KSLU broadcasters named winners in Associated Press College Competition
Southeastern KSLU broadcasters Adam Cortez and Connor Ferrill earned top honors in
the 2019 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors College
Competition, an annual event recognizing the best in professional and college journalism.
KSLU’s resident sportscaster Cortez, of El Paso, Tex., pictured above, received
first place in the “Sportscast/Sports Program” category. Judges noted the variety
of sports covered in his submission and the depth of information presented.
To hear Cortez live, tune in to the Southeastern Sports Minute daily at 7:35
a.m. and 8:35 a.m. on 90.9 FM during the fall semester, and check out his weekly digital
sports series “Half-Time Adjustments” online at Facebook.com/90.9KSLU.
Recent Southeastern graduate and KSLU alum Ferrill, of Mandeville, pictured below,
was recognized for work completed during his final semester. He took home the Best
of Show award in the “College Radio” category and won first place in the “Newscast”
category. Judges commented on his delivery, editing, and story choices, calling it
informative and a “great mix” of news and sports.
“I’m incredibly proud of these students and their award-winning work,” said KSLU
General Manager Todd Delaney. “Connor and Adam are both brilliant, innovative, and
driven to excel. They are well on their way to thriving broadcast careers, and I look
forward to hearing the pioneering work they’ll produce as two of tomorrow’s broadcast
Available on terrestrial radio, online, and through digital streaming apps, KSLU
opens the door for student broadcasters to pioneer their own programs, creating something
uniquely their own, and uniquely Southeastern, Delaney said. Programing includes music,
live broadcasts of sporting events, and community-oriented talk shows.
“KSLU provides Southeastern students with the real world experience necessary
to be successful in their chosen fields,” Delaney said.
Learn more about KSLU at www.kslu.org.
Southeastern Laboratory School to offer Pre-K
The Southeastern Laboratory School will begin offering a Pre-K curriculum this fall,
school officials announced. In order to be eligible to attend, students must be four
by Sept. 30, 2020.
Lab School Director Stephen Labbe’ said that with the implementation of Tier
1 curriculum in grades K-8, the school wanted to make sure all students are prepared
and ready for the rigors of the curriculum.
“By offering a Pre-K program, we will be able to ensure when students enter Kindergarten
they have the necessary social, emotional, cognitive, language, literacy, and math
skills to be successful,” Labbe’ said. “All other schools in our district have Pre-K
programs. We want to keep with the university’s mission by leading in educational
development, as well as following the university’s core value of excellence.”
Parents have been requesting adding a Pre-K for a few years, Labbe’ added. Last
fall, the school sent out an interest survey, and the results were very positive.
“Adding a Pre-Kindergarten class to the existing Lab School ensures student readiness
for Kindergarten and the grades beyond,” said Dean of the College of Education Paula
Calderon. “The credit for this development goes to Mr. Labbe’, who, with the support
of Dr. Crain and the university administration, was instrumental in making this happen.
Not only are we filling a gap in the community, but we are also advancing the core
values of excellence and caring.”
Parents interested in registering their children can print the application from
the Lab School website at southeastern.edu/labschool, complete it and then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply fill out the application online.
For more information, visit southeastern.edu/labschool.
From Online to Drumline
The next time you hear the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band taking to the field
or headed your way, the percussion section will be moving the band forward with “Ratatata”
the group's new marching drumline cadence composed by sophomore music major, Chasidy
Miller from Livingston.
Miller enrolled in Music 217 computer applications this semester, and she chose
as her final project to submit her own composition.
“In closing a semester of effective detailed building of formal music scores
including simple keyboard works, chamber music, and full choral and symphonic scores,
the students are required to submit a final project of their own choosing,” said Patrick
Kerber, the instructor of the course.
Kerber said the students are encouraged to be creative, putting their skills
to the test to create something unique, including arrangements of classical, jazz,
and even popular music for various solo and ensemble performance venues. Original
compositions are also encouraged to be submitted.
“Chasidy chose to submit her four-part percussion piece after turning in an almost
flawless reproduction of the exposition of the 1st movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony,
I might add,” Kerber said. “I immediately recognized the quality of her composition,
and I suggested that she submit ‘Ratatata’ to the percussion studio for performance
Her instructor, Michael Brothers who is the drumline director was also impressed
and made the immediate decision to have the piece become the official drumline cadence
of the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band, Kerber explained.
“Chasidy would have probably submitted her original work anyway this semester,
but it was especially rewarding to have something special come out of her efforts
and the class in this unprecedented teaching and learning environment we all negotiated
this spring,” he said. “’Ratatata’ should help inspire everyone to Lion Up in the