May 4
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 6:30 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Stephen F. Austin (DH), Nacogdoches, Texas, 1 p.m.*
Women's Basketball, Bunko for Basketball, Twelve Oaks, 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
Baseball, at Central Arkansas, Conway, Ark., 1 p.m. (KSLU)*
Softball, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 12 p.m.*
* - Southland Conference contest
Dr. C. Denelle Cowart (English) delivered a paper titled "Rewriting the Past" at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, held in Chicago April 10-14.
Dr. Martin Kearney (English) presented his essay "A 1970s Revival of the Irish Revival: Horslips and The Tain" at the national American Conference for Irish Studies in Chicago, on April 12. The essay was composed in conjunction with Kearney's teaching and research activities associated with the Leolla Purcell Endowed Professorship in English.
Drs. Sanichiro Yoshida and Hye-Young Kim (Chemistry & Physics) and nine Southeastern current physics major students attended 'the 22nd Annual USM/USA/SELU Miniconference on Undergraduate Research in the Mathematical Sciences held on April 18 at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Six undergraduate students who gave oral presentations on their undergraduate research in this conference included David Didie, Sushovit Adhikari, Steve Freeney, Saugat Ghimire, Sumit Libi, and Suyash Rijal.
William B. Robison (History and Political Science) was the keynote speaker for "Will in the World": The 7th Annual Shakespeare Festival sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society) at Louisiana Tech University on April 23, 2013. He presented two lectures, "Will Out of This World: Shakespeare on Film and Television," and "War, Sex, and Dirty Politics: Why We Love Watching the Tudors on Film and Television" (the keynote address).
On April 17, Mary Mocsary (English) presented "B-I-N-G-O and Bingo Was Its Name: A Review of Classical and Contemporary Literature" at the 41st Annual Conference for the Louisiana Association for Student Assistance Programs in Baton Rouge. Mary created a Bingo game that reviewed much of the literature, authors, and literary terminology that high school students should know before entering college. As a result of the presentation, she was invited by the director of the new Classic Upward Bound Program at LSU to present a day-long workshop, sharing many of the fun, active learning approaches she has developed over a twenty-five-year period of working with Southeastern's Upward Bound Programs. Also, on April 23, she celebrated William Shakespeare's 449th birthday with Loranger High School's six sections of English II by presenting "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: The Noblest Play of Them All." The students were engaged and prepared to play games that helped them review for their final test on the play.
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