Alumni Awards Evening

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.


Michelle Sutton

2019 Alumna of the Year

Michele Kidd Sutton

Michele serves as President and CEO of North Oaks Health System and is a 1984 and 1988 graduate of Southeastern.

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Michelle Sutton

2019 Young Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Daniel Roberts

Daniel currently serves as provost and vice-chancellor of academic affairs for Northshore Technical Community College and is a 2003 and 2005 graduate of Southeastern.

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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.


Awards Presented

Awards presented at the Alumni Awards Evening include:

  • Alumnus of the Year

  • Young Alumnus of the Year

  • Kathy L. Pittman Distinguished Service Award

  • L.E. Chandler Award

  • Distinguished Alumnus from each College

  • Friendship Oak Awards

  • Director's Diamond Award