Recognition & Awards

The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni, and Southeastern Louisiana University is certainly known to develop leaders in many fields of endeavor. A vast number of the University’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the University, and contributions to their community. The Southeastern Alumni Association established its awards program in 1969 to honor outstanding graduates and to celebrate their achievements.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Awards Evening. Nomination forms (with accompanying materials) are due in the Alumni Office no later than February 1, 2019.

Award Criteria and Process
Nominaton Form


Award recipients will be accomplished in three distinct areas as outlined below. This distinction will be reflective of Southeastern’s core values – Excellence and Caring:

Professional Achievement and Career or Military Service Distinction: The recipient has attained prominence through his or her efforts in commerce, industry, technology, the arts, education, government, military or other worthy endeavors that form a record of accomplishments on a statewide, national or international level.

Service to Society: The recipient exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service through an interest in bettering the lives of others through volunteer efforts.

Service and Support to Southeastern Louisiana University:  The recipient’s deeds and actions reflect the importance of his or her educational training, pride in alma mater and loyalty to Southeastern, as demonstrated through their interest in and support of the University, the Alumni Association and their programs.


Alumnus of the Year

This award is given to someone who has utilized their degree to achieve outstanding accomplishments in their field on an international or national basis. Southeastern’s Alumnus of the Year is an individual who reflected outstanding qualities as a Southeastern student, who has excelled in his or field after graduation and who continues to be supportive and active in Southeastern’s future.


Young Alumnus of the Year

Created in 2011, the Young Alumnus of the Year Award is to recognize an individual, age 40 or under, who has already achieved outstanding success in their vocational field, and has demonstrated a continued commitment to the University and their community.


Kathy L. Pittman Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was renamed in 2015 in honor of Alumni Director Kathy L. Pittman.  The recipient is selected by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond in generously donating their time and talent toward the betterment of the Alumni Association.


L.E. Chandler Award

Presented by the Past Presidents chapter of the Alumni Association, this award recognizes a faculty, staff, or alumnus who has assisted students in their efforts and accomplishment of extra curricular activities.


Distinguished Alumnus from each College

This award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves among the best of Southeastern graduates and have used their degree to become successful on their chosen fields on the local or state level, have demonstrated service to the University, and made contributions to their communities. Chosen by the colleges of the University, the recipients are a shining example of the unparalleled programs from which they graduated.

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

College of Business

College of Education and Human Development

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

College of Science and Technology


Friendship Oak Awards

The Friendship Oak was created to perpetuate the tradition of the friendship oak and its symbolism of strength, beauty, and lasting relationships. More importantly, it represents our alma mater and the giving power of knowledge and education. It has been presented not only to alumni but also by the University as a special gift to officiates of foreign countries and visiting dignitaries.


Director's Diamond Award

Frequently, there is one person who is outstanding in volunteering their time to assist the director of the Alumni Association with special projects. Their guidance, inspiration, and assistance make day to day operations easier for the entire Alumni staff. This award is selected and presented at the discretion of the Director of Alumni Relations.

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