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SLU using Instagram to promote itself

Southeastern Louisiana University launched its official presence on Instagram on Aug. 27 to share images of the university, gather user-generated photos and create conversations among its community.

The university is inviting students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans to follow @oursoutheastern on Instagram.

“As the fall semester and football season kick off this month, users are encouraged to share photos of their Southeastern experiences by tagging @oursoutheastern and using the #lionup or #mysoutheastern hashtag,” said Erin Cowser, executive director of Governmental and Public Affairs. “Selected photos will be featured on the university’s website and social media pages throughout the year.”

Instagram, a free photo-sharing mobile application, adds to Southeastern’s growing social media presence. Southeastern also is active on Facebook at and Twitter at @oursoutheastern.

SLU professor’s book now in Chinese

The vocabulary book “The Word on Words: The Play of Language,” written by Southeastern Louisiana University English professor Norman German, has been translated into Chinese by famed lexicographer Zhai Xiangjun.

Xiangjun is a retired professor of English at Fudan University in Shanghai and now the senior editor at Fudan University Press. Textbooks written or edited by Xiangjun are widely used by universities in mainland China. He is noted for his translation of the American classic “Gone with the Wind.”

First published in 2011, “The Word on Words” was written by German to help students preparing for aptitude or admissions tests such as the SAT, ACT, or GRE as well as a supplemental text for those studying English as a second language. The work defines and examines 1,500 words through the context of fascinating essays about their origins and roots.

The book focuses on vocabulary, etymology, memory devices, usage, and the lucid or playful aspects of language.

Southeastern art gallery opens exhibit

The Contemporary Art Gallery at Southeastern Louisiana University opened its first exhibition of the semester Aug. 29.

Titled “Man and Nature,” the exhibit will remain open through Oct. 1.

“This national exhibition examines man’s complex relationship to the natural world,” said Dale Newkirk, associate professor and gallery director. “The exhibition will include paintings, photography, sculpture, video art and installations.”

Artists featured in the exhibit include Blade Wynne, Jack Niven, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Raina Benoit, Siodhan McBride and Courtney Egan.

The Contemporary Art Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with additional hours on Wednesday until 8 p.m. The gallery and university close at noon on Friday.

For additional information, call (985) 549-5080.

Compiled from Advocate staff reports