Fall Convocation scheduled August 12
Southeastern will launch the 2016-2017 academic year with its annual fall convocation
for faculty and staff on Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Union
The convocation will include the traditional 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
from 25 to 50 years. Also to be recognized are new faculty and staff, faculty tenure
and promotions, and donors who have established newly endowed professorships.
The annual Alumni Association-sponsored picnic will immediately follow the morning’s
ceremonies and will also take place in the Student Union ballroom.
Southeastern student newspaper photographer recognized with photography awards
A Southeastern student photographer was recognized at the 136th Annual Louisiana Press
Association Convention held recently in Lake Charles for his work in the student-run
newspaper “The Lion’s Roar.”
Two photographs by William Schmidt, the assistant editor of “The Lion’s Roar,”
were awarded second and third place honors in the Best News Photo category.
Schmidt, a history graduate student from Hammond, submitted photos illustrating
some of the many challenges facing higher education. One of his winning images depicted
a rally that took place last year at the Louisiana State Capitol in which students
voiced their displeasure to funding cuts in higher education. The other photograph
shows students participating in a protest of the Consuming Fire Ministries during
that group’s assembly on Southeastern’s campus last September, an event that sparked
discussion on the freedom of speech.
Speaking specifically about Schmidt’s picture of the state capitol rally, judges
said, “good catch of a passionate subject in a tense situation.”
“It was an honor to be recognized by the LPA for my photos,” said Schmidt. “I
was completely shocked when I first heard the news that my photos were moving forward
“I am glad that ‘The Lion’s Roar’ has given me the chance to gain photography
skills and experience,” he explained. “I hope to continue moving forward with my skill
sets as I continue to work for the newspaper.”
Fifty-eight newspapers, publications, and college/university student newspapers
submitted more than 2,700 entries, which were judged this year by the Alabama Press
Association. “The Lion’s Roar” competed against similar newspapers from universities
across the state in the Better Student Newspaper Competition.
“Our students constantly strive to have the highest quality in their photography,”
said Lee E. Lind, director of Student Publications. “The photographs recognized in
this competition showcase not only the skills William has acquired in his time at
Southeastern, but also illustrate how important the work of our student journalists
is to the community.”
Schmidt was recently promoted and will begin heading “The Lion’s Roar” as editor
in chief with the back-to-school issue of the newspaper this fall.
“The Lion’s Roar” can be found in stands on-campus, in the immediate Hammond
community and online at www.lionsroarnews.com. Follow the newspaper on Facebook and Twitter @lionsroarnews.
Fall semester hours begin Monday, August 8
Southeastern will return to a four and a half day work week for the fall beginning
Monday, Aug. 8. During this period, Southeastern will operate Monday through Thursday
from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees will have a 45-minute lunch break each day. Friday
hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Classes for the fall session begin Aug. 17.
Southeastern sponsors part-time job fair for students
Southeastern’s Office of Career Services will sponsor a special job fair on Aug.
25 to help students locate part-time jobs while they complete their studies.
Scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Student
“The fair offers an opportunity for students to connect with approximately 30
local employers,” said Director of Career Services Ken Ridgedell. “Employers’ representatives
will be on hand to accept job applications from currently enrolled Southeastern students.”
Ridgedell said the part-time job fair is a casual dress event for students to
drop by between classes.
Career Fair 2016, Career Services’ annual job fair for upper-class students and
recent alumni looking for full-time placement, will be held Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. at the Pennington Student Activity Center.
For additional information about the part time job fair, call 549-2121. For more
information about Career Fair, visit www.southeastern.edu/careerfair or call 549-2121.
Campus Activities Board offers area businesses opportunity to reach students
Southeastern’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) is holding its first ever City Sampler
on Thursday, Aug. 18, as part of Traditions Week, a series of events and activities
for students beginning a new semester, to get to know their peers and all that the
university has to offer.
City Sampler will allow local businesses the opportunity to introduce their goods
and services to thousands of new and returning students. Participating businesses
are invited to set up a table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union
breezeway, a very high foot traffic area located in the center of campus.
“The purpose of this event is to allow students who are not from the Hammond
area to get familiar with surrounding business,” said Nick Elliott, CAB Coordinator.
“We would love for as many businesses as possible to come out and join us so we can
show our new students all of the great businesses and opportunities we have right
here in Hammond and the surrounding community.”
Southeastern students win Mark of Excellence Awards
Southeastern students employed at the Southeastern Channel won six 2015 Mark of Excellence
Awards at the annual Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 conference held
in New Orleans recently.
The Southeastern Channel students honored were named second-place finalists in
five different television categories.
The Mark of Excellence Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism in a calendar
year. SPJ’s Region 12 comprises all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas
and Tennessee. Southeastern competed against all schools with 10,000 or greater enrollment.
The second-place awards presented to students included “Best Overall Television
Newscast” for the student newscast, “Northshore News.” It was the eighth time in the
last nine years that “Northshore News” has been honored as one of the region’s top
newscasts as either a first or second-place winner.
“Northshore News” reporter Dominique Brogle of Destrehan won second place in
“Television General News Reporting” for her story, “Port Marigny,” about the proposed
new St. Tammany development. In March Brogle was named the state’s “2016 Student Broadcaster
of the Year” by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters.
Reporter Brittany Robinson of Slidell won second place in “Television Feature
Reporting” for her story “I-10 Twin Spans Rebuilt,” a commemorative for the 10-year
anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, produced for the student news magazine show “Southeastern
Times.” Robinson earlier also won a student Emmy award and SEJC “Best in the South”
honors for the twin span story.
Reporter/Videographer Sarah Barbier of Mandeville won second-place honors in
“Television News and Feature Photography” for her videography for two different stories
she produced for “Southeastern Times.” Barbier won for her “Pumpkin Spice Latte” and
“Abita Mystery House” news feature packages.
Reporter/Videographer Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge won second-place in “Television
Sports Photography” for his videography for the story, “Lions Cross Country,” produced
for “The Big Game” student sportscast.
Producer Drew Sagona of Pearl River earned second-place honors in “Television
In-Depth Reporting” for his documentary “Drums Along the River: History of the Natchez
“We’re thrilled for our students who won these television awards against all
of the largest universities in the region,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager
Rick Settoon. “The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the most prestigious in student
journalism, and we’re excited that our students continue to win top honors.”
Settoon pointed out that Southeastern Channel students have now won top SPJ awards
every year since 2007 when the channel started entering the competition.
“This is well-deserved recognition for our students’ excellent work, and it reflects
the outstanding training they receive from Southeastern Channel staff members and
instructors in the Department of Languages and Communication.”
The Southeastern Channel, broadcast on Charter 199 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany
and Livingston parishes and at www.southeastern.edu/tv, has won over 250 national, international and regional awards in only 13 years of
MARK OF EXCELLENCE-- Students at the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational cable channel
on Charter 199, recently won six Mark of Excellence awards in television presented
by the Society of Professional Journalists at their annual convention in New Orleans.
The student newscast “Northshore News” won honors for the eighth time in the last
nine years. Pictured from left are Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern
Channel; Tyler Waggenspack of Baton Rouge; Brittany Robinson of Slidell; Drew Sagona
of Pearl River; and Dominique Brogle of Destrehan. Not pictured is Sarah Barbier of