ByLion--July 8


Fine Art Showcase

Fall convocation scheduled

Student wins Emmy Award

Southeastern in the news

Professional activities

A gathering of artists
2013 artistsArtists from throughout the region gathered recently at the University President's Residence for the seventh annual Louisiana Fine Art Showcase, a unique exhibition displayed for a full year in the President's Residence.
     This year's exhibition includes artworks from 38 artists, most of whom live and work in the Northshore area or in south Louisiana. President John L. Crain acknowledged the generosity of the artists in allowing their works to be displayed. The showcase is curated by Dale Newkirk, professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Fall convocation scheduled

Southeastern will launch the 2013-2014 academic year with its annual fall convocation for faculty and staff on Friday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
     The convocation will include presentation of the President's Awards for Excellence, the university's highest faculty and staff honors, as well as presentation of service awards to faculty and staff who have been with the university for 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure and promotions, and donors who have established newly endowed professorships.
     The university will provide a shuttle service to the event for faculty and staff to and from the parking facility adjacent to Strawberry Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic at Twelve Oaks on campus will immediately follow the morning's ceremonies.

Southeastern Channel student wins Emmy Award

Student Emmy winners A student television news anchor-reporter at Southeastern's educational access channel has been recognized with an Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Suncoast Region.
     Chrissy Carter of LaPlace, an anchor-reporter for the award-winning student newscast of the Southeastern Channel's "Northshore News," won the 2013 student Emmy for "On-Camera Performance." It was the only Emmy awarded to a college student in the Suncoast Region, which is comprised of all television stations and production entities in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.
     Two other Southeastern Channel students received Emmy honorable mention recognitions. Marshall Courtney and Allen Cutrer, both of Baton Rouge, earned acclaim in the "Videography" category. Courtney won for his camera work from the 2012 Southeastern-Stephen F. Austin football broadcast, while Cutrer won for his videography for a "Northshore News" segment on a local master duck carver.
     "The Emmy is the highest award that you can win in television, so this is a tremendous honor for Chrissy and well-deserved recognition for Allen and Marshall to be named among the top television students in the region," said Southeastern Channel general manager Rick Settoon.
     "I can't think of a more deserving student than Chrissy," Settoon added.  "In her four years at the Southeastern Channel, she's won more national and regional awards than any television student in the country. Her talent level is off the charts, and her work ethic and attitude have been exemplary. She has a wonderful career ahead in the TV news industry."
     Carter has won awards for "Best College Television Journalist," "Best Television Hard News Reporter," and "Best Overall Journalist" at the Southeast Journalism Conference out of all universities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas.
     She's also won Mark of Excellence awards for "Best Television Hard News Reporting," "Best Television News Feature Reporting" and "Best Television News Photography" given by the Society of Professional Journalists. Two of her "Northshore News" stories were nominated for 2011 Emmys in the college division.
     "Winning an Emmy for my work is such an honor and blessing," Carter said.  "I consider this one of the most prestigious honors one can receive in journalism. My work and training at the Southeastern Channel gave me the skills needed to win this Emmy. The channel gave me real-world experience and taught me all aspects of broadcast journalism."
     In addition to her anchoring and reporting duties, Carter has served as show producer for "Northshore News," named one of the top three student newscasts in the country by College Broadcasters, Inc.
     The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) awards Emmys to those productions achieving excellence in television at the highest level. Winners are selected after rounds of judging against the Emmy standard of excellence, not against other productions.  Categories with nominees often have no winner.
     The Southeastern Channel, the university's educational cable access channel, has won nearly 200 national, international and regional awards in the last 10 years. It can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24/7 webcast and video on demand can be seen at

STUDENT EMMY WINNERS- Southeastern Channel television students recently won prestigious Emmy recognition by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Winning an Emmy award was "Northshore News" anchor-reporter Chrissy Carter of LaPlace while Allen Cutrer and Marshall Courtney of Baton Rouge received honorable mention Emmy recognitions. Pictured are, from left, Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager; Carter, Cutrer and John Reis, Southeastern Channel supervisor for "Northshore News." Not pictured is Courtney.

Southeastern in the news

Associated Press
SLU offers disaster seminar for businesses

BR Advocate
Southeastern to add computing degree

Workshops let teens sample careers

SLU news anchor earns media group honors

Around Livingston: Southeastern starts IT degree

Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern's financial picture isn't fully developed

University avoids worst case scenario

New Orleans CityBusiness
SLU to offer information technology degree

Professional activities
Carolyn Blackwood (Center for Student Excellence) facilitated a professional development seminar for academic support personnel hosted by the Center for Student Excellence on June 18.  Twenty-six directors and professional staff from 10 universities and community colleges participated in the day-long event.
     Brian Williams and Eddie Hebert (Kinesiology and Health Studies) presented two research papers at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) in New Orleans. Both examined the effect of manipulating ones conscious attention on performing motor skills. The papers were titled "The effects of different attentional foci on horizontal and vertical jump performance" and "An examination of the effect of attentional focus on perceptual motor skill performance as a function of skill level."
     Dr. William F. Font (Department of Biological Sciences) and co-authors from Texas A&M University and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory presented a paper titled "Discoveries Reveal Evolutionary Patterns of Life Cycle Complexity and the Need for Genetic Data to Support Morphological Descriptions in the Genus Alloglossidium" at the annual meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists in Quebec City, Canada, June 25-29. This research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


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