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Southeastern Channel named fourth best in nation
A student entertainment show produced for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s
cable access channel, has won fourth place in the nation.
“College Night” was named the country’s fourth best in the “Best Comedy-Video”
category by College Broadcasters, Inc. at the 2016 National Student Production Awards
in Philadelphia recently. There were 969 entries in the competition from universities
across the nation.
It was the 12th time that a Southeastern Channel production has been honored
as one of the top four in the nation by College Broadcasters, Inc. The channel has
been recognized multiple times for its student newscast “Northshore News,” along with
student news reporting, sports play-by-play, and a student-produced promotional spot.
The channel won first place in the nation the past two years for a student documentary
and public service announcement.
It was the fourth time that “College Night” has placed in the top four in the
nation. The winning episode from December 11, 2015, was produced by Danielle Shearer
It was the second straight year that one of Shearer’s productions was recognized
at the National Student Production Awards. Last year her promotional spot for the
student sportscast, “The Big Game,” was named one of the best in the nation.
“I feel so honored. I produced a total of three episodes of ‘College Night,’
and it’s nice to have all of the hard work recognized on a national level,” said Shearer.
“’College Night’ is special because it gives students who are more into filmmaking
a chance to stretch their creative muscles,” Shearer said.
Shearer not only produced the show but also wrote, directed, shot, edited and
acted in many of the segments. Among the numerous Southeastern Channel students who
contributed to the program, those who also played a large part in writing, shooting,
editing and acting were Rachel Taylor of St. Amant, Mason Dauphin and Jordan Reid
of Luling, Mallory Milton and Tyler Hampton of Ponchatoula, Sarah Barbier of Mandeville,
Molly Flynn of Amite, Richard Mills of Hammond, Dominique Brogle of Destrehan, and
Courtney Bruno, Amairi Cordova and Maria Goddard of New Orleans.
“It’s a great honor for our students to be recognized once again as among the
best in the nation,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon. “Danielle
is wonderfully creative and skilled with a great work ethic, and she led a talented
team of students with high-quality standards to produce a fresh, clever and entertaining
The winning show was produced in the vein of “Saturday Night Live” with comedy
sketches that used college activities like intramurals, sorority recruitment and beauty
pageants to parody popular television shows like “Supernatural,” “Big Brother” and
“Charlie’s Angels.” One vignette, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. S,” featured the character
Milly Cypress as a humorous takeoff on Miley Cyrus.
Shearer also produced a pair of music video parodies, a college dormitory version
of “Zombie” by Family Force 5 and a parody of “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift and Kendrick
Lamar with students cosplaying Disney princesses locked in a supernatural battle sequence.
“I learned so much at the Southeastern Channel,” Shearer said. “I got to learn
a little bit of everything - reporting, producing, studio positions and commercial
producing. Knowing these different departments of a television station makes you more
marketable in the job field.”
Shearer graduated in May with a degree in communication with a concentration
in electronic media. She was immediately hired as a marketing producer by KATC-TV
3 (ABC) in Lafayette. She said the techniques learned in video production courses
like Comm 260 and 449 at the Southeastern Channel helped her with “College Night.”
“The basics that we were taught in production courses like framing, the production
process, and the process of telling a story all helped us to have success with this
show,” she said.
The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 national, international, and regional
awards in the last 12 years, including 13 Emmys. The Channel airs in 90,000 households
on the North Shore with a potential viewing audience of 250,000 on Charter Cable 199.
Its live 24/7 webcast and video on demand are viewed in 46 states and 47 countries
monthly at www.southeastern.edu/tv.
FOURTH IN THE NATION - The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern's educational access channel, has won fourth
place in the nation for its student entertainment show, “College Night.” The show
was honored by College Broadcasters, Inc. for “Best Comedy-Video” at the 2016 National
Student Production Awards in Philadelphia. It’s the 12th time that the Southeastern
Channel has been named one of the top four in the nation by CBI. From left are Rick
Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager, and Danielle Shearer of Ponchatoula,
producer of “College Night.”
Southeastern economist named to state Medicaid subcommittee
The Louisiana Legislature’s Health and Social Services Estimating Conference recently
named Lara Gardner, an associate professor in the Southeastern College of Business,
as its health economist.
With a specialty in health economics and health policy and almost 20 years of
teaching experience in the field of economics, she was selected after a rigorous search
and interviews of economists from several universities. Her primary role will be to
help members of the conference and its Medicaid subcommittee develop spending forecasts
and to review other information related to the Medicaid program.
“She will be a tremendous asset to our group and our efforts to manage Medicaid
costs,” said conference member Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, author of SB433, which
created the subcommittee during the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. “I’m looking
forward to working with her.”
While a significant portion of the state budget is connected to the Medicaid
program, the state’s ability to grasp costs and utilization of services during the
budget process has been limited in the past, according to Hewitt. The new subcommittee
is tasked with performing a quarterly review of Medicaid data by financial experts
and healthcare economists to more accurately forecast Medicaid expenses and to bring
more transparency and public input into the process.
“I honestly believe that this will become one of the most important committees
in the Legislature as it oversees the forecasting of healthcare expenses, just as
the Revenue Estimating Conference oversees the forecasting of revenue,” said Hewitt.
“With healthcare expenses being 45 percent of our state’s 2017 budget, managing the
state’s largest expense during a time of extraordinary fiscal challenges is more critical
Gardner holds the Bruce Dugas Endowed Professorship in Business in the Southeastern
Department of Management and Business Administration and serves on the editorial board
for the “Research in Business and Economics Journal.”
She holds a doctorate in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, a master’s degree in economics and undergraduate degree in international affairs
from Florida State University. She joined the Southeastern faculty in 2007.
Education students visit Whitney Plantation
Education students from Southeastern and Southern universities visited the Whitney
Plantation in Edgard earlier this month to strengthen their content knowledge of the
historical period in a manner that also builds pedagogy.
Celina Echols, Marcia Galatas Endowed Professor at Southeastern, said students
were required to write reflections that infused evidence, artifacts and implications
of the experiences. Critical terms from their reflections revealed a consciousness
surrounding issues such as diversity, racism, slavery, socio-emotional development,
empathy and understanding.
The tour of the plantation was led by Ibrahima Seck, a scholar from Senegal, who
serves as the academic director of the slavery museum at the planation.
“I am proud of these students. This field trip was not a requirement, but students
were involved because they wanted to improve their knowledge as future teachers,”
said Echols. “Uncomfortable situations often yield valuable and lifelong learning.”
“Slavery is a subject that is often brushed off as something that happened years
ago,” wrote student Brooke Singer in her reflection piece. ”It may have happened a
while ago but does that give us the right to forget those who endured those terrifying
actions? Whitney Plantation is a beautiful memorial for these people who suffered
through what most of us could never imagine.”
La’Sheika Witherspoon noted that the use of slave narratives would be a great
resource in the classroom. “Slave narratives can be used as a form of literature,”
she wrote. It’s not the typical form of text that students are used to, but students
are able to understand historical events in different cultures. For future references,
I would love to incorporate this into my curriculum.”
Echols and Lisa Delpit of Southern facilitated the debriefings after the plantation
visit. Both professors intend to expand these kinds of experiences and partnerships
to ensure the growth of more and more effective multicultural educators in south Louisiana.
WHITNEY MUSEUM VISIT - Ibrahima Seck, academic director at the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, discusses
the plantation’s history with education students from Southeastern and Southern universities.